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CIVIC PROBLEMS NOW
Citizens Awake to Find the Entire Business Dis-
trict a Mass of Smouldering Ruins
No Fatalities Reported.
City Is Under Military Control and There Has Been No LootingFire
Was Unique in That History Affords no Parallel to a Calamity
So Costly in Property and So Fortunately Free from Loss of Life
or LimbFor the First Time in 27 Hours Some of Baltimore's
Fire Fighters Secure a Little Best.
FIRE FACTS IN LITTLE
Insurance men pla^e loss at $125,000,000.
Outside fire fighters leave for home.
Federal troops withdrawn City orderly.
Valuable securities in vaults of financial institutions
harmed by flames.
Mayor MacLane says a greater Baltimore will rise to replace
Area of fire was 140 acres.
Militia is still on guard and there has been no looting.
Baltimore, Feb. 9.Baltimore will now enter undauntedly upon the task
of resurrection. Another and more beautiful city will rise from the ruins and
we shall make of this calamity a future blessing.
W are stn&gered by the terrible blow, but we are not discouraged, and
every energy of the city as a, municipality, and its citizens as private individ-
uals, will be devoted to a rehabilitation that will not only prove the stuff we
are made of, but will be a monument to the American spirit,
INSURANCE ESTIMATE O LOSSES.
Baltimore, Feb. 9.After a meeting of the representatives of insurance
companies to-day, it was announced that they estimate the loss at $125,-
000,000, with insurance to the amount of $90,000,000.
Baltimore, Feb. 9.With the great fire which ate up property variously
estimated from $25,000,000 to $150,000,000 slowly burned itself out, Balti-
more awoke this morningr to face the j?rave questions of civ^c and .municipal
readjustment. Confronting the mayo: and his associates of the city govern-
ment are the problems of aid, the acceptance or refusal of generous offers of
assistance from every section of the country, the policing of the vast burned
district where lies buried untold treasure in warped vaults and safes and all
the hundred minor things that follow a calamity so stupendous that it Is not
even yet fully realized.
With admirable promptness all the important phases of the situation
have already been provided for. To relieve banks and citizens from the em-
barrassment of financial transactions the next seven days have been declared
legal holidays in the commonwealth of Maryland.
MILITIAMEN ON GUARD.
Three regiments of state militia are on duty and Troop A of the state
cavalry also has been called into service. So thoroly is the policing of the
city now systematized that the big force of federal troops yesterday ordered
here to assist the national guard was not needed, and after a conference with
Brigadier General Riggs, Major General Corbin has returned to New York,
a nd it is not probable that a single federal soldier will be retained In Baltimore.
The city is orderly and but one man is under arrest for an offense directly
connected with the fire.
NO FATALITIES IN FIRE.
Probably never before has there been a fire of such magnitude absolutely
without loss of life and so remarkably free from accidents. The only person
seriously injured was Jacob Inglefritz, a volunteer fireman of York, Pa., who
TV as unconscious when taken to the hospital. A report arose that he was
dead. He soon revived, however, and was reported this morning to be suf-
fering only from a broken leg and minor injuries.
In this respect, as in many others, the great blaze that had the city in its
grasp for twenty-seven terror-full hours, is unique. History affords no paral-
lel to a calamity so costly in property and so fortunately free from loss of
life or limb.
Bright and early, in spite of the fact of his long tour of duty, Mayor Mac-
I^ane was at his office this morning holding conferences with the other city
and state officials, and Governor Warfleld was also on hand.
To-day dawned cold and clear and lacking wind. There was a decided
fall in temperature during the night and by early morning the full gutters of
the fife district and the flooded streets were turned to ice. The cold, how-
ever, is not intense enough to cause suffering among the police, soldiers and
firemen on duty. The absence of wind is a godsend for thousands of feet of
tottering walls would surely tumble in a strong breeze and add greatly to the
peril of the men whose duty calls them in the danger zone.
Baltimore is not under martial law. General Biggs terms the condition
"military control," but in no way have the civil authorities been superceded.
Military and civil authorities are working together.
FIRE FIGHTERS GET REST.
One-half of the local fire companies were ordered to their quarters at 1
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Japan scores the first naval victory.
Russian cruiser Pallada sunk by Japanese torpedo. Battle-
ships Retvisan and Czarevitch badly damaged. They are out of
it for this war.
Japan is landing troops at Fusan and'en Yan, in Korea, pre-
paratory to open attack.
Movement is protected by fleet stationed between Chi-fu and
the Yalu river.
Japanese minister in London says night torpedo attacks will
continue against Russian fleet while it remains outside Port Ar-
Russian torpedo flotilla icebound in interior of Port Arthur
Russian warships in the far east number 94, including eight
battleships, sixteen cruisers, seven gunboats and fifty-six torpedo
boat destroyers and torpedo boats.
Secretary Hay proposes that the powers join in a demand for
the recognition of Chinese neutrality and integrity by belligerent
Formal statement by Russia gives the Museoviterversion of the
Japan's note shows that the independence of Korea and the
integrity of China were the points in dispute.
State Department Initiates Movement Among
Powers Which Is Designed to Guarantee
the Integrity of Chinese Territory.
Washington, Feb. 9.Secretary Hay has addressed an identical note tor
a number of European powers, to ascertain if they are willing to join in a
notice to Russia and Japan that during hostilities, and thereafter, the neu-
trality and integrity of China must be recognized.
Details of the note are not obtainable in advance of" the receipt of replies.
It is known, however, that exchanges already have taken place which
justify the state department in expecting favorable responses.
The matter has created a great sensation in diplomatic circles here.
UNITED STATES SHIPS ORDERED TO CHINA.
Orders will be cabled to-day to Rear Admiral Evans to send his cruiser
squadron, consisting of the Alliance, New Orleans, Rajeigh and Cinbinnati,
from Subig bay to some point in Chinese waters, y#P1j& **r determined, to
observe the naval operations. A1-
Admiral Evans is expected to keep the battleship 't&ft&ebran. In .Philippine
waters thruout the period of hostilities between Russia and Japan. This
decision was reached at the cabinet meeting to-day, after long consideration.
It has been definitely settled that the cruiser squadron will not go to
BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE SEAT OF THE WAR
THE FIRE SWEPT SECTION OF BALTIMORE AS SEEN FROM FEDERAL HILL
The Fire Started at a Point Indie ated by and Swept Thru the Heart of the City Until the City Hall Was Reached. There It Turned Toward the Harbor and Reached the Wharves of the Transportation Companies Indicated by O.
1Wharves of Bay Line Transportation Co. 2Fidelity Trust Building. 3Equitable Building. 4Postoffice. 5City HalL 6C. A. Gambr ill Flour Mill. 7The "Old Shot Tower." 9Wharves of Merchants' and Miners' Transportation Company^
Who wired the Czar admitting the Japanese Suc
cess at Fort Arthur.
Russian Bourse Near Panic.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 9.The effect
on the bourse where, it was rumored,
the full extent of the fighting at Port
Arthur had been made public and that
the engagement was still progressing,
was that a panic seemed inevitable.
The market had no support, imperial
4s falling another point. Lottery
bonds were quoted at 36^roubles and
bank stocks at 26.
Russian Cruiser Sails.
Odessa, Feb. 9.The Russian volun
teer cruiser Tampoy sailed to-day with
a full cargo for the far east. The
Russia steamers Kieff and Vladimir
are starting for the far east this week.
CATCHES RUSS NAPPING
Four of Mikado's Torpedo Boats Start
Things at Port Arthur by Sinking One
and Disable Two Russian Ships.
Admiral Alexieff in Official Message
to Czar Admits Disaster
at Port Arthur.
Two of the Three Boats Disabled
are the Finest Russia
Has inthe East
Chi-Fu Dispatch Says the Naval
Battle Is Still Going On
Beyond question the -Japanese have score3L great naval:
victory off Port Arthur in the first encounter ofMthe war. The news of
the battle thus far is mostly from Russian sources. Dispatches that
have filtered thru St. Petersburg admit enough to show that a stag-
gering blow has been dealt to the Russian navy. An impartial version
of the affair will probably make the disaster to Russian arms worse.
The St. Petersburg report that eleven Japanese warships were sunk
has been authoritatively denied.
Port Arthur, Feb. 9.Japanese torpedo boats attacked the Rus-
sian fleet here last night and three of the Russian ships were badly
damaged. The Japanese, who thus scored the first success of the war,'
Martial law has been proclaimed here.
ALEXIEFF ADMITS THE DISASTER.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 9.Admiral Alexieff's official report of the
early attack by the Japanese is as follows:
I most respectfully inform your majesty that at or about mid-
night of Feb. 8, nine Japanese torpedo boats made a sudden attack by
means of mines upon the Russian squadron in the outer roads of the
fortress of Port Arthur, in which the battleships Retvisan and Czare-
vitch and the cruiser Pallada were damaged. An inspection is being
made to ascertain the character of the damage. Details are following
for your majesty."
THE NAVAL BATTLE IS STILL ON.
Chifu, China, Feb. 9.The Japanese fleet attacked Port'
Arthur at midnight on Monday.. Two Russian battleships*and one)
Russian cruiser were disabled by torpedoes.
The battle is being continued this morning at a range of three
miles. There has been no further damage.
THREE OF RUSSIA'S FINEST DISABLED.
The Russian battleship Retvisan was built by the Cramps at
Philadelphia. She is of 12,700 tons displacement, has 16,000 indicated
Photo by W. E. Bateman, MinaeajjoUa.