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CHICAGO ABOUT TO
CALL ON TROOPS
Strike Spreads in Lumber District
and Militia Is in Readi-
ness.
EXPRESS COMPANIES
HOLD KEY TO PEACE
Managers Hold to Refusal to Re
Employ Any Man Out on
Strike.
Chicago, May 23.The teamsters'
strike today threatens to assume pro
portions that will make a call for troops
necessary, and at the same time new
hopes of a peaceful settlement have de-,
veloped. While the strike grows,
peace is once more in the balance.
There were additions to the strikers'
ranks toda y, more drivers of lumber
wagons going out because of the dis-j
charge of some who refused to make
deliveries to the boycott ed houses. \:A
Adjutant General Scott is in the city
by order of Governor Deneen, and every
thing is said to be in readiness for cail
ing out the militia whose armories are j
in Chicago. If called out, they are to
be put in the lumber district.
Peace Conference Fails.
A conference was hel|| at the mayor's
office at which were present the rail
way express managers, who, however,
were unwilling to make any concessions
to the strikersadhering to their de
cision not to re-employ any of the old
drivers. The other employers are will
ing to take back their former teamsters
ns fast as opportunity offers. The end
ing of the strike, therefore, hinges upon
the railway express companies.
More Lumber Drivers Out.
Widening of the breach between lum
er dealers and their drive rs signalized
a continuan ce of aggressive feeling on
both sides today. Renewal of orders to
deliver material to boycott ed business
establishments was pushed vigorously
by the lumber dealers, notwithstanding
Invariable experience that such orders
would be met by refusal by the drivers.
Equally determined, the teamsters
showed no sign of wavering, altho faced
by a certaintv that discharge would
follow and that their fellow-em
ployees would inevitably be involved in
the general strike.
One after another, three addition al
lumber companies were draw into the
struggle toda y, and the prospect of
stoppage of all building construction in
Chicago came palpably close to reality.
The concerns against whi ch strikes
began today were the Acorn Lumber
company, Q. A. Paktzer & Co. and C.
Deacon & Co.
With increasing rapidity the list or
lumber firms affected by today's devel
opments became more and more lengthy.
Soon the total amounted to a dozen
^additional to those named and included
yards of all kinds, large and small.
Arrests for School Troubles.
The board of education has deter
mined to resort to stringent methods
to prevent further strike demonstra
tions in connection with the public
Bchools.
All pupils attempting to induce other
pupils to boyco tt the public schools are
to be arrested. All adul ts seeking to
incite trouble at the schools are to be
locked up. All persons, young oradult
attempting to interfere with school
children on their way to and from
school are to be arrested.
I was declared that teachers in the
public schools ot only have partici
pated in demonstration s, but' have en
couraged children to shout at non-union
teamsters. A school trust ee said this
charge would be investigated.
Fifteen boys, arrested by^truant offi
cers, will be arraigned in the juvenile
court today. They are charged with
attempting to get school children to go
out on strike and with inciting trouble
at the schools which they attended.
GOVERNOR SPEAKS
AT A DEDICATION
Auditorium of Gustavus Adolphus
Formally Turned Over to
Minnesota Conference.
Special to The Journal.
St. Peter, Minn., May 23.The new
$30,000 auditorium of Gustavus Adolph
us college was dedicated th is forenoon.
Governor Johnson was the principal
speaker, and stirred his hearers to great
enthusiasm by reading President Roose
velt's message to the Scandinavians of
the northwest, sent to the executive
pri or to the celebration of Norway.'s
Independen ce day on the 17th. Other
speakers were Dr. M. Wahlstrom, for
mer president of Gustavus Adolphus,
and Dr. S. Carlson and C. A. Smith
of Minneapolis.
Benson, chairman of the build
committee, surrendered the build
ing to Rev. L. G. Almen of Ballato n.
[resident of the college board, who in
jhrn presented it to Rev. A. Krantz
Dulufh, president of the Minnesota
conference.
The chapel, where the exercises were
held, was crowded to the point of suf
focation.
A feature was a baritone solo by Rob
ert E Block, son of Block, state
treasurer.
Gustavus Adolphus orato rs won the
beautiful challenge cut and cash prizes
of $70, all given by C. A. Smith of Min
neapolis, in the oratorical contest held
last night with representatives from
Bethany college of Lindsborg, Kan.
Oscar Sandahl and Johnson of
Gustavus Adolph us were first and sec
ond respectively and E Barrington
and O. Olson of cBthany third and
fourth.
PIGKED POSSE SOON TO
SET OUT TO TAKE DIETZ
River Falls, Wis., May 23.Affairs
at the Cameron dam on Thornapple
river, it can be said positively will
reach a crisis in a few days.
Walter s, former marshal of th is
city, has been engaged by United States
officials from Madison', to join a posse
of picked men said to have been chosen
to get John Dietz. Walters left here
yesterday for Madison.
I is said that the posse will be made
up of fifteen or twenty picked men who
will receive each $7 a day and expenses
and fifteen da ys is the maximum given
them for capturing Die'
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TODAY'S SJPORTING NEWS WILL E POUND ON PAGE EIGHT,
WEAVER FORCES
FIGHT OYER GAS
Philadelphia Mayor Declares War
Gang .^fid Bitter Con-
on
test %/Tin.
ISKAEL W. DURHAM,
Named as Boss of Philadelphia and
Friend of Gas Deal.
Philadelphia, May 23.Director of
Public Works Co3tello and Director of
Public Safety Smyth today, at the re
quest of Mayor Weaver, tendered their
resignations. This is the latest and
most startling development in the fight
against the lease for seventy-five years
of the city gas works to the United
Gas Improvement company.
Each official, in tendering his resig
nation, used the phrase: "To take ef
fect when niy successor "has qualified."
These words are taken to indicate a
determination to hold the offices as
long as possible, as the successors of
the two directors must be confirmed by
a two-thirds vote of a select council.
Mayor Weaver evidently took the same
view, as it was stated this afternoon
that he had notified Costello and Smyth
that the form of the resignations was
not satisfactory, and he gave them two
hours to resign without qualification
on pain of remov al from, office.
Turn Rascals Out.
The mayor's first move will undoubt
edly be to remove all of the forty-third
ward leade rs who continue their feal ty
to Durham. His first move was to sus
pend, on Saturday, Oscar Noll, republic
an leader of the thirty-seventh ward
and an assista nt highway commissioner.
Today he directed the suspension of A.
R. Morrow, assista nt director of the
department of supplies.
The present fight grew out of the
determination of the "organization"
leade rs to raise $25,000,000 for public
expenses by leasing the city gasworks
to the United Gas Improvement com
i pany for seventy-five years. The mayor
was utterly ignored in the transaction
and he has been urged by the news
papers and reform organizations to veto
the ordinance of councils putting^ the
deal into effect. This he has insisted
he will do and the leaders have declared
they will pass it over his head. They
can easily do this, as they control both
branche s! only thirteen vot es being cast
against the lease in a total membership
of 162.
Lining to Fight Machine.
The mayor has been in constant com
munication today with men who have
for years been strangers in the city
hall.' Those who have been relegated
to the rear by the "organization" are
flocking to his standard and on every
side predictions are heard of a fierce
political contest with the mayor as the
leader of the reform organization and
disgruntled former officeholders ar
rayed against the republican organiza
tion. The leade rs of the "machine"
are defiant and express themselves as
perfectly ready for a battle at the polls.
RUSSIAN ADMIRAL
REMAINS SILENT
No Word from Rojestvensky for
Ten DaysReport of His
Death Ridiculed.
Special to The Journal.
Paris, May 23.General Lineviteh
has informed' the czar that the Japanese
have begun an offensive movement
alo ng the whole line.
St. Petersburg, May 23.The Asso
ciated Press was informed at the admi
ralty today that no direct advices had
been received from Vice Admiral Ro
jestvensky for ten days, when, it is
believed, ne set out on his long voyage.
A report of Rojestvensky's deat h,
whi ch gained currency, was ridiculed
at the admiralty.
RUSS CAVALRY DEFEATED
Japanese Report Repulse of Enemy on
Liao Rive r.
Tokio, May 23.Imperial army head-*
quarters reporting today, says:
The Russian cavalry whi ch detoured
toward Pa-ko-men from the right bank
of the Liao river was frequently de
feat ed by our rearguards. On May
20, after" their failure in the vicini ty
of Ta-fang-shen they camped with the
hiain strength at Siao-ta-tzu, twenty
six miles from Fa-ko-men, and on May
21 they retreated to the right bank of
the Ma-lien river.
"In. the meantime, a few companies
of the enemy force remaining on the
left bank of the Ma-lien river were de
feated and retreated northward in dis
order. Otherwise the situation is un
changed.
The Salvation Army of England. Scotland and
Ireland has an institution called "self-denial
*eek." during which wage earner* at the cost
of some personal sacrifice set apart a portion, ot
their earnings for the army's purpose.-,-?/.&
$21 CASH IN BANK
OWING $78,227
%$-$/ $-%$%x$-%tiGoldfield
Political Sensation.
The action of the mayor is the all
engrossing topic. N 'such political
sensation has been sprung in twenty
five 3rears.
Goldfields, Nev., Financial Con
cern FailsQueer Tangle
in Books.
Goldfield, Nev., May 23.The Gold
field Bank & Trust company, with lia
bilities of $78,227, has failed. The as
sets, so far discovered, are $4,821, of
whi ch $4,800 is in notes. There was
$16 in the vault and a $5 gold piece
was found under the counter.
The most disorganized state of af
fairs seems to exist. Young,
preside nt of the bank, is also president
of the Goldfield Lida Investment com
pany.
Two checks, drawn on the John Cook
bank here by W R. Hale of San Fran
cisco, each for $5,000, in favor of Fran
cis Burton, promoter of the Goldfield
Lida Investment company, were recent
ly paid by the insolvent bank. One of
the se checks was dated the 23d and
was paid on the 20th. I was evi
dently presented at the Cook bank by
the Goldfield Bank & Trust company,
as it is stamped "No funds," W. R.
Hale having no account there.
The bank has two cashier debit slipsj
one for $36,300 and another for $7,200,
account stocks and bonds as collateral.
Cashier James R. Boals was found
at Hawthorne late last night. A tele
gram has beeja received from Burton
in San Francisco denying that he has
anything to do with the failure, and
stating that President Young is there
with the bank's collateral endeavoring
to get assistance.
is a new mining town in
the heart of the newly discovered gold
country of southwestern Nevada.
What Young Says.
San Francisco, May 23.J. Young,
president of the Goldfield Bank & Trust
company, declared that he had noth
ing to do with bringing about the cri
sis in the bank's affairs. declared
that he was opposed to the manner in
which the bank was conducted by its
Tshieor
Now that the mayor has
declared war on the republican organi
zation leaders who placed him in office,
it is expected that a bitter fight will
be waged during the remaining two
years of his term.
Including policemen and firemen,
there are over 20,000 officeholders in
Philadelphi a, practically all at the mer
cy of the mayor. The organization of
the leaders, headed by State Insurance
Commissioner Durham, expects no mer
cy, and believes every supporter of
the "organization" will be removed
from office.
and directors.
Accrdi ng to Youn g, he sold his stock
in the bank, and denies that he fled
from Goldfield. On the contrary, he
says, he came to San. Francisco for a
brief trip and that he intends to re
turn to the mining town as soon as
possible.
Young does ot believe the liabili
ties of the bank will exceed $100,000,
and he says that it should have assets
enough to meet this amount.
MAGHEN GETS TWO
MORE YEARS IN CELL
"Washington, May 23.By pleading
guilty today to the charge of conspir
ing to defraud the government, August
W Machen, formerly superintendent of
free delivery of the postoffice depart
men t, when arraigned under the noint
indictment with W G. Crawfo rd and
George E Lorenz, received a sentence
of two years in the Moundsville, W
Va., penitentiary, and escaped trial on
eleven other indictments, which the dis
tri ct attorney has agreed to quash.
The two years' sentence will follow
a like term --erven when Machen, Lo
renz and Dillon" and Samuel Groff
were tried.
HUNDREDS OF MULES BURNED.
East St. Louis, May 23.More than
400 mules "perished in a fire that today
destroyed the sales stable of Maxwell &
Crouch and Sparks Bros, at the Na
tion al Stock Yards. The total loss is
estimated at $100,000, said to be covered
by insurance.
SENATORS BACK FROM LEVANT.
New York, May 23.United States
Senators Bard of California and Quarles
of Wisconsin were passengers on the
White Star line steamer Republic, which
arrived from Mediterranean ports to
da y.
Postmasters appointed: MinnesotaKamvala,
Carlton county. M. Lepaven. vice M. Johnson,
resigned. North DakotaFalconer, Milne coun
ty. James C. Every, vice S. A. Falconer, re
signed.
npwip MB*
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TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1905.
DEATH SUMMONS W
IR&UfERIOBE
Famous Reformer and Writer Is
Stricken After Long and
Notable Career.
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UBS. MARY A. MVEBMOBB,
Famous Befortaer and Writer, Who Died
i 'Soday. $
8 2
Melrose, Mass., May 23.Mrs. Mary
A.' Livermore," the well-known writer
and reformer:, died at her home here
today. Bronchitis and a weak heart
hastened the end'--
Mary Ashton Livermore was born in
Boston Dec. 10,'-1820, and was the
daughter of Timothy Rice. I 1845
she was married to Rev. D. Liver
more, a TJniversalist clergyman, who
died in 1899c I 1857 she removed to
Chicago, where her husband became ed
itor of a TJniversalist paper, Mrs. Liv
ermore acting as associate editor. Mrs.
Livermore was the first president of
the Illinois Woman^s Suffrage associa-*
tion. I 1869 shef&fecame editor of the
Agitator, but in tliejtfollowing year she
returned to Bostcg^nd was editor of
the Woman's\Jo]Sam&\ for.two years.
A the time Of^her death she was pres
ident of the,,' Massachusetts Woman's
Suffrage association.
Mr s. Livermore was active in the
antislavery agitation and Washington
temperance movement. During the
civil war she-took a leadi ng part in the
work of the United States sanitary
commission. I the course of er work
on the platform she delivered lectures
all over th is country and in England
and Scotland. She also was the author
of many books.
BANK AFTER RAKE-OFF
ON CHINESE INDEMNITY
Tientsin1,
Ma_y 23.The settlement
of the Boxer indemnity question has
been delayed by~ ihe action of tit Rusgo
Chinese bank, iftiesia/'haB chosen to re
ceive her portion j-of the indemnity in
silver and the.Busfca*8ninese bank is en
deavoring to obtain payment in Shang
hai at the London
1 price -of silver, in
stead-of the price at Shanghai, thus
avoiding extra charges. I Cnina con
sents, the bank will secure an advantage
amounting to 1 er cent. The powers
have lodged a protest against the prop
osition and it is considered probable
that the Busso-Chin'ese bank will not be
successful. I China weakly assents
the settlement of the indemnity ques
tion will be prolonged indefinitely. be
cause similar advantages will be de
manded in other quarters.
NIGHT WOEK O N PORTLAND FAIR
Portland, Ore., May 23.In order to
bring to^a minimum'the possibility of
the Lew is and Clark fair being unfin
ished on the opening day, June 1,' forces
of carpenters and builders will here
after work continuously day and night.
"UTTLE JIMMIE" Df REAL LIFE.
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., seems to*have forgotten what he was sent for. *J- ,5.,.,-v.^ $
Defective Page
MERCHANTS'TRUST,
GOTHAM, CLOSED
Company Quits, Forced Out by
Inability to Collect Big
Loans.
New York, May 23.The doors of
the Merchants' Trust company of th is
city were closed today.
Upon the application of Attorney
General Mayer, Justice Cochrane of the
supreme court here today appointed
Douglas Robinson and the New York
Trust company as receivers of the Mer
chants' Trust company.
Douglas Robinson is* a brother-in-law
of President Roosevelt.
The Merchants' Trust company had
a capital stock of $500,000 and owed
depositors about $2,000,000. A exam
ination of the company's affairs was
made by the state banking depart
ment on Dec. 23.. The report of the
state banking department showed that
the company book surplus of $1,198,-
737 had been reduced by the examiners
to $1,074,548. Whi le the examine rs had
increased the value of some of the se
curities held by the company, they
threw out some others as valueless and
reduced the valuation of others.
The company was organized in 1899.
I May, 1903, the stock reached a" high
S[awley290a
oint, being bid for it. Edwin
ws president of the company
at one time.
Cause of Closing.
I was said today that the closing of
the institution was due to the inability
to secure payment of large loans on
which the collateral consistea of securi
ties of the Hudson Valley Railway com
pany. The company was a participator
in the Hudson Valley Railway company
syndicate to the extent of $533,500.
Reports that the company would be
obliged to discontinue were circulated
in Wall street yesterday and affected
the stock market in the late dealings.
Prices of stocks today advanced on
the report that the company was in
the hands of the state bank examiners,
but the buying of stocks died out before
the end of the first hour.
The officers of the trust company are
as follows: President, Jacob Phillips
vico president, Cassius W Wicker sec
retary and treasurer, Frederic Davis
assista nt secretary and assista nt treas
urer, Jacob C. Coyne. One of the direc
tors was Dr. John Munn, physician to
the Gould family.
WIFE TIES DP RlCH
IOWA RANCHER'S GASH
New York Sun Special Service.
Chicago, May 23.Demands for ali
mony and an injunction almost upset
a $7,000 cattle deal for Willis. A.
Straight, a wealthy ranchman of Fort
Dodgej Iowa, at the stockyards yester
day.
Mr s. Straight, who claims Straight
desert ed her three years ago,, had been
notified that er husband was on his
way to Chicago with seven carloads of
cattle. She at once instituted divorce
proceedings and secured an injunction
befo re Judge Healy enjoining Straight
from collecting money, for his cattle,
and asked. $8,000 alimony and $60 a
montn for support of er ix children.
The injunction also prevents the cattle
man from disposing of his $20,000 in
terest in the estate of the late Ruf us
C. Straight, a farm in Livingston coun
ty, or his'Fort Dodge property, valued
at $36,000. Straight agre ed to comply
with the court's orders.
DR. PEARSONS GIVES $10,000.
Chicago, May 23.A gift of $10,000
to the Hastings college of Hastings,
Nebj was announc ed yesterday by Dr.
D. Pearsons, the Chicago philan
thropist. The gift is conditional that
the college raise $40,000 by subscrip
tion.
E W NASH STRICKEN.
Omaha, Neb May 23.E. W Nash,
president of the American' Refining &
Smelting company, was stricken with
fieveu
iaralysis today and his condition is be
to be critical.
fgPAIR TONIGHTj WEDNESDAY
GOMPERS COMES
TO GIVE COUNSEL
Head of American Federation of
Labor a Guest of Local
Unionists.
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SAMUEL GOMPEBS,
President of the American Federation
of Labor, a Minneapolis Guest
Today.
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor, is in
Minneapolis as the guest of the local
labor unions. comes in his official ca
pacity to assist in adjusting any labor
troubles existing in the city. His visit
will be the occasion of a big demonstra
tion at the Auditorium tonight, with
Mr. Gompers as the principal attrac
tion.
The noted labor leader arrived this
morning from Chicago and was met at
the Hot el Nicellet by a delegation of
labor leaders. spent the ay in
conference with them, discussing the
affairs of the local labor organizations.
When ask ed his opinion of tne situation
in the Chicago teamsters' strike, he
said:
I believe that the situation in Chi
cago is greatly improved and that there
is every reason to believe that a settle
ment is close at hand. The rioting and
bloodshed, tho deplorable in any degree,
has been terribly and maliciously exag
gerated, I believe, and most of it should
be laid to the worthless thugs who al
ways mix in such matters."
"Of course," said he, "the situation
is constant ly changin g. I left Chicago
last night, and when I arrived in your
city th is morning saw by the papers
that developments had followed over
night. I cope for a 'speedy peaceful
settlement, but the rights of the men
who work should be recognized."
President Gompers' visit ha been
the cause of some hard feeling between
the factions in the labor ranks. Charges
evening the St. Pa
of the Minneapolis Elks lodge, and will
ROCKEFELLER'S
MANAGER SHOT
Attempt to Murder Millionaire's
Agent on Adirondack Estate
Is Disclosed.
16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLpCK.
SMOKE KILLS TWO i
IN LODGING HOUSE
Guests of Flour City Hotel Were
Smothered Like Rats in
a Trap. -*m
SOME WERE RESCUED
IN THE NICK OF TIM?
Victims of the Fire Were Tran
sients Whose Names Are
Unknown.
preferred to see the meeting open to the top steps, the flames, fanned by
all. I nope to~ see the^building filled jthe falling debris that crushed out the
with the good laboring people of Min-1 life of Gren, shot up the narrow stair-
neapolis, for I want to see and talk way and drove them back. Knowing
with them all," said he. that-they could live but a few min-
This evening he will be the guest of tes unless help came, Stevens hurled
the Retail Merchants' association at chair thru one of the large windows,
the invitation of William M. Rega n, then waved at the crowd below and
president of the association. Dinner
u,l0
labor organiza-1
tions will entetain him. will re-
me er1
*y
New Vork Sun Special Service.
New York, May 23.It beca me
known today that an attempt to murder
William Rockefeller 's Adirondack es
tate manager was made less than three
months ago. Henry Dexter, the mil
lionaire whose son, Orrando Dexter,
was shot to death on his Adirondack
preser ve adjoining the Rockefeller prop
ert y, on Sept. 19, 1903, is authority for
the belated news of the mo re recent at
tempt. says:
I only know that he was riding or driv
ing, when at a secluded spot a shot rang
out from the woods and the bullet
ploughed a path clean across the top of
the manager's scalp, missing killing by the
narrowest of margins.
They murdered my son tip there, and
they will murder more If they have a
chance. They regard all newcomers who
are wealthy as interlopers and tyrants
who have bought up the lands. Their
murderers are ignorant natives who have
fanatical views on wealth.
I am positive it would not be safe for
Mr, Rockefeller to visit his estate this
summer, Soon after my son's murder a
newspaper clipping was sent to me, on
the margin of which was written the fol
lowing:
"Good jub well done. A few more like
it will be the best thing this country could
have happen to it. Rockefeller next, the
wretch, and a dozen more such and this
country will be rid of the most dangerous
element."
I am not surprised to hear that threats
are again being made, but further than
that I know nothing of the matter. I sold
the Dexter preserve in Franklin and St.
Lawrence counties soon after my son's
death.
BANDED IN REVOLT AT
INSURANCE COMPANIES
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, May 23.With a capital
stock that will run into the millions
and representing owners of real estate
valued at $320,000,000, a new co-opera
tive fire insurance company will soon
be doing business in this city. The
new concern is under the auspices of
the United Real Estate Owners' associa
tion of the city of New York, incor
porated. I this 8,000 property owners
have banded for the protection and
promotion of their interests. The real
estate owners say that the fire insur
ance companies charged too hi gh rates
for insurance on brick buildings. Al
most the same rate as that demanded
for a frame building is charged.'
Two laborers met a horrible death
by asphyxiation and ten others nar
rowly escaped with their lives in a
treacherous lodging-house fire at the
Flour City hotel, 204 Hennepin avenue,
i shortly before 9 a.m. today. 'i
The victims, both strangers in the
jg city, were Prank Green and William i
Fox. Green was from New Brighton
Fox's home is unknown.
S When the alarm sounded thru the
halls of the dingy building, Green, who 3
occupied a small room on the third 3
floor, made a desperate dash for the *J1
stairway, but the smoke overpowered vfl
him and he iell headlong to ,the sec
ond floor. Almost at the moment he "~~yl
fell, a portion of the ceiling crashed .?M
down after him, finishing the deadly
work of the smoke. Ten minutes later ~'J
he was dragged out of the ruins, dead,
oor, however, he jumped up and called
his colored friend. The two made a
dash for the stairway. A they reached
cr i "Look out, I'm coming."
will be served at 6 p.m. at the Hotel had already stepped out oh the win-
JNicpllet. The massmeeti ng in the i^ i dge and the flames creeping up be-
Auditonum will* follow. Tomorrow i wer
ish
J'
Fox Penned In. ,j|
Fox occupied a pigeon-hole room J:"|
without windows or other ven- ,j
Illation,- on the second floor. To/^yf
all appearanc es he was intoxicated,/^
for he made no noise in attempting to -~i
escape. His body was found under the:vi
bed in the room, and in his coat pocket
was a partly emptied bottle of whisky
To all appearanc es he was partly un- 2
conscious when the room became filled
with gas, and unab le to stand up, had
rolled and thrashed about in a use- ,-j
less endeavor to find the door and
safety.
The natrol wagon and ambulances
from the hospitals were hurried to^
the scene, but those others who slept.
late managed to reach the stairway in.i|
safety and were uninjured. Without^
waiting to dress they snatched what
clothes they could find and ran to the'
entran ce below.
The bodies of the two unfortunates
were taken to the coun ty morgue, where
their clothing was thoroly searched for
articles that would give some clue to
their identit y. Nothing was found
save some small change and the whisky
bottle. Later the bodies were positive
ly identified as Fox and Green. Both
had lived at the hotel for several weeks
and worked at odd jobs. ','t:\
Two Narrow Escapes.
have been made that one faction "or When the deadly gas es and smoke be-
another had been trying to corner all gan to creep thru the crevices of the
the tickets for the inassmeeting. Mr.
Gomperp took an indirect sh ot at the
committee by saying that he would have
9
4-
The narrowest escape was that of two
colored men. One of them whose name
was A. Stevens, thought the clerk was
joking when he gave the alarm of fire,
and refused to come out of the room,
urging hint to make the leap,
i en
si
no
^entl a session
t to Mnneapoha immediate ly after
St ui
stood close behind and had
Assista nt Fre Chieuf Kehoe told
th tw wo ui i undobtedly have
the tha tm 3 hoo an
iu th aV
leave Thursday night for Omaha. (ladder was raisep up to hem they
started to descend alone, but they were
so faint from the effects of the smoke
ladder was in
emen
tt ha
great
that they had to cling to the rungs for
their lives while the firemen went up
to steady them. They soon recovered
after reaching the sidewalk.
A Good Firetrap.
Only the lateness of the hour, say.
the firemen, prevented a most horrible
catastroph e. The lodging house has
more than fifty rooms and none of them
is more than six by eight feet. They
have no windows and a little^ smoke
would soon render the air poisonous.
The interior of the building is a mass
of dry wooden boxes used as rooms
and the fire would have claimed more
victims at an earlier hour.
The fire started in one of the rear
rooms from a hole in the old kitchen
chimney. The flames soon burne^l down
the dry wooden partition and leaping
into the hallway shot to the front of
the building in a second. The door
leadi ng to the third floor was open and
in a moment more the third floor was
in flames.
Thirty-seven persons were registered
in the place last night but all tu ten
of them were gone when the fire broke
out. The register proved to be of no
aid in identifyi ng the men and_ the
coroner was compelled to rely entire ly
on the memory of the proprietor, An
drew Madison, who was away when tho
fire started.
Loss Not Heavy. MB
The loss on the building will not ex
ceed $1,000, and is only partly covered
by insurance. Before it is rebuilrr how
ever, the building inspector will prob
ably take some action. There if but
one' stairway exit and that is exfMob
narro w. Should a fire break ouWia
the nigh t, there would undoubtedly be
a jam at the door and many lives would
be lost. I case the second floor should
be in flames, roomers on the third floor
would be .cut off, as there is no direct
connection with the street. There is a
slender fire escape at the rear of the
building, but this would be of little
use. N one thought of it this morn
ing, and there were no signs in the halls
telling its location. Had Green, who.
was on the third floor, known of it hig
life could have been saved.
Coroner Kistler will hold no inquest,
and as the men have no relatives here
they may be buried at the expense of
the' county. GREEN A N ENGLISHMAN
Had Been in Minneapolis for Twenty
TearsNo Relatives Here.
Fred Green, one of the victims of
the fire, was an Englishman and about
50 years old. had lived" in thi
countrv nearly all his life. had
work ed in the northwest, making Min
neapolis his headquarters, for about
twenty year s, and was known to a
large number of persons hereabouts.
Last winter Green worked for WiM
iam Dcvine, propriet or of the Long
Lake hotel at New Brighton. Last
night Mr. Devine, driving to Minneapo
lis, brought Green with him. r. Devine
said today that he did not know what
Green was going to do, but understood
that he had engag ed work. had
heard that all of Green's relatives live
in England.

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