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FREIGHT BLOCKAD E
FELT ANOTHE WA
Fuel Famine Menace Hangs Over
Many Communities in the
SOME FEW TOWNS ARE
ALREADY OUT OF COAL
Orders Given Months Ago Ignored
or Unfilled Because of Car
FAMINE IS WIDESPREAD
Arkansas City, Kan., Dec. 7.
The citizens of Latham and Atlan
ta, Cowley county, who are facing
a coal famine, yesterday stopped
a thru freight train on the St.
Louis & San Francisco and took
two cars of .coal at each town. The
coal was intended for company use
and was consigned to points in
Oklahoma. The citizens expect to
pay for the coal, hut were unable
to get any without taking these
A cruel phase of the freight block
ade in the northwest has been brought
home by this week's cold snap and
storm. Dispatches to The Journal
from the two Dakotas tell a story of
depleted coal bins and of well-grounded
fear that stocks of fuel cannot be re
newed under the present traffic system
in time to prevent suffering in many
These dispatches show that while the
fuel shortage is not a general menace,
the situation is unusually acute at some
places. Several towns in North Da
kota have no coal at all, and others
have but the most meager supplies. In
the district along the Missouri river
lignite, the native coal, isTo being used
by all classes, thus largely solving the
wjrioh the east
of thlfe Missouri and north to the bound-
is the same old story of orders
unfilled, tho given* early last fall, and
of shipments delayed in transit for
weeks and even months.
Cut Both Ways.
Like a two-edged sword, the car
shortage is cutting both ways. The
farmer cannot get hi^ winter's supply
of fuel fpr the same reason that he can
not get to market with his wheat. The
dissatisfaction and 'hardship in the one
case may yet be almost forgotten in
the sufferingr that a prolonged fuel
shortage will entail. The possibilities
of the situation, now that winter has
fairly set in, justify apprehension and
even alarm on the part of those with
out adequate fuel supplies.
The Journal's advices are
from well-distributed points in North
Dakota Jmd from all of South Dakota
except the Black Hills. Correspond
ents in principal points were directed
to ascertain conditions in towns with
in Tadii of fifty miles. By this system
a vast territory has been reported. In
North Dakota the grain congestion, and
the coal and wood famine are unmis
takable. In South Dakota the danger
appears more in spots.
The Dakotas as a whole were never
80 prosperous. Paradoxical as it may
seem, however, thousands and thou
sands of farmers in the northwest can
not, because of the existing freight
blockade, find a market for the grain
they have raised and are wondering
Continued on 2d Page, 2d Column.
U. S.Beg pardon, all my fault.
JapNot at all no harm done.
U. S.Such an awkward blunder.
ON HARRIMAN'S TRAIL
FRANK B. KELLOGG,
Minnesotan. who, with C. A. Severance,
also of Minnesota, will conduct a search
ing investigation into the Harriman sys
tem to obtain evidence for a possible
SLEW DON A GILMA N
CURTIS' CONFESSIO N
Fiendish Murder of Ohio Girl Is
Admitted by Half-Witted
Dayton, Ohio, Dee. 7."Yes, I did
it. I am the murderer of Dona Gil
Coolly and without the slightest sign
of emotion or remorse, David Curtis
made the above confession to County
Detective. McBride, Coroner Kline, De
tective Coleman of the Pinkerton
agency and Prosecuting Attorney Ne.
vine in the oflfice of the latter at 4
Curtis is 27 years of age and earned
a precarious living selling newspapers.
He is half-witted and at times labored
under delusions that he was a great
newsboys Curtis was known
as "Baby Dave." Many of those who
knew him allege his story is partlv the
result of his own disordered imagina
tion, and that he really had no connec
tion with the crime.
Was Fiendish Crime.
Miss Gilman, who was 20 years old,
was assaulted and strangled' to death
Tuesday evening, Nov. 20, within fifty
yards of her home on Arlington
Heights, a suburb, while returning
home from work. Her body was dis
covered by her 16-year-old brother Col
lins the following Thursday morning
lying in a vacant lot nearly opposite
the Gilman home. The spot where the
body was supposed to have laid during
Wednesday ^ras, ia_ plain view of Vpasjs
ersby and occupants of'the neighboring
houses and the delayed discovery lent
mystery to the affair.
Many suspects were arrested in this
'and other cities, but succeeded in estab
lishing their innocence. The girl bore
a fine reputation and the brutality of
the crime aroused the greatest feeling.
H,er fellow employees at the National
Cash Register company subscribed
$4,000 as a reward for the capture of
THREE KTT.T.TiD BY TRAIN.,
Joplln, Mo., Dec. 7.-Anna Stiffey. aged 15
EnH Cline, aged 14, and Lena Cline, aged 13,
while returning home In a buggy, were killed
four miles west of Joplin, their vehicle being
struck by a St. Louis & San Francisco pa^
senger ti'aiu and demolished.
THIS DOESN'T LOOK MUCH LIKE WAR,
(After the aecident.)
Jap~A pleasure, I assure you!. Etc., etc., etc-'S "i\\c--A.
CONGRES S O AC
O N CA SHORTAG E
Commerce Commission Will Be
Instructed to Make Formal
By W. W. Jermane, Colorado Building,
Washington, D. C.
Washington, Dec, 7.Congressman
Townsend of Michigan- has had a con
ference with the interstate commerce
commission relative to the car short
age, and as a result will introduce a
resolution to strengthen the hands of
the commission in the investigation of
shortage now in progress.
The resolution will especially in
struct commission to investigate the
shortage and then report what it. finds
to congress. It will charge the com
mission with power to summon witness
and go the full length of the road in
probing the matter.
Mr. Townsend believes that by this
means the investigation will lead to
legislation at an early .date, in case it
is demonstrated that the present law
does not give sufficient protection to
shippers. This will be following the
precedent established at the last ses
sion of congress, when a resolution was
adopted instructing the commission to
investigate the railroad holdings of
coal land, the revelations of which have
startled the country. That resolution
was introduced in the senate by Mr.
Tillman and put thru the house by Mr.
Townsend. ARSENIC IN WOMAN'S BODY
New Light Is Cast on Chicago's Sensa
tional Poisoning Mystery.
Chicago, Dec. 7.The police today
established the fact that arsenic had
beeen administered to Mrs. Eose V.
Vzral, mother of the family in which
six suspicious deaths have recently oc
curred. It is not yet established
whether the woman took arsenic or
whether it was administered by an
Coroner Hoffman today obtained a
permit for the exhumation of the
bodies of five members of the Vzral
family. It is probable that only the
body of *Ella vzral, who was the last
to die, before the mother, will be taken
EIGHT CARS HURLED FAR
Freight Trains Crash with Terrific
Lewiston, Me., Dec. 7.Pour persons
were killed and three others seriously
injured in a head-on collision between
a special and a regular freight train
on the Maine Central railroad near
the small station of Annabess&cook
lake last night. The wreck was said
to be due to a misunderstanding of or
Both trains were going so fast when
they met that eight of the thirteen
cars of the special were hurled over the
engine and demolished, with the greater
pa?t of the contents. The track was
mocked -for hours. The dead and in
jured were all trainmen.
FREE SEATS FOR TRUTHFUL
New York Theater to Reward Men
Who Do Not Lie to Wives.
Journal Special Service.
New York, Dec. 7.Every man who
presents himself at the box office of
the Lincoln Square theater on, Monday,
bringing a certificate from his wife
that he never told her a
given one seat for1
FRIDAY EVENING,j DECEMBER
performance. To every wife who brings
a certificate from her husband that she
never disbelieved anything he told
her will be given one seat.
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CAM E FBOM^SHE A
Witness Says Teamsters' Presi
dent Sent Him Out to As
Assaulted Teamster, but Were
to the Jury..
Chicago, Dec. 7-v-Extended argument
and frequent personalities between
counsel marked today's session of the
Shea trial. William Kelly testified
that he had personally written out a
permit, at the request of Shea, which
allowed the teams of P. J. Ryan to pass
thru *the picket lines during the strike
The witness then told of being sent
by President Shea, in company with
Jerry McCarthy of the Truck Drivers'
union, after the driver of a wagon
which passed the headquarters
strikers, with ordersf to "slug" the
FO WOMAN' S CRIM E
Defense in Birdsong Case Charges
"Talk" Drove Defendant
to Slay Doctor.
Hazelhurst, Miss., Deo. 7.It is an
nounced that the attorneys defending
Mrs. Angie Birdsong, charged with the
murder of Dr. Thomas Butler, will at
tempt to introduce into the trial the
free acceptance of evidence concern
ing the physician's alleged statements
about the woman who slew him. Ex
ception was taken to-the ruling of the
court at the close of yesterday's ses
sion that only such barts of this evi
dence could Tbe
FOOD EXPORTS $250,000,000
Dairy and Meat Trad Reaches New
Washington, Dec. 7.According to a
statement issued todady by] the bureasu
of statistics of. the department of com
J^erce and labora more than $250,000,-
ant State's Attorney Miller.
"We overtook him and tried it,"
said the witness, "but he was too much
for us and beat us off with a stake."
Thisended the direct examination and
Attorney Brady for the defense com
menced the cross-examination. The at
torney suddenly leaned forward in his
chair and said:
"Excuse me, Mr. Kelly, but you are
losing your diamond pin from your
The witness seemed greatly embar
rassed and grasped at the pin. The
attorneys for the state objected to the
incident, but Mr. Brady replied that
he intended no offense,
as came to
It is asserted byy^he defense that the'
action of the -woifoeai friends of Mrs]
Birdsong. ha3:quit& asrmnch effect in
driving'her to'tthe.verge of emotional
I "isanj^y as did gossip which sfie heard
Some of these former friends are -al-
leged to- have refused to speak to her
when they met her on the street. The
children of both of the young defendant
and those of the man she killed have
been court during the trial.
will have passed out of the United
States into the markets of other parts
of the world in the year ending with
the present month. This total is made
up of a little over $200,000,000 worth of
meats, $35,000,000 worth of cattle and
about $10,000,000 worth of butter,
cheese and milk.
Np feature of the export trade in ag
ricultural products has shown a more
steady and rapid growth than that of
meat and dairy produets. of which
there was an increase of about 60 per
cent during the past decade.
NEAR DEATH IN WELL
Prank Gunther Burned by Explosion of
A mysterious gas explosion in a well
at 3106 Twenty-second avenue S, at
noon today, nearly caused the death of
Prank 'Gunther, a repairer who was
working in the well.
Grunther was lowered into the well
by two other workmen and had taken
a rag, saturated with oil, as a torch.
Scarcely had he touched the bottom
when there was a flash and he stag
gered back, half stunned. His cloth
ing caught fire, and but for the quick
return of consciousness he would have
burned to death in the well. He ex
tinguished the flames with his hands
and called loudly to his friends, who
drew him up and carried him into a
near-by house. A physician was sum
moned, and Gunther was later removed
to his home.
His burns are not serious, but he will
probably be disfigured.
MILLIONS ARE STARVING
Famine in Central China Brought to At
tention of United States.
Washington, Dec. 7.A serious^ fam
ine, affecting millions of people pre
vails thruout central China, according
to a cablegram received at the state
department today from Shanghai. This
is the first information the government
here has received that such a serious
condition exists, The dispatch adds
that the sufferers are on the verge of
CZAR'S GOLD STOLEN
Assay Office Entered by an Under
Irkutsk, Siberia, Dec. 7.The gov
ernment assay office here was entered
by means of a tunnel last night and
gold weighing 165 quarter pounds was
stolen. There is no trace of the rob
BATTLE NEAR IN MOROCCO
Pretender's Forces Prepare to Attack
Sultan's Troops, '-*-''''H-^"
Mollis. Morn/o D". 7. 4 .l^ta^h-
nient of the tultan's troops under the
command or ivaid Bacnina has crossed
the Mouluya river, and native runners
report that the pretender's followers
are preparing, to attack the sherefian
forces. The result of the battle is anx
iously awaited* altho it is believed that
the sultan's soldiers will be victorious.
With the Commercial delegation to
Washington united to secure the Nic
ollet-Washington avenue site for anew
postoffice by Feb. 15, in accordance
with the argeement yesterday with
Secretary Leslie M. Shaw, the new
postoffice in the chief topic in busi
ness circles today. Men who are be
hind the opposition to block 40the
Windom blockunite in saying that
the Minneapolis delegation won a de
cided victory, and they are ready to
join with it on the return of the-'dele-
gation and secure the site between
Washington, Second street, Nicollet
and First avenue S.
.The almost unanimous opinipn is
that the location is ideal for the pur
pose. It was the first choice of the
Commercial club when that body be
gan its investigations, and was aban
doned in favor of block. 23the Pence
siteonly because of the fact that the
Pence site seemed more expedient thru
a possibility of purchasing it for the
amount appropriated. Other associa
tions, notably the Retailers, have fa
vored it.from the first, and it has been
the first choice of others.
Tho, the task of arranging affairs so
that the business interests may be able
to offer block 38 for, $350,000 will, ne
cessitate some careful financiering,' the
task will undertaken withe vim. All
of the block will not be required, but
it is admitted that thie probable inside
CORNELL'S CHI PSI LODGE,
Destroyed by Fire Today, In which It Is Known Seven Men Met Death.
UNITE O SECUR E
BLOC 38 FO P. Q.
Minneapolis Business Men Only Await
Return of Washington Delegation,
When Work Will Begin.
$750,000, or $400,000 more than the ap
Waiting for "Inside Story."
The business men seen today dp not
suggest ways and means for making up
the difference,'within two mohths^But
as soon as the delegation returns, a
meeting will be called to discuss the
question an to hear an inside report
of the conference with Secretary Shaw.
It is believe3Uha the Minneapolis,^!,
egation has ifi its possession some
facts of vital importance, which are
not yet known. In the meantime there
is not a dissenting voice to heard
against block 38.
Hope is expressed that, if this site
can be secured, the government may be
induced to give to the city the soft of
a building to which it is entitled, rath
er than a one-story warehouse. An
organized effort will be made for this,
and it is pointed out that a fine federal
building on this commanding site will
be a credit to the city and will at the
same time help carrying out the lone
desired plan for redeeming Bridge
making it real civic een-
believea that the selec
tion of block 38 and its use as-a post
office site will not interfere in^ny way
with the other important matter, name
ly the securing of a new union station1.
Indorseids by B. P. Nelson.
ri eht said.B.
Nelson, former chairman of the Com
mercial club public affairs committee,
today. "It was our first choice5,
after investigation we found that we
do httle toward it wit1 the $350,-
000 in sight. It is welaln located and is
a commanding corner. It is infinitely
delegation succeeded in head-
ing off the selection of that site, which
Heffelfinger, chairman of the
public affairs committee, says: "The
delegation is to be congratulated in get
ting what it went after. Block 4ff is
Senator Cullom Adds His "No"
to Other Denials of Re.
Washington, Dec 7."There is ab
solutely nothing in it." said Senator
Cullom,,. chairman of the committee on
foreign relations, when asked what he
knew about a proposed new treaty with
Japan, after he had paid a visit to the
Secretary Root and Viscount Aoki,
the Japanese ambassador, both have
flatly denied that such a treaty was0
in contemplation and a high official of'
the state department, in a position tp
know all that occurs in his office, tbdav
reiterated the denials.""
Assistant Adee, who has been credit
ed with having been assigned the task
?*,pepanng such a treaty, said today:
"It is all conjecture. I know of ab
solutely nothing tending to confirm the
report of any such treaty being nego-
tiated.,," Sjj-^^VOH BUELOW SEES BUBOESS.
"Berlin, Dec T.Chancellor yon Buelow itodav
received Professor John W. Burgess, first Roose
reltt professor of American history and lnstttu
ttons at the University of Berlin and dean of
headed off for the present, and In the
two months allowed we should be able
to get busy and secure the co-operation
of every organization in town. The
plan to be followed can best be de
termined after the delegation returns
&nd we have had a conference."
"Block 38 is all right and every
body in town should get together to see
what can be done. It is better than
block 23 and much better than 40."
said H. A. Tuttle.
I want to wait until the delegation
returns^ before, making any statement
as to the next step in this subject,"
said C. W. Gardner, president of the
Commercial club. "It must be admit
ted that block B8 is a fine site and that
a building on that corner will be a
good thing foreverybo dy. I am glad
that block 40 is headed off for the pres
ent and that we can get busy on some
Por All Parts of City.
The fine location of block 38 with
retereuce to serving equally the various
sections' of the city is pointed out by
W. A. Durst. I consider block 38 an
ideal site _and am glad that the. selection
of 40 is held up/' lie says,
Fred E. Barney,1
man and a
mercial club, says: "Block 38 is per
fectly satisfactory. It will help us in
our work to clean up Bridge square and
will not interfere with other plans now
up in fact, it should help them. I be
lieve the east side will unite with other
interests for this site."
Block 38 has never been discussed or
considered by us," said A. A. McRae,
presrdent of the South Side Commercial
club. "Personally,.! believe that our
organization and the South Side will'be
willing to compromise with all other
sections in favor of block 38.- We cer
tainly favor it'as
PRICE ONE CENT IN MINNEAPOLIS.
DEA TH IN '*FRA W HOUSE
block 23/ and
the fact that entire city
must be served, I am of the opinion
that block 38 is a good location and
that it will not be opposed by our or-
'fThe delegation did a good thine in
securing delay," said G. E. Stegner
of the German-American in North
'The Nortbank Sid would
naturally like the postoffice ,as far
north as possible and was opposed to
block 40. Block 38 is much better,
and I am glad that affairs have turned
against the lower town site."
SELECTION OF BLOCS 38
Minneapolis Delegation Elated Over Re
sult of Conference.
By W. W. Jermane, Colorado Building,
Washington, D. C.
Washington. Dec. 7.Elated over
their victory in securing time in which
to negotiate for the purchase of block
*8 bdundecTby Nicollet avenue, First
avenue S, Washington avenue and Sec
ond street S, as a site for a new post
office at. Minneapolis, members of the
delegation representing the commercial
organization of the city are beginning
to talk about a plan of campaign for
securing, the. 69,000 feet of ground that
Secretary Shaw wants for use by the
There is some talk of appealing to the
Minnesota legislature for assistance in!
some form, preferably in granting au
thority for an issue of bonds to make
up the difference between the actual
Continued on 2d Page, 1st Column.
Ohio Desperado, Run Into Thicket
by Bloodhounds, Fights
-Lebanon, Ohio, Deo. 7.Henry White,
the murderer of -Marshal Basore ol
iranklin was shot to death by a posse i
today. White escaped from the Lebanon
jail some days, ago and had not been
:Beeji since. Bl6odhounds were secured
yesterday and today they traced him
w^a .tntoket near Pleasant Plain.
'JEfae' murderer,, refused to surrender,
awl began shooting at the .members of
the posse- -He- was instantly, killed by
-0!meu%p& the posse.
"CHIMESE FLAG BAISED.
Hongkong, Dec 7.The South China Moat
ing Post correspondent at Nluchuang feleerapbs
that the Japanese yesterday tarried the cM
over to the Chinese, and that the Chinese fla
has been hoisted over the -public buildinKs!
Niu-chuang had been held by the Japanese since
the beginning of the -war with Russia.
SULTAN GIVES BEXR PLACE. Xl',
Constantinople. Dec. 7Dr. Beir, who' toeeth
r with Professor Bergmann attended the sultan
during his recent illness, has accepted the sul
tan's offer ot a permanent appointment on the
staff of -the state hospital. The appointment is
due to thfe sultan's desire to have Dr. Beir elos
at band, altho at present the health of Abdul
Hamid appears to be satisfactory.
PERISH IN FLAMEJ
Sif Killed by Fire that Destroys
the Magnificent Chi Psi jes^f
FIVE MEN MEET DEATH
WHEN WALLS CAVE IN
Men Poised for Leap Are Hurled
Back as the Tower
MCNNEAPALIS BOY THEEE.
Lyall Decker, son of W. P. Deck- i
er of Minneapolis, is a student at
Cornell university and a member of
the Chi Psi fraternity. When lash
heard from he had not been living
in the Chi Psi fraternity house, ana
his friends think that he Is safe.
THE CASUALTY LIST
O. L. SCHMTJOK, student, Han
J. M. McCUTCHEON, student,
substitute fullback Cornell football
A. S. ROBINSON, volunteer fire
man, prominent attorney, Ithica.
JOHN RUMSEYt volunteer fire
man, son of wealthy Ithica busi
ESTY LANDON, volunteer fire
W. H. NICHOLS, student, son
of George E. Nichols, Chicago com
F. W. GEELLE, freshman stu
dent, Orange, N. Y.
C. Z. POPE, freshman student.
an east side business
in both th Com-
and th St Anthone Com
Ithaca, N. Y., Dec. 7.-Fire today:''-
destroyed the beautiful Chi
si fraternity house at Cornell -uni
versity. Before the fire department
could arrive, O. Sehmuck of Han
over, Pa., had jumped from a third-., -i
story window and was so severely in'^""^'
jured that he died shortly afterwards,.?-
Three of Ithaca's volunteer firemen^
all^prominent men, were killed whilep
fighting the flames. Four students lie-
in the infirmary at the point' of death*
and it is not known how many are in*
Mansion Now Heap of Euins.
TJae. chapter .house,, which .was. a man'
flipn built by'JfifS Jennie McGrawV
Fiske on the campus overlooking:,
Cayuga lake, but never occupied by
her because of her premature death,
was a beautiful structure of sandstone,
and regarded as the finest fraternity"
house in the United States. It was i
handsomely decorated within with mar
ble and mahogany. It is now a heap
of ruins. The walls, which were of
rubbla masonTy, collapsed under tho- -r
flames and high wind.
Buried as Wall Falls.
The firemen killed were A. S- Robin-
son a lawyer and graduate of Cor
nell Esty Landon and John Bumsey.
They were manipulating a hose on the
north side of the building when the
wall collapsed on them and pinned them
slowly to roast under the burning
When the fire department arrived,
the screams of two men appearing in
the windows of the southwest tower. I
over the main entrance, were heard, 1
For some reason the men hesitated to
jump, and before they could be reached
the# tower collapsed and they were ^2
buried beneath the ruins. One of them
is supposed to be W. H. Nichols o C9
Bleeding injured Rescued. $#
The chapter house burned rapidly*, tt*
The firemen made a hard fight, buf 1
the walls were so hot that any attempt
at rescue,was impossible.
Among those who were taken from
the rums was J. M. McCutcheon of
Pittsburg, the football fullback substi
tute. Those taken out- were in a piti
able condition. They were bleeding
from cuts caused by falling bricks and.
timbers and blackened by smoke. Sev
eral of those who had been thus caught
were badly burned. McCutcheon, who
jumped, died late this afternoon. His
home is in Pittsburg. C. J. Pope, a
freshman member of the fraternity, is
Six Probable Death List. 1*
The fire continued to blaze fiercely
and it was several, hours before the
ruins were cool- enough to undertake
any rescue work. ^lany or" the stu
dents at first supposed to be missing
are being cared for at other fraternity
houses in the vicinity.
Tnis is the most serious disaster that
has ever occurred at Cornell, tho at
the Delta Chi chapter house fire some
years ago several lives were lost.
O. Sehmuck of Hanover, who
died in the infirmary.
F. W., Grelle of Orange, N. J a
freshman, is supposed to be among the
Fire Started in Kitchen. til
The fire started in the kitchen of the"* If
basement of the chapter house. The
flames had gained considerable headway
before. the students in the chapter
house were awakened.
The fire burned its way from the
kitchen into the lower hall where the
stairs leading to the floor above were
soon burning. The halls thruout the
house were immediately filled with
dense smoke. In the rooms on the up
per floor were twenty-seven students,
all of whom were taken unawares
Several Injured Leaping.
It was not possible for the students
to get out by way of the halls and all
went to the windows. As the fire ap
proached the rear of the building the
students we're forced to lump and sev
eral were seriously injured in this way..
Th wind at the time was blowing
thirty miles an hour and created a
draft thru the building that Boon, made
the interior a mass of flames.
No alarm was turned in until half an
hour after the fire had been discov
ered, and it was half an hour later be
for the volunteer fire department could
There was a long climb from the
lower part of the city to the college
grounds, and by the time the firemen
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