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i THE VICTIMS OF
S IROQUOIS FIRE
funeral Quiet Prevails in
tS Bereaved City.
IS jTTLE BUSINESS ' BONE
32 iual New Yoar's Colebratlen
J j ' Has Been Omitted.
iS finnrlly Streots Aro Filled With
1 Merry-Makers, but Now People
" Throng1 About Morgues.
?$5 Chicago, Doc. 31. For the first Umo
pec Chicago has possessed bells to
ak m, thistles to. shriek .and horns to
Ai the old year was allowed silently
il BHako Its place In history and the new
!0G Rfr.perniltted to come with no eyldencc
?3 Kjoy at its birth. All Chicago mourned
tjjjj; Br the 600 persons. who died yesterday
r HBrc, panic and suffocation at the Iro
IjOtfj in fin ofTicial proolamallon Issued this
Jtternoor. Mayor Cnrtcr Harrison sug
Wtcd that the usual New Year's eve
sjebratlon be omitted. The idea found
VlM tready" response 'in the hearts of the
jjf J wpie, and the Mayor's words seemed
flOKTd ply to give utterance to universal de
jjjjj :.The calamity of the Iroquois theater
is cast 'Chicago Into gloom. Business
j)5J xlay was performed .with a view to
fm ce?Flty. Ordinarily on New Year's
iSj ve the streets are filled with merry
JASfll'akers. but tonight the only throngs
Uivcrc those around the morgues.
ClSgJ ;j UNDER POLICE GUARD.
-Tjjj Ihlcago's Flame-Swept Charnel
JH House TJnopcn to Visitors.
5lbr4cagp,r, Dep. 31. By order of Cor
ljVrAifecr, the Iroquois theater char
SSf'" j&utt was today placed under a
jF'00 BURro"- person could
J'Mlhout a written order from
fcHf Police O'Neill, who wns noti
d' that he would be held responsible.
1 i'r keeping the building in the exact
fjffi pndlllon In which it was left' by thb
Ak.' irp of the flames. Thirty patrolmen
Jjj ere stationed across the' front of the
llldlng and twenty men guarded the
fit' r, while within were thirty more
- ' Bcere, the whole interior, Including
) stairways and .flre-bltten balconies,
Pg; !nc Jealously guarded.
y f SEARCH FOR BODIES.
J 'Ai soon as possible today an addl
jjfjj k onal detail of policemen went through
ic-burned building from top to bot
j pi. There "were fears that In the
liement -beneath ten feet of muddy
J4fi ter, would be found more victims ot
smoke and flames. Big fire engines
S?. t before had deluged the place wort
AJLij iay being utilized to draw forth doz
.yii of streams of thick murky water
wvS,"J frm the basement, while a dozen fire
en in hip boots made a thorough
1 Vch the l)asement for bodies. No
,'olBi however, were found In the
K3r . t,
1 CONSIDERED FIREPROOF.
Jirs Recording to the records of the qily
SlW.j biding department, which were close
!.'Qjj 3 ; Manned today, the building ordl-
! mce was compiled with In every pur
TAtf I lr In the- construction ot the Iro-
m- The inspector, Edward I.augh-
i;'. rt'Prt;rt that no proviHlons of the
'nanw were violated, rt was gen
j. j Hy considered to be an absolutely
ill; t fmptoot structure. The Iroquois wn
lit, ovided with twenty-seven double flr.i
its, but wood was used and stair
jj Tff were employed.
J-'ft eEGINS INVESTIGATION.
vfi-'M1, the announcement that one
fc'MIwi' representatlvu citizens would
tl IE: n '? nI1 the evldcnc(j regarding the
TlET T,rcturn 11 single verdict for all
ill'SK ,c.Um3f Coroner Treager today
J:. ? y Impanbled a jury. National
f iWF ii01111 Committeeman Graemo
m mc,nbcr or the firm of William
k 1 & wbolecalo grocei-s, was
the kroner that the deatli of
J2K.oyts JauEhtcr, Mrs. F. Morton
JfUR? anti er u,rco children, would bu
iwt baSlS iW th ,nvcstsalion
iiHSt .yiLL FIX RESPONSIBILITY.
S lE.''.nany pen,-ns are responsible for
said .Coroner Treager, "they
W -KU, J,roS:cuted to the fullest extent
. ii Tho investlgatibn of the
fm- wui bc thorough. We will leave
W mpnMbim C " 'n Ur cfrorts to fix
P&vJ Coroner'a Jury is as follows- L..
Iirniicr' s?crctary of the Kennedy'
SllnS1 for,L'on & Hcaly; Walter
3& ?ISE? M,M"nan for the Tobey Fur-
iInaLwm?aSy: Joscpn A" Cuminlnga.
-S.iSSVfownlnB. Kif? & Co.;
0 5 Cli ut)7; Atk,,l. credit man for Mnr
JiJ.i1J e,d &T Co ; John W. Fine, sales.
tfSamlF Hr ncvc11 fc Co-
fl'Sj STATUE UNTOUCIIEp.
riElv .am,a of t?,c curious today tried
.Wnnllnr?ach thc accne of the fire.
W Kr nn (.L,0Wcvcr' Permitted no loll
sTi TtiII ,ther.s,de or tne HtrccL near-
B "terior of the building- wan
-M!yc a3 before the fire. The giant
c -'J3KWi of an IrOfluols Indian over
' Toni.it entncc, fitting symbol ot
Js''ma t,rll ,of the deserted structure.
f'feeP?wItSrn a frnt ynstalnca by
rmTRUE WHITE SEPULCHRE.
V lKhoKullorcnc without, the interior
fcl ter -arktid It as a true
whitcd sepulchre. Upon the marble
staircases at the left and right within
were tho mess aqd confusion of the
gn'm march of thc bearers of the dead.
Anions the thousands of bits of lu-IK
Uantly colored glass shattered in tho
fight against the flames lay many
scorched blts'of clothing and occasion
al fragments of charred bodies.
LIKE BURNED-OUT VOLCANO.
From tho upper galleries the view to
day seemed a reminder of a burned out
volcano crater. In a saloon near the
theater was being guarded a huge pile
of garments and furs gathered up In
the theater after the fire. Five bushel
baskets were filled with the puraen,
gloves and handkerchiefs of tho fleeing
mob of terror-stricken women. Two
barrels were needed to hold thc over
shoes and shoes found.
SEAUCH FOR, LOVED ONES.
Crowds Came and Wept Around the
' Morgues. '
Chicago. Dec. 31. All night long
the crowds came and went around the
morgues where the bodies of the vic
tims of the disaster lay.' Thero were the
heads of families, brothers, sisters, and
men and women looking for those from
outside cities who had been their guestH.
For hours they passed up and down be
fore the long- rows of the dead, search
ing for the faces of their missing.
SORROW OF DR. GUNSAULUS.
Sorrow reigned in the residence of Dr.
Frank W. Gunsaulus. the uoted divine,
vho lives at 2C1S Prairie avenue. Wil
liam Mclaughlin, If) years of age, n
nephew of Mrs. Gunsaulus, was one of
those severely burned. He was taken
to the Presbyterian hospital, where the
attending physicians entertained no
hope for his? recovery.
CAME TO ATTEND WEDDING.
Mr. McLaughlin's home is In Buenos
Ayres. He is a member of thc sopho
more class of the ' Ohio Wesleyan uni
versity at Delaware. O., and was spend
ing his holiday vacation at the Gun
saulus home. He was to have witnessed
the marriage of Miss Martha Gunsaulus
to Henry Hamilton Shujer. which takes
place at the Prairie avenue residence
this evening. Owing to his condition, all
Invitations to the ceremony have been
recalled, and only the Immediate rela
tives of the bride and groom will be
All night long search was kept up for
Mary Dorothy Gartz, 12 years old, and
Barbara Gnrtz, 4 years old, who at
tended the theater with their aunt. Mrs.
Adelaide Hoptfelt. Today their bodies
had not been found, and there seems to
be no doubt 'that the children have per
ished. They are .the daughters of A. F
Gartz and the nieces of Ti. T Crane, thc
millionaire manufacturer of this city.
Mrs. Hoptfelt whs taken from thc the
ater severely burned about the head and
shoulders. The children are believed to
have been caught In the crush, coming
down irom the balcony, and to have
been trampled to death on the staircase
leading to the main floor.
Walter Zelslor, 17 'years old, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Slgmund Zelslcr. is among thc
mlssingt He Is a nephew of Fanny
Bloomfleld Zeisler. the famous Dlanlst.
PARTY OF FrVE LOST.
A party consisting- of Mrs. Lucy Gam,
her two children, Frank, 10 years old,
and Willie, C years old, Harriet Wolfe.
10 years old, daughter of LudwJck
Wolfe, a millionaire business man, and
Miss. Burke, a dressmnker. is missing.
Mr. Wolfe's entire family searched' all
night through the hospitals and
morgues, but fuiled to find a trace of
any members of the party.
HUNT FOR VISITORS.
Graeme Stewart, Republican national
committeeman from Illinois, spent the
entire night hunting- for Mrs. F. M.
Fox of WInnekta, III., and her three
children. Mrs. Fox Is the daughter of
William Hoyt, who was president of the
William Hoyt Grocery company, one of
the wealthiest concerns of thc kind In
the West. Mrs. Fox was taken home,
but none of the children were found. Mr.
Stewart said the handkerchief of Hoyt
Fox, 12 ycars'old. had been found In the
pockets of a suit upon thc body of a boy
at Rolston's morgue. There Is no doubt
that It Is the boy, although thc features
cannot be Identified.
Thore was a pathetic wene at Rol
ston's morgue when the body of John
Vunlngen, 18 years old, of Kenosha.
Wis., was Identllled. Friends of the
Vnnlngen family had spent many hours
searching at the request of Mi. and
Mrs. Vunlngen, who were injured. To
day four of the Vaningen children who
are believed to have perished In the Are
had not been accounted for. They are:
Grace, 2 years o)d; Dotty. 5 years old;
Mary, 13: and Edward, 20 years old.
NUNS BREAK DOWN AND WEEP.
One of the saddest of the many scenes
enacted In Thompson's restaurant, near
the theater, where many of thc dead and
Injured were taken immediately after
the fire, as tho search . by a body of
priests and nuns, headed by the Rev. J.
L. Holllnger of Outonagon. Mich., for
Edith Ilorton and her sister, young
girls, who. in company with one of the
convent sisters, had attended the per
formance. The body of Edith Hot-ton
was found in thc restaurant, many of
the nuns breaking down and weeping
bitterly at the eight. The other Horton
plrl and thc sister who accompanied
them were not found.
FOY SAVED MANY LIVES.
Actor's Presence of Mind Saved Many
Chicago, Dec. v 31. Charles Dexter
of thc Boston Baseball club 'and Frank
Houseman, tho old Chicago ?dcond
baseman, with their families, occupied
a box at thc Iroquois theater yesterday.
Both claimed that but for thc presence
of mind of Eddie Foy. the death roll
In t'he Iroquois- theater disaster would
have been doubled. When tho panic
began Dexter and Houseman each made
for and manned a door, leading- into thc
alley on . thc north side of the theater.
Thc people from thc balconies had al
ready commenced jumping to the
ground Moor when Houseman and Dex
ter forced open their doors and they
were compelled to lift away the
maimed and the deud In order to per
mit of exits from the ground floor.
(Continued on Page 2.)
TO BLOW OP WARSHIP
Secret Service (Wen Investi
MYSTERY OF EMPTY SHELL
Had Boon Relurnod Because I!
Was Found Bofective,
"When Hammers Struck Defective
Projectile, It Burst and Barely
New York. Dec. 31. Secret service
agents are investigating a mysterious
explosion which occurred in, the Mid
vole Steel works in NIcetown recently,
news of which has Just become public,
according to a dispatch from Philadel
phia. How the charge got into the shell
Is a mystery. By some persons it is be
lieved to have been the work of con
spirators, who had In view tlic destruc
tion of a battleship.
SEVERAL DEFECTIVE SHELLS.
The steel works recently shipped a lot
of projectiles to Boston, -where they
were delivered to the Government offi
cials and receipted for. Included in thc
lot were shells hollowed out so they
rould be charged with a high explosive.
Some of them were found defective and
wore sent back to the. works. Workmen
set about to examine them carefully.
One of the big shells resisted efforts to
open It and after a couple of expert
workmen had given up the task it was
decided to break It open.
TRLED TO BREAK IT OPEN.
Hardly had the heavy hammers de
scended when the shell exploded. Frag
ments Were scattered In all directions,
yet the workmen jicarby. we're not killed
or seriously Injured". It. was declared in
Boston that the officials were positive
thc shell had not been loaded when Jt
left their hands. The authorities in
Washington were- notified und secret,. ,
service agents have 3lnce been .working
on the" ca'ee,- A. Washington 'dispatch
WORK OF -'ANARCHISTS.
Admiral O.'Neil, one of the. Bureau of
Ordnance, has had his attention called
to-'a dispatch from Philadelphia giving
the details of an alleged plot of anarch
ists to blow up the big guns of warships
of the . American navy by tampering
with projectiles turned out by the Mid
vale Steel works at NIcetown. The plot
Is said to have been discovered by the
explosion of a projectile in the com
pany's works, which Injured several of
the workmen and which it was found
bad been loaded by a high' explosive.
" ADMIRAL DENIES STORY.
The story Is denied by Admiral O'Nell
in the most emphatic manner. The only
possible thing, he said, upon which such
a dispatch could be hinged was that fol
lowing the explosion at Iona Island,
which resulted In the death of several
men, some shells were sent to the Mld
vale works to be rebanded, In the midst
of the demoralization as a consequence
of the explosion and loss of life a loaded
shell was Included in the lot.
Admiral O'Nell Insisted that no de
fective materials ever had been received
from the Midvale works.
Under thc eystem of examination of
the navy he said that the possibility of
an anarchist plot to tamper with shells
designed for naval ordnance was pre
CLICKED NEW YEAR.
Message From United States Naval
Observatory Goes Part "Way
Around tho World.
Washington, Dec 31. Two-thirds
way around the world' the exact second
which marked the end of the old and
the beginning of" the New Year was
clicked off from the United States Naval
observatory over hundreds of thousands
of miles of telegraph wires and cables.
In far-off Alaska and in distant Guam
thc birth of 1001 waa recorded. Thc
Eastern Telegraph company, operating
wires east from Great Britain to India,
owing to a -press of business, could not
transmit the .midnight message. Other
wise it would have gone around the
May Tio Up St Louis.
St. Loujs. Dec. 31. Three hundred
members of thc Cabmen's and Carriage
Drivers' union have voted to strike to
morrow for higher wages and other
concessions. It Is feared that the. strike
may spread to other drivers and tic up
the traffic of the city.
SEVEN MEN ARRESTED
Stage Hands of Iroquois
CHARGE IS MANSLAUGHTER
Had Packed Their Trunks to
Wore Advised by Assistant Stags
Manager to Fly, and Had Trunks
All Packed to Go.
Chicago, Dec. 31. Seven employees of
tho Iroquois theater wore arrested to
night on orders Issued by Chief of Police
O'Nell. The charge against them is that
of being ncccssory to manslaughter. They
will be held pending tho verdict of the
Coroner's jury. Thc employees arc:
William Carleton, stage manager; Ed
ward Cummings, stage carpenter; Frank
J. Jandrew, R. M. Cummings, E. Englc,
Thomas McQueen and S. J. Mazonl. Tho
Inst flvo are stage hands and scene shift
ers. REQUESTED TO LEAVE.
After being taken Into custody by tho
police four of tho men told Chief O'Nell
that they had been requested by people
connected with the theater to leave Chi
cago. Whn asked who advised them to
do so. they at first refused to say, but
later admitted that the advice was given
by Assistant Sago Manager Plunkett.
They said they were about to follow
Plunketfs advice, and all of them had
packed their trunks and would have been
out of Chicago had not tho pollco ar
MORE ARRESTS TO FOLLOW.
Orders were Issued tonight by Chief
O'Nell to find mombers of thc company
and other theater employees who were
witnesses of tho fire. This order will
mean, the polli-e say, that more than
twenty arrests will be made tomorrow,
chiefly among tho dancers and members
of the chorus who w.cre crowded In the
wings waiting for their cues when the
tiro was discovered.
ACTORS TO BE HELD.
According to Coroner Traoger. a largo
placard had been placed In tho hotel
where a number of the actors aro stay
big ordering Hint nil members o the
compnny be ready to leave Chicago On
short notice. Believing that, this was a
move to keep witnesses from testifying
before a Coroner's Jury, the arrests were
ACQUITTED OF MURDER.
Prominent Physician of Pueblo, Who
It Is Charged, Killed Police
man, Goes Free.
Pueblo. Colo.. Dec. 31. Aflo'r a trial
lasting for several days, Dr. Charles O.
Rice, a prominent physician of this city,
wa3 acquitted of tho charge of murdor
Dr. Rice on October 17lh shot and Wiled
Police Officer Marts, after holding at bav
four hours a crowd in front of a drug
Htoro. of which he had tokon possession.
lh) was drinking at tho time. Insanity
was tho ground on which the defense waa
CANNOT BE KEPT
VERY MUCH LONGER
ftflilitary t Authorities Say It
Cannot Be Avoided.
MAY INVOLVE ALL EUROPE
Both Countries Regarded In
Fine Shape for War,
Foreign Editorials Express the Hope
That War Between Bussia and
Japan May Bo Averted..
Paris, Dec. 31. Thc St. Petersburg cor
respondent of thc Paris edition of tho New
York Herald says that tho optimism pre
vailing concerning tho far Eastern situa
tion has been rudely shaken by the dis
patches from Tokio. The dominant senti
ment today Is that war is inevltublc, says
the correspondent, A high military au
thority, accepting that war Is a foregono
conclusion, said to the correspondent:
"I presume that when tho tlmo comes
tho Japancae will affect a landing In
Korea. Well, what of it, and what after?'
Thus Indicating that Russia does not pro
pose to taho precipitate action In thc
event of Japan trying to forco the sltua
tlon. A dispatch from Moscow says:
WAR RISKS IMPOSED.
" "Tho Imposition of war risks today by
tho Insurance companies in shipments
hence to thc far East was tho first local
intimation that Russo-Japanese hostili
ties wcro considered within the bounds of
"There Is no war talk, however, nor ex
citement. Tho general apathy of the
Muscovites Is ovldcnced by tho absence of
the slightest editorial referenco in tho
Moscow dally newspapers. The news
which is filtering in Is published without
comment. Tho Manchurlan correspond-,
ent of the Moscow Gazetto 3aya the Chi
ncso plan, In the light of a campaign, is
to concentrate 50.COU picked troops along
the llijo of thc Sin Mln Tun branch ot
the Manchurlan railroad and cut tho com
munications, thus Isolating Ncwchwaug
and Port Arthur. He adds that'the rcoc
cupatlon of Mukden -by thc .Russians was
effected chiefly for the purpose of check
ing this move." A Berlin dispatch says:
THERE IS STILL HOPE.
"Tho Post this morning prints a
lengthy leading editorial on thc Russian
Japanese situation In tho far East. Tho
editorial, which bears the evident marks
of Inspiration by the Government, says
tho situation Is still such that hopo of a
pcaceablo solution of the difficulties rieod
not be abandoned. Tho editorial says
that the cabinets of thc powers concerned
have preserved a calm objectlvo view of
thc situation, notwithstanding the alarm.
1st articles In tho press.
The completion of all the necessary
preparations for eventualities, says a To
kio dispatch, has been followed by a tem
porary lull, pending the receipt of Rus
sia's reply. Jt Is reported at Seoul that
tho Russian Minister Is trying by every
means to Induco tho Korean court to
grant Russia a lease of Masampho as a
naval station. Thc unrest In southern
MAY INVOLVE ALL NATIONS.
Llcut.-Gcn. Nelson A. Miles, United
States army, retired, who Is on his way
East, said In an interview at St, Louis
"If war is declared between Russia and
Japan it probably will Involve all tho na
tions of Europe." Asked If ho meant that
all the nations In Europe would come to
the aid of either Russia or Japan, he said:
"Yes, they would become Involved In
He declined to say whether he thought
this country would become Involved or
not. Gen. Miles stated that he had been
In both Russia and Japan In tho past few
years and Is famlllur with the armleu of
IN FINE CONDITION.
"Both arc in fine and effective condl
tlon for war," he said, "but I will not sav
what I think of their relative strength
and condition. Thc war will bo decidedly
military, ns well as naval, and in my opin
ion thero will bo battles on land of, con
LAND PURCHASE BONDS.
Circulars Calling for Subscriptions to
Be Applied to Purchase of
Washington, Dec. 31. Clarence Edwards,
chief of thc insular bureau of tho War
department, today aiudc public circulars
calling for subscriptions for $7,000,000 Phil
ippine land purchase bonds, the proceeds
of which are to bo applied to tho purchase
of friar lands. Thc bonds will lie regis
tered in denominations of from $1000 to
$10,000, dated February 1. 1001, bearing -1
per cent Interest, payable ut the United
States treaaury In United States gold coin.
The bonds will run from ten to thirty
years and be free from all forms of taxa
tion, either In tho Philippines or In the
United Stales. Subscrlpllons will be nay
able at tho Now York sub-treasury, where
tho bonds also will bo delivered.
SM00T PREPARES TO ANSWER CHARGE
Washington, Dec. SI Senator Smoot,
accompanied by his attorney, Mr. -Van
Cott, arrived in Washington today, and
has begun preparations of his case to be
presented to the Senate Committee on
Privileges und Elections. Mr. Borah of
Idaho, Smoot'8 second attorney, la not
expected for ten days. Senator Smoot
was asked today concerning representa
tions In former Senator Cannon's news
paper and said:
"Mr. Cannon would like very much
Indeed to have thc American people un-
THIS MORNING'S NEWS.
ALL OVER THE COUNTRY List of
Chlcugo's dead numbers AS2. while there
are eighty not Identified and over 3C0 ar
.still missing.... Explosion in Mldvalc steel
works exposes alleged plot to blow up
United States warship Klre In feather
factory In Chicago result.s In one death
and endangers many lives.,.. Danger of
war with Colombia Is said to be reduced I
and Gen. Reyes asserts that ho will use
his Influence to avert hostilities Young
and beautiful victim of unrequited love at
Cleveland goes to an Insane asylum.
FOREIGN Prospects of Immediate war
between Rtuaiu and Japan aro practically
certain Colombia lands troopn on Pa
nama soil and United States gunboats go
MOUNTAIN AND COAST Witness In
the Sun and Moon explosion trial at
Georgetown, Colo., gives startling testi
mony... Isaac Gravelle, convicted of the
charcc of attempting to blackmail thc
Northern Pacific Railroad company
CJTV Lucas and McCloskey plan for
baseball for tho noxt season Mrs. N. P,
Doolcy died of Brlght's disease at the
Holy Cross hospital Gov. Sparks favors
a sugar factory for Nevada -Wido spec
ulation as lb who will have charge of
sports at tho University of Utah.. . .Record
mado by the County Clerk's office during !
the year. ...Report of tho County Treas
urer for December Mrs. Stlckncy Ih glv-
ui custody of little Elmer Rose.... Mayor
Thompson Mtbmlls his annual report
President Clawaon administers a direct
Hiiub to City Engineer Kelsey in the meet
ing of thc Board of Public Works
Plant for a local Industry mti3t bo greatly
enlarged to meet the demand for goods
Movement on foot for the organization of
a fine military band to visit the St. I.011I3
fair Unique educational institution be
ing built by the Tellurlde Power company.
... Corrected bank figures for the year
Real estate transfers 51510. . .Bank clear
ings 56O-JS03. ..Stock sales 2o.lS7 shares,
for $5KI S3; for the month 750 975 shares,
that brought $401.510 22.... Ore and bullion
settlements during tho day JGS.OOO.
! deratnnd that I am here to represent thc
Mormon church in lny personal capac
ity and as a member of that church,
bit I want the people of the United
States to understand that I do not take
that position, and Mr. Cannon nor any
one else can force me Into it.
"I was elected by the Republicans of
Utah through Republican organizations
and I am here as a Senator representing
the State of Utah.
"I shall guard the interest of all the
people of Utah, irrespective of their re
ligious creed or color.
I "The- Mormon church did not send tne
hero and I am not here to represent the
When it was. suggested that an In
quiry would be made as to whether the
Mormon church Is still merely suspend
ing and has not abandoned polygamy
ho replied "that tho Mormon church
hn3 abandoned polygamy, thero Is no
Mr. Van Cott In an interview declared
he did not believe there Is a single per
son in Utah who believes Senator Smoot
is a polygamlst.
BENSON GOES TO JAIL.
Charged With Unlawfully Obtaining
Possession of Titles to Public
Lands in California,
New York,. Dec 31. John A. Benson
of San Francisco Is in Ludlow street
jail tonight, owing to his Inability to
furnish $10,000 ball. He wus arrested
here today on a charge of bribery, at
thc Instance of secret service officers,
who feared he was about to leave thc
Benson was recently Indicted in
Washington for bribing a Federal offi
cial. The indictment, which reached
here today from Washington, contained
sixty typewritten pages. It first
charged that Benson and Frederick A.
Hyde of San Francisco were engaged
In thc business of unlawfully obtaining
possession of titles to the public lands
In California and Oregon known as
HAD ADVANCE TIPS.
Thc indictment stated that following
tho securing of the lands by thc two
men, the Interior department special
agents, A. B. Pugh and H. 35. Stcccc,
commenced an investigation. It Is
charged that on May 15th last Benson
paid Woodford D. Harland, chief of the
police service of the Interior depart
ment, $200 to furnish him with advance
information concerning the report of
Messrs. Pugh and Steece.
It Is further claimed that a second
payment of $200 was made to Harland
on March 20th, a third on March 25th
of thc same amount and a fourth on
December ISth to the same Federal of
ficial of $250. A claim is also made that
on December 16th Benson paid William
L Volk, a clerk In the land office, the
sum of $150 to permit him to see certain
COULD NOT GET BAIL.
After hia arrest the accused man was
taken before United States Commis
sioner Shields, who set his examination
for January 12th. Being unable to se
cure bondsmen, Benson was taken to
Jail. J. G. Campbell, one of Benson's
counsel, said his client had appeared
before a United States commissioner in
Washington December 17th, and that
the examination had gone over until
"Not caring to wait," said he. "the
Federal officials there yesterday Indict
ed Mr. Benson on the identical charge
he was arraigned on there. We expect
to be able to show that Benson had
been guilty of no such crime. We will
furnish bail for him tomorrow."
MAY BE NO BREAK.
General Reyes. Believes War With'
the United States Means
Washington, Dec. - 31. State depart
ment advices of recent date allege to
show that the danger of a hostile clash
with Colombia -is abating, and-these,
taken In . connection with Minister
Beaupre's courteous treatment by the
Colombian officials on" his way home,
tend to confirm the ofTicial Impression
here that there Is no danger of, failure
to reach a satisfactory adjustment of
whatever issues may exist between the
United States and Colombia.
If the Colombian Government follows
the advice of Gen. Reyes, all idea of
the breaking out of hostilities between
Colombia and the United States may
be dissipated. Even though the reply
of .this Government to the note of Gen.
Reyes may not be of a nature to afford
him much comfort, he said today that
ho would use all the Influence in his
power to prevail upon his Government
to refrain from any hostile demonstra
tion toward the United States. A war
with the United States, he declared,
would result In disaster to Colombia.
Whether ho would submit counter pro
posals to the reply of Mr. Hay, Gen.
Reyes was unable to say until he had
received the document and gone over it
SOLDIERS COME HOME. .
All Organisations of Strike Militia
Aro to Be Called From.
Carbon County. .
Helper, Utah, Dec. 31. It is likely that
all tho organizations for- tho State mili
tary will bo called from this county by
the first of next week. Tho regimental
staff, with two exceptions, wore released
Company G at Casrtlo Gate and Bat
tery A at Sunnyside are expecting or
ders to move tomorrow.
At Winter Quarters, however, It is
possible that a company will be sta
tioned for the rest of thc winter.
A number of citizens, including the
strikers, are preparing-a petition to the
Governor., askiner that the troops remafn
for nn Indefinlto period. Thc petition
states that they are in fear and danger
as the result of the actions of company
guards at that place. Thc guards, the
petition alleges, may cause a riot at
An order was issued today promoting
Arthur L. Thomas. Jr.. a Major of the
brigade staff. Thomas has been Ord
nance Sergeant of the First infantry
and his promotion Is to lake effect a,t
once. lSvictlons are taking place at all
the camps with no Indications of trouble.
I BANKER KILLS HIMSELF.
Believed That tho Funds of thc Iowa
Institution Aro in Good ,
Dcs Moines. Ia., Dee. 31. Banker
Charles F. Woods shot and killed bin
self last night in his bank at St. Charles,
la. So far as can be learned tho bank la
in good condition. j
FIRE IN FACTORY I
AT CHICAGO H
CAUSE OF TRAGEDY
One Man Killed and Two
MAN LEAPS THREE STORIES : H
Two Men Wsn Badly Burned
About Hi ad and Btdy.
Foreman, Who Jumped From Win- 1
dow of an Upper Floor, Received :
Crushed Skull and Died I IH
Chicago, Dec. 31. One man Tvas '
killed and two revercly injured in a i; jH
fire In thc factory of the United States
Leather company today. Loss, 550,000. : jH
Daniel Phalen. foreman, badly burned ' jH
and jumped from third-story window, j;
crushing skull. I
Carl Meyer, superintendent, burned
about head and hands in rescuing flvo j
August Zaconl, burned about head !
and body. ;
The building, a six-story structure. ,
contained a large number of employees, :
but all except the three named escaped ',
without severe Injury. j
I DUNSMUIR ALL RIGHT. H
Manager of Company Testifies Pre3l- 1
dent of Concern Was Always in .
Shape for Business. 'tl
Victoria. B. C. Dec, 31.-JohV A. M.
Lowe, manager of R. Dunsmulr's Son r IH
company at San Francisco, gave ovldoneo
in thc Hoppor-Dunsmulr will coso thin j
morning to the effect that Alex Dui jmulr, Jl
as president of the company hnd ilway.t
carried on tho business properly and had
never come to thc office Intoxicated. Lowe II
spoke of having dined at tines with Duns- ilH
mulr and denied stories of his having at CfH
times dropped food and of tho necessity vH
of cutting lila food for him. I
Lowo told of directors' meetings at San IH
Francisco, of making a fishing trip along fcH
the British Columbia coast In September. fiH
1830, with Alex Dunsmulr. Alex Dunsmulr (iH
was then in splendid health, had the best ftlH
fishing Cfttoli and poled his own canoe up SH
the swift rlvors. Ho was up tho river iiiH
first, shot thc most birds and was gener- JH
ally in fine health. ;H
IOwe recited a number of business uH
transactions such as chartering vessols LH
eta, vhich Dunsmulr superintended, and rH
Kald his memory was excellent. He Idon- vH
tlficd his signature to the will of Dccom- H
ber 21st, now disputed.
BRYAN BRINGS SUIT. H
Will Fight for tho Recognition of the iH
S5O,0O0 Paragraph in the Late (ll
P. S. Bennett's Will.
New Haven, Conn., Dec. 31. A suit lll
in the form of a supplementary pro- Sll
cccdlng In thc Bennett will case was Ifll
Instituted today by counsel for W. J. ll
Bryan, as executor, against Mrs. Ben- lll
nett and' other legatees of P. S. Bqu- lll
nett. The suit is brought for the pur- il
pose of having the Supreme court pass
upon the validity of certain paragraphs
In thc will. These include tho bequest i'l
of $50,000 to Mr. Bryan through a sealed jiH
letter to Mrs. Bennett, and three be- rH
quests of $10,000 each In trust to Mr. (ijl
and .Mrs. Bryan for distribution among 'lH
educational Institutions. Ifl
VERDICT OF GUILTY. H
Isaac Gravelle Convicted of Charge of lil
Sonding Blackmailing Letters .
to Northern Pacific '
Helena, Dec 31. The jury at 3:10 p. '
111. returned a verdict of guilty against
Isaac Gravelle, charged with sending ll
blackmailing letters to the Northern. H
Pacific official and dynamiting its jH
trains. Gravelle will bo sentenced on ll
Monduy. Thc trial was begun Decern- ll
bcr 14th. One hundred -witnesses were ill
called, and in all respects it was tho iMI
most noted criminal trial In the history 'Ijl
of thc Montana courts. lil
Plunger Was to Meet His Creditors !
and Arrange for the Payment
of Big Debt,
Kansas City. Dec. 31. Grant C. Gil
letlc, the farmer cattle plunger, who
was expected In Kansas City to ment jll
his creditors and to effect. If possible, ' IH
a settlement of his indebtedness of till
$1,500,000, failed to arrive. Gillette'.-)
attorney, who was here, was at a loss
to know why his client did not arrive,
and expressed thc opinion that he had
weakened at tho laet moment.