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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
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ST. LOUIS. MO., FRIDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1900.
. I In St. I.onii
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In St. I.onis. tine Crnt.
.lulu. Tt Cents.
STANDARD THEATER ViSITED
BY A DESTRUCTIVE FIRE.
. : , .
Roof Was Burned Off and In
terior Was Hooded
DAMAGE IS ABOUT 515,000.
Utopian Company's Loss Es
timated at $2,000 To
Show at Imperial.
I'm' which originated in tin- gallery of
the St.i-id.ird Theater, at Sov-ntli and Wal
nut ittTts. at 11.1') l.Kt night iractieally
lc-troed the structure Tito flame, which
vcre- subdued only after two hours hard
-truggle by the Fire- Department, con-i-uincil
all the Interior fittings and furnish
ings, leaving only the four wall.
The origin of the fire is unknown, but it
i believed It may have been started iy
the lighlcd stump of a clgare-tte throun
e-.ireIcMy away by one of the gallery gods
in having the theater after the iierform
amo, which may have fallen into some
waste paper anil smoldered unnoticed until
a vagrant draft fanned it into flame. Pri
vate, Watchman Fitzlmmn, v.hoo duty
it is in the course of the performance to
crei-e control oer the gall-'rr gixl, says
that he made the rounds of the gallery
after the house was dismissed and noticed
The performance closed at 10:3 1 o'clock,
ami all of tac performers had donned their
street clothes and gotten out of the theater
Ions Iiefore the fire was discovered. There
were a few of the employes in the cafe In
the Ki.-cmcnt when an excited individual
daMi-d downstairs and yelled that the thea
ter was on lire. Tho.-e in the cafo ran out
side and. looking up. saw smoke pouring
from the windows of the nailery on the
Walnut street side. An alarm was turned
in and the employes turned their attention
to the task of savins the costumes and
property on the stage.
The Utopian Burieyquers Is the name of
the company which was appearing at the
bouse. Host of the 'members of the troupe
were rooming at Killing's Hotel, directly
across the street from the Standard, and
none of them had retired. Aroused by tin
cry of fire, they hastened outside. Stij, re
alizing the danger, made a wild rush for the
stage door, intent on saving their trunks
containing their costumes and stage ueees
rories, -which wero In the dresslns-roann
downstairs, beneath the stage.
Actors and actresses, whose entire be
longings, almost, were contained in tho
trunks In their dressing-rooms, scrambled
down the steep," narrow- stair? leading he
low the stage, groped their way to their
dressing-rooms and scurried out again with
their arms piled high with articles of cloth
ing, which they hail snatched front their
trunks. The stage hands, cooler-headed,
stopped the mad rush and began hauling
out the trunks ono at a time, and their
presence of mind In the emergency Is responsible-
for the salvage of mp.-t of the
property of the company. During the ex
citement incident on the first alarm sev
eral outsiders gained entr-atce to tlr dressing-rooms,
ajid,'undor pre;lnse of'assbst
tlng In th-sjrork of .rescuing the property
or the actresses, succeeded In making away
with a quantity or valuable plunder.,
when the first engines appearea "on the
sceno the fire had gained considerable head
way. The Western, Brass Manufacturing
Company's plant, a four-story 'building-, ad
Joins the theater on. 'the east, and the five
story structure lately vacated by the A.
NcuviHe Shirt Manufacturing Company Is
separated from It on the north by a narrow
alley. Seeing the danger which threatened
these buildings', n second and a third alarm
were turned in by Chief Sningley within a
few- moments nfter his arrival, bringing
twenty cnclnes on the scene.
The firemen had difficulty in reaching the
peat of the flames, and while they were get
ting their apparatus In the most advantage
ous positions the fire had secured great
headway and was reaching toward the tage
In the rear.
The heavy electric light wire cables
strung- about the front and sld. of the
building also interfered to some extent to
the raising of the trucks and water tow
er?. When the firemen hail overcome these
difficulties, however, and began to pour a.
deluge en the flames the tubdulng or tha
fire was merely a matter of time.
Despite the efforts of the firemen, the
flames reached the stage with Its Inflam
mable material, which wa consumed with
in a few minutes. When the roof fell In u
fhort time later there was nothing left
for the fire to feed upon.
The damage was confined mostly to the
gallery and balcony at the south end of
the building. The damage by water is
considerable. The lower floor and the cafe
were untouched bv the flames.
Colonel Ed Butler, the proprietor of the
theater, who was summoned to the fire a
few moments after It broke out. said: "The
Standard Theater has been In existence
fince September IS. 1SS3. It was orlglnaliy
under the management of Mannerly and
McEr.tlre. and has been a vaudeville show
house since Its establishment.
"Its stage is the largest In tho city, and
it has a larger seating capacity than any
other theater here, Jt has the distinction
of having sheltered the convention which
nominated David IX. Francis for Mayor In
"Tho building cost me JJO.OX). and tho
ground on additional $00,001. Jt is insured
for J33.G0O. I have made arrangements with
Frank Tate of the Columbia Theater to
transfer tho hhow which was exhibiting
here to the Imperial Theater, opening this
afternoon. I will rebuild and remodel the
Standard on a more splendid scale than
ever, and will begin the work as soon as
the ruins cool."
Chief fawingley said last night that the
SECTION MEN FIGHT WHILE
OFFICERS ARE 01T OF TOWN.
About one-half of the residents of Alton
witnessed a pitched battle between sectlan
crews of the Chicago. Peoria and St. Louis
Itallroad Company, formerly the Bluff Line,
na of the Illinois Terminal Railroad Com
pany yesterday, while the Chief or Police,
the Mayor, and every one vested with pow
w to give orders to quell the disturbance,
were In attendance nt the Bellenger murder
trial at Edwardsville.
During the fight the crew of the Illinois
Terminal Company succeeded In pushing
the other crew over an embankment and
tumbling a heavy platform down on them.
Half a dozen of tho crew that went over
the embankment were pinioned to the earth
by the heavy platform, and their escape
irom being crushed to death seemed mirac
ulous. The crew ot the Chicago, Peoria and St.
Jjouis road tried to even up matters with
the Illinois Terminal road by destroying the
embankment built by the latter road along
Ier front' They attacked it with picks
na shovels and commenced to level tho
embankment. As fast as the crew of the
vaicago, Peoria and St. Louis road shoveled
i:stiiati: or- iami;i:.
O Fire chief Sningley and t'aptaln
Kvans estimated the elamaue lo the
theater at JK..W.
1-M llutler said the insurance
amounts to $3."..(m).
Sam Myers, manager of the Boston
Burlesquer. estimated his loss at
.M-', and has mi insurance.
Mr. llutler said last nlslit he had
made arrangements with the ni.in-
ageiueut of the Imperial Theater to
give performances at that playhouse,
commencing to-morrow night.
tire started In the south end of the gallrry.
but was unable to say what started the
blaze. The entire gallery and roof was
destroved. and a portion of the balcmy
was slightlv cnrcheil. I
The walls, were practically not damaged.
The Salvage Corp-, siuceeded in eoering
the seats with tarpaulins, thus saving them
Chief Kvans of the Salvage Corps and
Chief Sningley both estimated the loss of
tlie building at J15. The estimate, they
said, was a liberal one.
diii ami'mm: tiiim:.
One of the incidents of the liie wj.t the
frantic rush of female I'topian Burlescmrrs
toward tilth- belongings in the drc-ssins-rooms
underneath the stage. Some wore In
near-by restaurants, and others wre at
luncheon in the cafe of the theater.
Mildred Vincent, a soubrette, attempted
to lift her heavy trunk and ca'rry It to
the street. When -he realized that her
strength was not equal to the task she
opened It and commenced removing- hr
wearing apparel and costumes by the arm
ful. Into the street she carried her gar
ments and dumped them. In her excite
ment, into the gutter, which was flooded
with muddy water.
"Thank goodness!" said she when she
had emptied her trunk. "I've saved all my
stuff, now let the old building burn." When
lnr attention was called to the heap of
mud-bespattered clothing, several gar
ments having been washed down the gut
ter, she wept bitterly and was bordering
on hysteria when friends removed her to
Kittle Kvans Is another burlesquer who
will not scon forget her first experience
In a theater lire. Owing to her part In
the cast It was neces-ary for her. when
t he cntereil her dressing-room after the
Mail curtain, to don her street dress. When
she heard the pulling of the engines out
side and 'the screwming of the other girls
In the corridor she seized a mirror, a box
of powder and a handful of hairpin!; then
hurried to the Mage entrance.
"WRAPPED TISSl'Il PAPER
I'OHTlKlti: Alio IT m:it.
Realizing the night was cold, she grabbed
a portiere made of tissi-e paper, and. -vr.ip-piiig
it about her. would have rushed into
the street had not one of her companions.
who was less perturbed, rrasone-d with her
and explained there was no Immediate dan
ger. .Arter being asured there was ample
t.ine to finMi dressing she returned, and
later emerged in a dressing-gown. Under
her arm si-.e carried a bundle of clothes
wrapied in a sheet.
Maud Hamilton, May Powell and Ella Syl
vester were other members of the company
who carried from their dressing-rooms huge
Dunjies ot clothing and deposited them on
tha floors of tha saloons and restaurants in
the neighborhood. The office and bar of
Hilling's Hotel resembled the receiving
room of a laundry. Dresses, costumes and
undergarments were scattered promiscu
ously about the floor and on chairs and ta
bles. One excited burlesquer ran frantical
ly from one room to another, spasmodically
squeezing and lavishing- kisses on an ugly
After the fire had been burning for about
ten or fifteen minutes and the female
Utopians realized that their lives were nut
endangered, several of them ventured from
the hotel to the corner of Seventh and Wal
nut and watched the firemen work. Their
nerves were again unstrung, when a heavy
stream of water struck a trolley wire and
It snapped and fell to the ground. Thev
satisfied themselves that the experiences of
the night were sufficient and repaired to
their rooms to sleep or try to.
In the meantime several men were en
gaged In removing the trunks from the
dressing-rooms and carrying Into the street
such portable property as they could find.
All of the trunks were removed and the
damage to the theatrical comany's property
will bo confined to stage settings, which
wtro damaged by water.
UKTAII.S HIS I.USSKS.
Samuel Myers, manager of the Utopian
liiirlcsquers. estimated the loss to his
sceneries and properties. Including a calcium
light mid a moving-picture machine, at
$2,0)D, with no Insurance. All of tho ward
robes were, saved.
"I was In bee! when the fire started." sail
-ir. jijers. "and I quickly gathered my
company and gave them ordra to hurry to
the theater and save their wardrobe" Th
women were m more arraid of the lire th in
the men, and by much hard work we car
ried our effects to places of safety
Mr. Myers said that T. W. Dluklns pro
prietor of the lion-Ton Theuter of Jrs..v
City. X. J., owns the show.
SI.STAIXS ,X IXJl-liv.
Foreman Thomas Fltzpatrlek of Knglne
Company No. C In responding to u,e first
alarm was run down by a truck and hW
right foot was badly crushed. Doctor Iiro
kaw, who attended him, said that no bones
were broken, but that the ligaments were
badly torn and that the Injury might prove
serious. Fitzpatiick was removed to St.
John's Hospital early this morning.
Lieutenant Johnson, in charge of the Cen
tral District police, detailed a force of Ser
geants and twenty-five officers lo watch the
property which had been removed from the
burning building and keep the crowd from
Interfering with the firemen. Officers as
sisted the Salvage Corps in removing the
rash register and other valuable property
from the cafe.
away tho cinders the crew of the Illinois
Terminal road filled the excavations with
moro cinders from several flat cars which
had been sent to the scene of action.
Tho C, P. & St. L. crew- then went for a
new platform, which hid been constructed
to replace the one demolished, and, whiles
they were carrying it up to the depot, the
Terminal crew was re-enforced by the men
who had gone lor the cinders. Together
they rushed for the platform. When they
reached it the two crews pulled and pushed
until the contest was brought to a summary
conclusion by the crew and platform belong
ing to the C, P. & Ft. I- It. It. being
pushed over the embankment.
While the trouble was at Its height some
of the peace and order loving citizens took
steps to put an end to the fracas. The Chief
of Police was In demand, but he was- at Kd
wardsville. The Mayor also was at Kdwards
villo. as were all the heads of all the exec
utive departments of the city.
The fight continued until Mayor Young,
who had been notified of the condition of
things- In Alton, appointed Green Parker
temporary Chief of Police by telephone
By the time the new police chief had collect
ed his forces the belligerents, having fought
themselves out, were resting on their arms
The citizens of Alton are expecting more In
teresting developmeuts In the future.
: wyz-h k I tiffin Aw mil A5v jsr;wt
I: 'usfi m ply w m J:
SAYS AN HATES EMPEROR
BECAUSE HE IS A CHRISTIAN.
German Official Announces the
Conversion of China's
HE READ AMERICAN BOOKS.
Information Is Believed to
Have Come From Count
MISSIONARIES ARE BLAMED.
Reichstag Startled by Former
Court C haplain's Disclosure.
KMPKKOK KWAXG SI'
masRhoida,UsCC"Docror Sm ' J f th " ore the clirh.
sTuation In ChhS Jtth.'l T fT Cha'"'""' remarked, with reference to the
p w, - l Cn,na' tnat lle haJ received private letters asserting that the reason the
Car s,7anh1TbeeaneS ".T, Kw"ne S" " ,hat " " has actu.iv become a
un,krh.s'eye. f converted by British and American missionary book.s that came
,h Vc I. . , 'Cn Uo?-,or s"ecker was Interviewed by a represe
the Associated Press, to whom he gave a number of corroborative details.
Je""Jn, 1 SU.P,P07,1 ,0 nve been Count vou Waldersee. with who
... . . tnmaui iiuimaie irienusnlp.
MUST EXTEND THE
CANAL TO ST. LOUIS,
Commission Disapniovcs Illinois
Plan of Stopping Work at
COMMERCE DEMANDS THIS.
Kstimateil Cost of Fourteen-Foot
Cut From I.ockporl to the.
.Mississippi River Is Thirty
Washington. Dec. 1.1. Members of the Illinois-
delegation In Congress, who are inter
ested In the car-il connection of the Missis
sippi Klier and the Great Lakes by way
of the Chicago Sanitary Canal, have been
advised that the report of the commission of
I'nlted States Army engircers. about to in
sent to Congress, is not favorable to the
The report is still In tli- possession of the
War Department, but It is understood the
project of a fourteen-foot einal from Lock
port, at the foot of the sanitary canal, and
thence down tho Desplalnes and Illinois riv
ers to the .Mississippi lilver. Is disapproved
by the commission, though Impliedly It i.s
stated that if the plan is extended on to
St. LouK a distance of forty miles. It
would be approved.
This Is the second report on the canal,
the first ore relating to a seven or eight
foot waterway. In addition to tills. Con.
gross called for a report on a ten twelve
and fourteen. The latter report I.s the one
now before the War Department.
Tout of thr Cnnnl.
As to the ten and twelve foot depths, the
commission is understood to dismiss these
depths as inadequate for lake vesseis.
Conlir.lng its attention to the fourteen
foot project, the commission takes the view
that the cut from Lockport to the Missis
sippi Kivcr would still leave navigation to
bo 0eneil and deepened further on to St.
This view is understood to be bajed on
considerations for the commerce In that
region, and not to any engineering dilhcul
ties in the execution of the project.
Members of the Illinois delegation say It
was not contemplated to carry the project
further than the stretch from Lockport to
the Mississippi Itlver. In view of the re
pcrt. it is expected that future surveys will
ht.ve In mind the extension of the water
way through to St. Louts.
The commission estimates that the cost
of me fourteen-foot cut from Lockport to
tie Mississippi River will be about $30,000.
rti). No estimate Is made cn the through
project to St. Louis.
CHIEF 03? POLICE C-lVClPiaEXiL GOES TO TVT A -KrTT,.A..
':m w '-Q-Jv r- yw
CONFER TO-DAY ON
Klectiou Commissioners .May
fuse to ( (imply With the
School Hoard's Kcipiest.
COURT MAY BE INVOKED.
Question in the .Mind of Secretary
Jloblil.elle as to the Ilistim-
lion Iletwccn the DilVereni
Classes of Taxpayeis.
The lioaid of Klectlon Commissioners
will confer officially to-day on the request
of the Hoard of IMucation that a sp-cial
election be held on February 2C tr submit
to the taxpayers the proposition to In
crease; the tax for school purpose." from ty
cents to 0 cents on the Jli valuation.
It is positively known that more than
one member of the Hoard of Klectlon
Commissioners Is opposes! to conducting a
special flection, principally because of the
difficulty they anticipate In beliig able to
make :i legal distinction between voters
who are taxpayers and voters who are not.
and It wan generally rumored yesterday
that this Inclination might induce the
board to eleciine to ncre,Ie to the proposal.
There se-emed to be much reason to believe
that the majority of the Comml.ssiotj-r.s
will lc disposed to look upon the plan
The law provides that a .pial election
may be called for the purpose specified by
the Board of Kducatlon and that unlv
taxpayens may vote at such an election.
The lioarel of Election Commissioners
may, for reasons which it may deem legiti
mate, refuse to comply. In which case the
applicant would be compelled to have re
course at law. by petitioning for a writ of
mandamus. If a peremptory mandate
was Issued the Board of Election Commis
sioners would be obliged to obey.
It Is said on reliable authority that some
of the Commissioners believe the board
should adopt a negative pedlcy and permit
the Board of Kducatlon to make a prayer
to court. By bo doing the Commissioners
would protect themselves from the neces
sity of determining who would be eligible
to vote, and in the event of a special elec
tion, the judges and clerks would be- vested
with the authority to establish the dis
tinction. In each Instance, their dictum
would be final.
Secretary Hoblitzelle. who was consulted
by the special committee delegated by the
Hoard of Kducatlon. maintains that the
law does not define what taxpayers would
be privileged to vote. Some persons argue
that only property-owners might vote
while others insist that people paying per
sonal taxes would alro be entitled to exer
cise the privilege. Inasmuch as both classes
or taxes are apportioned to the school tax
fund. It Is commonly agreed that all
taxpayers would have the same rights.
JAMES L, BLAIR ON
lie Discusses Problems Which Coii-
froiii St. Louisiins ;it Meet-
iii"; nf rnion Club.
BLAMES CORRUPT OFFICIALS.
Urges Party Organization on Plat
forms of Purely Local In
terest as a Heiuedy
At ft meetin? of the Union Club. Jefferson
and Lafayette avenue, last night James
L. Blair delivered an address on "Present
Municipal Problems" to a large and ap
Mr. Blair's address. In part, was n fol
lows: "From the New England town meeting of
the last century to a municipal election In
St. Louis I.s a far cry. yet these two ex
ttemes Illustrate the changed conditions of
political and social life In tho United States
and suggest the explanation of the fact that
our form of government In the larger cities
Is practically a failure.
"It us consider the causes which have
Jed to the failure of municipal government
in St. Louis. I affirm without fear of suc
cessful contradiction that the waste, re
sulting from Inferior public work, from pur
chase of tmn.'eessary supplies and the pa
mi'tit therefor of e-xorbitant prices, from
laxity and favoritism in the colle-ctlon of
the public revenues, and from the salaries
of an army of supernumerary emplojes. Is
the prime reason. These causes would never
have existed if many of the city officials
and cmploces had not been Incompetent
nil corrupt. A system whereby selections
fr public office are not made upon the
fhl's1,vlioHfi,,n"'lt 0n'.' '? rhargeable "
iniH iolallun of public duty.
biich being the eonditlons, how Is tho
-i. , ,t? T r'm;","J", ''-my organizations
standing in local affairs upon platforms re
lating wholly to local imere-ts wcuIJ be
the. most cfH-ctlve means for ascertaining
the iM.llcles or the majority and electing
otllclals pleilgeil to carry out these i ilcles.
To this It mav be obleetisl time .ho. is
no general puDlie Interest In lo.-nl public
affairs. I say there Is a general public in
terest, but It is latent. U aroused and
preperly .lire-eteil. !t will become effective
and result In bringing aLout good nomi
nations at every election.
"The- rational common-senfe view of the
situation Is. local Issues for local parties,
and these ate- always snfllrfen, in ..nmi.
to Interest every publle-splriteel citizen and
property owner. The water supply, sanlti
Hon and other municipal functions involve
questions of the hlgnest scientific skill,
e-rrors In the solution of which impo-e
elange rous and costly consequences If
change.! Conditions make shifting lsue
public- opinion will divide on theve Issues
and party alignments will be more clearly
elehned and rationally conceived.
Thi, present time Is propitious for mu
nicipal reform. The holding of a WorliCs
Fair Is now a certainty, and Its creditable
management In neee.stary. The price of
good municipal e-nnditlons Is Individual ef
fort. The opportunity Is here-, and as su-h
opportunities come, but once In a lifetime
let us ie to It that it Is not lost."
OKLAHOMA STATESMEN HERE.
Oovenior Seay Thinks Terrilorv
' Knt it led to Statehood.
A eilsthigulshed party of Oklahoma pull.
tlri.in.Hi at rived in the city yesterday
Aiming them are former Governor A. J
Seay. who Is a native of Missouri: State
Senator II. H. Hngan and C. K. BiMlngs
ley, president of the First National Bank
at Gutliri'-. All are Intereste-d In a project
to run a railroad through the Territory and
are- here investigating the matter. They
are at the Planters Hotel.
According to Governor Seav all goad citi
zens of that Territory are desirous that Ok
lahoma should be admitteel Into the I'nlon
as quickly as possible, and he has an array
or fnctn to support his argument that is
most convincing, all of which are coincided
in by Senator Hogan.
"There is no necessity to wait for th
Indian Territory." said he, last night.
"Under the treaty made with Congress tnat
country cannot be admitted for five or six
years. Oklahoma does not desire to wait.
The Indian Territory would pay no tix-i
to tl.e State for twenty-five years to come,
while participating in all the benefits to bs
derived therefrom. The only advantage to f
we do not need either."
W. C. T. U. "RUMMAGE SALE."
Much Interest in Novel Fair nt
The W. C. T. U. "rummage sale" Iwgan
yesterday afternoon In Memorial Tabrnacle
at Fifteenth and Carr streets. It will con
tinue to-day from Z o'clock until S o'clock
Every branch of the write ribbon society
of this city was represented, and In the
lioo'.hs was every variety of holidiy mer
chandise. Each article was plainly marked
with a low price, and takers were many and
eager. Silk skirts went at II each, a rug at
the same price, and other articles at figures
ranging from 3 cents to S3. .
The ladies In charge yesterday w-era fr
E. Dodge Carson. Mrs. S. D. Culberson, Mrs
M. E. Price. Mrs. M. II. Mckeel. Mrs. Belle
c. jcooeri, .urs. vt. o. iiaKcr. Miss Frnnccs ' oc-r s Dutid. lie was captured on the out
D. Robb. Miss Jeane McGlnty, Miss Mona I skirts of the city and had a revolver, and
Owens and MIsj Stella Culver. ' teemed to be acting suspiciously.
GIRL OF 15 NOW ON TRIP
OF 9,000 MILES, ALONE.
Janet Gibson Is on Her Way
From West Chester, Pa.,
SAYS SHE'S NOT AFRAID
From West Chester, Pa., to Hong-Kong.
China a. distance. Jn round numbers, of ?,
( miles is a journey now being made
alone by Janet Gibson, who Is but 13 years
eld. The youthful traveler .'ient mere than
an hour in Union Station yesterday. She
arrived cn the Baltimore and Ohio .-it 12:
P. m. and departed .it 2:13 o'clock via the
i1"."01'1 TFaA a" he wa" through from
Philadelphia to Hong-Kong. It Is a mot
mysterious-looking- document, and is fully
three feet long. Each section of country or
of ocean which she to scheduled to. cross
has Its separate check and Is signed and
countersigned by the agent of the company
which provides the tPinsportation. But Its
ownr seems to thoroughly understand its
complications, and her only anxiety I.s that
she may lose It. However, the chances are
that no such 111 rortune will befall her
MLss Gibson Is ge.Irg to Hong-Kong o
Join her father, who is In business there.
She has not seen him for three years, or
since he entered the employ of an Knglish
n-ercantlle company with a branch at Hong
Kong. Her mother is dead, und she Is the
only child. They formerly lived in Xew
York, out wht.n the father -.cent to China
she went to Ile with an aunt at West
Th-re was some doubt at first as to
whether Mr. Gibson would remain In th
Orient. -Itut as time and th Inducements
offered Mm have removed this doubt, he
wants his daughter with him. Circum
stances rendered it Impossible for h!-n to
come for hr. ar.d. as she said -he was not
ifraid to go alone, she was permitted to
She Is a pretty girl, large for her ae.
Hsr face Is a trifle Masculine, and her lips
Indicate that she ha.-, a will of her own.
"I'm not .1 bit afraid." said she yester
day. "Il'j a long way, I know, and It's not
TRAIN BOBBED AND
Illinois Central Fast .Mail Held lp
Xear Xew Orleans Robbers
Haul Was Small.
New irlenn. I.a.. l)e. 13. The south
licund Illinois Central fust mall, due nt
12:53. was held up and robbed by a lone
train robber about one mile above the; city
llmlts to-night. Some of the train crew
fay they saw four or more men concealed
In tli- bushes, but only one man figureel
in the action, and his booty consisted of
rnly one rlg.ste red mall pouch from Durant,
Mls., and six rcgi'tereil letters from jKilnts
between Calre, a Ml New Orleans.
Conductor Kinr.cbrcw was shot tn the
groin and the left eje of J. C. Parker,
railway mall ele-rk. was poweler burned by
a shot directed at his head.
The robber got on the train, it is supposed,
at rome point above the city. and. nfter
pass-ing Kenner. the last stop before the
train sirriveel in New Orleans, he climbed
ovtr to the engine and covered the engineer
and fireman and brought the train to a
standstill. When the conductor came for
ward to see what the trouble was he was
shot by the robber. IJ. K. Goldsby, one of
the railway mall clerks, stuck his head out
of the door and was ordeied to jump down,
which he did. Then tSe robber led the en
gineeT. fireman and Goldsby toward the ex
press car and made one ot them blow the
side out with a stick of dynamite, which he
This train carries no money and
has no safe.
The robber then went for the mail car
and discovered Parker, who had hidden the
registered pouches. He shot at him, and
one of the pouches was produced, anel he
made off with It. He uncoupled the engine
from the train and ran it to a point near
Carrollton avenue, where he abandoned it.
The route of the engine was marked by mall
pouches and letters which the robber threw
or dropped as he escaped.
The robber was evidently well acquainted
His face was blackened and he was a man
little less than 6 feet tall, weighing about
ltd pounds. He took Conductor Klnna
brew's watch after he shot him.
Two suspects were arrested to-night, but
the mail clerks dlJ not Identify them. One
of them, a tall lan. when he turned his
back, struck Goldsby as being of the rob-
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Who Is en route from West Chester, Pa..
lo Hong-Kong. China.
a thing thit girls are accustomed to do. but
I don't care feir that. Then I will see lots
of Interesting things that will make me for
get I have r.o company. Besides, when I
grow older. I can say that I probably took
the longest journey alone when I was 13
that a girl of the same age ever under
took. "Of course, there might be an accident.
The ship might i-.nk or the train run off the
track. But I'd be just as likely to 1 hurt
with somebody along as with- nobody but
myself for a caretaker. Oh. I'll get te
Hone-Kong all right, and I'll fine! my fath
er, even if he's not donn on the dock to
F,r .Mlnsuarl Fnlr In eastern, rain
In western portion Friday. Satur
day, fnlrt variable iriuels.
For Illinois Generally fair Friday
nnil .Saturday, except probably anoyr
Friday m-nr Lake Michigan; frcait
north tn enst wlnil.s.
Kr Arkansas Fair Friday anel Sat
urday: easterly rtlneln.
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Young Girl Traveling Alone to China,
Mi.st Extend Canal to St. Louis.
Confer To-Day on Special Election.
Itlval Trackmen In Battle Royal.
;. Hanna Derends Ship Subsidy Bill.
Davis Amendment io Canal Treaty Car
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Coal Trust Buying Independent Proper
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Romance of Aged Elopers.
Bryan ar.d Thompson Deny Fusion Story.
Insurance Rates to Be Increased.
Bailey's Troubles Not Yet Ended.
6. McGovern Knocks Gaits Out.
Magnates Refuse Demands of Players.
Eller's Friends May Be Dismissed.
T. Preacher-Editor to Discuss Vice in St.
Archbishop Ireland Favors Canteen.
?anta Fe Declines Arbitration Offers.
Dunkard Girl Sues a Faithless Lover.
Voices Vary With Their Ages.
9. Army Clothing Permitted to Wuste.
Salvation Army Demonstration.
Father Surrenders Child to Mother.
Farmer Flee-ced in Dice Game.
10. Republic Want Advertisements.
Record of Births, Marriages, Deaths.
11. Republic Want Advertisements.
12. Grain and Produce.
13. Financial News.
14. Juror's Appetite Caused a Mistrial.
Missing a Year, Found In Asylum,