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ST. LOUIS, MO., WEDNESDAY. JULY 16, 1902.
GATES SETTLES WITH
JULY CORN SHORTS,
LIGHTNING STARTS : view of the Jennings oil field, where a fire is raging.
SEIBERT WILL NOT ACCEPT
STATE CHAIRMANSHIP AGAIN
FIRE IN OIL FIELDS
AT JENNINGS, LA,
Declares That Under Xo Possible Contingency Will He Be a Can
didate to Succeed Himself sJi. Democratic Committee.
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JAME3 M. SEIBERT.
TWio announces that -under no contingency will he accept chairmanship of State Demo
Jefferson City, Mo., July 15. While In the city to-day on business with Governor
Doekery, James M. Selbert of St. Louis, State chairman of the Democratic Committee,
announced that under no possible contingency would he accept the chairmanship again
end in no manner was he a candidate for the honor of succeeding himself.
Mr. Selbert came In from St. Louis Tuesday morning and spent the forenoon talklrg
with friends about the Capitol. In speaking about the State chairmanship and the prob
able selection of the St. Joseph convention Mr. Selbert authorized thi following- state
dent: 'Tn order to sot this matter at rest once .and for nil. I desire to state, in the most
positive terms that language can employ, that I am not now and will not be a candidate
for chairman of the Democratic State Committee."
Mr. Selbert did not care to speak about his probable successor. Outside of Mr. Sel
bert the names of Thomas H. "Wagner, secretary of the Germania Trust Company of St.
Louis, Congressman M. E. Benton and Thomas Crittenden of Kansas City are heard
most frequently. .
FREIGHT STRIKE IS
Four Railroads at Chicago Sign
Agreements With Their Strik
-OTHERS MAY SETTLE TO-DAY.
Jlen Fail to Obtain Recognition
of Union, but Receive Sub
stantial Advances in
the Wage Scale.
Chicago. July 15. With agreements
reached between four railroads and their
employes, the great strike of the freight
handlers and teamsters that has paralyzed
the industries of Chicago for a week. Is
A majority of the strikers are expected to
return to work to-morrow.
Some of the more radical unionists may
refuse to accept the terms accepted by the
representative committees, but apparcntly
they will be able to wield but little in
fluence with the majority of the strikers.
A man meeting of the freight handlers
has been called for to-morrow, and upon
the action taken at this meeting will de
pend the attitude of the striking teamsters.
Their national president, Al Young, or
dered them back to work to-morrow, but.
If the freight handlers refuse to declare the
strike off officially, some of the teamsters
may refuse to work. It is conceded that
their officers exercise little absolute au
thority. Four Railroads Mate Agreement.
The four railroads that entered into
agreements with their men to-night are
the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, the
Chicago and Northwestern, the Nickel
Plate and the Illinois Central. Of the four
the Northwestern and the Illinois Central
accepted the proposition made upon advice
of the Teamsters Board of Arbitration.
THe Nickel Plate and Lake Shore succeeded
In getting their men to sign the scale pre
sented by the roads July 1.
Consequently neither the freight handlers
nor the railroads claim a victory. As the
employes of the Lake Shore were the first
to sign, however, the railroads are express
ing the greatest satisfaction ov er the break
in the strike.
The freight handlers return to work
without having obtained recognition of
their union, time and a half for overtime
or the abolishment of the probation period.'
On the other hand, the freight handlers
have obtained increases in pay, the small
est increase being 25 cents per day gained
While the signing of the agreements
breaks the strike it does not end it. It is
still in progress to far as twenty of the
twenty-four railroads In the city are con
cerned. President Curran and a few of his sup
porters are still unreconciled and state that
they wUl not recognize any of the agree
ments. The fact remains, however, that a
majority of the freight handlers are seem
ingly tired of the strike and eager to return
to work; It 15 probable that they will have
Jta opportunity to do so to-morrow.
CZAR GRANTS FURTHER
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
St. Petersburg, July 15. M. De
TVItt. the Minister of Finance. In an
interview to-day. declared that the
Czar, with a view of affording the
people of the Provinces still further
freedem of expression regarding the
condition of the peasantrj. had di
rected the local committees of the
commission appointed for the pur
pose of probing social problems to
raise any questions they pleased in
addition to those provided for in the
programme of Inquiry
City Architect Believes That the
Whole City Is Sinking Piles
and Pillars Rotten.
Venice, July 15. Venice Is doomed to de
struction. In the opinion of the city archi
tect. Professor Wagner, who says that the
whole cltv Is slowly sinking, that the sub
soil has deteriorated and the piles and pil
lars are rotten and unable to stand the
pressure on them.
Shrinkages and linking have been ob
served In the subsoil for years, although an
official commission recently reported that
there was no danger.
KING EDWARD SAILS
ON ROYAL YACHT,
London. July 15 King Edward left Vic
toria Station thlt morning for Portsmouth,
where he boarded the rojal yacht Victoria
Klnc Enjoyed the Cbnmte.
Cones. Isle of Wight. July 13. The royal
yacht having on board King Edward. Queen
Alexandra and the Princess, anchored in
Cowes ltoads to-day at 4iu p. m, after
a short cruise eastward.
It was officially given out this evening
that the King was not fatigued by the Jour
ney, nor In the least distressed by the trans
fers and that his Majesty expressed great
pleasure at the change.
Over 200 Lives Lost in Explosion
at Nanking Only Two
Victoria. B. C. July 15. News was re
ceived by the steamer Empress of India
to-day of the destruction of the Chines?
cruiser Hal-Chee at Nanking by an explo
sion. The Japanese cruiser Atago nrrlved nt
Hsla-Kuan on June 3. and the magazine
of the Hal-Chee was opened to salute her.
Then came the explosion.
Of the crew of 2tX to 23) but two escaped.
The cruiser -Rent up like a flash, the ex
plosion being heard for five miles, and
showers of debris were scattered tar and
wide. Three small boats lying alongside
were destroyed, with their occupants. The
United States cruiser Helena, which was in
the vicinity, picked up the two survivors
from the wreckage.
MUCH MYSTERY ABOUT TERMS.
Traders Inclined to Believe That
Deal Was Closed on Basis of
About SO Cents.
"CORPSE" MAY MAKE TROUBLE.
Men Interested in Corner Likely to
Be Compelled to Sell Several
Million Bushels at Consid
erably Less Than Cost.
PROFITS OP COItN COIfXEIt
4. ESTIMATED AT ?5.!0O,00O. s
4 New "Vork. July 15. A close friend
of John W. Gates to-night made this s
4 statement of the profits of the big
O corn deal Just closed:
Twenty million bushels of corn
V purchased at a price averaging C5
O cents a bushel. J1J.COJ.C00.
Q Ten mUHon bushels of July sold at
n price averaging ST cents a bushel.
Five million sold at a price averag-
Ing S cent a bushel. W.I00 000.
0 Five million settled for by the short
Interests at SO cents a bushel. J4.WW.0X).
Total profits to those Interested In
the corner. JS.SOO.O'O.
Chicago. July 15. The famous John W.
Gates comer on July corn came to an
abrupt termination to-day when it became
known that shorts to the extent of a good
many million bushels had effected private
settlements with Harris, Gates k Co , and
that the deal was at an end so far as the
steol magnate was concerned.
The July prloe rasponded to the settle
ment by a quick drop of 15? cents to 3'1
cents. Later It recovered a fraction, and
clcced at ZH cents, substantially the price
of the cash article. This was nearly 25 cents
below the high price of last week.
Ju't how many bushels were subject to
private settlement will probably never be
known, nor Is there much chance that the
Identity of the "big fellows" In the trade,
ir'io do-Ucs contributed liberally to the
fortunes of Mr. Gates and the friends as
sociated with him In the deal, will ever be
Mr. Gates Is at present In New York, and
Mr. Scottcn. manager for the Harris-Gates
house, would admit only the fact of a set
tlement by the outstanding shorts.
Even the fact of a termination of tbs July
deal was left largely to inference. But the
trade readily figure that, with the shorts
practically all In. nothing In the shape of
a corner could exist.
Gate Could Do as He Plensctl.
No special excitement attended the pre
mature vuncturing of the bubble by tho man
whose property It was. The trade has all
along admitted that Mr. Gates was right
and aIo his ability to do what he pleased
w Ith the corner, and If he chose to close the
deal a. couple of weeks prior to the time nt
which It would have ended by limitation
there was no one to say him nay.
The only unusual thing In the pit prior
to the time at which it became known that
the ccrrer was at an end was the unusual
purchasing of July corn In small lots by
various commlIon houses. Pit trade dur
ing the day however, was not much over
Manager Scotten would not dlcu?s the
settlement price. Thin jirlce. however, wai
not the matter of decided Interest to the
With the knowledge that Monday night's
closing price was Sic and the opening to-day
from 79c to SOc. the concensus of opinion
among the outsiders was that Mr. Gates
has demanded either 80c or Sic from the
people who were foolish enough to sell him
corn all the way from 00c up
The length of the line of July settled for
by shorts Is also a matter of more or less
conjecture. Mr. Scotten said It -nas several
million busheK and that the length or
the line had never been overestimated. It
has been called as high as 5,00).C0o bushels,
but more generally 20.000.000 bushels.
Settlements on 17,000,000 lluhel.
It Is a matter of common knowledge that
since It became possible to make deliveries
on July contracts the Harris-Gates people
have taken In and paid for about 3,0u0.C00
bushels. This would Iea.e settlements on
some 17.0CO.000 bushels.
To form an estimate of nn apparent prcfit
by the deal would necessitate a knowledge
of the average price at which the prop
erty was bought. This can ne er be known,
unless iomc time later Mr. Gates rhcojes
to divulge It. It Is estimated. how.cr, by
close obs-crvers of the transaction that Mr.
Gates! profit will not exceed Jltitfu. This
amount will be divided between ten cr a
dozen millionaires who were Interested In
Mr. Gates and hl friend now hnvc 4,
OOO.CW and 5.CM).to) bushels of cash com.
which they muu dispose of before the cor
ner can be called absolutely settled. This
corn represents the "corpse," which In
every corner ever run has been the stum
bllnK block to success.
If the average price of the Harris-Gates,
holding should prove well up to the 70 cents
point, the clique has on hand several mil
lion bushels of corn which cost Its holders
in excess of the present market price.
"Corine" la Hard to Deal With.
Right here Is the salient point Will It
be necessary to market this large holding
of corn at less than It cost?
The corner at one time promi-ed many
millions of profit, nnd the men whose well
filled cribs line the tracks of nearly every
railroad entering Chicago are held responsi
ble for the disappointing ending of the
There were substantial reserves from the
bumper crop of 1S00. ad the yield of 1ML
This crop has been held for a satisfactory
The holders did not berth to take ad
vantage of the situation until the price
of July got Vo In the revenues, and when
It flnallv reached 90 cents the Chicago mar
ket was deluged with cash corn.
For a while the Harris-Gates people kept
the market cleaned up. but steadily Increas
ing Quantities began coming, and the pros
pect orloadlng up with SO-cent corn, which
Continued cm Pace Two.
ENTIRE FIELD IS THREATENED.
Blaze Started in the Afternoon and
Was Still Burning Fiercely
SPECIAL SENT FROM BEAUMONT
Ono of the Heywood Brothers
Started to the Scene With
Fire Apparatus Accom
panied by Oil Men.
Jennings. La.. July 15. During a heavy
electrical storm that parsed over the Jen
nings oil field to-day a bolt of lightning
struck the field storane tanks of the Jen
nings O'l Company. -ettlnc them on fire.
The names spread to the derricks adjoining,
and In a short time the derricks and tanks
Burning streams of oil from the tanks ran
In the direction of the roulee. In a short
time, another tank had broken loose and
the wind bad driven the flames Into the
derricks of the Southern. Northern and
Crescent oil companies bJt they, in some
manner, escaped destruction.
The fire Is still raging to-night, and the
safety of the field depends on the strength
tf Jennings No. - The ell 1 s leaking
around this tank. and. tosether with the
ga.s Is burning fiercely, sending a Maze
high Into the air. and the entire field Is
Workman are now engaged In removing
the derricks of the remaining companies and
burying the mouths of the wells under
a heavy coating of mud and water.
A special train bearing experts haj been
asked for and they will be taktn to the
field to assist In-savlng the remaining prop
erty from destruction as sooa as they are
rive from Beaumont.
Special Lfrvm Rcaumont.
Beaumont. Tex., July 15. Lightning thin
afternoon struck and Ignited a tank near
the Jennings Weil No. 2 at Jennings. Li..
lelonglng to the Heywood Bros, of Beau
mont, and In a few minutes the well Itself
was on fire.
The well was dosed at the time of the ac
cident, but the waste oil around the pipe Ig
nited and has slnco been blazing furiously,
threatening the melting of the pipe and
gate valve and the Ignition of the full
ft ream of the well, which would thus be
Alba Haywood telegraphed early to-night
to Dewey Haywood that the engines and
machines had been saved, but that the dan
ger of melting tho alvc off continued se
rious. Uewey left at S39 o'clock tc-nlght on a
special train, taking along a chemical en
gine belonging to the Beaumont Fire De
partment Several oil men accompanied him.
In the party were Mr. Hej wood. J. S.
Culllnan. president of the Texas Company:
Jack Knnls, an old-time Pennsvlvanla pipe
line man; C. W. Forney, fickl manager of
the J. M. Guffey Company; J. W. Jollle.
superintendent J. M. Guffey Company; S
II. McGary. Bctumont Journal; H. S.
Reavls nnd the special correspondent of
Jennings Is ninety miles from Beaumont.
It wiil take two hours and thirty minutes
to make the run. Horses are In waiting at
Jennings to take the chemical engine to the
field, six miles from the station.
THE SUN BISES THIS MORNING AT
4: AND SETS THIS EVENING AT 7 SI.
THE MOON SETS TO-MORROW MORN
INO AT 2:1S.
For At. Louis and Iclnlt) General
For MUaourl-FaIr AVednesday and
For Illinois Fair Wednesdnyssra rra
er In central nnd north. Thnrdn),
cloud) ; showers nnd cooler.
SellKrt Will Not Accept State Chalrman
!p. S. Lamm. Wh bark ami Hlgbee Nominated.
3. Growers of Apples to Hold Congrcc
Troubles Spring Up In I-and of Boers.
Government Crop Report.
Young Woman Died From Her Burn.
A. President Yoakum on the Southwest.
Maxim to Build Airship for Fair.
Veteran of the Confederacy Leads Tent
S. Tracy Wearies of Ixng Chase.
Pure Milk Bill Favorably Reported.
Senator Cockrell Against Annexation.
C. Scenes at De'mar Race Track.
The Republic Form Chart.
Blue Mint Shows Extraordinary Form.
7. River News and Personal
9. East Side News.
1. Republic "Want Advertistmniits.
Birth. Marriage and Death Records.
11. Rooms for Rent and Real Estate Adver
tisements. IS. New York Stocks Start Strongly.
Local Stocks Extremely Dull.
13. I-ocxI Grains Cloe Lower.
Chicago Corn Bulls Abandon Position.
Live Stock Markets.
II. Plaintiff In Court on a Stretcher.
Strike Gas well in Middle of Street.
Local Grocers Not Affected by Combine.
Swallowed Poison on a Ferryboat.
Benefit for Old Cathedral.
ONE OF THESE WELLS IS ABLAZE, HAVING CAUGHT FROM A
JUDGE SANBORN UPHOLDS
FAIR'S RIGHT TO CONDEMN
Denies Mis. Tesson's Application for Injunction Ag.iinst the World's
Fair Management and Recognizes the Exposition as a Public
Corporation. Which Has a Right to Use Needed Land With
out Waiting for the Results of Legal Proceedings.
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The diagram shows the location of the
slons of the World's Fair site. That part
to condemn under the decision of
court at St. Paul. Is the block of
court at St. Paul. Is the block of ground.
cresses at the four corners of the strip.
Extraordinary rowers were conferred on the World's Fair Companpy by
Judcr Walter K. Sanboru yesterday In the United State Court at St. PauL
He denied the Injunction nked by Mrs. Laura. Tesson and others against
the reposition Company to prevent the condemnation of her property for Ex
The Exposition Company Is recognized as a public corporation, with the
right to exercise eminent domain. It may condemn property contiguous to Its
site. If needed for the World's Fair.
To accomplish these purposes, the Exposition management can convert
the retiulred property to Its uses, pendlDg any appeal to a higher court, and
without waiting for the result of proceedings the owners of the property may
have commenced to determlno damages resulting from condemnation.
The decision averts that the affairs of the Exposition cannot be delayed or
disarranged by being compelled to stop Its work until some court has passed
on Its right to the ground being used by It. The company's prerogatives as a
public corporation give It the privilege of using the needed laud and sertllng
the damage, afterwards. If any may accrue.
The Undlng that the Exposition is a public and not a private enterprise Is
l-ased by Judgo Sanborn on the fact that the National Government and the
Slates have made appropriations for being represented solely on the assump
tion that the Fair is for the benefit of the public.
In Iew of the dccklou, the manner In which the ruling Is regarded by the
owners of the Catliu tract becomes interesting, as expressed last night by
1're.sldent Thomas Wright of the Park View Kealty Company.
"We have recognized the right of the Exposition Company to condemn since
the decision of Judges Wood and Hough of the State Circuit Court," said Mr.
Wright. "The ruling of Judge Sanborn simply confirms that of the lower
courts, but the decision still does not alter .our status.
Two railway corporations hold leases on the Catlln tract. Under the law,
the World's Fair Company cannot condemn railway property. If the Exposi
tion Company want to complete their plans, they must pay the railway
Ie.-M-es as well as us. We have made no offers to the Exposition management."
SALIENT FEATURES OF DECISION
AS MADE BY JUDGE SANBORN.
Judgo Sanborn's decision contained 3.00O
words, and In making a synops's of It for
publication he selected the salient features
of his ruling. These features aro appended:
"The portion ot the act most material to
the determination of this Question reads:
'Corporations may be created to inaugurate
and hold National. International or World's
Fairs. Centennial and other Expositions,
either commemorative of any historical
vent or for the purpose of promoting m
provement in the arts and sciences, profes
sions and trades, by the exhibition ot prod
ucts of the arts. Industries and manufac
tures and ot the soil, mine and sea, or tor
all of said purposes."
"Common knowledge and experience teach
that exposition corporations of the charac
ter here under consideration, are not or
dinarily organized with the expectation of
gain to those who subscribe for their stock.
The exrsrlence of the past teaches that they
do not bring remuneration to those who pur
chase their stock- The purchasers of this
stock, or the subscriber to It. took their
stock In view ot this fact. It cannot be
presumed that they subscribed with the ex
pectation of private gain. It must be pre
sumed thtt the intention and purpose with
which tbey put their money Into this Insti
tution was to sacrifice something of their
au!lance fir the use of the pubUc.
COMPANY NOT ORGANIZED
FOIt PIIIVATB CAIN.
"Act of equity may look through the form
of tbe corporation to the fact.and the truth
Is that this corporation was not organized
for private gain, but for the purpose speci
fied In the act under which It was organ
ized. It Is said on the part of the com
plainants that the property of this cor
poration Is not devoted to a public se.
because there Is nothing la the act which
entitles the public to use It, nothing which
'gives them a right to It and nothing Is
J. 7 co y t
ifosWAfcTOS UrtveJPSry JAT
Tesson tract with reference to the other dlvl-
which the Exposition Company will now seen
Sanborn, given jesleraay in tne uniieu suis
500 feet wide by 15.000 feet long. raarKed by
j james L. ULAirt wines
s RESILT OF THE CASE.
James L. Blair. General Counsel
for tbe Exposition Company, tele-
graphed Secretary Stevens jesterday
afternoon the result of the Injunction
hearing before Judge Sanborn. The
"Judge Sanborn decided, Tesson
case in our favor on all points in-
volred and dismissed bllL Tesson
will appeal to the United States 8u-
the act which subjects tbe course of Its
action to the regulation ot the Legisla
ture, and that these are the tests by which
a public corporation must be distinguished
from a private corporation.
It Is true that the act under which this
defendant was Incorporated will be searched
In vain, for such reservations. But Is '.he
fact that these reservations are not con
tained In the act conclusive evidence tlat
they do not exist? The earlier charters of
the railroad companies did not contain In
them the express restriction that their acts
should be controlled by the Legislature or
that all tbe members ot the public should
be entitled to the use ot their property
without unjust discrimination.
The acts under which the elevator com
panies In the State of Minnesota, were or
ganized contain no such restriction, nor did
the laws of the State, and yet the Supreme
Court held that these corporations, when
ever they employed a public utility, were
subject to the regulation of the Legislature
and must be deemed to.ho!d It for the pub
lic use. Indeed, It may be stated as a gen
eral proposition, that whoever take and
employs a public utility takes It subject
to tbe right ot the public to usT,t, to the
- Fhcicsruph L fios.
TANK WHICH WAS STRUCK
right of the Legislature to regulate Its use.
?o the question recurs. Is the use to which
the property of this defendant Is to be de
moted a public or private use? Counsel for
the complainants earnestly insist thut It Is
a rrivate use. that It Is for the benefit ot
the corporation, a privite corporation.
co'te:tiov wolld a a nil
ALL PIIlOPItITIO' MADE.
The Congress of the United States hat
appropriated a large sum of money for tho
usj of this corporation If this corporation
Is to use this money for private purposes,
for a private use. that money cannot be
properly raled by taxation. The city of
St. Louis has appropriated a large sum of
money for the same purpose. The Legis
lature of th State of Missouri and the
Legislatures of other States have made like
i'onstitutlonal amendments L-ve been
passed by people of the State of Missouri to
authorize the appropriation and ue of this
money. One cannot fall to be deeply lm
presed with the thought that the purpose
of this corporation, and the ue f the com
plainant's proiTty. are educational. In
structive, useful, not to Its stockholders
more than to uthirs. but useful to 'every
one ot the public, useful to the public at
large, to the came extent and in the same
measure as to the Individual stockholders
of the corporation.
The exhibition of the products of the arts,
industries and manufactures and of the soli,
mine and sea for the purpose ot promotlnr
improvement in the arts and sciences, pro
fessions and trades, cannot fall to be use
ful, not to the stockholders of this cor
poration alone, but to all who behold It.
to Instruct them all in the art of higher
and better living, and the commemoration
of the great historical event which Induced
the promotion of this corporation cannot
fall to teach, cot the stockholders and offi
cer of this corporation alone, but all the
citizens' of the Republic that her destiny Is
not down the path leading to senility.
The Supreme Court of the United States
In United States vs. Gettyburjr Electric
Rallwav. to which reference has already
been made, said:
' Anr act ot Congress which plainly and
directly tends to enhance the respect and
love of the cltlien for the Institutions or
his country and to Quicken and strengthen
his motives to defend them, and which is
germane to. and Intimately connected with
and appropriate to the exercise of some one
or all of the powers ranted by Congress
must be valid.
"The court Is of the opinion that the us
to which th property of this corporation Is
devoted, and must be devoted under the act
ot Incorporation, is a public use and not a
prlvat use. and that there Is no violation
of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Con
stitution of the United States In the en
deavor to condemn the property under tho
statutes of Missouri." '
IN NORTH DAKOTA.
Meager Reports to the Effect That
Three Towns "Were Wiped
GREAT LOSS OF LIFE LIKELY.
Telegraph Lines Are Wrecked and
There Is No Communication
With the Stricken
St Paul. Minn. July 15. Tremendous
damage, and. It Is thought, great loss ot
life, were caused by a terrible windstorm
which early this evening swept In a south
westerly direction from the International
boundary across the northeastern portion of
North Dakota Three towns, Borup, Eldo
rado and Thompson, according to meager
reports which were obtainable at midnight,
were totally wiped out.
TelcKraph lines are wrecked and thero
Is no communication with the section of the
State where the most serious devastation
Is thcught to have been worked by the
The little town of Borup. on the St. Vin
cent line of tho Great Northern, is an ab
solute wreck. The final report last night'
was that the entire town was wiped out
and hardly a structure of any sort left
This came from a plucky Great Northern
telegraph operator, who. after bis station
offlce had been laid flat, saved bl9 key from
the ruins and tapped the wires at the near
est available point. He also reported the
razing of a hamlet some miles distant, with
destruction of a large amount of property.
The report from Borup came in very soon
after the storm struck and contained no In
forma-don as to the casualties.
With the report from the St. Vincent
branch came reports that the towns of El
dorado, about seven miles from Grand
Forks, and Thompson, between Grand
Forks and Lorimore. had been destroyed.
At Thompson the Great Northern station
lies, a confused mass ot wreckage, directly
across the main line. Stores and residences
are in ruins and the main portion of the
town la wiped out. The population is abojt
Mere fragments of information came from
Eldorado, but these Indicate the destruc
tion of that town, of about 230 people.
Neither of the reports from Thompson or
Eldomdo speaks of loss of life. This Is
partially accounted for by the fact that
l they were sent before news could have been
receivea xronx me ouuying tusuicu.
At Winnipeg Junction a stock train was
blown completely from the track, but
whether the crew escaped could not be
Linemen and relief trains have Dean start
ed tea the stricken district, but It will
probably be some hours before dotalls caa
be received. ,fof