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MANY LIVES LOST IN FIRE
Until Debris is Cleared Away Exact
Number of Deaths Will Not
THERE ARE MANY SCENES OF HORROR
Blaze, Starting Prom Unknown Source, Destroys the
Dewey Motel, Guests Trapped. Property
Omtiliti. At least u Hcoro of men ami womentunny of the former from
boiiu) or the best families In IIiIh pure of tho country, und many of the latter
from Omalia'H outcast cIiihh, aro bcliuved to liao purtshcil In a llro early
Friday morning that destroyed the Dewey hotel, Thirteenth and Farnam,
and damaged adjoining buslnehs property, viitiillltiK a pecuniary loss of ap
At thin tlmo It Ih known positively that threo persons two men and
one woman aro dead. Their bodies now are at a coroner's undertaking
rooms uwuitlng ImiueHtH. No less than Hoven of tlio men and women rea
died wero Injured, Homo seriously, and one man, whom frlcndH hellevo did
not die, Ih reported mitring.
The Known Dead.
Charles Cummlngs, bartender at
Unknown man, about 50 years
Mrs. Alice Bonnevue, sister of
Mrs. C. E. Wllklns, wife of the
proprietor of the hotel.
A man named Beverly, who
worked at the Cole oyster house.
Mrs. C. E. Wllklns, serious burns
and mental collapse.
Miss Llda Nelson, chambermaid,
broken leg and burns.
Grace Lee, 104 South Eleventh
6treet, minor burns.
Izzle Stlpps, mailer, at hospital
Iota Jennings, 838 North Nine
teenth street, burned about face
Clara Newman, 838 North Nine
teenth street, slightly burned.
Mark Henenway, Ewlng, Neb.,
hands cut by glass.
Robert Olived, fireman, foot hurt
by flying hose.
Grace Burton, 822 Spring street,
Just what can Rod tlio blazo never
will bo known. It 1b not far wrong,
howevor, to Bay that It originated in
tbo fumaco room In tlio basement of
tlio hotel. TIHr plant Btipplled heat
for tlio entire building, Including tlio
buBlncsR houses on tlio ground floor.
Tlio blazo was first Been by nn A.
D. T. watchman, who was making Ills
rounds. Thin was about 1:15 o'clock,
bo far as can bo determined. At that
tlmo tlio flumes appeared to ho eating
their way through tlio whole structure.
Tlioro canio n big puff llko a muffled
explosion, then death and ruin.
Policemen on their way to head
quarters a fow minutes hoforo mid
night, saw BparkB Issuing from tlio
chimney of tho hotel, llouso attaches
woro warned that a tiro might exist,
but after an examination It Is de
clared no flames wero discovered.
riremen, led by Chief Charles A.
Salter, battled desperately against
overwhelming odds to stay tho flamos.
Handicapped by almost zero woather,
many for a tlmo fcaiod tho blazo
might get beyond their control and
sweep tlio entire block that lies in tho
shadow of tho W. O. V. building. How
ever, a few hours, after daylight tho
flames wero under control.
Tho appalling loss of life Is due
principally, It Is said, to tlw fact thai
tho hotel was a llro trap, and second
ly to tho fact that the suffocating
nniuko made It almost Imposslhlo for
tho guests to Hud their way to tho
two llro exits. ,
Working feverishly, but with a
system that accomplished wonders,
mono than 100 laborers aro employed
In tho Ice-bound ruins of tho Dewey
liotol, clearing away tho tons of bilck
and mortar, charred timber and twist
d metal supports In a frantic effort
to roach tho acoro of nioro of bodies
bolloved to bo burled tliero.
Flickering electric llghtB on uncer
tain strings und supplied with an un-
cortaln amount of current shod a
Khastly glow over tho ruins of tho
burned structure Friday night. Tho
great mass of debris, glozod with Ico,
threw off lridoacont shafts of light
that Borved to light tho wholo with
tlio varlod colors of tlio rainbow. It
Tosonibled an aurora boreal Is.
Dosplto tho .manner In which tho
piaco was cleared, howovor, but ono ol
tho bodies of tho missing men and
women woro recovered. And when
thoy aro located, it 1b almost cortaln
thoy will ho frozon solidly In tho wa
ter that fills tho hotel basement al
most to overflowing.
First Warning of Fire.
It was a fow minutes boforo mid
night Thursday night when Sam Mor
vIb and M. V. Ityan, policemen, passed
tho Dowoy on their way to pollco
lurndquartors. Sparks woro Hying from
tho chimney at tho roar of tho houbo,
and tlio officers told Josso D. Nold,
manager, of this fact.
Au Investigation In tho fumaco
room failed to rovoal any llro. Then
Nold turned tho houso over to Oar
rot E. Vellot, night clork, and wont
Preparations for removing tho
bodies woro completed rapidly under
tho guidance of Charles A. Salter, lire
chief. Tho gaunt walls of tho burn
ing building that menaced tho lives
of ovory llreman wero town down'nnd
tills mass of brick and mortar was le
moved llrsl of all.
Raze the Tottering Wall.
Chains attached to heavy ropes,
tho latt,er bolng operated by means
of blocks and tackles, wero attached
to tho walls, and then a hundred or
moro men supplied tho power nocos
sary to razo thorn. With a roar that
could bo heard for blocks, the shaky
plies of brick fell Into tho streets,
sending tho curious scattering In all
Hy pulling tho walls outward tho
work of recovering missing bodies
was greatly facilitated. Tho debris
already covering tho victims of. the
holocaust Is many feet thick and held
solidly together by tho Ice. To have
tumbled tho walls Inward would have
Borved only to Increase tho firemen's
W. K. Caldwell, a soldier at Fort
Omaha, was struck In tho faco by a
brick. His upper lip was severely cut.
Ho was a volunteer nldlng city em
ployes In razing tho walls.
Tho oxuet number of lives lost In
tho tiro still Is problematical. Llko all
tho other hotels In tho city tho Dewey
was well filled with visitors, many of
them from towns several miles from
horo. Tho house register Is bolloved
to havo been destroyed, but oven Its
recovery, It Is declared, would not aid
Among tho first pieces of known
property to bo removed from the ruins
was a trunk belonging to Charloy
Cummins, tho dead bartender.
Loss Estimated at $185,000.
Tho estimated loss In tho tiro Is
$185,000, tho larger sharo of this be
ing confined to tho hotel. Tho
Haphael-Pred Clothing company,
which occupied tho first Hour, placed
Its loss at $50,000, partially covered
Representatives of John D. Crolgh-
ton declined to placo a valuation on
tho property, hut others Interested
said tho building and Its furnishings
wore worth about JIISO.OOO.
Tho Hlller Liquor company, locnted
at 1300 Farnam street, sustained ?(.
000 loss, largely from water. Most of
this Is covered with insurance. Tho
Adams Rxprcsu company, 1307 Far
nam, suffered about $150 dam ago.
A Story of the Fire.
Tho most graphic story of tho con
ditions In tho hotel lb' told by Mark
Hemenway of ISwhig, Neb.:
"My room was on the third floor,"
said llonionway. "I awoko to 11 ml tho
room filled with smoke, anil hoard
shouts In tho corridors. I put on a
fow clothes nud opened tho door into
tho hallway. 'A cloud 'of Hinoko seem
ed to 1111. tho room Immediately.
"Tho Hinoko was hot and acrid. 1,
could not seo tho walls. 1 ran down
tho hallways, and found tho stairs.
"I wont down tomo stairs, I do not
know where they wero, and found an
exit. I do not know where it was.
Tho exit was locked tight and I could
not break down tho door.
"I finally got to tho front wall and
ran Into a window. It was closed. 1
Jammed my bared hand through tho
pane, and broko out tho glass, and
dropped from tho window to tho llro
Dundee Man Rescues Many.
J. J. Fay, a broker, residing at Dun
dee, corroborates tho story of Hemen
way that tho door of tho hotel was
locked. Ho was passing tho hotel
when tho flro broko out and at onco
started In tho work of rescue. With
tho aid of another man ho broke In
tho doors at tho Thliteenth streot on
tranco. Vellot was reading u now simper lit
tho llttlo olllco at tho head of tlm
stairs loading to tho hotel floor from
tho Thirteenth street eutrunco about
4:45 o'clock when u puff of wind
swirled a donso cloud of smoko Into
tho room. Ho was almost sufforcated
boforo ho could arouso Nold.
"For God's sako got up and awaken
somo of tho people." Vollot cried to
Nold, us ho pounded frantically on tho
lattor'a bodcluunbor door. "There's
a flro tu tho building.
BRIEF NEWS OP NEBRASKA
July 12 to 20 aro date3 announced
for the Beatrice Chautauqua.
F. 1). Wlllatt and son will build and
operate un Ico plant In Albion.
About twelve Inches of biiow has
fallen at Geneva during tho past
A Htiffi agist club has been organized
ut Nehawku with a roster of (slxty
threo. Tho Y. M. C. A. state convention
will bo held at Lincoln, March 13
Bmullpox has broken out among tho
prisoners In the dago county J.ill nt
Six wolves were killed on n roundi
up that covered sixteen square miles
Adam Column, a Jeweler nt Dlllcr,
was found dend of heart disease In kit
placo of business.
Farmers near that place havo or
ganized tho Wymore Hlovator, Lum
her and Coal company.
Chief of Pollre William Otten ol
North Platte had his wrist broken
while attempting td crank an auto.
Walter TIce, living near Fairmont,
who had his left arm badly mangled
In a corn shelter, died from his In
juries. J. Frank Cadmnn, one of the oldest
citizens of Lincoln, fell dead while
shoveling snow from the walk In front
of his home.
The Hi st auto delivery truck ever
Installed at West 1'olnt was put In use
last week by tho proprietors of a de
Mrs. Jennie Wlldman celebrated
tho ninety-fifth nnnlversary of her
birth last week. She Is tho oldest
woman In York county.
A miniature "Tom Thumb" wedding
was glvon by little people of Fair
bury last week. The little folks ars
under ten years of ago.
William Danton, 75 years old, died
Sunday afternoon nt his home nt Lin
coln from where, ono week before,
his wlfo, Mrs. Mary Ann Dalton, was
Word has been received nt Ne
braska City or the death of William
Kssor at Orient. Wash., where ho
went to purchnso laud. Mr. Ksscr
had been a resident of Nebraska for
Seniors at the Ohlowa high school
will not hnvo to present their senior
orations before n public gathering this
year, as In former years. A written
treatlso approved by the Instructors
Clnrenco Mickey, a nephew ol
former Clovornpr Mickey, accidentally
shot and killed himself while hunting
rabbits near Osceola. A chargo o!
buckshot entered ils left breast and
bo died Instantly.
Ixiuls Janek, near Garrison, saw a
largo wolf eating the carcass of a call
that had been dragged out by a straw
stack. Janek walked up behind th
Btack , then stepped out within twenty
foot of tho wolf and shot it.
Senator R. E. Placet: of Saunders
county Is confined nt his hotel at Lin
coln by a severe case of pneumonia.
Ho was taken 111 Wednesday morning
following n, hurried trip which ho
mndo to Minneapolis during the week
Tests of seed corn In tho labora
tory of the agricultural department of
tho normal nt Peru show that not all
corn Is lit for seed. Many of tho
tests ran from 40 to 70 per cent good,
some testing 9S per cent strong, corn
from tho hill land testing best.
Without having over experienced nn
Illness of any nature before In tho
nlncty.four years ot hor life, Mrs.
Anna LInd was taken 111 with a severe
cold last week and died at the homo
of her daughter, Mrs. R. R Hoden,
Collego Vlow, Sunday morning.
James Olon, a lad fifteen years ot
age, of Callaway, holds the record as
a successful trapper among the boys.
During the winter, besides attending
school, ho luv? trapped "012 muskruts,
two skunks, threo civet cats, two
weasels, threo rabbits and two wild
Arnold Martin of Table Rock has
nccopted tho position of county dem
onstrator for Thurston county, with
headquarters at Walt hill.
Six hundred people living In tho
vicinity of Rower, six miles noith ot
Falrbury, held n big wolf hunt Thurs
day and covered a territory nearly six
miles Bquaro. FIo largo praliio
wolves wero shot.
Tho mysterious disappearance of
Mrs. Leslie Close from her homo at
Puwneo City has caused the olllcors
tliero and her relatives and friends
a great deal of worry and still tho
jinystcry does not clear.
Tho bond Issuo for $1000 electric
light and $fi,000 for wnter woiks ex-
tonslon nt Hlldreth was voted on and
cnrrieu, oj tu la mm o tu ii, ii-tiiii'i;-
Grippe, lnfluon7a nnd pneumonia
nre becoming real epidemics In West
,Polnt, lnrgo numbers of iiersuns, espe
cially thoso of advanced age, being
Llttlo lloulnh Van Camp, tho four-
year-old Wymoro child who was al
leged to be tho victim of abuso at the
hands of her stepmother, has boon
ndnpoted by her aunt, Mrs I'enrl
Hicks ot Wymore.
Bonkelmnn Is wrapped in tho big
gest snow of tho season. It Is about
six Inches on the level.
Prof. J, Zwlckcr, leader of the Falr
bury concert band and orlhcstra, has
resigned his position and leaves for
Chlcngo, 111., to tako a doslrablo post
lion with another baud.
Tho master plumbers ot Nebraska,
In convention ut Fremont, endorsed
by unanimous voto tho bill now pond
ring In tho legislature providing for a
board of oxamlnors for journeymen
plumbers and for local regulation nnd
Inspection In towna of over 1,590 population.
UNIVERSITY REMOVAL BILL IS
IN THE LEGISLATIVE BUDGET
The Work Being Done In Both Houses
by the Lawmakers of
a In executive session tho state sen
ato Wednesday formally received the
message fioni Governor Morehead an
nouncing tho appointment of Henry
Gerdes of Falls City, C. H. Gregg of
Kearney and Charles Graft of Ran-,
croft ns members of tho state board
of control soon to oomo Into existence.'
In accordanco with a pre-dctermlncd
plan, agreed upon nt a republican
caucus, Kemp of Nance moved that
of Moorefleld, Representative from
Frontier and Gosper Counties,
Elected Temporary Speaker of the
House, January 7, and Chairman
Committee on Public Printing.
a committoo of fivo members bo ap
pointed to Investigate the character
;uid competency of tho appointees and
to report their findings back to tho
senate before notion on confirmation
Is taken. The forenoon of March G
was" set as tho date for hearing tho
report of tho committee. Considera
tion of tho committee's report will bo
In executive session.
Kill BUI for University Removal.
Tho question ot university removal
took up tho tlmo ot tho houso Thurs
day from 2 p. m. until uftcr G o'clock.
Members refused to tako a recess un
til a decision had been reached. This
llnnlly came after four hours of argu
ment and resulted In tho killing of the
removal bill by the majority of 68 to
29. The question of appropriating
one-half of ono mill for six years for
tho extension of tho present campus
was then voted upon and carried by
a vote of SO to 18, Losey of Dodgo
and Brett of Cheyenne being absent.
Tho extension bill wont through with
out tho provision of a donation from
tho city of Lincoln of 5100,000, that
matter being left to tho Judgment of
tho city after tho hill Is passed.
See Necessity for Speed.
Members of tho Nebraska legisla
ture were brought to a realization
during tho past week that practically
half of tho session has already gone,
with only a small proportion of tho
pending bills acted upon. Friday was
tho thirty-first duy In tho house and
tho thirtieth In tho senate. Tho mem
Tiers recolvo pay for only sixty days,
but some of them usually stay and
work for a week longer before tho
wlndup comes. Tho necessity for
speeding up Is becoming apparent, es
pecially In the houso, If tho legislature
Is to accomplish all that has been ex
pected of It. Talk ot a sifting com
mittee for each branch has already
boon heard, nlthough tho rulo In tho
past has been to reserve its appoint
ment until after tho fortieth day.
Against Capital Punishment.
By a vote ot 50 to 30 tho houso went
on record in committee of tho wholo
In favor of nbollshflg capital punish
ment and also recommended a bill
calling for tho Infliction ot tho death
penalty by electrocution rather than
by hanging. Tho abolition bill will
como up for third reading ahead of
tho electrocution proposition and If
tho former cnrrles tho lattor will bo
killed, very probably.
For Employment of Convicts.
Among tho measures passed by the
sonato waB tho Dodgo bill providing
for employment of convicts of tho
atato prison In making clothing and
furniture for other Institutions of tho
Btato. Tho Giaco bill, requiring that
railroads glvo transportation both
ways for shipper of live stock, do
Bplto tho fmct that thoy may havo
shipped only ono car of stock, was ap
proved by tho senate with tho pro
vision that the oxactmont should uot
pertain to hog shipments.
Much Work Before Them.
Nlnoty-ono bills havo boon passed
by tho sonnto nnd sent to tho lower
leglslutlvo houso, whllo only thirty
evcu measures hnvo survived tho lat
tor body and boon transmitted to tho
senato. Tho percentage In tho smaller
body, thorcfore, Is considerably In ox
'cess ot tho number of measures noted
upon by tho larger and more unwieldy
tody. A total of 467 bills in tho sen
ato and 872 in tho houso constitutes
tho labor which the bodies faced whon
tlio barrlor was thrown up against
the further introduction ot bills
Dr. Hartman's Plain
My plain talk to young men In my
last nrtlclo certainly brought out
mnny responses from young men. I
tnko this means of answering them
briefly, for tho benefit of other young
men who did not write mo. Ono
"I wna greatly Interested In your
talk to young men. , I wish I waB
strong and well ns you describe your
self to be. I am going to begin nt
onco and follow your advice and take
caro of myself as I ought to. I will
quit the uso of nil stimulants, tea nnd
coffee, go to bed early. I will take
tho cold water towel bath every morn
ing. I want to live to be old und
UBoful, llko you. And I Bhnll also
keep Peruna at hand, In cuso of Blight
ailments ns they may arise. I thank
Bl'OIIN MKDICAI. CO., CheiiilM mill
"How many foreign languages can
"Well, ho says ho understands ev
erything his baby Bays."
Her Father What are tho
man's business prospectn?
Daughter I don't know that, pa. All
I know is that he means business.
'What's daughter doing?"
"Making Bhrlmp salad."
"I didn't know wo had any shrimp
In tho house."
"We haven't, but there Is ono going
1o call on hor thla veiling." Houston
Left Its Curse.
"There aro not mnny girls these
days named Bedella."
"No. I'm afraid It will be a long
-mo yet beforo that blamed song Is
Taking a Lesser Chance. ',
A government Inspector wns con
ducting an oral examination for ma
rine engineers. Said one:
"If you had tested your gaugo cocks,,
had looked at your water glass and!
had found no water In tho boiler, what
would you do?"
Cftmo tho answor, swift and true
"I would Jump overboard."
"Why did Diogenes go around with
a lantern, pa?" "I -supposo the auto-,
mobllo law required It."
Tiinnlrutiist will n-'limtl moiiuy If l'A.O OlNT-l
Mr.Nl' fails tu run. any run- nt Itclilnir, lillnd.
it -u .tTft t-t iv n nri t l niVfl
llai-dumorerutruUlDU riios inoio iiuajs me
In somo clrcleB men uro llko pianos
If square they uro considered old
Bowels Get Weak
As Age Advances
The First Necessity is to
Keep the Dowels Gently
Open With a Mild
Healthy old ago Is bo absolutely de
pendent upon tho condition of tho
bowola that groat caro Bhould bo taken
to boo that they net regularly. Tho fact
is that as ago advances tho stomach
muscles become weak and Inactlvo
nnd tho llvor does not store up tho
JuIcob that aro necessary to prompt
Somo help can bo obtained by eat
ing easily digested foodB and by
plenty of exercise, but this latter Is
Irksome to most elderly people. Ono
thing Ib certain, that u Btato of con
stipation should always uo avoiaea aa
it Is dangcrouB to llfo undaiealth. Tho
beBt plan 1b to tako a mild laxatlvo
us often ub Is deemed necqssnry. But
with equal certainty It la auggosted
that cathartics, purgatives, imyBica,
Baits and pills bo avoided, aB they do
but temporary good und aro bo harsh
us to bo n ahock to a dollcato system.
A much better plan, nnd ono that
thousands of elderly people are follow
tner Is to take a uontlo laxatlvotonlc
llko Dr. Caldwell's Syrup Pepsin,
which acts ub nearly llko nature ub Ib
possible. In fact, the tendency of this
remedy Is to 'Strengthen tho stomach
und bowel muscles una so train mom
to act naturally again, when medicines
of nil kindo enn usually bo dispensed
with. Thin Is tho opinion of many
people of different ages, among them
Mr. O. P. Miller, Dnroda, Mich., who
writes: "I am 80 yeure old and havo
been constipated for many years. Since
reeetvlnir vour saiunlo bottlo I havo
procured two 50c bottles and find that
WHY INCUBATOR CHICKS DIE
Talk to Young Men
you In tho name of thousands of oth
er young men, like myself."
To this letter I replied:
My Dear Roy: I cannot tell you
how much good your letter has dono
me. To know that I nm arousing
tho young men In matters of right
living fills me with grutltude nnd en
thusiasm. I want to holp ou n
mo any tlmo you wish nnd I will con
sider your letter strictly confidential
nnd give you prompt reply. Follow
tho advice I gave In my nrtlclo. When
ever you hnvo occasion to consult mo
further do not hesltnte. Let ub bo
friends. If you will bo obedient to
me as a Bon ought to bo I will bo
faithful and true to you nB a father
ought to be. Yours sincerely, S. 1).
Hartmnn. M. D., Columbus, Ohio.
Peruna Is for Bale at all drug stores,'
Intlueiin, pinkeye, cplootlu, distemper nnd nil nosn and throat
dlittM" run-d, and all oilier?, no mutter how ''exposed," kept
ftomliKvliig nnv of tlirso iIImmih'S with HrnilNVS I.IUU'O tm
TKlPi:it CUIti:. Tliri'o to civ decs often euro a cac. Ono r0
cunt ImUI) gu.trnnii'uil to do fo. Rest, thing for brood limrr.
Auti on tho IiIImmI. ftOu nnd t n bottle, til nnd fjlladoeti
bottle. UniL'tflMs nnd liuniu's Mums. Distributors Af.L
lliieUirlolot;lln, (ioslirn, I ml., U.S.A.
niobbs Sklnnum is trying to pro
mote n new mining company. Did you
fall for It?
Slobbs No; I tumbled.
Anyway, the man who follows your
advice always bus some ono to blame
If ho falls.
Kidneys and Bladder
Contains No Habit Forming Drugs
Is Clogged Up
That's Why You're Tired-Out of Sorts
Have No Appetite.
"will put you right
in a few clays.
SMALL PILL. SMALL DOSE, SMALL PRICE,
Genuine must bear Signature
Gtt a Canadian Homt
In Western Canada's
Free Homestead Area
tins several Now Homo
Moudlnn Districts that
n fiord ruro opportunity
For Grain Growing
and Cattle Raising
llilsprorlncolianno superior ami
tinrinikoii imtIikI ot ovora quarter
l'orfort. diirmtn! eood markets:
livbt. nntl Koclul coudltlous must
Vncnnt land! adjacent to Frco
IlnmrMrads uiny bo portlmsod
mid aW In tlm older districts
lands enn uo pougni uv ruasuu'
For further particulars wrlto to
W. V. BENNETT,
Boo Building, Omaha, Neb.
Canadian nnTerntnent'AKcnts, or
nililri'is HiKHTliiH'inlriit of
it Ib tho best remedy I over used and
doeB just what you claim for it to tho
very letter. I can not recommend it
A bottlo can bo bought of'any drug
gist ut fifty cents or ono dollar. Peo
plo usunlly buy the fifty cent slzo first,
nnd then, having convinced themselves
of its niorlts they buy tho dollar size,
which Is more economical. Itosults are
always guaranteed or money will bo
refunded. Any elderly person can fol
low tlicso suggestions with safety and
tho nssurunco of good rosultB.
If no member of your family has
ever used Syrup Pepsin and you would
llko to mnko a porsonal trial of It bo
foro buying It In tho regular wuy of a
druggist, Bend your address a postal
will do to Dr. W. D. Caldwell, 203
Washlncton St.. Montlcello, 111., nnd a
I froo Bamplo bottlo will bo mailed you.
Write for book mtvlm; younc clilrkB.
ameH 0(7 iricruin inav 110 inciiiuinn ihiu tivt
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Mr. O. P, Miller.
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