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VOL. XXXIV.—NO. 176.
The Dupont Powrto' Works
No Less Than Seven Distinct
The Concussion Felt More Than
Thirty Miles Away.
Huge Buildings Torn to Atoms and Many
People Killed and Injured—Fear
Associated Press Dispatches.] •
Wilmington, Del., Oct. 7. —Several
startling explosions in quick succession
(some counted five, others seven) at 3 :80
p. m., announced to Wilmington a dis
aster at the Dupont powder works On
the Rrandywine. A rush was made to
the telephones, but nothing could be
learned beyond vague reports of damage.
An Associated Press representative
hastened to the scene, and has wired
that the whole section of the works
known as the "upper yard" is a
complete wreck, and at least
six lives have been lost. One
of the magazines went off first, and the
rolling and drying mills near by were
set off by the concussion, followed in
rapid succession. There were at least
seven distinct successive explosions.
Every dwelling in the neighborhood is
reported wrecked or unroofed or more
or less damaged. Telephone messages
from West Chester state that the ex
plosions were distinctly heard in that
The Worst Not Learned.
Later—A messenger has just brought
in the following dispatch which shows
that the worst has not yet been learned:
"Powder mills exploded. Ten killed
and twenty wounded." Rockland is a
complete wreck, none of its houses are
Rockland is a village on the Brandy
wine fully a mile above the scene of tlie
explosion. It comprises a large paper
mill, owned by the Jessup & Moore com
pany, and about fifty dwellings in which
chiefly reside mill employees. Its pop
ulation is about 200. Evidence of the
destruction at that distance, leads to tlie
belief here that the number of killed and
wounded has not yet been fully ascer
Scene of the Disaster.
The Dupont Powder Mills extend
along the. Brandy wine chiefly on the
left bank, and close to the water, for
about two miles. They are divided into
the "Upper," "llagley" and "Lower"
yards. The former is three miles, and
the latter five miles from Wilmington.
The report of damage done at Rockland
proves incorrect as to the locality, the
name of Rockland being erroneously
used for the buildings clustered around
what is known locally as the "Upper
yard." There are some fifty houses in
habited by employees of the powder
mill, clustered, and these are all
wrecked. The damage to property can
not be thoroughly estimated tonight.
The force of the concussion even broke
windows in some paris of Wilmington,
four or five miles away.
Wnen the Associated Press repre
sentative arrived at the scene, he found
women and children, the wives and sons
and daughters of the men employed in
the powder manufactory, madly rushing
here and there, seeking information
about the safety of their loved ones.
The yard in which the mills stood was
littered with the debris of fallen
buildings, and at some places, where
buildings had been, the only trace left
was the empty cellars and a few founda
tion stones. The little village of Du
pont's Banks, immediately outside the
powder yard, presented a most pitable
appearance. A hundred dwellings were
either demolished or badly damaged.
Buildings were unroofed, and the fronts
of houses blown out and wrecked. In
side the dwellings devastation was com
plete. Rooms on the ground floor were
strewn with broken crockery, crushed
stoves, remnants of tables, etc.
The Killed and Injured.
Following is a partial list of the killed :
Martin Dolan, James Dolan, William
McGarvey, John Martygon, William
Dennison, John Dietz, Thomas Hurlike,
John Hurlike, Patrick Dougherty, John
Newall, William Green, and a woman
named Rose Dougherty. Several others
The more seriously injured, so far as
learned, are Daniel Harkins, William
Logan, Annie and Maria Dolan, James
Ward, Hugh Terry, John McDougall,
Mrs. William S. McDowell, her two
year-old daughter, Lydia Anderson, An
drew Godfrey, Frank Hollis, John Mc-
Caffrey, Charles Godfrey, Thos. F.
Dougherty. Several of the injured will
A Complete Wreck.
The office of the Dupont company is a
complete wreck and six mills are in
ruins. Several members of the Dupont
firm were injured by falling walls and
broken glass, but none of them serious
ly. The dead were all employees of the
company, and were in and about the
mills that exploded. Several workmen
are missing, and are believed to have
been blown into fragments.
The Fatal Spark.
The first explosion occurred in one of
the packing mills where a workman
named Gran, was receiving a can of
'hexagonal powder to be shipped for the
use of the United States government.
In some way a spark was communi
cated to the can, and it blew up. In
stantly the packing mil! exploded, and
the other mills in the upper yards,
seven or eight in number, followed at
intervals of less than one second. AU
these except one, were "rolling" mills,
in which tbe ingredients of gunpowder
are pulverized by vertical rollers of
stone, turning slowly around a centre
• A Matter of Life and Death.
Immediately after the explosion
the large building known as the "re
finery", located near the center of the
village, took fire. It was a matter of
life and death to the whole population
that the fire should be extinguished be
fore it communicated with the powder
the building contained. The Dupont
Bre brigade succeeded in extinguishing
the flames. Had the roof fallen in, it
is doubtful if any man, woman or child
in the vicinity would have escaped
death or serious injury.
About fifty families are rendered
homeless by the disaster.
It is estimated that the loss cannot
be less than $500,000.
Felt Miles Away.
Philadelphia, Oct. 7.—The shock of
tbe explosion at Wilmington this after
noon, was plainly lelt in many sections
of this city. The shock was also felt at
Millville, N. J., Chester, Pa., and other
points, thirty to thirty-five miles dis
Nominations Made by Both Parties at
San Francisco, Oct. 7.—The county,
municipal, judicial, senatorial and as
sembly conventions were held tonight
by both Democrats and Republicans.
Many of these adjourned after effecting
organization, without nominating. The
following nominations were made:
Mayor, Frank McCloppin; auditor,
Fleet F. Strother; city and county at
torney, Harry I. Cresswell; district at
torney, Charles L. Weller.
Senatorial districts —Twentieth, James
J. Donelly; twenty-fourth, P. J. Mur
phy (renominated); twenty - sixth,
Thomas J. Clancy.
Assembly — Twenty-ninth district,
John F.Brown; thirtieth, Lewis Leff
man; thirty-first, J. P. Ward; thirty
second, Joseph Franklin; thirty-third,
George B. Oillin ; thirty-eighth, Frank
P. Clark; thirty-fifth, William J.Dunn ;
thirty-ninth, Chas. S. Arms ; fortieth,
Daniel J. Leary; forty-seventh, Michael
Lunstenberger; forty-eighth, H. B.
Morey; forty-sixth, W. H. Harrison.
McCoppin was mayor of San Francisco
in 1868, has served several terms in the
legislature and was United States com
missioner at the Australian exposition
two years ago.
Mayor—George A. Sanderson.
Senatorial—George H. Williams, John
T. Broderick and Thomas C. Maher.
Assembly—Thirty-sixth district, John
Glynn; thirty-seventh, M. J.Coffee; for
tieth, T. N. Dennis; forty-sixth, Joseph
The convention then adjourned till
Mr. Sanderson is a member of the firm
of Root ci Sanderson, wholesale grocers.
Markham at Nevada City.
Nisvada, Cal., Oct. 7.—C01. Markham
arrived here this afternoon from Dow
nieville and held a reception at the
National Exchange hotel. This evening
there was a large meeting in the thea
tre, Col. Markham and Geo. fit. Knight
San Francisco, Oct. 7. —James D.
Byrnes, the Republican nominee for
congress from the Fifth district, has re
signed his candidacy on account of ill
San Rafael, Oct. 7.—A county ticket
was nominated by the Republicans to
day. The candidate for assembly is T.
H. Estey; superior judge, F. M. Angel
loti: sheriff and tax collector, Thomas
A Large Tract Burned Over Near Vaca
Vacaville, Cal., Oct. 7 —Late this
afternoon a telephone message from the
Coulter ranch, called outaboutone hun
dred people to fight fire in the hills
north of town, and some three miles
away. The property burned oyer was
some of the best pasture land in this
section of the valley. A party of fire
fighters were surrounded in a high wild
oat patch, and narrowly escaped. More
than three hundred acres were burned
over, and a large number of trees were
At 7 p. m. a second call for help was
received, and another large detachment
of men have left. It is reported that
some cattle running loose in the hills
AN ERRING WIFE.
Shame and Remorse Drive Ber to Sui
San Francisco, Oct. 7. —Mrs. Lulu
Rogers, a 19-year-old wife and mother of
two children, committed suicide today
by taking a doseof strychnine. Her hus
band. WUliam J. Rogers, is a car con
ductor, and on returning home from
work yesterday morning at 1
o'clock, found his wife out. A quarrel
which ensued, and remorse for her con
duct, are believed to have led to the
deed.' She left an affectionate note,
begging her husband's forgiveness.
Rube Burrows Captured.
Demopoms, Ala., Oct. 7. —The noto
rious outlaw and expiess robber, Rube
Burrows, was captured this afternoon at
South Maringo, by John McDuffee and
others sent out by the Southern Express
company. He had been seen in the
vicinity recently, and today took
shelter in a house during a storm.
Two colored men assisting McDuffee,
went into the house and engaged Bur
rows in conversation. Suddenly they
grasped him by the hands", pre
venting him * from reaching his
weapons. A terrifflc struggle
ensued, but McDuffee and others came
in and overpowered him. The Southern
Express people are greatly elated. Mc-
Duffee and others will receive a large re
The State Grange.
Watsonville, Cal., Oct. 7.—The State
Grange met here today in Masonic hall.
At the morning session the usual com
mittees were appointed, and a recess
taken. In the afternoon the officers'
reports were read. Tlie attendance is
unusually large for the first day. The
evening session was a public meeting,
and the grangers were welcomed to
Watsonville. Speeches were made by
County Superintendent Lenscot, senior,
Postmaster L. C. Steele and Mrs. A. P.
The OraVige County Fair.
Santa Ana, C«., Oct. 7—The first an
nual fair of Onfage county was opened
today under in At promising auspices.
The exhibits of fViit, vegetables, grain,
fancy work and stick of every descrip
tion, are better oV far than was antic
It is stated that thlfre will be a reun
ion of the Sharon hems next November
in San Francisco, Wand that, liti
gation being ended,*, the estate will
be partitioned. I
WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 8, 1890.
The White House Potentate's
Popular Demonstrations' Along
Hoosiers Howl Themselves Hoarse at
the Sight of Ah Ben.
Seeing the President is a Diversion for the
People, "When He Wears Grand
Associated Press Dispatches. |
North Vkunon, Ind., Oct. 7—Today
was one of ovations for the chief magis
trate of the nation. Kentucky, Ohio
and Indiana joined in doing him hom
age, and in the land of Dixie the greet
ing was no less warm than in his native
It was hardly more than daybreak
when the presidential train passed
through Newport and Covington, Ky.,
but the president was up and bowed his
acknowledgements to the enthusiastic
Kentuckians that crowded the depots.
Cincinnati was reached at 7:30 a. m.
Despite the early hour, several thousand
people had gathered at the Central
station to greet the president. At 8
o'clock the train pulled out.
Near North Bend, Ohio, the old Har
rison homestead was reached and the
train came to a stop just abreast the
house in which Ben Harrison first saw
the light, and but a few yards from the
white shaft that marks the tomb of his
illustrious ancestor, ex-Pre?ident Wil
liam Henry Harrison. The occasion
was not one for words, and as the pres
ident passed to the rear platform, he
was unaccompanied. Ihe rest of the
party delicately left him to the solemn
memories that the scenes of his child
hood and youth called back. After a
brief stop the train passed on, but the
president was visibly affected by the
slights that brought back so many ten
der memories to his mind, and when
the little town of Lawrenceburg was
reached, his voice was heavy with
emotion as he addressed the crowd of
old neighbors and friends that thronged
to greet him.
"My friends," said the president, "I
want to thank you very cordially for
this greeting. All thescenes about here
aro very familiar to me. This town of
Lawrenceburg is the first village of my
childish recollections, and as I ap
proached it this morning, past the
earliest home of my recollections —the
home in which my childhood and early
manhood were spent—memories crowded
in upon me that are very full of interest,
very full of pleasure, and yet very full
of sadness. They bring back to me
those who once made the old home very
dear—the most precious spot on earth.
I have passed with bowed head the
place where they rest. We are here
in our generation with the work
of these who have gone before upon us.
Let us see each of us,|that in the family,
in the neighborhood and in the' state,
we do at least with equal courage, grace
and kindness, the work so gravely,
kindly, graciously, done by those who
filled our places fifty years ago. Now,
for I must hurry on, to these old friends
and to these new friends, who have
come in since Lawrenceburg was fami
liar to me, I extend again my hearty
thanks for this welcome, and beg in
parting, to introduce the only member
of my cabinet who accompanies me,
General Tracy, secretary of the navy."
Secretary Tracy contented himself by
merely bowing to the enthusiastic
crowd, and he and the president had
time to shake a few eager hands ex
tended, as the train pulled out.
Vincennks, Ind., Oct. 7. —It was
quickly demonstrated that the village of
Washington, which was reached at 1
p. m., had many old friends of the pres
ident. An old gray-haired man elbowed
his way through the crowd to the presi
dent, and grasping his hand said: "How
are you, Ben? lam glad to see you. I
voted for your grandfather, then voted
lor you, and I hope, Ben, to have a
chance to vote for you again. You
don't mind if I call you« Ben?"
The president assured his visitor that
to his old friends he hoped he would al
ways remain "Ben," as of yore, and the
crowd loudly applauded the sentiment.
This encouraged an old lady to exclaim,
as she grasped the president's hand: "1
feel as though I am related to you, Mr.
President. Your grandfather and mine
ate roaßt turkey and pig together, and
that tnakes us related, doesn't it?"
The president bowed affirmation to
this logic as the train moved rapidly out.
Making tho Most of It.
Danville, 111., Oct. 7. —The president
is certainly making his western trip a
period of unalloyed pleasure. No official
business of any character is allowed to
intrude itself, and the program of the
trip is being adhered to in every detail.
That this brief period of relaxation is
proving beneficial to the president, is
evident by his cheerful demeanor and
the general manner in which he bears
up under what would be ordinarily
deemed a tiresome trip. The generous
welcome which the citizens of his native
state tendered him at every stop
in Indiana, was particularly pleasing to
the president. It was a veritable sur
prise when, at the little town of Sulli
van this afternoon, nearly half the pop
ulation of the county was found assem
bled, and cheering for a sight of the
chief executive. The president was
forced to yield to the popular demand,
and made a brief speech, thanking the
people heartily for his reception.
Between Vincennes and Sullivan,
thirty miles, the fastest run of the trip
was made, the distance being covered in
The Event of the Day.
The principal event of the day was the
reception at Terre Haute. A stand had
been erected and fully ten thousand
people asaembled to greet the party.
The arrival of the train was heralded by
the whistles of every engine and factory
in the city, and the noise was
deafening. When the speakers'
stand was finally reached, it was fully
ten minutes before the thousands of
cheering people could be quieted.
Mayor Daniels welcomed the president
to the city and introduced him to the
people. The president, in responding,
said he heartily appreciated this large
gathering, and the welcome which the
Kind and animated faces, as well as the
words of the mayor had extended.
Terre Haute had always been the home
of some of his most cherished personal
friends, and he was glad to know the
city was in an increasing degree pros
perous and the people contented and
"I am glad to know," said he, "that
the local industries which have been
established in your midst are today pro
ducing their varied products, and that
these find a ready market at remune
rative prices. I was told as we ap
proached your city that there was not
an idle wheel in Terre Haute. It is
very pleasant to know that this pros
perity is generally shared by all our peo
The president then introduced Secre
tary Tracy who made a brief address, in
which lie said he had beeen delighted
*vith his trip, but more especially with
the enthusiasm with which the people
of Indiana everywhere greeted the pres
ident, and the warm personal friend
ship they have manifested.
Congressman Grosvenor, of Ohio, in a
brief speech congratulated the farmers
upon their appearance of prosperity,
saying that he had expected from repre
sentations made, to find them a pallid
cheeked, poverty-stricken, mortgage
ridden people, instead of a class upon
whom the gods of agriculture seemed to
It required considerable exertion for
the party to again reach the train
through the surging crowd. As soon as
possible the journey was resumed. At
Danville. Illinois, this evening the roar
of cannon sounded a hearty welcome to
the Prairie state.
In the Prairie State.
Bloomington, in,, Oct. 7. —When'the
presidential train reached the Danville
depot, thousands of people were found
assembled. Congressman Cannon in
troduced the president, who expressed
legretI egret that lack of time precluded a
oncer stay. He was clad to notice, he
laid, that if the last year had not
[elded an average return to the Illinois
rms, that already tlie promise of the
ming year is seen in well tilled fields.
At 7:30 the train reached Urbane,
lere another multitude clamored for a
jht of the president. He declined to
Ik, however, and introduced Secretary
aey, who was received with applause,
i At Champaign, the citizens were at
tended by the students of the Univer
sity of Illinois, who received the presi
dent with their college cheer. After a
few minutes' talk by the president to
the young men, the train pulled out and
reached Bloomlngton at 9:15.
, Peoria, Ills., Oct. 7. —No speeches
Were made by the president or mem
bers of his party at Bloomington or
Pekin, although immense crowds gath
ered at both places. Peoria was reached
at 11:25, and Mayor Clark and members
frf the council escorted the party to the
National hotel to spend the night.
Brief Mention of Events Transpiring Be
yond the Mountains.
Prof. John H. Hewitt, poet, writer and
musician, died at Baltimore at tlie age
The steamer Alamo, from Galveston,
arrived at New York with a cargo of
cotton on fire.
The thirty-second district Democratic
congressional convention, at Buffalo, N.
nominated Hon. Daniel N. Lock
The Comte de Paris and party have
arrived at Washington. They were the
guests at a dinner Tuesday evening, of
The Hotel Walnut, in Cincinnati, has
made an assignment, with liabilities
twice the assets. It is one of the oldest
hotels in the city.
The appraisers of the estate of Wil
liam Fuller, of the firm of Whittier,
Fuller & Co., estimate the total value of
the estate at $1,771,202.
At Middleton, Conn., a dwelling house
occupied by Jehial Tryon and wife was
burned. Mrs. Tryon was burned to a
crisp, and Tryon was badly injured.
The constitutional convention at Jack
son, Miss., has adopted a section pro
viding that separate schools shall be
maintained for white aud colored chil
At Louisville, Ky., a mail transfer
wagon on the way from the post office
to the Louisville and Nashville depot,
was robbed of a pouch containing 135
The steamer Cindad Condal, from
Vera Cruz and Havana, with sugar, to
bacco, hemp, etc., came into port at
New York, with lire iii her cargo. Fire
men are working on it.
Treasurer Peak, of Kansas City, whom
Mayor Holmes expelled from office last
summer, charging him with the embez
zlement of $22,000 of the city's funds,
has been indicted by the grand jury.
In the Houston county, Ga., superior
court Thomas Woolfolk was the second
time sentenced to hang Oct. 29, for the
murder of ten members of his father's
family in Bibb county, in August, 1887.
At Ispheming, Mich., the miners,
trammers, lumbermen and all the un
derground employees of the Lake Ange
line muie walked out Monday noon.
The miners at other cities are following
All the horses comprising the Castle
stables, including Diablo, have been
sold at public auction. Diablo brought
$9,000 the purchaser being J. F. Camp
bell. The colt Bermuda brought $5,000
and Thorndale $3,100.
The following named national banks
have been authorized to commence bus
iness : American National Bank of Salt
Lake City, at Salt Lake City, Utah,
Capital $250,000; Merchants National
Bank of Great Falls, Great Falls, Mont.,
Census announcements: St. Paul,
Minn., 133,156, an increase of 91,683, or
1221.07 per cent.; state of lowa, 1,906,729,
*n increase of 282,114, or 17.36 per
pent,; West Virginia, 760,448, an in
crease of 141,991, or 22.96 per cent.;
Ohio, 3,666,718, an increase of 468,657,
br 14.65 per cent.
The recent prairie fires near Mandan,
D., were most disastrous. The River
side Ranch company lost 300 head of
i tack, worth $10,000. Many settlers
uffered serious losses and some had
j iarrow escapes from death. The fire
tm the ir»rx»t destructive ever known
i'est oi the Missouri river
IN OTHER LANDS.
A Fresh Revolutionary Scare
at Buenos Ayres.
Troops Ordered Out to Patrol
The Fears of the Alarmists, However,
John Morley Defends His Irish Exposures
Against the Attacks of Critics.
Associated Press Dispatches. I
Buenos Avres, Oct. 7. —A panic was
caused here last night by a rumor that
a fresh revolution had broken out. The
troops were called out and patrolled the
street during the night. The police
were rapidly armed with rifles and held
in readiness at the central station. A
special train was dispatched to Zarata
for reinforcements of artillery, which
arrived this morning.
The cause of the alarm was the report
of a police agent that attempts had been
made by sergeants to subdue two regi
The situation is believed to be graver
than at first supposed. Many deputies
and senators passed the night in
President Pellegrinei's house, and it is
stated the minister of war took the
president and Minister of the Interior
Boca to the bai racks for safety. Admiral
Bordero prepared the fleet for action.
Later —The president has ordered the
troops to go to Santa Catalina and go
into camp, leaving one regiment in the
city. Fears of a revolution in La Plata
have been dispelled.
AFFAIRS IN IRELAND.
Morley Replies to His Critics—Sir Mi
chael Hicks-Beach Speaks.
London, Oct. 7. —In an address at
Swindon, tonight, Morley replied to the
criticisms of his recent speech. He rid
iculed the idea that because he had been
a cabinet minister he should be blind to
the state of affairs in Ireland. Every
word he had told was true, and he was
glad to have helped in the exposure of
the magisterial authorities.
Sir Michael Hicks-Beach speaking at
Gloucester tonight, characterized Mor
ley's story as a "traveler's tale." A re
currence of the famine of 1840 was im
possible. The government had taken
measures to prevent any extended suf
fering on account of the failure of the
Secretary of State Stanhope in a
speech at Horncastle declared that the
This delegation was on the road to the convention. They
had made up their mind to break the slate; when Joker of Artesia
observed the LONDON CLOTHING COMPANY was so far
above all competitors, he said, "Boys, I want all you Pumpkin-
Rollers to put in your vote straight." Mahone of the Seventh
seconded the motion. The delegation "gaged "their vote accord
ingly, and the nomination of London Clothing Co. for office of
LEADING CLOTHIERS, was made unanimous.
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alleged famine in Ireland only existed
in the imagination of the Parnellite
leaders and American anglers for the
Irish vote. Referring to the new United
States tariff, he said it was
directed largely against England
and Canada and would do
Canada serious injury. The greatest in
jury, however, would be .done to the
Americans themselves. It behooved
the government, he said, to find fresh
outlets for British capital.
Cream of the Cable Dlapatchea Boiled
Sir Henry Drummond Wolff, British
envoy to Persia, is dying.
Mermeux is dying from the effects of
wounds received in a recent duel.
Rev. Henry White, chaplain of the
British house of commons, is dead.
Two persons at Lunel, France, recently
arrived from Sgpin, are suffering from
The steamer Majestic arrived at
Queenstown from New York, reports
that two steerage passengers committed
suicide on the voyage.
Advices from Rangoon, British Bur
mah, state that a mail train was thrown
from the track near there, killing one
person and injuring twenty. It was the
work of train wreckers.
During a severe storm Monday, the
schooner Mary Jane was wrecked off
Cape Tormentino, Prince Edward Island.
All efforts to save the crew proved futile.
Five bodies have been recovered.
At Welland, Ontario, the jury in the
case of Arthur Day, charged with mur
dering his wife by pushing her into the
Niagara river, returned a verdict of
guilty, and Day was sentenced to hang.
Six thousand miners in the collieries
in the counties of Fife and Clackman
non, Scotland, have warned their
employers that they will strike unless
their wages are advanced fifteen per
Although there is no prospect of the
strike of the Scotch furnace men coming
to an end, some Glasgow iron brokers
are selling with a view to discounting
settlement. Pig iron has declined ta
England has demanded an immediate
settlement of its claim for the seizure of
the British African Lakes company's
steamer, James Stevenson, illegally
captured by Lieutenant Continho, a few
Mrs. Maud Yates, wife of Frederick
Yates, son of Edmund Yates, editor of
the London World, who is separated
from her husband, has been committed
to trial on the charge of issuing a check
with the object of defrauding her father
Captain Bullis, acting Indian agent at
San Carlos, in answer to an inquiry that
Kid had killed a scout and wounded
others, states. "There is not any news
here on the subject. The whole story is