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TODAY'S FORECAST.
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH
ERN CALIFORNIA: FAIR; SLIUHT.
LV WARMER; LIGHT NORTH
ERLY WINDS.
VOL. XLI. NO S6.
REMEMBER!
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Saturday, the 23d inst., will be the last day.
Why should you uot get
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HTHEIK
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BEAR IN MIND THE ROUND-TRIP TICKET
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Make a $5 Purchase and Become a Participant.
the DATE
DECEMBER 23 ==-
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Fine Ornaments in Art Goods,
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LOOK FOR THE BARGAINS
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Two Gold
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Medals
* AWARDED
World's Fair Convention of the Phottfrifhic Assoc'd.
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WORLD'S FAIR MEDAL OF HONOR.
Four Silver First-Prize Medals, San Francisco, February, 18!L'L
All Premiums and Diplomas Awarded at Late Los Anireles Fai
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The Abbotsforcl Inn,
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The most attractive, sunny, comfortable Family and Tourist Hotel
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American Plan. Transient ratea $3 per day; special rates by the week.
BY J. J, MARTIN.
The Herald
LOS ANGELES; SATURDAY MORNING DECEMBER 16, 1893.
LIKE THE REED CONGRESS
The House Gets a Decided
Move on Itself.
Bills Rushed Through With
Galloping Speed.
The Arizona Statehood Hill Passed
Under Whip and Spur.
The New Mexican Admission Hill Well
Under Way -• A Wrangle Orer
What la to He Iloue With
Oklahoma.
By the Associated Press;
Washington, Dec. 16. —The course ol
events in the houae today ie-crn > ed the
halcyon days of the Reed congress,when
legislation was rueh»d through at a gal
loping speed. The bill for the admission
of Arizona waa put through under whip
and Bpur, and the bill for the admission
of New Mexico waa well under way when
a wrangle over what was to be done with
Oklahoma intervened, and debate lasted
until adjournment.
The balk of the eastern opposition to
the admission of tbe territories, as ex
pressed by Bingham of Philadelphia.was
founded on the theory tbat while the
eastern states were rich in wealth and
strong in jopiilation, they would be
able to hold their own in the house,
where the basis of representation was
population, but the influence of the
great states of the Union would be over
balanced hy the greatly increased etate
representation in the senate.
Hepburn of lowa raised objection to
the clause in tbe Arizona bill giving tbe
state four eectiona in every range, a
total of 70,000,000 acres.
Smith of Arizona interrupted, and
declared Arizona would get just what
lowa got. Thia Hepburn denied; even
if it had, lowa had 2,000,000 inhabit
ants.
To the suggestion that people would
leave lowa to go to Arizona, Hepburn
sim ply moved his band contemptuously.
"The idea that people would go from
lowa out to that arid country is prepoe
terous," aaid he. "I went out there
once and I never saw a green thing—
unless," he added, "It wore breeches."
[ Laughter. J
liowerß of California, in a heated re
ply, drew a graphic picture nf the val
leys of Arizona, more fertile he declared
than the plains of the Nile. In five
yearß, he predicted, the population of
Arizona would be increased over four
fold. - v
Very few amendments were adopted.
Onn increasing tbe grant of lands to
stale institutions, 100,000 acres each to
tbe insane asylum, penitentiary and
deaf and dumb asylum, and 50,000 acres
to a hospital for dißabled miners, waa
adopted.
A motion to consolidate the judicial
districts of Utah and Arizona and reduce
the salary of the federal judge waa de
feated.
The Republicans generally did not re
frain from voting on the final passage of
the bill, although many voted against it.
The motion carried, 185 to 61, and the
bill for the admission of Arizona passed.
THE NICARAGUA CANAL.
Senators Morgan aud Frye Urge Con
gressional Action.
Washington, Dec. 15. — The house
committee on interstate and foreign
commerce, after listening to arguments
by Senators Morgan of Alabama and
I'rye of Maine, reported favorably the
joint resolution of Representative Doo
-1 itt loo! Washington for the appointment
of a joint commission consisting of tbree
eenaiorg,and six members to investigate
the present statusof the Nicaragua canal
project.
Senator Morgan recited at length the
paßt history oi the enterprise and its
strugg.e to obtain government recogni
tion. He thought the time bad come
when it should be decided whether the
United States would aid tbe project or
aban ton it altogether. He declared
that the world is determined to have
the canal, and if the United States
should not build it, some other nation
would. He po.rued out the advantages
of the control of the canal by the United
States, and earnestly hoped the resolu
tion would be adopted.
Senator Frye also spoke warmly in
favor of the resolution. He stated the
government which controls tbe Nicara
gua canal wonld also control the Ha
waiian i-l amis, and that it would be use
less for this country to annex those
islands unless the control of the canal
was üßßUined.
DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS.
No Meeting to He Held Till After tbf»
Holidays.
Washington, Dec. 15.—Chairman Ho'l
man of the Democratic caucus said this
afternoon that it was probable the cau
cus on the tariff hill would not be bell i
until after the holiday receßs. Many
membera are going out of town, aid
there will not be a full attendance vi /til
the reassembling in January. Gen rral
Wheeler has secured additional nr/mos
to the request for a call.
Mrs. Porter's Funeral.
W'SHinoton, Dec. 15. —The funr mil of
Mrs. Porter, wife of the late Atjmiral
Porter, took place today. The inter
ment was by the side of her hual mnd at
Arlington. Tbe pall-hearers wei c Sen
ator Chandler, Representative 3 cutelle,
Admirals June!, Almy, Upsli nr and
Stevenß, Commodores Walker and Ilain
tey and Major Nicholson of thij marine
corps.
Federation of Labor ,
Chicago, Dec. 15.—The Fe' /eration of
Labor today decided that tb t executive
council bae no power to 6ef tie disputes
among local organization!]. Tbe after
noon session was devoted to the election
of officers. John Mcßridgd of the Ohio
Miners'union ie making ti strong tight
for president, to succeed Qompers.
THE DEATH ROLL.
Edward Curt!* and Other Notables
Pasied Away.
San Francisco, Dec. 15 —Edwßrd
Curtis, a well-known California politi
cian, died laat Satnrday at tbe residence
of hiß parents in Chautauqua, N. Y.
More than a year ago: Curtis received a
stroke of paralysis, which was followed
by paresis. Curtis field the closest re
lations witb the late Senator Stanford,
whom he resembled iv a striking man
ner.
Richard Gillis, a mining expert who
was widely known iv mining circles,
dropped dead on the Btreet this after
noon.
Vai.lijo, Cal., Dec. 15. —William
Krelling, well known in theatrical cir
cles as proprietor of the Tivoli opera
house, San Francisco, dropped dyad hero
this morning. He waa also at one time
tax collector of San Francieco.
Norfolk, Va., Dec. 15.—John L. Por
ter, formally chief ns'-al constructor o!
the Confederate states navy, and pro
jector and builder nf the famous iron
• '..rl in Virginia, alter'varde called the
Merriinac, died at Portsmouth last
night, agel 80.
Boston, Dec. 15. —Prof. Henry W.
Tojrey, one of the oldest profeesora of
Harvard, died today, aged 80.
London, Dec. 15.—The eari of Declive
is dead.
The Cotijrhlln Case.
Chicago, Dec. 15.—The connection of
the mysterious J. B. Simonds, vrho
rented a flat on Clarie atreet, with the
Cronin murder, was theßubjsctof in
vestigation by the prosecution in the
Coughlin trial today. The defence
moved that the entire Simonds atory be
excluded, as Simonda had never been
indicted, but the court allowed testi
mony showing the transaction of the
renting of the flat.
A Lsod Regleter Bounced.
Washington, Dec. 15.—The secretary
of the interior has ordered the removal
of John G. Carlin as register of the gen
eral land office at Prescott, Ariz.
HAWAIIAN REVOLUTION.
MINISTER STEVENS' DISPATCH TO
SECRETARY BLAINE.
Be Anticipated Trouble* nnd Asked fo/
Instructions—The Secretary PaJd
.No lieed to the Minister's
Bequest*
Washington, Dec. 15. — There was
published this morning a dispatch ad
dressed by Minister Stevens from Hono
lulu to Secretary Blame, dated M arch 8,
1892, in which Stevens asks for 'instruc
tions in the event of a revol btionary
movement. Thie dispatch w* s printed
in the official Hawaiian correr/pondence,
and is not new. Tbe dispat>/b referred
to an entirely different revolution from
the one which haa been e'/Tected. The
revolution Stevens apprehended was
threatened by Robert Wilcox, a half
caste, who attempted to overthrow Kal
akaua in 1889, and was prevented by tbe
white element in the if .lands.
MB. STEVENS EXPLAINS.
Boston, Dec. 15, — Ex-Minister John
L. Stevens made th c following self-ex
planatory statement, today:
Regarding the d ; rspatcb of Secretary
Blame, signed by v <c and published by
the Associated Pre is yesterday morning,
it is proper to Bar no answer was ever
received by me, and probably none was
eve: written. Dr übtleßß Blame thought
the standing inf .tractions and us/gee of
the legation, ol which I tin had
charge, especi Ally Secretary bayard's
.dispatch to Minister Merrill of July
12, 1887, wire sufficient for my
guidance, thu * throwing on tbe Ameri
can representatives ft* Honolulu the
[ responsibilit y of dealing with the facta
and the erne rgencies as to which they
could judgt, more accurately than the
Washingtoi i officials. All the official
dispatches received by me during my
residence in Honlulu areduly numbered
and on hi c in the legation at Honolulu.
(Signs'J; John L. Stevens.
I/ESPAIK AND DKATH.
A Rnl ilan Refugee Bnda Ills Lire In Chi
cago.
Cu.icago, Dec. 16. —Sigmund Mapßa
koweki, a Russian refugee, committed
miivide in Lincoln park last evening.
John Weyeßinski, a man claiming to be
'ihe agent of a society tbat extends aid
to suffering Russians, told the coroner
today that the suicide had been an offi
cer in the czar'B army, but being impli
cated in a political plot, four months
ago, had been compelled to flee
the country in disguise. He left
tiis family in Russia, and fearing detec
tion, and beiug without friends, killed
himself to escape the terrible fate it hich
tbe airent said awaited him should he
be captured. He had received informa
tion that he hud beeu sentenced to Si
beria, and that means had been taken to
prevent his wife and children from
leaving Russia to come to him. This
drove him to despair and death.
for Honolulu.
San Fbascihco, Dec. 15.—Among the
passengers who left on the steamer Ala
meda today for Honolulu were L. A.
Tbureton, Hawaiian minister extraordi
nary and envoy plenipotentiary to the
United States, and Mr. aud Mrs. J. Mott
Smith and daughter. Mr. Smith was
succeeded by Mr. Thurston when the
provisional government went into
power.
Expiated on the tiallowa.
Sedalia, Mo., Dec. 15. —Dick Robin
son wbb hinged this morning ior the
outrage and murder of Johanna Schell
man, a servant girl, and killing her un
born babe, in October, 1892.
An Iron Compt»tiy Assigns.
Philadelphia, Dec. 15.—The Orario
Iron company assigned the afternoon.
TDe company is capitalized at $2,000,1.00.
A line of fine cat glass bottles and
manicure sets just received at Little
boy's pharmacy. Call and see tbem,
all South Spring street.
STORM OF SHOT AND SHELL
Terrific Bombarding in the
Harbor of Rio.
The Beleagured City Thrown
Into a Great Panic.
Much Damage on the Water Front by
the Leaden Shower.
Many Persona Reported Killed—Mo aud
Santos Completely 810-kadrd
by the Rebel V* <t r. ■ .
Foreign Flashes.
By the Associated Press.
New York, Dec. 15.—The World*
special from Buenoß Ayres,, dated the
15th, sayß: Terrific bombarding is re
ported in the harbor of Rin de Janeiro
today. Many persons were killed.
The Herald's Buenos Ayres special,
dated Dec. 16th, says/. The Herald's
correspondent at Ri<> sends word that
the night of December 10th the city
was thrown into panic by a atorm of
ebot and shell wbich lasted 40 minutes.
The missiles ram* from rifle- and rapid
firing guns on Cabras island, and fell
all over the city, but especially in Car
loca, Pavadrilvt and Travessa streets, and
at other points where theaters are
situated. T.fae clay houses were just
being emptied of throngs of patrons,
and the effect was a tremendous
scare. Women fled shrieking to shel
ter. Thie was the result of an attack
made 'Aom shore upon the island by
Peixoto's troops, to which De (lama's
ielami batteries were not Blow in re
sponding. Houeee on tbe water front
were much damaged by the leaden
shower, but tbe number of casualties is
unknown. It is stated tbe attacking
ffjrce of Peixoto's men suffered heavy
losses, aB did also the island garrison,
but accurate figures could not be pro
cared. Tbe usual firing between the
forts and Nictheroy is not allowed to
flag.
Buknos Ayres, Dec. 15.—1t ie stated
that rebel warships now completely
blockade Rio and Santos. A number of
failures of merchants in Sao Paulo have
occurred.
DOWN WITH ANARCHY.
The French Government Adopt* Repres
sive Measures.
Paris, Dec. 15. —The chamber of
deputies today adopted the explosives
bill and the associations bill, both anti
anarchist measures, by sweeping major
ities.
Avez, a Socialist deputy, protested
againet wbat he classed as "throttling
discussion," and other Socialist deputies
denounced tbe alleged indecent haste
with wbich the measures were pushed
through.
Flandin defended the projects as being
a new defense for menaced society.
Goblet proposed to send the associa
tion bill to committee; but thia wbb
rejected by a vote of 406 to 132, and tbe
bill was adopted by a vote of 464 to 39.
THE REICHSTAG ADJOURNED.
Bnt Not Before Herbert Btaanarck Made
an Ass of Himself.
Berlin, Dec. 15. —The Reichstag to
day adopted the Spanish, Roumanian
and Servian treaties of commerce and
defeated the motion of Herr Janitz tbat
they should remain in operation for a
year only. Count Herbert Bißmarck'a
speech advising the dissolution of par
liament aud an appeal to the votere,
was received with cheers and hisses.
Herr Richter called bim ''the weakling
of tha Bismarck dynasty," and Paßcher
dubbed him "Don Quixote." The
Reichstag adjourned to January 9th,
CONFESSED THEIR GUILT.
French Spies Mnat Berye Time in a Qer
lUHU Prlsou.
Leipbiq, Dec. 16.—At the trial of
Degong and Delgay, tbe alleged French
spies, the prisoners confessed that they
intended to forward the results of their
sketches of German fortifications to the
French government. The public prose
cutor said, in view of the present exten
sive espionage on the part of French
officers, which rendered the large o um
of money spent upon German defences
useless, he must ask a sentence of four
and five years, respectively. Thiß was
the sentence imposed.
VAILLANT'S BIG COUP.
He Waa Paid O ... Hundred Franca for
M ißlng It.
Paws, Dec. 15. —Librete states Vail
lant has confessed that he was given
100 francß by a well-to-do anarchist in
order to inako his big coup. Vaillant is
quoted as adding that he used this
money iv the purchase of explosives,
etc., with which he made the bomb and
concealed the latter in his flannel waist
belt. Still, according to Liherte, Vail
lant inte: led to harangue the deputies
alter the explosion, but was choked
with the smoke.
An Ambasador Resigns.
Berlin, Dec. . , —Count Solma Son
nenwal lf, Germ-m ambassador to Italy,
has resigned. < ving to private reasons.
It Is reported Herr Yon Itadowitz, Ger
man ainbaseador to Madrid, will bucceed
Couut Solrns Sonnenwalde.
Keiuoval.
Polaslii Bros., merchant tailors, have
removed to rooms 113, i 14. 115, second
door, Stimson building, Spring and Third
streets.
Stop that cough by using Dr. St.
John's cough syrup. We refund your
money if it fails to cure. For sale by
Off & Vaughn, corner Fourth and
Spring sts.
Thnrßton's Millinery and California
Straw Works, 204 S. Main street, oppo
site Third.
TEN PAGES.
THE WEEK'S CLEARANCES.
Lo* Angelea Agatn Makol a Phenomenal
Showing.
New York, Dec. 15 —Weekly bank
clearings as compiled by Bradstreet's for
tbe week ended December 14th,showing
tbe percentage o! increase or decrease o!
tbe leading cities:
I. ret. Pc: ct.
Clearances, lac. Dec.
New York ¥406,8*1,000 .... 88.8
Boston m.y-v. 000 ... 19.0
t'hieago 07 170,000 .... 88.8
I'iuladelpbla 68 v .1,000 107
St. Louis 33,609,000 .... 16.4
rtiin Francisco.... 13617,0.10 .... 19.8
New Orleans , 18,884,000 .... IS.B
Baltimore 19,933 UuU 19.8
Cincinnati 1.3,488.000 18.8
Pittsburg 101118,000 .... 29.0
i.».ki> City It 740,000 !• 1
Galves ou 7.143,806 ... mo
Minneapolis ... 6,480,c98 1117
Omaha 8,38 873 .... 30.0
St. Paul 8,607,080 ... 4(1.7
Denver 9,707,000 .... 49.0
t'uiiianJ, On 1,138,963 . .. 01 0
I f \ <. :LE -. 1,008.144 10 0
i'acoma 0:i3.7 18 84 7
Seattle 470,014 lil 5
:eo)tane 810,838 .... 70.1
Total of the leading cities in the
United States, 1015,882,558, a de
crease of 32.3 per cent as oouipated with
the same week last year. No statement
received from Bait Lake.
I i Hi: IN UurUAM.
Half a Million Dollars' Worth or Prop
erty Destroyed.
New York, Dec. 15. —Fire which broke
out in tbe furniture and upholstery
seven-story building of Henry Thesen &
Bro., Third avenue and Forty-ninth
streets destroyed nearly $500,000 worth
of property in less than an iiour from
the time of its discovery. The fire be
sides destroying the upholstery building
also burned out Nob. 801, 803 and 805
Third avenue, and Nob. 209 and 211
East Forty-ninth street; five tenement
houses in Ringtail alley or Beekman
lane, occnpied by 48 Italian families,
numbering over 200 people; tbe marble
and statuary yard of Samuel Adler and
bis stables adjoining, in which 10 horses
periehedin the flames.
A BLACK BUY BURGLAR.
CHICAGO POLICE MAKE AN IM
PORTANT CAPTURE.
A Colored Youth Arrested With 05000
Worth of Jewelry In His Posses
sion—He Stole the Sparklers
In San Franciaco.
Chicago, Dec. 15.—Five thousand dol
lars' worth of jewery and diamond
rings were found in possession of a col
ored boy arrested this morning. He
said his name is Frank Eaeton and con
fessed a successful burglary committed
in San FrancißCO a few weeka ago. De
tectives saw Eaaton standing in front of
a pawn shop acting in a peculiar man
ner. The officers took him to the
station and found diamonds and watcheß
a millionaire might be proud of. Eaeton
made a full confeaeion bow he came into
possession of the valuables. He aaid:
"About three weeke ago I met another
colored man in San Franciaco. The lat
ter planned a bnrglsiry and a man'a
houae on Sutter Btreet was selected. I
did not care to take part in the burg
lary, but was threatened with death if I
refused. Tbe night of the burglttry I
attempted to back out. My accomplice
made me get through a window at the
point of a revolver. Once inside the
house I ransacked every room in it. i
got through the window to escape, but
my accomplice was nowhere found.
Having the jewelry and precious stones
in my possession I immediately left San
Francisco, coming directly to Chicago."
An expert jeweler and diamond mer
chant pronounced the property worth
at leaßt $5000. Oue ring, wi'ti four dia
monds, alone is worth $1000. Amon?
other valuables taken from Easton was a
woman's gold watch and chain valued
at $250; three opals, $300 each ; two dia
mond studs, $300 each ; a pair of cuff
buttons made of $5 gold pieces;; two
gold nuggets weighing W., ounces eacb ;
a pair of moon etone ear-rings; a pair of
pearl studs ; a plain gold baud ring ; four
solid gold chain?. Twenty oti.er pieces
of jewelry and valuable stones were alao
found on him, all of wbicb Easton said
he got irom a residence in ban Fran
cisco. The authorities at San Francieco
have not been notified of Eaeton's ar
rest.
San Francisco, Dec. 15.—MrB. J.
O'Kane of 346 First street reuorted the
loss o! $1500 worth of jewelry and dia
monds to police headquarters on Tues
day. Mrs. O'Kane had a colored boy
named Jameß Hall in her employ, and
he haß been miesing sinceSuuday night.
Today Chief Crowley received a dispatch
from Chicago informing him that the
police of that city bad captured a
colored hoy who gave the name of W'm.
Easton. He had a large quantity of
jewelry in his possession, and said he
was from San FrancißCO. A description
of the O'Kane jewelry was telegraphed
east, and instructions were given to
hold the boy.
HILLI-UU) TOUHNAMKNT.
SloMou Badly Beaten In Ihe Fifth Game
by Bctlaefer.
New York Dec. 15.—The fifth game
in the balk-line billiard tournament was
between Schaefer and Slosson. The lat
ter hub badly outplayed at every stai;e
nnd Schaefer won by a ecore of COO to
391. Averages: Schaefei, 45 5-17; Sloa
bou, 23 3-17. lligh rune: Schaefer, 203;
riloeson, 124.
Union FnclUc ItecelTera,
Omaha, Neb., Dec 15 —At the confer
ence today between Receiver Trumbull
of the Union Pacific, Denver and Gulf
and Receiver Andereon and General
Manager Dickinson of the Union Pacific,
the Union Pacific was granted the use
of the trucks between Galesbarg and La
Salle, the cut otT between Omaha aud
Denver, and the Gulf secured the lease
ot the Union Pacific depot at Cheyenne,
rise question of ownership of the shops
at Denver ie under discussion.
Removal pale—Mu-ucal goods. Prices
no object. Fitzgerald's, corner Spring
acd Franklin.
%
GOLD NUGGETS.
niNERS MAKING 810 nONEY
IN BEDROCK DISTRICT-OLOW
INO ACCOUNTS RECEIVED PROn
A NEW CAMP.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
A TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE.
Collapse of the Big Bridge at
Louisville, Ky.
Fifty-One Men Carried Down
with the Wreck.
The Majority of Them Drowned or
Seriously Injured.
the Third Great Accident in the History
or the Structure—The Enterprise
also Fraught with Flnaus*
clal Disaster.
By tha Associated Press.
Louisville, Ky., Dec. 15.—A fow min
utes past 10 o'clock this morning the
false work and that part of the middle
span of the Louisville and Jeffereonville
aridge, in place, gave way, and with it
many workmen wcie precipitated 110
feet into the river below. There was a
moment's warning, and those who
escaped going down with the mass of
iron and timber, started for the piera
after the first trembling tbat indicated
the giving way of the false work. The
accident was a horrible one, and is the
laet of a long list of cataßtrophes that
have marked the construction of the
bridge.
WRECKED BY THE WIND.
Tbe foreman, in beginning work, no
ticed that during the night a "traveler"
which had been put in place last night,
had been worked loose by the wind. An
order to draw it back into place was
given, and men and engines started to
do so. The wind was high at tbe time
and the gentle sway of the false work
gradually forced the traveler off the
pilea on which it waa resting. When
the end slipped, the whole work trem
bled and the men realized t beir danger
and started for the piers. As ill-luck
would have it, the central bent was first
to give way, and the men on this bent
went down to be covered by the mass of
iron and timber of the other bents
which fell almost immediately, carrying
with them other workmen who failed to
reach the piera. The nortb bent, or tbe
one attached to the Indiana pier, did
not fall for 15 minutes after tbe other
parte went down.
MOKE THAN FORTY VICTIMS.
Aa near aa can be ascertained there
were 51 men on the bridge when the
alarm wae given by tbe engineer in
charge of the work. Of this nnmber
several succeeded in reaching the piers.
Oi thoee who went down some were cov
ered by a maea of timber, from beneath
which it will be days before their bodies
are recovered.
the awful cbash.
The first crash, when the center bent
gave way, was at 10:25, and it waa then
that the great number of fatalities oc
curred. A few minutes later a bent on
which there was but little of the bridge
proper, gave way on the Indiana side.
In this it is believed but one unknown
man was killed. He waa caught by a
rope and dragged beneath the watar.
The crash attracted the attention of
thoße on shore, and many turned away
tbeir eyes aa they saw men struggling in
mid air in mad efforts to climb out of
danger. When the mass of material
struck the water all were concealed for
an instant bj tbe spray thrown high
into the air. As the water snbain<"!
here and there could be seen men Btmti
gling desperately to climb upon timhe.
that thrust their enda above tbe water.
A few succeeded in clinging to pieces in
safety, and were quickly rescued by
boats that put out from the shores. Oth
ers struggled desperately and were car
ried off by the current to sink almost aa
rescue waß at hand.
(JRI El"-STRICKEN FAMILKS.
A few minutes after tne accident news
was sent to nil parts of the city. Neur
the bridge lived the families of many
workmen. These were soon on tbe
bank. .Many were wild with grief
rushed frantically about wringing thur
bauds and tearing their hair.
No one responsible.
To whose door must be iaid the re
sponsibility will never be known, prob
ably. Doubtless thiß wbb only one oi
tbnee unforseen accidents that occur in
spite of all precautionary measures.
General opinion ascribes the cauae of
disaster to the stiff wind that had been
sweeping the liver all day. It bore with
great iorce on the ponderous framework,
which necessarily became looßened from
the strain and the swaying of tbe heavy
timber. A great number of people, be
fore the first span fe :. could see the
great traveler rising 86 feet above tbe
piers, swaying and quivering in tiie
wind in what appeared to be a most
ulaiming mauner to those on ahoie.
The motion, however, was hardly fels
by the workmen, who had no idVt oi
their peril until the great mass ot wcod
aud iron bey.au to sink and the awful
cracking aud crashing of the timbers
smote their earß.
A THRU.LINO EXPERIENCE!.
George VV. Brown, a loreman ia charge
of eight men, bad a remarkable a- '
thrilling experience. When tbe era
came the nine men made a dash for :!
Kentucky side of tbe bridge. Befo
they reached a place of safety tbe bps
fell and the workmen were precipitate
into the nver. Brown displayed ri
marksble presence of mind. He
hia breath during the fall, and rem
hare going to the bottom of the riv
Debris piled above him, but he mi
aged to crawl from under. He is an ■?>
pert swimmer, but discovered tba: b>
left arm was broken in tbree places. 11
--managed, however, to grasp a float is.-,
piece of timber with his right arm an
floated down tbe river until rescued
He cays while he was clinging to the
timber, two meu came up near him, a>
after struggling au instant sank ont •
eight. He saw several struggling iv tin
water who sank out of eight before help
leached them.
A FEW WHO WERE SAVED.
James Trent, a painter, who resides

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