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VOL. XXXII, NO. 185.
EXPLODING GAS At ZEIGLER
SHOCK IS FELT MANY MILES
Bodies of Dead Men Burned Beyond
Recognition, and Work of Res.
cue Conducted With Great
- . Difficulty
Br Ansocliteit Trn*.
BENTON, 111., April 3.— Somo fifty
miners were entombed today In Joseph
Letter's 'mine at Zelgler by a terrific
explosion of gas. The explosion was
due to the fact that the Letter mines
are not worked on Sunday, thus al
lowing gas to accumulate in the lower
1 When between thirty-five and forty
five miners had descended Into the mine
today to resume work a terrific explo
sion blew the timbers about the mouth
of the mine high into the air. One oC
the steel cages was blown to the sur
face from tho bottom of a 500-foot
shaft. The shock of the explosion was
felt a( Benton, twelve miles distant.
One miner, was killed and four were
severely Injured at the mouth of the
shaft In which the explosion occurrei.
.The work of rescue was begun at
once by miners, who were arriving at
the time the explosion took place, but
the main shuft is so badly wrecked that
rescue work has to be carried on there
through the air shafts.
< 'A committee of union miners from
Duquoln and other neighboring mining
towns, headed by District President
Morris, hastened to Zeigler soon after
the explosion occurred and offered their
The bodies of the dead are so black
ened that they cannot at once be iden
- tlfled. Roily Campbell is the injured
\ miner brought out of the shaft, and it
is said that he cannot live. Campbell
is conscious, but he is unable to give
< any explanation of the accident.
■'.There was much excitement among
v miners " when the accident became
; known, as there had been a strike of
long 'duration and many conflicts had
occurred between strikers and non
*. union miners. * V. ~N
'•;:An "all-day 'lnvestigation tends to
show, that the catastrophe was due to
the accidental '^explosion o£ accumu
lated gas. .' ■-/. i.
•Up to 10 o'clock tonight fifteen dead
bodies had been recovered. The work
vof .rescue Is made very difficult and
dangerous by the foulness of the air
in. the mine. Only two of the bodies
found . show . marks of the explosion,
death In the other cases having evi
dently resulted from asphyxiation.
■.Joseph Lelter is expected to reach
Zelgler tonight, although it was at first
reported that he was en route to
Europe. Rescue work will continue
. . The number of dead is estimated at
thirty-four; wounded, eight. It tranß
pires that there were two explosions
; The first explosion took place In the
air shaft and was followed by a much
greater explosion in "the main shaft.
There were employed in the mine only
180 men, 120 being at work during the
daytime. Four cages containing ten
men of the day force had gone down
into I the mine and were supposedly at
the ! bottom when the catastrophe oc
'The explosion wrecked the shaft,
'blowing out the skids on which the
cages were hoisted. Of the' thirty-four
"men thought to be dead only fifteen
had been taken out at 10 o'clock to
night. . Besides these bodies three were
removed aliye, but with fatal injuries.
/Among the dtead are James Reyburn,
'engineer; J. P. Fink and Willie Camp
bell, ; The remainder are Greeks and
Lithuanians and were designated by
j As soon as the accident occurred the
miners of Duquoln sent the following
message to the Zelgler Coal company:
"Miners here proffer assistance In
any number. Wire answer. . ■-. ■' '
"A. T. MORRIS, Foreman."
■ I The following answer was received:
. : /'Thanks for ofjer of yourself and
miners. Have all the help .needed.
"ZEiaLER COAL COMPANY."
' Superintendent Hurd tonight said
.that the shHft was a wreck and that
the main entrance was so disabled that
it would take a week to repair It.
In the effort to recover the entombed
men five rescuers were overcome 'by
after damp. All the searchers for the
'. men below were let down by hand. In
two Instances the men above were
nearly overcome by gas.
QUARREL AFTER BALL
,\BAKERSFIEL.D. April 3. — "Wori
reached this city today of a serious
fight with knives that occurred at
(ilenvlllu after v masquerade 1 bull held
there. last night. A quurrel between
men of the nuiuea of H. J Fine and W.
Fugltt uroan ufter the ball broke up,
and 1 Fine, ' drawing a knife, savagely
I Before frlendo could separate the two
men,] Fugltt had been severely slashed
on the body and arms. He was carried
to his home, and is now in a rill lea 1
condition. .Fine gave himself up to
.unstable Bo wen. ,
Los Angeles Herald.
HERALD WINS IN FIGHT TO
SAVE UTILITY ORDINANCE
Councilmen Complying With Wishes of Constitu
ents Unanimously Pass Measure Over
Mayor McAleer's Veto
REGULATIVE PROVISIONS EFFECTIVE IN THIRTY DAYS
"Great Step in Right Direction," Declare Members of City's
Legislative Body as They Vote Affirmatively for
a Law to Protect the People
COUNCILMEN UNANIMOUSLY COMMEND STAND TAKEN
BY-THE HERALD ON PUBLIC UTILITY ORDINANCE
President Summerland, fourth ward. "The Herald has made a hard
fight In the Interest of the citizens of Los Angeles."
Councilman Ford, first ward. "The Herald has made a strong and
persistent fight for the best Interests of the city."
Councilman Hammon, second ward. "I wish to compliment The Her
ald on the clean and hard fight It h« conducted for the public utility
ordinance, which I believe to be a measure of great Importance."
' Councilman Hitler, third ward. "The Herald has fought hard and
long for this ordinance, but has always treated the subject fairly and
taken a broad view of the question." i ',*/•;:
£ Councilman Smith, fifth ward. "The Herald's fight on this question
has been hard and persistent, but always clean and fair."
Councilman Houghton, sixth ward. "I wish to compliment The Her
ald for the manner In which It ha* fought for the public, utility ordi
nance. In this It stands for the best interests of the people of Los An
Councilman Kern, seventh ward: "I believe the public utility or.
dlnance to be a fine measure and The Herald has been untiring in Its
efforts to secure Its passage.
Councilman Healy, eighth ward. "The Herald has made a hard
fight for the rights of the people. It has always been clean and fair In
Councilman Blanchard, ninth ward. "The Herald was all right In
Its stand on the public utility ordinance."
By a unanimous vote the city coun
cil yesterday' passed the public utility
ordinance over the mayor's veto, and
the measure will become a law within
thirty days from the date of Its pub
Months ago the attention of the coun
cil and citizens of Los Angeles was
called to the fact that, according 10
the city charter, the city council had
the right to pass such laws as would
regulate .the sale of public utilities and
specify the price to be charged the peo
ple by the corporations dealing In them.
At. the Instigation, of The -Herald
the old council instructed the city at
torney /-to « "pr«pare I ordinances.;", which
would regulate the gas, electric light
and telephone monopolies. On' the pres
entation of these ordinance's by the
city- attorney they were burled in the
committee of the whole until that coun
cil passed 'out of existence, and for
some time after the new or present
council was reated.
During this entire time The Heralil
made a persistent flght for the'ordi
nances. From time to time various
civic and commercial organizations
joined the flght, and the councllmen,
complying with the popular demand,
went into session as a committee of
the whole on March 13, and after the
ordinances had been consolidated into
one public utility ordinance covering
all three utilities the council reassem
bled and passed the ordinance unani
Mayor McAleer did not receive the
ordinance until five days later, and
then, when he had taken the entire
ten days allowed by law, he filed th<?
ordinance, with his ,veto message With
the city clerk at midnight, March 28.
It came before' the council yesterday,
just four weeks from the day on which
it was originally passed.
When the clerk had finished reading
the veto message Councilman Smith
moved to reconsider the former vote,
and was seconded by Councilman
Healy. After some discussion Council
man Smith again took the floor, and
after a speech, in which he declared
himself as being in favor of the ordi
nance and the principles It represent
ed, he moved the ordinance be passed
over the mayor's veto. His motion wss
Instantly seconded by Councilman
Houghton, and on the roll call was
passed unanimously, eight councilmen
present voting '.'aye." "*.'■••' *.'; V
Kern Was Absent
'..During^the discussion preceding the
vote on the ordinance several council
men' took occasion to criticise the may
or for his action on the subject. Coun
cilman Houghton reviewed the cuse
when It was before the old council,
of which both he and the mayor were
He declared that when the ordinance
originally came up and wiib under dl«
cussion the mayor, then a councilman,
had objected to the quality of gas pre
scribed, arguing that the measure wna
too Btringent in this respect. In speak
ing of the veto, Dr. Houghton said:
Step in Right Direction
I "The ordinance is a vast step In the
right direction. It may be that ' there
are flaws in It, but they can be reme
died by amendments. This ordlnunco
recognizes the rights of the people, and
gives iih something to build on, Whlla
without it we have nothing.
"The mayor says the ordinance is not
satisfactory to him, and does not ap
pear to consider the fact that the nine
councilmen who voteo? for it had cart
fully weighed the question, and that
they expected their opinions to hay«
some weight. The mayor bases his ob
jections on the section of the ordinance
LOS ANOELEB. CAL., TUESDAY MORNING, APRIL 4. 1905.
treating of gas, while in that ordi
nance not only the gas business, but
the electric light and telephone com
panies are regulated.
"Electric light is of great Importance,
and In this respect to the provisions
of the ordinance regarding 'it I have
heard no complaint. As regards gas, I
will say that the result of experiments
and other Investigation has proven that
high candlepower gas Is not suited for
general use; that it Is. explosive, and
Boots the walls and pots the pans. I
am in, favor of passing the ordinance
over the mayor's veto."
•^Immediately after. passing the ordl
jiance •; the ; ad jnufned for the
noon recess. Many councilmen ex
pressed themselves as being greatly
pleased with the ordinance, and all
declared that such legislation was for
the best Interests of the citizens of
Hammon Praises Ordinance
Councilman Hammon, who has made
a consistent flght for the ordinance,
said: "I have been following The Her
ald in this flght for municipal regu
lation of public utilities, and, basing
my flght largely on The Herald's. ' This
ordinance is a first step, and consider
ing this fact I think it is a long one.
There were many things which we
had to consider in the handling and
drawing of this ordinance, and one of
the most Important was the protection
of the California oil Industry.
. "I believe the ordinance is a flnfl
measure, and from what I can learn it
is what the people want. Of course,
nothing on earth is infallible, and it
is possible that time may bring some
faults to light which have so far been
overlooked, but they can be handled
and eradicated by amendments, if, any
. Without exception, the nine council
men expressed themselves as believ
ing the ordinance is a good measure,
and the opinion was also unanimous
that the flght of The Herald for the
exercise of the powers Invested In the
city council by the city charter and
the regulation of the. monopolies which
are attempting to control the public
in Los Angeles had been hard, per
sistent,''but always clean, straightfor
ward and fair.
Meter Inspector ,
The ordinance, as passed yesterday,
creates the position of meter inspector
at a salary of $125 a month, and he
Is to be named by the mayor. It pre
scribes that the gas companies doliif.;
business in Los Angeles shall furnish
gas of sixteen candlepower when
burned with a self-luminous Maine and
of fi.io Britisl) thermal units per cubic
foot as a heat value.
I The electric companies must furnish
electricity of uniform voltage and n
variance of but 3 per cent of the volt.,
age marked on the lamps furnished
by the company will be allowed.
The ordinance also provides for the
Inspection of telephones and gaß and
electric meters. Any flrm or corpora
tion violating this ordinance will ">e
deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, which
Is punishable by a fine not to exceed
$500, or by Imprisonment in the city
jail for a term of 100 days, or by both
such flue and imprisonment.
Mandalay Reported Disabled
RUHKKA. Oil., April 3.— The steam
er Mandulay, previously reported in a
disabled condition oft Crescent City,
was towed into this harbor today by
the tug Ranger. She >is waterlogged,
and part of her deckload of lumber
has been lost. Captain Adler ls'in
communication, with the owners of the
Manduluy aa the disposition of the ves
FEAR HARM TO
SECRET SERVICE MEN ARE
LOUISVILLE MAN THREATENS
Declares That He Ha* Something to
Ask Mr. Roosevelt, and, He t
Says, "He'll Have to
BpfClai to Th« Hernl.l.
I,OUIBVILMO, Ky., April 3.— The
United States secret service men In
Loutevlllo are Investigating the case of
a strange^niHii who appeared Saturday
at the Young Men's Christian associa
tion building here, and made remarks
which led to the belief that he Intend
ed to do some harm to President
Roosevelt on hln visit here tomorrow.
The mini was about 45 years old, and
was dressed ns a worklngman. ;He
asked for aid, but did not nppear de-
Berylng and nothing was done for him.
Then he Bald to the secretary of Iho
association thnt ho Intended to stop
the president during the parade. .;
"I've got something to ask him,"
he Is reported to have said, "and he'll
have to answer."
Five secret service men from Wash
ington will look after the safety, of
the president In Louisville. Two of
them are already here, and three are
on the train which will arrive tomor
row. The entire force and police de
partment of Louisville will also be on
hand to care for the president.
STARTS ON HIS JOURNEY
Many Friends of President Bid Him
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, April 3. — With
cheers and good wishes resounding at
the Pennsylvania depot, the president
at 9:05 a. m. today on a special train,
started on a trip through the south
Among those at the station were
many friends of the president. Includ
ing Postmaster General Cortelyou : and
Secretary Metcalf of the department
of commerce and labor.
The special train, which Is one of
the. : finest •, the ■ Pennßylvaritß^rallroad
has ever run out of Washington, -con
sists of three cars, the president's pri
vate car Rockdale,' the Pullman sleeper
Forest and the combination baggage
and buffet car /viceroy, j Attached |to
the train, to be run as far as Baltimore
as a buffer, was a day coach. The
train is handsomely fitted and contains
every known appliance to Insure; the
comfort and safety of the passsengers.
The train was scheduled to leave at 0
o'clock, but It was a minute after that
hour when the president arrived at the
station. He had been delayed- at the
White House for a few minutes in sign-
Ing some Important papers.
after he boarded his car some papers
were handed to him for his signature.
It was just five minutes 'after the
scheduled time of departure when the
train drew out of the station.
In the party, besides the president,
are Secretary Loeb, Gen. S. B. M.
Young, Dr. Alexander Lambert, Lieut.
G. R. Fortesque, one of the president's
aides; M. C. Latta and J. L. McGrew,
stenographers to the president; H. A.
Strichmeyer, photographer, and repre
sentatives of the newspaper press as
The trip is being primarily made to
enable the president to the re
union of his old regiment, the Rough
Riders, which Is to be held at San An
tonio, Tex., next Friday, and to hunt
big game in Oklahoma, and Colorado.
Incidentally the president will deliver
addresses at several places en route.
His first Important stop will be made
at Louisville, Ky., tomorrow morning,
where he will be the guest of the city
for a few hours. He will go directly
to St. Louis, and thence via the Mis
souri, Kansas & Texas railroad to San
Antonio, stopping at several places on
the way, among them Sherman and
After leaving San "Antonio the pres
ident will go to Oklahoma for a wolf
hunt, and will proceed thence to Colo
rado to hunt big game In tho moun
tains. Unless It-, should be necessary
on account of unforeseen circumstances
to curtail the trip, the president will
be absent from Washington about two
Definite plans for the trip after he
shall leave Oklahoma have not been
made, the purpose of the president
being to adjust his plans to the con
ditions as they may exist at the time.
While he expects to be in tho wilds of
Colorado for a considerable time, he
will keep In constant touch by means
of couriers to the nearest telegraph
station, with Washington, and thus
will be enabled to attend to such Im
portant business as may demand his
personal attention. Dr. Luinbert, who
accompanies the president, is his phy
sician and has hunted throughout the
country which the president will visit.
"TAFT BITTING ON LID"
President Says Things Will Be All
Right While He's Gone
Dy Awoolattd Ii •»«.
, HAniUSBUIIO. Pa.. April 3.^-"I
don't' exactly, say that 1 need v reel,
(Cuatluuea <m Pas* '>'»»•
LEADING MEMBERS OF CANAL COMMISSION
THEODO IE P. BHONTB, CHAIRMAN
CHARLES E. MAGOON, GOVERNOR OF CANAL ZONE
RANSACK RESIDENCE DURING
Four Hundred Dollars' Worth of. Gems
Stolen From the Home of Mrs.
M. B. Jolly on West Ninth .
During her absence from home on a
trip to the country the residence of Mrs.
11. B. Jolly, 419 West Ninth street,* was
broken into by thieves and more than
$400 worth of Jewelry and bric-a-brac
stolen. Just 1 - when the place was en
tered and the valuables taken is not
known, for the owner of the place was
away for several days.
The list of stolen jewels is as follows:
One sapphire ring with diamond set
tings, value $100; one opal and diamond
ring, value $Go;' one ruby and diamond
ring, value' sso; two diamond rings,
value $150; ' a watch and. brlc-a-brac
worth übout $60.
Mrs. Jolly left home March 26 for a
visit to relatives in the country.- When
she left she locked the house, securely
and left her Jewels in what she believed
to be a safe place.
When she returned yesterday the in
terior of the house was in a state of
chaos. Dressers had been broken into
and their contents were left lying
around on the floor. That the thieves
had ' no fear of being Interrupted was
shown by the thorough manner 'n
which the work wub done. Hvery place
where Jewels could possibly be secreted
was looked Into, and even the carpet
on the tloor was torn up and a search
made for articles of value.
Yesterday Mrs. Jolly reported to the
police and detectives were detailed on
the case.' None of the neighbors on
Ninth street haa noticed any suspicious
characters loitering around In the vicin
ity of Mrs. Jolly's residence and the
clue ' to the identity of the thieves U
PRIDE: DAILY, BY CARRIER, 65 CTS. PER MONTH
TO BE RESTORED
STATE SUPREME COURT RULES
Writ of Mandamus for Restoration to
Office of the Recently Expelled
Bribe Takers Is Unani.
mously Refused '.
By Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 3.— The
state supreme court today denied an
application ■ for a writ of mandate to
State • Senators Bunkers, French,
Wright and Emmons. who were' re
cently expelled from the state senate
for accepting bribes to Influence their
votes In regard to legislation affecting
building and loan associations.
\C.■ D. ' Collins ''appeared before the
court, sitting In bank. In behalf of the
accused senators, and made an elabo
rato plea In their behalf. - He con
tended that thoy had been found
guilty without trial and that the sen
ate had no power to expel them on an
ex-parte hearing. The power of the
court, therefore, was invoked to restore
them to their former positions. .
Chief Justice Boatty asked if there
were any precedents for the desired
action.. Attorney Collins replied in the
negative. He was then asked by the
chief Justice whether or not legislative
bodies had exclusive power over their
own members. 'The attorney held that
the senate had not arbitrary power
and that the question was one for the
courts to decide.
Attorney OeneraliWebb,' In' behalf of
the state, opposed the contentions of
Attorney Collins and maintained that
the -senate had not exceeded Its power
in expelling the. senators* ..^.^^ rf k< ', ,
' Chief ' Justice • Ueatty, ', after "a few
minutes' consultation with . his asso
ciates, denied the writ of mandate.
The ' attorney for the ■ expelled sen
ators announced later:' that ; an appeal
would ■ be ' taken '• tn the supreme court
at the United i States
COMMISSION REORGANIZED BY
THREE HOLD MOST POWER
These Practically Control the Body,
•■' Though It In Reality, Include*
Seven— Work Specialized
By Associate It***.
WASHINGTON, April 3— The presi
dent''has carried out his plans for the
reorganization of the , Isthmian canal
commission as to the personnel and
business methods generally On the
lines of the, legislation he suggested to
congress at the', last ,r' session, which
failed in, the crush -of- business In the
closing hours. Tonight, within half an
hour I after the president's
from Washington,' Secretary Taft,;di
rectly In charge of canal matters, made
public the personnel of the new com
mission and the »_ division of duties
among them. Only one member of tha
old commission was reappolnted, Ben
jamin M.' Harrod. .Otherwise the com
mission Is^ew from. top to bottom, for
there Is a top and bottom/ and consid
erable difference between the functions
and pay of the commissioners.
Finding he . was : obliged , legally to
appoint seven commissioners, the pres
ident did so, but he carried out his own
plan by - making three . of ; them prac
tically the full commission. The other
four, though bearing the title of com
missioners, not only receive • a much
lower compensation, but are assigned
much smaller fields of. activity. The
president has also carried ' out hla
scheme of dividing, up : the work of
canal building among the commission
ers so that, nominally acting as a body
on stated occasions, each Individual
member would operate In a special
The head of the commission Is a
trained railway man, chosen ■ for - ; his I
administrative abilities In the financial*
and purchasing field; the new governor
of the zone Is a lawyer, who also has
had to do with state affairs; the en
gineer" commissioner already is'known^
for his ability J In. the exe'dution ' of .thi^
practical work. ; of- canal s catting; » the;
other members of the commission * ~b ro"
placed to comply with the , law as i to ,
the number of the commission, but are •
men of high ability as hydraulic en- ;
glneers. Secretary Taft told'them to
day that they were expected to show;
results, and that is said to be the key
note of the president's action of to- ;
day. . '
Personnel of Commission
The* personnel of the new Isthmian
canal commission is as follows:
Theodore' P. Shonts, ' chairman:
Charles E. Magoon, governor of canal
zone; John F. Wallace, chief engineer;
Rear Admiral M. T. Endicott, U. 8. N.;
Brig. Gen. Peter C. Hams, U. S. A. (re
tired) ; Col. Oswald . M. . Ernest, Corps
(Continued on Face Two.)
THE, DAY'S NEWS
Southern California: Fair Tues.
day; light north winds. Maximum
temperature in Los Angeles yes.
terday, 71 degrees; minimum, 48
I— Herald wins in utility ordinance.
2_Prlnce of Wales operated on.
3— Bible leader to hold services.
A — Barnum creates fun at Belasco.
5 Southern California' news. ,
6— Editorial. t
7 — City news.
8.9 Classified advertisements.
10 — Sports.
11 — Markets. ■! /'.;.; 1
12— Credit men are highly praised.
Explosion In coal mine at Zclglcr, 111., cauiM
great lots of life.
Former Ambassador Andrew D. Whit* nar
rowly escapra being killed.
I'lvhlili-iit Roosevelt starts on vacation, and
supposed trank make* secret service men un-
Cl " y " FOREIGN
Itojestvensky writes his wife that he U
bound for Vladivostok. ' ■ „
More Ilk-Ming expected, and Japan«i« prun
ing l.'hlna to open alliance.
I'ollnh manufacturers' anticipate another gen
Frank Wiggins arrives at Portland and says
CalUtornla building will be most Imposing on
State supM-m* court refuses writ of man
dsmus to reinstate senators expelled for brlb- .
"'William Waterhouse elected mayor of Pa»»
dena by goud majority.
Herald wins In fight for publlo utility orrtl-,
nance after a hard and persistent struggle for.
Hit) rights of tho people.
Hoderlck McK»y named to go east to ln-
Vfnilgute garbage destruction plants. ■ ■ ■
Street department employes reinstated by •
tl Bt| CC ee < et"ctt'r line for Flgueroa street south' of
W A"ro!mut"'Knabenshue to go east today..
Muvoi'y mi/sou*" regarding transfers , and
freight cars sent back to him by the council.".
Former tflre Chief Btrohm applies tor ,1 a t
'"l^'nuna college gets shower of gifts. ' .
diamonds stolen from West Ninth : street
'^Credit 'men are told they are more progres
sive than merchants of Ban Francisco.
Young woman nets as guardan ang«l I over
man who is being tried for highway robbery in
the suuerlor court. '
, Col OrtMtn J. Griffith forsakes the old
way and -in ■< the futur. he will tread III*
straight and narrow path. . '
llsys trial will be poetponVd.
' Kou-iwrtUau voters ■ form ■- leafua,