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The scenes In the burning districts can
never be ,' forgotten by those who wit
nessed them. People lost, their reason,
and as the flames approached they threw
their furniture from the windows and
made frantic efforts to carry things from
danger. Every j citizen became a volun
teer and many of the most promment men
here lent their aid to the terror-stricken
people. Some residents hesitated to leave
vantage,. . but while the fire was being
subdued at one point it would break out
with greater vigor at another.
plant and the streams were used to ad-
During the progress of the fire the home
of W. J. Hersom, the Democratic nominee
for Sheriff, was burned in the southern
part of the city. The Fire Department
was utterly unable to cope with the fire,
owing to its I magnitude. The loss of the
hose crippled one of the engines. Extra
pressure was secured from the water
these named were also renters. •
In the burned district among the other
homes destroyed were those of A. Capur
ro, T. Ziegnego, C. Vlnelli, Manuel Marln,
Mrs. B. Flnkboliner, four cottages bfelong
inf* to A. Massoni, G. Brown, Mrs.' P.
Samuel, Will 1 Knowles and Mrs. A. B.
Continued on Page 2, Column 3.
FRANK P. KENDALL, . fireman, left hand badly burned.
ED KNOWLES, fireman, head and arms terribly burned.
SYDNEY WOODBURN,' citizen, burned about face and injured
THOMAS WALSH, hosecart driver, burned, probably fatally.
HENRY CHASE, fireman, badly burned and injured by jump
ing from burning building, recovery doubtful.
ROBERT KNOWLES, * fireman, seriously burned on face,
arms and body. - - •- ¦
PARTIAL LIST OF PERSONS INJURED.
in falling from a ladder.
PARKER WILSON," capitalist, burned and bruised in fighting
FRANK STEINBEC K KM, citizen, burned about face and arms
and hurt in falling from roof.
POLICEMAN W. H. DTJTSCHKE, inhaled flames and badly in
JOHN LAWRENCE, fell from a building and was badly
bruised. • , ...-•..
"The new operation Is only what we.
all feared would be necessary and that
It is the reason we advised that he be hur
ried back to Washington. The wound Is
by no means dangerous, although It is of
such nature as to require that he give up
the use of his limb for some time. There
13 absolutely no danser that the limb will
have to be amputated, or from blood poi
INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 28.— The Indian
apolis physicians and surgeons who parti
cipated In the operation performed on the
President in St. Vincent's Hospital last
Tuesday were shown the dispatch from
Washington announcing that another
operation had been necessary and all de
clared that this was not unexpected, but
was what they had feared. They united
In saying that there was no danger In
such an operation, ieither from blood poi
soning or in regard to the permanent im
pairment of the limb. Dr. John H. Oliver,
who performed the first operation, said:
Surgeons Had Expected Second Ope-
ration to Be Necessary.
FEAB NO COMPLICATIONS.
The operation of to-day was not a re
sult of apprehension, but, as stated by
the President's physicians to-night, was
decided upon because it was found that
the President's progress toward recovery
was not entirely satisfactory and because
the wound was not healing as.it should.
While not at all dangerous, the local
symptoms were not considered saisfac
tory, and this, In addition to a rise in the
President's , temperature, caused the at
tending physicians to decide at once to
make another and deeper Incision foe the
purpose of cleansing and draining. Tha
wound was reopened and the shin bone
exposed. Further signs of an abscess
were found and all were removed. It was
also found that the bone was slightly af
fected as a result of the failure of the
wound to heal with normal rapidity.
After an antiseptic treatment, cleansing
and completely draining the wound wai
closed and bound again.
BONE SLIGHTLY AFFECTED.
Late this evening the President's physi
cians announced that his condition was
satisfactory* and. although it was too
early to say Just what the result of the
second operation would be, It was confi
dently believed by all who attended that
more rapid progress would now be made
toward complete recovery.
Dr. Shaffer will remain in the city to
night, and probably through to-morrow.
In any event~he~wlirnot"leave" Washing^
ton until the results of to-day's operation
have been developed and are fully known
to the attending physicians.
The physicians at the consultation at
which to-day's operation was decided
upon were Dr. Shaffer, the noted ortho
pedic surgeon of New York and former
physician In the Roosevelt family; Sur
geon General Rlxey of the navy; Surgeon
General O'Reilly of the army, and Drs.
Lung, Urie and Stitt, also of the navy.
As preparations for the Incision were
being made the President looked up to
them and said:
"Well, well, this makes me feel war
like." . .
The President was at all times con
scious and stood the operation cheerfully
and well. Cocoaine was administered to
the wound to deaden the pain, and dur
ing <th$ operation' tha President was con
tinually chatting and joking with the sur
geons. Immediately afterward he picked
up his eyeglasses and a book, was assist
ed to the ' library and resumed his read
ing. Mrs. Roosevelt, who had been at
church as usual in the morning, returned
to the President's room shortly after
noon and sat by him while the operation
CALL BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N.
W., WASHINGTON. Sept. 23.— To accel
erate recovery and as a matter of neces
sary precaution *a second and successful
operation was performed on the injured
leg of President Roosevelt this afternoon
at the temporary White House in Jack
son place. This was done only after tha
President's physicians had called in con
sultation Dr. Newton Melman Shaffer, the
noted bone specialist of New York, and
when It was found that the President's
progress toward recovery following the
first operation was not so satisfactory as
his physicians had hoped for.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Surgeons Resort to the Knife
to Accelerate the Heal
Bone of Injured Leg
Is Found to Be
to a Second
RUINOUS FLAMES ROAR THROUGH HOMES OF STOCKTON,
DESTROYING THE GREAT PAVILION AND COSTLY EXHIBITS
AND CAUSING LOSS OF ABOUT HALF A MILLION DOLLARS
PARIS. Three er.rthc-uake shocks were
:clt Saturday night '.:i rhe district of Mou
i ers Kn Taxamaise, Department of Su-
Earthquake Shocks Felt in France.
back to Sutter street. The Southern Ho
tel, which stood on the northeast corner,
being of brick, escaped, but everything
else went on the west side of the block.
Including Hollls' photographic gallery,
Curtaz & Sons' music store, Morrell &
Mitscher's wood-carving plant, the
French liquor store and a number of
Crossing Lafayette street the fire con
sumed the handsome residence of Mrs.
Frank Cavagnaro and those of Morrell,
George Campbell, Dick Williams, Joseph
Gianelli, A. Bonzi (three houses), A, J.
Trlpp, Jake Fisher (three houses), and
about ten small cottages.
Crossing Sonora ' street the flames en
tered the blocks between Hunter and
Sutter streets. In the Physicians' Hos
pital, * formerly The Wllma, a rooming
house, were a large number of helpless
patients. They were carried away In
drays. Adjoining the hospital were the
homes of Louis Breidenbach Jr., J. H.
Hosklns (two houses),- Dr. Endicott and
A. Brown, . Harry Robblns, Lelsy . (two
houses), D. L. Lawrence, Andrew McCor
mJck, Mrs. Thompson, Her*y Higgen
bctham,, David Holt, Gus Weber and
three houses belonging to San Francisco
persons. Several rows ' of • cottages occu
pied by tenants were consumed. Some of
BUILDINGS DESTROYED AND DAMAGED IN THE TERRIFIC CONFLAGRATION IN STOCKTON.
Hose Wagon Driver T. J. Walsh drove
in near the fire and fell from his seat,
overcome by the Intense heat. When a
rescue party carried him out he was hor
ribly burned, but he may survive. The
horses, wagon and hose burned in sight of
the horrified spectators. The heat . In
creased in intensity .and soon the business
Heck on the eajrt r:<> of Can JcacHiin
Btrttt, facing the pavilion" site, was, afir*
And the flames were.. eating their .way
It was Just about 5:20 o'clock ' that
Watchman Jack Lawrence rushed from
the pavilion and turned in the alarm. Be
fore the department was In action the
flames were playing around the lofty
tower and the four wings were blazing
furiously. The Interior was a furnace
and there was no possibility of entering
it. The engines went to work on the
north side and after wetting down St.
Mary's Church, directly across the street
to the north, transferred the scene of
action to the south side, as the wind had
sprung up and the fire was crossing the
street in that direction.
The conflagration - was fanned by a
strong breeze from the northwest and the
flames made headway with scarcely any
interruption till nightfall. The fire start
ed in the big Agricultural Pavilion, which
occupied nearly the entire block bounded
by Washington, Lafayette, Hunter and
San Joaquin streets. The immense struc
ture was filled with valuable exhibits, the
annual fair being in progress. The pavil
ion was as kindling wood for the fire and
within thirty minutes from the first alarm
the house was little more than smolder
ing timbers and ashes. Then came the
perilous time for the safety of Stockton.
The flames roared and spread and flung
a million sparks across the streets to
the 6outh and east and fastened their de
stroying grip on the residence and busi
WATCHMAN SOTJNT>S at.a-btvt
and soon left behind It, when
its devastating course had been stayed,
the ashes of six blocks of buildings, the
wreck of a score of homes, a great num
ber of injured persons, and a financial
record of destruction that will reach near
the half-million mark.
•""^TOCKTON, Sept. 28.— A ruining
sea of flame swept over the
very heart of San Joaquln s
metropolis late this afternoon
Clark was asked if he cared to make
a statement. He again said that he de
served the fate prepared for him and
asked that a letter be delivered to his
mother and brother. He appealed to his
brother to rear his children properly, ad
monishing them to beware of evil com
Finally all was in readiness and the
word was given to fire the funeral pyre.
The husband and brother of Clark's vic
tim stepped forward and applied the
torches and in a moment the flames
leaped upward, enveloping the trembling
negro in smoke and fire. The clothing of
the doomed man was soon ignited and as
the flames grew hotter the skin began
to parch. The negro moaned piteously
and the agonizing look upon his face told
of the awful torture he was undergoing.
Finally his head fell forward upon his
breast and in a few minutes all was over.
The flames were fed by the crowd until
the body was burned to a crisp. Then the
gathering dispersed and the town soon as
sumed Its normal condition.
TORCHES ABE APPLIED
Meanwhile the news of the negro's ar
rest and confession spread rapidly
through the surrounding country, and to
day's incoming trains brought hundreds
of persons to witness the execution. The
crowds became so great that at midday
the main street of the town was ordered
cleared and the announcement was marte
that it had been decided to burn Clark
at 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon. This
statement caused intense excitement and
surging crowds began to gather about the
place selected for the enactment of the
At 2 o'clock pine fagots and larger
pieces of wood were carefully laid about
an iron rod which was driven deep into
the ground, and a half hour later it was
announced that all was in readiness. At
3 o'clock the prisoner, heavily manacied.
was taken from the Jail by a posse of
armed men, followed by a large and ex
cited crowd of men and boys, and led to
the east gate of the negro cemetery, slt
v.ated in the western part of the city.
Fagcts and wood had been piled high
around the stake and the negro was se
curely fastened to the iron rod.
Clark said he deserved death, but asked
that the execution be delayed until to
fiay, sc that he could have a farewell in
terview with his mother and brother,
Vho lived in Memphis. The request was
granted and the two relatives were tele
graphed for, but it was learned that they
¦were In Mississippi.
CEOWBS POTJTt INTO TOWN.
Mrs. Whitfield, the wife of a well
known citizen, was found dead in her
home in August. Her head had been all
but severed from her body with a razor.
Both Whitfield and his wife were re
lated to several of the most prominent
families in the South and the indignation
of the people knew no bounds. Corinth
end the surrounding country was
searched for the murderer, tut a diligent
hunt failed to disclose his identity. Fin
ally a committee of twelve citizens was
called to continue the search.
On Meunday* last It became known that
Thomas Clark, a negro living near here,
had had trouble with his wife, and the
latter threatened to disclose the secret of
a crime. Officers apprehended the woman
and she told enough to warrant the be
lief that Clark had murdered Mrs. Whit
field. Clark was arrested and yesterday
brought before the committee. The negro
confessed the murder and also told of
other crimes that he had committed,
ameng them the killing of two men on
Eii excursion train in Mississippi. The
committee decided that the negro should
be hanged from a telegraph pole in the
CORINTH, Miss.. Sept. 28.— Writhing in
the flames of burning fagots piled high
by hundreds of citizens, Thomas Clark,
alias "William Gibson, a young negro, was
burned at the stake here at a late hour
to-day after having confessed one of the
most atrocious crimes in the history of
North Mississippi — an attack upon and
the murder of Mrs. Carey Whitfield on
August 19. Before the torch was applied
Clark said that he deserved his awful
Condemned Man Confesses
and Says His Fate
Great Crowd Gathers in
Corinth to See
Mob in Mississippi
SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, ". 1&02.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
VOLUME XCH— NO. 121.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL.