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N. SALE & CO.,
_Real Estate Acrento.
BEDFORD CITY, VA.
3VOL. IX?NO. 17.
WANTED?A largo room, centrally
located, by the Roanoke Musical
Society. Address (!. \Y. JETT, ohoir
man executive committee, No. 5 Third
avenue, n. w. octs-it
rpiIE STATE SAVINOS RANK of
-L Roanoke opens Wednesday October S
>r business. 1). (i. COLE.cashier, octt-l't.
The great industrial center of Virginia.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1890.
Three blocks from the established busi?
ness center of Roanoke, tit the junction
oi' the Norfolk and Western and Roan?
oke and Southern railroads, has been
subdivided into lots, and will bo sold at
auction October 17. Scheduled prices
will admit of from 100 to 300 percent,
profit to tho purchasers in the immedi?
ate future. A lar<re attendance of buy?
ers i.-t expected from all parts of the
country. This sale will inaugurate the
great fall activity in the Roanoke real
??State market, and is the best oppor?
tunity ever offered for both quick turns
and permanent investment. One of the
most noted auctioneers in tho country
will officiate. Watch the- newspapers
for further announcements of this ex?
traordinary sale. Woodland Park has
long been held with the idea that tin*
city would take it and make it a park in
the center of Roanoke. We have pur?
chased it and will sell it for business
and residence, purposes. It contains
fifty twonty-ilvc-foot business lots on
Campbell street, an established busi?
ness street, with a thirty-foot alley,
through which side tracks will be built
to make available for wholesale and
Warehouse purposes: lOO line residence
lots on a beautiful wooded elevation
overlooking Roanoke. It will all ulti?
mately come into use for business, be?
ing only two or three minutes* walk
from the corner of Jefferson street and
Salem avenue. Enormous profits in the
prices at which these lots will be offered.
mi Lai Co,
E. A. PARSONS, JAS. S. SIMMONS.
T. A. PRIERSON, Auctioneer.
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hi: dkkw \ pistol.
But Mrs. Craft Uefimcil to Yield His
( lollies mill Screamed.
John Trout was arrested yesterday
afternoon and lodged in jail on the
charge of threatening to shoot Mrs.
Craft, wiio lives on Third avenue north?
west. .It appears that Trout had been
boarding there and that Mrs. Craft
claimed he owed her $1.1 for board.
She refused to allow him to have Iiis
clothes until the amount was paid, and
yesterday evening she allege:', that he
came there armed with a pistol, and
locking the door, with no one in the
room, but Mrs. Craft and one of her chil?
dren; drew the revolver and threatened
to shoot, her if she did not surrender his
Her screams soon brought a number
df neighbors to the house, and as Trout,
came out of the door with the revolver
in his hand, one of them drew a double
barreled shot-gun on him, telling him if
he did not drop tiie pistol he would give
him tlu1 contents of the gun.
This caused Trout to drop his weapon,
and in a short time he was arrested and
lodged in the calaboose, from which he
will be taken for a hearing before the
mayor this morning.
v. m. c. a. annual mkkt1n?.
A New Constitution Adopted and n Hoard
of "Director* Klected.
The annual meeting of the Young
, Men's Christian Association was held in
, its room over This Times office last
night. A temporary organization was
effected, with .Mr. 11. O. Williams as
chairman and W. S. McClanahan as
secretary. A new constitution better
suited to the present needs of the as?
sociation was adopted.
Messrs. .1. R. Fisburne, R. K. Rice
and E. L. Flippe were appointed as a
committee on nominations and recom?
mended tho following board of directors
for theycar, and they were unanimously
elected: m Messrs. J. W. Woods. W. E.
Eustler, J. 11. Fishburne,C. M. Stonosi
fer, W. S. McClanahan, J. L. Daddow,
William (1. Evans, P. S. Williams, J.
F. Wihgfield.E. C. Watts,D. S. Meadows,
and I*. L. Terry.
The board will meet in two weeks to
elect tho officers from their number.
By ti rising vole resolutions were
adopted thanking the city papers for
volunteering to print their notices free
The Wrong Parlies.
Chief of* Police Morris and Officer
Bowers wffet to Salem yesterday with a
warrantA^'' the urn si?of Harry Chris?
tian ajQpjrnnoihcr negro desperado, who
wcro VrTought to be lurking in that vicin?
ity. After an exciting bhaso they cap?
tured two men. who pr? vod not to be the
THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING.
Important Action Taken on Sev?
eral Important Matters.
Tin- Norfolk timl Wentern?? Offer to rave
Certain Street? Accepted - Petitions
Presented Against the Street ltullway
Company ? The Kimnukii ?ml South
ern'H Kowte? City Solicitor Miller Gives
a Hit of Advice.
At the regular monthly mooting of
City Council, held last night, Prosident
Hanthorno In tho chair, the following
members were present: Messrs. Huck
ner. McConnell, Skinkor, Scott, Trout,
Graves, Woodward, Huff, Nheehan and
Mayor Evans called attention to tho
poor quality and condition of the street
lighting service. Referred to tho light
committee, to answer within one week.
His recommendation that Salem ave?
nue and Jefferson street be properly
drained brought out a reply from Mr.
.McConnell that the matter was in hand
and being acted on. The subject of
sidewalk repairs met a similar response.
Chairman Skinker, of the special com?
mittee to consult with the Street Rail?
way company and the Norfolk and West?
ern about the extension of the street
railway lines reported that the commit?
tee recommend a reconsideration of tho
action giving the street railway com?
pany privilege to go on Commonwealth
and Shcnandoah avenues west of llolli
day street, and that the city engi?
neer be instructed to llinkc an es?
timate of the cost of grading Holli
day street from Shcnandoah avenue
tv> Wells street, and changing the grade
of the approaches to the bridge to be
built across Roanoke from ten per cent,
to seven per cent. The report was
adopted, and the proposition of the Nor?
folk and Wfstern was agreed to. This
is: that the railroad company will pave
and keep in order the streets around
Hotel Roanoke. provided no street-car
lines be allowed on them.
Manager Christian, of the Street Rail?
way Company, proposed to relinquish
the privileges granted to the company
on the streets around the property of
Hotel Roanoke on condition that the
city straighten Holliday street from
Randolph street bridge to Wells and
reduce its grade to ?"> per cent, putting it
in condition for double track: and, also
grant the privilege! of erecting a pas?
senger shed over the tracks at Wells or
Shcnandoah avenue, to cross .Roanoke
street bridge connecting with the lines
on the south side of the railroad and
making th tearsheds the terminus of the
Salem dummy line. The proposition
was referred to the street committee.
Mr. Trout presented a petition from
the property owners and renters on
Salem avenue, between Commerce and
Jefferson streets, asking that the street
car line be not allowed on that part of
Mr. Woodward submitted a petition
signed by a large number of property
owners asking that the Street Railway
Company be prohibited from laying
tracks on the sides of any streets, and
that it be required to use flat rails, be
prohibited from filling between the rails
with cobble-stone, and be required to
keep tho tracks in good condition.
These petitions were refcrrred to the
Mr. Trout presented a petition from
the Roanoke and Southern asking for a
right of way sixty feet wide through the
alms-house property. This was granted
upon condition that the company con?
struct a siiling of not less than four car
lengths and establish a flag station
when the council shall deem it neces?
Mr. R. E. Scott, counsel for the Roa?
noke and Southern Guarantee and De?
velopment Company, exhibited a map of
the route of the Koanoke and Southern
in the city, and at his request the City
Solicitor was instructed to draw an or?
dinance granting the privilege of con?
struction and making the necessary re?
strictions for the protection of the pub?
lic. The road will cross the riv( r just
below the Jefferson street bridge and
cross Holliday at bend in the river, and
runs up the east side of Holliday cross?
ing the same street again between Pine
and Mountain, and running to Elm be?
tween Nelson and Holliday. thence to
Robertson at the intersection of Ran?
dolph, and running across the corner of
Wooodland Park to the Norfolk- and
City Solicitor Miller reported that
the city could not according to the pro?
visions of the charter, as amended by
tho last session of the Legislature,
erect public improvements like the
overhead bridges by day labor, and that
contracts must be let to the lowest
bidder. This decision interferes with
the erection of the bridge approaches
under the supervision of a man employed
by the city by day labor, as the council
had decided to do.
After discussion tho solicitor was in?
structed to invite Col. Penn, C'apt. J.
Allen Watts, and Robert E. Scott into
consultation, and examine into the law
further and report to an adjourned meet?
ing Thursday evening at 8 o'clock.
Sergeant Traynham reported the num?
ber of prisoners in tho jail and station
house for the month as follows: State
?white males, 12; colored males. :.*():
colored females, 4; total. It). City?
white males, 50; colored males. 102;
colored females. 15; total, 157. United
States?white males, 3; colored males.
1; total, 4.
?Chairman Bucknorof the spccialoom
mittcc^appointcd to investigate t ho man?
agt ment of the chain gang under Ofllccr
Pollard reported that the committee
had found that Mr. Pollard had sold
dirt without authority and had made
no returns, and had discounted tho
clucks of tho laborers. Mr. Pollnrtl
resigned his position a month ago. The
committee reommended that tho city
engineer devote his full time to the city
work, and that the office occupied
by him in the courthouse he used
exclusively for city business, that'
an assistant engineer be employed
at a salary not exceeding SAO per month,
and that he be required to take tIn
time of the 'laborers every day: that the
city engineer be required to visited the
hands at work on the streets every day.
and that he keep a horse at the expense
of the city. These recommendation-.,
with that of a time sheet showing the
exact cost of the street work every day,
and the exact amount expended on each
street, were adopted.
Tho amount of jail fines collected was
reported at $411.20. The jail was re?
ported to bo in good condition, and it
was stated that the health of the prison?
ers had generally been good, but that j
there was one ease of malarial fever
that threatened to become serious. Tho
report called the attention of the coun?
cil to the fact that the law requires
separate apartments for sick prisoners.
Referred to the public property commlt
teo with instructions to secure a suit?
The finance committee reported tho
condition of tho treasury as follows:
Balance to M. C. Thomas,
Balance to C. W. Thomas,
treasurer. 70,787.00 ;
Total amount drawn. 58,300.33 j
ltalance. $33,150.33 j
Collected from market house, 8 337.30
The committee was granted more I
time to ascertain the cost of the improve?
ments for which it is proposed to sub-1
mit a proposition to issue bonds, so as
to he able to iix more accurately the
amount needed. Those proposed im- '
provenients embrace a sewerage system,
a city survey, street improvements, en?
larging tho jails, providing an adequate
school system, otc.
In the matter of raising the pay of the
police force, the committee reported that
I it would recommend an increase as soon
as the condition of the treasury would
justify it. This part of the report was
referred back to tho committee, with in- j
i structions to confer with Mayor Kvans.
: who recommended an increase to $3 per
day. with no sick benefit, for officers
and to *7o per month for the chief.
; Chairman Kuggles. of the Light com
; mittee, reported that the lamps needed
cleaning and that light was frequently
neglected in different parts of the city.
. and recommended that a lamp-lighter
' and cleaner be appointed for each ward,
i Mr. Woodward said that the glasses of
nearly half tin- lamps were broken, some ?
, burned two or three days at a time and 1
? others were not lighted once in two
i months. He considered Roanoke
the worst lighted town in the
: United States. Mr. Reggie's sugges?
tion was adopted.
Dr. I.nek, of the board of health, ap?
peared before the Council and recom?
mended a scavenger for each ward, as
there has been considerable complaint
about the scavenger work. Referred to
the health committee, with instructions
to report at the next meeting.
^ NOTES OF THE COUNCIL MKET1NO.
"i The amount of fines in the Mayor's !
court for the month of September was
reported at $830.15, with Stil t. 14 collect?
ed. Thealmshouse keeper reported five
persons admitted and three dismissed
during the month.
The street committee reported $180.30
' expended on Church street. $308.03 on
: Uninsboro avenue and Jefferson street.
$101.15 on Campbell street for general
On motion of Mr. McConncll it was
: ordered that an arch be put under the
? bridge across Lick Run on Shenandoaii
The ordinance committee reported an
ordinance against forestalling the city
market, which was not passed,
i The solicitor gave it as his opinion
that the city had no authority to pass an
ordinance against pig styes.
Ail ordinance was passed making dis?
order in the Opera House liable to a tine
of not less than $5 nor more than $10.
Accounts were allowed to the amount
The ordinance committee was in?
structed to draft an ordinance regulat?
ing lumber yards in the fire limits.
Mr. Trout presented a petition from
the Junior Hose Company asking for
, Roror Hall, for the use of tier com
; pany. Referred to the public property
committee with power to act.
The lire committee was instructed to
ascertain whether the Oil Barreling
Works in the northwest section, near
the Norfolk and Western tracks are
dangerous to the adjoining property.
Brooke street was ordered to he
opened to the Lynchburg turnpike.
A number of street lights and water
plugs were ordered tobe placed in differ?
ent parts of the city.
The city engineer was instructed to
lay the remainder of the side-walks on
Church street between Park and Coni
i merce at the expense of the property
Killed Two Dog*.
Officer L. C. Plagg killed a mad dog
in Mr. .lohn Sexton's yard on West
Campbell street yesterday afternoon.
The animal was a liver-colored setter,
and was snapping and snarling at every?
thing in reach. The same officer also
' killed another dog near the market
house yesterday afternoon. This animal
did not have the hydrophobia, but had
been so badly mutilated by some one
that death was a mercy to it.
He Encountered the Clni?.
Tom O'Leary and Officer W. A. Vest
had an exciting time at the Continental
Hotel last night. O'Leary was very
boisterous and the officer arrested him.
lie resisted with so much vigor and de?
termination that the policeman was
compelled to use his club rapidly, lie
was finally overcome and lodged in the
Tlicj llroke Jail.
Charles Miller and Charley Hunter,
! confined in the city caboose, last night,
i about 11 o'clock, tore olf the weather
boarding from their coll in the north?
west end of the second story anil silently
Ol.n exchanges for sale at TlIE TIMES
| office; 20 cents per 100.
DAY MORNING, OCTC
NO TYPHOID FEVER AT THE JAIL
" . i 7 > ..
City Physician Leigh Buckner
Denies the Current Reports,
Hut jailor Tro.viihum Tolls the City Coun?
cil tliat he has a Case of .Malarial Fever
Which May Prove Serious?A Crowded,
Unsanitary, Unhealthy, and Unwhole?
some Hole?No Hoard of Inspection
A Timks' reporter interviewed Dr.
Leigh llucknor, the city physician, and
Jailor Traynham yesterday, to get at
the bottom facts regarding the unsani?
tary condition of the jail and the sick?
ness among the prisoners. Dr. lluckner
said the report that two prisoners have
typhoid fever is untrue. "There has
not been," said he, "a case of typhoid
fever in the jail since I have been city
physician. I believe the jail is as healthy
as any other "place in the city, when.the
crowded condition is taken into consid?
eration. Many of the prisoners are as
degraded as It is possible for thorn to
be, and often full of disease when com?
mitted. The jail has been very much
crowded during the last few months,
and it is impossible to keep it in a per?
fectly cleanly condition. 1 believe .Jail?
or Traynham comes as near keeping it
clean as is possible, anil that no more
careful and patient man could be se?
??Much unnecessary complaint natural?
ly arises. 1 visit the jail every other
day nil the time, and everyday when it
is necessary. Prisoners often complain
and want medicine when there is
nothing the matter with them. They
only pretend to be sick, hoping by that
means to get wut of jail.
??Mose Sanders, one of the sick prison?
ers, has malaria. Sam Stokes, the other ,
one. only has a cold. I advised Mr. '
Traynham to have them removed from
the jail, because with the crowds and I
noise it is not the place for them to be i
??Do you think the jail is adequate for i
the needs of the city ?"
"It is an qvident fact that the jail
should be larier. With more room for
the prisoners the sanitary condition
would be botljbr."
'?Do you believe that there is any way
to improve the present sanitary condi?
tion of the jaj.1 without enlarging?"
"Every jail should be furnished with
the most improved bygenic appliances.
In this respect there is room for im?
?Inilor Traynham said : "The jail has
been overcrowded for three months, but
is not so full uow as it was n few days
ago. Of course it is impossible with the
crowd we have to keep the jail as clean
as an ordinary dwelling. The floors are
of stone und cannot be washed easily. |
except with a, hose, and a hose cannot
be used, as there is no way to drain off
the water. \Ve use lime and other dis?
infectants, anltl try to keep the sanitary
condition as good as possible. We are
greatly in need of more room, and I
think, with proper appliances, the sani?
tary condition could be improved."
'?There is a board of jail inspectors
appointed by the Dusting's Court. I be?
"There has been, but if there is one I
do not know who composes it. I am sure
the jail has not been inspected recently,
and I do not remember when a board of
inspectors last visited it."
Tin: Timks* representative visited the
city jail yesterday afternoon and made
an examination of its inmates and gen?
eral condition. He found that there
were about thirty ooniinod for various
offenses, among them being two colored
women. In the lower tier of cells there
were fourteen prisoners and the upper
sixteen, seven of these being in one cell.
The men on the upper floor complained
that they had no bed clothing, and they
and the women said they did not have
enough to eat. They did not seem
emaciated or to be suffering from lack
of food, but the condition of both Doors
is anything but conducive to comfort or
There was an abundance of lime about
the rooms, hut there was no glass a; any
of the gratings, and, as the weather has
been quite chilly and wet recently,
there must, of necessity, have been
some Sil gering from cold. In one of
the upper cells, stretched upon two wire
mattresses, were two sick colored men.
named Moses Sanders and Sam Stokes.
The former appeared to be suffering
from a complication of bronchitis and
malaria, and the latter from a very se?
ven- cold, approaching close to pneumo?
nia. These men said they believed their
sickness was brought about in a great
measure by the fact that during the re?
cent cold spell they bad been compelled
to sleep near the openings in the walls
without any blankets or any kind of
I bed-clothing whatever, and such seems
to the reporter a reasonable view of the
These men were sadly in need of com?
forts which they did not have and which
could not be furnished in an institution
of that character. In this connection it
is well to suggest the necessity of pro?
viding some moans of caring for sick or
wounded prisoners and the sooner ac?
tion is taken on this matter the better
it will be for suffering humanity and the
reputation of the city.
In conversation with Mr. Traynham
the report er suggested the necessity of
furnishing the prisoners with blankets.
He said the city always did that when
the weather got cold, but that it w as
comparatively early in the fall as yet.
He was. however, making preparations
to procure a full supply of bedding, and
there was no danger that the prisoners
would suffer from lack of these com
i forts. The two sick nu n ought to boro
I moved to more comfortable qunrtors,
ami it is from no lack of effort, on the
part of Mr. Traynham, that this has not
tieen done. The fact is the jail is badly
constructed from a sanitary standpoint,
, and is e ntirely too small.
Read THE TIMKS overy morning for
the news. Delivered at your houso by
j carriers for 50 cents per month.
)BER 8, 1890.
JOANNA SMITH'S MISTAKK.
She falls for Goods Which Belong to An
One of the apparently most inconsol?
able inmates of the city calaboose last
night was Joanna Smith, a ginger bread
colored woman, who was arrested yester?
day afternoon on the charge of obtain?
ing a bundle of dry goods by false pre?
tenses from Snyder, Kassier & Mcltain.
It seems Mrs. Dr. A. E. Johnson, of
Itotetourt, bought a lot of goods at the
store and said she would call and get
them. She had been gone but a short
time when a colored woman came in and
claimed that Mrs. Dr. Johnson had sent
her for the bundle.
Her story was such a straight one that
sho was allowed to take the goods, and
it was only when the real owner called
for them that the mistake was discov?
ered. It was subsequently ascertained
that the colored woman was trying to
dispose of dry goods to parties on Com?
merce street, and this led to her arrest
"TAYPAY" O'CONNOR'S WORD.
Ho Say? the Irish Party Waa Never More
Solid ami United Than Now.
DUBLIN, October 7.?[Special] ?At a
meeting of the National League held
here to-day, an address was made by
Thomas Power O'Connor. Referring to
comments made by I'nionist papers on
the national convention had here yes?
terday, and to statements that Parncll's
absence was due to a split in the party.
O'Connor declared that the Irish party
wits never more united and solid than
The Freeman's Journal, in an ;? tide
on the proceedings of the Irish Nation?
alist conference, snys that if the govern
; inont is anxious to meet Pnrnoll half
? way it should accept the resolution
adopted by the convention and pass a
I bill similar to the act of 1SS7. restoring
I evicted tenants to their holdings, and
suspending (Mietions on the west, north?
west and southwest coasts of Ireland.
MONEY VOH THE SCHOOLS.
' The State Hoard of Education Apportion*
?HO'1,000 In Two Ponds.
RICHMOND, Oct. 7?[Special]?The
State board of Education have recently
apportioned one hundred and ninety-six
thousand dollars among the counties
and cities of the State on account of ar?
rearages due tin* schools, at the rate of
30 cents per capita on the school census
taken this year.
! Tin? Hoard have also, under what is
i known as the OrandslalTact, apportion- d
I $1107,000, the rate being one dollar, two
cents and live mills per capita of the
school population. These funds are to
I he used exclusively to pay teachers of
the public schools of the State. The
I whole amount is considerably in excess
of the apportionment of last year.
The A. S. lt. S.
New Yop.k, Oct. 7.?[Special]?The
American Society of Railway Superin?
tendents met to-day. Thirty-eight mem?
bers were elected. The following offi?
cers were chosen for the ensuing year:
President. Stanley Goodwin, of the be?
nign Valley: vice-president. R. G. Flom
i ing. of the Savannah. Florida and West
j ern road; second vice-president, C. \V.
i Uradley, of the West Shore road: secre?
tary. C. L. Hammond, sind treasurer. R,
\j. Sully: executive committee for two
years, C. S. Cfndsen and t>. E. McClellan;
executive committee for one year. O. M.
Richard and A. 15. Atwater.
Comparo THE TIMES' news columns
with those of any othor paper published
in a radius of 200 miles, if you want the
nows you cannot afford to bo without it.
i Isaac Fra/.ier, a negro 109 years old
died at Montgomery. Ala., yesterday.
' Some OightortOn years ago, Isaac, who
? had worn glasses for many years, and
wits then complaining of his dofcctlve
I vision, received what was called his
second sight, and was able to see as well
as ever, although up to his death he
occasionally used glasses. After having
passed bis 0fttil year, the old man was
Cholera has broken out In ltnrcolona.
Four deaths from the disease were re?
ported on Saturday and Sunday. Monday
three new cases and one death were re?
The laco workers' strikes continues ut
Calais, France. All fnctorlos are closed,
operatives and employers are negotiat?
ing in regard to now rules and wages.
Free delivery service has been ordered
established November 1 at Durham and
Qroonsborough, N. C,
Col. Joseph D. Moore, special agent of
the Western Assurance Company, of To?
ronto, died yesterday morning, aged .14.
He was born in Norfolk, and was a
brother of the late Dr. Win. P. Moore, a
leading physician of that city. He was
a member of the society of the army and
navy of the Confederate States in Mary?
land, lie leaves a wife and three chil?
Six hundred miners employed in col?
lieries in the counties of Fife andCalck
! mannan. Scotland* have warned their
employers that they will strike unless
their wages are advanced 1.1 per cent.
Although there is no prospect of the
strike of the Scotch furnace men coming
to end, some Glasgow iron brokers are
selling with a view to discounting the
settlement of the trouble. The market
leas gone in a direction different from
which it was anticipated. Pig-iron has
declined. Its position depends on what
aid the strikers will obtain from the
iron workers in the north of England.
Ten persons were injured, and two fa?
tally, by a gasoline explosion in St.
Louis Monday night. It was the result
of a small tire in a grocery store,
j The through passenger train on the
I Newport News and Mississippi Valley
j road was derailed near Olympia Monday
. night and twenty passengers shakon lip
j by the cuts rolling down an embank
UCE THREE CENTS.
THE DUPONT MILLS BLOWN UP.
The Largest Powder Works in
All the Mills In the "Vppcr Yard" IMn?
appear in an Instant?A Llozen Kiiieit
and a Score Woun.lci!?Story of tbe>
Accident?All from a Spark.
Wilmington. Del., Oct. 7.?[Special]
?The office and eight mills of the Dupont
Powder Works near hero are in ruins;
fifty or more houses of workmen at tho
upper yard are wrecked; a dozen, por
haps more, workmen are dead, and a.
score or more others are injured, as the
result of a series of powder explosions
at 3.30 o'clock this afternoon of tho Du?
pont works, which aro well known,
throughout tho country as the the lar?
gest powder mills in the United States.
The mills extend along the banks of tho
Brandywine, chiefly on west side, for
about two miles. They aro divided into
Upper, llagley. and Lower yards. Tho
first named, where the office of the com?
pany is located, is about three miles,
and the last named about five miles,
A workman named Grau, ir. one of tho
packing mills connected with the ??Up?
per" yards, was receiving a can of hex?
agonal powder to be shipped for tho
Government, when in some way a spark
was communicated to the can and it
blew up. Instantly the packing mill
exploAlodYnnd other mills in the upper
I yardsfPsQVCn or eight in numl>er. fol
I lowed at intervals of less than one sce
i ond, from concussion.
All these except one wore rolling
mills, in w hich the ingredients of gun?
powder are pulverized by tho action of
vertical rollers of stone, turning slowly
around a central post. The whole ma?
chinery is driven by water power. Tho
odd one was a ??mixing mill." Tho
shock was simply terrific, and was felt
even in Philadelphia. 35 miles away,
and U? New Jersey and elsewhere.
At the upper yards, where the explo?
sion occurred, are some fifty houses In?
habited by employes of the powder mills,
clustered here and there, and all aro
wrecked. The office of tho Dupont Com?
pany Is a complete wreck and six mills
are in ruins. All buildings within a ra?
dius of a mile are damaged, and tho
concussion even broke windows in sonic
parts of Wilmington, four or five miles
Immediately after the explosion a
large building known as "the refinery,"
located near the center of the village,
took fire. It was a matter of life and
death to the whole population that this
lire should bo extinguished before it
communicated with the powder tho
building contained. Taking their lives
in their bands the Dupont Fire Brigade
fought tho flames, which bad caught tho
roof. It was touch and go between suc?
cess and destruction, but the firemen
won. Dad the roof fallen in it is doubt?
ful if any man, woman, or child in tho
vicinity would have escaped without se?
About fifty families are. rendered
homeless by the disaster, and many of
them were so dazed by the terrible
events of those few seconds as to seem
hardly conscious of where they are or
what they are doing. The injured aro
being gathered into the hospital build?
ing appertaining to the works, and aro
receiving such surgical and other aid as
they need. Owing to the rocky and
wooded character of tho locality, but
little can bo done in the way of search?
ing for the missing or ascertaining the
extent of damage done to property until
Following is a partial list of the killed:
Martin D?lau, .las. D?lau, Win. Mc
(Survey, .lohn llartigan. Win. Dennison,
.lohn Dletz, ' .lohn llurllko, Patrick
Dougherty. Wm. Green, .lohn Newall
; and a woman named Hose Dougherty.
Several others are missing. The inoro
i seriously injured, so far as learned, are:
Daniel 11 ark ins, Wm. Logan (will prob?
ably die), Annie and Marie Dolan,
daughters of .lames Dolan, who is among
the killed; .lames Ward, leg broken, and
hurt internally: Hugh Ferry, picked up
unconscious, injuries unknown; John
McDowell, head badly hurt; Mrs. Win.
McDowell, ear cut off and head very
badly cut; her two-year-old daughter,
seriously injured; Lydia Anderson, arm
broken andbadlv bruised.
Among the slightly injured are:
Eugene Dupont, the head of the firm;
Francis G. Dupont, and Charles 1.
Dupont. They and several clorks in
the office were cut by fragments of
broken glass, but none seriously. Tho
dead w ere all employes of tho company,
and were in and about the mills that
exploded. Several workmen are missing
and arc believed to have been blown to
fragments. The wounded received their
Injuries among the walls of their fall?
ing bouses, and broken glass and flying
debris. Had there not boon a general
and instant exodus from their houses at
the first shock, the death list would
have been much heavier, as many would
havo been crushed in the ruins of their
dwellings. Undertakers have gone omVi
from Wilmington to give their services/
in preparing the dead for burial, while
Wilmington surgeons were prompt &\>
hurry to tho spot and tender aid.
Tho Weather To-day.
Fair except rain in extreme sout'neast
portion, northwesterly winds, slightly