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THE EVENING BULLETIN.
aiYSVILIiE, KY., TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1894.
APPALLING IK EXTENT
Was the Forest Fire Disaster
In the Northwest.
THE DEATH LIST STILL GROWING.
It Is Now Known That Three Hun
dred and Sixty-Four People
Perished in the Flames.
SOME ARE STILL MISSING.
The Exact Number of Lost Will Probably
Never Be Known Identification of tho
Dead In Many Cases Is an Utter Impossi
bility Tho Fires Aro Still Raging at a
Number of Places and Probably a Largo
Number of Pooplo Ilavo Perished Slnco
tho Great Disaster Everything Posslblo
Is Being Dono to Relieve tho Destitute
Fcoplo Who Escaped Death.
St. Paul, Sept. 4. A Pine City spe
cial to The Pioneer Press says: Words
can not toll tho story of death and de
struction that is revealed to the traveler
on tho St. Paul and Duluth from Mis
sion Creek to two miles above the little
town of Miller or Sandstono Junction.
The awfulness of tho desolation, which
strikes upon tho eye of the observer as
ho reaches the camp which was onco
the town of Hinckley, is still more
strongly impressod on his vision as ho
The smoko has lifted, revealing a
landscape bare and black, the fow
standing trees being charred to a height
of 40 feet, whilo the ground was of that
peculiar tint of brown sand mixed
with gunpowder, for the grass had been
burned even to the roots. Hero and
there, in tho bleak and dreary stretches
of country, in what is now a great lone
land, was seen tho body of a deer,
whose fleet feet had not been able to
outrun the flames, or of a human being
who had been absolutely powerless
against jhe grim destroyer.
A Pioneer Press man accompanied
Judge Nothaway of Stillwater and the
mombers of a relief party which started
on a handcar loaded with provisions, to
relievo tho people of Sandstone, who
were reported in great distress. Two
miiea above Hinckley thoy found lying
by the trunk of a tree the body of a man
which was ovidently that of a lumber
man. Tho relief party proceeded as far
as Skunk Lako, where the Duluth lim
ited train was burned. Here they found
Engineer Williams in charge of a gang
of men rebuilding the burned bridge.
From them it was learned that the liv
ing at Sandstone bad been taken to Du
luth by special trains on Sunday night,
and their pressing necessities relieved,
so that tho help from Pine City was not
The party therefore resolved itself
into one of search for the bodies of vic
tims of tho disaster.
The house of John Robinson was
near Skunk lake, in the edge of tho
woods, and tho family sought refuge in
tho cellar. There was no escape from
the fire, and the parties found the
bodies of John Robinson and his wife,
Mary Robinson, their oldest daughter
and two smaller children. All the
clothing was burned from the bodies,
but the victims had' ovidently been suf
focated before tho flames reached them,
Tho hands of tho oldest daughter woro
upraised with palms together in an atti
tude of prayer.
Within, 600 yards of tho spot where
Engineer Root stopped his train was a
long trench, running from tho little
body of water which proved a place of
safety for the passengers on the limited,
to a swamp on the lake. Following
along this trench, tho party come upon
the partially clothed body of a man,
who, in personal appearance, corre
sponded to the description of General
Passenger and Freight Agont Otto Row
ley of the Duluth and Winnipeg rail
road. An examination of the dead man's
shirt collar showed tho name 0. Row
ley, and it supposed that ho was a pas
euger on tho limited, and in taking to
tho ditch eipeotod to reach tho lako.
Other bodies found by tho party woro
thoso of a man and a woman who had
ovidently fled from a farmhonse nearby,
and tho bodies of two men who ore sup
posed to havo been passengers on the
The latest verified roports of tho num
ber of dead do not materially alter the
In foot that estimate is proving re
markably exact, considering the confu
sion of the first day. One olemont that
makes close figuring very difficult is tho
foot that bodies soon in tho woods and
along tho track are not infrequently re
ported to two points and sent out from
each as among its dead.
Then, too, the tendency of tho occa
sion, bad as it is to exaggeration. How
ever, eliminating these doubtful ele
ments as far as possible from its ap
proximation, Tho Pioneer Press is con
vinced that tho total is as nearly exact
as possible. Tho number of dead at
Hinckley is placed at 200. Tho Pioneer
Press correspondent has actually count
ed 191 of thoso, and tho margin allowed
about all that is necessary. Tho figures
are as follows: Hinckley, 200; Sandstono,
02: Miller, 12; betweon Skunk Lako and
Miller, 12; Pokegama, 28; in lumber
camps and scattering, estimate 50.
Yardmaster Davo Williams of Duluth
is something of u hero himself. Ho is
tne man who grasped tho situation, act
ed on his knowledge promptly, and re
lieved tho people of Sandstono. He re
ceived a message from Miller which
said: "Thoro aro 150 people at Sand
stone without food or shelter. For
God's sako got them out of there."
Within an incredibly shot time an en
gine in charge of Yardmaster Williams
was on tho way to Sandstone. Tho en
tire road, after the burned district was
reached, was patrohsd aud the engine
kept up a continual whistling so that
any persons who might be near tho rail
way could come at onco to the track.
When the train urrived at Sandstone
Junction, or Miller, as it is generally
called, it was met by nearly the. entire
population of Sandstone and Minor.
Tho depot and platform at Miller had
been burned and there was not a house
left standing anywhero in view. About
170 people were taken aboard and a
messenger was sent to Sandstone who
informed the people of tho arrival of re
lief. Very few remained, and they
were thoso with loved ones lying dead.
No one was burned seriously who was
not fatally injured. There was no at
tempt to care for tho dead who lay scat
tered with irregularity through tho
streets of tbotown.
Everything inflammable at Sandstone
was destroyed and investigations
brought the number of dead ut that
place up to 02, with 21 people missing.
Mr. Webster, the father of Mayor Leo
Webster in this town, was among the
dead, and yesterduy af toruoon Mr. Web
ster went to Sandstono to bury his
father and mother. Tho Bceno at Sand
stone, as described by Mr. Webster, was
heartrending. Tho streets of the town
woro only lines of sand between heaps
of ashes. Within these lines lay 40
bodies scattered at random, and 23 more
were found of tcrward in the outskirts
of the town and along the hollows and
marshes toward the river bank. The
bodies were lying exposed to the sun
and rain alike, and were rapidly be
coming decomposed. They were iden
tified, as for as possiblo, and will be
buried as soon as possible.
The Duluth people are looking after
the care and relief of the people on tho
line north of Hinckley. They aro doing
their work well and will see that no one
of the living is allowed to Buffer for food
One of the marvelous circumstances
of tho occasion is the escape of so many
cattle and horses. Many woro abso
lutely unscathed, though no one can
tell how they escaped tho ordeal of Are.
Others were pitifully burned and steps
are tardily being taken to put them out
of their misery.
The carcadses of the dead animals,
which ore becoming very offensive, will
be put out of the way by burial or burn
ing as soon as possible.
In the afternoon, following tho rain,
a strong wind swept up from tho south
and soon tho flames, which had been
quonohed to smouldering by the morn
ing showers, were again fanned to a
blaze, and hundreds of columns of
smoko began to ascend from tho woods.
The fixe will not be out for many a day
unless there ore hoavy rains, but there
is no danger as the underbrush is
burned out clean and there is no possi
bility of any spread. The intensity and
insatiability of the fire can bo seen from
the fact that corduroy nils, where the,
logs were buried under several feet of
earth, aro entiroly eaten out, the flro
eating its way through undor the entiro
width of road.
No one of tho citizens of Pino City
who volunteered their aid in tho work
of reliof did more than F. G. Weber.
He took entire chargo of the work at
tho cemetery and kept at tho hideous
work until all that could be dono had
been accomplished. Not until nightfall
wero his labors over, and during that
time ho had a succession of relavs of
men under him, for many sickened and
had to givolt up. The work progressed
slower than need have been the cuso had
Mr. Weber's working forco been ade
quate. As it was 05 unidentified dead
wero interred in the trenohes; 56 nioro
were put in boxes and 18 wero buriod by
their friends, making a total of 134
bodies handled at the cemetery. Tho
bodies found hereafter must be buriod
where found. It will bo impossible to
movo them, as thoy ore literally falling
Tho first thought of tho officials of
the St. Paul and Duluth Railroad com
pany was to care for tho unfortunato
people along its line who hod lost every
thing they owned; the sooond was to re
store the operation of through servioe
botwoen St. Paul and Duluth. The first
task is well uuderway and its com
pletion is placed in tho hands of compe
tent committees, the company at onco
sot to work upon tho herculanean task
of opening its lino between Mission
Creek and Miller. E, L. Brown, master
of trajumortatlon. and ono of tho most
useful axon who ever rose to all emer
gency, had been bu6y siilco the fire in
handling tho relief trains from St. Paul
and between Pine City and Hinckley,
began a systematic attempt to straight
en out tho crooked rails, build bridges,
repair culverts and replace tho burned
ties, of which there wero litorally thous
ands. With a work train and an ef
ficient crow, Mr. Brown rebuilt tho
burned bridgo over tho Grindstone rivor
at Hinckley, put in now ties and
worked tho lino gradually north.
In tho meantime Yardmaster Wil
liams of tho Duluth yards had a work
train pushing its way down toward tho
center of tho difficulty, winch was at
tho spot where Engineer Root stopped
tho Duluth limited on Saturday night.
By noon the crew of Yardmaster Wil
liams, tho men who relioved the suffer
ers at Sandstone, had pushed down to
this point and had the track in working
order to the bridgo which was burned.
The forco wa3 a largo ono and in a
couple of hours tho bridge was built and
the big engine of the limited, which
had been left on the track, was pushed
down to Hinckley. Tho tender of tho
limited engine was tipped off tho track,
as it was wrecked beyond repair, and
was left to add to tho general ruin. At
5:25 the two work trains met and at 0
o'clock last night the line was open
from St. Paul to Duluth, tho regular
Duluth train passing Hinckley about 7
o'clock, somewhat behind time, but run
ning through without mishaps.
During tho afternoon at Pino City
the arrangements for systematic aid was
taken in hand by H. H. Hart of the
board of corrections and charities.
On the afternoon train arrived the
committee appointed by tho citizens of
aliuneapoIW, A report was submitted
to the gmtlmen for their approval.
The report contains an estimate of the
population of the burned towns as fol
lows: Hinckley, 1,000; Sandstone, 300;
Mission Creek, 100; Brook Park or
Pokegama, 118; Portridgo, 100.
From this number about 400 aro to bo
deducted as dead and with a further
deduction of thoso able to help them
selves, leaving about 300 to be relieved
in various ways. Contributions of
transportation money, clothing and
household utensils and lumber. Tho
latter should bo of all grades, from
rough lumber to sash and doors. A
general contribution will be recom
mended in all the churches nest Sun
day. No particular effort to forco a
large subscription, but the generosity of
tho people will be allowed to show itself
in natural chanuols.
Tho following physicians accom
panied tho Minneapolis party; Doctors
C. G. Higbee, Fitzgerald, Jlooro, Mc
Donald, Leeport, Norton of Minneap
olis and Perkins of Excolsior. Their
services wero in great demand, and the
hospital' patients received the care for
which many of them were sadly suffer
ing. It is tho intention to start out
searching parties in all directions to
find tho scattered dead, and tho physi
cians will accompany them.
ACTIVE RELIEF MEASURES.
Contributions Culled For and Where They
St. Paul, Sept. 4. At a meeting in
this city last night of all interested
in tho reiiei measures, it was
decided to call on the governor to ap
point a central committee to have gen
eral oversight of relief and the distribu
tion of all donations from whatever
source received. Anything sent to Gov
ernor Nelson to Tarns BixbyortoMayor
Smith wilTbe promptly forwarded. The
St. Paul and Duluth road in running
reliof trains and carrying all supplies
The American Express company has
announced that they would carry free
of obarge any supplies for any reliable
relief committee in northern Wisconsin
and Minnesota. Tho railroads are got
ting in shape again as rapidly as possi
ble. Tho St. Paul and Duluth, tho
Eastern Minnesota, the Omaha and the
Northern Pacific spent one of the busi
est days of their lives in repairing road
ways, scheduling trains to meet emer
gencies, connecting lost wires and oar
ing for Bufferers. Even tho Wisconsin
Contral, which is but slightly interested,
has volunteered to transport provisions
to all points on its lino where reliof is
sent, free of chargo.
The railroad companies havo done
themselves proud in the prompt and ef
fective assistance they extended to the
needy, wherever and in whatever man
ner it was required. The pnblio fully
appreciates their benevolence and
efficiency in every instance. It is ex-
Eected by Wednesday all bridges and
racks on tho main lines shall have been
so far repaired that no train will have
to depart from schedule time.
ANOTHER TOWN THREATENED.
Rib Lako Is Expocted to Bo Destroyed by
Eau Claire, Wis., Sopt. 4. It is
feared tho littlo town of Rib Lake, in
Taylor count; , population 520, will bo
destroyed, although a flro engine and
crew from Chippewa Falls havo gono to
fight the flro. 7 . Rib Lake Lumber
company, with mills and immenso tan
nery, is located at that point.
The danger to Cadot is thought to be
over, also to Cartwright and Rico Lake.
At Long Lako, a summer resort, tho
cottage of the lato General Ginty has
been destroyed and sovon other cottages
threatened. At loast sevon railroad
bridges on tho north division of tho
Omaha between Chippewa Falls and
Superior havo been destroyed.
Bennett Siding In Danger.
West Superior, Wis., Sopt. 4. Fifty
survivors of the flro at Partridge havo
been roeeived in this city and another
reliof train is oxpected later. The suf
ferers were provided with everything to
make them comfortable. A late report
from tho Omaha Une saya that Bennett
Ridimr is in., imminent dttnaer of de.
structlon. Too umaim and" Northern
Pacific lines are running trains, but tho
South Shore, St. Paul and Duluth and
Eastern Minnesota aro tied up on ac
count of burned bridges.
Governor Nelson Asks For Aid.
St. Paul, Sept. 4. Governor Nelson
lato last night issued a proclamation
calling on all liberal uud public spirited
citizens, to ull municipalities and to all
religious and beuovolent institutions of
this state to toko immediate attention
toward securing contributions for tho
relief of tho prevailing distress.
Governor Peck Orders Relief.
Milwaukee, Sept. 4. Governor Peck
last night instructed Colonel W. J.
Boylo to purchase food and clothing for
flro sufferers in Barron county. The
Cumberland ollloials made an appeal to
the governor, stating that over 50 fami
lies were sleeping. out of doors.
DENSE SMOKE OVER THE LAKES.
Navigation Oroiytly Interfered With aud
Several Wrecks Reported.
Chicago, Sept. 4. Smoke from forest
fires is now making navigation danger
ous oh all tho great lakes, except Lako
Ontario. From Duluth to Buffalo ro
ports aro received of smoke so thick
that one could not see on tho lako more
than a hundred feet. Along the south
shore of Lako Superior captains could
not discern objects 100 yards away. At
Sault Ste. Marie all boats wero being
seriously dolayed, captains preferring to
go slow rather than take tho chances of
fetching up on the rocks and reefs.
Reports of stranding came in to the
underwriters with too great rapidity to
bo enjoyable, The fires havo destroyed
to somo extent telegraphic communica
tion with the dangerous shoro near tho
straits, and it is feared that moro wrecks
have occurred than havo been reported.
The losses to lake vessels on account of
tho smoko already exceed $40,000.
East Tawas, Mich., roports tho pas
senger steamer Ossifrage ashoro be
tween hero and Alabaster. Its passen
gers are safe, and will bo brought ashore
by tho tugs if necessary.
FIRES IN PENNSYLVANIA.
Great Destruction Done and tho Oil Fields
Bradford, Pa., Sept. 4. Forest fires
aro raging ah along tho lino of tho Buf
falo, Rochester and Pittsburg railroad.
Reports frora all points on the narrow
gauge roads state that tho woods are on
fire for miles, and tho damago will be
Heavy unless rain should fall. The
woods along tho piko to Corydon are on
fire for miles, and oil property in the
Vicinity of the west branch aro threat
ened. Should tho fire spread to the oil
Bold soriouajconsoquences would result.
Tho woods along the Bradford, Bor
dell and Kinzua railroad between here
and Smothport aro reported on flro and
valuable property is in danger of being
destroyed. On the big level botweon
Mount Jewett and this city and tho
head of the west branch tho woods are
ablaze, and several oil well rigs aro re
ported burning. At Song Bird and tho
Quintuple tho woods aro a roaring mass
of flames, and valuable oil property is
being devoured by the flames. As yet
no loss of life is reported and the ex
tent of damago can not bo estimated.
A roport has just reaohed hero from
Lewis' Run, stating that tho woods are
ablaze and the people fighting tho fire
to -save their property.
In tho Eastern Lumber Region.
Wilkesbabre, Pa., Sept. 4. Forest
fires aro reported as burning fiercely in
the Pine creek lumber region and valu
able property is in great danger there.
Owners of mills and lumber in that
neighborhood who reside here havo been
notified that there is imminent danger
of serious losses and havo been advised
to come on without loss of time. Com
inings & Heilmon's bark and lumber
yards have been threatened, but by
backfiring, it has thus far escaped de
struction. Tho fire has been burning in the
Babbs Creek district since Saturday,
and yesterday it climbed over tho moun
tain, and for a time it looked as if the
town of Balltown, in Forest county,
would be destroyed. This was also
saved by hard work, and it is now said
to bo out of danger. At other points
the woods have been backfired for a dis
tance of six miles, in order to save prop
erty. Forest flres aro also reported from
Oil Wells Burning.
Russell City, Pa., Sept. 4. Word
has just been received hero to tho effect
that tho forest fires havo reached tho
Watson farm in Forest county aud sev
eral oil wells aro now burning. Tho
loss will bo hoavy, as thoro are a large
number pi wolls on this form, and it is
feared tho fire will spread to adjoiniug
oil property. There aro no indications
of rain, and should tho wind rise it
would sweep tho entiro field.
Tho woods aro on flro on both sides of
this pluco and the fire extends over an
area of 20 miles.
slowly Strangling to Deatn.
Alliance, O., Sept. 4. -Miss Nannio
Zoppernlck of Now Alexander is slowly
strangling to death from a grain of corn
getting in her windpipe while sho was
eating roasted ears. The doctors aro
unable to roliovo her.
No Longer Manager of the Pittsburgh
Pittsburg, Sopt. 4. A. O. Buckon
burger, who has nad charge of the Pitts
burg base ball toara for three years, was
relievod from duty yostorday and Con
nio Mack, tho catchor, appointed mana
ger. Fell From a Window.
Petersburg, Ind., Sopt. 4.- Josoph
Lienhart, a brower. at Toll City, in
pushing open the window shutter, foil
from the third-story and whs instantly
Collisions Between JapanosR
NO SERIOUS RESULTS OCCUR.
They Aro Magnified Into Battles and Both
Skip Claim Victories -Cblua Increasing
Her Const Dufeusu Chinese Ottlcers Re
warded For Their Bravery Movements
of War Vessels of Both Governments.
London, Sept. 4. Tho Central News
has received a dispatch from Shanghai
stating that skirmishes between Chinese
and Japanese troops aro occurring at
several points in Corea. The import
ance of tho.ee collisions is beiug greatly
magnified by both side3, who dignify
them with tho title of battles. In every
case victory is claimed by each side.
The same dispatch states that five war
steamers will convoy tho troops which
ore to bo dispatched to Formosa at
once. This precaution is taken through
fear thut tho transports will bo attacked
by Japanese warships which aro hover
ing about in tho hope of destroying Chi
nese troopships. The work or extend
ing the Chinese works on the coast is
being pushed with all possiblo haste.
Movements of War Vessels.
London, Sept. 4. A dispatch to The
Times from Phco-Foo says the Japainvso
fleet is ttssom led in Dautilus fcarbor, in
southern Corea, Tho entrance is gu.trti
cd by torpedoes. The Chinose fleet is
moving between tho gulf ports. Tho
hostile armies in the vicinity of Ping
Yang are apparently quiescent.
Rowardod For Their Bravery.
London, Sept. 4. A dispatch from
Tien-Tsin of current date says an im
perial decree lias been issued rewarding
General Yoh and 700 other Chinese offi
cers for their victory over tho Japanese
troops at Ping-Yang.
SUSPECTED OF DOUBLE MURDER.
An Iowa Tragedy Which Is Now Surround
ed in Mystery.
Decorah, la., Sopt. 4. John H.
Cater is now in jail here strongly sus
pected of tho murder of his wifo, Mary
Cater, and George Wemett, at Burrak,
a village 12 miles north of Decorah.
The body of Mrs. Cater was found Sun
day in the born under a pilo of hay, her
throat cut in two places.
Whon the coroner arrived he was in
formed that ho was also wanted at the
schoolbouse some distanco away, where
a man had been found dead with a bul
lethole back of ono of his ears and a re
volver lying on his body. Tho man was
Qeorgo Wemett. who had until recently
been employed in Cater's butchershop.
Cater has for some time past been keep
ing company with a Mrs. Heth. This
was known to Mrs. Cater, who naturally
resented ifc. Wemett was on quite
friendly terms with her and was paying
somo attention to her oldest daughter.
Around the schoolhouse wore found
foot tracks, which, whon compared
with the shoes worn by tho murdered
man and by Cater wero found to bo
identical in each case. Oater claims to
think that Womctt killed his wife and
then committed suicide.
ELECTION IN ARKANSAS.
The Entiro Democratic Tioket Elected by
Prom 13,000 to 20,000 Majority.
Little Rock, Sopt. 4. Tho election
in this state was very quiet. It was the
first state election held undor tho con
stitutional amondment adopted at the
lost state election, requiring tho presen
tation of a poll tax receipt at the polls.
Tho Domocrats and Populists had full
state tiefcotu in tho field, but the Repub
lioanB put forth only a gubernatorial
In some counties tho Populists and
Republicans fusod, but in this (Pulaski)
county tho Republicans voted with the
Democrats. The colored vote through
out tho entiro state was unusually light.
Tho Democratic state ticket, beaded by
Hon. James P. Clark, has been elected
by about 15.000 to 20,000 majority.
CAR BURGLARS DISCOVERED.
Several Arrests Made and Wagonloads of
Buffalo, Sopt. 4. Tho largest and
most dangerous gang of cor burglars
ever detected in Buffalo has just been
unearthed and several arrests havo boon
mado. Mrs. Hurter, known as queen
of tho gang, and a man named Christo
pher, wero first arrested and confessed,
giving tho names of their neighbors as
Their houses and four others on tho
samo street wero searohed and wagon
loads of plunder found. Tho entiro
block was living off tho railroads, tho
woman said. Tho men aro, or havo
been, New York Contral switchmen.
Their housos wero fitted out liko pal
aces and thoy had moro coal than they
Unique Voyage Begun,
St. Joseph, Mo., Sopt. 4. Two well
known young men, sons of prominent
citizens, Frank Beach and Gono und
ley, loft tins city yesterday on a ufiiquo
voyage. Tho young men had oonawact
ed a raft on which was built a cahte.
Tho craft will bo propelled ontipofirTiy
tho current. Their destination is ow
Orleans, and the trip ia tho result of a
bet of $1,000 that they could not reach
that city by the river route without tho
aid of steam, sails or oars.
Declined th Nomination.
Sacramento, CaL, Sept. 4. Con
gressman A, Caminetti, who was re
cently renominated by tho DomowtttB
of this district, declines to accept tho
nomination, A second convention will