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EI Paso, Texas,
October 1, 1910 ---28 Pages
g October 29th To
Nov. 6th, ISIS
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NEW MEXICO MAKES
GAIN IN POPULA TION
Washington, D. C, Oct 1. The thirteenth census gives the population of
New Meico as 327j396, as compared with 135,310 Jn 1900. and 153,563 in 1S90.
The increase from 1900 to 1910, therefore$is 132,0SG, or 67.6 percent, as com-,
pared with an1 increase for the 'preceding decade of 41,717, or 27.2 percent.
Following are county totals:
Bernalillo, 23,606; Chaves; 16,850; -Colfax, 16,460;' Curry, 11,443; Dona Ana,
12,893; Eddy, 12,400; Grant, 147813; Guadalupe, 10,927;.' Lincdln, 7322; Luna,
3913 McKinnay, 12",963; Mora, 12,611; Otero, 70S9; Quay, 14,912; Rio Ariba,
1G.719; Roosevelt, 12,064; 'San Juan, 8504; San Miguel, 22.930; Sandoval, 8578;
Santa Fe, 14,700; Sierra, 3536; Socorro, 14,761, Taos, 12,008; Torrance, 0.0,119;
"Union 11,404; Valencia, 13,320.
Eagle Pass, Tex., Oct. 1. A report has been received here of a mine accl
deat ia tke Les Esperaazas ia which 100 miners were killed, by an explosion.
No detail have yet bcea received of the accident.
DEMOCRAT SAYS HE
WAS (HYEN PROMISE
Shepherd Still Hopes That
Lorimer Will Keep His
Chicago, I1L. Oct. 1. Representative
Eenry A. Shepherd, of Jerseyville, 111.,
a Democrat, testified 'before the Lori
mer investigating committee that he
was induced to vote for senator Lori
mer on apromise of Mr. Lorimer xljat
he would do all In his power to pro
vent the appointment of two Jcrsey
ville men-to the postmastership of "that
town. Shepherd said that , he still
hoped the promise wo'uld be" per
formed. ! r -
Six witnesses were heard by the
committee, of whom,"four were mem
bers of the legislature- -that -elected
senator. Lorimer. George W. Myers, the
only legislator of the four who did not
vote for Lorimer, testified lie had re
fused to vote for Lorimer after being
IriTormed by Democratic leader Browne
that there -were good state jobs and
"plenty of ready necessary" in pros
' pect if he voted that way.
SAYS 3IEN ASSAULTED SO
Shreveport, La., Oct-, 1,. Superintend
ent Hearn, o the Ylcksburg, Shreve
port and Pacific-division of the Queen
& Crescent railroad, today filed an' af
fidavit charging striking railway
clerks with cowardly 'attacking" his
son. John, and Carltonrfs Backsdale, a
traveling a traveUrig passenger agent,
who were filling the places of two ol
the clerks. This is the first suit to
develop in the strike.
CLOSE UP 700 MILLS
Manchester, England, Oct. 1. Tae Federation of Master Cotton Spinners
ioday declared a lockout of 130,000 operatives, and at noon closed the doors
ef 79 xbII-
67 PER CENT
WILL ASS FOE BAIL
Mrs. Straight, Charged With
Killing Husband Invokes
"Waco, Tex., Oct. 1. Application for
habeas corpus in the case of Mrs. Min
nie Streight, charged -with murdering
her husband, T. E. Streight, publisher
of- the McGregor Mirror, who was rear
rested and jailed yesterday on an in
dictment, is now being prepared and
will be presented today. Mrs. Streight
was out on a $10,000 bond. Mrs. Patsy
Neff, charged with being an accomplice,
will also seek' bail.
SAY CHINAMAN IS XOT
.ELSIE SIEGERS MURDERER
' Laredo, Tex., Oct. l. The story sent
from here last night that a Chinaman
held here Is suspected of being Leon
Ling," murderer of Elsie Siegel, in New
York, was unfounded, and the China
man in- no way Tesembles Ling, 'is the
statement of immigration officers here
N03IINEE FOR' GOVERNOR
LOSES SON IN FLAMES.
MInot, S. D.i Oct." 1. Elwin, the 3
yearold son of C. A. Johnson. Repub
lican3 .candidate for governor, .was
burned to death this afternoon at his
father's house here. He was playing
in a toy ho.use which was ignited from
VETERAN OF TWO' "WARS
DIES AT HENDERSON, TEX.
Henderson, Tex., -Oct. , 1. Jacob
Reinmiller, a pioneer, who had resided
here 50 years, died suddenlj- today at
the table,, from heart disease, aged 87.
He fought in the Franco-German and
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Disaster Occurs At 1 Oclock
Follows the Explosion. '
Property Loss Half a Million Dollars
Gen. Harrison 'Gray Otis Principal Owner of Paper, Was in El Paso Friday The
Oauseof the Explosion Not Definitely Determined, But -Management
of the Paper Attributes It to the Troubles It Has Had With ' -. ;
Labor Organizations Building and Plant Reported
Los Angeles, Calif., Oct. 1. The
building and plant of the Lod Angeles
Times, one of the best knewn news
papers in the southwest, of which "Gen.
Harrison Gray Otis is editor, and princi
pal owner, was completely destroyed
by an explosion and tire shortly after
1 o'clock this morning, resulting in the
death of upward of 20 of its employes
and the financial loss of nearly
The management lays the blame for
the explosion to labor unions, with
which the paper has long been en
gaged in bitter warfare.
It is charged that unidentified par-,
ties set off the charge of dynamite in
a blind alley which ran into the center
of the building, wrecking the interior
and setting it afire from roof to base
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" The force of the explosion was ter-
rific. It was heard for miles, and all
windows in the vicinity of the Times"
building, on First street and Broad
way, were shattered. Between 50 and
70" employes were in the structure at
the time, 'and juntil the list can be'
checked, it will be impossible to giv.e
jjo. accurate list of casualties.
TSeads of Paper Have Narrow Escapes.
The heaas of the paper, including
assistant general manager Harry
Chandler, had narrow escapes from
death. The building was equipped with
gas fittings and the force of the ex
plosion, tearing these pipes to pieces,
released gas, which ignited in every
part of the building.
No other cause but that of a dyna
mite explosion is advanced by wit
nesses, except in the case of the West
em Union telegraph operator, "William
Firman, who stated that he detected
an odor of gas throughout the building
early in the night and called atten
tion to it.
A few minutes after the explosion
the police arrested a man named Harry
Pluke, who was making his way
through the Broadway tunnel. Another
man named William Irwin was arrest
ed later, but the police are without
Wesley Reeves, secretary to manager
Chandler, is among the missing, and it
is believed he lost his life.
Chandler Makes Statement.
"You can say for me," said Mr.
Chandler, "there is no doubt that this
terrible outrage can be laid at the
door of the labor unions. They have
destrojed the building and killed a
number of our men, but they can't kill
the Times. There is no doubt but that
the explosion was caused by a charge
of dynamue placed apparently in a
little blind alley in the center of the
building. It is true the building was
equipped with gas, but no gas explos
ion could have caused it. For vear3 5
we have been receiving threatening
letters from people who said the paper
ought to be blown up." .
The Times was issued today from the
Herald plant and from an auxiliary
plant of the Times in another part of
the city. Manager Chandler said that
two years ago the Times had establish
ed aft auxiliary plant, equipping it
with a press and 12 linotype machines
with the expectation of the present
plant some day being destroyed.
Many Are Misnlnir.
The' dead and missing come princi
pally from the composing room, which
was directly above the spot where the
explosion took place. A number of
printers and linotypers are missing
and believed to be buried in the still
burning debris in the basement of the
.In the local room, all the editors and
reporters had gone home, except two
or three men. Assistant city editor
Harvey Elder was still on duty when
the explosion came. When the flames
shot up through all parts Aof the build
ing, Elder -was badly stunned, but at
tempted to escape. He ran to the win
dows opening on Broadway, but there
was no fire escape thep, and he was
hemmed in by the flames. He jumped.
P'iremen below held a net, but he
missed it and struck the pavement,
dying soon afterwards.
Night editor Taggart was at work
in the composing room. He leaped
through a window and made his way
across the roofs of adjoining buildings
safely. The entire force of telegraph
editors and operators -was at work, ex
cept telegraph editor R. N. Whitney.
Harry C. Crane; assistant editor, was
seen attempting to make his way out
of the building, but has not been found
among the survivors. Several men
wore seen to come to upper windows a
few moments after the fire brake out,
and were heard to cry for help. Nets
were stretched and many jumped to
Employes Are At,
Many' Are Caught In the
in the Fire
5 THE KNOWN DEAD.
Los Aageles, CaL, Oct. 1,
5 The known dead as a result of
the wrecking of the Los An
geles Times building early this
Haryey C. Elder, assistant
city editor, leaped from third
story- window,- died in the hos--
Charles E. Lovelace country
news editor, leaped from third 4
story window and died in the
J. .Wesley Reaves, secretary' f
to assistant general manager
& Chandler. It is believed his body 4
a ' is in the ruins. 4
" 1I- -L. Jaw-verr- telegraph oper-a -Hh
'41 ator, aged 34,, married, two chil-
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8 Harry L. $rane, assistant tele-
$ graph editor, aged 38, married,
f Injured and Missing.
5 Among the injured taken to
the hospital are:
4" S. W. Gray, bill foreman of
the composing room, severe
bruises; Randolph Rossi, linb
typer, jumped from second floor,
The following are included in
Jr C. Galligher, linotype oper
ator, married, five children;
W. G. Tunstall, linotype oper
ator, married; Fre.d Llewellyn,
linotype operator, married;
John Howard, printer, married,
one child; Grant Moore, machin
ist, mairried, three children; Ed- "S"
ward Wasson, printer, married; 4"
Elmer Frink, linotype operator,
married; Eugene Carres, lino-
type operator, married, one
child; Done E. Johnson, linotype
5 operator, married;, Ernest Jor-
& dan, linotype operator, married,
one child; Frank Underwood,
printer, married, one child; Carl 4
Sallada, linotype operator;
4 Charles Gulllveri compositor, 4"
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safety. Others were seen to fall hack
into the flames.
One Hundred and Fifteen in Building.
Foreman Grayblll, of the composing
room, estimated toda3' that there -were
115 men In the building. He believes
12 of his men -were killed and the fa
talities in other departments about the
same number. About 15 men were in
the stereotyping department, but. he
thinks all of these escaped. Eight
women in the proofreading room, on
the third floor, also escaped.
Says It Was Second Attempt.
Assistant manager chandler is au
thority for the statement that an at
tempt to blolv up the Times plant was
made before' the explosion which de
stroyed the main office. He said one
of his men reported shortly before 1
o'clock this morning that two men
were seen by a special officer placing
a ladder at the rear of the branch
building and were climbing onto the
roof. The officer says that, he fired at
them twice and the men fled. Chief
of Police Galloway said it seemed cer
tain that the Times building was
wrecked by dynamite.
Call Off Labor Parade.
Mayor Alexander, the city council,
the city attorney, the chief of riollce
and other municipal officials met with
the officials of various local unions
today and mutually agreed, to call oft
the union labor parade which was to
have been held Monday. The parade
was arranged as a protest against the
anti-pleketing ordinance. It was
agreed that the parade during the
present excitement would be unwise.
Persons who were first on the scene
state that there were three distinct ex
plosions. The first seemed to be tho
heaviest and occurred under the second
floor, which is used as a composing
The Wrecked Building.
The building occupied by he Times
was located on the southeast corner of
Broadway and First street, fronting
about 30 feet on First street and ex
tending 75 or 100 feet along Broadway.
The main building was- of rick, nrev
stories in v height and back( of this
jvas a brick annex, two stories and
basement. The editorial department
was on the third floor of the main build
ing. The business offices were on the
ground flo"br. The annex contained
presses, linotypes, big job printing
In the Mornin
Work Ire ,the
Death Or ,
plant and the Times school for training
linotype operators. The Times em
ployed non-union printers and main
tained a large battery of linotypes for
teaching and training operators in the
use of those machines.
Long Opposed Unions.
For 20 years the Times has been at
war with labor unions, starting with a
strike of the members of the typograph
ical union employed on the paper. Gen.
Otis is on his way back from Mexico
City and Is expected here today. Po
lice had fire lines stretched around the
scene soon after the fire broke out and
reserves were patroling the district
armed with riot clubs, but the half clad
crowd which silently watched the
flames from behind the fire lines- was
orderly" 'anSPuotf 'an arrest was made
from the crowd.
PRESIDENT LYNCH RESENTS
f CHARGE AGAINST UNIQNS
Indianapolis, Ind., Oct. 1. "The Los
Angeles Times for many years has been
a bitter, unrelenting and unreasoning
enemy of trades unionism, and it is
characteristic of the Times manage
ment that, without waiting to investi
gate it should charge the disaster to
the trades unions," said president
James M. Lynch, of the International
Typographical union, today.
"The typographical union resents
and refutes this charge," said Mr.
Lynch. "We have always fought fair.
The International Typographical union
Is not a law breaking, dynamiting In
stitution. Its record of more than 60
years' existence Is an honorable one.
No one regrets the Times catastrophe
more than I do. On the other hand, we
are determined to protect ourselves
against the opportunity embraced by
Gen. Otis and his subordinates to at
tempt to fasten the explosion on the
President! Lynch said he had wired
his Los Angeles representative to take
necessary measures to protect fthe In
ternational Typographical union and
the local union from the charge of com
plicity, "as the press reports convince
us the explosion was caused by faulty
gas mains and was due entirely to the
unsanitary condition of the Times
GOMPERS SAYS HE DOESN'T
THINK UNION MEN DID IT
St. Louis, Mo., "Oct. 1. Samuel Gom
pers, president of the American Federa
tion of Labor said today he did not be
lieve union labor members were in any
way responsible for the explosrti and
fire which destroyed the building of the
Los Angeles Times.
"The position of tne Times toward
union labor wag well known," said Mr.
Gompers, "but nothing has happened
recently to make the feeling of the
unlon men against the paper more acute.
I regret the loss of lives, and destruc
tion of property, but see no reason for
thinking that union members had any
thing to do with it"
FIND BOMB UNDER MAN'S
HOUSE, SAY THE POLICE
Los Angeles, Cal.,
Zeechandelaar, secretary of the Mer
chants' and Manufacturers' association
telephoned the police this morning he
had found a charge of dynamite under
his house. Police were sent to investi
gate and found a bomb.
GEN. OTIS, OWNER OF THE
TIMES, IN EL PASO FRIDAY
Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, managing
editor of the Los Angeles Times, was
in El Paso Friday on his way home
from Mexico City, where he attended
the centennial celebration as a delegate
from California. Gen. Otis left on tne
and was due to arrive in Los Angeles
Saturday afternoon at
', Two El Paso men, it Is said, were on
the Los Angeles Times at the time of
the explosion. Al D. Greene, formerly
news editor of the old El Paso Evening
News, and Eddie Kelley, a printer em
ployed, it is said, on the Times, was also
formerly employed in the El Paso print
Henry Aguirre, a pressman, "who has
been employed on El Paso papers was.
it is said, working in the pressroom of
the Los Angeles Times until two weeks
ago when he (returned to El Paso for a
visit and was to nave returned in timu
to resume work Friday but decided to
stay here and work on one of the local
Motor Parkway, L. I., Oct. 1. Harry F. Grant, driving aa Alco car wa
the Vanderbilt cup race today. Joseph Dawson, in a Marraoa car, vras secead,
and John Altken, in a National, vraa third. Grant's time -was four hours, 15
minutes, 58 and 30-100 seconds.
The list of dead and Injured for -which, the race Is responsible reads like a
."Two are dead. They are mechanician Charles Miller, aad FerdlaaH
D'Zubla, manager of the New York Aato- house, whose car struck: a telegraph
pole -while he and his party were on their way to the races.
The injured are: Driver Crevrolet, slight; driver Harold Ston, fatal; driver
William. Knlpper, serious; driver- Padula, fatal; mechanician John Barher,
serious"; mechanician Mason, serious, mechaaclan. C M. Klttrall, fatal; Thomas
Miller, spectator, probably fatal; five occupants of Mr. DZubia's car, slight)
Occupants of a touring car rua Into at the roadside whea Chevrolet's car left
the track, slight.
Grant's average time for the race was 65.4 kniles an hoar. - The 'best yrevl
.record was 64.3 miles aa" hour, made by Robertson In 180S. The race wa thlrll
ing in Its rapidly changing aspects, first one car gaining the lead, aly to lese
It in a few moments.
From a sporting point, the race will go dowa in the anaals of aatesae
blling as the most hotly contested long distance event ever held over even
country roads, but judged by the cost ia killed and maimed, the race is a
revolting spectacle and a severe arraignment Is made of the Bumxer la, which
it was conducted.
Of Lorimer Probe
,$SState representative Charles A
for th'e senatorial committee invest!- J
gating the bribery charges in connec- j
tion with the selection to uie uiulbu
States senate of William Lorimer, of
Illinois. The inquiry which is being
held in Chicago commenced proceed
ings recently. White says he voted for
Lorimer and that he received $1000.
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FOUR SUGAR WEIGHERS
PARDONED BY TAFT
.Washington, D. C, Oct. 1.
President Taft oday pardoned
Edward Boyle, John Coyle, Pat
rick Hennessey and Thos. Ks-
hoe, four sugar -weighers, -who
were serving sentences in con-
nection with sugar weighing l
frauds in New York.
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NEGRO PROWLER IS SHOT -
BY FARMER NEAR BRYAN
Bryan, Tex., Oct. 1. George Jack-
son, a negro, was shot and killed thre&
miles north xof here early this morn I
ing by J. N. Kramer, a prominent
farmer. Jackson was observed prowl
ing about the lawn near the window
of a room where Kramer's daughter,
Alice, was sleeping. Her father, secur
ing a revolver, fired twiqe, one bul
let penetrating the black's breast. Nt
arrest has been made.
REPUBLICAN REFUSES THE
Seattle, Wash., Oct. 1. Superior
judge Wm. A. Brimshaw", a Republican.
-nominated fpr supreme judge, by the
non-partisan judiciary league and the
Democratic state convention, has de
clined the nomination. The league and
Democratic state committees will meet
in conference to nominate another Re
publican for the place.
DALLAS MAN DENIED BAIL
ON MURDER CHARGE
Fort Worth. Tex., Oct 1. Will Cope
land, of Dallas, charged with the mur
der of Will Davis and with fatally
shooting Robert Adel, at a, rooming
! house here Friday morning, was given
a Preliminary neartng in justice Aia-
ben's court today and bound over to
the October grand jury. County attor
ney Roy opposed the granting of bail.
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HIGH FLIGHT RECORD
Mourmelen, France, Oct. 1. Wyuinalen, the aviator, today established a
new altitude record, rising to a height of 9,12feet. The best arevloar
mark of S.400 feet nan held by George Chair ez.
Met at Union Station by " Go
Easy" Baiyl When the
Train Comes at 6:55.
Likethe heroes- of old, the warrior,
-who won the battle at Pueblo f or ithe
lower Rio Grande and its settlers, -will
return Saturday evening at6:55 on the
Tegular Santa Fe train from Albuquer
que accompanied by the Municipal band.
Having no city wall around this par
ticular city it will not be possible for
the conquering heroes to enter through
a break in the wall as -was the custom
in the olden days. Instead the "Go Easy"
band, led by C. B. Stevens and a delega
tion of 1000 jubilant El pasoans will,
welcome the returning visitors who w
the fight for' the. homes of the valleys
of the Rio Grande at Pueblo this -week.
The reception delegation will meet at
he union station at 6:30 p. to. and will
prepare to receive the returning dele
, gates with all the honor that is duo
them for the gallant fight they made
at th National Irrigation congress for
the interests of El Paso and the Rio
Grande - valley.
SL PASOAN MAY BE
BBOUGHT BAGS HERE
Man "Who Boosted the Races
and Left Town Suddenly,
May Gomf or Trial.
Albert Widmaier, the former propri
ter of the Bristol Rathskeller, on San
Francisco, is under arrest in Los An
geles, according to attorney Sam, H.
London, of El Paso, who says he has
been tracing Widmaier since "he left
here last January, leavinga number of
debts behind. Widmaier was wanted
on the charge of retaining a sum of
money amounting to $1400 said to be
long to F. M. Boss, a race horse owner
at the Juarez track, attorney London
says. Extradition papers are now be
ing prepared by London for bringing
the restauranteur back to EI Paso.
Widmaier was located near San
Diego, where he owns a ranch, and
was arrested while in Los Angeles Frl-
; 1 aay nignt, attorney iionaoa says.
Widmaier is th
man who stated that
the races across the 'river "would be a
for the business men of the
WOMAN ATTEMPTS TO
KILL A CHICAGO JUDGE
Chicago, 111., Oct. 1. A wom
an, thought to be demented, at
tempted o assassinate judge
Frank Baker, of the appellate
court, on the street here to
day. The jurist escaped un
hurt. The womaf Mrs. Eliza
beth Burke, aged 45, and a
seamstress, used a knife -with a
The police could not learn her
motive for the attack. On the
way to the station she scream
ed and struggled frantically.
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TEXAS COTTON MEN AFFECTED
BY THE ENGLISH STRIKE
Galveston, Tex., Oct. 1. That the
j price of cotton will drop as a result
of the big strike and lockout among
ihft Manohestft-. Fnsrland. mills. Is nre-
j dieted here, and Texas shippers will Uq
j affected. " Cable auvices say 15O,00Q
men lost positions there today, -when
i .the lockout was declared by 700 mills.
TAMMANY SPECIAL TRAIN
FROM ROCHESTER WRECKED
Corning, N. Y. Oct 1. The Tammany
special train from Rochester to New
York was wrecked near Coopers, six
miles east of here at 1 oclock. Six car3
were turned over. Doctors and a wreck
ing train have been sent In spite of
the fact that the first report read no