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Tke horror of it!
A shudder ran throughout the length and breadth of the land yesterday, when
the afternoon papers »pread the tint new* of the frightful loss of life in the Iroquois
ujifi.i lUMM m Chicago.
A feeling of consternation developed >> bulletin after bulletin revealed the in
creasing horrors oi the catastrophe.
How could such a terrible thing take place Was not the building fireproof and
aa aafe a» human ingenuity could make it.
So the manager* of the opera house said.
. after the lire, even while burned and disfigured bodies were being carried
out by hundreds, they announced through ttie pntf. that the opera house ha* over
lorty exiU, and him been made ;i# safe aa it wait possible to make it. It had all of
Uiu l.u<»t appliances to guard against tire. t
But nearly six hundred persona* burned or HufFocated to death in thm riie
One excuse offered in that "the asbestos lire curtain failed to work, and would
not descend." Tlicretore the Hamea shot out over the audience.
It was the business of the owners of the opera house to put in a fireproof cur
tain that would work. They should have seen to it that this great safeguard was
in good working order before they opened up the new playhouse. If its mechanism
wa» wroug the architect of it should have been made to do his work all over again.
It failed to work.
Kfl one can get around that fact with any explanation.
ilut note another tiling. The press reports *tate that the lire escape ladders
had not yet been put into position, although the iron platforms for the escapes m
in place. _ ......
Scores of women and children, it is said, rushed to the lire escapes, only to
Had vacant spaces between the platforms. While they stood struggling on the
narrow platforms the frenzied mob inside pushed them outwards and they fell, on«
alter another, to horrible deaths. 1
Was nobody to blame, indeed! j
What right had the managers of the opera bouse to open it to the public before
every, fire escape on the building was in position and ready for use?
Wax it not the old story of greed? Did not the men controlling the playhouse
deliberately determine to take chances with human life, rather than lose the cash
proceeds of a few days or weeks, which would be lost in putting th« fire escape
ladders in position? I
Whoever was responsible for the absence of the fire escapes on the Iroquois
opera house should be held criminally responsible for every life lost through the
failure to place those ladders in position. i
\\ lioewi «m responsible for the construction of the defective fire curtain should
be held responsible lor bis share in the catastrophe. If the law cfcnnot reach him
dirtctly, public opinion should see to it that he gets no more opportunities to in
■tall bin in ■prwrtiug contrivances 1 into other theaters.
How many oilier iheaters in the country have tire-curtains that will not work in
MM of lue? Bow many have insufficient exits? How many are fire-traps?
Jt is safe to say that these questions are being asked today in every city
throughout the country. The people demand fresh scrutiny by the authorities of the
playhouses, and where any are found lacking, immediate remodeling of the same, re-
KardlesM of expense. ,
Winston Churchill, the eminent young English author, gives it out baldly that
lie will come to America to seek a rich wife.
That . frank.
It savcn time.
Ami prevents miMuiulerstamling.
Briefly tttatogiud, Churchill offers as •Jon'skler-ation the following: Age 30.
Oood health. An American niothcr. An eccentric but üble father. Collateral se
euritiw: Litomry ability and fame.
A pretty good bargain.
The young author offers a much better trade than most of the heiress hunters,
who have nothing to offer save a barren title.
Jle uill probably taring several .milieu* to the American market. And here is
hoping he will get what he wants—a pile of (told.
Seriously, however, is not this ftbout the verge? Of all othens one would least
•Zpeel to tind a sordid spirit in a literary worker. Such men are Biipposed to hare
ideal*. And here we have a most horrible index of a commercial age—the mercantile
theory of sacred marriage!
CARNEGIE'S 1000 TH LIBRARY
In offering a public library to Scarborough, England, Andrew Carnegie has prof
fered his thousandth library.
In the three years since bin gifts for this purpose In'gan he has planned for nearly
a library a day, omitting Sundays. In all he has given about $100,000,000.
In C.ermany there is a proposal to set up a monument at the spot where the
kaiser killed his thousandth stag. As monuments go, is not Carnegie's thousandth
library oiler at least equally worthy of commemoration?
The civilizing and elevating influence of these thousand libraries is not to be
measured. A mere suggestion of its mtaning lien in the fact that the purchase of a
single copy of a new book by each of these librarien would necessitate &11 edition
large enough to assure the volume* MM en from the publisher's standpoint.
If the brute element in man can erect ft monument to the slaying of the thou-
Mndih stag, cannot the higher elements in civilized man also make some appropriate
recognition of the proffer of the thousandths public library?
They call Tom Platt "it" in Now York.
They used to call him "IT."
A WOIU) FROM JOSH WISE.
It's mighty lucky fer
our peace o' mind th't w©
don't know how many
misfortunes we jest Im'**
—an' still luckier .we
don't know about th'
good things we jest miss.
"Do you believe in expensive funer
"Not as ■ rule, taough I must sa> that
in »ome cases an expensive funeral is bet
ter than none."
Russia* buying coal -but then so is
cvei > body else.
■Old Proudly has sent hi« youngest
daughter to Berlin to tinieh her eduatuoa
•So 1 hear."
"1 don't think it's worth the money "
"Oh, yes it is—to the neighbor*. You
ought to hear her sing."
"It never rains but that it pours." re
marked the bride-elect. "I've had three
showers this week, and there's another
HINTS ON GIVING.
We should avoid .-iving anybody the
mumps or the ehickenpoT if we can
Write your Strap Hangers* Jingles on
ONE S1I)K of the paper, and do not write
more thiui THRKK STAN/. VS. Have them
in thin office bafor* New Year's. Among
the ninny vhieh have been received are
HE GOES THE LIMIT
some few that will make the Traction
company people feel awfully bad.
I'd like to get a girl I know
Be&Mth a piece of mistletoe,
And late one night 1 told her 90;
At that, she limited high and law
To find a sprig. She couldn't, though.
We searched, until with heartfelt wo,
I saw 'twas time for me to go—
And now she says that 1 was slow!
LIGHT THAT FAILED,
Wlieiv has it gone to?
1 don't know;
Qttsss 'twas a ease of
Just plain "blow."
Hut, seems to me it's
Whate'sr becomas of
All my money!
IN FAMK'S HALL.
Mr. Krank Kriggs has made a world's
record catching rats. Hancock (la.) ller
"Oh, pshaw!" exclaimed Mis, Tootsy
thechorus Jadv. "those •dentist! who are
trying to find ■ way to make gold are
slow old things. It's no trick »» all and
my hair proves it."
Many ( man who brags about being
able to rare for himself does it and for
gets to care for anybody sbl
WASHINGTON TKI VK CO., J. C. Hew
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foods, safes ami pianos removed. Office
109 Tenth St. Office telephone, John 2341
Worn telephone. James 2341.
NERVE-RACKING JOB IS MOTORMAN S
"There is no worse occupation than
mint', said lie tired niotornian. "It is a
thousand Ume« more uerv« racking man
that ( ,i the engineer on a locomotive. My
car goes peUCMU tnrough the crowded dis
tricts ol the city. fast time must be made
unuer the iichedules, and 1 get more than
a dozen shocks an hour. x imagine the
track to be clear when suddenly from
■MM alley a child Will run across the
street rignt in front of me. .Mop the
car? 1 might as well try to stop a Hurri
"Do you know, the most surprising
thing to me is the manner in winch so
many men and women, especially men,
take their lives in their hands by rush
ing across the track m iront ot a car? X
never could imagine why a person lor the
sake (ji gaining a lew seconds' time should
try to reach the opposite side of the
street at the risk ot Me. Think M the
chances one is taking. Suppose one should
stumble on the track and tall a tew feet
ahead of a last-moving car! 1 get these
shocks every little while, and when 1
reach home 1 am so wrought up with, ex
citement 1 can scarcely eat or sleep.
"Folks imagine we make a number of
.' J. 4
acquaintances. lex, we know a whole lot
ol people, but they don't know us. The
conductor has a chance to make Iriends,
but we never do. Kvery morning on my
down-town trip 1 see the Bame men and
me girls waiting on the same cor-
MH< 1 know them so well by sight that
J leel like smiling and bowing to them,
but they never pay any attention to me.
They don't know me from Adam. Some
times i miss some familiar face for a few
■ lays and 1 imagine all kinds of things.
Perhaps the little girl is sick. .Maybe shea
gone and got married, and then again it
.> The Home
•By cyjvTMA. cRBy
The Japanese have very little furniture
in their houses, and much of that little,
like cushions, finger warmers and tobacco
stoves, is only brought in when required.
The only furniture which remains perman
ently in a room is a screen or two, a
table a foot or two high—not for sitting
at, but to support some valuable vase and
at New Year time the three-tiered sacred
rice flour cakes known as mochi. The
beds are rolled up when not in use, and
though the owner may have many hand
some vases, he does not, like an American
housewife, try to display them all at once.
One or two are brought out at a time,
MENU FOR SUNDAY DINNER.
Bnrwn Soup With barley.
Broiled Sirloin Steak.
Cubes of Lemon Jelly. Steamed Squash.
Filling for Chocolate Pie.—Heat 1 pint
milk in double boiler. Mix 2 even table
■poonfuls corn starch with Vi cup sugar
and add slowly to hot milk, stirring until
mixture thickens, then add yolks of 2
eggs, beaten with 2 tablespoons of cold
milk and 2 ounces of chocolate (melted):
cook 2 minutes, remove from fire and add
1 teaspoon vanilla, lour into baked pastry
shell and cover top with a meringue. Chill
Lamps form an imposisnt household
feature during the winter months. Ordin
ary glasw lamps should be cleaned out
ones, a week and put to soak in hot water
and washing powder, ammonia or soda.
(ilass chimneys should be polished with
a soft doth, chamois or paper—not fre
quently washed, as this will render them
likely to break when next brought into
contact with the flame of the lighted
New chimneys of lamps before usage
should be placed over the tire in a vessel
of salted cold water, which should be
allowed to boil gently and then to cool
thoroughly. This process renders them
proof against breakage in the extremes of
col,| and heat to which they become sub
jected. Lampwicks must be trimmed regu
larly to prevent smoking; old wicks which
develop an obstinate tendency in this
direction may be soaked for a few minutes
in vinegar and then thoroughly dried.
Pop out the corn nicely—a peck in bulk
— boil up a pound of sugar until when a
spoonful of the boiling syrup is raised a
foot i'rom the pan and allowed to run
back it will spin a tine thread in the air,
then remove from the fire and flavor and
color to suit; stir the corn in carefully,
or the syrup will grain or turn to sugar.
Pour the syrup in a hue stream over the
warm corn and stir it well through so
MELBA PAID CASH FOR
GRAND OPERA SEATS
NEW YORK. Dec. 31.-Mmp. Xellie
Mdba, moat remarkable of all singers,
was the heroine of an incident at the
opera hoOM which created no end of gos
mj> in the foyers before the performance
ot "La Hoheme" was ended.
Just before the curtain roM a Miriam
drove up to the portico of the Metropoli
tan and Mme. Melba stepped out. With
her were two women and a man. They
took their places in the line of seat pur
chasers at the box office window. When
We wish all our friends and patrons
a Happy New Year. Jolls. 944 Pacific
THE TACOMA TIMES
IN JAPANESE HOMES.
SUITS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE.
CARE OF LAMPS.
may only be a vacation. Hundreds of
times 1 feel like asking after them after
they are back at their old posts where
liny had been, but they don't know me."
The Norwegian Dramatic club of Seattle
uill prwent "Till Saetera" in Oermania
hall January 3. Music will be furnished
by Jensen's orchestra.
The Seattle club has been invited to
I a<.,ma as the guests of the Norwegian
Dramatic club of this city, under whose
uupices the affair is to be given. After
ihe play a social dance will be held.
Great preparations are being made by
the Tacoma club for the entertainment of
their friends from Seattlet.
The Y. M. C. A. Basketball team de
feated the Dallas college, Oregon, team last
night at the association gymnasium. The
score was 22 to 17.
The I>allas college team left home De
cember 24, and played the Portland Y. M.
C. A., the MnUnomah Athletic club and
the Ontralia team*. The game last night
was their first defeat. Tonight the People's
university of Olympia will play with the
Tacoma Y. M. C. A.
♦he rest being kept in a fireproof deposi
tory made of cement.
The Japanese house is as simale as its
furnishings. It is all on one floor and
is ho light and perishable in its material
and construction that even when secured
(or the night it would in many cases
scarcely bear the weight of a drunken man
leaning against it. The windows are of
paper stretched across a wooden trellis
work, and paper screens sliding in grooves
servo as partitions. The better class of
houses are a little more substantial and
have glass in the windows, but in a land
of earthquakes a house that can fall about
the ears of the occupants without doing
them any serious injury is perhaps the
This little girl's
indoor dress can be
made of any of the
light, soft velvets.
The modified Rus
sian blouse is cut
straight from the
shoulders; the full
ness is held in by
the belt of em
matching the yoke
and skirt hem. The
boy's blouse of
black velvet is
made with a de
tachable collar and
belt of white silk
with inlet design
as to make the whole mass very sticky;
then dip both hands in water and form
into a round ball.
Two huge keys, badly rusted and cor
roded, were dragged up recently by two
Fishermen dragging their nets in the river
Arno. the keys were identified as the
keys of the dungeons of the "Tower of
Hunger," in which Count L'golino and his
sons, Uaddo and Lgoecione, were starved
to death more than boo '-ears ago.
Count Urgolilio of Pisa, head of the
Ghetaxdeschi, after many black and doubt
ful deeds, killed a nephew of the arch
bishop. After 20 days imprisonment the
archbishop ordered the doors of the prison
locked and the keys thrown into the river
Arno. i'lie great keys, so strangely reap
pearing, revive the terrible tragedy.
LJrgolino's name has been made immor
tal by Dante, who in his "Inferno" has
placed him on the inner margin of the
second division of the ninth and the lowest
circle of Inferno.
TO CLEAN FURS.
lura dark in color may be cleaned first
by brushing them well with a switch, after
hanging over a line, then by rubbing well
heated cedar or mahogany sawdust into
the fur and brushing out again. The best
way to remove the sawdust after the clean
ing is to put the fur side down on feather
pillows and beat until all dust is removed.
White furs may be cleaned with hot
white corn meal applied as the sawdust.
Both the dark and white furs should be
hung outdoors in a shady place after clean
ing. ! ■ ' \i\ ; S! at
Magnesia may also be used for cleaning
light-colored or white furs. It should be
applied by rubbing the cake upon the fur.
The more difficult dirt, such as axle
grease, paint and even pitch may be re
moved by means of spirits of turpentine
or oil of turpentine. This is rubbed in well
and the fur afterwards cleaned with ether.
Naphtha is recommended as a satisfac
tory cleanser of light fur. The naphtha
is poured over the fur and the boa fluffed
and patted until the soil is worked out.
The naphtha is then pressed out by draw
ing the hand firmly over it, and the boa
shaken and hung in the air to dry.
their turn came they purchased four bal
cony seats for $10.
Director Heinrich Conned saw the party
enter the opera house. Removing his hat
he stepped up to the prima donna, bowed
low and said:
•'1 am delighted to see you. Mme. Melba.
i Will you not permit me to place a box at
"No. thank you," she replied. "We are
very well satisfied where we are."
Then she picked up a program and
mounted the stairs. Up she went, three
full flights, and an usher on the balcony
floor escorted her and her party to seat*
in the very last row.
—Ladies' handbag, with purse and
small amount of money. Call at the
Northwestern Detective Agency, Room
420 California Bldg. •*»
CARLISLE INDIAN GRIDIRON HERD
WEDS BEAUTIFUL ILLINOIS GIRL
ARCOLA, 111.. Dec. 31.—Francis M. Ca
you, the once famous halfback of the Car
lisle Indian team, who some years ago
made himself famous by making a 95-yard
run for a touchdown while playing with
hii school against the University of llli
riciis team, has just made another touch
down, and this time instead of carrying a
football he carried away Miss Anna Sny
COUNCIL APPROVES MARKET SCHEME
The city council met last night in regu
lar session at the city hall. The propo
sition submitted by the Tacoma commis
sion men, who agree to build a market
and commission house 240 feet long and
92 feet wide and pay an annual rental of
$500 in advance, if the city will furnish
railroad spurs, slips and site, was ap
proved. The property when completed
will belong to the city.
Resolutions were read and approved au
thorizing the investment of $13,884.31,
which is the surplus in the interest fund,
and the investment of $2,547.95 which has
accumulated in the surplus fund.
The resolution providing for the re
planking of East Twenty-fifth street from
the bridge near B street to the city limits
at L street, and also East H and G streets,
Councilman Conrad introduced an ordi
nance requiring all drivers of vehicles to
pass on the right side of the street when
driving on St. Helens avenue, and fixing
a penalty of $25 for violations.
An ordinance was introduced by Coun
cilman Olson providing for a water main
on Yakima avenue from Sixth avenue to
Division avenue, and a main on Sixth
avenue, and appropriating $2,340 for the
Councilman Donahue introduced an or
dinance authorizing the city to pay B. F.
Heuston $650 for four lots that are needed
for the Puyallup bridge wortc.
Ordinances were passed as follows: Pro
viding for sewers in alleys between .1 and
K. and X and L streets from South Thir
ty-fifth to South Thirty-ninth; in alleys
between L and M from South Thirty-fifth
to South Thirty-ninth street, and Forty
first street from L to J street; vacating a
portion of block between blocks 926-1026,
Throng Our Store
From 10 o'clock in the morning until 9 o'clock at night, for the past two days,
Now, people, LISTEN! This is a business proposition with you and us. We
have got to move; and right soon. We can move money cheaper than we can
move bulky merchandise. Here is a chance where you can satisfy your wants
with a small sum of money. Anything you want at your own price. We
have a good, clean stock of Dry Goods, Notions, Ladies' and Men's Furnish
ings. Nothing reserved. Everything will be put up at auction until we are
ready to close our door to move. This is a bona fide saJe. Come and see.
Nothing but new and staple goods.
Our new locations, apposite Carnegie Library. Tacoma Avenue.
Hunter & Johnson 2317-2319 Pacific Aye.
W. W. Wingard, Manager, Phone Red 245. C. E. King Phone Black 1821
western Detea lye
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Honest, Reliable, Competent and Careful
Office, 426-427 California Building. Tacoma, Washington
Reference, Furnished. All Business Strictly Confidential.
Estates Looked Up. Evidence Traced in Civil and Criminal Case..
Office Phone, Black 1625. Lock Box 967.
der, the beautiful 18-year-old daughter of
M. L. Snyder, a leading citizen of thia
place. Cayou is half French and half In
dian, and while a resident of this place
always moved in the best society, being a
college graduate and a splendid type of
citizen. The objection the bride's parenta
had to the marriage was for no other rea
son than that their daughter was too
Struve's addition, on South M street; va
cating all streets and alleys in Runge's
addition except the boundary streets of
South Fiftieth and Fifty-second streets,
Pacific avenue and D street.
"The Pearl of Pekin" was presented at
the Tacoma theater last night by the
Olympia opera company. With that opera
the company closed ita engagement here.
The Stanford Glee club will play and
sing at the i'ueoma theater tonight.
"Sandy Bottom" opens a three nights'
engagement at the Lyceum tonight.
A first-class vaudeville show is the at
traction at the Edison theater this week.
There are several exceptionally good
Prof. Knox, founder of the Mental Sci
ence College of Seattle, Wash., and the
most noted public lecturer today in the
world in the New Thought movement of
the age. will deliver a series of five lec
tures. Ist lecture, "How to Overcome Pov
erty," Sunday, Jan. 3, 1904, at 8 p. m. in
Parker Hall. 1117% Tacoma Aye. Come
early and get sets. The professor will be
at Hotel Samson Saturday. •••