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25 CTS. A MOJ^TH
VOL. 1. No. 11
EMPLOYES OF IRQQUQIS
OPERA HOUSE ARRESTED
CHICAGO, Jan. I.—Detectives are
scouring the city today in search of men
who are believed to have had a share in
the responsibility for the Iroquois fire. All
those who are connected with the manage
men are under surveillance. They repel
all assertions that carelessness could have
caused the horror and claim the best
known methods were used.
The jfoliee, coroner and building com
missioners are this morning prosecuting
an investigation for the purpose of hxing
tlie blame. The police are sweating wit
netwes locked up last night.
From the atage hands they have secured
evidence that is calculated to incriminate
men higher up in the executive staff.
The police are Becking to fasten the
responsibility upon whoever caused the
doorg of the children's galleries to be
locked after 900 little ones were ushered
into what proved to be a prison for cre
Not one of the principal exits waa
opened and two others were locked.
No one is permitted to interview the
witnesses who are being held.
CHICAGO, Jan. I.—Chief of Police
O'Neil last night ordered the arrest of 12
employes of the Iroquois theater.
AH are held at the city jail on charges
of being accessories to manslaughter, pend
ing the return of the coroner's verdict.
Those arrested were William Carlton,
stage manager; Edward Cummings, stage
carpenter; Frank Andrews, R. S. Cum
mings K. E. Engle, Thomas Queen and
S. .1. Masoni.
Four of the people who were arrested
last night had been requested, by people
connected with the theater to leave the
city to avoid trouble. The information wag
received by the police that the request
to leave the city had been made by Assist
ant Stage Manager Plunket. All of those
arrested had packed their trunks and were
BURNED TO DEATH
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. I.—The Park
riding school here burned to the ground
today.' James Burns, a porter, and four
horses were burned to a crisp.
BIG DEAL IN
Charles B. Smith of Seattle yesterday
purchased the Ouimette block i»t the
northwest corner of Pacific avenue and
South Eleventh street, of Samuel Wil
keson of this city, for $105,000. The trans
WEDDING PARTY ROTTEN EGGED
Armed with large quantities of over-ripe
hen fruit, a dozen small boys attempted
to break up a wedding at 2523 South G
street la«t night. The occasion of the
odoriferous demonstration was the mar
riage of \V. V. 11. Crooker and Miss Net
tie Mac Stiles. i
The police were called in last night and
Thomas and William Daly, Fred Iffert,
Will Christian and Michael Kenny were
arrested by Patrolman Westover. All
were turned over to their fathers, but
will have to appear in court Monday morn
ing for trial.
The boys in the neighborhood of the I
Stiles house on South U street fade a
mistake in the date of the wedding and
a lively serenade was given the bride Wed
nesday night. Then the boys were armed
with beils, tin cans and tin roofing. They
discovered their mistake and last night
came prepared to have the time of their
They had collected all the rotten eggs
The Tacoma Times.
prepared to leave the city when arrested
by the police.
I'lunket wan arreetad later in the evening
and charged with manslaughter. The mem
bers of tlie Moonlight (horns of "Mr.
Bluebeard," which was about to go on the
Ktuijt' when the fire started, were last
night interviewed by the police, but they
were not locked in jail.
For the first time in the history of
Chicago no bells nor whistles announced
.the incoming of the new year. Chicago
mourned the Joss of 600 men, women and
children und thpre was no time for re
joicing. It "rs now almost certain that
the number of dead will not exceed 600.
Many who were reported missing and were
believed to be dead have turned up at
home all right.
Several sensational discoveries have been
made since the fire that will make the in
vestigation one that will be long remem
bered here. It has developed that there
were no fire alarm boxes in the theater
and the alarm of fire had to be turned
in from a box half a block down the street
from the burning building. The law pro
vides that boxes shall be in the theater,
but the city electrician says that no ap
plication was ever made for one. The law
also provides that there shall be a ven
tilating shaft at the rear of the stage
to conduct away flames from the main
part of the theater. There was no such
shaft in the Iroquois.
Mayor Harrison has issued an order that
all theaters shall employ; firemen in their
houses and shall pay their wages. If this
order is not lived up to,the theaters will
be closed by the police. Two firemen will
be assigned by the city department to at
tend each . theater, and their salaries will
have to be paid by the theater company.
On every train arriving in Chicago anx
ious relatives and friends of those whb
were in the theater are pouring «n and are
today searching the city for traces if
their loved ones.
Coroner Trager last night concluded an
informal inquiry into the cause of the fire.
action was made by Hellar, Lyon & Co.,
and is one of the largest transactions of
the year. Mr. Smith purchased the build
ing solely for an investment. It is now
occupied by the McDonald Cigar store, L.
H. Fisher, shoe dealer, and Frank C. Hart,
jeweler. The building will yield a good
Tent as the stores on the first floor are
occupied and the second and third floors
Mr. Smith m the principal member of
the C. B. Smith Roofing company of Se
attle and is considered a shrewd busineßß
CHINA MAY HELP
LONDON, oan. 1. —The news was cur
rent again today that China is making
preparation)* to join Japan in the event
of war with Russia.
they could find, and with them proceeded
to the Stiles house. The second pilgrim
age was made last night.
The noise started while the minister
Wto tying the nuptial knot. Until this
important bit of splicing was completed
no attempt wu made to hush up the boys.
Finally several young men went out
on the front porch, but they retreated
on the double quick. Their appearance
was the signal for a shower of the yen- i
erable eggs, which were thrown with true i
small boy aim. Few missed their marks
and those few went inside of the house
through the open door.
A telephone message was sent to the po
lice and the arrests made. Today the house
■till bears the marks of the onslaught of j
tlie small boys.
On a warrant charging him with throw
ing eggs at the members of the wedding
party Chief of Police Fuckler this after ;
noon arrested James Myham. The young
man is 19 years of age and a high school
TACOMA, WASH., FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY, 1 1904
It was agreed that the failure of the as
bestos curtain to go down and the fact
that a stage door 1 was opened and caused
a draft was responsible for the terrible re
siills of the (ire. Had the apparatus
worked the death list would have l>een
very small, if any one had been killed at
all. The stage employes were severely
censured in the informal inquiry.
During the inspection by the coroner's '
jury of the building yesterday the jurorii
remarked several times about the inade
quate fire protection and the fact that
doors leading to fire exits were locked
at the time of the fire. If they are found
to liavp been locked the jury will return
a verdict finding someone criminally neg
CHICAGO, Jan. I.—According to the of
ficial count this morning the number of
dead is 580, missing 270, and injured 285.
The greater, portion of the missing are
doubtless among the unidentified dead, of
which there are 183. The coroner will not
be prepared to begin the actual taking of
evidence until next week, although the
work of investigation is going on now. i
BOSTON, Jan. The Elevated Rail
road company dJHtributed $80,000 in gold
among 4,000 employes as a New Year's
gift for faithful services during the past
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ANNIE RODNEY 1
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Annie Rooney, who wan recently re-
PORT SAID, Jun. I.—The Russian
transport Kazan, with 2.IXK) troops aboard*
paused througli the Suez canal today,
bound for Port Arthur.
SALT LAKE, Utah, Jan. l.—As a re
sult of a long spree T. R. Griffiths, a
portrait painter, committed suicide in the
leased from the insane asylum, where she
hail been committed to recover from the
effects ii) alcoholism, hiis fallen from grace
•gain. Early yeetefday morning the police
oi Seattle found the iramaii In obm at tun
old liaunts, and in her usual condition
drunk. She was given her old place in
the wonun'l department of the police nla
tion, and took it ai naturally as if it wan
what (-lie expected. Thf food reKolutions
Bhe made in Tacotna Wednewlay did not
hold in Seattle.
ROME, Jan. I.—The Japanese mmm- ,
ter went to Uenoa this morning to -Mpeet
the two Argentine onuMra porchaeed by
the Japaneai goremineßt. Tlk' k»»« we
not yet mounted, but the Buips could be
made ready for active eerrice in a abort j
city jail this morning by cramming a hand
kerchief down his throat.
ALBANY. N. V., Jan. I.— The livery
drivers struck here thin morning, follow
ing the example of their otmwd— in Chi
At the watch meeting at the Norwegian-
Danish Baptist church lust night a mort
gage was burned that has beet) a burden
in member* of the church for the past
ten years. The debt wan originally |5,600.
During the past year the last #500 wag
raised. There • was K«"<"at rejoicing when
the document disappeared in SmJH.
Thug* held up W. S. Hurren at Sum
in r WiiliK-hnlay night and took hi* watch
and chain. The men are kUppowd to be
loriK to a gang °f hoboes who have been
hanging around that vicinity wrvertil day».
'J'lic police of neighboring citU» liave been
IS IT HALLOWEEN?
John L. 1/imaii reported to the polioa
tlii* Hsoniing that wjine boyii (firdied a
pophu trw on the parking in front of his
DOBM at WM Soutli X Htreet laht night.
i In- poUce department report* that bojra
alwj broke all the windown of the Law
11mi- etora building in Old Town lant
■ A runaway water tank car smashed into
the caboose at the rear end of a logging .
train ; at. Milton early i this morning. Kob- ■
ert'Stickner, the conductor of the logging
train, «U seriously injured and he ii now
at the Fannie Paddock* hospital in -this;
city. :- ■'- ./'*,.'■>'•'-*:):"■;-','' '■'■■ -■ • ;-\-; IS.!
The logging train ■ wag' standing on the
track; at: Milton, live miles from Tacoma,
when the water tank ear, which had been
pulled up a', hill , for workmen,-: started on
the downward grade,* having! broken away ■
from | the | motor ; which ; wa»'; hauling; it.
Before , the 30 men in , the . logging j train ',
caboose realized their ■; danger they were
piled in heaps by the auddc collision'
with the runaway.' But one man,'the con-,
ductor,' was hurt. His back was sprained :
and he was', badly' .shaken; up. '*/;,■ .
; The Interurbun ; line ■ was. blocked 1 for a;
iihort^ lime. >-;,;■_ ' --■"'^f ::^:::
With the exception of the receipt of four
Chinamen from Idaho, who are to be de
ported to tin- Orient, nothing occurreu at
the county jail to mark the dawn of the
new year. This morning the priaonen
were iwemingly happy.
Bmokaletn, the Indian murderrer, gecma
to have lont all of hm defpondaaejr and
deaira to end hm earthly exi.stence. A
watch U kept over him, however, for fear
be will try to kill himself.
CHICAGO, Jan. I.—Engineers in office
building! here. continued\ t<i leave, their
posts this morning, 1 greasy enlarging the
strike against; the I tin hi nig MiinaKci'H' hh
sociation for an , increase jof; wages., •■ Fif
teen big buildings are.without heat; light
or power today. The full force of \ the
strike will not bo felt until tomorrow,
when 123 akyKTaperi will lie affected I un
less a truce is declared. 1, '.'-v ' • ; ;
PORTLAND. .lan. L-Fora crime com
mitted in Scuttle, about : two yean, ago,
HMOIII Kiilin and; a companion, both na
tives of Afghanistan, were arrested in this
city ■ last. night.',, The, crime "-with > which
they are charged ii the shooting of Amer
Ah Aden Kail, (a native of Punjab. The
murder occurred in a ; lonely: spot on - the
shore of Luke Washington.-The body was
thrown into the lake, ■' ;
Three weeks later the body , won; re
covered and wa» recognized ua; that of
Ki-lil, or Merchi,, as ,he ' was sometimes
called. The supposition that, he mi mur
dered gained'credence became of the fact
that. he brutally.: abused his - associates.
Amog • these were the two Afghan, •, and
they had threatened to kill him. The two
men were seen in the vicinity on the night
the murder was . committed. They were
arrested and later released because of lack
of evidence. ■, Binco that • time other evi
dence has been . discovered and, the men
may be brought to trial.
In a Pacific avenue restaurant last night
Thomag McOomb and William Bellman,
two steamboat men, had a mix-up an mci-;
dentally smashed tome of the dishes. They;
were put, out of the place and continued
their ' argument' on:: the ' street. • Finally
City Detectives Klli* and Fitzgerald took
them "to the police station. Each: fur
nitihed $10' bail and wa» released.
NEW YORK, Jan. 1.-At noon the for
mal ceremonies took place transferring the I
city government from Retiring Mayor Low;
to Mayor-elect ftfaCUflan. Hie new mayor'
then tield a public reception;;