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WARSHIP BLOWN UP
THE BLNMKGTON LIES BEtCBED
AT SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA.
Forty-nine of Her Crew Were Killed
and Several Bodies Still Missing—
Small Leak Discovered in Boiler
Was Being Repaired—Pres. Roose
velt Shocked—Wants Details.
San Diego, Cal., July 22. —Broken
and blackened, with her flag flying at
half mast, her hold filled with 15 feet
of water, the steamship Bennington
lies beached on the shores of San Die
go harbor. Forty-nine of her crew lie
dead at city morgues, the fate of 17
more is as yet undetermined and three
score are stretched upon beds of pain
in various hospitals. This is the re
sult of the explosion which wrecked
the trim little naval craft and wrought
such terrible havoc among her crew.
The placid waters of San Diego bay
have never before been the scene of
such a disaster and San Diego city has
never before been stirred by such a
scene of death and suffering as those
The dead bodies lie ranged with
grewsome precision at the different
morgues. The stark forms are out
lined in immaculate winding sheets,
the terrible results of scalding steam
upon the faces plainly showing, al
though hidden beneath the f(jjds. The
face of every victim is scarred and
scalded, in many cases almost beyond
On board the Bennington the un
harmed members of the crew worked
under great difficulties to reach the
boiler room and coal bunkers, where
it is believed a dozen bodies are lying
wedged in the wreckage or submerged
in the water which fills that part of
The appalling list of victims of the
explosion grew throughout the night,
almost every hour adding to the long
rows of dead in the overcrowded mor
gues. Forty-nine known dead is the
latest summary compiled. This in
cludes 42 bodies at the various mor
gues and seven bodies which are still
floating about in the flooded boiler
room and which can not yet be reach
The details of the explosion on the
Bennington, as ascertained by Com
mander Young, were received at the
navy department in a long telegram
from the commander. It appears from
the telegram that a small leak had
been discovered in boiler 8 and the
boilermaker was on his way to repair
it and was passing through the engine
room when the explosion occurred.
President Roosevelt was greatly
shocked at the news of the disaster.
Beyond expressing his profound re
gret, he chose, however, to reserve ex
pression on the matter until he receiv
ed complete details.
HER PENSION CEASES.
Mrs. Hyde's $25,000 a Year From the
Equitable Cut Off.
New York.—The $25,000 a year pen
sion money which Mrs. Henry B.
Hyde, mother of James Hazen Hyde
and widow of the founder of the Equit
able Life Assurance society, has re
ceived from the society since the
death of her husband, has been cut
off by Paul Morton, new chairman of
the board of directors.
The stopping of this pension was
part of Morton's general scheme of
retrenchment and he carried it out in
spite of the greatest pressure. Every
effort was made to get Morton to leave
this gratuity on the books, but he re
fused, saying the time for sentiment
had passed, and wiped off the account.
There are still a few shares of
Equitable stock held by Mrs. Hyde
and this and James Hyde's position on
the board of directors are all that is
left of the Hyde influence in the so
ciety. It is practically nil. Mrs. Hyde
will not be seriously inconvenienced
by this action of Morton. She is a
very wealthy woman anyway and her
son's fortune, aside from $2,500,000 he
got from T. F. Ryan for the stock con
trol of the society, is considerable.
Daily Paper in Chinatown.
It is announced that Chinatown of
San Francisco is to have an eight to
10 page morning daily paper, printed
in the Chinese language. It will be
the only such morning paper publish
ed outside of China. It is said the
paper will be published along Ameri
can lines and will be illustrated. The
paper is to represent a new political
party formed in China and this coun
Nat Goodwin Buys Hotel.
Nat Goodwin, the actor, has invest
ed in a San Francisco apartment
house. He has purchased the family
Hotel Lafayette for $135,000 from A.
W. Wilson. The place is on Sacra
mento street near Octavia. It !s one
of the finest apartment houses in the
city and the monthly lHcome from the
property amounts to $1200. -
SNAKES SPREAD OVER TOWN.
Basin, Wyo., terrorized By Rattlers—
Set Fres by Traveling Doctor.
Rattlesnakes at large in the streets
of Basin, Wyo., released by a travel
ing doctor, are terroizing inhabitants
Of the town, who have been living in
fear of their lives. A few days ago
Dr. Arnold, an elleged eye doctor from
Montana, came to town selling eye
medicine. To attract attention to his
wares the doctor brought with him a
collection of freaks, among them be
ing a snake charmer with several
boxes of rattlesnakes. Because of hav
ing no state license the doctor was
arrested, fined $60 and sent to jail for
Upon being liberated he found that
his freaks had all disappeared, the
snake charmer leaving behind his col
lection of full grown snakes. About
dark the doctor went into a corner of
the town and opened the doors of the
snake cages, permitting 2« big rat
tlers to escape. Arnold then got out
of town on horseback. An alarm was
soon spread and a night of terror was
spent by citizens, who were afraid to
leave their residences. Yesterday was
spent in killing snakes and today still
others were killed.
Chicago, July 25.—A break of 5 5 a c
in the juice of wheat for July delivery
occurred here Monday. At the same
time the September option sold off 33 8
at $%Q. Denial of sensational reports
of black dust damage to spring sown
crop caused the heavy profit taking
that resulted in the sharp declines.
The market closed weak, with Septem
ber down 3 at 3 L 8 c as compared with
fiual quotations Saturday. July wheat
shows a loss of precisely 40.
The primary cause of the sharp reac
tion was optimistic advices concerning
the condition of the wheat crop through
out the Dakotas and Minnesota. In
addition the weather in the northwest
was favorable to progress of the grow
ing crop and unfavorable for the spread
of black dust.
Another reason for the slum)) in
prices here was the demoralized condi
tion of the wheat market at Minnea
polis,the September option there show
ing at one time a loss of about sc.
Fresh reports of rust were received
but they lacked defimteness. Bears
were given additional encouragement
by oontinued liberal movement of new
wheat in the southwest. After the
first rush to sell was over the market
held comparatively steady, the price
for September during the remainder of
the session being confined within a lc
MAY RENEW CHICAGO STRIKE
Business Houses Take Stringent Ac-
tion Toward Strikers.
Chicago, July 24.—At a mass meet
ing of employers held this afternoon,
at which representatives of over 200
business houses were present, it was
decided that no more of the teamsters
who have been on strike wuold be re
instated until all the unions have call
ed off the strike.
The aotion taken by the employers'
association may result in giving a new
lease of life to the teamsters' strike.
As soon as the stand taken by the
employers had beeu made known to the
unions a meeting of the teamster' joint
oouncil was called for Tuesday night
to consider ways and means of renew
ing the fight should such a course be
The teamsters are in a belligerent
mood, and threats are freely made chat
unless the employers recede fruin their
position there will be a general strike
of all the union teamsters in Chicago.
This would mean ths calling out of
85,000 men, whereas but 5000 were in
volved in the strike which was recent
ly declared at an end by the teamsters'
Lansdowne Waltz the Favorite.
The professional teachers of danc
ing, composing the United Kingdom
alliance, at their annual convention
just held in London, took an impromp
tu ballot for the purpose of demon
strating the relative popularity of
some of the different dances. The
president, after the ballots were
counted, announced the following re
sults: Lansdowne waltz, eight votes;
skating waltz, four votes; orientai
waltz, two voter.; fancy capers, two
votes; the Eglinton, two votes; the
Sylvio, two votes; the Bijou schot
tische, two votes.
Flood Damage at Fairbanks.
Several thousand dollars' damage
was caused at Fairbanks, Alaska, on
July 11 as a result of the overflow of
the Tanana river.
Much Comment Caused.
Emperor Nicholas' cruise in the gulf
of Finland to meet Emperor William
is the subject of much comment in the
Paris news papers.
WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA,
AND OREGON NEWS ITEMS.
v Few Interesting Item* Gathered
From Our Exchanges of the Sur
rounding Country—Numerous Acci
dents and Personal Events Take
Place— Outlook Is Bright
J. J. Watson, a switchman, shot and
killed Otis DeLacy in Spokane Friday
At a recent meeting of the directors
of the Lincoln County Fair association
it was decided to hold the fair the
week following the Spokane Interstate
fair. There will be four days the
lMh, 19th, 20th and 21st of October.
Ike Harris was unanimously chosen
Walla Walla county has begun the
annual campaign to straw the dusty
roads of the county and make them
passable for the immense amount of
wheat that must pass over them in
the next two months.
One of the most interesting events
connected with the Odd Fellows' or
der of Washington was the recent cel
ebration of the semicentennial of the
Olympia lodge No. 1.
J. L. Johnson of Endicott commit
ted suicide in that town recently. Mr.
Johnson had simply grown tired of
life and cut his throat.
Especially shocking was the terri
ble accident on the United States gun
boat Benningtoh to the people of Col
| fax. Amel Bensel, one of the war
ship's dead, left Colfax about one year
ago for the navy.
Within 15 minutes after Frank
Nicholas of Colfax had sold a 5 cent
package of cigarettes to a small boy
of 11 years he was arrested and paid
$22.40 in fines.
Charles C. Setzer has sold his 280
acre wheat ranch 10 miles south of
Cheney, to T. W. Merriman, a recent
arrival from Lind, for a consideration
The reorganized Palmer Mountain
Tunnel company, pushing the big t'in
nel through the huge mountain of nor
thern Okanogan county, has been
launched under the laws of Arizona.
Washington has no uniform meth
od for the assessment of railway prop
erty. The matter is entirely in the
hands of county assessors and county
I boards of equalization to fix the val
ues within their respective jurisdic
The Tacoma chamber of commerce
has already taken action in the ef
fort to induce the government to use
Washington fir on an equal basis with
yellow pine in the construction work
to be done in the Panama canal zone.
Dr. Dean Richmond Babbitt, late
rector of the Church of the Epiphany
in Brooklyn, N. V., died recently from
the result of an operation performed
to relieve internal complications, some
months ago. He was for 10 months
dean of All Saints' cathedral in Spo
Italians in Spokane and Lewiston,
Idaho, are asserting that Joseph Rossi
—Due di Rossi, nobleman, grandee
and alleged heir to $54,000,000 —is a
fakir and owes sums varying from the
conventional $5 loan to a board bill.
A warrant has been obtained from a
justice at Spokane for the arrest of
Rossi on the charge of obtaining
money under false pretenses.
David Sullivan was accidentally
killed in the California Wine house at
Wenatchee by J. F. Murphy, a prin
ter. Sullivan was a well known ranch
er, residing only a few miles from the
city. Without apparent cause, Sulli
van commenced to abuse Murphy, and*
finally struck him. Murphy in turn
struck Sullivan in the mouth with his
fist. Sullivan staggered over and fell
backward, and broke his neck by the
fall. The blow received by Sullivan
was not a hard one, scarcely break
ing the skin on his lip.
The mountain climbing party, as
finally made up for the start on last
Monday from Paradise valley to the
top of Mount Rainier, height 15,526
feet, consisted of 75 Mazamas from
Oregon and Washington, 110 Sierras
from California, 27 Appalachians from
the east and six Alpines. Red fire will
be burned from the mountain top
Tuesday night at 9 o'clock and should
be visible with glasses for 150 miles
around. The elevation of the present
camp Is 5500 feet.
OREGON NEWS ITEMB.
M. F. Muzzy and Daniel Cahill, who
were severely injured by the explo
sion of a box of giant caps at the
Cracker-Highland mine near Sumpter
last week, are able to walk around
W. Elsea Kerick committed suicide
by cutting his throat with a razor at
the home of his parents in Hudson
county, about 12 miles northwest of
Elgin has shipped 30,000 head of
sheep to North Dakota, Michigan and
Lewis Spangler, a private of Com
pany A, OrtjfM national guards, en
camped at the Lewis and Clark expo
sition, was Injured by being tossed In
a blanket by his fellow soldiers and
is in a very serious condition. It Is
probable that death will result. The
physicians at the hospital state that
his skull is fractured.
The wool men of Harney county
propose to organize an association for
A heavy windstorm, which almost
assumed the proportions of a cyclone,
recently did $12,000 damage to prop
erty at Moro and in surrounding
places. The storm lasted but five
Grover Martin, convicted in the cir
cuit court of manslaughter, at Pendle
ton, has been released on $5000 bonds
(hiring the pendency of the case, he
having appealed to the supreme court.
Martin's bondsmen are Thomas Fence
and G. H. Boerester of Milton,
S. B. Carter, a saloon man of Van
Wyck, Boise county, arrived in Weiser
having in charge George Shepherd,
who it is said held up and robbed
a saloon recently. About 12:30 a. m.
a masked man entered the saloon with
a gun in his hand. Seven men were
in the saloon at the time. He made
them line up in front of the bar and
bold up their hands. He then went
through the till and safe, which was
open, securing $200. He then went
out the back door, but was captured.
Severe fires are burning and dam
aging large tracts of Umber on the
north fork of the Clearwater river.
Persons holding timber should look
to their interests at once. North Fork
region embraces the heart of the fa
mous Idaho white pine belt.
David H. Mosely has been appoint
ed sheriff of Ada county to succeed
Gary C. Havird, who resigned at the
demand of the commissioners. Mosely
served a term as sheriff 10 years ago
and made a fine record. Havird turn
ed over $263 to the county in settle
ment of fees held out by him during
his incumbency of office.
The first forest fire of the year
around Wallace occurred Friday and
destroyed a pretty growth of timber
on the mountain west of the city.
The friends of George Bennett, who
has been working on the John Day
ranch on Salmon river, believe that
he has committed suicide by drowning
himself in the Salmon river. Bennett
was last seen on July 7.
A floater was found in the Kootenai
river at Bonners Ferry recently, and
it was believed it was that of Peter
C. Brokaw, the unfortunate Great
Northern engineer, killed in the Katka
accident, but Harry E. Brokaw, a son,
stated positively after examining the
body that it was not that of his fa
It is the belief of W. F. Fisher, agri
tultural inspector for the counties of
Bannock, Cassia and Bear Lake, in
Idaho, that more of the hardier va
rieties of apples, plums and pears
should be planted in that section of
the country. The fruit crop in that
district promises well this season.
The county commissioners at Lewis
ton appropriated $1250 for the Lewis
ton Interstate Fair and Racing asso
ciation to assist in making the fair
this fall a success.
In a freight wreck on the Northern
Pacific at Potlatch junction Saturday,
Brakeman T. J. Crow of Moscow was
badly bruised, a car of wood was near
ly demolished and traffic over the
Lewiston line was held up several
A man known as John Gideon has
been arrested in Ontario, Ore.,
charged with being the man who held
up and robbed the Meadows-Warren
stage and took the registered mail
from the mail sack, securing about
$300 in money and $1200 in gold dust.
Gideon had been an employe of the
Golden Rule mine, where the dust
was sent from, up to a few days be
fore the shipment was sent out as a
registered package. He had been In
the locality of the holdup for the past
two months. He seemed to have but
little money while at camp, but at
Meadows and at Weiser he displayed
a large sum and was spending it reck
The Northern Pacific club of the
Rocky mountain division gave a pic
nic near Evaro, on the main line, 16
miles west of Missoula, Sunday, which
proved to be one of the largest events
of its kind ever attempted.
United States Seaator William A.
Clark, who recently underwent an op
eration, continues to improve.
While Mrs. Jules VanDuscheren
was asleep in her seat on the west
bound Burlington train near Belgrade
Sunday her 5 year old boy wandered
out on the platform and fell from the
train, which was speeding at the rate
of 50 miles an hour, and was instantly
Two men were killed and three nar
rowly escaped with their lives at the
Minnie Healey mine at Butte Satur
day afternoon in an accident, the
cause of which can only be surmised.
The dead men are Con Crowley and
Ebb York, both station tenders and
well known residents of Butte.
PEACE CONFERENCE ARRANGE
The Washington Government and the
State of New Hampshire Are Work
ing Together to Make Meeting aa
hospitable as Possible—State to
Bear the Expense of Entertaining.
Preparations for the peace confer
ence are progressing rapidly and satis
faciorily, and by August 5, the day on
which the plenipotentiaries are ex
pected to reach Portsmouth. N. H. (
Imm Oyster Hay on board the May
rtower and the Dolphin, all will be in
readiness for their reception. Tho
Washington government and the state
of New Hampshire are cooperating in
llie effort to make the suroundings of
the conference as hospitable as possi
ble, and are receiving generous assist
i'me from the people of Portsmouth
and the adjacent villages of Kirrery,
Maine, where the navy yard is locate],
and New Castle. N. H.. near which
the plenipotentiaries will have quar
ters in the Hotel Wentworth.
Mr. Pierce, the third assistant secre
tary of state, who is acting for the
president In directing arrangements,
Is In Washington, where he will pro
vide for the shipment of the necessary
material for the equipment of the
navy general store, which is to be
used for the sessions of the confer
ence. As this equipment will be of
no use to the government after the
conference is over, it will be rented.
The tentative program provides that
the plenipotentiaries shall arrive at
the navy yard and go at once to the
commandant to pay their espects. The
arrival of the two missions will be
heralded by the firing of an ambassa
dorial salute for each mission.
The marine guard, which has re
cently been increased, will render the
prescribed salutes and may escort the
party from the navy yard through the
town of Portsmouth to their quarters,
a distance of about five miles. As the
navy yard is on the Maine side of the
Piscataqua river, the governor of New
Hampshire wil 1 probably receive the
plenipotentiarie. in Portsmouth and
formally welcom • them to the stale.
He will at the same time extend to
them an invitation to be the guests of
the state on a tour of the New Hamp
shire mountains upon the conclusion
of the negotiations. The state of New
Hampshire has already requested per
mission to bear the expense of enter
taining the plenipotentiaries through
out the conference, which will prob
ably be granted, the Washington gov
ernment undertaking the entire ex
pense of the equipment of the quar
ters for the conference.
The envoys will be taken to the
navy yard, when the weather is fair,
in launches to be supplied by the
navy. Automobiles and carriages will
take them around through Ports
mouth, a distance of about five miles,
when the weather is not propitious or
when they prefer this trip to the ride
Carter Will Remain Governor.
Oyster Bay, July 26.—A considera
tion of Hawaiin affairs occupied Presi
dent Roosevelt's attention for several
hoars today. He had as a guest for
luncheon and during the greater part
of the afternoon (ieorge it. Carter,
governor of Hawaii Governor Carter
came to Oysterjbay determined to re
sign his official position to escape the
annoyance to which he has been sub
jected sinoe he succeeded Sandford B.
Dole as gcvernor. The president not
only declined to accept his^esignation,
but told him to go back to Hawaii,and
he should have the full support and
sympathy of the national administra
Bomb Kills Twenty-four.
Constantinople.— The commission
appointed to inquire into the attempt
on the life of the sultan has ascer
tained that the explosion of the bomb
caused the death of 24 persons and
wounded 57. In addition, 55 horses
were injured. Preliminary investiga
tions show that the outrage was com
mitted by two Hungarians.
Dr. Herbert Putnam, librarian of
congress, is visiting California. He
says the plans for the new library of
the University of California indicate
that that library will be the best in
all American colleges.
In IS7O England had 8121 schools
and 135 prisons. In 1898 there were
20,022 schools and only 66 prisons.
German postoffice employes must
obtain the special permission of the
government before they may marry.
Aberdeen is building a system of
sewers t»~ cost about $75,000.