Newspaper Page Text
MANY PERISH IN
FIRES IN WEST
Estimated That at Least Fifty
Persons Lost Their Lives
in the Flames.
WALLACE PARTLY DESTROYED
Property Damage in Idaho City Will
Total $1,000,000—Hundred and
Eighty Fire Fighters Missing.
Missoula, Mont, Aug. 22.—Thirteen
lives were lost when forest fires
epread to the town of Wallace, Ida.
The property loss is placed at $1,000,
000. The entire east half of the town
has been destroyed, but the flames are
believed to be under control Else
where the fire situation is worse than
the earlier reports showed.
Mercilessly and relentlessly the for
est fires in Western Montana and Ida
ho are sweeping over a vast area,
driving hundreds of fugitives before
them, destroying small settlements
and wiping out of existence millions
of dollars' worth of property
The situation is more serious than
ever, except as to Wallace, Ida, where
it is believed that nearly half of the
city will be saved.
Communication with Wallace to the
west has been possible at intervals,
but eastward it is entirely cut off. It
is known that the entire east half of
the town above Seventh street has
West of that a hard fight is being
made, and with an improvement in the
water supply there is more chance
that the flames may be driven back.
For a few minutes the Daily Missou
lian's representative at Washington
lad a wire He summarized the situa
tion as follows
"Thirteen lives lost property loss
$1,000,000 fire still threatening"
Elsewhere in the fire zone the situa
tion has gone from bad to worse The
most serious incident is reported
from the St. Coe country, where 180
men engaged in the forestry service
are missing and it is feared they have
been burned to death. When the fire
approached the camp where there
were 200 men, two of the fighters took
a horse and riding the animal to death,
reached another camp and ordered a
rescue party, which penetrated the
fire to Bird Creek.
Eighteen Found in Water.
Eighteen of the men were tound in
the water, wheie they had gone foi
safety, and they weie unharmed Of
the remaining 3 80 no woid has been
received. The forestry senice has
organized a relief tram, well equipped
with pack animals, canymg provisions
and hospital supplies, and will en
deavor to get through the fire
About 1,000 refugees have been
brought into Missoula. Theie is much
distress among them Their wants
are being supplied by Missoula people
and they have been given temporary
homes. The first of the trains came
o\er the Northern Pacific's Coeui
d'Alene branch and brought the pa
tients who had been in the Sisters
hospital at Wallace and as many refu
gees as could find place on the small
There were 250 on this tram and a
second tram brought as many more.
These people came from the small
towns along the line between here and
Many of them had been roused from
their sleep by the people on the tram,
whose summons had' been the first
intimation that the fire was near
there had been no sign of it when the
people went to bed at night. In most
instances these people escaped only
scantily clad. A woman who had fled
from her home at midnight gave birth
to a child a box car just after the
arrival of the first tram at Missoula.
Homes Opened to Refugees.
Local hospitals are caring for the
Missoula homes have been opened
freely and the homeless are comforta
ble for the present. Another train
with 500 people on board is expected
over the Chicago, Milwaukee and Pu
get Sound railway.
The town of Taft, near the Idaho
line, has been entirely destroyed by
Salteese, just below Taft, has been
abandoned by its inhabitants and is
known to be surrounded by fire. De
Dorgia is seriously threatened and one
man is missing. At St. Regis the fife
has crossed the river and threatened
outlying buildings, though no fears are
entertained for the town.
Haughan is reported to be deserted,
the last word from there being that
the fire is dangerously near and the
telephone operator was preparing to
flee. The area covered is 100 miles
square, most of it in the mountains
and sparsely settled. It is difficult to
obtain information from any of the
points and impossible to reach some
of the places at all.
There is a probability that there
has been serious loss of life, as there
are camping parties and lumbermen
all through the mountains and the fire
may have come upon them while they
slept at night or they may have been
awakened in the morning to find them
selves CUt Off. **,-
3,347 MILtS ON
THIS POLICE BEAT
But Canadian Mounted Squad
Inspector Performed Feat.
CANOES USED IN WILDERNESS
Nine Months Spent Traversing Top of
Continent to Report on Route From
Hudson Bay to Mackenzie River.
Swimming Deer Blocked Passage
Down River, Pelletier Reports.
A policeman with a beat 3,347 miles
long through a wilderness that yielded
progress only to canoes and over ice
fields passable only with dog teams
and sledges—that in effect was Inspec
tor E. A. Pelletier of the royal north
west mounted police, who, with Cor
poral A Joyce and Constables R.
H. Walker and R. Conway, spent
nine months traversing the top of
the continent to reaffirm Canadian
iurisdiction over that area and report
on a feasible route from Hudson bay
to the Mackenzie river.
The story of their performance is a
recital of simple pluck and exploring
skill, a matter of fact carrying out of
orders without the lure of a prize like
While the royal northwest mounted
police is everywhere accepted as prob
ably the last word in police efficiency,
the popular conception in the United
States of the individual unit of this
corps is a trimly uniformed "Tommy
Atkins" sort of mounted soldier, giving
attention to the suppression of bad
men and "gun fighters" and protecting
the settlers from violence. All that
the police do, but more.
Advance Guard of Civilization.
They are thrown out far ahead of
the northward advancing line of set
tlement. When civilization catches up
with their outposts they move on
Not many jcirs ago the southern
portions of Manitoba, Alberta and Sas
katchewan were distant fields even for
Since Captain Bernier, a Canadian
explorer, discovered coal in Melville
island the police are pushing a patrol
in that direction If the coal is worka
ble and settlement or prospecting that
arctic neighborhood is forthcoming the
police with a well ordered system of
justice will be on the ground first.
Only once were the police eier out
stripped by settlement, and that was
when gold was discovered in the Yu
Inspector Pelletier's duty on his lone
ly patrol reveals hardships that have
no place in pictures of smart quads
and trim barracks with which the pub
lic is familiar Daniel Boone rather
than "Tommy Atkins" is represented
by the far flung outposts of the po
lice, although perhaps it would be
more appropriate to compare the in
spector and his men with the early
Started at Saskatchewan.
The patrol began at Fort Saskatche
wan and proceeded northward, partly
by steamer and partly by canoe, to
Great Slave lake. Skirting the shore
of this great bodj of water in canoes,
the travelers turned their course al
most east toward Hudson bay and
made their way by river and lake with
many portages, through almost unbro
ken wildernesses afflicted with the in
sect pests for which the north woods
The party arrived on the shore of
Hudson bay with the expectation of
being able to lay aside the paddle and
ease calloused shoulders from the por
tage. But the sailboat which had been
provided was wrecked, and the police
were obliged to delay at Fullerton un
til winter snows permitted a start
with dog trams for the south. The
trip from Fullerton, which is on the
sixty-second parallel of latitude to
Churchill, 450 miles south, was at
tended by many hardships.
The amount of game observed by
the patrol was wonderful. Describing
the journey from Artillery lake to the
Height of Land, Inspector Pelletier
"Aided by the sails, we were making
good time, but were delayed by large
numbers of deer crossing at various
points. We must have seen between
20,000 and 40,000 The hills on both
shores were covered with them, and at
a dozen or more places where the lake
was from a half to a mile wide solid
columns of deer four or five abreast
were swimming across and so closely
that we did not like to venture through
them for fear of getting into some
No Dry Clothes or Beds.
The inspector continues:
"The worst feature of a long jour
ney like this (we were forty-three
days) in a country where no fuel is
to be procured- is the absolute impos
sibility of drying clothes, bedding,
etc. The moisture from the body ac
cumulates, and there are no means to
dry clothing, to get rid of it in any
way, and every day sees it harder to
put on in the morning and the bed
harder to get into at night until both
bedding and clothing become as stiff
as a board from the ice. /*l
"It is a very uninviting 'tails and
disagreeable procedure getting into an
icy bed at night and the same thing
in the morning getting into icy clothes.
Sleeping with one's clothing on only
makes matters worse."
JOHN HAYS HAMMOND.
Makes Vigorous Defense**
of Taft Administration."
John Hays Hammond Addresses Ohio
Cleveland, Aug. 21.—With the state
ment that President Taft was one of
the ablest and most sagacious of the
executives of the United States John
Hays Hammond made a vigorous de
fense of the administration at the an
nual outing' of the Cuyahoga County
League of Republican clubs.
Mr. Hammond justified Mr. Taft's
support of the Aldrich-Cannon section
of the party on the ground that if he
had plunged into a Republican civil
war his four-year term of office would
have been barren of results and not
one of his campaign pledges could
have been carried out.
FLEE FROM THE PLAGUE
Greal Alarm Caused by Cholera
Outbreak in Italy.
Bari, Italy, Aug. 20.—The epidemic
of cholera which has broken out in
Southern Italy is steadily showing an
increase in the districts affected, par
ticularly in the town of Trani, where
the number of deaths already is more
than thirty The epidemic is of a vio
lent type and the death rate is high.
Even greater danger is anticipated
from the fleeing population of the in
fected districts, who may bear the
germs of the disease to regions not
yet involved Tiani seems almost de
serted as a result of the panic, 20,000
of the lesidents, fully half of the pop
ulation, having fled the town Fully
as many have escaped from the island
town of Barletta.
Ten Thousand Deaths a Week.
St Petersburg, Aug. 20 —One week's
cholera record for Russia shows 23,
944 new cases of cholera and 10,723
deaths, bringing the total number of
cases in Russia this year to 112,985
Of these 50,287 have died, the mor
tality percentage being 44.5. The
figures are those furnished by the
sanitary bureau, covering the week
from Aug. 7 to Atig 13, inclusive, and
are, therefore, fully official.
M'MURRAY ON WITNESS STAND
Declares He Did Not Try to Bribe
Sulphur, Okla, Aug. 19 —"It has
been charged that you, through Jake
L. Hamon, offered Senator Gore $25,
000 or $50,000 as a bribe to influence
him in congress to withdraw opposi
tion to the approval of your contracts.
Did you or did you not*offer Senator
Gore such a bribe?"
To this question, in the hearing be
fore the congressional committee in
vestigating Indian land affairs J. F.
McMurray answered "No."
The witness also denied he ever of
fered $25,000 as a bribe to D. C. Mc
Curtain, a Choctaw lawyer. Senator
Gore has testified Hamon had offered
him the bribe in the senator's office in
Washington on May 6 last. Mr. Mc
Murray testified he twice had called
on Senator Gore after that date and
the senator had made no reference to
the alleged offer of bribery until his
speech in the senate on June 24.
Jake L. Hamon, mentioned by Sen
ator Gore as being the man who of
fered the bribe in McMurray's behalf,
took the stand two weeks ago and de
nied he had ever made any such offer.
The examination of McMurray will be
GAYN0R IS OUT OF DANGER
Physicians Say Complete Recovery Is
New York, Aug. 21.—Mayor Gay
nor's condition is excellent, his phy
sicians said, and the period of danger
has now passed. The doctors agree
that he will be completely recovered
within a short time and he will go to
the Adirondacks to complete his re
covery. Mayor Gaynor, though, has
indicated that he thought he ought to
return to his home in St. James, L. I
after leaving the hospital.
The physicians have practically de
cided not to operate to remove the
bullet, as they think Mayor Gaynor
will suffer no inconvenience from it.
PRESENT DAY PIRATES.
We were crowded in the cabin. |^T
Not a passenger could sleep. $$%
It was midnight on the waters, |hw
And a storm was on the deep, sj
But no word about the tempest if*
Oozed from out our pallid lips—
We were all too busy banning
The iniqflity of tips.
'Tis a fearful thing in winter^
To be shattered by the blast
And to hear the rattling trumpet-
Thunder, "Cut away the mast!"
But this poem of our childhood
£, .Paints a scene that's somewhat
Far more fearful are the stewards
And their wholesale holdup game.
Everywhere a fellow wanders
Smiling stewards haunt his path,
Table stewards, stateroom stew
Stewards of the deck and bath.
Stewards meet you, stewards greet
From the time you step aboard,
Planning how to separate you
From your much depleted hoard.
Men may talk about old. Black
Men may talk of Captain Kidd,
But to neither of those worthies
Need the steward "lift his lid."
They were more or less successful
Terrorizing old time ships,
But the modern ocean terror
Is the steward seeking tips!
—Dennis A McCarthy in New York
OLD TIME MISSISSIPPI
METHODS OUT OF DATE.
Steamboatmen who have been con
tending with low water in the upper
Mississippi river should consult with
the more ancient mariners in the Mis
sissippi for pointers on the movement
of boats on low water and then start
out to restore navigation on the
Captain William Kelly, secretary of
the Mississippi and Ohio River Pilots'
society, says this is the first season
since 1836 to his personal knowledge
that steamboats have ceased to run
during the open season.
In the summer of 1830, Captain Kel
ly says, he was piloting the steamer
Stella Whipple when the water was
four inches lower than this year's rec
ord. The boat was towing two barges
as lighters coming down the stream,
but got stuck on the crossing at Rob
inson's rocks, fourteen miles below St.
Captain Kelly says he waded into
the river ahead of the boat to locate
the best place to drop the anchor and
pull the boat over the bar. The water
was sixteen inches deep, and the best
channel was located by wading, and
Captain Kelly returned to the boat
without wetting a stitch of his cloth
The method of pulling the boats
over shoal crossings was to carry the
anchor out in a jawl ahead of the
steamer, drop it to the bottom of the
river and pull the boat over by a line
attached to the anchor and to the cap
stan on the boat
When all was ready the passengers
were transferred to the barges to light
en the boat The run was then made
without difficulty till the next crossing
was reached, when the anchor and
capstan process of pulling the boat
over might be repeated.
AVIATORS LIKE ESPERANTO.
No Other Language Spoken at French
The connection between aviation and
Esperanto is not apparent, yet it must
exist, for at Mourmelon le Grand, the
great French aviation school, nothing
is spoken by the initiated among them
selves but Esperanto.
Ernest Archdeacon, who has done
much for aviation by offering prizes, is
an advocate of the universal language
Henri Farman, who runs his school for
flying at Mourmelon, is a master of
Esperanto, and among his pupils in
flying M. Effimoff, the Russian M. Van
den Born and Mme. Frank are profi
When the day's work is over M. Far
man will hoist the Esperanto flag over
his hanger and give his pupils lessons
in the language. They are of all na
tionalties, so perhaps that is one rea
son why aviators have taken up the
QUEEN MOTHER DROPS COLOR
Alexandra Gives Away Her Elaborate
The English queen mother, Queen
Alexandra, does not intend ever again
to wear colors and has given away
many of the costly and elaborate gar
ments in the royal wardrobe which
she will never use. She will wear the
becoming small Mary Stuart bonnet
with the peak in front and hanging
veil behind for some time to come
when out of doors, but indoors she
usually wears a white crape headdress
with a white crape collar and broad
cuffs of the same material.
Queen Alexandra has left the pre
cincts of Buckingham palace only twice
since her widowhood, but has taken a
good deal of exercise in the beautiful
Roumania Enforces Reforesting.
Foreign lumber firms which possess*
and use up the forests of Roumania are
to be compelled to pay a tax of $6 an
acre as security that the denuded wood
surfaces shall be again reforested.
Welsh Steel Liked In Britain.
The total yearly output of iron and
«teel in south wales, Great Britain, is
900,000 tons, of which only 200,000 tons
are exported, showing a heavy home
IT IS NOX SO MUCH
|f the actual amount you put in the bank which
counts. The REAL gain comes from the fact
that you get the habit of saving a part of
your income and of building for the future.
count with us
grows you will have a
practical illustration of how rapidly money
accumulates and how easy it is to get enough
for a small investment.
L. A. FRITSCHE, PBES. A, STEINHAUSER, VICE PKES. A. SCHILLER, Assr. CASHTEB.
New (Jim RollerMillCompany
We have a full line of
FLOUR AND FEED
at the Cooper Shop near the Cereal Mill and are pre
pared to take care of your trade the same as before
Insurance, Real Estate,
Loans and Bonds
pieasea to have you carry your ac-
BROWN COUNTY BANK
BOTH PHONES, No. 102 Residence Phone, No. 106
NEW ULM, MiNN.
ARGUMENTS MAY CONVINCE
But Baking Results furnish absolute
We invite the most exacting'baking test of
DANIEL WEBSTER and GOLD COIN
EACLE ROLLER N|ILL (0N|iAlW
Daily Capacity, 5,000 Barrels.
New Ulm, Minn.
Aluminum ware is the coming thing for the
housewife. Once used, she wouldn't be without
it. Because these goods are light in weight there
is nothing to flake or wear off they will not burn
or scorch food there are no joints, seams or solden
to leak. Other features are: heat conducting, heat
retaining and non-corrosive qualities purity,
brightness, lightness and indestructibility.
Come, look over our stock and be convinced of
£th great advantages of these goods.
New Ulm Hardware Co.,
Both Phones 219. 202 N. Minn St.
NEW ULM PUBUSHIN6 CO.
THE TWO OLDEST PAPERS IfhBROWM COUNTY.
New Ulm Review.' "New Ulm Post.'*