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COMMITTEE OF ILLINOIS LEGIS-
LATURE WILL MAKE IN-
***N0 CONNDENCt" IN SPEAKER
DECLARED BY A VOTE OF 72 TO
60 IN THE HOUSE OF REP-
SPEAKER DON'T KNOW THE MEN
TESTIFIES THAT MEN WHO OF-
FERED MONEY WERE UN-
KNOWN TO HrM.
Springfield, 111., April 26. The
house of representatives yesterday by
a vote of 72 to 60 declared "no confi
dence" in Speaker Miller. A com
mittee of five, all personal followers of
the speaker, had been appointed by
him to investigate the charges of at
tempted bribery in connection with
the passage of the Mueller traction
hill. There was a strong feeling
among the anti-Miller people that
there was a possibility of a whitewash,
and steps were taken to increase the
committee in such a manner as to
have the speaker's appointees in a mi
nority, if anything in the line of a
whitewash should be attempted. The
Miller men fought hard to retain the
committee as originally appointed, but
were outvoted and the report of the
committee was made a special order
for Tuesday morning. At the same
time a subpoena issued for George W
Hinman of Chicago was made return
able at the same time. It is the inten
tion of the house to interrogate him
regarding the facts upon which an edi
torial in the Chicago Inter Ocean al
leging bribery in connection with the
Mueller bill was based. The anti
Miller men came into the hall yester
day morning determined to force the
To Prove His Charges
or withdraw them. If he could not
readily be induced to act they had de
cided that no business should be
transacted in the house until he had
Jay L. Reynolds
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No. 317. BEMIDJI MINN.
nati i it own wa., in ever ag rrom
first to last, and the speaker's forces,
were defeated at every point.
The' committee appointed to investi
gate the statement made by Speaker
Miller (hat he had been approached in
the interest of the passage of the
Mueller bill la-^i Light assembled in
secret session and listened to a state
ment from Mr. Miller The statement,
it is said, was to the effect that he
had no personal acq "intance with the
men who are said to jave approached
him in the interesc of.the Mueller bill
and who were alleged to have given
the assurance that he could make
money by granting a roll call. Assord
ing to the story, however, he is able
to give an accurate description of both
A member of the committee an
nounced early this morning that un
less stronger evidence was produced,
the committee" would be compelled to
make a report to the effect that the
charges did not warrant further in
GERMANS ARE SURPRISED.
Balfour's Snub Is Considered Due to
Berlin, April 26. The refusal of
Great Britain to participate in the
building of the Bagdad railroad be
cause of certain conditions imposed by
Germany, as announced by Prime Min
ister Balfour, has created considerable
The Tageblatt says that despite the
refusal of English financiers to take
part in the construction of the first 200
kilometers of the road German finan
ciers, assisted by Austrian, French
and Swiss Bankers, will push the con
struction of the line.
The Vossische Zeitung expresses
surprise at Prime Minister Balfour's
complete change of mind and attrib
utes it to the hostility to Germany
which prevails in England at the pres
BIDS TOO LOW.
Lyceum Theater Property Is With
drawn From Sale.
New York, April 26.The Lyceum
theater was offered at auction, but
was withdrawn after the bidding had
reached $1,220,000, the auotioneeer re
marking (that he was not empowered
to sell the property for less than $1,-
300,000. The property comprises an
area of 23,500 superficial feet, on
which are five business buildings be
sides the theater.
Bsi iin, April -o.Accuiuiug co .vi
latest statistics fifty-two persons lost
their lives as, a result of Sunday's
storm in the Eastern nrovAnces.
Work Made Spec
Standard Oil Company
Phone 40. Proprietor
Reduced Rates to Canada.
We have just completed arrange
ments with the Canadian Lmmigrajaoh
agent to furnish reduced railroad
tickets to all points in Manitoba. As
siniboi, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
We have maps and plats and can
locate parties on government lands or
sell lauds upon easy payments.
2-tf LAN S'CARTEK.
MEET AWEUL EATE
TEN PERSONS LOSE THEIR LIVES
IN AN EXPLOSION IN MIN-
DEATH CAME WITHOUT WARNING
PLANT OF THE NORTHWESTERN
STAR OIL COMPANY
flRE fOUOWS THf EXPLOSION
EMPLOYES ARE BURIED BENEATH
THE BURNING MASS OF
Minneapolis, April 25.The people
of Minneapolis w-rtrstartlo shortly
before noon yesterday by an ex
plosion, terrible in its force and
frightful in its destruction of human
life, at the plant, of the Northwestern
Star Oil company, corner Sixth ave
nue south and Main street.
Ten persons, all of them connected
with the factory, met a sudden death,
while six other employes sustained
injuries of a serious and in some in
stances probably fatal character,
while the threat building and its tanks
and machinery and other equipment
was wrecked so completely that noth
ing remains but a heap of smouldering
ruins, with the substantial brick fire
wall which divided the building into
halves standing as a grim monument
over debris that hides from
the remains of at least half a dozen
persons. At midnight four of the
dead had been removed from the
ruins, and these had been identified.
As a general thing the bodies were
frightfully mangled, and in some in
stances identification was exceedingly
The explosion occurred at an hour
when the emir? lorce of employes
were at work. Without a moment's
warning the large tank of oil in the
east end of the building exploded with
terrific force. The four outside walls
of tn~3 VJuilding were leveled and an
instant later the ruins were swathed
in angry, roaring flames. Six men
succeeded in escaping from the build
ing immediately after the explosion,
while the rest of the employes were
buried beneath the ruins.
Immediately after the explosion a
fire alarm was turned in and was
answered by nearly every company in
the city. When the firemen arrived
Oil Was Burning Fiercely,
while huge columns of dense smoke
mounted up unbroken to the height of
several hundred feet. Water was of
little use in fighting the flames, as the
oil burned freely, and the fire depart
ment devoted its energies to the sav
ing of adjoining buildings.
Owing to the fact that the flames
were fed by the large quantities of oil,
the firemen were almost helpless.
Driven back by the intense heat, al),
they could do war to turn strums of
water upofi that part he ruins
where the oil had l*tfii.ied away. This
allowed th^ sections covered by oil to
burn Avp'.OTout interruption. Thus with
th^.ir hands tied the firemen were
Compelled to stand by when they
knew that fellow human beings were
perishing in the maelstrom of flame.
The oil afforded excellent food for the
flames and the heat was terrific. The
firemen Avere tinable to approach
within fifty feet of the burning build
Cause Wrapped in Mystery.
The cause of the explosion is a
mystery and probably never will be
explained. The office force was at
work as usual, as were all the rest of
the employes Several tanks of oil
were being unloaded into the building,
when suddenly there was a terrific ex
plosion. The walls of the building fell
as if by an earthquake. Several
smaller explosions followed in quick
succession, but the first one had so
completely wrecked the building that
they did no damage other than to add
to the fury of the flames which had
raged from the first.
Several persons employed in the
vicinity of the plant were eye wit
'nes'ses to the explosion, but none of
them could explain how it occurred.
LIQUOR MAN NABBED.
Offense Is Soliciting Orders for Con
cern Cutside of State.
Bryant. S. D., April 25.The arrest
at this place of a man giving his name
as George YV. Friday, who was solic
iting orders for a liquor house situated
outside the state1
may result in a bit-
ter legal contest His action in solic
iting orders for liquor was a violation
of state laws. Soon after being'ar
rested he wired his house of the diffi
culty he was in. and the company im
mediately telegraphed him money for
I bonds. The law under which he was
i arrested will undoubtedly be tested in
FATAL HORSE PLAY.
Boy Dies in Hospital From Injuries
Made by Comrades.
Sioux City. Iowa. April 2").Henry
Ernest Junker, aged nine, son of
Ernest Junker, a prominent farmer of
Walker's Island. Neb., is dead at a
hospital in this city as the result of
being ridden on a rail in play by his*
comrades at school. The accident oc
curred at South Sioux City. An op
eration was performed here, but the
boy died of peritonitis.
BODIES STILL IN RUINS.
Work of Recovering Victims of Dis
aster Goes on Slowly.
Minneapolis, April 20.Five bodies
still remain in the ruins of the North
western Star Oil company's plant, de
stroyed by an explosion Thursday,
The fifth recovered body, that of S. W.
Mitchell, cashier, was removed short
ly before noon yesterday. The fire
mrn hope- to secure two more bodies,
namely, those of C. H. Durrin, general
manager, and Harold C. Colborn,
clerk, while there is little chance of
recovering tne remains of David Dacy,
John Spotancki and Joseph Laphond,
as these men were in that part of the
building where the flames rage*d
fiercest, and their bodies probably
have been wholly consumed. Of the
six employes who escaped with burns
and other injuries, all are doing well,
and it is thought all will recover. Yes
terday the flames were raging in the
tank room where two tanks of gaso
line furnish excellent material for the
flames. These tanks, each of which
ntained several hundred barrels,
caught fire yesterday morning. One
exploded at 7.30 o'clock, but the other
broke open without explosion. Huge
columns of ..ence. black smoke, inter
woven with tongues of flames, mount
ed high ana presented a beautiful
sight. All efforts to extinguish the
flames in these tanks were abandoned
by the fire department, it being real
ized that the only thing to do was to
allow the oil to burn away.
CAN'T AGREE ON WAGE SCALE.
Conferences With Great Northern Are
St. Paul, April 26. Negotiations
between the 3reat Northern and rep
resentatives of its trainmen and con
ductors closed yesterday when Man
ager F. E. Ward specifically refused to
insert in the new wage scale.Jthe
"double-header" clause demandedtiby
the representatives of the men, and
the question will now be submitted to
the employes of the road whether they
will accept an advance in wages,
without the "double-header" clause, or
strike. Manager Ward thinks that the
men will accept the wage scale with
out the clause. The representatives
of the men make no prediction as to
what the result will be. The question
will affect nearly 2,000 men.
Loss to Tuthill and Another Is $15,000
Windom, Minn., April 26.About a
o'clock yesterday morning fire broke
out in the Hessian restaurant and soon
spread to Tuthill's large lumber shed
and both were destroyed ras well as
the Tuthill office. The restaurant be
longed to one Henry, who formerly
occupied it as a saloon. Ine lumber
"shed was half a block long and filled
with lumber of all grades. For an hour
or more It seemed as though the whole
block would burn, but the fire com
pany confined the fire to its original
quarters. A loss of $15,000 to ^20,000
C. M. Anderson of Montevideo Is Re
lieved of $1,900.
Winr/ipeg, Man., April 26. C. M.
Anderson of Montevideo, Minn., was
i relieved of $1,900 by pickpockets while
boarding a Canadian Northern train
for the West. He was on the steps of
the car when four -icn closed around
him ostensibly trying to get on the
train, and in the jam his wealth disap
peared. He ht*s not been able to
identify the thieve. He. lost a' draft
of $1,300 on a St. Paul bank and two
othor drafts of $250 each on New York
anc Minneapolis banks, and one from
the National Bank of Boyd, Minn. The
balance was in cash.
Officials at Stanley.
Stanley, Wis., April 26. The new
city council has organized for the com
ing year and Chr.rles L. Page was
elected president. Mayor Roe made
the following appointments, which
were confirmed by the council: Will
iam McKay, chief of police George D.-
Bartlett, chief of fire department
Rickerd Ness and G. D. Bartlett, reap
pointed members of school board for
Two Trainmen Killed.
Marshalltown, Iowa, April 26.John
F. Connor, a Rock Island brakeman,
was ground to pieceB at Evans. His
home was at Munro. Conductor Pow
ell, injured at New Sharon, Is dead.
Fished With Nets.
Watson. Minn., April 26. Deputy
Game Warden Chamberlain secured
the conviction of five men from Yel
low Medicine county for fishing with
nets in the Lac qui Parle river.
Wave of Reform.
Aitkin, Minn.. April 26.The ^v
village council has issued an order re
quiring all gamblers to leave within
twenty-four hours. Several notorious
crooks have already departed.
Chinese on a Strike.
Butte. Mont.. April 26.Three hun
dred Chinamen employed in the
laundries of this city struck for high
er wages. They demand $4 a day.
West Superior. Wis., April 26fcThe
postoffice at Allouez. this city, was
broken into and robbed last night.
There was some cash on hand, and
what the robbers got amounted to
about $25. They succeeded in making
good their escape.
Farmer Hangs Himself.
Red Wing, Minn.. April 26. m Er
Lee, residing near Ashland, this coun
ty, a well known farmer in" good cir
cumstances, committed suicide by
hanging. He was sixty-five years old.
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