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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 63,
EXPLOSION OF FIRE DAMP IN
A COAL MINE IN WYOM-
234 LIVES ARE SNlffED 01T
SCORES ARE INJURED AND A VAST
AMOUNT OF PROPERTY DE-
EXPLOSION HEARD TOR MILES
HUGE TIMBERS AND RAILROAD
IRON HURLED FROM MOUTH
Hanna, Wyo., July 2.Hanna was
the scene of a terrible holocaust at
10:30 yesterday, v/hen an explosion of
fire damp in mine No. 1 of the Union
Pacific Coal company snuned out the
lives of 234 mon, Injured scores of
others and caused the destruction of a
vast amount of property.
The explosion was terrific ard com
pletely shattered the timbers of fhe
main s*iaft and numerous eauances,
filled the working with debris and
those of the miners that .were not
kiHed outright by the explosion were
buried alive. The explosion was heard
for many miles around and attracted
people from the adjoining settlements.
Huge timbers and railroad iron were
Hurled From the Mouth
of the shaft a distance of two and
three hundred feet. Supt. E. S. Brooks
and a large force of men went to work
with a will to remove the debris from
the shaft and reach the entombed
miners. Their progress into the mine
was blocked by the foul gases, and
several times they were forced^to re
turn to return to the surface. All day
the rescuing parcy worked. About 1
o'clock in the afterro- four men
were taken out alive, and a half-hour
later they were foll3wed by forty-two
others. Mt-ay were uncomciom and
had to be cardiac" from the EH**:
a. jiT" tiih
some were" UCtwelj but noue iataiiy.
Several are in a serious condition, but
it is believed all will recover. Two
hundred and eiglitj'-two men went
down in the mine at 7 o'clock, and up
until a late hour only forty-eight had
Of this number two are dead. The
rescuers were unable to further
into the mine unMl additlo icl open
ings had been made to permit fresh air
to reach the lower levels and clear
away the foul s&aes. The work is
processing slowly, owing to the nar
row space in which the rescuers are
compelled to operate, but in a few
hours the mine should be opened suf
ficiently to permit of deep explorations
and the rescue of the dead bodies.
Late last night a party of the rescuers
reached four mules that were alive
and this caused hope to rise in the
breasts of the tired workers and the
anxious women and children gathered
about the shaft. It is faint hope, how
ever, for experienced mine bosses and
miners say that when the imprisoned
men are reached
All Will Be Found Dead.
Some of the miners that escaped
said they saw twenty dead bodies in
entry No. 17. They reported that
many of the men were crazed by the
explosion and ran hither and thither
in the mine. Many of these could
have escaped, tint they laid down,
buried their faces in their hands and
gave up the figlt. Of the 234 dead
about 175 were- married and leave
The Hanna mines are among the
bast on the Union Pacific system, be
ing established In 1878. The town
was named for Senator Mark Hanna,
when he was a member of the Union
Pacific Coal company. Mine No. 1 is
practically a new property. It has
twenty-six entries, fifteen miles of
workings and a main incline shaft of
one and ono-half miles in length.
The mine has been recognized as a
dangerous property for some time oa
account -of th 1 argre amount of gas,
but the system of ventilation has been
so good that an accident was no't an
"Winnipeg, Man., July 2. Premier
Roblln announced at a Hamiota meet
ing last night that the Manitoba legis
lature had been dissolved. Elections
will be held Juljr 20 and nominations
A Name for Our Drug Store
And the sum of five dollars will be awarded to the boy
or girl suggesting the most appropriate namethe
contest to open on Monday, July 6, 8 a. m. and close
on Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p. m. If any two or more
suggestions are the same, the one received first will
be the winner, as the date and hour of receipt will be
When you select your name, write it
on a slip of paper and bring it to
the store and receive your check No.
Drugs, Stationery, Fireworks
MAD MULLAH'S FORCES
''PRISED AND A MASSACRE
TEN THOUSAND MEN KILLED
ABYS8INIANS NAIL THEM AFTER
A SERIES OF FORCED
MULLAH'S fINISH IN SIGHT
ALL HIS WATERING PLACES
CLOSED BY THE ABYS-
London, July 2.The war office yes
terday received a dispatch from Col.
Rochfort, one of the British officers
serving with the Abyssinia*, force in
Somaliland, which says that the Abys
sinians, May 10, after a series of
forced marches, struck the mad mul
lah's forces near Jeyd.
The Abyssinians surprised them at
dawn, killed 10,600 spearmen and cap
tured almost all their cattle and sheep
and 10.000 camels.
Col. Rochfort adds that the Abys
sinians have effectually closed to the
mullah all the watering places south
of the Gerlogu Bi Galadi line, and he
hopes that they will soon be in con
tact with the British forces and thus
be able to co-operate in the pursuit of
the mullah, who is delayed in his
movements in the fact that he is cross
ing a waterless part of the country.
The colonel's dispatch was dated
READY FOS WAR.
Bulgarians Are Prepared to Mobilize
a Large Army at Once.
London, July 2.The Belgrade co*-
respondent of the Times says to. Pe
troff, the Bulgarian premier, has* given
an interview, in which he dc'ared
that the sultan of Turkey and the Bul
garian government were both opposed
to war, but the situation was worse?
than at any time since the delivery of
the Turkish note last serins.
THE DAILY PIONEER
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY, JULY 2. 1903.
Tiiougii most of th"S prisoners at
Salonica had been released, 400 fresh
arrests have been n. \de, and 3,000 ref
ugees have arrived Adrianople. The
aim of the Turks, the premier Is re
ported as saying, is the deliberate ex
termination of the Bulgarians in Mace
donia by methods scarcely snort of
massacre, and the high officials In
Turkey are promoting the war move
M. Petroff anticipates a war, and ex
presses contempt for th TurMsh
army, which he says cannot mobilize
Inside of two months, whereas Bul
garia can mobilize an army of 259,000
well armed men very quickly. It is
possible, he thinks, thai the sultan, In
order to avert war, may make conces
sions, but unless he does so, a catas
trophe is imminent.
HINT FROM THE RUSSIANS,
Semi-Official Note Issued Regarding
Petition From American Jews.
St. Petersburg, July 2.The follow
ing semi-official statement was ismied
''There have been no negotiations
between Russia and the-United States
in regard to President Roosevelt's in
tention to forward to the Russian gov
ernment a petition from the American
Jews concerning the events at Kiatl
neff, and uo communication has been
made to Russia by the United States
government on this subject. But, had
such been received, Russia would nat
urally have known what to reply to
such an attempt at interference In h.er
WORKING FOR UNION.
Congregational ists Will Probably
Block the Plan to Merge.
Pittsburg, July 2. The advisory
committees of the Methodist, Congre
gational and United Brethren churches
which are endeavoring to effect a
union will meet in Pittsburg to-daj?, at
which time the subcommittees from
each denomination to agree on a plan
of union win report to the advisory
body. Each denomination will be rep
resented by fifteen members. The
concensus of opinion is that the Con
gregatlonalfots will make demands
that cannot be met and that they will
not become a part of the 'affiliated
PREMIER IS INSULTED,
Hungarian Diet Opens Its Session
With th"Usual Riot.
Budapest, July 2. Premier Heeler
vary's appearance in the lower house
of the Hungarian diet for the purpose
of unfolding the ministerial program
was signalized by scenes of extraor
dinary uproar, during which many In
sults were hurled at the premier.
TORTURED BY ROBBER.
Applies Fire to Woman's Feet to Make
Her Tell Where Monew is.
Clearfield, Pa., July 2. The details
of a tOituring robbery reached Clear
field late yesterday. While the hus
band of Mrs. Miles O'Rourke of Wood
ward township was absent a stranger
called at the house and asked Mis.
O'Rourke for something to eat. Slie
gave hiin some buns and was pre
pa.'ins coffee at the stove when tie
man 8truck her on the back of tie
head, leaving her semi-conscious. Pie
then bound ner in a chair and demand
ed to know where the family kept its
money. At first she refused to di
vulge the hiding place. The man
lighted a lamp and applied the flame
to her feet. The pain caused her to
point out the place where the money
was hidden. The sum was a trifle over
$2,000. In his hurry to get away from
the house the robber dropped a pirt
of the money, which Mrs. O'Rourke
picked up and placed in the bosom
her dress. The man missed it and re
turned, prepared to torture her fur
ther. A noise outside of the house
frightened him and he left hastily.
The authorities have offered a re
ward of $500 for information that
will lead to the arrest of the thief.
Fred C. Smvth, Pres, Thos. P. Smvth, Sec-Treas. D. C. Smyth, Manager.
BEMIDJI MERCANTIL E CO.
302 Beltrami Avenue.
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
GROCERIES FLOUR FEED, HAY GRAIN PRODUCE.
Phone No. 215.
Whole Wheat Flour Oranges
Fresh Groceries Lemons
ACT Of A MADMAN
CONTROLLER OF TEXAS SHOT
AND KILLED BY FORMER
TRAGEDY 0CCIRS IN CAPITOL
MURDERER SHOT WITH HIS OJj^N
REVOLVER DURING A HARD
CAUSES GREAT COMMOTION
LOSS OF HIS POSITION IS SUP-
POSED TO HAVE PREYED
ON MAN'S MIND.
Austin, Tex., July 2.State Controll
supposed wrongs, W. (J. Hill, an ex
attache of the state controller's office,
yesterday morning entered the private
Office of State Controller R. M. Love
and killed him by means of two bullets
from a large-calibre revolver. As
Hill turned to flee he was Intercepted
by Chief Clerk Stevens of the depart
ment, who engaged him in a struggle,
(lurlnR which Hill's revolver was ac
cidentally exploded. The bullet en-
THE NEW TOWN OF
situated as it is, at the bead Bullhead Lake, and
at the terminus of the Bullhead branch of the M, &
I. railway, and being in the heart of the timber dis
trict where logging will be carried on extensively
for the next fifteen years, is bound to be a thriving
town in a very Hhort time. The soil in this vicinity
is loam with clay subsoil, showing excellent pros
pects in regard to. agricultural purposes. The
O'Kelliher Mercantile Co.
will build a large general store, to supply loggers
TTHH voting towns In Northern Minnesota are fam
ous for their rapid growth, and everything goes
to -how that KHLLIHER will be one of the busiest
logging centers in this district.
For information regarding prices of lots, or other general
information, write or call at the
Crookston Lumber Company
TEX CENTS PER WEEK.
Fresh Dairy Butter
Fresh Creamery Butter
Best Patent Flour
tered the murderer's abdomen, caus
ing a wound from which he died three
hours after the death of the man
whose life he sought Yesterday's
tragedy is the first assassination
chronicled in the Toxas capital. Tim
shooting threw the town and state
Into a Commotion.
but the death of the assass. I as well
us his victim has closed the story.
As to what caused the shooting none
can explain other than that It was tho
act of a mdman. Hill had been an
employe of the controller's office for
ten years preceding Love's term. He
was let out by Mr. Love when tho lat
ter took charge, and it Is presumed
this fact preyed upon his mind.
Mr. Hill was a quiet and gentleman
ly person a'nd was never known to
have been addicted to any bad habits.
At the time the shooting ho was
holding a good position here, imme
diately after the shoq.Ung, and while
Hill was still lying in the corridor a
bottle of laudanum was taken from his
pocket, and. reaching for it,, he said:
"Let me take that and die easy?.'
Banker Rosu Will Build It as a Me
morial to His Wife.
Blue Earth. Minn., July 2.-W. B. C.
Ross, president of the First National
bank, has given the city $10,000 for
the construction of a library on tho
terms usually made by Mr. Carnegie.
The council lias accepted and a site at
Sixth and Ramsey streets has been
selected. The library will be a me
morial to the late Mrs. Ross and will
bo a model of architectural beauty.
Work will be started at once.