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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. XO. so.
WEDNESDAY. XOVEMHKK 28. 1900. TEX PAGES.
PKICE TWO CENTS.
SALVATION ARMY HOTEL AT
ST. LOUIS SCENE OF FIR
WOMAN DEMANDED LARGE
SUilfi FROi ROCKEFELLER
Flames Rage Through
Upper Floors and Find
500 GUESTS IN PANIC
Four Burned to Death and
Many Injured by Jump
ing. St. Louis, Nov. 2S. Four men were
binned to death and probably "7 in
jured in a fire early today that practi
cally destroyed the Lighthouse hotel
conducted by the Salvation Army, at
Ninth and Market streets.
Five llundrnl Mrpi In litiililing:.
Fully 50 men were asleep in the
building when the fire was discovered,
the greater number being on the sec
ond and third floors. All became panic
stricken, and before the firerneu ar
rived and stretched nets many had
jumped from the upper windows and
were picked up crushed and uncon
scious on the street below. The four
lead have not been identified; as the
bodies were burned to a crisp.
Watchman Dlwovrrrd It.
Watchman O'Connell. who was sta
tioned on the third floor, discovered
the fire. He had gone to the clothes
closet to get some wearing apparel
for several men who were practically
without clothing, and upon opening
the closet door a sheet of flame belched
forth, burning ofT his hair and eye
brows. The watchman was unable" to
shut the door, and the whole room was
quickly filled with flames and smoke.
O'Connell gave the alarm and hurried
around waking up the sleeping in
mates. The closet had formerly been an old
elevator shaft, and with the door open
a draft resulted that quickly spread the
fire thioughout the building.
Atejer-window could be seen tlujj
foims of half naked men, calling to
firemen in terror and a few moments:
later leaping from the burning build
ing to be crushed on the sidewalk be
low. Life lines, fastened at the win
dows, provided a means of escape for
scores of the lodgers.
linn Throuich thr Strertn.
Terror took possession of the men,
and a number of them started to run'
through the streets as soon as they
escaped from the building. The thinly
clad, frenzied men ran madly until
they were pursued, caught and taken
In ambulances to places of warmth.!
uozens are sick trom tne ettects 01
tfte smoke and gas inhaled. Some men,
apparently not hurt at all, were crying
abjectly and were not able to tell
what was the matter with them.
About 85 men were crowded into the
basement, sleeping when the fire was
discovered. They were unable to get
out. as the door was apparently locked.
Their cries attracted the attention of
the policemen and the basement door
was broken in. The -men poured out
of the basement like rats from a trap.
The firemen called to those in the
windows not to jump until nets could
be stretched, but all to little avail, for,
as fast as the flames roared nearer to
the window the men jumped. Fire
swept through the second and third
floors and damaged the structure to
the estimated extent of $2,500. The
cause of the fire has not been ascer
Two More Dir.
The seriously injured were taken to
the city hospital, and two died there
Six others are not expected to live.
READY TO ADMIT
President Believes Porto Ricans
Are Qualified for Full
TELLS CABINET AT MEETING
Secretary Metcalf Believed to Have
Found Frisco People Right in
Washington, Nov. 2S. For the first
time in several months there was a
full attendance at the cabinet meet
ing yesterday. A number of topics
were considered, the session being pro
tracted for almost three hours. One
of these related to.some feature of the
Cuban situation, but no statement was
obtainable on the subject.
The president believes the people of
Porto Jtico are entitled to American
citizenship and will recommend that
this be granted them, in a special mes-
sage to congress. The president has
expressed the opinion that it is lament
able that they do not now enjoy this
right. In this connection he noted that
although Porto Rico had sent a dele
gate to the Pan-American congress at
Rio Janeiro, that the delegate could
net even say he was an American citi
zen, and this also is the case if he vis
its Europe or any other foreign coun
I Mim-Ii l'l-nsrl.
The president was very much pleas
od with his visit to Porto Rico, which
he says is a fine country and her gov
ernment an excellent one. The peo
pie. he says, are prosperous.
With but two exceptions, the presi
dent expressed complete satisfaction
with the condition of affairs on the
isthmus of Panama as disclosed during
his three days' inspection of the work
there. One of the exceptions, the pres
ielent told his callers, related to the
sanitary feature of the quarters for
bachelor negro laborers. And this, he
pointed out, under ordinary circum
stances, will have been adjusted within
a very short time.
The president expressed himself as
impressed with the magnitude of the
undertaking at Panama and of the
way in which it is being carried out.
Mr. Roosevelt is not yet certain wheth
er he will recommend any special leg
islation in connection with the isth
mian work in tne special message
which he is to send to congress on
the subject. This will depend on the
fiill consideration of the matter be
tween now and next week.
onntilrrM JnpiineHf Troiililr.
President Roosevelt had a long con
ference wiih Secretary Metcalf at the
White house regarding the alleged dis
crimination against the Japanese res
idents of San Francisco. Mora than
a mcnih ago. when the agitation af
fecting the alleged discrimination
against the Japanese in San Francisco
was at its height, the president sent
Metcalf to that city to make a thor
ough and exhaustive investigation,
with a view to learning at first hand
the exact condition of affairs. It was
charged that the alleged discrimination
consisted among other things of deny
ing the Japanese equal school privileg
es with the whites and tovert acts
against Japanese merchants.
Iteport Is It duly.
Metc1i!f's report is now ready and
was considered very fully by the presi
dent last night. Metcalf has uniformly j
declined to discuss with the newspa
pers any conclusions he has rcaciiei.
but it has been generally understood
that it would show that the people 'f
San Francisco maintained that what ;
they had done in the matter of school
accommodations was entirely within
their rights and the whole matter was
one of local administration.
Whthir tht llf:il'on wilt nuiLo
Mefcalf's report public has not been
determined. He will give the question
consideration before taking njiy
further steps, lie has expressed an
xiety that all cause for complaint on
the part of the Japanese be removed
and has stated that he will do his ut
most to bring about a satisfactory set
tlement of the whole matter.
SAYS PAYN FIXED
PRICE AT $100,000
District Attorney Makes Startling
Charge in Trial of Mutual Life
New York, Nov. 2S. Charges that
Louis F. Payn, when state superinten
dent of insurance demanded $100,000
from the Mutual Reserve Life Insur
ance company under threat of showing
that the company was insolvent and
that President Frederick A. Burnham
had said he paid Payn $40,000 were
made by Assistant District Attorney
Nott today in the trial of George II.
EXPECT TO UNEARTH
OTHER BIG CRIMES
Detectives Quiz Clyde Rumsey, Youtrt
ful Train Robber Hearing
Marshall. Mo.. Nov. 2S. The prelim
inary heaiing of Jesse Clyde Rumsey
of Chicago, confessed train robber, set
for today, was postponed until tomor
row. Alton detectives who secured
Rumsey's confession yesterday, contin
ued today to question the prisoner re
garding other crimes which they pro
fess to believe he has committed. De
tectives say Rumsey is guilty with oth
ers of counterfeiting, ami expect to in
volve several men in the latter crime
before he is placed on trial.
Church Woman Liquor Seller.
Muskegon. Mich., Nov. 2S. Mrs.
Rosa Eckerman, a pillar in the Metho
dist church here, an ardent W. C. T. U.
worker and a society woman, was
found guilty yesterday of selling liquor
to minors from her drug store.
WAS NOT MOBBED
Sell ator Tillman
Advertised Lecture at
!FEW NEGROES TO BE SEEN
Talking Back by Few Members of Au
dience Only Approach to
Chicago, Nov. 2S. Predicting a race
war and warning the people of the
north that the negro question was the
most serious and dangerous of present
day issues. Senator Benjamin Ryan
Tillman of South Carolina, addressed
a large audieime of Chicagoans in Or
chestra hall last night. Senator Till
man was not mobbed, nor was he.
egged or hissed.
Leave City Sound noil Well.
A few argumentative individuals In
the house "talked back" and were sor
ry for it the senator engulfing then
under a sea of explosive rejoinders
but order was maintained and the dis
tinguished southern statesman made
his way to northern Wisconsin late at
night with whole skin and not in a
particularly unhappy mental state.
The senator was down for a speech
on "Should the United States Annex
Cuba?" but, as he had threatened in
the afternoon, he devoted nearly every
word of his address to the race prob
lem, and with supreme scorn and in
difference let his theme take care of
Kvery Sent In Occupied.
Every seat in the hall was occupied.
The audience, indeed, was a study.
There were only a few negroes. Pos
sibly 15 were scattered about the low
er floor and maybe twice the number
in the upper region, They made no
comment, conducted thernselves wth
perfect decorum and frequently laugh
ed Senator Tillman's antics.
SHONTS' DAUGHTER TO WED
Reported Theodora is to Marry a
New York, Nov. 28. A Paris dis
patch reports the engagement of Due
de Chaulnes Et De Picquigny and Miss
Theodora Shonts, youngest daughter of
Theodore Shonts, chairman of the
Panama canal commission.
Increase Switchmen's Wages.
Denver, Nov. 28. The Denver & Rio
Grande, Colorado & Southern, and Col-j
orado Midland railways have increased
J switchmen's wages 4 cents an hour.
FOR LADEN TREES AND CROWDED CRIBS,
AND BINS NOW FLOWING O'ER,
AND LUSCIOUS, TOOTHSOME, SWEET SPARK-RIUS,
AN J) COUNTLESS GOOD THINGS MORE -
FOR ALL OUR BLESSINGS, ALL OUR WOES,
FO 1 1 ALL OI'U CO U NT I .ESS .1 ( ) YS,
AND ALL THE EXQUISITE HEART-THROBS
THAT COME TO GIRLS AND BOYS
FOR ALL THE TINY BABIES SWEET,
FOR ALL THE DEAR OLD FOLKS,
FOR LOVE AND LIFE AND liREAD AND MEAT,
FOR SMILES AN J) TEARS AND JOKES-
FORM AND -MULTIFOLD,
FOR ENDLESS GIFTS WE TAKE,
FOR UNDESERVED BOONS UNTOLD,
WE OUR THANKSGIVING MAKE.
BEN S. LEMMON,
In St. Louis Republic-
Man Accused of Murder
of Grace Brown Heard
STATE RESTS ITS CASE
Usual Motion for Prisoner's
Herkimer, N. Y., Nov. 2S. The pros
ecution in the Gillette case rested this
forenoon and a motion to discharge Gil
lette was denied.
The court room was not crowded to
day when the cross examination of Dr.
S. S. Richards, one of the five physi
cians who performed the autopsy on
Grace Brown's body, was resumed.
District Attorney Ward attempted to
have Richards describe the condition of
the hair found in the skiff which Gil
lette used and which is alleged to be
Grace Brown's hair.
Knd of I lair Torn.
Richards said he found the end of
the hair he examined to be torn and
"It seemed to have been torn by vio
lence," said the witness, but the de
fense succeeded in getting that out of
"By torn and broken, you mean
what?" asked the district attorney.
"That it was ragged at the end."
In response to the prosecutor's ques
tioning, Dr. Richards said the end of
the hair he referred to was not the
(Continued On Paee Six.)
St. Louis, Nov. 28. The federal
grand jury today returned two indict
ments with a total of 72 counts against
the Waters-Pierce Oil company, charg-
ing the company with having accepted
rebates and discriminated in freight
SWELLS THE LOSS
Steamer J. H. Jones Known ';o
Have Foundered in Recent
THIRTEEN WERE DROWNED
Part of Wrecked Vessel Found
Jones Narrowly Escapes
Wiarton, Ont., Nov. 2S. Tho small
passenger steamship J. H. Junes, which
has not been heard from since the
great storm of last week, is now
known to have foundered off Cape Cro-
ker. The Jones was last sighted off
that point Thursday afternoon, having
left Owen Sound that morning. Yes
terday part of the cabin, a life boat
and several unidentified bodies were
found on the north shore of Christian
island by Indians, and it is thought the
passengers, believed to have num
bered 10, and entire crew of 13 were
lost when the ship was overwhelmed
by the storm. The Jones carried no
booking list, and the exact number of
passengers cannot be ascertained.
Skipper Old ill Seri lee.
The Jones, although a small boat,
was one of the staunchest on Georgian
bay, and its commander was one of the
most experienced on the lakes. It is
believed the ship was disabled in some
manner before it could seek shelter
and was overwhelmed by the gale. It
was well equipped with life saving de
vices, but they would prove of little
use in the storm, which was the most
severe of the present season.
The boat was owned by the Craw
ford Tug company, and plied between
Owen Sound, Wiarton and Manitoulin
island ports. It was built In 18S3 and
registered 152 tons.
The loss of the Jones with its crew
and passengers brings the total casual
ties of last week's storm up to 38 lives.
Tugs and steamers were sent out to
night from Wiarton, Owen Sound, Pen
etanguishine and Parry Sound to scour
Georgian bay in a quest for survivors
of the last boat, but it is believed the
search will be fruitless. All of the
members of the crew of the Jone3
lived in Wiarton, and the town is
plunged in gloom.
S'enmer Han Clone CnlL
Ashland. Wis.. Nov. 2S. It was by
the narrowest of margins that the big
fcteel steamer B. F. Jones escaped
foundering on Lake Superior with all
on board in tho storm of Sunday night.
After putting out from Duluth with a
cargo of grain, the steering gear of
the ship became disabled, allowing the
boat to fall off into the trough of the
sea. The tremendous tossing which
followed caused the cargo to shift ta
one side, bringing the steamers rail
down even with the water. When the
vessel managed to reach the shelter of
the Apostle islands the hatch covers
had been torn off by the seas, which
were washing into the hold. aler
was pumped into the trimming tanks
on the higher sidi to keep the ship
from capsizing. When the Jones
reached here it had a list of four feet.
DEADLY FIGHT IN
SHIP'S STOKE HOLE
Thirty Firemen on Vessel Battle With
Shovels and One of Number is
New York, Nov. 2S. One firemau
was ki'h'd. and a dozen severely beat
en in a desperate row between fireme'i
in the stoke hole of the Mallory linf;
steamer San Jacinto, as the vessel
was rounding Capo Hatteras enrotiU?
from Galveston Monday night. By
wireles from Atlantic City Captain
Evans notified police headquarters iti
this city so that when the San Jacinto
was docked- today a squad of police
wasthere to take the alleged murderer
and five others to the police station.
Emmanuel Conchero. a Cuban, is held
for the murder of Pietro Moiaera, who
died after he had been struck repeated
ly over the head with a shovel. It
was only at the point of their guns
that Captain Evans and the other
ship's officers subdued the fighters and
rescued Moiaera from his assailants.
The ship's officers say none of the ?,n
disclose what the nr.
AGENT WITH CRIME
Remove Mystery Surroundin3
Theft from Office at Kay
ford, VV. Va.
Charleston. W. Va.. Nov. 28. C,.E.
Adams, agent at Kayfor.l. near here,
has been ane.su d charged with lb"
robbery of the express office at that
place last Saturday when over $t..ouo
w;rs stolen. Assistant Ag; nt Disbar
was also arrested as an accomplice.
Seven hundred dollars, supjosed to be
part of the money lost, was found i'i
Adams' house. Adams had a slight
wound in his leg win n found bound
and gaggeel near the railroad track-:,
which he claims to be inflicted by rob
bers. When officers wmt to examine
his trousers to find how near the wea
pon was when find they pained h
wife had burned them.
MURDERER MAY BE
Hau, Professor Held at London
for Crime Talks Incoher
ently. London, Nov. 2. Karl Hau. all:-.
Stan, professor of Roman law lit
George Washington universitv of
Washington. D. C. who has been un
der arrest here since Nov. 7 on the
charge of murdering his mother-in-law
at Baden Baden, has apparently lo-t
his reason or is feigning insanity. Tor
several days he has been confined i:i
the prison infirmary closely guarded
owing to fear he may commit suicide.
When he was arraigned in the edie.
court today he talked incoherently an 1
the magistrate failed to get anything
further from the prisoner except. th
repeated statement, "I don't know
what, tins is ail about. J he case was
adjourn, d for a week.
IS RADLY NEEDED
Waterways Hearing at St. Louis Ad
St. Louis, Nov. 28. The waterways
hearing closed yesterday with talks by
L. C. Irvine and Captain Isaac T. Ma
son. Members or tho board stated that
this hearing practically completed the
investigations and a report will be
compiled which probably will be sub
mitted to the rivers and harbors com
mittee of the house of representatives
shortly after congress convened.
In its surveys the board has decide!
that a channel from Ix'kport, 111., to
St. Louis could be construct ed for $1,
5nu,.(Mio. The present hearing was to
determine whether the expenditure of
such a sum would be warranted by
the need for a deep channel.
Madrid, Nov. 2S. The cabinet has
Threatened to Kill Mag
nate Unless $1,000,
000 Was Paid Her,
BUT FALLS INTO A TRAP
At Trial She Declared Her Ob
ject Was to Save Mil
New York, Nov. 28. Charged with
threatening to kill John I. Rockefeller
unless he paid her $l,boo,ooo, Mrs.
Hose I) Una Keauvols Handheld, aged
In, was arrested today in front of the
offices of the Guardian Trust company.
At the district attorney's office Mrs.
Handfield said her husband has been
in the oil business bat had been ruine
by the Standard company.
Mrs. Handfield is charged with hav
ing forced herself into the olllee of
Rockefeller's secretary last Friday aad
declared she wanted $1,immi.imi(, and
that if she did not get it forthwith she
would kill Rockefeller and burn down
the buildings where the company's of
fices are located. It is charged t-Iie
displayed a revolver.
V.-ilr (tut ( heck.
Some one in the Standard oil offices
made out a check for $I,iioi,mm) drawn
to Mrs. 1 iandfield's order and payable
at the Guardian Trust company. She
accepted it, but the cashier of the
tru.-,t company was notified not to cash
the check. When Mrs. Handfield pre
sented it the cashier said the tru.:,t
company did not have that amoim,t of
money handy at that time. He asked
Mis. Handfield to return Wednesday
find she agreed to do so and departed.
Officials of the Standard company
and the Guardian notified the diht.ilct
attorney's ofliee :uid a warrant for tlii
arrest of Mrs. Handheld was Issued by.
tli" magistrate. When Mrs. Handfiel i
appeared today she was taken in the
di-trict attorney's office and question
ed. The district attorney afterward.
would not permit Mrs. Handfield to
talk to anyone.
Went lo Sim Soul."
When arraigned in police court the
woman said she had gone to Rockefel
Ier's office with the purpose of savl.ig
lii- s'oul. or if he refused fo have hm
M'til saved, to save for him "by bl.i-d
atonement." She had a re.o ver. S!i-
said she was a "saint of the s'm, inoo;'.
and wafer," and that she controlled
HiiKlcinit n I'lirrninn.
H rman Handfield, foreman of a
trunk' factory, the woman's lwn'jnud,
said his wife had been act in; in a
peculiar manner for some time, lie io
dared he had not been ruined by thJ
Standard Oil company, nor hid he
ever had dealings with that company.
Mrs. Handfield was sent to lUilevuo
hospital for observation as to iicr m n
STRAIN OF TRIAL
FATAL TO P0MER0Y
Freight Traffic Manager of New York
Central Road Dies at Brook
New York, Nov. 28. Frede rick Law
re nee Pome roy. freight truffle manager
of the New Yeuk Central railway is
ilead at his home In Brooklyn from
heart disease'. The worry he under
went in connection with the trial of
the New York Central for giving re
bates te the sugar trust, had tedd heav
ily on Pomeroy who was himself fined
$(;.mm personally for his connected
In the matter.
Infernal Machine In Mail.
Washington. Nov. 28. An attempt
was made yesterday by unknown par
tics to kill Burgess A. C. Marsh
through the medium of an Infernal ma
chine which he received by mall. The
arrangement failed to explode when
Merely a Bluff.
Toulon, Nov. 28. It became known
this morning that the squadron of war
ships which left Tonlejn early this
morning for Tangier was recalled by
BIG FIRE AT PEORIA;
FOUR REPORTED DEAD
Peoria, Nov. 28. The Day Carpet iV
Furniture company, one of the largest
in the city, was destroyed by fire this
aftcrneon. The lejss is already $75,000.
It is reported four lives were lost.