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FIFTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 82.
MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1907.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
AID IS WITHDRAWN
END IS IN SIGHT
OUT OF ITS BANKS
LOWS UP TRAIN
Flood in Ohio Believed to be
Rock River Clogged by the ice
Near the Highest
Sets New High Mark at
Rear Admiral Davis Requested to Leave Strick
en City by Governor Swettenham in Note
That Reflects on Americans.
UNITED STATES AND
London Has Received No Explanation of Officials'
Act and Professes to Believe it Was Result of
Mental Strain Caused by Calamity.
Washington, Jan. 21. From official sources it is learned no attention
will be paid by this government to the action of Governor Swettenham ask
ing Admiral Davis to withdraw his forces from Kingston. It is held here
the act of the governor is that of a single individual for which the British
government is no manner to be held responsible.
SWETTKMIAM SKM)S TIIWKS.
London, Jan. 21. Thi3 afternoon the colonial office received a dispatch
from Governor Swettenham asking the British government to convey to the
government of the United States the thanks of Jamaica for American assist
ance rendered by Admiral Davis. The tefegram contained no mention of
the incident involving the departure of the American warships.
Swettenham's dispatch has been forwarded to the state department at
Washington with additional thanks of the government of Great Britain fo
aid renderedby the American admiral.
Washington. Jan. 21. Rear Admiral
Evans notified the navy department of
the arrival at Guantanamo early today
of Rear Admiral Davis and battleships
Missouri and Indiana, and cruiser
Yankton from. Kingston.
(iovrriior'a Aet I'ralurf.
New York, Jan. 21. The feature of
the news from Kingston today is the
declaration of Sir James Alexander
Swettenham, governor of Jamaica, to
accept American aid and the departure
in consequence of the American war
j hips under command of Rear Admiral
Davis. ' .
' "Rid KrAierce With Ilia. "
Swettenham's action appears not to
have the views of the people and
city officials of Kingston. It is report
ed the city council met after the inci
dent became known and promptly dis
approved of the English governor's ac
tion, and not only sent a letter of regret
to Davta. but asked him to reconsider
the decision to leave anr remain with
the American ships. a3 every aid was
still urgently needed.
Ilitd So AltfranCrr.
Davis replied he had no alternative
but go in accordance with the desire
of the constituted authorities. English
newspaper comments on the incident
are all unanimous In regretting the oc
currence and expressing the hope the
good relations existing between the
United States and Great Britain will
not be endangered thereby. ,
Wire for Information.
London, Jan. 21. After conferences
today between officials of the foreign
office and the colonial office, the latter
cabled Governor Swettenham of Ja
maica, asking him for his version of
the situation which led to the with
drawal of Rear Admiral Davis war
ships from Kingston on Saturday.
Nothing had been received from- the
governor concering any phase of the
incident up to noon, and his reply to
the specific request is "now anxiously
Korrljtn OfHre Surprised.
Xo persons were more surprised at
the action of the governor than offi
cials of the foreign office, who learned
the first particulars through the press.
"It is unexplainable," said an official
of the foreign office to the Associated
Press. "If it was not - for Governor
Swettenham's letter, which is so full of
inconsistencies, it would be impossible
to believe he has taken such action.- I
am sure np one can regret it more than
we do. Swettenham has always been
considered to be an excellent governor,
but it is hard to see how he can justi
fy his letter to Davis.
May D Irreaponalble.
. "The most charitable view to take is
he is overwrought by the great nervous
strain resulting from the disaster, ani
it is a great relief to hear there has
nofbeen any real trouble or foundation
for any. Dut this does not explain the
governor's letter, which In one line
Feems to chafe while in the next he
refers to the American efforts to assist
In relief work. ' J
Had Bern Commer ' "
"It is difficult to fin .tlfication for
the governor's lett"' Is a great sur
prise, to. us,, a" n, the, news .came
that Admi' flvans had dispatched
Bhips' t-ngst6n. 'and 'later, ' When a
force"ta been landed -to -help -in- main
taining order and in caring for the
wounded, the greatest appreciation was
expressed on - every hand. Nowhere
did we hear any criticism of landing
armed men, which seemed quite nat
ural in the circumstances, and it is
hard to realize how anybody could ob
ject to it.
Ankeil to Snjenl Judgement.
"We shall make every effort to have
the affair cleared up without delay.
We hope Americans will withhold their
judgment until this can be done."
,m by Delayed DNpntch.
Kingston. Jamaica, Jan. 19 (De
layed). The United States warships
Missouri and Indiana, the gunboat
Yankton, and the supply ship Celtic
have saile:! away from Jamaica with
all their stores and medicines for the
relief of the quake sufferers following
the peremptory request of Governor
Real Arirnmil I HtTtstfders to weigh
anchor followed the receipt from the
governor general of an insulting note
demanding the withdrawal of the Unit
ed States marines.
I'. S. Warbtp to Itrmain at Cuba.
The American warships are destined
for Guantanamo. Cuba. They intend
to remain there.
Rear Admiral Davis' mission of mer
cy to stricken Kingston came to its
abrupt and painful conclusion in con
sequence of Governor Swettenham's
objection to the presence of American
sailors engaged in the work of clear
ing the streets, guarding the property,
and succoring the wounded and sick,
culminating in the letter to the ad
miral requesting him to reembark
forthwith all parties which had been
Admiral YVaatea No Time In Sallinsr.
Admiral Davis was greatly shocked
and pained, and paid a formal visit to
Governor Swettenham today, inform
ing him that the United states ship3
would sail as soon as possible.
Admiral Davis said that immediate
compliance with Governor Swetten
ham's request was the only course con
sistent with the dignity of the United
YankeeM Arrival Nettle fiovernor.
The friction between the governor
and the admiral began with the arrival
of the American warships, when the
governor objected to the firing of a sa
lute in his honor on the ground that
the citizens might mistake the firing
for a new earthquake. He also declar
ed there was no necessity for Ameri
can aid that his government was fully
able to preserve order, tend the
wounded, and succor the homeless.
Nevertheless, Rear Admiral Davis
landed parties of bluejackets, who pa
trolled the streets, cleared the debris,
razed ruins, attended many of the
wounded, and won the highest praise
from citizens and military officers for
their excellent work.
Attempt to Smooth Matter.
On the afternoon of the salute inci
dent. Rear Admiral Davis wrote Gov
ernor Swettenham as follows:
"My Dear Governor: I beg you to
accept my apology for the mistake of
the salute this afternoon. My order
was misunderstood and the disregard
of your wishes was due to a mistake
in the transmission cf my. order. I
trust the apparent disregard of your
wishes will bo overlooked.
"I landed working parties from both
ships today to aid in clearing the vari
ous streets and buildings, and purpose
landing parties tomorrow for the same
purpose unless you expressly do not
Appeal to SnrKf.ham'n Humanity.
"I think a great deal may be done in
the way of assistance to private Indi
viduals without Interfering with the
forces of yourself and the government
officials. As the only object of my be
ing here is to render such assistance
as I can, I trust you will justify me in
HOMELESS ARE IN MISERY
Cold Weather Adds to Suffering of
Those Forced from Their
Cincinnati, Jan. 21. The Ohio river
at this point has stood stationary for
several hours and it is believed the
end of the flood Is in sight, and pos
sibly the river may not go higher. It
will fall slowly, however, the immense
body of water below here holding back
the flood. Losses and suffering will
continue for some time.
Towuk Still Snfe.
Reports from Lawrenceburg and Au
rora, Ind., which were threatened with
destruction, are both towns were still
safe this morning although the danger
Increases hourly. Louisville river con
tinues to rise this morning and is 12
feet above the danger line. Cold
weather added to the misery of the
homeless who are existing in ware
houses, school houses, etc.
this matter for the cause of common
"I had a patrol of six men ashore
today to guard and secure the archives
of the United States consulate, togeth
er with a party of 10 clearing away
wreckage. This party, after finishing
its work at the consulate, assisted a
working party to catch thieves, recov
ering from them a 'safe, taken from a
jewelry store, valued at $5,000. From
this I judge that the police surveil
ience cf the city is inadequate for the
protection of private property.
Offer Mcli-nl Aid. IleHlilen.
"Actuated by the same motive
namely: common humanity. I shall di:
rect the medical officers of my squad
ron to make all efforts to aid cases of.
distress which perhaps do not come the foot of Michigan street in yester
uuder the observation of your medical day's gale. The boats ashore are:
officers. Tlle Burt W. Smith, William Notting-
"I shall have pleasure in meeting; ham, J. Q. Riddle, Monroe C. Smith,
you at the hour appointed, 10 a. m., and A. G. Brower. All these vessels
at headquarters house. ' are modern freighters, and most of
I trust you approve of my action in
"C. H. HA VI Aft ifcii' A iTliflr SI."
lteply I Order to (let Out.
Governor Swettenham responded on
Friday as follows:
''Dear Admiral: Thanks very much
for" your letter, your kind call, and all
the assistance given or offered us.
While I most heartily appreciate the
generous offers of assistance, I feel it
my duty to ask you to reembark the
working party and all parties which
your kindness prompted you to land.
"If, in consideration of the vice con
sul's assiduous attentions to his fam
ily at his country house, the American
consulate needs guarding in your opin-
ion although he was present and it j of necks toward Rockefeller. He reach
was not guarded an hour ago I have ej for njs pocket to get a coin and
no objection to your detailing a force j
for the sole purpose of guarding. But
the party must have no firearms and
nothing more offensive than clubs or
staves for this function.
Make Sneering: Comment on Navy.
"I find your working party thi3
morning was helping Mr. Croswell
clean his stofe. Croswell was delight
ed that the work was done without
cost. If j'our excellency should re
main long enough I am sure almost all
the private owners would be glad of
the services of the navy to save ex
penses. "It is no longer a question of human
ity. All the dead died days "ago, and
the work of giving them burial Is
merely one of convenience.
"I would be glad to accept delivery
of the safe which it is alleged thieves
had possession of. Ine American vice
consul has no knowledge of it. The
store is close to a sentry post, and the
office of the post professes ignorance
of the incident.
Willing; to Leave A'U to Police.
"I believe the police surveiaance of
the city is adequate for the protection
of private property. I may remind
your excellency that not long ago it
was discovered that thieves had lodged
in and pillaged the residence of sr-i?
New York millionaire during his ab
sence in the summer, but this wouia
not have justified a British admiral
landing an armed party and assisting
the New York police.
I.eta Admiral Cool Ilia 1 1 rein.
When Rear Admiral Davis called at
th headquarters house this morning to
bid farewell to Governor Swettenham,
he waited 15 minutes. He then Inform
ed the governor's aid that he wouid
wait no longer, and requested him to
tell the governor that In consequence
of his attitude in not desiring Ameri
can aid, he had countermanded Presi
dent Roosevelt's order dispatching the
supply ship Celtic, laden with beef, for
the relief of Kingston.
Governor Swettenham arriving at
that moment, there was a brief private
meeting and the governor escorted
Rear Admiral Davis to his carriage.
May Not Ileballd City.
Santiago, Cuba, Jan. 21. The steam-'still
Lake Shipping Hit Hard.MUCH live stock drowns
in Vicinity of
LOSS IS $2,000,000
Five Vessels Worth $12,000,
000r3sprne; Heavily Load-
Buffalo, N. Y., Jan. 21. So far only
two deaths have been reported as a
direct result of, the storm. These oc
curred at Dunkirk where an 11-year-old
girl was drowned and Mrs. Henrietta
Soldwick killed by. flying debris.
In Buffalo it Is estimated the xtorm
did from a million, and. a half to. two
million dollars' damage. At Niagara
Falls, $50,000 damage was done to the
Great Gorge railroad and city build
ings. Many Plaeen Suffer.
From every city and town along the
lake reports of great damage are re
ceived. Inland towns also 'suffered
considerably. The stirm lasted al
most 24 hours, during which tirr.o the
velocity of the wind varied from 42 to
S5 mile's' per hour. The greatest losses
will be those sustained by the marine
interests. , S
Five Venaela Beaebed. --
Of ' the 23 vessels anchored under
the lee of the breakwater near the har-
entrance five took to the beach at
them are still laden with gram., lnetr
i.i l i . i j : i n
total vahiatlonT-is. not far from $12,-
f ooo.ooo; ..mw
ROCKEFELLER IN SAME
PEW WITH TWO NEGROES
Oil Magnate Attends Service for Col
ored People at Augusta, Ga.
Puts $20 in the Plate.
Augusta, Ga.. Jan. 21. John D.
Rockefeller, who was in Augusta yes
terday, attended morning service at
Big Beitel, the leading negro Baptist
church in the city, and occupied a pew
with two negroes. When the plate
was passed there was another craning
partly withdrew it, but he hesitated
and his hand went back and got anoth
er piece of money, a silver dollar,
which he dropped in the plate. After
the plate had been passed, Rockefeller
astonished the negroes by summoning
the bearer back and emptying his
pockets of change into the plate. There
was about $20 in all.
er Ottri, which arrived from Kingston
Saturday brought oyer 300 refugees.
The survivors report not a single
house in Kingston remains serviceab'e.
All will have to be rebuilt, which pos
sibly will not be done, as many think
the site of the city unsuitable.
Late Candidate Seriously III.
Detroit, Jan. 21. William C. McMil
lan, one of the candidates for United
States senator at the recent election,
is today said to be in a critical condi
tion from pneumonia.
Republican Senators Will Pass
Washington, Jan. 21. An agreement
was reached1 today by the republican
senators on the substitute resolution
on the Brownsville question which Is
to be introduced by Senator Foraker
and it Is asserted will receive the
unanimous vote of the majority party.
Foraker. at the conclusion of the
routine business, introduced the com
promise resolution in relation to
Brownsville. The resolution is identi
cal with that introduced by Foraker
Dec. 19 except the words "without
questioning the legality or Justice of
any act of the president in relation
thereto" were inserted.
SHEA JURY STILL
UNABLE TO AGREE
Chicago. Jan. 21. At" 2 this after
noon the. jury in the Shea cass was
out with npsign of a. verdict.
Residents of Lowlands Have Narrow
Escapes C., B. & Q. Bridge is
Sterling, 111., Jan. 21. (Special).
Rock river has set a new high mark at
Prophetstown, exceeding the flood
stage.of 18C8, and is still rising. While
there has been no loss of life, immense
damage has been wrought and a num
ber of persons barely escaped drown
ing. It is estimated that 400 cattle,
COO hogs, and 200 sheep have been lost
in the vicinity of that town.
From Prophetstown to Erie the
channel of the river is clogged with
ice and all sorts of, rubbish that tin
floods of the last three days gathered
from the headwaters of the stream.
The debris was held in place by the
wind and made solid by the freeze of
last night and yesterday, and while the
volume of water in the stream in it
self would not be dangerous ordinarily,
under the existing circumstances it is
forced out over the bottoms for miles.
Scores of farm houses are surround
ed and many have been abandoned.
While so far as is known all the inhab-j
itants have escaped, it has been im-'j
possible to rescue much of the live
stock. There are now 100 head of
starving animals marooned on the
bridge across Rock river at Prophets
town with no way to carry feed to
them or to get them off to the main
In the families of John Anderson
and another farmer named Folkers
near Prophetstown. who are held at
their homes cut oft from the world by
high water there are children seriously
ill. It is impossible for physicians to
Three Narrow F.ncnpfB,
Three narrow escapes from drown
ing have been reported hear Sterling
John Hunt living north of the city, was
driving over a bridge across a small
stusnm when it collapsed and lie was
thrown into the flood k .IJrnanaged. talfZ?smenta oXtdi&sjOjejMlie
swim ashore, but his team was
Peter Gremen, living south of the
city, drove into a washout and escaped
by swimming, while his horse was lost.
William Gerben and family, while
driving in a two seated wagon south
of town, went into a ditch. All the
occupants of the wagon got out
through the rear end of the vehicle.
but the horses were drowned
The C, B. & Q. pile bridge across
Rock river on the line between Den-
rock and Fulton has been washed out
and the steel bridge has been weaken
ed so that it can not be used
The water rose a foot at Prophets
town between 9 a. m. and noon, while
at Sterling it fell two and one-half feet.
HAD A PAIR OF APPENDIXES
Young Woman -Operated on at Des
Moines Surprises Surgeons.
Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 21. Two ap
pendixes, side by side within an inch
of each other, were discovered in the
body of Mrs. Ralph White, 23 year
old. by the operating surgeons at the
Methodist hospital in this city. Ap
pendicitis had diseased both. Since
the operation the patient has made
good progress toward recovery. The
case is claimed to be the first medical
phenomenon of its kind known.
BLAMES W. C. T. U. FOR FALL
Bartender Who Fell on Ice at Fountain
Chattanooga, Tenn.. Jan. 21. A pub
lic fountain erected by the Woman's
Christian Temperance union is respon
sible for serious Injuries sustained by
H. C. Whipple, a bartender, according
to allegations which he has just made
in a suit against the city of Chattanoo
ga. Whipple declares that the foun
tain leaked and the water froze on the
street, and that as he was passing the
fountain he slipped and fell, injuring
himself seriously. The fountain was
erected about a year ago. In a radius
of five blocks around it are most of the
saloons of the city.
ORDER AGAIN FOR TANGIER
France and Spain Decide to Withdraw
Paris, Jan. 21. Order has been es
tablished at Tangier. France and
Spain have agreed to withdraw their
squadrons immediately from Moroccan
waters. The signatories of the Alge-
ciras convention will be notified of this
Indicts Doctor for Slander.
Bloomington, 111., Jan. 21. The fed
eral grand jury has returned an indict
ment against Dr. A. B. Campbell of
Clinton, alleging that he mailed an ob
jectionable letter to Mrs. Maud Don
nelly a member of the Presbyterian
church choir there, which resulted In
her resignation from that organization.
Dr.-Campbell protests his innocence.
Terrible Disaster Apparently Due to Evasion
of Tariff on High Explosive Rends and
Scatters Human Beings.
SECOND HORROR IN
Passenger Passing Freight on Siding at Sanford,
Ind., at Time of Accident Many Bodies
Terre Haute, Ind., Jan. 21. The ex
act number of persons killed in the de
struction of the Big Four passenger
train at Sandford will probably never
be known. The coroner has a record
cf 10 dead, but it is known the record
is far from complete. The number of
dead is at least 25, according to the
It is believed several bodies were
burned in the fire that followed the ex
Four More May lle. '
Paris. 111., Jan. 21. Of the 23 vic
tims of the Sandford, Ind., disaster
brought to this city, four may die, six
are seriously injured, and the others
are Injured about the head and neck
by particles of glass and gravel. It is
believed several will lose the sight of
one or both eyes.
Wilbur Menke and E. C. Sisk of this
city, who assisted" in the work of res
cue, say fully half a dozen bodies were
cremated in the wreckage of the train.
. tintht-r I p IloilieM.
Terre Haute, Ind., Jan. 21. A force
of men spent yesterday gathering the
by the powder explosion which last
night destroyed a Big Four accommo
dation train at Sandford.
The full cost of the explosion will
not fall short of 40 lives. Of those who
escaped with lives none escaped in
jury. In the case of several of these
death is regarded as inevitable.
Mont Horrible of Wreck.
In explanation of this the most hor
rible of all railroad wrecks several
causes have, been advanced. The one
which officials of the Big Four advance
is that of criminal negligence or fraud
in packing the car of powder responsi
ble for the horror.
The railroad officials are almost con
vinced there was dynamite mixed with
the powder in the car that exploded
The great difficulty will be to prove
this, as not a vestige of car or Con
tents, remain. A former employe of
the Fontanet powder mills near here
says it is a common practice to ship
dynamite at powder freight rates,
which is five times as cheap as dyna
mite rates. The railroad commission
of Indiana will make an investigation
nilled to Knot Alton.
The carload of powder was billed
from Concord Crossing, Mass., to East
Alton. The Big Four road received it
from the Grand Trunk railroad. The
freight train hauling the powder took
a switch at Sanford to allow the Big
Four local train running from Indiana
polis to Mattoon, III., consisting of the
engine, combination mail and baggage
car, smoking car, and one coach, to
As the local was running past the
freight and almost at the instant
when the crowded passenger car was
abreast of the powder car the powder
Rxaet Canoe n Myaterj-.
The first theory advanced was that
sparks from the passenger engine ig
nited the powder, ' This, it is declared.
would have been impossible. Another
theory was that the freight was stand
ing, over a leaking gas pipe line, and
that the gas had poured into the pow
der car. It was found, however, that
the pipe line is some distance from the
The theory which the county author
ities hold is that the car was laden
with dynamite or nitroglycerin, packed
with criminal carelessness, and that
it was exploded by concussion.
Frightful Kffeet of Exploalon.
Though the exact cause of the ex
plosion is not definitely known, the
countryside for nearly a quarter. of. a
mile 'around .bears evidence of its
The explosion. shattered every car in
the passenger train and eight cars in
the freight train. The heavy mogul
engine of, the passenger was hurled
50 feet into an embankment. Trucks
of- the tender were hurled 50 yards
over and beyond the engine. The tank
was thrown 100 yards. The three
coaches were splintered into kindling
24 HOURS ON BIG 4
and scattered in a radius of 500 or COO
Every house in Sandford was moro
or less damaged. Hardly n pane of
glass was hft. One home 500 yards
from the track was almost destroyed.
The shock was felt for T,0 miles, and
felt like an earthquake.
'I'liouMiintl Feet of Trm k Torn 1'p.
One thousand feet of the track was
torn up and a great hole shows whero
the powder car stood. Wires and poles
were blown down for a distance of
nearly a quarter of a mile.
The explosion occurred a few min
utes after 9 o'clock, and for hours the
little hamlet of Sandford was isolated
with its tragedy. The first aftermath
of the disaster resembled a scone from
the inferno. By the light of lanterns
the farmers of the neighborhood
searched the fields for the dead and
dying, while about the burning cars,
where it was light enough to see tho
horror, others sought to succor thoBo
found in the blazing wreckage.
ltnln I'oura Down on Horror.
To add to the horrr it all a bit
ter cold rain fell pitilessly and a fierce
wind was blowing. No description can
convey even a faint perception of
those awful moments of agony when
the maimed ones, being slowly roasted
alive, cried, begged, and shrieked for
help and the help they begged for so
piteously was impossible because no
power of human hand could have re
moved the heavy steel and timbers
that held them while flames slowly de
voured them. To many of those death
must have come as a relief.
Taken to IloapMala.
The dead were taken to the morgue
either in this city or at Paris, 111.. 12
miles to the west of Sandford. Twenty-two
injured were taken to the hos
pital in Paris and seven to St. Antho
ny's hospital In this city. Most of
those brought to Anthony's were in the
rear coach when the explosion oc
curred. It was 2 o'clock in the morning, five
hours after the explosion, that the
first relief train reached Sandford.
This train was sent by the yardmaater
at Paris without orders.
It was not until 9:30 in the morning
that complete relief and wrecking
equipment reached the scene.
STATE SCHOOL WILL
ASK SUM OF $2,600,000
University of Illinois Wants Legisla
ture to Provide Many New
Urbana, 111.. Jan. 21. An appropria
tion of f2,COn,ooo, exclusive of the
$383,000 for tho medical college at Chi
cago, will be asked from the legisla
ture by the University of Illinois. Of
this sum, $1,000,000 is for running ex
pirees for two years and the remain
ing $1,000,000 is desired for new build
ings for the university campus. Thee
buildings are asked: Physics labora
tory, $250,000; natural science addi
tion. $150,000; administration, $150,
000; addition to armory, $100,000; ad
dition to University hall, $250,000; ad
dition to library, $100,000. For addi
tion to the university plant $C2.000 Is
asked, and $30,000 for the running ex
penses of the veterinary college to be
given by the Chicago packing interests
and located In Chicago. An increase
of $100,000 in the appropriation for
operating expenses for two years Is In
cluded in the budget.
MINERS SUPPORT MITCHELL
. . .. . j
Adopt Report of President In Opposi
tion to That of Lewis. ,
Indianapolis, Ind., Jan. 21- After an
all day discussion, the United Mine '
Workers of America Saturday adopted
the report of President Mitchell and
refused to-concur in the report of Vice
President Lewis. President Mitchell
had indorsed the action of the last national-convention
In allowing miners
to sign agreements by districts. Vice
President Lewis has taken the oppo
site position. President Mitchell again
'took the floor today and defended his