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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 170.
THE ARGUS, MONDAY. MAY 4. 1908.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ELEVEN KILLED, SEVERAL
IDG IN HOTEL FIRE
AT FORT WAYNE, INDIANA
New Aveline Destroyed Early Sunday Morning,
Blaze Spreading so Quickly That Dozens of
Guests Were Imprisoned in Their , Rooms.
MANY HURT IN JUMPING
Hotel Management Blamed for
ring General Alarm-
CHARLES BENJAMIN, Detroit,
MISS MARY BURKETT, Mishawaka,
J. W. DEVINNEY, Philadelphia.
J. E. ELLIS, Chicago.
M,ISS SARAH HATHAWAY, Mish
ISAAC HIRSCH, Chicago.
E. S. JOHNSON, Pana, III.
J. B. MILLER, Sheboygan, Wis.
W. A. PITCHER, Duluth, Minn.
TWO UNIDENTIFIED MEN.
' E. B. ATTY, Wabash, Ind. .
MAX WASSEM, Fort Wayne, Ind,
Drath Hull at Eleven.
Fort Wayne, Ind., May 4. The death
roll inhe New Aveline firc this morn
ing stood at 11 known dead with sev
eral persons still unaccounted for. A
dozen persons seriously injured by
burns are doing well at the hospitals,
except E. II. Matthews of Columbus,
Ohio, .whose death is hourly expected.
' Work All MKM.
The fire department, police and two
companies of militia, aided by many
laborers,. woi kjidJJirpUUpuJL .Xhft .Jiigh t -Lui
rowing into the ruins in search for
the dead. It was daylight before an
other body was recovered.
All Reeorda I.t.
- There arc a number of persons yet
missing, though how many and the
identity of. some of them is altogether
problematical, owing to the burning of
the register and other guest records of
the hotel. The total number of deaths
cannot be determined until the debris
has been completely searched.
The full list of fatalities may never
be known, as the register of the hotel
was destroyed and It will be days be
fore the charred bodies in the morgue
can be identified.
The cause of the blaze has npt been
discovered, but the investigation al
ready begun shows that the building
was a iiretrap.
The blaze spread so quickly through
the structure that many of the Victims
were roasted in their beds, while oth
ers, cut off from all escape, leaped
from the window to death,
There will be a full investigation of
the fire by the coroner and mayor. So
far the only thing for which the hotel
management can be censured was for
the failure to turn in an alarm
A telephone message from the ho
tel when the flames were discovered
called for a chemical engine only. It
was 15 minutes before the fire depart
ment arrived with ladders. During
this delay persons trapped in the up
per stories leaped to the ground.
Ilurun I.Ike I'nntehojiril.
The hotel was a six-story structure
of brick and wood, built in 1852. The
top story was of wood and when once
ignited this burned like .pasteboard.
It was here that the greater part of
'the deaths occurred.
The fire was discovered at 3:30 in
the morning in tho elevator shaft by
Night Clerk Ralph Hipkins." lie rush
ed to the .upper floors, alarming the
guests, until th'e flames, which had
spread with rapidity, drove him back.
The fire had spread to all parts of
the building within a few" minutes af
ter it wag discovered, and the whole
interior of the hotel was a mass of
flames when the first, engine arrived!
. - - Many Koreeil lo JaKp,
Cut off from the elevato and stair
ways by the flames, men and women
In the upper stories rushed to the
windows, and the firemen gave their
, first effort in an attempt to rescue
. these. . ,
Several were taken out In this man
ner, bu( as the flames .buret from the
v.indows others were forced to jump
before the ladders could.be raised to
their place of refuge, v . V v v ,
' - Others, having rooms nearer the fire
escapes, were able to reach them dur
" Ing the first Tew moments of the fire,
but It was not long before the falling
Gves Lost in Recent
1888 Temple Theater, Phila
delphia .... Scores
189frrCentral Theater, Phila
1893- Pike's Opera. House,
Cincinnati . .. Scores
1897 Yore's Opera House,
Benton Harbor, Mich..;....
1897 Robinson'sOpera House,
.Cincinnati, false alarm, panic
1897 Robinson's Opera House,
1897 Coliseum, Chicago
1900 Windsor Hotel, New
York . .......
2901 Klondike Theater, Mil
waukee 1902 Lincoln Hotel, Chicago.
1903 Iroquois Theater, . Chi
cago ....... f. 600
1908 Theater, Boyertown, Pa. 160
1908 School, Collingwood, O. 173
val!s broke these last paths to safety.
Most of those who were saved were
i a .1 til. ii. a At
acquainted with a rear
building, which could
exu oi uic
through a quarter which was last
burned. Among these was a score or
more of women epiployes of the hotel,
who were in the upper rooms In the
rear part of the hotel.
Six It urn In Tenement.
New York, May 4. Fire in a four
story brick tenement at 17 Humboldt
street, a thickly populated district of
Brooklyn, early yesterday killed six
persons and injured four.
- 'Jill the. members .of- one family; the
mother and four children, are dead.
There were thrilling rescues by police
Six or more persons trapped in the
upper stories saved themselves by
jumping into life nets.
for rulers of
Plot to Murder Gen.
Kitchener and Other
Calcutta, May 4. Police are investi
gal ing a native plot revealed here yes
terday to murder Europeans by means
of bombs. The further they go into
the matter the more serious and wide
spread does the conspiracy appear.
Aimed at Kitchener.'
Documents seized at the house where
the bombs and explosives- were being
manufactured revealed it was part of
a p.'ot to kui J.oru Kitchener, com -
mander-in-chkf of the British forces
in India and other high officials. The
authorities, believe they are facing .an
attempt at revolution. Sensational ar
rests are expected.
10HNS0N WILL TAKE -
ONLY FIRST PLACE
Minnesota Governor Denies That He
Is Possibility for Vice Presi
.Washington, May 4. Rumors of
combinations with" the end in view of
nominating Governor Johnson of Min
nesota for' vice president' on the demo
cratic ticket wiSre denied today , at
Johnson headquarters where the fol
lowing statement was given out:
"Johnson is' in the race for .the presi
dential nomination and if by any
chance he fails to get the presidential
nomination he will not under any. cir
cumstances accept: the vice presiden
tial nomination." ' 'r-' ,,
, Fish Out of thV;M. p. ;
New . York. May ' 4. Stuy vesan t
Fish today: tendered his resignation
as member of the board , of directors
aiKi execuuve, committee or tne Mis -
souri racinc railway. ,
ROYAL PAIR WED
Prince Wilhelm of Sweden and
Grand Duchess Marie
N Pavlovna United.
Event Significant as Sealing Friend
ship of Scandinavian Country
St. Petersburg, May 4. Prince Wil
helm of Sweden, second son of King
Gustave, the sailor prince, who visited
America- last year, was married yes
terday afternoon to Grand Duchess
Marie Pavlovna, cousin of the emper
or of Russia and daughter of Grand
Duke Paul Alexandrovitch.
The , ceremony took place at the
Tsarskoe-Selo and was accompanied
by all the pomp and brilliant display
of color characteristic of . the most
stately pomp court in Europe. The
day was marred by frequent heavy
falls of snow, which,' however, failed
to chili the enthusiasm of the great
crowds that gathered around the pal
ace to catch a glimpse of the emperor
J and other royal personages and the ar
riving guests. The crowds stood for
'.hours in the bleak and muddy palace
, square until the conclusion of the cer
Sealit International Friendship.
In the evening a great state ban
quct was' served, at which toasts were
drunk to the good understanding be
tween Sweden and Russia, recently
reached in the Baltic agreement, to
which yesterday's . wedding the first
in modern, times between the ruling
houses of two countries puts the seal.
The beginning of the nuptial ceremo-
nies was .announced by the flrinir of
fjve gns simultaneously at 9 o'clock
m the morning by the battery at
Tsarskoe-SHn arid hv the fortrpsa. at
St Peter and St. Paul in St. Peters
burg. The thunder of salutes was
heard almost uninterruptedly through
out the afternoon and evening. .
Item m fwr nut Few.
The wedding guests who took part
in the ceremony assembled at 2:30
o'clock in the afternoon at the great
palace at Tsarskoe-Sclo. , Only Pre
mier Stolypin, the members of the
cabinet, the president of the duma and
the presTdenToTTIie eouhcit of state,
the principal ambassadors to Russia,
and their wives, and a few of the high
est dignitaries of the empire found
place in the small blue and gold
chapel of the palace, where the ortho
dox ceremony was performed. The
other guests were stationed according
to their rank' in the various saloons
through which the bridal procession
Umprrmi Kobe the Ilrlde.
The robing of the bride was per
formed in accordance with the court
custoni iii the private apartments of
the empress. She was dressed by the
empress and the dowager empress, as
sisted by their maids of honor and
their ladies in waiting. On the bride's
head was a jeweled diadem, and from
her shoulders hung a long trained
mantle of strawberry velvet, lined with
ermine. In the procession the train
of this garment was borne by live
English Court Refuses to Interfere
With Plans for Promoting the
Welfare of the Jews.
London, May 4. The petition of the
Jewish colonial trust asking power
j from court to restrain its operation
. in, Palestine was dismissed this morn-
,,1e limit. ji tiicim;erj . uie
trust has a capital of 2,000,000 pounds
which has been subscribed with the
object of promoting the welfare of
1 t . Vr K A r 1. ml..
the Jewish race, in all parts of the
world. ; v
fie managers olj the trust contend
ed that , the colonization of Palestine
ana me neigiiDoring territory was
"the great ideal of Zionism and the
only object worth y entertaining."
Israel Zangwill . and other dissenters
bitterly bpposed the proposed scheme
of limitation. . . . . - -
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SQUADRON HEARING FRISCO
Warships Sighted Off Fortress Men
r ; docino ' - '' !
..' r- tt ' . . . 1
ocui B rancisco, way me mer
chants exchange received a message
from Fortress Mendoclna county, nine
miles north of here, stating the , Pa
cific squadron in command of Rear
AdWral Dayton passed that place at
8:30 this morning on the way to this
; Baroness Follows , Husband. '
Berlin, ; May 4. Baroness TJdo von
Ruexleben, who shot ; and ; killed " her
husband and then shot herself at. Rud
denberg; Friday, Is dead. ' . I, . "
..'v Bureau Director Dies, j
, VVasnincton. Mar - 4. Thomaa J
; Sullivan, director of the bureau of en
j graving and printing; died here today.
TO TESTIFY IN
Wife Willing to Go on Stand
as Witness to Aid in
MAY NOT ACCEPT AID
Case CcmesUp in Supreme
. Court in Proceedings on
. . .Habeas. Corpus.
, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., May 4. Harry
K. Thaw's fight for liberty continued
here today vf hen proceedings based
upon the writ of habeas corpus, taken
up at the instance of Thaw, was be
gun in the supreme court. Before the
opening of court Peabody of Thaw's
counsel said Evelyn Thaw,' who has
not seen her husband for over two
months, had offered to appear as a
witness in Thaw's behalf, but it had
not been determined whether her testi
mony is necessary or not.
Oppnxe Removal f t'nnr.
All attempts on the part of the New
York authorities to have the case re
moved from Dutchess county will be
bitterly opposed by Thaw's lawyers.
. Few Were Admitted.
As the capacity of the court room is
not more than 200, only those holding
idmission tickets were admitted. t A
score of women, were among the seek
ers. Thaw reached the court room iiH
custody of Dr. Amos T. Baker, acting
superintendent of the Matteawan asy
um, and two attendants.
Quarter In JniU
It has been decided Thaw shall not
be returned to the asylum while the
hearing is in progress, but shall be
confined in the Dui chess county jail.
Thaw expressed plvasure at the de
ltefunea to Trnnnfer.
Judge Morscliauser denied the mo
tion to transfer the hearing to New
York county. The proceedings ad
journed until next. Monday. In the
meantime the judge . will sit in New
York to hear, the peoples testimony.
CHURCH AND MAN
Judge R. W. Olmsted Speaks
for Brotherhood at First
RECALLS HENRY GEORGE
Applies Statement in New York Cam
paign to the Work Before Re
"The Church and the Man" was the
subject of an address last evening at
the First Methodist church by County
Judge R. W, Olmsted. The services
were in charge of the Brotherhood of
the church. Judge Olmsted in his ad
dress stated that the idea of his re
marks was suggested by the Tri-City
Social Service club, the president of
which Is a Jewish rabbi, and the mem
bership of which includes people of
Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faith.
Judge Olmsted likened the church to
a tree, the trunk of' which is the Jew
ish church, and the three main branch
es of which are the Grecian, Roman
Catholic, and .Protestant churches.
The foliage was likened to the many
institutions following in the wake of
the church, such as schools, hospitals,
and homes. :: v -
For All Mn. . ,;
The judge presented the idea that
there should, be some common ground
on which all branches ,of religion may
meet for higher moral standards.
Speaking of the man, the speaker
pointed ,out that man is the highest of
the -animal kingdom, and that the ani
mal kingdom is superior to the vegeta
ble'or, mineral kingdoms.: In man. is
the highest nature, intellectual and
moral, and the church has always la
bored to develop this1 nature. In clos
irig Judge Olmsted illustrated his idea
by telling of the first mayoralty cam
paign in ... New York, , when Henry
George, speaking before an audience
of laboring men. said emphatically
twice,' "I never said I was for .the la
boring men,"s and, afte a pause said,
f'l am for men." The "iudga applied
this idea to the church, and held that
the church .should be for men, and not
for any. particular, class of men..
: Judge E. C; raves of .Geneseo. will
be the speaker, at the next service of
the Brotherhood, next month.
BAILEY WINS FIGHT
Texas Senator Considers Elec
tion as Delegate-atLarge
BY PEOPLE OF MS STATE
Majority in Democratic Primaries Near
" ly 50,000 District Delegates
Are Friendly. ,
Dallas, Texas, May 4. Additional
returns make sure the victory of Uni
ted States Senator Bailey over his po
litical enemies in Saturday's election
for delegates to the national conven
tion. His .enemies concede that he has
won by approximately 40,000 majority.
SENATOR JOSEPH BAILEY.
His campaign managers contend that
the majority will exceed 50,001 Re
turns have been received fropi 800
voting precincts of the 3.000 precincts
in the state; on these renortsihe has a
majority of 32,000. These 800 pre
cincts are located in themore thickly
settled sections and represent approx
imately one-half of the vote cast.
Delegates Ills Friends.
Next to his own -success the most
gratifying feature of the result to Mr.
Bailey was that practically -all the 32
district delegates will be his friends.
There Is but one congressional dis
trict,, the Twelfth, where there is any
serious doubt as to the complexion of
the county conventions, that will meet
Tuesday to' send delegates to the state
and district conventions.
The outlook now is that the entire
Texas delegation to Denver, 3C mem
bers, will be composed of Bailey and
his friends, and at least 34 of them
will be of that complexion. Even the
Dallas district, the stronghold of the
anti-Bailey men, is for Bailey by five
majority in the district convention.
LETTERS FROM ROCK
Professor Carl Busch Killed by North
western Train at Sterling For-"
mcr Tutor of Nobility.
Letters-written by W. H. Dilworth
of this city were the means of iden:
tifying the remains of Processor Carl
Busch, a college" instructor, who was
killed by a Northwestern passengfr
train near Sterling "yesterday morn
ing, just after midnight. i The, dead
man, who was past middle a'ge, had
started to walk from Franklin Grove
to Sterling and was struck In the
back and hurled 30 yards, 'being in
stantly killed. .Whether he became
confused or courted . death is' not
known. The dead man was a former
tutor of Mr. Dilworth at Antioch col.
lege, at Yellow Springs, Ohio. ; He
had been out of employment for some
time. He was born in Germany and
was highly educated, having been pri
vate tutor in a number of the noble
families of that country before coming
to America, v " "
WOODMEN OF STATE
TO HOLD CONVENTION
Rock Island, Delegates and Head Of
ficers Depart for East St. Louis . '
to Attend Session.
The delegates from this city,; James
McNamara, C. J, Searle, D. II. Smith
and D. G. White, to the Illinois head
camp . meeting of "the ' M.' W.
A. , at " East St. Louis, go to
morrow evening. - There N are about
300 f delegates to the state . camp
Besides - routine business, . they will
endorse Major C. W. Hawee for reelec
tion as head clerk, and -will endorse a
candidate - for Director Reiley's "place.
The state camp will have 108 delegates
to the head camp which convenes June
16, at, Peoria. "' ; "; -
A. 'J. Rutledge of Elgin and S. . S,
Tanner, of Minier are the leading can
didatcs for directorship.; ". ' . --
r A , number ' of Woodmen from the
head office In this city , will ; also at
tend t the state convention Wednes
day, Among them are F. O.' .Van Gal
der and Loui3 Riley, who are already
there, ; Dr. E. , Lv JCerns, ' head . physi
THREE-CORNERED ROW INVOLVING
PANAMA, VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA
AWAITING THE DIPLOMACY OF TAFT
cian, F. M. Burt and Major C. W.
Hawes. . . '
CORN TOUCHES HIGH MARK
Sells at 704, Not Reached Since
Chicago, May 4. Corn today on the
board of trade touched 704 for May.
This is the highest figure ' at which
it sold since 1902 when-John W. Gates
and others attempted to . corner the
market. - It is said James A. Patten
and W. H. Bartlett were largely re
sponsible for the bullish demonstra
Local Option Resolutions Urge
Better Organization and
Call for a Meeting.
JOINT SESSION IS HELD
Rock Island and Moline Workers Dis
cuss Situation Convention at Y."
M. C. A. Here May 14.
A movement' for the more thorough
organization of the local option forces
of the county ' was started in Moline
yesterday, at a joint meeting of-the
Rock Island and Moline local i option
leagues, at the First Congregational
church. There were between 300 and
400 people present at the meeting, and
addresses were made by Mrs. W. W.
Bearby of Moline, Mrs. Marion Humphreys,-Rev.
V. B. Clemmer and Rev.
W. S. Marquis of this city, Rev. Paul
W. Brown and August Brisman of Mo
line. Dr. .Marquis presided as chair
man of the meeting. -'
fall Another Meeting.
During the afternoon resolutions
were adopted urging steps toward a
county organization and calling a meet
ing for Thursday morning, May 14, at
the Y. M. C A in., thii-xity,. for that
purpose. The resolutions are as fol
"Whereas, The battle with the or
ganized liquor traffic under the local
option law has been crowned with
such signal success in large portions
of the state; and.
'Whereas, Our local struggle and de
feat have served to reveal the strength
6f the enemy, which we cannot hope
to overcome except by the most deter
mined and united effort. Therefore,
be it . -
"Resolved, That it be the sense of
this joint meeting of the Ical Option
leagues of Moline and Rock Island
that 'the situation before us demands
the organization of a local option
league in every village, city and town
ship of the county, to educate, agitate
and concentrate public opinion against
the saloon and in favor of the local
Resolved. That we hereby extend a
call to the friends of the local option
law in Rock Island county, to attend
a meeting in the auditorium of the Y. M.
C. A. in Rock Island, Thursday, May 14,
at 10 a.m., to consider the organization
of a county local option league. We
suggest that this meeting.be a public
meeting open to all who may desire to
attend; "but that every local option
league, or similar organization now or
ganized, be urged to 'send at least
three delegates." , -.-.,"
Invitations were sent out this morn
ing, asking' the different societies to
send delegates, to the meeting.
FOR MURDER OF
Slaying of late Ruler of
Portugal and Son Will
Lisbon. May 4. The government
has completed Us investigation into
the plot that led to the assassination
of King Carlos and the crown prince,
but it would : appear the conspiracy
had, so many ramifications and that
so many persons of position arc either
suspected or Implicated, It has been
decided not to bring any prosecutions.
'': Will Craat Aataeatr.
Nevertheless, in order to" keep up
appearances, King ManucL wen.iie
takes his oath i of office, will "grant
general political amnesty. This, how
ever; ' will only - cover offenses up to
Jan. 30. The assassination occurred
Feb. 1. -
Occupation of Jurado on Ameri
can Advice Has Given
RUMORS OF INTRIGUE
Reported Two of the Countries
Are Preparing to Make
War on Other,
Carthagena, Colombia, May 4. The.
government at Colombia has reasod
to believe the government at Panama
is intriguing with Venezuela to de
clare war upon this country. It Is
known that the occupation of Jurado
on the boundary line between Pan
ama and Colombia has angered the
Amertea'n Advice Taken.
The occupation of Jurado was done
on advice, of the American govern
ment, which held it was clearly with-'
in Colombian territory.
One of Secretary Taft's chief mis
sions to Panama is to try to adjust
SECOND BILL DIES
Vreeland Currency Measure is
Dropped by House Com
mittee on Finance.
WANT A WEEK TO CONSIDER
Republican Leaders Framing Up
Something Acceptable to Caucus
. 'Called for Tomorrow.
Washington, May 4. The house
committee on banking and currency
today voted 13 to 3 to lay the, new
Vreeland financial bill on the table.
Chairman Fowler will today request
Speaker Cannon to grant the commit
tee a week for the discussion of all
pending currency measures under the
oidinary rules of .the house.
Ilepabllraa Leader Basr,
Washington, May 4. Republican
leaders of the house were busy today
Arying to agree upon a currency meas
ure which will be acceptable to the
republican caucus to be held tomor
row night, many of them favoring the
bill prepared by Representative Payne
which provides that national banks
may procure additional circulation by
deposit of United States bonds 'or cer
tificates of indebtedness as authorized
by the act of June 13. 1S98. the time
of extra circulation being limited by
the secretary of the treasury.
Senate Takes l p Appropriations.
Washington. May 4. Consideration
of the sundry , civil appropriation bill
was resumed in the house today. The
senate passed the house resolution ap
propriating $250,000 for the relief of
sufferers from the cyclone in Georgia,
Alabama. Mississippi and Louisiana
ORATORIO TO GIVE
Lamentation of French Composer is to
Be Sung at Augustana College
"Gallia," a lamentation Into which
Gounod, the French composer, put, the
strong feeling of chastened hope of
his nation following the Franco-Pcus-sian
war, will be rendered by the
Handel Oratorio society a4. Augustana
college Thursday evening. The great-
soprano solo, "Jerusalem! Jerusalem!,
which is a universal favorite wherever
oratorios are rendered will be sung by
the renowned soprano. Miss Grace'
Ames. No such composition of equal;
brevity has been more widely sung o1
more deservedly popular. This "wIII
give the public- an occasion to hear
one of Gounod's most successful com-
positions. 4 '""': " ;".
OROWHED OH WAY
Hundred Twenty Russians' Low Lives
'.l ':, When Ferry in Dneipar River ' r9
. .- Sinks. :
, St. Petersburg, May C 4. A " ferry
boat ' on the river , Dnelper ; capsized
yesterday near Bykhoff, government of .
Mohiloff, and 120 persons returning
from church were drowned.
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