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FIFTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 313.
llM PLANT IfJ OPERATiOtJ
GAIfl VJITHIM WEEK OR TWO
Though Planing Mill and Yards Were Destroyed in
Last flight's Fire, Sash arid Door Works Fac
tory, Will Soon be Running.
ESTIMATES PLACE TOTAL LOSS AT $551,200
Damage is Fully Covered by
- Are That Explosion of Coal Dust in Shed
r Started the Conflagration.
Causa Explosion of coal dust.
Loser Rock Island Sash and
Door works. Rock Island Lumber &
Manufacturing company, the Rock
Island, Burlington, Milwaukee, D,
R. I. & N, W. railways, and the tel
egraph and telephone companies.
Area burned over About 10
Sash and Door works $500,000
Lumber & Manufacturing
Rock Island read .......... 3,000
Burlington road ... 1,500
Telegraph and phone com
The big fire at the Rock Island Sash
and Door works plant, which caused
damage to ; the extent of nearly $350,
000, according to estimates made to
day by those In charge of the indus
tries involved, will not long prevent
the operation of the Rock Island Sash
and Dooasiworks plant. P. W. Strick
land, general manager of the cowpshT.
stated this morning that work has al
ready! been begun In clearing up the
debris; and that he hopes within a
week or 10 days to have the plant in
operation again, although probably not
at full force.
"The main factory building is dam
aged somewhat, and the machinery and
belting are somewhat injured from the
heat ant) water, but I think that with
in a week the plant will be running
T. A. Herzog, superintendent of the
plant; stated that the damage to the
factory was not so great as to prevent 1
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operatlons in a short time. "The plant
will be running again within a week,"
he said.. j
The Sash and Door works have been
employing about 350 men, and it is
fortunate that the entire plant was not
crippled ep that the plant could not
resume operations soon.
. Estimate of Dauiaxe.
Mr. Strickland said, in referring to
the damage: "The loss to the Sash and
Door works is very difficult to esti
mate. In fact, all that we can do at
present Is to guess at the figure. I
think it will be between $450,000 and
$500,000. I believe that that figure
will not be far off the mark. The in
surance Is fully equal to the loss. It
was handled through the Hayes &
Cleaveland agency, and was placed by
that agency with other local agencies
and various companies. I do not know
the exact figure, but it is between
$450,000 and $500,000."
It was Impossible to secure a de
tailed statement of the insurance, but
II. H. Cleaveland last evening stated
that the portion of the Sash and Door
works'-plant destroyed is( verel by
about $40O.Q00 insurance. There are
in the neighborhood of 300 policies.
ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 in
Arthur B. Du Von, general manager
of the Rock Island Lumber & Manu-
facturlng' company, stated that the loss
to that company is approximately $45,-
000, although, as in the case with the
Sash and "Door works, an accurate es-
timate is . impossible at . the , present
time. The lumber company's loss con-'
slsted of the destruction of two coal
sheds,' containing immense quantities
of hard and soft coal, and two sheds
in which dry lumber and building ma
terial . was stored. : la . addition, there
was Borne damage to the main lumber
shed, and the company had quantities
of lumber piled in the yards with the
Sash and Door works stock.
The Rock ..Island places Its loss at
about $3,000. The main items of loss
to the Rock Island were the destruc-
tion of the ice bouse, containing 300
tons . of ice, and valued with its con
tents at $1,500, and the damage to the
brldgft over the Sylvan slough. The
tieii for some - distance- "across the
bridge and - the timbers of the ap
proach were badly burned, and had to
be almost ntirely replaced. In adni
THE BIG FIRE
Other . railways
Approximate total $551,200
Insurance The loss is practically
covered by insurance.
Plans to rebuild The Sash and
Door works plant will resume oper
ations in week, and will probably
rebuild its plant with the exception
of the old sawmill. The lumber
company will probably also rebuild
Number injured Three persons,
tiou, the company suffered loss from
the twisting of rails, damage to it3
telegraph lines, and other minor dam
age. The railway traffic on the Rocij
Island was tied up completely from
7:30 until 2 this morning, when the
repair gangs had put the track and
bridge in shape, for operation. The
Rock Island had $750 insurance on the
ice. Jxonfee and its contents. .
The telegraph lines along the river
bank were tangled and broken and the
poles were burned, causing a loss of
between $700 and $1,000, according to
estimates of their line managers.
The Brulington lost four foreign
cars, in transit, three loaded with coal
and one with lumber. The loss is es
timated at between $1,500 and $2,000.
The Burlington had another siring of
cars directly back of the Sash and
Door works boiler room, but they did
not get on fire. The intense heat caus
ed a small blaze to start on one of the
cars, but prompt use of water saved
. . ... .,
moved from the siding, as they were on
a track with its only outlet in the cen-
ter of the lumber yards. It was impos
sible for an engine to go over these
e'eral Building Burned,
The Sash & Door Works loss is
principally in lumber and stock. There
was about 8.000.000 feet of lumber in
the yards when the last inventory was
taken, and the greater portion of this
was destroyed. In addition to the
lumber loss, the following buildings
Old sawmill, containing over $20,-
000 worth machinery and equipment.
Planing mill, containing between
$10,000 and $20,000 worth of machin
ery. , - . .. .'
Two sheds, containing cut up stock,
prepared for manufacture.
Yard platforms, offices and sheds.
The buildings damaged were: ,
Main factory building, damaged on
east side and .roof burned. Machinery
damaged somewhat by heat and water.
Engiae room, slightly danr-tged by
flames on east end.
Boiler 'room and shaving vaulU,
slightly damaged on urper rart, roof
sud east walls being burned.
Is Still Buralnir.
The fire, although under control by
midnight, is still burning, and the big.
piles of coal will probably be smolder
ing for several days. There were large
quantities of hard coal stored in the
tbeds and In the yards, and of course
it will require some time for these
to burn themselves out. Today there
were lumber piles still burning, too,
but the firemen kept streams of water
playing on these all day, and care was
taken so that they will not be likely
to cause any t outbreak of the Are
cgain. . .'
"v. ,. Trffle I Diverted. :
The railway- lines had a difficult
problem in maintaining traffic, and the
Rock Island was able, to put Its- lines
in operation again only by repairing
the track and bridge. The Milwaukee
was fortunate in being able to catch
its southwest limited train , at Davis
Junction, and the train was sent down
over the Iowa line. ; It . crossed at Sa
vanna,, and was sent over the Milwau
kee tracks to Clinton, arid the D., R. 1.
& N. W. lines from Clinton to.. Rock
Island. The Burlington was able to
keep' up its connections by transfer
ring its passengers to the Tri-City
THE ARGUS. SATURDAY: OCTOBER 1 7, 1908.
I SHERMAN $3$ S
understudy ;-ro ... iM v-wfif IwfiL
; CROWN PRINCE 3SL N.
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INDIANA IN DEMOCRATIC COLUMN AND
G. 0. P. LEADERS KNOW IT; WELLMAN
Chicago, Oct. 17. Walter Wellman
in today's letter to the Record-Herald
from Indianapolis says:
'Unless something like a miracle
happens during the next fortnight In
diana will give its electoral vote to
Eryan this year. As the case now
stands, the only doubt is as. to the
s!ze of his plurality. This is not like
ly to be large from 1Q to 30 thousand
and on that account the republi
cans have - not entirely abandoned
hope. They will, of course, continue
the brave struggle which they have
n.ade against heavy odds since the be
beginnlng' of the campaign. Even
now, with all the facts against them,
the republican leaders do not openly
admit defeat. They still try to hope
that some lucky turn of events, "some
sccident, may enable Taft to squeeze
"They are fighting politicians, these
Hooslers, and they do noc always
know when they are whipped; and
when they do know U they do not
confess it. Down in their hearts
those of them who know the truth,
In so far as It can be known, feel that
the game is about over and th score
against them; but. there is another In-
ting to play, and they go on with the
FACTS ABOUT POLITICAL CAREER OF JAMES S. SHERMAN
Chicago, 111., Oct. 17. "Avoid po-,
litical interviews. , j. O." This was
the wireless message which James S.
Sherman, ; now republican candidate
f,or yice president, received aboa' r
ship a year ago last; up.-.c,-; when, re
turning to New York from a cruise in
the Bermudas accompanied by Speak
er Cannon and other repubiicm con
gressmen. '; Who the mysterious 'J.
O." was "has never been made known
to the public. His warning to " Mr.
Sherman was occasioned by the pub
lication of the famous Webster letter
written by E. HHarrlman disclosing
the fact that Mr. Harriman had raised
$260,000, at the request of President
Roosevelt, for the republican campaign
fund in 1904.: - Mr. Sherman's name
had been brought into the matter,' by
way of - a letter presumed to have
been addressed to him " concerning
Harriman and made public by the
president - in his futile effort to ex
plain why he had called' upon the rail
road magnate for " campaign funds.
That Mr., Sherman was concerned in
the, matter Qt raising this 'slush fund
was shown' by Ube president's letter
and the mysterious wireless message
sent by "J, 0.w, . Mr." Sherman having
teen on a cruise, did not know'of the
publication of the Webster letter and
accordingly "J. O. s; message was to
'He Gathers .Then, In.'
struggle bearing a's brave an outward
fiont as they can under the circum
stances. It is a discouraging situa
tion which they face. ' If one dares
tell the plain truth, it is not so much
the loss of the state on the presidency
that gives them grief as tho fact that
il Taft does down the governorship
goes with it, the state ticket, tha
legislature, a United States - senator
ON STUMP, SUICIDE
Newark Jurist, After Challenging Ene
mies, Kills Self in Park Wnile
Court Waits on Him.
Newark, NT. J., Oct. 17. Judge How
ell of the criminal court. shot himself
in the head in the City park today
while court was waiting for him to
appear.. He will probably not recover.
The judge; was criticised in the politi
ral campaign and last night challeng
ed his accusers to reply to questions
which he asked them.
give him warning not to let the cat
out of the bag. Whatever Mr; Sher
man's connection with this infamous
matter was he has never, seen fit to
Voter Miould ('onider.
The political career of Mr. Sher
man -is one which should receive the
consideration of every voter in view
of the fact that he is appealing to the
people to support his candidacy. v As
a young man, Mr. Sherman" presumed
to be a democrat. His father, was a
democrat as were his two brothers,
one! of whom still adheres to that po
litical faith. ' Realizing that the com
munity in which he lived was largely
republican and having decided upon a
political career, he found it easy to
abandon . his conviction for - purposes
of expediency. He . first sought the
republican. nomination for state sena
tor in 1883, but , being too recent a
convert to the republican party rhe
was defeated. In the following year,
however, he. turned up with the back
ing of f Thomas Wheeler,,the republi
can boss of his home city of I'tica and
received the nominatioiLfor . mayor of
that city. Through a ''political deal
with the democratic boss, . a man
named Dishler,. he Va elected." He
became known at once, as the tool of
ine wneeler-Dishler "Oangr Ac
Yankton, Which Left Olongampo for
Yokohama Oct. 10, Not
AUTHORITIES FEEL CONCERN
Arrival of Battleship Fleet at Japan
Delayed a Day on Account
of Severe Typhoon.
Tokio, Oct. 17. -The American gun
boat Yankton which left Olongamp?
Oct. 10 for Yokohama had neither been
sighted nor dfinitely located up to 8
tonight and there is some uneasiness
felt concerning it. It has no wireless
telegraphy on board. s
Jnp Leader Expren wrleoiue.
Tokio. Oct. 17. The Associated
Ii oss has secured signed statements
trom many of the greatest men living
in Japan including -Prince Ito, .fore-
Host Japanese statesman, containing
words of welcome to the American
tattleship fleet. The sentiment ex
pressed by the statesman in the vlsii
cf the fleet will further cement the
Iriendship and commercial relations
between the two countries and be a
cording to the daily papers of Utica
at that time, the city was thrown
"wide open" and vice and gambling
wefe. flaunted In the faces of citizens
vith no effort on the part of Mayor
Sherman to enforce the law. Accord
ing to these papers, files of which are
accessible, liquor licenses were vio
la ted, - cock fighting prevailed, and
Utica became known as a "tough
town" where gamblers and law break'
ers held sway.
Winked at Ciamblloff. '
For months the Utica Press, an in
dependent newspaper aided by public
spirited citizens carried on a cam
paign to induce the mayor to enforce
the law and put a stop to gambling,
Lut he allowed the nefarious business
to go on without let up or .hindrance,
LOne of the principal gambling dens
was owned by Wheeler . and Dishler
tis political sponsors. . ..These gam
bling dens were kept open , all hours
of the day and night , and on Sunday,
according to these newspapers; in vio
lation of the law, but to the great
pront 01 me promoters. Keno was
I he popular game at the Wheeler antf
Dishler establishment, and the "press'
estimated its profits at $50,000 a year
under the Sherman regime. Public
uarantee of peace to the whole world.
Fleet In Big; Storm.
Tokio, Oct. 17, 9 a. m. The delay
ot the American battleship fleet ar
riving' at Yokohama was due to a tre
mendous storm of the north coast of
the Island of Luzon of the Philippine
roup. The storm began on the morn
ing of d"et. 12 and continued until the
pfternoon of Oct. 13. One man was
drowned and some damage resulted to
the fleet. The fleet will arrive at
Yokohama at 9 o'clock on the morn
ing of Oct. 18.
These details were conimuiycated
by wireless telegraph from the battles-hip
Connecticut through the special
courtesy of the Japanese government.
t.nle Become Typhous.
The wireless dispatch from the bat-
tleship Connecticut was dated 5:10 a.
iu., Oct. 17; and was sent by way of
Shimonozeki wireless station to this
place. It did not give the details of
the storm encountered, but stated that
en the morning of Oct. 12 the fleet
CU - B .uu
coast of Luzon. Tremendous sea1
v ere kicked up and one ' man was
washed overboard. The dispatch' did
not state from what ship the man was
There was - some slight damage
caused by the heavy seas, but nothing
of a serious nature, and the dispatch
stated that all was well with the ships
at that time.
Thank for Welrome Kxlended.
Vice Admiral Saito has received a
wireless message from Rear Admiral
Sperry thanking him for the welcome
extended to the fleet by wireless tele
graph. Admiral Saito's message to
Admiral Sperry was as follows:
"A hearty welcome to your fleet
We eagerly await your arrival
"SAITO. Minister of the Navy."
To this Admiral Sperry repiied:
"Saito. Minister of Xavy. Tokio:
We deeply egret we have been de
layed 24 hours. In behalf of the
American battleship fleet I with to ex
press sincere thanks for your excel
lency's gracious words of welcome.
IS NOT BOOSTING
President Roosevelt Splits Hairs
Regard to His Activity in the.
Washington, Oct. 17. Distinctly re
fraining from interference in the elec
tion of political candidates but reserv
ing the right to state any facts as to
his connection "with any man's acta '
is the president's attitude as outlined
in a statement given out at the White
SITUATION IS HELD
TO BE MORE GRAVE
Bulgaria Still in Warlike Mood To
ward Turkey and Continues to
Prepare to Fight.
Paris, Oct. 17. The situation be
tweeii Bulgaria and Turkey is regard
ed here today as distinctly more gravo
owing to the intransigent attitude of
the former and the latter's prepara
tion for war.
LUETGERT BROTHER SUICIDE
Relative of Notorious Sausage Maker
Dead at Elgin.
Chicago. Oct. 17. Arnold Luetgert,
brother of Adolph L. Lueigert, the
Chicago sausage maker, whose trial
and conviction for the murder of his.
wife was one of the most sensational
in criminal annals of the country, com
mitted suicide at Elgin. 111., yesterday.
His identity was not discovered until
M0RRISSEY ELECTED HEAD
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Leads American Railway Employes'
and Investors' Association.
Chicago, Oct. 17. P. H. Morrissey
of Cleveland, Ohio, at present grand
master of the Brotherhood of Rait
way Trainmen, yesterday was elected
president of the American Railway
Employes' and Investors' association
Morrissey takes active charge of bis
1. ew office Jan. lnext. .
Welcomes Haskell's Suit ;..'
Chicago, Oct 17. Hearst, his wife
and secretary arrived yesterday after
noon and left for New York. . In a
statement he declared he welcomes
Haskell's suit, which will enable him
to be present in court. He announced
that in a New York speech which he
ioon will give he- will read new letters
in the Standard Oil controversy. :
German Aeronauts Dead? ,
Yarmouth. England, ; Oct. -17. The
German balloon Hogesell has been
p!cked up in the North sea. ,'the two
.aeronauts are believed to have per
PRICE TWO : CENTS.
Result so Far as Known
of Forest Fires in
MAY BE MORE DEATHS
Many Villages and Isolated Set
tlers Remain to be
Detroit, Oct. 17. A Journal dispatch
from Rogers City says four members
of the family of John Sezerskl burned
t death ju foregt fires uear that place
A Sheboygan special states the bodies
of six children named Dust were found
near Metz. Alpena reports Miss Sie
bert burned to death in a lumber camp
at Wolf Creek. i
GetllBsr y (he Fact.
Alpena, Mich., Oct. 17. With 27
persons known to have perished yes
terday in Presque Isle county and
witfi forest fires still raging uncon- -trolled
through the counties of Che- '
boygan, Presque Isle. Alpena and Al
cona as well as in other scattered d is- -tricts
through northern Michigan, dili
gent search was begun today to. de
termine the full extent of the holo
caust. I)u to Kevenl Trajredle.
It may tHke many days to reveal
the tragedies that are likely to have
occurred on isolated farms with fami
lies fighting bravely to at least save
their lives and their modest home
steads. The death list may not be
tully known for a week.
Kall.v In the Million.
But it needs 110 elaborate details to '
cetermine that the property loss will
run into millions. Whole villages have
Jotted -off Abe map and logging
camps by -.the dozen have been de
ttroyed with their entire sea-sou' out- .
put. Near Turner, in Arenac county,
a flock, of nearly 100 sheep burned
clive. In the immediate vicinity of
Millersburg. in Presque Isle couniy.
r.loue the losses are estimated at half
Mute Koreta Ilarned.
Other districts where bad forest
files are reported are in the neighbor
l.ood of Elmira. Gaylord and Johannes
ting county, Cadillac. Wexford coun- .:
iy: Grayling. Crawford county, where
5,4)00.000 trees planted by the stae
forestry commission were destroyed:
Crawn in Grand Traverse county, and
Caseville and Badax in Huron county. .
In the upper peninsula .threatening
fcrest tires are reported around Sault
Ste. Marie, Menominee. EscanaUa, Cal
umet "and Houghton. As Koss. near
Menominee, 18 homes are -reported
destroyed with as many more threat
Navigation has been practically sus
pended at the Soa owing to fhe dense
smoke. Alpena, Long Rapids and
Rogers City were last night reported '
u grave danger.
Measures for the immediate relief
of the .needy victims are on foot a
Alpena and other points.
Uarraa, Vi. lilt.
Barron, Wis., Oct. 17. Fire early to
day in the business section of the cjty
caused a loss estimated at 70.000.
Bloomer and Rice Late responded to
ppeals for aid. ..
Military Aeadeiuy Dura.
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 17. Nebraska
Military academy, located three" miles
west of this city, was destroyed by fire
this morning. The los.s is $100,000.
The 63 boys enrolled escaped safely.
AGAIN IN ARMENIA
Berlin. Oct. 17. There have been
rightful massacres in Armenia' ac
cording to the Constantinople corre
spondent of the Berliner Tageblatt.
This paper today publishes a dis
patch from the Turkish capital which
says: . -
'Armenians in Wiranschehlr have
teen massacred by Turkish troops
Women and children have been ' sub
jected to fearful treatment. )
'Troops were sent to Wiranscbehir
to overawe the mutinous townspeople,
two-thirds of whom are Armenians,
end they at once began to murder, and
plunder. They are said to have com
pletely overrun the city.";
.New York. Oct. 17. Indictments
charging Captain -Peter C,: Halns, IrV
and T. Jenkins Hains with the murder
of William E. Annis in - August wer
handed up by the grand Jury at Flust
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