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FIFTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 137.
FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1910. TWELVE PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
SCORE OF EMPLOYES OF
BIG CHICAGO FURNITURE
STORE BURNED TO DEATH
Caught in the Upper Part
Roasted to Death Before Eyes of
Flames Spread so Suddenly that Few Employed Above Are
Able to Escape Faces Seen at Window TiJI
Interior of Structure Collapses.
Chicago, March 25. At 2:30 this
afternoon 12 bodies had been recov
ered from the ruins of the Fish furni
ture building. The Identified:
MRS. HANNAH BURDEN.
Three bodies were found together in,
a corner of the wreckage. Their po
sition showed they had been in an at
titude of prayer when death came.
Forty Make Escape.
Chicago, March 25. Twelve persons
are reported dead In a fire which at
tacked the Fish Furniture company
building- at 1906-1908 Wabash avenue
here today. Forty employes escaped.
A girl who Jumped from a third story
window died at a hospital.
The dead were trapped. It Is said,
on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors
when an explosion of benzine on the
fourth floor wrapped the building in
Tried to Help Others.
One of the dead is said to have
been a man who perished in a des
perate endeavor to rush up the stair
way to aid those Imprisoned above.
Those believed to have been killed
were all women and girls. Ten of the
latter, it is said, were at work on the
sixth floor when the explosion oc
curred. The spread of the flames cut off
their escape at the stairways. They
then turned to the front ofthe build
ing, smashing the glassln he win
Leaps to Street.
The horrified spectators In the street
below looking through the haze of
flames and smoke and spray of water
could see dimly the faces of girls
' framed up In the windows above
Suddenly one of the girls stepped to
the window ledge, her face a picture
of terror and screamed for help. The
turmoil below suddenly turned to
silence as the form poised and then
sprang to the street below.
Fell oh AwbIbs.
She fell on an awning over the
front entrance of the store, where she
lay unconscious until Dr. Kinsley,
crawling out on the canopy, lifted her
up. She was taken to St. Luke's hos
pital but died soon afterwards. Later
it was learned the girl's name was
Emma Lichtensteln. Soon after Miss
Llchtenstein's desperate leap the crash
of the floors falling was heard and tht
faces at the windows disappeared
Started by Clcar Lighter.
Isaac Fish, secretary of the com
pany, says the fire started when an
employe went Into the finishing depart
ment to get some alcohol for a cigar
, lighter. The electric spark of the
lighter, according to Fish, started the
: fire which quickly reached the cans
of benzine nearby and explosions fol
Tweaty-two on Upper Floor.
Fish expressed the belief that all
employes on the fourth floor escaped,
but could see no hope for those above.
There were 22 on the fifth and sixth
floors and it Is possible all are dead.
The financial loss is $300,000.
Spectator' Telia Experiences.
Dr. Kinsley graphically described
his experiences as follows: "I was
near by when the fire started and
when I reached j the scene the sight
fairly made my ' hair stand on end.
The floors of the building were a mass
of flames and the smoke was rolling
out of the windows like great thunder
clouds. Like many others I was so
stricken by the sight of faces half re
vealed In the sixth story windows I
could barely move.
Tried to Cllma Stairs.
"I tried to get up the front stair
ways but at the third floor a gust of
flames burnt me about the face and
hands, and the next thing I knew I
was back in the street again. Then
again the cries, of the girls trapped
in the upper story came to my ears.
Fire engines came crashing down the
streets. Then I saw one of the 'girls
throw up her hands and plunge out of
the window. Her body dashed against
the canopy over the front end of the
store. Scarcely knowing what I did
I ran Tip the stairway to the first
floor, crawled out of the window and
carried her down the ladder which
a fireman had raised.'
Had Harrow In sj Experience.
Isaac Fish, secretary of the Fish
JTurnlture company, had a harrowing
experience in. the fire. He had en
tered the elevator when the explosion
.occurred. The elevator came to a
of Fish Building They Are
ON FOURTH FLOOR
stop between third and fourth floors
The door of the car was automatically
locked, but In a frenzy Fish and the
elevator boy attacked It with the stool
which was in the cage and succeeded
in breaking it down. Running through
the third, second" and first floors Fish
and the boy shouted a scarcely needed
alarm, finally emerging into the street
with the panic stricken crowd from
Crowd FtRhta Police.
As one by one the crushed and
blackened bodies were removed from
the wrecked building and taken to
nearby morgues, the police had diffi
culty in restraining the Immense
crowd which surged about the scene.
Among these were persons searching
for friends and relatives, and they
fought the police to get a view of the
bodies as they were being taken
Women In Crowd Faint.
Many women fainted. Others scream
ed hysterically and struggled to pre
vent being led away. The bodies
were dug from under tons of debris
and lowered to the street.
Partial Lint of Missing;.
Following is a partial list of the
VERONICA M GRATH.
HENRY M. MITCHELL, auditor,
brother-in-law of Slgmund Fish and
MINER W. BELL.
BERT ST. CLAIRE
Have Seven Bodies at 12:30.
At 12:30 seven bodies had been re
covered, most of them burnt and muti
lated almost beyond recognition.
One Boy Escapes.
Julius Jescke, aged 17, was working
in one of the offices on tne sixth floor,
but escaped. "I think there were six
or seven girls In the offices with me,"
said Jescke. "When the fire started
the girls began screaming. We all
ran to the front where the fire was.
Then I noticed there was no fire in
the rear and ran that way, calling on
the others. to follow me, but I guess
some of them did not hear.
Finds Fire Escape.
"I was so weak and faint when I
reached the window. There was a
fire escape and I managed to crawl
down that. People In the alley below
and adjoining' buildings were yelling
at me, probably words of encourage
ment, but I couldn't hear what they
said. My strength must have given
out Just before I reached the bottom,
for I fell and dropped into the alley.
When I came to I was in a drug
Girls Lost Their Heads.
"All the girls lost their heads. I
remember Rosie Brucke, the stenog
rapher. The last I saw of her she
was at one of the front windows cling
ing to another girl."
Two 1,'pper Floors Collapse.
The loss of life was later estimated
at 20 or more. The Interior of the
ruins was still very hot from smolder
ing debris when the firemen entered
the building to search for the bodies.
The fifth and sixth floors had col
lapsed, falling in a tangled mass to
the fourth. A half hour's search re
sulted In the recovery of three bodies.
NO THEATRE FOR HIS WIFE
New Orleans Man Shoots Spouse, Two
Children and Self.
New Orleans. La., March 25.--En-
raged because his wife had gone to
the theatre last night with her brother,
taking the children with her, Alfred
Mitchell, a carpenter, today shot and
probably fatally wounded her, serious
ly wounded two children and killed
Watseka, 111., March 25. The only
important feature of the Sayler mur-'j
der case today was the statement of
a witness that Mrs Sayler and Dr.
Miller, both accused, were often seen
Fair and continued warm weather
tonight and Saturday.
Temperature at 7 a. m, 46. Maxi
mum temperature In last 24 hours 77,
minimum in 3.2 hours 45. Velocity of
wind at 7 a. m. calm. Precipitation
none. Stage of water 8 feet, no
change In last 24 hours. Relative
humidity at 7 p. m. 27, at 7 a. m. 80.
J. M. SHERIER,
(From noon today until noon tomor
row.) Sun sets 6:13, rises 5:49; moon
rises 6:11 p. m.; 8:12 p. m., eastern
time, full moon, opposite the sun In
constellation Virgo; 1:13 a. m., moon In
conjunction with Jupiter, passing from
west to east of the planet, 2 degrees
Work of Day in Congress
Washington, March 25. Following Is
a summary of the proceedings of the
two houses of congress yesterday.
taken from the official records:
SENATE The learislative. executive
and Judicial appropriation bill, carry
lag: about $34,000,000, was passed by
the senate. Very few amendments
were adopted. Senator Owen spoke In
advocacy of his bill for the creation of
a new executive department to be' de-
voted to the preservation of the public
HOUSE The pension bill carrying
appropriations of about $1 56,00,000
waa passed by the house. Nearly the
entire session was occupied by ft con
as reported from the committee on
pensions, for the abolition of the 18
nension asrenries now in operation
throughout' the country. By a vote of
76 to 94 the house refused to overrule
the recommendations of the committee,
The committee was sustained chiefly
by democratic votes.
MEMBERS OF MOB
Cairo Special Grand Jury Holds 12
Persons for Attack on
.Cairo, 111., March 25. The special
grand jury investigating the attack on
the Alexander 'county jail on Feb. 17,
during which one man in the mob was
killed and several injured by the sher
iff and special deputies, has indicted
George B. "Walker, newspaper man;
Frank Gorman, alderman; James
Davidge, constable; C. O. Foster, for
mer deputy circuit clerk; Lee Watson,
stock dealer; Samuel Wessinger, spe
cial agent for the Big Four railroad
and deputy sheriff; W. H. Simpson,
manager of a lumber company; James
Casey, former policeman; J. B. Scott,
blacksmith; W. O. Charles, liveryman;
O. P. Hurd Jr., president of a lumber
company, and John Maloney, wagon
The men were Immediately arrested
and released on bonds. The trial will
be May 9. Funds for their defense
will be raised by popular subscription.
The indictment caused a sensation.
SHOOTS BRIDE AND SELF
Chicagoan Supposed Insane Enacts
Tragedy While on Visit.
Fairfield, Iowa, March 25. H. D.
McDonald of Chicago last night shot
and killed his bride of six weeks and
committed sujeide. The couple had
Just arrived here to visit the bride's
father, J. E. McDaniel. McDonald Is
thought to have been mentally unbal
Slayer of. Ito Executed.
Harbin, Manchuria, March 25.
Inchan Angan, the Korean who assas
sinated Prince Ito, former Japanese
resident-general of Korea, Oct. 2G last,
was executed at Port -Arthu thii
House Unanimously Af
firms Selections of
MINORITY NAMES FOUR
Fitzgerald of New York Picked
by Democrats, Despite
Washington, March 25. By unan
imous vote the house today adopted
Map of Europe Will Look Shortly
a resolution naming the committee
on rules composed of six republicans
and four democrats, In pursuance of
the provision of the Norris resold
Memliera of Committee.
Members of the committee a'e:
Republican Dalzell, Pennsylva
nia; Walter I. Smith, Iowa.' Boutell.
Illinois; Lawrence. Masrachusetts;
Fassett, New York; Smt.h, Califor
nia. Democrats Clarky Missouri; Un
derwood, Alabama; Mxon, Indiana;
Fitzgerald, New York.
Democrat Have Quiet Meeting-.
Washington, March 25. With
scarcely the semblance of a struggle,
the democratic members of the house
last night elected the four minority
members of the enlarged rules com
mittee as given above.
A long list of candidates received
scattering votes. Representative Slay
den of Texas receiving 69. the highest
number given to an unsuccessful as
pirant. The total vote of the caucus
was 140, which required 71 votes to
Fight on Ff-R-erald.
The expected Ight on Representa
tive Fitzgerald necause of his attitude
on the rules tjuestlon at the beginning
of the present congress, when he,
with 23 other democrats, left the lead
ership of Champ Clark and voted with
the republicans, materialized early In
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TRIESTO SHOW WHY
BUREAU OF STATISTICS GIVES FIGURES
Washington, March 25. An increase
of 12,000,000 in the population of the
United States during the past 10 years
and a decrease of about 5,000,000 in
the number of available food animals,
is the estimate made by the bureau of
statistics from reports on these two
subjects made respectively by the
census bureau and department of ag
riculture. Food Aalmals Scarce.
Another lesson In the law of supply
and demand deduced by the bureau of
statistics Is that food animals have
gone down 3 per cent, .while the value
has Increased 22 per cent. Mean
time the price of grains necessary for
food for these animals has Increased
frwra 56 to 75 per cent.
The value of cattle, sheep and hogs
GRAND JURY IS
TAKING A TURN
Indictment of Pittsburg Coun-
cilmen Who Scorned Im
MANY NAMES GIVEN OUT
Sensation Incidents Accompany tne
Questioning of Members Who
. Pittsburg, Pa, March 25. Twenty.
five former and present members of
city, councils were indicted , by the
grand Jury this afternoon In connec
tion with the draft Inquiry.
.Three Others Named.
Pittsburg. March 25. The graft
investigating grand jury returned
three Important Indictments today.
The men named In the indictments
are William Brand. Hugh Ferguson
and Charles Stewart, all former
members of city councils.
Faints at Quratloa.
The confessions of she men who ap-
peared before Judge Frazer yesterday
'were accompanied by new sensations.
The climax came when George B.
Anderson, a former select councilman,
fainted as the court asked him if he
had everTecelved money for his vote.
Before the judge could finish his ques
tion, Anderson had fallen backward,
striking his head forcibly on the hard
wood floor of the court room. Attend
ants and attorneys rushed to his aid
and when he was revived he answered
the judge's questions as if there had
been no Interruption.
Robert K. Cochrane, formerly a
member of councils, admitted receiv
ing $(500 to vote for the bank deposit
ory ordinance and $500 for the ordi
nance vacating South Seventh street.
JTndae'a Question. Are tuintmd.
His admissions startled Judge .Fra
zer, who wanted to know how it came
that he received so much for voting
for these measures while other coun
cllmen received much less.
Cochrane was unable to make a sat
isfactory explanation. He insisted that
he had distributed none of the
money. Judge Frazer reminded Coch
rane that this was a serious matter
and he would have to take the case
under consideration. No suspension
of sentence was granted Cochrane and
he left the court room a disappointed
William Brand, former president of
the common council, whose statement
to the district attorney was so nn-
MEATPRICE IS UP;
In this country In 1901 was estimated
at $1,943,000,000, and In 1910 at $2,
368,00,000. This Is an increase of 22
per cent. Cattle are the one class of
food animals which has come any
where keeping pace with the growth
In population. Cattle has increased in
number 11 per cent, while the popula
tion Increased 16 per cent.
Lard Malcea Bljc Jump.
There were about 2.3 animals to
each person In the county In 1901; in
1910 about 1.9. A pound of lard in
1901 was worth 7-4 cents; in 1910,
worth 18 cents, an Increase of 143 per
cent. This may be accounted for in
part at least by the fact that there
has been a decrease of 16 per cent in
the number of hogs In the United
FINDS GROUND FOR THE
CHARGE THAT LOBBY IS
BUSY FOR SHIP SUBSIDY
satisfactory, had his liberty cut short
yesterday. He was sent to the peni
tentiary to begin serving the 18
months' sentence for bribery of which
he was convicted some months ago.
Charges Brand with Illdlag Crime.
District Attorney Blakeley Insisted
Brand did not tell the whole truth
and was shielding some one. The dis
trict attorney had the names of the
persons Brand was charged with
shielding, but Brand would not give
up the desired information. Wesson's
and Klein's confessions, however,
cover these points, according to too
Member of British Parliament
Brings Message Regarding
NAVIES CAN SWEEP SEAS
Xo Danger ef War Now, Bat if One
Comes It Will Be Found Blood -Is
Thicker Than Water.
New York. March 25. 'If the
United States ever gets Into trouble
in the far east England will be by its
side and the combined navies of the
two greatest powers In the world will
sweep the seas with the stars and
stripes flying from the halyards as the
flag of St. George."
Sunt TTp Speech.
This Is a terse summing up of the
far east question given by Sir Robert
W. Perks, for nearly 20 years a promi
nent members of the British parlia
ment, before a meeting of New York
Methodists at the Metropolitan temple
here last evening. Sir Robert, besides
being a member of parliament, is head
of one of the largest international con
tracting firms in Great Britain.
Rap for Jtaaoea.
"1 want to denounce-, those Jingoes
whoTiave" been attempting to stir up
trouble through false reports of ani
mosity between Great Britain and the
United States over some of England's
treaties with far eastern countries,"
he said In beginning his address.
There Is not a word of truth in their
Ia Wo Dang-rr Wow.
T do not believe there is any dan
ger threatening In the Pacific. But if
a struggle comes, you will find blood
thicker than water and stronger
than threats. If trouble comes all
such diplomatic contracts will be
swept overboard like so much waste
WOUNDED AMERICAN FOUND
Captain Fowler, Who Aided Nicara
gua n Insurgents, Sent Away.
Managua, Nicaragua, March 25.
Captain Godfrey Fowler, the American
who was wounded while In command
t the insurgent artillery at the battle
of Tisma. has been found hidden in
Granada and today the government
voluntarily delivered him to Rear Ad
miral Kimball with the request he be
sent out of the country.
New Orleans, La., March 25. Ca
ble advices received today by agents
of the Madriz government announced
that the converted yachts Lark and
Essuerzo recently captured by the
Madriz forces had arrived at Grey
town, and were being used there in
assembling an army which will pro
ceed against Bluefields.
TAWNEY HAS FIGHT ON
Democrats Nominate Judge II. L.
Buick to Oppose Him.
Rochester, Minn., March 25. Judge
H. L. Buick of Winona has been se
lected by a democratic conference as
candidate for congressman in the First
district. James A. Tawney, republi
can, now represents the district.
EVERY BUILDING BURNS
Fire Makes Clean Sweep on Farm of
William Storms at Sterling.
Sterling, 111., March 25. Fire de
stroyed every building, seven In num
ber, on the William Storms farm, 18
miles north of Sterling.
WIFE SUES NO.
Kansas City, Mo., March 25. Mrs.
Hattle Dunwody Cole, divorced wife
of Howard G. Cole, the Chicago mil
lionaire, today filed suit here against
Mrs. Louise Coleman Cole, formerly
wife of Jarvls Hunt, the Chicago
architect, asking damages amounting
to $250,4)00 for alienating the affections
of Mr. Cole. Mrs. Louise Coleman
Cole is the present wife of Howard
Judiciary Committee of
House Will - Recom
mend Probe. ,
MAY START NEW FIGHT
Insurgents Opposed to Allowing
Cannon to Pick Men to
Do the Work.
Washington, March 25. The Judi
ciary committee of the house in It
report which will be filed tomorrow
recommends that a committee be ap
pointed to Investigate the charges that
a lobby Is at -work to Induce congress
men to support ship subsidy legisla
tion at the present session. There Is
some talk of the insurgents Insisting
upon the house Instead "of the speafcer
selecting the committee.
New Revolatloa, Impeada,
Washington, March 25. Another
revolution in the house against Can
nonlsm within the next 30 days Is pre
dieted by some of the insurgents.
There is agreement among a substan
tial majority of them right now that
another pitched battle will occur be
fore the end of the present session.
On thinking It all over the Insur
gents are not pleased with the caucus
selections for the committee on roles.
They believe that the regulars have
put through a slate and that the six
republican members elected will be no
more responsive to public sentiment
than the old committee of which tho
speaker was chairman.
Vrgfm Good Roada.
Washington, .March 25. In the sen
ate today Bankbead of Alabama spoke
In advocacy of a bill for good roads.
The bill seeks to appropriate $500,000
to be used Is Improving roads on
Non-la aa a Regular.
Washington, March 25. Former In
surgent Norris of Nebraska figured In
the house yesterday as a regular while
he derided his late opponents the
regulars for having joined the Insur
gents. The Nebraskan spoke In sup .
port of the provision of the pension
appropriation bill for the abolition of
pension agencies, as reported by the
house committee on pensions.
Messrs. Currier, Alexander, Boutell
and Dalzell were among the republi
cans who strenuously fought the reg
ular organization of the house as rep
resented by the committee on pen
sions, in their efforts to abolish pen
Caaaht tbe Dlaeaae.
"Think of It," said Norris, "Boutell
and Dalzell, whose regularity was
never questioned before, have caught
the disease of insurgency and have
left the reservation." The house voted
76 to 93 to sustain the report of the
committee and refusing to strike out
the provision abolishing the 18 pen
Gets Bill Oat of Committee.
Washington, March 25. One dollar
a day for all old soldiers Incapacitated
In the service Is provided In a bill re
ported favorably from the house com
mittee on military affairs yesterday
by Representative Sherwood, demo
crat, of Ohio. The bill has been be
fore the committee six or seven years,
and comes before the house now as an
amendment to a measure Introduced
by Townsend, republican, of Michigan,
providing for retirement of army offi
cers at the age of 70 on one-half and
one-third pay, dependent upon the
length of service.
Hlmaelf a Vetera.
Representative Sherwood, himself a
veteran of the civil war, retiring as
brigadier general, was Jubilant over
the successful reporting of the bill.
"I have been trying to get the bill
before the house for five years," said
Sherwood. "Last year I got It out by
one majority, but Speaker Cannon re
fused to recognize me to bring It up
for consideration. This year I am go
ing to bring It up, or there will be bell
BOTH GOING TO CALIFORNIA
Jack Cudaliy and Jcre F. LHHs Pro
pose Going Into HetJrement-
Kansas City. Mo., March 25. John
Cudahy, who figured in the affair with
Jere F. Lillis three weeks ago. will
spend the next year on his father's
ranch at Pasadena, Cal.
Albuquerque. N. M-. March 25.
Jere Lillis passed through here last
night on his way to California.
Asylum Head Takes Census.
Peoria, 111., March 25. Dr. George
A, Zellef, superintendent of the South
Bartonville Insane asylum, has been
appointed as one of the enumerators
of the census bureau, and the canvass
will be made personally by the doctor
In that vUIajfa.