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ROCK ISLAND ARGflJ
FIFTY-NINTH YEAR. NO. 807.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1910.
TRICE TWO CENTS.
HUNDREDS DEAD M FIRE
IN RAINY RIVER DISTRICT
One Estimate Says Total
May Reach High as
SEVERAL TOWNS GONE
Area of 50 by 30 Miles Burned
Over Financial Loss Up
"Winnipeg. Man., Oct. 10. It is possi
ble the death list In the forest fires
along the-'border will reach the appall
ing total of 1,000. The most conserva
tive estimates place the number at 200
to 500. Every settler in the fire-swept
district who has not been accounted
for is certain to be dead, as there was
no escape. For a distance of 50 miles
from Baudette and Rainy River west
to Warroad the woods was a solid mass
of fire Sunday.
Charred Remnant of Town.
Only charred remnants mark the
sites of Baudette, Spooner, Cedar
Spur, Gracton, Pitt, Swift, and Roose
velt. The mayor of Baudette states 75
bodies already have been found, and
the list may reach 150. Refugees re
port having seen many dead bodies in
Searcbtna; Parties Ont.
Rainy River. Ont., Oct. 10. Search
lng parties started out this morning!
over the fire swept zone. It will be
days before all the dead can be reach
ed, owing to the obstruction of roads
by fallen trees. An instance is re
ported of 16 persons being saved by
getting into a dry well and staying
there until the fire passed.
Many settlers were saved by wading
Into Rapid river. The burned district
will be placed under martial law, and
soldiers will distribute rations to the
Property Loss In Millions.
Warroadr-JVIinru, Oct. 10. Estimates
of the loss of life In the forest fires
1, , Vf Kft M
and is still racing, ranees from 50 to
200, and the property loss will go into
The fire zone covers an area 85 miles
In length and 30 miles in width, cover
ing all the territory between Red Lake
and Lake in The Woods. The fires
have, wiped out Baudette, Spooner,
Graceton, Pitt, Myron and Malcolm.
Survivor Telia Story.
Duluth, Minn., Oct. 10. After be
ing hemmed in by fire on nearly ev
ery side and finally reaching a rail
road station with the unconscious
form of a woman suffering from ty
phoid fever in his arms, Frank Wat
son of Baudette, Minn., arrived here
today bringing the patient with him.
"It is impossible to describe it,"
he said, "everything was confusion.
Families became separated in the
rush. Women shrieked and children
cried. It was for the most part ev
erybody for himself and the mad
rush for a place of safety was like
Women Sink to Ground.
Some persons ceased to be human,
while others were more than human
under the circumstances.
"Women with babies in their arms
sank to the ground to be trampled
underfoot. Some held out their
babies and asked that they be taken
to a place of safety knowing they
were unequal to the task and re
signing themselves to the fate that
the fire would bring.
Rash Bark Into Fire.
"Men driven half crazy by the fact
that part of, and in some cases the
whole family had been lost, ran wildly
about asking of newcomers concerning
their relatives Every now and then
some man on whom the terrible disas
ter worked harder than others, would
dive back to the burning districts to
save his family or perish. It was nec
essary to hold a great number of men
who fought those who attempted to re
- i . ! T1 -l, A -v- n ll-OV tHOnt I
m.-ui innu. .uuw s;
back into the rolling billows of fire'
and are numDered among the dead "
Sixty Bodies Found.
Rainy River, Ont.. Oct. 10.
Three hundred charred bodies, pos
sibly scores or even hundreds more.
mark the path of a wall of seething,
crackling flame which has been forc
ed by a relentless wind through the
bush of Minnesota on the south side
of the Rain river.
Sixty bodies, blackened almost be
yond recognition by the fierce heat
of the burning forests, already have
been found. Most of them lay on
railroad tracks, far from the towns
the victims called home, the fact
testifying to the frantic flight of
men, women and children along the
only open space it was believed the
death-bearing flames might not
Two thousand residents of the
stricken district are missing. Many
of them are dead, but most are be
lieved to be safe in towns along the
Canadian side of the line.
Three Towns AYIped Out.
Three Minnesota towns PittJ
Fair tonight and Tuesday. Slightly
Temperature at 7 a. m.. 43. Maxi
mum in 24 hours, 65; minimum, 43.
Precipitation in 24 hours, none. Wind
velocity at 7 a. m., 2 miles. Relative
humidity, last evening 38, this morn
ing, 100. f
(For 48 hours.)
St. Paul 1.7 .1
Red Wing .2 .0
Reed's Landing .3 .1
La Crosse 5 .0
Prairie du Chien 8 .0
Dubuque 9 .1
LeClaire 3 .0
Davenport 1.0 .0
J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster.
(From noon today to noon tomorrow.)
Sun seta 5:24. rises 6:03; moon sets
9:46 p. ni.: 8:32 a. m.. eastern time,
moon at first quarter in constellation
Sagittarius: Mercury visible; asteroid
Vesta (diameter 2Z0 miles) visible,
passing 1 degree north of star Gamma
in Cetus in southeast in evening; sun's
declination 6 degrees 40 minutes south
of celestial equator.
Baudette and Spooner have been
wiped out almost as though they had
never existed. The property loss is
as difficult to estimate as the loss
of human life, but, like the latter, it
is known to be tremendous.
With the exception of the destruc
tion of the mills and stock of the
Rat Portage Lumber company,
Rainy river, although in the course
of the flames, escaped great damage
The flames touched a corner of the
town, but the principal loss is con
fined to the south side of the river
and chiefly sustained along the
Ia Xo Communication.
Railroad and wire connections
from the west with the scene of the
great disaster is cut off by a burned
district extending from Warroad,
Minn., on the Canadian Northern
railroad, a distance -of 40 miles. The
road is open to the south and east,
however, and relief is being afforded
from Fort "William.
The fires have been smoldering In
that district for months and were
. . .
started anew by the terrific wind
which began to blow two days ago.
The wind Increased in velocity until
a wave of flame over a hundred feet
high and a half mile wide leaped up.
It was this that caused so many to
perish on the railway tracks. They
sought the only opening in the bush,
but were burned to a crisp by the
fiery wall leaping this barrier of some
Searcher Find Bodies.
For hours searchers have been
working in the burned district, re
covering bodies. The victims' re
mains have been found in every con
The known dead are:
Six unidentified residents of Pitt.
Unknown woman and boy; homes
at Leader near Pitt.
Seven unidentified settlers, found
on tracks west of Pitt.
Two entire families, one of eight
members and one of seven, who liv
ed 10 miles east of Pitt; recently ar
rived from Grafton, N. D.
John Tulley and five members of
his family, recently arrived from
Fullerton, Neb., burned to death west
One servant of Albert Berg of
Four land speculators from Dav
enport, Iowa, recent arrivals at Bau
dette; caught by flames while out
for homesteads on south side of Bau
John Simmons of Red Oak. Iowa,
timber ranger; caught by flames on
railroad track while trying to es
cape to Rainy river.
Matson Berg and five members of
his family; burned to death on out
skirts of Spooner when house was
destroyed. They attempted to weath
er the sea of flames in a big stone
cellar and were suffocated.
John Rolin and family of eight,
Severt Hagen. George Weaver,
Charles Baker and Patrick Omera
Many IJle While Fleeing.
The flames struck Pitt early in
the afternoon, and everything was
destroyed. Previously Baudette and
Spooner had burned and the people
fled across to Rainy river. Many
were overtaken as they fled from
Pitt and perished. The identifica
tion of the dead is most difficult be
cause the people have scattered so
The prompt work of relief engin
eered by the Canadian Northern rail
road officials preserved thousands of
lives, as practically all the residents
of Spooner, Baudette and Pitt who
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$9,000 TAKEN FROM
EXPRESS CO'S. SAFE
St. Louis, Oct. 10. Three packages
containing $9,000 disappeared from a
safe of the Pacific Express company
between St. Louis and Fort Worth,
Tex. There is no clue.
OUT OF PORTUGAL
Several Hundred Nuns Also As
sembled to Be Sent From
REPUBLIC MORE STABLE
King Leaves Yacht at Gibraltar and
It Is Sent Back and Turned
Over to Government.
Lisbon, Oct. 10. The expulsion of
the monks from Portugal has begun
No time will be lost in driving them
across the frontier. Several hundred
nuns have been assembled and will be
deported out of the country. Cardinal
Neto, ex-patriarch of Lisbon, the bish
op of Bejadarota, the ecclesiastic, has
The authorities utter a warning
against the fantastically exaggerated
reports constantly finding currency
among the excited and imaginative
Grows More Stable.
Each day apparently adds to the
The aeroplane contest from
busy along the route.
stability of the republic. .The mem
bers of the new administration assert
that adherence to the new principles
has been given by many outlying
towns and provinces. Openly there
are no royalist troops to oppose the
forces of the republicans, and Lisbon,
after two days of bloodshed and a
further brief period of disorder, is
quite as peaceful as it was the week
before the rising took place.
Klnjc l.favm Yacht.
Gibraltar, Oct. 10. The royal fam
ily of Portugal left the yacht Amelie
yesterday and are now the guests of
the governor at Government house.
The yacht sailed for Lisbon last night.
It will enter the harbor without dis
playing any flag and be turned over to
FOR PARCELS POST
Experimental Service on the Itural
Routes Demanded in Resolu
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 10. An experi
mental parcels post service on a few
rural routes is demanded in a resolu
tion passed today by the Farmers' Na
tional congress. Resolutions were
also passed favoring a law forbidding
shipment of liquor into prohibition ter
ritory, favoring conservation of na
tional resources, demanding a soil sur
vey, and endorsing the tariff commis
sion. ROOSEVELT AT HOT SPRINGS
Attends State Fair and Is Given a
Hot Springs, Ark., Oct. 10. Roose
velt arrived here this morning to visit
the state fair and deliver an address
this afternoon. Great throngs of peo
ple welcomed Roosevelt. He was es
corted to a hotel, where he held a pub
Dickinson at St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, Oct. 10. American
Secretary of War Dickinson and party
arrived here today.
Des Moines at Lisbon.
Lisbon. Oct. 10. The United States
cruiser Des Moines and the British
Qyitr Yum axrived. hara tnriag.
j uo. sTrMt'tS? , , - i S" S
Cloa Jfc 3g& l
Two Mishaps Mar Open
ing of Chicago-New
MACHINE IS BROKEN
Leaky Gasoline Pipe Forces
Descent on Second Attempt
Lands in Ditch.
Chicago, Oct. 10. Aviator Ely, who
Sunday started a flight to New York,
but was obliged to descend because of
trouble with his engine, attempted to
start again this morning, but after ris-1
lng 75 feet discovered a leaning gaso-
WATCHING FOR ELY
Chicago to Aew York causes the members of the Look-up club to get
line feed pipe landed in a ditch and
damaged his machine.
l.nnK Trip IlrKtin.
Chicago, Oct. 10. What probably
will be the longest aeroplane flight
ever made was begun yesterday after
noon when Eugene Ely, in a Curtiss
biplane, ascended from the Hawthorne
race track on his way to New York for
the $30,000 prize offered by the Chi
cago Evening Post and the New York
Two slight accidents, which delayed
the first lap of the flight, the goal of
which is half way across the continent,
prevented the aviator from reaching
South Bend, Ind., before night, as ha
had planned. The start was auspicious
and Ely sailed through the air, 1,400
feet up, at a fast clip until the stop
ping of the carburetor of his engine
forced him to descend.
I. and on tiolf Link.
The aviator landed safely on the golf
links of Beverly Hills, 15 miles south
of the race track. The carburetor soon
wag repaired, but while the aviator
was trying to ascend again one of the
front wheels of the machine struck a
stone and broke. After telephoning
back to Hawthorne for repairs Ely pre
pared to spend the night in the special
car in the Rock Island yards and make
a sunrise start from Beverly Hills this
"1 shall fly through to New York
whether it takes me seven days or
seven weeks," Ely said last night. "My
trunks and supplies have been sent to
the Astor house in New York, and I
expect to be with them not later than
Went t'p at 4:10.
Ely went up at 4:10 o'clock, circled
the race course once and started on his
long flight at 4:11.
In 414 minutes he had disappeared
over the southern horizon and 12 min
utes later had landed on the golf course
(Continued on Page Eight.)
EX-G0V. HUGHES NOW
ON SUPREME BENCH
Washington, Oct. 10. Former Gov
ernor Hughes of New York was today
sworn in as an associate justice ofthe
United States supreme court. The
death of Chief Justice Fuller was an
nounced, and out of respect to his
.memory thu court adjourned.
Members of Dietz Family, Af
ter Surrender, Will Be
Held for Trial.
KILLED DEPUTY SHERIFF
Pleadings of Family Induce Wiscon
sin "Outlaw" to Capitulate
Defenders All Alive.
Winter, Wis., Oct. 10. A coroner's
verdict was returned today that Dep
uty Sheriff Harp was shot and killed
Saturday "by "one of the Dietz family."
The charge of murder in the first de
gree will be made against Dietz, his
wife and son, Leslie.
Daughter la Sent Ont.
Winter, Wis., Oct. 10. "If papa
com es out will you promise not to
shoot him? He is shot through the
hand and wants to surrender."
These words, spoken fto Sheriff
Mike Madden, at the edge of a clear
ing surrounding the besieged home,
by little Helen, the youngest daugh-
ter of John F. Dietz, brought to an
end Saturday afternoon the stubborn
resistance of the man whose stand
for the last six years against what
he considered Injustice has attracted
Blood la Shed.
The surrender did not come with
out death and bloodshed. One man
Is dead, three men and a woman
wounded, and much property has
OSCAR HARP, aged 35, deputy
The Injured are:
John Dietz, aged 4 9. defender of
Cameron dam, shot through the
Chet Collepltch, deputy, aged 35,
right ear shot off.
Clarence Dietz, shot through the
Myra Dietz, shot through the body,
The last named are children of
Dietz was shot last week by depu
ties. William Rankin, 2S, ear grazed by
Harp was found on a hill behind
the Dietz cabin with a bullet hole In
Jnt Hi Rdm.
Dietz had not been wounded dur
ing the morning fusilade, as was
supposed. His drop to the ground
was merely a ruse to fool the depu
ties. He was injured while firing
from the barn, when a bullet went
through a crack and passed through
his left hand.
Dietz denied the wound caused
him to surrender.
To Father Joseph Pilon, the priest
who was largely instrumental In
bringing the long drawn out contest
to a close, he whispered that a baby
is about to be born to his wife, and
he feared both she and the infant
The whole Dietz family were
brought to Winter in an automobile,
but John Dietz and his son, Leslie,
were taken to the Hayward county
seat for safe keeping.
Mrs. Dietz broke down and weep-
Ingly asked reporters to say that she
and her children did not fire a shot.
"If I hadn't argued and argued 1
with John we would . all have been !
dead before morning," she said.
History of FIKht.
- Dietz and his family have been
Lbaslftgarl Xxl their noma cm Tlmcn m.
FIFTY MEN ENTOMBED IN
MINE AT STARKVILLE, COL
pie river, in the Wisconsin wilder
ness, for six years. During that per
iod there have been numerous pitch
ed battles between the Dletzes and
deputy sheriffs, three sheriffs have
resigned their jobs rather than at
tempt to serve papers on the "out
law," and the Dietz children have all
become expert with the rifle.
The trouble all grew out of a dis
agreement Dietz had with the Chip
pewa Lumber and Boom company.
He holds title to an 80-acre tract of
timber land. On this tract is locat
ed the Cameron dam, on the Thorn
apple river. The Chippewa Lumber
company transferred its lumber In
terests to the Mississippi Logging
company, an Iowa corporation. Dietz
refused to give up the dam. Fur
thermore, he insisted that the Iowa
company pay him 10 cents a thous
and feet for all the lumber that pass
ed over It. The lumber company re
fused to pay the toll and made sev
eral attempts to seize the dam by
force. Dietz resisted them all and
succeeded finally in driving the in
Court Order I an o red.
The logging people then went in
to the courts and got an order direct
ing Dietz to give up the dam. Dietz
paid no attention to the order. The
court turned the matter over to the
local sheriff and the latter, with a
posse, attempted to arrest Dietz. A
fight followed, in which the posse
was badly whipped and several per
sons were wounded.
This thing was repeated again and
again. Many more men were shot
and some of the Dietzes were wound
ed. Then the sheriffs gave up trying
to enforce the orders of the court.
several resigned and one served a
term in Jail for contempt.
For more than a year up to a few
weeks ago, Dietz had been left in
BUBBLE IS PRICKED
United Insurance Company,
Laid Out on Big Lines,
VAN LANINGHAM CONCERN
Planned for Greatest in World It Is
Wrecked at-X)ui.se&-by -the. Cot .
New York, Oct. 10. Another big in
surance promotion bubble has been
pricked by the New York insurance
department. The department examin
ers have Just completed an investiga
tion Into the affairs of the United In
surance company of Chicago and New
York, one of the Van Laningham en
terprises and find that of the $170,000
contributed in cash by the investors in
its stock, sold at $5 for each $1 share,
only $18,000 remains. The rest has
all been consumed by the high-pressure
methods of the company's pro
moters and stock salesmen. The com
pany cannot start until it has at least
$200,000 in cash.
The United was the conception of
Otto L. Van Laningham, who has made
a business for years of organizing in
surance companies for the profits of
promotion. He developed a corps of
high-pressing expert salesmen who
could sell anything, including blue sky
and hot air, but they were high rollers
and (very expensive, and in nearly ev-
ery case it cost more to sell the stock
than the stock amounted to.
Whether anything was left to oper
ate the company on as an insurance
proposition depended upon the prem
ium at which the stock had been sold
and the proportion of this which had
been left unabsorbed.
Two Companies Fall.
Two of Van Laningbam's companies,
the State Agoncy company of Indiana,
and the Great Western Life of Kan
sas City, went into the hands of re
ceivers. The Consolidated Casualty
company of Chicago, also organized by
him, was found to have its capita! im
paired before it began business, and
was never able to get a license from
the Illinois insurance department.
The United, however, breaks all his
records for costliness of promotion.
The i-ost of actually soiling the stock
was 140 per cent of the par value, and 1
the total cost, including salaries and !
other expenses, was 242 per cent. j
The United was to have been the ,
greatest insurance company In the j
world,- according to the story of lis.
promoters. It was to have $1 0,000. noo
capital and $lo.noo,nno surplus, and
was to write CO different kinds of in
surance. Only those who subscribed
for stock were to be agents, but the
lucky man was to be able to write all
the insurance of any kind his commun
ity might want.
SNUB FOR CARRIE
Dixon, 111., Oct. 10. The Leek-La v-
Tider-Cravrord case will come before
the Rock River Methodist conference
if Rev. Mr. Leek, who was allowed ,
to withdaw from its membership last
year, can bring 4t about. He 13 mak-
lug every effort in that direction. "Car-!
rie Nation" was in town today and
was refused permission to addrogg the
ennfaranro because of "lack Of time."
Explosion Places Lives of
Half a Hundred in
GAS BALKS RESCUERS
Many Trying to Go to Relief of
Victims Are Overcome by
Starkville, Colo., Oct. 10. Reenei
at work in the Starkville mine are
hopeful of reaching the entombed men
during the day unless their efforts are
further blocked by wreckage.
Arc More Systematic.
The desperate dashes in the face of
death and the abandonment of every
consideration of self by the rescuers
gave way to more effective and infinite
ly less dangerous methods of rescue
work today. The work la moving
steadily but none of the men entombed
have been reached. The crowd about
the mine settled down to a day of
waiting, with prospects of no sows
from the depths of the mine before
Try Many Plans.
Every plan the ingenuity of the ex
perts can summon is being put Into
use to penetrate the black depths of
the mine and reach the Imprisoned
men. The fact that the mine is fairly
clear of black damp is shown in the
report brought that all is well with the
rescue party and they are making rap
id progress in the direction of the vic
tims of the explosion.
A rechecklng of the employes at the
Starkville mine adds four names to the
list of the missing. These make the
total 55 missing, according to the com
Entombed by Explosion.
Starkville. Col.. Oct. 10. En
tombed by an explosion in the Stark
ville mine of the Colorado Fuel and
Iron company, at least 52 men are
the objects of hereto -efforts -of res-
cuers, who worked throughout yes
terday trying to penetrate the black
depths of the mine in the hope that
some, or probably all. of the im
prisoned miners might be rescued
The presence of black damp,
which almost invariably follows In
the wake of coal mine explosions,
made the work of rescuers extreme
ly hazardous and time and again
yesterday members of parties were
overcome, necessitating retreating to
the open air in order that their Uvea
could be saved.
Portable Fan Installed.
Late in the afternoon those super
intending the work of rescue decided
that none should enter the mine un
til a medium of protection in the
shape of a portable fan was install
ed and rescue work was called off
for the time being.
The fan reached the portal of the
mine at 4 o'clock and under the
supervision of the chief electrician
of the Fuel and Iron company was
mounted upon an electric motor car
j an(i gradually pushed forward Into
the new slope, working as it went,
driving the gas ahead and. as was
hoped, to an air shaft thousands of
feet inside the mine where It -might
escape into the open air.
The greatest caution possible was
exercised that the motor carrying the
fan should not be advanced too rap
idly and a sudden rush of gas, or
kick-back, overwhelm the men oper
ating the machine and snuff out their
According to a statement given out
officially by the coroner, there are
known to be in the mine 28 Poles,
I three Russians, ten Americans, four
Mexicans and one Servian.
FAST TIME MADE ON
Lexington, Ky., Oct. 10. The Tran
sylvania slake was won today by Joan
in 2:03 3-4. In the Wilson pacing
Make the Abbe won In 2 : 03 3-4. In the
Johnson stake trot Baron Penn won in
2:0!i. In the pacing futurity, $2,000
Twinkling Dan won. in 2:10 1-4.
SHINES AT GOLF
Fssmoor, I'd., Oct. 10. The wo
man's national golf tournament op
ened today at Homewood. Miss Dor
othy CanVpbell of Hamilton, Canada,
made the remarkable score of 85 for
the qualifying round.
EMBEZZLER PLEADS GUILTY
Ben CartwriKht of Peoria. Took $2.",
OOO from M axons and Park Itoard.
Peoria, 111., Oct. 10. Ben Cartwrlnt,
ex-secretary of the Peoria park board,
today plead guilty to an indictment
for conspiracy, and the other 50 in-
dictments were nolle prossed. The
shortage in his accounts with the Ma
sonic lodge and the park board wm