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SIXTY-SECOND YEAR. NO. 242.
WEDNESDAY. JULY 23, 1913. -FOURTEEN PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
At Least Fifty Girls and
Women Perish at Bing
hampton, N. Y.
SOME ROAST ON ESCAPE
Employes Think Alarm for Drill
and Discover Mistake
When It's Too Late.
Binghampton. X. Y July 23. The
exact number of prsons who perished
in the fire of the Binghampton Cloth
ing company yesterday may never be
known. The list of employes is in the
ruins. Only a half dozen of tiie
bodies recovered have been identified.
A careful estimate jO.ces the num
ber of those i. the bi-IIding at t'.i.j
time the fire started at 111. Of these
only 53 are known to have been saved.
Six of the dead have been identified,
15 bodies charred beyond recognition
are at the niorgje, seven injured arc
In hospitals, and 41 slightly Injured
are at their homes. Eleven are re
ported by relatives as mitring and 2C
others are unaccounted for.
Mrs. Ada Prentbs, who suffered ter
rible burns In the head, died toJay.
Mrs. Mary Benny ia not expected to
City officio! estimate the death toll
at 50 and admit it niny reach 6t.
Crowds watched me-j at work in the
debris under direction of Mayor Ir
ving. Charred bi's of human flesh
were picked up here and there.
Shortly before noon a body was re
covered charred beyond recognition.
As many of the bodies are unrecog
nizable, a public funeral will be con
ducted by the city and the unknown
will b9 buried in a plot upon whlcu
a shaft will be erected.
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The loss by fire aud water to the
buildings and stock of five concerns
Is estimated at $200,000, largely cov
ered by Insurance.
The postoffice was badly demagod,
but the malls were saved. The loss to
the Binghampton Clothing company,
of which R. 15. Freeman is president,
estimated ut $40,000, is cov?red by
insurance but does not iniluJe build
ings which were rented.
The heavy loss of life is believed
largely due to the fact that employes,
believing one of the frequent lire dril'.s
vail being helj. were slow in leaving
the building. Even' when it became
kiiu'vn the building was on tire, many
returned to the dreis'tiK rooms on an
tpr floor for clothing and valuables,
Tie flames spread with lightning ra-
pidliy, and the intensity of the heat
prevented the firemen from getting
wlihln range of the building until res-
cut was impossible. Women aud girls,
too weak to go further, dropped ex-
hr.iisied ou the single fire escape in
the rear of the building and literally
ressted to death, portions of their
Iodic dropping to the street. Others
J.in.peii and were killed.
A half dozen girls rushed into an
elevator which was standing on the
fourth floor. A moment later oil
dropped dead. Freeman estimates 120
"mploea were in the building when
the fire started. Eigthy per cent of
the girls employed were Americans.
lll MKH vroolJ Al.tHH.
"It is not the money Iofs of our busi
ness that overcomes nu" he said, to
but it's the thought that those
some of whom had been with
us for years, perished because they
believed the alarm was for a fire
drill, several of which were held re
cently. They disliked these drilV,
wheh forced them to appear In the
streets In their working clothes. Many
were proud spirited and did not like
this The drills were a bother. So,
hen the alarm was sounded, mot or
them took their time, some to don
coats, others to get their purses and
other belongiags. But for this fact, I
believe nearly all would bavo been
The building was a four-story brick
structure, 40x130. built 18 years ago
for cigar factory. The Interior of
the building was of wood, with two
'-airways from the top floor. A fund
lor the survivors has b?en started.
M I.Zr.H BI.AVF.5 Ml RPR T.
Albany. N. Y.. July 23. Governor
Sulzer, after characterizing the Bing
hampton fire as a terrible disaster, de
clared in a itatement that the people
of the state "will hold Mr. Murphy of
Tammany hall responsible. The state
labor department is tied up so it can
r.ot execute laws on statute books to
prevent tjiese tragedies." says the
statement. "The fact Is Murphy will
not permit his senate to confirm the
nomination of John Mitchell or James
Lynch for state labor commissioner."
Throws Herself Before Car.
Springfield, 111.. July 23. Miss Lela
Overby, !4 years old. ended, her life
at Vlrden yesterday by thrpVirg her
eif In front of a car oj the Illinois
TracUcn System. Shad been la U
healta tor hum imif .
II THE WEATHER
coreeat Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow, for
Rock Island, Davenport, Molina,
Generally fair tonight and Thurs
day. Cooler tonight. Moderate north
Temperature at. 7 a. m., CS: highest
yesterday, S"; lowest last night, 68.
Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., one mile
Precipitation in last 24 hour3 up to
7 a. m.. .n2 inch.
Relative humidity at, 7 p. m., 40; at
7 a. m., 81.
Stage of water, 5.6; no change in
last 24 hours.
J. M. SHERIER. Local Forecaster.
Evening stars: Jupiter. Mercury.
Morning stars: Saturn. Venus, Mars.
Constellation Andromeda extends con
spicuously above the northeastern hori
zon aliout 0 p. in.
BANK RUN STARTS
FROM WILD RUMOR
Fort Dearborn National Comes
to Rescue of Kenwood
Trust With $200,000.
Chicago, 111., July 23. Fifteen min
utes before the opening of the doors
of the Kenwood Trust Savings Bank
today an automobile from the Fort
Dearborn National Bank arrived with
$20ft.000,000 cash to meet the demands
of depositors, a large number of whom
had collected in front of the door.
The run was started yesterday fol
lowing a vague and unconfirmed ru
mor of the bank's condition and $100,
000 was paid out. President Brown
announced: "We are going to pay
dollar for dollar. The Fort Dearborn
National is behind us. We have en
gaged extra tellers, so there will be
no delay In cashing checks."
Several hundred depositors were
paid during the morning hours today,
and excitement in the vicinity sub
sided. Over $30,000 was withdrawn before
11 o'clock, but $4 was taken in for
every dollar withdrawn, according to
Cashier Knt. Twenty new accounts
were opened, one with $25,OoO. Large
eums. offered by a Joliet back and
two Chicago backs, were declined.
HANGING 3 HOURS
Pronounced Dead by Physicians,
He Revives After Being
Placed in Coffin.
Starke, Fla., July 23. Henry Mitch
ell, a negro, hanged today for the
murder of another negro, was declared
deed at the end of 3S minutes by two
j physicians. After the body was placed
in a coffin, Mitchell, whose neck was
i t broken, revived, and lived three
inUM ) RIUFQ
Willi U. UIKLv) CxJ
FOR ORPHANS' OUTING
Wcrkineman Presents $1 and
Woman Who Makes
Cleveland, Ohio, July 23. John D.
Rockefeller wrote Secretary Caley of
the Cleveland Automobile club that he
will gie $25 to the orphans' day auto
parade ntAt Tuesday.
At the time Rockefeller's letter was
re-ceived a workingman found his way
to Caley's office and pulled a carefully
folded dollar bill from his pocket.
"Tliis is for the orphans." he said
A few minutes later a woman wht
washes clothes for a living came In
w ith 50 cents.
Oehkosh Seeks Policewoman.
Oshkosh. Wis., July 23. There Is
some probability that within a short
time Oshkosh will have a woman add
ed to the police force, the suffragifcts
of the cry having filed a petition ask
ing that a woman be appointed to
hr.ndle juvenile court cases, public
dances and bathing beaches.
Sporting Wrrters in Early.
Madison, Wis.. July 23 The Queens
berry Athletic club of Milwaukee yes
terday fiied articles of incorporation.
The capital stock is $1,000. Three
Milwaukee sporting writers. Manning
Vaughn, Joe Ermatinger and T. S. An
drews, are the Incorporators. This is
the first boxing club to file artic.es.
IS GIVEN 3 YEARS
London. July 23. Arthur Newton, a
lawyer who came Into much promi
nence during the trial of Dr. Crippen
for murder, wag sentenced to three
years penal servitude today, for con
spiracy to defraud Dr. Hans Thorsch,
a wealthy young citizen of Vienna, out
cf J115.000 by false pretenses in 1911
12. Newton's companion. Brickley
Bennett, was sentenced to 18 months
&t taxd labor.
NOT LIKED BY
Former Secretary Dubbed
Mugwump in Letter
HELD NOT REPUBLICAN
Seems to Have Blocked Manu
facturers in Their Tariff
"Washington, D. C, July 23. With
three-fifths of the Mulhall letters in
the record, the senate lobby commit
tee today hurried along in an effort to
finish reading by tomorrow. The com
mittee decided to expedite things by
putting scores of letters in the record
without identification. In answer to a
blank question by Senator Reed, Mul
hall b wore to the authenticity of tne
whole correspondence turned over to
Secretary MacVeagh was dubbed a
"mugwump" in a letter from former
Representative Watson to Mulhall
Sept. 18, VjO'j. Watson, who evident
ly was trying to land Schwcdtman of
the Manufacturers' on the tariff board,
wrote that President Taft was ap
pointing only men recommended by
MacVeagh. "If he were a republican,
we might reach him," wrote Watson of
MacVeagh, "but' be. is a. mugwump,
and I am not hopeful of final success,
for I swear I never on earth knew wnat
to'do with a mugwump, inasmuch as
I have no right to kill him."
Mulhall, writing to Generaf Manager
Bird of the manufacturers, advised
him to be "in good fighting shape on
Sept. 12 to visit the White house at
Beveriy with me."
TR1KS TO SEE Ml'RPJlV.
Mulhall said that in November, 1909,
he tried to meet Charles F. Murphy,
leader of Tammany hall, in behalf of
George Gorden Battle for governor of
New Wrk. He wrote Battle there
were 72 organizations of manufactur
ers in New York state, "a controlling
influence in the great fight for gover
nor." Overman, Reed aud Walsh gave
Mulhall an unusually close examina
tion upon the Battle letter.
"You wanted to get Murphy to sup
port him?" he was asked.
"Did you see Murphy?" i(
"No, sir." ''"
Mulhall swore the rssociation
thought Battle a "clean, above-board
politician." He was a law partner of
Senator O'Gorman and was "honest."
The committee did not. develop
whether Mulhall made the campaign.
Neither Cummins nor Nelson attend
ed the hearing. Both have objected
to what they thought a partizari flavor
in the hearing at times.
ONE DAY WITHOUT
Washington, D. C, July 23. With
no senator, democrat or republican,
ready to speak on the tariff bill, the
stna'e today took up the measure
secticn by section for amendment.
Senators -Weeks, Borah, Townsend
aud Works are expected to make
speeches this week.
Republican Leader Mann" again fili
bustered the house into adjournment
today. As a climax to a series of par
liamentary delays he forced a roU
call taking half an hour on Democratic
Leader I'uderwood's moticn to adjourn.
At 12:15 the bousa adjourned till noon
TO MAKE TEST OF
Chicago, Ii;.. July 23. Before the
Butts legislative committee today, for
mer President Cannon of the Chicago
election board accepted a challenge
of Attorney McEwen, representing
County Judge Owens, to test the Em
pire voting machine, to show it could
be worked fradulently. Cannon and
an expert will make the test In the
CARDINAL GIBBONS SAYS
MASS ON 79TH BIRTHDAY
Baltimore, Md July 23. Cardinal
Gibbons la 79 today. In the chapel
of the home of Herbert Schriver, near
Westminster, Md., where he has spent
many birthdays, the cardinal cel
ebrated a mass of thaaxsgivlng mark
ing the annlTersary. Only the im
mediate family ot the host was pres
ent A large number of letters, tele
grams and cablegrams of congratu-
latloca. inrlurilr.7 mMasmma frn.n .v, -
tj - "-O AUU4 IUC
pope, and some of the rulers of Europe,
i were rereivprl sf tho oviinai'.
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BOY IS BOASTFUL
OF GRIME CAREER
'I Have Been a Thief Since I
Was Born," Says Youth
Held at Chicago.
Chicago, 111., Jn'jr J3.r-In a state
menJ7Tadeto'Bertective Sullivan, Wal
ter Novak, age 20, arrested -wlthnr
companions tcdayvafter they hadfYatal
ly wounded Patrolman Sowers and
.beaten Officer Walpcle, admitted hav
ing taken part in more than thirty
rebbcries in two months, and boasted
of a career of crime.
"I was born a thief and have been a
thief ever since," said Novak. "I
have been in all kinds of ins'ltutions
to reform me, but they only made me
worse. I don't cafe whether I go to
the gallowg or not. I don't want any
member of my fanii'.y to come to see
me. If they do, I will kick them out
I never robbed a man dressed like a
working man. I have committed more
than five hundred robberies since I
started out. I did several jobs with
the four boys who were hanged last
February for the murder of Fred
Guelzow, the truck gardener."
AU70 DEFEATS BULL
9h fight Fort Life
Car Charges Mad Animal and
Saves Injured Farmer
Elgin, 111., July 23 Matadors have
been succeeded by the automobile as
bullfighters. This was proved late
yesterday when Peter Breen, a farmer,
60 years old, of Huntley, 111., was be
ing gored by a mad bull while in one
of his pastures.
His screams attracted an automobile
party of three men who were in the
road. The men watched the attack for
a moment, then the driver of the big
touring car made a dash into the pas
ture after the bulL The horn was
tooted and tooted, and the bull was
finally driven away from the helpless
Three -of Breen's ribs were broken,
but he will recover, it is said.
CONVICT HEROES SAVE
PRISON FROM BLAST
Two Long-Term Men Carry
Gasoline from Sing
Opining, X. Y, July 23. Two con
victs, one a long-term man, were
herces late yesterday during a fire
that caused between v150,000 and
1175,000 damage to buildings at Sing
Sing pri;on. Wardsn Clancy 6aw them
plunge through th'.ck clouds of smoke
and roll eeveral large casks of ben
zine and gasoline out of the paint shop
during the height of the conflagration.
j An explosion that .would have greatly
i increased the damage, and possibly
j caused loss of life, was prevented. The
j warden expressed his admiration and
' announced that the convicts would be
i properly rewarded, perhaps by a re-i-iuction
of their terms.
SITTING TIGHT V
AIDED BY WIDOW
With Four Children They Settle
Down Under One Roof Af
ter Husband's Death.
Chicago, July 23. Two wives of I
one husband and two husbands of
one wife yesterday gave new Interest
to the old triangle of troubled mar
riage and wayward love.
Of the wives, the first and wronged
wife a sermon any minister might
envy has taken in the second wife
and is caring for her and her two
little children. ,
Mrs. Wilfred B. Frost, 1335 School
street, is the injured wife who could
find forgiveness for the later wife and
take her in with the children of the
erring husband. The husband himself
is dead. He was a traveling optician
who lived in Chicago and was a good
' Several years ago, while in Minne
apolis, he met an l?-year-old girl and
became infatuated with her. The girl,
according to a statement by Mrs.
Frost ran away with Frost on the un
derstanding he was soon to obtain a
divorce. The pair lived in La Crosse,
WTis., Frost assuming the name of Lr.
Wilfred B. Montclair.
Recently Mrs. Frost was in La
Crosse she says her visit was a busi
ness affair and had . nothing to do
with the second woman and whilo
there learned that this woman was in
poverty and helpless. She went to
the girl and talked to her. As . a
result the younger woman and her
two children arrived in Chicago sev
eral days ago and are now at the
home of the wife.
The two husbands in the second
story are Johnstone Hefner and
Charles Ballard. The wife was Miss
Nancy Delaner of Belvidere, 111. Ac.
cording to the story Hefner told As
sistant County Attorney Jones, ha and
his wife had lived happily in Chicago
nine . years, when Ballard first ap
peared. In February of this year, Hef
ner, so he says, ' obtained a divorce
and with the four children moved to
a farm in Michigan. 11
Two months later, as Hefner tells
it, the wife appeared at the farm,
which is near Grand Rapids. She is
said to haveiearned her second mar
riage was illegal. At any rate, she
was forgiven, and Hefner and, Mrs.
Hefner-Ballard went to Grand Rapids
and were remarried.
Follows an interlude of happiness
which was broken a week ago, ac
cording to the Hefner version, by the
appearance of husband No. 2.
"She Is my wife, npt your6," said
Ballard, and Mrs. Hefner agreed with
him. She would remain no- longer
with Husband Hefner, but would re
turn to Chicago with Husband Bal
lard. The two left though the chil
dren cried long and loud.
The next morning when Hefner
arose he found Ballard and Mrs. Hefner-Ballard
on the doorstep. Hus
band No. 2 had solved the question in
a way to satisfy all. The children
cried when Mrs. Ballard (or Kefnor)
went away. Therefore she would not
go away. She would remain and he
also. Husband Ballard, would remain.
Hefner also should remain and should
be happy all day long as the star
But Hefner came over to Chicago
to prosecute. -
MINES CLOSED BY
Men Demand Recognition of
Union and Better Work
Calumet, Mich., July r 23. -Twenty
mines in this neighborhood closed this
morning, owing to a strike called by
the Western Federation of Miners
Only from a fifth to a quarter of the
miners belong to the union, but it has
been found impossible to work the
mines with these men out.
The men demand recognition bf the
Western Federation of Miners, an
eight-hour day, abolition of the one
man drill, and better working condi
tions. There has been no disorder so
The companies seem determined not
to treat with the federation and are
prepared for long idleness. Recogni
tion of the union is the principal is
sue. The mines shut down are the Calu
met and Hecla, Tamarack, Osceola,
Wolverine, Centennial, Mohawk, Ah
meek. Champion, Baltic, Quincy, Isle
Royale, Superior, Franklin, La Salle,
and various development companies.
The Tri-Mountain and Houghton
mines are also affected, but the Han
cock and Franklin are still op?rating
today. It is estimated 15,000 men are
affected by the strike.
Hancock, Mich., July 23. The strike
of copper miners did not affect either
the Franki'n or Winona mines, the
men refusing to go out. Miners at
Hancock returned to work shortly be
fore noon. Smelters are running as
usual, managers claiming they have
enough stock on hand to last two
months. Ore carrying roads are idle
Boston, Mass., July 23. The strike
at some of the copper mines in Michi
gan caused a dec'ine in several local
! mining shares today, Calumet and
j Hecla dropping 15 to 410. Officials of
i Calumet pn l I'ec!:i thif afternoon
exvpreped the belief that the difficul
ties would be adjusted.
NO BLAME IS ATTACHED
FOR WRECK AT STAMFORD
Bridgeport, Conn., July 23. Neither
Frpr.necr Doherty nor the New Haveu
railroad was guilty of criminal neg
ligence in connection with the wreck
at Stamford, June 12, according to
Coroner Phelan, based on the death
of Ada Kelly of Chicago, one of six
passengers hiiiei in a Pullman car,
Skylark, which v.a3 telescoped. The
death wa3 f.assed as "accidental."
IOWA LINES SEEK
TO ENJOIN STATE
Council Bluffs, Iowa, July 23. At
torneys representing eight rai!road3
operating in Iowa appeared in the fed
eral court here today to argue for the:r
petition asking that the state of Iowa
be reitrcinod from enforcing a reduced
round trip pa:-.scngcr rate to people
attending the slste fair. The case is
upon the ejuestion of the rifibt of the
state to require discrimination as to
classes of travel and If the rateB are
confiscatory- Judges Smith, Van Val-
kenburg and McPherson are hearing
the arguments, ,
BMJVE TO LET
Is Likely Neutrality Rule
Will be Repealed by
NO GOVERNMENT THERE
Proposal Is to Let Factions
Fight Out Their Troubles
Among Themselves. .
Washington, D. C July 23. Repeal i
of the neutrality proclamation prohib- . ,i
iting exportation of arms to Mexico ,4' ..
i being considered by the admlnla- '
tration and the next step in the Mex-,f,'
lean situation. JtA -
A conference of the president aj j .
congressional leaders planned fpr-1 p
day for a discussion of the propr
which many leaders have E; f'
Partial canvass of the h ft '
senate foreign affairs commit
those interested in the mo'
lieve prohibition against sh
arms into Mexico could t. 07 17 n
with little delay. It is u , jn seventh,
be the belief of admin -inth JRan
cials that should vree
7 ""-. ?AB. R. H. TO. A. E.
present situation migi. v 0 0 1 0
Constitutionalists have ' rep.. v y, V
claimed lack of arms the only bar to
The repeal i3 proposed on the
ground that there is no recognised
government in Mexico.
El Paso, Texas, July 23. Threats to
kill all the Americans in the Madera
settlement, burn the big Madera Lum
ber mills, which supply the El Paso
Milling "company with lumber, and
raze every American house' in the
camp have been made to the Pearson ;
company as the result of t,he harbor
ing of the American cowmen after
they had killed two of the bandits of
El Mocho Martinez's brigand band.
This threat was niado eight days
ago, and as the telegraph wires are
down and the brigands are preventing'
any one from leaving the camp, the '
officials of the Madera company and
the friends of the Americans in Ma
dera fire afraid the bandits have al
ready carried out 4heir threats.
Among . the Americans who aro
in Madera are: H. C. Herr
of Newark, Ohio, manager of
the Madera mills; F. J. Clark, a
native of El Paso, : uperintendent of
the El Paso division of the Mexico
Northwestern railroad; W. J. Farragut
of Alabama, a nephew of Admiral Far
ragut, manager of the commissary de
partment at Madera; W. W- Grubbs,
Richmond, Ind., who if a nephew of
Vice President II. I. Miller of the
Pearson interests; R. B. Rawlings of
El Paso, agent for the Northwestern
at Madera, together with his wife and
children; C. C. Commons of Rich
mond, Ind., a brother of Dr. Commons,
the company physician.
An assistant of the commissary de
partment is Charles A. Frlngle of San
Francisco, who is a mining engineer
and was one of the most famous foot
ball players who ever attended the
University of Califo nia.
MAM. HAVE FW1II.I1H.
Others are: George Gardner of the
Foreign club; Guy E. Vaughn, fuel
agent for the Madera company; Mrs.
Vaughn; Lee Sanders, a meat dealer
at Madera; Roy Hoard, plant auditor
at Madera; Fred Schmidt, agent for
the Dolores Mining company; II. J.
Gallagher of Mexico City, who is chief
clerk to the superintendent at Ma
dera; T. R. Hager, chief dispatcher;
Dr. Rogers, in charge of the hospital,
and Mrs. C. J. Lawrence, who is a
stenographer in the superintendent's
office at Madera.
Many of the Americans named have
their wive3 and children with them.
Tucson, Ariz., July 23. Thomas
Hind, assistant general superinten
dent of the Southern Pacific of Mex
co, apparently is held for ransom by
the Mexican federals at Guaymas, ac
cording to a code message received
: here yesterday. Railroad officials were
reticent, butj it was unofficially stated
they had aslfed the state department
at Washington to demand Hind's re
lease. ItKFOKT TOHKKO.V TAKES.
Eagle Pass, Texas. July 23 An un
confirmed report that Torreou was
captured by constitutionalists was re
ceived here today. Constitutionalist
officials at the headquarters, Pledgras
Negras, refused to confirm the report
Banner Iowa Wheat Crop.
e-miTi-i PiiiTrs. Iowa. July 23.-
ductiou of wheat in western Iowa i
the heaviest this year ever known and '
quality the finest.
Philadelphia Delegates from near
ly everv sta"e are at the ninth annual'
convention of the National Leather j
jW. Klela ofjlcagcUjPresldeut -