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THE A KG US, SATUKDAY. bEFlEMBEK 19, 1891.
WHEAT LT DANGER.
Fire Threatens the Fields of the
CB0P3 AND LIVES BOTH IJEPEBILED.
Hot Weather Scorches the Stubble and
Make Only a Spark Necessary t Start
' a Terrible Conflagration A Number of
Blame Already Sweep Over the Land,
bat Are Checked by Hard Work Heat
Prostration a Common Thing in the
Harvest Field Six live. Lost by Fire
Jamestown, X. D., Sept. 19 The ter
rible beat of the past few days has
scorched every stubble field and hay
range In the state until the faintest spark
in sufficient to start sudden and almost
unquenchable fire. The hot winds fan into
life the smoldering embers of fields al
ready bnrned over, carrying tbesparksinto
nnbarned territory, there to renew their
work of destruction. Intense anxiety exists
throughout the state at this time over the
danger to crops and lives as well. In this
county alone over $1,000,000 worth of
wheat lies exposed to fire, which may be
ignited now from the slightest cause.
Grain is so heavy that it is threshed but
lowly, while not half enough help and
machines are here to do the work.
The Man with the Pipe.
The grain stands in shocks all over the
state, and, strange as it seems, almost
wholly unprotected by plowed fire guards.
Little stacking has been done. Farmers
appear to be trusting to luck, A man
lighting a pipe threw the match away one
day this week, thereby starting a fire that
took hours to extinguish, and only the
fortunate presence of a threshing crew
saved Large loss. A chicken hunter's burn
ing gunwad lighted another fire that re
quired the all night work of the neighbor
hood to put out. It spread despite all ef
forts into La Moure county and burned
over several miles of valuable hay range.
Reports of small fires are coming iu hour
ly. The sun of the last few days has made
grass like tinder.
Tnriouat Waves of Fire.
The flames are of the most furious char
acter when started, and almost impossible
to extinguish. A wave of fire twenty feet
high, advancing with terrible rapidity,
with suffocating smoke and clouds of
flying cinders overwhelming the farmers
intent on saving their crops and homes,
has been a not infrequent spectacle in the
country west of here during the past few
days. From Emmons county comes the
report of disastrous fires, but mails have
been delayed from Williamsport, and the
exact amount of damage is not known.
Saved by a Change of Wind.
VilIianisport was saved from destruc
tion by a sudden change in the wind.
Near Lisbon thousands of acres of wheat
have been destroyed. The next few days
here are resarded with positive fear of
some extended disaster to life as well as
property, mall fires checked by prompt
action of neighbors, have already ruined
many farmers in tne Jim Viver valley.
Prairie fires are liable to cause more loss
of wbeat in this state than frost and heat
BLAZING HOT IN SOUTH DAKOTA.
The Mercury Goes I'p Above 100 Anxie
ty on Account of Fire.
Siorx Falls, S. D., Sept. 19 From all
over the state come reports of unusual
beat for this season of the year, in some
instances the mercury exceeding 100 de
grees. Yesterday afternoon at 2:30 the
thermometer registered !S degrees in the
hade. Lewis Johnson, a resident of Fast
Sioux Falls, was discovered in an uncon
scious condition from the effects of a sun
stroke, and died within twenty minutes
after being found. Near the nort h state line
many prairie fires are reported, but de
tails as to losses are not known. Thus far
no loss of life has been reported from fires.
Farmers are everywhere anxious, as the
fields are scorching hot, ready to burst
into flame with the slightest spark.
Farmers Plowing Fire Lines.
Much grain is yet in the shock, and
farmers are plowing fire lines preparing
for the event that may come at any time,
and which means ruin, possibly death,
when it does come. So intense has the
heat been in some sections that work iu
harvest fields during the day has been im
possible. Many persons were prostrated,
and farmers, taking advantage of the
clear nights, have threshed their grain by
moonlight. There is no prospect of iui
mediate relief, the heat in both of the
Dakotas being almost unbearable. There
were prostrations yesterday at Huron
and many other places. Unless immedi
ate relief comes the destruction of wheat
by Are will be enormous.
SIX PERSONS SUFFOCATED.
A Whole Family Nearly Wiped Out in a
CHICAGO, Sept. 19. Six persons lost
their lives in a fire at 54 and ool Sedg
wick street at 1 o'clock this morning:
The dead all belonged to one f.tmily, that
of Got liib Sehalk, who lived in the rear
of the third story. When the fire broke
out there were several families asleep in
the building, but they all escaped very
narrowly, however except the Scualks.
Tne firemen tried several times to reach
the fated family.
Brought tint Six Corpses.
Finally the rooms occupied by Sclialk
and his family were reached and the fol
lowing brought out dead: Adam Sehalk,
45 years old; Mrs. .Sena lk, 40 years; Miss
Sehalk, 19 years; Miss Sehalk, 11 years;
Master Sehalk, 15 years; Master Sehalk, 8
years. All bad been suffocated in their
1- Prairie Fires Destroying Hay.
i WlIAMAB, Minn , Sept. 19. Tremend
ous fires have been ragjng west of here
and a large tract of prairie land is burnt
over. A strong wind has made it impos
sible to stay the fury of the flames. A
great deal of hay in stack has been de
stroyed and three or four miles of railroad
track has been Lurned and made impas
sable. Origin of the fire unknown.
Bank Receiver Appointed.
ToPEKA, Kan., Sept. 19. Ex-State
Treasurer William Simms has been ap
pointed receiver for the United Savings
bank on the application of stockholders,
who declared the bank could not stand
the examination under the new Kansas
banking law. The bank has just resum
ed, after suspending last February. The
principal losers will be eastern investors.
No statement of debits or asset can be
VERA AVA OR ANN O'DELIA.
Something farther of That Remarkable
Disappearance from Chicago.
CHICAGO.Sept. 19. The police officials of
tie city have received copies of a cut of
D ss DeBar which appeared iu The Police
Guzette some time ago, and from
ibit have decided that Vera Ava
is ' none other than the spook priest
est;. This being so, the police seem
to have dropped the matter. The remark
ab e facts that the woman disappeared
fn m this city in a manner as mysterious
as ever accompanied the taking off of any
body; that she was found two days later
at Cincinnati nearly naked and her body
brt.ised in numerous places; that no one
so lar can account for how she got there:
that when last seen she had a large sum
of taouey with her, while she had not a
cent when found at Cincinnati; none of
these things seem to interest the Chi
What Difference if She is ?
She is Diss DeBar that settles it. In
vietv-of the strange features of this case
the unofficial mind is notable to compre
hen i what difference it makes who she is.
The questiion whether she is a liar doesn't
ever, figure in the unofficial mind. The
woman says an outrage has been com
mitted on her and the known facts cor
roborate her. In Chicago one day with
plenty of clothing and money; two days
later at Cincinnati with no money and
scarcely a rair on her back. Did she do it
herwlf? Well, how?' If she did, it is
good evidence that she is not Diss DeBr,
for that lady always had revenue at the
end t f her sc times.
Some Inquiries at Cincinnati.
The Cincinnati police appear to have
wakel up to the peculiar facts of the case,
and Lave tried to find out how the woman
arrivi-d there. Careful inquiry shows
that no one saw her ou any train arriving
at the Queen City during the time in
which she must have arrived there. No
railroad conductor or steamboat man saw
her eu route. This being the case she
must have gone there either in a freight
car or in a box. With a large sum of
money on her person she would not have
traveled either way willingly. Then
when she first appeared she had a piece of
black veiling on which were spots of
blood and she said she had torn it from a
worn a i who hd tried to prevent her
escape from the house where she was con
fined, and that she badly wounded the
woman in getting away.
What the Woman Herself Says.
Miss Ava or Diss DeBar says she was
taken to Cincinnati in a long box, which
was placed in a wagon and carted out to a
house, which was, she thought, called a
seminary; that later she was taken to
Cincinnati in a wagon and to the house
from which she escaped, and where the
fight tcok place in which her clothes were
torn off her. She located t hese houses so
well tl at the police know them both, one
being a Roman Catholic school and the
other liishop Klder's residence, and it is
because of this that they do not believe
her. It telling her story she mentioned
facts th it strongly corroborated it unless
she is jerfectly acquainted with) the to
pograply of Cincinnati. Still the central
quest ioi : How did she vet to Cincinnati?
remains unsolved. Coitin boxes arrived
during the period of Miss Ava's disap
pearance, but they cannot be, or have not
DIDN'T HAVE THEIR "GUNS"
So They "Fit" Their Fight In the "Bit
barons' Pugilistic Way.
Wheeling, Sept, 19 W. P. Hubbard,
late Kej ublican candidate for congress
in this district and the leading counsel
for Gentral Guff in the famous guberna
torial coatest, and W. II .Jlearne, a mill
ionaire la wyer and politician, who have a
grudge t gainst each other growing out
of political matters, met in front of the
court hoi Be Thursday. Words passed and
Hearne struck a vicious blow at Hub
bard. A stand-np-and-knock-down battle
ensued. When separated by friends both
were covered with blood and their faces
were badl disfigured. Neither was armed,
or the affray would have resulted latally
without it doubt. Both are physical
giants and of undoubted courage, and
more serit us trouble is apprehended.
Cave tle Detectives Much Trouble.
New York, Sept. 19. Mrs. Mary Nolan,
29 years old, of 74 Manhattan avenue,
has kept Infectives Donlan and Queen, of
Green Po nt avenue police station in
Brooklyn, busy for more than a week in
vestigating alleged robberies in her de
partments. The detectives have discov
ered that Ilrs. Nolan personally was the
culprit, and that she pawned the articles
which she reported to the police as hav
ing been st den in a pawnshop on Frank
lin street, Green Point, under her own
The Rounding Hae Hall.
CniCAGO, Sept. 19 League scores in
the base lall field yesterday were: At
Boston B ston, 9; Pittsburg, 3. At New
York New York. 9; Chicago, 3. At P.rook
lyn Cleveland. : Brooklyn, 0. At Phil
adelphiaPhiladelphia, 11; Cincinnati, 6.
Associate n: At Milwaukee Milwau
kee, 4: Ba timore, 11. At Louisville
Louisville, 9; Washington. S. At St.
Louis St. Louis, 0; Athletic, 10. At
Columbus Xo game, raiu.
A Good Thing for the Corn.
CniCAGO, Sept. 19. The warm weather
of the past week, which has brought the
Dakota whe; t growers so much anxiety
for fear of fire, has been a godsend to the
corn belt. From all over that belt in the
northwest tLe news comes that the corn is
about out of danger, and will be entirely
so with a few days more of the warm
weather. Wilmar, Minn., reports the
temperature 106 degrees yesterday.
Mareno's Story a "Fake."
SAS FnAXrisco, Sept. 19 D. A. Mc-
Kinley, the Hawaiian consul, laughed
heartily when shown tiie despHtrh from
Washington Mating that Signer Mareho,
the Italian, American residing there, had
informed President Harrison that Eng
land was scheming for the possession of
the Sandwich Islands. Mr McKinley
says the story is an absurd "fake."
Carrifege Works Burned.
Belair, Md , Sept. 19. Belair sustain
ed a heavy less early yesterday by the
burning down of the Bullett carriage fac
tory. The building was three stories
high and of frame. It was built with all
the latest improvements. The machin
ery and con te: its were valued at 193,000,
and are a total loss.
..Would Be Governor of Illinois
Chicago, Stpt. 39. General John C.
Black has addressed a letter to each mem
ber of the Democratic Btate committee in
which he announces that he will accept
the Democratic nomination for governor
of Illinois, if it shall be tendered him.
THE TAX 0 BANKS.
Suit That May Involve Refund
VALIDITY OF A LAW CHALLENGED.
And a Question of the Rights of the Sen
ate in Legislation Brought I'p The
British Minister Raises a Point that
Imperils the Behring Sea Modus Vi
vendi Oklahoma Lands To Be Opened
Next Tuesday Dubuque Gets a Tor
pedo Itoiit Contract.
Washington, Sept. 19. Treasurer Xel
ker has just been served with a summons
iu a suit to test the constitutionality of
the ?j per cent, semi-annual tax ou na
tional banks. The bank bringing the
suit is the Twin City National Bank of
New Brighton, Minn. The ground for
questioning the constitutionality of the
tax is that this portion of the banking act
originated in the senate. The constitu
tion provides that "all bills for raisiug
revenue shall originate in the house of
representatives." The senate, it is claim
ed has authority to "propose or concur
with amendments as ou other bills."
The Senate Changed Its I'urpose.
But the contention in this case will be
that the banking act was not a bill to
raise revenue when it reached the senate,
and could not lie transformed into such a
bill by the senate. There areot her grounds
upon which the tax is contested in the
particular case before the court. If the
constitutional question should be decided
in favor of the bank it might open the
way for a great multitude of suits for re
fund by tfce banks throughout the coun
try. The statute of limitations would
prevent the recovery of nil these pay
ments back to the organization of the na
tional banking system in 1SG4. but it
would take more than ilO.OOO.OOO to re
fund the taxes for the past five or six
THE SEAL QUESTION UP AGAIN.
A Complaint That Will Open a Question
of Treaty Constrtirnon.
Washington, Sept. 19. Sir Julian
Pauncefote, the British minister, has no
tified this government that the modus
Vivendi as to the catch of seals in the Ber
ing sea has been violated by the North
American Commercial company in ex
ceeding the aureed catch of seals. A gov
ernment official who is familiar with the
Bering sea question, in speaking of the
complaint, said that the question was on
the construction of the treaty of June
l."tb, ls.91, which allowed the North Ameri
can Commercial companr to take 7,o(X
seals. The 'treaty went iuto effect June
15;b, auJ the question is whether the
company was to he allowed to take 7,500
seals after June 15th, or whether the
treaty allowed it to capture this number
of seals during the entire season. The
ollicial'said that no trouble need be anti
cipated in settling the difficulty.
The Company Caught 13,000.
The complaint of Sir Julian was made
when it was learned that the Commercial
company's steamer had recently brought
to San Francisco 13.000 seals instead of
theT,.VJ stipulated. The explanation of
the company is that the larger portion of
the 5,500 seals taken in excess of the limit
were caught last fall for the purpose of
food, and that the remainder were taken
early in the summer before the modus
Vivendi went into effect. The company's
operations were carried on under the
authority of the treasury agent, Mr.
Williams, who undoubtedly agreed with
them that they were at liberty to take
seals freely until the modus vivendi
should take effect.
WILL BE OPENED NEXT TUESDAY.
The New Laud In the Eastern Tart of
Washington, Sept. 19. The president
yesterday issued a proclamation opening
the eastern part of the Territory of Okla
homa to public settlement at noon, or
after, on Tuesday, Sept. irJi. The paper
is a long document, and recites the differ
ents treaties with the Indians of the In
dian Territory who ceded their lands to
the United States. The proclamation
gives notice that until the lauds are open
ed to settlement uo person shall be per
mitted to enter npon and occupy them,
and no person violating the law shall be
permitted to enter any of the land, or ac
quire any rights.
Historic Cannon for the World's Fair.
Washington, Sept. 19. A cannon was
shipped from here yesterday to D. H.
Burnham, superintendent of construction
of the World's fair. It weighs two and
one-balf tons and has a history. When
Columbus was made a prisoner iu San
Domingo the governor who arrested him
feared there might be an attempt at
rescue. So he trained a big gun on the
entrance of the citadel, or castle, in
which Columbus was confined. That
cannou has lain in the same place ever
6ince until now.
Dubuque to Ituild a Torpedo Boat.
Washington, Sept 19. Secretary Tracy
yesterday awarded the contract for build
ing torpedo boat number 2 to the Iowa
Iron works of Dubuque, la., at ?U3,5;)p.
Chicago's World's Fair Uonils,
Chicago, Sept. 19 It was announced
yesterday that the 13.090,000 required by
the city ordinance to be collected by the
World's Columbian exposition on sub
scriptions to the capital stock before the
city would place ou the market the 5,000,
COO worth of bands it was authorized to
issue in aid of the Columbian enterprise,
had ail been collected. The matter of re
receiving and disposing of these bonds has
been referred by the directors to the
finance committee of the exposition, which
will probably report at the next meeting
pf the executive committee
Alleged Prison Plot Discovered.
San Francisco, Sept. 19. The Exam
iner publishes a story of the discovery of
a plot among the convicts of San Quentin
prison to blow up that institution with
dynamite, kill the guards and escape. It
asserts that the warden has seised a
quantity of dynamite and a number of
revolvers which were found in the po
session of convicts. The officers of the
prison are on the alert and any demon
stration will be speedily quelled.
The Crime of the Boomers.
G uteris, O. T., Sept. 19. Great clouds
of smoke were rising from the Cherokee
strip yesterday, and thousands of acres
were being burned over. ' The cause of
the firo is unknown, but it thought that
the boomers havs commenced their raid,
and are carrying out their threat to burn
the grass off the entire country.
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