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Rock Island Daily Argfs.
nl H NO. 159.
ROCK ISLAND, T1IUBSDAY, APRIL 28, 1892.
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Underselling Everybody on Everything.
ing and selling for
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FIRE IN A THEATER
Blaze Started That Licked Up
$1,000,000 in Property.
PANIC AMONG THE CEOBUS GERL8,
Frantic Rush for Safety by the Audience
Hundreds Trampled Cnder Toot and
130 Injured, Few Severely The Timet
Newspaper Annex Building Destroyed,
Compositors and Kdltors Escaping
with Ease Wanamaker's Store Dam
aged and a Whole Kloek Devastated
Eight Tersone Reported Missing.
Philadelphia, April 2a -Fire last night
destroyed the Central theatre. Eight per
sons, all members of the "Devil's Auction"
company, are reported missinar. The am?
Daniel Sweeny, Thomas Lorella, Mrs.
X nomas Lorella, Miss Congers, Mr. Brooks,
Miss Sarah Golden, Miss Valencia Chit-
ten, and Miss Annie Stiukney.
Philadelphia, April 28. A million dol
lars gone up in smoke and flames and
nearly an entire sou are consumed, is
the record of the fire fiend's work in Phila
delphia last night. The territory devas
tated rjy the flames is bounded on t.b
north by Sansoni street, on the south by
Walnut street, on the east by Eighth street
and on the west by Xinth street. In the
block were the Central theatre, now a
smouldering ruin and the historic M
Walnut Street theatre which was not
reached by the fire. The Times annex
which stood directly in the rear of the
Central theatre where the flames origi
nated, is also in; ruins. In addition to
J. he limes, which occupied two floors and
the basement, the buildinc was neranlni
by a number of business houses whose
losses win lie heavily.
Estimate of the Loss.
The amount is impossible to give at this
hour, as the fire, which is under control, is
till burning. Taggart's Sunday Times
and Poulson's hotel, which stands on Wal
nut street above the theatre, are badly
gutted and the loss will be heavy. All the
buildings on Eighth street, between Wal
nut and Sansom, are badly damaged by
fire, smoke and water, as are those front
ing on Walnut street. At this writing a
careful estimate places the entire loss at
over $1,0( 0,000, and it is said that the in
surance will not reach $400,000. The fire
was one of the most sensational which has
ever occurred in this city.
The Origin of the Conflagration.
At ten minutes to 8 last night the stage
hands of the Central theatre had all the
preparations made for the performance of
the 'Devil's Auction." and one of tho At
taches was in the act of lighting the gas
jet overhead known as the "border lights."
While passing the . torchlight along the
second row of lights a suspended scene be
came ignited, and in an instant the entire
loft was an immense blaze. The alarm
was at once given, and all the stage hands
did their best to smother the flames, but
the lire spread too rapidly. Charley Yale,
the manager of Mr. Giluiore's enterprises,
was near the spot where the fire origi
nated, and speedily threw open all the ex
its of the auditorium and rushed to the of
fice on the second floor cn the Walnut
street side of the theatre, and had just
time enough to close the safe when the
smoke and flames drove him from the
room to the fire escape on the front walL
Wild Times Behind the Scenes.
Half-dressed chorus girls and actors
made a wild rush for life and sought to reach
the street. Those on the stage easily
escaped, but those in the dressing-rooms
under and above the stage had a hard
struggle for life. As they rushed from
their dressing rooms they were met at
every turn by the flames and many had
narrow escapes. A number of t he women
fainted and were carried into the street al
most at the -cost of their lives and those
of their rescuers. All of them lost every
thing except the costumes which they
had on at the time the fire started. In the
front of the house the first warning re
ceived was from the cries on the stage,
which was followed by a burst of smoke
and tongues of flames which swept
through the proscenium arch.
PANIC IN THE AUDIENCE.
Frantic Straggle or the People In Front
for Their Lives.
"Fire!" resounded on .every aide, and
there was a rash for the doors. Men,
women and boys were borne down and
crushed to the floor in the fight to reach
safety. In the top gallery the rush was
the worst, as the staircase leading to the
street was narrow and tortuous. At the
Walnut street front were improved fire
escapes and hundreds reached the street
by them. Hundreds more were, however,
trampled under foot, crashed and braised
into insensibility and left lying in the
burning theatre. The force of officers on
the spot worked like beavers, and an
alarm had been quickly followed by a sec
ond. The police and firemen began work
at once and brought out those who had
been injured and left to perish.
- Bash Down the Fire Escapes.
In the "Devil's Auction" company were
forty people, eighteen men and twenty
two women. The manager of the company
reports that all are accounted for, tome
are, however, badly bruised, and all lost
their street clothing and valuables. The
rush down the fire escape was thrilling.
Like rata the men and boys of the gal
leries rolled and tumbled down, with an
occasional clutch at a rod or support to
stay, their flight. Many fell with few
pauses in their journey and landed on the
sidewalk with broken, limbs and other in-
Juries. It is miraculous that no one was
A boat 130 Severely Injured.
Many were found to be but slightly in
jured and took care of themselves as best
they could, for there were too many who
needed medical aid at once to be provided
for. Ambulances from the Jefferson,
Pennsylvania, Hahneman and University
hospitals were promptly on the ground and
aided by the police wagons carried about
190 injured to the hospitals. The Penn
sylvania hospital alone received forty and
at midnight had thirty-eight of the in
jured in the wards. The flames spread
Ukt wild-fir and In an incredibly short
seething flames which shut high mto the
Destruction of Itae Times Ituildlng. "
Directly in the rear of the Central
theatre and fronting on Sansoni street was
the eight-story Times annex, separated
from the theatre only by a few feet of
space. As the flames shot up they licked
the wall and burst through the windows,
nd that, too, was doomed. When the
alarm was given the whole force of The
Time was at work. The compositors were
at wot k on the top floor and the editorial
and city staff on the seventh floor. Ample
time was afforded for escape, and the em
ployes had no trouble in leaving the bond
ing in safety. The Times editorial rooms
were elegantly fitted up and a valuable
library occupied a section of the floor. Ev
erything was eaten up by the fire, which,
while it made very slow progress in The
Times builping, was no lees effective.
Wanamaker's Store Scorched.
The flames spread to Poulson's restau
rant, which adjoined the theatre, and the
roofs of the stores on Eighth street also
caught. For a time it looked as if the
whole square would go. Sansom street is
narrow and from the burning Times office
the flames swept across and set fire to the
store of S. M. Wanamaker & Co., which
fronts on Chestnut street. The flames in
Wanamaker's were, however, kept from
spreading and were finally extinguished,
but not until considerable damage had
been done. The Times annex, however,
could not be saved, and by 11 o'clock was a
mass of ruins, the front wall having tum
bled into Sansom street. The stores and
dwellings across from the annex, of which
there are a number, were also badly
damaged by smoke and water and in some
instances by fire.
Looking; for Friends and Relatives.
At the hospital where the injured were
taken crowds huug around the gates and
sought for information of friends or rela
tives'vho were supposed to have been in
the theatre when the fire broke out, while
the streets in the vicinity of the burning
buildings were crowded with people, the
excitement being intense until long after
FAILURE OF A ST. PAUL BANK.
The Commercial Closes Its Doors Many
St. Pacl, April 28. The Commercial
bank of St. Paul, a state institution,
closed its doors yesterday. From the open
ing of the bank until that hour there was
a steady string of clamorous depositors at
the windows. This coupled with the re
fusal of tte clearing house to accept any
I more of the bank's paper caused a suspen
' t . .i . , , i
cmuu. iu tuo niirruuuu ius clearing
house committee met at the office of Gov
ernor Merriam and after carefully exam
ining the papers of the suspended institu
tion advised President Scheffer that it
would be best to allow the courts to ap
point a receiver and wind up the affairs of
Assets Are Not Known Yet.
It is stated that the directors of the bank
take the same view of the case, and will
ask for a receiver today. A great crowd of
depositors jammed the sidewalks at the
corner of Third and Robert, the bank's lo
cation, nntil lonjr, after the regular hour
for closing. The failure was precipitated
by the suspension of the St. Paul German
Fire Insurance company. Precisely what
the available assets of the bank are cannot
be told for several days.
The state has $30,000 on deposit with the
Commercial and the City of St. Paul
about $35,000. Both, however, are pro
tected by bond. The uneasiness of depos
itors is not believed to be well founded; un
less the failure is much worse than now
appears they will be paid in full. Most of
the stockholders of the bank are wealthy
men, and under the double liability act
each is liable for the amount he holds and
to be assessed for an equal amount.
GRANT'S GREAT MAUSOLEUM.
President Harrison Lays the Corner
stone at New York.
New York, April 28. The corner-stone
of the great mausoleum which is to perpet
uate the memory of General Ulysses S.
Grant was laid in Riverside park at 2
o'clock yesterday afternoon. President
Harrison, in the presence of his cabinet
and thousands of citizens, laid the granite
block upon which is to be builded a tomb
worthy of the nation's hero. The cere
monies were impressive, and the weather
favored them. The ceremonies were par
ticipated in by about 9,000 persons, 8,000 of
them being Grand Army men. Also 900
school boys filed by the tomb and scattered
Synopsis of the Ceremonies.
Mrs. General Grant was present and was
warmly received by the boys in blue
present as well as the general throng. The
programme was as follows: Prayer by
Rev. Dr. John Hall; address by General
Horace Porter; laying of the stone by
president Harrison, who need a gold trowel
and delivered a brief address; oration by
Hon. C. M. Depew, which it goes without
saying was appropriate and eloquent to
the highest degree: benediction by Rev.
Dr. John Hall; salute from the guns of
the monitor Miantonomah.
Banquet at Delmonlco's.
As soon as the salute was fired the presi
dent and party were driven back to the
hotel. Last night the Grant Birthday
association gave a banquet at Delmonico'e,
at which were present 120 persons. The
speech of the evening was delivered by
Secretary Elkins, and addresses were mad
by Representatives Henderson, of Iowa,
and Breckinridge, of Kentucky, and Gen
eral Porter. At the conclusion of the cere
monies at Riverside park the president
took a special train for Washington.
The IIih Ball Experts.
Chicago, April 28. The Chicago club
is responsible for much weeping and
wailing, and not a little unmitigated
Anglo-Saxon on the part of the cranks in
this city. Yesterday it was again taken
into camp by the Cleveland boys. Fol
lowing is the League record: At
Washington (First game) Boston 8,
Washington 0; (second game) Uo-tou
2, Washington 1; at B.iltimore Brooklyn
4, Baltimore 1: at Cleveland Chicago 1,
Cleveland 5; at Pittsburg Louisville 6,
Pittsburg 4; at Philadelphia (First
game) New York 1, Philadelphia 15; (sec
ond game) New York 4, Philadelphia 1.
Western: At Omaha Columbus 4, Oma
ha 8; at Minneapolis Indianapolis 6, Min
neapolis 8; at Sc. Paul Milwaukee 14, Su
Paul 4; at Kansas City Toledo 3. Kausa
At a meeting of Massachusetts lumber
men a combination was proposed which
will probably result in the formation of a
Justice Lamar, of the United States su
preme court, who has been ill for some
months, is gradually recovering and ex
pects to resume his duties in a few days.
The result of the trial of the Paris an
archist to condemned by the press and
people, who wanted Ravaohol to make the
acquaintance of the.guillotine. The opin
ion prevails that judge and jurors wer
actuated by cowardice.
The total loss at the Chicago Athenssnm
fire was about $50,000. Only tne seventh
floor was gutted, but much damage' was
done by Water on the lower floors. Artist
are the chief sufferers, losing many paint
ings that represented months of labor.
Rather than to suffer the shame of be
ing sent to the poorhouse Charles Hart
wick, of Chicago, cat his throat
from ear to ear with arazor. He
was 76 years old, and his hand
unsteady. Therefore there is a prospect
that he will live.
The talk recently with those interested
in Union Pacific railway affairs has been
that at the stockholders meeting Jay
GOUld Was tO b "Minimi rinurn Tk.
election has come off and Gould bad plenty
oi votes to -get there." Also the annual
report shows that the road has barn wll
The Senate and House In Brief.
Washington, April 28. Yesterday in
the senate was occupied in discussing the
relations of the Pacific railroads to the
United States The house provision that
no part of the appropriation for the-traos-portation
of troops or supplies in the army
bill should be paid for services rendered
over any of the -non-bonded lines owned,
controlled or operated by the Union Pa
cific Railway company, or by the Southern
Pacific company, was stricken out and the
bill as thus amended passed.
The diplomatic and consular annronria-
tion bill was further considered in the
house. After two hours general debate
the bill was considered by sections, but
little progress being made, and a roll call
disclosing no quorum present, the com
mittee arose and the house adjourned.
Absentees were all said to be at the base
ball game and races. ,
Ohio Democratic Convention.
Collmbcs, April 8. The Democratic
state executive committee has decided to
hold the Democratic state convention in
Columbus June 14 and 15.
Theatrical Mote. v
Baldheadcd gentleman in the parquet
to young iady in dress circle during an
affectionate passage in the play:
"I respect your emotion, ma'am; you
are shedding tears on my head." Texan
Gus SnobLerly What did you say?
Charlie Knickerbocker (who has a
cold) All I shaid wash linter wingers in
the gap of ling. Texas Sittings.
LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCE MARKETS.
Chicaoo, April 27.
Following were ths quotation on tha board
of trade today: Wheat April. opened
Hc, closed 61H: May, opened Mtr, closed
8tsc; July, opened and closed Sl$c Corn
April, opened 41V4C, close 1 41c; May,
opened 41&tjc. close 1 lJ4c: July, opened SMo
el. sel 59..-. Oat3-May, opened Sti", closed
KHc; June, opened 28e, closed Sc; July,
opened and closed 28c. Pork AprU.
opened and closed SH.60. May, opened
and closed .); July, opened and
clo ed $.7T)4. Lard-April, opened 16.30,
Live stock Prices at the Union Stock yard
today rang U as follows: Ho Market
active, and prices ruled steady: sales:
ranged at t3.tWa4.S0 pigs. 84.20 .;5
light, $4.154-3J rough packing, S4.3U1&4.06
mixed, t4.8j&4.i0 heavy packing and shipping
Cattle Moderately active; prices higher:
quotations ranged at J4 2Ui4. cbotoa to
extra shipping steers. $3.&a430 g-ooi to
choice do, $3.403.90 fair to good. $3.114
8 J common to medium do. $2.SJ1(13 butch
ers' steers, $2.40&a00 stackers, 9US0&.aO
Tsxas steers, $A0j(3.i feeders, JL40&3.10
cows, $L6iaiS0 bulls aad .IMLA) ve
Sheep Market fairly active and prioea
lower; quotation ranged at $5.0020.2 west
ems. t4.aOQA.40 natives, and A7o.9 lambs;
shorn lots 50475c par luO lbs below quotations
Produce: Batter Fancy separator 22e per.
Ih; fine creameries. SOQllc; dairies, fancy,
fresh, 18c; packing stock, fresh. 11&13c Eggs
Fresh, 12H313o per dos Live poultry
Chickens, 12 per lb; roosters, 6c; ducks, L. t
13c; turkey, mixed lota. 12)813c: geese,
4.00 per dos. Po tatoes Hebrons, -2fcao per
ha; Barbanks, 2&30c; Boss, 332e tor
seed; Peerless, :3328c: common to poor mixed
lots, 20&25c; Early Chios. $40&45c for seed.
Sweet potatoes, Illinois. $L75&&50 per bold
Bermuda potatoes, SA50Q7.0a Apples Com
mon, $LTi&..Uu per bbl; good, $a.i5i
hV M ns.
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