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Rock Island Daily Argus.
VOL XL. NO. 192.
ROCK ISLAND, TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1S92.
Single Copies 5 Ceata
Per Week 1H Ceete
Work at Oil
RESPONSES TO THE CET TOE HELP.
Soldiers Doing Police Doty Revised
Lists of the Dead So Far Recovered
Probability That They Will be In- ,
creased to 200 Pitiable and Blood- I
Curdling Incidents or the Disaster
The Death of a Hern How the Fire
Started at Titusville Estimates of
Losses of Property.
IUnnism nu, Pa., June 7. Adjt. Gen.
Greenland last niaht received the
following telegram from General John A.
Wiley at Oil City, Pa.: "Seventy dead
here. Undoubtedly one hundred lost.
Three hundred houses destroyed here.
Titusville in abou- the same or worse fix.
e neeu money ttauly. Don t semi sup
plies, we can buy with money just what
we need. Company D and Company K
are acting as deputy sheriffs and police
men. Would like permission to order
them under arms for a day or two. I don't
like them in uniform without being under
arms. Answer quick here."
After a consultation with Governor Pat-
tison a telegram was sent General Wiley
instructing him to place the companies
yider ai ms.
Pittltirg Opens Her Purse.
PlTTSliUKu, June 7. As a result of
Mayor Gourlej's appeal to the citizens of
Pittsburg to render aid to the needy of
Oil City' and Titusville, a large numlier of
citizens responded. A relief commix tee
was appointed and placed in charge.
Donations of funds and clothing and pro
visions were very liberal, and last evening
a loaded train in charge of the committee
started for Oil City. All of the Pittsburg
daily papers have headed relief funds with
generous donations to which the public
are rapidly a Iding. Already a handsome
fund has accumulated.
aster there is little reason to change the
estimate given Sunday that 100 are dead.
General Wiley said early last evening that
sixty-seven bodies had been recovered. It
is impossible to ascertain just who is miss
ing as the people have become so widely
scattered. At least 100 persons are in- i
jured, many of them fatally. But three
persons are known to have been killed on
the west side. They were John Reinbohl,
John Dougherty and William Miller.
Five, however, were so seriously burned
ihat it is feared they will die. They are
August Urussell, his three sisters and
Corpses Viewed by the Coroner.
The following is a list of the identified
Jead who have been viewed by the cor
Diier's J iL-y: Dauiel Sullivan, engineer;
s. 1.. Dorworth, attorney; Charles Miller,
machinist; James W. Bristol, book agent,
;if Toronto, Can.; William E. Shatter, tele
praph operator, Franklin. Pa.; Harry
Holmes, barber, of Jamestown, X. Y.;
K. V. H. Planke, Carthage, X. ; Charles
Baker, H D. Daugherty, Edward
Mills, Samuel P. Streck, Bartholo
mew Lyon, Mrs. Kate Lyon, W.
1). Eakin, Edward Kakin, William
Lyon; Coplin, Onlay-old infant; Mrs.
Fiora O'Leary. John O'Leary, Emma
liriggs; W. S. Wieks, proprietor of a larsce
lumber yard; Mrs. Mary Mills; Briggs,
an infant; Walter McPhcrson. James
Burns, Edith Freeman, J. D. Heinbold,
Edward Keating, Myrtle Hawks; Frank
Watson, 12 years old; Eugene Frit7.,Frank
Haselfritz; E. Mills, girl, 14 years old; Mrs.
Coplin; Roach, 2 year-old child; four
children, supposed to be those of the Mills
family, which was entirely burned up.
DESOLATION AT TITUSVILLE.
wife, Fred levers and wife, infant of hlrs.
William Eckert, Mrs. C. P. Caaperson,
George Pease, Mr. Lena Osmat and two
children, Joseph Spiegle's two children,
Fred Reide, wife and and two children,
Fred Coppy, Frankie Foster, Miss Goldie
Cohen, Henry Riehl, of Buffalo; EnjleskT.
tailor; Mary McFadden.
They Just Took Ililii Dead.
Nevada, Mo., June 7. While a posse
was attempting to arrest a man named
Tom Moore five miles north of here Sun
Jay night, Moore fired at them, one shot
passing through the hat of one of the posse.
The leader called on Moore to surrender.
The latter answered: 'Gentlemen, yonr
Jan never take me alive " With this the
posse fired, killing him instantly. Moore
was a noted horsethief.
IT WILL LIVE IN HISTORY.
Some Incidents of the Disaster as It Af
fected Oil City.
Oil City, Pa., June 7. The disaster of
Sunday will live in histery as one of the
notable catastrophes. Such a sudden de
velopment of those forces of destruction,
fire and flood, has scarcely ever been wit
nessed anywhere. And the havoc to life
and property wrought is yet only esti
mated, but feared to be in the hundreds as
to life and in the millions as to property.
One thing can be set down as certain, and
that is a list of sixty-eight dead. The
story told by Barry McVeagh, a member
of a rescuing party which saved a dozen
lives, surpasses in horror many of them
related by persons who worked in bring
ing corpses out of ruins, and his words
indicate that he believed many of those
saved alive would be better with the dead.
they are so horribly wounded amt burned.
Rescue of llleven I'nfortunatcs.
lie, with Wade Bulings. William Couch
and Albert Smith, went over the creek in
a skiff after the fire had all died off its sur
face, and to the foot bridge crossing at the
head of Seneca street they found eleven
persons clinging. "Their condition was
horrible," said McVeagh. "I wish that
I could close my eyes and shut out the
sight. The clothing was burned off their
bodies, their hair was signed, and the eyes,
even, in some of them were burned out,
vet some of them will live. They clung to
us as we took them from the bridge and
into our boat, and the cries they sent up
were the most pitiful that ever reached
my ears. There were seven men and four
Honor to a Hero Who Died.
One of the heroes who gave his life for
that of others was Wiiliam L. Stewart, of
Siverlyville, a small village about a mile
up Oil creek. W hen the disaster occurred
Stewart ran to his borne in Siverlyville
and dragged a boat to the water's edge.
He braved the death that moved on the
waters, and was one of those who helped
to save the west side victims. For an hour
he helped to drag people out of the houses
on the bank of Oil creek, and bore them
in his boat to safety. A great wave of
naphtha approached over Stewart's head,
a house cracked and in an instant he was
engulfed in a mass of mortar aud flames.
He died at his post almost in the very
act of snatching lives from the raging
Cave Some Timely Warning.
John S. Klein, superintendent of the Na
tional Transit company, was instrumental
in saving many lives by a timely warning.
He was near the tunnel on tne L,ake
5hore road when the pungent , odor of the
benzine borne on the breeze attracted his
attention. He recognized the peril at
once. "Put out yonr fire and run for your
lives," he shouted, running with all the
speed he could master from bouse to
house. .Many toon warning and Med to
the shelter of the hills. But he had not
gone far before a flush as if from some
huge thunderbolt illuminated tne valley.
and in an instant a wall of flame arose
from the creek, enveloping everything
within the compass of tne rushing waters
in its awful crash.
SITUATION MORE REASSURING.
The Urine Returning to Their Homes
A List vf Identified Dead.
The situation on the west side appeared
more assuring last night. A careful in
vestigation was made yesterday, resulting
in the knowledge that not more than half
of the houses in this district are entirely
untenable. The fire has swept the upper
portion of the ward literally off the face
of the earth, and then through some freak
of the elements has ski pped 200 yards or
more in extent and caught again in the
works and yards of the United Lumber St
Coal company, destroying them complete
ly. Some of the families who so hurriedly
left their homes at the approach of danger
nd spent Sunday night on the hills re-
I turned yesterday, and in a few instances
business was resumed in the little stores
that had been left by the merciless sweep
Probably one nsnarta ueaa.
At the end of the first day after the dis-
Dead Bodies Too Common to Cause Sur
prise Heavy Losses.
Titusville, Pa., June 7. Xever in the
history of Titusville has such a scene of
desolation presented itself as was unfold
ed to the gaze yesterday morning, follow
ing Sunday's terrible disaster. As the
reporter entered the main thoroughfare
the first sight witnessed was four men
carrying the dead body of a man on a
stretcher. Within fifteen minutes the
sight became so commou that it ceased to
occasion any surprise. At the present
writing it is estimated that fully 100 per
sons have been either drowned or burned
to death. The financial loss will run
from $1,. "".00,000 to $2,000,000. An idea of
the amount of territory covered by the
flood aud fire can be obtained when it is
stated that over two square miles were
burned over. This includes railroads,
factories, refineries, private dwellings,
etc. The known dead number nearly SO.
Stood at His Post Like a Man.
The fire was caused by a spark from a
passing train on the Western Xew York &
Pennsylvania railroad, which ignited the
ail in the tank alongside the line. EJgar
Hale, a lumber merchant, when aked
about the calamity said: "I noticed a
dark cloud in the north on Saturday after
noon and while standing watching it saw
it split in two, the larger portion seeming
to go up the river. The rain began falling
and a short while afterward Oil creek be
gan rising. I did not think particularly
shout it as it began to recede about 11
o'clock that night. It must have been
about, that time that the dam at Riceville
;ave way. The creek rose with terrible
rapidity, and whea this volume of water
was accentuated by the addition of an
other large volume from the dam at
Spartansburg, the operator, J. E. Mead,
Hood at his pout and worked at his instru
ments with the water three feet deep in
the oflice and the building surrounded by
iebris and the roaring flood."
The City a Scene of Mourning.
Over fifty dead have been recovered,
perhaps fifty more not yet found, and a
least i-l,l00,i 00 worth of property destroyed
by fire and llo.nl. This is the sum total of
the terrible disaster which has overtaken
Titusville. The city yesterday was a scene
di mourning. Most or tne stores were
:losed, and the bar-rooms were shut up,
ind there was crepe on many doors. The
scene were heartrending. People in a half
leuieuted state thronged the morgues look
ing for loved one, whom they will probab
ly never hear from; while others at their
homes, or some friend's house, stared aim
lessly at their dear ones lying dead before
How the Pre Fiend Started.
The origin of the fire and explosion
which spread destruction on the bosom of
he flood here is as follows: A string of
seven or eight on reuneries, beginning
with the Oil Creek works on the north,
runs through the city near the stream
southward. A tauk of gasoline at the Oil
Creek works was overturned by the flood
nd its contents thrown out upon the sur
face of the water. It floated downward
with the curreut, past the refineries of
Rice, Robinson Sc Fagan and of the Inter
national Oil works, without taking fire
from either. When it reached the Crescent
works, owned by John Schwartz & Co.,
about half a mile further below, the heavy
vapor from the gisoline floated into afire
iu the furnace of the stills and ignited
md rau back to the stream upon the sur
face of the water. This stream of gasoline
still extended backs a far as the Rice,
Robinson & Kaau works. The Crescent
works instantly took (ire and explosion
after explosion of stills and tanks fol
Rushed Hack I'p the Creek.
Then the fire rushed up the creek upon
the stream of gasoline, setting fire first to
the International aud next to the Rice,
Robinson & Fagan refinery. Tanks and
stills at both works immediately exploded,
throwing floods of burning oil upon the
stream and a sheet of flame moved down
ward with the current over the waste of
water. At first the flood struck thedwell
iugs of all the people who iived upon the
flats, from Monroe street down. The in
mates were awakened almost in an in
stant by the rush of water against and into
their houses aud into their bed-rooms
upon the ground floor. Jumping into the
water was almost like jumping into a sea
of flame. Between the two desperate re
sorts death came to many.
The Death Roll Revised.
The revised list of dead is as follows:
Mrs. Mary Halhn and four children, Mrs.
Fred Campbell and two children, Frank
Whalen, wife aud two children, Mrs.
John (juinn and two children, "Aunty"
Turner, colored: Mrs. A. Jacobs and child,
Mrs. Delilah Rice and an unknown
boy, Mrs. Bingenheimer and eight chi'd-
dren ranging from 5 days to 19 years old;
Mr. Nelll McKeneie, John McFadden and
Mrs. Josephine Amnion, of Cleveland, is
:lead. Five years ago she was committed
to the county jail fur contempt in refusing
to answer questions in a celebrated habeas
corpus case. She remained in prison forty
nne days before she yieled. After her re
lease she constructed a counterpart of her
jail cell in her home on Euclid avenue.
LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCE MARKETS.
CnicAoo, June &.
Following were the quotations on the board
of trade today: Wheat June, opened
Kiic closed i!4e; July, opened Sic, closed
S4?4e; September, opened S iiji?, closed 840.
Cora Jui.e, opened 5oc, cloed 5uto; July,
opened Alt-, dosed -UAj; .September, opened
wlrt close i 4.-c. Oats June, opened Xic
close 1 :2r; July, opened ;:Hc. closed U-c;
S-cptcin or. opened 3 , closed Mlijc. Pork
Juue, opened and close 1 $10.45; July,
op r.e.l and closed $10.15; September,
opened JP'.tiJMi. closed J10.OX Lard Jena,
ojieued aud t kjacd $o.27t.
Liv! bt.o: Prices at the Union Stock
yards today ranged as follow: Hogs Market
ales rsngel at ?'.;0;4..V pi(-s. $4.2.J14.7J
light, Jt. -'.13.4. Hi routti lacking. S4.40iJi.7J
mixed, Sl.jU 4.SJ heavy packing and shipping
Cattle Market active and prices" weaker;
quotations ranged at f4.3ijit.tW choice
to extra shipping steers, H.9 " i4.30 good to
choice do. S.i.7ud,4.1i fair to goo L $A 4O&3.80
common to medium do, JiTU butchers'
steers, 8U.ftHai.3J stockera, fiiisai.OJ Texas,
steers, $&4i..4.0d feeders, f I..j02&tf0 oows,
SiOUi3..jO bulla and $2.UU5.2 veal calves.
Sheep Market fairly active and prices
steady; quotations ranued at $4..miV0O west
erns, $4.7&o.4' natives, and JliOaS-W
Texas, aud S '..0-3?. I lambs.
Produce: Ilu::er Fancy separator. l?3.1$o
per lb; fine creameries, 1 :1.16c: dairies,
tancy, fresh, 15.j,lti.; No. 1 dairies 14.J13c;
packing sto.k, fresh. 1 e. Kggs 1." Ji.'i4o
per doz., loss off. Lave poultry Chickens.
Vic per lu; spriss, IS i c; roosters, tii; ducks,
loQ.Hc; turkeys choice buns, 14c; young,
turns, l-SMc; old gobblers, lO'illc; geese,
$ l.oUii5.'At per doa. Potatoes Barbanks. on($
till per bu; Hcbrons, to.Jti.-; Rose. tSfojOc;
Peerless, 4"2.V)c; common to poor mixed
lots, ;J5Ji'C. strawberries -Illinois, 303
75c per il-qt case; Ceutralias, Sl.'-Ojl 50 per
New York. June &.
WLe.it No. 2 rel inter ra&u. U.c; June,
81Vitc: July, '.'."ic: August. Ut'c Com No. 3
mixed cai. tile; Jun.-, o'.k4-; July, oljc;
August, COVa-i. Oats-No. - mixed cash.
A-S-jo; June. W-o: July, :is'ic; August, 87J4C
Kye hrm but quiet; S-ij,S0c lor car tola.
Barley NouiluaL I'ork Mo lerately active
aai :teaJy; old mess. 5'J.TiSi 10.50. Lard
yuiet; June, S'i.W; July, Stf.tA "
Live tock: Cattle Taaiing very slow. but
generally firmer for all railes; poorest to best u .
nmive eers. jhojam per jv io; xexaua,
0.40; bulis iicd dry cows, il S-IXV). Sheep
sr.d lamlis-Miiep. active and per lb
Lilu'r; choke lambs, steady; common to
medium crades, ilulianJ easier; sheep, JtWJJ
4.-5 per ItM lba; lambs, Si.i'iiA0U. Hogs Mar
ket steady: live hogs, S4.90.J3.4U per 1UU lbs.
The J.oral Markets). .
Corn r!340e. f
Rye 7W',lc. ,
oats SfK&ttc. " u
Bran sfic per cwt, i
Ships' ti3 tl.00 per cwt
llav T-.mothv. 51K&13: prairie, 10&I1; clover
i0; baled. $11 00.
Butter Falrto choice, 16c: creamery, taQ24
Es;s: Freh. 16c ; packed. 10c.
Poultry Chickens, loaiiii: turkeys. 12Mt
ducks, l'-Hc: geese, 10c.
Tlil IT &D VEeWTABl.ES.
Apples fS.i'i. 75 per bbl.
Turnips Hit 60c.
Cattle Batchers pay for corn fed steers
3S&4'4c; cows and Heifers, tfft&3c; calves
Uard 7 W. 75.
soft 2 lXa,-i 30.
Ill DEC. WOOt, SEEDS. ETC.
Hides, dry 4c per lb.
green 3c per lb.
Grubby No. 2 3c
Green Salted pure No. 1, 4V4C
J'if skin 5c.
Wool, enwashed. ISc
Lime, per bt, 75e.
stucco, per bbl. ti T5.
Clover seed. ;k t bn. f 3 50.
Timothy, per bu. ft 50.
Common boards J16.
Joii-t Scantling ami timlcr. lito 10 feet, $!3.
Every additional f oot iu length 50ieuts.
X A X Shinties 2 73.
Lath $-' 50.
Kencii t; l'Jto 16fiet
Stock bo rd'.rouah Jli
C. flooring $-10
FTMliirir Lnmlier. lresed$)OS$4n.
Lesv than Half the prle
of other kinds.
4 TfclAL WILL. PROVE THIS. 1
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