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==Part One—
112 E. Washington St.<
4th door E. of Penn. St., and '
Cor. Illinois and New 16th Sts. jj
■ Money refunded if goods are £
not as represented—High- S
( class Groceries at low prices s
F : or the balance of the season we
will make a specialty of Fruit in
large quantities. If you are going
to put up preserves we can supply
N'W yueen Olives, large, per quart.. .35c
vt'l' v Mustard (something extra fine),
per jar 15c
R 1 Raspberry Jam (this season’s),
glass jars, each 16c
No finer Teas and Coffees can be bought
than ours, and we save you 25 to 50 per
cent, in price.
Splendid Formosa Oolong, per lb.. ,50c
Tipton Ceylon Tea, per lb oOc
Bargain Japan, worth 50c, per lb 20c
Fre.-h Roasted Rio Coffee, per lb 12 (jc
Boston Combination Java and Mocha,
per lb 30c
Hoffman House Java and Mocha,
per lb 35c
(Has no equal in this market.)
Golden Rio, fresh roast 25c
Fresh Crackers daily, per lb 5c
.All kinds of Tea Biscuits and Reception
Cakes at low price—always fresh and nice.
Try our Meat Department. We have the
most satisfactory fresh and cured meats
in the city. Our prices are low.
Fresh Dressed Poultry.
We are selling Flour at less than its
present value.
Good straight Flour, ‘25 pounds for 57c
Large line of Toilet Soaps at bargain
Big Route
Y.M. I. Excursion
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12,1897
sjj*l*Round Trip=fjjll
Train leaves Indianapolis 7:30 a. m. Re
turning leaves Lafayette h p. m.
Account of Labor-day Celebration,
MONDAY, SEPT. 6,1897
Train leaves Indianapolis 9 a. m. Return
ing leaves Muneie 7:30 p. m.
H. M. BRONSON, A. G. P. A.
Cincinnati Trains
C., H. & D. R’y.
leave Indianapollit Arrive Cincinnati:
" 5:40 a. m. ** 7:30 a. m.
“ 8:00 a. in. ** 11:20 a. m.
“ *10:45 a. m. " *2:25 p. m.
** 2:45 p. iu- ** 6:00 p. m.
H 4:45 p. m. ** 7:40 p. m.
" 7:05 p. in. ** 10:50 p. m.
leave Indianapolis: Arlve Dayton:
“ 8:10 a. m. “ 7:49 a. m.
“ *10:45 a. in. “ *2:25 p. m.
“ 2:45 p. m. “ 6:30 p. ni.
** 4:45 p. m. “ 7:55 p. m.
" 7:05 p.m. “ 11:00 p. m.
C., H. & D. RY.
Leave Arrive Arrive
Indianapolis: Toledo: Detroit:
•10:45 a. in. *6.40 p m. **:4o p. m.
7:05 p. m. 4.00 a. m. S;ls a. m.
•Except Sunday.
Ticket Offices, Union Station and No.lWeit
Washington fetieet, corner Meridian.
Tlio l*oixilur
~ :T.b “ *CHICIGOIi7i7.-1 HOURS
Leave InUlanapoli*—7:oo a. m., U:SO a. m.. 8:16
S • tn., 12:55 night.
Trains Arrive Indianapolis— 3:30 a. in., 7:45 a.
Ok. 2:35 i>. m., 4:37 p. m.
Local sleeper in IncUanapults ready at 8:30 p.
m. Ler.vas Chi .'Ago. retumlrg, at 2:45 a. m. Can
be taken any time after 9:30 p. m.
Ticket offices. 2 West W ashington street. Union
Station aaU Massachusetts-nvenuo Depot.
Ambia, Ind., School 6s
Irvington, Ind., School 5s
Frankton, Ind., School 6s
Jackson County Improvement 5s
Indianapolis Improvement 6s
Price and particulars upon application.
205 Indiana Trust Building.
’lo Cure it Headache la Unit an llour,
25-Cent Bottles, at Drnggliit*.
Pa*nengers Bruised and Shaken nnd
Three Tramps Wangled.
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 4.— As the St. Louis &
San Francisco limited express for Galveston
and other points in Texas which left this
city at 8:20 o’clock last night was passing
Valley Park station, about twenty mlies
west of here, at a high rate of speed, it
was derailed and the baggage car, smoker
and two dav coaches thrown in various di
rections from the track. None of the pas
sengers is reported hurt beyond bruises ana
a good shaking, but three tramps stealing
a ride on the baggage car were seriously
Injured, one having his skull fractured ana
wlil die and the other two having their legs
Fair and warmer.
dose at 9:30 a. m. Monday--Labor Day. ‘ j
#j About//.• ij
I Fall Clothing §
i A quarter of a century ago we originated and j ||j|
| adopted the plan of distributing the clothing made \
s our factory direct to the consumer. This, as we \ CIP
f||| < thought then, and know now, would do away with 1 Sh
) the profit that would otherwise go to the middle- \
j man * (And we think our patrons know it, too.) j \|P
| With our own factory, with our own store build- j
i with everything in our own hands from the j .ik
jf i weaving of the goods to the delivery of the gar- S Ijp
HP ; ment to the customer, it is possible for us to save ( |f||
|| | lots of expense. A common sense argument is s
that the closer a suit-buyer is to the suit-maker j
<j the better the bargain he gets. s
s We don’t cherish the belief that all knowledge j
", $ of the making and selling of clothing was born j
V# i with us - Hut w e know that our Fall lines of i
I Men’s, Boys’ and Children’s wear are as excellent j ||||j
n 3* where; and that a comparison <
tUP | of WHEN clothes with any others will substan- j
i> tiate this. Also, that a comparison of WHEN s J|||
j prices (manufacturers’ prices) with those on other j
lip’ clothes will show why WHEN values are greatest. |
I j Fall Suits and Overcoats i
\ In Men’s Fall Suits the edicts of the fashion au- \ jfi'
(HP ( thorities have been obeyed. Result: Attractive < ffil|
l Suits in cheviot, cassimere, worsted and Scotch )
I “ $5 to $25 the Suit 8
_ > In the accepted stylish designs in vicuna, beaver, s %IP
s covert and other fashionable materials, |
® | $lO, sl2, sls ®
5 j No Better School Suits for Boys J
F..J t Than ours, as far as materials and workmanship ) mm
) go, and their supremacy becomes more marked when $
HP S one considers the prices: < f|§||
®) Combination School Suits $3.48 <f \
(Two pairs of Knee Pants) )
• ) Handsome Knee Pants Suits.. s3.so, $4 and $5 j
Long Pants Suits $4 to sl2 \ k#
|1 THE WHEN I , §
broken. The accident seems to have been
caused by a wheel of the baggage car
throwing the switch while passing over it,
thus letting the other cars to the ground.
The sleepers, however, remained on the
The Twelve Victims of the Colorado
31ine Explosion Horribly Mangled.
GLEXWOOD, Col., Sept. 4.—Twelve men
were killed by the coal-dust explosion in
one of the chambers of the Sunshine coal
mine, the property of the Colorado Fuel
and Iron Company, at Sunshine, sixteen
miles southeast of Glenwooc rings, last
night. Eleven were Italians •'.< one Amer
ican. The dead are: An' • Martone,
George Mandon, Louis Dann. a, Louis Raki,
Joe Martini, Joe Casagrandi, John Jennoni,
Antoine Eppic, Theodore Poloessi, John An
driani, Emil Andrian! and Francis Mc-
Cloud. The men wero preparing to leave
the mine on the day shift when the disaster
occurred. A shot had been tired, and, in
stead of its being a direct explosion, it was
what, in miners’ parlance, is called a
“blowout”—that is, the powder created a
flame which shot backward and caught the
dust that had accumulated in the chamber
instead of dislodging the seam of coal in
tended. At the time of the explosion there
was a barrel of gunpowder in the chamber,
which ignited and increased the disaster
which would have occurred through the
coal-dust explosion alone. The coal is a
combination of anthracite and bituminous,
and there is a belief that the gathering of
the dust in the chamber of tiie mine was
due to excessive explosion caused by a de
sire to empty the chamber too quickly.
In the whole property there are fifty to fif
ty-five men employed. The single chamber
where the men were killed was the only
one damaged. .
Two hours after the explosion occurred
the bodies of the dead men were all brought
to the surface. They were practically un
recognizable. The force of the explosion
had completely crushed each bone in the
twelve bodies, so that the remains were
merely a shapeless mass of flesh and bone,
and as easily rolled into a knot as though
composed of yarn. Three of the dead min
ers leave families. An idea of the force of
the explosion can be had when it is seen
that the timbers, many twenty-two inches
in diameter, were twisted and broken as
though they were pipe stems.
A Black Cat Pursued the Rodent and
Mists Scheller Fainted.
JERSEY CITY, N. J., Sept. 4.—Margaret
Scheller, seventeen years old, of No. 358
New York avenue, had a startling experi
ence last night with a rat. While stand
ing talking to Kate Dixon, in front of the
Carlings flats, on South street, a huge ro
dent, pursued by a black cat, sought
refuge under her dress. The girls saw the
rat. and, gathering up their skirts, fled
for* dear life. Miss Scheller was not quick
enough, however, for before she could get
awav the rat had run up her leg to her
knee With a shriek she grasped it through
her clothing and held on tight, imprisoning
it In her dress. The cat came on after the
iat and in its mad efforts to reach Its
prey it scratched the girl a ankles fear
fully The rat began to squeal, and Miss
Scheller fainted. Bicycle Policeman James
Sniffen ran up and raised the unconscious
young woman off the sidewalk. In doing
so he dislodged the rat, which ran up the
sidewalk, still pursued by the cat. The cat
caught it before it had run half a block and
killed it. The girl was taken lo a neigh
boring drug store, where she was quickly
revived and was able to go home.
Christian Socialism.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 4.—The newly
organized National League for the Propa
gation of Christian Socialism, has elected
the following officers: President, Paul
Tyner, of Denver; treasurer, J. M. Rey
nolds, of San Francisco; secretary. Rev. J.
E. Scott, of San Francisco.
Utterances That Indicate the Popo
crat Has Not Yet Reformed.
ST. LOUIS, Sept. 4.-The Post Dispatch
to-morrow will print a letter from William
J. Bryan, the lirst utterance after three
months of travel and observation during
the return of prosperity. Among other
things he says:
“Wheat has risen because the foreign
crop has been exceedingly short.
“The fact that silver and wheat have
parted company will cause no dismay to
those who understand that the law of sup
ply and demand regulates the price of both.
“Nothing can better disclose the weak
ness of the Republican position than the
joy manifested by the Republicans over
events for which their administration and
their policies are in no wise responsible.
“If the Republicans desire to claim credit
for the high price of wheat they must as
sume the responsibility for the famine in
“A general rise in prices should be fol
lowed by a rise in wages.’’
Mr. Bryan says that the joy over the
increase of money from wheat is evidence
that we have too little money; that if the
farmers are benefited by the rise in one
of their products, how much better would
it be if the rise was universal; that the
price of wheat will fall when the foreign
demand becomes normal and that the pres
ent spasmodic rise will aid rather than
Injure the cause of bimetallism.
Kansas Farmer Who Has Made a Suc
cess In (ironing Wheat.
WICHITA, Kan., Sept. 4.—W. L. Bunker,
of Milan, who is said to have raised the
largest wheat crop in Sumner county, is a
son of the famous Siamese twins. W'hen
the twins became rich they settled in South
Carolina and bought two large plantations
adjoining each other and married mulatto
girls. They divided their time between the
two places, spending a day and night on
each alternately. About 1886, ten or twelve
years after the death of the twins, two of
the boys came West and settled near Milan,
where they still live. W. L. Bunker has a
large farm well stocked and fenced and is
wealthier than the average Kansas farmer.
He is proud of his lineage, though he sel
dom mentions his ancestry. He is now
about forty years of age, and says he re
members well how the twins went about
from one plantation to the other. He has a
family of several children.
Wliut the Rev. F. C. Tyrell Calls the
Charitable Rockefeller.
ROCHESTER, N. Y., Sept, 4.-At the
closing session of the New York Missionary
Society convention the Rev. F. C. Tyrell,
of St. Louis, spoKe on “Social Reform In
the Church,” and created a stir by his ref
erence to millionaire Rockefeller. “We
have come to the day,” he said, “when
the commercial brigand stands not on the
highway to filch tne passers-by, but be
hind an oil faucet, levying toll on his fel
low-citizens in the form of profit. The
smell of Rockefeller’s millions will not im
pregnate the air with one-half the stench
as do his donations to colleges and univer
sities of the land, for the latter are given
under the mask of religion.”
The Modern Woodmen's Row.
FULTON, 111., Sept. 4.—An Injunction is
sued by Judge Gest, of Rock Island, at the
request of attorneys for the Modern Wood
men of lowa, enjoining Fulton people from
interfering with the removal of Head Clerk
Hawes’s office from Hawkes has just been
served. After citing by name Master in
Chancery McPheran and many prominent
Fultonites, it goes on to enjoin all other
residents of Fulton and Lyons and Clinton,
la. The document is voluminous. Mean
while a hearing is pending before Judge
Gest on the Injunction against the removal
of the office from Fulton.
Two Explosions, tbe First Originating
in J. S. Walt’s Photographic Dark
Room, Start the Calamity.
■ ' 4
■ ♦
Second Explosion Came a. Half Hoar
Later than the First, and in
a Seperate Building.
■ 4.... . -
Fire Department Deterred from
Promptly Reaching: the Scene by
Conduct of Monon Oiilciuls.
JACOB DARLING, age 25, single.
PIOUS E. GRESH, age IS>, single.
CHARLES YOUNTZ, age 25, single.
HENRY EARNEST, an old soldier.
JOHN PORTER, age IH, single.
AN UNKNOWN heavy man.
THOMAS MITCHELL, stone mason,
aged seventy-one years, married, living at
Augusta Station, compound fracture left
leg above ankle, badly bruised and cut
about head, face, buck and breast, hips
bruised and injured internally. Not ex
pected to live until morning.
EDWARD MORRIS, aged thirty-five
years, married, living at Broad Ripple,
fractured clavicle, head, face and arms
badly burned, believed to have inhaled
flames. Injuries believed to be fatal.
TYSON MITCHENER, farmer, widower,
aged seventy-five years, living at Mount
Carmel, back badly cut and bruised., in
jured internally. Injuries will probably
prove fatal.
SAMEUL KELSO, laborer, married, aged
about fifty-five years, living at Broad Rip
ple, badly cut about head, right hip badly
bruised and back terribly lacerated.
JESSE DAY, street-car conductor, aged
twenty-six years, married, living at Broad
Ripple; right shoulder, left hip and back
WILLIAM DAY, laborer, aged about
thirty years, living at Broad Ripple; chin
and neck badly bruised, several teeth
knocked out and tongue badly lacerated.
JOSEPH WAMBAUGH, proprietor of
Ripple Hotel, forty years old; left eye
forced out of socket, face, head, body and
lips badly cut. Severely but not thought to
be fatally injured.
AMOS DAY, laborer, married, aged
thirty-five years, living at Broad Ripple;
badly cut under cJ-'n. jaws bruised, teeth
loosened and right K.nee badly bruised.
CLINTON RECORD, laborer, married,
aged thirty-four years, living at Broad
Ripple; face and breast badly cut by glass,
and lips cut and bruised.
EDGAR WATTS, druggist, married, aged
twenty-six years, living at Broad Ripple,
badly burned about head, face, heck and
EMSLEY JOHNSON, single, aged twenty
four years, living at New Agusta, burned
about face and hands.
JAMES WATTS, aged two and one-half
years, son of PJdgar Watts, of Broad Rip
ple. bruised about head and shoulders.
ORVAL HEADY, single, boarding at
Broad Ripple, compound fracturU of left
leg, knee cap split, back and head badly
HARRY BOLTAN, aged about twenty-six
years, living at Oaklandon, bruised about
head and body.
CROUSE, laborer, married, aged
sixty-five years, living at Broad Ripple,
three ribs broken and probably Injured in
WILLIAM E. PRIVETT, married, aged
about thirty years, living at Broad Ripple,
cut about face and neck.
FRANK FETHERSTON, laborer, mar
ried, aged thirty-four years, living two
miles from Broad Ripple, near Willow creek,
left forearm, cut and bruised.
THOMAS JONES, single, aged twenty
three years, living at Broad Ripple, severely
cut about head and body bruised and cut.
JOHN R. DOKES, laborer, aged about
thirty-five years, living at Broad Ripple,
back severely bruised.
FRANK NORVIEL, living at No. 308
North Delaware street, city, hand and leg
CLAIR WHITTAKER, single, aged eigh
teen years, living at Oakland, cut about
face, left arm bruised, left leg sprained
and left foot badly cut.
DANIEL M. HEALON, living at Broad
Ripple, burned.
ANDERSON PLUM BE, living at Oak
landon, burned.
J. M’LELAND, living at Broad Rlppla,
cut in leg.
WILLIAM BASS, colored, living at Broad
Ripple, burned.
OMER BOARDMAN, living at Broad
Ripple, burned.
C. A. CULBERTSON, living at Broad
Ripple, slightly hurt.
A. CULBERTSON, living at Broad Rip
ple, slightly hurt.
DAVE STEWART, fisherman.
BARKER, colored man.
Story of the Broad Hippie Catastrophe
Yesterday Morning.
A frightful casualty occurred at Broad
Ripple yesterday in which six men iost
their lives and about twenty others were
more or less injured. The cause of the
calamity was an explosion of chemicals or
gas in the drug store owned by James M.
Watts, which was followed by a fire that
consumed the drug store and communi
cated with the adjoining grocery, store be
longing to Henry Gresh. Pending the spread
of the fire to the grocery, a crowd of twen
ty-five or thirty men rushed into the store
to remove the goods, and while they were
there a second and more terrific explosion
than the first occurred. Immediately the
walls of the grocery parted and the second
floor crashed down upon the men in the
store. It was all over in a minute. A scene
of horror ensued, women were screaming
in the streets and men rushing about panic
stricken. From the building came the cries
of the helpless who were pinioned down by
the debris, and those who were not so se
riously injured or so hemmed in that they
could not get out rushed madly from the
A number were blown from the building
and lay in the street or the ditch
that runs along one side of the
store. The windows in the houses
in the neighborhood were broken
and whole sections of the destroyed build
ings were thrown many feet away. Burn
ing embers were found two and three
blocks from the scene.
But the most heartrending part of the
fatality was yet to come. A few cool
headed men went to work zealously, imme
diately after the second explosion, to rescue
> the men that were fastened in the ruins.
They worked manfully, chopping the tim
bers in two and endeavoring to remove the
debris. They talked to the imprisoned men
and encouraged them, but there was a sad
lack of help and their work was fruitless.
The flames kept creeping on, and in less
than a half hour after the explosion the
rescuers were forced to cease their opera
tions and bid good-bye to those beneath the
ruins. The cries of the latter died away
as they succumbed to the heat of the lire.
Perhaps an hour passed while the flames
consumed the grocery and adjoining build
ings, but nothing could be done to extin
guish them. The Broad Ripple fire appara
tus is limited to one Insignificant
hand machine on wheels and the Indian
apolis department did not send relief until
the tire was out. The hand machine w’as
useless, there was no water close enougn
for Its limited inch-and-a-half hose, and,
besides, the thing would not w r ork anyway.
There was nothing to be done but to await
the full work of the fire, which, unmolested,
wiped away the two two-story buildings
occupied by the drug and grocery stores,
a cottage occupied by Manford Lang, a liv
ery stable owned by Isaac White, a barn
belonging to Joseph Ferguson and some
minor property. A quarter of a block was
swept clean, and nothing but a few old
cans and bricks, together with little heaps
of ashes, remained to mark the scene.
As soon as possible the work of recover
ing the incinerated bodies began. Only one
dead body escaped injury by fire. That was
Jacob Darling’s. Darling was killed by the
falling of the front wall of the grocery and
was easily reached before the fire could get
to him. The remaining dead were burned
into unrecognizable shapes, their skulls,
legs and arms becoming detached from the
trunk. As these various members w ere not
recovered at the time the trunks were taken
out, with possibly two exceptions, it is now
hard to tell to whom they belong. It is
almost impossible to identify with certain
ty at least one of the dead. Between the
recovery of the body of Jacob Darling and
that of Pious Gresh about a half hour
elapsed. After Gresh's body was obtained
the remaining corpses were dug out in rapid
succession, the last one taken out being at
1:15 p. m., which was about four hours after
the first explosion in the drug store.
The drug store In which the first explo
sion occurred was located on the corner of
North and Cherry streets and was a two
story structure.
It was about 9:30 o’clock when Edgar E.
Watts, son of James Watts, druggist, went
into the dark room in the back of the store
in company with Emsley Johnson, a young
inan who had come from New Augusta to
visit him. Young Watts desired to show
his companion how to develop pictures. In
the store at the time were also Frank
Watts, another son of the druggist, who
had in his arms a tw’O and a half-year-old
boy of Edgar’s, and also Tyson Mltchener,
a man about seventy years of age. When
the two young mbn went into the dark
room they carried a little lamp. After
working for some time with a couple of
films that they were dipping in a vat con
taining phosphate of soda and Eastman’s
development compound, the lamp went out.
Johnson handed Watts a match and says
he noticed the air was oppressive at the
time. Watts struck the match and in an
instant the room seemed to turn green, fol
lowed by the terrific explosion. Both
young men were knocked to the floor and
dazed. Both, however, escaped, though
they scarcely know how. The dark room
was beneath a stairway and there was a
window looking out from the stairway into
the street. It was through this window that
Johnson in some manner got out. He found
Watts on the outside running. Johnson
was only slightly burned in the hands and
face, but Watts is now resting under
opiates with severe injuries on the face and
head. He is not fatally hurt, however.
James Watts, at the time of the explo
sion, was standing near the front part of
the store, which faced North street. Along
the front of the building was a porch and
Mr. Watts, with the little baby son of Ed
gar’s in his arms, was looking out over
the porch. The explosion caused the whole
front of the building to fall and Watts
seems to have been blown out to the porch,
a part of which fell on him. He extricated
himself and then worked to rescue the baby,
which had been knocked out of his arms
and was pinioned in by some debris. Others
helped him and soon the baby was hauled
out with only a bruise on Its forehead as
the result of its experience. Watts next
turned his attention to Tyson Mltchener,
the old man who was also In the store at
the time. Mltchener was found with his
leg fastened among the timbers and, con
sidering his age, was dangerously Injured.
Thus every one In the drug store escaped,
but the building was thoroughly wrecked
and afterward burned.
The Watts family maintain that the fire
could not have resulted from combustibles
in the store. Still there were many cans of
oil of various kinds and the location of the
dark room is now marked by over a dozen
of these cans. Their presence explained, at
least, the great rapidity with which the
building burned. While there was a nat
ural gas connection in the building it was
only used for illuminating purposes and no
one had detected the odor of escaping gas.
Up over the drug store was a hall occu
pied by the Christian Church and all the
church property was destroyed. The mem
bers of the church are lamenting the fact
that they recently sold their church and
moved Into the hall. One lady was strange
ly bewailing in the midst of the awful scene
that no services would be held to-day. n
One AVa Killed and Joseph AYam
buuKh Terribly Hurt.
After the explosion In the drug store and
the bursting out of the flames a crowd
of about twenty-five gathered on the scene
and it became evident to all that the groc
ery and other buildings were doomed. The
grocery faced Air-line street, between
which and the Monon road there is a ditch.
Adjoining the grocery on the north was the
dwelling of Manford Lang and beyond this
was White’s livery stable, both facing Air
line street- The crowed that gathered, see
ing that every one was safely out of the
drug store, started to remove the grocery
stock, while people In nearby houses, be
coming alarmed, set to work taking out
their household effects. Only a few seem
to have endeavored to check the progress
of the flames. Among these were J. R.
Dokes, Charles Yountz, Joseph Wambaugh,
Tom Jones, Ready Duggan and Harvey
Duggan. In front of the grocery was a
pump and these men started to form a fire
line using buckets. Dokes Is a very' tall
man and it fell to his lot to throw the wa
ter on the rear of the grocery. While he
and Joe Wambaugh were pumping a buck
etful, the second explosion came. He was
hurled fully seventy-five feet through the
afr and lighted on the far side of the ditch
in front of the store. By his side was a
large box of fruit cans. Dokes, who lives
in Broad Ripple, and works for Frank
Hoffman, was the centVr of an interested
group much of the afternoon as he ex
plained the flight he took through the
air. The man who was by his side when
the explosion came, Wambaugh, did not
fare as well as Dokes. Wambaugh runs
the hot'el in the village and is now kept
under opiates, being seriously injured by
the falling of the roof of the porch in front
of the store. This roof also bore down up
on an old man named Mitchell and also on
French Fetherson. One of the men in this
impromptu flrti brigade was killed. That
was Yountz, who was last seen by C. E.
Boardman as he broke into a side door
of the grocery', Boardman y'elled at him
not to go in as the room contained barrels
of oil. but Yountz would not heed the warn
ing. Up over the grocery store was the
hall, about 70 feet by 22 feet, which was used
by the Odd Fellows, and in the confusion
preceding the second explosion a number
of the members of the ordvr proceeded to
the hall to rescue the society's records.
They were B. J. White, one of the trustees
of the society, Amos Day, William Day and
Jesse Day. All four mvn escaped
without serious injury. Jesse Day,
who was post guard, was in the
act of olaming the safe when the explosion
occurred. He was injured slightly in the
hip. Amos, who sells rtshfrraen's bait, was
gathering up books and was rather serious
ly hurt. William Day. who is a common
laborer, was blown out of a window with
an armload of books. He was hurt in the
leg and on th’e chin. The safe fell into the
street. The Odd Fellows' society numbered
a hundred members, and it loses all its par
aphernalia and property. Hast night was
its regular meeting night. Air Whitte es
caped without injury.
Ileseuer* Hid Him Good-By© nd
Leave Him to His Fate.
It was about 10 o'clock when the second
fatal explosion occurred. After the grocery
walls parted and the floors fell in upon
the busy men within, the men on the outside
seemed to have become paraylzed. There
was about twenty minutes perhaps between
the explosion and the time when the lire
drove everybody back. Yet during thi3
time it is said that many were more inter
ested in saving their own property than in
rescuing the imprisoned men from death
by fire. There were but few men. to at
tempt to save their fellow-beings at a time
when minutes were extremely valuable.
Among those who engaged in this work
.vere Columbus Wright, F. Watts nrd J.
C Moifanson. Wright was the last man
with Pious Gresh, the young son of the
grocer who was killed. Wright says that
after the explosion he, with otnors. at
tempted to cut Gresh out.
*T kept tolling Pious to keep cool,” says
Wright ‘‘Pious was continuous in his ap
peals for help. He was wedged in beneath
a lont of timbers and although we tried
to reach him we could not extricato him.
Finally I uncovered his head, but ihe fire
berime so Intense that I was impelled to
tell me poor boy that we had to leave him.
‘Pious we have got to leave you,’ I said
He begged us not to go, but we had ro
sooner got out of the way wjien the
burning floor fell In. I heard men crying
for help in the t>aek part of the 9i.ore.”
The ether men with Wright tell similar
stories. The only thing accomplished by
the rescuers before the fire came was to
obtain the body of Jacob Darling, who was
taken out of the northeast corner of the
grocery. The fall of the second floor and
wall killed him. His remains were in hor
rible shape.
After the lire had done its work the num
ber of those to search the ruins was large.
By this time the entire village was on the
scene and help from Indianapolis was ar
riving. Captain Quigley, with Sheriff Shu
felton and ex-Sheriff Womack, arrived
shortly after 10 o’clock and various phy
sicians from the city came out on wheels
or in ambulances and other vehicles. The
first body to be taken out of the ruins
after Darling’s was that of Pious Grech.
This was about a half hour after Darling's
body was obtained. The young man’s in
cinerated remains were found about ten
feet back from the front of the store. Co
lumbus Wright, Harry Hamilton, J. C.
Morganson and several others aided in re
moving them. The head w r as severed from
the body, but was soon obtained. The low
er legs and forearms were gone. It was
evident that young Gresh was carrying in
his hands the money drawer, as a little
pile of money was found on the spot. It
was said that Gresh had about SSO in his
pocket In bills that were burned. Young
Gresh was highly regarded in the village
and many expressions of sorrow at his
sudden taking off was expressed. Mrs.
White, the wife of the liveryman whose
stable was burned, for instance, said: “Our
loss is heavy to us, but it is nothing com
pared to the loss of life. Pious Gresh was
a most promising young man and his death
is something awful.” Henry Gresh, the
father of Pious and the owner of the gro
cery, was in the city while the tragedy
was happening. He arrived home just as
his son's remains also arrived there. He
takes the less of his son very much to
heart, he being his only boy.
The third body to be recovered was that
of Charles Yountz. It was taken out al
most immediately after Gresh’s. The head
was off, also the legs and forearms. It
lay within fifteen feet of the front of the
store. Yountz was about twenty-five years
of age and several years ago was a police
man in Indianapolis.
The fourth and fifth bodies were taken
out in short order. They were found in
about the center of the ruins, covered over
with ashes. Neither had any head or fur
ther extremities. One evidently wore a
pair of steel sleeve holders, as they were
found with his bones. The other was ap
parently the remains of a large, heavy
man. and a piece of cordury pants was
found attached to him. The skull, sup
posed to belong to the latter, was found
later. It had high cheek bones. Neither
was identified for a long time, and not even
now with certainty. The one with the
sleeve holders is supposed to be John Por
ter. an eighteen-year-old son of a farm
laborer living a mile from the town. The
other body has been identified as that of
Henry C. Earnest, an old soldier. He. be
longed to Company B, Eleventh Indiana,
for three months, and then re-enlisted In
Company A, Seventy-ninth Indiana, under
Col. Fred Knefler, and served during the
war. He leaves a wife and three children
at Greensburg, Westmoreland county,
The sixth and last body was taken out at
1:15 o’clock. It remains unidentified. There
Is not much to identify. The head, arms
and legs are gone, nothing but the charred
trunk remaining. JV mass of brain sub
stance and bones was picked up from
w’here the body lay. Nearby a gold hunting
case watch was found with the initials
“D. (or P.) W. G.” roughly engraved in
the back of the case. The watch stopped
at 10:05. The initials on the case, however,
indicate that it belonged to Pious Gresh,
not to the man whose remains are un
identified. The body lies at Whitsett’s
morgue. It is thought to be a white man,
judging by the hair on the body. The other
bodies were taken to Planner & Buchanan's
Women H*ar Their l)enr Ones Cry
ing Ont for the Last Time.
The explosion was heard miles away.
Down the river a party of campers heard
it and thought one of the Broad Ripple
steamboats had blown up. People were at
tracted to the scene from every direction.
Watts’s drug store faced to the south on
North street, at the corner of an alley.
Across the alley to the west was a large
stable owned by Frank Shields. East of the
drug store, running parallel with North
street and facing to the east on Air-line
street, was Gresh’s grocery store. There
was an open space between the west end
of the grocery building and the drug store.
About thirty feet north of the grocery store
stood a cottage owned by Lucius B. Swift,
of Indianapolis. It was occupied by Man
ford Lang and his family. Lang Is a sec
tion hand. Still further north of the Lang
cottage was the livery stable of Isaac
White. The four buildings, the drug store
on North street, the grocery stone at the
corner of North and Air-line street and
the cottage and livery stable were all some
distance apart. Together they covered
about a quarter of a block. They were de
stroyed completely. Nothing was left but
the almost indestructible brick foundations.
The site of the burned buildings is within
a stone’s throw of the Monon Railroad sta
tion and just west of the Hoffman House.
With the first detonations of the explo
sion In the drug store and the wild cry of
tire the populace of Broad Ripple came
running to the scene. The volunteer fire
department got out a little hand Engine,
but it was useless. Men worked with it
trying to get a stream through the half
inch hose. It was clear that the drug store
was doomed, and after assisting the Watts
on Seventh Pane.)
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Will Partly Supply the Link Now
Missing In the Corpus Delicti by
Producing Teeth and Part of Skull,

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“Yellow” JournallMts Drawing M
Their Imagination In Depicting In*
cldeuta of the Great Trial.
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Widow with Whom the Sausage-Mak
er Was Infatuated—Kings of the
A ictlm Further Identified.
CHICAGO, Sept. t.-State’g Attorney
Deenen has a sensation to spring on tha
defense in the Lutegert trial next week,
which will, he believes, clinch the fate of
tho accused sausage maker. It is nothing
less than a portion of a skull, a number
of teeth and the first joint of what is be
lieved to be the left index finger of a hu
man tnd, which, it Is claimed, were found
in the vat in the basement of the sausage
factory. Already testimony has been in
troduced to show that there were particles
of flesh found in and around the vat by
the " and others appearing as state
witr but so far there has been a doubt
as i ,i ability of tho state to prove that
were particles of human flesh. Grue
some and important as these small par
ticles of bone are, it is believed by the at
torneys for the state that they will be
convincing when introduced as evidence
along with tho expert testimony of Profs.
De la Fontaine and Haines that they are
human. These two experts, as a result of
experiments recently conducted, will, it is
said, state positively that it is possible,
under the circumstanecs, under which it
is alleged by the stato that Luetgert
worked to destroy and disintegrate a hu
man body. If, as is stated by a man close
ly associated with the prosecution, a por
tion of a skull is introduced and the ex
perts testify that it is human, it will be
hard for the defense to shake the effect it
will have on the jury. It is known that a
part of a false tooth was found near the
vat in tho sausage factory during the
search by the police. This was introduced
In evidence at the habeas corpus proceed
ings before Judge Gibbons. It was shown
by tho witnesses that Airs. Luetgert had
such a tooth. A lot of flakes and small
particles of bone were introduced by Mr.
De la Fontaine. The police collected them
in a gunny sack when they flushed the vat,
but tho experts could not say they were
human. These leave a doubt, but whan
the prosecution introduces, as it is claimed
it will, a portion of a skull, some natural
teeth or pieces of teeth, together with the
testimony of tho experts that there is no
doubt that they came from a human skel
eton, it will go a long way towards sup
plying the link now missing in the corpus
delicti, the inference being that a human
body was destroyed in the vat where these
portions of bone were found.
One of the features of the sensational
trial is the flocking in from all portion*
of the country of newspaper correspondents
who crowd the regular press seats and
throng the space within the railing, where
improvised desks have been placed for
them. The majority find all the features
necessary in the stirring incidents of the
trial, but some of the reporters have found
it necessary to call on their imagination for
striking scenes and coloring. Luetgert’*
most prominent characteristic is his stolid,
unflinching bearing, his face rarely showing
more expression than the back of his
massive neck, yet in his blank countenance
enterprising journalists find daily depicted
all the human passions from a desire for a
glass of beer to abject terror and soul tor
ture. At a recent session an outlandish
street band, short on melody and long on
breath, etopped beneath the courtroom win
dows and turned loose a stream of popular
airs. Luetgert, with everybody else pres
ent, was amused at the temporary interrup
tion, but in the incident a melanonoly eorre
spondeut or two saw a scene of morbid In
terest- Out of the ravishing strains of
“Sweet Rosy O’Grady’’ and “Ay Gal is a
High-born Lady’’ they conjured a funeral
march, and with harrowing minuteness of
detail described the convulsion of fear
which swept across the prisoner’s paild
countenance. To the average spectator the
countenance was rather red and moist a*
a result of the high temperature of the
crowded courtroom, but roi all that it waa
none the less palid in the correspondent’*
reports. The big defendant reads these
graphic tales with great interest and seems
to bo highly amused by them, frequently
indulging in hearty laughs at the discovery
that ne has “broken down” or is “on the
verge of a collapse.”
To-day was a bad one for the defendant.
The strongest evidence which has yet been
given against him was brought out, ana
some of it was damaging. The witness who
gave the strongest evidence against the
sausage maker was Mrs. Christina Feldt, a
widow of whom the prosecution allege*
Luetgert was infatuated and to whom it i*
claimed he has written a number of love
letters since he has been confined in the
jail. Airs. Feldt said that on various occa
sions Luetgert said to her that he did not
care for his wife, and once said that be
thought more of the domestic in the house
than of Mrs. Luetgert. He also said that
lie had many quarrels with his wife, and
when Airs. Feldt asked him why he did not
secure a divorce he said that as soon a*
his financial troubles were over he "would
settle with her.” He repeated this several
times and called his wife a • carcass” and
other names equally unpleasant. It waa
said to be the object of the prosecution in
having Mrs. Feldt on the stand to shew
that Luetgert was desirous of getting rid
of his wife for the purpose of marrying t.h*
Widow, but this was not made clear. Airs.
Feldt said, however, that he had mad*
threats against his wife many times.
Several letters, alleged to have been writ
ten by Luetgert to Airs. Christine Feldt,
were made public to-night and will, tha
prosecution announces, be submitted to tha
jury Monday. They abound in such en
dearing terms as “Beloved Christine,” “My
beloved, dear Christine” and the like and
were written at various times since Luet
gert's arrest. He frequently asserts his In
nocence and his belief that there is no evi
dence to convict him, severely condemn*
Attorney Tripp, who was formerly hi* coun
sel, and urges Mrs. Feldt to assist him in
raising money for lawyers’ fees. He sev
eral times declared that he will soon be
freo “and with you” and says that ”wa
will then have all the money we want.”
To one letter be adds this postscript:
“What you are doing now you will be
proud of hereafter, that you have fulfilled

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