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PRICE 2 CENTS. ! UN RAILWAY TKAfXl nVI ( ENTl VKKKI.T KSTAni.IPHED "2X DAILY KSTAULISHEIi UM. I VOL. LIT. jNO. 21. INDIANAPOLIS, THURSDAY MOHMNG, JANUARY 21, 1904 TWELVE PAGES. IT LUST TWELVE MEN KILLED MID TWENTV-FIVE iUREDJTJOHNSTOl Deadly Havoc Created by Explo sion of a Steam in the Cambria Works. PANAMA CANAL IS NOT A DIFFICULT TASK TOR It Presents Xo Obstacle Skill, In genuity and Enterprise Can not Overcome. KEY TO TIIK PROBLEM r- ROOF CRASHED DOWX Burying Nearly Two Score Work men in the Ruins of the THE j . AMERICAN HEEK lo the Chagres River, and Its Wa ters Will Be Cared for in Building Bohio Dam. FREXCII PLANS COMPLEX Building. Changes Are Proposed Which Vill Simplify Both Construction and Operation. rom the Journal' a Special Commissioner. COLON. K. P.. Dec. 33, UW3.-There la nothing in the nature of the work which has to be done on the isthmus before the ship canal can be opened to navigation to daunt :in American. I have made three ex cursion, over the canal route, taking in the eea-ievei sections at either end and the middle portion, which run. through dry rut ting, and, while I do not pretend to speak axpertly of the engineering aspects of the problem. I should say that the building of the canal will be a comparatively easy task for knowing, enterprising and energetic Americans. That Americans have under taken and successfully onluded projc ts presenting vastly greater engineering com plexities Is indisputable. As a problem in engineering science the New York subway ystem dwarfs the canal scheme into in significance. 80 does the plan of the Peun lvani.i Railroad to tunnel the North river and construct in the very heart of New York city a great subterranean tunnel. On some of our Western railroads notably on the lino which runs o-r Marshall pass, in southwestern ("(dorado infinitely more in tricate problems were successfully solved at a time when engineering science was not iw arly as exact as it is to-day. and from the engine rings as well as from the finan cial point of view. New York State is to-day dealing with a proj'-ct the enlargement of the Erie canal which deserves to stand on a plane with that one which centers here. As I remarked in a previous letter, the activity of the American engineers who have dealt with this problem with a view to Its solution by the United States has been In t he direction of simplification. Great success has attended their efforts. In our tcheme we have Rone many strides ahead of anything the French, even in their final plans, contemplated. Instead of a canal with five 1m ks and six levels, we shall build a waterway with two sets of locks, a tied gate and three levels. Instead of a complicated arrangement for controlling the torrential tiow of the Chagres river, with auxiliary canals and storage reser voirs to provide water for certain of the levels, our plan is to build one monster darn and then let the natural swamps take care of the Chagres. TU R A M HUH 'AN PLAN. Should we bulid this canal and nearly vary stiuiUüli wiü die. of disappointment should we dunk on the project which incu bated this baby republic there will be a sea-le vel section 6U0 feet wide on the sur face. 130 feet wide of the bottom and deep enough to safely accommodate vesesls drawing thir ty-live feet of water, extending from the entrance back of Cristobal Colon Point, the northern terminus, to Bohio, a distance of fourteen miles. In this sec tion we will utilise the bed of the Chagres river at certain points, and the entire sec tion can be constructed by the dredging pro . -s This s.'cii'in is now open fr its entire length to very light-draft vessels, and the soil underlying it is soft mud and still softer alluvial deposit, so that the dredges can work steadily and without en countering any serious obstruction. One problem alone presents itself on this por tion of the work, and the French partially solved that. We shall have to make effect ive the plan to divert the current of the Mindl and Oatun rivers. The French con structed the diversion canal; it remains for us to put it to practical use by making it carry the waier of these rivers. This done and the doing of it will be a simple matter- there will be no difficulty encountered beyon.l that of preventing silt deposits that might obstruct the channel. This latter will entail constant dredging, an Item which will come within the annual cost of maintenant re and to which engineers are How paying no attention. THE GREAT BOHIO DAM. The plan for the Bohio dam will, beside greatly simplifying the whole canal project, minimize the amount of work that will an nually be reiuirrd to keep the sea-level etctlon from being tilled up by the action of the water washing constantly against soft, yielding mud banks, for this dam will re Strict the current in the Chagres river until It will be no more formidable than is the tide at Colon, which rises only eighteen inches. The dam at Bohio will be one of the largest ever constructed. It will extend In an easterly and westerly direction for a distance of 1.286 feet, and it will be 300 feet wtd- ii the bottom, narrowing to about twenty-live feet on the top, which will b abiiit eventy-five feet above the level of the rhagrtB river. The nlv problem now bothering engineers who havr Riven cap ful attention to th- canal plans is in rela xten to this dam. Th French. In prospecting the countiy bout Bohio to secure a suitable location for the dam. did their wo-k in a shlftU-as manner. Their borings . e wholly Inade- quute. and Americans have not gone sutfi cJently Into the matter to have bettered to any appreciable extent what the French did. As Investigation n this particular usmu mo Biainis. w win ue m-cessarv to ....11 .. . .. . 1 .. 1 in Ink caissons to a Iepth of 12S f, t in order o se-ur a - iir.it.' roumlatton for the darn. This depth is greater than has t been reaehed by the pneumatic process the only available one of constructing foundations, the nearest approach to It having been a depth of 115 feet, to which the caissons for the new Williamsburg Midge across the East river at New York, wer sunk Caiss.n work Is deadly in its Character, an!, while the engineers are con fident that the caissons at Rohm can ! sunk 12 feet if neces.-ary. the t.. equally conthlent that a secure foundation can be found at a shorter distance down. To find that foundation either nrth or south of the present proposed bxution for the dam will be one of the first things to which the Americans will a.hlress themselves upon undertaking the construction of the ca nal. PCR POSES OF THE DAM Should it be discovered that the caissons will not have to be sunk 12s feet, and an extensive system of boring will decide the question, the cost, as well ay th- time re quired to complete the dam. will be greatly minimised. Th.- .lam must be built, how ever, no matter to what Iepth the caissons hav to go, for In building it there will be solved the prob 1 m of the Chagres river, which Is the k-y to th.- whole Panama a nal probl'-m. The dam. when c mplet. il. Will call Into existence Iike Hohio, an ar tificial body of water whose bottom will b about hfty fet ab v. s a 1 and whose .ir.'.a will gcr :' T body of water fr th- furfa flow f apprxirr.at ly M.aOO I es river will ent r this 1 the . ast bringing to it m nearly 5un souare mtl.-s Of bigh gr.'U.m tl rainy ea- Diost increthb mous h- ight thre will he ! that th- rlv r drains Durlnn ;ii tl.. I '.ixrt'.s r - s w Ith a- e rapidity a? d t an enor- To control th. rtc sudden rlae the area of Lak liohio, a ray in the Iloblo dum ithe piofM r "iwaj in tne uonio lunn iCONT IN L fc.L ON PAliK ti, COL . ) Z,'? -'. General View of the Great Culebra Cut, JAPAN ARE CONTINUING; RUSSIAST1LL PACIFIC Privy Council Getting Ready to Close Ports and Declare a State of Siege. MONEY IS POURING IN Many Voluntary Subscriptions First Exchange of Views with Russia Unsatisfactory. LONDON. Jan. 20. Cabling from Tokio. Ihe correspondent of the Standard says the privy council has approved an urgent ordinance empowering the commanders of atlmiralty stations to prevent foreign wnr- phlps by force if necessary from entering certain ports in times of emergency. The Tokio correspondent of the Dally Telegraph declares the privy council, at the meeting to-day, discussed a proposal to is sue an order, in the event of war, proclaim ing a state of siege in certain places out side of Japan and a blockade. The Times correspondent at Tokio cables that the privy council has adopted drafts of urgency ordinances relating to maritime defenses, the transportation of troops by rail and the organization of a field postal service. Preparations are being made, the correspondent goes on, for the issue for a short period of time of a domestic loan. Voluntary subscriptions are pouring into the treasury. Little confidence Is placed in the pacific reports received from Europe, and the symptoms of gnawing unrest in the Korean provinces creates anxiety In Japan. The correspondent of the Times at Seoul reports the issuing of an imperial decree which announces the reconstruc tion of the government, commencing to day, the minor departments being sup pressed. The government maintains a Micawber-like att'tude, and aU is quit t. The correspondent of the Times stationed at Vladivostok, under date of Jan. 19, cables as follows: "No military movements are being made hre towards the South and the prospects for peace are improving. I am informed that work has been suspended on the new railway through Mongolia to Kalgan." BLACK SEA FLEET USELESS. From Moscow another correspondent of the Times sends this dispatch: 'Owing to a serious accident neither the Kleff nor the Vladimir, the two volunteer fleet trans ports, will be able to leave the Black sea for the far East with stores and reinforce ments for over a month to come. The war department is reported to be intensely an noyed at these breakdowns." The Tokio correspondent of the Reuter's Telegram Company cables that the Privy Council met to-dsy and received a lengthy and detailed report from Foreign Minister M omura on the negotiations with Russia. No statement of the proceedings will be given out at present. Japanese newspapers pub lish a report from continental sources, the correspondent continues, that Russia has de- ided to appeal to the powers lo avert war. This is regarded here as proof of Russia's unreadiness to make satisfactory conces sions. All the special dispatches from St. Peters burg this moining reflect the more peaceful feeling which prevails there. Little change, however. Is to be observed In the dispatches from Tokio, which represent the situation as unchanged. The St. Petersburg correspondent of the Dally Telegraph says he learns that th llspatches of the Russian viceroy, Alexieff. now Incline toward efforts for a diplomatic settlement on the ground that war would check the natural course of events, which must promote Russian aspirations in the far East. The correspondent argues that th. key to the problem is the army and not th.- navy, ;ml h.it no ..riifi.i.il barriers can Ions prevent Russia from playing a predominant role in the far East. Russia's main strength lies in her land forces, the orrespondent concludes, which are not yet sufficiently in evidence The St. Petersburg correspondent of the I 'ally Mall nas telegraphed a curious Htory to the effect that M. Bezobr.uuff. leader of the war party and who the Czar recently made a secretary of state, has b-en black balled twice in succession lately for ad- mlsslcn to a very .-xclusive club consisting ! Rnrllsh riuh." in HnifP 11 ii.uii oiuciais .111.1 uipiornais caiiei in of the favorable Influence of Interior Minister Von Plehve, who ak! for the second vot. I h oul correspondent of the Daily Mail reports the Emperor of Corea as now 4 favoring a . resumption of the Chlnes fearing that either the Japan- . suseraiuty or Russians will destroy the Koreans His Majesty, according to the correspond ent, has invited two Chinese cruisers into Korean waters. Dispatches published here this morning refer to the probable removal of Viceroy A.exleff to Harbin and to the sending of a Korean officer to Port Arthur to see Alexieff on behalf of the Korean govern ment. It is also reported that H. N. Allen. I Tilte.l t;it.s minist r at Seoul, desires the opening of wiju in?tead of Tongampho, while Cr at Britain and Japan Insist that Yongampho be opened. RUSSIA A.XD JAPAN ARE XOT YET AHLE TO AGREE ST. rETKRSHI'Kii, Jan. sn.-Th- first ex change of views between the Foreign Office. Viceroy Alexieff and Huron I.- Ronen, the Kussian minister to Japan, on the Japanese reply, has not resulted in a definite decision. Consequently. Russia's answer, probably, will be delayed a little longer than antici pated . At the Fort inn Office it was explained in a general anl unofficial way with reference to foreign s.ttlements at the open Man- ch'irian ports that no reservation was made in the recognltln of uciulr-1 trenty rights, but Inasmuch as the Russian military anl Ivll authorities are now exercising- Joint control with China. Russia, naturally, must b- consulted on juestlons arising out of consular representation. Including s.-rrl.-mtiits. A high official informed the Associated I'r s corresimndent that the anti-An:. i i- in irritation In certain government quar ters h re is due to conviction that Japan's aggressiveness is largely the 1 .-,! t .if the tCöNTlNl KU UN PAGE 2. CUL. 4J W PREPARATIONS IN Looking Northward Toward Emperador. MINERS LAUGH AND TALK AS RADICAL RESOLUTION OF SOCIALISTS IS Efforts to Commit Great Labor Or ganization Denied Even Records of Convention. BUTT OF MANY JOKES Amendment Is that All Miners Be Made to Join the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Introduced, read, laughed at, turned down and thrown aside without even a dis honorable mention in the minutes is the brief history of the resolutions presented by the Socialists at yesterday's session of the convention of the Cnited Mine Work ers of America. The resolution came from delegates of the local at Leavenworth, Kan., and provided for the commitment of the organization to a socialism of even a newer type than the so-called "new socialism. ' When the resolution was first introduced and its contents hinted at, the delegate listened with the keenest attention, not dreaming of the radical statements to fol low. However, as the reading of the reso lution progressed the delegates began to smile and whisper and finally burst out in loud laughter. Many of the miners thought it a Joke, while all could not re frain from laughter. The resolution lived but a few minutes after it was read and was consigned to the waste basket, denied even record on the minutes of the conven tion. Just before the resolution received its death blow, Patrick Dolan, president of District No. 5, arose and displayed his Irish wit by offering an amendment to the Socialists' resolution L e.. that every mem ber of the United Mine Workers be com pelled to Join the Ancient Order of Hiberni an.. The suggestion caused a good round of laughter and as It passed away the first effort of the Socialist iassed away with it. Among other radical things, the resolu tion proposed that the United Mine Work ers become the head end of the labor party, declaring that the Socialists' party would put none but union men In office and that by first capturing township offices union men should In time be placed in the ex ecutive positions. When it was suggested that the tickets of the new party bear the design of the A. F. of L. and the union label the climax was reached and the con vention hall re-echoed with laughter and cheers. The resolution also suggested that the miners purchase mines and railroads and operate them according to their own plans. While the first resolution bearing the glaring Imprint of the Socialists was mer cilessly turned down, others are expected at the convention to-day. It was rumored around the hotels last night that a resolu tion embodying socialistic ideas will be pre sented by the Illinois districts. Some of the delegates consider it a Joke resolution, while others betters that it will come In earnest. Whatever attempts the Socialists make to commit the organization to their principles are not anticipated with any d gree of fear. The majority of the delegates are against the mixture of socialism and trade unionism, saying that the two cannot mix any more than oil and water. As on Tuesday, only a morning session of the convention was hell yesterday, and adjournment was called before 11 o'clock. At the opening of the session a rather hot discussion arose among the delegates over a resolution to the effect that no State or (CONTINUED ON PAGE 1, COL. 2.) FATAL ASSAULT ON A YOUNG GLASSWORKER Mtmck Man's Skull Crushed, Probably with a Beer Bottle, Wednesday Morning. ASSAILANT LEFT TOWN Special t- the Indianapolis Journal. MCNCIE. Ind.. Jan. 30. Harry Fisher, twenty-four years old and unmarried, a glass presser and gatherer employed in Pall Brothers' factory, was fatally assaulted stme time b.'tween 1 and 3 o'clock this morning and is now dying at his home. 504 Windsor street. The assault probably was committed with a heavy bur bottl . Fisher stagger. 1 home after the assault and wa.i found lying across the bed by his father an hour later, when he heard his son's groans. A teaspoonful of brains had oozrd from the wound. Fisher was semi conscious a short time and Indicated the Identity of his assailant. The polios will not divulge the name, but the man is known to have left this city this after noon. Young Fisher attended the theater last nlüht and the assault was committed on his way home. The attsadtasj physicians say Fisher can live but a few hours. No motive for the crime is known. AMERICAN ENGINEERS. They Will Take a Letter Vote on Accepting Carnegie! Offer. NEW YORK. Jan. 2". At the annual meeting of the American Soeh-ty of Civil Engineers her- to-day, attended by nearly a thousand members of the profession from various parts f th l'nlt d States, it was decided to submit to a letter ballot of the members of the society the question of ac ccpting. n behalf of the society, the offer of An.lnw Carnegie to give $1.000.000 toward a union building In New York for this and other engineering associations. In the election . r officers Charles Her mann, of Cincinnati, was chosen president. READ -sm sas & 1 HOUSE IS MOVED TO mil Citv, in Answer to Pesthouse Com plaint. Charges Mrs. Fletcher with Shifting Her House STATE'S SIDE OF THE CASE The city of Indianapolis. In its answer to the complaint of Mrs. Ellen Fletcher, who sued to enjoin the city from building a pest house near her home on West Fourteenth street, says that after the condemnation proceedings had been commenced the plaintiff moved her house to the rear of her lot in order that it might bo within the 500 feet. The answer states that the erection of a pesthouse on the proposed site will be con siderably more than 1.50) feet from any public or privat- hospital and that distance from any psblic or private school, and will be more than 500 feet from any residence. The city attorney submitted the affidavits of Drs. Theodore A. Wagner, C. E. Fergu son, Eugen- liuobler and M. J. Spencer, whieh declare there would be no danger of the spread of smallpox If the pesthouse was properly conducted. The affidavit of H. A. Cox. civil engineer, stated that the proposed site had been the site of the pest house for fifty years. Affidavits of members of the Board of Public Works were also submitted. It is stated in these that Mrs. Fletcher's house will be condemned. CHICAGO HAS ALLEGED DR. JEKYL AND MR. HYDE Accused of Being Ticket Broker by Day and ' 'Fence" Keeper at Night. CHICAGO. Jan. 30. A prosperous ticket broker in a fashionable hotel by day and a general receiver of stolen property by night. Is the character given by the police to Charles F. Stout, who has for some time conducted a ticket broker's office In the Kaiserhof Hotel. Stout was arrested on the confession of a burglar who de clares that he sold his stolen property to him and did not receive its value. The broker was held in bonds of $5,000. RADIUM MAY TAN SKIN OF THE NEGRO WHITE SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 A series of experiments with radium, startling in their scope, has been undertaken at the Univer sity of California. An attempt will be made to turn the skin of the negro white. NEGRO QUESTION KEEPS UNIONS FROM MERGING Brotherhood of Carmen Not Will- ing to Admit Blacks Into Their Order. CONFERENCE IS ENDED The Rrotherhood of Railway Car Men and the International Association of Car Workers will not amalgamate. This deci sion was reached yesterday afternoon at the meeting of the executive committees of the two unions held at the Sherman Home, The negro question was the rock upon which the two organizations split. Tie car workers admit negroes and helpers around the roundhouse into their organiza tion and it was held by the members of the car men's unlor that hese were not car workers. The car men wtre willing to organise, the negroes and roundhouse help into a separate order, and, If nee ssary, give the union thus organised financial as sistance, but the -ar workers refused all propositions tending toward this settle m i t of the matter. The members f the executive committee of ÜM car wrkers left the city last night for their hom's. Th members of the ex ecutive committee of the tar men will k early this morning. BRYAN TILES ANSWER. Declares the Roundabout Bequest of $50,000 Is Valid. NEW HAVEN. Conn.. Jan. 30. The an swer of William J. Ilryan to the appeal from the Probate Court brought by heirs of Philo S. Bennett was died to-day In the Superior Court. In the answer Mr. Bfyai rtgures both a executor f the Benn't will ami as trustee under the t-rms of the will. In effect the answer declares that the sealed letter referred to in the will makes It the duty f .he asaOUtor to pay $5Ci.0Oti to Mrs Bennett to be turned over to William J. Bryan, and that Section 12 of the will, uittutionlns the scaled luter, is valid. GROUNDS 0 INJUNCTION Hearst and Bryan. The "Yellow Peril" Is Now a Duet, and It Is Doing Great Team Work. PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT JOKES WITH MR, Puts Hand on Senator's Shoulder I and Asks "Yhv Don't You Cut Bait?" WHITE HOUSE INCIDENT Special' to the Indianapolis Journal. WASHINGTON, Jan. 20. There was an Incident nt the Cabinet dinner given last night by Postmaster General Payne which will be rend with interest by the Republic ans of Indiana. The President was in attendance, and so was Senator Mark A. Hanna, of Ohio. Representatives of the Democratic press spent the greater part of the night in the corridors of the hotel, waylaying the guests as they departed and seeking information as to a possible incident involving the President and the chairmsn of the Repub lican national committee. "I don't know what the boys expected," said one of the gentlemen who attended last night's dinner, "unless it was that Senator Hanna and the President would engage in a fist tight be cause the Democrats had made an effort to make it appear that there is a wide gulf between the two men." One of the most interesting things that has been printed in connection with the al leged differences between the two men was to the effect that the President had told a prominent visitor from Indianapolis that when Senator Hanna returned to Washing ton he purposed to make him either "fish or cut bait." So persistent and apparently authoritative were- these stories that when Senator Hanna arrived in Washington Sec rotary Cortelyou called on Senator Hanna and explained to him that the President had said nothing of the kind, nor nothing that could even be so construed. Last night, after dinner. Mr. Payne sug gested that the gentlemen retire to indulge In after-dinner cigars. All arose to depart, except the Persident. who lingered. None of the male guests would leave the dining room in advance of th" President. There w is an awkward pause, each of the Cabinet officers and other public men awaiting the 1 'resident's pleasure. The President finally took in the situation and started toward the smoking room, and found Senator Hanna at the head of the other guestr Throwing his arm across the senator's shoulder, he said: "Well, well, senator, why do you hesi tate? Why don't you cut bait or fish?" J. E. M. Ilnnnit mid (inrmnii Invited. FRANKFORT. Ky.. Jan. 30 The Senate to-day concurred in the House joint reso lution Inviting Senator Marcus A. Hanna. of Ohio, to address the General Assembly of Kentucky. By a previous resolution. Senator Gorman, of Maryland, has been in vited 10 address the Legislature. CATCHER SEEKS TO BE TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE Unusual Announcement of an Un usual Candidacy in Clark County. WEALTHY AT OXE TIME Special to the Indianapolis Journal. JEFK1:US( -NV1LLE. Ind.. Jan. 20. "N wton W Tomlin, the Frog Catcher, is a Candidate for Township Trustee, Jeffer son ville Township: Subject to the Action of the Democratic- Prlrrfary." Neat candidate cards, decorated on one corner by the picture of a frog, and bear ing the foregoing announcement, were freely circulated to-day by "Newt" Tom lin, one of the b'st-known characters in the city. Th.T are six other avowed and several prospective candidates for the Democratic nomination for township trus tee, but Tomlin thinks he can beat them all. His campaign will be unique In that he will not spend a cent of money and will work among the poorer class of voters for his sapport. Tomlin is quite poor, but he was not al ways so. For three months, several years ago, he was rich, very rich. Before this pe riod of prosperity he caught and sold frufrs for a living, and he does so now. Tomlin was one of the heirs of the Wathan SS täte, and several years ago received his portion, which amounted to thousands of dollars. Tomlin started In to have a god time, and he had it. while the money lasted, but this was a very short period. Attired in a hand some suit, with ilk hat and wearing big diamonds in his tl- and on his ftners, he would drive Ids t-am of handsome blacks through the treats, but never failed to s-e one of als old chums and stop to buy him a drink. Tomlin never took change. When he presented a bill In payment of a drink, his answer Invariably was "Keep the change. ' Ail.-r a t.-w months his money was n.n ami he fell back into his old habits, as though he had m ver be-tn rich, and he never mentions liic Cact 10 any 0Ma A A RUG FIRE LOSS OP $3,000 AT SHELBY TUBE 000 WORKS Immense Warehouses of the Steel Corporation's Great Ohio Plant Destroyed COSTLY STOCK RUINED SHELBY. O.. Jan. 20. The Cnited States Steel Corporation stock suffered a IS.odO.ix) loss by fire to-night at the plant of the Shelby Steel Tube Company. The fire started in one of the smaller rooms from a defective electric wire and spread to the larger stockrooms, destroying all of them. The product of the entire plant for the past six months was destroyed within an hour, consisting of 800,000 tons, making in all 25, OuO.uOO feet of finished product, and valued at $3.000.000. The fire broke out at 9 o'clock, and at 10 o'clock the immense buildings fell in with a crash, which could be heard distinctly for miles from the city. Battered and twisted, the finished product lies in a heap, and is almost a total loss. Tube works of ficials state that a portion can be worked over, but it wil require the entire capacity of the plant and will delay the mills on other orders. The stock consisted mostly of locomotive boile r flues and other govern ment work of various kinds. The fire was confined tei the stock buildings, which were built at an expense of $100.00u. The tubing manufactured by the Shelby plant was used extensively by the gov in ment for boiler Hues In 1'nited Stat, s vessels. The demand of the government alone is sufficient to keep a good-sized plant running centinuously the ear round. The I'nlted Slates government has been the best customer of the local plant. The plant was erected In 1N, and has made gigantic strides forward until to-day It covers near ly ten acies of ground. OPERATOR SCARED BY "LIGHT THAT FAILED" Anderson Telegrapher Thought the Town Was Burning Two Wires Had Crossed. Special to the Indianapolis Journal. ANDERSON. Ind.. Jan. 21 The local Western Union Telegraph operator was badly scared soon after Wednesday mid night by the burning out of an electric light wire se vers I blocks from where he was, but leaving him in total darkness. It took the operator several minutes to get over his scare, and. Incidentally, procure an oil lamp. The operator was busily engaged send ing a dlspate h into the Indianapolis Jour nal office telling of a banquet given the members of the Anderson Lodge of Elks by T. G. Morris, exalted ruler of the herd, who has lat ly been enjoy InK a honeymoon, when the light went out; not figuratively speaking, but it ceased to illuminate the room. Just as the light was extinguished the operator glanced out of the window, and. from the display he witnessed. h imagined the town was tturning;. Hut it wasn't. An electric light wire in front of the Kagle Clotnlnf? s-tore. at Main and Ninth streets, bacaasa oroaaad with another wir- ami then- was an elactHcaf display calculated to startle everybody in sight. Some quick witted individual cut the wire, but the lights remained out for some time. MAY RUN TRAINS OVER 120 MILES AN HOUR Xew York Central Railway and the General Electric Company to Make Tests. SOHKNEOTADY. N. Y.. Jan. 20.-PI;ms to equal and possibly beat th speed re'cord of 120 miles an hour made at Iros sen. Germany, come time- ago, we re made to-day at a confrenre between officials and experts representing the New York Cen tral Railroad and the General Electric Company. The tests are to be made on the tracks not Won this city and Hoffmans. If prepent plans hold, the. Central will thus be enabled to run trains through N-w York c ity and on its suburban lines at an unparalleled rate of spee-d. ON SECOND RE A DI XG. Asiatic Labor Bill Passed at Pre toria Australia Rebuked. PRETORIA. Jan. 20. The Asiatic labor bill passed Its second reading 1 - T 1 . the Legislative Council to-day. Tlr Pery Fitzgerald criticised the pimie-rs of the Australian commonwealth and of New Zea lanel for having cabb'd the authorities here th-ir conviction th.it It w;i imperative- to prohibit the intrexlucthm of Chinese labor Into the Transvaal. He said these opinions must be based on profound ignorance of coneiltietns In the Transvaal; that dictation from siM.-r lo nles would be lisastrous. and that the- . x ample of Australia was not one for emulation. IT RE SOOX BROKE OUT And Some of the Victims Were Burned Others Scalded and Crushed. JOHNSTOWN. Pa.. Jan. 21.-2:40 a. m. At least twelve workmen were killed and twenty-five injured, some fatally, by an explosion at the Cambria St. 1 tympany's plant this morning. Two bodies have been recovered. The disaster was caused by the explosion of an immense steam pipe ellr ctly iver the engine in the boiler room of Nex 2 mill of the Cambria Steel Company about 1:30 o'clock a. m.. which breiught down t ha whole section of roof running fnm tho puddling mill to the finishing shed of the mill. Tin- woodwork at once took fire frm the furnaces and at this time Is burning fiercely. Added to the fire and explosion disaster, a large, waterplpe burst and flooded the ground about the scene of th- acn.lent. One man caught In the de-bris is In plain sight but cannot be rescued, owing to the Intensity of the heat. It Is probable that not one of the men penn 1 in can eeaie death either by drowning or fire. The ac cident occurred between turns and a gre-at many men were seated in the mill. At 2:40 a. m. the number of dead was estimated at from taelve to fourteen men. The injured will number twenty-five or more, many of whom are terribly scalded and cannot live. Two bodies have been re covered. The injured are being hurried rapidly as possible to hospitals. TRAINS ARE STALLED IN THE HEAVY SNOW Traffic in Central and Northern New York Almost Completely Blocked by Drifts. SYRAOCSK. N. Y.. Jan. .-The east- bound train on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, which left here at 10 o'clock last night, become stalled in the snow at Summit and was unable to move until nearly noon to-day. Heavy, drifting snow has paralysed all the railroads except the main line of the New York Central, whera trains are late. The worst blockade in recent years pre vails on the Rome. Watertown A 0rd ens burg road. Trains are ten to fifteen hours late and many have been abandoned. Th road between Watertown and Syracuse Is c ompletely closed, no train having passed over the line since yesterda' afternoon. Several trains are stalled in snowbanks near Richland. ELECTRIFIED THE "L." Storm at Chicago Endangered Traction Passengers' Lives. CHICAGO. Jan. 26. As the result of storm, train service on the South Side Ele vated Railroad was paralysed for nearly two hours to-day. endangering life and discommoding hundreds of passengers. Rain, soaking through the wood substruc ture of the road, cauned the moisture to communicate to a defective third rail sup port near a network of switches. The elec tric current deserted the car motors and flowed through the ironwork of the struc ture to the ground. The entire struc ture for a considerable distance was electrified and menaced the- safety of horses and men below until the current was shut off at the power hejuse. Trains on the road were crowded. Pas sengers on the stalled trains, after waiting for sm- time- for signs of life In the- mo tors, toedt surface line s ami r ach d th lr destinations down town after long delay. TWO TRAINS COLLIDE. Ten Cars of Coal, Coke and Beef Are Destroyed by Fire. ALTOONA, Ph.. Jan. 21. -An east bound freight train, early thin morning, collided head-on with a westbound freight at the Horseshoe Curve, on the Pennsylvania raft j road, and as a result two engine-s. a cab and eleven cars we're- wn-ckcl Th. wreckage at once took Are and burn-l fiercely. A hurry call wus sent to this city und a fire engine of the city department has gone to tin w--ne. It. -for- lhe-y 1 ull sat th- rtra ander control ten cars ef coal, coke and beef were destroyed. The trainmen all es caped Injury. At 1 o'clock this iThtird;i morning, two tr;n ks sere cleared and it will take thr-e hiiurs to 1 ;it nj th- other two. H. E. VON HOLST DEAD. Was at Head of Chicago Uni versity History Department. CHICAGO. Jan. 30. A cablegram receive to-day by lreside-nt Harper, ef the- I'mver- -ity f Chicago, announced the death of i'rof. Hermann Eduoarel Von Hoist at his residence- in Freiburg. Ge rmany, umr. for three- years, he has been on leave of absence trom the university seeking to regain his health. The message was sent by lira. I Von Hoist. Pl fessor Von HoNt was at the head of I the university's department of history, and was n vimn in roor u se nioruy 01 toe faculty. He wis sixtv-thret years of ace. PRIEST PAID THE DEBT OF CATHOLIC CHURCH B KANTON. Pa . Jan. 30. A surprise of a pleasant and closely-bordering on a esa national nature aas plven th.- ngr. gat loo of St. Patrick s Catholic Church rvcently. when the assistant priest. Re v J E Ly nott, announced that th- congregation wae out of debt. The parishioners, who be lieved they Wer- owing about $''. Were an. bl- 1 1 und rstand the .ro r tic tit, until Father Lynott explained that the venerable pastor. He-v. James li. Whelau. during hin twentv-one years' pastorate, had never drawn a cent of salary, but instead bad pii.-tly diverted it lo the payimut ot -.n.ba- bill.