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TUESDAY EVENING.
TOPEKA, KANSAS, JUNE 19, 1900.
TUESDAY EVENING.
TWO CENTS.
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Li hi v :-a r3 .
The Movement to Nominate
Him For Vice President
Was Only Scotched and Not
Killed by Hanna Forces
HE IS ST1DIG BETWEEN. TWO FIRES.
If He Refuses Vice Presidency May Lose
Governorship.
Convention Called to
Chairman
Senator Wolcott of Colorado Made Tem
porary Presiding Officer.
Philadelphia, June 18. At 12:35 o'clock I
today the Republican national conven
tion or 1S00 was called to order and thus
the racking excitement of confidence
and caution, of crashing bands and
confusion of hotel corridors gave way to
the definiteness and form of actual con
vention proceedings.
Senator Hanna, a3 chairman of the
national committee, said the first word
bringing the convention to order and
then with the inspiring eloquence of
Senator Wolcott of Colorado, as he
assumed the temporary chairmanship,
and the formal organization of the
convention by the naming of the var
ious committees, the work wa under
way. ' '
The day opened auspiciously for the
event. The sky was slightly overcast
and there was none of the sweltering
of many former national gatherings.
The air was cool, the temperature below
70 and the indications were for good
weather throughout the meeting. After
being up half the night with the dem
onstration of 30,000 marching men, fire
works, bands, final caucuses and earn
est conferences the army of delegates
and the conspicuous figures of the con
vention were slow to make their ap
pearance. Hut the staid old Quaker
City was early astir with preparation,
and by 8 o'clock the streets took on an
air of animation and anticipation as the
crowds began to converge towards the
convention grounds.
The arrangements for transporting
the great multitude from down town to
the hall are admirable, many lines of
electric cars giving ready conveyance.
That splendid avenue. Broad street,
leads to the most direct route, that on
South street, andvall of the early cars
along this line were crowded with those
wishing to secure points of vantage in
or around the building. The throngs
were good natured and intensely earn
est. The ladies showed their interest in
the event by making up a considerable
percentage of the moving hosts and the
fair weather permitted all the color of
bright parasols and mid-summer dress
to be blended with the blaze of bunt
ing. ON HAND EARLY.
Out at the convention grounds the
officials were early on hand with their
corps of doorkeepers, sergeant-at-arms.
tishers and pages, putting them through
iina! drills in anticipation of the crush
soon to come. According to the orders
the doors were to be opened shortly af
ter 10 o'clock and all the officials were
to be at their posts an hour before that
time. The first squad to put in an ap
pearance was that under Organizer
Owen, 300 strong, having charge of
Seating the delegates and spectators.
After them come the 400 assistants un
der Sergeant-at-Arms Wisewell. more
partif ularly to care for the interests
of the delegates. Chief Doorkeeper
Kerchival had an early drill, both at
the outer gates and at the entrance
doors, which gave promise of an avoid
ance of the confusion and delay which
often attends admission to conventions.
During the early hours the inside of
the convention hall presented the ap
pearance of a' vast sea of pine, over
hung with a wealth of festoon, bunting
and historic portraits. It was very light,
very airy and so arranged in the grad
ual rise of seats from a common center
as to give full opportunity for the dem
onstrations of enthusiasm which were
fcoon to come. On all hands were heard
words of commendation, before the ad
mirable facilities which the hall gave
for a gathering of this character.
Outsideof thehallthe approaches be
gan to congest with the crowds during
the early hours.
GATES OPEN AT TEN.
The cars added hundreds every min
ute, and as the outer gates were not
opened until ID o'clock the early arriv
als were massed on the walks and
streets awaiting the signal to get ir..
The street venders did a thriving busi
ness in buttons and badges and a lively
tre.de was carried on in seats for the
convention at rates varying from $5 for
a single session up tr, JG0 lor the three
sessions.
While these scenes were being enacted
about the convention hall, the political
managers and the delegates were hold
ing their final conferences and caucuses
and preparing for the work before theni.
Illinois, Ohio and a number of other
delegations held morning meetings for
organization and felt the pulse of the
in
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Order at J 2:36 by
Hanna.
delegates on the vice presidential situa
tion. Most of the state delegations ar
ranged to go to the hall is bodies, many
of them being escorted through the
streets by their march:.ng clubs with
bands ana banners.
To the leaders, however, these out
ward demonstrations had little Interest
and they continued to jipend most of
their time in the privacy of upper
chambers at the hotels, trying to figure
out the perplexing questions of candi
dacy presented.
The vice presidential Issue appeared
to be as much Involved today as it had
ever peen. Notwithstanding the declar
ation of Governor Roosevelt and the
confident predictions of Senator Han
na's friends last night that the Roose
velt stampede had been met and turned
the leaders woke up on ':he opening day
or tine convention in a half dazed condi
tion over the uncertainty and conflict
sua existing. The local papers gave
prominence to the idea that the Roose
velt statement was la.cking in that
dVhmteness and force of expression of
which the governor is a master when
he desires to be exact. This, added to
the doubt of mind among delegates and
the crowd in general intended to give
the Roosevelt movement another inning
of energy. Even the governor himself
was variously quoted, some of the ex
pressions amounting to a declaration
that his statement must not be taken as
a. declination and that he would stand
if drafted.
ROOSEVELT RUMORS.
One of the reported interviews, said
to have occurred at 11 o'clock last night,
long after the governor's statement and
after the New York ard Pennsylvania
caucuses was as follows:
"Governor, the story is current that
you have said your state would elimi
nate you from the race fcr the vice
presidency.
Governor Roosevelt is said to have
replied with exceeding warmth: "I
have said nothing of the kind."
This answer is variously construed,
but at all events it adds to the uncer
tainty in the minds of those who are
about to frame the ticket. Still another
statement, purporting to give the exact
words of Governor Roosevelt to Joseph
H. Manley of Maine, is as follows:
"I will tell you that this is final.
Absolutely nothing can induce me to
accept the nomination. You can con
sider this as my final word. I will not
permit the convention to be stampeded
for me."
In another reported interview Gov
ernor Roosevelt is said to have de
clared after his formal statement that
he would not consider a movement
coming from New York or Philadelphia
or from the north, but would bow to the
will of the west and south. So far as
Mr. Hanna and Mr. Piatt are con
cerned, it is understood that the Ohio
man takes the position that Governor
Roosevelt's statement must be accepted
in good fath as meaning that he Is
out of the race, while Mr. Piatt, with
out going into details, maintains simp
ly that Roosevelt would be the nomi
nee of the convention.
LONG'S BOOM.
Secretary Long's vice presidential
boom has received some impetus, and
the Massachusetts delegation is re
gaining its courage. It appears that in
a conference over long distance tele
phone Secretary Long made it perfect
ly plain that he does not want his name
to be unduly urged if the :ide is toward
Roosevelt.
The Dolliver people are delighted at
the demonstration evoked by the young
Iowan during the parade last night, as
the Illinois banners bearing the name
"Dolliver" brought out generous enthu
siasm. On all hands, however, it i3
felt that the great game between the
powerful leaders of the convention is
not Dlaved to its end and that the
nominee will not be knovi-n as a. cer
tainty for some hours vet.
AT CONVENTION HALL.
The crowds were slow in gathering at
the convention hall. When shortly after
11 o'clock the band in the gallery awoke
the echoes in the vast roof space there
were not more than 1,000 persons in the
great auditorium. But it was astonish
ing how rapidly the crowds began to ar
rive after that hour, thty poured In
steady streams until they blackened the
tiers of seats. An unusually large num
ber were women looking fresh and
sweet in their summer gowns.
The sergeants at arms and the ushers
had their hands full attending to the
crowus.
CHEERS FOR HANNA.
In the seats back of the stage were
many distinguished persorages.
The leaders were slow in arriving-and
it was not until Senator Hanna put in
an appearance at 11:45 tha t the enthus
iasm of the thousands was uncorked. He
got a cheer as he moved up the center
iiiil
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SENATOR TOM PL ATT, WHO SAYS
ROOSEVELT WILL BE NOMIN
ATED FOR THE VICE
PRESIDENCY.
aisle, the full length of the hall to the
platform. General Grosvenor, the white
bearded old veteran was immediately
recognized and he too got a cheer.
Occupying prominent seats upon the
platform were four of the 14 men now
living who were delegates to the first
convention of the Republican party held
in Philadelphia, June 17, 1S56.
All were members of the regular Ohio
delegation.
Cornelius Bliss got a scattering of ap
plause as he took his seat with the New
York delegation and Senator Piatt got
a popular greeting.
The crowds were soon so absorbed
picking out the men of national reputa
tion that they forgot to cheer and Hen
ry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts; Sen
ator Davis, of Minnesota; Senator For
aker, of Ohio, did not get a hand as they
took their places.
Meantime the band was playing pop
ular airs and the scene was impressive
and animated. At noon Senator Hanna
took his seat at the chairman's table.
out aitnougn this was the hour set for
calling the convention he waited a few
moments, conferring with Secretary
Dick, Senator Wolcott and others.
ROOSEVELT ENTERS.
At 12:07 the first pronounced demon
stration of .the convention occurred.
Governor Roosevelt came through the
main entrance and moved down the
center aisle. He wore his rough rider
hat and was instantly recognized. A
deep reverberating cheer greeted him.
Men jumped to their chairs to cheer him
and women fluttered their handker
chiefs. Delegates crowded forward to greet
him as he moved through the press and
his entrance, theatrical thoueh it mnv
have been was like that of a conquering
hero. He took his seat immediately in
the rear of Senator Piatt and in front of
Senator Depew.
"Our Chauncey" who has aroused the
admiration of many a Republican con
vention came in at the same time that
Roosevelt did, but the multitude had
eyes only for the hero of San Juan.
Many notable groups could be seen
among the delegates. Immediately in
front sat Senator Fairbanks of Indiana
with Governor Mount of that state just
behind him. Governor Shaw of Iowa ran
over to greet his executive colleague
and say that Dolliver s flag was still
flying. Across the aisle Senator Piatt
waited while Cornelius N. Bliss was
earnestly assuring Sereno Payne as to
some controverted point.
ALL EYES ON ROOSEVELT.
Mr. Odell sat with Mr. Quigg, and all
New Yorkers kept turning their heads
to see when that broad-brimmed som-
orero mane its appearance. Governor.
Taylor of Kentucky came in with Gov
ernor Bradley. General Grosvenor
paced the aisle and grasped hands.
Senator Allison of Iowa was among
the earlier arrivals. Among the other
members of the senate on the state
were Hawley of Connecticut, Burrow3
of Michigan, Deboe of Kentucky, Cul
lom of Illinois, and Shoup of Idaho.
Senator Lodge and Judge McCall
came in at the head of the Massachu
setts delegation and were greeted by
General Harry Bingham. The lone-
gallery was now packed with humanity
and the floor from wall to wall was a
living sea of people. During the inter
vals when the band was not playing
the hall was filled with that indescrib
able hum of myriads of voices which
is only heard at the gathering of thou
sands of people. Before Chairman
Hanna on the desk was a heavy plank
about a foot square and on this lay
his gavel. The gavel consisted of a
heavy square of oak fitted with a
handle, and looked more like a maul
than a gavel for a presiding officer.
Senator Hanna seemed in no hurry
to call the convention to order. At
tired in a sack suit with a white vast
he sat chatting with those about him,
his broad face beaming, his eve roving
over the convention. At 12:30"the band
broke into the stirring strains of the
Star Spangled Banner. Governor
Roosevelt was first on his feet in re
sponse to the national anthem. His
rough rider hat came off and he stood
with head uncovered.
CONVENTION AROSE.
Instantly the whole convention arose
en masse. Ten thousand people stood
while the stirring air was played and
applauded it with a cheer as they took
their seats. Mr. Hanna remained
standing. He lifted the ungainly gavel
and brought it down with a resounding
whack. Instantly all eyes were riveted
upon him and a wave of aoDlause
swept the hall. Chairman Hanna faced
the storm of applause with a resolute
face. His stern features did not relax
but he nodded an acknowledgment as
the applause broke here and there into
a cheer. When it had subsided he
brought down the gavel again.
"The convention will come to order,"
he shouted, at exactly 12:35. "The con
vention will be opened with prayer,"
he continued, "by the Rev. J. Gray Bol
ton, of the Hope Presbyterian church of
Philadelphia."
Chairman Hanna remained standing
with bowed head while the divine came
forward to deliver his invocation. But
the delegates remained seated and only
here and there did one of the spectators
rise. All, however, bowed their heads
reverently while Rev. Bolton read his
prayer. He said:
OPENING PRAYER.
O, Thou who art a spirit infinite, eter
nal, unchangeable, In Thy being, wisdom,
power, holiness, justice, goodness and
truth.
Thou art the sovereign God. The cre
ator, ruler, disposer of us and all that
Thou hast made. Thy thoughts are not ,
our thoughts, nor rny ways our ways.
Thv memory is not limited to persons
and to races, but comprehendeth all that
live and breathe.
Blessed be Thv name.
Thy glory is shown and Thy Kingdom
advanced in leading men and nations dv
a way that they knew not, to a land of
security and oeace.
Oh that men would praise Thee for Thy
goodness and for Thy wonderful works
to the children of men.
We adore Thee for the way in which
Thou hast led us.
The glory and honor of our nation is
the manifestation o Thy power and
glory.
Thou hast led us In ways not of our
own choosing; ways best for us and most
to Thv elorv.
May we cheerfully follow where Thou
leadest.
Thou hast been the God of our fathers.
Thou are the God of their children.
Our trust is in Thee.
Save us, O Lord, from ingratitude and i
discontent.
Give us the spirit of praise and thanks
giving.
Grant that we. as a nation and a people.
may remember Thy goodness, and praise
Inee tor continued lite and prosperity.
O. Lord, our God. let Thy richest bless
ing rest unon Thv servant, the president
of these Vnited States. Imbue him with a
competency of Thy divine wisdom:
That he may direct the affairs of the
nation to Thy glory and the well being of
all our people.
We humblv beseech Thee. O Lord God.
to bless all in authority. Sustain them in
their responsible relations to Thee and
tree people.
O God of all wisdom and grace, grant
unto this assembly wisdom, grace .and
guidance:
That in all their deliberations, and con
clusions. Thv name shall be glorified, the
honor of this nation maintained and the
peace and prosperity of the people
be established.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost, as was in thfl be
ginning, is now and ever shall be, world
witnout end. Amen.
As the prayer closed Senator Hanna
was again on his feet, and adjusting his j
eye-glasses, said in a resonant voice:
"The secretary of the national commit
tee will now read the call for the con
vention." As Col. Dick stepped forward,
call in hand, he was given applause. He
read the formal call, while the vast as
semblage fretted for the more vital
proceedings.
THE CALL.
In accordance with established prece- !
dents and in obedience to instructions of
the national convention of lst6. the na
tional Republican committee directs that
a national convention ot delegated repre
sentatives of the Republican party be
held at the city of Philadelphia, in the
state of Pennsylvania for the purpose of
nominating candidates lor president and
vice president, to be voted for at the
presidential election, Tuesday, Nevember
6, 1900, and for the transaction of such
SECRETARY CHARLES DICK. OF THE
NATIONAL COMMITTEE,
Who Read the Call.
other business as may properly come be
fore it. and that said convention shall
assemble at 12 o'clock, noon, on Tuesday,
the 19th day of June, 1S00.
The Republican electors of the several
states, the District of Columbia and the
territories, and all other electors, without
regard to past political affiliations, who
believe in the principles of the Republi
can party and endorse its policies, are
cordially invited to unite under this call
in the selection of candidates for presi
dent and vice president.
Said national convention shall consist
of a number of delegates-at-large from
each state, equal to double the number
of United States senators to which each
state is entitled, and for each representa-
tive-at-iarge in congress, two deiegates-at-large;
from each congressional district
and the District of Columbia, two dele
gates: from each of the territories of
Alaska, Arizona. Indian territory. New
Mexico and Oklahoma, two delegates. For
each delegate elected to said convention
an alternate delegate shall be elected,
to act in case of the absence of the dele
gate, said alternate delegate to be elected
at the time and in the manner of elect
ing the delegate.
All delegates shall be elected not less
than thirty days before the meeting of
the national convention. Delegates-at-large
shall be elected by popular state
and territorial conventions, of which at
least thirty days' notice shall have been
publisned In some newspaper or newspa
pers of general circulation in the respec
tive states and territories.
The congressional district delegates shall
be elected, by conventions called by the
CONGRESSMAN DOLLIVER,
The Silver-Tongued Orator of Iowa, for
W horn the Kansas Delegates vv 111
Vote for the Vice Presidency, if
Roosevelt Declines.
congressional committee of each district,
in the manner, of nominating the candi
date for representative in congress in said
district, provided, that In any congres
sional district where there is no Republi
can congressional committee, the Repub
lican state committee shall appoint from
among the Republicans resident in such
district a committee for the purpose of
calling a district convention to elect dele
gates to represent said district.
The election of delegates from the Dis
trict of Columbia shall be held under the
direction and supervision of an election
board composed of John B. Cotton, W. C.
Chase and L. M. Saunders.
Such board shall have authority to fix
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Senator M. A. Hanna, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Who
. Called the Convention Together at Noon Today.
the date for such election, and to arrange
all details and regulations incident there
to, and shall provide for a registration of
the votes as casts such registration to in
clude the name and residence of ' each
voter.
The territorial delegates shall be elected
in the manner of nominating candidates
for delegates in congress, and delegates
from Indian Territory and Alaska shall
be elected by popular convention.
We recommend that the territories of
Arizona, Indian Territory, New Mexico
and Oklahoma, each elect six delegates
and six alternate delegates and that
Alaska elect four delegates and four alter
nate delegates and the admission of such
additional delegates to the convention is
hereby recommended.
All notice of contest shall te submitted
In writing, accompanied by a printed
statement setting fouth the grounds of
contest, which shall be filed with the sec
retary of the national committee twenty
days prior to the meeting of the national
convention. Contests will be acted on bv
the national convention in the order of the
date of the filing of notice and statement
with the secretary.
HANNA'S SPEECH OF WELCOME.
Again Mr. Hanna was the center of
attraction. He left the presiding offi
cer's table and stepping to the Tront
of the platform surveyed the sea of
faces, and in a clear voice began his
speech of welcome.
"In bidding you welcome," he began.
"I also wish to congratulate you on the
magnificent representation from the
Republican party."
There was a round of applause as
Mr. Hanna rolled out the words "Re
publican party."
"There was no mistake in bringing
the convention to Philadelphia," Mr.
Hanna went on. "Here was the cradle
of liberty, the birth place of the repub
lie. Here also had the Republican party
seen its birth and here, too, was the
center of that throbbing idea the pro
lection of American, history."
Another wave of applause swept over
the convention at this mention of the
protective principle and as it subsided
Mr. Hanna proceeded:
ve are on the eve of another great
struggle. Already We are beginning
to form our battalions under the leader-
SERENO E. PAYNE, OF NEW YORK,
Who Moved to Make the Choice of com-
mittees unanimous.
ship of our greatest statesman, General
William MeKinley.
That was the signal and ror the nrsi:
time the convention broke forth in a
whirlwind of enthusiasm. Men and
women sprang to their feet, delegates
spectators, staid and distinguished
guests, all animated by a common pur
pose to do honor to the president. Sen
ator Hanna looked down in smiling
satisfaction at the tempestuous demon
stration. Flags and handkerchiets
waved everywhere in billows of color.
For ten seconds, twenty, thirty, a min
ute, the demonstration kept up and
then with a wave of the hand, the na
tional chairman bade the assemblage
resume their seats and let him proceed.
"I was about to give the order for
thi battalion to move but you inter
rupted me." said Mr. Hanna locularly
and the applause was turned to laugh
ter. Aga-in Mr. Hanna evoKea a aem
onstration. when, speaking of the ap
proaching campaign, he declared: "And
with such a leader and such a cause,
there ismo such word as fail."
As Mr. Hanna closed his speech with
a tribute to his colleagues on the na
tional committee and a reference to the
close of his chairmanship, he spoke of
the sterling service of the senator from
Colorado, Mr. Wolcott to his party and
presented him to the convention as tem
porary chairman.
WOLCOTT TAKES CHARGE.
Senator Fairbanks from the first row
of delegates arose and moved that the
selection of Senator Wolcott as tempor
ary chairman be approved, and with
unanimous voice the delegates so voted.
The appearance of the Colorado orator
a moment later set the convention off
like a rocket. He wore a blue suit with
white vest. There was elasticity in his
step as he bowed low to the convention
and there was something about him
which suggested his mountain home.
With a pleasant nod of acknowledgment
to Chairman Hanna. he turned and ad
dressed the convention.
(Continued on Sixth Page.
EXTRA JESSIOfl.
One May. Be Called to Deal With
Chinese Question.
Chicago, June 19. A special to the
Tribune dated Washington, June 19, 2 a.
m., says:
Persistent rumors are afloat that
President MeKinley has decided to call
an extra session of congress to deal
with the Chinese situation.
The rumors of an extra session can
not be traced to a reliable source at this
hour, and Inquiry at the White House
throws no light on the subject. A mem
ber of the presidents' official family,
when questioned said:
I do not know whether thi3 matter
has been discussed or not, but the pres
ident can be depended upon to do every
thing in his power to protect the lives
and property of Americans in China
Heretofore, this country has acted in
dependently, but is now acting in con
ceit with the rowers."
Itie Chinese situation has been discuss
ed in all its phases by the president and
nis ativisers,- and tney nave looked far
into the future. It is Quite certain the
reconvening of congress has been dis
cussed, but none of the officials here will
admit It.
The situation may chance at any mo
ment and - the first advices from Pekin
will undoubtedly decide whether the Im
mediate future will brinir peace or war.
x nere are two possioie causes tor war
In the situation. One is the destruction of
the American legation and the murdering
or me American minister. The other is
the action of the commander at Taku,
who ordered .his men to fire, on the inter
national fleet. If his action" is sanctioned
by the Pekin urovernment a state of war
exists, but if he acted without authority
and nls hostile act is disavowed, there
may be a peaceful solution of the inci
dent. If war exists in China, KTOwinir out of
the destruction of the legations or the
Taku affair, then it will be necessary to
send more troops to China. Owing to the
prevailing conditions in the Philippines no
more troops can oe witnarawn, and lew,
if any, can be spared from Porto Rico,
Cuba or the United States. Therefore It
will be necessary to call an extra session
of congress to furnish troops to deal with
the .Chinese situation.
If advices come from Pekin that Min
ister Conger and other Americans have
been murdered, there will be no other
course open to the administration but to
send a force strong enough to bring the
Chinese to their senses and make the
lives of Americans as safe in China as
they would be in Washington.
ROOSEVELT COMING.
Rough Rider Governor Will Slake
Two Speeches in Kansas.
Col. Teddy Roosevelt Is to pass
through Kansas July 1 or 2 on his way
to Oklahoma City to attend the annual
reunion of the Rough Riders.
Chairman Morton Albaugh of the Re
publican state committee has tele
graphed the Kansas delegation at Phil
adelphia asking them to conter witn
Roosevelt and gain his consent to make
a couple of speeches while passing
through the state.
The points at which the speeches will
be made have not been selected but will
be announced when it Is learned what
the New York governor says in reply
to the invitation.
Child Fatally Burned.
The 8 year old daughter of TomLewis,
colored, who lives at 1322 Quincy street.
was fatally burned with gasoline about
8 o'clock last night. The girl had gone
to the grocery store of Harris Bros, at
the corner of Thirteenth and Quincy
streets to get a small quantity of gaso
line in an open vessel. The man who
procured the gasoline for her ignited it
by holding a lighted lamp too near, and
drops of the flaming liquid set the
child's clothing on fire. Before the
flames could be extinguished her flesh
was horribly burned and she died this
morning. The funeral will be held to
morrow at 3 o'clock at the colored M. E.
church.
Land Tells "Where He Is.
S. M. Land, the Republican candidate
for the nomination for senator m Bour
bon county, is making his campaign
prior to the convention on this plat
form: "I am for J. R. Burton for
United States senator and I don't care
who knows it." Ben Goodno who is a
probable candidate for the nomination
as a Baker candidate is saying nothing
but is working away among his friends.
Carpenters Win a Strike.
Denver, Colo., June 19. The carpen
ters' strike in this city ended today, the
contractorshavingagreed to the union's
demand for wages of 41 cents an hour
and a half holiday on Saturday through
out the year.
.. . . Weather Indications.
Chicago, June 19. Forecast for Kan
sas: Generally fair tonight and Wed
nesday; variable winds.
SUEPT
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Business District of Blooming
ton, 111., Wiped Out.
Court House and Fire Squares
of Stores Burned.
LOSS SEAR $2,000,000.:
Buildings Blown Up With Dyna
mite to Stop Flames.
Noise of Explosion Caused Death
of One Person.
Bloomingrton.Ill., June 19. Half of tha '
business section of Bloomington, includ
ing five squares of the finest business
blocks of the city and tha court house,,
erected at a cost of $400,000, were de--
stroyed by fire this morning. The loss
is variously estimated at from one and1
a half to two million dollars. One death
also resulted from the fire.. Robert
Schmidt, a 19 year old boy dying from
the shock occasioned by the noise of the
explosion of dynamite which the fire
men used in blowing up buildings in an.
endeavor to stay the progress ot the
flames.
The fire department was badly handi
capped by an almost total failure of the
water supply and it was not until late
this morning and after many buildings
had been blown up with dynamite that
the flames were finally got under con
trol. The list of buildings destroyed and
business firms burned out with heaviest
losses included:
The court house, erected 25 years ago
at a cost of $400,000; mineral building,
Windsor hotel, loss $30,000; Grlesham'9
office building, loss $100,000; State Na
tional bank; Helm's building; Eagl
office building; George Brand & Cov,
furniture; Vlmont & Koen, dry goods;
Cooper & Jackman, glassware; Pixley.
& Co., clothing; R. Thompson & Sons,
furniture; Model laundry; B. S. Green
Co.; X. T. Miller & Son, hardware:
Prritt's Jewelry store; Cole Brothers'
building, occupied as dry goods store;
Fahey's saloon; Corn Belt bank; Reed
Brothers, hardware; Klopp, hats and
caps; M. Sans, No Name store ;Niehaus
restaurant? Helblg's music store;1 Mc
Lean County Coal company; Guthrie's
cigar store; Phoeniz'-hotel; Garvtr's
drdg store; Coblent's drug "store: R. C
Roger, wall paper; C. W. Klemm, dry
goods, loss $100,000; Stephen Smlthson's
dry goods, loss $75,000; J. H. Rigg's dry
goods, loss $30,000; Bolles tailor
shop;
Schneider shoe store company; Sen-
store company;
seney's coal office; .Wilcox dry goods
establishment, loss $75,000; Mehaffery
livery; Gowdy's Boston store-; Ebert &
Good, notions; Klienaus' confectionery";
Ensenberger's furniture store.
The fire started in the Model laundry
on Monroe street in the block north
east of the court house. A strong wind
was blowing at the time, and before the
fire department arrived the fire had
spread to the four story brick building
occupied by B. S. Green & Co., and
thence steadily eastward.
In an hour the entire block except the
postoffice building, which was saved
by hard work, was in ruins. In this
block was the old Durley theater, which,
was being remodeled. The fire work-
ing westward across to Ureisham a
seven-story building at the corner of
Main and Jefferson streets, soon that
entire block was also in flames. From .
there the fire spread to the court house
and thence to adjacent blocks. In the
meantime aid had been summoned from
Peoria and Springfield and with the as
sistance of fire apparatus from tnose
cities the fire was gradually brought
under control to the west. To the east
it was necessary to use dynamite to
destroy several buildings in the path of
the flames before the fire was stopped
in that direction. The burned district
Includes, the north and east sides of the
court house scuare, the two other
blocks cornering on the square and half
a block of buildings west of the square.
BEVERIDGE BEREFT.
Wife of Indiana Senator Dies
From Heart Failure.
Indianapolis, Ind., June 19. Mra.
Beveridge, wife of united States ben
ator Albert J. Beveridge of Indiana,
died in a sanitarium at Dansville. N. Y.,
this morning of heart failure. She had
been ill several months.
MIXING. CONGRESS MEETS.
Third Convention of International
Session Opens at Milwaukee.
Milwaukee, June 19. The third con
vention of the International Mining
congress opened here today with several
hundred delegates In attendance.
Colorado heads the list in exhibits
with a collection of 2,000 specimens.
Among the most notable arrivals are.
B. F. Montgomery, of Cripple Creek,
Col,; ex-Governor Bradford, L. Prince
of Santa Fe, N. M.. and ex-Governor
Swineford, of Alaska. Ex-Governor
Prince responded to one of the addresses
of welcome and President Montgomery
then delivered his annual address.
PLATFORM MAKING.
Fairbanks is Now Slated For
' Chairman of Committee.
Philadelphia, June 19. The probabili
ties now are that Senator Fairbanks of
Indiana will be chairman of the com
mittee on platform. It was at first in
tended that this honor should be con
ferred upon Senator Foraker, but the
latest decision, so far as the party lead
ers can decide the question in advance
of the meeting of the committee Is to
transfer it to another state.
- After Senator Allison's - nominating '
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