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WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, JTJLX 4,-1900. WEDNESDAY EVENING. TWO CENTS. i . J; i . ! i REAL WORK BEGfflS TODAY Democratic Aational Convcn- tion Called to Order By Chairman Jones of the Xatiooal Committee. WELCOME BY MAYOR Got. Thomas of Colorado Made Temporary Chairman. Ilill Receives an Ovation When lie Enters the II all. DECLARATION READ. Bust of Bryan Unveiled on the Platform. Star Spangled Banner Sunj Amid Great Enthusiasm. Kansas City, July 4. It Is the Fourth of July, and the opening day of the Democratic national convention. After all the heat and turmoil of preparation, the day is here all roads lead to Conven tion hall. Throughout the night there has been no sleep for the sky has been lurid and the sound deafening from rockets and cannon and every conceiv able device of noisy demonstration. And with the daylight the shock in creased into one long continued roar in which the patriotism of the day and the enthusiasm of the party are blended. The heat is still intense and the brisk breeze does not relieve the oppressive ness of the day. Early in the day the crowds began to turn toward Convention hall, and all the approaches to the vast edifice were filled with an eager and excited throng, surg ing toward the many entrances, and seeking to gain early admission to the building. With them aie bandst marching clubs and drum corps, and to the confusion .of their crash and hurrah was added the constant crack, boom, sizz of bombs and crackers as the con vention enthusiasts and the small boy vied with each other in celebrating the day. The surrounding streets presented the appearance of a state fair under full headway, with scores of tents and im provised restaurants, giving evidence that a good, share, of this sweltering mass which has descended upon the town is living upon sandwiches and lemonade. A huge tent, large enough to accommodate a two-ring circus, spreads its white wings opposite the main en trance to the building and dispenses foaming beverages to the weary and thirsty wayfarer, while next door a huge sheet poster announces that the "long-horned champion steer of Kan sas" can be seen inside. . Further away there are evidences of the desolation left . by the great fire which swept away the Convention hall, Just three months ago today, here the tall spire of a church -with the chancel a mass of ruins and there the debris of a school house, only the dignified facade remaining. CONVENTION HALL. The Convention hall itself at first glance looks crude and imperfect, but this only in its external ornamentation of cornice and column. The substantial elements of the structure are complete, ready to house the delegates and the le gion of onlookers in one of the most perfect convention halls ever offered to the gathering of a great party. The stars and .stripes snap proudly from a hundred staffs along the gable and at Intervals surrounding the structure, giving an idea of its vastness, 340 feet long and 198 feet wide. Only yesterday an army of men were busy removing the debris of construction and they have succeeded so well that there is not a vestige remaining. Squads of police men were early on the ground, keeping back the crowds and maintaining quiet. There was little disorder, however, for the crowds were good natured and pat riotism was tempered-with discretion. It was noticeable that a very considerable portion of the gathering throngs were made up of women, who profited by the warm day to put on their gayest rai ment, thus adding another element of color and beauty to the blaze of bunting everywhere apparent. INSIDE THE HALL. Inside the Convention hall the officials were early on hand to make final pre paration. The sergeant at arms gave a closing drill to the 3W) ushers under his direction, showing that they performed their duties with precision. The door keepers, messengers and pages were likewise drilled in their several duties and all was made ready for the rush soon to occur. The interior of the build ing presented a gorgeous spectacle of . color alike a tribute to the patriotic sen timent of the day and to the parcy about to assemble in convention. The disposal of flags, bunting and shields is quite effective, but here there is too great spread and tangle of steel to be subdued by patriotic devices. The great steel roof, supported by massive girders is partly obscured by flags looped into rosettes. The same scheme of flag ro settes makes a rim of color for the gal ,lery, 40 feet above, sweeping entirely ' around the hall. Lower down, the front of another gallery is naming with the coats of arms of 46 states and territor- : les, with here and there long streamers caught up into bows and rosettes, while just back of the platform is a box bearing the red. white and blue inscrip tion of the "New Tork high school boys." But the eyeleaves these details of color and rests on the ten magnif icent American flags, each 37 feet long, which are canopied from the top of the building to the sides, two of these mon ster emblems flanking the chairman's platform, like the wings of a stage. In the center of these what an opportunity is offered , for a coup d'oeil in this scheme of color with the portrait of the party's idol and coming nominee. But, strangely, it Is not here, and Chief Dec orator Baker explains that the national committee has forbidden the hanging of portraits of any living man. LIKE A GREAT BOWL. The auditorium is shaped like a great bowl with the presiding officer almost in the center, while the seats rise tier on tier on every side back of the remotest corner, of the building. In the hollow of this bowl, the real business is to be done, for here the delegates and alter nates are seated and the platform is located. The area for delegates is paved with stone, so there will be no sound of shuffling feet. The seats are arranged in a great oval, the side toward the plat form. The folding chairs for the dele gates and alternates make a little lake of yellow in the bottom of this bowl, marked here and there by the tall standards indicating the various state delegations. Raised about two feet above this stone area, the platform juts out into the lake of yellow like some cape in the sea. The platform is flanked on either side by the rows of pres3 seats, stretch ing back 200 feet in either direction. The platform itself presents evidence of ele gance, even gorgeousness and is far more elaborate than the counterpart at Philadelphia. Beneath the chairman's feet stretches a rich Turkish rug of crimson hue, while a great leathern seat is ready to accommodate the man who holds the gavel. Instead of a ta ble before him, the gavel falls on a strange wooden pedestal similar to those used in supporting a catafalque. The secretary of the convention has an other raised platform with a huge chair of leathern elegance, while the lesser of ficials, clerks and stenographers have the usual spread of pine before them. Altogether, the arrangements are ad mirable in their detail and combine to give them a perfect machinery for the transaction of the business of the con vention. STREETS PACKED. At 10:30 o'clock the streets surround ing Convention hall were densely pack ed and every minute added hundreds more to the eager, surging mass. Lines of wire cable had been thrown around the building, ten feet from the wall, to keep back the throng, and within this area policemen maintained a clear space while the tide of humanity pressed up to the cables and threatened to take the building by storm. The doors were not opened until late, as the doorkeeprs were being drilled, and there was no relief for the waiting multitude. Inside the building officials were shouting orders to their armies of attendants, pages and messengers were being sent to their stations, and the last details of preparation were being exe cuted. At 10:45 o'clock several of the doors were opened, and the great sweep of seats began to be filled with groups brs'pectators.Soon "lfie'"aislea leading from the public entrances became mov ing currents of men and women, hurry ing to the points of vantage. Gradually the huge circle took on motion, anima tion, color, and the hum of many voices echoed through the hall. An unusual number of ladies was in the assemblage, their bright summer dresses and pic ture hats vieing with the splendor of the decorations. It was evidently a free and pasy gathering, for a large propor tion of the men divested themselves of their coats and sat in shirt sleeves, mopping their shining faces and wield ing palm leaf fans. The state delegations were slow in putting in an appearance and at 11 o'clock the North Dakita contingent was the only one within the area reserv ed for delegates. From that time on. CONGRESSMAN JAMES E. RICHARD SON, OF TENNESSEE, Slated for Permanent Chairman. however, they began coming singlly and in pairs. But there was little opportun ity for heralding their arrival. The lead ers, however, were not among the early arrivals and the spectators looked in vain for the conspicuous figures of the party. Shortly after 11 o'clock the Third Missouri band of Kansas City, 45 pieces, broke out with a lively and inspiring air which brought a cheer from the crowd. But it remained for the strains of "Dixie" to call forth the first real demonstration of the convention hosts, cheer after cheer ringing through the building as the well known strains came to a close. Among the early arrivals who appear ed on the platform were Senator-elect "Joe" Blackburn. Governor Beckham and former Governor McCreary, of Ken tucky. They were given a cordial reception. They remained on the platform only a few minutes before taking their seats among the delegates. THE BANDS PLAT. At 11:10 the bands threw inspiration and patriotic fervor into the assembled hosts by playing the "Star Spangled Banner." As the strains of the patriot ic air rang through the hall, hundreds of the auditors rose and remained standing throughout the inspiring airs rendition. Even the national banners which everywhere arranged in gorgeous festoons over the steel frame work of the building seemed to flutter gaily In response to the music. James Hamilton Lewis, of Washing ton, faultlessly attired, entered the hall and was accorded a cordial receDtion. When the Hawaiian delegation enter ed the building at 11:30, headed by Prince David, a memher of the roval family or the Hawaiian islands, the members were greeted with applause. Closely following them came Senator Daniels, the brilliant and magnetic ora tor of Virginia, making his way slowly HON. WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN The Free SHver Champion of Lincoln, Nebraska. -i if ' fS' t I IHMIII I II HI I l HI I " t - . u , fpU! pi!.. f - - f V'rt - Si j XA ' . If I Li tm,ofT tViA ninfform nf t.lin rRmocr&tic riartv mav be. it will serve as a showajthe Ultima Thule of tlie Silver White jousek through the crowds on his crutches. As the crowds recognized him they broke into cheers and applause. Governor Mc Millin, who would not present his name to be used as a candidate for vice pres ident and Congressman Richardson of Tennessee, who is slated for permanent chairman, entered the hall together, the governor appearing particularly cool in the sweltering heat, in a white linen suit and Panama hat. As usual Mr. Richardson was attired in sombre black. As the hour of noon approached, the time at which the convention was to be called to order, people poured into the hall in living streams. With confusion comparatively slight, the immense con course was seated. Before the hour of noon was reached nearly every delegate was seated and the 11,000 seats in the hall were filled. CALLED TO ORDER. At exactly 12:02 p. m. Chairman Jones ascended the platform. As the wave of applause subsided Chairman Jones rapped vigorously and repeatedly, stilling the tumult, and then above the din his voice could be heard announcing: "The convention will come to order. The sergeant- at-artns will see that the aisles are cleared." Sergeant-at-Arms Martin advanced to the front and urged the crowds massed in front of the platform to take seats. Great disorder prevailed, the aisles were jammed with a shifting, noisy crowd of subordinate officials and intruders, and it took some time to se cure quiet. The first business of the convention was the reading of the for mal call by Secretary Walsh. THE CALL. The National Democratic committee, having met in the city of Washington, on the twenty-second day of February, 1900. has appointed Wednesday, the 4th day of July, as the time, and chosen the city of Kansas City, Mo., as the place for hold ing the National Democratic convention. Each state is entitled to a representation therein equal to double the number of its senators and representatives in the con gress of the United States: and each ter ritory, Alaska, Indian Territory and the District of Columbia, shall have six dele gates. All Democratic conservative re form citizens of the United States, irre spective of Tast political associations and differences, who can united with us in the effort for pure, economical and consti tutional government, and who favor the republic and oppose the empire, are cor Senator James K. , J w v-6 "f - -v " Copyright liiOO. Chairman of the Democratic Na-.ii.nal Committee who called the convention to order at noon today in the big hall at Kansas City, Mo. Democracy's Choice for the Presidency is 1 ' yy A - t s " . - X 2 isf' Vi,' Knigbt's ambition that sett of the dially invited to joirt. us in sending dele gates to the convention. OPENING PRAYER. " Chairman Jones now announced the prayer by Rev. S. M. Neel. The Rev. Dr. S. M. Neel, pastor of the Central Presbyterian church, Kansas City,- offered prayer as follows: Almighty God; God of our fathers we acknowledge thee to be our God. Our nation was founded In the faith and hope in Thee. Thy providence has pro tected and guided us in the past. Thy goodness haa made us great. We still recognize Thee as sovereign, and ac-' knowledge no other. We are dependent upon Thee. We look to Thee. Our hope is in Thee. Mercifully forgive our sins and guide us into all truth. May we never, as a nation, forget God. Com mand Thy blessing on the delegates of this convention. May they be men who fear God and work righteousness and be accepted of Him. Inspire them with an exalted patriotism and a broad statesmanship. Thou art moving among the nations of the earth. We have come to a crisis as to-our future policy as a nation. Illumine us by Thy spirit that we may have the power of vision to dis cern between right and wrong. As Thou hast guided us in the past be pleased, we humbly ask. to pilot us over the breakers now. Save us from the offense of approaching Thee only to have our views ratified. May we -come in all sincerity and humility to inquire what the Lord our God would have us do. Overrule our prejudices and render clear our judgments. Save us from the reproach that any power among us is almighty but the will of God as express ed in the voice of all the people. Merci fully preserve us from oligarchy and communism. May the principles of the golden rule prevail; may truth, justice, equality and libery be guarded with jealous care; Lord God Almighty make bare Thy arm, be Thou our God! Grant that what is done here may meet Thy approval! Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is- in heaven. We ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, amen. "Gentlemen will please be in order," said Chairman Jones, as the hum and bustle again broke loose after the prayer. "We must have quiet on the floor. Gentlemen of the convention, I have the honor to present to you the Democratic mayor of Kansas City, James A. Reed." Jones of Arkansas. V J "r ' K - - f 5 cn 1;. 4 - suptort for Mr. Brvan. This rjicture mighty known the world over as the A shout of applause went up as the slender form of Mr. Reed came to the front of the platform. He spoke de liberately and with a clear, resonant voice that easily penetrated to every corner of the hall. The first burst of applause that greet ed the mayor's speech of welcome came when he spoke of the universality of Democratic doctrine which had pene trated, he said, wherever liberty was known and loved. He dwelt at some length on the progress of the principles of the Democratic party, which origi nated, he said, when the liberty loving people of France and England came to tins continent for its larger growthand ultimate development. His allusion to the early leaders of the Democratic party, Jefferson and Jackson, evoked outbursts of cheers. He declared that Jefferson believed in expansion only as it made home lor American men upon their own continent. Dwelling at length on the progress made by the Democratic party in the cause of human rights, Mr. Reed grew impassioned in his eulogy of the good work done by it through all the years of its existence. A yell of applause greeted his an nouncement that the convention was gathered upon Democratic soil and as the guests of a Democratic constitu ency that had always been in the fore front of the political fights of the country. When he declared that, in the name of that Democracy he bid the visiting delegations welcome and prophesied certain victory at the polls In Novem ber, he was interrupted by loud cheers, and the applause when he finished was loud and long. The delegates and spectators had lis tened with attention but no very great enthusiasm to the address but heartily applauded the closing sentence. Sena tor Hill entered just at this time and the applause turned to him. CALLS FOR HILL. "Hill, of New York," "Hill, Hill," they shouted. But it was noticed that the New York delegation did not respond to the enthusiasm. Hill came with Elliot Danforth, of New York, and stopped at the row. Delegate John McMahon, of Rome, N. Y., arose and gave his seat to the ex-senator. Hill smiled and thank ed him. Meanwhile the crowd continued to yell for "Hill." "Let's hear Hill with a few hisses interspersed until the chairman finally rapped them to order. A few minutes later they renewed the call, but the audience was impatient to get on with the proceedings and showed their disapproval with hisses. When finally the chairman was able to make his voice heard, he introduced Governor Thomas, of Colorado, the tern porary chairman. A round of applause greeted Gov. x nomas as he ascended the platform. He looked the ideal pre siding officer, tall, dignified, black earbed. his face showing intellectuality and force of character. He held- in his hand the typewritten manuscript of his speech, and in full round voice, easily reaching to the. remotest corners of the building he began his address as tem porary chairman. The speech of Mr. Thomas will be found in full on the 7th page of this paper. His severe arraignment of the en trenched enemy, drew a ripple of ap plause and as he proceeded his well rounded sentences were puncuated with generous and hearty manifestations of approval. Despite of his strong voice, the confusion in the hall became so great that much of the speech was lost to the delegates and spectators. An in cessant hum went through the building mingled with the hustle of thousands of fans, the shuffle of countless feet of messengers and officials and the occa sional yell of some demonstrative spec tator. The audience grew fretful under the disorder and inability to hear and there were shouts of "louder." mingied ; with demands for order. Governor j Thomas proceeded boldly, however, and ; when above the racket he was heard to ! exclaim: "South .Africa" the crowd j caught the idea that he was paying a (Continue on Sixth Ti- 11 DEA Not a Single Foreigner Now " Alive in Pekin. That is the Latest Report Beaching Shanghai. GERMANY'S RETENGE. The Guards Attacked Tsung Li Tamen, Killing Many. Allied Forces Can No Longer Hold Tien Tsin. Chinese Army of 90,000 Men .Marching to the Attack. WAR IS DECLARED. An Imperial Decree Issued From Chinese Capital Urging People Everywhere to Take Up Arms. London, July 4, 12:52 p. m. "Not a single foreigner is now alive in Pekin," is the latest Chinese report which has reached Shanghai. Earlier reports from the same source describe the condition of the British legation as something awfuL It is said that the rooms of the legation were filled with sick and wounded, the killed lying unburied in heaps. It is believed that many mem bers and officers of the Tsung Li Ya- men perished when the German guard maddened by the murder of Baron von Ketteler, the German minister, set fire to the building. That the foreigners at the Chinese capital have been abandoned to their horrible fate seems no longer open to doubt in the light of the message re ceived by the Associated Press from Taku this morning announcing the de cision of the admirals regarding the hopelessness of further attempts to re lieve Pekin under the circumstances. The same " message foreshadows the aeuaiifiBaiftf. TieaJTsln by the interna tional forces, pending the arrival of a fully equipped army, and while the ar rival of a comparatively small garrison at Tien Tsin at a point under the pro tection of naval guna would relieve much of the anxiety, it is felt here that a retreat of the troops is liable to set aflame the provinces at present quies cent. Advices from Shanghai today say there Is continued fighting at Tien Tsin while the German consul at Che I'oo telegraphs to Berlin confirming the re port of the renewal of hostilities. He says the foreign settlement at Tien Tsin is again surrounded and is being bombarded, and that women and chil dren are to be removed. He adds that the Chinese troops have again advanced against the railroad and that the bridges have been destroyed, but that communication by water with Taku is maintained. The consul confirms the report that the mission buildings at Moukden have been burned and that many native Christians have been killed. LATEST FROM LEGATIONS. Shanghai, July 4. Another message from Sir Robert Hart, the Inspector of customs, dated Pekin, Monday, June 25, reiterates that the situation was then desperate, and that the Chinese troops were shelling the British legation, where all the members of the diplo matic body had congregated. London, July 4, 12:45 p. m.-'-A dis patch from Taku dated Saturday, June 30, and Che Foo, Tuesday, July 3, says that the British and Russian admirals at a council of war held on June 30, de cided that it was impossible to attempt to relieve Pekin without greatly in creased forces. They also concluded that it would be possible to hold Tien Tsin, but in the event of this not prov ing feasible they will endeavor to re tain possession of Taku. One hundred and forty thousand imperial troops are stationed between Pekin and Tien Tsin, while the total of the allied forces which can be concentrated at the present barely numbers 20,000. It is reported that General Nieh-Si-Chang is advanc ing for an attack on Tien Tsin with 90.000 troops. Another report has been received at Taku to the effect that the German guards rescued the body of Baron von Ketteler, the late German minister to China, after he was murdered by the Chinese. WAR IS DECLARED. New York, July 4. A dispatch to the Herald from Shanghai, July 3, says: The following imperial decree dated Pekin, June 25, has been sent by courier to Poa Ting Fu and thence telegraphed broadcast: "We are now warring with the for eigners. Boxers, patriots and people combined with the government troops have been repeatedly victorious In bat tles with our foreign enemies. We have already sent imperial commissioners to transmit the imperial praise and exhor tations to repeat these successes. "These must be menof similar patriot ism and bravery in all the provinces of the empire. We therefore command all viceroys and governors to enlist such and organize them into troops. "Let this decree be sent to all the high officials in the empire at the rate of 200 miles per day." High Chinese officials here stated today- that they had received a message from Pekin saying that 24 hours would decide the fate of the remaining foreign legations. Severe fighting continues around Tien Tsin. Admiral Seymour is reported to have been wounded in a pitched battle. Reports from the surrounding country show that proclamations urging the massacre of foreigners and native Christians have been posted on the walls of missions. RIVER CLEARED TO TIEN TSIN. London, July 4. 10:25 a. m. A dis patch from Taku, -dated Friday, June 29, and Shanghai, July 3, says a recon noitering party under Lieutenant Com mander Keyes of the torpedo boat Fame v; -v Tirfl At?i! ('Fetwpil th NQW City and the Port twelve miles from Taku on June 28. There was little or no op- DoBition. Two blue jackets were In jured by an exploslon.and many Chinese were killed. The river is practically clear from Taku to Tien Tsin. with the exception of a few sunken towboats and lighters. In the second attack on me easi arsenal on June 27, the Russians were required to retire for reinforcements. A; force of British, one company or jer mans and thirty Americans then en Eraeed the enemy, who with four guns made a determined resistance until the whole allied force supported the artil lery. The allies advanced and stormed the west end of the arsenal. Fifty Chinese were killed and the remainder retired. Lack of cavalry prevented the capture of the whole force. As soon as -the allies had occupied the arsenal fif teen hundred imperial troops made a flank attack from the city. The British and Russians soon drove them back. The British casualties number 5 killed and 21 wounded. The Americans haa onlv one wounded, the Germans two killed and five wounded, while the Rus sians lost seventeen killed and wounded. FOREIGNERS ORDERED OUT. Chee Foo, July 4. It is reported that all foreigners have been ordered out of Tien Tsin. The situation is consid ered desperate. The Chinese are push ing theirentrenchments under the walls. The railway between Tien Tsin and Lu Tai is in the hands of the Chinese. , PROBABLY ALL DEAD. London. July 4. Couriers who arrived at the seats of government of the south ern viceroys from their agencies in fe kin give vivid but fragmentary pictures of what is being enacted in the capital. These couriers seemingly left Pekin a day or two later than the messenger of Sir Robert Hart, the inspector general of customs, who started on the night of June 24. They report that the heads of some of the captured legation guards were being borne through the streets at the tops of spears, followed by zealots chanting "Tapi Yang Kuei Tse Tapi, Tapi." (Kill the foreign devils, kill, kill). The city's millions have been roused to patriotic fervor, breaking out into the wildest excess, while over half the city could be heard fighting around the legations. Sir Robert Hart's runner, who was In terviewed by the correspondent of the Associated Press at Shanghai, supple mented the tragic sentences of the dis patch he bore by a narrative of some things he saw. He says the foreigners were making a last stand in the exten sive buildings and enclosures of the British legation. They had many dead and wounded. Among them were some women and children. AH were short of food, even of the commonest necessar ies. The women were starving as they gave a part of their small allowance to the children. The foreigners, -nevertheless, were holding out under a terribln fire upheld by the hourly expectation o? relief. They knew they would not be abandoned and that the armies of their governments were advancing. Some times they thought they could hear ar tillery in action beyond the wall. They were unabJe to return the fire of the Chinese, exce-pt at moments when an assault seemed imminent. Then the machine guns and repeating rlf(e3 tore the storming parties to pieces. The mes senger expressed the belief that it would be impossible for the foreigners to re sist much longer, as the -Chinese were preparing to .batter down the walls of the court yard and the defenders' am munition was running low. Orders were given by Prince Tuan, the messenger says, that since some had been killed, not one other foreigner should be left alive. The Chinese soldiers were ex horted to sacrifice their lives without hesitation, if so doing .they could help exterminate the "Wang Kuei Tse." Extreme precautions had been taken to prevent the foreigners from com municating with any one outside th city, and a number of runners who haji been sent out were killed by the Chi nese. This messenger succeeded in get ting through by smearing his face and clothes with blood and joining in tha outcries against the"foreign devils." Ha passed the remains of foreigners of Ad miral Seymour's force who had been killed between Lang FaJig and Lo Fu. Their bodies had been cut to pieces and the heads carried at the ends of bam boos. A large army of Manchu Chinese im perial troops, with 20 guns, is reported to be advancing in the direction of Tier Tsin. Reliance is placed In Shanghai on most of the statements made by the messenger, as he is known to be faith ful to foreigners. The consular body at Shanghai Is of the opinion that the food and ammuni tion of the besieged legation forces at Pekin having become exhausted they must be dead, or imprisoned and that it would be futile to make desperate ef forts for their relief with an inadequate force. It is regarded at Shanghai as ap palling that nothing is being done for the relief of the besieged foreigners and that they should be abandoned to a hor rible fate. The inability of 1,600 men the latest estimate of the number landed to ad vance, is explained by the statement that the Chinese army between Tien Tsin and Pekin has been heavily rein forced, and that it has abundant artil lery" and numerous cavaJry, giving it large advantages over the allies. Re connoitering parties run a great hazard of being surrounded, captured, and pro bably executed by torture. A long de lay seems certain before an effective ad vance can be made. SIXJEAD. 25 to 35 Injured as Result of Gasoline Fxplosipn. Parkersburg, W. Va., July 4. At the Ohio river railroad shops in this city early today a yard engine running at a good rate of speed went through an ac cidentally opened switch and struck a large train of gasoline. One of the tanks took fire. A cannon ball was - fired through the remaining tanks of oil to let the fluid out. Instantly after the shot was fired one tank exploded. The smoke rose hundreds of feet into the air, and after it had cleared dead bodies were seen scattered here and there and injured were lying all over thesurround lng territory. The dead: J. H. HAMILTON, general superin tendent. BRADLEY REEVES, engineer. EDWARD SHANNON, telegrapher. YARDM ASTER CARR. MASTER MECHANIC LA LIME. CONDUCTOR BRADFORD. There are from 25 to 35 seriously in jured, somt fatally. M'KINLEY ACCEPTS. Will Attend Grand Army Reunion at Chicago. Chicago, July 4. President McKinley has formally accepted the lnvitationr extended him by the Grand Army of the Republic to attend the annual eiw campment in Chicago next month. !