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The Topeka state journal. [volume] (Topeka, Kansas) 1892-1980, October 29, 1900, LAST EDITION, Image 1

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Terrific Explosion in Business District of
New York.
Tarrant & Cos Wholesale Drug House
Blown Up.
One Hundred of the Firm's Employes Were
None Is Believed to Have Escaped From Building
The Shock Is Felt as Far as Wall Street, Blocks
Fire Follows, and Elevated Railway Station is
The Property Destroyed Includes Nearly an Entire
New York, Oct. 19. About half past 12
today lower Kew York was startled by
a booming sound which it developed
was an explosion in the building oecu
' pied by Tarrant & Co., wholesale drug-
k " feists. The fire department Immediately
responded to a call had rot reached the
pcene when three additional explosions
occurred, more violent than the first.
A column of debris and smoke and
flame was shot upward 300 feet. Per
sons in the vicinity say they saw human
bodies thrown up In the column of de
bris when the explosion occurred.
Four explosions occurred in rapid suc
cession. The Sixth avenue elevated
structure which passes the building is
demolished at that point. Windows in
the vicinity and for blocks around were
demolished by the concussion, and
houses across the street were probably
damaged. Calls were sent for ambu
lances. Five alarms of fire were turned In.
At 1 o'clock it was said that there
were fully 150 persons in the building at
the time of the first explosion and few
If any of them had time to escape. A
young man who gave his name as Har
ry Ross, said that he was standing on
the corner when the explosion occurred.
He was blown ten feet. When he picked
himself up he said he saw bodies flying
through the air and landing in the
flames. Three fire horses were so cut by
flying glass that they will probably have
to be shot. One fire engine was almost
completely demolished by falling walls.
It was said that 100 of the employes
in the building were girls. They were
' " on different floors when the tire broke
out and the explosion occurred. It is
hard to see how these girls could have
escaped. In a restaurant next door to
the drug store there were about 200 peo
ple eating their luncheon. Of these many
were injured and it is reported that a
Bcore or more of them lost their lives.
Up to 12:45 p. m., eleven injured per
sons had been taken to the New York
hospital. The police reserves from Old
Blip, Church street. Oak street and Eliz
abeth street stations were called out.
The first explosion occurred at 12:12 p.
m.. and took the roof of the building.
.The explosions sent debris flying
through the air and into the street
iwhere dozens of persona were injured.
All the ambulances from hospitals
eouth of Fifty-ninth street wera finally
called to the scene.
A lithographing establishment close to
Tarrant's place caught fire and the
flames spread to the Irving bank and to
two buildings across the street.
The Warren street station of the Ninth
avenue elevated railroad directly in
front of the drug establishment was
completely demolished and a number of
persons who were standing upon it
waiting for a train was blown to the
etreet and received serious injury. A
number of women escaped from the sta
tion, however, by waiking along the
plank platform at the edge of the track.
Several buildings at the rear of the
drug store were blown down. The flames
ppread with wonderful rapidity, until
the two blocks from Chambers to War
ren and from Washington to Greenwich
streets were soon on fire.
John M. Elliott, of Brooklyn, was sit-
- ting on the roof of the seven-story build
ing at 66 West Broadway, a block and a
half away from the explosion. He says
the force of the first explosion was di
rectly upwards for a matter of 30 feet.
MUqB tiie column of debris spread aud
fell downward. It took the roof off tha
building and he could hear the cries
and screams of injured people. Three
minutes later the third explosion, which
he said was the worst of all, came. It
Fhook the building where ha was and
debris fell about him.
Policeman Galvin was in the Immedi
ate vicinity of the fire when the first of
the series of explosions occurred. He
said a number" of firemen were blown to
death on the Warren street side of the
building. Ha said that he rescued one
of them, but that no one living could
have rescued the others.
Policeman Galvin said that in his be
lief net less than 200 persons will be
found to have lost their lives. This
was on account of the suddenness of
the explosion, which rendered it impos
sible for anybody who was in the build
ing at the time to escape.
The force of the explosion was heard
and felt down to Wall street and heavy
plate glass windows were smashed and
people thrown to the street a distance
of four blocks.
The employes of the Irving National
bank, wbos? building stand3 directly
across the street from Tart-ant's place,
were busily engaged at their desks at
the time of the explosion. The first of
the explosions came and not a clerk or
orficial of the bank but who was thrown
to the floor by the force of the concus
sion. Thinking that the building was about
to fall several of the officials ran for the
cash and had it taken out of the build
ing and to a place cf safety. The clerks
and other employes then made their
way to the sidewalk and ran. for places
of safety.
Every available physician and ambu
lance surgeon w ho could be reached was
called into service, and the various
stores which were not damaged by the
explosions were turned into temporary
hospitals for the care of the wounded.
It was only an instant after the nrsrt
of the explosions occurred when the ele
vated structure caught fire. Fortun
ately there was no train In the immediate
vicinity at the moment. The structure
was in a blaze for a distance of half a
block in less time than it takes to tell it.
Superintendent Skitt, of the Manhat
tan railway company, hearing of the
trouble, hurried to the scene in person
and with a gang of employes directed
them in an effort to save as much of the
structure as possible. The damage was
so great to the roadway that traffic can
not be resumed for some time to come.
John Weigand, who keeps a store at
4i Park Place, three blocks from the
scene of the explosions and fire, said that
his windows were not only blown in,
but that he was lifted clear from the
ground by the force of the concussion.
The crowds which gathered about the
scene were so great that the police were
for a time powerless to keep them in
order. Several lines were established
but the people appeared to be so beside
themselves that they broke through and
swamped the police. All the available
reserves from neighboring station houses
were called out and even then, the
crowds appeared for a time to get the
better of them. Reserves ambulances
were blocked by the immense crowds
which gathered by the thousands.
The building as it fell came out and
the elevated station was completely de
molished and hidden from view by de
bris. Much of the elevated structure
was carried away.
Joseph Beck, an employe of Tarrant &
Co., was seen after the explosion. His
head was swathed in bandages and his
right arm hung limp. He said that there
were about 200 girls in the building.
Many of them escaped on the fire es
capes. There were at least To, he said,
that could not possibly have gotten
away. The girls were all eating their
lunch at the time the fire started, he
He said Tarrant & Co., carried a large
stock. There was also a quantity of al
cohol and other explosive liquids stored
in the building. The building was also
used as a storage warehouse by R. W.
Pha!r & Co., who manufacture a patent
medicine, as well as W. J. Breitenbach
& Co., also manufacturers of medicines.
J. Dennison, the cashier of the Irving
to i Mil
bank, -was bruised and cut, H. C. Mack-
jo -squiooo -s pub eSuejo sBg; jo 'uji
Brooklyn were also injured.
The employes in the elevated railroad
station got out before the explosion, oc
curred. At 12:50 p. m., two explosions;
occurred in the building occupied by J.
H. Mohleman & Co., grocers, in Green
wich street. The entire block on Wash
ington street, from numbers 253 to 263
was burning at 1:15 o'clock. Soon after
the fire seemed to be giving way to the
efforts of the firemen and the lower half
of the block below Warren street seemed
in a fair -way to be saved from destruc
tion. At that time it was not possible
to tell if any of the firemen were miss
There was report that Assistant
Chief Kruger and 15 men of No. 10
truck were missing. The firemen were so
busy and the confusion was truch that
nothing certain could be learned.
The streets for several blocks were
strewn with broken glass and ' other"
debris and blood v.-as spattered in every
direction, showing that there must have
been many persons in the vicinity at the
time who, were injured by failing glass.
From an unofficial source it was said,
that the fire etarted on the third floor
of the buiidiiig, which was a four-story
structure. Immediately a column of
white smoke, shot up through the roof.
This column of smoke was followed by
an explosion which shook the entire
building, lifting the roof completely off
and tearing away part of the front wall.
Nobody up to this time has been found
who saw any of the employes leave the
building. The force of the explosions
shook the very foundations of the build
ings in the vicinity, and was felt clear
down to Wall street, where it was
thought that another earthquake had
The first alarm of fire was carried into
an engine house close to the building
where it started. Fire Captain Devanny,
who was in command, and his men hur
ried out and coupled their hose to the
hydrant under the elevated structure
and alongside the building which was on
fire. The minute he saw what sort of a
fire it was he turned in a second alarm.
Then came the explosion. The firemen
saw the building coming down, and fled
for their lives. Four were injured. The
engineer, Kockberry, was seriously hurt.
So was Captain Devanny. Both were
taken to a hospital. Firemen Brown
and Dillon were also injured. The en
gine had to be abandoned. Captain De
vanny's successors sent in a third alarm
and then a fourth and. a general call
for ambulances. The engines were then
ordered from half a dozen or more sta
tions. A girl employed near the Tarrant
building declared that the girls were at
their luncheons on one of the upper
floors. She knew they could not have
The Rev. Martin Luther, of the Wil
son memorial chapel, who was within
a block of the scene of the accident
when the explosion 'occurred, had a re
markable escape. He was on his way
from the Franklin street ferry to attend
the noon meeting at the John Street
Methodist church. He was suffering
from a wound in the head as a result of
trying to hold a horse which had been
knocked down by a truck.. He was
kicked in the head. "My experience," he
said, "was one which I will never for
get. I came up Franklin street from
the ferry and turned down Washington
street to Warren. I had just turned
the corner into Warren street when the
first explosion occurred. When the sec
ond and terrific crash came I was in
the middle of the block between Green
wich and Washington streets, on the
south side of the street. '
"Just before the great explosion I had
been directly opposite the burning build
ing looking at the fire and the people
escaping down the fire ladders. Had I
remained in that position a few mo
ments longer I w ould have been killed.
I consider my escape an act of Provi
dence. "When I first arrived on the scene there
was a dense black smoke pouring out of
the windows of the burning building.
As I looked men and women were be
ing assisted out by the firemen and
were coming down the ladders. There
was a noise from the interior of the
structure and a white smoke began to
pour out. Just before that I left the
front of the building and went down
that block. Everyone on the escapes
seemed to have been rescued and so far
as I could se there was no one on the
escapes when the explosion occurred.
"As I looked one man appeared at
one of the tipper windows. His face
expressed bclh agony and fear. The
smoke almost shut him out from the
view of those in the street.
"'Go up to the roof. For God'3 saka
go up.' the crowd shouted.
"The man left the window. A few mo
ments later the big explosion occurred
and I believe he perished. It seemed to
me that the whole building was carried
up into the air only to break into a thou
sand pieces to come down on the pave
ment and houses, bringing death and
destruction. There was a slight sound
before the explosion and then with a
flash and noise that shook the ground
the building went up.
"I was standing near a building and as
there was a break in the crowd I darted
through and got just inside the shelter
of the doors when tha glass in the win
dows of the building crashed in and the
glass fell all about me.
"The crowd stampeded down the
street. Women and men fell over one
another and to add to the excitement
of the scene, the truck horses stamped
ed. There was a great number of trucks
in the vicinity and as it was the noon
hour, many of the horses had their feed
bags over their heads. At Greenwich
street they blocked the street. Those
that had fallen were kicked and run
down by the others trying to get past. I
tried to get to one of the horses which
was not injured but which had fallen. I ;
made an effort to get him on his feet,
but was kicked in the head."
It is learned that Teller Dunlap of
the Irving bank was not killed. He
was however, seriously cut about the
face and head.
Edward Bradley and his wife, em
ployed by J. Carroll, printer, 49 Murray
street, were on their way to lunch when
the explosion occurred. They were in
the doorway of the building. His wife
was a few feet back of him. He heard
her shriek for help and looked around
but the place where she had been was
covered with debris. He is certain she
was killed. The folloxving injured per
sons have been attended at the Hudson
street hospital:
Peter Wilson, porter in building, cut
about head and face.
Fireman Mason, cut about face, hands
and arms.
Henrietta Gorman (was in Tarrant
building), cut about head and face and
Internal injuries, may die. ,
Antonio Massa, legs crushed.
James Donnison, cashier of the Irving
National bank, cut about face, injured
in the back.
E. L Acker-man, messenger at Irving
National bank, cut about face and
Michael Schneidfer (in Tarrant build
ing), cut about face and hands.
Cornelius Donavan, arm cut and
crushed; was in building.
Frank Case, face, hands and arms cut.
Joseph Brunner, (in building), injured
face, hands and head; will die.
Otto Kindler, cut by flying glass.
Wrm. T. Tennison, Irving National
bank, cut by falling glass.
Henry Parkey, cut about head, face
and body.
Wm. A. Corbett, hurt in Irving bank
by falling glass.
Policeman M. R. Kelly, burned about
hands, feet and legs while rescuing peo
ple at 280 Greenwich street.
Joseph Maskey, burned about hands
and face.
Daniel Carmody, legs crushed.
Joseph Ferrin, cut on hands and head.
John L. Allen.Jr., cut about head.arms
and body.
Mortimer Jones, burned about head
and face.
Madolina Hannan, cut about face and
hands. ,
Frank Lang, burned about arms and
Joseph) Dufrln, cut about head.
Frank Schuman, cut about the head.
Joseph Miller, cut about the head.
Andrew Sico, burned about arms and
Lena Douglas, burned about face and
hands. i -
Moses Abraham, cut on head.
Frank Brown, cut on head.
Joseph Mulkern, cut about arms.
Joseph Daken, a waiter in the Home
made hotel, 2S4 Greenwich street, badly
burned and cut about the "face, arms,
hands and entire body; condition critical.
Mrs. Bishop and two daughters, wife
and children of a hotel proprietor, are
missing. It is believed they w'ere killed.
At 3:15 the. fire was still burning, but
at that time it was believed to be under
The Property Destroyed Included
Nearly an Entire Block.
New York, Oct. 29. One of the most
destructive explosions in the history of
this city occurred a little after noon to
day, in the building occupied by Tar
rant & Co., wholesale druggists a.t
Greenwich and Warren streets. Tha
force of the explosion wrecked adjoining
buildings and the Irving bank across tfce
street. The station of the Ninth Avenue
Elevated Railway company at Warren
street was badly damaged and the road
was blocked so that it will be impossible
to resume traffic for some hours. The
police report that a number of people
lost their lives in the explosion but up to
3 o'clock no dead bodies Yiad been recov
ered from the ruined buildings and it
was impossible at that time to make
anything like an accurate estimate of
the number of lives lost. A great many
injured were taken to the nearest hos
pitals. The building was on fire about
five minutes before the first explosion
occurred and there were a number of
firemen near it when the walls blew out
and it is feared, some of these were kill
ed. The reports as to the occupants of
the building including about 125 working
gins are connicting Dut it is believed
that the greater number of them escap
ed. The property destroyed Included near
ly an entire block.
T. M. Coghlan, employed by the firm
of W. O. Sexton & Co., said he saw two
men and a woman on the top floor of tha
Tarrant building just after the fire
broke out. They were frantically appeal
ing for help. They were at the window
when the building collapsed and fell
back into the ruins. There is no doubt
of their fate.
At 3 o'clock rumors concerning the
loss of life were many and various but
none of them could be verified. At that
time it was reported that Lena Spritt,
one of Tarrant's employes was killed in
the street by falling brick.and that Pay
ing Teller Dunlap of the Irving bank,
had been killed in the street by falling
debris. Neither report could be confirm
ed. E. Franka, who is a bookkeeper for
M. J. Breitenbach & Co., who were in
the Tarrant building, said that Thomas
F. Main, president of Tarrant & Co.,
and secretary of the New York College
of Pharmacy, and Mr. Allen, a mem
ber of the firm, were in the building,
but escaped with slight injuries. He
says that the majority of Tarrant &
Co.'s employes also managed to get
Wm. T. Temple, 58 years of age, a but
ter broker, was crossing the street at
West Broadway and Chambers street,
when he was run into by a runaway
team of fire truck horses. He was
knocked down and received serious in
juries. When Captain McCluskey, chief of the
detective bureau, reached the scene of
the disaster, he was asked by officials
of the Irving bank to have his men
watch the bank. They told him that
their teller had seized the funds of the
bank and thrown them into the vault,
but that the vault was unlocked. As
soon as it was safe Captain McCluskey
put men on guard and they found the
vaults open and that the clerks and tel
lers in their excitement had not put the
funds in the vault. There was money
scattered about everywhere. The funds
were hastily gathered and thrown into
the vault, which was then locked se
curely. YATES IS SICK.
Republican Candidate For Governor
of Illinois Cancels Dates.
Chicago, Oct. 29. Judge Richard
Yates, Republican candidate for gov
ernor of Illinois, was taken ill last even
ing in this city. The physician who
was called to attend Mr. Yates said it
would be impossible for his patient to
attend any meeting today, but with care
he might be able to appear at the Ham
ilton club meeting in the Auditorium,
where he is billed to speak tonight.
"The illness of Judge Yates is not se
rious," said the doctor. "He simply has
a bad cold. If he is careful of himself
for a few days and will take the rest
that is absolutely necessary he will be
able to continue his canvass."
American Ship Long Overdue.
San Francisco, Oct. 29. No news con
cerning the American ship Wachusetts
was brought by the steamer Gaelic from
Honolulu, and in consequence the hope
of the ship ever reaching her destination
is even less than before. The Wachu
setts is now out 168 days from New
castle, N. S. W., for Kahului, and 90 per
cent, reinsurance is offered upon her.
After Many Months.
Youngstown, O., Oct. 29. The Ameri
can Iron and Tube company, the local
plant of the National Tube company re
sumed operations in full today after a
shut dowa&i m2.ny months. The works
employ 400 hands.
JEED $20,000,000
Estimates For Hi vers and Har
bors Made Up.
List of Places to Be Improved
and the Cost.
Expense Will Be Augmented by
New Possessions.
Porto Bico Alone Will Require
Washington, Oct. 29. The important
subject of coast defense is the one con
sidered in the annual report of J. M.
Wilson, chief of engineers. Generally
speaking, he reports most gratifying
progress in the effleeution of the various
projects during the last fiscal year. Be
cause the report included the fiscal year
only, the subject of the destruction of
the Galveston defenses by the Septem
ber hurricane is left for treatment in a
subsequent report. .
Some of the points of interest treated
by General Wilson are as follows: The
torpedo system has been under careful
study by expert officers in the light of
the experience gained during the Spanish-American
war, but so far only minor
changes have been proposed. Up to the
present thirty localities have been se
lected for defense on the coast. No for
mal projects were added to the list dur
ing the past year, but preliminary pro
jects have been framed for the defense
of the entrance to Chesapeake bay, and
the defense of several other localities
is under consideration. Attention has
been given to the subject of coast de
fenses for Porto Rico and the Hawaiian
islands, and in view of the importance
of these island possessions, General Wil
son says active measures for their de
fense is deferred no longer.
A detailed project for the defense of
the harbor of San Juan, Porto Rico, in
volves an estimated expenditure of $1.
800,000. Preliminary projects for Pearl
harbor and Honolulu are also already
available and ready for execution as
soon as congress shall appropriate the
funds. The great changes in the char
acter of guns and armor and ships eince
the Endieott board framed the coast
defense plans now under execution have
involved corresponding changes in those
plans. The tendency toward reduction
in the calibre of guns together with the
adoption of a successful type of disap
pearing gun carriage for 12-inch guns,
has rendered unnecessary the armor for
forts originally planned, and now in use
in Europe. There has been a reduction
also in the number of mortars and a
considerable strengthening of the bat
teries of secondary guns owing to the
development of the rapid-fire type, al
most unknown at the time the Endi
eott board made its plans. These
changes have resulted in marked econ
omies, without sacrifice of the strength
of the defenses and they will be con
tinued. The war with Spain had the effect of
hastening the work on the coast defenses
and now ten years after the work be
gan in earnest the chief engineer is able
to report that 50 per cent, of the work
is complete. Twenty-five of the prin
cipal harbors of the United States now
have a sufficient number of heavy guns
and mortars in place to offer an effect
ive defense against naval attack. Ex
isting projects contemplate the mount
ing of about 4S0 guns for seacoast de
fense, of S50 rapid-fire guns and aDnut
900 mortars, at an approximate total
cost of $5000,000. Vp to the present
time provision has been made for the
emplacement of 309 heavy guns, 368 rapid
fire guns and 372 mortars. The arma
ment placed during the war in tempo
rary emplacements will be transferred in
time to permanent works, but the tem
porary works will be held in reserve for
an emergency.
Attention is invited to the urgent
need for an increase of the artillery arm
of the service, which is now too small to
take care of the costly and complex de
fense works.
During the past year negotiations have
been in progress for the acquisition of
fortification sites in Boston harbor (two
sites), ? arragansett Bay (two sites).
New York harbor (extension of Fort
Wadsworth), Port Royal, S. C, San
Francisco, and Rich Passage, Puget
Sound, but the proceedings are slow,
owing to legal difficulties. The moat
Important sites are those at Boston and
one in New York harbor, rendered nec
essary by the construction of the pro
posed deep water entrance. The report j
gives a concise statement of the work
United States Senator Sewall, of New Jersey, Says the
Paramount Issue Is to Preserve Present Conditions.
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United States Senator William J. Sewell of New Jersey announces himself
unqualifiedly in favor of McKinley's re-election. He declares our prosperity de
pendent upon the tariff, monometallism, expansion and commercial combina
tions, and characterizes the Democratic objections to those bulwarks of Repub
licanism as so many bugabocs. Senator Sewell openly accuses Col. Bryan of re
sponsibility for our losses in the Philip Mms.
accomplished at each defensive point
during the past yes.r.
General Wilson ir.akes an earnest plea
for the reinforcement of the engineer
corps, which has been overtaxed by the
additional .work required on account of
the addition of new territory.
The second section of the report treats
of the river and harbor improvements of
the country, for which estimates for the
fiscal year ending 1902, aggregating $20,
000. OiiO, are submitted, to which are
added J200.000 for surveys and contingen
cies, J3.890.000 for the Mississippi river
commission, $1,040,000 under the Mis
souri river commission, $15,000 under the
California debris commission, and $72,
SOO to prevent deposits in New York
harbor. - The expenditures for the year
ending 1900 were $18,485,298. which does
not include $125,000 paid the Eads es
tate for maintaining the Jetties at the
mouth of the Mississippi and $61,000 for
surveys and an examination for a canal
from the great lakes to the Atlantic.
The report is a review of all the work
done during the fiscal years and refers
especially to a number of important
subjects, especially the Chicago drain
age canal. Pearl harbor and the pro
posed memorial bridge connecting
Washington and Arlington. Of the Chi
cago drainage project the report says
that all the interests affected can not
be satisfied, and the report must be re
ferred to congress for ultimate settle
ment. As to the lowering of the water
lever 'of the lakes. General Wilson saya
that investigations made under the di
rection of the deep waterway commis
sion and by others may furnish data
upon which further consideration of tha
question may be based.
Among the estimates above $23, (KO for
the river and harbor works next year are
the following:
Bayous Planuemlne. Grand River
and Pigeon Bavous, La $ 210.000
Mouth and passes of Calcasiue
river. La 33. 0V)
Harbor of Snbine Pass. Texas.... 35'..i'l
Galveston harb.r, Tfxaa tO.iOO
Galveston ship canal and Buffalo
bavou, Texas 3"0.il
Month of Brazos river. Texas 12J.W0
Br.iz s riv r, between Vclasco and
Richmond .1
Arkansas Puss, Texas 25".''t
Red River. La.. Ark., and I. T 135,lM
Ouachita and Ulack rivers, Arkan
sas and Ijuisi ma 40, 0 0
Yazoo river. Mississippi 60,(XO
Moti'h of Yazoo and Vicksburg
harbor. Miss. . . 610,000
Moving obstructions, Arkansas
river So.OOO
Improving Arkansas river SVo
Upper W hite river. Arkansas 1O0.0OJ
Mississippi liver between Ohio and
Missouri rivers 750,000
Mississippi river between Missouri
river and St. Paul. Minn 750,(00
Reservoirs headwater of Missis
sippi liver 222,500
Missouri river, between Stnhbs
Ferry. Mont., and Sioux City, la. &,J0
Cumberland river. Tennessee, and
Kentucky below Na.shvilie f,-tf n o
Oninbt rland river above Nashville fcOj.OJO
Tenness.ee river above Chatta
nooga rn.0'0
Tennessee river below ChatTanoi ga. 6"Vfif)
Kentucky river. Kentucky JSOjO)
Chicago harbor, Illinois loo.mO
Chicago river. Iiilpois 75 Oh
Calumet harbor. Illinois SO 0 ry
Calumet river, Illinois and Indiana. 6".0 n
Illinois ilv r, lliin. is Su.tV)
Illinois and Mississippi canals, Illi
nois 1.000 fOO
San Hifgo habnr, California Zi.0
isan j-'efiro naroor, aiiLornia no.stou
San t.uls Obispo harbor, California 75 ''")
Coquille river, Ort gon f.r,.(0
Siuslaw river, Oregon 35 0OJ
Canal at Cascades, Columbia riv
er. Oregon 0,000
Willamette river,, above Portland,
Oreeon 30,000
Columbia river and lower Will
amette, below Portland. Ore 325,000
Mouth tr the Columbia river, Ore
gon and Washington Rno.noo
Grays harbor, Washington 2 5 (I )
Puget Bound and tributary waters 25, 0)
Olympia ahrbor 25.0u0
Waterway connecting Pupet S und
with Lakes Union and Washing
ton 325.000
Snohomish Slough, Washington .. aft . 00
Kverett harbor iO.ooO
The estimates under the Mississippi river
commission are $3,V.H).0o0 and include the
Harbor at New Orleans SO'l.ooo
Red and Atanhafalaya rivers &0.uuO
Natchez harbor ajid Yidalia har-
b'jr 350.001
Memphis harbor 20u,UuO
Missouri river commission from
Sioux City to the mouth of the
Missouri '. 3,000.000
Under the head of miscellaneous one
of the items is for the sum of $2,661,000
for the Knglish system and $,,1l,3.'!7 for
the American system of filtration of the
water supply of the national capital.
Another item is $:iKO.Ooo for Improve
ments in the Yellowstone National park.
A Cyclone Near Wichita Ends a Life
and Does Other Damage.
Wichita, Kan., Oct. 29. At 10'elock
last night a cyclone struck some farm
buildings in Gypsum township, ten miles
from W ichita. John S. Moore, a farmer,
was killed and his brother seriously in
jured. Weather Indications.
Chicago, Oct. 29 Forecast for Kansas:
Threatening tonight and Tuesday, with
possibly showers east portion; variable
A Majority of Colleries la
llazleton District
llesume Operations With Full
Force of Men.
Some Companies Hare Not Yet
Posted Notices.
In Other Cases Complete Under
standing Not Keachcd.
Hazleton, Pa., Oct. 2S. Opcrationa
were resumed this morning at a ma
jority of the collieries In the Ilazlctoa
district, and they wi!l be continued In
full blast for th? next two month..
The strike is still on at the mines of
the LehiKh and Wilkeslmrre Coal com
pany, located at Audonreid. Honey
brook and tire-n mountain. One of tha
ofiicials of the company paid this morn
ing that the company had lnf"rineil
the men that it would abolish the slid
ing scale and aree to pay the 10 pfr
cent, increase until April 1, mid thejr
did not know why they refused to re
port. The mine workers claim thut they;
want a written guarantee in thla re-
The Oneida and rorinRer collieries .f
Cox Pros. & Co. are also id It Ikthuwi
of some misunderstanding on account
of the notices posted by the company.
All hands will probably lie ut work to
morrow. The only othfr colliery thut
did not resume In the one et M ilnesvll l
where no dmundn have n grant i
at ail. I'.efore the strike b.-un thin
company threatened to abandon thm
mine, and it scms th threat will li'i
carried out. Alx-ut p'fl strikers loun.l
themselves out f work at the l-atpip-r
colliery cf C. Purd- e K- Co. Twenty
five of these men, the Hrm claims, k 't
thir settlement in full when tin y unit
and were no longer cons!irod mp!ov
so their places were tilled by itlnt
this- morning. The other "." were sent
home because of the n handonlng of this
Buck Mountain vein by the ill -in. whu
say that operation of thin part -f 1 h
workings will be unprofitable 011 account
of the 10 per cent, increase. Th" u
men employed at Tyler At McTurk'n
Stockton WHchery refused to work be
cause they allege they w rr ofYered cviily
a 5 per cent. Inciease in wage, instead
of 10, which they expected.
A. Pardee & Co. having filled tti
placen of six "lokle" runner, the minor
refused to go ba k to work ut "i an horrv
until their runners wpn reinstated, and
in consequence the colliery Ik Mle. len
eral Superintendent Pardee loeoivrl 11
committee of the men and has lt) mat
ter of reinstatement under consnn 1 :i
Republican County Central Com
mittee Dodges tho Crowd.
The threatened row In the Kcptibliran
county central committee ftait averted
Saturday afternoon by the members of
the committee who quietly retired to 11
secluded room near the roof of the nil
court house, giving the nowd ut ll pub
licans who were looking for a tiianie t J
get after Mr. Ijurimcr, the "slip."
There were ft'mient tntitteiincs "f
discontent amung some of the old sol
diers who w t re preseht waiting the ar
rival cf the committee in the old court
room. Put the committee never came.
The members by one, twos and thiee
went quietly up to the room w hielj wa
constructed from the jld gallery In tha
court house and there held the meeting.
In the meantime the men wh' wif
looking around in the hope (,f nniilnc a ti
opportunity to rnak" an f fl'uit to sustain
A. K. Itodyers and humiliate ('hair-man
Larimer paced nervously up Hnd do ri
the stairs from the first to the serontl
floor looking for the committee meet
ing. Hut the committee escaped discovery.
The meeting was hurried through un I
an adjournment was effected within a
few moments after the meeting T,
called to order.
When the committee adjourned tail
left the room on tho third floor of 1 tie
building it was necessary to pas
throuch the hall from w hh li rntiancet
the old court room is gained. There tl.e
men who were waiting for hostilities t
open were sitting. When Ihev saw th
memtters of the committee tiling dim 1
stairs, the "knockers" realized that their
opportunity ha 1 been stoh n mol that
the prt sent head of the count y commit
tee will receive no disciplining until af
ter the election at w hieh time t he friend 4
of Mr. Rodgeis announce that Mr. Iaii
mer will be brought to lime.
When the county committee m t Sat
urday afternoon Chairman larim r pre
sided as usual. ieor);e v. Crape made
a brief statement In whleh he (ailed at
tention to the charges which bad be. n
made. Jn his remarks Mr. Ciane h's.
suggested that if the members of t
committee desired further littht on thi
ubject it might be weil to have a Ktale
ment concerning them.
No one asked for additional informa
tion, whereupon Mr. Crane Ktiir;.l
that an adjournment was advisable. Mr.
Crane and Matt sWctghtman divided t hi
responsibility of the motion to adjourn,
which was carried without a disheriting
vote. Then the mrmiers of the ejiimh
tee left their lair and tiled quutly tlovt 11
the stairs Into the street.
This meeting was an executive -s-slun
of the committee, during which, the
county headquarters were w-curtiy
The only new feature In ronneetiori
with the Ijirlmer-KodK-rH com ro rvv
assured for the future the anriotiret
ment by one of Mr. Koiiirors mixt Inti
mate f! lends to a Jatate Journal reporter
this afternoon, in vol'. is us follows:
"There will be ro furl her il 1st 111 banee
over the quarrel between the two ineit
until after the election. Mr. Ilmlcu
will not make a move now , fearing int
an additional omarrel rmtht injure ih-
party vote in Shawnee t;oun!v. How
ever. Bfter electron Mr. KoOKers wiil
brine Mr. I.p.vbner t time."
"Will there be a suit for lihei faitit
Larimer, or what steps will be taken.''
queried the reporter.
- "We will not now state what Is pro
posed to be done, but I w ill add that th
matter will he thoroughly mred. 'I'll. r
is no truth in Larimer chatir-s. an t
we will prove what we eny to the en
tire satisfaction of evrrybwiv."
"What will Larimer fee doing? He
claims he can prove the rhaiges," Rug
gested the reporter.
"Well, he can't. There' no truth in
thern. and we will show him up befor
w pet threurh with this matttx."

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