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Jlundreds of Houses Burned — Prob
ahhi Work of Incendiaries.
Ottawa, May 10.— little before 3 o'clock this
afattWMOJ a fire alarm report was sent In from
r . point near Albert-st.. where pome of J. K.
jV>oth's lumber piles are. Within fifteen min
ute*, while the tire brigade was »t work, nn
othc-r alarm was sent in from the lumber piles
near Somerset-st, The whole (Jre brigade was
tawed out. Police Chief Powell was promptly
on hand, and made four arrests, one of the pris
rne-rs being "Tom" White, who was recently re
laaaei from Che penitentiary after serving five
jears for setting lire to a church. "When ar
rested be said That he intended t<> destroy
AH Hintonburg and Rochesterville. and some
*even million feet of lumber are already de
ftroyed. and over one thousand families are
without h"mps.
A number of the residents of Rochesterville
eri Hintonburg are missing, and one fireman
waa killed. The fire is still raging:, but Ottawa
proper is aat in danger.
Three years ago the Hull tire csaaaef the
Ottawa River and devoured a large section of
the territory already consumed by the present
r>* The Capuchin Fathers' Church is burned,
and also several other churches. Martin &
"VTaraock/s mills have been burned, and the fire
is working its way to Britannia Bay, devouring
the dry grass and the trees in its passage. The
total loss will amount to at least $500,000.
Kwa llf all the people made homeless had no
insurance, and are left in almost absolute pov
erty. The 43d Regiment and the Governor Gen
ersu's Guards were called out, and are on duty
to protect the property of tho.ee who have suf
fered by the fire.
Flames Blazed for an Hour with Nothing
to Check Them.
tßy The Associated P11&.1
Ottawa. Ont., May 10.— A fire, thought to be
at hwifnilarr origin. "this afternoon and evening
destroyed hundreds of houses and millions of
fe?t af lumber in this city. John While, who
has just been released from the penitentiary
after serving a term of imprisonment for arson,
•M caught near where the fire -was first dis
covered. He was taken to a police station and
•will be charged with starting to-day's con
To-day's fire originated within a stone's throw
of where the great Hull fire of April 26. 1900.
was checked. The Hull fire started on the op
posite s=fde of the river and spread to the Ot
tawa side, destroying: millions of dollars' worth
of property. ft burned out near where the-Ot—
tav.-a aai Parry Sound Railway enters the
*«=:tfrv part of the city, and it was in the lum
ber yards near the railroad that to-dsy'F fire
Two lasjrs before the principal fire started two
■■altar blare? v ere discovered and quickly ex
tinguished in the lumber yards near the Cana
dian Pacific Railway. It was 3:30 when the |
thinj wa* discovered. "When the brigade ar- j
rived at the scene it was found that the water |
main had been damaged and that no water could ;
he obtained. When the brigade did get water j
Ibe fir* a* utterly beyond its control. It j
pwopt along over the s^me ground that the j
former fir? had gone. th» ooty difference being: \
That it -was going, in the opposite direction. i
Trior*- is i larce cliff which extends from the j
Ottawa River on to the corner of Margaret and ;
Proton sts.
The tire area was on the flats below the cliff. ;
White the tire was burning fiercely among the ;
lumber piles the whole brigade of the city. I
■phi.h hsd i.<-«n summoned waa forced t<-> re- |
main i<i\r-.
For an hour not ■ drop of water was thrown
onto ;fce lamrfi A p*MT southwest wind was
bloving, and by tbe Hhk tlk- water main had
bwi 1 1 p«li r (1 the lumber jrarda were, ■ mass of
clowjng coals. From the lumber yards the
flames ainai to a group of rrasae houses on
the outskirts of the city, formerly known as
r.nrheriervllle. but whi^h is now united to the
city. Every hoiis* in the IHtle settlement waa
Another hisnher yard in a ihinly nettled pec
tion northeast of Rochesterville was swept by
the fire in an incredibly short time. This brought
the fi™» to the wic thickly settled sections.
After leaving the lumber pflea the flames
fv-pt over Pine-st.. which runs east and west;
ieva Willow. Poplar, Aaicraan, Eckles, Somer-
Mt. Spruce. Elm. Kajlf. Albert and on to the
Richmond road. or. properly speaking. Welline-
T<-,ri-Et.. where it was stopped a short distance
from the Canadian Pacific Railway Ftation
At 6 p. rr.. it was feared that the fire would
s«t over the cliff, on the top of which is St.
Jeaa Baptiste's Church. In the rear and a short
distant back from the church is the residence
pf ?he late DavM Mil!?. The family began mov
ing out at 6 p. m., and the hearse waa in readi
ness to f) ve the body of the distinguished Ca
nadian, ,uld the necessity arise. The fire
ssen. however, succeeded in keeping back the
flames. ,
F;fi^-n million feet of lumber was destroyed.
It belonged chiefly to J. R. Booth, and was *>I<L
The laaa on the lumber will be about *3<*>.ooo.
The buildings burned were principally dwelling
houses and stores. They were all buiit since the
iast preat fire, and were either solid brick or
trick veneered, as the city would not permit or
•ny other kind being erected. „-..)
The Ice? on the buildings is estimated at vari
rms figures to-nitrht. Mayor Cook said that
there were from .TOO to 000 families homeless,
or about 2,000 individuals. All the owner? are
supposed to be well insured.
The. Mayor said the city would oppose any
»id being asked from outside Canada per
■oajawy he tbo-eht that the city should grappe
with the f!tuat. without any appeal for out
ride help.
Missing Man Sent Here by German Parents
To Be Disciplined.
Lotijar Wiedmax.n. twenty-eight year. old. the
•on of a German physician and surgeon, who has
for tbe last three montht boarded at No. 413 East
fiixtleth-st- has been reported as miesing *mc«
May 6 to the police. It hi believed that h, com
mitted suicide in a fit of despondency.
Paol Daun. of the same address. «y» thai «lea
raann 1. the son of wealthy parent* In Germany.
Th*t *£out a year a«o he was sent to tblscouniry
f or s, course ot disciplining, aa he had been wild
tathatMcountry. Lately his *^«-«*» ba< > ££
been scat to him. and b* became d*«perat*. Jnc«
Wiedmann had bought poi^n wlih which he 1»
n ,i,.(» to raaaawt suicide
One* contracted, hard to bre»k- Anyof «^ k ££
daily trmJn« to Buffalo will Kive it to you. TicKeis.
w» an* Ll» B«>a4w*y.— Advt.
Rigid. Prosecution of All Diamond
S m ugglers Promised.
In the future every person who is caught
smuggling diamonds into the country will be
prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
No social or political influence that may be
brought to b<^ar, as has been done successfully
heretofore, will save any one. This positive as
mirance has been given by the. Treasury De
partment to the Diamond Cutters and Impor
ters' Protective Association, who sought mjch
an assurance before undertaking as they have
done, to establish a system of espionage In Eu
rope that will put an effectual check on the
smuggling of diamonds, which has grown to an
alarming extent among: wealthy Americans.
As the result of recent conferences between
officers of Uh« Diamond Association and officials
of the Treasury Department, the former has
promised to lend specific and material assist
ance •in preventing the smuggling of gems
from Europe, and the two agencies will here
after work in harmony. Ludwig Nissen, a
prominent dealer in Maiden Lane, who as chair
man of the Committee on Customs of the asso
ciation, has been chosen to go abroad to bring
about a more thorough understanding between
the foreign agents of the Treasury Department
and the dealers there, and is to sail in a few
weeks, In speaking to a Tribune reporter last
night said:
We have a most positive understanding with the
government, which we sought before undertaking
this matter. If we are. Instrumental In giving to
the Treasury agents any in formation that leads
to the making of seizures here we do not intend
to have the person guilty of smuggling go free
£in,piy by paying the tiuty. Tills has occurred 1n
too many prominent cases in the la*t year.
We have the positive assurance of the Treasury
Department that every case f^hall be prosecuted
to the utmost limit. Xo leniency i* to be shown
to anybody. Persons who can afford to go to En
rope and buy diamond necklaces are usually of
such prominence that they can bring considerable
political influence to bear in lotting them off, when
caught smuggling, by the simple payment of the
duty. It has worked in the past, but if it is tried
again tbe persons a_re likely to find themselves in
serious trouble.
Concerning the present prevalence of smug
gling Mr. Xisscn said:
Smuggling among merchants is le^s than it has
rv.r been before. I don't believe there are any
larjie or responsible houses that countenance it.
The tradp is connned to rather narrow lines, and
we can pet a pretty good idea of it when any house
does that sort of thing.
Hut the smuggling by travellers has been .stead
ily on the increase. Rich American? go by thou-
Fands to Europe every summer, and tl>e number of
those who try to bring- back diamonds and other
Jewels without paying duty is large and Increasing.
Many seizures have been mad* in the last few
years, but. as it is with (amblers, fur every one
that is caught many go free. If those people only
knew it, they could buy diamonds cheaper here
fwith the duty added) than in Kurope. because tin
merchants there invariably charge th» highest
prices to the rich Americans.
William H. Theobald, ex-special agent of the
Treasury Department, declared yesterday that
there is more smuggling going on at present
than ever before. He asserted that he knew of
four pearl necklaces, none worth less than
$30,000. being smuggled into this country for
wealthy women within the last few months. Mr.
Theobald says he knows of several firms in Mai
den Lane that are engaged in the. unlawful im
portation of diamonds and precious stones.
Theobald's statement is in part as follows:
I claim that It is utterly impossible for the Treas
ury^ Department, the Diamond Cutters and Im
porters' Protective Association or any other large
body to get any information from the diamond
polishers of Antwerp or Amsterdam or from the
dealers in Paris artd London. Those who are af
filiated with the smuggling of diamonds make it
a rule when they purchase to give strict orders that
the sellers do not inform their competitors of any
purchases they have made.
I know what is considered to be a tnorougnJj
reputable house which has been engaged in the
smuggling of diamonds for the last twenty years.
This concern has one of its representatives living
in Amsterdam. He Is a very large purchaser of
unset diamonds. When he selects and purchases
a lot of diamonds he informs the dealer from whom
he buys that if he ever gives information to any
of his "competitors as to the character of the goods
purchased or the prices he has paid for them he
will never again purchase from him. That is a
Tn?s fonc era is In league, with the purser and
chief steward of a certain ship. I know both of the
ship officers well. • . „ „
I know the members of another concern in Maid
en Lane who have relatives travel bach .and
forth on the. Antwerp steamers, employed as stew
ards who successfully bring over any number of
nackaces of unset diamonds for the tirm on almost
ever? trip lain acquainted with still another nrm
which purchases from smugglers all the diamonds
that these men surreptitiously bring In.
Within the last few months I know of four
necklaces that have been landed in this country
without payment of duty. The cheapest one of
TheVe i« worth 530.000. and one which was purchased
of Pucharau. in Paris, cost 230.000 francs, or about
l5 E*«ry on<>. of the women at present weartaz these
111-gotten Jewels Is in society, and on of them
ha-T a fine Xewport residence. Two of t hem are.
the wives of bankers, and the fourth Is the wife
°ii a have T had any number of interviews with Col
lator of the Port Stranahan about big smuggling.
ndl know that thi= official i* very determined to
pu« oat of existence the art of smuggling, particu
larly of diamonds.
ronceming what Theobald had to say. Mr.
Nissen declared that there was nothing specific
In the statement that he could either affirm or
Ex- Assembly man and Wife Die as
Result of Gas Explosion.
Buffalo. May 10.-Herman M. Blasdell of
North Collins, sixty-three years old. a. former
AFsemblyman. after whom the town of Blas
dell N V is named, and his wife, were FO
badly burned in a fire caused by a gas ex
plosion, which destroyed their home early to
day, that both of them died. An adopted son.
who was the only other occupant of the house
at the time of th« explosion, was pMe-htly
Mr. Blasdell died a few minutes after escap
ing from the house Mrs. Blasdell died at a
relative's several hours later. She was con
scious for some time before her death, and from
her it was learned how the explosion occurred.
She said that sh<> and her husband were
awakened by a strong smell of gas. and she
started to see where the escape was. At the
head of the stair* she struck a match. In
stantly there was a terrific explosion The
walls of the house were forced outward and
one side of the building dropped. Fire broke
out in half a dozen places, and the whole house
was coon In a flame. The adopted son, who
slept In a remote corner of the house, rushed
to hts foster mother's rescue, and succeeded
in smothering the flames trtat enveloped her.
Mrs. Blasdell walked to the street, where she.
fell unconscious.
Mr. Biasdell endeavored to reach the stair
way, but found himself cut off by the flames.
With his n!ght clothing ablaze and the fire
enreading about him rapidly, he was forced
to Jump from an upper window. The shock of
the fall and the severe burns soon resulted in
his death. .
San Francisco, May 10 (Special).-Joaquin
Miller "the Poet of the Sierras." died suddenly
this afternoon. He was taken violently sick, and
died In twenty minutes, before a physician could
reach his h'-ni".
NEW-YORK. MONDAY. MAY' 11. 1903. -TWELVE PAGES.-^T,. c Ta h Ar^
FOUND $21,000 CHECK.
Flagman Sees It Flutter from Train
Window and Picks It Up.
Rahway, N. J , May 10.— It has just become
known that Patrick Moore, the flagman at the
New-Brunswick-ave. crossing, found a check on
Wednesday for $21,000. As the Long Branch
Express, west bound, due here about 4:15 p. m.,
passed the crossing, Moore noticed a piece of
paper flutter from an open car window. After
the train had passed he picked it up, and found
that it was a check on the Merchants* National
Bank of Chicago for SIU.OOO. The check waa
made out to Mrs. Isabelle Stewart. The sig
nature was hard to decipher.
Moore showed it to a superior, and finally the
check was sent to the division superintendent at
New-Brunswick. Moore Bays he thought little
of the rind, except that, should the check get to
its rightiui owner, he expected a substantial re
Called at Central Park Menagerie with
Daughter to Watch Animals Eat.
Police Commissioner Greene visited the menag
erie in Central Park about 5 p. m. yesterday
with his daughter, about fourteen years old. He
called on Superintendent Smith and said he had
come to see the animals fed.
Mr. Smith told the Commissioner that the ani
mals were not fed on Sundays, that day being a
fast day for the lions, tigers and other meat eat
ing animals. The Commissioner and his daugh
ter were disappointed, but were invited by
Superintendent Smith to see a weekday feeding.
General Greene and hi.-; daughter went to the
Arsenal station, where the Commissioner talked
with Sergeant Howard. A prisoner in the house
was a boy who had been arrested for stealing a
flower. <Jeneral Oteene lectured the boy, and
the lad waa much frightened.
Aldermen Can No Longer Delay It— Clinton
Street May be Widened.
The new law which took from the Board of
Aldermen the power to make changes in the
map of the city and conferred it on the Board
of Estimate and Apportionment and the Sink
ing Fund Commission, is expected to hasten the
plans for makinK a suitable approach to the
Wflltamabarg bridge. The plans, which have
Wen before the Board of Aldermen for months,
rail for the widening of Delancey-st. from the
Manhattan end of the bridge to the Bowery,
the widening of Suffolk-st. and the cutting of
a new street from the Bowery to Elm-st.. on the
line of Delancey-st.
"The Board of Ald»rmen probably would have
reported on the plans this week," Borough
President Cantor said last evening, "but under
the new law the aldermen no longer have any
thing to say on the subject, I think it would
be well for the Board of Estimate and Appor
tionment to pass on the plans again, in view
of the new legislation. There should be no
needless delay in beginning the work on the
widening of Delancey-st, to the Bowery, for
more room must be provided for the Immense
Traffic before the bridge is opened to the public.
I think it is probable that there will be a
change in the plan?, so a.s to widen Clinton
st.. inrtead of Suffolk-st., but Delancey-st. must
be widened as soon as possible, and a new
street cut west of the Bowery through to Elm
st Th« plan to cut a diagonal street from the
bridge to Cooper T'nion was abandoned on ac
count of the tremendous cost."
Brother Discovers His Body. After Several
Hours, in Front of His Home
Bomervttle, N. J . May 10.— David Campbell
was found dead ir. a wagon in front of his home,
on th" Watchung Mountain, early this morning.
He waa dii-^overed by his brother, James Camp
bell, sitting upriebt his body cold. He had
been dead evidently for several hours. He lived
with his brothei and :iC"\ mother on a sn.all
farm near Adarr.sville. Be started to drive from
this place to his home late last night with
George Beech. He complained of feeling ill when
Beech left th° wagon to po to his own home,
near the Campbell pla> c r-amphell refused as
sistance, and said he aroatd soon recover.
County Physician Taylor belie ves Campbell died
from heart disease H<e «hs forty-four yean
old. and unmarried
A Denial from "The Evening Post's" Dis
charged Correspondent at Havana.
[DT CABLE TO THE tbibcnt:. l
(Oopyrlcbt: I0CO: By The Tribune Association.)
Havana. May 10.— "The New-York Evening
Post's" Cuban resident correspondent denies
that he ever sent from hare the alleged libellous
Runcie-Wood article that P*P»f nrlntrd a* «
special from Havana.
The New York Central's 20-hour train. takes pa»
—uaars only for Chicago. To yet beat accomm.'da.
tlon* it v well to sj?l>ly In advance,— Advt.
Dozen Passengers Cared for in
Drug Stores — None Badly Hurt.
Soon after 7 o'clock last night an open car
going south in Third-aye. was ignited by de
fective insulation under the rear part of the
car. and between thirty and forty passengers.
men, women and children. Jumped to escape
the flames. Ten or twelve persons were taken
Into drug stores near One-hundred-and-tenth
st. for treatment.
At One-hundred-and-twenty-flfth-st., near
Lexlngton-ave., pedestrians saw smoke curling
up from under the rear part of the car. When
the motorman saw that his car was aflame he
Increased the speed, to reach the barns In Third
ave. at Sixty-seventh-st. In Third-aye. the
smoke poured from under the car in such clouds
that it frightened the passengers, and near One
hundred-and-sixteenth-st. the smoke gave place
to flames. They spread with such rapidity that
soon they leaped from under every inch of floor
ing on the sides of the car. While the car was
still speeding down the avenue terror stricken
women and children passengers jumped as best
they could. Several men stayed to the last mo
ment, aiding the women to get to a place where
they could make their flying leaps from the car
with the most safety.
When One-hundred-and-tenth-st. was reached
the motorman decided that it was time to stop
the car. There was not a passenger in it. and
even the conductor had taken flight.
The motorman sounded an alarm, and. the fire
apparatus responding, two streams of water
quickly extinguished the fire.
The passengers, who had been distributed over
eight or nine blocks, had been taken into drug
stores and other places, where their injuries
mifeht be attended to. One woman suffered
severely from shock. Two small boys bumped
Into each other while In the air. and were pain
fully bruised.
Boy Tries to Prevent Suicide of Parent Who
Could Not Get Pay.
After calling his son George into the parlor of
their horn" and telling him that he was about
to end his life. Nathan Rosenbaum, thirty
nine years old. of No. 1.516 Brooke-ave.. The
Bronx, put a pint bottle containing carbolic acid
to his' lips and drank a quantity of it. The
son waa burned severely about the face and
hands when he knocked the bottle to the floor.
The father, however, lived only a few minutes.
Rosenbaum, after an illness, went to work for
a cloak firm in Canal-eL at $12 a week, Mrs.
P.osenbaum stated, and his week was up last
Friday, the firm he worked for refusing to pay
his salary. Phe went for the money herself,
and they refused to pay it to her. On Satur
day he wrote a postal card to the firm telling
them, she says, that If they did not pay the
money he would commit suicide. He did not
hear from any member of the firm
At the noon meal yesterday Rosenbaum told
his wife and six children that he was going on a
long journey, and would not be back. He said
that he was unable to care for them any longer,
and would be obliged to leave them. He first
gave George a list of men he had associated
with, and instructed the son to tell them that
he was going on a journey. He then left the
house. About 4:30 p. m. he returned, and went
directly to the parlor, again calling: his eldest
son. where he swallowed the acid. Dr. Ham
mel. of No. 64S Wendover-ave., was called, but
Rosenbaum was dead when he arrived. The
boy's injuries were dressed by Dr. Haramel.
Clothier's Wife Disappears After Being Seen
on Pier.
A diver employed by the Mernft & Chapman
Derrick and Wrecking Company has been
groping about in the East River at One-hun
dred-and-twelfth-s:. for the last two days seek
ing the body of Mrs. Alfred Blum, wife of a
clothier, who is thought to have fallen off the
pier there early last week
At an early hour one morning law) weeh Mrs.
Jennie Blum, twenty-three years old. wife ef
Alfred Blum, of No. 3 Waal One-hundred-and
twelfth-st.. was seen by several men standing
on the pier. A moment or so later only her hat
was visible, lying on the pier. The woman had
disappeared. Mr. Blum identified the. hat .-is
that of his wife. He refused to balhwa that she
had deliberately committed suicide. Thinking
that sh*> niiphl have accidentally fallen from the
pier while trying to recover her hat, which had
been blown from her head by the wind, Mr.
Blum engaged the services of the diver. He said
last night that he would keep tha diver at work
a day or so longer. Hundreds of spectators
thromrcl the dock yesterday.
from Chlcaeo. May B to IS. August 1 to 14. Chi
c*«c. Milwaukee" & SC Paul Railway. 381 Broad
Dr. D. Parker Morgan Conducts An
nual Service After Parade.
The annual church parade of Squadron A,
Major Oliver B. Bridgman commanding, was
held yesterday at *he Church of the Heavenly
Rest, the rector of which, the Rev. Dr. D. Par
ker Morgan, is the chaplain of the squadron.
The parade was formed in Fifty-sev-»nth-st.
and the line of march was down Fifth-aye.
to the church, near Forty-flfth-st. The men
were in uniform, but. being on foot, only side
arms were carried. The squadron bard took
part in the service.
Dr. Morgan in his sermon, criticising the mo
tives which drew so Tie persons to church, said:
The chief purpose of a church is that it shall
be a house of prayer: and yet, perhaps, it is the
last purpose which nine-tenths of those who go
to church to-day have in mmd — to engage in
prayer. Some go in order to hear the music —
and good music is certainly a good thing. It
undoubtedly affords true spiritual refreshment.
Some go to hear the sermon, and search is
made through heaven and earth nowadays for
some new topic for pulpit treatment. The
church announcements in the Saturday morning
papers would be Intensely funny If there was
not in them so much to make serious Chris
tians grieve. Municipal politics and other mat
ters entirely removed from religious contem
plation are to be found there. I once even saw
this topic: "Ecclesiastical Straitjackets." No
apology can be made for making such use of
the pulpit by a clergyman pledged by the oath
of his ordination to preach Christ and Him
crucified. No, tiie real purpose of a house cf
God is that it shall be a place of prayer. I am
afraid that a great many men to-day are care
less of that purpose.
Policeman iv Full Uniform Saves
Child at Battery.
Without waiting to remove any of his cloth-
Ing. Policeman Thomas A. Meade. of the Steam
boat Squad, yesterday made a running jump
into the water off the sea wall at the Battery to
rescue a five-year-old girl, and aft^r getting
her out of the water took her home to her
mother, who was frantic wfth fright, thinking
her daughter had been drowned
The girl was Adelaide Corner, of No. 128
Greenwich-**. She went out for a walk In the
afternoon with Loretta Boland. five years old,
of the same address, and other girls, after prom
ising her mother that sh«» would not go near
the water. She forgot her promise, and on
reaching the Battery sea wall, next to the
police station at Pier A. began floating chips of
wood, leaning over a float of the Dock Depart
ment. She reached over to drop a chip in the
water, and, losing h«r balance. w»nt overboard
Fully two hundred people saw her slip into
the water, many men being among the number,
but no one made the slightest effort to pet her
out. although there was a ehara*. «f scvaaaM
from the women and children
A crowd had gathered at the pier, filled with a
morbid curiosity to see the body of a drowned
man lifted by a derrick from a police rowboat
on the other side of the police station to an un
dertaker's wagon, and a large number of per
sons wpre waiting on the other side of the pier.
Two men. apparently Italians, stood on the float
from which the child had fallen and did noth
ing more than yell for help.
The police patrol boat had Just tied up, and
Meade was on his way to report off duty, when
he heard the cries. A glance at the people
pointing to a straw hat. covered with flowers,
floating on the surface, and a tiny hand out
stretched, was sufficient. In full uniform he
rushed to the sea wall, and with a running dive
plunged into the water, coming to the surface
near the child, who was thirty feet away fr m
the sea wall and sinking.
He. swam with her back to the float and hand
ed her unconscious to the crowd waiting there.
An ambulance was called fr»m the Hudson
Street Hospital, and Dr. Riggln restored her to
consciousness. Her first question was:
"Did my lovely new hat get drownded
Mamma will whip me awful if it did. 'cmtm I
promised to take good careof it."
Meade in dry clothing carried the girl home. ;
"I didn't mean to go near the water, mamma, J
she said "but I only went down to play, and
while I was standing there I leaned over end
got blowed away into the water. This nice
policeman got me out. and. mamma. *ave ; i
mv new hat. which i? we! »wf«l. but N Isn t
spoiled. Is It. mamma"'
Nesrro Hostler, on Hands and Knees. Cut:.
Ealters in Burning Stable.
Five horses waW burned to death <md a stnt«'
destroyed by fire at No. 279 Rider-aye Th
Bronx, yesterday. Five other horses in the
stable wer» paved by a negro stableman. TJont ■•:
Gllmore. who. as he was leaving the atfthl saw
flames burst from the atraxtar* Without stop
n|ns to >uri '' an alarm he mii ha. k. untf«>.l
three of the horses and led them awt,
When he went to go back the Mnoke was ■■•
dense that he could not fight his way through it.
He dropped to his knees and crawled along the
floor 'of the StaObl*. He was able to reach two of
the stalls and loosen the halters f^t aa many
horse;, Then he crawled back nnd the horse.
plunged °' lt through the smoke
to Chicago, St. l»uls. Cincinnati and . Cleveland,
via Pennsylvania Railroad. 1-eav. at convenient
hours.— Advt.
Infernal Bar No Joke, Says Murray
— May he Lunatic* s Work.
By whom th# infernal machine with Its en«
hundred pounds of dynajnit# waa sent to the
C'ir.ard pier on Saturday is as much of a mys
tery now as when the box was discovered.
While detective? were scouring the city all yes
terday in pursuit of clews, and others were fol
lowing traces which led out of town, no results
had been reached late last night. As to theo-
Ties, they were advanced by the score, but th»
detective bureau did not find them cZ great
value In tracing the two Italians with a green
wagon, utterly without markings, who left th«
machine at the pier.
That the machine was not Intended to explod*
seems certain from the fact that there were no
detonating caps. There was no evidence that
any had been used. Regarding this, Superin
tendent Murray of the Bureau of Combustible
said that he felt sure this was an oversight on
the part of the man who made the machine
"No nn»," he went on. **ever made aa elaborate
and ingenious a machine as that for any j©««*.
Why. I've been figuring up, and th* bare mate
rial in that machine would coat $25: and then.
besides, there would be the Item of labor to c*»
slder. No. that was never Intended for a JokY
The fact that such a quantity of dynamite
could be procured by persons who would urn
It for such purposes has been much commented
on, and many have said that more sever* reso
latlons were needed to prevent this. To thla
Superintendent Murray said that the regula
tions governing the sale and handling of dyn*
mite wwe more severe now than they had ever
been before. "The regulations made by tha
Fire Commissioner,** he contianed. "have th.»
force of a law. Under them It la necessary to
have a permit to sell, transport or ke«p la
storage any quantity of dynamite.
"The companies selling: dynamite must report
to the Department of Combustibles each month
to whom they have sold, and they know that
if any went to any irresponsible person their
permits would be revoked. Now. as a matter
of fact, if you know some contractor and tell .
him you want some dynamite, and pay him, ifs
more than likely you'll get it. He might giva
it to you. you know. Or yon could go over to
Jersey, or Pennsylvania, and If you paid your
money to an agent I guess you could get whax
you wanted. Here in the city It's differ-
That more 3trlngent regulations should t*
thrown around the sale of high explosives la
believed by many, who argue that deadly pot
sons cannot be obtained from drug storea with
out a doctor's prescription, or careful Inquiry
as to the purpose of the buyer, and that dyna
mite is as bad as or worse than the deadliest
"Now. there are lots of clews which could ba
followed to get these fellows." said Mr. Murray.
"That dynamite probably came from out of
town. I know that no 'Climax* powder has been
sold in this city for three months.
"Then there was the electric battery, of a kind
not sold here. As to what they can do to the
fellows when they get them, under Section 3S!>
of the Criminal Code, it is a misdemeanor t-.
•have or transport or sell dynamite w!th< au
thority from the city government.' Then it If
a violation of the United States statutes to aM*
dynamite without indicating the contents of
the package. The United States aurhorit will
have to get these people."
General Henry L_ Burnett. United States O;s
trict Attorney, was out of town yesterday. s<>
it could not be learned what steps he was tak
■ --. ■- -
ing. •■/•-:
The tangible clews in the case were the dyna
mite itself, each stick still in Its original wrap
per of brown paper, with the imprint of th«
Climax Powder Company; the "Standy** bat
teries, and the brass button used as
a part of the mechanism. Around this
button, which is about three-quarters of nn
inch in diameter and bears an anchor
and the bow of a boat with bellytng sail.
clings the greatest mystery. Of many sailor*
who saw It. none could recall any line or vessel
or club using a similar button on its uniforms.
The general opinion was that it was from some
private uniform, such as a yachtsman would
A detective has been sent to Exnporrain. Perm.,
where the Climax company has Jts factcry,
in the hope of tracing the explosive from tha
sales lists there.
Other detectives were searching for tho wagon
which delivered the box to the pier. but. whil*
Inspector McClusky sa!d that he had had I ass.
or four "false alarms." two In Brooklyn, noth
ing had resulted. Detective Sergeant Petroatei
spent the day searching the Italian quarter for
the two men in the wagon.
Commissioner Greene stated yesterday that
it had been suggested to him that the waol*
thing was a hoax, but that the suggestion would
not divert him from his purpose of having th*
matter sifted to the bottom. He said it wa» a
very serious thing, and was punishable, as a,
felony, with twenty years Imprisonment.
That the case was eerlous. far beyond any
Joke, even if the machine were never Intended
to explode, police officials declare, and show tha
great risk of explosion from a trunk falling on
the box. In this connection, the laxness of th*
people on the pier, who apparently took the box
knowing nothing about it, and put it with oth«r
baggage, was commented on.
Stories were prevalent yesterday that threat
ening letters had been sent to steamship oflta*.
but. because of their Indefinite character.
had been regarded lightly. As to thl3 nothin*
definite could be learned, however.
Ir the theorl<»«« regarding the case, the o—
that the Mafia sent the machine has been arae
tically dismissed. The character of the letter
almost precludes a Latin origin for Its author;
besides, it was pointed out yesterday that th*
name, written Demartlni. would have been writ
ten DI Martini by an Italian. The possibility
of it being a Clan-na-Gael or Fenian movement
vran freely discussed In connection with th*
threat to wipe the Englisb flag off the seas. It
aa» noted that in the quotation, "Lay on. Mar-
Durf." the Irish form. MeDuff. was used. An
other theory was that the machine was th*
work of a. lunatic. The diabolically clever work
ii n g . f the demented mind, it was aaM. waa ap
parent in th>- ingenious* imwhanlTW anH, «ho-»*.j
equally in the letter of warning.
Man Intended to Collect Insurance
After Infernal Machine Exploded.
Th» f.xplo.«:«n p f an Infernal rr»~hlne in a barrrt
» Men was about to N» .ih'.i'P^d <•» »**• «feas»*hh>
\!osel a • Br<rntrhavfn Germany, on iN-.-ftaberli.
ISTT.. ki»d twenty p*rson« and Injurefl many roorfs.
V*.-- machine had ir*-n constructed t^" a va*n
, nnr d Thomas;* rt. who was a passenger on th«
Mp. s Immediately ■•■ r the explosion Thomas***
t:..np{«-«i to ••utntnit suicl«l« . wounding hlmsell so
; ri«-'U!«!y that a« dl«-'1 Is a f«-w hoars ittier maktin?
1 .T.nfe*slcn. The Mw! tvas not damae»d >r tbe
1 n hi* confession Thomassen described the mferaal
aefcaaa It contained clockwork arrang*d t* rua tot
.rty-«»ight hours, at th« expiration of wMcB ttss*
• wi>i;ht *eiil«l b« r*i«aa*<l. atria* a s*cc**sl—
:in and lenitr the dynamite and guneetton which
.v.i« in th»' harrH wtal the machine. The Mfr»l
was mark** 1 . "Handle with ir*. Thomassec ha*
started the .work before the barrel w»» s«it
to th» it*unship pier. The ilnnMhtj w*» neartr
rrady to »i»rt wbin U»» barr*l wa« roil«d 4c*a»

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