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THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
RECONNOITER
ANDBLOCKADE
Admiral Schley Continues His
Story of Santiago.
A DELAYED DISPATCH
Testimony Objected To but Admit
ted by the Court.
CRUSHING OF THE SPANISH FLEET
The Admiral l>r«orlbea Hit* Plan* for
the Climactic .Stroke of
the War.
Washington, Oct. 23.—1n theSchleycourt
of inquiry to-day Admiral Schley contin
ued the recital of his narrative, which he
began yesterday. He had covered most
of the points of the campaign previous to
the beginning of the Santiago blockade,
leaving that blockade, the reconaissance
of May 31, the battle of Santiago and the
famous loop of the Brooklyn yet to be
told of. The admiral was prompt in his
arrival at the courtroom this morning and
notwithstanding the strain of yesterday,
appeared fresh and in good condition for
the work before fiim to-day. The court
room was crowded as it never has been
before. As was the case on yesterday,
Admiral Schley was thoroughly self-pos
sessed, and he again spoke clearly and
distinctly, so that his words were heard
throughout the hall. (Admiral Schley's
testimony of yesterday is given on page
10.)
With the court's permission Admiral
Schley said he woud go back to Cienfuegos
in order that his narrative might be clear.
Regarding the McCalla memorandum, he
said he received but one copy. If there
had been another it would be in the
papers which he returned to the navy in
January or February. He said he had not
bombarded the earthworks at Cienfuegos
because he was convinced that such bom
bar Iment would be unavailing. Subse
quent experience in the war, he thought,
bore out this opinion.
Objection From the Court.
Admiral Schley was proceeding to say
that dispatch No. lU, concerning which
Lieutenant Marsh had testified (the dis
patch containing positive information that
the Spanish fleet was in Santiago) was not
received by him until June 10, when the
court objected.
Captain Lemly—lf the court please, I re
gret very much to be compelled to make ob
jection to this character of testimony; but
1 understand from the court itself that it
wants facts.
Admiral Schley (sotto voce)—Well, these
are facts.
Captain Leraly.—l do not understand this
witness is here for the purpose of making au
argument, and I do not tnink this character
of testimony from a witness, even on the
tstaud in his own behalf, is a matter of tes
timony.
Mr. Rayner contended that Admiral
Schley was not giving opinion; that he
was simply testifying to facts within his
knowledge. After some further sparring
the members of the court held a brief con
sultation without leaving the courtroom,
end Admiral Dewey announced its decision
as follows:
The court is of the opinion that it is emi
nently proper for the witness to make the
statement that the dispatch wac d;ited May
27 aud not received until June 10, then drop
it; Just give the facts.
To this Admiral Schley responded that
this was all he had intended to do. Pro
ceeding, Admiral Schley testified that he
believed Captain Cotton's statement re
garding the offer of Lieutenant Field to
go ashore at Santiago to learn positively
whether the Spanish fleet was in Santiago
was somewhat faulty, and he detailed
Borne facts relating to Field's offer which
fixed his own impression of it in his mind.
In Touch With InNii rgenta.
On May 31, after the bombardment of
the Colon and after Captain Cotton had
gone to Mole St. Nicholas with a report
to the department upon that subject. Ad
miral Schley testified that he sent Nunez,
the pilot, westward to communicate with
the insurgents. Nunez landed near As
cerederos. fifteen or sixteen miles west
of Santiago, and joining some of the
Cuban insurgents, went into the interior.
He returned June 16 with detailed in
formation of the location of the Spanish
ships in the harbor. "I sent him," added
Admiral Schley, to the commander-ln
chlef ai that time."
Here Admiral Schley brought his nar
rative up to Santiago and he said in that
connection that he had regarded the or
ders of the department concerning the
porbable presence of the Spanish fleet at
Santiago as more of a suggestion than a
mandatory order. He considered that it
would take only a little while to get back
in any event. He repeated that the prop
er military maneuver would be to pro
ceed westward toward the bases at
Havana and Key West.
He had arrived with the squadron off
Santiago at about 7 o'clock p. m., May 28,
he said, and had then taken up his posi
tion five or six miles out, afterwards
holding the fleet in formation at night.
He had on that first night sent the Mar
blehead closer in with instructions to keep
close watch on the mouth of the harbor.
That night he had, he said, noticed the
signals on the shore and he had also ob
served at that time the lights on a lower
plane which he had since become con
vinced were from the Colon lying in the
harbor. The next day he had discovered
the presence of the Spanish vessels there
as he had also that of other of the enemy's
war vessels. He said when he had thus
secured irrefutable proof of the fact that
the vessels were there and told Captain
Sigsbee of the fact, that officer expressed
surprise that such was really the fact.
It was at this pofnt that he sent a dis
patch to the department giving absolute
Information of the presence of the Span-
Plan io Cranh the Spaniard*.
Admiral Schley said after locating the
fleet in Santiago he formed the blockade
in the only way he believed such a small
Continued on Second Pagr.
Killed His Girl by Accident
Special to The Journal.
Sioux City, lowa, Oct 25.—Two girls in two Nebraska towns yesterday fell vic
tims to the "didn't-know-it-was-loaded" man. At North Platte, Fred Thompson,
while out hunting, broke his shot gun before getting into his buggy, the gun was
discharged and the load passed through the head of his daughter, Jetty Thompson,
aged 20, killing her instanly. Thompson's wife had been to Omaha and she met him
at the gate as he was carrying the lifeless body of their daughter into the house. A
little son of W. B. Jones of Pawnee City, was trying to extract a shell from a 22
--calibre rifle, when it exploded, the bullet passing into the brain of his 13-year-old
Sister, killing her.
STOPPED ON
THE BRINK
Western Ay. Passengers Have
Thrilling Experience.
CAR JUMPS THE TRACK
Then Plunged to the Edge of the
Viaduct.
AN AWFUL DEATH SEEMED NEAR
When Checked the Tar Wan Nearly
■ BaluuciujK at th. Edeg of
the Structure. */J| '
Car 465 of the Western and Second
street line, down-bound, with seventeen
pass engers. Jumped the track at the west
end of the Twelfth street viaduct at 12:50
p. m. to-day, slewing obliquely across the
rails, crushed through the foot walk, com
ing to a standstill with its length one
third over the brink.
The fact that the rear trucks sank deep
in the crushed planks combined with Mo
torman John E. Youngir.an's remarkable
presence of mind, prevented an appalling
disaster. As it was, the passengers, with
one exception, escaped injury. Mrs. S. E.
Reynolds, 816 Western avenue, aged 50
years, was thrown across the car and
trampled beneath the feet of the men and
women In the wild stampede for the rear
platform. She was badly bruised and was
with difficulty assisted to her residence,
near at hand.
Among the other passengers In the car
besides the motorman and Conductor V. E.
Johnson, were:
Fireman C. Henry, engine-house Xo. 16':
J. S. Coughlin, Xi)o Fremont avenue N T; Dr.
E. I. Clark, 54 Third street S; Frank Morton,
Rose Gagnon, Thomas Hallen, W. Pattee, J.
D. Byrnes, 24 Cedar avenue: Miss Mattie
Nortner, 68 Lyndale avenue X; Miss B. Me-
Dermott, ::09 Humboldt avenue X: Miss A.
Callon, 81'! Humboldt avenue X; Frank Ack
erman, 121 Cedar avenue.
The only explanation for the accident
is that the uneven ballast of the track at
the western approach to the bridge
caused the rails to spring. The car was
going at a fair rate of speed—no faster
than usual, according to Conductor John
son. The track curves slightly as it
strikes the bridge and the car was lurch
ing violently in the manner peculiar to
small "trolleys" on an uneven track.
The weight being thrown suddenly to one
side may have caused the accident.
A Motor Mum's Nerve.
The passengers were loud in tbeir praise
of Motorman Youngman. His action in
the moment when he saw almost certain
death staring him in the face was little
short of heroic. The instant the car
jumped the track, he threw himself on the
brakes and ground them close to rapidly
moving wheels. Such was the momentam
of the car that it ran some distance along
the bridge and then crushed its way
through the sidewalk, breaking the big
planks like tooth picks. With his end of
the car far over the edge of the Great
Northern tracks below, Youngman was
still cool enough to turn the crank which
opens the rear gate and allow the panic
stricken passengers, who had not al
ready jumped over therail, to leave the
car. Said Youngman:
I thought it was all off with me, at the rate
the car was going when she headed for the
edge oftheb ridge, but I felt that with the
brakes on hard and the trolley off there might
be room to stop her. I said goodbye when
my end smashed free of the bridge and 1
could see the railroad tracks below. I thought
I was all in, so I shut my eyes and waited
for the crash. When I opened my eyes we
were still on the bridge, and maybe you think
1 wasn't surprised. The car was trembling
so that I expected she'd topple over any mo
ment.
takhandH s oTT-uhergr shdrul cmfwyph
A wrecking crew had a hard time get
ting the car back on the track. Traffic
was obstructed.
SPECTACULAR
Five Hundred Great Western
Men Strike at Oelwein,
lowa.
Oelwein, lowa, Oct. 25.—While Presi
dent Stickney of the Chicago Great West
ern railway was showing Cornelius Van-
Qerbllt, Stephen S. Little and W. A. Read
of New York through the shops of that
railroad here, 500 men walked out.
They demanded the removal of a fore
man, who. they say, is brutal. The strik
ers Included boiler-makers and mahcin
ists, blacksmiths, carpenters and helpers.
The company declines to grant the de
mand of the strikers. ,
AGAIN WITH A PRIEST
Csolkohs Request* a Visit From a
Bnffalo Prelate.
Auburn, Oct. 25.—Leon Czolgosz, the
' murderer of President McKinley, was vis
! ited in his cell in the Auburn prison to-
I day by the Rev. Hyacinth Sudzinski of
I Buffalo. The visit was made at the re
quest of the condemned man. Father
Fudziniski spent an hour with the assas
sin. When he merged he was asked if
Czolgosz had renounced anarchy and em
braced Christianity. He replied:
He is a Christian. He was born a Chris
tian and although he may have renounced
Christianity he is a Christian, I think This
is all I will say.
FRIDAY EVENING. OCTOBER 25, 1901.
WILL THE PRESIDENT TAKE A HAKD HERE?
Joe Babcock —Hi, there, Mr. President! You kin help me with this kritter if to" will
THEY VOTED TO-DAY
State Suffragists at Mankato Elect
Their Officers.
MRS. STOCKWELL AGAIN PRES'T
»9 -
Legislature to Be Petitioned for
Presidential Suffrage and j
Committee Appointed. ! . ■■"
Special to The Journal.
Mankato, Minn., Oct. 25.—Delegates to
the state suffrage convention elected of
ficers to-day and transacted much busi
ness of an interesting and important char
acter. These officers were re-elected:
President, Mrs. Maud C. Stockwell, Min
neapolis; Mrs. E. A. Brown, Luverne,
vice president; Dr. Ethel Hurd, Minne
apolis, recording secretary; Mrs. B. C.
Kissam, Minneapolis, corresponding sec
retary; Dr. Margaret.Koch, Minneapolis,
treasurer. In addition, Mrs. Ella L,.
Carleton of Minneapolis was chosen first
auditor and Mrs. Ella Barnard of Man
kato, second auditor.
The members of the executive board
next year will be: Mrs. Lutz of Redwood
Falls, Miss Blanche Seger of Winnebago
City, Miss Sarah C. Brooks of St. Paul, j
Mrs. L. B. Castle of Stillwater, Miss A.!
A. Connor of South Minneapolis, Mrs. I.
W. Stacy of Minneapolis, Mrs. Lizzie Mc-
Clary of Minneapolis.
Dr. Ethel Hurd of Minneapolis was re
elected member of the national executive
board, and the delegates to the national
convention will be Mrs. E. A. Russell of
Minneapolis, Mrs. McClary of
Minneapolis, Mrs. A. P. Adams
of Luverne, Miss Oatherwood of
Austin, Mrs. Willard Seeley ot
Mankato, and Miss Connor of South Min
neapolis.
The standing committees, chosen to
day, are:
Presidential suffrage, Dr. Cora Smith
Eaton, Minneapolis.
Library, Mrs. A. T. Anderson, Minne
apolis.
Prize essay, Mrs. O. J. Evans, Minne
apolis.
Press, Mrs. Alpha Boostrom, Austin.
Presidential Suffrage.
The convention adopted motions to pe
tition the legislature for presidential
suffrage, and for the appointment of a
committee to arrange a plan of work
which will include the putting of active j
workers in the field. it also adopted a
plan for prize essays, and declared for
a committee, one of whose duties shall be
to see that woman suffrage books are
placed in traveling libraries.
Mrs. L. P. Hunt of Mankato extended
tb* greeting of the State Federation of
Woman's Clubs.
The convention will adjourn to-night,
a ter an address by the national presi
dent, Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt.
It is and has been for years the conten
tion of some of the ablest thinkers of
the country that as the regulations for
the choosing of presidential electors is
left to the legislature of each state, any
state can provide by statute that women
may be electors in voting for president,
regardle3s of the general electoral clause
of the constitution which restricts the
privilege of voting to men.
The question was presented by Mrs. B.
C. Kissam of Minneapolis and awakened
much interest. Governor Van Sant was
quoted as saying that if the ladies of the
association would appeal to the legisla
ture with a strong force presidential
suffrage would be granted in this state.
A reception to the delegates was given
last night in the church parlors.
TRAITOROUS NATIVES
Important Capture Made in the
Philippines.
Manila, Oct. 25.—Francisco de Jesus,
Lukban's chief commisary, was recently
captured and taken to Cebu. Papers
found in his possession have resulted in
the arrest of many of the best known
presidentes and other civil officials of
the island of Leyte.
It develops that Biliran island, north of
Leyte, has been a hotbed of insurrection.
Every civil officer there has been aiding
the insurgents of Samar in every way.
They have landed several cargoes of rice
and have received hemp in exchange.
Several thousand dollars also fell into
the hands of the Americans when De
Jesus was made prisoner. His capture
is thought to be a great disaster to the
insurgents.
General Sumner reports a fight which
took place at daybreak Wednesday at
Taygan, province of Batangas.
Byron spent the leisure hours of nearly
four years in the preparation of the first
two cantos of "Cbilde Herold."
WILLIAMS'
ELIGIBILITY
lowa Football Captain's Right
to Play To-morrow
HAS BEEN QUESTIONED
lowa Authorities' Attention Called
to the Matter.
BUT NO PROTEST IS FILED
Loverm of tlie Sport Very Anxious to
Have Brilliant Players In
the Ciaine.
Clyde Williams' eligibility to play with
the lowa football team has been ques
tioned. Williams is captain and quarter
buck and star player. The doubt Is
based upon the charge that he has played
baseball under an assumed name, thereby
violating the rules of the "Big Nine" con
ference.
The matter would seem to have been
discussed somewhat at lowa City from the
tone of the following special to The
Journal received this morning:
The protest of Captain Clyde Williams by
Minnesota aroused great mirth among the
faculty members of the board of athletic con
trol. Minnesota bases her protest on the
allegation that Williams played baseball a few
summers ago in North Dakota under a nick
name. It is said here on reliable authority
that Williams has never played baseball or
any other sport under any name which did
not permit of his recognition by the public
and that Minnesota's protest must fail, as it
is based on very slender grounds even if
fully substantiated. There is a great deal of
doubt as to whether Minnesota will press
her protest to a decision which must be ad
verse to her. A great many faculty mem
bers will accompany the team to Minne
apolis or will go on later trains, so the mat
ter will In all probability be threshed out
in Minneapolis. Williams has recovered from
his bad foot so that he is able to play and
there is no doubt at lowa but that he will
play.
Dr. Kniite Speak*.
Upon receipt of the above special a
Journal man called upon Dr. A. A.
Knipe at the West Hotel, finding him in
conference with Professor F. S. Jones,
chairman of the faculty athletic commit
tee of the University of Minnesota. The
attention of both was called to the dis
patch. They promptly denied that Min
nesota had made any protest against Wil
liams' playing in to-morrow's game. It
was clear, however, that there had been
some correspondence with regard to the
status of the S. U. I. team's captain. .
As to the matter of a protest, however,
Dr. Knipe said very positively:
"The statements are not true. There
has been no protest from Minnesota. The
correspondent from lowa City is absolutely
incorrect in his statement."
Prof- Jones* Statement.
Professor Jones showed considerable in
dignation at the sentiment, as indicated
in the dispatch, toward his communica
tion setting the matter before the lowa
board. Later at the request of The
Journal, feeling that the matter had
"leaked" at lowa City he made a state
ment in substance as follows:
Some time ago the University of Minne
sota faculty athletic committee receive dfrora
three different sources letters in which It was j
stated that Captain Williams had during a
recent summer vacation played baseball with
the Larimore, N. P., team, under the name
of Wylie. It was further stated that he wa3
ostensibly in the employ of a druggist of
Larimore at the time. It was not asserted
that he received pay for his services as a
baseball player, though that inference might
have been drawn under all the circumstances.
However, if the statements received were true
Williams had violated a plain rule of the
conference and we could not ignore the mat
ter without overlooking the interests of clean
athletics In the west.
It was not our matter to settle, though; It
was lowa's. Feeling that to be the case, I
wrote to the chairman of the lowa commit
tee, setting the charges before him. There
was no protest, simply a plain statement of
the case as It had been presented to us, with
a suggestion that the matter be Investigated;
that was all.
Day before yesterday a reply was received,
nearly three weeks after the matter had been
called to lowa's attention.
KvtriuMs From l.cld'r.
This reply makes interesting reading,
containing a practical admission of the
statements made to the U. of M. commit
tee of control and submitted by Professor
Jones to the lowa board, as extracts will
show. Professor A. G. Smith, a member
of the lowa athletic board and formerly
its chairman, in reply to Professor Jones'
original letter, wrote in part as follows:
We (the committee) immediately called Wil
liams before us and he told us the whole mat
tPr truthfully; at least the committee co be
lieved. Williams saye he did play upon the
Larimore team and under the name Wylie,
but that he did not receive a cent outside his
expense oa the trips and could prove jhe
saibe; that he- read the rules carefully sev
eral times to be sure he was in no danger of
violating them; that his mother did not want
him to play baseball while he was in .Dakota,
and that he did not want hie name to appear
in the papers going to his mother's home.
Williams is not in need of money. He re
ceived a regular salary as clerk In a drug
store for Mr. Benham. Mr. Benham is not a
baseball man, or at least was not while here
at Icwa.
With respect to our committee's action, we
submitted the rules to a professor of law, and
he said the rule would not apply to a student
playing in the summer time. I was not in
the conference when this rule was adopted,
but my belief is it was intended to so apply,
and that is your belief, I take it.
In commenting on this letter Prof.
Jones said:
If Mr. Wlliams read over the rules he
ought not to have acted without advice. If he
received a silary in a drug store and played
ball at the Fame time, the case was very sus
picious. But if he played under an assumed
name also, the case Is beyond dispute. The
rule states specifically that no student ehall
play in any game under an assumed name,
and no exception is made for any reason, sen
timental or otherwise. Mr. Williams is clear
ly barred by the conference rule, and if lowa
plays him on her team, she does co knowing
that the rule is violated.
Williams' Mistake.
Dr. Knipe says that Williams is a thor
ough enthusiast over football and had he
felt there was the least danger that he
would be regarded as violating a confer
ence rule he would not have played ball
with Larimore. He says, as Professor
Smith says in his letter, that Williams
simply used the name Wylie in order that
his mother might not know that he was
playing; that he had no purpose or in
tention of violating the conference rules —
too much was at stake for him to do so.
The situation from the standpoint of
lovers of the game is unfortunate. If
pushed, the matter might result in tho
exclusion of lowa from the "Big Nine."
But it is hardly likely that Minnesota
will carry the matter to the conference.
It is hard to tell what other universities in
the conference may do before the season
is over.
Want Williams in Game.
Certain it is that no one in Minneapolis
or Minnesota —not even the most rabid
rooter —wants to see Williams anywhere
but in the game to-morrow. They do not
want to see Minnesota play any but the
very best team that lowa can produce,
and certainly it would be a sad loss to
lowa not to have Williams, for he is a
brilliant player. It is believed that the
members of the Minnesota team them
selves would be keenly disappointed were
Williams to be withdrawn.
NORMAL CASE DELAYED
Quo Warranto Will Probably Be
Filed Monday.
Attorney General Douglas did not pre
sent the quo warranto petition in the
board of control case to-day. Papers pre
pared by General Childs were delivered
to him this morning, but too late for him
to prepare himself on the case. As the
court does not .ordinarily sit on Saturday,
the petition will probably go over until
Monday.
The petition did not set forth any of
the details of the conflict between the
normal board and the board of control.
It will merely allege that the board of
control has been performing duties which
belong solely to the normal school board,
and ask that theybe summoned to show
their grounds for so acting.
STICKNEY ANEM/ANDERBILT
Big; Hailroad Men Reach Red Wing
—I* There a Denl On*
Special to The Journal.
Red Wing, Minn., Oct. 25.—President
Stickney of the Chicago Great Western
and William K. Vanderbllt and party ar
rived here shortly after 2 o'clock this
afternoon. It is the general impression
among people close to Stickney that a
deal for the road will be made by. the
I Vanderbilts.
16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
EMPLOYES JUMP TO
CERTAIN DEATH
Seventeen or More Lives Lost by the
Burning of a Furniture Factory
in Philadelphia.
Surrounded by Flames, Men and Wo
men Jump From Fire Escapes
and Are Dashed to Death.
Philadelphia, Oct. 25.—A fierce fire is
raging on Market street, between Twelfth
and Thirteenth streets, and it is feared a
heavy loss of life is involved.
The fire started at 10:30 this morning
in the nine-story building occupied by
Hunt, Wilkinson & Co., furniture and up
holstery manufacturers. Althoug-h the
structure was fireproof, it was filled from
cellar to roof with highly inflammable ma
terials and soon flames were bursting
from every window and it was impossible
for the firemen to assist those in the burn
ing building. Hundreds of men and
women were employed by the firm and a
a great many were killed and injured.
Up to 11 o'clock eleven bodies have been
removed to the morgue and it is certain
that others were killed*. The flames
spread so quickly that nearly everybody
who could get out was compelled to jump
from the flre escapes in the rear, which
fronts on a narrow street.
Killed by Jumping;*
When the firemen reached the scene
this street was literally piled up with
bodies of people who had jumped. Some
were dead, others were dying. Lying on
the fire escape at the fifth story, in full
view of thousands of spectators, was a
body roasted to a cinder, and other ob
jects on the fire escape higher up were
believed to be bodies. The fire is spread
ing eastward and has crossed Market
street, where several big buildings are on
fire; but the fire department hopes to pre
vent these from being, destroyed.
Watyaiuaker's innnen.se store is only a
few hundred feet away and the city hall
is close by, but the wind Is blowing from
a direction that will save these struc
tures.
About 11:30 o'clock, the walls of the
Hunt-Wilkinson building tell. This gave
the firemen an opportunity to work on the
other buildings that were ablaze, and at
12 o'clock the fire was believed to be un
der control. The wholesale and retail
rubber warehouse of Latta & Mulconroy,
adjoining Hunt-Wilkinson & Co.'s build
ing, took fire, but the flames were confined
to the upper stories.
How Many Were Killed?
Stories conflict as to the number of per
sons killed. Hunt-Wilkinson & Co. <*i
ployed 30 people, mostly girls. The fire
is believed to have started on the second
floor, where 15 persons were at work. It
is not known whether any of these es
caped. When the rear wall of the build
ing fell a number of bodies were lying
in the small street in the rear, variously
estimated at from six to thirty, and these
are covered with tons of brick and
twisted iron. The police say that twelve
IT IS A SURE THING
Reports That Extra Session Is Off
Are Without Foundation.
STRONG PRESSURE AGAINST IT
Nevertheless There Is Nothing to In
dicate That Uov. Vaji Sant's
Plans Have Changed.
There fs absolutely no reason to doubt
that there will be an extra session of the
legislature this winter.
If the tax commission reports in time,
as it is in duty and honor bound to do,
the legislature will be convened to con
sider its report.
A morning paper declared to-day that
in a letter Gov. Van Sant had stated that
"there was no certainty that there would
be a special session of the legislature."
No such language was used. The letter
was written to Charles M. Reeves, secre
tary of the committee on legislation of
the Louisiana Purchase exposition. Mr.
Reeves called the governor's attention to
the fact that Minnesota had made no ap
propriation for the exposition, and asked
that he appoint honorary commissioners
to represent the state. The governor re
ported that a movement had been instil
tuted looking to an extra session, and that
the matter should rest in abeyance awhile.
If the extra session should make an ap
propriation, then the state would have
active commissioners. If the legislature
failed to act, then honorary commission
ers would be appointed.
Governor Van Sant refuses to discuss the
extra session proposition on the ground
that it is not properly before him until
the tax commission reports. There is no
ground now for discussing the question.
There is no reason to surmise, or even
hint, that the governor has changed his
Advocates Killing the Weak
Maw Ymrk Bun Saaalml Smmvlcm
Itasca, N. V., Oct. 25.—Professor H. H. Powers, professor of sociology at Cornel}
university, started his class in political principles by the following statement:
I am strongly in favor of killing off the weak in society for the benefit
of the strong. Kill off the feeble-minded and those who are a burden to
the rest of society as you would kill off so many rattlesnakes; not because
we hate them, but because they, are troublesome to have around. I be
lieve the time will come when society will see the benefit of exterminating,
the weak by artificial means* *^.
are known to have been killed and that
they hesitate to estimate how many bodies
are in the ruins.
The rapid spreading of the fire is said
to be due to the fact that much naphtha,
varnish, excelsior and other highly in
flammable material was used by the firm.
Employes of the firm who started down,
the fire escape at the rear of the build
ing were compelled to jump before they
had traveled two stories, because of the
flames breaking through the windows.
The firemen who arrived on the scene de
voted their energies entirely to the work
of rescue. Nets were spread in front and
rear of the building and some who jumped
were saved in this way. A woman,
jumped from one of the windows of the
Market street front, but the smoke
blinded her and she missed the net, strik
ing the pavement and dying instantly. In
the rear a young girl who jumped from
one of the top stories caught on the fire
escape at the third story and the flames,
bursting from the window, burned her
body to a crisp in almost a minute.
Encircled by Planie.
Two men, one white and one colored,
emerged from the fourth story and stootf
on the fire escape with the flames all
around them. The white man danced up
and down and appeared to be bereft ot
his reason. The colored man stood for a
few seconds and then jumped to his death
below. The white man stood on the fir»
escape until he was overcome and then,
fell to his death in the small street.
There was no fire escape on the front
of the building and all employes rushed
in mad panic to the rear.
Seventeen Dead.
The loss of life is now placed at seven
teen, while many more were seriously
and perhaps fatally injured. The financial
loss is upward of $500,000.
The fire is supposed to have been caused
*iy an explosion of benzine and naphtha
which, with other materials used in the
manufacture of furniture was stored in
the cellar. The flames shot up the ele
vator sha/t and in less than five minutes
everyone of the nine floors of the struc
ture was ablaze. There were 320 employes
men and women at work in the different
departments at the time. Five who
leaped from windows were picked up liv
ing, but they died on the way to the hos
pital.
While the fire escape was filled with the
panic stricken men and women the wall
collapsed and eight persons are known to
have been burned in the ruins. A few
minutes later the front wall fell inward;
and it is not known whether any bodies
are unde/ it. If such is the case the per
sons were probably burned to death be
fore the wall collapesd.
At 1 o'clock the fire is still burning but
is under control. A new eight story
building at 1217 Market street as yet un
occupied prevented the spread of tha
flames to the eastward in which direction
they were blown by the wind. Otherwise
the city would have witnessed probably
the greatest conflagration in its history.
Several business houses on the south side
of Market street were badly scorched.
original intention. Strong pressure has
been brought to bear on him to drop the
special session, but up to d^te it has not
made any impression.
BOUND OVER
Tanke and Wife Held for the
Murder of the Woman's
Former Husband.
St. Peter, Minn., Oct. 25.—The .prelim
inary examination in the case of the state
against Frank and Amelia Tanke was
brought to a very sudden close yesterday
afternoon by the announcement of County
Attorney Davis that the state rests its
case. Attorney Eckstein for the defend
ants did not conceal his pleasure and de
manded that the court order the state to
produce any testimony it might hay«
against the defendants. The court of
course denied the motion and whatever of
evidence the state has in its possession,
other than that brought out since Mon
day, will be kept a secret.
Sheriff McMillan and County Attorney
Davis claim their best evidence has not
■been presented and that they only intro
duced enough to warrant the justice in
binding Mr. and Mrs. Tanke to the dis
trict court. The motion of Mr. Eckstein
to discharge was denied and upon the re
quest of the county attorney, the court
ordered Frank Tanke and Mrs. Tanke to
appear before the grand Jury at the next
term of the district court which convenes
on the fourth Tuesday in November. The
prisoners were remanded to jail.
NOBTHCOTT STAYS IN
Head of Modern Woodmen Denies
Having IleNigrned.
Greenville, 111., Oct. 25.—Lieutenant
Governor Northcott authorized a denial of
the statement that he had resigned the
office of head consul of the Modern Wood
men of America. He adds that he will
serve his entire term of two years.

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