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It Rests at 11:40 To-day After Hav
ing Presented an Exception
ally Strong Case.
Sensational Testimony of Mrs. Anna
C. Stephenson, Wife of a
She Says That She Saw Cornish
Mail the Poison Package-
to Himself.
New York, Nov. 7.Mrs. Anna C.
Btephenson, who gave the sensational
testimony in the trial of Roland B.
Molineux yesterday afternoon, that to the
best of her belief Harry S. Cornish was
the man who mailed the poison package,
was the first witness called when the trial
was resumed to-day.
Assistant District Attorney Osborne
wanted to know if it was true, as re
ported, that she did not recognise Cornish
until he was pointed out to her in court.
The witness said it was not tnue.
Professor Herman G. Vulte of Colum
bia university testified that Molineux was
In his company from noon until after sun
down on Dec. 23, 1898. It was on the
afternoon of that day that the poison
package was mailed.
Henry C. Lockwood, a postoffice clerk
testified that he could not say exactly
at what time the package was placed in
the mail. He corroborated Mrs. Stephen
non'B statement that it was mailed on the
Broadway side of the postoffice.
Harry E. Howell, a clerk in Hatdegens'
tore, testified that the boy Erhardt, who
said he wrapped up the silver bottle
holdter. had made a misstatement.
Howell said Erhardt had never wrapped
up any package in the store.
William M. K. Olcott of counsel for the
defense was the next witness. He testi
fied that on Oct. 30 he bought cyanide
of mercury at a drugstore in this city.
"I went into the store and bought two
chemicals," said Mr. Olcott, "then I asked
for some cyanide of mercury. The clerk
asked me if I knew it was a poison. I
said I did, and he gave me a small bot
Mr. Olcott was succeeded on the stand
by John Sanders, a clerk in the law office
of counsel for the defense, and ha and
two other employes of the same office
gave testimony similar to that of Mr.
Olcott. None of them had much trouble
In getting the poison.
H. E. Terry, a reporter, gave testi
mony to contradict that of Joseph Koch,
who identified Molineux as the man who
hired the letter box from him in Sep
tember, 1898. Witness was asked if Koch
went to a newspaper office a*nd offered to
Identify Molineux as the man who hired
the letter box if witness would pay him
H.0OO. Witness said he did.
The decree of divorce granted to Mrs.
Rogers was put in evidence to show that
It was granted after the death of Mrs.
Adams, snd then by consent of the prose
cution, ex-Governor Black submitted a
table compiled by one of his clerks to
show that although the written exhibits
are made up of several thousand indi
vidual letters, the prosecution has based
its contention that Molineux wrote them
all upon the similarity found In some sev
enteen letters.
The Rebuttal.
That closed the case for the defense,
and Mr. Osborne called Joseph Farrell,
the hitherto missing Newark detective, as
his first witness in rebuttal.
Mr. Farrell, replying to a question by
Mr. Osborne, said he was sure the evi
dence he had given at the first trial wa
correct. . At that trial he testified that
he met Molineux near a railway station
in Newark on the afternoon the bottle
holder was bought. Molineux has testi
fied at the present trial that he could not
remember meeting Farrell that day.
Testifying to-day, Farrell said his re
mark to Molineux was, "Hello," and that
Molineux'* reply to the greeting was.
'Hello, Joe."
On cross-examination witness said it
was necessary to go eight or nine blocks
out of the way to reach Hartdogen's store
In traveling between the railroad station
and the factory where Molineux was em
George H. Baker, a clerk in the employ
of tho Newark postoffice testified that the
Burns letter, the conceded writing of
Molineux. was mailed in Newark within
a half mile of Molineux's office. The
letter was on the much described blue pa
per and the object was to throw doubt on
Molineux's' statement that he could not
remember where he wrote it, but was sure
that he had none of that paper at the
Then Mr. Osborne set about upsetting
Mrs. Stephenson's identification of Cor
nish and substantiating the account Cor
nish has given of his whereabouts on the
afternoon of Friday, Dec. 23, when Mrs.
Stephenson said she saw him at the post
John Tokum was the first witness Mr.
Osborne called for the purpose. He said
he met Cornish about noon and they
lunched together. At about 2:30 they
went to the office of James E. Sullivan to
talk over athletic matters. Mr. Sullivan
waa secretary fcr the Amateur Athletic
Union. Yokum said he remained in the
office until 4:30 and that Cornish was
there all the time. He said that Cor
nish did not wear an overcoat. Mrs.
Stephenson's man had on a brown over
coat. He said Mr. Sullivan's office was j ha to Miss Bush while she was in Michi-
about 300 feet from the general postoffice. I gan last summer, contained many endearr
James Mitchell, the hammer thrower I ing terms and begged her to return as
and a writer of sporting topics, testiiied
that he was at Sullivan's office that day
and saw Cornish there. More' than a
dozen persons were in the office. Some
of them went in and out during the after
noon, but he believed Cornish was there
all the time.
After the close of the prosecution's
case the Molineux trial was adjourned un
til Monday, when the arguments of coun
sel will be made.
Sensational Testimony In the Mollneux
' Case Yesterday.
New Tork, Nov. 7.The greatest sensa
tion in the second trial of Roland B.
Molineux, charged with the murder of
Mrs. Adams, came late yesterday, when
Mrs. Anna C. Stephenson, the wife of a
Brooklyn policeman, waa called to the
Btand by the defense and testified posi
tively that Molineux was not the man
who mailed the now famous poison pack
age at the general postoffice on the even
ing of Dec. 23, 1898.
Then the witness partly identified Harry
Cornish, who- was asked to stand up in
court, as the man whom she saw standing
In front of her in the line at the post
office and holding in his hand a package
addressed to "Mr. Harry Cornish, Knick
erbocker." That was all she saw.
Her identification of Cornish was not
positive. The witness' accounts of her
movements on the evening of Dec. 23 and
her reasons for not appearing at the first
trial were given in detail.
The prosecution on cross-examination
brought out the fact that Mrs. Stephen
on ha4 suffered from attacks of nervous! be no exception. ^ s,_v
prostration within the/last two years and
had carefully read the details of the for
mer trial.
The questions of the assistant attorney
tended to show that an effort would be
made to prove insanity or delusion under
hysteria. It is also probable that an ef
fort will be made to prove an alibi for
A clerk in a drug store testified that he
had sold bromo seltzer to Cornish also
to Mrs. Rogers. Miss Miller, the clerk in
the store where the bottleholder was pur
chased, testified that she sold the holder
late in the evening. Her evidence was
corroborated by a man who was in the
store at the time. Miss Miller positively
swore that the man who bought the holder
was not Mollneux.
Hobo Plays an Extraordinary Prank
on the Rock Island at
Albert Lea. - .
Special to The Journal.
Albert Lea. Minn., Nov. 7.Somebody
stole a locomotive from the Rock Island
yard about 4 thiu morning and went north
at a flying rate.
The locomotive was on a spur ready for
the northbound passenger. A pursing Dukhobors believe, her story and she may
party went after the fugitive and five j cause trouble If her advice is in the wrong
miles out overtook it. The throttle was
closed and nobody was around.
The culprit has not been apprehended,
but he is supposed to be a hobo who was
loafing about the station.
The Government Coal Arbitrators in
France Make a Decision for
Another District.
Paris, Nov. 7.The government arbi
trators to-day announced their decision
against increasing the wages of the strik
ing miners in the Department Du Nord.
The ground of the decision are similar to
those in the Pas de Calais arbitration,
namely that wages are proportionate to
the selling price of coal. The large com
panies in the Nord have agreed to estab
lish pensions for a term of five years.
At Lens there was a clash to-day be
tween strikers and cavalry, the former
throwing bricks at the soldiers.
Gendarmes who intervened were also as
saulted with bricks. One soldier was in
jured and three arrests were made.
Throughout the Pas de Calais coal dis
trict the strikers are making noisy demon
Later details of the rioting reported
from Lens show that a lively melee be
tween cavalry and strikers occurred in
the neighboring town of Anzin. Lieuten
ant Duval was struck in the breast with
a brick, two other officers were hit. Only
the arrival of reinforcements of gen
d'armes dispersed the strikers.
The Treasury Department Will No
Longer Accept Them as
Washington. Nov. 7.The treasury de
partment has discontinued the acceptance
of state and municipal bonds as security
for government deposits. Transactions
already initiated, however, will be com
These bonds were authorized to be tak
en as security for public deposits Oct. 1,
1902, under the following rule:
"The department has decided to release
for such banks as have deposits and are
not maintaining their limit of circulation
a portion of the bonds now held by the
government, taking in Ueu therefor other
satisfactory security on condition always
that the bonds released will be used for
the immediate issue of additional circu
lation. This provision does not apply to
those banks that already have their
maximum circulation, neither does it ap
ply to the banks that do not have any de
The amount of municipal and state
bonds so deposited aggregate roundly
$17,000,000. These transactions that are
already in progress will be completed and
release the treasury's -holding of these
The Omaha Preacher Who Was
Found Dead Had Lived a
Double Life.
Omaha, Nov. 7.Letters have been dis
covered among the effects of Rev. Wil
liam C. Rabe, who was found dead with
Miss Augusta Bush in the pastor's study
In the German Baptist church, which in
crease the sensation begun by the trag
edy. The letters disclosed that the preach
er had lived a double life in Buffalo, where
his wife and Bon now reside, and in other
places as well as Omaha. Most of the let
ters are filled with terms that prevent
publication of the missives.
Many letters were found and these were
read by the coroner and officers of the
church. One of them, written from Oraa-
soon as possible, as the pastor Was lone
some without her. In the letter Mr. Rabe
offered to send her money for transporta
tion if she would return at once.
In Mr. Rabe's effects many letters were
found which had been written by women
in cities where he had formerly preached,
one written by a married woman in Buf
falo, begged him to return to that place,
as the writer could not get along with
out him.
The coroner's jury returned a verdict
to the effect that death had been caused
by accidental asphyxiation due to care
A telegram has been received by the
coroner from Mrs. Rabe saying that she
would leave Buffalo for Omaha at once.
Until her arrival no funeral arrangements
will be made.
The bodies are at the morgue and will
be kept. there until arrangements are
made for the funeral services.
Peet's Paper Issued While the Office
Was Burning.
Special to The Journal.
Grantsburg, Wis., Nov. 7.The Journal
office is on fire and the firemen are put
ting out the fire at one end of the building
and the Journal cylinder press is printing
this week's issue at the other
the building will be saved as the firemen
have the flames pretty well under con
trol. v
Edltor Peet ?ay the Journal has never
yet failed to get out on time and this will
Young and Attractive Dukhobor
Woman in a Startling Role
at Yorkton.
Many of the Fanatics Believe Her
Story and More Trouble
May Ensue.
Detachment of Mounted Police Or
dered tx Meet the Pilgrims at
Portage la Prairie.
Special to The Journal.
Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 7.At Yorkton a
young Dukhobor woman of attractive ap
pearance, dressed herself in white cotton
with white canvas shoes and proclaimed
herself the Virgin Mary. Many of the
direction. Otherwise the situation is un
Some 1.200 loaves of bread were re
ceived from Winnipeg yesterday and the
supplies are good. Some of the more
sensible of the Dukhobor women are be
coming anxious about their male rela
tives as the weather is cold and snow is
A special from Strathclair says: The
Dukhobor horde arrived here at 1 p. m.
yesterday and remained until 3:30. They
marched through the main street singing
their weird rsalms.
At the center of the village they stood
in a circle and Zebroff, their leader, in
broken English, addressed the curious vil
lagers, stating their intention of convert
ing the world to the true faith.
He closed by asking the people for food
and shelter for the short time they would
remain and so help the cause of Jesus.
There was a liberal response.
A special from Newdale, 153 miles from
Winnipeg, says the motley crowd of
Dukhobors reached here at 6 o'clock last
night, after a three hours' tramp from
Strathclair. Many of them were worn
out and staggering from* exhaustion.
Zebroff, their leader, who is one of the
biggest men in the crowd, and a black
smith by trade, addressed the townspeo
ple, who turned out en masse. He made
an p.ppeal, which showed traces of elo
quence, for food and shelter for his weary,
footsore followers.
He moved his hearers to such an extent
that there we're tears in many eyes, and
the villagers made every effort to feed and
house the pilgrims. At 9 o'clock all were
comfortably settled. The party expects
to reach Minnedosa to-night.
A special from Portage la Prairie says:
To judge from present appearances. Por
tage la Prairie will witness the final act
of the Dukhobor search for Jesus. Chief
of Police Sturdy received a telegram from
Inspector Wilson of the mounted police,
dated at Chater, requesting him to make
all necessary arrangements for a force
of twenty men and horses to go into camp
Acting on these instructions, Chief
Sturdy has made all the necessary ar
rangements for the men and has selected
Island park as the camping ground. The
park is especially suitable, as it has ex
cellent stabling facilities. The contin
gent of twenty police, with their horses,
is expected to-day.
Some of the citizens believe that if they
attempt to turn the Dukhobors back here,
It will be necessary to call out the Cana
dian mounted rifles to give the police a
hand. It is thought that twenty men are
hardly adequate to cope with 700 fanatics,
who are determined to reach Winnipeg
at any cost.
Captain Wimster of.D squadron of the
Canadian Mounted rifles was interviewed
by the correspondent, and he said that.
Part of a o
fari he .received no instructions
in referencehas to the. Dukhobors. In view
of the approaching crisis in the Dukhobor
question, many Portagers. are felicitating
themselves on the fact that there are two
squadrons of the Canadian Mounted rifles .
here. ,, ' . * *t*tt%$v* . ^*"*./ 1-^7** *
Half Hour Recess in Lind-Times
Case to Enable Defense to Get
Much Time Consumed by Defend
ants Attorney in Arguing
Legal Points.
Points Are Impressed Upon the Jury
HoweverAn Irrelevant Wit
ness Excused.
A pretty neck-and-neck race developed
this morning in the trial of "E. R. John
stone, editor of the Minneapolis Times,
who is accused by Congressman-Elect
John Lind of criminal libel in having
charged Mr. Lind with responsibility for
a pamphlet that besought Swedish votes
for Mr. Lind on the ground of his na
Neither party, so far. has won a positive
advantage. The Times has failed to show
ihat Mr. Lind authorized the pamphlet or
But He Will B Up Betimes in th Morning.
even knew that it had been circulated.
Mr. Lind has failed to show that the Times
knew it was publishing false accusations,
or that it was actuated by any malice in
such pfablicantlon.
But the burden of the struggle falls nat
urally upon the defense. Its principal at
torney, A. B. Jackson, has therefore as
sumed the shrewd attitude of the small
boy who tries to justify a fight by ue
claring, "Well, he didn't hit me, maybe
but he made faces at me, anyhow!"
The "faces" that Governor Lind "made"
are, of course, irrelevant to the current
case. They are promptly objected to by
Mr. Llnd's attorneys and are as promptly
ruled out by Judge Holt. Yet Attorney
Jackson never fails to argue each attempt
ed point so fully that he brings all the
desired information before the jury. Then,
while addressing the court, he reiterates
that the jury must interpret both the law
and the fact. At one time Mr. Jackson
went so far as to instruct the Jury over
his honor's head by insisting, loudly that,
"no matter what any man might say," the
jurors were to be the judges of the fact
whether Mr. Lind was not "morally and
legally responsible" for a pamphlet that
the court had ruled out.
The Red Pamphlet.
This pamphlet, to be known by pos
terity as the "red pamphlet," or the
"church fair ad.," is a publication issued
to patrons of a local church fair. The red
cover inclosed portraits, more or less im
pressionistic, of Mr. Lind and of other
candidates. Mr. Lind, as he testified yes
terday, paid $25 for the privilegt of ap
pearing in this hall of fame. But he did
not furnish encomiums to accompany the
portrait. He was wholly ignorant, he said,
until he saw the pamphlet in the court
room, what sort of a "notice" had been
printed below his picture.
That notice, as Mr. Jackson made
known "Incidentally," was an appeal for
the Swedish vote as biased in favor of
mere nationality, as was the pamphlet
upon which the Times commented.
Mr. Jackson also endeavored to pre
sent, despite objections, evidence that Mr.
Lind's political lieutenants authorized the
objeotionable circular, and that hence Mr.
Lind was "morally and legally responsi-
ble." An attempt was made, however,
to introduce testimony as to Mr. Lind's
appeals for votes during previous cam
paigns. Whether the Times' article was
truly libelous would defend, sai Mr.
Jackson, upon ,Mr.?Lind/sn
ods. But the testimony regarding for
mer campaigns was naturally excluded.
'.*'-.- The Defense's Advance^' ^A
The defense, advanced this far'.''drily: It
established by direct testimony that part
of the pamphlet was written by Edward
Peterson, an assistant city and county
assessor of St. Paul. Mr. Peterson is a
member of the Rosing "club of i hat city.
He delivered a speech there and after
wards prepared the speech for a Minne
apolis newspaper. Portions of the speech
(Continued on Second Page.).
He Writes That He Will Not Return
to China by Way of
* Vancouver.
Senator Nelson One of a Party of
Senators to Inspect the
Reasons for an Extra Session of Con
gress in the Spring
of 1903.
from Th Journal Bureau. Boom *S, roti
Building, Washington..
Washington, Nov. 7.-Minister Wu has
definitely announced that he will not visit
Minneapolis. In a letter to the Journal
correspondent he said that he had decided
not to return to China via "Vancouver,
B. C, and therefore could not visit the
northwest. He expressed thanks tor the
invitation and regret at his inability to
accept it.
The senate subcommittee on territories
in charge of Mr. Beveridge, chairman of
the full committee, will leave Chicago
Monday night for a tour of inspection
in a special car, of Oklahoma, New, Mex
ico and Arizona with reference to the bill
now pending admitting them as states.
Senator Nelson, of Minnesota, will be one
of the party. They will be gone two
weeks, possibly longer.
Special Session Talk.
Affairs may so shape themselves dur
ing the short session, which will open
Doc. 1. as to demand a special session of
the fifty-eighth congress next spring.
Here is a safety valve which the presi
dent will not hesitate to use, should the
necessity arise. Should there be no time
during the short session for the repub
licans to outline certain policies which the
president has had in mind for some time,
and which have been given utterance in
his public acts and addresses, he will un
doubtedly feel like calling a special ses
sion, so as to bring the proposed legisla
tion to a focus as far as possible ahead of
the presidential campaign. It would be
folly, for instance, for the 58th congress,
meeting regularly in December, 1902, to
undertake any discussion of the tariff.
Discu8Hion of the trusts, with a view to
legislation, might be equally unsafe. But
in an extra session next spring, congress
would have time to take up the work leis
urely and carry it forward to completion
long enough before the 1904 campaign to
escape possible reaction. If the McKlnley
tariff bill had been disposed of in this
way, instead of coming on at the regular
session Just in advance of the campaign,
Cleveland might not have been elected a
second time.
Louis Sherwin of Central City, S. D.,
Shot to Death.
Special to The Journal.
Deadwood, S. D., Nov. 7.Louis Sher
win of Central City was mistaken by Ira
Maley for a deer while hunting along the
Spearflsh river yesterday and waa shot
and instantly killed. He was one of the
most successful deer hunters In the coun
try and while hunting dressed in gray.
In walking he assumed a crouching atti
tude and in a brushy region could easily
be mistaken for a deer.
Kansas City, NOT. 7.C. C. Christie, presi
dent of the Christie Grain and Stock company,
which Is styled the biggest bucket shop concern
ir. the country, has been indicted by a federal
grand jury in order to test the revenue law
providing for the payment of 2 cents on every
$100 In grain transactions. The Christie com
pany has branch offices all over the southwest,
and it insisted that it should not be compelled
to pny the tax at both, the main and. branch
offices, making a charge of 4 cents on each $100.
Commissioner Yerkea declared that this double
tax must be paid, nnd the company's refusal to
comply with the order bat resulted la the la
W. W. Jermane.
Upper Missouri Valley Due to Get a
Ten-Above Temperature
Washington, Nov. 7.The weather bur
eau has issued the following bulletin:
"The first cold wave of the season will
extend over the upper Missouri valley re
gion to-night and Saturday with minimum
temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 above
Mrs. Annie O'Mahoney of Waterford
Goes to Jail in Ireland Under
the Crimes Act.
Dublin, Nov. 7.Mrs. Annie O'Mahoney,
the first woman imprisoned under the
crimes act during the present campaign,
was arrested at Waterford this morning
and sent to jail, where she will undergo
a two months' sentence- Mrs. O'Ma
honey, who is the proprietor of the Wat
erford Star, refused to furnish bail to
guarantee that she would cease the. publi
cation of boycotting notices. H. P. Lynan,
editor of the same paper, was also ar
rested and sent to jail for a similar term.
Speaker Henderson Says He Has No
Designs Whatever in the
Iowa Governorship.
Special to The Journal.
Dubuque, Iowa, Nov. 7.Speaker Hen
derson is not a candidate for the governor
ship. Concerning the report to the con
trary. D. C. Glalser, former chairman of
the congressional committee and the
speaker's authorized spokesman, says there
is no truth in it, . The speaker denied the
story in Chicago and does not consider it
necessary to deny or discuss it further.
He Ducked the Suitor of His Daugh
ter and Was Put Under
JVeto Torh Sun Speeial Sorvioo
Chicago, Nov. 7.Clinton Ross did not
write a. "prize" love letter, but, at the
same time, he did not exactly draw a
blank. Young Clinton's tender missive fell
into the hands of Charles Stromwall, father
of Annie Stromwall, for whom it was in
tended. The stern - parent read it and
straightway prescribed the water cure for
Clinton. - ' -'
Dressed in his other clothes. Clinton ap
proached the Stromwall residence last
night in hope of catching a glimpse of his
adored one. Instead, the matter of fact
Mr. Stromwall caught him by the neck.
"You may be all right, young man," he
said, "but I don't like your guff. If you
want to say foolish things to my daugh
ter, say them to her facedon't write
With that Mr. Stromwall dragged Clin
ton to a horse trough nearby and revived
him by plunging him into its depths.
Clinton hurried to the Englewood police
station, where he swore out a warrant
for the stern one's arrest. Stromwall was
taken in custody, but was released on
The Supreme Court of Ohio Holds
That They Are Not
Cincinnati, Nov. 7.In a case dealing
with newspaper guessing contests, the su
perior court to-day handed down a deci
sion dismissing the petition of Samuel Ste
vens, praying for a receiver.
The court holds that such contests are
not within the condemnation of the stat
utes of Ohio against lotteries, gambling,
wagering or betting. The court holds In
regard to the money paid in that if the
contract was illegal anyone who seeks to
rescind it after election comes too late
to be heard for the reason that the con
tract has been executed wholly or In part.
Further, the court holds that such a bill
as' the one passed on cannot be filed in
equity on behalf of others who are not
dissatisfied. A court of equity also will
not assume jurisdiction where there is an
adequate remedy at law. The superior
court has no jurisdiction in an action at
law to recover 50 cents. The attorney for
the plaintiff reserved exceptions and stated
that he would decide soon whether he
would take the case higher.
Union Labor and the Bubber Trust
in a Fight to a
Chicago, Nov. 7.Seven hundred rub
ber workers employed by the Morgan &
Wright company of this city went on a
strike to-day in what is regarded as a
fight to the finish between union labor
and what is known as the rubber trust.
The recognition of the union Is the 6b-
Jectlve point in the walk-out. The rub
ber workers claim that the trust is en
deavoring to break up the union and are
prepared to resist any effort in that di
The Steam Power Council, which em
braces the firemen, engineers and team
sters, held a conference to-day to deter
mine what action should be taken in the
case, but the result of the conference is
not knownr Business Agent Lee Fisher
of the Machinists' union said that if the
council took favorable action, all the ma
chinists will also be called out. Presi
dent Albert Young of the Teamsters' Na
tional union, when interviewed on the
subject, said:
"The fight of the rubber men is our
fight, too, and we will fight the trust to
a finish if it Is demonstrated that it is
endeavoring to break up the union. We
will not allow any firm or trust to break
an agreement with impunity." ,
Philadelphia, Nov. 7.The Medal of Honor
Legion, composed of civil war veterans decorated
by the United States government for copspleti
ous bravery in action, met to-day in annual
convention in Independce hall. Two hundred
members were In attendance. Major Moses
ysle, comuuuidtr ot th legion, presided.
Bement-Darling Co.'s Fine Seven
story Structure Is Badly
Several Carloads of Sugar Stored OIL
Sixth Floor Fall Through
to Basement.
Massive Walls Bulge and Mill Con
struction Is Knocked Askew
No One Injured.
Nearly a hundred tons of salt and sugar
crashed through six floors of the magnifi
cent new Bement-Darling implement and
vehiele warehouse, Third street between
Sixth and Seventh avenues S, this morn
ing about 10 o'clock. Large sections of
the floors below the sixth were carried
away by the shock and their contents and *
the debris constantly added to the aval
anche descending to the basement where
the heating plant was demolished. The
collapse was so sudden that the force of
the compressed air on the ground floor
simply burst the large double doors of the
main entrance from their casing and shat
tered the heavy plate glass in them into
tiny fragments, carrying some of the
pieces into the middle of the street.
The shock left the entire inner con
struction of the building reeling and stag
gering and the massive walls bulging.
The immense timbers of the mill con
struction were started everywhere in the.
building. They were sprung from their
places in the west wall an inch and a half
or two inches owing to the bulging of the
wall. On the heads of the pillars they
were drawn apart a like distance, and it
looked as though the complete collapse
of the building might come at any mo
The occupants ot the building were
terrified, and fled with all speed. When
heads were counted after the first panic
it was found that all were safe. Though
there were fifteen persons in the build
ing at the time and the space broken
through by the avalanche of sugar was
22x70 feet, miraculously no one received
more than a few bruises. One of the
young ladles in the rear part of the of
fice, however, was knocked down.
A Panicky Time.
The terror following the shock caused
by the collapse, and the quaking of the
ground due to it, spread to the surround
ing buildings, especially to the building
of the J. I. Case Implement company.
which the Bement-Darlins building ad
joins. The J. I. Case employes fled, and
soon afterward, when a Journal man
entered, no one was therei
premises. AH had thought, discretion de
manded that the building be vacated at
least until the city building inspector
could determine the extent of the dam
age and the risk in longer occupying the
Captain Osborne of the Are depart- -
rrient's engine company No-l less than .
a block away, hastened to the scene, and
finding that no one had been killed or
injured, proceeded to investigate the ex
tent of the damages, first having taken
the precaution to post pickets to warn
those passing on the street of danger In
too near approach.
The Bement-Darling company was just
moving into the building, which had only
recently been completed. There was no
reason to think that the building was
weak, as it is built on the same massive
plan as that of the J. I. Case Implement
company adjoining, of which it is a
duplicate except for size. As all of the
space in the building was not to be taken
for implements immediately, the sixth
floor was used for storing sugar, five
carloads of which are said to have been
placed in the building. Only yesterday
one of the architects was called in to
pass upon the safety of storing the BUgar
as planned, and had given his consent.
As a result, not the least timidity W M
felt and the collapse came without warn
The building was but recently com
pleted and is owned by A. W. Wright of
Alma, Mich. W. H. Eustis is the local
manager. The Bement Darling company
took possession of the building about two
weeks ago.
The LossCauses.
As the building stands since the acci
dent, it is almost impossible to estimate
the loss. Tons of sugar and salt, hun
dreds of pieoes of farm machinery, bug
gies, wagons and other implements, lie in
a heap in the basement, while six floors
have been torn out, and the walls of tba
building badly damaged by the shock. It
is thought, however, that the loss to the
building will not exoeed 110.000, while the
Bement-Darling company will suffer a lose
of from $20,000 to $25,000 on stock. Fur
ther investigation may materially change
these estimates.
The catastrophe was caused by the giv
ing away of the iron saddles that hoi* the
beams of the sixth floor against the walls
of the J. I. Case building. The anchor of
one of these saddles broke and the shock
caused several others to break. The
sugar, which was piled on that floor, waa
precipitated to the floor below, which'
in turn gave away and the goods did not.
stop until it all landed In a heap on top
of the heating plant in the basement.
John Duffield, who was foreman of con
struction for the H. N. Leighton company,
said that the iron saddle which was used
was guaranteed to stand a tension of 60,- -
000 pounds to the square inch. Whether
the load upon the floor put a greater pres
sure upon the saddle than that is not
known, but it is said that the average -
weight per square foot on the sixth floor
was sixty-five pounds less than the archi
tect estimated the building would hold.
James G. Houghton, building inspector,
visited the building shortly after the
catastrophe and said that it appeared as
if the building was overloaded.. He had
not had sufficient time to investigate the
matter thoroughly and was not ready to
fix the blame for the accident. He was
undecided as to whether the entire build
ing should be condemned.
Miss Lyman's Close Call.
Miss Louise Lyman, stenographer for
the Bement Darling company, and H. E.
Blair, one of the office employes, had a .-
narrow escape from death in the fall of the -
floor. They were both employed in. the- -
rear office when they heard the crash *
overhead. Mr. Blair started for the door 1
but turned to see where Miss Lyman was.
She, too, had started to leave the office,
but was not able to reach the door when.-" .
the ceiling gave way and she was knocked '
upon her knees. Mr. Blair caught her by '*
the hand and dragged her from the office,. *
which was fortunately not blocked by the
falling of the celling. Miss Lyman was not
injured in the least but was badly fright
ened, i'
Mr. Bement, president of the company****
and Mr.Darling, general manager, were on' *'
the fifth floor at the time of the accident
and were 'within five feet of the section
of the floor which fell. ,They were cov
ered with dust and debris but were not
William Sharp, one of the employes of
the house, had been engaged all morning
in setting up sample machinery on the
first floor directly under the section which
gave way, but was sent to the third floorc
to guard the

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