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Ehe Fever of Wealth-Getting Seizes
the Hitherto Conservative and
\f Solid Canadians. \
A Preliminary View of the Great
Changes Fermenting Through
out the Dominion.
The Big Branch Banking Concerns
Are Behind All Manner of De
fi velopment Enterprises.
from, a Staff Correspondent.
Toronto, Ont., Dec. 4.In Winnipeg: a
lew days ago I met a Scotchman who re
marked that he liked the Canadians better
than the Americans because they couici
talk about something besides-money and
money-making. "I have been ail through
the United States." 'he said, "and-every
where I went they were taking about
making $650,000, and would not under any
circumstances discount it more than 20
per cent."-.
That Scotchman will not much longer
have any cause for preferring the Cana
dians. They, too. are rapidly getting to
the point where thty don't talk anything
else but money. Like the Americans, they
will leave such insignificant affairs as have
not a financial bearing to the women's
clubs. The fact is that the Canadian,
pretty well Americanized already in
everything except political relations, is
now becoming quite as, keen and eager
and quite as relentless in the pursuit of
the dollar as the American. The Cana
dians always were a successful business
people in a calm and substantial way, and
it needed only a little more alertness and
a jlttle mora concentration on the main
chance to put them on a basis of equality
with the Americans in the great twentieth
century sport of making more millions
than your neighbor!
Clergue of the "Soo," the Dominion Iron
and Steel company at Sydney, C. B.. thethe
second discovery of the agricultural re-
, glons of the Canadian northwest, the
J Klondike's revelations of wealth, the -in-
rush of American capital, have all com
bined to give the Canadian the fever of
wealth-getting. And so to-day, in hotel
lobbies and on trains from one end of Can
ada to the other, the talk is all of invest
ments, of combinations, of new, compa
nies, of franchises, of subsidies, of higher
tariffs, of new railroads, with their new
opportunities.. - Toronto is said to be. in
proportion to population, the greatest
stock-gambling city on the continent.
The Caha'di&nr - are now thoroughly
wake to the possibilities of their country
and eager to develop its reso'urces. The
same, abundant prosperity that the United
States has had these four years past per
meates Canadaon a lesser scale, of
course,* as Becomes a smaller country, but,
i possibly, on a more substantial basis. In
! consequence Canadian capital has accu
mulated until the bank deposits to-day
' *3ceeed $500,000,000.
The Canadian - banks have entered with
seal and rather more boldness than they
firmorly evinced. Into the spirit of: the
new era, and have, made practically the
whole df that- jawWOOvOua" available for
business, whether in the form of $ d and:
assured undertakings or - Miosjay^if:,a'-.newer
and somewhat less certt a nature-,: - Thesfe
great branch bank -systems, with their
agencies all over ,the dominion and else
where, are in k splendid position to feel
the new impulse of national development
in whatever section it may show Itself,
and .to .distribute credits for its assist
ance and encouragement. Any under
taking that can enlist the co-qperatlon of
one of these powerful argus-eyed banks
Is bound to succeed. If It' has any merit,
because the bank at once takes a father
ly interest in it and cannot afford to see
it fall for lack of funds. The system is
also particularly adapted to the promo
tion of large business enterprises. It is
able to put at the service of any large
patron that it serves the resources gath
ered from far and wide.
Hence, no one need be surprised to see
Canada become within a short time a
more trust-ridden country, and, in pro
portion to Its size, a more industrially and
commercially consolidated country than
even the United States at the present
time. The bankers, cannot fail to see the
analogy between their own large institu
tions and the large commercial and inaction
dustrial schemes that coma to them ask
ing for help.
Another Important fact to be borne in
mind in this connection is that subsidies
and govermental assistance in other forms
for almost any promising enterprise of
large proportions are the order of the day
In Canada. This is not surprising when
the situation is studied closely. A s a na
tion, or colony, or whatever you please,
Canada is not yet of much consequence
among the nations, however great its pos
sibilities may be. After all, it has only
a little more than 5,000,000 people and its
total revenues are not so largo as those of
Greater Ne w York alone. A t the same
time the country is far better developed
than was the United States when it had
only 5.000.000 people, as, of course, would
be the case with any nation of 5,000,000
at the beginning of the twentieth century
as compared with any nation of 5,000,000
at the beginning of the nineteenth cen
tury, before the age of steam and elec
tricity and invention. Consequently the
Canadian government, small as it is com
paratively, is beset by pressure for spe
cial privileges, subsidies, high tariffs, con
cessions, etc., such as the American gov
ernment did not have to meet, when it
represented four times as many people as
Bir Wilfrid Laurier's government does. It
would be extraordinary, therefore, if Can
i ada should not turn out to be the home
par excellence of monopoly and special
| privilege. Remember, too, that with so
| much- of the rest of the $Torth American
I continent pretty well occupied and de
I * veloped, Canada has erreat natural re
i sources almost untouched, and that a con -
iderable part of the surplus capital of a
nation of 80,000,000 people Is competing
with or.uniting with home capital to ex
ploit these virgin fields, and you begin
to have a good idea of the situation in
Canada. Conditions, then, are ripe for
capital and the capitalistic point of view
to dominate Canada in the near future, re
membering alwt-ys that self-interest and
a very definite purpose will see,to it that
the capitalistic point of view is continu
ally kept before the public and the gov
ernment as the view of the whole coun-
! This then ' is the present situation in
Canada: The whole country is becoming
i infected with the modern commercial
spirit that has found its highest e'xpres
I sion in the United States. The govern
I ment is the government of only 5,000,000
' people. The development of the com
mercial and industrial organization of the
country is already far advanced. The
people are not well organized politically
and have not for many years given a man
date that means any thing." The country
is full of shrewd men with their eyes
intent upon the wealth-giving possibilities
of the country's resources, it is overrun
With other shrewd men from the United
St3tes with the same intention. What
will be the result? W e may see later,
Theodore M. Knappen.
*. - ^ */ ,t%
*^|^*4%2^^ jfa j^^0rl4^M^^^.
His Indictment in Connection With
the Theater Closing Deal Ke
garded as Probable.'
Charged That He Was Paid for
Closing Up Sodini's Two
Sodini Himself likely to Be Impli
cated Seriously by a
$1,000 Check,
With the exception of the usual inspec
tion of the workhouse and county farm,
the present grand jury has practically
completed Its work. From the character
of the witnesses examined since the body
first assembled, it seems well assured that
careful .Consideration has been given to
certain features of the Ames administra
tion. It need surprise no one If addi
tional indictrnents are returned against
the discredited mayor and several of those
whose names have been prominently as -
sociated with the municipal corruption
which three grand juries have now been
instrumental in rooting out.
Through the revelations to its prede
cessors and through convictions of the
corruptionists already tried, the present
grand jury was able to command infor
mation which "puts it up" to Dr. Ames
more directly than the evidence heard by
any of the preceding bodies of investi
gators. Those who were inclined to sym
pathize with Ames because previous in
dictments have cited only "$15 gi-afts,"
are likely to have their grounds for sym
pathy removed by one charge that the
fugitive mayor in one instance demanded
and received a bribe of $1,000.
This case involves J. C. Sodini. the "a-
riety dive-keeper, in addition to Dr. Ames,
From evidence drawn out by the grand
jury, it appears that the mysterious clos
ing ot the Park and Standard variety the
aters by Ames was a move directly in
interests of Sodini. engineered by him
to shut off competition with his own mal
odorous Columbia. One grand jury wit
ness, a man who stood closer to Ames
than any other of his subordinates, gave
the details of the transaction. While the
facts were new to many members of the
grand jury, it has been generall:/ under
stood for some time among those who
haA'e watched' Ames,' that the deal was
worked in this way:. Sodini is said to
have given his check for $1,000 to Ames'
intimate, who In turn indorsed and cashed
It, turning the money over to the mayor.
In itself this-
more than. that.the $1,000 was paid over
to the subordinate, but he says he turned
it over to the doctor in the presence of
witnesses who were available for grand
jury examination.
Beside this, the subordinate after cash
ing the check, went to the. man who had
drawn it ar d secured the paper which had
come back from the bank. The voucher
was available for use by the investigators
in case they wished corroboration-and in
addition there was the circumstantial evi,^
denee thaff the day foloWing, the alleged,
payment to Ames, the ^betprrpa^dl up a,.
large iristautnettt on :^rtain sJtate WP.Iti'
he hatt $mch^ar*ie^
From the fact , that: .Coffee John
Fitchettev fi. E. VWlieelofik ajid ^TohV
'Brown tirere all- examined by
jury It la believed that this case wa* fol
lowed out and indictments for Amess
Sodini are regarded as probable*.
There is a belief that'the subsequent re
opening of the Park theater was not with
out suspicious features, but that, is an
other story.
While if there s another indictment pre
pared for Dr. Ames, it may be held until
he can be reached, there Is on the other
hand a chance that It may not be kept
secret but may be used as an additional
reason for.inducing him to return.
The work of the grand jury will prob
ably be closed with a formal report next
week. It has finished all the corruption
cases that it was deemed advisable to take
up at this time though there still remain
some recommendations of the preceding
body that have not been followed up. The
members of the grand jury were willing
to proceed till the end of the term without
fees or expense allowance and the ad
visability of so doing was submitted to the
court. Judge Elliott's advice was that if
the matters not yet considered could await
by the next grand jury without
prejudice or danger to the community, it
was not only the right but the duty of
the present body to adjourn. Consequent
ly the final report will be submitted next
Drills at Work Around Fort Frances
The Prospects Said to
Be Good.
Special to The Journal.
Winnipeg, Man., Dec. 4.Iron mining is
likely to become an Important industry in
the Fort Frances district. Lewis Chris
tie, a cattle dealer of that town, said in re
ply to inquiries: "Iron mines are being
developed at Steep Bock, forty miles east
of Fort Frances, and at Dinbrwic, near
the Canadian Pacific road.
"I understand the iron is showing up
well. They are making further borings
with the diamond drills and. it will take
some time to learn the full extent of the
deposits. The properties are Kll' owned
by Fort Frances men, who have great
faith in their value.
"I dp not .think any of the sold proper
ties are in operation at present. They
have all shut down."
Mr. Dun's Figure Jugglers Say That
Living Is 1 Per Cent
' , Cheaper.
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, Dec. 4.The statisticians of
R. G. Dun & Co., figure that the cost of piper and Special Sessions Justice Wyatt
living is 1 per cent cheaper than it was ajwNTbe named as defendants,
year ago. They say: The most Important action looking to -
"It Is extremely gratifying to find that J ward such a procedure as this was the
the general level of prices, is actually lower retention by John Delehanty, acting for
than on Dec. 1, 1901. especially as tojMr. Canfield, of ex-Supreme Court Jus-
breadstuff s. Notwithstanding the fact that tice Fursman to act as counsel for the
anthracite coal mines are now working proprietor of-the famous gambing house
vigorously, nothing but the tardiness of. at 5 Bast.Forty-fourth street,
severe cold has kept the price within "Mr. Canfield has given me authority,"
bounds. It was in this respect more than said Mr. Delehanty, "to,go ahead and
any other that the statistics of the cost! bring any action, civil or criminal* that I
of living threatened to receive such an -
other sensational impetus as . appeared
when last year's short corn crop began to
be felt. This is the chief factor in the
present decline of about 1 per cent from
the level of a year ago."
Some of the most notable declines, com
pared with the quotations prevailing a
year ago. are 5% cents a bushel for corn,
13 cents a bushel for oats, 6% cents a
bushel'for wheat, 74*6 cents a barrel for
potatoes,and about $2 a barrel for
evidence might mean no
.-J*-.-.- ^
the grand
Slavonians Imported Under Promise
of $1.10 a Day Receive From
65 to 80 Cents. '
Interesting Testimony of a Slavon
ian Who Formerly Worked in
the Coxe Bros. Mines.
The Coal Commission Threatens to
Adopt Rules to* Hurry Up
the Testimony.
Scranton, Pa., Dec. 4.There were no
developments this morning looking toward
a settlement outside of the commission of
the existing differences between the mine
workers and their employers. Rumors of
peace are still current, but none of the at
torneys on. either. side profess to have
any information oh the subject. Up to
this time the proceedings have been some
what slow and the commission threatens
to adopt rules that will hasten matters it
the attorneys' for both sides do not agree
on some quick.method of presenting the,
statistics and other data.
Andrew Mattey, a Slavonian, who. was
employed in the Coxe Brothers Company
mines, was the first witness called to-nay.
He was the president of his local union
and was told by the company, he said,
that if he quit the union he would be
made a boss. He refused, and later was
put at such bad work that he gave up his
job. He said he was the means of
bringing ..fourteen Slavonians to this
country at the instance ot a breaker boss
at the Coxe mines. They were promised
$1.10 a day but. received only 65 to 80
cents a day.
When the witness was asked by Mr.
Darrow how many times he had seen the
mine inspector in the mines, Commis
sioner Watkins asked the purpose of the
question. Mr. Darrow said that as a rule
the mine inspector is accompanied by a
company official and therefore a miner is
afraid to make a complaint in the pres
ence of his boss. Air. Mitchell main
tained that inspectors should be unaccom
panied and their attention not diverted
from their bad places in the mines.
It was decided to invite all mine In
spectors to testify regarding the point
The 400's Gambler Will Sue District
Attorney Jerome and Others
for Annoying Him.
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, Dec. 4.It has been decided
by Richard A. Canfield and the owner, of
the establishment at 33 West Thirty-thlfd
streetcommonly regarded as Frank Far
fell's gambling housethat those respon
sible for the raids of Monday night shall
be called to strict account. It is possible
that a heavy damage suit may be brought,
in which District Attorney Jerome, In
spector Brooks, Deputy Commissioner
think best. H e has placed no limit upon
the expenditure that, shall be made."
New Y.oik. Dec. 4.Harry Wright, an emplove
of a locomotive works in Peterson. N. J., to-day
flled as a result of a practical joke played on
Mm by five of his fellow workmen. They were
arrested charged ^Ith causing bis death. It la
alleged that "they blew up" Wright with a
pneumatic air pump, havine a preteure of
pounds to the inch. The young man's stomach
became greatly distended and after several hour*
"'"'" " ' ' *'' - " * " " " " "
It Will Be One of the Chief Issues
Before the Coming Leg- \
A Bill That Will Produce a Some-
' what Larger Revenue Is
Mileage Feature of tha law That
Failed Will Jh^rnish Basis
Resubmission of the gross earnings bill
will be one of the principal issues before
the ooming session of the? legislature. It
is believed, that the^fgOYernor will recom
mend ft in his message, a^d that It will be
pushed as an administration measure.
The bill, which will makje Its appearance
soon after the opening of the session, -will
be different from the one submitted to the
people at the last elecfton. Prominent
administration' membersjof
are already conferring as to its form.
But it is not likely that the system of
assessment proposed will be different.
The mileage basis proposed in the law-that'
failed is recognized as the only constitu
tional statement, and it will have to be
retained. - ,
The. change in the bill, however, will",
look toward providing more revenue.' Dis
closures made by 'the public examiner
since the extra-session have shown that
the railroad companies have many items
of income on which they pay no taxes at
all. For various services they make
charges which are not entered up as earn
ings from operation. They hold intangible
property on which they do not pay a gross
earnings or any other kind of a-tax. It 4s
reported that examinations of the books
for the past six years show $1,000,000 in
taxes that the state might have collected
had all these items been listed as gross
earnings. . Some of them cannot be
reached under the present law. Others, it
is believed, can, be, and amounts aggre
gating $150,000, are said to be now in con
troversy, with a fair prospect that the
state will succeed in collecting them.
To reach these items in the future,
changes will be made in the bill that
failed, providing that the gross earnings
corporations shall pay the tax on all in
come, whether derived from operation or
other sources. With this provision, It is
believed that a 4 per cent law, even under
the new mileage basis, will add a. clean
$500^000 to the state's annual revenue.
The railroad interests will doubtless
fight the resubmission, as they fought the
bill at the last two legislatures,-but the
power of the state administration will
back it up this time as never before, ,
Why Northwestern Girls Object to
the Kissing in Their Jumor
:vJg^.Ray. ^-M'
New York Bun Special Service. '--y' :-._,
Chicago, Dec' 4.Becaue the North
western cq-eds- who are" to take part ,in
the proposed junior class pay object to
kissing Robert Atchison of Elginin .pub
licthe theatricals are threatened with an
Ignominious finish. It is not so much that
Mr. Atchison's personality is objected to
as it is to any public exhibition ,of their
abilities along the lines which have made
4 'Lovers*--Lane" and other shady streets
of Evanston famous.
"When Joshua Q^its Joshing " the play
which has been chosen since "The Rivals"
was discarded, because it had too many
"swear-words" for the Puritanical maid
ens of Northwestern, hinges on a scene in
which the hero is. won from the path of
duty by the kisses of his sweetheart.
The co-eds assert that'this is a degra
dation of the noble art of osculation. A
meeting-of the class has been called
for. to have this second choice of the
of New Bill/
Nothing Much Was Doing and-the
Body Adjourns Over to /
, Monday. . .
Washington, Dec. 4.Soon after the sen
ate met today, Mr. Beveridge had read the
resolutions of a convention composed of
delegates from Oklahoma and Indian Ter
ritory favoring the admission of-both ter
ritories as one state, and . opposing . the
house omnibus resolution.
On. motion, of Mr. Stewart. (Nevada) a
concurrent', resolution was adopted calling
on the. president for the papers in the Pius
fund case, recently decided at The Hague.
At 12:30 p. m., on motion of Mr. Hoar
(Mass.) the seriate weht~ into executive
session. A t 1:05 p. ,m. the senate ad
journed until Monday next.
' The senate- has confirmed the !jiomiria
tion of Oliver Wendell Holmes to be an
associate justice of the supreme court of
the United States. \ ,
rthe legislature
: $137,847,500 for Pensions.
Washington, Dec. 4.The house com
mittee on appropriations has agreed upon
the pension appropriation bill. It^ appro
priates $137,847,600,Which is $5)370 more
than for the current year.
To reorganize .the. Mjlltla.
Washington, Dee. 4.-The senate com
mittee "on military, affairs to-day took-up
the bill for the reorganization of the
litia "listened to the representations in
support of the measure by Secretary Root
and''General Carter and decided to re
port the bill as it passed the house wilth-.
out amendment.
u A Few Appointments.
Washington, Dec.-4.The president to
day sent the following nominations to the
senate: , - . -
Robert McWade, -Pennsylvania (-new
consul) to be consul general at Canton,
China Martin A. Knapp, New York, in
terstate Commerce commissioner, a reap
pointment George W. Ellis. Kansas, secr
retary of the legation at Monrovia, Li
Also a large number of army promotions
and appointments. -:
Supreme Court Reporter.
Washington..."Dec.v.4. Charles Henry
Butler, an attorney at law of New York
city, was to-day appointed reporter of the
decisions of the supreme court of the
United States!. H e succeeds Bancroft
Davis who resigned last September. The
new official is 43. JJe.has practiced law
in New York for several years yast and is
also an authority on international law.
Miss Stfassbergers Disappearance at
Crookston Is a Greater Mys-
. ^ tery Than Ever.
Special to The Journal. '
Crookston, Minn., Dec. 4.The mystery
surrounding the disappearance of Miss
Strassberger of this city is as deep as
ever. Her parents and the police do not
consider it possible that she was drowned,
as the ice is firm over all the part of the
river upon which her party was skating.
All clues thus far followed have come
to naught and her disappearance is inex
plicable. "Photographs and descriptions
.have been sent broadcast and
search of all places in or about the city,
where she might have been secreted, fol
lowing the abduction, theory. Is being
No possible trace of her leaving on any
train can be secured. She is not suspect
ed Of eloping, and there is absolutely riq
accounting for her disappearance, '" * She is
a daughter of a highly respectable family,
and her parents are beside themselves
with grief.
San Francisco, Dec. 4.From the Guatemalan
coast the Pacific Mall steamer City of Sydney
brings the news that the .deaths resulting from a
recent eruption of the Santa Maria-Volcano num
ber about 3,000. This estimate is based on
the latest information that has been received
at fan Joe, Guatcmaln, previous to the Svtl-
n*v' departure for this port, but it is accom
panied by the statement ot Guatemalans that
reliable Information "was still difficult \o ob
tain. - J[ both began screaming,, . Many persons
-," \'['::.
a thorough
The Smoke Was So Dense That Many People Were Suffocated in Their
BedsSome of the Victims Were Visitors at the International
live Stock ShowA Friendly Building Next Door Permits of a
Number of EscapesOne Man Scales the Sides of the Building by
Means of the Iron Shutters. .
Chicago, Dec. 4.Fourteen persons
among the scores crowded. into the Lin
coln'hotei at 176 Madison street, met death
shortly before 6 o'clock this niorning in a
-fire .which will pass into local history as
one.of the most horrible Chicago has ever
Death came suddenly to a few, but with
awful- slowness to others who were penned
the death trap and suffocated, or burned
to. death. Some died in their rooms, some
jumped and were lost while others were
found in the hallways where they had ex
pired with their fingers dug.Jkito the
cracks of the floor.
All of the bodies were removed - The
dead: .
M. M. HANDY, .Tanesville, Wis* '
H. K. WOOD, Lebanon, Ind.
SAMUEL L. YOCUM, Davenport, low*.
J. C. YOCUM, Davenport,'Iowa.
F. L. EWING. Marietta, - Ohio.
A. B. COON, Marengo, 111.
T. V. SLOCUM. Waconda. III.
FD TONER, Milwaukee.
BOSWELL, lived at the hotel.
WARD LOWE, Sechtersville, Wis.
F. W. CAREY, Bucyrus, Ohio.
Three victims had not been identified up
to noon. '
i The victims were taken to Ralston's
morgue and all. day. the place was .filled
with anxious people interested in the dead
or seeking to assure themselves of, the
safety of relatives.
- The building was a firetrap of the worst
kind,, according to-experts. .
There were but two exits, a narrow
stairway leading down the four floors of
the building, -and an - uncompleted fire
escape in the rear.
-The Flimsy Fire Escape Broke
The fire started on the second floor, pre
sumably from- a lighted cigar dropped on
the carpet. Guests occupying - upper
rooms in the front part of the hostelry,
aroused by the screams of a woman, were
able to escape down the stairway, and
about thirty people reached safety by
means of the fire escape. To add to the
horror, however, this- gave way while
others were attempting to escape and
three men were dashed to death on the
Tiavemerit of the alley below. /' ', .
For the people in the rear there was no
escape saveJby jumping. The stairway
was in flames and the fire escape gone.
Horror stricken faces appeared at the
windows and cried frantically for help.
Firemen cried back at- them to, wait -until
nets or:
those/who did
sHght injuries?.- ^But-some,- crtfaed with
friifht, Jumped to. the pavement and Were
either^ killed-of lirtdl^ Infrt. a -
vvjith .^great difflcuj^ rthe firetlaithough
compartively a small one, was subdued but
it was some time before rescuers could
penetrate the dense bank of smoke which
filled the place. It was an awful scene
which met their gaie. The dead or unT
conscious lying stretched on the floor, and
and in some cases, on their beds. Some
had attempted to slip on a garment before
making for the street, but had been
overcome, but most,of them were in their
night clothes. . '
An Investigation Will Be Made
Every store and other hotels in the vi -
cinity was filled with men and women who
had escaped with only their nightgowns.
An investigation'will be made. A fire
wall around the freight elevator and other
precautionary alterations had been ordered
some time ago, but the matter has been
neglected. ..
The Proprietor of the hotel 8ays He Had
Complained of the Conditions.
Chicago, Dec. 4.Little .damage was
done to the Lincoln hotel by the fire
this morning, but the smoke was
so dense that the persons who met
their -death were overcome and died
before assistance could reach them.
Many jumped from the fourth story win
dows or tried to save themselves by climb
ing down the fire escape, in'the front-o
the building only to lose their grasp on
the cold iron bars and fall to the street.
The persons stopping in the rear of the
-building on the top floors had no chance
for their lives. A narrow stairway lead
ing to all'floors on the structure was afire
and the escape of the lodgers in the rear
of the building was cut off. Firemen and
policemen were not reticent in speaking:
of what they witnessed at the scene of-the
catastrophe.. They condemned the build
ing as a firetrap. Ambulances and patrol
wagons from all parts of the city were
called to the.place and the dead and in
jured were, quickly attended to.
All but fourteen of the guests were
from out of town. Most of them came
to Chicago to attend the international live
stock, show.
Filled Right up to the Roof
Up to 10 o'clock-last night persons were
taken in at the hotel and in every room or
place in. which a cot could be erected
guests were accommodated. A t that time
a large number of stockmen with their
families (were turned away. The hotel
was filled. Shortly after the fire broke
out the firemen rushed up the stairway
Into the place and - began the work of
rescue. Men, women and children were car
ried down ladders, fire escapes and along
smoke-filled halls. In one instance a'flre
man of engine company No . 2 saved a
woman from running to the rear of the
building to certain . death oh the fourth
floor, only to be forced to drop her from
the third floor to the roof of the building
at 178 Madison street. The woman held
her 7-year-old son in her arms. She was
Mrs. J. Sheppard and her son's name is
Frederick. She was then carried - from
the roof of the building: to. the Brevoort
house, where a physician was summoned.
I t was found that their injuries were
The building .is constructed' of brick with
but one stairway, leading to the upper
floors and a fire escape in the front of
the building. '..
E. C. Weber, the night clerk, was one of
the first persons ,to discover smoke on the
second floor. It is believed that the Are
began in this section -of the building.
Weber refused to make any statement
and after he had secured possession of'the
hotel register he was taken to the cen-
traljStation, where he is being detained.
Some Awful Jumps. ' JS
A short time after the fire was discov
ered, consternation reigned orf1
floors. Mrs. Sheppard's son was one" of
the first to be awakened by the presence
of smoke. He awakened his mother and
:in most cases escapeff^wlth-
the upper
were .thus warned of the danger and made
lheir escape. The woman was so panic
stricken, however, that she was not
among the first.to attempt to escape and
she was making her way into the most
dangerous part .of the-building when'a
fireman seized, her and her son and con
ducted them to the floor below where he
dropped them out: of a window.
- J. E . Hf rbert, of Salineville, Ohio,
jumped from the fourth floor where he hs4
been sleeping. He. struck on the roof of
No. 178 Madison street, near where Mrs,
Sheppard fell. His right leg was broken
and he suffered internal injuries. H e wa*
taken to the county hospital.
W. J. Thomas, a mail clerk of Cedar
Rapids, jumped through a window on the
fourth floor and in his blind haste nar
rowly escaped falling to the street. He'
managed to make his way to the fire es
cape artd climbed to the ground. Previoua
to Thomas' escape twenty-five to thirty
persons had climbed down the fire escapd
to the street. All were in their nighfc
clothing* The names of some of the dead
H. K. WOODS, Lebanon, InL fcody at N6 22
Adams street.
P. B. SLOCUM, 39 years, Oconto,"III. hody tit
No. 22 Adams street. --
SAMUEL'XOCUM. I. C. YOCUM, believed to be brothers,' Daven*
port, Iowa. - -. - '
EDWARD TORNER, SO years old Milwaukee!
identified by a letter found on the body..
VAN FLEET, Bichardson, - Ind. \
. N\ N. FARDY, Janesvllle, Wis.
GEORGE MORRIS, Richmond, Wis. .
From what could" be learned from per*
sons who escaped from the building it ap
peared that the fire started in the carpet
of the hallway on the second floor from a
lighted cigar. The smoldering fire filled
the building with^heavy smoke and several
were suffocated and died in their beds.
Came Down'by the Shutters.
Allen Oldorf of Milwaukee made a peril
ous descent from the fourth floor by scal
ing the wall by means, of the iron shut
ters. Oldorf stated that he had seen at
least a dozen persons -on the-: top floor
vainly, endavoring to make their way from',
the building'by means of the -front stair-'
Many of the - bodies " were in * the beds
in positions of slumber.
- Others were found in the halwaysl'lying
face downward in positions" that mutely
portrayeid how they had vainly endeavored
vto.save their Hves. Some,were, half clad"
and others woft-e nothlxifefbtct iilghtcloth
-tog, It was by. means -af/articles and let-'
ters in the pockets of what little clothing -
^some.-0f the deaS^erjsonf wpre.t^&il mfen 4
were/identified.^1^,?':^^^^ '-^ " --
What 'the^ Proprietor'Sayi.
F. A . Smith, proprietor of the Hotel, '
said: \,
"X am certainly not to blame for this
awful catastrophe. Three weeks ago the
agents of this building were notified to -
place a stairway in the: rear of the= build
ing and also to build a fire wall around the
freight elevator shaft in the rear. The
contractors came and looked the building
over, but nothing was done. Last nigbt
our seventy rooms were all filled and I
should judge that we had about 125 to 150
guests. From what I can learn the fire
started in the rear of the building on the
second floor. This probably accounts for
the escape of guests who occupied' front
rooms on the upper floor. They had an
opportunity to reach the stairway before
the flames reached that part of the build
ing, but the ocdupants of the rear rooms
were cut off by the flames. Most of our
guests last night were persons who came
to Chicago to visit the stock show and
knew little of the building."
The Floors Were Full of Cracks,
Chief Musham of the fire department
said that it was the worst fire he had at
tended during his career as a fireman and
that so dense was the semoke that it was
impossible to reach the imprisoned guests,
who died like rats.in a, cage. When the
firemen finally managed to make their
way into the rooms- the sight that met
their gaze w& appalling. Men and boys
lay about the floors of the rooms and hall
ways where they had fallen in their
eagerness to escape.
"The building," said the chief, "was one
of the worst fire, traps I have ever seen.
The floors in places had cracks in them
large enough to drop a penny through and
the smoke just sifted through and suffo- -
cated .the Inmates of the rooms before ,-
they had time to make their way into the -
hallways." .
Appendicitis Symptoms Abate, but
There Is Some Kidney
Washington, Dec. 4.Former Speaker '.-{
Thomas B. Reed, who is ill at the Arling- '"
ton hotelin this city, passed a reasonably *?f ' ,
comfortable night. When his physicians !,$ j
called this morning they found that the /''"T)*
symptoms of appendicitis, which developed "*5"*'
yesterday, had abated somewhat, but on ^.j."*""
the-contrary, there were Indications of f.^' :
kidney complications. These complica- J^jl'
-tions are due, they say, to the fact that "S3-
for two or three days Mr. Reed has been^fil
subsisting principally on a liquid diet,/\^3"
largely champagne. The effect of this V|- *
would be to induce a.little kidney trouble, -^|
so that the present complications are not^*^ -'
regarded as serious. Mrs. Reed and herlj"
daughter, Miss Kittle, who arrived laat^S".
evening, were assured that the present*^
condition of Mr. Reed was not alarming. ., , '
The following bulletin was issued to-day
by Mr. Reed's physicians: V
"Mr. Reed's temperature at 8 a. m. was - --
100 pulse 84 respiration 36. Symptoms of
appendicitis abating. Some kidney com- ' ,
plications threatening. "" * X '
T. L. MaoDonald, ' " ' ? -'
F. A. Gardner,
H. F. Bishop."
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Bangor, Me., Dec. 4.When President Roose
velt was in Bangor on Aug. 27 he met andlcer
dlally received his old guide and bunting com
panion in the Maine woods,'Bill Sewell of Island
Falls, and entertained him at
jror House. The president saS3
going , to have yon and your wife down to visit m
in Washington some time," Sewell resterdar
received the Invitation and is going with his
wife to visit at the White House early In Feb
ruary. "Bill" Sewell is a picturesque character
and is a typical woodsman of the pine tree
state. ,
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