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FREIGHT BLOCKAD E FELT ANOTHE WA Fuel Famine Menace Hangs Over Many Communities in the Northwest. SOME FEW TOWNS ARE ALREADY OUT OF COAL Orders Given Months Ago Ignored or Unfilled Because of Car Shortage. FAMINE IS WIDESPREAD Arkansas City, Kan., Dec. 7. The citizens of Latham and Atlan ta, Cowley county, who are facing a coal famine, yesterday stopped a thru freight train on the St. Louis & San Francisco and took two cars of .coal at each town. The coal was intended for company use and was consigned to points in Oklahoma. The citizens expect to pay for the coal, hut were unable to get any without taking these extreme measures. A cruel phase of the freight block ade in the northwest has been brought home by this week's cold snap and storm. Dispatches to The Journal from the two Dakotas tell a story of depleted coal bins and of well-grounded fear that stocks of fuel cannot be re newed under the present traffic system in time to prevent suffering in many quarters. These dispatches show that while the fuel shortage is not a general menace, the situation is unusually acute at some places. Several towns in North Da kota have no coal at all, and others have but the most meager supplies. In the district along the Missouri river lignite, the native coal, isTo being used by all classes, thus largely solving the pIxulem^.l 8 wjrioh the east tha of thlfe Missouri and north to the bound- ar 3 is the same old story of orders unfilled, tho given* early last fall, and of shipments delayed in transit for weeks and even months. Cut Both Ways. Like a two-edged sword, the car shortage is cutting both ways. The farmer cannot get hi^ winter's supply of fuel fpr the same reason that he can not get to market with his wheat. The dissatisfaction and 'hardship in the one case may yet be almost forgotten in the sufferingr that a prolonged fuel shortage will entail. The possibilities of the situation, now that winter has fairly set in, justify apprehension and even alarm on the part of those with out adequate fuel supplies. The Journal's advices are from well-distributed points in North Dakota Jmd from all of South Dakota except the Black Hills. Correspond ents in principal points were directed to ascertain conditions in towns with in Tadii of fifty miles. By this system a vast territory has been reported. In North Dakota the grain congestion, and the coal and wood famine are unmis takable. In South Dakota the danger appears more in spots. The Dakotas as a whole were never 80 prosperous. Paradoxical as it may seem, however, thousands and thou sands of farmers in the northwest can not, because of the existing freight blockade, find a market for the grain they have raised and are wondering Continued on 2d Page, 2d Column. U. S.Beg pardon, all my fault. JapNot at all no harm done. U. S.Such an awkward blunder. ON HARRIMAN'S TRAIL FRANK B. KELLOGG, Minnesotan. who, with C. A. Severance, also of Minnesota, will conduct a search ing investigation into the Harriman sys tem to obtain evidence for a possible merger prosecution. SLEW DON A GILMA N CURTIS' CONFESSIO N Fiendish Murder of Ohio Girl Is Admitted by Half-Witted Man. Dayton, Ohio, Dee. 7."Yes, I did it. I am the murderer of Dona Gil man. Coolly and without the slightest sign of emotion or remorse, David Curtis made the above confession to County Detective. McBride, Coroner Kline, De tective Coleman of the Pinkerton agency and Prosecuting Attorney Ne. vine in the oflfice of the latter at 4 a.m. today. Curtis is 27 years of age and earned a precarious living selling newspapers. He is half-witted and at times labored under delusions that he was a great detective. 4?n newsboys Curtis was known as "Baby Dave." Many of those who knew him allege his story is partlv the result of his own disordered imagina tion, and that he really had no connec tion with the crime. Was Fiendish Crime. Miss Gilman, who was 20 years old, was assaulted and strangled' to death Tuesday evening, Nov. 20, within fifty yards of her home on Arlington Heights, a suburb, while returning home from work. Her body was dis covered by her 16-year-old brother Col lins the following Thursday morning lying in a vacant lot nearly opposite the Gilman home. The spot where the body was supposed to have laid during Wednesday ^ras, ia_ plain view of Vpasjs ersby and occupants of'the neighboring houses and the delayed discovery lent mystery to the affair. Many suspects were arrested in this 'and other cities, but succeeded in estab lishing their innocence. The girl bore a fine reputation and the brutality of the crime aroused the greatest feeling. H,er fellow employees at the National Cash Register company subscribed $4,000 as a reward for the capture of the murderer. THREE KTT.T.TiD BY TRAIN., Joplln, Mo., Dec. 7.-Anna Stiffey. aged 15 EnH Cline, aged 14, and Lena Cline, aged 13, while returning home In a buggy, were killed four miles west of Joplin, their vehicle being struck by a St. Louis & San Francisco pa^ senger ti'aiu and demolished. THIS DOESN'T LOOK MUCH LIKE WAR, (After the aecident.) N Jap~A pleasure, I assure you!. Etc., etc., etc-'S "i\\c--A. CONGRES S O AC O N CA SHORTAG E Commerce Commission Will Be Instructed to Make Formal Report. By W. W. Jermane, Colorado Building, Washington, D. C. Washington, Dec, 7.Congressman Townsend of Michigan- has had a con ference with the interstate commerce commission relative to the car short age, and as a result will introduce a resolution to strengthen the hands of the commission in the investigation of shortage now in progress. The resolution will especially in struct commission to investigate the shortage and then report what it. finds to congress. It will charge the com mission with power to summon witness and go the full length of the road in probing the matter. Mr. Townsend believes that by this means the investigation will lead to legislation at an early .date, in case it is demonstrated that the present law does not give sufficient protection to shippers. This will be following the precedent established at the last ses sion of congress, when a resolution was adopted instructing the commission to investigate the railroad holdings of coal land, the revelations of which have startled the country. That resolution was introduced in the senate by Mr. Tillman and put thru the house by Mr. Townsend. ARSENIC IN WOMAN'S BODY New Light Is Cast on Chicago's Sensa tional Poisoning Mystery. Chicago, Dec. 7.The police today established the fact that arsenic had beeen administered to Mrs. Eose V. Vzral, mother of the family in which six suspicious deaths have recently oc curred. It is not yet established whether the woman took arsenic or whether it was administered by an other. Coroner Hoffman today obtained a permit for the exhumation of the bodies of five members of the Vzral family. It is probable that only the body of *Ella vzral, who was the last to die, before the mother, will be taken up. EIGHT CARS HURLED FAR Freight Trains Crash with Terrific ForceFour Killed. Lewiston, Me., Dec. 7.Pour persons were killed and three others seriously injured in a head-on collision between a special and a regular freight train on the Maine Central railroad near the small station of Annabess&cook lake last night. The wreck was said to be due to a misunderstanding of or ders. Both trains were going so fast when they met that eight of the thirteen cars of the special were hurled over the engine and demolished, with the greater pa?t of the contents. The track was mocked -for hours. The dead and in jured were all trainmen. FREE SEATS FOR TRUTHFUL New York Theater to Reward Men Who Do Not Lie to Wives. Journal Special Service. New York, Dec. 7.Every man who presents himself at the box office of the Lincoln Square theater on, Monday, bringing a certificate from his wife that he never told her a lieevening'e given one seat for1 7.-J '.,4-^i t- FRIDAY EVENING,j DECEMBER will Monday performance. To every wife who brings a certificate from her husband that she never disbelieved anything he told her will be given one seat. I & C$^?*&&M 4,.4 SLOG:HHF ORDER CAM E FBOM^SHE A Witness Says Teamsters' Presi dent Sent Him Out to As sault Driver., Assaulted Teamster, but Were Repulsed-DiamoncLShown to the Jury.. Chicago, Dec. 7-v-Extended argument and frequent personalities between counsel marked today's session of the Shea trial. William Kelly testified that he had personally written out a permit, at the request of Shea, which allowed the teams of P. J. Ryan to pass thru *the picket lines during the strike unmolested. The witness then told of being sent by President Shea, in company with Jerry McCarthy of the Truck Drivers' union, after the driver of a wagon which passed the headquarters strikers, with ordersf to "slug" the driver. l'2R GOSSfflSHlED FO WOMAN' S CRIM E Defense in Birdsong Case Charges "Talk" Drove Defendant to Slay Doctor. Hazelhurst, Miss., Deo. 7.It is an nounced that the attorneys defending Mrs. Angie Birdsong, charged with the murder of Dr. Thomas Butler, will at tempt to introduce into the trial the free acceptance of evidence concern ing the physician's alleged statements about the woman who slew him. Ex ception was taken to-the ruling of the court at the close of yesterday's ses sion that only such barts of this evi dence could Tbe adaa&nd. Mrs. Birdsong^sr&tsr5 FOOD EXPORTS $250,000,000 Dairy and Meat Trad Reaches New Highwater Mark. Washington, Dec. 7.According to a statement issued todady by] the bureasu of statistics of. the department of com J^erce and labora more than $250,000,- ..?iT dai 7, lgo6. aske Assistethfo in 0^ A I !%J,l ant State's Attorney Miller. Assaulters Repalsed. "We overtook him and tried it," said the witness, "but he was too much for us and beat us off with a stake." Thisended the direct examination and Attorney Brady for the defense com menced the cross-examination. The at torney suddenly leaned forward in his chair and said: "Excuse me, Mr. Kelly, but you are losing your diamond pin from your necktie." The witness seemed greatly embar rassed and grasped at the pin. The attorneys for the state objected to the incident, but Mr. Brady replied that he intended no offense, as came to *i It is asserted byy^he defense that the' action of the -woifoeai friends of Mrs] Birdsong. ha3:quit& asrmnch effect in driving'her to'tthe.verge of emotional I "isanj^y as did gossip which sfie heard Some of these former friends are -al- leged to- have refused to speak to her when they met her on the street. The children of both of the young defendant and those of the man she killed have been court during the trial. product an me will have passed out of the United States into the markets of other parts of the world in the year ending with the present month. This total is made up of a little over $200,000,000 worth of meats, $35,000,000 worth of cattle and about $10,000,000 worth of butter, cheese and milk. Np feature of the export trade in ag ricultural products has shown a more steady and rapid growth than that of meat and dairy produets. of which there was an increase of about 60 per cent during the past decade. NEAR DEATH IN WELL Prank Gunther Burned by Explosion of Gas. A mysterious gas explosion in a well at 3106 Twenty-second avenue S, at noon today, nearly caused the death of Prank 'Gunther, a repairer who was working in the well. Grunther was lowered into the well by two other workmen and had taken a rag, saturated with oil, as a torch. Scarcely had he touched the bottom when there was a flash and he stag gered back, half stunned. His cloth ing caught fire, and but for the quick return of consciousness he would have burned to death in the well. He ex tinguished the flames with his hands and called loudly to his friends, who drew him up and carried him into a near-by house. A physician was sum moned, and Gunther was later removed to his home. His burns are not serious, but he will probably be disfigured. MILLIONS ARE STARVING Famine in Central China Brought to At tention of United States. Washington, Dec. 7.A serious^ fam ine, affecting millions of people pre vails thruout central China, according to a cablegram received at the state department today from Shanghai. This is the first information the government here has received that such a serious condition exists, The dispatch adds that the sufferers are on the verge of actual starvation. CZAR'S GOLD STOLEN Assay Office Entered by an Under ground Passage. Irkutsk, Siberia, Dec. 7.The gov ernment assay office here was entered by means of a tunnel last night and gold weighing 165 quarter pounds was stolen. There is no trace of the rob bers. BATTLE NEAR IN MOROCCO Pretender's Forces Prepare to Attack Sultan's Troops, '-*-''''H-^" Mollis. Morn/o D". 7. 4 .l^ta^h- nient of the tultan's troops under the command or ivaid Bacnina has crossed the Mouluya river, and native runners report that the pretender's followers are preparing, to attack the sherefian forces. The result of the battle is anx iously awaited* altho it is believed that the sultan's soldiers will be victorious. hlfrr$-to With the Commercial delegation to Washington united to secure the Nic ollet-Washington avenue site for anew postoffice by Feb. 15, in accordance with the argeement yesterday with Secretary Leslie M. Shaw, the new postoffice in the chief topic in busi ness circles today. Men who are be hind the opposition to block 40the Windom blockunite in saying that the Minneapolis delegation won a de cided victory, and they are ready to join with it on the return of the-'dele- gation and secure the site between Washington, Second street, Nicollet and First avenue S. .The almost unanimous opinipn is that the location is ideal for the pur pose. It was the first choice of the Commercial club when that body be gan its investigations, and was aban doned in favor of block. 23the Pence siteonly because of the fact that the Pence site seemed more expedient thru a possibility of purchasing it for the amount appropriated. Other associa tions, notably the Retailers, have fa vored it.from the first, and it has been the first choice of others. Tho, the task of arranging affairs so that the business interests may be able to offer block 38 for, $350,000 will, ne cessitate some careful financiering,' the task will undertaken withe vim. All of the block will not be required, but it is admitted that thie probable inside Sln XLthe CORNELL'S CHI PSI LODGE, Destroyed by Fire Today, In which It Is Known Seven Men Met Death. UNITE O SECUR E BLOC 38 FO P. Q. Minneapolis Business Men Only Await Return of Washington Delegation, When Work Will Begin. close to wl 1 bloe $750,000, or $400,000 more than the ap propriation*. Waiting for "Inside Story." The business men seen today dp not suggest ways and means for making up the difference,'within two mohths^But as soon as the delegation returns, a meeting will be called to discuss the question an to hear an inside report of the conference with Secretary Shaw. It is believe3Uha the Minneapolis,^!, egation has ifi its possession some facts of vital importance, which are not yet known. In the meantime there is not a dissenting voice to heard against block 38. Hope is expressed that, if this site can be secured, the government may be induced to give to the city the soft of a building to which it is entitled, rath er than a one-story warehouse. An organized effort will be made for this, and it is pointed out that a fine federal building on this commanding site will be a credit to the city and will at the same time help carrying out the lone desired plan for redeeming Bridge Square, andko making it real civic een- believea that the selec }Jia tion of block 38 and its use as-a post office site will not interfere in^ny way with the other important matter, name ly the securing of a new union station1. Indorseids by B. P. Nelson. Tr^ a ri eht said.B. 3 8 Nelson, former chairman of the Com mercial club public affairs committee, today. "It was our first choice5, but after investigation we found that we do httle toward it wit1 the $350,- 000 in sight. It is welaln located and is a commanding corner. It is infinitely fwV^i am glad unfortunate:" bl0.n C.km 40 os that thhe delegation succeeded in head- av bee ing off the selection of that site, which Id -r W. Heffelfinger, chairman of the public affairs committee, says: "The delegation is to be congratulated in get ting what it went after. Block 4ff is DENIESNEWTREATY ISSOUGHTWITHJAP Senator Cullom Adds His "No" to Other Denials of Re. ported Negotiations. Washington, Dec 7."There is ab solutely nothing in it." said Senator Cullom,,. chairman of the committee on foreign relations, when asked what he knew about a proposed new treaty with Japan, after he had paid a visit to the state department. Secretary Root and Viscount Aoki, the Japanese ambassador, both have flatly denied that such a treaty was0 in contemplation and a high official of' the state department, in a position tp know all that occurs in his office, tbdav reiterated the denials."" Assistant Adee, who has been credit ed with having been assigned the task ?*,pepanng such a treaty, said today: "It is all conjecture. I know of ab solutely nothing tending to confirm the report of any such treaty being nego- tiated.,," Sjj-^^VOH BUELOW SEES BUBOESS. "Berlin, Dec T.Chancellor yon Buelow itodav received Professor John W. Burgess, first Roose reltt professor of American history and lnstttu ttons at the University of Berlin and dean of Columbia university. headed off for the present, and In the two months allowed we should be able to get busy and secure the co-operation of every organization in town. The plan to be followed can best be de termined after the delegation returns &nd we have had a conference." "Block 38 is all right and every body in town should get together to see what can be done. It is better than block 23 and much better than 40." said H. A. Tuttle. I want to wait until the delegation returns^ before, making any statement as to the next step in this subject," said C. W. Gardner, president of the Commercial club. "It must be admit ted that block B8 is a fine site and that a building on that corner will be a good thing foreverybo dy. I am glad that block 40 is headed off for the pres ent and that we can get busy on some thing definite." Por All Parts of City. The fine location of block 38 with retereuce to serving equally the various sections' of the city is pointed out by W. A. Durst. I consider block 38 an ideal site _and am glad that the. selection of 40 is held up/' lie says, Fred E. Barney,1 man and a mercial club, says: "Block 38 is per fectly satisfactory. It will help us in our work to clean up Bridge square and will not interfere with other plans now up in fact, it should help them. I be lieve the east side will unite with other interests for this site." Block 38 has never been discussed or considered by us," said A. A. McRae, presrdent of the South Side Commercial club. "Personally,.! believe that our organization and the South Side will'be willing to compromise with all other sections in favor of block 38.- We cer tainly favor it'as againstthe m-viewkof PRICE ONE CENT IN MINNEAPOLIS. DEA TH IN '*FRA W HOUSE block 23/ and the fact that entire city must be served, I am of the opinion that block 38 is a good location and that it will not be opposed by our or- ganization.," 'fThe delegation did a good thine in securing delay," said G. E. Stegner of the German-American in North Minneapolis.1 'The Nortbank Sid would naturally like the postoffice ,as far north as possible and was opposed to block 40. Block 38 is much better, and I am glad that affairs have turned against the lower town site." SELECTION OF BLOCS 38 Minneapolis Delegation Elated Over Re sult of Conference. By W. W. Jermane, Colorado Building, Washington, D. C. Washington. Dec. 7.Elated over their victory in securing time in which to negotiate for the purchase of block *8 bdundecTby Nicollet avenue, First avenue S, Washington avenue and Sec ond street S, as a site for a new post office at. Minneapolis, members of the delegation representing the commercial organization of the city are beginning to talk about a plan of campaign for securing, the. 69,000 feet of ground that Secretary Shaw wants for use by the government. There is some talk of appealing to the Minnesota legislature for assistance in! some form, preferably in granting au thority for an issue of bonds to make up the difference between the actual Continued on 2d Page, 1st Column. MARSHAL'S SLATER KILLE POSSEjumped,. Ohio Desperado, Run Into Thicket by Bloodhounds, Fights Until Slain. -Lebanon, Ohio, Deo. 7.Henry White, the murderer of -Marshal Basore ol iranklin was shot to death by a posse i today. White escaped from the Lebanon jail some days, ago and had not been :Beeji since. Bl6odhounds were secured yesterday and today they traced him w^a .tntoket near Pleasant Plain. 'JEfae' murderer,, refused to surrender, awl began shooting at the .members of the posse- -He- was instantly, killed by -0!meu%p& the posse. "CHIMESE FLAG BAISED. Hongkong, Dec 7.The South China Moat ing Post correspondent at Nluchuang feleerapbs that the Japanese yesterday tarried the cM over to the Chinese, and that the Chinese fla has been hoisted over the -public buildinKs! Niu-chuang had been held by the Japanese since the beginning of the -war with Russia. SULTAN GIVES BEXR PLACE. Xl', Constantinople. Dec. 7Dr. Beir, who' toeeth r with Professor Bergmann attended the sultan during his recent illness, has accepted the sul tan's offer ot a permanent appointment on the staff of -the state hospital. The appointment is due to thfe sultan's desire to have Dr. Beir elos at band, altho at present the health of Abdul Hamid appears to be satisfactory. W CORNEL STUDENT! PERISH IN FLAMEJ Sif Killed by Fire that Destroys the Magnificent Chi Psi jes^f Lodge. FIVE MEN MEET DEATH WHEN WALLS CAVE IN ,^'3$$! Men Poised for Leap Are Hurled Back as the Tower Collapses. MCNNEAPALIS BOY THEEE. Lyall Decker, son of W. P. Deck- i er of Minneapolis, is a student at Cornell university and a member of the Chi Psi fraternity. When lash heard from he had not been living in the Chi Psi fraternity house, ana his friends think that he Is safe. & $- THE CASUALTY LIST Known Dead. O. L. SCHMTJOK, student, Han over, Pa. J. M. McCUTCHEON, student, substitute fullback Cornell football team. A. S. ROBINSON, volunteer fire man, prominent attorney, Ithica. JOHN RUMSEYt volunteer fire man, son of wealthy Ithica busi ness man. ESTY LANDON, volunteer fire man. MissingThought Dead. W. H. NICHOLS, student, son of George E. Nichols, Chicago com mission merchant. F. W. GEELLE, freshman stu dent, Orange, N. Y. C. Z. POPE, freshman student. 4 an east side business workere in both th Com- and th St Anthone Com mercial clubJ Ithaca, N. Y., Dec. 7.-Fire today:''- ?Tactically destroyed the beautiful Chi si fraternity house at Cornell -uni versity. Before the fire department could arrive, O. Sehmuck of Han over, Pa., had jumped from a third-., -i story window and was so severely in'^""^' jured that he died shortly afterwards,.?- Three of Ithaca's volunteer firemen^ all^prominent men, were killed whilep fighting the flames. Four students lie- in the infirmary at the point' of death* and it is not known how many are in* the ruins. Mansion Now Heap of Euins. TJae. chapter .house,, which .was. a man' flipn built by'JfifS Jennie McGrawV Fiske on the campus overlooking:, Cayuga lake, but never occupied by her because of her premature death, was a beautiful structure of sandstone, and regarded as the finest fraternity" house in the United States. It was i handsomely decorated within with mar ble and mahogany. It is now a heap of ruins. The walls, which were of rubbla masonTy, collapsed under tho- -r flames and high wind. Buried as Wall Falls. The firemen killed were A. S- Robin- son a lawyer and graduate of Cor nell Esty Landon and John Bumsey. They were manipulating a hose on the north side of the building when the wall collapsed on them and pinned them slowly to roast under the burning debris. When the fire department arrived, the screams of two men appearing in the windows of the southwest tower. I over the main entrance, were heard, 1 For some reason the men hesitated to jump, and before they could be reached the# tower collapsed and they were ^2 buried beneath the ruins. One of them is supposed to be W. H. Nichols o C9 Chicago. .1 Bleeding injured Rescued. $# The chapter house burned rapidly*, tt* The firemen made a hard fight, buf 1 the walls were so hot that any attempt at rescue,was impossible. Among those who were taken from the rums was J. M. McCutcheon of Pittsburg, the football fullback substi tute. Those taken out- were in a piti able condition. They were bleeding from cuts caused by falling bricks and. timbers and blackened by smoke. Sev eral of those who had been thus caught were badly burned. McCutcheon, who jumped, died late this afternoon. His home is in Pittsburg. C. J. Pope, a freshman member of the fraternity, is missing., Six Probable Death List. 1* The fire continued to blaze fiercely and it was several, hours before the ruins were cool- enough to undertake any rescue work. ^lany or" the stu dents at first supposed to be missing are being cared for at other fraternity houses in the vicinity. Tnis is the most serious disaster that has ever occurred at Cornell, tho at the Delta Chi chapter house fire some years ago several lives were lost. O. Sehmuck of Hanover, who died in the infirmary. F. W., Grelle of Orange, N. J a freshman, is supposed to be among the dead. Fire Started in Kitchen. til The fire started in the kitchen of the"* If basement of the chapter house. The flames had gained considerable headway before. the students in the chapter house were awakened. The fire burned its way from the kitchen into the lower hall where the stairs leading to the floor above were soon burning. The halls thruout the house were immediately filled with dense smoke. In the rooms on the up per floor were twenty-seven students, all of whom were taken unawares Several Injured Leaping. wi It was not possible for the students to get out by way of the halls and all went to the windows. As the fire ap proached the rear of the building the students we're forced to lump and sev eral were seriously injured in this way.. Th wind at the time was blowing thirty miles an hour and created a draft thru the building that Boon, made the interior a mass of flames. No alarm was turned in until half an hour after the fire had been discov ered, and it was half an hour later be for the volunteer fire department could getvto work. There was a long climb from the lower part of the city to the college grounds, and by the time the firemen Continued on 2d Page, 5th Column,