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Rain to-day; to-morrow, gen
erally fair; colder to-night
NO. 1633.
"Morbidly Curious Hamper
Work of Identification.
.Pathetic Scenes Witnessed In
side the Covered Pier.
lCotXxna Arranged la Form oS Hose
Creeeirt, So Inspection Is Easter.
JIanr Faint as They View the Re
mains of Their Loved Ones One
Woman Tries to Leap Into the East
River Silently View Dead.
New York, March 26. At dawn
to-day it was estimated that 25,000
persons had visited the temporary
.morgue on the covered pier at the
foot of East Twenty-sixth street
-set aside to receive the bodies of
those who perished in the Washing-
ten place fire.
All last night and to-day an end -
less stream of relatives and friends
of the missing, augmented by hun
dreds of curiosity seekers, poured
into the place of death, where the
bodies, each one in a rudely finished,
brown painted coffin, ere arranged
in the form of a huge crescent.
Scenes of desolation and despair, ot
grief and hvsteria. and of silent woe
marked each Identification Twenty
nurses and half as many young surgeons
from Bellevue Hospital were on contlnu-
ous duty to look after those to whom
temporal- unconsciousness came as their
feelings overcame them at the sight of
the remains of a Ioed one in one of
the wooden boxes
As soon as the bodies and the belong
ings found on them had been arranged
in orderly foshion inside the pier the
police reserves, under command of Capt.
O'Connor and Inspecter Schmittberger,
turned their attention to the thousands
that blocked "Death Lane," as the short
block between First avenue and the river
to the foot of East Twenty-sixth street
has been named
Those who wished to go inside the
temporarj morgue were made to stand
In single file. At times this line extended
to rirst avenue and as far down as
Twcnti -second street In spite of pite
ous appeals from some of the mothers
and fathers, who begged to be allowed
inside at once,
the rule that all must
take their turn in the line was adherred
Some Exception Made.
Exceptions were made in a few cases
cnlj That was when some old and feeble
woman whose overwrought nerves left
her with hardl enough strength to stand
made a quavering request that she search
for some missing relative in the house
of the dead
When a case like this appeared a po
liceman would be assigned to accompany
the woman, and she would be led Inside
to gaze fearfully at the grim arra of
bodies until she recognized one of them.
Besides those who expressed a desire
to enter the place and were content to
wait in line, sometimes for hours before
they could get to the door, thousands
Continued on PnRp 5, Colnmn 5.
Eepublican Nominee in. Chicago In
jured in Crash.
Cr-icago. March 26 Charles E Merrlam,
Republican nominee for mayor of Chi
cago, was badly injured in an automobile
accident to-night. Merriam, who is a
professor in the University of Chicago,
has been making a whirlwind campaign
against former Mav or Carter H Harrison
The election will be held Monday, April 3
Insurgent Democrats in New York
Uncertain of Plans.
Albany, March 26 Late to-night it be
came apparent the insurgents were not
going into the second Democratic caucus
to be held to-morrow night at 9.30 o'clock.
After Senator Roosevelt had talked with
Gov. Dix at the executive mansion to
night. Senator Roosevelt was asked if
he was going into the caucus. He re
plied: "I will not know definitely unUl 9 20
o'clock to-morrowA My Impression, how
ever, is the insurgents will not go Into
the caucus "
Pretty Scotch Lassies Passengers
Aboard Liner Caledonia.
New York, March 26. Besides the 400
cabin passengers that arrived to-day on
the liner Caledonia there were fifty pretty
lassies from Scotland, who have come
over to wed Americanized fiances, and
Rev. David Hay. a bridegroom-to-be,
who is on his way to New Orleans to
wed the daughter of a Dr. Smythe, who
is visiting her mother's relatives there.
Kiss Ajcnes Reppller, of Philadel
phia, Honored This Year.
Notre Dame. March 26. The Laetare
Medal, annually awarded by the Uni
versity of Notre Dame to a lay member
of the Catholic Church in the United
States, "who has performed conspicuous
- work in literature, art, science, or phi
lanthropy, has been awarded this year
to Miss Agnes-Reppller. of Philadelphia.
She was 'chosen because of her literary
Chief Wagner Says City Is
Too Well Protected.
All Buildings Are Provided with
Jleans of Escape.
Heed at District Fire Depaifim ut
Points Ont Absence of Strnetarea
"Where Employes Are Packed in by
Scores as in New York Catastrophe.
Apartment Houses All Fireproof.
School Children Well Drilled.
A fire similar to the one in New
York City Saturday, which claimed
nearly 150 victims, women and chil
dren, employes in a ten-story fac
tory, would be absolutely impossible
in Washington, according to Fire
Chief Wagner, who last night told
of the comparative safety enjoyed
. by residents of the Capital City and
why loss of life by fire would be
of rare occurrence, and never in any
event could a catastrophe occur.
"We hae no large factories where
women and children are emplojed who
work on floors five or six stories from
the ground," the chief said. "The build
ings we have in the factory line are two
story affairs easy to handle In case of
flre, and from which we could rescue
the inmates with no trouble.
"The large apartment houses are near
ly all fireproof, and besides are
equipped with commodious flre escapes.
although I am free to say that many
such buildings called fireproof are not
by any means, and might give consid
erable trouble in case of flames that had
got a good headway.
"The schools are equipped with fire
escapes, and the children drilled regu
larly in tne best course to pursue if their
studies are interrupted by the fire alarm.
! In mos cases the buildings are only
I ly thaTany loss of life would
, ensue In caso of fire.
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Chief Wagner denied there are many
"death traps" in Washington, buildings
which would burn like tinder and en
danger the surrounding neighborhood.
"Great loss of life usually results from
a fire like the one in New York." Chief
Wagner continued, "where hundreds of
persons are packed together and the ave
nues of escape few and far between.
The flames creep upon them and they
'se "eir presence m mum . """-
101IOW3 anu UIUU wuu tuc uui uuuicu
to death Jump from upper story windows
and meet death on the pavements. It is
seldom that a structure of two or three
stories is hard to escape from even In
case of a bad fire."
Chief Wagner f-ald that each truck com
pany was supplied with a life net, and
the men drilled in their use at regular
intervals The nets used In New York
Saturday were of no value whatever.
Life els Well Tested.
"We test them by practical means,"
Chief Wagner said. "Men Jump into the
nets from heights corresponding to the
second or third story of the average
building We do not test the nets from
a greater height, as it would be endan
gering the lives and limbs of the fire
men "
"Do ou think these so-called life nets
would be of value in saving life if a per
son were to Jump Into them from, say,
the eighth story of a building?' he was
"I cannot say," Chief Wagner replied
"We would do the best we could under
those circumstances In Washington we
have so few buildings of that height that
I anticipate no need to test the nets to
any such extent. "
According to Chief Wagner, the depart
ment stores of Washington, where hun
dreds of persons are employed, are well
equipped with fire-fighting apparatus,
such as standplpes and chemical tanks,
and adequate flre escapes
It was pleasant to observe in our
local contemporaries yesterday the
names of the American women who,
by reason of their present tlUes, will
participate in the coronation ceremo
nies. The same list, with much inter
esting information, was published In
The Washington Herald sixteen days
This matter is referred to because
It affords an opportunity to say that
the Sunday edlUon of The Washing
ton Herald yesterday was one that
the people of Washington could not
afford to miss. In the first place, the
story of the tragedy in New York
was told in vivid, graphic style, the
picture of the sad event being literally
painted In words. The news of the
world was presented In a page devot
ed to cable dispatches, while the his
tory of the city for the day previous
was accurately and folly recorded.
Ihere were Interesting articles on the
question of co-education In the pub
lic schools, the work of the House
keepers' Alliance, the crowded condi
tion of rooms In which government
employes are compelled to work, and
on many other Interesting topics.
All these features, together with
the woman's section, society gos
sip, sporting news, and comic supple
ment, made a complete newspaper; It
it gratifying to note that the steadily
increasing circulation of the Sunday
edlUon Is practical evidtaee of public J
appreciation. I
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Dr. Bush Charged with De
sertion in Baltimore Court.
Saiumore. March -Ov erwheW
the charge made by his bnde that he
had one wife dead, three others living,
and was engaged to take another, Dr
A. Pleasant Bush fell to the floor in
a dead faint at the Southwestern Police
Station this morning
T. . . , . . . . ..
When he revived he denied the ac-
Bush, who is thirty years old, was
until recently a medical student at the
University of Maryland. He was under i
arrest at the ponce station tnts morn
ing on complaint of the woman, who
says she is at least his fifth wife She
ays he aeserted her hfteen days after
their marriage, taking with him almost
all the wedding-presents and the wed
ding ring.
Dr. Bush was picked up by the police
last night In default of $2,000 ball he
was committed to Jail by Magistrate
Stanley this morning
Mrs. Bush, who says she is "Mrs.
Bush No. 5." was Miss Lillian Akers,
Is twenty-six jears old, and resided for
merly at 1323 West Fayette street. In
October, while Dr. Bush was a student,
she became acquainted with him A
courtship followed, and on February S
last they were married at the home of
Mr& Bush. On February 23, the wife
testified, he seat her to look for a flat.
When she returned home an hour later
he was gone. And, she sajs, there had
also disappeared a trunk containing the
wedding presents and her ring From
that day until last night she did not
see or hear from him.
In the meantime, however, she swore
out a warrant for his arrest and "played
detecUve" on her own hook. She learn
ed that he went from here to Wash
ington and also procured letters which
she bcelleves will figure in having him
arraigned on bigamy charges.
"I know positively. Judge," said Mrs
Philadelphia, March 26. In the midst
of luxurious furniture, rare paintings
and costly bound books, covered with
dust and fallen plaster, with torn let
ters that bear dates back a score of
I j ears scattered upon the floor. Miss
Caroline E. Furber, ninety years old,
was found yesterday, her dress on flre,
and a broken lamp beside her. In her
little home at S09 North Corinthian ave
nue, the threshold of which no one has
passed for a score of years.
Two men who noticed smoke pour
ing from the windows of the house
broke in a window with an ax. They
picked the woman up, and rushed her
In a passing milk wagon to the Ger
man Hospital, where she died from the
sevcro burns caused by the blazing oIL
An alarm was turned In and the flre
soon extinguished.
Miss Furber had lived fifty of the
ninety years of her life as a recluse.
She has been known to her relaUvcs,
friends and neighbors as an eccentric
Years ago. when a sister lived with
her. she did not possess these pecu
liarities, but after the sister died, she
shut herself up in the home, only go
ing out to purchase the necessities, of
life from the man at the grocery store
on the corner.
She Is reputed to have been wealthy.
At the time of her sister's death, she
did not notify the authorities until a
week had elapsed. She has kept the
room occupied by , this sister Just as it
was left at the time of the death. From
I 4h. annMnnnk ftf thh Mna it l thnnvhf
that Mis Furber has ned entirely In
tfc kitchen and parlor of her boas.
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Bush this morning, "that Dr. Bush has
a wife who is dead, that he has a di
vorced wife, and I have almost com
plete proof that he was married to a
girl in Steubenville, Ohio, and one in
Huntington. W Va. Also I have here
a letter from the postmistress at Pliny,
Putnam County. W. Va., which
states that on Christmas Day he visited
her. and they agreed to be married, and
that the wedding was to take place In
May She also said she had bought her
wedding outfit."
While Mrs Bush recited the story of
the alleged desertion. Dr. Bush grinned.
He did not say anything, but no sooner
a heap He was picked up and laid on
a bench in the court room. When he re-
Ivived lie was held for court
Later, while in his cell, he said.
"Yes, I was married and my wife died
Mrs- Rush kTnows that- deI7 that she
ran prove I am a ooljgamist From
naItlmore I went to Washington She
would not go along, so I took the things
. Further than that I have nothing to
' say."
Daughter of Judas Weds Son
of Pontius Pilate.
Berlin, March 26. Thousands of Ameri
cans who admired her svmpathetic 1m
personaUon at Oberammergau last sum
mer will be interested in learning that
Fraulein Ottille Zwlnk, who pLajed the
rele of the Virgin, has 1cst married. Her
husband is a voung fellow-plaver named
Tauer, a son of the famous burgomaster
of Oberammergau, Sebastian Bauer, who
gave so powerful a representation of
Pontius Pilate.
Fraulein Zwlnk, who Is a daughter of
the incomparable Judas Iscariot, Johan
nes Zwink. the house pclnter of Ober
ammergau, will never again be permitted
to portray the Virgin, because the role
is given only to an unmarried woman.
Letter from an American
Most Sanguinary
Austin. March 2C The biggest battle
of the Mexican revoluUon was recently
fought In a remote part of the territory
of Teplc, according to the statement of
Harry Wilton, a young man belonging
to a prominent Austin family, who is
fighting with the rebels In that part of
the country. In a letter received here
to-day, Wilton says that the rebel forces
had Just finished a two days' engage
ment with federal troops.
The losses of the rebels, he says were
132 killed and 76 wounded. The federals
lost 363 killed and about twice that num
ber wounded. Wilton also tells of the
killing in batUe of Drake Penn. formerly
of Austin, who was fighting with the
revolutionists. Describing the battle, the
letter says:
"We were at Etzatlan. on Lake Mag
dalena, at the foot of Mount Valejo,
when Gen. Flores de Estrada gave the
order to march. The first day's march
brought slight skirmishing with Antonio
Mendosa, the federal colonel's troops,
but on the fourth 'day the skirmishing
gvew suddenly heavy and hot CoL Bar
retto Arrayo turned on a federal force,
routed it, , captured eleven, shot them
all, and proclaimed In triumphant lan
guage that such would be the fate of
nil who came within his hands. t Among
the slain -weseWdcra. rMawTaad JuiU
Barrodos. I
27, 1911.
Personnel of New Cabinet
Aujnirs for New Era.
Mexico City, March 26. To-night It ap
pears as If Mexico were to find serenity
and peace very soon. I say this with
the reservations that dealing with an
elemental people require.
The new cabinet, while not finally de
termined, includes enough certain names
to make sure of the entire freedom from
the hated sclentlfico group, and Liman
tour has pledged the administration to
al! the reforms asked by lnsurrecto
leaders If the Maderolsts can be con
vinced of the administration's sincerity,
the trouble is over. At the worst, the
larger portion of discontented people will
feel like waiting to see If the pledges are
to be made good. If the promise of to
day's situation la fulfilled. Mexico will
at once enter on an era of activity and
progress unequalled In the past.
The selection of Senor de la Barra for
the state portfolio reassures the people
as to the relations with our govern
ment All the other men likely to be
officially named to-morrow are of the
progressive type, eager for reform, and
In no way affiliated with the hated
regime of the past, except Senor Liman
tour, and he has proved his sincere con
viction of the necessity of the remarkable
progress demanded.
It Is officially announced that Vice Pres
ident Corral will sail for Europe early
In April. It Is probable that he will go
on the French liner Espana, which sails
on April 12. No InUmaUon as to the
length of his stay abroad has been given
out. He will be succeeded as secretary
of the Interior, an office which he now
holds In addition to being vice president.
by Gov. Depesa, of the state of Vera
Cruz, according to well-grounded reports.
Senor de la Barra probably will be suc
ceeded as Ambassador at Washington by
Joaquin d Casasus or Miguel Cavarru
bias, the present minister to England.
with Insurrectos Tells of
"We then marched to Reyes, which was
surrounded during the night by the fed
eral major, Rafael MarUnez, and next
morning we had to cut our way through.
It took an hour of furious work to
open the only road from Reyes to Tvrn
Then came the hardest fought batUe of
all. in which three Americans, among
them being Drake Penn, were killed.
This battle was begun last night and
lasted well Into this afternoon.
"Shortly after we entered Extan the fed
erals with a force almost double our own
attacked us. Both sides charged again and
again, but neither Bide seemed to gain
ground. We had the advantage In po
sition, being on the side of a hill and
they in numbers. I witnessed many hand-to-hand
fights, and I participated In
one myself, and received a nasty cut in
the right thigh.
"All day long the battle ebbed and
flowed. A fierce southern sun coming
on from the lake got hotter and hotter
and by high noon it was blistering in
among the foothills that held the handful
of our dissolving army.
"The day was lost to the federals and
the remnant of their little army la in
full retreat with a detachment of our
men In pursuit Oar forces numbered
about 600 well-armed men.
"Our loss daring the two days engage
ment was 152 killed and seventy-six
wounded. The federals lost as far aa
we can learn. 363 dead and possibly twice
as many wounded. W expect re-enforce-
aents tola week."
Leaves for Mexico to Take
Post of Premier.
Division of Land Among Poor
Principal Factor.
JUmm to Instttste Hssy Got
mental and Administrative Re
visions Llmantonr to Be Retained,
bat Karnes of Other Ministers Not
Announced Reyes WUl Likely Be
Called Upon to Crush Revolt.
Senor Francisco Leon de la Barra,
the Mexican Ambassador here, left
Washington last night for Mexico
City to become minister of foreign
affairs in the new Mexican cabinet
The names of the members of the
new cabinet officers will be for
mally announced this afternoon in
Mexico City. It is known, however,
that Jose Yves Limantoar will re
tain the portfolio of minister of
finance, and that Senor de la Barra
will become minister of foreign af
fairs, succeeding Senor Enrique
C. Creel, who will retire to private
"The task of the new cabinet," he
said, "in restoring order in the north
and Instituting reforms desired by the
people of Mexico will be difficult, but
I am confident that It will be accom
plished satisfactorily. When the re
forms which are contemplated by Pres
ident Diaz are put Into operation, I
have no doubt that the patriotism of
the people of Mexico will cause them
to support the new administration. It
will be my aim to act for the best In
terests of all our people. The other
members of the new cabinet are repre
sentative men, who, J think, will be
acceptable td all facttyns.
"I have had no Information from my
government as to the , personnel of the
new cabinet, but the names of the men
who are mentioned In the newspapers
are those o' the highest standing, and
they have all worked for the best in
terests of the country. The people,
without regard to parties, will. I am
sure, be fully satisfied with the new
cabinet of President Diaz, and I am
certain that he will remain at the head
of affairs In Mexico.
Regrets Leaving Washinsion.
"I regret very much leaving Wash
ington," added the Ambassador, "where
all my associations have been most
pleasant and cordial. I greatly ap
preciate the honor which President
Diaz has conferred upon me In ap
pointing me to the new cabinet The
appointment Is especially pleasing to
me as it will give me an opportunity
of serving my country in a post of
great responsibility."
Ambassador de la Barra expects to
arrive in Mexico City next Thursday.
The members of his family will remain
here for several months before Joining
him In Mexico City.
Ambassador de la Barra said he had
no Information as to his successor In
this city. On account of the Important
questions likely to arise over the ques
tion of policing the border, however,
he added that the post here would
probably not remain vacant for long.
Land Distribution Promised.
Among the reforms promised by Presi
dent Diaz, one of the most Important Is
a new system of land distribution which
will enable the poorer classes of Mexi
cans to obtain plots of land of their
own for agricultural purposes. The con
centration of large areas of land In the
hands of wealthy owners Is one of the
principal causes of unrest among the
people ot Mexico. It is expected that
President Diaz will make an Important
announcement of the new system In his
message to Congress whloh will convene
next Saturday. It Is expected that Pres
ident Diaz will recommend that a part
of the surplus In the national treasury
be used for the purpose of purchasing
portions of large plantations, which will
be opened up upon easy terms to the
people. When carried Into Its ultimate
effect It will cause the development of
a large agricultural class, and by In
creasing the production of agricultural
commodities will reduce the cost of ar
ticles of food.
"I am Informed," said Ambassador de
la Barra before leaving Washington,
"that President Diaz will urge Con
gress to authorize these reforms, par'
tlcularly as pertaining to the improve-
Continued oa Pace B, Colnmn 3.
Debate Over Execution of Ferrera
May Brinjc Clash.
Madrid. March 26. Much suppressed
excitement exists here in anticipation of
possible trouble because of the debates
scheduled la Parliament to-morroV over
the quesUon of the execution of Prof.
Bomb throwing is feared, as many
members of the chamber of deputies
have received anonymous letters from
supposed anarchists threatening them
with violence-If they approve the former
government's course in Its treatment of
Canaht 3,104 Far Animals.
Schnecksvflle, Pa., March 26. S. D.
Hansroan, the extensive trapper of Low-
hill Township, with his assistants,
caught the following fur-bearing animals
daring' the, winter: Skunks, L000; opos
sum, ZOO; Tauskrats, S00; raccoons, SO:
mink. 35; fox. IS; white weasel, V, a total
of 3,104; while in the season of 1909-10
e had 1,082.
Returning Congressmen Re
port Favorably.
Great Enterprise Will Justify
Its Immense Cost.
Representative Taylor, Oae mt -the
Party Who Visited the Carnal Zoo.
Talks Interestingly of the Situa
tion Annual Revenue Estimated at
4,000,000-Cost Is Hot Considered.
Sanitary Conditions Excellent.
A Panama Canal tourist partyn
consisting of twenty Representa-i
rives and two Senators, has re-
turned to Washington from the!
Canal Zone bearing the important!
news that small vessels not over 4001
feet long will be passing thronghi
the great waterway within twenty-'
one months two years before Jan--"
uary, 1915, the date set by CoL
Goethals for vessels 1,000 feet in.
length and 100 feet beam to sail
readily from the Atlantic to the Pa
cific. The party also brought the in
formation that the lock type of canal
has been absolutely vindicated. A
party of 120 visiting engineers from
all parts of the United States held
a meeting during the stay of the
Congressmen and voted that a sea
level canal would have been imprac
tical and a failure.
"Seventy per cent of the excavation
of the canal has been completed," said
Representative E. T. Taylor, Democrat,
of Colorado, a member of the visiting
pariy yesterday, 'rrhe big locks an.
uemg cuusu-uciea in sections and ar
rangements are being made to use certain
portions of the system before the whole
is completed. We were informed that
small vessels would have the use of the
canal by 1913, and the great commerce of
the world will be passing freely through
the works two years later.'
"Every member of our party was grati
fied immensely at the progress shown
In the canal construction," continued Mr.
Taylor. "I visited the canal workings
two years ago and was surprised to dis
cover how far along tho construction had
been carried, eeventy per cent of the
concrete work of the large locks Is In
place. On the smaller lock3 from 20 per
cent to 30 per cent of the concrete is
completed. There are twenty-two slides
now receiving attention in the region ot
Culebra cut One of them has an extent
of eighteen acres. These are not regarded,
as serious. Such things always occur In
railroad and ditch construstlon. Col.
Goethals is having Installed a oredge that
w 111 delve fifty feet under water and bring
up five cubic yards of mud each trip.
With such machinery as this slides can
bo handled readily, both while the canal;
Is being dug and after It is completed."
Cost Is Itot Considered.
Congressman Taj lor asserted that the!
financial end of the canal has been
brushed aside from further consideration.,
and that it is fast becoming realized,
that its half billion cost when completed
will be charged against the national de
fense. "It Is a military necessity, and I am
sure that the economy of tt3 construction
will be demonstrated over and over dur
ing the coming generations," said Mr.
Taylor. "We build ships that cost $12,
000,000 apiece, and are taxed $3,000,000 a
year to maintain each of them. Many;
of these vessels are pronounced obsolete
before they leave the ways. The com
pletion of the Panama Canal will enables
us to do away with much of this heavy"
expense In protecting our extensive
coasts. With a short cut to the Pacific
through the canal It wiU not be neces
sary to provide so many large vessels-i
to sail around South America in order
to pass from one coast to another."
Interested in Mexican Situation.
The Panama newspapers, during tho
stay or the party of Congressmen, were
much exercised over news of the move
ment of United States troops to the
Mexican border, and it was openly
charged in their editorials that it was
the intention of the government to
eventually extend American territory the
entire distance southward to the Canal
Zone. Every utterance In United States
papers that bears out the theory that
Mexico Is threatened is eagerly read and
reprinted by the Panaman editors.
"It Is estimated that there wilt be
7.000,000 tons traffic yearly through the
canal," said Representative Taylor. "It
Is proposed to charge an approximate tar
iff of 1 per ton. In view of the fact
that the canal will cost but J3.000.000 an
nually to maintain, we thus have a prom
ised annual revenue of at least $4,000,000.
The canal, therefore, already appears as a
paying proposition. A large steamer can
carry seven tralnloads of merchandise
through the canal. This should mean a
great deal when it comes to figuring the
cost of transcontinental transportation.
for it will result in a great relief of the
burden the railroads carry at present"
The Congressmen were greatly Im
pressed with the appearance of the United
States marines In the Canal Zone. The
men of the garrison at Colon, It Is said,
swim the Chagres River every day with
their clothes on for exercise, and are
maintaining a camp so clean and sani
tary that not a fly a&. b fouaa,
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