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"HB DAILY PRESS 'ha only newspaper ?wport News tWat res full Aaso I Press report. OL. XI. NO. 307. 1AGE WILL AMOUNT tO NEARLY $200,000 Dlsastrons Fire at Shipyard Christ? mas Day?Loss Partially Covered by Insurance. FIREMEN DANGEROUSLY INJURED Eddie Eddlngs Hovering Between Life and Death at Hospital, Recov. ered Consciousness Yesterday Af? ternoon?Big Building Destroyed and Steamer Jefferson Damaged. In tho most disastrous conflagra? tion In the history of the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Compauy, a great two-story, metal covered frame building, located be? tween dry docks, Nob. 1 and 2, was completely destroyed; the Old Do? minion liner Jefferson, being lengthened in dry dock No. 1, was damaged to the extent of several thousand dollars; about $10,000 worth of tools owned by workmen wero ruined and the destruction of the entire southerly portion of the big plant was threatened about 4 o'clock Christmas afternoon. The total los? is placed at about $200, 000 which 1b fully covered by In? surance. This docs not Include the damage to the workmen's tools, on which, it is understood no insurance was carried. Fireman Terribly Hurt. While heroicly fighting the flames on the north side of the burning building, Eddie Eddlngs. a voiunleet member of the Eagle Engine Oom pony No. 3, was struck by a falling mnsg of burning timbers and sus? tained injuries which may prove fatal. The unfortunate fireman was hastily carried to tho west end of the blacksmith shop, about 100 feet north, of the burning building, and Dr. Aaron Jeffrey, who was at the fire was summoned. The phyaiolan had the injured man put In the Central Fire Company's combination wagon and taken to the General hospital. Eddlngs May Recover. Upon an examination the physician found that Edding's hip . was frac? tured, his leg broken and his skull injured. He now lies In the Gon oral hospital in a procarious condi? tion, suffering from concussion of tho brain. The young man was rendered unconscious by the blow and he did not regain conscious? ness until about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Slight hopes for his re? covery are now entertained by Dr. T^ouls Loeb, who was called to at? tend the young man last night. Friends of tho injured fireman tele? graphed the news of tho accident to his parents In Richmond-early Christ? mas evening and Mrs. Eddinga came down to this city yesterday morning. Sho went to tho bedside of her son at tho General hospital and expects.to stay with him until his condition im? proves. John .Wilson, a member of tho Central fire company, had his left knee cap knocked out place while fighting the Are. He was moveo to the General hospital. Origin of Fire a Mystery. The origin of the fire probably will never bo learned. The flames apparently started in the extreme easterly end of the building and, as the plant was closed down and no workmen were around, they had galnod considerable headway before a watchman discovered them. He . ran to the powerhouse near by and ,savc the alarm and a short time afterwards, at exactly 1 minute bo fore 4 o'clock, the shipyard whistle sounded the fire signal??lue sharp, ?quick blasts. After giving the alarm to the men In the .power house, the watchman telephoned to the man on duly at the main gate and an alarm was sent in to the city department. Thousands Flook to Yard. During this time the .shipyard whistle had been continually blow ing and hundreds of men, women and children flocked 'to the plant. Scores of men and boys leaped over the fence and the main gates were thrown open and thousands of ex? cited people rushed down into the yard. Tlie fire had boon steadily eating Its. way through tho big build? ing and dense clouds of jet black smoke wero rolling heavenward and from Washington avenuo It appeared as if half of tho great plant was lu flames. Bofore the Eagle Engine Com? pany responded to the first alarm, eager hands brought, forth reel af? ter roel of hose, from tho shipyard hose house, and dosens of men began taking .boxes of tools', be-, longing to Bhip-carpoutors, out of the west end of the burning struct? ure. Up to this Unto no flames wero visible through the volumes ?* smoke that poured from under th* eaves of. tho building and out of the windows. All Three Companies Out. When Fire Ohiel W. K. Slowo NEWPOI arrived on the scene with the North End Ore company he saw the entire fighting . force of the department would bo necessary to cope with tho fire and he turned in two moro alarms. The Central and East End companies responded and soon a dozen streams were playing on the building. Handicapped by a lack of water pressure, tho firemen, and the ship? yard workmen handling the shipyard hose, wore powerless to check the steady advance of tho flames through the big building and soon tho oakum loft, loented In tho center I of the structure was ablaze. Ab the fire nte through tho top of tho lott flames shot heavenward and then being depressed by tho strong north? westerly wind, they bent in the di? rection of the Old l>omlnion liner Jefferson, imperilling that vessel. By this ? time the entire building was in flames and tho heat between It and the north side of dry dock, No. 1, was so Intense that tho firemon could not a stream to the side of the Old Dominion liner JefTorsou, which had ignited by tho intense heat. Flood Dock to Save it. Fire Chief Stowe, who hud been here and there and everywhere di? recting his men, then had the North End company take tho two streams being pumped from te tug Alice, into the basin and fight the tiro on the ship from that point. When the JefTerson caught fire, Superinten? dent of Hull Construction Homer Ii, Ferguson, who with Manager Post and General Superintendent of H?tt Construction M. V. D. Doughty had reached the scene a half hour before,! had dry dock No. 1, flooded to pre? vent the bottom of tho basin from igniting from burning pieces of scaf? folding that might fall from tho side of the Jefferson. As It takos an hour to flood the bastn and n halt hour to get tho .gate opon and ropes and tackles out, no attempt was made to float the steamer out of the basin. I Besides the two streams being played on the north side of the ship, firemen nnd workmen got two streams aboard of her from the south side of the dock and the flames on the vessel were soon extinguish? ed. Considerable damage was dono tho joiner work on Ihe starboard side of the vessel, but the total damage probably will not oxeced ?lO.?OO: Machine Shop Ablaze. Three-quarters of an hour after the first ? alarm was sounded the roof of (he carpenter shop fell in with a great Crash and thousands of sparks went whirling over the yard. A large piece of burning timber was carried across the ynrdj by the wind and lodged In n window on the west end of the big ma-1 chine shop. The window sash caught J fire, but a half dozen men were dispatching to the scene and they quickly extinguished tho flames. Flying spnrks ignited the Joiner ] shop, nnd several plies of timber nearby, but firemen put out the flames and saved the building nnd lumber. Many Spectators There. Gathered around the two dry docks,' and at both ends of tho burning structure were several thousand men, women and children, many of whom remained until 8 o'clock that night. A number of telegraph poles standing on both sides of the build? ing caught fire and dozens of wlreB fell to the ground rendering the work doubly hard. Several of the poles burned and toppled over, but no one was injured by them. The great building burned like a seething furnace and so intense was the heat that the firemen could not get within a hundred feet of it. Awnings for Minnesota Destroyed. At six o'clock all that remained of the big structure, in which the fire originated, and which contained tho ship-carpenters' shop, plpo fit? ters' shop, sheet Iron .workers' shop, all and rigging loft and oakum loft, was a masB of burning embers and twisted sheet iron. Thousands and thousands of dollars worth of ma? chinery in the building was* de? stroyed, about a huudred boxes of tools, belonging to ship-carpenters, and stored in the carpenters' shop, were ruined, and about $60,000 worth of sails, awnings', boat coverings, etc., for the . United States battle? ship Minnesota, the Old Dominion liner Jefferson and armored cruisers North Carolina and Montana, which had been stored in the sali loft, wont up In the flames-. The sails and awnings for the Minnesota and Jefferson were completed and ready to be put oa the vessels. It Is probable that the burning of this material will delay the finishing of the work on the Jefferson. Temporary Arrangements The old mould loft in the unchtnc shed on tho north side of dry dock No. 2, will, it is understood, be converted into a temporary sal] and rigging loft nnd the work of making new awnings, boat coverings, gun coverings, etc., for the Minnesota will begin as soon as possible and will bo rushed to completion. It Is said that the sail makers will work night and day on the material as it must bo finished before the latter part of January, when tue Minnesota is scheduled to go Into commission. Engine Out of Commission, One of the city ftro engines was put out of commission soon after reaching tho yard as the result of Dumping salt water. The engine *was sent back to the engine house and will he repaired. Chief Stow (Continued on pago Three) t,T NEWS, VA., THUS VARQAMAN GOES TO SCENE OF TROUBLE Mississippi Chief Executive Hast? ens !o Scene cf Alleged Race War. -,, REPORTS OF Him IRE VAGUE Said That the Militia Finds Nothing to Do But Visit With the People of the Town?Governor and 8taff Go? ing to Make a Personal Investiga? tion. (By Associated ProsB.) JACKSON, MI88., Dec. 20.?Gover? nor Vnrdninan and several members of his staff lert for Scooba, Miss., this evening at R o'clock on a special train. Ho carried with him about 25 mom "bora of tho Capital City guards under command of Captain Albert Falrley. i Adjutant General Fridge preceded 1 him about three hours, going on tho regular train to Merldan, MIsb., where he will secure a special train which i will carry the governor and militia dl . reef to Scooha. Tho governor says there has been no fresh outbreak at Scooba, but that . i It has been ImpoBslblo for blm to got > nny definite news from there and he ? has gone over to make a personal In I vostlgation and rolleve the strain on ? Col. McCant'e soldiers with fresh troops. Reports of Killing Vague. I SCOOBA, MISS.. Dec. 26.?Lato yestordny indefinite reports reached I this town that four negroeB had been pursued by a poose and killed, five j miles east of here. It was also report I ed that tho negroeB lit and around the I town were in a state of unrest and . trouble was feared. A telegram was sent to Governor Vardaman at Jack? son, asking that troops bo forwarded here from Morldan. The governor ordered .oat a com? pany of militia and the soldiers ar? rived here early today. They found that no trouble existed In Scooba and they are now walking about the little town chatting with the citizens. The roported killing of four negroes yes? terday, which cannot be verified, was a direct outgrowth of the recent trou? ble at Wahalak. from which there Is a statement that the trouble had subsided and business was being car? ried on as usual. CONGRESSMEN WILL HAVE TO BE ON JOB There is a Law Which Forbids Them from Drawing Pay Unless There. (By Associated Press.) WASHINGTON, D. C. Dec. 26.?Re? presentative John Wesley Onines of i Tennessee who is in favor of onncting la new statute, providing that members of Congress shall forfeit $1.1.50 fori evory day they aro nbscnt. announces that as a result of a search through ! the old documents at tho capitol ho j has found that a statuto passed in 1856 which prohibits absent members j from collecting their salaries unless thoy are kept from their official Jutins by illness, has never boon repealed. An attempt was made to enforce the law, he says, in the 52nd Congress, which resulted in n strenuous effort to re? peal the statute. Representative GaincB will call the attention of Con? gress to the statute, he says, and In? sist that It be enforced. BLACK AND WHITE SOLDIERS HAVE FIGHT Negro Started the Trouble on a Trol? ley Car Running to Port Leaven worth, Kan. LEAVENWORTH, KAN.. Dec. 26.? A rigid investigation 1b being made today to learn tho participants in the riot caused by negro soldiers last night on a late car to Fort Leaven worth, which ended In a serious fight bo tween black and white soldiers. Trou? ble started when a negro soldlor who was drunk, refused to pay his fare. He called the conductor a vile name, and was knocked down. Other negroes rushed to the help of their comrade, and the white soldiers on the car took a hand. The ncgr^ob jumped off the car and began throwing stones through the windows. This attack badly frightened other passengers, many of whom were women. Great Storm In Engvland. (Special to tho PresB.) LONDON, Deo, 26.?Christmas of 1906 will be memorable for the hcavlsot. snowstorms the united king? dom has oxpcrlfocod in many years, In the uotherh counties' of Eiigland ami in Scotland the. snow was ac cumpuuicd by great. galcn. DECEMBER 2 ACTION AGAINST THE GREAT NORTHERN ' I ' State- of Minnesota Begins Suit Against Hill to Prevent Issuance of Slock. WOULD HURT ILL WHO USE ROAD People - Would Have to Eventually Havij to Pay More for Freight and Passenger Fare In Order That Company Could Declare 8even Per Cent Dividend. (Dy Associated Press.). ST. PAUL. MINN.. Doc. io.?At? torney General Young and It. A. Stono, assistant, nttorney general, this afternoon began nh action In the Romesy county district court on behalf of he State of Mlnnosota against the Great Northern Railway Company, asking for a permanent in? junction aguinst the company, Its officers agents and servants from proceeding in any manner with the proposed Issue of capital stock re? cently authorized by the board -01 directors in Now York. The at? torney general alto askB that the court restrain the defendants from receiving or collecting the amounts duo on any subscriptions which may have been sold. The bill also says: "if the defen? dant increases Its' stock as now pro? posed the nggrognte thereof will be $60,000,000. The defendant has been and Is tjpw paying annyal dividends at the rate of 7 per cent on all of ita capital stock and will pay dividends at the same rate on all of Its pres? ent capltl' stock if this1 tncroso Is consummated ns now Intended. That this Increase or $60,000,000 if effected, will therefore increase the Aged annual Chargen for the-'de? fendants by the sunt of $4.200,000, a grtar portion of which will have to bo pa,Id by Minnesota patrons as charges oft freight and passenger traffic will be higher, and that it is further alleged that If those' plans are consummated they will be effected without the survellance or the consent of the stntc of Minne? sota." The bill alleges that Ute reason for this Increase of stock Is unknown to the officials of tho state ofCMInno-1 sota and that they are unadvised'or tho necessity and property of the same. Tho refus:,l "to make ap? plication to the state railroad, anu wrehouse commission betoro pro? ceeding with the prepratlons for tho proposed Increase of capital stock the defendant will deprive tho state of Minnesota in the premises and prevent giving the. transaction the' scrutiny and publicity contoniplatd by the law. Service was' had on officials .?cd" tho Groat Northern road this af? ternoon. TWO WERE KILLED AND ELEVEN HURT Bad Collision Between an Interurban Train and Work Train at Seattle Wash, . TACOMA. WASH., Dec. 26.?'Two persons were killed and eleven hurt, ono fatally, in a collision today be? tween an intorunban tratn from Seattle and work train. The col? lision occurred ner Edgewood. The dead: George Ross, conductor of tho interurban train; William Harris; third railman; O. William Guyon, motor man, was fatally injured. Tho wreck occurred on a sharp curvo In a deep cut. Two flat cars- were pllod on the first passenger car, crushing it to splinters. COT CARBOLIC ACID TO WOMAN PRISONER Man Then Took a Dose Himself and Both Die from Deadly Poison. (By Associated Press.) BLMIRA, N. Y? Dec. 26.?Although a guard was standing close beside him tonight, Frank Dolaney, a railroad man made a bold attempt to end his life and tho life of a woman who oc? cupied a cell in the woman's dormitory of the Klmlra county jail. The woman was Bessie WoIIb await? ing sentence on January 3 for abduct? ing a young girl and harboring her for .immoral purpose. Delanoy pro? cured a power of attorney for woman and when he called at tho jail and stated thKt he wished to consult her regarding the signing of important pa? pers, there was no objection on the part of the warden, who sent a guard along with him. Tito guard stood close by while the man and woman were conferring, when suddenly Delanoy drew from his pocket, a bottle of car hollo acid, mid passed it through tljj! bars. The woman seized it and swallowed 7, 1906. the contents. Instantly. Dolaney pressed a second bottle to his own lips. The guard sprang upon him, but the man fought him for a moment, and then collapsed. He dlod boforo n phy? sician could bo cnllutl. When the door of tho cell was unbolted the woman lay dying on the floor. six are murdered by the dreaded mafia Italians in New Orleans Are Panic Stricken by the Work Of Secret Organization. NBW ORLEANS, LA., Doc. 2(1. ?A plot of tho Maria, which 'has been working secretly In Now Orleans lor years, Is regarded as being responsible for the denths of six ItallntiH, who wore found murdered early today In a tenement house In thtmalnc Slroot. Several of tho meu had been burnud to death. . Such a panic has boon created among ItnllnuH ns a rosult of tho dls covery that It wan necosBary to send overy roaervo policeman In tho city to the tenement hottflo. Even then there wnB so much oxcltement that the officers oould not cope with tho situation und firemen wcro ordorod out. The murders arc supposed to have beon committed during the early part of tho night, and there Ib ovory indi? cation that they were carefully plan- j nod, ub no Bcreams from tho victims wore heard. It Is believed many mon participated In the slnughtor, nnd nil the victims were struck down at tho same time. Their bodies wero literal? ly hacked to pieces. Those which wero burned wero probably Bet on fire after the murders had beon committed. So far tho police have been unable to secure a clew to the perpetrators. The Italians of tho quarter uro nil bo badly frightened that It Is useless to question them. The greatest fear pre? vails that tho outbreak of the dread secret socloty Ib not over, nnd that additional murders may follow. the mutual elects two indicted men Burnham and Eldrlge Chosen Vice Presidents by Directors By a Close Vote. (By Associated PrftBB.) N10 YORK, Deo. 28.?After n sess? ion lasting two hours the directors of the Mutual Reserve Life Insur? ance company tddny re-elected Pied K. Burham and George D. Eldrlge vice presidents. Nljne of the twelve directors wore prosbnt and tho oloc tion of Burnham and Eldrldgo IB Bald to have been very close. None of tho directors would dis? cuss- the meeting. Mr. Burnham and Mr. Eldrigo are both under find let mout In connection with tho ndiuln stratlan of tho company affairs. half of aToWn" WRECKED BY quake People In Arlca, Chill are Greatly Alarmed by the Rumblings of the Earth. (By Associated Press.! 8ANT1AGO. CHILI, Dec. 26.?Half of tho town of Rrica In the provi? dence of Tacna hus been destroyed by an earthquake, and other town* in tho neighborhood hnvo sufforoc more or loss Beverly. The sea p* of I.qulque 120 miles of Arlca. was not damaged. With tho recollection of the August disaster fiuBh In their minds; the people In the earth qunze stone are greatly alarmed. Arnold, Leo & Co. Settle. (By Associated Press.) NEW YORK, Dec. 26.?Arnold, Leo and Company, Stock Exchange brokers- who failed lasL Saturday, have effected a settlement with their creditors- on the basis of 50 por cent Ih notes, According to the aesslgnec Leo and company liabili? ties wero about 9690.0000 assets about 000,1)00. Lively Shooting Scrape. (By Associated Press.) TULAH?MA TENN.. Dec. 26. During a shooting affair in a billiard room hero tonight Mol Parker was wounded four times and Is reported to bo dying; Henry Brinkloy was shot In the back; James Holt in th hlp; J. I). Baxter, In the back and Tom Hlortle In the head. The ori? gin of the trouble is apparently un? known. Two Found Dead In House. (By Associated Press.) ? JACKSONVILLE, FI.A., Dec. 20.? The dead bodies of George Patter? son, a cab driver and Alice Clark, boarding house koeper. wero fount' late last night in different roo of the boarding horn;.;. Tho Indica? tions wero either suicide or murder. Senator Caffee Critically III. (By Associated Press.) NEW ORLEANS. LA., Dec! 26.? The condition of former United Stales Senator Caffee, who has been 111 for a week with ocuf.o kidney trouble, took a turn for tho worse late today aud It Is now feared that ho will not recover. Florida Fruit Damaged. (By Associated Press.) TAMPA. FLA.. Dec. 26.?A special from Fort Meyer fays: Fruit in groves at Caloosahatchio Is frosen tiolid. Immediately about Fort .M-e ors,. however, fruit Is but little dam-1 aBod. . 1 THB WEATHER. Fair and somewhat warmer, Thursday and Friday. Partly cloudy, light to fresh west wind*.' PRICE TWO CENTS COLORADO MOB HAS DESIRE TO LYNCH Battering Down a Jail at Las Mas In an Effort to Get at a Murderer. COMMITTED MOST BRUTAL GRIME Killed Man, Tried to 8oalp Him and Then Boasted That He Had Drank Blood of Hla Victim?Sheriff Triad to Get Him Out of Town But Wm Prevented by Crowd. - %V. (By Associated Press.) LiAS ANIMAS, COLO., Doc. 27.? A mob Ib now at work battering down the walls of tho jail horo for the purpose of lynching l^twronco Leborg a tramp who ycBtorday mur? dered Henry Lavonmoyor n farmer near <jero. Alighting from a Santa Fe freight train yesterday aftornoon at Rob? inson statTon, Loberg crosod tho river and begged a meal from a farmer named Purvis. fLeberg then demanded lodging but was rofuBed because of bin abuslvo language. Leborg set fire, to a haystack belonging to Henry Ijavenmyor, probably thinking that it wns tho property of Purvla. Tho flro attracted Lavonmyor, who took Loberg Into custody, allowing him to ride behind on his horse. When Lavenmyor dismounted to open u gato Leberg struck him repeatedly on tho head with a hammer which wna tier to Lavenmyor'H saddle. Le? borg then cut Laycnmoyor's throat, and attempted to Vpnlp him. Tho burning haystack nxtractod neigh? bors who found lite mutilated body. Loberg was caught riding l.avoniny cr's horse. Ho submitted to arrosi and boasted of his crime, saying , he had drunk tho blood of his yAfo,, tint. Leheig was brought""7iMre*"and " placed In Jail. At noon today She Iff Brown started for Pueblo with his prlsonor but wns met by Re persons "who protested against Lb bergs removal, and he was again placed In Jail. Tonight a mob set about tho work of vengenco. Boon aftor dark several hundred men and boys appeared at the jail, b wero rofusod admittance. Almost immediately they began the at lack on tho jail. Poor House Building Burned. AMHHRST. VA.. Dec. 2?.?The dwelling on the Poor farm, thron and a half miles from this place, was tot? ally destroyed by flro yesterday morn lug at 10 o'clock. Tho house was occupied by .1. H. Turner. The furni? ture was all saved. There is no in Btiranoo, the loss being planed at $50?. Tho flro started from a dofcctlvc fine In one of tho upper stories. Drooped Dead at Chrlatmns Dinner. WILLIAM8BUR0. Doc. 21?.?U. I'. Wright, one of tho most prominent men In Jumos City county, dropped dead at his home near Toan'o yester? day Immediately after eating his Christmas dinner. Mr. Wright was about fir, years of age and is survived by his wife and several children. Supreme Court Session. RICHMOND. VA., Dec. 26.?The Su? premo Court of Appeals will resume work in this city on tho morning of January 8, when tho docket will bo called and cases argued. ThiB session of the court is generally about the longest of the year. On Friday, .Inn nary 11, the examination of applicant* for license to practice in this State Major Ames H. Darat, of Pulaski, Dead RADFORD, Dec. 20.?Major James H. Darst. a prominent and well-to-do citizen of Dublin, died Mondav at mid? night, after a two weeks' illness from heart trouble. He was a native of Pu? laski county. Ho sorved in the legis? lature. Ho was about seventy years old, and leaves a wife and five or six children. Barge Haggerty la Safe. (By Associated Press.) PHILADELPHIA. PA., Dec. 2H.?A dispaloh to the maritime exchange says the barge which broko adrift from the lug I. .T. Merrltt Monday night Is the John Haggerty. ami is row anchored five miles northeast of ^alse Cape, Va. Fnlso Cap:? is about !!? miles south of Cape tl*?nvy. Jail Prisoner Cremated. (By Associated Press/) BIRMINGHAM. ALA.. Dec. 26. The city prison at Jacksonville. Oa houn county, was' bunted last nigh Richard Walker, the only lamst. was cremated. Walker was jail for wife beating. The origin the flro is not known'. White Man Killed By Negrs BIRMINGHAM. ALA.. Dec, 26. A. Richard Logan,a white man. wan killed yestordav by three negroes near llensou, Shelby county. No de? tails arc known. "Tho negroes pedod of the crinie escaped.