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t Made io Hie Park. THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC. Tlie Model City's Model Street Read the story in next Sunday! Republic. Brilliant coloring. o j HENRY E. DIXEY will explain it in next Su .day's Republic. Pictures. XIXIOTYTIIIKD YEAR. ST. LOUIS. MO., FRIDAY. DECEMBER 11. 1900. . I In St. I.onii "- -IVXV-IJ J On Trains, In St. I.onis. tine Crnt. .lulu. Tt Cents. Three Lents. STANDARD THEATER ViSITED BY A DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. r. . : , . mi Roof Was Burned Off and In terior Was Hooded With Water. DAMAGE IS ABOUT 515,000. Utopian Company's Loss Es timated at $2,000 To Show at Imperial. I'm' which originated in tin- gallery of the St.i-id.ird Theater, at Sov-ntli and Wal nut ittTts. at 11.1') l.Kt night iractieally lc-troed the structure Tito flame, which vcre- subdued only after two hours hard -truggle by the Fire- Department, con-i-uincil all the Interior fittings and furnish ings, leaving only the four wall. The origin of the fire is unknown, but it i believed It may have been started iy the lighlcd stump of a clgare-tte throun e-.ireIcMy away by one of the gallery gods in having the theater after the iierform amo, which may have fallen into some waste paper anil smoldered unnoticed until a vagrant draft fanned it into flame. Pri vate, Watchman Fitzlmmn, v.hoo duty it is in the course of the performance to crei-e control oer the gall-'rr gixl, says that he made the rounds of the gallery after the house was dismissed and noticed nothing unusual. The performance closed at 10:3 1 o'clock, ami all of tac performers had donned their street clothes and gotten out of the theater Ions Iiefore the fire was discovered. There were a few of the employes in the cafe In the Ki.-cmcnt when an excited individual daMi-d downstairs and yelled that the thea ter was on lire. Tho.-e in the cafo ran out side and. looking up. saw smoke pouring from the windows of the nailery on the Walnut street side. An alarm was turned in and the employes turned their attention to the task of savins the costumes and property on the stage. The Utopian Burieyquers Is the name of the company which was appearing at the bouse. Host of the 'members of the troupe were rooming at Killing's Hotel, directly across the street from the Standard, and none of them had retired. Aroused by tin cry of fire, they hastened outside. Stij, re alizing the danger, made a wild rush for the stage door, intent on saving their trunks containing their costumes and stage ueees rories, -which wero In the dresslns-roann downstairs, beneath the stage. Actors and actresses, whose entire be longings, almost, were contained in tho trunks In their dressing-rooms, scrambled down the steep," narrow- stair? leading he low the stage, groped their way to their dressing-rooms and scurried out again with their arms piled high with articles of cloth ing, which they hail snatched front their trunks. The stage hands, cooler-headed, stopped the mad rush and began hauling out the trunks ono at a time, and their presence of mind In the emergency Is responsible- for the salvage of mp.-t of the property of the company. During the ex citement incident on the first alarm sev eral outsiders gained entr-atce to tlr dressing-rooms, ajid,'undor pre;lnse of'assbst tlng In th-sjrork of .rescuing the property or the actresses, succeeded In making away with a quantity or valuable plunder., when the first engines appearea "on the sceno the fire had gained considerable head way. The Western, Brass Manufacturing Company's plant, a four-story 'building-, ad Joins the theater on. 'the east, and the five story structure lately vacated by the A. NcuviHe Shirt Manufacturing Company Is separated from It on the north by a narrow alley. Seeing the danger which threatened these buildings', n second and a third alarm were turned in by Chief Sningley within a few- moments nfter his arrival, bringing twenty cnclnes on the scene. The firemen had difficulty in reaching the peat of the flames, and while they were get ting their apparatus In the most advantage ous positions the fire had secured great headway and was reaching toward the tage In the rear. The heavy electric light wire cables strung- about the front and sld. of the building also interfered to some extent to the raising of the trucks and water tow er?. When the firemen hail overcome these difficulties, however, and began to pour a. deluge en the flames the tubdulng or tha fire was merely a matter of time. Despite the efforts of the firemen, the flames reached the stage with Its Inflam mable material, which wa consumed with in a few minutes. When the roof fell In u fhort time later there was nothing left for the fire to feed upon. The damage was confined mostly to the gallery and balcony at the south end of the building. The damage by water is considerable. The lower floor and the cafe were untouched bv the flames. ntII,DI.tt HAS ITEIU'STI.U HISTORY. Colonel Ed Butler, the proprietor of the theater, who was summoned to the fire a few moments after It broke out. said: "The Standard Theater has been In existence fince September IS. 1SS3. It was orlglnaliy under the management of Mannerly and McEr.tlre. and has been a vaudeville show house since Its establishment. "Its stage is the largest In tho city, and it has a larger seating capacity than any other theater here, Jt has the distinction of having sheltered the convention which nominated David IX. Francis for Mayor In "Tho building cost me JJO.OX). and tho ground on additional $00,001. Jt is insured for J33.G0O. I have made arrangements with Frank Tate of the Columbia Theater to transfer tho hhow which was exhibiting here to the Imperial Theater, opening this afternoon. I will rebuild and remodel the Standard on a more splendid scale than ever, and will begin the work as soon as the ruins cool." Chief fawingley said last night that the SECTION MEN FIGHT WHILE OFFICERS ARE 01T OF TOWN. About one-half of the residents of Alton witnessed a pitched battle between sectlan crews of the Chicago. Peoria and St. Louis Itallroad Company, formerly the Bluff Line, na of the Illinois Terminal Railroad Com pany yesterday, while the Chief or Police, the Mayor, and every one vested with pow w to give orders to quell the disturbance, were In attendance nt the Bellenger murder trial at Edwardsville. During the fight the crew of the Illinois Terminal Company succeeded In pushing the other crew over an embankment and tumbling a heavy platform down on them. Half a dozen of tho crew that went over the embankment were pinioned to the earth by the heavy platform, and their escape irom being crushed to death seemed mirac ulous. The crew ot the Chicago, Peoria and St. Jjouis road tried to even up matters with the Illinois Terminal road by destroying the embankment built by the latter road along Ier front' They attacked it with picks na shovels and commenced to level tho embankment. As fast as the crew of the vaicago, Peoria and St. Louis road shoveled i:stiiati: or- iami;i:. O Fire chief Sningley and t'aptaln Kvans estimated the elamaue lo the theater at JK..W. 1-M llutler said the insurance amounts to $3."..(m). Sam Myers, manager of the Boston Burlesquer. estimated his loss at .M-', and has mi insurance. Mr. llutler said last nlslit he had made arrangements with the ni.in- ageiueut of the Imperial Theater to give performances at that playhouse, commencing to-morrow night. a tire started In the south end of the gallrry. but was unable to say what started the blaze. The entire gallery and roof was destroved. and a portion of the balcmy was slightlv cnrcheil. I The walls, were practically not damaged. The Salvage Corp-, siuceeded in eoering the seats with tarpaulins, thus saving them from water. Chief Kvans of the Salvage Corps and Chief Sningley both estimated the loss of tlie building at J15. The estimate, they said, was a liberal one. PIIAVliC I'I'.MAI.O diii ami'mm: tiiim:. One of the incidents of the liie wj.t the frantic rush of female I'topian Burlescmrrs toward tilth- belongings in the drc-ssins-rooms underneath the stage. Some wore In near-by restaurants, and others wre at luncheon in the cafe of the theater. Mildred Vincent, a soubrette, attempted to lift her heavy trunk and ca'rry It to the street. When -he realized that her strength was not equal to the task she opened It and commenced removing- hr wearing apparel and costumes by the arm ful. Into the street she carried her gar ments and dumped them. In her excite ment, into the gutter, which was flooded with muddy water. "Thank goodness!" said she when she had emptied her trunk. "I've saved all my stuff, now let the old building burn." When lnr attention was called to the heap of mud-bespattered clothing, several gar ments having been washed down the gut ter, she wept bitterly and was bordering on hysteria when friends removed her to her room. Kittle Kvans Is another burlesquer who will not scon forget her first experience In a theater lire. Owing to her part In the cast It was neces-ary for her. when t he cntereil her dressing-room after the Mail curtain, to don her street dress. When she heard the pulling of the engines out side and 'the screwming of the other girls In the corridor she seized a mirror, a box of powder and a handful of hairpin!; then hurried to the Mage entrance. "WRAPPED TISSl'Il PAPER I'OHTlKlti: Alio IT m:it. Realizing the night was cold, she grabbed a portiere made of tissi-e paper, and. -vr.ip-piiig it about her. would have rushed into the street had not one of her companions. who was less perturbed, rrasone-d with her and explained there was no Immediate dan ger. .Arter being asured there was ample t.ine to finMi dressing she returned, and later emerged in a dressing-gown. Under her arm si-.e carried a bundle of clothes wrapied in a sheet. Maud Hamilton, May Powell and Ella Syl vester were other members of the company who carried from their dressing-rooms huge Dunjies ot clothing and deposited them on tha floors of tha saloons and restaurants in the neighborhood. The office and bar of Hilling's Hotel resembled the receiving room of a laundry. Dresses, costumes and undergarments were scattered promiscu ously about the floor and on chairs and ta bles. One excited burlesquer ran frantical ly from one room to another, spasmodically squeezing and lavishing- kisses on an ugly pug dog. After the fire had been burning for about ten or fifteen minutes and the female Utopians realized that their lives were nut endangered, several of them ventured from the hotel to the corner of Seventh and Wal nut and watched the firemen work. Their nerves were again unstrung, when a heavy stream of water struck a trolley wire and It snapped and fell to the ground. Thev satisfied themselves that the experiences of the night were sufficient and repaired to their rooms to sleep or try to. In the meantime several men were en gaged In removing the trunks from the dressing-rooms and carrying Into the street such portable property as they could find. All of the trunks were removed and the damage to the theatrical comany's property will bo confined to stage settings, which wtro damaged by water. -MAV.tCEIl MVKItM UKTAII.S HIS I.USSKS. Samuel Myers, manager of the Utopian liiirlcsquers. estimated the loss to his sceneries and properties. Including a calcium light mid a moving-picture machine, at $2,0)D, with no Insurance. All of tho ward robes were, saved. "I was In bee! when the fire started." sail -ir. jijers. "and I quickly gathered my company and gave them ordra to hurry to the theater and save their wardrobe" Th women were m more arraid of the lire th in the men, and by much hard work we car ried our effects to places of safety Mr. Myers said that T. W. Dluklns pro prietor of the lion-Ton Theuter of Jrs..v City. X. J., owns the show. FIItKHA.V FITZPATIIICK SI.STAIXS ,X IXJl-liv. Foreman Thomas Fltzpatrlek of Knglne Company No. C In responding to u,e first alarm was run down by a truck and hW right foot was badly crushed. Doctor Iiro kaw, who attended him, said that no bones were broken, but that the ligaments were badly torn and that the Injury might prove serious. Fitzpatiick was removed to St. John's Hospital early this morning. Lieutenant Johnson, in charge of the Cen tral District police, detailed a force of Ser geants and twenty-five officers lo watch the property which had been removed from the burning building and keep the crowd from Interfering with the firemen. Officers as sisted the Salvage Corps in removing the rash register and other valuable property from the cafe. away tho cinders the crew of the Illinois Terminal road filled the excavations with moro cinders from several flat cars which had been sent to the scene of action. Tho C, P. & St. L. crew- then went for a new platform, which hid been constructed to replace the one demolished, and, whiles they were carrying it up to the depot, the Terminal crew was re-enforced by the men who had gone lor the cinders. Together they rushed for the platform. When they reached it the two crews pulled and pushed until the contest was brought to a summary conclusion by the crew and platform belong ing to the C, P. & Ft. I- It. It. being pushed over the embankment. While the trouble was at Its height some of the peace and order loving citizens took steps to put an end to the fracas. The Chief of Police was In demand, but he was- at Kd wardsville. The Mayor also was at Kdwards villo. as were all the heads of all the exec utive departments of the city. The fight continued until Mayor Young, who had been notified of the condition of things- In Alton, appointed Green Parker temporary Chief of Police by telephone By the time the new police chief had collect ed his forces the belligerents, having fought themselves out, were resting on their arms The citizens of Alton are expecting more In teresting developmeuts In the future. : wyz-h k I tiffin Aw mil A5v jsr;wt I: 'usfi m ply w m J: WHEIsr SAYS AN HATES EMPEROR BECAUSE HE IS A CHRISTIAN. German Official Announces the Conversion of China's Ruler. HE READ AMERICAN BOOKS. Information Is Believed to Have Come From Count Von Waldersee. MISSIONARIES ARE BLAMED. Reichstag Startled by Former Court C haplain's Disclosure. KMPKKOK KWAXG SI' masRhoida,UsCC"Docror Sm ' J f th " ore the clirh. sTuation In ChhS Jtth.'l T fT Cha'"'""' remarked, with reference to the p w, - l Cn,na' tnat lle haJ received private letters asserting that the reason the Car s,7anh1TbeeaneS ".T, Kw"ne S" " ,hat " " has actu.iv become a un,krh.s'eye. f converted by British and American missionary book.s that came ,h Vc I. . , 'Cn Uo?-,or s"ecker was Interviewed by a represe the Associated Press, to whom he gave a number of corroborative details. Je""Jn, 1 SU.P,P07,1 ,0 nve been Count vou Waldersee. with who ... . . tnmaui iiuimaie irienusnlp. MUST EXTEND THE CANAL TO ST. LOUIS, Commission Disapniovcs Illinois Plan of Stopping Work at Mississippi Hirer. COMMERCE DEMANDS THIS. Kstimateil Cost of Fourteen-Foot Cut From I.ockporl to the. .Mississippi River Is Thirty Million Hollars. Washington. Dec. 1.1. Members of the Illinois- delegation In Congress, who are inter ested In the car-il connection of the Missis sippi Klier and the Great Lakes by way of the Chicago Sanitary Canal, have been advised that the report of the commission of I'nlted States Army engircers. about to in sent to Congress, is not favorable to the project. The report is still In tli- possession of the War Department, but It is understood the project of a fourteen-foot einal from Lock port, at the foot of the sanitary canal, and thence down tho Desplalnes and Illinois riv ers to the .Mississippi lilver. Is disapproved by the commission, though Impliedly It i.s stated that if the plan is extended on to St. LouK a distance of forty miles. It would be approved. This Is the second report on the canal, the first ore relating to a seven or eight foot waterway. In addition to tills. Con. gross called for a report on a ten twelve and fourteen. The latter report I.s the one now before the War Department. Tout of thr Cnnnl. As to the ten and twelve foot depths, the commission is understood to dismiss these depths as inadequate for lake vesseis. Conlir.lng its attention to the fourteen foot project, the commission takes the view that the cut from Lockport to the Missis sippi Kivcr would still leave navigation to bo 0eneil and deepened further on to St. Louis. This view is understood to be bajed on considerations for the commerce In that region, and not to any engineering dilhcul ties in the execution of the project. Members of the Illinois delegation say It was not contemplated to carry the project further than the stretch from Lockport to the Mississippi Itlver. In view of the re pcrt. it is expected that future surveys will ht.ve In mind the extension of the water way through to St. Louts. The commission estimates that the cost of me fourteen-foot cut from Lockport to tie Mississippi River will be about $30,000. rti). No estimate Is made cn the through project to St. Louis. CHIEF 03? POLICE C-lVClPiaEXiL GOES TO TVT A -KrTT,.A.. A ':m w '-Q-Jv r- yw representative of horn Doctor CONFER TO-DAY ON SPECIAL ELECTION, Klectiou Commissioners .May fuse to ( (imply With the School Hoard's Kcipiest. UV- COURT MAY BE INVOKED. Question in the .Mind of Secretary Jloblil.elle as to the Ilistim- lion Iletwccn the DilVereni Classes of Taxpayeis. The lioaid of Klectlon Commissioners will confer officially to-day on the request of the Hoard of IMucation that a sp-cial election be held on February 2C tr submit to the taxpayers the proposition to In crease; the tax for school purpose." from ty cents to 0 cents on the Jli valuation. It is positively known that more than one member of the Hoard of Klectlon Commissioners Is opposes! to conducting a special flection, principally because of the difficulty they anticipate In beliig able to make :i legal distinction between voters who are taxpayers and voters who are not. and It wan generally rumored yesterday that this Inclination might induce the board to eleciine to ncre,Ie to the proposal. There se-emed to be much reason to believe that the majority of the Comml.ssiotj-r.s will lc disposed to look upon the plan with disfavor. The law provides that a .pial election may be called for the purpose specified by the Board of Kducatlon and that unlv taxpayens may vote at such an election. The lioarel of Election Commissioners may, for reasons which it may deem legiti mate, refuse to comply. In which case the applicant would be compelled to have re course at law. by petitioning for a writ of mandamus. If a peremptory mandate was Issued the Board of Election Commis sioners would be obliged to obey. It Is said on reliable authority that some of the Commissioners believe the board should adopt a negative pedlcy and permit the Board of Kducatlon to make a prayer to court. By bo doing the Commissioners would protect themselves from the neces sity of determining who would be eligible to vote, and in the event of a special elec tion, the judges and clerks would be- vested with the authority to establish the dis tinction. In each Instance, their dictum would be final. Secretary Hoblitzelle. who was consulted by the special committee delegated by the Hoard of Kducatlon. maintains that the law does not define what taxpayers would be privileged to vote. Some persons argue that only property-owners might vote while others insist that people paying per sonal taxes would alro be entitled to exer cise the privilege. Inasmuch as both classes or taxes are apportioned to the school tax fund. It Is commonly agreed that all taxpayers would have the same rights. JAMES L, BLAIR ON MUNICIPAL REFORM, lie Discusses Problems Which Coii- froiii St. Louisiins ;it Meet- iii"; nf rnion Club. BLAMES CORRUPT OFFICIALS. Urges Party Organization on Plat forms of Purely Local In terest as a Heiuedy for Kvihi. At ft meetin? of the Union Club. Jefferson and Lafayette avenue, last night James L. Blair delivered an address on "Present Municipal Problems" to a large and ap preciative audience. Mr. Blair's address. In part, was n fol lows: "From the New England town meeting of the last century to a municipal election In St. Louis I.s a far cry. yet these two ex ttemes Illustrate the changed conditions of political and social life In tho United States and suggest the explanation of the fact that our form of government In the larger cities Is practically a failure. "It us consider the causes which have Jed to the failure of municipal government in St. Louis. I affirm without fear of suc cessful contradiction that the waste, re sulting from Inferior public work, from pur chase of tmn.'eessary supplies and the pa mi'tit therefor of e-xorbitant prices, from laxity and favoritism in the colle-ctlon of the public revenues, and from the salaries of an army of supernumerary emplojes. Is the prime reason. These causes would never have existed if many of the city officials and cmploces had not been Incompetent nil corrupt. A system whereby selections fr public office are not made upon the fhl's1,vlioHfi,,n"'lt 0n'.' '? rhargeable " iniH iolallun of public duty. biich being the eonditlons, how Is tho -i. , ,t? T r'm;","J", ''-my organizations standing in local affairs upon platforms re lating wholly to local imere-ts wcuIJ be the. most cfH-ctlve means for ascertaining the iM.llcles or the majority and electing otllclals pleilgeil to carry out these i ilcles. To this It mav be obleetisl time .ho. is no general puDlie Interest In lo.-nl public affairs. I say there Is a general public in terest, but It is latent. U aroused and preperly .lire-eteil. !t will become effective and result In bringing aLout good nomi nations at every election. "The- rational common-senfe view of the situation Is. local Issues for local parties, and these ate- always snfllrfen, in ..nmi. to Interest every publle-splriteel citizen and property owner. The water supply, sanlti Hon and other municipal functions involve questions of the hlgnest scientific skill, e-rrors In the solution of which impo-e elange rous and costly consequences If change.! Conditions make shifting lsue public- opinion will divide on theve Issues and party alignments will be more clearly elehned and rationally conceived. Thi, present time Is propitious for mu nicipal reform. The holding of a WorliCs Fair Is now a certainty, and Its creditable management In neee.stary. The price of good municipal e-nnditlons Is Individual ef fort. The opportunity Is here-, and as su-h opportunities come, but once In a lifetime let us ie to It that it Is not lost." OKLAHOMA STATESMEN HERE. Oovenior Seay Thinks Terrilorv Is ' Knt it led to Statehood. A eilsthigulshed party of Oklahoma pull. tlri.in.Hi at rived in the city yesterday Aiming them are former Governor A. J Seay. who Is a native of Missouri: State Senator II. H. Hngan and C. K. BiMlngs ley, president of the First National Bank at Gutliri'-. All are Intereste-d In a project to run a railroad through the Territory and are- here investigating the matter. They are at the Planters Hotel. According to Governor Seav all goad citi zens of that Territory are desirous that Ok lahoma should be admitteel Into the I'nlon as quickly as possible, and he has an array or fnctn to support his argument that is most convincing, all of which are coincided in by Senator Hogan. "There is no necessity to wait for th Indian Territory." said he, last night. "Under the treaty made with Congress tnat country cannot be admitted for five or six years. Oklahoma does not desire to wait. The Indian Territory would pay no tix-i to tl.e State for twenty-five years to come, while participating in all the benefits to bs derived therefrom. The only advantage to f we do not need either." W. C. T. U. "RUMMAGE SALE." Much Interest in Novel Fair nt Memorial Tabernacle. The W. C. T. U. "rummage sale" Iwgan yesterday afternoon In Memorial Tabrnacle at Fifteenth and Carr streets. It will con tinue to-day from Z o'clock until S o'clock p. m. Every branch of the write ribbon society of this city was represented, and In the lioo'.hs was every variety of holidiy mer chandise. Each article was plainly marked with a low price, and takers were many and eager. Silk skirts went at II each, a rug at the same price, and other articles at figures ranging from 3 cents to S3. . The ladies In charge yesterday w-era fr E. Dodge Carson. Mrs. S. D. Culberson, Mrs M. E. Price. Mrs. M. II. Mckeel. Mrs. Belle c. jcooeri, .urs. vt. o. iiaKcr. Miss Frnnccs ' oc-r s Dutid. lie was captured on the out D. Robb. Miss Jeane McGlnty, Miss Mona I skirts of the city and had a revolver, and Owens and MIsj Stella Culver. ' teemed to be acting suspiciously. GIRL OF 15 NOW ON TRIP OF 9,000 MILES, ALONE. Janet Gibson Is on Her Way From West Chester, Pa., to Hong-Kong. SAYS SHE'S NOT AFRAID From West Chester, Pa., to Hong-Kong. China a. distance. Jn round numbers, of ?, ( miles is a journey now being made alone by Janet Gibson, who Is but 13 years eld. The youthful traveler .'ient mere than an hour in Union Station yesterday. She arrived cn the Baltimore and Ohio .-it 12: P. m. and departed .it 2:13 o'clock via the Wahavh. i1"."01'1 TFaA a" he wa" through from Philadelphia to Hong-Kong. It Is a mot mysterious-looking- document, and is fully three feet long. Each section of country or of ocean which she to scheduled to. cross has Its separate check and Is signed and countersigned by the agent of the company which provides the tPinsportation. But Its ownr seems to thoroughly understand its complications, and her only anxiety I.s that she may lose It. However, the chances are that no such 111 rortune will befall her MLss Gibson Is ge.Irg to Hong-Kong o Join her father, who is In business there. She has not seen him for three years, or since he entered the employ of an Knglish n-ercantlle company with a branch at Hong Kong. Her mother is dead, und she Is the only child. They formerly lived in Xew York, out wht.n the father -.cent to China she went to Ile with an aunt at West cne.sier. Th-re was some doubt at first as to whether Mr. Gibson would remain In th Orient. -Itut as time and th Inducements offered Mm have removed this doubt, he wants his daughter with him. Circum stances rendered it Impossible for h!-n to come for hr. ar.d. as she said -he was not ifraid to go alone, she was permitted to do so. She Is a pretty girl, large for her ae. Hsr face Is a trifle Masculine, and her lips Indicate that she ha.-, a will of her own. "I'm not .1 bit afraid." said she yester day. "Il'j a long way, I know, and It's not TRAIN BOBBED AND CONDUCTOR SHOT; Illinois Central Fast .Mail Held lp Xear Xew Orleans Robbers Haul Was Small. New irlenn. I.a.. l)e. 13. The south licund Illinois Central fust mall, due nt 12:53. was held up and robbed by a lone train robber about one mile above the; city llmlts to-night. Some of the train crew fay they saw four or more men concealed In tli- bushes, but only one man figureel in the action, and his booty consisted of rnly one rlg.ste red mall pouch from Durant, Mls., and six rcgi'tereil letters from jKilnts between Calre, a Ml New Orleans. Conductor Kinr.cbrcw was shot tn the groin and the left eje of J. C. Parker, railway mall ele-rk. was poweler burned by a shot directed at his head. The robber got on the train, it is supposed, at rome point above the city. and. nfter pass-ing Kenner. the last stop before the train sirriveel in New Orleans, he climbed ovtr to the engine and covered the engineer and fireman and brought the train to a standstill. When the conductor came for ward to see what the trouble was he was shot by the robber. IJ. K. Goldsby, one of the railway mall clerks, stuck his head out of the door and was ordeied to jump down, which he did. Then tSe robber led the en gineeT. fireman and Goldsby toward the ex press car and made one ot them blow the side out with a stick of dynamite, which he supplied. This train carries no money and has no safe. The robber then went for the mail car and discovered Parker, who had hidden the registered pouches. He shot at him, and one of the pouches was produced, anel he made off with It. He uncoupled the engine from the train and ran it to a point near Carrollton avenue, where he abandoned it. The route of the engine was marked by mall pouches and letters which the robber threw or dropped as he escaped. The robber was evidently well acquainted with railroading. His face was blackened and he was a man little less than 6 feet tall, weighing about ltd pounds. He took Conductor Klnna brew's watch after he shot him. Two suspects were arrested to-night, but the mail clerks dlJ not Identify them. One of them, a tall lan. when he turned his back, struck Goldsby as being of the rob- lbHiHiw K'r-f. v.AVJBJsSjMHjKSBK?qBt a ?tiiiiiiiiiiiiiH -iHBI - -v?- W JANET GIBSOX. Who Is en route from West Chester, Pa.. lo Hong-Kong. China. a thing thit girls are accustomed to do. but I don't care feir that. Then I will see lots of Interesting things that will make me for get I have r.o company. Besides, when I grow older. I can say that I probably took the longest journey alone when I was 13 that a girl of the same age ever under took. "Of course, there might be an accident. The ship might i-.nk or the train run off the track. But I'd be just as likely to 1 hurt with somebody along as with- nobody but myself for a caretaker. Oh. I'll get te Hone-Kong all right, and I'll fine! my fath er, even if he's not donn on the dock to meet me." LEADING TOPICS IX TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC F,r .Mlnsuarl Fnlr In eastern, rain In western portion Friday. Satur day, fnlrt variable iriuels. For Illinois Generally fair Friday nnil .Saturday, except probably anoyr Friday m-nr Lake Michigan; frcait north tn enst wlnil.s. Kr Arkansas Fair Friday anel Sat urday: easterly rtlneln. Page-. 1. Lmpercr of China Said to Be a Chris tian. James L. Blair on Municipal Reform. Young Girl Traveling Alone to China, Mi.st Extend Canal to St. Louis. Confer To-Day on Special Election. Itlval Trackmen In Battle Royal. ;. Hanna Derends Ship Subsidy Bill. Davis Amendment io Canal Treaty Car iid. 3. .Masked Men Rob a Mall Car. Coal Trust Buying Independent Proper tics. Banquet of Pennsylvania Society. i. Women Confessed They Swore Falsely. Romance of Aged Elopers. Bryan ar.d Thompson Deny Fusion Story. Insurance Rates to Be Increased. Bailey's Troubles Not Yet Ended. 6. McGovern Knocks Gaits Out. Race-Track Results. Magnates Refuse Demands of Players. Eller's Friends May Be Dismissed. T. Preacher-Editor to Discuss Vice in St. Louis. Archbishop Ireland Favors Canteen. ?anta Fe Declines Arbitration Offers. Dunkard Girl Sues a Faithless Lover. 8. Editorial. Society Events. Voices Vary With Their Ages. 9. Army Clothing Permitted to Wuste. Salvation Army Demonstration. Father Surrenders Child to Mother. Farmer Flee-ced in Dice Game. 10. Republic Want Advertisements. Record of Births, Marriages, Deaths. New Corporations. 11. Republic Want Advertisements. The Railroads. Weather Report. 12. Grain and Produce. Cattle Sales. 13. Financial News. 14. Juror's Appetite Caused a Mistrial. Missing a Year, Found In Asylum, ! , ' el rr n n II 1 II I ?.