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INQUIRING IN TO THE SLAUGHTER.
Friday Ni glut's Disaster the Subject of an Inquest. Testimony of Witnesses and of Pyro- technist Wilson. Conflicting Evidence a« to the Latter*. Actions-Waa Powder Poured Into the Mortars? — The Pro ceeding! in Pull. Last Friday night's terrible accident was still a snbjectof convers ition on the streets yesterday. No more deaths of the wounded occurred during the day, and they are all reported as doing well. A curious complication took place over the disposition of tbe remains of Mr. Bunker, who died at the county hospital Sunday morning, which caused Goroner Weldon to indulge in strong languageJ Dr. Brainerd, the superin tendent of tbe hospital, signed a death certificate, and had arranged to turn the body over to Messrs. Peck, Sharp & Neitzke, undertakers, yesterday morn ing. When Coroner Weldon came to the morgue he found the body was not there, and began to hustle around to get it there in time for the inquest. Mr. Peck telephoned that he was about to start for the hospital, and there were some words between him and the coro ncr, the latter insisting on the body be ing brought to the morgue. Afterwards Dr. Brainerd acknowledged that he bad forgotten about tbe inquest, and the coroner's instructions were carried out. TIIK INQUEST. The investigation of tbe accident waa resumed yesterday morning at 9 o'clock by Coroner Weldon. For the greater convenience of the jury and witnesses, tbe inquest was held in Justice Stanton's court room, North Spring street, aud tbe witnesses and spectators crowded tbe court room and halls of the building until adjourn ment. Tbe investigation brought out some positive testimony aa to the pouring of powder into one of the fatal mortars by an unknown boy,and strong evidence of the excitement under which Mr Wil aon, the manager of the fireworks, was laboring at tbe time of the burating of the mortars. POURED POWDER IN THE MORTABS. The first witness called waa a colored man named Charlee Sumner, a laborer. He dieplayed much obtuaenesa ac to distances, but waa very positive in hia statements about what he caw. "I waa standing near the scene of the exploaion," be aaid, ''and saw a bjy pick up a cigar-box, which I thought bad powder in it, and pour it into the mortara. "The boy waa about 16 or 17 years old. I don't think he was employed by Mr. Wilson. I think he waa one of tbe boys wbo rushed in and were firing the bomba and things off. I don't know any more about its being powder than that it was black stuff I aaw the boy pouring into the mortar. "I don't know whether I could recog nize the box or not." Tbe coroner took a paper off a cigar box containing aome powder,' and showed it to the witness, who contin ued: "The cigar box, I thought, waa full. I could ccc from the way be was pour ing it in and scattering it around, that it waa, anyway, half full. "That waa tbe mortar that exploded. I waa 10 or 15 steps away. "Oneof the guns went off, and after that, another one went off; all went off close together, pretty much. I didn't see any one touch it off; aome one aaid, 'I am going to shoot it,' and others aaid, 'I am going to shoot it.' They were all running away after tbat. Tbe boy who poured tbe powder in was there when it went off. He was standing to the right of it, I believe. He was four or five ■tepa away from it. He bad on a kind of a eack coat, and a kind of dark pants." "Do you think you would know the boy if you aaw him?" "I don't know." "We have summoned a number of boys," said the coroner. "Yon stay around and if you see him let me know." "How many inotara went off." "From the exploaion I think there were two." "What were you doing there?" "Well, tbe crowd waa around there. Mr. Wilaon waa trying to drive the crowd back. He ia a email man. I was inside tbe rope. When I came there tbe rope was up. I went in to ccc, too. I didn't think about any danger at the time." "Did you see Mr. Wilson at the time of the explosion?" "There were ao many. I beard some cursing at Mr. Wilaon. I heard aome say, 'Get back or I will club you.' I don't know wbo it was. I saw aome talking to Mr. Wilaon, aaying, 'I'll shoot you,' aud things like that. "I saw tbe boy pick the cigar box up where the thinga were. The box was sitting a little way off on tbe ground. It waa while the chip was going off, and while it was light, tbat the boy poured the powder in the mortar." WHAT ANOTHER COLORED MAN SAW. Jamea Brown, another colored man testified as follows: "I live at 525 Kohler street. I am a laborer. I waa down to see tbe fireworks when the ship was burning. I waa near where the band waa standing. I did not go in the ropea until the ship waa dying out. Then a lot of boys went in the ropea. A man waa aaying, 'get back boys.' 1 aaw a boy pick up a box and say , 'I'm going to shoot it, I'm going to fire it.' I heard a man saying, 'get back hoys.' When the light waa out you couldn't see more than 25 feet. '■They knocked tbe rope down. It waa about breaet high. I didn't ace the boy do anything when he picked up the box. They were pushing and shoving. I couldn't tell the box. The bojawere :■ outside tbe ropea until everything waa dying out. I aaid Saturday morning, the boye took charge of the worka, and that's what I think. When the wire rope went down I aaw the crowd going in and went over too. I didn't ace the mortar explode. I know Mr. Sumner. He waa nearer the boy than I waa when the boy picked up 'the box. I don't know Mr. Wilaon. I aaw a little man running around. He did not threaten to club any ODe. He waa aaying, 'Get back boys, you've got no buainese in here.' It wasn't many minutes before the explosion tbat the boy picked the box np. I never had my teeth rattle in my LOS ANGELES HER ALU: TUESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 25, 1892. head like that. Just like a lot of bones. It ahoved me back; but I didn't fall." A DYING MAN'S GIFT. Louisa R. Carbon, of 218 West Ann street, testified: "I was at tbe fireworks with my little boy. I was standing by Victor Oaasino when he was hurt. lam no relation of his. He was a single man. "When they fired off the portrait of Columbus I was close to tbe rope. When the ship went off I waa near the band. All at once there waa an explosion. A little after there was another explosion. Home one aaid thero waa a boy dying. 1 saw him lying on the ground dying. Some one aaid there ia an Italian hurt. I went over there and caw him lying. He recognized me. He aaid in Italian, 'Come to me, dear sister.' lam not his sister, but be aaid that. He aaked me not to leave him, and aaid all of them had left him like a dog. I told him I would not, and knelt down by him. He stud be waa cold, and I wrapped hia bands up in my dress. The doctora came, and I turned my head away. He gave me Borne money, $41 35 I asked him what I should do with tbe money. He aaid, 'You did not me, you keep it.' I have got it. He lived at tbe corner of Ord and Upper Main streets." Coroner Weldon—"You will, I think, have to turn the money over. It will probably be necessary to bury him." The money was handed to the Tor oner, and Mrs. Carbon given a receipt for it. THE CIGAR BOX FOUND. Frank McGinley, a little boy*living on Galena avenue, between Seventh and Eighth streets, testified that he was at the fireworks, within the ropes. He was about 25 feet from the mortar when it exploded. He did not know who touched it off; it was too dark. The ship was just dying out when the ex plosion took place. The cigar box tx hibited by the coroner was produced and tbe witness identified it as the one found by him the morning after the ex plosion. He said: "I found tbat cigar box on tbe fence corner, at the corner of Galena avenue and Seventh, Saturday morning. It was a third full of powder when I found it. It was a block and a half away from the place of the explosion. It ia a big open field inside the fence. It is right oppo site Mr. Wilson's place of business. This was on tbe south aide, and Mr. Wilson's is on the north side. No one waa with me when I tound it. I was with my brother at tbe fire works. I caw aome one injured, Louis Gden waa 15 feet away. I don't know if there were one or two explosions. Mr. Wileon tried to keep the boya away." A DEMORALIZED BAND. Dave Parten, sworn : "I was playing in tbe band. The band waa just inside the ropea, on the western end. One set piece waa directly in front of us, and others further along. There were differ ent mortara. Some in the rear of the ship and some south. The onea behind the ship are tbe ones tbat burst. Tbe boye would awing the ropea. Mr. Wil eon got some boya with laths to drive the boya back, but tbey wouldn't go; only laughed. It waa like a tug of war. They swung the rope ao that it finally went down, then all poured in. I waa 50 or 60 feet from the exploaion. With out lights you could not ace 10 feet. They were all around the set pieces. The boya were not making any more noiee than usual at fireworks. The mortar exploded when only a amall por tion of the chip was left. The crowd waa between us aud the ship. Wher ever Mr. Wilaon went the crowd fol lowed. The first report shook me. There were two reports." W. D Dieble, S. A. Parkealey and A. Berklein, musicians, who were playing in the band, testified substantially as the preceding witneae, Mr. Parten. TORE HIS SHOE OPEN. P.W.Rosa: "I waa at the fireworks; I went down when it was about half through; tried to get cloaer to see. followed up with the crowd toward the band, stopping alu ost in front of the Santa Maria; it waa almoet all burned out, and an explosion took place, with another in two or three aeconda; I aaw a man fall near me; I heard some one say a man had hia leg torn off, but did not think it waa ao bad ; but a little fur ther found the Cbriatian boy with aome one holding hia head. The last explo aion waa a little louder than the first one; both were louder than the former onea; I thought right away the explo sions were too large, and that something waa wrong; I waa hit on the foot, but did not know it at the time; the crowd waa not more boisterous than usual at euch events." KNOCKED THEM DOWN. William Ralston, corner Fifth and Regent etreeta, a bricklayer, was at the fireworks. He waa about 10 feet out side of the rope when the exploaion took place, close to the band. He aaw a young man going across with a torch to fire off aomething. He did not ace bim touch it off. It knocked him down, and aeveral others around him. He had hia hand on the shoulder of a young man who waa hit by a slug. He died right there. It waa Louis Oden. It waa about 100 feet from the exploaion, the witness thought. There were a number of people between bim and the exolos ion. He waa struck, but waa not hurt much. "i WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE." Tinelle Mercadante, son of Nicolas Mercadante, 335 Winston street, testi fied: ' I waa about the length of the room from tbe bomb when it exploded. I did not ace any boy with a cigar box or who poured any thing into the mortar. Mr. Wilaon waa lighting the fireworks. He told the boya to get back. He had a club in his hand and waa hitting the boys. The ex- Flosion waa after the ship was burned, think Mr. Wilson and tbe man work ing for him fired the bombs. The thinga he had piled up were near the ship. Mr. Wilaon act two boxes of Roman candles down. He touched one off, and they did not all go off. When the boya aaw that, they rushed in to get tbe good onea. I caw aome red lights a boy touched off. They were near the bomba. He had a light in hia bund. I waa right by Louis Oden, had my hand on hia shoulder when be waa hurt. I waa the length of the room—3o feet—from the bombs at the timn. No one waa in front of me. I waa inaide the rope. "I aaw Mr Wilaon come over with the mortar and act it down. He had a light, and eignaled to bis workman and touched it. off, and the two explo sions took place right cloee together. She t'ommttted Suicide. Mrs. F. C. Cone, at Paris, left this letter: 'My hnsban't—"orgivfi me If I cause yuu trou ble, but I suffer so. You do not know what these long, wakeful, wretched nights are to me, aud I am so tired, darling—the pain w 11 nevT I c better. It is not easy to take my own life, but. I have bet n sii kso long Good-oye, my husband, I love yon—your »1 c." This is but one of thousands thtt give up, instead -f using Dr. Miles' Restorative Nervine, and being sneeflily cured of their wretchedness. Go to C. H. Hance and get an elegant book and trial bottle free. At the time of shooting off tbe bomos I heard Mr. Wilson Bay something that waa like be wouldn't be responsible I know I heard 'responsible' and 'I won't.' " MR. WILSON EXCITED. Morris Hill, 217 East Fifth street: "I stood about 30 feet from tbe bombs, in front of the crowd. Louis Oden waa in front of me. We were on the south side of the ahip. Mr. Wileonwaa all excited, and tried to drive the crowd back. He took a club, but that did not do much good. He then took Roman can dles aud fired them at the crowd—right at them. He shot down towarda the ground. We couldn't get back any. Be fore he touched tbe bomb 9 off be gave the signal to his workman. Mr. Wil aon's went off first. It knocked me down, and othera around. Mr. Wilson told the crowd to get back; tbat some body would get hurt if they did not get hack. I did not see a boy with a cigcr box. I saw tbe Oden boy take two Roman candles. I heard Mr. Wilson say some thing, but don't know what it was, when he fired the mortar. The boys would see Mr. Wilson at one end, away from the tbinga, and would rush in and grab and then run out again. There were no po licemen there." MR. WILSON WAS ANGRY. Charley Blennerhassett, 543 Wall street: "I am a school boy, and was at the fireworks. I waa right by Mr. Wil son's bomb when it burst. Mr. Wilson said: 'I am not responsible for anyone that gets hurt,' or 'shot,' one of those two words. They tried to driveuaback. Mr. Wilson tried to find an officer, but wouldn't find any, and went over to the place. The two mortars were about 30 feet apart. Mr. Wilson pointed the Bo man candles at the crowd. He was an gry. The candlee were going off. Just as it went off I ran away. It Beared me awfplly. I was right by Mr. Wilson. I didn't see Mr. Wilson load it. I was in the crowd then. I ran just as soon as be touched it off. It went off in about three seconds." THE NIGHT WATCHMAN'S STATEMENT. L. S. Aldrich, 617 San Julian street, night watchman at the power house, aworn: "Captain Barrett sent me to Mr. Wilson to see how low before the fireworks would be out. He aaid, 'right off. The boya are bothering me bo that I can't do anything.' He appeared to be a little excited. I went right back to the power bou*e. I waa close by when the exploaion'took place- I sup nosed it waa a bomb, and never stopped to look. I waa not further away than 30 or 40 feet when the exploaion took place. The boys were all around when I w»a there," BARRY BROWN. Harry Brown, 325 Winston street, a achoolboy: "I aaw the boy touch off the mortar, and he hadn't stepped back when it went off. Mr. Wilson'a went afterwarde. I waa running around from behind the ship, thinking they were go ing to touch it off." The proceedinga were adjourned at this point for dinner, until 1:15 o'clock. AFTERNOON SESSION. Pyrotechnist Wilson Gives His Evi dence—Other Witnesses. At 1:30 p. m. tbe inqueat waa resumed. All of the membera of the coroner's jury were promptly on hand. The first witneaa waa Charles Vonder kuhlen, a apectator. His testimony was practically tbe came as tbat of the. other eye witnesses of the catastrophe. CAMMERT\s TESTIMONY. Tbe testimony of Herman Cammert was then read, he being unable to be present owing to bis injuries. -Cam mert, who was the assistant to Wilson, swore that he and the fire works man did all in their power to keep the crowd back on Friday night, "I discharged the mortar that burst; don'tknowtbat more than one was exploded; the fuse is four or five feet long; it was the usual length; the fuse fits tightly; powder must have been put in tbe mortar; we were away about five minutes from the mortar, and do not know what happened while we were away; aftei I touched it off I ran, and the firet I knew I was hit in the leg; a person cannot get more than four or five yards away before it explodes after lighting the fuse; it wbb about 60 feet from the set piece, where we were, to the place where the crowd were firing off our skyrockets; the bombs are loaded in tbe factory; I have no idea bow they are made; do not know how much powder is used; the powder is fastened on the outside of the bomb at tbe bottom to which the fuse is attached, and when the fuse ia act on fire it communicatee with the powder and sends the bomb up ward. "I was not working for Wilson when the accident occurred at Ban Juan, last July ; loose powder placed on top of the bomb may have settled down between the sides of the bomb and the mortar. When the bomb was about to be fired, I told the boys to get away; they cursed Mr. Wilson, and laughed at ua; Ido not think that Wilaon usee nytro-glycerine; I do not think tbe bomb would have ex ploded if the crowd had stayed beyond tbe ropea; somebody put in loose powder. HERBERT BARNES. Herbert Barnes, of 940 Nickel avenue, testified: I have worked for Mr. Wilson off and on, but was not working for him at the time of the accident; if loose pow der was poured in the mortar on top the shell it might cause it to explode; in the bomb are steel and iron filings, which make the sparks when it is in the air, and there is also sulphur in the bomb. Wilson's story. William Henry Wilson, the man who had charge of the fireworks on the night of the explosion, and who is held at the central police station pending the coro ner's investigation, was brought into the court room by Detective Botqui. Wilson looked more composed than usual, yet in giving his testimony there was a tremor in his voice, and at times he was considerably agitated. He ex plained, in a matter of fact way, the manufacture of the bombs, the material used, the manner of loading the mor tars and the precaution taken in firing them. His testimony showed tbat he was familiar with his duties, also knew of the possible danger, butyet had never had an accident happen to him in his 20 years' experience. He somewhat startled the jury and spectators when he indifferently said : "When I let a bomb down into the mortar, I just step back one or two steps Grave Mistake. Physicians frequently make mistakes in treat ment of heart disease. The rate of sudden deaths Is daily increasing. Hundreds become victims of the ignorance of physicians In the treatment of this disease. One In four persons ba< a diseased heart. Shortness of breath, pal pitation snd fluttering, irregular pulte, chok ing sensation, asthmatic breathing, pain or t nderness in side, shoulder or arm, weak or h'ii grv soe 1-. are symptoms of h- art disease Dr. Miles 1 New Heart Cure is the only reliable remedy Thousands testify to its wonderful cures. Books free. Bold by 0. B. Hance. and turn|my back, bo that tbe flash of powder cannot burn my face." He thinks there might have been two explosions at the time of the explosion of tbe mortar that Cammert fired. If so, tbe one tbat he fired exploded, and he very narrowly escaped, if be only stepped back a step or two and turned his back to the mortar. There were certainly two explosions, but whether Wilson's mortar burst seems to be a matter of doubt. The witness, Wilson, held in his hand a diagram of the scene, which he fre quently referred to, by way of explana tion, showing the distance that he was from the box of powder, shells, etc., at the time that the crowd broke down the rope and took possession of tbe grounds. Wilson's testimony was as follows: "The enclosure reserved was about 500 feet long on the line of Sixth street; a wire rope was stretched across the front, and in the rear was a zanja. I took tbe lew boards away so as t-> keep the crowds from crossing. About 5 o'clock that evening Mr. Christian, one of the committee, told me to begin firing the salutes. I told him that I was ordered to wait for Mr. Guasti, another member of the committee. He replied he wanted no further delay, and then I began, and told Cammert to put tbe sticks in the rockets. When we had nearly finished the crowd be came unruly, there were about 300 very disorderly people, mostly boys, and I tried to keep them out; about the mid dle of tbe display while I was firing a salute at the set piece, I saw a crowd firing off my rockets, roman candles and bombs, when I ran back. I took a 10 --incb mortar and fired it off safely ; I saw a boy looking in a box of powder, there were three or four pounds of powder in a cigar box; Christian aaid my fire works were not noisy enough for French and Italians, they liked a great deal of noiee, so I said all right, and then I prepared to fire the two mortars; we loaded the mortars just aa we fired them; we never leave a bomb in a mortar, because it ie danger ous, aud a peraon ia liable to put one bomb in on top of another. I loaded one and my assistant, Cammert, loaded the other. The charge waa ten times less than it would bear. As I touched a bomb, I turned my back so aa not to get burned; I heard no exploaion, never do because there ia no danger if tbe mortar is not overloaded, The mortars were about 30 feet anart; at the exploaion, I felt a ringing in my eara and was dazed, and, from tbe terrfic report, I thought something had hap pened; it waa foggy and the air waa heavy with powder, and tbe first I knew of the bursting of the mortar, waa when I heard Cammert crying for help. I picked him up, and nobody seemed to want to help me take care of him, "I used no threats, and did not say that I would not be responsible for the bomba that I was about to fire. Tbe mortars are supposed to be made of lap-welded ateel pipe; they were made by Mann & Johnson, on Loa Angelea atreet; bomba are made of sulphur, saltpeter and charcoal, a very slow-burning composition, hardly powerful enough to burst tbe abeil. We usually look into the mortar and turn it upeide down to see if there is anything in it; it waa not more than 10 minutes between the time I primed tbe powder, and the explosion: if a bomb were dropped npeide down into a mortar it would buret the mortar; I was not much over-excited, though the boya booted and yelled at me and annoyed me greatly; if loose powder were poured in npon the bomb it would burst the mor tar ; I think a pound of powder, with nothing on top of it, would burst the mortar, because the powder would be about two feet from the mouth of the mortar; a bomb ia simply a paper case with a wooden bottom and top; tbe shell is put into the mortar by meana of a etring; tbe man stands near and lowers it down, standing near, bo as not to be compelled to put his head over to see that it goes over. "I waa not at the explosion at San Juan. I furnished material for the fire works, and gave instructions for their use. Never had a mortar to burst dur ing my 20 years experience, and never in my life heard of but one exploding I bad three and one-half or four ounces in the mortar that I fired; eight ounces more would have caused the exploaion. About 100 charges of powder were taken by the crowd. These charges are pre pared for use by being rolled in paper. Some of these may have been poured into the mortar." The cigar box which contained the powder waa identified by tbe witness. He atated that it waa about three fourths full of powder when be left it to fire the act piece, and when he returned about half of it had been taken out. This was when the crowd was firing off tbe rockets, Roman candles, etc. He said continuing: "I waa employed by the committee to fire the aalutea. Mr. Guasti made the contract with me. on the part of the committee. It waa not my duty to keep the crowd back, yet I took the precaution to take away a few planks that were over the zanja to the rear of the fireworks, bo that the crowd could not croas." At the conclusion of Wilson's testi mony he was taken back to the police station. CHIEF GLASS ON THE STAND, Chief of Police J. M. Glass waa the next witness. He testified that no com mittee or representative of a committee of the Columbus celebration asked him for a equad of police. "Had tbe demand been made, I would have cent a guard to the place. I have never furniahed police except on request for such occa sions ; I am usually notified when a guard ia wanted for celebrations of thia kind." Chief Glass submitted to the court the remaining portions of the two ex ploded mortars, a bomb, and a complete mortar, for the information of the jury. JOHN R. HUNTER. John R. Hunter testified that he had had experience in fire displays, and on one occaaion helped Wilaon when tbe hoodlnma crowded in and deetroyed some of the fire worka. Wilaon ia very careful in his business, and it is about aa much aa a pyrotechnist can do to at tend to tbe fire works. He haa no time to look out for the crowds who swarm in and deatroy his fire worka. AN IRON EXPERT. C. W. Wallers, an expert in iron man ufacture, gave his testimony as to the durability or strength of the exploded mortar. He said it was a very inferior quality of iron; it was crystallized; a person could not tell, when tbe mortar was intact, whether it was good or not. Further examination was continued until Wednesday. TESTING THE MORTARS. Tbe Noisy Toys Shown to Be Most Dan gerous Affairs. About 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, on tbe adjournment of the inquest, H. W. Wilson, tbe pyrotechnist, was placed in a carriage with Mayor Hazard and others, and tbe party were driven to a ravine near tbe Sisters' hospital, on Beaudry avenue and Temple street. In the carriage were placed four two inch mortars and four bomba. Tbe purpose was to experiment as to whether a mortar would burst if tbe bomb were reversed when put in the pipe, and also to test the strength of the mortars. The party selected a place in tbe ravine, which waa about 10 feet in width, and Wilson placed his mortars at a turn in the glen where be could run behind a jutting point when he lighted tbe fuse. The spectators stood at a safe dis tance, yet in such a position that they could clearly observe tbe experiment. Wilson placed a two-inch mortar in position, and, at the request of the committee, reversed tbe bomb, or placed it in the mortar np-side down. Wilson lighted the fuse, and immedi ately jumped behind a bank of earth. There was a loud, terrific, ringing explosion, and as coon as the smoke cleared away, Wil son came to look for his mortar and found tbat it had buret. The upper half was torn off, just in the manner of those at the fatal explosion last Friday night. The fragments of the mortar were imbedded five or six inches in the earth embankment on each side of tbo place where the mortar was fired. This result might naturally have been expected, when the construction of a bomb is understood. The 2-inch bomb is about eight inches in leDgth; it is made of strong paper, with a wooden top and bottom. At the lower end of the bomb is a small paper of powder, about an ounce, or just enough to blow it out of tbe mortar and into the air about 100 yards. The bomb is let down into the mortar, which is about eighteen inches in height, by a long fuse. After letting it down the end of the fuse ia lighted. Thie im mediately reaches the powder at tbe bot tom of tbe bomb, the powder explodes in a puff and lifts the bomb upwards; thia ignites another fuee which extends into about the center of the bomb, and when it burns to thie point, the fi?al explosion takee place in the air. But, at this experiment, the bomb being re versed in the mortar, tbe explosion was downward and burst the iron pipe. At tbe next experiment six ouncee of powder was placed in a mortar, loosely, with no weight upon tbe top. The charge was fired, and the mortar was not injured. At another experiment, an ordinary bomb waa fired, placed on tbe mortar right aide np with care. The exploaion was without damage. At the fourth teat eight ounces of pow der were poured into a two-inch mortar, and a small block of wood placed on top of the powder, aa the "wadding" ia placed in a shotgun. When Wilaon fired it off, he again sought safety behind the breastwork of earth. The explosion wag terrific, and with a ringing sound, as the oret, It was found that the mortar and buret, but differently from the firat. The mor tar waa ripped open from top to bottom, the long ahreda being twieted into vari ous shapes. In tbe firat exploaion, in which the bomb wee reversed, only the lower half of the pipe burst. Thia last experiment ahowed conclusively that the mortar burst from an overcharge of powder, and the explosion tore the pipe open completely. The firat experiment showed that, while the mortar waa not overcharged, the force of the powder was downward, and the bomb not being driven upward, necessarily burst in the mortar. Wilson seemed nonplussed, and said he "could not understand it." The party drove back to town, and Wilson was placed in the central police station, to await the conclusion of the coroner's inquest. Tbe exploded experimental morgtara were taken to the office of Chief of Police Glass, and will, perhaps, be used in evi dence at the investigation tomorrow. The chief's office ia well supplied wUh these gloomy relics of the late disaster, and now looks something like a mortar factory. Mr. E. A. Crawford of 1024 Wilde street sent to the office of Chief Glass yesterday a piece of mortar, about eight inches in length aud four inches in width, which he picked up in bis yard, a distance of 500 feet from tbe explo sion. It had passed over a two-story house. The condition of the little boy, Frank Seifert, who was wounded in the left shoulder, and bad a portion of tbe left ear torn off, is improving. THE SUPERVISORS. A Franchise for a Wharf at Terminal Island—Other Business. The board of supervisors yesterday granted Charles A. Mariner a franchise for a coal wharf on Terminal island, San Pedro. This is the franchise which was protested against by Iverson, a boat house keeper, who has been located on the island for many years past, and claimed an interest in the location. Since the matter was brought before the board, Mr. Mariner has changed the plans for the wharf, cutting it down to 600 feet, and the franchise, as granted, does not take in Ivereon's place. The county auditor was authorized to employ a special deputy until December Ist, at $100 per month, for the collection of deficiencies of personal property taxes, caused by the 12% per cent raise made by the state board of equaliza tion. A aaloon license issued to Nathan & Steinke, Azuea, waa ordered transferred to J. Andrpwe. | «*" NOTICE s f Complying with general re-5 i quest, 2 BEECHAM'S PILLS ' will in future for the United j States be covered with 5 A Tasteless and | Soluble Coating, i completely disguising the % taste of the Pill without in any g way impairing its efficacy. | Price 2 =; cents a Box. 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