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"Blow Out" Shot Supposed to Be Re
sponsible for the Disaster.
Diamondville, Wyo. ,Dec. 2.-Eigh
teen miners lost their lives in an ex
plosion late last night in the Diamond
Coal and Coke company's mine No, 1.
It is believed that all the men who
perished were instantly killed. The
theory advanced by the miners is that
a "blow out" shot caused the destruc
tive explosion which wrecked the
mine. The shock of the explosion was
felt all over the town, rocking build
ings so violently that their occupants
ran into the open. The news that
there had been another disaster at
the Diamond mine, the second in less
than five years, quickly spread
through the village and practically the
whole population of Diamondville
flocked to the mine shaft. In the pre
vious explosion, whiqh occurred Oc
tober 26, 1901, 32 miners perished.
Wives and children of the entombled
miners were among those who rushed
to the shaft and the scenes there were
most pathetic. Though men were
ready to enter the shaft, it was impos
sible to do so, owing to the after af
feots of the explosion, and Superinten
dent Thomas Sneddon insisted that all
precautions against fire should be tak
en. It was late this forenoon before
the first rescue parties entered the
The explosion occurred 100 feet un
Rare Courage and Endurance Displayed
by Crew of Steamer Umbria.
Duluth, Minn., Dec. 1.-Heroism
worthy of America's greatest sailors,
daring that mocked at wind and wave,
coolness sublime in nhe face of death
and endurance that beggars concep
tion alone saved the steamer Umbria
and her gallant crew from destruction
in the storm which sent so many noble
vessels to the bottom.
Stripped of her pilot house by a
billow that smashed her wheel and
carried away the compasses, while
her men were struggling blinded in
the seas, the Umbria, which was
headed direct into the teeth of the
gale, rolled for a moment helpless in
the trough of the sea.
With a coolness that never deserted
him in this terrible crisis, Captain C.
M. Seph, from the hurricane deck
roared out an order and the forward
crew, headed by the first and seconu
mates, sprang to the after deck and
worked like demons to make the coup
lings of the after wheel, though every
moment the billow swept them like
chips to the ropes, where they clung
until they could regain their feet.
In six minutes, which seemed like
hours to the helpless crew below, the
conplings were made and the wheel
Washington, Dec. 2.-As President
Roosevelt's special train was passing
through North Philadelphia at 7:30
this evening en route to Washington,
some unknown person hurled a ma
son's plum bob through one of the
pwindows of the combination car Sal
vius. The implement was of iron and
weighed about two and a half pounds.
it fell at the feet of Major Webb Hayes,
a son of the late President Hayes, who
was a passenger on the train. Frag
ments of the broken glass fell on Ma
jor Hayes, but he was in nowise in
The car Salvius was the foreward
car of the train and might have been
mistaken for the president's private
Member of Rockefeller House "Want
ed" by New York State Superinten
dent of Elections.
Lansing, Mich., Dec. 1.-The local
police received a telegraphic request
todayL bearing the signature of George
W. Morgan, state superintendent of
elections of New York, asking them
to arrest and hold John R. Rockefeller,
supposed to be in Lansing, and who,
der ground and at least 3,000 feet from
the mouth of the shaft. The explo
sion wrecked the brattices and block
ed the entrances to the lower levels
of the mine, necessitating the removal
of much debris before the miners
could be reached. When the rescuers
finally entered the mine none could
remain long. The crowds around the
portal eagerly watched as car after
car came up from below, but they
brought up only rescuers who had
been overcome by the after damp. It
was nearly noon before the first body
wag brought up.
The 800 coal diggers of the Diamond
mines were assisted in the rescue
work by many miners who came over
from Kemmerer, a few miles distant.
Every man in the mine perished.
The night force is small, "their work
being limited to knocking down coal to
be taken out by the day shift. Had
the explosion occurred in the daytime
the loss of life would have been far
While the works are believed to be
not materially damaged, it probably
will be a week before the mine will
be shipping its usual output.
Many English miners who came di
rect to the mines from England are
employed at Diamondville and it is be
lieved a majority of the dead are
men sprang to their posts on the after
deck, exposed to the full fury of the
elements and by desperate labor and
consummate skill brought the tremb
ling and battered leviathan from the
trough of the sea and once more turn
ed her nose to the gale.
Thirty-six hours of endurance that
defied despair in the face of momen
tary death tells the tale of the strug
gle with the waves which brought the
boat safe to harbor, battered and
broken, her officers and crew cruelly
bruised and cut by flying missiles, but
triumphant. During the whole time,
exposed to the full blast of the icy
wind and billows which engulfed the
deck, the two wheelmen, Edward 01
son and Henry Larson, stuck to their
posts and saved the ship.
No less heroic was the conduct of
the two watchmen, Christopher Lowe
and Ellis Nyman, the only men who
remained on the forward deck and for
hours looked to the battening on the
hatches, well knowing if these came
loose the boat and all aboard were
doomed. Both are in a pitiable condi
tion from exhaustion and their faces
and bodies bear the marks of the des
perate conflict.
car. Major Hayes was sitting at the
window reading. A profile view of
him is not at all unlike that of the
No clue to the thrower of the missile
was obtained, although the incident
was reported to the officers of the
Pennsylvania railroad at Philadelphia
and the statement was made that it
would be investigated thoroughly.
The president knew nothing of the
matter until nearly an hour after it
Railroad officials are inclined to thb
belief that the plumb bob was thrown
by some boy, as incidents of a similar
character have occurred before at
about the same time.
the telegram stated, was wanted on
a bench warrant issued in New York.
The telegram said that extradition
papers would follow.
The Lansing police say that Rocke
feller is not in the city, but has been
here during the past few days and
left Lansing last night, possibly for
New York.
Registered Pigs for Sale.
Several registered Duroc Jersey
pigs, either sex. Apply to MINOR
YORK, Billings Postomce. kJ-3
Minnesotan Selected for Chairman of
Committee on Appropriations.
Washington, Dec. 2.-Although no
information has been made public, it
is known that Speaker Cannon has de
termined to appoint Representative
James A. Tawney of Minnesota chair
man of the committee on appropria
tions. Mr. Tawney has been a mem
ber of the committee on ways and
means, and it is understood that Rep
resentative McCleary of Minnesota,
,:ow a member of the appropriations
committee, will will be transferred to
the ways and means committee.
Although Elected Senator Fails to
File His Credentials.
[By Associated Press]
Washington, Dec. 2.-The creden
tials of Robert M. La Follette, as sena
tor from Wisconsin, have not been re
ceived at the senate and officially the
senate does not know Mr. La Follette
as a senator. His case is precisely
like that of Senator Hill, who, al
though elected to the senate, held the
office of governor of New York for a
month after congress convened.
Depew Denies Report That He Has
Resigned His Seat in the Senate
Has Given Matter No Thought.
New York, Dec. 2.-United States
Senator Depew was asked today as to
the report that he had resigned as
senator. He at first refused either to
deny or affirm the report, but said
"I have never given the matter a
thought. It is absurd. That is as
good as a denial. I ,am tired of mak
ing denials of unpleasant questions.
I am resolved not to talk further to
the newspapers. I will deny nothing
nor will I affirm anything. I have
learned a lesson from the past."
[By Associated Press]
Washington, Df . 2.-Senator Platt
of New York up n being asked today
concerning the report that he intended
to resign his seat in the senate, re
"The report is too absurd to deny."
File Exception to Government's Com
plaint Against Them, Alleging It to
Be "Scandalous and Impertinent."
Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 2.-Alleging
that part of the complaint of the gov
ernment against the Milwaukee Re
frigerator Transit company, the Pabst
Brewing company and the several rail
roads "is scandalous and impertinent"
attorneys for the Pabst Brewing com
pany today filed in the United States
district court clerk's office an excep
tion to the complaint, demanding that
the scandalous matter be expunged
before the brewing company shall be
compelled to file its answer.
The scandalous charge to which the
companies' attorneys take exception
is the assertion that Gustav G. Pabst
and Frederick Pabst habitually receiv
ed rebates and concessions from the
railroads before the law was passed
making such action illegal.
Renominated by Republican Members c
for Speaker of the House-All Other b
Officers Complimented in Like Man- b
Washington, Dec. 2.-The republi- t
can members of the Fifty- z
ninth congress met in the 1
caucus hall of the house of
representatives and renominated all
of the elective officers of the house
who served during the last session.
Wiliam P. Hepburn was again chosen i
chairman of the caucas. Joseph G.
Cannon was for a second time unani
mously chosen for speaker.
Other officers of the house were re
nominated as follows:
Clerk, Alexander McDowell, Penn
sylvania; sergeant-at-arms, Henry
Casson, Wisconsin; doorkeeper, F. B.
Lyon, New York; postmaster, Joseph
C. McElroy, Ohio;' Chaplain, the Rev
erend Henry N. Couden, Michigan.
Serious Fire Prevailing in West Vir
ginia County.
Wheeling, W. Va., Dec. 2.-Reports
I from Curtin, W. Va., show that the
Sfire of 'the Curtis Lumber plant is
quite serious. The forest surrounding
Curtin is burning and promises to de
vastate the entire timber section of
Nicellet county. The fire is spreading
on all sides and the loss has reached
r Unless rains check the fire it is
t thought the damage will total a mil
lion dollars. Fortunately there are no
towns in the path of the fire.
West Pointer Responsible for Draw- at
Holds Naval Man and Team Is Pen- th
alized-President Among Interested he
Spectators-Sailors Well Pleased
With the Result.
Princeton, N. J., Dec. 2.-Army 6; lo
Navy 6. s
To the 5,000 men from Annapolis
and West Point this score was the all
absorbing topic, but to the great ma
jority of the 25,000 other persons pres
ent it conveyed simply the intelligence
that there had been a football game B
played on Osborn field and that neith
er team was victorious.
While the game was probably one
of the most exciting ever played be
tween the two institutions, it was
simply a side show to the social foot
ball event of the season. g
From all sections of the United c
States came spectators who ordinarily n
would not travel a score of miles to F
see a football contest. All this was a
doubtless brought about by the fact 1V
that President Roosevelt was to be d
present. Seated in the east and west c
stands were the genuine football en- c
thusiasts. Every play made by their v
respective teams was eagerly watched.
There were uproarious cheers for the f
quick, dashing runs, and sighs when a
the attempts were failures. But the a
dashing runs were few. Once Torney I
got away for a pretty run of 35 yards, i
which brought the army rooters to i
their feet, and Decker on one occasion I
electrified the navy rooters by almost
getting away from the army eleven.
Only the slippery condition of the
field prevented Decker from doing
some remarkable work. He frequently
got beyond the line, but as he circled
the end the treacherous turf played
an important part for the army and
Decker would be pounced upon before
he could regain a foothold.
For the first 25 minutes of play the
ball was almost continuously in the
navy's territory. It would: be carried
to within striking distance of the
navy's goal, only to be lost, either on
downs on on an attempted place kick.
t Near the close of the first half the
army got the ball on the navy's 25
yard line on an exchange of kicks.
Howard, who kicked brilliantly for
5 Annapolis, sent a spiral high in the
air. The easterly wind carried the
t ball back toward the navy goal, so
I that the distance it traveled was not
e more than five yards. From this point
the West Pointers carried the ball
e over for a touchdown, Weeks, Smith,
a Hill, Christie and Torney carrying the
it ball.
r- With only a few minutes to play the
e West Point men started toward the
d Annapolis goal, but the half ended
when a second touchdown seemed im
LI Foul Play Causes Tie.
A West Point player was respon- 1
sible for the tie game. On an exchange
of kicks within 10 minutes of the
close of the game, the navy had the
ball near midfield. Howard sent a
beautiful punt back of the West Point
goal. As the navy eleven started down
the field an army man was detected
by Umpire Wreen holding one of the
navy. As a penalty the ball was
brought back and given to the navy
on the army's 30-yard line. In a last 1
desperate effort the Annapolis boys
placed the ball on West Point's 15
yard line. They lost it, but the army
was forced to kick. Again the navy ]
got the ball on the army's 40-yard
line and carried it back 20 yards, here
they kicked and Johnson fumbled. An
Annapolis boy was on the pigskin in
a flash. At this point Douglass was
sent in at left half back and Smith
at full back for Annapolis. The change
had a bracing effect on the navy's
eleven. With renewed fierceness and
a determination that would not be
denied they carried the ball over for
a touchdown. Norton, who had re
placed Decker, kicked the goal. It was
so dark that only the players and re
feree could see whether the ball had
gone between the posts. When the
B Annapolis boys were assured that the
score had been tied their enthusiasm
g was unbounded.
They threw their caps, flags and
1f anything they could grasp that was
movable into the air. They did not
cease their jubilation until the re
LU sult of the conference between the
" captains, referee and umpire announc
e ed the conclusion of the game.
The game had been called four min
utes before time was up, a, most .ui
usual occurrence, but the fast gather
ing darkness made this necessary.
Wife Beater Attempts to Commit Sui
cide in Court.
Minneapolis, Dec. 1.--Chagrined and
angered by a rebuke administered by
Police Judge Finehout of St. Paul, A.
T. Spicer, charged with assault and
battery on the person of his wife, whip
ed a revolver from his pocket and at
tempted to shoot himself in the court
room in St. Paul today.
At the conclusion of the trial Judge
Finehout said: "No man with a par
ticle of self-respect would loaf around
saloons while his wife is sick at home
and unattended." Spicer was still in
the witness chair, and, jumping up,
he said: "Take back what you said
about me or I will shoot." The re
volver was pointed at his heart. His
wife screamed, and as he turned,
around Court*Bailiff Perish snatched
the weapon and wrenched it from the
would-be suicide. Spicer was again
locked up, charged with attempting
Boston Doctor Acquitted of Complicity
in Death of Susanna Geary-Hunt
and Crawford Sentenced.
Boston, Dec. 2.-A verdict of not
guilty was reported in the superior
court today by the jury which last
night deliberated the case of Doctor
Percy D. McLeod, charged with being
an accessory after the fact to the
illegal operation which resulted in the
death of Susanna A. Geary, the victim
of the suit case tragedy, and with
concealing the crime. The prisoner
was discharged.
William E. Hunt and Louis W. Craw
ford, who pleaded guilty several days
ago to the charge of being accessories
after the fact to the illegal operation,
then were brought into court. Each
was sentenced by Judge Stevens to
not less than six years nor more than
seven years in state prison.
Nine Men Roasted Alive by Burning
of River Boat.
Mobile, Ala., Dec. 1.-A "pull boat"
on the Middle river burned today, nine
men losing their lives.
Sidney Wheat, a negro steward, was
the only survivor of the craft. Wheat
escaped death by being awake owing
to sickness. The crackling of burn
ing timbers warned him in time, mak
ing his escape just as the huge struc
ture of the boat collapsed. Stewart
& Butt of Mobile, who owned the
boat, say there 'had been no steam on
the craft for three days and they are
at a loss to account for the burning
of the vessel.
According to Wheat's story the nine
men were dumped into a roaring fur
nace while some of them were asleep,
and. roasted alive.
(First Publication Nov. 28, 1905-20i) a
United States Land Office, Bozeman, so
Montana, Nov. 23, 1905. Ri
To Whom It May Concern: le;
Notice is hereby given that the state at
of Montana has filed in this office the si:
following list of lands, to-wit: ti
Township 2 North, Range 27 East, A:
M. P. M. sE
Section 22; all. m
Section 14; all. cc
Section 18; E% of SE'4. w
Section 18; SE14 of NE4.
Section 8; E½%.
Section 8; S% of NW4. a
Section 10; All.
Section 12; W .\ a
Section 12; W% of El/ (includes
lot 2).
Section 2; All (lots 1, 2, 3 and 4). a:
Section 4; All (lots 1, 2, 3 and 4). 0
and has applied for a patent for said
lands under the acts of August 18, p
1894 (28 Stat., 372-422), June 11, 1896
(29 Stat., 434), and March 3, 1901 (31 a
Stat., 1133-1188), relating to the grant
ing of not to exceed a million acres
of arid land to each of certain states I
and that the said list, with its accomp
anying proofs, is open for the inspec
tion of all persons interested, and the
public generally.
Within the'next 60 days following
the date of this notice, protests r
contests against the claim of the state
to any tract described in the list,
on the ground of failure to comply
with the law, on the ground of the
nondesert character of the land, on
the ground of a prior adverse right,
or on the ground that the same is
more valuable for mineral than for
I agricultural purposes, will be received
I and noted for report to the general
t land office at Washington, D. C.
Professional is
Billings, Mont.
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Department of the Interior, United
States Land Office, Bozeman, Montapa,
November 18, 1905,-A safflcient con
test affidavit having been filed in this
office by Edward A. Miner, contestant,
against homestead entry No. 5538,
made June 4, 1904, at Bozeman, Mont
ana, for lot 7, section 13, township 8
south, range 23 E., M. P. M., by Ernest
Robison, contestee, in which it is-al
leged that said Ernest Robison has
abandoned said land for more than
six months last past, and has not cul
tivated the same as required by law.
And that his said alleged absence from
said land was not due, to his employ
ment in the army, navy or marine
corps of the United States in time of
war, said parties are hereby notified
to appear, respond and offer evidence
touching said alegation at 10 o'clock
a. m. on December 26, 1905, before
Lucius Whitney, U. S. commissioner,
at Joliet, Montana, (and that final
hearing will be held at 10 o'clock a. m.
on January 3, 1906, before) the register
and receiver of the United States land
office in Bozeman, Montana.
The said contestant having, in a
proper affidavit, filed November 14,
6 1905, set forth facts which show that
1 after due diligence personal service
of this notice can not be made, it is
hereby ordered and directed that such
notice be given by due and proper pub
M. R. WILSON, Register
J. N. KELLY, Receiver.
B Austin North
Responsible Capital $150,000.00 ,'
Transacts a General Banking B
Issues diafts, money orders and' t
era money orders payable everyw
Pays 6 per cent. interest on time de
Austin North, Cashlis.
W. W. Beman. Astant
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