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VOL. XXI. BILLINGS. MONTANA, TUESDAY. APRIL 24, 1906. 103 BEGINNING TO REBUILD CITY Work in that Direction is Under Way Already. THOUGHT NOW OF FUTURE Walls Being Razed and Ground Cleared for New Structures. San Francisco, April 23.-The new San Francisco which will rise from the ashes of the old was in its first stages of rebuilding today. After five days of confusion and almost superhu man effort on the part of the citizens of California's meropolis directed to the great task of sheltering, feeding and otherwise caring for the homeless thousands, complete order has been re-established and attention turned to the future. Throughout the great business dis trict, where devastation of the flames was most complete, walls were being razed, buildings that had not disinte grated before the intense heat were being inspected with a view to re occupancy and even ground was being cleared for immediate construction of some sort of building in which to re sume business at the earliest possible time. In short, confidence has been restored. The assurance of insurance oompanies, the measures taken by fl nancial institutions, the prompt and reassuring word that had reached the business men of San Francisco from eastern financial centers, all these things went to clear away any feel ing of uncertainty that mignt have ex - isted in the minds of the timid that San Francisco would not be what it was, the greatest center of popula tion and business on the Paciflo ooast. While the work of complete de struction of the dangerous ruins was progressing along this portion of Mar ket street, men intent upon rebuild ing at the earliest possible moment were climbing to the upper stories of the Chronicle, Call and other tall buildings nearer the ferry for the pur pose of estimating repairs that are to be immediately commenced. Prominent Man Shot. One of the most unfortunate hap penings since the city has been un der joint police supervision of the government, municipality and state militia, was the killing at an early hour today of Major H. C. Tilden, a prominent member of the citizens gen eral committee and well known mer chant, in the extreme southwestern part of the city. The killing was done by three members of a self-constitutel vigilance committee who fired upon an automobile carrying Major Tilden, a friend and the chauffeur returning from Menlo park, whence Tilden had gone with his family. The three men, displaying no badges of authority, or dered the party in the automobile to halt, following the demand almost immediately with a volley of pistol shots. Tilden was shot through the back and instantly killed, and the two other occupants of the machine were wounded. The citizens general committee, of which the mayor is presiding officer, adopted a resolution at its session to withdraw the entire force of state militia that has pclliced the large residence section for the last few days. FOOD IS PLENTIFUL. Supply of Provisions Ample to Meet All Demands. San Francisco, April 23.-Food was I never more plentiful in San Francisco than today, and the only trouble is its proper distribution. The committee on feeding the hungry reports most satisfactory progress in the huge task before it and has already established 52 stations where all the hungry may secure their daily rations. Besides the government and general food committee, which are doing most heroic work, a large number of inde pendent organizations are also attack ing the food problem. It is hoped that distribution of .supplies may be sus tematized under one head in the course of a day or so, that there may be no conflict or duplication of effect on such an all important issue. A coffee famine was threatened last night, but today fresh consignments of this important stimulant are being dis tributed from almost every food depot. There is an abundance of meats for stewing, though all the finer cuts are being used at the hospitals. Immense cattle trains are rolling northward from the prairies of the south west, and chickens and eggs are com ing from nearby interior towns. The most pressing need is for vegetables, preferably potatoes, carrots and onions and the like. Fresh and perishable products cannot be properly cared for. COURTS RESUME TODAY. Temporary Quarters Have Been Se cured in Synagogue. San Francisco, April 23.-It was fear ed by many that the heavy rains of last night had weakened the walls left standing in the burned district and further increased the danger to life and limb, but assurance was given at the headquarters of the building com mittee this morning that the downpour had no such effect. Under the direction of this commit tee the menacing walls are being dyna mited and danger, instead of increas ing, is lessening every hour. Legal business will be resumed in San Francisco tomorrow morning. All the superior judges are safe and they will open their 12 departments in the Jewish synagogue at the corner of Cal ifornia and Webster streets. Criminal cases will have precedence. Probate matters will follow, and civil cases, each as damage suits and livorces, will be reserved for last :lace on the calendar. All trials that were progressing at the time of the catastrophe will have to be recommenced. All court min utes, records and stenographers' tran scripts of evidence were destroyed in the ruins of the city hall. Testi mony in the Yoell will contest had just been begun before Judge Kerrigan and the case as it stands is worthless on either side. AN ABUNDANCE OF COIN. Branch Mint Well Stocked With Gold and Silver. San Francisco, April 23.--One for tunate condition still remains with San Francisco. There is an abundance of gold and silver coin available in the vaults of the United States branch mint in this city. The mint had al most completed its coinage for the fis cal year when the earthquake and fire interrupted operations. A significant indication of the early restoration of law and order and safety in this devastated city is the fact that there is not a single soldier or militia man, or regular police officer guarding the many millions of dollars in the vaults of the mint. The soldiers and other guards were dispensed with the first day of the fire and the regular special police officers regularly con nected with the mint have since been on duty there. It is stated today by officers of the mint that early reports of shooting and attempts to break into the mint by looters were the purest nonsense. IN MISERABLE PLIGHT. Rain Pouring Onto Thousands Without Shelter of Tents. San Francisco, April 23.-The condi tion of the 5,000 persons camped in Jefferson Square park is something terrible. Not more than five per cent have even army tents and makeshifts are constructed of carpets, bed sheets and every imaginable substances. They are totally inadequate to keep out the heavy rain which is falling to day. Four hundred soldiers of the Fifth and Sixth California national guard are requisitioning every house in the neighborhood for shelter, but in the meantime the homeless are in a mis erable plight. URGES MORE LIBERALITY. Finance Committee Not Satisfied With Local Subscriptions. San Francisco, April 23.-The fi6 nance committee of the general relief committee reported that it had receiv ed contributions to date amounting to $1,551,536; $172,000 is the amount of the local subscriptions, making a total of $1,724,536.95. Three hundred and sixty-five thousand dollars has been promised locally. The committee is not satisfied with the local subscrip tions and urges the citizens of San Francisco to subscribe more liberally. SUPERSEDES FUNSTON. General Greeley Commands Federal Troops at San Francisco. San Francisco, April 23.--General A. W. Greeley took command of the fed eral troops at this post, superseding General Frederick Funston, who will act under his orders. General Greeley has established headquarters at Fort Mason, just east of the Presidio reser vation, on the shore of San Francisco bay. ANOTHER SHOCK LAST NIGHT. San Francisco, April 23.-A sharp earthquake shock was felt here at 10:39 o'clock tonight. It lasted about three seconds and ran from east to west. No damage was done. LIKE LITTLE SAVAGES. Triplets Ushered Into the World in Camp at Presidio. San Francisco, April 23.-Saturday night triplets were born to one of the homeless at the presidio and the same night eight little tots made their first appearance on the reservation at Fort Mason. Six were born in the enmer gency hospital and tyo out on the va cant space adjoining the fort, where the mothers had taken refuge. The babies all were reported to be healthy youngsters. Chief of Polioe Dinan has issued an order to police company commanders instructing them, in view of the care lessness of persons granted the privil ege of carrying firearms, to notify those persons to discontinue wearing weapons of any description, as it is en tirely unnecessary. Regular Police Officer J. J. Dow was A SECOND APPROPRIATION Congress Votes Another Million and Half to California's Unfortunates. Washington, April 23.-The senate today increased to $1,500,000 the sec ond appropriation of funds in behalf of the suff'ers from the California earthquake and this legislation, like all of the same character that has preceded it, was enacted without comment of any kind. The day marked conclusion of La Follette's speech on the railroad rate bill. He occupied the greater part of the time today as he had done on Saturday, rendering it one of the long est speeches in recent years in the senate. Without debate the house concurred in the senate amendments to the Joint resolution appropriating $1,500, held up by a soldier while on his way to report at police headquarters early yesterday morning. The regular made attempt to force the policeman to labor in the. street, but was in turn handed over to a lieutenant, who re lieved him of his gun and directed that he be sent to the guard house. POURING INTO LOS ANGELES. Tents Erecting for Thousands of Ref ugees Flocking Thither. Los Angeles, April 23.-A camp of tents is being ra~idly erected at Agri cultural park by the relief committee for the accommodation of San Fran cisco refugees, who are arriving by the hundreds and whose number is expected to reach in the neighbor hood of 50,000 within 10 days. RED CROSS ACTIVE. Washington, April 23.-Working in conjunction with the governmental agencies, the .Red Cross is rapidly per fecting plans for relief of the situation in San Francisco. Today the National association received a remittance of $300,000 from the New York branch of the society. a TREMBLER IN OREGON. Medford, Ore., April 23.-A slight, but distinct earthquake shock was felt here about 2 o'clock this morn ing. No damage was done. MOUNETT WIELDS PROBE. Far-Rreaching Investigation Is Begun by Interstate Commission. Cleveland, Ohio, April 23.-An inves tigation by the national government into the relations existing between the railroads of the United States and the Standard Oil company, an inquiry, that, it is said, will be thorough and exhaust ive and one that is expected to have searching effects, was begun here to day by former Attorney General Frank S. Monnett, in behalf of the interstate commerce commission. WRECK ON BURLINGTON. Extra Freight Collides With Pile driver, Injuring Six. [Special to The Gazette] Sheridan, Wyo., April 23.-Another wreck occurred. between Pedro and Newcastle this morning, caused by an extra freight going east running into a piledriver. The injured are Geo. K. Tinegar, R. B. Gentry, H. H. Holmes, A. Linquist, G. McClure and B. A. Robbins. The numerous wrecks are causing railroaders to quit. Seventeen quit yesterday morning, 15 this morning. OLE MAKERS ARRESTED. Chicago, April 23.--John F. Jelke, president of Braun & Fitts, oleomar gerine manufacturers and one of the wealthiest men in that business in the west, with F. I. Lowery, secretary of the company, were arrested today on a federal warrant charging them with making false reports to the internal revenue department. KISSER DEFEATS BANKHEAD. Montgomery, Ala., April 24.-At 12:30 a. m. all returns from the demo cratic primary elections in the Sixth Alabama congressional district indi cate the nomination of Captain R. P. Hobson of Merrimac fame, over John H. Bankhead, the present representa tive. 000 for the relief of the San Fran cisco sufferers. SHAW TO THE RESCUE. Directs Large Treasury Loan to San Francisco Banks. Washington, April 23.-+Secretary Shaw has given directions that $15, 000,000 of public money be distributed among the national banks of San Francisco and the immediate vicinity, which will include Oakland, as soon as the banks furnish satisfactory se curity. The secretary was in Chi cago today and his directions to this effect were wired to the treasury de partment here late this afternoon. DOUBLE DEALING BY CZAR Modification of "Fundamental Laws" Leaves Little to Parliament. St. Petersburg, April 23.-Instead of frankly accepting the verdict of the people as evidenced by the rule Qf election and preparing to make every possible concession to the parliament, the government seems to be deliber ately entrenching all its threa:tened prerogatives with the purpose of giv ing battle. With'feverish haste the hign com mission, consisting of the cabinet and other dignitaries of the government, under the presidency of the emperor BASEBALL RESULTS NATIONAL LEAGUE. Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 7. Cincinnati, April 23.-Superior hit ting of St. Louis gave them another victory over Cincinnati today. R. H. E. Cincinnati .............5 7 1 St. Louis ...............7 9 2 Batteries-Overall and Phelps; Mc Farland and Holmes. Philadelphia 1, Boston 0. Boston, April 23.-In spite of wet grounds and chilly weather, Philadel phia and Boston met today for the San Francisco benefit game with only a few people present. R. H. E. Philadelphia ............1 6 2 Boston .................0 4 2 New York-Brooklyn postponed. AMERICAN LEAGUE. Chicago 3, Cleveland 1. Chicago, April 23.-Opportune hit ting, coupled with the splendid pitch ing and fielding of Smith gave the local team their second victory over Cleveland today. R. H. E. Chicago .................3 6 1 Cleveland ...............1 4 2 Batteries-- Smith and Sullivan; Rhodes and Buelow. St. Louis 7, Detroit 2. St. Louis, April 28.-The home team fell upon Killian today and coupled with his wildness, batted in enough runs in the first inning to win the game. R. H. E. St. Louis ..............7 9 0 Detroit .................2' 8 2 Batteries-- Powell and Hickey; Killian and Warner. New York-Philadelphia; Washing ton-Boston postponed. AMERICAN ASSOCIATION. Louisville 6, St. Paul 5. Toledo 9, Kansas City 6. Indianapolis 8, Minneapolis 10, (11 innings.) Columbus 5, Milwaukee 1. FATHER GAPON ALIVE. Condemned to Indefinite Imprison ment by Holy Synod. St. Petersburg, April 23.-Friends of Father Gapon, whom a dispatch published in England said had been hung by the revolutionists, claim to have information that the ex-priest has fallen, not into the hands of the i evolutionists, but into those of the holy synod, which condemned him for forsaking priestly orders to indefinite imprisonment in one of the many gloomy monasteries used by the church as prisons. There have been many other cases of men being im mured and disappearing forever. Father Gapon's common law wife, it is alleged, petitioned the synod to name his prison and for mitigation of sentence. TRAINING SHIP SINKS. Dover, Eng., April 23.-The Belgian training ship Count DeSmet DeNaeyer foundered off Prawle Point today. Her captain and 33 of those who were on board were drowned. EXCURSIONISTS DROWN. Antwerp, April 23.-Twelve excurs ionists were drowned today in the river Scheldt by the captizing of a ferry boat. MONTANA WEATHER. Washington, April 23.-Showers Tuesday; colder in east and north portion Wednesday; probably fair. is sitting daily at Tsarkoe-Selo modify ing the "fundamental laws," which are beyond competency of the parlia ment, and is working night and day in efforts to retain all the power possible in the old channels. Many "temporary laws," which it was be lieved were only to remain in force until the parliament meets, have been incorporated as "fundamental laws" and a whole series of modiilcations for the purpose of protecting the em pc rors' prerogatives have been includ ed in them. IS NOW READY FOR BUSINESS OPENING OF FIRST SAVINGS BANK AND TRUST COMPANY. IN SPACIOUS QUARTERS Occupies North Room of Stapleton Block - Rear of 140-Foot Room Taken Up With Offices of the Moun taineers Insurance Company. The First Trust and Savings bank opened its doors in the Stapleton yes terday morning, and the first day's. business was altogether satisfactory to the officers of the corporation, the deposits having amounted to $19,000. Thomas McGirl, the wvell known. ranchmkan of the lower Yellowstone valley, who was the first depositor in the First National .bank, was also the flrst depositor-In the new bank, hav ing called soon after its doors were opened and made a substantial de posit. The new bank is in charge of George M. Hays, who resigned his po aition with the Suburban Homes corn Danv to take the secretaryship of the First Trust and Savings bank. While Mr. Hays' title is that of secretary his duties are in reality those of a cashier. He will be furnished with assistants from time to time as the business increases. The new bank is handsomely housed in the north business room of the block, and its furniture is of the latest and most modern pattern. In the center of the long room is a large vault which is divided in the center. Back of the big vault are the offices of the Mountaineers Insurance com pany, which are in charge of J. H. Mo Elroy. This company uses one-half of the vault for its books and papers. It has been established since last July and in the 10 months of its existence has issued 740 polices, coverng about $900,000 of business. This is also a local company and its success has been unprecedented in the history of fraternal insurance societies. INSULAR TANGLE SETTLED. Money Paid for Church Property in Philippines is Divided. Rome, April 23.-The controversy over the distribution of the $7,000,000 paid by the United States government for the purchase of friar lands in the Philippine islands, has been definitely settled by the Vatican. According to the decision made pub lic today, the interests on the money will be divided into three separate sums which will be distributed yearly by the Vatican as follows: One-third to the Philippine dioceses, according to their need; another to the institutions erected by the religi ous orders, largely for their missions in the far east, and also to support the aged friars who were in the Philip pines. Cardinal M. Del Va), the papal see retary of state, warmly urged a settle ment of this'matter and it was largely due to his efforts that it was disposed of on the above basis. The decision of the Vatican is of great importance to the friar orders in the Philippines, as the entire sum hen been tied up owing to conflicting claims, some of the orders still Insist ing that their title to lands included In, the sale, were exempt, pending pay,. ment of the purchase money.