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This is Boomers' Day in the Land of Promise, and They Take Ad vantage of It. Millionaires Get Themselves Appointed Depnty Marshals in Order to Enter Early. Tilt: BOOMERS The Avalnnch Ready to Ot Fall Upon St Louis, April 22.—A special dispatch from Oklahoma says everybody is on the ,. u i rite to make .a grand ru *h across the line at noon. Large sums are being paid for swift horse«, that the purchasers mav rea< h the choice land first. There is as much, it not more struggling for town sites as tor sections. It 3 said that thirty-two townsite companies are going for Guthrie, half that number for Oklahoma City, and afoot twenty for Kingfisher, while there are applicants for sites on almost every section. The trouble between the townsite companies promises to tie as dangerone as among the claim hunters. A bold scheme has teen concocted. It is evident there is not room in Oklahoma for all the boomers, go several bands have been formed, so that those who are left ont will make a united rush and occupy the Cherokee Btrip, hoping to get so many on it that the gov ernment will not think it wise to drive them off. Capitalists of San Francisco have sent an agent, George W. Perkins, to find a site for a town which they will build and call Frisco. Perkins and party stood npon the rear platform after leaving Parcel). Just alter the Canadian river was crossed, they leaped off and concealed themselves in the bushes. The chances are that the city of Frisco will be near this bridge. Troops are being sent as rapidly as possible into the country there. In its borders there are now foarteen compauiee of infantry and twenty troops of cavalry. Last night there arrived at Oklahoma City seven men tearing depnty marshal's papers, entitling them to enter the country One man, aged 70, wore a fine broadcloth suit and carried a gold-headed cane. There is not one in the party who ever made an arrest. It is stated that the aggregate capital of the crowd is over $200,000,000, and their evident intention is to select a townsite. It is thonght there are over thirty "deputies" now in and about Okla homa who at noon will turn in their resig nations and accept it all by themselves and turn private citizens and then "bounce claims. claims. Ahkaxsas City, Kas., April 22.—Com paratively few of the boomers, wagons or men, reached the Oklahoma line nntil late last night, and this morning Salt Creek, which winds through the strip, aud on the bauks of which the Ponca reservation is situated, caused the settlers much delay. Recent rains had made it so high that fording was dangerous, and only a few were foolhardy enough to venture across it. On Friday morning fully seven hun dred wagons wanted to get across. A woman and two children and a number of cattle were drowned at the ford. Capt. Hayes and his troops got to the Oklahoma border this morning. A careful estimate by a reporter who was on the bor der last night, shows that within a radins of tivejmiles on the border, at the entrance of the Ponca trail, folly 500 were at least a mile over the line. Wire fences divide the strip from Oklahoma The men did not know the fence was the dividing line or if they did heeded it not. No sol diers were there to dispute their entrance or to tell where the line was Withont let or hindrance a great many people a ent into Oklahoma Saturday night. Cattlemen at Red Rock said that as they came through Oklahoma from Galveston las tnight they counted over 100 men in the bushes along through Oklahoma. WAITING FOR THE WORD. Trains were Crowded with the Boomers. St. Louis, April 21.—The Republican's Wichita, Kas., special says: The first train south on the Santa Fe line consisting of fifteen coaches arrived to day, and there was not standing room in any of the coaches. People filled the spaces between the cars and clnng to the steps. One en terprising "boomer" rode in on the cow catcher. There were about 1400 people on the train. The total arrivals to-day num ber at least 5000 souls. Of this number about one-third went south to reach the line of Oklahoma in order to be ready for the word "go." Others went on to Purcell. Railroad officials are greatly worried over the prospects of moving bo many people to-morrow. Side tracks are filled with flat cars and gravel trains also in connec tion, none of which will be below demand. Everything on wheels will be utilized if necessary. Thieves are busy at work on the trains, and many poor boomers have been fleeced of their all. The Crescent town site company, with most of it« mem bers from Iowa, had a representative at work on each train this morning in the interests of the scheme. About 2000 boomers listened to a sermon this morning delivered by a preacher from Kansas. To night the people are preparing to en ter the promised land along the line. John Murphy, a member of the Improve ment company, met John Horton, a mem ber of the League at two o'clock this morn ing,and a quarrel followed. It was stopped by a party of friends of each, but revolvers and Winchesters were called into requisi tion and firing was kept np in the main streets of Purcell until daylight, the con tending parties being under cover. The firing did not result as seriously as was ex pected it might. Three of the townsite men were injured, Tom Myers being shot in the head, John in the arm and one man (colored,) by the name of Simpkins was struck in the leg. At daylight the fight ing ceased. t INAL PREPARATIONS. Resolution of the Oklahoma Legion. Chicago, April 21.—The Times' special from Purcell, telling of the last day in the Indian Territory prior to the final invasion of Oklahoma, says: Final preparations were made to-day for the exodus, which begins to-morrow. Wagons were over hauled, supplies purchased aud gnus aud too'» given careful inspection. The day was lovely but there was no suggestion of Sunday in the etreet scenes. From the hill overlooking the beautiful valley of the Canadian a soft toned bell called those re ligiously inclined to worship in the Catholic mission of St. Augustas. In the town itself there are two insignificant centers of at traction. To-day the supreme moment is so near at hand that thousands who have spent weary months in waiting can hardly contain themselves. At 8 o'clock this morning the public square contained large assemblage and by 10 o'clock the throng had swelled to such an extent that passage was exceedingly difficult. Several prominent men were induced to mount im provised platforms and harangue the crowd on the great issne of the day. Jndge Green, of Kentucky, spoke for half an hoar. The people wanted light on the tow nsite, school land, and other questions connected with the opening of Oklahoma, and he dispensed it with apparent knowl edge of the situation. The Jndge is charged by many with being mixed up in townsite schemes and, therefore, not deemed above giving advice, which, if followed, would [result to hisj,*ad vantage. He and others were surprised to discover this morning a placard pasted above the town, [bearing this inscription regarding the late order made at the reg ular meeting of the Oklahoma Legion : Resolved, That we again pledge our selves to protect oar brother members [in their long-respected rights on selected claims, and that all townsite sharks., and claim-jnmpers shall be dealt with, in a summary manner. Oklahoma Legion. As the town is foil of the gentry named in the above notice, mach uneasinees has been caused. There have been any num ber of attempts to discredit the existence of the Oklahoma Legion, bat it does exist and will wield a tremendous power in the near future, which is conceded by many. To-night in Parcell the strain of thousands of waiting boomers seemed to them almost unbearable. The situation in Purcell tells the story for the southern border of Okla homa, of which Parcell is on the edge. Along the entire north line of the promised laud the latest advices show that the situa tion there is even more exciting than in the south. It is estimated that on the north side of Oklahoma to-night over 30,000 people are encamped in darkness waiting for to morrow's permission to " go up and possess the land." or up possess DREAMS OF WEALTH. Anticipated Trouble Among Specula tors. Kansas City, April 21.—The Journal's special from Gntherie says: In the dispute about the orders relating to the townsite associations, there are already outcrop pings of bad blood among those speculators who have been dreaming of the wealth to be found in the cities found ed by them. In Parcell the rival compan ies for the same site on the opposite side of the river, known by one as Lexington ) and by the other aa Purcell, yesterday spread broadcast their bills. Last night they issued incendiary dodgers headed "De fend your rights with rifles if necessary." It was not long before a little bill addressed to the members of the Oklahoma League was posted up warning the members by order ©f the League to prepare to hold claims and townsites selected and staked out by them. This morning there were signs of preparation and more fire arms to be seen than any day heretofore. A troop of cavalry was ordered to Parcell. They arrived about noon and will probably prevent any actual ontbreak. The streets and hillsides of that town are covered with men, fonr-fifths of whom are speculators determined to enrich themj selves within the next two days. It is pos sible that the presence of troops will over come those inclined to violence, bat this is not hardly expected. There is loud com plaint that many of the deputy marshals now in the Territory are only using their position for the benefit of townsite com panies or themselves, and it is thought that after noon to morrow there will be a large defection in their ranks. The settlers seem to think that the deputies will re sign and take np claims, and, having been over the ground, will have the advantage of knowing the beet locations. FOUR KILLED. Shooting Melee on the Oklahoma Border. Chicago, April 18 .—Times Fort Smith, Ark., special: Four men were killed on the border of Oklahoma to day. Word was received here this evening of a conflict between the parties, (boomers, cattlemen and Chickasaw police) at the ford on Chis holm's trail, forty miles west of Oklahoma City, on the Canadian river. The cattle men were taking several hundred animals from Frank Colbert's ranch, in the Chicka saw, to Kansas, bnt the mounted police guarding the northern border of Oklahoma, refused to permit them to use the celebra ted Chisholm trail leading through the new Territory. A fight resulted, in which the cattlemen were reinforced by a party of boomers from Cooke and Fanning counties, Texas. One of the guards, two cattlemen and one boomer named Geiae, were killed in the melee, besides the loss of somefvalu able horses. The cattlemen took the old Abilene trail and went around thron the Cheyenne reservation. To be Disarmed. Kansas City, April 21.—A Times spec ial says: It is reported here that General Merrit has issued orders to troops to take possession of the guns and pistols carried by the boomers. They are not to be confis cated but the idea ia to hold them until the excitement is over as a precautionary measure against bloodshed. ALL ARE SAVED. The Danmark's Passengers and Crew Rescued by the Steamship Mis souri and Safely Conveyed to the Azores. An Exploded Steampipe and a Broken Shaft Account For the Loss of the Danmark. HEARD FROM AT LAST. All on Board the Ill-fated Steamer Danmark Safe and Sound. Copenhagen, April 21.—A telegram from Lisbon to the United Steamship Com pany announces the safety of the crew and passengers of the steamer Danmark. The good tidings reached Lisbon from the Azores. It stated that everyone who was on the steamer is safe, and only the engi neer is injured. Some of the passengers arrived at Lisbon to-day. A number are on their way to New York, and the remain der are still at the Azores. Lisbon, April 21.—Forty-two of the crew of the Danmark have arrived here. Raben, first officer, who is among them, reports that April 4, the Danmark shaft was broken. On the next day the disabled steamer met the steamship Missouri, from London, March 20, for Philadelphia and Baltimore. The Misaonri towed the Den mark nntil the 6th, when the latter seemed to be about to sink. At first the Missouri was only able to take aboard twenty of the Danmark's passengers, bnt alter having jettisoned a portion of her cargo she found accommodations for all the crew and pas sengers of the Danmark. The Missouri then proceeded to the Azores, and left there the first and second officers and 320 passen gers. She then continued her journey to Philadelphia with 340 of the passengers and the remainder of the crew. The cap tain and the three engineers of the Dan mark left the Azores on the 14th for Lon don. The Danmark was about 800 miles from Newfoundland when the accident occnrred. Some say that the engines broke down. Engineer Kaas was fonnd dead in the engine room after the accident. The captain and the engineers proceeded to London on board the steamer Demararer. The death of the engineer was due to the bursting of the engine pipe. The engi neer was killed on the spot, and the ship was badly damaged. In consequence of this damage, together with the breaking of the shaft, the vessel was helpless in the heavy seas that prevailed. Delà wake Bbeakvvateb, April 22.— The steamer Missouri sailed for Philadel phia at 7:30 this morning. Details of the wreck of the Danmark may be expected on heftarrival there. Lewis, Del., April 22—No communica tion coaid be had from the shore with the steamer Missouri this morning. She will reach Newcastle, Del.,probably between 12 and 1 o'clock, and get to Philadelphia late this afternoon. New Yobk, April 22.—It is likely that some 360 passengers of the steamer Dan mark who were rescued by the steamer Missouri, will be in New York to-night. This despatch was received by the agents of the Danmark for Peter Wright & Sons, of Philadelphia, agents of the Missouri, that the latter had left the Delaware break water and would be in Philadelphia be tween two and three o'clock this after noon. Captain Morrill, of the Missouri, tele graphs : The Missonri arrived all well with 365 passengers of the steamer Danmark abandoned on April 6. The rest of the passengers and crew, 340, were landed at St. Michel's, all well. Please see that the Thingvalla Line agent* make arrangements to forward these people to New York to night. Philadelphia, April 22.—The steam ship Missonri, with 365 people from the wrecked steamer Danmark, arrived at the American Line Company's dock this even iDg. All of the Danmark's passengers look hearty and bright and show no signs of hardship, which they must have necessarily endured. The geueial passenger agent of the Thingvalla Line stated that all would be forwarded to their destination from this city if satisfactory arrangements could be made. Nearly all the emigrants are bound for points in the West. Captain Hamilton Murrell, commander, furnishes the following statement : "We left London with a general cargo for the first trip to Philadelphia on March 28. On April 5th we sighted the Danmark, flying a signal of distress. We bore down on the steamer and found her disabled. Captain Knudsen, bei commander, reported that the tail end of her shaft was broken and he wished me to take his passengers to New York. Owing to the state of the weather and because of the fact that I was not prepared to accommodate snch a num ber of people I declined to accede to hie re quest, but offered instead to tow his vessel to the nearest port. This offer Captain Knndsen accepted. The vessel proceeded slowly, heading northwest for St. Johns, N. F. He signalled ns that the "Danmark is sinking ; we mnst abandon ship. Will yon take passengers?" Without a moment's hesitation I signaled back. "Yes, I will take all on board and do the best I can." I then cat towline and we dropped down to the Danmark. Chief officer Glen, of that vessel, came on board the Missouri and informed me of the condition of his ship. He said Captain Knndsen decided that for the best inter ests of those on board the ship it would be better to abandon her aod get all people on board the Missouri while there was plentv of time. Getting some provisions from the Dan mark, which had now eettied very percep tibly in the water, that vessel was finally abandoned, Capt. Knndsen being last to leave the ship. I then counted heads and found we bad in addition to onr own crew forty-five men and four passengers, 669 cabin and steerage passengers and sixty nine of the officers and crew of the ill-fated steamer. Onr last view of the Danmark showed the vessel to be rapidly going down, her stern being almost even with the sea, and the water breaking over her. We threw overboard most of our cargo on the decks, consisting principally of bales of rags, in order to make room for the ac commodation of the large additions to onr passenger list. On looking over onr provisions we found after a careful estimate of the number of mouths to feed, we only bad enough food on board to last three days and I decided to make all possible haste to reach the port of St. Michaels which was 720 miles away On April 7th at 1.20 a. m., about ten hours after the transfer had been made, Mrs. Linney. aged eighteen years, a Danish woman, who was on her way to America to meet her husband, gave birth to a little girl in my cabin. The little stranger was christened Atlanta Missouri. The child was born during a howling storm which rocked the vessel and caused the sea to break over ns. We had started tor St. Michaels with all on board at5p.m of the 6th. The weather was very threatening at the time and the wind increased as the night wore on. Everything possible was done to make the paseeogers comfortable. Awnings and sails were brought out and used for a partial protection by the panic stricken emigrants. The gale kept increasing in fnry and there was a tremendous sea run ning, which was continually breaking over the vessel, aud taken alltogether, things looked dubious. It must be remembered that we were very short of provisions and this storm at the very outset of our journey toward St. Michaels made ns fearful of reaching there safely by daylight oi April 8th. However, the gale materially decreased aod we were able to make fair progress, and on April 10th we arrived at St. Michaels. On April 11th we landed 370 of the passengers and the crew of the Dan mark, including Captain Knndsen at St. Michaels. On the same day we sailed from St. Michaels with 360 people from the Danmark, inclnding eight of the crew of that vessel. We had fine weather all the way to Philadelphia and a remarkable small amount of sickness on board, consid ering the crowded condition ol onr berths. Philadelphia, April 22.—To-night at 11 o'clock a special train on the Pennsyl vania Railroad took nearly 300 of the passengers towards their destinations in the West and Northwest. The remaining sixty-five, who were destined for points in the East, left to-night over the varions railroad lines. The majority of those bound wist are going to Minnesota, Dakota and other points in that section, while a few go as far as Washington Terri tory. They will be accompanied by an agent of the Thingvalla line, and will be reprovisioned at Chicago. The final leave taking between Captain Morrill and the passengers of the Danmark was very affecting. For all those who grasped his hand the master smiled and spoke kind words of well wishing. Captain Morrill could not state the vaine of the cargo which had been thrown overboard. The entire cargo was valued at $150,000, bnt only a portion was thrown overboard, "although," said the captain, "had it been necessary I would have thrown every ponnd ot our cargo overboard. That which was jettisoned consisted principally of bales of rag waste aod other light but balky stuff Btored beneath decks." Philadelphia, April 22.—Jost before the Missonri arrived at her pier a florist's agent boarded the ship and searching out Captain Murrill presented him on behalf of several prominent ship owners and citizens, with a handsome floral ship, the hnll and rigging being composed of pink roses on a sea of evergreens trimmed with silver sails. This floral tribute to his bravery and hu manity was an excellent specimen of the art of floral design and was admired by everybody who was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of it. Washington, April 22.—Secretary Win dom authorized to day the Commissioner of Immigration at Philadelphia to use the "Immigrant" fond in meeting all proper expenses in giving relief to all destitute emigrant passengers of the wrecked steamer Danmark brought to Philadelphia on the steamer Missouri. New Yobk, April 23.— Olaf Wuglund, one of the few English speaking people in the party of the Danmark passengers, which arrived here to-day from Philadel phia, said that before the accident oc curred one of the Norwegian immigrants told him he had overheard a conversation in the officers quarters. One of the ship's officers had said to the others in the apart ment that he thought the vessel would never reach New York. Her machinery was in bad order and had not received the care it should have had before the steamer sailed. Her pumps were broken and in case of accident could be found of little service. "I am afraid the Danmark," the officer is reported to bave said, "will meet the fate ot the Geiser." The Geiser was the vessel of the same line sunk off Nova Scotia by a collision with the Thingvalia about a year ago. Wugland further said that the vessel's coal boxes were afire on two occasions be tör the.machinery gave out. The first fire occurred at 1 o'clock on the night of March 29th, the second at 3:30 in the afternoon the following day. The passengers heard of both fires and showed more uneasiness over comparatively slight accidents than when the vessel became totally disabled. Wugland is loud in the praise of the cap tain and the crew of the steamer Missonri, which rescued the Danmark's passengers. Copenhagen, April 23.—King Christian has intimated that he will confer a decora tion upon Capt. Morrell, of the steamer Missonri, in recognition of bis service in the rescue of the Danmark's passengers. NEW MEXICO. Reception and Inauguration of Gov ernor Prince. Santa Fe, April 17.—New Mexico's newly appointed Governor, L. Bradford Prince, former Chief Justice of the Terri tory, and whose home is in this city, ar rived from Washington at noon to-day. He was met at the depot by fully 5,000 citi zens, representing the leading men from every section of the Territory. A proces sion was formed which marched to the capitol, and the Governor was inaugurated amid imposing ceremonies. Ex Governor Axtell delivered the welcoming address, frequently referring to tbe new era which tbe appointment of Governor Price was expected to open n p for New Mexico. The Governor responded, and he spoke of tbe undeveloped resources of the Territory, and urged the people to continue their demand for admission as a Stale. Governor Ross, whom Governor Prince succeeds, was pres ent at the inauguration, and took part in making it a success. General satisfaction is expressed throughout the Territory over the appointment of Prince. Appointments. Washington, April 17.—From 100 to 150 fourth-class postmasters are being ap pointed daily. Of these, one-third fill vacancies; another third are appointed in places of postmasters removed for caose; the other third succeed postmasters who bave served about four years. While fourth-class postmasters are commissioned during the pleasure of the Postmaster General, it is believed by the Postoffice Department the good of the service does not demand the retention of a postmaster, save in exceptional cases, beyond four yer.rs. While the good of the service is said to be the first consideration, there is reason to believe the commissions of postmasters who have served four years are deemed to have expired. Washington, April 18.—The President to-day appointed Edward 8. Lacey, of Michigan, Comptroller of the Currency; Timothy Guy Phelps Collector of Customs at San Francisco. DESTRUCTIVE FIRE. Over Three Millions in Property Wiped Ont in New York. Warehouses, Elevators and Other Build ings Fall Before the Flames. FIERCE FLAMES. Three Millions' Worth of Property Destroyed. * New Yobk, April 19.—The largest and fiercest fire witnessed here for years swept the toet bank of the North River to-day from Fifty-ninth street to what would be Sixty-fifth street, if that street ran to the river. It destroyed more than $1,000,000 worth of property beloDgiog to the New York Central Railroad Company, and at least $500,000 worth of lard, flour and the like, belonging to other persons, notably N. K. Fairbank, the great Chicago lard mer chant. The flames destroyed two big elevators of the Vanderbilt system, the big brick building stretching from Fifty-ninth to Sixtieth street and occupied jointly by the Fairbank lard refinery and the Roe siter stores, and wiped out the dock prop erty of the New York Central railroad from Fifty-ninth to Sixty-filth street. Henry Benning, a workman in the Fairbank re finery, was killed by a jump from the third story window. Many others were injured by jumping out in the great con fusion attending the conflagration. The names and extent of the injoriee of but very f^r were obtained. Rumors have been rife all the evening that a number of workmen bad been canght in tbe refinery and burned, but it has been impossible to verify them. The fire broke ont in the sonthweet comer of the Fairbank Refinery—how, no body knows. Soaked in grease, the old bnilding was in flames in an instant. Men at work in every story dropped their tools and ran to save their lives. The staircases were columns of flames, and windows pre sented the only means of escape. Panned close by fire the men flang themselves oat headlong. How many there were nobody could tell. Many who came out were picked up and carried away by friends. The fire bad soon swept throughout the length of the building and shot over toward the big grain elevatom of the New York Central railroad. Between the place where engines wer6 stationed and the ele vaton were twenty-seven railroad tracks which no fire engine coaid cross, and next to the Union stock yards were a half mile of broad enclosures and pens equally im passable. There was no way for the fire engine« to reach the elevators except along Sixtieth street past the burning buildings and that street after two engines had fonght their way past, was blockaded by falling walls. Furthermore, near the elevators there was only one small water pipe. The fire boats were sent for and several of them soon be gan to work in a heroic straggle to save the elevators, bnt it was in vain; the tre mendeous heat from across the street dryed and warped the wood work of the big frame bnilding ander its corrogated iron sheet. In a short time the elevator was on fire horning fiercely. Soon after the walls of the Roesiter stores fell in releasing tons and tons of burning merchandise that rolled in blazing heaps in every direction. This increased the hettand flam sard the efforts of the firemen seemed to be entirely useless. About this time the stock yard pens were cleared out. At seven o'clock elevator B canght fire and the scene then, in the growing darkness, had a lurid effect that made a spectacle of awful grandeur. The second elevator was entirely con sumed also. At 11 o'clock to-night, when the fire was gotten ander control, there was half a mile of rain, which sent ont a fur nace heat. An estimate of the losses is as follows : Tbe Roesiter stores, contents, $900,000. The Wilcox company, stock, $450,000. Elevator A, $800,000. Elevator B, $750,000. Dock D, contents, $200,000. Dock A, $35,000. The Wilcox building, $220,000. Total, $3,355,000. Ix»s to property of the New York Cen tral company was covered by insurance. The Wilcox company's stock was insured for $100,000. At a late hour to-night it is stated that four men were in the rains of Wilcox com pany's bnilding. The loss to the New York Central is $1, 250,000, insured in London. Depew esti mates the total loss by the fire at $3,000,000. than cap the ar He citi from the was The tbe and in to fill in to of RAILROAD ACCIDENT. Train Wrecked by a Land Slide. Moxtbose, Colo., April 19.—A special says: A fatal accident occurred on the Rio Giand road at 1 o'clock this morning While the Salt Lake express was running through Black canyon a huge laud slide came tearing down the side of the canyon several immense boulders striking the en gine, throwing it from the track and hari ng it down a thirty feet embankment to Ennison river. The engine in descending turned over several times, crushing the fireman, William North, to death. Engineer Ryan was canght underneath a portion of tbe machinery and pinioned in the bed of the river and nearly drowned before be was rescued. He is also severely injured in ternally. None of the coaches were thrown from the track, and on account of the roar ing water, it was some time before the passengers and crew knew of the accident. The train was ascending the canyon at the usual speed and it is supposed the jar of the train started some loose rocks from the tops of the canyon, several hundred feet above, and these in rolling down started others, which increased in size, nntil they struck the engine. It had become a tremendous slide of bonlders and rocks. Fatal Railroad Accident. Bebwick, 111., April '51.—Two men were killed and three injured in the wreck of a mixed train on the Central Iowa railroad last night near here. The wreck was caused by the breaking of a wheel as the train was crossing a bridge at Cedar Creek. Two cars were hnrled into tbe creek and took fire, burning the bridge. Conductor Colvin was instantly killed by the fall and a son of Section Foreman Savage, the only passenger, was drowned. Express Agent Rogers, Brakeman Reed and the mail clerk were badly injnred, probably fatally. Disastrous Fire. Milwaukee, April 21.—West Depere was almost swept ont of existence by fire yesterday. The conflagration began at Neiswinkel's Woodenware factory and then spread rapidly, nntil fifty houses were in flames. About the same time an incen diary fire started in another part of the town, and Port Howard an 1 Green Bay were telegraphed to for aid. They re sponded with engines and the men worked all night to subdue the fire. Loss to the chair factory, $200.000 ; insurance, $50,000. A later dispatch from West Depere says fifteen buildings were destroyed with a total loss of $225,000 ; insurance, $70,000. and be the at the N. big big by re the of to no to on B PROMISED LAND. Scenes at the Pioneer City of Oklahoma. Abkaxsas City, April 22. — About 15,000 homeseekers are camped in the grassy upland of Gathrie, the pioneer city of Oklahoma. Their camp fires gleam in the darkness and their tents loom athwart the sky like an army in bivouac. Guthrie was heretofore an insignificant station in a wild and uninhabited country, remote from civilization, but now has a population of more than 15,000. All this was gained in the afternoon. In no country save America, and no part ot that country save in the great West could snch a thing be possible. ^ hen the first train arrived at Gathrie from Arkansas City the embryo streets and lots ot the new city had already been laid ont by enterprising citizens who had been early on the scene. Hardly had the train slowed down at the station when eager men leaped from the car windows, slipped from the roofs of the coaches and poured out of the doors in a stream. In a minute the slope from the station was black with men rushing headlong, eager for tbe cov eted town lots. In two minntes not one of the men who had filled the train was left within speaking distance of ohe railway. By the lime this crowd reached the top of the slope Dear the land office the men who had been ranning parallel lines for str« ets and driving in stakes for town lots were well on their way along the level strip of land east of the land office. The crowd then canght the moving lines of the streets and lots and rushed eastward at a tremendous rate. A man who brought •long a muslin sign bearing the words "Bank of Gnthrie" was compelled to take np a lot one mile back of the station. The night train arriving from Arkansas City brought over a thousand homestead ers. About fifteen minutes later the men on this train hurried across the prairie, like an army charging a wing of the enemy. They soon spread oat north and sooth with axes and spades and stakes and began with wonderful en ergy the location of town lots and streets. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth trains from Arkansas City swelled the number to as many thousand. When the seventh and eigth trains came in later in the afternoon the crowds bad overflown all bounds. The streets and town lots have been extended fully two miles. On the north a mile and a half and on the sonth nearly a mile. No attempt has been made to lay oat the town on the west side of the track. This land has been all filed on for homeeteads, almo. with the first rush of the home seekers, from the cars. The bomeseekers started across the Oklahoma liue at noon in wagons and horseback aod began to pour into the new city. Their horses were reeking wet from the hot and furions drive. They took pos session of such town lots in the future Oklahoma metropolis as they could lay claim to. Meanwhile the land office was besieged by an eager and determined crowd of men waiting to file claims npon homeeteads. As the afternoon wore on this crowd grew larger, nntil at closing time it reached in regular line far down the street toward the railroad station. The business in the land office went rather slowly. The Register and Receiver did tbe best they could, but the pressure upon them was tremendous. The men who were waiting to file claims were forced into line two abreast The dealen in real estate began business before 2 o'clock in the after noon. One enterprising dealer had as a background for the safe transaction of bus iness a stock of rifles which bad been placed there by the government troops on duty at the land office. Near by was the tent of United States Marshal Needles. The tent was snrmonnted by a large Amer ican flag. ican flag. Kingfisheb, April 23.—The land office will not be open until Thursday. At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon a pistol report across Cottonwood creek, west of the depot and outside of the townsite, attracted attention. In a moment a man on horse back went west over the hill at breakneck speed. Two deputies went over, but were told nothing bad occurred. A Star reporter got a boat and crossed the stream, however, to investigate. In the bushes were col lected a half dozen men. On the groar d and beside a half made grave was stretch« d all that was left of S. T. Com pis. A ball from a îevolver bad passed entirely through his breast. The shooting was done by a a man « ho claimed to have had the first stake on the claim which Compis and his partner had settled on. The murderer jumped on his horse and escaped. Abkansas City, April 23.—A special from Gathrie says: At 10 o'clock this morning three iinn who took claims yes terday wer«- foully murdered by claim jampere. Tne names of tbe assailants and victim* 1 cannot be learned. The vigilance committee is scouring the Territory in sparen of the murderers, who will be Bom manly dealt with if caught. Kansas City, April 23—A Gathrie special says: The finit homestead filed at Guthrie was that of Mark Cohn, of Ft. Smith. Ark. The first soldier to file a declaratory statement was Benton Turner, a private of Company A, 6th Illinois Cav alry. Daring yesterday three townsites —Guthrie, Oklahoma City aud Edmunds— three homesteads aod twenty-one soldiers' declaratory statements were filed. At 12:15 William Johnson, heading a little procession at the Land Office, laid down a roogb chart of Gathrie and filed it as a townsite. This was the first paper pre sented. Four clerks for the land offices rom Washington arrived yesterday, two for Kingfisher and two for her*. All Quiet. Washington, April 23—The Recietary of thq Interior to day received telegraphic reports from the D-partm-nt Inspectors Stationed at Gothne, Oklahoma, and Ar kansas City, Kansas, in which the forner says: Everything qniet here. Good class of people in charge of affairs. Gnthrie Land office is in fall operation. Kingfisher will open Thursday. The people will settle the townsite question quietly and await legislation to perfect their titles. There is absolutely no ground for any ad ministrative uneasiness. A public meeting held bere to night was as orderly and con servative in character as it would be in New York. Important Pension Decision. Washington, April 23 — Corporal Tan ner, Commissioner of Pensions, to-day ren dered an important decision in passing upon the application of John Webb, late private Company D, Indian cavalry, lor increase of pension from $24 to $40 per month. Webb is receiving the former rate of pension for varicose veins of the left leg and asked for an increase on the ground that total disability in his foot now exists. In granting the increase asked for, tbe Commissioner says that in his opinion it was not the intention of Congress in using the words, "total disability," to debar claimants for pensions from benefits of the act until a hand, loot, arm or leg is a worthless incnmbraDce, incapable of mo tion and completely useless for any pur pose whatever. Hereafter, h© says, total disability shall be held to exist when affected members, by reason of a wound, injury or disease, is useless in tbe per formance of ordinary manual labor. t A BAG OF COIN. The Northern Pacific Express at Brainerd Bobbed of $15,000. fifteen thousand. Mysterious Disappearance of a Bag ot Gold Coin. Bbainebd, Minu , April 18 —A package containing $15,000 in gold has mysteri ously disappeared from the office of the Northern Pacific Express Company in this city. Louis Hihman, night clerk, received from the train <t 1:45 a. m. yesterday four sacks of specie two of which contained $15,000 each ia geld and two of $500 each in silver. The money was to be used in paying ofl'employes of theroad.[Hohraan says he cairied all the specie into the vault and turned the combination. A halt hour later he discovered one of the bags of gold was missing and at once noti fied his saperic. Hohman is regarded as honest and faiti.fnl. ARMES COURT MARTIAL. Governor Beaver's Testimony in Re gard to the Trouble. Washington, April 18—In the Armes court martial, to-day, Governor Beaver testified that, personally, he had nothing to do with the removal from parade on inauguration day. Some one suggested that Gen. Armes be appointed on tbe staff, and not remembering at the time, being in a hurry, that Gen. Armes was dead, he ( Beaver) had said, "appoint him." When the mistake was discovered he had told Armes how it occnrred and dropped hi» name from tbe list. In a letter from Arme» to witness, dated April 2d, Armes requested the Governor to stop the court martial proceedings, that they wonld result in his dismissal, and he preferred death to the loss of his commission. He added that the Govercor stood in danger of becoming his mnrderer. In another letter, dated day before yesterday, he apologized for tne Riggs house episode. Witness told of this episode, saying that he had laughingly re plied to Armes that he coo'd not apologize for the removal, and that he had then felt Armes band brash his face in a rude way. He had in a moment struck with his cratch at Armes. Armes' action was something in the nature of both an assault and in sult. Witness took it to be au attempt to get hold of his nose, and was pretty in dignant. Washington, April 22.—The Armes' court martial began proceedings to-day by a secret examination of Sergeant-at-Arms Canaday.of the Senate, and Chie» Bell.ol the Secret Service. It was currently reported that the testimony of these witnesses,taken in connection with that of Col. Swords last Saturday, went to show that Capt. Arme» had appeared in the inauguration party as a special bodyguard to the President, and had the highest warrant for his attendance. Gen. Lamont gave some testimony to show the high estimation in which Armes was held by President Lincoln and Secretary Sewsrd, he having saved Washington by a timely warning from a Confederate raid. Other evidence to establish the good char acter of Armes was taken, and when tbe coart adjourned to-day it was generally understood that the proceedings would close to morrow. d d a close to morrow. THE SOUTHERN QUESTION. Views of Prominent Men in Regard to the Colored Race. Philadelphia, April 18.—Tbe Inquirer will publish to-morrow interviews which & has collected with prominent politicians of the Southern States in answer to the ques tions, "What is the Southern question," and "How should it be met to produce ike greatest good to tbe South ?" The respou ses nearly all voiced the same sentiment that the race problem is the great one to be solved, and that tbe Sonth should be allowed to manage her own affaire without interference. Among the most prominent gentlemen from whom replies were re ceived are: Governor Richardson, of Sooth Carolina, Governor Lee, of Virginia, Gover nor Buckner, of Kentucky, Attorney Gen eral Miller, of Mississippi, and Lieutenant Governor Mauldin, of South Carolina. The tenor of the replies is contained mainly in that of Governor Richardson, who says: The Southern question ia the race prob lem. Shall the African or the Caucasian predominate? The solation is in strict avoidance by the government of any dis tinctively Southern policy and in leaving to the States themselves the management of their own domestic affaire. Governor Bockner, of Kentucky, protest» that there is no Southern question. Such unpatriotic sectional agiiation, whether originating in the North or the Sonth, sboold not be encooraged, aod the injury resulting from such agitation wonld be re duced to the minimnm if the people of each State wonld continue to attend to their own affaire and nnite in supporting the general government in its jost exercise of all its legitimate powers. Attorney General Miller, of Mississippi, says: The contrast between the negro and white governmente has been so decidedly in favor of the latter that the whila people are determined that there shall be no return to the formet . Indeed, a mili ary de«poti?m wonld be preferred. When iii*erest and jndgment instead of passion ana pnjudice shall control tbe Southern negro men the who e qn»rtion will he solved. Lieutenant Governor Man'din, of Sooth Carolin», s«ys the Federal Government cud help the Sout j by appointing to offices men of character and capacity; by dealing generously in the matter ot internal im provements and by refunding tne cottes» tax. In other woids, says he, let the Sooth, alone. A DOUBLE TRAGEDY. Kills His Father aud Shoots HimselL Spbingfield, Mass., Anri] 18._Weak Farms, a farming hamiet, was the scene of a horrible double tragedy this morning. Jos. King a wealthy and well rfnown citi zen, 73 years of age, was shot and killed by Edgar King, his eldest son, and the house fiied. The ninrder went tweaty steps from the bouse and then shot himself. The murder and Buicide are traced to an unsound mind, caused by dissipation. A to ® friend shows tbe deed was pro meditated with the addition that he in tended to kill two annts alsc. He was prevented from the las by being unable to get into their room where thep slept. T1 • deed was committed at 2 o'clock in tbe morning, the mnrderer firing three shot» into the body of his father while asleep. Sntfocated by Smoke. Detboit, Mich., April 21.—In a small fire which occnrred in a cheap lodging house this afternoon three men, named E J. Gibson, bartender ; William Whittaker sailor, and F. I. Boilio, were suffocated from the dense smoke which filled the building. Malaki Powell, a porter, was badly burned, but will probably recover.