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The City of Spokane Falls Swept by a Terrible Conflagration. The Entire Business Portion Utterly De stroyed, Including Stores, Banks, Hotels, Depots, Public Buildings, Etc. A Calamity as Awful as That Which Visited Seattle. Full Particulars to the Herald by Special and Associated Press Reports. Charles Davis, of Billings, is Burned to Death. THE SPOKANE FIRE. Forty Blocks Burned and All Pro visions Destroyed—No Food Left in the City but Flour. Porti. and. Or., August 4.—[Associated Press.]—All telegraphic conrection with Spokane Palls was lost at 7 o'clock. All we know is that the Northern Pacific depot and two blocks north were burned and that an other block was then in fiâmes. The wind was fanning the fire towards the business part of the city. Inquiry for information is coming from all directions. The Whole Town Burned. Spokane Fai.ls, August 5— [Special.] —The whole business portion of Spokane Falls is burned. The passenger and freight depots and the offices of the Northern Pa cific were also destroyed. The Western Union Telegraph Company, whose office burned early in the night, saved a few in struments and the operators mounted them on a wood pile and sent off dispatches until the lire forced them to abandon even this refuge. The company are now arranging for a temporary office near the railroad. Telegraphic communication will probably not Ire re-established before noon. FORTY BLOCKS BURNED. Spokane Falls. August 5, 4 a. m.— [Special.]— This city is in a deplorable condition. A fire broke out at six o'clock last evening in a frame building near the Northern Pa cific depot and epread rapidly under the in fluence of a brisk wind which increased in force every hour. The fire soon reached the business part of town and carried every thing before it. The first large building to go was the Pacific hotel, next followed the lines house, a large frame structure, that burned like tinder. The Northern Pacific depots and offices were destroyed among the first. A number of cars loaded with freight and a full warehouse were also consumed. The Northern Pacific's loss alone is estimated at $1,000,000. All the hotels are burned except one and all the newspaper offices except the Review , which lay to one side of the path of the fire Every business houses in the city, except the Crescent block, was destroyed. The eight banks of the town were wiped oat, though the vaults proved fire proof. Early in the night the water supply, weak at the start, dwindled to almost nothing and the firemen lost all control of the fiâmes. Many buildings were blown np with giant powder by order of Mayor Fnrth, bnt even this did not stay ihe progress of the de vouring element. The flames made a clean sweep from the railroad to the river and were only stopped by the water. All the flour and lumber mills in the city were saved. All provisions and supplies, except flour, were consumed. FURTHER PARTICULARS. Spokane, W. T., August 5— The fire started in a large frame building opposite the Northern Pacific depot, and under the influence of the high winds, which scat tered burning embers and started fires in a half dozen different blocks at once, the whole district was burned over in three hours. The water supply proved totally inadequate even for a small fire, and the firemen and citizens became panic stricken. Several people are known lo have perished in the flames, and several more were in jured by leaping from windows. Charles Davis, of Chicago, a guest at the Arlington House, was awakened by the flames bnrst ng through the door of his room in the third story and jumped from the window. He was shockingly mangled and died in a few minutes. A woman, whose name is unknown, leaped from the second story of the Pacific Hotel and was killed. The fire spread with such^astonishing rapidity that it is believed many were shut off from escape before they were even aware of their danger. A dozen large buildings were blown np with giant powder, by the order of the mayor, hut even this proved fntile. The Northern Pacific is probably the heaviest loser. The passenger depot and a magnifi cent new freight warehouse are being de stroyed. Their loss, including the freight that is burned, will reach about $1.000,000. All provisions and supplies were burned and there will necessarily be much suffer ing for several days. Appeals for help have been Bent out and Portland, Tacoma and several neighboring small towns have already responded. The fire exhausted itself at the river for lack of material. All the flour and lumber mills were saved. ANOTHER REPORT. Spokane Falls, August 5.— The bnsi- > ness district of Spokan destroyed was in a Btrip between the Northern Pacific railroad traces and the Spokane river. This strip ' was five squares across and extends about seven squares in length. It was solidly built np with brick and stone structures, the cost of which varied from $25,000 to $120,000. Ten hoarding houses, five hotels, the opera honse and many wholesale estab lishments doing a business estimated at a half million dollars each were situated within the »'escribed limits. The population of Spokane Falls is 20.000. The city is supposed to have ex cellent water works, which were modeled after the Holly system, with a capacity of 9.000. 000 gallons daily. There were no fire engines, bnt it was believed that by the system in use five or six good sized streams of water coaid be concentrated upon any block in case of fire. The fire department was a volunteer one. As to insurance, the best information is that no large amounts were carried. Bnildings that cost $30,000 to $40,000 are known to have had but $6,000 to $10,000 insurance. The losers, as nearly as can be learned, were as follows: Holley, Mason, Marks & Co., wholesale hardware, $125,000; The Great Eastern, wholesale and retail dry goods, $100,000; Benbam & Griffiths, whole sale grocers, $40,000; Mason, Smith & Co. ( $40,000;] Pacific Hotel, $40,000; Gran d Hotel, $40,000; Windsor Hotel, $25,000; Hyde block, $75,000; Washington block, $65,000; Cannon block ,$20,000; Crescent block, $36,000; Moore block, $30,000; First National Bank block, $25,000; Wolverton block, $25,000; Frankfort block, $125,000. Snell block, $75,000. A GRAPHIC ACCOUNT. Special Picture of the Grea Con flagration—It Horrors and Voracity—A City De stroyed in 3 Hours Spokane Falls, ^August 5, 2 p. m.— [Special ]—The entire business portion of the city was[destroyed by fire last night. Twenty-fivejblocks were reduced to ashes. The estimated ]loss is ^fourteen millions. The fire started at seven o'clock p. m. in a lodging house k on Railroad avenue. The fire department were on the scene quickly' but owing to A LACK OF WATER the fire qnickly spread to an adjoining frame building and was soon beyond con trol. The flames jumped across the street to the Russ Honse and the Pacific Hotel. By this time a strong wind sprang np and it was evident the city was doomed. The fire spread with fearfnl rapidity. The fire men were powerless. Attempts were made to check the fire by blowing np bnildings in its]path, bnt it was useless. From the Pacific Hotel the fire jumped across First street to frame buildings in the next block. Soon it reached the heart of the city. A block of two story brick bnildings on Riv erside avenue next went. From here the fire communicated to the beautiful Hyde block, a four story bnilding, taking in the whole block between Mill and Howard streets on the Riverside. The fire leaped across Howard and in a few minutes the block between Howard and Stevens was REDUCED TO ASHES. The next tosnccumb was the large Tall block. From there sweeping the solid brick block adjoining the postoffice be tween there and Washington street. Here the fire burned ont from lack of material. From the point of beginning the fire took another direction, leaping across Spragne street to the opera honse block. From it the flames leaped across Riverside avenne.to Brown's bank. Then both sides of the avenue were in flames. The block between Post and Mill was qnickly licked np, including the Grand Hotel. From here the fire com ma nicated to the adjoining block on the right Here was the Frankfort block, the largest bnilding in the city, which cost $250,000. It withstood the fire for some time, bnt finally succumbed. The Arlington hotel was the next to go. The bnilding was soon enveloped in flames when A MAN WAS SEEN to |jomp from the second story. He arose and started to rnn down Howard street when he was overcome by the heat and fell. Several people, including your correspondent, rushed to his assistance and carried him to a place of safety. He was a pitiable sight, being literally roasted, his skin ! peeling off all over his body. His name is Charles Davis. He cannot live. From the Arlington the fire traveled north]^and consumed the block between Howard, Main, Front and Stevens streets, burning east as far as the latter street where vacant lots checked farther progress in that direction. WHAT BURNED. Everything in a northerly direction, in cluding the Northern Pacific Express, Union block and Windsor Hotel, was soon a mass of flames. The river prevent ed the fire doing farther damage and was the means of saving the big flouring and lumber mills. By this time in the short space of three hours, the fire bad consumed everything in its path, reducing to ashes the entire business portion of the once beautiful city. The only business block left standing is the Crescent bnild ing which was saved by means of tearing down the intervening bnildings. Owing to the rapidity with which the fire spread scarcely anything was saved. PROVISIONS ARE SCARCE and will last only a short time. The city council met this morning and ap pointed a committee on relief. Provisions will be sent for and and the needy eupplied free. THE WATER SUPPLY. The City Superintendent of Water Works was "roasted" by the Council for neglecting his duty, being away at the time of the fire. The big pnmps were not connected, and at the time of the fire there was scarcely any pressure. Had there been the fire could have been easily gotten under control. The militia is oat and in force and all persons without passes are forbidden in the burnt district. Five ont of the seven banks are doing business to-day in the Crescent block. Everybody wears a cheer ful air and bear their losses bravely. Many bnsineaa men have already signified their intention to rebuild. Charles Davis, of Billings, Mont., died at noon. San Francisco, August 5.—The proper ty loss by the Spokane fire is estimated at $6,000,000 by the Coast Review, the insur ance journal published here. The same paper estimates the total insurance at $2,339,300. Spokane Falls, W. T., August 6.— The loss by Sunday night's fire will not fall short of $10,000,000; insurance about one fourth of that amount. The banks have obtained temporary quarters and several are already opened for business. The work of cleaning away the debris has already commenced and the work of rebuilding will be commenced at once. The firemen are blowing down the danger ous walls and a militia company is guard ing the burnt district, while mounted police patrol the entire city. The military compaoy will be reinforced by a company from Walla Walla to day. The city culled a meeting to-night and discussed a resolution prohibiting the erection of wooden bnildings in the burned district and a mass meeting of citizens sus tained it unanimously. It will be passed at a regular meeting Wednesday evening. The Council passed a resolution revoking the licenses of all hotels, restaurants and dealers in provisions that advanced their prices. Only two saloons remain and they have been closed by order of the mayor. The council ordered the commit tee on fire, water and sewers to investigate the canse of the absence of the superintend ent of the water works, as the men left in charge were incompetent. A hopeful feeling prevails and although the destruction will re tard the progress of the city for some time, it is impossible that the re sources and stability so well established can be blotted out. The city will rise again grander and better than before and will still claim its position as the commer cial and railway centre of Eastern Wash ington. So certain do we feel that the water sup ply for irrigation must ultimately be pro vided by the State or by the incorporation of land districts in which all the lands shall be bonded to seenre the supply and be aeaessed rateably to pay interest and cost of maintainance, that we think it poor policy to encourage the formation of corpo rations simply for the construction of canals and the 6ale of water. It will breed continual conflict and dissatisfaction. Hence we wonld not favor exemption of such irrigation companies. We need the irrigation and should do everything to en courage it when conducted on sound public principles. Where such works are owned by the State or land companies, using the water only for the benefit of the lands in the district, and when the lands are taxe d, there should be no tax at all on the irriga tion works. It is simply killing the gooee that lays the golden eggs. Some will say that public corporations cannot construct or manage irrigation works as cheaply or efficiently as individuals or private corpo rations. Possibly this may be so, bnt they can get the means more cheaply and their administration woald be more satisfactory to all. On any other basis than that the land shall own and control the water, there will be perpetual warfare and it can not be avoided. Our readers have doubtless all heard something of the new English dictionary that is being prepared under the auspices of the Philological Society of Great Bri tain. James A. H. Murray, formerly presi dent of that society, is the editor. Mr. Frank Jones, of onr city, has the five volâmes published, and has kindly given ns a chance to inspect the work. Each volume contains about 350 pages, and when completed there will be fifty or more volâmes, and at the present rate it will take about fifty years to complete the work. The price of the volâmes is $3.25 each. _ Upper River Navigation. The "Baby Josephine," a small govern ment steamer bnilt at the month of the Marias, is doing duty on the Missouri in carrying supplies, mail, etc., between Ben ton and points on the dredging work below that city. HANDS UP ! Train Robbers Plunder the Passengers of a Sleeping Oar. A Plucky Conductor Pounds the High waymen Over the Head and Puts Them to Flight. TRAIN ROBBERY. The Plunderers Put to Flight. Kansas City, August 4.—"Hold np your hands !" was the command that astonished the passengers of the St. Paul "sleeper," attached to the rear of the Wabash evening express as it polled ont of Harlem at 8 o'clock last evening. The command was spoken by one of two armed men, whose faces were concealed behind handkerchiefs and who had entered the rear of the coach. Hands went up. There were seven people in the coach, five passen gers and the sleeping car conductor and porter. Of the passengers one was a lady. At the first command her face was blanched with fear. Her hands went np for a mo ment and then fell listlessly into her lap. She had f inted "I guess they won't bother us," remarked one of the robbers, and, satisfied that no resistance would be offered, they commenced their work of plunder. One man "went through" the passengers, one by one, while the other, with his revolver in his extended hand, kept a watchful lookont for signs of oppo sition. In this way the plunderer secured all the booty he conld in his haste, and when it was all over and the robbers had escaped they found they had been relieved of $175 in cash and two gold watches. The train left Kansas City at 8:20 o'clock last night. W hen the train reached the Missouri river bridge two men were seen to get off the forward end of the baggage car and disappear behind a lumber pile. The train hands thought they were tramps who had stolen a ride from Kansas City and paid no attention to the incident. They are now convinced that they were the robbers and that they caught the rear end of the last sleeper as it passed the lum ber pile. Just as the train palled out of Harlem, the robbers entered the car and went through the passengers as described. It was evidently their intention to rob the passengers in all coaches, "working" the train from the rear, for as they left the St. Panl sleeper they again cautioned the pas sengers to not give an alarm under the pen alty of'being shot "by the man on the plat form." Leaving the St. Panl coach they started for the next one ahead. On the platform they met the conductor of the train, John Roach, and the robbers pushed a revolver under his nose and ordered him to hold np his hands. The conductor supposed from the nature of the disguises that a number of railroad men, who had taken passage on the train, were playing a practical joke on him, and with a laugh he attempted to pass them and enter the sleeper. Jnst then a gust of wind swept the masks of the rob bers aside, and then he knew the affair was one of dead earnest. He had no weapon, bnt he carried his lantern in his hand, and with that he dealt one of the men a vicions blow on the head. Simultaneously with his assault the other robber fired a shot at him, bnt the aim was bad and the ballet missed its mark. The first robber had by this time recovered himself, and he, too, took a shot at the coodnctor. His aim was no more precise than his partner. The robbers then, with one more parting shot, swung off from the Bteps of the car. As they did so the conductor hnrled his lan tern after them, determined to have the last "tag" on them. The train was run ning twenty-five miles an hoar. Conductor Roach swung oat beyond the side of the car and saw the robbers arise and make away with all haste for the road that leads to Kansas City, that was the last seen of them. In the meantime the passengers in the slaeper had been so completely terrorized that they did not regain their senses until they heard firing on the platform, then one of them palled the cord that connected with the air brake aDd the train came to a standstill about a mile from the place where the robbers jumped off. A special agent of the Wabash road who was on the train ordered the engineer to ran to Randolph, a few miles ahead, and there uncouple the engine and ran it back to Harlem where a posse was organized and Btarted oat at once. Gnards were sta tioned at the approaches of the bridge to prevent their entrance into Kansas City. The police of the neighboring towns were also warned. The robbers are described as rather yonthfnl, not over 20 or 23 years of age, of slight bnild and dressed some thing like farmers. No one saw their faces bnt the conductor, and by the dim light of his lantern he received no definite impres sion of their faces. The sheriff's posse returned this morn ing after an almost fruitless search for the robbers. They sncceeded in tracing the men to a farm honse, where it is known they stole a horse from a farmer named Evans. Tracks of an animal were traced to a bend in the river, where footprints in the sand Bhow that two men dismounted. At this place all trace of the bandits was lost. It is likely they crossed the river and boarded a train for Leavenworth on the Kansas City & Northern road and es caped by that means to Leavenworth and thence to some point in Nebraska. Two of the passengers in the sleeper were Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Denham, of this city. The Wire Law in Effect. Philadelphia, August 1.—| Special.]— Toe bill passed by the legislature last win ter, prohibiting companies suspending electric wires in citiee of over 30,000 popu lation, went into effect to day. The com panies interested having failed to convince the legislature, notwithstanding their un ceasing efforts to do so, that the measure was impracticable, will now appeal to the supreme coart in the hope that it will be declared nnconstitntional. A TRAIN ROBBERY. Texas the Scene of Another Highway man Raid. Fort Worth, Texas, August 5.—Six masked men stopped the Fort Worth and Denver mail and express, south bound, be tween the Cheyenne water tank and Sascosa early yesterday morning. Three men got on the locomotive and compelled the engineer to pnll away from the passen ger coaches, which had been detached by the robbers, and left ander gnard of the other three. Afier going a mile they com pelled the engineer to leave the locomotive and bring a pick to force open the door of the express car. Express messenger March, seeing what was np, barricaded his doors and secreted all the express packages bnt three, after which he let the robbers in ander the threat of being shot. They took the three packages and then compelled the mail agent to open the door of his car. He had hidden all his registered matter, bnt one letter, ander a sack. The robbers got the one package and then opened and scat tered the contents of the mail poaches on the floor. After doing this work they or dered the engineer to pall ont. When they were gone the authorities in several neigh boring counties were notified and are in pursuit. It is said that the total amount stolen is less than $2,000. The robbers fired thirty-five shots into the mail and express cars. The passengers were greatly frightened bnt none of them were molested in any way. Escape of the Black Diamond. Ottawa, Angnst 4.—The government has not received any report regarding the escape of the Black Diamond from the United States authorities. News of her escape was given to the cabinet ministers to night. The news has given great satis faction here, bnt members of the govern ment declined to express an opinion. Mr. Rowell, Minister ol Customs, has tele graphed for particulars. Victoria, B. C., Angnst 4.—There is great excitement here. The schooner Black Diamond arrived last evening irom Behring Sea. The particulars of the seizure by the American revenue cutter are as follows : "On July 11th we got in a catch of fifty three seals. At 1 p. m. we sighted the revenue entter Rush. She came up to ns and ordered us to heave to; we did so. The chief officer came aboard and demanded onr papers. We refused to give them to him, and he then got a screw-driver and screwed off the hinges on the locks in the cabin, took the papers, 105 seal skins, all the Indian spears and ten bags of salt. He then pat John Halkins, an able seaman, aboard with instructions to us not to in interfere with the sailing master. As soon as the Rash was lost to sight a southwest coarse was steered right for Victoria. Halkins, from the start, saw it was impos sible to attempt to take charge of affairs in his own bands, and consequently lay in his bunJl nearly the whole time, not attempt ing to interfere." John Halkings, tho American seaman» says he was treated kindly by everybody. When he was pat aboard the steamer he said to the officers: "Instead of taking her to Sitka, you may go to Victoria" They did not answer him. Washington, Angnst 4.—The pub lished report of the arrival at Victoria, B. C., of the sealer Black Diamond, wbich had been seized by the revenue cotter Rush for illegal sealing in Behring Sea and pat in charge of seamen, caused little sur prise here. So far there has been no official information received on the subject from any quarter. Assistant Secretary Wharton, who is acting Secretary of State, received his first intimation of the arrival of the steamer through newspaper repre sentatives, and said he had no information on the subject. Ottawa, Ont., Angnst 5.—The govern ment has not yet received any report re garding the escape of the Black Diamond. It is likely that no official cognizance of the affair will be taken The seizure is re garded in official circles as a genuine one. The escape of the schooner is not likely to complicate matters. Officials here express themselves as ignorant of the alleged de parture of British war vessels for Behring Sea. Burke Extradited. Winnipeg, Angnst 4.—Chief Hnbbard, of Chicago, accompanied by three officers, left this morning for Chicago with Martin Bnrke, the extradited suspect. They ex pect to reach Chicago late Monday night. St. Paul, Angnst 4.—A Pioneer Press special from Fargo, Dakota, says: Burke, the suspect, passed through here this even ing in charge of Chicago officers. Owing to many rumors that a rescue wonld be attempted, the officers had Bnrke's legs chained to a seat with irons and his hands handcuffed on either side to an officer, and another Nifficer sat constantly in front watching him. Disastrous Storm. Evansville, Ind., Angnst 4.—A severe storm swept across the river near Newbnrgh late to-night, doing great damage. A large chair factory in Newbnrgh was torn to pieces and several fine residences destroyed. It is reported that almost the entire town has been swept away, bnt this cannot be verified. The track of the storm is through a region in which few telegraph or tele phone wries penetrate and no particulars are yet obtainable. Fatal Boiler Explosion. Pittsburg, Angnst 4.—The explosion o a boiler near McKeesport, Pa., instantly killed the engineer, Louis Erb, and three others, John and Phillip Harvey and an unknown yonng man were badly scalded, and may not recover. Reported Steamer Wreck Confirmed. San Francisco, Angnst 1.—Chilian papers say a telegram has been received from Castro confirming the reported loss of the steamer Rapel. The Rapel was wrecked on Hamblin Island on the 20th of April Second Officer McLanghlin, Chief Engi neer Schneider, Pnrcer Elliot and eight of the crew were lost Captain Carnaf, two officers and three of the crew sncceeded in reaching Castro. The remainder of the crew remained on the island awaiting succor. LEAD ORE IMPORTS. Enforcement of the Tariff Law Demanded —The Utah Resolution. A CALL FOR ACTION. Resolution of the Ore Producers of Utah. Salt Lake City, Angnst 1.—The Ore Producers' association passed a resolution at its meeting to-night reciting that the duty on lead ores provided by law was evaded, and in 1888 50,000 tons of lead [in ores were brought into the country duty free; that still greater importations are threatened in 1889. The ruling which al lows this was opposed in 1888 without avail, but when the hearing was fixed for May 15th it awakened the hope that the new administration wonld remedy the wrong; that three months have passed without a decision and the importations continue, piling np a surplus of lead ores and lead which will for a long period de press prices; that many American mill hands are thrown ont of employment and that continued delay in deciding will be nearly as fatal to American mining as an adverse decision. They call on the Presi dent and Treasury Department for prompt and decisive action in the interest of min ing and to the advantage of the revenue. WATER THIEVES. Remonstrance of the Idaho Conveu tion. Boise City, Idaho, Angnst 2.—The con vention took cognizance of the attempts of speculators to seize Beir Lake, Bear River and other streams and reservoir basins, thus defeating the plans of the government in establishing storage reservoirs with a complete system of irrigation for redeem ing arid lands, and adopted a memorial to the Secretary of the Interior. The memo rial states factB showing how the objects of the government are being defeated by these speculator, and asks that steps be taken at once to prevent the people sf the Ten: tory from being robbed of these lands with valuable water rights, and also asks that Bear Lake be reserved for a storage basin and the lands around it be withdrawn from the market. Bear Lake is five by forty miles in extent and is considered a most magnificent basin. Fatal Railroad Accident. Cincinnati, July 31.—The fast passen ger train chat left Hamilton at 7 o'clock to-night, going west, collided with a freight train, east bound, two miles east of Oxford. The place is remote from a telegraph sta tion and definite news is hard to obtain. It is known, however, that there was a bad smashnp. Fireman Lee and baggage mas ter Fields were both killed outright. A. M. Dady is dying and engineer Dougherty and fireman Brernan are severely hurt. Seven of the injured one? were brought to Hamilton by the relief train late to-night. It is believed that the number that were killed and injured will not be greater than fifteeen. of a A WILD ENGINE. P. M. G. Whii« maker in a Collision. Philadelphia, August 5.—A passenger train cn the North Pennsylvania branch of the E -ding railroad was run into by a "wild" comotive this morning and several passen^ srs were slightly injured. Post master General Wanamaker was in the rear car of the train engaged in conversa tion with a friend. Both gentlemen were thrown out of their seats and shaken ap to a considerable extent, but sustained no injury. The engineer of the "wild" loco motive states that the valves and throttle of his engine wonld not work and he was powerless to avoid the collision. BOORING WATERS The James Hiver on the Rampage. Richmond, August 1.—The James river is seventeen feet above the ordinary low water mark and is rising four inches per hour. Tne wharves at Rockets are all under water, and the adjacent streets, houses, cellars and gas works are inun dated. A number of business houses had to suspend trade and move their effects in consequence of Schack creek backing np water from the river and overflowing their premises. It is still raining, and the indi cations point to a freshet equal to the greatest for years. Change in Newspaper Management. Chicago, July 31.— The Chicago Daily News says that the affairs of the Times which has recently been the subject of a good deal of newspaper comment, un derwent another change this afternoon. Joseph Dnnlap has taken entire charge of the editorial and news departments of the paper, his occupancy of that position sig nalizing a complete route of J. J. West's interest in the paper. Mr. Dnnlap has for the last two years represented the in terest of Mrs. Story, widow of the late edi tor of the Times, and the West management became such that he no longer cared to be associated with it and he resigned from the paper. Messrs. Hniskamp and others who are largely interested in the paper tendered Dnnlap the editorial direction of the Times and he assumes the duties of the place to day. He is a newspaper man of wide ex perience. Mrs. John C. Eckles, formerly ol the Associated Press, has been appointed city editor. Pension Investigation. Washington, July 31.— The committee recently appointed by Secretary Noble to investigate the alleged illegal rnlings on pensions by the pension bureau have com' pleted the first week ol its labors, and a report will probably be made next week to Stcretary Noble. This is learned from parties believed to have knowledge : That dnring December last, ander Commissioner Black's administrant», there were found about 1,500 re-issnes of pensions, and dor ing the month of May, ander Commis sioner Tanner's administration. 1,800 re issnes. These re-issnes cover all classes and include all cases of re rating, which average from three to five per cent, of the whole number of re-issne It is stated that the re-ratings will probably not aver age more than $2 to $4 per nrnth, bnt arrears in many cases were carried hack to the original application, some of them as far back as 1865. It is confidently assert ed that the committee discovered nothing whatever of a sensational character. Three Drowned. Pittsburg, Angnst 5.— Pierce Simmons aged 24, and two boys, Willie SimmonB and Eddie Deplore, aged respectively 12 and 9, were drowned in the Monongabela river this afternoon. A T OLYMPIA. What the Convention Did Yesterday. Olympia, W. T., July 31.—The preamble was adopted this morniDg as amended, re citing .- "We, the people of the State of Washington, thanking the Supreme Being of the universe for our liberties, do ordaiD," etc. The report of the committee on in debtedness was taken up and the clause limiting the debt of cities, towns and counties and school districts was limited to li per cent, of assessed property only on a three-fifihs vote of the people. A hard fight is being made over the section forbid ding the granting of subsidies and much opposition to it prevails. Olympia, August 1.—Two important committee reports were handed in to day. One provided that the water of every stream shall be tree for the use of the peo ple. When the supply is not sufficient for all purposes, it shall first be used for do mestic purposes then agricultural, and lastly for manufacturing. The right to run ditches, flames and sluices for agricultnral or min ing purposes is guaranteed on payment for private property taken. The other report was from the land committee, and declares that all public lands are held by the State for the people and shall never be disposed of, except for value paid. The right of na\igation over tide lands is guaranteed. Public lands are to he sold only at auction to the highest bidder, at not less than their appraised vaine and no more than one third shall be sold before 1895 and not more than two-thirds before 1900. Lands within corporate limits of a city or town or within a mile of their limits, worth not less than $200 per acre, shall be divided into blocks of not more than five acre« each, only ooe block being sold at one time. Timber on land must be sold at its full appraised vaine. The minority report recommends that persons occupying school lands shall have prior right of purchase. The clause of the report of the committee on corporations forbidding con :ties to grant subsidies was adopted to day after vigorous debate. Oly'MPIA, August 2.—The section in the article on corporations, requiring foreign corporations doing business here to have hooks in this State with a complete record of business transactions open to inspection, was defeated this afternoon by a large vote. Another section providing for an elective ooard of railway commissioners, who shall have absolute control of all trans portation, was the subject of an animated debate, and it appears now likely that it will be defeated, as petitions from many boards of trade and city councils are pour ing in agaiDSt it. A number of other sec tions in the article on corporations were adopted. The State is forbidden to loan its credit or own any corporation stock. The section on banking is said to be almost an exact counterpart ot the Federal law on the subject. In the part relative to rail roads the section was amended practically the same as the Inter State long and short haul clause. Olympia, W. T., August 5.—The com mittee on amendments to day presented a report that amendments to the constitution shall be adopted when passed by a two thirds vote ot the legislature and ratified by a majority vote of the people. An article on prohibition was passed which is to be submitted to a vote of the people. It forbids the manufactnre or sale of liquor except for medicinal, scientific or sacramental purposes. The vote on it was 51 to 11. The report of the committee on revenue limits State taxation to three mills on the dollar, the amount of any mortgage to property to be taken from the assessed value. The report of the legislative committee provides that the lower honse shall have not less than 63 nor more than 99 mem bers, and the senate to have from one third to one-half that number, the first legislature to have 35 senators and 70 mem bers of the house. Aliens are forbidden to bold any property bnt mines, and corpora tions, the majority of whose stock is held by aliens, come under the same prescrip tion. Convict labor, except on public works, is forbidden after January, 1890 In the afternoon an article establishing a railroad commission was defeated, al though power was given the legislature to create one if desired. A section was adopted forbidding any railroad company giving a greater privi lege to one telegraph company than an other, or refusing to grant a right of way for the construction of telegraph wires along the road, and also obliging telegraph companies to receive business offered by another company, the same as other public carriers. Monopolies or traste are defined and stroDgly forbidden. Bismarck Convention. Bismarck, July 31.—The report of the committee on the elective franchise was considered again to day, and the woman suffrage question came np also. The ad vocates ot the latter have asked that the legislature be given power to extend suf frage to women, aDd it was upon this point that the debate hinged. Several del egates insisted on having the question set tled by a vote of the people. The conven tion agreed to give the legislature power to this extent. Bismarck, Angnst 1 —In the convention to day, on the proposed adoption of the re port of the committee of the whole giving the legislature the power to extend the right of suffrage to women, an amendment was adopted that finch action by the legis lature mast be ratified by a vote of the people. The suffragists are despondent again. Bismarck, N. D., Aug 2.—The principal fight in the convention to-day was over the proposition to give every organized county a representative in the legislators. This was opposed by many as giving sparsely settled western portions of the territory more power in the legislators than they are entitled to. The weetern men were de feated. The convention decided npon hav ing members of the honse of representatives elected at large from senatorial districts. Bismarck, S. D., Angnst 5.—The night session of the constitutional convention was passed in discussion of the proposition giving the legislature power to fix passen ger and freight rates and to regulate charges on sleeping cars, express, telephone and telegraph companies. The committee of the whole adopted the proposition, but before the convention finally adopts the article another strong effort will be made to amend it. The only business transacted this after noon was a meeting to hear the Senate Commission oc Irrigation and Reclamation ot Laudä. The convention was addressed by Senator Stewart, of Nevada, who, at the close of his remarks on irrigation, took occa-ion to get iD his best licks on the sil ver question. He was followed by Senator Reagan, of Texas, and Major Powell, of the United States Geological Survey. An DDpleasant sensation was occasioned by Delegate Johnson, of Nelson ooanty, bearing on the remarks of Senators Reagan and Stewart on the silver question. Johnson arose at the close of Reagan's speech and said if he read history right, the Senator from Texas was in Jefferson Davis' cabinet when the war debt was be ing made. At this point Delegate Parcel! arose to inqnire whether or not Johnson intended to insnit Senator Reagan. Immediately following this query Mathews, of Grand Forks, moved to ad journ, which motion prevailed by a unani mous vote, and the convention adjoarned with Johnson still on the floor.