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(Successor to the New Era Established 1983, Consolidated June 1, 1897.) VOLUME II. MENA, ARK., WEDNESDAY, December 22, 1897. NUMBER xg. “the fire fiend. The Auditorium Hotel and Theater at Kansas City Burned. THE FIREMEN GET RATTLED Some (locate at the Hotel Loae Their Kf fecta—Net Loea About 8200.000 and Inaurance on Building and Furniture 878,000. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 22.—At one o’clock this morning a man rushed into the Auditorium hotel from the street and told the night clerk that the build ing was afire. He had seen it from the street through one of the windows on the top floor. The night clerk turned in the alarm to the fire depart ment, but the flames had gained such headway and the fire service was so poor that little was done to save the building. When the sun came up this morning the Auditorium theater and hotel, from roof to cellar, was a smok ing pile of ice and ashes and crumbling walls. The fire destroyed entirely the beautiful building, one of the most perfectly appointed theaters in the United States. In the southeast corner cf the build inor inst. nnrinr t.h« wirninp wpre t.h# I servants’ quarters, and it was here that the fire started. No one knows its origin, but it is supposed that two electric wires became crossed and threw out little sparks which set aflame the furniture of one of the un occupied rooms. The fire must have begun before midnight. It smoldered for an hour, worming its way about the unoccupied room, devouring quietly the woodwork, the bedding and the furniture, gathering strength for the onslaught. In the street, six stories below, a man stood out in the snow and looked up at the window. A sudden tongue of flame darted along the window sill. The man rushed into the hotel office and told the night clerk of what he • had seen. The night clerk went out and lootced up at the window, then ran hastily back, turned in the alarm and set the bells and servants to work rousing the guests Through every corridor and hall of the big building the cry rang out, "T1 .re! Here! get up and save your ; goods!” A few guests were aroused instantly. They put on their clothes and rushed out into the halls. They did not lose their senses, but set about rousing the guests. Women, children and men scrambled out of bed and rushed to the door at the knock and the warning cry, but were told to take their time about dressing, as the dan ger was not immediate. At the first alarm hose company No. 5 rushed down the dark street at a gal lop, the horses slipping on the icy pavement. By this time the whole neighborhood was aroused with the rush of the heavy wagons, the sound ing of the gongs and the shouts of the people in the street. A second and third alarm were turned in and every fire department in the city was sum moned to the burning building. The little flame goblins melted to gether, and then with a mighty up heaval raised themselves through the roof and Hashed out a spinning column oi name 30 feet in the night air. it was the signal that the fire had won, that the building was conquered. There was no hope for it after that. My this time the firemen had set tc work on the south side of the build ing, and with hose and water towei were driving the flames not from the inside of the building outward, bul from the theater straight toward the hotel, which was not yet aflame. Firemen came in the hotel office anel the parlor and tolel the guests thal they need have no fear, as the build ing would soon be saved. They did not seem to realize the extent of tht tire. When they did realize it they lost their senses anil rushed frantical ly about, without direction or control. They swarmed up and down the steps in the smoke anil dark ness, shouting and screaming or ders that no one heeded or under stood. They stamped and raved like mad men at times, and when guests who knew the hotel told them where the fire could be got at best, they told them to mind their own affairs and the firemen woulel take care of the build ing. The guests in the hotel numbered 125 ami many of them lost their effects. The insurance on the building amounts to $70,000 and on the hotel furniture and fixtures to $8,000. The net loss was about $200,000. WAR ON CHRISTIAN SCIENCE. 1’rotestant Ministers of Lincoln, Neb., II»v« Organized to Wage a Vigorous Crusade. Lincoln, Neb., Dec. 22.—Lincolt ministers have begun a vigorous cru sade against the Christian Scientists, who have become so numerous anc I prosperous here that they have just bought a $20,000 building that a Prot estaut denomination had sold over it* head. The crusade takes the form oi castigatiou from the pulpit, torrethei w *h social osira • o. O’ • -i *»ist - . ... --- Sunday called upon God to “smite these bloody slayers of innocent chil dren” and arraigned them as teachers of deception, as crushers out of human tenderness, as the deadly enemy of the Christian church. He denounced them as offsprings of wedded false hood and atheism and as creeping into the Christian churches for the purpose of disorganizing them and gaining converts. _ (1AOK BILL NOT FAVORED. American Federation of Labor Denounce! the Meanore—Pontal 8aviugn Indorsed. Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 22.—When the Federation of Labor met yester day a resolution relative to legislation on the postal savings bank system was laid before the convention by the com mittee on resolutions. The resolution indorses the bill pending before con gress favoring the establishment of postal savings banks, with the clause relative to the national banks stricken out. The resolution was adopted. A strong discussion over the resolu tion reported favorably by the com mittee, indorsing independent politi cal action and declaring against in junctions, was participated in by Mc Guire, the author of the resolution; Kreft, Yarnell and Brennock, and af ter defeating an amendment offered by Kreft, the resolution was adopted, i The resolution in regard to the free j coinage of silver at sixteen to one was taken up and a substitute on the Gage bill was adopted as follows: Resolved, That we declare ourselves most positively opposed to the Gage financial bill, recently Introduced In congress by the secre tary of the treasury. It is a measure that, if adopted as a law, will only all the more firmly j rivet the gold standard on the people of the | country and perpetuate its disastrous effects in j every form. Resolved. That, we pronounce the Gage hill I an undisguised effort to retire our greenback ' currency and all government paper money ; with a view to the substitution of national I bank notes in their stead, and thus fasten the national bank system for years upon the Amer ican people. _ _ YOUNG LUETGERT CONFESSES. Son of the Accused Sausage-Maker Admits That lie Forged Notes. Chicago, Dec. 22.—Arnold C. Luei S gert admits that he forged a name to i notes amounting to $4,750, turned i them over to Attorney Vincent, and victimized others to the extent of over $1,000. Arnold Luetgert is the son of Adolph D. Luetgert, now on trial charged with murdering his wife, and Attorney Vincent was the chief coun sel of the sausage-maker during his i trial. The lawyer withdrew from the | case when he realized that he had been i deceived, and said that the young man had told him of having forged indorsements on three notes and de posited them with him to secure his fee in the murder case, and Luetgert himself, in the presence of witnesses, i corroborated the story. A TRAITOR REWARDED. ■ Hetrayer of Gen. Maceo Appointed Mayor of a Town tu Havana Province. Havana. Dec. 22. —Dr. Zertucha, who was the physician of the late Gen. Antonio Maceo, has been appointed mayor of Hejucal, this province. Zer tucha has belonged, in his day, to all ai__i:a: — i __4.:_ a*. | l II v poll kl VUi 1 VIVU SU VH>1 * M. V VU VF time he was. a bandit in the Vuelta Abajo and his record was very dis creditable. At the time the fa mous Cuban commander was killed, Zertuclia was charged with lead ing him and his party into the fatal ambush. After the killing of Maceo, the dishonored physician was allowed to go free by the Spaniards, and it was said, and generally be lieved, that his pockets were well lined with Spanish gold. CELLULOID COMBS EXPLODE. Unusual Accident in Which Several Are In jured and a Car Wrecked. New York, Dec. 22.—Two pasteboard boxes filled with celluloid combs came in contact with steam pipes of a car on the Sixth Avenue Elevated railway yesterday and exploded with great force, while the train was standing at a station. Two men were hurt by the explosion and three women fainted. There was a panic on the car, but the fact that when the accidenj occurred the train was stationary and the gates open operated to avoid disastrous re sults. The ear was wrecked. To Aid Needy Jew*. Albany, N. Y., Dec. 22.—A certificate of incorporation was filed yesterday with the secretary of state by “The American Congregation, the Pride of Jerusalem.” The object is to aid and assist indigent and needy Jews of all nationalities resident in Jerusalem and Palestine, by means of dues, dona tions and collections. Places tor Westerner*. Washington, Dec. 22.—Mary F. Sterns, Dorothea J. Holt and Florence E. Gray, of Kansas City. Mo., have been appointed as assistant tnicro scopists under the civil service. Horace Ernest Crosby, of Kansas City. Kan., and E. Howell, of Maryville, Mo., have been appointed railway mail clerks. An Ex->i»><>r in Trouble. Guthrie, Ok., Dec. 22.—Phillip Levt on, constable of Mulhail township a u former mavorof the t-1 wn of Mulhail and a prominent politician, was ai r sl ed on two charges, ont o! ourglury and ih - other of larceny. A FATAL LEAP, j The Daughter of Ex-Secretary Herbert Commits Suicide. PULLMAN’S NARROW ESCAPE A Brother of the Late Sleeping Car Mag nate Jumps for a Train—Hen. A. B. Campbell a Suicide—Skaters Drowned—A Collision. Washington, Dec. 22.—Miss Leila Herbert, the only unmarried daughter of ex-Secretary of the Navy Hilary A. Herbert, who presided over his house during the last Cleveland administra tion, committed suicide this morning by jumping from a third-story window at her residence. Miss Herbert bad been ill since last September as a re sult of a fall from her horse in the country near Washington, and was re cently put in the care of a nurse. She had been suffering from melancholia as a result of the accident, which promised to make her a cripple for life. She was very popular in Wash ington and was an especial favorite of M rs. Cleveland’s. Rpv. Dr. I’ullman’a Marrow Kacape. Lynn, Mass., Dec. 22.—Rev. Dr. J. M. Pullman, brother of the late George M. Pullman, of Chicago, entered the Dos Ion & Maine railroad station last night just as the Rockport express was pulling out and jumped for it, but lost i Viic Knl nnno nuA frail Lunoo f Vi ♦ V» n of or» rolling on to the track. A young man saw him fall, and, grabbing him by the leg, pulled him off the track just as the wheels grazed his shoulders. The doctor was very much shaken up. llis only comment on his escape was: “I am old enough to have known better. 1 thank God that I learned better be fore it was too late.” «»eu. A. B. Campbell a Suicide. Chicago, Dec. 22.—Gen. A. 11. Camp bell. ex-adjutant general and ex-chap lain of the state’s prison of Kansas, for year . o..a of the most noted republican orators and lawyers of that state, com mitted suicide in a Clark street hotel last night by taking morphine. He left :: letter to the coroner and a will bequeathing his few valuables to rela tives. He had been in the hotel for a ! week, having registered there as from Santa Monica. Cal., at which place he formerly lived and where he recently i attempted suicide.-V, six Skater* tfrowhed. Tonawanpa. N. V., Dec. 22. — Last night on Ellieott creek the ice gave way under four young people and VV. A. Newman, aged 19; Miss Rose New man, aged 10, :md Michael Coleman, aged 20, were drowned. Miss Lizzie Coleman was rescued just in time. At Gardner, Mass., Leda Charland, aged I 13; George Morin, aged 15, and Frank | Waterman, aged 18, were drowned i yesterday while skating on thin ice. I- urgetfulmw Chuif* si Colllwion. Marsiiau., Mich., Dec. 22.—An extra | freight train of ten empty coal cars collided with a westbound passenger train on the Detroit, Toledo & Mil- j ___ dir:i_ ville. Both locomotives and the freight cars were wrecked. Five trainmen were injured. The engineer of the ; freight admits that he forgot his or ders. _ WILL ASK FOR HER DOWER. Mr*. George M. Pullman to Make Her Sons Millionaire* Despite the Will. I Chicago, Dee. 32.—Mrs. l'ullman, widow of the late multimillionaire, | : Inis decided not to abide by the will, | , but to insist on her dower. By the j ' will she would receive $50,000 cash, the • \ homestead here and the income during j her life from $1,750,000. ller dower en titles her to$3,000,000 in personalty and i a life interest in one-third of the realty, i These figures are based on a larger es | tirnate of the estate than announced i just after the death. Mrs. Pullman’s object is not to better ber own condi tion. but to make millionaires of her i sous, who would receive only fair in come's under the will. WEALTHY, YET IV WANT. t perty , Will Heroine :t Pab le. < h irge. Detroit, Mich.. Doc. 22.—Airs. Eliza beth O’Donnell, 73 years of age, although the owner of a homestead, three rented cottages and u valuable farm, has been reported to the poor commission as a proper subject for its care. Her cottages are occupied, but the tenants have paid no rent since last spring. There is a tenant on the farm, but he pays no rent. She says she was offered $45,000 for the farm last summer. She has no money. C ounty Clerk Churtreil with Libel. Anthony, Kan,, Dee. 22.—George Hamilton, county clerk of Harper county, was arrested on the charge of criminal libel ou complaints of District Judge McKay and State Senator Tit us. Explosion Spread Death. Evergreen, Ala., Dec. 22.—The boiler of the engine of the Bear Creek Milling company burst, killing three men instantly, fataliy injuring one other and woundiug three more. Afton, I. T ., Post Otline Robbed. A ETON, I. T., Dec. 23.—The post olilce here was entered bv burtrlars earlv this morning, the safe blown open and about 1350 in money and other valua bles taken._ OFF TO MEXICO. A Committee of Indiana Start to Inapeet Some Land In Oar Slater Republic. Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 33.— Dr. Vir gil L. Todd, coroner of Wyandotte county, has started for Mexico with a party representing a large syndicate controlling options on 4,500,000 acres of land in the state of Chihuahua. The party takes along a committee of 13 Indians, representing the five civilized tribes of the Indian territory, on a tour of inspection and observation through this great tract of land, with a view to selling it to the Indians as a new home. If the sale goes through there will be an exodus of Indians of the five tribes to Mexico. The Indians have long been discussing a change of location, and at a meeting of promi nent Indians at Antlers, I. T., a com mittee was appointed to select lands in Mexico. This committee and half a dozen other Indian leaders will be taken through the country by Dr. Todd’s party. The Indians have se lected as their leader in the new ven ture for independent statehood in Mexico Dew M. Wilson, the govern ment Indian agent at Kufaula, I. T. lie is a Tennesseean and was a confed erate ottioer. He will probehly accom pany the committee and Dr. Todd’s I-J _ ____________ ON THE INCKKASK. New York Sun Says More “Survivor*” Aro Drawing Pensions Than There Were Real Veteran*. New York, Dec. 23.—In a review of the operation of the pension bureau, the New York Sun stated, that there are more alleged survivors of the war of the rebellion actually drawing pen sions than were actual survivors of the struggle. The total of pensions on account of the war of the rebellion is, according to the report of the pen sion commissioner, 947,542, of which 65,809 are children and 27,559 are de pendent fathers, mothers, sisters or brothers. Deducting these from the total, there remain 854,114 survivors and widows drawing pensions, or 40, 745 more “survivors” and “widows” than there are actual survivors and widows, who, under any circumstances, could legally draw pensions. The pension rolls show that 733,527 persons are drawing pensions from the govern ment as the survivors of the \var of the rebellion. That is 0,405 more “sur vivors” are drawing pensions than there are actual survivors. No Inaugural Itall in Ohio. Columbus, O., Dec. 32.—Gov. Bush* nell, yielding to the tardy protests of an assisted conscience, has withdrawn a sanction given some time since, and there will be no ball to grace the sec ond inauguration. It is understood that many objections were received from rural lovers of democratic sim plicity and the governor thought it advisable to declare the proposition off. _ Will Ignore Protest* of Senators. New Y<mik, Dec. 22.—A special to tne iierara irom wasnington says: “The president has definitely deter mined to carry out his original pur pose in uomiuating Charles Page Bryan, of Illinois, to be minister to China. The president reached this de cision after giving consideration to the protests of Senators Frye, Wolcott and Teller.” Gov. Leedy's Heart Was Touched. Topeka, Kan., Dec. 22.—Gov. Leedy has pardoned John Bright, now in jail in Logan county for fighting, because the county commissioners represented that the county could not spare the money to pay for his board in jail. The governor was told that his county had nothing to feed him but katiir corn pancakes and fried jaekrabtyit. Sfldalia’8 Postmaster Loses Hi* Family. 8kdai.ia, Mo., Dec. 22.—In the cir cuit court here Judge Longau granted a divorce to Mrs. Katherine R. Ilart from V. P. Hart, postmaster of this place, on the ground of general indig nities. The custody of the children was also granted to the plaintiff. The divorced couple were married in Linn eountt', la., July 18, 1878. Tragedy at Maryville, Ho. Makyville, Mo., Dec. 22.—John F. Joyce, a retired farmer, shot twice and almost instantly killed R. C. Mont gomery, a real estate agent. The affair took place in the courthouse square, in the most public part of town and many persons saw it. Joyce accused the murdered man of intimacy with Mrs. Joyce. American Federation Convention Cloned. Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 22.—The American Federation of Labor ended its 17th annual session to-day. Thomas T. Kidd, of Chicago, was elected a fra ternal delegate to the Canadian labor congress. A Child 8cat(l«<i to Death. Vincennes, ind., Dec. 22. —A four year-old child of Albert Wittenmeyer, of Ernisou, met with a horrible death. It fell into a tub of boiling water, completely eooking the flesh from the bones. DAWES TREATY. The Ex-Senator Submits a Statement to the Congressional Committees. A NEW PURE FOOD MEASURE. Mr. Broslus Has Introduced a Hill with For mer Objectionable Features Omitted —No Holiday ltecexs Appoint ment* to He Made. Washington, Dec. 22,-Some inside history of the recent negotiations of the Dawes commission with the five tribes is given in the following state ment which ex-Senator Dawes, of the commission, has submitted to the In dian committees of congress as to the much-discussed Choctaw and Chicka saw treaty: This treaty was ratified by the Choctnw coun cil The Chick&saws prescribed ratification both by council and popular vote. It was rati fied by their council, but rejected by popular vote, so that the Choctaws pronounce they have rejected the treaty, I was unable to sign that agreement for two reasons One, that It made no provision for the Choctaw freedmen who claim to be citizens and under treaty entitled to -10 acres of land each. It excludes them by allotting all lands, so that, if their citizenship claims are sustained, there would be no lands for their 40 acres each. I thought there should be reserved from the allotment land enough to insure a competency for them if found to be so entitled, but there were so many more Impor tant points to be gained by the agreement that my colleagues thought they would fail in their duty if they did not sign it. Another reason—the commission was re quired to determine if the Mississippi Choc taws were not entitled to an equal share in the Choctaw lands under their treaty. With all land allotted they woo d have none left for j them if found to be entitled anil the United | States would be obligated to their support, j The Choctw?/ eommlsHioeers ere bound up with the Chickasaws and. while they have done all they could to carry out this treaty, the Chicka saws are on their back and they are quite a different people and there are influences there which would prevent the ratification bv the Chic asaws of any agreement that we would be willing to impose W- cannot do anything for th • Choctaws. But such legislation may be ogre d on this winter as will make this people see that it is hotter to sit down with some of their commissioners and arbitrate this matter by agreement. There is a more serious question that they h ive invited t’. O.oOt) or more white o pie there who are residents and not in trial • s- Never was ., territory organized in the United tales which had one-half as many white p ■ pie as iher-‘ - ml congress could never turn Its face away »rom an . noleant for recognition which contain .d KH) 000 whites. Yet here is a terri tory with over siO . 000 white people, with cities and towns without a mayor, without oon 0tables, without courts nil without law. VivrofOre. X believe that tills is a question which tne-t come up before congress :his win tor. I v. or to see that magnlll cut terri t -.>r r elevated out of the ••onditlon in which it uotv is into on 3 of the states of this union. A Nf.v i’ur<» I'.>ii0 Meisure. Washington. Dec. 82.— l iicrr aiv in :Ii”atiou.i of another struggle in eon ;;r.: ; over pure food bill. The Hon i. te iu the Fifty-Second congress passed what is known ns the Paddock-Hatch pnr • fool bill, and it was reported fa vorably to the house, but got no further. Mr. Bro.ius, of Pennsylva nia, has introduced a similar bill, but with the features that were objection able omitted. It is in line with the recommendations of those dealing in foods and seeking to deal with those who use adulterants. A special agent of the agricultural department has been in correspondence for months on this subject with persons interested in the matter, and has given to Mr. i Brosius much information that has j been incorporated in the measure. No Holiday Rcce»* Appointment*. Washington, Dee. 22. —No appoint ments will be made by the president during the holiday recess of congress : except in case of emergency. THE U A. W. j Missouri'* Support A*:*nd for to Elect !:ron;« !>. Gideon us I’restdent. St. Louis, Dec. 22. —Robert Holm, ex-chief consul of the Missouri divi ; sion, L. A. YV., was in receipt of a tele j gram yesterday from Sterling Elliott | asking for Missouri’s support in put j ting forth George D. Gideon, ex-chair man national racing board, as presi dent of the league at the coming na j tional assembly, which will convene in I St. Louis next February. Mr. Elliott j stated that Pennsylvania, the second strongest division in the L. A. YV., and Massachusetts would vote for Mr. Gideon. Mr. Holm had a conference with Chief Consul Lucas and Secre tary-Treasurer Rosen, of the Missouri division, and the outcome of it all was that a reply was sent to Mr. Elliott of fering Missouri’s support in the mat ter, provided that Pennsylvania and Massachusetts would vote for local op tion, the admittance of professionals to league membership and a St. Louis an being elected to the second vice presidency. Good Road* Convention. St. Charles, Mo., Dec. 23.—In re sponse to a call issued by County Road Commissioner George L. Anderson, a majority of the road overseers of St. Charles county met in convention at the city hall yesterday morning for the purpose of organizing a Good Roads and Public Improvement asso ciation. Mr. YV. H. Moore, of St. Louis, president of the State Good Roads and Improvement association, spoke for al most two hours on the subject of good roads and was listened to with the closest attention.