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C. E. Wlieclek1 reports: The aWftil
theatre disaster yesterday has stunned
'eVeryone and ct'eated an indisposition to
tteade on the floor. The news was strong
particularly that in relation to the win
ter wheat.5 The weather is clear today
Ktfith rio precipitation and Price Current
B^ys crop under snow in/eastern Illinois,
fwt mostly bare westward. Fields ap
pear brown to a considerable extent in
vjting sonic apprehension. Prevailing
belief is roots are sound. Foreign news
late in the session became a factor, Lon
don closing Zz to higher and Liver
pool higher and the local crowd turn
ed buyers. Press dispatches were not
reassuring in regard to the situation in
tfte Orient. While the bull interest is
the immediate factor, the legitimate
Situation is working daily into a strong
dp position. Estimated receipts for Sat
$ Brain and Sloek Brokers
Morton Blook, Fargo
... Chi6tf» BoaM ©f Track
Members Minneapolis Chamber
Grain and provision** bouptit and sold for
or on margin. Our private wire ser
vice with Chicago, Duluth and Mlnenapolla
markets furnishes the trade the quickest
and best medium for the prompt handling
of business from this vicinity. We speci
ally solicit out-of-town business.
DM. B18. NT
Write far DaHv Martnt UN*
lay wheat ... 88Vit
lw on trnek—
Cash No, 1 Hard ... 83VJc
Cash No. 1 Northern ^.... 82c
Cash No. 2 Northern 79VJc
Cash No. 3
Northern 76ftc
New to arrive—
Cash No. 1 hard 834c
Cash No, 1 Northern 82c
Cash No. 2 Northern ....... 79Wo
Cash No.
S Northern
Cash 1.00
May 1.03K
Jnly 1.04K
e o 8 1 4
/May .«« 84Hc-
Jiily 83ftc
,Kew No. 1 Hard 8476c
'.'|Iew No. 1 Northern. 83%c
...'Kew No. 2 Northern. 8094c
Kew No. 3
northern 75c
1 Northern to arrive .".C
2 Northern to arrivo .... ...... ..c
^Cash .904
M^....'.'.'.'.'.'.V.'.'.'.*.V.'.*V.V.V.V.V.'.'.U'. iIOIH
.. i IWOAOOl mynifintn .11,
Dec... 82c
May. 844c
_,#uly .ii... 79?»c
fttn 12.65
a y i n y i 1 8 0 2
No. 1 northern, new 74c
No. 2 northern, new 72c
*n. S northern, new 88c
Quotations on
at their values.
'a Main Office
Manhattan Bldg.,
^T. PAUL, Mlm.
0.8. hidos, No. 1 I'.i.... 6*£c to 7c
Qroeu hides, No. 1 r^c to 6c
Greeii frozen, No. 1 5StC to 6c
No. 2 hides lc less
No* 1.
Sheep pelts,
large butcher skins
40c to 75c
Badger $ ..ri0tol.2S
Red Fox 2.50 to 5.00
Mink, dark 1.50 to H.50
Mink, pale .7.') to 2.60
Otter, dark 7.00 to 12.00
Baccoon.. .v.1.00 to 1.50
Skunk .,30 to 1.50
Wolf, prnirie ,.75 to 2.00
Wolf, timberB.00to5.00
Wild Cat ....... .50 to 1.00
Fisher S.00 to 8.00
Lynx 3.00
to 10.00
Marten..!... 8.00 to 15.00
Muskrat, .. 7c to 11c
Muskrat Kits .. 2c to 3c
furs for strictly prime, well-
handled northern
goods. No.
and No.
furnished bv Bolles Bogen
Sell HIDES and PURS to
Get lull VaIum.
207 BROADWAY, Fargo.
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fought and sold for cash or carried on reason
able mnrgins, upon which a commission will be
|ltarged of 4 on grain on stocks and on flax
Private Wires.
ftrlte for our daily market letter and private
•Jh telegraph cipher—mailed free.
IMp Your Brain to Us
fc$ompt Returns. Best Facilities.
Liberal AdvanMs, Usoal Commissions.
Hrf* Qfflca—Front Basement Morton Block.
'Phone 700.
tarWRKWi »8taitM^l^H«M)Bnks
ont StiRVKB IS THtf BBflT.
Opt of Tun Raslnsps Bolieited.
SH1& s
as many as possible. No ladder was
available and the only method of assist
ance they were able to devise was to
hurriedly lash some planks together and
throw them across to the affrighted
women on the platforms with instruc
tions to place the end firmly on the iron
framework. Before this could be done a
frightful loss of time ensued, the women
were being pushed every instant into the
alley and by the time the bridge was
constructed but few remained to take
advantage of it. However, about two
dozen, it is believed by Mr. Elliott, made
their way across this narrow causeway.
The members of the theatrical com
pany, being on the first floor, had com
paratively little difficulty in reaching the
street, although their situation was for a
moment highly critical because of the
speed with which the flames swept
through the mass of scenery in the flies
and on the stage.
Eddie Foy, principal comedian in the
play, was one of the last to escape, by
getting out through a rear door after
assisting, the women members of the
company to safety. He went into the
Sherman House in his stage costume
and with his face covered with grease
paint in order to secure surgical attend
ance for some burns which he had sus
tained. In describing the commencement
of the fire Foy attributed the extent of
the catastrophe to the failure of the fire
proof curtain to work properly. Because
of this, he said, the flames readily ob
tained access to the main part of the
theatre and were by the draft carrying
with it gas as well as, fire, swept to the
two balconies where the loss of life
was greatest.
"The fire began in the fniddle of the
second act," said Mr. Foy. "An elec
tric wire broke, was grounded, and
from this the flames were started in
the rear of the stage. The stage is un
usually wide and there was so great a
draft the flames spread rapidly. They
soon had attacked all the scenery in
the rear of the house. I never believed
it possible for fire to spread so quickly.
When it first started I went to the
footlight to prevent alarming the aud
ience, said that there was a slight
blaze, and that it would be better for
all to leave quietly. Then I stepped
back and called for the asbestos cur
tain to be lowered. This when about
half way down, refused to go farther,
and thus an additional draft was creat
ed. This swept the flalnes out into the
auditornnn and I knew that the'theatre
was doomed. «I 4mfriepd back to the
stage and aided in getting the women
members of the company into the al-^
ley. Some of them were in their dres
sing rooms and were almost overcome
by smoke before they could get down
to the stage and to the doors. The
simple fact that the curtain did not de
scend entirely was what saved the lives
the company, although it caused
such a horrible catastrophe in the front
the house. After the curtain had
refused to descend, there came the ex
plosion of the gas tanks and with the
curtain down, all the fire and gas would
have been confined between the rear
wall of fhe theatre and the fireproof
curtain in front. Under these circum
stances it would not have been pos
sible for a single member of the com
pany to escape alive unless he or she
had been standing immediately in front
of the door leading into the alley. As
it was the draft carried all the gas and
fire out beneath the curtain and the
company was saved, although their sal
vation was the death, of so many poor
people in front."
Rarely in the history of Chcago have
its people been so stirred as by the
calamity of yesterday. It is, next to
the Chicago fire, the greatest catastro
phe that has ever occurred here, and
the speed with which it came-and went
seemed for a brief period to appal the
business section of the city. The. news
spread with great rapidity and in a
short time hundreds of men, women
and children were rushing toward the
theatre. The building in which the
calamity occurred stands midway be
tween State and Dearborn Streets on
the north side of Randolph Street. Al
though every available policeman with
in call of the department was immed
iately hurried to the spot and the men
placed in lines at the end of the block
allowing nobody to enter Randolph
Street from either Dearborn or State,
it was found for a time almost impos
sible to hold back the frenzied crowd,
that pressed forward, many of them
having friends or relatives in the thea
tre, and anxious to learn something of
them. The conduct of the police was
beyond all praise. The officers held
ther ground firmly and gently pushed
back all those who sought to gain an
entrance to the theatre, although in
some instances frantic men, anxious to
look for their loved ones,- actually beat
the officers with their fists in their
rage at being prevented.
In spite of the efftMW'Of-the police,
however, a large number of peopl suc
ceeded iiij)£jtaking through their lines
and entelSng. the theatr^, ^nd in many
cases did Jfcjfcoic work rescuing tbi
injtirfed and carrying 'oat the deadj,
Atnoftg these was Former Aldqrm&i
WOttmto H. Thompson,' "who tttrai'
carried to the street the bodies of eig
women. The first newspaper men u
the ground
the dead and
so full of smoftfe
»yed that. tfee
'A i:
out matiy-^
e builttfi
tfte Bret
There Are Fifty-Seven Unidentified
Girls—Mayor's Proclamations
Bushels of Relics.
"7". :£|.
Chicago/ free. ^ist
The scenes at the morgue beggar
Firemen have gathered uj five bwshel
baskets of purses, gloves and handker
chiefs found in the theatre. Several
barrels were''filled with shoes,, jackets,
opera glasses, etc.
women piled higher than either of their
heads.. AH.the lights ill the, theatre
were necessarily out and the ohly il
lumination came through the cloud of
smoke that hung between the interior
of the theatre and the street. The two
men imemdiately hurried to ]bbe floor
below and informed Chief Musham, of
the fire department, that the dead
bodies were piled high in the balcony
and prompt assistance mtisj be ren
dered if any of them were to be saved.
The chief at once called upon all of his
men in the vicinity to abandon work on
the fire and come at once to the res
cue. The building was so dark and the
smoke so thick that it was found im
possible to accomplish anything until
lights had been secured. Word was at
once sent to the Orr & Lockett Hard
ware Co., two doors east of the theatre,
and that firm at once placed its entire
stock of lanterns at the service of the
department. Over 200 lights were car
ried into the building and the -work of
rescue commenced.
i$fc tan-
identified girls was completed today in
the office of Chief O^Neill. The ages
of the victims range from 9 to 20 years.
The number in the list is fifty-seven.
For several the sole means of identi
fication given was the color of bits of
ribbon, shoe laces and generally men
tioned as black. Others were schedul
ed as "burned beyond description, no
Mayor Harrison returned immediate
ly from Kansas City when he heard of
the disaster. He said he would issue
a proclamation asking the cessation of
business Saturday, probably the day of
the funerals and that the usual, floise
of New Year's eve be given up. K-1-'
Up to noon despite the continuous
march of the long lines of. sobbing
searchers through the rows of dead in
the morgues only about 200 of the vic
tims had been identified. By tonight
the police say, half will be identified.
Of the other half there are scores
whose identity will never be kno^p $3
the bodies are too badly burned..
v 3r
Tl^c blame for the Holocaust wili be
difficult to fix. 'v":
Des Moines, Dec. 31 —John Holland
and his daughter, Lillian, were both
killed in the Chicago fire
If the Asbestos Curtain Had Worked No |«f of
Life'Would Have Occurred.
Chicago, Dec. 31.—There is' no de
crease shown in the late estimates of
the dead, missing and injured «of the
fire victims.
Employes of the. theatre place the
terrible loss of life U "jamming".of
the asbestos curtain. Had it worked
properly they say the fire would have
been confined to the stage alone.
European Newspapers Comment Sndtjr on
the Terrible Loss of Life
London, Dec. 31.—All local and, for
eign topics were forgotten here today
oh account of the terrible calamity iii
Chicago. Similar reports come fjfoni
European points. The. ..newspapers
generally comment sadly the alirful
Misa T. C. Petereon, Prtaclpal af tin
Central Scfcootln FargOrBwraMi
to Death fin
She Md Hir SMer AttMM
them that Miss
Central School bi
those to go to her
Me catastro§ihe ft
ioon Ifpi'ea^ecj
deati* diplortd
s of
Matinee Mhd Mb Were Among
tfce UnlnrtiMMtee.
The i»edple of Fargo were dr&dftniy
shocked' when 'tfie '''i&Mk,HWi
i ., w W.
was one'
MfeS f#
by Superintendent Smith, when he as
sumed charge of the schools.
Beginning the holiday vacation she left
for Chicago to spend the season with
her sister, Mrs. James Makmey, 6050
Washington Avenue, on the west side.
Both attended yesterday's ifiatinee and
were both killed. Her brother wired
here for information regarding Miss
Peterson and was informed at what
morgue her remains were and later wired
back that he had' found both bodies.
Friend* here think Miss Peterson's body
was not burned as the undertaker had
evidently identified her by her card case
and notified Fargo friends. Miss Peter
son came here from Rushford,\Minn., and
was born in Fillmore County.
No teacher in the Fargo schools was
more universally popular than Miss
Peterson, and one especially who feels
deeply. grieved over her death is ex
Superintendent Smith who says that for
the city schools it is an almost irrepara
ble loss at this time. Mr. Smith says
it is undeniable, that Miss Peterson was
the best of principals, strong and vigor
ous in discipline, but always fair. The
children loved and respected her. She
was an excellent, instructor, able to in
terest the chil4ren and secure work from
them for the love of it. Mr. Smith
said that what he always considered a
valuable tribute to be paid to any teach
er was one expressed by one of her boys
who is now holding a responsible mer
cantile position outside of Fargo and the
boy makes it no secret to say that he
attributes his rise in life very largely
to the inspiration he received from Miss
Peterson. In his own .language the boy
said a very short time ago: "Miss
Peterson is the best teacher I ever had.
She is strict, but not small—she does
not see every little thing, but you can't
fool her a particle in your work. You
have to know your lessons. There was
something about her which inspired a
want to study and be somebody in the
world. Her place will be very hard to
Miss Peterson was a devout member
and communicant in the Roman Catho
lic Church and was a member of St.
Mary's Cathedral congregation. She
was about 35 years of age.
The deceased seemed to have a pre
monition that she would die and shortly
before she left for this trip she told Mrs.
W. H. Barnett, with whom she had been
stopping this fall, that she did not be
lieve she would live long.
To other friends Miss Peterson had
frequently expressed a fear of an acci
dental death and often discussed the
subject. It is believed she carried a
large accident insurance policy.
Fargo friends are awaiting more de
tails about her death. Her brother
wired that he would write particulars
to Mrs. Barnett soon.
Coroner Will Make An Effort to Place
j|ie Responsibility for tfttift
!:. Catastrophe.
Chicago, t)ec. 31-Cctfoner fraiige
announced'ffialf a coroner*s^jiiry o'f rep
resentative citizens would listen to all
the evidence in regard to the Iroquois
fire. He said he thought somebody
was "responsible ior the fire and they
would be prosecuted to the fullest ex
tent of the law. Nothing will be left
undone to fix the responsibility.
Readers of The Forum who received
the later editions, last night, contain
ing the first news of the dreadful holo
caust at Chicago yesterday afternoon
had 110 idea that they were so closely
and personally interested as they were.
The first dispatch reached this office
at 5:15 and the second one shortly aft
er 6 o'clock. It was considerably later
before the word came that Miss Peter
son was one among the dead.
Two Endneers and a Fire mat
Deaths In Ohio,
Met Sudden
Astotabdfei O., Dec. 3f —Tli# Lake
Shore Limited east bound drawn by
two engines, was derailed by^an qpett
switch, resulting in the death two
engineers and one fireman,
A Fire In a Chicago Feather Factory Was PaUl
te the
Chicago/ Dec. 31.—Foremah Daniel
Phalfen was killed and two others iiv
jured in a fire in the factory of the
United State)} Feather Co. today. The
loss is $50,090. The six-story build
ing contained many employes but all
cfthete esc^jred.
MAY BE WAR."""""™"
MKt Mutator, iikraM AmOnmtwmtrn
I iUi a I
naqp JC» IQ9 mnmvboi*
^ishingt^n, Dec. 31.—It lo#fcs As if
the U. S. will trot be caught unprepar
ed in case there is war with Colombia
over the PanamJi matter. ,It ia Mflderr
Stood the war department is feqtj&ping
nt in th
QK^s well af
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Write for luventor'f
Book—mailed free
Rolla, N. D., Dec. 31.—State Senator
William Clark is dead of pneumonia.
He had been ill only a short time. The
deceased was an early resident in Ro
lette County and a leading resident of
this part of the state. The funeral will
probably be held Saturday.
Two Deaths Have Occurred at WMiston—Cases
Are Virulent*^ -s
Willistoii) N#. O., Dec. 'severe
epidemic of scarlet fever is feared at this
place. Two deaths have occurred this
week and there are five cases. The first
two cases were of the worst type. The
children \yere sick only 36 hours.
Carifon, O., Dec. 31.—Two plaster
model designs for the McKinley mon
ument, one weighing half a ton and the
other 300 pounds were received at the
local office of the National McKinley
Manorial Association.
Washington. Dec. 31.—At the last
annual meeting of fhe National Amer
ican Red Cross, held at Washington,
presided over by the lion. Richard Ol
ney, of Massachusetts, a resolution was
adopted authorizing Mr. Qlney to ap
point a committee to investigate mat
tefs iii controversy betWeen thV major
ity and certain minority members re
ported by John W. Foster, ex-secre
tary of state and Hilary A. Herbert,
ex-secretary of the navy and also to
inquire into the management of the na
tional Red Cross, of which Miss Clara
Barton is president.
Mr. Olney has appointed as such
committee United States Senator Red
field Proctor, of Vermont John G.
Carlisle, of Kentucky and Representa
tive William Alden of Michigan.
St. John's, N. F., Dec.. 31.—A fierce
blizzard is raging on the west coast of
Newfoundland and is holding trains and
shipping helpless. One American fish
ing vessel partly laden with herring has
been driven ashore and badly damaged
and several local craft are also disabled.
It is feared disasters will occur off the
Colombia, Mo.,' Dec. 31.—How to
raise chicjcens will be taught at the
University of Missouri. The curators
have decided to offer a, full course in
poultry raising. A short course was
offered last year, but this year the
ptudy is to be put on an equal plane
with the. studies in the other depart
ments and full instructions in the breed*
ing and handling of domestic fowls and
the production of eggs will be given.
The reasons for extending the course
is. due to thd increasing importance of
the poultry industry and the remark
able interest manifested at the univer
sity last year, when the study was first
introduced. The records show that il
proved to be the most popular course
ever offered at Missouri University
It proved so interesting that a number
of the professors enrolled themselves
as students and entered the poultry de
partment. The highest grades in the
class were made by two numbers of
the faculty.
5 Another reason for the extension of
the course is that the poultry .business
has become one of the leading indus
tries in Missouri, the annual income
from the same now being estimated at
over $xo,ooo,ooo.
•i?' iji Sifefc
to be th
.moltiplcx PROFUNDO prisms
will REFfEW/jrotir ey«s
Prominent Poltlcian ol the Northern Part of the
State Died of Pneumonia.
Save you an rgpepsive EAS l'EkrT journey*
Cerntr Front and ElavMitlr StrMta, Fargo, N. K-i
k. a» ,•.
tsr*ti K41:,,
Great Madden
W -WlfflKWiM
Kins Meneflk Signed Commercial
TrMty—Will Visit
Judge CoNlns Will
Minot, Ny D., Dec. 31.^'Fttrther jttf-'
ticulars of the Lansford tragedy, in
dicate that W. C. Putnam, the banker,
was not murdered, but committed sui
cide after due deliberation, cause for
which cannot be ascertained. '"°r
About 3 o'clock Monday afternoon
he requested his wife to visit a neigh
bor for a while and his son, 18 years
old. was sent to the postoffce. After
the two had left the bank building, Put
nam locked the door, but while doing
so'met a farmer named Welch who
wanted a wheat check cashed. He
opened the door again to admit Welch
and, upon examining the check, told
him it was payable at another bank and
promptly dismissed the customer, lock
ing the door again behind him.
When his son returned from the
postoffice he found the door of the
bank securely locked and a cloud of
smoke in the building. He unlocked
the door and went to a rear room to
ascertain the cause of the smoke, and
there found his father dead witrt. A
large bullet hole in his head, the re
volver lying beside him.
No cause can be assigned for the
man's rash act, as his business was
flourishing and his domestic relation^
most pleasans.
Farce Office
617 Broadway
n v
Jibutil, French Somahland, Dec.
The U. S. expedition under Consiil
General Skinner has successfully car
ried out its mission. King Menelik
signed a commercial treaty and accept
ed an invitation to attend the St. Louis
fair. He sent President Roosevelt t%Q
lions and a pair of elephant tusks.
His Qubematerial'
Candidacy--Douglas Is Judge.
St. Paul, Dec. 31,.—Judge L. W.
Collins of the supreme court resigned
today to begin his campaign for the
nomination of governor on the repub
lican ticket. Van Sant accepted his
resignation and appointed Attorney
General Douglas to fill the vacancy.
A Fuller Investigation Showed the
.. .Banker Suicided..
Buffalo, N. Y., Dec. 31.—A
from Niagara Falls, Ont., says:
"United States Consul Webster of this
city has received a telegram from the
United States government the chief of
police of Welland said that Abeel would
be put in jail and held by the Cana
dian government to await extradition
They come in beautiful
condition in the patent
carriers and 35c per quart
is away down. Better try
a qrtart. Sales have
doubled lately.
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