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A Clear and Concise Statement
of the Argument in Behalf
of Remon 'tization,
Made by Senator Pettigrcw lie
fore the South Dakota
Bakers Association.
The Votes of ti»e New States
Guarantee the Success of
the Proposition.
Pcttigrew on silver.
Sioux Falls Press: The attention of the
is being BO generally directed
towards the silver question, that any­
thing like concise statement of the
argument in behalf of the remonetiza
tion of silver, will be of general interest
and the opinion in regard to it, expressed
by Senator Pettigrew at liis recent
speech at the banquet given in Sioux
Falls to the South Dakota Bankers as­
sociation, will be of especial interest to
the people of this state. The Press,
therefore, presents the following synopsis
of Mr. Pettigrew's remarks:
In 1873, the United States and the
Latin nations of Europe demonetized
silver, the plea being that the indus
t£ial interests of the world would be
tlaterially promoted by having a single
money staudard for them all. It is chang­
ed and there is a very 6trong evidence
in support of the accusation, that in this
country the demonetization of silver was
secured by a trick—that the clause which
accomplished this was inserted by an
enrolling clerk after the bill had passed
both houses of congress.
Since the adoption of the single stand­
ard, the Latin industrial nations of Eu­
rope have sought to establish silver, but
England has id ways objected and her
large interest in the commercial affairs
of tne world has been suliicient to pre­
vent favorable action. There is now a
strenuous effort being made in congress
to give America again the double staud­
ard, and it is believed that it will be suc­
cessful—-the general tendency of senti­
ment being in that direction, although
there is a variance of views as to some of
the incidents and details.
In behalf of the remonetization of
silver, it may be said that the value of
this lias not been degraded at all, not­
withstanding it seems to be about 28
per cent below par, taking gold as the
standard. The fact is that gold by the
fictituous value given to it by reason of
its being taken as tho sole standard, has
materially advanced. By reason of this
advancement, not onlv silver has been
depreciated, but every commodity which
money is expected to buy. The relation
between sil\er and these com modites has
been maintained through all the years,
despite the fact that it has not been ad­
mitted as a financial standard—
grains will now buy as much of any of
the principal products as it ever would.
One of the principal features of the
demonetization of silver has been the
fact that, whatever may be the bullion
price of the metal, its principal money
use has been the coining of rupees,
which is the unit of money in India.
Now owing to tho sluggish conservatism
of the tremendous population of India,
no variation in the bullion price of silver
has made any change whatever in the
purchasing price of the rupee, and would
not make any in a century, so that deal­
ers in India wheat can buy their silver
in the depreciated markets of the world,
have it coined into rupees, and buy just
as much wheat with it in India, not­
withstanding the discount of 28 per cent
which it has suffered on account of de­
monetization, as they could have bought
had silver remained with its.old relation
to gold. By the fact of these dealers
being thus able to buy India wheat, and
pay for it in depreciated money, they
were enabled to take it to the great
markets of the world and undersell these
countries in which the value of the silver
had been injured by demonetization
Therefore, the wheat growers of America
are much more interested than any other
class in such legislation as will restore
silver to the value which it, would have
in relation to gold as a money standard
because thereby traders in India wheat
would not be able to ilood the markets
of the world with grain procured at
prices so much below those for which it
can be produced in America and else­
where. In other words, if the price of
the unit of money in India be raised 28
per cent, as it would be by the remonetiza­
tion of silver, the price of India wheat
in Liivorrjool must be raised accordingly,
and the price of wheat in Liverpool is
that which regulates the price of the
American surplus.
Against the proposition for remone­
tization of silver it has been urged that
this must drive gold out of the country.
It could do so only if the balance of trade
should be against America—and if
the balance of trade were against Ameri­
ca, gold would be driven out anyway. So
this objection has no valid ground. And
further, the republic of France, which
has a double standard, last year added
$56,000,000 to the amount of gold in the
country, which shows that gold is not
driven out by silver. France is the most
prosperous nation in Europe, and has a
per capita currency circulation of 837 in
gold and silver, and $20 in paper, mak­
ing a total of $57 for each inhabitant,
while in this country, we have but about
820 per capita.
Another fallacy in regard to this mat­
ter is the statement that the remone­
tization of silver would flood the country
with this njetal, and that other nations
would compel us to absorb their surplus
So long as it is a fact that, in this coun­
try the relation of silver to gold is as 16
to 1, while in other countries it is only
15% 1, it is quite evident that 1h)
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shipping of silver to America in any
great quantities would be a losing specu­
lation, as for every $100,000,000 of their
silver which they melted up and shipped
to us they would lose 83,000,000 and the
transportation. The annual silver pro­
duction of the world is about 8140,000,000
—of this amount 8-10,000,000 are used in
the arts, leaving 8100,000,000 to go into
currency. Fifty-six millions of this is
required for the supply of India, leaving
only $44,000,000 for us to consume, even
if we would be required to take all the
world affords. From this it will be seen
that there is no possible danger even in
the freest coinage. Tho fact is hat it
will require about $40,000,000 per annum
to supply the natural increase 'of popu­
lation in America, which is 2,000,000 in­
habitants per annum, and at 820 per
capita, this woul require $40,000,000.
The remonetization of silver therefore
threatens no danger, but promises tre­
mendous increase in general prosperity.
I3y reason of gold being made the sole
standard it has been greatly increased in
value, and those who have gold to sell
have been enormously profitted thereby,
while those who have had any other
product' to dispose of have been corre­
spondingly injured. To restore silver to
its rightful place in tho currency of the
country will appreciate the value of eyery
commodity by increasing the value at
which surplus grain products can be sold
and by thus giving to the farmers of
America increased ability to purchase
such supplies they require, every interest
will be proportionately enhanced.
It took the votes of the new states to
guarantee the success of the proposition
for remonetizing silver, and this may be
credited up as one of the great advant­
ages which the northwestern territories
have secured by admission to the union!
Fatal Shooting at Mandan.
A fatal shooting affray occured at
Mandan Sunday eveiiing about seven
o'clock Two Northern Pacific painters
had a quarrel on their car, and as one of
them went out, the other told him that
if he came back again he would shoot
him. Some time later the one who left
the car returned and rushed in, and as
he did so the other began firing on him.
It is said he fired four shots, each of
which took effect, killing his victim. The
name of the victim is Billy Palmer.
Geo. Lewis was the man who did the
The Gossip Going.
Frank Lenz: No. 3 last night brought
in the St. Paul papers and considerable
mail. We distributed it immediately
and held the office open three quarters
of an hour later than usual to give the
people an opportunity to get their mail
T. H. Bowditch: Merchants have paid
farmers 12}^' to 15c per pound for butter,
which they were compelled to ship east
and which netted them i}Z to 5c per
pound. Market very dull, both east and
Punster: Charley Shurlock the mail
agent who was "held up" at New
Salem, is now being held down at
Fargo as a witness for the prosecution
in the case against the train robber who
was captured. This is a funny world.
Tom Gleason: Look at my hands and
feel of my skin ard see whether I am in
good condition for a fight or not 1 have
been training hard at Mandan working
with the dumb bells, striking air bags
and taking my morning runs. I have
gone against all the heavy weights in
that part of the country and believe I
will make some of these Dakota people
who don't know what I can do. open their
eyes. I dressed down a couple of 200
pounders in Montana. We fight with
four ounce gloves.
Croaker: I'm kicking. We are get­
ting too much rain. First thing we
know all the low grain will be drowned
out. Pretty country, this. According
to the geologists it rains all the time for
seven years and tuen lays off seven years.
We can bank on one thing, however, the
seven rainy years, which mean seven
years of good crops, are just commenc­
Glendive Cynic: For two or three
years I have been trying to grow trees
and have about decided that it cannot
be done until people are taught the value
of a tree. I have often watched to see if
any human being could pass along with­
out doing a tree some injury, and have
recorded only one instance—that of a
badly crippled peddler on crutches, who
had a big pack on his back and was lead­
ing a fractious poodle dog. He was busy
with his own affairs all of the way by.
Girls get hold of about every other tree
and swing around a few times. Boys
generally carry a knife or club and per­
sistently whack each tree as they pass.
Women are usually satisfied with pluck­
ing off what twigs and leaves come with­
in reach, while men only knock off leaves
and break what limbs they can reach
with their canes. I am sure that a rain­
less summer is nothing like brainless
humanity to destroy trees. Love a tree
as a dear friend and. do not needlessly
strike one that is young and tender,
sooner than strike a child without cause.
If heaven is as beautiful as reported it
must be full of trees, and one who does
not know enough not to injure them will
never be invited into the garden of the
Almighty. Here on the dry prairie love
of trees should be apart of our religion,
and when bread is moulding in the
kitchen, change the prayer from a
petition for bread to one for trees to
one for trees to daily give us shade.
At the Metropolitan hotel, on the 12th
inst., by the Bev. Wm. Gibb, Otis D.
Weston to Theresa A. Curtis, both of
Stutsman county.
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The Asylum Boards Meets and
Considers a Number of
Important Matters.
W. J. Marshall of Grandin, the
Man Killed at Windsor
Thursday Nialit.
The Firemen's Tournament
Opened—Annual Summer
Outing of the "Vets."
Asylum Matters.
A regular meeting of the board of asy­
lum trustees, was held Friday and Satur­
day. A good deal of business was trans­
acted, as it was the first occasion where
the full board had been present. Steward
Lovell was chosen purchasing agent, and
The Lloyds made treasurer. A large
number of bills for supplies were allowed.
The board are today inspecting and in­
voicing the stock now on the farm, with
the end in view of disposing of the old
and inferior cattle, and substituting
those of abetter breed. It is understood
that an offer from the Gray Bros., of 35
or 40 head of Short Horn stock, ranging
in age from one to six years, has been
made the trustees. The price for which
the stock is offered will average $15 a
head—remarkably low. The offer will
probably be accepted. On the laud be­
longing to the institution there are about
250 acres of oats, barley and other grain
that look well. The usual fine earden
is also to be seen, in which vegetables of
all kinds are growing in immense quan­
tities. Much of the light work is done by
the patients.
The artesian well has reached a depth
of 1,000 feet. The difficulties about the
contractors are being adjusted without
the intervention of the board.
W. J. Marshall was the Victim.
The man who was killed by lightning
near Windsor Thursday night was W.
J. Marshall, a well known farmer living
near Grandin. The two other men, wlio
sustained severe shocks, were 0. E. Kin
yon and W. N. Clark. All three were
asleep in a tent when the storm came up,
and the wind being severe, Clark took
hold of one of the tent poles to steady it
while Marshall and Kinvon held the
other. Suddenly the deadly bolt de­
scended, striking Marshall just back of
the right forehead, grounding through
bis left leg, death being instantaneous.
Beyond alight dislocation and abrasion
of the skin and singing of the hair on his
forehead and breast, the victim, a man of
line physique, was not disfigured. He
leaves a wife and four children in good
circumstances in Grandin. The bolt
struck Kinyon just above the right wrist
running up his arm and down his right
side, leaving a red raised welt and sing­
ing the hair. He was stunned for the
time and his escape was a remarkable
What the Iiaw Contemplates.
While there may be a question as to
whether the new board of education law
contemplates the election, Tuesday—
when a full board of seven is to be chosen
—of a majority of the out-going board, it
is nevertheless not only the clear intent,
but the pi a* a provision of tho law
that after this first election each new
board shall contain a majority of old
and expgrienced members. The law
says: "Two members shall be elected
annually, three tri-annually." It is thus
clear that next year two new members
will be elected, while five old members
will hold over the same the year after,
but the third year three new mem­
bers instead of two will be chosen. The
framer of the law was evidently well in­
formed as to the practical workings of
the public school system, and had prob­
ably seen the evil effects of a clean
sweep of experienced men and the elec
tion of men unacquainted with the many
requirements of the thankless position.
At any rate the law is drawn to cover
and prevent any such contingency in the
future. Any one who stops to consider
the matter for even a moment must see
that it is a wise provision.
The Tournament. Opens.
Fargo is thus early filled with visitors
from all parts of the state. This will be
a gala week for the ambitious little Bed
river valley metropolis. She will have
attractions galore. The Firemen's tour­
nament openedTuesday and will continue
through Friday, John Bobinson's big
circus is there for a one day stand today,
while a prize fight and a meetiug of the
republican state committee are extra
"liveners" for Wednesday. The hotels
are all full today and indications are
that the crowd will be larger and the
tournament a more brilliant success
this year than last.
The firemen's convention opened this
morning and the business of the associa­
tion was transacted. The base ball
championship contest was inaugurated
this morning. Wednesday and Thurs­
day will be the big days. Last night,
firemen's apparatus from six different
towns had arrived, and still there is more
to follow.
A large delegation of Jamestown
people will leave for Fargo in the morn­
ing. The Jamestown Cornet band, the
hook and ladder company and the boys
who want to see the fun will all go down
at that time.
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The Firemen at Fargo.
Wednesday inaugurated the tournament
program, proper. The big procession oc­
curs this morning at 10 o'clock and the
athletic and musical contests open this
afternoon. The Firemens' convention
assembled yesterday morning at Fargo
and concluded tho business of the sos
sion in the aftornoon. John F. Vennum
was appointed a member of the commit­
tee on credentials. An attempt was
made to change the time of holding the
annual tournament but the third Tues­
day in June was again decided on.
The association accepted with a vote
for hearty thanks the invitation of Fargo
foi the association to meet there next
year, also to hold the next annual tourn­
ament in Fargo.
The following officers of the associa­
tion were elected:
President—J. B. Wineman, Grand
First vice president—A. Van Horn,
Second vice president—John F. Ven­
num, of Jamestown.
Secretary—Arthur Bassett, of Fargo.
Treasurer—C. W. Kelly, Devils Lake.
Executive committee—A. O. Bustad.
Hilsboro D. W. Yorkey, Grafton and
John Shippam, Wahpeton.
President Wineman appointed the fol­
lowing committees for the ensuing year:
Legislative committee—George H.
Walsh, J. C. McKendry and Frank Gray.
Railroad committee—W. T. Sprake,
William Hart and Grant Hager.
The program for this afternoon is as
1:30 p. m. Hose races, Beeu band con­
tests, base ball and bicycle contests, as­
sociation horse race for purse of $250.00.
First prize, $125.00 and the champion­
ship gold medal second, 882.00 third,
$40.00. The Beed band contest. Purse
8455.00. First prize, $225.00 second,
3140.00 third, $00.00.
4 p. m. Base ball game of champion­
ship series.
7 -30 p. m., at, base ball park, one-half
mile safety race, best three in five.
First prize, a 835.00 gold medal second,
cylmeter. Boys bicycle race. First prize,
fine gold medal, valued 815.00: second,
7:30 p.m. A grand reception will be
given to Gov. Miller and staff and other
distinguished visitors at the armory of
Co. B., N. D. N. G., to which all are cor­
dially invited. Short addresses will be
made by Major Ball. Gov. Miller and
others. The reception will be followed
by a dance program. Music by Rupert's
G. A. R. Summer Encampment.
The annual summer outing of the G.
A. R. at Spiritwood lake under the
auspices of the Wm. H. Seward, G. A. R.
post of this city will be held July 15-19
and Commander Graves is now engaged
in arranging for the same. Invitations
to be present will be issued to all tho
Grand army posts, Womans Belief corps
and Sons of Veteran camps in the state.
It is expected that at this meeting an as­
sociation for North Dakota will be or­
ganized and arrangements perfected for
an annual encampment or outing to be
held on the grounds of the G. A. R. at
Spiritwood lake.
The G. A. R. camps grounds at the
lake are the most pleasant that could be
found in the state. They embrace the
most desirable of the lake frontage and
the prettiest grove of all. Recently the
post has been making some noticable
improvements there. The underbrush
aud bushes have been cleared away, the
ground fenced, wells dug etc., etc.
"Concieneeless Swindlers."
McLean County Mail: For a set of con
cienceless swindlers of the public, recom­
mend us to those metropolitan dailies
and the wheat buyers of the Twin cities
whom they are eternally catering to.
For instance, last summer, at harvest,
one of the Pillsbury mill men was out
about Aberdeen looking around. That
year was the poorest the Jim River val­
ley has known—therej was scarcely any
crop in comparison to those of former
years. It was so all over the territory.
But in the face of the staring facts, and
in spite of the notorious deficiency in the
harvest area, that miller had the hardi­
hood to report to a Minneapolis paper
that there was more than an average
crop in all Dakota that the "Dakota
farmers had such a chronic habit of kick­
ing that they grumbled if they did not
get something marvelous." The object
of that lying statement was to impress
the Minnesota farmers with the idea that
the big crop here would soon affect the
whole market, aud that they would be
liable to lose if they held their grain for
arise in the winter.
An Important Case.
The case of Kidd vs McGinnis, testi­
mony in which was taken Monday before
Referee Frye, is one of the most impor­
tant which has arisen in this county for
several years. It grows out of the old
city park matter. Some years ago, it
will be remembered, Messrs. Kidd and
McGinnis proposed to donate, under cer­
tain conditions, to the city, a certain tract
of land on the bluffs north of the city,
the same To be used as a public park.
The city at first accepted and then
backed out. Several years after Capt.
McGinnis donated to the Jamestown
college for a site his part of the tract,
of which it was proposed to make a park,
and Kidd now sues him for $15,000 dam­
ages, claiming that by so doing the estab­
lishing of a park was forever prevented
that such a park would have increased
by $15,000 the value of lands lying con­
tiguous thereto and owned by him and
that McGinnis' action had therefor
worked him damage to that amount.
School Election Day Should be
so Termed in North Dakota
Not Much Interest displayed in
the Election—Few Women
Most of the Ladies Stay Away
127 Exercise Their Pre­
The Election.
The school election in the city and
county occured Tuesday. The city elected
aboard of education of seven numbers
and the county a county superintendent
of schools and the usual district officers.
The fact that for the first time the
history of Dakota women were permitted
to vote did not arouse much interest and
this afternoon indications are that the
vote cast will be very light. Much of
the apparent apathy, however, was
probably due to the rain which set in
about noon. Many of the women, it is
said, were busy with household cares this
morning, but intended coming out to
the polls in the afternoon. There was
no issue in the election and that is one
explanation for the light voce. The
women who voted were of the best social
element and were driven to the polls in
There were two tickets and several
split tickets in the field. One contained
the names of—
J. W. Close, Herman Gieseler, George
Lutz, D. E. Hughes, F. A. Clemenf", Mrs.
H. C. Hotchkiss and Mrs. E. P. Wells.
The other, dubbed in a political dodger
the "straight male ticket" had upon it
only the names of men:
J. W. Cioes, Herman Gieseler, George
Lutz, D. E. Hughes, John F. Vennum,
F. A. Clemens, S. S. Altschul.
The feature of the election, if there
was any feature, was the following unique
and ironical political dodger which was
printed and distributed around the
polling places and was the subject of
considerable comment:
Women should bear and care for the
children, and the men educate them!
Vote the straight male ticket.
Women have no interest in the educa­
tion of their children!
Vote the straight male ticket.
Chinamen, Indians, Imbeciles and
women occupy a common level!
Vote the straight male ticket.
Childless men are better.qualified than
mothers for the care of our children!
Vote the straight male ticket.
At 2:30 this afternoon 63 votes had
been cast in the Fourth ward of which
number 18 were polled by ladies. At
the same hour the Third ward judges of
election had taken in only 39 ballots and
only one of that number was cast by a
The Kesult.
The school election yesterday resulted
in the election of a city board of educa­
tion, consisting of the following mem­
bers: J. W. Cloes, Geo. Lutz, Herman
Gieseler, D. E. Hughes, F. A. Clemm^ns,
Mrs. H. C. Hotchkiss and Mrs. E. P.
Wells. Prof. Wads
worth was re-elected
county superintendent without opposi­
There was not much interest display,
ed in the city and only alight vote cast.
Had it not been for the appearance of
the "straight male ticket" election morn­
ing the vote would have been much
lighter and the interest much less. As
it was this ticket roused the friends of
the two lady candidates, who came to the
rescue and saved the day by rustling
out a large vote in the afternoon.
Knowing that there would be much
curiosity as to just how many ladies
voted, The Alert took the trouble to as­
certain. In the whole city 127 ladies
voted. Nearly one half of this number
live in the First ward where more
women voted than men. The female
voters were distributed as follows by
wards: First ward, 62 Second ward, 27
Third ward, 10 Fourth ward. -S.
Reports from the county are slow in
coming in, but there seems to have been
a more general interest felt there than in
the city. In several townships the inter­
est even reached righting heat. At El
ridge Geo. W. Woodbury was elected
district treasurer and John McGinnis,
Jerry Collins and O. A. Boynton, di­
rectors for one, two and three years in
the order named. In Homer township
E, J. Gleason was elected treasurer, O.
V. White. J. R. Purchase and M. W.
Wright, directors.
The following is the city vote in detail:
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NO 46
Gophers are said to be doing consider­
able damage to wheat near Churches
McLean County Mail: Farmer Wallace
of Burleigh county, was one of the party
which accompanied John Brown of
Ossawatomie—The Immortal—across
the plains of Iowa and Nebraska in
1855. Plumb, of Kansas, now U. S
senator was another of the party. Far­
mer Wallace is one of the land marks of
an heroic time. Now, however he is
interesting himself in the project of a
Pan American railroad—to connect Cape
Horn with Hudson's bay, running
through the great valleys of tho Missouri
and the Red in the north, and across the
wide table lands of Texas and northern
Mexico, through central America and
along the eastern slope of the Andes to
the southern cape. Farmer is high in
his praise of Blaine's recommendation
that such a road be built and prophesies
that ten years hence will mark the ac­
complishment of the feat. FarmerWal
lace, The Mail honestly believes you are
not more than ten years out of the way,
if you area day.
DUNBAR, Pa., June 18.—Theefforts of
rescuing parties to reach the thirty-two
entombed miners at the Farm Hill mine,
where the explosion occurred, were un­
availing. It was determined to cut off
all fresh air and let the mine burn itself
out, and then recover the bodies of the
victims. The coroner is on the ground.
He viewed the bodies of the two dead
miners recovered, but refuses to hold an
inquest until the others are recovered.
Scenes Around the Tomb of the Miners
Pitiable Beyond Description.
DUNBAR, Pa., June 17.—Thirty-one
miners were killed by an explosion of
gas in the coal mines at Hill farm,
owned by the Dunbar Furnace company,
and located one mile west of this place.
The explosion occurred at 10:30 a. m.
The bodies of two of the unfortunates
were taken out. The others are still
entombed in the mine, where a fierce
fire is raging. There is little doubt that
all are dead. Desperate efforts are in
progress to clear the way to recover the
bodies, but so far without avail. A res­
cuing party of 100 men, headed by Mine
Inspector Keigley, of this district, spent
the afternoon in the pit, biit have as yet
been able to rescue but two bodies.
These had died from the force of the ex­
plosion and are badly burned. Fifty
seven rr.ii.ers were at work about 5,000
feet -ruin the slope when the explosion
occurred. Near the point at which the
heading started, an air hole had been
drilled recently. Gas and water had
accumulated in it. A miner named
Patrick Kerwin penetrated the air hole,
six inches in diameter, with his pick,
whereupon a strong stream of water
gushed out. Kirwin. alarmed, sounded
the danger signal. His assistant, Pat­
rick Hayes, started hurriedly for the
main entrance, and had scarcely moved
when the foul gas was ignited from his
What little air there was in the place
drifted to the heading to the right of the
main entrance. The fire followed
swiftly, and before the thirty-one men
could be alarmed all hope of escape was
shut off by the flames. The twenty-six
men employed in the left heading were
notified in time to save their lives, al­
though their escape was thrilling and
was accompanied by the wildest con­
fusion. At a point near where the ex-
J. AV. Cloes 87 102 75 74! 33$
Herman Cieseler 02 10+ 76 76| 348
(ieo, Lutz S3 1031 74 73 333
1).E. Hughes 73 70 OS! 67! 8SS
Frank A. Clemens S7 0L',: 67 721 Si2
Mrs. H. C. Hotchkiss.... 103 ".7 29 471 SUti
Mrs. E. V. Wells 100 40, 24 88 211
,lno. K. Vennum IT us: W 47! lit­
S. S. Altsehul 3 42 28! 110
Frank Infills 3 7i 4 4 is
losiou the bodies of Daniel
fire boss, and David Hapes,
were found. They had evidently at­
tended to escape through the flames.
The explosion was one of the most
disastrous and deadly in the history of
the coke region. In the Leisendridge
disaster in 18S3 twenty-three men lost
their lives. At Col. J. M. Reed's works,
at this place, two years earlier, five men
were killed while at the Youngstown
works. A year later some fourteen lives
were lost. This latest calamity has un­
nerved the community aud the inhabit­
ants are wild with excitement. Thou­
sands of people gathered at the mouth
of the mines during the afternoon.
Among them were the parents, wives
and children of the unfortunates, and a
strong guard of police was necessary to
prevent many of them,
from rushing into the deadly hole.
Wives, widowed by the horror, stood
illy-clad and sore-footed, lulling to sleep
their babes in arras. Mothers wrung
their liands and cried al:md for their
boys, while children from 8 to 15 years
of age hurried about, looking into the
blackened faces of the escaped miners in
the hope of finding their fathers or
brothers. Their suffering was pitable,
and while the .authorities of the com­
pany were exerting all their energies to
recover the bodies, the total absence of
information regarding the fate of the
missing men made their distress more
severe, and moans and groans went up
unconsciously from the pinched lips in
the unhappy crowd.
The officers of the furnace company
have been notified of the disaster and
the authorities here have been instructed
to do everything in their power to re­
lieve the "distress of those who have
suffered by the calamity.
The Scottdale Rolling Mill company
has sent a force of men to aid the res­
cuers and in the morning will close
down their works and send all their em­
The loss by the explosion cannot now
be ascertained. It will be very heavy,
however, and the owners are fearful
that the works will have to be aban­

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