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Terrible Work Done by a Twister
in Kansas .
Houses and Farms Stripped by a Great
The Peculiar Features of the Whi'lwind and
Miraculous Escapes of People in the
Line of the Tempest
WICHITA, Kan., May I.—A special
from Halstead, Kan., says:
At 4:30 o'clock this afternoon a fearful
cyclone devastated a strip of country sev
eral hundred yards wide and at least
twenty mles in length, killing six pet-
eons outright and seriously injuring sev
eral others, while many received slight
Tiie cyclone first struck tho house of
Mrs. Fry a widow who lives about nine
miles southwest of Halstead, completely
destroying it but only slightly injuring
Mrs. Fry. It next picked up the house
of John Sultz and scattered in every di
rection. The tine two-story house of Jo
seph Weir, which had recently been built
at a cost of over $2000, was entirely swept
away, killing Mrs. Weir. Grace Wier, aged
8, Hermann Weir, aged 5, and a live
weeks-old baby. Mr. Weir left the house
a'«l when the cyclone struck it was about
lii?y yards away and clung to a tree. He
received injuries wnlch may prove fatal.
Joseph Weir, jr., and bis sister Maud
were the only ones in tho family who
took to the cellar, escaping with only
slight bruises.
The next house in the path of the
storm was that of James Armstrong,
which was completely wiped irom the
face of the earth and Mr. Armstrong was
killed, Mrs. Armstrong probably fatally
inured and Grandma Cbapin, who was
there sick in bed, was killed.
li About 100 yards from this house the
larire two-story residence of B. E. Frizzel
was picked up, as was also a large two
story house of J. It. Frizzel across the
road, and both together with all the out
buildings were completely swept away.
The families of both the Frizzels escaped
injury except Mrs. J. R. Frizzel, who is
considerably bruised about the head.
The next place visited was the home of
Captain William White, which was only
partially destroyed. Across the road from
White's the house of Cyrus Hills ton was
carried away and Mrs. Hiliston received
injuries, but she is not considered seri
ously hurt.
Spencer Ross' house was in the lino of
the tornado and was carried away, as was
the home of A. S. Dowell, at which place
Miss Daisy Neff and Mrs. J. A. Commons
were consicleiably injured. In the Hege
distiict school had just been dismissed
and through Mr. Hege's foresight the
children were hurried out of the path of
the storm, along with his family. Had
they not so been taken care of there
would have been great loss of life.
The fury of the storm seems to have
done its worst about five miles west of
Halstead, where all six of the persons
were killed, near tho Frizzel home. Dead
horses, cattle and hogs and chickens are
scattered all over the wheat fields.
Those wiio first saw the fearful disaster
coming say it made very slow progress,
traveling no faster than a person could
run, but it seemed to waver first in one
direction, then in another. Had it not
been so tlie Weir family could have gone
to the orchard east of the house, where
they w-juld have escaped.
The cyclone could be plainly seen from
town, and the Santa Fe passenger train
No. 5 waited in the Halstead yards until
it crossed the track. It blew down several
telegraph poles in its wild career across
the country. As far as heard from Cover
ing a distance of eighteen miles across the
country from southwest to northeast,
twenty residences, nearly all of them large
ones, were completely destroyed.
| The loss will be not less than $200,000.
besides the six deaths and the injured
two or thres of whom will probably die.
Physicians from Halsteau went to the
relief of the injured and local assistance
is being given to the suffering families.
Everybody in the track of the storm lost
everything, and relief will probably have
to be called for, although only as a last
resort. ;
' LATER—Miss Daisy Neff. aged about
lli, lias since died from her injuries.
The storm crossed the Santa Fe railroad
about three miles west ol Halstead. The
engineer of a westbound through Pacific
express train saw tho twisting tornado
coming from the south and stopped his
train and backed out. This prompt ac
tion prevented a wreck, for the train
would have certainly struck the storm
had it proceeded; The pathway is strewn
with the wreckage of houses, barns und
outbuildings, among whioh are the
carcasses of hundreds of horses,cattle and
swine. . Orchards were ruined, trees torn
up by their roots or stripped of their fol
iage. In the line of the cyclone telegraph
polesand wires were broken and twisted
in evpty shape imaginable, rendering tel
e-'riiphic communication almost impos
sible. The storm lifted about three miles
northeast of Burton, and no further dam
age was done, although pieces of timber,
clothing mul other signs of the wreck can
be traced as faraway as thirty miles.
The path of the cyclone lies through a
rich farming district and most of the
buildings destroyed were of a substantial
character. There is little or no cyclone
insurance on any of them and the loss
will be practically total.
Grand Lodge Session in Cincinnati—.Money for
Each District
CIXCIXATI , 0., May I.—Tho con
stitution grand lodge, B'nai 15'rith, spent
most of the day discussing the report on
propaganda. It was adopted so that
there was appropriated $,")()0 each year
to each respective district, to bo used by
the district lodge in establishing new
branches and gaining new members to
those already organized, and $3000 was
appropriated for extending the order in
foreign countries.
The executive committee was directed
tc make provision for extending the order
to England, the West Indies and Central
America and tho expenditure for this
purpose not to exceed $1000. The univer
sity plan of the committee on intellectual
advancement was voted down.
Hoy; the Utah Convention Is Building; the
SALT LAKE, May 1.-In the constitu
tional convention today the article on
scheduled anil future amendments came
up and Varian offered the following
amendment as an addition to tbe section :
"The act of the governor and legisla
tive assembly of the territory of Utah,
entitled An Act to Punish Polygamy and
other kindred offenses, approved Febru
ary , 1802, in so far as the same defines
and imposes penalties for polygamy, is
hereby declared to be in force in tlie state
of Utah."
After a long discussion the amendment
was carried on a vote of 72 to 10.
What the Next Democratic Convention
Will Declare For
Senator Jones ol Arkansas Returns From the
Proposed International Honetary Con
ference—No Progress Was Hade
. WASHINGTON, May I.—Senator Jones
of Arkansas, one of the members of the
United States delegation to the proposed
international monetary conference, has
returned to Washington. He says ho
knows of no progress making toward the
holding of such a conference, and in an
interview expressed tho opinion that the
ne.it Democratic platform would delcare
unequivocally for free silver and inde
pendent of action by other nations, and
that the Republican platform would de
clare in favor of bimetallism and an in
tonation al agreement.
An Incendiary Blaze Burned rinny Business
OELWKIN, la.. May I.—An incendiary
fire today destroyed seventeen out of
thirty-five business houses at Lorimer, la.
Estimated loss, $75,000; partially insured.
Short in His Accounts
NEW YORK, May L—Key. William A.
Ncwbold, WOO was recently removed from
his position of general secretary of the
Americ.il Church Missionary society, bas
also beep deposed from the ministry of
the Protostant Episcopal church. Mr.
Newbold's accounts wer#short $10,000.
No Blood Will Be Shed on the
Soil of Nicaragua
Terms of the Agreement for Withdrawal
of Warships
The Affair Ha, Cost Nicaragua a Mint of
Honey, Both in Increasing the Army
and Loss of Customs Duties
LONDON, May L— It is learned on p;ood
authority that Great Britain lias agreed
to authorize the proposed settlement of
her dispute with Nicaragua if the pay
ment of the indemnity is guaranteed. It
is said the affair is practically settled.
WASHINGTON, May I.—Besides the
guarantees made, any one of which is
available and is regarded as am pie. Nicar
aguan authorities are said to have actual
funds immediately available without call
ing for oustide help. Guarantee by the
United States is not regarded as essen
tial under the foregoing circumstances.
A final proposition as now concluded
between Nicaragua, and Great Britain will
therefore be as follows:
Great Britain agrees to immediately
withdraw her fleet and evacuate Corinto.
Nicaragua agrees to pay the $75,00(1 in
London fifteen days from the sailing of
the fleet from Corinto. According to
these terms the fifteen days does not be
gin to run until the actual sailing of the
fleet. The latter feature was insisted
upon by Nicaragua as a means of check
ing popula" agitation, and as a step to
ward maintaining her dignity.
Dr. Guzman called at the state depart
ment at 11 o'clock today. T'p to that
time he had not received official confirm
ation of Great Britain's acceptance, al
though the correctness of the unofficial
advices was not questioned.
From the British standpoint the accept-
niice of tho coni]Momiso anil the imme
diate evacuation of Corinto establishes
the good faith of Great Britain in her
declaration that there was no purpose of
occupying territory. From the lirst the
British authorities have assured Ambas
sador Bayard and the latter has so ad
vised .Secretary Gresham, that there was
no purpose of aggression or of securing a
foothold in Nicaragua. The only purpose,
Karl Kimberly has said, was to collect a
debt by such force as was necessary and
to depart.
Nicaragua, notwithstanding these as
surances, has maintained that the collec
tion of $77,500 was merely a covert means
of occupying her territory. This view
has prevailed very widely here evsn in
some official quarters, although the policy
of the government has been to accept the
good faith of Great Britain's representa
The withdrawal of troops from Corinto
and the departure of the fleet not only
ends all question of British territorial ex
pansion in Xicaragua, but also puts at
rest the fears entertained tbat the control
of tbe canal route would be seriously
affected by the proximity of the Britisli
The affair has cost Nicaragua more
than tlie original $77,503. It was neces
sary to use 300 extra troops at a cost of
$3000 per day. The abandonment or Co
rinto as a customs point lias also resulted
in much loss. The disturbances to busi
ness and commerce is a loss which can
not be measured in dollars.
ALBANY. X. V.. May 1.-Resolutions
in cpndemnation of the administration at
Washington in regard to the seizure of
Corinto were adopted by the assembly to
day, under suspension of the rules, the
vote standing !)L ayes and 15 nays, one
Democrat voting with the Republicans.
The resolution was ottered by Represen
tative Ainsworth, the Republican leader
in the assemoly. They recite in the pre
amble the action of the government of
Nicaragua and the action of the Britisli
government in occupying tlie soil, and
declaring that such action by a British
monarchy in the affairs of a member of
the groat sisterhood of American repub
lics is an open and flagrant violation of
the Monroe doctrine.
The resolution concludes as follows:
Resolve:!, By the senate and assembly
of the state of New York, that wo de
nounce aud condemn the dilatoriness and
lack of national and public spirit which
characterize 1 the administration at
Washington in dealing with this compli
cated question, and
Resolved. That we regard as a violation
of fundamental American principle the
omission and neglect on tho part of the
chief executive ami the head uf tbo de
partment of state to interpose resolutely
and effectively against SUOO forcible in
vasion of a sister republic Tin! against
such infraction of the principle and pre
cept of the Monroe doctrine.
MANAGUA, May I.—The Honduras
govern me* t lias give assurance to Nica
ragua that her troops will be at the dis-
posal of Nicaragua should they bo neces
sary. This is the only tender of troops
that bus been made by the Central
Amerlan republics. The offer from
Honduras is not likely to be accepted,
owing to the present favorable turn of
affair.;, but nt one time there was a pros
pect of concerted action by the forces of
the two countries. Tlie good ollices of tlie
minister of Honduras, minister of Guat
emala and all other Central American
states aro oeing exerted at Washington
and London to secure a peoeful seettle
SAN DIEGO, April M.Vy 1.-Senator
S. M. Culloni of Illinois arrived by pri-
Contiuuod on Sixth Pago.
A Coroner's Jury Lays It at
the Door of Durrant
Tbe Prosecution Holding; Considerable
of Its Evidence
Cold Blooded Proposition Alleged to Have
Been Hade to Relatives of the
Unfortunate Girl
SAN FRANCISCO. May I.—The inquest
upon the body of Blanche Lamont oc
cupied less than threo hours today, but
the evidence developed was considered
convincing and tlie jury returned a ver
dict charging Durrant with her murder.
Two new witnesses were produced nt
the inquest und testified briefly but it was
evident tho prosecution is holding as
much of its evidence as possible in re
Until today no one had been produced
who saw Durrant in the vicinity of
Emanuel church with the murdered girl
on the afternoon of April 3d. This miss
! ing link, seemingly all that was lacking to
I complete the chain of circumstantial cvi
j deuce fastening the terrible crir.ics upon
the medical student, was supplied at the
inquest. Martin Quinlan. an attorney,
gave direct and positive testimony that
•he saw Durrant and a girl tallying ex
actly with the description of Miss La-
Mont, walking toward the church and
only a few yanls distant.- at 4 :15 o'clock
on the afternoon she disappeared Quiii
lan explained that he was waiting to Keep
an appointment with one Clarke, who
corroboratcl Quir.ian's statement. These
witnesses furnished the sensation of the
day but Durrant maintained bis stolid
indifference during their testimony. The
police and the district attorney are con
li lent of a conviction, stating that they
did not put in nearly all of their case
at the inquest.
Mrs. C. G. Noble, aunt of the murdered
girl, testified as to the frequency of Dur
rant's visits at their house and his atten
tions to her neice. Durrant had pro
posed marriagJ to Blanche last December,
but had been refused when the girl
learned ho was engaged to another young
C. (i. Noble, uncle of Blanche, testified
tbat Durrant had suggested, after her dis
appearance, that Blanche was probably ill
a bouse of ill-fame, and offered to search
for her among the disreputable houses.
A street car conductor and tliroe school
girls identified Durrant. as the man who
had escorted Blanche from the school,
taking the car to the point of transrer en
route for her home.
George B. King, organist of Emanuel
church, with evident efforts to shield
Durrant, repeated the story of seeing bini
in the church, sick and faint, late on the
afternoon Blanche disappeared.
Dr. J. S. Barrett, who performed the
autopsy, stated that Blanche died of
asphyxiation. He said it was impossible
for her ro have been in a delicate condi
tion. Seven of the strangler'a finger nail
wounds were on one side of her neck and
live on the other.
Detectives told of Durrant*scontradictory
statements concerning bis whereabouts
the day Blanche disappeared, and of his
seeming fear to acknowledge the extent
of his acquaintance with her.ami the case
went to the jury with unexpected celerity.
Trouble Liable to Follow Sale of Reservation
TACCTMA, May I.—The sale of land in
the Fuyallup Indian reservation, under
the direction of the government, was
begun here today'despite the protests of a
large number of Indians who threatened
to make trouble if any of the purchasers
of the land attempt to take possession.
The i'uyallup Indians are recognized by a
decision of the United States circuit court
as citizens and they exercise all the
rights as such, with the single exception
that land on their reservation is held in
trust for them by the govenrment, the
Indiana only being allowed to enter into
a lease of the same for a period not to ex
ceed two years. Great, dissatisfaction ex
ists among them on this account and
when the sale of lands began today, a
squad of redskins announced publicly
that the whites had not better take any
John Laclaire, one of the chiefs, said:
''Tlie land Belongs to us. The white
father gave it to the Indians; these men
come out here to sell it when we do not
want them to. We want to be let alone.
We are good Indians. If we want to sell
lands, wo sell, but the government says
no. If the government wants to sell
lands and we say no tho government says
sell anyhow. The Indians don't liKa
that. Xo man can take lauds if be buys,
the Indians say no. We give fair warn
ing to men who buy to keep off the lands
and away from the reservation.''
Cuticle of Tom Blanck Made Into
Pocket Books
Novel Proceeding Allowed by tlie Authorities
in Seattle Which Will Astonish
the World
■ TACOMA, Wash., May I.—The cuticle
of Tom Blanck. the desperado who lield
up the King county jailer at Seattle with
a wooden gun recently and turned a half
dozen murdeiers loose, has been tanned
and will be made into pocket books. Tha
people of Sumner, near where Blanck was
killed with rifle bullets when captured,
say it is an attempt to immortalize a'
"red-handed murderer." They accuse a•
physician of that place of having charge
of the tanning of the human skin. Tlicy
say he presented enough of Blanck's hide
to M. Kelly of Sumner tv make a pocket
book. It is denied by some that Blanck's
cuticle was removed, but it is admitted
by others that enough was tanned to
make three to half a dozen pocket books.
As coon as it was learned that pocket
books made from the murderer's skin
could be had, there was a decided de-'
mand for them, especially among police
officers who took part in the two great
man hunts, the latter of which resulted
in Blanck's capture.
The Disagreement of the Board of Engineers
Regarding Designs
WASHINGTON, May I.—For the first,
tint* in its history the board of naval bu
reau chiefs have come to an absolute dis
agreement, and have been obliged to so
leport to Secretary Herbert, leaving him,
to determine which side is right. j
The disagreement grows out of the de -\
signs of the six new gunboats for which,
plans were prepared by the construction!
bureau. There aro two reports on the)
subject.one signed by four members of th© j
board, totally disaprpoving of the plans, '
and one signed by two members, vigor
ously upholding the n. The four mem
bers objected that the boats proposed will
draw fourteen feet of water, and so would
not meet the requirements of the act of
congress which describe them as light
draught gunboats. They also hold that the
fitting of the vessel with a complete full
sail power is a mistake, as the experience
of the department with such vessels as
the Adams shows that no steamer lilted
with sails can beat against the wind, and
therefore tbe sails will be almost useless
in average condi itons.
On tbe other hand, the supporters of
the plans undertake to demonstrate that
the vessels would be efficient and very
much more economical than the boats
without sails, arguing that the criticism
is founded on vessels not given full sail
power and giving figures to support their
Venal Legislators
ALBANY, N. V., May L—The bill for
bidding the appearance of women on the
stage unless attired in skirts failed in the
assembly today. The vote wass3ayes and
•Jl nays—not the constitutional majority.
Tlie Cray racing bill was also defeated ia
tbo senate by 13 ayes and li nays.
School Building Burned
OMAHA, Neb.. May 1.-A special to
the Bee from Niobrara, Neb., says: Tho
government school building on the Siinteo
Indian reservation burned lust night,
causing a loss of (40,001). This is the
second time the school lias been burned
in two years.
Dorphine and Death
T A COM A, May 1.-Captain James H.
O'Hara, one of the best known steamboat
men in tlie northwest, committed suicide
by taking morpnine during a lit ot des
pondency. During tho war he served
with the Louisiana Tigers.

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