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VOL. XXXII, NO. 171.
Shoe Plant Is Consumed by Flames
and Men and Girls Are Crushed
and Burned to
By Associated Press.
BROCKTON, Mass., March 20.— At
least sixty persons were killed today
by the expMslon of a boiler In ft large
shoe', manufacturing establishment in
the Campello district, conducted by
the H. B. Grover company. The ex
plosion was Immediately followed by
a flash of flame, which consumed the
factory, a long; four-atory structure,
as If it were a house of cards, and In
clner'ated an unknown number of men
and women who were unable to extr'
,-eate themselves from a mass of tangled
wreckage formed by the terrific up
heaval In the boiler room. More than
fifty of -the employes in the building
were maimed, burned or bruised l>y
'the time they reached safe ground.
| Some had Jumped from the roof, some
from. windows and others had been in
jured In the mad rush to«escape from
the j doomed factory, j which from aY
parts emitted the beat of an inferno,
; driving back the band of heroic ren
'cuers who in a few moments had per
formed ' gallant service.
■■.The, fire extended from the factory
to seven other buildings in the vicinity
Bnd destroyed them. One of these
buildings 'was a three-story wooden
'block 'owned by Charles V. Dahlborg,
'.the* others being cottages of small
: value and a blacksmith shop. The
wooden dwellings near the engine room"
were practically demolished by the fly-
I ing boiler, but none of the ' occupants
'twas seriously Injured. The total finan
cial loss is estimated at $250;«M.-.nO9|WO
of which falls on the It." B. Grover
. company. •.'.. ■
' It may never be known just how
many persons perished In the wreckage.
;• .< Number of Dead Unknown
■ \ No one knows exactly how many per
' sons were in the factory. The number
has been; estimated at 400, but Treas
.^oiter* Charles C Emerson * said tonight
: that : he doubted .whether there were
. so • many at work. Two hundred and
fifty survivors have been accounted for
and at midnight the remains of fifty
:. bodies have been recovered from the
ruins, the search being 'continued all
night. Fragments of human frames
which .' possibly might belong to the
bodies other than those enumerated
have also been found. Few of the re
.; mains have been identified. • The head
i'm nearly every Instance was missing,
..and except in rare instances, it was im
- possible even to distinguish the sex.
. '(V Chief of Police Boyden at a late hour
• tonight expressed the opinion that some
of: the. employes had not reached the
' factory at the time of the explosion,
and.;that undoubtedly a number of
those living in near-by places were in
jured and had gone home without re
' porting their injuries. He thought that
..'; many of those unaccounted for, more
' than 100 in number, were among these.
v'^The disaster was attended by many
S harrowing scenes and thrilling res
Engineer Dies at Post
*. There Is no trace of the body- of
David W. Rockwell, engineer ■of the
plant, who was not seen after the ex
plosion. It is supposed that he per
1 lshed at his post.
..An inspection of the wrecked boiler
by the state boiler inspector showed
that there was a sufficient supply of
■"water In it. The cause of the explo
sion Is not known.
•' At 2 o'clock the bodies of fifty-three
persons had been j recovered from the
ruins of the Grover & Co. factory.
Seven , . bodies have been identified,
but only three or four positively. Fif
ty-three persons are known to be still
missing, the names of thirty-one of
whom have been obtained. Many oth
ers are reported missing, but it Is con
sidered possible that some of them are
at their homes.
.The work of Identifying those killed
,by the explosion porgressed slowly ow
ing to the generally unrecognizable re
mains of the victims.
The Dead
The; list, of identified dead follows:
ijjEREONA MAYO, aged 50.
>L.ORISSA"' DUNHAM, bookkeeper
aged I 1).I 1 ).
The Injured
The following were seriously Injured,
many perhaps fatally:
■ Norah Coughlln, 28, contusions of
spine, critical; Herman Pierce, 40,
burns, ferloiw:*"\Vllllmn I^lghtfoot. 48,
KaHt Brldgewater, burns, dangerous;
Charles HollliiH, 84, Kast Brldgewater,
scilhuh; Arthur I'leive, contusions, will
recover; Mr». J. It. McCUbe, Internal
Injuries; James Sheehan and Halph
Churchill, jumped from third story,
will recover; Mrs. David Rockwell,
\vife of engineer of factory, contusion*,
Will recover; George Jones, internal
Injuries; Mrs. Augusta Burgess, iiintu
nlons, serious; Charles ' Carlson, spiVie
Injured;; Mrs. John Howard, internally
(Cu-tlnued uu I'ugo 'i'woi
Los Angeles Herald.
________ (
Police Arrest Eugene H. Allen and
; Wife, After Recovering Stolen
4- Goods From, Their , Posses. .
sion — Man Confesses
Not content with having committed
a crime and forcing hie Innocent young
wife to perform a share In the unlawful
act, Eugene H. Allen, aged 21 years,
who was arrested by the police yester
day on a charge of having stolen four
typewriters from the Commercial high
school, tried to throw- the blame for the
whole affair on his faithful' spouse. He
might have succeeded but for' the
action of the police.
Allen was arrested yesterday by De
tectives Hawley and Murphy for the
theft of -the typewriters from the high
school Wednesday. He was captured
at his grandmother's home with one of
the machines in his possession, but
even with such conclusive evidence of
guilt he tried to make the detectives
believe that- his wife had stolen the
machine and he was trying to shield
her. :';•;• -. • .: . .> ..
When hls.wlfe was arrested a little
later at her own home, 'she "endeavored
to impress the officers ; with her .hus
band's j Innocence, little '■' knowing that
her spouse was behind, the bars at'the
time and.hadlbeen. caught -with one' of
the machines. , Even when, confronted
with the truth the young. wife stuck to
her story, j allowing the man |of her
choice to call her a thief and to assert
that but for her he should never have
thought of burglary : as a means of
raising money. •
Pried Window; Open
The theft of the typewriters was-re
ported to the police by Principal J. H.
Francis *of the high school. Entrance
to the building was effected by prying
open one of the rear windows.
Detectives'Hawley and Murphy have
been working diligently on the case.
Yesterday "their efforts were' rewarded
when Allen ! was traced to his. grand
mother's house on Bunker Hill avenue.
When first confronted Allen asserted
that he had been in possession of tho
typewriter found at his grandmother's
for more thun six months, but when he
learned that the officers knew the num
bers of the stolen articles he pretended
to break down, asserting that his wife
had stolen the, machines and that he
was trying ■to shield her. Notwith
standing his protest of Innocence he
was taken to ' the city Jail and
locked up."..!.' Vi •.",'
After seeing Allen safely in prison,
the detectives went to the rooms occu
pied by the young man and hlu wife
at 428 North Hill street and sought
admittance. Mrs. Allen was In the
apartment, nt tho time, but kept the
door locked upon the officers for Bom*
time. At last tshe was prevailed upon
tn let them outer..
In the room which Mr.s. Allen hud
barricaded against - the police were
found the other three stolen machines.
The young wife wag taken to the po
lice station, but all the time she kept
protesting that she alone was to blame
and that'her husband •had ■no ■ share
In the crime,'
At the iiiilU'u .station Allen broke
* *
it'oulluutfd uu I'uuc five)
When He Accepted the Nomination
( He Felt It His Duty Perma.
.....' : --_' nently to Doff Judicial^ .«;< ~;t
Epeclal to The Herald.
NEW YORK, March 20.— Former
Chief Justice Alton B. Parker of New
York state court of appeals said today
that he would not consider any pro
position to return to the bench.
It has- been rumored that an effort
would be made to induce Judge Parker
to return to the bench, the suggestion
being that he should succeed Presiding
Justice Van Brunt of the New York
state supreme court, whose term ex
pires on December 31 next.
When asked about tbe report Judge
Parker said that before he had re
signed as chief justice he had con
sidered very carefully his obligations
toward the bench, the bar and the pub
lic and had reached the conclusion that
having accepted the nomination for
president, It was his duty fto : sever
his 'connection with the bench, ,not
merely for, the campaign, but for all
time. . ■
Judge Parker to Speak
By Associated Press.
: NEW ' YORK, March 20.T-Alton B.
Parker,' ex-Democratic candidate for
president of the United States,' Is to
be one of the principal speakers at the
Jefferson Day banquet of the Demo
cratic club of this city, which will bo
held on April 'l3/ '
Some of the Clergymen Who Will As.
sist at Services Are
Named . •
Ily Associated Press.
20.— A .partial list of the clergymen
who will assistat the funeral of Mrs.
Stanford next Friday has: been, an
nounced. The memorial address in the
church will be given by Hey. John W.
Dlnsmore of San Jose; short addressee
will also be made lv the ' church .by
Rabbi Jacob Voorsanger of San Fran
clscso and Rev. John Hemphlll of Cal
vary church of San Francisco and Rev.
E. R. DUle of the First Methodist
church, Oakland. The principal ad
dress at'the mausoleum will be given
by Rev. Charles R.' Brown, of the First
Congregational church, Oakland. The
final words ut the mausoleum will be
given by Bishop W. F." Nichols of the
Northern California Episcopal diocese.
Committees representing the alumni
faculty untl students have been ap;
pointed to meet the body In Han Fmii
Tennessee Forbids Race Betting
|)y AmuMl-twl I'rtuw.
NASHVILLE, Term.,- March 20.— Thw
house today passed ami Governor Cox
will sign the sennte bill which prohib
its betting on horgn races In Tennessee.
The bill makes It a misdemeanor,' pun
ishable by a fine of J25 In each luse, to
bet on a -hursVruce' In the state. 'It
also repeals all laws permitting betting
on licensed race tracks in Tennessee. ,■
English Author Will Arrive In Los An.
■ geles Today as a Special Com.
mlssloner of the British
Government • ' '■
Rider Haggard, the fnmous > English
novelist, will arrive in Los" Angeles
today, accompanied by his. daughter,
Treasurer Caygill an_ r Pacific, fCoast
Superintendent French Of the industrial
farms department- of ■ the Salvation
Mr. Haggard Is touring America as
a special commissioner of the British
government to study agricultural con
ditions, with a view to determining on
plans of colonization for the poor. He
is following out the Ideas advanced by
the Salvation Army along this line. ■
The British government Is desirous
of jnaklng a thorough Investigation of
agricultural, conditions Jn all parts of
the world, bo that the money left by
the late Cecil Rhodes for colonization
purposes may be used to the best ad
vantage. Upon his arrival in New
York Mr. Itaggard met and consulted
with various Salvation leaders,
and It was decided that Treasurer Cay
glll should accompany him on his trip
through the west.,- < ;. .
Mr, Haggard and Treasurer Caygill
met Superintendent French in E^Paso
and after spending several days In that
section they proceeded for Los Angeles.
It Is not known just how lohg^Mr.
Haggard will remain In Los Angeles,
although he has much business to at
tend to here which may engragre. him
for several weeks.- While no . plans
(Continued on Page Three.)
fFrom tho Examiner.
The j Examiner's ' circulation t book*
"are open to advertiser*. ' Doo» any-
other Lo* ■' Angeles paper make, a
nlmilar offer? '
I Here's the Answer I
In Gold Free
; ' >. _ARE NOT TRUE:
The Herald Claims and Ha^
a DAILY Circulation of
This is guaranteed by $5000
in . Gold and all contracts
are made on this basis.
But Best of All
The Herald's Circula-
tion Books Are Open
at All Times to Every
T:'> '"'Advertiser or Prospect-
ive Patron, and ,
Better Yet...
The Herald will allow
. all advertisers or pros-
: pective patrons a priv-
ilege never before ac-
* corded by any other
newspaper on the Pacific
Coast of seeing the press
run and keeping tab on
every paper printed, and
Will allow all its advertisers and
patrons to see the Mall Room re-
ports and tee
Where Every Paper Goes —
"\Tr_w IF we have what
J-^ vJ,»T we c i,i mw e are en-
. titled to the business of every legit-
imate advertiser in Los Angeles.
If Not You Get the
This is the fairest offer ever made
by any newspaper on the Pacific
Coast. cAU are welcome to come
at any time— and without previous
If you want to know
the truth, Here It Is I
Respectfully, .
Herald Go.
' ■ •". - . .■■"■.•'.- .■.'•v ■ ■ > K _ -: ; ■' ; ..
Desperate Attempt' by a'Youth^of.
Fifteen Shows That Revolution- '
Ists Still Pursue Policy of
. Terrorism
By Associated Press. - . .
VIBORG, " Finland, March 20.—Gov
ernor Mlasoredoff was shot and serlousr
ly wounded today by a boy whose Iden
tity has not been ascertained. ,The us
sassln, who is about 15 years old, ob
tained an entrance to the governor's
office and fired three times at him, one
bullet Inflicting a serious wound and
the others slightly wounding the gov
ernor's legs. The governor's clerks and
secretary were unable to stop the
would-be assassin, who reached the
street, where, however, he was arrested
without a struggle.' The governor's
condition Is critical. -
The youth who Bhot the governor has
been identified as Mallie Hjalmar
Relnkke and admits that he is a revo
lutionist.,., He hails from Kurlkke par
ish, in the northeastern part of Fin
land, but recently has been living In
Stockholm to avoid arrest on account
of his known, revolutionary Ideas. He
returned four days ago to Finland by
way of Tornea'and spent three days at
Viborg, but declines to reveal his stop
ping place.
Governor Miasoredoff has been most
energetic In the Rlisslnratlon of Fin
land, and memorials -have j been sent
to the estates, petitioning his removal
on .account of his alleged illegal meth
ods and the general conditions in his
province, which were pronounced to be
At^ o'clock in the afternoon Reinkke
gained access to the governor's cabinet
and fired shot from the threshold.
Then advancing, he fired twice more,
after vvhlch-.be Jumped under the gov
ernor's' writirigr < table with his pistol
and held up the clerks who were rush
ing In and managed to reach the street.
Secretary Markoff, who followed him,
summoned assistance and the would-be
assassin was captured. Reinkke, who
lost one of his arms recently In a rail
way accident, when asked if his name
was Reinkke, replied: "The police of
Helslngfors know me, my motive and
the governor's record."
The crime was committed with an
automatic pistol of the same type as
the one with which Hohenthal assassi
nated Solsalon Solnlnen, the procurator
general of Finland, on February 6.
Tolstoi Declares That Civilization Has
Become Bavage
By Associated J'ress.
ST. PETERSBURG, March 20.—Lith
uania, the last of the | non-jiusslan
provinces to formulate demands for the
rextorutlou of Its ancient privileges,
iixlch equality with the Russian Inhubl
tunts In the mutter of the purchtiHe
und leaning of land, freedom of relig
ion, recognition or the l.lttiimuliiii lan
guage in all public Iju-iueaM ami in the
tuurtH, miU thut knowledge of tha lan
guage be mutte übligutury upon all
itusHliiu offlcluls coming in contact with
the Lithuanian population.'
Count Tolstoi, in an Interview, re
iterates at length his views of the In
efficiency of the proposed . govern
mental reforms.. Ha says: "This strlv^
lu a renewul'of ;the state'ls Im-
((uulluueil uu l'm|« I'lie)
Charges' and Counter ■ Charges Made
!,' .'"'dcftbirnlng the Proposition t» "
Purchase Crematory, for s 3-
To city of Atlanta, Ga. . . $31,500 •
To city of Los Angeles • - 70,864 ',
;. it. a, iii a if, iv a ii.j. jm«m-^.._ j« .ii ,i, it. j, ,i, it .ii.i, «« ■
Internal pressure blew the lid off the
city garbage crematory deal yesterday
morning, . and before . it j could be
slammed down tight again the terrible
Btench and besmirching soot from ■with
in had filled the council chamber -while
councllmen hurled charges and counter
charges at each other.
When the special committee of the
council on garbage reported, in favor of
a city plant about a month ago the city
clerk was instructed to advertise for
bids for the construction' of a garbage
destruction plant capable of .handling
200 tons of refuse a day. The bids had
to be in, and, accompanled-by a certi
fied check, twelve days from the date
of the advertisement. .....
The Decade people had a man already
on the ground who had been energet
ically at work among the councllmen
and the various civic andi industrial or
ganizations In the city. When the bids
were opened the Decarie.bld wns the
only one received, but representatives
of a number of other systems were on
hand at the meeting .to request time
In 'which to bid Intelligently. One bid
was received after the twelve days had
expired. . . . ,
When the Decarle bid came to the
council it was referred to the board of
public works.
The ' advertisement required that a
certified check for $3500 must accom
pany each bid. The bid was referred
to the board of public works. The new
charter provides that In bids handled
by the board of public works a certiflel
check for 5 per cent of the face of the
bid must accompany the bid, and this
check for $3500 which was put up by
the Decarle company is said to be
$43.20 short of 5 per cent of their bid of
$70,864. This point was brought up by
one of the councllmen, and the city
uttorney was called In to pass upon It.
He" gave as his opinion that the pres
ent board of public works was not the
board which the charter 'referred to,
and' therefore the rules for handling
bids did not hold. '
Councilman Smith took the floor, and
declared that the twelve-day advertise
ment did not protect the city, and he
moved that all bids so far received be
thrown out' and a new advertisement
with a thirty-day limit be made.
Houghton seconded the motion, but It
got no other support.
: Smith 'then demundeil of each of the
•even 'members who had voted against
the : readvertlstfiiwnt why he had done
an, but uu out' gave a reason,
V Iloughton demundetl why his com
mittee on garbage existed, but the
chair could give him Information.
Then the doctor began' a speech which
was away above the freezing point 'as
to temperature, declaring:
/'Since my committee.has been com
pletely Ignored I.will nay.to the coun
cil • that the only plant or Blmllur niao
ttouttuueil on »"«t_.e Mr»i
■ i.t>>-H'*J^J '■ ■ ■
Former President of the Union Pacifio
May^'eepft Position, Which.-;
''Carries Salary of $100,000
Per Annum
Special to The Herald.
OMAHA. March 20.— Horace" 0. . Bun '
former president of. the Union : Pacific,
jias . been . off ered $100,000 a year,- to dl-
| Vect ; the . construction .' of the ; Panama
i canal, according to the statement of a
i president pt an Omaha bank today .',- , ■,*
1 ,This bank president is a close^ friend
of Mr. Burt, and he said Che railroad
jtnan hn<l been approached several times
on the subject by persons representing
President Roosevelt. ■ ■ . ,
Mr. Burt is now traveling:, in Eurojiß,
and the last letter r from him : received
at Omaha, was dated iri.Rome.'Febru-'
ary 26. It is believed he Is now, In Vl
enna. , '•' . ''■':/* -■
Whether Mr. Burt would consent | to ,
devote ten years of his life to this task.'
spending most of his time on the, lrth-.
mus, is a question', which none*, of his
friends are able to answer. ' .
; Should he accept the offer ' and \ b«f
come the Napoleon whose 'services the
president Is seeking. It would Rive him
rank ahead of Chief Engineer Wallace.
Railroad men are of the opinion that
the great work which .Mr."; Burt X per- p
formed in the reorganization of I the
Union Pacific railroad is the reason for
his being offered the'control of the' canal
construction. '' ; ' ;', ':'. 'j:.'''
Much Language Exchanged in Lively
.Wrangle Over Disputed . ' .
„ ) :Ji Plot ; '■■■: \: ■ ■;s•,
i Member- of the library board i ap-* < .
peared ' before . the ? city council . yes ter-£p
day, requestlrig'th&t- a' piece pt * griind 1 1
100 by 150 feet in : the", cente^'ot Central ?v.? v .
park a ininiedlrtrty!.!«Bt' I *wtfde -.orvthejU
library buil_lng,*sl_^H ; they -hope"; tow,
be able to. erect Ultra; some time ln'tbal^
future. -,' ."■•■ '■'*' i -f,!('lf: > '.^' l ''ji l A.*/- '='.'■
Councilman Smith ' movedy that J they .■
be given any quarter of the parkitheys'
desired, 300 feet , square, but" objected ;^
to them" occupying the center,': as '.thelr s^
building would then Interfere with any_--.,
other public buildings which it>might ■;
be convenient or necessary to locate in ■
the park in the future.
After a wrangle, during which much v-S
language was exchanged, the council
decided to lay aside the site asked for.
Hawley'a Body Reaches Hartford
By Associated Press. , • .
HARTFORD, Conn.; March 20.— -The
body of Gen. R. Hawley arrived' h"C re
from Washington tonight and 'was met
at the station by a large '■ gathering. 1
The body lay in state ' from ',' B to 10
o'clock tonight In the J capitol.' j J
Southern California: Cloudyon
Tuesday; possibly showers .In -the
north . portion; light ; «outhW(B_t
winds. Maximum temperature. tin
Los Angeles yesterday, 67 degrees;
minimum, 50 degrees.
. ■ . ■ ; '■ * -•- • .4 ■"•.</■ t
I— Rider Haggard would aid poor. T^
2 Beef 'monopoly Inquiry. , ] . .
3— To hold bond election today.
4 southern California news.
5 Funeral of Mrs. Dandy. .
6— Editorial. - . * ■
' 7— City news.
B.9— Classified Advertisements
11— Markets.
12 Death caused by blow on head, i;_::;;.i ;_::;;.
Former President Burt of Union ' Paeino to i."
head Panama canal commlwlon. ■ „' '','■
Holler in nhoe lactory at Brockton, Mass., ,
explode*, killing »lxty or more pereona. •..->.:
Investigation Into beef triut 1» begun ■ at j
Attempt to assassinate governor of Finland,"
who Is serlonsly wounded. ■ _
Husulan and Japanese armies do mucn >■ .
marching but little lighting.
American and Berlin bankers conferring over
Japanese loan.
llakeraneld man shoots f^lserloasly wounds
Uropcrate assailant. J*ir J*
Kiumltml Oil men hej#up «t Point Rlcnmona ;.
f0 No >l oi-i > ' found to Idyllwllu robbers, although >■-
many suspects anestod.
LOCAL- ip|
Young man burglar would Implicate wife In
"ftUS" ffl^'t'l'on .. b. held today.
Km." U,» Ame-I-H |1 '^ v * hB ni '"in °nt-k* _W
ti_l"* l 2fJ?-J'-IYTr tltlrTy w-U per tlioiiwi'.a <
'"f'eoiiin strungly f»viir municipal ownership
d»r of two won"n, «"« to trial -efoi- Jud.e
"mX _sr»"_d' Ky defr.ua.- ; Wlul.'-;
m A _V_t« of involunUry Into-lcatlou. «t ■« ...
" M.uv couples ar« divorced In the weveral -•• :
P V.d"r VludU h of Tew'M.S"who march^
oirUnd Irmk. Angeles to Bllver City In
■Bl will appear as a witness In the Hell oon
'^p-lv V ."Vice. , mark .' fun.r.i'. of Mrs.
U Old I man thought ,to have l*en killed by
ihusa,'""nauV.t sliows,th»t WlllUm Bholtens
■"bUS-wUvM'colU-e In Southtra P»cl_« yards.

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