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VOL. XXXIV. NO. 149.
EXPLAINS HOW FISH LOST JOB Harriman Tells Many Illinois Central Secrets Road's President Thought He Owned the Entire Property Transactions Bhady In Character and Involving Millions Laid Bare Be. fore Interstate Commerce Commission By Associated Press. ♦ NEW YORK, Feb. 26.— The ♦ ♦ Evening Post today says: ♦ ♦ It was learned today that Stuy- + ♦ vesant Fish is ready to go before <» ♦ the interstate commerce romiuis- •!» ♦ slon to deny and explain the 4» • ♦charges brought ugalnst him by *fr ♦ Mr. Harriman. <fr ♦ A statement Is now being pre- «fr ♦ pared by Mr. Fish which will ex- <f ♦ plain In detail all the matters dis- ♦ •f cussed by Mr. Harriman. 4» ♦ * By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Feb. 26.— An assertion hy n< .H. Harriman that Stuyvesant Fish Wo 9 deposed from the presidency of the Il- nO | 3 Central because of mis conduct as to the runds of the company was a leading l, a ture of today's session of the Interstate commerce commission. Mr. Harriman was u, e on i y witness of the day, and the event., brought out by his testimony make the he. r ing a mem orable one. Other features of Mr. Harridan* tes timony follow: AA A continued refusal to answer ques tions relating to individual stock trans actions. ' Explanations of the transfer of 300.000 shares of Southern Pacific stock to "Wil liam G. Rockefeller during- the attempt of James R. Kerr to secure control of the road, and of the delayed announce ment of the dividends in Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. Attempts of the government to show that the Union Pacific charges unfair rates, stifles competition in the vast ter ••'tory traversed by its lines, and that its Dividend of 10 per cent and its ex pendltui-opendltui-o of $240,000,000 on betterments came from an unfair toll on its patrons. Discusses Regulation An academic discussion of railway regulation by high authorities on either side that ran from a plea for legalized combination of railroads under govern ment supervision to a suggestion that the government control railway stock lssues. A charge and an admission that the /Misconduct of the railroads created the Vmular anger that moves determinedly iJt their regulation. ■ A charge that no other country in the world Is so hostile to large transporta tion interests. m An assertion that the purchase of 'Southern Pacific by the Union Pacific had given the southwest ten years' ad vantage in development, and that the failure of the Union Pacific to secure the Northern Pacific left the northwest ten years behind where it would have been If control had been obtained. All this ended In a remarkable scene where the government and the man stood confronted. The day's events gave a vivid and intimate realization of the problem of swollen wealth and railway regulation. It made a notable contri bution to the financial history — light and dark— the time. Mr. Harriman's examination was con ducted by Frank B. Kellogg of St. Paul, special counsel of the government. Tells of Fish's Troubles The statement of the witness as to Stuyvesant Fish came In the middle of the morning session. Mr. Kellogg, in reference to the Illinois Central, spoke twice of the "squabble" between the witness and Mr. Fish. "One minute," exclaimed Mr. Harri man. "I will tell you how the presi dency of the Illinois Central was changed, if you want to know." Mr. Kellogg remarked that it was entirely immaterial, but Mr. Harriman was aroused and went ahead. " I wish to prove to you that It had nothing to do with the Union Pacific, the change in the management or change in the presidency," said Mr. Harriman. "That the change In the presidency of the Illinois Central occurred after the acquisition of the Illinois Central stock by the Union Pacific was merely a coincidence. There had been no change ln the management of the Illinois Cen tral. If the Union Pacific had not dis posed of a certain amount of its hold ings of securities and had the money to, Invest in like securities, It would never have acquired the Illinois Cen tral." Explains Referred Dividend Mr. Harriman explained the famous referred dividend announcement of August. 190ti, by saying that the board had referred the dividend declaration to the executive committee for approval. That the committee wmm to meet the next morning. Mr. Harriman, however, had to attend a funeral and It was after 3 p. m. when the committee finally got together. Then It was decided not to announce the dividend at that hour as It would give the London market the benefit an ugalnst New York. The announcement whs withheld until the second morning thus giving the New York market tho (I'uulliturd uu l'i»«c Mi,,., Los Angeles Herald. rKlut: i ivr Month I DO UhNTS LOVES ANOTHER: KILLS HIS WIFE U.v AMoclnted Press. DKNVEU, Feb. 28.— Benjamin O. Wright, solicitor for the International Correspondence Bchool of Rerun ton, Pa., In held a prisoner In the city Jail hero on a charge of murder, having con fessed to Chief of Police Delaney last night In the presence of witnesses that he had poinoned his wife, Cora, and daughter, Genevleve, who were found dead yesterday In their home in this city. . lnfatuationI Infatuation for Stella flood, for whom the police claim to have learned Wright had neglected his family, Is supposed to have been the. motive for the crime. According to the statement* of hog pltnl physicians Wright himself had taken no poison and was shamming yesterday when he deemed to be uncon scious. The contents of his stomach wore examined and no poison was found. • Wright did not disclose last night th« nature of the poison given Ms.wifn and Child, but It I" known they died In agony. Stella Good left the city yea terday for Colorado Springs, and the authorities of that city arrested her today. She han been arrested here sev eral times on the charge of theft. SLEUTHS FIND VALUABLE DOG "Duke," a valuable cockrr spaniel, which was stolen from the residence of E. J. Skldmore, 1100 South Orand ave nue yesterday afternoon, was recovered by Detectives Dlxon and Cowen last night within one-half block of the houae. Dlxon and Cowen had been sent out to Investigate the affair. The dog was described to them. They had walked but a short distance from the house when they saw a man leading a dog tied to a strap. "Here, Duke," cried Cowen, and the animal tore loose from the man nnd ran In the direction of the officers. The man who had been leading him ran as soon ns he saw the dog racing toward the officers. The deettves returned to the house with the dog, which was at once Identi fied by Mr. Skldmore as the one stolen. It Is said that two men have been seen hanging around the house for several days, and It is thought they were the ones who stole the dog. The animal has won a number of prizes at bench shows and was purchased by Mr. Skidmore at great price some time ago. SEEK CASHIER IN CALIFORNIA By Anwori«tea vreM». v " v .';"*r*r."'-" ' ' .','.' FRESNO, Fob. 26.— A , telegram hm« been received by Chief of Police Shaw of Fresno from a detective office In New York asking that William F. Walker be apprehended and offering $6000 for his arrest. Walker Is the bank cashier of New Rrltaln, Conn., concerning whom the papers In the east have been full anent his defalcation of bank funds running three or four hundred thousand dollars. The request to the local police Is not of the kind for the arrest of malefactors usually sent out, but Is a request evi dently based on Information gathered by the detectives and which leads them to believe that the man whom they are seeking is located somewhere near Fresno, stated to be within a circuit of fifteen miles. That Is all tho information vouch safed here. Sheriff Chlttenden is aiding the po lice In the search for the stranger an swering the telegraphic description. CREDITORS TO BE PROTECTED By Assoclnted Pross. SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26.— At a meeting today of interested bankers and brokers a satisfactory arrangement was agreed upon concerning tho manage ment of the affalrß of the L. M. Sullivan Trust company of Goldfield. A committee was named to manage the company and all of the stock of tho various mines of the concern will be placed in the Sub-State Bnnk and Trust company of Nevada. The stock will be held for an in definite period and can bo sold only by the committee. All money la to go into development work. When the company becomes prosperous the stock will be sold for the benefit of creditors in such manner that the market will not be disturbed. BUTTE MINERS' UNION AGREES ON NEW SCALE By Associated Press. BUTTE, iSont., Feb. 26.— The count of votes of tho Butte Miners' union says thai the proposition fixing the scale of wages at f 1 per day carried by a large majority, and will go Into effect May 1. Contrary to report, the Amalgamated mines will not bo shut down. Superin tendent John Gillie's mine will continue as usual, but all development and con struction work will be suspended for the present. Companies will devote all time and energy to taking out ore and making copper. The miners say their vote is simply a request for a raise of 25 cents per day, and it Is unlikely a strike will result, even if their request Is renewed. OFFICERS OF SQUADRON REPORT MANY DESERTIONS By Associated Preug. SAN DIEOO, Feb. 26.— Officers of the squadron report that they are having trouble on account of desertions. Klght have left the Charleston and live are gone from the Boston. The police have been asked to help In the search. The men having Just come from Magdalena bay, do not partlcu i.u i> relish the announcement that they are to start back on March 6. There is nothing doing ut Magdalena and no enjoyment. It is probable that as the time of departure approaches desertions will be more numerous. WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 27, 1907. WOMAN DIES FIVE INJURED IN BIG FIRE Germain Ihiilding Is Seething Mass of Flames Bravery Shown by Fire Fighters in Saving Victims Firemen and Police Cover Themeelvee with Glory — Property Loss Is Estimated at One Hundred Thousand Dollars Caught In tho awful curtain of blind- Ing smoke that swept every floor of the building, Miss Emma Stewart, sten ographer for the Garmaln Real Estate company, met death by suffocation yes terday In the burning of the Germain building at 224 South Spring street. Five others, men and women, were in jured, and damage to property amount- Ing to about $100,000, mostly covered by Insurance, was sustained. The r.re was one of the worst that the local department has had to contend with for some time. It had probably been smouldering in the basement of the Fair notion company at 226 South Spring street for hours, and possibly for days. Yesterday a few minutes af ter 1 o'clock and Just before the occu pants of the business offices had re turned from lunch the smoke from the seething furnace was discovered swirl ing rip through the elevator shaft. ln an instant the elevator was out of commission and the attendant, after trying desperately to carry the cage skyward to rescue the Inmates, gave up and fought his way through the smoke to freedom. i Fir* Hard to Fight > ■■ J; ' The re," department .' r&*pond«<2 , mag nificently. T rt ' was one of those fires where there is little to be seen by spectators, and only the blinding work of fighting through clouds of smoke to an unseen enemy who creeps between heavy walls to break out at unexpected places, covering Its advance by throw ing out an impenetrable pall of darkness before It. Ci ■ ; "When the last tap from the fire bell sounded the knell of that fire the entire rear department of the old Germain building had gone down in a mass of charred wreckage. lt will be up to the underwriters to perform a difficult piece of work be fore a settlement can be made. Woman Suffocated Miss Stewart, one of the most popular young women of Highland Park, lost her life by suffocation early in the fire, fright causing her to fall fainting to the floor, where she was found too late to save her. Several other people were overcome but were found In time to prevent death. Firemen and rescuers ■were Injured and more than a score of companies were damaged. The Fair company, where the fire commenced, is a total wreck. There is hardly a dollar's worth of its stork of $45,000 left, and according to the state ment of the owners yesterday there is but $20,000 insurance rarrled on it. The damage to the building will amount to near JIH.OOO, amply covered by Insur ance. James Morloy's billiard room, the finest In the city, sustained a loss of about $15,000. and the damage to the rumlrerts of offices it> the building, to the adjoining stores and to many stores In the neighborhood whose stocks are ruined from smoke and water, will pile up tho damage to the total of $100,000. Employes Fight Flames The fire department, following the still alarm, arrived at the building in record time. Employes of the Fair store, prior to turning in an alarm, had gone to the basement of the building nd had attempted to fight the flre there until driven out by the smoke. Three weeks ago a flre broke out In the same place and was quickly put under control, while certain stock of Inflam mable character whs ordered to be re moved, but the stuff was allowed to remain and the second fire resulted, It Is thought, from spontaneous combustion. Smoke was pouring from nearly every window in the building when the de partment arrived. The evelator shaft, like a giant devil, fairly writhed and twisted In a cloud of thick yellow stuff that blinded nnd choked and spread from floor to floor, causing panic and death and destruction. From the air vents on the sixth floor of the building the smoke rolled out, and driven by a high south wind, it filled the streets, choking those who attempted to get near the building, and more effectually clearing the streets than a squad of po lice with a flre line cnuld have done. Smoke Drives Firemen Back In a desperate attempt to gain thn tipper floors the firemen were ordered into the main entrance of the building. The smoke was pouring out as though from a smokestack, but none hesitated. With Chief IJps at the front of the line, the boys rushed up the stairway three times, and each time were driven out. The attempt had failed, and attention was turned to the Fair store. The more the firemen fought in the building the worse grew the smoke. Great masses of fancy hrle-a-brae, glassware of every kind and description and fancy articles and notions lined the shelves. The great fire hose at full cock swept the building from one end to the other. Wherever the stream for an instant rested on shelf or counter the crash and rattle of flying glass and crockery was heard spelling the doom of the StOOk. Finding a desperate dash for the cellar stairs fruit loss, Chief Lips opened up MISS EMMA STEWART portrait by ir\ in« i- ! SCENE ON SPRING STREET WHILE FIRE WAS EATING OUT THE [INTERIOR OF THE GERMAIN BLOCK DEAD. MISS EMMA STEWART, 28 years old, 5633 Pasadena ave nue; body at Pierces morgue. INJURED. Scott Edwards, hoseman of No. 3, injured by being hit with hose; treated at receiving hospital. Mrs. M. Chapman of 779 East Pico street, overcome by smoke, but rescued. Miss Phoebe King, stenographer, overcome by smoke and carried to safety by officers; serious injuries. John G. Brubaker, mining engineer, overcome by smoke, but rescued. Two firemen and about a dozen rescuers and employes in the building sustained minor bruises and cuts and some were badly affected by smoke. EXTENT OF DAMAGE Eugene Germain building, purchased by Mr. Germain two years ago for $250,000, sustained loss of about $15,000, but the building carries insurance of $90,000 in various companies. Morley's billiard rooms, damaged extent of $15,000, carrying $25,000 insurance. Dan Jerrue liquor house, $5000, with insurance. Fair company, owned by Maeder & Prlcster, sustained loss of $45,000 stock, carrying only $20,000 insurance. Morley's haberdashery sustained loss by water and smoke. B. W. & Q. railroad ticket office sustained minor damage. the sidewalk cellar doors. The burst | oi smoke almost overcame the officers who accomplished the feat. Into tho face of the torrent of smoke the firemen of No. 9 forced the hose. Down into the cellar they went, falling from the ladder In their mad dash. Breathe Through Sponges Soaked sponges were tied about thrMr mouths so that they could breathe. Tlie smoke, an enemy they could not fight back at, filled their eyes until the eye balls stood out from the sockets and rhe skin of the face puckered anil wrinkled and great salt tears lined each crack and crevice. But they were used to that, those boys. They were known as No. 9; their names never appeared In print unless they were killed. Twice the members of that company were dragged from the Kinoke-oppressod basement, then sent back in again v begin the work all over. In the upper floors the smoke was playing havoc. Men and women rushed about blindly, bumping into one another In the thick darkness with startlad shrieks, sucking great gasps, of tha smoke into their lungs with each shriek ing breath. Some groped along in.? walls, some crept along the floors to I he windows and shrie"ked for help. Many. guided by the shouts, reached the front windows of the building, and coached by the crowd grot out onto the fire escapes and came down. Boy Saves Old Man An old man, pitifully helpless, Rtood in the window of the sixth floor of the building and gazed quietly down on the crowds below and the swirling smoke and the throbbing engines. The fire escape was near him, but h" toyed with his cane as helpless as a man may be who has not the use at his limbs. A young man appeared at the window behind him. He looked to wurd the fire escape, then upon thf old man's helplessness, and then hu caught him In his arms and Jumped. Ho alighted on the topmost platform of tho fire escape. He got beneath the old man and caught him by the arms and pulled him across his shoulders, and the hoy and the man came slowly down the ladder, the boy staggering at each step until he reached a window below the smoke line, and he and his burdon dis appeared within to safety. John (!. Brubaker, a mining broker, was caught In tho .swirl of smoke and Overcome, He weighs fully 300 pounds and is a cripple, and after a frantic effort to escape ho fell to the floor anil was later discovered by firemen. At that time the broker was out of hlB head and was moaning that he would cut his throat rather than be burned alive. He was carried to the roof of the building and swung by a rope onto the Newberry building adjoining and thence to safety. Newspaper Man Finds Woman E. O. Sawyer, a newspaper man hurry through the corridors of the top floor of the building, came across the uncon scious form of Mlsh Stewart. The woman was lying acrows the threshold of the Qermaln real estate office. Shu had evidently remained in the room an long as possible until frightened by the shrieks) of those in the hulls, and daied by the clouds of smoke uhe hud at tempted to escape through the door, The auddtm rush of smoke had blinded her and the consequent fright brought on the fainting spell that left her .tit easy victim to the smoke. Sawyer, upon stumbling over the body, dragged It to the liißt men at the lire. He orowled out on the fire esgapu mid shout. m! for help. lira, ttouyngu and Preedman VHEKE FIREMEN WERE HEROES — I'hntn by W. C. Diekerson. dashed up the ladders, followed by of ficers, and a desperate effort was made to save the young woman's life, but she died soon after 2 o'clock. Constable De La Monte was one of tho first men at the fire. He crowled under the cloud of smoke, searching for those who had been overcome, and located two of them, calling assistance and aiding in getting them from the building. Woman Used to Fires Mrs. M. Chapman, 779 East Pico street, was also overcome by the smoke. She was found by a police officer and carried to the roof of the building, where she recovered. She then assisted In making tight a rope to the edging of the roof and tying it about her body with the assistance of the officers she swung out and down to the roof of the adjoining Newberry building, twenty feet below. . "Oh, I have ceased to be afraid of fires," said Mrs. Chapman later. "I have linen in several of them and three, times have barely escaped with my life, and I am getting used to It." Capt. Aublo of the police force and his men did splendid work. Those officers ; who could not readily assist were hold as an emergency sqund near thn build in :x. and the smoke-blinded workers were relieved from time to time from tli.it squad. Capt, Auble, in spite of the blinding smoke, crawled along a narrow leMgo of grnnite curbing on the sixth Boor of the building, holding on with his fingers to the uneven rock, and hattered in windows to clear the smoke from those being suffocated within. The slip of B hand would have dropped him over 100 feet to tho granite pave ment, but he did not stop till the last window whs crashed In. Dog Catchers Assist William Vaoher and a squad of em ployes of the city pound who were nenr the building at the time of the fire, went in and worked with the firemen in the basement, and several Of them were overcome in their effort to help out. Soon after 2 o'clock the smoke began to clear- from the front of the building and it was thought that the lire h:,i| begun to diminish, The collier of the building had been Hooded t" a depth »t three <>i four feet with the water poured Into it. Streams were being played from the front and back of the building, and tho hose coming through from the rear broke the glass in the Fair show win dow and injured two firemen. Fire Wall Checks Flames While the other companies were work ing in the. front and In the narrow alley at the rear the captain of company 4 and liis men ran a line of hose through the building and Into James Morley's billiard and pool parlors. The dividing wall in the Morley place is the fire wall between the old and new pans of the building and held the Ore in .heck. tik south department of the parlors, how ever, was a cloud of smoke. A hole vvhh chopped through the floor in. I below in tho buck of the rooms OOUpled by the Fair company the place waj a seething maaa of flame. Klaine shot up an.i blinded the flivmen, aoorohlng their faces and blistering their hunds until they were compelled to retreat. Twice they went back und tho third time they forced the nozzle of the hose through tho hole in the fleer unit directed it at the tire below. They could not wee for tho Hinoke. n rolled about In huge clou.ls, dulling the bright glare of leaping flames. The (Continued on Piige Tliraa.) DARING HOLDUP NETS BIG SUM By Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Fob. 26.— A hold up of uncommon daring which netted the perpetrators about $lOUO, occurred tonight at Broadway and Fifteenth street, Oakland. A short, heavy set man, the lower part of his face masked with a red handkerchief, entered a saloon, pre sented a gun in each hand, and com mander the three oe'eupants of the card room— among them the proprietor of the saloon— and the bartender and a customer to put up their hands, promis ing to shoot if they refused. His order obeyed, the highwayman forced the occupants uf the resort to hand over to him about $SOO in money and two checks for $80 and $100. Taking advantage of a moment when the desperado's attention was attracted, William erase, who had been standing at the bar, made a dash for the troni door to give an alarm. Wheeling, the robber fired two shots at Cruse, but the bullets went wild. The noise of the shots and the hue raised on the sidewalk by erase drew a big crowd. Meantime the highway man, stuffing his loot into his pockets, backed out of the rear dor of the saloon and fled, firing twice again as lie quit ted the place. He was immediately pursued across n vacant lot on Fifteenth street by William Stuart, the bartender, who fired two bullets without effect. IMPORTANT DECISION BY JUDGE SEAWELL By Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Feb.' 26.— A de cision deemed to be of much importance was handed down today by Superior Judge Seawell In the case of Baker ft Hamilton against the Wlllianwburg City Flre Insurance company. It holds that In flro insurance policies tho presence of an earthquake clause does not absolve liability unless the company proves that the earthquake started on the premises Insured. DESPONDENT, DRINKS LAUDANUM; LIVES 11 and without work or money, C. M. Stevens, a laborer living at tho Los Angeles rooming house, First nnd San Pedro streets, attempted to commit suicide by drinking a large quantity of laudanum early this mornli The man was se-n to drink the poison and was at once removed to ihe receiving hospital. wh>>re emetics were given him in time to save his In, . Tllil i: OF TKJIPEIIATIHES City. Weather. Teiuprruturr. » " . Mill. Mm, l.o»l .o» Angrlra, rlrnr. .. . SO ua Boston, 1 1. iv.iv 4 ,7 New York, clear i* aa l'lttubiiru, ••li-iir ....... 10 iia ( hlt-HKo, pi. cloudy,,., 2(1 a a St. I'miil, |it. t-iouiiy. .. . as as • iucluuull, rlrur as 44 On, itlm, <'li-iir Jia 414 St. I.imilh, ruin .11 11 SlHikmir. ruin ii 44 Suit Ink.-. ruin :I2 -,s Denver, |»t. cloud) . ... .11 us l.lllle ll.ii-k, ralu a* 111 Nun I'ruu.'la.o, llirrul'K -I • .11 \lluulll, rulu 48 lid PRICE: SINGLE COPY 5 CENTS SEVENTEEN PERISH IN MONTREAL School Children Die in a Burning Building Structure Not Provided With Proper Fire Escapes Woman Principal Attempts to Save Pupils, but Loses Her Life. Sixteen Boys and Girls Suffocated By Associated Press. MONTREAL, Feb. 26. — Principal Maxwell and sixteen children perished in a fire this afternoon In the Hochelaga school of tho Protestant school commis sion. Tho fire was first noticed by work men employed near by. The teachers were notified and the work of getting the children out of the building begun. The kindergarten was located on the second floor and it was here that the loss of life occurred. Tha children started out, but found the low er hall full of smoke and refused to de scend. They retreated to the room whence they had come. The lire by this time was making its way upward and the smoke growing so dense that even the experienced fire men could not stand it. Firemen tried to get Miss Maxwell to go down the ladder, but she refused and rushed into ...e back part of the building in search of the children. Later she was found lying on the floor with a child .beside her. The deaths were caused by asphyxia tion. Mrs. Sarah Maxwell, principal of the school, was 31 years old. The children who were killed ranged from 3 to 8 years. « Gross Negligence ShoWn lt is asserted at the office of the building commissioner that official no tice was served on the school commis sioners in November that not only the school building', but fifty others in the city must be provided with fire es capes at once. None has been built at this school. Another point to be explained is why the kindergarten class had been taken to an upper story. A pupil in the second class said there was a bell in Miss Maxwell's room which was used when fire drill was giv er, and which could be heard all over the building. This alarm was not sounded. "My teacher," said the boy, "went out Into the hall and we all heard a great noise. Teacher ran back and Bei nied very much frightened and red ir. the face. She told us to get our things and run right home. "I ran out and as soon as I got to the landing 1 saw the stairway full of smoke, with boys and girls crowding on It afraid to go down. I rushed through them and ran down to the front door and called to the rest to come on and a lot of them came. The emoke was so thick in the hall down stairs in it it was just like dark. "I think the children who went into the cloak rooms after their wraps were the on»s that got killed.*' THE DAIS NEWS FORECAST For Southern California: Clear ing, colder Wednesday; brisk north winds; possibly light frost If wind lulls. Maximum temperature in Los Angeles yesterday, 62 degrees; mini, mum, 50 degrees. I —Explains1 — Explains how Fish lost job. — Long ordeal of witness now over. 3 — Woman dies in big fire. — No blame for gas explosion. s —Legality5 — Legality of board in doubt. 6— Editorial. 7 — City news. B —Sports.8 — Sports. 9 — Southern California news. — Classified advertisements. 11— Markets. 1 2 — Railroad news. COAST California law makers show hatred for state press. Bold highwayman makes big haul at San Francisco At meeting held in San Francisco ratisfactory arrangements are made to protect stockholders In L. M. Sullivan Trust company. EASTERN Sixteen school children and woman principal perish in burning building at Montreal Harriman defiant in his attitude to ward Interstate commerce commlsßlon. Steve Adams' attorneys declura pris oner will go free. LOCAL Woman is killed and five men and women are In lured in fire. Coroner's Jury renders verdict In »x- p losion case but blames no one. Civil service commission doubts legal' ity of election of board of education. > Frenchman made desperate by nines* outs his throat. Council hears of horrors practiced In receiving hospital.