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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, .
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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.

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