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PRICE: S^iBSK 40 CENTS VOL. XXXV. 2* 1 1 Mill: II m 400 KILLED IN WEST VIRGINIA MINE DISASTER VIGILANTES PATROLLING HOLLYWOOD ARMED MEN GUARD CITY OF HOMES WILL BHOOT DOWN PROWLERB ON SIGHT Citizens of Beautiful Suburb Deter. mined to Rid District of Burglars Who Have Made Many Breaks Recently, Twelve determined men patrolled the •treeta in Hollywood last night armed and determined to shoot to kill any g>rovvler found abroad after dark. "We have not formally organized a Vigilance committee," said one of the dtl- Bens patrolling a district last night. "It Is simply our intention to protect our homes. Ten attempts to rob residences in this vicinity havu been frustrated in the past week. Of course, we Intend to arrest lawbreakers and turn them over to the authorities." "If we catoh the man who has been making these breaks," eaid another vol unteer patrolman grimly, "we will turn him over to the authorities, but it will be the coroner who gets the case." No names are given and each man de clines to tell who his fellow patrolmen are. "We have stood about all of thia reign of terror we care to," said a man who stood at Cahuenga avenue and Prospect street at midnight. "Any marauder caught will be 6hot on the spot. "Every night for several weeks there has been a robbery or an attempt, and we Intend to put a stop to it." On several occasions recently Ehots have been heard at night, and these were usu ally followed by the explanation that burglars had been foiled in attempts to enter a residence In the best district of the town. About a week ago a burglar effected an entrance into the home of Philo J. Bever ldge on Prospect avenue and ransacked the upper part of the house, but got no booty. At Mrs. Carpenter's home on Palm ave nue a gold watch was stolen from Mrs. Hoar. The residence of C. A. Elder at Prospect and Gower was entered a few nights ago. Several articles of small value were taken. Thieves have mr<le two efforts to rob the home of Mr?. k^Uery. but were on both occasions frightened away. A num ber of other breaks have been made. LEOPOLD GIVES UP HOLD ON CONGO FREE STATE Crown Doma( ( Richest Section of Country, V/M Be Controlled Dl. rectly by Belgium Instead of by Ruler By Associated Press. BRUSSELS, Dec. 6.— The most import ant feature of the treaty annexing the Congo Free State to Belgium, now be fore the chamber of deputies, Is the fact that the crown domain, tho richest sec tion of ihe Congo, will not be independent and controlled by King Leopold, as has been generally supposed, but will pass to Belgium and be subject to Belgian la,ws. This fact is considered to be of great importance by those who have been most interested in the constitution of the Congo, and who have been loath to un derstand thai the stock company, in which the king has the largest holdings, would exploit the crown domain and re ceive all its revenues. It now appears from tho treaty that the revenues therefrom will bo employed in public benefits for the Congo and Bel gium in the establishment of hospitals, schools and churches. NO THEATERS, NO RACING IN NEW YORK, SUNDAY Blue Laws Will Be Enforced and Gay Gotham Will Be Given a Real Taste of the "Lid" By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Dec. 6.— At a special meet- Ing of tho Theatrical Managers/ associa tion yesterday it was decided that all theaters will remain closed on Sunday and that no toEt case of Justice O'Gor man's construction of the Sabbath en l tertalnment law was to be made. Early In the day Police Commissioner SBingham announced that not in regard to playhouses alone, but In every respect next Sunday would be the tightest In New York's history. He said further there would be no racing at the six-day blc^fle contest which is scheduled to begin at Madison Square garden Sunday night. MONKS IN BATTUE WITH BANDITS SLAY MANY Churohmen Rout Their Assailants, Who Are Later Pursued by Troops and Virtually Exterminated By Associate^ Press. '>..•.,, i. . ST 'PETERSBURG, Dec. 6.— Particulars have just been . received >'. here •of.; an > at tack by ¦ twenty : Lettlsh-Esthonlan > ban; dits upon a monastery near Pskov. The lighting was Iler<?e and ' determined. ,;. The bun-Jits '¦ were . finally : driven off tby ", tho monks, i who • lost , six J men U Willed and three ;.'• wounded 1 In V the . battle^ .:,;. The : a« gp^s'sors ..,.,¦;. in .i pursued .by troop' uiul •• darmes , and iii ihe ttajjsequeni hp" »'MKt,4 P , s^tliey ,v,i're ' .practically uxler ' '"" ; '^^ilt' itiiT tlWlßH ' • " ' ; '¦'¦ Los Angeles Herald. U.S. TROOPS RUSHING TO GOLDFIELD NEVADA EXCITED, MINERS ARE ARMED BLOODSHED LIKELY TO FOLLOW ARRIVAL OF BOLDIERB In Response to Governor Sparks' Ap peal, General Funston Dispatches Force to Sagebrush State By Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6.-Five com panies of Twenty-second Infantry, sta tioned at Fnrt MrPnwpll In this city, nnfl four companies of the same regiment at Monterey, were dispatched to Goldfleld today by Brigadier General Funston, com manding the department of California, in compliance with orders received from the war department late last night. The tro6ps were ordered to the >~g mining cam;> in Nevada by President Roosevelt, in response to an appeal from Governor Sparks of Nevada, who appre hends serious trouble as a result of the strike of the mirers and an attempt to open the mines with non-union labor. As Nevada has no state militia, Governor Sparks called for federal soldiers. Leave on Special Train About 130 men and fourteen officers, un der the command of Colonel Alfred Eey nolds, left the Oakland mole on a special train o: four Pullmans and two baggage cars shortly before noon today. The Monterey contingent, consisting of about 100 men, under Captain Curtis, left that city at 7 o'clock this morning. The San Francisco troops were delayed about two hours near Davlsville by the wreck of a freight train. Goldfield will be reached by the troops early tomorrow morning. It is said that the Monter-y detachment Includes a machine gun pla toon. The first section of the special train carrying the soldiers left Sacramento at 3:45 o'clock this afternoon. The second section, on which are the four companies from Monterey, did not leave Sacramento until 7 o'clock tonight. Owing to a storm in the Sierras, wire communication with Goldfleld is restricted. No overt acts have yet been reported, and while there is considerable exfiltemerit over the coming of the troops, good order prevails. GOLDFIELD EXCITED; .MINERS FEAR TROOPS i-y Associated Press. GOLDFIELD, Dec. 6.— There is intense but suppressed excitement In Goldtleld today over the expected arrival of the United States troops in the Qoldfleld camp tomorrow morning. It is the only subject of conversation. Miners' Union hall has been filled all day and a crowd fills the sidewalks and streets in front. There has been no demonstration to speak of, although there have been threats made by hot heads as to what they will do after the troops actually come. The miners have thought that the re ports of troops were all a bluff intended to Intimidate them, and they have only como to a realization of the real situa tion within the past few hours. They seem disconcerted and nonplussed, as events have happened and swept along too fast for them. They are certainly unprepured for the turn in affairs. President McKlnnon of the Miner's" union, a brother-in-law of William D. Haywood, is in charge of the miners' campaign. Vincent St. John has been in the hospital for several weeks as a result of a gunshot wound received in a duel betweon himself and another labor leader, but he is ready for duty now. Sheriff Disgruntled Sheriff Ingalls and his force are dis gruntled at the coming of troops, and this afternoon the sheriff disappeared, taking precautions that hi& whereabouts be not known. It is conjectured that his action has an important bearing on the present situation. Before he left the said he knew of no trouble in ijoklllofd and that the call for troops was made over his head. The sheriff and his forces have always been charged by the mine owners as being more than friendly to the miners. He is one of the owners of one of the largest saloons and gambling houses In Goldfleld, largely patronized by the miners. Lust spring during the strike hundreds of strmlng miners were sworn In as deputies and armed. It was because of their mistrust of the sheriff that the mine operators appealed to the governor direct. Under Sheriff Bert Knight and neany all the county officers signed a protest against troops in Goldfleld, and sent It to the governor. Garrison for Goldfield It Is understood by the- mine operator?! that the coming of the troops means a permanent garrison at Goldtteld It Is de clared that the plan has been under con sideration for a number of months, and that a number of appeals have been made by mine owners throughout the state for such action by the war department. But little of the details could be gathered, but It is understood the post will be a branch of the.Pregidio and that it will be a regularly established military post. *, The statement ' is ;. made » that '¦ the post would i have: been ..established in a; few months and t the troops are being hurried to Goldlleld ahead of time to prevent the possible : outbreak of . violence in event of an attempt on the part of owners to open the mines. '¦''.•'."¦<•; .;¦'¦' .'Y'-. : - ' ¦'¦!•' ' :i CARSON, X Nev., f, i Dec. , 6.— Governor Sparks I deparred this afternoon for Reno in a blinding rainstorm In an automobile in 5 order I to v meet f Col. '! Alfred ! Reynolds with : the '; United \ States •¦ troops ' bound for Coldttelti. The governor, received a dis patch, from. Gen. Funston requesting that some representative accompany the troops to t Goldfleld, and jj as X the * governor i has taken '„• the jj matter in his ; hands :•'¦ he will proceed t to • G oldneld * himself. Later <he will :¦ send ? one ; or » more i parties '. from .* his personal staff V, United •' Slates Assistnnt Marshal } Mack 'ret urn cd* to* this city nils evening from Qoldfleld. states ; that everything Is quiet as; far, us demonstra- (Con-.tuuvtl on Page Two.* SATURDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 7, 1907. PITTSBURG BANK FORCED TO SUSPEND FORT PITT NATIONAL UNABLE TO CONTINUE Depositors to Be Paid in Full, Accord ing to Statement Made by direct ors After Doors ol Institution Had Been Closed By Associated Press. PITTSBURG, Dec. 6.— The Fort Pitt National bank of this city failed to open for business this morning, a notice on the door announcing that "the bank was closed by order of the comptroller of the currency." It was signed by John B. Cunningham, national bank examiner of this district. President Andrew ,-Herron of the bank said today: "The depositors are fully protected. The suspension was precipitated by oc currences of yesterday, which made It necessary to close the bank for the pro tection of all concerned." The suspension had no apparent ef fect upon other institutions of the city. During the morning hours there were not more than twenty depositors about the bank. The last statement of the Fort Pitt National bank to the comptroller of the currency, issued December 3, shows Resources and liabilities, $5,552, 142; the. Institution has paid-in capital stock $1,700,000 and deposits of $1,937,014. The bank was organized in 1859. An drew W. Herron is president and Charles S. Lindsay cashier. Directors include prominent and wealthy citizens. The de cision not to open the bank was reached after a meeting of directors with the clearing house committee. Bank Exam iner Cunningham was notified and took charge. The directors issued the follow ing statement: "In the opinion of the directors the Fort Pitt National bank is entirely sol vent. Its depositors will be paid in full. Yesterday the clearing house committee directed that a . large amount of cash should be raised and placed In the bank at Once. Under tile present financial con ditions this course was impossible." CORTELYOU LIMITS PANAMA BOND ISSUE TO $25,000,000 By Associated Press.' WASHINGTON, Dae. 6.— The secretary of the treasury ha 3 accepted bids for the Panama canal bonds to the amount of 123.0C0.000.' The average price of all bids accepted is 103. Under the terms of inn law, und the secretary's acceptance of these bids, the allotment of bonds of individuals and iSiiFtltutlons will be confined to small "subscriptions from $10,000 down to $20. Secretary Cortelyou today decided to reduce by half the issue the bonds, and allotments to the amount of only $25,000, 00 have been made. FINANCIAL SITUATION IS IMPROVING, SAYS R. G. DUN By Associated Press. NEW YORK. Dec. 6.— R. G. Dun & Co.'s weekly review of trade will say tomorrow: "Further Improvement In the financial situation Is facilitating: the return of normal conditions, but there still is a great deal of idle machinery at mills and factories. "In the leading industries a disposition Is shown to defer production until there is no probability of cancellations, and consumers show an inclination to place orders for forward deliveries. Retail trade is fairly well maintained, demand for holiday goods assuming seasonablo iCoutiuiied on I'uffe Two.) The Stowaway Summary of the News FORECAST For Los Angeles and vicinity: Probably rain Saturday; fresh south winds. Maximum tempera ture yeaterday, 66 degrees; mini mum, 48 degrees. LOCAL Deranged man declares voices urge him to slay friends. Solemn services to be held by Los An geles priests at special feast. Mistake in bottle costs life of business man, who drinks poison. Wealthy i jean Park woman declares millionaire . ;iiant assaulted her. George Mason made head of Central National bank, to succeed William Mead. Vigilantes patrolling Hollywood to pre serve order. Baptists close convention with election of officers. Prisoner and family sob as he Is sen tenced to five years for burglary. Executors of husband's will took her own ring, declares widow in suit. X ray burned her, .declares woman in suit in which she asks $10,000 damages. Woman and man convicted of firing her cottage home begin fight for appeal. Meskil and Robe begin battle in courts. Robe kisses tiny baby. EASTEHN Between 300 and 400 miners believed tq have lost their lives in Pennsylvania as result of one of the most awful mlno horrors in the history of American mining. Largo bank in Pittsburg is forced to susp3nd. Secretary Cortelyou accepts bids on only $25,000,00^ worth of Panama canal bonds. Rivers and Harbors congress adjourns after important session In Washington. Reports of Dun and Bradstreet show that the financial condition throughout the country is Improving. Republicans start campaign of 1908 with assembly of their national committee; place for holding convention not yet chosen. Suicide of Clara Bloodgood, well known actress. Is still veiled in mystery- Egyptian mummy 4000 years old is in possession of a New, York art museum. Blue laws will be in force In New York ru'Xt Sunday .'.nd no theator^ will be open Fire in St. Louis rooming house causes a panic ntnoiiß inmates; several men se verely injured. rOHKIGiV Roosevelt is warm friend of Jnpni, according to Baron Kaneko, member of tho mikado's privy council, Anarchists plot dtnth of Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria and his heir to the throne. King Leopold of Belgium gives up his hold on the Congo Free State. Monks in Russia buttlo with bandits and slay many of them. COAST Morris Buck, slayer of Mrs. Canneld, hanged at San Quentln prison. federal troops are being rushed to Goldfield on a special train. Situation there is said to be critical; miners are well armed. Southern Pacific builds new line into San Francisco, completing bay shore en trance. Jury is selected at Boise for the trial of George A. Pettlbone, accused of com plicity In the Steunenberg murder. Judge's son terribly beaten by mlnerd at Goldfield. ; Man under arrest in Alameda cuts his throat, sets lire to the city jail and escapes. First white child born in San Francisco is dead. College Bu'ldlng Burned By Associated P-esa. TOPEKA, Kas., Dec. 6.— Rich hall at Washburn college was destroyed by flro today, involving a loss of *100,000. Thy building was four stories hlRl), contain ing the botanical und mineral collections and the laboratories. SUICIDE OF STAR VEILED IN MYSTERY HUSBAND CANNOT EXPLAIN ACTRESS' DEATH Body of Clara Bloodgood, Who Killed Herself in Her Hotel in Balti. ' more, Is Taken to New York By Associated Pros*, .' '¦> ' '' | BALTIMORE, Dec. ¦ 6.— The body of Clara Bloodgood, the actress, | who com mitted suicide by shooting in her . room In the Hotel Stafford : last night, was taken to New York today by her hus band, William Laimbler of New York.' ' Mr. • Laimbier, through John Emerson, stage manager of the company of which his wife i was a member, stated that the note ' left • for • him by his wife gave no clew, as to .the •: motive for her act. It merely referred to some business matters. Mr. .Laimbier, could I not, \ho declared, assign any reason for the deed. . Mr. Em erson could only ascribe . It . to the fears of a possible physical greakdown, a large number |of one-night ; stands having af fected her nerves. : '¦-.¦":... .. • The members of the theatrical company to which she belonged left for New York city Mater. '¦ It . was " learned today that Mrs." Bloodgood bought . two . revolvers ROOSEVELT WARM FRIEND OF JAPAN, SAYS KANEKO Member of Mikado's Privy Council Praises America's President for His Attitude Toward the Orient By Associated Press. TOKIO, Dec. o.— Viscount Kaneko has cabled President Roosevelt ns follows: "The whole empire is rejoicing at your strong recommendation that America should participate In our exposition, and 1 thank you on behalf of and with the authority of the people of Japan. "KANEKO." This dispatch is significant, as Viscount Kaneko is a member of the privy council. Viscount Kaneko said today: "Presi dent Roosevelt is always the firm friend of Japan nnd he brings out before the world what Japan Is whenever the op portunity offers. His message of 1900 eulo gized Japan in words which have become a classic with the Japanese people. This year again he luis clearly stated the position of Japan and his message in re lation thereto is commented upon every where with appreciation ai)d Joy. Presi dent Roosevelt's message Is regarded as indicative of true spirit of the American people, depicting the character of the true American, who says what he thinks and does what he says." Actress' Furnishings to Be Sold By Aseoclsted Pies* NEW YORK. Dec. 6.— The furnishings of Mrs. Leslie Carters New York house are to be turned into Christmas presents. Ezra Prentice, receiver in bankruptcy for the actress, yesterday secured an order from the court for the immediate sale of the contents of the house on his repre sentation that the bric-a-brac and an tiques in the house would sell to much better advantage before Christmas. Koreans in Revolt TOKIO, Dec. 6.— A dispatch from Seoul received today says that Immediately following the departure of Prince Ito a few malcontents attempted an uprising, iiul toward midnight on December 5 a crowd of Koreans attacked the branch police station. One Japanese was killed. OT IVT / "ill V< ". «"</\DII^V2. "DAILY.' Sc| : SUNDAY. 4 3e ISlJNijiJLrj C/0r11i.55. on trains, 0 CENTS EXPLOSION BRINGS TERRIBLE DEATH TO IMPRISONED MEN BODIES OF VICTIMS UNDERGROUND Accident One of the Worst in History of Country. Appalling Loss of Life— Little Hope That Any of the Entombed Laborers Has Escaped Awful Fate By Associated Press. MONONGAH, W. Va., Dec. 6. — That no fewer than 400 miners were killed by an explosion of black damp in mines Nos. 6 and 8 of the Consolidated Coal company of Baltimore at this place is now conceded by those who take the most hopeful and con servative view of the disaster. Of the victims six dead bodies had been taken from mine No. 6 at midnight and six others were piled up in the entry awaiting the completion of facilities for bringing them to the surface. From mine No. 8 at the same hour, fourteen bodies had been removed, and a number of others are ready to be brought out as soon as ar rangements can be completed. Three cha— ed bodies lying In the Im prbvised morgue, four badly injured men and 493 r.-.on imprisoned by tons of coal, rock and mine debris In the depths of the hills surrounding this mining town, with the chances all against a single one of them being alive, is the most accurate summary obtainable tonight of the results of a mine explosion today, which, in all probability, was attended by greater loss of life than any former dis aster in the history of the bituminous coal mining Industry of America. All Men at Work The explosion occurred shortly after 10 o'clock today, after the full force of 500 men had gone to work In the two mines affected. These two mines are No. 6 and No. 8 of the Consolidated Coal company, located on opposite sides of the west fork 01 the river, at this place, but merged in their underground workings by a headi.'ij.- and on the surface by a great steel tipple and a bridge. The finding of the three bodies and the four dying men is the only reward of the strenuous and uninterrupted work on the part of the large rescuing forces that immediately set to work at every possible point. The three living men, while unable to give any detailed report of the disaster, state that Immediately back of them when they began their frantic struggle for liberty there was a large number of men engaged In a similar struggle, while still further back In the workings there was a larger number 'of whom they know nothing. Others Farther Underground It is the opinion of the mine officials and others familiar with mining that these seven men had not penetrated the mine as far as had the majority of the day shift when the explosion occurred, and that they headed for and reached tho main entrance before the heavy cavein that now blocks the entrance not more than a few hundred feet of the maic opening of mine No. 6. As to the miners referred to by tho tcscucd men as having been alive when last seen it is believed they were caught back of a heavy cavein and could noi have survived more thnn a few minutes in the deadly gases with which the entry filled as soon as the ventilating system was interrupted. There is more hope for those in mbre remote sections of tha mine, as they may have reached work ings where fresh air is supplied by other openings, but at best, only the slender hope is entertained for the survival of any one of the men in the mine when the debris can be cleared awaf and communi cation with the outside re-established. One Thousand Employed The two mines regularly employ 1000 men, working in two shifts, 800 during tha day and 500 during the night, and the best information obtainable at this time is that the entire day force had gone to work this morning and that all were caught. * It was shortly after 10 o'clock when the explosion occurred, , and at that hour even the latest of the straggling force is cus tomarily at work, according to mine of ficials. Beyond these figures the company offi cials do not attempt to give estimates. The general opinion in thu town Is that the number of dead and imprisoned will reach 500. A few persons believe this number will be exceeded, claiming that more than half of the total force worked during the day, while, on the other hand, some think the number will be smaller. How It Happened There is much speculation as to the cause of the explosion, but the generally accepted theory is that it resulted from black damp, scientifically known as methane. It is believed that a miner at tempted to set off a blast, which blew out and Ignited an accumulation of the dead ly gas, and that this, in turn, ignited the coal dust, a highly inflammable substance found In greater or less quantities in all West Virginia mines. However, all explanations of the cause up to this time are necessarily specula •' tive. Only a thorough investigation after the mine Is reopened will disclose the cause, If It Is ever ascertained. The explosion affected both mines, and so far as now known appears to have done about as much damage in one as In the other. It has rot been established in which it originated. Evidencing the terrific force of the con cussion, props in the entry of No. 6 mine, supporting the roof, were not only shat tered and torn from their position, but were blown out of the entry and to the east side of the river. Other evidence of the awful force is shown In every sec tion of the mines visited by the rescuerE. Huge quantities of rock and coal have been loosened and hurled in every open ing. It is rumored here that mine officials have ordered 380 coffins shipped to Mo nongah as toon as possible. Worst in History This accident Is said to be the first wherein a loss of life occurred by ex plosion in the history of the region com prising some sixty mines, owned and operated by the Consolidated Coal com pany. In an explosion at the Berryburg mine, forty miles south, a tributary com pany two years ago nineteen men lost their lives. No. 8 mine was opened two years ago and was considered the most modern mine in central West Virginia. It was entirely equipped with electricity and considered absolutely safe. Electric motors were used, while the mine throughout was electric lighted and elec tric mining apparatus was used entirely. Mining experts, a large corps of doctors and others familiar with mining mattera hold out practically no hope to waiting friends that a single person In the shafts of. the mine at the time of the explosion has escaped death. Special Trains Ready Special trains are ready to bring the wounded to the hospitals hero as fast as possible. A hospital was arranged ut the opening of the mine, where the wounded will receive attention. Several men were practically blown out of mlno No. t> through an airhole. Their escape was miraculous. Twenty doctors from Fair mont are now on the ground and every attention is being given the men. The town of Monongah has a population of about 6000, and while for the most part the miners are of foreign birth there are still many American workmen. Tha coal company is one of the largest com panies of the kind in the country and Is capitalized at about $20,000,000. They have upward of 100 producing properties. S. P. BUILDS NEW LINE INTO SAN FRANCISCO Bay Shore Entrance la Completed. Grade Much Lets and Consider. able Time Will Be Saved By Associated Pram. SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8.-The new double track, or bay shore entrance, of the Southern Pacific into San Francisco up the peninsula will be formally opened Sunday, December 8. On the old route the maximum grade over the mountain out of San Francisco is 158 feet a mile; over the new route the maximum grade is less than sixteen feet a mile, and half of the distance there la no grade at all. The new route is three miles shorter than the old, the length of the cutoff being eleven miles. The five tunnels are electric lighted, have side walls and floors of concrete and arches of brick. They will accommodate three and In some cases four tracks. Tha distance saved is about four miles, but a, far greater saving is accomplished through the absence of curves and cross ings of heavily traveled streets. Many Burglaries In New York By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Dec. 6— That more burg laries and robberies have occurred In New York curing the last sixty ' day* than at any other like period In the his tory of the city is the statement of t&» agents of half a dozen burglary insur ance companies.