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PRICE: 40 CENTS by carrier lllUiil . tyf KjMUIX 15 I'liß MONTH VOL. XXXVII. M'MBKK ISO. 25 FAMILIES IN IDAHO BURIED IN BIG AVALANCHE Puget Sound Country Has Worst Storm in Many- Years FLOODS THREATENED Rain Falls During Gale While Snow in Moun tains Melt ' SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. 27.—A tele phone message from Wallace, Idaho, '■ays that twenty-Jive families and prob ably seventy-live persona were burled In an avalanche that overwhelmed the town of Mace tonight. '"... A special train at midnight left Wal lace, carrying rescuers. %» [Associated PreßS] WALLA WALLA, Wash., Feb. 28.— It is reported the village of Oem, across the canon from Mace, la also buried in the landslides. SPOKANE, Wash., Feb. 28.—At 1:30 this morning telegraphic reports to the Spokesman-Keviow from Wallace say three bodies have been recovered from the landslide at the Standard mine at Mace. Ono of these was a son of Mr. Pascoe, a well known mining man. The men who went from Wallace are digging with pick and shovel in tho mass of boulders, earth and snow. Seven hundred men on two relief trains left Wallace, Idaho, for Mace, five miles from Wallace, and where a snowslide has buried 25 families, at 12:45 and 1 o'clock this morning. Tel ephone connections with Mace are broken. Twenty years ago yesterday the famous Burke snowslide buried «0 men at another of the little mining towns in the canon. Hillsides are precipitous and the chinook wind and rain yesterday and Satur|> Vhad loosened the snow which has fi/.•winter been the heaviest since I»i. SEATTLE, Feb. 27.—The worst storm that has struck the Pacific north west in the last six years is raging over Western Washington and British Columbia. In Seattle the wind, blowing from the southwest, reached a maximum veloci ty of forty miles an hour, and main tained an average of thirty-six miles, while rain fell in torrents, increasing the danger from floods made imminent by the melting of snow on the western slope of the Cascade mountains. At 5 o'clock this evening the temper ature was rising, and the weather bu reau sent out new flood warnings. The storm center is now oil the coast of northern British Columbia. It is moving south and will cent^i- u:i Puget sound within the next twenty-four hours, according to the local weather bureau. The flood warning sent out by the weather bureau .tonight advises that there is grave danger of Hoods in the Puyallup, White, Duwamish, Snoho mlsh and Skagit river valleys. All of these streams have their sources in the mountains. They are bank full from the heavy rains that have failed in the last four days, and it is feared that the water from the melting snow in the hills will cause general Hoods In the lowlands. Seattie Rainfall Great The rainfall In Seattle today was an inch in twelve hours. Since Wednesday the rainfall has amounted to 3.56 inches, equal to the normal precipitation for the whole month of February. The railroads are still hampered with snowslldes in the Cascades. The Great Northern and the Milwaukee lines are hopelessly blocked, and the Northern Pacific is operating through the moun tains with difficulty. Northern Pacific train No. 7, from St. Paul, arrived in Seattle this afternoon, twenty-four hours late, having been detained at Katon by a snowslide. All other North ern Pacific trains are running from ten to twenty hou.s late. All trains using the Northern Pacific tracks between Taeoma and i 'ortland are being de toured by way of Olympia. The main line Is blocked at Rainier, Thurstou county, by the wreck of the north bound Portland-Vancouver limited, which ran into a slide. No one is re ported injured. The Great Northern is sending addi tional men to the mountain division to help open the line Reports from Everett tonight say that snow Is falling In the mountains, and there is litle prospect of getting tnt Great Northern line open within the next twenty-four hours. Telegraph wires are down and the details of the storm in the mountans are meager. The Great Northern is operating its St. Paul and Chicago overland trains via Vancouver, Wash., and the North Bank roadß. The east bound Kansas City express has been annulled. Marine interests on Puget sound suf fered little from today's storm. Storm warnings were sent out yesterday and ample preparations had been made to weather the gale. No reports have been received today from the observatory on Tatoosh Island, at the entrance to the Strait of Juan do Fuca, all wires lead ing to the island having been carried down by the storm. FLOODS IN NORTHERN OHIO - RENDER HUNDREDS HOMELESS CLEVELAND, Feb. "7.—Hundreds of persons have been driven from their homes at Fremont and other points throughout northern Ohio by tho floods, which reached their climax to night after thirty hours rain. The damage to property will reach many thousands of dollars. At Youngs town, two of the biggest steel plants are threatened by the rising of the Mahoning river. The Sandusky river is live feet beyond ti.e danger line at Bueyrus, and an immense ice gorge has formed. The most serious conditions are re ported from Fremont, where half the town is under water. At Akron botli the Little and Big Cuyahoga have left their banks. Many house! are Hooded. Practically the whole of Crawford county is submerged and it is feared that in remote parts famine may cii- B ue if prompt measures are not taken. I ocal authorities throughout tho whole district are dynamiting the gorges when have formed n the rivers. LOS ANGELES HERALD INDEX OF HERALD'S NEWS TODAY FORECAST For Los Angeles and vicinity: Cloudy, unsettled Monday; brisk north wind. Maximum temperature yester day, 75 degrees; minimum temper, ature, 49 degrees. LOS ANGELES Boy found flying In rlvnr bed from having eaten dozens of pollywogs and worms found In mossy, stagnant pol, which h-' thought was tapioca pudding-. PAGE 1 Pan tor urges churches to organize Cal I - fornla d«v lopment company. PAGE 12 Tiima homeswekers to retain original line- v up in spite of formation of line planned at Hhrino auditorium. I'ACSE 8 "Too many pods are curse of American nation," says pastor of Los Angeles Fel lowship. PAGE 12 Life of Lot is taken as object lesson for modern wealth seekers by Rev. Brough^r of Temple Unptlst church In impressive Sunday sermon. PAGE 12 Son of H. M. Flagler of fitandard Oil fame predicts million population for Loa An geles, and declares it most wonderful city in the world. FAOH 5 Sixth attempt made by incendiary to burn big apartment house on West Second street discloses unusual story. PAGE! 3 Companion carries on hla back for a mile youth wounded by accidental dis charge of rifle. PAGE 3 Ironworker nssaulted by fellow laborer because of remarks on proper way to drive rivets; may die. PAGE 3 Salaries of city employes may be re duced. PAGE 5 Los Angeles municipal band pleases an audience of 5000 at Sunday after noon program In Central park. PAGE 3 Party of New York autolsts reported lost on desert arrive safety. PAGE 8 Tuma information bureau to be opened In Chamber of Commerce buildinff. PAGE 8 Man's toot Blips at time explosion takes place and escapes being struck by heavy cylinder head. PAGE 12 Rev. Arthur 8. Phelps in sermon, "The Squalling of Dan Matthews," discusses new book. PAQETI2 Dr. Charles E. Locke deplores faith in spiritualism and denies dead com mune with living. PAOB 12 Romance begun at Pattnn asylum, when two Inmates fall in love anil are mar ried, ends In separation, and woman begs to be taken back to asylum. PAGE 8 Mrs. Ballington Booth addresses large crowd, reviews prison reform . work and tells of life among convicts. PAGE 2 Los Angeles Shriners are planning sev eral Important events for year. PAGE 7 Three persons Injured In auto and car accidents, and two victims expected to die. • PAGE 10 Chinese tender novel banquet to promi nent citizens of Los Angeles, and costly oriental delicacies served. PAGE 7 Man wanted in east as alleged partner of prisoner here, accused of making way with $10,000 in Jewelry, said to _- have been found. PAGE 7 Philanthropist Edwin Brown of Denver addresses Y. M. C. A. on necessity of municipal lodging houses. PAGE 7 Editorial, Letter Box. Haskln's Letter. PAGE « Deaths. PAGE 10 Mines and oil fields. PAGE 9 Municipal affairs. PAGE 6 Churches. . PAGE 12 City brevitlws, ' PAGE 5 Classified advertising. PAGES 10-11 Sports. PAGES «-7 Automobiles. ■ PAGE 8 Theaters and dramatic criticism. PAGE 5 Shipping. PAGE 10 SOUTH CALIFORNIA Mrs. Mary Stlllwell discusses Salvation army rescue work. PAOE 10 Venice policeman badly mussed up by motorcyclist who misunderstands sig nal. PAGE 10 Eugene Savage, aeronaut, narrowly es capes drowning at Long Beach. PAGE 10 Mad dog killed after fiercely attacking San Bernardino miner. PAGE 10 Wife of South Dakota senator run down at Venice and right foot la crushed. PAGE 10 COAST Pacific northwest Is experiencing the worst storm in years. PAGE 1 Body of murdered man anchored in San Joaquln river discovered by boys at play. PAGE 1 San Bernardino man wins suits for money from woman who caused his arrest. PAGE 1 Court overrules decision and holds sales of * lands delinquent in tax payments are valid. \ PAGE 2 Aviator Hamilton narrowly escapes in- > Jury in sensational flight at Douglas. Ariz. / PAGE 7 Politics In labor organizations may dis rupt company of state militia at Walla Walla. Wash. PAGE 8 EASTERN Secretary Halllnger may revoke Garfield act * granting: San Francisco permis sion to tap Hetchy-Hetchy. PAGE 1 San Francisco officials surprised at Bal linger'a action, but say it Is Insig nificant. _. . PAGE 1 Phone companies want girls over 6 feet In height, is statement made In the government report^ PAGE 10 Central labor union of Philadelphia votes to call out 140 trade organiza tions and It Is expected 125,000 men will respond to order. . PAGE 1 Postmaster General Hitchcock, reply ing to publishers, declares government loses on second class mail matter. PAGE 3 Long session of congress and bitter op nositlon to president's bills expected. PAGE 2 Stock markets become inactive and movement of prices Irregular. PAGE 2 Chairman of house appropriation com mittee announces opposition to Meyer naval program. PAGE 12 FOREIGN , Liberal government In Great Britain faces ministerial crisis and ministry Is likely to be overthrown. PAGE 1 Nlcaraguan government Investigates re- Dort of capture of town by insurg ents. PAGE 2 Methodism successful In Italy, says pas tor of American church In Rome. PAGE 10 Intellectuals In Berlin denounce Prus sian suffrage bill. PAGE 10 Roosevelt refuses to discuss public ques tions as his long absence has left him out of touch with affairs. PAGE 3 MINING AND OIL New owners meet with difficulty in draining Tennessee mine «t Chloride. Canadians seek oil land In west side fields. PAOE 9 Old Vulture mine near Wlckenburg Is scene of rich ore strike.-. PAGE 9 Liberty mine at Tonopah makes third gold discovery In three months. PAGE 9 SPORTING t . Sam Langford arrives and will begin train ' Ing at Arcadia for fight with Plynn. PAGE G Racing at Juarez closes with running of derby, which in won by German Silver. the favorite i, PAGE 6 Owen Moran and Harlem Tommy Murphy tight twenty rounds tonight at San Francisco. PAGE c Walter Folsom's Mischief II wins two more races In series for dory boat trophy i cup. : .: I>AGB 1 MONDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 28, 1010. ORDERS 125,000 MEN TO STRIKE IN QUAKER CITY Central Labor Union Coun cil Votes to Call Out 140 Trade Unions SITUATION IS SERIOUS Riots Continue Unabated; Two Are KU.ed by Car Jumping Switch [Associated Press] PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 27.—After a N session of more than six hours the Central Labor council dele gates tonight voted to call a sympa thetic strike of 140 trade unions In the organization, beginning next Sat urday. The delegates claim 125,000 men will respond to the call. This action of the Central Labor union is fraught with momentous consequences, the union officials say. The 'decision was made at a secret session of 700 delegates in Labor Ly ceum hall, which lasted more than six hours. There was apparently no ques tion but that the delegates would vote to strike, the split being on whether or not the strike would be started im mediately. The more conservative element prevailed, however, and the walkout was put off until next Sat urday. Meanwhile there is hope that the ißtreet railway strike will be arbitrated, despite the repeated declaration of the company that "there is nothing to ar bitrate." Nobody doubts that tonight's action of the Central Labor union makes the situation very grave. There is a strong feeling, "specially among busi ness people, that the strike should be settled speedily, as all lines of busi ness suffer from the Interference with traffic. Consequently there is much sympathy for the move for arbitration, made by the clergymen of all denom inations early in the week. Vote Is Strong One There was surprise at the unanimity of the vote in favor of a general sym pathetic strike. The matter today had been discussed previously and there waa a mixed sentiment as to the wis dom of calling out all classes of work men. Leaders of various trade unions said they were opposed to a general strike because it involved broken trade agreements. Others doubted their ability to order all workmen to lay down their tools, and have the order obeyed. "j As the gathering was secret, little of an authoritative nature can be learned "f what transpired behind the barred doors. That there was much oratory is evident, a« the meeting lasted from a short time after 2 &i lock until 8:30 o'clock In the evening. The great crowd of working people gathered outside the hall would occa sionally hear loud cheering, and a re sponsive cheer would go up from the outsiders. Finally, whin the meeting was adjourned and the announcement was made that unless the Philadelphia Rapid Transit company conies to an agreement with its stilklng employes by next Friday the greatest strike in the history of Philadelphia will be in stituted, there was a great t£u*et, and the crowd dispersed. Not only members of unions affiliated with the Central Labor union and the Allied Building Trades council, but of every labor organization in the city in any way connected with the American Federation of Labor participated in the meeting. Two Meetings Held Two separate meetings were held. The delegates to the Central Labor un ion met on one floor of the building, while the president and business agents of the other organizations met on the next floor. Declaring- tiie car strike here had be come a battle between capital and la bor, the members of the Central Labor union unanimously adopted a resolu tion that every union man and woman stop work next Saturday, if in the meantime the striking car men have not reached an agreement with the Philadelphia Rapid Transit company. When this raaotuttoa was forwarded to the other meeting it was received enthusiastically, but was amended so that the strike would begin 'I ueaday. This amendment was sent to the Central Labor union, where it mis de bated several hours, but finally it was determined to abide by the original resolution. • There was much rioting during the day. Cars were stoned, motottnen and conductors beaten and many passen gers struck by flying missiles. Nearly a dozen riot calls were received at po lice headquarters. Hnl in most instances the mobs wore dispersed with riot sticks alone. Sev enty-five arrests were made. Crowds of men unji boys who usually lill tin' streets Sunday were responsible for most of the attacks. The orders of the director of public safety that wag ons iinisi not bo used if/suited in many disturbances. Car Runs Into JK ick House Driven at a high rate of speed to escape a mob that was pelting it with bricks and stones, a troJley car struck an obstruction, left the tracks and ploughed into a brick house. The car was, demolished and the motorman, conductor and policeman on guard on the car were injured. When a policeman on a car fired a shot from his revolver over the heads of a threatening mob in another quar ter every window in the car WEI shat tered by stones. The frightened mo torman and conductor sought protec tion In a store. The mob endeavored to demolish the cur, hut state police drove the rioters back. Policemen were obliged to shoot be fore they succeeded in dispersing a mob of 2000 gathered »t a corner where a policeman had forced the driver of a huckster wagon, converted into a bus to unload his passengers. This had' infuriated the crowd ami they started to wreck a passing trolley ear. Charged with complicity in a plot to blow up trolley cars filled with pas sengers, and to destroy other njro] of the street railway company, Charlei R. Copeland, a striking conductor, and William Field, a stationary engineer, formerly of New York, were held in 12000 ball today by Magistrate Heaton I in the central polti 8 murt. j The men wer«; arreited by H. i. Sil (L'uutiuued uu I'aijc Twit) RIOT SCENES IN QUAKER CITY, CAR STRIKE LEADER AND MAYOR \BREAKERFROM ; -1 MAY REVOKE GARFIELD ACT BALLINGER TAKES UP HETCH HETCHY MATTER San Francisco Asked to Show That Lake Eleanor Will Not Be Ample to Meet Water Needs of City [Associated rrojHl WASHINGTON, Fob. 27.—Tt is not necessary that Heteh-Hetehy valley, in Yosemlte national park, should be available to San Francisco for a mu nlclpal water supply, according to re ports to the interior department by the geological survey and reclamation ser vice made public today. Secretary Ballinger, accordingly, lias rfauested the mayor and supervisors of the city and county of San Francisco to sh,ow cause why the permission pre viously grunted by the interior depart ment for the contingent use of the Hetch-Hetchy sites should not be re voked. These officials have been given until May 1 to reply, after which the secre tary will render his decision. A permit granted the city and county by Secretary Garlleld May 11, 1908, pro vide,l for the full development of the Lake Eleanor valley as a source of water supply, and after its full capacity bad '"en attained tlle Permit author ized the utilization of the Hetch-Hetchy site for this purpose, provided the needs of San Francisco and adjacent cities required it. Confirmation of this permission was sought at the last session of congress, but no action was taken. To determine the necessity of retain ing Hetch-lletehy within the terms of the permit, Secretary Ballinger in October last Instructed Director Smith of the geological survey and Engineers Hill and Hopson of the reclamation ser vice to Investigate the subject. These officials have rendered their reports and concur In the conclusion that the Lake Kleanor project is amply suffi cient to meet the present and prospec tive needs of the city. BALLINGER'S ACTION CAUSES INDIGNATION SAN FRANCISCO, Fob. 27.—The news of Secretary Balltnger's action in forcing the city officials hero to show caUM by May I why the permission granted by the interior department for tho contingent use of the Hetch-Hetchy water sites for San Francisco's water supply should not be revoked caused great surprise and excitement here, and the city officials were active all Mayor McCarthy said: "It is an old matter and will have no significance. Lone before the city is ready to use the water from Hetch-Hetchy the men who now are so much exercised over this matter will have gone to heaven, and this city will have no difficulty in securing 0»e rights when it needs them. I dn not' think the action of the sec retary of the Interior will have any Influence on the sale of the $45,000,000 bond Issue recently authorized.' "I presume that it is the work of the nat-ro lovers," said City Attorney Percy V. Long. "I apprehend that it is i move on Mr. Hailing,r'.s part to mollify the 1 nature lovers and to cut a sop to trie conservationist! who have be»n active in bringing about the in vestigation of his conduct m office." It is planned to xend a delegation to Washington soon to talk to Mr. Bal llnger. SERIOUS FLOOD FEARED PITTSBURO, Feb. 27.—At Bradford tonight it mi reported the river had already overflowed its bMlki and that a serious Hood Is feared. At Carnegie, which alreadj has had two floods thin ■eaioa, the peopM .tonight moved to second floors. ANCHORED BODY FOUND IN RIVER CORPSE NEAR HERNDON INDI CATES MURDER MYSTERY Sheriff of Madera County Institutes Search for Person Who May Be GiHlty of Crime—Victim's Head Mutilated \ [Associated Press] FRESNO, FiM>. 27.—With hla feet fastened together with a rope, his neck broken ami his Wad split open, the body of an unidentified man was found anchored to a sac\k full of rocks in the San Jouquln ri\er, near Herndon, lute yeaterd&y. From all appearances the body had been in the water about two weeks. Dean Dougherty anij Merlin Crown, two Fresno boys, discovered the body while playing on the bank of the river. The man was standing upright when found, his feet imbedded in the slime in the bottom of the river and his body swaying to and fro with the current. As the body was fnund just over the county line in Madera county the coroner of that district was called. It took the strength of four men to lift the body from the water and this was done only after the bottom of the lack gave out, allowing the rocks to remain in the mud. After washing the body Deputy Cor oner Jay found the man had received two gashes in the back of his head, each about three inches long, the brain being visible. On the right side of his iKe was a ga.sh about two inches in length. The man was bruised terribly about the mouth and his neck was broken. David Adams, a blacksmith of Ma dera, has identified the body as tint of a man who came into his shop about two weeks ago. He was with another man and when the two left they said they were going to Herndon to camp for a week. The dead man had some money on him at the time. The sheriff's office ;it Madera now has an excellent description of the dead man's partner, and a search has been instituted for him. Tho men said they came from Stockton. The dead man was a blacksmith and an engineer, and his partner was a millwright, according to the story they told Adams. ASKS MONEY FROM WOMAN WHO CAUSED HIS ARREST San Bernardino Man Detained in Salt Lake City on Charge of Em. bezzling Diamonds SALT LAKH CITY, Feb. 27.-C,et ting permission from the detectives, who had just arrested him, to go to the telegraph Office, O. 11. Scott, of San ' Bernardino, Cal.. today wired the woman whose complaint caused his de tention to send him $350 by telegraph. Soott, who Is said to be a well known club man. was arrested at the request of the sheriff of San Bernardino county, who says that he is chm with embeuling diamond earrings worth $1500 from Mrs. A. B. Marian. ' He lias been staying at the Cullen ho tel here and promoting an Invention. SINGLE .on trains, s cents • LIBERALS FACE CABINET CRISIS BRITISH MINISTRY LIKELY TO BE OVERTHROWN Situation Depends on Statements of -Government's Policy Which Pre mier Asquith Will Present to House of Commons [Associated Press] , LONDON, Feb. 27.—The session of the house of commons tomorrow prob ably will prove fateful for the Liberal government. Premier Asquith's minis try may be defeated by the adverse vote of the radicals and nationalists. It may survive, only to be plunged into the throes of a ministerial crisis and possible aissoluton, owing to the di vergent views of the ministers on the question of the reform of the house of lord*. Or it may be saved from ex tinction by the votes of the unionists. Everything will depend on the nature of the statement of the government's policy, which Premier Asquith will present to the house. To a great ex tent the .situation is dominated by the desire of all parties of avoiding a gen eral election. The nationalists will meet before parliament assembles to decide their course of action, and if, as now seems certain, the premier has decided to postpone the attempt to reform the house of lords, there is every proba bility that the government will survive at least for a few months. CHILD MISTAKES POLLYWOGS FOR TAPIOCA PUDDING; FOUND DYING BECAUSE he thought that frog spawn, P°»y™°Ks a"l u^fn a^tag* Eaploca pudding and ate a quantity of it which he found lri a stag nant pool bark of his home, Pedro Himas the 9-y u e"-old son °f H. Hlmas, 8205 Utah street, is lying near death at the county hospital ana little hope hi held out for his recovery. to eat -vera, days ago and 1 when he found something which to all appearances was the ""■"^kimi ?L pu^ nfools^ C hinfo? m&kest T iijr,Xio&i m % f°r ThT'bofwas found later by his father struggling ln.tenjble agon£ He was rushed to the county hospital at once, but at midnight all efforts, of the physicians to revive him were futile. . . Not only had the little fellow eaten the poisonous spawn until he could eat no longer, but he had also filled his pockets wit h _the, moss and pollywogs and even in his intense agony at the hospital did not wish to giVein th ge a?he UHng up the eggs young Hlmas was not able to get them fast enough with one hand, so-he used two. He was not particular what else he scraped up with them, either, and devoured angle worms. in the mud °f tWhe Pn oo founa Xh de w^rco^ed with mud that his father scarcely recognized him. In feeding himself he had smeared mud all over his face and clothes and had it plastered thickly on his head. ' t V o V fh«'^S The theory, entertained for a little time at the hospital that the child had suddenly gone Incane is not credited now, as to all appearances, he is perfectly rational. The only reason that can be assigned for his strange actions that he believed ho was eating the same • substance he was riven at home a few days before. ■ . .«.»'.» i_ The boy was not driven to eat the slime of the creek bed from hun ger as he had Just partaken of a hearty meal. t He is in perfect health. and the doctors are counting on his robust constitution to , pull; him through.^ delirium at the hospital last "evening 1 the boy kept murmuring about the jelly he was eating. His father explained r.his family always ; referred to tapioca as jelly, and it Is because of this it is believed ho mis took the frog eggs for tapolca. ■ ____^____—_____ CENTS SIXTH ATTEMPT MADE TO BURN FLAT BUILDING Jncendiary Plies Torch to Large Apartment House on Second Street CASE DEEP MYSTERY Lodgers Extinguish Blaze; One Is Injured—Woman Tells of Plot FOR THE sixth time in the last three months an attempt was maffle last night to burn the four story double apartment house conduct ed by Miss C. D. Cross, 508-310 West Second street. i Miss Cross stated after the flre had been extinguished with light loss that she had kept previous attempts from publicity, but the nervous strain she has undergone in the last few months has been more than she could stand, and she desired police protection to prevent the destruction of her prop erty. The flre last night was discovered about 7 o'clock, a few minutes after Miss Cross had left her apartments to visit a friend. Mrs. Frank Levins, who occupies one of the apartments, detected the odor of smoke and investigation disclosed a lively blaze in the hallway on the sec ond floor. A trunk owned by Miss Cross had been left in the hallway near the head of the first flight of stairs. On the trunk was a bundle of laundry, a small table cover and a number of newspapers. The fire could not have been due to other than incendiarism. say the firemen and patrolmen who in vestigated. The cries of Mrs. Levins attracted a number of roomera and the fire was put out with pails of water carried to the scene by willing handa. One Roomer Burned Alfred Chrishensen, a roomer on tho first floor, was the first to respond to the cry for help and threw the bun dles of burning laundry and paper into the street. His hands and face were scorched, but his timely work doubt less prevented a serious conflagration. The blaze was put out when the fire apparatus arrived. A number of en gines were unable to climb the steep hill leading to the West Second street entrance. With the wind blowing al most to a gale it was strange the fire did not gain more headway before be ing extinguished. Miss Cross was notified by telephone that a fire of mysterious origin had broken out at her rooming house. When she arrived at her home she was in a state of nervous collapse, and on her recovery related a rare story of the many attempts to burn her house. To The Herald reporter Miss Cross said: "I have borne my trouble long enough, and despite the fact that I have tried to put the thought out of my head. I realize that someone is at tempting to burn my house. Who it Is or what the motive is I have been unable to fathom, but six attempts at fires during the last three months have been enough to convince me. ■Christmas night I left the house to visit a friend and when I returned was informed that the instantaneous gas heater had been turned on and lighted full force and the water withdrawn from the tanks. I regarded it at tho time as a queer accident, but twice since the same thing has happened and flre has been prevented only by the prompt work of my roomers. Other Attempts Made "Three weeks ago I left the house and on my return was informed a fire had been discovered blazing under the stairway leading to my rooms, but it was put out with slight loss. Since that time fire was discovered in the pantry beneath my sleeping room and was not put out until everything in the pantry was destroyed. •The pantry flre may have been an accident but tonight's flre and the at tempts to explode the gas heater I am sure were of incendiary origin. "What worries me is the fact that I have no enemies that I know of. but someone Is evidently attempting to de stroy the house, or at least to ruin my ""Tonight's flre could not have hap pened accidentally. It would be an ■easy matter to go up the stairs and start the flre. and to go away wUhout being noticed—that would be difficult. For business reasons I have kept the other fires secret, but I think it time I should ask police protection not alone for my financial interest, but for the protection of the families who oc omiv mv rnnms."