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ISI'.MIIMI 9. i lllOJll ■ O\f VylillTl 13 11 It MONTH
TORNADO OF FIRE STRIKES MINNESOTA; 2000 MISSING
GRAVE IS SEALED
OVER 14 VICTIMS
OF FIRE TRAGEDY
Rev. Robert Burdette Delivers an
Intensely Impressive Sermon
in Temple Auditorium
GRIEVING WOMEN UNNERVED
Five Thousand Persons Witness
Last Rites at Burial Place
in Hollywood
Fourteen unidentified dead, victims
of the Times disaster, were buried yes
terday. While the bells of the chapel
at Hollywood cemetery were chiming
the last chords of "Nearer My God to
Thee," fourteen flower-laden caskets
wera lowered into the graves. Five
thousand persons witnessed the last
rites for the dead.
Fathers, mothers, wives, sisters and
sweethearts of the victims wept bit
terly and wrung their hands with grief
us the caskets bearing the charred re
mains of their lovgd ones were car
ried tenderly to the grave. Little chil
dren, somo made fatherless, others
brotherleas by the catastrophe which
killed twenty-three men, clung to the
skirts of their grief-stricken mothers.
Thousands of sympathetic personß
mingled with the relatives, and with
bowed heads and tear-dimmed eyes
Jolnod in the funeral services. Among
the vast throng that paid tribute to
the dead were bankers and business
mon and laborers. Many of them were
union men.
TJIKK.K THOCBAND AT SERVICES
At 2 o'clock In the afternoon 8000
persons had filed Into Temple au
ditorium and taken their seats. The
lower floor had beon reserved for rela
tives and friends of the dead. Here and
there against a background of a sea
of faces were patches of mourning
black. White-robed nurses moved
lightly among- the relatives. Long be
fore the dark purplo curtain, stretched
across the auditorium, had been lifted,
throwing Into view the gray coffins
resting on the banks of flowers on
the stage, the sobs of many women
and children and the sighs of grief
stricken men were heard. The masses
<if humanity packed in the balconies
Joined in the sorrow of the ones more
closely related to the unfortunate em
ployes.
Outside the biff building hundreds
of persons stood in the streets, unable
to obtain admittance. White-gloved
police stood like statues every few feet
alone the line of the crowd, but there
appeared no work for them to do.
The crowd seemed like one man stand
ing in the presence of death.
PATHETIC SCENES ON STAGE
Shortly after 2 o'clock the first
chords of the funeral march throbbed
from the organ and reverberated
through the great auditorium. The
curtain was raised and fourteen coffins
stretching in a semicircle from one
pnd of the stage to the other, with a
large reproduction In flowers of the
Times building in the center, were
placed in view of the audience. A
groan of anguish went up from the
throng. Women shrieked, children
cried men covered their faces with
their hands. The great organ ceased
Its thundering and the expectant
crowd sat rigid and tense.
From the orchestra pit fifty men,
members of the Orpheus club, stood
and sang "The Lost Chcrrd," and the
music of their voices agatn brought
sounds of grief from the lower floor.
Rev. Robert J. Burdette, pastor
emeritus of Temple Baptist church,
appeared on the platform off the stage
and raised his hands in prayer. The
sound of his voice seemed to relieve
thfi pain of the fathers and mothers,
wives and children of the dead, but
before he had ceased they were once
more weeping.
Rev. Dana W. Bartlett read a pas
sage from the Scriptures. Following
another hymn from the Orpheus club,
Rev. Dr. Burdette stood before the
audionce and delivered the funeral
address, which must live long in the
memories of thoso related to the vic
tims of the dlsastetr.
In a voice tense with feeling, Dr.
Burdette described In minute detail
the night previous and the morning
following the explosion. He pictured
the newspaper room with the click of
the operator's key and the typewriter
of the reporter, sounding off the news
of the world from the four corners of
the globe. He described the excite
ment, yet perfect order in the midst of
seeming confusion. He took his aud
ience Into the linotype and press rooms
whore the rattle and din of the ma
chines nnd labor of the men preceded
the birth of a morning issue that was
being printed—all unconscious of lm
penrltng dlsastetr.
"And then," said Dr. Burdette, "1
o'clock and a pleasant morning. 'All's
well," calls the angel of the watch.
Duty walkod down the busy line of
these sons of fidollty. She called the
roll of honor beside the cradle of the
new born day."
IMIAJrATIO ROM* CAM. OF DEAD
Here followed the most dramatic
scene ever witnessed by many In that
throng by thousands. One by one,
from assistant city editor to the men
down deep in the basement of the
Times' building, laboring with the
presses. Dr. Burdette called their names
and answered "Here." As the names
of their loved ones echoed through the
room cries of hysterical grief and
anguish rent the air. Heavily veiled
women tore the veils from their faces
and rocked their bodies to and fro in
mute agony, and the children, not un
derstanding it all, looked on in wide
eyed wonder.
"High and clear, like a herald trum
peting the advent of the new day,"
continued Dr. Burdette, "rang the
voices of the angels of the watch.
"One o'clock and ten minutes. A
pleasant morning. All's well.
"Crash and thunder of the forces of
destruction! Roaring of the powers of
red-hfinded anarchy! The purple night
Is polluted with the lurid flames leap-
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PRISONERS BEAT
SHERIFF; ESCAPE
Two Men Break Jail at Santa
Ana—Sheriff Says 'Shoot
on Sight'
[Special to The Herald]
SANTA ANA. Oct. 9.—A jail break
■was made at 1 o'clock today from the
county Jail by two Mexicans, Rosarlo
Saiz and Alejo Maclas, one accused of
murder and the other suspected of
forgery. They beat down Sheriff Lacy
as he was opening the ward door to
permit a church worker to leave the
jail, locked him in the cell, armed
themselves with rifles from the sher
iff's office and escaped. Though a
score of men have been scouring the
country, the Mexicans are still at
large.
Saiz is accused of killing Jose Mach
ado on September 23, 1909. Macias has
been in trouble. Both men were
awaiting trial.
Miss M. C. Kerl, in charge of the
Spanish mission here, visited Saiz,
Macias and other Spanish prisoners
this afternoon and held a service.
Sheriff Lacy openod the outer door,
which separated his office from the Jail
proper, and then opened the double
door to the felony ward, Macias came
close to the door to shake hands with
Miss Kerl. As she backed out Macias
and Saiz seized the door and Jerked
the sheriff inward. Lacy threw his
arms around Macias and downed him.
Miss Kerl kicked the outer door. She
became frightened, and when Saiz or
dered her to open the portal she did so.
fcalz dragged her from the door, then
turned and struck Lacy over the head,
dazing him and freeing Macias. They
ran out and continued their flight.
They threw the keys into H. Morse's
yard, two blocks distant.
On French street they tried to take
bicycles from L. H. Padgham and F.
W. Opp, but, alarmed at Padgham's
outcry, they shoved a rifle in his face
and put him to flight. They were seen
last in a thick walnut orchard a mile
from the jail.
Stockford Wheaton carried City
Marshal Edwards and Officer Glover
in an automobile to this orchard, ar
riving shortly after the jail breakers
were seen. Armed with rifles, posses
were soon stationed and searches were
made, but without success. About 4:30
o'clock word came that two Mexicans
were seen in a buggy headed through
Tustin. Automobiles with deputies
went that way, but found no further
trace.
The police assert Saiz 13 the most
desperate Mexican in this end of the
state. They say he was a smuggler
of Chinese. Orders were given by
Deputy Sheriff Theo. Lacy, jr., to shoot
him down on sight.
MONDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 10, 1910.
(Sorrowing Crowds Witness Placing Bodies of Victims of Times Disaster Aboard Funeral Cars
INDEX OF THIS MORNING'S NEWS
LOS ANGELES
Police extend Times disaster Investiga
tion beyond Southern California.
PAOE! 3
Arthur King unconscious as speeding
automobile crashes Into bakery. PAQQ 2
Plans completed for seat sale In Audi
torium tomorrow for performance to
aid sufferers from Times fire. PAGE 3
One hundred thousand dollar edifice of
Trinity M«thodlst church. South,
Jilanned. PAGE) It
Fourteen victims of disaster In Times
office burled In one grave. PAQE 1
Editorial and Letter Box. PAGE! 4
City brevities. I'AOB 6
Church honors memory of J. Wesley
FOR THE WIDOWS AND ORPHANS
The response to the appeal for funds for the relief of the wives and families of the men
killed in the Times explosion has been ready and liberal but the opportunity is still offered to
those who have not yet contributed to give as they are able. The families of most of the victims
are left without any means of support; some of the workmen were endeavoring to pay for their
homes, and these will be lost to the families unless the Los Angeles public, always noted for its
generosity, adopts these sufferers as its own.
This public appeal is made at the request of Mayor Alexander, who has designated the
newspapers and banks of the city as a committee to receive subscriptions. _ .
Let all give as they are able—dimes or dollars are equally aceptable if given in the spirit ot
sympathy.
The mayor has appointed the following committee to disburse the funds collected: Dana \V.
Bartlett, Arthur Letts, H. W. Frank, C. O. Hawley and D. A. Hamburger. Subscriptions re
ceived by The Herald up to last night were as follows:
Boos Bros.' Cafeteria $100.00
Japanese Restaurant Association 50.00
Isaac Norton 50.00
Golden State camp No. 7110, Modern
Woodmen of America 50.00
C. Q. Stanton , 25.00
Dr. H. M. Field 15.00
W. S. Hancock council No. 20,
J. O. U. A. M 10.00
Ladies Robert E. Lee Chapter No. 278
U. D. C 10.00
L. A. Lodge No. 1, T. F. B 10.00
Alice M. Brown , 10.00
E. E. Kusel , 10.00
Dr. Francis B. Kellogg 10.00
A. E. Woolard 10.00
William Read 10.00
Ocean Park Camp, M. W. A. * 5.00
Elizabeth Brown Pallette \ 5.00
L. F. G 5.00
Wm. M. Sanders , 5.00
James Hanley , 5.00
G. G. Magill , 5.00
Cash , 5.00
J. O. Lotspeich , 5.00
Melville Dozier I, • 5.00
J. N. Snidecor 5.00
Mr. and Mrs. O. W. Reno 5.00
L. A. Central W. C. T. U 5.00
Reaves, one of victims of Times dis
aster. PAGE 3
Society and clubs. PAGE 8
6ports. - PAOftS 6-7
Mining and oil fle»ds. PAQH »
Mothers' congress. PAGE t
Shipping. PAGE 5
EASTERN
Forest fires in Minnesota destroy lives
of 300 settlers and reduce several
towns to ashes. PAGE) 1
Employes #t Starkville mine In Colorado
make futile effort to raach fifty-two
Imprisoned comrades. PAGE 1
Aviator Ely starts from Chicago to
New York, but accident delays him.
PAGE 2
Mrs. Annie Gibson ■• • $2.50
Mrs. Augusta Metcalf. 2.50
A.B. C ••■ 2.50
Cash i 2.00
A Friend, Ocean Park 2.00
Dora Chamberlain ..... - 2.00 .
Friend— X., the Newsboy -.. 1.00
Union Brick Layer 1.00
Mr. and Mrs* Geo. Dowling 1.00
An Old Soldier 1.00
Cash ........ • 1.00
Cash i ..." : i 1.00
A. M „ • •=«• .'...«.> •• - - 1-00
Man , ..'•......... .1.00
J. W. M I : 1.00
Giver ................,......; 1.00
Cash » ..'.......:.:.«.., 1.00
Cash 1.00
Cash ■.., 1.00
Cash ** 1.00
T. O. Kent .., 1.00
Cash 1-00
Cash 100
Friend .;;V.:. 1 1-00
Friend % i 100
Friend „ > ;........« 100
L. A. Motorman '... 1-00
Friend J...V .50
Cash 50
SOUTH CALIFORNIA ,
Two prisoners beat sheriff and escape
from Jail at Santa Ana. PAGB 1
Venice milkman's horse hurled sixty
feet by electric train. PAGE 10
State comptroller's figures place San
Bernardino tenth among counties.
PAGE 10
Rev. Robert Freeman accepts call to
Pasadena Presbyterian pulpit. PAGE 10
Floating pile nearly kills bather at
Lone Beach. PAGE 10
COAST
Nuns conduct 400 children to safety
from burning building at San Fran
cisco. PAGB a
j.ivt/11 Li ( V )»•>! I^Sl* DAII.T to. ON TRAINS So.
Jslll ljrJ-ii!i V^/l 11j&. SUNDAYS sc. ON TRAINS 10*
POISONOUS GASES
RETARD RESCUERS
Heroic Efforts to Save Fifty-two
Men Imprisoned in the
Colorado Mine
s I AUKVii.i I , Colo., Oct. o.— At least
fifty-two men are entombed tonight in
the Starkvllle mine of the Colorado
Fuel and Iron company, while in the
approaches to the mine hundreds of
their fellows with oxygen helmets, mov
able rotary fans and picks and shovels
are striving simultaneously to unseal the
living ' tomb and to draw from jit the
poisonous gases with which it is at
least partly filled. '
The men have been imprisoned and
the rescuing parties have toiled since
10:50 o'clock p. m. Saturday, when an
explosion, probably caused by coal dust,
shook the earth for a radius of seven
miles, destroying the main entrance and
sealed the hapless toilers within , It.
. Because of the vast ramifications .of
the mine and its connections with other
mine workings, it is hoped that perhaps
half the men may be rescued. An at
tempt probably will be made some time
tomorrow to open up the sealed pass
ages;^
[Associated Pressi
STARKVILL.B, Colo., Oct. 9.—En
tombed by an explosion in the Stark
ville mine of the Colorado Fuel and
lion company, at least fifty-two men
are the objects of heroic efforts of
rescuers who worked throughout the
clay to penetrate the black depths of
the mine in tho hope that some, or
probably all, the imprisoned miners
m: ght be rescued.
The presence of black damp, which
almost invariably follows in tho wako
of coal mine explosions, made the work
of the rescuers extremely hazardous,
and time and again members or' pur
ties were overcome.
Late today those superintending the
work of rescue decided that none
should enter the mine until a portable
fan was installed, and rescue work
was called off for the time being.
The fan reached the portal of the
mine at 4 o'clock, and under the su
pervision of the chief electrician of
the company was mounted on an elec
tric motor car and gradually pushed
forward into the new stope, working
as It went, driving the gas ahead, and,
as was hoped, to an air shaft thou
sands of feet Inside the mine, where it
escaped into the optMi air.
The greatest caution wag exercised
that the motor carrying the fan should
not be advanced too rapidly and a
sudden rush of gas or kick-back over
whelm ihe men operating the machine
and snuff their lives out.
According to a statumont given, out
(CoutlnucU ob l'»Kt tw»i
QcENTS
FLAMES END 300
LIVES, MINNESOTA
TOISOESTROKED
Bodies of Seventy-five Victims
Found in Path of Running
Forest Fire
CRAZED MEN ROAM WOODS
Trains Await Women and Chil
dren to Bear Them Beyond
Danger Zone
RAINY RIVES, Ont., Oct. B-—The.
known dead:
SIX UNIDENTIFIED resident* at TOt,
Minn.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN AXD -
BABY, homesteaders near Pitt. ■
SEVEN UNIDENTIFIED settler* en
track west of Pitt.
TWO ENTIRE FAMILIES, one of
eight members and one of seven, ten
miles east of Pitt.
JOHN TUIJ^EY AND FIVE members
of his family, burned to death west of
Spooner.
ONE SERVANT OF ALBERT BERG
of Spooner,
FOUR LAND SPECULATORS at
Beaudette, canght by /Hunts while eat
fur homesteads
JOHN SIMMONS of Red Oak, la., tim
ber ranger; burned on railroad track
while trying to escape.
MATSOX BEltO AND FIVE members
of his family, near Spooner. They at
tempted to weather the sea of flames
In a big stone cellar and were suffo
cated.
JOHN HO LIN AND FAMILY' OF
EIGHT from Pitt.
SEVEKT IIAGEN.
GEOKGE B.MTR.
CHARLES BAKER.
PATRICK O'HARA near Spooner and
Chapman.
Jhe missing include 2000 persons of
oner, Beaudette and other towns.
Some of. them are dead and some of
them are safe In Rainy River and other
Canadian towns.
Many homesteaders and fanners are
in the brush for a distance of 100 miles
east and twenty miles south. Of these
nothing can be learned for some time, as
searching purtles dare nit penetrate the
smoking forests.
[Associated Press]
WAR ROAD, Minn., Oct. 9.—Beau
dette, Spooner, : itt and Gracetown
have been wiped off the map by a for
est fire. The bodies of seventy-five vic
tims have been located, and it is
thought the death rate among settlers
will be upward of 300.
Wagon loads of human bodies are
being brought into the railway station
at Beaudette. It is reported many
settlers, crazed with grief at the loss
of their families and property, are
roaming about the woods, and search
ing parties are looking for the dead,
injured or demented.
One family of nine and one of seven
members perished Friday night.
At 8:30 o'clock Saturday evening a
tornado of fire struck Beaudette and
Spooner, and within three minutes
after tho first alarm every building
was ablaze. Within half an hour they
were heap 3of ashes. The people of
these two towns had just time to get
out of their homes with what they had
on their backs. They were loaded on
a passenger train standing at tho
depot and taken to Rainy River, Ont.
The whole country east of here is on
fire. Roosevelt, Swift, Williams and
Cedar Spur are in great danger. All
the women and children are being rap
idly removed to places of safety.
The Canadian Northern railroad has
stationed trains at every station and
is doing everything in its power to re
lieve the situation.
The people of Beaudette and Spooner
and the settlers all through the north
central part of the state have lost
everything. Five thousand are home
less, and the greater part of them
absolutely destitute. Help must reach
them in the next day or two in a sub
stantial manner, a.s the greater part
of them are about half clad.
NAMES OF. INJURED UNKNOWN
It will be impossible to get details
and names of the injured before -*(£" '■
morrow, and some of the dead will not '
be found until spring. It will be Im
possible to estimate the damage or
casualties until later, but tho pioneers
of northern Minnesota must have help.
The wind shifted tonight and car
ried the flames away from Roosevelt,
and unless it changes again tho town
will be saved.
Canadian Northern trains have been
stalled here since Friday noon, when
a freight train went through a bridge
near Pitt. Tho crow was saved, ana.
Conductor Monahan walked Into Beau-l
dette, which he reported as destroyed.V.
only the water tank, the schoolhouse V
wails and the depot standing. Mona- 1
han says ho walked over dead bodies 1
on the way, but could not say how I
many. Many settlers took to the %
woods and have not been heard from
since. A mother and her five children
are known to have been burned. The
fires are still raging and the smoko
is dense.
The dead, as far as known, are:
Katherino Jasper, 55, domestic for
Albert Berg, Beaudette: John Golvin.
45, homesteader four miles from Beau
detto, his wife and three small chil
dren.
Katherlne Jasper fought her would
be rescuers with a butcher knife and
perished in the home of her employer.
FLAMES MOVE IN WALL
ONE HUNDRED FEET HIGH
RAINY RIVER, Ont, Oct. 9.—While
a wind is sweeping a sea of fire east
ward on the south side of the Rainy
rlvor at a velocity of fifty nillea an
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