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SHEAR & KANE, Publishers. J. H. KANE, Editor. WIBAUX, MONTANA NEWS Of THE WEEK IN EPITOME Important Events at Home and on Foreign Shores Briefly Told. At the Capital. Orders have been issued at the navy department that Rear Admiral Cowles is to continue as chief of the bureau of equipment after retirement until further orders. Satisfactory assurances have been given the navy department by the offi cials and citizens of New London, Conn., that there will be no further discrimination against the enlisted men of the navy or the uniform of the United States in the places of public amusement in that city. In response to an invitation extend ed by the United States government in behalf of the geological survey, Great Britain, Germany and Belgium will send to this country next month their leading experts in the preven tion of mine disasters to aid in the inauguration of the work here. Col. Thomas W. Simons, corps of engineers, has been placed on the re tired list of the army on his applica tion, after more than thirty-seven years of service. Col. Simons is now employed on the New York canal commission. He was formerly super intendent of public buildings and grounds in Washington. The attention of all recruiting offi cers is called to a circular issued at the war department forbidding the enlistment in the regular' army of a man who has been a member of the national guard of a state or territory until he presents satisfactory evi dence that he has been honorably dis charged from the service. Personal. Mrs. H. W. Burkett, mother of United States Senator E. J. Burkett of Nebraska, died at Springfield, 111., aft er a long illness. Franklin T. Howe, one of the oldest newspaper men in Washington, is dead of heart failure. He was for many years news editor of the Wash ington Star. In connection with the meeting at Sheffield. England, of the British Med ical association, Sheffield university has conferred the degree of doctor of science on a number of the delegates, including Dr. Murphy of Chicago. Stephen G. Grubb, a Civil war vet eran, whose action at a critical mo ment is said to have saved Gen. Sher man's entire store of ammunition just before his famous march from Atlan ta to the sea, is dead at Tacoma, Wash., aged seventy-three years. Rex Beach, the novelist, who has just returned from a bear-hunting trip in Alaska, is confined in a hospi tal at Seattle, suffering with a seri ous attack of iritis which may result in permanent loss of sight. The af fection resulted from exposure while hunting in the Copper river country. Casualties. A fire which started in the stables of the Oregon Transfer company at Portland, Or., destroyed an area equiv alent to four blocks and caused a loss estimated at $250,000. While swimming in Huron dam at Houghton, Mich., Arthur Trathen, a well known young .man, was seized with cramps and drowned. His body was recovered two hours later. James Hanley, a Copper Range brnkeman, was thrown from a coal train in the Houghton yards. Several cars passed over him and he was so badly injured that he cannot live. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Doke were burned to death in their home at Fortoria, Ohio. The parents had gone dowh town shopping and left the little ones at home, lock ed in the house. Sven Svenningsen, commissioner of highways of Mellen ^township, near Menominee, Mich., was terribly injur ed by the explosion of dynamite caps which he carried in hi§> hip pocket. It is believed that he cannot recover. Two Ishpeming young men are dead, the result of accidents. Bert Sedgman, thirty years old, was drowned in Escanaba river while swimming. His body was recovered. Clement Gibbs, aged nineteen, was thrown by a horse and his skull was fractured. Forty passengers were badly shaken up and bruised when the Omaha flyer on the Rock Island was derailed at Nineteenth street, Chicago. The ditching of the train by a tow'erman prevented a disastrous collision with a Baltimore & Ohio passenger train. The two trains were rushing along by some mistake toward the same switch. A towerman saw the danger and threw the Rock Island train into the ditch. None of the passengers was badly injured. OVER HUNDRED I IVES ARE LOST IN FOREST FIRE Territory of 100 Square Miles in Crow's Nest Country Seeth ing Mass of Flames. FERNIE IS WIPED OFF MAP Inhabitants of Doomed Towns Flee in Panic—Loss to Property Will Be Enormous. .... Winnipeg, Man., Aug. 4.—The town of Fernie, B. C., is wiped off the map as a child cleans a slate. Over a hundred lives are known to have been lost, seventy-four of them in Fernie alone. A territory of one hundred square miles in extent is a seething mass of flames. Through it. are scattered hun dreds of lumbermen and prospectors, so that the actual loss of life -will not h9 known for days. The properties of the Canadian Pa cific and the Great Northern railways are destroyed, their bridges and roll ing stock burned, so that it is impossi ble either to enter or leave the burn ing area. People Fleeing in a Panic. The inhabitants of the towns have fled to open districts in the vicinity in the hope of safety. From towns to the east and west the inhabitants are escaping as rapidly as possible. The railway companies have placed all available trains at their disposal. Unless there is change of wind within the next twenty-four hours the whole of the Crow's Nest pass country will be left to the flames. There is no possibility of estimat ing the loss of life and property which will result, for the flames are driven by a half gale, making it impossible to put up a fight against their ad vance. The conflagration is the greatest which has ever visited Canada, and ranks only with the San Francisco dis aster. Flames Sweep Over Fernie. For the last month forest fires have been raging in the mountains of the Elk river valley country, but they have not been considered seriously. Saturday morning a heavy wind sprang up from the west, and early in the afternoon the flames appeared over the crest ol the mountains to the west of Fernie. They ran down the mountain side, and before a fire guard could be organized had entered the town. Within an hour the town was doom ed and the inhabitants sought safety in flight, leaving their all behind them. All night and yesterday morning the exodus continued, the destination be ing a small prairie in the valley, three miles south of the town. Three Thousand Refugees. At present 3,000 people are camped there in the open, their only protec tion being shelters built of brush or blankets, while a constant shower of sparks from the burning area keeps falling through the pall of smoke by which they are surrounded. For a time communication with towns to the east was kept open, but with the burning of the bridge across the Elk river this was closed. Scat tered through the valley are many small prairies, and all of these have their groups of refugees. The hills in all directions are a seething mass of flames, cutting off every avenue of es cape. The fire spread with unprecedented rapidity, and it feared that several parties who tried to get through the pass have been cut off. Families have been separated, and there is at pres ent no means of checking up the fa talities. Death List Will Not Exceed 100. Fernie, B. C., Aug. 5.—The wind haB abated and gradually the fire is being got under control. It is not thought that the death list will exceed a hun dred. It will be some days before all the returns are in, as the fire has burned over an area of'several hun dred square miles, and through this territory are scattered many lumber ing camps and shanties. This esti mate is a conservative one, based '6# the supposition that many lumbermen and squatters have had providential escapes. However, the injured will number many hundreds, as hardly a man in the afflicted towns escaped without burns or other injuries. Loss Reaches Millions. The loss to buildings is variously estimated at from $7,000,000 to $8,000, 000, to which must be added the loss in standing and cut timber. Many of the refugees are in a pitiable con ill tion, having escaped in scanty cloth ing, and many of them In their night uppareL The Canadian Pacific railway Is do ing all possible to relieve the situa tion, pressing every available engine and car Into service for relief of refu gees—and doing It gratis. Relief work here has been unique in the annals of stricken cities. Relief for Sufferers. Trains bringing in supplies have dumped their goods on the ground and they have been apportioned without confusion, the weak and helpless re ceiving their share as well as the strong. Reports sent out from Calgary and widely circulated, to the effect that the death list will reach between 800 and 900 and the injured to some thou sands, is most emphatically denied from all paints in the stricken terri tory. The consensus of opinion is that the dead will not number more than a hundred when full details are known. Michel in Danger. The situation at Michel is critical. Numerous iflres that started in the town yesterday afternoon were put out by heroic exertions. Fires are raging on all sides, and it only re mains for high winds to arise to con tinue the destruction. Hopes are very faint for the safety of the place, for should the fire jump across the river it will be impossible to save the town. Not alone the town but the coal company's buildings and the entire old town will be doomed. From 5,000 to 7,000 men, women and children, in full flight from the flame swept Crow's Nest territory, are camp ed in Cranbrook aud the surrounding hills. The property loss is now placed at $8,000,000. tearing for Refugees. Rossland is taking 500 of the over plus off the hands of Cranbrook and Nelson. And from Vancouver yester day afternoon a carload of clothing and provisions started for the upper country. The relief fund is climbing well into the thousands. Of Hosmer it is known that most ot the residences of the new town were swept away yesterday afternoon. The many buildings and the machine shops erected by the Canadian Pacific rail road for the great colliery are still in tact. Late last night the fire was within a few miles of Frank, Alberta, and the inhabitants of that town were ready for flight. The only favorable sign was a drop in the velocity of the wind, which was blowing about five miles an hour. Cause of the Fire. The cause of the fire has been traced to the burning of "slashings" in the camp of the Cedar Valley Lum ber company, near Cranbrook. A great pile of light branches had been set on fire and the wind, suddenly ris ing, carried the flames into the forest. The lumbermen saw' the danger and made efforts to beat out the fire. Two of the men fell, overcome • from smoke, and were lost, and all the rest were beaten back, while the fire began its march on Fernie and in the direc tion of Frank. Wave of Fire Rolls On. Amid the smoking embers of their homes and offices, with the great fire still roaring in the distance, the men of Fernie are cleaning away the ruins, pitching tents, checking up the miss ing and have commenced to build a new ancl better town. In the mean time the great wave of Are is still rolling eastward through the forest, following the line of the Canadian Pa cific railroad. In some places its path is but a mile wide; in others it is three miles. Nothing can stop it, ap parently, till rain falls, atfd that may be days or weeks. Spokane Sends Relief. Spokane, Wash., Aug. 5. — Relief from Spokane was the first to reach the fire region of Fernie. Over 2,000 are being cared for at Cranbrook, and the first car sent out by Spokane citi zens arrived there yesterday morning. A special car loaded with tents, cloth ing, 3,000 loaves of bread, 150 gallons of milk and other foodstuffs left yes terday afternoon. GIVES BATTLESHIP TO SULTAN. Syrians In America Plan to Raise Money for Gift. New York, Aug. 5.—Syrian residents of this city yesterday planned to raise enough money among their country men in America to build a modern battleship to be presented to the sul tan of Turkey. This action was taken in recogni tion of the action of Abdul Hamid in granting a constitution to Asiatic Turkey, of which Syria is a part, and it expressed the confidence felt by the Syrians and Young Turks of this country in the genuineness of the re 'fdfms. DITCHED BY BROKEN RAIL. Eighteen Passengers Injured In AccL dent to Train. Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 5/—The Golden State limited, the fast transcontinen tal all-Pullman train of the Rock Isl and railroad, struck a broken rail while running at full speed at Hado station yesterday, and the two rear Pullman coaches were ditched, injur ing eighteen passengers. It Is con sidered miraculous that none were kill** JOHN 6. LUND PUIS 6ULLEI IN BRAIN Prominent Minneapolis Real Es tate Man Commits Suicide in His Office. LAID TO WORRY AND ILLNESS Stenographer Stumbles Over Dead Body—Once Mentioned as Can didate for Governor. Minneapolis, Aug. 7.—John G. Lund, widely known ^rcughout the North west as an extensive dealer in farm lands, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The tragedy oc curred in his office about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Friends and employes of Mr. Lund say he had many worries in the last year. Mrs. Lund, to whom he w\s de votedly attached, died in June, 1907, and he has never ceased to mourn her death. Complications following an operation for appendicitis about eight months ago troubled him consid erably. He worried a great deal over his brother's financial affairs. No Intimation of Suicide. All those matters, together with business cares, are believed to have induced a distraught, condition which Impelled suicide. There was no inti mation to the people in the office that he contemplated such an act. He had spoken of the troubles in which his brother was involved, and he had complained of soreness in the wound from his surgical operation, but none of his associates dreamed that he ever thought of self-destruction. Shortly before 1 o'clock Mr. Lund ■was talking with two of his assistants regarding business matters. He left them suhd entered his private office in the rear. About five minutes later a shot was heard from the rear office and the men rushed back. Stumbles Over Body. Before they reached the room Miss Cloves, who was in an inner room, had rushed out. She all but stumbled over the body of her employer as she entered the room. He was lying on his back, dead. Near his right hand lay a smoking revolver, and there was a wound in his head. No note or oth er intimation of a plan to commit sui cide was found. •Mr. Lund was about forty years old. He was born at Rushford, Minn. He came to Minneapolis in 1901 and open ed a big land business. He was elect ed to the legislature in 1904, ancl after completing his term was mentionecj as a candidate for governor. He had se rious thoughts of running for a time, but withdrew before the convention. Mr. Lund was reputed to be very wealthy. FLOOD ./RECKS BUILDINGS. Girls Have Narrow Escape From Death in Cloudburst. Blsbee, Ariz., Aug. 7. — The postof fice and all the business houses and offices on one side of Main street for a distance of 200 yards were wrecked late yesterday by a cloudburst which Bwept a mass of mud and rocks down from the mountainside. The damage is estimated at $100,000. Postmaster M. E. CasBiday, Sheriff Jack White and eighteen girl clerks in the postoffice narrowly escaped when the flood, almost without warn ing, struck the building and filled |t with water six feet deep. DECREE KNOCKS OFF "LID." Saloonkeepers Take Advantage of Mulct Law Ruling. Burlington, Iowa, Aug. 7.—The state supreme court, having declared the partial decree of the district court re specting the mulct law illegal and void, Burlington saloonkeepers and liquor dealers in other towns are re ported to have done a good business last guhday.. Some of them probably will quit business this fall with fat wads as the results of this opportu nity. that has been- afforded them. Former Outlaw Is Killed. Douglas, Ari^., Aug. 7.—William F., Downing, a member of the old Stiles Alvord band of outlaws, who, ten years ago, operated in Southern Ari zona, was killed yesterday in his sa loon at Wilcox by an Arizona ranger, William Speed. Speed sought to 6erve Downing with a warrant, when the latter, it is said, displayed a gun, whereupon Speed fired. Tom Shevlin Arrested. Minneapolis, Aug. 7. — Accused of violating the speed law at Minnetonka Beach, Thomas Shevlin, ex-Yale foot ball captain, a prominent Minneapolis lumberman and automobile enthusiast, was arrested on a warrant charging him with having violated the laws on two different occasions. He will be tried to-morrow. BRYAN TO BF AT STAFF FAIR Accepts Invitation to Deliver an Ad dress, the Date Being Fixed at Aug. 31. i Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 7. —Of more than usual significance was the visit to Fairview of Frederick B. Lynch of St. Paul, Democratic national committee man from Minnesota and manager of Gov. Johnson's recent campaign for the Democratic presidential nomina tion. Mr. Lynch arrived about poon, in company with B. F. Nelson of Min neapolis, preident of the state fair as sociation. The presence of Mr. Lynch at Fair view was at the special request of Mr. Bryan. He lost no time ih conveying to the Democratic nominee Gov. John con's assurance of loyal support and of the governor's intention to take the stump in Mr. Bryan's behalf. The business that brought Mr. Nel son to Fairview was to invite Mr. Bry an to attend the state fair in St. Paul and deliver an address. The invita tion was accepted, the date being fixed at Aug. 31, but with the understand ing that there should be no charge of admission to the grounds on that day. It was announced that the St. Paul speech would he the only one that Mr. Bryan will make in Minnesota during the campaign. The subject to be dis cussed will probably be the tariff. WINTER WHEAT DOES WELL. Crop Grown in the Red River Valley Averages 25 Bushels an Acre. Moorhead, Minn., Aug. 7. — Winter wheat in this portion of the Red river valley Is the coming crop. P. H. Lamb, president of the Moorhead Na tional bonk, wetht out to his farm yesterday to investigate the threshing of some winter wheat and was greatly pleased with the result. He said: "I am perfectly satisfied with the experiment, the winter wheat averag ing twenty-five bushels to the acre. Some portions went as high as forty bushels to the acre, and others, low and wet spots, as low as fifteen bush els. It is a plump, hard berry and will grade No. 1." THIS CORN PROLIFIC. Eighteen Ears of Normal Size Grown on One Stalk at Rockwell, Iowa. Rockwell, Iowa, Aug. 7. — Rockwell claims the possession of the most thrifty stalk of corn in all Iowa. On exhibition in one of her stores is a stalk of corn containing eighteen ears of normal size and silked ready for maturity. The stalk was grown on a piece of leased land near the town, and it is said nothing like it has been seen in corn growing. HAD MONEY IN SHOES. But Alleged Pickpocket Had Hidden ing Notes Taken From His Action. Eau Claire. WIs., Aug. 7. — Henry Guse, aged eighteen, was arrested by the police here on information from Chippewa Falls, where he was wanted for picking the pocket of H.snry Mehl of $90 in currency and $1,000 in notes. When searched Guse had a $20 bill in the toe of one snoe a:.d a $10 bill in the toe of the other. The notes he had concealed at Chippewa.' "PINK EyE" IS EPIDEMIC. Many Horses Are Killed by Disease Due to Dry Weather. Lancaster, Minn., Aug. 7. — On the eve of harvest of the largest crop the northern'part of the Red river valley has had for many a long year, a gen eral epidemic of "pink eye," a species of influenza or distemper, is reported widespread through the north country, and many head of horses already have died of the disease. The cause is found in prevalent dry weather. CRUSHED IN LUMBER CAR. Man Stealing Ride Is Badly Injured at Little Falls. Little Falls, Minn., Aug. 7.—A man giving his name as Kurt Muetle was badly injured here yesterday in the Northern Pacific yards. He was in a box car full of lumber and was on his way to St. Paul from Jamestown. When the car arrived it was switched off !and K tbe lumber slipped up, jamming him against the end- of the car and badly crushing him; FARMER'S WIFE A SUICIDE. Elderly Woman Drowns Self in Four Feet of Water. Delevan, Minn., Aug. 7.—Mrs. Knute Rue, who lived near here, committed suicide 'by drowning herself in about four feet of water in the cellar of her home. She was fifty-six yeari old and leaves seven children. No cause for the act is known. Falls Under Train; Killed. Waterloo, Iowa. Aug. 7. — While coming to Waterloo from the harvest fields of file Dakotas, George Moss, aged seventeen, was instantly killed at Nora Junction, while trying to board a train. His hand slipped and he fell under the wheels. His body was hor ribly crushed.