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VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 101.
MAY DRAW LOTS FOR THE FOOD Unlucky Ones at Dawson City Will Have to Leave for the Winter, MR. HAMILTON TALKS ABOUT THE WEARE. Says He Does Not Believe That the Healy Left the Stranded Steamer on the Yukon River Sandbar. SEATTLE, Wash, Sept. P.— Charles H. Hamilton, secretary of the North Ameri can Transportation and Trading Com pany, in an interview to-night admitted that the provisions at Dawson City at present, together with these that will go ln before the river freezes over, will not be sufficient to prevent starvation in the Klondike country this winter. But he be lieves there will beno deaths. He says: "In my judgment, the miners now at D;:wson will realize that the food supply is insufficient and that they win have to get out or starve. Our river steamers will carry in about 700 tons more food from St. Michael. That will feed 1200 men for a year. There will still be time tor the miners to act, and they will, in my judgment, do then as they did in ISS7. At that time food was expected by the steamer Arctic. She broke down, an the miners realized that they would have to act. They drew lots as*to who should be allowed to have the food. Those wbo won remained in the country, those who lost went to St. Michael for the winter. I think the same thine will fol low thi6 year. The next steamers that arrive from Dawson will have hundreds of miners aboard, who will winter at St. Michael and return to Dawson in the .spring." The main port of the interview given out by Hamilton to-night is a denial of the story brought to Eureka, Cal., yester day by the steamer National City from St. Michael to the effect that tbe steamer Ex celsior, due at San Francisco, will have virtually ail oi the gold nnd passengers expected on the Cleveland, and ihat the Cleveland will arrive in a local port with comparatively nothing. Hamilton believes the Excelsior will have lest, than $1,506,000 aboard. Hamil ton said: "The Eureka article says that when the National City left St. Michael the steamer Cleveland was taking in ballast, and ex- peeled to sail for the sound ports August 30, and that many of the passengers who had tickets for the Cleveland took passage on the Excelsior. That statement is, I believe, inaccurate. "Why should passengers who came down the river on the steamers of the North American Transportation and Trading Company's steamer take passage on the Excelsior "hen they had tickets on the Cleveland? The Cleveland was about ready to sail, and will arrive not later than a day aftei the Excelsior in San Francisco. If the passengers for some unexplained reason did take passage on the Excelsior, they must have plenty of money and an insane desire to spend it. The North American Transportation and Tradin.* Company in nine cases out of every ten sells its passengers tickets from Dawson City to Seattle. Now and then a man gets one from Dawson to St. Michael, but that is when he does not desire to travel further. "The Eureka story states that on the way down the river the Healy met tbe Weare hard and fast on a bar, that the Weare's passengers and freight were trans ferred to the Healy and that the Healy hen proceeded toward St. Michael, leav ing the unfortunate boat hard and fast aground with small chance of getting off before the river closes. I don't believe that story. It may be all right, but it is not reasonable, and any one who is ac quainted with the condition of affairs up there must realize it. The Healy is one o; our steamers. She is good-sized and strong. According to the Eureka news she encountered the Weare, which had been aground for some days. The only thing she did, we are to infer, was to trans fer her passengers and freight. The Weare had no freight. River steamer.-, on the Yukon do not have freight when bound for the mouth. •They carry plenty of it north, but not to St. Michael. It is very strange to me that the Healy should not have at least made an effort to get the Weare from her position on the bar. As a matter of fact she could have dragged her off without any great amount of trouble, and I telieve she would have done it the tirst thing. It would require no great work to rescue th- Weare, no matter how hard she was aground or what jer condition might be. Certainly she did not go up to leave her there for the winter. '•The Eureka dispatch states that with the exception of the tbree passengers on the National City all tbe passengers brought down by the Healy took passage on the Excelsior. It further states that the Weare when met by the Henly had I aboard 150 passenger?, ail of whom were V transferred to the Healy. The Heaiy '\*mist have had some passengers. Say she ..id rifty.the Weare's passengers increased her list to 200. If all the passengers of the Healy with the exception of tbe three who arrived at Eureka took passage on the Excelsior, then we may expect the Cleveland to arrive here without any pas -**>Oi_ers. Bat the Eureka telegram, after The San Francisco Call making this statement, bobs up with the statement that the Excelsior left St. Michael on tbe night of August 26 with eighty passengers. If they are all the passengers of the Healy, what became of those oiber 120 souls we have been read ing about? Here is another matter that is not explained in the telegram: Tbe Ex celsior is owned by the Alaska Commer cial Company. She went north, not to connect with our river steamers, but with the Bella and Alice of the Alaska Com merc'al Company. These steamers were expected to arrive at St. Michael and bring passengers for the Excelsior, but the Eureka story has nothing to say about their arrival." WARNING NOT HEEDED. ; More Than O^e Hundred Men Leave on the Queen and Expect to Reach the Klondike. PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Sept. B.— j The steamer Queen sailed lor Alaska at a : late hour to-night, and, notwithstanding i the fact that on her return from the north only four days ago she brought thirty-five disgusted men from Skaguav. sbe carried i i orth 110 bound for tbe Klondike via Dyea. Tliey all expressed .themselves, as, confident of tbeir ability to cross trie pass and reach Dawson City this fall. Stories i of the mi__.-able condition of the pass ap i pear to have no influence with the people ' in their mad rush for the gold fields. While at her dock here this afternoon the Queen was subjected to a rigorous j searcii by the customs officers in quest of I contraband intoxicants. Nothing, aside from a small amount of private stock, ; was tound. As a result of the fact that a I regular saloon outfit was seized on the I steamer A!-Ki yesterday, all tbeshipsnow i bound for Alaska will be subjected to a : careful search before sailing from this port. Collector of Customs Heustis has issued orders to search every boat closely j bound for Alaska. The collector acts un ! der article 152 of the Revised Statutes of j tbe United States. Tnis trick ot searching Alaska-bound j vessels here for whisky is comparatively new in custom practice:), as it is well ' known that previously whisky and other I intoxicants have been indiscriminately | shipped to Alaska, and no worry has been caused by it at either end of the route. PASSENGERS ARE ANGRY Those Taken Back on the Bristol Threaten a Manager for Ob taining Money by False Pretenses. VICTORIA, B. C, Sept. B.— The steamer Bristol returned to port this morning. She started a week .ago for St. Michael with 200 miners, who were to have been taken up the river by the steamer Eu.ene. The latter vessel sprung a leak, however, and could not proceed on her voyage, hence the trip had to be abandoned. Passengers of the steamer Bri-tol, which had to abandon her trip to St. Michael as the Eugene, which was to take the passengers up the Yukon, could not continue her voyage, say they will have E. B. MacFar'and, manager of the Port land and Alaska Steamship Company, ar rested for obtaining money under false, pretenses. They say that he knew the Eugene could not make the trip. McFar land was kept under guard on the Bristol, he having tried to leave the ship at Alert Bay. The Eugene, which is wanted for a breach of the Canadian laws, cut loose from the Bris ol just Defor« that vessel reached the haroor. It is supposed that she proceeded to the Sound. RETURN OF THE EUGENE. Escapes Going to Pieces In Alert Bay and Will Probably Be Seized by Customs Officers. PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Sept. 8.- Not a little surprise was cre-i, e.i here this evening at b' o'clock when without pre vious announcement the stern - wheel steamer Eugene, Captain Lewis, steamed into port and tied up at the dock. The cause of the surprise was that only two days ago she was reported to have been deserted in Alert Bay, where she was said to be rapidly going to pieces. The old craft is indeed in a bad condition, but is far from being a wreck. When she started from Com ox. B. C, to St. .Michael in tow of the steamer Bristol it was hoped eood weather would prevail, but the first night a rough sea was encountered, and the Eu gene having a Hat bottom' with bin. twenty inches draught began to pound the sea heavily, and it was realized that she had started on a perilous voyage. First a few heavy seas served to stave in some of the ship's bow timbers, and as she began to leak badly it was decided that to save her it would be necessary to run to haroor at once. Shelter was found in Alert Bay. Continued on Second iXige. SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY MORNING,,. SEPTEMBER. 9- 1897. Workmen Ballasting the Last Hundred Yards of Track of the San Joaquin Valley Railway at Visalia. FEARFUL RAILROAD DISASTER Fast Santa Fe Trains Meet Head-On Near Emporia. TEN OR ELEVEN MEN KILLED. Boilers of Three Locomotives Explode and Add to the Horrors. FLAMES BREAKOUT IN THE WRECK. W. J. Bryan One of the Passeners. and He Assists In Rescuing the Injured. KANSAS CITY. Mo., Sept. B.— A spe cial to the Times from Emporia, Kans., says: One of the worst wrecks in the his tory of the Sante Fe Railroad occurred three miles east of here at about 7:30 o'clock to-night. Ten or eleven persons were killed and as many more badly hurt. The fast mail train, going east, and the Mexico and California express, west bound, collided head on. The Mexico and California express was pulled by two' 1 ocomotives, and when they struck the engiue drawing the fast mail the boilers of all three engines exploded and tore a hoie in the ground so deep that the smoking-car of the westbound train went in on top of the three engines and two wrecked mailcars and balanced there without turning over. . The passengers .la the smoking-car escaped through the windows. The front end of this car was enveloped In a volume of stifling smoke and steam, belching up trom the wreck below, anil the rear door was jammed tight in the wreck of the car behind. The wreck caught tire from the engines. The cars in the hole and the smoking-car burned to ashes in no time. In clim Ding from the smoking-car several men fell through the rifts in the wrecn below, and it is impossible to tell whether they escaped or were burned to death. ; v. The westbound train carried eight coaches and its passsengers ; included many excursionists who had been to hear Hon. W. Bryan speak at the county fair at Buriingame. Mr. Bryan himself was on the train, but was riling in the rear Pullman some 400 feet from the cars which were wrecked. He slates that nothing but a heavy jolt was experienced by the passengere in his coach. • Mr. Bryan was one of the noblest men in the crowd of rescuers. He helped .to carry out the dead and wounded and gave the greatest attention to their care. * One poor fellow who was badly maimed called to Mr. Bryan and said; "I went to bear you to-day; I am dying now and want to slake your hand and say God bless you. If you possibly can, Mr. Bryan,! get ma a drink of water." •- ; Mr. Bryan. went into the fast mail car, one end of which was r*_min_\ and came out with a drink of water, which be. gave to the suffering -.passeuaer.^He; brought out cv** hi oris for other, of the injured and was everywhere ' present to minister to the wants of the suffering. At midnight it btcame apparent tbat the early estimate* of the number of dead were exaggerated, and it now seems that it wili not exceed ten or eleven. During the excitement early in the evening it was reported that nearly all the six postal clerks on the trains were killed or miss ing. Two of the clerks were killed. All of the others, says one, are more or less seriou&lv injured. .J J The list of the dead as known at mid night follows:' James Brennan, engineer, Topeka. Nate Holli"ter, fireman. Topeka. William Frisbey, engineer. (in*i__:es, fireman. J. F. Saurs, express messenger, Kansas City. -7.7 11. A. Doran, postal clerk, Emporia. M. J. McGlade, postal clerk, Emporia, died at 11 o'clock. — — Shtirley, fireman. Daniel McKennon, boy, Kansas City. Unknown man, tramp. Ben Walters, fireman, of St. Joseph, is missing. . The mail clerks who are hurt are W. F. Jones, R. O. McGee and Claud Holliday. The latter may die, as both his legs are broken and he is otherwise badly hurt. Clerk E. C. Fletcher escaped serious in jury. The dead were brought to Emporia. At midnight a special train left Emporia, bearing seventeen of the injured to To peka, where they will be cared for in the Hospital. * Among the seriously injured are: R. C. Erter, Kansas City, express messenger, legs broken, will die; John Dagan, To peka, face smashed: J. T. -Butler, County Attorney Chase County, hip broken, may die; William F. Jones, Kansas City, leg and arms broken; B. P. Metik, Atchison, bally bruised; Phil Schier, Kansas City, hip crushed; C. A. Van Fleet, brakeman, Kansas City, badly bruised; William Patrick. Kansas City, leg and arm broken;' C. D. Adam, City of Mexico, painfully, bruised; Mike Sweeney, Gainesville, Tex., back hurt. The engineers of the westbound train had received orders to meet the fast mail at Emporia and were making up lost time. The two are fastest trains on the Santa Fe system and the westbound train must have been running at a speed of at least forty miles an hour. The westbound ex pre-s was going around a slight curve. Of the seven or eight cars making up the Mexico aud California express only the mail, baggage and express and smoking cars were destroyed. The coach following the smoker was badly splintered. There were not more than a dozen pas sengers on the mail, all in one coach, and while none of tbem were seriously .in jured their shaking up wa3 terrible. Every seat in the coach. was torn from the floor and many floor planks came up with the seats. - • : _'l_. One man,- John Sweeney, was thrown over three; seats and through a window, but escaped • with V only scratches and bruises. The other cars of the fast mail train, a- baggage . and an express, were totally wrecked. •, Itis stated that the wreck was caused by a miscarriage of orders from the train master. At Emporia the eastbound fast mail train received orders to pass the California express at Lang, seven miles east. An order was sent 10 Lang for the California express to take the siding there, but this order was not. delivered, and the westbound train passed oh, the trainmen expecting to -pass, the fast mail at Em poria. TRAIN NO.17 FIRED UPON BY ROBBERS Southbound Los Angeles Express Stopped Near Morrano. TIES PILED ON THE TRACK. Outlaws Send in a Volley of Bullets and Then Dis appear. TRAMP RECEIVES A BAD WOUND. Robbers Mistake a Party of Hobos for Armed Guards and Are Scared Away. RIPON.CaI., Sept. B.— For the second time within a week an ineffectual attempt has been made by. robbers to hold up Los Angeles Express 17, which leaves San Francisco at 4 :30 o'clock in the alternoon. To-night, near Morrano, at the identical spot where the attempt of last Saturday night was made, the outlaws again stopped the train. Ties were piled upon the track and set afire, but for some reason the robbers, after the train had been brought to a stop, fled from the scene, after bring a volley at the coaches, without attempting to molest the express car or the passengers. . A tramp who was stealing a ride on top of a car was the only p rson struck; by the bullets. . He received a serious wound in the thigh. Morrano is a flag station between Ripon and Lathrop. It has no buildings of any kind and there is nothing to denote that it is a railway station * except a sidetrack, at the east end ,of which is piled a lot of ties used by the trackmen as occasion re quires. There are county roads at a dis tance of a quarter of a mile to the east and a mile to the west. The nearest dwelling isa mile away. As on the occasion of the previous at tempt to wreck j the train but two men were to be seen. Evidently they were in experienced at tbis particular vocation. That they will be captured seems only a matter of time, for Sheriff Cunningham of San Joaquin County had J been informed early in the day.that the attempt to rob the train would be made, and ;it .is prob able that his, informants know who tbe bandits are. , - Cunningham • bad carefully; planned to balk the robbers." On" the train were two of his most trustworthy deputies. .One rode on the tender of the engine and the other was in one of the coaches. The train is usually a long one, having about twelve cars with the mallear next to the locomotive and the express-car immedi ately following it- As the express was flying through Moi rano, and when within 200 yards of the east end of the switch the engineer saw a blaze leap up suddenly in the center of the track, revealing an obstruction. He quickly did what he could to bring the train to a standstill before reaching the obstruction, which, as he drew near, he saw was a pile of lies, about ten in num ber. . The train was brought to a stop when within a few feet of the burning tics. The engineer had divined what the presence of the blazing pile upon the track meant, and, as soon as he reached for the throttle, he sang out to the Deputy Sheriff on the tender. . The latter started down toward tbe cab with his sawed-off breech-loader, charged with a load of buckshot, ready for instant use. He had hardly m ved from his posi tion ' on : the tender before, bang! bang! bang! bang! Dang! in quick succession five shots were fired from a point to the right of the track, about 100 yards away. Looking in that direction the deputy Sheriff saw two men running across the field. ' They were then so far away that to shoot at them would have been a needless waste of ammunition, so saving his fire he dropped off the locomotive and went back toward the cars. He came upon several tramps who had been stealing a ride. On seeing him with a gun in his hands they shook with fear and one ex claimed: "Please, Mr. Bobber, don't shoot. I'm only stealing a ride." By this time the trainmen and the other deputy came up and began an in vestigation. There did not appear to be any, confederates ol the two outlaws on the train, or, if they were, they did not make their presence known. f It was iound that one of the tramps had been struck by a bullet in the hip, but they could not tell at that time how badly he was hurt. He, with several of his companions, bad been lying on top of one of the coaches. . " . As the train was being brought to a sudden stop they arose. to see what oc casioned the action of the engineer. It is surmised that the robbers, seeing them on top of the car, supposed they were guards sent to -defend the train, and, emptying their revolvers, fled without attempting to draw near and enter the express-car. It being evident that there were no other robbers in the vicinity and that it would be useless to attempt to pursue without horses the two who had fled, the trainmen removed the burning ties from the track ami the express proceeded cautiously to Ripon, arriving twenty-five minutes late. "_ No attempt was made to follow the rob bers from Morrano, the deputies confining themselves to securing the tramps, who are being held. '• Sheriff Cunningham, who was at Lathrop, was notified as soon as the tram arriVe i here and at once proceeded to Morrano. He was well equipped for a pursuit, and as the moon is shining clearly, it is probable that be and his men will be abie to follow the tracks in the fields. '•:..■■-.■. The robbers were on foot at the time of the attack upon the express, but no doubt they had hor3es conveniently near. After leaving the fields it will be difficult to follow them along the traveled country roads. .... In the attempt of last Saturday night to stop 'he express, at ; which time the rob bers were frightened as they were to night, one left part of his coat sticking on a barbed wire fence he climbed over. * -J.-:.-} This has given the officers a good clew to his identity. At that time the train ' Continued on /Second fage. PRICE FIVE CENTS. WILL FEAST, AND DANCE, AND SHOUT To-day Visalia's People Welcome the Valley Railway. ALL CARES ARE PUT ASIDE. Thousands of Visitors Will Assist in the Merry making. FIRST TRAIN DUE THIS MORNING. When It' Arrives Every Bell and Whistle in the City Will Sound a Greeting. VISALIA, Cal., Sept B.— Visalia has finished her decorations and all other arrangements for the celebration to-mor row in honor of the completion to tbi3 point of the San Joaquin Valley Railroad. All conditions, including the weather, are propitious for a splendid day. Tbe sun has stopped scorching and the umbrageous streets of the town are ideally comfort able. Dust has been laid by geneious sprinkling. Caterer Noel set his beeves and mutton and hogs to roasting over the spits this evening for the barbecue. He is a skilled artist at this kind of work and guarantees a savory feast at noontime to-morrow. The militia and fire laddies have their halls ready for their visiting comrades. The baseball team practiced up to the hour of darkness, and the small boys wagered like veterans on tbe footraces which are to take place on Main street while the. baseball game is in progress elsewhere. . The town is full of visitors already and Main street is thick as spatter with per ambulators. -The hotels caught a big im portation during the day. Chief of Construction Williams of the Valley road had hi* men smoothing off the ground adjacent to the track to-day for the reception of the passengers to morrow. Passengers will now arrive quite as comfortably as any initial crowd ever arrived at the terminus of a new rail way. The arrival of the first through train over the Valley Railroad takes place at 9:30 o'clock in the morning. As soon as bis: No. 3, with Gardner at the throttle, pokes her nose inside the town limits and, whistles when she passes the sign post the town is to pull the rope and let go with all the noise she has. Factory whistles are to blow, bells are to ring and a dozen or more anvils in different parts of tbe city are to act as substitutes for cannon. Enough powder will be exploded to blast a fortune out of a Trinity gold ledge. Passengers from the incoming train will be disembarked at School street, two blocks above the depot, that being necessi tated by the existence of an unfinished bridge immediately north of the depot. The grand parade of the day is to follow immediately. Sheriff Merritt will officiate as grand marshal with Marshal Collins of this city and Chief of Police Woy of Fresno as chief aids. There will be a band from Tulare and one from Hanford. The visit ing militia and officers from Fresno will participate in the parade, as will visiting firemen from Porterville, Tulare and Han ford. The destination of the parade will be the barbecue, which is to be spread at the corner of Acequia and Locust streets. Eight beeves and fifty-two sheep and hogs now roasting are to supply food for all who care to eat. , To accommodate different classes of people the sports have been divided, and a baseball game between the Fresnos and the Visaliaswiil take piace simultaneously with the footraces. Bicycling will come in for its share cf attention in the middle of tbe afternoon. In the evening, before the courthouse, where a big stand has been erected, the commemorative exercises will be held. Hon. William H. Alford of the Demo cratic State Central Committee will de. liver the oration, and speeches in re spons are expected from Claus Spreck eis, Judge Nye of Oakland and A. H. Pay son of the Valley road. The festivities will terminate with a grand ball in the evening. A design representing a chick breaking from an egg has been struck oft for an envelope and letterhead by the committee of arrangements. The chick is repre sented as chirping, "Free at last." Visa lians feel that this adequately describes the situation. The business and social de velopment of the community has been in bondage to the railroad difficulty for fully twenty years. Originally it was the natural center of trade and industrial and agricultural growth. It remained so dur ing the first twenty years.of its growth, from 1853 to 1873. In 1875 the trouble with the Southern Pacific began. Visalia then had about 1500 inhabitants. Had things taken their natural course and the rail road been run to Visalia the probability is that the city would have grown within the next ten or fifteen years to a popula tion as large as that of Fresno. But un der the duress of the Southern Pacific the city suffered from extortionate freight rates and became virtually unable to con tinue as a jobbing center. By steady fighting and resolute co-oper ation Visalia managed to increase slowly in population until it reached 3000. At that' point or somewhere near it Visalia has remained for quite a stretch of years. The Southern Pacific has endeavored a number of times to change the county seat, and failing in that to found new towns and to boom other towns, such aa