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VOLUME LXXXVI-NO. 127.
BLAZING SNOWSHEDS ILLUMINE THE SIERRAS Southern Pacific Property Valued at Thousands of Dollars Ruthlessly Destroyed by Incendiaries. /"> ACRAMEXTO, Oct. 4.— A terrific fire raged in the Sierra 1 . ada Mountains this morning, and K_/ when it had spirit its fury a mile and one-sixth of sheds •werr- but charred and smoking embers and over a mile of steel rails were bent and twisted by the tierce heat. Two passeneer trains, one eastbound nnd the other west, were stalled, and t.h*» read was practically under block ade all day. Th<=-re is no question as to the origin of the fire. '• was plainly the work of an incendiary. The Placer County officials are at work on the case, aided by th*» shrewdest of the Southern Pacific detectives, and no means will b»? spared to apprehend the miscreants. Almost every year the railroad com pany suffers from fires in the snow- Fheds. and ■■■'■ are generally of a so rlous character. There are lons stretches in the mountains where the sheds are absolutely needed to protect the track from avalanches of snow wl>i«-h, w*re it not for the sheds, would roll down upon It. The rotary snmv plnv.s invented as a substitute for the Hh&ds- do not avail in the* steep passe? in th* high Sierras, and the ra-'.road company has been obliged to maintain I the long system of sheds in the face of thf fact that it costs an enormous sum yearly to preserve and rebuild Ih^m. Naturally, bfir.rr constructed of p:n° and subjected to th» drying process of the rainless summers in the high alti tude of the mountains, the shed 3 he com* very inflammable and it takes but i an application of the incendiary's torch to convert them into a sinuous serpent of fire. Profiting by its costly experience, the railroad company has established ftro trains at the Summit and Blue Can yon, r.n which steam is k*pt constantly and a crew of firemen ready night and day to respond at a moment's call. For the fire train every piece of rolling ! stock must turn aside at the nearest switch^ No train thunders through the hills at such sp^ed^ and the work of the crew is as exciting as it Is perilous. To complete the system of precautionary measures a lookout station is located on the crest of Red 1 Mountain, near Cisco. Here a man and his wife live, and here every ten minutes of the twenty-four hours, one or the other, with field glass in hand, sweep the en tire r>tretch of snowsheds from • Blue Canyon to the Summit. Besides these lookouts fire watchmen traverse the sheds constantly. A telephone line runs through the sheds, up to. Red Mountain and down again to the fire train. When the lied Mountain senti nel sees a fire, or is informed of one through the telephone, he sends a mes sage to the fire "trains to rush to the E ■ - Last night at 9 o'clock the Red 1 Mountain sentinel sent in word to rail road headquarters that the telephone line had evidently been cut or broken somewhere in the sheds. The Western Union Telegraph wires, which are in closed in a cable running under the roof of the sheds, about 2 a. m. refused to work, and it was at once realized that ■ the cable had been cut. • About this time the Red Mountain lookout saw a I fire on the shed line near Butte bridge. The agent at Cisco wired to Sacra mento that the sheds were on fire. Di vision Superintendent Wright dis patched the fire train at Blue Canyon to the scene. When the fire-fighters ar rived they discovered the incendiary character of the blaze. The sheds run along continuously until they come to butte near a bridge which is 430 feet long. There the shed system slops, to « ; ' Coiumbia-Shamrock Yacht Race To-Day BY WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY. SEE THE CALL'S BULLETIN BOARD TO-DAY. The San Francisco Call. CENTRAL PACIFIC FNOWSHEDS, VISITED BY AN INCEN DIARY FlkE. be resumed when the bridge is crossed. Yet at both ends of the bridge the fires had been started, and. though a stretch of Iron 430 feet long intervened. the sheds on both sides were madly aflame. A strong south wind was blow ing at the time, and passengers de scribe the scene as magnificent. The flames Illuminated the heavens and placed the towering pines of the sur rounding hills in bold relief against the reddened sky. Up to a late hour to-night no arrests have been reported here in connection v Ith the fire. A Bhort time ac<> the lookout at Red Mountain detected some men in the •" - ttlng fire to the pine forests on the other side of the American River Although a search was made for them the men could rot be caught. The loss of the railroad company by the present fire will probably reach I. It will be necessary to rebuild the sheds before the heavy snows set in. and a large forc<* of men will at once -t to work. The track is rapidly rebuilt and new rails laid, and trail..- :; be running on schedule time. SENATE WILL STAND FOR GOLD STANDARD Financial Bill. It Is Said, Will Be In troduced the First Day the Senators Meet. WASHINGTON. Oct. 4.— The Post to the first day of the approaching Bession of Congress the Sen ate financial bill will be introduced in the latter body. It wil • ■ the samp as the Hove -it will declare equivocation for the gold stand ard. Senator Aldrich. who, ap chairman of the Finance Committee of ;he Senate, has a prominent part In the framing of the bill, said yesterdaj thai the meas ure had been prepared, but that it would not be made public until It had bt-=-n wn to a numbei •■: R . Sena ■ present intention of the Finance Committee to ;:>k ,i speedy con sideration of the bill ;n the Senate in : ; disposed of as early sion ad possible. CANAL COMMISSION. The Entire Body Shortly to Hold a Meeting in Washington. WASHINGTON. Oct. 4.-Admiral John jG. Walker, chairman of the Isthmian oo coooooooo oo ooooooooooooogoooooooogoqqogooogqoooooooogoooooooogoqooooogq I WATCH THE CALL'S BULLETIN BOARD TODAY, j o o oo ooc co oo ooooo ooooooo 0000000000000000000000000o 0000o 000000000000000000o co SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1899. I Commission, has returned to the city and was at his desk this morning. mission will meet here in a few days, when the time at which they will go south will likely be determined. It is no) lies h >wever, that the com mlssion will be ready to sail before late .ember. Meanwhile an exploring party will be sent to Panama and another to Greytown. SALE OF HAWAIIAN LANDS IS STOPPED President McKinley Issues the Order to Solve Difficulties at Pearl Harbor. WASHINGTON, Oct. 4.— The Navy De part tv I .veil as the War Department having been obstructed in the acquisition of the lands in Hawaii actually needed for their purposes, particularly in the . x n of the Pearl harbor improvements, the President has issued the following ex ecutive order to meet the case: "The President of the L'nited States hereby directs that all proceedings taken or pending for the sale or disposition of the public lands in the Hawaiian Islands :.tinued, and that if any sales or agreements for sale of said pub iic lands have been made since the adop tion of the resolution of annexation the purchasers shall be notified that the same are null and void, and any consideration paid to the local authorities on account thereof shall be refunded." The order is dated September 11 last, but it has been withheld from publication here until it reached Honolulu. MAX REGIS SPEAKS ABOUT HIS ARREST Says He Is in No Way Connected With the Orlennist Plot, but an Anti-Semite. Special Cable to The ''all and the X»w York Herald. Copyrighted. I*:> 9. by James Qor don Bennett. BARCELONA. Oct. 4.— Max Rn K ! s wafl interviewed here to-day. He paid he and a few friends left Algiers on board the Kalancelle. They were overtaken by bad weather and transferred to a schooner which landed tlum at Ibiza. whence they went to Barcelona by stoamer. On their arrival here they were arrested as suspi cious characters and taken before th* .-t of Police, who released them after twelve hour?' detention. Two Lebel revolvers In their possession were seized X Kegis declares that he is n>> way rned with the Orleanist plot, but is purely and simply an anti-Semite He will it-main here until the result of the prosecution against him is known. He will probably marry a young lady belong ing to the aristocracy of Paris. ACHIEVEMENTS IN WIRELESS TELEGRAPHY Marconi's Reports of the Race Will Be Sent to The Call To-Day. NATIONS INTERESTED • — Germany and Japan Alsd Send Rep resentatives to Witness and Report on the Results. « Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW YORK. Oct. 4.— The Mall and Express says: "All accounts agree that the thorough test made yesterday in connection with the yacht race of th-- Mar coni system of wireless teleg raphy resulted in eminent satis faction. Not only were complete bulletins sent from the sea by Signor Marconi and his assist ants to the highlands of Xave sink. being transmitted thence to the city b> wire, but return messages were received on ship board containing the leading news of the day. The average time of the transmission of yacht news from the steamer far out upon the water to the wait ing crowd in New York is said to have been sixty seconds. It was a significant, even startling demonstration of a new depart ure in scientific achievement, the eventual value of which may be illimitable. As a journal^ of great and lasting merit this has never been surpassed. NEW YORK. Oct. 4.— From all parts of th^ country, east, west, north and south, queries and congratulations poured in to day up<">n Signor Marconi as a result "f the Bplendid results achieved on Tuesday in reporting by wireless telegraphy the first contest between the Columbia and the Shamrock for the Herald and The Call. In San Francisco the * terest in Sig nor Marconi's work was greater than | that in the yacht race. From that city | came a request that the Herald "tele graph whether Marconi met all expec tations." Prom Atlanta, Ga., and from New Orleans. La., ' came similar re quests for information. To all of these thrre could be made only one reply. Signer Marconi had exceeded every reasonable expectation. One result of wireless telegraphy with stations aboard the Grande j Duchesse and the Ponce is the greatly increased demand for tickets for these ships. Excursionists desire to have the double satisfaction of witnessing the contest between the two greatest yachts ever constructed and at the same time watching the operations of the latest marvel in the field of prac tical science. Each of the two ex cursion boats thus favored will to morrow carry the limit in the matter of passenger list. The work of sending bulletins will to-morrow be divided between the Ponce and the Grande Duchesse. Signor Marconi, as usual, will be on the Ponce, guiding from the chart room of that steamship the operations of the four stations. From the Ponce he will bulletin the start of the ruc> and describe the contest until 12:30 o'clock, when the operators on the Grande Duchesse will take up the work and follow the challenger and cup de fender around the first stake boat. There Signor Marconi will again open communication from the Ponce, the work on th>- run home being divided the same as in the run for the first mark. A red flag flying from the tall spar above the mast of the Ponce will indicate that Signor Marconi is flash ing bulletins to the shore. If no flag flies at the masthead of the Ponce th operators on the Grande Duehesse will flash bulletins by those mysterious cur rents which have just been controlled for the service of man. Bulletins will be sent from that ship to the receiving stations at Xavesink Highlands and on the cable ship Mackay-Bennett. In addition to four representatives of the United States Government, who have been detailed to give a careful study to the Marconi system, there will be on the Ponce a lieutenant attached to the German embassy in Washington and a Japanese naval officer. These gentlemen have been detailed by their governments to profit by the work be ing done by Signor Marconi. They will report upon the results accomplished. The work done Tuesday. Important as it was, will no doubt be far sur passed to-morrow. A i "all representative in the Herald"s telegraph room forwards Marconi's bulletins by special overland wire di rect to The Call's business office. He la seated between two operators. On his left the Marconi reports are re ceived from the Xavesink Highlands wireless telegraph station and at his right hand is an operator working the San Francisco wire. By "reading copy" over the shoulder of operator No. 1 and dictating orally to No. 2, the messages reach The Can's bulletin board on Market street only a word or two behind their receipt in the Herald office, and only one or two minutes after they are filed by Signor Marconi on the steamer Ponce, which follows the racers. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH A HEAP OF CHARRED RUINS Sacred Edifice and Contents Totally Destroyed by Fire and Other Properties Damaged. When Hie Supports ol the East Steeple Burned Away It Plunged a Fiery Mass Mo the Street, Severely Injuring Five Men. INJURED. LEO COSTELLO, engine 14, severe laceration of the scalp, with concus sion. EDWARD McGONIGLE, 31 en gine, severe laceration of the scalp, with concussion. WILLIAM J. KENEALEY, fore man engine 14, severe injury to right hand. Two other firemen, whose names and the extent of whose injuries are unknown. F ; LAMES have licked their way through the First Baptist Church from altar to the big steeple? that have kept vigil over the righteous for many decades and the house of worship is now a heap of blackened j ruins. Fire broke out in this tabernacle, located on Eddy street, between Jones and Leavenwcrth, shortly before 5 o'clock last evening. The crumbling roof ] and time-dried timbers crackled as tlie flame tongue crept through and within five minutes the building was an inferno, i Up the tall coiner steeples the flanus crept, cut away the supports and with j the grace of divers the weighty sp;r B plunged out Into the street. Men wore carried away injured and bleeding from the scene: firemen, without regard f< r life, worked up beneath the tottering . walls and guided powerful streams Into the flames while on every side tangled wires -were spitting death-dealing electric fluid In fiery flashes. Now the smoke belches forth trom the burning church in suffocating clouds and again the liames reach toward th<- outer supports and en velop them in their iiery embrace. It was as though the arms of Halemaumau were wrapped around the doomed struc ture and had finally reached out and drawn adjoining buildings with the burn- ', WHEN THE STEEPLE TOPPLED. ing circle. Out from the rear of the j church' the flames reached and left a charred, path across the buildings near, and across the street in front the new- i placed paint withered from the heat. Just how the fire started is a "mystery., | Although adjoining buildings were some what damaged there is no doubt but that it first kindled in the church. ; Mrs. E. ! Jewel was perhaps tne first to ! see the flames. She occupied a suite of j rooms in tne Normandie, ;£t> Eddy street, and looking out of the window saw the flames reaching out from the church to ward the hotel. She shouted an alarm through the corridors of the hotel, wnence j it was taken up and carried down the street. Ottlcer Harry Hook heard the I shout and rang in the alarm. A tew min utes later' Chief Sullivan arrived and or dered a second and a third alarm turned in. This brought the engines from outly- | ing districts, and within fifteen minutes j alier the names were first seen a Siamese ' nozzle, fed by three, engines, was tnrow ing a stream into the burning steeples. The supports were too nearly eaten away, j however, and slowly the one on the west j bent over and plunged into the street. j Firemen, citizens and police skurried to I places Dl safety, and then the stream was i turned to the remaining steeple. In a j minute later it was seen to waver, and : just as the voices of half , a thousand people shouted an alarm it seemed that the confined gases within the .walls ex ploded beneath this steeple and it went nurtling into the street. It was too late for the firemen to flee, and borne down by the fiery mass five of them lay bleeding on the pavement. Will ing hands released nozzle and hose and ! hurried to their rescue. Lee Costello of | engine 14 was among the first placed on his feet, and although suffering -from a severe laceration of the scalp and con cussion he retained his consciousness and I assisted by a fireman and Mayor Phelan i was taken outside the lines, placed in a ' carriage and driven to the. hospital. Ed- 1 ward McGonigle of engine 31 was practi- i cally unconscious. He was taken by four j firemen to the Ellis-street Clinic. Dr Hereford took twelve stitches in a lacera tion extending almost from ear to ! ear. ' Later he was removed to the Receiving Hospital and thence to his home, 12 Flor- ! ence street. William J. Kenealey. fore- j man of engine 14. who resides at 901 Bu PRICE FIVE CENTS. chanan street, suffered a severe injury of the right hand. As aon as the i was dressed, however, he refus< his home, but returned to continue the battle with the flame?. Two other fire men were injured by the failing steeples, but they were quiekiy removed to their homes, and up to a late hour their r. had not been given out. All are n well and it is not thought that a fatality will result from the injuries received at lire fire, although the escape of the in jured fireman from instant death was miraculous. After the injured had be^n removed the work of extinguishing the flames was re newed with increasing- vigor. The Hotel Normandie. which caught fire shortly after flames w^re seen bursting from the rcof of the church, was occu pied by Mrs. Alice M. Marshall as a lodg ing house. There are fifty rooms in the house, which were all occupied. The mo ment fire was discovered next door the guests grabbf-d their valuables and rushevl to places of safety. Many of the inmates of the house were out at the time and their effects sitill remain in the rooms, broken and spoiled by falling plaster, and smoke. Mrs. Marshall stated that the house had been furnished at a cost of S-JOoO. and that the furniture wra.s Insured for (8000. The building, whicn is owned by a Mrs. Botsford, was badly damaged in the rear and on the east side. Police Officer Frank Riley and his wife were both confined to their room in the hotel by illness. They had just managed to crawl from bed when the firemen en tered and carried them out. Jacob Immel. the sexton of the church, was in the edifice when the fire started. The first information he received that the- building was on fire was Imparted to him by a stranger who rushed into tho church and" yelled to him that the roof was on fire. It was Immel's opinion that the fire was caused by sparks from the Hotel Normandie chimney. He bases his opinion on the fact that the kitchen <>f the hotel is on the side of the building where fire first broke out. Immel was alone in the church when the fire was dis covered. Policemen guarded the adjacent houses from thieves durintr the fire. In the flurry of excitement caused by the im pression that the flames could not be Continued on Second Page. Readers of The Call's Bulletins To-Day Will Get Reports of the Yachts' Movements TWO MINUTES After They Occur, by SPECIAL WIRELESS TELEGRAPH.