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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 30.— The at
tempt to prove that a pooling agree ment exists between the Southern Pa cific and the Santa Fe in routing citrus fruit shipments * East . from Southern California has been transferred from the court of United States Commission er Cates, where the matter has been in hearing for the past two days, to the national capital. Counss! for ' the Department of Justice in the issue and representatives of the Santa Fe's law department left for "Washington this evening. On January 5 the two initial lines Involved will, take additional tes timony in Chicago and later the at tendant issue to determine whether the $1 25 postage stamp rate is reasonable will be tried before the Interstate Com merce Commission. Interstate Commerce Commission to . Hear Charges Made Against Two Railroad Companies. POOLING AGREEMENT CASE GOES TO NATIONAL CAPITAL ' CORONA," Dec. 30.— Andrew Petersen, an alfalfa rancher, who lived on Mag nolia avenue, six miles from Ccrona, is thought to have ' been murdered last night, by, horsethieves, who then placed his body in a barn, which they set on fire in the hope of concealing their crime. ,The fire was noticed by neigh bors at 9:30 p. m., but they were unable to .extinguish it. Petersen's charred remains were found In the ruin.s about midnight and it was then discovered that his driving horse and buggy were stolen. The body was Identified by the filling in the teeth. The officers are now searching, for the stolen horse and buggy.' Petersen "was unmarried, a native of .Denmark and 31". years of age. He was a member of Circle Lodge, I. O. O. F., Starlight Kebeifah Lodge and the Fraternal Aid Association of this city. Special Dispatch to The Call. Charred Remains of Victim Are Found in -the Ruins' After Blaze Is Extinguished MUBDEREKS MAKE ESCAPE Horse Thieves Kill Rancher, Place His Body in a Barn and Then Apply the Torch START A FIRE TO HIDE CRIME PTBACTSE. VSC. Y.. Dec. .TO.— Former Con r'--r«n'::n .temes R'lden is critical!}- ill at his hom*» in thla city. BALTIMORE. Md.. Dec. 30. — Car dinal Gibbons, commenting to-day in an interview on the recent letter of Poj.e Plus X to Cardinal Kespighi, ex pressing a desire for a reformation in church music, in which he criticized i ertain music as an abuse of religion, expressed himself as follows: "His Holiness has referred to the extreme abuse through Italy and France. In some of the churches of thoso countries there is little Fugges tion of reverence and the ceremonies are given an operatic effect. It Is this departure from the old customs that his Holiness deplores and not neces sarily tho use of modern music. "In this country there has been lit tle abuse and we do not expect the Pope's letter to effect a change in the church music of America," DISLIKES OPE1LA AIHS IX CHURCH MUS'C Cardinal Gibbons Explains Pope's Re erni Expression Concerning I)e parture From Old Custom*. Our frame department is showing a r.pw lino of framesf in gilt, oak and art noovuo finishes. Good for New Y«ar"s. Sar.born. Vail & Co. • CHICAGO. Dec. SO.— The Iroqunis w.s opened November 23, 1SG3. by Klaw & Erlar.ger's company presenting the spectacular extravaganza, "Mr. Blue beard." It was regarded as cne of the most beautiful theaters in the country. In fact, good critics claimed there was but < ne house superior to it in matter of beauty and comfort. The foyer was large, enough of itself to inclose the Bijou Theater. The seating capacity was about 1950. and the theater itself was a model. Every seat in the house v.-as a pood one. There were no pillars to obstruct the view and there were no boxes that jut and shut off seats in the circle on the side. The Iroquois was bread, not long. There was never a pense of aloofness, fon one felt near the stage even if in the last row of the balcony. The seating: arrangement was admir able, as the aisles were not narrow and the space between the rows was ample. Red and green were the prevailing col ors; in the foyer Pompeiian red made the scone bri'liant, and the red of the auditorium was* grateful. Cream relief made the jrlaro impossible and the ceil lr.gr was artistic. The white panels on the walls were beautifully dcrae. The cost of the theater was $550,500. • The proprietors were Messrs. F. J. Davis and H. J. Powers of this city, Klaw & Erlanger of New Tork and Nixon & Zinirermann of Philadelphia. Many Hundreds Have Perished ¦ by- Flames in the Past. At a fire which occurred in the Rich mond (Va.) Theater during the third or fourth decade of the last century some 160 people of that city and the vicinity perished. . Two thousand people perished at the burning of the Jesuit church, Santiago, Chile, December 8, 1863. In a fire which broke out on Decem ber 5, 1S76, during a presentation of "The Two Orphans" at the Brooklyn Theater, 293 lives were lost, many by being trampled* to death. T On December 8, 1881, one of the. most disastrous conflagrations as to the loss of life that ever occurred broke out in the Ring Theater, Vienna, and 1000 p'eople lost their lives.' A fire in the Opera Comique, Paris, May 26, 1887, destroyed from 250 to 400 lives. At the Charity Bazaar, Paris, May 5. 1897, more than 150 persons perished by being trampled down and burned to death, most of whom were titled ladies. On March 17, 1899, the Windsor Hotel in New York City was destroyed by fire .and 45 persons perished. BISHOP RISKS HIS LIFE Continued From I*n«e 5, Column 1. Ranked as One of the Finest Playhouses in America. LIFE LOSS BY FIRES IS GREAT One large truck ordinarily used for conveying freight to depots was so heavily loaded with dead in front of the theater that the two large horses attached to it were unable to start and the police were compelled to assist by tugging at the wheels. When the need for trucks to remove the dead was more pressing, a huge electric delivery wagon, owned by Montgomery, "Ward & Co., was hailed by the police. The automobile headed for the scene, but at State street en countered so great a press of people The merchants in the vicinity of the theater arose to the emergency in splendid fashion. Marshall Field & Co., Mar.del Bros.. Schlesinger & Mayer: Carson. Pirie, Scott & Co. and other large dry-goods stores sent wag onload after wagonload of blankets, rolls of linen and packages of cotton to be used in binding up wounds of the injured and to cover the dead. The drugstores gave of their stock to anybody that asked for it in the name of persons hurt in the fire. Doctors and trained nurses were on the ground by scores within a half hour after the calamity was known, and every injured person who was car ried from the building received prompt medical aid. A number of doctors waited at the entrance to the theater with stethoscopes in hand and as soon as a body which looked as though it might possess life was carried out it was at once examined. If dead, it was placed on the pile lying on the side walk. The living were at once placed in ambulances and whirled away to hospitals or to the offices of physicians in the immediate neighborhood. FREIGHT TRUCKS IN USE. It was found necessary in order to convey the bodies rapidly to the Morgue and to the various undertak ing establishments to press .trucks into service, and in these, upon costly blankets supplied by the dry-goods stores in the vicinity and covered by th° sfme material, the dead -were hauled away practically like so much cord wood. GIVE WITH FREE HAND. So rapidly were the bodies brought down that in an hour there were twa streams of men in and out of the'door — the one carrying bodies, the other com posed of mt?a returning to get more. The bedies were carried into the Thompson restaurant, which adjoins the theater on the east, where all the available space was given by the pro prietor. The dead and injured were placed on chairs, tables and counters, one woman even being placed, for lack of a better spot, on top of a cigar case. Because of the tremendous throng which surrounded the block in .which the theater building stood it was not possible for the police to carry the dead and injured any distance, and they were? compelled to await for ambu lances at the theater. Although \\\ the patrol wagons and every ambulance owned by the city was pressed into ser vice, they were utterly inadequate to carry awav the dead, and in a short time there was a line of corpses fifty feet long, piled two and three high, on the sidewalk in front of the theater. LONG ROWS OF BODIES. The two men tried vainly to get through th<? door, which was jammed with dead women, piled higher than the h<?ads of either man. All the lights in the theater were ex tinguished and the only illumination rame through the cloud of smoke that hung between the interior of the thea ter and the street. The two men immediately hurried to a floor below and informed Chief Mush am of the fire department that bodies were pJled high in the balcony and prompt assistance must be rendered if any e* them were to be saved. The chief called upon all of his men in the vicinity to abandon work on the fire and come at once to the rescue. The building: was so dark and the smoke so thick that it was found Im possible to accomplish anything until lights had been procured. Word was at once sent to the Orr & Lockett Hardware Company, two doors east of the theater, and that firm quickly placed its entire stock of lanterns at the service of the department. More than 200 lights were carried into the* building and the work of rescue com menced. - "Good God, man, don't walk on their faces!" DEAD TILED UPON DEAD. IROQUOIS THEATER A MODEL The policemen in charge of the line of waiting persons, which extended west in Madison street for. several blocks, tried to explain the situation, but the excited fathers and husbands MANY BESIEGE MORGUE. All night long stricken relatives and friends of missing persons besieged the ,morgues where the dead had been car ried awaiting identification. Hundreds of men and women waited in long Iine3 for hours to finally demand admit tance. For every person who was al lowed to enter the death r.ooms a score were ordered away. After waiting for several hours in front of Jordan & Co.'s undertaking establishment in Madison street, the crowd of mourners, consisting of more than 1000 persons, became im patient and it took the united efforts of twenty policemen who were guard ing the place to quiet the dissatisfac tion. The aisles between the piles of dead were already filled with persons and it was impossible for those out side to enter until those already in side left to make room. RELATIVES ARE FRANTIC. "I had twelve children in two boxes in there, and they are missing. .Are they in there? "My God, this is what kills a rran," said Davis, as he turned away, and the next instant would have fallen to the floor. He was assisted to a carriage and driven home. Later it was ascer tained that Sanborn's son, Harold. 19 years old, had taken the entire party in safety from the theater. "Will J. Davis, one of the proprietors of the Iroquois, collapsed to-night un der the worry and distress occasioned by the catastrophe. After the fire he and Powers made their headquarters in the women's dressing rooms, where they were besieged by people who were frantically seeking information of their relatives. The climax came with Davis when • ho was approached by George C. Sanborn, a prominent busines man, who said: DAVIS BREAKS DOWN. Frederick W. Job, secretary of the Chicago Employes' Association, tele phoned to D. Moon, a livery stable pro prietor at 2021 Wabash avenue, ask ing that carriages be sent for the relief of the sufferers. Moon replied he would give his carriages for the work. He later told Job that he notified the union headquarters, where the drivers now on strike are congregated, that he had. do nated the carriages and asked if they would drive to the Iroquois Theater to help remove the wounded. Moon re plied to Job that they flatly refused to do so. <* , Two of the downtown theaters closed their doors to patrons as a result of the fire. These were the Illinois and Pow ers Theaters, which were owned by the proprietors of the Iroquois. All other theaters remained opened as usual and there was no perceptible falling off in the attendance. The body of a dark haired girl, about 12 years of age. was found impaled on the iron railing ,of the first balcony, she evidently having been thrown over from the second balcony above. \Vith all of its clothing torn from it but a pair of baby shoes, the body of a child about a year old was found tn a far corner of the second balcony. It had evidently been knocked from its mother's arms and was trampled beyond recognition. While scores of men were busy in carrj-lng out the dead and Injured, others, fortunately few in number, searched the aisles and seats for valu ables. Two women were found who had provided themselves with baskets and were filling them with ths prop erty of the dead. They were placed under arrest, and the theater ushers a,nd stage hands given the work of col lecting the valuables on the floor of the theater. During the evening the police arrested over a dozen men ac cifted of being thieves and pickpockets. STRIKERS ARE STUBBORN. About a score of people in the second balcony were saved by firemen, who took them through the roof and car ried them down ladders in the rear of the building. 1 Two bodies tightly locked in each other's arms, young women apparently about 25 years of age, were found in one end of the orchestra pit. They must have fallen there from the balcony above. THIEVES SAID BUILDING. that it could not get through. The chauffeur clanged his gong repeatedly, but the crowd refused to part, and the automobile was finally turned away. Continued From Page 5, Column 7. H BODIES TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT IN HORRIBLE CRUSH IE BBUTILATED BEYOND HOPE OF CERTAIN IDFNTIFIGATION THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL', THURSDAY, AECEMRER 31, 1903. CODEX. Utah. Dec. 30.— W. S. Hussey. who haslbeen claim. agent of the- Union Pacific- at Denver ? for several year*, .will »ever M* con nection with the. company on January 15 next to assume charge of ¦ the . claim department of thf Sun Prrt'o, Lo* Anycles and Salt Lake Railway, with ¦ headquarters In Loa Anseles. Accidentally Blows Up His Home. SANTA ROSA, Dec. 30.— A. Brandt wrecked his home Tuesday night by attempting to dry. a , can of blasting powder. He set the can on the stove to dry while he partook of his break fast. A little later, there was an Ex plosion and- the" kitchen caught- fire. The fire was extinguished without dif ficulty, but the end of the' building was blown out by the force of the explo sion. - . ¦'.*'-' Dozens ot others, swept, carried, dragged or thrown out to the stairways and even beyond them down into the landings, never saw the daylight that streamed through the big front door in sight of the throngs outside with fire wagons and smoking horses, but died in great masses seven and eight feet high, with their faces in the last agonies, all turned toward the doors they could not reach. From the windows at the north and west ends of the building they streamed, blinded by smoke and crazed beyond any possibil ity of helping themselves further or of taking advantage of the aid extended to them from the upper floors of the buildings fac ing the theater. Judders, planks, ropes, poles, everything that could possibly, serve to assist these creatures in their battle for life Was rigged and turned .into bridges, but very few got across alive. DEAD LIE EIGHT DEEP. 1'y pillars, became a morgue five minutes after the first little ribbon of flame made its way along the stage. The women and girls in the gallery never had a chance for life. They met death still seated in their theater chairs, their • hands burned into one commingled cinder with the sides of the seats they had grasped when the panic came. Others who had managed by the strength of terror to get. into the aisles found the end in the mingled mass of smoke and fire and the tearing of limbs there and in the open space back of the seats. HUES. DF DEATH IS COMPLETE Continued From Page 1, Columns 1 nnd 2. Mr. and Mrs. C W. Quilty. left for San Francisco as soon as informed of their daughter's marriage. It is said the young couple have been forgiven and that Mrs. and Mrs. Portal will make their home in this city. SAN JOSE, Dec. 30. — A surprise to Sun Jose society comes in the an nouncement of the marriage on Tues day of Miss Gertrude Quilty, a popular young belle, to Clem Portal in San Francisco. Neither friends nor rela tives of the couple were taken into the' secret and the first information of the wedding was received by the bride's parents in a telephone message asking their blessing. f-V..* . The bride is the daughter of C.'W. Quilty, a well-known capitalist of this city. She is a general favorite In tie younger social set and has often en tertained at the elegant home of her parents on South Third street. ~ Portal is the son of the late J. B. J. Portal and has been • managing the. Portal ranch near Cuperttrjo. He has many friends in this city. ' Miss Gertrude Quilty Quietly Weds Son of the Late J. B. J. Portal in San Francisco Last Tuesday. SAX JOSE SOCIETY BELLE \}^ : SURPRISES HER FRIENDS Never was there a busier night in Chicago than this one. All night long hundreds of people were going be tween the police station and the hos pitals and the Morgue, first- to one, then to the other, then back again, seeking news" of missing friends, and relatives and trying to identify the dead. At the Central Police station, within one and a half squares of the theater, a dozen policemen were kept busy all night taking names and de scriptions of missing people. In the squad room of the station the lists of injured received from hospitals and from police stations were read to the crowd. The throngs were silent while the names, were read except for an occasional outbreak of sobbing as some one recognized in the description a relative or friend. The hospitals were besieged i by . callers and • eager' questioners over, the telephone. In spite of all this the work of identification went on but slowly, and at 2 o'clock this morning apparently only one fifth of the bodies lying in the rooms of downtown undertakers had been recognized by their friends. and mothers who were anxious about relatives and friends refused to be pacified. At Rolston's morgue, 22 Adams street, where nearly 200 bodies lay awaiting identification, the scenes were equally as dramatic. There, were thousands of people -in the crowd in front of the place, and it was with, the greatest dif ficulty that the police, were able to con trol the situation, so anxious were the grief-stricken people to gain admit tance <to ascertain if their loved ones had fallen victims to the awful disas ter. A dozen other places in the city where dead had been carried witnessed the same scenes. IDENTIFYING THE DEAD. Steamer Amur Arrives at Victoria. VICTORIA, B. C, Dec. 30. — The steamer Amur, which grounded on Harbor Reef, off Port Simpson, on De cember 15 when bound down from Skagway, arrived in port to-day and went to Esquimalt to go on the ways. She is not much damaged. trance where men were kicking in the doors and shattering the glass panels in their attempts- to afford a larger space for the exit of the people. Many fell as they reached the doors, where a few steps more would have carried them to fresh air and safety. As I look at it now I must have been walking on prostrate bodies as I struggled through the opening. All of our party escaped in about the same manner as I did, but all of them suffered so terribly in the matter of clothing that the first thing they did was to rush to the stores to buy wraps to cover them." TROY, N. Y..'De*c. 30.— Moses T. Clough, the nesto'r 'of : the Rensselaer County barand the. last survivor of the class of 1834.' of ¦ Dartmouth College; William Shaw, head of the law- firm- of Shaw, Bailey & Murphy, and Benjamin ,W. •Kinnejv manager for the Fuller-' Warren Company of Boston, Mass., lost their lives in a; fire which partially de stroyed ; the Troy Club to r day. Al though the doomed men were seen at the windows nothing could .be "done to save them, 7 so- dense was:the smoke' and so rapid the progress'of the flames. . : Edward Carpentier of New York was taken, from" an upper window* by the firemen and removed to a hospital, where he is recovering from the effects of smoke inhaled. He was in tpwn pre paring for his marriage with a young society woman of this city.' His escape from death was regarded as one of the remarkable features of the fire. "All the persons killed were occupying rooms on the upper floor of the club building, which is four stories in height, and it was the part the flames attacked first. The victims had retired about 10 o'clock and were sleeping soundly when the alarm was given. by the employes. An effort was made. at once to-reach the sleeping apartments, but the pro gress of th,e fire had been so rapid that the help at? hand could not make their way to the top floor. The fire is thought to have been caused by a lighted cigarette - being thrown among some combustible mate rial. The clubhouse was built ten or twelve years ago at a cost of $500,000. The loss by fire will reach $55,000. r Mr. Clough was 89 years of age and Mr. Shaw was. nearly 70. Both resided at the club, at which Kinney and Car pentier were guests. The police report that while the fire was at its worst a man was discovered trying to set fire to the building at the corner of Broadway and Fifth avenue, occupied as a news stand. The man es caped. It is not believed, however, that the clubhouse fire was of incendiary origin. 3[oses T. Clbiigh,' One of the Victims,. Was sLonc Suivvivor , of Dartmouth Class of 1 834 firemen; are powerless Fire Destroys Fine Structure in Tro c v, X. IV, arid Three Persons Perish in the Flames NOTED MEN DIE IN CLUB ROOMS SANTA ROm. Dec. 30k. — Justice A. J. Atchinson uhis afterrwon imposed a sentence of ninety days' imprison ment on Simort Semple, charged with disturbing the peace. Atchinson en tered several residences in this city Tuesday night and frightened tha women folks. Peace Disturber Is Sent to Jail. LOS ANGELES. Dec. 30.— Charfcs Stern, a prominent^ winemaker, was killed and five passengers were badly injured in a collision at noon «to-day. The injured: Joseph Steiai of 1034 Macy street, seriously, may die; Mrs. E. O'Brien, 943 Macy street, face cut and head injured; H. G. Mfller, An derson and' Macy streets, painfully bruised; Mrs. .Marker, cut and bruised on face and body; Miss Bsarr. bruised and cut on upper part of "body. The accident occurred at the end of the Macy Street bridge, whe re a Pacific electric car was struck by ensnne No. 1 . of the Salt Lake Railway Company. The engine was going north pulling a long train of flatcars loaded with stone. The point where the collision occurred is one of the most dangerous crossings in the city. The flagman, ran out to give the danger signal, but the car crew failed to see him in time or lost • control of the brakes for a moment, and the train, whiih was running slow ly, struck the car. The motorman and conductor of the car saw that a smash up was inevitable and jtanr>ed, saving themselves. Stern, was mside the car and could not escr<a>e. Jin;. O'Brien and Stein were hurled from their seats on i the dummy. Charles Stern was the» owner of the Stern winery. He was about 63 years of age and leaves three grown sons. Charles Stern, who was killed, was one' of the best known wine men In the United Stages and -one of the pio neer wine and brandy makers of Los Angeles. He was president of the I Sterns Winery aid Brandy Company. Limited, and bepLdes the winery at Macy street and, Mission road main tained offices an<i warehouses at New York and Chicaijo, with a wholesale house on South Spring street in this city. In recent years Stem had made his home in XMv York, passing his winters here. ' He was &2 years of . age and leaves«a wife, two son3 and a daughter. '.-f';^;: • „'• Motornian and Conductor Save Themselves by Jnmpinjr Just Before the Collision Occurs THE BRAKES FAIL TO WORK Prominent Wiuemaker of Los Angeles Is Killed and Five Other Passengers Arc Injured ENGINE STRIKES A TROLLEY CAR Kushins: Work on Xew Electric Line. VALLEJO, Dec. 20.— Work on the route of the Vallejo, Benicia and Xapa Valley Electric Railroad is progressing favorably. 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