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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.
' 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
Horse Thieves Kill Rancher,
Place His Body in a Barn
and Then Apply the Torch
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,"
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
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
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
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.
Continued From I*n«e 5, Column 1.
Ranked as One of the
Finest Playhouses
in America.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
"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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Prominent Wiuemaker of Los
Angeles Is Killed and Five
Other Passengers Arc Injured
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. Thirty teams and sixty men
are at work and the ¦ graders have
reached Sonoma street. The grading
from Vallejo to Xapa will be completed
by April 1. and the rails soon will be
ready for shipment from San Francisco.
Ballacss Cured by Destrcyiai? the Para-
sitic Germ That Causes It.
BaldBMM follows falling hair, falling
hs-r follows dandruff, and dandruff is
the result of a germ digging its way into
the scalp to the root of the hair where it
ssps the vitality of the hair. To destroy
that germ is to prevent as well as cure
dandruff, falling hr.ir, and. lastly, bald-
ness. There is only one preparation
known to do that, Newbro's Herpieide,
an entirely new. scientific discovery.
Wherever it has been tried it has proven
wonderfully successful. It can't be
otherwise, because it utterly destroys
the dandruff germ. "You destroy the
cause, you remove the effect." Sold by
•leading drupgists. Send 10c in stamp's
for sairiiWe vi The Herplcide Co., Detroit
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