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A DETAILED STORY OF A GREAT BATTLE OP THE RING. SEE The Sunday Call Next Sunday VOLUME CVIL— NO. 160. EXPLOSION CLAIMS 15 LIVES Fire in Canadian Powder Mill Exacts Death Toll and ln= jures 50, Many Fatally WINDOWS SHATTERED IN OTTAWA, 4 MILES AWAY Headless, Legless and Armless Bodies Recovered After Fearful Accident SITE OF BASEBALL GAME RESEMBLES BATTLEFIELD OTTAWA, Ont., May 8. — An explo sion today wrecked the plant, of the General Explosives company of Canada near Hull, Que., kill ing 1 15 persons and injuring 50 others. The force of the explosion was terri fying:. The country for miles around was laid waste and many small dwell ings in the city of Hull, on the side nearest the scene of the explosion, were flattened to the ground. A baseball game was in progress a fchort distance from the powder works, about 6 o'clock this evening. The teams were playing the last Inning, and when a fire was seen in one of the small buildjngs of the powder plant the crowd began to swarm up the hill to get a better view of the blaze. Warning of the danger came to the onlookers in two minor explosions soon a£<er the fire got well under way. A shower of sparks and fragments of the wrecked building f<jll among the spectators, and there was a scurrying out of what was considered the danger zone. Some men in the crowd, aware of the possibility of the danger when the main magazine was reached, pleaded with the crowd to go still farther back, and many of them heeded the warning. Others, apparent ly enjoying the element of danger in the spectacle, stood -within 1.000 yards of the burning buildings. They were kept on the gui vive by detonations that sent showers of burning brands in all directions. Death Follows Explosion The baseball game broke up and the rest of the spectators and the players rushed up to join the crowd at the fire. It was then that the magazine ex ploded. There were two stunning de tonations. Everything within a radius of a mile and a half was torn and shat tered. Giant trees were snapped off close to the earth; barns and dwelling houses were converted into kindling wV>od. and even in Ottawa, four miles from the scene, hundreds of plate glass windows were broken. The scene where the crowd from the ball game stood resembled a battle field. Headless, armless and legless bodies were lying about among scores of unconscious forms. The silence that followed the final death dealing blaet was more terrify ing than the cries and moans which came with a return to consciousness of the badly injured. Many Injured in Wreckage The terrific shock brought thousands of terror stricken people into the streets of Hull. Some thought it was an earthquake, while others cried out that the comet had struck the earth. Hundreds of chimneys were toppled over and there is scarcely a whole win dow left in the northeastern section of the city. The first call for aid from the hos pitals and the police came from the section of the city nearest the maga zines. There it was found that fully 40 small frame dwellings had been shattered and that many injured peo ple were imprisoned In the wreckage.- It was fully an hour and a half after the explosion that word came into the city of the disaster. Ambulances and automobiles wer* rushed to the scene and the seriously injured were carried to the Hull hospitals until there was room for no more and then they were brought to Ottawa. In this city four miles from the scene of the explosion the terror Inspired was scarcely less than that at Hull. The earth trembled, buildings shook and hundreds of windows were shattered. The great cloud of smoke that mounted in a column over Hull quickly indicated the true cause of the terrifying shocks. Parliament Buildings Damaged Kldea'u hall, the official home of Earl Grey, and the buildings on Parliament hill caught the full force of the explo sion, being two miles nearer the pow der plant than is the main section of the city. Every window on one side of Rideau hall was blown out and two great stone chimneys toppled over on the roof of the building. The parliament build ings were also badly damaged. Rideau hall is still occupied by Earl Grey and his family. The whole vice regal establishment fled panicstrfeken to the street. They were coon assured that there was no further danger. As soon as Earl Grey learned the extent of the damage he ordered a detachment of troops sent across the river to help the authorities. The building in which the main ex- Continued on Page 2, Column 5 The San Francisco Call. Miss T. 1e Conte, Who Teaches Ballet To Women Students INDEX OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL'S NEWS TODAY TELEPHONE KEARXV 86 MONDAY, MAY 9, 1910 EDITORIAL California stands for the fair. Page 6 A difficult task before Kins George Page 6 Want a national health bureau. Page 6 A United States senator under flre. Page 8 Switching charges declared illegal. Page <$ CITY Literati at Carmel begin work on great open air theater. Page 1 Maud Allan's yisit causes dancing craze to strike Berkeley. Page X Bay View residents boom South Basin as site f<T 1915 exposition. Page 3 Policeman follows blood trail from scene of robbery to suspect. Page 14 Charter revisionists draw -up report \u25a0 suggesting many election reforms. I i'ajjc 7 Chauffeur drugged in saloon, robbed y»nd left on eiUewalk mila away. Page 14 Native Sons discuss chances of various candi dates at couilnp eouTcntlon. * Page 14 Damroseh and symphony orchestra give grand concert of Wagnerian music. Page 4 Residents of Potrero ask governor to stop prize fight, and pastros add protests. Page 14 John A. Benson, one of defendants in notorious land fraud cases, dies suddenly. Page I Harvey S. Blood, assemblyman and Calaveras pioneer, passes away suddenly. Page 10 Reorganization promoters score Receiver Sym mes for advertising June dividend. Page 7 Miss C. K. Choates becomes wife of Lon H. Eobb of U. S. S. West Virginia. Page 14 G. A. MeCrea shot by W. K. Bridgbam, who surrenders to District Attorney Fickert. p 14 SUBURBAN Volley of overripe hen fruit leads to arrest of two Oakland youths. Page 5 Baltimore woman seeks trace of husband under control of hypnotist. Page 5 High school class will present "A Night Off" at Idora park May Page 5 Women of Prelude club to give annual concert at Ebtll Thursday evening. Page 5 New All Saints church, at Hay ward dedicated with Impressive ceremonies. Page 5 Boy's motorcycle nearly kills W. H. George, salesman for realty company. Page 5 San Francisco musicians score success at last half hour of music of season. Page 5 Captain John Wulzen, noted pioneer and Scbuetzen Verein leader, dies. . Page 5 Police halt auto with pistol Ehots and arrest driver for lack of headlights. Page v Rev. Thomas A. Boyer officiates at laying of cornerstone of Christian church. Page 5 . Oakland businessmen plan for fourth of July celebration with military parade. Page 5 Choir boys rehearsing for entertainment will impersonate heroines of famous songs. Page 5 COAST High wind prevents aeroplane flight at Santa Rosa carnival. Page 3 Husband leaps from streetcar and shoots wife's alleged affinity. Page 7 Funeral of Admiral McCalla barren of eulogy ; :il military pomp. Page 7 Theatrical man builds theater cod is later re fused license by trustees. Page 7 Girl given sugar coated strychnine pills'mis taken for candy and dies. Page 14 Hannoveraner rereln holds spring picnic at Schuctzen park, San Rafael. \u25a0 Page 7 State engineer . to survey Humboldt bay at same time as federal officers. Page 2 EASTERN Nf-w York merchants -to give banquet 'to San Francisco delegation. Page 3 Attorney general wlli continue cotton pool in quiry despite criticism.' ' ' Page 4 Harvard savant produces blue rabbits and col ored rats by "blending." j Page 3 Feud in senate between regulars and < Insur gents over railroad bill. Page 3 FOREIGN Body of King Edward to be in state in West minster abbey. \u25a0 ..... ... \u0084.,-. Page I Explosion in Canadian powder mill kills 15, injures 00, many fatally. Page 1 Anti-Christian feeling In China' Intensified t>r apjiearance of unsigned posters. . Page 2 SPORTS ; ' Oak t-labstcr again clouts pellet out of lot and Commuters win. Page » Presidio golf club wins second half of home and borne contest. Page ,S Baby Oaks beat young Senators at Sacramento by score of sto 4. :,V»v; Page 0 Fresno makes it five straight from Stockton by the score of 8 to 4. \u25a0 Page 9 Jeff can not be persuaded to give sparring- ex hibition before crowd. , Pages Jack Johnson will start real hard training to^ day at Seal Rock house. . Page 8 MARINE Twelve luml>er vessels bring more than 6,000, 000 feet in one day. . Page 13 New five story labor temple will be erected >t cost of $200,000. - Page 7 SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY- MAY 9, 1910. TERPSICHOREAN WAVE SWAMPS COLLEGE TOWN On With the Dance, Let Joy Be Refined, Cry Berkeley Maids and Matrons "Rythmical Calisthenic Exer* cisc" Follows Vision and Visit of Maud Allan \u25a0 There's mother In the attic and behav ing plumb erratic, Am nhe dances Qut the "Spring Song" by the mile; > And sister in her nightie thinks she looks, like Aphrodite, When she's twirling In a mighty funny style; Poor Cousin Jaue is dippy o'er a tvro step, rather skippy, Which she races through the hall way up and down; But Pa, he sayst "Oh blow mc! Life Is one long dashed Salome Ever since that Muudlc Allan came to town." The artistic in dance, long dormant in the academic soul of Berkeley, snapped the fetters of the eminently conventional with the coming of Maud Allan, and now from end to end Berke ley revels in the gyrations of the dance classique. School teachers, professors* wives, college girls, society girls, all have hurled thmselves upon the crest of a terpsichorean wave. Girl students, forsaking the charms of the gliding twostep, seek the thrill of the pirou ette. The French- ballet has become a part of their university career and daily finds more favor, those going to the classes to scoff remaining to kick. Matrons, wives and spinsters of in teresting age swing themselves out in a perfect abandon of art, and the ar tistic in Berkeley cries out: "On with the dance." Mrs. Wells, wife of Prof. Chauncey Wells of the English department, Mrs. May L. Cheney, appointment secretary of the state university, and Miss Tal lulah le Conte, chief physical director in the Oakland schools and a graduate of the uniVersity — these are some of the names associated with the sea of art in which Berkeley is splashing, dancing and interesting itself in the whirl classical. By Another Name Three or four nights a week a class of more than a score of college girls under the instruction of Miss le Conte gyrate in the rhapsodical fancies of the French ballet, stamp out the Rus sian folk lore steps and glide in Span ish fandango. Necessarily in Berkeley it is not termed a French ballet- Aca demically it is known as the modifica tions of Mr. Gilbert of Boston; but, according to Miss le Conte, there is but little modified from the regular ballet twirl such as may be seen per formed by any bevy of Broadway beauties. The Berkeley maidens pirou ette, twirl, fluff their skirts and — and — kick out and high. Such was the enthusiasm of the dance craze, however, that. the class at the university was insufficient to meet the demands, and Misa le Conte was called upon to begin another, one. where the more matronly could follow their re cent bent. This Is attended by school teachers of Oakland and Berkeley, and it also includes Mrs. Wells, wife of Pro fessor Wells. When Maud Allan danced in Oakland she was invited to Berke ley and, it is said, there explained to a select audience her tense moods and elastic emotions as made evident in-the "Spring Song." Furthermore, In Oc tober Miss le Conte will go to Europe there to study the native dances on their native heath and to obtain a ; clearer understanding of the. classical in terpsichorean art. Muses Halt a Moment The demand for the classical dancing schools is producing new institutions to fulfill the wants of the artistic tem perament. Among these is an academy at College avenue and Stuart street, which bears the following Inscription painted on an artistic board In fancy style': This is Athens— "When the muses pass this way They bide a while within. Thalia; Erato, Terpsichore, Calliope, CHo, Melpomene, Euterpe, Urania, Poly hymnia. And to Athens travel the muses of Berkeley. The entrance is under a bower of roses which has' forgotten to bloom; but art is there — in bucketfuls. Greek dances, dances of spring, sum mer,, winter, autumn; dances of death, life, love and laughter there abound. Athens has them all, and the school ma'ms of Berkeley, recollecting that Dora Duncan, was. an Oakland girl, learn in Athens the art in which she and Maud Allan, and a few others hold first place. In Athens there are.no such things as ballet dancing and high 1 kicking— far from it. It is known 'as' the' "health dance," warranted to make' the fat thin, the thin fat. the young younger and the old happy. Everybody Dances "It is an earnest endeavor," said Miss le Conte, who is running a rival "Athens," "on the part . of the dancers to improve themselves, physically. Never 'have I seen such . ay"universala v " universal desire in Berkeley to dance. „ Every one Continued on Page 2, Column 6 EDWARD VII TO BE BURIED AT WINDSOR BODY TO LIE IN STATE IN WESTMINSTER | King George V and Queen May, the new rulers of England. Queen Alexandra hereafter will be known as the \ | ' Queen Mother, a title used many years ago in Britain. • j SENATOR WARREN TO BE GRILLED Sensational Charges Say That Public Lands Were Mis* appropriated [Special DispalcVia The Call] | I WASHINGTON^ May -B.— Sensational charges- have' been filed against United States Senator. Frances E. Warren of Wyoming by A. S. Connolly of Chey enne with the joint congressional com mittee now investigating the interior department and the forestry service. In the bill of particulars filed Con nolly, who is credited with being in the employ of several western railroads, stated that "the Warren livestock com pany, of which Senator Warren is pres ident, fenced in, in- Colorado, 54,000 acres of public lands, which, under the act of congress of 1875, were to be awarded to Colorado upon the applica tion of that state for school purposes." He states that Senator Warren fenced In these lands prior to 1906, and in 1906 complaints; were made to Secretary Hitchcock, who ordered an Investiga tion and a report was, made by Special Land Agent Forbes. 'The facts were submitted to President Roosevelt. Later Forbes was transferred to another divi sion and the prosecution of Warren was dropped. At that time President Roosevelt was warring with Senator Foraker over ths Brownsville case and Senator Warren held several conferences with Presi dent Roosevelt. It was observed that Warren voted against Senator Foraker in the committee Investigating the Brownsville case. . ; , ..When James R. Garfield became sec retary of the interior he employed Wil liam J." Burns, the detective of San Francisco, who then made an investiga-. tion and reported exactly as did Special Agent. Forbes. • Secretary .Garfield started a move ment to ; prosecute. "Then, Connolly charges, Senator Warren went to the then chairman of the .republican state committee of Colorado \ and, upon the promise that Senator "Warren would procure for Denver a United States mint and other public buildings, got him to work a request "through the Colorado legislature to tho federal gov ernment for the lands held by* the War ren livestock company for school pur poses and then to turn them over to the Warren livestock company. Burns, according to the evidence, In timated in his report that this would be done, and Secretary Garfield direct ed Assistant Attorney General Wood ruff to "clean the. matter up." There upon the Warren livestock "Company, through. Warren, leased. the lands from the government, thus" relinquishing the title in, them turned over by the state of Colorado. Upon the 'leasing of the lands Secretary Garfield called. off the "cleaning up." :.' The charges : . also state, that in 1908 the Warren livestock company in vio lation of the. law fenced in 12 miles of public lands in Wyoming near the bor der. Connolly asks the Ballinger-Pin chot committee to take up .the investi gation of these charges. . Connolly also' alleges * that when Taft was secretary of war. he and army offi cers :of high rank were - deceived by Warren in. order that he -might secure large' appropriations t for Fort Russell water reservoirs. They were built "and are now-dry. • . .. ".• -..-*/ JOHN A. BENSON DIES SUDDENLY Defendant in Notorious Land Fraud Cases Victim of Heart Failure John A, Benson, who achieved-" no toriety in connection with the land fraud cases, .died suddenly yesterday afternoon at iHarland's ranch- in the Walnut creek district of Contra Costa county. The end came ; without \u25a0'. the slightest warning and following a trip on which he had seemingly enjoyed himself heartily. In company with his wife: and her sister Benson left San Francisco in an automobile yesterday for a trip to his ranch near Alamo in Contra Costa county, where he intended .; spending a couple of months in rest, .being run down from his confinement in. the Ala meda county jail, which ended only a short time ago. 'Pleasure Becomes Grief Arriving at Harland's ranch the party stopped to get a drink of water. Ben son left the automobile and walked to the house, where he chatted with the rancher for a few minutes and, took some spring water. He was walking back to the automobile, when he was suddenly seen to. totter and before any one could reach him had fallen to /the ground. ... . . Mrs. Benson rushed to the side of her husband and called \u25a0to him, . but he showed no sign of life. • -•-' Dr. E. G. Simon of Oakland, who was passing, was summoned and made, an examination. He declared that ' life was extinct, and the body was carried into the house to await the arrival of the coroner; Doctor Simon gave the cause of death as heart failure. The tragic ending of the automobile trip was farthest from the minds of the members of the party. Between Oakland and the Harland ranch Benson had chatted pleasantly with his wife and her sister and talked of the pleas ures they would have in the open air at his country place. . Mrs. Benson remained with the body and word was sent to Martinez, from which point a deputy coroner at once started for the ranch. • ' Defrauded Uncle Sam For the last 10 years the United States government had waged an.un ceasing war on Benson and his land operations, the government land office insisting that most of his titles were based on fraud. Duringhis career:he had made millions through, the employ ment of "dummy" agents, in securing poor forest reserve land in Oregon, Washington and California. On perfect ing his titles .to the forest lands he would exchange with the government for.good agricultural land and then dis pose of it at figures greatly in advance, of' his original investment. ;- -* : f;i Benson's second marrfage was to the divorced wife of - "Swiftwater Bill" .of Klondyke, fame. He took up his,resi dence with her in this city^and built aT magnificent home for her/in 'the* Sun- set district.-. ...... — . : .' '\u25a0 In recent- years Benson's fortune had been greatly- depleted through - expen sive litigation. He .was finally con victed of conspiracy to defraud the gov ernment in connection with his opera tionswith E. B/Perrin. Indicted With Perrin -\\'" .Benson's extensive land: operations in the 'west became the subject of renewed * Continued on Page - 2, Column 7 '\u25a0^/THE WEATHER -YESTERD AX— CIoud?; west wind; maxi \ i mum terpperdture, oZ; minimum, 50. FORgsti/FOR TODAY— Fair, with fog : afternoon; moderate west wind. C<^~">' o**^0 **^ \u25a0\u25a0--\u25a0 \u25a0'\u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0 j CARMEL TO RIVAL OBERAMMERGAU Michael Williams and Poet Ster* ling Head Movement' for Great Open Air Theater .Among the Carmel pine*, and within the sound of the murmuring surf along the shores of Carmel bay, a number of literati of the colony there are having a great open air theater constructed, where dramatic productions that never could progress to a performance in the usual commercialized playhouse will be given in festivals once or twice each year. A play by Constance Skinner, never presented on any stage, will open the theater in July. Though the plan had a small begin ning, having first occurred to Michael Williams, the author; George Sterling, the poet, and Herbert Heron as a project that the little colony might take up for its own amusement, it promises to grow into a movement that will attract many artists who wish to write or interpret the drama. It is the plan to make the festivals under the summer, sky of Carmel for America what the Oberammergau is to Europe. Williams, Sterling and Heron, with a score of their friends, have organized the Forest theater . society, and work on the theater is actively under way. When the plan became known at Car mel the colony insisted that the project be enlarged and that all of the resi dents be taken in to help. It is felt that the new theater will make history in dramatic art. Already famous men and women interested In the- presentation of the best plays are in communication with the originators of the enterprise, and offers of good plays ara maYiy. A festival of perhaps a week's duration, In which plays will be given daily, probably will result. Local artists will supply the greater part of the^material for the opening performance, but it is felt, that the de sire of famous writers all over the world to present their plays at Carmel will soon make the productions varied in; the point of authorship. LIFE A PROMISSORY NOTE, ACCORDING TO SUICIDE A. R. Arnet of Tucson, Ariz., Shoots Himself '."Life is a promissory note, due one day after demand and which we must pay." Thus epitomizing- his philosophy of life, A. R. Arnet of Tucson. Ariz., ended his unhappy fortunes some time Satur day: at the. Central hotel, 574 Third street, by sending a bullet through his brain. His body was discovered yester-' day afternoon by a bed maker of the place and was removed to the morgue. Arnet registered at the hotel Wednes day/ Nothing was known of him, nor was anything found about his person or, effects to 'further fix his identity.' Trademarks in his clothing show them to have \u25a0 been purchased -in Tucson There were, no letters or papers and he Tvas without funds. ;The text of the note found beside the body is as follows: , .\u25a0Life, 1 is a- promissory note, due one day after demand and which we must pay. ! I have been a failure. God forgive* all fools." '':'.;,•\u25a0 ' 'ij Arnet was of medium height and weight and about 32 years of aga PKICE FIVE CENTS. KING TO BE INTERRED BY SON Churches All Over United King dom Hold Services in Honor of Departed Monarch GEORGE V AND QUEENS WORSHIP TOGETHER Date of Royal Funeral Is Set for May 20, but May Be Held Two Days Earlier COURT MOURNING TO LAST UNTIL MAY, 1911 LONDON, May B.— The tomb of Edward VII will be beneath the Albert memorial chapel at Windsor, where the body of his eld est son, the duke of Clarence, has a sepulchre. The obsequies probably will be held May , 20. Before the funeral, it has practically been decided, the body of the king will lie in state in West minster abbey. Before being taken to Westminster the body will lie in state in the throne room at Buckingham palace. King Edward's casket will be fashioned out of oak grown in the roya! forest at Windsor. It will first be lowered to the vault beneath the chapel floor of St. George's chapel, Windsor castle. Afterward, when the permanent tomb has been prepared, it will be removed to Albert chapel. Funeral Discussed Queen Alexandra and King George conferred with various officers of the state and household concerning the funeral arrangements today, after holding service in the royal chapel at Buckingham palace, which the late, king always attended when in resi dence there. The date of the burial was tentatively fixed for May 20, al though it may be May 18, the date on which Theodore Roosevelt is schcd-i uled to deliver the Romanes lecture at Oxford university. The members of the royal family, it is believed, would prefer that there* be no lying in state, but it was repre sented to them that the wishes of the people were strongly for this, so they decided to waive, their personal in clinations. • King Edward still lies in the bed where he died, clothed only in night clothes, with his hands crossed on his breast. Alexandra visits the chamber frequently, appearing greatly worn and tired. King George and Queen Mary spent most of the day with her. After the chapel, the family again looked upon the body for a few min utes. An impressive incident this after noon illustrated Queen Alexandra's desire to show consideration for Brit ish subjects of evgry class. General Booth sent a message that the Sal vation Army wished to show honor to Edward by holding a service before the palace, and Alexandra gave per mission. At 4 o'clock a large barjd, wearing red jerseys and carrying sil ver instruments and banners with scarfs of crepe, pushed their way through the crowd to the palace in closure. The big iron gates were opened and the band formed a circle under the windows. Sing and Pray- First they knelt, while the leader prayed, and then they sang "Nearer, My Qpd, to Thee," "Abide With Me" and "Angels Ever Bright and Fair." Finally they marched out, singing ''Onward, Christian Soldiersl" The blinds were closely drawn, but the attendants say that Queen Alexandra left her apartments, with Princess Victoria and her ladies in waiting, and listened to the singing. The crowds around the palace and Marlborough house were undimin ished;today. -The streets tonight arc filled with people. Few London build ings have mourains decorations. Tho