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pi-' . . - 11 . k BALTIMORE El Large Wholesale I Wiped Out by | LOSSES REACH MILLIONS! * I Firemen Unable to Check Av* x aianche of Fiery Element i and Himdreds of Costlv %/ Buildings and Contents are Reduced to Ashes. ?i The most destructive conflagration * fa tie history of Baltimore occurred j Sunday and Sunday night, raging prac- j tioally unchecked during many hours, completely destroying scores of the jr. ? +V? r\ ^!q. uuusca IU ui& u.. triot, involving losses which, cannot yet be accurately estimated. The fire broke out shortly before 11 'dock Sunday morning in the wholesale dry goods store of John E. Hurst & Co., on Hopkins place, in the heart of the business district, with a series of loud explosions, which were heard ia remote parts of the city and spread > with fearful rapidity. In a half hour there were a dozen big warehouses in the wholesale dry goods and notions district burning * fiercely. The entire vity fire department was oalled out, but was utterly powerless to check the spread of the flames, which were aided by high winds, and by noon there were roaring fires in at least thirty big warehouses and tho conflagration was steadily eating its way into successive blocks east, north, west and. south. Building after building fell a prey to the flames, and apparently there was no check to the'frightful sweep of destruction. On Baltimore street, the block east to Hanover, and after that tne biock on the south side to Charles street, * broke out in flames, the Consolidated " ViiiiMtnir QTlfl % KJTEL2S y^UUJ. IJCLL1J o uuauiu^ uuu ? Acme hall burning fiercely. Meanwhile there were stores north of Baltimore street being similarly consumed. Mullin's hotel caught and , other buildings near it. West of Lib< erty street, on the south side of Baltimore, the block was doomed, and the big Baltimore Bargain House also caught. Down In Hopkins place, where the conflagration started, Hurst's building and other wholesale houses on both sides of the street, crumbled and fell. Spectacle of Ruin Appalling. The big dry goods house of Daniel Miller & Sons and R. M. Sutton & Co. were seen aflame and along German street, east and west from the Hurst building, there were a dozen ' buildings burning and scores more threatened. The spectacle of ruin and destruction from any point in these doomed blocks were something appalling. Mass & Kemper's big wholesale; store, on Baltimore stret. quickly Succumbed to the flames and the walls fell with a crash that was heard for squares. The Hurst building was ut-i terly destroyed. j On Hopkins place the Hopkins Savings bank and the National Exchange bank were gutted by flames, while across the street were the ruins of John E. Hurst & Co., and next to it S. Hecht, Jr., & Sons, in flames. Adjoining was the large building owned by the William Hoch Importing Company, which was also destroyed. Across the street the Stanley & .Brown Drug Company was quickly in , ruins, while fronting on the Baltimore street side of this block were the Roxbury Rye Distilling Company, the TRAGEDY AT COAL CREEK. Union and Non-Union Men Engage in Riot and Four are Killed. A bloody tragedy was enacted Sunday in the litte mining town of Coal Creek, Tenn., forty miles northwest of Knoxville, as the result of which four > Hves were snuffed out and three persons wounded, one perhaps fatally. Tbe clash was the culmination of trout ble between union and non-union labor. Three of the dead men were killed by guards employed by the Coal Creek Coal Company, while the fourth victim, a deputy sheriff, was killed by a guard he had gone to arrest. CZAR TO PRAY FOR LUCK. May Go to Moscow and Lay His Cause Before the Almighty. A dispatch received from St. Petersburg states that the czar in the event of war, may go to Moscow to submit his cause and fate to the Almighty before the altar of the Tre:tz monastery, as his fathers had done In the past before drawing the sword. > :v'v v .. /">;' * ; .":./ '.... ;' v? ' '. V;- ' * " u.'- ; ^ . v - LAME-SWEPT! I i ! ? Business Blocks Conflagration. | building occupied by Silberman & \ Todes. the house of Allen tons & Co., which had bardly been completed, | while next to it was the establishment of M. Moses & Co. On the corner was the building occupied by the Messrs. Sugar & Shear, and several other smaller concerns. All of these were swallowed up in the flames, and, in fact, the whole block was nothing but a cauldron of fire. At 1:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon Mullens' hotel, a seven-story structure, was in flames from garret to cellar and its great height and narrowness, which acted as a sort of flue, converted the doomed building into a huge and dreadful torch. Other Cities Send Aid. Though every bit of fire fighting apparatus in the citj was called into i requisition as tne namus cunuuueu uj | spread the firemen realized that they j had a task before them which was : too great for then.. combat. TeleI grams for fire engiih^were sent to ! Washington and Philadelphia and i about 1 o'clock six engines arrived j from Washington and four irom Phila; delphia and joined in the battle with ! the flames. Engines from stations in Baltimore. ! Howard, Anne, Arundel and Hartford j counties arrived as soon as possible, j Water plugs in every section within a j radius of half a mile from the fire ! were in use, and it is roughly estimatj ed that there were ?50 hose lines all playing at one time upon different parts of the conflagration.' Owing to the great congestion of fire apparatus, the crowds of people and the general confusion, many eni gin^s from out of town were unable to I find a place where they would be of ! any service. At 7 o'clock Sunday night the sk[ uation was so desperate that Chief Hoston decided that the only thing I.--. ' - - j ? - ?:*~ I leit IO QO was IU ayiwuiiit; uuimiu^a I ai threatened points and thus prevent, I as far as possible, a further spread' i of the flames. At 3 o'clock Monday morning the fire still raged. So far as known no ! serious casualties were reported. Telegraph, telephone and electric wires of all kinds were prostrated. The fire covered an area of threequarters of a mile in length by nearly "a quarter of a mile in width, taking in many of the most important buildings in the city. The loss, it is believed, will reach $100,000,000. KOREANS ATTACK RUSSIANS. Czar's Soldiers Seized a Woman and Were Promptly Punished. Russian soldiers have been the cause of a disorderly incident in Seoul, capital of Korea. One of the Russians seized a woman and an angry crowd gathered. A body of Korean gendarmes soon arrived at the scene and an encounter with the Russian* fol lowed. The gendarmes fought well, overpowering the Russians. An insurrection has broken out sixty miles north of Seoul and the prefect's house has been destroyed by the people. MORE FAVORABLE TO EUROPE. Under New Cuban Tariff America is Given the Worst End. President Paima's decree increasing the rates of Cuban customs duties m accordance with the authority given him by congress has been promulgated. The rates are considered more favorable to Europe than America. The latter hoped that a 30 per cent increase, which is the maximum rate allowed by congress, would have been placed en ! goods which the United States cannot ; manufacture in competition with Eui rope. i 1 WASHINGTON IS ADVISED i i Of Severance of Diplomatic Relations Between Japan and Russia. The Associated Press at Washing* i ton was informed Sunday at the Rusi sian embassy that the Russian government has received a note from Japan ! announcing the discontinuance of ne1 gotiations and the interruption of diplomatic relations. Count Cassini. the Russian ambassador, upon receipt of the cablegram from St. Petersburg, called upon Acting Secretary of State Loomis and informed him of the interruption of relations. EDWARD CROKER REINSTATED. Fired by Mayor Low, He Wins Out Be-1 * rA..>4 TUro UIU oic?wc wui M The reinstatement of Edward F. Croker as chief of the fire department of New York has been ordered by the appellate division of the supreme court. Mr. Croker was removed from office early in the Low administration, j He is a nephew of Richard Croker. c- V: "v.-^r ; ' two' bu^nedTat"stakeTT Most Drastic and Inhuman Measure ' Taken by a Mississippi Mcb to Avenge Murder. At Doddsville, Miss.. Sunday after* > ? ? T -- TLTV\r, pf o r? rl Vi: c wjf A auua, jL/UUvr r.i<jiuc.:?, ??>( ?*??> colored, were burned at the stake by j a mob of over 1,000 persons for the killing of James Eastland, a prominent white planter, and John Carr, a negro, on Wednesday morning at the , Eastland plantation, two miles from ; Doddsville. ! I The burning of Holbert and his wife i closed a tragedy which cost eight1 lives, engaged two hundred men and i two packs of bloodhounds in a four ; days' chase across four counties, and stirred that section of Mississippi to such a state of excitement as it has ; never before experienced in its his- j tory. The following are the dead: Luther j Holbert and wife, negroes, burned ac: the stake by mob; James Eastland, : white planter, kihed by Holbert; John ; Carr, negro, killed by Holbert; John : Winters, negro, killed by Eastland; , three unknown negroes, killed by j posse. i The killing of Eastland, Carr and Winters occurred Wednesday morning j at Eastland's plantation. Holbert and : Winters were in Carr's cabin when Eastland entered and ordered Holbert j. to leave the plantation. 4 rt?Vi if iff o !. | A U.lllCUlljr liiau'VU, ixx nuim ii. 10 leged that Holoert opened Sre on 1 Eastland, fatally wounding him and; killing Carr. Eastland returned the j fire and killed Winters. When the news of the tragedy! reached Doddsville, a pesse was form- i ed and left immediately for Eastland's j plantation. Arriving there further j shooting occurred and an unknown ne- j gro was killed. Holbert and wife, who j had donned men's clothing, both hear- j ily armed, had fled. Posses were formed at Greenville, Ottabena, Cleveland and other poir.ts. i and the pursuit of Holbert and his ; wife was begun with norses and j bloodhounds. The chase, which was j begun Wednesday morning, was continued until 3 o'clock Sunday morning when Holbert and his wife, worn out from traveling over 100 miles on foot through canebrakes and swamps, were ! nd asleep in a heavy belt off timber, three miles east of Shepherdstown, and captured by a posse without a shot being fired. They were carried at once to Doddsville and burned at the stake by a large mob almost in i the shadow of a negro church. During the chase Sunday morning I two negroes were killed by a possenear Belzoni, Yazoo county. One of the negroes bore a striking resemblance to Holbert and was mistaken for him by members of the posse. He was called upon to surrender, but instead of doing so, showed fight, and both negroes were shot down by members of the posse. MILLIONAIRE BUTLER FREED. Was Tried on Charge of Bribing Members of Missouri Legislature. The jury in the case of Colonel Edward Butler, the millionaire St. Louis politician on trial at FuTton, Mo., on the charge of bribing nineteen members of the house of delegates at St. Louis, returned a verdict which read: \ "We Jhe jury, find the dercndant | not guilty." | When the verdict was read a dozen j of Colonel Butler's friends gave forth a wild shout and dashed into the street to spread the news. Circuit Attorney Folk, who was in the court room, appeared dumbfounded. "I thought the state presented a good case," he said. "Beyond that I have nothing to say now." PRESIDENT ANXIOUS TO AID. j Wires Mayor of Baltimore that Cicv- i ernment is Ready to Render Help. Mayor McLare, of Ba'lt'more. received the following telegram from President Roose elt Monday: "White House, Washington, February 8.?I share the horror of 3'our people at the appalling catastrophe which has befallen Baltimore. If there; is anything the feaeral government can do pray call on me. "THEOPORR ROnSRVRTAV* COLOMBIANS CHOSE REYES. Special Envoy is Elected President of Disgruntled Republic. A private dispatch received in Washington from Beuna Ver.tura announces that General Reyes was elected president of Colombia on February 2. Gonzales-Valencia was elected vice president. General Reyes, who is still in New York, said he had received unofficial information that he had been elected president of Colombia on the date narr.ed. FLLORIDA TOWN HEAVY LOSER. Big Blaze in uaKeiana uesiroys property Valued at $75,003. An entire block of business houses, including a hotel, were burned at Lakeland, Fla., Monday moning. The loss is estimated al $75,000. with insurance of about one-third The cause of the fire is unknown. The entire burned district will at once be rebuilt in brick. ' .... V V . - ' . ? , . - T>; v .; * -. &.<-.. / .- ' ' .* ENORMOUS LOSSES! j E Enlailed by Frightful Work | of Fire Fiend in Baltimore, j I, city is dumbfounded!" I 25 Appalling Destruction cf Property Is- j fimated near the Billion Mark. j v Demoralization is Complete. s The following summary was given j out at Baltimore Monday afternoon o at 3 o'clock: The burned area is more than two ^ miles square and is the site of the business center of Baltimore. Every newspaper plant, the tele- ' graph offices and uie office of the As- e sociated Press have been destroyed. The loss is estimated at $200,000,000 a early in the day, is now reported to far ? exceed these figures. The fire 'began Sunday morning In " the wholesale house of Hurst & Co., ^ and followed by terrific explosions. Washington, New York and Philadel- ^ phia and all neighboring cities rushed fire apparatus to the stricken city. , Several thousand firemen were en- ^ gaged in fighting the flames. The legislature is called in extra session to authorize the declaration of marial law. ' . The city is being guarded by state and federal troops, augmented by thou- r oartdo nf dimities nolicemen and fire-. men. j Baltimore's half a million people are ^ appalled at the disaster. Business ;s g suspended. The city is under martial law for ten days and the life of the great metropolis is literally suffocated Many of the principal banking institutions, all the leading trust compan- 1 ies, all the largest wholesale houses, I all the newspaper offices, many of the \ principal retail stores and thousands j of smaller establishments are completely destroyed, while the thousands of employes who depended up?n these institutions for their sustenance are sweeping through the streets aimlessly, stunned into forgetfulness of their | own calamity which has befallen their k beloved city. Weeping men embrace each other in' despair and women stand cowed waiting together as they view the track of the flames. Scores of men who closed their 1 doors Saturday aight as prosperous merchants face utter ruin today, many had little or no insurance. 1 Several large insurance companies will doubtless go to the wall on account of the great losses they will be called upon to pay, and those that will be able to meet the losses dollar for dollar will require time in which to meet the demands. At one time over 400 streams of water were pouring on the flames. The fire department of Washington, J Philadelphia, New York and Wilming- ' ton, Del., having rushed assistance to Baltimore on special trains, but it was useless. The flames took the water as though it were oil and only leaped higher and wilder at the attempts to < check them. It was a fearful sight to witness the progress of the fire. Splendid buildings of ten and twelve stories wouid 1 loom majestically out of the smoke j and flames and ater fail crashing to . the ground before the firemen could reach them. ^ The thunder of falling walls was s continuous for over twelve hours, in- t termingled with frequent roars of keen- c er explosions, when gasoline tanks and dynamite stored in the buildings caught fire. It took twenty-seven hours to stop the progress of the great fire. While anything like adequate computation of the probable loss is at this time outside the real of possi- f bility, estimates run from 575,000,000 j c to $200,000,000, with the confident be- j a lief of those who ought to be best; d posted that the final reckoning will , I be nearer the latter figure than the % former c So far the loss of life and injury to <3 person has been singularly small. But one man, a visiting fireman from York. Pa., has been killed while but fifteen have been injured, none of these seriousily. Some are reported missing, but tie list is small, but few have been rendered homeless. Thousands and tens of thousands have, however, had their means of earning a liveli- g hood taken suddenly from them, and the Buffering will be very great. S1 Million Asked for Baltimore. A bill was introduced in congress . Monday by Representative Emrich, ^ of Illinois, appropriating $1,000,000 for g the relief of sufferers from the Baitimore fire. DOMINICANS HELD RESPONSIBLE. Killing of American Sailor to be ^ A U? I l?*L n MVCTiycg uj un^IC gam* A special from San Dom'ngo says: b Drastic action is purposed by Com- d' m-ander Heilner of the United States Is cruiser Yankee to apprehend and punish the insurgents who shot and killed J. C. Johns-on, the engineer of the launch erf the Yankee. Orders to this n effect have been received from the it navy department ei v REBELS KILL AMERICAN. "ngincer on Launch of Cruiser Yankee Stein by Shot from Insurgent Guns in San Comir.go. A dispatch from can Domingo, under ! ate of Monday. February 1, is as foi- J : "The insurgents this morning delibratclv fired on the launch or the aux* iry cruiser Yankee, killing J. C. j ohnscn, the engineer. The bullet en- | erecl his head above the eye. "United States Minister Powell has irectad the captain of the Yankee to ake drastic measures to avenge Johnoil's (loath and this insult to the imerican flag. Johnson will be buried n shore this afternoon." Another dispatch, under date of Wednesday, February 3, says: "The#funeral of J. C. Johnson, liie ngineer of the Yankee's launch, who ras deliberately killed by the insurants last Monday, took place this aorning instead of Monday afternoon, s had been arranged. The body was scorted to its grave in the Santa larbara cemetery by a detachment of aarines,'bluejackets and officers from he Yankee, headed by the ship's band, "here were in all 100 men from the ruiser in the cortege. United States Minister Powell, the American consul nd vice consul and nearly all the dipDmatic and consular representatives [ere went to the funeral. The provisonal government sent a detachment >f troops to act as an escort. "Great surprise is expressed by all oreigners here that the commander vt n Vonl-oo T?aa nnt dpmnndf?rl im mediate satisfaction for this inexcusa>le act, and for the firing upon the American flag by the insurgents, [ here was heavy firing all day today iround the city." German Consul Guarded. The German consul at San Domingo las requested United States Minister 5owell to afford protection to Herr iVorman, the German vice consul, that le might bring his family into the :ity, as the insurgents have given Mr. Vorman 48 hours to leave where he is, >r suffer the consequences. Consequently, Mr Powell secured a juard of sixty men from the United states cruiser Colombia, and informed he government that it was the intenion of the German consul and him;elf to bring jherr Wbrman's family nto the city and asked the governnent that its troops not fire upon this jarty, while it was on its mission. He laid thattf fired upon they would proect themselves. As soon as the guard >assed outside the city they were covired by the guns of the Colombia. No ittack was made and the Worman amily and their belongings were irought back into the city in safety. All the houses outside the city walls lave been pillaged. The insurgents ire desperate and are destroying forsign property wherever they find it ljv h-aa iirsrent an U4* X V It v*l MMV . vv?? . o w s.jeals to protect foreign property tgainst this pillaging and the Colom>ia.may be compelled to land marines o do so. . MRS. POST ON THE STAND. ? >o-Called "Mental Science" Healer Explains Volatility of Thought. Mrs. Post, the "mental science" iealer, was placed on the stand at racksonville, Fla., Friday to testify n her own behalf. She stated that she ras 73 years of age and that she had itudied Christian science and mental ? * ^ ???? - ??? nlin n?no OA raiM leUlLUCm, cvci smtc oac nr oo uv / 4 if age. She is, and has been for a lumber of years, a firm believer in the lower to cure by mental science. She :laimed that when a mind has been egularly trained in the science of menal healing its power to overcome the lis of the flesh is beyond computaion. She claimed that it was just as easy or her to treat a thousand patients lollectively as it is for a lecturer to iddress a thousand persons in an 'aulience. She sent out her tnought to ler patients and thought not only rent where it was sent, but it was harged with a work To do, and it lid it. SCHWAB PLACATES ENEMIES. .ong Fight Against Defunct Ship Building Trust Has Been Settled After frequent conferences the lomg ght between the Sheldon reorganise ion committee in the United States hip Building affairs and the bond* olders protective committee, repreented by Samuel Untemeyer, was set- i led at New York Thursday night by he formulation of a new plan which as been agreed to by both sides, and hp litigation In whirh flharlfts M. chwab has been the central figure rill end. Disastrous LumbeiY Fire. A fire which swept the north end of tonawanda island, N. Y., Wednesday ight destroyed 15,000,000 feet of lumer, valued at a quarter of a million ollars, had been destroyed. The loss t fully covered by insurance. Banquet to H. Clay Evans. The Chattanooga chamber of comlerce gave a banquet Thursday night 1 honor of H. Clay Evans, consul genral to London, who is at home on a isit. About 150 guests were present. CUBA IS NOW ALONE j American Occupation of Is iand Comes to an End. OUR FLAG HAULED DOWNjlj Uncle Sam's Soldiers are Bidden Farowell In Patriotic Ceremonial. 'Jji President Palma Expresses Sincere Thanks. A special from Havana says: Tha-fj ; last vestige of the American occupa- ,-J tion of Cuba disappeared Thursday ternoon when the American flag was lowered from the Cuban barracks ajtii r the last battalion of American soldiers ^^B marched to the Triscoi'hia pier 4Btf3lBk boarded the United States army transport Sumner. Standing on the plain near C&bahas 9 || fortress, between Jt line of America*^ and a line of Cuban troops, and sur*^^H rounded by a crowd of Americans anfl.^?||-? Cubans, President Balma Malingl^^^ voiced his appreciati</a of ail that jj Americans have done for Cuba. '"' iSgB The Sumner had brought the Sev?^|R? teenth and Nineteenth companies United States artillery from?Santiago^>J|9 and these troops participated with tfcaKffl"2 Twenty-first and Twenty-second President Palma and the members ?| of his cabinet, General Rodrlgti^i^F^ commander of the rural guards; Uitf- . '';j ted States Minister Squires, and members of the legation stall, toc3tl| their places facing the center of the :|>.|? After the soldiers had presented^ arms, th'e American flag was slowijpi^^ lowered from the staff over the har^Jla f racks, a salute of twenty-one gWW'fjt'S meanwhile being fired from the.|d^P tress The Cuban flag was raised ta--;j|J|j its place and also saluted with two?ra|rJS one guns. President al&P ethmPH$| >,JI one guns. President Palma then ^ dressed Mr. Squires and Major Broilfe^ commander of the American troopjfeljB "On this momentous occasion sincerity and depth of my feelln&^||^| overcome me and my heart must'wqjQ^ ply my deficiency of words. We confronted by one of the most ordinary facts recorded in the an2|Sfli&^ of universal history, the departqfjRM^M from our shores of the last troop^^^^HB United States had kept in Cuba, helping us to secure our independen<?|jJyB and the blessings of freedom.. government of the United States. lde?^J|S tided as it is with the liberal and noble character of the Ameiio^H people willingly proves its disintermfl| -'11 edness 'and the sincerity of the aUHB*J?|| rendered us by taking these men and showing us at the same tfme tbfi^ we have, as an independent people, tJ? If? confidence of the most powerful naj^^^ . "This act of the United withdrawing its troops from Cuban ter^Jli ritory reflects upon it everlasting g!oq?|j/iS and make us proud of ourselvee, f^^ s?|| it means that nobody doubts ity to govern ourselves or to maint&(&Mfra peace and order and guarantee rights of all the Inhabitants of "I beg you, Mr. Squires, to interpreter of these feelings government and the people of the ted States. I beg all present' to. Godspeed to the departing dfflcertj anfi^fii^ soldiers and to express our wishep the increasing prosperity andt welfare?? |g of the American nation." jS Major Brown replied to the prosi^^ii^^ and thanekd him lor his kindness the American officers and soldiers. "3^8 ^ After this- reply all the marched past in platoon formation boarded the Sumner. There were many more Americwa || spectators present than Cuban, asd^ ^ the only diplomat, besides the minti^^a ter of the United States, was the nese minister, who was accompsn^W^| ^3 by his staff. The British ministerseral^H The Sumner will leave the twen^^'T^g first and twenty-second companies: artillery at Fort Barrancas, Fla., andS-ij * -XI n._i. TTT.^ * *1 f Tiff lane me orners w run t -"" "PfifflflJj DEWEY'S SUGGESTION ADOPTEB?f| ||| - In House Navy Bill the Gene^^ ,|j|| Board's Recommendation Ignored.; *3 Admiral Dewey's suggestion In of heavy fighting ships. for vthe prevailed Thursday with the tgggwB^Jl committee on naval alTairs over the-.>5 Jj recommendation of the general board, "'pW submitted by Secretary Moody. Thft naval annroDriation bill waf^H';ll completed by the committee after S$||i|i hearing granted by Admiral Dewey.'ltd* v?f carries an aggregate appropriation of & $95,000,000. J The ships authorized are one battJaJ^ji ship, two armored cruisers, three scout. ,:J 1 cruisers and two squadron colliers. ^ GENERAL BLACK A 8ICK MAM/ -J Overtaxed Hi? Strength and la Oalh&M | ing from a Partial Collaps* >J| General John C. Black, chairaubl^ |j OI 1116 UUU^U Civil Dot itvv wMf mission and commandor in chief of Grand Army of the Repu?5c, is - Vfflj M riously ill in Washington. Hs overtaxed his strength and is suffering -|l from partial collapse. ' ' ?