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3 RAID 4:30. p. m. Last Edition EL ASO. TEXAS. THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 14, 21st YEAR, N0.37. PRiCr 5 CENTS. ETL PA SO 1Y TO-DAY'S INT-fcU w fc, 1901. No Poll Tax, Sneclal to The Herald. AUSTIN. Feb. 14 The house today passed to the third reading the sen ate bill to amend the constitution so asto make the presentation of a poll tax certificate necessary in order to vote. The bill will pass and will be voted on by the people at the next general election. Gorgeous King's Ride THE NEW RULER OF ENGLAND ' OPENS PARLIAMENT "WITH POMP AND SPLENDOR. LONDON. Feb. 14. This city is ablaze today with royal display. -, Parliament opened under the most brilliant auspices. London is alive with color and en thusiasm, and wears this morning a very festive appearance. The ride of the king and queen from Buckingham palace to the palace of Westminster was a spectacular scene of enthusiasm unparalleled in the bis .tory of England. The route was guarded by five thousand soldiers. The royal coach was drawn by eight famous cream colored Hanovarians with postillions in. red and gold. The horses were covered with trappings of mororro and gilt, ana tne lue uunru. in full uniform of silver and red sur rounde dthe state chariot, constantly saluting. The king and queen bowed through plate glass windows to the wildly pat riotic multitude. - - King Edward did not wear the crown of England's kings today as was ex pected. He sat in his royal robes bareheaded during the brilliant cere- -loo at the bouse of parliament. lUVIlta - The people rose and stood during the delivery of the king s speech, the en tire scene at this point being more ,,a in Us oDulence of color and - notability of personages than at any European coronation oirecem .. ALL SORTS OF CONVENTIONS TO MEET IN SAN ANTONIO NEXT YEAR. OpWAAl MM SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 14. The state conventions of Woodmen or tne worm vrt Worth, and of the Wood men's Ircle at San Antonio, adjourn ,to meet at San Antonio next year. ' The Live Stock association now in session at Fort Wortn win aiso u.i in this city next year. THE PRESIDENT PLEASED WITH THE WORK OF THE PHILIP PINES COMMISSION. NEW YORK, Feb. 14 A dispatch from Washington today says that the president Is greatly pleased at the news from the Philippines, especially at the work of commissioner Taft. who has administered affairs justly ana gener ously for the Filipinos. t-w.. ronnH is in direct opposition to the rather gloomy and discouraging statements made by MacAitnur. w.iu considers the situation in the islands chronically bad. . There is no doubt that the president intends to make Judge Tat civil gov ernor of the Philippines in case con gress gives him authority to regulate affairs there. ThiS PRESIDENT WANTS SAMPSON HONORED EQUALLY WITH AD MIRAL DEWEY. WASHINGTON, D. ., Feb. 14. The president sent a message to congress today earnestly advocating that the same honors and emoluments giver, to Dewey and his gallant sailors at Ma nila be extended to Admiral Sampson and his men for gallant services in Cuban waters. WASHINGTON. Feb. 14 By presi dential favor Admiral Sampson and Admiral Schley were promoted today, the rank of Sampson being one point above that of chley. Hobson was also promoted and Cap tain Clark of the Oregon was advanced six numbers. Will We? WATCH US 1902. No Vote in Texas Success Was Short THE BOERS CAPTURE CAPE COL ONY AND OCCUPY A TOWN BUT ARE BEATEN BACK. LONDON, Feb. 14. A dispatch from Cape Town received at noon today says: "The government here is ad vised that General Christian D- Wet and former President Steyn entered Cape Colony and occupied Phillips town. "Their success was short lived. "The British attacked them and drove them out of town with consld erable lots.- "A Boer convoy of sixty-five wagons and forty-five prisoners were captured north of Amsterdam." A MOVEMENT ON FOOT TO ESTAB LISH MEMORIAL PARK AND MONUMENT TO INGERSOLL. NEW YORK. Feb. 14 A movement is on foot here to provide a public park at New Rochelle in memory of Colonel Ingersoll. Funds are already provided and the grounds practically acquired. The park will be a very beautiful one, and in its center there is a com manding site for a monument to the great infidel. The park will be called Ingersoll park. Sneeze Killed a Texan THE SHOCK BROKE HIS HEAD AND CAUSED HIS DEATH FROM HEMORRHAGE. Special to The Herald. PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 14. Ed Brown, formerly manager of a local Monte Carlo resort, and a famous fig ure of this part of the west during the early days, died last night from the ef fects of a sneeze. Twenty-five years ago, while Brown was sheriff of Tom Green county, Tex as, he was struck. on the head with the butt of a revolver. The blow caused a dent in his skull, from which be always suffered more or less. Two weeks ago he underwent an op eration in the hope of gaining relief. The operation was apparently success ful and he was recovering quite satis factorily. Last Friday he sneezed. The sudden shock tore the stitches in his head loose, opened the wound, and hemor rhage after hemorrhage resulted. He died from general collapse due to weak ness and loss of blood. When in official life. Brown was a terror to all southwestern desperadoes. Ho was a hero of a hundred fights with bandits and Indians. BARONESS VON KETTELER WILL BE HIGHLY HONORED AT THE GERMAN COURT. NEW YORK. Feb. 14 The Baroness Von Ketteler, widow of the late Ger man ambassador to China who was slain in the siege of the legations at Pekin, sailed today for Germany on the Fuerst Bismarck. The baroness is an American. She is invited to Germany by the emperor. and will be accorded great honors by the court at Berlin. Will We? WATCH US 1902. FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! F Fire almost totally destroyed the main portion of the Pierson hotel at an early hour last evening, entailing a loss variously estimated at from $15. 000 to $20,000. The fire originated about 6:35 on the roof at the northwest cupola of the building, (some Bay, however, in a clos et inside) and ate its way downward, gradually spreading southward until the upper part of the entire main struc ture was a mass of roaring flames. The firemen did heroic work to check the conflagration, but owing to a lack of pressure and trouble with the plugs the water was insufficient and they were powerless to stay the prog- ress of the destroyer. Although when first discovered the the hotel are too small to give suffi blaze was no larger than a bucket top, cient water to fight such a fire as the it SDread so that by the time the large streams or water had been brought to bear on the roof, almost the entire top of the structure was a mass of seeth- ing flame, emitting a roar like that of a furnace. The fire was really a slow burning a.. , ,,M to the redwood used , ,t . v. inn LaB Blow to unlim- t down' to work, and its ..x... i,f not heard until thirty "or forty minutes after the flre started 8 After a time the flre laddies managed to get several streams of water playing ... . . ... t. on tn cinomea structure, uut 11 m t iat to Mve the main tuild- ing, with its costly furniture and fix-of the firemen said this morning that tures. and. although the flames werejtne 'ter company is not to blame mtn nH control after thev hadieither- for il ls eomplying with its crawled downward to the first story. fully $20,000 had by that time gone up in flame and smoke. Description of the Spectacle. The spectacle presented last night by the burning structure was an awe inspiring one and attracted crowds from all Dortions of the city. Great tongues of flame licked upward toward, the starlit sky. while showers of flying sparks and clouds of illuminated smoke encircled the building or floated hieh in the air. The sound of hoarse voiced shouting men mingled with the incessant roar of the blazing building and the deep, hoarse coughing of the engine combined to add to the Impres- siveness of the occasion. The entire surroundings within a radius of several . blocks were lit up by the blazing pile, Close up beside the towering walls, above which the mad flames lt-aped ; and around which the hot smoke . curled, the high ladder of the "Hooks" was raised and near its extreme end, some forty feet above the earth, seem- ingly pressed close against the blaze and enveloped in liquid flre, the dark j forms of two or three file laddies were ; firemen yelling instructions. The paid visible with the nozzle of a long hose! hook and ladder company do not drill in their grasp, directing a steady (as they should and they have so few stream of water at the point where the fire fiend was most active. The livid smoke encircled them and as they stood there between heaven and earth it seemed that they were about to be en gulfed by the incessant shower of sparks and fragments of burning wood that rained round them. The wind caused the column of smoke to bend downward and they were completely enveloped but they never faltered and it soon became ap parent that they were doing effective worn, for they drove the flames from that corner of the building upon which they were pouring water. Suddenly there was an action similar to an explosion off to the south and a heavy mass of smoke shot into the air. Behind it the flames leaped upward and the throngs that filled the sur rounding streets realized that the fire had gotten beyond control. After a time firemen clambereC to the upper balconies and poured in wa ter through windows, doors, or holes in the roof, but in spite of this the rav ages of the flames were unchecked and by S:"0 o'clock the main section of the! RE! building and its contents were a mass of flaming, glowing, soaking wreck age. The fire had been burning nearly two hours. The firemen poured water into the wreckage until long after 9 o'clock. Work of the Department. There seems to have been some kick ing against the work of the fire depart ment last night and apparently a large part of it was unwarranted. It is the opinion of nany reason able persons who know the difficulties under which the department worked that the boys did splendid work. The department was at the scene of the fire in its usual good time, but the water mains in the neighborhood of one last night. The plug at the corner of the hotel to which the hose was first attached is of the old style with only a two and a nair inch diameter and the main lead ing to lt is small. Besides these short cmings the fire was raining down in tnat 'nity and drove the boys away. The horses were exposed to a shower of flre which scorched them up con- tderably before they were moved The engine was compelled . to move. The five-inch plug was on the UI 1 " otanton streets and much time was lost in getting the engine there and the hose attached to tne DIUIT. It is Clear thnt this rfplar mn ... no rauIt 01 tM departments, and one contract. "I think the boys did good work. said enter Powers this morning, "des pite the talk on the streets to the con trary. People are saying that they saw the fire and that it could have been put out with a bucket of water when the alarm was turned In. Whoevei makes such a remark knows nothing about the condition of the fire at the time the alarm was turned in. It was .all under the roof, though invisible to . the people on the street. I helped to J build that roof and know that it was mass of frame work that would burn 'like kindling wood J "And people are saying that we had no water playing on the building for ; a long time. There were two big streams playing from the rear of the building which they could not see. Within eight minutes from the time the alarm was turned in the hook and ladder company had the aerial ladder up and were playing the best stream of water obtainable on the fire." "The volunteer firemen were excit ed. said a paid man this morning, "and there were too many sidewalk .occasions when it is npcessary to use (the ladders that they are not prepared ,to handle them. They should drill once a month ami always have the ladders in working order and know how to work them. And again people expect us to be equal to a full paid depart ment when we only have eight paid men." "If we didn't have a complete alarm system we would have been in a pretty muss last night." said one of the lad dies, "for there were four alarms turn ed in in quick succession. If we hadn't had a three-circuit repeater we would have been so badly mixed up we would not have known where to go; but af ter the first alarm was turned in the others were cut off. The first one was from No. 72. which was the proper one. Then some people lost their heads and commenced pulling at boxes all over town. No. 64. away down at the far ther end of Myrtle avenue, was rung." James Reese, who was a member of a fire department in Galveston for six years and is now driver of the chemical (Continued on Fourth Page.) The Big Fight CINCINNATI, Feb. 14 A permanent injunction has just been issued by Judge Hollister against the holding of the Jeffries-Ruhlin fight, and the big event must now be postponed indefinitely. The promoters of the fight announce that they will appeal the case as soon as the supreme court opens next Monday. Rioting In Spain THERE IS NO TROUBLE IN MAD RID BUT THE REST OF THE NATION IS UNSETTLED. MADRID. Feb. 14 Notwithstanding Jie violent riots of yesterday and last light, the state of siege anticipated for today was not realized. The program of the Asterius-Bour-'son marriage festivities was duly car .ied out this morning, and while the evolutionists created some little trouble the mo b was utterly awed by the military and civil guard, and no serious rioting took place. The revolution has stopped as quick ly as it began, and today peace seems to reign, although a dispatch from Va lencia this morning shows that riot still prevails throughout Spain. The Valencia dispatch says that fighting between the rioters and sol diers has taken place and many shots were fired, with three persons killed as a result. A LARGE FIRE IN CAIRO, ILLINOIS, CAUSES LOSS OF A HUNDRED THOUSAND. CAIRO. 111., Feb. 14 Fire today wip ed out the wholesale houses of Haines, Lewis and company, Lonegram and company, and the Bulletin building, causing a loss of over a hundred thous and. . Canadian Pacific Next. THE PRESIDENT OF THE ROAD HINTS THAT THE HARRIMAN SYNDICATE MAY GET IT. MONTREAL, Feb. 14 President Shaughnessey of the Canadian Pacific railroad frankly states in an interview hat there is a faint possibility of the Canadian Pacific railroad being ac quired by the powerful combination of United States capital known as the Harriman syndicate. There is nothing to prevent Amerl can capitalists from buying the stock of the Canadian Pacific in London, Montreal, and Berlin; nothing to pre vent them from controlling the policy of the company, and exercising their control for the advancement of Uni ted States interests. BURGLARS DYNAMITE A RAILWAY STATION AND BLOW THE SAFE OUT OF DOORS. CHICAGO. Feb. 14 Burglars dyna mited the station at river Forest, of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad. The explosion shook the whole vil lage. The safe was blown out of the build ing, but the robbers secured no valu ables. TEXAS STATE SENATOR TACKS LABOR UNIONS "MENACE TO COUNTRY." AT AS Special to The Herald. AUSTIN. Feb. 14 Senator Dibrell. n the course of the general debate this morning, attacked the labor unions. declaring that they are a menace to the country, and should be dissolved. S. J. Freudenthal was a passenger out on the Mexican Central today, to De gone a couple of weeks. is Postponed Railways Combine THERE IS PRACTICALLY NO FUR THER DOUBT ABOUT THE COLORADO ROADS. NEW YORK. Feb. 14 Railroad mat ters "continue to claim the prime in terest in financial circles. The Rio Grande having passed in practical con trol of the Gould interests, it is said today that two directors will be drop ped and replaced by George Gould and another. The announcement is also made that the Denver road would continue for this year at least under its Colorado management. The railroad really passes Into the control of the great trust which has just added to ft the grand total mile-' age of eleven thousand nine hundred miles. WAR IN PROGRESS IN KANSAS OVER THE SMASHING OF THE LIQUOR JOINTS. WICHITA, Feb. 14 This section of Kansas is in a tumult today. During last night at Winfield all the windows of the big United Presbyterian church were smashed. Presumably it is the work of the side favoring the joints and an incident in the bitter war now in progress. The church was one of the finest structures in this section of the state, its stained glass windows, sixty in num ber, being quite costly. Warrants have been issued for the supposed smashers. Excitement is at fever heat. The pastor of the church, Rev. Hen dershot is a strong prohibitionist, and he joined the men and women, the oth er night in destroying Winfield'e sa loons. Feeling runs high and tje two op posing parties have frequent fights. Serious trouble is expected at any hour. Mrs. Nation has started a war that promises to be furious in its extents TODAY'S DOINGS OF THE NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE TOLD IN BRIEF. Special to The Herald. SANTA FE, N. M.. Feb. 14 The council passed a bill adding four and six talesmen to juries. Also a bill providing for appeals to the territorial equalization board in certain cases; a wild animal bounty bill; a bill regulating the practice of medicine; a bill to protect public build ings (which has now passed both houses). The house passed a bill to locate a reform school at Bel en, but decrded to reconsider. A bill was introduced for the loca tion of a blind asylum at Alamogordo. A joint resolution passed the house for the appointment of a committee to tabulate mistakes and inconsistencies in the revised laws. QUICK TRIAL AND QUICK SENT ENCE OF A MURDERER AT SAX ANTONIO. Special to The Herald. SAN ANTONIO. Texas, Feb. 14 Juan Rocha was given the death sen tence today for murdering John Grim singer on January 16. The crime for which Rocha was con victed was a most diabolical one. Grimslnger's body was found in the street a block from his residence. His head was split open. The man's wife was at first suspect ed of the crime as there were blood stains in the house, and an effort had evidently been made to burn it. . She was arrested but released later.