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A MODEST DEMAND.
A Crank Demands. $1,250,000 of Rus sell Sage. TRIED TO BLOW HIM UP With a Dynamite Boom. Two Persons Klllcö, but Niitfc Escapes. Horrible Scenes. New Yokk , Dec. 4. —Russell Sage, the millionaire broker, escaped death by a miracle to-day. His office and the entire Empire build ing, in which it was, being «haken to its very foundation by the explo sion of a dynamite bomb, hurled by a crank who made a demand upon Sage for the immediate pay ment of $1,250,OOO, the ultimatum being, in case of refusal, the death of the millionaire, the crank him self and those employed in the office. Never in the history of the metropolis in it proba ble that an event has occurred that for the time lins caused more cxcitement in Wall street and lower Broadway. Fully 50,000 people were drawn to the scene of the explosion. It was just twenty minutes past two when the explosion came with force that was absolutely startling, completely wrecking the second floor of the building, throwing the pedestrians in the street to the ground, and startling the people for blocks around. Those close around saw aman blown through one of the windows of Sage's office into Rector street. A few minutes later Sage himself, with blood streaming from his face and hands, was helped out into the street and taken to Con nell's drug store, just below Wall street on Broadway. There also was carried the man blown from the window. Sage, though suffering from the ßhock, made the following statement while his wounds were being dressed: "A man who gave the name of II. D. Wilson came into my office just now. I had never seen him before. He had a carpet bag in his hand and said. 'If you will not give me $1,250,000 I wili blow you to pieces.' I know noth ing further except hearing a great explosion, falling on the floor and regained consciousness hero. The man lying on the floor of the drug store I believe is the same man who asked me for the money." Just inside of the door of the general office was found the trunk of a man in a state that rendered recognition nearly impossible, the head having been severed from the body. A pointed reddish beard gave it the appearance of that of an educated man, which was en hanced by brown curls of hair and a heavy moustache that adorned the upper lip. When the body was taken up it was found to have been torn into shreds by the explo sion. The inte-ior of the offices plainly showed that the forco of the explo sion was something terriflic. All the partition walls were blown down and the sashes and window frames forced outward. The ceil ing had been blown down and the floor forced downward, rendering it unsafe to walk upon. Desks and chairs were overturned and hurled into an indescribable mas* and every piece of glass in the big air shaft that runs to the roof was shivered. A search quickiy showed that the body of the man with the pointed beard was the only one among the debris. But one person had been killed outright, the man with the pointed . beard. He is supposed to be H. D. Wilson, the man who made the demand for the money from Sage and threw the bomb. Benjamin F. Morton, who was thrown through the window, a clerk in the office, was removed to the Chambers street hospital, where he died at 1:30. The following injured were taken to the hospital : Frank Rob ertson, 20 years old, a clerk for Imbre & Co., brokers. He was in Sage's office at the time of the ex plosion; his skull is fractured and he will probably die. Chas. W. Osborne, Russell Sage's cashier, fractured skull, will probably die; Samuel Calhoun, who was in the building at the time, received frac tured leg; Col. J. J. Slocum, broth in-law of Sage and his chief clerk, was badly cut about the head and face, and, when his wounds were dressed, turned to the scene declar ing that ht< had left the door of the safe open and was fearful that the j securities in it had been blown out | and lost. Quickly gathering to-1 gether what he found he placed j them in a small safe and had it | removed to the office of the Man hattan Railway Company in the same building. In the afternoon a fireman found among the debris a human leo, thought to be that of a woman, Whether it is or not has not been discovered. Sage never employed j a woman typewriter and if this fact is well established, the suppo sition iB if the leg is that of a woman it is all that is left of one of his "put and call" customers, who was in the office at the time. Charles James, a railroad man and a resident of Chattanooga, Tenn., had an appointment with Sage at 12 o'clock and had an ex perience he will never forget. He says: "I called at Sage's office at 12 o'clock and found him out. seat was offered me in the main ^ office near the desk. I took it and awaited Sage's return. Sitting on a bench near the wall I noticed a | man, perhaps five feet eight inches j in height. He wore a plug hat, I had a pointed beard and a heavy 1 brown moustache. At about 12:15 Sage came in and after greeting me asked me in his p-ivate office. Sage had just removed his hat and ! asked me to be seated when his | clerk entered and said something to him I did not hear. Turning to me he said: 'Excuse me a mo ment,' and passsed through the, door into the main office. "The door closed behind him and I pushed my chair over to the wall, facing the door through which Sage had gone. It might have been two or three minutes when the explo sion came. I was blown'nearly to the ceiling and the chair on which I sat was smashed to pieces. Dust and small particles of plaster and I smoke filled the room. I was com-, pletely dazed and did not know , what to do. I remember making . my way through the passage from which the explosion had blown the door into the main office. There I met Sage, blood dripping down his hands and hands, his clothes torn and rent and covered with dirt and dust. When he 6aw me he said: 'How shall we get out?' 'Wait,' I replied, 'until this dust settles and I think we will be all right, as the worst must be over.' Then I recov ered my senses and taking him by by the arm and led him down the stairway into the street." Among the debris in the wrecked office was found the remains of a silk hat evidently worn by the i c nr.. I man who gave the name of Wilson, 1 and in one corner of Sage's private j office whore James was sitting alone j at the time of the explosion oc- i curred, a man' s hand was found j The coroner made an examina- ; tion of the mangled remains of the man found in Sage's office and from the mangled mass of flesh and c'othing took a seven-chamber bull-dog revolver. This was all that could be found by which iden tification could be made. What was left of the body was laid out in the undertaker's office in Green wich street. It was not much. The head was there, blackened, but neither cut nor disfigured in any way. It was cut off at the top of the neck and looked for the world like the mask of a man 35 or 40 years old, with a full beard that might have been long but was now burned close to the chin and cheek. Then there was a leg, the right one, the left toot, one hand and that was all. The body proper was gone; of neither the chest nor the abdomen was a trace found. Shreds of clothing were found, showing that the man had worn j trousers of a blue-black plaid, a | black overcoat and long black stockings. That might have j started the story of a woman's leg | being found. He had been careful to Rector Byrnes this evening: j [ came ° ut , of ^ havin & to rid himself of everything that might disclose his identity. His name had been written in his hat, but he had cut it out with a knife. russell sage's statement. Russell Sage made a statement been sent for, and found a man with a satchel. He handed me a card bearing H. D. Wilson. He said he came from J. D. Rockefel ler and handed me a sealed envel ope. It was addressed to me. I found it was a demand upon me for a million and a quarter dollars. The letter stated that if the money was not given up at once to the presenter of the letter, he would blow me, himself and the entire office up with dynamite. I read the letter and, placing it in the ® nve l°P e > handed it back to him. and turned to 8° into «»y private °® ce ' when the explosion oc curr# d*" I Coroner Messemer went to the Chambers street hospital and took ante-mortem statement of Robertson, an employee of Imbre & Co. He said he went to Sage's offices to get some shares of stock î »aw a man talking to Sage ver y attentively. The man pulled out what looked like a pistol. It glittered and he put it in his right hand overcoat pocket. I knew nothing more until I yelled, "Mur der!" I heard an explosion. sage identifies the head. Russell Sage saw the head of H. D. Wilson, the man who threw the bomb and identified it as belonging to l be man who had come to the offico and demanded money. In spector Byrnes took the ghastly, S or y head in a basket to Mr. Sage's house and together with Munn, carried it to Mr. Sage's bedroom, The instant the magnate, who was lying in bed, saw the countenance he said: man.' "That is the head of the an escapfd lunatic. Albany , N. Y., Dec. 4.—The dynamite crank is thought to be Hiram D. Wilson, aged 45, an es caped lunatic and a native of Glenn's Falls, Warren county. Wilson escaped previously from the Middleton and other asylums. The worst signs of insanity devel oped fourteen years ago, when he kept the Bolton House on Lake George. He was of late years talk ing of making horses go faster than any that have gone, and of a patent fight. Wilson, after short terms . . , u " In insane asylums, was dis charged as cured, or escaped. He generally celebrated his freedom by niaking attempts to kill some one who refused to meet his de mands for money. HOW TO DO IT. UQlAf to make a dollar go a long way ? —that's the problem. EVERYBODY * s therefore interested in any method which _________ promises this result. M FTUf) /).Ç are as common as dirt ; but which are worth mtm # iiuvv trying ? 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