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NO. 59.
' Classes of People Over the
ag of the Hazleton Strikers.
y*Ono Are Dead, Five More
Die, and Thirty-Five Are
lj» or Less Seriously Wounded,
jfhese, Many Were Shot in the
as They Ran Away After
| First Deadly Volley—There
One Hundred and Forty
prant Foreigners in Marching
lutnn, and Among Them All,
lo Pen-Knives Were the Only
eapons Found—Warrants Is
(sd for the Sheriff and and His
puties—The State Milrtia En
lped at Hazleton, But Not
leded Thus Far—Mine Owners
land Up for Sheriff Martin.
;elton, Pa., September 11.—l wen
corpses lie in ramshackle frame
ties, scattered about the hill-top
'orty maimed, wounded and broken
;s toss on the narrow cots of the
ileton Hospital.
these, it is almost a certainty
it five will be added to the death
before another day dawns.
Such was the execution done last
ght by one hundred and two deputy
leriffs. armed to the teeth, upon
■>out one nuncirea aim iuriy lguuiam
Ireigners, whose total armament con
Rsted of two little pen-knives.
I These facts are undisputed.
Here is the ghastly roll as it stands
Anderw Hannis.
Jan Chrtz.
Andrewr Meyer.
Andrew Urbin.
Kasimir Dulas.
fcoeef Sapar.
■osef Itatck.
[Frank Tegios.
LAndrew Ezraund.
■Martin Czafranck.
[John Danney.
[John Cleshock.
IThomas Boryo.
John Slebodtik.
John Bak.
George Kasper.
Anthony Mizata.
John Pirgunakth.
Josef Meci.
Josef Pawlawski.
John Pastej.
Matthew Szaka.
Kasimir Majisico.
Klemans Platek.
Adolf Kinzelewz.
Adam Lapinski.
John Kulik.
Bernard Romin.
Konstanti Moneitzski.
Frank Roman.
George Krozo.
John Kerlovish.
Andrew Shabolick.
John Darmenske.
George Vercheck.
Steve Erskuki,
John Postmi.
John Koti.
Josef Bick.
John Treible. a deputy.
All these men ranged in age from
Landrew nickowski.
L*ohn chobenski.
[steve urich.
The Injured at Death's Door:
The Others Injured Are:
years, an foreigners. Hunga
iPoles, Lithuanians and Slavs,
M.rly all had ,or have, near and
fics here.
^situation to-night is intense, as
p' was full of events and inci- I
[ I
" and foremost, the purpose'
men bad in view when their
i received its tragic end was con
ned- The 1,500 workers at the
ler mines, to whom thev were
| in an effort to have them join
rikers’ ranks, have laid down
tools and sworn to do no more
until all demands of the men
the mines in the district have
’Xt in importance was the issuance
“warrants this afternoon for the ar
Tst of Sheriff Martin and the one
tundred and two deputies. These were
[issued at the instance of the United
[Hungarian Societies. They were made
mt in the name of Joseph Mehalte,
“resident of the St. George Society,
which nearly all the dead miners
members. Robert F. Riley, man
*|the Anthracite Detective Agen
documents, but
not been executed. Sheriff Martin,
who spent last night at his Wilkes
barre home, under a strong guard,
came to Hazleton this morning with
the Ninth Regiment of the Third Bri
gade. His presence in the town was
not known until late in the day. Then
it was found that he was still under
the guardship of the soldiers and he
could not be reached. This afternoon
Constables Airey and Gallagher made
an effort to arrest A. E. Hess, who
led one company of the deputies last
night, but he had sought shelter within
the military lines kept by the Ninth
Regiment and they refused to permit
the constables to pass the guard. The
warrants charge murder, assault and
battery and threatening to kill.
A third event of no less import was
the offer made by Superintendent
Lawall, of the Lehigh & Wilkesbarre
Collieries, to grant an increase of ten
per cent, over the Lehigh basis to
the men of the company, about 2,000
in unmber. A big meeting was held
at McAdoo, in the afternoon, to con
sider this offer, and after much dis
cussion and speech-making, it was de
cided to accept the proposition, the
men to return to work next Tuesday
morning. But little confidence follows
this decision, as it is taken for granted
that as soon as the men return to
work pressure from the men still out
will be brought to bear to restore them
them to the strikers’ ranks, and it is
admitted that there will be no resist
This was only one of three mass
meetings held to-day. Another at
Harwood adapted resolutions express
ing sympathy for “our murdered
brothers who were shot down at Lat
tiraer,” and continuing in this fashion:
“For years we have been oppressed by
C. Pardee & Co., by the payment of
starvation wages. They have deprived
us of our liberty by compelling us to
deal with their company store. They
have forced us to purchase powder at
five times its actual value, and have
otherwise tyrannized us in ways too
numerous to mention, so that we are
no longer free men, but slaves. We
assembled together peaceably and to
get redress for our grievances. Not
one man among us was armed. Our
mission was not to take human life,
nor to destroy property, but to go and
meet our fellow employes of the same
company at Lattimer.who were in sym
pathy with us. We were opposed on
the public highway and, without pro
vocation, were shot down like dogs.
Resolved, That we deplore such re
sistance to the right to assemble and
march; that we look upon such shoot
ing as unprovoked and uncalled for,
and that if such slaughter is not mur
der in law it' must be before high
heaven; that we denounce such action
by the sheriff and his deputies as cruel
and wilful and cowardly murder.
"We place ourselves before the bar
of public opinion and appeal to the
good citizens of this State and country
and ask them if there was justification
or warrant in such assassination.
“Resolved, That we extend our sym
pathy to the friends and relatives of
those who have fallen, and pray to Ood
that those now dead will live in our
memories as martyrs to the cause of
down-trodden labor.”
The third meeting was the most
largely attended. It began at Hazel
Park about 5 o clock this afternoon,
and adjourned to Donegal Hill, an
open place at one end of the city,
where it was in progress to-night. The
purpose of this meeting was also to
extend sympathy and to decide upon a
course of action in consequence of last
night's catastrophe.
Throughout the day the city has
been given up to excitement, which
by its suppressed character has been
more ominous than turbulence would
have been.
The incoming of the State troops,
which began at an early hour this
morning, served to cow the strikers
and their sympathizers and no further
demonstration was made than the
gathering at street corners of knots
of men and women in muttered but
intensely earnest discussion. There
are fully 250 soldiers camping in town.
The first to arrive was the Ninth reg
iment, under Col. Dougherty. from
Wilkesbarre. Then came the Fif
teenth, under Lieut-Col. Mattes; the
Fourth, under Col. Case; the Eighth,
from Lebanon; the Twelfth/, from
Williamsport; Battery B, from Phoe
nixville; the Governor's troop, from
Harrisburg, and the City troop of
The two latter bodies did not reach
here until to-night.
Gen. Gobin, commander of the Third
Brigade, arrived early in the morning
and established headquarters in the
office of the division superintendent of
the Lehigh Valley Coal Company,
from which point he assigned the com
mands to points on the outskirts and
in the city.
The town itself looks as if it were
in a state of siage to-night, as the
booted and spurred warriors, many of
whom have never smelt powder, are to
be seen at every turn. The presence
of the troops has sufficed to maintain
order thus far, but it i^ not repressing
public opinion. This is almost unani
mous in condemning in the most se
vere terms the action of the deputies
last night.
otncial murder is the phrase on al
most every tongue, and for substan
tiation of the charge attention is di
rected to the fact that the deputies
carried Winchester riiies, each man
having twelve rounds of ammunition,
each a revolver and a box of car
tridges, while the striking marchers
were defenseless, having unanimously
surrendered whatever weapons they
may have had before the march was
begun. Moreover, the fact remains
that many of the victims were shot
through the back.
1 he first volley from the deputies,
unexpected as it was. created such in
describable consternation that the men
stampeded and fled, and it is not
questioned that while they were thus
in headlong flight the deputies poured
volley after volley into the terror
stricken crowd, as they went down.
Many prominent citizens of the
town, including Rev. Father Moylan.
of St. Hazle's Church: Rev. Mr.
Spaulding, of the Baptist, and Rev. Mr.
Wagner, of the Lutheran Church, have
drawn up a formal protest not onlv
against the action of the sheriff and
his deputies, but against the calling
out of the militia, which they declare
was unnecessary.
In srtte of this, however, the un<
ding increases. The strikers
[ made up their minds to remain in
quietness until Monday. At 11 o’clock |
in the morning of that day the bodies
of the unfortunate wretches who fell
under the leaden storm will be laid
away. Services will be held in the
Polish Catholic Church, where requiem
high mass will be celebrated by Rev.
Mr. Faust and benediction will be pro
nounced by several visiting priests.
Then the corpses will be interred in
the Polish Cemetery. They will be laid
in a circular plot and the congregation
tc which they belonged will erect a
Until late to-night the streets were
filled with miners and citizens. There
j was absolutely no bitterness shown
with the exception of the general de
I nunciation of the action of the deputies
| yesterday. A mass meeting of miners
and sympathizing citizens was held on
Donegal Hill. Fully 3,500 miners were
in attendance. Resolutions were
adopted denouncing the shooting of the
miners and a committee was appoint
ed to solicit contributions to prosecute
those responsible for the shooting.
Dr. #fhodorovich, secretary of the
Austrian consul at Philadelphia, arriv
ed to-night and held a long conference
with a number of prominent Hungar
ians, preachers agd citizens,
j Prosecutions will be instituted, and
! indemnity demanded for Hungarians
not citizens of the United States.
Fifteen hundred men employed in
the Lattimer mines voluntarily joined
the strikers to-day. These are the
miners upon whom yesterday after
noon’s march was being made when
the bloody fusilade put a stop to it.
Almost immediately after the shooting
the men quit work in a body. On Mon
day a committee will inform the opera- !
tors that they are with the strike to j
the end.
Went to Hazleton With the Soldiers—Mine
Owners Defend Him—Say the Foreignris i
Were Dangerous.
Wilkesbarret Pa., September 11.— 1
Sheriff Martin spent the night at his
home in this city and left for Hazleton
with the militia this morning. Before
leaving he went to a restaurant. The !
place was filled wth soldiers and sym
pathizers of the striking miners. The
sheriff was hissed when he entered.
Then the crowd gathered around him
and he was inclined to resist their in
terference. His friends, however. :
hustled him off to a private room until :
time for the train.
The coal operators stand by the !
sheriff. They think he only did his
duty. Among the laboring element
the feeling is very bitter.
Mine foremen who come in contact ;
with the Italians, Hungarians and \
Poles say if the strikers were English- j
speaking there would have been no
bloodshed. Before he was elected
sheriff, Martin was a mine foreman,
and he was a frequent eye witness to
their fights and brawls. He was i
aware that while under the influence
of liquor they were dangerous. The
first thing he heard yesterday was that j
the strikers were drinking.
At first only a score of deputies
were armed, but when the sheriff
learned that eight barrels of beer had
been consumed, seventy-two men were !
placed under arms. The operators
continually reminded him that their
big breakers were in danger and that !
one striker with a match could cause
untold damage to property. The
sheriff decided to halt the marching
column and if possible disperse the
Foreigner* Intimidate Working Miners,
nontires, llullets and Heer.
Dubois, Pa., September 11.—After
the Poles and Italians had driven the
English-speaking miners from work
this morning, quiet reigned. Last
night was a night of bonfires, bullets
and beer, and terror reigned. This
morning the working miners met en
raged foreigners, heavily armed and
carrying a red flag. Bloodshed was
only averted by the miners returning i
home. This afternoon eight rioters
were arrested.
General Manager Robinson to-day
offered an advance.
Harrisburg, Pa., September 11.—
Governor Hastings to-night issued a
proclamation calling upon all good cit
izens to disperse to their homes and
obey the law.
Conrad May Buries $60,000 to Avoid
Paying Alimony.
Dubuque, la.. September 11.—Conrad
May, defendant in a divorce suit, con
fessed yesterday to the referee ap
pointed by the court to discover the ;
whereabouts of his property, that he !
had buried two pots of gold, valued j
at $60,000, on a farm in Wisconsin io
escape an execution for the temporary
alimony which the court had allowed
his wife.
May was arrested some days ago on
a warrant charging that he was about
to leave this jurisdiction to escape pay
ment of the alimony.
He was brought before Judge O'Don
nell to-day. and rather than remain in
jail for contempt or reveal the exact
hiding spot of his treasure, proposed
to “dig up” enough to pay the ali
The proposition was accepted.
Secretary of State of Fenn*ylvanin. By
Governor Hastings.
Philadelphia. September 11.—David
Martin, the administration leader of
this city, to-day accepted the position
of Secretary cf the Commonwealth,
made vacant by the requested resig
nation of Gen. Frank Reeder, and per
sonally tendered to him by Governor
Hastings yesterday. Governor Has
tings has appointed his law partner,
WilbUr F. Reeder. of Bellefonte.
deputy attorney general to succeed
GEUES-— L'ntted States Senator
with a sudden attack
The Sixty-Five Cent Rate. Offered By
Pittsburg Operators,
Acceptsd as the Basis for Western
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and
West Virginia—The Strike to Be
Kept Up at All Mines Not Agree
ing to the Rate-Ten Days to Be
Taken in Which to Determinate
Whether the Rate is Agraeab e
to All Operators-Pittsburg Pro
ducers Object to the Ten-Days’
Delay—O.aim ihe Miners Have
Been Buncoed— DeArmitl’s Mines
to Be Started Monday.
Columbus, 0 , September 11.—The
great miners’ strike, which was de
clared on July 4, was brought to an
end this evening so far, at least, as
Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana
and WTest Virginia are concerned, by
the action of the inter-State conven
tion of miners, which has been in ses
sion here -nice Wednesday. After a
day of voting and wrangling, the con- j
vention adopted a resolution accept- i
ing the- proposition of the Pittsburg
operators The vote was 495 for and
317 against accepting the terms of set
tlement; 11 votes were not cast. The
delegates from Illinois, which had 25
votes, were unanimously against a
settlement. Indiana and West Vir
ginia voted solidly to accept the opera
tors’ proposition, but there were scat
tering votek among the Ohio and Pitts
burg delegates against it. The resolu
tion adopted is as follows;
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, ObAo. In
diana and Illinois, in convention as
sembled, do hereby agree to accept
the proposition recommended by our
national executive committee, viz: 65
cents in Pittsburg district; all places
Tn above named States, where a rela
tive price can be obtained to resume
work and contribute liberally to the
miners who do not receive the ad
vance, where the fight must be con
tinued to a bitter finish.
“Resolved, That the national officers,
executive board and district presi
dents act as an advisory' board for the
purpose of provding ways and means
for the carying on of the strike where
necessary, provided, however, that no
district resume work for ten days, for
the purpose of giving miners in other
districts time to confer with their
operators and get the price if possi
While ten days is provided for the
miners to resume work, it is probable
many of the Ohio and Pittsburg mines
will be reopened -Monday. The con
vention adopted resolutions endorsing
the action of the national .executive
board in recommending a settlement
on the terms proposed. The Illinois
miners will be called in convention at
Springfield September 19 to determine
what shall be done in that State. Some
of the Illinois delegates are very bit
ter in their denunciation of the action
of the convention, since they claim
their interests have not been given
due consideration.
A resolution was adopted denounc
ing the action of the deputies in firing
into the crowd of striking miners at
Hazleton, Pa.
Pittsburg: Operators >»y the Settlement
Diecriinitiates Against Them—Five Mil
lion Tons Neetfed for Lake Trade.
Pittsburg, Pa., September 11.—The
coal mine operators of the Pittsburg
district think they have got the worst
of it by the ad.»ption at Columbus to
day of the ten day proviso.
J. C. Dysart, chairman of the com
mittee who represents the operators,
in speaking of the settlement this
evening, said;
“If the miners of this district knew
what sort of game has been played on
them and on the Pittsburg operators
by the Illinois, Indiana and Ohio oper
ators and miners, they would not
stand idle a moment, but would return
to work immediately.
“After the heroic struggle the Pitts
burg miners have made, their Western
brethren, backed by the operators,
seek to steal iheir mess of pottage.
“We have only sixty day* in which
to make the entire lake shipment.
This has been reduced to fifty days by
the Columbus resolution.
“What coal the Pittsburg operators
are unable to ship will be furnished by
mines further west. Pittsburg is of
necessity discriminated against in rail
road freights, and Indiana, Illinois
and Ohio miners will be benefitted.”
Such was the general trend of re
marks by other operators, who felt
aggrieved at the disposition of the
Western miners to cheat Pittsburg out
of its rightful contracts.
It is estimated that it will require
about 5,000.000 tons of coal to complete
the lake shipments. Since the original
orders were booked, there has been a
decided increase in the demand for
coal, brought about by improved con
ditions and fears that next year the
price of coal will materilly advance.
President Dolan is expected home
to-morrow, when it will be decided
when a resumption shall be made.
Steps will be taken immediately to
continue the fight against firms refus
ing to pay the scale price.
Of the Sew York and Cleveland <,«* Coal
Company to Be Opened. Non-lnioa To
Pittsburg, Pa.. September 11.—The
Sandy Creek mine of the New York
and Cleveland Gas Coal Company will
start up Monday morning with import- j
ed men. under the protection of depu
ty sheriffs. This was determined upon
a week ago, and agents of the com
pany have been hunting up the unem
ployed miners about Pittsburg.
A large number of Italians have
been secured, it is said, and they -still
start to work on Monday. A "large
shanty has been erected near the mine
and the new men will be housed in it
until the strike is broken. The usual!
march was made at Plum Creek this
morning without incident. The camp
now is in charge of Patrick Kelly,
Captain Bellingham having been forc
ed to resign on account of his deter
mined advocacy of the acceptance of
the 65-cent compromise rate.
When the news that the operators’
offer had been rejected- by the dele
gates at the Columbus convention was
taken to camp to-day the miners be
came enthusiastic and voted to go into
the fight against the DeArmitts with
increased vigor.
General Weaver Puncture* Foolish Claims
of Republicans.
Bloomington, Iowa. September 11.—
General James B. Weaver spoke to a
large audience here this afternoon, not
withstanding the heat and dust, which
kept away many.
He treated first of national issues,
comparing the prices of wheat in the
last few years and quoting a statement j
of President Harrison's in 1890 to the
effect that the advance in the price of
wheat at that time was not due to the
McKinley tariff, but to the increase in
the volume of money in circulation.
The second part of his speech was
devoted to statistics. General Weaver
delivered telling blows at the Republi
can administration in this State, expos
ing the methods of the State Executive
Committee in it9 so-called economical
management, and especially attacked
the methods of Secretary of State Mc
Farland in extorting money from em
ployes in the pension bureau.
General Weaver addressed an en
thusiastic audience at Taylor’s hall this
evening, after which the free silver
club was reorganized for this fall.
Bones from the Sausage Factory Pro
ven to Le Hunun Lones—Inspector
Schaaok on the S and.
Chicago, September 1.—The prospect
of viewing the grewsome inhibit of
flesh, bones, slime and canvas %unny
sacks reeking with what the prosecu
tion assert is the dissolved body of the
wife of Luetgert drew an unusually
large crowd this morning to the en
trance of the Criminal Court build
In the court room there was the
usual flutter of excitement when the
big prisoner was led in by the colored
Prof. George Vincent Bailey, whose
direct examination was begun yester
day afternoon, was placed on the stand
as the first witness to-day. Prof. Bai
ley occupies the position of osterolo^st
for the Field Columbian Museum, and
is the expert witness for the State on
bones. The witness identified a small
bone as a portion of the hand of a
woman. He then took a portion of a
mounted skeleton and indicated there
on the exact position of the bone in
the hand. The particle was then pass
ed among the jury for inspection. Later
the witness said that the bone was
from a small skeleton, probably that
of a woman. Other particles of bones
w-ere identified as different portions of
the skeleton of a human being.
Then came the event which has been
expected since the beginning of the
trial, the hearing of Inspector Schaaek.
The inspector told of his first visit
to the factory in company with Watch
man Frank Bialk on May 15, and his
inspection of the vat and the finding
of the bones, flesh and rings. He also
testified as to having received the blood
stained knife from the hands of Mrs.
Christine Feldt. At the conclusion of
his testimony a recess until Monday
was taken.
This afternoon Dr. Allphort, for the
defense, produced a bone identical to
that sworn to have come from a wo
man’s hand. He had killed a dog and
had taken it from the dog's foot. Evi
dence will be presented by the defense
to prove that the alleged “bone from
a woman” came from the carcass of a
Great Dane dog buried in the sausage
factory yard three months ago.
In the Penitentiary for Howard, the
Kingwood Diamond Thief.
Special to the Register.
Kingwood, W. Va.. September 11.—
The jury in the Howard diamond case
returned a verdict of guilty at h„.i
past ten this morning, after having
deliberated just one hour. A large
number of ppople had assembled at the
court house to hear the decision of the
jury, among whom were quite a
sprinkling of ladies. Howard took
the verdict with the same stoicism that
was so marked during the trial. May
Howard, his wife, created a scene in
the court room as soon as the verdict
was read and wept hysterically. The
attorneys for Howard asked for a new
trial and the motion was overruled.
The prisoner then waved a right for
an appeal and the court passed the
least punishment according to law.
which was a term of two years in the
State penitentiary at Moundsville.
The sentence might have been ten
years, and Howard expressed himself
to your correspondent as being well
satisfied with the sentence.
CompromUe« the Claim of Mim Mattie
Folaod Oat of Coart.
Anderson, Ind., September 11.—The
$100,000 damage suit brought against
Major C .T. Doxey, of this city, a year
ago by Miss Mattie Foland, a young
woman of Anderson, on the grounds
of betrayal, was compromised out of
court to-day.
The suit came immediately after
Major Doxey had led all other candi
dates in the last Gubernatorial con
test for the Republican nomination.
Doxey is married and is a reputed mil
lionaire, known all ove the country
as the natural gas king.
Miss Foland was one of the pret
tiest young girls in the city.
Washington, September 11. — For
West Virginia and Western Pennsyl
vania—Fair; cooler; light to fresh
| northeasterly winds.
Miss Alice George, of Parkersburg;
Hoc. John Brannon, of Weston; E. E.
Wells, of Pennsboro: J. E. Strickler.
of Pennsboro; Porter Maxwell and W.
B. Corder. of Barbour county, and W.
G. Bennett, of Weston.
Forced I'pon the <-overnuient By the I'p
rl«ioti ;n Cuba and the Philippics.
Madrid, September 11.—Gen. Pando,
in a letter to the Cuban senators and
deputies, requests them to hold a meet
ing and come to a decision regarding
the Cuban situation, declaring that the.
time has come to speak out and fix
the responsibility for the present pol
icy upon its promoters.
The reforms for the Philippine Isl
ands, which were agreed upon yester
day at a cabinet meeting, upon which
occasion the draft of the proposed de
cree was approved and sent to the
queen regent for her signature, include
a modification of the penal code in re- i
gard to offenses against property and
public order and in regard to secret ;
political associations, especially the '■
one known as “The Pact of Blood," 1
which will be severely prosecuted.
The other reforms for the Philippine ;
Islands are drafted with the intention
of assuring justice to the natives.
It is reported that reinforcements of ,
troops will shortly be sent to the
island of Porto Rico.
The Spanish cabinet will be modified
before the assemblage of the cortes; !
but it is understood Gen. Azcarraga
will remain premier.
Brought to Light By the Death of i
Allen Gregory and Claims to His !
Chicago, September 11.—A fight for
$1,000,000, involving two of the most
prominent families of Ch'cago and in
cidentally revealing a romance, is the
outcome of the death of Allen Gregory,
known as the "founder of stock yards."
Mr. Gregory died on August. 2 last,
and was supposed to be without wife
or children. A large number of col
lateral heirs immediately sprang up
and letters of administration were
granted to. Merten G. Raker, a nephew,
and Byron A. Hathaway, and the es
tate was turned ov£r to them. Now
i Miss Martha Claytuurn has asked the
i court to turn the esiite over to the
American Trust & Savings Bank as
administrator on the grouv.d that she
is the lawful widow or Allen Gregory
and entitled to the estate.
Mr. Gregory was 70 years ’old at the
time of his death. Miss Clayhourn is
said to be 62. The story goes that
! back in the fifties Gregory became
engaged to Miss Claybourn. It came
out, however, that he had a wife and
child in the East and marriage to Miss
Claybourn was an impossibility. His
son died seventeen years ago, and he
continued to support his wife until she
died in 1895.
For forty years, the story goes. Miss
Claybourn waited patiently to be mar
I ried to the man she loved, and two
weeks after the death of his first wife
Mr. Gregory and Miss Claybourn were
married. Her lawyers declare that her
claim will be made good by the testi
mony of numerous witnesses and docu
mentary evidence. Hearing has been
set for October 7.
One Man Fatally Burned, and Two
Supposed to Have Been Incinerated.
Valuable Property Destroyed.
Special to the Register.
Sistersville, W. Va.. September 11.-—
The detailed story of a big fire at,
i Elk Fork reached here late this after
The first story received was exag
gerated to such an extent that it was
[ reported that all the wells near the
ereek, in that field, were on fire, and
that the people were fleeing from the
flames for their lives.
The fire was very bad, and there is
every reason to believe that two men
lost their lives, while another one is
in a very serious condition.
The fire, which caught from a boiler,
spread rapidly from the rig to the
tanks and in a minute or two the
burning oil was running down the
j creek <and to the barn, where two men
are known to have gone to sleep last
I night.
The n&pies of the men are not.
known, but they were teamsters from
; Pennsylvaiwt ar.d were in the em
' ploy of people here who will not. know
| who they art* until later, when all of
j their men are In.
The fire wa| very hot and for a
i time it looked »s though five or six
i other wells wouW go.
Henry & Mcr*\iald’s No 10 P po*
caught, but the fite was extinguished
before, any great damage was done.
The, /rig, tanks, a*d all other in
flammable material lfcout the Sn!d<r
well was burned. Thdi barn of Snider
is in ruins. Two hoW-s were vic
tims of the flames. Vne man is
known to be seriously if not fatally
burned, and two men are probably
dead and bdrned to ashes. Ti is is
the result of the carelessness ctf a
man who was told to r>e careful with
the fire in the boiler.
Hawaii*'* Ci-Qacen Vi.itinc th*- I
CoMt-Ki root* to liofio'olu
San Francisco. September 11—Ex
Queen Lilioukalani of Hawaii arrived
in this city from the Eaet last night.
She will be here for some time, and
will not for the present define the pur
pose of her visit, which it is presumed
she intends to make to Honolulu.
It is understood that she has come
west with the intention of communi
cating with her friends on the sub
ject of her fight against the annexation
of Hawaii by the United States. She
will remain in this city to await the
ariival of the Princess Kailani. her
niece, and the daughter of A. S.
Cleghorn. The princess is to leave
England for this country on October
4 next, and will be due in San Fran
cisco en route to thtfjalanda on Octo
ber, 21. ^
J. A. Ralston Predicts Great Suffering
This Winter.
Has Five Times the Population of
Last Year and Less Food—Tents
the Only Shelter of the Great
Majority of the Klondikers—Now
Impossible to Get Enough Pro
visions In to Supply the Miners.
Eureka, Cal., September 11.—J. A.
Ralston, who came down on the Na
tional City from St. Michael’s, gave to
day details of conditions at Dawson
City. In explaining that famine will
soon prevail on the Klondike, if not
already there, he said:
“When 1 left Dawson, on August IS,
there were nearly 1,0.30 people living
in tents. There were quite a number
of houses going up and logs were
being hauled into the city with which
to build more, but the time is so short
that not enough houses can be built
between now and w inter to afford shel
ter to tl ose who were there. Not 10
per cent, of tiie residents of Dawson
had supplies laid in for the winter
and they were not to be had for love
or money. 1 had letters of credit, but
could not get supplies for the winter.
“Healy’s store closed its doors to
the public on August 12. The reason
for so doing was because early in the
season Healy had made contracts to
iill orders for different parties, and as
his supplies were running low he
could not do any selling and make
his contracts good. As it was. he did
not think he could fill all his con
There is going to be much suffering
in Daws this winter on account of
lack of provisions, as well as from in
adequate shelter.
i i 'in i in I*-!*! ui miiuui u\ i ieai i
e<l t lint a greater quantity of pro]
ions went up the river in the sUf
of 1 S9tj tlmn this year, while at
tliere are about five. 1 imejktj
ber of people there that then
In regard to the mines Mr. Rl
“On Eldorado Creek there are ab<^
fifty winter and twenty summed
claims. Jim Hall’s claim. No. 17. is’
one which can be worked both sum
mer and winter, and when I was there
in July he was working six men
and taking out between 120 and 150
ounces of gold per day.
“E: Ellis is working Nos. 11 and 12
on the Eldorado. He is running
men on the former and taking
130 ounces per day. while In the latter
he is running thirteen men and faking
out 140 ounces tier day.
“Berry Brother* are working clalmj
4, 'i, and fi with fifteen men. and
taking cut. .200 ounces per day.
"On Bona^^t'reek,
mfn rv jo n ui
and taking (
Frank Dunsm
on the Iionan^
extremely rich
“Claim No.
the Bonanza,
and others a
When I was
working twpnf
' ■ i" r
l>rmi^ht down t.lif- rive^Bg
i cannot Kay, duc rroin
picked up, i should Judge]
Excelsior there will not. b*
$260,000, while on the ClevelanflU
will lie less, ns he did notAp^ n|
as many passengers as jjK Ex|
Bior." r
A Hcrldril Falling Oft In the Xnmb(|
Arrival* — A Itailroail A«*ured
'I ruin way for < htlknot t‘n««.
Seattle, Wash., September 11.
steainer City of Topeka arrived I
Alaska at 4 o'clock thin morning
brings the following letter to t|
soo fated Press:
Juneau. Alaska. Septembej
Among the rerent arrivals
port are the steamers Rowell1!
flower. Detroit, Will lame tte
peka. and the falling off in UM|
of travel is very noticeable.
Jority « f the new-comers will]
at Juneau until spring. An e
be made next year to turn tt
travel by way of Sitka,
th*re to Yakutal, and disenc
by and up tho W’hite river,]
tance Indng only about 42f>
Sitka to Dawson, as against
from Juneau over the present)
The building of a railr
Juneau to I,ake Testln is nc
Thorough examination by
Mted parties has decided tl^el
mcncc work at the eariie*|
moment next year. The rc
hy way of J^aku. over the la
the traveler will go by wafrl
destination. No doubt this
the first railroad establishedj
.ii «|un iu.y IUM<
others, two pros port ive roads
ticular having the same terrni|
! the Juneau road. In going
, Yukon fount ry the White
! Rapid* and many other d
■ places will be avoided. As thu
j be suitable boats plying on La*
j tin and the Hootalinqua river.
j w'll be one of piea«ure rath;
■ otherwise.
Rapid progre«a is being ma
cable tramway at Chlikoot
wfinished everything ca
cheaply and quickly tha,
fore. Everyone is now mat
arrangements for winter qt
it Will soon be out of the q.
enter the Klondike before]
or March.
Trenton. X. J . SeptemL,
cl«*> of corporation were nil
Secretary of Stat
Railro^ Comt
\zc<\ at
buildinsr *
Lake Bennl
James McNl
C. Furnhat
James B. M
steam schc
Port To*
aela with 29j
$300,000 in

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