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TEE . TWELVE PEOPLE H from Instant Death-No der Is How Anyi ?Injured Tak ~ The worst catastrophe! tr nr^n-rrffl tliis mominsr at two ~*!i on Virginia avenue, belonging was blown up by an explos ^ people-were taken to Cook.'s ] - ERNEST WRAASE. "Z MRS. ERNEST WRAAS ^ EDWARD WRAASE. ' ^ CHARLES WRAASE. J ^ _ DESSIE THOMAS. J MRS. WILLIAM DENT. ' "* MILLIE DENT. X- About two o'clock this i ^ were aroused by an c-xplosior ^ large number hurriedly dresse \ disaster. It proved to be a 1 ^ Fourth ward. ^ When the first people an ^ the house in splinters and th ^ running around in their nigl ' The great mystery is how ^ were not killed. The house ^ Dent and family, and by Ern ^ family consists- of seven men ^ "Wraase's, besides a hired gir ' r -5 house all were scarred more ?. CAUSE OP II ?5 The cause of tlie expiosit ^ stretched from one rodifl"?tE3rt ? . > Instead of turning- off the gas B yj it was turned off at the hot p P ^ toiies stopped the use of the g gs that the hose was blown fr< gas to escape into the room. "?5 The gas escaped into th ^ "Wraase and their two childre: ing in order to care for the "Wraase awoke and snielied t > ^ and he saichto her: "For Gc ^ sible.'' She took one of' thi ^ grabbed the other, but before | . ^ plosion took pJace. ^ Mr. Dent was sleeping- in ^ child, Marniacluke, were in . ' daughters, Frarkie, Jessie an ^ His step-son, Boardman Weawhile Miss Thomas, Wraase's ' Weaver. | ^ After the explosion Mr. ? selves and the children under \ ^ Dent and Marmaduke were ' / ^ world. Miss Thomas found | ^ Weaver. Jessie and Frankit I ^ window, while Millie was fa i not fottnd for some time. I ^ The older members of bo themselves and ' their families i* -5 v his cork leg, but hopped aroi ^ . The building- took fire ir ^ was called out. In a very sh ^ mile, and in a very few minu 1 put out. In fact, the work ^ done "that the tire did not get William Dent was jarred ' ^ but his injuries are not serio' - ^ - Mrs. Dent was taken to ( Jessie Dent, 15, and Frai scratched. ^ Millie Dent, 12, was fou bed, and was taken to the ho ^ Doardman Weaver is sor ! f ^ Marmaduke Dent, the lit ^ Mrs. Dent, v.tis not scratched . ^ All of Wraase's family a 35 the hospital. * I THE WRE( I ^ Prom 'the way the hous? ^ must have been a large amou: ^ on oue^ide of the house was x ^ dous in the neighbor's house; , .. child <sn Gaston avenue wer , ; again, if there had been mu< ^ would have been asphyxiated ^ (Continued #*;> -JF ;js> jTSt Jf '- ae. K* F. * rRiF] AD'NARROWIESCAPE " Lives Were Lost?The Won)ne Escaped Death en To Hospital. lat ever took place in Fairmont, * o'clock, when one of the houses * y to Watson, Miller and Malone, a ;ion of gas. As a result seven * Hospital. They are: " * * E. ^ * A A A A A Homing the people of Fairmont * l, followed by the fire alarm. A * id and rushed to the scene of the | louse on Virginia avenue, in* the " ' A rived upon the scene they found * e ones who had lived in it were * it clothes. * the members of the two families A was occupied by William M. A est Wraase and. family. Dent's * abers, while there were four of * 1. Of the twelve initiates of the "A or less. A A IE EXPLOSION. * ' - '* m was g-as. A rubber hose was * 'a^EoFpTate into another room. " a ; where the hose joined the pipe, * [ late. In the night 'after the fac- a fas, the pressure became so great a >m the pipe, thus allowing the a A e room in, which Mr. and Mrs. * a slept. A lamp was kept burn- a baby. About two o'clock Mrs. * ;he gas. She told her husband, " idr*s sake get out as soon as pos- * 2 children and- started, and he A he was fairly but of bed, the ex- A A a Morris chair, and His wife and a bed in the same room. His A d Millie, were in another room. " ver, was in a room down stairs, A hired girl, was in the room over A A and Mrs. Wraase found them- * - ? VJT*. CI r, ri TvTr*^ *" ! Cl lUt UL UCWiiJ. Alio. totally hidden from the outside , herself down in the room with , ; Dent were blown out of the stened under her bed and was \ a th families worked, hard to free f i from the debris. Wraase lost ' 'J* md and did what he could, ninediately, and the department , ort time they made the run of a ? tes after arriving:, the blaze was r of the department was so well much of a start. ^ up, and his hand and leg1 hurt, us. book's Hospital. ikie Dent, 13, were only slightly a nd almost smothered under her r, * spital. e, but hardly scratched. A fctle boy who was with Mr. and l- * md the hired girl were taken to A ? a A 3KED HOUSE. fc i is wrecked it looks like there ^ at of gas in the house. The roof c, 1: j a., _ j 3 TXTiw xutvu <xuu i/uxxxcu aiuuuu* *f"*3 were broken, and a man and a ^ e /thrown from their bed. But ^ ;b gas in the house the inmates , r - - s ; - > [ on 8th page.) * je *1 #v jf - ar W W K* 6 1 ill DAVID B. HILL: "YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE CHINA WHOLE UNITED STATES SAID TO HAVE DETERMINED UPON THAT POLICY, NO MATTER HOW WAR GOES. AMERICA WILL INSIST UPON INTEGRITY OF CELESTIAL EMPIRE?JAPAN -WILL AGREE IF SHE. WINS. 'TIS SAID. WASHINGTON, June 3,?No matter how the war in the Far East may ? ?oonH -t-V, ri TT-nitorl CVCUlUctil^ icoua, .buw ? Government intends to insist upon the integrity of the Chinese Empire. This fact was learned from the best of official authority. For some time there has been a feeling in official circles that Euroiie.an powers were planning to sieze parts of China at the termination of the war between Russia and Japan, and that no matter which won, plans were being laid by outside countries to take slices of China, as was the case at the end of the Japan-China war. All of the most powerful influence of the United States will be used to prevent- such a grasping pel-, icy, and there is every reason to believe that if Japan is victorious she will work in harmony with the United States to save China. Should Russia be victorious the situation would be more complicated, but even so; the State Department would hope to save China, with the possible exception of being forced to recognize the special Russian interests and domination in Manchuria. i MATE IS HELD Charged With Pushing Deckhand Into River and Causing His Drowning. huntington;" w. va., June i? Wm. Clark and Frank Harries, colored deckhands on the steamer Greyhound, -were drowned here to-day and the coroner has held Edward Hollia, the mate, for murder. Is charged that Hollim-pushed Clark overboard to recover some freight and Harries jumped to save Clark , . who was" drownlng.^ahd- both were lost. The Isaac M. Mason Is at. the wharf iXP] c - IS KINDLY ASKED FOR THIS POO I UGLY THREAT TOWi 7ARRESTED FOR REFUSING TO PAY FOR A LIVERY RIG?THEY ALSO OVERHEATED A HORSE. Three young fellows hired a rig at a local stable yesterdaj' about 4 P. II. and returned it at 7. The men refused to pay for it and the proprie tor had them arrested. One of thorn became abusive and had to be handcuffed. The horse was overheated and a surgeon worked on it several hours. One fellow escaped before the rig was returned, consequently only two were up before His Honor. They were fined for drunkenness as well as fast dri%-ing and cruelty. One go! $10 and cost^ and the other $15 and costs. NEWORRIER ADDED TO THE LIST OFTHF. POPULAR MAIL DISTRIBUTORS AT THE LOCAL POSTOFFICE. Postmaster A. H. Fleming returned from Washington yesterday where he secured another city carrier. This will make a force in tin oflice of twenty-five people. Others are being sought for and the matt } : of securing them will be determined later. Ho better service is given anywhere than by our postoffice force. Fred C. Fleming, the present substitute carrier, will be promoted and made a regular carrier. iuu? %vn, necessitate the appointment of another substitute. It Is also the intention to appoint a substitute clerk. A civil service examination will be held in the near future. / Some nice lots on Hamilton Hill foi sale, at h good bargain. . H. H.'Lanham. x Some of the best lots on Fairmont avenue for sale. See H. H. Lanham los: j(L ' Si t | . | ; ? MAN. V/HO HAS THE SILENCE." S MADE ,RD HUSBANDS THESE THREATENING WORDS REACHED THE WIFE OF CAPTAIN J. M. HUTCHINSON, WHO HAS BROKEN AWAY FROM THE MASTERS' AND PILOTS' ASSOCIATION?SERIOUS TROUBLE IS LOOKED FOR. BUFFALO, Js. V., June 4.?Serious trouble resulting from the gradual breaking up- of the 'water blockade cn the Great Lakes is feared here. Mem bers of tho Masters* and Pilots. Association are greatly incensed at the desertions from their ranks and the sailing of vessels by owners and the men who have left their organization. The wife of Captain J. M. Hutchinson has received a warning lefter which says: "If you don't want harm to come to your husband, call hlia home." The strikers stole a tug and overtook a craft which was about ve miles up hake Kale. They demanded to see the captain and when he appeared they insisted on boarding the vessel. The demand was not granted, whereupon the strikers made dire threats and abused and cursed the captain and the crew. A number of boats are expected to get away today. Few boats cleared -yesterday, but-Friday superstition, perhaps, had I something to do with it. The J. M. Jenks cleared light for Superior -with Captain Myron Tinney In command. The Oceanic got away at 11 o'clock last night. Captain Van Dnsen in command. It Is not known who took the place . of the mato who had been enticed . away from the boat by the strikers while she lay at the Erie dock load[ ing coal. The Lake Carriers in Cleveland claim a number of big freighters will clear this mprning. The . names will not be given out until the . boats are In the Lake. I have some good lots In two squares ' of Court-house for sale at $375.00. /H. | H. Laujiam [AM EL Jl j* V *!* *s* *?* ys 4* *5* *5* $ "' $ ? H;* *1* 4- WEST VIRGINIAN fcEUEF -"N -' ' FUNP I f 'I For the Victims of the Gas Exr ?v? : ?? plosion?People Could Not Give ?J? ?. to a^More Worthy Cause. ?g? j- The t wo families are in destl- ?? V .tuus circumstances, as all their .J. J- household furniture was destroy- ^ . ?t. ft. Doctor hills and other ex- ? - 4- peases .will add to. the em- 4. ' 4- ' arrnssmenu Leave your crmtrl- 4* . V billions with the West Virginian, 4? J. or send same addressed to the 4* 4* West Virginian Relief Fund.' ?. 4* The following contributions ?J? V have been made: 4* 4^ West Virginian Pub. Co .J25.CO 4*' 4- Dr. J. R. Cook... ......... 23.0b 4? Citizen's Dollar Slav. Bank 1Q.00 4? 4. Home Savings Bank 10.00 4? Fairmont Trust Co 5.0O 4. ? Hamilton & Huffman.... 5.00 4? ,'U 4. A. L. Lehman.. C.00 4. : ' ' 4. People's Bank Holbert & Spedden ...... 5,00 4. J. M. Hartley & Son 5.00 4. 4* U. A. Clayton 5.00 4* 4- B. G. Williams :..... 5.00 4? 4. Cash . if..,. 2.50 44?'W. E, Araett 8.00 44. W. F. Carey .... . . 2.00 4. 4* B. D. Hutchinson. ........ l.OO 44. R. H. Blacka l.OO 4. 4- H. II. Lanliam .. l.OO 4. 4. 4. .J. 4. 4. 4. 4. 4. 4, 4. 4. 4 4, 4. PLUNGED THROUGH A TRESTLE DID B; &. O. TRAIN TVO. 18?ENGINEER WAS SLIGHTLY, HURT. CLARKSBURG, V. Va? June 4.? (Special.)?13. &. 0. train No. IS plunged through a trestle at Nowlon, near Iiuckhaimon this, morning. and the engine and /three ears left the track. Engineer Hamburg was ^ slightly hurt. It was. a mixed train . ; and the passenger reaches did not leave the track. ; * * * * -S- * ?: * -i- * * * -T? JAPANESE LOSSES. 4? 4- WASHINGTON, B. C.. June 4. ^ J? ?The Japanese legation this -J. -t- morning received cable advices .2. V describing the loss of the Japv aneso In the battle of KIn-Obow .J. \ and Nan-Shan. The dead num- ?j? bered 7&4, ofVhich 31) were oft- ?J. -J- eers. The wounaoa were 4. which Included 100 officers. It .J. ??. is stated that there were no cas- ?g?. J. ualtios among the generals. ?* mtm -f- .T. .?? JL ,S- J. A. -2_ JU tt j* *1" ?* *1" % V *5* % V V Tr Fireman Suspended. Fireman James Jenkins has been suspended from the 2re department until Monday evening when his case will be disposed of. Carrier Pigeons. Parties from Pt. Marion have for the past, three or four days been sending pigeons to this place to be turned loose. They have all safely arrived at the down-river town To Farmers and Woo! Growers. I will pay 24 cents for all merchantable wool delivered to me at Fairmont or places I take in. I pay the highest prices and treat the tvoll grower right. C. F. RANDALL Injured Are Doing Weil. At press time this afternoon, the in jured who are at oooics rnospitai are- : ; doing well. The condition of Mrs. Wraase !s rather serious but it is thought she will recover. . v 4* 4*4"5' *J~ *2? *2? *1* 4* 4* *2* 4 4 *2* 2* 4 A 4? THE WEATHER. 4? 8 2? ~~* 4? I i jsBhSI 4? Showers To-Morrow. r 4? 4- 4 : 4- WASHINGTON, D. C., June .iijH 4- Cloudy to-night; warmer in e. 4. ern portion; showers in 4. portion; Sunday,showorstoffl 4? in western portion. jfll 4- \ . rS.