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TWO BALLOONISTS IN ACCIDENT AT WALLACE, IDAHO. Professor O'Dell and Dell Dare Were About 175 Feet High in the Air When the Old Balloon Ripped In Two and Aeronauts Fell—Para chutes Fail to Work. Wallace. Idaho, March 20. —In a double balloon ascension at the city park Sunday afternoon the lower parts of the balloon tore away when the two aeronauts, Professor O'Dell and Dell Dare, were between 150 to 200 feet in the air and both were dashed to the ground. Nearly every bone in O'Dell's body was broken. Dare did not sustain a broken bone but was internally injured and died soon after. A young boy named Gib son was caught by the falling balloon; and completely covered. The hot air' burnt him about the face and body be-' fore he could be dragged from under neath the canvas, but he is not serious ly injured. Several hundred people had assem bled in various parts of the city to witness the ascension. As soon as the balloon left the ground, to the horror of the nearby spectators, the lower part of the bag could be seen ripping away. Warnings were shouted to the two unfortunate men but they could not hear the alarm. When between 150 and 200 feet high the two men, seated in separate para chutes, swung together with a crash that could be heard for a long distance and at the same time the lower por tion tore away and to the horror of the onlookers the men commenced to fall. Although their flight took but a few moments, O'Dell, who is the more expert of the two, could be seen at tempting to force his parachute open, but on account of the short distance it would not yield. Both men were close together and while O'Dell endeavored to open his parachute he could be ob served holding his companion by the shoulder in an attempt to save him if his parachute opened, Dare made no movement, simply clinging to the ropes. Fall Together. The thud made by the two men when they fell could be heard for over a block, the ground being indented where they alighted. Both struck the ground near one another and at the same time, both barely grazing the furnace where the balloon was in flated. O'Dell fell in a more relaxed manner and his fall was partially broken by Dare, which accounts for his lesser injuries. Dare never re gained consciousness. The balloon tore on account of its age and the weight of the two men. It was the 13th ascension O'Dell had made in it. His correct name is L. M. O'Dell. O'Dell's home is Newmarket, lowa, where his mother, Mrs. Mary O'Dell, resides. Dare's correct name is V. Middle kaup. He came to Wallace six months ago from Bozeman, Mont., and has been engaged in carpenter work and photography. His home was at Lander, Wyoming. Later Report. L. N. O'Dell, the aeronaut, passed an unfavorable night, but is still con scious, and expresses the belief that he will ultimatley recover. He says this is not the worst by any means of his falls since he has been making ascen sions, as he fell once and broke twenty two bones. His courage is greatly in his favor toward recovering, but he is suffering great agony. Manchurian Battle Losses. The following shows approximately the number of troops engaged and the losses on both sides in the principal ( land battles l'ought thus far in Man churia: MUKDEN. Japanese. Russians. Forces engaged ...500,000 325,000 Losses 30,000 65,000 SHA RIVER. Forces engaged 250,000 275.000 Losses 35,000 5G,000 LIAOYANG. Forces engaged 200,000 180,000 Losses 18,000 22,000 PORT ARTHUR. Forces engaged 100.000 32.000 Losses 47.000 15,000 YALU RIVER. Forces engaged 60.000 10,000 Losses 1,000 2,500 Explosion With Flishlight. At Lewiston, Trinity county, Cali fornia, a flashlight apparatus exploded, seriously injuring several people. Lou ls Castner, a violinist, whose throat Was cut by a flying piece of brass, is Sported to be dying. Julia Dominicos' skull was fractured and Allie Ham niond was also seriously injured. Oth ers injured were Adeline Pauline, Tony Catou, Mrs. Wiley Louden and George Thorn. WASHINGTON NOTES. Seattle is planning for the immedi ate erection of a new city hall. Work on the Spokane-Medical Lake electric line was begun last Monday. Special Agent Ramsey has found Joe Lindsley of Spokane qualified for the posiiion of district attorney. Judge C. M. Kincaid, for 30 years a resident of Whitman county and a prominent politician, lawyer and far mer, is dead. N. W. Durham of Spokane has ten dered to Governor Mead his resigna tion as trustee of the state normal school at Cheney. Governor Mead announces that Dr. W. J. Howells, superintendent of the insane asylum at Medical Lake will be retained until October 1. In a splendid exhibition of baseball, the Tacoma Tigers beat the Chicago Nationals at Fresno last Saturday. The boys from the north got the game, 6 to 3. Peach trees in the entire Walla Wal la valley are in full bloom. Although bodly injured by the February freeze they have blossomed as though unin jnred. The board of county commissioners of Walla Walla voted to appropriate $4000 for a county exhibit at the Lewis and Clark fair and $1000 for a school exhibit. Rev. Dr. Dean Richmond Babbitt, formerly of Tacoma and Spokane, is dying in Brooklyn. He has just un dergone an operation for a tumerous growth on the liver. Charles Besgrove. foreman of a gang of men engaged in building the new telephone line from Cheney to Spo kane, was severely injured by an ex plosion of dynamite. The fourth annual debate between the Idaho state normal at Lewiston and the Washington State normal at Cheney was held in Cheney and was won by the visiting team. Thomas McCarthy, aged 51 years, who had been sent to the insane asy lum at Steilacoom about a year ago from a town in Clarke county, com mitted suicide at that institution. Citizens of Clarkston are discussing oiling the streets. Figures will be se cured as to the cost of shipping in enough crude oil to give all the busi ness part of the town a good coating. The fruit trees around Clarkston have put forth their leaves this year nearly three weeks earlier than cus tomary and many orchards are a beau tiful green with leaves two inches long. Porter Bros., railroad contractors, have been awarded the contract for grading the first 22 miles of the N Spo kane & Inland electric railroad south east from Spokane across Moran prai rie toward the Palouse country. A firebug, believed by the police to be a half-witted youth, made a desper ate attempt early Sunday morning to fire six buildings in the southeastern j portion of the city, and but for good luck would have succeeded in kindling several serious blazes. The mines of the Wilkeson Coal & Coke company at Wilkeson have reop ened after being shut down for a few weeks by reason of a strike among the workers at the coke ovens. There was no strike among the miners. Only a few of the strikers refused to return to work. Lewis Christianson, a rancher liv ing alone at the head of Cowiche v; ley, 30 miles from North Yakima, w found dead in a field near his hou with a bullet hole through the he? The sheriff and coroner made an vestigation and decided it was a ce of suicide. AT SPOKANE— Wholesale Produce Prices. Potatoes, $1 cwt; onions. $3.25 cv\ cabbage, $2(5)2.50 cwt; best appl< $1.75 box; common apples. 75@$1 bo sweet potatoes, 3c lb; oranges, $2.75 3 case. Wholesale Feed Prices. Bran, $19 ton; bran and shorts, $ ton; oats. $1.40 cwt; wheat, $1.40 cw chopped corn. $1.35 cwt; whole coi $1.25 cwt; timothy hay, $14 ton; alf fa hay, $12 ton; oil meal, $2 cwt; gr; hay, $13 ton. Prices Paid to Producers. Vegetables and Fruits —Root vegc bles, 75c cwt: potatoes, 75@S0c c apples, 50c@$l box; cabbage, $1.5 1.50 cwt. Poultry and Eggs—Chickens. 10@ lb live weight; li@l3c dressed; dr. 12c lb live weight. 13c dressed; ge 12c live weight. 18c dressed; turk< l?c lb live weight. 20c dressed; ei ' $firstname.lastname@example.org case. Live Stock —Steers. $3.75@4 cwt; sheep. $email@example.com cwt; hogs, $firstname.lastname@example.org cwt; veal, $9 cwt. Hay—Timothy. $13 ton: alfalfa, $11 ton; oats, $email@example.com cwt. Creamery Products, f. o. b. Spokane —First grade creamery butter fat, per lb, 31 %c. France a Nation of Smokers. The government's statement of last year's receipts from the tobacco mo nopoly shows a clear profit of 355,000,- 000 francs. A curious feature of the statistics is that the largest sum is derived from the sale of 2 cent cigars, the proceeds of which would suffice to build three battleships. | CRUISER LAUNCHED WARSHIP WASHINGTON MET THE WATER AT CAMDED, N. J. In the Presence of Several Thousand Spectators and Amid a Chorus of Steam Whistles, the Warrior Was Christened by Miss Wilson with Cus tomary Liquid—Superior Ship. In the presence of several thousand spectators and to a chorus to steam whistles and clanging bells, the United States armored cruiser Washington, the most powerful of its class yet built, gracefully glided from the ways at the yard of the New York Shipbuilding Co., at 12:09 Saturday. As the new war ship swept down the ways toward the rippling waters of the Delaware the assembled multitude wildly cheered the new champion. Owing to the dis tance of the state of Washington from the city there was not a large at tendance of citizens of the common wealth honored by the navy depart ment when the Washington was nam ed. There was an influential delega tion on hand, however, composed of state officials, members of the legisla ture and the Washington representa tives in congress. The ship was chris tened by Miss Helen Stewart Wilson, daughter of former United States Sen ator Wilson of Washington. With the first movement of the huge hull Miss Wilson lightly poised the gayly beribboned bottle of champagne, and as the vessel swept down to meet the tide she dashed the glass recepta cle against the unyielding wall of steel, and as the wine flowed down* j the ways in foaming rivulets the fair sponsor said: "I christen thee Wash ington." Pandemonium had broken loose in the crowd below as well as upon the stand. Staid matrons as well as giddy maids were mounting points of vant age in order to see the new vessel leap into the arms of her native ele ment. Greeted with a welcoming blast from the shrill throats of several score of steam whistles, the cruiser floated majestically out upon the bos om of the Delaware, where she soon was captured by a tug and towed to one of the shipyard piers, where she will be completed. She is now in a more advanced stage of construction than any vessel ever before launched for the United States navy. The Washington was contracted for on February 3. 1904, and at the same time the oramps were awarded the contract for a sister ship, the Ten nessee. There has been quite a ri valry between the two shipbuilding firms to see which should complete its contract the quickest. The New York Shipbuilding company is ahead with the launching of the Washington. This is partially due to the fact that the ways on which the cruiser was built are covered by a mammoth shed of glass and steel, allowing for work in all kinds of weather. The Washington, while not design ed to be quite as fast as some of """e t i c " ington. May she reflect credit on her builders and honor on the state whose name she bears. "ALBERT E. MEAD, Governor." Russian Officers Killed. During the war the Russians have lost the following high officers: Generals Killed —Smolenski, Kellar, Kondratenko, Rialinkin and Ruthovin sky. Admirals Killed —Makaroff and Wit soeft. General Grippenberg retired from his command under a cloud, and General Sassalitch and General Orloff were practically relieved of their commands for inefficiency in the field. MUKDEN VICTORY MOST POTENT. Is Factor in Shaping History of All the World. Now that the full measure of the Russian disaster in Manchuria is un derstood, Europe is beginning to take stocli of the new situation in world politics by this momentuous conflict. The battle of Mukden is universally recognized as a factor which must have inestimable influence in shaping the history of all great peoples. The changes which it will impose upon ex isting international relationship is re ceiving the attention of European statesmen. They see first that paraly sis of Russia in Asia will release Chi na. Turkey, Germany and Great Brit ain from enormous pressure. This ef fect, except in the case of Turkey, will make for peace and should enable Europe to make great reductions in armaments, with corresponding relief of public burdens. Pekin will be relieved from Russian 1 dictation, although perhaps threatened by other mentors, and Germany will no i longer be threatened by invasion of both her frontiers. While the Anglo- French entente has much strengthened the intimate understanding between Great Britain and France, the United States will unquestionably become per haps the controlling factor in safe guarding the world's peace. Free Russia would undoubtedly aban don the mad dream of dominating the Pacific, but she would certainly con centrate her energies to secure a more natural outlet to the Mediterranean. This means the driving of the sultan out of Europe. Indications are Abdul Hamid will not wait for such a crisis. European diplomacy is anxiously occu pied at the present moment with prob lems of how to prevent him seizing the opportunity of Russian embarrass ment to settle old scores in Macedo nia and against Bulgaria. KUROPATKIN'S LAST WIRE. "I Have Handed Over to Linevitch the Command." A telegram from General Kuropat kin to Emperor Nicholas, dated March j 17, says: "In accordance with the or der of his majesty, received March 16, I handed over to General Linevitch the command of the land and sea forces operating against the Japan ese." General Linevitch in a telegram un der the same date says: "In pursuance J of the orders of your majesty of March 16 I assumed command today of all forces, army and navy, operating against the Japanese." Russians Believed to be Caught. St. Peterbsurg, March 22. —The ab sence of any definite news from the first and third Rnssian armies in Man churia is believed here to indicate that the Japanese turning movement has been a saccess and that word will soon arrive of a catastrophe which will overshadow any of the war. Those who have examined the re ports that have reached London dnring the last 48 hours from the far east are certain that within a short time word will arrive that the Russian forces that are slowly fighting their way north ward along the line of railway toward Harbin have been finally cut off by the Japanese and that they will be com pelled to either give batttle or surren der. The Japanese official advices, as published, deal entirely with the fight that has been participated in by the rear guard and says nothing about the fighting along the flanks and at the head of the rerteatlng column,. This secrecy is believed there to indicate that movements of importance are in progress and that until they have been finally carried out all of the news that will be permitted to filter through will be devoted to the details of engage ments arleady reported. Attempt Assassination. St. Petersburg, March 22 —Upon the quietude of the Manchurian situation there has come the news of the at tempted assassination of another high official of Finland, whose efforts for the Russification of the grand duchy have exposed him to the vengeance of the assassin. The revolutionists have not abandoned the policy of terrorism, but are determined to have more blood, and presages further crimes of a like nature. The authorities are drawing up a program of administative reforms for Finland, with a view to reestab lishing order and diminishing racial antagonisms. New Missouri Law. Jefferson City, Mo, March 22.— Governor Folk today signed the God frey bill passed by the legislature mak ing poolselling and bookmaking a fel ony in Missouri. The law a becomes effective on June 16. Fred H. Mason has bought out the holdings of Howell W. Peel in the firm of Holley, Mason, Marks & Co., and is now the sole owner of the largest wholesale hardware business in the In land Empire, if not the northwest. Last year 39,496 Swedes left their native land, most of them to make new homes in the United States. CZAR'S MEN FLEEING OYAMA TRYING TO SURROUND RUSSIAN RETREATING ARMY. In Another Week It Is Expected Line vitch and His Army Will Have to Surrender—Russians Making Mast erly Get Away—British Experts Think Czar's Forces Will Escape. Tokio, March 21. —Despite the opti mistic advices that have been received from Russian sources during the last few days to the effect that the Russian army in northern Manchuria will suc ceed in escaping the forces of Oyama, it can be stated upon exceptional au thority that the Japanese forces operating against the Russians have succeeded in carrying all points de cided as necessary by the commander in chief and that within a week news of a momentous character will be re ported in the front. A dispatch from Marshal Oyama, received early this morning, states that the Japanese have occupied Kaiyuen, after a stubborn resistance in which both sides lost heavily. • Linevitch Reports to Czar. St. Petersburg.—Commander in Chief Linevitch, in a telegram dated Sunday, says: "On March 17 Japanese batteries bombarded our divisions in the valleys of Tavanpun and ianpu. The enemy appeared near Kaotaitse (on the rail road, about 22 miles north of Tie pass) and their cavalry had occupied Kako man. Our armies continue their con centration." General Linevitch Has a Chance. London.—The military experts of the British empire, despite their pro- Japanese leanings, admit that there is still a chance that General Linevitch will succeed in extricating his army from its present perilous position. They base their opinions on the re ports that have come from the front by both Japanese and Russian soldiers, to the effect that the Japanese were so badly pressed at the battle of Muk den that for 24 hours the fate of the Japanese army hung in the balance. But for the fact that General Oku, despite the knowledge that his last reserves were engaged, detached a di vision to the aid of Nogi's veterans, Kuropatkin might have secured a com plete victory. Had the Russian com mander possessed sufficient initiative he would have drawn his last reserves into the battle, and must surely have checked the desperate Japanese ad vance. It is believed here that the Japanese and Russians are now engaged in a race for Harbin, and that neither have any decided advantage. There is rea son to believe that the Japanese re ports to the euect that a Japanese army had succeeded in getting to the northwestward of tne retreating Rus sians is not true and that the most that has been done is to send a scout ing party in so far as the railroad without any supports or supplies and absolutely unable to hold their lines intact against any large force of Rus sians. The reason for this belief is that numerous press dispatches, filed at the stations immediately north of Muk den, were delivered in St. Petersburg on Sunday. While they covered most ly accounts of the fighting from March 6 to 18, the mere fact that they have reached the Russian capital would in dicate that the Manchurian railway lines of retreat are stin open. That the Japanese will try to take Harbin is sure, but the result of the Russian resistance must remain prob lematic until such time as it is learned just how large a quantity of supplies General Kuropatkin Ipst. Facts and Figures About War. War began February 8, 1904. Principal land battles exclusive of Port Arthur, 19. Number of important sea fights. 6. Russia's loss in war vessels, $90,- 000,000. Japan's loss in war vessels, $12,000,- 000. Number of big Russian war craft sunk or destroyed, 14. Number of big Japanese war ships sunk or destroyed, 4. Port Arthur ships sunk or destroy ed, 13. Vladivostock ship sunk, 1. Russian ships that have taken ref uge in foreign ports, 4. Cost of the war thus far to Russia, $475,000,000. Cost to Japan, $365,000,000. Theater Horror in Chile. Santiago de Chili.—As a result of the collapse of the Thris theater here many persons were killed or injured Saturday. Fight News Print Trust. 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