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JAS. BOBELETETER, Proprietor.
NEWULM MINNESOTA
MIME' fflfD C&IMXfrAL&i
From clues obtained on* two: men
Thomas E. Rice sftid Barney Hoffman*,"narresit,
ed in San Francisco for passing counterfeit
half dollars the -U. 8 detective discovered the
counterfeiters',workshop, and seized a large
quantitj'-of false'cbin, dies, oic.
_The stockholders ot the Sagamore
Mills Fall River, Mass., voted to put the con
cern into barikVivptcy, after considering the
statement of irregularities of the late treasur
er, George T. Hathway. The statementshpws
the asset? of the corporation to be $655,471
book liabilities, $616,435 deficiency in ac
count, owing to appropriations of cash by
Hathaway, $60,978 notes outstanding not ap
pearing on the books, $138,000, and more to
come. The indebtedness shown by the books
is $309,272, to which must be added $138,000
of bogus paper. Y... Yr'Y.'i'W-'' i *h un
The United States grand jury of New
York, has indicted Alex. Barton, ex^cashier of
theFiskill National bank, tried and acquitted
before Judge Benedict, some time ago, on the
charge of embezzling funds of the bank. The
indictments -were for false entries to the treas
urer of the currency, and for perjury. Luther
H. Redfield, president of the Tarrytown Na
tional bank, for perjury, and for making false
reports to the comptroller, and an indictment
for murder was found against Michael Toiler
the West Point soldier who killed his room
mate a few months since.
Nightly robberies for three weeks past
at Omaha, Neb., and the presence in the city
of an unusual number of tramps necessitate
ed action of citizens. A committee of safety,
otherwise a vigilance committee, was organ
ized, and 150 men thoroughly organized, act-'
ing under a well deyise.d plan, searched the
city thoroughly. Commencing at 10 o'clock
the search was continued until morning. It
is not known what disposal will be made of
those captured. Legal measures will be ad
hered to until they fail, when desperate
remedies will be applied. The committee
will continue to act nightly until the tramp
nuisance is abated.
CASUALTIES.
A. skiff containing three women and
two children, was struck by a raft on the Alla
erheny riyer, five miles above Pittsburgh, on
the 6th inst., and capsized. Two of the women
were drowned. The other three were rescued
by parties on shore.
A portable engine in Memphis, Ten
nessee, on the 0th inst, exploded with
terrific force, instantly killing Tom Hoist, the
engineer, and probably fatally injuring Jim
Kennedy, the fireman. The following laborers
were also wounded Barney Blerns, leg
broken Tom Steene.arm broken and scalded
Jas. Zahone, arm broken and severely scalded
Friday Gullen, colored, who was passing the
spot on the way to his work, was severely
scalded.
A fire at Keokuk',', Jowa on the Gth
inst., destroyed the Keokuk & Des Moines
railway company's general office, the Athenae
um, -in-which was situated Burkett's whole
sale notion house, a Uiree story brick build
ing. The Keokuk & Des Moines loses every
thing except such books, papers, etc., as were
in the safe. Burkett's stock was- valued at
$45,000. The insurance will more than cover
what was lost. The building occupied by the
K.&D.M. was owned by S. S. Vail, and is
valued at $10,000. -The other -buildings were
also owned lJfy!MfS*i
Vai1
and were valued at
$3 000. On these there is an insurance of
$4,000. The Athenaeum building cost $35,000
and was once sold for $28,000. It was worth
about $12,000 when destroyed. Insurance
$5,000 The total damage is estimated-at
$60,000. '_
1'EliSONAL AND POLITICAL, i'..
The vestry of Trinity church, New York
have selected Rev. Dr. De Koven of the Uni.
vereity of.Racine, Wis., as successor to the
late Dr. Oglesby as assistant minister.
Information has been received that the
Chiiiese minister accredited to "Washington,
accompanied by members of the legation and
consuls'for the principal ports of th's country,
will sobhleave China foi'the United States.
There'seems ipbe little doubt that Hon.
John St. Bipekley of Milwauke eex-assistant at
torney of thei United States,who has been miss
ing for some.time,conimitted suicide by drown
ing in the lake hear St. Francis seminary, at
the south side of the bay. He left several
letters addressed to different pariets of that
city, the contents of which show conclusively'
his intent to suicide. Alt efforts tp recover his
body have thus far been of no avail. The im
mediate cause of his rash'act is attributed to
menta 1 abearation, brought on by .domestic
trouble's.' Mr. Binckley's family', consist
ed of a wife, from whom he was separated,
arid four child! en, who are now at Krioxville,
Of l6fe MXSCELLANEOUS.f ^ui
Specie in the Bank of France increased
12,.300,000 francs last week.'
The steamship Scythia from New York
for Liverpool took out $100,000 in gold.
^Application has been made for' a re
ceiver for the'New York Evening-Mail'. X'
The British co'js'ul' at Portland has gone
to Southwest harbor to watch the movement
of the1
steamer Cambria.
The' cerempny of laying the 'Cforner
stone ef .e post chapel atFor Leavenworth
took p^ace on, the 5th inst.
Three companies of mounted finfantry,
that go outttd'superintend the removal of the
Ute Indian6,.lefKon the7th inst.
In viewiof fW-rticeht disturbances in
Montreal the Canadian government has' taken
LJ mleas'uresWpfeVent'the carrying of arms.
The majn! bpjlding and office of the
Albion lcaU(. wqrlEfl/ at Dighton, Mass., wasagainst
burned on.tlie 2d inst! Loss $150,000 insuredthe
for$80,00.0.', '.I
In Atlanta, Gku, n the' 2d inst.
V?
a matt*
named Codsigney finished "a walk of 500 miles
Mi'niimmnt. fr'n _jn irrr-~J
in 100 consecutive hours. He made the last
mile in 13 minutes. ^Y
In the case of Oliver Cummings vs.
The Grand Trunk railway, at Boston, the jury
gave a verdict for $15*708. Commings was
engineer, and injured by a collision, with' a
wild engine. pi
At the session of the Vermont M,. E.
conference at Woodstock, the committee of
trial in the case of Rey, E. D. Hqpkins,charged
with forgeries, repor|e.d thajk hej
expelled
from the ministry and church membership.
It is reported that the Commerce in
surance company of New York, a purely local
organization, is about to close its. doors.
The last statement made Jan. 1, 1878, stated
its capital to be $200,000 assests $240,379,
and surplus $20,008
A dispatch from Constantinople, says:
Gen. Todleben is about to retire to the lines
of Tchotaidja, leaving a sma1!
force at San
Stefano. The Russians Offer to fall back be
hind a straight line drawn between Dedegatch
and Adrianople, if the British fleet will with
draw at the time.
A correspondent of the Evening Post,
writing from Tokio under date of April 5th,
sends the following: The famine in the north
of China rages with increasing severity and
mo3t dreadful reports come from the afflicted
regions. In one town a man opened a shop
for the sale of humna flesh and did a good
business in connibalistic joints and roasts
until the local mandarin caused the shop
keeper to be arrested and beheaded. l,:
Vague rumors are afloat of a raid on
Canada by the Irish in case of war between
Russia and England. It is stated that three
companies of Irish patriots are armed and
equipped at Buffalo N. T., ready for service,
and 10,000 western Irishmen have been noti
fiecl, sp that they can be there in twenty-four
hours, where there is 3,000 more that will
rendezvous for a raid within three days after
orders are issued, but nothing authentic can
be obtained to substantiate these rumors.
A dispatch from Pera says petitions
and protests are reaching the Porte, and em
bassies from all sides against the territorial
arrangements of the treaty of San Stefano.
One from Srndjak, of Varna, declares that
the inhabitants will resist by force Russian
occupation of the fortress. Another from
Batoum makes direct appeal to England, and
reports that the Russians are advancing
towards the town. Information comes from
the Doburdscha that arising in that direction
is imminent.
Frank Greenard, Gen. Crook's chief
scout and guide, with a detail of eleven men
from the Fifth cavalry, arrived at Deadwood,
D. T., on the 7th inst. 'lhey came out from
Fort McKinuy, in quest of a
whom they tracked to within 40 miles of that
place, where the trail was lost. Greenard
states that information was jrainedfrom strag
gling bands of friendly Indians to the effect
that a portion of Sitting Bull's band had
crossed over the line into the United States,
and thought it very likely that the Indians
would be very troublesome during the com
ing summer on the upper Missouri.
Gen. McDowell has been instructed to
institute a vigilant watchfulness along the
southern boader of Arizona and southern
California, to prevent violation of the
neutrality laws by Lcrdo revolutionists, and
to arrest any and all parties who are suspected
of congregating on the border for that pur
pose. Gen. Ord has notified the war depart
ment that he has made such distribution pf
the force under his command as will in his
judgement with the co-operation of other
federal officials and State officials, prevent any
serious violation of the neutrality laws. He
has directed the prompt arrest of all suspected
persons who may attempt to cross from the
United States into Mexico.
The report of the committee appointed
to adjust southwestern freight rates was
adopted by the association at Chicago on the
4th inst. It names the combined roads.
"The Southwestern Railway Association."
The Chicago roads are entitled to 45 per cent,
of the gross business, the St. Louis roads to
the same, and the Hannibal and St. Joe 10
per cent. This applies to all tonage to or
through Kansas City, Leavenworth, St. Joe
and Atchison^on the west or to or through
St. Louis, Louisiana, Hannibal. Quincy, Dav
enport, Burlington or Chicago, on the east.
The associatedlines are to charge full local
lates on Colorado business. Anyroad receiv
ing more than its allotted proportion may re
tain 40 per cent, of their earnings therefrom.
The Wtabash road is recognized aslthe Eastern
connection of the Haunibal & St. Joe road.
The organization is to continue till January
next. The following are the rates on west
bound freight from Chicago: First class, 85
second, 70 third, 43 fourth, 30 special, 25,
From St. Louis the rates are: First class, 65
second, 50 third, 35 fourth, 35 special 20.
-.1:
CONGRESSIONAL.
EN1TE, May 6.The bill to'repeal
the bankrupt law and that for the repeal of
the specie resumption act came up alternate
ly,'Mrl Gordon making a speech on the latter.
When his speech was concluded, the pension
appropriation bill came up and was discussed.
The amendment of the committee on appro
priations chauging the House provision that
pension agencies shall be filled by disabled
soldiers created some discussion.
HotiSE.Bills were introduced, among
them one tor the appointment f an agricul
tural commission to investigate diseases of
stock. The house then considered the bill to
provide a government for the District of Col
umbia. Several amendments were adopted,
but the house adjourned without action.
SENATE, May 7th.The house bill for
bidding further retirement of legal tenders
was given a second reading by a vote of 83 to
25 Mr. Ho we, from the committee on foreign
relations, reported a substitute for the senate
jointr.esoluUou.on:
i~.!iifiij'iirii
f.
Chines immigration." A
large part of the, remainder pf the day was
taken up in discussion'
ofthe
'pension appro
priation bilL^ sv
HOUSE, May 3-After, some .skirmish
ing over amendments, the District of C&1/
jumbia government bill was massed. Mr.
Woodmoyed to &o into committee' of the
whole on the tariff bill, and after several votes
being taken the'motion was carried by a bare
majority.' Mr. Banks-took thefloorand spoke
the bill at considerable Jength.. At
conclusion of his remarks the, .committee
rose. TlAj. bill relatinst to distribution of the
revised statutes was passed.' Mr. Butler in
troduced a biil to provide for a tariff commis
sion, and the house adjourned.
A TERRIBLE DISASTEE.
Explosion of Hie Great Washburn Mill |at
Minneapolis^Seventeen Killed and a
Million Dollars Worth of Property De
stroyed. \fep *f
^ti ft
TJom St. Paul Globe, May 4th. fc
"There is an earthquake," was the ex
pression and thought of hundreds of persons
both in Minneapolis and St. Paul, at 7:20
Thursday evening. Those who. were, in
buildings rushed to doors and windows, to
ascertain the cause of the shock, and those
already on terra firrna paused to consider
the cause of the phenomena. They did not
have long to wait. Flame and smoke in
dense volumes leaped hundreds of feet heav
enward, and the word went from lip to lip,
almost withvthe rapidity f lightning, that
the Washburn mill, which has long and jus+ly
been the pride of Minneapolis, had exploded
and was destroyed. How a flouring mill,
using water power and with no boilers in it
could explode was a problem,, but the stern
reality was so terrible that that was soon for
gotten by the consideration givQu the dead
and the efforts to stay the progress of the
flames. It was a night of horror in Minne
apolis. The wild reports of the number killed
and of the amount of destruction added to the
excitement and confusion, and the feel
ing that a great calamity had befallen the
city was universally apparent. As the night
wore on a calmer feeling prevailed, and,
earlier than might have been supposed,
Minneapolis became quiet, leaving her pro
fessional firemen to stand guard over the
checked elements.
The Daybreak.
Daybreak succeeding the fire revealed the
extent and character of the destruction. The
area covered by the conflagration was not so
extensive as the completeness of the destruc
tion was impressive. As the roseate streaks of
morning began to overtop the opposite side of
St. Anthony, one gradually realized the flatten
ing effect of the dire explosion. The indescrib
able masses of flame and masonry of the mid
night and darkness of the night preceeding
began to assume shape and form. The mounds
of smoking embers began to be clearly defin
ed. The black phantoms at the ends
of hissing nozzles gradually evolved
into helmeted firemen. The yellow glare was
supplanted by the white light of God's precious
angof thieves day until, creep, creep, creeping with Aurora's
footsteps, the suddenness and completeness of
the explosion filled the mind of the observer.
The stones, which had composed the tower
ing edifices of the previous day, had been scat
tered with the caprice of a playful fairy and
with the fury of a demented demon. While
huge blocks of masonry were resolved into
sand, the frailest particles of office furniture
remained intact. Here was the top of a brick
chimney lifted bodily and entire until placed
alongside of a flimsy waste paper bas
ket and both were entire. The huge,
ponderous and fire-proof safe, all shat
tered and torn, was a near neighbor
in reckless ruin with the elegantly cushioned
stool of the exquisite clerk of the mght before.
The iron work of the machinery of the de
stroyed mills began, with the advancing morn,
to protrude through the masses of 6tone debris
their Gordian-knot shapes into stern and com
mon-place reality. Railroad rails were found
to be twisted like the capital letter W, while
fragments of torn envelopes remained un
scorched.
A reporter of the GLOBE was on the spot
along with the sweet breaking of early
dawn. The air was nipping keen,
and the wind blew freshly, but that
did not deter the usual heterogeneous
crowd from collecting, and rushing into, all
positions of danger. Men and women seemed
to delight in getting under the tottering, gap
ing walls still uprearing on the east side of the
canal. The timber covering up the canal had
been upheaved into a hundred protruding and
gaping wounds, but the eager mass of hu
manity still persisted in thronging over it.
Odd nooks and sheltered corners were gradually
pre-empted and filled, as lucky claims from the
pitilessly chilly breeze. But among all the
crowd, the relatives of the dead or missing
were conspicuous by their absence. There was
neither weeping nor mourning in the crowd,
but there was an immeasurable amount
of unquenchable curiosity. In the latter
quality, the women bore the most evident
traces. Their appearance was, taken all and
all, eminently suggestive of down-at-the-heel
stockings, and a general state of demi-toilette.
while the morning airpinched their nostrils into
redness and inquisitiveness, and one or
rtWo
persevered through the rough ruins, with the
inevitable baby-ridden perambulator. The
men wore a more anxious aspect, and eagerly
discussed the Whys and wherefores of the ca
tastrophe, and the mill owners themselves, at a
later hour, began to mingle with the throng.
And it was astonishing from what
a distan.ee some of the con
gregation had traveled. The country, within
long radius, was largely represented, having
been attracted by the shock and flames of the
night previous. Parties from Hamntond, Wis.,
some sixty miles away, had been drawn to the
spot, W^iile country boys and lasses of varying
degree and from varying directions were in
attendance.
STATEMENTS OP EYE WITNESSES. irfirtt
Among the components of, the crowd, of
course, were some who were immediate partici
pants in the catastrophe, or who had immedi
ately seen it. Among them was Mr. Mortimer*
B. Rollins, of Day, Rollins & Co., proprietors
of the Zenith mills, who,was encountered
by a GLOBE reporter. He said he
was on the East Side when the explosion took
place. Turning round,on hearing the noise, he
saW the'debris fly, fully five hundred feet into
the air^tod- said"to his wife, "That is the big
mill." He scouted the i,dea of there being any
nitro-glycerine about the mills or the cars upon
the railroad tracks. The cars running among
the mills never contained anything but wheat
and the products of the-mills. -Some powder
was being used in blasting out the foundations
for the new~Washbufn mill. There was not/
however,- sufficient of that explod^t
to do any material injury. Besi4,
he was'positive the explosion was in the big
mill, and he was equally positive that the
cause of all the disaster, was in the firing,
probably by the carelessness of some hand, of
the dust and gases which are the necessary con
comitants of the flouring business. Mills had
exploded before from these causes. There
were only two men in the Zenith mill at the
time of the explosion, Jmn E. Rosiehius kill
ed, and Fred George, badly burned about the
face and hands, but will recover. Rosienius
leaves a widow and one child, the latter .about
ight or ten months old. *?'|ItfftJUsi?
STOKY OF A STJBVrVOB^ o&s'fe
Then one survivor was met, Joseph Monti
Jr.,,,the watchman of the Galaxy' mill, who
was discovered by the reporter in all the pleni
tude of full health. He said he was in the
basement of the mill, one story below the
canal, engaged in putting in an alarm bell
upon the shafting. The concussiou lifted him
fully six feet, when he fell and was stunned
for five minutes. He was in a dazed condi
tion when he recovered from the shock, and
only heard one explosion. If there were other
explosions they must have occurred while he
was stunned. When he realized his position,
he found the water from the canal pouring in,
and naturally thought the thud of the
plosion was merely the result of
the breaking in of the canal. He rushed to a
window up stairs, and looked for a place to
jump. When there he saw JohnG. Rosienius,
of the Zenith mill, looking out of the window.
Monti called out to him, "Are you going to
jump," but Rosienius either did notunderstand
or did not hear, and that was the last seen of
him alive. Monti took in the situation, saw
the elevator in one tremendous sheet of flame,
and was momentarily paralyzed. Looking be
low the window, Monti observed an ash heap,
fifteen feet or so below him. He straddled the
sill, swung himself over, hung by his hands for
a second or two on the sill as the roar of the
flames boomed hissingly around him, and then
dropped and rolled thence into the seething wa
ters. Once in the water he swam out despair
ingly and exhausted, until he struck a protrud
ing rock, upon which he climbed and rested to
recover his presence of mind and courage. His
senses being gathered, he waded to the paper
mill. Reaching the under portion of it. he
rose before some of the employes engaged in
putting out a blaze. As a voice from the dead,
he asked, "Which way can I get out?" He
was then directed to a place of safety.
THIRST SAVED DIM.
There were other narrow escapes, though not
so thrilling as Monti's. Among these that of
Peter Humboldt, of the Humboldt mill, whom
the reporter of the GLOBE interviewed. He es
caped by reason of his thirst, having gone for a
pail of water just before the explosion. He
had only a very short distance to go for the wa
ter, and when in the act of returning he saw
the roof lifted from the big mill. Tfll Dia
mond and the Humboldt mills were flattened
at the same instant, before the fire struck them,
and the elevator immediately caught fire and
was a mass of flames.
FORTUNATE ESCAPE OF EAELROAD MEN.
Bradley, a locomotive engineer, and Hinds,
a fireman, both of the Minneapolis & St.
Louis railroad, were proceeding homeward to
gether. Mr. Bradley said the two were walk
ing up the track together, when he said to his
companion, "They are burning bread." "I
think it is wheat,"said Hinds. At that moment,
Bradley saw, as he described it, "puff, puff,"
from the big mill, and it instantly exploded.
He was thrown down by the concussion, but
recovered. Some of the falling debris caught
him and imprisoned him, but he was rescued
with some injury, but not seriously. Hinds
escaped without the slightest injury.
The at) After.
The day after the calamity is always horri
ble. In the heat and excitement of the first
rush, while question and answer are passing
rapidly from lip to lip, those who have no in
dividual grief can scarce take time to sorrow
with those that are afflicted. But of all the
thousands who visited the ruins of the mill
disaster yesterday, the one who could have
witnessed the many scenes of agony unaffected,
must indeed have been strong-hearted. A
woman weeping makes her way through the
crowd down to the little stone building used as a
morgue. The crowd respectfully make way for
her/and her over-charged heart breaks out with,
"My husband my husband He has not come
home to me Was he in the mill? Have you
found his body?" The poor woman cannot
realize that the cruel flames had so destroyed
what had once been the body of her husband
that recognition would be impossible.
"He was my only brother," said a large,
strong man with an English accent, "and God
knows I would rather have died with him."
Such incidents were occurring constantly
j'esterday, while an army of workmen were en
gaged in clearing away the debris and making
the various railway tracks passable.
The Dead and Their Families.
The GLOBE reporters were busily engaged
yesterday in looking up further particulars con
cerning those who met their death in the disas
ter of the 2d inst., and the condition of their
bereaved families,,
The greater portion .of the families are
middling well provided for, as the millers have
been employed, at good wages, for some time
past, and were a saving class of men.
A few of them, however, are in a rather desti
tute condition. Several of the millers were
members of one or more secret organizations
of a benevolent character, and their widows
will receive aid from that source.
IN THE BIG' MILL. i
Charles Henry was a married manj about
forty years of age, and leaves a wife and one
child. He resided at No. 613 Third street
South, and leaves Bis family in rather reduced
circumstances. He was a member of Hermon
Lodge No. 18, K. of P. Yesterday afternoon
the lodge gave his family $50.
Fred Merrill, a single man, aged twenty
eight years, perished. The Merrill boys came
to Minneapolis some time since and wished to
locate here permanently. Therefore his parents
were sent for and arrived in the' city and com
menced housekeeping about two weeks ago.
Ed. Merrill, brother of Fred, also perishedi
He was a single man twenty years old.
Clark Wilber was a married man, aged forty
five years,* and has a wife and two girls living
in Vermont.
August Smith, aged forty-five years, leaves a
wife and one child to mourn his loss. He re
sided at 313 Eighth avenue south. Family in
moderate circumstances.
E. H. Grundman, a millright, about fifty
years of age, perished. He resided at 1,211
Harmon place, and leaves a wife and eleven
children to mourn his loss. His family were
quite well provided for."v'
William Leslie, twenty-eight years old, leaves
a wife and ope child. He resided on Seventh
street and Cedar avenue. He was a member
of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and
the Knights of Pythias. Thus his
family will be provided for by the order.
Cyrus E. Wing was a single man thirty-four
years old.
Ole Shei was a married man, residing at south
end of Wasffinfton avenue! His family are in
moderate circumstances, bdt* depended Upon*
him for support.
Walter Savage, a married man, twenty-three
years old, leaves a wife and one child. He re
sided at No. 1,313 South Third steeet.'and leaves
his family nearly destitute.
Charles Kimball a single man aged twenty
years, was new arrival in the city, and. had
been working but a short time.
Henry Hicks was a married, man. aged forty
years. He was not living with his wife, and it
is updeistoM was, about applying or". a ~tdi
vorce,, f^\^j -s,Li
E. M. Burbank was the oldest, man "in the
mill, being past sixty. He leaves a wife and
two* daughters.
THE OTHER HILLS. 'v *1
Those in the other mills were John E. Ros
sienus, of the Zenith mill, who was a married
1TC
man. Was about twenty-six years old. A wife
and ten-months-old child are left in not the
most desirable circumstances.
John Boyer. who nearly escaped from the
Diamond ^mill, Was a married man, about
twenty-five years old. Has been here but a
short time.
Peter Holbey, burned in the Humbolt ruins,
was married, leaves a wife and one Child, and
was about twenty-five years old. Family
not in best of circumstances.
Peter Lund, who was first reported as hav
ing perished'in the Humboldt mill, escaped
unharmed. A few moments before the explo
sion occured he was engaged' in a bantering
conversation with Peter Holberg, who perished,
as to who should go out for a pail,of water.
Lund, fortunately for himself, concluded to
go, and was scarcely outside of the mill before
the explosion occurred. He asserts that the
explosion occurred in the big mill, and that
Humboldt and Diamond mills were blown
down by the concussion.
Jake Rhodes, who lives just below the mills,
left his home a few minutes before the explo
sion, and said he was going to a fire. He went
toward the mills, and has not since been seen.
His friends are apprehensive that he is among
the killed.
A stranger called at No. 215 Second street,
south, on Thursday, deposited his trunk and
satchel, took tea, and started towards the
scene of the fire, since which time he has not
been seen, was evidently a mechanic or a
man working about machinery, but was well
dressed, Wore a dark moustache, and was about
twenty or twenty-five years of age. It is feared
he was near the scene of the disaster, and was
among the killed or injured.
THE FRENCH MACHINES/ J
The insurance men, or quite a
number of them, attribute the ex
plosion to the use of the French built
machines for purifying, which was one peculi
arity of the "A" mill. Mr. Christian, partner
of Mr. Washburn in the "A" mill, and a gen
tleman who has been largely instrumental in
introducing the "patent process'.' which has
given such world-wide celebrity to Minnesota
flour, some years ago while in Europe purchased
the French machines and introduced them into
this mill. It is claimed by soaae that
while these machines make a great saving in
the manufacture of flour, that their use is un
safe, as through their use the air becomes
thoroughly charged with the fine particles, and
there being little or no ventilation, that the ex
plosion is liable to occur at any moment.
It is easy to theorize, however, though the
exact facts can only be ascertained by a most
careful and painstaking investigation.,
Interview witli C. C. Washhurn.
As had been expected Hon. C. C. Washburn
appeared in the city yesterday morning, and
the reporter immediately hunted him ir
the purpose, of interviewing him upon the
question.of rebuilding. He was down at the
ruins when found and gives the following state
ment: He says the Washburn "A" mill cost,
with the land upon which it stood $350,000.
The lot alone he said was worth $30,000. The
total loss on mill and machinery he set down
at $320,000. If the wheels and pits are all
right the loss will probably be reduced to
$300,000. The insurance upon- the property
was $175,500. About $100,000 of1
Total 130
MILLS DESTROYED,
The following are the names of the mills1
destroyed and their capacity:
Washburn A *.\..'.'....'....41
Pettit-Robinson *ig
Galaxy JJ
Zenith.
Hennepin 6
Humboldt 6
ilS r^
i
this amount
was written by Chicago agencies.
REBUILDING BIG MILL.
Mr. Wasburn says the big mill will be
rebuilt without delay. The running capacity
will be equal to if not greater than before. The
new structure will not, however, be built so
high, but will be a great improvement upon
the old. Probably a different system of manu
facturing flonr will be adopted, i. e. using
more hand labor and less machinery.
During the^meantime the mill will be
completed and enlarged to forty run of^stone.
equal in capacity to the A mill.
In reference to the elevator he said the struc
ture cost $63,000, and had a capacity of 300,000
bushels, of which 100,000 was allotted to the
various millers, and 200,000 reserved for stor
age purposes.
As an investment it had never paid, but if
the millers really desired it he would rebuild,
with a capacity equal to the one destroj'ed.
The Mills Destroyed and Mills Kcmavning.
The Tribune, last evening, gave the following
interesting summary:
Hobart, Shuler & Co. are 'in "running order,
with no damage to machinery and no loss by
the destruction of the elevator.
Goodrich & Co. are uninjured and are in run
ning order.
W. H. Cahill & Co.'s mill is also uninjured
and in running order.
D. 11. Barber & Co.'s mill was running this
morning.
Empire, C. A. Pillsbury, report no serious
damage. They will start up to-morrow.
Crocker, Fisk & Co. were running this morn
ing.
The Dakota mill, S. S. Brown, was somewhat
shaken up. The burrs were not started. The
machinery is not seriously damaged.
The Anchor mill of C. A. Pillsbury & Co. is
in running order. It will be started to-morrow.
The Pillsbury mill is running in good order.
The City mill of Solon Armstrong & Co. is
badly shattered, but to what extent cannot be
ascertained this morning.
The Cataract mill of L. Day & Co. was con
siderably injured, but the machinery was kept
running during the night, and it is believed, is
all right.
The Washburn "B" mill is badly shattered,
and will require considerable repairs before it
will be in running order, but it is thought that
two weeks will be sufficient to place the old
part in operation. This will give the following
mills for the summer work:
Run'
North Star, East Side 5
Phcenix, East Side 5
Artie 6
Union 6
Holly 5
Cataract 10
Dakota 6
Empire 9
Minneapolis 9
Pillsbury ix
City 5
Anchor 12
Palifeade Washburn New MorrisonMr. Pillsbury says will be
running in 10 days 14
R. P. Russell 5
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The total loss is estimated at about a mil
lion dollars, and insurance at $560000
Milwaukee Produce Market. &&*"
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closed 1
No. No. 3, 1.06^. Corn m" fa# rMTOst":'" No?* 2 *4ks'
new 38/ Oats firmfer. Nod.2, 264c. Bye'
No. l,59Vic.m Barleay scarce,' wanted So'
i?foS
l- i
8ha firmer mea.
mall
pork,$^.6254. Lardfjprunesteam, $6.87&c.
Foreign Produ ce Market.
@ns 8d do club, lis [email protected] 2d red western
spring, No. 2 to 1,10s [email protected] 8d red western winter.
No. 2 to 1, lis 6d. Oats* American, 3s 3d. Bar^
American, 3s 8d.
PBOVISIONS-Beef, 80s. Lard, American, 16s fUL
Cheese, 64s. Bacon,' long clear, 26s short, 27s.-"
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