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COMMITTEE OF ILLINOIS LEGIS- LATURE WILL MAKE IN- VESTIGATION. ***N0 CONNDENCt" IN SPEAKER DECLARED BY A VOTE OF 72 TO 60 IN THE HOUSE OF REP- RESENTATIVES. SPEAKER DON'T KNOW THE MEN TESTIFIES THAT MEN WHO OF- FERED MONEY WERE UN- KNOWN TO HrM. Springfield, 111., April 26. The house of representatives yesterday by a vote of 72 to 60 declared "no confi dence" in Speaker Miller. A com mittee of five, all personal followers of the speaker, had been appointed by him to investigate the charges of at tempted bribery in connection with the passage of the Mueller traction hill. There was a strong feeling among the anti-Miller people that there was a possibility of a whitewash, and steps were taken to increase the committee in such a manner as to have the speaker's appointees in a mi nority, if anything in the line of a whitewash should be attempted. The Miller men fought hard to retain the committee as originally appointed, but were outvoted and the report of the committee was made a special order for Tuesday morning. At the same time a subpoena issued for George W Hinman of Chicago was made return able at the same time. It is the inten tion of the house to interrogate him regarding the facts upon which an edi torial in the Chicago Inter Ocean al leging bribery in connection with the Mueller bill was based. The anti Miller men came into the hall yester day morning determined to force the speaker To Prove His Charges or withdraw them. If he could not readily be induced to act they had de cided that no business should be transacted in the house until he had Jay L. Reynolds Attorney-at-Law. Office: Over Lumbermens Bank Peterson & Hoff, Painters and Decorators. House Painting, Paper) Hanging, (Training, Decorating, Etc, Etc.. MODERATE PJUCES. PAINTS, OILS AXD WALL PAPER. Let us give you an estimate on connecting your lawn or resi dence with city water mains. No trouble to show goods. Jerrard Plumbing Co. Pioneer Shoe Shop Rudolph Bohm, Prop. Repairing Neatly and Promptly Done sood Work and Reasonable Prices SPRING STOCK. The Pioneer Harness Shop has put in an elegant line of Trunks, Valises, Dress Suit Cases and a complete line of Leather G-oods. We carry in stock eyerything in the Harness and Saddlery Line,Har ness'Oil, Mica Axle G-rease, Whips, Lap Robes, Fly Nets, Etc.,-' Also the celebrated International Stock Food. OUR MOTTO: Reasonable Prices and Fair Treatment. THE PIONEER HARNESS SHOP Frank Longcoy, Prop. No. 317. BEMIDJI MINN. nati i it own wa., in ever ag rrom first to last, and the speaker's forces, were defeated at every point. The' committee appointed to investi gate the statement made by Speaker Miller (hat he had been approached in the interest of the passage of the Mueller bill la-^i Light assembled in secret session and listened to a state ment from Mr. Miller The statement, it is said, was to the effect that he had no personal acq "intance with the men who are said to jave approached him in the interesc of.the Mueller bill and who were alleged to have given the assurance that he could make money by granting a roll call. Assord ing to the story, however, he is able to give an accurate description of both men. A member of the committee an nounced early this morning that un less stronger evidence was produced, the committee" would be compelled to make a report to the effect that the charges did not warrant further in vestigation. GERMANS ARE SURPRISED. Balfour's Snub Is Considered Due to Anti-German Public. Berlin, April 26. The refusal of Great Britain to participate in the building of the Bagdad railroad be cause of certain conditions imposed by Germany, as announced by Prime Min ister Balfour, has created considerable comment here. The Tageblatt says that despite the refusal of English financiers to take part in the construction of the first 200 kilometers of the road German finan ciers, assisted by Austrian, French and Swiss Bankers, will push the con struction of the line. The Vossische Zeitung expresses surprise at Prime Minister Balfour's complete change of mind and attrib utes it to the hostility to Germany which prevails in England at the pres ent time. BIDS TOO LOW. Lyceum Theater Property Is With drawn From Sale. New York, April 26.The Lyceum theater was offered at auction, but was withdrawn after the bidding had reached $1,220,000, the auotioneeer re marking (that he was not empowered to sell the property for less than $1,- 300,000. The property comprises an area of 23,500 superficial feet, on which are five business buildings be sides the theater. Bsi iin, April -o.Accuiuiug co .vi latest statistics fifty-two persons lost their lives as, a result of Sunday's storm in the Eastern nrovAnces. ^^^W^ Dray and Transfer Line... Pianos, Furniture and Commercial Work Made Spec ialties AGENT FGK Standard Oil Company WES WRSGHT, Phone 40. Proprietor Reduced Rates to Canada. We have just completed arrange ments with the Canadian Lmmigrajaoh agent to furnish reduced railroad tickets to all points in Manitoba. As siniboi, Saskatchewan and Alberta. We have maps and plats and can locate parties on government lands or sell lauds upon easy payments. 2-tf LAN S'CARTEK. MEET AWEUL EATE TEN PERSONS LOSE THEIR LIVES IN AN EXPLOSION IN MIN- NEAPOLIS. DEATH CAME WITHOUT WARNING PLANT OF THE NORTHWESTERN STAR OIL COMPANY BLOWS UP. flRE fOUOWS THf EXPLOSION EMPLOYES ARE BURIED BENEATH THE BURNING MASS OF DEBRIS. Minneapolis, April 25.The people of Minneapolis w-rtrstartlo shortly before noon yesterday by an ex plosion, terrible in its force and frightful in its destruction of human life, at the plant, of the Northwestern Star Oil company, corner Sixth ave nue south and Main street. Ten persons, all of them connected with the factory, met a sudden death, while six other employes sustained injuries of a serious and in some in stances probably fatal character, while the threat building and its tanks and machinery and other equipment was wrecked so completely that noth ing remains but a heap of smouldering ruins, with the substantial brick fire wall which divided the building into halves standing as a grim monument over debris that hides from Sorrowing Searchers the remains of at least half a dozen persons. At midnight four of the dead had been removed from the ruins, and these had been identified. As a general thing the bodies were frightfully mangled, and in some in stances identification was exceedingly difficult. The explosion occurred at an hour when the emir? lorce of employes were at work. Without a moment's warning the large tank of oil in the east end of the building exploded with terrific force. The four outside walls of tn~3 VJuilding were leveled and an instant later the ruins were swathed in angry, roaring flames. Six men succeeded in escaping from the build ing immediately after the explosion, while the rest of the employes were buried beneath the ruins. Immediately after the explosion a fire alarm was turned in and was answered by nearly every company in the city. When the firemen arrived the Oil Was Burning Fiercely, while huge columns of dense smoke mounted up unbroken to the height of several hundred feet. Water was of little use in fighting the flames, as the oil burned freely, and the fire depart ment devoted its energies to the sav ing of adjoining buildings. Owing to the fact that the flames were fed by the large quantities of oil, the firemen were almost helpless. Driven back by the intense heat, al), they could do war to turn strums of water upofi that part he ruins where the oil had l*tfii.ied away. This allowed th^ sections covered by oil to burn Avp'.OTout interruption. Thus with th^.ir hands tied the firemen were Compelled to stand by when they knew that fellow human beings were perishing in the maelstrom of flame. The oil afforded excellent food for the flames and the heat was terrific. The firemen Avere tinable to approach within fifty feet of the burning build ing. Cause Wrapped in Mystery. The cause of the explosion is a mystery and probably never will be explained. The office force was at work as usual, as were all the rest of the employes Several tanks of oil were being unloaded into the building, when suddenly there was a terrific ex plosion. The walls of the building fell as if by an earthquake. Several smaller explosions followed in quick succession, but the first one had so completely wrecked the building that they did no damage other than to add to the fury of the flames which had raged from the first. Several persons employed in the vicinity of the plant were eye wit 'nes'ses to the explosion, but none of them could explain how it occurred. LIQUOR MAN NABBED. Offense Is Soliciting Orders for Con cern Cutside of State. Bryant. S. D., April 25.The arrest at this place of a man giving his name as George YV. Friday, who was solic iting orders for a liquor house situated outside the state1 may result in a bit- ter legal contest His action in solic iting orders for liquor was a violation of state laws. Soon after being'ar rested he wired his house of the diffi culty he was in. and the company im mediately telegraphed him money for I bonds. The law under which he was i arrested will undoubtedly be tested in the courts. FATAL HORSE PLAY. Boy Dies in Hospital From Injuries Made by Comrades. Sioux City. Iowa. April 2").Henry Ernest Junker, aged nine, son of Ernest Junker, a prominent farmer of Walker's Island. Neb., is dead at a hospital in this city as the result of being ridden on a rail in play by his* comrades at school. The accident oc curred at South Sioux City. An op eration was performed here, but the boy died of peritonitis. BODIES STILL IN RUINS. Work of Recovering Victims of Dis aster Goes on Slowly. Minneapolis, April 20.Five bodies still remain in the ruins of the North western Star Oil company's plant, de stroyed by an explosion Thursday, The fifth recovered body, that of S. W. Mitchell, cashier, was removed short ly before noon yesterday. The fire mrn hope- to secure two more bodies, namely, those of C. H. Durrin, general manager, and Harold C. Colborn, clerk, while there is little chance of recovering tne remains of David Dacy, John Spotancki and Joseph Laphond, as these men were in that part of the building where the flames rage*d fiercest, and their bodies probably have been wholly consumed. Of the six employes who escaped with burns and other injuries, all are doing well, and it is thought all will recover. Yes terday the flames were raging in the tank room where two tanks of gaso line furnish excellent material for the flames. These tanks, each of which ntained several hundred barrels, caught fire yesterday morning. One exploded at 7.30 o'clock, but the other broke open without explosion. Huge columns of ..ence. black smoke, inter woven with tongues of flames, mount ed high ana presented a beautiful sight. All efforts to extinguish the flames in these tanks were abandoned by the fire department, it being real ized that the only thing to do was to allow the oil to burn away. CAN'T AGREE ON WAGE SCALE. Conferences With Great Northern Are Terminated. St. Paul, April 26. Negotiations between the 3reat Northern and rep resentatives of its trainmen and con ductors closed yesterday when Man ager F. E. Ward specifically refused to insert in the new wage scale.Jthe "double-header" clause demandedtiby the representatives of the men, and the question will now be submitted to the employes of the road whether they will accept an advance in wages, without the "double-header" clause, or strike. Manager Ward thinks that the men will accept the wage scale with out the clause. The representatives of the men make no prediction as to what the result will be. The question will affect nearly 2,000 men. WINDOM'S FIRE. Loss to Tuthill and Another Is $15,000 or More. Windom, Minn., April 26.About a o'clock yesterday morning fire broke out in the Hessian restaurant and soon spread to Tuthill's large lumber shed and both were destroyed ras well as the Tuthill office. The restaurant be longed to one Henry, who formerly occupied it as a saloon. Ine lumber "shed was half a block long and filled with lumber of all grades. For an hour or more It seemed as though the whole block would burn, but the fire com pany confined the fire to its original quarters. A loss of $15,000 to ^20,000 was sustained. MINNESOTA ROBBED. C. M. Anderson of Montevideo Is Re lieved of $1,900. Winr/ipeg, Man., April 26. C. M. Anderson of Montevideo, Minn., was i relieved of $1,900 by pickpockets while boarding a Canadian Northern train for the West. He was on the steps of the car when four -icn closed around him ostensibly trying to get on the train, and in the jam his wealth disap peared. He ht*s not been able to identify the thieve. He. lost a' draft of $1,300 on a St. Paul bank and two othor drafts of $250 each on New York anc Minneapolis banks, and one from the National Bank of Boyd, Minn. The balance was in cash. Officials at Stanley. Stanley, Wis., April 26. The new city council has organized for the com ing year and Chr.rles L. Page was elected president. Mayor Roe made the following appointments, which were confirmed by the council: Will iam McKay, chief of police George D.- Bartlett, chief of fire department Rickerd Ness and G. D. Bartlett, reap pointed members of school board for three years. Two Trainmen Killed. Marshalltown, Iowa, April 26.John F. Connor, a Rock Island brakeman, was ground to pieceB at Evans. His home was at Munro. Conductor Pow ell, injured at New Sharon, Is dead. Fished With Nets. Watson. Minn., April 26. Deputy Game Warden Chamberlain secured the conviction of five men from Yel low Medicine county for fishing with nets in the Lac qui Parle river. Wave of Reform. Aitkin, Minn.. April 26.The ^v village council has issued an order re quiring all gamblers to leave within twenty-four hours. Several notorious crooks have already departed. Chinese on a Strike. Butte. Mont.. April 26.Three hun dred Chinamen employed in the laundries of this city struck for high er wages. They demand $4 a day. Postoffice Robbed. West Superior. Wis., April 26fcThe postoffice at Allouez. this city, was broken into and robbed last night. There was some cash on hand, and what the robbers got amounted to about $25. They succeeded in making good their escape. Farmer Hangs Himself. Red Wing, Minn.. April 26. m Er fcj4kAu fk Lee, residing near Ashland, this coun ty, a well known farmer in" good cir cumstances, committed suicide by hanging. He was sixty-five years old. Buy a Lot In the New Townsite of LOCATE O N MALLARD LAKE, BELTRAMI CO F. 0. SIBLEY Proprietor SOLWAY, MINN. 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