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If so, Write and TeU THE GLOBE All About Your Landlady and Her House, The Boarding House Keeper is a Legiti mate Subject of Controversy. VOL. IX AMID THE DE AD AND DYING. The Dawn of Yesterday Displayed the Scene of the Chatsworth Horror in Ghastly Detail. Mangled and Putrefying Bodies Filled the Air With a Frightfully Sick ening Stench, While the Scores of Wonnded Tossed in Agonizing Pain Beneath the Broiling Sun. A List of the Bulled Sent Out Which Puts the Total of Corpses Identified at About 150. (Testimony at the Inquest Which Places . Some Polish Section Men Under Strong Suspicion. A Big Legal Fight Probable as One Con sequence of the Terrible Disaster, Special to the C.lobe, Chatsworth, 111.. Aug. 12. — More people were in Chatsworth to-day than ever before in its history. Standing room even on the platforms of the in coming trains was at a premium and two-thirds of the farmers within a ra dius of fifteen miles brought in their wives and families. It was a calm throng. The row of rough pine coffins which occupied two-thirds of the depot platform, and tbe cries and groans of the injured in the improvised hospital a few feet away, had a depressing effect upon the visitors. Hundreds of them went down to the scene of the wreck and stood for hours in the broiling sun watching the work of clearing the track and rebuilding the bridge. Hundreds more besieged the hospital and crowded into the narrow aisles between the cots with such persistence ___________ it was found necessary to station guards outside to keep them at a distance. Inside the scenes were DISTRESSING IN THE EXTREME There were twenty-two patients, equally divided as to sex. Of these, Julia Valejo, of Peoria, suffered the greatest agony. She was in the parlor car, which was literally split in half, and the same crash that deprived her of consciousness killed her mother. Her injury was in the abdominal region, and every breath increased her pain and brought the fair sufferer nearer the grave. Her cousins, Charles and Eu gene Zimmerman, divided their time between their cousin and the cot adjoining. where rested their brother and his wife, both badly injured. All that medical science could do was done for the wealthy Peoria orphan, but without avail, and to-night SHE IS DEAD "I have crossed the ocean more than once and traveled all over Europe," she said this morning, "and it is hard that I should come to this when so near to home." She was conscious up to within an hour of her death, when her suffer ings became so intense that she was placed under the influence of morphine. Near her in the same room on a double cot were two cousins, Mis. Dr. Hazen ancl Miss Alter, of lowa, both suffering excruiating pains. Other patients in the same room were John McMasters, of Peoria, John Walters, of the Peoria Watch factory, Mrs. 11. R. Clarke, of Ohio, and Homer Bond, of Colchester. At noon a special train from Fairbury brought a score of volunteer nurses with General Surgeon Steele, of the Toledo, Peoria «._ Western road, and these recruits were heartily welcomed by the faithful and heroic women when Chatsworth, who from the moment of the fire bell cave the first tidings of the catastrophe, bad waited upon the suf ferers minute by minute and hour by hour IN THE EARLY MORNING Horrible Sights to be . Seen at Dawn Chatswokth, 111., Aug. 12. The hor rors of the wreck seemed deepening early this morning instead of lessening. Added to the spectacle of the dead and the miseries of the dying, a stench.sick enly foul, was issuing from all the places where the corpses of the victims yet remained. No picture of the horri ble occurrences immediately preceding the accident could equal the revolting details of the scene at the Toledo,Peoria and Western depot here to-day. The west end of the little structure was a coal house and lumber room, where pro miscuously stretched on the floor, in the coal and rubbish, were seven unidenti fied bodies. Blood-stained, bedraggled blankets were thrown closely over each, but afforded little protection from the swarm of files which were continuously hovering over them the awful odor ema nating from the bodies effectually kept the room clear of all but the hardiest of the still lingering anxious or curious crowds. Two of the victims were women, and the sight of their faces was one never to be forgotten. Sensational features were developed this morning as to the cause of the wreck. Rumors were afloat last night that it was due to robbers who fired the bridge, but little credence was given to them. This morning NEW FACTS, apparently showing the catastrophe to be the work of an organized band, came to light, and the company find them worthy of serious investigation. Supt. Armstrong said that the more he invest igated the more it appeared to him that the bridge had been set on fire. The burned grass in its immediate locality was not of a nature that seemed likely to admit of the bridge catching fire from it. lie had observed many thieves at work and had stopped them while despoiling the wreck of property and money. In stances of the robbing of the dead were being brought to his attention. The ex cursion had been advertised and the time it would pass over the bridge was well known. Citizens say that a gang of suspicious fellows have been loitering around Chatsworth for some days. Many of these were found early at the wreck paying more attention to reliev ing the bodies of their valuables than to caring for them, otherwise train men and passengers had frequent conten tions with the vandals. In one instance Sunt Armstrong found a thief in the depot room where the property taken from the wreck was stored. While peo ple of the town have done all in their power for the sufferers, there is a band of tramps and thieves in this vicinity who do nothing but carry off anything they can get their hands on. AMONG THE VICTIMS Chatsworth Turned Into a Morgue and Hospital Chatsworth, 111., Aug. Very few people in Chats worth closed their eyes last night, and lights which shone through the windows of nearly every house in the place told its own story of the faithful ministrations of the vil lagers to the injured and dying. Scores of residents and strangers stood on the street corners and on the depot plat form and talked over the terrible event of the past twenty-four hours with bated breath. At the depot a couple of men were busy inclosing the remains of the recognized dead in rude pine boxes, and the noise of hammers beat upon ears and mingled with the groans of the wounded who were being cared for in the little town ball only a few feet across the track. This is a two-story frame building, the lower floor being used as quarters for the local fire com pany, while in the upper hall enter tainments are .riven. Beds and cots were brought fn from neighboring house, .together with the necessary bed ding, and 'the sufferers cared for by lov ing, hands. The floors of the ball greatly resembled the drill room of the Desplains street police station in Chi cago on the night of the llaymarket riot. TORN AND BLEEDING HCM AN BEINGS, in all the different stages of suffering, lay around the rooms, moaning and cry ing with agony and pain, while doctors and , nurses were binding up their wounds. Bloody clothing torn and cov ered with mud lay around on the floor in heaps, together with the car-cushions, matresses and blankets on which they had lieen brought from the scene of the wreck. Many patients were under the influence Of ether or chloroform, while their faces ghastly white, with teeth tightly clinched, showed the sufferings which they were undergoing while partially oblivious to the fact. Blood was everywhere— on the walls. floors, clothing and hands of the wounded, as well as of those wbo were earing for them. Besting on comfortable beds, watched by tender-hearted men and women, the majority of whom had never seen the patients until yesterday, they slept oblivious to the slaughter whicli had taken place. Coal oil lamps were placed around the halls, their light care fully shaded and the scene was strongly suggestive of the interior of a hospital on the field of battle. IX THE TOWN HALL, used as a hospital, the scene was such as to melt the stoutest heart. On nearly two score mattresses, some resting on chairs and others on the floor, were men, women and children in various degrees of suffering and torture. On one cot, side by side, with their arms resting across each other, were Robert Zimmer man and his wife, of Peoria. The suf ferings of both were excruciating, and Mr. Zimmerman's faithful brother, who had hurried to the scene to do the best he could to relieve their agony, was forced every few minutes to seek the open air to relieve his own pent-up emo tion. Near by was little five-year-old .losie Standing, of Harker's Corners, near Peoria, who was brought here in a carriage by her father from Piper City at 4 o'clock this morning. She was suf fering from internal injuries, as well as contusions of the lower limbs, but never a whimper came from her lips, and she smiled sweetly when the nurse whis pered her words of encouragement. "She's the brick of "em all.*' said the doctor. Upon the platform, where the local solons were wont to hold forth, PRETTY L11.1.1E VALDEJO, of Peoria, lay in what Dr. Ballard, who bent over her for hours, thought were her last agonies. She was perfectly conscious. and, between her gasps for breath, told how she had traveled all over Europe in safety, only to come face to face with death a few miles from her home. Her mother lay dead across the street, but despite her earnest pleadings for news, no one had the heart to tell her the dreadful truth. In one corner of the lower hall lay John C. Steen, a resident of Jersey City, a large and pow erful man. Both of his legs were broken and he had received such inter nal injuries as rendered his recovery doubtful. Adam Schoebuger, of Peoria, lay near him, semi-conscious and slowly breathing his life away. One of his legs was broken and he was fatally injured internally. On the upper floor a hand some woman about twenty-two years of age, stylishly dressed, lay extended on a couch. She was Miss Hattie Brenner, of Farmington, 111., and was on her way to Niagara Falls with several of her rel atives. In the party was a young man named Walters, also of Farmington.and to whom she was engaged to be married. He had been badly injured, and lay near her on a bed attended by a couple of surgeons. While Miss Brenner was physically unhurt by the wreck, yet the fright and the knowledge of her lover's injuries have rendered her insane. THE DEAD, A List of Over 1 50 Bodies Already Identified. CiiATSWoi-Tii, 111., Aug. 12.— The list of killed so far as ascertained is as fol- lows ; TEOr.IA Adams, F. A. Adams. Miss Pearl. Allen, Mrs. William. Andrews, Mrs. Pearl. Ball, Mrs. William ami (laughter. Blu-liu, Mrs. and two children. Brady, J. Breeze, Mrs. S. D. Breeze, M. Cress. Elizabeth. Dalilke. i ujit., harbormaster of Peoria. Dahlke, Peter. Deal, Mrs. James. Deal, Mrs. Fannie. Doty, Mrs. and daughter. Edwards, Mrs. and two daughters. French, Pearl. French, William. Gale, Mrs. Ada. Garretson, Mrs. Vf. Gersten, Mrs. I. odd. E. Go-del, son of E. GodeL Kelly, Mrs. Kelly, Miss. Much, Elsie. Malvow, Miss Maggie. Mann, Mrs. 11. T. McCliutock, Edward. McClintock, Eugene, engineer, and daugh ter. McCluie. Mrs. 11. B. McEvoy, Mrs. Mary, Miller, Mrs. Morley. Miss. Murphy, Mrs. John, Murphy, Rosa. Murphy, John. McCarthy, Arthur. Neil. O'Shaughnessy. Mrs. Jennie. Powers, Miss Mamie. Prahm, Phena. Purdy, Mr. Putney, Mrs. Reagan, William M. Richards, J. D. Salusbury, Mrs. Ida. Siudel, Mrs. Smith, George O, Smith. George O. Smith, T. A. Smith, Con. Stems, William F., and two daughters. Stevens, William, and two daughters. Snadecker, Mrs., and son Frank. Stevens, Emma. Stevens, Ida. Strachan, li. £. Trovello. : _ Ulrich, Elsie. -**'■.. -. Valdejo, Mrs., and daughter. Valdejo, W. Valdejo, Miss Julia. Valentine, Mrs. Webster, Miss Ada. Wright, a. B. -;-:■-; '_-.- SAINT PAUL, MINN., SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 13, TWELVE PAGES. Wrijrht, Mrs. Wright, -Mr. Wj nette, Mrs. F. B. Wrennette, Frederick. Wrennette, Miss Pearl. Zendel. Mrs. William. Zimmerman, Mrs. FROM OTHER TOWNS. Haymill, Mr*-. Rev.. Abingdon. 111. - Snedeeker, Mrs. Ezra. Alta, 111. Regan, Michael. Biughamton, N. Y. Martin, dipt. A., 8100-Oington, 111. Maxten, A., Bloomington. 111. Merton, A.. Bloomlßgton, 111. Body, 1., Breedsville, 111. Green, 1). A., Breedsville, 111. Green, J. A., Breedsville. 111. Kelly, J. F., Breedsville. 111. Kaler, J. S., Breedsville, lib -'*"--'• . Kelly, J. i?.. Breedsville. 111. Shennan, James, Briniield. 111. Potter. W. 11., Bushnell. 111. Havermore. Xoah. Canton, iIL Chowdn, . Chenoa. 111. Craig. William, Cuba. 111. Dott, W. 11.. Elmwobd. 111. Castle, Matt, Elpaso, 111. Blair, James, Eureka. 111. Clay, Mrs. J. M.. Eureka, 111. Clay, Mahla, Eureka, 111. Clay. J. M.. Eureka, 111. Lavs. Sherman May, Eureka, 111. Meek, Miss Jessie, Eureka. 111. Meek, Mrs. Judge, Eureka, 111. McCarthy. Arthur, Eureka. HI. Carruthers. Emeline. Evans, 111. Adams. E. F.. Falrburv. 111. Duckell. Mrs. Dr.. Forest, 111. Allan, Miss Eva, Fort Madison, To. Alter, Mrs. Nancy. Fort Madison, 10. Alter, Miss Minnie, Fort Madison, 10. Alter, Miss Eva. Fort Madison, 10. Richardson, J. 1).. Franklin, Neb. Whiteridge, J. I)., Franklin. Neb. Collins. Dr. William M.. Galesburg. 111. Godell, E. and son. Galesburg. 111. McClure, Mrs. and child. Galesburg, 111. Van Liew, P. P., Galesburtr, 111. Forbes, William. Glenwood, 111. Sieple, Henry and son. Keokuk. 10. Sparks, Olney, Green Valley. 111. Sparks, Rev. U.. Green Valley, 111, Moore. John A., Jacksonville, 111. Cross. veil. Mrs. Archß.. Kankakee, I 11. Met lure. Mrs. 11. 8., Kiethsburg, 111. Smith, Melvin, Metamora, 111. Smith, Mrs. Melvin. Metamora, 111. Bad;-, Isaac, Morrison. 111. Bamleyis, C, Morrison. 111. Neil, infant child of Mis. Joseph Neal, Mossville. 111. Clark, Mrs. R. H., Richtown. O. Johnson. Oscar. Sever, ill. Marsh. Mrs., Syracuse. N. Y. Cooper, Mrs.. I kin, 111. Hoc ken. Henry, I .kin. 111. Eillter, Paul, Pekin. 111. Stoddart, Mr., Watseka, 111. Stoddart Mrs., Watseka, 111. Carseli. Mattie. Washington, 111. Cress, Mrs. Elizabeth. Washington, 111. Press, George. Washington, 111. Press. Mrs. Pevton, Washington; 111. Vorhees, Mrs. John, Washington, 111. Stoddard. Mrs. E. 1)., West Point, 10. CaUteter, .Miss Emiline, Winona. 111, Quinn, a traveling man in the employ of John Kranz, Chicago. unidentified All of the bodies remaining at this place were taken to Peoria this after noon on a special, train. ' Descriptions of those not yet fully identified are as follows: First— Female, light randy hair, full face, about fourteen years old. small, white charm tied to velvet ribbon, light lawn dress, blue flowers. Supposed to be .Mamie lark. Second— Female, dress of blurt bunting, trimmed with bugles, hair dark brown," age thirty-five to forty, two plain gold rings on one finger, one gold ring on forefinger, Third— dark brown hair rut short, round, full face, age thirty-five to forty, linen duster, gray cheek clothes, ticket in pocket signed Mara J. 8. Harming. Colchester. Fourth— hair light brown, cut short, sandy whiskers. Supposed to be W. II. Pot ter, of Colchester. Fifth— Male. Supposed to be W. II. Lot, of Glenwood. Ill, Sixth— Male, dark brown hair, pants of mixed narrow dark stripe, letters in pocket addressed to .1. 11. Richards. Franklin, Neb. Seventh— Mc.le.licht brown hair.blue-ribbed pants and vest, white shirt with blue check; letter in pocket addressed Brother (.'harks Johnson, Monarch, ill. Eighth— Male, light brown hair cut short, full face, checked coat, dark-striped punts. Ninth — Boy of three years, white calico waist, check linen shirt, button shoes, black stockings, clothing marked Joey Clark. (Since claimed by relatives.) Tenth— twenty to twenty-five years old. dark brown hair: supposed" to belt. E. Stracher, bootblack. Peoria. Eleventh— Girl about nine, flaxen hair, white Swiss cross-barred dress, embroidered ruffles, button shoes. Twelfth— Male, dark hair, large, full face, mark "IT" on shirt, Striped pants, brown coat. Thirteenth — Male, supposed to be S. (i. Breeze, Wyoming, 111., dark pants, white vest, DO coat, boots. Fourteenth— Male, brown hair, seersucker coat, black striped pants, ticket signed Henry Seingleson, witness Ga Gordon, Hamilton. 111*. Fifteenth Bab** boy. between one and two years ojd, hair light, blue eyes, full face. THE WOIjVES. Further Regarding* the Robbery of Dead and Wounded. CiiATswoitTir, 111., Aug. 12.— Stories and incidents concerning the disaster are just beginning to come to light as the excitement in a measure dies out. Robberies are also becoming known. Miller Patterson, when he left Wyom ing, his home, carried a silver watch and about JjsJO in money after buying his ticket. Only about $2.30 was found on the body. A man. apparently a tramp, about fifty years of age, was "caught "in the act of robbing -a corpse, and was spotted thereafter by a young man and made a sneak for Piper City. For three hours one woman was hanging out of a car window, her body lifeless. She was caught by the thighs, and it took about fifteen minutes to extricate her. Her legs were horribly mangled, and the flesh was torn completely off. One of the most ghoulish acts ever recorded is going the rounds. A man was getting out of the cars. Near him during the journey was a woman with a fine gold watch and chain. She was badly in jured, and cried with anguish OH. GOD. HELP ME." The man turned apparently to assist her, but instead stooped over, grabbed the watch and chain and fled. The rescuing party, who were among the first to go through the wreck, saw watches, chains and pocketbooks scat tered around. Such of these as they had time they picked up and restored to their owners. The train wreckers are working both ways at the wreck, and it is almost certain they win not get the track cleared before to-morrow night. In the third coach from the engine was a man with his wife and daughter. When the wreck occcurred he lost a hand-satchel he had, but afterward found it, but his poeketbook. containing 195, was gone, .tames Burling, of Fer ris, was in the third car from the front, and was but slightly injured. He re lates his experience as follows: "At first I thought the car we were in was off the track, as it went thumping along. Almost instantly it stopped, and at once could be heard men pounding on the roof with axes. Suddenly the roof split open and I crawled out. Some other had crawled out. and more were doing so. Cries and shrieks could be heard, but everything was in darkness, as the lights had been extinguished. The cars were piled three deep, and mine was on top. 1 saw some robbers. The bridge was all afire, but there was no fire outside of the bridge on the right side of the track, where 1 was." THE INQUEST, Important Facts Elicited From Various Witnesses. Special to the Globe. Chatswobth. 111., Aug. 12.— cor oner's jury of exceptional intelligence, with Postmaster W. W. Sears as fore man, entered to-day upon the task of endeavoring to discover whether the catastrophe of- Thursday morning was due to accident or design. Horrible and incredible as the latter theory may seem at first sight, it is nevertheless true that it has many supporters among residents of ChatswwU. and it is also upheld by some of the leading officials of the road. Certain it is, moreover, that the evi dence taken to-day pointed more strongly to the probabilities that .*.-'_ TRAIN WRECKERS were at the bottom of the horror than to the original idea that the bridge over the culvert had been set on fire by the burn ing grass beneath. In the preliminary testimony this morning the fact was de veloped that in order to insure the safety of the train, which was the heaviest that had ever gone over the road, orders had been issued to the fore men of the various sections to make a careful examination of the track and culverts on Wednesday afternoon. That portion of the road on which the acci dent occurred Was in charge of Timothy Coughlin, and what he .told the jury was brief and to the point. He had gone over the road and examined the culvert of death within half a dozen hours of midnight on Wednesday. He found it in good condition. There were no sign*- of fire, In fact there was noth ing to burn. The fields all around had been recently mowed and no longer than a week ago all the grass around the culvert had been burnt right into the soil on purpose to INSURE THE SAFTY of the timbers and the track which rested on them. Headmaster Funis, who went over the trestle on a hand-car later in the evening, swore that it was sound and strong. Then William Hel lam, a well-to-do farmer living in the neighborhood, was called to the stand and told a story that created a sensa tion. He said that while standing on the platform at Chatsworth waiting with his son for the ill-fated train, he repeatedly saw a peculiar light upon the track about in the neighborhood of where the train went down. At first he thought it was a fire, but from its disap pearance and reappearance at intervals during a period of three hours, he came to the conclusion that somebody was swinging a big lantern or that a locomotive was moving to and fro. This was kept up until a little while before the hour the train was due at Chatsworth and seemed to him so remarkable that he called the attention of several people around him to the fact. Helium's statement was corroborated by his son, who with his father pit on board the train and barely escaped with their lives, and by Julius Kopeke, a tanner living within a quar ter of a mile of the track, and who saw what seemed to be A SMALL FIKP near the culvert shortly before mid night. Testimony pointing in the same direction was given by several other witnesses before the inquiry adjourned. Those who hold . the theory of train wrecking believe that there was an organized gang of * thieves on board the train, and that the bridge was destroyed by con federates as the result of a well laid plot. In support of this theory numerous stories of the dead and in jured are being passed from mouth to mouth, but the mouths of the dead are closed and the injured who are cited cannot be found either here or at Pipe! City. Developments in this connection, however, are promised before the end of the present investigation, and it would not be surprising if the jury, in its verdict, would fix the responsibility for the disaster upon some person or persons unknown, and leave the rail road company or the county free to use their own discretion in following up the matter to an end. ' - - ; It was nearly 11 o'clock to-night when the coroner's jury at Chatsworth ad journed until to-morrow morning. J. G. Brown and Thomas J. Brown, bank ers of Chatsworth, corroborated the tes timony of previous witnesses regarding THE PECULIAR LIGHT seen near the bridge shortly before the accident. Tobinski and Kobaske, two section hands, swore that they burned the grass near the bridge Friday of last week ; that on the afternoon of the ac cident they were doing the same work forty rods" from the bridge; that they passed over the culvert, and that there was nothing burning, or anything there to burn. Michael Kobaske, another section hand. was next called. Just as he was about to be sworn the other Ko baske whispered into his ear several words in Polish. The result was that the witness showed IiEMAKKAHLE FACILITY for testifying to the same story as told by his namesake, while his memory showed considerable weakness when questioned as to the possibility of there having been any fire at the bridge with out his seeing it. On cross-examination be admitted that all three were in a car near the bridge on the fatal night. It was evident from the demeanor of the jurymen that the testimony of the three 1 .landers was anything .but satisfac tory. The inquiry will be resumed at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. A BIG LEGAL FIGHT Serious Litigation Bound to Fol- low the Accident Chicago, 111., Aug. 12.— The Times' special from Chatsworth says: The pecuniary loss arising from the acci dent is simply enormous. Under the laws of Illinois the relatives of those killed in the disaster will, if they have any claim at all, deplete the treasury of the Toledo, Peoria & Western of some thing like $350,000, and those injured would receive at least $2.00,000 more. It might be just as well at this junc ture to recite some of the vicissitudes of the road as illustrating its condition. In 1880 it was leased to the Wabash, and when that road drifted into the. hands of a receiver the trustees for the holders of the first mortgage bonds of the Toledo, Peoria A Western took pos session of the road, proceedings to fore close this particular mortgage were had, and in October, ISBC, the road . was brought to sale. . . ';."■/■ '--. IT WAS BOUGHT IN for the benefit of the holders of the first mortgage bonds. A new company was organized, which took possession July 1, ISS7. The name of the road was, for some reason or other, changed from the Toledo, Peoria & Warsaw Railroad company to the Toledo, Peoria & West ern Railway company. The new cor poration is realizing from $10,000 to $15,000 per month on the road. Should the corporation be held guilty of negli gence and therefore at fault "for the ac cident, the gentlemen who only six weeks ago bought in the property to save themselves will be confronted with claims aggregating a little less than $1,000,000. This, of course, simply means bankruptcy, and the road once more in the hands of a receiver. This phase of the occurrence is anything but pleasant to the owners of the road, who will un questionably fight to the bitter end ail claims for damages.. The questions of negligence or undue diligence on the part of the servants of the corporation involves several knotty legal proposi tions which probably will necessitate the ruling of - the court of last resort, 1 to-wit: The United States supreme court. The superintendaut of the road, Mr. Armstrong, by indirection at least, claims the accident was in no wise the : result of negligence or the lack of care, simply by act of God. Mr. Armstrong and his foreman of bridges insist , the structure WAS ENTIRELY SAFE, and the roadbed in condition to stand rapid transit. From the evidence ad duced before the railroad board it ap pears that the train was speeding along at from thirty to thirty-five miles per hour. Mr. Armstrong says the track in . fair order, ; having the customary Continued ou Fifth Page. A MILLION DOLLARS LOSS Incurred by a Fire Which Wiped Out v a Part of the Business Section • of Pittsburg. The Flames Were Discovered at 9 Last Night and Were Not Out at 3 X This Morning. One Man Driven Crazy By His Losses —Some Narrow Escapes of the Firemen. A Freight Train Bitched in Indiana and Half a Dozen People Badly Injured. , Pittsburg, Aug. 12.— 1t was a little after !» o'clock to-night when the big bell in the city hall, tower boomed out the number of box 24—a fire in the business center of the city. Four hours later the square bounded by Fifth, Wood, Smithfield streets and Virginia alley was a smouldering ruin, and 81, -000,000 worth of property bad been con sumed. It was the most disastrous fire since the great Pittsburg riots of a de cade ago. The flames started in the rear of the Masonic building, presuma bly in the basement : ot Campbell & Dick's carpet store. On three sides were solid brick buildings forming a quadrangle, encompassing a quarter of an acre of tinder boxes. ALARM AFTKK ALARM followed each other, and within forty five minutes five districts were on the ground, but hose, and engines, and trucks, and axes were powerless to deal with the blazing furnace that glowered and seethed defiance to two score nozzles in the hands of a hundred firemen. On the east side was the loftiest building in the' city, the Hamilton, which towered nine stories above the flames that licked its base. Seven stories from the ground it presented a SOLID WALL OF brick, which offered no opening for the fire men to work upon that side. The front on Fifth avenue prevented an advant ageous placing of the firemen, and with the roaring fire increasing in volume and extent at every second, there were but two sides at which the fire men could work. One of these, a narrow alley, and with all the odds against them the firemen seemed to have been called to a hopeless contest with the flames. But they rallied on the second story roofs at the west side, while a half-dozen streams ■guarded the front on Fifth avenue. The pipemen could not get within a hundred feet of the fiery crater. Though at work at some elevation from the hottest of the fire it singed tlieir hair and scorched their eyeballs, but the thundering engines seemed to be but in idle play for all the headway made against the tire. There was not much wind and the sparks and burning FIliK-UKANDS SHOT OUT from the pit of flames and soared lazily over the roofs of the business blocks on both sides of Fifth avenue. On every* roof for two squares were men with buckets and extinguishers putting out the sparks and brands that dropped in a heavy shower over buildings for a solid square. The livid tongue of flames seemed to attact half the city. Fifth avenue, a narrow thoroughfare, Was one solid, impassible jam. Through this crowd the firemen had to lay their lines with the aid of squads of police men, who alone could enforce respect by the free use of maces. Section after section of hose was bursted by the high pressure under which the engines were working, a difficulty that was increased by the tramping of thousands of feet upon the lines. At 11 p. m. ;■ '- ' THE SURGING FLAMES rolled in ascending bellows to the height of the roofs upon which the pipe men were stationed, and it then seemed that the destruction of the .. entire block and $0,000,000 worth of property was inevitable. It was at this hour that the Hamilton building, five stories higher than the structures which flanked it. caught fire from the crackling area of white-hot coals that glowed along side. The longest ladders were far too short to reach the elevation at which the second stage of the conflagration began. The Hamilton structure extends en tirely through the block to -Virgin alley. A long ladder was run up the area and a detail of firemen slowly dragged and toiled upward with a line of hose. When the fifth story windows had been almost reached the water was turned on at a frightful pressure. The shock almost hurled the men at the, nozzles from the ladders. The wriggling, tortuous hose writhed in their grasp. To release it would have been to have stripped those lower down from -the ladders. With rare resolution, how ever, the men directed -; the stream toward the flames, though every moment they expected to be hurled to the pavement. - •-,-_.- * . i In this desperate position they clung for fully four minutes before the eyes of the horror stricken crowd. The word .reached the end of the line and the wicked stream was cut off. By this time the seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the Hamilton building were ablaze and no stream of water could more than touch the fringes of the flames along the lower side. THE DISPATCH BUILDING was then only separated from ; the fire try an intervening structure.the Schmidt & Friday building, t The printers in the fifth story, almost suffocated by the roasting sorroco that drove through the .windows, abandoned . their cases and stampeded down the stairs. Across the street was the headquarters of the Associated ' press. The roof had caught several times from flying sparks, but was extin guished by the sentinels stationed aloft, Finally, with the heat too intense to be longer endurable, and with the tele graph wires cut and useless,the force Qf operators were sent to the Western Union .main office which temporarily - became the -headquarters " of the _ Associated Press. At this hour, 2:30, a. m., the flames are under control, but the fire is not extinguished. The Hamilton build ing, Masonic hall, and a • number of tenement houses in Virgin 'alley 'are totally., destroyed. The three . upper stories of ' Schmidt & - Friday's nine story 'building are .now .in _ -flames; .The lower stories are . so damaged with 1 "water that the loss could not be much greater if they had burned. The Dis patch building was on fire a score of times, but prompt work prevented its destruction. The entire structure is WATER SOAKED and no paper will be issued on Satur day morning. It is difficult to estimate the loss at this time, as all is confusion. A safe statement, however, will put the figures in the neighborhood of $1,000,000. In the Schmidt & Friday and . Hamilton buildings were several hundred rooms used as offices, all elegantly furnished, and the loss from this source alone will be considerable. The origin of the fire is unknown. The rumor that it was the work of incendiaries for the purpose of robbery cannot be traced to any reliable source. Samuel Hamilton, the owner of the Hamilton building, was a dealer in pianos, and es timates his loss at _ 130,000, Campbell & Dick put theirs at $200,000; H. Holtz man, upholsterer, loss, $30,000. The Masonic hall loss is probably $75,000. The damage to Schmidt & Friday's building, the Dispatch and the liquor stock of the former, together with the office tenants, will swell the amount to the borders of $1,000,000. The insur ance, will probably be two-thirds of the loss. One of the tenants of the Hamil ton building arriving on the scene no ticed bis office was doomed. made a fran tic effort to enter the building, and was only prevented when overpowered by the policemen and locked up in the cen tral station. He is now a raving maniac. Later The Dispatch has moved to the Chronicle-Telegraph building and will issue to-day's paper from there. ANOTHER ROTTEN BRIDGE, Six People Injured, One of Them Fatally. Special to the Globe. Tekke Haute, Ind., Aug. 12.— A wreck occurred on the Evansville & Indianapolis railroad, near Sabine City, twenty miles south of here, at 11:3-0 this morning. The train was a combination freight and passenger. The engine and about fifteen cars passed over a wooden culvert in safety, but when the rear car, a passenger coach, reached the struct ure it gave way, throwing the coach on its side in the ditch fifteen feet below. There were about fifteen passengers in the coach. All but six escaped with slight cuts and bruises. The injured are : Thomas Brouthers, a farmer, liv ing near this city, spine injured: Mrs. William Jenkins and daughter. Saline City, both cut about the head; J. J. Cox, Tulip, Ind., shoulder crushed; Mrs. Adams, Ashboro, Ind., cut in head, and L. Kerch, Coal City, Ind., in jured about the head. All will recover, with the possible exception of Brouth ers. A special - train was sent to the scene from this city with surgeons. Thirteen Wounded Macon, Ga., Aug. 12.— A passenger train for Brunswick and Florida ran off a bridge at Albany last night, leaving only the engine on the track. . The cars were all smashed except the sleeper. Thirteen persons are reported wounded, but none killed. '_.;;._: A SENATOR IN JAIL. Riddleberger Sent Up .;• for Ten Days for Contempt. Special to the Globe. New YoRK,Aug. 12. A World special from' Woodstock, Va., says: Senator Riddleberger got himself into a pretty scrape here to-day, and is spending the night in jail. The senator is interested in a case on trial in the county court. Judge Newman, who tried the case, was no friend of Riddleberger. No one was surprised, therefore, when the verdict in the case was exactly the reverse of what Riddleberger wished. But every body was very much surprised at the senator's manner of calling public at tention to his anger. At Riddleberger's suggestion his client was hauled through the streets bearing a placard containing caustic reflections on the judge. Troops of people followed, some amused and some indignant at the aspersions on a judge. Finally -gone of the judge's friends Tiotlfied Judge Newman of what - was going on. Ten minutes afterward Policeman were running around looking for Sen ator Riddleberger. He was found this evening and summoned before his old enemy, the justice, to answer for con tempt of court. There was a tumult in the streets around the court house and excited people clamored at the doors for admission. After giving Senator Rid dleberger an opportunity to make an explanation, which did not ap pear ~ to-be ' . satisfactory, the judge fined $250 and committed him to jail for ten days. Protests and further attempts at explanation were in vain. Judge Newman left the bench in anger, and "Riddleberger.. was hurried off to a cell. The excitement was tremendous and the news spread around town, and partisanship ran rampant. Riddle berger's friends swore they would get him out before midnight if they had to burn the jail to do it. Upon hearing these threats Judge Newman's friends vowed they would defend the jail by force if necessary, and many volun teered to assist the sheriff. At this hour (11 p. m.) it does not appear that the threat will be carried out, but it is impossible to tell. There are plenty of people on the streets spoiling for a row, and they would like to improve the op portunity for making one. GEORGIA'S INVITATION It is a Splendid Piece of Southern Art Work. Washington, Aug. 12.— H. W. Grady, of Atlanta, and Senator Colquitt, of Georgia, spent the morning with the president discussing details of his Southern trip. The president re ceived the gentlemen at Oak View cot tage. Grady bore to the president the formal invitation of the Piedmont Ex position company. It is a unique and striking piece of work, made of four leaves of Georgia gold about 6xB and 12-mo, with clasps of Georgia . silver and each clasp set with Georgia diamonds. The invitation is inclosed in a box inlaid with sixty-six samples of Georgia wood, polished and joined with exceeding skill. The box is imbedded in a block of Georgia marble of every shade from black to white. On the cover leaf of the invitation is en graved a portrait of the president and Mrs. Cleveland, a monogram of the Piedmont exposition and . a picture of the club house of the Piedmont Driv ing club. On the second leaf is the in vitation, cut in the gold. On the third leaf is the seal of the driving club. On the fourth page is a picture of the main building of the Piedmont exposition. A Causeless Crime. Toronto, Ont., Aug. 12.— About 8 o'clock this morning Edward Graham, an Englishman forty years of age, who has been in the country about six weeks, * entered : Sievert's cigar store, corner King and Gong streets,and walk ing up to Louis Sievert threw the con tents of a tin can in his face. " The can contained vitriol, and Sievert was ter ribly burned. '■ One eye is gone and it is feared he will lose the other. Graham was arrested. ;; No motive for the deed is known.- There are no indications of insanity about him, and Sievert never saw him before* - SHOT DOWN LIKE A DOG. An lowa Constable Proves Altogether Too Zealous in Hunting Oat Liquor Offenders, And in Attempting an Arrest Probably Mortally Wounds His Unresist ing Prisoner. The Departure of a Leading Citizen ol Lam o Dak., Mourned by Con fiding Friends. Wisconsin Visited by a General Bain, Which Benefits Only the ;- ; ; Late Crops. Special to the Globe. Dcs Moines, 10., Aug. 12.— Constable Potts, of Taylor township, who has for a year or more been engaged in con ducting searches for liquor under the lowa prohibitory law, was one of the principals in a shooting affray this afternoon. Having a warrant for the arrest of Thomas Hardy, in whose barn he had previously found a keg of beer, he served the same upon him as he stood talking with a friend on East Wal nut street. Hardy told him he would go with him in a moment, but Potts in sisted upon immediate acquiescence, which Hardy refused, whereupon Potts and his co-laborer, named Hamilton, both drew their revolvers. A bystander knocked Hamilton's revolver out of his hand. Potts fired three times at Hardy, one bullet penetrating the palm of his hand, another taking effect in his right side, while the third struck an innocent laboring man named Ed Work, who was coming out of a store, and severely wounded him in the thigh. It was not pretended that Hardy had the beer for purpose of sale. It had been bought by the contribution of several parties, who were drinking it. Potts and Hamilton are in jail. Hardy's wounds are danger ous and may prove fatal. -y - ALMOST TOO LATE. The Rain in Wisconsin Only Par tially Offsets the Dry "Weather. . Milwaukee, Aug. 12.— Though [ the recent rains in Wisconsin probably did not leave an inch of farm ground un moistened, it is reported from many sections of the state that a violent wind storm which preceded the rain did more damage than the shower benefited. In some counties the time for relief for crops had passed, and it is feared that many farmers will be in very needy cir cumstances before their land can be made to yield its substance again, lt is estimated that Rock county, the . ban ner agricultural section of the state, has not raised enough this year to feed the people in it. The small grain crops in places failed to return as much .as | the seed. Disheartened' by the prolonged drought many ■ farmers who saw their corn wither .preferred to' cut the stalks for ..fodder. Fruit of all kinds ': dried.-" before it ripened. Pastures having become baked by the drouth of sixty days, stock raisers were disposing :of . their cattle at ruinous rates, but the rain has greatly revived pasturage, and they, are no longer dis posing* of their stock so rapidly. While undoubtedly late crops have been partly saved by the rains, there was much in jury that was irreparable, and the storm but added to it. Fruit trees suffered generally, many being badlj mutilated at Waupun. Grain stacks. were scat tered, and the loss from this" source will be large. Corn has suffered to some ex tent around Fairwater, but the good done by the rain more than offsets the injury to corn and potatoes. The rains were : .' ".. : *.;£^.: GENERALLY BENEFICIAL in Dane county. The storm destroyed many tons of hay and ten acres of wheat near Marshfield. Many orchards in the vicinity of Rolling prairie were ruined. From Fond dv Lac it is report ed that the rains did more damage than the storm. Corn was blown down, and crops washed out. At Brodhead the drought was broken,although too late to do much good to corn. At Watertown the rain, it is thought, is in time to save corn and potatoes from what look ed like utter ruin. Near Elkhorn fruit was ruined, but the : rain was of im mense, benefit to the remaining crops. Corn was almost destroyed in Portage county, being leveled to the ground. Near Ripon some damage was done to crops on hillsides by washouts.. Many fruit trees were destroyed near Hori con. Great good was done to vegeta tion by the rain in Eau Claire county, while in Waukesha county standing crops, and hay and grain stacks suffer ed severely. An Asylum Fire, Milwaukee, Aug. 12.— special from Madison, Wis., says the fire at the Mendota insane hospital this morning destroyed the large frame barn belong ing to the institution, 100, tons of hay, three stacks of oats, eleven thorough bred cattle, one Holstein bull valued at $1,000, nearly all the farm machinery, wagons,. sleighs etc. The total loss is $20,000, with no insurance. The roof of the hospital was ablaze at one time, and the 502 panic-stricken patients were marshaled in the halls preparatory to evacuating the building. A STRANGE TRANSACTION. Edward Hargesheimer Tries to Explain the Brandt Note. Special to the Globe. Winona, Aug. 12.— Edward Harge sheimer, who was arrested yesterday on a charge of forgery preferred by his former partner, C. C. Beck, has as yet been unable to obtain bail, and now lan guishes in the county jail. He expects to be able to get out to-morrow, when a friend from out of the city will arrive. Mr. Hargesheimer was seen at the jail this afternoon and stated that every thing would yet be made right, and ex pects that Brandt, whose name was signed to the note, can be found. Har gesheimer stated that Brandt has been an old customer of his, and that he knew him well, although he ■ did not know where his home was. He said as soon as he was released on bail he would make an active search, and by- his correct description discover . him soon. Hargesheimer says that Brandt came into the store one day hard up, and said he needed $100 for a short time, and bought about $15 or $16 worth of goods. The bookkeeper for Hargesheimer & Beck, Mr. Knopp, drew up a note at Hargesheimer's request for $100, due in six months at 8 per cent. When Mr. Leichtensteiger, who accepted the note, received it it . was signed by John F. Brandt. ,- Hargesheimer says it was . not a business-like transaction to loan a man $100 without knowing where he lived, but Brandt had always been a cash cus tomer before, and when the . request for the loan ■ was made -. it was • hard : to refuse it. He was rushed with busi ness all the time. , He _ furthermore de clares it would have been . folly for him to forge a note when he could have ob tained credit anywhere by simply sign-. THE DRAWING OF THE GLOBE BABY BENEFIT OCCURS AT 4 O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON A.TJO- XJST 13 The announcement will be made In the Globe of To-morrow (Sunday) Aug. 14 of the Lucky Baby that Draws the Lot. NO. 225. ing the firm name to paper, which he had a perfect, right to do. There is some thing strange about the transaction. Hargesheimer has been a resident of Winona for fourteen years, having, clerked for the It. D. Cone company for ten years, when he went into business on Third street in partnership with J. B. Rivers. A year later the partner shipjwas dissolved and a new one formed between Hargesheimer and C. C. Beck, which continued about three years, cul minating July 14. For the past two years affairs in the store of Harge sheimer & Beck have not worked 1 smoothly between the partners. They Mourn For Mr. Dyer, Special to the Globe. La Moure, Dak., Aug. This county has been startled over the de parture of Thomas Dyer, one of its leading and most trusted citizens, leav ing a great number of confiding people in financial trouble. About two weeks ago he took two cars of stock to West Superior, gathered mostly from farmers who had such confidence in him that they did not care for security. Due bills were given most of tbem. When it was learned he had absconded a rush was made to secure claims upon his property, but it was found largely mort gaged and the most valuable" personal l effects removed. The Progress says the community has received a shock from! which it cannot recover for months. Never Touched Her. Special to the Globe, Winona, Aug. 12.— An assault an* battery case growing out of the Sun day night riot in the Fourth ward, was up before Judge Allen to-day. Mrs. Ludwig Haak, the complaining witness, testified that on the night of the riot she was attending the services in the Adventist's tent and coming out as the mob were pulling it down, saw a' man standing near, whom she recog nized as Theodore Wachs. She was ex cited and said, "There's Theodore' Wach. He's one of this mob and he ought to get fifteen years in the peni tentiary tor it, too." Mrs, Haak states that Wachs thereupon approached and laid violent hands upon her. Wachs denies having done more than' raise his hand while answering the woman. A number of other witnesses were also brought to prove that Wachs did not touch her and the case was dismissed. *. An Ex-Congressman's Travels. Special to the Globe. St. Vincent, Aug. 12.— Hon. Mr. Whitman, ex-congressman and ex-sur veyor general of customs of New York, lady and daughter, arrived Wednesday from Winnipeg with Bishop Walker, who held confirmation service at the city of Pembina. The party went to. Fargo, where they will be the guests ol Bishop Walker, their old parish clergy man. Mr. Whitman met Hon. John Sherman at Winnipeg. lowa Grain Yield. Special to the Globe. Mason City, 10., Aug. Enough grain has been .threshed in different parts of the county to place a fair "esti mate on _ the average yield per acre. From * carefully prepared renorts we find that oats average 34 bushels, wheat 5, barley 30 and fiax 12. Corn is now out of the way of frost and is the best crop ever raised in the country. The estimated yield is barely five bushels* per acre. ,__. Wheat and Oats Burned, Special to the Globe. Gkove City, Minn., Aug. 12.—Tues day a bolt of lightning struck an oat stack, containing about 125 bushels, owned by Peter Lund, living near this place, and entirely destroyed it. Par tially insured. The same bolt set fire to a wheat stack belonging to Olaf Ask and it, too, was burned. No insurance. Fatally Injured, Special to the Globe. , Rochester, Aug. While at work on a scaffold on a kitchen to the resi dence of Robert Riebe, in lower town, last, evening, Charles Haggadorn was thrown to the ground, a distance of twelve feet, and so seriously injured that he will not recover. It was due to his own carelessness, the scaffold not being nailed firmly to the building. Called to Lake City. Special to the Globe, Red Wing, Aug. ,12.— Rev. C. H. Pluminer, rector of Christ church, this city, has received an unanimous call to the pastorate of St. Mark's church. Lake City, to succed Rev. William Gardam, who goes to Faribault. He has not as yet decided whether to accept. . Death of Mrs. Earl Special to the Globe. Fergus Falls, Minn., Aug. 12.— Mrs. Harry Earl, mother of J. W. Earl, Mrs. F. H. Denison, Mrs. Lewis Hanson and Mrs. K. Kneutson, died to-day. She was formerly a resident of Faribault. Mr. and Mrs. Eai 1 celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary a short time ago. Gored to Eeath Special to the Globe Dcs Moines, 10., Aug. 12.— Raymond Meyers, living on the farm of his father in-law, James Mills, southeast of Dcs Moines, was this morning gored to death by a bull, the horn penetrating entirely through his body. He lived only twenty minutes after receiving the injury. Melrose School Trouble, Special to the Globe. Melrose, Minn., Aug. 12.— statement made in the St. Cloud Times and Nordstern yesterday that the school trouble at Melrose had been comprom ised, is groundless. Both sides are rallying their forces for the school meet ing to be held to-morrow evening. Made Quick Time. Special lo the Globe. Duluth; Minn., Aug. 12.— pro peller Monteagle, with two consorts, White Star and Mystic Star, arrived in port at 9 o'clock Thursday morning with 3,000 tons of coal. They left DOrt this afternoon at 2 o'clock. This is quick time. ■ ■::■■■£■! A St. Paul Syndicate. Special to the Globe. , Winona, Aug. 12.— St. Paul syndi cate submitted a proposition before the Winona & Southwestern railway direc tors for the building of the road.- The terms were not made public, but the secretary says it is the best proposition yet handed in. Imports, Exports and Duties. Special to the Globe. St. Vincent, Aug. 12.— Transactions in the customs district of Minnesota for July were as follows: Value of imports.. ............. .8284,595.00 Value of exports ............... ... 74,738.00 Amount of duties collected:..... 121,248.47 Dishonorably Discharged. Special to the Globe. ; . 'J:':.: ' ~ v---' '! ■'■ Litchfield,-' Minn;, Aug. 12.— Col. Bend, of the First regiment, Minnesota National Guard, has dishonorably dis charged Private N. F. Kevell, of; Com-", pany H, for assaulting Capt. Leavett," nearly two weeks ago. -