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VOI . XXII.— NO. 44.
THE ITTACK UPON MANILA WAS
ORDERED lt\ THE l'll.i
-I*l NO ENVOY
MESSAGE SENT BY
WAY OF HONG KONG
GE\. OTIS INFORMS THE WASH
INGTON OFFICIALS OF THE
ACTION TAX C.N
A QUIET SUNDAY
ALL ABOUT MANILA
Victories Won hy the American
Troops, However, Have Not Tak
en the Heart Out of the Insnr
litiilN, urn Was Hoped Hchels
Have Retreated lo the Interior
and Resorting to liusliw hacking.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.— The fol
lowing cablegram was received at the
war department today:
Manila, Feb. ill.— Adjutant Gen
eral, Washington: Reported that
insurgent representative at Wash*
iuKion (AaroncUlo) telegraphed to
AfiTUlnaldo to drive out the Amer
icans liefore the arrival of rein
foreementa. The dlspateh was re
ceived at limis Koiik and mailed to
Malolols, which decided the insar
gents on un attack to hi? made alxml
tlie 7th inst. The easerness of the
Insurgent troops for an ciik a lenient
precipitated the battle.
lt is very quiet on the Hues from
Caloocan on the north to I'niisan on
the south. Yesterday a native re*
connolterlng party twelve miles
sooth firi'il on a party, wounding
two men. Tno Insurgents, with
arms, were captured. In the affair
of the lOth Me Arthur's division was
very successful und the enemy's loss
was considerable. We have col
lected seventy dead bodies* more
not jet discovered. The Insurgents
are reported to he gathering iv
force twelve miles north, on the
railway, hut are evidently perplex
MANILA. Feb. 12 f4:30 p. m.).—Con
trary to all expectations, all is quiet
along the entire Hue, nothing having
happened up to this hour to disturb
the peac£ of Sunday. In Manila the
inhabitants have generally recovered
from tlie alarm occasioned by the fear
of a Dative uprising and are resuming
their ordinary business. The shipping
Interests are naturally suffering, since
th< re have been no clearances for Ph I
lppine ports for a week, but on the
other hand foreign shipping has in
creased, especially from Hong Kong,
every steamer bound thither being
crowded with timid refugees.
Despite this o.uietude, however, many
are asking whether the problem is not
f?t ill far from solution. A week ago
those who took an optimistic view
predicted that the terrible lesson just
administered to the rebels would settle
the question of Filipino independence
in short order. But this prediction has
not been fulfilled. As a matter of act,
the rebels are now scattered through
out the country, bushwhacking, ex
cept at Mclabon, where they are gath
ered in force. Even their methods savor
more of guerrilla than of civilized war
fare, every bush, clump of trees and
tree furnishing a cover for their sharp
Unfortunately, for miles around the
land ls studded with bamboo jungle
and open spaces are few and far be
tween. This aids the natives, who fight
better ur.der cover, a distict advan
tage. In many places the jungle Is so
dense that the eye cannot penetrate lt
and only by the flashes of their rifles
is the whereabouts of the enemy indi
cated. Under such conditions it is re
markable that the American casualties
should be so few, while the number of
dead natives found in the brush after
every skirmish testifies to the precision
of our fire.
Last week there was not a single day
without fighting, but the Americans
steadily advanced, carrying everything
before them and gradually increasing
Continued on Second Page.
I— South Dakota Asylum Horror.
War Board Report.
Agoneillo Ordered War.
Atlantic Liner Adrift.
2-Fight on the Army Bi:!.
3 Relief Work.
Swinging Signs Condemned.
St. Paul Jobbing Trade.
6— Week's Markets Reviewed.
6-36— Ramsey County Delinquent Taxes.
ST— Minneapolis Matters.
News of the Northwest.
BS— ln the Field of Labor.
News From Manila.
MOVlLLE— Arrived: Ethiopia, New York.
QI'EENSTOWN— SaiIed: Campania, New
HAVRE— Arrived: La Gascogue, New York.
METROPOLITAN— WiIIie Collier, ln "The
Man From Mexico " S:ls PM
GRAND— "A Parlor Match," 8:15 PM.
Talrn Garden— Vaudeville, 2 and S PM.
Home Trade and Pure Food Show. Market
hall, 2 PM.
Btate Historical Society meets, state capitol
Banquet, St. Clement's Church, 8 PM.
Recital. Howard, Farwell & Co.'s, West Fifth
street, 8 PM.
Prof. Seymour Lectures on Art. Park Con
gregational Church. Holly avenue and .Mac
kubln street. 8 PM.
Beufflt ball for Barney Smith. Assembly
halls. 8 PM.
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE
MONj)AY_ MORNING FEBRUARY 13, 1899. —THIRTY -EIGHT PAGES.
OCEAN LINER ADRIFT
THE STEAMER BULGARIA, FROM
NEW VOHK. HELPLESS OFF
SOME PASSENGERS SAVED
Twenty-Five Women and Children
Taken Off hy a Tank Steamer, but
Nearly One Hundred l'eople Are
Still In Peril No List of dissen-
Kers or Crew on Record Other
PONTA DELG-A-DA, Azores Islands,
Feb. 12.- The British tank steamer
Weehawken, Capt. Casey, from Phila
delphia. Jan. 25, for Hull, has arrived
here with twenty-five passengers from
the Hamburg-American liner Bulgaria,
Capt. Schmidt, from New York, Jan.
2G, for Hamburg.
The Weehawken reports the Bul
garia drifting helpless 800 miles from
LONDON, Feb. 13.— According to a
dispatch from Ponta Delgada to the
Daily Mail, the twenty-five members of
thy. Bulgaria's company on board the
Weehawken are women and children.
The rest of the passengers and the crew
could n-ot be taken off, owing to heavy
weather. The steamer carried ninety
MOV.' YORK, Feb. 12.— The Bulgaria
left this port on Jan. 26. Emil Boaz,
the general agent of the comoanv,
when seen tonight, said at first the
steamer carried twenty-flve steerage
passengers, but later said she had
f' rty^seven passengers aboard. Her
crew number seventy-five, under com
mand of Capt. Schmidt. She had on
board 107 horses and 15,000 tons of
fi eight, most of it being grain. The
Bulgaria, Mr. Boaz said, had no cabin
accommodations for passengers, and
therefore all the passengers aboard
were In the steerage. They were most
ly Germans, and from all parts of the
The Bulgaria is not a regular liner
and has been in the service of the
Hamburg-American company but one
year. She was built in England and is
a twin screw steamer of 9,000 tonnage.
Mr. Bcaz said it was impossible to
obtain a list of the names of the steer
age passengers tonight, and that the
company does not keei> a list of the
crews on its ships. He had no idea of
what could have happened to the
steamer, except that probably some of
her machinery had broken in the heavy
storms which have prevailed during
the past week everywhere.
PAVONIA STILL MISSING.
No Tidings of ihe Liner Arno's
Loss n Disaster.
BOSTON, Feb. 12.— N0 tidings from
the disabled steamer Pavonia have as
yet been received. It is now eight
days since the steamer Colorado part
ed from the Cunarder, and during that
period she must have floated a long
QUEENSTOW.N, Feb. 12.— The Cun
arder Aurania, from New York on Feb.
4 for this port and Liverpool, arrived
here at 11:35 this morning. She reports
heavy gales throughout the voyage.
NEW YORK.Feb. 12.— The Hamburg-
American line steamer Adria, chartered
by the International Navigation com
pany, arrived last night from Antwerp
after a most tempestuous passage,
during which Capt. yon Levitzow was
thrown down Into the cabin passage
way arid killed.
LONDON, Feb. 12.— A coal lighter
has foundered of Cromer, Norfolk coun
ty, and five of her crew were drowned.
It is feared that the loss of the British
steamer Arno, which foundered in the
gale off Naze lightship, will prove a
serious disaster. The captain and
three of the crew, who reached South
sea in an exhausted condition with
their boat practically smashed up, re
port that thirteen men are missing from
the ship's crew.
HAVRE, Feb. 12.— A heavy gale has
been blowing all day along the west
coast of France. Three vessels are
ashore off Brest. The sea has done
much damage at Brest and Havre to
shipping and docks.
PRINCE NAPOLEON DEAD.
The Head of the Elder Branch of
the House of Ronnparte.
ROME, Feb. 12.— Prince Napoleon
Charles Gregoire Jacques Philipple
Bonaparte, third son of Prince Lucian
Bonaparte, prince of Canino and chief
of the older branch of the Bonaparte
family, is dead.
The late Prince Napoleon Charles
Bonaparte, who was born in Rome,
Feb. 5, 1835, succeeded to the headship
of the older branch of the house of
Bonaparte in 1895, on the death of Car
dinal Jrince Lueien Bonaparte, his
brother. He took part in the expedition
to establish a Mexican monarchy with
the Austrian Archduke Maximillian as
king. In 1859 he married his princess,
Marie Christine, daughter of Prince
Jean Nopemucene Ruspoli, and leaves
twe daughters and three sisters.
CHILLY ATJT. LOUIS.
The Coldest Flaee in the I'nited
States in This Vleinity.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 12.— According to
the weather bureau officials the coldest
weather in the country tonight, pre
vails around St. Louis. At 7 a. m. V_
degrees below zero was the official
record, while instruments in different
sections of the city went as low as 20
and 25 below. At 8 p. m., when the
bureau made its last reoort, 6 below
was the record, and it was getting
PERU, Ind., Feb. 12.— 8y a serious
break, not yet located, in the mains of
the natural gas company, an alarming
condition confronts this city tonight.
All day the pressure has not gone
above one ounce and great suffering
ond distress is reported, owing to the
intense cold. The government thermo
meter registers 14 below. The break
is twenty miles away and not yet locat
OFFICIAL, ABSTRACT OF TIIE FIND
INGS OF THE COMMISSION
NO ONE TO BLAME
FOR THE BLUNDERS
OFFICIALS SALD TO HAVE DONE
AS WELL AS THEY
SOME SIDE SLAPS
TAKEN AT GEN. MILES
No Occasion Lost by the Commission
to Reflect Unon the Commander
in-Chlef Medical Department
Somevrhat Ronprhly Handled
War Department Failed to Grasp
Situation in a Thorough Manner.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.— The re
port submitted to the president last
Wednesday by the commission appoint
ed by him to investigate the conduct
of the war department in the war with
Spain was made public tonight. The
report is a unanimous one, all the
members of the commission having
signed it except Col. Sexton, whose
death occurred Feb. 4.
The report is a voluminous document
containing about 65,000 words, and an
official abstract, prepared by the sec
retary of the commission, was furnish
ed to the press for its convenience. The
report closes thus:
In concluding its labors, lt ls with much
pleasure that the commission reports that
notwithstanding the haste with which the
WAR BOARD'S TRIBUTE TO GEN. ALGER, j!
» "In the judgment ofthe commission there was lack- tf
» ing in the general administration of the war department ||<
» during the continuance of the war with Spain that com- j!<
» plete grasp of the situation which was essential to the Ss
« highest efficiency and discipline of the army. " »
nation entered upon the war with Spain, the
resulting and almost inevitable confusion in
bureau and ramp, to many difficulties of arm
ing, assembling and transporting large bodies
of hitherto untrained men, the carrying on a
series of operations in two hemispheres, the
people of the United States should ever be
proud of its soldiers, who, co-operating with
its sailors, in less than three months put an
end to Spanish colouial power, enfranchised
oppressed people and taught the world at
large the strength and the nobility of a great
The early portions of the report re
late to the organization of the commis
sion, its methods of procedure, its call
fcr testimony and other matters of
routine already familiar. The first
general finding set -forth is as follows:
It may be said now, at the beginning of
this report, that there has been no evidence
before us that any one in or connected with
the department has dishonestly received a
dollar. We have made persistent efforts to
secure the attendance of persons to whose
names rumor had attached an allegation that
they knew of corruption of officials in the war
department, but these men have either denied
the statements attributed to them, or have
maintained silence when invited to tell what
Other general conclusions follow,
among which the following are the
Under existing laws the officers of the army
are retired when they reach the age of C 4.
It does not appear reasonable tbat an arbi
trary law should prevent, during the existence
of war, the use of experienced men merely on
account of their age. We think lt would be
wise to make it discretionary with the presi
dent to use officers on the retired list for fill
ing positions during war.
The commission recommends for the future
a strict examination into the qualifications of
all officers appointed to the army, regular or
A most important criticism by the commis
sion is as follows:
The routine work in the department, in our
opinion, is far beyond what is necessary and
each year seems to increase it. The methods
employed make it almost impossible to trans
act business promptly. No well regulated
concern or corporation could transact business
satisfactorily under such regulations as gov
ern the staff departments, and the fact that
every officer of each of the staff departments
holding a responsible position has been forced
to ignore routine demonstrates the necessity
of a new form.
The report then proceeds to take up
the subjects in their regular order,
beginning with the army, and after
reciting the facts in evidence, as to the
raising of the army and the numerous
errors which developed in the early
days of the war, there is the following
recommendation for the future:
One of the lessons taught by the war Is
that the country should hereafter be ln a
better state of preparation for war.
Perhaps the most significant utter
ance in the whole document, so far as
concerns the discipline and efficiency
of the army, comes next:
For many years the divided authority and
responsibility in the war department has pro
duced friction, for which in the interest of
the service a remedy, if possible, should bo
applied. The constitution makes the presi
dent the commander-in-chief of the army, and
he cannot transfer that authority to any other
The commission then by implication, though
not directly, makes a finding by indorsing
the following statement by Gen. Schofiel 1,
formerly In command of the army:
The president must have the same power of
selection of his general-in-chlef as he has- of
his secretary of war. Without this there can
be no guarantee that he will give, or that the
secretary of war will place in the general-in
chief that confidence which is necessary for
the control of the army. Neither the president
nor the secretary of war should have in com
mand fit the army a person who is not work
ing in harmony with them.
The report now takes up the war de
partment and its chiefs of subdivisions,
beginning with the secretary of war.
The Board Staten 'Hint He Did as
Well as He Knew How,
The records of the war whicli have been
laid before ua show that the secretary of
war extended to all chiefs of bureaus cordial
and full support, and promptly responded to
Continued on Second Page.
FATAL SHOW SLIDE
MAXY LIVES ARE BELIEVED TO
HAVE BEEN LOST AT SIL
ITALIAN MINERS ENGULFED
TremendoiiH Mm.*- of Snow Ponred
Down Upon Them, nnd for Those
in the dull of the Avalanche
There Was Wo Escape — Some
Bodies Recovered, bnt the Total
of Casualties Is Sat Yet Known.
PUA.TN, Col., Feb. 12— Two mighty
snpwslides, combining Into one, swept
down Cherokee Gulch at 8 o'clock this
morning, carrying away a dozen or
more mine buildings, cabins and ma
chinery, and causing great loss of life
and destruction to mine property. How
many dead bodies He In this great
mass of snow and debris will not be
known before spring. Eight dead bod
ies are now in the morgue, two more
persons are known to be lost, and three
have been taken out alive. The rescu
ing party has only penetrated about
150 feet into the mass of snow and
wreckage piled up at the foot of the
gulch to the depth of 75 feet. The
dead are as follows:
DOMINICK DESTAFANO, HIS WIFE AND
TWO CHILDREN, a boy, aged 5, and a girl,
Today's slide was . the most disas
trous ever known in Clear Creek
county. It occurred at 8 o'clock this
morning. Starting two miles from the
camp, the avalanche bame with ter
rific force, carrying with it huge
boulders and immense trees. A short
distance from the starting point the
avalanche parted, one section coming
down the Cherokee gulch, taking with
It two cabins occupied by Italians and
the shaft house of the Carry City mine.
The other slide came down Willihan
gulch, between the Pelican and the
Seven-thirty mines. This portion of
the slide did the most damage. Set
tlements of miners, mostly Italians,
were situated ln both gulches.'
Por a week or more the inhabitants
have moved from place to place to es
cape the threatened disaster should
the thousands of tons of snow start
down the mountain sides. Some of the
I most venturesome lingered in their
homes, and when the plide came today
escape for them was Impossible. It is
estimated that thirteen bodies are still
buried beneath the piled snow in the
two gulches. There is no hope for
those under the debris. Instantaneous
death was probably their fate.
SIX SKATERS MISSING
WERE CARRIED OUT OX THE ICE
FLOES IXTO LAKE MICH.
THEIR LIVES MAY BE LOST
Ten of Those Who "Were ln I*erll
Were Rescued, hut Search for the
Others, Though Kept Up Dnrinj
the Night, "Was of No Avail
List of Those "Who Are Miss
CHICAGO, Feb. 12.--Sixteen skaters,
living in the suburbs of Rogers Park
and Lake Forest, were carried out in
to Lake Michigan on the ice floes to
day. Ten of them were rescued, and
during the entire evening searching
parties made fruitless efforts to secure
some trace of the missing six. The
ATTORNEY ELMER D. BROTH
ERS, employe in the office of Attor
ney Luther Laflin Mills.
MISS OREL MANNEY. seventeen
years old, niece of Attorney Brothers.
CHAUNCEY MANNEY, nephew of
G-EORG-E MALLORY. student at
Lake Forest university, home in Pon
GUY CARRON, student at Lake
Forest university, home in St. Anne,
ARTHUR FLETCHER, Ravenswood
All of those who were rescued were
carried out on the ice off Lake For
est, and two of the number who ven
tured on the frozen lake there are sup
posed to have been drowned. The re
maining; three of the sixteen were car
ried away on a floe off Rogers Park,
and the Chicago life saving crew spent
the night searching for them.
Three more persons were added to
the list of missing .at Rogers Park
very late tonight. They are:
A POLICEMAN from Sheffield ave
nue station, whose name is not known.
The three started out last evening
shortly after 9 o'clock to aid in the
rescue of the missing students. Noth
ing has been heard from them since.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
SLEEPY EYE, Minn., Feb. 12.— (Special.)—
Mrs. Bangs, wife of Photographer Bangs, died
suddenly this morning of heart disease. Mrs.
Bangs was about 3b years of age, and leaves
LEWISTON, Me., Feb. 12.— Jeremiah Ding
ley, of Auburn, died today, raged 77 years.
Mr. Dingley was an uncle of the late Con
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12,— Rev. E. L.
Baugher, D. D., of Gettysburg, died here last
night, aged 79 years. For twenty-flve years
he was professor of Greek in the Pennsylva
nia college, Gettysburg, of which institution
bis father was president.
THIEF STEALS $2,000 WHILE HIS
VICTIM'S LITTLE DAI UHTER
HE TOLD HER A FAIRY TALE
About Her Mother Sending I i Isn (o
Get a RiiiK Payne Avenue Ex
cited by Mra. J. Bematteln'M Loan
and the Detention of Her Step
dunp liter"* Husband, Charles
"When Mrs. Fanny Bernstein, con
ducting a small dry goods store at 851
Payne avenue, returned to her homo
at 6:30 o'clock last evening, after spend
ing the afternoon at the home of her
trother, in West St. Paul, she found
herself poorer by $2,000. An unknown
thief had, during her absence, robbed
her of all of her worldly possessions,
11,730 in money, a gold watch and two
gold chains, valued at $300. While the
thief took the money and Jewelry from
its hiding place, Mrs. Bernstein's ten
year-old daughter, Annie, stood watch
ing him, ignorant of the fact that the
stranger was robbing her mother of
all she possessed.
The robbery was daring and well
planner l , and must, beyond doubt, have
been committed by some one who knew
Mrs. Bernstein kept the money about
her home. Mrs. Bernstein left home
to go to her brother's about no<.>ni. Her
daughter Annie remained to look after
the house. In a trunk in the dining
room, hidden among the contents of
clothing and miscellaneous wearing
apparel, was the money and Jewelry,
whose presence, Mrs. Bernstein de
clares, was known only to herself. Part
of the money she received fiom her
deceased husband, together with the
watch and chains, while little by lit
tle money had been' added to the hoard
from the meager profits of her busi
ness, until, in the bundle containing
the money, were $1,230 in crisp bills and
$500 in gold pieces. Little Annie did
not know she was guar ling such
wealth, because, Mrs. Bernstein says,
even the child was unaware that the
money was in the trunk.
Just as it began to grow dark Annie
heard a knock at the store door. When
she opened the door a strange man
confronted her. The child asked him
what he wanted, when the stranger
answered that Mrs. Bernstein had sent
him to get a ring, which she wanted
at the home of her brother, out of the
trunk. At the same time the man
crowded by the timid child and went
into the dining room. Annie followed
him. Picking up a hatchet lying be
side the stove, the stranger, according
to the child's story, quickly broke open
the trunk and began ransacking Its
contents. The girl _says he soon ap
peared to find what he wanted and
hurriedly placed something in his pock
et. Without a word to the child the
stranger hurriedly left the house.
The girl, in a childish way, thought
the stranger's conduct unusual, but
attached no importance to his visit un
til her mother returned about 6:30
o'clock. She told her mother what had
happened. W T hen she saw the broken
trunk lid, Mrs. Bernstein feared she
had been robbed and a hasty search for
her money and Jewelry confirmed her
worst suspicions. All uf the money,
together with the watch and the two
chains, was gone.
Mrs. Bernstein at once notified the
Margaret street police of the robbery,
placing the authorities in possession' of
information which led to Charles Ros
en, living at 235 Fairfield avenue, be
ing taken into custody. Rosen married
Mrs. Bernstein's stepdaughter. When
Mrs. Bernstein's husband died and left
his money to her, it is said that the
stepdaughter was dissatisfied. Rosen
was taken to the Bernstein home for
possible identification by the girl, An
nie, but the latter declared positively
that he was not the man who visited
the house. The only description the
child can give of the stranger is that
he was of medium size and had a
INDIGNITY TO DIPLOMAT.
Portugneae Minister Snowballed by
Bojb in Washington.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12.— The minis
ter from Portugal has been snow
balled by small boys on the streets of
Washington and has complained to the
state department. The chief of police
has issued the following general circu
lar to patrolmen on the subject:
Report comes from the state department
again to the effect that members of a for
eign legation have received indignities at
the hands of boys. In this Instance the boys
snowballed the minister from Portugal in
the vicinity of "Connecticut avenue and M.
street. Of course, boys do not select sub
jects for this work, but do their snowballing
indiscriminately. Attention is called to a
previous circular on the subject.
The people of Washington by long
association with travelers from foreign
lands have become familiar with un
usual dress and manners and are gen
erally respectful and polite to all
strangers. The members of the Chi
nese legation, who wear the peculiar
native gowns, have occasionally been
insulted, but such an occurrence is
unusual. The secretary of state has
offered apologies to the minister from
Portugal, and has assured him that
inasmuch as he wore nothing to indi
cate his rank the boys could have
meant no indignity to his official posi
AFTER FEMALE VOTE.
Mm. Mary Tim nil n-.. of Cleveland, (».,
to Open HeaduuarterH.
CLEVELAND, 0., Feb. 12.— Mrs.
Mary Timmlns, who is to run for school
council, will make an effective move ln
the direction of political distinction
next week. She will form a "woman's
Republican league" next Monday and
will rent a vacant storeroom for head
Mrs. Timmins will have a committee
favorable to her candidacy in charge.
This committee will organize the en
tire female vote of the city aJid will
appoint subcommittees to canvass the
male vote. Literature will be dispensed
from the headquarters of the league
and circular letters sent to every voter
in the city.
Mrs. Timmins will keep the head
quarters open during the primary cam
paign. It is probable that pink teas
will be given in the interest of the
female vote and cigars dispensed to the
PRICE TWO CENTS— jjrggr.Vf',.
11 ■ill II
Seventeen Inmates ol tlie Hospital at Yankton
Lose Tneir Lives Dy Fire.
ALL OF THE VICTIMS WERE WOMEN
Only One Narrow Exit, and the Patients on the
Third Floor and Attic Were Cut Off by the
Rapidly Spreading Flames Thirty-Five Es
caped Into the Freezing: Air in Their Night
Clothes Inquest in Progress Origin of the
Fire a Mystery Burned Building Originally
Used for a Laundry.
BORCE, AUGUSTA, Lake County. KROUG, JENNIE, Pennington County.
ERICKSON, JULIA, Mead County. LINDBERG, CAROLINA, Brown County.
FLYNN, MAGGIE, Hamlin County. LOKKEN, ELLA, Codington County.
GOSSAGE, LUCINA, Hamlin County. "**"' "»*« «*• Oounty.
OLSDN, JACINNA, Ham.in County.
HURLEY, ADELINE, Potter County. y
PLAVITS, KATIE, Bon Homme County.
JOHNSON, CHRIBTIN A, Codington County. 0u ,... 0nu „.,.,. _.
* BWANSOH, GAIN/, Kingsburry County.
KAMPANI, MRS., Brown County. TENNISON. MARTINA, Pennington. Co.
KEENE, LOUISE F.. Codington County. STOiPE, ELIZABETH, Davison County.
YANKTON, S. D., Feb. 12.— (Spe- '
cial.) — Seventeen inmates, all women,
of the South Dakota Hospital for tho
Insane lost their lives tliis morning
in a fire which destroyed one of tho
cottages of the institution. The fire,
which occurred at 2 o'clock this morn
ing, originated in the basement of the
cottage, destroyed and entirely gutted
the building. In addition to those who
lost their lives, theie were thirty-five
other people in tho building, twenty
three patients and twelve employes,
all of thtm escaping in 1 their night
clothes and losing all their personal
CAUSE A MYSTERY.
The cottage was erected of stone and
granite, with wooden interior, and was
intended for laundry purposes, but ow
ing to the crowded condition of the
main building forty of the female pa
tients were placed there with the laun
dry in the ba. cment. The exact, caus j
of the fire is not known, except that
ft originated in the dry room of the
laundry. Here there is a ceil of steam
pipes, and the theory is that either fine
particles, similar to lint, settled on the
pipes and ignited, or that clothes, which
were thickly hung above, dropped on
the pipes and were lired.
LACK OF WATER.
Lack of water greatly hindered the
work of the firemen. The burned cot
tage stands some 300 feet in the rear
of the main building the water tank
for fire proctection standing 100 feet ln
the rear of the cottage. The steam
pipes used for pumping ran from the
boiler room to the main building,
through the cottage for heating and
then to the artesian well or tank. The
intense heat in the burning building
caused the pipes to burst shortly after
the fire began, leaving the fire hose i
without power, except in the direct
pressure from the tank, which was in
no way sufficient to quench the flames.
Two streams of water were thrown on
the building, but did little good.
With the thermometer standing at 23
degrees below zero, the inmates who
could escape came down the narrow
flight of stairs in their night clothing
and bare feet into the bitter cold,
and had it not been for the nearness of
shelter the suffering and probable loss
of life would have been more terrible.
ESCAPE CUT OFF.
The building was three stories high,
with an attic and two entrances, one
east and one west. There was no stair
way from the second and third floors
which led into the main halls to these
entrances, thus giving but one exit
for those on the second and third floors
and attic. Fifty-two persons were In
the burning building, forty patients
and twelve female attendants. The at
tendants escaped, as did the others
who were saved, with none of their
personal effects, many losing all they
INQUEST IN PROGRESS.
An inquest Is now In progress at the
asylum, which may develop the exact
cause. It is not thought blame will at
tach to any of the attendants.
Portions of charred remains can be
seen in the debris at the bottom of the
basement. The work of removing the
remains and debris will begin in the
The four walls of the cottage still
stand and will make the work of re
moval dangerous, as a collapse is lia
ble to occur without a moment's warn
In 1882 the asylum, then a frame
building, was destroyed by flre and six
lives were lost.
Loss on the building and machinery
ln today's flre is estimated to be $18,
BIG CHICAGO BLAZE.
Many Yaluahle Books in the Mc-
Clurg; Stock l.«.st.
CHICAGO, Feb. 12.— The five-story
brick building, at the northwest cornor
of Wabash avenue and Madison street,
occupied by the book and stationery
firm of A. C. McClurg & Co.. was, with
its contents, totally destroyed by flre
today, entailing a loss of nearly $650.00>
of which $500,000 was on the stock!
McClurg & Co. carried one of the larg
est stocks of rare old books and man
uscripts outside the great libraries, in
cluding many volumes which cannot be
replaced. All these were lost.
FOUR FLATS BURNED.
Office of Senator Hansbrongh's Ta
per Destroyed Lomk of fy.OOO.
DEVIL'S LAKE, N. D., Feb. 1:'. -
(Special.)— Fire this mor.-ving destroyed
the- Quartette of two-st ny frame
buildings known as Hobjer's flats. Sen
ator Hansbrough's newspaper, the In
ter Ocean, occupied the lower floor of
one building. Editor Small and his
family residing above. The other
buildings were occupied by families.
Uite buildings were a total toss, esti
mated at $6,000, insurance, $4,500; ex
tents less, $3,000; insurance, $2.100. The
Inter Ocean saved all its outfit ex
cepting a big printing press and steam
engine. The paper has secured new
quarters and probably will not miss an
Issue. Editor Small, who had Just mov
ed in, lost all his furniture, which was
about half insured.
The fire started about midnight and
was apparently extinguished, but broke
out afresh at 3 o'clock. The steamer
broke down, curtailing the supply of
water, or it would have been subdtu-d
again. The buildings were old land
marks and were erected in ISB3.
NEW YORK, Feb. 12.— A flre early this
morning did $40,000 damapre to Nllsson hail,
a dance hall on East Fifteenth street, and
eight firemen had a narrow escape from
The factory buliding of the Manhattan
Brass company ou East Twenty-eighth street
was destroyed by flre today, together with a
large quantity of valuable stock of finished
material and machinery. The estimated lo«4i
ENGINEER HURT IN A CRASH
THOMAS FARRELL, OF THF: CHICA
GO GREAT YVESTERX, CAI GHT
I\ A WRECK
Freight Train Ment Off a |i.-ratlli> u -
Bwitch at St. Anthony I'arZi Enrly
Yesteniay Murnlng With Ulbhm.
While a Chicago Great Western
freight train was running tv the Min
nesota Transfer, on the Northern Pa
cific tracks, near St. Anthony Park,
shortly before 2 o'olock yesterday morn
ing, it went into a derailing switch,
throwing the engine and several cars
from the track. Engineer Thomas Far
rell, llvng in the St. Pierre terrace.
West St. Paul, was bruised and cut
about the head in the wreck, but was
able to go out with his train last night.
The train was running at a fair rate
of speed when the smash-up occurred.
As the engine struck the derailing
switch lt lurched over on one side and
left the track. Two freight cars fol
lowed the engine from the rails, while
the remaining part of the train, push
ing against the derailed cars. Jammed
the wreckage together with consider
able force. The engine was partially
overturned, and one of the cars tum
bled on Its side. When the crash came
Engineer Farrell jumped from the cab,
falling heavily upon his head and
Traffic was delayed several hours by
the wreck. The engine was consider
ably damaged, while both of the freight
cars that left the track were badly
Jam mod up.
DREYFUS IS WELL
lint llefnMe-M to Answer the Question
Put to Illm.
LONDON, Feb. 13.— The Daily Tele
graph publishes the following dispatch
from Cayenne, capital of French
Guiana: "The judicial officer, who has
just returned here from a visit to Drey
fus on the Isle Dv Arable, informs me
that the prisoner is in good heaith. but
declines to reply to written interroga
tions of the court of cassation, on the
ground that his answers are inaccu
rately transmitted tq^ Paris."