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, but Little More Miraculous than Some of
the Marvelous Cures He Performs
Without the Aid of Drastic Drugs,
Medicines or the Healing Agents
Commonly Employed by the
Medical Fraternitym
Doctors and Scientists Unable to Explain M
Wonderful pnendmena. :
Cures Those a Thousand Miles Away the
Same as Those Who Call in Person
Takes Mo Money for His Services, Says His
Mission Is to Heal Disease and Teach
Mankind a Secret Law of Nature
Which Has Been Overlooked by
Doctors and Scientists for
Centuries Past.
From the Buffalo Courier.
Rochester, Nov. 23.—Prof. Thomas F.
Adkin, a wealthy resident of this city, has
truly created a sensation among the mcd-
Jcal fraternity. By some mysterious law of
nature he has done practically everything
but bring the dead to life, and doctors and
scientists who have witnessed his work are
looking for him to do this next. In fact,
they have been so taken back that they
would not now be surprised at anything.
They admit that all their remedies and
treatments are but toys and tinsel as com
pared with the wonderful discovery of this
remarkable man. People say he possesses
divine power. Many of those who Save
been cured by his mysterious power look
on him as a god. But Prof. Adkin says:
"No. I have no divine power. There is
nothing .supernatural about me. I have
Blmply discovered a secret law of nature
which has been overlooked by doctors and
scientists for centuries past. I believe that
any man's life can be saved so long as
he is not actually dead and the vital
organs of the body have not been de
stroyed, and I further believe that when I
perfect my discovery a little more I shall
be able to restore life to any one from
dying, drowning or other causes which do
rot destroy the vital organs, provided de
composition has not set in. 1 know these
are strong statements, but look at some of
the people I have cured. They were all but
dead, doctors said there was no hope, yet
In many cases I rid them of actual disease
in less time than it takes to tell you about
It. There wa.s Mrs. L. A. Phillips, of Tra
wick, Tex., who wag the next thing to
dead when I took hold of her case. Here is
her letter; read what she says. I never
saw her, but I cured her just the same as
If she had been cured in my office." The re
porter was handed several letters from pa
tients, among them that of Mrs. Phillips.
The following extracts are taken word for
■\ybrd from some of the letters. Mrs. Phil
lips writes: "When I first began your
treatment I had no faith in it at all. had
tried so many different kinds of medicines
with no benefit. I had been under the
treatment of twelve different hospitals
with no relief, and then I employed two
home doctors, but they soon got so they
did me no good, and told me they could
do nothing for me, and that if I could find
anything that could do me any good for
me to get it, for they had done everything
they could. I suffered from every dis
ease that flesh is heir to. I had been bed
fust for five years, unable to stand up
longer than ten minutes at a time. If
ever a woman suffered I did. I coult not lie
but on one side. 1 had two large bed sores
that gave me a great deal of trouble and
I suffered so much In other ways. I had
kidney trouble, catarrh of the bladder and
also gravel. I used to suffer at times
uatil I had spasms. I also suffered from
■falling of the womb, ulcers and chronic
Indigestion, and, of coui'se, all of these
diseases left my nerves in a terrible con
dition, when I finally wrote to you. You
have done for me what no one else ever
did. But my friends all say that I have
been raised from the dead. I was nothing
but skin and bones, now I am feeling
splendid. I say to every one that if they
would place their case in your hands you
would do the same for them. All they
need to do is to give you a trial."
Miss Ilattie 1,. Kelly, Seal Cove, Me.,
writes: "Words can hardly express the
gratitude I feel for what your treatment
has done for me. When I began taking
It I had given up hopes of ever being well.
The doctors said 1 had consumption and
couldn't live long. Now, after taking one
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exceedingly frosty nature. They were
informed by the mayor that the in
spectors had reported in the case of
every one of them violations of the
law, and he was determined that it
should not be said hereafter that the
city and neglected anything that would
prevent a repetition of the horror of
The fact that the asbestos curtain in
the Iroquois theater was wrecked by
fire and that charred portions of It
have been carried away by investi
gating committees, caused the mayor
to decide that asbestos curtains could
not be relied upon to afford complete
Seven Requirements.
It was announced that every theater
must hereafter comply with the fol
lowing provisions before they would be
allowed to open:
Steel roll curtains: wide exits; no
combustibiles of any kind in the house
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month's treatment I am almost well, and
I know that another month's treatment
will entirely cure me. I have gained in
flesh wonderfully' and think there is no
treatment on earth that can compare with
it. You may use this letter in any way
you choose and hope it will be the means
of bringing others to you."
E. A. "Wallen, Finey. Mo.: "I was af
flicted with paralysis for over four years
and was treated by different magnetic
healers and other doctors and got no re
lief. I think your treatment is more than
you claim. They all say it was like bring
ing the dead to life to be restored to
health in such a short time. I cannot
praise you enough."
Doctors have sought out and brought the
very worst cases in the country to Prof.
Adkin, thinking they might baffle him, but
they have gone away convinced that he
uses some invisible power or force un
known to them. They cannot explain the
phenomena. Prof. Adkin is quite wealthy.
He lives in a fine home in an aristocratic
section of the city. He has a number of
business interests, but devotes most of
his time to healing: the sick. He offers
a certain amount of help to any one with
out money or price. All you need to do
is to call on him or write him. If you
write state the leading symptoms of your
trouble, your age and sex, and he will
write you fully in regard to the nature of
your disease, the length of time required
to effect a cure, &c, and tell you the ex
act treatment for your particular com
plaint. Prof. Adkin takes an intense de
light in curing cases that doctors have
given up to die.
lie disdains the use of Christian
Science, osteopathy, faith healing or drugs.-
He claims his method is scientific in the
highest degree, although scientists so far
have been utterly unable to- comprehend it.
One thing is sure, and that is he has some
mysterious knowledge;' "bffettf'Tw 1 process
by which he restores health to. people in
the very last stages of usually fatal dis
eases. Over twenty doctors have taken
up the study of his methods. Some are
staying right with him and daily witness
the remarkable cures he performs. Near
ly every train brings invalids to be healed
by his power. He gets an enormous mail
from persons in nearly all parts of the
globe. The most mysterious thing about
his whole work is his ability to heal at
a distance, but there is no lack of proof
that he does heal thoqe thousands of miles
away the same as those who* call person
ally. This would seem to.jjrove beyond
doubt that thought, will-power or some
mysterious, intangible force can be sent
through space the same as we are now
able to telegraph without wires; but how
this force takes hold and quickly rids
the bndy of' material disease is totally
Inexplicable. In some cases Prof. Adkin
si nda a peculiar magnetized food product
in concentrated form, which, he claims,
immediately revitalizes the whole system.
What his food product is, how he makes
it, or charges It with magnetic fluid, is
his secret. Doctors and scientists are
vainly puzzling their brains trying to dls
coVer it. Those who are sick and would
like to be healed may communicate with
Prof. Adkin by addressing him as follows:
Thomas P. Adkin, Box 834-B, Rochester,
N. Y. Rich and poor alike receive the
same courtesy. He has an extremely af
fable manner, but Is intensely earnest in
everything he does. Leading business men
and bankers speak very highly of him
and some say that he has done more for
the upbuilding of the city than any other
man in Rochester.
furnishings; fireproof scenery; no cal
cium or "spot" lights to be used; sky
lights above the stage provided »w?!h
automatic lids to permit the egress of
smoke, flre and gas; separate stairway
for each balcony.
After issuing this order, Mayor Har
rison said:
"I do not wish to assume responsi
bility for these theaters. The order
was issued to make it certain that no
precaution to insure the safety of audi
ences had been neglected. It is proba
ble that the owners of the theaters
may sustain serious financial loss, but
in view of the condition of the play
houses we cannot take any risk, and
if the law had been fully complied with
In the hrst place there would have
been no question of closing them now.
The Auditorium, which is the only
theater left open in Chicago, has a
steel roll curtain, and as this seems
to be the only curtain that affords ab
solute protection against fire, in view
of the fact that the Iroquois curtain
was destroyed, "I have determined, as
far as possible, to see that the other
playhouses are similarly provided."
The Auditorium is open occasionally
and not regularly, as are the other the
aters. There is no engagement there
at present and none in immediate pros
pect. While technically a theater, it is
generally regarded as a hall for great
and special gatherings.
_Will J. Davis and Harry Powers,
proprietors of the Iroquois theater, and
Building Commissioner Williams are
under arrest charged with man
slaughter. They have been released
on $10,000 bonds and their hearing set
for Jan. 12. The warrants for their
arrest were sworn out by Arthur E.
Hull, who lost his wife and three chil
dren in the fire. Mr. Hull explained
that his action was not inspired by any
motive of vengeance, but simply to
make it certain that the owners of the
theater should not escape any chance
of punishment that was rightfully
theirs, while stage hands and electri
cians and other employes were com
pelled to suffer.
Building Commissioner Williams,
who is charged with manslaughter in
connection with the great fire horror,
owes his appointment to a tragedy of
similar nature, but of much less ex
tent, which occurred two years ago.
Mr. Williams was given his office after
the burning- of the St. Luke's sani
tarium at Twentieth street and Wa
bash avenue. This was the institu
tion in which a score of men suffering
from delirium tremens were burned to
death while strapped to their beds.
Mr. Williams was selected with the
idea that he was the proper man to
see that no such catastrophe should
happen again.
Secret of Fire Is Found.
Fire Inspector Monroe Fulkerson to
night announced that he had finally
discovered the secret of the fire. The
asbestos curtain, on which the safety
of the audience ig said to have depend
ed, was, according to Mr. Fulkerson,
blocked in its descent by a steel light
reflector, carelessly left open by a stage
hand. While one end of the curtain
got within five feet of the stage, the
other was suspended twenty feet above
it, and beneath it swept the flood of
flame that carried death to so many
William McMullen, operator of the
"spot" light, said an electric light near
by, known as a "flood light," caused
the fire.
The wire used in the aerial ballet,
mentioned as a possible cause of the
curtain's failure to reach the stage,
was out of the way of the curtain as
it descended.
On each side of the proscenium arch
at the theater was a metallic concave
reflector, twenty feet long and studded
with incandescent lights. Normally
these lights fitted into niches in the
masonry, but when in use were swung
out in order that light might be thrown
on, the performers. Their greatest
width when opened was fourteen
inches. When both reflectors were in
place, the fire curtain had no impedi
ment in its course, but with either
swung outward the descending curtain
could not get below the reflector's top.
Carelessness of some employe, whose
identity it will be the effort of the po
lice to ascertain, left one of these re
flectors under the falling curtain.
Mazzoni, who was employed as a
scene shifter, was one of the first stage
hands to be arrested. After his re
lease this afternoon on bonds of §5,000
he disclosed the truth of the msiplaced
reflector to Inspector Fulkerson.
William McMullan, manager of the
spot light, which is alleged to havw
caused the fire, testified before the in
vestigation hearing today that the
spot light had nothing to do with it.
He said the fire was caused by the heat
from the flood light above the spot
light. The flood light used to "ftood"
the theater. ' McMullen said his spot
light was turned out when the fire
started. He said he was looking up at
the flood light and saw the flimsy bor
der blow directly over the flood light.
The heat from this light, he alleged,
caused the fire. The city electrician
followed with testimony that the heat
from the flood light was sufficient to
cause the fire.
Managers Will Comply Promptly.
At a meeting of the managers of the
leading Chicago theaters, held tonight
at the office of the Garrick theater, it
was decided to make all the improve
ments, changes' and repairs demanded
by the mayor and to comply in every
respect with his wishes. The changes
required by the ordinances of the
building department were discussed.
Another meeting of the managers will
be held on Monday.
At a special meeting of the city
council today the city building ordi
nance was amended so as to provide
that in the theaters there must be a
brick wall of the same thickness as
the outside wall between the audience
and the stage, and that the main cur
tain opening must have an iron or as
bestos curtain. The amendent takes
effect at once.
Entire City Mourns While the Dead
Are Being Buried.
CHICAGO, Jan. 2.—Chicago's head
was bowed in grief today over the ca
tastrophe of Wednesday afternoon.
Many business houses suspended, but
large dry goods houses along State
street remained open .the earlier por
tion of the day to supply the demand
for mourning goods, which has been
unpercedented in the history of the
For an hour at noon the bells of the
city tolled a requiem for the dead.
The idea of an hour of mourning was
not generally disseminated, but when
at noon the sound of the silver chime
of St. James church, on the north side,
was borne to the wind over the heart
of the city, it seemed as though every
other church in the city caught from it
the inspiration and the bells of each
responded at once. The churches in
the outlaying portions of the city were
last to hear the tolling of those nearer
the business center, but they at once
followed on and the bells of St. James
had been silent two hours and more
when the bells of churches in the
southwest portion of the city began
their tolling.
Outside of what little business was
transacted down town, the city was
given over to funerals. There was not
a cemetery in Chicago which did not
see one or more, some of them having
as high as a score. Extraordinary
arrangements have been made for
those which are to be held tomorrow,
which will be over one hundred in
Two double funerals passed through
the down town streets just as the
large merchandise houses were dis
missing their employes at noon. The
sound of St. James chimes was float
ing on the air, and the people, recog
nizing the solemnity of the occasion,
lined on the streets, and stood, many
of them with bared heads, while the
funerals passed slowly on. One of
these funerals was that of a brother
and sister, John J. Pitzgibbons, eight
een years of age, and his sister Anna,
two years younger. The other was
that of two sisters, Mrs. Ella M. Cant
well and Mrs. P. P. O'Donnell.
A triple funeral was held at noon
from 3237 Groveland . avenue, from
where the remains of Myron A. Decker,
his wife and his daughter Mamie,
were taken to Rose Hill cemetery. The
sole survivor of this family is a daugh
ter eight years old, who did not at
tend the theater.
The bodies of Francis and Agnes
Kennedy were followed by hundreds of
relatives and friends from St. Ber
nard's Catholic church, fifty young
women following the caskets as they
were carried toward the altar. The
sisters were teachers in the Chicago
public schools.
A triple funeral at 2183 West Mon
roe street was that of Mrs. E. Shriner
and her daughters Irene and Irma.
The hu3band and father has been dead
for some time, and the catastrophe of
Wednesday exterminated the family.
There were several other double and
triple funerals held during the day.
The largest funeral to be held to
morrow will be that of the entire fam
ily of Morris Eger, of 3760 Indiana ave
nue. Mr. and Mrs. Eger, who are aged
people, lost three daughters and two
grandchildren, and are left alone out of
all their family.
None of the funerals perhaps had
such distressing features as those
wherein were buried three out of four
generations of the family of Benjamin
Moore, a grocer. There had been a
family reunion in the Moore household,
and. Benjamin Moore was surrounded
by his children, his grandchildren and
his great-grandchildren. Nine mem
• bers of the family went to the Iroquois
to see "Mr. Bluebeard." Seats were
purchased in the last row of the sec
ond balcony, near the aisle further
away from the main entrance. When
the fire and smoke came all but one of
the party sat still and were killed. The
eight dead bodies were among those
interred today.
Mayor Harrison today received a let
ter from Coroner Traeger suggesting
that a public funeral be held in the
hear future for the unidentified dead.
The mayor agreed heartily , with the
suggestion, and said:
"I approve of the idea, but we will
wait as long as possible before bury
ing any unidentified persons, for ob
vious reasons. Probably the greater
portion of those who are still unknown
were strangers passing through the
city. Their deaths may not become
known to their friends for some time.
But when it is practically assured that
there is no further chance of their
recognition, Chicago will care for them
in a becoming manner."
It is also proposed to build a monu
ment by popular subscription in honor
of the unidentified dead. This sugges
tion came from Coroner Traeger and
was approved by Mayor Harrison.
Theatrical Managers Will Be Required
to Make Changes Where Necessary.
NEW YORK, Jan. 2.—Under in
structions from Fire Commissioner
Hayes, an assistant foreman of the
department began today to test the
fireproof qualities of the asbestos drop
curtains of New York theaters. The
assistant foreman had instructions to
apply gasoline to all suspected cur
tains and to attempt to ignite them.
If any theater is found to have no as
bestos or sheet iron curtain, or merely
has a low-grade asbestos curtain that
fails to resist the fire test, the house
will be immediately closed.
Commissioner Hayes said today that
he intended to urge the passage of
legislation which would secure safety
in some of the older theaters which,
under existing regulations, cannot be
compelled to adopt modern safety de
OMAHA, Neb., Jan. 2.—Building In
spector Withnell today ordered radical
changes in theaters and large depart
ment stores as a result of the disas
trous Iroquois fire in Chicago. All the
theaters will be required to increase
their exit facilities, and one theater
has been erdered to put in additional
aisles and remove 150 seats. Asbestos
curtains were ordered into use at all
theaters. Two large department stores
were ordered at once to make changes
in exit facilities.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 2.—Two
cases, growing out of non-conformance
with fire regulations, were brought up
in police court today. Edwin J. Bulk
ley, manager of the Empire theater,
pleaded not guilty to the charge of
running an unlicensed house, the li
cense having been withheld .pending
compliance with fire regulations. The
court accepted his personal bonds to
appear next Saturday, when the case
will be closed if the changes are made
in the meantime. P. B. Chase, man
ager of Chase's theater, and J. W.
Lyons, of the Academy of Music, on
whom similar warrants were served,
did not appear, their cases havinng
been postponed thirty days. The other
case was that of Samuel Gassenhelmer,
proprietor of the Lawrence hotel,
whose license was held up for similar
reasons. He was fined $100, but sen
tence was suspended for a week, pend
ing an appeal to the District commis
MILWAUKEE, Wls., Jan. 2.—Chief
Meminger, of the Milwaukee fire de
partment, issued an order this evening
closing four of the Milwaukee theaters
immediately until they have been pro
vided with asbestos or steel curtains.
The chief will make a thorough in
spection of all theaters and halls in the
city on Monday, and will order other
Mayor Weaver tonight appointed a
commission to examine and report on
conditions in theaters and other places
of amusement.
Marine Engineers Sent For.
GLASGOW, Jan. 2.—A large number of
Clyde marine engineers received cable or
ders from tlje Japanese government to
day to proceed immediately to Japan.
These engineers were engaged by th«
Japanese government six months ago on
the understanding that they would be
called on If active service was probable.
Full instructions were sent them in cipher.
They will sail for Liverpool Jan. 5 and
go to the far East by way of Canada.
Russian Squadron Sails Today.
BIZERTA, Tunis, Jan. 2.—The Russian
squadron destined for the far East will
sail tomorrow for Alexandria.
Insurance Is Refused.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 2.—German un
derwriters have refused to insure vessels
bound for the far East.
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inaugurated in a lew days. It will pay you to
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all details are completed we will inaugurate a sale that will give
you goods at almost your own prices. Sale will take place
at the old store.
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commerce. The Russian government
has not abandoned hope of a diplomatic
settlement of the question in view of
the powerful pressure which Great
Britain and France are bringing to
bear on Japan, but it is emphatically
said that Russia will never admit the
parallel between her position in Man
churia and that of Japan in Korea.
Count Cassini, Russian ambassador,
thinks the far Eastern situation
"gloomy, but not without some hope of
salvation." .
At the Japanese legation it was in
timated tonight that if the Russian
reply did not give definite assurances
that the several concessions asked for
by Japan in Korea would be granted,
the Tokio government would be com
pelled to abandon diplomacy for force.
Dispatches received by Mr. Takahira,
Japanese minister, from Toklo today
tell of the critical state of public feel
ing there. It Is said that if Russia
fails to give a definite reply, Japan will
Interpret a dilatory note as indicat
ing Russia's wish to defer hostilities
until the spring, when her forces on
land and sea can be used to better ad
vantage. If Japan is convinced of
Russia's Intention not to accept her
proposals, the Tokio government, It is
declared, will not hesitate to take the
initiative and assume the responsibil
ity for making war. The Japanese
minister does not believe that after the
manner in which he says people have
acted throughout the negotiations,
they will forfeit any sympathy which
they may have in this country by strik
ing first.
Secret Inquiries of American Diplo
mats Indicate Continued Peace.
Special to The Globe.
NEW YORK. Jan. 2.—World's
Washington special: Secret inquiries
conducted by United States ambassa
dors and ministers abroad at the in
stigation of the president tend to show
that war between Japan and Russia
will be averted.
Japan's Naval Purchases.
PARIS, Jan. 3.—The Figaro this
morning says that the big guns for the
Japanese battleships Kasaga and Xl
ashln, which were bought from Argen
tina, have not yet been supplied to the
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vessels. The Italian government is
said to desire that they receive their
armament elsewhere, in order to avoid
an impression that Italy is unfriendly
to Russia.
ROME. Jan. 2.—Notwithstanding the
pessimistic news from the fur Kast, of
ficial circles here do not believe that war
is near, as Japan, b<?fore the opening of
hostilities will certainly desire to have in
the far Kast the two warships she pur
chased at Genoa from Argentina. The
crews for these vessels have arrived at
Japanese Admiral Isurataro Matza says
he believes the two Chilean warships,
Libertad and Constitution, reported to
have been sold to England, have been
bought by Japan.
Ex-Consul General Holloway Has Poor
Opinion of Siberian Railway.
INDIANAPOLIS, Inrt., Jan. 2.—C01.
W. H. Holloway, who for more than ten
years was consul Rfneral for the
United States at St. Petersburg, in an
address before the Marion County Ag
ricultural and Horticultural society, to
day said:
"The Siberian railroad is a poor af
fair. It Is built with light rails, has
poor equipments, and though it has
cost an immense amount of money,
Russia finds tt difficult to raise money
to improve it. Now this is the road
that Russia is depending on to trans
port men and munitions of war to meet
Japan. The road cannot in ordinary
times carry the business that is offered.
The Trans-Siberian road, which be
gins at Moscow and goes by way of.
Lake Baikel to Vladlvostock and
Dalny, used to require eighteen to
twenty days to make ttie trip. It is
now churned the nip can be made In
fourteen-days. You may understand
that no soldiers will l>e transported In
passenger coaches and you may Im
agine tholr suffering if sent, as the/
must be, in open cars in winter.
"Russia has been getting poorer and
poorer year after year and has bor
rowed money up to her limit. The
same Is true of Japan. I think it would
be difficult for either to negotiate a
war loan. No Russian was ever known
to be in a hurry and no Russian can
understand why any one else should
be. For this reason there Is not likely
to be any sudden movement against
But Still They Confer.
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 2.—lt appears
to be true that Russia baa decided not to
accept Japun'a proposals. But the for
eign office here today announced that
Foreign Minister Lanadorf and the Jap
anese minister, M. Kurlno, are still con
ferring, with a view of nrrlvlng at an
amicable settlement. Unofficially, the sit
uation is regarded as being most serloua.

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