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VOL. LIV. XO. 131.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 1905.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
KPLOSIOf! AND FIRE CLAIM
Portion of Plant of R. B. Grover at Brockton
Wrecked by Blowing Up of the
TWO HUNDRED EMPLOYES ARE CAUGHT
Ruins Take Fire and Many Who Were Maimed Perish En
tire Establishment and Other Build
Brockton, Mass., March 20. Within
an hour after about 600 employes at
the R. B. Grover shoe factory began
work today the boiler blew up in the
engine room, wrecking a section of the
building and starting a fire which de
stroyed the ruins and spread to other
KttTIMATK OK !. I M I'OSIHl III.C
Owing to the nature of the accident,
the speed with which the flames seized
upon the collapsed section, and the ex
citement, accurate estimate of the loss
of life is impossible. It is understood
upwards of 200 persons were at work
in the department near the boiler
IW IIOISKS III It .
Several dwelling houses and the
Dahlberg block, across the street from
the factory, were also destroyed. The
financial loss is estimated at $200,000.
Most of the employes in the main
part of the plant succeeded in escap
ing, although in a terrible panic. A
number were injured.
At 10:30 is was learned about fifty
were unaccounted for, and it was be
lieved many of this number might be
dead or injured. The factory, a large
four-story wooden structure, was de
stroyed. MAY It KM II KIITV.
Brockton, March 20. Fire Marshal
Boyden stated reports made to him up
to noon indicated the list of dead might
Calls have been sent out for every
person who escaped to indicate the
fact at once. In this way it is hoped
a fairly accurate estimate of the num
ber of dead may be obtained.
KIM 25 IIODIKS.
Brockton, March 20. Twenty-five
bodies have been taken from the ruins
up to 11:30. Many of them were so
horribly mutilated and burned as to
make identification almost impossible.
HA V K TIIIHTV-KI VK HOIHKS.
Brockton, March 20. At 2:30 35
bodies had been removed from the
ruins. None were identified. The list
of injured numbered upwards of 50.
An official of the Grover company ex
pressed the opinion possibly 100 per
sons will be found to have lost their
AffOI M' KOH ..
Brockton, March 20. At 3:15 42 bod
ies were recovered, and 250 of the 400
employes accounted for.
Mile rrnni l.
Rrockton. March 2o. The factory '
was situated altout a mile south of the
city proper. A series of alarms sum
moned all the fire apparatus in the
city to the scene. Aid was also sent
from nearby places.
The firemen experienced the great
est difficulty in battling with the flames
as the factory was of an extremely In
flammable nature and nearly all the
floors were saturated with oil.
Their attention was chiefly given to
(he pan of the factory nearest the
Invller house, and in the early stages
of the fire a number of employes were
extricated from the ruins.
The flames, however, soon stopped
the rescue work, and the entire plant,
with those who failed to ese-aje, has
Meanwhile news of the accident had
reached the homes of the operatives,
and through the streets already near
the burning factory, nien and women
were struggling wildly towards the
center to get news of relatives. Cries
which sounded above the roar of the
flames were heard as frantic women
learned there was little hoie for any
one who was caught in the building.
Mai)' Went llnnir.
After the explosion many of the em
ployes went to their home.. This add
el to the difficulty of compiling a re
liable list of the missing. The Rrock-
SAY CONGRESS WILL
MEET AGAIN OCT. 1
IVs Moines. Iowa, March 20. Sena
tor Allison is authority for the state
ment that Roosevelt will call congress
in extra, session Oct, 1 for the purpose
of considering the railroad rate question.
ton hospital was notified at once of the
disaster and hurried preparations were
made to receive the injured
All ambulances, police wagons and
many street carriages and physicians
and surgeons were hurriedly sent to
David Rockwell, the engineer in
charge of the boilr, has been detained
by the police pending an investigation.
Dencl and Mlnnlnst.
DAVID ROCKWELL, engineer, died
shortly after being arrested.
Elmer H. Dodge.
George W. Lawrence.
Aid. George E. Mork.
REFUSES TO HELP
Supreme Court Denies Writ of Habeas
Corpus in Election Con
Washington, March 20. The su
preme court today denied a motion for
writs of habeas corpus in the cases
of Peter Miller and Thomas Shcpper
son, two Denver election officials who
were sentenced to terms of imprison
ment by the supreme court of Colora
do, on charges of violating orders of
the court in connection with the No
A RECEIVER FOR F. B. BERRY
Property of Defaulting Clerk Taken in
Charge by Courts.
Boston. March 2'. James I). Colt,
an attorney, has been appointed by
the supreme court receiver for the
property of Charles F. Berry, the clerk
and accountant for a legal firm, who it
is alleged, had disappeared, leaving
his accounts in a tangled shape. Sev
eral large estates, valued at half a
million is said to be involved.
Ran For Governor; Dead.
Ies Moines. Iowa, March 20. Col.
I. S. Tarn, ex-nominee for governor of
the democratic ticket, died today aged
KILLED TRYING TO SAVE COMRADES
FOURTEEN MINERS ON WAY TO RESCUE TEN VICTIMS OF EXPLO
SION IN WEST VIRGINIA MEET LIKE FATE SECOND
RELIEF PARTY ENTERS
Fire Creek, W. Va., March 20. A
second rescuing party entered the
Rush Run and Red Ash mines today
to recover the bodies of 24 men be
lieved to have been killed by the ex
plosions of Saturday and Sunday.
Chanest on. W. Va., March 2
Twenty-four dead is the record of the
explosions in the Rush Run and Red
Ash mines near Thumond. Ten men
were killed in the first explosion Sat
urday night, which set fire to both
shafts. The 11 other victims were
members of a relief party who hero
ically braved almost certain death
from the fiames and fire damp in an
effort to rescue the bodies of their
KiplMlM Wreaka flavor.
The relief prty entered the mines
early yesterday morning. An hour
later a terrific explosion shook the
mountain. Fire in great sheets blar.ed
from the mouths of the shafts. 1"hc
lowering clouds acted as gnat reflec-
SLEEPING CAR OF
FAST ALTON TRAIN
Mexico, Mo., March 20. A child
was born this morning on board the
sleeping car Brazoria, which was at
tached to the Alton "Hummer"
speeding from Kansas City to Chica
go. The mother, Mrs. W. H. Shinabar.
of San Francisco is on the way to To
ledo. Ohio, to visit her mother Mrs.
H. M. Jones. At Chicago the mother
and child will be taken to a hospital.
Brought Into Venezuelan Contro
versy Through Seizure
of Coal Mines.
FRENCH MAKE A PROTEST
United States Sends Cruiser Colorado
South, Presumably For Ven
Port of Spain, Island of Trinidad,
March 20. News has reached here
that the governor of Barcelona, Vene
zuela, has received from President
Castro orders to take possession at
once of the coal mines of Guanta Nar-
icuai, near Barcelona, leased in 1S0S
for 33 years by the Venezuelan gov
ernment to an Italian company.
The same day the Venezuelan troops
took possession of the mines by armed
force, as in the similar case of the
New York and Bermudez company.
notwithstanding the protest of the Ital
ian manager. This action was taken
without a judgment by the court at
The Italian legation has been noti
fied, and Baron Aliotti, Italian charge
d'affaires, is represented as having en
tered a protest.
Howrn Cables French Protect.
Washington, March 20. Minister
Bowen at Caracas has cabled the state
department that the French minister
at that place has protested to the
Venezuelan minister of foreign affairs
against the action of the government.
which has given notice to the French
Cable company of its intention to an
nul its concession and seize its proper
ty. The nature of the protest is not
given. No details accompany Mr.
Crulurr SallM for Vmrurl f
Norfolk, Va., March 20. The cruis
er Colorado sailed from Hampton
roads yesterday afternoon, and it is
understood the ship is bound for Vene
zuelan waters. The Colorado has not
completed the crew it is supposed to
have, despite the fact that men in
tended for other ships in the Carib
bean squadron have been sent aboard.
Ten expert torpedo men were sent
from the league Island navy yard.
The order for these experts wa3 re
ceived in a telegram from Secretary
Morton. The men were taken from
the torpedo boat Hopkins.
Bloomington. 111.. March 2 The
annual convention of the State Iaun
drymen's association opened in this
city today with abouf luo delegates
tors, and the red glare brought hun
dreds of people from the mining vil
lages for miles around.
The explosion was terrific, and un
doubtedly was caused by fire damp.
The big "drum." by which the loaded
cars are run from the drift mouth,
down the incline to the tipple, was
thrown COO feet down the mountain
ssde. The "drum" house caught lire
and was destroyed.
'ara Wrrrkrd aad Kyrard.
A score of empty cars were shatter
ed into matchwood by the concussion,
while those that stood in the path of
the sweeping flames were shattered
and' burned. The rails of the tipple
track were twisted and the ties ripped
up for the space of several hundred
It is considered almost miraculous
that there were no fatalities among
the crowd of weeping wives and chil
dren and relatives of the utn who
braved death for their comrade. Many,
were thrown down, but none was se
I FA IT
KEEP HANDS OFF
Washington, March 20. French ca
ble complications have reached a cri
sis and Minister Bowen has informed
the state department that the French
minister at Caracas has notified the
Venezuelan government there must be
no furher proceedings on its part to
ward the cancellation of the company's
franchise or interference with its prop
erty. Bowen reports two French
warships have been ordered post haste
to Venezuela to act in accordance with
the instructions of the French minis
CAR WAS ROBBED
Packages Missing After an Assault
Committed on Express
Chattanooga, March 20. Mai Pruett,
the Southern Express company's agent
on a Southern train, today was assault
ed in his car near Lookout Station by
Will Thomas, a former messenger.
Thomas claims the assault was the re
sult of a personal difficulty, but Pruett
says that robbery was the motive. Pru
ett stated two packages of money and
a package of vouchers are missing.
ON ANNUAL BENDER
Floods Lowlands About Pittsburg and
Forces Shops to
Pittsburg, Pa., March 20. The wat
er stage in the Allegheny river at
9 o'clock tijis morning was 25 feet and
rapidly rising. Preparations for a
flood are being made as a stage of 30
or more feet is predicted by night
fall. Already the lowlands are sub
merged and mills and factories on the
river have suspended operations.
FEBRUARY IMPORTS HIGHEST
Total Was $103,000,000, While the Ex
ports Reached $109,000,000.
Washington, March 20. Imports
during February were larger than in
any previous month in the history of
our commerce and the excess of ex
lorts over imports was smaller than
in any month since June. 1S97. The
imports of February were $103,000,000
and the exports $109.ooo,0O0. against
practically $119,000,000 in February,
1904. The large increase in importa
tions is chielly in manufacturers' ma
terials and articles of food.
MISSISSIPPI CLUBMAN KILLED
Shot by Police Chief as a Result of
Raids on Club.
New Orleans, March 20. As a re
sult of three Sunday raids made by
the police of Hattiesburg, Miss., on the
Mississippi club, the principal social
organization of that city. II. S. Morris,
the secretary and treasurer of the
club, was shot and killed by Chief
of Police E. O. Rufkin. Morris threat
ened Rufkin with a revolver, but the
chief fired before he could use it.
Indict Jacksonville Mayor.
Jacksonville. March 20. The Mor
gan county grand jury, which has been
investigating charges against city of
ficials, returned its final report Satur
day, indicting Mayor John II. Davis for
receiving a bribe of $2,000 and for mal
feasance in office. Indictments were
returned also against Police Captain
Kennedy. Street Commissioner Harney,
Joseph Price, a contractor, and a num
ber of saloon men for operating slot
Son Plays Dead; Father Dies.
Good Hopo, Ala., March 20. Dur
ing school exorcises here last night
J. M. Woodall dropped dead when he
saw his son. who was impersonating a
corpse, borne onto the stage by some
of his companions.
Prohibition Leader Dead.
Muscatine. Iowa, March 20. Frank
Bacon, one time nominee for president
on the prohibition ticket, is dead at
Los Anceles. He was a former resi
dent of Muscatine.
German Minister Dead.
Berlin, March 20 Baron Von Ham
mers ein, Prussian miinster of the in
terior, is dead of asthma complicated
by heart weakness.
Emperor at Buda Pest.
Buda Pest, March 20. Emperor
Francis Joseph ha arrived here in
connection with the ministerial crisis.
FORTUNE TELLER IS
KILLED AND ROBBED
St. Louis, March 20. Miss Mary B.
Page, a fortune teller, a?ed 70. was
found dead in her home today, having'
. . . i . i A
oeen oounn, gaggen ana Mrau&ieu
death. Robbery was the probable mo
tive for the crime.
OPPOSING ARIES IN DESPERATE RACE
JABEZ WHITE, PUGILIST, A PASSENGER
New York, March 20. More than
three and a half days behind her best
record time for the voyage the big
White Star line steamer Cedric came
into port today after the most turbu
lent voyage of her career. The force
of the gales w'as terrific and at times
Calesburg Church People Exe
cute Coup to Defeat Shum
way for Mayor.
WIN MAJORITY OF DELEGATES
Charge Present City Executive With
Failure to Enforce Laws Gov
Galesburg, 111., March 20. In the
primaries of the citizens' party Satur
day night it developed that the pas
tors of the city had formed a political
combine to prevent the renomination
of Mayor George Shiimway, on the
ground that he has not enforced the
ordinances. The result was a remark
The preachers laid their plans so
well and secretly that they were able
to pack the primaries in four of the
seven wards with voters belonging to
their churches. These voters were
furnished with tickets containing lists
of delegates prepared in the study of
one of the pastors.
M In Utcra In Kuli Control.
Shumway's friends had no knowl
edge of the movement until the time
of the primaries and the anti-Shum-wayites
were in full control. In the
Third ward the church voters, headed
by Rev. Jtseph Bell and the Rev. J.
Y. Aitchison, were 2oo strong, and
took everything. In the Second ward,
under the leadership of the Rev. C.
A. Vincent, who acted as teller, and
the Rev. Edson Keifsnider, they cap
tured the delegation.
On final returns, the anti-Shumway-ites
will have 41 delegates in the con
vention, against 40 for Shumway, with
contesting delegations from one ward.
The preachers are highly elated over
the success of their strategy and the
convention tonight promises to be ex
Trouble Two Vrnm Old.
The trouble between the preachers
and Shumway dates back to the time
of his nomination two years ago on
the citizens' ticket, on the law en
forcement platform. It was discover-c-d
the laws were not being enforced
against the saloons and gambling
rooms, and several pastors hired de
tectives and secured much evidence.
On the showing made, Shumway again
promised he would enforce the ordin
ances, but in the last year the preach
ers declare much laxity has developed.
They charge gaming rooms have been
running with full equipment and that
saloons have been allowed to operate
The preachers assert Shumway has
violated his pledges and has deceived
them, and that the town never was
more "wide open." They and the good
government element say openly that
BEEF TRUST HEARING IS TAKEN UP
VENIRE FOR FEDERAL GRAND JURY SWORN IN TO MAKE IMPOR
TANT INVESTIGATION THREE HUNDRED WITNESSES
SUMMONED PPROCEEDINGS ARE SECRET.
Chicago. March 20. The govern
ment investigation of the "beef trust"
began today. Judge J. Otis Hum
phrey, of Springfield, administered the
oath to the veniremen whose nanies
have been kept a profound secret for
three weeks by officials of the United
States district attorney' ejffice.
The government is represented by
A-su-tant District Attorney C. II.
Mormon and Assistant Attorney Gen
eral Oliver H. Pagin. Attorney John
S. Miller represents the packers.
Hntr Nork In formal Iob.
Much information bearing on speci
fic instance's of alleged violation of
the Sherman anti-trust law is said to
be in the hands of the federal prosecu
tor. Independent packers, headed by
Schwarzchild & Sulzberger, have ar
ranged to submit evidence to the gov
ernment tending to show the manner
in which the smaller packers have
been forced to foilow the dictation of
the socalled "Rig Five."
WltaraM-a Kron Oat mt City.
Witnesses from out of the city have
assumed hurricane proportions with
tremendous seas. In the most violent
period of the storm, March 12. Mrs.
Whitney, a steerage -passenger give
birth to a child.
Among the passengers on the Cedric
was Jabez White, the English pugi
list, matched to fight Jimmy Britt.
TOBACCO TRUST IN
District Attorney Jerome of New York
Demands $287,000 Because of .
New Ycrk. March 20. District At
torney Jerome has brought suits ag
gregating $287,000 against the Ameri
can Tobacco company, the Continental
Tobacco company, the American Cigar
company, and the Floro.lora Tag com
pany, all subsidiary concerns of the
American tobacco trust, for allege 1
violation of the lottery laws of the
The suits grow out of guessing con
tests organized by the concerns. The
companies a year ago offered $1 42,O0
to those who made the neatest guess
es to the number of cigars of certain
brands which would be taxed within
a stated period of time hy the fed
eral government. Later they offered
$143,000 to those who made the near
est guesses of the actual number of
votes cast for the winner of the last
According to the section of the pen
al code under which the suits are
brought, even though the prizes offer
ed have been paid, the companies
again must pay the money, this time
to the county of New York, should
the district attorney win the suits.
Papers Connected With Investigation
of Illinois Man Made
Washington, March 20. Reports
and correspondence in relation to the
investigation made by the department
of justice into charges made against
Christian C. Kohlsaat, who was re
cently confirmed as judge of the cir
cuit cemrt in Illinois, were made pub
lic at the White House today. The
documents exonerate Kohlsaat on all
COURT JUSTIFIED MURDER
Ends Trial of Mrs. Jessie Hopkins at
Chicago for Killing Spouse.
Chicago. March 20. i he ease of
Mrs. Jessie Hopkins, e.n trial for the
murder of her husband, was 'taken
out of the hands of the jury today by
Judge Kersttn, by whom the charge
against her was summarily dismissed.
Judge Kersten held Mrs. Hopkins was
they will not Mipport Shumway, if he
is nominated. Shumway, notwith
standing this opjMjsit ion, has a large
following among business men and
working people, owing to his zeal in
bringing factories and conventions
been as.-igned dates for their appear
ance at the grand jury session. Sev
eral r ported to the district, attorney's
office today. Of COO subpoenas issued.
Clerk MacMillan reports all except
four have b-en properly served.
Attorney Mill-T denies any witness
es for the government have been spir
ited away and are on "vacations" a.-
ha t been v ported.
After selecting IT, jurymen Judge
Humphrey adjourned the session un
MAD MULLAH GETS A TOWN
Rome, March 20. In concluding
peace with Great Britain through the
mediation of I'aiy, the Mad Muliah
has eibtained permission to occupy def
initely IIHg, a viiiage on Italian terri
tory. !' mil" from OWjIa, which was
the ha:-? of operations In the lant cam
paign Jed by Gen. Manning. Coawt
rights are granted the Mullah, quali
fied by a prohibitiejn of trade in arm.
Japaness 20 Miles West
of Russians Aim to
LINEVITCH HEARD FROM
Confesses He Has No News of
Two Divisions of His Army
St. Petersburg. March 20. Anxiety
regarding the fate of Linevitch's force
continues, the main danger to them be
ing the Japanese columns which are
hurrying northward along the great
trade route 20 miles west of and paral
el with the line of retreat. The heads
of these columns were officially report
ed to be passing Fakonian. 30 miles
northwest of Tie pass, on Friday.
Ilnnf -nel the Hiinalnna.
Their appearance doubtless hasten
ed the Russian retirement, which may
now have become literally a race north
ward, as once the Russians are headed
it would be easy for the Japanese by
a short cut to throw themselves across
the line of retreat.
After leaving Kaiyuan. Llnevitch la
believed to have divided his army, tho
main portion clinging to the railroad
and the other falling back along tho
mandarin road which runs to Kirin.
I.lnriltch llrnnl Pr
St. Petersburg. March 20. A dis
patch from Linevitch dated the 19th
"The commander of the second
army reports he has had no further
"No reports were received from tho
first or third armies.
"I have. Inspected the troops which
have arrived from Russia. They are
in excellent spirits and good health."
I.OMara I'lnrcd tit 120,(MMI.
St. Petersburg, March 20. Complc-e
details of the losses at the battle of
Mukden are not yet available at tho
war office, but reports thus far received
indicate 120,000 men were killed,
wounded or made prisoners, and about
eight field guns captured. Almost ev
ery siege gun, it is affirmed, was re
moved. l:iillllK Th.-lr lllirxra.
Tokio, March 2n, i(. m. The rem
nants of the Russian army retreating
from the direction of Shingking are
in a pitiable plight among the moun
tains. They are without food and are
killing an. I eating their lx.rses. They
are compb-tcly enveloped by the Japa
nese. Yaiyen and Kirin will soon be
occupied by the Japanese.
The Russian main retreat is contin
uing toward Harbin. Tho activity of
the pursuing Japanese gives the Rus
sians no time to rest.
KuroimtMii In Poor lfratlli.
St. Petersburg. March 20. The
story that Kuropatkin remained at the
front in command of Linevitch's old
first army is untrue. He Is proceed
ing to Irkutsk, where he may stop a
Khort time to recuperate InTore re
turning to St. Petersburg. His nerves
are said to be badly shattered.
Admit I'mrr lolll.
St. Petersburg, March 20. Novoo
Vrernya, editorially Tor the first timo
today admits the )ossihility of peace.
TRAIN GOES INTO A DITCH
Flyer From New York Topples Over
Embankment Near Winfield, Ind.
Hammond, Ind.. March 20. Run
ning CO tniies an hour down a steep
grade, the New York and Chicago Lim
ited train on the Erie railroad was
ditched yestetday morning near Win
field. Ind., and although no one was
killed, 12 persons were injured, three
probably fatally. The accident was
caused by a part of the engine becom
ing disconnected and throwing the
train from the track.
Japanese War Loan.
Ik-rlin, March 20. The Frankfurter
Zeitung Kays that negotiations with
Herlin banks for a Japanese loan Is
ncaring completion. The loan will be
at r per cent, but its amount is not
Senator Hawley is Dead.
Washington, March 20. Gen. Joseph
R. Hawley, formerly a senator from
Connc-etcut, is dead. The remains will
be taken to Connecticut for burial.
JEWS KILL POLICE
CHIEF IN RUSSIA
BorlBom, European Ru-yin, March
20. Three Mjuadrons e;f dragoon?
Rtarte.-d for Rerezina where aruiel
Jews are reporte-d to have kilk-d the
chief of pelice and a number of his