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FIFTY-SIXTH YKAK. NO. 7.
THURSDAY. OCTOBER '25, )(. TEX PAGES.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
MANY KILLED OR INJURED
IM FIRE AT KANSAS CITY
PEN PICTURES OF PROMINENT PEOPLE VFI If)
FAMILIAR FACES AS SEEN IN ROCK ISLAND'S EVERYDAY LIFE.
Old Chamber of Com
merce Building Burned
to the Ground.
AN APARTMENT HOUSE
Scores Caught on Upper Floors
and Firemen Could Not
Kansas City. Kan., Oct. 25. In tin
ruins of the chamber if commerce
building .destroyed by fir- tarly today.
then' art" any where from half a dozen
to bodies, according to estimates of
tinmen who worked at the scene all
night. The actual loss of life will not
te known until a thorough search of
the ruins can be made, and probably
not then, as some of the firemen assert
many bodies must have been burned to
Ilrlumi auil : 0.--uhii I .
The building was useil as tenement
house containing ! rooms, and be
tween 2"e( and ;:' iH-rsons at the time
the fire broke out. Most of these cotn
j;osed families, but many others were
transients, whose names are unknown.
The t.-nlv person who knows the actual
number of occupants of the building i-
the janitor, who is believed to be un
der tile debris. It was the custom for
many tiausients. who came mostly
from nearby railroad yards, not to reg
ister, and thus all trace ot ihcm is lo-d
for the time being.
hum Ki- Hrrr llriitl.
At s this n in ning the known eleael
numbered five. Sevi ral perseuis wen
missing and close to fifty others are
known to have been injured. Of Un
injured, scattered among half a dozen
hospital-? and at private homes. 25 arc
more or less seriously hurt. Two or
three will die."
The known dead:
ROBERT III KTOrs. stone mason.
INFANT of John A. Sparks.
D. R. YOl'NG. laborer.
J. F. BRANAHAN. wagon maker.
'I' lir- Injurril.
Mr. and Mrs. George Sparks.
A. H. West. cariR-nter.
Thomas Hunter, blacksmith.
Patrick Motley, laborer.
Captain J. K. Kuciihalter, firemau.
M. II. McCall. a laborer.
Thomas Conners, an engineer.
Alexander Mi-Cambridge, engineer.
John Kane, engineer.
William Mulvihill, train dispatcher,
Arthur Childers, jMdicemau.
.1. nranahan. wagon maker.
.1. K. Sankow.
Mrs. Mary Sankow.
Kelward Hay loss.
W. J. Moreley, fireman, Missouri Pa
cilic. Fred Creel, reporter.
A. J. Jackson, laborer.
Mrs. J. H. Rose.
K. O. Barnhart, foreman Fowler
S. H. McCauley, fireman, Missouri
Frank Ottermaii, railway mail clerk.
Iliitlt for ll:irl of Trmlr.
The Chamber of Commerce building
was situated at Park and Central
streets in the Hivcrview district. It
was erected 1 1 years ago at a cost of
$5,00) to be used as the board of
trade. The city grew away from it.
however, and it never was used for the
original purpose, but for many years
had been occupied as an apartment
house. The structure was four stories
of brick with deep basement and faced
the two streets.
It contained mo rooms, almost all
of which were, as far as c-an be learned,
occupied by families or individuals,
laboring men or railway employes.
Unkr Out iia n el Floor.
Fire broke out on the ground floor
from some unknown cause at 2:'). Is
olated as it was the burning building
was difficult of access, and it was some
time before the; fire department reach
ed the scene.
When the lire men arrived the entire
binding was in flames, and ail mean3
of escape by the stairways fer scores
of occupants were shut oil. On the
two sides of the building elevated rail
way tracks hemmed it in and made it
still harder work for the firemen.
Then another obstacle arose. The
firemen did not have sufficient ladders
and many of those they had were too
slt to reach the noper sries. A
smoke filled the building, evi-f
dently coming from burning stocks of
the merchandise on the floor below.
Some of the occupants were probably
never able to leave thedr rooms. .
HaiiKiiiK from Window. I
When the firemen arrived at the
burning building they saw men hang
ing from window sills on the upper
floors and frantic women with babies
in arms and children clinging to theiu
le-aning for nut frenn the windows una
ble to find means of escape. The fire
men quickly ran the ladders up, but
they did not reach above the third !
floor. Many persons were on the floor!
above. The firemen first devoted ,
themselves to people on the second and
third floors, and did not heed the
screams of people above.
M:iuy in Inlrrior OvrrfUiuf.
Many pe rsons in the interior of the
building were already eivercome by the
dense smoke and had to be carried out
by the fiienu-n. After ge-tting everyone-
the-y could find eut ef the se-cond
and third stories tlie firemen turned
their attention to the people above. As
the laekk rs did not reach above the
third floor, men en the- fourth floor lit
erally pitched their wives and children
down to the firemen on the ladders
and then jumped down themselves.
Some J ii ii 1 1 to (imuiiil.
Some- of the more excitable ernes
jumped to tile ground, and were cither
killed or badly injured. Some whom
:e firemen tried to catch fell the en
tire distance to the ground.
Bryan Opens Ohio Speaking Tour
With Boost for Kin
kade. CANDIDATE FOR THE BENCH
Commended for Course at Toledo
Which He Sentenced Ice Trust
Montpelier, Ohio. Oct. 25. William
le linings Bryan began his campaigi.
of spcechniaking in Ohio here today.
In his speech-Bryan strongly -endorsed
ludge Kinkade. independent candidate
for the common pleas bench at Tolede-.
Kinkade is the judge who heard thy
cases against members of the six-ailed
ice trust and sentenced them to the
.! .More f Iximl.
"We must have men on the bench,"
said Bryan, ' who will enforce the laws.
Kinkade decided for the people; and
against the ice trust, and therefore he
should have the support of the people."
In national politics Kinkade is a re
Open l.rtlrr to l-iovrn t m.
Indianapolis. Oct. 15. An open letter
to the democrats of Ohio from William
J. Bryan was made public at headquar
ters of the democratic state committee
tins afternoon. The letter expresses
appreciation of the endorsement given
Bryan by the state; convention and
urges every democrat to go to the iolls.
as it is easier to bring a democrat to
the polls than it is to convert a rcpuo-
CLEARED OF BLAME
President Receives Report of Commit
tee Sent to Investigate in
Washington, Oct. 25. The president
has received the report of the com
mittee recently sc-nt to Oklahoma to
investigate the charges preferred
agiMtist Governor Frantz. The report
completely exonerates the governor
and will undoubtedly be approved b
PUNISH THE SURVIVORS
Japan Asked to Look After Seal Poach
ers We Did Not Kill.
Washington. Oct. 25. Sedretarr
Root, has requested the Japanese gov
ernment to cause the arrest and pun
ishment of the Japanese poachers who
attempted to land on the seal islands
in Alaska recently, and who escaped
to Japan after some of their party had
Terre Haute Gets Cheap Gas.
Terre Haute, Ind.. Oct. 25. The
Reagan Gas company, incorporated by
prominent Terre Haute men. will ask
the city for a franchise to supply nat
ural gas from an Illinois field for 5
years at a maximum price of SO cents
a thousand feet, besides giving the city
2 per cent of the gross receipts, which
is estimated to amount to $10,000 a
Civil War Veteran Dies.
Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 25. James V
Forsyth, major general U. S. A., re-
tired, died at his home in this city last
evening. He was stricken with para -
lysis Monday night and never rallied.
LEGISLATURE I ffc;
CITY ATTORNEY MMm
HON. WILLIAM M'ENIRY
one. of tUcrai1lTf'"liivyeis or lm,&iLyjov many ye;us Mr. Mo
Etiiry has rommamictl the; ri'speet ;md wuii the esteem of all citizens.
Assoeiatt'il with, his Id-other M. -I. .McEniry under Ilia nunie- of Jli
Kniry A: McEuiry his firm has ollices iiibotli iie-k islanel anel Molitic
and rauks professionally anions the lest known and must successful
in the count y. Mr. McEniry has been, a lifelong de-nie x-rat an el promi
nent in the councils of the party, lie has served his city and stale in
oJliee with success and honor, having lield 1 h- position of e-ity at
torney, soon after com iug out of college and subsequently, in 1mm.
was elected te the state legislal ttiv, where he assisted in shaping the
law.s of Illinois. He is a progress! ve, high minded citizen, a member of
the liock Island club.
GO UNDER STRAIT
Alaska-Siberian Railway Compa
ry Organized by French
LINE TO BE 3.750 MILES
Incorporate With $6,000,000 Capital
Under Laws of the State of
New York, Oct. 25. With a capital
of $0,000,000 the Trans-Alasku-Sibcrian
Railway company was incorparted in
.Jersey City yesterday by Loicq dc Lo
bel of Paris. J. A. b. Waddell of Kan
sas City. Jedin J. Hcaiy of Seattle1,
Wash.; William H. Black of Manhat
tan and John Turner, an employe of
the Corporation Trust company of Jer
M. do I.obel hald $.j.!97.0O0 worth .if
Ihe $G,000,000 stock, Mr. Turner $G00,atu'.
Messers. Waddell, Healy, and Blac'i
I'hrrr (irorrnl IlrlrgnirM.
M. de Ivobel Is the general delegate
of the French and Russian and Ameri
can syndicate of the Traus-Alaska-Si-berian
Railway company. Mr. Waddell
is the delegate of the advisory board
of consulting engineers of the railway.
and Mr. Healy is the delegate of the
The company will construct a rail
way between Alaska and Siberia, with
a tunnel under Bering Strait. The line
across Alaska and its branch lines and
a part of the tunnel to the great Dro-
mede Island will be built in accord
ance witn ttie contract between tne
special imperial commission and the
company. The main line will start at
a station known as Kank on the Trans
I.rnttth of l.lne 3,754) MIIrH.
The length of the main line will be
3,750 miles and the branches 2,250
miles. The line in Alaska will be from
the tunnel in American waters, "specifi
cations of which were liled with the
; secretary ol
!Tho line w
of the interior in May 1903.
ill run from Alaska river,
at Cape I'rince; of Wales. Seward Pen
insula, at a place called Kinm-gaii. to
ward Cape York and easterly to Port
Clarence?, and then to (Irently harbor,
crossing the California and Kaugarock
rivers. The main line will proceed to
North Pay. and from there to a ponir
near Nulato. t he-nee along the Cainw II
river, crossing the Tanana river, and
easterly along the Tanana river to the
141st meridian of longitude, then to
the boundary line between Alaska ami
the Uritish northwest territorv.
GALE ON THE LAKES;
DAMAGE MAY RESULT
Velocity of 20 to 40 Miles an Hour Rc
ported at Various Northern
Detreut. Mich.. Oct. 2T,. C-iU-s air
reported on all the (heat bakes today,
and vesselmcu fear loss of life and
ships may be reported as a. result.
Lake Erie is being swept by a -W-mi'.e
gale. On bake Huron the; wind is blow
ing 20 to ::0 miles. The City of Mack
inaw, dowubound, is reported nine
NEW YORK POLICE
IN A BIG SHAKEUP
Police Captains Save One Trans
ferred "For the Good of the
New York. Oct. 25 Probably the
most sensational shakeup which f the
New Yerk inilice department ever ex-
perienced will ge into effect tomorrov.-
when every captain except one in five
boroughs in the city will be transfer
red by order of Commissioner Bing
ham. The changes are made "for the
good of the service." Ths one captain
left undisturbed is Captain Scbtott
man, who commands the Tenderloin
precinct. There are 85 captains.
Associated Press Official Dies.
Santa Aua, Cat, Oct. 25. Frank V.
Mack, formerly superintendent of the
eastern division of the Associated . the line knew why the New York lira
Press, died last night ef consumption. ' ited was half an hour late. Word came
HOLDUP IS FOILED
Dummy Train Sent to Lure Per
sons Who Threatened
FOR LAKE SHORE LIMITED
Chicago Officers Work Ruse to Catch
Bandits, But Fail $5,000
Chicage, Oct. 25. An anonymous hit
ler writer ef the anarchistic variety,
who. had threatened to dynamise or de
lai! the- Lake; Shore limited train which
leaves the ba Salle street station for
New York every night at 5:150 o'clex-k
unless $5,00' in gold was thrown to
him from the train at a certain point,
was neatly trapped in attacking a dum
my train last night at Pine. Ind., the
scene of the ear barn murderers' cap
ture. With the dummy train made up to
look exactly like the limited and with
the regular train following a few min
utes behind the ruse worked pe-rfecily
to the point of getting the highwayman
and his "pal." if he had one, to attack
Otticinln Cilir Cbaxr.
At the. signal of two pistol shots, as
prescribed in the anonymous letters,
the "dummy" train was emptied of
railroad dete'cMves, United States dep
uty marshals, and postoffice inspectors,
who gave chase in the louely swamps
and sands and among the scrub oaks.
Up to an early hour this morniug the
robber or robbers had not been cap
tured, although the country was being
swept by posses. Two tramps were
picked up before midnight, but the au
thorities think they are not Uie right
Train Half Hour I.nte.
The ruse of the railroad officials, un
dertaken at the suggestion of the post
office inspectors, who had been trying
to run elowu the letter writer, was car
ried out so quietly that no one along
from Elkhart. Ind., in the evening that
the train was late, with no oxplana-
The Lake Shore Railroad company
has been receiving aiionynmus letters
from various parts of the cowntij.
There have hi n receiv.-d during tin1
last two weeks, according to Cem r.d
Manager Handy. They were niaile,!
from towns in marby states. T 1 1 '
writer .aid he was desperately in n-t d
ef money and woulj go to any lengths
to get it.
In his first letter he prescribed Pii:.
as the station, it being the limit for
loneliness, and he said that a couple of
j pistol .shots would be- his only signal.
He speclfie-d the limited, which would
be passing that, spot after daiknc-s'
i Lad set in.
I'j-M No Mention lo I '.rsl.
Whe-n the company paid no att;i!-
jtion to the lirst communication, the
'writer wrote uiraiu. threatening to de
rail the train, and again in a third say
ing hewoti!d dynamite the nain unless
the gold was tossed Ironi tile train at
the place named. The town, which is
where the car barn bandits were seen
first after their departure fiom (.'hie-ago.
contains no commuuicut kuis or
faciliiie-s by which a chase could In
organized. When things began to look serious,
Mr. Handy turned the matter over to
Colonel Stuart, chief posioi'icc inspec
tor. Mr. Stuart's men stalled an in
vestigation, but. alter a f w days' work,
decided that the best way to find lb
criminal was to rig up a train for the
TAGGART IS DYING
Army Officer Involved in Sensa
tion-il Diyorc Case III
SENDS WORD TO HIS FAMILY
i Whercibauts of Wife and Son U-
known Sines They Went to
France After Trial.
Woosfer. Oil'i.t. Oct. 2.".. Relative- o
Captain E. I Ta. a it , who was lie
plaintiff in the Utmous Tai-uait dhon e
, case, were staltled last night on I.
jceiviug a lelegraiu which aiinoiinceii
itiiat he was dying of dys nteiy and -
ver in the Philippines. The m ws came
j in a telegram to Captain (JPrnoie at
: Columbus, sa ing thai Captain Tag
Iga.ll. believit.ir hi.- en, u-ar. a-kedtiia;
; word be sent to iiis t'oinur wife, his
sons and parents, and expn .- il a wi;,'
it hat he- be buried ja Wu ne count v.
J-I ll-'i V.l.ln-,-.
The: messace ask ii ai.-o te,r M i s. Yai.--gart's
aehlie s--. Il r attoiii s weie
commiinicaieei with, but could gie no
informatie.n. am! said the- only per.-o-i
who knew Mrs. Taggart's whereabouts
was he r sister. M rs. .lauu Shields ol
Oak Park. I!!. Teh ranis were . ni t-i
.Mrs. Shi. his.
Morrow Tangart. S' 'ea: o'i. ail
his wile, wiio is 7;. tin parents ol" i he
captain, are in such ill lo-aliii ih.it i h
("ainily have decided to l. p freun ilu m
the- ne-ws of Iheir son's condition.
lis-n( Mii-- 'l ii.,1.
Mrs. Taggart disajip an d f'otu 1 1 1 i -city
with her two boys. Culver and
'fiddles, who had been given into t he
custody of their father, a few wei-ks
after the trial, and when last heard
from they were In France-.
BAR AGAINST THE ,
Injunction to Prevent Mayor of Phila
delphia from Suppressing Play
Philadelphia, Oct. 25. .Judge KuN
berger in Ihe common pleas court today
refused lo grant an injunction restrain-'
ing Mayor. Weaver from interfering!
with the- production at the Walnut j
street tiieater or "The- Clansman.'
which the- mayor suppn sse-d as the- re
sult of a protest by leading c-olord cit
izens. Negroes claim the- play is in-,
liammatorv and an Insult tei iheir race.!
TALKING EDUCATION BILL
Crisis for British Measure in Debate
Before House of Lords.
London. Oct. 25. The crucial test of
tha education bill was reached today
when the measure 'Time be-fore the
house of lords for detail '1 debate. The.
general belief is that the; con trove! p '
will ultimately end in ,-omo sort of
compromise. Tiie debate is expected
to last three weeks.
London, Oct. 25. llifle shooting will
hereafter be included in the curriculum
of the elementary schools "f this coun
try, according to Mr. Birrell, president
of the board of education, who made
the announcement in the house of com
Washington Fears Dis
ease Has Gotten Be
CASES ONTHE INCREASE
At Widely Separated Points
Fails to Decline as Usual
In the Fall.
Washington, Oct. 2". Army medical
edlic rs w hej ha'I much experience in
Cuba are- watching with some anxiety
the prepress of yellow fecr in the is-lan-l.
The principal cause- for apprehension,
is found in the fact that the appear
ance of the eli.-ease at several widely
separated peunts is e-vhleiice- it has got-te-n
away freun th- medical de-jiartment
in Havana, for past experience shows
all preceding out breaks of yellow fever
throughout the- i-land could be traced
dire ctly to the capital.
SiniilH-r of iimcn ItK-rriiMrM.
Another disepiiet ing fact is that the
eli.-ease, be-ginning with line or two
ias s sunitiier, is tleiwly but ajipar
ently ste a'lily increasing in number of
eases, a't hough it has been the rule
fever eiimini.-hes in a steady ratio dur
ing Sept, mber, October and November.
He.wcvcr. army surgeons here elo not
f: ar a gene ral ephle:nic.
SI VEN KILLED IN
Accident in Rolling Mill Mine of Cam
bria Stetl Company Scatters
Death Near Scene,
.loau-'ovi u, Pa., Oct. '1. liy an ex-p!osi-u
in tin- leilllng mill mine eif tho
Cambria Stee l company last evening
seven Hie n Well' kfTIei and twti se rious
ly injured. Only ejne- of the.- dead hua
bee n jii- iii :l;e 'I. an American born mln-e-r
naiu'i Sampson Luther. It Is be
i vii the otlur eie-ad are all foreign
Tin- explosion took place in heading
.Vie, s:.nie' distance' from the ill fat
ed Klondike seetieui. where 111 uieu
lost, their lives oer fenir years ago.
The exact Cause- in luit kllOWIl, hilt 't
i- snppose-d that the- gas was ignlteel
by i he tn ir.g of a blast.
All the- nun when teiuml had their
mfeiy h.nip.- in priijier trim, shewing
that tin- accieh-nt cuhl not have been
tatise-d bv ne ghct in that direction.
THEIR RIGHTS HERE
Representations Made at Washington
Refer to Treatment at San
Wa-him ton. (Jet. 25. Viscount Aokf,
Japanese ambussadeir, at a conference
wi'h Se-e-re-tary Hoof, today made a re
epn : I in behalf of his government, for
the- I nioel States tei see that Japauese
subjects in Califeunia are accorded
Heir full lights under the treaty of
1VU. inciueiing the right of children to
freely attenel the- public schools at San
I'raiKi'-eo. Root will take the matter
up with the president, and likely a rep
le sr iijatieni will be niaele to the authori
ties of California.
BRYAN CARES FOR OLD VET
Pays Expenses of Man Who Walked
12 Miles to Hear Him.
Loganspeut, Ind.. Oct. 25. Jammed
in a c towel of C.n'ni peejph; around the
stain! em which W. .1. Hryau rpoke yes-
tenlay afternoon, Fred Scheely, aged
Mi. who had walke d 12 miles to hear
Bryan, fe ii unconscious from exhaus
tien aii'l is in a ctitiea! condition. Mr.
Hryan. h.earlng of the incident, ordered
that Schccly be? taken t a hospital and
ci'ie el fer I't P.ryau'K expense!.
POPE RECEIVES PILGRIMS
Carried to Throne Room, But Appears
in Fair Health.
Home, Oct. 25. The pope toeiay re
civeii the Pritish pilgrimage In the
throne rejom. Ills holineps waa carried
to the throne anel the pilgrims filed be-feere-
liitu and kissed his baud. Al
though the pontiff was languid and
pale his general condition seemed sat
isfactory. French Cabinet Not Ready.
Paris. Oct. 25. The French parlia
ment reassembled this morning. Tbe
bi.-sions were robbed of all interest
owing to the fact that the new cabinet
was unable to present itself.