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VOL, XL. NO. 138.
ROCK ISLAND, MONDAY, APBIL 4, 1892.
81ng1 a Copies 5 Casta
Per Week ISM Cent
Is the stock of
ACRES OF RAVAGE.
At THE LONDON.
We have, without exaggerating, the fin est and
best line in
THE THREE CITIES.
To advertise our . Children's Department we
put on sale for one week, ending Saturday, April! 9,
100 DOZEN 100
MOTHER'S FRIEND SHIRT WAISTS,
Actually worth and selling for SO cents,
FOR ONLY 25 CENTS
We want your trade, and if nice new goods and
low prices will get it, we are entitled to have it. Give
us a chance and trade where your money will go
foe fartherest. We sell clothing, etc., 15 per cent to
2 per cent lower than any other clothier. Money
funded if our prices are not the lowest.
THE LOW DO
SAX & RICE.
Agents for the world
renowned Knox Hats.
Two Great Conflagrations at
the Crescent City.
BIG BLAZE IN THE COTTON BAIE3
Two Little Children Burned Alive and
Three Firemen Injured, Two
Fonr Cotton Tresses and 63,000 Hnlos
Burned The Cigarette Ioe This Work
The Woman with the Coal Oil Can
Starts the Other, and the Uesnlt Is 185
Houses Reduced to Ashes Scores of
Families Homeless Total Loss. About
Ne-.V Okleaxs, April 4. The two largest
fires ever known in New Orleans broke
out almost simultaneously yesterday
morning, destroying eleven squares of
building, ftf.OOO bales of cotton and over
$3,G00,flti0 ::: property. Both fires were the
result tr ea:cle.-.-ues.s a:nl the cre.it de
struction was due to long drought, the
dry condition of houses, cotton, etc. The
strong breeza that -was blowing ami the
Insufficient size of the firo department,
which was reorganized in January from
the volunteer to the pay system, reducing
the force to about cue-tenth its former !
size, contributed to the spread of the con
flagration. - Besides the men had not be
come thoroughly accustomed to their new
duties r.nd were greatly overworked by
two big fires.
V.'ork of the ratal Cigarette.
The f. rst fire Iiegan at Jo a.m. i:i some
cotton stored on the pavement in front of
the Fireproof cotton press at Robin and
Front streets. It is not usual to allow
cotton to be stored, but the stock on hand
here just now is so large, over5tl,tsi() bales,
that the law was relaxed. Some one care
lessly threw a lighted cigarette among the
cotton. It smoldered, and finally burst
into a blaze. The fire was a very small
one at first, but the cotton was so dry that
it spread rapidly. The flames in an in
credibly short space of time communicated
to the press, eating their way through the
woodwork and down into the body of the
Three Firrmeii' Seriously Hurt.
The flames next caught on the Ship
pers' press in which there were 1)0,000
bales, and in half an hour it was licked
up. The Orleans press containing 2o,000
bales and the Independent press with 8,000
bales, -were the next victims. Then the
firemen gave up trying to save the presses
and they all went up in smoke and flames.
The firemen made a desperate attempt to
check the fire at the New Orleans press.
They were working hard at It when the
vails fell in, burying three firemen Idtfib
ruins, Captain Dupree, Lieutenant Shaw
and Pineman Bordeaux. The two last
were serously if not fatally injured.
Five Square of Flames.
. By this time the fire extended five
squares in length, and communicated to a
number of houses, barrooms, stores, etc
It produced a panic, and people for four or
five squares around commenced moving
out their furniture. The air was filled
with wisps of blazing cctton, which threat
ened roofs everywhere. The Baldwin
Agricultural works, three squares away,
and the Louisiana rice mills, four squares
away, were set on fire, but the flames were
extinguished. Fortunately the section in
which the cotton presses are located con
tains few large houses and many vacant
lots, so that after the presses and the cot
ton were burned the fire died out chiefly
for want of fuel.
List of the Tresses Destroyed.
The presses destroyed were as follows:
Fire-roof , Penrose Brothers, managers,
South Front and Robin streets; Shippers,
Boyd & Herrick, proprietors. South Peters
street; Independence Cotton Yard, South
Peters street; Orleans Cotton press, Adam
Lorch, manager. South Peters street. In
these presses Ci.000 bales of cotton were
burned. The lois on the cotton at fcio a
bale is fci,222.;..iu. The presses were worth
$750,000. Other property valned at $30,000
was destroyed, including eighteen horses,
bring the total loss up to $3,022,500. The
Fireproof press Wits the property of the
Seventh Street Orphan Asylum and the
Shippers' press of the Charity hospital.
The presses and cotton were fully insured.
THE SECOND FIRE BREAKS OUT.
A Vomm Starts a Stove 'With Coal Oil
and liums Two Children.
While the fir men were fighting the
cotton fire an al .m was given of another
at Laurel and .bird street, about twelve
blocks away. Mrs. Valentine was prepar
ing her dinner, and used coal oil to start
the stove. The oil caught fire and com
municated to the house. Like the other
it was a small affair at first, and it was
half an hour before it communicated to
the other houses, but once it got headway
it swept rapidly down Laurel street. It
was difficult to get engines at first, for
they were all fighting the blazing cotton
presses. When they came they were able
to do very little. The supply of water was
short and the men worn out, while to
make matters worse a stiff breeze was
Poor People's Cottages the Fuel.
The locality in which the fire started is
built Tip entirely of frame cottages, occu
pied by poor people. The houses were dry
from the long drought, and the flames
spread from one to the other so fast that
in a couple of hours they had crossed Third
and Second streets, finally reaching First
street. They spread backward, also cross
ing Laurel street and burning up three
blocks between that and Constance street,
crossing the latter at First and Second
streets and sweeping everything before it
to Magazine street. The fire was then held
in check, end although it crossed the
street and destroyed some houses on the
other side it was extinguished there.
Over Half m Million Wiped Oat.
The flames had spread from the poorer
to a better residence portion of the city,
burning in all 186 houses and property to
the amount of $500,000 to 1600,000. A large
portion of the furniture) and household
goods in the burned district waa saved.
For a time it looked as though the fixe
would cross First and Magazine street.
the two wiaest in tnai part ot tne city.
it had done so. there wouid have been
nothing to have stopped it for a dozen
squares. The fire caused somewhat of a
panic and there was a general fear thnt
Xew Orleans was going to have a Chicago
Two Children Iturned to Death.
In the house of the woman who started
the fire were two little girls, her daugh
ters. The exploding coal oil scattered
over the little ones, and they were both
burned alive. The mother is on the verge
Out In the Open Streets.
More than 100 families are suddenly ren
dered homeless and it was a pitiful sight
to see weeping mothers, with their help
less little ones clinging to them, gazing at
the mass of embers that was once their
happy homes. So incredibly rapid was the
work of the flames that few families saved
anything from their residences, mauy
barely escaping with their lives.
Syndicate Had a Close Call.
All the cotton presses except the Ship
pers were purchased Saturday by an Eng
lish syndicate whose purpose it was to
take charge of them at once, but the act
ual transfer had not been made. The
Viss, therefore, does not fall on the syndi
fate. There is ;Jn insurance of $3,V),0O3
on the ?:V0u,"o loss.
RIFLES AT ONE HUNORED YARDS.
A LouUiana Duel llesults In the Death
of One Participant.
Xkw Oklkans, April 4. Xews has just
readied horouf a fatal duel with Winches
ter rifles on Turnbull's island, at the
mouth of the Red river, Friday morning.
The principals were Michael McGowan and
Andrew Kirk, both citizens of West Mel
ville. The duelists, together with a num
lier of their friends, crossed the river at 8
D'cloek, and the distance of 100 yards was
measured off and the men placed back to
buck. When the signal to turn was given
McGowan fired, but missed his adversary.
Kirk calmly levelled his riile, and taking
deliberate aim shot McGowan in the head,
the ball entering near the left eye and com
ing out at the right ear. The wounded
man fell to the ground and expired almost
The Sheriff Arrived ItcMnd Time.
The sheriff had learned of the intention
to fight a duel and had followed the party.
He reached the scene a few minutes after
the shooting and arrested Kirk and the
second. The cause of the duel dates back
about two years. Kirk was engaged to
marry a young lady, but on account of
slnnderous stories circulated about him
the engagement was broken. He accused
McGowan of being the author of the
stories and bad blood between the men
has existed since that time.
THE VENEZUELA REVOLUTION.
Trospects That Talacio Will lie Out of a
Job Pretty Soon.
Paxama, April 4. Advices as to the
growing strength of the Venezuelan insur
gents are fully confirmed. The peasantry
and herdsmen are willingly enlisted under
the standard of Crespo, who is himself
one of the largest stock raisers ih Vene
zuela, and has a body guard composed of
herdsmen from his own estates. Palacio
Las about 2,000 regular troops.
The Militia for Crespo.
The militia generally are for Crespo. or
else hold aloof from the contest. In Cara
cas all the able bodied militia have been
called out by Palacio. Many of the regu
lar army officers are with Crespo. The
revolutionists are pressing forward toward
Caracas, and are everywhere hailed with
enthusiasm. The capture of a gunboat
near Esmeralda by the revolutionists has
given them a great advantage.
Tried a llomb on Palacio.
Xlw Yokk, April 4. A Herald special
from Caracas, Venezuela, says that the
other evening a dynamite bomb was
thrown at the president's house and ex
ploded with frightful force. The president
narrowly escaped death. The bomb's tre
mendous detonation caused a fearful
Jilted by a Golden Haired Girl.
Chattanooga, April a Friday
morning a hat and overcoat were found
on thj bridge over the Tennessee river.
In the pocket of the coat were several let
ters saying that the owner was Thomas
V. Johnson, of 415 West avenue, Brook
lyn, and that he had jumped from the
bridge into the river at midnight. No
trace of the man has been found, although
the coroner is engaged in searching for
Lim. The letters in the coat pocket con
tained a lock of golden hair and alluded
touchingly to a disappointed love affair,
in which Stella Woodbridge, of 40U Fourth
avenue, Brooklyn, is named as the young
lady who jilted him.
New Light at Sheboygan Harbor.
Washington, April 4. The light house
board has given notice that on or about
April 25, 1802. a fixed red lens lantern
range light will be established on a post
twenty-two feet high on the outer end of
the north pier at the entrace to Shelxjy
gan (Wis.) harbor, lake Michigan. The
light should be visible in clear weather
two or three statute miles, and with She
boygan pier head light will form a range
showing the direction of the piers and the
course to be followed in entering the
The Morgan " Debating School."
Wasiiixgtox, April 4. The senate has
resolved to devote two uninterrupted days
this week to the consideration of bills on
the calendar. How far this intention will
be interfered with by the "debating school"
on the silver question, as Sherman terms
the prospective debate on the Morgan res
olutions, remains to be seen. Stewart's
free coinage bill is on the boards today,
and if Morgan joins the Nevada senator in
its discussion there is no telling when the
eloquence will stop.
Went to Vi'ar Without "Sinews."
ST. Loris, April 4. The strike of the
river firemen, roustabouts, and 'longshore
men shows signs of weakening, and it is
expected will totally collapse. The ranks
of the strikers are being rapidly thinned
by desertion, and owners of the various
lines of steamers are confident that they
will soon have no difficulty in securing
enough men to load and unload their
boats. The men are almost entirely pen
niless, and have subsisted on voluntary
contributions of food since the strike com
menced. Now the food is running rather
low. . ."
Democrats Urged to Organize.
"Washington, April 4. The national as
sociation of Democratic clubs, through its
executive committee, is sending out to all
local clubs, a circular letter urging the or
ganization of primary societies through
out the LTnion by which to wage the polit
ical battle of the year. One of the circu
lars gives the object of the campaign by
the Republicans to be the election of a
congress that shall pass a force bill and to
avert that' the organization of local socie
ties is declared to be a necessity, as by
means of such organizations the battle
must be fought.
Whitelaw Held at Home Again.
New Yor.K, April 4. Hon. Whitelaw
Reid, United States minister to France,
returned from Paris on the La Cham
pagne yesterday morning. Mr. Reid was
accompanied by his wife and two chil
dren. To the reporters who besieged him
he said he came home to resign his post,
but. if his name was put forward in the
presidential race he could not conceive an
American who would decline such en
honor, which, however, was in his case
very remote. '
Reported Against the Democrat.
Wasuingtox, April 4. The house com
mittee on elections has reported the con
tested cltction case of Noyes against
Rockwell from the Twenty-eighth Xew
Vork district, with the rprnmnir-nitAfinn
that Rockwell (I)ein.), the sitting memUr,
oe unseated and JSoyes (Kep.) be given the
Mrs. T. L.Stebbins,a Christian ScieLtist,
died at Chicago in spite of the "silent"
treatment of a healer" of her own faith.
The police of Brooklyn are inclined to
believe that the dynamite explosion near
General Kind's residence Friday night was
a joker's work
The Chicago grand jury brought in its
report Saturday and confirmed the indict
ments of ten alleged boodlers as given in
these dispatches heretofore.
Samuel J. Tilden's estate has been
divided. It aggregated $0,000,000 and all
went to the heirs except $1,700,000, which
goes to found a great library.
Fithian has reported favorably to the
house from the merchant marine and fish
eries committee a bill giving American
registry to foreign built ships.
The Mexican congress is in 6essian. In
his spesch at the opening President Diax
said the country was prosperous and
would make a creditable showing at the
As a sequel to the strike of employes of
Selz, Schwab & Co., shoe manufacturers
at Chicago, the 5 -year-old son .f one of
the strikers is dead of starvation, so it is
Frank H. Bishop, of Xiles, Mich., is ac
cused of robbing working girls of $1,000 by
borrowing money of them and "sinking"
it. He is also charged with forging $8,000
Fred Wittrock and W. W. Haight, who
were sent . to .the Missouri state prison in
1SS8 for seven years for robbing the Adams
Express company of nearly $100,000, have
been released, getting out on three-fourths
time for good behavior.
Sant Overly, a contractor, of Taylor
ville, Ills., beat his wife, and when Officer
Hopson went to arrest him Overly at
tacked Hopson with a hatchet, cutting
horrible gashes in his head and neck, and
splitting his right hand. Overly is in jail.
Ch&s. Stuart, living near Dixie, Ark.,
outraged the 11-year-old daughter of a
neighbor John Guin. When he was over
taken by a posse he opened fire with a
Winchester. The posse returned the fire
wounding Stuart in the back. Lynching
is talked of.
Lady Somerset, of England, and Miss
Frances Willard were at Bangor, Me., Sat
urday, and their hearts were made glad
by witnessing the spilling into the sewers
of a large quantity of the "demon," which
had been captured under the Maine liqnor
law. Lady Somerset tipped a "little brown
jug" into .the drain, and Miss Willard con
sumed a bottle of whisky to the same fate.
The Loral Tlrrketi.
Oflice Kock Iflnnd Duii.y akd Wehklt A rots i
. Kock Island, 111., April 4, ISM
GRAIK, ETC. A
Wheat s&aonc. 3
Bran -S5c kt cwt,
Shipe'tiff $1.00 per cwt.
U a v Timot by .J 10 oOll 50 ;rrairio, a13 ;clover
SS&IO; baled. SiO 50.
Biifcr Tsir to choice, S5c; creamery, 330
Ecps Fresh. VZc; parked. 10c.
1'ou: try thickens, lO&Wtt; turkeys, lJfco
dutks, 12Vc: geese, 10c.
FKl'lT iND VEOSTABI.ES.
Apples $.j2&i.75 per libl. ..
Cat tip Rntf.hf.ra ttnir ttr v.m f.'fl alppn
8H04!4c; cows and Heifer.!, 34J3tfc; calves.
For referring to a subject so unusual, bat
It may possess interest for some to know
. . Is sold for half the price of the other
. .kinds, la hOI.I),weay-if the quality
, was not what it should be, ot course it
would not sell at aU.
Baking Powder Companies say nothing
of their exorbitant prices, but talk aon
Unually of chemical analysts, Ac
Let the scientists lead the scientists, but
let practical women try Climax, and
Judge for themselves.
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