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,4 Washington Notes.
^^reSentative Madden of Illinois
introduced a reciprocal demurrage
in the house.
he new Uruguayan minister. Dir.
lis Melian Laflnur, has been formal
presented to President Roosevelt,
eorge B. Cortelyou has announced
retirement as chairman of the Re
licau national committee. Harry
Sj|New, vice chairman, will become
a||lng chairman of the committee
piaj. James McLaughlin of Bismarck,
D., has been nominated to succeed
self as an inspector in the service
the Interior Ma]. McLaughlin hats
in the employ of the government
thirty-six
yearB.
'resident .-Roosevelt probably will
ept aninvitation given him to de
liger an addfeSs at Indianapolis earlr
las June,- when the monument to Gen.
H||nry W. Lawton is unveiled. The
pgfesident served under Gen. Lawton
inlCuba during the Spanish war.
Inhere is very high authority for the
sfltement that William H» Taft has
kfibwn definitely for months that he is
go on the Bupreme court bench. A
Jufist who saw President Roosevelt
-within a few days was informed that
Secretary-Taft would succeed Justice
tier
at an early date.
Personal.
jgpL W. C. Williams, a well known
vewfirSmf&t the Civil war, died in In
dianapolis from pneumonia.
Newark, N. J., lost one of her oldest
residents when Mrs. Anna Stager,
aged ninety-two, died. She will be
buried in a shroud she wove herself
from flax grown in her back yard
many years ago.
iJohn Stt^p Draper, eighty-three
year* old, builder of the first tele
graph line between Milwaukee and
Chicago, died at his home in Chicago.
Rev. George H. Hoover, founder of
th« American Home Finding associa
tion died in Chicago after an illness
of a month.
Daniel Carman died at Lebanon,
Pa., of paralysis, aged seventy-two
y^ars. He served thirty years as an
engineer of the Pennsylvania railroad.
It fell to Carman's lot to faring Presi
dent-elect Lincoln, on the eve of his
Inauguration, through that perilous
midnight journey from Harrisburg to
Washington.
Accidental Happenings.
Five men were drowned in the Co
lumbia river near Butler, Wash.
Southern Pacific engine blew up
'it Curry, Tex., instantly killing the
fireman and fatally injuring the engi
neer.
George Huff, twenty-three years old,
St. Paul brakeman, was killed by
falling beneath a train at Muscatine,
SWhile trying to light afire at Me
-nominee Blanclie Davenport, five years
old^ ^ras so. '•eriously burned that she
died few hours afterward from her
in^i^ ...
00Q
Fiy hours after his arrival in Chi
cago Vfrom Winona, Mina., and one
Hd^*afterih%J||ad obtained employ
ment as a
was killed while" coupling ears.|g|g||g
William Kiser, wife and two chil
dren aire dead at Carlsbad, N. M., and
otfjermembers of the household are
thought to be dying from what is sup1
Imposed to be ptomaine poisoning.
,v .!s»- The Bay of itjie Quinte, onoof the
hotels between Toronto and
^Montreal was destroyed by fire at
%. Belleville, Ont. Many of the guests
•''Kf'Sp •'had ik'arrow escapes. The loss is 180,
',s»
|P& Jrruuaway team dashed Into a crowd
jffrrt avenue crossing, New York,
killing a Mtjy ifi Its carriage and so
~, InfSftJpg the child/B mother and three
6 1
other children tiiat they can hardly
•During a terrific thunder storm in
^AijpOTa^IU the resldenCe of Mrs. Kate
SfScjuqid&^^: struck by llgbtnlng a.nd
p^fbi&i^'d.^The woman,'who is, a
|feril^iB, "Snd 4»er v^oji, narrowly escaped
g,
|i|
I^S »f». ijj
'SiH
i?-1
r?a
Johnson, eighteen years old,
*#s instantly Hilled at Albik, Iowa'by
Burlington fast mail. He was work-
do»lbl£ tr&k and stepped
td let -«train pass, when
JU,
xeaourcefulneas of the
ivrtlutioniats^it Odessa. They con*
itei the "fcflW plan of utilising the
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atire polio* (ore« beoauso
Iff-' -W1
vnffimT«pg|nDr*
a it uow
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The following 1» a synopsis of tlit mes
sage of the retiring governor, 8. H. El
rod:
In opening Gov. Blrod says:
"South Dakota, all things taken Into"
consideration, is the best state in the
Union. Tear after year she shows the
greatest net cash returns from her plains,
fields and mines. It is a fact that the ad
ministration of the affairs of South Da
kota costs less, per capita, than any other
•tate In the Union. If we want the state
to keep on developing, we must have
more people and more capital. It will hot
do to let the state stand still. Two things
are essential to assure her goli^forward,
immigration and capital." 'J* 1
Continuing he says: r»
"I beg of you, pass no law that will
make it necessary to increase taxes,
rather set an example that will lead to
tax reduction. Conservative administra
tion..protects capital and insures work for
the laborer."
The state has had a wonderful growth
during the past six years, says the gov
ernor. Improvements have been on every
hand, and villages, cities and towns have
grown. Many people have come to the
atate. and thousands of new homes and
farms have been opened.
Under the policies which have prevailed
taxes have gradually grown lower and
they will continue to grow lower, de
clares the governor, If this and succeed
ing legislatures are economical, conserva
tive and wise. He adds:
"Do not vote a single dollar in the way
of appropriations that Is not needed.
Above all things keep the appropriations
within the revenues of the state. Do noth
ing that will retard the growth and the
development of the state."
During the past two years no less than
live new railroad companies have been
Incorporated under the laws of this state.
On this subject the governor says:
"These new com.
Mew Rallrsirii panles are creatures
new Kanroaas.
Retiring: Executive Reports State in
Prosperous Condition and Makes
Important Recommendations.
4
of the gtate of South
Dakota and their.
lUccess Is largely In your hands. The
people of this state have waited long and
•orely need the roads. You can encour
age railroad building or you can discour
se It Nothing should be done that
WOttld retard the vmpletlon of the lines
mentioned and otter new lines that are
about to be built. In passing laws for
the governing of railroads, be careful and
lust."
The governor urges the passage of a
bill prohibiting, the acceptance of rall
roadi passes by all state, county and
municipal officers.
The need of an immigration commission
Is pointed out} and the governor strongly
urges the legislature to create such an
office and make provision for carrying out
the work Of advertising the advantages of
the state.
The governor declares that the ma
jority or our Deople want a primary elec
tion law, and he advises the enactment
of such a law with an emergency clause
attached. The primary law enacted by
the legislature or Illinois is urgently rec
ommended as: worthy' of Berious consid
eration.
'-The report: of Prof. M. M. Ramer,
state superintendent of public instruc
tion, is a very full and complete review
of the work: accomplished in our schools
during the biennial
Our Common period. It is in
e,LA.i. structive and inter
acnoois. esting from begin
ning to end and Is
worthy of- a most careful examination.
It is a wonder to me that our schools
are so efficient when we take into con
sideration that the average: wages paid
male teachers in 1906 was but $42.12 and
female teachers but $38.01. We are un
doubtedly Increasing the standard of our
teachers, but are not Increasing their
pay as we should. Increase wages and
the, quality and quantity of teachers will
improve.
"It is my opinion that the membership
of the county board of education should
be cut down and limited to the county
superintendent and experienced teachers.
"Cigarette smoking .seems to be nuite
prevalent among schoolboys. The law on
this subject should be strengthened. The
law should be amended prohibiting the
sale and use' of cigarette papers in the
state.
"County superintendents have too much
on their hands. This is especially true
in some of our large and densely popu
lated counties. It seems to me that it
would be advisable In counties where
the population Is more than 8,000 to al
low «the county superintendent to appoint
an assistant"
"Our. educational institutions were never
in better condition or in better hands. All
concerned are'entitled to congratulations.
"Our state schools are of such high or
der and are' doing such good work that I
earnestly wish that
Higher Education- pur people would be
al Institutions. loyal enough not to
•i inaiiiuiions.
Bend thelr
thf
children
out of the state to
be educated.
"In regard to the bonds of the State
of North Carolina donated for the bene
fit of the South Da
North Carolina kota university, the
Bonds. governor reports that
oonu following suit to col
lect these bonds a
eKeck for $22,416.09 was delivered to him
and deposited in the treasury. The
governor continues:
"I recdmrherid that the legislature-pass
tin act carrying an appropriation to re
turn said sum to the State of North Car
olina. W® took it away from our sister
state. North'Carolina, simply because the
law Baid we could. Might aid not make
right in this instance.
"Morally, we have no right to one cent
of this money, and we ought to be brave
enough and true-enough to give it back.
"This money was clearly intended for
our university. She can use It, but it is
tainted money. I would send this money
back to North Carolina for her university
and. appropriate a like sum for our splen
did university. It will be no burden on
our people.
"It is entirely plain that ingenious
schemers are using- our state for private
ends.
"It is clear to me that our state ought
not to become a collecting agency,
neither ought it to forget the doctrine of
"comity between states."
"Under the Federal Constitution Indi
viduals/cannot sue states on such bonds,
ao the holder gives, or sells, them to us
and we sue the state that issued the
bonds.
"North Carolina does not owe South
Dakota anything .and never did. at least
ln this transacflon. Let us balance the
account by giving back to her- that which
Is "hers and not ours.
"It is gratifying, to be able to report
that all our penal institutions are in most
excellent condition.
vYo
_our .attention is called to the report
of the -board of charities and corrections
It should be read by every, member.
VUnder the head of 'Moneys returned
to the treasury* we And the following:
'Good business man
Penal Institutions, a* requires
., that no more of the
Available funds to be used for the sup
port of the Institution than will serve a
careful and economical administration.
This policy was early adopted. by this
board and Is fundamental. the solicita
tion of your board the last legislature
reduced the approprtatiwu for several of
the institutions. Not^&atandlng thls re-
of the inmates,
tor
never in the hlstory of
institutions have their populations
been.better fed or better-clothed or better
mr*4 for according to the spirit and pur
pose of the tnetitutlon than they are to
day. notwithstanding the
pricesW:
tikv'
School for the blind.., $11,649.05
School for deaf mutes 2,488.47
gefolrmi school 7,169.82
Hospital for insane. 618.6R
Penitentiary 21,278.67
Northern hospital 253.57
•Total $45j62ful
These amounts. Include the unused
cash In the local and endowment funds
and other sums due and available for the
year named.'
"It )j my earnest wish that each mem
ber of this legislature read carefully the
report of the superintendent of the South
Dakota hospital for the insane made to
the state board of
Hospital for in- charities and correc
ions also, the re
insane. port of said board.
They are so full and
so complete and treat of such an Impor
tant subject that they are worthy of the
most careful consideration at your hands.
"Our hospital for the Insane at Yankton
Is certainly a model Institution of Its
kind. It strikes one favorably at every
turn, and I wish that each citizen of the
commonwealth might have the privilege
of going through the institution and see
ing how tenderly and comfortably the un
fortunate Inmates are cared for.
"I am sure that the people of this state
are anxious and willing to pay every cent
that is necessary for the comfort and
care of all those who are so unfortunate
as to be inmates of the hospital for the
insane.
"It is your duty to be scrutinizing and
economical in all expenditures, but when
it Is necessary that appropriations be
made you should not hesitate.
"The financial showing made bv the
penitentiary and the reform school is ex
cellent.
"The Northern hospital for the Insane,
.. .. the school for the
Penitentiary and blind, the school for
b,.._ c„u„„i the deaf mutes are
Hefornp School. moving along so
nicely and are being
managed so economically and well that
no comment Is needed.
"The militia of the State of South Da
kota is in excellent condition. It has
policy to keep the expenditures
within the appropriation. Strict economy
has been absolutely
State Militia. !^!ary
+two
The
Ie*'
isiature of years
a a at
only $26,000 for biennial period. The
governor concurs in the recommendation
of Gen. Englesby that an appropriation
of $30,000 be made for the coming two
years.
"'The report of the commission, which
is well worth reading, shows the Insti
tution to be in excellent condition. The
buildings have been
Soldiers Home. greatly Improved
during the last two
years, and it Is now a home indeed and
in truth."
The veterans of Freeman Thayer post,
G. A. It., of Watertown, S. D., have un
dertaken to erect a monument to the
memory of Arthur C. Mellette, the last
Statue for South
Dakota's First first governor of the
Governor.
ofm?outhJDa"
kota. They have
accumulated already a considerable part
of the funds required, and the governor
recommends that the legislature make
a sufficient appropriation to complete the
statue.
The governor goes into the subject of
the new capltol at great length. He re
views the work already accomplished.
Touching the question of building stone
he says:
Capitol Building. "The capltol com
.. ... mission knows that
it could have let the'contract for the
east wing last April for less -than $150,000
an
1 for a completed building for less than
$500,000, the first story of the building to
be built out of Sioux Falls granite and
the remainder out of Bedford limestone.
It Is for you to decide or to leave Jt in
the hands of the capital commlsson.
"Sentiment and state pride are all. right,
but business principles in a matter of
this kind should govern. If you can pet
as good a building and as handsome a
building for much less'money out of Ted
ford stone I am sure the people would
Drefer It.- It is not business for slate
pride to govern in this matter if the facts
are all in favor of Bedford stone, occause
South Dakota flour Is sold in hundreds of
Indiana cities.
"The building Is greatly needed. Fur
ther delay Is extremely dangerous. The
libraries and many valuable records are
exposed for want of fireproof vaults. I
recommend that the east wing he built
.at once, 'i'ho foundation, is alreadv com
pleted and speaks for itself. The" funds
are proyided, as more fully appears by
the capltol commission report.
"I further recommend that vou author
ize the commissioner of school oi,d pub
lic lands to proceed to sell capltol lands
—we have 69,380 acres yet unsold—at rot
less than $10 an acre, one-half cssh, bal
ance In three or five years., until $.:50,000
additional are accumulated, and lhat j-ou
authorize the issuing of $100,000 capltol
building bonds. The act should prohibit
th© issuing of bonds until the money is
I hnow of no other way in
which you can build the capltol.""
"You attention Is called to the busi
ness-like report of Commissioner Bach
showing the extent and value of the state
lands) wh&t disposition hits been made
of them and the pol
Stata Lands. Icy of the commis
sioner of the state
board.
"The business of this department has
t(i
'!?mens® Proportions and the
fidelity of those charged with its admin
istration is more strongly attested by the
work done and the records of the office
than mere worrto can indicate.
"Shall the remaining school lands be
withdrawn from sale? is one of the most
Important questions before us. There are
arguments on both sides of this question.
The most conservative members should
give it very careful consideration. All
will agree that the present generation Is
entitled to some portion of help from
these lands.
"There, Is nothing for the legislature or
the people to be alarmed at in the sale of
school -lands. When South Dakota was
admitted Into the Union we had 2,200,000
acres of school lands. Seventeen years
have passed since- we became a state and
in that time we have sold 301,667 acres,
and have 1,901,087 acres unsold. In ad
dition to this vast body of unsold school
lands, when all the reservations are
opened we will be able to add 550,000
acres more, which makes the total
'amount of school lands to be sold in the
-future 2.451,087 acres. An empire in It
self. An Immense heritage.",
On the subject of revenue legislation
the governor says that if those who have
charge of our tax laws will enforce them
there Is very little need of new leglsla^
tion on this subject.
"However, I think a law should be
passed to impose vupoh corporations, as
sociations and joint stock companies,
chartered or incorporated under the laws
of any other state,
for the- purpose of
doing business here:
provided it Is found
control in the ex
•wer. It such an act
provide for the col
lection of said taxes and the payment
thereof into the state treasury.
"A vast amount of business Is done by
our people with foreign corporations and
,{^tea»ns^who pay no taxes whatever
"Catalogue' bouses that are 'constantly"
deceMnc our people are included, and of
all fakea. that our cltliens support there
is none that outstrips the -average Cata
logue hoiise: By their flaming catalogues
they inveigle the people lnto traalng
with thein. It is a well-known fact that
In many Instances tbe merchandise they
sell
Corporation*!'
to be within lei
ercise of its police
is p»ssed, it shout
of
food,
A W A I I
lothlng end laborjare probably higher
they have ever.-been.
y* \been largely brough
*Xtended experience Of
results
tto
ught about by the
... ^*-iurHoard in
$01
iih^t 'Of the affairs'
Cq^gMJ^dJb«Lkearty
-The
r. haver^^^ 'returned '.'to
pur people can be bought for less
moneyintay reliabTestoreorshopwiSi
tn the .state,: IJ.. Is also known that, where
the arUcie is soid for less, money than
it can be bought for In the state, it is a
cheap and inferior article,
"In a wordi these, conceras o*f»hi to
ood, round tax for the privilege of
ng business in this state. ft seems to
me. this matter-should hav* careful atten^
mm.
Ths govemer s&ys:
"This is a farming state. It Is very Im
portant that we have an annual exhibi
tion of our farming products and that
jur farmers have an
Pat."1- opportunity to see
State Fair. thoroughbred stock
to the end that the
quality of farm products and of our stock
all over the state may be improved.
Squeeze the other appropriations and In
crease the appropriation for the state
fair."
The governor suggests that the state
in some way encourage tree planting.
The enactment of an efficient law for
the protection of game and fish Is recom
mended.
"South Dakota needs better roads. A
permanent and uniform plan should be
adopted a supervl-
B«aW« sor of roads having
Better Roads.
the qua
iifl0aUons of
an engineer should
be appointed by the county conrwnlssioners
for each county, the supervisor to have
charge of all the highways in his county
and to have authority to let all road work
bv contract. All road taxes should be
paid in cash. After the road work
heen performed by a contractor It should
be inspected by, the -county supervisor and
certified to the county commissioners for
payment. Great care should be exercised
in framing the bill to avoid Increased
taxes."
Sept. 27. 1906. the railroads operating in
South Dakota gave public notice, as re
quired bv the interstate commerce law.
of a contemplated reduction of approxi
mately 20 per cent
Transportation of in the rates for haul
ing coal from all
Coal and Grain, sources of supply for
the' different lines.
Mv advices are that not to exceed one
dealer of three has given the consumers,
the people of this state, any part of this
reduction. These dealers are licensed by
this state and are therefore under your
control and it Is plainly your duty to
ccme to the relief of the people in this im
portant matter that reaches every home.
Further. It has come to me that ware
house men and grain dealers bUy and ship
our grain on unreasonably large margins.
To Illustrate: At a station In this state
where the freight rate is 7 cents per
bushel, the margin that the dealers buy
on by agreement, perhaps, is 18 cents per
bushel, leaving a dealer a clear profit of
11 cents on every bushel of grain he
handles.
Such practices as these are outrageous
and demand your attention. Warehouses
being under your control, It is clear to
me that you can by law correct such
abuses.
The governor recommends that the sala
ries of the attorney general and state
treasurer be increased.
"State Treasurer Collins has by diligent
and persistent work succeeded In induc
ing the holders of outstanding bonds to
surrender them and accept payment.
Many of these bonds
Financial Condi- were not due until
i. 1918. By paying
tion of the State, them oft the state
saved In interest
$43,310.80 and to this may properly be
added $12,023.98 which remain In the bond
interest, fund, thus making the total net
saving $35,334.78.
"If this legislature will be conservative
and economical, the state will soon be
entirely out of debt and, with prudent
management. It will be unnecessary to
levy a 2-mill tax on each dollar of the
assessed valuation each alternate year
for a deficiency fund.
"With care It will not be long until al\
the revenues needed by the state will be
provided without taxing real and per
sonal property."
In concluding the governor says:
"The biennial period just closing has
been the most prosperous and happy In
the history of our state. The develop
ment of the state In all*lines has never
been equaled. Our people have never
been so busy and so nappy, so well fed
and clothed and they have enjoyed that
greatest blessing, good health, to a re
markable degree."
tiotng to California Tliii Winter*
If so you are .perhaps wondering which
Is the best way to go. The "Omaha
road" offer'* the proper solution of this
problem with their through tourist car
service by three different routes as fol
lows:
Tuesday car leaves Minneapolis 7:50 p.
m.. St. Paul 8:30 p. m., going via Omaha,
Denver, Denver & Rio Grande, Salt Lake
City and the new Salt "Lake route to Los
Angeles. This route is through the scenic
portion of the Rocky Mountains.
Thursday car leaves Minneapolis 8:30 p.
m., St. Paul 9:05 p. m.. going via Omaha.
Union Pacific and Southern Pacific to San
Francisco, thence down the coast line to
Los Angeles.
Saturday car leaves Minneapolis 0:10 a.
m.. St. Paul 9:40 a. m., going via Omaha,
Kansas City and the Santa Fe through
the Land of Sunshine.
This gives the traveler choice of three
splendid routes, the best through car
service, and all at a reasonable price.
For full Information regarding rates and
service to California call on or address
E. A. Whitaker. 396 Robert street (Ryan
hotel), St. Paul, or J. A. O'Brien, 600
Nicollet avenue, Minneapolis.
An Important Difference.
When the late Mr. George Monro Grant,
principal of Queen's university in Kings
ton, Can., was a student at Glasgow uni
versity, his biographers say he entered
Into the practice of debating with the
greatest zest, and*"soon became One of the
chief speakers of the Conservative club,
and eventually the president of it.
On one occasion, the election of the lord
rector was pending. The lord rector, as
is doubtless known, is the representative
of the students on the governing board of
the university, and his election Is gen
erally conducted upon lines strictly po
litical.
During this oeriod a luckless Liberal
spoke unguardedly one evening of the
"Conservative association."
"There's no such thing, sir!" thundereo
young Grant. "It's a club
"Well, what's the difference?"
The Nova Scotlan was on his feet in an
instant, his, nostrils curled in scorn.
"There's an association, gentlemen," he
said, flinging out his. hand, the fingers
falling limp and separate "and thereYs
At the last word his closed fist shot out
from the shoulder, fingers' clenched, the
whole gesture suggesting the gulf h«*
tween flabby individuality and the smat,li
ing power of united effort.—Ex.
Last Man Killed in 'Civil War.
Capt. B. B. Campbell and Daniel F.
Mustard of this city, members of the Thir
ty-fourth Indiana infantry In the Civil
war, have obtained the last photograph
of the last man killed In the Civil war
John Jefferson Williams of Jay county.
"It is on record that the last battle of
the Civil war was the one in which Jeff
Williams was killed," said Mr. Mustard.
"It was fought on May 13, 1865, almost a
month after the surrender of Lee tc
Grant. The prolonged campaign of our.
regiment was accounted for because of
delay In getting word to us to lay down
arms. We got into that: last battle when
we went to the relief of some colored
troops who were foraging for beef cattlo.
«nd-were charged on by Confederates.
Jeft Williams was the only man killed.
"The boys carried his body to near
Brownsville, Tex.,* where It was burled.
About ten days- afterward our regiment
was marching into Brownsville, Tex., to
take that town when we met: Confeder
ates who did not oppose us and explained
that the war was over. We then occupied
Fort Brown and other camps near
Brownsville until ordered home for our
discharge."—Anderson Correspondent In
dianapolis News.
Urlai by tlie Pen.'
The fountain pen has proved its use
fulness In a way hitherto unknown to the
general public, and undreamed Of by Its
inventor, according to a writer In the
Derolt News' Tribune. Two parentless
squirrels, but a few days old, hungry and
disconsolate, were recently discovered in
the hollow of a tree ln the suburbs of
•Detroit. They were rescued and given to
a sympathetic man who lives near, and
who willingly assumed the duty of foster
parent
After the orphans were safely establish
ed in a roomy wire cage, the problejn nf
feeding them presented Itself. They were
too young to crack nvttis for themselves,
and their little teeth were too sharp .to
permit the uae of a rubber tube for liquid
refreshments.
In this .emergency* their protector had
an lnsph'atlon. He filled the reservoir of
his fountain pen with milk, and inserted
th*\pbint in each small mouth alternately.,
Thte orphans drank eagerly. Succeeding
experiments have been equally successful,
and when last heard from the nets were
thriving vigorously.
BURIED BY IONS
Of MOLTEN METAI
DISASTROUS EXPLOSION OCCURS
INJURED IN PITIfUl SHAPE
CRAZED BY INJURIES ONE YOUTH
SEEKS DEATH IN POT OF
Only One Turns Up.
While the mill officials are inclined
to believe that all of the missing men
were not cremated in the molten met
al. nothing definite is known as to their
present whereabouts. Only one man,
George Knox, has turned up since the
explosion, and Knox says everything
happened so quick that he doifbts
whether the men escaped. Chief Pe
ter Snyder of the Fourth fire district
was seriously injured while directing
the firemen to extinguish the fire
which followed the explosion.
Even Police Kept Out.
The officials at the mill refused to
allow any one to enter the yard where
the furnace is located. All informa
tion was refused to newspaper men,
the officials saying that later they
might issue a statement. A heavy
guard of foreign workmen was placed
at the yard entrance, and even the po
lice were powerless to get past the
foreigners.
Forty Men Dead or Missing.
Pittsburg, Jan. 12.—Partial investi
gation to ascertain the number of fa
talities that occurred at the Eliza fur
naces of the Jones & Laughlin Steel
company last night, when an accumu
lation of gas exploded, bursting the
base of the large furnaces and shower
ing tons of molten metal over about
forty men, was completed last night,
and shows that the bodies of twelve
men, horribly mutilated, have been
recovered, from fifteen to twenty men
are missing, it being generally be
lieved their bodies were consumed by
the hot metal, and ten men are in hos
pitals, terribly burned, four of them
expected to die momentarily.
Engulfed by Fiery Metal.
It is doubtful whether the number of
men killed will ever be known. From
present indications over fifteen men
were caught like rats in a trap by the
fiery metal which flowed over their
bodies to a depth of six feet. No trace
of them, it is said, will ever be found.
Of the dead bodies now in the morgue,
several are minus arms, legs and heads,
while the others are burned and twist
ed beyond recognition.
In Pitiful Condition.
The condition of the injured is piti
ful. A number of men have their
eyes burned out, and others were so
badly injured that amputation of arms
and limbs was necessary. A grue
some story is told by Deputy Coroner
Laidley, who says one foreigner, ap
parently a youth, became crazed by
his injuries and before he could be
prevented leaped into a pot of molten
metal aiid was incinerated.
TWENTY DIE IN EXLPOSION.
Are Boiled in Celuloid in Strassburg
Bookbindery.
Strar-burg, Jan. 13.—Sixteen girls
and fo.ur youths, from fifteen to eight
een years old. were burned to death at
the village of Geispolheim, near here,
in afire at Hubert's factory. A basket
of celluloid scraps caught fire from a
spark and exploded in a room where
forty' persons were employed. The
flames spread quickly, cutting off the
e.sits. Twenty of the employes were
driven by the fire to the end oi the
room and. jjciished .thern
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IN STEEL WORKS AT PITTS-
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METAL.
Pittsburg, Jan. 11. A disastrous
explosion occurred last night at the
Eliza furnaces of the Jones & Mc
Laughlin Steel- works, when a large
quantity of gas, which had accumu
lated at the base of the furnace, be
came ignited. Tons of molten metal
were showered around the furnace ijor
a radius of forty feet. Out of a force
of thirty-flve men employed at the fur
nace "when the- explosion occurred,
three of them, John Cramer, Andrew
Featherka and Gustave Chester, have
been taken to the morgue, their bod
ies horribly mutilated by the fire.
Seven men are in hospitals, fatally in
jured, and twenty-four others have
not been accounted for.
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MANY PERISH if TIDAL WAVE.
Hundreds Washed Into Sea From
Dutch East Indian Islands.
The Hague, Jan. 13. A tidal wave
has devastated some of the Dutch
East Indian islands, south of Acfiln.
The loss is very great.
According^to a brief official dispatch
300 persons perished on the island of
Tana, while forty are known to have,
been drowned at the Island of Simalu.
BRYAN IN A WRECK.
Thrown From Seat In Collision in Mon
tana.
Great Falls, .Mont., Jan. 13.—A Mon
tana Central train on which Mr. and
Mrs. William
It.
Bryan were passen­
gers collided with a switch engine and
stone cars, in th6 Great Falls yards
yesterday. M. Connolly of Glasgow
was injured, while several others were
ftraised.
Mr. and Mrs. Bryan were thrown
from their seats, but not Injured.
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PONCE NOW SAFE AT ANCHOR
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TOWED INTO PORT AFT^R DRIFT.
ING FOR DAYS WITH DIS
ABLED. MACHINERY.
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New York, Jan. 13.—The steamship
Ponce, disabled but safe, is riding at
anchor in St. George's bay, the Bermu
das. and her crew of fifty-two and th«
seven passengers are reported "all
well." I •. -r
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This assurance was received direct
from Cant,. W. A. Harvey by the New
York and Porto Rico Steamship com
pany last evening.
The Ponce was but two days' sail
from New York when her machinery
was disabled. She sailed from Ponce,
Porto Rico, Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 broke
the shaft of the stern tube. Roughly
estimated the vessel was then 350
miles from this port, which ordinarily
she would have made on New Year's
day. Helpless, the Ponce drifted for
ten days, her signals of distress being
picked up by the German steamer on
Jan. 8.
BUSINESS BLOCKS SINK,
Dredging in River Affects Piling Foun.
dations and Streets.
Milwaukee, Jan. 13. —The question
as to whether ^the business district of
the West side is sliding into the river
is occupying the attention of the city
engineer's department. Grand ave
nue and the adjacent property and
Wells street as far as Sixth is slowly
sinking.
It is asserted that the ground near
the corner of West Wafer street and
Grand avenue has gone down at least
ten inches since computations began
to be taken at the city engineer's of
fice.
E or the last ten years a large
amount of dredging has been done in
the river in the down town district.
To these causes City Engineer Poetsch
ascribes the slowly sliding of the
earth into the river.
NO AID TO FAMINE VICTIMS.
Chinese Government Merely Trying to
Break Up Camp.
Shanghai, Jan. 13—Capt. Kirton, the
foreign relief commissioner in the
famine camp at Tsing Kiang Fu de
scribes the refugee camps as consist
ing of mat sheds, arranged in rectan
gular groups in street formation, two
miles long and a mile wide.
In camps in the vicinity of Tsing
Kiang Fu of over 500,000 refugees, 30
per cent shows signs o£ distress and
among 10 per cent the, suffering is
acute.
The efforts of the government are
confined to attempts to persuade the
people to return to their homes. Some
few comply. One hundred thousand
men are idle.
MUST TURN OVER $1,000,000.
Missouri State Treasurer Directed in
Trust Company Case.
St. Louis, Jan. 13. United States
Circuit Judges Sanborn and Hook yes
terday directed that State Treasurer
Gmelich turn over to the Mississippi
Valley Trust company's receiver some
$1,000,000 which he holds to guarantee
the payment of claims of the defunct
American Reserve Bond company of
Kentucky, the American Reserve
Bond company of Delaware, the Colo
nial Security company and the North
American Investment company.
NO DRINK WITH SANDWICH.
New York Court Says Whole Dinner
Must Be Ordered.^
New York, Jan. 13. Alcoholic bev
erages may be served at hotels on
Sunday only where food desired in
good faith for a meal is. served, under
a decision handed down yesterday by
the appellate division of the suprenie
court. This ruling is a blow at theA
"Raines law sandwich." Under pre
vious interpretations of the law liquors
have been served on Sunday to cus
tomers who ordered a sandwich.
UNION GIVES UP STRIKE.
Demand for Higher Wages la Not
Granted by Mines.
Glenrock, Wyo., Jan. 13.—The strike
of miners at the Big Muddy coal mines
of Gov. B. B. Brooks and associates is
at an end. The union officials issued
orders a few days ago, withdrawing
the pickets from the colliery. The
gtrike was inaugurated last March,
and was a comDlete failure for the
union forces. The mine owners were
paying high wages, but the men were
not satisfied and wanted more.
Smuggled Japs Caught.
El Paso, Tex., Jan. 13. Six Japa
nese, headed by a sailor in uniform,
were captured at Anapra, N. M.. yes
terday by Immigration Inspector Cox.
The Japanese had smuggled them
selves across the border by wading
the Rio Grande river. They are being
'held, pending orders from Washing
ton.
j'.~ v' Guilty of Murder.
Menominee, Mich., Jan. 13 —James
Lahiti has been found guilty of mur
dering Leander Isaacson at Metropoli
tan Dec. 21. He was found guilty in
the second degree and
&
"Will
be sentenc­
ed to Marquette prison for twenty
years or more.
Assyrians File on Land.
Pierre S. b., Jan. 13.—The par£y'of
Syrlaiis which went out into the vicin
ity of tJUumwa several days ago to
look for homestead ^locations have re*
turned after fcoking over the country.
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