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In order to bring our all his really
good points an eccentric man has to
"Do Angora goats pay?" asks the
Boston Advertiser. Don't know. Never
sold them anything.
Dr. Roux of the Pasteur institute at
Paris says radium kills mice. Away
with the traps at once!
Wheeling put out 103.000,000 stogies
In 1903, and strangely enough, doesn't
•eem to be ashamed of it.
It is perhaps worthy of note that M.
Santos Dumont came over from
Prance by the old-fashioned route.
Considering what he has done, it is
hard to realize that Rudyard Kipling
was only 38 on his birthday. Dec. 30.
Government clerks ask for shorter
hours. But at last accounts they had
not gone on strike and tied up tho ser
This Is a poor time to buy maps of
the world. The accurate map of to
day may be all wrong before the year
is ended.
The only wonder Is that living in
New York does not result oftener in
making men old and decrepit at the
age of 23.
Three real battles have been fought
In Uruguay recently. Has the gentle
art of bluffing failed to get a foothold
in Uruguay?
On one or two previous occasions
the Japanese have shown that they
can do something else besides raise
Human nature is not so bad. after
all. Ninety-nine people out of every
hundred that you know would rather
do you a favor than an injury.
Gov. Dockery of Missouri says that
he can’t tell the color of one poker
chip from another. After that, we
refuse to play with Gov. Dockery.
Wu-Tlng-Fang has been promoted.
But one trouble about being promoted
In China is that it brings a man just
that much nearer to the empress dow
A minister has made a fortune by
Inventing a non-reflllable bottle. But
how did a minister come to recognize
the importance of this means of
What Russia is saying of that Thibet
expedition by the British, done be
hind her hack while she Is facing the
Japs, would not look well in a diplo
matic note.
A man of the name of Chighlzola
was defeated for public office at Mem
phis, Tenn., a few <.ays ago It must
have required a cood deal of courage
to scratch him.
A Missouri scientist declares radium
gives the hot springs of Arkansas
their curative powers. Then the poker
table and the roulette wheel are not
absolute necessities.
A forty-story sky-scraper is to be
erected in New York. At this rate,
light and air will soon be as thorough
ly monopolized as are some other
things in the big town.
A San Francisco man has invented
an automobile which runs perfectly by
radium power. All the lucky public
has to do now is to get its automobile
first and then its radium.
English women are rcpidly breaking
away from the habit of kissing one an
other. This being leap year, there is
no reason why such a foolish habit
should be popular anywhere.
Mr. Schwab admits that he Is now
out of a job and unemployed, but as
he still has several million dollars’
worth of securities he may bo able to
get through tho winter comfortably.
It helps ono to realize that his is
not the only business that ts over
crowded when he reads that there aie
more than 1,000 applicants for a va
cant Brooklyn pastorate, salary $lO,-
A gentleman who resides in Switzer
land announces that he has invented
an electrical cont-ivanco which will
kill off an army at a single sbock. It
won’t do. Where would the heroes
come in?
One of the judges of election arrest
ed in Denver on charges of violating
the election laws is a woman. This
slightly Jars the confident assertion
that when women get into politics
corruption will cease.
The California girl who went to Den
ver to meet her Kansas lover and to
wed him did nothing so very far out
of the way. She will probably have to
meet him more than half way many
times in order to keep peace in the
A number of young girls In Hobo
ken. N. J., have been praying in
church for husbands. Their prayers
have not yet been answered, but some
of their neighbors who have been out
hustling in the meantime have been
much more successful.
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Block After Block of the Most Snbstantial Business Structures
in the City Are Licked up by th:
Consuming Element
$50,000,000, It Is Estimated, Will Not Cover the Loss
—firemen Arc Utterly Helpless in the Face
of the Remorseless lide.
Imposing Business Blocks Dynamited in Desperate Ellort
to Impede Progress of th: Flames—Many
Cities Send Help.
Baltimore, Md., Fob. 9. A fire
which broke out a few minutes before
11 o’clock yesterday morning in the
wholesale dry goods house of John E.
Hurst & Co. has raged with unre
strained fury continuously ever since
and at a late hour this morning was
still unchecked, but was steadily eat
ing Its consuming way eastward on
Baltimore street, after having de
stroyed ail of the large stores and
warehouses in the wholesale district
around Hopkins’ Place and all the
buildings on both sides of Baltimore
street from Howard to Holliday
street, from Charles ami Baltimore to
Charles and Lexington and on Gay
ette street from Charles 10 Hoi lu&y,
including a total of about twenty
blocks of the most modern and sub
stantial buildings in Baltimore, in
volving a loss which cannot now be
estimated, but which has certainly
already exceeded fifty millions of dol
Firemen Utterly Powerless.
Ever since about 6 o’clock last
night, when darkness set in, the fire
department, although aided by en
gines from Washington, Philadelphia,
New York, Wilmington and the sur
rounding suburbs, has been utterly
powerless to make any effective le
sistance to the consuming element,
though for hours as many as 400
streams of water were thrown into
the flames. Indeed so terrific has
been the heat ever since the fire
started and so dense and suffocating
the volume of flying sparks and burn
ing cinders that it was difficult for
the firemen to stand long within fight
ing distance of the flames, while early
in the afternoon several trucks and
engines wero hopelessly disabled by
falling timbers. At 7 o’clock the sit
uation was so desperate that Chief
Horton decided that the only thing
left to do was
To Dynamite Buildings
at threatened points and thus prevent
as far as possible the spread of the
flames. In pursuance of this policy
buildings on Charles street between
Germain and Fayette, were blown up.
Simultaneously the splendid struc
ture of J. W. Putts & Co., notion deal
ers at Charles and Fayette streets,
was dynamited, and then the Daily
Record building, Ross drug store and
others. But this heroic remedy mere
ly delayed but did not impede the ou
ward march of the flames, and for
two hours more the fire department
stopped practically helpless and re
sourceless in the face of the flaming
furnaces, which sent their fierce
tongues 200 feet Into the air, and
which filled the heavens first with a
cloud of black, funeral smoke, and
then with a shower of lurid sparks
and cinders.
Following the destruction of the
palatial commercial buildings in the
wholesale district, the
Cyclone of Flames
burst Into Baltimore street, licking
up within a few minutes the seven
story Mullins hotel like some Insati
ate monster and rapidly rolling with
Irresistible force both eastward and
westward, cutting down wholesale
and retail houses, manufacturiee,
shops, jewelry stores, furniture em
poriums and restaurants.
At Charles street, the remorseless
tide swept on down Baltimore street,
but also turned into Charles street,
where it quickly engulfed the eleven
story Union Trust building, starting
eastward on Fayette street
By 8 o’clock the occupants of the
Daily Herald building at Fayette and
St. Paul streets, and of the Record
building opposite, were compelled to
vacate by the on-rushing flames, as
were the occupants of the Calvert and
Equitable structures, two of the most
massiv? office buildings in Baltimore.
Consumes Everything in Its Courst.
Down Baltimore street, a parallel
wave of roaring, crackling flames
swept, consuming everything In Its
course, speedily reaching the Evening
Farmer Take* Choice of Many Would- j Minnesota Veteran Dies While Read*
Be Brides. j ing Burial Service.
Crookston. Minn., Feb. 9.—Aa a ra*' New York. Feb. 9.—C01. George W.
suit of a $1.60 want ad Elijah Gibson Johnson, chaplain of Clarence Mac
of this city was married to Miss Zil- i K _ , «««» n. * « , ,
w.„ Anderson of Wsrren. Gibson has .. ' I ° Btook, J ,n '
made this city his home for some %<> n drll *ar with the
time. He owns a valuable farm near ’ Minnesota volunteers, is dead.
Thief River Falls. To his ad he re- i He w »« attacked while reading the
celved hundreds of answers, and Anal- burial service over another member of
]y selected Miss Anderson as bis the post, and he died in a few minutes,
bride. | surrounded by his comrades.
News building from which the em
ployes had to hastil flee, though not
until valuable records had been re
Shortly thereafter the Continental
Trust company’s fourteen-story build
ing took Are. A block below the
American newspaper building was en
veloped in clouds of sparks and
burning splinters and me employes
were ordered out.
The financial district. Including the
chief banking and brokerage firms on
South and German streets, seems to
be now doomed and scores of the
city’s leading financiers and business
men are
Scurrying in and Out
of their offices bearing packages or
placing valuables in conveyances.
During all these hours the pyrotech
nic display has been magnificent and
Imposing beyond the power of painter
to depict.
At this hour vast columns of seeth
ing flames are shooting skyward at
varying points of the compass and the
firmament is one vast prismatic ocean
of golden and silver hued sparks.
Great multitudes of people line the
streets, awe-struck by the panorama
which is being enacted before their
At 10:40 the building occupied by
the Associated Press took fire and
the employes were compelled to va
cate, though they bad time to take
away with them the telegraph instru
ments, typewriters and other valuable
Absolutely Beyond Control.
At this hour the fire is absolutely
beyond control and all occupants of
buildings in the center of the city are
rapidly moving their valuables.
The city hospital, corner of Calvert
and Pleasant streets, Is moving to
other hospitals as rapidly as possible
the twenty-four patients in that insti
tution. Seventeen injured were
brought to this hospital, most of
them firemen. They were suffering
from burns, scalds and lacerations.
Nearly every physician of the city is
in the fire district. So far as known
no one has yet been killed. Detach
ments of the Fourth and Fifth regi
ments have been called out and are
Patrolling the Streets
in the vicinity of the fire, guarding
property and keeping order.
Fortunately thus far the conflagra
tion has not reached the residence
portion of the city, but fires are
breaking out in East Baltimore and
the indications are that the residence
streets are doomed to be nivaded.
The Baltimore & Ohio railway of
fice building has been destroyed and
so has the Maryland Institute of En
gineering. At 11:45 o’clock the tem
porary custom house, adjoining the
postofllce, caught fire.
One hundred and fifty policemen
from Philadelphia has arrived here
to assist the Baltimore police and
Wires of All Kinds Prostrated.
At 6 o’clock this morning the fire
was raging fiercely. So far as known
at that hour no serious casualties had
been reported to the police. Tele
graph, telephone and electric wires of
all kinds are prostrated. Express
wagons have been kept busy all night
removing furniture and fixtures from
the counting rooms and warehouses
in the threatened district. The fire
has now covered an area of three
quarters of a mile in length by nearly
a quarter of a mile in width, taking
in many of the most Important build
ings in the city. No one will venture
to estimate the monetary loss.
New York, Feb. 9.—Fire Chief Crok
er announced soon after 2 o’clock
that as the Baltimore & Ohio road
had a train all ready to start in Jer
sey City, he would send seven engines
over that mad. Battalion Chief Howe
took charge of them.
Acting Chief Kruger received word
after 2 o’clock from the mayor of
Baltimore that the firemen of that
city were exhausted from the arduous
work of the day and night. Chief
Kruger the& decided to send four
more fire companies and crews to the
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St. Petersburg, Feb. 9—Coun Larrs
dorff, the Russian foreign minister,
has officially informed the Russian .'ep
resentatlves abroad that Japan has de
cided to break off negotiations with
Russia and to withdraw the m.nister
and the whole Japanese legation stall
from St. Petersburg. The Russian for
eign minister thereupon ordered the
Russian minister, Baron, de Posen, and
his staff to leave Tokio.
Only a Step Toward War.
Tokio, Feb. 9. The severance of
diplomatic relation between Russia
and Japan appears to be only a step
toward war, although when the minis
ters of Russia and Japan withdraw
from their respective posts quick and
decisive action is expected. When
Minister of Foreign Aftairs Komuraou
Saturday notified Baron de Rosen, the
Russian minister, of Japan’s deter
mination to sever diplomatic relations,
he is reported to have declared to him
that Jauan is tired of Russia’s delays,
evasions and insincerity, and has de
cided to take independent action for
the conservation of Japan’s Oriental
• The indications are that there will
be uo formal declaration of war.
On Monday Japan will unquestion
ably seize Korea, and although Rus
sia has previously intimated that it
would not interfere in view of that
country's present attitude, develop
ments are eagerly awaited.
Like Bolt From a Clear Sky.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 9. Altnough
the fear was general here that the
presentation of the Russian note to
Japan might be followed by an act on
the part of the Japanese government
which would plunge the two countries
into war, the startling action of Japan
In severing diplomatic relations with
Russia before the actual delivery of
the Russian note, came like a bolt
from a clear sky. It was believed that
the receipt of the note might have un
masked an ultimatum, but that Japan
should sever diplomatic relations, a
step little short of a declaration of
war, was almost like a blow in the
face under the present circumstances,
and it is resented here accordingly.
The authorities believe this action
places Japan distinctly in the wrong
light before the world, and. moreover,
after such a
“Piece of Impudence”
as it Is denominated here makes easy
an appeal to the patrotism of the Rus
sian people.
The news at any moment that Jap
an had drawn the sword and that, the
first clash had occurred would not be
surprising. The events leading to
Japan’s abrupt action have marched
with great rapidity. The Russian note
was already in the hands of Baron de
Rosen, the Russian minister at Tokio,
for delivery to Baron Komura, the
Japanese foreign minister, when at 4
o’clock Saturday afternoon, M. Kuri
no, the Japanese minister here, pre
sented himself to the foreign ofhoe
and informed Foreign Minister Urns
dorff that his government, in view of
the delays in connection with the
Russian answer and the futility hith
erto of the negotiations, considered
It useless to continue diplomatic rela
tions, and would take such steps as
it deemed proper for the protection of
Japan’s Interests.
Asked for His Passports.
In obedience to instructions, there
fore, he asked for his passports.
Exactly what passed at this inter
view is not known, except that Count
Lamsdorff expressed surprise and re
gret at this hasty resolve of the mi
kado’s government. M. Kurino re
ceived his passports, and after con
sulting with Sir S. C. Scott, the Brit
ish ambassador here, he returned to
his legation where the preparations
for his departure had already com
Russia Acts Promptly.
Upon the disclosure of Japan’s po
sition the Russian authorities met the
situation with promptness. Instruc
tions recalling Baron de Rosen were
forthwith telegraphed and he was di
rected to leave Tokio immediately.
Count Lamsdorft’s official circulat to
the Russian representatives abroad,
Bloody Tragedy.
Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 9.—A bloody
tragedy was enacted in the little min
ing town of Coal Creek. forty miles
west of Knoxville, as the result of
which four lives were snuffed out and
three persons wounded, one perhaps
fatally. The clash was the culmina
tion of the trouble between union and
non-union labor. Three of the dead
men were killed by guards employed
by the Coal Creek company, while the
fourth victim, a deputy sheriff, was
killed by a guard whom he had gone
to arrest.
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Instructing them to Inform the gov
ernments of the coi.ntrles to which
they are accredited of Japan's action,
was then prepared. This circular was
printed in the Official Messenger at
B o’clock yesterday morning.
With war Imminent orders have
be*>n given for a rigid censorship over
all information relative to naval and
military movements
M. Kurino will leave at the earliest
possible morai nt, but he probably will
not be able *.o get away before Mon
day. The ',’urrent business of the
Japanese legation. It is believed, will
be turned over to the British embas
sy, although It was thought possible,
in view of the fact that Great Britain,
as Japar.’s ally, might be
Drawn Into the Quarrel,
that Jdr. McCormick might take
chargj. Mr. McCormick, however,
has 'eceived no instructions on this
Amid the crop of stories afloat yes
terday there are some of the wildest
character, as for example, that a
naval battle had already been fought
and a Japanese fleet been sunk.
I Another story which was repeated
circumstantially was that while tho
Japanese government did not wait for
the official presentation of the Rus
sian response the contents of it were
' communicated privately to M. Kurino,
who telegraphed it to his government.
This, the Associated Press has been
authoritatively Informed, is not true.
When Count Lamsdorff informed
M. Kurino on Thursday night that the
response had gone to Viceroy Alex
ieff. he did not give him a copy of it.
but it is understood that he made
known, in a general way, the Russian
! position. Russia, while making con
-1 cessions, declined t 6 yield on the four
| following points:
What Russia Would Not Yielj.
First —Japan’s right to ask for a
; treaty covering the sovereignty of
! Manchuria.
Second —She insisted upon mutual
recognition of the independence of
Third—That there should be no
fortification of Southern Korea, winch
might threaten Russian communica
tions with Port Arthur and Vlau.vo
stok, and
Fourth—She declined to meet Jap
an’s wishes with regard to a neutral
zone on both sides of the Yalu river.
The news of the breaking off of dip
lomatic relations between Russia and
Japan. w T as spread far and wide
throughout ihe capital by extra bulle
tins of the Novoe Vremya and other
papers. Much excitement was cre
ated and resulted in patriotic demon
It is the general opinion of military
men here that Japan will immediate
ly land troops in Korea, whence will
come the first news of fighting unless
there should be an accidental encoun
ter at sea.
Sensation in Paris.
Paris, Feb. 9. The official an
nouncement that Japan has broken off
diplomatic relations with Russia has
caused a profound sensation here, as
it was generally accepted as being
only one step short of actual war.
Public interest has been aroused to
the highest pitch and all through the
afternoon the boulevards were flooded
with extras announcing Japan’s ac
The embassies and legations have
been unusually active, many of .aem
remaining open yesterday to com
municate with their governments.
United States Ambassador Porter ex
pressed the deepest regret at the un
favorable turn of events.
About the only tangible Indication
that a chance still remains of avert
ing war is the report that France and
Great Britain will at the last moment,
exercise a strong restraining influ
ence. Unfortunately this repert can
not be confirmed, as the officials seem
to believe that Japan’s action has car
ried events beyond the range of ef
fective intervention.
London Is Not Surprised.
I.ondon, Feb. 9 —News of the Rus
so-Japanese rupture reached London
late yesterday afternoon and only a
few newspapers published extra edi
tions giving the announcement. How
ever, as this outcome had been ex
pected as almost Inevitable for sev
eral days past the actual announce
ment created no excitement.
An official of the Russian embassy
said to a representative of the Asso
ciated Press that it was true that the
breaking off of diplomatic relations
was a most serious step, but there
was always a possibility of avoiding
eventualities until the first shot had
been fired.
The British cabinet will meet to-day
in response to a summons issued last
Friday, and it will have a grave situ
ation to discuss, because of the many
Indications of the brobabillty of
trouble In the Far East.
Japan’s Demands Were Moderate.
The Times this morning asserts
that the Japanese demands were of a
moderation that will astonish the
world when they are disclosed. Jap
an did not even ask Russia to promise
to move a single soldier from Man
churia. or to renounce a single right
in Manchuria.
The Daily Graphic, dealing with
this same subject, asserts that the
original draft of the treaty submitted
to Russia was drawn up by Baron
Komura in consultation with Baron
de Rosen.
Change in the Wind Sends tee Floe tc
Muskegon, Mich., Feb. 9.—a shift of
wind from east to west yesterday
saved A. E Allen from perishing on a
floe in midlake by driving the ice back
to shore. Allen started to walk across
the lake to Milwaukee on a wager, and
for forty hours he drifted about on a
field that had been detached by the
(P ongress.
Resume of the Week*!
Washlngto" Feb. 3 —Mr. Clarke, the
new Democratic senator from Arkan
sas, made his first speech in the sen
ate yesterday. He spoke for two
hours and announced his endorsement
of every position taken by the presi
dent In connection with the Panama
revolt and In the negotiation of the
treaty with the new state. He even
Baid that in view of the provocation
given by Colombia the president
might have been expected to go
farther than he did in advancing the
cause of Panama. Mr. Fairbanks also
spoke In support of the treaty, con
tending for the regularity of all the
proceedings of the administration on
the isthmus of Panama.
By unanimously agreeing to a reso
lution amending the rules of the
house yesterday the resident commis
sioner to congress from Porto Rico
was given additional authority equal
In all essential respects to that of a
delegate from a territory, the action
not requiring the concurrence of the
senate. Several hours were spent by
the house in passing five private
claims bills and the beginning of con
sideration of the omnibus claims bill.
Washington, Feb. 4. —After almost
allowing the amendment to the urgent
deficiency appropriation bill providing
for a loan of $4,600,000 to the St. Loul*
exposition to get through without any
discussion whatever, the senate yes
terday changed its Just as the
vote was about to be taken and began
a debate on the loan provision, which
continued for about four hours and
was still in progress when the senate
adjourned for the day. The debate
was precipitated by a point of order
against the amendment by Mr. Bailey,
who maintained that the nation wa»
not. as such, concerned with the suc
cess or failure of any exposition. He
was supported by Mr. Lodge and Mr.
Elkins, while speeches were made in
support of the amendment by Messrs
Hale, Allison. Spooner, McComas, Cor
bett and others
Indiana and Kentucky locked horns
in the house yesterday. The debatw
which Involved nearly every member
of both state delegations was fast and
furious from start to finish. Kentucky
demanded of Indiana the return of W.
S. Taylor that he might bo tried for
the assassination of William Goebel.
The attack was made by Mr. James
(Ky ) and the defense was led by Mr.
Crumpacker (Ind.). Partisan feeling
rose to an extreme tension
The diplomatic appropriation bill
was under consideration at the time.
Mr. Volstad of Minnesota delivered s
speech in opposition to Canadian reel
proclty. ,
Washington, Feb. 5. The senate
chamber again yesterday was the
arena of an interesting political de»
bate with the provision In the urgent
deficiency bill for a loan of $4,600,000
for the St. Louis exposition the basis
for the discussion. The question had
not been disposed of when the senate
The animation of Wednesday was
completely lacking In the proceedings
of the house yesterday. Several bills
were passed by unanimous consent.
The diplomatic bill carrying $1,993,600
was passed without amendment. Ev
erything but the bill was discussed
during Us consideration.
Washington, Feb. 6.—The political
debate in the senate on the proposed
loan of $4,600,000 to the St. Louis ex
position, which has been In progress
on a point of order for the past three
days, came to a close yesterday
through a vote which left the pro
vision In the urgent deficiency appro
priation bill, which w’as passed. After
tho vote on the deficiency bill
speeches in support of the Panama
canal treaty were made by Mr. Mal
lory of Florida and Mr. Heyburn of
Idaho. Several bills were passed.
Mr. Shepherd (Dem., Tex.), one of
the youngest members of the house,
made a determined and persistent ef
fort to bring about a reform in the
matter of the distribution of seeds
by the government. He contended
that the present system is bad. Mr.
Shepherd’s first move was to have
struck from the agricultural appro
priation bill certain sections providing
the machinery for the distribution of
the seeds authorized to be purchased
under the bill. In this he was suc
cessful. his point of order being sus
tained by the chair, but by an over
whelming vote the house promptly
added the sections to the bill by way
of amendment. Only three members
voted in opposition to the restoration.
The house adjourned until Monday.
Victoria, B. C., Feb. 9—By a decision
handed down here Edna Wallace
Hopoer Is defeated In her efforts to
break the w 11 of her stepfather, Alex
ander Dunsmuir, and to secure a por
tion of the millions.
Alma, Wis., Feb. 9—After being oat
sixteen hours the jury | n the Paulson
murder case brought in a verdict of
aot guilty. The verdict Is a great sur
prise, as a disagreement was generally
looked for.
Sioux City, lowa, Feb. 9. Edward
M. Anderson, former superintendent of
police, has been sentenced to pay a
fine of SSOO and sen** six months In
lail for taking a bribe from a slot ma
chine man. Anderson will anneal.
Can’t Break Dunsmuir Will.
Paulson Gees Free.
Grafting Cop Goes to Jail.

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