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Rojral ankti the food pare, wholesome and dellcloo*. ROYAL MKINO l»OWU* M., MW VORK. COLISEUM BLAZE .Vine Persons Believed to Have Berished in the Big Chicago Auditorium. It Was One of the Quickest and Hottest Fires Ever Known. Whole Building Practically De stroyed Within the Space of Twenty Minutes. CHICAGO, Dec. 27.—The great Coli seum building at Sixty-third street and Stony Island avenue, in which Hon. William J. Bryan was nominated for the presidency by the Democratic party, has been destroyed by fire. This is the second time that the immense structure in its history of less than three years has been laid in ruins. The building had been rented for an exhi bition of a manufacturers' exposition and was filled from end to end with booths, all of which burned with their contents. Three hundred persons were in the huge structure when the fire be gan. In attempting to save their per sonal effects many had narrow escapes Iroin death. A large number were in tied. A dozen persons were reported missing, but all who were known to be in the building at the time the fire started have been accounted for except nine. Those of whom nothing could be learned and who are believed to have perished are: Joseph Byrnes, Hoboken, N. J., em ployed by beauty show. Howard Geyser, Wilmington, Del., employed by beauty exhibit as dec orator. Sholan HufHan, Armenian, employed in streets of Cairo exhibition. Last seen in exhibit while running. J. A. Malosoum, Turk, employed in streets of Cairo exhibit. Last seen at tempting to escape. Gertie Wilson of streets of Cairo ex hibit. Two women, dancers in the Midway ex libit seen in the building just be fore it collapsed. Unknown woman seen running about bewildered in the building by W. H. Wright, a skatiug instructor, imme diately before he himself was rescuod. The insurance on the Coliseum ag gregates $120,000 and is taken out in the name of the Chicago exhibition company, with the loss, if any, payable to the Illinois Trust and Savings bank, as its interest may appear. The exhib itors were without exception uninsured. Qulclceat Fire Ever Known. The fire was one of the quickest ever teen in Chicago. In 20 minutes from the time the first spark originated, by the crossing of two electric light wires in the X-ray booth, there was not a gir der standing. All the walls went down except those on the ends, and all that marked the place where the building had stood was a mass of twisted iron and bricks. The loss of life might have been terrible if the fire had broken out a few minutes before it did, as then the visitors to the exhibition would have been caught in the building. As it was the spectators had just left the build ing and exhibitors and their people were either preparing for supper or about to leave the building when the flames broke out. Most of the exhibitors would have been able to esoape without difficulty or danger if they had not stopped and attempted to save their personal be longings. The Door Wu Iooknd. A number ran to a large door on the east side of the building whioh is wide enough to admit a team of horses and wagon. The door was found to be locked, and as the fire was roaring through the building with great speed, it seemed for a few minutes as though none would be able to escape. A lpJ°Stil!h&Je a Watchman named Wheeler saw the trouble and ran to open the door, but the crowd was packed in front of it so closely that he had the greatest diffi culty in opening it. When it was finally opened, however, the crowd was in the open air in a few seconds. In the jam before the doors were opened several people were badly crushed. George Dekreke, proprietor of the Streets of Cairo, was caught on the balcony, and, bein? unable to escape by the stairway, was forced to jump from the window. Ho was picked up se verely bruised. Iu addition to these there were a number of other narrow escapes. May Pnn a Good Thing. Shortly after the fire Colonel John T. Dickinson, president of the Coli eeum, was seen. He said: "The building is a total loss, and there is but little prospect that any at tempt at rebuilding will be made. There is $120,000 insurance on the building, which is just sufficient to cover the bonds. The Coliseum com pany was stocked for $300,000, paid up, and bonded for $100,000. The build ing has proved a success in every way. The expectations of the promoters had been fully realized, even surpassed. "When we started out to spend $400, 000 on an exhibition building at Wood lawn we were laughed at by many, but the result has proved that our judge ment was sound. However, times 'have changed even during the lass two years, and in my opinion, there should be no effort made to build the Coliseum, but on the contrary a united effort should be made to push forward the plans that have been pre pared for the erection of a splendid ex hibition palace on the lake front. Chi cago must have a large building that can be used for all manner of gigantic amusements. The Coliseum has been swept away and the city is absolutely without anything th»t answers the pur pose of an exhibition building. "While the destruction of the Coli seum is a great personal loss to many, and also a great loss to the city, I hon estly believe it will result in stirring up the people in the matter of a permanent jxhibition building. Should the lake front become the site of a splendid pal ace of amusement, the burning of the Coliseum may bo less of a misfortune than it appears. Since the building was opened it had been used 110 nights and had brought in something like $100,000 revenue. All of this money had been put into the building and the stockholders have never received a cent of return on their investment. Christina* 1'arty Struck by a Train. LITTLE FALLS, N. J., Dec. 27.—A sleigh containing seven people reti'rn ing from a Christmas entertainment was struck by the Lake Shore limited at the central crossing in St. Johnsville, 10 miles east of this city. Nine-year old Nellie Place was killed instautly, her head being severed from her body. Five were seriously injured and one es caped injury. lokoD Territory Added. VANCOUVER, B. C., Dec. 27.—Hon. Edwin Dudley, United States consul here, has received word from Washing ton that the Yukon territory has been added to this district. BE,I£F BITS OF NEWS. Russia is to build a canal to connect the Black and Baltic seas. Marshall Newell, the Harvard foot ball player, was killed by a locomotive. The Minneapolis police department is under fire and it is proposed to have an investigation. The Michigan miners, who a few days ago voted against a strike, have their wages increased 10 per cent. The non-partisan National W. C. T. U. will hold their eighth annual con vention in Columbus, O., Jan. 7 to 11. 1898. The American Asphalt company has sued Secretary Bliss to obtain an in junction against interference with its Utah lease. Great Britain and Japan will join in a naval demonstration iu Chinese waters as a protest against the action Of Russia and Germany. Joseph Chamberlain, the British colo nial secretary, "sits on" the Canadian postmaster general very hard because of an attempt to make his own postal laws. "Seditious" publications, including articles cliscassiiig annexation to the United States, are to be seized by the Canadian government, on orders from London. Indiaha veterans suggest a plan to en able the government to retire from the pension business by gjving each sprdier drawing a pension a 20-year anuity or an equivalent in cash. A Swiss surgeon successfully re* moved the stomach of a patient, who is recovering, aud great results are pos sible from the disoovery that the stom ach to not a vital organ. It is reported that Chicago parties will soon establish a phonograph fac tory at Muskegon, Mich., capitalised at $100,000. Philip D. Armour is credited \vith being one of the principal in* Vcatjra, ff7 Pa,ir 0f SAM^LE s»OES CONTRACT WHEAT Leiter Refuses to Receive Grain Not of the Quality Specified. Abont Eighty Thousand Bushels That Came on the Iron King Declined. Board' of Trade Directory or Courts May Be Invoked t# Settle the Matter. CHICAGO, Dec. 27.—A question ad id the quality of about 80,000 bushels of wheat in the* hold of the steamer Iron King belonging to the Seaverns com pany aud which they tendered to the Leiter clique as contract grade, has de veloped the fact that the bull crowd is insisting on the strictest inspection of all wheat tendered for December deliver ies. When this wheat was first ten dered it was refused by Leiter, who claimed it was not of contract quality. In this he was backed up by -the board of appeals of the board of trade. Later, however, the board reversed its decis ion. The Leiter people refused flatly to bow to the decision and now it is said the case will be taken to the board of trade directory or to the courts. FORECLOSING A MORTGAGE. Majestic Building: at Detroit to Be Sold by the Khrrift DETROIT, Dec. 27.—The filing of a notice of lis pendens has revealed the fact, hitherto suppressed, that two mortgage foreclosure suits have been commenced against the fourteen-story Majestic building, corner of Woodward and Michigan avenues, one by the New York Life Insurance company on its $800,000 first mortgage, and the other by Jacob S^ligman aud the Fisher es tate, on their second mortgage of $300, 000. The building company has failed to pay the interest on the first mortgoge, although granted an extension, and the foreclosure suit is brought by the insur ance company to protect itself. The Majestic building company is made up of the contractors who took the property and mortgages off the hands of Godfrey and Hyde, the original owners. The heaviest stockholders are Winslow & Co. of Chicago. From present indications tne property will soon change hands. Carrying War Into the Enemy'* Country* DENVER, Dec. 27.—The Overland cot ton mills of this city have carried the war into the enemy's country with a vengeance by securing contracts which will place their product in Boston. They have also secured, in close compe tition with the Eastern manufacturers, the contract for furnishing Claus Spreckels material for sugar' bags. This contract alone is sufficient to keep a large mill in almost constant opera tion. GENERAL BOOTH SORRY. Salvation Army (ommander Express** Sympathy for Mrs. liulliugton'* Illness. NEW YORK, Dec. 27.—A special to The World from London says: Gen eral William Booth is profoundly dis tressed by the news of the grave illness of Mrs. Ballington Booth. The World correspondent journeyed to Barnet, where the general is staying at the house of his son, Bramwell Booth, but the venerable leader of the Salvation Army was unable to see anyoue. The special cable dispatch received pointing out that the associates of Mrs. Ballington Booth ascribed her danger ous illness to the harsh treatment she received at the hands of the Salvation Army leader, which broke her spirit and destroyed her health, was shown to the general by Bramwell Booth. The general replied: "Under these sad circumstances it is impossible for me to make a controversial statement. I can ouly express my deep sympathy with my son in his troubles my hope for Mrs. Booth's speedy recovery." General Booth declined to say any thing further on this subject. He was busily engaged preparing for his de parture for the United States which is set for Jan.8 when the news of Mrs. Booth's illness reached him. This greatly depressed him and he immedi ately cabled a message of fatherly sym pathy with his son iu his trouble. Commissioner Nicol, the first pleni potentiary sent to the United States at the time of the secession from the Sal* vation Army of Mr. and Mrs. Booth, said to The World correspondent at Salvation Army headquarters: ''Gen eral Booth is suffering the most intense agony over Mrs. Booth's illness, and his only hope now is that he may reach New York in time to see her and his a?n." v MM. Booth Improves, NEW YORK, Deo. 27.—These Is steady improvement in Mrs, Bwiifngton Booth's condition. She passed a quiet night and i§. f*fombly responding to treatment. SLIPPERS which would make a moe Christmas present for your husband, wife or sweetheart. Our stock at cpnsisting of the famous "OOLD SEAL" Wales,Good year and Connects nuH* styles and at all prices. MADISON, SOUTH DAKOTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1897. DISPLEASING TO LEO. Pope Issues nn Encyclical on the Manitoba School Question. ROME, Dec. 27.—The pope's encycli cal on the Manitoba school question is published here. After recalling the re ligious history of Canada and eulogiz ing its scholastic institutions his holi ness expresses regret at the decisions taken seven years ago in Manitoba rela tive to the Catholic schools and points cut the rights of Catholics, according to the federal agreement. The pope condemns a school system based on religions neutrality, praises the zeal the bishops have displayed on tho ^aestion regrets that the Catholics aro not equally united, owing to Jx/iitical passions, and admits that the authorities have done some thing to d.minish the inconveni ences of 'Manitoba shool legisla tion. But his holiness declares this to be inadequate and exhorts Catholics to persist iu claiming all their rights, though they must not refuse any partial reparations obtainable, with the view to reduce the perils of the education of the youth. The encyclical says that in the event of these being unobtainable Catholics should provide their own schools and adopt, under guidance of their bishops, a programme of study consistent with their religion and all literary and scien tific progress. TO MODIFY CIVIL SERVICE. President McKinley Said to Be Preparing an Order For That Z'urpose. NEW YORK, Dec. 27.—The Journal's Washingtan special says: President McKinley's order revising ©ivil service rules is nearly ready for promulgation. It will take from under the civil service 5,000 offices of the 43, 000 included in President Cleveland's blanket order, including 900 deputy collectors of internal revenue, 750 dep uty collectors of customs, 56 special in spectors of customs and 36 special treas ury agents. Nearly all the positions are in the classified service outside of Washing ton, and come in direct contact with the people. It is for this class of places that the most of the pressure for repeal or modification is made, and the presi dent has expressed the belief that if it is modified to this extent he can sat isfy the demand for its abrogation, strengthen Western and Southern Re publicans and save the civil service law in its original intent, which was to confine it to the executive departments at Washington. DENMARK WILLING TO SELL. Uncle Sain Can Have Her West Indies for a Consideration. WASHINGTON, Dec. 27.—Senator H. C. Lodge is preparing a bill to carry into effect the declaration of the Republican platform in favor of the purchase of the three islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, owned by Denmark, in the West Indies. The senate passed a resolution a year ago asking the state department to ascertain whether the islands were still for sale, at what price they were held and whether any other country was after them. Denmark has replied that she is still willing to sell and that two European governments are now negotiating for their purchase. These are supposed to be Great Britain and Germany. TO RIVAL GREENWOOD. KeW'ork Millionaire* Will Start a Crave* yard on Tom Paine'* Old Farm. NEW YORK, Dec. 27.—Tom Paine's old farm is to be turned into a ceme tery which will rival iu beauty and importance New York's celebrated necropolis—Greenwood. The property is near Rochelle and has just been sold to a syndicate of New York millionaires, who propose to so enhance its beauty as to make it one of the most man tic graveyards iu the world. It was sold to the syndicate by John H. Treuor, a rich citizen of New Rochelle. Its 300 acres brought the sum of $200,000. This land was the spot on which the Hugenots settled when they landed in America. MANY FAVOR IT. A Bill to Make the IViitt on LM Public May lie I'nssed. 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