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PLATTSMOUTH, NEB.. SEPTEMBER 14, 1900.
THE HEKALD. Established April Iff, 1864. f
CousoKdauxi . Jan. 1. ifcSS.
VOL. IX, NO. 88.
PESTILENCE IS FEARED
Stricken Galveston Has Not Yet
Drunk Her Cup of Hor
rors to the Dregs.
ONE THOUSAND BODIES UNBUEIED.
Besides Hundreds of Carcasses of
Animals Lying Everywhere.
People Dying by Scores of I jack of
Food and Attention Men Are
Forced to Work Fate of
Galveston, Sept. 14. Last Saturday
morning the City of Galveston, accord
ing to the federal census, had 37.7S9
people within the limits of the muni
cipality; today hardly 30,000 remain,
and 25 per cent, of these will depart as
aoon as the boats and railroads can
afford facilities for leaving. In spite
of everything that has been done for
the wounded, their wants have not
been attended to, and deaths among
the injured are of hourly occurrence.
Medical supplies are coming in, but
the number of wounded is so large
that further deaths will necessarily
ensue before needed aid is sent in.
Fears Are Now of Pestilence.
The conditions of affairs has never
had a parallel In this country. In spite
of everything that has lieen done by
the civic authorities in removing the
dead, hundreds of bodies still remain
In the debris, and the effluvia arising
in consequence has brought alout the
much-dreaded and anticipated pestil
ence. Up to the present time the real
story as to the situation here has not
been written. When the fact is taken
into consideration that on Galveston
Island at least 3.0OO people lost their
lives, while the highest estimate made
by those in a position to know is that
not more than 2,oim) bodies have been
UsposHl of, it can readily be seen that
the 1.OO0 corpses yet remaining, un
billed, together with the hundreds of
carcasses of animals lying In all parts
of the city, has laid the foundation for
the epidemic that promises to sweep
away hundreds of the survivors of the
People Are Starving to Death.
Since Wednesday night, according
to the reports received at the city hall,
at least l."iO persons have died in con
sequence of lack of food, necessary
clothing and medical attention, a large
majority of the victims being women.
How many persons have been driven
Insane tiecause of fright and privation
cannot be estimated.
Labor Performed t'ndar Compulsion.
The people of this wrecked and deso
lated city are in no humor now for
conservative measures. Men assigned
to the work of cleaning away the de
bris and gathering the bodies of the
dead for burial at sea or for crema
tion who refuse to do as ordered are
INCIDENT OF Til K CATASTROPHE
John II. Poo Says That Eighty-Fir rat
sengers on a Train Were Iost
New Orleans, Sept. 14. The States
has received a telegram from Hon.
John II. Foe, member of the state
board of education and residing at
Iiake Charles, stating that eighty-five
lives were lost on the Gulf and Inter
state train which left Beaumont early
Saturday morning from Bolivar Point,
after having made connections with
the Southern Pacific train which left
this city Friday night. Poe was one
of the passengerson this train, and fort
unately, together with a few others, he
sought safety in the lighthouse at
Bolivar Point and was saved. The
train reached Bolivar about noon, and
all preparations were made to run the
train on the ferry boat preparatory to
crossing the bay.
But the wind blew so swiftly that
the ferry could not make a landing,
and the conductor of the train, after
allowing it to stand on the tracks for
a few minutes, started to back it back
toward Beaumont. The wind increased
so rapidly, coming in from the open
sea. that soon the water had reached
e level with the bottom of the seats
within the cars. It was then that
some of the passingers. sought safety
In the nearby lighthouse. But Poe
states 1n his telegram that in spite of
all efforts eighty-five passengers were
blown away or drowned.
The train was entirely wrecked.
Doubtless some of the killed were from
New Orleans, as the train made direct
connection with the Southern Pacific
train which left here Friday night,
and there were a large number of New
Orleans passengers altoard. and it la
known that at least some of thesewere
bound for Galveston. Those who were
fiaved had to spend over fifty hours
In the dismal lighthouse on almost no
rations. The experience is one they
will rememlier as one of the most ter
rible of their whole lives.
Caused a Bridge's Collapse.
St. Cloud. Minn.. Sept. 14. The pro
jecting arm of a Great Northern steam
shovel caused an expensive accident.
As the train pulled across the Cold
(Spring bridge the projecting arm
caught on the overhead brace work of
the structure, and much of the timber
work was torn out and the bridge col
lapsed, dropping the steam shovel and
three flat cars into the river below.
President at His Canton Home.
Canton. O., Sept 11. President and
Mrs. McKinley are again in their Can
ton home. They arrived shortly be
fore G p. tn. yesterday from Somerset.
They have no definite plans, but ex
pect to remain here for some time.
Both seem to be in excellent health
and spirits, the President especially
showing that he has kept up well un
der the strain of the five weeks of al
most Incessant hard work since he
left here for Washington.
Water Works Power Too Weak.
Racine, Wis.. Sept. 14. At a meet
ing of the special committee appointed
by Mayor Higgins to consider proposi
tions from the Racine Water company
relative to the city buying the plant
received a report last evening from
George II. Benzenburg. of Milwaukee,
and Thomas Johnson and E. Kricson,
. of Chicago, experts called in to ex
amine the system. The experts decided
that the company could not furnish
direct pressure of 123 pounds without
damage to the system.
TWELVE LOSE THEIR LIVES. :
Eleven of Whom Went to Tlirlr Fate tn
, the UoomMl Lyon. .
Chicago! Sept. 14. Twelve persons
are known to have lost their lives in
the great storm that swept over the
lakes from the southwest Tuesday
eight The loss to shipping interests
has not yet been accurately estimated,
but will reach high Into the thousands.
Eleven of the twelve fatalities were
the result of the foundering of the
steamer John B. Lyon. The dead t f
this vessel are: Aluston, steward;
Brown, of Cleveland, second engineer;
Michael Nestor, watchman; Oscar Ol
son, first mate; Capta'a A. II. Seng
has, of Marine City, Mich., master;
George Tyler, second mate; Tyler,
watchman, father of the second mate;
Charles W illow. of Cleveland, chief
engineer: two deckhands, names un
known; fireman, name unknown.
The survivors, who drifted ashore on.
a spar, are: Mrs. . Alaston, wife of
steward; W. II. Braund, wheelman, of
Detroit; Peter Bishop, wheelman, of
.Ashtabula, O.; ohn Spencer, fireman;
Mrs. Nenghas, wife of captain.
The twelfth casualty Is that of Kate
Hoffmaiv cook on the schooner Dun
THEY HAD NO CREDENTIALS.
fiat They Attended the Convention and
the Others Bolted.
I Evansville, Ind., Sept. 14. Bumble-
, bees broke up the Democratic county
convention here Wednesday afternoon
at the Tri-State fair grounds. In the
, midst of the convention several col
ored boys stirred up a nest of the bees
and they scattered through the dele
gates who were seated In the amphi
theater. People rushed in all direc
tions, and there was a panic which re
quired all the police officials on the
grounds to quiet.
Several of the nominees of the conven
tion were badly stung and had to seek
physicians. The boys who stirred the
nest up were placed under arrest and
were required to answer to the charge
of disturbing a public meeting in po
lice court. John Roberts, a delegate,
was so badly stung that he had to be
carried to a hospital.
HAD HIS ARM TORN OFF.
Bleeding to Death He Disposes of His Ef
fects in a Few Minutes.
Fond du Lac. Wis., Sept 14. Frank
Christ, formerly an employe of tho
Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Taul Rail
way company, whose home is at The
tis, WiSi. bled to death at the Elmer
Phelps farm in the town of Oakficld,
yesterday morning, after having Lis
arm torn off in the flywheel of ft
threshing machine engine.
He was 25 years old. and he leaves,
besides parents, several brothers and
sisters. He was conscious to within
a few minutes before his death and he
gave directions as to the disposal of
his remains and effects while lying in
the shadow of the threshing machine
near which he had been working. .
' Score oa the Ball Field.
Chicago, Sept. 14. Following, are
yesterday's League ball scores: Na
tional League-At Phil:vlelp!iia Pitts
burg , Philadelphia 11; at New York
Chicago . New York 5; at Boston
St. Louis 6, Boston 4; at Brooklyn
Cincinnati 2. Brooklyn 7; (second
game) Cincinnati 9, Brooklyn 13.
American League: At Minucapolis
Cleveland 5. Minneapolis 3 twelve in
nings; at Kansas City Detroit 4, Kan
sas City 13, . at Chicago Buffalo 5,
Chicago 1. '
IIold-TTps Attack a Ragman.
LaCrosse, Wis., Sept. 14. Two hold
up artists tackled a ragman in the
south end of the town late Wednesday
afternoon and after assaulting him ran
away with his horse and wagon. They
.headed for the east with a squad of
police in hot pursuit The horse has
not yet been recovered. The ragman
says they are men from this city, for
he has seen them here before. Singu
larly, they did not touch his money. All
they seemed to want was his horse.
Waited Twenty Tears for Her.
Cobden, Ills., Sept 14. A romantic
marriage has Just come to light .here.
Frank Waggle, a soldier of the civil
war, and Mary Vancil are united after
twenty years of waiting. Parental ob
jections were the cause of the delay.
Recently the bride's only parent, the
mother, having died, the only barrier
was removed. They were quietly mar
Terre Haute, Sept 14. At the meet
ing of the Vincennes presbytery the
committee on the questions submitted
by the general assembly In regard to
the revision of the confession of faith
reported recommending that it was de
sired to reaffirm loyalty to the confes
sion, btit that the confession be made
simpler In expression.
Fell Beneath a Morlng Train.
Princeton, Ind., Sept 14. William
Tierce. 22 years old, and ft resident
here, was killed at OW'WKTIHe, near
here, by a freight train on EEte Mt
Vernon branch of the EvansTille and
Terre Haute railroad. Pierce was a
brakeman, and fell beneath tie mov
ing train.. He leaves a widowed
Both Preacher and Veteran.
Effingham, Ills.. Sept 14. Rev. Her
bert Reed, aged 59 years, died at his
home in this city Wednesday of rheu
matism. Tie had been a minister of
the Methodist church for twenty-iive
years and was a veteran of the civil
war, having served in company A,
Twenty-sixth Illinois volunteers.
i i . Aeal Hi Elevators.
New Richmond. Wis., Sept 14. The
New Richmond Roller MJU company
has bought the Northern Grain com
pany's line of elevators on the Chica
go, St. Paul. Minneapolis and OmaJia
In Wisconsin. Nebraska. Iowa and.
Minnesota. Possession has . already
been given and the elevators wiU-.bo
operated by the new owners this sea
Requisition lor a Negro Woman'.'- 4
Springfield, Ills.. Sept. 14. Governor
Tanner has honored a requisition from
Governor Shaw, of Iowa, for the ex
tradition of Alice M. 'Hamilton,
charged with entering the room of F.
M. Millard, of Creston. Ia.. June .23,
forcing open a valise, securing $2,2O0
cash, and getting away.
. , Sailor's Name Is "Tanoott.. , .
Houghton. Mich.. Sept. 14. A sailor
named Tascott, giving bis residence
as Portage Entry, is in Jail accus of
a erious rTie. Tascott had escaped
In a small boat, but Sheriff . Lean,
charatered a tug and overhauled him
on Portage lake. ." -
CASE OFTHE STRIKERS
Presented by a Statement From
the President of the
Miners Union. !
WAGES OF LES3 THAN $250 YEARLY
That the Average Worker Worked
For Impositions on the Men
Stated in Detail. 'fc 1
Indianapolis, Sept 14. In ordef to
rlace before the public the conditions
existing In the anthracite fields of
Pennsylvania, President John Mitchell
and Secretary-Treasurer W. B. Wilson,
of the United Mine Workers, yester
day issued to the public a statement
givingin detail the causes that have led
up to the strike. After the statement
had been given out for publication
President Mitchell said: "At this time
I do not believe anything will trans
pire between now and Monday that
will prevent the strike. All informa
tion coming to my office today in
dicates that the struggle Is practically
on. I have been receiving messages all
jay from the anthracite region which
Indicate clearly that the indorsement
of the strike and the issuance of the
order has met with the approval of the
miners. There are a few details to be
arranged, but tho men are prepared for
the light. I have not received today
any Information, direct or indirect to
show that the operators have receded
from their position."
'Why the Strike Was Ordered.
In presenting the reasons for order
ing a strike with such far-reaching
consequences as the one Just ordered
will have the statement says: "The
average wages of the anthracite miner
for many years has been less than
$250.00 annually. During that period
of time the cost of many of the neces
saries of life have been increased over
20 per cent An increase in the cost
of living, without a corresponding in
crease of wages Is equivalent to a re
duction in wages. The laws of the
state of Pennsylvania make 2,400
pounds a ton of anthracite coal, yet
anthracite coal miners are compelled
to mine from 2,700 to 4,000 pounds for
a ton. and in addition to that are
docked - exorbitant amounts often
reaching 12 per cent, of their daily
earnings for any impurities wnu-n
may be sent out with their coal.
Required to Give Heaped Measure.
"Where they are paid by the car. In
stead of being required to furnish a
well rounded heap on the car at the
breakers as was originally agreed to
they have gradually been compelled
to Increase the amount of coal in each
car bv building the same perpendicu
larly from six to eighteen. Inches above
the edge. They are compelled to pur
chase the powder used in mining from I
the'r eu''-tyers. paying f2.75 per g
for A' gr:Me of -powder that can'ne
pnrchns'd elsewhere for $1.50 per keg,
and which wholesales for alwut $1 per
keg. They are required by many of
the companies to ileal in piucK-me
stores or leave their employment. They
must pay to the company $1 per month
for a doctor, whether they need him
or not, and have no voice in saying
who tho doctor shall be."
NO REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.
Companies Would Listen to Nothing from
"The smallness of their earnings, to
gether with the great cost of living,
has compelled them to take their chil
dren from school In-fore they have
reached the age prescribed by law and
place nicni at work in the breakers.
in order to kcp the family from starva
tion. When any miner, feeling the
burden of these conditions, has gone to
the management and asked to have
them removed, he has lieen told If he
does not like it lie can quit. When
they have organized at any colliery
and have sent committees to the man-
egemcnt asking to have their grievances
remedied the committee lias eituer
been "discharged, or they have been
to-M that the evils could not le rem-
edied lK'cau.-e of the competition from
"When the representatives of the
miners of the whole region have met
and asked the coal companies to meet
them in Joint convention to arrange
wages and conditions uioii an equita
ble basis, so that each would know
what his competitor was paying and
no advantage could be taken of any
one. their petition for a conference has
"been completely ignored. When the
business men, clergymen, ami other
outside influences have appealed to the
coal companies to correct some of the
evils complained of their requests have
been denied: and when as a last re
sort the officers of our organization
have wired the presidents of the great
railroad companies who control the an
traeife coal fields, offering to submit
the whole question to arbitration, the
proposition has Ix-en treated with si-,
"Having exhausted all other means
of adjustment we had reached the
pomt where we must either advise
the miners of the anthracite region to
continue working under these unjust
and tyrannical conditions, or counsel
a strike. We have chosen the latter, and
having done so we invite a thorough,
impartial, and public Investigation of
the conditions existing in the anthra
cite coal fields." 1
- ... Vera Is Loaded for Jim.
. New York, Sept 14. Mrs. James J.
Corbett ttarted across the ocean
Wednesday on the St Louis In pursuit
of her recreant husband, James. She
carried a heavy battery and. according
to persons In whom she confided be
fore she took ship, she intended to
shoot him on sight -
.. .. Second Attempt a Success.
Bedford, Iijd., Sept 14. Miss Ida
Williams, of this city, has made the
second attempt to elope with her lov
er. Michael Morgan, which was suc
cessfuL Morgan came ' here from
Qwensboro, Ky., where It is supposed
they have gone on marriage Intent
So-called "Wild Man IdentfQed.
New London. Wis Sept 14. It Is
reported that the so-called wild man,
who has- been frightening people on
the outskirts of this city. Is William
Kelile, formerly of the town f Liber
ty. , lie la 23 years old and disappeared-tvo
years ago. He was de
mented at that time.
BRYAN IN INDIANA AGAIN.
Talks to Veterans at Fort Wayne Greeted
by Crowds En Rente.
Fort Wayne, Ind., Sept. 14. The
people of Fort Wayne turned out in
large numbers to welcome William J,
Bryan, who arrived here at 1:30 p. m.
yesterday, and was escorted to the
residence of State Senator BelL The
route of the procession lay through
the principal streets of tb city, which
were well lined with people anxious to
greet the national candidate. The city
was entertaining the Union Veteran
Legion and was in holiday attire. The
houses were covered with bunting
and Immense banners swang to the
breeze across many streets. Bryan
was greeted by crowds at Warsaw,
Pierceton and Columbia City.
The people of the city dedicated to
the mean or y of General Henry W. Law
ton, a monument crowned by a can
non captured by him, and so christened
the principal city park in honor of the
dead hero. The ceremony occurred un
der the auspices of the Union Veteran
Legion, and Colonel Bryan was the
principal orator of the occasion. Gov
ernor Mount also spoke at considerable
The ceremony occurred under
a spreading oak in the park and there
were many people present to witness
it, including a number of visitors to
the meeting of the legion. The cere
mony was preceded by a processiou
througli the principal streets. It was
presided over by Hon. R. B. JIanna,
Republican candidate for congress from
LAST FINE TREE IS GONE.
Incident of the Progress of Destruction of
Forests la Michigan,
Cadillac, Mich., Sept. 14. The last
pine tree in Wexford county was cut
last Saturday forenoon at Cummer &
Diggln's camp northwest of the city.
What ha9 for so many years been the
chief industry of Cadillac and vicin
ity will soon be only a remembrance.
This one tree was loft standing for
several days in order that photographs
of it might be taken. There was
large crcwd in attendance upon the
ceremonies Incident to Its destruction.
It Is said there are three or four large
pine trees near Harrietta, but they are
on the Ann Arbor right of way and
therefore are not considered when
speaking of timber cut for lumber.
Without a doubt during the past
thirty years Wexford county has pro
duced as much, if not more, pine lum
ber than any other county in the state.
It has been the principal source of em
ployment to the residents of Cadillac
and the cnnipr have furnished 'labor
to many of the farmer of the county
during the winter months. It will be
only, a short time now until all the
pine logs that are boomed In Clara
lake will be cut. and then will begin
the cat of hardwood which promises
to be nearly S long as the pine has
Scores on the IHamond.
Chicago, Sept. 12. Following are
the runs at base ball recorded yester
day by League clubs: At Philadelphia
Pittsburg 2. PhlVidiv'hlaO;at Brook
Ivn Cincinnati C Brooklyn C; at Bos
ton St Louis 4, Boston 7; at New
York Chicago 14. New York 3; (sec
ond came) Chicago 3. New York 3
American League: At Kansas City
Indianapolis 3, Kansas City G; (sec
ond game) Indianapolis lO, Kansas
City 4; at Chicago Cleveland 1. Chi
cago 0; at Minneapolis and Milwau
kee Wea ther.
Horrible Tragedy at Fort Scott.
Fort Scott Kas., Sept. 12. A most
Itorrlble tragedy occurred here yester
day. Acting under the impulse or a
diseased mind, Ora G. Scott aged 22,
buried a hatchet five times In the brain
of his 70-vear-old grandmother. Mrs.
M. J. Wlckersham, killing her Instant
ly. He had Just been brought back
from California on account of his de
rangement but It was not thought that
he was dangerous. He did not try to
escape and Is now In Jail.
Heavy Rain In Wisconsin.
LaCrosse, Wis., Sept. 12. A terrific
rain fell here almost continuously
from an early hour yesterday morn
ing. A great volume of water has
fallen, and the damage to crops and
roads, etc., will be much greater thau
that Incurred in the city. The rain
appears to have been a quite general
Killed la the Texas Storm.
Kalamazoo, Mich.. Sept. 14. Levi
Perrin, formerly of this city, and a
brother of J. J. Perrin, a prominent
local capitalist, was killed in the Tex
Boers and British la Battle.
London, Sept. 14. Lord Roberts re
ports from Machadodorp. under date
of Wednesday, Sept 12, that General
French was heavily engaged that day
with the Boers in the hills west of Bar
beiton, and that General nutton had
gone to General French's support
NEWS FACTS IN OUTLINE.
The pormlation of the city of East
St Louis, Ills., is 29,655; in 1890 it was
- Philippine commission has appro
priated $100,000 for highways and
Utah iRnell, 2 years old, drank a bot
tle of rheumatism, liniment and died,
The Oarnegie Steel company has do
nated $10,000 to the Pittsburg fund
for Galveston relief.
' Premier Bostrom, of the Swedish
cabinet, has resigned and Admiral Van
Ottow succeeds him.
London papers do not believe Oh as.
T. Yerkes has acquired control of the
underground railway there.
. In 1870 there were 9.000 Shakers In
the United States. At present they do
not number more than 1,000.
Three attempts were made Wednes
day night to wreck Union Pacific
trains west of Abilene, Kas.
Count Zeppelin, the German aero
naut Is preparing for a second balloon
ascension In the course of a few days.
George P. Gregory, superintendent
of the San Jose Correctional school,
Havana, has died of yellow fever.
A Chicago and Northwestern fast
mall train from Milwaukee ran down
and Instantly killed Ruth Burgett, a
10-year-old glrL - .
Thomas Barnes, a young married
farmer, disappeared during the fair at
Mauston, Wis., which he was attend
ing, and foul play is suspected.
Ruysdael's famous painting, "Sllenus
Somnolens," was stolen en route from
Naples to New York. It had been
purchased for 3,000 for a naval offi
cer, supposed to be Admiral Dewey.
Dead at Galveston Now Estimated
as High in Number as
BELIEF COMMITTEE SAYS 3,000.
Corpses Being; Rapidly Buried In
Trenches and Debris
HO TIME TO BEND THEM TO SEA.
Vessel Arrives in Port With Food and
Water and the Water Works
Are Being Repaired In
stant Aid Still Needed.
Houston. Tex., Sept. 12. The Post
correspondent was instructed to for-
1 rd tLe followinS address to the peo-
pie of the United States. It Is dated
Galveston, Sept. 11, and signed by
Walter C. Jones, mayor Galveston: "It
is my opinion, based on personal Infor-
matlon. that 5,000 people have lost
their lives here. Approximately one
third of the residence portion of the
city has been swept away. There are
several thousand people who are home
less and destitute. We
feal to you for immediate aid."
Houston, Tex., Svpt. 12. Latest estl
mate from The Post correspondent Just
back from Galveston, places the num
ber of dead at 5,0(0.
Galveston, Sept. 12. The following
statement of conditions t Galveston
aim appeal for aid Is issued by the
local relief committee:'" "A conserva
tive estimate of the loss of life is that
It will reach 3.00O. At least 5,000 fam
ilies are shelterless and wholly desti
tute. The entire remainder of the pop
ulation is suffering in greater or less
degree. Not a single church, school
or charitable Institution of which Gal
veston had so many is left intact.
Not a building escaped damage, and
half the whole number were entirely
obliterated. There Is immediate need
for fod, clothing and household goods
of all kinds."
City Is Coder Martial I.aH .
Galveston, Sept. 12. The white
cotton Kcrewmen's organization held a
meeting Monday night and tendered
their services that of tti able-bodied
men to the public committee to clear
the streets of debris. The city was
patrolled Monday night by regular sol
diers and citizen soldiery. No one was
allowed on the streets without a pass.
Several negroes were shot for not halt
ing when ordered. It is reported that
three of the citizen soldiers were shot
Vessel with Water and Food.
The steamer Lawrence arrived here
early yesterday morning from Houston
with water and provisions. A commit
tee of KM) citizens was aloard, among
them being doctors and cooks. Work
on the water-works is being rushed,
and It is hoped to be able to turn on
a supply soon. The city needs feed
for horses. It is also badly In need
of disinfectants. A barge load of lime
at this time would be a blessing.
Brazoria county has offered armed men
to protect the city.
Borylnsjthe Dead in Trenches.
Dead bodies have decomposed so bad
ly that It is impossible to send them
to sea for burial. 1 lie water has re
ceded so far, however, that it Is pos
sible to dig trenches, and the bodies
are being" buried where found. De
bris covering bodies is being burned
where it can be done safely.
Special for Government Aid.
Washington. Sept. 12. Acting Sec
retary MeikelJohn has authorized the
chartering of a special train from bt,
Louis to carry quartermaster s, ana
commissary supplies to the relief of
the destitute at Galveston.
STORY OF THE CA1 A STROPHE.
True One Will Frobahly Never Be Writ
ten Assault of the Element.
Chicago, Sept. 12. The Post s spe
cial from Houston, Tex., says: It is
hardly possible that the true story of
the frightful catastrophe will or can
ever be written. The terror, despair
and desperation of the poulatlon when
at last they realized, Saturday evening
last, that they were face to face with
death cannot be pictured by those not
there. No aid was near; escape was
impossible; it was as though the 40,
OOO people of Galveston were on a ves
sel which was sinking at sea, the cap
tain having informed them that the
ship could survive but a few moments
longer. For nearly thirty-six hours the
situation was appalling and the inhab
itants of the town were compelled to
face conditions the like of which have
rarely been known. The hurricane,
before it reached the city, had lushed
the waves of the bay into utmost fury.
It was about 2 o clock last Saturday
morning when the storm began to be
felt In the city. It bad been raging In
the gulf for some hours, aud although
warnings had Lecn sent from Wash
ington to Galveston the day before by
the officials of the United States
weather bureau no attention was paid
to them. Saturday about noou the In
habitants realized that disaster was
at hand, " and the heglra from the
beach and lower parts of the town be
gan. The wind was so strong that It
cut the face like a knife; darkness set
tled upon the island earlier than usual;
by 5 o'clock the evening of that day
the city was submerged.
The night was black, the plants of
electric light and gas companies hav
ing been swept away, and as the peo
ple cowered in their houses or places
where they had sought refuge the
swisn- or tue waves ana the nowllng
of the gale were the only things they
could hear. The wind, which must
have reached a velocity of nearly 100
miles an hour during the night, was
blowing at the rate of eighty-four miles
when the Instruments at the govern
ment observatory were destroyed: the
air was filled with flying debris, and It
merely meant death to venture out
The violence of the wind did not be
gin to subside until nearly 1 o'clock
Sunday morning, and it was about
that time that the flood reached its
height In the course of six or eight
hours the waters had gone down suf
ficiently to enable men to navigate
some of the thoroughfares, while the
dead were failures, as the ground was
so water-soaked that trenches, when
dug. were almost Instantly filled with
water. In the higher places some
burials were made, but as It was Im
possible to Inter all the dead authority
was obtained from the city to throw
corpses into the sea. The city firemen
carried many oodles to the wharf.
where the dead barge was in waiting,
but It was difficult to get men to handle
them after they had been carried out
Looting has been general since Sun
day morning, and the governor has In
consequence called out the entire Na
tional Guard of the state for duty at
Galveston. Adjutant General Scurry
was compelled to send the notifications
to several companies by courier, the
wires being down so generally in this
section or the state.
ELOPEMENT A FAILtJRE.
Beoaase tho Girl's Folks Were Only Two
Hours Be Iliad at the Vtart.
Qulncy, Ills., Sept 12. Albert Ea
ton and Grace Cooper, who live ten
miles south of Warsaw, eloped Sunday
night and were caught Monday by the
girl's parents at Alexandria. Mo. They
had not been married, and the girl re-
' turned home. Miss Cooper retired
nunaay nigut as usual, and when her
parents were asleep slipped at of bed
ana, making up a bundle of clothing,
left the house. Her lover, Eaton, was
waiting for her at the gate with a
buggy, and they drove north to Ham
ilton, crossing over to Keokuk on the
They drove south to Alexandria and
were waiting for a train. The girl's
mother awoke at midntrht and, dis
covering her daughter's absence, awak
ened her husband, and they found
fresh buggy tracks at the gate. They
gave chase and crossed the Keokuk
Driage at 6 a. m. Monday, only two
hours behind the elopers. The parents
caugnt them at Alexandria and took
the girl home.
W0HEIES THE BRITISHERS.
The Way Hans A r runs in Germany Is
Bnlldlng Npeedy Ships.
London. Sept. 12. The remarkable
run of the Hamburg-American Line
steamship Deutschland is exciting un
usual Interest In Kngiuiid; and there is
much complaint lecause British ves
sels are thus distanced in the speed
competition. The Daily Chronicle
points out the danger that in time of
war. British trade would be at the
mercy of such swift commerce de
stroyers, and says that the government
and nation must look to it.
The Cunard line manager when In
terviewed said: "There Is no doubt
that Germany is alive to the value of
such fast vessels In the event of war.
and the benevolent attitude of the Ger
man government has been largely In
strumental in stimulatlngtbeir produc
tlon. It Is all a question of cost Ex
perience has proved that there Is no
finality in speed development The
Cunard Urn has its eyes ftiUy open to
Boxing Bonts at Tattersall'a.
Chicago, Sept. 12. Following are
the results of the boxing bouts at Tat
tersall's last night: Morris Rauscb, of
Chicago, and Tommy Feltz, of Brook
lyn, bantams, fought six rounds to a
draw. Billy Rotchford, or Uhicago,
was given the decision over Hugh Mc-
Fadden. of Brooklyn, at the end of
the sixth round. Johnny Reagan, of
Brooklyn, gained the decision over
Clarence Forbes, of Chicago, In six
rounds. Featherweights Tommy Sul
livan, of Brooklyn, ard Buddy Ryan,
of Chicago, fought six rounds to a
draw Dal Hawkins, of California,
beat Jim Popp. of Canada, by a wide
margin. The wlnd-up was between
the mlddleweights. Billy Stlft and
Barnev Conors, a slugging match In
which honors were declared even.
Combination of Breweries.
LaCrosse, Wis.. Sept. 12. Articles
of association incorporating the La
Crosse Brewing company were filed
here yesterday. Four of the leading
breweries have gone Into a combina
tion with a total capitalization of $1,-
200,000. The new plant will be built
at a cost of $350,000. The capacity
will be 500.0OO barrels. Joseph Bo-
schert, banker of this city, will proba
bly be president of the new concern.
Michigan's Wheal Crop.
Lansing. Mich.. Sept. 12. Secretary
of State SteHrns estimates Michigan's
wheat crop this year at seven bushels
tier acre, but will not make nis nnai
estimate until next month. Much of
the wheat is light in weight and dis
colored, the quality being only seven-
tv-six for the state. Twelve per cent
of last year's crops Is still In the farm
NEWS FACTS IN OUTLINE.
The United States consumed 80.000,-
000 pounds of tea In 189!).
F. E. Peacock was arrested at Chi
cago charged with obtaining $1,100
from hotels by fraud.
Czechs and Germans engaged in a
fierce political riot at Olmuetz, Mora
via, many being injured.
London's oldest woman's club has
closed its doors, owing to the falling
off of Interest of members.
The city of Strassburg. whose public
debt amounts to 18,306,731 marks.
wants to borrow 7.000,000 more.
There is a potato field In Kansas
forty miles long. This year's crop of
tubers from It will reach 4,000 cart
John Lovakln, 50 years old. a farm
er, and his son John. 19 years old. of
Midlothian, were killed by a train at
Thomas P. Upton, of Downers
Grove. Ills., was bitten by a giant cop
perhead snake while mowing a lawn
near his house.
Norway's storthing will contain
seventy-seven Rightists and thirty-sev
en Leftists, the latter gaining two over
the last storthing.
The board of 'review at Chicago
raised the iersonal property assess
ment of the Chicago Telephone com
pany from $2,225,000 to $44225,000.
Four Mormon elders are hard at
work at Emporia. Kan., making an ef
fort to convert citizens of that town
to the faith of the Latter Day Saints.
Some Kentucky Boxer tried to as
sassinate Representative Rhea, near
Moreantown. because he had spoken
against the alleged assassin of Goebel.
Five civilized tribes of Indian Ter
ritory the Creeks, the Chlckasaws.
the Choctaws, the Cherokees and the
Semlnoles are no longer a savage
a Wbl I IWIIIIIW
Senator Wolcott Comes in for a
Hot Roas by a Colo
THESE PARTIES WORK FOR FUSION.
Wharton Barker at Chicago Tells a.
Reporter of Ills Hopes Bryan's
Denver. Sept 12. Fusion is the pur
pose of the three state conventions
Democratic, Silver Republican and
Populist which met in this city Mou
day and resumed their sessions yester
day. Conference committees were ap
pointed to arrange the division of of
fices. In the Democratic convention B.
F. Montgomery was elected perma
nent chairman. A special committee
was named to draft resolutions of sym
pathy for the victims or the Texas
disaster. A committee of seven on
fusion with the Silver Republicans and
Populists was chosen, aud then recess
was taken. The Populist convention
chose a fusion committee of seven.
The remainder of the morning session
was taken up with debate on a resolu
tion declaring that the supreme court
has no right to question the consti
tutionality of laws regularly passed by
the legislature. The resolution was
defeated. Recess was taken. In the
Silver Republican convention a num
ber of delegates made speeches Insist
ing on a fair division of the otlices if
there is to be fusion. Awaiting a re
port of the conference committee the
convention adjourned for the day.
Hints Charges at Senator Wolcott.
When the Democratic convention
met yesterday afternoon Governor
Charles S. Thomas addressed the con
vention. He devoted himself to reply
ing to criticisms made by the opposi
tion press upon the present fusion ad
ministration, which he declared had
been perfectly harmonious from first
to last, and in a outer denunciation
of United States Senator Edward O.
Wolcott. His words were most caustic
and he closed that part of his speech
with these words: "I now charge that
the senatorial office of Edward O. Wol
cott is merely an asset of a Wall
street brokerage firm, and that the
firm is preparing to debauch the Colo
rado legislature with money through
Raised Meaey for Galveston.
The committee appointed to draft
resolutions of sympathy for the Gal
veston flood sufferers made its report
and then a Cripple Creek man moved
an additioi to it providing that each
of the 894 delegates contribute $1 to
the relief fund. The resolutions was
adopted with a cheer and silver dol
lars began pouring In upon the chair
man until he called for a committee to
take care of them. Many of the specta
tors added their contributions, and
more than $900 was raised In a short
Points from the Platform.
The resolutions committee then
made Its report, which was adopted.
The platform takes a strong position
In favor of the free coinage of sliver
at the ratio of 1C to 1, demands a con
stitutional amendment providing for
eight hours work-day, favors the fu
sion of all the silver parties In the
state, eulogizes Senator Teller and de
nounces Senator Wolcott. The con
vention took a recess for the day.'
CANDIDATE LOST IN CHICAGO.
Misses His Committee, but Is Found and
Chicago, Sept 12. For three hours
yesterday morning a presidential can
didate was lost to his followers in Chi
cago. For that length of time a score
of men made diligent search for their
standard-bearer at hotels, railway sta
tions and restaurants, but without suc
cess. Wharton Barker, of Philadel
phia, candidate for president of the
middle-of-the-road Populists, was the
person who was so earnestly sought
lie arrived in Chicago at 8 a. m. from
Detroit He had notified the local
leaders of his plans, and a committee
was on hand but missed him at the
railway station. Hence the hunt,
which finally ended at the Welingtou.
Barker had Intended to leave for In
dianapolis at 1 p. m., but owing to the
delay In meeting his followers he was
compelled to postpone his departure
until 8 p. m. During the day he con
ferred with the state committee with
reference to the condition of affairs In
I expect to receive at least 1,500,-
000 votes," sa id Barker to a represent
ative of an afternoon paper. "We have
an excellent chance to elect our full
state ticket in Georgia in October.
Should we carry this state we will poll
far more than 1,500,000 votes. A vic
tory in Georgia would mean that the
newspapers would have to pay atten
tion to us. We have a chance to carry
Texas. We estimate that we will poll
anywhere from 200,000 to250.000 votes
In that state. We have polled as high
as 230.000 votes In Texas. Should we
get 250,000 votes It would mean a vic
tory for us."
"It Is Understood" and 80 Forth.
New York. Sept 12. A Washington
dispatch to The World says: "Bryan's
letter of acceptance, it is stated on
excellent authority, will declare he is a
candidate for but one presidential
term and that second terms are dan
gerous to the republic. It Is under
stood that Bryan will say that whether
elected or defeated, he will not seek a
Democrats Hold a Short Session.
Saratoga, N. Y., Sept. 12. Yesterday
the Democratic state convention met
here, organized temporarily, listened
to a speech by the temporary chair
man. State Senator MeCarren, and
then took recess to noon today.
Murdered, Perhaps by Tramps.
Algona, la., Sept. 12. The coroner's
inquest has developed that the two
men. August Carlquist and Jens Grav
ersen, whose dead bodies were found
beside the railroad tracks, were mnr-
tfered. supposedly by tramps.
Planing Mill Reduced to Ashes.
Milwaukee. Sept. 12. A Sentinel
special says fire destroyed the floor
ing and planing mill of the Wiscon
sin Land and Lumber company at
Httrmansvtlle. The loss Is not known.
Pugilist Havlag Much Trouble.
New York, Sept 12. Mrs. James
J. Corbett has brought suit for abso
lute divorce from her husband. To add
to the complications McCoy has also
sued his wife for divorce.
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