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AN INGLORIOUS END. !
Tho Old Warship Kearsarjo J
Wrecked in the Gul !
The Destroyer of the Rebel rrlvateer Ala
hiuia Strikes a Reef and Is Lost
Her O Hirer and Crew
FATE OF THE KEARSARGE. !
Colon', Isthmus of Tanama, Feb. 9.
The wooden corvette Kearsarge of the
North Atlantic squadron i3 lying1
"broadside on" on Roncador- reef off
the coast of Nicaragua, and by this
time with a moderately heavy sea !
pounding her on the ragged coral edges j
of the shoal is a total loss. Rumors of J
the wreck reached here two days ago ;
and were confirmed Wednesday by tho !
uppeat ance of Lieut. Frederick Brain-j
nrd and a portion of the war vessel's
The Kearsarge struck "head on"
early on the morning of February 2.
She had left Port au Prince January
SO for Blewfields, Nicaragua. When j
the vessel struck the reef it was soon j
seen that she was doomed and all ;
hands were ordered to the boats. Five j
days' provisions were taken and the
...... . m '
crew ordered to proceed to tne lsiana 01
Old Providence, a few miles due west
From that point Lieut. Brainard
with the first cutter, went to Colon for j
assistance, that being considered wiser
than asking any help from Blewfields
under the present circumstances. Lieut.
Brainard reported to the American con- i
sulthatnoneof the officers or ere w were
missing and not a man injured in the
wreck. He admits that the vessel is a
Admiral Stanton was on the Kear
sarge. When the New York and De
troit were dispatched to Rio. it was
made the flagship of the North Atlantic
squadron and Admiral Stanton, after
the secretary of the navy had acted on
his report of the salute of Mello in Rio
bay, was ordered to proceed to Port au
Prince and transfer his flag to the Kear
sarge and assume command of the sta
The Kearsarge was one of the oldest
vessels in the navy with a splendid his
tory. The event with which the ves- :
sel is most closely associated in the
public mind was its gallant fight ;
with the Alabama, the confederate
privateer, near Cherbourg. France,
Ju.ie 19, 1804. As the Merrimac, which
was destroyed by the Monitor, had
inflicted untold damage on tthe com
merce of the inland waters and along
the coast of the United States, so the
Alabama had preyed jipon the com
merce of the union on the high seas.
Even after the confederate navy had
been practically annihilated the Ala
bama's commander, Capt. Semmes, con
tinued his depredatory work, and the
destruction of the vessel was greatly
The Kearsarge was 214 feet 6inches
in length, with 38 feet beam and a
deoth of 16 feet. She contained two en
gines of 400 horse-power and 1.030 ton
nage. Her armament consisted of two
11-inch smooth-bore guns, one 30
pounder rifle and four 32-pounders.
The Alabama was one of three Brit
ish piratical cruisers which under the
confederate flag preyed upon American
merchantmen. She was 200 feet long,
32 feet beam, 17 feet depth aod 600
horse-power, with 1,150 tonnage. She
carried one 7-inch Blakely rifle, one 8
iuch smooth-bore 68-pounc1er and six
-U2-pounders and had about 140 officers
and men, against about an equal num.
ber on the Kearsarge.
Early in June the Alabama, after a
prosperous cruise in the southern At
lantic and Indian oceans, returd to
uoithern waters and put in at
Cherbourg, France. The Kearsarge,
Capt. John A. Winsiow, then lying
at Flushing, L. I., sailed for Cherbourg
to watch the Alabama, and on June
15 her commander received a note
from Capt. Semmes, of the privateer,
announcing his intention to fight the
Kearsarge. This pleased Winsiow, and
-consequently at 10:20 o'clock Sunday
.morning, June 19, 1364, Commander
Winsiow saw the Alabama standing
out from Cherbourg harbor, accompa
nied by the French ironclad Couronne
and followed by the English yacht
i)eerhound, which served as tender to
the Alabama. The Kearsarge put to
sea for a distance of 7 miles, put about
and steered straight for the Alabama,
which opened fire at a range of 1 mile.
Winsiow ordered more speed and the
Alabama fired again, doing little dam
age. At a range of 900 yards the
'Kearsarge sheered and opened a broad
side on the Alabama, but Semmes did
not seek close action. The Kear
sarge forced the Alabama into a circular
movement, throning the Alabama far
ther from shore and cutting off escape.
The Alabama's firing was rapid but
wild, and the Kearsarge's heavy guns
were trained on her waterline, while
the lighter ones swept the Alabama's
The effect was astounding and on
the seventh trip round the Kearsarge
the Alabama was winhed and, setting
sails, tried to reach shore. Her speed
was retarded and a few well-directed
shots from the Kearsarge brought
down her flag. She hung out a
white flag, but two minutes later
resumed firing, when the Kearsarge re
lieved her raking fire, steaming ahead
and lying across bows. Then came
the surrender, and twenty minutes
later the Alabama sunk and her sur
vivors were rescued by the Kearsarge
.and Deerhound, on which Semmes,
who was wounded, took passage. The
Kearsarge lost but three men.
GEORGE W. CHILDS' WILL
Jle Bequeaths All Ills Property Absoluts.
IT to III Widow.
Philadelphia. Feb. 10. The will of
George W. Childs has been admitted
to probate. The document is very
short and was executed on Au
gust lilast, one month after the
death of Anthony J. Drexel. Mr. Childs
bequeaths his entire estate to the
widow absolutely. The executors are
George W. Childs Drexel and James V.
l'aul, Jr., and they placed the valuation
-of the estate at "over 1100,000 ral and
over gluu.OOJ personal."
MRS. LEASE WINS.
Supreme Court of Kansas Decides She
Can Kemaln on the State Board.
Topeka. Kan., Feb. 10. Mrs. Mary
E. Lease has won her case in the su
preme court, which decides that
the governor cannot remove her
as a member of the state board
of charities, of which board she
remains president. The court was
unanimous, the populist member con
curring with the republicans. The
court held that Gov. Lewelling had no
authority to appoint asuccessorto Mrs.
Lease, who was appointed for a term
of a year and confirmed by the senate,
unless charges were preferred and sus-
MABT E. LEASE.
tained, and that J. W. Freeborn, who
has been sitting with the board for
several weeks, is a usurper.
Gov. Lewelling showed undisguised
surprise when told at noon that the
courts had decided in Mrs. Lease's favor
in the tenure of office case. He de
clined, however, to express any opinion
or to say what course he would next
take All he would say was that the
question was by no means finally de
cided as to whether Mrs. Lease would
remain in office.
A reporter saw Mrs. Lease just after
the decision. She said:
"I had intended to resign my place on the
board as soon as this decision was handed
down in my favor, as the salary "Is a
mere pittance, but I have changed my
mind and I propose to hold my place at
all hazards. My reasons for this are simply
these: I am Informed that it is a plan of the
administration to bring charges against me for
bribery in the letting of contracts for supplies
of the state Institutions. All such charges are
false, and I propose to make them prove any
charges they may prefer or hold their peace."
WRECKED BY ROBBERS.
Texas Desperadoes Ditch a Passenger
Train and Fire on the Crew.
Houston, Tex., Feb. 10. Thursday
night at the high bridge over White
Oak bayou train-wreckers removed the
rails and fish-plates on the Missouri,
Kansas & Texas railroad. When the
passenger train came along the engine
passed safely over but the baggage
and mail coaches jumped the track and
rolled down the bank, followed by the
smoker, which landed on top of them.
The wreck presented a frightful ap
pearance. Joe Elliott, a brakeman,
was sent back to flag a freight train
which was soon due. lie had not pro
ceeded a hundred yards when a volley
from ambush was fired upon him. Four
bullets took effect in his body. The crew
in the meantime, aided by passen
gers, were at work extricating the men
buried in the wrecked cars, and feared
to go to the flagman's rescue. He,
however, crawled, bleediDg and
wounded, back to the train. In the
mail car was Lou Morris, the agent,
badly bruised, and with several bones
broken. His first thought was
of his mail and he requested
the reporter to go by the post office
and notify them that he had a big run
of registers. 11. Ilatton, the express
messenger, was found in his car with
his ribs broken and in a critical con
dition. J. XV. Carter, baggagemaster,
was injured about the head and inter
nally. A relief train was made up
here and sent to the scene. The
wounded were brought in and are in
DEATH IN A CYCLONE.
Loss of Life and Property in Louisiana
Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 10. A cyclone
swept over the northwestern portion of
Mississippi late Thursday afternoon
and laid waste everything in its rath.
Plantations were devastated, farm
houses were wrecked and the
debris scattered over the coun
try for miles around. The tele
graph wires were prostrated and it is
impossible to obtain particulars from
the stricken district, but it is known
that two lives have been lost. On the
plantation of CoL XV. L. Nugent, 4
miles northeast of Greenville, Miss.,
William Brady and wife (colored)
were in their cabin, which was
blown down, killing the woman
instantly. Her husband was blown
several hundred feet and received
serious injuries. The' cyclone passed
through Washington and Bolivar coun
ties, thickly populated with prosperous
farmers, and it is feared the death list
will be a large one when the details
Port Hudson. La., Feb. 10. A cy
clone passed through this locality at 7
o'clock Thursday morning aud left
death and destruction in its wake. The
first place it struck was on Mrs. S. A. de
Lambres' plantation, formerly owned
by Gen. Hues ton. A negro child
was killed and six other negroes in
jured. The damage on this place
amounts to 15,000. The cyclone next
struck the Chambers place and de
stroyed five eabius. A negro girl was
seriously wounded and four or five
GLADSTONE WON'T RESIGN.
lie Says lie Intends to Ficht the House
of Lords to the Hitter Knd.
Paris, Feb. 10. The Patrie publishes
an interview had by one of its corre
spondents with Mr. Gladstone, who is
spending part of the British house
of commons recess at Biarritz,
the French watering-place on the
bay of Biscay. According to the
correspondont, Mr. Gladstone stated
that he had no intention of re
signing of.ii.-e lie had decided to
tight the house of lords to the
bitter end, and was ready to show that
the future belongs to the democracy.
Burfflara Blow Open Safes in Iilma
and Deshler, O.
The Standard Oil Offices In the Former
Place and a Hank In the Latter Axm
the Victims The Thelves Es
cape with 81,200.
CRACKED TWO SAFES.
Lima, O., Feb. 9. One gang of rob
bers committed two burglaries Tues
day night and Wednesday morning,
the first being in the office of the
Standard Oil company in this city and
jhe other in the bank at Deshler, a
small town just south of Lima. In
both cases dynamite was effectively
used and the sums obtained approxi
mated ?0,000 in each instance.
At 11 o'clock Tuesday night the safe
crackers entered into-the Standard Oil
office by way of a rear door, which they
pried open. Once inside they pulled
the blinds down and went to work.
They drilled a hole through the top of
the doors and put in a charge of dyna
mite. The big doors were torn oft" and
the room was badly wrecked. Papers
were found all over the place, some of
them once valuable being so badly
charred as to render them valueless.
The steel box in which the money
was kept was pried off and the bur
glars took it with them. This box
contained all the money and valu
bles and has not been found. It is
not thought the thieves stopped to
open it in the city, as they must have
feared detection, for the office is in one
of the thickly inhabited parts of the
city. The explosion was heard by many
citizens, but it being near the railroad
yards no attantion was paid to the
From the sct'ne of their successful la
bors the robbers evidently went to
Deshler, concealed or opened their box
of treasure and then planned another
and more daring raid. They entered
the town's bank without being sus
pected and worked uninterrudteply.
Dynamite was exploded in fresh-drilled
holes and the noise and concussion
were heard and felt in nearly every
house in town. There was a rush of
citizens and it was found that tho
thieves had gained an entrance to
the bank through a back win
dow. This was left open and was
broken. The robbers drilled into the
safe with evident ease and honey
combed the door of the vault. Their
dynamite then came into play. It was
laid around the "burglar j-roof ' safe.
The big steel box could not resist tho
force of the explosive and was easily
The men obtained about f 4,000 in gold
and f 1,01)0 in silver. When the safe
was blown up $3,000 in paper money
was destroyed, being blown into fine
pieces. The town postmaster had de
posited in the vaults, according to his
usual custom, all of his stamps and
inonej. There were about 500 worth
of stamps and $1,000 in cash. He is a
heavy loser, as all disappeared.
There is little trace of the men any
where. A dark lantern was discovered
a mile or two i.orth of the town on tho
tracks of the railroad. The tracks of
three men are also noticeable for sev
eral miles in that direction. There
they are lost sight of and nothing more
is known of their progress.
The greatest excitement exists in
Deshler and all the surrounding coun
try, where the news rapidly spread. It
is a remarkable fact that though many
persons reached the bank a few mo
ments after the explosion none of the
robbers were seen, and their identity
The bank is one of the solid institu
tions of the county and has a reputa
tion of carrying a good many dollars in
currency. There was a vault sup
posed to be proof agaicst all the
crooks in the country, and in
side of that a steel safe which
was the pride of the town and the
boast of bank officials. Great pieces of
bank bills, lighter shades of silver and
gold certificates, plaster, brick and a
vault generally dismantled and blown
to pieces are all that remain of the
interior, and the building is consider
ably damaged. The total loss to the
bank is about $25,000.
DISASTER IN FRANCE.
A Kail way Train recked and
LI res Lost.
Paris, Feb. 9. The train which left
this city at 11 o'clock Tuesday night
heavily laden with passengers for Bel
gian points was derailed soon 'after
midnight at a point just this side of
Compiege, 52 miles away. Twelve
coaches rolled over and down an em
bankment atop of the engine, which
first took the awful plunge. Seven
dead bodies were taken from the wreck
and twenty persons were extricated
just in time to save them from death
by steam or fire.
Among the twenty injured are three
whose life is despaired of. One of them
is an American, whose name is not
known, the words "Herkimer, N. Y.,
on his traveling bag being all by which
his nationality is determined.
The cause of the wreck is not known,
but the closest investigation is being
made. The engineer and his assistant,
both of whom escaped comparatively
uninjured by being thrown from the
train before it plunged down the bank,
are unable to account for the accident,
but are held pending an investigation.
Osage, la., Feb. 9. John Birran fell
dead from excitement here while try
ing to save the house of John Ford ham
Dies at the Age of 10U.
Isdepesdexce, Mo., Feb. 9. Lucy
Evans died here Tuesday night at the
age of 109 years. Her memory of
events before the present century was
good. She came here in 1S26. Persons
here over 70 years old corroborate her
story as to her age, and say she was
an aged woman when they were little
Killed a Sheriff.
, Wharton. Tex., Feb. 9. Sheriff Ham
ilton Dickson was killed near here by
Braddock, the murderer of Constable
Townsend. Braddock was at once
allot dead by deputies.
BIG DROP IN WHEAT.
Lowest Point Ever Reached In Chicago,
New York and St. Louis.
Chicago, Feb. 13. Not since the
stormy days of last summer, immedi
ately following the collapse of the
Cudahy deal, has there been such in
tense interest on the board of
trade as that of Friday. This
time everything centered in wheat,
which sold down with a rush to a level
which a few months ago, if predicted,
would have been considered simply
ridiculous. The pit was filled with a
surging mass of brokers, and at times
the situation was nothing less than
panicy. Happily there was no failures,
art hough the strain on many operators
must have been intense.
May wheat broke 2 cents, which,
added to fractional declines during the
serious weakness of the earlier days of
the week, made a net shrinkage in
values of 4 cents since last Satur
day night, the month named reg
istering the low point of OOJa cents.
Never before since there has been
a speculative market has May wheat
sold at a figure so low. Time and again
within the last few months has the
record been broken, but the decline of
Friday was considered by all as serious
in the extreme.
Corn was remarkably steady consid
ering the action of wheat, but pro
visions broke sharply. May pork sell
ing off to $12 a barrel and rallying but
New York, Feb. 12. Great excite
ment ruled in the wheat pits of the
New York exchange Friday. Again
the low record for May wheat was
broken, amid scenes of the wildest ex
citement, at a price hitherto unknown
in the history of the cereaL Point
by point wheat continued to
drop until just after 13 o'clock
the unheard of figures of 65 for May
wheat in this market and 60 for Chi
cago were reached. The caused tre
mendous liquidation of long wheat and
brokars fairly fell over one an
other in wild efforts to sell.
The wires between here and Chicago
were kept hot with selling orders for
New York account. Within ten min
utes of the close there came a pause,
the excitement was checked and a
sharp reaction of just one-fourth of a
cent followed, which price was the final
one of the day. The aggregate losses
of New Yorkers in wheat during the
last three months will, it' is said, ex
St. Louis, Feb. 12. From opening to
close at the Merchants' exchange Fri
day wheat declined steadily until 57
cents for the Ma option was reached,
the lowest point ever touched here.
There was little excitement, but some
brisk covering by shorts. One specu
lator bought about 250,000 bushels
early in the day at around 59 cents and
other shorts covered on the way down.
They Cause Much Damage in a Sumber
of 'Western Ntates.
St. Louis. Feb. 12. A furious wind
storm swept over the city Friday, blow
ing down a large number of smoke
stacks and fences and doing a lot of
miscellaneous damage in various parts
of the city. The most serious damage
reported was from the vicinity of
Sarah and Finney avenues, where a
number of electric light, telephone and
street car wires burned up and caused
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 12. Reports
from different parts of the state indi
oate that a terrible windstorm swept
over Indiana Friday. At this point a
steady gale was blowing all the after
noon, which toward evening developed
alarming strength. At 6 o'clock the
wind became almost a hurricane. It
mowed down signs and shook build
ings, but subsided almost immediately.
Peru, Ind., Feb. 12. A terrible wind
storm struck this city at 2 o'clock Fri
day afternoon. A number of large
store buildings were unroofed. A
brick barn was demolished, numerous
factory stacks were leveled. Great
damage was done to small buildings,
trees and wires.
Menominee, Mich., Feb. 12. A ter
rific wind and snowstorm raged from
early morn and continued with inereas
i ng 'ury. Several lumber piles and a
nui ler of sheds have been blown
down. Street travel is completely
blocked. It is the worst storm ever
experienced, on Green bay within the
memory of the earliest settlers.
Detroit, Mich., Feb. 12. A heavy
storm of wind and rain passed over
the state of Michigan, doing con
siderable damage to farm buildings.
Dundee, south of here, reports
that wind accompanied by hail
did great damage there. The two
story brick building of Joseph
S. Hiltons was almost a total wreck.
the wind taking the second story com
pletely off. The German church is
also badly wrecked. Reports from the
western part of the county show big
losses through that section. Many
persons were slightly injured by falling
Omaha, Neb., Feb. 12. Omaha was
badly snowed in Friday, much the
heaviest fall of tho . season, about 10
inches being recorded, all of which fell
between 3 and 8 o'clock in the morn
ing. Business was prostrated all
day and most of the street-car
lines were more or less block
aded. Probably 10,000 people had to
walk to their work. The unemployed
at Rescue hall were turned out to work
upon the streets shoveling snow 250
responding and ten refusing. The
storm seemed general all over the state
and as far west as Cheyenne.
SLAIN BY ROBBERS.
An Aged Tennesseean and Ills Wife Mur
dered in Bed.
Mempijis, Tenn., Feb. 12. Henry
Snoderly, aged 91, one of the wealthi
est farmers of Union county, Tenn., and
his wife, aged 70, were murdered in
their bed Thursday night by two burg
lars. A grandson of the old couple,
aroused by the pistol shots, went to
their room and was captured by the
burglars and was forced to assist in
the search for money. Not finding the
treasure the assassins took two horses
from 'he stable and made their escape.
Decided Improvement in General
New York, Feb. 12. R. G. Dun &
Co.' s weekly review ot trade says:
"Improvement in business still appears in
many directions, but It seems to be in part ;
balanced by loss In others. The gradual gain, I
which began some time ago and was strength '
ened a little by the success of the treasury '
loan, has scarcely answered expectations.
Reports of resumption of work continue to ,
indicate that the Industries are doing more :
than in December, and yet the record of their :
actual gain is disappointingly small. The
marked increase which appears In offerings
of commercial paper has almost wholly ceased. '
and the accumulation of unemployed funds '
continues so that indorsed mill paper has been ,
taken at 2- per cent The bond operation has .
not advanced stocks nor stimulated specu-
latlon, and the lowest price ever known for
wheat has been recorded. Doubtless the un
certainty which remains, with the tariff bill
yet in the senate and currency measures of im
portance pending In the house, has some hin
dering influence, but there is still seen an in
crease in the demand for many kinds of goods
because of the exhaustion of the stock in the
hands of the dealers by a consumption which,
though less than usual, is nevertheless mure
than in any other country.
"Crop reports were expeected to cause a
great advance In wheat, bnt the price has
dropped to 634 cents cash, the lowest point
ever known in this market, and both here and
at Chicago May wheat has gone lower than
ever. The fall in wheat for the week wus 2
cents, with sales of 8,000,000 bushels in one day
and 14.000,000 for the week. Sales of corn were
small and the price declined less than a cent
Hog products and coffee were substantially un
changed. "The volume of domestic trade does not ma
terially increase, exchanges Indicating a de
cline compared with last year of 19.5 per cent
elsewhere and 34.9 per cent at New York. Ihe
earnings of railways in January were 12 per
cent siiialler than last year.
"Teilils manufactures are gaining a little.
Inquiry discloses li.rger stocks or cotton goods
held by dealers than was supposed, and quite a
large proportion of mills likely to close before
long unless orders increase, but the number re
ported starting is again several times the num
ber reported closing.
"Foreign trade does not improve, domestic
exports at last falling below those of the cor
responding week last year, though for the year
thus far the Increase is 7 per cent., while the
imports are 40 per cent, less than last year.
'The failures for the week were 383 in the
United States, against 222 last year, and 00 in
Canada, against 44 last year, several being of
more than ordinary importance."
FAILS FOR A MILLION.
The Slgua Iron Company of Philadelphia
(Joe l uder.
Philadelphia, Feb. 12. The Sigua
Iron company of this city, but incor
porated in West Virginia, has gone into
the hands of a receiver. The liabili
ties are over $1,000,000. The actual
amount of assets which might come
into the hands of the receiver
are said to be 8100,000. The assets
immediately procurable from debtors,
it is stated, are $10,000. The floating
debt is placed at $1S5,000, and it is
stated that among the liabilities are an
issue of SiOO.OOO debenture bonds. It
is related that the company is in de
fault as to the payment of tf per cent,
on the bonds maturing December 1,
1S93. The 1 atter default amounts to
The Sigua Iron company was incor
porated April 2S, IS'.JO. The authorized
capital is 55,000,000, of which SI, 000,000
has been paid in. No dividends have
ever been paid. The company's mines
are situated at Sigua, Cuba, where it
owns other property, including ti
miles of railroad, with complete equip
ment, and a pier capable of loading a
3,000-ton steamer in ten hours.
The failure of this company is of
more than ordinary significance, be
cause of the men connected with it.
The Sigua is one of the enterprises of
the Tylers, the Bullits and the Clarks,
who are well known in Northern Pacific
railroad affairs, who have developed
West Virginia and the Shenandoah val
ley, and who have a dozen great
schemes on hand. There is not a
breath of anything else being involved.
The improvements in the Cuban mines
swallowed up (500,000 and the slump
in business did the rest.
TWO BABIES CREMATED.
Children of Bert fro man Burned to Death ,
In Their Father's House. j
Bloomuvbg. Fa., Feb. 12.t The house I
of Bert Croman, together with his two I
small children, was burned at Light !
street, a small village near here. The
parents had gone to call on a neighbor
and had been absent but a short time.
A passer-by noticed flames in their
house. He gave the alarm and
every effort was made to save the
little ones, but without avaiL When tne
dior was finally broken open the
flames were beyond control- The house
was completely destroyed. The bodies
of the children, charred beyond recog
nition, were found in the debris. It
is supposed a lamp either exploded or
that it was accidentally knocked from
BURNED OFF HIS FEET.
Bobbers Force a Kentucky Man to Dls
close Where Ills Money Is Hidden.
Bakbouksville, Ky., Feb. 12. On
Leatherwood creek, Cumberland coun
ty, Weduesday night three men entered
the home of James Clayton, who does
not believe in banks, and. after
gagging the family, proceeded
to compel him to tell where his
money was hidden. They fired pistols
close to his head, choked him, burned
him with hot stones and finally stuck
his feet in the fire, holding them there
until they buined to a crisp. This final
ly conquered Clayton, who told where
the money was. The robbers got 1,
600 and then escaped on three of Clay
ton's horses. Clayton will probably
tiold Reserve Intact.
Washington, Feb. 13. The gold re
serve of 8100,000,000 is once more prac
tically intact, it requiring only ?0,25tt
to make it absolutely so.
Killed by a Falling Elevator.
Chicago, Feb. 12. An elevator in
Sprague, Warner & Co.'s wholesale
grocery building at the foot of Ran
dolph street dropped from the fifth
floor to the basement with lightning
speed Friday afternoon. Two men
were in the elevator at the time. Mi
chael Laughlin was instantly killed
and Paul Stern seriously injuretL Both
were employes of the company.
John Hart to Banff March 16.
Rockfoisd. 111., Feb. 12. John Hart
has been sentenced by J udge Shaw to
be hanged March 10 for lite murder of
his two sisters.
MR. CHILDS' FUNERAL.
fmpresslva Ceremonies Over the
Philadelphia, Feb. is. George W.
Childs remains were laid at rest in
the Drexel mausoleum in Woodland
cemetery beside those of his clos
est friend and business compan
ion, Anthony J. Drexel, who died but
a few months ago. Almost insepara
ble in life it was deemed fitting that
they should rest together in death, al
though it was not known that any re
quest to that effect had ever been made
by Mr. Childs. It was at first intended
to have the funeral services private,
but, yielding to the request of many
friends, Mrs. Childs finally consented
to a public funeral and the services
were held at 1 p. m. Tuesday in St.
James Protestant Episcopal church,
which is directly opposite the residence
of the dead philanthropist at Walnut
and Twenty-second streets, and of
which Mr. Childs had been an honored
member and vestryman for many years.
A brief service for the family and im
mediate friends was held at the hovse
before the public service at the
church. At its conclusion those
present were given an opportun
ity to take a last look at the face of
the one they loved, and from which
death had not effaced the generous,
kindly look. Then the casket was ten
derly borne out from the white marble
mansion and across the street to
the church, where it was placed
on a bier in front of the chancel rail.
The services in the church as well as
those at the residence were conducted
by Bishop Potter, of New York, assist
ed by Bishop Whitaker, of Philadel
phia, Rev. Joseph H. Blanchard. rector
of St. James' church, and Dr. William
B. Boulne. rector of the Church of the
Saviour, West Philadelphia.
Among the pall-bearers were the fol
lowing: J. Pierpont Morgan, New York: John K. Mc
Lean, Washington: Cornelius Yanderl.ilt. New
York: Gen. Horace Porter, New York: J.i-Jjre
Edward Patterson, .New York: CoL Frederick
D. Grant, New York; John Bigelow. 'New
York: Knoch Pratt, Baltimore: KeverJy John
son, Baltimore: Gen. Felix Agnus, Baltimore;
Charles F. Mayer, Baltimore; K. P. W ilbur,
The black cloth casket was literally
covered with pillows and wreaths of
roses, lilies of the valley and other
flowers. Such a display of flow
ers was probably never before seen
at a funeral in Philadelphia. Nearly
all the available space behind the
chancel rail was occupied by these
tributes of loving friends. Pillows,
wreaths, crosses, broken columns and
many other designs were displaj-ed.
Each department of the Public Ledger
sent a different piece and there were
offerings from numerous friends in this
city. New York, Washington, Balti
more and other cities.
The services at the cemetery were
private and very brief. There was a
prayer, the casket was placed in the
crypt prepared for it, Mr. Paul cast
upon the coftin the symliolical handful
of earth, and the mortal remains of
George XV. Childs had been consigned
to the tomb.
FATAL GAS EXPLOSION.
A House Blown lp In Indianapolis Ona
Iead, Five Fatally Injured.
Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 8. At 1
o'clock this morning the building at
the corner of Yieser street and Madi
son avenue was totally demolished
by a natural gas explosion. It is sup
posed that the gas had accumulated
in the cellar, and finding its way
through the floor above ignited at a
gas jet or open fire place. As soon as
the explosion occurred an alarm of fire
was turned in, which brought the
department to the scene. It was
understood that six persons were
in the debris. The building
was occupied by Louis Keuhler,
who, w-ith his wife aud four chil
dren, occupied the upper portion of the
house, ana below there was a saloon.
At 2 o'clock the firemen had taken out
the entire Keuhler family, one dead
and the remaining five fatally injured:
The dead child is Rosa Keuhler, aged
Fatally injured: Charles Keuhler,
aged 7; Louis Keuhler. Jr . aged 9;
Louis Keuhler. Sr.; Mrs. Louis Keuhl
er; Julius Keuhler, aged 13.
NEW YORK'S UNEMPLOYED.
A Partial Census Shows the Number in the
Tenement IMstrlc-ts to lie 67,280.
New York, Feb. S. MayorGilroy has
received from President Seth Low. of
Columbia college, the tabulated census
of the unemployed taken by the
police. The returns show that in 43,
CS1 families visited one or moie per
sons are out of employment- The fam
ilies consist of 200,701 individuals, of
whom 7S.023 are reported to be busy at
work, and the actual number out of
work is said to be 07.2S0 52,r92 males
and 14.6S8 females. To the question if
in need of assistance 59,311 answered
"yes" and 9,370 "no."
PERISHED IN THE COLD.
Deaths from Exposure Murine the Bill
iard in the Cherokee Strip.
Guthrie, O. T., Feb. 8. The body of
Walter Shaller, of Woodward, was found
in the Cheyenne and Arapahoe reserva
tion, where he had been hunting. He
froze to death during the recent bliz
zard. Word has just reached here that
of a family living in the western part
of the strip the mother and two children
perished and the father and a son
were so badly frozen that it is feared
they will die. They wre living in a
mere shanty with no fuel and lay for
some days after the storm before being
t'onlessed and Was Lynched.
West Supkisiok, Wis., Feb. S. An
drew Pikkarien. a Russian Finn, was
lynched at Ewen, a small village near
here, Tuesday night. Pikkarien was
arrested for assaulting a child at Bruce's
Crossing and taken to Ewen, w here he
was placed in the village jail. He admit
ted his guilt, and fifty citizens wear
ing masks surrounded the frail struc
ture in which he was placed to lynch
him. Officers protested, but to no
avaiL The jail doors were smashed ia
ami the culprit dragged out. A ropa,
was placed about his neck and he was
dragged 60 ro ls to a railroad trestle,
where he ws hanged.
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