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Entered In the PoMomcc tit Hetl Cloud, Neb ,
rn Hccond Clntm MAtter.
BETWEEN 25 AND 50 KILLED AT
6IX HUNDRED ARE INJURED
Dupont Powder Works Explode and
Every Building In "Town of 1,OC0 la
Wrecked Shock Felt for Two Hun.
Fontanel, Intl., Oct. 16. Met wren
twenty-live anil fifty dead, 000 Injured
nnd a clt;- of l.C'OO jiooplt wiped out.
Fucli Ih the fate wiilrh overtook Fon
tanel wiieit the Uupont powder works
exploded. Where stood a thriving
fnd hiiv town of 1,000 people yestor
da, today there Ik ruin and scattered
witckage. Five hundred Inhahltaiits,
all more or less wounded, remain to
Wither their he tittered household goods
Mid sleep under tentB and on cots
guarded liy soldiers of the state.
Without warning the powder mill?,
icven In number, blew up at 5): 15
n. in. They employed 1200 men and of
IhCHe, seventy-five were at work when
the first explosion occumd In the
presH mill. In quick succession the
glazing mill, the two coining mills and
the powder magazine blew up, fol
lowed by the cap mlTl. In the maga
zine, situated severnl hundred yards
from the mills, were stored 40,000
kegs of powder. The concussion when
it blew uji was felt 100 miles away
Every house in tills town was de
stroyed. Farm houses two miles away
mid school houses equally distant
were torn to pieces and their occu
pants injured. Indianapolis and even
Cincinnati felt the shoclA A passen
ger train of the Hlg 1'ouv railroad,
lour miles away, bad every coach win
dow broken and several passengers
were Injured by Hying glass.
Following is a list of the identified
dead; A. II. Mcmahan, general super
intendent; Mrs. A. H. Monuhan and
ulster; George Justice, .John Hobo,
(leorge Hobo, William Sherrlll, Henry
Harrington. Sylvester Dial, A. D. Web
rter, Sam Kevins, Will Dnlton, George
Hodge, Knrl Wood, John Grey, Don
Dial, Frank Dial, James Hrlggs. Fred
Cress, Jofin Novelist, Kdward Nevens,
T. T. Kcllup, Henry Chandler, W. K.
Criff, J. L. Carroll, Samuel Ingnlls.
Frank Ingalls, Miss SubIc Ulshop, Wil
Dead Burned in Ruins.
The mill went up with three distinct
implosions, followed ninety minutes
later by a fourth, even more serious
than the others, when the magazines
went up. Immediately following the
explosions the wreckage took tire and
tho inhabitants of the town -who
rushed to the rescue of the mjll em
ployes found themsolves poweilcss to
aid those iu the ruins. They worked
frantically In constant danger from
possible succeeding explosions, un
mindful of their wrecked homes. Dead
faiid dying were picked up and collect
ed. Klghteen bodies, horribly burned
and mangled, were carted to a pro
tected spot to await Identification,
while the badly Injured, numbering
upwards of fitly, were put on a spe
cial train and taken to Terre Haute
for hospital accommodations.
The mills were located one mile
nouth of the town. With the first ex
plosion the employes ran for safety,
but most ot' them were killed or
wounded by the quick following explo
Klons In the other mills. When the
heat from the burning mills exploded
the giant powder magazine ninety
minutes later, destroying the town by
the concussion, many of those en
gaged in rescue work were badly in
jured and seveial killed.
That the death list is not far great
er is due to the fact that the people
of the town had left their homes at
tile first explosion and were not In
them when the explosion of the tD.iiuo
kegs of powder in tne magazine
hurled their homes to pTeees and scat
tered household goods In heaps of
Big Buildings Destroyed.
Among the largest -buildings to bo
destroyed In the town were the Meth
odist and Christian churches, two
tthoul buildings, the depot, all busi
ness blocks and 5(10 homes, in many
ol them the l routs were blown away,
while In others the roofs were hurled
into space, the sides blown out or
Iney were lett a contused mass or col
A Big Four railroad freight train on
the switch leading to the mills was
practically destroyed. Three school
buildings were destroyed at Fontanet
pnd Coal Bluff, two miles away. All
were filled with school children and
every one of them were moie or less
jmil by the collapsy of Uie build
ings. A four-room school building was
torn to pieces and not one of the 200
children escaped unhurt, although
none was fatally hurt. A two-room
hchool building at Coal Muff was
turned over and collapsed. The
teacher and ninety pupils were more
or less injured.
The force of tho explosion de
ployed all telephone communications
with outside towns uud It wa with
Rreat difficulty that aid waB sum
moned. Torre Hnute nnd Hrazll sent
physicians and nurses, with supplier,
In cnrrlnges and automobiles. Gov
ernor Hanly ordered the Terre Haute
company of (lie Indiana Nntlonnl
titiard to patrol (he ruined district
nd to protect life and property.
SON SHOOTS MOTHER FATALLY
In Battle With Burglar Young Kansas
City Man Causes Her Death.
Katisua City, Oct. 10. Gtorge
Smiley, aged seventeen years, shot
and killed his mother, Mrs. Lizzie
Scholfer, aged forty-two years, in
their home at 29-13 Myrtle avenue, in
a statement to the officers Smile
bays he shot his mother iu defeudiuv
her against a burglar. He Is being
held lor Investigation.
Smiley was the woman's t by her
first husband. She was . ruatc.
Itoin her second husband aim the bn
end his mother lived alone in the
routheastern part of the city. Smtle
following I he shooting gave the alau..
to tiie neighbors and although search
was made for the burglar promptly, no
trace of him could be found. The boy,
taken to the station and questioned,
told n dramatic story of how he killed
his mother in trying to defend her.
Smiley said he had been awakened
by the screams of his mother, who
told him there was a burglar In the
house. The woman had grappled with
the man and urged Smiley to get his
shotgun. A moment later the burglar
had freed himself and was making an
attempt to escape, when Mrs. Schol
fer ordered Smiley to shoot. As
Smiley raised his gun, a single bar
reled affair, and fired, the burglar, he
says, pushed the woman iu front of
him She received the full effect of
tho discharge, dying within a few mo
ments. Tho burglar escaped, leaving
SIXTEEN KILLER IN ENGLAND
Engineer Takes Train Around Curve
at Full Speed at Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury, England, Oct. 10. A
train made up of passenger coaches,
bound troni Scotland and the north ot
England to Hristol, left the rails as It
was entering the station here. Six
teen persons, including ten passen
feors, were killed and many were in
jured. The London and iorthwestern rail
road, on which the train was running,
turves sharply as It nears Shrewsbury
und there is a standing order that the
engineer must not exceed a speed of
ten miles an hour at that point. Dis
regard of the order is believed to have
been tho cause of the accident. The
engine and all the cars, with the ex
ception of the last one, left the rails,
and when the officials from the rail
road station reached the spot the cats
were a tangled mass of wreckage, be
neath which were the bodies of the
dead and injured.
FEDERATION MINERS ESCAPE
Judge Langan Dismisses Cases Against
Men Accused at Goldfield.
Goldfield, Nov.. Oct. 10. Upon mo
tion of the district attorney, Judge
Langan dismissed the eaBos against
Vincent St. John and other members
of the Western Federation of Miners
accused of conspiracy to kill Sllvet,
the restaurant keeper. Two men,
Preston and Smith, are now serving
live and ten-year terms respectively
in the penltentlnry for murder. The
distiict attorney said In making his
motion to dismiss that some of the
witnesses were out of the state and
the state could not hope to convict on
the evidence at. hand St. John has
been out on ball.
FLOODS IH SPAIN SERIOUS
Great Distress Reported In Vicinity of
j Barcelona by High Water.
Harceloua, Oct. 10. The Hoods in
this vicinity continue to he most scrl
ous. Up to the present time fie per
sons have been drowned and 150,000
j thrown out of work. The greatest
I distress is n ported from Nanresa, tho
birthplace of St. Ignatius, tho founder
of the Society of Jesus." This village
has been terribly ravaged and the
waters have washed out countless cof
fins and bodies from the local ceme
tery. The Gaudalmedina liver Is
again out of its banks and In this dis
trict seveial old people and children
nave been drowned.
NEW COAST DEFENSE PLANS
War Department Devoting Its Atten
tion to Protection of San Francisco.
San Francisco, Oct. icThe gen
oral plans of the war department for
the new coast defenses liave begun
to .tase shape at this point. The irt
point that will receive tho nttention
of army ofllclalB is Half Moon bay.
At a point which might bo vulnerable
as a landing npproach to San Francis
co by a foreign Invmling force, tho
government is able to establish de
fense that woulll prevent an entry
UNIFORM BILLJF LADING PLAN
Commercial Representatives Suggest
"Straight" and "Order" Bills.
Washington, Oct. 1C That the uni
form bill of lading, which it Is pro
posed to put into effect on all rail
roads of the country on Jan. 1 by the
Interstate commerce commission, h
not satisfactory to tho conimeitiai
Interests and that two separate bill
of lading should be adopted Instead,
was pointed out at a hearing of these
Interests before the interstate com
Tho healing was one of the most
Imporlnnt ever held by the commis
sion, from the standpoint of the Inter
ests affected, as the adoption of a uni
form bill of lading in the transporta
tion of freight by common cm tiers
will involve a radical depaiture Iroin
the methods now iu use. At the pres
ent time the railroads of the United
States use separate bills of lading and
it is the desiie of the commission, tho
shipping anil the railroad interests to
secure uniformity in the matter, the
only question nt issue.
It was the concensus of opinion of
the representatives of the Interests
heard that n recommendation should
be made for the adoption by the coin
mission instead of tho one which it
was proposed to put into effect, of
two distinct bills of lading which
should be uniform in cliaiacter, one
to be known as a "straight" bill of
lading and the other an "order" bill
of lading. An order bill of lading, it
was explained, is a negotiable Instru
ment, upon which money can bo
loaned, and a straight bill of lading is
nn ordinary receipt which fho railroad
company gives for a consignment of
goods. It was argued that should the
commission adopt the two proposed
hills of lading, substantial justice (o
nil interests concerned would bo af
lorded. Wool Growers Prepare for Meet.
Helena, Mont., Oct. 10. George D.
Walker ol Cheyenne, secretary of tho
National Wool Growers' association,
lias notified the Helena Commercial
club the forty-fourth annual conven
tion of the association will be held in
this city January 13-18. President
Roosevelt's policy for government su
pervision of public ranges will be the
most important topic for discussion.
Bishop Preaches in Wall Street.
New York, Oct. 1C. Standing on a
temporary platform, where an office
desk served as a pulpit, the bishop of
London preached the gospel in the
open air of Wall street. Many who
failed of standing room within hear
ing distance, looked frorti open win
dows and even the roors of many
buildings were lined with auditors,
r.ankers, brokers, pqlicemeu. clerks
Hid messengers made up the audi
nce. It was the bishop's fortieth ser
mon since his arrival here for "rest
Conference of Friends.
Richmond, Ind., Oct. 16. The five
ear meeting or general conference
nf the American Friends was hold
l.er, with delegates present from all
purls of the United "States. Edmund
Stanley, president of the Friends col
lege at Wichltn, presided.
Earthquake in Massachusetts.
Lowell, Mass., Oct. 1C The vibra
tions of an earthquake were felt lu
this city and all suburban towns last
night. The shock lasted two or three
seconds and followed what ap
pealed to be a sharp explosion. In a
few instances chinawaro was thrown
to the floor.
Emperor Franz Josef's Condition.
Vienna, Oct. 10. According to
trustworthy Information the condition
of Emperor Francis Joseph shows no
improvement. Tho fever has returned
to a modern 'I extent, but in spite of
this his majesty Is in good spirits and
expressed a desire for physical oxer-
Time for Pettibone Trial.
Holse. Ida., Oct. 1(1. The trial of
Gcoi'KC A. 1'ettllione, charged with
complicity In the itsKaHslnatlon of
former Governor Stemienberg, was
1 hnL.ltumA.l ..4lt "t.-.t OO
H'ii mjiiii nun, vii. mO.
His Three Laughs. .
"The fool," wrote Hiirne-.Toiies In one i
of his letters, "has three laughs. He
laughs at what Is good, he Iiuik'Iik at .
what Is hail, ami he IiiiikIih at what lie '
does not timlcixtiinil."
Talent Is that which Is lu a man's
Iower. Ueiilus Is that In whose now
rr a man Is. Lowell.
Auto Breaks Banker's Necx.
St. Cloud. Minn., Sept. 25. Fred
I Ware, president of a Clarksdale bank,
, was Instantly killed here In an auto
mobile accident. The machine went
Into a ditch, and Mr. Ware's neck was
IS IP 21131 5
CENTRAL STOCK RULED OUT.
BOTH SIDES CLAIM A VICTORY
Fish Because Enjoined Shares Vi'ill
Not Be Effective at the Annual
Meeting Today and Harrlman Be
cauce His Modification is Accepted.
Chicago, Oct. 10. E. H. Harrlman
wr.s, by an order of court, deprived
of the voting power of 280, 31 shares
of illlnois Central stock In the annual
meeting of that railroad compan,
which opens here this afternoon. The
order of the court was practically
Identical with the modification asked
by the attorney of Harrinian. lloth
sides claim a victory, Fisli because
the enjoined shares will noT be effec
tive at tho election, and Harrtninn
because his modification was secured.
This-" '-hares of stock uiled out arc
those held by the Union Pacific Rail
way company, the Railroad Securities
company of New Jersey and the Mu
tual Life Insurance company of New
York, against which a temporary in
junction was Mondny issued by Judge
Hall in the superior court.
Fish asked that the voting of these
shares be enjoined. The court, after
extensive arguments by tho attorneys
of both sides, modified the injunction
by permitting the shares to be voted
under tho condition that If any one
of those shares should have a decisive
effect on any vote taken, the entire
vote is then to be null and void. In
other words, Fish is given by the
court a handicap of 280,731 votes, and
in order to defeat him in any motion
or resolution which comes before the
annual mooting Hjarrlman nnd his
friends must cast 280,732 votes more
than are cast by Fish ami his follow
ers. The total outstanding shares of tno
Illinois Central number 1)50,400. Count
ing out the shares affected by Judge
Hall's decision, the total effective vote
ia 003,000 shares. Based upon pre
vious meetings of the Illinois Cential
lailroad, the estimate is made that ap
proximately 100,000 shares will not bo
' oted. This will lenve a probable
representation of 503,000 shares ot the
Tho decision of Judge Hnll was
granted after the attorneys for Hairi
ninn and Fish had filled tho day with
arguments, and was the result of an
agreement reached between Thomas i
Nelson Cromwell, representing Har-1
riinan, and Judge Farrar of New Or-1
leans, who acted for Fish.
As the matter stands, both sides
believe that victory is In their grasp.
Both are of the opinion that they hold
the greater number of proxies, but
tho actual facts in this connection
cannot be guessed at with any accu
racy. FIRST ASCErTsibrTAf If. LOUIS
Aerial Journey From St. Louis to
St. Iouis, Oct. 16. After traveling
through the air u distance of almost
one hundied miles In three hours and
ten minutes, .1. C. McCoy and Captain
C. DeF. Chandler brought the balloon
"Psyche" down to earth three miles
north of Jacksonville, 111., ending the
first trial trip taken by the aeronauts
who are to contest in the Interna
tional races to be held hero Oct. 21.
'the route of the balloon was almost
directly north of St. Louis, and Mr.
McCoy, who Is to pilot the "America"
In the coming races, expressed him
self as well pleased with the perform
ance of the "Psyche," and wltli the
prospects for a Ions trip In tho
"America." which Is more than twice
the size or the "Psyche."
The trip was devoid of special Inci
dent. Toward the end of the journey,
the balloon passed through a rain
r'torm for almost an hour, but a few
minutes in the sunshine dried tho en
velope and the "Psycho" afterwards
lose to a height of a mile. The laud
ing was made In a cornfield and no
damage was done the balloon.
Suffragan Blohop for Netjro Churches.
Hlchinond. Vu., Oct. lfi. The houso
of deputies of the general Kpiscopal
convention voted 2G7 to lull to place
negro churches under suffragan bish
ops. This proposition will be placed
before the house .of bishops and Is ex
pected to pass. Bishop L. L. King
solving was appointed bishop of Hra
zll. Amundsen to Try for Pole.
New Yoik, Oct. (!. Captain Roald
Amundsen, the Arctic explorer, who
arrived on the steamship Oscar II,
said he will make an attempt to reach
the North pole In HMO. He announced
that he Is having four big polar
bears trained to haul sleds and In
tends to use them in the far north.
The Bachelor's View.
'What Is the most aggravating thing
fn married life?" asked Dorothy.
"Somet lines," said the bachelor
It-lend, "It's the husband, uud some
times H'b tlie wlf."
WIH stop any cough thai
can be stopped by nny
medicine and cure conpjSis
that cannot be cured by any
It Is always the toes!
cough cure. You cannot
afford to take chances on
any other kind.
KEMP'S BALSAM cures
coughs, colds, brcnchftls,
grip, asthma and consump
tion In iiist stages.
It docs not contain alco
hol, opium, morphine, or
any other narcotic, poison
ous or narintui urug.
New and Liberal Homestead Regulations In
New Districts Now Opened
Homo of tho elinlcmt Intul In tho wnln-grOTtlm;
I tilt- of Hiiokntrlumiiii uml AIIktIii hove mvntl) liccii
onwl fonMittlnmcnt imiliT thu ltovlt.nl HoimMt-nil
lli'Kulntloun of Cnntuln. 1 hourntxls of Hotm-ntt nd t.f
ltti ncrr ciich iiro now iimiIIiiIiIo. Tho now lUniU
tlonti ninkn It oltilo for rntry to ho mrtilo hy roij.
thoprlutilty Hint wimy in the UiiItH Htntc hint,
linn wiiltlii(t for. Any mcinlier of n fmnlly nmy
uiiiko entry for ntiy other memher of tho funill), nhr
tnny l.o untitled to mnko i-ntry for liltimOl orhcrwlf.
Kntry mny now lio miulo heforo tho Ayont or S-il..
AKcntorthoUlntrict by irnxy(oiircrtnlncnudltloiiHi.
ly tho father, mother, eon. ilnunhter, lirotl.tr or
later of itn inteii'illnjt homotemler.
"Any v.n-numb,rd ctlon ol Dominion Lands lit
Manitoba or tho Norihwatt Provlncot, eaeopllno B anil
20, not raaorvod, may bo homotlooded by any poroim
tno solo hood ol m family, or molo over 10 yaara il
ooo, to tho oitont ol ono.quortor ooctlon, ol IOO oorn,
mora or looo."
Tho fo In ench co will ho $10. Chnrchrn, nehonl
and mnrknta convenient, Healthy ellnmto. Nnlnn.llit
crm nnd ool nw Grnln-itrowlnn nnd twulo.
rnlHlnR rrlncipnl Industrie.
lor further rattlrulnr im to Ilnteo, IUiatoe, Bwt
XI mo to Oo nnd W hero to I-ocnte. apply to
Wl New York Llf.- IIMk.. Orantm. Nt b.
ClinilJlBQ (iOVl'tLUitUt At",lt
EVIDENCE THAT SOUTHERN PA
CIFIC CONTINUES PRACTICE.
LIST OF PREFERRED 5HIPPEFk
Interctate Commerce Commlcslcn.ip
Bases Charges on Eocks of Com
pany Says Hearing Demonstrattju
Necessity for Regulation.
Washington, Oct. 10. That lebaUot
on shipments of freight have be'
paid by at least one gi'tnt rnllro.id
system since the enactment of tlm
Hepburn late act was asceitainod deii
nltely by Commissioner Franklin C.
Lane ol the interstate ftiiimiei''')
commission on his recent lilp to 'lie
Pacific coast. Tho offending line in
the Southern Pacific, controlled and
practically owned by E. H. Hurrim.iu.
The evidence of his violation of Ciu
law was adduced ut a hearing befme
Commissioner Lane, acting lor .lio
commission, in Sim Francisco. C'ui
missioner lane, who has just va
turned, has not yet submitted bis . -uort
to the Interstate commerce c-iii-misHion,
but he authorized the '''n
lowing statement bearing upon fcis in
vestigations: "I do not know what may have b.ja.
published in 'the east concerning re
bating by western roads. The hviir
Ings held In San Francisco were open,
to the public and the information elic
ited was regarded by the California
papers as startling. We found in tlm
Southern Pacific office a list of prtj
furred shippers, who paid but a pro
portion of the published rates upon,
state shipments. This list include
many of the largest and most Import
ant manufacturing linns. We aho
found twenty books which, had ac si
mulated since the lire or last year
showing special rebates. There vere
several thousand entries In all, rt'.'r.
of ttein for very small amounts.
'Ihese refunds In all amounted to
about half a million dollars during thu
"I do not regard the revelation-; lis
Calllornla as' Indicative of a settlii
policy by the loads to evade the law.
On the contrary, I believe that tlm
western roads, and the roads ot the
country generally, are making a very
serious effort to comply with th re
quirement of the law. Tho hearinq in
Ciri'illoriila demonstrates beyond all
quest Ion the necessity for regulation,
lor tho railioads will not, or car.not,
without the help of prohibitory legis
lation, make nnd hold uniform rates
to all shippers. It is not true, that all
rebating upon interstate shipment
has been stopped. The old method ol
giving a direct return or a portion
ol the rate has been nbandoned very
generally, bulr., the railroads them
selves will grbw In time to see tho
wisdom and benefit coming to fliem
from the strictest enforcement of ths
"As to tho general condition of the
west, I do not see any reason ror pas
slmlsm. Everywhere west of the Mis
souri river there is a great amount
of building, and the people, in the
nresence of largo crops, are confident
and buoyant. The only people who
seem to be at all discouraged about
the west aie those who do not llv
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