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Million Persons See Evans
Biggest Modern Squadron
sSEC. METCAU ? REVIEWS CEATT
Combined Atlantic and Pacific Ves
scls Enter as Guns Boom and
Saluted by tin * guns of the Presidio ,
eheered by scores of thousands of men
jand women , greeted by the blasts of
countless whistles , the Atlantic licet
.swept into the harbor of San Francisco
.shortly after noon Wednesday. Four
unonths and twenty days out from
Hampton RoatK the lleet thus success
fully completed the iirst. leg of the
tround-the-v. orld cruise.
The demonstration with which the
.lleet was welcomed was one of the most
noteworthy which has ever occurred oil
JJio Pacific coast. Kvery hill , tall build-
jug. army re > ervation , park space ,
< coastal precipice and wharf surround-
/ug the Golden Gate and the shores
of the spacious bay was massed black
with people whi e voices rose in roar
.after roar ot cheering. It is estimated
that at least a million onlookers were
.gathered to watch the ileefs entry.
The harbor itself was jammed with
excursion bteamcrs , sailing vessels ,
.yachts , ro\\ boats and miscellaneous
< cmft , nil gay with Hags and each giv
ing vociferous greeting by whistle or
-by the hurrahirg of its crew.
From the city proper came the chim
ing of all San Francisco's bells , while
.jiJjove the whole outburst of acclaim
ihe cannon of the Presidio boomed
slowly the salute of chc American navy
-lo the Ameiican navy. The navy meau-
Tvhile ollicially welcomed - the navy
through St"-rotary Mctcalf , Vvhose
T.'hite-anehored , lour-starred blue lias
fluttered irom the gunboat Yorktown.
The marine i-K-ture afforded by the
.ships was one beautiful in the extreme.
la all there \\eiv forty-six vessels in
ihe line which threaded its way up the
.liarbor. The Atlantic lleet ol sixteen
battleships and six destroyers.iach
Jhad made the voyage from Il.impion
Jtoads. heJd , of course , the place of
fconor. With them were the eight sap-
jply boats and tenders which had a No
iiiade the 34ObO-mile cruise As an escort
cert for these thirty ships steamed the
ziuie armored cruisers and live destroyers -
-ers of the Pacific lleet , as well as the
liattleships Wisconsin and Nebraska ,
which joined the Atlantic tleet there
.for the remainder of the cruise around
] S\ms I-enus I'roeession.
At the head of this formidable lice
steamed Admiral K\ans' ilagship , th
Connecticut. The auiniral stood on the
.after bridge of that famous flagship as
< ske' led the way through the harbor
After the flagship there followed at
-equal distances and in single column
the seven other vessels of the first
squadron , the Kansas , Vermont , Loui
siana , Georgia. Now Jersey , Rhode Is
land and Yinrii.ia , w ith the new iveruit
: $0 tlic Atlantic lleet , the Nebraska.
After the Iirst squadron sailed the two
cliisioiis ol Hie second , the Ilagship
Minnesota , \\ith Hear Admiral Thomas
on the bridge , and the Ohio , Missouri ,
.Maine. Alabama , Illinois , Kearsarge
, \\ith the other uew-
After these eishtei j battleships rame
six destrmvrs of the Atlantic fleet ,
the vessels of the Pacific fleet and the
ssupply boats and tender ? of Admiral
2 vans * e < mmard. The ships as they
sailed into the bay were dressed only
.at the inastht-ids , bi-r American flags
31y\nz \ at fore and after trucks and at
Tthe peak of the gaffs.
The blue flag of Admiral E\ans on
-sUic Connei ticut wis followed by the
Tred liags of six subordinate rear ad-
auirals. even Admiral Dayton himself
jjnilliii' * down his blue flag as command
er in chief of the Pacific fleet and sub
stituting the rod ensign.
.Pressing to anchor , the ships steamed
in reicw before Secretary Me teal f. the
Connecticut firing a salute of seventeen -
-teen guns. When the last of the ships
"Iiad swung into four long anchorage
columns a signal from the flagship
isent the fluttering line' ? of multi-lined
flags flying to the mastheads , and the
-.ships were at full dress during the re-
zniainder of the afternoon.
ALL ABOUND THE GLOBE.
The agricultural appropriation bill car-
aries a total of $ ll,51S.SOt5.
' Gov. Sheldon of Nebraska received at
Lincoln a government warrant for $5-
2'27 for the oHiceis o the Third Nebraska
! regiment \\hich Col. W. J. Bryan eom-
ijnandod in the war with Spain.
Nora May French's poem , "Suicide , "
-clnimcd a third victim in New York when
JSossalc Peck pulled a pistol trigger and
sent a bullet into liK heart as lie lay on
: a bench in Project Park. Brooklyn.
Wallace II. Hani , e c-treasurer of St.
Paul's Episcopal church of Boston , Mass. ,
who was son ins a sentence in the Massa
chusetts State prison of fifteen to twenty
years for the larceny of : jli ! 14,000 , died.
The legislative < oimnittcc of the Min-
.ncsota Automobile Association proposes
that a tax of from § 10 toiiO be levied
by the Si ate on each machine and the
proceeds applied to building eood roads.
OH1 SP&TBTG , SPBIUG , BEAUTIFUL SPRING
THE COST OF LIVING.
China , India and France Are Affected
The outcry against the increased cost
present-day living , as compared with
the figures of a fe\v years back , is not
limited to the United States , says a
Washington correspondent. The rare
of prices upward has been going on in
far corners of the world. One issue of
the Daily Consular Reports , which are
published by the bureau of manufac
tures , showed startling increases in
three widely separated sections.
At Tsingtati , China , it was possible
ten years ago to employ excellent
"boys" at $3.oO to ? o. gold , a mouth ;
cooks from $4.oO to $ ( ! . and the gen
eral house coolies for ! < 2.oO and ? 3. At
the present time tiie "boys" ' receive $13.
gold ; cooks , $10 to $ lo ; coolies , $ . " and
$ G , and children's Chinese nurses de
mand J15 a month and their food. Rents
have doubled in the ten years.
Consul general William II. Michael
supplies figures on increases of food
prices at Calcutta within the last two
years. He says : "Beef has gone up
Buo and mutton 100 per cent. Flour
has advanced 20 , eggs 15 , vegetables 25 ,
coal and coke 2S and milk 20 per cent/ '
FREAKS OF STORM AS
TOLD IN DISPATCHES.
At Purvis , Miss. , where sixty-two
bodies were fonul , a . " > - \ ear-old child was
found immediately .ifter the cyclone stand
ing in front of the postoHice ruins un
harmed. Its identity is not known.
Near Church Hill , Mi-4. . . a nesro baby
was'caught in the wind , carried 3UO yards
and deposited in a swamp unhurt. An
asrcd neuro woman was whirled into the
air and her head almost severed by flying
timbeis before she fell in a cotton field
100 yards from where her cabin had
stood. The body of a little netrro boy was
found in a field with a piece of timx ! > r
driven through the heart.
Houses \\ere lifted bodily in the air at
Pur\is. Miss. , and carried along for grc-it
distance.- , and then dropped a mass of
wreckage. G. G. Amr\ and ] ifciie had
a lemark.ible escape in one of these at'ihil
flights. We was practically unharnuHl ,
but bib wife sustained serious injuries.
W. G. Majhon. the station agent , al o
sailed through the air in the depot and es
In Concordia Parish , La. , a ne ro boy
was found almost wrapped around a tree ,
his left log being broken in four places
and his risht ; arm broken. His mother
and two sisters were killed. His father
is dying from a fractured skull and four
of his brothers are also fatally injured.
The usual freaks \\ere played by tha
STORMS IN THE SOUTH.
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Consul Cahpaman Coleman writes from
Roubair , France : "The following ad
vance of prices in percentages duri'ig
the last five years , from 1002 to 1007 ,
may be noted : Bread. 15 ; beef , 22 ;
veal , 14 ; mutton , 25 ; pork , 27 ; butter ,
14 ; cheese , 25 ; vegetables 15 to SO ,
pastry , 25 ; oil , 15 ; coal , 34 ; charcoal ,
24 ; coffee and chocolate , 25. The
greatest increase , 50 , is for fish , and
the smallest , 10 , for candles and pe
Protest MeeliiiK Unmolested.
With about 200 of the New York po
lice force present , some in uniform and
others in plain clothes , a meeting of the
Socialists was held to protest against the
brutality of these same police in prevent
ing the Union Square meeting of the un
employed the week before. Algernon Lee ,
editor of the New York Socialist , who
presided , said they were glad to have the
police hear what was thought of them.
Morris Hilquit gave notice to all the
forces of reaction that in trying to make
the incident the pretext for a campaign
of slander against the Socialist move
ment they had undertaken a fruitless and
silly task. All the speakers said the po
lice clubbing had made many recruits for
the Socialist cause.
Can't Imlict Traction
The special grand jury at New York ,
tvhich has investigated the charges against
Thomas F. Ryan and other officers of the
Metropolitan Street Uaihvay Company in
connection with the purchase of the fer
ries paper railway from Anthony Brady ,
reports the facts of an amazing jugcle
o funds in which vast sums were dis
bursed to both political parties and admits
the dishonesty of these acts , but finds that
under the laws in force at the time of the
acta no crime was committed technically.
wind. Twenty prisoners were in the town
jail. The roof v. as lifted off , but so ter
rified were thv that no one attempted to
escape. None of the prisoners was seri
ously injured. The wrockaso which re
mained on the site of a lumber mill , near
town , consisted largely of splinters , fronj
the size of tooLhpkks up to small sticks.
The spring meet at Bcnning track wa *
a great success.
First Baseman Arthur Brown of the
St. Louis Americans has been sold to Mil
waukee , where he will supplant Jack
Flynn , who refused to report.
Race track gambling at Benning , the
Mecca of sports and bookmakers in the
spring and fall , is no moie. In less than
four minutes the Senate passed a bill
making it unlawful to lay wafers on any
event in the District of Columbia , even
when the ' "peripatetic" system of book
ing is followed.
Battling Nelson has signed articles to
fight fortj-fivo rounds with "Boer" Uu-
holz before a San Francisco club.
Sir Woostor , the grand looking son o
Ardlington and Lady Wooster , won tha
great steeplechase at Benning , pulling up
from Blood.stonc and Boldemo , which
finished second and third , respectively ,
and four others.
At Oakland. CaL , Cabin. J. II. Bran-
non's old gelding , won the San Rafael
handicap. IIo covered the mile and one-
eighth in 1 :51 3-5 , or 3-5 of a second
less than the track record , without ex
tending himself in the least.
FIFES V1GTIK DIE
Finding of Nine Bodies in Yard
Reveals Mysterious Whole
WOMAN CALLED A BLTJEBEAED
Supposed Death of Herself and Chil
dren in Fire Only Adds to
Wholesale murder murder more
ruthlessly premeditated and diabolical
ly executed than the famous Holmes
castle crimes in Chicago was revealed
at Laporte , Ind. , Tuesday when five
mutilated bodies were dug up in the
back yard of the home of Mrs. Bella
Gunness , who , together with her three
children , are supposed to have met
death when their house burned one
Fifteen persons already have a place
on the list of known or probably slain ,
and circumstances point to Mrs. Gun-
ness as the arch-conspirator in at least
twelve of the crimes. Until this time it
i had been accepted as true that she and
j her three children had met death in the
fire that destroyed their home , but now
the suspicion arises that the bodies that
: were found in the smoldering ruins
were brought from some hospital or
medical school for the purpose of cre-
j ating the belief that Mrs. Gunness and
her family had pas.sed from existence.
Ijixt of l\uo\vii A'iotims.
ITclgoloin. Andrew , 40 years old. bach
elor. Aberdeen , S. D. : suitor for Mrs.
Guunoss * hand , who came to Laporto in
January and disappeared ono mouth later
after loaning the woman $1.500 ; body
dug up to-day.
Gunness , Jennie Olson. 16 years old ,
adopted daughter of Mrs. Gunness : disap
peared in September , IfXKi. ostensibly to
attend school at Los Angeles : body dug
Unidentified man , believed by Sheriff
Smul/cr to have been an admirer of the
Unidentified boy. apparently 8 years
old ; mutilated body in gnnnysack.
Unidentified girl , about 7 years old :
mutilated body in gunnysaek.
Gunness , Joseph , husband of Mrs. Gun-
ness , whose death at Laporte four years
ago had always remained a mystery.
Sorensen , Mads , woman's first hus
band , who died under mysterious circum
stances in Chicago eight years ago.
Gunness , Mrs. Bella , believed to have
been burned to death in fire which de
stroyed lier home.
Sorensen , Myrtle. 11 years old , eldest
daughter of Mrs. Gunness ; thought to
have perished in the fire.
Sorensen , Lucy , Q years old , another
daughter : also believed to have been a
victim of the fire.
Gumiess. Philip , 5 years old. youngest
child ; said to have been killed in the tiro.
Lindblom. Olaf. 35 years old. of Wis
consin ; employed by Mrs. Gumiess on the
farm. When ho. disappeared Mrs. Gun-
ness gave it out that he had gone to
Gorhalt , Eric. 40 years old. of Wiscon
sin : worked five months for Mrs. Gun-
ness , then he disappeared.
Man from Ohio. 50 years old. name
not learned ; worked on the farm and
owned a horse and buirny. Dis-appoarod
and Mrs. Gunness fell heir to the horse
la the arrest of liay Laniphere , a
CHRONOLOGY OF INDIAHA
Mads Albert Sorensen , Austin. 111. , dies
mysteriously ( V.OO ) ) . His widow col
lects $8,500 insurance.
Candy store at Kli/.aboth btreet and
Grand avenue. Chicago , owned by Soron-
sons , burns. Insured.
Two peculiar files in Austin home. In
Widow marries Joe Gumiess- . Moves
to Laporto farm. Adopts Jennie ONn
Gumiess killed (1001) ( . Widow s.i\ >
meat ck-aver fell on his head. Collo'-ts
$ o,500 insurance.
Ray Lamphere goes to work for Mrs.
Guiltless as hired man.
Widow sets dogs on visitors.
Neighbors see lanterns on farm n * 2
Jennie Olson disapprs. . Real pircnts
are told she is in Ix > s Angeles school , but
can not find her ( J1KXJ ) .
Andrew llolgelein , Aberdeen ( S. 1) . ) .
aii-swors matrimonial ad , and arrive.t
Laporte farm. Loans Mrs. Gunncs * 1.-
500. Disappears with like amount in
pockot. Widow says lie wont to Noiw i\
Mrs. Gunnevj ( HT ) ( ) ) tolls shonff
strange man killed a child in woods near
farm. Sheriff finds only empty gra\ \
Ray Lamphere arrested for annoing
Widow tells lawyer ( April 251 tint
Lamphi'ie intends to kill her. Draws up
Home burns April I'.G. Bodies of thro
children and headless woman found in
Lamphere arrested in hollow tiv. h d
in : r.
M.iA. . K. ib-it'li in Im i- li ill- of
brother bunod near hoii o. Jennie ( ) 'SCM\ '
body also found.
Nine unidentified bodies of men and
( ihihlron are found , buried near house.
Most bodies lie on mattresses under four
feet of earth.
May ( j. Joe Ma\soii. farm hand , tolls
police he dus holes on orders of Mrs.
Gumiess. but never filled them.
J-Xpres mon toll jx > lko of mysterious
arrhal at farm of many bis trunks.
former servant of the woman. Sheriff
Smulzer believe , some liirht may be
thrown upon the circumstances sur
rounding the deaths of at least some
of the victims.
Lamphere before the fire had trouble
with Mrs. Gunnos.s. Uo had declared
about town she was trying to "iret rid"
of him because he knew too much. He
has told several conilictini ; stories
concerning his relation with the wom
an and his presence in the neighbor
hood of the Gunness home the night it
The discovery of the Ixnlies led ex-
pressim'ii to tell of the delivery of five
trunks to the Guiines-s farm during the
last six months. This fact has caused
the authorities to incline to the theory
that the place may have been a "clear
ing-house" for murders. They suspect
that wealthy person , after being lured
to Chicago and killed , may have l > een
packed into thc-c trunks , sent to La
porte and disjio etl of there. Lamphere
in his cell declared Mrs. Gunness fre-
nivntly asked him to buy poison for
her. She wanted chloroform , he said.
Four of the bodies were found buried
in a refuse pile about 150 feet from the
house , while another body was duir
up within a few teet of the ruined
home. It is * he opinion of Coroner
Mack and physicians who examined the
bodies that th > 'y were burned after
death. Ilelirelein was easily identified
by his brother , although the remains
had been badly mutilated. The body
of the other man show- : red mustache.
The discovery of the bodies primarily
was due to the efforts of Mr. llelge-
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lein , of Mansliehl , SD. . , brother > f
Andrew The lormer bad known of
bis brother"- i > rn > sp ( > ndence with Mrs.
Gtmness and of the latter's trip to
LaP < H-te. When the brother armed
in I.ajKjrte he demanded a thorfnuh
.search of the CJunness' premises. Two
weeks- ago he had been informed in a
letter written by Mrs. Gunness that
his brother had gone to Norway.
Mrs. Arthur ( Marnier. 2S1S South
Park avenue. ' 'hicago. sister of Jfinio
ONon Guniii'sc. also s-pent two da\s ia
Laporte following the fire seardTing the
ruins in quest of the crirl. The theory
now is advanced that Jennie knew too
much concerning the death of MrsJun -
ne = .s' second husband , who succuinbpil
to wounds received from a meat chop-
IKH- four years ago.
s' Uralriinonial Acl.
Comely widow , who owns
larire farm in one of the finest district
in La. Porte comity. Indiana , desires to
miiko the acquaintance of gentleman
cxiually well pi-ovidwl. with views of join
ing fortuneNo replies by letter consid
ered unions sender is willing to follow ia-
r with por.onal visit.
INTERESTING NEWS ITEMS.
An ice creajn factory is the latt t ad
dition to the American plant in the Pan
ama canal zone.
President Castro of Venezuela has or
dered the i > ort of La Guayra closed be
cause of three deaths and twelve cases
of a mysterious tubercular fever there.
The largestsinsle Easter church offer
ing in New York was $158.000 at Grace
church. It included a $40.000 memorial
fund , to bo used for endowment of a
home for aeed men.
Half a hundred survivors practically
all there are left of the Ninth New York
volunteers , more commonly knou n aa
IlawkinZonavr . . hold their annual re
union at the Hotel Aster. New York.
The department of municipal engineer
ing at Washington is planning a eomploto
sjstt'in of ma-adam roads for the canal
zone anl work is be'siu pushed forward
rapidly. In the vicinity of Panama there
have been constructed .since American oc
cupation i bout eight miles of macadan ?
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