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THE VALENTINE DEMOCRAT
VALENTINE , NEB.
31. RICE , - - - - Publisher.
THIRSTY .FOR BLOOD
ANGRY CROWD ATTACKS GREEKS
IN SOUTH OMAHA.
Ton Injured ; Two Seriously Mob
Seeks to Avenge Death of a Patrol
man Police .Get Rioters Under
Control After Heavy Damage.
Three incendiary fires broke out in
the Greek quarter about 1:30 : o'clock
Monday morn ing , but by prompt action
of the lire department they were put
but without serious damage. One of
these lires was discovered at Twenty-
sixth and O streets in a building which
iiad been partially wrecked earlier in
From mid-afternoon until far into
Sunday night South Omaha was
the scene of rioting , murderous as
saults and pillage. More than thirty
buildings have been burned , wrecked
or badly damaged , and probably a
score of persons injured , half that
The immediate cause of the trouble
was the killing on Friday night of
Policeman Edward Lowery by John
IMasuredes. a Greek , whom the officer
had placed under arrest.
On Saturday a petition was circu
lated in South Omaha and signed by
'hundreds of citizens setting forth that
a large number of Greek residents of
the place were of the undesirable class
and calling a mass meeting at the city
hall for Sunday afternoon to discuss
.methods of ridding the city of them.
More than 1,000 men attended the
meeting , which was addressed by men
of prominence , including two members -
bers of the state legislature.
SMUGGLED IN FROM MEXICO.
twenty-Two Half Starved Chinese Are
Taken from a Car.
An organized plan to smuggle Asiat
ics into this country was unearthed as
the result of the discovery of twenty-
two Chinese in a box car in San Luis
C'-ispo , Cal. , Sunday. The most pe-
ci Mar feature of the discovery was that
the celestials were in a bonded car
se-iled with the government stamp.
The car was billed from Algiers , a
town near New Orleans , where it left
on February 10 , and was billed to San
Francisco. On account of the numer
ous landslides , the car was delayed on
the coast division of the Southern Pa
cific. While passing the sealed box i
car in the yards Sunday Conductor j
Page heard voices in it. In response tea
a question who was in the car , he received - |
ceived an offer of $2 for a bucket of j
water in the pigeon English of the
The sheriffs office was notified , the
seals broken and twenty-two half
starved Chinese taken out. All had
large canteens , but during the long
journey had been drained of every
-drop of water.
INDIAN RFXS AMUCK.
"Fatally Stabs Two Women in Union
Station at Cincinnati.
With an ear-splitting warwhoop an
unidentified Xavajo Indian war chief
.ran amuck in the union station at Cin-
'jcinnati , O. , Sunday and before he could
be overpowered he had fatally stabbed
and cut Mrs. Anna Devord , of Hunt
ingdon , W. Va. , and Max Meyers , of
Cincinnati , and serioushly wounded Jo
seph B. Gordon , of Cambridge , 111.
On the train the Indian , who had
been to Washington to see the secretary -
tary of the interior , was noticed by
passengers to be brooding and sullen ,
-but he evinced no signs of frenzy.
Stewart D. Robinson Killed.
Stewart Douglas Robinson. ID yr \ *
old , a nephew of President Roosevelt ,
and a sophomore of Harvard rfllejc.
fell from a sixth story window of
jHampton hall , a dormitory on Massachusetts -
chusetts avenue in Cambridge , Mass. ,
and was killed. He was a son of Doug-
To Be Given Medals.
Americans who have served two
years consecutively in the government
service in the Panama canal zone will
.be presented with the Panama canal
-medals , to make which 1,000 pounds
of old French scrap have been shipped -
ped from the isthmus to the Philadel
Xo Cut in Steel Rails.
ExJudge Elbert H. Gary , chairman
of the Board of United States Steel
corporation , declared emphatically In
New York Sunday that the corporation
would make no cut at present In the
price of steel rails , which have ruled
at $28 a ton for the last eight years.
Sioux City Live Stock Market.
Saturday's quotations on the Sioux
City live stock market follow : Best
-.steers , $5.30. Top hogs , $6.15.
ProiK > scd Tariff Increase.
The delegation of exporters which
called upon M. Cruppi , minister of
'Commerce , in connection with American -
can customs duties , visited Premier
-Clemenceau and Foreign Minister
.Pincheon in Paris
Sunday. The pre-
.mier stated that the French govern
ment would give special attention to
tthe delegation's demands.
POLICE OFFICER KILLED.
South Omaha Man Shot Tlirco Times
by a Greek.
Edward Lowery , a patrolman , was
.shot and killed at. . Twenty-fourth and
X streets in South Omaha Friday
night by a man known as "Greek
John. " Although Lowery was mor
tally wounded , he fired a bullet into
the Greek's lungs , which probably will
The officer had arrested the Greek ,
who was in company with a girl , and
'was taking them to the jail when the
prisoner suddenly drew a revolver and
shot the policeman three times. The
girl is under arrest.
The Greek was able to make his es
cape momentarily , but was soon locat
ed near the place where the shooting
occurred. He attempted to draw his
revolver , but was quickly
submission. A maddened crowd gath
ered around the officers and their prisoner
to the police station
oner on their way
tion , but were prevented from making
any show of violence. Later the Greek
was brought to an Omaha hospital.
The girl , Lillie Breese , is IS years
old , a Caucasian , and her parents live
at Grand Island. At the station she
> ? ii'd the Greek had been in the habit
of going to her room evenings , where
she taught him English. She declared
their relations were perfectly legiti
mate. The Greek was at her room
Friday night when Lowery went there
to make the arrest. He took the man ,
and told the woman to come along ,
saying , according to her story , that
she would be permitted to return in a
short time. She says she was a few
feet ahead of the two men when the
shooting began , and that after being
shot Patrolman Lowery rose to his
knees and sent the bullet into the
While the Greek was being taken to
the county jail a mob followed for a
distance , firing several shots after the
ambulance , but no damage was done.
MAY STOP BULL FIGHTS.
Sentiment Against Sport is Growing in
To how great a degree has bull
fighting had to do with the decline of
Spain as a world power ? This ques
tion has been raised by Andres Osuna ,
director of public education , who has
askert the state government of Coa-
huila to enact an order prohibiting
school teachers and children from at
tending bull fights.
Senor Osuna contends the witness
ing of such brutal exhibitions as bull
fights tends to harden the minds of
students and make them unfit for cit-
izenship. The bull ring , contends Sen
or Osuna , has been responsble for the
decline of Spain as a world power ,
just as the gladiatorial contests and
similar bloody exhibitions caused the
decline of the Roman empire.
Whatever action may be taken by
the state authorities , it is a fact that
the sentiment against bull fighting is
gradually growing among the best ele
ment of Mexico and probably it Avill
not be long before this age honored
sport of the Spaniards will have be
come a thing of the past in that coun
TO CUT PRICES AND WAGES.
Steel Trust Reported to Have Decided
to Make Reductions.
Conferences between the heads of
the subsidiary companies of the Unit
ed States Steel corporation were held
in Xew York Saturday to discuss con
ditions in the trade.
While no official statement has been
given out , it was a current report that
sweeping reductions in the prices of
steel , except steel rails , had been de
cided upon by the corporation , to be
accompanied by correspondingly lower
wages , and that to meet this situation
the various independent steel compa
nies were organizing for self protec
E. H. Gary , chairman of the board
of directors of the United States Steel
corporation , expected to issue a state
ment defining the position of the cor
MaurctanSa Keeps It Up.
The turbine steamer Mauretania , of
the Cunard line , not only broke her
own record over the long winter
course of 2,000 mile ? by 2 hours and
25 minutes , but she also hauled down
the figures held by her sister ship , the
Lusitania , and has set the new record
of 4 days , 17 hours and 50 minutes ,
which is 1 hour and 4G minutes better
than the Lusitania's best time over the
Turmoil in Teheran.
A special dispatch from Teheran
says the guard before the Russian le
gation there has been increased and
that disturbances are expected.
Race Track Sold at Auction.
The Kenilworth race track was sold ,
Friday at auction in foreclosure proceedings - (
ceedings , to August Belmont , for
Sergeant Dawson Suicides.
A. H. Dawson , of the United States
marine corps , stationed at the Mare
island navy yard barracks , committed
suicide Friday by shooting himself in
: ho head with a rifle. Disappointment
in a love affair caused his act. He en-
isted from Forest , Ind.
Stork to Visit Helena.
The Corriere Italia says that Queen
Helena of Italy is soon to become a
TAFT MADE A MASOST.
Presidcnt-Elect Receives Master De
gree at Cincinnati.
William H. Taft , president-elect of
the United States , is a master Mason.
The impressive ceremonies which
brought him that distinction in Cin
cinnati , O. , Thursday , were conducted
by Charles S. Iloskinson , Ohio grand
The highest Masonic authorities of
seventeen states Avitnessed Mr. Taft'a
admission into the order , as did the
members of Kilwinning lodge , of
which Alfonso Taft , father of the
president-elect , was a member , and in
which Charles P. Taft was inducted
under the auspices of his father.
Scottish rite cathedral was the scene
of the ceremonies. Its main floor and
gallery were filled when the distin
guished candidate arrived. The pro
cedure , which culminated in the dec
laration that Mr. Taft was a Mason , oc
cupied thirty-five minutes. Mr. Taft
received many greetings on a new
plane of fellowship as he was escorted
from the hall by the committee hav
ing in charge his initiation.
The experience of being declared a
Mason at sight was not ended with the
afternoon session of the grand lodge.
Mr. Taft witnessed during the evening
the regular form of initiation of a
Frank H. Hitchcock , at the request
of Mr. Taft , came to Cincinnati Thurs
day from Chicago and , after his con
ference , left for Washington. That
they discussed the undecided post of
secretary of the treasury was admit
ted , but beyond the statement that no
decision was reached , no information
was obtainable. The suggestion that
the place likely will go to Chicago , or
further west , was made.
WOMEN CLASH WITH POLICE.
Suffragettes Make a Demonstration in
The suffragettes failed in London
Thursday in their attempt to present
Premier Asquith with a resolution of
the Women's Freedom league declar
ing for the continuation of the mili
tant propaganda for suffrage. They
first attempted to march in proces
sion , but the line being broken up by
the police , they mingled with a crowd
of the curious , who had gathered to
witness the scene , and sauntered sin
gly towards Downing street.
The police , however , completely
blocked all entrances to the thorough
fare and twenty of the more militant
suffragettes , who tried to break
through the lines , were arrested ,
charged with interfering with the po
lice. For a time there was a scene of
great disorder , the women time and
again throwing themselves valiantly
against a double line of police , only to
be forced back , or if unusually persist
ent , to be handed over to constables ,
who marched them off to the police
station amid cheers , hoots and hisses
from a throng.
BANKER FOUND GUILTY.
Financier to Serve Term in
W. W. Ramsey , former president
of the German National bank. Thurs
day was found guilty as indicted in
connection with the recent graft ex
posures at Pittsburg , Pa. , The jury
returned a sealed verdict , which waa
opened when court convened. Ramsey
was accused of bribing Councilman J.
F. Klein by giving him $17,500 , for
which Klein was to secure the passage
of an ordinance making the bank a
depository for city funds.
Divorce for Mrs.
A decree of divorce , with alimony of
$0,000 a year and the custody of her
son , was awarded Mrs. William J.
Lemp , jr. , known as the "Lavender
Lady , " by Judge George Hitchcock in
the circuit court at St. Louis , Mo. ,
Thursday. The decision followed a
sensational trial , which lasted more
than a week and closed Tuesday last
Many Girls in Peril.
Many panic stricken girls leaped
from the first floor windows and firemen - '
men rescued many others when a fire
attacked the plant of the Kinley Manufacturing -
ufacturing company , in Chicago Thurs- !
ilay. The building and contents were
flestroyed , inflicting a ross of $325,000.
Capture Negro Murderer.
An unknown negro attacked Mary
Dobbs , aged 14 , at Eagle Mountain ,
Va. , Thursday and then cut her throat.
3he died in a few minutes. The negro
iias been captured , it is reported , and
: he mob has started with him in the
lirection of Clifton Forge.
Heart is Sewed Up.
With five stitches in his heart hold-
ng it together , Albert Johnson , a 36-
fear-old colored man , of Philadelphia
s alive in the Pennsylvania hospital ,
'ollowing an operation in which the
: ut was sewed together by Dr. Francis
? . Stewart.
Shercliffc in Prison.
Frank Shercliffe , who was recently
icquitted in Minneapolis of the
iharge of robbing a Northern Pacific
rain in Montana , arrived in Canon
: ity , Colo. , Thursday in the custody
> f Colorado officers and was placed
n the penitentiary.
Radium Institute for Germany.
A gift of $32,500 , recently made to
leidelberg university , will be applied
o the foundation of the first radium
nstitute in Germany , in connection
vith a cancer institute in Heidelberg.
Death In Explosion.
Three persons were burned to death
.nd four fatally injured Thursday by
he explosion of a keg of mining pow-
ler In a coal miner's house near Col-
iers. W. Va.
GAS CAVSES TROUBLE.
Explosion in Plumber's Establishment
An explosion occurred at Utica
Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 which
shook the entire community for miles
around and did much damage.
George Leonard has a plumbing es
tablishment in the basement of the
Merchants bank , and was forcing gas
which was being manufactured out of
carbide into a tank which furnished
lights for automobiles. Suddenly an
explosion occurred. The bank portion
received the most damage. Ralph
Hurlburt , the cashier , and E. L. Hurl-
burt were in the bank , also E. H. Mul-
lowney , of Lincoln , state bank examin
er. They were thrown to the ceiling
but received no serious injuries. The
bank furniture was badly damaged
and cannot be used , while money was
scattered all over the building. The
windows were all shattered. The tele
phone office , which is upstairs , also
came in for its share of damage.
The loss to building , bank furniture
and plumbing establishment will prob
ably amount to about $3,000. Fully
covered by insurance.
JURY SUSTAINED TIIE WILL.
Case Longin the Courts Again
The jury in the Johnson will case at
Plattsmouth , after deliberating for
seventy hours , returned a verdict sus
taining the will. The instrument was
contested by a brother of the deceased
who was not satisfied with the condi
tions. Edward Jeary , of Lincoln , is
the principal beneficiary under the
earms of the will. The property dis
posed of amounted to about $50,000.
The Masonic home was bequeathed
$1,000 , and annuities of $50 each to
several relatives as long as widow
A SENSATIONAL SUICIDE.
Woman Sets Fire to Home and Then
Mrs. Edward Wehn committed sui
cide in a sensational manner at Sew-
ard. She set fire to her home and
then hanged herself to a rafter in the
garret. The firemen extinguished the
blaze and discovered the partially
burned body. '
She was a sister of the late Tobias
Coster , who was prominent as a Ne
braska pioneer and railroad builder.
Her husband is a druggist. Sudden
insanity is the only explanation given.
Alcohol Makes Physical Wreck.
Sheriff Peterson took Chris Larson ,
for many years employed about the
Tiurlington depot at McCook as a jani
tor , to the asylum at Lincoln. Tuesday
night , for treatment for dipsomania.
Larson's love for alcohol had so far
ruined a splendid physique that he
had to be carried to the depot on a
stretcher to take the train at that
Mrs. Lillie Sues for Insurance.
A retrial of the Lillie murder case ,
with Lena Margaret Lillie on the stand
to tell her story of the murder of her
husband , is what is promised by the
attorneys for Mrs. Lillie in their openIng -
Ing statements at Lincoln to the jury
In her suit against the Modern Wood-
men. She is suing on the $3,000 life
insurance policy of her murdered hus
band , Harvey Lillie.
Father and Son Freeze.
Word was received in Alliance from
the southeast hills that Frank Eich-
thaler and his 17-year-old son were
lost and frozen to death during the
late storm while en route home from
Alliance. The family had only recent
ly taken up land in that section and
was not very familiar with the coun
Too Many Saloons.
The powers that be at Columbus
begin to think that sixteen saloons are
too many for a city of that size , and
they are trying to contrive a way seas
as to not have so many , and will get
up an ordinance accordingly , and it
may be they will decide that half a
dozen saloons will be sufficient for
the parched throats.
Escaped Convict Captured.
George Williams , who some years
ago left his bed and board at the state
penitentiary without permission while
out on parole , and who since that
time has been serving a five-year term
in the Minnesota penitentiary , will be
brought back to Nebraska shortly.
Store at Minden Burned.
Fire broke out in J. H. ClearmanV
store and it seemed for a while as if
the entire stock was doomed to de
struction. The fire department soon :
had the flames under control. The
loss to stock and building will range
from $3,000 to $5,000 , fully covered by
Lincoln Hotel Sold.
The Lindell hotel at Lincoln has
been sold by A. L. Hoover & Son to
John W. Baughman , of Los Angeles.
The consideration is not stated , but it
is believed to have been in the neigh-
hood of $175,000.
Green Buys Out Partner.
Guy W. Green bought the half inter
est of his partner , John T. Smith , in
the Lincoln Western league baseball
: lub franchise and becomes sole own
er of the club.
Cash Bogus Checks.
Three Norfolk men cashed bogus
checks for William M. Wright , of
Dmaha , now being hunted for bigamy ,
rhe Norfolk victims were R. Rees.
> 20 ; James Pierce , $20 , and William
iBerner , $10.
Drops Dead on Train.
Ferdinand Balloweg , 55 years old ,
Iropped dead on a passenger train be-
.ween Creighton and Winnetoon. His
laughter , who was at the train to
neet him in Norfolk , anticipating a
risit , was greeted by the dead body.
CITY OFFICIALS DISAGREE.
Mass Meeting at Fairmont Grows Out1
A mass meeting of taxpayers and
citizens was held in Fairmont for the
purpose of determining on some defi
nite action in connection with the
misunderstanding between the city
council and Mayor Hall. The meet
ing' grew out of a trial where Will Lot-
tridge , a temperance saloon proprietor , '
was found guilty and fined $50 for assault - ,
sault on Rev. John Gallagher. Several
weeks ago three council men contracted - -
ed for the services of a secret service
man to secure evidence against Lott-
ridge. The evidence was secured and
$100 of the detective's remuneration
was paid by the three councilmen , they
expecting to be reimbursed out of the
city treasury. Mayor Hall , however ,
refused to sign the warrant. '
He appeared in his own defense at
the mass meeting , and stated tint he' '
would not sign the warrant unless pre-i
sented with a petition signed by 3fi- !
per cent of the voters of the city. -
Lottridgo appealed the case to the
district court after Judge Bennett
pronounced a fine of $50. His bond.
wvas fixed at $300 , but because he was
unable to get a signer , he was com
mitted to the county jail at Geneva.
Cases Against Several Parties Arrested
at Onl Settled.
The alleged gamblers , who were ar
rested at Orel a short time after waiv
ing examination at the county court ,
decided to plead guilty. The affair
was a sort of a compromise all around.
Three of the men pleaded guilty on
condition that the other two would be
let off. Those who pleaded guilty
were Arthur Hall , Butchie White and
Fax Hughes. They were fined $100
each. The charges against Frank Crow
and Charles Masin who had been ar
rested with the gang were withdrawn.
Xo action was taken in the case of
John Turner. Charles Strom , who act
ed as decoy and assisted the officers
in the arrest of the gamblers went to
Dakota last week and it was rumored
that he had been hired to clear out
and not appear with his evidence In
the district court. Accordingly County
Attorney Davis swore out a warrant
and telegraphed for his arrest. He
received a message by wire , that he
was in jail at Dallas , S. D. . but as the
case had th-en been settled he was at
WILL CASE DECIDED.
Old Soldier Declared Insane and Be
quest Set Aside.
The Frederick will ease was decided
the first of the week by the state su
preme court , the decision of the lower
courts being upheld. This case has
created more popular interest than'
any other in the history of Valley ,
county. Mr. Frederick was in the sol
diers' home at Grand Island at the'
time of his death and willed his farm'
and about $1.500 in cash to Miss ,
Edith Robbins. The will was contested - ,
ed by the family on the grounds of
undue influence being used and a plea
of insanity was also entered. The
supreme court in giving its decision ,
considered the old gentleman insane
and therefore the will was set aside.
A new hearing will be asked for.
YOUNG GIRL DISAPPEARS.
Missouri Senator in Omaha Searchinj
for Missinc : Daughter.
J. W. Peck , of Westboro , Mo. , mem
ber of the senate of that state , was ir
Omaha hunting for his eldest daugh
ter , Miss Nellie Peck , aged 19. The
young woman left her home two weeks
ago to visit the family of W. A. Simp-
kins , at David City , Neb. She stayed
at the Simpkins home for six days and-
left for Omaha. She wrote home from
Omahathat she had arrived and would
register at a certain hotel. No record
of her can be found at the hotel and
no word has been received from the
girl since. The missing girl is stylishly
dressed and of average height , with
NEW COMPANY FORMED.
It Takes Over the Two .Street .Cai
Lines in Lincoln.
The consolidation of the two street
car lines of Lincoln was affected by
the formation of a now company which
takes over the Lincoln Traction com- ,
pany. The authorized capital of the
merger properties is $5,000,000. John
W. McDonald , president of the traction
company , remains at the head of the
consolidated roads , and of the eleven
flirectors ten are Lincoln men. The
? onsolidation follows a bitter fight of
three years between the contending
street car interests , and comes as a re
mit of a gradual centering of the
stock in the hands of local men.
Racing Dates Fixed.
O'Neill has been readmitted into tht
STorth Nebraska short shipment racing
circuit and the following initial dates
Ixed : Norfolk , August 4 : O'Neill.
\ugust 11 ; Neigh , August IS : Pierce ,
\ugust 25 ; Creighton , September 2 ;
itanton. September 15 ; Madison. Sep- ,
ember 22. The purses were left at
Graf ton Has a Small Fire.
Sunday night the alarm was giver
hat the general merchandise store ol
Jrs. M. B. Hainey had taken fire at
Jrafton" Owing to the prompt aid of
he people and the excellent work of
he fire extinguishers the flames were
becked before a great deal of damage
Child Fatally Burned.
The 3-year-old child of Ray Elwoon
iving two miles east of Harbine was so
everely burned while playing with
ire in the house during the absence
f her parents that she died. A 2-year-
Id daughter of Mr. Elwood's was also
iadly burned but will recover.
Fire at Butte.
Butte had a disastrous fire Mnoday.
> dd Fellows' hall , one of the largest 1A
he town , being destroyed. The fire
; as caused from a defective flue. Tha
icslie restaurant also was burned. Her
oic efforts saved the Hotel Oxford
nd Graves' general store. Both
aught fire many times. I ]
Closed on a Judgment. b
The Walton saloon was closed at
'orfolk by Constable Flynn to protect * ]
vo uncovered judgments obtained by .
[ auler Bros. & Co.
Moving Picture Film Sets
Crowded Pl-y house at Acapulco
and Panic Ensues.
CORPSES BLOCK ALL THE EXITS ,
Whole Families Blotted Out by Dis
aster Which Overtakes City Dur
ing a Gala Performance.
Three hundred people were burned
. in a
to death and many were.injured
lire which destroyed the Flores Then *
tcr in the City of Acapulco , Mexico ,
Sunday night. The news of the ilisas-
ter readied the city of Mexico Monday
afternoon , telegraphic communication , . - § >
with Acapulco having been destroys ,
owing to the fict : that the telegraph
office adjoining the theater was burned
and all wires put out of commisison
It is known that several Americans ?
were among the victims.
Tlic Flores Theater was a wooden
structure , and Sunday night over l.OOC
people crowded into it to witness n
special performance given in honor nt
Governor Damian Flores of the Stnttf
of Guerrero , who Avas visiting the city
at the time. One of the numbers - > i :
the program consisted of a series of
moving pictures. While the optratoi
was exhibiting these a film caught lire
and a blaze was quickly communicated
to some bunting which had been usotl
for decorative purposes.
Corpses Cliokc Way.
In in incredibly short time tin
flames spread to all parts of the struc
ture. There were hut three narrow ex
its and the panic-stricken audience
rushed to them , many persons failing ,
to he crushed to death , their bodies
choking the way to escape for others.
The screams of those imprisoned
were terrifying. Owing to the rapid
ity with which the fire spread and its
Intense heat it was impossible to at
tempt rescue work , and those impris
oned were literally roasted alive , aa
the fire burned with little smoke ar J
few were suffocated. "
The efforts of the fire department
were confined to attempting to save the
adjoining buildings , and the firemen
succeeded so well that the property loss
was small. The telegraph office , post
office and custom house were damaged ,
but all of the government's records and
the registered mail were saved.
Monday pitiful scenes of grief wera
witnessed on the streets of the city.
Men , women and children were wan
dering from place to place , hunting for
relatives and friends. Many of the
dead were from the first families of
the State , the affair at the theater
being a social event of considerable
importance and calling out the wealth
iest and oldest families for miles
around. In some instances whole fam
ilies were wiped out of existence.
The municipal authorities have
caused large trenches to be dug and
into these the bodies of the dead were
laid. Identification of the dead has
been impossible , the bodies having
been burned in most cases to a crisp.
City Important Port.
. Acapulco is an important seaport on
a bay of the Pacific Ocean about 200
miles southwest of the capital. It has
one of the best harbors on the Pacific
coast , which has made it an important
commercial center , though it has few
local industries , and its population is
only about 8,000 or 10,000. On ac
count of the heat and the effluvia from
a large morass to the east the climate
of the town is very unhealthy for Eu
ropeans , though a passage cut through
the rocks to let in the sea breeze has
tended to improve its snltibritv.
TAPT CABINET IS COMPLETE.
Knox Agrees to Serve , but Will Take jf
N"o Increase in Salary ,
president-elect Taft has completed
Ms cabinet. Announcement was'made
Puesday that Senator
Knox would ac
cept the Secretaryship of State under t
the enabling act passed by Con-ress ,
jut that at no time during his incum-
aency of that office
would he accept an
increase of salary , even if Congress
* -ere to vote one. Jacob M. Dickinson
> f Chicago and Nashville is to be Sec-
etary of War , accredited to Tennessee
Fudge Willis M. Vanderventer of Wvo
ning is to be Secretary of the Treas-
iry. This was the last place filled by
tfr. Taft and is subject to possible
: hange between now and March 4. The
emainder of the cabinet is to be as
leretofore understood :
Secretary of the Navy , George von L.
ileyer of Massachusetts.
Secretary of the Interior , Richard A.
iallmger of Washington.
Postmaster General , Frank Hitchcock
Attorney General , George W. Wicker-
ham of Xew York.
Secretary of Commerce and Labor ,
Varies L. X le of Missouri
Secretary of Agriculture , James Wilson
The positive announcement that Mr.
Cnox would be the now Secretary of
itato w made by President-elect Taft
imself at the \Vhite House. The state-
lent was made after two conferences
Ir. Knox. in which Mr. Taft insisted
hat all question of eligibility had noiv
settled by the action of Congress.
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