Valentine Democrat. (Valentine, Neb.) 1900-1930, February 10, 1910, Image 3

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Explorers in Aline Have Penetrated
Only 400 Feet of Many Miles
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Bodies of Animals Which Hurt Those
, Trying to Escape Found-New
Timbers Placed Under Roof.
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: a After three days of incessant labor
, only 400 feet of the many miles of sub-
terranean passages of the St. Paul
mine in Cherry , Ill. , were open , and it
f was problematical when the 167 bodies
could be brought to the surface. Ev
ery effort was being made to clear a
runway from the main shaft to the air
pit. Inspection of the cleared portion
of the second level showed that from
, , the bottom of the main shaft 350 feet
underground , westward for 250 feet ,
the main road is in good condition.
Some of the heavy timbers near the
shaft are charred , but they are solid
and intact. The main passage to the
east is walled up. Behind this wall is
a smoldering fire. Back of the fire lie
about 100 dead.
About 250 feet west of the shaft the
bottom level ends in a blind alley , in
which lie the bodies of , bwo mules , cov-
ered with disinfectants. These mules
kicked viciously at several miners as
the men ran for their ' lives through
the smoky passageways after the fire
started. One miner was kicked into
unconsciousness and could not escape ,
while his companion was injured so se
verely that he is still under the care
of a surgeon.
' Near the end of the main road a tor-
tuous runway branches off to the
south , ending in the air shaft. The
top timbers in this passage are bro
ken , letting shale rock through. Some
of the fractured scantlings appear half-
rotted. Ther was no fire in this tun
As fast as men clear the runway new
timbers are placed under ' the crum
bling roof , making the ceiling so low
that a man cannot stand erect. Rocks
as large as a steamer trunk were piled
as high as the roof. So narrow was
the tunnel and so dangerous was the
work that only two worked at a time.
Cipher Telegram Discloses Result of
Chicago's Experts' Analysis.
Clearly indicating that poison had
been found in the stomachs of Col
onel Thomas H. Swope , multimillion-
aire philanthropist of Kansas City ,
. and his nephew , Chrisman Swope , and
foreshadowing arrests to be made im-
' mediately , a cipher message was sent
\ the other day to Attorney John G.
\ Paxton at Kansas City by Dr. Lud-
wig Hektoen immediately upon the
. completion of the exhaustive analysis
made by Dr. Hektoen , Dr. Walter
Haines and Dr. Victor C. Vaughan . , of
. Mr. Paxton , executor of the Swope
estate , agreed with Dr. Hektoen upon
a code that was to be used in sending
messages in the event evidence of
murder was found In the stomachs of
. Colonel Swope and his nephew. The
code word tb be used in the event of
the discovery of poison was "Positive , "
and that was the word put on the
wire. The precaution was taken to
prevent a "leak" and a warning to the
The finding of poison was essential
to the making of specific charges.
This was demanded by the prosecuting
attorney. The alleged inoculation of
eight members of the Swope family
with typhoid will be Introduced at the
trial as circumstantial or corrobora
tive evidence to show the existence of
a plot to exterminate the remaining
heirs to the Swope millions.
Drakesboro , Ky. , Has Mine Catas
" trophe-19 Bodies Taken Out.
Nineteen corpses removed from the
Browder mine at Drakesboro , Ky. , ten
bodies in sight In the workings and
six others known to be dead was the
count at midnight In the death roll re
sulting from the explosion of gases in
the mine at noon the other day. Near-
ly a score of men were mangled by the
explosion , and many of these will prob-
ably die.
Rescuers worked desperately to save
the miners who might yet be alive and
to recover the bodies of those killed.
Of the ten men who were taken out , :
five were badly injured < and five prac
tically unhurt. There is no fire in the I
mine and both the fan and air shaft : II I I
remain intact.
0 Because of the accumulation of gases I
in the entry where the explosion oc
curred , 170 feet beneath the ground t
and 700 feet back from the main shaft , 1
it was impossible to begin rescue work !
until six hours after the disaster. There ]
were 100 men In the mine , many of :
whom fought their way to safety. . '
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Aged Actrexs Hurt in Auto.
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was knocked unconscious in an auto. I
mobile collision in New York. On ac- I
'count of her age-she will be 80 in
IMarch-It [ is feared that her injuries 1
. iwill ( prove serious. . I
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And one , I think , will do
For mother and for grandpa ,
And for Brother Willie , too.
I know that dear old grandma
Would ask for three or four
And Sister Nell and Cousin Ned
Would say they wanted more.
And then there's someone else I know
Would prize it quite as well ,
Now can't you guess my valentine ,
Or must I really tell ?
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No envelope contains it ;
It bears no tell-tale line.
Although two lips have sealed it
No postal clerk may fine.
It has no gleaming golden hearts ,
Sly Cupid's tempting bait ;
Nor has it got the feathered shaft
With which he shoots so straight.
And yet It brings , this valentine ,
A thousand times the bliss.
Now can't you guess ? Of course you
My valentine's a kiss.
A characteristic story of Lincoln's kind-
ly interference in behalf of young men
who had rendered themselves amenable
to the law , but in whose case there was
reason to hope for reformation , is told
In the Portland Oregonian by Mr. J. B.
Montgomery , who was a witness to the
circumstances. -
One Michael Lehman of Williamsport , '
Pa. , had a contract for carrying the mail
from the railroad station. He was the
personification of integrity , but his son ,
Michael , Jr. , 16 years old , who drove the
mail wagon , was induced by evil associ-
ates ! to take a letter from the mail bag ,
and ! was detected in the act of removing
a check from it. He was sentenced to
Great sympathy was felt with the fath-
er , and a delegation of citizens , headed
by Judge Hale , a member of Congress ,
Including Mr. Montgomery : , and accom-
panied by the elder Lehman , went to
Washington to see the President. Mr.
Montgomery tells what followed :
"As we entered the executive chamber ,
President Lincoln came sauntering in. He
had on a faded and much-worn dressing
gown. His slippers were run down at the
heel. The President , as soon as we were
seated , said : .
' "Well , gentlemen , what is it you
want ? ' Judge Hale handed him the pe
tition. He scanned it carefully , names
and all , and possessed himself of all the
circumstances. He then said to Judge
Hale :
" 'Judge , can I do so and so ? ' stating
a legal proposition as to his power to do
a certain thing. Judge Hale , after a mo
ment's reflection , , replied :
' 'Mr. President , I don't think you
can. '
"Lincoln then said , 'I know I cannot ,
but I wanted to see if you knew. But , '
he went on , 'I can do something else. :
"He was sitting by his desk , and every
one except this man , who 'swallowed all
formulas , ' would have written on it , but
he twisted his two long legs together like
a whiplash , placed the petition on his
knee and wrote these words , as near as
I can recollect _ :
" 'To the United States District Attor-
ney for the Western District of Pennsyl-
vania : You are hereby directed to enter
a nolle prosequi in the case of the United
States vs. Michael Lehman , Jr. , in con-
sideration that the said Michael Lehman ,
Jr. , enlist in the army of the United
States and serve three years , unless soon-
er honorably discharged.
discharged.'A. . LINCOLN. "
" 'What do you think of that ? ' he said ,
handing it to Judge Hale. It was all that
was wanted.
"Lincoln got up out of his chair , shook
hands with us all , telling us , 'A dozen
Senators are waiting outside to see me ,
but this gives me more pleasure than
talking to them about offices. ' Then , hold-
ing Lehman by the hand , he said :
" 'Tell your son never to be tempted
again , to be a good soldier , and how
happy it has made me to get him . out of
his scrape. ' " '
The old Dutchman ; who was short and
fat , made a pathetic figure. He was be-
yond the ability to express himself , or
even to weep. He stood silent , his eyes
almost bulging out of his head. His boy
was saved. '
McClellan's Talent. „
President Lincoln one day remarked
to a number of personal friends who
had called upon , him at the White
House : ,
"General McClellan's tardiness and
unwillingness to fight the enemy or
follow up advantages gained remind
me of a man back in Illinois who knew
a few law phrases , but whose lawyer
lacked aggressiveness. During the
trial of the case , the man finally lost
all patience and springing to his feet ,
vociferated : .
" 'Why don't you go at him with a
fl. fa. , a demurrer , a capias , a sur-
rebutter , or a ne exeat , or a nundam
pactum , or a non est " , or any old fool
thing ? ' . ' . , .
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"I wishsaid Mr. Lincoln , "McClel-
lan would go at the enemy with some-
thing ; I don'.t : care what. General Mc-
Clellan is , a pleasant and scholarly gen-
tleman. He is an admirable engineer ;
but he seems to have a special talent
for a stationary engine. "
His First SJgrht of Lincoln.
An interesting sheaf of reminis-
cences could be collected under the
general heading , "First Glimpses of
Lincoln. " The first sight of a great
cnan is likely to be recalled as more
vivid and more significant than any
other , except possibly the last. A gen-
tleman whose friendship with Lincoln
dated from 1852 , and lasted till the
very day of his death , describes as fol
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lows the beginning of tielr acqu int-
ance :
I had been invited to make a speech
in the old State House in Iprlngfield ,
111. Five minutes before I stepped on
the platform the committee asked me
to change my subject-the Maine tem-
perance law-as they wished for some
reason to defer it to another occasion.
Under the spur of the moment , there-
fore , I made patriptlc address.
After I had finished , the audience
called vociferously for "Lincoln ! Lin-
coln ! "
He rose to respond , and I shall never
forget his appearance. Before the
meeting he had been consulting some
law books In the basement "of the build
ing , and the janitor , whom he had re-
quested to call hi.m , forgot his duty ,
and at the last moment rushed in and
cried out to Mr. Lincoln 'that ' the
speaking was going on.
Lincoln turned out the light and
grabbed the first coat he- touched ,
which proved to be that of the janitor
himself , who was a short man. Lin
coln , on the contrary , was a very tall
On this occasion he wore , as usual ,
a faded red woolen shirt , buttoned
neither at the neck nor at the wrist-
bands. There was a space .of eight or
ten inches between the top of his
trousers and the lower edge of the
coat , and his trousers were rolled up
at the bottom , so that there was a
space of nearly a foot of bare leg be-
tween them and the tops of his .stock-
He had one suspender , and the
sleeves of the coat reached little more
than to his elbows. His hair looked
as if it had never been brushed or
combed since he came from the woods
of Kentucky. „ .
He began to speak. His subject was
law , its design , its essence , its mis-
sion , its power.
He spoke in a low , thin voice. I
had heard Beecher , Gough , Phillips ,
Chapin , Starr King and Webster , but
I had never before heard anything
like this speech of Lincoln's. Nor du"
I ever see an audience so scorched and
kindled-so held breathless ! His
speech lasted twenty minutes , and for
fine logic and the most touching pathos ,
I have never heard Its equal. When he
got through he touched me on the
shoulder and said , "Come homo with
me. " I I
We talked all night , so oblivious of
time that when light came I looked
out of the window and asked if there
was a fire. Mr. Lincoln replied , "It is
sunrise. "
' Watchman.
How' Lincoln PlayedVntchmnn.
James Etter , a doorkeeper in the Wai
Department , frequently occupies a chaii
from which he could not be induced to i
part , because it was once occupied bj
Abraham Lincoln when he was President !
of the United States , although at the time
he acted as watchman with a badge pin-
ned on the lapel of his coat. Mr. Ette i
explains the incident by saying : "One day
during the war I was sitting here , when
a tall , angular gentleman entered the
main door and asked if the secretary was !
in. I told him that -it was too early fo
the secretary to be in his office.
" 'At what hour can I depend on find-
ing him here ? ' he asked. I told him , and
with a pleasant 'Thank you' he walked
"Promptly on the hour the tall gentle-
man ascended the steps , walked . . in the
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door , and I was almost struck dumb when
he asked me if I would not go into the
secretary's room and tell him to step out
in the hall. I could not leave my post !
of duty , and even if I could I did not
think the secretary would come out to see
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him. *
"He replied : ' 0 , I guess he will , and as
for leaving'your post , I Afill be personally ,
responsible for that. I am Mr. Lincoln I
and I will simply take your badge and
keep l dc' A' while you step in for me. '
"Well , I couldn't doubt him , and he
pulled off my badge , pinned it on his coat , I
and took my chair , just like an old-time
watchman. I
"A smile played over his face as I left I
him , and you can rest assured it was | i '
not long before he and the secretary were
holding a quiet talk in an out-of-the-way :
corner in the hall. " - Washington SpeciaL (
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Underground Horror Occurs in Pri
mero Pit of Colorado Fuel and
Iron Company.
Victims Die in Fight for Freedom
. "Women Wail at Mouth
of Pit.
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More than , 100 men were killed by &
terrific explosion in the Primero mine -
I . of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Compa
ny PI imero , Colo. , at 4:30 the other . . . .
The bodies of seventy-nine victims !
were found piled in a mass at the foot
I of the air shaft shortly after midnight.
j I When the explosion occurred the men
i evidently made a rush to escape -
through the air shaft and were suffo-
cated as they battled with each other "
for freedom. ,
It is shown by the timekeeper's : rec ' '
ords that there were 149 men in the
mine at the time of the explosion. The
main shaft of the mine is completely
wrecked. Only one man has been
found alive. He is badly injured and
has not been identified. Three men
were killed at the mouth of the mine
slope by the force of the explosion.
Both fans with which the mine is i
equipped were shattered and it wac
impossible to enter the mine unti
they were repaired. As soon as tht :
fans were repaired , General Superin-
tendent J. F. Thompson and a rescue
party entered by the main air shafts ,
but wejre unable to reach the main
shaft , which is completely blocked.
A party equipped with oxygen hel -
mets replaced this party. The work
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ings were reached through the air- .
shaft , and were searched for more
Miners were rushed to Primero from
Trinidad , Segundo , Starkville , Sopris
and Cokeville , and labored frantically
to clear the main shaft , relieving each
other every few minutes.
It is impossible to determine how
far the main shaft has caved , and it '
may be days before the shaft is cleared '
and the total death' list known. Most-
of the victims are Slavs and Hungari
ans. Electrician Will Helm is among
the missing.
The camp is a scene of indescribable
horror to-night. Every able-bodied man
is taking his turn with pick and shovel
to clear the shaft. The women and
children , kept back by ropes , gathered
about the shaft , weeping and calling
wildly for their husbands and fathers.
Members of the first rescue party
say that the effect of the explosion un
der ground is indescribable.
Taken from Stret Car to Hospital
in Philadelphia.
Bishop Cyrus D. Foss , of the J'Hho-
dist Episcopal Church , died in Phila-
delphia the other night. He was strict- '
en with paralysis in a street car on
Jan. IS. His wife and son , Cyrus D.
Foss , Jr. , and a daughter , Mrs. George .
M. Wood , were summoned to his bed .
side. -When he was stricken Bishop ,
Foss , who is 76 years of age , was Lrund ' \
to be paralyzed in the right side. Cy -
rus David Foss was born in Kingston
N. Y. , in 1834. He was graduated from.
Wesleyan University twenty years
later. After serving in various pastor
ates , the general conference of the
Methodist Church in 1880 elected him a
bishop. From 1880 to 1888 Bishop Foss
made his home Minneapolis. . In . . . .
1888 he went to Philadelphia. He
spent nine months in Mexico in tin
year 1893 organizing many Methodiat \
missions there. During 1897 and 1895
he was in India and Malaysia preach
ing the gospel. In 1900 the bishop WtU
retired from active work. ,
Mexican National Company Is Sem
to Receiver by Bank's Suspension.
The Mexican National Packing Com- -
pany , a New Jersey corporation con-
trolled by English investors and oper
ating a string of slaughter-houses and
packing-houses in the Republic of Mex
ico , under concessions from the Mexi
can government , failed the other day
with liabilities , including stock , < of ' ap -
proximately $37,000,000.
The assets were not announced , "bill .
it is estimated that they are in excess ! )
of the liabilities. The company will
continue to operate its plants as us
ual. Henry De Kay was appointed re
ceiver by Judge Lanning in the Uni
ted States Circuit Court in New Jer
sey.The .
The appointment of a receiver was
not brought about by any condition in
the live stock market , but by the ty -
ing up of part of the company's fund
in the 'United States Banking Company
in Mexico " ' ' -
City , which
suspended re .
Ex-SIayc I.i Dead at 119. . \
"Uncle" John Ramsey , 119 years old . ' .
mown ! as the oldest - person in Ohio , ' " .
died at the county infirmary near Ely-
ria. Ramsey was a slave and escaped
forty years before the civil war. He
went to Oberlin , which later became a
station for the "underground railway
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tar escaping slaves. .
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