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Two American Warships Are Already
Steaming at Top Speed to Nlcara-
guan Shores to Protect Americans.
Serious Complications.
Washington , Nov. , 18. Two Amor-
leans , Leonard Grace and Leroy Can
non , captured while In service of the
revolutionist army In Nicaragua wore
sentenced to death by President Ze-
laya's order , and It Is bolloved the
BOtitonco was carried out. The cruiser
Vlcksburg has boon ordered to pro
ceed at once to Corinto and the gun
boat Dos Molncs will go to Port LI-
The meeting between President
Taft and the now minister of Nic
aragua , Hazeara , has been Indefinitely
The news as to the two Americans
reached the state department last
night from the American consulate at
Managua and stated that their capture
had been followed almost Immediately
by a death sentence.
The consul Immediately appealed to
President Zolaya to commute their
sentence and his answer was :
Refuses to Commute Sentence.
"I will seo. "
Later , on a further appeal , Zelaya
said :
"Tho sentence Is final. "
A dispatch received today at the
state department says the men un
doubtedly have been executed. On
this Information the secretary of state
asked the secretary of the navy t
send the "Vicksburg to Corlnto-for the
purpose of protecting Americans and
American Interests. The Dos Molnes
was also ordered to Port Llmon at
top speed. These vessels will bo In
constant communication by wireless
with the state department.
Warships at Top Speed.
The DOS Molnos Is now at Colon ,
about 150 miles from Port Llmon ,
which she can reach within ton hours ,
steaming under forced draught. The
Vlcksburg Is on the Pacific coast at
San Jose Do Guatemala , nearly 200
miles from the Nicaraguan coast , and
will bo able to roach Corinto at about
the same time the Dos Moines arrives
nt Port Llmon.
The execution of the Americans Is
believed to have taken place at or
near El Costlllo , which is In the inv
mediate vicinity of Groytown.
Uncle Sam May Act Drastically.
The brutality of the Nicaraguan gov.
ernment In ordering the execution of
these two Americans who happened
to bo found In the revolutionist army ,
without trial of any sort , Is likely to
result In this government's taking
drastic measuras.
Taft Highly Incensed.
President Taft , upon receipt of this
news , was so incensed at the action
of President Zelaya that he immedl <
ately announced that ho would have
no communication whatever with the
new Nicaraguan minister.
At the Nicaraguan legation It was
stated that no news of the execution
of the two Americans had been ro
celved from the Zolaya government.
Zelaya's Soldiers Ransacking Homes
and Shooting All In Sight.
New Orleans , Nov. 18. A cable
from Nicaragua today reports that a
reign of terror exists throughout the
portion of that country controlled by
President Zolaya. Troops are roundIng -
Ing up every person suspected of sym
pathy with the revolutionists and exe
cuting them without trial.
More than 500 men suspected of rev-
olutlonary sympathies have been shot
and still the bloody work continues.
Houses are ransacked by Zelaya's sol
diers in search of incriminating evi
dence and when resistance Is offered
the houses are destroyed. Women rel
atives of revolutionary sympathizers
have been subjected to indignation
Nicaraguan refugees arriving on the
Isthmus and in Costa Rica declare II
Is time for the civilized powers to
forcibly Intervene and put an end to
such atrocities.
Boat Sailing From New Orleans Said
to Carry Them A Protest.
Now Orleans , Nov. 18. What Is al
leged to have been an attempt to take
a shipload of supplies to Bluoflolds to
aid the forces of General Estrada was
protested In a formal manner at the
customs house by Consul General Altz-
schul , representing the Zolaya govern
ment In Nicaragua. The Nlcaraguau
official asked that the steamer Utsteln
bo refused clearance papers on the
allegation that it had been chartered
by ox-President Emanuel Bonllla of [
Honduras for the purpose of taking
several revolutionists to Bluoflold
from this city.
The collector of the port wired to
the Htato department at Washington
for Instructions , but none arriving late
last evening , ho allowed the vessel
to proceed to her destination.
Washington , Nov. 18. The state department -
partmont has boon officially advised
by the Nicaraguan government that
the Insurgent blockade of Groytown
has been broken and that the port Is
now open to commerce.
Advices from President Zolnya to
the Nicaraguan minister hero report
that Goiml Romero , chief of General
Chnmorro's staff , was killed In the
battle with the government troops bo-
ore Groytown and General Pedro For-
IDS Dlnz , n revolutionary loader , was
serlouslv ounded.
The * % , wnts , according to those
idvlcos , ° fallen back from Rama ,
where tlu $ do a stand against the
Second art % 'ps under General Vas-
quoz and ai < $ retreat toward Blue-
Holds with t. vorninent troops In
close pursuit.
For the First Time a Railroad Train
Runs Underneath Hudson River , Be
low Bed of East River Tube to Cost
New York , Nov. 18. Burrowing be
neath the Hudson rlvor , under Man
hattan island's skyscrapers and below
the bed of the East rlvor , a Pennsyl
vania railroad train today for the first
time traversed the new tunnel of the
transportation line from New Jersey
to Long Island. The tunnel Is ex
pected to cost , before It Is finished ,
close to $160,000,000.
Pass Irish Land Bill.
London , Nov. 18. The Irish land
bill was passed In the house of lords
with som'e chang6 ln the" amendments
recently proposed by the lords , to
which the house of commons on No
vember 5 , refused to agree.
Body of Professor Wheeler , Illinois ,
Found On College Campus.
Champaign , 111. , Nov. 18. The body
of Professor Wilfred C. Wheeler of the
University of Illinois was found on
the campus of the institution today.
A small bottle was found nearby , Indi
cating suicide. Wheeler Is thought to
have poisoned himself , as ho was a
member of the staff of the chemistry
department. Ho was 30 years old and
married. Ho came to the university
from Lawrence , Kan. , his home.
Gompers , Mitchell and Morrison Will
Not Have to Be In Washington Sat
urday , But Will Have Till Novem
ber 29 Further Stay Possible.
Washington , Nov. 18. The court of
appeals of the District of Columbia on
request of counsel for the labor lead
ers , today granted a stay until November -
vembor 29 of the Issuance of the man
date sending President Gompers , Vice
President Mitchell and Secretary Mor
risen , of the American Federation of
Labor , to jail for contempt of the supreme
premo court of the District of Colum
bia In the Bucks Stove and Range
Chief Justice Sheppard stated that
If the labor leaders should by Novem
ber 29 , the day the supreme court of
the United States return file In that
court a petition for certlorarl , a fur
ther stay of the mandate would on
application bo granted pending the de
termination by the higher tribunal of
the application.
As a result of this action , Mr. Mitch
ell and Mr. Morrison need not hasten
to Washington as It will not bo neces ) I
sary for them to surrender nor will
they have to have to take recourse to
habeas corpus proceedings.
On the Ground of Libel , Coulllard , the
Valet , Will Ask $5,000 Damages.
Paris , Nov. 18. Remy Coulllard ,
the valet who discovered the murders
of M. Stolnhell and Mmc. Japy , and
who was accused by Mme. Stolnhell
of having been an accomplice In thd
killing of her husband and mother ,
has announced his intention of bring
ing suit for $5,000 damages on the ,
ground of libel.
Farley Testifies That Morrison , Joyce
and Rlley Stayed In One Room at
Farley Lodging House Three Nights
Before Bank Was Robbed. j
Pierce , Neb. , Nov. 18. Special to
The News : After court had been
suspended more than half a day to
wait his appearance on the witness
stand M. M. Farley of Norfolk , who
had been scheduled to testify In the
Hadar bank robbery case at 10:30 :
o'clock yesterday morning but who
was not In town "at that hour and
whose wife at Norfolk said over the
telephone that he had not been home ,
was brought Into court late yesterday
afternoon by Sheriff Wiley , who had
gone to Norfolk to arrest Farley on
u bench warrant Issued by Judge
Welch. Farley was limping badly
from an apparent pain In the left hip
and he brought with him a certificate
from Dr. J. H. Mackay of Norfolk
stating that ho had been Injured by a
fall the night before. Farley said
that he missed the morning train to
Pierce , being unable to get a hack
when he wanted to start. Just why
his wife said over the phone that he
had not been home , was not satis
factorily explained.
Gives Damaging Testimony.
Farley was placed on the stand im
mediately and gave important testl-
many against the defendant , Morrison.
Ho testified that Morrison , Joyce and
Rlley ( Identifying their photographs
taken by Sioux City police ) had occu
pied a room at the Farley rooming
house on Norfolk avenue ( formerly
the Norfolk house ) on Friday night ,
Saturday night and Sunday night pre
ceding the Hadar bank robbery which
was discovered Monday morning.
Farley said that all three men oc
cupied one room each night ; that they
had but one suitcase among them ;
and that Morrison paid the bills for
the entire three on each occasion.
Farley saw the trio last late Sunday
evening , about 9 o'clock , and the next
morning they had left. Also , next
morning the Hadar bank had been
President Inhelder of the bank tes
tified that Hadar was about five miles
from Norfolk.
Then the state rested.
The State Rests Its Case.
Following the finishing of the state's
evidence , the defense asked a suspen
sion of the testimony until the state
should make known upon which points
It intended to base its argument.
Judge Welch ruled that If Morrison
were found guilty of using gunpowder
and dynamite , he could not bo found
guilty of using nltro-glycerlne. The
state thereupon withdrew charges No.
2 and 3 , of using gunpowder and dyna
mite , and retained charges 1 and 4 ,
charging the use of nltro-glycorlne.
Sioux City Woman for Defense.
At 5:20 : the defense began Us case.
Mrs. Seldman of Sioux City , who owns
a row of houses that she rents at Fifth
and Court streets , testified that she
saw Morrison Sunday evening , Janu
ary 17 , among seven or eight men ,
"rushing the can" In Sioux City. She
tried to stop them. They wore rush
ing the can because they couldn't get
booze down town. She testified that
next morning ( the morning of the rob
bery ) she saw all three men Morri
son , Joyce and Rlley In her yard.
Morrison came to the door , she said.
Judge Van Wagonen , of the prosecu
tion , attempted several times to get
an answer to the question as to wheth
er It were not true that Mrs. Soldman
rented her houses to bawdy women ,
but the court overruled the question
In each Instance. Mrs. Seldman ad-
mltted , however , that she rented
houses to women whoso real names
she did not know , knowing only the
names they go by.
Ex-Convict On the Stand ,
"Billy" Welsh , an ex-convict from
Sioux City , was on the stand this
morning in behalf of the defense.
Welsh was part owner of the Star saloon -
loon In Sioux City last January.
Judge Van Wagenen failed to got
an admission that Welsh was an ex-
member of a gang of bank robbers ,
but did get an admission that ho serv
ed eleven months In the penitentiary
In 1906-7 for conviction of burglariz
ing a saloon that ho had sold to n
man named East , at 315 West Four
teenth street.
Welsh said ho saw Morrison at Mrs.
Woldman's "row , " Sunday , January
17 , drinking beer ; that ho saw Morri
son , Joyce and Rlley next day In his
saloon at 3 o'lcock and again In the
evening at 8. Ho also saw Detective
Richards there , he said. The trio were
not there Saturday.
Bartender Gives Testimony.
Hugh Johnson , a bartender at the
White Front saloon , Sioux City , was
part owner of the Star saloon last
January. Testified ho saw Morrison
Sunday , January. Mrs. Weldman call
ed him , complaining of a disturbance.
Morrison and others wore "rushing
the can. " Ho said ho saw the trio
Monday night at the Star.
Tuesday morning ho saw Morrison
drunk. Ho paid Morrison's fine , about
"Isn't It true that you got part of
the money taken from the Hadar
bank ? " Judge Van Wugcnen asked.
"No. "
Another Bartender.
A bartender named "Perry was call
ed. Ho Is bartoridor at the White
Front. Ho said ho saw Morrison at
the saloon Tuesday. He admitted the
upstairs part of the saloon was a ques
tionable resort.
A recess was taken , It Is likely the
testimony will bo ended tonight.
But It's Norfolk , Va. To Enjoy Oyster
Roast Invites Carnegie.
Washington , Nov. 18. President
Taft , accompanied by Mrs. Taft , the
hitter's } j sister , Mrs. Thomas 1C. Laugh-
Hn , Jr. , of Plttsburg , Captain Butt , his
military aldo , and Assistant Secretary
Mltschlor left Washington at 4 o'clock
this afternoon on board the naval
yacht Mayflower for r.orfolk , Vn. ,
where Mr. Taft tomorrow will recolvo
a military and naval parade and make
an address before the second annual
convention of Atlantic deep waterway
The president tomorrow afternoon
will attend an old-fashioned Virginia
oyster roast on the beach at Capo
Henry and will speud the night with
the party on board the Mayflower.
The president has Invited Mr. and
Mrs. Andrew Carnegie to Join him at
Norfolk and they have accepted.
Saturday morning the president will
go ashore at Hampton , Va. , to attend
a meeting of the board of trustees of
the Hampton normal Institute , of
which ho Is a member. The president
will bo entertained at luncheon at
Hampton , and at 3 o'clock In the af
ternoon will deliver an address to the
colored students.
His Efforts to C ct Reinstated , Al
though Aided by Secretary Shaw
and Others of Influence , Were Fu
tile Grip of Trust Too Strong.
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New York , Nov 18. Henry C. Cor-
sa , who once was employed as a gov
ernment sampler at the American Su
gar Refining company's docks In Jer
sey City , added further Interesting ma
terial to the complicated controversy
surrounding the frauds charged to the
company and various customs offlc-
clals and employes.
Corsa was discharged from the gov
ernment service seven years ago , by
reason as he believes , of his efforts
to obtain an investigation. He re
views the obstacles he met and ex
cites experiences similar In many re
spects to those of Richard Parr and
Edwin Anderson , who are defending
their respective claims to being the
original exposers of corruption in the
customs houso.
Wilbur F. Wakeman , a former ap
praiser , brought Corsa's name Into the
case sometime ago , when ho attested
to the fact of his discharge after he
had brought to the government's at-
adds , were aided from time to lime
by Leslie M. Shaw , former secretary
of the treasurer Charles H. Treat ,
former collector of Internal revenue ,
and by several representatives in
congress and by other government of
ficials but none of them , ho declares ,
was able to overcome the grip the
sugar company had on the New York
customs service or to get him the In
dorsement of George Whitehead , who
succeeded Wakeman as appraiser.
Corsa says Secretary Shaw , after a
long j conference , said : "I'll see that
you are put back. I could demand It
right } now , but things are working so
smoothly between Mr. Whitehead and
myself that I don't want to break In
abruptly on him with this demand. "
. A part of the time , according to
Corsa , he received letters from Shaw
stating that ahaw found his hands so
tied that ho could do nothing.
Corsa says his evidence against the
sugar company was to the effect that
the agents of the company had offered
him I bribes in return for his assistance
In substituting sugar of a low grade
In sample taken by the government
to test upon which cargo and wore
appraised. As a part of this evidence
he turned over to his superior the
money J given him for a bribe.
Weighers' Department Very Corrupt.
Richard Parr , who Is still a deputy
In the employ of the port , said that
recent Investigations have shown I
more than one man In every flvo
among the employes In the weighers' I
division of the New York port has
been found Implicated In the frauds , j
or Is "under suspicion of the most [ i
positive character. "
The conviction that a speedy In
vestigation by congress Is certain was
expressed by Edward S. Fowler , former -
or collector of the port of New York. |
The proposals for a congressional
Investigation will bo opposed by at' , '
least some of the officials in charge |
of the present Investigation. It was J t
openly said by a government official (
that such as Inquiry would defeat Its
own ends In that many of the guilty
Importers would bo able to obtain Im
munity by testifying for the prosecu
In fact It Is suggested that impor
ters themselves are working for an
investigation by congress.
Mrs. Stetson Is Ordered Dropped From
the Rolls of the Church by Order of
the Directors , After a Secret HearIng -
Ing Works Against Church.
Boston , Mass. , Nov. 18. The name
of Mrs. Augusta 13. Stetson , formerly
i first reader of the Christian Science
church of Now York , was today drop
ped j from the rolls of the Christian
Science church by order of the board
of ' directors.
| I . It was announced that the directors
! had found the charges that Mrs. Stot-
j I son ! was working against the interests
1 of J the church and contrary to the
teachings and practices of Christian
science ' , to bo proved and truo.
Report of Banks at Close of Business
November 16 , Is Asked.
Washington , Nov. 18. The comp
troller of the currency today issued
a call for the condition of business of
national banks at the close of business
November 16 , 1909.
Charges That Lives Were Sacrificed
That Financial Loss Might Be Low.
Cherry , 111. , Nov. 18. With popular
feeling running high over the St. Paul
mlno disaster , James Steele , superin
tendent of the mlno , has made the
startling statement that every man
who may have been alive when the
shafts were sealed perished within
two hours after the sealing of the
shafts. On the heels of this admis
sion , James H. Penn of Peorla , 111. ,
member of the Illinois subdlstrlct
board of the United Mine Workers of
America , charges that the sealing of
the mlno was done without regard
to the lives of the entombed miners
and for the purpose of saving the pro
perty of the company.
Superintendent Stcolo's statement
and Penn's charges , coupled with the
expressed opinion of experienced min
ers , that men working In parts of
the mine remote from the fire would
have escaped death , dashed the last
hope of the relatives of the miners
that any of the three hundred or more
Imprisoned men were still alive , and
caused the authorities to fear an out
break of violence.
It was after he had expressed the
opinion that all the miners were dead
and that their bodies would bo found
near the main shaft that Steele ad
mitted the quick and deadly effect
of sealing the shafts.
"It is my belief , " Steele said , "that
every man In the mine Is dead. And
I further believe that all the bodies
will be found near the main shaft of
the mine. My belief Is based on my
knowledge of the action of miners In
case of flro. They always rush for the
exit. That Is what all the men did
in this case. "
"How long can a man who is Im
prisoned In a mine live without food ? "
Steele was asked.
"If he has air and water ho may
live for two or three weeks , " was the
"How long would he live If all the
shafts of the mine were closed ? "
"Not very long not more than two
hours. "
"At what time did you first seal the
shafts of the St. Paul mine ? "
"At about 10:30 : o'clock Monday
night. "
"Granted then that some of the
miners were alive when you first
sealed the shafts , how long after that
would any of the men live ? "
"Not longer than two hours. "
"What would kill them so quickly ? "
"Black damp. "
"What causes black damp ? "
"Tho shutting off of the oxygen by
closing the openings of the mine. '
"When does black damp begin to
form ? "
"Immediately after the oxygen Is
shut off. "
"How long after the shafts wore
closed would the black damp , In killIng -
Ing quantity , reach to the furthermost
parts of the mlno ? "
"Within two hours. "
"Then , as nn expert miner , do you
say that ovary man lr , the St. Paul
mine who may have been -ilivo at the
time you closed both shafts , even
though ho was nt a point furthest
removed from the fire , was killed by-
black damp within two hours after
you closed the shafts ? "
"I do. And I am not a greenhorn
at the business. I have been a practi
cal miner for thirty-three years , and
I have boon superintendent of several
mines for a number of years. "
The reason assigned for scaling the
shaft was that It was the only way to
chock the lire. The company ropre-
sentatlves assort that the lire would
have killed the entombed minors , but
It also argued that they could have
escaped from the flro In some of the
mlno passages.
Less Corn This Year.
Lincoln , Nov. 18. The report of the
state labor comlssloner on the corn
crop shows that the total yield this
year IB some 169,000,000 , or less than
Temperature for Twenty-four Hours.
Forecast for Nebraska.
Maximum , ' \
Minimum o
iVvorago H
Haromotor 29.98
Chicago , Nov. 18. The bulletin issued -
sued by the Chicago station of the
United States weather bureau gives
the forecast for Nebraska as follows :
Fair tonight and Friday ; warmer
tonight and south portion Friday.
Norfolk Man , Tom Turnlpseed , Has a
Hard Time In Omaha.
Omaha , Neb. , Nov. 18. Ruth Spen
cer , a pretty young miss of 10 winters
hailing from Rising , Nob. , became Mrs.
Thomas Turnlpseed yesterday after
noon when Judge Charles Leslie legal
ly endowed her with a new name.
Tom Turnlpseed gave ills ago as 2t
years when ho applied for a license
and was accompanied by the father
of the girl , Albert 13. Spencer , who
gave his consent to the marriage.
The youthful couple had trouble
early in the day. They first applied
for a license nt Council Bluffs , but
the county clerk was loath to sign the
permit inasmuch as the girl was not
accompanied by either of her parents.
Miss Spencer did not hesitate to toll
the truth there as to her ago and her
general appearance corroborated the
statement that she was but 1C years
Repulsed at the outset the youthful
couple emigrated to Omaha , where
they had little trouble in finding the
girl's parent and the marriage license
was forthcoming.
Mr. Turnlpseed's homo is at Wash
ington , la. , but he has been working
at , Norfolk , and It was agreed the two
should meet hero for the wedding.
John D. Ryan , Thomas F. Cole , Daniel
Guggenheim , George W. Perkins and
W. E. Corey Are Forming Gigantic
New Industrial Combine.
New York , Nov. 18. Negotiations
looking to the consolidation of the
large copper companies of the United
States are still In progress and it was
stated today that the merger would
not finally be completed for several
According to information received
hero from Boston the proposed com
pany will have a capital of between
$700,000,000 and $800,000,000.
Whether or not there will be two
classes of stock has not yet been de
It is stated that only five people arc
acquainted with the proposed merger ,
and they are John D. Ryan , Thomas
F. Cole , Daniel Guggenheim , George
W. Perkins and W. E. Corey , president
of the United States Steel corporation.
Santa Cruz , Calif. , Nov. 18. "Sick
ness is error , death is error. "
These were the last words spoken by
Thomas Wolfing while addressing a
gathering of Christian Scientists.
Wolfing dropped to the floor dead.
At first It was supposed the man
had fainted. Efforts were made to
revive him , but physicians later pro
nounced him dead from heart failure.
The tragedy was witnessed by a largo
number of persons who had congre
gated to hear him speak.
Boiler Tested to 250 Pounds' Pressure
Blows Up and Allen Mohr Is Severe
ly Injured In Chest and Eyes Mr.
and Mrs. Mohr Absent ,
Spencer , Neb. , Nov. 18. Special to
The News : The beautiful homo of ,
William P. Mohr was badly shaken
by the explosion of the kitchen stove'
to which was attached a water front.
Mr. Mohr Is In Montana , and Mrs.
Mohr In Sioux City. Allen Mohr made
a fire In the steve and saw the tank
begin to swell. Thinking something
was wrong , ho shut the drafts , when
It exploded. A piece of Iron hit Alien
In the chest and his eyes wore filled
with cinders. Dr. Armour was called
and relieved him , although ho Buf
fered Intense pain all night.
The pipes were frozen , and although
the tank was tested to 250 pounds of
pressure , It burst , and wrecked the
stove and blow out all of the window
lights In thhe kitchen , and dining
It Was Said That as Soon as a Land
ing Could Be Made on the Second
Gallery , It Was Expected Many More
Dead Miners Would Be Found.
Cherry , III. , Nov. 18 The
first body from the St. Paul
mine was brought to the sur
face this afternoon.
Paul Lowered to Bottom.
At 1 p. m. J. W. Paul , of the United
States geological survey of Pittsburtj ,
entered the air shaft and was lowered
to the bottom.
Paul quickly completed his mission
and came to the surface , whore ho
was joined by George H. Rice and II.
Y. Williams for the second trial.
Brfng Up First Body.
One body was found and brought to
the juncture of the gallery and venti
lating shaft.
Inspector Taylor an-
nounccd that he would next enter the
main shaft. After a landing can bo
made from this shaft on the second
gallery it Is expected many bodies
will bo found.
Cherry 111. , Nov. 18. "We're goinR
down today and conquer It or It wilt
conquer us. Unless wo succeed wo
will never come out alive. " James
Taylor , ' Illinois mining export , made
tills announcement today.
Tom Moses , R. Williams and James
Webb , the geological experts from Urbana -
bana , and several others wore ready
to go down.
The explorers wore , equipped with
oxygen helmets. They carry axes' and *
other implements with which to break
through obstructions. It was expect
ed the descent into the air shaft would
be made before noon.
Plan to Enter Mine.
At dawn today preparations had
been all but completed to enter the
fire-swept St. Paul coal mine where
300 men were entombed by Saturday's
disaster. Under direction of the state
mining inspectors hazardous effort
will be made to satisfy demand of the
bereaved to remove the bodies.
After the preliminary exploration ,
into the air shaft last night the inspector
specter and mining experts reached
an encouraging condition and it waa
determined to not lose a minute to
take advantage of the low tempera
ture at the bottom of the emergency
It was decided to reinforce the air
shaft , to erect a scaffold to which will
be attached hoisting apparatus and
to explore Into the veins of the mine
as human endurance will permit.
Early today It was said that R. Y.
Williams , who went Into the shaft last
night , had seen bodies In the second
gallery not far from the shaft. This
the mining exports would not verify.
After a midnight conference of Inspectors
specters and officials , carpenters , ma
sons and laborers were sent for and
before morning work of preparing for
the task of today had begun.
Lower Two Men Into Shaft.
It was proposed to lower two men
equipped with oxygen helmets Into the
shaft. They will enter the galleries
and penetrate as far toward the main
shaft as they can. If bodies are found
they will be fastened to the tackle
and raised.
The exploration last night revealed
at the bottom of the air shaft that
there was less smoke and gas than
there had been at any time since the
fire started last Saturday.
Cool at Bottom of Mine.
The temperature had also fallen in
this shaft , il\o \ thermometer register
ing only 78 degrees. In the main
shaft at the same time the tempera
ture registered 110. This difference
In the temperature mystified the mine
Inspectors. It may bo thoMvalls of
the galleries have collapsed some
where between the air vent and the
main shaft. If this proves to bo the
case there Is little hope that many
of the dead can be recoveied nt this
time. If the explorers arc able to
reach the main bhaft that seal also
will bo broken and searchers will
work from that end.
Experts Say Mine Still Burns.
In the opinion of mining Inspectors ,
who came hero from many states , the
mine still is burning and life cannot
endure within It. It Is tholr convic
tion that St. Paul mlno must bo seal
ed for an Indefinite period before any
successful exploration can bo con
This was the recommendation to
the officials of the company yester
day , but the Illinois Inspectors , realiz
ing the fury that such action would
arouse among the citizens of this
community , Insisted that a last effort
bo made to roach the dead.