The Norfolk weekly news-journal. (Norfolk, Neb.) 1900-19??, December 23, 1910, Image 1
U . . , t.u THE NORFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JOURNAL ' > P t " TM - 'NOKKOUC , NKBHASKA , JMIDAY , DKC'KAIMKK 23 , HMO. 29 FIREMEN DEAD IN CHICAGO FIRE HUMAN DEATH TRAP DISASTER AT PACKJNG HOUSE FIRE. PJRE MARSHAL HORAN KILLED BATTALION CHIEF BURROUGHS ALSO AMONG THE DEAD. * CRUSHED BY FALLING CANOPY IV V WHOLE STOCK YARDS DISTRICT WAS THREATENED. -FLAMES - SPREAD , UNCONTROLLED 'Wooden Canopy Under Which Men are Fighting Flame , Gives Way and Drops Upon a Large Number of Fire men , Carrying Thsm to Awful Death. Chicago , Doc. 22. Fire Mar shal James Horan and twenty- eight of his firemen were * Wiled early today in a flre which caused $1,250,000 damage - ago to the warehouses and stock of Nelson , Morris & Co. , packers , and for hours threatened the whole stock , yards district. The injured will number more than fifty , listing being difficult because they were i rushed in ambulances and pri- vnto automobiles to hospitals i In many sections of the city. Seven bodies have been re- 'covered. At 1 p. m. the fire had been Ihcdgod in and its spread bad i boon chocked , but efforts to save any of the , buildings or iginally attacked by the flames r , v fro..in-valn. , TliQ buUdln , v 'destroyed Include two ware- ' \ "houses full of dressed meat , Jiomp , etc. , a tallow house and other structures. Wall Falls , Crushing Canopy. -A wall fell crushing an overhanging wooden canopy on the beef house of Nelson , Morris & Co. , whore tbo fire started. Beneath the canopy were two companies of firemen and the chief. These men were crushed to death. The debris made a furnace into which flremen wore unable to dig for several hours. Assistant Chief William Burroughs and Lieutenant Fitzgerald were with the marshal under the canopy , receiv ing orders for directing the fight against the spreading of the flames in other quarters , and they wont down .to their death with Horan. Dig for Bodies With Bare Hands. Other firemen , witnesses of the dis aster , for a brief time deserted the other parts of the blazing structure and sought with their bare hands to drag apart the glowing debris to bring out the body 'of their chief and his companions. Finding this a vain ef fort they obeyed again the direction of Assistant Marshal Seyfertlich and redoubled their efforts to prevent the spread of the flames. The blaze was discovered nt about 4 o'clock by a watchman In the Mor ris be&f house. An ammonia pipe , bursting , started combustion that spread so quickly the watchman bare ly had turned In the alarm before the flntnes began bursting from the build ing. Digging for Burled Men. A wrecking engine of the Chicago and Eastern Illinois railroad has ar rived at tbo scene of the fire and has begun to clear away the wreckage , In hope of reaching some of the buried firemen. The known dead are : Marshal James Horan. Joseph Murawski. The injured number not less than forty , it is estimated. The fire , carry ing its loss of life which may reach forty , started from an explosion. Im mediately after the first alarm wat given , the fire spread with great ' rapidity and in a few minutes It was seen that ttio flremen had a hard fight on their hands. A general alarm brought Marsha Horan from his homo on the west side of the city and as soon as ho reachec the scene ho took up the task of dl reeling his men. With Battalion Chle : Burroughs , ho led a line of plpemei and truckmen to Jl-c cast entrance of the building an .Nattlo against the flamcB was taken f& rom beneath the heavy Iron canopy J&'lck swung me- mincing above them < o\ Death Trap Catcht < * . Firemen. * v Apparently not notu < o clr danger t the firemen crowded ji tli this death trap and then wiirroar of an explosion and tumblliy-to'iis of bricks the chief of the department together with more than a score of hs ) aids were lost to the view from , their comrades , In less time It could take to tell it , the word spread among the firemen that their lender had gone down un der the ruins and their efforts wefe doubled In attacking the furnace-liko building which was now enveloped from ground to roof by the flames. AB tlmo were on and the marshil was nowhere to bo seen it was appar ent to the men that ho was either lost or. had been removed to a hospital. Frantic Inquiries were mndo at all hospitals and search of adjoining buildings but ho could not bo found. Likewise the other men were missing. At 8 o'clock there was no trace of any of the men whom captains of two or three companies had reported miss ing. Falling Canopy Causes Explosion. It was stated that the explosion was caused by the drop of the canopy from the bursting of an ammonia pipe. pipe.Tho The fire was first discovered in the basement in what is known as the hide room. A watchman making his rounds heard an explosion and Imme diately turned in an alarm by telephone - phone and then fled from the building. The long wooden canopy , which play ed Its part In forming the death trap for the flremen , ran along the entire east side of the building. Railroad tracks hindered - the -work of the men and made It necessary for the fire fighters to climb upon the platform beneath the covering. The canopy Itself formed a platform for other flremen , who were fighting the flames from above It , sending streams of water Into the second story of the building. Graphic Story of Tragic Deaths. A graphic story of the collapse of the east wall which carried the men down to death beneath the wood covering Is told by Lieutenant Joseph- Mackey who was leading a company of flremen from the top of the canopy. Mackey said as ho looked up ho saw he walls bulge and he immediately shouted a warning. At the same time 10 Jumped from the platform himself and was followed immediately by ten or twelve of his men. None of these est his llfo but their escapes were miraculous. "I know Marshal Horan and Bur roughs were beneath me with at least two companies of men , " said Mackey , and I shouted to them that the walls were coming down. I heard some one from below shout a warning and I got my own men and myself out of the way. Immediately after I jumped I lienrd the groans of the men who had been beneath mo and I knew they must bo caught. Although nearly all of my own men and myself were more or loss hurt , It flashed on us that Horan was among these trapped and wo bent every effort to save them. "It was beyond human power to do anything for the moment as tons of bricks had como down. When the bodies nro found they will bo beneath this pllo of brick and mortar. " Heard the Men Go Down. Hope of the flremen and the hun dreds of admirers of Fire Marshal Horan that the flro fighter and his men had not perished was practically lost when Battalion Chief Lacey , who Is in charge of the stock yards divis ion , told of hearing the marshal and Burroughs together with eighteen or twenty men go down beneath the fall' ing wall. Dead Likely 28 or 30. The first body was taken from the ruins shortly after 8 o'clock. It wat that of George Muniwskl , plpeuian ol engine company No. 49. It was estimated at the general fin plarm office thut twenty-elght or Mit\ firemen were deed , after two hours fighting to recover the burled men. It was said to be certain that Mar shal Horan and Battalion Chief Bur roughs were among the number. The entire crews of engine companies 51 and 53 are said to be among the dead. In addition , six members of another company , 29 , and a few of No. 48 were killed. Find Koran's Body. At 9:30 : n. m. word was received at the uptown offices of the department' ' that the body of Marshal Horan had been taken from the ruins. Whole Stock Yards Threatened , At 9 o'clock , the fire was not under control. Assistant Fire Marshal Charles Soyfortllch , who assumed the leadership , said that a great portion of the yards district was threatened. All available fire fighting apparatus was hurried to the scene. There- was general apprehension that still more danger would bo done and , stockmen arriving for the day's work joined with the flremen In fight ing the spread of the flames. Fire Chief In Tears. Shortly before 10 .o'clock there seemed to be little hope of checking the flames. Assistant Chief Seyfert lich wept as ho called to his men to do their best "Nothing can stop the flro from spreading , the way things shape up now , " ho said. "If we could only get more water wo might be able to do something. Wo can't get to the men imprisoned in the building. " Flames Reach Another Building. Alarm was spread late in the mornIng - Ing when the flre spread to a three- story building , 300 feet square , in which were a large number of am monia pipes. Drenched with water and almost worn out , Assistant Chief Seyfertlich , who was by this tlmo sure that he was in command , ran from place to place directing his men and endeavor-1 ing to check the destruction , of the building in which were the deadly ammonia pipes. Remnants of Company Ordered Away. Three members of engine company 39 , all who remained of the entlro crew which wont to the flro early this morning , were ordered back to their quarters at 8:30 : o'clock as unfit for duty. AH had been burned or other wise injured in trying to rescue their comrades. | Marshal Horan was married about six years ago and was the father of four children , the youngest of whom is two years old. Pershlng In Command. Manila , Dec. 22. The army Is ener getically pursuing the rebellious Man- obas tribesmen In Mindanao Island. Troops of the Second cavalry are pun ishing the perpetrators of the outrages on Ihe planters In the Davao district. Brigadier General Pershlng , command- ng the department of Mindanao , has arrived here and assumed command of .he army of the Philippines , pending ; he arrival of the recently appointed commander , Major General Bell. A FRENCH STEAMER LOST. Savona , With Her Crew of Twenty-one , Sister to III Fated Palermo. Hamburg , Dec. 22. The French steamer Savona , owned by Sloman and company of this city , is believed to have been lost with her crew of twenty-one , while bound from this port for Naples. The Savona is a sister ship of the Palermo , which was re cently lost. Would Recover Cattle. Nellgh , Neb. , Dec. 22. Special to The News : Jake Straub of Pierce county is seeking to recover the value of seven head of'cattle that he claims were placed In the pasture of Charles Zaltnskt last May. The latter resides on the Guilllams farm In this county. The case was up before County Judge Wilson all of yesterday afternoon and was adjourned until 9 o'clock this morning. A large number of witnesses from near Plalnvlew have testified In the case. Straub claims that he took for ty-four head of cattle to the pasture of the defendant on May 3 last , and on October 23 , when he went to take them home there were seven short In the number that had previously been taken there. This statement was cor roborated by three other witnesses. The defendant claims that there were only thirty-seven bead given In his charge. Attorney Free of Plalnvlew Is representing the plaintiff , and Charles H. Kelsey of this city Is looking after the interest of the defendant Lyle R. Jackson is acting as court reporter. THREE KILLED IN CINCINNATI. Cause of Big Blaze There Believed to Have Been Incendiary. Cincinnati , O. , Doc. 22. With a doz en streams still playing upon the smol dering ruins of the flro that destroyed a block of Cincinnati's manufacturing districts early yesterday , thd recapitu lation of the loss in llfo and property has boon completed and shows the disaster to bo larger than any of the estimates placed during the progress of the conflagration. The final count shows that three men lost their lives , six were Injured , ono perhaps fatally , while the property loss is $2,082,000 , covered by Insurance of $1,400,000. The origin of the blaze Is unknown , but Incendiarism is suspected. LIFE'S ' DISAPPOINTMENTS ICopyrlffht , 1410. ) MEXICAN TROOPS ARE SURROUNDED GENERAL NAVARRO'S SOLDIERS ARE PRISONERS AT PEDERNASLES. Chihuahua , Dec. 21. ( Via El Paso , Dec. 22. ) Rumors of the last three days that General Navarro has been surrounded by the insurrectos were confirmed this afternpon by an Amer ican who left Pedernasles , the scene of operations , on Aloncay afternoon. Ac cording to this observer , Navarro per sonally is uninjured and remains at the head of a detachment of his troops numbering 250 at the village of Ped- 'ernasles. ' He described their position there as precarious , however , that scarcely a soldier could poke his head from the protection of the houses without - out being flred on. ' A Mabray Suspect. New York , Dec. 22. A man whom postofllco Inspectors describe as Lucas Hindman , alias "Honey Grove Kid , " an alleged member of the Mabray j clique , was locked up in police head-1 quarters hero. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and vie latlon of the postal laws. Omaha , Dec. 22. The federal au thorlties have been looking for Hind man for nearly two years. He was In- . dieted with John C. Mabray and oth ers of the "stcerers" convicted at Council Bluffs for using the malls to promote fake sporting events. Hind man is also under federal Indictment in this city for a similar offense. Says Husband Painted Face. New York , Dec. 22. The judge was so astonished last week when the Welsses took their domestic troubles to htm for settlement that he decided * It would bo best to fix the husband's ball at $30 , and let him return today to face the wife's charges. No lawyer could put it better than Mrs. Weiss , whose testimony is as follows : "I could tolerate his looking occasionally at other women , judge , and also bis staying out late at nights , even though we were married only a year , but I couldn't stand his painting his face. It's bad enough for a woman to do so , but a man n husband who spends fif teen minutes before the mirror every morning painting his cheeks rosy and pencilling his eyebrows ! Well , Judge , I left him. " . Mrs. Weiss is 17 and her husband Is two years her senior. The judge will decide today whether she. ought to have a separation or an out- and-out divorce. White to Australia. St. Joe , Mo. , Dec. 22. In a letter to local sporting writer Franklo White , the Chicago lightweight who Tuesday night tfought Peter Jensen , the "Bat tling Dane , " a 20-round draw In Sheri dan , Wyom. , announces that ho Is go ing to Australia to become a member of Hugh MclntoBh's colony. White Is first going to Los Angeles whore he has a couple of fights scheduled and will sail from there for Australia In March. NEW PRIZE FIGHT RULES. Physician Must be at Ringside and No "Grudge" Contests Go. Philadelphia , Dec. 22. Director of Public Safety Clay drew up a new set of rules to govern boxing contests here. The most Important change re quires a physician to bo constantly at the ringside during bouts , to examine contestants whenever they nro knock ed down and inform the referee as to their physical ability to continue. An other innovation provides that the padding on the floor shall extend three feet beyond the ropes. No boy will bo allowed to compete who is under 16 years and "grudge" and champion ship contests are forbidden. In the lightweight class , no ono will bo per mitted to meet an opponent who Is ten or more pounds heavier. 13 PERISH IN FACTORY FIRE 12 FIREMEN AND A POLICEMAN DIE IN PHILADELPHIA. LIST OF INJURED REACHES 50 New Figures on the Philadelphia Leather Factory Flre Disaster Are Given Out by Officials The Revised List Believed to be Accurate. Philadelphia , Dec. 22. Thirteen known dead , twelve firemen and ono policeman , and more than fifty injured of whom twenty-five are still in the hospital , was the record of last night's fire nt the leather factory of Daniel Frledlander , In this city. These figures were given out by the police nt noon today and the city of ficials believe they have accounted for all the men who were at work nt the flre , when the several walls of the five-story building fell on them. The monetary loss will not exceed $25,000. TO ATTACK T , R , ON THE FLOOR CORRESPONDENCE RELATING TO HIS TRAVELING EXPEN SES DIVULGED. Washington , Dec. 22. A flght will bo made by Representative Ralney of Illinois to bring the question of form er President Roosevelt's traveling ex penses squarely before congress. One of the stockholders of the Southern railway wrote Mr. Ralney that If Mr. Roosevelt had paid for all the trans portation furnished him on his orders It would have cost him $75,000 on that line alone. Mr. Ralney's recent resolution de manding information regarding Mr. Roosevelt's traveling expenses while president has brought out a largo correspondence Including letters from several railway stockholders who agree with Mr. Ralnoy's view that the railways should not bo saddled with the expense of the special trains and special cars from the white house at passenger department expense. Mr. Rnlney proposed after congress reas sembles to move to discharge the rules commltteo from further - consideration eration of his resolution If , as he ex pects , the commltteo holds the meas ures. Questions for Dr. Cook. New York , Dec. 22. Reporters for the newspapers of this and other cities have prepared n list of Interesting questions which will be submitted to Dr. Cook , the explorer , on his arrival from Europe today. The most Import ant question on the list Is , "Will you refund the money you earned , from i lectures on your discovery of the north pole from funds you expect to receive from your story of how you made the mistake of thinking that you had dis covered the pole ? " Dr. Cook , accordIng - Ing to his friends and representatives , comes back to clear his name and re gain the confidence of the American people. Dr. Cook has been In exile for al most n year , traveling from one place to another , first In South America and then in Europe. Most of the time dur ing his exile , however , he has been In London. He has gone about among Americans there with utmost freedom , and at times has registered under his own name. Yet , despite the fact that there has probably never been n man whose photograph has been published so much and so often , there have been only a few who have guessed his Iden tlty ENGLISH OFFICERS CONVICTED AS SPIES AN ARMY AND A NAVY OFFICER GET FOUR YEARS IN GERMAN * MAN PRISON . Loipsic , Germany , Dec. 22. Captain Bernard Frederick Trench of the Brit ish royal marine infantry , and Lieuten ant Vivian S. Brandon , of the royal navy , were today found' ' guilty of es pionage on the German fortifications years' Imprisonment In a fortress , at Borkum and sentenced each to foui The British spies were arrested at Borkum on August 22 and 23. Bran" don is4 n brother-in-law of Sir William Bull , M. P. Trench is a grandson of Lord Ashe- town and a descendant of Archbishop Trent. When arrested both admitted frankly they bad come to Germany to collect information which they intend ed to place at the disposal of the Brit ish government. This admission was repeated at the trial yesterday. ABRU2ZI WOULD FLY TO POLE. Italian Aviator Will Accompany the Duke on His Aerial Dash. London , Dec. 22. The quest of the north pole in an aeroplane Is said by the Rome correspondent of the Cen tral News to be the ambition of Duke Abruzzl. The duke Is now on his way to America , the correspondent says , to confer with Captain Peary regardIng - Ing the feasibility of an aeroplane dash to the north. Cagno , ono of the .most daring Ital ian fliers , will accompany the duke should the plan be attempted. One will use a Far man biplane and the oth er a Blorlot monoplane , each machine having a carrying capacity of two pas sengers and a large amount of fuel. Ton years ago Duke Abruzzl led a polar expedition to latitude 8G degrees and 33 minutes , north , setting a new record up to that time. He also as cended Mount Stellas In Alaska and has explored the Himalayas. For Retirement Pensions. Washington , Dec. 22. A retirement pension for government employes un der the civil service Is provided for in a bill introduced in the bouse by Representative Golden of New , York , The retirement feature Is based on the average annual pay of the employes for the five years preceding retire ment. For disability retirement Is permitted after five years service with a graduated pension based on the years service. Would Postpone Coal Action. Washington , Dec. 22. A concurrent resolution was introduced by Repre sentative Hitchcock of Nebraska , re questing the president to direct that all department action for a transfer of coal lands In Alaska and to the Is suance of patents for them , , be sus pended until congress may have oppor tunity to consider and act upon the president's recommendation for a change In the coal lands laws. Mean time the local land officers nro to bo Instructed to accept no new filings or permit any other action whereby new rights or claims to these lands may bo acquired. nONOIllflfi.OF THE WEATHER Temperature for Twenty-four Hours. Forecast for Nebraska. Maximum , . . 38 Minimum 20 Average 29 Baiomoter 29.52 Rainfall 14 Snow 2 Inches Chicago , Dec. 22. 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 ; colder to night. 360 ARE DEAD IN THAT MINE BRITISH CATASTROPHE WORSE THAN WAS THOUGHT. NOT A LIVING SOUL SAVED The Men Who Were Rescued and Who Were Thought to be From Wrecked Mine , Were From an Adjoining Shaft That Was Alao Damaged. Dolton , England , Doc. 22. The dis aster nt the Little Hulton colliery , which WHS wrecked by an explosion 'allowed by llro yesterday , IB greater than was at first thought It IB prob- iblo that nt least 360 llvoa wore lost. It now appears that the men sup posed to have been rescued from this mine , came from an adjoining pit that was also seriously damaged. Appar ently not a soul escaped from Llttlo Hulton. Rescuing parties , who arc boring away to the center nf the catastrophe , have passed ICO bodies. Investigates Iowa Typhoid. Dos Molnos , Doc. 22. Dr. L. L. Lumsdon of Washington arrived in DCS Molnos today to ascertain the cause of many cases of typhoid fever in dlffor&it sections of Iowa. The dry fall is generally ascribed as respon sible. WOULD DEBATE ON BALLINGER. Congressman Hitchcock of Nebraska Wants Chance at Reports. Washington , Dec. 22. A resolution calling for a rule to bring the Bal- Inger-Plnchot committee's reports be fore tbo house of representatives for a debate In January was offered in the louse by Representative Hitchcock of Nebraska. It provides that all re ports shall bo placed before the house on the last Tuesday In January for debate and action , with the recom mendations they contain. The three reports In the hands of the agricultural commltteo are these of the majority committee who sustain Secretary Balllnger ; the democratic minority who flnd Mr. Balllnger worthy of censure ; and of Represen tative Madison , republican , who pre sented an independent report also adverse - verso to Mr. Balllnger. The Hitchcock resolution proposes to have the house act first on the democratic report , then on the Madi son report and finally on the majority report sustaining Secretary Balllnger , provided both of the other reports arc voted down. The resolution was re ferred to the rulqs committee. Nellgh News. Nellgh. Neb. , Dec. 22. Special to The News : Arch Fletcher is homo from the Creighton medical college for the holidays. M. C. Remington and wife have re turned homo from Wledsport , N. Y. , where the latter had been ill for some time. Invitations have been Issued for a dance nt the Auditorium next Wednes day evening. It will be the closing Function of the year , and It is expected that a large crowd will be present and a royal good time is assured. George Grow of Brunswick was transacting business at the county seat last Friday and Saturday. C. L. Wattles and wife returned from Omaha last Friday , where the Cornier attended the Masonic gather ing nt that city. ' Sam Davis of Cottonwood , S. D. . is In Noligh visiting his parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Davis. George H. Romlg and wife went to West Point last Sunday for a short visit with relatives. James andv\Vill Reefe of Royal at tended the funeral of Mrs. John May- bury last Sunday. Carl Krebs of Albion _ visited with Neljgh relatives and frle'nds the flrat of the week. Mr. anil Mrs. W. G. Romlg left thla morning for Tuscola. 111. , where they will spend the holidays with the par ents of Mrs. Romlg. Mis. Lee Wood of Ewlng Is assist ing during the rush at the Atlas bank of this city. The Neligh public schoolb close to morrow afternoon for a two-weeks' holiday vacation. Mrs. Edna Tinker Is reported as rap idly Improving at the home of her par ents. Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Tegnrdon. Deputy County Cleik Alvln Gray- blel has resigned his position to take charge of the Carl Roben Store that he recently purchased half Interest In In connection with Henry Van Kirk. They will assume charge the first of the month. Dr. Frank Bnrtley and wife left on Tuesday morning for different points In Iowa , where they Intend spending Christmas. The last meeting of the old board of county supervisors was held on Tues day of this week , and finished up the business of the year. The new board will convene nt the regular meeting in January. Dr. Parker of Norfolk visited the first of the week with his sister , Mrs. 0. S. Hausor. Cash Ellington of Brunswick was In Noligh Monday. John Lamson , county clerk , says that ho has not appointed a deputy to fill the vacancy caused by the resigna tion of Mr. Qrayblol , but will have Walter Frndy assist In the ofllco.