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THE OMAHA SUNDAY BEE I
ESTABLISHED JUNE 19 , 1871. OMAHA , SUNDAY MORNING , JULY 29 , 18JH--SIXTEEN PAGES. SINGLE COPY FIVE CENTS.
DOWN GOES ANOTHER
Jnpanero Omitor Overhauls and Sinks An'
other Chinese Troop Ship.
ALMOND-EYED SOLCIERS ALL DROWNED
Ho Au'hent-o News Has Yet Been Bocoivtd
I of the Dcc'aration of War.
WAR IS PROGRESSING JUST THE SAME
Up to the Present Time Japan is Doing All
CHINA WILL WAKE UP EVENTUALLY
tiovcrniiiunt of the Cruit KiiHtirn Kiuplro
Applying In London for u l.oiiu of
Several .Million Htcrllni ; to
Curry Uu thuVur. .
SHANGHAI , July 28. Confirmation has
been received here of the news cabled to the
Asssoclatcd press yesterday regarding the
beginning ot hostilities between China and
In addition to the Hugh Mathlcson & Co.'s
ntcamcr Kow Shung , which was sunk by a
Japanese cruiser as It was being used to
transport Chinese troops , all an board being
drowned , the Chinese Trading company's
steamer Toonon , which was also being used
ns a transport , has been sunk by the flre of
n Japanese war ship.
The Toonon was a vessel of 000 tons , hall-
Ing from Hong Kong. She was commanded
l > y Captain Lowe , and belonged to the
China Merchant Steam Navigation company.
She had been chartered from that company
by the Chinese government In order to
transport troops to Corca.
The Hong Kong and Shanghai bank
ngcncy here Is unable to obtain official con
firmation of the report that war has been
proclaimed , but the agency states that war Is
everywhere believed to have been In
The Chinese government , through Messrs.
Jardlne and Mathleson , Is making Inquiries
In London as to the price the market would
give for a Chinese loan of several million
pounds sterling. The Hong Kong and
Shanghai bank applied direct to the Chinese
government at Pekln , offering to take the
loan , but was Informed that the government
was not In need of money. All the steamers
ot the Chinese Trading company now hers
nnd Chinese merchant steamers have been
ordered to remain here until rcelvlng orders
most TIII : jvi'ANKSi : im : > .
Ncgotlntlonx Still ] 'rnrrp < llntr t Toklo A
Nninl I xport'H Oh rr\titlon.
TOKIO , Japan , July 28 The Italian min
ister. acting In concert vvlth the Rrltish min
ister , lias presented to the Japinose mlii-
.Istrv of foreign affairs -proposals made by
the Chinese looking to a settlement of
nffialrs In Corea. These proposals will be
considered by the Japanese government ,
which has reserved Its reply.
While these negotiations arc being car
ried on , however , the war Is being carried
on on the high seas. The following observa
tions by a Japanese naval expert In the
Malnlchl , a leading newspaper tn the coun
try. will accordingly be road with Interest :
"If the two powers fought a regular fihlp-to-
Bhlp battle Japan would be defeated , but she
would be sure to win If stratagem was re
sorted lo. The Japanese navy Is rich In
crulsnrs but poor In Inttlo ships. Its most
powerful ship Is the Yoshlno-kan. but her
tonnage Is about 4,300 , whereas the Chinese
liave Iron clads like the Tlng-yuon nnd the
Chn-yuen , which are over 7,000 tons , The
guns on these ships are naturally far more
powerful than those on the smaller Japanese
vessels. Japan can only cope with thebc
great men-of-war with torpedoes. Hy send
ing out torpedo boats with men who arc
willing to sacrifice their lives , war ships uf
whatever size could be destroyed. During
the late Franco-Chinese war the Chinese
var ships were five times the number of
the Ficnch. If Admiral Ceurbet hud fought
ship to ship he would ccrtaln'y have been
defeated. He , therefore , sent out torpedoes ,
vhlch blew up two or three Chlnebo war
ships. The Chinese fleet lost all heart after
this and refused to fight , leaving the whole
coast of ruh-klen clear tu the ri ncli. If ,
then , Japan sunk two or thrre Chinese war
ships nt Jlnsrii , others would not dare ap-
pioach the port again. The Chinese troops
then might como by land , but by the time
nn army of 20,000 men eonld be mobilized
nnd sent to Corca the war would have been
decided. A decisive battle with China can
only bo fought on sea. Though In Japan
there aro' mmiy commanders who have entire -
tire control ot thilr respective ships It nny
bo doubted It thuc are any who can with
mlvnntago hV put In command of a squadron.
Ii China thorp are certainly mine A seu
light between Japan and China will not be
u battle between Mmadrcns , but an encoun
ter at close quarters between Individual
jnen-of-wut , " _
NOT ACI'I'Vl.I.Y A
King of Coicu .Simply surroumleil line Kent
In Ills I'lilued.
WASHINGTON , July 2S. It U admitted
In diplomatic circles hero that thu king of
Coreu is virtually a prl onet , but Is It In
sisted that actual potsesMcn ot his person
liad not been taken by the Japanese troops.
It Is stated that thu palace ot the Coican
Mug Is sui rounded by large grounds , and
that aroui\d these the Jupant'bo have placed
nn armed guard so ns to control the move
incuts of the king. None of the foreign le
gations In this city directly Interested have
ns jet boon apprised officially of hlsttlltlcs ,
tint no doubt IB exprcbscd that' the collisions
on land nnd water have occurred between
the ( . 'liliu'Fc and Japanese force. " . The Japan-
ce official fcnt a dispatch to his govern-
int'iit bcvrral days ago nn some matters of
Vending business , but has as jet received
M. Tntcnu , the retiring Japanese minister ,
called at the State department to wind up
gnritt ot the business of the legation. Ho
will present his jettcr ot recall to the preut-
deiw _ _ _ _ _ _
Wiir Not " \et irorinnll ; Declared.
LONDON , Jttly 28 , The Chinese legation
today received a dispatch finm Tlen-Tsln
buying that tha King of Corea was captured
) > > the Jupineae on July 23. This U n > -
yarded AS explaining the collision which
took place at Seoul , tha capital ot Corea ,
between the .Inp.niese and the palace guard ) .
Tlif I'Mnctiu minister Informed the Asso
ciated presa representative today that there
Lai btcu no Jtrmul declaration ot war be
tween China and Japan , and It Is hoped
that a peaceful tcttlcmcnt of the disputes
will bo arranged.
irticT : : ox AMKICICAV TKADIX
Now York Mrrclmnt4 hprriiliitlng on the
1'rolmhln Itlix kiidlng of I'orln.
NCW YOUK , July 28. In view ot the out
break of war between China and Japan , rome
apprehension la felt In coinmercl.il circles
as to the effect upon the trade ot this coun
try. Our commerce with the orient Is vfry
extensive and Is largely In commodities th < .t
can only be obtained from thorn. IIcure If
the present difficulty should reach such a
pitch that the principal seaports of Clilra
and Japan should be blocludad , there might
be a serious Gcarclty ot commodities and con
sequent higher prices for them.
The principal Imports Into America from
the two countries nre tea and silk. The
total direct Imports of Jap in's tea Into this
country nve-rgcs 45,000,000 pounds ycarlj , In
fact nearly nil the Japan"se te'as consumed
outside that country llnd a market here.
The China teas come principally from Shang
hai , which annually cqnrts 24,0.j,000 .
pounds ; Amoy , which < > \poitB 21nl'0.000 '
pounds , and Koo Chow , which exports 0,000-
The above figures do not give the total
j early exports from the counties , but. only
the exports to this coun'ry and I'nnuda.
Tea ranks above silk In China as an export
article , but In Jupa i the rf verse obtains.
According to the custom lunue reports , the
Imports of silks Into * hls country In the
fiscal year ending June ? 0 , 1S93 , wornKiom
China , 1,880,212 pounds , valued at J5J2j,531.
and from Japan 3,037,775 pounds , > il ltd at
$14,784,432. The question Is asked In com
mercial circles : "Shall this Immense trade ,
of which tea and sill : are only two of many
Items , be disturbed by war between the two
countries ? "
The principal ports of China are treaty
ports , where Europeans and Americans live
and have treaty rights , enabling them to
conduct trade with other parts of the vvoild.
Inquiry Is being made as to how fir these
treaty rights extend , and If Japan should un
dertake , with lifr Riippilor navy , to blockade
the ports of China , would the foreign powers
Interfere ? It Is deemed doubtful by tne well
Informed If they would have the rlg'it to do
so. It Is reasoned that If a blockade Is es
tablished at the principal ports Its effect
would shortly be felt on Importations from
those countries. The only port In China
which would not be blockaded Is Hong Kong.
That port Is absolutely free and will remain
so , for It Is In every sense of the word a
colony of Great Hritaln. The only thing that
might upset this condition would be that
England , Jealous of Russia's power , might
enter Into alliance with China.
At the Hong Kong and Shanghai bank on
Wall street the opinion Is expressed that the
port of Shanghai would be kept open as well
ns that of Hong Kong , In which case tea
Importers would be abla to get their regular
Importations vvlth little difficulty This mar
ket Is Just beginning a new tea Importing
season -and the recently grown leaf is al
ready coming forward.
So far the war has not had the slightest
effect on trade here In Chinese and Japnaese
commoditles. except , perhaps , to render Im
porters a little more cautious nnd more dis
posed to anticipate their wants.
i\GA ; ni > TIII : CIIINKSI : rr.KKT.
Ono Ven cl Captured. Ono " -unit nnd Two
OthrrH IMI < ) M > I | .
YOKOHAMA , July" 28. The Japanese gov
ernment has Issued the following ttiitoment
regarding the recent conflicts bet veen China
and Japan :
"In consequence of seveie provocation ,
three ships of the Japanese squadron were
compelled to engage the Chinese fleet off
I'ontao or Hound Island They captured
the Chinese war ship Tsao Klnn and sank a
Chinese transport vvlth soldiers on board.
Unfortunately , one of the largest Chinese
Iron clads of the northern fleet , the Chen
Yuen , escaped tu China , and the Chinese
torpedo crulber Huan Tae , escaped to Fusan ,
"Tho tineo Japanese war bhlps engaged
were the Altltsushlma , the Takachlho , and
the Illh Yel. These escaped without Inlury. "
ItiixshiIII Not Intorfvro.
nnilMN , July 28. The Russian P.ank of
Foielgn Trade , with its headquarters In Ger
many In Cologne , has received u communica
tion to the effect that Hussl.i does not Intend
to Interfere In the Chinese-Japanese dispute
llnmlng Ilium lies Homo bj flin Itroe/o us
Iliiinds to III Ing ? iu Illir/rn Into llrliif ; ,
KGL.SO , Wash. , July 28 Losses so far
reported from the awful forest fires raging
throughout the mountains of this section
aggregate about $123,000. The people of
the Slocum dlstrlet aie left destitute with
out shelter or food. A relief party has
gone there , but it Is feared there will be
gicat suffering before It pushes Its way
through the burning forest. Fires had been
burning around the Ill-fated towns for several
d.i > s , but about noon a roaring gale swept
down the mountain , lifting high In the air
tops and limbs of burning trees and carryIng -
Ing them long distances ns brands to start
new fires In a thousand different places. Al
most Instantaneously a dozen fires were ragIng -
Ing In Three Forks. Thu terror-stricken
peopleImd to flee for their lives , leaving
everything behind. Tho. proprietor of a
laundry and bath house and his w Ife Jumped
lntt the creek and rolled down stream until
they reached ( i place of shelter. At Hear
Lake Mr Mahoney , who ran a hotel , with
his wife and two binall children , waded out
Into the water of the lake and remained
there for houis.
It Is almost certain that n number ot lives
have been lost among the prospectors.
The total loss at Three Forks Is about
$ 5.000j at Watson aboil' ' $20,000 ; ut Dear
It Is feared that Calahan , tclegnph opera
tor at Watson , and Pranl : Price , who wis on
the north fork ot Carpenter creek , have
perished. The line of the fire Is twent )
miles long und damage to valuable timber Is
Ilutldlng ! ) nt the Tom O'Sluntur mine ant ]
the nine IMI mine burned.
At Kelsu alarm Is felt for the sifety ot
the town. A lite flre has been burning on
the lake slioro within a quarter of a mile ot
l.imilicr lluriiHil ut Oshkoth ,
OSHKOSH. "vVls. July SS The lumber
district oitbo c&st Hide of th ° river v as
threatened with total destruction by lire this
afternoon. Tint wind wan blowing strong
from the southwest nnd started several new
fires , whlnh were fortumtely extinguished.
The loss was confined tn about 0,000,000 feet
of dry lumber and flvo tenement houses
Tlm Stanhllberrnos company loses
$ - > 0V)0 ) , fully covred by insurance , nnd the
Diamond Match company $160,000 , only par-
FRANCE IS PASSIVE
Her Newspapers Conservative in Comment
ing on tha Oriental Troubles.
Iutei.BJj Hot Weather Now Prevails at the
SOCIALISTS TROUBLED TO SECURE HALLS
Leipslo University Students Decide to Give
Up-Their Morning Bo jr.
HEALTH OFFICERS OBSERVI THE CHOLERA
In Splto of The-lr I'rcLiiutloiii Homo New
CiiHcxArc lCuport l IMIly Dr. 1'olPM ,
the African Explorer , u Cii'iill-
ditto for the Itulchstag.
( CopjrlRlitcd ICQ I b > the As oclited Prcjs. )
BERLIN , July 28 The heat throughout
Germany has been Intense , causing much
suffering , and many prostrations have been
the result. Out door work has often been
suspended , and complete lethargy prevails
In this city. Every one able to do so
has left town and those who remain are
sweltering In the torrid atmosphere.
This hot wave Is another fulfillment of
Fallbe's prophecies , and he predicts the
warm weather will last for another fort
night , after which there will be much rain.
The German newspapers , In commenting
upon the Corean crisis , note the reserved
attitude of Trance In the face of the fact
that she would welcome anything likely to
embarrass China. This Is regarded as being
due to the czar's Influence , nnd would seem
to Indicate that Russia does not desire to
Interfere between China and Japan unless
she la forced to.
Reference is also made to the long dis
tance Japanese rider who rode a year ago
from Uerlln right across Europe and Asiatic
Russia to Vladlvstock , visiting all the Im
portant military stations along the route.
Ho was a former military attache and con
sequently met a friendly reception evcry-
Forty socialist meetings were held here
yesterday evening for the promotion of the
beer boycott. Hut twenty-flve small halls
or rooms could be obtained for the use of
the bo > cotters. The landlords of the larger
halls had combined to thwart the boycott ,
and they subscribed to a fund to compensate
the owners of halls for their losses. Every
thing passed off quietly , except In an In
stance when a small disorder was caused
by an anarchist. Resolutions were adopted
at all the meetings promising continued
support of the boycott.
UNIVERSITY CLUBS DROPPING BEER.
The Lelpslc University clubs are setting a
notable example. They have decided to
drop the ancient academical custom of morn
Ing beer drinking commers on the ground
that It Interferes with work. The newspa
pers comment favorably upon the decision
and express the hope the action of the
Lelpsic clubs will be Imitated by those of
the other universities.
The North German Breeders union , which ,
by means of a percentage levied on the
Tola Lisator system of betting , has been
enabled to buy English and French mareb
and sell them here to the highest bidder , Ir-
r ° spectlve of purchase value , Is displaying
great enterprise. At Tuesday's auction at
the Hoppc Garten five mares , which cost In
England 5,855 , sold for 4,250.
The Prussian commission of the Vistula
basin reports twenty-two deaths from
cholera and eleven new cases of that dis
ease during the past week. A strlct river
Inspection has been adopted at Dusseldorf
and Cologne. Suspicious cases have been re
ported from Thornc , Bonsack and Graubes.
The cholera committee of the health ofllco
met here yesterday to decide upon the pre
cautions taken along the Russian frontier.
In connection with the withdrawal of the
Equitable Life Insurance company of New-
York from doing business In Prussia , It
must bo said that public opinion In Berlin
Is not nt present favorable to the American
enterprise. The Associated press correspond
ent hears that the Mutual Life Insurance
company Is In the same fix as the Equitable.
It must bo added that the new position of
the government Is directed against all com
panies , among which are many English com
panies , and all the German companies.
Dr. Peters , the well known German ex
plorer , Intends to contest the first available
vacancy In the Relchslag. It Is stated his
candidature Is favored by the government ,
as the olllclal press considers his wide knowl
edge of Africa will be serviceable when
colonial questions come up for discussion.
WILLIAM ENJOYS HIS VACATION.
Emperor William continues to enjoy his
trip to Norway and Is doing his best to suit
the popular taste.
W. W. Thomas , late United States minis
ter to Norway and Sweden , with Mrs.
Thomas and their boy , Is spending the sum
mer at Llsekll , Sweden , and emplo > lng his
leisure In writing a. lecture on Sweden and
the Swedes , which ho will deliver In various
parts of the United States during the com"
Ing winter. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Contributes nil Artlrlo on Heresy unit
hcliUrti In thu .Modern church.
LONDON , July 2S. Mr. Gladstone , des-
plto the eye trouble with which he is
afflicted , devotes much of his time to liter
ary work of varied character. The latest
published work from his pen Is an article
on heresy and bchUm In the modern church ,
which appears In the Nineteenth century.
Among other things , the distinguished writer
MIJS : "Evidence , which In the days of tha
apostles condemned heresy and schism , has
been greatly darkened and therefore greatly
weakened In tlm course of centuries. The
rupture between the eastern und western
churches was widened by the dogma of
papal Infallibility which was announced In
1870. Tlm reformation has undergone muta
tion , but the sects and parties have settled
down and protestantism remains a hard ,
Inexpugnable , Intractable and Indigestible
fact , U has spread In America with the
same vitality. ; , '
Continuing , Mr. Gladstone says that the
English National church has seemingly left
to the Nonconformists the championing cf
the Christian side of politics. Had the ques
tion depended on sentiment , the national
extinction of slavery would not have' been
ns eaily as 1S33. In conclusion , Mr. Glad
stone recommends that the churches read
just their Ideas and examine their common
luiorsjts , holding firm to the earthward
extremity of the chain , the other end of
which lies about the feet of nod.
riMoi : ntuVAiui in HAWAII.
ltoitllHln Unto About ( llian Up Ilopo of
the yiirrn'n Ilri.Uinitlnn.
SAN FRANCISCO , July 28. The steam
ship Australia rr vcd today , ilx and one-
half days from Honolulu , bringing advices to
July 21. |
Peace prevails throughout Hawaii and the
now government appeari to be firmly es
tablished. " "
The Jury system under the new constitu
tion Is causing some trouble In the country
districts. The constitution requires all
Jurors to take the oath of allegiance to the
new government and to abjure nil help In
restoring the monarchy In any form. In
ono country district It has been Impossible
to get enough Jurors to serve. Honolulu
rojallsta having sent out a circular stating
that no answer had yet been received as to
Pres dent Cleveland's Intended action and
warning natives to keep out of politics and
to take no cath of allegiance. Even the
most confident royalists , however , have little
hope that the commission recently sent to
Washington will be able to'accomplish any
thing In the cvquecn's behalf.
One evidence of public faith In the new
government was shown Just before the
steamer sailed. Ten thcusand dollars of
government bonds that previous to the adop
tion of the new constitution had gone beg
ging at 98 , were easily disposed of at par.
The Hawaiian Star of July 14 contains
a report that Judge H A. Wlldeman , Samuel
Parker , John T. Cummlngs and Major
Seward , who recently left the city for
Washington , are to lay before Present Cleve
land a petition for the annexation of the
Hawaiian Islands to the United States. The
petition Is said to have been signed by
many natives and other royalists who have
reached the conclusion there Is no hope of
a restorat on of the throne and they seek an
Improvement In their political condition
through annexatloif to the United States.
CAKI1INAI. I > ii > OI/lIOiVSIU UKAU.
ruinous Prefect of the i'ropiicrnndii Kxplro
biiddinly Whllo nu u Vnuitloii.
PARIS , July 28. Cardinal Lodochowskl ,
perfect of the Congregation of the propa
ganda fide , died today at Luzerene , Switzer
Mcesystaw Ledochowpkl was born at Cork ,
Poland , October 29 , 1822. He began his
theological studies under the Lazlrlsts In the
college of St. John at Warsaw , and at the
age of 18 received the ecclesiastical tonsure
and habit. After some , studies at Vienna he
proceeded to Rome , where he
Joined the AcademU Ecclcslastlca ,
founded by Plus IX. to Impart
a special training to young ecclesiastics dls-
t'ngulshed ' by their acquirements. Subse
quently he was appointed domestic prelate
and protonotary apostolic , and sent on t
diplomatic mission to niadrld. He also was
sent as auditor of the nunciatures at Lis
bon , RIe de Janeiro and Santiago de Chill.
On his appointment ns nuncio to Belgium ,
he was nominated archbishop of Thebes In
Partbus Infidellum. In 18CG he was trans
ferred to the archbishopric of , Gnez and
Possen , and as the tfreirpant1' of that
see possessed the title ofTifelato of Poland.-
In consequence of his resistance to the
laws enacted In Prussia against the church ,
ho was In 1874 Incarcerated In the dun
geons of Ostrow. While imprisoned he was
proclaimed a cardinal. This was In 1875.
In 187C he was released , but was banished
from his dloqese. He then went to Rome
and some years afterwards was appointed
prefect of the Congregation of the Propa
PKKU'S KKVOLUTIO fAUY LKAUUKS.
Dr. 1'loros und Ciciinrnl Somlrmrlo on Tholr
Way from Gimjnqiill to Iqiilfjuo.
COLON , July 28. ( Copyright by the Asso
ciated Press ) Dr. Flores and General Os
wald 0. Semlnarlo , the leaddrs of the Peru
vian revolution , arc on board a steamer
which they have chartered at Guayaquil ,
They are now about due at Iqulque , when
they Intend to augment thtj'lr ' forces and give
a fresh Impetus to the revolution.
Oswaldo Zcmanrlo nfndo a serious dis
turbance at Puyca , Peru , backed by a num
ber of the followers bf ex-Dictator Plerolo.
The authorities , however , -forced him to
seek refuge at Guayaquil , In Ecuador , fiom
which place the Peruvian authorities re
quested his cvtradltlon , vrhicli was refused
by the government of Ecuador. Thrro he
was Joined by Dr. Flores with the result
Prrtuipi lie WiintH It Himself , Though.
LONDON , July 28. Mr , Andrew Carnegie
In an Interview published ] In the Engineer
ing Review , is quoted as eaylng that he docs
not think that the United States now re
quires protection , w tilth he claims Is of
little use for revenue purposes , as manu
factured Imports have fallen so low.
Smile hy it Mcrmrr.
FOLKESTONE , England. July 28 The
steamer Castor and the baric Ernst were In
collision today off Sandgatc. The Castor
was badly Injured and sank within a few
minutes after the evssels came together.
Three passengers and the crew of twenty-six
men were landed at Folkstone.
ScmlltiK to Oorm my for Gilin.
COLON , July 28. A'f Bogota dispatch an
nounces that President NuneIs bending ft
commission to Germany to buy now artillery
guns. Reports of fe'irs otia revolution are
Trench Tornc < 1nfloaiI ; > itninfi > < 1 ,
TOULON , July 2S-Tho torpedo boat
Audacles came Into collision with a schooner
nnd was BO badly dumnefd' that It was nec
essary to beach her In ? order to prevent her
from sinking. . , _ . _
Bloro Troops for Cncur ! > 'Alone
WASHINGTON. July 28 ; In only a few
sections of the country arc the United States
troops now engaged acilvely In keeping open
railroad traffic , flitch wai Interrupted by
the strike. TIB ! | Is the country along the
Northern Pacific railroad. Today General '
Otis at Vancouver barracks , telegraphed the
War department that the * Northern Pacific
agents had requested 'him ' 'to ' furnish troop *
to open that part of the line lying In the
Coeur O'Alene country. The general con
sented to provide "the troops from the force
now at Gardener , Idaho , with the under
standing that they are to confine themselves
to pushing forward , mail trains and prevent
ing obstructions 16 Interstate commerce.
They will not be used to guard the railroad
generally , bave by the request of the judi
cial authorities ,
. * -
.MUtluy h nt to L'lRht llriirK.
ST. PETERSBURG , July 2S. The minor
state of siege still exists -here and in the
chief provinces of the Russian empire has
been renevved for a year. Crops are very
satlsfaetory , both In regard to quality and
quantity. Knlland has been Invaded by bears ,
who are ravaging the farm etocku. Troops
bave been sent to kill them *
FORESTS ALL ABLAZE
Nothing but Heavy Rains Can Stop the
Progress of the Flames.
SEVERAL TOWNS ENTHELYIED \ OUT
Nothing but Charred Embers Loft to To
Their Former Location.
TWENTY LIVES LOST AT PHILL'PS ' , WIS.
Many More Pcor Homesteaders Supposed ta
Have Been Burned.
AVENUES OF ESC \PEFOR THEM CUT OFF
Tlin-o Thoiimiiul People llnnirlr * * nnd With
out Fooil or SulIUIiiit Clothing I.on
of 1'ropcrty Cannot at 1'ros-
cnt lie Katlnmtrd.
PHILLIPS , WIs. , July 28 Prom fifteen
to twenty-five persons either burned to
ileath op drowned In tliclr eltorts to escape
from the flames , 3,000 others left homeless ,
anil the whole to\\n In ruins , Is the talc of
vvoe left by the forest fires which reached
hero yesterday. Not a building Is left
standing In the town and property valued at
between $ IGOO,000 and $2,000,000 has been
swept away. All day jesterday the Ilaines
surrounded the village. Hundreds of men
battled with the fire , but without success.
The pine forests were as dry as parchment
and the flames leaped from tree to tree with
such rapidity that the air seemed on fire. The
biking soil pent up a gas that Ignited and
the atmosphere Itself seemed to blaze When
the fire reached the city It swept fiom house
to house and In an hour had wrapped the
entire village In flames. The people fled to
the railway , where-trains were standing , and
they were hastily conve > cd to neighboring
towns. Nothing but a few personal effects
were saved. The heaviest losses by the fire
are those of the John H. Lewis Lumber com
pany , $500,000 , and Fayette Shaw , tanner ,
It Is estimated , however , that between
fifteen and twenty-five persons were cither
burned to death or were drowned In their
efforts to escape from the flames that de
stroyed the town. The only refuge from
the fire was the ( lake , and the people fl ° d
to the water to avoid death In the fire. In
the rush'the weaker ones fell down or were
carried Into the deep water and perished.
Others , overcome by the heat and smoke ,
fell In the streets and were burned to death
where they lay.
MANY LIVHS LOST.
The entire northern part of the state Is
a sea of flames. The country Is well filled
with homesteaders nnd farmers and lumber
camps. There IB no doubt that hundreds
of their bujldlngs have bean burned , while
the fate of the people Is In doubt. Proba-
bty many have lost their lives. Of those
who perished hero three bodies have been
found. The citizens who escaped the flro
are homeless and without food or clothing
and are In a state of great d-stltutlon. The
operator sending the news from Phillips
tapped the telegraph wire In the woods , and
with a board for a table and the earth for
a seat sent his message with a pocket tele
At Mason the houses of the town proper are
still standing , but the loss there will reach
$700,000. Trains on the Omaha road were
headed off at Mason by the burning of the
bridge and all northbound trains returned to
Briefly summarized , the fires have burned
as follows : The city of Phillips , entirely
wiped out ; the city of Mason Is practically
destroyed , with the White nivcr Lumber
company and 30,000,000 feet of lumber ; holdIngs -
Ings of the Ashland Lumber company near
Shores Crossing Is entirely wiped out ; a
special train on the Omaha , consisting of
sixteen cars and the locomotive , were all
burned , having broken through the bridge
riear Ashland junction. The camps of the
Thompson Lumber company are burned at
White river ; two bridges on the main line
of the Omaha and two bridges on the Wis
consin Central railroad , both on the main
line south of Ashland. These are the losses ,
besides the above the damage to timber and
logs scattered through the woods , belonging
to Individual homesteaders , and other prop
erty , to cut cordwood , etc. , will swell the
general damage to appalling figures. Several
parties of berry pickers from Ashland nar
rowly escaped with their lives , and It Is
almost certain that some of the lone home
steaders scattered thioughout the burning
timber have perlshe In the flames unless
they have In some manner escaped through
the seething flames and smoke. Refugees
have begun to arrive at Ashland.
WILD SCINIS : AT
I'c'iiplu Tiilin Itcfngu In tlio I.nldi to i : cupe
tlm I Irti mill Aru DrimniMl.
MILWAUKEE , July 28. The Sentinel's
special from Phillips says : Thirty-nine
buildings out of 700 stand amid smoke nnd
abhes on the site of what was yesterday the
flourishing city of Phillips , the county seat
of Price county nnd ono of the wealthiest
and most prosperous of all the towns In the
timber regions of Wisconsin. Three thou
sand people arc homeless , and except those
who have been offered shelter In the neigh
boring towns , whoso people will themselves
pass a sleepless night through the fear that
the fires raging In the forests on all sides
will sweep away their homes at any hour ,
will have no covering for their vvoui out
bodies tonight. Worbe than all , at least
thirteen people arc known to ha\o lost their
The dead are :
JAMES LOCKE , butcher , wife and five
FRANK CLISS , In charge of the dry kilns
of the John R. Davis Lumber company , and
his 2-year-old child.
MIIS. DAVID IinVDE.V , wfe | of the fore
man of the Fayette-Shaw tannery , and two
Mr. Uryden was also supposed to have
died , but returned here tonight , having been
away from the city , only to hoai that his
family had perished.
All the dead were drowned In Elk laki-
whllo trying to escape Jrom the flro , ex
cept the unknown man , whobe body was
found In the ruins of the hoiibc of F. W.
Sackett , editor of the Phillips Times.
The property loss cannot at this time be
accurately estimated , but It will reach at
least $1,250.000. The Immense plant of the
John H. Davis Lumber company la a total
loss , amounting to between $500,000 and $600-
000 On this property there Is an Insurance
THE BEE BULLETIN.
vVoilher for O mli i and Vlolniiv-
t.onerally Fair , Warmer : Variable WliuU
I'llRI' . '
I. ifiiimn Mnliannlhcr Chlnrxn TrunM > i > rt.
, Trillion I * SiMlliiiil | } l'ii Ui-
UouiU \Vl4cimilu Alt Atihtrp.
* * t'imtor Nut In H Monti to liririlo.
8. MicroMiir to ( Irlllltln N Cliii cii.
Minority Id-po t of It 11 > ' Mill.
3. How the C'lr > 'Ircctn urn Cli-iinnl.
Plutti' Cunul Proposition to Itu Volcil On.
I'lirllli' ICiTi'hi'f * In it llnu.
> Mili HpriMil in : t'ct of the Mmoon.
I , Hot v\ < lc In the Mtmrliultl. .
< ! oinli | of tlm ( iiiuloil thrillers.
Itril M ( > n \\lll Hume I.MMIIUO.
Anililtlnii of u ( it i in in Miiii'iimkrr.
fi. CoiintlrM Instructing Miu-t'oll
I'.tlcnt of the iilnim llnlni""i.
'Ihriiftton 1'opiftcr Allen
II. Council lllulT * I,1011 Mtltlrn.
AITilr * ut south Oiimh i.
7. VMnit tinliin.TH Dlil l.nit Work.
Onmliii I.IIHIM ut Itoik Island Aiuln.
AiiHtlniin tint Tt'iinU I'lniil ,
Chiiiiililim t rU'Uolcrt Scimully 1 hriinhrd.
8. X < > of the I'rut'-rniil Soi-lottoi ,
VXImt the C'litm lion Am Doing.
II ) , "l.oimli'n , " by I.inllii / In ,
11. M'omiin : llrr\Viu nnd Her \Vorld.
Ini lilrntH of the Ciirnot I'liigi'tl ) .
IB IMIlorlit nnil ( onitnrnt.
1:1 : Ciirpi iitiT on the I orciin Unholllon.
( IIIIHIX tint l.od to tin * Kniiipiis.
Seine Si-nitors Mho Drink lliilor. |
in Onmlm'H l.mnl I r.idn Conditions.
( 'oniiiicri till nnd 1'um ichil Nrwi.
IHiMock .Mu'lU'ls Kotlruod
II ) . Urcklj ( .rltl or . porting ( ionslp.
equal to about four-fifths of the value of
the plant. Of the rest of the city about half
of the property was liibiired. Many of the
poorer people carried no Insmance on their
homes , nnd they have lost everything. There
were many fine business blocks and private
residences In the city , and cveiy one was
burned to the ground Many of the resi
dences cost upwards of $3,000 and were hand
some for a city of this size.
Pour gales of fire following each other as
soon as one had accomplished Its woik rut
four swaths through the pity , leaving bind
ing only the Luthcrn church nnd some dwell
ings near the southern limits and fieaUUhly
Jumping over the Worcester town hall vid a
group of dwellings In the very heait ut the
WATER WORKS RENDERED USELESS.
A Bvstern of water works which would
ordinarily be ample protection agaltibt the
blazing forests were rendered tibeless by
the burning of the pumping station In the
fiist fire. The volunteer lire department ,
consisting of thirty-four men , and having
3,000 feet of hose , had been working two
days In the s > wamp to the west of the city
to prevent the flames coming Into the town.
Driven by the Increasing wind the lire
reached the southwest limits of the city
about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon , acioss
the miles of swamp , where the water was
from six inches to a foot In depth , It could
be heard roaring for fully half an hour a
sound that rendered the people panic
stricken. The firemen fought It until It
drove them back with blistered hands and
faces , and then they sought to stop its
progress -with dynamite explosion. This
they did accomplish after the north end
of the city had been destrojed , the entire
First and a part of the Second ward , In
cluding the box factory of the John H.
Davis Lumber company , and the school
house. Just then another cyclone of flro
struck the western side , sweeping thiough
the main business and residence portion
of the city , destroying the rcbt of the Davis
company's plant. The path of the flre took
In the city hall , court house , county Jail
and the Wisconsin Centra ] depot , nnd swept
everything to the lake. Thirteen prisoners
were In Jail , and three of them made their
escape from the sheriff when relased from
TOOK TO THE LAKE.
It was during the first flre that the loss of
life occurred. Driven frantic by the rushing
; ale of flames , the families of James Locke ,
Frank Cllss and Dave Dryden gathered hur
riedly In their arms all their possessions that
Ihey could and made for a floating boat
house that was tied to the town bridge , near
the box factory. After they had gone a short
distance the croft b"gan to sink , and , with
aeath by flre staring them In the face on
one side and drowning on the other , the
boats were resorted to , .but Jn the gule they
capsized almost Instantly and all perlbhcd ,
with the exception of Mrs. Cllss , who was
round floating this morning on the opposite
side of the lake , clinging with desperation
to a boat.
When It became evident that the city was
threatened with destruction the John R.
Davis Lumber company made up a train of
I's cars and sought to take the women and
children to a plaro of bafety on the Little
Elk branch. The train had proceeded but
i short way , however , when the bridge
icross the stream was discovered to be
burned and the train , with Its cargo of
liurnan freight , was forced to return to the I
: lty and run the gauntlet of flame and smoke.
In the meantime , permission had born re-
: elved to use. the main tracks of the Central
road , and the homeless people were carried
south twelve miles to Prentice The people
3f Prentice opsned wide their homes , but
there was not room for all the crowd of
men , women nnd children , About 11 u'elnck
il night the flro fighters who had remained
in the scene betook themselves to a clearing
south of tlm city , being u place
: lmt had been burned over a
Tew days before , 0 that there was
nothing more for the flre to feed on. The
route was thick with smothering smoke.
The flames Jumped directly across their path
From one side to the other. Thu flic In the
forest broke out with vigor , and the till
lilnes , even the greenest ones , were great
iln/lng torches , throwing long tongues of
Ire high In the nlr. The roaring and erneK-
llng of the flro among the trees was t-o trr-
rlble tli.it those who hcaid It will remember
It an long as they live.
SCENE OK AIISOLUTE DESTRUCTION
Such light of day aa broke through tl , <
clouds of smoke that the horbou uicltelc'd
iml seemed to be as deep us from e.tr.h in
sky , looked upon a spune ofibsDluto de-
itructlan. There was hardly enough left tn
10 called ruins. A city ever a i.illo In Ifnglli
from noith to south und half a mile In v.ldlh
from the lake on the cast to the swamp en
he west , wan nothing Iml embers and ashen.
As teen as the dense smoke had cleared u
.illlf , back comes the people , sonif of them
i\nrn out with the day and night licfme ,
laving Hle'pt by the rondslde > on the charred
; round , with the forest crackling all iround
Now tint tlm flro had spent Itself , hunger
Ans asserting lltclf , and there v.ux not as
nuch as a piece of bread to cat. A rellif
: ommlttce was organized nnd relief he.id-
liiartcrs established In the WorceUer town
mil , and there usbembled fathers becUIn , ; In
formation an to the whcriabuulH of t'uli '
'amlllcs ' , a'ld methcrii wllli ( .lilldmi erjin
iVlth hunger Quick to respond were i li
( ( 'ojjiinu"d on Second 1'age-1
SENATE STANDS PAT
Not Likely to Concede Anything on the
More Important Schedules
CONFEREES KEEP THEIR OWN COUNSEL
IfoiiBo Members Hnvo n Long Session
After the Goncrnl CcufiMnco.
REPRESENTATIVES CALL ON CLEVELAND
Hcports Vnry as to the Position of the
President on the Maltor.
DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVES CAUCUS
I'roiprct 'I lu > y U III Decide Upon Seine Plan
to Sottlu thu lUlllviilty hi Cimc the *
ConfiTiM-B Citiinot Aortic Muit
PIUH ' oino IIH1.
WASHINGTON , July 28 The tariff sltua.
tlon has kept pac with the Intensity of the
heat , which for the firj-t time this year
touched the 100 pulnt. Throughout the day
there have been tariff conf.renc e at the
white houtc , tariff conferences cf the senate-
and hous ; > conferences , and finally nn effort
for n house tariff caucus on Tuesday to con
sider some means of solving the tariff prob
lem Out of It nil has come nr > exact and
definite progtam , by which the time of the
passage of the tariff bill or Its form can bo
President Cleveland's great Interest In the
Income tax struggle was shown early In the
day by the calls of Chairman Wilson and
Representative Catchlngs , the latter being
Speaker Crisp's associate on the committee
on lilies. The president's cal'crs were care
ful to refrain from any Intimation of the
policy of the administration , and there were
conflicting reports ab to the attitude of Mr.
Cleveland. It was stated by thosa closely
connected with admlnlstiatlon affairs that ho
Is as firm ns when he wrote the famous let
ter to Chairman Wllhon against yielding
what he regards as vital principles of tariff
reform , On the other hand , the current of
opinion In congressional circles bcemed to bo
that the only bolutlon of the probl m was In
accepting the senate bill substantially as It
stands with such concessions as the conferees
have shown n disposition ta jleld. This cur
rent feeling would have found expression
late In tno day In a petition circulated by
Mr. Spilngcr requesting Rcpr sentutlvo Hoi-
man , chairman of the house democratic cau
cus committee , to call a caucus on Tuesday
after noon next unless the tariff conferees
had reached an agreement by that time.
This was the first "open expression toward
yielding to the senate bill. ,
The democratic tariff conferees assembled
today and went over the essential points of
difference on sugar , Iron ore and coal. 1
was stated at the conclusion of the meeting
that the senators hnd In effect presented an
ultimatum which was that the feenato bill so , , t-
far as the disputed fcatuics were concerned j
was the only tariff measure which could get I
through this congress and btcoms a lavvl j
The house conferees withdrew to the ways i
and meanb committee nrm and were In ex- I
ecutlvo session an hour. I
Mr. Wilson said , at the close of the meetIng - I
Ing , that no definite decision was reached. I
It was deteimined , however , to call In the I
republican conferees on Monday. I
The democratic members of the con- I
fercnco on the tariff were prompt I
In resuming their session today. 1
All the members were present except 8
Chairman Voorhees , whose absence * was I
an account of Illness. The Indications ara I
that there will be numerous changes In the I
less Important schedules of the bill. Thcso I
were agreed upon tentatively In the former I
conference and It la considered Improbable 9
that , the basis of agreement then arrived at |
nlll bo changed materially during the |
present conference. It Is believed that there 1
will be no material changes In the metal 1
schedule. When the lormer tonferenco |
liroko up the house members were disposed 1
to hold out stlflly for considerable conces- 1
slons on cutlery and steel rails. The pros- 1
[ leets now nre that the rates on rails will I
tie lowered somewhat , but that the cutlery I
rate will not bo changed. I
The senate conferees probably will accept 1
the house rate of $1 per pound on wrapper I
tobacco , retaining the senate phraseology. I
TheTO will also be some changes In the ]
noolcn schedule , the most Important ot 1
rthleh probably will be In the paragraph ro- I
latlng to cloth for men's wear. The Benato 1
bill provides a duty of 40 per cent on ar- I
Holes of this class of less than CO cents per I
riound value. The Indlcitlons are that the I
rate will be made 45 per cent. A similar 1
change will probably bo made on woolen or- I
tides not pppcclally provided for , but It la 1
not believed that the rearrangement will 1
Dxtcnd to women's and children's goods. I
The house rate on roplngs and tops , 25 per I
: cnt , will be accepted. 1
Cotton cloth und cotton yarns will prob- I
tbly IIP reduced to the extent of about 5 per 1
rent , as will laces and embroideries , on 1
ivlilch the rate will probably be made 45 I
Instead of 50 per rent. I
The house rates on china and earthenware. I
which are slightly hlghei than those of tha I
senate bill , will bo accepted The sonnto
probably will icecdo from Its Increase of tha 1
tobacco tax and It In said to bo probabla I
that there will be a compromise on the I
bonded period extension , the tax bclne fixed I
U $1 , nnd the bonded period at flvo years. 1
Chaliman Wllbon arrived from West Vlr- I
: ; lnln this morning , und within a short I
time received a message from the executive I
mansion lemiestlng hi * , pre-bcnco there. Ho I
was with the president for EOIIIO tlmo , until I
It was mtescmy to go to the capltol for the I
opening of the second tariff conference. The I
ircEldent'B dcslro to see Mr. Wilson before I
thu confercnn opened , coupled with Speaker H
JrlKp'x call nt the white house yesterday I
Hid the president's request ot Mr Mc.MII- I
lln to come to the white house last night ,
ivas accepted In congressional circles as cvl- I
Icncc that the president was willing to let I
Uhalrmun WlUon and Mr. Mc.MlllIn know
exactly his position before thu Informal
conference was resumed. I
When the visit of Mr. Wllscn to the whlto
muse became known among members It waa I
'ell on all hands that a settled policy en thu I
urt of the administration had been agreed
in , and there was Intense eagerness to learn
. \hlch course It would take. It was the at-
next unanimous exprcttkm cf members that I
jut two courses were cpen In vl w of the
itt tude of the uenate and the tie votu yen-
' rdjy , viz To accept practically the ten-
lie bill or leave the McKlnley law Btandj
md iho expressions were quite general thai
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