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VOL. XXXIX-XO. 130.
IN HUGE HEAPS
Cherry Miners Retreated to High
Point in Third Vein and
OVERCOME BY SLACK Di
Indications that All Succumb
Within Two Days.
WATER ACCUMULATES IN LEVEL
Members of Rescue Party Wade
Through Four Feet of Water.
VAIN FIGHT AGAINST DEATH
One Dead Hand "till Grasps Hade I'ty
In an Effort to Get Air Men
Had Scrawled Mmitri
CHERRY, III., Nov. Z4.-Bod'es of more
than ISO miners were found In the lower
leved of the St. Paul mine today. An ac
curate count of the victims has not been
made, but It la now believed all but a score
of the missing men have been accounted
The bodies were found r00 feet from the
main shaft, on an elevated surface where
they had retreated before the advancing
water and fatal black damp. They hud not
been ahlo to escape the latter and had died'
afier a sliuggle thai liiajr have continued
for two days.
Messages scrawled on wood and the
natural alate cropping from the wails
placed the number of dead at 160 or 16S.
One message read:
"We are all here to die together."
This Is accepted by mine officers as In
dicating that many men whose escape
from tha second vein had been cut off by
flie had descended to the lowest level and
that fewer . than a dozen bodies will bp
found In other sections of the mine.
Boat Used In P.mcu,
To take out the bodies a skiff has been
brought from the Illinois river, seven miles
away, and will be lowered 600 feet to the
vein In which the bodies were found. It
wtU be rowed across the four feet depth
of water. In the,. vein to the spot where
the bodies lie, and they will bo transported
to tha main shaft for remutol to the sur
face. The exploring party of four, led by Anton
Lodlyctent, was In the gallery for more
than an hour before the bodies were found.
They had waded In water, waist deep,
through the circular tunnel, making their
way toward the elevation of the shaft or
"ridge" where they had expected to find
them, living or dead. The signals given
by the rescuers and the usual cry: "Any
body alive In here?" were not answered.
"When we climbed up on the ridge,"
said the miner, "we almost stepped upon
the bodies, piled In heaps. Some had their
beads resting on folded arms as If sleep
ing. Others were lying across each other
and some were sitting, as if resting against
"Nailed to the wall were two fans, made
of timbering, tied about pick handles, and
under them were the biggest heaps of
" Dead Hand (.rasps Kan.
v"One poor fellow had his hand up hold
ing the fan. I think he died as he was
Mitting It. Another held a bucket. He
was flat on his oack and must have hied
as he climbed up on the ridge. The bucket
was hult filled with black water that he
must have gone some distance to get.
"The black damp killed them long before
tho water reached them. We had been in
the shaft more than an houri then and
though the air was fulrly good, We knew It
was time for us to get out.
"We did not slop to examine any of tha
bodies or to try and identify them. Tom
Mulligan, una of our party, picked up a
piece of natural slate, on which was writ
ten: "We art here together. ItiS.' That
munt have meant the number of men. and 1
think that was about the right number.
"On a wooden box, used to hold tools, I
raw written with a lead pencil: 'We are
hfre to dll together.' Borne figures were
scratched under it, and I read it as 160, but
I'm not sure."
No evidence that the men had attempted
to barricade themselves against the black
dtJnp was seen. Many former workers In
the mine protested angrily after they dis
covered the men that they would have
been safe from the deadly gas had not th
ventilating fan of the mine been reversed
shoitly after the discovery of firo.
The announced Intention of the mine of
ficials to pump out the water In the Inner
level before the. arrival of the skiff was
balked by the refusal of the machinists tu
aid them. The connections of the pump
have keen disconnected iear the second
level and machinists who were called upon
declined to risk their lives In repairing the
Hubert Shaw, a third member of the ex
ploring party that found the bodies, told
of reading a pi. of slate on which one
of the victims apparently hJd checked off
the totals of the groups who clambered
upon tha ridge In their last stand for life.
The writing, as remembered by him. was:
'Thirty more came In. Twenty-four mure.
Twenty-foui-lM here now."
Other figures, which were not totalled on
the written tally, but hastily computed bv
Shaw, Indicated that the number exceeded
150 when the tally ended.
"I think soma of the men had barricaded
themselves In pockets In the gallery, but
were driven to tho ridge by the rising
water." said Shaw. "If they had not got
out of the pockets they would have been
drowned in them."
Shaw also told of an attempt of men to
build a barricade at tha west end of the
ridge to hold back the black damp. The
wail was only a few feet high, however, the
.builders apparently having abandoned the
tb. tempt or been overcome by gas before It
toad afforded them any protection.
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CONFER. AT WHITE HOUSE
President Consults His Adfisers Re
garding Number of Problems.
CHANGES IN COMMERCE LAW
Attorney General WleUershnm Will
Draft Kill that Will Rmnudy Views
of Kxecntlve Greatly Drond
rm Its Scope.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24. Foregoing a
contemplated horseback ride, because of a
snow storm, President Taft devoted the
day to a series of Important conferences
covering the subjects of proposed amend
ments to the interstate commerce laws,
legislation looking to the suppression of
the so-called "white s!ave" traffic, the ap
pointment of a successor to the late Judge
Kethea of the United States district court
at Chicago and the appointment of a new
governor of tha territory of New Mexico.
The conference with regard to the inter
state commerce law changes was the most
lmportunt the president has had on that
subject and It was said that he Is prac
tically reudy at this time to bejrln this
part of his message to congress.
At the conference were Attorney General
Wlchcrshain. Chairman Knapp and Com
missioner Lane of the interstate Commerce
commission. District Attorney K. W. Sims
of Chicago, who conducted the govern
ment's prosecution in the famous $23,000.
000 Standard Oil case before Judse I.nndls,
and llipi ewt-ntKtlve Mann of Illinois, chair
man of the house committee on foreign
and Interstate commerce.
'White Slave" Problem.
With District Attorney Sims and Mr.
Mann, the president took up the "white
slave" question. Mr. Mann is to Introduce
a bill on this subject at the coming ses
sion of congress. He be'leves the govern
ment can prevent this traffic through the
exercise of Its power to control Interstate
and foreign commerce. Mr. Mann be
lieves that the government Is the only
authority strong enough to cope with
this groat evil and the bill which he has
drafted and In which the president today
expressed his deep Interest, provides a
heavy penalty . for the enticement of a
woman or girl from one place to another
fur Immoral purposes and thereby cause
her to go as a paswnger over any tians-
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At tho Clarkson Memorial hospital is an
Indian youth bravely struggling avalust the
effects of a horrible accident. His lower
Jaw and his nose have been s.-vred from
his face by a bullet fired aclcdentally from
. revolver that he was cleaning. Although
the victim probably HI recover from tha
effects of the wound he will be disfigured
The Interesting feature In the lad's life
is the fact that .he la a Christian Indian.
His name is David Raymond and his borne
Is on the Rosebud Indian reservaiiou In
South Dakota. He has affiliated with the
church at Turtle Hill, Mblboro, 6. D.. and
his fat.h In the Christian religion is be
lieved to have a marked Influence upon his
dosiro to live and recover from his unfor
Beside his bJ during many loig hours
Ready to Send
Original Data Will Go Before the
Scientists in Original Form,
NEW YORK, Nov. 24.-The records
which Dr. Frederick A. Cook, the arctic
explorer will submit to the University of
Copenhagen In proof of his claim that
he reached tho North pole on April 21,
IMS, are today, In completed form.
Walter Lonsdale, secretary to Dr. Cook,
will sail tomorrow on tho steamer United
States of tho Scandanavaln line for Copen
hagen, taking the records with him.
Mr. Lonsdale said today that Dr. Cook's
report contained between 25,000 and 30,0'
"I don't think that the general public
understands the work that we have been
doing," continued Mr. Lonsdale. "It has
been Bald that we were 'preparing the rec
ords.' Such a statement is lnacurate. The
original records go to the university Just
as they were made by Dr. Cook in the
Mr. Lonsdale said he expected to reach
Copenhagen December 7, and immediately
place the records in the hands of
the university authorities. "How long the
university will taka In examining then)
und in making, known its findings, of
course, 1 cannot tell," he continued. "I
should assume that It would be possible
for the university's announcement to be
made by New Year."
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24. Commander
Robert K. 1'eary announced today that he
would not go on the lecture platform.
FRENCH ARE EATING ZEBUS
AS BLOW AT BEEF TRUST
Indian Oxen Shipped to Paris and
Sold on the Market
PARIS. Nov. 24. The colonial authorities
have Inaugurated a serious attempt to In-
I troduce in the French market the Zcbu
of Madagascar as a substitute for beef.
The first batch of a dozen carcasses sold
In the Paris stalls brought the prices of
the highest grade of cattle. Larkcr ship
ments are now on the way here.
Jaw, But Lives
sits his mother, an Indian squaw. The In
dian mother brought her brave sou to
Omaha on Northwestern train No. 106 and
I w as accompanied by a trained nurse, Mrs.
He was taken from the train at Union
station In a critical condition with his facs
in a terribly mangled condition. A Jugged
wound had been furrowed across his face
by the bullet from his revolver. He was
hurried to the Clarkson hospital, where
everything possible (jas been done to ease
the pain and relieve his suffering.
The lad bore a letter from Aaron B.
I Clark, in charge of the Rosebud (Indian
agency, to Rt. Rev. George A. Beecher,
rector of the Trinity cathedral, asking that
all possible alteuilon Ut shown the wounded
MORNING, NOVEMBER LV),
DOBBINS. ASKING NEW TRIAL
Attorneys Allege Misconduct by
Attorney General Byers.
NO EIGHT TO APPEAR IN CASE
I ndue Influence Kxerted Upon Jnry
na Result Aliened Errors of
Court Set Forth In
"That the attorneys for the Btate were
guilty of misconduct In the argument to
tho Jury in that they slated to the jury in
substance that it was the duty of the Jury
to find the defendant gully In defense- of
the good reputation of the city of Councl.
Bluffs and the county of Pottawattamie'
Is one of the forty-one reasons alleged by
counsel for John R. Dobbins why he
should bo granted a new trial In the dis
trict court of Pottawattamie county at
Council Bluffs. Dobbins was recently con
victed on the charge of larceny of $0,000
from T. W. Bnllew, a banker and lumber
king at Princeton, Mo.
The motion In arrest of Judgment and
for a new trial was filed late yesterday
It is further alleged In the motion that
Attorney General H. W. Byers waa guilty
of misconduct in his argument to the Jury
in giving his reusoiiB for his appearing for
the state in that such reasons were not
the reasons fixed by law authorizing him
to appear as a prosecutor, and that said
reasons were presented to the Jury for the
purpose of Influencing the Jury to believe
that there were charges of official cor
ruption in connection with the defendant,
and that It was the duty of the Jury to
find the defendant guilty In order that
there might be a vindication of public of
ficials. The defense also contends that the court
erred In admitting the evidence of the
"Mikes" George F. Castle, W. H. Bedford,
John Hermelbrccht, G. A. Nelson and
George Brown as to other alleged swin
dling transactions In which Dobbins was
nut implicated and with which he had no
The Instructions of Judge Green to the
jury are attacked In twenty-three particu
lars, and the indictment Itself is attacked
on the ground of being Insufficient and
mat "the charge as made in the Indict
ment does not charge the defendant with
the crime of larceny committed in the man
ner in which the state claims the same was
No dale has as yet been set for arguing
tile motion of a new trial.
LAW BUILDiNG AT BOULDER
Gift of (.uugeuheim to I'ulversltr
of Colorado la Dedi
cated. BOl'LI ER. Colo., Nov. 24. The new law
building of the I'nlverslty of Colorado, thJ
gift of L'nlted States Senator .Simon Gug
genheim, was dedicated with appropriate
ceremonies hi r today. Addresses were
tuuue by Governor Shafroth, ttratur Gug
genheim, President Baker of the state in- j
stltutlon and ot licit. The law building!
CABLES ARE WORKING AGAIN
C'oinmanlratlon with the West Indian
Zone Is Established Once I
NF.W YORK, Nov. 24 That part of the
West Indian lone which has been out of
cable touch with the world since the hurri
cane of November T is again in wire com
munication with the L'nlted States and
Europe. The cable companies reported to
day that communication with all West In
dian stations lyis been re-established.
First Real , '
in the East
New York Will Have Its First
"White" Thanksgiving Day for
NEW YORK, Nov. 24. Driving sleet nnd
mow tonight, the first red winter storm
of the year, makes it look as if Thanks
giving day would be a "white one," the
first In many years.
Ptsplto an alleged scarcity of turkeys
J nnd tho record prices of 35 to 40 cents a
porrd, there was no inoication mai in
habitants of the metropolis Intended to fast
rathca- than feast tomorrow. The markets
reported that they were well sold out ot
turkeys, chickens nnd rabbits the latter
being In unusual demand this year.
Charitublo organizations, undaunted by
the high prices, have stocked their baskets
for tha poor as abundantly as ever and
have distributed even more thickly.
NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 24. A severe north
fast storm, with heavy wind, sw-ppt the
Virginia. Carolina and Maryland coasts to
day. All shipping ready to sail from
Hampton Roads was storm bound there.
Mi:r.y coasting schooners caught In the
gale off this coast hurried Into the roadh
During tho storm the Old Dominion
steamer Mobjack and the Baltimore Steam
racket company's steamer Virginia were
in collision at the letter's wharf off Town
Point. The Mobjack's wheel was smashed.
The Virginia's flagstaff was smashed.
BOSTON. Nov. 24. An early winter storm
with a cold, sleety rain on the coast and
some snow In the Interior reached New
England from the south early today. Stiff
Five Millions fur Missions.
HARiUSBURG. Pa., Nov. 24. Announce
ment that the bequests of the late John
Stuart Kennedy of New York to the Pres
byterian Hoard of Foreign Missions would
amount to $r.0u0,000 Instead of J1.CjO.Oii0. as
had been stated at the time of his death,
was made at the Laymen's Missionary con
vention here today.
Floods Tearing Out Bridges,
Rivers Are Out of Banks
SKATTLE. Nov. 24. A relief train bear
ing passengers of Great Northern passen
ger train No. S, due In Seattle Monday,
arrived last night. The passengers told
of the terrible havoc of the floods In the
Cascade mountains. Walking near'y a mile,
climbing over rocks unu temporary foot
bridges, they reached the relief train.
.Shortly after the arrival of the train a
me.-sage was received here stating that
the railroad bridge over the Skyhomlsh
river had gone out. The passengers of
three other Great Northern trains are
marooned between the Cacatfi tunnel and
Tonga, ninety miles east of here. It is
feared damage to the Great Northern Is
so great that It will "take weeks to open
PORTLAND, Nov. 24. The great storm
that hus prevailed In the Pacific northwest
for two da) a shows no signs of ahaiing.
in eastern Oregon and eastern Washing
ton the rain Is of secondary tinixjrtaiue
to a wind storm, whleh lias caused con
siderable financial loss, bo far as re
OMAHA BALLOON FLIES WELL
Lieutenant Haskell Pilots Dirigible
SHIP SOARS TO DIZZY HEIGHT
Slunal Corps Aeronauts Remain In
Air Eighteen Minutes and Lnnd
Safely Officers Elated
Aerial navigation in tho vicinity of
Omaha was given market impetus Wednes
day afternoon when an army dirigible
bulloon quartered at Fort Omaha was
safely piloted over the grounds by Lieu
tenant William Haskell and Sergeant Smith
of the signal corps.
Soaring gracefully over the fort and en
circling the park, attaining at some times
a height of 600 feet, the dirigible attracted
considerable attention In the vicity of
Fort Omaha and eclipsed nil records for
flights in this vicinity. It is es:imate.l
that the aeronauts traveled ten mil
through space during tho afternoon trials.
Lieutenant Haskell not only demonstrated
his mastery over the dirigible in rising
to a dizzy height, but brought the flyer to
enrth at the starting point near th? balloon
(house. At all times he was In perfect con
trol of the airship.
Three flights wre made during the af
ternoon, the first one at 4:10 o'clock. On
the first trip the aeronauts remained In
the air eighteen minutes, coming to earth
only as a matter of practice. The other
flights were of ten and fifteen minutes'
"Kverythlng worked splendidly during
the trials," said Lieutenant Haskell, when
the dirigible waa housed for the night.
"We flew through space at a steady gait
and at no time did the engine balk or go
back on us. During several stretches
through the heavens we must have been
50 Ofeetln tha air. but our average height
was probably 300 feet.
Descent Made Safely.
"It was all very simple. We rose easily
from the balloon house and on our first
flisht sailed over Miller park, returning
safely to the forth. We came down Just
as easily as we went up, with the big
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ported, no lives have been lost. No
damage to shipping Is reporte-d, except the
Hi an. ling of the schooner Mary Wlnkle
n.an, near I'ort Tow nsend.
In northwestern Washington, the ook
sack river, after a tempoiary fall yester
day, began to rise ugatn. The miches on
the lowlands are flooded and the railroads
huve lost a number of bridges. Train
schedules are demoralized.
Along Puget .Sound the streams are all
out of their banks and flooding the low
lands and destroying biidges and rail
road tracks. The Great Northern railroad,
which cro.rs the Cascade, east of Everett,
is tied up, several trains being stalled In
In the Grays Harbor country the greatest
loss lias been to lojs. one raft alone, val
ued at I-iAJOoO, being swept out to sea.
Along the bunk of the Columbia river
land slides have put the railroads out of
In the Willamette valley, rivers are torrents
For Nrhrnskn - Tartly cloudy.
For low a Cloudy: mariner.
For m rather rrpo'i arc :iri .T.
IXH'Y TWO CENTS.
F0I1 ALL OMAHA
Various Forms of Observance Will Be
Followed, but Everyone May
CHURCHES WILL HOLD SERVICE3
Charitable Societies Will Extend
Bounties to the Unfortunate.
EVEN PRISONS WILL FEEL CHEER
St. Joseph and Omaha High School
GAME AT VINTON STREET PARK
Interstate Shootlnur Tonrnnnient nt
Ilenson Onn lnb and Theater
Will Afford rienre for
PROGRAM OF THE DAY.
Toot ball, Vinton Park Omaha
High achool vs. lopska High school.
"A Gentleman from Mlllppt,,,
'Tha Qlrl In tha Grandstand," tna
The Time, tha Plaoa nd tha
Girl," the Krng.
Vaudeville Tha Orpheum.
Interstate tfun tournament, Ben
on Onn club.
Bpeolal church services.
Postoffioe general flellvory open
to 10s30 . m. and 8 , to 7 p. n.
Regular morning- carrier deliveries.
Collections of mall tamt as Bun
days. irvnrvho.lv in Omaha will hnve a Thanks
giving' day If ho will but take advantage
of the opportunities offered. The business
houses, offices' and public Institutions gen
erally will be closed to allow employes and
employers -to observe the day.
Special, aervlfes are to be held In many
of the churches. Some ef the churches
have Joined In holding Thanksgiving serv
ices in certain dlntiiots.
The Young Men s Christian association
will give a dinner to thff young men of the
city who are aw ay from Tiome. The Young
Men's Christian association proposes ts
make those so situated forget their Inabil
ity to eat Thanksgiving dinner at home
so far as possible.
Open house will bo kept all day at the
Young Women's Christian association.
There will be gymnastic events in the
morning and at 4 o'clock a basket ball
game. A musicals will be given at 3
o'clock. Thanksgiving day dinner Is an
nounced for 1:30 o'clock.
The poor have not been neglected and
the charitable Institutions of tho city have
all mude provisions for their charges. Tho
Volunteers of America are distributing bas
kets filled with provisions fed- the holiday
dinner and the Salvation Army Is conduct
ing a similar program.
The prisoners In the city and county
Jails wllV have turkey for dinner as a
token that though they may be naughty
they are not forgotten Americana.
Special programs and menus will make
the Inmates of the hospitals as happy
as environment und health will permit.
The one athletic event of the day.
abovo others, will be the game between the
Omaha and Topcka high schools at Vinton
street park. The Benson Gun club wll!
have on hand the Interstate gun tourna
ment. I'luy at Parochial School.
The pupils of t. Joseph's parochial
school. Seventeenth and Center streets, are
to repeat their amateur theatricals recently
given, on the afternoon of Thanksgiving
day. "St. Julia" will be given In German,
while "Kathleen" will be presented In
English. The entertainment will tcgln at
At 7 o'clock In tho evening a Thanks
giving dinner will be served at the
People's church to all who havo not
had the pleasure of the holiday dinner
e sew hero.
The Holy Communion will be admin
istered at all Saints' church at 10:30 o'clock
In the morning, and an address will be
made by Rev. T. J. Markay, rector. The
First Christian, the Kountze Memorial and
First Baptist churches will unite In giving
services at 10:30 o'clock at the First Bap
tist, Twenty-ninth avcSiue and Harney
street. Rev. J. M. Kersey, pastor of the
First Christian church will preach. Tho
choir of the First Baptist church will havo
charge of the musical program. Services
i will be held by tho First Christian Science
church at Chambirs Iiunclng avademy.
Twenty-fifth and Farnain streets, at 11
o'clock In the morning. Rev. James McGee
of Mai shalltown, la., will preach In tha
evening at Calvary Baptist church.
The German Free Evangelical churoh.
Twelfth and Ix.iras streets, will render ft
Thanksgiving program at 10:80 o'clock 4.
m., with an address by the Rev. F. H. V,
(Ithrr hurcliea I nlte.
The North Presbyterian, Pnmanuel Bap
tist. First l'nlted Presbyterian, North Side
Christian. Trinity Mithodlst, l'nlted Br-th-ren
and Plymouth Congregational chuich.s
wi'l unltii In 11 o'clock sedvlcH at Ilv
mouth church.. Rev. 1". H. McDowell of
In.lnai.uel Baptist, will pp-nch the se;mm
and pruyer will be offired for the Old
The he: vice of the tlx churches In the
Kbiik'oiii park district will be held In the
tiiaie Lutheran church, South Twenty
sixth street, between J'uppleton and Wool
Worth avenuis. at 11 a. in. Rev. L. O.
Buird will preach ti e rerun, n. The offering
will he for the Oi l People's lion. a.
Thursday the city hull will be closed all
day, and the ilivators will be rhut do.vn,
to allow the operators to get to the- f I im t
The families ef abu.:t se-vf nty-f !ve em
ployes of th" John Ieere Plow cornpieny
will eat Thanksgiving clay turk y aL lb.)
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