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Omaha Daily Bee
VOL XLI-Na 238.
OMAHA, THURSDAY MORNING,. MAKCH 21, 1912-SIXTEEN PAGESl
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
Fierce Fire Followi Blowing Vp of
Coal Workings at KcCartais,
MEB - BEYOSD HTKTH LEVEL
Greater Portion of Say Shift Lose
Lim in Disaster.
RESCUERS FORCED TO RETIRE
Gaiet Combine with Thick Smoke to
' Hinder Efforts. ,
SETEHTT COFITtfS ORDERED
Omrta af IcUHnt Frisnaa ef
Miners Olve War to Srlet 'Whew
Order Isdlcotea Hoaeless
ares ef Rneu.
MCURTAIN. Okl.. March -At T
lo'cloek tonight government mme experts
announced that bops ef rescuing any of
tha seventy-eight man imprisoned la the
Bans Bolt mlna here had been aban
FORT SMITH. Ark.. March. .-Tha
fat of seventy-eight men Imprisoned by
as explosion In tha Baa Bola mlna at
McCurtaln, Okl, today waa la doubt tbia
Tha mlna Is laid to hara caved In after
tha explosion. Moat of tha mlnera Im
prisoned ara beyond tha obstruction and
a fltroa flra makea tha work of rescue
practically trapoaelble. Tha cauaa of the
explosion baa not bean determined.
Workers Reyesd Ninth Level.
Moat of tha day ahlft of minora waro
at work beyond tha ninth level, where
tha azploalon did Ita work, and tha faw
who escaped, uiough wounded by flying
wreckage rom tha mlna, were above tha
Men la tha shaft housa ran when tha
nolaa of tha explosion came to their aara
aa a muffled roar, aooa followed by puffs
of omoka from tba mouth of tha shaft.
For a time contusion reigned, but
filially volunteers to enter the shaft vara
called for and dosena atapped forward.
A party waa selected, but bad been low
ered only a abort distance when tha
thickening smoke warned them that
fa flrera flra rated below.
Deadly fumes then forced them to ra
jtora to tha surface. Within half an
jhour after tha explosion dense clouds of
black smoke ware pouring from tba shaft.
An order waa Issued forc-dlng anyone
Ito approach tha mine. When news of
this spread the crowds near the mlna,
I a) ready ' ' frlef-strtcken, succumbed to
wild manifestations of grief. .
wevsniy oowns irere oruereu or xeie-
ph to be sent te MaCtvtaln on spe
cial train from MeAJester.
Mrs. Taft Gets Fall
, By Stepping on Dress;
i ' No Injury is Caused
jJlw YORK. March SO.-Mrs. Taft,
wife of President Taft, stumbled as ana
waa alighting from a wheeled cnlr at
the woman's Industrial exhibit in tha
Grand Central patera thla afternoon and
fell to the- floor. the was not Injured.
Th report that Mrs. Taft hsd been
badly hurt spread rapidly. President Taft
oalled on the Ions; distance telephone
when he arrived In Wnhington and waa
Informed that Mrs. Taft merely bad
stepped on her dress and had fallen.
iTaft's Talk' with
1 Mitchell Put Off
WASHINGTON. March -The confer
cace between President Taft and' John
Mitchell, regarding tha threatened coal
strike, has been posctponed Indefinitely,
according" to an announcement at the
'White House today. No reason was given.
I.eaa sestesoe far Taxi Robber.
NEW YORK. March M.-Oeno Montanl,
tha chauffeur wbo drove the taxlcab In
iwhlch two bank messengers were beaten
and robbed of CO.OOS In cash, and who
waa recently found guilty of highway
robbery, was sentenced today to from ten
years to eighteen years and two montns
tn state's prison.
i Alio iicaiuci
FOR NEBRASKA Vrobably heavy
anow; colder IB oast portion, high north
' FOR IOWA-Bnow. probably heavy;
colder; high northeasterly winds.
1 Teasaeratara at Omaha leaterday.
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Comparative Local Beewra.
11. MIL ll. ISO.
Highest yesterday 71 72 45
Lowest yesterday.. IT 42 47 28
Mean temperature...... 3 W
Precipitation 7 .SB .) .at
Temperature and precipitation depar
tures tram the normal:
Normal temperature SB
Deficiency for the day.. .i.. - 17
Total deficiency since March 1 HI
Norma) precipitation inch
Excess tor the day as inch
Total rainfall since March t. 2.42 inches
Excess Since March 1 l. inches
Deficiency for cor. period. Mil. .40 inch
peflcieacy tor cor. period, Ulft. .71 Inch
Rieerta from ataUowa at T P. M.
Station and State Temp. High Rain
ex Weather. 1p.m. today, fall.
(eyenne, clear 2 JS
Xavenport. anowtng 5i 2t .fC
Denver, pL doudy I K .11
Dea Moines, snpwing J 24 l.lt
Lander, clear 14 M .14
North Platte, cloudy...... t 12 1.4t
Omaha, snowing 17 2 .7
Puebio. anowing 3t tH .M
Rapid City, cloudy. 4 I ,2J
Salt Lake City, cloudy.... H M .
Caata Fa, clear.. ........ at . K .
iiterldaa. clear rt .
Sioux aty, snowing. K M l.M
VawoUne, snowing - .a
X. A WLdH. Looai Forecaster.
The National Capital
Wednesday", March SO, Jl.
The Senate. .
In seesloa at 2 p. is.
Finance committee held hearing on
chemical tariff reduction MM.
Considered fortifications appropriation
Passed fortifications talis.
Foreign relatione committee considered
Hoaduraa and Nicaragua loan trestle.
Met at noon.
State department committee began In
vestigation of Secretary Knox's aliased
use of department employe as a valet.
Considered bills on regular Wednesday
A minority of Interstate Commerce com
mittee filed a report against the Panama
government bill, contending assessment of
tolls against American ships would aid
Civil service and consular reform repre
sentatives advocated before foreign af
fairs committee the 8uller bill providing
against political afflUaUona In consular
Chairman Padgett by order of naval
committee, circulated .petition among
democrats for caucus to reconsider former
caucus declaration against battleehlpa
appropriation this year.
Senator Heyburn of Idaho baa returned
from Atlantic City, where he went a
fortnight ago suffering with a lesion over
bis left eye. He Is practically well.
EXPRESS SAEEjS DYNAMITED
Train on Mobile tt Ohio Road is
Robbed Hear Corinth, Mis.
SIXTY THOUSAND tS THE SAFE
tateaaent that, Thla Saaa Waa
Taken Caaaet Be CoaftraaeJ
; Blseeheaads Ara aa Ike
Trail at Robbera.
CORINTH. Miss.. March W.-Sherift
McPsters of Alcorn county started today
at tha head of a posse In pursuit of the
robbers who last night held up north
bound Mobile Ohio train No. 4, dyna
mited tba safe in tha express car and es
caped with booty, the amount of which
has not been determined.
The robbery took place seven mllei
south of Corinth In the Tuecumbin river
bottom, an ideal place for a holdup, aa
that section is heavily wooded.
It Is believed the robbera were the same
ones who recently held up a Rock Island
train wast of Memphis.
ST. Wins, March .-Mom than two
hours behind Its sehedula the Mobile At
Ohio passenger train No. , which waa
held up and robbed hear Corinth, Mlna.,
arrived bare today. Tba express mes
senger, William Snoddy, told further de
tails ef -the robbery. Ho would not say
how much money the bandits obtained.
Passengers quoted Bnoddy as sag-leg .-
vot was In the safe.
"I bad no Idea the train was being
robbed when R stopped," he laid. "The
first I knew anything, wad wrong wat
whfg I heard sometiuaa; crash against
the door of my ear.
Then the door gave way and the first
thing I knew a man had Jumped in. He
threw a revolver up and ordered ma to
put up my hands. Ha. ordered ma to
keep still and then another man came In.
"I was ordered then to leavs tha car.
Outside one man guarded me, Another
was busy In tha car tor several minutes.
Then he, too, came out a minute later
and then came tbe explosion snd the safe
was forced open.
'"I have been Instructed by tba 'com
pany not to discuss lbs mattsr.
pasaraarera Hide Valuables.
J. J. Hovell. his wife and their daugh
ter of Avon, III., were passengers on the
train. Hovell told how the passengers
hid their money and valuables when the
conductor rushed through the coaches
informing the people the train was being
held up. -
Women put jewels In thelratocklngs and
hid them In their hair, be. said, while
the men slipped their purses'under seats
and into every available niche.
The safe In the express can waa wrecked
beyond repair, tha whole front being
torn away. Officials believe nitro
glycerin was used for tha blast. Win
dow tn the car ware shattered and ex
press u packages broken open by the
force of the explosion. .
Members of the train crew with the
exception of 8 noddy, left tha train at
Attempt te' ileal Batllea. 1
SAN BERNARDINO. Cel.. March SA
AB attempt to loot tha safe ot tha Cen
tral Lode Mining company In the Slat?
mountain district' of gJO,000 In bullion.
which resulted In a revolver battle In
which three men were wounded, was re
ported here today.
H. Langley and Bert Lane, nosing as
teamsters, obtained employment wltb the
mining company. They were said to have
triad to loot the safe, but were frustrated
by Henry Preston, a watchman. Lang-
ley and Lane are reported aa seriously
wounded, while Preston was shot through
- at Pittsburg, Kan,
PITTSBURG, Kan., March 20.-Enoch
Sommers, a young man recently married,
died under mysterious circumstances at
hat borne here and a coroner's Jury today
decided that bis death was caused by
poison administered by aa unknown par
Sommers body was found In his bed
and it ia believed the poison wsa ad
ministered while ho slept.
The police are trying to locate Mrs;
gommers to get her evidence In regard to
Sommers. wbo was S years old, married
Clara Anthony, a school teacher here. .
REPORT ABOUT KNOX
WASHINGTON, March The boose
committee cat State department expendi-
wj is Investigating statements that
Secretary of State Knox ases as a pri
vate servant Archibald & Flnkert, a ae
gra carried on tbe State dt pertinent pay
rolls, and that Pinkert ia accompanying
Mr, Knox as valet en the present Central
American tour. Pinkert la said to have
bean employed by Mrr Knox when the
latter waa In the rutted States senate.
Tha committee also Inquired Into tbe
mattsr of defraying the axpansss of tbe
secretary's Central American trip.
west is swept
Disturbance Assuming Proportion
of Blizzard Causes Great
RAIL TRAFFIC IS TIED UP
Omaha in Center of Wintry Blasts
for More Than 24 Hours,
SN0WPL0WS ARE EST ACTION
Wind Blows a Gale and Entire West
is Covered with Snow.
FLARES ARE DRIFTING HIGH
Boreal Oateerst to General treat
Lakes ta Moaatalae aad from
Caaadlaa Border as Far
Soath as tiaasaav
Another billiard of extensive propor
tions swept the West yesterday, bank
ing snow In Impenetrable heape along
the railroad, and causing all sorts of inconvenience.
For more than twenty-four hours
Omaha waa the center of one of th
heaviest snowstorms that has visited the
Transmlssourl country this winter and
perhaps In years.
East andsweet and north and south,
most ot Tuesday night, all of Wednesday
and Into Wednesday night It snowed
from the great lakes to the mountains
and from almost up to the Canadian line
down as far south si central Kanaaa.
Passenger trains were kept moving dur
ing the day, but in order to do so, a snow
plow waa run ahead of every train. Lit
tle attempt waa made to move freight
trains. At least none were started out
from the terminals. Thost thst wero on
the roads, were ordered In at the first
stations where tbe cars could be shunted
onto tha sidings. '
So far as snow was concerned, no road
had any call on Ita competitors There
waa snow everywhere and plenty ot It,
and It wss drifting, too. 1
Blockade la Iowa,
Across Iowa, last night the anow was
reported on all of the Omaha-Chicago
roads from twelve to eighteen Inches deep
and more falling every minute.
Nor was Iowa the only section on the
east that was buried under the snow. A
blinding bilsxard raged all day from the
Mississippi river to the great lakes, ex
tending up Into Wisconsin and Minnesota
and south to tbe central part of Illinois.
This territory reported eighteen Inches
and two feet of new snow, wltb mors
Lata- last night tha storm struck cen
tral Kansas. Six Inches ot new anow was
reported at Concordia and nearly a foot
at Oberlla. All the way through from
Ellis to Denver t biiard was raging,
the wind blowing twenty t thirty miles
All through the north part of tha ante
railroad traffic, both passenger and
freight, was practically abandoned. There
waa an attempt to keep main lines open.
but the branches were reported to be In
worse condition than after tha storm of
a week ago. i ;
Theasaa Miles ef Stores.
In Omaha and to the west for 1.000
miles there waa a constant bllssard from
early morning until late last night It
waa snow right through to Ogden. Re
ports reached the Vnioit Pacific Bead-
quarters that in western Wyoming the
storm showed signs of abating and that
the weather was growing colder. Eigh
teen inches of anow Is reported across
the plains from Cheyenne through to
Rock River, a distance ot about 40S miles.
On the branches, to tha north and south
of tha main line, through Nebraika and
Kansas lieavy snow was reported and a
great loss of stock on the ranges and at
Reports Indicate that all of the Rock
laland trains on the Denver Una ara tied
up, moat of them at stations. This ap
plies to passenger as well as freights.
The Burlington reports twelve td eigh
teen Inches ot new snow during the last
twenty-four hours, the heaviest falls be
ing la northern Kansas and up la tha
Basin country of Wyoming, with almost
the same tall from Billings, Mont, all
the way down through Wyoming and
Into western Nebraska. Tha temperature
only got a little below freesing. Through
the Black Hills more than a foot of new
snow was reported.
aaw Drifts Badly.
Outside of the mountain districts the
snow drifted badly. On the Northwest-
ern's western Wyoming lines reports
show twelve to eighteen inches ot new
snow all tha way from Lander to Cas
per, with almost aa much from Casper
to Long Pine. From O'Neill serosa to
Sioux City and up through the sou .Vera
part ot South Dakota the bUxsard waa
most severe. In towns la this district
stores and business bouses remained
closed during tbs day, people not caring
to venture out from their homes.
From Atchison, Kan, to Sioux City,
Ia., the weather conditlona were similar,
anow falling during tha entire day, the
depth ranging from six to elgbteea inches,
aw and Water Baxh.
LINCOLN, Neb, March 2.-Speclal
Telegram.) Railroad managers are hav
ing their troubles with both water and
anow. Salt creek here 1 out ot Its
banks and while It has flooded the bot
toms aad drives people wbo live la tbe
lowlands to tha higher ground. It has
not Interfered with the rallroada yet aad
tbe lower temperaturea ara expected to
put a temporary end to the floods. Rural
mall carriers, however, are not so for
tunate, being unable to get out on routes
which cross Salt vreek. This afternoon
tbe water commenced to subside.
The Burlington Is having some trouble
on tba Una to Milford, by the sliding ot
the Mg cnt near that place.
Tram service on the Wymore division
between Atchison and Rum haa been
abandoned oa account of high water. On
the Billings Una the anow. which haa
been tailing aU day haa Jled up traffic
north of Aurora.
Tha St. Francis branch has alas been
tied op by snow and If the storm con
tinues aa It has been going all forenoon
it will aoon have all the lines tied op.
Deep Sbsiw la laws. -
MASON CITT, la March -8pecial
Telegram.) It has been saowiag hero an
day, interfering with railroad traffic Tha
(Continued oa Second Page.)
ROOSEVELT NAMES HS ISSUE
In Speech at Carnegie Hall Declares
People Fit to Rule..
ANSWERS TAFTS - ARGUMENTS
Asserts He la Rat Leailag right aa
Matter of rtraaare, bat Be
cease Otherwise It Waald
Set Ba Made..
NEW YOKK. March M.-VThe great
fundamental Issue now before the repub
lican party and before our people can be
stated briefly. It Is, Are the American
people fit to govern themselves, to rule
themselves, to control themselves I I be
lieve they aim. My opponents do not."
With these words Theodore Roosevelt
tonight opened tha first speech ha has
delivered since tba public announcement
of bis willingness ta accept the repub
lican aominatioa for president. His sub
ject waa "Tbs Right ot tha People to
Rule." The apseott. delivered at Car
nrgta ball, under the auspices af ths
CV"rwnrn n, aUhoraud much thatreo to
nal Roosevelt said In hls-Cofwmbud (O.)
address and answered In entail certaia"
arguments of President Taft la reply. "I
stand on tbs Coturnbus speech,' said
Colonel Roosevelt, "the principles there
asserted are not new, but I believe that
they are ascessary to the mehteuance of
free democrat ia government".
After his opening declaration Colonel
"So that no man may misunderstand
me. let me recapitulate.
"1. 1 am not proposing anything In con
nection with the supreme court ot the
United Elates, or with ths federal consti
tution. ' l I am not proposing anything having
any connection with ordinary suits, civil
of criminal, aa between Individuals.
"1. I am not speaking ot tbs recall ot
"4. I am proposing merely that In a
certain class of eaaas Involving tha police
power, where a slat court baa set aslds
aa anconatltutlonai a law passed by ths
legislature for the general welfare, the
question ot tha validity of the law
which should depend, as Justice Holmes
so weU phrases It, upon ths prevailing
morality or preponderant opinion be sub
mitted for final determination to a vote
of tha people, taken after due time for
Wky Ma ta la Fight.
Colonel Roosevelt quoted ths remarks of
William Draper Lewia, desa ot tha law
school of ths University of Pennsylvania,
who approved Mr. Roosevelt's plan ot a
popular recall of Judicial decisions re
garding constitutional amendments, but
declared It anfortunata that tbe - plan
should have been proposed by a man of
such "marked characteristics" as Colonel
Roosevelt, whose personality, ha said,
might cloud the Issue. To this Colonel
"I can only say that I wish eomebody
else whose suggestions would arouse leas
antagonism bad pro post d It; bat nobody
else did propose It. and as I had to. I
am not leading thla fight as a matter of
aesthetic pleasure. I am leading bora use
somebody must lead, or else tba fight
would not be mad at all.
"I prefer td work with moderate, with
rational, conservatives, provided only that
they do In good faith strive forward
towards tha light. But when they halt
and turn their backs ta the light and sit
with the aosmera oa ths seats of re
action, then I must part company with
thaaa. We, the people, cannot turn back.
Our aim must be steady, wise progress."
Dancing and Cards
KANSAS CITT, March la-Card play-
lag, dancing and theater going ara among
tba topics scheduled tor discussion by the
forty-fourth annual meeting of the St.
Louis conference of the Methodist Epa
eopel church, which kegs a hero today.
"Drop it or enforce It" Is the slogan of
many ministers regarding The rule ta the
Methodist diadpUna against these diver
siona. AO the - Methodist eharehes of
soutltera Missouri are represented at ths
meeting. Bishop William A. Quay is of
Oklahoma ta presiding
While the Missouri conference Is in ses
sion tha fifty-seventh annual meeting of
the) Kansas conference of tha Methodist
church Is to he held in Kansas City. Kan,
with tbe possibility thM k mioa of north
ern and aoathera Kansas churches, di
vided since the civil war days, may be
Tried to Burn Post
Office is Sentenced
LONDON, March 20.-Rlln Pltfield.
tha suffragette who attempted to sat
tire to the general postofflos In London
on the evening of March 1 by throwing
a bundle of paper saturated with petro
leum Into. tha building, was sentenced
today at tha Old Bailey sessions to six
months Imprisonment la tha second di
vision. This meana that she will be ac
corded many privileges not granted to
ordinary prisoners The Judge explained
that her sentence would have been mors
severe except for her 111 health. ,
THIRTEEN BOMBS FOR KNOX
Explosives-Are Found Under Rail
road in Nicaragua.
RESULT OF LIBERAL PLOT
Rrawvt tswm lanlds aara Xass.
' 'aer af Psaaalaeat Pelltlelaaa '
Will fee Pat ta
NKW ORLBANA, March 2S-AS the re
mit of tha alleged discovery by the gov
ernment of Nicaragua ot a plot to assassi
nate Kaorelary Knox during his reseat
visit there It Is not Improbable a number
ot prominent "liberals" will be put to
death, according to advices received hers
todsy from Blueflelds.
Thirteen dynamite bombs placed be
neath tha roadbed over which Secretary
Knox's special train traveled from Co-
rlnto to Managua and connected with aa
elect lie battery were discovered by gov
ernment agents and will be used as svi
denes against tha conspirators.
On ths day of Mr. Knox's arrival at
Managua a bomb waa exploded under the
vhllamaia bridge between Leon and La
Celba, but doing little aamage.
Ths thirteen bombs Were not discov
ered until after tbe Knox train had
passed on Its way to the capital.
Twenty ZHajUtas or liberals are In
the Managua penitentiary held Incom
municado pending tha Invest Igstlon.
m Daro da Nicaragua, a Managua dally,
published aa article on tha day of Mr.
Knox's arrival at tha capital wltb the
"Dynamite for Knox." ,
The Issue of tbe paper was suppressed
and tha editors and publishers were
thrown Into prison.
President is Delayed
hy Fog in New York
NEW YORK, March Sft-FresMent Taft
found himself a visitor to New York
hen he awoke thla morning. He bad
expected to be la Washington, but In
stead found himself maroooed in New
York for a few hours an account of fog.
Tha president wss a passenger last
night aa the Bostoa and Washington
express, which la ferried around the
city oa a car float. Because of a heavy
fog the railroad officials would not ven
ture to send the president's car by tbe
river route. Tbe train was switched Into
tbe grand central yards, where tbe presi
dent's car, tha Colonial, was run on a
siding. Before retiring the president had
left ' Instructions not to be disturbed.
Police guarded ths car during tha night.
Thla morning he ate breakfast tn his
car aad later made a call at tha home
ot his brother, Henry W. Taft, and then
went ta the Pennsylvania station where.
he took the aS o'clock instead af the
1C:1I o'clock train for Washington.
WASHINGTON, March IS -When Pres.-
Ident Taft arrived from New York today
ha waa Informed that a rumor had
reached Washington that Mrs. Taft. say
tending a woman's Industrial exhibition
In Now York, bsd fallen and Injured her
self. Mr. Taft waa informed later that
Mrs. Taft stepped oa her dress at tbe
exhibition and fell, but was not Injured
In aay way. . .
Hadley Orders Name
Taken Off Ballot
JEFFERSON CITT, Moi. March S.-"I
sin not now and will not ba a candidate
for vice president.' said Governor H. 8.
Hadley today when he beard that his
aaate had been preetented for filing aa a
candidate tor vice president.-
He dictated a letter te tbe secretary af
stats of Nebraska requesting bub to re
fuse tha petltloa and wot Place his same
oa the efftctal primary baQoC
LA FOLLETTE TAKES DAKOTA
Wisconsin Senator Leads Roosevelt
About Four to Three.
MAJORITY MAT REACH 14,000
Tfsamaa Marshall, La Follette Can
didate M Nalloaal Committee
sua, Haa Majerlty Bqaal
ta That af His Chief.
FAROO, N. I)., March A-Wtth partial
returna received during last night. Sena
tor La Follette of Wisconsin evidently
haa a lead of more titan 1J.O0O votes over
Theodore Roosevelt In tha first presiden
tial preferential primary election yes-
At aa early hour thla morning W pre
cincts out ot l.Ht give La Follette H.M
and Roosevelt U.UL This ratio. It main
tained by tha reports from others pre
cincts will bring La Follette's majority
over Roosevelt np ta approximately
La FollttU'a strength Was greater la
the east ara part of the State, although
Roosevelt did, hot develop so much
strengin in lite wen aa naa seen antic
ipated. Roosevelt carried but one of ths
eastern tier of counties.
Thomas Marshall, the La follette can
didate for national committeeman, has a
majority Which It is believe 1 will equal
that ot La Follette. The La Follette
presidential ejectors all have been else'
ted with majorities ranging about the
asms as the head of tha ticket.
The total vote in tha stats la believed
to be about 48,000. It was cut down very
materially In tba western part oa ac
count of a storm, .
President Taft's vols throughout tbs
state waa nrglible.
In.. Is Plssssd.
LINCOLN, March 20. The North Da
kota primary result was highly gratify
ing to W. J. Bryan. Mr. Bryan said to-day:
"I waa up there tha other day and from
what I heard I expected La Follette to
carry the state. I need hardly add that
I think ha deserved the endorsement
He Is tbs pioneer progressive ot the re
publican party." (
Mr. Bryan also admitted that It waa
true that he had advocated tha endorse
ment of La Follette In addresses delivered
la North Dakota.
Nine Persons Killed
hy Explosion of Gas
at Scranton, Pa.
SCR ANTON, Pa., March N.-In a gas
explosionScaused. It la thought, bv mine
settlings, nine persons were hilled and
two Injured today In Dunmore, near
here. Two families, comprising two
women and seven children, were either
blown to pieces la the explosion or
burned in the tire that followed and
destroyed three bouses. Tba dead are:
MRS. JOHN CAVELLA and her five
children. Rose, aged S yearsi Dominica,
aged S years; Lucy, aged U years; Bes
sie, sged It; William, aged SI years.
MRS. VITO 8UMMA. Mrs. Cavella'i
daughter, and her two children, Mary,
aged 1 years, and Frank, aged 4 years.
Tbe body of Msry gumma was found la
the limbs of a tree fifty test from ths
scene of the explosion a half hour after
Mora than twenty dwellings near the
scene af tha explosion were badly dam
aged by the concussion and tha flying
timbers and scores ot persons were
thrown out of their beds and bruised.
During the last week mine settlings
ha the adghborbood of the Cavella
home have caused alarm. Only a few
days ago ths cellar dropped out of a
bouse en tha opposite side of the street
and several miners climbed to the sur
face aa ladders let down by the women
of the bouse.
Dunmore police say that gsa from a
broken main censed probably by tbs
mine settlings found Its way into the
cellar ot the Cavella home where . tt
gathered in a dense volume and exploded
hen K came in contact with aa oil
lamp that waa burning in the house.
ALLEGED NEBRASKAN KILLS
MAN AT CAIRO, ILLINOIS
CAIRO, III., March B.-Philip W. Har
lan, wbo registered at a hotel here aa
being from Beaaler. Neh, killing 8. F.
George, proprietor of the hotel, hut night.
by catting his threat. Harlaa la 7 years
old. Although Harlaa registered from
Beaatey. there Is aa sack town la Ne
Springfield Witnesses of Battle with
Convicts Act on Death of
BRIGGS BULLET KILLS GRAY
Mass Meeting at Springfield Makea
statement About Blunt juinng.
EYE WITNESSES ARE QUOTED
Postmortem at Lincoln Establishes
This to Be True.
REWARD TO GO TO WIDOW
rasas at Farasera Passed Close ta
Wassa aad Did Nat Shoes Be
caaee Blaat Asked
Thesa Not Ta.
Sentiment among the peopfe of Spring
field and vicinity that the life of Roy
Blunt might have been saved had the
officers been lees precipitate In their pur
suit of the murderers of Warden Dela
bunty, la growing. A mass meeting wss
held at tha town ball In Springfield Tues
day night at which a statement wan
dratted givtug the version of the shoot
ing aa It appears to tha friends and
neighbors ot the dead farmer. The stsle
tsecit was drawn by a committee con
sisting ot v. aiangoia. - . swtcs, ...
C. Johnson, W. S. Kly and Thomas Nel
son aad was unanimously approved. It
Mass Meetlac la Held.
' "Notice to the Public: At a mass meet
ing held by tbe cttlrena ot Hpringfleld In
regard to the capturing ot the convicts
and the method employed by the offi
cials of ths different counties and cities,
ths following statements are made In
reply to the statements made by Sheriff
Hyers of Lancaster county. Chief Briggs
ot South Omaha and Sheriff Chess of
Sarpy county and- other officers given
out In tha daily papers
The real farts tn tbe case are that
tha people of Springfield heard first of the
convicts by telephone when they started
tram ths Blunt home, with Mr. Blunt
driving them. A posse. Including one
officer, started Immediately In two ve
hicles toward the Blunt farm. At a point
three miles West and one halt mile south
ot Springfield, the posse came face to
face with Blunt and tha convicts, being
not ever thirty yards from them. Blunt
recognised ths men, made a plea for his
life by saying that ha waa ta their power
and If they opened flra tba convicts would
Peeea Taraa Baek.
"Ths posse, net wishing ta endanger
Blunt, turned back to the cross roads, a
quarter ot. a mile farther, dtatant, one
rig going to a farm house a quarter of
a mule away ta telephone what had hap
pened,' aad tbs other stopping within 1H
yarns irom wis vrvws nws. m.w inv
convicts pa said the cross road tbs twa
rigs took up the pursuit, keeping wlthia
1M yards of them for four snd a half
miles, when the officers. Including BrlggsT
Troutoa, Chase and driver, passed .the
posse, requesting the driver to crowd
tba team on closer to tha convicts. Chase
rose, tlie driver refused ta push oa closer,
so gave the lines ta Troutoa and got
out before Rosa left tha rig. Lioyd Blunt,
brother of the dead man, rode up to
the sids ot the officers rig and wanted
them sot ta shoot, aa his brouief waa
silting on the seat driving. Briggs or
dered Blunt to tslefAtone to South Omaha
te warn the polios force there that they
were coming that way, telling Blaat that
he waa Briggs, chief of police of South
Waraiag ta Of fleers.
"Oeorge Pflug gives ths following state
ment tn regard to warning tha officers
about ahootlng while Blunt was tn the
wagon. He bad bean Informed, by Blunt s
two brothers-In-taw that tha convicts had
nothing but revolvers and shotguns and
Inini ml (his lluftffi lh nffimra. snd
they replied by saying that they were
after those fellows and were, going ta
get them. Pflug also aays that ths first
shots Bred were withla sixty to ssventy
rods ot the wagon, and continued at In
tervals ap to thirty and forty rods, tha
firing coming all the time from the rear.
"Constable Marioa Mlntura of Spring
field, also warned tba officers, telling
them not to shoot Into the wagon, aa
there waa an Innocent man, (meaning
Blunt), -In tbs wagon. Tbe sheriff ot
Sarpy county (Chasei replied: "to
with him. wa know our business' .
"Guy Whetstone spoke to Briggs,
warning htm not to shoot as there wu
an Innocent man in tha wagun. When
they passed the front team In pursuit
they ware again warned about shooting
into tba wagon, this tints by Lincoln
Russell and they replied, 'Never mind,
we will get them. driving oa at a pace
until they drew up to tbe convicts, within
thirty yards, wheat Officer , Briggs
alighted from tbe rig, commanding the
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