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VOL. V.. THE DALLES, WASCO COUNTY, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1895.
A FATAL EXPLOSION
Men Almost Blown to
WERE THAWING OUT DYNAMITE
Indian. Banged for Murdcr
Bxtenstve Flres--An English
Fr ksno, Dec. 28. The explosion of a
22-pound box of dynamite yesterday near
Big Sandy, 40 miles from Fresno, will
probably result in the death of two men
O. C. Grider had both hands blown off
and was seriously injured internally
An unknown man had one arm torn off
and was tf-riblv burned. The men were
thawing or.', dynamite over a stove
Grider has :. ife and three children.
A Human Skull Found.
Santa Rob a, Dec. 28. Quite a senea
tion is being caused by the finding of the
skull of a human being in the bed of
Santa Rosa creek, near the flouring mills
here. The condition of the skull indi
cates that the person to whom it be
longed has been dead less than two
years. Physicianis who examined it
there is no douDt tnat tue person iir.a
not been dead longer than that. There
has been much speculation over the
ghastly find. Deputy Sheriff Dougherty
has possession of it, and many have been
to see it. About two years ago, a China'
man named Wing Lee was murdered in
a gambling house by a Chinaman named
Ah Sam. Sam fled out of the back door
just as the officers appeared in front, and
was never seen since. It was believed
at the time by many that friends of Lee
had killed Sam out of revenge and hid
his body. Every effort was made to find
Sam, but with no results. It is now be
lieved that the skull found is that of
Sam, who, it is believed, was murdered,
his head cut off and thrown into the
stream, while the body was buried else
The Missing; Vessels.
Sam Francisco, Dec. 28. Although
the schooner John F. Miller was sighted
only a few days ago 10 miles west of the
Farrallooes, she has not since been
heard of, and fears are expressed that
she was driven oul to sea again. Pro
visions are likely to fall short, and it is
not unlikely that more or less suffering
will be caused by her delay. As the
Miller was in a disabled condition when
sighted, there is no reason for uneasiness.
The coal-laden bark Sea King was re
ported 10 miles north of Point Eeyes on
Tuesday last. Nothing has been heard
heard of her, although she has bad am
pie time to reach port.
Another vessel, the ship J. B. Brown,
has not passed in. The belief prevails,
however, that they will all come In.
Chlua's Commissioners Preparing to
Shanghai, Dec. 2S. Peace Com mis
sioner Chang Ying Huen has left Tien
Tsin for Che Foo, and is expected here
January 6th, when he will join Peace
Commissioner Shao Yoo Tien and go to
Tokio. Shao Yoo Tien was formerly
governor of Formosa, and offered a re
ward of about $12,000 for the destruc
tion of a big Japanese warship and for
the capture or destruction of the smaller
Japanese warships, $6,000. He offered
a schedule of rewards to be paid to the
Chinese who took Japanese soldiers,
dead or alive. For the head of 'a Japan
ese officer, 200 taels were offered and for
the head of a Japanese private 100 taels.
On this ground it has been asserted the
Japanese would refuse to receive him as
a peace commissioner.
- Panic at Kio Janeiro.
New York, Dec. 2S. A special to the
World from Montevideo says Rio Janeiro
is reported to be in a panic. Troops re
fuse to leave the city for the South.
President Moraes has discovered that
the army is devoted to Piexoto. The
principal officers refuse to assume com
mand to take the field in Grande do Sul
and the whole eountry seems on. the
brink of rebellion again. More thau 200
officers have been arrested, and are im
prisoned in the surrounding forts under
a heavy guard. It is rumored that an at
tempt will be made by insubordinate mil
itary leaders to rescue their comrades
from prison. .Precautions have been
.ken to prevent this. President Mo
raes is afraid to act energetically or to
order Piexots's arrest, it ia said, fearing
to precipitate a serious conflict.
Cheated the Government.
Fort Smith, Ark., Dec. 28. John M.
Taylor, 60 years old and blind, was yes
terday sentenced to five years in the
Detroit house of correction for perjury
and presenting false claims against the
government. For 20 years he has been
drawing a pension of $72 per month, for
total blindness alleged to have been
caused by a gunshot wound received in
the army. A wound on his breast was
caused by blister plasters, and five ex.
amining boards passed it for gunshot
wounds. The blindness was the result
of sickness contracted two years alter
the war. Taylor pleaded guilty, and
claimed that the fraud was planned by
pension attorneys. He has drawn
$18,000 fraudulently from the govern
China Violated Her Promise.
London, Deu. 28. A Peking dispatch
says that, in accordance with the peti
tion of the governor of Shantung asking
the emperor to punish Admiral Ting,
the taotai, Lung, and General Wei, an
edict has been issued ordering the im
mediate arrest and punishment of these
A Shanghai dispatch gays that the
United States government has instruct
ed Minister Den by to demand satisfac
tion from the Chinese government for
having violated a promise given in re
gard to the surrender of Japanese spies
at Shanghai; .
Claims He Is Persecuted.
Chicago, Dec. 28. Charles K. Hardin,
acquitted last October of stealing $35,000
from the Adams Express Company, was
arrested today on a fugitive warrant,
charging him with breaking into a house
in Kansas City in which he claimed his
wife was concealed. Hardin declares
his recent arrests are the result of per
secution by the Wells-Fargo Express
Company. He says after his acquittal
at Nashville the Adams Express Com
pany filed a suit against the Wells-Fargo
Express people for $35,000, and as he is
an important witness the latter company
desires to prevent his testifying in the
caae when it is tried in New York. His
claims of persecution are laughed at by
A Blaze at Buffalo.
Buffalo, Dec. 28. Fire destroyed a
three-story brick block at the northeast
corner of Broadway and Fillmore avenue.
The building was occupied by Eckert &
Co., Osweld, Tinker and Charles Weiss-
man as stores. The fire spread over the
whole block and across Broadway to a
three-story brick block extending from
Fillmore avenue to Gibson street, burn
ing out Eckbart, furniture, the Atlantic
& Pacific Tea Company, Frost's grocery
store, Obart's photograph gallery, Cob-
ler's furnishing goods store, Kakur's real
estate office and Stover's grocery. The
loss will reach $300,000. Owing to frozen
hydrants it was 30 minutes before the
firemen could turn a stream on the
An KnglUU Steamer Disabled.
Glasgow, Dec. 28. The Anchor line.
steamer Anchoria, Captain Campbell,
from New York, arrived here today and
reported that in latitude 55 N. longitude
12 W. she sighted the British steamer
Sarnia, Captain Couch, bound from Port
land, Me., via Halifax, for Liverpool.
The Sarnia had lost her Adder. The
Anchoria passed hawsers to Vie Sarnia
and towed her two days. Severe wea
ther was then encountered, the hawsers
parted and the Anchoria was obliged to
leave the Sarnia about 150 miles west of
No Truth in the Story.
Paris, Dec. 28. The secretary of the
Japanese legation here, M. Kato Tsuni
tada, says there is no truth 'in the ac
count credited to the Shanghai Mercury.
December 24th, that the chief condi
tions of peace upon which the Japanese
insist are a close Chinese-Japanese alii
ance against European Influence, the de
velopment of Chinese trade and com.
merce.by Japan, and Japan to under
take the effective reorganization of the
Chinese army and navy.
An Absurd Rumor.
Washington, Dec. 28. Relatives of
Mrs. Kussell .Harrison pronounce as
perfectly absurd the rumor that she had
taken up a residence in South Dakota for
the purpose of making application for di
vorce. ' They say the rumor doubtless
arose from the fact that Mrs. Harrison
spent the month of August at the Hot
Springs of South. Dakota, where she took
her little daughter Marthenia for her
Another Chance for Eppinger.
San Fkancisco, Dec. 28. W. L. Ep-
pinger, convicted of forgery, sentenced
to fourteen years and recently granted a
new trial by the supreme court on the
ground of wrongful conviction, has again
been indicted by the grand jury for ut
tering a fictitious check. The v supreme
court held on appeal that no forgery was
committed, because the name on the
check uttered was fictitious, hence the
present indictment. '
A Maharajah Dead.
Calcutta, Dec. 28. Chamrajehdra
Wadiar Bahadur, maharajah of Misore,
one of the most important native princes
of India, has died of diphtheria.
ALLEN WANTS IT
And the Walla Walla Popu
. lists Indorse Him.
WHO WILL BE THE SENATOR
An 11-Year Neero Girl ttescues Three
Little Brother and Sisters From
a Burning House.
I.ead Mine Found by a Doctor Looking
for Pieces of Bone.
New Yokk, Dec. 29. The latest sur
prise in surgical operations is the re
moval of 11 feet 2 inches of 1-16 wire
from a man's body. This operation was
performed at Bellevue by Dr. Rathbun.
The case is one of the most peculiar on
record. John Scanlan, a machinist, has
worked several years for Kahn Bros,
proprietors of the East-river lead works
Among other things manufactured
there is lead wire, used largely for wrap
ping purposes and by electricians. The
lead wire is made by forcing a mass of
metal through a die under a hydraulic
pressure of 600 tons. The metal is hot,
but cools as it is forced through the die
in the shape of wire. Scanlan was at
his post in front of the die last Saturday.
The machinery suddenly stopped. The
man leaned forward and grasped the wire
already sent through, when there was a
loud report; the die, or a portion of it,
was blown out and Scanlan was knocked
to the floor. When he recovered from
his dazed condition he felt no pain ex
cept in his left arm. He went to Belle
vue hospital a few hours later, where
the surgeon found a small abrasion of
the skin near the wrist, which had the
indications of a fracture at the elbow,
with displacement. Monday it was de
termined to remove the portions of shat
tered bone supposed jo be there, and
Dr. Rathbun began the work. The
point of the surgeon's knife bad scarcely
gone below the cuticle when he stopped,
looking very much . astonished. Then
he pulled out a piece of lead wire. An
other followed, and still another, until,
out of the three-inch opening in the
flesh, over eleven feet of wire was
drawn. Yet there had not been the
slightest break in the skin or wound of
any kind except the little abrasion
already alluded to. The doctors
think that the explosion followed Scan
lan's taking hold of the end of the wire
and that the wire, driven with great
rapidity, by the explosion,- caught on
his wrist and was shot into his arm as
by an immense hypodermic' syringe.
Being soft and malleable, it struck the
humerus, probably, and doubled up and
down the forearm and was imbedded in
the nfuscles. Scanlan will leave the
hospital in a few days with his arm as
sound as ever.
Bridge Was Earned.
Los Angeles-, Dec. 29. The Southern
Pacific's westbound Sunset limited, the
well known fast train between San Fran
cisco and New Orleans, was wrecked and
burned in Southeastern Arizona this
morning, but, according to adyices re.
ceived through railroad headquarters,
none of the trainmen or passengers were
badly injured, though it is supposed
they must have received a shaking up.
The wreck was caused by a bridge or
trestle-work being burned enough to
weaken it, and the engine plunged
through it, carrying the train along.
How the passengers and trainmen could
have all escaped serious Injury is a
miracle, though the fall from the bridge
could not have been many feet. The
disaster happened at an early hour this
morning, before daylight, and the scene
of the terrible plunge is a new station,
named Ochoa, on a newly-built part of
the track, about 15 miles east of Benson.
Two elegant sleepers were burned, and
at the time of the report the composite
car was burning, with no hope of saving
it. There were altogether five cars in
the train. . The private car Cleopatra
was on the rear with Mrs. Ornery and a
party for Pasadena,' and escaped from
the fire. It is not known here just how
the fire started, but it may have been
from the gas in the Pintsch reservoirs,
with which the cars are equipped. The
speed must have been very rapid when
the engine struck the bridge, for the
train was behind time. A wrecking
train was sent out from Tucson, which is
not far west of Benson. New Pullman
cars were also ordered to the scene, and
the passengers will be transferred and
brought here, arriving probably tomor
Two Firemen Killed.
New Yobk, Dec. 29. Battalion Fire
Chief John J. Breslie uand Fin man John
J. P.ooney, of truck 12, were ki'led today
by the falling cf a floor during a fire.
which gutted several stories of the gas
and electric fixtures factory cf the Cas
sidy & Sons Manufacturing Company
124 West Twenty-fourth street. The fire
did $00,000 damage. Assistant Foreman
William Hennessey, of engine 18, had
his leg broken, and three other firemen
were slightly injured. When the fire
was discovered it had made considerable
progress. The building is six stories in
height, and extends from Twenty-third
to Twenty-fourth streets, where it occa
pies numbers 133 and 135. The ground
floor of the building extends through
without a break, but above that there is
a wellhole, which leaves a space of 25
feet between the two buildings directly
in the center of the block. When the
firemen responded the flames were burst
ing the three upper floors. All the fire
was on the Twenty-fourth-etreet side.
The flames must have started in the
fifth floor, where chandelier arms are
made. There is a number of buffing ma
chines on this floor, and it may have
been a smoldering spark from one of
these that caused the outbreak.
Chief Breslieu was on the fourth floor
directing the movements of the men,
when suddenly a heavy water tank on
the roof came tumbling down, carrying
with it the fifth floor. A mass of blazing
debris fell on the firemen, pinning Bres
lieu and Rooney under the girders. The
other men reached the stairs in safety,
but the stairs fell as they were hurrying
down and the men fell in a heap on the
third floor. Assistant-Foreman Henn-
essy's right leg was broken. Fireman
Amman was injured. Their companions
dragged them to a place of safety. Then
heroic effort was made to rescue Breslieu
and Rooney. The flames were- kept
from attacking the bo-lies of the unfor
tunate men, but thev could not be
reached by their comrades.
The Tong-Haks Suppressed.
Lokbon, Dec. 28. A dispatch to the
Times from Shanghai says that the
Japanese, after four hours' fighting De
cember 23d, with a force of 6,000 Tong
Haks, suppressed the rebellion at Hal
Chin, in the province of Whang Haido,
where the rebels had deposed the gov
ernor and installed one of their number
in his place. The Japanese have also
dispersed the Tong-Haks, who held the
Corean garrison at Chullado.
Guatemala's Envoy ia Mexico.
City of Mexico, Dec. 28. The Guat
emalan envoy was received today by
President Diaz, attended by all the min
isters and principal generals. The min
ister's speech was pacific. President
Diaz, in replying, said :
"Your visit will be pleasing in any
event, but it will be still more so if it
put an end to the state of alarm existing
between Mexico and Guatemala."
Why Premier Wekerle Resigned.
Bcda Pesth, Dec. 28. Premier Dr.
Wekerle has informed his party that he
has resigned because he found he did
not have the full confidence of the
crown. The ministry would hold to the
principles of the pending reform bills,
he said, and these bills must be adopted
Bloody Work of Burglars.
Woodville, I. T., Dec. 2S. The house
of Dr. J . R. Burd was robbed by three
armed men last night. Burd was not ai
home, and, to force Mrs. Burd to tell
where the valuables were, they choked
her until blood ran from her mouth
When she became insensible from the
torture, the men ransacked the house
and secured $750 in money. Mrs. Burd
British Expedition Ilarrasged.:
London, Dec. 28. A dispatch to the
Times from Calcutta, dated yesterday,
saya the Wazierls continue to harrass
the British expeditionary corps, firing
into their camp at night and pouring a
hot fire upon the British force from the
bushes when the column is on the
the march. -
Mrs. Astors Body.
London, Dec. 28. Early this mo;n
ing the coffin containing the body of
Mrs. Astor was removed from the Astor
residence and placed on board the train
for Liverpool, where it will be transferred
to the steamer Aurania. Astor will ac
company the body to New York.
India I.eTiea More Duties.
Calcutta, Dec. 28. The legislative
council has passed bills amending the
acts of 1894 by adding cotton yarns and
fabrics to the list of imported articles
dutible at 5 per cent, and levying a 5 per
cent excise duty upon goods manufact
ured in India.
Fruit Dish for the Constantine.
Castine, Me., Dec. 31. The presen
tation of a silver fruit dish was publicly
made in the town hall this afternoon to
officers of the gun ' boat : Castine. Com
mander Perry, on behalf of these re
presented, thanked the town for the
beautiful gift. .
STILL NOT SATISFIED
Rey. Parkhurst Hates Byrnes
' and Likes Parkhurst.
THE LEX0W COMMITTEE FLINCHED
Ankeney Bays He Has Mo Political
Opinions Except Those of the
New York, Dec. 31. Dr. Parkhurst
gave out a statement regarding the work
f the Lexow committee, which was en
dorsed by the society for the prevention
of crime. He says :
I cannot express myself too apprecia
tively of the splendid work that has
been done by the senate committee and
its talented counsel. There has been
created, through their instrumentality,
an epoch in the history of our city, and
there has been secured at the polls a
municipal resolution, that would have
been impossible except through their
Matters had been for so long a time
conducted in entire thoroughness, that
we had forgotten, that we had ever been
distrustful, but late in November the in
dications were clear that the investiga
tion was not to be pushed to its close in
the same energetic and uncompromising
manner that had been followed up to
that date. A good many days went by
in cases, we know ought to be spent
upon inspectors and superintendents.
In view of all this we are justified in say
ing that while the committee stood to
the rack magnificently through all other
portions of investigations they flinched
at the crisis. As long ago as when Mr.
Moss undertook to adduce evidence
against Supt. Byrnes in a direct manner,
the investigation committee eprang to
Byrne's assistance. They stumbled just
at the completion of their work. The
chairman of the committee will not dare
to deny that it is "policy" (I have used
that word advisedly, lie will recognize
what I refer to) that controlled him in
his handling of Byrnes and not a desire
to act in view of all the possible or as
certainable facts in the Byrnes case.
Now the presumption is on the aide of
the superintendent being as much a
criminal as any other member of the
force. Wherever they have stuck in
their fork they have found rot, and
whether Byrnes be rotten or not, he has
been in the rot for thirty-one years.
There are two ways in which Byrnes
has put the committee under obligations,
and to that degrees destroyed their in
dependence. He pat them under obli
gations by consenting to help defeat
Tammany hall. The second wav in
which the committee put themselves un
der obligations to him was by taking in
to their confidence and allowing him to
become a confederate with them in
breaking down forces. : To the degree in
which they obtained help from Mr.
Byrnes they put themselves practically
under obligations to protect him.
Byrnes has frequently attempted to play
the same game with the society for the
prevention of crime, but we have refused
to ally ouieelves with the man whom we
believe to be more than any other man
responsible for the condition of the de
partment. How Ankeny Stands.
Walla Walla, Dec. 31. In response
to inquiries as to how he would regard
his obligations under the resolutions
adopted by the republican state conven
tion, at Spokane, indorsing the free coin
age of American silver at the ratio of 16
to 1, Hon. Levi Ankeny gave the follow
ing statement for publication :
"I desire to say that I consider it the
duty of the representatives of the people
to uphold to the best of their ability the
view of their constituents, when those
views have been clearly and unequivoc
ally expressed. Should I be elected to
any position by the republican party, in
my judgment it would clearly be my
duty to labor for the success of the prin
ciple with regard to Bilver enunciated in
the platform of the party adopted by
the Spokane convention. That platform
must be my guide, and I have only to
say further that I would strive to carry
out the principles of that platform by
every legitimate means in my power and
to cause the same, so far as in me lies, to
be enforced by appropriate legislation."
Highest of all in Leavening Power.
Thi Decree i Final.
Washington, Dec. 31. Owing to mis
apprehensions caused by the publica
tion of a statement that the decree con
cerning secret societies was not final,
and was to be submitted to the bishops
to secure from them their opinions
thereon, Monsignore Satolli authorizes
the following brief statement of facts :
"The archbishops of the United States
have taken counsel with respect to three
societies, namely, Odd Fellows, Sons of
Temperance and Knights of Pythias.
The archbishops decided that the whole
question shuld he submitted to the apos
tolic 6ee. In a communication from bis
eminence, Cardinal Monaco, to MonBig
nore Satolli, the action of .'.he general
congregation of cardinals to whom his
holiness committed the question, is
made known. The Congregation, after
considering carefully the matter, made
the decree; this decree bis holiness fully
confirmed and gave it complete effect.
The decree is, therefore, transmitted to
all archbishops, bishops and other or
dinaries in the United States, to be by
them carried- into effect. Mansignore
Satolli has acted merely as a medium of -transmission,
but in view of the contra
dictory and confusing reports emanating
from various parts of the country the
facts are thus briefly stated."
Wilkebbahbe, Pa., Dec. 31. Ex
United States Senator Thomas C. Piatt
of New York, who is here visiting rela
tives, in n interview discussing Rev.
Dr. Parkhurst and his methods without .
"I opposed Dr. Parkhurst," said he,
"because J did. not think his methods
practical and because I looked upon his
schemes as being visionary. His idea
of a one-headed police force is simplv
absurd, and would put in the hands of
the man at the head of that department
power that he might use to the great
disadvantage of the force. He haB done
a great deal of good, of course, but I be
lieve his head is swollen by the flattery
of the New York papers."
Referring to the resignation of Supt.
Byrnes, Platt,said :
"I do not believe that Mayor Strong
will accept it. Byrnes is too valuable a
man to lose, and when the department
is re-organized, be will be at the head of
it, I think."
What Lexow Bald.
Albany, Dec. 31. Senator Lexow was
shown the letter of Dr. Parkhurst. He
glanced through it and informed him
self of its general character. Then he
"I shall have to read it carefully, and
when I have read itI shall make ans
wer to it. I am not surprised at its tone
of condemnation. I expected it, in fact
it is a sort of a case of Othello's occu
pation gone. Other men are getting
credit for the exposure. In the law we
would call it professional jealousy If
the committee's work of reform goes on
Dr. Parkhurst will have nething to do
but preach the gospel. As to his stric
tures upon the committee's attitude
coward Byrnes, I will answer that when
I liavH read his letter through."
An Old Man Found Dead.
Vancouver, Wash, Dec. 31. Thomas
Fitzpatrick was found lying face down
on the ground stone deadobout 4 o'clock
yesterday afternoon, in the Tear of
Probst'e saloon fh this city. The dead
man had no family or other relatives
here." He was between (15 and 70 years
of age, and has lived in this city and
vicinity fur a number of years. Re
cently he had bean worhfing on a ranch
about four miles north of here, He had
been drinking heavily for several days
past, and from the position in which ho
was found it is the opinion of the coro
ner and othtis that he met bis death by
falling from' a high platform, erected at
the rear end of the saloon building,
while under the influence of liquor. He
evidently been dend several hours, as
the body was already stiffening. No in
quest was held. ,
His Punishment Sufficient.
Washington ,Dec. 31. Secretary Her- '
bert has remitted the unexpired portion
of the sentence of Lieutenant E. D. Bos
wick, suspended for one year by court
marshal for drunkenness while attached
to the Ranger at San Diego. About 4J
months of the time remain to be served,'
and as the officer had lost 12 months,
the secretary felt his punishment had
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