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WASHINGTON. July 15. The position
of First Assistant Postmaster-General, to
be vacated by the resignation of Perry
Heath, has been offered to Mr, Curtis
Guild, Jr., of Boston, who "was a member
of the Porto Rico Insular Commission.
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Governor Allen Savr the President.
CANTON, July 15.-Governor Allen, of
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Scarcely Room to Doubt
END CAME ABOUT JULY 7
Chinese Were Beaten Back
GREAT LOSSES AMONG THE BOXERS
But Iry Fores of NtmVbers They Over
whelmed the Legation and
Killed All Foreigners.
LONDON, July 16, 3:30 A. M. It seems
Impossible to entertain any longer the
least doubt as to the fate of the Euro
peans in Pekin. The Associated Press
learns that Lady Hart, wife of Sir Robert
Hart, Director of Chinese Imperial Mar
itime Customs, only July 5 received the
following telegram from her husband:
"Our people, including the women, are
In the legations. Prepare to hear the
The European governments have re
ceived from their representatives at
Shanghai a dispatch from the Governor
of Shan Tung, dated July 7, reporting
that' the European troops made a sortie
from Pekin and killed 200 of General Tung
Fun Slang's forces and and that the
Boxers were mounting guns to make a
breach in the defenses. Under date tot
July 12, the Governor of Shan Tung wires
"Native soldiers have been attacking the
legations for some hours, but have not
yet effected an entrance. They are now
all bombarding with large cannon, to
make a breach for a heavy onslaught. I
hear that all the Ministers, and the gov
ernment as well, are In great danger. The
government is intensely anxious."
Finally came the news from Shanghai
that a breach had been made and the
foreigners killed. AH the dates probably
refer to a much earlier period, but the
presumption is that the successive dls
patches gtge. jua-fQutUna. of what has hap
pened. Tha Europeans havlhg-teacnea. the
end of their Tesouroes, made a desperate
sortie and then braVely met their fata.
The details of the horrible story will prob
ably never be .known.
Admiral Seymour's Reports.
Admiral Seymour's dispatches give the
latest news regarding the situation at
Tien Tsln. Telegrams to the Associated
Press show that the operations on July
11 were a brilliant success. The Japan
ese cavalry and a mounted battery did
.splendid work. It was unfortunate that
the allies did not have more- cavalry to
pursue the flying enemy. Four hundred
Chinese were killed and six guns cap
tured. At noon the settlements were
again viciously shelled from the natlvo
city and the hospitals and other build
ings were repeatedly hit. The moral ef
feot of the success Of the allied forces
upon the Chinese is believed to be very
General Gazelee and staff, with a force
of Punjab Infantry, arrived yesterday at
Hong Kong and proceeded for Taku.
The French Consul at Shanghai, at a re
ception Saturday, made an Impassioned
speech. He said:
"The history of the world can show no
parallel to such a situation, and If the
abominable crime, the mere thought of
which makes us shudder, has been perpe
trated, thon it is our desire that swift and
summary punishment shall fall upon the
perfidious nation which committed it. Our
government is fully aware of the danger
In which we are placed, and I can assure
you that we are doing all in our power
to avenge the noble victims of Chinese
Appeal of Americano.
Following is the text of an appeal of
Americans in China, assembled In mass
meeting In Shanghai, to their fellow-citizens
"Urge the Government to send adequate
Torces to act effectively In concert with
the other powers. At present the Ameri
can forces are quite disproportionate to
the interests involved. Our commercial
interests in the Northern provinces are
paramount, and we consider it a humiliat
ing policy to entrust to other powers the
chief task of protecting Americans.
"Anti-foreign outrages are multiplying
dally. Officials and missionaries are mas
sacred. The fate of the Ministers and
their families in Pekin is not known, but
a general massacre is apprehended.
Wholesale massacres of native Christians
continue. The whole country Is terror
ised. Trade is paralysed.
"The speedy restoration of order and
retribution are duties pressing upon all
civilized powers. The consequences of de
lay will be disastrous. Not only are for
eign lives and property placed in Jeopardy,
but the loss of Influence will be Incalcu
lable. "Give no credence to statements of the
situation sent by the Chinese Govern
ment to Its Ministers abroad. The pres
ent outrages are the Tesult of the weak
and vacillating policy of the powers In
the past. We urge Immediate, energetic
and concerted action."
Details of Pekin Horror.
The Shanghai 'correspondent of the
Dally Mall says:
"I can assert positively that the Chinese
authorities had the dreadful news from
Pekin a week ago, and that Sheng knew
all the foreigners In Pekin were dead
when he asked', the American Consul to
cable Washington a proposal to deliver
'the forelngnera In t safety at Tien Tsln
on condition., that the suites would sus
pend their operations to the north of
The correspondent adds certain details
of affairs at Pekin after June 25. Accord
ing to his story, the members of tho Le
gations made daily sorties, sometimes by
night, and so successfully as tq compel
the Chinese to retreat from the imme
diate vicinity. These reverses had a dis
heartening effect upon the Chinese, and
there soon began to appear open signs of
disaffection, followed by desertions to
Prince Chlngs army, which was endeav
oring to co-operate with the besieged. Ul
timately, Prince Tuan decided to make a
night attack with three powerful columns.
"At 6 o'clock In the evening of July 6,"
says the correspondent, "Are was opened
with artillery upon the British legation,
where the foreigners were concentrated.
For two hours the walls were battered
with shells and shot, and huge breaches
were made In them. Then a general ad
vance was ordered, and the Chinese in
fantry, volleying constantly, moved to
wards the'gap. The Are of the defenders,
however, was so accurate that hordes of
Chinese soldiers and Boxers broke and
fled In the wildest confusion, leaving large
numbers of dead and wounded around the
legation. They could not be rallied until
they were out of the rifle range of the
foreigners. Then Prinoe Tuan, making a
desperate appeal. Induced them to stand
and return to the attack. Artillery fire
was then resumed, and at the middle
watch a second attack was made. But
before the attackers could accomplish
their object they were met by Prince
Chlng and General Wang Wen Shao, with
their troops, who were going to, the aid
of the foreigners. A desperate battle en
sued between the various forces of Chi
nese and Manchus.
"Unfortunately, many of Prince Chlng's
troops deserted to Prince Tuan. Prince
Chlng fell and was supposed to have been
killed, but It Is now bellevedhe was only
wounded and was carried off and secreted
by his retainers.
"General Wang Wen Shao, who, gray
haired and 70 years old, -vigorously led
his troops in person, waa killed, and his
force, which was completely outnum
bered, was routed.
Night Attacks Repnlsed.
"Throughout the night repeated attacks
were made on the legations, but these
were repulsed with heavy loss. Towards
the end of the watch, about 5 A. M., the
allies had practically defeated the be
siegers, who were wavering and gradual
ly withdrawing. t
"Just then General Tung Fuh Slang ar
rived from the vicinity of Tien Tsln with
a large force of Kan Su braves. By this
time the walls of the legation had "been
battered down, and most of the buildings
were In ruins. Many of the allies had
fallen at their posts, and the small band
that was left took refuge In the wrecked
buildings, which they endeavored hastily
"TTnrm thm fKa 41 m V.at 4Tw .
mierp-ffar, now afre!dr"Tc3$tte
,v- no OVJUCUl U1UI lUU-OUlIUUIllLIUn Ot ICQ
allies was running out, and at 7 o'clock,
as the advances of the Chinese In force,
failed to draw & response, a rush was
"Thus, standing together after the sun
rose, the little remaining band, all Euro
peans, met death stubbornly. There was
a desporate hand-to-hand encounter. Thip
Chinese lost heavily, but as one man fell,
others advanced, and finally, overcome by
overwhelming odds, every one of tho Eu
ropeans remaining was put to the sword
f In the most atrocious manner'
The Shanghai correspondent of the Ex
press, on the alleged authority of cou
riers, who brought the story, gives a very
sensational account He says:
"Maddened with hunger, after having
been without food for many days, the
members of the Legation and the guards
made a sortie on the night of June 30 and
killed 200 Chinese in an unexpected attack.
General Tung Fuh Slang, enraged over
the loss of so many men. brought up
heavy guns, and Prince Tuan gave the
order that every foreigner must be de
stroyed. His words were: 'Destroy every
foreign vestige, and make China a sealed
book to all western powers.'
Friendly Prince Killed.
"Prince Tuan had previously discovered
that Prince -Chlng waa supplying the for
eigners with ammunition. He therefore
ordered General Tung Fuh Slang to bear
on Prince Chlng's troops, and It Is re
ported that Chlng was killed or severely
"Tn the final attempt to cut their way
through, the Legationers formed a square,
the women and children In the center.
When the Boxers realized that they were
being attacked they became like wild
beasts and shot each other with revolv
ers. Heavy guns bombarded all night un
til the buildings were demolished and In
"Many foreigners were roasted in the
flames. The Boxers rushed upon them
and hacked and stabbed both dead and
wounded, cutting off their heads and car
rying these through the streets on their
rifles. They then attacked the native
Christian quarters, massacred all who re
fused to Join thend, outraged the women
and brained the children. Hundreds of
mission buildings were burned.
"All China is now aflame with revenge
against fdreigners. The extreme west
only Is quiet Even Shanghai Is menaced.
In the Provinces of Hupe and Hu Nan,
thousands of native Christians have been
mutilated and tortured, the women being
first outraged and then massacred."
Morning papers are unanimous In be
lieving that the foreigners have been an
nihilated and In calling for retribution.
The Times publishes a letter from Its
Pekin correspondent dated June 10 which
contains an assertion, made on seeming
ly good authority, that the Empress Dow
ager had decided that every foreigner was
to bo massacred that night It also pub
lishes the last message from Its corre
spondent, dated June H, when the Boxers
had made two attempts to rush tho for
Canton dispatches say that 1A Hung
Chang had planned to start for the north
July 18, but he Is much debilitated. He
ordered the leader of tho "Black Flag" to
march with 10.000 men overland to Pekin
It is reported from Shanghai that tho
allied fleets are concentrating off Shan
"(Contfluded on Stcond Paso.) .
ALL NEWS GLOOMY
No Cheering - Report Comes
From China's Capital.
BUSINESS DISTRICT WIPED OUT
The Flames Started From Candle,
Israltlnsr Loose Wall Paper No
Outside Help Is Needed.
WASHINGTON. July 15. Such news aa
came to Washington today from China
waa distinctly bad. It consisted of a
cablegram to Minister Wu from Sheng,
the Imperial Director of Posts and Tele
graphs at Shanghai, which, according to
the Minister, was In reply to the urgent
message he had sent yesterday to tha
official, asking him to. try to secure son
news from the Chinese capltaL Thrs
cablegram. Minister Wu regarded as of
PITH OF CHINESE NEWS
Both official news and that of the press agencies point strongly to a
realization of the worst at the Chinese capital. There Is the usual con
fusion of dates, which makes the reports unsatisfactory, but substantial
unanimity as to the main fact that all foreigners In Pelcln, Including Min
isters, suffered a horrible death In tha second week of July.
There has been brisk fighting about Tien Tsln the past three days, tha
foreigners generally carrying their points, but suffering material losses.
Fifteen hundred United States troops have gone to the front
The Washington Government will take every precaution against vio
lence to Chinese In the United States, which is Intimated In some sections,
In order that the force of our demand xor satisfaction from China shall
not be weakened by counter-claims.
sufficient Importance to carry In person
directly to Secretary Hay at tho latter's
home. The message was as follows:
"Pekin news of July 7 says that Gen
eral Tuan Fdh Slang, In" disobedience of
Imperial orders, was about to use guns.
Legations and the government will be In
This news corroborates that contained
in a recent cablegram from Consul-Gen-eral
Goodnow, at Shanghai, although the
Consul-General's dispatch gives his Pekin
naws the 'date of the 6th, saying that the
final attack upon the legations with guns
was about to begin one the 7th of July.
It Is surmised here that Minister Good
now got his news from Sheng, who is
certainly In position to secure the first
news from Pekin.
Aside from the gloomy forecast given
of the end of the terrible struggle of the
legatloners against the Inevitable, the
significant feature of the message Is the
coupling of the fate of the Imperial Gov
ernment with that of the foreign Min
isters. Officials here get some satisfac
tion from, this portion of the dispatch,
havejjeld from "the first.'that the Chinese
CTovemmeni Ik not at war with Christen
dom, buttle confronting a formidable In
surrection. There still remains ajjusplc
lon thav while Mr, Wu Is undoubtedly
acting" with perfect sincerity, Sheng, who
is represented to be a clever and adroit
man, may know more of the actual hap
penings at Pekin that he Is willing to re
veal at once. It 1s feared that he. Is try
ing to prepare, the way for the disclosure
of the terrible news, hoping that by let
ting it come out gradually the blow will
not fall with such severity and perhaps
with such disastrous results to- his own
people aa might be tha case if the whole
story were Imparted to, the world at once.
This news, it may h noted, comes en
tirely from Chinese sources.
No Nevrs for 21 Days.
It is now 21 days since a word has come
directly from any of the unfortunates
besieged In the legations at Pekin. The
ast message from there was from Sir
Robert Hart the Englishman In charge
of the Chinese customs service, and was
of undoubted authenticity. It represents
the situation of the legatloners as des
perato, and Implored help. The last word
from Minister Conger came to the State
Department under date of June li. At
that time he asked that Seymour's inter
national relief column, which was even
then doomed to fall, should signal Its ap
proach when nearlng Pekin. That was
Just one month and three days ago, and It
would bo an unprecedented defense for
such an Inadequate and Ill-fitted and pro
visioned force as was at the command
of the foreign Ministers to bold out for
that length of time.
Minister Wu's cablegram from Sheng,
above given, should not be taken as an
answer to the cipher message he for
warded at Secretary Hay's request to
China In the effort to get It through to
Minister .Conger. That message went to
To. Nan Sblkl. the Governor of the Prov
ince of Shan Tung. That official has re
plied, that he has no news himself, but it
is assumed he will take prompt steps to
forward the cipher message His status
at this critical Juncture Is unfortunately
not beyond suspicion, though Mr. Wu re
tains full confidence In him.
Secretary Long, had two cablegrams to
day from China, but he "was Inclined to
set a negative value upon them, because
they made no mention of a massacre of
the legatloners in Pekin. He reasoned
that Admiral Remey was in a position to
get as early news as any one. The Ad
miral's advices from Che Foo are of to
day's date, though, as he is supposed him
self to ba at Taku, it is assumed that it
was sent from that place yesterday. The
Admiral stated that he had ordered the
Buffalo to Taku. She was coming out to
the Orient by way of Suez, and was to
report for orders at Singapore, where she
was to be directed to proceed to Manila
or be deflected to North China. She is
carrying out a cargo of coal and a num
ber of sailors to recruit the American
The second dispatch came from Captain
Bowman, of the gunboat Castlne, which Is
stationed at Shanghai; and also was dated
today. It was as follows:
Oregon Bonnd for Drydoek.
"Shanghai, July 15. Secretary of the
Navy, Washington: Rodgers sends word
Oregon passed Che Foo 12th, Nashville
It Is supposed at the Navy Department
that Rodgers, of the Nashville, signalled
this information from his ship as he
passed Che Foo. The distance from Che
Foo to the Kure docks, where the Oregon
Is bound, is about 700 miles, and as Che
Foo was passed last Thursday, It is esti
mated here that the crippled battle-ship
is now nearlng the straits of Shlmonlsekl,
through which she must pass t6 get up
to the docks.
Minister Wu feels a .natural Irritation
at the statements printed In some quar
ters that the Chinese In the United States
are making ready to return to China, and
that they sympathize with the j Boxers
and -are lending the.m financial aid. He
declares,- In the most earnest manner,
that there is not a word of truth In
these statements. He says that all of the
Chinese In the United States come from
Southern China, and are altogether out
of sympathy with, the Northern Chinese.
In fact, they do not even speak the same
language. He Is sure there is not a single
ono of these Northern Chinamen In the
United States, and If they were they
would meet with the hostility of the Can-
ton men. As for the latter, the Mlnist
declares that they are entirely satisfied
with their condition In this country, and
could not be persuaded to return to China
to give aid to any element opposed to
Chinese Here to Be Protected.
The Government here has taken note of
the efforts made in some quarters to stir
up an agitation against the peaceable Chi
nese In the United States. It feels It Is
imperatively necessary to use the entire
resources of the Government to suppress
any movement that would Jeopardize
their safety. Anything like a massacre
of Chinese In the United States would
wreck the whole cause of the United
States Government In the final settlement
of this Chinese trouble. Our Government
could not demand reparation or Indemnity
from China for whatever happens at Pe
kin or elsewhere In China If the Chinese
Government, through the violence of our
people, were put In position to claim a
FOR BUSY READERS .
set-oflysgrowing out of violence shown to
Its people In the United States. There
fore steps have been taken already to
have the authorities In localities where
there may bo danger of anti-Chinese out
i breaks prepare for the promptest and
most stern repressive measures at the
first symptom of trouble, and It may be
stated that there will be no halting in
the use of Federal troops for such pur
poses If they are called for by the state
Today's news served only to settle
more forcibly In the official mind, the
question that the worst has happened In
Pekin. A Cabinet official said tonight
that there had been no call for Congress
to deal with the Chinese situation.
AOTIOTS OF AMERCAN CHINESE.
Send Mcssasres to China Urging; Pro
tection of Foreigners.
3AN FRANCISCO, July 15. Tho mem
bers of the Chinese Empire Reform As
sociation, of this city, are very much
perturbed over the serious condition of
.affairs ln the. Orient, and are exerting
1 every possible endeavor to prevent the
persecution or ioreigners resiaing in
China. Cablegrams are being dent dally
to the Viceroys of the different provinces
praying them to use all their influence to
prevent further slaughter of Innocent per
sons of other nations who have not bad
an opportunity to leave the country for
some pTace of safety. Following aro some
of the messages sent to China by the
"8ah Francisco, July 3. LI Hung Chang,
Canton: Reports received here that "Box
are are massacring foreigners. This Is
In violation of treats rights. We pray
your excellency to Instruct all "Viceroys
to protect all foreigners even as we are
protected by them here. We beg of you
to suppress these barbarous outrages,
that peace and resumption of commerce
"CHINESE EMPIRE REFORM ASSOCIA
TION." "To Chuy Sing: Use all your influence .to
sve foreigners in the north. Send money,
ships, anything In reason, and we will
pay our share."
A message to Singapore asking for in
formation regarding the reported wound
ing of Kang Yu Wei is quite pathetic In
tone. It reads:
"Khoo Seok Wan. Singapore: Spare no
expense In forwarding us all details re
garding the condition of our beloved lead
er, Kang Tu Wei. . For your love of lib
erty wo ask that you protect our wisest
philosopher since Confucius."
Tho massacre of foreigners In China
has not developed any manifestations of
hostility towards the Chinese residents
of this city. They go about their dally
affairs as usual without being molested,
nor Is there any indication of a desire
among the white citizens to cause any
trouble. The recent communication from
the Chinese Consul-General to the Cham
ber of Commerce, of which he Is a mem
ber. In which he disclaimed his Govern
ment's responsibility for the recent out
rages, was well received. All the Chin
ese her, as ho explained, are from the
south of China, and have little In common
with those of the north, where the Box
ers are In control.
FROM JAPANESE SOURCES.
Two Legations In Fekln Stood TJp to
WASHINGTON, July 15-Tho Japanese
Legation here today received the follow
ing telegram from the Japanese Foreign
Office, under date of Toklo, July 9, trans
mitting advices received from Che Foo
under date of July 7:
"Tien Tsln telegram of July 6 reported
that 10,000 Chinese Army, with artillery,
under Ma (name of a General Iff the Chi
nese Army), made Its appearance near
Tien Tsln. July 4, and arsenal taken by
allies week ago was recaptured by them.
Chinese City of Tien Tsln fortified by Chi
nese soldiers. From north report comes
that Chinese forces are moving, and Tien
Tsin considered critical. Communication
with Ton Ku threatened. July 6, by
steamer Sakuramura, Japanese residents
left for Taku."
Another telegram received at the Jap
anese legation without the sender's
name, but supposed to be forwarded by
tho Japanese Consul-General at Shang
hai, reported that Sheng. the Shanghai
Tao Tal (Governor), received a telegram
from Yuen Slh Kai, the Governor of Shan
Tung; stating that a courier had arrived
at Tien Man Fu, bringing the following
"Two legations stood up to July 3
against attacks of Chinese. Legation
guards killed about DOOO Chinese soldiers
and Boxers In several engagements. If
provisions and ammunition last, they will
be able to hold out as the Chinese troops
and Boxers seem to be tired of attack
ing." Rioting In Nlng Po.
BHANGHAL Friday, July 13. There has
been serious rioting in Nlng Po, where the
Roman Catholic mission has been burned.
No details have yet been received.
PRESCOTT'S BIG FIRE
Losses Aggregate More Than
THE OREGON IS HEARD FROM
Prompt Measure Will Be Taken te
Protect the Chinese of, This Coun
try From Violence.
PRESCOTT, Ariz., July 15. A scene of
tho greatest desolation and a feeling of
deepest gloom pervades this town today.
All that remains of the principal busi
ness portion of the town is tottering walla
and piles of charred and burning debris.
The fire, which started at 10.45 o'clock;
last night was not under control uptll $
o'clock this morning, whn the fighters
went a considerable distance In advance
of the flames and blew up the buildings
on the south side of Goodwin street, pre
venting the fire from crossing that street
The most conservative estimates of tho
total losses are from $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.
The burned district embraces five blocks,.
In which were located the principal mer
cantile houses, both banks, both telegraph
offices, the three newspaper offices, four
hotels, and every saloon and restaurant
except one in the town, besides scores of
prl ate residences. To add to the pre
vailing doom, a hitrh wind has nrervntfe
all day, sending smoke, dust and burning
omoers in every direction, requiring tho
greatest vislanca to nrevent another out
break, of the flames. Owing to the chaofla
c.naiuon existing today, it is Impossible
to obtain an accurate account of the Joss
or Individual insurance. From interviews
with insurance agents, the total Insurance
dees not exceed $330,000. The heaviest los
ers are aa follows: y
Bashford-Burmelster Company ....$250,000
Sam Hall 75,000
Hotel Burke 0.000
D. Levy &. Co 40,000
Jake Marks 25,000
R. H Burmlster & Sons Company. 20,000
C. A. Dake 80.0CO
Ed Block 25.CO0
J. W. Wilson 20,000
Kelly & Stephens 10.0CO
Bank of Arizona 10.000
Prescott National Bank 10,t00
Prescott House 9,000
W. H. Smith 10.030
The Courier 8,000
Golden Eagle Hotel 8.0GO
F. G. Becht 10,0j0
Windsor Hotel 10,000
Mountain City Drug Store 600
Brlnkmeyer Hotel 3,000
H. Voge 5.000
Lee Brothers 3.C00
Joe Roberts 5,000
Vienna Bakery 3,000
Cabinet Saloon 10,000
Palace Saloon 10.000
Prescott Electric Company 5,000
In addition to these were 14 or 15
saloons, with losses ranging from $1000 to
$3000 each. Five restaurants, five harbor
shops, two meat markets and 50 or 00 resi
dences were destroyed. In many, cases
these estimates of losses do not include
At daylight this morning teams were'at
.work, hauling lumber to the publlcplaza,
and this evening It Is covered with tents
and temporary frame buildings. The oc
cupants will be ready for business tomor
row. Both oank? have secured temporary,
cuarters and will be open tomorrow.
The Bashford-Burmelster Company will
be open for business tomorrow in their
warehouse, two blocks from the plaza.
Hon. W. A. Clark, of the United Verdo
Copper Company, who was visiting tho
works at Jerome, wired a draft for $500.
All the sufferers from tho fire are pro
vided with food, shelter and clothing, and
11 is not thought any outside asslstanca
will be required.
The only business houses remaining In
the town are Goldwater Bros , A. Blum
berg and Mrs. R. R. Blaine, dry goods;
Joseph Dougherty, T. W. Otis and J. I.
O.vdner, grocers, and W. W. Ross and
W. P. Covlllaud, drug stores. The ex
press office and postofilce were both out
of the fire limits, but the latter had a
close call. All the mall and effects were
ready to movo. at a moment's notice.
The office of the Supervisor of Census
for the territory was located In the Pres
cott National Bank building, and con
tained all the official statistics of the cen
sus of the territory, but they were re
moved to a place of safety.
The Western Union opened Its office this
morning in a grocery store, and tha
Postal has opened an office at the railroad
depot The electric light poles and wires
were In the burned district, and the town
will be In darkness until they-can be ic
placed. The company also owns the tele
phone system, and loses more than half
Many citizens who yesterday were com
fortably fixed are today homeless and
penniless, a number losing both their
business places and their residences. An
army of carpenters hase been busy all
day putting up temporary structures,
many of which have been completed and
will open for business tomorrow.
Of the three printing offices In town
all that was saved was about 30 cases of
type by the Courier. The destruction of
the others was complete. J. C Martin,
proprietor of the Journal-Miner, savefl
only his books. Included In his loss
was a Mergenthaler linotype, Installed In
the office only three months ago. Tho
two papers have already made arrange
ments for continuing publication, al
though but little Insurance was carrle
by either. Most of the heaviest losers
will rebuild at once.
The origin of the fire waa unknown un
til this evening, when It was learned
that a man rooming over the bottling
works was lying in bed reading by candle
light when a piece of loose paper on tho
wall caught fire. He ran out to give the
alarm, and before others reached ths
place the fire was beyond control.
Extra "police are on guard tonight over
goods In temporary structures erected to
day, and over the vaults of banks which
are exposed to view, and the fire patrol is
also being maintained to prevent any
fresh outbreak, although with the dying
down of the wind but little apprehension
is felt tonight
Territory Offers Help.
PHOENIX, Ariz., July 15. Acting Gov
ernor Charles Akers sent a message to
Prescott, offering the sympathy of the
territory and the aid of Phoenix to the
fire sufferers. J. C Martin, on behalf of
the citizens of Prescott. answered that
the town was able to provide for all, their
wants at present, and that food, shelter
and clothing had been provided for all
sufferers from the fire.
3100,000 Frnlt Fire in California.
NEWCASTLE. Cal., July 15 Fire to
day destroyed all the f rulthouees and lead
ing business houses of the town. Tho
loss will exceed $100,000. Over 100,000 boxes
of fruit were burned. The Southern Pa
cific Company waa the heaviest loser.
Their loss In fruit In cars and rolling-
J stock: la estimated at $35,000.