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The yeor-1904 may be made memorable in the history of this. city
and county If honest citizens, unite In an insistent demand for a clean
and business-like administration of public affairs. To this end every
conscientious Voter, should resolve: , . '
To -do his utmost to secure honest and efficient officials, regardless e
of party or faction. ., n . , . ..
' To rightly scrutinlzethe character of every candidate for office,.
and to work and vote against all who are found unworthy. , . ;
' To give his heartiest assistance all that shall upbuild and ben-
efit the city and the state. V v " ;,- .;.".,'.,,:
To test men by their' manhood,.not by their politics. ' .
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GLOOMY THE NEV YEAR
Busy, Energetic, Mirth
Loving Metropolis of '
the Lakes Mourns.;.
L HE CARRIES HIS DEAD
lather With the Dead Body of His Boy
in His Arms Compels Conductor,
of Street Car to Grant -.
(Jimrnal Speolil Scrrlcc.)
Chicago. Jan. 1. Chicago, great, busy,
virile, energetic, mirth-loving Chicago,
saw New Year's come in. but watched
Jt with ft face somber and haggard.. In
the streets there was no merriment For
the first time in the history of the city
there had occurred something carrying
s shack sufficiently tremendousto every
sober 'element ' 'to' make every man
r?i.flitiik of notiing. ror any.
tor feekSVUlibip oCneiJifiiiRjt,thut
horrible iri'ne H pe dJwfhrtro ttu .'theatre
Are. I TIj anvitl jmenidiii hiart'if
th1Siwi rt.4-'U404re)4 rolodlent
of rtieer enjWgy'me woria nas var
seenUn aL()mmunlty. la deathly ick.
'.broken.. . !' ,..!.........
S Early today there-existed still that
terrible monotone of grtef-r-tlie stupor
. amounting almost to apathy which had
' possessed the souls of ..all throughout
the night. Ia'tef thero seemed to come
to all greater, sharper anguish, which
Increased steadily throughout the day.
What had been too groat to be personal
now did become personal.
, Great and singular spectacle, that of
an entire city plunged into grief and
sorrow, 2,000,000 people mourning as
though they were -two ' score or less.
Two million people at last keenly awak
ened .to a realizing sense of horror of
this which has befallen. $ it ;
i The centralising poi"t of this gen
eral grief was-the question of identifi
cation of the dead.1 The last item of
horror came to hand 'In (he cruel cer
tainty that no matter how patient and
carefiil the search might be. the fate of
.' many missing ones could never by any
1.jt posBlblllty be known. ; .
It is no wonder that men- sit silent
In scenes accustomed to revelry and
hilarity at these hours.
Dead Body in Arms. :.
With his dead boy In his arms a
grief-stricken father half erased by the
events of yesterday afternoon held a re
volver to the head f a Wabash avnui
" car conductor and compelled htm to glvi
pasnage to his dead. No more dramatic
.incident of all the thousand of strange
and unprecedented happentngs of those
; wild hours following the holocaust has
been recorded than this one. The father
had got his boy at the morgue and as
. ho sought' to enter the ear the conductor
(skw that the child was dead and hesi
'tated for a moment. He whs facing a
condition that had never before arisen
in his experience, the admission of a
corpse, even though so small and pitiful
a one, to his car. "V, r;''.y-..4. '.yv'
"ton Can't Ost On." . .
. "you can't get on with that body."
he satd'flt length. ..Eyes that had been
unseeing of a sudden flashed nre. The
father lifted his little' burden to his left
srm while with his right hand he drew
a revolver. "If you don't stand aside
and let me on here with my dead boy
' I'll blow your braius out," he said sim
ply, without passion, but with a force
snd intensity that carried conviction.
"It is impossible to- got a cab," he con
tinued, "and I'm going homo, you stand
; aside." 7." -."
: A half doscn passengers hurried to
the platform and added their force to the
.Argument and the conductor suddenly
.changed front and Uwe4,tho sorrow
iW all to
Ing man to enter.. He rode home with
his still, white burden on his knees.
. TKo Belief. .
As stated, the new year brought m
relief to the tired deputies ' of - the
morgues and the . details of police.
Anxious relatives of unfortunate vic
tims' thronged the streets In front of
the coroner's office and morbid crowds
still hold sway at the scene of -the
dreadful disaster. The exact number of
dead" may , never be -knownas many
'standing room only" tickets were sold
and many of -the purchasers were stran
gers In the city,- .
Cara Btlllman, daughtel" of Professor
John M., Stll.lman of the; Jeland JUti
ford. Jr., tmlveralty of California, -was
among those who lost their, lives , in
the- terrible Are. .The young woman,
with . her twin siatpr, Mlna-v Silllman.'
was visiting her aunt Mrs. B. H. Mulligan,-at
28 Linden court, Chicago.- To
gether; with her sister and her aunt
she attended the performance, their seats
being in the balcony.
Tails of tfc Horror.
Her uncle, B. II. Mulligan, was seen
today, and t.made the following state
ment: "My nieces, with my wife, had
seats in the balcony.- When the fire
broke out everyone in the balcony made
a rush to get out and in the crush the
three became separated, toy wife and
Mlna made their exit by way of the fire
e-Jcape. Mrs. Mulligan " was badly
bruised in getting out. . Both were nearly
detracted on reaching the open air to
And that Cara had' been separated from
them. ; However, we all kept hoping for
the best, thinking she -possibly might
still be alive and that we Would And
her in some of the hospitals. I searched
all of them and Anally it become evl-
kiMatrth,Tttdsts we- could hope for
would be to find her body, Even this
seemed almost hopeless until : I finally
fewndft hr "?at triform' (piorgue," on
K1ghieentht .street.'. ' 8he , was . terril
i butnedC If's' : if i'tJl-
Theatre Did Hot HaveQirsct Tire Alarm
Bystsm to Connect With City's Wire. '
Chicago. Jan, It now appears that,
despite the fact that the Iroquois thea
tre was supposed to be the safest pluce
of amusement in the country, the build
ers of the ' structure did not comply
with several of the Chicago city ordi
nances . relative to construction work.
The one specially mentioned, Is the law
relating to the construction of auto
matic sprinklers in buildings of this
class. It now transpires that William
Curran, a building Inspector, was in the
ill-fated theatre only a few minutes
before the Are occurred, and he. re
ported to ' Deputy Building Commis
sioner Stanhope that the building was
perfectly safe, In company with thrc
of his commissioners, JNdr. Btanhope vis
ited the theatre yesterday , and on his
return said: : y -
"The theatre and its management
were strictly within .the law.; I shall
not go Into details- until I have com
pleted my report." . -; r-;
Section 185 of the local building ordi
nance provides that in buildings of the
class to which the Iroquois theatre be
longs there shall be a system of auto
matte; sprinklers,, ; There were no
sprinklers in the Iroquois theatre,, and
Mr;- Stanhope," when this was called tu
his attention, said: , ; ' '. ; , j V
; "There was : no sprinkler "system in
the theatre, but the provision about the
iron doors made it unnecessary; for the
theatre to have them." v,
' Bad Ho Tlx Alarm Bystin, - ,
.Another provision which, the owners
of .the. Iroquois theatre did not 'provide
was the Installation of Are alarm sys
tem, which . should be directly - con
nected with that of the city. Speak
ing of this matter. City Electrician Hy
land said: . -
,"The Iroquois theatre - had rto flro
alarm connection with the city's alarm
system, And there is no application on
Aid in my office for such a connection.1"
Still another ordinance which the
owners of the Iroquois are said to have
violated is the construction of a . ven
tilating shaft at the rear end of the
stage to conduct any srnoke away from
the Auditorium In just such an emer-
geney aB arose Wednesday.
;: 1 i Exits Wsre Confusing.
According to'lZ aldermen who visited
the, scene of .the disaster the- Iroquolal
was not provided with the proper exits,
and thai ones provided were not plain;! y
marked,! as the ordinance says - they
should be. The attention of the deputy
(Continued on Tage Eight.)
POItTLlVND, .OKEGOX, mi DAY : EVENING,
LAW, IIB SAYS
"LAKKT" STJXLITAH TAtKS FBAHX
IT OX HIS 9EA& WITH CAPTAIH
HICHOLAS, WHOSE STOBT, HOW
EVER, BITTERS ilTESUUT
FROM SXnitJT AH'BI, J 1
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Captain Nicholas of thfe British ark
Andorinha has practically decided not
to swear out a comnlatit atralnst Sul
livan for boarding his Kressel.and en
ticing his sailors away. , -
; "I fully intended to de so yesterday."
explained,4he captain,'' land started for
District 'Attorney;; Manning's t office,-' ac
companied by my chief- and 'second offi
cers who could provide the necessaly
testlniiy. We stopped at the office of
BrltiRh'Consi(1 T.aidlaw, who discourar'1
nwrfri-mT Car4 ing out' t iy plaii."" He Said
that I. did wrong by ullowlng Sutlivaa
to board my ship. Vhen the British
consul began to find fault with-my plan
of endeavoring . td i secure . justice I
Without his support t could not hope to
succeed. ' ' ? , , ; : - --
"It was impossible or me to keep Sul
livan o A the ship. ? Ie was there before
I knew it. The lawsplainly states .that
the boardlnghouSe master cannot board
a ship without Arst obtaining permission
from the captain.," He was not invited
by me ;and therefore violated the law.
Still it seems that iie cannot be prose
cuted. Z ''. v "- ' ..
"The assertion that I requested Sulli
van to take off my high-priced men Is
a falsehood., pure And simple... I never
saw the man before In my life until he
vTsited my ship and began to Induce sail
ors to desert. ItJ wss a pre-arranged
plan.'- Two of the gang came down
there afoot and others rowed alongside
the ship in a small boat. They brought
this small craft in which to carry away
the deserfers'.-ififffects.,,-. . ,tr.
BaUlvan's 814. '
. "Several of those' men who shiDDed
on the Andorlnlyv from - San Francisco
came to mv boardinghouse as soon -as
the vessel arrived In port, said "Larry"
Sullivan this morning. ; -"They said they
were going to desert and asked me to
go. down; to the ship and get .their
clothes end other belonging They re
turned and the following day. went
down there. I met Captain Nicholas on
the - dock, ,- and ;after talking about his
voyage for a few minutes , he ': asked, me
my name. .1 fold himvaud, "he.'' replied:
Wlij. you are as well known In England
tjs King Kdwsrd.',, I thanked ;hlm for
the compliment, and,, then stated my
mission, I Informed him 'that 'several
of his men'" were going ,to leave ' the
ship voluntarily, and asked ' him" if bd
would have any. objections to my going
aboard , the Vessel- to,-ge,t (them.. He
answered ' ,;." ' -; . '.' " -"
'GO ahead; but while you;, are about
it 'try to induce some of the high-priced
men to leave. A numbet1 of them have
been on the-shlp a long time and have
a big payday? coming, If you can get
themto leave' the shipowners "will be
that tnuch ahead, on the deal." f 1 :
"I told him that- It would be aT pretty
hard ; matter jo. get them to leave and
forfeit their wages. I then went aboard
and igot the men, who told me the day
before1 that they were going to desert.;
"I went aboard upon invitation of the
captain, and. was never so surprised in
my ; life ' when I read In The Journal
the 'next day about howi Sullivan went
to the ship And bulldozed the , captain
and ' took. -away A part -of his c'rew. '- I
understand the law too wrtll to do any
thing quite so foolish. J I am under
$10,000 bond to' conducts myself- shout
right, 1 and, it does not stand' to reason
that I. would, take a desperate chance
like that of having my lloense revoked."
' fit -that is the case, h$ it not, a fact,
Mh SuJllvan. that-'yoa iand tthe cap-,
tain "were both violating the law by con
niving together- to get certain "men ''to
desert?" was asked. . ; , 4 ' ,v
- if'Why, of. course -we: were, ?' was ths
quick response, "butno. ione' pays any
attention : to a little - mlsdcmefinor like
that. 'Nearly all these captains coming
hf-re are crooked. ;; They have paid me
uodiy sums, time ana again, to-get the
illors having a 1 big paylay coming
desert, in order to beat them out of
heir wages. .1 have papers in mj pos
essldn to prove the truth of this state-
DOWN HIS THROAT
tSlt Lake, Jan. 1, As the.rresult of
a ng spree, T. k. uriniins, a portrait
painter,, cramtned a handkerchief down
hi J throat snd committed suicide at the
elf- jail this morning -.v. ' '
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I) - : - K V U K A I
Reception ai thelVhite
House an Annual Events
of Great Character.
Occasion Marked by the Failure on
Colombia's Part to Send a
- ' Representative Jo the
- . - (Journal Special ScttIcc.)
Washington, D. C. Jan. 1. The people
of Washington seem never to tire of
White House receptions. ; Today, as on
every New Year's day for decades past.
thousands formed themselves in line awl
stood for hours. In the White house
grounds at the risk of catching pneumo
nia for the privilege of shaking the hand
of the president. - There was little to
distinguish today's function from those
of former years. 1 The recent change of
British ambassadors caused a rearrange
ment in the order of the diplomatic line
and there.were several new faces among
the Judiciary : and department , officials
and, of course, among the members .of
congress. .... jr.- ,-'".
' Colombia, HoV Represented. '
''"Colombia was not repre'Kt-nted.Mmis-,ter
Harran pleading Illness end Reyes
asked to' be excused on the ground, that
he was declining all social engagements,
; .. For, the most part, however, the re
ception was attended by the same offi
cials, vwhoii were presented in virtually
the same Order and looking very; much
the same as last year. , As for the presi
dent, the -central figure of the day's , do
inss, he looked Just the same as he did a
year- ago.-was dressed the same- and in
all probability was as glad when the" af
fair was over as- he was a year . ago.
There -was the X same . crush' of people
about the doors 'Of the executive man'
slon and the same long line of shivering
citisens who had to wait until the prlv-r
lleged guests had been presented, ;;? (
Received In Bins Room.' . ','
-The guests were received in the Blue
Room, i Promptly at 11 o'jlock,:the hour
set for the beginning of the" function,
the trumpeters of the Marine band s)a-
tlor.ed in the vestibule sounded a fan
fare, announcing the approach of the re
ceiving party, consisting of the President
and Mrs. ' Roosevelt and Miss Alice-
Roosevelt, 'who were joined by the cab
inet ladles, t Meanwhile the diplomats,
whose bright and gorgeous uniforms
give the color And brilliance to the recep
tion were assembling in jihe Red Room;
Other privileged guests -were likewise
arriving in rapid succession and soon the
state dlntngroom-and the, parlors and re
ceptlon rooms were thronged. Between
two sections .of the receiving part
lane was formed by . cords of old-gold
velvet. Throne-h this lane the callers
passed from the Red Room, proceeding
through the Oreen Room Into the Kast
Room, and thence Aown the staircase to
the fiast Terrace, passing into the street
opposite the rwest entrance pf the, treas
ury, ' , -!. ;' v ?:-'; : f..;t.
(;.;. :;', Count Casslnl , Was : rirst. 'r"';- "
; Count Cssslnl, the Russian ambaft
sador and "new dean of the diplomatlo
corps, led the . line today and was ithe
first man to shake hands with the presi
dent,' a privilege held for many years
by the late Lord I'auncofote. Count
Casslnl wore his court uniform," a mag
nificent creatlori bt brilliant color with A
wealth .of . gold lace. lie was followed
by his niece, secretaries and attaches of
the Russian , embassy,, all in order, ao
cording to their rank, . .
The Mexican ambassador, Sehor d
Arplroa,- stands "next to Count Casslnl
on the diplomatic list, and he was the
second, ambassador in line today, ""Ilia
wife and daughter were with him, along
with secretaries and attaches.
(Continued on Page Two.)
JAN U Alt Y 1. 1904.
JOHW ECKX.UITD TURNS TO GiAWCE
- AT A BIO AS KB ENTERS HIS
. BOMS AND XS KNOCKED SENSE
, X.E8S AMD ROBBED Or 870 AND A
' OOXJ WATCS. -
A , bold holdup - occurred At 3 o'clock
this motnlng, the thief securing between
160 and J0 and a gold watch from John
Ecklund, proprietor of a saloon at 126
First street. :V.-;-":; ; '
After closing his place of business
Ecklund started for his room at 250
Washington street. As: he ' turned . off
the street into, the hallway of his loom
ing house he turned his head to look At
a doctor's, fflsrn , The ciijsh ayinrtiv' was.
hiding in the doorway' and as Ecklund
turned his head he dealt his victim a
terrific blow in the pit of the stomach,
Ecklund was knocked unconscious And
fell to the Aoor. ' . v-
The thug rifled. Ecklund's clothes,
then seised his gold watch,, a bunch of
keys and even tore off Ecklund's necktie
in An Attempt to get his diamond stud. ;
A-few -minutes later Sergeant Slover
and Patrolman Welch were passing up
the Street to answer to a call when they
hoard groans coming from the doorway.
Welch- found 'Ecklund lying "uncon
scious and it. was fully Ave minutes be
fore the officers were able to restore
him. Then Ecklund told the story of
the robbery but there, was not a trace
of the thief. The blow was so sudden
and so unexpected that the victim did
not see his assailant and he does not
know if there were one or two. However,-'
the police :. are v inclined to the
theory that there were at least two rob
bers. : ...
, ,,', - Oot Tie, But STo Stud.
" In his haste to get the diamond stud
the thief 'tore1 off but half of the neck
tie And the stone was left in that por
tion which . still clung to the saloon
man's .collar: "The .officers "after a
Search found the keys '"and -watch had
been dropped Into 'the basement under
the- sidewalk through a grating and Eck
lund's le loss is the money. ' ;
Eekiuhd Vwas quite ' 111 After his -experience,
the blow In the abdomen hav
ing completely nocked ,hlm' mt. He
was taken ti the station until after the
officers found the key- when admission
was gained IS his room and Ecklund was
taken home. i
t Robked Sunday jrigntt- '
Because the -victim of a holdup could
not, positively identify Ed-""I-ann, the
latter was released by Chief Hunt last
night. After, being Arrested on" suspicion
bv lleaduuartrrs Officer Charles B. Hill.
. The victim who refuses to give his
nameY'was held up and robbed of a sum
of: moneys at Seventeenth and Everett
streets "Sunday night. - Since then he
has been 'scouring the city in an attempt
to And, his assailants, - lie saw Dnnn
Iate";yesterdy afternoon 1 in- the Nome
Saloon At SiH-ond and Main streets And
fent word topfflcer Hill, who,took Ddnn
to .Uje tstatlon. 'The victim said that
pann answered .tha, description In every
particular, but-: as he .was unable to
swear that, Dann-was the right man the
officers eould not- hold him, ., ',
EASILY' EARNED COIN
' ' CAUSED THEIR FALL
i f (Journal Sneclul Berrlre.)
i Hlllsbnro, Or., Jan. 1. Jack Food antT
John; Hurley -were Arrested here late yes
tcrday charged with robbing Wiley's sa-
kon (The burglars robbed the slot ma
chine And the cash -register of about j0.
The free spending of nickels directed sus
picion 'to Ford and Hurley,; the former
being well known here. Hurley has been
hereF about two months, but lived here
about 12- years ago, when his reputation
wss not above 'reproach.., Porter of Gas
ton. wss ' committed ' -to Jail yesterday
charged with setting Are recently to the
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YOUNO CORBETT WZXJCi REMAIN.
! (Journal Sporial 8rrTln.)
San Francisco. Jan. 1. Harry Tut
hill. Toing Corbett's trainer, leaves Sat
iinlHy for New York. Corbett Will re
main here -"ludcAnltoly. - ; . 1
RUSSIA SENDS TROOPS.
( Journal Kpwiul Servli-e.)
Port Said, Jan, 1. The Rnskn trans
port. Kazan with -2,000 troops aboard
passed through the Sues canul today.
,iound for 1'ort Arthur, .
jlor all 1li2 (Ito w!) oil?
Governor George E,. Chamberlain,
has fallen on the people of Illinois and the city of Chicago, in the
Iroquois theatre holocaust of last Wednesday, deemed some expres
sion of sympathy due from the people of Oregon by him as chief ex
ecutive. The governor intended to send such a message yesterday,
but his time was entirely otherwise occupied. This morning he sent
the following telegram to Mayor Harrison of Chicago: ' ' 1
Portland, Or., Jan. 1, 1904. Hon. Carter Harrison, Chicago, III.
The people of Oregon extend to. you ,and through lyou to the people
Of your city their deepest sympathy in the rreat affliction which:
has fallen upon you and them. GEORGE CHAMBERLAIN.
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: v.j. (Journal Special Service.) ,
' Chicago, Jan. 1. -The new yeer dawned
upon a trity of aching' hearts today; -Not
more oppressive gloom snd sorrow could
well be felt. . . ,
. From all public places . have disap
peared ' banners, placards and posters
which for more, than A week have an
nounced some enjoyable gathering for
today or tonight.
- No amusement, functions wjll be held
within ;the confines of Chicago iuntU
such a time has elapsed, when mourning
for- the dead of. Wednesday's holocaust
Wilt have ceased.
....-Today , is -h -, holiday, ', n holjihiy . of
grief, " Tomorrow' ill 'ue'amiUi-vr, nuul
so by the mayor of the city. All busi
ness places will bo closed. Artisans will
rest from toll And the people, united as
one, will pay tribute to the friends of
those dead, dying And injured by An
outburst of sympathy. :
Tearful r Atallty. '
At noon today it was estimated that
625 unfortunate people lost or will lose
their lives in and owing to the terrible
catastrophe at the Iroquois theatre
This includes the 681 bodies Already
found, , those who Will die, -and . others
who are missing. Many of the miss
ing are among the unidentified bodies
At the morgues. .
The story is an awful one and this, the
second day since the disaster, sees no
abatement of sorrow.. -'
. The concern of the authorities is now
to ascertain where lies the responsibil
ity for the -great loss of life. Who or
whom are guilty for allowing conditions
to exist so rotten that Are could success
fully gut a theatre believed to be as
safe as any in the city.
Were,.ihe building, prdlnances of .Chi-,
cago obeyed? is one question.
Were the managers ; of the Iroquois
careless in carrying ouj their own rules?
is Ahother.yf ' $ i '"????
, Wert th Are Regulations t the city
obeyed?"' v.f ' . - ,, : v
Investigation is going on as best it
can, Bnd although necessarily slow, it
is promised to' be IsUrer-'"
;v ' Arm ' of Folios T Alls. r y
" Detectives sre - scouring the city 'to
day in search tf men believed to have
had a .share in the responsibility for
the Are. All those connected with the
management of the Iroquois are under
surveillance. They repel all assertions
that carelessness was the cause, and
clulm the best-known methods were
used.; .'-.- ' v. '.- 1 '.
The police, coroner and building com
missioners are this morning prosecut
ing their investigations for. the purpose
of Axing the blame.
The police are sweating witnesses who
were locked" up last night and from
several stage hands have secured evi
dence calculated to incriminate men
higher up -on the executive staff.
The police are also seeking to fasten
the responsibility upon whomsoever
caused the doors to the children's gal
leries to be locked after 900 little ones
were ushered into what proved to be
a prison for their cremstton. The po
lice Aver that one of the principal exits
was 'never opened and two others were
locked. No one Is permitted to Inter
view Any witnesses being held. ..
The Iroquois theatre employes ar
rested last night ase the following:
William Carleton, stage manager; Ed
ward Cummings, stage carpenter; Frank
J. Andrew. R. M. Cummings, E. Engle.
Thomas McQueen And S. J. Masonl, As
sistant Stage Manager Plunkett, William
Stack, Samuel Bell, Victor Bozeart and
' i Many Arrested. .
; Several members of the chorus of the
Blue Beard company were arrested 'to
day And Chief of Police O" Nell stated
this noon that all other members of the
company are under surveillance and will
probably be taken Into custody and held
as witnesses, , , ,. - i
It Is believed today that the Are oc
curred by some one carelessly handling
an are light- which emitted sparks, thus
Igniting the flimsy drapery Above the
Messrs. Davis & Powers, managers of
the Iroquol-i, still Insist . that a gas
reservoir exploded,, thus causing the
fire. This statement Is wholly discred
ited by persons who were in the audience
and saw the Aames appear Above the
curtain several .minutes before the rush
was made for the doors, and quite awhile
before the explosion wss Heard,
r At the coroner's Inquest last. nlRht
the theatre fireman.'' W. C. Sellers, whs
..called and reiterated his formpr state
ment that when ho .observed .-tha blaze
ho threw tire extinguishers At it with-
price tivi: ci:nts
4 ' 4
feeling the deep affliction that
Police Now Estimate That
625 Deaths Will Be the
Result of Fire.
PLACING THE BLAf!:
Criminal Carelessness Appears" Bari
on by the Police ant
out effect. Ha then nttpmntir1 tn
the asbestos curtain, which stuck whfii
naii way aown. '
Coroner Trager says when the re
sponsibility is rdaced the irniltw HM 1
prosecuted to the full extent of tha
MAYOR ISSUES ORDERS.
Instructions Given , to, Theatrical Man
Agers Which Must Be Obeyed. v
. "(Journal SpofUl SprYW.) '
Chicago, Jan. , l. Mayor! Harrison
last, flight sent the following notlee to
all the thejitre nwmasera in the city:
'November 2, this year. I transmitted
to the city council a report on th tln
ttr. of .f.hicagOfeAlliiig,. Attention of
the council to the failure of all the
theaters to comply fully with the terms
of the building ...ordinances, relative, to
places of amusement. The counc 11 sent
the communication to. the committee on
judiciary for consideration, and. neiui-.
Incr A U . . . .. i . . . ' ,
.ifc.v, iivm liihi :uiniini't', di
rected the commissioner of buildings t i
suspend enforcement of the ordliiHiic.-.
"The city ordinance, among otlnr
things, requires eah theatre to eniplny
a fireman, to be approved by Xhn clil.-e
of the fire department, to look, after thn
fire protection of the house. I nm (,l
vlsed by the chief that several th.tre
hsve refused to comply witfi ihlA pio
Vision of the ordlnsnces. k J
- To Assign riramsn. ' ' 'J ' "
"In view of the terrible diHtuO at
the lroquola theatre, and pending action
of the city council, I have directed thu
chief of the fire department 'to asKixn
one regular member of the department
to each theatre not complying with tlta
ordinance relating to the employment
of a fireman. The firemen nw em
ployed by the theatres should bo un
signed to the front of the Iiouns, wlnl
the firemen assigned by the chief should
be assigned to the stage.
' "I have further directed the Chief, In
cases where the ordinance ha not been
obeyed, to Assign two regular fliem"ii
to the duty of protecting the puiwin
against Are. The -wages of these fire
men will be billed direct to the th'-ntie-i
to which they are assigned, end lint
service will be continued until tin
council has. Anally ueted on the ordi
nance." . 1
- Mayor Ilarrison in An interview 1 t r
said: . ,
"It any one of the theatrical man
agers refuses to pay the wnaes of toi
men, as several of them have refu-,, l
In the past, I will close the door of
the theatres and keep them eiwo.i un
til they agree to act as they should."
BASEBALL X.EAQVB tirtTir.
(Journal ij-clal S.-rvl.i'. 1
Ban Francisco, Jan. 1. f.i di tt,
of the fortland biill teim, mid ii
the manager of the fci-.Uil,- l-
here to attend tha lenK'ii' i:i i
8HABKET nr.AV9 El
-. ( Journal p-i j .-. i . 1 1 Sfi-v liv. )
San Frsn'is':o, Jut I - ;. -,
covered Aluuroo's t.).'i'Mj ii, (-i--t )
fight- which lias for a lun: I -