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24 Dec 1884

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24 Dec 1884

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Indianapolis Indiana State Sentinel (Newspaper) - December 24, 1884, Indianapolis, Indiana A time Ina Sentinel yol. Xxx to. 47.Indianapolis, wednesday december 24, 1884r--with a element. Whole no. 1,554brooklyn ii088 of i if in the burned children s Home in Feltsen bodies have been recovered and a Large a Zniber of the boys still tons of debris to by re moved before All can be known. The Brooklyn Hobnob. Tel Rocen 4 Hurrell Corpen found in the burned Clit Dron a Home one Hundred and to Emir three children still Blib sing. New Yoke dec. 19, a Brooklyn s latest Hor another evidence of the sad truth that no amount of Good intention can atone for the Lack of proper precaution and vigilance. Hundreds of Cli Ildren in an Asylum were Ien Deily protected against All harm except that which could have been most easily guarded against fire. There was a very Large Vater hydrant in the Yard with Lour Butts but there was no Hose in or about the building nor another Means of extinguishing the fire so what began As a terrible Accident ended in an awful tragedy. The great trouble the firemen had to encounter was the mansard roof on the entire main Structure built of Wood and allowing free Access to the flames. It acted simply As a flue. All the efforts of the Gre Mon were futile in their attempts to combat the a Ames. The Gates were also locked and the Young men of the Nighbor Hood who saw the a Ramea first had to burst the Gates la with a Lam Juning Iron before they could get in. Chief Engineer kevins now urges Taat All in inward roofs be condemned at once As death traps. The upper floor of the Asylum wms divided Ilo Dormi tories by of stud and lath partition Walls. The flooring and wait exit Ting were of yellow Pine and the space Between the ceiling and the Slata roof was not filled m so that the fire rapidly made its Way i Long the upper Licor. There were no dividing Walls of Brick at any Point on Thini Jahoor. At the time the tire begun the Lar or boys in the institution were playing in the court Yard making i prides of the newly failed Snow or Snow Balling. It w�3 visit iii Day and Many parents of Quot the children had come to see them. About thirty five children were in the infirmary on the second Toor under the care of sister Antii Oay. Their Little wan faces were peering at the windows watching the larger boys at play. On the Fluor above were Twenty five mors children buffering from sore eyes under the charge of Bister Mary Josephine who was similarly ally cited. In the laundry below were mrs. Feeney the laundress and assistant laundress and a water Clement. Mrs Feeney noticed a smell of rags in the drying room and on opening Ita. Riooi3 a Cloud of smoke poured out the cry o file was raised the boys in the Yard took it up and sister Anthony in charge of the tick ones in the infirmary heard the alarm inf yell and soon saw Black Clouds of smoke Weil t g from the windows beneath. She immediately t in Ali a for attention from the Little ones by clapping her hands in the the room of which Stie had charge Aevon helpless cripples were in bed Thesee a care cd the strongest of the Boya to take in their arms and having made her it barges Forni in line she marched them s. Ely out of the burning building. But one floor above where the half blvd Chi Siren to the number of Twenty live Ware under charge of sister Josephine. A scene of tie most terrible panic ensued the Feur stricken Chitren ran about the room Callins for help and some re amp bed Down stairs in in bli7 a inf smoke outliers in their frantic fear huddled in Corners from which they wer ref Ned and others tied to the roof. The unfortunate Slater Josephine having lost All control Over the children under her control and her Semi blindness intent tied by the clot ids of smoke that filled Tho stairways and rooms rushed for safety to the roof where she appeared in the midst of the flame and smoke calling loudly on the spectators for help with the sad result already stated. A fireman lying prone on the room on the Maia building attempt up to swing Hia overcoat of it file imperilled sister. The first and second attempts were unsuccessful and on the third its Edge just touched the building s roof and the sister sprang and grasped it. For a Momient it seemed As it her life was saved and the crowd cheered lustily. For a moment the swung in the air Between the two build Inga then her grasp relaxed and she fell to the ground dying soon afterwards. A boy and woman were Tiow seen on the Roaf of the burning building. Three men placed a ladder against tiie Wail but the ladder did not reach within five feet of the room. One of the men mounted the ladder and the Little follow leaped into his arms and was based. The woman looked to the Bottom of the ladder and then at the flame gradually encroaching. Tie Jbf standers yelled at her to keep her courage up but she looked into the burning Buichi ing As if fascinated by the fire and commenced edging away from the ladder. Suddenly the a Ames shot up beneath her feet and with a cry of agony she fell backward into the blazing flame and with a crash the toc t fell afterwards and soon the entire by iding was a mass of flames. Johnny Ryan a Little fellow seven years old attempted to escape by climbing Down the a Haler pipe the pipe gave Way and he was borne to the Hospital with Hio Skull fracture Ltd. It is yet absolutely Moo sible to Tell where the inmates of the Institute can be found. In the station houses car stables and private Bouses the waifs found shelter and late this afternoon a list of the children was made up and 123 were unaccounted for. While it May turn out that not one of to it Ese is among the ruins the fact remains Tiit tons of Burnt Timber warped Iron and fallen bricks have not yet been removed and May Encomb Many More corpses than have been recovered. The trustees of the Home have hired a Force of men to continue Tea search until it is settled beyond question that there Are no More bodies in the wreck of Thi Quot build info. In the room of the saved portion of the Asylum proper Are the bodies of ii be who have been found. They Are if d in in fihe ets and any Effort to identify til in would be perfectly useless. In that to m is the Story of the Joss of life As far As own. It is also not known How the Little patients were so situated As to be almost completely Cut or from escape and the flames ran rapidly upward and thus prevented egress from the upper part of Tho House. Eddy Mcgrath one of the Kitchen Boye twelve years of age was going into the we a cup Quot when the fire broke out. He ran in und saved Hia Little seven year of Biol her who was on the second floor. Speaking to a Union reporter Magrath said there were seven boys in the infirmary on the third floor afflicted with sore eyes and about Twenty three sick Withaar. Al fever. He Bald the seven were i v a a leave their Beds and in guessed tha ably they were the first victims. Thee i Dren were received at the Home on various conditions. Most of them were orphans and some half orphans. In addition to these a few had been committed by the police Magia trate when their parents Are either incapable or unwilling to properly care for them. The boys forming the last named class were in great part unwilling inmates and these it is believed compose Maini the missing 12. A having been set free by the fire prefer to remain at Large. The identity of the remains of the woman a found in the ruins May be helped by a statement of sister Veronica. She said "1 let two visitors into the infirmary who went up stairs. They were mrs. Mccarran and mra Halloran. I think they got out but i am sure Quot she continued Quot there were not More than ten or twelve children on the upper floor of the infirmary when the fire broke out. This floor was used As a dispensary where the children s ailments were related and was not for occupancy except at such sister Veronica was in the infirmary building when the fire was discovered and said it seemed to originate in some dish towels that Hung on a rack. Sister Clementine was there too and ran up stairs to get water to throw on the to names. J3e�ore she got Back the fire had gamed such headway that it was useless to try to Check it and their efforts were directed to saving the children. Mrs. Feeney who is laundress of the institution was found in the farm House of the Asylum at the East grounds and about 500 feet Distant. Here she passed the night with sixty five of the smallest children who ranged from two years to eight. Several of the Sisters were also present. From mrs. Feeney s statement there seems no doubt the tire originated in a room which was a a the basement of the Annex. On the first floor was the laundry on the next the drying room and of the third floor the infirmary. Quot i was in the laundry Quot said mrs. Feeney Quot with sister Clementine and the assistant laundress whose name i Don t know. It was during the recreation hour and i was making some remark to sister Clementine about the boys in the Yard. Suddenly i saw a flame in Tho drying press. I turned and saw some towels were in a Blaze. Before we could hardly move the place was in a Blaze. There must have been at least thirty five boys in the in to Rumary up stairs under the care of sister wary Anthony. I can t imagine How Many gut out Quot mrs. Feeney was prevented from making a f Urther statement by a sister who Drew her aside and warned her i of to talk. Had the fire broken out at night a i in the crowded main building instead of in the infirmary one shudders to think what a list of casualties there would have been. Bishop Laughlin is the nominal president of the society which has care of the orphans. The actual officers and managers Are laymen. These laymen exer de entire control and direction of Matt i Here Are r of Many expressions of indignation against the management which made it possible for Quot Coloca listing to heaven Quot so Many Little ones committed to their guardianship Tho dead recovered until a late hour this afternoon numbers 13. It is said $3,000 Worth statues have been saved with the picture of Mother Baptista who died two years ago and constituted about All in the building not burned. Sister Mary st. Josephine killed was thirty five years old and has be to nixed to the order fifteen years. She has a married sister at Troy n. Y., and a few Days ago visited them with her father eighty four years old who recently came from Ireland to see his children. The Walls of one Wing of the Asylum having been saved the pecuniary loss will not be As heavy As at first reported. Th9 total is $97,500. The Coroner to Day Emp ate cd a jury and then adjourned the in it Ruebl. The Asylum huk kor. It rows worse h8 further and of Tail multiply Elg teen Budles so far have been Folind. Kew your dec. 20.�?like the Brooklyn theal a tie Brooklyn Catholic Aey Luia grows in horrors wit i the hours. Up till half Pust one o clock today seven Mure bodies of the missing children had by iii i Refl from the Ruditis Abo Lue body of a Radii. Contractor a Mcdonald with a Force of twelve m a Torii at o clock and their Pic n and crowbars made no unnecessary disturbance of the piled up Masa of warped Iron charred Timex a and Frozen mud that Lay of tiie floor. At j o Cloel the workmen who had cleared old top of the debris noticed Tho be Tiou of a Thith Bonev it protruding from behind a gnarled Hiki twisted piece of Iron. It was gently dts engaged from its holding in tha Frozen mass that surrounded it and Tho trunk and Verte no of a Fuu Krown adult followed. The less Fleshy part of Tho body were Burnt to the Bones and the intestines and Pine were Clia rred. The left Arm was deep in the Frozen mass and investigation Filio ived it Eikill retained in All u3 Disi Orion a Bent form. U clasped Whai had been the Cecii of a child. The latter body from being Mailer and not to Well Clad was burned to a cinder. The Lillo trunk dropped from its 11 bin place and rolled until a Boulder stopped it pro Greif. These bodies were completely recovered at least As completely As the Llames left them. These two remains of humanity Ivere doubt Esfi All that remained of the devoted father who perished in an Ai tempt to save the life of the kick and May be crippled and therefore help tos Eon the workmen proceeded. Now they took up a Heap of Burnt asses and gifted it Caro fully Only to discover a part of a shoe or some other article of wearing apparel that had been More fortunate than its owner. Half a Square of the space that intervenes Between the boiler and the Eastern Wall of the basement of the infirmary had been sifted Ai 11 o clock and the workmen proceed id in their task quickly came upon two Little bodies Lynn together As Aust the Iron stanchion. They now at 1 o clock had unearthed two More Bodle Quot a making eighteen All told up to Tho time stated. The bodies recovered to Day Are in a better condition than the ten discovered yesterday the Tiosh of the latter having been completely burned Oft leaving nothing but cracked splinters of the larger Bones. The Bod Lea to Day although burned beyond identification Are not cremated beyond recognition As Tho remains of human Beiana. Three trunks with the tendons and Muscles torn and burned were placed in the baking pans that contained the daily bread of the orphans. A Heap of bread baked beyond any use Lay in a Corner. The hip Bones and Vertebra of an adult person were in the Best state of preservation. The skulls have been in most instances detached from the bodies. Cornelii have not been examined and unless All a fans fail they Are Likely to Hola a Largo contingent of charred corpses the remains of sister Mary Josephine were Coroner Hesse and jury and the in quest adjourned until such time As May be fixed to hold an investigation upon All the bodies. The body of the sister was buried this afternoon in st. Mary s cemetery at Flushing. The Corpse waa followed to the grave by the Mother Superior of it John s Home and by several of the Sisters and by some relatives. The solemn mass of the requiem was celebrated. Arran cements for Tho interment of the other bodies has not yet been made. The quarters in st. Mary s Hospital now Belner used for the Houe Elese children was built originally for a stable them losing children Are Al Tell being parked i a m the streets. Accounts differ As to the number of children in the infirmary at the time of the disaster. The Mother Superior states there were but Twenty while another claims that the infirmary had to Iris five suering inmates. There is now no doubt As to where the fire originated Mary Feney who was in Tho laundry made a statement in which she reiterated what she Hotd Prei Ion sly said that a smell of burning rags in the drying room was the first indication of the fire. Vice i resident Shanahan of the orphan s society said to a reporter that the Wingk and the main building were not Only supplied with Iron fire escapes but had galleries winning their Liole length upon each floor so that escape in Case of emergency was easy. Quot but this new building where the laundry and bakery was had no fire Scopes Quot &Quot.no, it had Quot and thl it i when Quot All the lives were lost Quot Quot yep. Of course such i Arlam Tiv could not have been anticipated. The gentlemen who had control of the main building were very careful to adopt measure cd and plans that would give the children ample Opportunity to escape in Case of an emergency but when the laundry building was put no it was not intended at the time to use u As a Hospital and consequently Fife escapes est not Yon Tell or. Shanahan now Many cell Iron a tie in the Home at the time of the fire Quot v f. The books show there were 73-1, and of Thi number in have accounted for 663, which leaves sixty one missing. All the Sisters Are accounted for and escaped uninjured except the unfortunate sister Mary Josephine. In addition to the Sisters and there were thirty two of them there were thirty a tenants All of whom have been accounted for. The bodies found leave forty six children yet to be accounted for. We of course Hope there Are no More children in the Rulus but we can not Tell until the basement has been Rev. Eugene Mahoney chaplain of the institution was asked by a reporter if a list of the names of the children was in the Possession of the Mother Superior de Chantel. He said it was and when asked if the reporter could obtain it he answered it was not Fer the Prfu a and inquired if the Recarter thought the Kislers had made it out for the special Benefit of the press. The Sisters acting under instructions refuse any information to the reporters. The total insurance is 895,000, and the estimated loss is 8151.tco. The Brighton Beach racing association makes a contribution of 81,>4fof which Sura Georgre h. Engeman contributes s1,p00, colonel sinn of Tho Park theater and mayor Low each Alvo Sion. Other contributions make the aggregate sum already received 83,371. Anti web Fink. The we Shikoto to nuent. The Astral Oil Worknot Eastern Brooklyn set on fire by an a Plo Hiou a. Lurid spectacle new York dec. 21, explosion in Pratt 8 Astral Oil works in the Eastern Parte Brooklyn called out the whole fire department of that City. The first explosion commingled the flame of one Oil tank with the gases of the second tank and a second explosion followed almost immediately. These two explosions made a fire of 10,000 barrels of Oil and All this flaming mass Quot catching on Quot to the River of melted Snow was carried into every Nook and cranny of the works and the result was All the buildings and tanks of the works excepting the Large Brick building in which the Canning is done were de surf Yed besides the Long docks on the Creek quoth Quot loss will reach Between �500,009 and a. 0,000. The Shock of the two explosions broke the windows of All the houses in the neighbourhood and sent people in terror flying into the streets. The building of the Willii Amburg gaslight company on the opposite Side of 1 twelfth Street Shook so violently that some persons thought it would fall. The building in great danger from the spreading of the flames. The heat was so intense that the firemen could not get close enough to Render the necessary services. Chief Engineer Nevins and Hia associates undertook to Cut Oft the fire from the Gas House As the flaming and blazing Oil seemed to be surging that Way and were successful the very noise of the Seething flames com 4 be heard blocks away. The tug bats Brilliant Daylight and Duval took to positions on the River and sent their heaviest streams into the cauldron of flame but the wind veered and carried the flames oat at them and they were compelled to steam away. Then the fire had Complete control of the River Side and was slowly eating its Way toward first Street. Explosion followed explosion and burning masses of Oil were carried Long distances thongs and of spectators gathered standing in the Blush of Snow and under heavy rain watching the conflagration a Long train of Manhattan Beach cars on tha track near Bushwick Creek was crowded with excited onlookers. A dividing Wall had been erected in the Yard to prevent the fire from going beyond it a great Stream of flames cracked the safety Wall and it came Down with a crash. After that the fire raged Over the entire premises. The wind shifted blowing to landward and the fire boats have now got to work again. At the same time the firemen ashore were driven away one band so hurriedly that they had to abandon the engine which in a Lull of the wind and the subsidence of the flames was soon recovered. The fire boats and then obtained the Mastery and the flames were brought under control. Pratt amp co., it is understood insure themselves. A infamous to Baffin. A startling discovery at Bada Pesthy hungarian Mai Cleus Decoy de by various premises. And sent to Egypt to flu tue Hare Ink Etc. London dec. 21.�?the action of the austrian vice Consul at Marseilles in sending Back to their Homes eight girls who were being exported for immoral purposes has led to a startling discovery at Buda Perth. It has been ascertained that a regular traffic in hungarian Maidens has Long been in existence with Headquarters at Buda Perth Aid has grown to Large proportions. Some of these unfortunates have been Deloyed to Brazil 88 in the Case of those who were intercepted at Marseilles last week but most them have been sent to Egypt to recruit houses of ill Fame at Cairo and Alexandria or to become slaves in the harems of egyptian Beys and pashas. The austrian Imperial government gained some knowledge of this infamous traffic a few months ago and issued an order prohibiting the exportation of women to Egypt unless each was accompanied by some male relative or Legal guardian. Since this order has been enforced the agents of the egyptian pro cure shave adopted new tactics. They now engage their victims to go to America for Domestic service assuring them that they will find Good Homes and situations with the Chance of marrying Well and becoming american ladies. Tickets for the passage to America Are shown to the girls and Stoa amounts of Money Are Given to them with which to Purchase outfits. They leave Buda Perth in charge of the agents but a soon As they get beyond the Austro hungarian Frontier the route of the journey is changed and they Are shipped to Egypt. When they once arrive at Alexandria there a no farther Hope of their escape and they Are thenceforth fated to a life of the most debasing servitude. These revel Tiona have caused a tremendous sensation at Buda Perth and several men and women alleged to be procurers have been arrested. A freshness and a fierceness Iio oked Tui when co Grebs reconvenes. Special to i he Sentinel. Washington dec 22.�?it is expected that when Congress reconvenes in january there will be a freshness and a fierceness in the proceedings that has not been noticeable heretofore. Unless or. Randall throttles the work a has been intimated in these dispatches he May do there will be some Lively scenes in the discussions. Bat seven weeks will be left in which to pass nearly All the appropriation Bills and dispose of the inter state Commerce mexican War pension bankrupt and other measures which must come off the floors in some shape. Quot the work will be Quick Quot said a member to Day. Quot yes Quot he Conti used Quot the fighting will be at such Short Range that we must use an invitation to All civil military and naval organizations of tie United states to attend its dedication tie programme Washington dec. 17.�?the congressional commission to arrange for Tho dedication of the Washington Monument in vites through the medium of the Assoc cited press All civil military and naval organizations in the United states to attend the ceremonies which will be held at the Basa of the Monument on the 2l8t of february 1885. Any organization accepting the invitation is requested to notify lieutenant general p. H. Sheridan u. S. Marshal of the Day of the number of persons a such organization whereupon he will assign to it its proper position in the procession to be provided Lor by the commission. At a meeting of the comic Mission to Day the programme was decided upon. The morning a to a Devo fid by the marshal of the Day to the concen ration of societies and troops on the ground. The ceremonies at the Monument will begin precisely at 12 o clock. Senator John Sherman chairman of the congressional 1 commission presiding tie programme to be As follows i ludic. Prayer by Kev. Or. Suttor of Christ Church Alexandria a. Remarks by a w. Corcoran first vice president of the Washington Monument society. Remarks by the Engineer of the joint commission Lurnig Ever the completed Structure to the president of the United states. Acceptance by the president for the people of the United states and dedication to the memory of general Georg it i Washington. Music. During the performance of the music the procession will be formed and will proceed along the Eastern front of the Monument thence along its Northern front thence Between two Maii lakes on the Monument lot North on the elliptical to the grass plot in the White Houpe lot thence by exec Dve Avenue Between the state department building and the White House to Pennsylvania Avenue thence eastward along Pennsylvania Avenue to the Western Entrance to the Capitol grounds where it will be Roy ewed by the presiden of the United states the procession will continue past the Northern end of the Capitol to the a plan tide East of the Capitol where it will be dismissed a the various organizations arrive. Such persons a have tickets for the House of representative will proceed to their seats. The following is the order of procession the chief marshal with the Chlof of staff and an aide from every state and territory. Military escort general commanding. Brigade of Artiery. Briita de of infantry. Kavai brigade. Battalion of marines chartered military Organiza Iima taking Prece Deuce by the dates of their Charters and temporarily Orji Anizel. In regi ments and Ijiri Giles civic procession. Onopre Shirnal Cora Nisson members and sex members of he joint commas Rion for the completion of the Monument. King queers of the Monument and a detail of work Ingmen. Washington Mon Umei t society. President of the United states and orator of the Day. President and vice president elect of the United states sex presidents of the urd ted states. Judges of the sep Erie court. Diplomatic corps. Governors of states Ana their respective 8tal& taking precedence in the order of the admin Siou of their v it Ite into the Union Senate and House of representatives commissioners of the District of Columbia. Society or the Cincinnati masonic fraternity with other organizations which inc rally contributed stones or Money fur the erection of the Monument. Citizens of states and territories with civic or-gani�4lionb from those states without partisan flags or emblems each state taking precedence in to e order of admission into the Union Firo department of Tho distrust of Columbia and visiting firem in and thieves. Prapo Ittig to take a cuu tract to keep tie people attend tug the medication of the Monument and Naug Tirol Verc Buniea from Beine Kobb 1. Pedal to the Sentinel. Washington dec. 17.quite a stir has been raised among local detectives Over the letting of the contract to protect the citizens of Washington against robbers Burg ars pickpockets and like bad Charlo ters during tie dedication of the washing ton Monument and the inauguration of president elect Cleveland. The duties Are very great and it will require several dred detectives end the most vigilant work to perform them Well. For the duty on the inauguration Day and Daj s of excitement consequent thereupon. Detective Mcdewitt has submitted s proposition of $5,000. Mcdevitt a one of the shrewdest Detec tits a the country and probably snows More had characters than any Man in this Section of the country. Speaking of the duties to be performed he said to your Cor respondent to Day it will require at least three Hundred men to do the work Well. I should expect to employ twite that number however. I am Well acquainted with the profession All Over the country. I would get at least one detective from each place of prominence one at least from puch places us Indianapolis Toledo Detrou Columbus Syracuse Buffalo Etc and from five to ten from cities like Baltimore new York of Hicaro. St. Louis st. Paul Etc. I to Aid take 200 men from the cities All Over the country then i would get a lot of them from this City. I can secure Many of these men by simply paving their expenses. They want to attend the inauguration anyway. Many of them however would require Good salaries and the responsibilities Areve by Yoti have been in the detective service Here on inauguration Days. Do people lose much by pickpocket i Quot Quot five Hundred people a Day Are robbed and As Many Bouses plundered Quot replied or. Mcdevitt. Quot i should if Given the contract i one instruction a to visitors and residents about guarding against thiess. Then i would keep thu crowds opened and All Crooks shadowed. By my plan of securing detectives from �11 the principal cities Yon see we we nid know every Crook that came and they would be shadowed and taken in on the first provocation. There a every advantage having a Good patrol a Good body of operatives and knowing How to operate then it is my impression that i would fill our station houses brim full of file Fellows some time before inauguration Day and keep them there until the visitors had inauguration Day has for Many years been the occasion of a regular carnival of thieves. They have flooded the City. There is cot however in Washington Many of thobe Deadfall and pits and darkened streets where footpads Cai operate and then the police Force is the be doubled and trebled against that. It it is the pickpocket the Coq Tidence Man the Short card and three card Monte the Bunko and that class that Are to be floored. The Ubai heir. And Northwestern states. At 7 o clock this morning in this City the thermometer stood 11� below Zero and at 9 o clock it had drop Ped to 12�. Great ice floes have formed in the Harbor from the Shere and the View from the Lake outside is obscured by great Clouds of vapor. Toga Are kept Busy plying up and Down the River breaking up the ice. Comparatively few pedestrian Are abroad and the Rush of Christmas trading has been in a measure checked owing to the severe character of the weather. At 11 p. M. The severe stress of weather Here and throughout the Northwest continues to night. In this City a temperature of 16� below Zero is indicated with a tendency downward. The following reports from Northwestern Pointa to the associated press and by specials show the temperature at g o clock this evening All below Zero Bloomington 111., 1g� Laporte ind., 11� Rock Island ii., 24� Mattoon Bouthern Illinois 10�, and growing colder Oshkosh wis., 25� Des Moines. Iowa 20�. At g o clock this morning the following tempera turf s were reported Dubuque Iowa 11� Waupaca wis., 28� Milwaukee 22�, and colder to night. St. Paul reports 20� to -13� below at Points in Minnesota. Omaha reports the thermometer 1below, st. Paul 2 a below Des Moines 13� below Dubuoue 20� below and Fargo 30� below. Cleveland dec 18.�?the thermometer indicated above Zero this morning and is still falling. Lynchburg va., dec. 18.�?a Snow storm has prevailed since Early this morning and the fall promises to be heavy. Kans.\8 City dec. 18.�?temperature at Neon 11� above Zero 2� above this morning. Explosion of Gas. A cold wave and no ili stake Tibia time. Chicago dec. 18.�?the weather a the severest to Day in this City thus far experienced during the present Winter and the same is True throughout the entire Western several natural Oas explosions Ite ported but tie most wonderful is tie Mara Culous a escape of a family of six. Pitts Surg a dec. 21, Gas has been playing sad havoc at Dili Erent place in Western Pennsylvania within the past Twenty four hour reports of explosions attended with fatal and serious results having been received from Butler and Washington while in this City a building on Magee Street occupied by h. Studt As a grocery store was completely demolished this evening by the explosion which terribly frightened residents in that Vicinity and partially damaged property to the extent of �2,000, at Washington pa., the residence of William Kabe waa partly wrecked and Rabe and his wife and child injured so badly that All have since died. Mrs. Rabe arose daring the night and went into the cellar with a lighted Candle when the explosion look place. A Post special says the excitement at Washington is intense As Many people living there Hava natural Gas in their Bouses. An explosion at Butler a occurred about 1 o clock Thiafi morning and came very nearly ending in a horrible disaster. A special to commercial Gazette just received says the Fine Brick residence of John Gates is entirely demolished and the family consisting of himself wife and four children All grown up were buried in the debris. Fortunately the entire family were Quot rescued without having sustained fatal injuries although they were More or less seriously Hurt. It appears that they retired about 10 o clock and probably in two Houis Winnie a daughter aged Twenty who ii ept Down stairs awoke Aru noticed a tiny Blue flame playing on the Hearthstone. She got up and put it out and then called her brother John who with a Light went to the c<3llar to investigate. He had no sooner opened the door than a terrible explosion followed and the building waa raised from its foundations and cd me Down a Misof ruins. People living a Quarter of a mile Felt the Shock and in a Short time plenty of willing hands were at work trying to save the lives of the six human beings who were known to have been in the building at the time the e it it Losion occurred. The first one taken out was Leonard aged Twenty eight years. He was painfully bruised and it is thought sustained internal injuries. John Gates jr., was next found. He was badly burned about the face neck and arms but not seriously Hurt. Or. And mrs. Gates escaped with a few bruises and the daughters Winnie and Emily were found in the Coal vault uninjured. The escape of All from instant death was miraculous. The loss on the building and furniture will reach 9,500. Or. Gates has been in the Gas and Coal business for seventeen year and this a the first time he has suffered from an explosion. That it re a a Good Deal of mystery surrounding the Accident there waa no natural Gas in the House and the Gas Mains Are thirty five feet away and buried three feet under ground. Ii is supposed that there was a leak in the main line and that daring the late cold spell the ground was Frozen so As to hermetically Seal All the escape. being the Case the Gas impregnated the ground and found its Way to the cellar throng i rocks and crevices. A thorough investigation will be instituted at once by the Coroner and to it own authorities. An by Centric Wil l. A bought to Justi Ozu prospective High Olaires dying in the poor House London dec. 21. A remarkable Case of eccentricity in will making is just reported from Bradford and rivals in real life Eugene bae a dramatic Story of Quot the wandering or. John Taylor died at Bradford in 1860, leaving considerable wealth and a will directing that All his property should be so administered As to accumulate for Twenty five years. The Only charges that were to be paid were the Cost of maintaining and investing the property and of discharging certain mortgage Bonds As they became due. At the Erid of Twenty five years the property was to be divided among certain heirs named in the will or among such of them As should then be living. In Case none of the heirs should then be living the so req of each one As apportioned in the will was to be paid to his or her natural heirs. The beneficiaries named in Tho will Ware All relatives of or. Taylor but were All to r. They vainly a ought to set Anifla the will and they vainly appealed time and again to the executors for some Relief out of the shares which were eventually to come to them. The executors rigidly adhered to the terms of the will and some of the heirs although prospective millionaire became reduced to great poverty and want. Several of them died in poor houses. Only eight now survive to share the property which is to be divided Moad them Early next Spring and which amounts to no Lefo than .$20,-000,000. The Sentinel la the canvass. Crawfordsville there is no room for doubt that tie Indianapolis Sentinel largely contributed to the Success of Cleveland and Hendricks Blaine s feint on Shoemaker s Strong Liana will be an event Long remembered by the Indiana democracy. It waa the beginning of the end. Burchard s Blunder the hippodrome of the dudes a higher Tariff a wider bankruptcy of overproduction and the Drunken visions of the Stock gamblers at Delmonico a Altu Getho r. Were not More effective for Good than Shn maket s fairy tales of Early mormonism in Kentucky. How one of the men who stole s 10,000 in 1883 waa Manght. New Yolk dec. 22.�?a sealed pit Cage containing �40,000 in currency was sent by the Marine National Bank of this City to the first National Bank of Susquehanna an the night of june 20, 1883. The Money was for the payment of the hands employed by the Erie railway company at their shops at Susquehanna. Similar shipments were made every month. The package waa brought to the United states express company 3 of Sce in new York by a clerk of the Marine Bank. The Money clerk of the express company placed the Money in a Canvas Pouch which he sealed with the company s private Seal and attached to the Pouch a tag bearing the name of the agent of the express company at Susquehanna it was received at Susquehanna and locked a in a Safe which was in the ticket office. On the following morning the Pouch was opened and its contents emptied one table. In place of the Money was a number of packages of Brown Manilla paper Cut to the size of Bank boils. The Case was placed in the hands of Pink Erton s National detective Agency amp and the investigation waa under the direct supervision of the late George h. Bangs it was determined that the Pouch left in the Safe was a Dummy pol cd placed there to delay the discovery of the robbery. It was concluded by or Bangs that some employee of the Railroad or express company was the to Lief. Daring the investigation or. Bangs and or. Allan Pii Kerton died and or Robert Pinkerton took charge of the Case. In july last it was Learned that George h. Proctor the Foreman of the boiler shops of the Erie Railroad company at Susquehanna had thrown up his Job and had gone to Buffalo. He was follow ted there and watched. Proctor frequently visited the offices of three Dit Terent private Bankers and brokers and it waa noticed that be occasionally visited the Erie county Bank the National Bank of Buffalo and Erie Bank. He sometimes weat to Canada and met professional thieves. It waa Learned that Proctor had from time to time deposited in these Banks �11,00< in the names of his wife and children he being trustee for each. On november 18 Proctor was arrested in Susquehanna by Robert Pinkerton. He said that in 1880 lie made the acquaintance of a Man Narred Martin whom he saw frequently afterwards. Several months before the robbery be told Martin that nearly $-10,000 was shipped to Sasae Banna Between the 18th Aad 2l3t of each month by express that it came on the no ill , and arrived at Midnight when it was locked up in the Safe. At Martin s request he got him a description of the Pouch and Vejil and an impression of the keys of the ticket office door and the Safe. On the night of june 20, 1883, which was the following Day Proctor said the Money waa carried oif and two weeks later he went to Canada where he received $11,000 As his share of the plunder. Martin and Collins snid that a third Man helped them to whom they bad Given some of Thi Money. Martin told him not to use any of the Money for a Long time because the Erie Railroad company never let up on any one who had robbed them. He told Hira to take his Money Home and Seal it in a Glass fruit a and hang it head downward so that the moisture could not get to it. Martin also told him not to give up his Job inside of a year. He buried the Money in tha Garden of his House but in the following Winter dug it up and took it to butial. He speculated in Oil and made Money until the failure of the Marine Bank and Grant it Ward which caused a depression in the Oil Market which swamped Nim. Proctor represented that he was simply a tool used by Martin and Collins and As he Aji Reed to Aid in their capture he we.8 allowed his Freedom. He fled to Canada and told everything to Collins and Martin who were there. One of Pinkerton s men managed to gain his Confidence and induced him to go to Portland. On thursday afternoon or. Robert Pinkerton arrested Proctor at Portland. Proctor is now locked up in the Susquehanna county prison. The investigation brought to Ligh t the fact that Proctor was at one time a professional burglar and had been sentenced to a Long term in the state prison from whence he escaped. He went to Canada and being a Royal Arch Mason succeeded through the influence that this position gave him in getting employment in a machine shop. It was through his masonic standing also that he succeeded in getting Ini formation at Susquehanna which led to the robbery. Babek s fail Iuka. Barker s charges against the first comptroller s Oftle have completely failed. Special to the Sentinel. Washington dec. fiasco of Barker the fellow who went up in the investigation of the first comptroller s office like a sky rocket and fell like a stick is an instance of How sensational inquiries into the offices of the government end when conducted by a Man backed by prejudices Only. Had Barker had never so May Good Points at his own command in the investigation they could have availed nothing As soon As it was shown that he was acting revenge fully and was a fellow of no character. Of late years it is one of the most necessary adjuncts to a successful prosecution before congressional committees to prove Good Faith and Good cause and character on the part of the leading prosecuting witness. Each of these perquisites Barker failed to show and As soon As the defense began producing testimony Barker became a laughing Stock. It is said at the Treasury department that Barker s connection with the Florida land claim will be probed deep As soon a colonel Brooks chief of the secret service gets out of his sick bed and that at least a bad report will be rendered against him. It is questionable whether Barker is criminally culpa ble in the matter even though the fraudulent certificate was being engineered through by him and it can be so proven. It is Safe to predict that Barker is done with congressional investigations however. Further particular were derailed and overturned. The dining car took fire and was burned up but the sleeping coaches were saved from destruction. There were sixteen persons in the sleepers some of them in Public life and it appears almost miraculous that none of them were killed or fatally Hurt. Cong Rosa Man Shively of South Bend ind., suffered painful but not dangerous bruises about the legs. Hon. Hiram y. Smith of Des Morofs. Iowa suffered laceration of the feet and legs and Hon. O. G. Gifford of Canton Dak was Hurt about the shoulders. Others were More or less shaken up. The occupants of the dining car suffered most severely. Edward Mccabe and Joseph h. Pratz Cooks and Edward Gray and r. Mcnaughten waiters were rescued badly wounded scalded and burned and in All probability All will die. Steward Dody was Only slightly Hurt. The wounded were brought to this City this after noon. The of the railway Accident near Bremen Indiana Chicago dec. 22.--the facts in regard to the Accident on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad near Bremen ind., were made known Here to night. The train was the fast express from Washington City due Here about 9 30 o clock in the morning. It was running at the rate of forty Miles per hour when it struck a broken rail or some similar imperfection in the track. The engine and i Forward part of the train passed safely but i the dining car and two sleeping coaches of the two to area of Congress will pro a ably cause an extra session special to the Sentinel Washington dec. 22.�?it is Seldom that a spectacle in Congress is presented like that growing out of a disagreement on the part of the two houses to the naval Bill and the Senate refusing to Lake the usual Holiday recess to please the House. It is understood that the action of the higher body is Only to impress upon the country its disapproval of the refusal of the House to make a new naval Bill instead of extending the old one on the basis of the current appropriation. An instance of greater firmness has not been shown by the Senate Abd House for a Long time. Both bodies seem pretty unanimous regardless of that they Are right in their respective positions. It is the talk to Day that it is not altogether improbable that Thia dead lock will continue until the Ith of March in which event an extra session of both branches of Congress will be required i that should occur by any Means it is believed the whole question of rehabilitation of the Navy and reconstruction of the coast defences and the maintenance of the army and the Navy would be opened and a Long session of Congress would ensue. The action of the two bodies now May appear a Little silly to the country but it involves serious questions. _ county skat Wab. The Wilmot and traverse War Over the county records , dak., dec. 21.�?a spy has just returned from the Wilmot conference of 150 men held in Mann s office at Wilmot the chairman standing on the top of the stolen Safe said the combination had been telegraphed for and if not received by sunday morning the Safe would be blown open and asked a what shall we do if the books Are not in the Safe a motion waa made and carried amid cheers and howls to go to traverse sack and Burn every building and Nang every Man found. Every Man at the meeting was armed with Winchester and shot guns. On receipt of this news the traverse officers ordered the women and children to leave the town and they Are rapidly departing. The mob is not expected to reach Here much before dark. The buildings Are being barricaded and men Are out Over the country for arms and men. The Force in traverse at present is Raiher Small for such an emergency the men on the ground Are Well armed and will make a desperate fight. All the weak kneed have been asked to leave town. None have left. Men from the northeastern part of the county Are coming to the Rescue but May not get Here in time. Governor Pierce will have troops Here by to Morrow evening but they also May be too late. The officers Here Are Cool and will make the most of the circumstances. Governor Pierce telegraphed the sheriff to Call every Man in the county to his assistance and note every one who refused. The excitement runs High. The county records have been secreted no one excepting the Register of deeds knows we re. Miss Jackson s sad tobit. A chicagoan charged with Anim letting a. Fiendish outrage. Atlanta a Deo. 20.�?a terrible outrage waa perpetrated on a girl thursday night. Several months 8go or. Aud mrs a Tes of Gnu Cannati located in this City and soon gained adm Silion into a Good class of society. They were joined a a Veek or two by Gustavus Ped Uinger of Chicago who seemed to be a Mut util Friend. Or. Gates was inc ii gently at sent in Florida when or. Penninger was the protector of his Wile. A month ago for some reason not explained. Cater drove Penninger Cut of Hia House. Last week Gates went to i Lono. Last night mrs Gates asked miss Jack son a eau Tinl Young lady living in the next Block to spend the night with har. At 4 o clock this morning miss Jackson was found at the door of her futher s nouse in her night Robes uttering the most in Tiftik cries and begging for admission. Her creams brought her father to the door when he Wab horrified to and his daughter in such a state. In rowing her arms around his feet the poor girl crouched across the Doorstep and begged that be would kill her and she could never Bear to fee Daylight in her shame. She then to d a Story of a revolting nature. At about 1 o clock in the morning a rap came to mrs. Gates door. That lady on finding that it waa i a Dulger admitted him when with revolver in hand he advanced to the bed and by violence and threats succeeded in out raging the girl right under mrs. Gates eyes. It appear that . Gates made any Elf Ort to give the alarm or to save her Friend and the manner in which the outrage happened has Given Rise to the horrible bit Pinion that miss Jackson May have been beguiled to her ruin. Penninger arrested this morning but is not in jail. He claims to have been drunk and to know nothing whatever of the matter _ _ it it Bome a Nard Quot not entitled to or pensions. Special to the Sentinel. Was a to dec 22 a question has been determined by the House committee on military affairs which ii of interest to that class of men who served their a pantry during the late War As members of local military organizations known As Quot Home guards Etc. The instance cited for the decision is that of a company of Quot Home guards Quot in Arkansas. It was organized for the Protection of the locality where its members lived and although it was granted subsistence arms Etc., by order of major general Schofield from the United state it was understood that the men or that service were in no Way amenable to general military Laws nor were they in the service of the United states. They Are therefore not entitled to nor pensions. Poking fun at tiie Brethren. Philadelphia record. It is rather a delicate question to my our esteemed contemporaries who exha Watert themselves in advocacy of the present Tana but could the Cobden club have had any thing to do with president Drthur s message and the Leport of Secretary Mcculoch

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