Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on May 7, 1890 · Page 1
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 1

Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, May 7, 1890
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THE DAILY JOURNAL LOGANSPORT, INIHA.NA. WEDNESDAY MAT 7, is ID. .NO. 108. Horrible Holocaust. The IJnnatic Asylum .at Pointe, Quebec, Burned to the Ground. Fifty Unfortunates Lose Their Lives and Many Others are Missing-. Hundreds of Lunatics Wandering- Through the Surrounding Forests. Quebec's Shameful Treatment of Her Insane. ON DISPLAY Lovely lace^and Black silk Shoulder Uapes. Entire new designs in Black silk Drapery Nets. Rich Black silk Grenadines, plain iron frame as well as fancy patterns. Priestley siik warp Crystalettes andBrilliantines. Rich Vandyke laces and Zouave Passamentries. Ostrich feather and Black or White lace Fans. Follmer Gloggs, Ladies Parasols and Gents best »ilk Umbrel'as. New French Zephyr Ginghams, all at remarkable low cost at WILER & WISE. 31O Fourth St. The New Common Sense LADIES FINE SHOES, We would like to have you try them on. If you want a real easy, real fine article WALKER & RAUCH, Bj Telegraph to the Journal. LONGUE POINTE, Quebec, May 6.— A long line of gaunt towers, and a mass of blazing debris is all that is left of the Iiongue Pointe Lunatic Asylum and the horrible sights that were witnessed during the destruction of the building will never bf forgotten by the spectators though to the lunatics it was a time of supreme glee, and in their delight they disported themselves amid the flames and -waved their arms in turbulent satisfaction ,-at ;the ruin that was being wrought. Not until the walls tumbled over their heads were their maniacal screams silenced. There were incarcerated in the asylum 1,200 lunatics; for the place was more like a prison than a hospital, and this evening not more than 1,100 had been accounted for; Jbnt many had escaped into fields and woods. The number of dead is now purely a matter of conjecture and is not likely to ever be ascertained, since no other record is kept than the asylum books, aud these were destroyed by the fire. Taking into consideration all the evidence from firemen, half sane inmates, the Sisters in charge, bystanders, and personal observation, it is a conservative estimate to say that one hundred victims met their death in tha flames, although some assert that the number is two hundred. No such calamity hag alien upon Quebec province in time out of mind. At ftve minutes before noon a tele grain was received in Montreal imploring assistance. This could not ae given without consulting Mayor Greenier, who wa9 found at the BanqueDuPueple.The Mayor atonoe ordered engines to ba dispatchd. One engine ana two reeis were soon started and they were quickly on the spot. But they might as well have remained at borne, i'or in five minutes they had exhausted the water supply. The lire started in the second ward on the women's side in the upper story and its spread was hastened by longitudinal ventilation. The flames soon appeared blazing up through the fifth floor aud to her rescue hurried rhree other*. They seized their companion and bore her in a blanket to the stair case, but there they were uict by a sheet of fiame and all four perished. Their nmues were Hoeiirs Marie, De Moris, E>iil- bert and Luiuiene. None of them were over twenty years ot age. All came from the parishes b^low Quebec. The sisters worked most heroically, imploring and commanding patients, and beside the disadvHn- tugeous circumstances, succeeded in rescuing a large number. Sister Therese, the Superioress, has beusi in poor health, and it is feared that to-day's shock may prove fatal to her. Doctors Bourque aud Baralet remained lit the work of rescue until exliant-t- ed and were carried out unconscious. The management of the pauper insane has been a long standing cause of shame to the province of Quebec. The unfortunates have been farmed out to nuns at $100 a head per year aud the aim seems to have beet) to keep them as cheaply as possibl" «nd with the least pow.-ible outlay for buildings or repairs. W'ilpthe most urg nt b idily wai.ts f the |.»t ients >>avt- been suppl'fd, no uitem.pt w»s made at systematic medical treat-, uient. By a curious coincidence, the only Protestant insane asylum in the ProVince was inaugurated to-day by its new superintendent. Hilheitu patients of all denominations were treated together but the Protestants, by persistent solicitation, ruised enough money to found an institution in which tliair own patients might be cared for. For years the government lius been urged t.« adopt a modernized treatment 01 the insane, and lust summer, the Mother Superior was sent abroad 10 ascertain if any improvements could bs adopted fro'm similar institutions in Europe; But nothing of value seems to have resulted fr >m the voyage. The St Je»n De Dieu awylum, commonly called Longue Pointe, was founded in 1873. The building consisted of the mameditice and of four smaller buildings connected by wings, and had a frontage of 030 feet. The principal building was'six storii s hitth: other portions of the building five. The Bisters of Providence spent m founding and organizing i his institution $1,132,000, of which sum $7i/0,OjO was spent in buildings. The but d ing was insured by the government for $300,000 in the Royal Insurance Company. This sum has been rein- sum! in "eighteen local companies >ri sums varyinsr from $15,000 to 2 ,ODO. with the exception of the medical department the Sisters n^d complete control of all department of the asylum even the dispensing of the nece-sary medicines being done by trained "Sisters. There are Ili4 trained nurses employed in the various department of the institution. The patients who had fled from the burning building wandered ab.«ut aimlessly, clad in scaut garments, "many of them veritable Ophelias in their fan tastic dress. When released many ol them wept for joy and bounded like deer across fields to the woods. Patients uf both sone* escaped ami though a cordon of police was formed not all the patients were included and horribly suggestive rumors were brought in by peo •!« who came through the woods to the scene of the disaster. A new dread has come upon the inhabitants from the presence of so many ei-caped lunatics and they will count themselves fortunate if they are not visited by a series of such crimes as only mad men can devise. The death'roll is now estimated at 50 though many more are missing. li is feared seven tertiary nuns are among the dead, three more are missing. Among the patients who perished is Sister La Haie, nun of thp S&cred Heart convent, at Sault Au Recollet, who was under treatment at the Longue Pointe institution for some months. OSE DATS NEWS. Notes From tlie Nation's Capitol —The Tarilf Debate Begins To-Day. The Immense Sinser Sewing Machine Works Burned— 3,OOO Men Idle. An Indiana Man's Record: Five Times Married; Four Times Divorced. duced the price of that commodity by one-fourth. This action is due to the sharp foreign competition in respect of cheapness and excellence of quality. The anmal tapping of the famoos Munnhencr Hot Bran Bock beer at the Royal brewery in Munich, took place to-day, attended by the aeual scenes of rejoicing and subsequent exhilaration. Thousand of persons were present and and as the comers would depart their places were filled by later arrivals. The Queen received Henry M. Stanley at Windsor to-day. The steamship Ems. from New York, April 26tb, via South Uamp ton. arrived at Breuierhaven at Midnight May 5. StltS. (VCOKXKLIi TESTIFY Late Foreign Gossip — Stanley Received l>y the Queen. In the <L'ns« or TlXlKK Matthew* v«. Froliuiim &. Eieloseo. THE SIXWEK WOKKS BJJRSED. TER, The Hatter, QUEALY'S OLD STAND, Two Doors South of Our Old Room. tt (J IJrZlfj*. ^5^4 *,'.t»u p • • £, "1-" «• -*. o roof in the center of each tower. "When the firemen arrived the dome of one tower had just fallen and the flames were bursting out everywhere. s>tret.ms were laid on, and while they lasted some good was done, but that was fo>- a brief space, and then the horror of the situation was levealed. Meantime beds, furniture, and utvnsils were beiu« thrown from the windows and streams of ill-clad men poured out of the eastern wing, not one male patient being left. Among the women it was different. The less hopeless cases were treated in the lower wards, and these persons were removed without difficulty but from the upper wania where the violent patients were confined there came the wildest screams as the unfortunates resisted the efforts of the nuns in making their escape. At the windows the maniacs could be seen peering through the bars, jabbering until they were enveloped iu the flames and compelled to release their hold and drop back into the cauldron. When the firemen f.iuud they were powerless to save the building they turned their attention to t>>e inmates and burst in the doors with axes. Chief Bennett says it was such a sight as no fireman ever before witnessed. In one ball he entered there were twenty-five patients and at his approach they huddled and clasped themselves together like pack of beasts. He seized the nearest, "but, said the chief", I could no morf separate them than I could separate the parts of one body". He tugged at them until the fire darted into their starin-nts and enfolded them in a shroud of flamet. • One of the Tertiary nuns Soenr Marie baa been »s- sleep in the sick infirmary on the An Immense Factory Smoke. Goes Up i By Telegraph to the Journal. NB-WAUK, N. J., May 6.—The Singer Sewing'Machiue works at Elizabeth, covering many acres of ground were almost wholly destroyed by fire to,ni«ht, together with a. considerable amount of the railroad oiopertv aejoining. The works eui- nloyed about 300 hands. The loss ix heavy but is probably covered by insurance. Owing to the muddy roads two fire engines became stalled and their absence greatly diminished the effectiveness of the fire department. l/AWYKR <JEOK«E FINK By Telegraph to thp Journiii. SENATK CAUCUS. WASHINGTON, D. C., May 6.—The Senate Republican caucus on the silver bill was held at the room of the committee on finance this after- tinou. Nine of the thirteen members of the committee were present, the absentees being Senators J'ierce, ilander.son, McUillen and Mitchell. The committee was in session several hours without coming to any deflLite conclusion. The committee developed a strong sentiment in favor of uniting on the Jones bill. The measure now on the Senate calendar. The House caucus, bill differs from this in only one particular. The committee will hold another meeting in the near future. In the meantime the Senate will take up the bill for tbeadumsion of Wyoming into the Union. A niemher of the caucus committee said to-night that while no formal ai-.tion had been taken,the c m- mUtee would likly recommend to the Senate caucus come modification of the Jones bill by a provision that i lie secretary of the treasury shall re-issue certificates which are redeemed, so that the volume of the Currency shall suffer,'no shrinkage, and also by the condition of the sixth section of the House bill (providing for a deposit of $70,000.000 lawful money for the redemption of national bank notes.) REPUBLICANS OF THE HOUSB CAUCUS WASHINGTON,!). C., May 6.—The House caucus committee, consisting of Speaker Repd, the Republican members-of committee on the election of President aud Vice President, and some of the Republicans of the election committee, held a meeting this morning to consider the Lod^e and Rowell propositions forageneral federal election law. Both Lodge and Rowell had their plans perfected and they were presented with statements in their support. Mr. Rowells's bill has been in the hands of .John I. Davenport, Supervisor of elections ill New York for some days for his consideration, and he appeared before the caucus committee, advocating most of its provisions, but agreeiug with the provision in the Senate bill for the report of the state board of canvassers to be made to a federal board of final return. As soon as the caucus committee has reached a conclusion of some sort, another caucus will be called to consider this question. THE TARIFF DEBATK. The tariff debate will begin in the House to morrow. Mr. McKinley, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, will open the debate for the Republicans, and Mr. Mi'lswill reply on behalf of the minority of i he committee. The debate will be closed for the Democrats: by ex- Speaker Carlisle. Mr. McKinley will make the concluding speech for the Republicans. Besides the speeches of Mr. MisKlnley aud Mr. Mills tomorrow, Mr. Burrows and Mr. McMillin will address the House if there is thiie. &B3SKRAL CLARKSON'S FATHER DTUNG. WASHINGTON, D. C., Mav li.—First Assistant Postmaster General Clarkson accompanied bv Mrs. Clarkson left Washington at 7:30 o'clock this evening for Des Moines, Iowa in response to a telegram stating that Mr Clarkson's father was dangerously ill. The tlder Mr. Clarkson is more than 80 years old. He has been failing for neveral months. His other son, R. P. Clarki-ou. is in Des Moiues. By Telegraph to the Journal. NEW YORK, May 6.—Fanny K. Matthews recently sued Daniel Froh- uian and David Belagco on the charge that the play ''The Wife" was pirated from her play '-Washington " Since is was tried (but not de- uidefi), the defendants claim to hare discovered that Mrs. Eliza O'Connor, wife of the Home Ruler has knowledge to contradict Miss Matthews. An order to re-open the case to take her deposition was granted. i A5f» The IJoily of n JririsH Peddler in the Ilndsou River. By Telegraph to the Journal. RONDOUT, N. Y. May 0.—The fcody of Harris Levine, a young Jewish pedlar, which was found in the Hudson river off Milton, was brought here for burial to-day. Only a email sum o£ money was taken from his clothes wheu.the body was found. A large wallet containing bank bills aud packages containing jewelry arid dry goods valued at $200, which he had when he left here on March 10, are missing. Foul play is sug- pected. is urn; x>.EiiAXi>. Funr Times IMvorecd and Five T*n»«» ^Carried. By Telesraph to the Journal. L.AAOIITE, Ind,. May 6.-—Thoma» A. Wedge was granted a degrea of divorce in the Elkhart county circuit court Saturday and was again married the same day. This is Wedge's fifth matrimonial venture.. He was divorced from his firt.t wife in April, 1339. He was again married, divorc- in-r wife No. 3 he was legally separated from iu October. Friday he obtained a decree from his fourth -wife. Three divorces were obtained in this couutv and one in Elkhart. Five wives in less than one year is quite a record. K«!EBlil> III» ItUfcAXIVB. BnnUcr SJainlan Oets Away WttlL elonslnff to HI« Cousin. By Tdfgrsph to the Journal. NBW YORK, May 6.—Early to-day, Thompson and Lydccker, of th« Equitable building, got out an attachment against the property ot Washington Qnlnlan, the missing • stock broker. It is for $13,OlO in. favor of Miss Ellen Quinlan, a cousin of the banker. On c-epteinber 25th, lost, Mi^i Quinlan gave him a certified check for §13,281, aud received $2lil back in ca=h. The $13,000 she instructed her cousin to invest in some good interest bearing stock or bonds. Mr. Thompson said to a United Press reporter this afternoon that Quinlan never invested the luoney as tie was directed bat placed it with his own funds. "If i could find him," said Mr Thompson, "I would get out an order for arrest immediately. I believe bis financial affairs are in very bad shape." THEiV 11'IliCi STKIKB. Thirty Thousand Illinois Miner* Will <»o Out. Wants til* Indictment Aeaiost lli» Father IMsmissed. Bj Telectaph to the Journal. NKW YORK, May 6.—Lawyer George Fink, it is understood will move on next Monday the dismissal of the indictments for bribery aaainst his father ex-alderman Fred Fink of the board ot alderman of 1884. Whi>t by hit Fri.-nil By Telegraph to the Journal. HUNTIN9TO!f, Pa,, May 8.—James Davis aged 53, an engineer on the Lucy Furnace R. R. was shot and fatally wounded to day by his fneud Wm. Say. He had accused Say of improper intimacy with Mrs. J'ayif, and had attacked him with a kniffi. Say apparently Bred itj self defense. Davis was intoxicated at the tune. FRESH FOREIKX GOSSIP. The <lacen BeeelTOS Stanley—* Royal Brewery Op«-nlns-I.aborTroul»- leH A«roH9 i he Se?^ By Cable to the Journal. LONDON, May 6.—The strike of the London tailors is rapidly spreading. Already 0,000 men are out, and the probabilities that thoee still working will join the strikers before the end of the week. The labor troubles in Spain, al though showing signs of abating, are causing much uneasiness iu Madrid. This feeling is due to the fact that the disorder has -been and still is wholly due to the agitation of the Republican leaders who are inspir ing the workinginen with ideas of greater liberty and higher pay under H popular form of government. The German eheet iron syndicate hag re- Bj Tele8ta\ih to the Journal. CHICAGO, May 6.—There now teems to be no prospect of a settlement of of the coal miners difficulty and it i» very probable that 30000 coal mlaer* in Illinois will soon gr. on a strike for an increase of seven and one-half cents a ton for digging. A. L. Sweet, one, of the most erteu- tensive coal operators in the state said in an interview to-day that it was impossible for the operators to grant the advance and that the indications were for a protracted strike, "Their wages," saia Mr. Sweet, already almost eat up all the profit and the idea that we can stand a raise of seven and one-half- cents is nonsensical. 1 ' Twelve thousand miner* in northern Illinois are now oat. Should a general strike take place, it will necessitate the use of eastern coal here and consequently raice the price temporarily. Gii-ESBURG, 111., May e.-Wator was frozen a quarter of an inch and the ground to a greater depth thU morning Fruit trees are badly damaged. At Clinton Iowa, n. lie»Ty frost sevtrely injured fruit --* garden truck.

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