Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on December 12, 1894 · 1
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Vi r lhnifl1rtr VOLUME LIII.-KO. 34G. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 12, 1894-TWELVE PAGES. PRICE T70 CENTS. CRASH I A TU1EL. West Side Cable Trains Collide Under the River. TWO MEN ARE KILLED. Over Twenty of the Passengers Suffer Injuries. GRIP REFUSES TO WORK Milwaukee Avenue Train Hushes Down East Incline. HEATER SETS COACH ON FIRE. Under the center of the river in the Washington street tunnel a runaway Milwaukee avenue train last night dashed into a Madi-ton street train, the grip of the former and the Ogden avenue trailer of the latter telescoping each other. Result: Two men dead, a score or snore passengers hurt, some seriously. Fire added its terrors to the stampede which followed the wreck, but fortunately the flames were extinguished before additional injury and suffering were indicted. At oue time it was thought two more men were dead. Claim Agent A. Rodman while at the County Hospital before Smith and Donoliue died said there were two passengers dead then. Who they were he would not say. To a reporter for Tub Tkibune who inquired for the names of the dead Rodman sent word he would not give the public any information until he got ready. Coroner McHale was called from his bed at midnight and told of Rodman's statement and refusal to give information. I'll find out about it," said he. ' I guess they won't hold out any information on me." Half an hour later he said: "The agents ot the company have assured me that but two men were killed Donohue and Smith." The Dead. SMITH, MORRIS, So, 575 Kedzie avenue, both logs broken and internal injuries; taken to County Hospital whore lie died at 10 :50. DONOHUE, JOHN, No. 91 Peoria street, right leg broken, head and fare cut, hurt internally ; taken to County Hospital where he died at 11:15. List of the Injured. The following is the list of the injured as far as it could be learned, several of the victims being removed to their homes in cabs before their names could be learned by the au-, thorities: Aikkns, Arthur, No. 27 Emmett street, face cut and body bruised ; taken home. Barton. Gkokub R., No. De Kalb street, slightly hurt on the head; taken home in a cab. Doddard, Harvey, Park avenue and Wood street; face and head cut; taken home. Frkmm, (IKOHUH B., aged 31, No. 6-11 West Adam street; leif broken : amputation necessary ; taken to County Hospital. Hu, Gkorge, Harrison and Laflin streets; slihtly injured; taken home. Joyce, William, No. 8 Nixon street; clerk at Marshall Field's; right hip injured; taken home in a cab. McDonald, James, No. 508 Polk street; less crushed; taken to bis home in a carriage. Wt'GiNTY, James, No. 721 Indiana street; injured internally ; taken away on a stretcher. Maloney, Frank, Ogdon avenue; leg bruised and lip cut open ; taken home in a cab. Mohan, T. II., grripman on Milwaukee avenue train ; slightly bruised. Mulrooney, William, No. 894 West Madison street, clerk employod by Cunningham & Co. ; chin cut open and legs injured; taken home in a carriage. Newman, George, Madison street; hip broken, face badly cut, and teeth knocked out; taken to County Hospital. Nelbox, M., No. 897 Basil avenue; knee-cap injured; taken home. Nooxan, George, Rockwell and Madison streets; knee pierced by a splinter and injured about the head. Parker, Mrs., No. 83 Warren avenue; right ankle broken; taken home. Petersen, M.. No. 413 West Monroe street; slightly injured about body; went home unaided Reese, Mrs., Ogdon avenue; body bruised and injured internally. Bchraeder. Oloa; slight body bruises; went away unassisted. Scott, Nettie, No. 748 Jackson boulevard; braised about arms and body ; taken home. YiEMAN, Mrs., No. 153o West Sixteenth street; internal injuries. How the Collision Occurred. Madison street grip car No. 921, with Madison street trailer No. 1008 and Ogden avenue trailer No. 1200, left State street at 6 o'clock last night. After it had passed Fifth avenue on Washington street Milwaukee avenue grip car No. 84, in charge of T. H. Moran and Conductor D. J. O'Hara, came into Washington street from Fifth avenue, and followed Into the tunnel, half a block or more behind the Madison Btreet train. According to the little information that could be obtained from Moran, his grip broke just as he reached the arch of the tunnel. His heavily loaded train shot forward down the incline and before he could set the brakes it had acquired such headway that tiie brakes were practically useless. The rails were wet and slippery, and the train slid onward with ever-increasing momentum toward the cars in front of it, notwithstanding the gripman bore down on the brake lever with all his weight and 'strength, and poured sand on the rails. He yelled at the top of his voice and rang hia gong, hoping the gripman ahead would understand and let go the cable, but he did not soem to comprehend. Passengers on the runaway train were thrown into a panic and some tried to got out, but the cars were so crowded that they simply wedged each other tn tighter. Then the Crunh. Came. The crash came just in the middle of the tunnol under the river. There was a bump, a ripping of timbers, a grinding, crushing sound, and the two trains came to a standstill, wrenched and broken at the bottom of the grade. Then were heard other sounds. There were shrieks of fear and groans of puin. The stove in the Madison street trailer was overturned and the car ( caught fre. Women screamed and fainted and went into hysterics. Men struggled and fought to get out of the death-trap, while the air became hot and stifling from dames and smoke. Most of the persons injured were on this car, which suffered the worst of any in the collision. Those who were unhurt trampled over the injured and smashed the windows to got free. The scene was afterward described as one of wild panic and ferocious struggle. Hi-cape by the doors was impossible. Doth piatforms and end walls of the car were jammed in and the ends of the other cars were up against them so that not more than one person could get out nt a time. Meantime tlie fire was increasing, but help was at hand. Patrolman Tuohy, who is stationed at the east end of the tunnel, had turned in a Btill alarm, which the engine company on Franklin street, near Washington, responded to. A chemical engine was taken Into the tunnel by hand, and in a few minutes the fire was put out, and danger from that source averted. Then the firemen did good work in extri- eating the imprisoned passengers. A wagon load of policemen and officers from the Central Detail hurried to the scene and assisted in clearing away the wreck sufficiently to allow the passengers to leave the cars. Many of them, however, had to be carried out. Morris Smith, who had both legs broken, was found with one leg stretched at a right angle from his body and wedged between the side of the car Rnd the dashboard, which had been forced inside the car. Smith was held so tightly that a jackscrew had to be used to release" him. Others were pinned down by the broken platforms and beams and were extricated with difficulty. Only a few pHssengers were hurt on the other cars of the Madison street train, and these were for the most part bruised and cut by broken glass. James McDonald, No. 568 West Pok street, was on the front platform of che Ogden avenue car and had both legs wedged between the car and the front rail. He was painfully hurt, but no bones were broken. William Joyce, No. 8 Nixon street, was on the same car and had his right hip injured so badly that he could not walk, and was taken home in a cab. Others of the injured were taken to hospitals and their homes in police ambulances. Damage to the Car. Most of the damage was sustained by the Madison street train, and car No. 1003, the one in the middle, Buffered most of all. Both ends and platforms were crushed in, the seat on one side ripped up, and all the windows broken. Both platforms of the Ogden avenue car, which received the brunt of the collision, were shattered to splinters. Some of the window were broken and the forward hood or roof of the platform was forced over the roof of the car ahead. The grip of the front car was jammed with the cable so tightly that it took more than an hour's work with crowbars, spikes, and sledgehammers to free it. Damage to the runaway train was comparatively slight. The headlight of the grip car was broken and thd forward end of the root ripped up. All the couplings of the train were broken and tome of the platforms twisted, but otherwise there appeared to be no damage. Cable Stops for Two Hoars. Immediately after the collision the cable was stopped and remained stopped for two hours. A great crowd of people had gathered. It hung over the rails guarding the incline and pushed its way into the tunnel, seriously interfering with the work of rescue and clearing away the wreck. When a sufficient force of police arrived the crowd was driven out of the tunnel. The street railway soon hud a large force of men at work, but the cars were forced together in such manner that slow progress was made in opening the tracks. The wrecked cars were pushed out of the tunnel by the men and hauled by horses. At 8 o'clock the cable was started again, and two east-bound trains that had been stopped on the west incline were moved out, but it was an hour after this before regular traffic was resumed. Gripman Sloran's Statement. T. Moran, No. 14 Attrill street, gripman of the Milwaukee avenue cable train, said concerning the cause of the accident : We were just a few feet from the east month of the tunnel when I noticed something was wrong. My grip would not work. I applied the brakes and opened the sand pipes. This did not seem to have the desired effect, for the train kept gaining speed and just as we reached the center of the tunnel oar train smashed into the Ogden avenue car. I had no time to jump from my car, and. anyway, I did not think -of -doing so. -Our train was crowded, as it always is that hour of the evening, and the passengers became panic-stricken. Those on the front of the grip jumped as soon as they saw the collision was inevitable. Those in the rear did not see the train ahead of us and there was no excitement among the passengers until we struck the rear trailer of the Maaison street train. When the crash came the women on our train became terror-stricken. Some fainted, others ran from one end of the car to the other, and others acted like demented people. The men were excited also. Some of them jumped off the train and cominencea running out of the tunnel at once. The people on the Ogden avenue car all rushed for the front platform, and when we stiuck the car in the rear they were all thrown in a heap as the other end of the car. As near as I know my grip must have broken, for it would not work at all, and when I applied the brakes the momentum of the train was so great that I could not stop it. 1 thought the Madison train would be on the up-grade going out of the tunnel before I reached the center, but we struck it just as we reached the center. 1 took all possible precautions to avoid the accident, but they were unavailing. No one was hurt on our train. The Madison street cable was going at the regular rate of speed. Our speed is governed by the cable, and just before the grip broke I was going at about the same rate of speed as the Madison street train. Conductor Orr'a Story. T. J. Orr, No. 1604 Ogden avenue, conductor of the Ogden avenue car, said: I had just collected the fares and returned to the roar platform of my car. Glancing back along the tunnel I noticed that the Milwaukee avenue cable train was gaining on us. 1 did not think at first that there was anything wrong, but a few seconds later I noticed that the passengers on the Milwaukee grip were jumping off in twos and threes. Before I could count ten the grip was almost upon us. 1 shouted out, " Save yourselves " to the passengers within, and then jumped off. 1 had scarcely alighted when the Milwaukee grip struck my car, telescoping the rear platform and crushing in the forward platform. The sc3ne inside the car was one of treat excitement. Strong men were trying to save themselves without regard to the weaker sex. The men smashed windows and climbed out of the carj leaving others trampled on the floor beneath their inet. The women screamed and fainted. One woman commenced to pray and was terribly excited even after 1 had helped her from the car. The men soon calmed down and assisted in helping the unfortunate ones from the car. Both ends of my car were damaged. I do not know what was the cause of the accident It seemed to me that the gripman on the Milwaukee avenue cable train had lost all control of his grip. 'wmm Suffered Like a Man. Battalion Chief Campion, whose headquarters are at the eneine-house close to the west end of the tunnel, was at the place of the accident immediately after its occurrence. Some one ran out of the tunnel shouting that a car was on fire below. The Marshal told his men to bring the chemical, and ran down the Incline. Those who were not hurt and some of the less badly injured had left the cars and were trying ineffectually to get out two or three imprisoned men. " Fire was creeping up the side of one of the cars," said the Marshal. " It had caught from the broken heater. I managed to beat and stamp the flames out and the use of the chemical which the men ran down by hand was unnecessary. I then tried to get three men out of the wreck of the Madison street car. One man I was told his name was Newman was at the rear end of the car on the seat. One leg was in the position natural to a man sitting down, but the other was jammed in between the side of the car and the iron dashboard, which had been forced forward, the entire rear of the car having been torn away. It was utterly impossible to move the man with the means at hand. He was badly crushed and must have been suffering, but he said nothing ex J cept that he thought his leg was broken. Then he began a patient and uncomplaining wait lor the arrival of tools with which be could be released. He told ua to look after the others. We lifted out an Italian whose name I did not learn, and then released a man named McGinty. Then a jack was brought and we managed to pry up the weight that was hoiding Newman down. We put all three into an ambulance and sent them away." COL. DA VIS STEPS OUT. NO LONGER A CANDIDATE TOR UNITED STATES SENATORSHIP. Support Promised. Falls to Materialise The Ex-Director of the World's Fair, Believing: He - Cannot Get the United Backing of Cook County, Gives Up the Contest He Returns Thanks to Those Who Labored for Him T. ". Jamleion Hold Aloof. CoL George R. Davis is no longer a candidate for the United States Senate, subject to the decision of the Republican Senatorial caucus to be held in Springfield in January next. His name will not be presented to that body, and he is in no sense of the word an applicant for the position. This statement is made authoritatively and can be accepted as such. In speakine of the matter yesterday CoU Davis said: supposed to have Chicago's interests keenly at heart. There were reasons which were deemed satisfactory that led to the supposition Mr. Jamieson would oe found in Col. Davis' headquarters mapping out his campaign and carrying it into successful execution. Mr. Jamieson is well acquainted in the State and his services would have been of the greatest possible benefit to CoL Davis. It was understood be was coming and. it is said, overtures to that effect were made from time to time. But Dr. Jamieson did not put in an appearance. In company with others, whose assistance was expected in the order ot things, he kept himself aloof. Whenever these gentlemen, aud there are half a dozen of them, were given a delicate hint to go to Col. Davis' assistance they invariably rushed into print with long interviews sounding the praises of candidates, real or imaginary, other than Davis. When this state of facts is considered Col. Davis' withdrawal will be seen to be quite natural. He had some votes in Cook County on his own account and with the assistance of the people who professed to be with him a vigorous fight could have been waged for TO GET LOWER RATES CHICAGO MEECHANTS ACT ON FEETGHT DISCRIMINATION. They Petition the State Railroad and Warehouse Commission, Which Meets Today, to Give Them Relier Outside Cities Can Ship Long Distances to Illinois Points Cheaper than Home ShippersTrouble Is Caused by A.ents Anxietv to Return Cars Partly Loaded. Wholesale merchants nnd shippers, representing at least $100,000,000 of Chicago capital, will appear before the State Railroad and Warehouse Commission at the Palmer House this morning. Over 150 firms will be represented personally, but their object is to benefit Chicago shippers generally. The move today is intended to be the windup of a fight aga inst the railroads that has been going on for the last two or three years. It is asserted the roads have been discriminating .iiXfimr b k mi mk tOwA il J 'i THE HEBREW CHARITY BALL AT. THE AUDITORIUM LAST NIGHT. s , ' I was confident when I started in I could secure the united support of the Cook County delegation, and with that and the public sentiment of Chicago, which I believed I had every reason to expect to receive, I thought I could make a successful contest for the position. I had a natural ambition for the place, not so much for the patronage which it will probably control two years hence, as to be of service to the State of Illinois, and particularly to Chicago. I now find I was reckoning without my hosts. The strength I had expected confidently did not materialize. I do not care to embarrass my friends, and my name will not be considered in the Senatorial caucus. More than that I do not care to say at this time. I desire to return my sincere thanks to those members of the Legislature and others not connected with that body who have proffered their services to me in an effort to secure a United States Senator for Cook County." Promised Support Falls to Materialize. The day after the November election Col. Davis opened Senatorial headquarters at the Grand Pacific Hotel. He has been in pol itics a good many years, has achieved a number of substantial victories, and has scored a few losings. After his successful control of the affairs of the World's Fair he purposed to take a rest. The announcement of his candidacy for the Senate was a big surprise to some people. In quarters where the situation was thoroughly understood his aspirations Vere regarded as quite in the proper him. The Cook County delegation was not united for him and the men who, accordingto well-grounded belief, had promised to render material support to his cause did not give evidence of the love which Jonathan is believed to have entertained toward David. Realizing these facts, Col. Davis has withdrawn from the fight. He had a preiiy &bod show of strength in the State at large, particularly in Northern and Northwestern Illinois. He could have given Senator Cullom a toush battle had Cook County been at his back. The men who might have brought it together didn't do it, and the Colonel is out of the fight. As to what effect this will have on the situation remains to be seen. William E. Mason still insists he has forty-seven votes outside of Cook, or that there are forty-seven anti-Cullom votes outside of Cook which he can get. There will probably be some developments in the course of two or three days, and Davis withdrawal may mean a vast deal of musio after a time. CHAIRMAN SMYTH'S RESIGNATION. He Asks to Be Rnlievod of County Central Committee Cares. John M. Smyth tendered his resignation as Chairman of the Republican County committee at a meeting of the committee held yesterday afternoon at Republican headquarters. Mr. Smyth gave as his reason for retiring that he could not give the time the work of against Chicago in favor of Cincinnati, Toledo, and Detroit. The freight rate from those cities to points in Central and Southern Illinois is said to be from 150 to 230 per cent lower than from Chicago. A petition requesting the commission to remedy the evil was filed with the commission June 26, 1803,-Inthis petition it was averred the rates charged by the railroad companies for the transportation of merchandise locally in Illinois were in most cases the maximum freight rates named in the Railroad and Warehouse Commissioner's schedule. These rates were in nearly every instance much higher than those charged by the roads from points in Ohio, Indiana. and Michigan for equal distances. By reason of this discrimination the merchants and shippers from adjoining States were en abled to reach Illinois territory over longer distances at lower rates than Chicago merchants and shippers. Accompanying this petition was a schedule giving the merchandise rates and the distances from Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Toledo, and Detroit to points in Illinois, showing the unjust discrimination against Chicago. The firms who signed the. petition are: Reid, Murdoch & Co., Sprague, Warner & Co., McNeil & Higgins company, John A. Tolman company, Corbin, May & Co., Deane Bros. & Lincoln, S. D. Kimbark, John S. Gould & Co.. Lb Gould & Co., J. B. Inder-rieden company, Felix & Marston, Hibbard, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS OF THE YOUNG MEN'S HEBREW CHARITY ASSOCIATION. ' tJft' f' ifn" jSff) A HENRY X. STRAUSS, DAVID fRANK, MAURICE ROTHSCHILD, HARRY PFLAUM, A. H. K0HN, E. A. ROSENTHAL, d) President. Vice-President Recording Secretary. Financial Secretary. Treasurer. Director. v N I HERBERT L. HART, LOUIS M. STUMER, BERNARD CAHN, DAVID L. FRANK. NORMAN FL0RSHEIM, A. M. SNYDACKER, f Director. Director. Director. Director. Director. Director. order of things. It will be remembered that at the Republican Cook County convention, which nominated the ticket that was triumphantly elected, the Twelftn, Col. Davis' own ward, threw its strength in the balance at the right time for the successful party. Col. Davis has never said he had pledges of support from the people who dominated that convention and were put in power by the voters of Cook County. He has not intimated to any one he was promised the cooperation of these men. It is well known, however, that this support was pledged him ; that he was told it would be for him. This Is a fact which every one conversant with the situation knows. CoL Davis opened bis headquarters and waited for the realization of what his friends believed was sure to come. He and his adherents naturally expected the people who at the uresent time controlled the Republican politics of Cook County would rally loyally to his support. Day after day rolled by and they didn't come. They got as far as the rotunda of the hotel and the caf, but they didn't go up to the parlor floor and settle down in CoL Davis' headquarters as many people thought they would. It was believed by many that T. N. Jamieson would take charge of Col. Davis' campaign. Dr. Jamieson is a Chicagoan and the committee demanded. He stated that he believed that now was the time for him to step out instead of waiting until another campaign was on. Mr. Smyth's resignation was not accepted and it has not been definitely determined what steps will be taken. His administration has been exceedingly satisfactory and there is a strong disposition to try to induce him to reconsider his action. It is understood that Mr. Smyth has not fully made up his mind as to his future movements. He stated yesterday he would either give more attentun to his private business or would epend 6ome time in traveling. He wants to spend the winter South and go to Europe in the spring. His Probahlo Successor. Should Chairman Smyth's resignation be accepted it is probable that Lloyd J. Smith, the present Vice-Chairman, will be made Chairman. He is a Board of Trade man and bright and energetic, and it is believed would make an able and efficient Chairman. After the County committee met the Executive committee bad a session and heard the Webb side of the contest in the Twenty-ninth Ward club. The McCarthy people will be given an opportunity to file a brief at the next meeting. Spencer, Barti6tt company, Mann Bros., D. B. Scully Sirup company, L. G. Yoe & Co.. Franklin MacVeagh & Co., William Hcyt & Co., Northwestern Yeast company, E. W. Giilett, Crane company. This list of firms composes the Chicago Freight Bureau, an organization for the protection of the interests of Chicago shippers. In October, 1893, the bureau appeared a second time before the Commissioners, with representatives of the leading railways. There was a general discussion of the case by both ides and it vas deefded to suspend hostilities for a time. The railroad representatives promised an agreement would be reached and the trouble adjusted without the aid of the commission. This promise has not been fulfilled, though the shippers frequently have trisd to bring it about. This morning the Chicago shippers will go before the commission and request it to take official action without further delay. In the schedule showing the unjust discrim ination against Chicago it is shown the rate on certain products from Cincinnati to Monmouth, 111., is 47.5 cents per lOO pounds, while from Chicago to Monmouth the rate is 47 cent i. The distance Cincinnati to Monmouth is 390.3 miles, while from Chicago to that point the distance is only 179 miles. BULLETIN OF e gaily CMfcmif. CHICAGO, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 13, 1894. Weather for Chicago today: Fair and cooler. INDEX OP TODAY'S IMPORTANT NEWS. Pages. 1 Collision in Washington Street Tunnel. CoL Davis Retires from Senatorial Race. Chicago Seeks Lower Freight Rates, j Fourteenth Hebrew Charity Ball. 2 Honse Passes the Railway Pooling BilL 3 Carlisle's and White's Currency Bills. ; Black Working for a Sew Postoffice. Kunstman Announces Subcommittees. 4 May Wheat Oies Up Haifa Cent. News of the Financial Center. Affairs in the Imurancj World. 5 Society and Amusement). Seeley Admits His Identity. Eeports of the City Mission Society. 7 Cleveland on Arme aim Affairs. Japs Butcher People la Port Arthur. 8 North Harvey Will Not Be Annexed. Police Commissioner Submits Report. Carl Schurz Arrives in Chicago. 9 Pool on Inimijra-it Ocean Traffic. Arguments in the Meadowcroft Case. Five Persons Held for Murder. 11 Aid. Kerr at the LexoAV Committee. David Sprar? Kills Five of His Family. Chicago Curlerj Get Busy. 12 Mrs. Crane's Club Takei Action. The goods are shipped by way of Chicago, the tariff being prorated to the road hauling it from Chicago to Monmouth. A list of 183 towns is given showing the discrimination against Chicago in each. Commissioners W. S. Cantrell and C. F. I.ape were questioned last night as to their attitude regarding this matter, but neither seemed willing to say much in advance of the meeting. Mr. Lape, however, went so far as to intimate they were anxious to give the Chicago merchants a fair show. Complaints have been made to us," he said, " that the east and west roads on inter-State business are and have been delivering freight to points in Illinois from Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Detroit, and other places at lower rates than the Chicago merchants get. Doubtless that is true, and it has been accounted for in this way : Those roads are constantly sending trains of cars west after grain and stock. Thirty cars, I believe, make a complete train. Some line out of Cincinnati has twenty that must go. Probably only four or five of them are loaded. Suppose the agent can pick up eight or ten loads at Indianapolis for Bloomington, Peoria, and other points along the line in Illinois. Any rate he can get is just so much clear gain to the company. It costs very little more to move a train of thirty cars with half of them loaded tnan if they were all empty. As a consequence the agents everywhere hustle for all the business they can get for every prospective empty train that starts out, and as a result they haultraffic, as alleged, all the way across Ohio, Indiana, and " into this "State at less rates than the Chicago roads make for Chicago merchants. They all do it and it is against this sort of thing the merchants whom we are to meet tomorrow want protection and I believe the board wants to do all it can for them." REPUBLICAN MAYOR TOR BOSTON. After a Bitter Fight Edwin U. Cnrtls De-ffltits (Jen. Francis Feabody. Boston, Mass. Dec" II. Special. Edwin U. Curtis. Republican candidate "for Mayor of Boston, was elected today by a plurality of 2,500. The campaign which thus closes has been one of the most bitter in recent years and personalities have entered into it to an unusual extent. The Republicans have made their fight euainst the Democratic machine, which for three years has been intrenched in the city balL The charges of inefficiency and open corruption recently made by the nonpartisan municipal league gave a text for the Republican speakers, and yet the Democratic overthrow is due in a large measure to disaffection in the Democratic ranks. Congressman Joseph H. O'Neil, who was defeated for nomination in the late Congressional campaign, was the logical candidate of the Democratic party and was the idol of a large per cent of the rank and file, but Pat Maguire, boss of the Democratic party machine, forced Gen. Francis Peabody Jr. upon the party, as the result shows, to be defeated. License won by 7,500. Returns on the School committee have not as yet been canvassed. With only five precincts, each strongly Republican, to be heard from the Board of Aldermen stands seven Republican and five Democrats. The Republicans also claim control of the School committee. The Common Council, however, will be strongly Democratic. The Independents won in Beverly, Cambridge, Newburyport, Salem, Medford, Everett. The Republicans won in Lynn, Lowell, Chelsea, Worcester. ST. JO COMMERCIAL BANS PAILS, Assignment of George L. Koberts Forces the Financial House to Quit. St. Joseph. Mo., Dec. 11. Special. At 11 o'lock tonight the Commercial Bank, capitalized at $125,000, made an assignment. A. Kirkpatrick is named as assignee. N. P. Ogden is President ; J. B. Morris, Vice-President ; M. M. Riggs, cashier. The liabilities are given at $270,000 and assets at $325,000. The bank was " organized four years ago and erected a fine buildine at Sixth and Edmbad streets, which was destroyed by fire two years ago. Another building was constructed recently on the same spot at a cost of $78,000. The failure of George L. Roberts, a dry goods merchant, tonight was the direct cause of the bank failure. It is said no other St, Joseph institutions are affected. The bank failure created no surprise as it has teen known for some time it was losing money. The capital by late losses on loans has been impaired one-half. The directors decided that it would be more profitable to clothe now than to make up the deficit. The liabilities are chiefly moneys due depositors. The Commercial Bank holds a claim for $13,-384 against Roberts, representing amounts due in New York, Chicago, and Su Louis. J. Shionek is assignee for Roberts. SlWIilCS FROM THE WXIilCS. Three of the notorious Meachamite gang in Clarke County. Mo., have been hanged. The recent rains have broken the worst and the longest drought ever experienced in the Ohio Valley. V The filth man accused of complicity in the Ben Brook, Tex., train robbery has been placed in Fort Worth jaiL Judge Harlan of the Criminal Court in Baltimore. Md., charged the grand jury to investigate big gambline-houses. Missouri and Arkansas lumbermen are in session at Little Rock, Ark., to form agreement to raise the price of the product. Charges of granting gamblers privileges for pay are renewed against John R. Murphy. Director of Alleghany s Department of Public Safety. . LAST EDITION. FOR GOOD OF OTHERS Fourteenth Hebrew Charity Ball a Great Success. BEAUTY AND BRILLIANCE Haughty Dame Fashion's Least Decree Eemembered. HANDSOME COSTUMES WORN Far Into the Horning: Devotion Is Paid to the Dance. THAT THE NEEDY MAY NOT WANT. The fourteenth annual charity ball given by the Young Men's Hebrew Charity Association was held at the Auditorium last night, a more brilliant social event and more successful financially than any of its predecessors. More people enjoyed the entertainment than ever before and more money will be - distributed among those worthy aud needy ones for whom it is part of the Young Men's Hebrew Association's mission to care. As early as 9 o'clock the great throng began to come. Everything was hustle and bustle about the foyer and in the rotundas below, where the men waited at dressing-room doors for women . in superb costume, nearly every one of which called forth the best efforts of some artist of fashion. The scene about the foyer was one of brilliancy. It was there that all were gathered in to await the grand march. Far back on the stage in a pretty setting that marked one -end of the great waxed floor was the orchestra. At 10 o'clock a bugle note sounded through the balls the signal for the Chicago Reed Band to appear. Prof. Rosenbeck gave three gentle little taps with his baton and the humming ceased. The fiddlers tucked their instruments under their chins ' and with a grand Bweeo Gounod's march, La Reine de Saba," broke forth. At the same moment the word charity " emblazened in letters of electric brilliance shone down from over the proscenium arch and the first couples in the grand march appeared at the tunnel doors to which the floor had been spread. David Frank and Miss Frank led the column that appeared at the right entrance and Edward A. Rosenthal and Miss Rosenthal were the first couple in the other. The marchers executed a number of column figures until the two became merged into one, and then the music changed from a stately march to a graceful swinging waltz and the dancing bad begun. There were only fourteen numbers on the program, but" there was plenty of room for extra, and the younger dancers kept . the musicians busy till far into the morning. At 11 o'clock supper was served in the banquet hall and also in the cafe in the Auditorium Annex. All in ail, it was the most successful bail the Young Men's Hebrew Association has ever given. BRILLIANT IS THE GRAND MARCH. Magnificent Cottnmci of the Women Shown to Good Advantnee. The grand march was somewhat late in starting, but it furnished a brilliant scene when it came. The costumes of the women were magnificent. Nearly every woman carried a huge bouquet. According to the usual custom there were two columns, one entering from the extreme right tunnel door and the other- from the left. David Frank, Vice-President of the- association, and his sister, Miss Sylvia Frank, and Edward A. Rosenthal and his sister. Miss Minnie Rosenthal were the leaders. Mr. Frank and Mr. Rosenthal were supported by David L. Frank and Norman Florsheim. With the first burst of music from the orchestra they appeared at the doors and led the two magnificent columns out on the floor. Miss Frank wore handsome blue satin with white stripe and carried a loose bunch of pink flowers. Miss Rosenthal wore pale green with satin jet trimming and carried a huge cluster of roses, and the next couple after Mr. and Miss Frank were Mr. and Miss Stumer and immediately following Mr. and Mis Rosenthal, in the other column, were Maurice Rothschild and Miss Fannie Epstein. After the first couples in each column there was no special order, the marchers falling into line as they happened to be iu the rotundas whence the march started. The two columns on entering moved down the entire length of the floor, which covered the seats in the parquet and back to the tunnel doors. On reaching the extreme end'of the stage each column turned and went down and back again until there were eight lines of marchers on the floor. Then they began to double up, coming down the floor first four abreast and then sweeping across eight abreast. Then the music changed from march time to waitz and the dancing began. TWO ORCHESTRAS OF FIFTY PIECES. One Plays the Dane Music and the Other for Promenades. By a clever arrangement of orchestras there was music ail the while at this great fete. On the stage A. Rosenbecker's orchestra of fifty pieces was placed. This orchestra played ail the dance music. In the balcony opposite was the Chicago Reed Band, also of fifty pieces. It played the promenade music. As is the custom at this ball dances and promenades alternated the evening. Thus there was restful variety. This was the musical program : March" La Reine de Srba " Cb. flounwl Walts "Honor to the Ladies " L. Strauss Promenade Overture, "The Mill on the 'liff C. ti. Reiasurer Lanciere-"lndi'(to'"" ... .. .... ...... Job. .Straps Promenade Selection, "11 Trovatore ..(j.eril Two-Step louKlas Club" it. SchioiQartU Promenade Selection, "RobiD Hood . .. -..Reginald de Koven Lanci'ere-"MVrr'y'War ' ..Joh.fttrao Promenade"' Ruy Illaa " Felix M endeist(.lji Promenade "Chicago 11-rald ".A. Kosenbecker Promenade "The i irst Heart Throbs .. . . - Rich Eulenberg- Promenade" Scenes Pictorequ - -- Jul. Massenet Waltz "Rowis from'the South" Job. Strauss Lanciers-'- Florence " A- W. Li lien thai Waltz "Jollv Girls " Robert VoUstedt Two Stop" The Belle of Chicago ! - Ad. Koeribecke Waltz" Vienna Beauties " '-,.M' &"'iJ''er Promenade " Faust ana Margantha 1 ... ... ......Cu. tioanou Incier" Nursery" Rbjiues Thea, Mos Promenade Selection from "Warn? "UoH Waltz" Diesen Kuss der (ianzen Welt "... ....O. M. iCienrer Promen'adeFanuisIe," Romeo and Jul 1- et Cu. Oounoa Lancier9" Beethoveu jlinnecbor " ... ..ii. , eizujarteu Promenadl Two S'teo-" Charity " F- 0 """ 1

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