Los Angeles, CA Times Building Explosion and Fire, Oct 1910

Times Building Prior To Explosion Times Building After Explosion After Bombing Crowd After Explosion


Rewards Offered For Those Who Dynamited Los Angeles Times Now Aggregate $100,000 - Seek Clue in San Francisco - Searching Ruins.

(By Associated Press.)
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3. -- Rewards aggregating $100,000, an amount unprecedented in criminal history, has been offered for the arrest of those responsible for the blowing up of the Times building. Hundreds of men, police and private citizens, here and in other coast cities are seeking clews[sic].

Three Men Involved.
The police believe that at least three men are concerned in the outrage and attempted dynamiting of the homes of OTIS and ZEEHANDELAAR. Today the city placed the price of $10,000 on the head of each, and the county voted an additional $5,000 for each man convicted. The Merchants and Manufacturers Association decided to offer $50,000.

Unions May Act.
A local newspaper, friendly to the unions today printed a front page editorial demanding that the strikes now in progress be called off, in view of the strictures directed toward the unions in connection with the explosion.
The State Federation of union labor which opened its convention here today will probably take action tomorrow for the appointment of investigators to work in conjunction with the city officials.

Gillett Repudiates Interview.
Governor GILLETT, today repudiated an interview in which he was reported to have said that the unions must be blamed for the outrage until proved innocent.
"What I did say," he declared, "is that the labor unions will be blamed unless they make every effort to cause the arrest of the guilty parties. This the unions will do, as is shown by their offering rewards for the arrest of the guilty persons."

Attests Expected.
Police Chief GALLOWAY said this afternoon that he expected early news of an arrest in San Francisco, where EARL ROGERS, attorney for the Merchants and Manufacturers Association and Detective W. J. BURNS, prominent in the San Francisco graft cases, have gone, following the report than an employe of the Giant powder works believes that he can identify the men who purchased dynamite corresponding to that found here.

Otis Is Guarded.
General OTIS is protected by a bodyguard and the branch offices where the Times is being edited and printed are being heavily guarded.

No Arrest at the Bay
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 3. -- Following to the dynamite believed to have been used in blowing up the Los Angeles Times building and endeavoring to trace the men who purchased the explosive at the Giant powder mills, EARL ROGERS, attorney, and W. J. BURNS, detective, arrived in San Francisco today.
With several detectives from the Los Angeles police force and half a dozen from the local force they spent a busy day in running down anything that looked like a clew[sic].
The arrests and the sensation which it was rumored would follow soon after the arrival of ROGERS did not transpire. Tonight it was intimated that the trail was leading back to Los Angeles. The most notable clew today is the information from a storekeeper that a man answering the description of BRYSON, the alleged purchaser of the dynamite, bought eight aluminum letters forming the word "Peerless" on the night of Sept. 22. It is supposed that these were used to disguise the boat which took the dynamite from the works.

Democrats to Assist.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3. -- The Democratic county committee today passed resolutions denouncing the crime of blowing up the Times building as colossal and promising to assist in running down the perpetrators.

Patrolmen Appointed.
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3. -- Stirred by the fact that the bomb explosion which wrecked the Times plant and killed twenty-one men and subsequent attempted dynamiting outrages, has created an emergency with which the police force is finding itself unable to cope, the city council passed an emergency ordinance at a special meeting today which authorized the immediate appointment of forty additional patrolmen, ten sergeants and one lieutenant.
These men will be used to run down and imprison or drive out of the city men who have been known to express commendation for acts of violence, and others who have been in trouble with the police department since the labor troubles began in Los Angeles several months ago.

Seven Bodies Found.
Seven bodies have been taken from the ruins since the force of 400 men from the city street department began the work of clearing away the wreckage. Two of these have been identified, J. WESLEY REAVES, private secretary to Assistant General Manager HARRY CHANDLER of the Times and ELMER FRINK, one of the linotype operators.
All the bodies or rather fragments of bodies so far recovered were found in the cellar pit directly under where the stairway stood which led down into the business office of the paper.

Other Bodies Under Machinery.
All the rest of the dead still in the ruins probably lie at the rear near the alley, where the explosion occurred. The diggers in this section have cleared away most of the brick, mortar and charred remains of woodwork, and have found no more bodies. It is therefore believed that all those still unfound lie under the heavy ruins of several big presses and the remains of linotypes that tumbled down into the cellar when the force of the explosion rent the second, or composing room floor asunder. A crane was placed in service today to life these out.

Seventeen Men In Jail.
Seventeen men are now in the city prison booked as dynamite suspects. However, the best clew so far obtained came from the offices of the Giant Powder Company in San Francisco, where it is said that men named BYLSTON and MORRIS and another man purchased 500 pounds of dynamite similar in power and kind to that found in the infernal machine discovered at the home of F. J. ZEEHANDELNAR, secretary of the Merchants and Manufacturers Association.

Modesto Morning Herald California 1910-10-04