Stephen J. Pyne   Year of the Fires   © 2001
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“Thus began a tedious, often futile accounting of those injured and killed, an exercise that exposed the ramshackle process by which the men had been hired and shipped to the firelines. . . .
“ . . . In most instances the deceased left no identifying papers. Rumors, reported friendships, fragments of letters, telegrams thrust into pockets all provided clues. Newspapers across the nation printed the list of casualties, as the dead had recorded their names. Queries rushed in; counterqueries poured out. . . .



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“The claim of Salvar D. Adams, whose son died at the Bullion Mine, appeared to be 'very deserving.' Still Haines had to qualify that judgement by observing that 'the affidavits and the claim have not been executed before a notary public, but before the Chairman of Legal Board of what I take to be the Evangelical Church, who, I take it, may be authorized to administer oaths in Persia.' Eventually he located a cousin living in New Britain, Connecticut, who could verify that the mother did in truth depend on the small sums sent home and thus merited compensation.”

- National Archives at College Park, RG 95, Records of the Forest Service,
Division of Fire Control, General Correspondence – Claims -- Salvar Adams

 

    William H. Weigle,  Coeur d'Alene National Forest Supervisor,  described the state of identifying Adams and compensating next of kin in his report of June 24,  1911: 

67. S. D. Adams.
    Died in Bullion tunnel. Friend at 167 Institute Place, Chicago, Ill. Mother in Persia. Wrote A. Lafetim at 167 Institute Place, Chicago, and had reply. Second letter addressed to Lafetim returned unclaimed.
    Effects, leather purse with papers, papers with his time in snap pocket book. Letter from 167 Institute Place, Chicago, Ill. Empty pocket book, three snaps. Safety razor.
Time.
Aug.       6 - 5 hours
              7 - 12
              8 - 18
              9 - 12
            10 - 18
            11 - 18
            12 - 18
            13 - 16
            14 - 15
            15 - 12
            16 - 12
            17 - 12
            18 - 19
            19 - 16
            20 - 15
                 218 hours, $54.50 amount due.

 

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