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THE SUK, MONDAY, JULY 31, 191G.
ELLIS ISLAND BOMBARDED BY FIRE AND SHRAPNEL; ALIENS ESCAPE DEATH
WHICH ROCKED CITY
Giant Explosion Rocked Build
ings and Flames Threat
ened All of Tlicm.
G rent est i'rcioiis Disaster
Wns Loss of Kxcursion
Stenmer, With Wi lvco.
RAIN OF FLYING STEEL
Blazing Barges Drifted Nenr
With Shrieking Shells
A truly mirnculous ricApe was thai nf
tho BB0 Immigrants nml nfTlclalii men,
womrn nml children on K1IH Islnml, In
deed, of tho Wand Itfctf, In the great ex
plosion and IIh vpn-mllng waves of de
struction. First rocked by tho two tro
mendous blnsta, then threatened for
hours liy flvo (taming ImrKcs that shot
over It nhraimcl and shell nnd might, nt
any moment have grounded and ex
ploded right under the walls, gome
power seeing tn have preserved tho Im
migration station and those It held from
death nnd disaster.
Not a life was lost, not more than a
doren persons worn hurt, and those not
seriously cut by the lirolen glass that
fell about everywhere and lay like leuves
In every bultdin nnd on every walk.
One of tinny miracles was thsl tho H9
patients In the two hospitals, a majority
women and children, escaped Injury,
nlthough tho hospital bore: some of the
worst of the fusillade of shrapnel tint
flew from the barges.
The remainder of the Immigrants on
the Island, 253, suffered little except
from fright, nnd all of these were safely
taken off tho Island, The nick and
thirty-five Insane patients were kept on
tho island hII through, nnd though sev
eral times they had to flee im the death
spitting barge veered nbourthe Island,
none wag the wnrrc for his experience
yesterday. Many of the children, de
lighted at the new game and the fire
flashes, felt better.
Ilalldln Practically Intart.
The buildings, too, escaped damage
beyond all rcason'iblo expectation all
of them, pirtlcularly the contagious die
case hospital on Island No. 3. under
whose very wlndmvs two ammunition
boats swung with heart thrilling slow
ness, belching tiro every moment and
acemlnK about to blow up. There ure
few whole panes of glafs on the island,
which means that thousands were
broken: roofs arc smnrhed In places,
sometimes by shell ; doors and sish
damaged and ripped from walls, platter
has fallen In sheets, but that Is the
worst of It.
That the station Itself thus escaped Is
due, they believe on 'the Islmd, to Provl-
oenco: but that the Inmates escaped'
,.t V Vl" IllltUlll
work by doctors, nurses, officers and
men on each of the three Islands. In
each building. In each department. V.ich
one of the IIS members of the staff on
tho Island did himself proud, they ngree.
Tense moments when life and death
balance may come in name men's lives,
but few must endure such tene hours
as did those on Kills Island In the early
hours of yisterday morning. Not once
but five times it seemed as If the vfry
island muM be blasted from under them
by tho vxplosl ti of one or other of the
barges that Moated slowly, but with
drmlly sureness, upon them with the
tide. Two barges actually did touch
the piles at the foot of the contagious
hospital, but brave and cool w rk by
employee and lliemen sent them nut
Into tho htreatn unci finally sank them.
Peril of Hurtling Missiles.
Hesldes the awful dreid of the explo
ilon they bad the actual peril of the
flying rhrapnel and the big brass shells,
nearly a foot lung, tipped with a ful
minate cap, that hissed nnd whl'tled
throunh the air. They fell everywhere,
mashing through roofs, windows, wood
work, pattering cm walls, dropping from
Afraid lest the shock of moving them
far be too great for many, the surgeons
kept all the sick ami Insane patients, of
whom nearly a hundred were women
and calldrcn. all f Tclgners and many
wildly excited, on the lawns behind the
shngiltul buildings. They uere wrapped
lup. many tucked In cots brought out for
r them, nnd were getting quieted.
Then came the first of the blazing
barges and lighters. I'nr a time they
wen safe, when edowly the first of these,
a thr.fi masted schooner, apparently
swung around from the southwest to the
southeast corner of the southernmost of
the three Inlands. The shrapnel, the
burning fragments, the sparks, flung
high In nlr, fell clear over the protecting
walls and close to the little crowd of In
valids. Doctors Hmploy Strategy.
Then came the closest to a real panic
after the first slnck of the explosion.
Soothing some, threatening others, the
doctors took them all to the first Island,
where they were safe. The crossing
had to be made over a narrow, unen
closed causeway running right along the
water's edge, not far from the Jersey
City shore. At the same time another
bnrge drifted down opposite It, nnd tho
rain 'of missiles from It splashed In
the water beside the fugitive patients.
The doctors stopped not a moment.
"We, who are about to die, salute you,"
murmured one to another but they got
every one acrosH safely. The thirteen
young women nurses helped carry Mrk
children through what looked like Im
At that tlmo not ono In a thousand
of tho spectators who lined the New
Jersey and Manhattan shores would
havo given a fig for the chances of life
of anybody on Kills Island. Seemingly
almost surrounded by barges. whUh
geemed to bombard the Island like float
ing bntterles, lighted up now nnd then
"'" . : VJk;. Allowed bv evnloslons
that seemed as If they must shake the j "'."'thls room went Watchmen Law
Island lo the, bottom of the ba. the Yeagler and 1'. J. Wheeler and
mass oi uuiiuioHt- ."Y'""
nrnimil whoso head swift lightnings
owed the rain of
' illV" u'tn.1.
look HKe rulrn.
loolt line iuiiui.
fio.hert. Kach flash sh
of shot, shell and burnt
fell upon It nnd made
nml twisted woodwork
Three More Fiery Bnrgeii Appear.
As the dawn rame up across the har
bor and the valiant fight against the
first barges drove them off and later
sank them, them drifted In between the
Island and tho Jersey shore three more
barges In whut lojked llko n solemn
cortege of death, nt equal distances:
apart. Thn hearts of those on the
Hut as tho first of thess edged In
closer tn the second Island hospital and
ot so closo to the power house that
r sent three shells through the roof,
narrowly missing tho big boilers, the
fireboat New Yorker enmo around the
northwestern point of the flrM Island,
Khe hnd been In the slip mi the Iledlow's
Island side, pumping for all she was
worth nn tho first two biasing barges.
Lieut. Charles J. Hoed, crouched In
th pilot house with IMIot Afred C.
smith had something of the spirit of
Farraa-ut In him. "Damn the shrap-
bore for the the -jjjijf-ffi
ordered all but men KVyt Km'.tKRBKMj'BisBMKtlKtKS T--"9ealjaaial Jffi- jfUjlZm"
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spurting turned on all his r AvJ J5v3laBBBW. WSSKttBIKWftiKKtJ Sw'r""-
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liTBjMlSaTBjTaBE23ni answering false alarms.
Shrapnel whistled over the fireboat. ' ., . , ... ,
cinders and flaming wood fell upon the, sw.....o.iu, " I" believed that some of the panic
deck and the men hugging close to It. stricken ones may have turned In
Sputtering and coughing for breath In j; nlarms, believing that there were fires
the dense tmoke. Lieut. Heed ordered K I V 'n the neighborhood, but most of the
more water and always more water, children went first, then other women. TCk 'i iff 9 1 . trouble was caused by the nutomatlc
A Heel shell, six Inches long, pierced tb.-n the men. and last of all the war- . if ? PiiS "feg & . nlarms. The concussion set a number
:he pilot house window, striking smack rr.nt men. The hills Island holds .0 VT?tBW-Soj Wm WiWaM of these off nn.l sent the apparatus
through Smith's pilot license. The other p:issent:ers, so there was abundant room JM-JXr:iZ2SiHtBtr!!fJiSZ'r" WjjHaaal HL V?&hMK scurrying ulmlessty looking for con
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salvagers." he said,
for the first time
After the second explosion and the
blinding glaro that went with It, the
doctors too'k their patients out to the
lawn behind the bul!dlr. .It was there
that the shrapnel reached them, and they
crossed the causeway to tho medical
rooms In the basement of the receiving;
Interne and Orderly Arc Heroes.
ttuplni, .lit nerllnos .fash fnr :lftv
Or II K Trimble, a young Interns at
he hropltnl. and Darlo Tedesco. on or-
erly, had taken one of the station's
llne.s of hsc to the very end of the
'er, though onlv a few feet from the
hospital wall, and were playing It upon
bo first of the blazing barges.
Steadily the birge came nearer, but
thn Interne nnd thn orderly stayed on,
'olng their bit, holding tho stream on
When firemen from the New Yorker
nma with their big three nnd a half
'nch lines, they found Dr. Trimble un-
onscious from heat and smoke, lleslde
him lay many schrapnel bullets, but
nono had touched him.
As soon ns the last barse was dis
posed of the doctors brought back their
patients, but first they had the wards
cleaned at least of broken glass, plaster
and dirt. There followed a genernl
taking of temperatures nnd feeling of
pub.es. None was the worse for the or-1
deal, tome of the children were Detier;
were Dcuer ;
In the receiving building on the first
Island luck again held good. There
were only 253 lmmUrants, more women
than men, and some 200 of them aliens,
in the dormitories the average Is three
times that. The Inspector In charge of
the night division. William Leonard.
.1 l.l ..onmn.. In (I, rt 1tltfefl
States navy, handled the situation as u
,-ntchman . and ,a hysteric., , ireek woman
otiiy casnam ..
C1'.'ef i7nna?d like everybody e e.
kelTh s charges"',, the bulo Ing until he'
foi the island, trailing tire and smoke
"rJl!Pe . Hir.i'n h. nl,1 lifted the
The first eP'fnonnllh 'n'''-. "J'mJSr
floor lmMn bu '"
emed to. "I asked '"n ,o
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quiet he Kr"I 'V,'.', with m-
with words, but wme I nuleted w th , m
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CJreot Wall l-'ollows Blast.
After tho first explosion there arose a
great wall from the poor, frightened ones
lust come to a strange land. Luckily the
women were on the third floor, on the
sruth side of the building, furthest from
the explosion and the oncoming barges.
The men were on the second floor, also
In the baggage and dormitory wing, the
t.ortheast wing of the main building, In
another room nn the third floor were the
"warrant men," those who nre to be de-
, .... t,n, .i.l.Vt ht1 nrltiilmil
Poriei . man, o. w -
locked themselves In with as dangerous
omnany can be found In most Jnlls.
" nu )( m wo Ko nnd j
that won't bo till the women go." they
told these men, nnd they kept their,
Tk.. insneetnr Leonard sent Ludvvlg
Weppler. his assistant, to tell Frank boiler, ruining It and the chart. Kn
Ii'cnst the pilot of the Kills Island, the glneers found one big copper shell nine
Immigration ferry, that with bnrges Inches long In a coal bunker and another
shooting fire nnd lead and Jagged glass ntnp the holler. This one had the cap
huniim. ntmut readv to drop down, he i still Intact nnd might have caused a
had better get ready to tako the Immi
grants to the Hattery If they showed
much moro uneasiness. With a small
nlsiit farce, Leonard was rightly afraid
Immlrants Hoard Kerry.
He marched the men In one line, the
women with children In another, to the
ground floor on the north aide of the
building, and thn boat came around to
the north able also. With It came word
tr.at Capt. Morgan of the launch Immi
grant and Alva .Shipper, u walchiuan,
had been cut by glass, but not badly,
Thero, with the aid of a doien matrons
and of Watchmen George Ilelnes and
James Fennelly, all were Induced to
board th Bill IHand. yfoma with
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Boat Brlnsja Dack Her Load,
After staying at the Harge Office an
hour or more the Kills Island brought '
leack her load. They found awaiting
them a breakfast f coffee, bread ami
butter and fishcakes nil there was. said
Leonard apologetically. They found
irr.iny or tneir rooms already swept too.
During nil this there had been no alarm
from the Kills Island siren, bst Its un-
accustomed sound send the Immigrants
into a veritable panic. As It was. exi-ept
for the one (Ireek woman who was Jiift
hysterical and fainted, nob dy had got
out of hand,
Soon afterward, about 8 o'clock, came
Hyron II. L'hl. Assistant Commissioner
f Immigration, He was delighted with
everything that bad been done and tele-
phoned Commissioner Frederic C. Howe
at Crot n that he need not trouble to
come down, as uanger was past and
everything had been handled well. So
thought Dr. J. C. Perry, chief medical
officer, who looked over the hospitals.
From refiorts he got from all over Mr.
l'hl estimated the damage at around
lfiO.000, though that Is not remain. He
arranged Immediately for contractors to
start repairs. Most of the damage is -to
ine men ro fs of the two hospitals, to
i nans in wnirn tire oriCK was U'.spluci o
i wans in wnicn nre bricK was d'.spl
I by the blowing loose of whole window-
casings and all, tn tiroken glass, wood.
work and metul rk. A thick black
metallic dust covered everything,
Kills Island I.o ano.ooo.
It Is safe to say that the two hospital
""""'"f" ;' - ''
, Pai , ,.VhW large gassed
th( wllnlH al)0ut window and
skylight Is smashed. The woodwork of
h- Pier Is torched from the fierce
TIl HIme (, ma. ii(he
l"spltal on the second Island.
xh" M "'Imlnlstratlon and recelv-
Ing building, where Kills Island visitors
K and the 'immigrants sleep and the.
mu(l1 ,Um'-e ''" A strange
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I ,wo 8)() . m.fvn ,s not Mnaihei,
th ugh the heavily
built metal frames of
other windows in It aro twisted enthely
out, or shape,
Queer Frenka of Explosion.
,Townstalrs n tne main entrance hall
two clocks had stopped nt 2 ;0S, almost I
exactly the time of the first nnd most .
violent explosion, I'pstalrs In Commls- J
shiner Howe's office windows frnme, '
j sash anil all had been blow n Into the
room severa' Inches from the wall. In
other rojm'J the entire window was
Mown across th. room.
On Commissioner Howe's bookcase n
signed photograph of 'resident Wilson
timl f. pnifXt ji rnvM (Ha 1tfV thnt
gnve the face a grotesque leer. A shrap
nel bullet had made n neat round hole
In a large picture of Abraham Lincoln, ,
in a large picture of Abraham l.lncolr
A spllnler of glass stuck In the breas
of a plaster figure of a woman, lookln
like an arrow.
In the power house another shrnpnr
bullet struck a flow meter near the
boiler explosion as an added horror,
KILLS CAR CONDUCTOR.
Roast, Prevented From Renins;
Aboard on Wronsr Hide, Nhnnti.
KEANsnunu, N. J., July 30, Denied
permission to board a trolley car on
the wrong; side, Antonio Knssl, 35, of
New York, early thin morning shot and
killed the conductor, Frank Webor, 21,
Rosal was arrested on another car
going toward the Matawan station and
1 was lodged In th county Jail
bold, ahrcd with murder.
l TH ssi..atfiu
piCTURE NO. 1 is ono of tho
loaded with ammunition. No.
pa ret Grady, nurso, of Kills Island,
of the shells which fell there. No.
of the Nntionnl Storage building.
SHELL HITS BOAT
f 1 L A Mill I L' M A W
JL tt illVlllJ III M 11
Enyei'iicss to (Set a riosoiip"
of Munition Ilnrgps Xcarl.v
An Intrepid motion picture camera'
man who had filmed everything of inter
est m the freight yards: decided thit hn
would like to cet some close range views
of tho floating munition barges. lis
turned up his nose at the Idea of danger.
He came across a daredevil who volun
teered to take him out to the barges In a
flat bottomed row boat. Tho offer was
The volunteer boatman removed his
tan ties and his straw hat and then bent
Today and Also Tomorrow
Saks Suits for Men
Reduced from $28, $25, $23 & $20 to
Plus a few Pertinent Remarks
To be quite frank about it, this sale is not an appeal, but an
opportunity. We are not asking a favor, we are conferring one!
There is a vast difference between the customary frantic attempts
to get rid of unsalable merchandise and this remarkable offering
of fine Saks Suits at savings that range up to $11 per suit. And it
is from that point of view that we ask you to regard this sale, for any
other point of view is erroneous and unjust to you and to us. These
are this season's Saks Suits all that is left of our $28, $25, $23 and $20
selections and we invite you to take your choice at $17 before the
available supply is exhausted.
A small charge trill be made for alteration
'J is Miss Mar-'
3 is what is left
No. 4 is Cupt.
to the oars. The camera man clung lov -
ingly to his machine nnd encouraged tho
i rowtr. About half way out a Hhell cas
i ing which had been shot Into the air
i from a barge came ricocheting along the
surface of the water. Fortunately Its
strength had been spent nnd It was on
I Its last skip when It struck the prow of
the licit a glancing blow
Tho boat stood up on Its stern Fome -
thing after thn manner of nn unbroken
bronco. It righted Itself, however, and
tho worst that befell the occupants was a
slight drenching. They abandoned their
project, however, nnd seemed relieved
when they reached shore.
M. T, Henley, yardmaster of the l,o
hlgh Valley Itallroad, was till victim of
another freakish experience, H was
standing on ton of a freight car sunerln-
tending the removal of that and other
freight cars to a position of safety when,
the llrst explosion hurled him to the
ground, He was not even bruised, but t
he found that In some mysterious man-
ner his gold watch had been Jerkid from'
his pocket. An examination showed
htn that his vest had been torn open
Charles Cutler, ono of the injured, of tho barge
O'Boyle. No. fi is the ruins of the ammunition
storage warehouses. No. C is the debris from a car
load of potash burned in the fire. No. 7 is the ruins
of an ammunition bnrge on the Ellis Island shore.
l nnd that the watch; attached to a chain
passing through one of tho buttonholes of
his vest, had been flung far out Into the
night. The chain bad also slipped Its
moorings nnd fo'.lovcd the timepiece like
the tall of a comet.
Another weird tnle Is told of Patrol-
;man Henry Doherty of the Fifth pre.
' clnct in Jersey City. Poherty. who is
Known among his fellow olllcers as
"Handsome Harry." was stationed at the
foot of Claremont avenue. He was stand
ing near the edge of a pier when tho
first big bang occurred, lie was thrown
Into the water, and when he managed to
pull himself out found thnt the force of
tho explosion had torn all his apparel
from him with the exception of n strip
of cloth that hung from his walstllnn!
like a Jiechcloth. More than his dig
nlty was Injured, however, for he was
ler taken to a hospital
ln the mld't of the excitement the fire
npparatus began tn rattle out, adding to
the din and confusion, There were two
two alarm blaew, one far uptown In a
loft building nnd the other on the West
Side, but most of tho englnea were out
at 34th Street
Broadway at 34th Street A
Beginning today at 8:30 A. M.
An Important Clearance and
Sale of 10,000 Men's
EVERY shirt in our Autumn stock must be fresh
and NEW. Therefore, we have reduced a large
quantity of shirts from our regular Summer
stock and combined with them the choicest garments
of a special purchase to sell at these remarkable prices
At $1.85-s'"'-tsjAt $1.45 sjijjMs
formerly sold at SL'.oOl formerly sold at and
and if. 'i.. and high - grade -
Miiris oi a special pur
chase. Made of silk and
cotton and all silk fab
rics. Tartan cords, Glen
Royal zephyrs, mercer
ized cloths and fine qual
ity credo cloth.
The designs include cluster and pencil stripe effects,
i-atin stripes, figured and jacquard designs.
Negligees with soft cuffs, and pleated models with
stiff cuffs. All sizes from V&A to 18W, including
sleeve lengths up to 36 inches.
Also jor today Monday
Men's Embroidered Crepe
at 49c, 69c and $1.35
Brand new, hand-barred scarfs in a wide range
of exclusive hand-machine' embroidered designs.
Made of satin-backed all silk crepe meteor
that will hold its shape longer than any
other crepe neckwear material obtainable.
Floral figured and spot effects to select from in
a large variety of exquisite colorings.
"Cinelli" Straw Hats for Men
Reduced to $1.65
Clean and perfect fine and fancy sennits, mostly
from our reserve stock, the majority being fitted
with sanitary "Bon Ton" Ivy bands.
All $2 Straw Hats Reduced lo $1
New Tork has suffered many serious
explosions, the graves! of which up to
yesterday morning wns that which de
stroyed tho Slnten Island Itallroad
1 ferryboat West field. July 30, IR71. The
I Westflcld was uted to carry excursion
parties and about 123 passengers had
passed nbonrd the vessel and she wni
still receiving more when the boiler e
ploded. nighly-two perrons were either
killed or drowned nnd ISS were Injured.
Next In the number of lives lost was
lh "Park place disaster" of Saturday,
August t2, 1891. In which sUtj-one per
sons were killed nnd property damage
was dono to the extent of $!;no,000 by a
mysterious explosion at CS-74 Park
The "narclay street explosion" of De
cember 20, 1S77, was of a similar nature.
Following the emission of a cloud of
smoke and dust the building nt S Bar-
i clay street crashed to the street. A fire
In surrounding buildings followed, the
total loss of llfo being ten. Forty-two
persons were Injured and damage to the
extent of 1380,000 was dono.
October 29, 1P00, n fire stnrted In the
wholesnlo drug and chemical establish
ment of Tarrant & Co. nt fiG-too War
ren street. Kmployecs ran for their lives
and were hardly out of tho building vhen
n great explosion occurred. Although
property losi estimated nt $1,000,000 wa
done only two lives were lost
The building of tho subway brought
nbout nti explosion In front of the Mur
ray 1 1 til Hotel on January 27, 1903.
Dynamite killed five persons and
caused damage estimated at $1,250,000.
Ten persons were killed ami 120 were
hurt December IS 1!U0, when Plntsch
gas leaking nt the New York Central's
power house nt Lexington nvenuo and
Plftleth street exploded,
Not far from the scene of yesterday's
disaster forty tons of dynamite exploded
at the Communlpaw terminal of tho
Central Itallroad of New Jersey on Feb
ruary 1, 1911. Thirty persons were
killed nnd grent property damage re
sulted. Ammonia exploded and wrecked th
four story brick building at 339 Macon
street, Hrooklyn, on July II, 19 IS, kill
ing five persons.
j $2.0. and selected gar
ments from a special
purchase. Made of silk
and cotton fabrics, hand
loomed crepes, crude
cloth, Tartan cords, dim
ities and mercerized