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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
( IB St.
Loals 0o Cesrt.
ST. LOUIS, MO.. THURSDAY, MAY 15, 1902.
Tnlm. TkiM Cenli. 1
Oatslde St. Lost. Two Coat.
ENGLISHMEN OINE AND
HAFT OF TREATY
IS SENT TO MEXICO
TAMMANY'S LEADER .
ROCK ISLAND WILL
BUILD TO CHICAGO
Lewis yixon Says He Could Xot
Retain Self-Respect and
Plans for the Construction of a
Fear Edward's Gift 3Iay Make
Britons F.orget Devastation
cf St. Vincent.
Direct Route From St.
S!nte Oflicials Espect Response
From "Ambassador Clayton
Within Ten Days.
FIGHT WITHIN ORGANIZATION.
ANNOUNCEMENT IS OFFICIAL
LOSS OF TRADE IS DEPLORED.
IV WOULD BE RETROACTIVE.
Arceptance Might Result in Hie
Extradition of Former Coun
cilman Charles Kratz.
D'JCUMENT IS NOT VERY LONG.
JBVlieved That If Mexico Deals Fa-
trorably "With the United
States Reciprocation Will
The Republic Bureau.
Hth St. and PenrnIanla se.
"Washington. May H. Secretarr of State
Hay has transmitted to Ambassador Powell
Clayton at the City of Mexico the draft
of a supplemental treaty which the United
States Government proposes to negotiate
with Mexico, providing for the extradition
of persons charged with bribery.
The document, which Is very brief, cov
ering only this one point, was drawn up
under the direction of Secretary Hay at the
nuggcstlon of Circuit Attorney Joseph W.
Folk of St. Louis, who made a hurried
trip to the national capital last week.
The acceptance of the treaty on the part
of the Mexican Government is expected to
result In the extradition of Charles Kratz.
the ex-City Co'uncll-nan of St. Louis, who
I under indictment there on the charge
of bribery, and who Is cow a fugitive from
justice a refugee in the city of Guadala
jara. Mexico. Under the present treaty,
which does not mention bribery as an ex-
tradltable offense, Kratz cannot be returned
to the United States and tried.
The supplemental treaty will be retro
activethat lsv it will permit the extradi
tion of persons charged with crime who
haie fled from the United States and gone
to Mexico before its adoption. It is stated
by an official at the State Department that
all such treaties are retroactive, unless
otherwise 'especially stated, and In the pres
ent case the Government has no idea of en
tering into a treaty that will not cover the
Kratz case, which immediately led to the
Ambassador Clayton will receive the
treaty next Monday. Ho Is under instruc
tions to take It at once to Benor Marlsc.il,
Mexican Mialslei or Foreign Relations, -if
the Mexican Government Is disposed to deal
with the United States and the relations
between the countries' are most friendly
the representatives of the United States and
Mexico can come to an.agrcement within an
hour, and Ambassador Clayton Is expected
to return a favorable response within the
next ten days. The supplemental treafy
will then be submitted to the President for
approval. This action will be purely formal.
President Roosevelt will immediately traas
ralt the treaty to the Senate. On account
of its brevity and specific nature, the treaty
could be disposed of very shortly in that
body, and Us formal ratification follow
without further delay.
It Is believed here that the two Govern
ments will come to an agreement Inside of
three weeks. If these expectations are real
ized, Kratz will be brought back to trial
within that tlrre.
Meanwhile, precautions are taken. It Is
understood, by the St. Louis authorities to
see that Kratz does not leavo Mexico.
DESMOND GOES TO MEXICO CITY
Talks With Kratz, but Fugitive
Wouldn't Answer Questions.
BY A STAFF CORRESPONDENT.
Guadalajara, Mexico, May 14 Chief Des
mond departed with Consul Villlgein to-day
for Mexico City, and it is supposed he has
Information touching the matter of a sup
plemental treaty between the United States
and Mexico to permit the extradition of
fugitive Charles Kratz. Before starting the
Chief talked with Kratz at the hotel. Kratz
stated that he was glad to see the officer,
hut would much rather the meeting had
been under different circumstances. D. M.
Kussell and Charles Prangc, Kratz's ad
isers and confidential friends, were with
him. He said. Tils lawyers had advised him
not to talk and so he would answer no
questions. He confined his remarks to the
weather and other commonplace topics. The
fugitive Is more confident of his position
now and moves about the hotel Instead of
staying In his room. W. F. SMITH.
CONGRESS TO ADJOURN JUNE 28.
President Said to Be Laying His
Plans With That Date as Basis.
Washington, May 14. President Roose
velt Is telling his personal friends that he
expects Congress to wind up Us business
and adjourn about June 28. This state
ment Is based upon information he has re
ceived in consultation with the Republican
leaders in the House and Senate. So con
fident is the President that an adjourn
ment will be reached not later than the
date mentioned, or July 1, at the latest,
that he Is arranging his summer plans ac
cordingly. v '
Ho is being flooded -with Invitations to
visit various cities and summer resorts but
he tells all callers on such missions that he
is not making any further engagements un
til Congress adjourns, which In bis opinion,
will be by July L
It Is understood that the leaders In Con
gress anticipate a vote on the Philippine
bill In the Senate some time next week.
The Cuban relief bill and the canal bill
will be taken up, but It Is likely that final
action on both of these measures will not
be had this session. There is no disposi
tion on the part of the administration to
weaken in Its position in either case, but
It is believed that when all of the appro
priation blllr are disposed of, an agree
ment on the other legislation can 'be
reached without trouble.
MRS. ALICE O'DAY ROBBED.
Burglars Entered Springfield Home
of Widow of John O'Day.
Springfield, Mo, May 14. The home of
Mrs. Alice O'Day, wife of the late John
O'Day, was entered last night by a bur
glar and checks and Jewels to the vauu of
COO were stolen. Mrs. O'Day and a lady,
smpanion were the only, occupants ,.ot,tb
Muse at the time.
To Hac Triumphed It Would
Have Been Necessary for Him to
to Kneel to Croker Future
of Tammany Unsettled.
New York, May It Lewis Nixcn, leader
of Tammapy Hall for nearlj six months,
resigned that position to-day at a meet
ins of the district leaders, held in Tam
many Hall. While the resignation was not
entirely unexpected, it was not thought that
Mr. Nlron would take such positiv e action
until a later date, first waiting the action
of the leaders to see if they would give
him a vote of confidence. Instead of this
he refused to allow any vote of confidence.
and went so far as to say that he could
no longer retain his self-respect If he re
mained as leader.
Nixon's Plans Prnstruteil.
The meeting of the district leaders was
called at the Instance of Mr. Nixon, who,
on Thursday, sent telegraphic messages to
all of the thirty-seven. This action followed
a. deadlock at the meeting of the sacl-ems
of the Tammany Hall Society Monday,
when Mr. Dixon's Intention of retaining
Thomas L. Fcltner as grand sachem was
frustrated b a tie, there being six of
the sachems of the thirteen for and six
agalr.it the retention, the thirteenth, George
C. Clausen, being absent.
The action of that time caused a genet al
discussion of the possibilities of Mr. Nixon
lolng control of the organization, and the
combination headed by John F. Carroll
ousting him. Mr. Niton, in an interview on
Tuesday, said that If he could not have the
confidence of the leaders he would "get
Presents Ills Resignation.
When Mr. Nixon arrived at Tammany
Hall to-day aU thirty-seven leaders were
present. As soon as the meeting was called
Mr. Nixon arose from a front seat and said:
"Gentlemen, I have decided to resign as
leader of Tammany Hall. This resignation
is absolute and positive, and will not be
withdrawn. I vhh It to take effect imme
diately. I feel that I cannot retain my jrff
respect and still remain the leader of Tam
many Hall. My decision Is unalterable."
There was a moment's silence when Mr.
Nixon had finished. Then Colonel Michael
C. Murphy made a very compUtnentary
speech in favor of Mr. Nikon. He did not
say, howecr, that he wished him to re
main as leader. He said that Mr. Nis-on
had done splendid work as the leader and
had the confidence of all the leaders.
Mr. Nixon Jumped to his feet as soon as
Colonel Murphy had finished, and said:
"I do not desire any vote of confidence
w hatev er."
Says He Is Oat of Politics.
He immediately left the room, followed
by an outburst of handclapplng. Once out
side the meeting-room, Mr. Nixon would
only say to the newspaper men:
''I am out as .leader of Tammany Hall.
Shipbuilding Is my business. I am out of
politics, and ant glad of it. I will devote
my time to my business of shipbuilding and
will talk about that by the hour, but I
will not talk about politics hereafter. The
cause o my resignation Is plain. I could
have won out and elected Mr. Feltner
grand sachem, but I would not appeal to
Following the departure of Mr. Nixon sev
eral of the leaders remained for some time
in groups chatting about the resignation and
the possible developments. It was an
nounced that a meeting of the Executive
Committee of district leaders will be held
Thursday, at which Ume Mr. Nixon's action
will be acted upon.
There were numerous rumors about the
hall regarding the future policy of the
organization. 'The most persistent one, and
one that was Indorsed by several leaders,
was that there would be no actual leader
of Tammany Hall for some time to come.
This was coupled with a rumor that the
Finance Committee would be adoushed, as
well as the chairmanship of this commit
tee. The chairman, who is now Louis Nix
on, and was Richard Croker. has always
been the leader of Tammany Hall, and, as
such, had the handling of the funds of
the organization. In the political campaign.
SOLDIER'S BODY HAS ARRIVED.
He Was Mistaken for a Filipino
and Shot by His Own Guard.
Monroe City, May 14. The body of Cor-'
poral Christie Underbill of Company B.
Thirty-second Volunteers, arrived from Ma
nila P. I., this afternoon. He had placed
the guard for the night and then gone to
one side and laid down In the grass and
woke up, and cs he was rising out of the
grass his own guard, supposing him to be
FlllDlno. shot him. Christie lived lone-
enough to make explanations. The remains
were taken to Bethlehem and laid beside
those el his suthar.
Has Also Acquired Control of the
Important Burlington, Cedar
Rapids and Northern
New York, May 14 Reports which have
been circulated in the Southwest that the
Rock Island proposed to construct and ac
quire a new line from St. Louis direct to
Chicago were definitely confirmed In this
This official announcement will come as
a surprise to those roads whieh.now control
the direct route between St. Louis and Chi
cagothe Illinois Central, the Wabash and
the Chicago and Alton. The Chicago. St.
Louis and Peoria ends at Peoria, and there
ma'tes connection with the Rock Island.
While somewhat belated, the news that
the Rock Island now controls a majority
of the stock of the Burlington. Cedar Rap
Ids and Northern has lost none of Its Im
portance. This acquisition. It now appears,
was secured some months ago, although no
mention of the fact has been made in the
report of that road. It has n total mileage
of 1,270 and gives the Rock Island an en
trance Into St. Paul, besides a close con
nection between Chicago and St. Paul.
In connection with Rock Island affairs the
announcement was made in Wall street to
day that the Des Moines and Tort Dodge
had been bought.
PRAISE FOR UNITED STATES.
West Indians Express Gratitude
for Prompt Relief Measures.
moil THE NEW TOP.K IIEltsLD AND ST.
LOUIS REPUBLIC SPECIAL CORRESPOND
Ft. Thomas, Danish West Indies, May II.
(Copyright, 1M2.) Throughout all tne
West Indies great praise Is given to the
United States Congress for the prompt
measures to supply food and necessaries :o
the sufferers In Martinique and St. Vin
cent. The water In the lake In Dominica has
slopped boiling nnd conditions have beccmo
normal, the atmosphere being reassuring.
Great darkrtos and heavy rains are re
ported from St. ICltts. The extinct volcano
there retrains- in a normal condition.
Memorial services for the victims of the
St. Pierre calamity have been held In e ery
church In St. Thomas. They were attended
by the Governor and other official", all of
the Foreign Consuls and the general public.
GUADALOUPE IS GRATEFUL.
Expresses Thanks Through Repub
lic and Herald.
FROM TUB NEW YORK HERALD AND THE
ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC CORRESPONDENT.
Point-a-Pltre. Gaadaloupe, May 14
(Copyright. H02.) The Governor of Guada
loupe, hav Ing been informed of your specHl
cablegram advising that the Gov ernment at
Washington has voted J200.COU for the relief
of Martinique, thanked the Herald and Re
public for the Important Information thus
convened, and said:
"I hasten to express through the The Re
public and Herald the deep gratitude of the
French population of both Martinique nJ
Cuadaioupe for this evidence of sympathy
shown by the great American nation."
The acting Governor of Martinique I alsj
awaiting an opportunity to transmit his
thanks officially to the Government of the
THE SUN RISES THIS MORNING AT
4:47 AND SETS THIS EVENING AT 7fl".
THE MOON SETS TO-MORROW MORN
ING AT 1J2.
WEITIIER I.MJIC VTIOXS.
For St. Loals and Vlclnlt I'urtly
cloudy nnd probabl slioners.
For Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas
Showers Thursday and Frldnj.
1. Tammany's Leader Resigns for Good.
Negro Burglar Stabbed Arknnsnn.
Englishmen Dine and Discuss Disaster.
2. Relief Is Asked by Committee.
A Good Bargainer.
t. Testimony Begun In Greenhlll Cac.
Arguments In Favor of More Battleships.
Company B Wins Clarke Medal.
4. Railways to Enter World's Fair Site.
AU-Nlght Battle for Wiggins Stock.
Chased Burglar With Baseball Bat.
Machine-Shop Plans Fall of Approval.
5. Railway News From All Points
6. The Republic Form Chart.
Dewey Defeats Jordan In Fast Time.
C. B. C. Team Ready for State Meet. "
7. Both St. Louis Clubs Loe.
f . Editorial.
High School Girls' Carol Society.
9. East Side News.
10. Republic "Want" Advertisements.
Birth. Marriage and Death Records.
11. Room" for Rent and Real Estate Adver
12. Tractions In Demand, With Excellent
Wall Street's Firmness Lacks Positive
River News and Personals.
IS. Wheat Bears and Corn Bulls Divide
Market In Chicago.
Summary of St. Loins Markets.
-Wheat Closes Lower on Reports of
14. Real Estate. News and Transfers.
State Committee's Call. Is Changed.
Merry Hampton Sold' for tlMOO.
Lumper Association Meeting;
Speakers Agree That England
Should Xot Be Behind America
in Generosity to the Af
London, May 14 At a dinner of the West
Indian Club, held In London to-night. Sir
Arthur Pon3onby declared that In view of
the generosity shown by President Roose
elt. and the American people toward the
Martinique sufferers, the people of Greaf
Britain should not be behind hand In emu
lating President Roosevelt's example and
helping their own countrymen on the Is
land of St. Vincent.
Sir Arthur said h feared, however, that
the fashion of donating funds for the suc
cor of the victims of the disaster on the
French Island, set by King Edward, might
lead Englishmen to overlook their suffering
kinsmen at St. Vincent.
C. T. Cox, the administrator of the Island
of St. Kilts, in the Leeward group, spoke
In the same strain, as had Sir Arthur
Pon'onby. Mr. Cox said:
"American philanthropy showers upon
Martinique, yet no one in England has any
Idea how severely the Inhabitants of the
Island of St. Vincent must suffer, not only
from loss of life, but from the loss of their
trade, which. In normal times, is on the
Mr. Cox. who is on leave In England, ex
pressed, on behalf of the British adminis
trations of West Indian Islands, the deepest
sympathy for both the rrench and British
sufferers from the volcanic eruptions.
Upon all sides bitter comparisons between
the British Government's lack of action In
regard to the sufferers In the West Indies,
and the prompt and material response of
the United States to the emergency, are
DEAD BODIES SCORCHED BLACK
Streets of St. Pierre Two Feet
Deep in Volcanic Ashes.
Castries. Island or St. Lucia, Tuesday.
May 13 The correspondent of the Asso
ciated Press here has visited St. Pierre,
Martinique, by the relieving steamer Ken
neth. The destruction there Is appall'ng. The
streets are two feet.ileep in ahes nnd cin
ders, which cover-tSousnnds of dead bodies,
scorched black and shiny as If they hud
been plunged Into boiling pitch. ,
Manv of the dead were Jiever touched by
the volcanic fire and pme or the houses
and woodwork destroyed snow no signs of
At Moudlage, In the southwestern portion
of St. Pierre, the town hall Is still stand
lnc aB high as the first stcry. while at the
fort. In the northwestern part of St. Pierre,
the most missive Btonework Is calcined.
The church tower, built hv the Jesuits
two centuries ago of Cyc'opoan mason work.
Is now- like a huge Leap of old metal
Soldiers arc guarding property from
prowling ghouls who are robbing the dead.
Thei- meet with severe punishment when
The streets are still obstructed by huge
plies of debris and dead bodies. The work
of clearing the thoroughfares will necessi
tate the employment of large numbers of
men for many months.
Maudloge Rouge, ,ieur rit. Pierre. Is pre
served, and Basse Polnte and Macoube are
jet unhurt, but the crater Is still active and
Mnoke and ashes are blowing steadily
The surviving Inhabitants are trjlng to
cross fu.ni St Pierre to the Inland of Do
minica In boats. M.uij drowning casualties
Assistance N constantly arriving at Fort
de France from all the neighboring Islands.
ALL EUROPE OFFERS HELP.
Crowned Heads Contribute Ber
lin Gives Liberally.
Paris, May 14 The meeting to-day called
by the American Chamber of Commerce
to raise funds for the relief of the West
Indian sufferers, was well attended and
over 12.000 francs were subscribed in a few
minutes to aid the destitute people at Mar
tinique. Henry Vignaud, the United States
Charge d'affaires, presided.
Prartically all the large cities of the
continent have started relief funds and
there have been some notable contribu
tions. Every crowned head has given
something . King Edward gave a thousand
pounds. King Victor of Italy gave 23,009
lire. The Pope gave 20,000 lire.
The City Council of Berlin has donated
40,000 marks outside of personal contribu
tions by many wealthy Germans. A cor
poration of Berlin merchants has opened
subscriptions to the same end, and the
Frankfurter Zeltung has done likewise in
BOERS MEET FOR CONFERENCE.
Lord Kitchener Will Xot Interfere
With the Meeting.
London, May 14 Lord Kitchener has noti
fied the War Office that representatives of
all the bodies of Boers throughout the
Transvaal and Orange River colonies nre
gathering at Vcreenlnglng for the confer
ence which begins to-morrow and that he
has arranged that the delegates shall not
be Impeded in reaching the rendezvous.
Consequently the assemblage Is expected
to be large. The decision reached regarding;
the peace terms will later be submitted to
the British. A delegation, consisting prob
ably of thesame Boer leaders who went to
Pretoria recently, will be deputized to con
vey the decision to Lord Kitchener.
4 OVERWHELMED WHILE GIVING s
THANKS FOIt SUPPOSED SAFETT. 4
s From the New Tork Herald nnd 8t Louis s
s Republic Corresronaent,
4 St. Croix. Danish West Indies. May s
s 14. (Copyright, 1902.) Chas. Thomp-
s son, second purser of the steamer
Roralrna, who was rescued, In his re-
s port of the disaster at St Pierre
s "The Governor of Martinique and s
s his fatally had arrived in St. Pierre s
s to attend mass at 8 o'clock oa the-
s morning of the fatal day. Special
s thanksgiving services were being 4
4 held, the people believing aU danger
s had passed, and the; Cathedral and
s city churches were filled with wor
s shlpers at the moment of thecatai-
s trophe." s J
KIXGSTOWX, CAPITAL OF THE ISLAND OF ST. VINCENT.
For whose safety grave fears are felt in St. Lucia. The volcano, La Soufriere, has laid waste the entire
northern part of the island and is showering pebbles and ashes on K ingstown, whose population is
ENTIRE NORTH HALF OF ST. VINCENT
RUINED BY CONTINUED ERUPTIONS.
Approach to Devastated District by Land or Sea Impossible
IVot a Living Thing t Be Seen Along the Coast La
Soufriere Hidden by Dense Clouds Best
Plantations Are Destroyed.
LOSS OF LIFE ON THE ISLAND
nr caelk moil the republic-herald
Fort ue France. Island of Martinique.
West Indle-s, May 14. (Copyright, 1902.) St.
Vincent has passed through a veritable
baptism of fire, and 'he results are only less
terrible than those that followed the erup
tion of Mt. Pelee, destrovlng the town of
St. Pierre and its environs, with their 30.0W
to 40,000 Inhabitants.
Morne Soufriere has been In activity for
nine days, and Us victims are numbered by
A line drawn from Chateau Belalre to
Georgetown would divide the Inland of St.
Vincent Into halves. There Is probably mi
human being alive north of it.
Already 1,000 bodies have been recovered
and It Is known that many hundreds- lie
burled tinder the ashes that are mantled
over the lland.
It Is conrrvitivelv estimated that 2.0U0
have been sacrificed since the first eruption
on May T.
RACE OF CARIUS SOW
This Includes all of the Carlb Indians.
which means the practical extinction of the
race that wa9 found here by Columbus four
An old Indian prophecy that the Carlbs
would be sacrificed to the fire god which
they worshiped has thus been fulfilled. Of
the Carlbs onlv a few individuals remain
on the Islard of St. 'Lucia and Dominica.
From St. Lucia the eruption of Morne
Soufriere was visible during the night of
May 7. The following night the steamship
Wear of the Royal Mail service, attempt
ing to force her way to Kingston, ran Into
a floating bank of ashes.
For three hours the ship was practically
helpless In a cloud of smoke and sulphur
ous gasi denser than that which floated
down from Mont Pelee.
KIXGSTOWX IS FOUND
When Kingstown was finally reached at
dav break it was found panic-stricken. The
streets were covered deep with ashes and
stones that had fallen during the night.
Kingstown Is fifteen miles from the crater
which ejected the stone, yet the rain of
missiles was almost Incessant for three
From Chateau 'Belalre word comes that
the distress there was great. A call had
been sent for a clergyman and one was
taken up by the Wear.
Downthc sides of La Soufriere were flow
ing hundreds of streams of lava. w;hlch,
unlUng and separating, formed a network
from which there was no possible escape
for any living thing caught within its
RIVER OF LAVA ItACES
DOWIV TO THE OCEAN.
By the explosion of 1S12 a river that had
existed ever since the 'discovery of the
Island was dried up. Down its channel there
now flairs a swift stream of molten lava,
which glistens like liquid silver, and which
flows into the sea w 1th 100 yards of George
town. As the water and lava meet a great
cloud of steam arises, and tho hissing can ,
be heard fcr miles.
From o distance dotensof craters can be
seen, now opening ana again closing, near
the cicst of La Soufriere. The most violent
eruption stopped on the afternoon of
The entire coast on th east side of the
Island between Robin Rock and Georgetown
has been devastated and not a living thing
can be seen.
It Is Impossible to reach the burning dis
trict by land or sea and there are no means
of estimating the loss to life and property.
Many of the best families among the,
planters have been completely obliterated.
MASS OF MATTER THROWN
EIGHT MILES IN AIR.
The eruption began last Wednesday. A
huge cloud. In a dark and dense column,
charged with volcanic matter, rose to a
height of eight miles from the mountain
top. Darkness like midnight descended and
the sulphurous air waa laden with fine
A brief rain followed a rain of favllla.
lscorlae, rocks and 'stones. There were
bright flashes, numerous and rosrvelouily
These, with tnunaering. tbt mountain
shocks, tho earthqUsJu rear,- la lava and
rfiaUins; stems, cat4 mm c.fcarror.
RUNS UP INTO THE THOUSANDS.
Large areas of cultivation have been burled
beneath the volcanic matter.
NOTHING GREEN VISIBLE
IN STIUCKEX DISTRICT.
On the windward coast seven plantations
are totally destrojed. Xothlrg green Is
visible. Sixteen hundred and twenty deaths
are officlaly reported. There are 167 casrs
in the hospital at Georgetown under treat
ment and not more than half a dozen of
these wllf recover.
The deaths have been caused chiefly by
suffocation by the sulphurous gases, light
ning and burning lava masses.
Another crater Is reported formed on the
Richmond estate near the seashore. The
country districts on the windward coasts
are Uttered with dead bodies.
The Roval Main steamer Wear is trans
porting food and water to the leeward
coasts. Sailinir vaesels proceed to the wind
ward coast on the same mission. Doctors
and nurses have gone to the scene of
distress. The majority of the corpses
being found are covered with ashes, de
composed and hardly approachable. The
dead are being burled In trenches, thirty
THAN HAD BEEN STATED.
London. May 14. The Governor of the
Windward Islands. Sir Robert Llewellvn
telegraphs to the Colonial Office from the
island of St. Vincent under date of Tues
day, May 13. as follow;:
"I arrived here jesterday and found the
state of affairs much worse than had been
"Tho administrators' reports show that
the country on the east coast between Robin
Rock and Georgetown, was apparently
struck and devastated In a manner similar
to that which destroyed St. Pierre, and I
fear that practically all living things In that
radius were killed.
"ProbaHy 1.60O p'rsons lost their lives.
The exact number will never be known.
Managers and owners of the estates, with
their families, and several of the better
class of people have been killed.
"A thousand bodies have been found and
ISLAND ABLAZE WITH FUNERAL PYRES.
Soldiers Go Reluctantly at Grewsome Task of Clearing Up the Ruins
of St. Pierre Orders Issued to Shoot Vandals Found Robbing
the Dead Mont Pelee Again Shows Signs of Activity.
FROM THE NEW TORK HERALD AND THE
ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC CORRESPONDENT.
Fort de France. Island of Martinique,
WV3t Indies. May 14. (Copyright, 1902.)
Mont Pelee has again been In eruption,
but the fall of volcanic matter has been
away from St. Pierre.
A French cure to-day brought In from his
pastorate; four miles north of here, stones
as IarKe ng walnuts,, wnicn he said fell
there last night, doing considerable dam
age. Ashes and cinders have been thrown
forth by Pelee. but the danger has not again
threatened St. Pierre.
DANGER OF PESTILENCE
GROWS HOUR BY HOUR.
In the destroyed city the work among
the ruins Is being continued in an unsatis
factory manner. The soldiers have to? be
forced to act and Hour by hour the danger
of an outbreak of pestilence Increases.
The dead are being burned, the pyres be
ing fed with petroleum and tar. Great
fires are kept going which at night light up
the entire Island and which, being seen at
St. Lucia, led to the belief that Fort de
France had burned.
It Is Impossible to give an adequate de
scription of the conditions existing In St.
Pierre. The Urea in the city have burned
themselves out, making It possible to dig
down Into the ruins, thus revealing the hor
rors that have been hurled.
ASHES AND CINDERS
ABB SIX FEET DEEP.
In the street the ashes and cinders art
la places six feat deep. EvtryarbaT arac
s ONE PERSON ALONE ESCAPED 4
s RAIN OF FIRE IN ST. PIERRE.
s Fort de France, May 14. The only
s person who escaped the rain of fire
s In St. Pierre was a. negress named
Filotte. who was found three days
A after the disaster in a cellar, literally
s roasted from her head to her feet.
She wes taken to a hospital.
a She could speak coherently for about
five minutes, but her story was not
heeded In the excitement.
She had been three days In the cel-
lar without focd or attendance, and
did not long survive.
s OOM P4TJI. KHIGER GIVES s
8O0 FRANCS TO RELIEF Ft'ND. s
y Paris, Mav 14. Former President
sV Kruger of the Transvaal lus sent a
a message of condolence to President s
Loubet, in which he nays that, al- 4
V though handicapped by clrcum- s
stances, he desires to emphasise his
A sympathy by contributing 800 francs
toT.ard the Martinique relief fund.
burled. -One hundred and sixty persons are
In the hoospltat at Georgetown.
'DETAILS TOO HARROWING
"The details of the disaster are too har
rowing for description.
"I got. at St. Lucia, a coasting steamer
whloh Is running up and down the Leeward
Coast with water and provisions. Twenty
two hundred person." hav e received relief.
"I have asked for medical officers from
Trinidad and Grenada. All the neighboring
Krltlsh colonies are assisting generously. ;
t-very enori is being made to grapple with
the awful calamity.
"All the best sugar estates in thu Carlb
country are devastated and the entile are
"The eruption continues
WOJIK .11 KE CLOTHING
FOIt THE SUFFERERS. i
"Anxiety Is still felt. All the officers and
residents are co-operating with me. The
ladles are 'making clothing for the suffer
ers." Sir Frederic M. Hodgson, the Governor of
Barbadoes, forwarded to the Colonial Office
to-day the report of the Colonial Secretary,
who has Just returned from a visit to St.
Pierre. Martinique. It confirms the worst
accounts of the disaster.
The Secretary compares the Ignited mat
ter, which destroyed everything within an
area of ten miles long by elx miles wide, to
burning sealing wax. He adds, significant
ly, that the services of doctors are not re
quired, as there are no wounded persona
Governor Hodgson estimated that 2,000,000
tons of volcanic dust fell on the Island of
the dead bodies, decomposing and giving
a stench that makes the worker fain
Although thousands have been burnt
bodies still remain to be cremated. Man.
o? tli Jjodles are carbonized and swoUen.
Some are lncrusted with ashes.
Under one ruin perhaps1 only a single body
will be found, while not far off will be .a
group of half a score huddled together.
Searchers often while walking- through tbe
ashes step upon what appear to be
charred pillar of stone, only to learn as It
yields gruesomely under foot that It I the
trunk of another unfortunate.
Armed soldiers are now watching the
workers to prevent the robbing of the dead
bodies or the ruins.
Vandals continue to profit, but orders that
have been given to shoot any person wHo
is seen robbing a body, will probably but a
step to the crime. -s
Borne of the walls of the bouse that-Still
stand, crumble and fall at a touch. Som .
idea of the terrible heat that poured dosn'
'" v,. ,,i umj uv uu ihuku lljmi'4
snewn mat tne iron rollers of the Frlneua
rsigar mius were meuea as tnougn they "
had been passed through a furnace. " v
ONE MAN LOST 110 RELATIVES.
Physician at Fort de France AWs
Mnph RprpoTOd . "?M
Fort de France, May 14. Doctor VertV
mv m .iicuuuii tun ixfltucaia HCTV, JSJflC a
lorty-rwo 01 nis relatives. , ,
The Injured were brought hvtr from !!
fTtenenr. twMt. or. sen!. Petit Asa asjaUj
other place. &
M. Clarae, the wealthy atereaant ta a
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