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ST. LOUIS. MO.. SATTrEDAY, MAY 17, 1902.
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PRINCIPAL WITNESSES IN THE LEHMANN TRIAL YESTERDAY.
FROM 0L0 MEXICO
ARTIN1QUE SEEIS SPLITTSNG IN TWO;
NEW ERUPTION ALARMS FORT OE FRANCE
Talks of EH- Visit 1o Kratz and
of the Situation in Guad
T. VINCENT BURiED
IN VOLCANIC ASHES.
DISCUSSES HIS CLIENTS' PLANS
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ns s n!. v
ftf CflAS -H-TURKER:
HIM TO GET
Testifies That Defendant Informed Him That ?7..000 Was on De
posit in a Lincoln Trust Company Box Counsel Demurs on
-(round That Defendant Was the Witnesses's .Client and
Court Withholds Decision.
Tlie defense last night moved to strike out the testimony of Paul Reiss, principal wit
ness tor the prosecution of Julius Lehmann for perjury in the Suburban bribery case
.The jury was dismissed early and arguments by counsel on the motion to tllminate
lasted until after 10. Judge O'Neill 11 an took the matter under advisement
In reference to Reisss testimony two points were raised by Lehmann's Iawjers: One
that Paul Relss had ben emplojed as counsel for the defendant, and, therefore, his dis
closures were illegal under the statutes which protect as privileged communications what
ever passes between counsel and client.
Th second was that Lehmann's testimony before the Grand Jury could not be con
strued as perjury, for the reason that at the time the Grand Jury made Its Investiga
tion no specific case or crime was under consideration
Charles H. Turner, president of the Suburban Hallway, told how he borrowed the
I75.0JO w hlch was placed In the safe-deposit b:x at the Lincoln Trust Company to procure
the passage of the Subuiban bill.
He atd he negotiated the loan from Cashier Hospes of the German Savings Institu
tion. Ellis Wainw right and Henry Nicolaus, directors of the company, signed the notes.
Turner said, without knowing for what purpose the monej was to be used. The money
was turned over to Philip Stock to be used as he saw fit- Turner admitted that it was to
le uid to buy votes
On the books of the Suburban Company the interest on the notes Is charged up to the
"Pine street ordinance." and none of the directors asked any questions
The mon damaging testimony against Lehmann was given by Paul Relss, who de
clared Lehmann visited him and asl.ed him for his assistance in setting Stock to release
his key so the money could be divided among "the boys"
Julius Lehmann was on hand early yes
terday morning for the second day's jiro
ceedlnfs in his trial for perjury- "When
Judge Rvan ascended to the bench shortly
after 10 o'clock the room was fairly well
filled with .spectators. In the uudlence were
several politicians and members of the
Municipal Assembly. While Judge Ran
was disposing 0f a fcvr matters which came
before him preparatory to entering upon
the trial Lohmann talked leisurely v. lth
friends. He was in a fairly good humor,
but more serious than on the previous day.
Thomas T Fauntleroy. one of the at
tnrns for Charles Kratz. who skipped his
bond and lied from Justice, was In tho
courtroom, having just returned from a
conference with Kratz at Guadalajara,
Mexico Lehmann and Fauntleroy talked
several minutes. 'When the Lehmann case
was called, it was found that one of the
Jurors, Otto Wltte, was absent. A few
minutes later he walked into the court
room and tool; his seat In the Jury box.
The trial was then resumed with Philip
Stock on the stand
Circuit Attorney Folk finished his direct
examination of Stock Thursday afternoon,
so the witness was passed Immediately to
Judge Thoma n. Harvey of the defense for
Stock said he was secretary of the St.
Louis Brewing Association when Mr.
Charles H. Turner, president of the Su
burban road, asked him to look after the
Suburban bill pending before the Municipal
"Turner employed you to look after the
bill?" asked Judge Harvey.
"No, sir," he replied, "I did It as a favor
and never expected any compensation."
"Did you ever deal with other directors
of the road besides Mr. Turner?"
"No. sir; never." Witness then explained
that when he said Thursday he would have
to see his people he meant Turner.
"At any of the times you saw Murrell
about the matter, did you see Julius Leh
mann?" asked Harvey.
"No, I never saw him rn my life that I re
member until this affair came up before the
Grand Jury." Judge Harvey further elicit
ed from the witness that Lehmann's name
was never mentioned In any way with the
deal, and closed the examination.
Stock Amend a Statement.
Mr. Folk requestloned Stock at length,
but got little new testimony. Stock cor
rected his statement of Thursday that he
met Murrell in a Third street restaurant on
January 19, and said the meeting took place
on the 13th.
Edward F. Hall, formerly superintendent
of the lock boxes of the Lincoln Trust Com
pany, Identified the card Issued to Murrell
nd Stock at the time the S73.C00 was placed
In the box. On cross-exahnlnation. Ball said
Lehmann's name was not mentioned at the
time, and he never called there to see the
Richard Hospes. cashier of, the German
Barings Institution, was caned. Mr. Folk
JU-' U W ft if B
tasked him what he knew of $73 000 procured
from the bank by Charier H Turner and
Philip Stock. Hospes said Turner called
there and wanted to borrow the money on
notes signed by himself. Ellis Walnwright
and Henry Nlcolaus Hospes said he told
Turner ho would lend the money on that
security, and turned it over to Philip Stock.
Turner made the request, but Nicolaus and
Wainwright called at the bank to sign the
notes, which were for $30,000 and JS.OOO.
Hospes stated that nothing waa said dur
ing the whole transaction as to what was
to be done with the money.
Witness said Turner hao called to pay
the interest on the notes since at the rale
of 6 per cent. Lehmann, he said, had never
called to talk about the matter, nor had
his name been used In any connection with
George Potee, an employe of the Lincoln
Trust Company, was present when the
committee of grand Jurors and Circuit At
torney Folk opened the box containing the
Tamer' Conference "With Stock.
Charles H. Turner, president of the Sub
urban, was then placed on the stand. He
said he had been president of the road for
twelve years. Ellis Walnwright and Henry
Nicolaus are directors. After a few pre
liminary questions Mr. Folk asked him If
he rememliered the Suburban bill. He said
he did. in response to other questions he
"I akd rnilip Stock to look after the
Suburban franchise bill In the Municipal
Assembly He afterwards came to me and
told me it would take $133,000 to get it
through the House of Delegates and the
City Council "
At this time Judge Harvey, principal
counsel for the defense, was absent from
the courtroom attending to another case.
He had made arrangements with th; court
not to admit any Important testimony with
out notifying him, so Judge Ryan stopped
the trial to send a messenger for Harvey.
In a few minutes he returned, and testi
mony was resumed.
Turner said the money was raised after
the bill was Introduced in the Council.
There were two loans, one of $73,000 and one
"Do you know what the $73 000" was to be
used for" asked Mr. Folk.
"As the expense of getting the bill
through the House of Delegates."
At this point Mr. Folk turned the witness
over to the defense, and Judge Harvey
asked: "Mr. Turner, when you went to Mr.
Stock to get blm to have the bill passed, had
yon talked to any of the other directors
Mr. Wainwright or Mr. Nicolaus?"
"Nor, sir, I had not."
"You were not authorized as president of
the Suburban Railroad to pay for the pas
sage of the bin?"
"No, sir, I never was. I never talked to
any of the other directors about it."
Judge Ryan asked: "Would not all of th
stockholders and directors of the Suburban
Railway Company have profited by the pas
sage of the bill?"
"But you Fay that you never told the oth
er directors that iou were going to have
the bill passed?"
Judge Harvey asked: "Your large hold
ings would have amply repaid you for the
expense, would they not?"
Judge Ryan then asked: "Did Mr. Nico
laus or Mr. Wainwright know for what pur
pose this money was to be used?"
"Not to my knowledge."
"Did you ever talk to either of them
about what you were going to do with this
"No, sir; they never asked me what I
was going to do with it and I never told
them. They knew it waa to bo used for
the road. I told them to go to the bank
and sign the notes."
"Then Philip Stock told you that this $73,
000 was to be used to bribe the Municipal
Assembly?" asked Judge Harve.
Turner replied that he was told the
money was to bo used In paying the ex
penses of getting the bill through the as
sembly. Money to lie Ised In GettillK Toten.
Judge Ryan then asked. "Did jou know
that this money was to be used to buy
votes to pass the bill through the House of
"Well," responded the witness, "It was
understood that the monej- was to be used
lu getting votes for the bill."
"What did Stock say about the bill?"
"He told m that Murrell said that unless
the $73.0f0 was paid the bill would lie killed."
"How was the money charged on the
"It was never charged on the books. The
notes were against me, and I paid them
quarterly, charging the Interest to the com
"Did none of the directors know that the
Interest was paid, and why the notes were
"The Interest was charged to the expense
of the. 'Pine street ordinance" and no one
ever asked me any questions "
Turner was asked repeatedly If none of
the directors knew anything about the
transaction, and he replied each time they
did not In effect lie said he manased the
affairs of the compan, and whenever he
needed anj mone for such a purpos- he
got it on notes. No questions were asked
and he gave out no useless information.
Turner was excused and left the court
William II. Lee. foreman of the Decemtcr
Grand Jury, which Indicted Lehmann was
next sworn. He said Lehmann was ques
tioned In the Juryroom and declared posi
tively that he ltad heard nothing more
about the deposit of $73,XX) in a safe deposit
box at the Lincoln Trust Companj, than he
had seen printed in the newspapers. Leh
mann, he said, swore ho knew nothing about
it and had never talked to Delegate Paul
Relss about the matter to procure bis nid
in getting the money.
Judge Harvey asked Mr Lee numerous
questions, relating to dates, etc.. to show
that Indictments had been found against
Murrell and Kratz before Lehmann was
called as a witness. His Intention was to
show that Lehmann's testimony could not
be material, as the action of the Grand Jury
had already been taken. Circuit Attorney
Folk maintained on the other hand that the
Investigation was still under way and tho
Indictments had not been returned into
John M. Dutro and Richard W. Shapleigh
also members of the December Grand Jury,
gave testimony, corroborating that of Mr.
Lee. H. A. Buck, the official Grand Jury
stenographer, read from his notes parts
of Lehmann'3 testimony. Lehmann was a
witness on January 31. The question then
asked Lehmann was:
"What do you know about $73,000 being
placed in a safe deposit box at the Lincoln
Trust Company, by Philip Stock and John
K. Murrell. to secure the passage of the
Lehmann said: "I don't know Phil Stock.
I only know what I read In the papers."
"Do you state positively that you know
nothing about $75,000 put In a safe-deposit
box for the passage of the Suburban bill?"
"Four or five months ago didn't you go
to Paul Relss and ask him to help you get
the money out?"
Boltcatnp Tells of House Combine.
Charles VV. Holtcamp, a member of the
House from the Twenty-eighth Ward, was
put on the stand to tell about the com-
Continued, n Pace Two.
Says the Fugitive F.x Councilman
Will Enter Uuinea in Mex
ico Would Not Talk
About Treat v.
Thomas T. Fauntleroy attorney for the
fugitive, ex-Councliman, Charles Kratz, re
turned from Guadalajara, Mexico tsterday
morning, whither he had been to visit and
consult with his client.
Mr. Fauntleroy confirms the report that
Kratz will enter into business in Guadala
jara, and says that his familj has already
Joined him in that city The attorney states
that when he left Meslco he was unaw.ire
of the steps taken tu s.ulire .i treaty be
tween the I nited States and Mexico with
an extradition clause including briberv
"I have no opinion as to the possibilitj of
such a treaty being arransred with Mexico '
raid he. "I have not read tho law upon
"As to what step may now be taken In
St. Louis In the interest of Kratz I cannot
say. I am not prepared to discuss that
phae of the matter at present 1 went to
Mexico to get a thorough understanding of
the conditions there. I did not oppose Chief
Desmond or St. LouIr newspaper men, but,
in fact, saw no objeciion to Kratz meeting
either Desmond or the newspaper repre
sentatives. Kratz himself was not averse
to talking with the party from St. Louis,
but Attorney Castonos of Mexico advised
against givlnc interviews. Indeed, the opin
ion seemed to be In Guadalajara that the
newspaper men were also detectives,"
Attorney rauntleroy left St Louis on
Ma 1, arrived at the Mexlran city on May
D H- remained until Mav 12 and passed the
Kratz family en route south at San Antonio.
Fauntleroy sns that no steps have been
taken to dispose of tha propertj onned by
Kratz in this city, and that he will continue
to hold Interests heie. He was of the opin
ion that Chief Desmond would not be ar
rested by the Mexican authorities, and said
confidently that Krats would never bo kid
CHARLES KRATZ GOES VISITING.
Hears Prom Mexican Capital That
He Is Perfectly Sate.
BY A STArF CORliESPONDDNT
Guadalajara, McxlAi, May IS Kratz left
his hotel for the first time slnre his arrest
to-daj, and spent several hours in another
part of the city, vlsltlm? a friend.
His counsel In Mexico City telegraphed
Kratz that Chief Desmond had arrived
there, and that the St. Louis oSicers' efforts
to seeure permission from the State De
partment to take the fugitive back to St
Loui were utterly in vain.
Kratz appears very confifiint of his rarety
now and seems more at ease than at any
time since coming here.
STATUS OF COGHLAN'S CASE.
Will Not Receive Additional Ad
vancement as Result of 1'ardou.
Washington. May 16 Rear Admiral J. G.
Coghlan, who. it hai been llnallj drcided,
will be the recond In command of the North
Atlantic Squadron, will not receive addi
tional advancement is a result of the par
don recently given him by the President. In
an official opinion Just rendered by Judge
Advocate General Lemly, that officer states:
"I deem It proper to invito attenUon to
the folio-., ins erroneous statement In the
copy of a newspaper clipping lncloed: "The
pardon of Captain Coghlan will operate to
restore him to his original place plus six
numbers which he was promoted for con
duct In the battle of Manila Such, un
der the terms of the nomination would not
be the effect, since it specifically provided
therein that he Is to take rank next after
Rear Admiral crow nmmeia.
THE SFN RISES THIS MORNING AT
4:46 AND SET.s THIS EVENING AT 7 07.
THE MOON SETS TO-MORROW
MORNING AT 2 31
I'nr M. Loulf and Viclnlt? Pnrtly
clouil and tlirenteiilnc Sntnrdny.
For llsoiirl Grnernlly fair bntur
dn nnd hundu),
1 Martinique Seems Splitting In Tno.
Th Lehmann Trial.
2. Church May Select Three New Bishops
Kair Will Make Present to America
3. Dun's and Bradstrcet's Weekly Trade
Mr Tandy's Version of Washington
Files Its Answer to Injunction Sui-s.
4. The Republic Form Chart.
Exciting nish to Steeplechase.
Brooklyns Win Opening Game.
5. Chief Engineer of the Wabash Dead
Civil War Seems at Hand in Hayti.
Sajs Conference Avoided a Trial.
7. Book Talk.
Drummers Enjoy an Outing.
5. East Side News.
River News and Personals.
1. Edna May Is Co-respondent.
No Exposition Next Fall.
Car Tracks May Cross Sidewalks.
2. Chirstian Endeavor Meeting.
Centennial Mission Sunday.
Sunday School Session.
Theological Student Killed by Car.
3. Whimsical Novelties of the Summer's
4. The Republic "Want" Advertisements.
Birth, Marriage and Death Records.
E. Rooms for Rent and Real Estate Ad
vertisements. 6. Transit Well Bought by Local Investors.
New York Stock Market Declines.
7. Summary of St. Louis Markets.
Local Grains Show Decline.
5. King's Yacht Bought by H. Clay Pierce.
Myers Will Oppose Davis for Governor.
Fauntleroy Returns From CJd Uettre.
tnSsHsssS rT?Sijii...iijMJ-Jiu .."s4v).S
ON THE ROAD TO LA SOUFRIERE,
Near i .eorgetown. Island of St. Vincent, as It appeared before the eruption. Hot sand
and cinders nnd streams of lava have now utterly destrojed the vegetation and the
ground is nearly tw o feet deep in matter discharged from the crater
Capita! of the Island Bombarded With Pebbles and 40,000
Residents and Refugees Are Panic-Stricken Part of the
Island Around the Volcano May Be Engulfed Ma
rauders Rob the Living and Loot the Dead.
BRITISH OFFICER ACCUSED OF
niOJI THE aT IjOL'15 REPUBLIC AND NEW YORK HERALD SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.
Tort de France, l&land of Martinique. May 1G. (Copyright, iaC) Showers of pebbles
from Mont I'elee fell all around this city last night and to-day.
Last night the volcano gave forth great flashes of extremely bright light, which were
plainly visible here.
This afternoon the crater Is sUll jiving forth Uilck, glow Ins, red clouds. Interspersed
with flashes of light.
People In the districts of Larraln, Marigot, Sainte Marie and La Trinlte are panic
stricken, fearing that the entire island will become engulfed.
This may become true for the northern part of the Island. Immenso tast-and-w est
crovasses have formed there, which have effectively dividd the island into halves. This
Is only one of many remarkable topographical changes tnat are taking place In stricken
BED OF THE OCEAN MANY FATHOMS DEEPER THAN FORMERLY.
A remarkable change In the ocean bed off the northern coast has been noted. In soma
places the lead Mnks fully thirty fathoms deeper In the sea than it did previous to the
eruption before finding bottom. This easily explains why cable communication with the
island was cut ore.
New craters oro forming on Mont Pels In the district traversed by Riviere Blanche
Morne la Croix, tho peak of Mont Pelee, it constantly tho center of most curious elec
trical phenomena. At times the air is cut and slashed with electric discharges, and dur
ing the nights of May 11 and 12 a. ball of Are and luminous clouds lighted up the ruined
country for miles.
There Is a fresh flow of lava la the Riviere Blanche and Basse Polnte has been evacu
ated on account of the heavy, unceasing rain of cinders and ashes.
Work In St. Flerre Is proceeding slowly and under circumstances of the utmost diffi
culty Attracted bj the hope of loot, bands of pillagers have invaded the rums. Troops
have been placed on guard with orders to deal with the vandals as befits their shameless
MEN CAUGHT PILLAGING AT ST. PIERRE ARE QUICKLY SHOT.
Twenty-sevn men and three women have been brought to Fort de France and lodged
in Jail on charges of robbery.
Two men who were caught in the act of pillaging and, on appearance of a. squad of
troops, sought escape in flight were shot.
It is reported here that an English officer, found to have stolen the sacred altar ves
sels from the ruins of the Cathedral In St. Pierre, was put under arrest and taken to St.
Lucia on board the United States cruiser Cincinnati. His name and connections cannot be
Work in the ruins is dangerous. Crumbling walls are a. serious menace to working
parties. It is urged by many that what remains of the city should be leveled with dyna
mite RESIDENTS NEAR ST. PIERRE ARE COMPELLED TO MOVE AWAY.
Even when bodies are found, their Identification u difficult or Impossible. Inhabitants
of districts near St. Pierre have been forced to quit their homes on account of the odors
from the dead and gaseous emanations from the volcanic craters.
Public service of all kinds Is sadly Impeded by the heavy task that has fallen upon
the authorities in distributing In the southern part of the island the refugees from the
To-day 65.1 bodies were buried. Funeral services were held yesterday in the Cathedral
of Fort de France. The local authorities, officers from the French cruiser Suchct, the
American Navy tug Potomac and the German cruiser Talkc were present.
Among the vessels lost in St. Pierre Harbor on May S, the morning of the cataclysm,
were these: French Tamaya. Italian Nord America, Sacrt Coeur, Teresa Lovlcco.
American The Rorairaa. the Arama and the Anna E. J. Morse. English Cableshlp, the
The Trench cruiser Suchet sails from here to-morrow with the principal local author
lUcs, who will be landed at St. Pierre and proceed to the northern part of the island. In
the direction of Basse Point, and thoroughly investigate tho situation.
It is feared that pillage is rampant there.
Fifty robbers, arrested at St. Pierre, have been sentenced to five 5 ears' Imprisonment
SEEKS BODIES OF CONSULS.
Cruiser .Cincinnati Goes on Visit
to St. I'ierre's Ruins.
Washington, May 16. Secretary Moody
has received the following cablegram from
Commander T. C. McLean of the Cin
cinnati: "St. Lucia, May 15. Six thousand refu
gees have come into Fort de France. Three
thousand have come into Kingstown. In
northern portions. Martinique and St. Vin
cent very many people perished; others suf
fering for food and water. Very great
difficulty relieving and saving so many peo
ple scattered over large areas.
"Number of people to be fed and cared
for said to be reduced by mortality.
"Have coaled here. Return to Fort do
France (nndi St Pierre to-day.
"Will endeavor to recover records of
American and British consulates at St.
Pierre. If remains of officials are found
will bury with military honors."
Later the department received a. cable
gram announcing the arrival of the Cin
LOOTING CATHEDRAL ARRESTED.
cinnati at Fort de France to-day. A tele
gram also was received announcing that
the collier Sterling, which took a quantlty
of stores from San Juan. Porto Rico, ar
rived at Fort de France to-daj.
IS INVITED TO A ROUND-UP.
President ilay Accept Unique In
vitation on Calfskin.
Washington. May 16.
We're cola' to have a round-up.
And we want yer mighty bad.
Feed and water plenty. Stock's fat;
Brandlac Iron ready when jer eet here.
Come on. will yer?
"Teddy's Terrors" is a. broncho-bustfcu?
Republican club nf T.ns Amrelnq ITnl nnri
has sent this startling and unique invitation !
to the President to become Its guest It !
was printed, on a whole calf .skin prepared,
for the purpose. President Roosevelt wi!l I
try to arrange his Pacific trip next year o
that he can accept. .
tHot Grit From La Soufriere
I Scorched Every Living Thing
NEW CRATERS HAVE OPENED.
Stone Thrown Out by Eruption
Carries Death Nine Miles
Away Xegroes Refuse to
Bury Their Dead.
Kingstown. Island of St. Vincent. May 13.
A corresXndent of the Associated Press
has Just returned here from a visit on
horseback to the devastated district of this
island, during which be traveled fifty miles
and penetrated to within five miles of the
The ash-covered area of St. Vincent ex
ceeds that of Martinique, which the corre
spondent has also explored.
Tho most conservative estimate of the
death rate here now places the number at
1.700. About 1.100 bodies already have been
The entire northern part of the island is
covered with ashes to an average depth of
eighteen Inches, varjing from a thin layer
at Kingstown to two fiet or more at
The crops are ruined. Nothing green can
be seen. The streets of Georgetown ar
cumbered with heaps of ashes resembling
snowdrifts, and ashes rest so heavily on
tho roofs that In Beveral cases they have
caused them to fall in.
SOO.Y WILL HE 5,000
There soon will be COM destitute persons
In need of assistance from the Govern
ment, which Is already doing everything
possible to relieve the sufferers. There ar
a hundred injured persons In the hospital at
Georgetown. Gangs of men are searching
for the dead or rapidly burylnc them in
trenches, and all that can be done under
the circumstances is being accomplished.
The British cruiser Indefatigable brought
twenty-five tons of supplies hero and re
turned to the Island of Trinidad to-day for
more. The Governor of the Windward Is
lands. Sir Robert Llewellyn, is here super
vising the work of the authorities.
MORE TERRITOKY RLIXED
THA IX MARTUi-lQlE.
While the outbreak of the volcano on
the island of Martinique killed more people
outngnt, more territory has been ruined In
St. Vincent, hence there is ereater desti
The injured persons were horribly burned
by the hot grit which was driven alone
with tremendous velocity. Twenty-six per
sons who sought refuge in a. room ID feet
by 12 feet were aU killed.
One person was brained with a hure stone
nine miles from the crater.
Rough coffins are being made to receive
the remains of the victims. The hospital
here Is tilled with the dying. Fifty ta
Jured persons are lying on the floor of that
building, as there are no beds for their
accommodation, though cots are being- rap
idly constructed of boards.
This and similar work has been hi nroK-
j ress since Immediately after the disaster.
xwo days elapsed, however, before there
were any burials, as the negroes refused to
dig the necessary trenches, though they
were offered three times the usual wages
by the local authorities. The nurses em
ployed are incompetent, but they are willing
to learn and are working hard.
NEGROES EXPECT HATIOXS,
I1LT WILL SOT WORK.
The negroes are indifferent to all that is
transpiring and to what has taken place.
They expect to receive Government rations,
but there have been instances where they
hav e refused to bury their own relatives.
It is estimated that the sea has en
croached from ten feet to'two miles alone
ine coasx near ueorgetown, and that a sec
tion on the north of the Island has dropped
into the sea. This Is apparently verified Sy
the report of the French cable ship Pou-jer-Quertler.that
soundings now show seven
fathoms, where before the outbreak there
were thirty-six fathoms of water.
Lieutenant Benjamin B. McCormick, com-
manding the United States steamer Poto
mac, now In these waters, has called on
Governor Llewellyn and offered him the
sympathy of the United States and any as
sistance which it was in his power to ren
der. The Potomac has also landed what
she can spare of her foodstuffs. The Poto
mac carried official dispatches to the Island
of St. Lucia.
SOUFRIERE LAPSES INTO
Since midnight Tuesday the subterranean
detonations here have ceased, and the
Soufriere, Wednesday, relapsed apparently
into perfect repose, no smoke rising from
the crater and the fissures emitting no
The stunted vegetation that formerly
adorned the slopes of the mountain has dis
appeared, having given place to gray-colored
lava, which greets the eye on every
side. The atmosphere is dry, but some
Italn would be welcome, as there is a '
great deal of dust In the air, which Is very
disagreeable and irritating to throats and
eesv and is causing the merchants to put
all their dry goods under cover.
The inhabitants (meaning the white pop
ulation, as a rule) naturally are anxious to
know whether the repose of the volcano is
permanent, or whether It Is the lull which
usually precedes greater paroxysmal activ
ity. Some people, anticipating that there is
danger of further volcanic eruptions, are
leaving the outlying towns for this city.
The negroes who have remained on the
estater are half starved, and the Carib sur
vivors are leaving their caves and pillaging
abandoned dwellings and shops. A number
of arrests have been made In this connec
tion. As the colonial hospital here was found
Inadequate to accommodate the sufferers.
large army tents have been erected for the
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