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VOLUME LXXXIV.-NO 104.
LIFE AND PROPERTY DESTROYED
BY FIRES IN COAST TOWNS
REDUCED TO ASHES
Number of Fatalities Large ar)d
tf)e Property Loss Over Two
. VANCOUVER B. C., . Sept. 11.— The
"JStigltiess^l/Srtriiii' of* 'New"'"West minster
was totally destroyed by fire this
tnorning, entailing a loss of $2,500,000.
Despair and suffering are the lot of
hundreds of homeless people. Food,
clothing and aid of all kinds are being
hurriedly dispatched from Vancouver
to the ill-fated "Royal City." :
It is not known how many people lost
their lives, but It is feared several hava
been burned to death. Campbell, a fire
man, fell from the roof of a burning
building and was killed. A woman
dropped dead from fright. Another
who was ill died while rescuers were
removing hfr from a burning house,
while a third suffering from typhoid
fever, who had been twice removed
from residences which were In the
burning zone, did not survive the shock.
So fierce were the flames that apples
on the trees on the side of the street
opposite the burning houses were
Three river steamers were destroyed
—the Edgar, the Gladys and Bona Con
cord. Every industry save the big
Royal City Planing Mills and Cleve
land Canning Company plant has been
destroyed. The Canadian Pacific Rail
way station and the bridge across Fra
zer River were burned.
The fire started at about midnight on
the river front and was causad by a
spark from a steamer. Fanned by a
fierce gale, the flames spread at such a
rapid rate that within three hours ten
streets were ablaze.
The fire was first noticed at Brack
man & Kerr's wharf, on Front street.
From there it spread down to the Ca
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BY SOL N. SHERIDAN.
MANILA, Sept. 11.— The Irritation induced by the aggressive at
titude of certain irresponsible native leaders acting in defiance of
Aeuinaldo'B orders, not to mention the secret efforts of the ecclesias
tical party to promote disturbances with the intention of leading the
revolutionary government to certain ruin, has become so serious
that American troops are now kept in barracks under arms ready for
action at a moment's notice. •
A feeling of insecurity and unrest exists. Many native workmen
are daily leaving their employers with the open Intention of Joining
the rebels. Hundreds who are now on strike in cigar factories and
other establishments are recruiting Aguinuldo's ranks.
The "dictator" made a triumphal entry into Malols Saturday,
formally taking posseesion of the new capital in the Saopaloc district.
Frklay night the insurgent band of Juan Blanco created consider
able disturbance by attempting to disarm recruits considered too
youthful to bear arms. One captain was mortally wounded.
Juan Blanco is a man who deserts from one party to another as
occasion serves. It has been persistently reported that he is the
agent of the Spanish clerical party to spoil Aguinaldo's game. I
have not been able to verify these reportß.
The signal corpa is putting down a cable from Cavite to Manila.
NEW WESTMINSTER, B. C, AS IT APPEARED BEFORE IT WAS LAID WASTE BY FIRE.
nadian Pacific depot. It crossed the
street at this point. Thence it went up
the street, taking In the other side of
Front street and Columbia street, the
business thoroughfare of the city.
Block after block caught fire and in a
•few minutes there was nothing left of
what had been the business portion of
From Columbia street the conflagra
tion spread up the hill to a huge build
ing built upon piles in a gully bridged
by Carnavon street. There was a great
space under this building filled with
dry seasoned lumber. The air got in
with the fire and gave it jreat play.
There was a whirlwind of flame v. hich
belched forth destruction.
From this point the fire spread. The
English cathedral was qu'ckly at
tacked. The Baptist church followed
and the Central Methodist also. All
were destroyed, together with a large
number of residences. The inhabitants
had to flee for their lives.
The fire swept down Carnovon street,
and quickly enveloped the big brick
courthouse and the wooden City Hall.
Fortunately there was a bie open space
here and the flames were not able to
leap far enough to take in the big Cen
tral School. Agnes street, however,
had got alight and on one side of Royal
avenue. All the houses on that street
were completely burned. The wind was
blowing furiously down Frazer River
toward the north. If it had been blow
ing the other way the whole of the
Catholic church buildings, convent and
hospital and other structures would
have been burned.
This morning there was no water
The San Francisco Call
SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1898.
MANY LIVES LOST IN A FIRE
THAT DESTROYED JEROME
Eleven Bodies \\a\te Been Recovered prom tf)e
F^uiQS ar}d a Score or More Persons
PnESCOTT, \t\z., Sept. 11.— Th*
town of Jerome, near here, was com
pletely destroyed this morning by fire,
with a loss of over $1,000,000 in prop
erty. Eleven bodies have so far been
recovered from the ruins, while a score
or more persons are missing.
The fire originated from a gasoline
stove In a cabin and spread so furious
ly and fiercely that it was Impossible
to save even clothing.
The fire was confined exclusively to
the business portion of the town and
the open ground intervening between
it and the mammoth works of the
United Verde Company saved the lat
ter's plant, otherwise the loss and suf
fering would have been terrible.
Many people from Jerome ~-~ arriv
ing here on special trains, while those
remaining are being cared for by the
The area of the fire was confined to
a narrow gulch and ravines leading to
it, in which were located substantial
wooden and stone buildings, the latter
melting as rapidly before the flames as
pasteboard. Over 150 residences, aver
aging in value $2000, twenty-five gen
eral merchandise and other stores, sa
loons and stands of all kinds are in
ashes — in short, not a single business
house remains. The only building to
escape was the Methodist Church.
supply for the use of the burned-out
citizens. There was not a single
butcher, baker or provision shop that
was not destroyed, and there was only
one small hotel saved. Some of the
burned-out people retired in the early
hours this morning in the open air in
front of the school house. They cover
ed themselves with blankets and lay
down to sleep under the sky.
The loss is roughly estimated at $2,
500,000; Insurance, $1,500,000. Bank
vaults withstood the fire. One insur
ance company's vault was blown up by
A citizens' committee has been form
ed in Vancouver to give relief to the
The Provlnc 1 -" Government is assist
ing. Financial Minister Cotton Jreceiv
ed the news in Victoria about noon. He
got blankets, tents and other supplies
loaded on a special train which reach
ed Nanaimo, 74 mil"s distant, In less
than two hours. The steamer Joan was
In readiness there and reached Vancou
ver in record time. Here a special Can
adian Pacific freight was ready, and
the supplies were loaded and sent to
FLAMES RACED FROM
STREbT TO STREET
Residents Given but Time to Escape
Alive Without Attempting to
Save Their Belongings.
VANCOUVER, B. C, Sept. 11.— New
Westminster from 11:15 on Saturday
night until 5 o'clock this morning was
a sea of flames and now the town Is a
mass of ruins. The business portion
has been completely destroyed— in Jact,
the city has been practically swept off
the face of the earth.
The conflagration began In the hay
on Brackman & Ker's wharf at about
11:15 o'clock. The crowd which was
promenading up and down Columbia
street on Saturday, as is usual at the
close of the week, had thinned out. All
were at home or on the way home, save
little gatherings of men, who lingered
on the corners. These groups were sud
denly startled by the dull boom from
the flrebell, and a shower of sparks was
Been to rise from the river front near
■■.: The number of people vlio arc tiome
less is placed at 1600 and they are being
cared ' for -by ; Messrs.Glroux ' and Allen
of the mining company. / Two special
trains , left here to-night , for the , scene
of the ' disaster, carrying ; tents and
other .material to comfort the distress
ed, and a meeting Is being held to raise
money for the needy, of whom there are
many.' The loss is complete,' little In
surance being written In that camp,
owing to the gerat risk and the inade
quate water, supply." The .United Verde
management is now kindly caring for
the sufferers, until other arrangements
The building the fire originated In
was the scene of a drunken carousal
last night, and while no demonstrations
are being made against the men who
are responsible for it, attention will
be given to them later.
Various parties are now endeavoring
to extricate the remains from the ruins
and until the ground cools sufficiently
to permit rescuers to approach the de
bris, it will be impossible to ascertain
definitely the names of the victims.
Several prominent mining men in the
West are said to have been in the town
at the time and are unaccounted for.
The fire started at 7 o'clock in the
morning and spread with such rapidity
tfcat In less than two hours not a house
the city market building. The clatter
of hose carts along the almost deserted
thoroughfares and the ringing of fire
gongs caused the streets to fill rapidly
again and the size of the blaze to the
southward indicated to the hurrying
crowds that the firemen had a large
contract on their hands.
The firemen had located the blaze In
a huge pile of hay — about 200 tons —
stored on Brackman & Ker's wharf.
The hay had been there since early in
the season and the sultry summer had
thoroughly prepared it as fit food for
the greedy flames. Hose lines were
speedily attached to the nearest hy
drants, but even while this was being
done the roof of the Brackman & Ker
building burst into flames and fell in.
The stern-wheeler Edgar, which had
tied up to the wharf shortly before 10
o'clock was by this time enveloped in
flames. Her cables parted and she
drifted down the river on the outgoing
tide, a grand but awe-inspiring sight.
To the Edgar many ascribe the out
break of the terrible conflagration. It
is said that sparks from her furnaces
set fire to the hay, but it Is said by
others that her flies had been banked
an hour before the alarm was given.
Still others attribute the disaster to
some man who threw a match on the
wharf after lighting his pipe. A half
dozen different theories for the origin
of the fire are advanced; nor is this to
be wondered at, for there were at least
six distinct conflagrations blazing
within fifteen minutes after the first
The Edgar dropped rapldlydown the
stream, but the set of the current car
ried her Inshore and she fouled the
steamer Gladys, which was tied up to
the Canadian Paci.Lc Navigation wharf.
Despite the strenuous efforts of the crew
and many volunteers, the Gladys took
fire almost Immediately. The timbers
and buildings of the Canadian Pacific
Navigation Company, dried by the heat
of the summer, were ignited and the
men on the wharf were forced to re
treat or meet an awful death.
tt^ two boats broke clear of the up
per end of the wharf together, and In
a short space of tim^ had struck the
Btemwheeler Bonacord. She, too, be
!n p.t area that would cover five bloi-Ks
was left standing.
On the other side of the gulch hun
dreds of pounds of giant powder was
used in the attempt to arrest the
flames by demolishing buildings, but
eye-witnesses state that" as soon as a
gap was made the scattered buildings
were licked up as if by suction and
thrown hundreds of feet in every di
rection, only to ignite and increase the
fury of the fire.
It is said that the entire family of a
man and wife and three children, who
endeavored to save what they had been
years In accumulating, have been
found in the ruins. As the arrivals
from the scene reach the city the de
vastation reported is found to be only
the more pitiable and sad.
Dr. Woods, the company physician,
narrowly escaped losing all the patients
in the hospital, but by good judgment
a score of inmates were saved by him
by being removed early and hastily.
The reservoir which supplies the
town with water, was undergoing re
pairs at the time, but eye-witnesses
state that had the water been abund
ant after the fire had gained headway,
the result would have been the same.
So complete is the disaster that refu
gees in this city to-night are not only
penniless, but are without necessary
clothing as well.
came ablaze. Her cables parted and
away she went j ith the other two in
this carnival of destruction.
By strange ill-luck the waters, as
though in league with the fiery element,
carried the ships close along the
wharves which line the Frazer River.
All were ripe for the blaze, and wher
ever the vessels touched fires started.
All the canneries and sheds on the
water front were Ignited. The Gladys
and Edgar soon foundered and sank.
The Bonacord was scuttled to prevent
her setting fire to the Royal City Plan
At midnight the citizens saw that the
city was in imminent danger. There
was only a puny stream of water to
fight the fire. Chief Ackerman was
away on a holiday and Foreman Wat
son was in his place. The Mayor tele
phoned to Vancouver that the city was
on fire. In an hour and a quarter the
entire fire brigade of Vancouver was on
the scene, and the two brigades pumped
water from the river, abandoning the
reservoirs. The Vancouver boys did
noble work, actually checking the fire
westward at the Queen's Hotel block,
and again several blocks back from
there In the residence portion.
At the Brackman & Ker wharf, where
the fire had its origin, two firemen were
driven from their hose by the heat.
The people in the Columbia Hotel,
Just across from Brackman & Ker, soon
recognized the danger of their position
and desperate efforts were made to save
their effects. Lytton square, upon
which the east side of the hotel faces,
was lumbered with all sorts of per
The fire spread V> the Market build
ing. This was food for the flames, and
in an instant Chinatown, which is on
Front street, east of Lytton square,
was blazing from one end to the other.
Frenzied Chinamen rushed up and
down in despair. Acting Chief Watson
soon recognized the futility of trying to
save any of the wharves or property In
The fire having obtained the majstery
on Front street made its first attack
on Columbia avenue by a diagonal
move. Soon the Columbia Hotel was a
Continued on Second Pose.
There Is Universal Grief Over the
Assassinatior) of Austria's Be
VIENNA, Sept. 11.— The plans for the
funeral of the late Empress Elisabeth,
who was assassinated by an anarchist
yesterday at Geneva, contemplate
bringing the remains to Vienna next
Thursday, a lying in state on Friday
and the obsequies of Interment on Sat
Every flag in the city is at half-mast
to-day and the theaters, races and
other amusements are suspended in
definitely. All the Archdukes and the
Archduchess Marie Valeric have ar
rived at Schoenbrunn. It was reported
last evening that Emperor Francis Jo
seph had gone to Geneva by a special
train, but this was an error. At noon
to-day he had not yet left Schoen
brunn. Crown Princess Stephanie, who
has been staying at Darmstadt, has
The Emperor's fortitude Is the topic
of universal admiration. He is bear
ing 1 up manfully, despite the terrible
shock, which in view of his age, had in
spired the gravest apprehension. Al
though at flrat stunned and then slight
ly hysterical, he soon regained his self
control and displayed remarkable calm
ness. Occasionally, however, complete
ly overpowered by his grief, he moaned
piteously, repeatedly sobbing the name
of the Empress.
Addressing Prince yon Liechten
stein, Chief Marshal of the imperial
household, he exclaimed last evening:
"It is inconceivable how a man could
lift his hand against one who never in
her life injured any, who did nothing
but good. Nothing is spared to me In
He managed to sleep several hours
last night, and said this morning h«
felt comparatively well, discouraging
the attempts of his attendants to dis
play solicitude for his health.
The shock of the news crazed one of
the court servants, who rushed from
They Charge That iQ tJ)e Cubar)
Campaign \}e Was Guilty of
BOSTON, Sept. 11.— We, the undersigned citizens of Boston, after
reading the arraignment of General Shafter by Congressman Fitzger
ald, do hereby heartily approve of the stand the Congressman has
taken in th? matter, and respectfully call the attention of every loyal
citizen of Massachusetts not only to the barbarous methods employ
ed by General Shafter in conducting the late campaign in Cuba, but
also to the way he has glossed over the ill-treatment, neglect and
starvation accorded our own gallant Ninth, who proved themselves
equal to the task allotted them in every fight, from the outset of the
war to its conclusion.
Resolved, That we, the citizens of Massachusetts, call the atten
tion of the whole nation to Shafter's gross incompetency, careless
ness and ignorance, and that we demand -üblic investigation of the
way he has carried out his duties during the late campaign in Cuba.
John J. McCarthy, F. H. Downey, William A. Buchanan, T. J.
Normiley, M. Neary, J. Murray, A. Rawcliffe, T. Keney, M. McCarthy,
John E. Leahy, John Reardon, Timothy Raferty, Frank T. Fay, Wil
liam Hayes, J. H. Buckley, D. P. Donoaldson, H. F. Cunningham,
John J. Purcell, Thomas Hennessey, F. J. Hendrickson. T. J. Dur
ney, Robert E. Lee, D. J. Murphy, P*ter F. O'Neill, John J. Gllmore,
S. Pollard, Patrick F. Donovan, Hugh R. Smith, Peter F. Johnson, M.
O'Brien, Chirles F. Mackenzie— Resolution* adoflxl at a meeting of citi
zens of Boston.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
the palace to the BurTpia.tz, shri< '
'Where is the murderer of our Em
Dispatches of condolence are arriving
at the palace from all parts of the
world, testifying to profound horror and
sympathy. Among them are messages
from President McKinley, from Em
peror William and from nearly all the
European sovereigns. The court will
go into mourning for six months.
SWISS OFFICIALS TO
SHOW THEIR SORROW
BERNE. Switzerland, Sept. 11.— The
Federal Council met this morning and
sent the following telegram to Em
peror Francis Joseph:
"The Swiss Federal Council has the
honor to express to -our Majesty its
prqfoundest grief and deepest indigna
tion at the horrible crime to which her
Ma^sty Empress Elizabeth has fallen
a victim. Our pain and indignation are
all the greater owin to the foul crime
havi-~ been committed on Swiss ter
ritory. The Council hastens to assure
your Majesty at the same time of its
warmest sympathy and that of the
whole Swiss people in the great loss
your Majesty, the imperial house and
people of Austria and Hungary have
suffered through your exalted lady's
The flag on the Federal building is
at half mast. 1 'ie Council reassembled
this afternoon to consider the steps to
be taken. It is expected that the ju
dicial authorities of the Canton of
Vaud will conduct the inquiry and the
The Geneva Canton met to-day and
decftld to issue a proclamation ex
pressing the horror of the Government