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NEW YORK. June 30.-—
Xearly Sio.coo.ooo worth
'of property was de
stroyed, many lives were lost,
many persons were injured/and
at least 1500 lives were imperiled
by a lire that started among Cot
ton, bales under pier 3 of the
Xonh German Lloyd Steamship
Company in Hoboke.'i. X. J\, at
4 o'clock this afternoon. In less
than; fifteen minutes the "flames
co v-bfed -an area a quarter of; a
mile long extending outward
from the actual shore line to the
bulkheads, from 600 to 1000 feet
away, and had caught four great
ocean liners arid a dozen or more
smaller harbor craft in its grasp.
Stories in regard to the loss "bf
life are conflicting.' the number
being variously estimated at
frorri 100 ..to 200. Up ib midnight
ten - 1-odies had been recovered.
br.tthey were all so badly burned
and blackened' that identification
was impossible. ¦ ¦" I - -
The hospitals in Xew York,
Holioken and Jersey City are
crowded with the injured, arid
men are being brought- in by
scores. ./ . '"• .
Those who gathered along the
shores of the Hudson River to
witness the great conflagration
saw a spectacle they can fiever
forget and one, that always will
have a conspicuous place in the
history of New York. •
River and bav were enveloped
in a pall of black smoke through
¦which angrj' flan;es, bursting as
from volcanoes, 0:3 the Jersev
shore and in the water itself,
leaped like red spheres into the
sky. The surface of ihe water
¦was covered with floating and
blazing masses of freight thrown
in haste from the doomed vessels,
and all united in the mad race to
rescue more precious human be
ings threatened or being sacri
ficed in the great ships. And
through the pall of smoke a great
crimson sun, enlarged to thrice
its size bv the haze, glared like an
enormous eye as it slowly, sank
in the west. Such was the tre
mendous spectacle presented on
the surface of the Hudson River,
as if it had been some holiday pa
geant. It was made tragic by the
realization that in that smoke
and beneath the turbid waters
scores of lives had been lost or
were then in their last desperate
struggle against death.
The spectacle was witnessed by
thousands and thousands from
both shores and by other thou
sands who crowded upon every
ferry-boat, every excursion boat,
upon every river era* t •¦•that" /epiild
be secured for ; the; purposed v ; !l(he
crowd upon the banks -/of . the
ri ve r ; \v a s /almo s t ;. as \\ great; ; -!as.- rili at
which formed:tpwitness:ithe-; tri- ;
umphant l :: -return v/pf ;\-;Adniirai
Dewey. ¦ /tooling / up; the^rn'er
toward the burning- ships /and
piers the scene was /a; worideif ftil
and tragic one of ¦grandeur.;; Tjie
ship Soaie had been^towed ilp^vvii
tlie, /river until; she - ;: ; was Just ; off
Liberty, where^he/had gathered
about her. a ririg'pf -firebbats: anjd
tugs, all fighting tp save /at least
the hull >bf: the doomed? steamer^
Flames ; still '^vere,:; leaping^ from
her portholes ana* rushing; put; of
her cabins: At yarying distances
about the burning, ships lay/ coal
and cotton -/barges^^all;: /ablaze,
each with one ormbre tug's pia}^
ing., streams ; bf: ; ;/water;s/upprt /it;
i* ..-• ¦'¦ / r > : -'.'i'--".''-''-v-.---- : ii.'"- : --- ; '^ ; '.-";'t- -.-¦'": -.« '¦ *'.':.'' : i-- . ¦
! oi tnes^: oarges^ana.viigntT
! ejs r wre're /loaded wi th very in i fia m^',
| niable stuff, arid. the flames leaded
j high in tire air; while the heat was C
'.: sb'terrifrc /that; it >vas not possible';
| to use only the small hose of . the
j tug. : G\Sopn./ohe. by : 6n^ these ali;
•j;tars of :fire : wer^slo\yiy/ consumed,'
, most of. them burning down-to
Vthe water's edge. ¦ ; Along thevjer
j sey shpr^ ; small fires were h] az~
j .ing:,-' started by the wreckage
I from the great steamships. • ' .
-¦?-: On ;this side'.'bf tjie/ : jriyeW'i'li:e;
.fire caused; ; the ; great^st'/^c^
ment^ as; the; "drifting: : st^ant|tii^
I and: barges floated^jallSflaintie^qi
! the Xew ; York- shore aiii crashed
;against the piers from Canals to
Murray ' : I streets^^ ;/|yhe ;iKre ; 'X)Qr :
partment was calleci: oxii afrryanf ;
ou s points -al qn g the | ljr^t ened
sections, and: : the pre-.
j sented/bf the ; fi^me^^mshpre^
j trying to /fight fires;,- -at v ; everyv
minute changing their iituatiph.
; For hours the river Vyas crpSvcl-i
er with small boats; ha$te|iin : g-Hp:
j the scene of the disaster pr.ai
j ready taking part in the rescue pt
j the hundreds w'ho had/leaped
jinto the river when seized by the.
j terror of the flames. These boats
j were paddled here and there, but
1 soon their occupants had noth
ing to do but to watch the mad
sweep of the flames. .Those who
had plunged into the water had
either been rescued or had gone
to the bottom.
There were hundreds of men
on each of the destroyed steam
ships and a few women. Crowds
of dock laborers and also em
ployes of the companies were on
the piers. Men, women and chil
dren were on the canal boats and
men on the barges and' lighters,
and when the fire made its quick
. NEW YORK, July 1.— At 2:30 o'clock this- (Sunday). morning, the North. German Lloyd pier fire is
still hurnirig: brightly; and, Viewed '^ irom;the /^e^York ; side ? presintsa brilliant : . spectacle. No /estimate of
thfe/loss;<>f life ; falis;beibw 1^0. ;;T^
covered by aiyers at once, but^f the ./dozens :;:wfca^^p^d.;iatp;/tiie '^orth River, some vrill never be found
at • all; ;;. : Tb.ie ; stea^boat^men; /lost ; are n^
country. No attempt has yet been . made to compile a list of the dead, o ¦• ¦¦• - • : ¦¦"¦¦ . : : ¦ '"- :
;¦• ; > ;:: Up to/2; o'clock twenty-fiv«/;bo^ies had been reco^^ r-- ¦..-.•:-.„ =-v- ¦¦.-.. -•.-.-.;:¦:.•. .••¦•:•.¦:::-.,•.•.•.•¦/¦•:. .w.r- '¦'¦¦¦'¦ :. ¦¦¦¦.¦¦
s /The World estim The Journal places the loss at 200. Others : "pa
per^/plaee'the/iiuinber of dead atfribm; 100 to;25O;- /:; -I : ""'-¦,'-.•-''•' . 'V ;
descent/; upon: .; them:;: e$cape was
eut;off before^ theyi- realized their ¦
awful ppsiti'onc c The ,/ people ) ori
trie; piers jumped' intb^ the ; water;
to save: them «elvfesj: and! sporeliof;'
men huddled under /.;":; the/; piers j::
clinging'to the 'supports/ only;; to;
be c suftocatec| -by/tlie, flames or ,-td';;j
(jrop.back /intqithe:.^
exhaustion.
Men working on the ships
\vere : ;shut;;iri:b y:; walte^; pf//flame;
and it:^vasi. impossible:/ /t<> reach
them, /It will probably never be
icno>vn>how many/perished in the]
ships, a^ the fiames were /so/fierce ¦
they would leave very few • rem
nants of the human body.
.The greatest loss: of ; iifeB ap^
/pears )'tp : hafe been ,/pn: the Saale: :
She carried 250 people, and was
to have sailed ;for Bostph. this: af-:
>t.ernooni AVhen the police boat
Captain went aboard of her with
his rescue party, he saw bodies
lying all about the deck. The
ship '¦¦' carried^a/crew; :of ?
gopy: the/Main jz^b^arid if jas; many
lives were lost on the Bremen
and Main as on the Saale; the
.number of lives lost will be : ver.v
great. Then, also, many, perished
iQn:;the^piers; ; . cahat-boats/anci;
lighters.
The burning or smoldering re
iffairis lightersjancj
;barge$ I iare'; scattered -all i the //vvay:
¦dbjW^he'^ryeft^nd/l^y/tOiS^
Jlslaiiaj /xirid _:• (JpverriQrS; /'Island^
lEaeh of itftesie craft,;vyili add some-*
;thingto:the,' ljstvpf ithe;dead. •-. ';?.$
\ •;'¦ Tlie^oss; . t'6 the ipSTortH German
Lioydildocks. alone }ns: jplaced at
$2,ocb,ooo; : '|he.-;vaiue: ; 6| ;;the
great qiiaiitities [pi : : cottbn;^pil-;_ahd
various ; other /rnerchandisek on
the docks: has -not- been: esti
mated. The loss to . the : ; North j
German Lloyd Steamship Com
pany alone will probably come
close to $10,000,066, as the Bre
men, the Main and the Saale
were almost totally destroye/J.
The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse
vyas somewhat damaged. * The
five-story houses of the Campbell
Company were greatly damaged, {
the loss on one building alone
being placed at $1,500,000.. The
Thingvalla pier was burned, and
the dock of the Hamburg-Ameri- ,
can line suffered greatly. A num-
berv; of ; -small;; bii;Ldirjg& in hHpb(>
ken were destroyed along the
wharves, with- their contents, ;but
no idea of the value of. these can
be> r ohtained^ ; ' ' ' ' : ---: :
: \v. ¦ . B urned . to Water's Ed ge.
Trpm.what^ tan.be learned t.o-nlght, the
flames3|tarted : among a; large plle'of cpt
tpn^.bajes;-.6tx : tder 2 of the. North G«rmaji
Lloyd :-;Ste.ainship ' Comp^ sipread
.with.^uch remarka|ble rapidity -that-in.-.fl'f
tecn.'•'-,hiiriutcs :the #ntir^. prisp^rty- :of the
crtmpahyV taking in. over a third:«f a mile
Of'; water.:- .fron.'; -.and /consisting of a three
great piers, -was dotnpletely enveloped: In
lire,
: : The xflanies. started '..so ¦ suddenly:? ; and
kainiM such/headway ..that the people on
the.ypiers and on -.the' numerous .vessels
docked were enable to. reach the street.
There ..wpre/iereat :gangs' : tif wbrkmenipn
the. piers, and these,; together with a,num
ber, of;, people who were, at the docks on
business and:vlsitliigth6ships, ; scattered
lh all .directions. .:: As all means/ of- exit
was cut ; off-; by -the flames r they .V; were
forced to Jump, oyerboard, and ;it (1$. be
lieved a great .number -, of .people /; were
drowned. ;. At /the -/docks of the/North
German V^^ Loyd were the Saale, /a single
screw, passenger siQamship of -4965; tons
gross; the Bremen, a twin screw passen- :
ger, and freight steamer of 10.523 torts, and
the.:.MaiH;:. a,, twin-screw: freight :and . pas
sengcr;. steamship .of 10,500 gross f; tons.
They ail caught fire and were burned -to
the. water's :^dge. ; The ' Kaiser . Wilhelni
der Grpsse;' which had just .came'. in, : was
the' :6rily ¦ 6ne- of /the; four 'big/ vessels 'at
the dock that escaped. . •', • . -; ¦
' 'U':'i^ Great Tiosay Among Crews. : -'- '¦¦¦ ¦.
| .The/loss to ; the/ crews of these:. vessels
H said, to reach a hundred. ¦ :. : -- ¦¦¦-¦¦;. [.::..¦.-.:¦
:';. The :Cflre : ; :was first :• by i/a
watchman ori /the pier :;af 4 oi'cibcfe^ :He
saw/; a. /small ;¦ Btrieak' ;!'pf flamesv Shoot
frOiiti i a • • baie/i. of : ;.cottbn//=:bn: . : ; pier
docked- : -steamer^
:$.aA.le^.';• : "^H'e. i 5/i•Wm^lateIy'¦..>ett.t;^;in.:¦"•i!n'
klarm..-; vln : :\a. : -. fevf . : minutes Athe /flames
had.eitghdedtO: the ship and yrere com
municated to : the : adjoining, pier on the
horthiv/JIere 1 were docked the Kaiser. Wll
helni/der Grouse 'and the Main.'; Tugs were
Immeaiately made fast ¦ to. the big Kaiser
Wilhelm ; defy Grosse. and she /was /got
out .Into the.^ mid stream with' safety, al
though.-badiy scorched at the bows.. The
ship ;Main, however, • was : doomed, as the
flames .hadi already/become so fierce . on
the /north side ofz-the pier that ;no tug
couJd : appfoaeh -.tKe vessel. .' ¦ //.;.".¦ - : .
Then by a shift in the wind the flames
were/sent fit the. direction; of. pier No. 1,
which was/to! the .sbuth end of pier No. 2.
To the north'of pier No; 1 was the dock of
the^Hamburg-American line, at which the
steamship Phoenicia, a twin screw, pas
senger; "steamer of 6761 gross . tons, was
docked. '.The: flames got a good hold ori
the/Phoenicia and she was towed but Into
midstream ablaze. 7 ": . . ';
; : i- . •" : v I>ock Blown TJp. : ;; , ;
The flre .had by this time become so
fierce thatUho officials of the. Hamburg-
American line decided that the only way
to : : prevent a: total; destruction of their v
great pier was to blow up the side of the
dock at which the Phoenicia lay, and this
was /done.. -A number,' of barges docked
at the pier also took fire, but In the. effort
to save the : .other property no attention
was: paid to them and , they ' were allowed
to burn. . . ' ¦• .'¦ ¦¦'.¦' ' ' . .
It is feared that, the loss of life in the
hold of the" vessels was frightful' as it 13
said : that many of ¦ the crews who were
asleep at the time were' imprisoned there.'
The worst .tale will, come from the Main,
which was unablo'to be towed from the
pier. ' ' . . : "
The vessel had only arrived this morning
and some .of the- passengers were still on
board/and whenthe cry, of fire was raised
a number of them were seen to run to the
burning decks. : Most of them jumped over-:
board, and .save for the few ; who "were
picked- up; by, the tugs; not one, has. been
heard from, although every hospital and i
hotel In the city of Hoboken is ; crowded i
with . Jiijurea. -. Pome of the passengers of {
' the. Main tried. tq escape to th« piers,, and
iV.wasaitijp^t certain, that they perished
lh-vthe flames: ' : ;'/:;. ;^' ¦'•¦.''. .'' "..' :-.':-',--.-- ..-:.- ':^
• Panic on the Ships> , v '
:! -There was a: panic: on each of the ships;
]\Iany.- persprs;3x:mped overboa rd^and . the
-.Water' for : :.spme~ distance along the docks
was; lined with, people.:.-; They :;were cUng
iiig to'.the piers and :ever» ' to the ; rudders
of the burning: vessels. ;S^ome were picked
up, many ; were drowned.; Peter Quinn, a
Justice "of the Peace; tells a ':-' story of hav
[ Ing seen at least thirty people perish. He
f-satd:'-- ' . . '\:-..-/ ; :-: : i>:;.:4:^<'
"1 was standing :on the end of:: One of
the Hamburg- American . line ¦ piers and
saw about .thirty people "crowded under
Pier Xo,: 1 of the; North - German^ Lloyd;
They were calling to some of the' passing [
tugboats, but: their appeals were In vain, j
and when the flames got near them : they
dived into;the water. .: was no as
sistance neir them at the time, and I be
lieve - that every "one either > drowned or
perished in. the flanies.V. .vv/; . : : ¦;;•;. :V: r '->.-9; •: ; :
'-.;: About two hundred people were rescued
at; the/ Hamburg- American line pier.
They -were much .; overcome from exhaus
tion,' but soon revived wlth'stlmulants. X
r i?V^^US' ! \.;Gaine.d;";-IlapId Headway.
¦•When the fire brokevourjsuch headway
was gained by the time the lloboken : Fire
Department arri vtid.; that they, : Were ut T ;'
terly ';helpless ; to Vcop<5 with thev flames.
Calls were made, to the New: York Fire
Department. .for' assistance, andifire tujs
wer^ sent. over. v'Thesey. howeyeri', had: II t.-r
tie effect on ; the . great of flame'
and smoke.
¦;,'':By:- : :7-.: o'clock: the:,.' three; piersirof:. the.
.;Xort^'-'.Ger^.ah'\Ltoyd'yC^nipany;'baidf.''been:
burned to the grounds^ ; ;vy,; : ,;:^ : . ;^ : ¦¦¦:¦. •:?V'S-/ : i
','¦:¦ The : south, end .of the 'Campbell Sioragp
\ Company vbundirig,..: consisting •:•,' of ':'.;¦ five:
fiverstory:- ..structures, : >. caught : -: flre,'.. and
;flames: : - shpt.- from.. every -window : . of 'the;
two ; floors -in •;' but, .a. few minutes; : • The:
: buildings, being filled mainly .with jute
and .whlsky<:burned rapldlyi .The firemen
were .unable : to go .' wi thirty flghtlng dls- ¦
tince,;; and .the fire .hkd pretty : much of
its ; own way • there! ; ; Ih ' these ' bulldinga
greati loss will be sustained- ..;, \ . '¦: :.• '¦¦
j '.The steamships Saale : and V: Bremen*'
after -being: pulled free from the docks,
were towed'i ablaze down the bay . ami
beached off. Liberty Island. Oh the
Bremen, as- she blazed "out:,. in', mid-.
Stream,: six men could be seen. with! their
hpads put. of portholes waving handker-:
chiefs for assistance. Tugboats and small
boats' darted around the. big steamship^:
making every effort to save the men, but
the terrible- heat from the flames^ kept
them away. ¦ .
:• ; Some Exciting Incidents. '• .. :.
The saving . of the I Kaiser Wilhelm . der
Grosse was attended- with exciting incl-:
dents. It seemed as. if it would never be'
possible to get her clear, and the:flre was
spreading .so .rapidly .that It threatened
at almost any moment to break out on thb
big ship. The great hawsers in the corifu-'
sion could not be handled well and axes
were brought into use to chop them, re
leasing the vessel. She was towed but Into
midstream and then far up the river. Her
bows were slightly burned. . ¦ . ... ..; ;
'ITive minutes after the fire broke out a.
woman jumped from one of. the ships in a
vain effort to reach the water. The flames
drove her from the ship and she plunged
heedlessly In the direction It seemed
safety, lay. ' She leaped into a burning
lighter alongside the ship, and when an
oflicer on board the ship, who stood by
the doomed vessel, saw her : and realized
what would be her fate he plunged down
after her, hoping to drag her out of the
burning lighter into the water. He fol
lowed her within a couple. of seconds and
both ; went ¦ down into the flames in the
lighter and perished. . *?t^
Flames Driven by the Wind.
. The rapid • spread of the flames is ac
counted : for, by the shifting of the wind.
When the flre first broke out the wind was
blowing strongly . f rom . the south. " This
drove the flames across to the pier above
the one on which It started. 'Within a few
moments the wind shifted almost directly
to the opposite, point. ' A Under the great
pavilion on the land end the flames were
soon m absolute control. Had not the re- ,
Courpe to dynamite been taken to destroy
the Hamburg-American pier the Cames
might have gone on. All the flreboats and
tugs in the harbor would not have stopped
them. ¦'"-•¦'¦¦;_¦:•..¦'¦.;. .••'¦': . ; v .- ; .'•.. ;:'.'.. -.¦¦"¦.-¦ ¦ .'¦
: The flames in the cotton kept the fire at
an Intense heat, and the firemen suffered
greatly. 'Again and again it seemed as
if they must abandon the fight. The van- j
tage points atwhlch they could attack the
flames were few and their efforts were
necessarily hampered.-.
: : The smoke ; which poured out of the
flames* and ascended high Into the air
hlew almost : directly eastward and main
tained Its. column for a distance of about
miles, as it was seen clearly b«
| yond;Babylon. L. I. . V ¦ ':... .;¦¦/:.
One Heroic Bescue. -
; dne -the j Hpsplial "with - burned
-bands" and" -.face" .was -rescued by. another
man.; more severely- burned -than himself:
.He. said he was helpless in the water when
the", other ' threw'< : an arm about him ~ and
bupyed him up. The other's face was fear
fully ;burned .-'and his arm was useless, but
he treaded water and floated so skillfully
that they drifted down the river and a tug
went to their rescue. The man who told
the story said he fainted after being res
cued, and did not know if his rescuer had
also been taken Gut of the water. ;
.- Some of those who went into the water
and were rescued and but slightly Injured
say that; when others were caught between
the fire and water and saw death coming
they, went insane. -.Men babbled of home
•and friends during the few brief moments
that they and the others faced death. The
fear; of the furnace which lay between
them ;.and the land bereft them of their
senses. There were acts of ; cowardice as
well as of heroism. Men clung to others
and refused to let go, even though the act
meant death to both. One of the survivors
was. seized by another man, who dung to
him frantically and refused to let go. The
man,- who was later saved, had to beat his
companion •; into insensibility •: before he
could loosen his hold: and plunge Into the
.water.' ', .;: : :; - ,
1 When the Hoboken firemen reached the
flre rat.flrst; they -set. but- to confine it to
,the ..pier on ..which it started. They, got
their lines out cn the two adjoining, and
even ran : their apparatus out to pump
from the river.: ; When the flames spread
the hos«fon- the,' pier ;was lost- . Some of
the apparatus .narrowly escaped being
consumed, and as lt.iw'as one.hosecart and
It? horses were 1 ::-..,..':.';. i.--'^-''
• .: i«tfer "Jersey.City stripped Itself of all
the. hose '.possible, and sent it -to the Ho
boket? firemen in. a wagDn for yse. With
jthis" . streams were: Jater • SPt on the fire,
biit ; it ¦ was :then under/ control, having
.burheditseir'out^V:'^;.!;;--:-: i'.V •:.-¦•:.¦ '¦.'¦-
d :'¦: Rescued From the Saale.
V The steamer Saale: drrt ted down to the
Battery- v about..:- 6:50 : : o'clock. /She was
ablaze and -bet /crew .was on .deck.. Cap
tain . Smith; of the police boat put his ¦ men
on '. a. ;tug ¦ and -. ran to the 'burning ship.
When the tug reached the . Saale thirty
seven of the latter's crew were taken off.
Most Of them Were.CQns.Clous. Some suf
fered from smoke, inhaled. ; Ambulances,
were called, from Gouvernour, St. Vincent's
and Hudson-street hospitals. . Police pa
trol wagons i were 'also-. '•'called.. The In
jured men were : taken: in these several
conveyances to the : different hospitals. All
appear- to be foreigners. : None could talk
English and not even their names were
learned at the pier. ¦ V
While the crew was being taken off
Captain Smith saw several bodies of. men
on the ship's deck. . When the tug made
a second trip to the Saale all these corpses
were submerged.: . The ship had In the
meantime drifted to the Jersey shore and
sunk in Che mud off the flats.
The patrolmen worked with grappling
hooks ¦ for two hours In an effort to re
cover the bodies. They secured . but two.
apparently deck, hands. They were burned
beytfnd recognition.
It Was a Terrible Sight.
Captain Smith said he thought there
were a number; of bodies below in the
Saale. ' J
"When I got to the Saale on the first
trip with the tug." he said, "I saw sev
eral men with their heads at the port
holes. The^- were stuck fast and could
get no further out. The ship was gradu
ally sinking. It was a terrible sight. Some
of the men called to us In their own
tongue to 'help them for God's sake/
Their struggles were something frantic.
We could do nothing for them. The up
per part of the vessel was a living fur
nace. We tried to get the prisoners out of
the portholes, but the holes were even
smaller 'than usual. I can even now hear
the poor fellows crying In their despair as
they saw us drawing away from them.
"We heard cries of others back of the
portholes. They seemed to be struggling
for what little air and respite the holes
gave those already there. It was terrible.
"We saw one woman at a porthole. The
flames were rapidly approaching her. She
was said to be a stewardess. A deckhand
on the tug handed her a small hose and
she played It about her stateroom for a
few- moments. They were serious mo
ments. My God. how that woman fought
for her life! She might as well have
poured a teacupful of water on to a liv
ing volcano for all the good It did. She
had no possible chance. As she fonght
the fire- the ship sank steadily and her
struggles were stopped by an Inrush of
water as the jioruiols sank below the
surface."
The steamship was to have sailed for
Boston auriag: tn« afternoon. Tfce of3
clala of the steamship think the- loss of
life .probably Is greatest on the Saale
They place the number at from thirty to
fifty and say the majority of the victims
were employed as firemen and coal pass
.„ :¦¦¦¦*..:¦¦ Could Not Be Saved.
¦VM^K«g: th# "^ ° f ** flreb ° at
"The fire made It Impossible to get to
the steerage of the Saale. We tried next
•l 0 **"-^® people out through the port
holes. There seemed to be forty or fifty
°ln? em - £* ere were men - wo »en and
children. One woman In particular at
tracted out attention. She kept calling to
the others not to give up hope-that we
would save them.
s hl H hL fa^ WaS S 0 " 1 and b ru*3«* where
she had been Crying to get out of th«
small porthole. Finding jj invisible t°
get the poor people, we handed cups of
water to some of them who cried fo- a
drink for God's sake. Just before the ship
went down a tug drew alongside wl\«i a
Roman Catholic priest aboard. He call-M
to the people, who seemed to be mostl>
of JM« .faith, and with uplifted SanSim
parted absolution to them just as the «hlo
went down and the water rushed in at
I^ thoIe f' d . rownJn * them like rats.
The cries of the people as the water
poured In was something terrible "
all the time the steamshln
Main lay at the burning docks with the
fierce flames playing all about her th*
flames from the docks licking her side*
and warping her plates and the flames In
her cargo eating away her interior
Sixteen men lived on board of her. "When
she was hauled out from between th'«
burning docks at 11 o'clock last night the
men were still alive. They made them
selves known half an hour later when
the wreck of the ship was beached at
Shady Side. One of them Is blinded by
the heat they underwent, but the rest are
alive and as well as can be expected.
These men were all coal passers. TVheri
the fire broke out they wero trfnomln?
coal In the coal bunkers.
FEW PASSENGERS
SHOULD HAVE PERISHED
According to Robert Capelle. the agent
of the North German Lloyd In this city,
there Is little probability of any consider
able number of passeng-ers having lost
their lives, a3 there should have been few
If any on board of either of the ships of
his line burned.
The Bremen arrived on June 23. and was
due to sail again on July &. Several per
sons from Honolulu were on her passen
ger list for this trip, and for the next-
July ZX— over 100 from San Francisco had
9ecured passage.
The Main arrived from Bremen at 6
p. m. on the 25th lnst., and was to tall
again July 3.
The Saale was under charter to a party
of Christian Endeavor people, and was to
sail at a date fixed by them, presumably
Just after the Fourth, as she was due to
sail on her return trip from Bremen for
New York on July 17. It Is hardly proba
ble that any of her passengers were al
ready on board.
Herman Oelrichs was formerly general
American agent of the North German
Lloyd, but retired some time since, and
Gustave Schwab Is now at the head of the
agene-y.
The North German Lloyd Is one of the
largest steamship companies In the world
Its fleet numbers sixty-nine ocean steam
ers and thirty-six coasting steamers, with
a gross tonnage of 470,200 tons, besides
river steamers, lighters, etc. It makes Its
calls at every Important port in the world.
Fire at Denver.
DENVER, June 30.— The electriral works
and machine-shop of Frint & Lomax were
damaged by fire this afternoon to th»
extent of y»5.000. .
Grain Burned.
STJIStTX. June 30.— Fire occurred netr
Rio Vista to-day, destroying se,venty-flV9
acres of grain and a separator, the prop
erty of Peter Cook.
OUTER END OF THE MAMMOTH PIER OF 'THE NORTH: GERilAN
LLOYD AT HOBOKEN, -^'i. : :^¦¦^^.^Siiy' -^ ?. ;:
THE NORTH GERMAN riLLDYD STlEAMSHIP: SAALE, " UNDER CHARTER TO THE CHRISTIAN EXDEAV
¦: a;':.;:-. ; ".•:-;:¦* }.:•'•••"£ i^-"/' "OREBS.. TO : .THfc :; WATER'S. :EDGEi / ;- ; , •.. : '• .-•.-.• ;.
E.NTRAXCE TO PIER XO. 1. NORTH GERMAN LLOYD. HOBO
.. ¦¦¦¦¦: ¦¦:¦¦¦•:¦-:: .;- ' ' ¦ : . / " KEX, N. J. . '¦ '¦•..
PORTIONS OF THE PREY OF THE DEVOURING FRAMES
Ten=Million Dollar Fire at the North German Lloyd Steamship Piers at
Hoboken Attended by a Loss of Life Estimated at From ioo to
200— Seamen Crernated in Blazing Vessels;
BIG LINERS BURNED AND SCORES OF HELPLESS PERSONS PERISH
VOLU3IE LXXXVIII--XO. 31^
Pap 13 to 22
Pages 13 to 22
SAX FRANCISCO,; STXKD AY, : JULY 1, 1900— THIRTY-TWO PAGES.
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