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HALF OF KEY WEST IN RUINS.
Five Hundred Homes Destroyed and
100 Ships Wrecked.
Key West, Fla., Oct. 12.-Half
the city is practically in ruins, over
five hundred homes have been de
stroyed, and more than a hundred
ships wrecked as a result of the hur
rieane which swept this city yester
day afternoon. Seven churches and
nine of the largest cigar factories in
the South also were destroyed.
Hundreds of men are now at
work cleaning up the streets under
'the direction of Mayor Fogarty.
One death is reported, that of
Frank Gray, a photographer.
To-day 'hundreds of homeless were
roaming the streets. Fortunately
the weather is bright and warm, and
there is little physical suffering.
The war department has instructed
the commandant of the coast artil
Jery companies stationed here to aid
the city authorities in every way pos
sible, and tents and beddng will be
distributed by the soldiers.
At this time no estimate can be
given of the financial losses incurred
by the storm, but it is believed it
will be between two and three million
dollars. It will be weeks, and in
some instances months before the big
tobacco factories will be able to re
sume operations and business gener
ally will be at a standstill for at least
As soon as darkness fell last night
thieves began their raid on the homes
and office buildings destroyed by the
storm. The police were unable to
cope with the situation and Mayor
Fogarty immediately called for the
Kev West Guards, t,he local military
organization. nnd the city was placed
undnr martinl lqw.
In the residence districts the streets
in many instances were renderd im
passa,ble by ruins of theihouses.Whole
buildings were picked up-by the gale
and hurled across the street, and only
the advance warnings of the weather
bureau prevented a heavy loss of
Along the water front the beaches
were strewn with the wreckage of
small boats of all kinds, and here
hardly a building was left standing,
while piers and wharves were all
swept away. At the time the storm
broke yesterday afternoon there were
narly 100 vessels in the harbor, the
majority of these were swept to sea
or broken up on the beaches.
Second Mate Andrew' Cooper, of
the schooner Medford, lost his life
at the Government wharf, and his
~body was washed overboard. Three
members of the crew of another
schooner are missing, and it is
thought they were drowned.
Mataeumbie reports no loss of life
The reported loss of eight hundred
lives along the east coast is believed
to be unfounded.
The United States weather bureau
* and ship-reporting station at Sand
Key was swept to sea at 10 o'clock
yesterday morning. Observers Dague
and Keiter and Willard, on duty
there, are safe.
The launch Lunette, with the crew
of the . dredge Nimke, arrived here
at 5 o'clock this aftrnoon, bringing
additional details of the effects of the
liurricane along the coast. The dredge
Nimke, of the East Coast Extension
fleet, lies disabledNin No. 5 trestle fill,
between Matacumbie and Long Key,
which is badly washed in places. Tihe
grade of the extension at Jew-Fish
Bush, is washed away, the doek at
Pigeon Key is wrecked, the fill at
Knight's Key is washed away, leav
ing the trestle firm, the approach to
the viaduct at Long Key is gone and
wreckage is piled on the shore every
~All of the massive concrete via.duets
of the extension are reported safe, as
is the bridge from Knight's Keys to
The master of the Lunette reported
thet in coming down he saw several
dre1tes and -mnerete mixers sub
mer'ced along the coast, in some cases
me' from +h"' work.
Matny small boats and o:her wreck
ag" were een on the shore. but he
co--l not e"' whether there was any
locs of life.
J F. Gre'. the photographer, lost
h' :fe i, - omrpting to save his
*M. *'a~ mV wa struck ,by fly
in', wod3- in a critieal condi
tion. Ther- , re many narrow es
ea"'es from 'llapsing houses, and
that the fatt'ities were not greater
is regarded as miraculous.
The damage to the barracks alone
will total $250,000.
Thirteen churches were blo%vn
down, the only ones in the city re
maining standing being one Catho
lie, one Methodist and one Baptist.
Of the many fae:ories which suf
fered from the wind, Jlohn Warlow 's
T/e factory place "'.enied by A.
Torrese was blown down,. as was also
M. plae occupied by Thomas Reedy
as a furuiture store.
'Not a single residence or business
house in the city escaped flooding and
few were uninjured by the wind.
A scene of devastation presents it
self from every side. Telephone,
telegraph and electric light poles,
trees and tin roofs are lying in every
street, the thoroughfares are impass
able and debris of all kinds litters
the entire city.
All the wharves along the water
front suffered, Curry's and Sweeney's
being demolished. Many small vessels
were crushed against the fishing
wharf when the steamer MeAdam
dragged her anehor and was driven
along helplessly by -the severe gale.
The MeAdam went down, but all on
board were rescued.
Hundreds of men will continue
throughout the night the work of
clearing the streets of debris.
BEACH STREWN WITH OINS.
Buried Wealth of Pirate Lafitte
(Perhaps) Uncovered by the
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Oet. 1.
-The recent severe storm along the
.coast of Yueata-a is believed to hav.e
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uncovered from the beaoh at Puerto
Celestum the buried wealth of Pirate
Lafitte, who died and was buried in
Soon after the storm subsided the
crews of fishing boats began picki::g
up many gold and silver coins of
English and Spanish make and bear
ing dates of the early part of last
century. These coins are scatterel
all along the beach at Puerto Ce!es
tum and several thousands d:>!ars of
them have been so far colle?ted.
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Mrs. Alice Robertson
Teacher of Piano, Voice and
Studio 1218 Main St.
Open Monday, October 4.
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