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THE CLEMSON TRUSTEES
Wi!! be Met by Fathers of Many of
the Cadets.
Special to The State.
Charleston, May 7.-Mr. G.. W.
Mciver left here tonight to attend the
meeting of the board of trustees of
Clemson College, which will be held
tomorrow night. He will appear be?
fore the meeting by courtesy of the
board. Mr. Mciver goes as the repre?
sentative of the parents of the Charles?
ton boys of the sophomore chss. Mr.
Mciver goes to the meeting tc? inform
himself further about the trouble that
he may be in a position to give desire
information at the meeting of the pa?
rents whieh will be held here on Fri?
day at noon. Col. Henry ?Schachte
stated today that he had received ad?
vices, indicating a large attendance of
the fathers of the boys of the sopho?
more class at the Friday meeting.
The parents will discuss the matter
and reach some conclusion on thi
mach vexed situation, making knowi
their views to the authorities of the
college.
The news comes from Washington
that Senator Tillman, who is a mem?
ber of the board of trustees of Clemson
College, has set ont from Washington
for Clemson to attend the meeting of
the borrd. *
THE CLEMSON INQUIRY.
Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Thursday-Three- Important
Matters Before Them.
Special to The News and Courier.
Clemson, College, via Calhoun, May
9.-1.30 a. m.-The board of trustees
Bp? of the College met in President Hart
zog's office at S o'clock tonight to in
. vestigate the recent trouble here.
Eleven of the thirteen members of
the board are present, as follows:
CoL Simpson, Senator Tillman,
Messrs. Tindal, Donaldson, Norris,
Evans, Bradley, Wannamaker, Hardin, j
Garris and Sease. Those absent are l
Messrs. Smythe and Bowen.
The board, after a brief secret ses- !
sion, announced that its session would
be open to the public and that it was
the intention to sift the whole matter
thoroughly from every standpoint. As
Senator Tillman expressed it: "We
propose to get at the very marrow of
the thing if it takes' weeks. ' '
There aie three specific matters now
before the trustees. The first question
is as to the appeal of Cadet Thorn
well from the decision of the faculty
in suspenidng him second, the ques?
tion of the reinstatement of the sopho?
more class, and third, a fight is being
made on President Hartzog, for today.
A committee of cadets, claiming to
represent the entire student body, pre?
ferred very grave charges against Pres?
ident Hartzog, asserting that he is
almost, if not quite, wholly responsi?
ble for the existing trouble. This com
- Jaaittee of students consists of Cadets
Claude Doutait, E. B Boy kin, M. E.
-Zeigier, D. Kohn, S. M. Ward, N D.
Walker, J. T. Robertson, B. H.
-Gardner and W. E. G. Black. It was
agreed that all three issues should be
tried together; that all the evidence
-should be taken in each case before
the trustees anonunced their decision
in any part of it.
The first matter presented to the
trustees was the Appeal of Cadet
Thornwell, through his father, Dr. J.
H. Thorn weil. It is as follows:
Tc the Honorable Board-of Trustees
of Clemson College-Gentlemen : Ed
" ward A. Thom weil, a student of the
Sophomore class, through his father,
J. H. Thornwell, hereby appeals from
the decision of the faculty of the Col?
lege, made on the 23d day of April,
1902, suspending the said Edward Alli?
son Thornwell from College to the end
of the present session, on the follow?
ing grounds, to wit:
First, Beca ase it has not been shown
that- the said Edward Allison Thorn?
well has been guilty of any offence
' against any of the mles or orders of
said College.
Second Because the act charged
has never heretofore been considered
. by the students or treated ' by the
faculty as an offence, but has been
generally practiced and concurred in.
Because the punishment which the
president imposed is unusual and ex?
cessive for the offence cnarged.
James H. Thornwe?L
Edward Allison Thornwell.
Ir was agreed that the grounds upon
which the faculty suspended Thorn?
well should first be presented to the
trustees, and Prof. Brackett, who was
the professor in charge of the chemi?
cal laboratory, and who reported
young Thornwell to the faculty, was
he first witness. It was agreed that
ail the witnesses in the case should be
. on o^th. The testimony was taken by
a stenographer.
While the hearing was in progress
the room was crowded with the mem?
bers of the faculty, students and spee
, tators. The most intense interest was
taken in everything said and done. It
was realized that Clemson College is
passing through a crisis, and that: the
good name and reputation of more than
one person is at stake.
POSITION OF THE FACULTY.
The faculty had appointed a commit?
tee to present a statement giving the
history of the entire case. This state?
ment was presented and covers a dozen
typewritten pages. This committee,
after presenting the statement declin?
ed to put up any witnesses, or to cross
examine witnesses who were put up,
as that would make it appear that the
faculty itself was on trial.
Prof. Brackett gave his evidence a's
follows: When a student begins his
course in chemistry certain apparatus
is issued to him, for which a receipt
is taken. At the end of the year, or
when the student leaves College, such
apparatus as is in good condition is
taken back and credit is given there?
for. But apparatus broken or damaged
is charged against the student. When
he receipts for the apparatus he is in?
formed that he is personally responsi?
ble for all the apparatus receipted for
expect the Bunsen burner and mbber
tubing, which are always kept out on
the table, and for which the class is
held responsible as a whole.
In reply to inquiries the following
further statement was made by Dr.
Brackett: That year after year test
tubes and other apparatus havo been
repeatedly missed from the laborato?
ries: that the attention of the stu
ents har almost invariablv been call
j ed to the fact that the apparatus had
? been taken without permission : that :
the offence was a serious one and
ought to be condemned by the students
themselves : that no student had ever ,
I before been detected in taking appa- ?
i ratus without ;:jermission
j Dr. Braeketi; also made the folio w
? ing explanation as to how the offence
? was committed :
! He was standing at his table sur
! rounded by cadets with their note
books or reports within two feet of
the case inst behind him, in which the
test tubes and other apparatus were
stored, when happening, by accident,
to turn around, he found Cadet
Thornwell reading into the case. He
asked him wha ? he was doing there.
The cadet turned with the tubes in
his hand and replied that he was get?
ting some test tubes. Dr. Brackett
then asked him, "Don't-you think
that you ought to get them through
me?" In reply to which the cadet
mumbled something that was not un?
derstood. He then asked Cadet
Thornwell how many tubes he wanted,
and he said foar, which were then
issued to him, and the usual memo?
randum made in order that they might
be properly charged to him. As he
walked off Dr. IBrackett said to him,
".Do you realize the seriousness of the
offence that you have committed?"
His reply was again not understood.
Dr. Brackett further stated that
after he called Cadet Thorn well's at?
tention to the seriousness of the j
offence he waited a whole day for any
explanation that the cadet might wish
to make before entering the report
against him. On the morning of
April 23 he sent for Cadet Thornwell
and asked him i f he had any explana?
tion to make. Cadet Thornwell said
that he had not come to explain, be?
cause he had thought he had a right
tq_ take things without permission,
and that the majority of his class were
of the same opinion, and further that
he thought punishment would be
awarded in the same manner as when
cadets are found with mess hall prop?
erty in their ]>ossession-an offence
which he stated was usually punished
with abou ten demerits.
Dr. Brackett said to the faculty that
he was very mcuh surprised at the
cadet's statement that the majority of
his class were laboring under any such
misapprehension, and that on reflec?
tion he had later ?equested the cadet
to bring a statement signed by the
members of his class who believed
they had a righi; to take apparatus
from stock withoit permission In re?
gard to the statement signed by 61
members of the c lass and presented to
faculty by the x?et. Dr. Brackett
expressed it rt? .1S opinion that while
probably int er ded to cover the point
at issue, it - Mly was not applicable
to the case.
By nnanim^u. ote of the faculty
the charge; agam~!; Cadet Thornwell
for taking, without permission, test
tubes from stock in the chemical
laboratory, was sustained.
During the discussion as to the na?
ture of the punishment that should
be administered there was no dispo?
sition on the part of any member of
the faculty to regard the case lightly
or to dismiss it without punishment.
A motion that a public reprimand be
administered was almost unanimously
defeated. It was then resolved by a
majority vote on roll-call that Cadet
E. A. Thornwell be suspended till the
end of the present session.
Dr. Brackett was put through a
long and severe cross-examination by
Dr. Thornwell ard members of the
board. He stated that, while he had
reported the ease to the faculty, he
had voted against Thornwell's suspen?
sion.
He said that so Far as he knew no
specific rule had ever been issued
against the taking of test tubes from
the laboratory steck without permis?
sion, but that he had repeatedly warn?
ed the members of the class against it.
After Prof. Brackett got through
President Hartzog was sworn. He
testified that he took no actual part in
the suspension of Cadet Thornwell :
that he merely presided, over the
faculty meeting and saw that an im?
partial hearing wa:; given the case.
The witness was questioned very
closely by Dr. Thornwell in regard to
certain letters that had passed be?
tween them immediately after the
boy's suspension, lt was brought out
that Dr. Thornwell had written Presi?
dent Hartzog, appealing to him to re?
verse the faculty's decision or to carry
the appeal up to the trustees, and that
President Hartzog had not answered
the letter. His excuse was that the
matter had gone so far that it was
going to be investigated by the
trustees anyhow, and he did not want
to prejudice himself or commit him?
self by giving out anything or giving
a transcript of the testimony upon
which the faculty based its action.
The taking of -:he testimony was
very slow and tedious and was very
minute on all particulars Finally, at
J2..30 a. m., it was agreed to take an
adjournment until 9 o'clock, when an?
other start would be made. It is
probable that the board will not get
through before Saturday night.
Mr. Walter Mciver, of Charleston,
is here representing a committee of
parents of students of the Coll?ge iiv
I ing in the vicinity of Charleston, and
several other leading citizens from
different parts of the State are also
here.
The committee from the sophomore
class consisting of Cadets Hull, Nor?
ton and Roberts, appointed by the
sophomores to manage their case, are
all here. They cc me in response to
telegraphic summons from the board
of trustees. This committee and the
? commitee from the student body,
; which preferred the charges against
j President Hartzog, have their cases
j and appeal well made out and their
j evidence and data systematically ar
ranged. They have had a lawyer, Mr.
j B. F. Martin, of Anderson, to help
; them.
Don't Start Wrong.
Don't start tho summer with a lingering
cough or cold. We a l know what a "sum?
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Often it "hangs onv through the entire
season. Take it in hand ri^ht now. A few
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croup, grip, bronchitic all throat and lung
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Children like it. "One Minute Cough Cure
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says J. H. Bowles, Groveton. X. H. "J
never found anything else that acted so
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Base ball bats, mitts, gloves and
I masks for sale by IL G. Osteen & Co.
CLEMSON COLLEGE INVESTIGATION
Continued Yesterday With Ex?
hausting Details-Antagonism
to President Hartzog
Was the Chief Development Through Ca?
det Witnesses-Terms on Which Sophs
Can Return.
Clemson College. May 9.-When the
board met this morning Cadet Thorn?
well, who was suspended, was the first
witness sworn. He said he was in the
laboratory. While engaged in his
chemical work, he found he would
need four test tubes and went to the
case to get them. As he was taking i
them from the case Dr. Brackett |
turned around and asked what he was
doing. He told him he wanted test j
tubes and Dr. Brackett asked him
how many. He told him four and the
professor'then gave him the required
number. He said that in taking them
he was simply following custom and
had no intention of violating a college
rule. B'.e had no intention of doing
anything wrong, and went to the case
to get the tubes in the presence of the
entire class and Professor Brackett.
Cadet Thornwell told his story in a
clear, straightforward manner and
stood his cross examination well. He
said he was taking the test tubes [for
use in his class work and thought he
had a right to do so. He said he had
never been warned that he should not
get these test tubes or other chemical
apparatus without Dr. Brackett's per?
mission. He had never seen any stu?
dent go to Dr. Brackett for these
things. The custom was for each stu
dent to get these things as he needed
them. He testified that after the mat?
ter had been acted on by the faculty
Dr. Brackett told him in a conversa?
tion that it was probably partly his
(Brackett's i fault in that J^e had not
given the class explicit notice against
the custom. He said he had no per?
sonal grievance against President
Hartzog.
CADET NORTON'S EVIDENCE.
Cadet Norton sworn said he was in
the class room at the time the Thorn?
well offence was committed. He did
not regard taking the test tubes a
great offence. He said that Dr/
Brackett had stated that possibly he
was at fault in not giving more explic?
it notice against taking these test
tubes. He said he thought he had a
right to take these fest tubes, as did
every other student.
CADET HALL SWORN.
Cadet Hall was sworn and gave testi?
mony practically the same as Norton's.
DR. BRACKETT RECALLED.
Dr. Brackett was recalled to the
stand and said in reply to a question
by Col. Norris that he may have said
he had never made a direct statement
that students must not take chemical
apparatus without bis permission and
said he may have been partly to blame
in this respect. He said he had no
ill will against any members of the
faculty and had nothing to do with
the charges that had been preferred
against President Hartzog. He refer?
red to a recent editorial in The State
newspaper comparing the standing of
honor in the South Carolina college
with that of Clemson, and declared
that the standard of honor at Clemson,
he believed, was as high as that of the
South Caoilna college in its palmiest
days. The State's editorial, he de?
clared, was cruel and unjust. He ask?
ed if in view of all the testimony that
had been brought out if it was not
just that the cadet should be rein?
stated and the imputation removed
from his honor.
Prof. Riggs then addressed , the
board. He said he did not want to ap?
pear in the attitude of defending the
faculty, but he wanted to bring out
some points.
Dr. Thornwell in reply, asked the
board to take all the facts and circum?
stances into consideration.
This concluded the arguments in the
Thornwell case and the next matter
taken up was that of the sophomores.
The board announced that they have
decided not to receive a petition from
the sophomore class as a body asking
for reinstatement, but that petitions
would be received from individual
members and action taken on such
petitions only ii* the case of individ?
uals.
Cadet Douthet, chairman of the
committee cf students, then took
charge of the case of the sophomores
and presented an application from
Cadet A. M. Hill of Abbeville ask?
ing permission to reenter the college.
The letter started out by saying that
Hill asked reinstatemnet on condition ?
that Thornwell is reinstated. Sena?
tor Tillman said this was an implied
threat and that it ought not to be re?
ceived.
Cadet Douthet had several petitions
asking for reinstatement, and among
them was one which did not have the
objectionable feature. This was read
and accepted and then Douthet pre?
sented a lengthy statement setting
forth the position of the sophomores
and justifying their course. The
sophomores have been condemned for
leav ng without appealing to the
board. The boys claim they intended
to do this: that Cadet Hill of Abbe?
ville went to President Hartzog and
asked permission to go to Pendleton,
and see Col. Simpson, the President
of the board, in regard ro this very
matter, and that President Hartzog,
learning his intention, refused to
allow him to leave the college grounds.
Cadet Roberts of the sophomore class
was sworn. He testified that the class
had instructed Hill as one of the lead?
ing members to go to Pendleton to sec
Col. Simpson and that he made ap?
plication to go to Pendleton for this
purpose The general impression was
that Hill was going to enter an ap?
peal, and that the reason he did not
state it to President Hartzog was that
the permission might not be granted.
President Hartzog asked Roberts if the
cadets thought he (Hartzog) would
not submit to the board an appeal,
and Roberts replied affirmatively with?
out hesitation.
President Hartzog cross examined
Roberts closely, and Roberts main?
tained and reiterated his statements,
face to face. After further close ques?
tioning by the president, Mr. Roberts
indicated very plainly that the class
went out largely because of distrust of
President Hartzog.
Cadet M. E. Zeigler was next sworn.
He said that Cadet Hill had stated to
him that he asked President Hartzog's
permission to go to Pendleton and see
Col. Simpson and that permission had
been refused. This was on Thursday
morning after Thornwell was suspend
; ed on Wednesday night .and five days
before the class left.
At the afternoon session Cadet ?
Zeigler resumed his testimony. He
stated that the seniors and juniors had
: Col. Simpson to address them on the
! day after the sophomores left and that
' his talk satisfied them and prevented
their leaving also.
President Hartzog at this point
stated as his personal character was
? involved he asked that every cadet
and every member of the faculty bo
invited into the chapel to hear the re?
mainder of the trial This was done
and all college work was suspended and
soon all the cadets and faculty were
assembled in the chapel.
Cadet Garner was next sworn. It
was Garner who received Cadet Hall's
affidavit to the effect that President
Hartzog refused to allow . him to go
to Pendleton to see Col. Simpson.
He read this affidavit and then gave
testimony similar to Zeigler.
Cadet Clarence Hall was the next
witness. He was a member of the
sophomore class.
He said it was the general belief
that President Hartzog knew why
Hill wanted to see Simpson and in
other respects his evidence tallied
with that of the others. The reason
why they did not appeal to the board
through the president was they fear?
ed he would bias their case. He said
the class could have seen Col. Simp?
son after the permit had been refused
if they had tri?d, but that they pre?
ferred not to stay on in the college un?
der its present administration. He
told of the pledge that the cadets had
signed to leave the college unless
Thornwell was reinstated but claimed
that there was no attempt or intention
r to coerce the faculty as they thought
i the faculty would reverse its action
after fully understanding the case.
The case has not been concluded.
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"Five years ago a disease the doctors
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well-known attorney, of Kocona, Tex. "I
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Kodol. I felt an improvement at once
and after a few bottles am sound and
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gestive juices and consequently is the only
one which digests any good food and cures
any form of stomach trouble. J. S. Hugh
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Baptist Convention.
Asheville, N. C., May 8.-Today
the Baptists of the south assemble in
this city where the Southern Baptist
Convention will be held beginning
this morning. The sessions of the
convention will be held in the large
auditorium at Asheville and will con?
tinue until Tuesday of next week.
This convention is one of the largest
religious bodies that meets this spring
and the annual meetings are always
attended by from 1,000 to 1,500 dele?
gates. The hospitality of Asheville
will be tested during the four or five
days of the convention.
The united work of the Baptist de?
nomination of the South is controlled
by .this convention. This work is
done through several boards-the for?
eign mission board, the Sunday School
board and the trustees of the Louis?
ville Seminary. These boards report
to the convention, their work is re?
viewed and mapped out for another
year by the delegates at the conven?
tion. Hundreds of thousnds of dol?
lars are annually raised and used in
the work.
Whooping Cough.
A woman who has had experience with
this disease, tells how to prevent any
dangerous consequences from it. She says:
Our three children took whooping cough
last summer, our baby boy being only three
months old, and owing to our gibing them
Chamberlain's Cough Remedy, they lost
none of their plumpness and came out in
much better health than other children
whose parents did not use this remedy.
Our oldest little girl would call lustily for
cough syrup between whoops.-JESSIE
PINK SET HALL, Springville, Ala. This
Remedy is for sale by Dr. A. J. China.
Edison, the Inventor.
Thomas Alva Edison is forty-five
years old. Up to now 765 patents
have been issued to him. His first
invention was in 1869. The carbon
telephone is his. The incandescent
lamp is his greatest contribution it is
said. For years he has given almost
his entire time to practical inventions
bearing on production and commerce,
lie has a great private laboratory at
Orange, N. J.. It is a wonder. A
writer in the Cosmopolitan says that
it may truly be said to be the greatest
exponent of invention, as an art, the
world has yet known.*' He is at
work, and has been for years, on ''a
storage battery." It is looked for with I
great interest as it is hoped and ex?
pected that it will be of great import?
ance to the worid-''his greatest com?
mer?ai success." He is a strong be
liever in the important discoveries to
come in the twentieth cenury. He
tiiinks they will more than rival those
of the nineteenth. There are more work?
ers he says,' and ''they know more."
He is indeed a marvellous inventive
genius, a great honor to his country,
and his name will go sounding down
the ages. A writer in Cosmopolitan
says :
"Edison was recently asked to name
his principal inventions. He replied,
charca teristically:
i4 'Tne first and foremost: the idea
of the electric lighting station : then
let me see, what have I invented?
well, there was the mimeograph, and
the electric pen, and the carbon tele?
phone, and the incandescent lamp and
its accessories, and the quadruplex
telegraph, and the automatic tele?
graph, and the phonograph, and the
kinotoscope and-I don't know, a
whole lot of other things.' "
No Lo38 of Time.
I have sold Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera
and Diarrhoea Remedy for years, and
would rather be out of coffee and sugar
than it. I sold five bottles of it yesterday
j to threshers that could go no farther, and
; they are at work again this morning.-H.
j R. PHELPS, Plymouth, Oklahoma. As will
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able to keep on with their work without
losing a single day's time. You should
keep a bottle of this Remedy in your home.
For sale by Dr. A. J. China.
OIS?STER ?? SHOOK WORLD.
-I
City of St. Pierre, Island of Martin?
ique, and AI! Shipping Consumed.
FORTY THOUSAND SOULS PER?
ISHED IN FiRERY DELUGE.
St. Thomas, D. W. L, May 9.-The
French cruiser Suchet arrived at
Pointe-a-Pitre, Island of Guadalupe,
French West Indies, from Fort de
France, Island of Martinique, this
morning, bringing several refugees.
She. confirmed tb.6 report that the town
of St. Pierre, Martinique, was entire?
ly destroyed at 8 o'clock on Thursday
morning by a volcanic eruption. It is
supposed that most of the inhabitants
of St. Pierre were killed, that the
neighboring parishes were laid waste
and that the residue of the population
of St. Pierre is without food or
shelter.
The British Royal Mail steamer
Esk, which arrived at St. Lucia this
morning, reports having passed St.
Pierre last night. The steamer was
covered with ashes, though she was
five miles distant from the town,
which was in impenetrable darkness.
A boat was sent in as near as possible
to the shore, but not a living soul was
seen ashore, only flames.
The Quebec Steamship company's
steamer Roraima was seen to explode
and disappear.
The commander of the Suchet re?
ports that at 1 o'clock on Thursday
the entire town of St. Pierre was
wrapped in flames He endeavored to
save about 30 persons more or less |
burned from the vessels in the harbor. I
His officers went ashore in small boats
seeking for survivors, but were unable
to penetrate- the town. They saw
heaps of bodies upon the wharves and
it is believed that not a single person
resident in St. Pierre at the moment
of the catastrophe escaped.
The governor of the colony and his
staff colonel and wife were in St.
Pierre and probably perished. The
extent of the catastrophe cannot be
imagined.
The captain of the British steamer
Roddam was very seriously injured and
is now in the hospital at St. Lucia.
All of his officers and engineers are
dead or dying. Nearly every member
of the crew is dead. Supercargo
Campbell and ten of the crew of the
Roddam jumpe'd overboard at St.
Pierre and were lost.
The Bristish schooner Ocean Travel?
er of St. John's N. B., arrived at the
Island of Dominica, British West
Indies at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
She reported that she was obliged to
flee from the Island of St. Vincent,
B. W. I, during the afternoon of
Wednesday. May 7, in consequence of
a heavy fall of sand from a volcano
which was erupting there. She tried
to reach the Island of St. Lucia, B.
W. I., but adverse currents prevented
her from so doing. The schooner arriv?
ed opposite St. Pierre Martinique,
Thursday morning, May S. While
about a mile off the volcano (of Mont
Pelee) exploded and fire from it swept
the whole town of St. Perre, destroy?
ing the town and the shipping there,
including the cable repair ship Grap?
pler of the West India and Panama
Telegraph company of London, which
was engaged in repairing the cable
near the Guerin factory The Ocean
Traveler while on her way to Dom
minica encountered a quantity of
wreckage.
Paris, May 9.-The commander of
the French cruiser Suchet has tele?
graphed to the minister of marine, M.
de Lanessan, from Fort de France, isl?
and of Martinique, under date of
Thursday, May 8, at 10 p. m.
"Have just returned from St. Pierre,
which has been completely destroyed
byN immense mass of fire which fell on
the town at about 8 o'clock in the
morning The entire population of 25,
000. souls is supposed to have perish?
ed. I have brought back the few sur?
vivors, about 30. All the shipping in
the harbor has been destroyed by fire.
The eruption continues.
Paris, May 9.-The colonial minis?
ter, M. de Crais, received at 6 o'clock
this evening two messages from the
secretary general of the government of
Martinique, J. E. G. Lehurre, sent j
respectively at 5 p. m., and 10.30 p.
m. yesterday. The earlier cable re?
ported that the wires were broken be- '
tween Fort de France and St Pierre
"but it was added in view of the reports
that the eruption of Mont Pelee had
wiped out the town of St. Pierre, all
the boats available at Fort de France
were dispatched to the assistance of
the inhabitants of that place.
The second dispatch confirmed the
reports of the destruction of St. Pierre
and its environs and shipping by a
rain of fire and said it was supposed
that the whole population had been
annihilated with tbe exception of a
few injured persons rescued by? the
cruiser Suchet.
Immediately after the receipt of the
above dispatches the flag over the col?
onial office was draped with crape and
hoisted at half mast.
The commander of the French cruis?
er Suchet, recently at Fort de France,
has been orcered to return to St.
Pierre, Martinique, with all the speed
possible and co forward details of the
disaster to the French government.
It is feared that M. L. Mouttet.
the governor of Martinique, has per?
ished He telegraphed May 7 that he
was proceeding to St. Pierre. Sena?
tor Knight is also supposed to have
been at St. Pierre.
Washington, May 9.-The following
cablegram has just been received at
the state department:
Point a Pitre, May 9, 1902.
Secretary of State, Washington :
At 7 o'clock a. m. on the 8th inst.,
a storm of steam, mud and fire envel?
oped the city and roadstead of St.
Pierre, destroying every house in the
city and community. Not more than
20 "persons escaped with their lives.
Eighteen vessels were burned and sunk
with all on board, including four
American vessels and a steamer from
Quebec named Poraima. The United
States consul and family are reported
among the victims. A war vessel has
come to Guadaloupe for provisions
and will leave at 5 tomorrow.
"Ayme, Consul.
The state department has been re?
ceiving dispatches from commercial
houses in New York asking that a war?
ship be sent at once to Martinique to
afford relief. The matter is unde**
consideration.
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