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it i . Pi Muskogee Cimeter. W. H. TWINB, Editor. MUSKOGEE, IND. TER. NOTES OF THE NEW STATE The negroes of Anlmorc celebrated ftrunnclpatlon day. A contract lias been let to O. E. llmmcriunn for n $20,000 Christian church building at Chickasha. Roy Iluffnmn of Waurlka wan Jrowncd while crossing Denver crcclr during the recent high water. Sheriff Ontes of Woods county lias purchased two mammoth bloodhounds, Which he will usa in hunting down criminals. Twonly-throo prisoners were sen tenced at tlio recent term of the fed orft court at Durant. The county commissioners of Woods county have approved the plans for a $ 10,000 court house nnd will advertise for bids, the contract to be lot at the end of thirty days. An ordinance has boon introduced at a recent council meeting at 131 Rono providing for a street railway franchise Dy a practically unanimous vote the Indian territory bar association lias decided to immediately unite with the bar association of Oklahoma, the de tails of the amalgamation to be ar ranged by the executive committee A firm by the name of Houghton & Douglas are to erect a cotton gin in Guthrie to cost ?!,000. It is claimed that this will bo the largest gin in Oklahoma. Ardnioro is to have a new park, situated near the Santa Fu depot. A company under the name of tho Chickasaw Park association has been organized. The object of tho newly formed concern is to promote base ball games and other entertainments. Attorney General Simon has ren dered an opinion holding that the as "ossors of Oklahoma county are em powered to fix the assessment on tho street right or way in Oklahoma City. It was a mooted question whether thin body or tho board of railway assessors had the authority. Tho now government Jaih, in tho In dian Territory will bo completed about July 1st. and as a consequence some thing like fifty guards will lose their positions Heretofore IJ'a prisoner1) have been confined in a stockade, upon which guards wore mounted. Steel cages nnd iron bars will uow supplant the cugieeycd guards. Tins Ohlrknsnw medical ovnmlning board will meet In Ardnioro July 4th and rth In order to practice in the Indian Territory physicians must bo examined by the roguhr boards, which have exclusive authority to pass upon tho qualifications of physicians. Bloodhounds, which hnvo boon on Mio trail of the assassin of Dpininlck Iltncklu, the coal minor who was shot while sitting near an upon window near Krebs, have been unable to lo onto anv scent on account of tho re cent rains nnd the effort will bo given up. , A train load of Oklahoma wheat of; this year's crop, gathered principally Irom, Uio whoat growing counties of Woods, Woodward, Kiy, Garfield Grant and Logan, is being collcoted by the Denver, Enid & Gulf Railway company for exhibition nt tho St. Lnils exposition and throughout tho eastern states. OYER SIX HUNDRED PERISH Excursion Steamer Carrying a Load o! Sunday School Children Burns UPPER DECK OF BOAT FALLS ON THRONG The Pleasure Boat, General Slocum, Takes Fire and Burns to Water Edge Near Brothers Island in Long Island Sound With Nearly 1,000 Women and Children AboardMany Helpless Children are Drowned in Effort to Escape New York: One of the most appalling distresses in the history of Now York,,.tri)gic in its immensity, dramatic in its episodes, and deeply pathetic in tho tender age of most of its victims, took place in tho East river, at the entrance of Long Island Sound, within a short distance of the New York shore and within sight of thousands of persons, the majority of whom were powerless to immunize the extent of tho catastrophe. By the burning to tho water's edge of the steamer General Slocum, a three deck excursion boat, more than COO pesons, the majority of whom were women and children, were burned to deuth or were drowned by jumping overboard or by being thrown into the whirlpools by tho lurching of the vessel and tho frantic rush of the panic stricken passengers. Tho boat was carrying a Sunday school excursion of tho St. Marks Lutheran church on the annual picnic. NEW YORK: Six hundred per sons, men, women and children, perished by tho burning of the ex cursion steamer, General Slocum, near Hell Gate, In tho East river. The Slocum, with the annual Sunday school excursion of St. Mark's Luth eran church of this city, on board was proceeding up tho river to one of the many resorts of Long Island. When near One Hundred and'Twenty fifth strcot persons on tho boat saw smoke and flames spring from the upper part of tho crowded steamer. A panic ensued on tho boat almost Im mediately. Crowds on the forward deck began to spring overboard or to rush to tho after part of the boat. The screams of tho terrified passengers could bo heard on shore, and hun dreds of small boats Immediately put off to their rescue. Owing to rocks on either side of tho channel at this point it was impossible to reach the vessel. Tho captain remained at his post at the whoel and headed tho ves sel straight up tho river for North Brother island, where she was put aground 'in shallow water. Several hundred feet of open water still lay between the burning steamer and tho shore, and many persons perished cithor in tho wator or on tho burning vessol nftcr sho had been beached. It was estimotod that the steamer carried more than 2,000 persons. She was tho largest excursion steamer in theso waters' and could accommodate 1,000 passengers. The steamer whistle was blowing for assistance as sho camo up the river. Several hundred persons were seen to jump into tho water just be foro sho headed for tho North Broth ers island. Her position in tho water made It impossible for thoso aboard to reach land except by awlmming. An oyo witness says ho saw fifty or 100 persons, mostly womou and chil dren jumped overboard. Most of tho throug were on tho hurricane deck when that portion of it collapsed. Many must have lost their lives in tho seething 'torrent of flamo and water. Tho pastor of the church, tho Rev. George C. Ephoss, was on board with all his family and It Is reported that they wcro lost. The boat caught fire in Hell Gate and tho flames had completo control before any move could be made to check tho fire. A frightful scene followed. It was Impossible to run the boat ashore be cause of the Hell Gate rocks on either side. Nothing could be done in the way of launching, and as the flames advanced the passengers began to jump overboard. Hundreds were In the river. Many were rescued by the tugs and other vessels, but hundreds perished. Several hundred bodies rrero washed ashore or towed or carried in boats to Brothers Island. Almost every other woman taken away was calling for her child. The disaster was witnessed by thousands of per sons on shore, and as rapidly as pos sible hundreds of small boats and launches set off to render assistance. With the boat burning from under his feet the catpain stuck to his post In the pilot house and the engineer remained at his post below until the boat was beached. Even the passengers who did not jump overboard were not safe, for they were somo distance from the shore, and the boat was a veritable furnace. The greatest loss of lifo was caused by tho collapsing of the heavy upper deck. It fell with a crash, crush ing hundreds who had gathered on tho lower deck. It was then the greatest panic ensued, amid tho living stream of persons going over the rail ing ' Into the water. Patients in the hospitals on the islands became al most insane from fright at the ter rible scenes they were compelled to witness. A lorge part of the crowd on tho steamer were little children, and there was little hope for them after they went overboard. The cur rent was strong and the little ones woro rushed to their deaths by the whirl pools in Hell Gate. At least fifty children perished in this manner. After tho rail gavo way and tho passengers who had crowded against it were pushed into the river, moth-J ers and children became separated and frantically sought each other, ' while in several cases fathers and mothers, gathering their children to gether, jumped with them into the water. Little children, holding each other by tho hand, jumped together and were found afterwards clasped in each other's arms. It la allege tttt men fought with women to escape, re sulting in the trampling under foot of scores of children. The General Slocum had reached Sunny Meadows, at the extreme east of Randall's Island, when the fire were discovered. By tho time the steamer reached One Hundred and Thirty-fifth street the excursionist! were driven to the rail, many of them with clothing on fire, and they began to Jump overboard by twos and threes. When One Hundred and Thirty-eighth street was reached the hurricane deck collapsed. Many persons were thrown Into the water, but hundreds were precipitated Into the lower deck, which itself was a mass of women and children. Many of the bodies recovered were horribly burned. It will be hours be fore the fire in the hold of tho vessel 1? out, and the bodies removed there from. A tug of the New York Central saved nearly a score through the heroism of an unknown man. This man stood on the paddle wheel box of the Slocum and passed women and children to the tug until he was driv en back by flames He then jumped into the tug himself. Neither policemen nor firemen, when thte occurred waited to remove their coats, but jumped overboard and saved u great many who would otherwise have been drowned. Both firemen nnd wreckers say the greatest loss of life, extending into the hundreds, occurred in the hold. North Brother island, where the Slocum was beached, is occupied by municipal charity hospitals, and a con siderable number of physicians and nurses were immediately summoned. Bodies Drifted Ashore For hours the bodies of the burned and the drowned drifted ashore on tho island, and between One Hundred and Thirty-first street and One Hundred and Thirty-eighth street in Manhattan. Some came ashore still alive. Many of these died, but others will recover. The scene was pitiable in tho ex treme, as the living and dead were brought In. Rows of bodies were stretcr d along the beach. Hysterical women and frantic men went along looking at ono after another, searching for children and friends. Women with disfigured faces, their clothing par tially stripped from hein, were car ried to the improvised emergency hos pital, crying for children who had been torn from them in the mad rush when tho boat took fire. Meanwhile the Slocum burned to the water's edge. At 12:25 o'clock. 'two hours and twenty-five minutes after the fire was discovered, she sank. It Is estimated that there were nearly 100 charred bodies on her decks. Just after the steamer sank the water near by was black with bodies. The tug Fidelity succeeded In picking up eighty-eight charred corpses in Hunt'a cave, off Ricker's island and carried I: 'in intb the sound. None of these bodies, it Is thought, can ever be iden tified. It is alleged that no attempt was made to get out the fire npapratus at tho first cry of fire, though Captain Van Shank says that he immediately rang the bells for getting out the ap paratus. According to several state ments, no attempt was made to lower boats or life rafts. North Brother Island, where the vessel was beached, contains a scarlet fever ward. The patients who wit nessed tho disaster were ordored In doors, and the doctors hastened to the rescue of those who had been washed ashore, but somo scores of persons died while they were being attended to. According to a statement Issued by Coroner O'Gorman, 483 bodies have been recovered from the destroyed vessel, burned to death or drowned and found on the shores to which they had been washed or picked up in the river to which they had Jumped or fallen from the burning vessel. Tugs are arriving hourly with bodies from North Brother Island. .