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1 the Full Afternoon United Press Report—Bett Afternoon Service in the United State*. "VOL. 108. NO. 155 ITALY EARTHQUAKE GROWS IN HORROR Lata Reports fndieale More Than One Hundred Thousand Lives Were Lost in the Earth's Convulsion in Southern Italy. DANTE'S AWFUL PORTRAITURE Of the Infernal Regions is Eclipsed by the Actual of Ruin and Untold Agony-Blow Strikes Cir to Hearts of All the Nations. The death list in Messina range Jxom, 12,000 to 50,000 that of Reggio, which with its adjacent villages numbered 4-5, 000 people, includes almost the entire population. At Palmi, 1,000 are reported dead Cas sano 1,000 Cozena 500, and -half of the population of Bag jiiara about 4,000. The latest phases of Italy's disaster: Total estimate of the dead by the Italian government, 25,000. General Cassato has started to burning bodies on funeral pyres at Messina. Twen ty cities are in flames today. All wagon roads and railroads are destroyed, the only access to the stricken districts being by water. St. Romboli, (volcano) becomes active. Another quake is felt at Palermo. The misery of the victims is height ened by a chilling rainstorm. & service in the work of rescue. ed. It is feared that many for eigners have been killed, as a number of hotels at Messina and doubtless at other places, were crowded with tourists. Little is known of the fate of the diplomatic represen tatives of foreign powers 1 -"v' ROME, Dec. 30.—One hun- here state that four thousand dred thousand dead Messina, in Sicily, and Reggio, and a score of other towns in south ern Italy overwhelmed the en tire Calabrian region laid waste—this is the earthquake's record as far as is at present known from the reports coming slowly into Rome on account of into the sea. the almost complete destruc tion of the lines of communica tion to the stricken places. The Monteleone e'rgion has been devestated and Riposto, Seminara, San Giovanni, Scilla, Lazzaro, Cannitello and all other communities and villages reach the street because bordering on the straits are in lower floors had been f. •. palace and unburied for days and weeks. Those who escaped death, many of whom are badly in jured, are making their way by thousands to the nearest place of refuge. Their sufferings even now must be intense, as they are without fpod or cloth ing. The latest reports received $ -A. 1L J- ... wave wrecked the light houses in the strait, including the Faro beacon, and they crashed The work of rescue at Mes sina, according to meagre de- soldiers in various barracks at Messina, are buried under the ruins. The Rock of Cliarybdis!r-----'-— ..— now blocks the entrance to the tails received here tonight, pre- falling debris. In one house ed on a fifth floor and unable to I awav. Tliev were rescued with rums. The king and queeu of Italy a rope by a sailor. Six crimi are now on the way to Messina, Jnals were killed while attempt having sailed tonight from Na- ing to loot the Bank of Sicily pies aboard the battleship Vit- where cash amounting to halt a torio Emmanuel. I million dollars lay in plain The pope has shown the view. greatest distress at the calam 1 urtlier stories, toid by the itv and he himself was first to officers of the Sappho, show contribute sum amounting to! the tremendous force ot the $200,000 to the relief of the af-1 great wave that swept com flicted. British, French andipletely over the city from Russian warships are steaming I which dense clouds of dust toward the south, and already, arose as the buildings iell, several ships of Great Britain while the air wau by ag and Russia have reached Sic-ionizing cries foi ueip. Only at ily. Officers and men of these sunrise was it possible 16 get a ships have performed heroic faint idea of what had happen-ja It is impossible to describe tioned at these posts, although 1 where a hundred foreign guests! ed was lar niore gi ^™eJ the Italian government is using met their death, the municipal hei giaves every effort to learn. palace and a line of what were peet There is the gravest danger |once splendid edifices along the necessai it tl.at pestilence ^ill follow the! sea front. "T? "Z Zi destruction of the towns, where From a dozen section* tic 011' ilie relief 1 on account of the vast! tongues of Haines were havoc wrought, bodies'will lie' shooting out of the ruins, came strait of Messina. The tidal tliey otliers in ti-ying to seen! and shortly half the town was en veloped in flames. Sailors from the Sappho, under the com an of he ad in succeeded, after a mighty struggle against the waves, in reaching land and they were among the first to penetiate into town and begin the Avork of rescue. At every step they Wmln save those caught in the ruins. •Several hundred soldiers were killed at Catanzaro and many policemen were killed and wounded. ••Thousands of charred bodies have been seen floating sented harrowing scenes. Hun-, three hundred corpses have dreds of people were pinned• })eeu discovered and manv under the walls and rafters alive, but terribly injured, for thirty hours, one of the rescue ers found under the ruins of a house five children alive, but tions between Messina and Ro unable to speak clinging roic rescuers met death in the I king highly appreciated this kindly expresssiou of concern. ined towns, according to ad vices received by the Minister I of Marines. In Messina the fire is controlled. Rigid en forcement of martial law has !brought are specja| ffOLkiW ?ON To THt DUTCH upon dead and dying and iu the straits. At Pal- more are still beneath the wreckage of the town, Every house in Bagnara was levelled. All the railway sta- metta ai'ound the corpse of then j^ttle village has its quota of mother. In some cases the he- were destroyed. Every ea( Before the departure of the ldng on the battlesllip a telegram the I torn yitt0ri0 twenty persons were suspend- the king received received today from warships fronf President Roosevelt, expressing the sym pathv of the United States. The a semblance of order.! they to vote a relief })()J)e jllsist.s his the horror in all its tiagic sutYci-ors. grandeur. Almost the entire citv was, in the twinkling of an I Queen Helena Terror Stricken, eve reduced to ruins, and in! PALERMO, Dec. 30._Queen the midst of these still stood Helena almost swooned irom the gigantic and sinister walls. grief on arriving at Messina to sta- of the'great Hotel Trinacria,j day where the scene encounter-, uns ':j KEOKUK, IOWA. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 1908. OOMV This may be Castro's Home Coming. Survivors Almost Insane. PALERMO, Dec. 30.—'Train loads of Messina survivers are reaching Palermo. Most of them are fearfully injured. Many who were placed on trains twelve miles out of Mes sina, the nearest approach to the stricken city, died enroute. All the survivors are in a state of semi-stupor.. They can't talk intelligently. The wound ed were carried from Messina to trains on litters. In a clash between the marines and out laws, following the quake at Messina, several marines are reported killed. Starvation and Disease. ROME, Dec. 30.—Messages greatest Iii some sections, however, the 'bullets of the soldiers failed to awe the looters who robbed vie- Sea Covers Catanzaro. tims of the quake. Deputies CATANZARO. Dec. 30.— I arriving at Rome today for Captain Carbineers who arriv- session of parliament led here today from Reggio measure. The says the sea now covers the place is with city. No buildings are stand !ing in the citv. He said "'the .\ I wet- Medical assistance was t' work ot directing the leliei. Both the king and queen wept the to them as and scores of the almost insane survivors crowded around them when they arrived and. threw themselves in the mud screaming in horror. The queen was terror stricken and clung to the king. Many peo pie tried to kiss the bands of layer of mud covering Messina jw at Messina say the rescuers are tropy becoming worse through utterly swamped and it will re- the disorder. For the present quire days to effect an ade- he -will maintain a practical quate relief system. Refugees dictatorship. The chief dan are scattered for leagues in ger now is from the plague for every direction. Pneumonia thousands of bodies lie uubur- Many Towns Fire Swept. 'and meningitis has already I jed in the streets. The General! ROME. Dec. 30.—Fires are! broken out at Messina. The! advocate's an immediate crema still raging in many of the ru- gravest anxiety is felt whether tion of all the bodies. The peo- GRAFTER RUEF authorities will be able to keep the survivors from starving. At many places food supplies are completely destroyed and it will be several days before can reach some points of destitution. I town is not swallowed by earth, but the sea rolled in imighty well of water, and en gill ftl...ed it. a Phink only a lewj \).]\y the entire popula- i)PS|,j| hundred •aped. The 1 nver part of the town is rapidly settling and it is feared that it will drop into the sea." Tammany Hall Gives $2,000. NEW YORK, Dec. 30.—'Tam imnny Hall, through a general committee, today contributed $2,000 to the Italian relief funds. $25,000 is said to have been raised bv "Little Italy." Food Supplies by Boats. CAT AN 1A Dec. 30.—'The king and queen and prayed is still yielding its harvest of if they were saints. I dead, according to reports ging the captains of the boats I to carry them from the scene. None were accommodated. The only passengers on the boats were soldiers. Dictatorship at Messina. PALERMO, Dec. 30.—The Bank of Sicily at Messina, sent the following wireless to Pa lermo today: "Gen. Fecci De Cassato is taking the strongest measures to prevent the catas- pie are already beside tliem selves and will not permit this to be added to their grief. The trouble is greatly aggravated owing to the inhabitants utter loss of nerve through a stupor! that seems to allett. e\Cl_\01ie. The authorities regret the pres ence of the king and queen. They say they are unable to help and will only tie the hands of other officials better fitted for the work, it is feared some 'one, insane from suffering, might attempt an assassina the tion. Cheney's Family Hopeful. HAVKW Dec. cable messages Vice-Consul Tupton sina, expressing fear cleat I wife hope I ol and he 30.— from at Mes-i of the Consul Cheney, his relatives here still as escaped. Queen Rescues a Child CATANIA, Dec. 30.—Queen! Helena personally rescued aj child from the ruins of a build-1 ing at .Messina, according to authentic reports this after noon. Against the remon-1 strances of the king the at tendants entered the ruins fhich was in danger of col-j lapsing and pulled a child from an imperiled position and carried it to a waiting boat. Af ter the first breakdown upon arriving at Messina, the queen recovered completely and wont, heroically along with other res cuers. Sicilians Will Return. PORTLAND, Ore., Dee. 30. —Many of the Sicilians who are living here are preparing to hurry back to the stricken na tive country to seek the sur viving members of their fam ilies. Mass Meeting at Kansas City. KANSAS CITY. Dee. 30.— A mass meeting for Sunday was called today by Peter Is-} nardi, Italian consul, to organ-1 ize a relict for qml victims, Cheney's Are Dead. WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.-- Consul Gale at. Malta, cables the state department: "Consul Cheney and wife are both dead. The bodies are unrecovered yet." reaching here today. Heaps of the dead are piled in the streets. The priests are work ing heroically. Owing to the impassability of roads owing to floods and land slides, they forced relief parties to distrib- are making efforts to discover ute food supplies from boats. Americans at Messina and oth-! Sufferers throng the wharf beg-1 er towns at the time of the dis- Relatives Are Anxious. WASHINGTON, Dec. 30.— Inquiries of relatives and friends of Americans supposed to be in the quake district of Italy are being received at the state department. The depart|for ment is de]tending for informa tion upon Ambassador Griscom and other officials of the consul ar, and diplomatic service who aster. Ambassador Griscom cabled the state department to day he had seen the king and queen before departure, and expressed the sympathy of the American people. Workmen Start for Reggio. ROME, Dec. 30.—Plans fori I rebuilding the railway into! Reggio was pushed today. A! train carrying workmen and material started for Reggio I and a telegraph station will be established near the citv as soon as possible. It is feared the towns of Cannattclli, La zarro, Adjacent and Reggio have suffered the same fate of the larger citv. Sa» SAN MUST SERVE TIME i'uancisco I vnnni«nn was Tuesdav .sentenced to Francisco, was Tuesday sentenced fourteen years in the penitentiary. The sentence was pronounced by Judge Lawlrr. who presided over Ruef's trial on a charge of bribing a member of the Schmity. board of sup ervisors in the award of an overhead trolley to the United Railroads. The trial, which ended with conviction De cember 10, was one of the most cele brated in the history of the city. Trying to Prove Alibis. I UNION CITY. Ai'iin.. Dec. 21).—'The defense of the Rider cases was de voted today in an effort to establish alibis for the eight meen accused in the Rankin murder. Three already have been on the stand. I Gold Coin to Denver. SAX FRANCISCO. Dee. :!0.That the government has been busy for several mouths removing $222,r00,000 gold coin from the local mint to Denver, was disclosed here today. Mint offi cials will not talk, 'nit the belief is the general transfer was a strategic move to defeat a seizure in. event of war. Infernal Machine to Clerk. DCLCTll, Dec. HO.—A. K. Uickford, the city clerk of Verginia. Minn., to day had a narrow escape from being blown to atoms by an infernal ma chine sent to him by some unknown person. It contained half a pound of dynamite. —Read The Dally ceiita per week. Read The Daily Gate City, Keokuk's Best Newspaper, 10 CENTS PER WEEK EIGHT PAGES. ARE ENTOMBED r,,a°Thursday to Francisco Briber is Sentenced Fourteen Years in the Penitentiary. nee. ... ,, ham Ruef, former political boss of San I ::o.—Abra- ".3 At Least That Number Thought to be Hopelessly Imprisoned in Local Mine of the Lick Branch.Vt Collieries Co. A TERRIFIC EXPLOSION Company Refuses to Tell Number o« Men in Mine and None Are Al lowed to Approach—Recov ering the Dead. AYBI'IIY, Ky., Dec. 30.—More' than a hundred minor. ere believed to be hopelessly imprisoned in the local mine of the Lick branch collieries as a result, of a terrific explosion Tues day afternoon. T.ie company refuse 1 to toll the figures of the number of men In the mine, and will not permit anyone to approach the collieries save rescuers. It is stated that not less than 200 men wore in the mine,at, the time of the disaster. So far seevnteeu have been removed, twelve ot whom were dead -i Coffins Ordered From Cincinnati. CINCINNATI, Dec. :*»0.—Orders were this morning received by local firm forty coffins to be sent to Mayburjr where the mine disaster occurred. It I is believed additional ones will be or I dered from other pointu. Forty-Two Removed. Torty-two of the men were removed from the mine at 9 o'clock this morn ing, of which twelve were dead. Thirty Buried Under Debris. At eleven o'clock today the mine, of ficials admitted that thirty' men 'are buried under the debris, all of whom are probably dead. It is believed that the death list will reach fifty. The miners say that at least forty others are entombed in another section ot the min 3. T-\ ., TODAY'S WEATHER FORECAST. Indications for Iowa, Illinois, and Mis- soun Wlred frcm Ch,ca90, For Keokuk and vicnitv Fair to- Fair wave night and Thursday. Cold wave to niKht Coltl('1' Thursday. Pair and colder tonight with cold wave north portion. For Iowa: Fair tonight and Tliurs« day. Cold wave tonight. Colder east portion Thursday. For Missouri: Fair and much cold« ev tonight. Thursday fair with colder ea:.t portion. Weather Conditions. There have been snow Hurries frorfl the ITpper Missouri Valley to tile Ul* per Iakes, rains in the Lower Missou ri Valley. Arkansas. Tennessee, ths Kastern Gulf, the Ohio Valley and bower lake Region, with the storm center moving from the Dakotas ta the rpp-r Lake Region. The eastern high barometer haa moved to New England, and the storm is followed by a very high barometer in Northern Montana, where the tem perature has fallen to 8 below zero, and fair colder weather prevails the Upper Missouri Valley. Fair weather is indicated this sec tion tonigi.t and Thursday, with a cold wave tonight, the temperature tailing to about ten degrees above zero, and continuing cold during Thursday. River Bulletin. Fid.Stage. Height. Cling. Rnfal! Paul 11 Frozen .... Oldy. Crosse ...1- Frozen .... ("Idv. 1.9 x0.:i Clear St. l.a Haven port Galland .. I Keokulc Gate City, 10 r, 8 1 1 1 ,f. St. I/Oilis xO. x0. xO, .15 .30 Clear Clear xRise. -Fall. The river will remain nearly sta tionary. C., Ii. & Q. Bridge. Burlington, Iowa, Dee. 29.—The present stage of the river is 1 foot 5\e inches anove low water mark, a fall of 1 inch since last report. Local Observations. Dec. Bar. Tlier. Wind Weather 29, 7 p.m 29.92 -14 SW Foggy 30, 7 a.ni 30.12 31 W Foggy River above low water ot ls.04, 1 and tenths feet: change in 21 hours, rise Oi' 1 tenth foot. Mean temperature. 41. Maximum temperature, 19. Minimum temperature, JJ.