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found Already ready and far farMore Many ManyI ManyMore
I More M ore Lives lostMISSING Lost LostIISSIULNTIPNLLIK lostj
Burning of tha Gen Slocum SlocunHarbois SlocumHarbors SlocumHarbors
Harbors Worst Disaster Disasters DisasterHOSPITALS DisasterHDSPIT DisasterHOSPITALS s
Horrors Fill FI the Story of thi thiSlaughter the theSlaughter theSlaughter
Slaughter of the Innocents InnocentsWHOLE InnocentsVIIOLE InnocentsWHOLE
Navy Naval Reserves Railroads RailroadsLend RailroadsLend RailroadsLend
Lend a Hand Handft
ft t Mirks 1llrkl Mark Lutheran Church l1ur h Turned lnl lnla Into Intoa <
a Household flous IIoUeJoIot hold of Mourning and nd ndtry a Hegli Heglitry Reslstry
try of the Ioit loltl11 LcstIhero There re Mint MintKeen line lineDten IIeBeen
Keen 1300 or 1400 Women and andChildren andUllldre nd ndCittidreti
Children on lit It I Excuylon Exc ExcuIon lon With lth Here Ilerrand litreand Hereand
and There a Man ManTile The Iloat Caufhlire Caufh CaushtIlre CauihtFire
lire Near Nt Hell Gate and ruI nan na Uji to toNorth toNorth toPorth
North Brother Island Burning Fu Furlouslr Furlousl Fur1ouIy
rlouslr rlousl and Npllllnc Women omen and nd Clill Clilldrcn 0111clren Cmldren
drcn Overboard Onrbod18 Oerboart41S 418 IKad on North NorthDroUier NorthDroth NorthUrotber
Droth DroUier 1 Up to MtcInhihfleflotie MtcInhihfleflotieImprotsei Mldnliht AlldnlshtD IJfllcvue IJfllcvueItnprottiei lIcue lIcueImprolse
Itnprottiei a Large Morgue for Them ThemCrowds TII ThemCrowds II IICrodI
Crowds Storm the Depots of the theDead theneadPhera theDeadDheri
Dead neadPhera Divert Search the Wreck Ieek but butSay butSay hutSay
Say Wreckers Will Hare aTe to open ItVp It ItUp ItVp
Vp for Them TbemlanDNd ThemMany Manx Dead Believed BelievedtV BelievediDe
tV iDe 1 Be AtakUhlps AmkiahJ AI11IhJPStTIWI Criminal l 1 In InnUp let test estlga Ira IraUj
4 4 11J1 Uj mtjui W rtMeM lg Preienrera PreienreraThe
The Statement of f tle CaptainTHE Captain CaPtalDTnB laptalnI laptalnThe
THE SUNS lUls lW at midnight rnldnlghtBhowodtheee rnldnlghtBhowodtheeeguree showed howedtbe those thosefigure e efllUre8
figure guree of the ho General Slocum disaster disasterCorpses disasterCGIJIIft dLsaterCorpae
Corpses Recovered 41 41S 41SIdentlllell 418Identlflerl n nIdentUled
IdentUled Dead 1K1 1K1Reported unReported IIReported
Reported Mining WulngIn oka okaIn 051In
In Iloipltal aid aidDied 210DI iioPled
Died DI d In lloipllal x xThe 2The I IThe
The police poIjc rciwrta rc > Orta that came to Bellevuo BellevuoHospital 3eflevuoHopita ellevueH06pltDl
Hospital led Acting Supt Riokard to eatl eatlmato etltImato etimato
mato last night that the list of dead wouldnot wouldnot would wouldnot
not be lees than 800 800Nothing 800othlng 800NothIng
Nothing approaching the disaster of ofyesterday orYlsterdny ofyesterday
yesterday ha hall happened in n New York Yorkwaters YorkIalers Yorkwaters
waters before b toJe Tho exact numbtr of thewomcn the thewomen thewomln
women and children who were killed by th thburning the theburning theburning
burning of the pleasure steamer General GeneralSiocum GeneralSlocum OeneralSiocum
Siocum will not be known for several voral days daysIt
It la I certain that nearly 500 corpses have havebeen haebeen havebeen
been recovered already It Is certain thatmany that thatmany thatmany
many more morepossibly possibly hundreds more morstlll morstllllie 8111 8111lio
lie in the entrance of the Sound just out outdido outRide outiklo
dido Hell Gate and will 11 be brought broughtlo
10 the th surface day after day or are in the thebowels theboels thebowete
bowels of theburned and sunken steam steamboat Iteamboat steamboat ¬
boat More corpses corpSes are being recovered recoveredhourly recoveredhourlr recoveredhourly
hourly and tho H 118t llta ta of missing which were weregrowing wereroing weregrowing
growing all night have reached an appall appalling appallIn appallbig ¬
big In length lengthNearly lengthInrly lengthNearly
Nearly Inrly all of those who were burned and anddrowned anddrowned anddrowned
drowned were women and lIttlo children childrenmembers ohlldronmemlXrR oliildronmemberR
members ofHhe Sunday School Scboolor of St Marks MarksLutheran MnrkeLutheran MarksLutheran
Lutheran Church in Sixth street streetBetween strootBllcon streetI
Between 1400 and 1600 people so far as ascan IUImn ascan
can be learned started out on tho Slocuni SlocuniNearly Slocumf8rl Slocunirarly
Nearly f8rl rarly a 1 third of them were babies Try Tryas
as bent c1t they could tho police and hospital hospitalauthorities hospitalauthoritlcs hospitalauthorities
authorities and tho officers of the church churchcould churchmid churchvould
could mid not find moro than 300 3000r or 400 4Oosucvlyors 4OosucvlyorsBut survivors survivorsBut survIvorsBut
But everybody believed yesterday that thatwhen thatvhcn thatwhen
when matters were straightened out and tho thohospitals thoh08pitals thehospitals
hospitals began to give an accounting of ofthe orthe ofthe
the wounded they had taken in sponta spontaneously spontaDoously spontaneously ¬
neously the list of those members of the theexcursion theexcursion theexcursion
excursion still stlllli living would bo most happily happilylengthened happilylengthened happilylengthened
lengthened Many of the excursionists excursionistswere
were children not attached to tho church churchHow churchliD churchlIo
How liD Could It Happen HappenHow lIappeaHow happenIow
How did such a thing happen That Thatwas ThatI
I was all the question which was wasrelterated reiterated up uptmd upIInd upanti
anti down the length and breadth of the thecity UIOell thocity
city ell People read of the thocaptnln captain who wh found foundatnoth foundat oulidalllOUI6trootthathis
atnoth alllOUI6trootthathis at 110th street stroctthnthji that his boat boatwith with precious preciouscargo preclousrgo preciousQirgo
cargo rgo was W 8 on fire and yet lt did not drive it itto itto itto
to the shore until he in was 118 beyond USth USthtreet 1 138thtreet 8th 8thI
I treet a mile and a half from Crom the place placewhere placehere placewhere
where here the cry cr of Flrel flint reachedhis reachedhisars reached his hissars
I ICapt
sars ars
Capt William llllam H Van an Bchalck of the theSlocum theIiocum theSiocum
Slocum explained ns best he could how howMich howMlich howucb
Mich horrible disaster d lluter had come to toa a com company cornPariy ¬
pany 1111 under hi his care nnd direction He Is IsnlUn a anian afinn
finn 01 years ors old and has had long experl experience experlIllll ¬
ence t ± In commanding pleasure craft In the thewaters UlewateN theWaters
waters around New York CapU Van VanSchaick VanRchllick VanSchaick
Schaick Bald MidthlLt iI that though he heard tho thoalarm thoIILlnn thealarm
alarm of fire early earl he made up his mind at attmoe atlDoe atwoe
woe that there was no certain ct ztalti place where whereMie wherehe whereIio
Mie he could bo beached in shallow water south southf BOU th thIlr
Ilr < > f North Brothur Island The tide tld was run running running runflinguptu ¬
ning flinguptu up to Uio Sound with terrific velocity velocityand Ioclt Iocltand
and he was wa sure that he would loso 1080Ume 1080Umet time timetrying timetrying
trying t tin to turn tu turnij rn lite h Is boat Intafc Into IntoapropeibeschL IntoapropeibeschLing IL proper proper beach
Inc tilnce boulh of or20rth North orth Brother Island IslandI
He stuck to his post although the th flameaoorch fla flascorched flames flamesIIOOrch
scorched IIOOrch d his clothing until ut t1th the boat w whard was washard waihard
hard and fast ashore a hore Pilot Von Wart Waistayed WartIltayOO Wanetayed
stayed with him himKlvermen blmRlvermen himRivermen
Klvermen generally worn divided as a to thgood th the thegood thigood
good judgment shown byCapt VanSchalc VanSchalcIn Van Schaiciin Bchalok BchalokIn
In trying to go BO far It was nearly a aoven all allOveD anoven
oven division The captain himself ad admilled admitted admitted
mitted that It was wa not untU after tho fir firhad flrohad flrhad
had been going some time that he reallceiIts realized realizedita realizecIts
Its fierceness ner oe ess and if Us Ullc Ullcrapldit rapidity Capt CaptVan Van VanSchaick VoiSchaick
Schaick and Pilot Van Wart and Weave Weavewere Weaverwern Weayeiwere I
were wern arrested nrre ted and were sent e t to the theprillon theprillonoolls prison prlsoicells prisoncells
cells of Bollevue Hospital Hoapltalror for all of them therwenf themw thenwenbaily
wenf w wenbaily badly bad y burned burnedInquiry burnedInqDlty burnedlnqulty
Inquiry Benin by Jerome JeromeDistrlol JeromeDistrict JrromeDistrict
District Attorney AttorneyJeromo Jerome aenthla assistant assistantF aa lstant lstantF
F P Oarvan to tho scene of tho wrecl wreclto wreckto wreclto
to determine whether a crime orlmehad had been com commilled commltt corninitted
milled mltt d It was gathered that If Irttcould it could b bshown be beshown bshown
shown that Capt Van Schaick SchA lck used hi hibest hll hllbest hhbest
best judgment ho would not notbebeld nothe be held reapon reaponelblo iepon ieponBible reiponsiblo
Bible But there are other questions which whlclwilt whiowilt
wilt call for a a criminal Investigation n as asfor allCor asfor
for Instance Instan e the quality and condition olthe o othe or orthe
the life preservers pre ervers on the General Blooun Bloounand Slocumand Slocurnand
and the facilities raclUtl s which she had for fighting Oghtlninre fightinglfire tIghtinfire
lfire nre fire It was established yesterday ye terday that thaa thatn
a mans thumbnail was a weapon thaiwould that thatwould thatwould
would rip many of the life preservers 01 01the OD ODthe onthe
the ship hlp wldo open oponandthatthe and that the things were wenfilled werefilled werefilled
filled with granulated grsnulatedcork cork which quickly qutcklbecomes quicklyhecomCII quicklybecomes
becomes water ater soaked and loses buoyancy buoyancyFormer buoyancyFormer buoyancyFormor
Former Fire Marshal Freel was retalnctby retained r retainedby talned talnedby
by the District Attorney to make an inveetigatlon Invee lnvestlgatlon InveetlgatloD <
tlgatlon Into the circumstances of the start startIng starting tart tartIng
Ing of th the fire flreLamp fireLamp fireLamp
Lamp Room Fed the Fire FireThere FIreThers FireThere
There was a compartment in the hold holof hold holdof holdof <
of tho General Slocum known as the seooni seoonicabin second secondcabin eoondcabin
cabin It wan forward just aft the for forcastle rare rareCIUIUeln forecastle
castle CIUIUeln In this room were kept the lamp lampand lam lamand lampiand
and the oil for them themj tho gasolene and tb tbbrass the thebratlll tbbrass
brass polishing liquids and all the otheiInflammable othei otheiInflammable otherInflammab1e
Inflammable supplies It was wa not do doterailned dotennlDed dotennined
terailned lost l 8t night whether the fire started starteIn ltartedIn <
In this cabin But it was known that thi thiflames tbe tbef1nmes tbtflames
flames were fed there to reach their greatestand greatest greatestandmost greateeland
and andmost most murderous Intensity From thatcabin that thacabin thatcabin
cabin the fire swept bock through the boat boawith boatwllh boatwith
with a fierceness that no fire fighting ap apparatus appalntua apparatu
paratus could hold in check checkThe checkThe checkThe
The Pity of It ItThere ItThere ItThere
There were scones of horror on the Q eDeral aenemiSlocwn enera eneraSlocum eDeralSlocum
Slocum and on shore such as it would no nobo not notbo notho
bo decent to sot down on paper even though thougtany thoughany thoughany
any chronicler had the ability It was I Iboat a aboat aboat
boat load of women women and llttlo childrenFor children childrenFor chndrenFor
For the last m mile lie when the ateamer spouting spoutlnjflames spoutlneftamtft spoutingflames
flames high into the air was shooting swlf BWUUy BWUUyout awiftlyout tl tlout
out to tho Sound with the tide people or orshore onshore
shore and oh on other steamers could oouldle see the theromen theolneD theotnen
romen and andchlldren children fluttering ftuttorlngover over over theaides the thesides theaides
aides into IDtothe the water in scores 8OOreI The Tl e river riveri riveriIInin riveris
iIInin is i swift there at t1IoOd flood tide Thewvea Thewveaira The wive wiverab m mI
I ira rab forward t at dee ae another t with WUbb WUbbwidt hungry hungryrbibe huitinywhite
white rbibe fingers A Aitr strong namanwouldbaTa namanwouldbaTabut man would bar havebut barmt
but mt little chance The womenand women and the thechildren thechildren thechildren
children had no chance chanceThere chanceThere chanceThere
There were heard yesterday such stories storiesas
as often come out after a a disaster dlaaaleretorlee dlaaaleretorleeor stories storiesof
of cruel selfishness by members mem rs of the thecrew thecr thecrew
crew cr w of cold disregard of the Slocums Siocumsdistress Slocumsdistress Slocumsdi
distress di treR8 signals and moat evident need by bypleasure bypleasure
pleasure and business craft in tho hrbor hrborIn I
In the end came the story that there had hadteen hadbeeD hadbeen
been teen looting of the bodies of the dead deadlome deadBorne deadSome
Borne of these things were were more or lesstrue less lesstrue lellStrue
Heroic Work of Reseaeif ReseaeifBut RHearnBut hteearrsBut
But there wan a glorious record of self selfacrlfico eelrII selfiiacriulce
II acrlfico and of bravery to be sot ot over overgainst overagaiDst overagainst
against all that was wa evil or unmanly Of Ofuch OCsllch ofsuch
uch such were were the bravery with which the old oldnptaln oldcaptD1n oldcaptaIn
captaIn and his hi pilots stayed at their post posthe postjthe postthe
the he noble efforts of Polloemea Kelk and andfan andVan andVan
Van Tassel Taueljwho who were on the burning boat boato boatto boatto
to o save the lives of those entrusted to toheir totbeir totheir
heir care the beautiful recklessness teckle eneM of ofhe ofthe
the he women nurses and the convalescent convalescentlatlcnls oonvaleacentpat convalescentpatientsfromthehospltale
pat patientsfromthehospltale latlcnls ntlllrom from the hospitals on onNorthBrother onNorthBrotherIsland North Brother BrotherBlond BrotherIsland
Island risking their lives to dash into intohe Intothe
the he water around the burning boat to tolull topull
pull lull out drowning children and women womenhe womenthe WarneDthe
the he bravo deeds of the men m n on the citys cityslouts cltY1bOlltll city cityboats
louts the Franklin Edaon and the Mas Masasfiolt MaalIaRllOit Muassoit
asfiolt and on the tugs Theo and Wade WadeSome WadeHomo Sadeomc
Some omc day da some one will fittingly dress out outhe outthe outhe
he deeds of that little man Capt Jack JackVade JackWnde JackWade
Wade and his daredevil crew There Therevas ThereWM Theremae
vas no time yesterday forthe tor tile glorifying of ofleroes ofherDeR oftoroes
herDeR leroes For every one whoso wbo e deeds were wereleen wereeeen warsseen
leen and mentally r registered in the fly flyng fiTIng flyLeg
Leg ng moments of horror and peril there therevero therewero therewere
were hundreds of others in which the theescued thbres tharescied
res escued ed were too much scared to appreciate appreciaterhat appaeclatewhat appreciatewhat
what Wall beingdone being done tor forthem them and the theescuers theroscuetll theesouere
escuers were too busy to take note for forihemsolvea forithemsolveI farhemseIvet
themsolveIAmbulaDOO8 ihemsolvea ihemsolveaAmbulances hemseIvetAmbulances
Ambulances and patrol wagons from fromtearly fromnear1y frontearly
early every corner of the city were sent sento eent eentto
to o points along The Bronx shore ners nershe nearest nearestho n
the ho wreck Physicians and nurses came camey DImeby I
by > y hundredsA hundreds not not only oD1 from from hospitals hospitalslubllo hospitalsublio I Ipubllo
publlo lubllo and private In all the boroughs of ofho attho ofho
tho ho city but singly from their private privateifflces privateMces i
ifflces from as far away is a Newark and andJatcrson aDdPaterson andatorson
Paterson JatcrsonNorth atorsonNorth
North Brother bland a Morgue MorgueBodies Ilorp8Bodies MorgueBodIes
Bodies were sent down to the Bellevue Bellevuelorgue B Bellevueforgue llevue llevueMorgue
Morgue from North Brother Island as fast fasts I
D8 L8 s they were recovered reo Vtred until there was waso wasm I Ino
no m o more room there Most of them were werenldentlfied wereunldentlfi wereinidentilled
unldentlfi nldentlfied d At about abD t S oclock last night nighthen nightthen 1 1when
when hen the tide was low there was a sudden suddenicrease luddenIncrease suddennorease
Increase icrease In the rapidity rapldltywlthhlcb with which bodies bodiesere bediMwere bodiesrote
were ere recovered They were brought out outf outor
or f the water near where the Slscum B1 cjurn nt had hadieen hadbfen haden
bfen ieen en grounded at the rat rate of about aboutminute one oneminute anaa
a minute A temporary t mporary morgue was estab estabshed ellabUslled estabsited
shed on the Island The systematizing systematizingf i ior
or f the lie work of Identification was wunearlY1 wunearlY1fini nearly nearlyinlshed neanirInished
fini inlshed h d last night and It Is hoped that thatoday hat hatday I Itoday
today day nearly all tho recovered recoveredbodlea recoveredbodleamay bodies bodieslay bodieseay
may lay be recognized Rom of them were werobadly werelJobadly wereb
lJobadly b > badly burned that they will never be becognized bereoognlzed beeoognized
cognized All yesterday afternoon aCtemoonand aCtemoonandlastnlgbt and andi8tvnlght andtstnlght
i8tvnlght great silent crowds thousands thousandsnd ihou anda andaaDd
aDd nd thousands of people stood In front frontf rrontof
of f the the church in Sixth street sire > et in front frontc of oftie ofhe r rthe >
the tie Morgue and RndtheAluandtr the Alexander avenue avenueolico awnueollra ftnuepollooltatlonan
pollooltatlonan ollra station and ancialong along lh the < EastTRlvor East River Riverr
shore opposite North NortbBrother Brother islAndwbemver Island Islandwherever Ia1 Dd Ddwlierover
wherever the bodies b les of the victims we welaid were werelaid wanlaid
laid or where news of hem Ih m could be lenrnedTHE learn learnTHE learned learnedTHE
Tho General Slocum S ooum which was built builtwood of ofwood o owood <
wood spent Tuesday night at the foot footFiftieth or orFiftieth o oFiftieth
Fiftieth street She started around th thBattery the theBattery tbBattery
Battery at about 7 oclock yesterday mot motIng morn mornlng morn mornlag
lag light Her crew of twentjrseVe twentjrseVemen n nmillt
men millt wu aboard She reached the root fooof rootof toot
of t Third street In the th East River when whenthere wheretherela wherthere
there therela is I a recreation pier at about iwent iwentminutes twenty twentyminute Lwentminutes
minutes past 8 oclock oclockThere oolookThero oclockThere
There were several hundred excursionist excursionistalready exoursloDlstlall exoursionlatialready
already all ady on the pier when the Slocum s oum ar arrived arrved arrived
rived rved There were wer mothers mothlrs full of pride pridiin prideIn pridIn
in their lusty luty GermanAmerican OeranAmerican babies babiesand bablP bablPand babiesand
and full rul of anxiety for fear Cer some of then thenwould themwoud thenwould
would woud fall Cnl overboard overb In their U lr haste hlt tget t tget to togt <
get gt on board brd the Slocum Sloum before bror anybod anybodelse nnyby nnybyel anybod3else
el else did A band bnd came ce and went to tin tinafter thenUer tluafter
after deck dok and began bgnn booming bming out melD melodies melDdic mob mobdick
dies dic dear der to the Gorman Oeran and RDdtheEt the East Sldiheart Side Sidehert Sidheart
heart heartTho hert hertTho heartThe
Tho mothers and children chidren kept pouring pourlnjacross pouringao0 pourinacross
across ao0 the ang plank and ad scurrying surying foi foigood foigood or orgoo
good goo places plac about the decks dee The Rev RevO RevG Reva
O 0 F liens Ha and his assistant Iltt the Rev RevJ Rv RvJ RevJ
J S Schultz Schut stood Btod on opposite oppite sides sldo of the thigang thegan thcgang
gang gan plank plak and ad welcomed the mother motherand motel motelad moTherand
and ad the scholars Ibolars Policemen PoUcme Kelk am amVan ad adVa ancVan
Van Va Taseoll Tlol full rul of or experience experiece in the te hand handling had hadling handflag
ling of Sunday Suday school excursions toolposts tool tookpt tootposts
posts pt on the off ol shore side of the steamer steamerready steamerrdy steamerready
ready rdy to dive after ater any towhead towhea who b bmischance by bymihnc bymischance
mischance mihnc should fall rai overboard overboar It was ai aifine al altne aifine
fine tne a day dy for a 0 plcnlo plclo as a ever was i The Thesunlight Thelul Thesunlight
sunlight lul bt made the blue water seem em as brighias brighi brighttouCh
as though touCh it lay ly anywhere aybere but between bete the thepiers thepiers thepiers
piers of the biggest bigt city of this U1 nation nationThe naton natonT nationThe
The T ugly Uly factory taotor wails w1 wala were set off of o by masts mastiand mlt mltand mastsand
and flogs t and big bi boats boat and little lte boats boattseemed boat boatsmed boatsseemed
seemed smed rather rte tar te t be b skittering Iklttrg over the theriver to torive theriver
river rive for their own ow amusement amuement than for foiany roray forany
any ay purpose purpo of sordid srid profit profitIt
It Was an Ideal Idel Day DayThe D DTe DayThe
The Te excursion exclon was wa late lt in starting Itarin Lu Lutherans Luthern Lutherans
therans thern are great gt folk for going to tarn raiy raiyplanc family familypicnics 11 11picnics
picnics planc in big bi family ral1y parties ple Greta Gret and andWilhemlna aDdWllelDa andWithemina
Wilhemlna WllelDa and Augusts Augt wife wie gather from fromtho rromtho fromthe
tho corners cornr of Manhattan Manttn and Brooklyn Brooklyrand Brooklynand
and bring brDg all al their children chidren and combine combinetheir combinetheir combinetheir
their luncheons IUDchen so 8 that it shall lh be served Ied tt toten ttten t tten
ten or fifteen ftn hungry hunrymouth hungrymnoutha mouths in proper prpr pro proportion pr prportions proportions
portions And if I any ayone one of the whole family familycircle rany ranyclle faintlycircle
circle clle was as late lt then all al the rest went to toPastor toPastor toPastor
Pastor Hans Ha and besought beught him h by alt al that thatwaa tht thtwa thatwas
was wa dear dor and ad sweet soot not nt to let the boat go gountil gouDI gountil
until uDI sister eter and her little lte ones came ce Pastor PastorHaas PutorHa PastorHsas
Haas Ha was good go naturod tu and it was well wellalong wellalong i iane
along ane toward towa 10 oclock oclk when the Slocum Slocumstarted Sloewnthe
started ste the band bd on the upper uppr deck dek play playing pl playing ¬
ing I Bin Feste Fet Burg Brg Jet Dnaer Unr Gott GottThe Oottme ott
The Te children chUdreotuuea tugged at their theI1s skirts held helddown belddw held8own
dw down byJbeir bte smn11Ingznatbensss4bIgia smn11Ingznatbensss4bIgiaibd mlllngfrnqthers tl d and big bl si siteralhd
teralhd ibd f raDdm oth et4beered anch ahoToheered at aHh aHhdeprlgpler the thedeparting thedeparting
departing deprlgpler pier There Ter was wunot not a chill chl in inthe inthe inthezir
thezir the air There Terowa was not a cloud c oud on the th theblue thebluesky blue bluesky bluek
sky k Pastor Putr flea H went up and down dow the thedecks thedek thedecks
decks dek and the matrons matron loudly communi communicated commun communicated ¬ I Ict
cated ct their congratulations conratultol to him himHell h himHell
Hell Hel Date Gat where the tide tde was rushing rushingout rblg rblgout rushingout
out to the Sound Soud with the utmost utmOt vio violence violence yiolance ¬
lence was wa passed e safely There Ther isnt It Ian t a asteamer astmer asteamer
steamer stmer captain cpt in I this th harbor harbr no matter matterthough mter mtertho matterthough
though tho lh be be b as old as a Capt Van Va Schaick Schaickwho SchaickwJo Schaickwho
who wJo is I not c glad lld when he has h passed p through throughHell throughc throughHen throughRelIOate
Hell RelIOate Gate without wltout a collision collloD and ad without withoutbeing wthout wthoutbing withoutbeing
being bing slewed elewe out of his h course coure against its Itarocky itsrcy itsrocky
rocky rcy sides sidesMtrimboat side sideItlamboat sidesteambnaI
Itlamboat Mtrimboat Bunts Into Flaniet FlanietThough lamelTough I1nieThough
Though Tough Capt Van Schaick Schack did not 10t know knowit knowI
it I the steamer ltamer must mUlt even then the have been beenon blcnon beenon
on fire fr Just Jut back bk of the craws quarters quartersup
up in I the bow of the steamer under de the themain theman themain
main man deck dek la 1 what ia 1 called caled the second secondcabin secondcabin econdcbin
cbin cabin On the te Slocum this tb cabin cbin has 1 beened been beenused bn bnu
used ed as a sort 10r of storeroom storrm Spare Sp haw hawsers hw hawsore ¬
sore 1 and paint pint and oils oU wero kept there thereGasolene there0810e thereOuoleno
Gasolene 0810e was kept there and it I was there therethat therett therethat
that tt Albert Abrt Payne Paye a negro steward stear kept keptthe keptte keptthe
the te ships sps lamps lmp when wbe they tey were we not notin Doti notIn
in i place pla and cleaned cleane and filled file them themPayne themPaye themPayne
Payne Paye his Il face rac ashy with ih the horrors horrorshe horr horrbe horrorshe
he had ha been b through thrugh swore yesterday yesterdayafternoon yeteny yetenyotemoon yestordnyafternoon
ho had finished all allthe allthe
afternoon otemoon that fDlhe cleaning cleanig ni
the lamps lamp before brore the te boat bt left lef her er dock at atWest atWet atWest
Wet West Fiftieth Fifteth street etrt early ely yesterday yeterdny morn morning mornIng rnornleg ¬
ing and that tht ho had not been b In I the room roomexcept rm rmexcpt roomexcept
excpt except to see that everything everhg was wa all right rightHe rllhtHe rightHe
He swore 8wor that tt just Jut before bore the te boat left leftEast leftEast lef
Et East Third Tird street stt the second led cabin was wa all allright al alrht allright
rht rhtAlon rightAlong right rightAlong
Along Alon the Astoria shore where wher there are aremany aremy aremany
my many yards yar for the building buldl of small ema boats boatsthe bot boatsthe I Ite
te the trouble trble was w known know sooner aner than th it Itw8 itwason was wason I IOn
on the telter steamer Itself ttell As the Slocum BIO m pasted pastedBroadway passedBoadway
Brway Broadway Astoria Astor John Jol ERonirn E Rnan a Dock DockeprUnent Dok DokDcteployo DockDep II IIBrway
Dcteployo Dep > eprUnent rtment employee was struck Itrc with wit the theiyety thei the1iyety
i 1iyety iyety of o the steamer ster with her flags f s her herauiie heruad hermuIe
auiie ie uad and her load lo of o hiarious hilarious children childrenind chUdn chUdna childrentild
a ind called e to a companion companionShore compion compionioe companionstore
Shore ioe Wondered Weadrt Why Wy She Ie ie Didnt Dit Stop StopLook StopIkat NtepLook
Look Ikat at the Slocum Slocml Dont it I make mke you youtate youhAte youhate
hAte tate to t work wor when you see l e a crowd having havingA havin havingMgoodattmeuthat I II I Igo
Mgoodattmeuthat MgoodattmeuthatBut A good go a time tme as a that thatBut tht thtuta
But uta a quarter of ora a mile further on Wit W1Vlam wnHa Wit11am
Ha lam Alloway Aloway the captain cpt of a dredge dre saw sawburst IW IWa sawI
a burst of smoke puff pf pu out from the te lower lowerlockof lorr lorrde lowerciock
de ciock lockof or the te Slocum just forward forard of the themokestaoks theImokeataokl theumokeatsoke
mokestaoks He lot off ol four blasts bu of ofils ofhl oflila
hl lila ils dredge dro whistle whi to At the some lae moment momentther momet mometother momentDther
other boots boal on each eoh side of the river rver began beganto beganto
to 0 toot tt shrill ehrU warnings warlng Alloway and ad b bmo hU hUden hismen
mo den could culd see le a scurrying scrl on the decks dek deko decksc
c 1 the SlocUm Slom They wondered wonde why Capt Captran CaptV CaptVan
V o ran Schalok 8aok didnt back his boat rig ri right hi hil Into Intohe Intohe to totbeAtora
tbeAtora he Astoria shore shoreIt Ibor shoreNIt
NIt It seemed a to me Alloway A 10way said sd yesterday yesterdayas yeetery yeeterya
as a though he was having bvlng some Ime trouble troublelth tuble tublewih troubletitk
wih titk lth his wheel wbel and as a though the wunt wasntnlndlng wuntmlndt wuntninding
mlndt nlndlng it and anda as If he he couldntget couldt couldnt let his hlaignala Il hisdgnalt
dna ignala Into his engine rm room But any anyray anyway anyway
way ray he went right rlglt ahead aheadAlarm ned nedAlrm aheadAlarm
Alarm Alrm at lAst Ld Given Gnn on Hoard HoardFrom nard BoardProm
Fr From the best llst understanding of the to sit eltatlon sitistlon It Ituatin I
uatin atlon which whih could be b gained gane from those thoseho thole thoseslio I Iwho
who ho were wee left ler alive alve when everything everhing was waavcr wasverltwu wasYOT
vcr verltwu it was quite qute a while after aftertho the Slocum Slocumraa Slocuma Siocuinwas
was raa a first flltCound found to be bonfro on fire that thlt the te ser tcrusnc lr lrluI seroustces
luI oustces > usnc t s of the situation staUona was understoodr understood undertO
bral IT > r all of her heromcn officers and crew Vejry VI fe few fewJ
of the passengers peners knew anything anyblnl of the readanger rea readanger rl rldnger
dnger danger they Ley were In until unti the burning burIng atxdrowning an ante antedrowning
drowning dwning hatbegun hatbegunEddie l begun begunEdie begunEddie
Eddie Edie Flanaganwas Flnaawt Flanagan h wiiJt the Slocums Sioum mate mateOn InateOn mateOn
On excursion oxcrlon steamers tho safety fety and com comfort comrortor cornfotof
fort rortor of the passengers p4llmger are ar delegated delegate to the themat thimate thi thtmate
mate mat while whle the captain is intho pilot hoiisi hoiisiaa ho hodetas se
aa 8 he healwnysllvr always i is very properly prprlT while whie th thboat the thebnt theboat <
boat bnt Is in motion moton To Flanagan Flnagan then thencamo thereco thercanlo
camo co a deckhand dekhand and Steward Stward McGann McGannHe Mcnnn McnnnHecn1ghtFlanagan McCannlie
He Hecn1ghtFlanagan caught Flanagan by the shoulder am amaald nnd nndeld ancsaid
said eld
aaldMate Mate heros a fire frr forward ranl and nd its Itl gol gola got gota gola
a pretty prcty good go headway headwayFlanagan heawny heawnyFlnagan headwayFlanagan
Flanagan Flnagan jumpeddown jumped down through thedarl thedarlspace tt the ark iartspace arkspace
space in the Jump middle of the boat bolt and turned turnocthe turnOOthe turnedthe
the lover of the fire fre drill dril alarm alan He sen senMoGann Bnt BntMcann sent sentMcCann
MoGann Mcann to worn wa Capt Cpt Von Vln Schaick Shalck Thecrow The Thecrew Theorw
crew orw was wa not n l enough to Handleso Itndle ltandlcc so man manpassengers many manyp manypassengers
passengers p engel The fire crackled up through througlone throughore
one ore deck after another anolherlcklng licking out far or ortho ODtho ortho
tho port ort side There Ther was wa a 1 rush for lh lhstem 11e 11estem Ihstern
that thattho thattho thatthe
stem Somo of the children chidren thought
tho whole alarm alan was Wi a joke joJe and laughedand laughed laughedand laughedad
and ad pummelled pumele one another OH 1 they ran ranThe r ranThe
The mothers didnt They lumbered luber after aftertrylngvalnly arer arertrlDgninly aftertryingvainly
trylngvalnly trlDgninly to keep k p hold of some one gar garment gnrment garmont ¬
ment on the bodies bol of each ono of their theliyoungsters theiryoungter theiryoungsters
youngsters youngstersCapt youngter youngstersCapt
Capt Van Schaick Scbaek ran back hclt from the thepilot thepiot thepilot
pilot piot house bOUe and saw IW that Flanagan Flangan luul ll two twolinos toln twolines
lines ln of hone bOO run rn from the steamers leamers fire firepumps fre frepump firepumps
pumps toward towar the second cabin and that thatthe thatthe thatthe
the pump water wee already spurting through throughthem tl tltonghthem olgh olghthem
them Tho flro fre drill dri on the Slocum Slou was wasalways Wi WialaYI wasalways
always alaYI well done It was Wl held helt without any anyrequirement nnyreuirment anyrequirement
requirement reuirment of law once every ever week wlk But Butthis Bui Butthis
this fire was 18 beyond bond any ny mere fire fre drill drillIt drillit rll
It took Capt pt Van Schnlok only a minute minuteto
to see s that ho ought to get his hi passengeroflhore passenger pa8engel pa8engelIhore passengersashore
ashore Ihore an soon Ron as n over he could Ho 10 determined deter determined deterilne ¬
mined ilne on tho north shore 810re of North Brother BrotherIsland BrotherIlnd BrotherIsland
Island IslandThe Ilnd
IlndTe The Te Full Ful Horror Comes In Haute HauteIt lalt laltI hasteIt
It I talies taf time lme to read rrd of all ni these the things thingsIt thinK
It I took tk almost no time at nttl ataii all for them to tohappen tohappen tohappen
happen The Te yells yell nnd screams srms of tinfew thlrew tin thefew
few people peple who were caught uRht on the te docks docksbelow dokR dokRblow decksbelow
below blow the hurricane hurrlcae deck dok forward rorord were wereringing woreringing wareringing
ringing horribly across acrO the water watel The Theroar Therar Theroar
roar rar and crackle crckle of the oilfed oire flames fme shutthese shut ahutth60 shuttheso
these th60 screams rams off ai from the frightened frightenedmaw rrightenedm
maw m of Sunday school people aft aftKelk aC aftKeik
Kelk and Van Tassel Ta 1 had leapedInto lopolnto the thecrowds thecw thecrowds
crowds cw when whtn the flregongs fregon rang rng It was wasdue wal wasdue
due to them that more mol women and children childrenwore chidren chidrenwere childrenwere
were not caught cught forward forard of the fire They Theyherded Theyhlrl Theyharded
herded hlrl tho people peple back hok like lke sheep hep untll untllnearly intlinearly ntl ntlnearly
nearly the whole company were huddled huddledtogether huddlf huddledtogether
together on tho broad brd aftcrdocks arterdck Tho Thoflre Thofr Thefire
fire fr was W eating tlnt Its Il way way back bak steadily tdly The Thep
p eopie oplo were gelling ettng more and more fright frightened Crlght frightenrJ ¬
ened enld Mothers lotherl whoso who children chidren had l been beenpnrnt1 beenseparated > een eenseparatod
separated from them In the rush nBh were weregetting wr wrgeWn weregetting
getting frautlo and dashing da hlng madly moly through throughtho tbroughthocrod throughthocrowd
tho thocrod crowd Confusion grow almost almot as I as fast fastas rit ritos fastas
as the fire fir at the other othlr end of the boat was wasgrowing wasgrowing as asrolng
growing Von Vn Tassel TIMel took took to tho rail railNow ri railNow
Now ow everybody eerhoy keep k p quiet I he shouted shoutedagain shout shoutodagain
again and again waving hh hi big arjro arjroreassuringly ar arJ8urgl armrreawtiringly
reassuringly J8urgl at women who were grasp grasping gP gPIng grasplag ¬
ing the rail ml and already alrdy leaning leing over and andtrying Ind Indtrig andtrying
trying trig to make up 1 Ihoir thoil minds to jump jumpPastor Jmp JmpPltor j mp mpPastor
Pastor Pltor Hess Ha had h found loundh Us wife wie and ad his histwelveyearold hs hstel histwelveyearold
twelveyearold tel yeld daughter duhtEr Gertrude Oertrde and nd had hadput bd bdput hadiJUt
put them near ne neir the back bk of a companion compiowy compiowywhero companionway companionwaywhere way waywhere
where he hew was sure s r he could culd find flnc fincIlbani fincIlbaniHejtootrled them themHe e
He Hejtootrled too tried tb thoalmhis ° cairn hla peopled He H HAZnIbC HAZnIbCas might mighta 1
a a as Bejtitretomhlapplei well el have hva tried tredtcmtewhjl trledth to oalm the tbewbfrbI whirling g tide tidethat tl tidethat
that was W bearing brC the e burning burnlg steamer eteameralong ltmer ltmeraong steameraking
along aong to its It cad ed They Ty word wer fighting nowMothers now nowMothers nowMothers
Mothers who had hadstr started side Jldeby by side sidewith sidewHh sidewith
with an endless fdle fund fd of sympathy Iympthy for do domestic domto domestlo ¬
mestic mto beasts hMtl difficulties difculies > wero wer worp fighting fghting like lko wild wildbeojitn wid widhMtl wildbeasts
Overboard Onrboad by b Hundreds HundredsScreams lunlt hluntlredsScreatnr
Screams Srelm came oamerm from the water walI A woman womanlooked womanlookod womanlooked
looked over and oud saw sw throe thre children ohldren float floating ftoating floatlag ¬
ing by on the starboard etarbosr aide Ilde The head of ofone orODe ofone
one of them wm W wa covered with blood blo whore whorea
a blade bldo of the poddUwhool podhwhol had wounded woundedIt
it The woman womarzacroarned screamed sorme just once Olce so loud loudthat loudtat loudthat
that tat for a moment all al tho other horrible horrlblosounds horritle horritleeuuds horriblesounds
sounds euuds of the boat scorned Imod hushed hUihed She Shepointed so sopoint iThopointed
pointed point a finger fnger at the little ltle bodies biM that thatwere Umtwre thatwere
were wre floating floatng back b from rrm the t o forward decks decksFrieda doks doksFrie decksFriedat
Frieda I she Rcreamt screamed reaml d Molre FriedaBefore Frieda FrledalHCor FniedaBefore
Before HCor a hand could bo 0 raised rBitd to stop stopher stopher tp tpbel
her bel if I indeed Inded tjiere tuire wax 1 any uly one there therecool ther thercool therecool
cool enough In il that moment to raUe ral a hand handthe handthe handthe
the mother jumped Jumpd on 01 the seat st aDd threw threwherself threwher1 throwherself
herself her1 over aveI the rail ri She sank whirling whirlingovor whirlng whirlngoer whirlingover
over and over In the theewm swift current crnt So did didthe didthe didthe
the children chidren But othor bodies bodl camo cme AR ARthe Al Althe Asthe
the flame flame worked worke upward and ad backward backwardmore bnkwanl bnkwanlmore backwardmore
more and old more people pple woro driven drivn to tolump toJump tojump
Jump to escape ecap being blng burel burned Mercifully Mercifullytho Mcreiruly Mcreirulytbo
tao pilot plot house houo away forward and up In Inthe IDte Inthe
the te air ar was WI in a position pIUon which blh the te flames flamesfound fe flamesfound
found It hard to reach reah The captain cptn and his hispilots hi hispilots
pilots plo were wer able to l keep kop steering steeringIt ftooringI
It I seemed flmo to be 0 the captains cpflne purpose PUr080 an an1m al ashacarno
h6cle hacarno 1m camo up past pDt 110th street Itret to try to find finda
a berth Ilrth on The Bronx Brnx side fldo of the stream streamFhore streamThere trr
There THT arc nr a number ntimhcrof cf ccal Cul and wood O yards yardsalong yar yardsalong
factories River Rivermen Hhermen Rivermen
along there ther nnd some ro rnctrieR
men said yesterday that tnt ho migt might well wellhave wel wellhave
have carried crie out outhl lib plan The 1e land laudror laudroro forces forcesat
o at the Fire Department Dpartment could culd have reached reachedhim rched rchedhim reachedhim
him there But he said sid that a tug warned warnedJim ware warnedhim
hi Jim ot ol oft telling telin him thnt ho would only onl be tosettlngflreto beetlg besettingfireth
etlg settlngflreto fire t the Oe shore hor buildings buldlngllnd luildingsand and would wouldnot wouldnot wouldnot
not be b helping lila ls people poJle in the least lelt If Ifbe irbe ifbe
be ran in there thereBoats therefinals
tere tereBo
Boats Bo tl to the Rescue RescueAt Reeut ReeutAt RescueAt
At any rate rat the tle General Slocum observednow observed observednow Ob8e
hundred of horror dazed peoplein
now by hunrl horr people pepleon
on both sides of the stream Rlrm and on the theIslands iliebland theislands
Islands turned turne again toward towar North Nor Brother BrotherSteamers BrotherSlmer BrotherSteamers
Slmer Steamers and lugs tugl from far down dow stream streamwere Itream Itreamwere troam troamwere
were making mkingnterher makingnft4rher of terher TheDcpartmentof TheDcpartmentofCorrection Tho TheflcpartmentofCorrection Dcplrmntor DcplrmntorCrton
Crton Correction bout MnwyiBolt M lt wan 1 on the te farside far farside rarside
side of the Brother islands Ilnnds for captain captainlay captin captinla captaInlay
la lay In welt for the te Slocum Slocm not knowing knowingthrough knowlnlthrough knowingthrough
through what bat channel cannelRhe she would como comoFrom comoFrom comeFrom
From downstream downelrm came cme the Oe slim 81m white whiteFYonklln whiteUn whiteFrankiin
FYonklln Un Edon Ed D the Health BM11 Department Departmentjoat Deparent Deparentbat
bat boat Thence Thenc too t came cmo tho sturdy Itury littleWadoj little littleIVode lte lteWael
Wael IVode with wit her tough tgh talking tlking daredevil daredevilgreat darovl daredevilgreat
grt great hearted herted lllllo Uttl captain cptln Jack Wade WadeFhere WadeTere WadeThere
Tere There came cme aim aI the io tugs Theo Thennd and Easy EasyTime Ey EyTime EasyTime
Time Time tooting their whistles wlbLes headed hne for forthe fol forthe
the te burning steamer steamerlooked fteampr fteamprlord steamerLooked
looked lord to the Mainland for Help HelpOn lelp lelpOn HelpOn
On board the Slocum Ilo um horror was 11 being beingjllcd beln beingpiled
ple piled on horror too to font f 8tror for any anyone one to keep keeprock kep keptrk keepLruok
trk rock of them The fire fr leaping lopip now high highibove blh blhabove highibove
ibove the framework of the Rteamers steametsogback Rteamerstogback ItNer ItNerhogback
hogback arid ard roaring with wih a 1 smoky glare glaref glar glaror
or > f red r tongues tnRUl up Jhrt thirty foot rot over the tall tallrown tl tailJrown
brow rown > smokestacks IImokOtaks had begun un to scorch scorchhe scorchthe scorchLbs
he edges OC of the compact mass ma of women womenind womenand womenrod
and children cbUdr who were crowding orwdlng back out outif outo outf
o if its It way at the t rear ral end of tho boat boatThe baalThe boatThe
The greater grter number of those thl people peple byta by byor byarwere
ta or arwere were on The Bronx side ido of the decks decksThey des desThey decksrite
rite They seemed lem d to feel rel poor por creatures crntr Dial Dialmall UlatImnl thatimall
Imnl mall as 8 their tleir chance chao for rescue fe was 118 when whent he
It t I came ce It would ould come ome from the thickly thicklyx thicklyppulnt thicklyopulated
ppulnt x pulatod > shore sboreraUer rather than tha from the bleak blnakocky blnk blnkrock bleakocky
rock ocky bare space IpaC on the Inland lan on the thelarboard theltrbo theitarboard
ltrbo larboard side The Slooum Hlocm was now nowtpposlte nowoPP nowpp
oPP tpposlte pp slte lte 138th lSth street stret htxyihig h ing portly partyatr partyaeresj partyaeresjhe across acrosshe
tho he river rer toward twar North Brother Brotb r Island IslandCO Iland IlandGO islandGo
When hm Old Wine ne or Drape Grap Julro Urc are ar needed nerdrdrT n neededLT rdt
rT Dewry DewryASnCo11 DcwrySoasCo A SotuCo IB 15 Fullon lon MIN flI 1Ut1 TA TAy Att
On flip Ih1 contagious contallQI1 diseases dien binding ldlnl there therethe the thethe then thenthe
the fire fighting fbUg force ror of the IslandUndo IslandUndothe IlandUDder IlandUDderthe island undei undeithe
the direction directon of Suporlnletdent Superl tedent of OuUloo OuUlooWork Olt Ontd o oWork r rWork
Work Doorley Doorle was M drawn up with wilI tw twlines two twoIle twhues
Ile lines of ofhevyboeco heavy hose connected noted with tin tinislands the thei tInislands
islands i lads salt elt water pumping p mplnp station stationTo etatqn etatqnTo stationTo
To have gone to them tlem acoordlng aordlngto to me mewho men menwho mnerwho
who are nrt familiar ram iaI with witlithe the run of 0Cthe the Ud Udalong tde tdealong tldtalong
along there would have bavobn been worse worl th thuseless tD tDuelo than thanuseless
uelo useless The Tie getting of the1 tl th boats bts broad broadside brod brodide broadlde
side ide lde against agah1t he stream they say sywouid sywouidave would woulcnave wouldmaYa
maYa nave ave whirled wbll < her helplessly out into Int thistream the Le LeItrea thestream
stream Itrea But as 1 they watched watchfdan and waited wattedthis wole waitedthis
this thl 18 H what they paw pawOverboard pnwOyrbard pawOverboard
Overboard Oyrbard Wltli Itl Broken roktnall roktnallWlh Mall MallWith RaIlWith
With Wlh a acrackandecIoinvoileyofecreaml acrackandecIoinvoileyofecreamlthat crack cack and Ind echoing eolnevoieyD volley of scream screamthat eaml
that set let on edge edg the teeth tth of t tnenhardene tnenhardeneto menh ene <
to t almost amot any form ofdeath otdeath or evIdence evldenoof eviden
of pain the port rail raHor of the UleSlomsater UleSlomsaterd Slocumsaftei Slocumsafteideck Slocumafterdeck
deck d k gave glve way and all al the people pple near net It Itslipped It Itslpp Itslipped
slipped slpp and slid slel iid one oneovel over another nnoter Ink InkIho Intothe intcthe
the water She Sb had hardly gone 200 2 yards yardifurther ynrdRrurthe yardsfurther
further rurthe on onIn onindeed Indeed by byo ones ei and nd threes threesand thr thrand threesand
and twos tWO and Bovens even gayly dressed drOe women womerand womonnnd womenand
and little ltte tots all ni in white whl were wer seen feen whirl whirlIng whil whirling
Ing 111 down from the declt dcl Into tho racing racingtide roing roingtidewhen racingtidewhen
The T steamers steamertand sw steamersand ers ersand
tide tidewhen tidewhen when worse or came eme e
and lugs tUg In pursuit were catching calblng up ark arkwoman oJ o owoman
woman hero or a child chid there but It was no nomuch not notmuch nomuch
much they try could do The tide tde was Watoo Watooelrt toe toeswift tooswift
swift elrt and Ind there theo was W too t much work to t bt btdone bodone hodone
done ahead to warrant wnrant any anT an delay oven oveiIndividuals OYerIndhlduoll ovenindividuals
Individuals Indhlduoll Indhlduolltxploslon f fExplosion 9Esploslon
Explosion Ihirlei IfrlttJurrd Hundreds HundredsThere hundredsThere
There was a puff pul like lke a great gt cough down dowrIn downIn downin
In the Slocums Sloums Inwards InwarR A red rolt4try rolt4trycloud starry starrjcloud starrycloud
cloud of sparks parke and smoke and flame flameshot flamershot am amhot
shot hot up and tho greater grNter part prt of the uper auperstructure uperstructure uperstructure
structure oft at plunged forward rornm into Int the thiflames thefme theflames
flames fme How Iow many hundreds hundr of r live livewere liverwere Ive Ivewer
were wer snuffed snule out in that tht one instant lntant no noIxxly nohoy nobody
body hoy will wi ever know Outsiders Out lders conic coulcsee oouldI conicsee
see I writhing withing crawling cmlng figures fgr In tho burn burnIng burnSing
Ing wreckage slipping slpping down further one onefurther and andfurther andfurther
further Into tho flames mE until unU they the were wengone weregono weregone
gone As A bees bO cling clng along a 0 branch wham wherthey wbenther whamthey
they are swarming there ther was wa a thick cluster clusterIng clulter clulterIng clustering
Ing of women all screaming Bmlng and boys bys am amgirls and andgirls andgirls
girls around aroun d the edges eg of so much of o the Ihisuperslruoture thesuperstructure
superstructure 8Upeltrctur as was M still stl standing slandlngAt tnding tndingAt I
At the very ver back Kelk the policeman pollcomanwas poloman polomanWM
of the thismallest thesmallest I IImalet
was standing standig catching catcblg up some Bore
smallest Imalet children cbldrn and ad hurling them out ai aithe at atthe atthe
the decks of tho nearest nert following rolowlg steamers steamersMothers steamersMotr steamersMothers
Mothers Motr threw their children chidn overboard overboarcand overbrd overbrdad overboardand
and ad leaped after att r them tlem When We the slanoh slanohions atanohions toh
ions 100 leP burned bure out and ad the superstruclurt superstruclurtfell luprstroture luprstroturerel
fell rel families rami were wer separated separatedThus separatedThu separatedThus
Thus Thu it happened happee to Dominie Domie Haas Ba He Hebad Hebd lIebad
bad bd given up as hopeless hopelt any effort efort to t ge gethe get gettheppl getthepeopli
the theppl thepeopli people quiet and andhadjustfoundhis had just Jut found hU bi wife wifeand wle wleand wifeand
and daughter duhter The ho crash clh came and he htlost helot helost
lost lot them
Deaohed Deaoed at Last LaitNow Last Last20W LastNow
Now 20W the big steamer etemel ablaze abll for more morethan morethan morethan
than twothirds of her 250 feet of length lengthwas lengb lengbW lengthwas
was W rounding rouDdlngthe the point pint of North Brother BrothoiIsland BrotherIsland BrothorIsland
Island The flames ftame were reaching out foithe for forthe
the pilot piot house hOU The door dor toward the t e firewas fire firewas fre
was O blackened blokone here and there and ad the th paint psinlblisters pt paintblisters
blisters bl ter were bursting with ltb little lte puffs pus ol olfire otflre
fire But the hundred hudr nurses DUr andthe and the tuber tuberculosis tub tuberculosis ¬
culosis clol patient patent patientsalt all al the theother others bad ha scarlet aoarlelfever scarletfever 1t 1treer
fever and a other contagious diseases anc1were and andwere
were wero kept Indoors Idorp Indoorsgathered contqoud gathered tho thoe e eagerly cr 01 01shore on onlOro onshare
shore lOro waiting waiig a chance ch to help hp saw lW old ol man manVanSchaiek maiVan
Van VanSlk VanSchaiek Schaick and AJpotatrUwhi hi hlspllota pilots at their wheel wheelstrtUnlns rhesIthoujb
strtUnlns fofward though by their own owiphysicalefforts ownphysicatefforts
1 physicalefforts phyicl < eor oa they theye conk ti almste make the be bego boat boatgo
go foster fosterThe ruterTe fasterThe
The Te captain aaptln and Van Va Wart are ar both bth o oscrawny or orrnwy ofscrawny
scrawny rnwy hollow holow cheeked ch ked build buid Both Bth have havBondy havesandy i idy
sandy dy side Bde whiskers whi kers cropped close clo Van VanWart VanWa VanWart
Wart Wa is itler taller than th tho oropp captain cpt Weaver Weaverthe Wev Wetvartine
the other pilot piot Is i of heavier hevll build buil The Themode Tey Teymo They Theymade
mode mo a wonderful picture pict the three th of them themAfterward themAterar themAfterward
Aterar Afterward when wbe tho horrors orron were all a over overexcept overeJcept overexcept
eJcept except the te most mot ghastly puty horror horr of all athe atheping aUthe aUthepiling the thepiling
ping piling up and ad labelling lbUng of the dead deadmen deadmenspoke men menspoke
tpko spoke of the picture It was at no moment momentcertain momt momtoortln momentcertain
oortln certain that the pilot pilt house hoU would wou not notihrlvel notIhlvel notshrivel
Ihlvel shrivel up and ad vanish vi h in a puff p of smoke smokeIf mokeI
I If it did the Slocum would never neer get gt close closeenough closeenough
enough to the shore to make mke It possible pl1 for forhelp rorhclp forhelp
help to t be b e given ghe to the passengers pp who whowore whowere whowore
wore still ltllvlg living And Ad the two old mon ml and andthe ad adthe andthe
the younger younar with never nevr a look backward backwardwhirled bkwa backwardwhirled
whirled their wheel whol and braced bra It and ad with withtheir wit withtheir
their teeth teth set st close c together tolther and ad never a anord aword I IIor
word Ior kept their eyes eye fixed fxe on the one 00 little littlejtretohof UUe Uttlestrtch I IB
B strtch jtretohof wh or rocky roky beach bh where It was wa possible possibleTor plble I Iror
for a steamer sleaer as big as a tile tte tJe Slocum Slom to be bebeached bebeached
bLOhOO beached accurately aorately and safely safelyThey aely aelyTtY safelyThey
They TtY succeeded ucde In the fight filb that they theyhad tey teyha theyhad
ha had been ben making mklDg aU the wsfir W from the theSunken theSunke thesunken
Sunke Sunken Meadows Medows where the Seawanhaka SeawanhakaKS Bnwa Bnwawa
wa KS beached bnched years ago Capt Van VanSchaick VanShalck Vancha1ck
Shalck Schaick was Wa past pt the te Sunken SuneD Meadows Meadowslie Medow
he lie no said sid yesterday ytenay before brore he knew that t head he helad heh
h lad a fire on his boat bot and the tide was W too toottrong to tostrong toortrong
strong to let him turn turn back bac to beach bach her herhere herthlr herhero
thlr here even oVln had there been bn any way wy of ofescue orresce ofrescue
resce rescue out there In tho middle middl of the te river riverWork riverWork riverWork
Work of Rescue llncneTho fHee fHeeThe RescueThe
The only heartening hertening Incidents of the thevhole thewhole thewhole
whole horrible horible half hour began bgn happening happeningis hnppnlng
as the Slocums bottom scraped scrapedn
118 is soon 1 Sloms botom Icrap
on > rn n tho North Brother Island blnd shore about aboutwenlyflve abouttWlntyftv aboutwentyflve
tWlntyftv wenlyflve feet from the t sea awal wall wallThe wallThe
The Te Mossasolt llaswolt which was wa the closestoat closest closestoat ctotboat
boat > oat behind b llnd the Slocum Slocm when she struck struckIrew Itc struckmew
drey mew so much water that tat it itwas was impossible impossibleo ImpoMlle i ito
to o get her leI bow bw within wihin fifty fty feet tet of the te Blo Blomm Sb Sbmm I
cm mm It I didnt dint make mke any difference dllerno to to2arl toCrl toanl
Crl 2arl anl Rappaport RppDport her coxswain cXwalD He took tooki tk I Ia
a I i running IDnng jump forward over the te bow bowind bowtnd
and swam toward the burning steamer steamerjlke steamer4ko
lam bml lltmr lltmrLie
Lie jlke a big bi red r towaf headed heed St Bernard Bem Berna he grabbed grabbedwo
two wo babies babll and anlwam anawam swam bockto bkt his own o boat boatMeantime bt btMMntme boatifeantlme
MMntme Meantime the captain optn of the MacMsoit MacMsoitras Mlt MltWM
ras putting puttnr boats bats overboard as fast rat as asleknow asno
ho no leknow kne know how When these thesewere te were out ou t pick pickng pic pickng
Ing ng up people poplo from the water wherever whereverhey whereverthey whereverhey
hey could Rappaport Rppapor was wt was floundering flounderinground ftounder flounderinground
are round Dd helping heping from the water ater side sideThe aideTe sideThe
The Te Franklin FmkUn Edsonwilh Ewithhrr her new clean cleanoat cen cencoat cleanoat
oat of white whle and gilt paint pait drew less le water waterhon wtor wtorthan waterhan
hon the Mawasoit MMoit and went right up to the thelloouras theSioum theJbocumns
Sioum lloouras side Ilde so that people peple jumped Jup from fromhe rromthe fromhe
he burning burnig decks dek and ad were dragged draback drabackto back
to 0 safety For Foraretyw8 safety was not on the for forrard rorwar f or oryard
war yard deck dek of orthe the Edson She needs ne a anew anewct new newoat newoat
ct oat of paint Her forward rora windows windowsrere
were cracked craoke by the heat and there tere are the thenarks te temak thenarks
mak narks of flames tame for rol the Cle forward forard thirty thirtyeet thirtyfrt thirtyeel
frt eel of her b r superstructure superstructureJack aupertructre aupertructreaCk superstructUreJack
Jack aCk Wade ade and Rialdj R Rud ll 1 1 MOrrol MOrrolJnok MoCarrol MoCarrolJaok MacerrolJack
Jack Wade Wlde master mutr and ad owner ower of his hislllle hi hisittbe
ltle lllle tug cursing cr like lke a ftruckman fcm stuck etuckIn stucka
In 1 the middle of a Broadway Brdway jam ja was wasiltohlng wa wasnitohing
plcblnK iltohlng his hl lifepreservers ur pltner over oVtr turning turningouee turninglooehi
looehi ouee his V bo boats > oaU and ad pushing IJUhlnC up so close closeo
to o the burning burnig decks deks that the hair har on o Iris Irisirawny ii histrawn
brwy trawn irawny arms arm frizzled rrzlo and his h men John JohnIcDonnell JohntoDonnell
McDonnel IcDonnell Ruddy McCarrol Mcrrl and ad Bob BobIrannlgan Bb BbBriga BobIrannigan
Briga Irannlgan had their shirts ahr burned off offheir or offheir
thtlrllcl heir Iwckri It wasnt an t worth worh while whie after aftercard afer aferwrd afterrard
card to attempt to get this thi crow to tell telllow tel tellnow
how low many lany lives lhe it saved ae They had been beenoo bn bntoobuY
toobuY oo bu buy y to count countRuddy lunt nountRuddy
Ruddy Hudly McCarrol Mcrol was n6 plain plin beaten bton out outor outtor outor
tor or tho first rlt time tmo in his nis life le The effort effortrtilch efforthboh rorl
wJJlch rtilch finished tnlhflhiphu hhn hdd been bn getting geUng a aery avery acry
very cry heavy hoy German Gean woman womn over the side sideIngle sideIngbo ldr ldringlo
Ingle handed When she showas was aboard aboardhe aboardIhe aboardho
Ihe he began bgan to scream eari Ruddy uddy laid lld himselfut himself himselful hlmll hlmllou
ou ul flat ft fence Cllc down don along alont the thl jai rail and was WM sm
iurebewas sure lue he bewa was going lolnl to o die he was wa ad no 10 ex oxhaunted exhausted exbute
haunted bute He lehlrd heard the fat fatwomnn woman say sayWake sy syWake sayVake
Wake up lP you YOII yotit Wake uj ILbutho ipt P but butho ho dldn1 dldn1know dIdnt dIdntkno d1clnknow
know kno die Kle was W talking to him himThere himMThere himThere
There in my Clans Clall In the ho water wlt r she shiscreamed sheeced an anscreamed
screamed eced Without Wltl ItJmut > t more ado she shoved shovecRuddy fhove shovedRuddy
Ruddy overboard overbord He floundered ftolnderenround ftolnderenroundoulht flounderednround flounderednroundcaught around aroundcaught
caught oulht the te boy by and managed to get gt aboard aboimagain abolrd abolrdain aboardagain
again ain The fat woman grabbed grbbd Claus Clauirid Clausrd Clawanctatanted
anctatanted rid rd started stted down don the boat bt boatwith with wih him Ruddy Ruddjshook Ruddyshook Ruddyahook
shook his ini head with th a look that that wa was alraosi alraosia n1mot n1mota
a smile Imle and theri ther then fell on his hlt face fncl In a faintFttbiat faint rnlntF falniFltbat
Fttbiat F tblat ionie fJH citieS Flylnv Flns tip tipAll UpAl tipAll
All Al along Uio shore Ihoto as the thehurlng thoburniing burning steam steamboat stlnm stlnmboat steamboat ¬
boat had come cme along olonJ the Htream It ar on on the thebreast thebrtMt thebreast
brtMt breast of tho tide tll fire fre alarms had been beenrung bn bnrung beenrung
rung One alarmat alnrlint alarm at the thl foot of 138th lSth street streetwas stret streetwas
was 1 rung three thne times tme There er won Wi nothingthe nothing nothingthe nothingthe
the firemen could do when they cAme cAmeexcept 01mE 01mEexcept ome1 ome1except
except Just one on thing which WI was dono at atonce atoce atonce
once oce The captain COItl of the first flt company companyto ompanyto
to arrive at the rivers edge oge telephoned telephonedfor tplephooEd tplephooEdror
for the fireboat flre ollt 7ophar 10pllar Mills Mis She ramcup came cnmeup cameup
up the river screaming scrmlng with wih a voice that thatoutttcreamed thatoutreame thatoutecreamed
outttcreamed outreame all al the thE other whittle whi4tlel hte which whichwere wblchwere whichwere
were being blown Llow in I every lvery factory and andyard andyard andyard
yard from which hlch the blazing hln1no steamship steamshipcould slthlp slthlpcould steamshipcould
could be b seen seenThe sn seenThe
The captain cptin of the Mills Mie saw ew that theSlocum the tbeSlocm theSlocum
Slocum Slocm was O beached bNhed and that thatrellrs rescuers were weremore weremore
more needed need than pumpers of water ater He Heran Retan
ran rn tan into 138th I 8h street Rtrt and andok ndtook took aboard nban Capt CaptGoo CaptOohgon Captfiedhiegan
Oohgon fiedhiegan Goo began and all the reserves rlrVe of the Alex Alexander Alexander Alexander ¬
ander avenue station and took them over oveiIhe ovelthe overthe
the river to help In the te work of picking pickingpeople pickingpeople pickingpeople
people out of the water from rowboats rowboateand rowboateandtugl anc anctugs and andtugs
tugs tugl There is a big marble works opposite oppositeNorth oppsite oppsiteNorth oppositeNorth
North Brother Island Ilnd Tho boss bo8 when he hesaw hew hesaw
saw w the Slocum Slocm knocked off of nil 01 eu work and andsent andllent andsent
sent his ISO 15 men across acrM In any and every everysort everyIrt everysort
sort Irt of a craft crlt that they could lay theirhands their theirhands their theirhnda
hands hnda on onNuries onNurSH onNurses
Nurses Wade Out Up to Their Necks NeckiMeantime NtekMeantime NecksMeantime
Meantime the hundred bundre nurses nuf and the thetuberculosis Lbetu thetuboroubosla
tuberculosis tu tuloi patients patent were wer doing doig wonder wonderful wonderful wonderful ¬
ful thing Delicate Delcate looking young younp women womenin womenIn womenIn
in the th dainty d ty white whie uniforms ulrorl which nurse nursewear nurlC nurlCwer nurseswear
wear wer ran down to the waters brink and andwaded ant andwaded
waded in up to their necks nrkl and formed formedhuman Conne formedhuman
hun human chais chains along along which struggling strugglinghalf Itrugglng Itrugglngh strugglinghalf
half h drowned drwne refugees rrugE were passed P e MistODonnell Mist Mis MissODonnell
ODonnell ODonnel the assistant witat nurse in chargewent charge chargewent chge chgewent
went went out and a andbrought brought brough in I seven Rven dead people peopleand peple pepleandelght peopleand
and andelght eight living 11 Every other nurse nur in inthe intbe inthe
the place pla was aa doing nearly nealy as well wellDr wel wellDr
Dr Watson Watsn the head be of the tle hospital hospitalwas hopiI hopiIout
out with them cheering cheeringthem cheeringthem
was out in I the water wih cherlDg cherlDgthem
them on Mary McCann Mc a sixteenyear sixteenyearold Ilxtenyenr Ilxtenyenrold
old a ward wa helper helpr just Jut over from Ireland Irelandswam Irela Irelaa Irelandwam
swam a out four times tie and an each eh enobtimo time brought broughta br ught
a living UVlngchld child to the shore shoreHulk shorelIalk shoreHulk
Hulk a Furnace Fnc Many Iln Still Alive Alve Aboard AboardEven Aboud AboudEven AboardEven
Even though relieved relove by these thee evidencesbut evidenced evidencedbut evidenc I Ibut
but one or or two out of hundreds hUDdr that thathappened thathappened I Ibappene
happened bappene unrecorded uDrrdeC unrecordedof of the working of ofgood orgo ofgood
good go and ad brave human hum hearts ber the misery miseryand mier miseryand
almost un undiminished undllshe undinIntshed
and the horror horr were going on
diminished dllshe The great gt hulk was wo wai still stillburning stl stillburning
burning burig like lke a furnace on top tp of the te water waterLiving waterLiving ater aterLvg
Living Lvg men me and ad women were still lUl rolling rollingout rolng rolngout roilingout
out from Cro her he decks dek Hundreds Hund sought soughtshelter soughtIhelttrrm soughtshelter
shelter Ihelttrrm from the heat het under the paddle paddleboxes pdle pdleboxt paddleboxes
boxes boxt which seemed med slow Ilowto to burn In Itthere Inth Inthere
there th among an the te wet et paddle pdl blades bl8 threscue th theresou he her <
rescue boats bostswere were Ailed Aie again and again againHiTtsr againisYsrew
r 1e a adapD adapDL
isYsrew HiTtsr BlCl L Vain V CUmfc tmt Hfo Hfotionciafter I1t I1tng
LnateCM tionciafter ng f ° every ° 7 one on h bad given up any anjidea anyIe anyIdea
idea Ie that tt there the w wA a a human humUrelD gven life in the theforward te tero theforward
forward part of f ihe h boat bt except U ezoop t those thoseof thoseof
of ro Ospt t p Van Sohalck Sho and adhla his two tw pilotsthere pilots pilotsthere pUot
there tere was a shout eout of ohurpr1 surprise and ad agony on onshore onaor onshore
shore A small eU boy boyh he seemed smed about aboutyer A Ayears 8years
years yer old oldlmbup oldclimbedup climbed up to tho t theilagztaff flagstaff fgt and andbegan ad andbegan i
began to make me his hi way up as a a though tough to get getaway getaway I Iawy
away b awy from rrm the te deck de which was W burning burningunder bing bingunder burningunder
under him hi He climbed oll a little uUe higher higer and anda andltte
a little ltte higher b her with each eh jump of the tongues tonguesof tonge tongeof
of flame fe from below blow until UDt he was 118 almost almostat nlost nlostat almostat
at the top Ho lb was WI a sturdy ltrdy looking little lltllechap lte ltecap littlechap
chap and ad each eh time ho found foud he had ha not notgone notgne notgone
cap gone far ra enough ho would shake ahe his yellow yellowourls yelow yelowourl yellowcurls
curls ourl gne determinedly deterinedly and work his way a few fewInches rewInhe fewInches
Inhe Inches more It was a brave fight tght Ho HI lost lostit lostit lostit
it The Th flagstaff gt began bgan to t tremble temble just as a aboat abt aboat
bt boat was getting gettng around aund In position pition to get getat getat getat
at the child The staff atar fell rel back bck Into the thefloating theftng thefloating
ftng floating furnace rurc and the th boy by with It ItUvlnr ItUnc itUvlnt
Uvlnr Borne Fait Pt the Dead DeadAs Dad DadAI DeadAs
As fast rlt as dead ded and living Ivlg were brought broughtashore broughtahor broughtashore
ahor ashore the weaker weker of the convalescent convalescentpatients cnvalecDt cnvalecDtpatenla convalescentpatients
patenla patients took tk them and carried crrie them up on onthe ontbelw onthe
lawn There constantly Increa Increaing increalag
tbelw the was W 8 a coD8tnty Inae
ing number numbr of physicians pbyslolan coming over overFrom oerrrom overfrom
From the te mainland mnlnd some 8me of them in row rowboats rowbt rowboats
bt boats Every burnt woman wonn or child chid who whoshowed whosbowe whoshowed
sbowe showed any ly signs slgn of life le was carried carrie into the thebuildings thebuldlng thebuildings
buldlng buildings The Te nurses nUI nurseequarters quarters qutel and ad the theioctors thedotrs theocto
dotrs ioctors octo quarters quars and the stables Itables and everyplace every everyplace eve
p1 place that tt had h a roof rr where cots col could couldL couldb couldbeerectedwuflhbedcxcept
b beerectedwuflhbedcxcept L > e erected erted was filled fliexcept except those to In which whichthere wblchIhere whichthere
there were wer contagious cDtaglous diseases diseasesThe dis diseasesThe
The he dead were laid out in long lon rows on onIhe onthe onthe
the grow grA The living lving walked waike or were werecarried weretrrie wereranted
trrie carried by them Heartrending recog recoglilions rg rgnon recogriltions
non lilions were there thlrej woman wornen throwing thro ing them Ihemelve themelvl themselves
elvl selves elve on the tle bodies bodie of their children cbldn chil chiliren chndren cliiilren
iren catching cthi at their mothers motheT bands bandsind hluls hlulsand bandssad
and begging brlthem them to wake up and scream laD laDl screamIng scroamng
l Ing ng inconsolably IconeolblT when hen they realized rl that thatthere thatthere thatthere
there would be b no waking klng up upThere upTher upThere
There Ther was M too t much muc to be done at once oncefor ODt onceroe
for nay Iny list ltto to bo kept of those thO who were wereescued weree wererescued
rescued The Rev Mr uses lal was a as pulled pulledut pue
out > ut u of the water In which he had h fallen fallentoon ralen ralenon fallennoon
noon on after art the Slocum beached and a found foundto
to to be not very ory badly bady injured Injur But it was wasmore wasflora 1 1more
more than tan an hour before he could auld he found foundind rouDdad foundand
ad and Identified IdentifiedOne Identfte identifiedOne
One reason rn for the Ul heavy hev loss lo of life lifescribed lie lieub lifeiscribed
ub scribed by those thOe who assisted ai t In I the work workf workor workDr
or f rescue ru was wa the apparent apprt Inability lblty of alldie all allbe al alte
te die be passengers pagl of the te Slocum Elocum to swim swimcores IWI swim3ooreg
Br 3ooreg cores were wre drowned drowe within a are few steps slep of ofrm orfr oflirn
fr lirn rm footing Not a few were drowned drownedrho drwe drownedinto
wlo into rho might have saved nve themselves thrmlve by stand standig std stdInl standLflg
Van Schaick and his pilots pilotsnd pilotssad
Inl Lflg ig up Capt Va Sclck hi piot
ad sad nd all al the rest rt of o his hi crew except excpt StewardtleOann Steward StewardIcOann Stewa
Mcan IcOann and ad Chief Engineer Conklm Conkln swam swamshore swa swamashore
ihore shore without wihout much difficulty dloulty after they theynoo tey teyono theynOO
ono noo got safely into the water away from fromtie rromthe fromLhe
the tie flames fnmtft It in 1 not known what happened happenedo happed happedto
to o McGann Mcan Other members membr of o the crew crewvere crewere orewwere
were ere sure su that tat when whe the divers get st downinto down downnto I IInto
Into into the ue wreck wlk of the Slocum Slo they tey would wouldind woud woudfnd wouldmd
fnd ind that Chief Engineer Eeer Conkllruwould Cok11woud be beound bepound
round dead dea at hispost from which he might mightlave mighthave mightnave
have lave escaped any ay time had ha he wanted 1ant to tobandon toabandon toibandon
abandon Cp the tbl passengers paenar to their bel fate fateBurned rataBurnrtl fateBurned
Burned to the Waters atl Edge EdgeWhen Ese EseWben EdgeWhen
When the th Zopliar Mills Mii commander cmmander was wasatiifled wutllftd wassatisfied
satisfied tllftd that Uat there tlee woe Wi no more chance chanceif
Dr if saving any lives lv he h ordered that the theturning thebuning thettrning
buning turning hulk be got out of the te way With Withhe Withthe Withhe
the he help hlp of several avea of the other ot tugs tU she sheras 8hewa sheCu
wa ras yanked yanke out Into Int the thet stream and floated floatedblase fo floatediblaze
ablae blase from stem sto to stern at over OVe to t Hunts Huntsolnt aut autPoint limitsPoint
Point Point a mile mie away where whee she a grounded groundedgain auded audedagain groundedigain
gain and an burned burne to to the waters wats edge edgend edgemd
and nd sank sk She lies now no about abut half h aprom a eo eoand mile milerom
prom rom Hunts Point on the te Bronx Brr side de of ofhe ofthe ofhe
the he stream atreamand leaand and about abut a mile me north noth of North NorthIroiher Northilrother
Iroiher Island blnd She lies lielth with her h yellow yellowmokestacks yeUowtmokeetacks
Imoketk mokestacks tilted tt over to t the te south 10Ut and andmo andone annjne
mo ne of her hpr big yellow low paddleboxes pdbxe visible visibleor vlb1 viatbieror
For or the rest It there ter Is an n outline ouUln of charred charredImbera charredimbers
timiM Imbera and nothing nothng more Divers Dlv are
working w dead rklng on her looking lokjgC for r more mo e pi r rdead thdead ttt tttfrnrt <
frnrt rU raft That Did Not Help HelpThero lIelp HelPThere
There Ther was WI great rat wrath HatheIII rath eyi eirueebyafl > rosebyaU rosebyaUtho bY8i C Cthe
tho people who watched thesfearuboats1 thesfearuboats1bloxlng the afer sfenarubOate sfenarubOateblazing t I
blazing progress watchc up the river r because of ofIho ortho ofthe
bllJnl the autlpiiB Prgr of one ont or two of orheltth1qb orheltth1qbdid oftine rl llie crrdfkWhiQh crrdfkWhiQhdid craftwhlrhdid b
did notoll not not go to tho rraitie Jtue esuue The Thoctalil captalbpt captalbptthe t tthe
the ferryboat CerryLItt Hront which wblrhcfifr croMed croseedfron fron fronMUli
MUli 13lh street atoet right under the tJeslerort stern ofvthe ofvtheSlocunv or the theSiocurn
Slocunv Slocm without going close cloe enough enouh tu tuokh a aoateh o ouateh
oateh okh nn any n of r tbo thOo tIoo e who wbl were wer jumping juPnlr from fromher 7 7her
her decks deks got ot a 1 great grat share sar of r < theblaaie teb tebThen the bism bismThen v vThen
Then there theroIowhlo waMawhite fleam IAmynot yacht which whIoItbobbed whichbobbed boh i ibhLe
bobbed bhLe along within wihin a cable clle length lengththrough leDththrough iengththrough
through almost Rlmo t all al of the Sloaums 810um Sboo mspltiful mspltifuljourney pitiful p1rl x xjourney t tJourey
journey Jourey and never once ono went close cloe closenough closenoughto enough r1 u1t u1tt t tto
to t lend a h hand The TheMnoaeuUoD name accusation accusationwon
won mndo macongalnIt against a black tlcatenl steam yacht yachtwith yachtwith ah ahwih f
with wih yellow ellv funnels funnelsWorthleM CUI fuinneldWorthless el I J
Worthless orthl Life 1resrrvm lrCrntra on the e Deaclt DeacltOn Des 4 t tOn
On many mny of the bodies bodle which were werorCY werorCYerd recov recovered recqvered ¬
ered life which seemed seemedto
wer Iro
to have boon perfectly prfecty worthless worthleS Assistant 18llltt 18lllttDJ A85t5t5t A85t5t5tDistrict lel s sDistrict
District DJ trlct Attorney Atorey Oarvnns attention a enUon was wascalled wa wascalled
called cle to a collection colection of the Slocums Sloms life lifepreservers Jre Jreprervel lifepreservers
preservers prervel which had boon made mdC b bY bCapL bCapLJack r Capt CaptJock Cpt
Jack Wade These TIllo life preservers prsorvre preserv re yor yorcovered woz wozcovered <
covered with wlh such flimsyrotten f1lmsyrUeD etuffihatthoy stuffthat stuffthatthoy stullnt stullntthoy
thoy could be 0 ripped ripp open OpPI by a aleth scratch scratchwith scratchwith e ewih
with wih ones oos thumbnail thumbni They 1 y werefitted werefittedwith wer were f filled filledwith ed edwith
with groundup cork Instead lnteador of with wt withsolld withsolldchunks solid solidchunks oUif oUifehun
chunks ehun which would wo ld retain retainlheir Ihoir heirhuoncy heirhuoncyCnpt buoyancy buoyancyCopt buoyancyCapt
Copt Wade W de who threw away Iway a hundred hundreddollars hundreddollars nj
dollars dollre worth of really realy good go life ICeprr preserv preservers preseryera ¬
ers 11 to tho Slocums Slof Sincur passengers pengl was a highly highlyindignant Wal Walidignt highlyindignant
indignant idignt over the Ue matter matterLook lntter lntterMLk matterLook
MLk Look what thoy let a 0 boat of 2600 2I pas passengers p pusengers
sengers snger carry cr he said ld and then iliO look lookwhat lookwhat ok okwhot
what they make mae me buy when Im lmol lmoll only onlylicensed ceihylicensed
licensed to eighteen eighteenThe eighteenThe
l lsed carry crry eightn eightnThe
The work of recovering rcoverig bodies dI8 went woton wotonsteadiy on onsteadily onsteadily
steadily steadiy from the lime tme when all aopof aopofsaying hope of ofsaving ofsaving
saving more mor livpt li1 ended clidc Nearly Nearlyabudrd Nearlyabudrdpolcmen ahundred ahundredpolicemen N Npolicemen
policemen polcmen assisted nfl ted by men mln from all a tho thohospitals to tohOplt thohospitals
hospitals hOplt and morgues moraue went wet out outm in small smallboatn smal smalboat smallboats
boats boat and waded out and worked worke from fromIhe rrm rrmUle trainthe
the shore ehor and from tho docks dok of ortetu ortetuwih the tugs tuggwith tugswith
with wih grappling Krppllg hooks hook dragging droggwluP up all allthat aUtat allthat
that tat was I 8 loft ier of o ylctms victims of the disinter disinterThe ter I IThe t tThebodiesoftomeoftlnbaowhowerebumned
The Thebodiesoftomeoftlnbaowhowerebumned Thebodiesoftomeoftlnbaowhowerebumnedwere bodies bolC of tome of Uibso UIO who were burned burnedwere b
were wer In indescribably Inde rlbnhly horrible horible condition conditionIn cODditoD cODditoDIn
In tho rush ru and confusion there ther were weremany weromny weremany
many mny things thing which whch In the face of r a disaster disasterless dlt disastetless
less le appalling appalng would have he Iboet shocked the thesensibilities thesensibilities
sensibilities eenib1te of the te most mot hardened benedmwho benedmwhowitne man who whowitnessed whowitnessed
witnessed witne them such Boh for Instance lnto instan o as ute utesight the thesight thoeight
sight THE Tim SUN tug encountered enounteredon on one ofits of oflls ofIta <
its trips across acro to North Nor Brother Island Islanda h1d h1da
a rowboat rowbt wlthtwo men at the oars cr and anda id ida
a small smaliboy ml boy who was washoidinga 118 holding a line lebywhl ltnebywblch ltnebywblchwere by which whichwere 1
were towed towe the tht bodies bodie of three tuooomo women womendressed womendressed
dressed dr all al three thr in flimsy fimsy while whitd dresses dressesNobody dr eea eeaNobody
Nobody Noby was 8 to blame The boat btwoutd btwoutdhae would wouldhave woukihave
have inside been bn swamped swampe withthe t three bodies bodiesinside bOdIOSinabde lo
Night Increases Ineree the Horror HorrorAt lonor lonorAt HorrorAt
At 1030 103 oclock last lt night lrhtfGcr 415 corpses corpseshad corpseshad
had been bn recovered recovor and clgg togged at Nort NortBrother NorthBrother North NorthBrother
Brother Island IlDd Fifty Fley had h been bn recovered recoveredat reover
at other oterpolla points They Tey included IDclude a a dozen dozenthat d dozenthat n ntht
that tht hadfirst hadfrst1n had first been landed 1ndo at Oak Oa Point PcIL PcILMro PqlnLMore i iMore
More Mro were coming cpi In at t the th rate of o twonty twontyan t tw ntJ nty ntyanhour
an a anhour anhourThe hour hourThe
The hourpoUce police of the te harbor squadassisted squadassistedby eu l ut
by bolu volunteers volunte r were Wfr wading diDladrlll and ring rgwlngTabbt 4 4Ab1
Tabbt Ab1 t theslibm JmsN W repickldgthein picking plcll theJn te up up uwith with wt grap grappling gp gppUDg grappiling ¬
piling hooks bo f So S numerous numr were we the t corpses corpsesthat c I Ithat
that early In Inthe the evening evennK bodies boes were re recoveredat r zecovered ¬
Cvr coveredat covered ery < ltth at the rate rotof of one oe a minute minuteFiihlnf mnut minuteFishing
Fishing tip the Dead D cad Under Searchlight SearchlightAll sareJs SearetnhigtitAll
All the boats used ud by the police poUoandoter poUoandoterworkers and other otherworkers otherworkers
workers were we equipped with wlthlt lanterns lanternsIn lanternIn
In addition additon lights Ugt qulpp were hung on onpolo poles bat t thaLhad bathad
had been bD stuck in tho mud along nlongteaore nlongteaoreor the shore shoreof sboreof >
of the Island lelnd The police polic boat bot Patrol patrorto stood i iby 1 1by I Iby
by constantly coDtaDty with wita a big searchlight searUght played playedon
on the waters ters Tho employees employe of the thoa thoaplol ply hoe hospital hoepita ¬
plol pita rigged rigge up temporary temporar lines lnea of incan incandescent ino incandescent ¬
de descent nt lights along the tht lawn lwD to aid those thosoat thOe
at work in tabulating tabultDg and searching serc the thebodies theboleR thebodies
boleR bodiesCorpses bodies
Corpses CorpC Known Ko Only Onl by b Number NumberAs Numb NumbAll NumberAs
As soon Ron oa the bodies bodlO were taken teD from fromtho rrm rrmtho fromthe
tho water they wore wor laid In groups grup of four foureach roureach foureacin
each They Tley were wer first fnt tagged tagge and then thenmarched ten tensnrl thensearched
snrl marched d All Al jewels papers papel and valua valuables Tlua valuables ¬
ble bles taken from the bodies biM ware wer thrown thrownInto trw throwninto
Into huge hug ba bag Each batch bth of valuables valuablestaken Tluable TluabletaeD valuablestaken
taeD taken from Crm a body bdy was wa tagged tgge with the thenumber thenumber thenumber
number corresponding cOnpondlg to that tat on the te body bodyAfter by byAtor bodyAfter
After Ator the searching sarhing and tagging tgggor of the thebodies theboie thebodies
boie bodies had been bn completed complet photographs photographsirere photgph
were taken tken of the groups group of four This Thiswan T Thiswas
wan 8 done dOle by the use ue of flashlights flashlightsFlrit luhlght flashlightsFirst
Flt First Photograph Potsrph a Woman oman and Three ThreeChildren T ThreeChildren
Children ChildrenWhen Chldn ChldnWJen ChildrenWhen
When WJen Commissioner ommiloner McAdoo Mcdoo heard he of oftho orilie ofthe
the accident aident yesterday yeterday and later latr learned learnedf len learnedDr
or f the enormous enormoU list lst of dead de he sent sen ont to toPach t toPitch
Pitch Broi BrO the photographers photognphe and secure securethe securethe ero erothe
the services rvlC of a staff stf of men to t take Ike pictures pictures3f plot plotor
3f tho dead deadThe dlad dladThe deadThe
The first photograph photogaph was taken at l 8DCiOOk 8 8Iclook 8oclok
oclok Iclook lost IQt night It was w a group goup of four fourx rou fowronsisting
cniUng ronsisting x > nsU < ting of a woman nnd throe t children childrenThe chldn chldnThe childrenThe
The bodies bodie were stretched strothe out along aont the thelawn thelawn
lawn with the heads bes propped against againt the thewall thewnll thewail
wall of the scarlet slet fever revel propp hopital hopitalI hospital hospitalIt
It I was decided delded to send all al the vahlables vahlablesakcn v11 vahiablstaken
taken from the dead de to tho office ofc of Coroner Crnr CrnrG CoronerD
G 3 Gorman Gonan at 177th 17th street strt and Third Ti avenue avenueCommleslonor aveue aveueCommltionor avenueCommissioner
Commissioner Commltionor MoAdoo McActo first ftr tpr proposed proposedhe
he schema hemo of sending endlng all al booties bles to t the theMorgue te teMorge theMorgue
Morge Morgue at Twentysixth TentYlx street tt where whereirrangements whereirrangernents bB
argmnta irrangements had hd been bn made moe to turn tmthe tmthebig theIg the thejig
jig Ig Charities ChrlUo Department DpameDt dock into a a tern ternjorory t ternorary
por jorory morgue morgueMr morge morgeMr morgueMr
Mr MoAdoo explained exllno that the bodies bodiesirould bie biewould bodieswould
would then be brought brough nearer neer to their theirlomes theirhome theirnomes
home lomes and could culd thus thU be b moro easily eiy idonti idontiied Idont idontiled
fie led Coroner Crner OGorman OOorn readily ril assented leDt assentedo
to 0 this ti plan pl although it took tk the to cases c out outf outor
or > f his jurisdiction Jurisicton in The Bronx Bron and trans transerred tn transkrred
rer erred the bodies bole to the he authorities authorite in inManhattan 11 in1anhattan
Manhttan 1anhattanDiner
Diver DlnrRlo Rice Volunteers VolunteersAt olnte olnteAt
At 7 oclock oclok last llt night niht a MerrittChapman MerrittChapmanvrecklng MerrlttCpm MerrlttCpmwrkig MerrltttThspmancracking
wrkig cracking tug with Ith full rut crew cw and three threolivers t threelivers
dlveT livers reached rche North Nor Brother Brole Island IslandThe Id IdThe Na d dhe
The he wrecking wkig crew cW and ad two to of the t diver diverlad d1vemi
dVei dVeiha
ha lad mi come cOe at the call 01 of Commissioner CommissioneriIoAdoo Cer CerMoAdoo CommissionerfuAdoo
iIoAdoo The Te other came cme over oe in I a boatintel boat boatind hot hotad
ad intel offered olerh1 Jils his services srlc He is Ilobnc John Rice Ricevho W Boeho
who ho went to Boonton N J and brought broughthe broub
he body boy of Bill Di Hour lollr to the to surface sura when whenthon whenothon wbentbons
othon > thon had hn failed to do HO 8 Rico was wally wallywecmed gladly gladlywelcomed gladlyredeemed
wecmed welcomed and ad joining the others other in I the therreoklrig te tewlt themocking
wlt mocking crew cw hurried huied to the tec charred charredind charredmd
ad ind sunken anen steamer stmer to recover rcver tho to th bodies bodiesastened bk bodiesaatened
tMt astened in and about the wreck wrk Word WordMW Wo Wontas
w MW as sent lnt sentbaclc back by by them UICI some SODe tunolater to 1t that thathe t thAtLbs
he work would ould bn bl v VI vy ry difficult dmct WflJcu1towingto WflJcu1towingtoI owing owIt to
a I 1 lack lk of light llhL It I was wa also ali stated stat that tt ttte thAtfine v vhe
te he single wrecking rklnJ lug lu was wa hardly ll able ablecope al ableo
t o cope op with wt the Ue theattnatton situation ltuaton and Commissioner andCommissIoeIfoAdoo CommissionerkfoAdoo Cmll
MoAo kfoAdoo decided ded to t summon luonmr more help helpNary he bslpNavy
Nary NA Yard 1ard Sends id a Tag TagHe TC TCHe TugHe
He then ten telephoned tolephonoto to the tenutote authoriUM authoriUMit e eet
at it the te Brooklyn Brkyn navy Dvy yard ya asking aklrlto if they theyfould theysouldhelpoutflnd
woudhelpoutld souldhelpoutflnd fould helpoutand receiver nlvtl word book b that thati tat tata
a i powerful pwerful navy MY tug tg fitted ftt upejth up with th search searchlights 8h 8hIlhb searchilghts
Ilhb lights would ould bo dcApatchod dC ate to t the teaDo teaDoimelttl scene scenemmedlately sceneImmediately
imelttl imelttlNan Immediately4aval Immediately mmedlatelyVaral
Nan Varal Reserve Ree Sends 8dIDoats Deals andttewi andttewiCommissioner ald0w ald0wCmmllone Qws QwsCommissioner
Commissioner Cmmllone McAdoo McAdo had ha bias alreajdy called o

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