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Arrival of the Morro Castle Yester
iaj with Ike SnrriTora of the
Lost Ship's Crew.
What Caused the Fire and
Who is to Blame.
Tke Passengers' Sworn Statements Be
fore the United States Consul.
Heartrending Scenes and
Tale* of* Horror.
The Hero of the Hour and His
Story of the Disaster.
The Morro Castle, one of the steamers of the
Atlantic Mall Steamship Company, arrived at this
port yesterday, bringing five of the survivors of the
erew of the Missouri, the steamship of the same
line which was burned at sea on the 22d ult. Quite
a large gathering of men and women and children,
In great part relatives of the seamen employed on
tbe Morro Castle and of the ill-starred Miwoarl,
had assembled on the wharf long before
the vessel was sighted at Quarantine. Many
of them were attired in deep mourning.
About noon the steamship arrived, and a rush by
the crowd of anxious ones on the pier was at once
| made for .the gang plank as soon as it bad touched
the wharf. The Custom Howe officers and the
| agents of the steamship company, however, had
taken the precaution to stretch a rope across the
dock, effectually preventing anybody from reach
lng the vessel nnttl thev had examined the meagre
baggage of the passengers. This duty of the
government officials accomplished to their own
satisfaction, the friends or the sailors of the Mis
souri were allowed on board. It fell to tho lot of
Purser Albert to officially announce to the majority
tne sail tidings that, save five, not one of the crcw
had been saved. As there wore no friends of the
missing passengers among the crowd he
was spared the painful task of announc
ing to them how, out of the whole num
ber that had sailed from New York, bnt
seven had escaped to tell the tale oi the
iwfnl disaster By which eighty-seven human
3eings had miserably periBhed. Among those
j?hom the kind-hearted Albert had to meet was
.he aunt of Httle Eddy Clark, the newsboy. He
iad gone on the last voyage of the Missouri as a
lubstitute for Tommy O'Brien, the regular news
My, and went down with the other unfortunates
>f the crew. The poor woman could not be con
I oled, and eried piteously as she listened to the
?arser's words of sympathy, which fell evidently
Iipon cars that heard not. Among the visitors was
:.n elderly woman, dressed In deep mourning,
amed Mrs. Mason. In a timid, hesitating voice,
[hoking with emotion, she asked Mr. Albert
"Have you any news abont him?"
"About whom, Madam?" replied Mr. Albert in a
|lndly tone.
My darling boy," Bhe asked, "has he been
The Purser made no reply, bnt shook bis head
I idly, and the bereaved mother turned away
libblng, bitterly exclaiming, "Oh, God! my poor
py gone l gone t gone !"
While the anxioos friends of the Missouri's crew
ere busily engaged in eliciting all the information
tey could conoe't-ning the loss of the vessel, the
erald reporter went into the "offlce" of tbe vos.
I, where he met tbe following survivors of the Ill
ted Missouri:?
Richard Murphy, assistant pantryman, New
Patrick McGovern, purser's assistant, New York.
Samuel Cone, seaman, 200 Madison street, Mew
>rk. v
W. Jones, seaman, Newark, N. J.
Louis Bourne, seaman, Newark, N. J.
rtie following are the narratives of the men, who
eak, one and all, In the highest terms of Captain
een and the rest of tne officers of the lll-fatea
f was at the wheel up to eight o'clock on the
iming of the disaster. We were then steering a
ithwest course, and had been for some hours
eviously. A half hnrrlcane from the northeast
d been Mowing for some time, and the sea was
nning very high. Arter 1 was relieved 1
nt below, but had only been there for a
irt time when I came up again and helped to
ul out reef tacklcs of forctopsail. Tbe ship was
near as I can make ont about twentr-flve miles
rtheast of Elbow Key light. Suddenly an alarm
Are was given, and about two minutes aftcr
rds it was reported that It was extinguished,
, a few seconds Liter on a cry was again rained
t the fire was gaining. 1 heard the first and
loud officers ordering
lien went to the second officer and got hose on
donkey pump, and when that was done I went
help to get the hose on the tnalndcck pump, but
i I got there the hose was attached to
pump and playing on the lire and I
3d by to assist. Soon the fire
Ike out with terrible violence through the en
i room and the hurricane deok, at which latter
lie there was a solid moss of llame fifteen feet at
T<t in loiipth. The donkey pnmp was now use
I, also the starboard band pump, and it was soon i
L that I
I everybody was driven to look out for his own |
preservation. The flames had by this time cov- |
f the starboard side or the vessel, and it was i
ossjbie to go art otj. thftt side. I
next thing I noticed was that the Captain
jred the first officer to try and get out the boats, j
lilso ordered the engineer to stop the engine,
Ich order was promptly obeyed. Meanwhile
rybody that was able (and not too frightened)
a baud In getting out the boats, and passcn
and crew worked together like desperate
In company with a dozen af others I helped
Iaunch the life boat which we had taken on
d half an hour before starting, and which be
cd formerly to the Morro Castle. We launched
'cr the lee quarter, and first, with painter at
ted, and which was made loese when
reached the water. We then lowered
port atief boat, and the next lower
I believe, was the starboard alter boat,
Ih is the boat supposed to have been seen
RaWt>o?tU*?l*wh? , decUne tQ :
who I think ihey were. At this time
I had done my duty towards the, ship I
a Into the sea and Bwam to the
florro Castle lifeboat an<| was taken
If I had been offered fso.ooo
fimp into the wat?r a&u was told to swim to
boat, 1 wouliinot have accepted the money,
t was my last chance or life. Meanwhile the
buats, except oue which was water-logged,
lriited away, and tho *hlp was
Iur boat, which was taken charge of by a
Icman named Captain James Culmer. of
an, we had only three oars, and one or them
used for steeriiy;. It was impossible
us to help those in tho waterlogged
with nine people in It, as It was foil or water,
ian up to It and gave them one or our two
lets to ball her out with. They succeeded Id
thlB, and, oh far as we know, they had as
l a cbanco to be saved as ourselves. It Is pos
I that the* were picked up ny some vessel on
course. All her crew were engineers and sea
When we Raw that we could give to asslst
I we pushed lor land. Before we left them we
iihcm that they must ail get out of the
except one man, wlto should bale
out. We did not leave tho neighborhood
i vessel till a quarter past eleven, when the
cr was abiaae to the water's edge. I saw, I
It to say, poor Captain Green on tne steamer
1 left. No women or children wero saved.
anded at Goanaoo Key at mx o'clock in the
ug, all thoroughly exhausted, and throwing
Ives on the beach we slept till daylight. We
? tarted on an exploring expedition, and at
ti o'clock on Wednesday, 23d October, we dis
we ate some oi them and reste l for an hour,
ion started again ulong the beach, eating
when we could bnd t'jem, all much fatigued,
st were bars from the time I had leaped into
a and the thorns In t he gronnd caused me to
dreadlnl pain, bhortly afterwards we came
cc empty huts, where we thought we should
nine human beings : but we found thein de
ll. We found here no fuel or water, While here
Vt nv a schooner, which isunta provea to mi
the Spy, s?g?
American CoSRE*?. WubS^I^^b as e^oh *1
?alt of clothes iM boarded Oft We remained there I
till the 4th of Novomber. at two o'clock In tlie I
afternoon, when we were taken on board the
Monro Castle and.twoaflftt on tan. ^
On the moralBf of October att, aJboot twenty
minutes to nineVcloct, the Are wna discovered In
the port locker of the pantry. 1 was then about
two feet from the loeker, wlren a boy from the
iimtiig saloon came In to get the plate baskets. and
u ho opened the locker he orted oat "Fire!" 1 saw
the lire and assisted him to pall oat the backeta
(metallic). and threw the starboard backeta
the Are. The steward brought a backet
?ater and threw It Into the Are, and an
nonnced the Are all oat, bat the smoke etlU eon
tinned. 1 went ont on the starboard gangway and
saw through the window of the engine room that
the Are waa burning at the head of the stairs lead
ing to the lire room. 1 stood aft two mlnntes, to
see what waa to be done in putting oat the fire. Mo
effort was nude, as the smoke drove all aft la I
going ap stairs 1 saw a colored woman, with the
children, alttlng In the corner. When 1 got on
deck 1 saw captain Green talking to Captain Cal
mer. He asked If it were not better to atop the
engines. He was cool. They were stopped, and the
chief steward called me up oq deck to get backets.
When 1 got on the hurricane deck Captain Green
was giving orders to get the boats out. He was
working himself ana the two mates with him. The
statement of Jones with reference to the "boats is
correct. Pulled off and on for two hours, bat we
were enable to getto windward or the wroek on ao
oo ont of the sea, but we endeavored to got pear the
swamped boat We gave them one backet ; we
had but two. In the boat were the Arst and third
engineers, ship's barber, porter, two oilers and
three firemen. Wo then wont to a boat bottom
side up, on which wfre two sailors: but the sea was
so heavy, despite all oar efforts we failed to give
tD?jn ftnv assistance. We then pulled towards
shore, wuere we arrived afcoMsixo'clock, There
were no Inhabitants on the mm or the island on
which we landed; made a bed of the leaves or the
trees and In the morning wo pulled the boat across
the Island towards the super plantations, where
we got some sugar-cane. We then launched the
boat and at about half-past two P. M. we sighted
the schooner Spy, or Nassau, Captain Hussell. We
pulled out into the stream. Captain Oulmer put a
shirt on a stick and attracted the attention of those
on board. We were taken on board about three
P. M. They treated us very well, and we reached
Great Harbor, Elbow Key. The authorities gave us
Clothes, as we were almost naked.
We had reached a point about twenty-five miles
northeast of Elbow Key, a small island or tho
Bahama group. On October 22d, at twenty minutes
of nine A. Ml, 1 was la the foreyanl sheetings,
reeling the roretopBall when the alarm of fire was
given, All the officers were on deck : I heard the
order to attach tho hose to tho dohkey pump ; the
fire gained so .rapidly that tho donkey pump be
came useless, and we had to rely alone upon
the starboard hand pump; when the fire
broke out the passengers were all at break
fast, but at the alarm all came upon
deck; the officers and passengers all
seemed cool and collected. As lar as 1 conlrt see,
the tire at that time was brooking out through the
grating of the engine room. A heavy gale was
blowing from tho eastward and a high sea was on.
When the tire broke out the wind swept it across
to the port side, and in a lew minutes all that part
or the vessel neaj- amidships was aflame. 1 could
only see three boats launched. One was staved,
and a few minutes after oar boat had got off all
right 1 saw three men clinging to one, while tho
other, with nine men in it, was filled with water.
AM that were known to be saved wore in my boat.
We stayed off Mid ofi "a found the steamer for two
hours. The sea was ruunlng so high that
our only safety waa at the lee of the vessel, and tho
smoke was so dense that we were unable to see
what was going on on board. James W. Culmer, a
passenger and a resident of the neighboring islands,
took charge or the boat. as far as any one could bo
seen to have charge. Seven passengers and five of
the crew were in her. After doing all In our power
to succor those in the other boat, we stood south
west, and in seven hours sighted the Great Guauo
Key. We saw the smoke of the burning ship as late
as half-past two P. M. There were thirty-seven
passengers and filty-soven sailors and crew aboard
the vessel. Two schooners were sent out from
Great Turtle Key to cruise in relief of the wrecked,
but they returned in twelve hours without effecting
any thing.
The following is the narrative of Captain J. W.
Cuimer, of Nassau, through whose instrumentality j
the twelve survivors were saved
The Atlantic Mall steamship Missouri, Green
commanding, Balled from New York on Friday
morning, 18th ult. From the cotamencement of
the voyage the machinery worked badly, the ship
making very slow time; light winds from the
north until the 21st, when it blew strong from
the northeast, with a heavy sea raining. On
Tuesday, the 22d, at nine A. M . and in latitude
? 26 68, longitude W 67, the alarm of fire was
given, when the passengers* who were at break
tat. and the crew an rushed to the main dock. A
sceue of great disorder and contusion ensued, and
no attempt was made to stay the progress of the
flames, which advanced rapidly. Some of the
boats were lowered, but owing to the hasty and
careless manner In which it was done they
swamped alongside, one of them turning bottom
?. The boat we were in was the only one not
ed with water. Altar we had cleared the ship
we saw one boat with two men on her bottom,
and another filled with water, with nine men In
her. We tried to reach the boat with the two
meu, but failed. Came up with the other with nine
men and gave them a bncket to bail with. We saw
another boat some distance off with about fifteen
persons in her, but she was also filled with water.
Alter laying around for nearly two hours the boat
was given in chargc to me, when I steered for
Abaco. In five hours' time we Baw land, and
in two hours more succeeded In landing on
Ureat Guano Cay. We hauled the boat up on the
bcuch and stayed there dnring that night. On the
morning of the 23d we endeavored to reach Hope
Town, and at two P. M. we were picked up by the
schooner Spy, bound tor that port. On my arrival
at Hope Town I despatched vessels in search of the
missing boats, bnt they returned without finding
any of them. I am alrald that there is but little
possibility or any others of the passengers being
saved. This is but a brief account of the Bad loss of
the Missouri, bat the few facts 1 have mentioned
may be relied on as corrcct.
The Atlantic Mail Steamship Company's steamer
Missouri, advertised to sail from New York on the
afternoon of the 17th ult., did not leave the wharf
until eight A. M. on the morning of the 18th, in con
sequence of now felting being required aronud her
botleiH. We steamed slowly ont 01 the harbor, and
nothing of note transpired coring the voyage until
on Tuesday morning, the 22d, while at breakfast,
au alarm of fire was given. 1 immediately saw the
chief steward, Mr. Lake, take a bucket of water
and run towqjfls the engine room, and, on return
ing, he remarked,
and is all out;" but while he was uttering these
words I heard distant cries of "Fire! fire!" which
seemed to come from the engIno room. Then fol
lowed a perfect stampede to gain the deck, so as
to ascertain the origin of the fire and to devise
some mean* to exting'uifli It; I, nt nil human effort*
seemed of no avail, anrl in a few minutes the
llames were tjjystiiu of several places on the
hurrtcAnc deck. Orders were given to stop the en
gines, and efforts made to lower the boats. The
Brat boat lowered was the after hoat on the
weather or port side, and before it reached the
water there were nine men in her? principally fire
men? who said tin: tout belonged to them.
so far as my safety was concerned, and running
aft I found a boat that haa in.-t been launched
from the hurricane dcck, filled with people, and at
the name Ins-taut heard the order given to cut
away the painter. I lost no time In cutting a piece
ot rope about ten to flitecn feet long, and, making
it (ant to the rail, lowered myself to the end,
awaiting an opportunity to let go, but finding my
positiou critical, occasioned by the heavy rolling of
the snip, ? .> '-i - ? '
?n<1 aWlOUtrlittt this moment the painter of the
boat nad been cut she shot ahead ot me, bat by
swimming about twenty-live yards I gained her,
and by the assistance of one of the passengers was
pulled in the boat. Our first thoughts then were
to rescue some of our fellow creatures from a wa
tery grave, and seeing
we endeavored to reach her, but, after A Jinll of
two horn*, round it impossible, owing to the strong
gale snd heavy sea then prevailing. I did, how
ever, succced in throwing a bucket to the boat that
contained the firemen, and told th$m to try and
free her. As we were all apparently calm I pro
posed to appoint a captain to the boat, and
selected Captain James W. Cuimer, whom I knew
to be an experienced mariner. I would here re
mark that too much praise cannot be bestowed on
our gallant Captain Cuimer, who In the hour of
peril, through fils great self-possession and cour'
age, guided oar boat through the surf to the
snore ; and we all, under Providence, owe our de
liverance from a fearful death to him.
cold, wet, hungry and thirsty, and remained on
the beach until daylight Wednesday morning,
when we launched our boat and endeavored to
And a settlement, and as nothing better could be
found in the shape 01 a breakfast than raw crabs,
some of us capt ured a few of them and made a
p< anty meal. About two P. M. we were picked up
bv the schooner Spy and taken to Great Harbor,
Abaco, Where we remained until Friday night, and
arrived at Nassau in the same on Monday morning
threo o'clock, 1 have no hope whatever of the
safety or the rest of the passengers and crew, who
evidently perished to the flames or found a watery
Louis Bohine, a pantryman of the Missouri, and
resident of Newark, N. J., made the following
statement I was near the port pantry locker,
one of the men in the steward's department was
taking some metallic plate baskets from the locker
when ho let the lid fall suddenly and snng out
"Kirel" I went to the locker and saw flames. A
wet carpet was on the deck and I threw it in the
locker upon the flre. I also seized a fire
bncket full of water and threw it upon the
fire. This seemed to subdue the flames
bo far that I went aft and reported
the flre out Notwithstanding, the captain
ordered the pomps to be rigged and VM M ml.
When I turned to go ait Main tfce flame* had bro
ken oft through the engine room grating bo vlo
i?Nj that the pumps were no use. As soon as It
bec*ae apparent that the Are ?u beyoml the con
trol of the pnmpe Captain oreen gave orders to
lanncft ted man the boat*. The Are at this time
broke through the hurricane deck and swept alt
and starboard with fearful violence. I the* went
in search of a 1Mb preserver. Having obtained it, I
thought that I could save some clothes, but when
I went below to get them the smoke was
so bunding that I was forced to desist.
A large metafile lifeboat was placed amidships,
bnt not rigged with davits of any other appttaooes
for launching. It wjM sHd along the hurricane and
quarter docks to the stern and launched over It
i sHd down the painter and got into the heat. At
this time, as Car as I could see, the captain and pss
sengers were net at all exalted. We only had
three oars In the boat, and one or (hem was needed
to steer by. We endeavored to go around the
vessel to the windward side, bnt found that
the high sea made It too dangenms. After laying
around the Ship for two hours we started lor
land, which we made In about seven hours.
Among those on boards whose names have net
yet been published, were Mrs. J. Hepburn, a daugh
ter of I. Stevensen, of Hassan, who, with her son,
was returning from England, and Miss Zenobia
Malcolm, who was coming on a visit to her mends,
ran &avkd.
The fbuowlng Is f correct list of those who were
saved from the Mlssour^-?A t ' t
George Thackeray, passenger to Havana.
A. K. Outerbrldge, passenger td Havana.
Enrique Yunco, passenger to Havana.
w. K Tuanell, passenger to Nissan.
John Rebels, passenger to Nassau.
Ebeneser Saunders, passenger to Nassau.
William Jones, seaman, arrived yesterday in New
^ Samuel Cone, seaman, arrived yesterday in New
Louis Bohme, chief pantryman, arrived yester
day in New York.
Rionard Murphy, pantryman, arrived yesterday
in New York.
Patrick Mcttowen, waiter, arrived yesterday in
Now York.
**" SHIP.
The following are the names of the late officers
and passengers of the vessel:?
Captain, M. R. Green ; first mate, John Brown ;
1 mate, Thomas Farrell i engineer, - ? Uy slop ;
; Hempstead.
To Havana ? George Thackeray, Anthony Hopson,
Gertrude Darriest and children, Augustus Mansllas
and wife, Colonel Albert S. Evans, hrastus Siegars,
Enrique Yunco, Henry Francis Fox, A. E. Outer
bridge, Mrs. Mary Jane Alien and infant, Ernest
ticbone, Miguel Garcia.
To Nassau? Victor Zellnkt, Miss Malcom, Mrs.
Hepbnrn and infant, L. F. Cleveland, J. W. Culmer,
Milbrand Tinnelle,
Steamboat Inspector Captain Lord, at 23 Pine
street, stated yesterday afternoon that the official
investigation into the loss of the Missouri will
probably be commenced about next Thursday,
Messts. Bralnerd, of Albany, and Matthews, of this
city, having been specially detailed to attend to this
Tbe following affidavits of three passengers of
the Missouri were taken by the United States Vice
Consul at Havana:?
Consulate General of the United states, 1
Havana, Nov. 1, 1873. j
On this 1st day of November, before me, tbe un
dersigned, United States Vice Consul General at
Havana personally appeared Mr. George Thackeray,
who under oath declared as follows i sailed on
the steamer Missouri, Greene, master, from New
York, bound to Havana via Nassau, on the 18th day
of October last (Friday) . On Tuesday morning,
the 23d, at about a quarter of trine. Just as
the passengers were sitting down to breakfast,
was givtn, which came flrst from the pantry room,
and oreated some excitement, but which was
almost immediately quelled by the assurance that
it was nothing. Almost immediately afterwards
some one shouted at the top of his voice, wbich
seemed to coaio irom below, "Fire I" Within two
minutes the flames broke out through the gratings
over the Are room. All rnshed out oi the cabin on
deck and commenced to endeavor to
and find life-preservers. Quite a gale was blow
ing at tbe time and a heavy sea running,
which caused the vessel to lurch greatly to star
board. The engines were stopped directly after
the lire bioke out, and the flames beat directly on
one of the boats so fiercely i s to compel those en
deavoring to lower it to leave it. Two boats wc?e
successively launched and afterwards swaiupeU.
One of them had about, as well as I could Judge,
nine persons; and from our boat we threw
them a bucket to help them in balling
out. I afterwards saw a third boat, keel
upward, with two men sitting on the bottom.
During this time myself and a number ol others
were engaged in releasing ono of the boats and
pulllug it art, and succceueu in launching it safely
over the Btern of
Tbe boat contained three oars, two buckets and
a compass. Twelve persons, including my
self, succeeded in getting in her. We remained
In the vicinity or the vessel Tor nearly
two hours. The sea was so rough and the wind so
strong as to prevent us from managing our boat.
We saw persons Uoating aronnd us, some dozen or
twenty, with life-preservers, but we were unable
to lend them a helping hand on account of the
heavy sea running at the time. We also endeav
ored to pull to the two sitting on the keel of the
other boat, but the sea was too strong. At about
eleven o'clock we headed our boat In
which we reached abont dark, or say six o'clock in
the evening. Tills was Great Yguana Key. Here
we passed the night, and the next day we discov
ered growing sugar cane fields and several nous'.-s,
but saw no living persons. We made a breakfast
off the Bugar cane, and left this key about eight
o'clock, pulling around it until we
for wnlch we made, and by hoisting a coat on an
oar attracted her attention and were picked up
and carried into Nassau by the schooner Spy, of
tiworu to and subscribed before me? Ubnry C.
Hall, Vice Consul General.
Consulate General of toe United State*, \
Havana, Nov. l, 1872. )
On this 1st day of November, before me, the nn
derslgned, United states Vice Consul General at Ha
vana, personally appeared Mr. Enrique Ynnco, and
declared as follows:?
I sailed as passenger from New York to Havana
In the steamer Missouri, via Nassau, on the 18th
ult. on the 226, Tuesday morning, at about nine
o'clock, while I was on the upper deck, I heard
cjripfci of "The ship is on nre!" which seemed to
Come from persons also oft tlie upper deck
at the time. I looked toward the smokestack and
perceived the flames breaking through the ven
tilators and gratings, l rau towards the main
deck to ascertain the extent of the fire, but c'6uiil
not pass on acoount of the flames rushing through
the engine room doors. I then ran again to the
upper deck ana perceivcd the rigging near oue of
the boats had caught Are also. I then
ran to my room to secure a llfe
Ireserver, and then to the upper deck to assist In
LWyVBS & Jwsti, J, w? tyo "oats launched, one [
oi wiifcil HwHhfJied, ^ou'uiiufhg ftifiG Jtefhiiik, the i
firemen, engineer and barber of the steamer. The 1
other boat keeled bottom upwards, and I saw two j
men sitting on the keel, in the meantime we cut j
the rail on the upper deck, and sue- !
cceded in launching a boat, which we i
pulled fi'vin its plaw on the main I
u$ck, aba it the smokestack and launched I
over the stern. As soou as the boat was launched
three men, a seaman Ami two u< groi.-s, one of them
belonging to Nassau, and the other a barbel"
paired for Mr. Cleveland's new hotel at that place,
Jumped into the boat and co/umenced to bail her
out. Others, Including myself
ayr"?P poyvN ths rote
&nrt fell into Hi?1 water and were dragged into the
boat, until some twelve persons finally succeeded
in getting in. With this number the boat was as
full as It could carry, and a seaman sung out,
"Cat the painter," and passed a knlle
forward to one of the passengers in the forward
part of the boat, and thereupon cut the painter.
At the time there wore several persons hanging ou
to the rope. Mr. Outerbridge happening to be close
to the boat, the painter wax cut above his hands,
which saved his life, as he was one or those taken
into the boat. Others who were hanging on to the
We raw numbers or persons floating in
the water, but on account of the fierce sea
we were unable to give them any assist
ance. Wc wero, however, enabled to toss a bucket
to the swamped boat with two persona, but were
unable to get near the boat with the two persons
sitting on the keel on account or the high wind.
We remained in tbe vicinity of the burning ftlilp
about two hours, and then sailed in the direction
of land. On accouut of the high wind, the sudden
ness of the alarm and the rapidity or the flames
or, it given, were undistlnguisable. I did see a
number or men working to tower the boats, and 1
have no doubt but that the captaia and ofllcers did
all In their power during the ahort time allowed
them to
bate the snip
and the lives of the passengers, bat were nnable to
on account of the extreme rapidity of the flameB
and the helpless condition of the steamer, the en
flnes stopped, the high sea running and the wind
lowing. We reached Great Yguana Key at about
six or seven o'clock that night, where we slept,
and the next day we pnlled round the key till we
discovered a schooner, which picked as up and
earned us to Elbow Key and thence to Nassau.
Sworn to and subscribed before me? Henrt C.
hull, United states Vice Consul General.
A. E. Outer bridge also ssad* Ut? following sworn
statement before the Oram!:? I sailed aa passenger
on tti* meaner Missouri. bound to Bavaa* via
Nassau, that sailed irom New York oa the 18th alt.
on Tuesday morning, the 3M, an alarmof five was
faintly called from toe pantry room ; we aroee from
the table where we were taking break test and were
leaving the cabin, wban the steward came and re
ported tb? Ire all oat; we then resumed breakfast;
we heard a second alarm from the fire room sbortir
afterwards and
anon amd rum
were perceived coming tbrough the ventilators
and gratings aronad the smokestacks. Attempts
were made to nse the hose and it was attached to
the donkejr engine, but the engine waanot started?
at least
I heard Captain Green then give the order to set
onr life-preservers. A rush for the boats was
then made, and 1 noticed tbat the engines had
been stopped. I followed the captain to the
deck and assisted him, the chief officer, ana a
number of the crew in trying to
on tbe port side. The boat caught in the ship's
guards and capslsed, and the last 1 saw of it was
hanging la tbe davits, upside down. The ship
heeled over to the starboard greatly. Turning
round 1 saw that a boat which was on the deck
abaft tbe smoke stack had been pulled
ait and launched over the rail. I made a
rush and succeeded In slipping down the
painter and being taken Into the boat, which then
contained twelve persons. On account of the
roughness of the sea, which oontlnuaiiy swept over
the mat, tbe high wind blowing and small means
at onr disposal to manage tne boat, we were
utterly unable to render any assistance to a num
ber oi persons we saw
in onr vicinity. We remained bear the boat which
had been swamped, and to which we threw a bucket,
for about two fours. Before pulling away in the
direction of Itfhd w6 used every exertion to inaueii
the mm in the swamped boat to head her to tbe
sea and get ant of her In order to bail her out, but
$#2 Ia?Ted ^rftcUjr lt*e<Uew' We Uiea* *?* wu*
and at abont seven o'clock landed at Great
Guanaco, at its northern extremity. Here we
passed tne night, aud the next morning pulled
round the Key until we saw a sail
for which we made, and were picked up by the
schooner Spy, which took us to the Blbow Key
lighthouse, where we remained three days. The
morning after our arrival at this place we Induced
a schooner to go in search of the missing boats.
They returned after being away the entire day, and
reported that they had discovered nothing.
It may be said, in conclusion, that tbe officers of
the company treated the members of tho press
rather cavalierly when, questioned for information
as to the affidavits made by the passengers. Mr.
Inman, the treasurer or secretary, wax particularly
incensed against the way the press had "abusedr'
the officers of the ship. One of the underlings of
tbe company, a mere clerk, put in his appearanco
after the steamship had arrived at the wharf and
acted as though he had tbe power to make mince
meat of every poor sorrowing relative of the lost
ones who dared to question him or anybody else
on the ship concerning the fate of those who woe
no more. Tne brave officer of the lost steamer
uudoubtedly did their best to save the ship, but
that fact certainly does not justify the agents of
the company in acting as though nobody outside tbe
company had a right to know what had become of
the piitssengerH and if every means lor safety had
been supplied the vessel ueioic phe left this port.
Poison, Agonizing Pain, Matrimonial Mystery
and Death? Sulphuric Acid Dissolves tho
Newly-Tied Nuptial Knot? Anathema of
the 8uici4e by the Girl Who Had
Given Him Her Heart
rwrsBURO, Not. 7, 1873.
Barney Hargrove, a sober, industrious young
fellow or about twenty-five years or age, committed
suicide this afternoon by swallowing a large quan
tity of sulphuric acid. The deceased was married
bnta few days ago to a young, comely girl, who
nas not yet reacticd her majority, and the couple
had about completed tUeir arrangements to enter
upon the practical sea of life by going to house
keeping. .
bad hardly an opportunity to appear in her nuptial
robes ere she is called upon to follow In weeds of
mourning a husband of four days to the tomb.
was employed in the picture frame manu'acturlng
establishment of W. W. Barker, on Htth avenue,
and was over coasidered by his employer one or the
most reliable and clever young men in the house.
This morula# Ua*wa? at work as usual and appeared
cheerful, as was Ins wont. Shortly before eleven
o'clock, the proprietor desiring to speak to him,
sounded the pipe that connects the store room with
the manufactory. No reply came, and an erraud
boy was despatched to learn the cause. Margrave
was found lying on the floor, sntrerlng
ne was asked what ailed him, when he pointed to
an empty bottle of sulphuric acid, and feebly re
plied that was the cause ol it. The acid Is used in a
diluted form for cleaning glass, and the suicide had
taken upwards or two ouncca or the pure drug.
Medical men were instantly summoned, but the
patient refused, under any circumstances, to al
low a stomach puup to be used or would he con
sent to swallow any ol the antidote the physicians
endeavored to administer. He was removed to
the private sleeping apartment In an adjoining
building, where his young wife. Ills mother and
sister soon gathered, and at liis bedside presented
a most distressing and
They could only contemplate his terrible physical
suffering, powerless to do anything for liis relief,
while their mental agony was too great and over
powering to find expression in tears or sobs, it
was almost as painlul to contemplate the silent
mute grief of the bride as to witness the suffeiing
of the bridegroom.
until about eight o'clock, when he died.
The facts developed at the Coroner's
read like a romance, but they are obtained from
such Kourccs aa place them reliably beyond ques
tion. It appears Margrave had been for a long time
keeping company wiui a respectable young lady, a
resident of tnc First ward, and they were at one
time engaged to l>e married. About n year ago,
for some reasons now known only to the young
lady and licr mother, the engagement was broken
off. While he was keeping company with her who
to recently became his wile, bo was frequently in
the receipt of notes from the
or who had disappointed him. The contents of
these JBOt^tedkUipt revftU, cx^epj ^ to
connde to Tier who had Ins eonhdence that tfid
tenor ol them was invoking curses upon his head.
The day previous to his wedding he received a note
from this girl, the contents or wnleh were similar to
others: but in it the writer demanded a meetiug,
which ne reused to grant. lie told his expectant
bride or this letter, and, speaking generally of its
contents, treated it as a matter of no moment, and
UtUKhJOgiy threw the epistle in the fire. After his
niarnage'tbe discarded girl continued her corre
spondence, and this morning Hargrave received a
fresh note, which, upon Opening and perusing,
made him pale and nervous. He went up staH s
and penned the following note, which was found
on the floor after hts removal and death
Aksir? I can't help Its 1 ain mad. OGod, forgive mc, for
1 cau't live to be pointed at 81>e lias oursn] me, and it
strikes me to the heart. O, uiy head swims!
This note evidentlv was intended for
whose name is ns addressed. He refers to the girl who
bud curse ! him, meaning the party to whom he had
been engaged previous to ills marriage with the
girl he left a yidow^
There Is something
In the matter. It seems almost impossible ttiat
young Hargrove could have contemplated tak'ng
his ill* before this morning. He made his arrange
ments for housekeeping with the air or a contented,
happy man and husband who knew no care and
anticipated no sorrow in th<5 raturV. and in & fiid
inent be commits an act which takes his lire and
leaves others years or griel and misery. Just pre
vious to his last breath Father Grace, of the catho
lic church, nsked him before his wife ir she (his
Wire) had anything to do with bis death, when he
replied "No;" that he loved her dearly, and re
gretted death ouly for her sake.
Lnlgl Amat.
His Eminence Lnlgl Amat, Cardinal and Vice
Chancellor ol the Holy Roman Church, died in the
city of Nice during tl?o evening of Thursday, the
7th instant, after having endured patiently for
months past the prostration and pains incident to
age and physical lnfirmitv. Lnlgl Amat was born in
the dty or Cagllarl, Sardinia, on the 21st of Jane,
in the year 1700. He bad, consequently,
passco the seventy-sixth year of his age.
He entered the church at an early
moment or hi* lire, and was soon distinguished for
his zeal and piety. Since the 16th of March, 1852,
he has been consecrated Bishop, created Vice
Chancellor or the Church and Arokprlest or the Ba
silica or St. Mary the Great. He was nominated
Cardinal oil the 19th of May, 1M7, and hM name
stands enrolled second on the list or Cardinal
Bishops, the whole number or that order of the
Komau episcopacy being six.
cardinal Arnat's death leaves twenty-eight hats
vacant in the Vatican and in the gift ol His
Holiness i'?9e I'ius tl? Ninth.
The Diplomatic Corps Congratulate the
Presideit oil His Ke-Eleetion.
Akorm joke ob mni&T fke
Has the Electoral College Yet
Given a Fall Vote?
The Minimum Cast to Support the
Army Twenty Millions.
Andrew J. Cur tin's Sucoessor as
Minister to Russia.
Washington, Not. 8, 1872.
The Diplomatic Corps at the White
House Congratulating the President.
The diplomatic corps Is in profound Brief to
night. At the suggestion ol Secretary Fish they
called in a body, and as a body, at the Executive
Mansion to-day to congratulate General Grant
upon his re-election to the Presidency. They were
received in the Blue Room by the President and
Mrs. Grant, Miss Nellie Grant and members of the
Cabinet and the ladies of their households as fol
lows-.? Secretary or State and Mrs. Fish, the Attor
ney General and Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Dr. Sharp,
Secretary oi the Navy, Secretary of the Treasury
and Assistant Secretary Cowell, or the Interiur De
partment. or the Diplomatic Corps, Sir Edward
Thornton, the British Minister, and lady; Blaccju#
Bey, tho Turkish Minister, and lady ; Seilor Borges,
the Brazilian Minister, and lady; Kurd Von Sclilo
zcr, the German Minister; Colonel Freyre, the Peru
vian Minister; Count Cortl, tho Italian Minister;
M. De Bellonet, Charge d' Affaires of France, the
Minister from that country being absent from the
city; it. Dclfcsse, the Bclglau Minister; Admiral
Polo, the Spanish Minister; Mr. stenersen, the
Swedish Minister; Sefior Garcia, Minister from tho
Argentine Republic; Mr. Mori, the Japanese
Minister, and a number of attaches of
the various Legations. They each congratu
lated the President, After a pleasant
visit they discovered that not only was
their action without the sanction of precedent, but
was premature, General Grant not having been re
elected In fact, and the question of his re-election
or rejection resting with the College of Electors
chosen last Tuesday, with the plain constitutional
right to exercise their own judgment In the matter
of selecting the successor to the present President.
The senior diplomats were much annoyed at the
absurd position In which they were placed by the
jocularity of Mr. Fish, but tho young attaches
treat the matter lightly and hold the Secretary of
State responsiole for obvious disrespect to Ameri
can constitutional government.
it is known that several, if not all, the foreign
Ministers will write to their respective govern
ments accounts of their congratulatory visit to
President Gfaut to-day, not forgetting to mention
the orderly manner in which the Presidential elec
tion was conducted.
The Solicitor Generalship? A Colored
Successor to Rrittsw.
It is understood that the President will appoint
John M. Lsngston, colored, Solicitor General, vice
General Bristow, resigned.
Andrew <!? Curtlu's Successor to St. Pe
John A. Bingham, of Ohio, who failed to get the
republican nomination in the sixteenth Ohio dls
trict, is gazetted for the appointmont of Minister
tost. Petersburg.
IVoali Davis' Proposed Successor.
The vacancy occasioned by the election of Noah
Davis, United States District Attorney for the
Southern district of New York, to the position of
Judge or the Supreme Court of that State, will be
filled, it is said, by the appointment of Colonel
Bliss, who Is urged by Murphy and other friend* of
the President.
General Meade's Reported Successor.
it is rumored in army circles that Brigadier Gen
eral 0. O. Howard will be promoted to the grade of
major general, vice Meade, deceased, and will be
retired immediately, with the lull grade of
major general, on account or long and
faithful service and wounds received there
in. The retirement of General Howard
will still leave a vacancy In tho list
or major generals, which, as said yesterday, will
probably be filled by the promotion ol General
Terry or General Canby, and thus reuuee the num
ber or brigadier generals to six. Though there is no
direct official authority ror this statement, It never
theless finds credence in well informed army
circles, and is very generally thought to be fully
Cabinet Meeting.
The Cabinet meeting to-day was attended by all
the members excepting Hccrctarins Belknap and
Delano. The Interior Department was represented
by General Cowen,
The President Receiving Political Sews,
The President received to-day a very large
number or telegrams from all parts of the country,
giving assurances of heavy republican majorities,
and containing the congratulations of the Bonders.
A telegram from Colonel John 8. Mosby, dated
Worrenton, Va., to-day, says:?
"Virginia has gone for the Grant ticket,"
Hubbell and the British Claims Commis
The case or William W. Hubbell vs. Great Britain,
before the American and British Claims Commis
sion, has been disallowed. The claimant ret up a
supposed implied contract on the part of the
Queen's government to compensate him as the al
leged Inventor of certain improvements in firearms
averred to have been used in Her Majesty's service.
The Danville-Piedmont Railroad.
A committee of parties interested in the Rich
mond, Danville and Piedmont Railroad waited on
Secretary Bontwell this morning In relation to
the claims of the government on said road as
having been the property of the Confederate
States. The committee claimed that the
Confederate government owed them over
12,000,000. The Secretary has granted them until
the of January next in which to file their proofs,
and In the meantime has ordered a stay of pro
ceedings until that _tlme.
Improvements Tn the Naval Service.
The annual report of Mr. J. W. King, Engloeer
in-Chiei of the Navy, has been submitted to the
Secretary. It embraces several subjects of im
portance to the navy and to marine en
gineering. First, the economy and results
obtained from compound engines, as re
cently applied to ocean steamers at tome
and tn European waters; also statement
of the plans of machinery designed for vessels to
be built. Second, the results of trials of various
kinds or screw propellers on vessels or our own and
other nations, with the reasons or failures. Third,
the subject of the internal corrosion of boilers in
ocean steamers nstng distilled instead of sea
j water is discussed, with a statement
- of the experience in our own and the Brltljii navy.
Fourth, the kind and extent of th<5 engineering
works in the navy yards compared with those in
foreign dockyards, comments are mode and im
provements and expansion are recommended.
The Arrest of Deserting Soldier*.
Legislative protection is needed for civilians,
who, withont it, are subject to vexatious suits for
arresting deserters from the army under the stand
ing order of a reward tor such service. The Secre
tary advises Congress to fix a limit to the time
witMn which claims Mr am* supplies, impressed
or ftarotttrad, in Maryland, Kentucky and otTiei
loyal Border States, can be presented, the wan(
?r such limitation being ? conatr at encourage*
ment to the fabrication ol claims, supported by
fictitious testimony that Uie government cannot
well rebut through lapse of time and disappear
ance of officers named as concerned in the eeisnre*
The Roll of Honor.
The War Department has just issued the twenty*
seventh volnme of the "Roll of Honor," the reoord
of 11,487 graves of deceased Union soldiers Intent J'
in national cemetorles at Beaufort, 8. C., Natchen I
ana Vlcksburg, Miss., additional to volnme 94, and/
Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., additional to volnine M,
Tl?e Burial Place of General Seott'4
The Quartermaster General proposes, with tM
sanction of Congress, to add the dilapidated
cemetery in which General Scott's soldiers, who
died in and about the city of Mexico, are bnned, to
a list of national oemeterles, and keep it in propel
order, and in charge of a competent superintendent
hereafter. The cemetery Is just outside the clt|
walls of the Mexican capital.
The West Point Academy Bond.
The Superintendent of the Military Academy re.,
commends an increase In the strength and pay of
the West Point Band, the only authorized band Ug
the army, and continually subjected to observation!
of visiting by foreign officers and civilians. H^J
also flavors a revision of the cadet regulations,;
which are found to be defective and injurious la*
many practioal points.
War Department expenses? The Support
of the Army*
The War Department expenses for the support
of tho army are decreasing at the rate of ahont halt
a million yearly. They stand now at $80,000,000 g
year, but were double that (Or two or three yearg
after the volunteer establishment waa completely
disbanded and the army on a peace footing, and
are cxpected to go down year by year, through tha
settlement of the country between the great
oceans as the railroans multiply and by
the pacification of the Indians, till tht
budget reaches about twenty millions, which
is the lowest estimate of the yearly cost for the fti<
ture under the moat favorable conditions. The
Secretary of War favors liberal appropriations foe
the gradual accumulation of breech-loaders till tht
full war supply lor the whol-j country is In thg
arsenals or In the hands of the regulars and militia*/
It is fouud in practice that the laws forbidding/
royalties to persons in tho public employ
whoso inventions aro used by tho govern-4
ment tond to deprive this country of tha
fruits of inventive ingenuity and bestow theifli
upon possible future enemies, who pay liberally
for such talent. The Ordnance Department is
embarrassed by tho long pending claims foo
royalties on muzzle loaders converted Into breectui
loaders at Springfield armory and wants authority
to settle. The metallic cartridges aro found to ba
a success for revolvers as well as muskets, after g
full trial of actual service.
The Lay Torpedo.
Rear Admiral Case left Washington last night fo?
Newport, R. I., to witness experiments with tha
Lay torpedo.
The lVeir Southern Policy.
The President, in his next Message to Congress
will review the operation and effect of the Ka Kins
legislation, and ask for a repeal of such parts af
are notably oppressive. There seems no room td
doubt that a genc/ous and conciliatory policy will
be pursued by the administration toward thg
South during the next Presidential term, and it iaj
highly probable that a representative of that Beo
tlon will be placed in the new Cabinet.
Movements of the President.
President Grant will leavo here for Philadelphia
on Sunday evening to attend the funeral of the latg
General Meade on Monday.
Notice from the Lighthouse Board*
The Lighthouse Board gives notice that, on and
after the night of Friday, November 16, 1872, a
Uxed white light will be exhibited from each(
of tho two lighthouses recently erected onf
Grasay Island, Green Bay, to serve as a
guide for vessels through the new cut lntd*
the mouth of the Fox River. A fog bell has beea
established at Point Lookout Light station, MU.,
'detached from the tower, which will be struck by m
machine at Intervals of ten seconds during thidS
and foggy weather.
The Treasury Balances.
The following arc the Treasury balances at tbs
close of business to-day ?
Currency $0,357,63?
Coin, Including $21,766,000 of coin certifi
cates 72,686,761
Special deposit of local tenders for re
demption or certificates or deposit 25,000,00?
The Filth Auditor's Report.
The Filth Auditor of the Treasury, J. n. Ela, hat
made his annual report to the Secretary. He makea
no recommendations, but reviews the work dona
in his office, showing that 16,406 accounts were ad
Justod during the year, Involving $720,071,736 40.
Post Ofllce Department Appointment*
Lewis Watklns, of the Contract Office, has been
appointed Chief Clerk or the Post Office Depart*
ment in place or Mr. Child*, deceased.
Wah Department, )
Office of toe Chief Signal Officer, J
WASHINGTON, D. O., NOV. ft? 1 A. M. J
ftvnnpsit for tTw Pun MwerUv-fmer Hawrt.
Northwesterly to southwesterly winds continue
on the Lower Lakes an<l extend over New England!
and the Middle States, with Increased pressure and?
clearing and clear weather; In the Ohio Vallejj
and thence to the Gulf northerly to easterly
winds and cloody weather with rain In the Missls-i
slppl Valley and on the Western Gnlf; In the North
west southerly to easterly winds and diminishing
pressure with partly cloudy weathor extending to
the Western lakes: In the South Atlantic states
northeasterly to southeasterly winds, clondy
weather and rain.
The barometer will probably fall In the North*
west, with southeasterly winds and partly clondy
weather extending to the Western lakes and Michi
gan, and to Missouri and Indiana; In the
Lower Ohio Valley, and thence to the West
ern Onlf, northerly winds, with light rata
and cloudy but clearing weather; In the
Eastern, Gulf and South Atlantic States fresh
northeasterly winds, threatening weather and1
rain; on the Lower l,ukes and thence over the New,
England and Middle States clear weather anrt
northwesterly winds, veering to northeasterly lu
the latter, with cloudy weather and rain.
The Weather In Thla City Yesterday..
The flolowing record will show the changes in
the temperature for the past twenty-fonr hours la
comparison with the corresponding day of last
year, as Indicated by the thermometer at Hudnut's
Pharmacy, Herald Building:?
1871. 1872. 1871. 1872.
3 A. M 42 44 3:30 P. M.... 61 61
? A. M 41 43 ? P. M SO 48
0 A. M 43 40 9 P. M 46 4?
12 M 54 40 12 P. M 46 44
Average temperature yesterday 4?v
Average temperature lor corresponding date
last year...V. 77.
.?v- -* ^
Kew York Stat* to RsIm |1,136^M
Towards th? Great Celebration.
Albany, N. Y., Nov. 8, 1871
The New York Hoard of Finance of the Centen
nial International Exhibition have adopted a reso
lution that the national, State and incorporated
banks in the State be requested to act as agents in'
procuring and receiving subscriptions for their,
board. The amount to be raised In this State Is'
about |l,l.w,630. It was also agreed that such
private banks as the corporators or any Congres
sional district should name he requested to act s?
ageuts If the State Commissioner approved. The
Board will meet again on the 21st Inst.
Meeting of the New Hampshire Core
CONCORD, NOV. 8, 1872. \
The New Hampshire Corporators, under the act
of Congress providing for the centennial celebra
tion Of th4 MShlvCTMry of Independenco, met here
to-day and appointed a committee to provide for
raising subscriptions and take other preliminary
Fteps towards New Hampshire's participation lu
the grand event. Governor Ktraw is Chairman of
the committee.
SKWOC8 Accident.? Mr. John Savage, of Spragoe
viilo, Pa. (formerly of tlds city, where he Is well
knowni, had his collarbone cracked and one of bM
feet badly mashed by his horse stumbling and nil*
log on him a few days since.

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