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NIGHT EXTRA txttmn NIGHT EXTRA VOL. I-3STO. 140 PILIJjVDIULPJIIaJ' SATURDAY, MAHCJl ?, HH5. FIUCE ON IS CENT CortBtoitr. 1815, sr tub resLto Ltnorn Compint. MmmMMm .Wjii;ji.ii,ii. 0KjbKt tf. - i c, i i t ONE DEAD, SEVEN INJURED, IN FIGHT AGAINST GUNMEN Desperadoes Kill Po liceman, Fatally Wound Two Others and Three Citizens. Hold-up Men Surrender" After Running Out of Ammuni tion in Effort to Escape From Crowd of Pursuers Following Attack on Girl. Wrenched Behind Stable Robbers . Defy Police Squaa aim mronp; in lJattlo to Avoid Capture Bleed ing nnd Helpless, They Finally (Jive Up Struggle. tvir.MINGTON. March 6. Two armed esneradocs caught In the net of snatching i -woman's pockctnooK, near me posi 'offlce, engaged In a running revolver duet with a sqUnd of policemen through the main business streets hero today, und when brought to bay In a atablo hilled one of tho bluccoatB, fatally Injuring threo others und two citizens. The gunmen sur rendered only after they had run out of ammunition nnd both had been wounded several times by their pursuers. The dead policeman, who Joined tho force less than three months ago, Is Fran cis X. Tlcrney. Patrolmen lloraco Mc Donnell and Wlllard Hhnrpless aro fa tally Injured. Tho other Injured aro Policemen James T. Scott, Jncob Zimmerman, a Council man, and Robert Manlovc, a Pennsylva nia Railroad engineer. All of tho wound ed, together with the two men who did tlio shooting, aro In the Delawaro Hos- ' " According to Chief of Police Black tho men tried to snatch tho pocketbook from a department store employe as she left the postofflce shortly after noon. Her screams brought a number of pedestrians to her nsslstanco nnd the hold-up men started to run down 9th street from Market street. A large crowd Joined In the pursuit. nd the men doubled on their track and started south on 3th street. By this tlmo more than a score of pedestrians had Joined In the chaae for tho men. and tho crowd attracted Policeman Tlerney. As soon ns the bluccoats Joined in ' Concluded on Pore Two FIRE DESTROYS NORMAL SCHOOL; LOSS $500,000 .Students Escape From BIa2e Watch 1 mnn Is Missing. WARRKNSBURG. Mo.. March 6.-Firo today destroyed every building of tho State Normal School hero except tho Dockery gymnasium. Tho loss was 1500,000. ; The Are is supposed to have started In the chemistry division. The students were Just arising for the day and all neaped. The night watchman Is missing. Again the ancient king of beasts that THE WEATHER pf tlves to March an Introduction, upon tho Ht world his anger feasts and now Is raising ii stormy ruction. Behold, with grim, ma jestic force tho age-old stormy war ho wages, upsetting swiftlyunan and hprse and turning dwellings Into cages. Tho U snow, tho beauteous snow, on top is 5 treacherous, but looks Inviting; it makes the careless slip and flop and e'en tho raullous now g kiting. But, what a wondrous sight It makes for those who do not fear a blizzard, when multitudes of snowy flakes aro loosed upon us by the wizard who reigns within tha frozen ..north, the eager storm's Impatience checking, then sends the March-tlme lion ;iurin upon the cities, little recking. Be Mare. and rn vmi linnf., w.t, ...i.,.. yropulsa, ever is to rush, or you may soon -ijaiuiaioi "Oh, slush!" FORECAST '''For Philadelnhia nnd iV,V I'liahl or snow this nDnrnnn,, A - Yfhht, probably followed by clearing annual ajiernoon; not much change temperature; rem easterly winds. rur ueiaus, see page S. Observations at Philadelphia bC1 Northeaat. n'mll?a it-hrv:;;;:;;::::..,r:0 .uinimMM ill: '': I .100 ner n, fi..:;'"J.m niPratur 33 it a Si Maximum temptratur 40 St" '. It On the Pari fir Coast it& SSaS'T?..::::::!' fita- SSst a "- . 1CHJD, '4U Almanac of the Day &U& &cia elln Hkj i -.'., -I...' g:M p. m. 5:51 a. m. Morn BMoen et Sllwii rlM Lamns to Qc T.fchtol glxto nd other vehlclw etlO p. m, Tha Tidea plrt at.r B,ouwa ijo wiif tomorrow"!;:;:;;;;;; IIh vrtr tamorraar 8:80 p. m. 12:52 a.m. 8:15 a. m. tfl llt.h i2 "TOUT BTRKBT Wit, IARP. OJIH p. m. 12:11 a. dl e.Ol a. ui. 8 p. m 2:52 a. m. Sll a. 01. "f ur tomoriDW . IU!0 water tomorrow ....r ,,EBOY ,8UKD- L'Min water tonuirrow Bncr (amorrow !4tr BBBAKWVIHK... i 40 p. m. 12:Wa,Bj 0.34 a, m. wsita; ioawrrow..,r BATTLESHIP MAINE SINKS IN HER BASIN Vessel Fills With Water ns Result of Open Sea Valves. NEW YORK, Mnrch S.-Wlth her engine room and hold half nitod with water, the battleship Malno this afternoon rests on tho botlorn of Whitney Basin, Close to her dock in the Brooklyn Navy Vnrd. The vessel's sea valve, nccordlng to a report nt tho yards, were left open. As soon ns the discovery was made today the pumps were Immediately put nt work, but thoy could not keep the water going out as faflt ns It enmo In, nnd conse quently tho vessel sank. Owing to tho fact that It was close to shore, tho decks were not submerged. Tho stem dipped the deepest Into the water, tho bow being slightly tilted up ward. Tho pumps arc bolng kept busy this afternoon und tugs aro standing by ready to tow tho battleship to Its dock. The battleship was In commission ns a receiving ship. One thousandd blue jackets were on board. Tho Mnltic was built In 1001 to replace tho famous' wur Bhlp of tho samo name blown up In Ha vana Harbor In 1S9S. CHEERS OF STUDENTS ROCK TABERNACLE AS SUNDAY SPEAKS Evangelist Appeals to Youthful Hearers to Consecrate Themselves to God and Thus Achieve Spiritual Salvation. The enthusiasm which rocked the "Hilly" Sunday tabernacle this afternoon lias not been seen since "Billy" camo here. Tho service today was for young people of tho higher and preparatory schools. Thoro were thousands of men and women clamoring In vain for admit tance. Although tho snow fell heavily outside nnd tho wind was blowing heavily, the crowds began to assemble on Logan Square soon after 8 o'clock this moinlng. When the doors were opened there was a mad rush of snow covered men nnd women for seats. "Ullly's sermon was on thu topic, "Think On These Things." Before cm i,:iriimr mi lili discourse, he aroused tho students to a high pitch of enthusiasm by extending to them a warm greeting. Tho bright eyes of the thousands of young people sparkled with Joy and an ticipation ins they waited impatiently for the arrival of the preacher. When ho was seen passing down an aislo through the choir loft to tho platform, there arose a mighty roar of applause. Cheer after cheer was given him. and "Rodoy," who led tho singing. There waa much enthusiasm threo weeks weeks ago when tho high school students attended the tabernacle services for the first time. Bui today's greeting to the evangelist entirely clipsed It. Tho sermon was a plea to the students to consecrate themselves to the higher things of life. "Whatsoever things are true, think of theBO things," was the text, and Sunday sounded a call for the young people to seek tho Blblo for tho greatest truths of life. He declared that tho Btudents read school books to learn specific thlngB that would help them in tholr career, nnd Insisted that If they were to get tho most out of their future they should study tho Blblo as a means of attaining spiritual happiness. "No one has made a success In life who neglects his or her spiritual wel fare." Sunday shouted. "Riches on earth are good tilings to have If they are obtained honestly, but they will never get any person Into Heaven. There aro stacks of people dead to God. Spiritual death Js worse than physical death. Every man who believes In the Bible will Concluded on Vase Two 47 MINERS, ENTOMBED HOURS, RESCUED ALIVE Victims of Disaster, Given Up for Dead, Show No Injuries. HINTO.V. AV. Va.. March 6.-After being Imprisoned for W hours In the wrecked shaft of Layland coal mine, 47 of tho 182 miners who were entombed when an explosion occurred In the mine last Tues day were rescued alive today. Although suffering from hunger and thirst and the terrors of. Impending death, the rescued men suffered no seri ous injuries from their experience. , 1000 MEN ENT0MIIEI) BY MINE EXPLOSION IN SPAIN are entombed in the Cabeza Del Buey mine near Cordova, where an explosion occurred yesterday while 1600 men were at work. Rescue work went on rapidly today, Burt It wbb believed that nearly all the Imprisoned men would be saved. U. S. NOTE TO CARRANZA IS STERNEST YET SENT Conditions in Mexico City Must Be Relieved, He Is Told, WASHINGTON. March 6.-Vlth the Mexican situation threatening at any moment to turn Into anarchy and massa cre, General Carranza today was the key to Its solution, This Government has laid down the law to him In the sharpest "representations" It has ever sent a Mexican chieftain. Under foreign govern ments,' demands for protection In Mexico, the Administration framed a mandate which officials hoped would bring the chief to terms. . Carranza was'fojd that the starvation threatening the capital must be relieved, It was pointed out to him that, control ling the Vera Cruz-Mexico C(ty Railroad, he has power to alter conditions, lie 'was warned, too. that this nation does not ap prove of General Obregon's plans for leaving the city to Its fate at the first riot signs. Villa, too, has had Informal word from this Government that a massacre of fort elgners would be the most unfortunate thlpg, from Mexican and American view points, that could happen. What steps this Government plans In event of refusal 10 heed American warn ings was shrouded n Ktrecy. Foreign Governments are holding the I ntted States responsible for protection of their citizens Suggestions that an allied force. imiiai to ie Peking lega tion guard, should enter Mexico City, were unfavorably received here. MYSTERIOUS LETTER (U;V. ."fSSr " I Hsr i iS'yi.vicl. KJ Jriir i.. ' ' JliWWKsw - . pi r iSl3 f TRi iJjflwBo t' ,riar'Mr. van Valkonbmgt- - 'jHiflffiBp If &?"': prifiod in gottIa? .honux Mxm m, WMSVt V t llMnlHHHfl-t do 89 hfc7f .0 ntntitffA.4-. "Mvmw-u L.-i - j 1t wi - ' r 1 t.!A.- tt - . i swou jn-v mm j?jr Sllf"' iy- ... - . ( y . - ijWKl?mvsV nbSyk.A' . .v r . . iwuor txuu orerrDDav n n ww.i. ip k?l''-- V- ' ' - , a uKl to ?Sasss?W DOraUnn'lh4m P$m;:.. , J 'y 4&.emSM3SSatttffem..Jfl1nii . syssw w oouoo ofJjWSiM$aftbWKtf.1t(at as vowrSol 1 : ?-Ksfe3-7V..'- 1 -. iJ: ..--a .i. 0 io-&xy r.iA With. rWeet Above is a photographic reproduction of a letter, copies of which nrc being passed from hand to hand among German residents of Philadelphia, who have been led to believe that the "Ludington" whose signature appears on it is Charles H; Ludington, vice president of the Public Ledger Company. The letter is sup- 1 posed to be addressed to E. A. Van Vnlkenburp, editor of tho North American, and, as shown, makes cer tain accusations against Charles II. Hcustis, editor-in-chief of tho Inquirer. Mr. Ludington denies emphatically that the signature is his, that he is an Englishman, or that ne is acquainted with Mr. Van Vnlkehburg or Mr. Hcustis. (ScT Ly Above, at tho left, is tho genuine signature of Charles II. Ludington, vice president of tho Public Ledger Company, which is offered for purposes of comparison with the opposite signature, which is at tached to the mysterious letter. SNOW MAY CONTINUE TONIGHT, SAYS BLISS Forecaster Perceives No Sign of Cessation No Change in Temperature. Snow will fall through tho day and probably far into the night, according to the offlclal forecast of George B. Dllss. local weather man. but as little or 110 change In temperaturo is expected there should be no delay to tralllc. Tho snow Is turning Into slush nlmost uh rapidly as It fulls. If the mercury drops a few degrees from the 33 registered at K o'clock this morn ing to 11 point below freezing it will mean additional work for the street sweepers nnd the streets will be made dnngcrouu by the freezing of tho slush. Several Inch's of slush over the streets of the city, augmented by tho monoto nously Incessant snowfall, cut down the pace of nearly ail traffic for hours this morning and had all Philadelphia slip ping, sliding and tumbling in the streets and on the sidewalks. Horses fountK it Impossible to maintain their footing, and fell In all parts of the city. Numerous minor accidents to pedes trians were reported from various hos pitals. Tho snowfall, according to the official weather forecast. Is to continue through ?he day. unless it turns Into ruin. Philadelphia's customary March snow storm started early last night. Men and women leaving the theatres, and others who were out late, laughed at the first scattering flakes and expressed the opin ion that the Bnowfall would amount to nothing, . This morning they awoke to find about threo Inches of snow over a layer of treacherous, slippery slush, and Hakes still falling hard." They found thut dur ing the night the Philadelphia Hapld Transit Company had prepared Its big track sweepers and snow-ploughs In an ticipation of a real March blizzard. A street motor snowplough made its up- Concluded 011 1'age Three DOY KILLS HIMSELF Victim of Accidental Discharge of Air Gun. A 13-year-old boy accidentally shot him self in the right temple ut Afc'nland. eight miles from Camden, Just before noon today and died a half hour later. The little pellet of lead from the air gun was found to have penetrated the skull to the brain. The boy was William Welsh. He was playing on the farm of Arthur Hill ma 11 with other boys when the air title was accidental shot off Or. J. Kdgar Howard was summoned from lladdon fleld. but the lad died before he reached gtie HiHmna farm. CIRCULATED AMONG r ""' '" b sssr: ? ' : JkL cookon -tn atmv flVimi. t. J. "'!:-. ii I't-i. .. i! - .. ' 7. '. JSl. ..7& wuv uubuiuii. L.riii. nnnffTj Kk -js t V - 'W,ft' U o mmeimmmmwsmeimimmmm t ffwirimaper Fratornitv of, .-fife J I.tinga ftrVeWSS X. xi J i. . .. . v. v v f in jua epac&vrt L a .. , - - - hard socio Influonoe witlft9SS& -o-rt . . h U t -.1.1 it WK5r . . SM?lK iii JtrZ t... ,. r "7.--. hurt Gera&nv mrfc'tiiVfii!e? y . . .. . .. 1: Jieursi tftan by taJrfne Hha md, do vfhat you can ini4&$j. fiendD will be ihankful tM . i 1 . .. .. . ,..i ragaran and test wfaSS I am ipuro, SUNDAY WILL STAY HERE WEEK LONGER Evangelist Announces Exten sion of Campaign in Re sponse to Demand. "Hilly" Sunday-announced today, that he would extend his campaign in this elty until March 21, Inclusive On that day he will havo completed the llth week of his revival, three weeks longer than ho originally Intruded to stay, and' one week longer than ho agreed to ex tend tho campaign when npproached by members of the local Campaign Commit tee early In February. "I Just didn't see how I could disap point nil those people, who haven't been nblo to get to tho tabernacle," tho evangelist explained today. "There aro thousands of folk who keep writing to me, saying thoy haven't been able to come to the meetings, or haven't been able to get In, and there are hundreds who have been trying to get reservations for their employes, so I'm going to do all I can for them," CONFISCATE GAMDLING DEVICE Police Seize "Lemon Machine" in Cigar Store. A gambling device, known as tho "lemon machine,"- was removed from the cigar store of A. Altman. 101 South I'd street, this morning and confiscated by the police. Ileserve Officer Lane happened to stroll Into the store und saw the machine. Altman explained that, although the ma chine was built automatically to deliver nioney to the winners, he used trndo checks and coupons. Lane was not con vinced that the machine was legal and carried It to City Hall. Presid'Ot llcnnpoints Rublee WASHINGTON. March 6.-George Rub lee, of Cornish, N. H., was today ap pointed to the naw Faderal Trade Com mission by President Wilson. The Irsl. dent's action completes the membership of the Trade Commission, which will or ganize next week. $15 Dress Stolen From Hasket A woman's dress, valued at $, was stoleu from the basket of a department store delivery boy tbls morning at Greene and MRitlewod avenue, when the basket was Wft there by the boy while he made a delivery at a nearb house The dress was consigned to Mrs. Kolund Ttolor, J0 West Cbelten arnue, for immediate tint Tho ttitsfl was ii-pottco i 'he Ui- : mantown police, who are making an ia ve&Ugation. GERMANS IN THIS CITY u '4bn6 io .top 2K&M.NVK . ....' . Miaotttall ''litWrtk4 h"! Z.zfixmHr!si . r"?isrjB ..'.vv GERMANS ARE TOLD PHUA. PAPERS PLOT TO COLOR WAR NEWS Alleged Letter to Editor Used as Basis for Dis seminating Impression That Local Journalists Attempt to Aid Allies. , It became known today that a story Is being .circulated among German or ganizations in this city for tho purposo of creating the Impression thnt soma Philadelphia newspapers havo agreed to color their European war news In favor of the Allies. Tho report gained circulation through an anonymous letter, received hy V. W. I.ledtkc, prominent in German circles and owner of n saloon nt 1th and Cherry streets. In this letter tho writer en closed another letter, addressed to K. A. Van Valkenburg, editor of tho North American. The Van Valkcnburg letter bore the signature "Ludington," and tho Impres sion wob given and fostered thnt it was written by Charles It. Ludington. vice president of the Puut.tc Ledobu Company. Thu anonymous correspondent said that the Van Vnlkenburg letter had been opened, and then thrown In the waste to be burned id" In tho North American Bujldlng. Tho letter follows: "Please burn this letter." Philadelphia, Feb. 15. 1315. My Pear Mr. Van Valkenburg: Vou will doubtless be surprised In getting these few lines from me; but the truth Is. I could not contain my self npy longer. I have recently received letters from Pwight and others of our mutual friends concerning Charles JI. Heustls and his absurd pro-British stand. ; items thnt there js no doubt that, whl 14 he .was recently In England, a German P7 lollowed him, and this mm Is In tho possession of convincing evldopce that Heuatis received a large sum of money from emissaries of the British Government. I nave spoken to rnany about this matter and they all seem to coincide in the opinion that something should be dune to stop hlni copipromUIng the Inquirer and th Klvnron and Incidentally the whole newspaper fraternity of the eltv. That his 1 writings are Influenced by somethlrtk more than "honest neutrality" I myself have not the least doubt. But he goes too far In his endeavors to earn the British money and everybody is "on to liiiu," to use ulaarUni. You used to have some lufluence with htm and If you mn persuade blin that he is making u "blood ass out of 'nself sou mil do mui great serv- 1 1 .-vis stlf, as an i-nsiumnan, of Concluded on 1'are Tnu , !&J$ffl 3? Yi&.wm ana 'skss'y rtJiarPfeHSt.j3fc:5M; &Mlo'M! .. ;4 - ..situ.a LINER LA T0URAINE ABLAZE -AT SEA; FOUR SHIPS RUSH TO RESCUE; PASSENGERS SAVED PiitBT r.in.v l'ASHVxavna OX LlXlilt la rouiiAixi: The following were listed as first cabin itasscnocm on La Touralne when she sailed from Xcto York: AupuH Kwilct, Montreal Gaston Levi, Xcw York. II. Frinbcrg, llrookliin. Dr. Jos. L. Whcclwrlffht, Xcw York. Dr. J. C. Walker. Xcw York. Mrs. J. C. Walker, Xcw York. Miss Cecil Wettach, Ualnbrltloc, tlfass. Lewis Tautrand, l'oughkccpslc, X. V. Mrs. Apnea Cralb, Havana, Miss Helen Cralb. Havana. Jules .V. i'ren i If, Montreal. Mrs. llalnh Nlmnson, Xcw Haven. Kdmond Gravel, Montreal. JlcnoUl Velpeuch, Xcw York. Ilugcnt! Masel, San Francisco. Joseph L. Maurcr, Xcw York. Dmtlc Pares, Xcw York. Mrs. Alice V. Andrews, llosion. Jlalph Andrews, Boston. Francois llcpurseati, Xcw York. ll'oorf Fosdlck, Xcw York. John S. t. Irwin, Xcw York. Dr. W. J. llraddock, Xcw York. Dr. A. O. Jlmcnius, Xcw York. Florence Gordon, Xcw York. Dorothy O'Conncll, Xcw York. Victoria Franco Fort, Xcw York. Cathlpnc O'Hanlon, Xcw York. Miss Helen O'Hanlon, Xcw York. Aline M. McCormlck, Xcw York. Thomas J. Uurkc, Jr.. Xcw York. Ilobcrt Alphon.rc, Xcw York. Jiaumond Swoboda, Xcw York. Xcllic Btirdcttc Parsons, Xcw York. Hcda Peterson, Xcw York. Paul Snpucl, General Agent, French Line. Eugene Lyons, Xcw York. Molly McGrath, Xcw York. RUSSIA SENDS THREE NEW DREADNOUGHTS TO BOMBARD BOSPORUS Vessels Just Completed Reported Rushing to Join Czar's Fleet in Attack Upon Strait Guarding Turkish Capital. LONDON. March 6. That three new Itusslan dreadnoughts, rushed to completion at the Black Sea shipyards, have Jolned'nho-nusslan flee In Its descent upon Constantinople, was tho report circulated In Admiralty circles: today. The Admiralty flatly refused con; flrmatlon, and declined to comment on Bucharest dispatches that tho Czar's naval forces in the Kast aro steaming southward to nttnek the Ottoman through the Bosporus. Before tomorrow night, according to Bucharest dispatches, tho Busslnn Black Sen fleet will be pounding at tho Bos porus forts, less than 18 miles from Con stantinople. Tho new dreadnoughts aro tho Ekaterlna II, tho Impcratrlza Maria and tho Alexander III. Each has a dis placement of 22,1100 tons. Dispatches from Borne reporting that tho Itusslan Black Seat fleet is steaming southward at full speed toward Forts Kllla and Polraz. which guard tho en trance of the Bosporus, declare that there are 50 ships and some of them are carrying Itusslan troops. This Indicated the possibility that the Russians may try to land troops at Ormaull or Karaburun for land operations against tho Turkish troops defending Constantinople 011 tho north. Unofficial advices from Athens stnto that a lull has fallen over tho operation In tho Dardanelles. In the meantime tho International fleet Is being replaced with Concluded on l'ase Three ANOTHER SUBMARINE SUNK, REPORTS FRENCH MINISTRY U-2 Sent to Bottom by Warship in English Channel. LONDON, March 0. Another German submarlno has been sunk, nccord-.r to nn offlclal statement is sued last nlr..t by the French Ministry of Murine. The submarine was tho U-2 and went to the bottom after being hit by three shots fired by a French warship of the 'second light squadron In the English Channel near the coast of France. This report brings the number of Her man submarines sunk during the last two daje up to four, as yesterday the loss of tho U-8 was reported, and two others were sun by merchant vessels, accord ing to the claims of the captains. SLAVS DRIVE FOE IN NORTH POUND TOWARD HOME SOIL Superior Numbers Compel Retirement on Myszyniec. BERLIN. March 6. The campaign In Poland appears to bo at present an affair of shifting local suc cesses for one side and the other without particular significance.. The Germans have been compelled to retire before superior Russian forces from Myszyniec, which lies close to the Kast Prussian border. The report that two of the forts at Ossowlec have been destroyed has not been confirmed officially, but It follows tho Itusslan report that heavy batteries have been brought Into position befbre the city. If this report be true It means a considerable success for the Germans. The lighting In the Carpathians Is grow ing more intense hourly and the Russians have been forced to assume the defensive iesplte their energetic exertions. AUDACIOUS NOW DECLARED SALVAGED AND flOOD AS NEW British Dreadnought Said to Be Near ly Ready for Active Service. NEW YORK, March 6. The mystery of the British dreadnought Audacious, tor pedoed and sunk by a German subma rine off Lough Swllly. Ireland. narl three months ago. is becoming deeper. Reports that the Audacious had been talvagcd and repaired were denied only the other day in dispatches from l.oudon, but now cornea a private letter declaring that the ship is nearly ready fur active service. , French Ship, With Americans Aboard, Sends Wireless Calls for Help. Message to Lloyd's Says She Is 700 Miles West of French Port of Brest, But Owners Insist Vessel Is Near English Coast, Not in Peril. Five Doctors and Ton Nurses From Now York City Institution, Sent as Field Hospital Unit for Work at tho Front, on tho Liner's Passen ger List. LONDON. Match 6.-TI10 French line.' La Touralne Is on fire 700 miles west of the French port of Brest, nccordlng to a wireless to Lloyd's received this morn ing. According to a message received at Bel fast, Ireland, all tho passengers and crew havo boon rescued. Tho first dispatch to Lloyds arrived at 10:25 o'clock from the wireless station at Vnlentla. County Kerry, on the west coast of Ireland, it snld thnt the steam ships Rotterdam, Swuumoie, Cornish man and Arabic were rushing to tho ns slstanco of tho burning vessel, which had sent out tho wireless "S. O. S." flash, calling for help. REPORTED "BURNING FIERCELY." A second dispatch, received from Queenstown at 12:3S o'clock this after noon, snld that an aerogram picked up there reported thnt La .Touralne wns burning fiercely, and said that tho White Star liner Arabic and the other steam ships rushing to her nld had doubled their speed. The third message from Belfast mn. all the passengers nnd members of the new of La Touralne aad bn rescued arrived shortly lifter this. The White Star liner .Vablq '.tiled from Liverpool threo days ago. SKa is believed to havo been within 203 miles of La Touralne when tho Uro s'atd. Tho Arabic wirelessed that alio bad caught the liner's call for asslntanco and waa going to her aid. She did not wire less her location. FRENCH LINE'S STATEMENT Tho vessel's owners, tho Compagnla Generalo Transatlantlnue, gave out tht. following statement: "La Touralne. New York to Havre, Is, afire off the coast of Ireland. Sho was duo at Havre tomorrow. Consequently sho cannot bo in great danger, owing to her nearn6ss to tho English coast. Therd Is plenty of assistance en route, Tho Whlto Star liner Arabic and other vessels are rushing to her assistance. Tho only nows wo have received Is from the Vnlentla wireless station." Tho origin of tho fire has not yet been ascertained. Tho company's offices hero claim to be uninformed, but scouted a re port which was apparently circulated without any tangible basis that there had been an explosion of some sort on tho vessel. La Touralno sailed from New York Feb ruary X On her passenger list are five American doctors and 10 American nurses, bound for Kroner, battlefields. Tha Ameri can surgeons In tho party are Dra. A. C. Jlnenln, T. c. Walker, w: G. BMaaock. Joseph Wheelwright and John W Jwln. Tlio party of nurses Includes Mmmv Eu genie Ljons, Victoria Frankfort, Mollis McGrnth, Kathcrlno and Nollio O I Inn Ion. Nelllo Parsons, Beda Peterson, .t'lija JI. McCormlck, Florence Gordo:, and Dorothy O'Connell. The America.. JIos pltnl unit was destined for Passy France. Thero nre 281 persons on tho La Tour alne 38 first cabin passengers, 43 stxer ago passengers and 200 officers t.id mem bers of crew. Lloyd's wireless npparently conflicts with that received by La Touralne's own ers. It fixes tho location of the burning liner at latitude 48.06 north, longitude 20.11 west, 700 miles off the French coast. The liner's owners Insist t,';at the liner Is close to the British con it and that her passengers arc in no danger. Ln Touralno Is 0110 of tho big liners ply ing between New York and Havre. Sho Is a steel twin-screw steamer of 8129 tons, f.20 feet in length, built In 1&00, with accommodattoiiH for heveral hundred Pas sengers. She has a speed of 19 knots ami wa under command of Captain Catlssln Because of war conditions and of tho re cent establishment of tho German "war zone" her passenger list was compara tively light when sho sailed from New York. Tho party of American nurses und doc tors aboard La Touralne comprise n unit sent by the French Hospital, West sun street. New York. Funds for the hospital unit were supplied by Mrs. William J. Fitzgerald, an English woman living In New York, who contributed J1CO.0O0. THINKS (JER.MAN SIV MAY HAVE FIRED LA TOURAINE NEW YORK. March 6.-"l think It probable that the disaster to La Tourana was tho work o fa German spy," declared Dr. J. Darwin Nagel, of the French Hos pital, toda. Doctor Nagel was more thun usuully Interested in the voyage of the French steamship because he was ac quainted with ad the doctors who were Concluded oil Vujo Tna The Kensingtonian Says; Blllu Barto, the papular Port Rich mond boy, visited AUentown. 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