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WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 14, 1902. 16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
Miners Meet at Hazleton to
Decide the Question of
Mr. Mitchell Says There Is
No Hope of Concessions
QDICKIID - m
The New York Chamber of
Commerce Ratifies Ac
tion Already Taken.
A Committee of 6o Named
National House Thinks
Hazelton, Pa., May 14.The general
convention of the United Mine Workers of
America of the anthracite coal territory
of Pennsylvania began here this morning
and before it adjourns sine die it will
have reaohed a definite conclusion on the
question of whether the temporary strike
(or higher wages or shorter hours, which
was inaugurated on Monday, s*hall be
made permanent or whether the men shall
return to work and await a more oppor
A word from President Mitchell would
be likely to sway the convention and it is
not at all improbable that after all has
been said by the delegates he will be
asked by the convention to step into the
breach and decide which is the better
course to pursue.
In an interview with a correspondent of
the Associated Press just before he en
tered the convention. President Mitchell
was asked if it were true that a canvass of
the delegates showed that most of them
were in favor of a strike and he replied:
"There is no doubt that the sentiment
of the men is for a strike."
"Will you advise the men what to do?"
"I will advise them if necessary when
the proper time comes."
"Will you advise them against their
To the last question he hesitafed for a
moment and Anally replied:
"I would rather not answer that ques-
In view of that fact Mr. Mitchell is ad
verse to strikes, this refusal to definitely
answer the last question would indicate
that he may advise against radical
In answer to other questions Mr.
Mitchell said that all hope of any conces
sion from the operators was gone. He
has had no communication he said, with
the mine-owners. Senator Hanna or any
other members of the National Civic Fed
T h e M o r n i n g Session.
The delegates were called to order
shortly after 10 o'clock by President Duffy
of District No. 7. Mr. Mitchell was im
mediately elected chairman of the con
vention. He made a brief speech, in
which he said the delegates had a great
responsibility and should act wisely. They
will be called upon, he said, to decide one
of the greatest questions that ever came
before any labor convention. He admon
ished them to stand together whatever
their decision. - " ' *
W. B. Wilson, national secretary and
treasurer of the United Mine Workers,
was elected secretary.
Deputy Secretaries Denipsy, Gallagher
and Hartleiu were appointed a committee
on credentials, after which the conven
tion took a recess until 1:30 this after
noon. The convention will last at least
two days. Most of to-day's session will
be consumed in organization. As there
are approximately 700 delegates the cre
dentials committee will consume most of
iAt this afternoon's srssion President
Mitchell will make a full report of his
negotiations with the operators since the
Sbamokin convention. He will give in
detail all the particulars of the meeting
with the Civic Federation and will report
everything that was said and done at the
series of conferences between the mine
workers' representatives and the coal
presidents held in \Tew
This wilr also include the reading of all
letters and telegrams that have passed
between the labor leaders and the Civic
Federation and coal operators. Mr. Mitch
ell said his report would be confined
strictly to facts and will contain no rec
ommendations or suggestions. He will
give his advice at a later period of the
Not R e a d y t o R e p o r t .
The convention was called to order at
1:30 o'clock. The credentials committee
was not yet ready to report.
The credentials committee may not fin
ish its business until late this afternoon.
New York, May 14.The chamber of
commerce met to-day in special session to
ratify the action taken by its president,
Morris K. Jessup, for the immediate re
lief of the survivors of the Martiniquio
disaster by the purchase of the food sup
plies on the steamer Madiana and the
sending of additional supplies on the
steamer Fontanabella on Saturday and to
take further action for the relief of ttie
Abram S. Hewitt offered a resolution,
which was adopted for a committee of
sixty with power to add to its numbers
and appoint its own officers, to provide at
once for the forwarding of the necessary
supplies to be secured by contributions.
The resolution endorses the recom
mendation of President Roosevelt to con
gress for a larger appropriation of money
and the provision of ships and supplies.
Mr. Jessup named the committee of
sixty and announced that it would hold a
meeting to-morrow to organize.
Mr. Hewitt's nams heads the committee
and other members are Gustav H. Schwab,
Levi P. Morton, Whitelaw Reid, Cornelius
N. Bliss, Jacob H. Schiff. Emil A. Boas,
D. O. Mills, James Speyer, Isidor Strauss,
John A. McCall, Daniel S. Lamont, Robert
C Ogden and Brayton Ives.
William T. Wardwell, president of the
.New York Red Cross society, said his
organization was ready to furnish nurses
if the committee decided to send them and
President Jessup accepted the offer with
Corneliua N". Bliss announced the ac
tion of the president of the United States
in appointing a national relief committee
and said the chamber's committee would
work in harmony with the national com
1NDY THE WILY
Mr. Carnegie Tells How He
Has Induced Others to
London, May 14.The freedom of the
Plumbers company was presented to An
drew Carnegie to-day at the guild hall
in a valuable casket of various metals.
Replying to the presentation address, Mr.
Carnegie declared he thought it more dif
ficult to conscientiously distribute wealth
than to acquire it. "It is the swimming
* - " $
British Steamship Camorta
Probably Wrecked by .at
Cyclone on May 6.
London, May \i*A lifeboat and.TJOom
belonging to the British steamship Ca
morta has been picked up near Krishna
lightship on the MadraS coast by a,vessel
searching for the missing steamer. It is
believed that the Camorta foundered dur
ing a cyclone on May 6t&. Besides her 650
passengers, who were natives, the Camor
ta had a crew of eighty-nine. She is
eight days overdue.
The Peace Conferenca Begins
London, May 14.Lord Kitchener has
notified the war office that representatives
of all the bodies of Boers throughout the
Transvaal and Orange River colonies are
gathering at Vereeningen, for the confer
ence, which begins to-morrow and that
he has arranged that'the delegates shall
not be impeded in reaching the rendez-
H E L D AT $ 2 0 0 , 0 0 0
H o u s e D o e s Not Care t o I n c r e a s e t h e
A m o u n t at P r e s e n t .
Washington. May 14.Members of the
house appropriations committee are
averse to calling a special meeting to
consider an additional appropriation for
the relief of Martinique. They say that
until it is demonstrated that the $200,000
is not sufficient it will be inadvisable to
appropriate an additional amount in view
of the widespread donations and the re
lief work beins done.
Practically all those ,*name.& by , ihe
president to serve on the reliet commit
tee have wired their acceptances and have
indicated a willinsenss to enter heartily
into the work of raising and receiving
contributions. Already large amounts are
reported received and the president is
much gratified. -
Major D. L. Brainard, commissary of
subsistence, purchasing commissary, army
building, New York City, is designated to
take charge of contributions which the
citizens may wish forwarded through tho
war department. Major Brainard will
give receipts and render account to Che
Some New Craters Form
Ashes, Stones and Lava
ton Is Safe but Dusty.
A Rain of
Castries, Island of St. Lucia, Tuesday,
May 13.The Soufriere volcano on island
of St. Vincent is still in d estructive
eruption. The terrific cannonade can be
heard a hundred miles away. The reports
are followed by columns of smoke, rising
miles in the air. Immense balls of col
ored fire also issue from the crater.
Lightning is playing fiercely in the upper
Bky and the whole northern part of the
island is one mass of traveling flame.
It is impossible to reach the burning
district by land or sea, and there are no
means of estimating the destruction
wrought to life and property.
Kingstown, the capital of St. Vincent is
still safe, though showers of ashes and
pebbles are continually falling down.
The volcano Itself is invisible.
It has just been officially reported that
there were 1,600 dead up to yesterday at
GOVERNOR LLEWELLYN'S R E P O R T
TROUBLE.ENOUGH FOR THE PRESENT.^
The Little FellowsWhat w need is the water cure.
Uncle SamThe tub is full just now.
THANKS FROM FRANCE
Social Democrats Will Quit
Work To-morrow Pending
Stockholm, Sweden, May 14.The social
democratic party has decreed a general
strike in support of the suffrage move
ment. All its adherents throughout Swe
den will stop work to-morrow when the
debate on the suffrage bill commences in
the riksdag. The strike will continue
throughout the debate and probably last
three days. It will involve most of the
industries, only such work being carried
out as is essential to the life and health
of the community. Tne newspapers of
several of the cities will suspend publi
cation during the strike.
C a b l e g r a m F r o m t h e F r e n c h M i n i s -
t e r of F o r e i g n Affairs.
New York, May 14.Edmund Bruwaert,
French consul-general at New York, re
ceived a cablegram from M. Deleasse,
French minister of foreign affairs, di
recting him formally to. thank, in behalf
of the French government, the New York
chamber of commerce and others who
have extended aid to the sufferers at Mar
H. C. De Meudill, treasurer of the
French chamber of commerce of this city,
will go to Martinique on the Dixie: He
will carry with him about $4,000 raised
by the French chamber of commerce and
further contributions will be forwarded
to him at Fort de France. He will ad
minister this fund as may seem best.
K n i g e r G i v e s SOO F r a n c s .
Paris, May 14.Former President Kruger
has sent a message of condolence to President
Loubet, in which he says that, although
handicapped by circumstances, he desires to
emphasize his sympathy by contributing 800
francs toward the -Martinique fund.
B e r l i n S e n ds 4 0 , 0 0 0 M a r k s .
Berlin, May 14.-.-The town council of Berlin
has unanimously recommended to the munic
ipal authorities the immediate donation of
40,000 marks for the relief of the sufferers in
the West Indies.
BURGLARIZED A PRISON
UNIQUE CRIME OF MINN. CONVICT
E x p o s e s NeljrasUa's S y s t e m ot R a i l -
W a y T a x a t i o n to B o a r d .
Special to The Journal.
Lincoln, Neb., May 14.'Editor E. Rosewa
ter of Omaha appeared before the state board
of equalization to-day and complained of the
low assessment of the railroad companies of
Nebraska. He gave many figures and com
parisons t6 ehow that, while the value of
railroad prop^'iies has increased 100 per cent
in ten years, the valuation for taxation pur
poses has steadily fallen.
Mr. Rosewater pleaded for fair and equal
taxation and made plain his intention to car
ry the matter into the state convention if the
board did not ct.
NOTT He Is G o i n g B a c k t o S p e nd F i v e
Y e a r s F r o m W h e n c e ' H e
C h i c a g o Great W e s t e r n E x t e n s i o n
D e l a y by Courts a t R e d W i n g .
Special to The Journal.
Red Wing, Minn., May 14.Judge Willis
ton .has granted a stay of twenty days in the
condemnation proceedings of the Chicago
Great Western against H. H. Palmer. This
will, for-a'time at least, block work on the
Zumbrota-Rochester branch of the Great
Western: iPalmer maintains the Great West
ern has no charter siring it the right of
Special to The Journal.
Stillwater, Minn., May 14.Andrew An
derson, released from state's prison on
Feb. 5, after serving a five-year term for
grand larceny, committed in Minneapolis,
was convicted in district court to-day of
burglarizing W. B. & W. G. Jordan's shoe
warehouse in the penitentiary yards and
sentenced to a term of five years. This
will be his fourth or fifth penitentiary
Anderson robbed the prison in a sensa
tional way about three weeks after he
acquired his freedom, scaling the walls
and then letting himself down in the yard
and robbing the warehouse of three cases
of shoes. These he managed to get over
the walls by means of a rope and was en
gaged in selling them in the twin cities
when apprehended. Anderson likes prison
life and desired a long sentence for his
tenth, and not the submerged tenth which
we can greatly benefit," said he. Any
satisfaction which he had derived from
his gifts arose" from the fact that he had
Induced individuals and communities to
"I think it will be found/' "he added,
"that far from being a philanthropist I
am engaged in making the best bargains
of my life: For instance, when New York
had been given over a million pounds for
seventy-two libraries I succeeded in get
ting a pledge from "her that she would
furnish sites and maintain these libraries
forever. Her . investment (I hope this
may not go across the Atlantic to alarm
her) is greater than mine. This is not
philanthropy. It is a clever stroke of
business. I am open to propositions of
a similar character from cities in any part
of the English-speaking world."
Mr. Carnegie gave numerous instances
of how through the inventive genius of
Great Britain her "giant child America
owes her present position," adding that
all the English could ever learn from
America never could be compared with
what America had received from England.
Dealing with international relations Mr.
Carnegie said he. rejoiced to say that
never in his day had the American people
and government been so lovingly inclined
towards the old home as at present, and
never had the patriotism of the race, the
coming force in international affairs, re
vealed itself so clearly. He concluded with
saying that the possibility of the Eng
lish-speaking peoples killing each other
on the plea of civilized warfare was ban
ished, and that in the event of a differ
ence, "no government on either Bide of
the Atlantic could resist, the offer of the
other of arbitration and it can scarcely
be believed that a serious quarrel can
ever arise when that offer will not be
made by one or the other."
The Big Jobbing Combine Is
Likely to Be Aban-
Minnesota Firms Wouldn't
Come in and Blocked
Old Vesuvius Again Shows
Signs of Activity
G i g a n t i c R a i l w a y S y s t e m t o Be
O p e r a t e d T h i s Year.
Seattle. Wash., May 14.The Trans-Sibe
rian railway is completed all but the opening
of a tunnel one and one-half miles in length,
and will ho ready for general traffic the lat
ter part of this year, according to George
Janson, who for years has been a construc
tion engineer on the road. " .
Mr. Janson arrived in Seattle yesterday
from the far east and is on his way to St.
Petersburg,, his home. He has been em
ployed on the Trans-Siberian railway ever
since he completed his education in St
Petersburg,' and is returftfas -, U ..Russia
I through the United Stated.
Paris, May 14.A dispatch from Naples
to the Journal says Mount Vesuvius shows
signs of activity. Lava is flowing from
the crater on the Pompeii side, while hot
cinders are thrown up from time to time.
BRIDGE COMPANY, STRIKES
Settled in Y o u n g s t o w n a n d On i n
C h i c a g o .
Chicago/ May 14.Two new strikes began
here to-day. Three hundred glass-workers
walked 'out, practically closing all the glass
plants. About 200 of the 800 employes of the
American Bridge company struck. The glass
workers were promised the nine-hour day
and the 10 per cent increase in wages which
they demanded, but recognition of the union
was refused.. The. structural-iron workers
and helpers demanded an icrease in wages.
Youn'gstown, Ohio, May 14.The strike of
structural-iron workers of the American
Bridge company was settled here to-day on
a compromise basis of 47% cents per hour for
an eight-hour day. .The* men struck for 60
i cents p hour.
The projected hardware trust has gone
bump, even before its organization, and
chances now favor the abandonment of the
plan. It is said that this development
was caused by the refusal of Janney,
Semple, Hill & Co., of Minneapolis the
Marshall-Wells Hardware company.of. Du
luth, and the Simmons Hardware company
of St. Louis, to enter the combine. Their
determination to withdraw was announced
at a meeting held in New York city last
Monday and which was attended by rep
resentatives of all the firms involved. The
Hardware Trade prints a long article this
week devoted. to the trust, and predicts
disaster for the scheme, which, it is now
said, has been frustrated by the three
The New York meeting at iwhich the
death knell of the trust was ounded was
well attended. Up to that time there
had been no hitft of trouble, although
several firms were still coquetting with
the consolidation pioposition, without
having definitely pledged themselves in
The reason for the stand taken at the
meeting has not been divulged. T. B.
Janney, when questioned about it, said
the reasons of the firm were private and
declined to so into them. Mr. Janney
himself did not go to New York, the firm
being represented by Horace M. Hill.
The consolidation was first publicly
proposed last December. Representatives
o f the trust waited upon jobbers and asked
them to put a price upon their iplants.
This was done, but none of the Minneapo
lis firms were particularly overjoyed at
the appearance of the plan, notwithstand
ing. Afterwards an announcement was
made in which a list of the firm to be in
cluded in the trust was published. In
this list occurred the name of Janmey,
Semple, Hill & Co., although definite ar
rangements for that inclusion had not
vous. Consequently the assemblage is ex
pected, to be large. The decision reached
regarding the peace terms will later be
submitted to the British. A delegation
consisting probably of the same Boer
leaders who went to Pretoria recently,
will be deputized to convey the decision
to Lord Kitchener.
A m e r i c a n T r a d e r * R e a d y .
In consequence of the receipt of In
formation regarding tne activity of Amer^
lean firms, chiefly engineering, electrical
and mining concerns, which are preparing
to despatch heavy shipments to South Af
rica immediately after peace is declared
the colonial secretary, Mr. Chamberlain
has authorized the dispatch of a com
mission of experts in engineering, tex
tiles, etc., to traverse the entire country
and report on the requirements of South
Africa under the new conditions and the
openings for British trade. The commis
sion sails May 31st.
Stone Cannot Be Thrown in
Haiti Without Hitting a
State of Affair* a t St. V i n c e n t W o r s e
T h a n D e s c r i b e d .
" London, May 14.The governor of the
Windward islands, Sir Robert Llewellyn,
telegraphs to the colonial office from the
Island of St. Vincent, under date of Tues
day, May 13, as follows:
"I arrived here yesterday and found
the state of affairs much worse than had
been stated. The administrator's report
shows that the country on the east coast
between Robin Rock and Georgetown, was
apparently struck and devastated in a
manner similar to that which destroyed
St. Pierre, and I fear that practically all
living things in that radius were killed.
Probably 1,600 persons lost their lives. The
exact number will never be known. Man
agers ajnd owners Q!the estates, with their
tamiliejs,- nv* been killed, A. thousand
bodies b%v beeaa- foa& a^d buried. Oaf
hundred and sixty persons are in the hos
pital at Georgetown. Probably only six of
this number will recover.
"The details of the disaster are too har
rowing for description. I got at St. Lucia
a coasting steamer which is running up
and down the Leeward coast with water
and provisions. Twenty-two hundred per
sons received relief.
- "I have asked for medical officers from
Trinidad and Grenada. All the neighbor
ing British colonies are assisting gener
ously. Every effort is being made to grap
ple with the awful calamity.
"All the beet sugar estates in the Carib
country are devastated and the cattle are
dead. The eruption continues but Is ap
parently moderating. Anxiety is still felt.
All the officers and residents are co-oper
ating with me. The. ladles are making
Sir Frederic M. Hodgson, the governor
of Barbadoes, forwarded to the colonial
office to-day the report of the colonial
secretary who has Just returned from a
visit to St. Pierre, Martinique. It con
firms the worst accounts of the disaster.
The secretary compares the ignited mat
ter which destroyed everything within an
area of ten miles long by six wide, to
burning sealing wax. He adds, significant
ly, that the services of doctors are not
Tequired, as there are no wounded per
Governor Hodgson estimates that two
million tons of valcanic dust fell on the
island of Barbadoes.
the Windward coast seven plantations ar* ^
totally destroyed. Nothing green is vis
Sixteen hundred and twenty deaths are
already reported. There are 167 cases in.
the hospital at Georgetown under treat*
The deaths have been caused chiefly by
suffocation by the sulphurous gases,
lightning and burning lava masses. Few
of the cases in the hospital are likely to
recover. The crew of H. M. S. Indefa
tigable buried thirty peasants found dead
on the Owia estate north of Soufriere.
A new crater is reported formed on th*
Richmond estate near the seashore.
The country districts- on the Windward
coast are littered with dead bodies.
Kingstown, the capital, and the "R-hol*
population, are safe. There have been no
accidents or deaths. Clouds of dust are
blowing over the city, however. The royal
mail steamer Wear is transporting food
and water to the Leeward coasts and sail
ing vessels are proceeding to the Wind
ward coast on the same errand. Doctor*
and nurses have gone to the scene of dis
tress. The majority of the corpses found
are covered with ashes, decomposed and
hardly approachable. The dead are be
ing buried in trenches, thirty in each.
SCIENTISTS A F F I R M E D SECURITY
E a r t h q u a k e O b s e r v e r s Set t h e M i n d s
of t h e P e o p l e a t R e s t .
New York, May 14.The trans-Atlantlo
steamer Canada has arrived here with 138
refugees, twenty hours from Fort do
France, Martinique, says a Port of Spain.
Trinidad, dispatch to the Herald. She
brings this account of an event which is
alleged to have preceded, the disaster at
St. Pierre, told, it is stated by a person
who was aboard, the schooner Gabrielle
A scientific commission, ^presided over by
the governor, M. Mouttet, assembled in fit.
Pierre on May 7, the day before the calamity,
for the purpose of studying the phenomena of
the volcanic disturbances of Mont Pelee. It
was agreed by the members of this commis
sion that the relative position of the craters
and the valleys debauching on the sea were
such that the scientists-aouKfafflisn that the
security of St. Pierre was complete, an&'thi*
announcement was mad to allay the- fears of
the frtjCtttened citizens.
,.-^^it.^*lerr at *
o'clock on the morning of May S. Mont Pelee
was smoking to the north and the wind was
A few minutes before 7 o'clock a great
white column of what seemed to be steam
and gas belched forth, from an apparently new
crater on Mont Pele which seemed to ba
about 200 yards from the original crater and
which appeared to open up a deep rent from
the top to the bottom of the mountain.
This outbreak caused consternation among
the inhabitants of St Pierre, many of whom
fled toward the seashore.
Those on the Gabrielle observed a small
steam yacht leave St. Pierre at ten minute*
after 7 o'lock with the governor and mem
bers of the scientific commission on board.
The yacht steamed toward Le Precheur.
A W A V E OF LAVA
A SCENE OF DESOLATION
THEY GET THE DOES MOINES &, FORT
New York, 'May 14.W. 1. Stow and. E. S.
Hooley of this city said to-day that they had
acquired a controlling interest in the Pes
Moines & Fort 'Dodge railroad. They de
clined to say for what interests they acted.
The road is leased to th Rock Island until
Port au Prince, Haiti, May 14.Admiral
Killick, commander of the Haiti en fleet
has started for Cape Haitlen with the
Haitien warships Crete-a-Pierot and
Toussaint L' Ouverture, having declared
himself in favor of Gen. Firmin, whp is
the head of the revolutionary forces in
the northern part of the island.
The northern revolutionsts have seized
the customs houses of Cape Haitlen, Port
de Paix and Gonalves. Protests. against
this action have been entered by the nat
ional bank and the diplomatic corps.
A severe engagement between the
northern revolutionists and the southern
forces, meaning the troops from Port au
Prince and the cities of its vicinity, is
expected to-morrow or the day after.
A steamer from Kingston, Jamaica, is
expected, bringing a number of Haitlens
who have been in exile. Among them are
M. Fourchard and Seneque Pierre, two
more candidates for the presidency.
After the embarkation of General Sam,
all the political prisoners hefe were re
leased and last night they, with groups
of drunken soldiers, paraded the, streets.
Shots were fired from time to time. The
provisional government is attempting to
control the situation, but General Saint
Folx Colin, the district commander, Gen
eral Kebreau, the chief of police and M.
Polynice, the communal magistrate are
the only officials who appear to be exer
cising authority. They formed a corps
of respectable citizens yesterday evening
and succeeded in disarming most of the
dangerous characters. As a result the
night was much quieter.
H o i s t i n g A p p a r a t n s F a i l e d a n d Car
F e l l U p o n Sly.
Special to The Journal. . ^ " ^:.
Missoula, Mont., May 14.Willard Sly, a
Northern Pacific car repairer, was caught
under a flat car forty-five miles east of Mis
soula and killed. The car had been wrecked
and was being hoisted by a derrick, when
theliolsting jpaxatf dropped the car upon
N e w Crater F o r m s K i n g s t o n D u s t y ,
._.. h u t Safe.
New Yorkf May 14.In a dispatch from
its correspondent on the island of St. Vin
cent, B. W. L, the Herald says:
Admonitory rumblings and earthquakes
in the vicinity of Soufriere began two
On Monday, May 5, the lake in the old
crater became greatly disturbed. On
Tuesday at 2 o'clock in the afternoon the
mountain began a series of volcanic ef
Several earthquakes accompanied these
terrible noises and detonations succeeded
quickly. At 7 o'clock In the evening an
immense column of. steam issued from the
crater and lasted until midnight.
Terrific explosions followed on Wednes
day morning, and at 7 o'clock there was
another sudden violent escape of steam.
This ascended for three hours, when other
material was ejected.
At noon three craters appeared to open
and begin to vomit lava. Six streams at
once ran down the sides of the mountains,
making an awful scene.
The mountain labored heavily for half
an hour after the appearance of the lava.
Fire flashed around the edges of the cra
ters, and there were tremendous detona
tions In succession, rapidly merging into
a continuous roar.
This lasted through Wednesday night
and until Friday morning. The thunder
ing* of. the volcano were heard through
out the Caribbean sea.
The eruption, (began Wednesday. A huge
cloud in a dark and dense column, charged
with volcanic matter, rose to a height of
eight miles from the mountain top. Dark
ness like midnight descended and the sul
phurous air was laden with fine dust.
A brief-rain followed a rain of ashes
and stones. There were bright flashes,
numerous and marvelously rapid. These,
with thundering, the mountain shocks, the
earthquakes' roar, the lava and, falling
stones, created a scene of Horror.
Large areas of cultivation have been
' r i e VllMg)lc mitter. -On
It Is Said to Have Killed Some Hun
dreds at Le Precheur.
2feu York San Special Servie*
Fort de France, May 14.A correspond*
ent who has returned here says:
"When I reached- S t Pierre I was sur
prised that more of the dead were not
in sight. Not more than a thousand bod
ies were strewn along the streets, tha
others being at least partly buried under
the mantle of ashes and cinders spread by
"Every moment of my etay in St. Pierre
I feared that the volcano would agaia
belch forth its billows of death-dealing
fire. It continues active, vomitting lava
In streams, which flow down Its sides,
changing the surface of the northern end
of the island every hour.
"It is the stench and the danger of pes
tilence that makes St. Pierre a place of
even greater horror than was caused by
the first result of the explosion of Mont
"All of the bodies first found on th*
surface have been burned by soldiers, but
few of those in the ruins have been dug
out. It will require months, unless a
greater force of men is employed, beford
the dead are properly disposed of.
"The sand and ashes that cover the citr
are still hot. Waves-of heat come down
from the crater of the volcano, making
work among the ruins difficult when it is
not absolutely impossible.
"Reports that all of the Inhabitants of
the village of Le Precheur had , been
brought to this city are not true. A
great wave of lava swept across one por
tion of the villase, destroying the lives
of 800 Inhabitants. The others, fled to
the seashore and were rescued by tho
French cruiser Suchet.
"Other villages at the foot of Mont
Pelee were destroyed by the lava, wbicl)
flowed alons the courses formerly fol
lowed by the rivers.
"Indignation against Governor Mbutet
grows as the panic of the survivors sub
sides. It is remembered that while Mont
Pelee was threatening and giving warn
ing, the eovernor refused to permit any
general exodus from St. Pierre.
"In the harbor of St. Pierre a steam
ship is in constant readiness to take away
the workers if Mont Pelee becomes more
threatening. A watch.is constantly main
tained, ready to give warning, and if th
lava turns in the direction of St. Pierre
the place will immediately be deserted. -
"Aside from thoso working In the ruins,
there la not a human being In the north
ern part of the Island. All who have noj
been killed have fled to Fort de France.
ROBBED A POSTOFFICE **
F r a n c i s C o n c e d e d It a n d W a s S e n ^ '
t e n c e d t o S t i l l w a t e r .
Special to The Journal.
Madison, Wis., May 14.J. W. Francir
pleaded guilty in the federal court to-day t*
robbing the postofflco at Blair, Trempeleau
county, \ last - November, and was. sentenced
to ttio prison at Stillwater for two years. H
had 'been in jail since November and recently
made a desperate attempt to escape. Tn
robbery netted $340 in cash and $4S0 worth ot
The trial was begun of E. G. Jackson of
Loyal, Clark county, charged' with sehdtaf
an obscene letter to Editor Meachem of t a t
Loyal Croidcle,:ilbouta -
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