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-f-^-3 -rv ' " ^ C / p ^ ^ e jj W,'| * - . -_HL. JL-Ja PRICE TWO CENTS'. THURSDA Y E V E N t m ^ M ^ Y . 15,- 1902. 12 P A G E S - F I V E O'CLOCK. MINORITY IS VINDICATED First Baptists' Ex-Parte Council Report Is So Construed. A Mutual Couucil Is Recom mended While Secession Is Discouraged. MISSDOWIE EVERYBODY OUT IS DEAD Her Eair Caught Fire in a Gas Jet and She Was Severely Burned. Dr. Dowie Spent the Day in Prayer but She Diej in Great Agony. A General Strike in Sweden With a Complete Tie-up - of Business. The decision submitted by the ex-parte council of Baptist laymen and clergymen after considering the evidence presented by the committee of the dissenters in the First Baptist church of this city, was reached last night at a meeting in the West hotel. It is practically a vindica tion for the minority and suggests a mu tual council. Following tihe close of tes timony at Westminster church late yes terday afternoon, the council went into executive session and later assembled at the West. Tais morning the carefully written opinion was delivered to the com mittee by which the council was called. Owing to the fact that it was desired to offer BO bias to a possible subsequent mutual council, certain matters involving the consideration of Baptist doctrine were not takon up. The majority of the church has declined to consider the mi ncrity's previous propositions for a mu tual council and declined a proposition from this ex parte council that they make it mutual by sending representatives. The report of the council is as follows: T h e Council's Report. The ex-parte council called by certain mem bers of the First. Baptist church of Minne apolis to consider the differences existing in that church, has made careful investigation of the case, and as the result, of its delibera tions, makes the following statement: FirstThere were presented for our con sideration many questions of vital importance to our denomination and to the cause of Christ, on which, as an ex-parte council, we conclude that we cannot properly enter. SecondlyWe recognize the fact that a large and influential portion of the First Baptist church, consisting of earnest and de voted men and women, are so disaffected toward the administration of the church that there is danger of a permanent division in Its ranks, and that its usefulness will be se riously Impaired, if not destroyed. ThirdlyWe greatly regret that the church, through its officers, has declined to submit the existing differences to the judgment of a mutual advisory council, or to further our ^efforts to bring about a reconciliation, and that the representatives of the church have gone so far in their opposition as even to re fuse to the present council the use of their church parlors for its deliberations. FourthlyWe recommend the so-called mi nority firmly to insist upon their right to a mutual council for the consideration of these difficulties, according to the usage of our denomination, and we express our judgment that no cass^could more imperatively demand such a council than the one which for two days has absorbed our attention. FifthlyWhile we sympathize with the mi nority in the church in the unfortunate sit uation in which they are placed and of which they seem justly to complain, we unani mously recommend them not to abandon the church to which they are so ardently at tached, but to remain in its membership, faithfully striving to perform their church duties, in the hope that God in his wisdom will find some way to dissipate the clouds which now hang over the horizon, to bring about a reconciliation between the differing parties, and to restore the church to the grand position which it so long occupied in our own denomination and In the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Signed at Minneapolis, May 14, 1902. Augustus H. Strong, Moderator, Edward M. Van Duzee, Clerk. Stockholm, Sweden, May 15.The gen eral strike decreed by the social demo cratic party in support - of the suffrage bill, the debate on which begins in parlia ment to-day, was carried out as arranged and the tie-up of business has been prac tically complete since this morning. Traf fic generally is suspended. The street The Democrats^Are Anxious to Force Action on One of Them. Washington, May 15.The beet sugar senators took alarm yesterday when they learned of the" purpose of the republican steering committee to sidetrack-canal leg islation- and make the Cuban reciprocity bill the unfinished business of the senate after the Philippine civil government bill is disposed of. CANAL RIGHTS Treaties With Colombia, Nicaragua and Costa Rica / Completed. Washington, May 15.The negotiations between Secretary Hay and the ministers from, Colombia, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, looking to the acquirement of the necessary rights for the construction by .the United States government of either the Panama or the Nicaragua canal have at last been concluded and to-morrow the GARIBS SACRIFICED TO THE FIRE GOD Chicago, May 15.Esther Dowie, daughter of "Dr." Alexander Dowie, pro prietor of "Zion," died last night of burns, having suffered for hours while "Elijah IL" prayed over her. Miss Dowie was 23 years old and a student at the University of Chicago. Yesterday morning her hair caught fire from a cas Jet and her head and face. wrere horribly burned. Nurses placed salve on the patient's wounds, as the Dowie doctrine allows the use of medi cine externally. Meanwhile the "Divine Healer" was hurrying to the bedside from his new city of Zion at Waukegan. Upon his arrival the attendants were excluded from the room and Dowie sunk to his knees in prayer. His supplications lasted all day. He refused to cease even to take .the nourishment which his followers would have pressed upon him. The patient was unconscious much of the time. The patient died at 9 o'clock in great agony, having returned to con sciousness a short time before. News of the death did not come out until to-day, when the coroner was notified. An in quest was set for 11 o'clock to-day. . A D o c t o r W a s Sent F o r . At the incuest Dr. Dowie was the first witness. eH frequently 'broke down un der ihis grief. eH declared that his daughter's night robe had1 been burned from her body and that vaseline had been rubbed on her by Deacon Siieicher's or ders. Sneicher has a license to practice medicine. He declared that during the afterncon the patient's condition had be come very serious and that Dr. Campbell, a medical practitioner, had 'been sent for to consult with Dr. Speicher. Dr. Camp bell, the witness said, had said there was little hope. Dr. Dowie declared that when Esther regained consciousness she asked him to pray for her. lAt no time, he said, had she asked for medical attend ance. The iury then returned a verdict that death was due to burns accidentally received. An Ancient Among the ecy Handed Down First Seen by Thomas W. Powell, Austen K. de Blois, John H. Chapman, Lathan A. Crandall, (by authority.) PLUMBERS OUT Strike for a Higher Wage May Become General at La Crosse. Columbus Has Come True. Galusha Anderson, James P. Abbott, B. A. Greene, C. A. Hobbs, Alanson J. Fox, J Mr. R i l e y ' s P o s i t i o n . Rev. W. B. Riley, castor of the church, was seen this morning and said that he had nothing to say at this time regarding the council's report, feeling that if any answer at all were necessary the church officials were the proper persons to give it. W. L. Harris, a member of the church, raid: I am of the opinion, as I have been from the start, that the whole trouble springs from the inability to adjust the social side *nd the evangelistic side of the church work, *nd that the question of personality of any rean is really secondary. My own personal conviction is that those who would really best serve the interests of the church and its. usefulness, and who cannot for family personal reasons adapt themselves to the conditions existing to-day, which seem to be, on the whole, effective for results, should eek membership in other churches where conditions are more congenial. I realize the disinclination to sever^ old time church connections, but I believe'it is the best solution of the difficulty. I haven't seen the decision of the exparte council and do not know whether anything xcept ex-parte evidence was given. If none but evidence on one side of the case was presented, 1 cannot see how any decision of this council can carry much weight. Members of the council were driven bout the city to-day. Most of them, being busy men, will return to-night to their homes: some of them will return for the Baptist anniversaries which open on Monday at St. Paul. ANOllBJNE Special to The Journal. La Crosse, Wis., May 15.A strike is threatened in this city which will take in all trade and lahor organizations. Every plumber in the city is idle to-day. The men walked out on a demand for $3.50 a day of eight hours work. They have been getting $3.25 for nine hours. The demand has been refused by the boss plumbers. All plumbers at work outside the city for local firms have been called in and all work suspended*. The bricklayers will go on a strike for more wages. They are now receiving 45 cents an hour, and demand 50. teamsters, who are getting $3.50 a day will, ask $4. This will affect $100,000 worth of street improvements which have be'en contracted, for and cause a heavy loss to contractors. Milwaukee road freight handlers will ask for an increase from 14 to 15 cents an hour which will be granted. The strikes are the result ol a visit here of state organizers and mass meetings held nightly. TOOK $2,300,000 J j | William S. Stenger of Phila delphia Buys the Record at Auction. There vr&a a young fellow oi NigeT, ^ - V Took a ride oil the back of a tiger..- i-\,T They returned from the ride, ^ : _ With the young man outside ' And a bump on the head of the tiger. cars, cabs, vans, carts and steamers are not running and no work is going on in any of the factories or shops. The printers have also Joined the strike which will last throughout the parlia mentary debate. COIL STRIKE A "Great and Good Friend*' Discovered in the Person * - - of Alfonso. Madrid, May 15.-The United) States spe cial envoy to the coronation of King Al fonso, Dr. J. L. M. Curry, presented this morning President Roosevelt's letter to his majesty as follows: Great n iGood FriendIn the name of and in behalf of the government and the peo ple of the Unlteo States, I desire to present their sincere felicitations on the occasion of your majesty's majority and to assure you of their friendship and good wishes for the welfare of your majesty and your-majesty's people. I trust your life will be long and happy, and that your reign 'will live in the effections of your people aud bless them with peace, prosperity and happiness, and I pray God to have you in his safe and holy keeping. Your good friend, Roosevelt. The queen regent to-dayxreceived in au dience the foreign missions appointed, to ,-jtttend the coronation. , , Philadelphia, May 15.- By order of the United States court of eastern Pennsyl vania, James M. Beck, special master commissioner, to-day sold at public auc tion 9,050 shares of the 10,000 shares o f the Philadelphia Record Publishing com pany, imr value $100. William S. Stenger, of Philadelphia, bought the stock for $2,300,000. ~ Mr. Stenger is an attorney and was secretary of the commonwealth during Governor Pattison's first term. Mr. Stenger also bought 470.000 of the issue of $500,000. 6 per cent bonds of- the Record company, paying $654,000 therefor. When asked whom he represented in the transaction, Mr. Stenger smilingly answered, "Myself," and declined to say anything further. There was a large attendance, at the sale, many newspaper owners from other cities being "among those present." Wes ley M. Oler, of the Baltimore Herald, was Mr. Stenger's principal competitor. : Kis last bid was $2,295,000 and the stock wari knocked down to Mr. Stenger at his 'bio* of $2,300,000. Adolph Ochs, of the New York Times, was also an active bidder, but 'he stopped at $1,830,000. After, the two large blocks of stocks and bonds had been disposed of, a lot of 150 shares of Record Publishing company stock, was soldi to Mr. Stenger for $220 a share. The first bid was $900,000 and several of the early bidders dropped out before the million and a half mark was reached. The Men Are Still Hard at Work Debating the Situation. HURD INDICTED A l l e g e d Murderer, "When A r r a i g n e d , P l e a d e d Not d n i l t y . .,".:'"."..'", Special to The Journal. .-' St. Cloud, Minn., May 15. Jahn.Hurd, who shot and killed Robert Charles in Eden Lake township about two months go, has been indicted by the grand jury for murder in the first degree. The case will be tried May 27. Hurd was arraigned to-day and pleaded not guilty. He maintains he acted in ^self-de- iense. Hazel ton,- Pa,, May 15.Tne-convention of anthracite mine workers called to de cide the matter of making permanent the present suspension of iwork in the hard coal field, resumed its session this morn ing. The Question of the hour was in troduced by President Mitchell, in the form of an exhaustive report, of his,nego tiations with the civic federation and with the presidents of the coal companies. A,n imsenetraJble veil of secrecy sur rounds the proceedings. The strike sen timent is still,strong but It cannot be s&id. that it is ais great as it was yes terday. Many propositions will be sub mitted and it is possible that the de bate may continue, until, to-morrow.. John C. Haddock,^ president of the Plymouth Coal company, which operates two independent - collieries' and employs 1,000 men had a talk with ,-. President Mitchell. ..Neither would say anything regarding the conference. Mr. Haddock is disposed to grant some of the demands but his.company's hands are tied beeause -independent operators cannot do anything without the sanction of-the coal-carrying reads. . - . . a L o o k s L i k e S t r i k e . The speeches so far are said to be strongly in favor of a strike. "None" of the national officers has addressed the conven tion. Gossip coming from".the hail points strongly to a strike. HAY WILLING TO DEBATEv B ut H e W a n t s It K n o w n T a w n e y Is S p e a k i n g f o r FleteTier. : If Congressman Tawney of Winona really wants to meet Eugene Hay in a joint de bate on the Cuban reciprocity question* as has been stated," Mr. Hay's friends say he can un doubtedly 'be .accommodated.. They insist, however, that Mr. Tawney must allow it to be clearly understood that he is entering the debate in Mr. Fletcher's behalf and speaking for him, Mr. Fletcher's stand on the Cuban- ques- tion is identical .with that of Mr. Tawney, they say, and he is the man who ought to be debating the matter with Mr. Hay.'But if he prefers to let Mr. Tawney do hi talking and will so let it be #4erstood, they promiisn to have, Mr, Hay, on hand at the time ap pointed. CUNARD LJNE INDEPENDENT. . London, May 15.In the house of commons to-day the president of the board of trade, Gerald Balfour, informed Rear Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, conservative, that he had reason to believej that no contract existed giving the American shipping com bine the right to take over the shares or the fleet of the Cunsxd Line. r Under the leadership of Senator Burrows and with the assistance of several demo cratic senators, they began an agitation which promises to increase the bitterness of the fight over receprocity. It developed late in the afternoon that the democrats with practical /unanimity, will join . t h e beet sugar republican senators in prevent ing the steering committee from carrying out its program. ' - -: The democrats want to forcegaction upon one of the pending canal bills. They are indifferent as to which of the bills is : passed, although a majority of them would probably prefer the .passage of the Nica ragua bill. Realizing, however, that that measure is aiot as popular as it was a few months ago and that its consideration would provoke a protracted filibuster, they are willing, if forced to accept the alternative, that-the Spooner bill, which leaves the selection of the route for- the canal to the president, shall be passed: They are even willing to accept the Hoar bill, which fixes the limit of cost for con structing the Nicaragua or Panama canal at $180,000,000. .., Senator Spooner of Wisconsin, who ha* been regarded as a stalwart administra tion man, is known to be 4n sympathy with the beet sugar movement. He Is en gaged at the present time in drawing a bill providing for an elaborate system of rebates, which shall be paid to the Cuban government. He expects to have this ready for introduction in a few days'. The president is not unaware of the character and extent of the revolt against his measure aqd is very much concerned. He expected that when he threatened to call congress in special session to -eon-? eider a Cuban reciprocity bill the beet sugar senators would promptly sur render. In this he has been disappointed. As a matter, of fact they regard' his threat.as a pure bluff and are not. much concerned even if he is sincere. They: sky that if the president can afford to call a special session they can'afford to attend the session. - - secretary of state will be able to send to. the senate: three - treaties covering the ground. The tre'aty with Colombia was com pleted some week ago, but has been held up- In order that no sign of preference might be gathered from the laying of one before the senate in advance of the others. The ministers from Nicaragua and Costa Rica were at the state department to-day and were able to announce that the last obstacle had been removed, so that all three treaties would be sent in at once.. The general features of these con ventions have been printed. THE HAITI WAR MECT LAW Sales by Agents ofNon-Resi dent Dealers Cannot Be Prohibited. c Everybody Stops Shooting and Tries to Find What the Trouble Is* Des Moines, loka, May 15.The supreme court ruled to-day that the sale of Hquor to bootleggers and other resident -viola tors of the Iowa law cannot be prohibited when the sales are made by agents of non-resident dealers. ' The court holds that the section of the Iowa mulct law, prohibiting such sales, Is in conflict with the interstate commerce laws and unconstitutional. The decision is given in the case of the state versus Pat Hunaphy of Jefferson ounty. The de fendant was an agent at Fairfield for an Illinois liquor house, which filled) orders by shipment direct to the purchaser.. The effect of the decision is to prevent further seizure of liquor in the hands, of express and. .other transportation - com panies and' to dispose of many such cases now sending. N Port auPrlnce Haiti, May 157A dele gation, headed by M. S. Solon Menos, a former minister of .foreign affairs, and sent by the provisional government of Haiti started to-day, for Cape Haltien on the steamer -Mancel\vHth the. object of en deavoring to arrive at an agreement with the leaders of the revolutionary forces" In the northern .part, of Haiti and prevent, a civil war. Lack,:of funds, is preventing the northern force* ^-from marching, on Port au Prince -J. = Quiet has been entirely re-established here. All the administrative offices have been re-opened. '"'" The correspondent of the Associated Press had an" interview yesterday - with former President Sam on board the Cllnde Rodrigues, whlGh was detained here t y the French minister, M. Dupres. General Sam said he had resigned bis office with the conviction .that he had done every thing posible for the prosperity of Haiti. It has been, asserted in the newspapers here -that General Sam in the last six years made $2,500,000 but the general,: in a published interview, protests against this assertion, classing it as a calumny. H a i t i a n N a v y for G e n e r a l F i r m i n Cape Haltien, Haiti, May 15,The Hal tien gunboat Crete,a Piejot arrived here to-day: with Admiral Killlck, commander of the fleet of Haiti . who has declared himself in favor of the candidacy of Gen eral Firmin, on board, His other war ship, the Toussalnt. L'Ouverture, is at Gohalves. The adauiral says that after Former president Sam embarked on the French steamer OJinde Rodrigues at Port au Prince, Tuesday last he ran the Crete a PlercJt near the Olinde Rodrigues and saluted the former president with seven teen guns, and that he then flred three shots as an alarm signal and cried "Viva le Nbrd,'- (long live the north). .,, " ''--''-. : SAME SOUND. . .^&: -0^ Harlem 'Life. Nervous Passenger (on New Haven steamer) There's- a very peculiar noise in the water to-night' Do you notice It, captain. * .CaptainYe, madame that:s the regular Lon# Island sound, i.-"* " ' Mmw Yomk Sun Somotml Mmpvnm Fort de France, Martinique, May 15. All reports from St. Vincent show that the island has passed through a veritable baptism of fire. It is conservatively estimated that 2,000 lives have been lost since the first eruption on May 7. This includes most of the Carib Indians, which means the practical extinction of the race that was found here by Columbus four centuries ago. An old Indian prophecy that the Caribs would be sacrificed to the fire god, which .they worshipped, has thus been fulfilled. Of the Caribs only a few individuals re main on the islands of St. Lucia and Do minica.* From St. Lucia the eruptioh of Sou frlere was visible during the night of May 7. The following night the steam ship Wear of the Royal Mail service, at tempting to force'*- her way to. Kingston, ran into a floating bank of ashes. For three hours the ship was practically help less In a cloud of smoke and sulphurous gas. Kingston is fifteen miles from the cra ter which ejected the stone, yet the rain of missiles was almost incessant for three days. Down the sides of the Morne Soufriere were flowing hundreds of streams of lava, which, uniting and separating, formed a net work from which there was no pos sible escape for any Hying thing caught within its grasp. By the explosion a river, that had ev isted ever since ,the discovery of the island, was dried up. Down its channel there flows a swift stream of molten lava, which glistens like- liquid silver, and which flows into the sea' within 100 yards of Georgetown. . As the water ana the lava meet a great cloud of steam arises, and the hissing can be heard for miles: From a'distance dozens of craters were seen, opening and again closing near the crest, of Soufriere. The . most violent eruption ceased, on the . afternoon of May 10. - - - - - - - ' . ,Mahy searching parties are but. Seven estates have^ Jbeea, r^lflW.^yond hope of repair.' '^WO^ehapeis^-h^v* been buried under a^treaon of lava.'Many houses have been-covered'uhder masses'"of ashes and lava, ftnd there is hardly a spot in the Island that is hot under ifrom two inches to ten feet of ashes. The' British steamer Gennet on Sunday ran throjigb five' miles1Of Asmoke that was BO dense that the *crew was almost suf focated . For-more than an hour the hip had to be left to its own guidance. ":St6ry of Mount^'Soiifriere. -.Soufriere raises itshead 4,048 feet above the sea level. It lies at.the northern end of St. Vincent'and can-be-seen fully fifty mites at'Sea !on a clear .^stjf^ '-'.For hlnety year3 theUpid' volcano has been somnqlent. On: r'arevioccasioris It has grunlbled internally hut it^has been re garded as hatrmless by4 the,^Indians who have told of the eruptions which ceased long ago, and which they have carried in their traditions. After the. eruptions of 1812 the old crater closed arid water filled it, forming a beautiful lake. For many days Soufriere labored In wardly in a": mariner such as was new to the present generation. Then on May 5" the crater' lake became greatly dis turbed. Ie began to boil and bubble like a great caldron. Steam arose from it in immense clouds. . The rumbling beneath the mountain re doubled in force, and at 2 o'clock that afternoon Soufriere trembled as though it was in the throes of a terrible agony. Then came a series of severe earthquakes that shook the entire island. That night sulphuric flames played above the summit of the volcano, giving ^t a :weird and a terrible appearance. Btearir continued to rise in clouds, and the thunders of the skies were joined with those that came from the bowels of Sou frlej-e. AH" during Wednesday the splendid phenomena- continued, giving those who lived In the near vicinity of the volcano ample time to make their escape. All seemed to have been paralyzed and of the thousands who were there only a few hundred went away. It was: noon, on Wednesday whan Sou friere '- suddenly opened, sending six sepeventually arate streams of lava pouring and boiling down its sides. Death was * everywhere and in its most terrible forms. Lightning came from the sky, killing many who had escaped the molten streams that were, pouring into the v.alleys. : W o n d e r f u l Setting: of a T r a g e d y . For-this great tragedy the settings were Wonderful. Soufriere Utterly rocked In Its agony! From its- summit a majestic col umn of smoke Inky black, reached sky ward. ' The craters were vomiting incan descent matter that gave forth prismatic lights as it rolled away toward the sea. Great waves of. fire seemed to hedge about the mountain top. Such thunder as haa sei&om been heard by man cracked and rolled through the heavens. From the earth came tremendous detonations. These joined with the thunder, all merg ingln an'incessant roar that added to the panic of the fleeing Iphabltants. This lasted through the night and the day and the night fallowing. On Thursday morning' a huge column, so black that it hadt the appearance of ebony, arose to an estimated height of eight miles from the top of t i e volcano. Ashes and" rock, as well as lava, were carrieofskyward tn this column to deluge tbWttlana arid the ocean for mlles^around. Gradually the column mushroomed at tho ton. spreading out into dense clouds that ascended tb bring jiight at noon time. frit' atmosphere was so laden with sulphurous gas that life was made almost Impossible.: It is believed that many of those nearest to Soufriere were soffecated by the gas before they w$re touched by the burning lava. ' . Many expected that the entire island? would be destroyed and the night of Thursday was given. up. to prayers. All that night the darkness was beyond de scription, save when everything was made light ari broad day by the lightning which forked out from the volcano. The earth quaked lncessairtly. The mountains" sftdok stonfes, lava' and great auotntJties qf ashes never eeased - to fan. So terrific were the thunders that it seemed to the terrified that the universe was being rent to pieces. Friday brought a slight respite. Sou- - friere became less agitated. The lava streams did not decrease but the showers of rocks stopped for a time. Then those of stout heart ventured out to take stock of the-wonderful"ruin that had been wrought. , All area's of cultivation were found to have been destroyed, buried under volume* of volcanic matter. Walibou and Rich mond plantations and^villages on the lee ward coast were wrecked. Walibou was partly under water, which had been swept in from the sea by a tidal wave. Five other plantations were gone. Tho Carib Indians have made that por tion of the island lying at the base of Soufriere their country. That entire dis trict was a smoking, incinerated ruin. Ashes were . everywhere, no place * being less than two feet deep, and in some places lava had rolled over deep banks of ashes. Every Indian had disappeared. .All vegetation had disappeared. Not a sprig of green was to be seen on the island. Live stock had died. Houses had vanished. Rivers were dry, and in their beds ran lava. Everywhere north of Chateau Belairs were dead bodies, some half buried, others showing that they had been stricken down by the lightning. A few seemed to have been dipped into lava, which took form from them. Decomposition seemed to be almost immediate. The dead are being buried now as rapidly as possible, but the conditions-are such that pestilence can hardly be avoided. Kingstown is safe,- but Georgetown has suffered terribly. In the hospitals there 167 sufferers are now being cared for. % While the violent eruption has ceased the air is still filled with volcanic dust and ashes, creating- intense thirst and causing such suffering as can hardly be imagined by those not on the island. The Soufriere broke forth again Monday. Its explosions are said to have been heard for nearly 100 miles. T H E ENGLISH R E L I E F W h a t Is Said i n t h e C o m m o n s o n t h e u J'".^ A * d * tl* U n i t e d s t a t e s . 7 '. London, May 15.-16 a statement in the house of commons, to-day regarding' 'the measure proposed, .by the government for the relief of the sufferers from the vol canic outbreaks in the West Indies, the government leader,--A. J. Balfour, after a reference to the steps taken, added: We have not taken account of the most sympathetic manner in which the United States government' have,- to use their own language, "expressed, their desire" to share in the work and rescue. In regard to the man ner in which this generous offer can best be accepted, the government of the Windward Isles has alreajiy been consulted. P r e s i d e n t ' s M e s s a g e to E n g l a n d . Washington, May 15.By direction of the president Secretary Hay, on May 12, sent the following cablegram to Ambassa dor. Choate at London. Express to British government the sympathy of the president.arid the people of rhi%coun try in the affliction which has befallen St. Vincent, and our desire to share in the wors of aid and rescue. CUT THIS OUT Mr. W i n d s o r P r e d i c t s t h e Next V o l c a n i c E r u p t i o n . Chicago, May 15.The next serious vol canic eruption will be from Mont Conse guina, Nicaragua, according to the pre diction of Henry H. Windsor, who has made an exhaustive study of the proposed inter-oceanic canal routes. Mr. Windsor, who is editor of Popular Mechanics, three years ago predicted the eruption of Mont Pelee. At that time he said: The earth's crust oannot long withstand the strain under the island of Martinicue, and some day there is going to be an outburst from Mont Pelee that will cause devastation unequaled except in the destruction of Pom peii. ? Mr. Windsor agrees with Professor Heilprln of Philadelphia that all the islands of the West Indies and the strip of land between the continents of North and South America are in the region of weak ness and may sink into the sea because of the great cavities being formed within the earth by the continued eruptions. A canal through Nicaragua, says Mr. Windsor, will be destroyed by Mont Con seguina. - - " ., IT MELTED IRON - T h e Hot B l a s t T h a t P o u r e d D o w n F r o m Mont P e l e e . We TorJo Sun Special Serviot Fort de France, May 15.r-Some of the walls of the houses that still stand at St. Pierre crumble and fall at the touch. Some Idea of the terrible heat that poured down from Mont Pelee may be had when it (s known that the iron rollers of the Prinelle sugar mills were melted as though they had been put through a fur nace A residence sheltered partly by a hill on-the St. Pierre side, escaped almost un touched. The windows are gone, but In side" the furniture, papers, books, cloth ing and flooring are mostly unscathed. The^only living thing seen in the district was an ox, thin as a skeleton. This ani mal stalked slowly through the wreckage to the beach, where It drank sea water and then went back up the hillside. A correspondent went on foot from Carbo to St. Pierre. On the road the re mains of a man and., horse were passed. Further on was seen: the body of a man at the foot of a statue of the Virgin, he ' apparently having beeri^kMed while pray ing. A large statue'of the Virgin on tho hill above St. Pierre was hurled yards dis tant from its base. This together with . the fact that' hugh trees were torn up by their roots and laid flat, scarce one being left standing, and other indications show that the wave of fire must have passed over this section of the island at hurri cane velocity. A portion of the Cathedral tower is still standing. The large bell lies in the center of the-tfulns. 'The greater part o f ' t h e - altar has been destroyed but the golden chalices are still there, damaged, how ever by faying debris. A small chalice was full of wafers, not one of which was even charred. / In one distillery a quantity of rum waa. wmmmmmm Defective Page W^ J - . ..