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THE EVENING STAR = ~ " " / * WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION. _V lajineia Office, 11th ItrMt and Peaiuylrania Arenue. ? J k a'~'"X " BKBtS"' ?j| M I^YTTYTrt' Weather. Mew York ome?: Trib0.:. Buiidin*. IV I I I ,111/11 I I I I 1 ^ J * I ^ I I Fair and colder tonight Cbicaro Office: First Nation*] Bank Buildlnf. A 1/^/ ^ A. E^k/% A The Evenlnjr Star, with the .-fnnday morning wli? | "" * 7-1 r / ' /v ^^ and tomorrow: cold wave to* lion. In delivered by carriers. on their own account, ^pf 1 within the city at !W> cents per month: without the fr 8un<laj morning edition at 44 centa per a^onth. Hlglli, By ma!r*p?vstn?:e prepaid: 1 ?L?S.SS.?Fa: S No. 16,951. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1907-TWENTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS. 8an<1ar star, odp Tear, $1.50. JEROME LAYS BARE MAS, THAW'S LIFE STORY OF CRIME Without Pity He Makes Her Re? tail All the incidents of Her Career. SENSATION IN THE CASE Counsel for Defendant Makes Statement That There Have Been Threats Against Her. SHE HAS EMPLOYED COUNSEL Witness Weeps as She is Forced to Answer Question After Question of Revolting Character?Tells Her Life in Paris. Tn one of the most distressingly revolting scenes ever witnessed in a court of law, Evelyn Nesbit Thawtoday went to the full limit of the sacrifice she is making as the chief ? a. . r i i t j 1 witness on nenan 01 ner nnsuanu, who is on trial for the killing of Stanford White. Today she felt for ' r the first time the iron ot cross-examination which District Attorney Jerome said that he had hoped to withhold. To those who had been informed that the young wife of the prisoner had been ill before going to court her ordeal seemed all the harder. The counsel had said that she had eaten little more than a cup of broth in two days. With this in mind, remembering that she had spent nearly seven hours under the fire of the examination, it seemed as though the limit of human endurance might be reached at any moment, and that the witness might break down utterly. When the dis past was too intimate for the district attorney to make her lay It bare. As the district attorney bared her relations with White, Mrs. Thaw wept latterly. Thaw sat with his face burled In his hands. Two newspaper women, used to the varying scenes of life, left the court room. Jerome wanted every detail. Mrs. Thaw tearfully told all. Story of Threats. Toward the close of the mornine session trict attorney, assuming his most gentle tone, asked her if she felt able to go on, she brushed her eyes with her handkerchief and said that she could. NEW YORK, February 21.?The climax of sensationalism seemed to have been reached in the Thaw trial today, when District Attorney Jerome continued to lash Evelyn Xesblt Thaw in a pitiless crossexamination. No secret of the woman's there came a new and great surprise when Mr. Pelmas. of Thaw's counsel, stated that threats by the district attorney to Indict Mrs. Thaw had been overheard in court. Jerome denied any such statement had been made in court. That was as far as he would go. Mrs. Thaw at this time had been temporarily excused to allow the district attorney to question Attorney Hartridge regard, tng certain of Stanford White's letters said IU ur lil III? ^v-BJtraamu. .111 nm iriU^ UtJ" ciined to answer the questions put to him on the ground that he had been retained by Mrs. Thaw to protect her interests. Thaw Acts Strangely. Thaw entered the court roihn immediately after tlie jury without waiting to be formally called to the bar. His hair was mussed and his manner was eager and | nervous. ll?- carried a large pad of paper, and after taking his seat prepared to make notes of his wife's testimony. When Justice Fitzgerald had taken his place on the bench there was a conference among the attorneys, and it was decided there would be no session tomorrow, Washington's birthday. When Mrs. Thaw was called to the stand he glanced at her husband and smiled. Then she turned to Justice Fitzgerald and made a little bow to him, but the justice did not notk-e her. Consulted His Notes. Mr. Jerome consulted his notes at some length before beginning to question the witness, and Anally called her attention to her closing testimony on yesterday, in order that she might pick up the strands of the n- Viarci tliov Ka/1 dponn.wl iu1 J n ii*-? v iiiv j uuu wvvii ui upuil adjournment. "Did you continue to believe all women were unchaste, as Stanford White told you. vntll you talked with Thaw in Paris in 19U3?" asked Mr. Jerome. "Yes, sir," replied Mrs. Thaw, meekly. Then the district attorney took a new ein of questioning. "Do you know a place called the 'Dead Ratr " "Yes." <ML'Kora l?i ?h<* RfltT " Place a Cafe. "Somewhere la Paris." "Have you ever been there?" Tee.* t ''What aort of a place ! it?" A "A cafe." "Is it a reputable place?" "I don't know." "Did it seem reputable to you?" "I don't know?people were sitting about eating." "Was somebody dancing?" *'I think so." "Was it 2 o'clock in the morning?" "Possibly." "Did you see a Cakewalk?" saw a .Russian Dunce. "No, I think there was a Russian dance." "Sure there was no Cakewalk?" "There may have been'; I don't remember. I distinctly remember the Russian dance." "Was It before or after Thaw proposed that you went to the Dead Rat?" "After." "Was it in 3903?" "No. I think it was during the second trip?in 1!XM." "How many times were you at the Dead Rat?" "I think only once." "Can't you fix even the year of your Mr. Jerome whispered and Mrs. Thaw shook her head. "Was there a'lady or were there ladies in the party?" "I think there were?with Mr. Shubert." "Did you see many ladie9 of the demimonde there?" Mr De'.mas was on his feet with an objection. "I am using the witness' own expression," ViFlt?" "I tliink it was in 1904." "With whom did you go?" "With Mr. Thaw and Mr. Shubert, a theatrical manager, and another man whose name 1 don't remember." Shook Her Head. "I will whisper a name to you and ask if the man was there." said Mr. Jerome. "I never said that," ejaculated Mrs. Thaw indignantly. "Didn't you use the expression in a letter?" Again Mr. Delmas objected and was sustained. _ Knew Miss Winchester. "Don't you know what I mean?" asked Mr. Jerome of the witness, "when I say. Did you see many of the bunch from the Tenderloin there?" "I think so." Have you any aouDir' "No." "Do you know Miss Winchester?" "Slightly." "Did you see her do a Cakewalk at the '.bead Rat' that night?" "I don't remember." "In whose handwriting is this letter?" \ asked Mr. Jerome, handing her several written sheets. I >i r. a iid w ?, x uiiiin. "Have you any doubt of it?" "I don't think I have." Offers a Letter. Mr. Jerome then offered the letter in evi- j dence. Mr. Delmas objected on the ground that it was mutilated and the date not fixed. Changed Her Mind. "Do you know of your own knowledge when thig was written?" ] "I haven't the slightest idea." "Will you note the paging of that letter ?" "Yes." j "Did not you and Mr. Thaw while in Paris write joint letters to friends, you writing part and he the rest?" "I cannot say positively; very likely we did." ] "Had you changed your opinion in regard to the general chastity of women?' "I had." , "How soon after your talk with Thaw .: > ? I- ... In" U1U j UU tuaiifjc j ?"???" "Very soon.'.' "At the time you left ^aris in June, 1903, had you changed your mind?" "Yes." Idea of Bight and Wrong. The witness could not "remember, she t said, how long it was after Thaw's pro- i posal of marriage that she left Paris. i "Before the time you left Paris had you i any appreciation that meretricious relations t between men and women were Immoral and wrong?" "Not until after my talk with Mr. Thaw." "Before that you didn't believe It wrong?" "Oh, yes." "Very wrong?" "Not particularly. I knew people said It was wrong." "Did you think it very indelicate and vulgar?" "That is all." "That it was only bad taste?" "Vpi" Thought It Wrong. i "But you didn't think it was wrong?" 1 "I didn't fully realize it until I went to ' Paris." _ 1 "But you thought it was wrong." "Did you belong to any religious organization?" "No." : "You went to church and Sunday school at Pittsburg?" "Not in Pittsburg." 1 "In Paris it was impressed on you that ' White had done you a terrible wrong?" 1 "In a way." 1 "Before you left Paris you had begun to look on such relations as very wrong?" "Yes." "Had you come to a full understanding?" Mr. Delmas objected to what he thought a sneer In the question. Mr. Jerome denied any such Intention. "Do you use the word 'renunciation' sin- ' cerely." asked Mr. Delmas. i ..T* I ? T ?? 1 J 11 11119 BIU1> IS UUC, 1 UU, SitlU Air. ] Jerome. "Never in the history of " < Was Found Out. ! "I renew my objection," interrupted Mr. ' Delmas. "So you mean to tell me the story isn't ' true?" asked Mr. Jerome of Mr. Delmas. "That's the only reason you can object." Justice Fitzgerald sustained the objection. , "Did you refuse Thaw solely because of the occurrence wun xvnueasKea Mr. Jerome of the witness. "Because I had been found out." "Who told you you had been caught?" "Friends of Stanford White." "So it was not because of the occurrence, but because you had been found out?" "It was both together. I had an instinct about it. When Mr. Thaw proposed it was the tirst proposal I ever had and it all struck me very seriously. It all came together." A Heinous Wrong. "You felt the most heinous wrong had been done you?" "I didn't know anything about it at the time. All I remember is what I felt like when I woke up. "I remember that distinctly. I didn't understand what had taken place." 1 (Continued on Seventh Page.) c S PREP. LARGE NEW RESIDENCE Estimated Cost to Be Five Hundred Thousand Dollars. HOME FOR PERRY BELMONT Another Costly Addition to the NorthurAct Rpotinn " t ELABORATE IN ITS DESIGN Work in the Improvement of Triangular Site at New Hampshire Avenue and R Street. An examination of the ground where it is he intention of Mr. Perry Belmont to erect i rpslHpnPA for his own lisft is now heiner nade. and what are known as the soundngs are being taken. It is expected that he work of building will be begun very loon. The location Is the triangular piece >f ground with broad frontages on New Hampshire avenue, - 18th and R streets lorthwest. Plans for the house have been made by lorace Trumbauer, the Philadelphia archlect, and according to the drawings the louse will be one of the most costly that las been built in this city. Ijt will occupy jractlcally the entire area of the site, ex:ept a small section at the southern ex: xemity of the land where, owing to the :oming together of New Hampshire ave lue and 18th street, a point is formed. An dea of the size of the house can be gained "rom the proportions of the building site, vhieh has frontage of 234 feet on New Hampshire avenue, 131 feet on 18th street ind 132 feet on R street. Material to Be Used. The material used is to be Indiana limeitone, and the type of architecture is the Elizabethan. Counting the ground floor, ivhioh will be above the basement and the iubbasement, there will be three stories. \bove the ground floor will be the main loor, and above that will be the last story, K-hich will be In the mansard roof. A It? 1L. 1 2 11 U .1 w nue cxiernauy liic iiuubo win w uiny .hree stories in height, ygt the basement ind subbasement really constitute important parts and may be counted as stories, thus making it a flve-story house. The main entrance will be through a porte cochere at the southern, end of the building. I"he ground floor will Contain the kitchen md dining room, the sleeping rooms and Family living rooms, while the story above, or the first story, will be arranged for social entertainments. A feature of this floor will be the picture gallery, which extends through two stories and will have a domed celling. There will be a large dining room on this floor, with other apartments. For Entertaining^. The principal rooms of the floor will be large and bo arranged as to be adapted for entertaining on an extensive scale. The entire upper floor will be used for the accommodation of servants. It Is estimated that the cost of the house, Including the interior -woodwork, will be about half a million of dollars, which will be in addition to the cost of the ground, nearly o.ne hundred thousand dollars. The Interior arrangement will differ from that of any other, private residence in the city. as It reserves the entire principal floor, which will have an elevation of about twenty feet, to purposes of social life, while the living apartments of the family will be on the ground floor. The picture gallery, with its ceiling extending through two stories, will also be a notable feature of the house. The locality ia one of the handsome residence sections of the city. It is a short distance north of Dupont Circle and the Improvements all along New Hampshire avenue from the former point are as a rule nrst-eiass residences. Important Addition. Xa Important addition to tho nombor la \R1XG FOR HIS CHICAGO SPI being made by the erection of the large residence of Representative Huff at the northwest corner of Xew Hampshire avenue and Q street. The contractors, Messrs. Newman and Smith, have begun the re moval or the buildings which are on the site, and the construction is to go right on during the season. The house, which is designed by the same architect, is a type of the French style and will have its principal entrance on New Hampshire avenue, with a broad stretch with its southern exposure on Q street. There is as a part of the property a wide frontage on Corcoran street to the north, where It is the intention to erect a carriage house, two stories high, with a stable in the rear, the latter having an entrance from the alley on the east side. fORCED TO*READ BILL SUNDRY CIVIL APPROPRIATIONS BEFORE THE HOUSE. Sfinn nftpr the he^innlne of its session to day the House resolved itself into committee of the whole for the consideration of the sundry civil appropriation bill. Mr. Tawney of Minnesota, chairman of the appropriations committee, asked that general debate be limited to one hour, in view of the brief time left before final adjournment and the absolute necessity that the bill should be sent to the Senate at as early a date as possible. There was objection to the suggestion, and Mr. Tawney gave notice that he would move that the committee rise ailCl ail llUUl aim Viuoc gtutmi uvuatvi He asked that the first reading of the bill be dispensed with. Mr. Sulzer of New York objected unless a half hour should be given to Mr. Clark of Florida. Mr. Tawney was obdurate, as was Mr. Sulzer, and the reading of the bill was begun. Forty pages had been read when Mr. Tawney again asked unanimous consent that the first reading be ci.apensed with, but objection was made by Mr. Clark of Florida, and the clerk resumed his reading with as much rapidity as he could com- j rnana. It was a parliamentary situation wholly unexpected, and for the first time in this Congress the first reading of a bill was insisted upon. The bill contains 14)8 pages, and as no amendments can be offered on the first reading it was generally understood that unless the objectors should relent the House would be compelled to listen to the clerk's voice for about three hours without any co-operation by members. When eighty pages of the sundry civil bill had been read Mr. Griggs of Georgia moved that the further reading of the bill be suspended, and that Mr. Clark of Florida, who ?rv o rl/1 rnoc T-T n.l I nn f hn man. UvollCU IU auuiv^ nil/ J ivuuv UI1 IIIV liiU'lt agement of the St. Elizabeth insane asylum in the District of Columbia, be permitted to do so. Mr. Sulzer, who compelled the first reading of the b'll, agreed to this, but Mr. Tawney turned the tables by objecting, and the.reading of the bill was resumed. During the reading members sat around reading newspapers or holding conferences. Speaker Cannon, who apparently was much displeased over the situation, talked with members on both sTdes of the chamber. He held an animated conversation with Mr. Clark of Missouri, insisting that the near approach of adjournment did not warrant such a waste of time. PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATIONS. Names Sent Today to the Senate for Approval. The President today eent to the Senate the following nominations: Collectors of customs?Peter Digpel, district of Sag Harbor, N. Y.; William H. Lucas, district of St. Johns, Fla. Register of land office at Buffalo, Wyo.? Wesley F. Brlttain. Receiver of public monay.s at Roswell, N. M.?Harold Hurd. Register of the land office at Devi's Lake, K D?M. H. Rrennan. and manv nnttt. masters, including the following in Maryland: W. Pearre, Cumberland; U. Hanna, Fros?urg. Drop in Mercury Predicted. A drop of from 10 to 12 degrees in the temperature by tomorrow morning was prewiea ims anernoon Dy ine weatner bureau. The mercury was at the freezing point?33?this morning. It Is expected to go down to about 20 by morning. Fairskies are indicated for Washington's birth(lay. - i jl si^lwnnrniJ. mmrnmmmmmmmnmmmmm'rmwjtrrAimtmmrr' I lECH. AT THE WHITE HOUSE Trouble Over Dakota Appointments. I ADAMS FOR OHIO JUDGE To Be Recommended by Foraker and Indorsed by Dick. NAVAL STRENGTH ON PACIFIC Conference With Secretary Metcalf and the Entire General Board of the Navy. The hottest sort of a patronage fight is on between the South Dakota political factions, and the President is having a hard time deciding what he ought to do. For a year now he has had the mess to deal with, and the end of it looks some way off. The President a few days ago sent to the Senate the nomination of W. H. Bonham as postmaster at Deadwood, S. D., this being the home town of Representative Martin, who was defeated by Senator Gamble for the Senate last year. Senator Gamble has had the nomination, t Iitch is for a second term as postmaster, held up in the Senate committee on - postofflces on the ground of partisanship. Mr. Bonham is the edittor of the Deadwood Pioneer-Times, and, although he is postmaster, he wrote a somewhat caustic editorial a short time ago in which the subject was Senator Gamble, who had been charged with indiscretions. With these editorials as the basis for his objections. Senator Gamble is giving Mr. Bonham trouble. If he can prevent the conrirmation o>t Bonham Senator Gamble hopes to have another man appointed. About a year ago, when the fu-ed between Senator Gamble and his followers on one side, and Senator Kittredge and his friends on the other, was at its height the South Dakota delegation called on the President to determine how the post office patronage should be distributed. He finally decided that Representatives Martin and Burke should name postmasters, as was done by other republican representatives. Mr. Mar tin became a candidate against Uamble lor the Senate. Burke stood by Kittredge, and, in the defeat of the Kittredge forces throughout the state, went down with them. Two new memlbers of the House were elected by the Gamble-Crawford com- . bination, and these men, who have come to Washington and have had interviews with the President, will go Into office March 4. All postofflce positions not settled between now and then will go to them. Martin and Burke are hustling to fill every office the term of whose postmaster expires between now and the 4th of March, when they go out of office and the patronage goes to their successors. Mr. Martin Induced the President to send in the name of Bonham. A curious thing is that while Gamlbie is holding up confirmation of one of the friends of the opposition In his state, Senator Kittredge is getting even by holding up the nomination of Gamble's chief lieutenant, District Attorney Elliott. The latter conducted Gamble's campaign for reelection, and when his name went to the Senate for another term as United States attorney Kittredge promptly had an aditAOBA *v> o si A 11<rw\n I# Kv tka Onn n vciac ?i uiauc upvu ?fc mj uic ucuauc judiciary committee. Vice President Will Leave Early. Vice President Fairbanks paid a call of courtesy upon the President today. Mr. Fairbanks will not remain In Washington after adjournment of Congress. In fact, he will leave the city the night of the 4th of March for Indianapolis, where he is scheduled to give a reception to the members crf'the legislature and state officers on the 6th and 7th of the month. The reception is divided into two evening9 because of the restricted quarters of the Vice Presi dent's home. This reception is expected to BO a long way toward starting off the Fairbanks presidential fight. Members of the Indiana delegation in Congress will be present. An Ohio Judgeship. Senator Dick and Representative Longworth saw the President today about the provision of Congress for an additional Judge of the southern district of Ohio. The two Ohioans stated that the court business in that district is far behind, owing to an excess of work for one judge, and asked the President to make an early nomination. The President indicated he would do so. Senator Foraker, through whose work the new Judge was provided by Congress, has decided to recommend J. J. Adams of Zanes vine, ana It is believed the President will follow the recommendation. Senator Dick said that he had not made a recommendation. but that when the time came to do so he and Senator Fornker would not be far apart. It Is understood that Senator Dick will Indorse Mr. Adams, and It Is probable that Secretary Taft will also say a good word for him. Mr. Adams is known throughout the state to be a high-class lawyer. No Cabinet Meeting Tomorrow. There will be no meeting of the cabinet tomorrow, although the President will be In his office the greater part of the day dis posing of public business and receiving sucJi visitors as h.Tve important matters for ht9 attention. Tomorrow nigiit the President, accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt. Mrs. Longworth and his children, will leave for Massachusetts to visit his two sons, who are In school in that state. M. Jusserand, the French ambassador, today accompanied to the White House and Introduced to the President Lieut. Brugere of the French army, who is now visiting the United States. Ueut. Brugere was attired in the uniform of his rank. He is a son of. Gen. Brugere. until recently at the head of the French army. He will return home by way of the Philippine Islands. The Colorado River Break. Senator Flint of California and Representative Needham of the same state had a talk with the President this morning in resrard to the Dendiner bill to reimburse E. H. Harriman's California Development Company for expenditures In closing up the gaps in the Colorado river, which were flooding very valuable territory. The bill has passed the Senate, but Speakef Cannon declines to let it come up in the House, despite the fact that the President's word is pledged that the development company shall be repaid for moneys spent in closing the river. The President hopes to see the Senate bill go through the House, but it is doubtful now whether anything will be done at this session. More Naval Strength on Pacific. A long conference at the White House yesterday afternoon has excited a number of people. Secretary Metcalf and the entire general board of the navy, headed by Admiral Dewey, went to the White House and had a long conference with President Roosevelt. Questions concerning national defense were undoubtedly discussed, but how far these applied to the possibilities of trouble with Japan cannot be stated. Secretary Metcalf was somewhat vehement in denying the right of newspaper men to ask him questions as to what had occurred and said he had not gotten permission of t lie President to make anything public. As best understood, however, the conference discussed the question of increasing the naval strength in Pacific waters, a program that has been under consideration for many months, long before the Japanese school question came up in San Francisco. Regardless of any possibility of trouble with Jarnin eithpr nwrhv mote, it is proposed to add strength to the Pacific squadrons. If the administration had any information leading to the supposition that trouble with Japan was anyways close Congress would be asked, before adjournment, for extra appropriations, but this will not be done, as the Japanese talk is expected to blow over. The President and his cabinet officers have done what they consider right in the Japanese question, and they are now somewhat indifferent as to what the Japanese may think or do. SHAPING DISTRICT BILL. Agreement of the Conferees Expected bv Tomorrow ? " The conferees on the District of Columbia bill met this morning and shortly after noon took a recess until tomorrow morning at 10:30 o'clock. They hope by that time to be able to come to a complete agreement upon the bill. They have gone over the bill and have tacitly agreed upon nearly all the Important items. On the part of the Senate the conferees are Senators Gallinger, Warren and Tillman, and on the part of the House Representatives Gillette, Littauer and Bur tesun. The amendment placed in the bill by Senator Burkett extending the hours of the public schools of the District from 3 to 4 o'clock was stricken out. The belief was generally expressed that the present school day is sufficient and that it would only be a hardship on little children to cut short their playtime in the afternoon. The provision for a report from the gas company to be made annually will be retained, although further discussion may develop some changes in the form of the amendment that was offered by Senator La Follette for that purpose. The House conferees unanimously agreed that th? amendment should be made as strong as possible. They agreed, however, if they could not improve the La Follette amendment by making It stronger they would accept it. It is likely the amendment changing the name of l?th street to Washington avenue and Brightwood avenue to Georgia avenue will both be stricken out. It is likely that the proposed survey and plans for the treatment of Rock creek from Massachusetts avenue to the mouth of the creek will be retained. The appropriation of 185,000 for the purnUnoa Annirvmant ?-f ill VUCIOV/ Uliu t4uiyiliV.nl VI t"ajB>UUIlUa Will probably be favorably acted upon. WILL SOON REVISIT CUBA. Secretary Taft Praises Conditions on the Island. Secretary Taft today announced his purpose of paying another visit to Cuba to look for himself into conditions there and compare them with those he left in Havana when he quitted that city last fall. The Secretary will make> this trip early in April nert, stopping at Havana on h's voyage to or from tlhe isthmus of Panama, whichever may be more convenient. In answer to an invitation o give his view of the present conditions In Cuba, his attention first being directed to apparently conflicting newspaper reports of the effect of the present situation In the island upon business, Secretary Taft said: "I estimate the conditions in Cuba about In this way: The revenues of the island today are just as great as ttaey were In the days of President Palma. They Indicate that the business interests have full confidence in the success of the present year's sugar crop. Letter after letter comes to me from Governor Magoon with reference to the credits that have been established through banks in Havana with Europe and elsewhere, showing that ample money is being advanced. Work Is being done in the fleld, and there is every prospect that a larger sugar crop will be made than ever before. Judging from the revenue exhibit, which ahould be a good indication, the conditions in Cuba today are excellent." The Secretary, in answer to inquiries as to the prospects of a withdrawal of United Qtotao fnwps la Pnhfl. indipAtpd that t.'iprp had been absolutely no change In the policy already announced, and tthat the date would be determined entirely by the complete restoration of order and demonstration of the fact that a peaceful and fair election could be held. 'I SHIP GOES DOWN AND ALL ABOARD LOSE THEIR LIVES i But One Passenger Out of 141! Saved From Wreck of the Berlin. OFF THE HOOK OF HOLLAND Great Gale Blew the Mail Steamshig on a Bank, Where She Went to Pieces. LIFE-SAVERS COULD DO NOTHING Heavy Seas Made It Impossible tC Beach Drowning Crew and Passengers ? Members of the Covent Garden Opera Company Lost. The Rotterdam mail steamship} Berlin, from England, with X411 passengers and crew, was wrecked off the Hook of Holland, at thr nn? trance oT the River Maas, leading to Rotterdam, shortly before 6 o'clock this morning, and, with one exception, all on board perished. A terrific southwesterly gale was blowing right in shore and drove the steamer on a sand bank close tr? the northern jetty as she was trying to enter the new waterway. Heavy; seas quickly pounded the vessel to pieces. She broke in two, her fore* part sinking immediately, while the doomed passengers and crew could T-v a A frvl" 1 nf nnn i. j uv J3ti.ii iwi a uuu apatc ui liiii^ clustered on the afterpart.* Then the afterpart slipped off the ledge and disappeared in the mountain* ous waves. Tugs and lifeboats, when the alarm was first sounded, promptly put out to the assistance of the Berlin, but the violence of the gale and the heavy seas made it impossible to approach the wreck, and the hapless would-be life-savers saw the steamer break up and the crew and passengers washed away without being able to render the slightest assistance. ROTTBRDAM. February in.?A disastrous steamship wreck, attended with great loss of life, occurred at 5 o'clock tills morning off the north pier of Hook of Holland, when the Great Eastern Railway Company's steamer Berlin, bound from Harwick to th? Hook of Holland, was lost. All on board, 1-11 persons in all, of whom 1)1 were passenn gers, were drowned. The wreck occurred during a terrirla southwesterly.gale. The steamer struck thm north jetty while trying to enter tlie new waterway. She broke in two forward and sr,.nk while the nasspnirers and crew eathera A great gale was blowing in tne .Norm sea when the Berlin started. As she was entering the waterway at the entrance of the River Maas, however, she apparently became unmanageable on account of the force of the wind and was driven ashore. The alarm was given and life boats from the shore went to the assistance of the stricken steamer, but the seas were so high that the boats were unable to approach th? Berlin close enough to take off any of tha passengers or crew, and the life boat men had to alt helpless while the steamer pound, ed until she broke in two and every soul on board -was carried down. The steamer apparently struck about amidships, as her fore part broke off and sank immediately-, while her after part could be seen for a considerable period of time afterward. > j New Waterway Opened. The 'waterway In which the disaster oc? curred is a new one, on the north side of which Is the pier and railroad station. The steamer must have been within a few minutes of tying up after her rough passage across the North sea when she waa overtaken by the disaster. Land was but a few yards away, and except in the roughest weather those on board the Berlin could have been rescued without difficulty, especially as the waterway la navigable - 4 at all tides. The Berlin was a steel steamer, only * twelve years old, and popular with travelers to the north of Europe. In summer usually waa crowded with passengers, but ed aft and vainly attempted to use the lift boats. The Berlin was a British steamer, ?.t>2 feet long and 1,775 tons. The ship was com* manded by Capt. Precious, and was built la 1804. v Great Gale Blowing. LONDON, February 21.?The Berlin left Harwich at 10 o'clock last nigh:, .upon the arrival there of the London train with the greater number of the passengers who subsequently lost their lives. The steamer should liave reached the Hook of Holland at 0 o'clock this morning and would havtj then proceeded for Rotterdam.