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Unsettled this afternoon with probahlv showers: fair tonight and Saturday; cooler. ^?*?? tiittjg * i T?'1 t In Washington about every one who reads at all reads The Star. Largest circulation?daily ao4 Sunday. it COKTAIXISO Q^? PAGR IT C?X>M*Q KEW YORK WTOCK QIOTATIOX8. SEPTEMBER 9, 1910? EIGHTEEN PAGES. ONE CENT. CAR FERRY SINKS; TWENTYJLOSE LIFE One of the Worst Marine Dis asters in History of Lake Michigan Navigation. BOAT GOES TO BOTTOM OFF PORT WASHINGTON Thirty Persons Rescued by Another Vessel of the Fleet. ACCIDENT'S CAUSE UNKNOWN Marine Men Unable to Account for the Disaster, as the Ferryboat Was Inspected Yesterday. LT'PINGTON. Mich.. September 0.?One ?f the worst marine disasters in the hls tory or Lake Michigan navigation occur red early today when car ferry Pere Marquette No. IS, flagship of a fleet of ?i\ s'e??l rar ferries, owned and operated l>v the Fere Marquette Railroad Com pany, sank to the bottom of l,ake Michi gan twenty miles off Tort Washington. ?Wis., with a loss of twenty live#. The boat was v al'ird at *400.000, ami the earg'>, which included twenty-nine loaded tare, at $1<m ?,(?*? to *l?VW0. The total loss Will exceed 9300.00U, which is fully covered by insurance In Lloyd's of Kngland. ?Tar Ferry No. is, sinking?Help-*' was the wireless message that brought the first news of the disaster to this city about 5 a m. today. The flash was repeated continuously for r?arly an hour, but was unsigned. At 7:W a.m. Superintendent Mercereau of the Fere Marquette Car Ferry line re ceived a wireless from car ferry No. 17, stating that No. IS sank it 7 o'clock. Bringing Survivors to Port. Car ferry No. 17 rescued and has on board thirty people and Ave dead bodies. Fft^en of the fifty who were on beard are not accounted for. No 18 sank in probably 300 or #?> feet rr water, and It Is n?t expected that any salvage will be possible. Seymour Cockrane, a Chicago vessel man. is reported among the saved. The lost car ferry carried a crew of flftv men. and had on J>oard two lady l?e?i ei'gcrs said to be f'rom Saginaw. At this hour the cause of the accident Is unknown, and the facts will not be available until No. 17 arrives here late this afternoon. Inspected Yesterday. Marine men are utterly at a loss to ac count for the thocking disaster. No. 18 was one of t'.ie finest and most costly C3 r ferri?* ever built on the great lakes, ar.d only yesterday the craft was in spected hy government officials at this P'trt and found to be in first-class condi tion in every respect. This was her first trip after returning from Chicago, where the big car ferry wa,! under charter to the Chicago Navi gation Company, being run In the ex cursion business between Chicago and Waakegan during most of July and Au gust. Report to Officials. Pere Marquette railway officials here re ceived a wireless messae at 11:30 today ?'ating that twelve of the crew of car f?rry No. IS. which sunk In mid-lake, had keen saved and giving the names of three of the rescued. Officials here take It for granted that ttie rest of the crew were lost. The lost vessel was one of a nejt of six st?-el car ferries ow-ned and operated on l,ike ichiKxn bv the Pere Marquette rail road. She was feet long. .r>6 feet beam and > feet deep Her gross tou nag* was her net tonnage 1,721. GARRETT IS REPUDIATED. Tennessee Regulars Resent Failure to Indorse Their Platform. CNION CITY, Tenn., September 0 The nomination of Representative F. J. Garrett was repudiated and a call b?siieq !or a district convention to select a r<'mine? In his stead by adherents of Oov. Malcolm R. Patterson, at a meeting held at Rives, this county, yesterday. Mr. Garrett s failure to reply to a letter written to him several days ago urging that lie subscribe to the platform adopted at the "regular" democratic convention beld in Nashville and the state ticket nominated. A set " of resolutions was adopted de claring tl at because of his refusal to In dorse th?* convention action. Garrett had absolved the democrats of the district from oMlgatlon to support him. The district convention Is called to meet here September UQ. LEPER SLIPS QUARANTINE. Evades Watch at Salt Lake and Takes Train for the Ea?t. RAI,T LAKE. September ft.--John Ko kas, a Greek In an advanced s'age of leprosy, who has i>een under quarantine here for the last three months, was miss ing yesterday from the tent In wrhlch he lad l?^?n quarantined, and It was learned tfcat he had taken a train Wednesdav evenlng. Intending to go to New York and thence to Greece. Kurds for the Journey were provided bv his countrymen here. His friends v -->uld not divulge the route he has taken. The Wt band, it is said, la almost ready to drop off. Minority Report Adopted. LIVINGSTON. Mont.. September 9 T ie state democratic convention In ses sion last night adopted the minority re port of the resolutions committee against the convention going on record for th? In dorsement of a candidate for the United States Senate. * Kermit Roosevelt in Paris. PARIS. September 0?Kermit Roosa velt. who recently returned front Turkey, Is a' present the guest of the Duke and Pueheta of Rohan at tha Chateau Jos aalln. NO ADVANCE IN PAY Scale for Mechanics at Navy Yard Continued. SCHEDULE MADE ANNUALLY Department Finds No Warrant for Change in 1910. ACTING SECRETARY SO STATES Board of Officers to Be Appointed in November to Prepare Rate for 1911. ' No increase in the wages of the mechanics employed at the Washington navy yard will be made during the pres ent calendar year.. An announcement to that effect was made today by Beekman Winthrop, acting secretary of the navy. The present schedule of wapes at the I local yard nas established January 1 last 011 the recommendation of the regu lar wage hoard. That board was com posed of officers of the navy, and, in ac cordance with naval regulations, was re quired to base the schedule of wages on the wages paid for similar work in pri vate establishments in the vicinity. In the performance of that duty the board considered wages paid in private estab lishments in Washington, Alexandria. Richmond. Baltimore, Harrisburg, Wil mington and Philadelphia. Movement for Increase. Since then there has been a general movement on the part of the friends and representatives of the mechanics em ployed at the local yard for an increase in the wage scale. Strong representations to that end were made to the Navy De partment by Representative Bates of Pennsylvania, a member of the House naval affairs committee and committees of the International Order of Machin ists. Generally, it was claimed to be un fair to compare labor conditions in Washington with those of other cities, and the point was made that the cost of living in Washington was greater than in the cities considered by the wage board. The main point insisted upon, however, was that the wage comparisons should to confined to the city of Washington, and the Navy Department finally agreed to reconsider the existing schedule of wages on that basis. Several months' time has been devoted to the consideration of the matter. The result, as stated today by Acting Secre tary Winthrop, is that no warrant is found for any change in the wage sched ule for 19101 These schedules are made annually to meet conditions as they exist frosr year to year. A board of naval of ficers will be appointed in November next to prepare the wage scale for the calen dar year 1911. -rW Acting Secretary's Statement. Mr. Winthrop issued a memorandum on the subject today, and said that it con tained all the information the depart ment desired to give out. The memoran dum follows: "After a very thorough and exhaustive investigation of the data submitted by employes of the Washington navy yard, as well a* information secured by the commandant of the yard and the wage board, the Navy Department has reache<# the conclusion that a change In the pres ent wage schedule for mechanics at the Washington navy yard Is not warranted. "In the case of one trade it was found that the ceditions and character of the employmert were entirely dissimilar in eight of the twenty-three establishments from which data were submitted by em ployes of the yard; that the fifteen re maining firms employed in all eighty seven machines, as compared with over 1.50U at the yard; that, of these eighty seven mechanics about 25 per cent were rated first-class, as compared with about M per cent of first-class mechanics in the trade at the Washington navy yard; that the average rate of pay of the eighty seven mechanics was less than the aver age rate at the Washington navy yard." Danger of Tropical Storm Lessens. KEY WEST. Fla., September i?.?After a night of anxiety on the part of the sea faring men along the southeastern coast of Florida following danger warnings is sued by the weather bureau, conditions became more favorable today with only a light wind blowing. The barometer still is lower titan normal, but it is be lieved the tropica) storm en the way from Porto Ri?o has spent its force in midocean. LLOYD BOWERS DEAD Solicitor General Passes Away Suddenly at Boston. ?WAS TALKING WITH FAMILY Blood Clot Entering Heart Causes Sudden Collapse. HIGH HONOR MEANT FOR HIM Probability of Appointment as Chief Justice??Held in Regard by President. - - I ? ? ? Snfciol Dlsi?at<*h to Tho Star. BOSTON, September 0.?Solicitor Gen 1 era I Lloyd W. Bowers, w ho probably : would have been made Chief Justice of I the 1'nited Slates Supreme Court this fall, died here at lti.TO o'clock this mom ins of complications arising from an at tack of bronchitis. He had been ill about two weeks. Tt ! was believed that the crisis had been passed, and that he was on the road to j complete recover*-. Death came suddenly. As the solicitor i general was talking with his family a blod clot In the heart caused almost in stant suspension of the bodily functions Mrs. Bowers, a son and the trained nurse were present* in the apartment in : the Touraine Hotel, where they had been ; staying for the last fortnight. Mr. Bow . ers was in his fifty-second year. Death Cuts Short Gay Talk. The physician who has attended Mr. Bowers here said today that the patient had a good night's rest, ate a good : breakfast today and was chatting cheer fully with his wife and son. Suddenly he stopped talking and a moment later was dead. The physi<nan. Dr. Frederick Cogges hall, sped by automobile to the hotel on a telephone summons only to discover that Mr. Bowers had died inst#itly of a blood clot in the heart. Dr. Coggeshall said that the original illness of Mr. Bowers, which t^ok the form of a violent cold, wa' due to overwork. The cold attacked him at Gloucester, whence Mr. Bowers had come from Chicago, his home city, to spend the summer. f Tonsilltis developed. To secure expert medical" assistance Mr. Bowers was brought to Boston. An abscess on one of the tonsils ne?? sitated an operation, the effects of Dr. Coggeshall said were too severe for the weakened system to throw off. President Was Solicitous The first news of Mr. Bowers' illness be came generally known through a tele gram sent by Mrs. Bowers to President Taft last Tuesday. The message was de livered to the President on the train while he was on his way back to Beverly from the conservation congress at St. PSo solicitous was Mr. Taft that a. soon as he reached Boston he called at the hotel and found the patient so much Im proved that he was able to see him. At that time President Taft expressed great satisfaction that his friend seemed lUel> l0l?r??V'reports concerning the condition of the sick man have been encouraging. lUerd?v th? pro.pms of 1.1. Ming able to leave the hotel were discussed. Department of Justice Closed. The news of the death of the solicitor general was received at thet Department of Justice today just a few minutes after the announcement had been maae at the Touraine In Boston. An order was immediately Issued closing the de partment at noon. ? Barton Corneau. an attorney In the de oartment, who was closely associated with Mr. Bowers, left immediately for Boston. A telegram was sent to A F. Kmerv. the solicitor generals private secretary, who was on his way from New York to Washington, notifying him or the death of his chief. Mr Bowers left Washington July ft and took with him twenty-three government cases upon which hev Intended to work while he was out of the city. Some of the.se cases he completed and forwarder to the department with the statement that when he had finished the last of the work he had in hand he intended to take a long vacation, as he was very tired. Choice for Supreme Court. Mr. Bowers figured conspicuously in j gossip regarding the succession to one of CAME SUDDENLY. a* LLOtl) W. BOU Ely. 'y/fh I the vacancies on the Supreme Court of the United States. It has been generally understood that either Mr. Bowers or Gov. Hughes of New York would be ap pointed Chief Justice of that exalted body, with the chances slightly favoring Mr. Bowers. Mr. Taft made no secret of his in tention to appoint Mr. Bowers to the Supreme l>ench at the first favorable op portunity. which would have been this fall. In conversation with friends, the President has said some things that indi cated his intention of making the solici tor general the Chief Justice of the couit. The President often said that he regard ed bis solicitor general as one of the ablest lawyers In this country. Mr. Bowers won national attention last March, when alone he defended the con stitutionality of the corporation tux pro visions of the Payne-Aldrlch tariff law before tiie Supreme Court. Arrayed against him was a corps of the leading lawyers of the country. The success of the solicitor general In presenting his case stamped him, his friends assert, as worthy of appointment to the Supreme Court and made certain that that honor would be conferred upon him. Never Lost a.Case. During Mr. Bowers' term as solicitor general of the United States no case which he argued was decided against him. One decision, regarding grazing on for est reserves, went against him by an equally divided court, but later this case was set for rehearing. A graduate of Yale in 1870 and of the Columbia Law School in 1S8^; general counsel of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad in J?K!, and solicitor general of the United States in charge of the gov ernment's business before the highest ju dicial tribunal of the country at fifty l years of age, Lloyd \V\ Bowers, descend ant of hardy English-Irish stock, climbed rapidly the ladder of the law. He was born at Springfield, Mass., March 9. 1830. of colonial ancestry. The Bowers were prominent in Massachusetts and included many clergymen and I teacher*. Mr. Bowers was admitted to the bar In June, 1WC, and immediaely took a desk in the offices of Cliamberiain. Carter A: Hornblower, In New York city. He soon won a junior partnership In the firm. In 1SN4 he went west arid entered into partnership with former Chief Justice Wilson of Minnesota. As railroad attor ney in Minnesota he had a general prac tice. Later he moved to Chicago, where in June, 1XVK5, he became the head of the legal department of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad. During his six teen years connection with that road it is said that no charges, technical or otherwise, were brought against that sys tem. He was appointed solicitor general shortly after President Taft's inaugura tion. He w:.s a member of the Chicago Club, University Club of Chicago and the t'hi cago Athletic Club, was president of the Chicago Law Club and president of the Yale Alumni Association of Chicago. Mr. Bowers had been twice married. September 7, 1**7, he ma fried Miss Louise B. Wilson of Winona, Minn., who died ten years !ater. In August, l'.w#?. he mar ried Miss Charlotte Josephine Lewis. TAFT IN GREAT SOBBOW. Public Service Loses One of Its Most Efficient Officials. BEVERLY. Mass.. September 9.?Pres ident Taft was notified of the death of Solicitor General Bowers. He expressed great sorrow at the passing of one of his oldest friends, and one of his most valued subordinates in the public service. President Taft and Mr. Bowers had known each other practically all their lives, having l?een at Yale together and maintained a close friendship ever since. When the President appointed Mr. Bow ers solicitor general he made it known that he considered that he had obtained for the ofilce one of the ablest lawyers in the country. The President sent a telegram to the bereaved family expressing his con dolences. WORK BEGINS AT 8:30 New Rule in Chicago and North western Railway Offices. CHICAGO, September With the ob ject of saving the eyes of employes and allowing more leisurely breakfacta. work In the general offices of the Chicago and Northwestern railway In Chicago after October 1 will begin at 8:30 Instead of 8 o'clock. Notices have been posted in the offices of the company to the effect that after October 1 hours for all employes would be from 8:30 am. until 5 p.m. These hours will prevail until April i when the present schedule of starting at 8 a.m. will be resumed. Three Republicans Ignore Bal linger-Pinchot Committee. MEETING ABSURD,THEY SAY Denounce Condemnation of Ballinger by Five Members. DEMOCRATS SIGN FINDINGS Madison Presents His Own Beport Favoring Pinchot?Effort to Bring in the Absentees. MINNEAPOLIS, September 9?But si* members of the Ballinger-Pinchot investi gating committee, one less than a quorum, were present when the session opened to day. Senator Sutherland of Utah and two other republicans. Representatives Samuel W. McCall of Massachusetts and Edwin Denby of Michigan, refused to at tend the meeting and did not appear at the hotel where the sessions are being held. i The failure of these three members to attend when the session was opened was decided on last night, following the ar ilval of Representative Denby. Mr. Den by had declared that the action of five members who Wednesday adopted a reso lution of Representative Madison of Kan sas, insurgent republican, which charged | that Secretary Ballinger was unfit and should be removed, was the "most ex-1 traordinary. Indefensible and unjudicial ihat partisan politics could devise." In view of that he stated it would be absurd to meet with thctse members when they had already promulgated their deci sion. Messrs. Sutherland and McCall took u similar view, and failed to put in an appearance. Democrats Sign Findings. Chairman Nelson was the only republi can member besides Mr. Madison present when the meeting was called to order. The democratic members in attendance were Senators Purcell of North Dakota, and Fletcner of Florida, and Representa tives James of Kentucky and Graham of Illinois. Soon after entering the committee room the democratic members affixed their sig natures to their findings., which condemn the actions of Mr. Ballinger as a public officer, and vindicate Glfford Pinchot, the former head of the forestry division. Mr. Madison brought to the commit tee room an independent report, which he had prepared. It favorB Mr. Pinchot. Absentees Sent For. Shortly after the executive session be gan the secretary of the committee, Paul Sleman. was designated as sergeant-at arms and directed to find the absentees, if possible, and bring them in. In view of the positive declarations of Messrs. Denby and others that they would not attend, his mission seemed futile. I he action was considered a mere formality. Two of the members had left the hotel shortly before the committee met and Mr. McCall remained In his room. Officer Pro Tem Without Power. There was no regular sergeant-at-arms present, and Senator Nelson gave It as his opinion that the secretary of the committee, while delegated as such, had no power to arrest the absentees and en force their attendance. Later Senator Sutherland and Representatives Denby and McCall were found in the latter u room by the secretary. The secretary told them that the five members had requested that the absen tees attend. The latter declined, and stated that no attention would be paid to any demand of the five members or any threat to enforce attendance. The secretary's report was followed by further instructions to again request that the three republicans come to the com mittee room and deliberate. The request wss once more denied. It was apparent that the republican absentees feared th* should they attend it would give the five member? who voted Wednesday for the adoption of the Bal linger resolution of Mr. Madison an op portunity to bring up the previous ques tion and possibly secure ratification of the I art ion of the four democratic member | and the one insurgent republican. Give Seasons for Absence. A statement giving the reason of their) refusal to attend was sent to the meeting and the committee members present. Senator Nelson requested that an ad- j journment be taken until Monday and the meeting be held In Chicago. This, he said, would give Senator Root an oppor tunity to be present. No. action was taken on this proposition. "The demo crats were not disposed to delay any longer. Senator Nelson soon after lefi the room, and the meeting for the time being was without a chairman. FEABED DIVORCE SUIT. Youngf Woman Became Incoherent and Was Taken to Hospital. NEW YORK, September 9.?Harassed by fears that her husband, with whom | she had not been living for some time, had brought a suit for divorce in Paris which she could not defend because of her lack of funds. Mrs. Pauline i^ipman. a young woman, became incoherent today and later was taken to Bellevue Hospital for observation. Mrs. Lipman has not hearJ from her husband for a year and recently a strange man came to her and asked her to sign some papers which she believed would give her husband a divorce in France, where, she had been informed, he was about to start such proceedings. FOBEST? AGAIN OK FIBE. Break Out Afresh Outside Yellow stone Park. I BOSEMAN. Mont., September !?.? Forest ? fires are reported to have broken out afresh on Bailey creek just outside of the Yellowstone Park, and on the head waters of the West Gallatin river. No rain has fallen in tuat region, which is surrounded by heavy timber. HURT IN EXPLOSION. Militia Engineer Injured During Ex periments With Mines. INDIANAPOLIS. Ind.. September I?.? I In experiments with mines at the camp of instruction at Fort Benjamin Harri son late yesterday Private A. A. Schultz, Company C. Ohio Engineers Battalion of 'Cleveland, was struck by a mass of earth thrown up by an explosion and his spine was injured. He will recover. Explosives used were dynamite and a new composition called "rack-a-rock," set off by electricity The mines were covered with grass. Tons of earth were ! displaced when the mines, were exploded. Fifty horses used in the maneuvers were stampeded and were corralled after a long chase. Troops of the Department of the I^akes of the regular army and the Ohio and Indiana state militia are participating | in the instruction camp. | Don't Miss Reading ? I "Watching I Tudie 1 Get i Her Cue," I ~Vk- t SEWELL FORD, | One of the best Torchy ? stories yet, in the next Sunday Magazine ...OF THE.. SUNDAY STAR. Bubbling humor and an undercurrent of deep mean ing. Opposition to "Judson Plan," Alternative Offered by Col. A. E. Randle. FEAR OF DISCRIMINATION BASIS FOR ANTAGONISM Darkened Roads to Be Evidence of Lack -of Consideration. LEGALITY OF OEDEE ATTACKED Illumination of Farmers' Way to Market" Urged?Danger of Acci dents?People Driven Out of District to Dwell. . Declaring that the "lights out" order of the Commissioner!", if continued in effect, would result in the determined op position of every suburban citizen af fected. Col. A. E. Handle sprang a sen sational surprise at the public hearing at the District building this morning w hen he declared that m -tubers of sub j urban citizen associations would turn on I the "Judson plan" for financing the Dis trict and fight tt to the finish unless there should be a modification of the ' lights out" order. Col. Randle spoke plainly when he re ferred to what he termed "army officer rule." Although he made nothing per sonal of his threat that the suburbs would use all their influence to combat the "Judson plan," hl^ words were direct and clear. Demand for Suburban Betterments. On the other hand he prefaced his pre diction that the people would demand that the flnancf plan be modified or rescinded unless a broader charity is shown in re gard to the outlying district, by paying the greatest compliment to the wisdom and*scope of the plan and to the ad vances the city has made under engineer commissioners. "You take away our lights and we'll fight your plan," said Col. Handle. He was leaniag over the long osk board table and his emphatic gesticulations reached close to the faces of Engineer Commissioner Judson and of the assistant engineer commissioner, Capt. llarkbam. Co!. Handle's speech followed a dosen pleas for lights slong Individual roads. He did not mention a single road by name, but called the Commissioners' order, ex tinguishing the lights, "the long arm of authority that leaves us in darkness." Investors Driven Away. The conclusion of Col. Handle's speech was as follows: "There seems to be a question as to the power of the Commissioners to take away\ested rights. But there Is no ques tion that the voice of the people, de prived the right of suffrage. Is unani mous and sincere. "The discrimination against the sub urbs of the District of Columbia is send ing millions of dollars to Maryland and Virginia for investment In homes by people employed in Washington. To in the suburbs of the District of Colum bia they must change cars to reach the heart of the city, while they can come from Maryland and Virginia and reach the center of the city without changing cars. "Now the Commissioners propose to dis criminate against the suburbs In the Dis trict of Columbia by turning out the lights. This is a hardship when they tell us this is the nation's capital, where 330,000 people are yoked up with eighty million people, and forced to pay one half of the expenses without any in expending their own money for public Improvements of the National Capital. ??The eastern part of the Lhstrict 01 Columbia has been especially discriminat ed against Some seem to think that when the land west of the Potomac is ceded back to Virginia the land east of the Eastern branch will be ceded back to Maryland." Farmers Need Lighted Way. ? "In the portion of the northwestern section of the city which is to be lighted up at night as bright as day between the hours of - and 5 a m., there is not a sin gle individual to be seen. But in the sub urbs the farmers who feed the city come groping through the dark with their products along steep and dangerous roads, where they cannot see their hands before them. "Also clerks in stores and market houses who come in from must reach the city early in the J"0? ine Thev have to find their way in the dark before daybreak to reach then 1 places of business long before the res - i dents of 16th street turn over In their downy beds for a second nap. hen j these residents do wake upt^,*h?*0^h! of the sun have closed up the UgMs of the street From 'J o clock until .> in tne mnrninir when lights are needed in the ?,b?bs/ not an Individual can be found on 10th street: in the distance of a mile. "?But all this amounts to nothing In . .nsiderlBg the future result. Cnder our peculiar form of government in the line of progress, development and expansion Is under an amiy officer. ?The Judson plan, which maans so much for Washington, puts so much monev under the control of this officer that the citizens of the suburb** think all the money will be spent In the city lim its and the suburbs will only be allowed to Pay taxes The result is that the suburban citizens' associations will be unanimous against this plan and prob ablv prevent Its enactment into law. "Therefore. In Justice to the suburbs and the future development of the Dis trict of Columbia, under the Judson plan. I aiM>eal to vour honorable board to re scind this order and turn on the lights, so It can be said that the capital of the greatest nation on earth never took a step backward." Benning in State of Nature. Opposition to the order to turn out lights was also voiced by W. H. Richard son, president of the Benning Citizens' Association. Mr. Richardson confined his protests to the neighborhood which he represented st the hearing. "We feel this is a retrograde movement that the city is taking." he said. "In our section we have the roads that heaven nave us. and that Is all. Wa have no sewers, no water, snd poor roads. Now you've tsken awsy our lights. 8o we are back In the primeval condition. W. W. Price, who made the opening (Continued on Tenth Fags.) GAVE THEIR LIVES . ON NORTH DAKOTA TO SAVECOMRADES Three Coal Passers Believed to Have Been Drowned When Ship Was Flooded. PROMPT.ACTION ALONE SAVED HUGE FIGHTER Fire Was in Compartment Beneath a Powder Magazine. COOL IN FACE OF PERIL Officers Worked With Knowledge That Explosion Might Blow Ves sel to Atoms?Board of In quiry Begins Investi gation. ! NEWPORT NEWS, Va.. Sep tember 9.?Belief prevails here to day among the crews of the bat tleships that Joseph S. Schmidt. Robert Gilmore and Joseph Streit, the three coal passers who died yesterday aboard the North Da kota, gave up their lives in order that the ship and the lives of their officers and comrades might be spared. The fire was beneath a maga zine stored with powerful explo sives and they were in the compart ment with the flames.. Flooding of that compartment at once was necessary to the saving of the ship.. Possibly they were uncon scious or already dead; probably their rescue would have been im possible in any event.. But it was one of those great emergencies the ; navy expects and is trained to meet. It was met by the turning on of the water. If Schmidt and Gilmore and Streit were conscious when the flood rushed in upon them they died without a chance to know that their three lives purchased immunity from death for several hundred other men and saved from destruction the gallant ship they served so proudly. It prob ably never will be established whether they were conscious at the moment of sacrifice, but the fact that water was found in their lungs indicates that life was not extinct. NEWPORT NEWS. Va., September U? The official list of the dead and injured In yesterday's disaster aboard tne battle ship North Dakota is as follows: The dead: Joseph S- Schmidt, coal parser, enlisted at New York October 25. N'.-xt kin. mother. Anna Schmidt, lOlk Decatur street. Brooklyn. Robert Gilmore. coal pas-ser; enlisted at Newport, R. 1.. January, llllo. Next kin. mother. Nellie Gilmore. 0 Seym* street, Hartford. Conn Joseph Streit. coal parser; enlisted at Grand Rapids, Mich.. June, l'.?07. Next kin. father. Peter Streit, 82 Bremen street. Newer". N. J Also sister. Amelia L. 1 Attache. 11 Cook street. Ansoiua. Conn. The nine iuiured men are: jj Andrews, chief machinist. Next kin. sisters. Mamie A. Cameron. ?1?< <?th avenue. New York, and Mr*. Joseph C. Whyte, 11th street northwest, W ashing J H McDonough, machinist. Next kin. father! T G McDonough, 1*? Park ave nue, Brooklyn. .. Charles C. Roberts, machinist s mate, enlisted at Norfolk. Va. Sebastian J. \\ ittwer, fireman, nrst c'.a??s. enlisted at Philadelphia. James A Brady, fireman, first class, en listed at New York. Deo F. Plorek, fireman, second class, enlisted at Chicago. John J. Mor-lson. fireman, first class, enlisted at Boston. Fred P. Kinney, tireman. first class, en listed at Mare Island, Cal. W. J. McCauley, fireman, first class. 4 Bodies of the Dead Recovered. The bodies of the three men who lost their lives were recovered when the com partment was pumped out. The board of Inquiry appointed after the accident yesterday by Rear Admiral Seat on Schroeder, commander-in-chief of the Atlantic Meet, this morning began Its investigation of the disaster. Its report will be forwarded through the regular official channels to the Navy Department, Officers of the North Dakota and of the fleet generally are exeedingly reticent about the accident. and Admiral Schroeder will not talk in advance of the investigation: but It is the belief of the men on the ships that the three men who are dead were drowned In the flood ing of the tireroom. It is thought that they were helpless.* perhaps unconscious, from their burns, before the lnrushln? water drowned them Flooding the Only Course. There seems no doubt that the iroma diate flooding of the flreroom was the only means of averting the total destruc tion of the great ship and the annihii*. tlon of Its hundreds of men. The proa lmity of the flre to a magazine stored with powerful explosive! made imperative the Instantaneous extinguishment of the "Vhe* board of' inquiry consists of Capt. Cone and Ueut Commander Price of the Delaware and Ueut. Commander Pnxrtar of the Connecticut. . That the fatalities were so few is *H ta the heroism of manjr of the crew, who, it ?