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earthquake. Practically every build
ing in the entire plant was, damaged.
Origin of explosions is being in
vestigated by detachment of expert
agents sent to scene by local branch
of department of justice.' Govern
ment agents are proceeding on the
ory that explosions were not acci
dental. Report, which is not verified, said
that man who was under suspicion
was shot when he tried to escape
from the scene. Great secrecy, how
ever, involved activity of the officials
and details were refused. .
The ground near the plant was so
badly torn up hat ambulances could
not approach. A heavy pall of smoke
hung over the whole district and in
termittent explosions were still oc
curring after 1 o'clock this after
An appeal for help was sent to
Philadelphia after nearby towns had
sent all available aid. At this hour
fires are still burning over wrecked
Many of the dead and injured are
girls and women. It was stated this
afternoon that 80 per cent of em
ployes nearest explosion were fe
males. Explosion believed to have origi
nated in powder department.
The series of explosions were felt
n Philadelphia and surrounding
AMERICAN LINER HITS MINE
OFF ENGLAND ALL SAVED
New York, April 10. American
liner New York struck mine last
light while outside Liverpool bar.
According to cable report' received
today by the International Mercan
tile Marine Co., the liner had been
towed to a British port and all on
board were landed safely.
"The damace." an official said
"according to our cable message, l
was confined to hold number four,
wh'ich js one of the 'ship's 15 water
tight compartments. Evidently the
bulkhead system worked 'perfectly."
The New York must have fallen
victim to a German mine, since she
was probably proceeding under pilot
at time she was struck and British
pilots are carefully apprised of loca-A
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Passengers on American liner St
Louis, just returned, told of how
hundreds of German mines had been
scattered just before St. Louis sailed
on her outbsund trip by a dingy lit
tle Norwegian tramp vessel.
British patrol ships finally decided
the Norwegian was suspicious, over
hauled her, found mines aboard, and,
according to reports, promptly took
captain and crew ashore for execu
tion. The mine sweepers under control
of British admiralty sweep channel
clean of these menaces to naviga
tion several times daily, but Germans
hare perfected a submarine mine
layer and have succeeeded in releas
ing floating packs of explosives un
detected. Favorite German trick has
been to release large number of float
ing mines at time when tide will
sweep them in toward inner harbors
and into 'deep channels.
Among the passengers on the New
York were listed David Jones, Chi
cago, and Horace Brain, West Frank
New York is a steel screw steamer
of 10,798 tons, built in 1888 by J. and
G. Thompson of Glasgow and owned
by International Mercantile Marine
Co. (the American line). She is
registered at port of New York. ,
New York was third armed passen-
ger ship of American line to sail. St.
Louis, the first, returned yesterday.
St. Paul is now on the other side.
Washington. American steamsr
Seward has been torpedoed and sunk
in Mediterranean by German sub
marine, according to dispatch from
Consul Gaulin a Marseilles. All of
crew said to have been sa