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HOBOKEN PEOPLE ARE IN PANIC AS BRANDS FLY IN AIR
HOBOKEH FLAMES
LIGHT UP HEW YORK
Thousands Line Riverside
Drive to Watch Spectacu
lar Blaze.
RIVER REFLECTS FIRE
Glow From Conflagration OIk
served in Distant Long
Island Points.
The burning of Piers 5 and 6 at Ho
boken could be seen almost the entire
length of Manhattan, and thousands of
persons, from housetops on the West
Side and along Riverside Drive, saw the
fames leaping high Into the air. Tele
phone calls were received from as far a?
Rockaway Inquiring about the lire.
The most spectacular view was from
the river. The flames lit up the river
for a mile in each direction. As soon as
tne flames were seen all the smaller
river craft made for the burning piers.
Tugboats from railroads and shipbuild
ing companies formed a solid line next
to the piers and played streams o
V, iter upon the fire, but for a tirno it
r.;ned as though this would have little
effect. . ..
Above the tugboats could be seen the
vast sheet of flame sweeping several
hundred feet into the air. It looked from
the river as though all of Hoboken must
be aflrc . The sparks and pieces
ing wood, carried high and far by
constantly shifting wind, fell over a
dozen blocks of houses.
Those who watched from the river said
that the first they knew of it was *
white, almost blinding flash as the burst
of flame enveloped Pier 6. It did no
move gradually, they said, nor were the
flames black. The first white burst was
brighter, even, than what followed
Even persons on the harbor craft, who
watched the fire a short distance back
front the flreboats, were not sure that
the Leviathan was safe. The flames, .
thev tore through the barracks, seemed
to have so much headway that the loss
of the Leviathan for a while appeared
to be inevitable. Although the wind was
In their favor, the heat could be felt on
boats several hundred feet from the Are.
RED CROSS TURNS OUT
FOR FIRE EMERGENCY
Held in Readiness, but Ser
vice Not Needed.
Tollce Headquarters received a mes
sage early last evening that Red Cross
emergency service .might be needed at
the Hoboken Are. The message was re
layed to V. B. Draper, in charge of such
service for the Hoboken district, at his
home In Fanwood. N. J. He and Ellis
Russell, director of disaster tor
the Red Cross, who was also at his home
In New Jersey, ordered out relief equip
ment and proceeded to the Are.
At 10 P. M. Acting Captain Helwig.
in charge of the headquarters telegraph
bureau, received a message from
Russell informing him that after he
conferred with the army authorities and
the Hoboken police he was informed the
fge was under control, no one had been
.-?criously Injured and there was no ap
parent need for the ned Cross services.
The Hoboken authorities had taken all
necessary action and the bodies on the
pier had been moved out of dnnger, he
reported. The Red Cross would remain,
though, in case any need for It arose, he
said.
JACOB DREICER ESTATE
GOES TO SIX RELATIVES
Widow Gets Home Only as
She Is 'Independent
Th- will of Jacob Dreieer, founder of
the Fifth avenu? Jewedry firm of Dreieer
jfc Co., was filed yesterday. It disposed
of an estate estimated to be not far
from the $1,000,000 estate left by his
son. Michael Dreieer. whose death on
July 2fi was believed lo have brought
about Jacob's death on August 14 in his
eighty-third yoar. Unlike the son, who
bequeathed art objects valued at $250.
000 to th? Metropolitan Museum of Art.
the older Dreieer had most of his money
invested In real estate and securities.
Automobiles, furniture, paintings and
personal effects in ths horns at 4 East
Seventy-eighth street go to the widow,
Mrs. tlltel Dreieer, In a clause which
says no further provision Is made for
her, as "her Independent fortune Is
more than sufficient for her needs." A
summer home at Lawrence. L. 1.. where
Mr. Dreieer died, Is to go to two daugh
ters, Mrs Frances Davidson and Mrs.
Mannie Lazar, who live with their
mother in Seventy-eighth street. These
children and another daughter. Mrs.
Regina Stelnboch of 11 Blast Sixtieth
street, and two grandsons, James and
Donald Dreieer. sons of Michael, divide
the residue equally.
IZZY EINSTEIN RAIDS
JACK'S RESTAURANT
Issy Elnateln, a prohibition enforce
ment agent. went Into Jack's Tlestau
rsnt at Sixth avenue and Forty-third
street last night and arrested William
Heinz of 5 Twenty-first street. West
New York, S. J., a waiter, and William
Perrln. of 53 Brooklyn avenue. Brook
lyn, (ashler of tho restaurant, alleging
that Heinz had sold him a bottle of
whiskey f(?- $3. Perrln was charged
with acting In concert, and both men
were locked up for th? night In the
West Thirtieth street station.
Einstein entered the restaurant with
a woman and two other men and star
tled the diner* by suddenly Jumping to
his feet and proclaiming his Identity nnd
purpose. He then announced In a clear
nnd resonant voice that Heinz was tin
der arrest nnd after that hs strode
across tho room and arrested Perrln.
Tho restaurant was filled, but there was
no excitement.
FOR QUEENS PRESIDENT.
W. H. Ashmead lleollnro?Justice
Hn/elton to Accept.
Warren B. Ashmcnd. Transfer Tax
Appraiser In Querns, announced yester
day that he could not accept the regular
Republican designation for Borough
President of Queens which had beer,
taadered him. Ho sent his declination
to the Board of Elections. (Municipal
Court Justice Edgar F. Hazelton, It was
said, has been selected to fill the vacancy
caused hy Mr. Ashmead's declination.
Justice Hazelton has already been
designated for County Judge, hut will
rl oolite this and accept that for Borough
President. The Republicans believe
Haxelton will give Maurlrc H Connolly
a hard run for the position of Horongn
JPyesldenL
Fire Swept Hoboken Pier and Liner Leviathan.
FIRE FIGHT GUIDED
BY POLICE RADIO
Continued from First Page.
engines and did much to hold back the
fire from that section of the waterfront.
In addition to figuring in that bit of
fire fighting stratagem the headquar
ters radio was used for several hours
to keep the New York Fire and Police
departments in close touch with the
progress of the fire. Messages were
sent frequently by Inspector Hallock.
and it was through him that the news
papers learned first that one of the fire
boats was being used to throw a water
shield over the end of Pier 4, where the
ooffined bodies of the American soldiers
were lying.
At another singe of the fire the Hylan
stood by the Leviathan with a fleet of
tugs ready to direct the work of towing
her into the stream in the event that
the flro in her superstructure should
get beyond control. The offices of the
International Mercantile Marine were
kept Informed of the safety of the big
ship through the police radio station.
Throughout the progress of the Arc
the patrol boat was able to stand in
close enough to the burning piers to
see Just how badly the situation was.
The messages sent to headquarters by
Inspector Hallock were based on infor
j mation that the Hoboken departments
I were unable to get and It was due to
observations made from the Patrol that
the force of Areboats was strengthened
early in the evening.
OFFERS VOTE TO JUDGE
AND GETS SIXTY DAYS
Deaf Ear for President of
'Hand Shakers
James Finney, 37. of 190 Park Row
was arraigned In the Night Court last
night charged by Policeman Cannon of
the Elizabeth street station with solicit
ing alms at Park Row and Worth street.
"What do you do for a living," asked
Magistrate Max Levine.
"Oh, I'm president of the Amalga
mated Order of Hand Shakers." replied
Finney.
Magistrate Levine asked Finney what
sentence he thought he ought to get.
"Well, Judge," said Finney, "If you
give be any more than ten days I won't
be able to vote for you for Mayor."
"Sixty days In the workhouse," said
the Magistrate.
WATER POWER LEAGUE
ATTACKS FEDERAL LAW
Preparations for a powerful attack
upon the law by which the Federal
Power Commission Is given regulatory
powers over practically every navigable
stream, on the ground that development
of water power for commercial us<-s Is
hampered by such regulation, were made
yesterday at a meeting of a committee
of the Water Power League of America
at the Engineering Societies Building
29 West Thirty-ninth street.
A report will be laid before a confer
ence of public utility commissioners, of
ficials of Chambers of Commerce, i nd
manufacturers associations, which la to
bo held in November at the Waldorf
Astoria. Paul T. Hrady, of the Westing
house Electrlc Company, said:
t "Every development now considered is
for steam. Millions of tons of cowl that
can never he replaced will be burned
while within easy transmission distunes
of New York city 7,000,000 water horse
power Is going to waste. It cannot he
developed and never will be developed so
long as the Federal power act Is what
It Is."
$1,200,000 EXECUTORS
FIGHT $60,000 FEE
Exceptors of the will of Mrs. Martha
M. flrnaher filed an appeal yesterday
from tIxo recent decision of Surrogate
Wlngate In Brooklyn Axing 180.000 as
the proper counsel fee for former Justice
i Herbert. T. Katcham, who represented
th.- executors In the contest of the will by
a daughter, Mrs. Louisa M. Bain. Mr,
Ketcham, who last February tried to ob
| tain 1150.000 for his services In sustain
ing the will, dissented Immediately from
? Surrogate Wlngate'i ruling and took an
appeal.
The executors evidently still believe
i that Mr. Ketcham's fee Is too largo. The
i estate amounted to $1,200,000, and th#
bulk of It went to the fhurch Charity
Foundation of Long fslsnd. The < xecti.
tors are Edgar M. nought v. Herbert C.
Smith and Floreage F. Du Val.
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?yHE upper section shows the great destruction
wrought by the fire on the Hoboken piers, and the
lower the Leviathan, with the flames almost cutting off
the giant linor from the firemen and fire tugs fighting
to save the ship. Brands flying in air caused panic
among Hoboken people, who got ready to flee.
5,795 BODIES OF HEROES
OF WAR SA VED FROM FIRE
Continued from First Pa(,r.
curtain of fire that blazed as though helped by a forced draft. They had
nothing to do but run for their lives.
Rut the fire did not extend out on Pier 4. Early in the night it seemed
that this pier and its contents were to be saved. The wind was running
west and northwest. Now and then it became pufTy and blew due north, j
The Leviathan was lying in between Piers 4 and 5, but there was a
fortunate leeway on both her sides. The Whcaton was tied up to Pier 4
and the Western Queen just to the south of her. The last two mentioned,
pulled out into the river by tugs, went down the river before the real 1
danger arose. But the Leviathan was another proposition. To move her j
required many tugs and, besides, it was almost impossible to get close i
enough to her to fasten lines to licr. The heat was too intense.
iiere and there her superstructure seemed to be on Are. It was not
easy to learn the truth even if one had a commanding position. The big
ship was enveloped by the heavy smoke and constantly showered by sparks. '
There were 30,000 rounds of small arms ammunition in the basement >
of the storehouse in the army base between Piers 4 and 5. Soon after i
eight o'clock this ammunition surrendered to the heat and case after dase
exploded. The walls were heavy and not yet ready to fall. But with every
explosion the overheated walls of the barracks and the bent and almost
white hot metal sides and steel girders of Pier 6 sagged.
Roar at Army Base in Hoboken
When Ammunition Explodes in Fire
Penally there was a subdued roar.
Several ammunition eases were set off
at once. The noise was not great
Walls had fallen and muffled the de
tonation. Besides, the ammunition was
burled deep In the collar. But even the
river boats felt the shock. And then
the walls of the barracks caved in.
It was the thing the firemen longed
for. A bewildering downpour of sparks
fell over Hoboken and the river front
generally. Again the superstructure
of the Leviathan seemed to be In
llames. The fire boats New Yorker and
Duane pumped tons of water on the
hugo liner and poked their noses so
near the Are that they were scorched
themselves.
In the meantime the tug John F.
Jlylan, sent over the river early to
take charge of the marine work, was
cracking out bulletins to Police Head
quarters in New York. Inspector Hal
lock, commanding the marine division
of the Police Department, sent the
first bulletin when it looked to him and
everybody else that all the waterfront
and a large part of Hoboken were
doomed.
"The Strong and New Yorker Just
arrived," he told Headquarters. "Fire
now Igniting Delaware, Lackawanna
and Western terminal. Pier 5 gone
and 6 burning. Leviathan now on
fire."
But due to the arrival of the Strong.
Duane and New Yorker the terminal
did not go?or even catch fire. The
Leviathan was only being scorched.
The wind was continuing to blow land
ward and at fhe suggestion of the New
York Firo Department the Hoboken
l department called for volunteers.
I The volunteers came forward In
ft
platoon*. They could have had a
thousand of them If necessary. They
were pure amateurs and stumbled over
each other, but they took vast chances
and after the water supply had been
replenished by the New York flreboats
they manned the hoses on the houso
tops on River and Hudson streets. They
flooded those roofs. There will be some
damage reported from water, but It Is
not exaggerating to say that these
zealous volunteers saved that part of
Hoboken.
Fire Boat Hylnn's Bulletin,
The Inspector's second bulletin fron
the llylan read:
"Lying In stream east of Leviathan,
I supervising fleet of tugs; making ready
to drag I-evlathan out Into midstream
If fire can't be extinguished. Better
send two more flreboats."
A little later the Inspector heard
that there was danger of Hoboken burn
ing. As a matter of fact, so fast did the
sparks fall and so furiously did the
flames from the barracks roar that resi
dents of Hudson street began throwing
their bedding and unbreakable thing.'
out of windows. Valuables they stuffed
into bags. They camped on the curbs,
waiting for trucks and wagons to haui
them and their portable property to the
heights to the WWt. They believed, as
the police did, that the city was about
to burn.
All this led Inspector Hallock to
call for the Red Crbss, but the nld of
that organization was not needed. At
10 o'clock the flie was under control.
At 10:30 the flreboats withdrew and the
engines that bad gone from Jersey City
began to pack up and go home. The fire
w?? not out, but sufficiently under con
trol thet no further danger Impended.
Finally when the fire was throttled
and the blase prevented from spreading
something like an accurate survey of the
Leviathan was possible.
Several of her lifeboats and rafts
were partly consumed. Here and there
an -Iron railing or a davit was bent out
of shape. The heavy glass in the port
holes was cracked and broken by the
heat. The sides of the monster gave the
appearance of suffering from bolls. Her
metal was hot. Streams played upon
her sides became lost In the steam that
resulted in their contact with the iron
plates.
Her railing was as warped as the high
iron fence running along River street
between Piers 4 and 5. That fence
buckled early. The uprights become
white hot. The ornamental work at the
top was too heavy to be supported by
the semi-molten metal and the whole
iron fence bent forward until it touched
the ground.
At 9'4.', when something like an esti
mate of things was to be had. Inspector
llallock ? tried another bulletin. This
time he told headquarters:
"Fire started near end of Pier 5.
owned "and occupied by United States
Army. Pier 5 destroyed and several ad
jacent Warehouses destroyed on bulk
head. Also several bargee. No more
aid required. Three New York fire
bonts still working with land fire forces."
The "adjacent warehouses" referred
to by Ha (Jock were the barracks and
storehouse and guardhouse that com
posed the home of the Thirteenth In
fantry. The barracks once were bonded
warehouse". There were fifteen pris
oners in the guardhouse when the fire
started. All were taken to police head
quarters In Hohokcn and installed in
cooler cells.
At 9:55 Hallock decided that the fire
was about to be conquered. He sent
the following message:
"At B :03 fire started Pier 5, which
was destroyed: also adjacent lighters
and buildings. No one hurt. Cause un
known. Fife under control by fire boats
from New York."
IVlion tli-- flre was at its height Hobo
ken became panicky. It called upon
Newark for ham I stance and several com
jnnles were sent from that city. It
isk'cd New York to stand by ready to
*?d as many engines aa the ferryboats
could fetch across the river. They were
assured of such assistance by 8mok>
Joe Martin himself. Six companies were
isM to b? prepared to leave Manhattan
at once.' However, they were not needed.
The three Are boats did the work. Hud
it not betxi for them lioboken might
txive been ashes to-day?-a great portion
of It. at least.
When It became obvious that the sol- |
dlers could not take care of the army
property that h\d to be removed frr?m
the barracks and also move the bodies
of the dead men on the pier volunteers
were called for and 400 men responded.
The coffins containing the bodies wero
on the north side, near the centre of
Wtm 4. ??
.Masks lard by Fighters.
The lights had gone out on Pier 4.
The. power had been cut off. It was
not only Stygian dark on the pier but
the.smoke was filling the place Some
of the volunteers thought to wet hand
kerchiefs and use them as gas masks
for the smoke was heavy and uorid.
Others just stumbled in coughing and
half Minded. Lights would have done
no good. The smake was too heavy.
The coffins lay in batches. They had
been sorted over and arranged for ship
ping. The dead were laid out In rows
according to their sections of the coun
try. There wits no one In the party
who knew just where the bodies were ,
except in a general way. It was a case
of stumbling forward until you fell over
them.
Hut the volunteers fell over them and ]
fell over each other. They nearly j
strangled, and sorri? of them came out I
clawing their mouths and eyes.
But Anally they hid stumbled around !
enough. They located all the 5.7J5 !
coffinn and carried them across the pier
and down near the end Last liable to 1
be destroyed. It was Impossible to carry ,
them oft the pier. Mo one could have j
taken them through the heat that
withered the entire block outside the I
pfar. . . I
SCENERY SMASHED
IN CROWDED STREET
Newark Rioters Stone Drivers
of Trucks, Putting Them j
and Helpers to Flight.
Two pitched battles and a running as
sault in which sympathizers with strik
ing stage hands threw stones at drivers
of two trucks and wrecked a lead of
scenery took place In Market street,
Newark, yesterday afternoon. Thomas
Miner, owner df Miner's Theatre, a bur
lesque house, had tried to move some
scenery to the theatre preparatory to tho
opmlng performance on Labor Day.
The scenery was in the Pennsylvania
Railroad freight yards?a carload of It
Mr. Miner had appealed to Director of
Public Safety, Mr. Brennan, for a police
escort for the truck caravan, but Di
rector Brcnnan, reported to be a itrong
friend of labor, declined to furnish a
guard.
"I'll see that the peace Is not dis
turbed," he had told Miner.
The truck started out under the pro
tection of private detectives, with ne
groes to do tho heavy work. Oue hun
dred strikers met the caravan in Ailing
street. stoned both trucks and put the
drivers to flight. Two new drivers were
tverulted, and the procession went on to
Market street. A monkey wrench . caled
through the air and' crashed through the
windshield of one of the trucks. The
driver ducked, but remained at his post.
Along Market street a crowd gathered
and the curbs were blocked with the
merely Curious. Mr. Miner, riding on
tho second truck, despatched a detec
tive to Sheriff Samuel Wilson for aid.
The sheriff rounded up a posse and
armed it. but the trouble had been ended.
Quite accidentally a United States mall
truck stalled In front of the first truck.
Instantly the strikers leaped aboard,
overcame the driver and the detectives,
who took to flight, and smai+ied every
bit of scenery la the load, ripping it
with knives and jumping on It.
The strikers persuaded the driver of
the second truck to proceed to a ware
house instead of to the theatre, and
there the strikers helped qnload the
scenery willingly. So far as Mr. Miner
and some hundreds of other citizens of
Newark observed, the i>ollce refrained
from any activity whatever In the In
cident. Mr. Miner saij he will seek an
Injunction against the strikers to-day.
SHIPBUILDERS DINE
SIR J. W. I SHERWOOD
Honor Inventor of Longitu
dinal Ship Construction.
Sir Joseph W. Isnerwood of London,
Inventor of the Ishcrwood system of
longitudinal ship construction, was chief
guest , at a dinner given by fifty thlp
builders and operators In the Waldorf
Astoria lust evening In recognition of
the honor recently bestowed by King
Oeorgo and the services rendered by
Sir Joseph In the promotion of world
ship construction.
Among the guests were Robert L.
Hague, msrlne superintendent of the
Stnndnrd Oil Company of New Jersey;
E. M. Bull, of A. II. Bull Steamship
Company: 'E. P. Morse, a. L. Burhank,
H. C. Blsckston. R. MacQregor, of the
Green Star Line; Cnpt. A. Luckhurst,
marine superintendent of the American
Line; A. J. Barber, and Richard de
Tankervllle. The committee in charge of
the dinner Included James French of
the l.lQud'H Rex/ister, William H. Todd of
the Todd Shipyards Corporation, J.
Tlsrry Mull of Philadelphia, Morton E.
Farr of Cleveland and Joseph J. Tynan
of San Francisco.
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