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VOU 51 NO. 125
BRIDGEPORT, CONN., WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 1915
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er Cimeo Ileet in Fog Off
Nantucket , Island S. O.
S. Calls Brings -Response
' Prom U. B. Warships En
v gaged in Maneuvres.
Bound For Rotterdam
Taken Off By Cuneo and
Then Are Transferred. To
1 U. 5. South Carolina1
Which is Convoying Liner
to New, York.
. ,KTew York, May 26-The
, Dutch' liner Ryndam, ' which
... sailed from this popt yesterday
or Rotterdam with 77 pasen.
. jgrers and a million-dollar ' car
v g-o, was badly damaged in a coIt
lision, 17 miles southwest of
Nantuclcet Shoals Ilightship : at
4 o'clock this morning;, with
the ,trajjp freighter, Joseph J.
Cuneo, which sailed from Bos
Ion ikst, nighty for Baracoa,
Cuba. 1. ;.'.'
:. Both Yessels were - seriously
injured ' The Ryndam wireless
reports indicate, she was struck
aft, with such force that HoldJ
' io. 5 filled up almost immedi
ately, water flowed freely into
the engineroom and began to
a creep up Hold No. 6. V ; . .v
k The ' Cuneo's bows ' were
smashed in badly., : S, O. S. sig
nals were flashed frctm the
Ryndam wireless and her pas
sengers were transferred has
tily to th-e Cuneo. One hundred
' and sixty of the Ryndam's crew
t ... v'"r' pnt aboard -the
freighter, leaving only 40 men
aboard thei liner to navigate it.
Battleships to Rescue,; -1
United. States battleships were in
the vicinity and heard the wireless
signals. ' Three hours after the- col
lision the battleship-' South " Carolina
was standing by the .Cwleo. . Tire
ltyndam's passengers and those of her
crew who'.had been "transferred to the
Cuneo were takert oft by the South
Carolina. The battleships were 3i-
J-fCied by wireless from the Newport
. havy yard to convoy the stricken lin
er to this port- ' . . '
, With the Spath Carolina alongside
the battleship .Texas 10, miles ajt.tern,
Ihe battleship Louisiana - in , the near
- Vicinity .and the Cutieo slowly lollow
)ng, the Ryndam -was steaming slowly
tor' thig port. ' At 10 o'clock,-when
the Ryndam was 124 miles east of the
: Ambrose 'Channel (Lightship, her cap
tain sent a. wireless message to the
If easel's owners, the Holland -American
, Jine, says that the Ryndam's engines
..jwere much strained but still holding
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V'".- Water Gains to Hold. J
t "Previous messages from Captain
?Vat Der Heuval asserted that the wa
ter was gaming in No. 6 hold and that
the ship would have to be abandon
ed If the water gained much more. Bo
ar as the line . know there were- only
kiz . Americans among the passengers.
The other passengers, ,it was said,
Jere Europeans returning home.
The' Ryndam, a vessel of 7,978 tr.ns
, Register, was built In Belfast In 1901.
, Iler length Is 6 50 'feet, her beam 66
Jfeet. . The Cuneo Is a steamer' ;o
.bout 800 tons capacity and 210 feet
Bn length, She carried a crew of 20
tnen' and no' passengers.
'Despatches sent during the fore
"Kion by the Bouth Carolina said- that
the Ryndam was making 13 knots on
her way to this port. . This speed, if
maintained," would- bring her to New
"York ; late , to-night . 05 early.' fo-mor--
row. i - - "
So far as" could be, learned, the only
.American passengers were as follows;
Mrs. Martha Daly, of New . York;.
-fe-fias Crete Egerer, of Baltimore; Misa
' Rnihelmma A. Bngel, of . Boston ; Mrs.
jiUartha Hebel, of tWs city; Mrs.
", i Jj. Van' Praag, of this city, and Raul
SCubein, of Philadelphia. -
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WEATHER FORECAST .
Rain tonight '- and probably
Thoarsday, r tomenfaat cooler.
- Ji odes-ate winds, becoming north
vrest to north and fresTo. .
k ill Ml rffltev' '
Howard W. Curtis, a Democrat, son
of Judge Howard J. Curtis of the su
perior court, will be the -first. Judge of
Stratford's 'new town court. His ap
pointment is expected from Governor
Marcus H. Holcomb next -week.
At the same time it ds expected that
Governor Holcomb will name Frank
E. JBlakeman, a. cousin , of . Representa
tive J .Henry Blakeman, of Stratford,
as deputy Judge. ." Mr. Blakeman- wari a
candidate for -the Judgeship wrnen xne
matter was before- the legislature
which ' adjourned without acting' . on
the appointments. v - ' ' :- .. . .
. Governor Holoomb 3 v appointments-
probably will mean that Representa
tive! Ivan Morehouse will - be named
prosecutor of the court and Frederick
G-. Bewns as . clerk.. Mr. Morehouse
was the original .'booster for , Mr.. Cur
tis, nomination . Mr. Bevans was a
candidate - for the dep-uty judgeship.
Mr. 'Curtis, - who- will De tne new
Judge, is still, to .Yale Law school. He
wil) be cradtrated n June, ; and will
assume "toiiice ' Immediately, afterwards,
ft ' is understood. . The judgeship pays '
5300 a year, . as doe's the' .'position of
prosecutor. The deputy Judgeship
pays per diem scale when' that officer v
serves. The clerkship is worth $75 a
year on the criminal" side, with, . extra
emoluments for civil work. -
The " appointments .by the , governor,
and the subsequent appointments by
the. court as . forecast, take care of
everybody-interested ; in the court -formation,
with the exception of Edward
Leeds. He was a candidate for Judge,
and had. the-, support of that clique- of
Stratford's G-. O. P. which is headed by
Judge . C-. H. Peckl Mr: Leeds gets
nothing in . the shuffle of places, and
the opposing faction-, is jubilant 'over
the prospect- of a. clean Isweep of the
offices.;' T , -. ; f (
While "the probable appointment of
Mr. Curtis as Judge wfU meet with the
i LIFE STORY
Details of., an eventful past in the'
underworld , have been laid bare by
the investigations of the state ' police
and Coroner J.' J. Phelan tno . the cir
cumstances surrounding ' the discovery
of the near-skeleton, of a woman last
August n the woods near Darien
Sensational ' and . sordid ,? disclosures
have been made as a result of the In
vestigations. The "murder victim . has
been identified as Grace Clifton, a once
notorious character in Albany, N. T.
Pending , the finding of the coroner,
William. F. Fair,: who was- sa?td - to be
the husband of the woman, and "Jack"
Devereux, a protege of hers, i are still
held, at the county Jail.
;Fair stoutly denies that he , knows
anything about the affair, and says
his wife left him last June. He did
not know where she went.- The de
tective " who ferreted out the case
claims -jthat he lias the goods on the
man , and there is no way that Fair
can get ;out of it. .
Grace Clifton - was one of the most
notorious of the New York town wo
men of . the red light ""district. . She
conducted two places until the., police
closed lier up. She gained promin
ence at one time by suing' "William
Herrick Griffith; " a well known. Al
bany insurance man, for a wine bill.
The case was never-finished for .just
when It was beginning to get inter
LIEUT. GOV. WILSON'S MOTHER
DIEST HER HOE IN THIS CITY
While she lay in fitful slumber after
an illness of two weeks, death forever
closed the eyes of Mrs. Mary Eliza
Wilson, widow of Attorney James A.
Wilson and mother of Mayor and
Lieutenant Governor Clifford B. Wil
son, at her home, 153 Poplar street
about 1 o'clock this morning. Al
though her death was unexpected the
mayor and several other members of
-m . nni....' familv war. 1 .t Vl O Vw3.(1
IY1 I t. VVliBOU a a. ti-. i . ' s " - - -
'side. Mrs. Wilson was in her 67th
year. Two weeks ago she was strteK
en with, ah illness which forced her to
bed. Her family, sollcitious for her
health, had on intimatidn that her
condition was serious until after mid
night when she ,, was - seixed I with a
izm B5. r? w raaa .
approval of Stratford' Democrats and
a faction of Stratford Republicans, -it
means something pf an executive wal
lop at John T. King, Republican leader
of Fairfield county. , '
' When the rival factions presented
tljeir judgeship .candidates Mr.. Blake
man and Mr. Leeds to the judiciary
committee of the legislature, there was
a lively hearing. At that time, the
Morehouse "faction, supporting Blake
man,H thought John T. King was with
them.- In fact, some said - that John T.
had told, them that "any candidates
favored by the . legislative representa
tives would be o. k., so far as he was
concern ed. , '
. -Shortly after the hearing, the Peck
faction, supporting, Leeds, sent delega
tions to interview John T., as to how
he stdttd in the-matter. - After .some
discussion,' he told them that he'd -do
what , he could for them: It is reported
that Mr. King and others sought to
havi the judiciary committee recbn
sider its vote which was , overwhelm
ingly in favor of Blkkeman. V
"The Judiciary, committee didn't-tbink
so. much of Mr. King's views In ' the
matter. Then it .became known that
the reporting of resolutions dn favor of
either candidate -would precipitate a
nasty row In the legislature. "Repre
sentatives 'Morehouse and. Blakeman'
were ready tjo fight a report on Lebds,
should it bo presented , in the House.
John T. King had assurances from
Bridgeport senators tht " they were
with him If a resolution favoring
Blakeman came intq the Senate. (Re
sult: No report from the judiciary
committee. - .
While the Morehouse - faction Is
boasting a prospective victory in the
appointments by the governor; -John
T. King's feelings, In the matter
haveji't . been made - public yet. " The
prospect of a Democrat getting the
best job. of the' lot, probably will mean
something further of a row In the G.
O. P. of Fairfield county. - .'- - ?
OF MURDER VICTIM
esting it was settled out of oowt.
While- she was in , Atlbany It - was
known that she wan fm-fn.tiin.tert '-aHVi
a man -named Fair who was a thea
trical man with a wife. ' She often
remarked that she was going to mar
ry 1 him . some day. - At intervals she
sent him money, it is said.- Devereaux,
who. is only 22 years old, " was . often
with .the .woman in Alhnnv. srh
said he was her adopted son; thct as
nis parents were dope fiends she took
him away from them. ' It was later
learned that the -boy became a drug
fiend, i Miss Clifton often went to
New York , to see Fair. -
About a year ago the woman re
ceived a letter frnm TTn r 1 Is nid
.who wrote that he was (broken to
heajth and had to go to a farm. He
told the V woman that there was a
place In Connecticut . nallfifl tho Ctr-
ridge . farm, which could be bought
ror o,ioo. it is said that the worn
an's mmiTiatlifitlfl nafimi v ,
ter of ; her and . she . forwarded . money
for. him to pay down. Just what
this amount a iH -nn Irnnwn hi.f
some believe It was $1,000. She told
'alr, it ' is said," to buy the farm in
her name, and that' she would pay so
much monthly. - 1
" The farm was bought, it is said, for
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fainting spell. She failed to rally.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Bridgeport,
October 2 8, 1848, the daughter of Gil
bert and Em-el ine Jennings Wordin.
She attended public and private
schools here. She had lived most of
her. life in the West End. 'On Octo
ber 2, 1872, she married Attorney
James A. Wilson. 1he latter for more
than 25 years was a prominent prac
titioner of the Fairfield county bar. He
died in 1897. He was for many years
a deacon of the Frst Baptist church,
of which Mrs. Wilson was a life-long
Mrs. Wilson was of retiring disposi
tion and chose to devote her time to
- (Continued on Page .-11.)
BE GOVERNED BY
Meeting of Dissatisfied
Bricklayers Votes to Stay
Out, 164 to 17.
Number of Strikers Eeturn
to Work at Arms Co. Plant
k This Morning. J
Nearly 200 y bricklayers ' met this
morning in Carpenters and Painters
hall ' on Broad street and. agreed to
disagree with, the Stewart Construc
tion company and the local union of
ficials. By: a vote of 134-17, these
men decided that -they would not ac
cede to "the . customs of the com
pany. ' v ..
The union officials, both locally and
nationally, have disavowed - responsi
bility for " the acts of the men who
walked out. ' They won't support the
disagreement and the meeting this
morning was not sanctioned by them.
It is asserted by the 'malcontents
that the (Stewart company has broken
an agreement that the men will be
paid by 12 o'clock Saturday or al
lowed overtime wages. ; They allege
that frequently they stand in line
from -11:40 o'clock until 1 o'clock.
Not only is "the wait compulsory at
noon but It occurs again at night, it
is declared, ; because the (bricklayers
have to get a check that admits them
to work in the morning.
The company has -agreed to have
two wickets for the men. to ibe paid at.
but this will riot alleviate the trouble
sufficiently, , say the strikers. - ;- .
Concerning the. disagreement over
wages, the workmen say they are
maintaining two .homes, one here and
one in the towns from which they
came," and they need the money. The
company will not consider this prop
osition,' said .Superintendent driest
this morning. x . J ' S
According to union'' men, 125 re
turned to j work this 'morning. Super
intended Oriest "said the men drifted
in all. morning., , Bricklayers who
didn't ire turn to work, as ordered by
the union f officials say: only 30 men
went back to work. . , '? I .
Superintendent- Griest and mem
bers of the1 union, locally declare that
the places will be filled in v a day or
two. The Stewart company -'will not
accede to any demands. v
A committee from the meeting of
the .Bricklayers issued . the ' following
statement to the ; Farmer;
A meeting of the socalled dis
gruntled ..bricklayers were, held ;
this morning at which there were ,
200 men. There was a vote tak-
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OF U. S.1J0URT
Bicycle Dealer Recently vin
Bankruptcy Accused of
Caught in the net of the .United
States authorities who just finished a
campaign against ' . fraudulent bank
rupts in New York and who are be
ginning operations in this state, Jo
seph Delia, a bicycle dealer of Pem
broke street, was arrested today and
is held in Hartford.
A Federal Grand Jury filed , an In
dictment . . yesterday against Delia.
Four counts are charged against him,
for alleged fraud and perjury.
Delia was arrested today by Mar
shall Sidney E. Hawley and was taken
to Hartford, where he is awaiting bail.
Delia filed a petition 1 in bankrupt
cy about a year ago and creditors
opposed it, presenting testimony to
prove the bankruptcy was fraudulent.
The petition was refused, .and later
Delia re-opened his store. . He was
arrested there today.
TO CHAIR IN
WEEK JULY 12
Albany, N. Y., May 26. The court
of appeals. to-day fixed the week be
ginning July 12 for the execution of
Former Police -Lieutenant Charles
Becker, convicted of the murder' of
The death warrant was signed by
the judges of the court to-day and
forwarded to Warden Osborne at Sing
fSing prison. .Governor Whitman con
' tinued silent on the case.
COMB CITY FOR
NEW CLUES IN
Tons of Earth Examined
Near Scene of TJnearth
ing of Body. '
ONE CLUE POINTS
Two Men Known To Have
Been in Vicinity To Be
: With the failure of the big steam
shovel employed near Seaview avenue,
to bring to. light 'other parts of the
corpse, the torso of which was found
on Monday near the yards of the City
Ice & Coal, company,,,, the police were
checked v in their investigation of the
probable murder of an unknown wo-,.
Mrs. John Weidenheimer, ,of Mil
ford, who had 1 been unheard of " by
relatives -and friends until yesterday
was a visitor at police headquarters
last night where she reported having
lctet : cr hand-bag on a . trolley-car
some months ago. . V With her reap
pearance . one of the most promising
clues yet . unearthed by the- police was
To-day a city-wide search hastbeen
ordered by the police for women who
may be missing but as yet unreported.
The Charities Department whose rec-
prds will be -carefully gone over for
reports of husbands that wives have
left them may afford further clues.
Policemen pn beats have been asked to
ascertain all possible details of per
sons believed to have left-the city and
houses in which serious altercations
have taken place during the past year.
Search is being, made for two mys
terious covered" wagons known to
have . been seen in the vicinity, of
Stratford arid ;Seavie.w avenues dur
ing the last summer or" early fall. It
was recalled .-at police - headquarters
to-day that two such rigs had. . been
reported by patrolmen, doing duty in
that section many months ago. ,
The records of the Second precinct
station to-day . rsvealed that Police
men Lavin. and Feeley, on September
10 noticed a suspiciousVcovered bug
gy in Stratford .avenue, near Seaview,
at an early hour irt the morning. Three
Italian-speaking youths who came
from Derby occupied it, and upon being-
questioned by the police were nn-i
able to give a good account of them
selves. When the wagon was search
ed, a .38 calibre revolver was found
under the seat which the men said
they did not know was there. They
said .that they had hired the rig m
Derby, to come to tnls city and .were
on their way home. Telephonic com
munication to the liveryman in Der
by confirmed their story anad they
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JITHEY 'BUS FALLS
III DITCH AS DRIVER
ROUND SHARP TURN
Harry Hazard Injured In
Crash Attempted to Ride
Prom New Haven Here.
Jitneying from New Haven to
Bridgeport today, Harry Hazard of
9 3 Olive street, the Elm City, was
jitneyed intp a ditch at Woodmont,
changed his jitney bus for Dr. J. W.
IVes automobile, which was impro
vised as an ambulance and is now at
his home- suffering from severe con
tusions and, bruises. James W. Cot
trell of Dixwell avenue, New s Ha
ven, driver of the jitney is now in
the Milford town lockup charged with
reckless driving and operating a mo
tor vehicle while intoxicated.
Hazard is employed by the T. J.
Pardy Construction Co., of this city
on a job in California street. He
missed his train from New Haven th'ls
morning and rather than report late
on the job, he hired Cottrell to jit
ney him to Bridgeport. He was seat
ed in the ttmneau of Cottrell's- car
and the latter was making good time
toward , Bridgeport when on round
ing Church and Chapel streets, the
crash came. . Cottrell was driving at
such speed that instead of rounding
the i sharp turn his car ran .up the
hank and- then into the ditch. It nar
rowly missed knocking over the wa
ter trough there.
Both Hazard and Cot.lell .were
thrown out but Cottrell escaped with
out Injury. The front1 axle of the
Ford car was broken, the radiator
cover torn o and sundry other darn
age to the jitney resulted. Hazard
was not able to move for sometime
after the smash and it waj feared
that -he - was severely injured. Dr.
Ives and Sheriff J. W. Maher were
called. The physician treated Haz
ard and then . took him home in- his
own car. Sheriff Maher arreted Cot
trell. The sheriff went to New Ha
ven this afterpoon and took a state
ment from Hazard. - -
PRIVATE ALARM AT LAKE PIiAJJT
A private fire alarm box has been In
stalled at the plant of the Lake Tor
pedo Boat company In Seaview ave
nue. The number Is 522.
Nebraskan, Bound From Liverpool For Delaware
Breakwater, Seriously rDamaged By Explo
sionFlying U. S. Colors When Struck, Is
Report in London Crew Takes to Small
Boats, But Later Returns to Ship i n. ; ;
Vessel Proceeding Back to Liverpool Under Con
voy of Armed Trawler Which Answered Sig
nals of Distress State Department is Noti
fied, But Secretary "Bryan is Silent Pending
Further News. , . ,
' London, May 26 The American steamer Nebijaskan, Gap
tain Green, from Liverpool, May 24, for Delaware Breakwater,
was torpedoed yesterday by a submarine at a point 40 miles
wefst-southwest of Fastnet, off the south coast of Ireland.
. The attack was in the same waters where the Lusitania was
torpedoed. The sea was calm at' the time. The. crew at once
took to the boats and stood by the steamer.
It was - soon (ascertained that
pusly damaged." v She had been
holds were full of water.
' Ship Carried. RJk Passengers
: V ' The crew returned on board and got the vessel under way.
No lives were lost among the crew. The Nebraskan did not
carry any passengers.
The foregoing information was received ftoday by the Brit-
ish Admiralty in London and it was at. once communicated to
the, American embassy. . .
. Immediately she was struck the Nebraskan began cabling
for help by wireless, f Browhead received the wireless commun
ication at 9 P. M., yesterday, -from Crookhaven.
' Flying Signals of Distress
- A message to Lloyds" from Kinsale, Ireland, says that the
Nebraskan passed that point at ljl o'clock this morning, appar
ently bound for Queenstown. The Nebraskan was 'down & the
bqws She was proceeding under her own. steam-and flying the
signal, "I am not linder control." ; " "
The Nebraskan passed Queenstown this afternoon. She
was proceeding under her own steam at-eight knots an hour.
' State Department Is Notified .
Washington, May .20 -Consul (General Skinner at London
cabled to the. state department today confirmisngtthe-. torpedoing
of the American; steamer Nebraskan. The tex$ of his cablegram
follows : '; ' v? -.': . :;. - ;.;'. : '-' r'- : '
' "Admiralty reports American steamer Nebraskan, Liver
pool for , Delaware. Breakwater, torpedoed ftorty miles south by
west Fastnet. Grew and boats standing by. Weather fine. No
x . Coming close, on the Lusitania' disaster, the news that anj
other American ship had' been endangered aroused more than
ordinary attention in government circles but all officials w"ere
disposed to hear details before making, comment.
MayHave Hit Drifting Mine x
Some pfficials could not understand why a ship bound for
the Tjhited States, in ballast, and therefore carrying no oonlra
band, should have been endangered by atorpedo and they con
sidered it among possibilities that the . Nebraskan had struck
a drifting 'mine. , ' ? ' ' . '
, Secretary Bryan said the state" department's information
was too meagre to permit the forming of an opinion. He said
full report with details of the attack was expected soon. '
London, 'May 26 The torpedoing
of the Nebraskan was a surprise to
American officials here. Apparently
It occurred before 8 o'clock last night.
All foreign vessels leaving Liver
pool recently have had their names
and nationalities painted in large let
ters : on their sides and have flown
large flags. Yesterday evening was
clear and the. period between 8 and
9 o'clock In the" twilight hour in the
British ' Islands at this season.
A message to Lloyds says that an
armed ' trawler went to the assistance
of the Nebraskan and stood by her.
The Nebraskan,' it was said, was
bound for , Delaware Breakwater in
ballast for orders. This means that
upon arrivel there the agents of the
ship would direct its master to pro
ceed to any port where a cargo
might be procured, possibly to the
Paoifio coast via the Panama Ca
The Nebraskan sailed , from New
York -on May 7 and arrived at Liver
pool May 19. .' Before the - war this
ship had been active in trade between
Northern ports , and Galveston but
since the outbreak had made one
voyage to London and one to Bre
The Nebraskan is owned by the
American Hawaiian Steamship Com
pany of New Xork, and is of 2,824
tons net register. On her last east-'
ward trip she . left New York, May 7
Despatches from Norway state that
the people of that country have been
aroused by the sinking last week of
the Norwegian steamer Minerva and
the attempt to torpedo the Iris, which
went to her assistance. -The steamer
Cromar, loaded with passengers, had
a narrow escape from being torpe
doed while bound for Rotterdam yes
terday. A submarine fired a. torpedo,
without warning. - It missed the ship
the Nebraskan 'was . not seri-
struck forward , and her . fore-
U. S. COLOR
REPORT IN L
by -only IB yards. According o the
captain's story to Rotterdam corre
spondents the periscope was seen 500
yards distant and then the wash of
the torpedo which was moving so ra
pdily that nothing could be done ' to
avoid it. The attack occurred at a
point'. 4 miles north of North' Hinder
' By White Star Line
Boston, May 26- Local officials of
the White Star Line said today that
the steamer Nebraskan was chartered
by their company from, the American
Hawaiian' Steamship Company for a
trip to Liverpool with foodstuffs and
other cargo. The charter did not af
fect her registry and covered only the
east-bound trip. .
The Nebraskan, with her sister ship,
Minnesotan, from May to August,
1914, was under charter as a United
States army transport and was fitted
up, to carry horses from Galveston to
Funston'a troops at Vera Cruz.
CAPTAIN SENDS REPORT
New York, May 26 The American
Hawaiian Steamship company, own
ers of the Nebraskan, received wofd
from the Nebraakan's captain today
In which, 'he said- the vessel had been
struck by either a mine or torpedo
and that he had turned back and was
proceeding with a eonvoy to Liver
pool, The text of the message which was
dated yesterday and signed by Cap
tain John Green, was as follows:
"Struck either by mine pr torpedo
48 miles west of Fastnet and steam
ing to Liverpool. " Wn,tr in lower
hold. No one injured."