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THE WASHINGTON TIMES: SUNDAY, sel. Government officials are silent. Wk K. Greenebaum, general manager of the' Indiana Transpor tation ConVpany, which had char tered the boat for the day, agree. with Captain Pederson. He says the capacity of the boat was 2,500 and that 2,408 tickets were taken at the gangway. "The boat was not dverloaded," he says. BOAT OVERCROWDED. , Eye-wltnesse to tho accident, how aver, are firm In their belief that th boat wuB overcrowded and bettis natu rally topheavy toppled over from the weight of Its human freight and from no other cause. They declare that the .natural top-heaviness was aggravated by the fact that a tug was pulling at the boat while one of tne lines was still fast to the dock. One of tho members of the boat or chestra states that the boat was so packed that he could not pull Wo bow of his violin, and that It careened from side to side like a drunken man. Police Lieut. J. J. McMahon declared this noon that It the boat's capacity was 2,600, as stated by Qreenbaum. he was convinced there were at least zoo over that number on board.. Ho said he watched the loading of tho boat and estimated those on board at 2, 1 00 at least. It Is this ever-varying and shift ing of estimates of the actual number on board In the absence of a official count that made all death lists compiled only approximate today, more than thirty hours after the catastrophe. Another feature which adds to th,e un certainty of the figures Is the fact that whole families were wiped out and will not be reported among the missing for several days. Two Outstanding Horror?. There were two oustanding horrors in this disaster, which drew a toll three times as great as the terrible Iroquois theater fire here, In which SOS died. One was that so many died so close to land and In the sight of friends and relatives to the number of 17,000, who a moment before the accident were calling Qo speed from the decks of five other steamers that had been charatered with the East land to take the Western Electric Company's employes on thel rannual picnic. The other heartbreaking fact was that most of the victims were babies, young girls and women. hTIs horror, of all the others, was forced home with scintillating vividness by the long rows of victims at the morgue. ' For every man there were three or four bodies of women, girls, or chil dren. To the thousands gathered on the decks and on tho other boats charter ed by the Western Electric Company, the sinking of the great Eastland came like a lightning quick change of scone on a stage from comedy to tragedy. To many on the Eastland the first two lurches to the river were Imperceptible. It seemed to eye-witnesses that there was less than a moment when the ship was a picture of gayetv and lolllty until men turned Into veritable beasts and were beating down women and children In their struggles to get to the rail or grab stanchions or life preservers. Dozens Badly Hurt. It was during this struggle for life, or l'oi a mere hope for life, that dozens o fthosc saved received ugly gashes and had their clothing torn from them. It was among the crowds of the outer rail on thj lower decks and In the staterooms where the mortality was greatest. Persons at those points had hardly a chance from the very first. Even when they got to the rail and . Jumped they wore either borne down by others Jumping or crushed into the slimy ooze of the river. Adding to the struggle In the water were the cries of hundreds still Im prisoned In the hull. For hours these, kept up the terrible calls for the aid that so many were frantically working to get to them, only the width of a steel plate nway. Those drowned under decks suffered the most terrltlc agony during their last moments, as they pounat-d with boxes that had already held picnic luncheb. and with chairs, while the wuter slowly crept above their heads. The accident occurred at the rush hour of workers Into the Loop district. Within twenty minutes the streets for blocks about the dock were Jammed with the curious crowds, who greatly hampeied the work of the police. Reserves Caled Out. The disorder became so great that Police Chief Hraly culled In every re serve patrolman and ull men from outlying districts. Then It was found necessary to call the truffle squad to help out. The result was one of tho worst tiufflc jams for three hours that the normally crowded Loop streets have ever known. At some of the busiest corners street cars, horse drawn vehicles, and automobiles were caught In the jams that blocked any bcmblancc of traffic for half an hoiir at a time. The only sign of real trouble how over, occurred when a squad of twenty police were talcing Captain Pederscn and First Mate Bell Fisher to city hall under custody. As tho policemen left tho docks the crowd recognized tho boat officers and started for them, yelling "lynch thm!" lynch thrift!" Two men broke through the police cordon and struck PedTscn. Then the police drew their clubs and swung them vlclous'v before they could beat path through. Far Into the nluht heartsick and hand wear v workers kept up their delving Into the hold of Hie Eastland for wh.vt thev knew was still thre. but talrly hated by that time to And. , Detective Proves Hero Of Disaster by Saving 150 Trapped in Hull CHICAGO, July 25. Talcs of Idlvldual heorlsm are lesion but the name stand ing out above all of them is Detective Sergeant Stephen J. Barry, who is re sponsible for saving ISO or more persons Imprisoned In the hull of the capslzeo vessel. When Barry reached the kreel: he saw scores of persons clinging to fixtures irr the boat's hull. He lowered ropes through the port hoes and drew several children to safety. 'lha holes wero too small for adults to crawl throuKh. Firemen til?d in vain to batter a hole through the side of the Flcel hull, hut were unsuccessful. Barry commandeered an automobile and nshed oil. When he returrred ho car ried several tank? of ucrtyle ne gas. With the aid of two men he burned holes through the hull of the wrecked beat and pulled 150 to safety. When Captain Pederson saw Barry at work he shouted, "Hey, stop that, you'll spoil my boat." Barry paid no attention, but kept on working. Chief of Police Healev heard the captain's shout. A few minutes later the captain and his crew were arrested. ilfU RAILWAY IN MALES' GRIP a Carranzistas Set Up General Headquarters at Ometusco, on Mainline to North. 4 den. Pablo Gonzales Is In control of the line of the Mexican railway, and has established his general headquar ters In Ometusco, with his advance posts at Villa do .Quadaloupe, according to a cablegram from First Chief Venus tlano Carranza, which was received at the constitutionalist agency here. "I have ordered, the City of Mexico not to bo rcoccuplcd completely at this time, due to convenience in military operations: The Vllllstas have evaded fighting, but they are being pursued," the message says. MWffiSpOT PUT UP TO VILLA Proposition to Be Submitted to Factional Leaders by Miguel Diaz Lombardo. EL PASO. July 28. Details of a peace plan for Mexico, worked out at Wash ington and El Paso, are to be communi cated to Villa factional leaders at Chi huahua city by Miguel Diaz Lombardo, Villa minister of foreign affairs, who is here, returning to Mexico after his stay of several weeks In this country. From the time of his arrival yester day afternoon nnd again this morning, Diaz Lombardo was in conference with influential Mexicans of various factions, but declined to state the results. "We have In contemplation a plan which may restore peace to Mexico soon than the people of the United States expect," was his only comment. It Is said to Include a unification of the best elemtn so f the Vlllista, Huerta, Catholic, and Liberal parties, and tho leadership of either Jose Isabel Koblcs, minister of war In the cabinet of Eulallo Gutierrez, or Eudardo Itcrblde. a leader of the Catholic party, with tho eleml natlon of General Villa. General Villa has frequently expressed his willingness to retire In favor of any acceptable successor who might be chosen. decisIvebaTTlIis en ran (Continued from First Page.) American note In Interest here. To night's evening papers printed only ex tracts from the text of the note. Southeast of Warsaw another German army has reached the Vistula nenr Czersk, north of the confluence of the Vistula and the Plllca, and Is attempt ing to force a passage to the right bank of the Vistula under cover of a terrific bombardment. This operation. If suc cessful, will pierce the Russian line be tween Warsaw and Ivangorod. force the Immediate evacuation of the Polish capital, and threaten the envelopment of the main Russian army concen trated around the city. A third German army, closing In from the direction of Rudom, is completing the Investment of the great Russian fortress of Ivangorod, defending War saw from the southeast. Rumors were circulated here this afternoon that Ivangorod has been evacuated by the Russians, but the report was not con firmed In the official war office state ment. In the extreme north General von Buclow has inflicted a crushing defeat on the fifth Russian army in the re gion of Shavll. Italians Are Pressing Vigorous Attack on Goritz; Fall Rumored ROME. July 25. An official report from General Cadorna earlv today failed to 'confirm rumors that Goritz has been occupied by Italian troops. The Italian commander-in-chief re ported that heavy Austrian attacks on the Carso plateau near Goritz wero re pulsed, the Italians taking many prisoners. "In the Val Awrjezzo region, wc have completed the occupation of Tofann," said the official statement. "In the Monte Naro zone we have reached tho heights of Luznlca." Persistent rumors that Goritz had fallen before heavy Italian attacks were circulated here today, but the latest official dispatches said the Italians wore heavllv bombarding the bridge head at Goritz and closing in upon the city from both north and south. MY FORCE NATIONAL DEFENSE TO ISSUE (Continued from First Page.) of the Navy and War. The purpose of these conferences will bo to procure In formation upon which he can base a fair, reasonable, nnd practical program of national defense." Secretary Daniels' recent utterances regarding tho surprising development of Instruments of modern warfare. Includ ing the submarine, and tho formation of an advisory board of inventors and scientists, nre but other specimens of the handwriting Upon the wall fore casting a deeper Interest In tho Improve ment of the national defense. Former Attitude. It 1h recalled, however, that tho big army and big navy men made but llttlo progress at the last session of Con gress. The Administration was accused by them of being lukewarm. The army and navy bills were pared and tho Gardner proposal for nn investigation by nn Impartial commission of the problem of national defense wus un ceremoniously shelved by the loaders. The small navy and small army men in both houses controlled tho situation and the budgets for the military arm of the Government did not reflect that half tho world was at war and the United States stood by as an onlooker In dan ger of being drawn Into tho maelstrom. That, however, was before the serious controversy with Germany nrose, be fore "watchful waiting" came to an end in Mexico, and before experts had fully realized the deadly instrumentality of 42-centimetre guns and submarines one of the latter now being regarded by nreny students of warfare as worth more than two battleships. President's Attitude. The President himself. In one of his messages to Congress, referred to the so-called hysteria of regarding the clamor centering on the national de fense: "It Is not new. There Is no new need to discuss It. We shall not alter our attitude toward It because some among us are nervlous and excited." Developments of Jhe past few weeks, however, promise that national de fense will be the big question of the next Congrosfe. The tariff, trust regulation, con servation and kindred topics which have been bruited about by politicians and statesmen for year will go to the rear and, whether war seems re mote or near, there will be an ab sorbing interest in the nation's abil ity to defend Itself. ii I IKY n DAVIS ES TO POST AT VIENNA Georgetown Graduate Is Named' as Attache of American Em bassy in Austria. Frank ("Inky") Davis, of thin city, has been appointed to tho diplomatic service, and has been ordered by Sec retary of state Lansing to report at once at Vienna ns an attache to the em bassy. He will leave tomorrow for New York and, will Bo to tho Austrian capital via Naples, Genoa, and Berne, Switzer land, Davis Is a Georgetown graduate, and during his course played on the base ball team, was n member of the relay four and was captain of the field and track team In his senior year. He pre pared at Business High School, where he played basketball, football and base ball, arid was a track athlete. Since graduation he has been secre tary to Howard Reesldc and Corcoran Thorn, vice presidents of the American Security and Trust Company, being a member of the bank's baseball team that won the amateur championship or the District. Last Five Seats For Smokers Now THE WEATHER REPORT. CHICAGO. July 26. Four priests took their lives In their hands that the passengers on the Eastland who .still had a breath of life, but who were doomed because of injuries, might die with all the rites of the church. Father Thomas Kelly, of the Pre cious Blood parish ; Father John O'Hearn, and Father Herman Wolff, of the Cathedral parish, and Father D. J. Dunne went out upon the sldo of the hip lying out of the water and admin istered conditional absolution to all The forecast for the District of Co lumbiaGenerally fair tonight nnd Mon dny. not much change In temperature; light varlablo winds. Maryland Generally fair tonight and Monday, not much change in tempera ture, v Virgin: Cloudy on the const, fair in the Interior tonlnht, and Monday: fresh northeast winds. TEMPERATURES. U.,S. BUREAU, i AFFLECK'S. R a. m ,.. I 8 a. in 7S 0 a. in - I 9 n. m 0 in a. m 75 ' ID a. m S2 11 a. m 70 11 a. tn f:i IS nt.on 79 ! IS noon S3 wH&ffla Mm m fame Capital Traction Company Makes Change On All Large Four teenth Street Cars. Instead of the "last three seats for smokers," which has been the custom In Washington since open cars first came Into use. passengers on the Four teenth street line of the Capital Trac tion company now may smoke on any of the last five seats. Notice to this effect has been posted In all of tho large open cars on this use of smokjers officials of the company feel they are giving an added accommo dation to the public, as observation made during the last few weeks showed the most crowded section of the cars was the last three seats where smok ing was permitted. Cor. 7th and K SU. N. W. 1914-1916 Pa. Ave. N. W.' 233 Pa. Avenue S. E. A Great Outpouring Of Women's $2.50 to $5.00 Shoes jJjjaHmBJUiM This a323P5PS. TIDE TABLE. Low tide i::'8 a. m. nnd 1:30 p. m. Hle.li tide B:45 a m. and 7:16 p. m. SUN TABLE. Sun rtres 1:56 ' Sun sets 7:16 XANDUTS s nediui VHIA PORTS Wines Known 909 7th $2.50 to $3.50 White Shoes Choice of over 20 styles: S I'umps, Blucher Oxfords, low or hisrh heel Pumps, Black trimmed Military Oxfords and Domino Pumps and some White Nubuck Ox fords. With hand sewed welt or turn soles. White Duck Outing Oxfords, and Sport- Ox fords with rubber soles and heels. With or without leather Ball Straps. And White Duck Button Boots with low or high heels or Laced Boots with rubber soles. $2.50 to $5.00 Black Shoes Choice of nearly 100 styles: Patent Colt or Gun Metal Calf Novelty. Low Shoes in all the prevailing modes that have made this Shoe Season the most brilliant on record. Many of these have colored top pings of bright or subdued shades which can easily be dyed black whenever you desire. There are also plain black Calfskin, Kidskin, Patent Colt, Velvet or Suede and Tan Calf Pumps, Colonials, and Oxfords with welt or turn soles low or high heels. Any of Above Exceptional Values At All Our 3 Stores THIS WEEK FOR $1.95 PAIR! Other Good News for the Week All Our Men's $3.50 and $4 Black, Tnn, and Patent Low Shoes and rubber sole low Shoes except "TRI- (PO QA WEALS." at a.U Men's and Women's Cool, natty White Duck Low Shoes the men's styles In Oxfotds the women's In turn sole Strap Tumps or Ties. fl1 AA SPECIAL AT. .. 91MM Women's $3, $4 and $5 Tan, Brown, or Black Calf and some White Nubuck Eng lish Oxfords, with hand sewed welt ItUBBEB SOLES, jrt A r Child's Barefoot Sandals Of surprising- booc! quality for tho price sizes KQ to S, lllc. Sizes 9 to 2.. tKC Women's Bathing Shoes IUkIi or low cut, strap or ribbon laced Sandals, of Rood uunllty duck all fQst wanted colors, at . . . 1tC PROMPT. feFFXCIENTL SERVICE. . VMlloungMnb Shop 139-32 F Street visit oun SHOE DEPARTMENT. 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CXTRA Trousers for Palm Beach Suits Mm4 Trousers soil more quickly than coats, and an extra pair will just about double the life of your suit. We have '1 00 or more odd pairs in complete sizes all fitted with belt of the same material. $o Genuine Palm Beach Suits, wprth up to $12.50, $8.50 Pure All-silk Shirts, regular $6 and $7 values, $3.55 Special Sale of Pajamas, worth $3 and $4 . . $1.20 White Serge Trousers, plain and striped .... $375 White Flannel Trousers, plain and striped . . . $475 Our 50c to $1 Cravats, of summer silk 35c (3 for $1) All Summer Underwear (2 piece and union suits) 4 off All Straw Hats i off. Panamas, $3.75 Summer Sale of High-Grade Footwear $3.95 For Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Choice of Over 4,000 Pairs of Our High-Grade "STEADFAST" OXFORDS In Over Thirty Styles, Former Price $6.50 and $6 now . . . . 275 Pairs Genuine Buckskin Top Oxfords In Black and Tan $6.00 Values 3.65 300 Pairs Palm Beach Oxfords The Cbol Shoe for Street Wear and Outing. ?4.50 Values bmmmb Srrrr a nya ailla. yfeX 1 1 fiHlHjrx 2.45 A