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-,' "Wnvai Wv? X4' i THE WASHINGTON TIMES? MONDAY; JULY 31? 1916. - Mystery Still Shrouds partinexplosion .Cause of Giant Blast It will bo admittedly difficult for the commission to dctormlno that they wcro Improperly packed. TWO ARE HELD FOR Railroad and Storage Men Accused . of Criminal Negligence. JBR8EY CITY, July SI. On charsos of "criminal and cross negligence" two men will be arraigned hero today for their alleged part In tho $19,000,000 ex plosion on Black Tom peninsula. They are Albert M. DIckman, a Le high Valley railroad agent, whose sta tion was Black Tom Island, and Alex ander Davidson, superintendent of the National Htorage Company's warehouse) on tho piers. Warrant for the arrest of Theodore B. Johnson, president of tho Johnson Ilght rge Coirfpmiy, was Issued, but service on Johnson had not been obtained early today. Johnson and Davidson are charged , with negligence In permitting a tug to tie a barge loaded with dangerous ex plosives to the pier. DIckman Is charged with permitting box cars loaded with high explosives to be placed on a rail road siding In a position where dancer from fire or explosion was great. Tho three men are specifically charged with causing the death of Cnpt. Cornelius Iyevden, of the Lehigh Valley's rnllwny . police, one of tho victims of tho explosion. STATUE OF LIBERTY WEATHERS BLAST Gown Torn a Bit, But No Real In jury Was Done. XBTW TOItlC July SI. Miss Liberty's gown was torn a llttlo and Borne of her skin punctured by shrapnel bullets but the famous stntuo on Bedloe's Is land today was found to be surprisingly free from Injury, considering Its loca tlon, less than a mile from Black Tom peninsula. Many freakish Incidents were reported hero and clsowhcro. Tho main door giving entrance to the Statue of Liberty was wrenched off Its hinges as by a giant; tho Iron cover to a powder magazine was torn away, all doors wcro crushed In, and probably a hundred bolts Joining tho plates whlcn compose the gigantic figure woro broken or sheared on. A number of nnglcbar.i were twisted. It woa some caprice of the exploding forces that left the giant figure almost untouched. There were lots of other freakish stunts which the explosive forces did In nnd around New York and lots of freak ish things which people did under stress of the excitement. Here aro n few: John K. uocKereiler, jr., up at focantico Hills, was awakened by the explosion, got up and tried to find out where the "earthquake" was located. Policeman Henry Dohcrty. patrolling the water front In Jersey City, found himself In the water, with every stitch of his clothes stripped from him. Charles Cutler, bargeman, was hurled high Into tho air. and landed safely and softly in a cor of borax. Immigrants at Kills Island were thank ful far what was apparently a rain of heavy, sheepskin-lined overcoats. No body knows where they came from. Not ft solitary window In the twelve story building occupied bv the New York Plato Glass Insurance Company, which will havo to pav millions In Insur ance for smashed windows In and aruund Ncw York, was broken, although those NEW YORK, July Si. Mystery still beclouds tho real cnuie of the explosion and flro early yesterday on "Black Tom Island." Whether a fire, starting on a barge loaded with nltro-ccllulose, or Ignition of four freight oars loaded with high explosives, was the cause no one could tell today. Perhaps the exact cause never will be known. I The condition of the area of devasta tion mado it Impossible still today to ex- amino the acono of. the first terrific im pacts. This mornlng.flatnei were still flaring high from wreckage of railroad caM and warehouses on Blach ' Tom, which is really a peninsula. Shrapnel and three-Inch high explo sive shells buried deep In the ruins were being Ignite! occasionally by the heat. Into n desultory pop-pop that kopt tho wotkmen and crouds of spectators at respectful distances. Only Estimates Possible Dead, missing and injured lists admit tedly are mere estimates. The very nature and extent of the blast and fire makes impossible, this early, anything like definite compilation bf llfe-losi. Only a visit to the scene. can make one reallte how difficult it will be even after several days of search of ruins bj records to toll the exact loss. Ho far, there are only three Known dead. Twenty-five others are missing, and Ho aro known to have been Inlured. This list of Inlured does not Include those hurt, mtloi away from tho scene, by falling glass. Four separate Investigations were started today by the railroad compa nies, Jersey City authorities, the State, and the Federal Uovornmont. Agents of each are on the scene, and will re main until they have gone into every phsso of the case. . , .. . Tho chief objective of all investiga tions was the tying up of a barge be longing to un Independent company to a Lehigh Valley dock. It waa aboard this barge that ono ot the two major explo sions cccurred, whether tho llrst or sec ond still Is undecided. It was chaiged today the barge was tied up against ppccitlc orders. Eetlmatos of the property damage run nil tho way from t20.000.ono to $fAO.000. Tho consensus of opinion ampng Jersey Cltv officials is that the latter figure will be nearer correct, after complete tabulation has been made of thousands Incidents of the Big Explosion wholo water front likewise be so de veloped. Senator Newlands spoke at length in support of nts proposition. COMMITTEE FAVORS SCHOOL FORUM PLAN Bill Sponsored by Miss Wilson In dorsed by District Committee. Formal report of the bill authorizing tho use of school buildings as public forums was mado today by the House District Committee. Mr. Oakey wroto the opinion. Conccrnlnc the forum bill, which was Miss Aiargoroi upon thousands of shattered windows and other similar damage done In Jorsey City, Brooklyn. Mnnhaltnr., and a dozen smaller surrounding cities, towns, and hamlets. , Millions Lost In Glass. This ono Item of smashed glass atone, Incidentally, has been estimated at more than It.XO.OOO. Only tho fact that tho two mnor ex plosions occurred at tho hour they did at 208 and 2:35 a. m. and .whero they did. undoubtedly proventcd far gi cater loss of life. "UJack Tom" is situated at tho bulg ing crd of a long peninsula that Is Just about thrco miles off Communlpaw, of Ellis Island and the small plot of lapd In Now York harbor-on wnich we Btatuo of Liberty stands. Had the explosions ocruired on the mainland of either tho New York or Jersey coasts the shock, officials say, would have been much moro violent. As it was, the giant concussion of the explosions pushed In windows five and six miles away, and the shock that was carried to Manhattan rocked giant akyscttipers and monster apartment buildings as far uptown as Hth street as though a great hand clutched the rock foundaUons of the city and snook them. Bomb Theory Scouted. It had been clearly established today that a fire that was not touched off by any explosion started the disaster. As Indication of the Impossibility of determining the start of this tire is tnu almost humorous range of theories which run the gamut rrom a llgiuuu clgarete to a bomb from a mysterious airship. Bomb theories were set aside today as not worthy, at least as this time .of con. sidcrailon. No evidence nas upponreu. Investigators said, that the explosions and Are were a result of any 'bomb plot ting activities. tomc Idea or this woll-nlgh Inconceiv able lot-go of tons of dunlto. dynamite. lyddite, nltro-ccllulose, an moro gun powder was seen toaay on me iar cnu of the peninsula, whero the major ex plosions occurred. Most of the terrain at that point is made land. It narrows to about forty or fifty feet at the plor where stood the bargcload of nltro-col-lulose. Two railroad tracks Jutted against the pier. On these tracks were lour cars or nign explosives. Only a Gaping Hole Left. Today this spot Is a gaping, Jagged hole twenty to thirty feet deep and over 100 feet long. Tho far end or rather where tho far end was Is again a part of New York harbor. There is not a trace of the hugo freight cars, except for some powueiiu wood pulp and a few tiny bits of steel that once wcro parts of great wheels and steel platforms. Just west of this "point that was an indescribable Jumble ot cars are scat tered about. Firemen concentrated nrty or moro streams on these hillocks ot devastation, wnortly after 8 o'clocK. however, they were ordered from the scene because of frequent volleys or exploding shells. They left tho hose nozzles fastened to automatic supports still playing on the ruin. Antlvplv annnsored bv in nearly every building around wero I "Wilson, daughter of the President, the shattered. VOTE NOW IS CERTAIN ON NEW 0. C. GOVT. A motion picture camera man de cided he Tvould llko to get some close rango views ot the floating munition barges. He came across a daredevil who vol unteered to take him out to the barges In a flat-bottomed rowboat. About half way out a shell casing which had been shot Into the air from a barge enme ricocheting nlong tho surface of tho wntor. Its strength had been spent and ft was on Its Inst skip when It struck the prow of tho boat a glancing blow. The bont stood up on Its stern. It righted Itself, howover, and tho worst that befell tho ocupants was a Hllght drenching. They abandoned their project M. T. Henley, ynrdmaster of the Lehigh Valley railroad, was the victim of another freakish experi ence. Ho was Btandlng on top of a freight car superintending- the re moval of that nnd nthijr freight cars to n position of safqty whon the first explosion hurled him to the ground. ........ Ho was not dven bruised, but ho found that in some mysterious manner his gold watch had been Jerked from his pocket. An exam ination showed him that his vest had been torn opon nnd that the watch, nttachod to a chain passing through ono of tho buttonholes of his vest had been flung far out into the night. The chain had also slipped Its moorings and followed the timepiece llko the tall of a comet. Another weird tale. Is told of Patrolman Henry Doherty. of the Fifth precinct In Jersey City. Do herty, who Is known among his follow-offlcers as "Handsomo Har ry," was stationed at the foot of Claremont avenuo. He wns standing near the edge of tho pier when tho first big bang occurred. Ho was thrown Into tho water ,nnd whon ho managed to pull himself out found that tho forco of "he explosion had torn all hls apparel from him with the exception of a 'strip of cloth that hung from his wnlstllno like a breechcloth. More thun his dignity wns Injured, however, for he was later taken to a hospital. building and tho other on the west sldo, but most of tho engines were out answering falso alarms. It Is believed that some of the Fnnlc-strlcken ones may have urned In alarms, believing that there woro fires In tho neighbor hood, but most of the trouble was caused by automatic alarms. The concussion set a number of these off nnd sent tho apparatus scurry ing aimlessly looking for confla grations that did not exist. Kvcry day of this summer on Which thcro Is a double-header base ball gamo the phantom grandmother of "Bill," an office boy employed by the Walter Ilynms clipping Bu reau, at Dey and West streets, can brcatho with Impunity her last big league sigh. And this Is because "Bill," whose last name Is unknown to his employ ers, emulated "lied" Mcrkle on Sat urday night and forgot to touch the office windows. When tho big explosion occurred every pano of glass within a mllo of the Hyams offlco spattered and fell. Owing to tho fact that "Bill" was obviously In a great hurry to get somewhere principally out on Sat urday night tho windows of his su periors wero left as wide open as tho sashes would permit. None ot them broke. One peculiar circumstance of tho explosion wai that every one wno heard It Imagined It had occurred somewhero In his own Immediate vi cinity. The late Saturday night workers nlong Park How. and the stragglers crossing Brooklyn bridge on their homeward way thought it camo from tho corner of Center and uuane streets, and hundreds of them rush ed to the northeast corner ot the, municipal building, crying that some. ono had dynamited the structure. On Hedloe's island, barely half a mllo from Black lorn, thf otneers and men took the nrst popping or tho shells In Jersey for their own sen tries, and believed that laborers at work unloading coal ror Kort wood had attacked tho guard. In the midst of the excitement the fire apparatus began to rattlo out. adding to the din nnd confu sion. There were two two-alarm blazes, one far uptown In a loft The clock on the office of the Jersey City Journal stopped whon tho explosion occurred, with Its hands pointing to 2:12. While hunting for James Dohtrty two patrolmen heard groans coming from a, pile of wreckaga. Search re vealed a human foot sticking out of a twisted moss of timbers. Quickly the policemen uncovered a boy of nineteen. He was only able to tell them that his name was Harry Stelnberger before the second ex plosion occurred. The patrolmen sought shelter, and when they returned they could find no trace of the boy, and for some tlmo.lt was believed he had been killed. Lator he was found, suffering from sorlous bruises, but otherwise unhurt. While bursting shrapnel shells hurled a rain of destruction on Bed loe's Island for two nours, dropping a hall of bullets and Jagged bits or metal about a llttlo group of terri fied women and chlldron, crouching at the base of the Bartholdl Statue of Liberty, nnd bombarding nearby buildings with a deafening and in cessant roar, the light in Liberty's torch, far above the scene ot de struction, shone on through the night undimmcd. This terrltlc bombardment came from a burning lighter, loaded with shells, which had drifted to the shore of the Island. The explosion did more damage to the Lehigh Valley piers two miles away, than thnt suffered In the Com munlpaw explosion several years ago, which occurred at a distance or about twenty-five yards. RUSSIANS CONTINUE . ADVANCE FROM BRODY PETBOOnAD; July 31,-Aflcr fierce flgtlng around Brody, tho Buirlans havo thrust their way forward .again, this tlmo taking ground from tho Teu tons up to tho nlvers Qraberki and Beret The war office statement today made this announcement The war office asserted that In the region of tho Stockhod river tho Rus sian forces wero fighting their way forward. At ono point, among the prisoners captured In this thrust, was tho whole Thirty-first Honved Aus trian regiment Including the com mander and his Bluff. At other places along the Stockhod river 30 Teutons wero captured, with four machine guns. Northeast and southenst of Barano vltchi tho statement said fierce artil lery operations wcro In progress. From the Caucasus, the Grand Duke Nicholas reported furiher advance from Brzlngan, and repulse of. a Turkish attack directed toward Mossut In the region of Dlayglaver. Switch of a Cow's Tail Costs Farmer an Eye irNUAL.iv, 8. c, July 31. As tho re sult of a cow switching her tall Gottlieb Ituch, a farmer living near Uie city, will lose one of his eyes. The tall of the cow struck him square ly on the eyeball, Injuring it to such an extent that ho now has cone to a hospital to hove the eye removed. Thli was the only wav in which the uninjured I eye could be saved, as It has been at- 04 (Continued from First Page.) trict of Columbia tho same as tangible personal property. Under this amend ment they would bo taxed ono-half of 1 per cent. Senator Newlands took the floor when tho District bill came up at noon nnd spoko on tho Improvement of the river front, a subject In which he Is deeply concerned. He presented an amendment to be inserted In tho bill In connection with the appropriation which It carries, for J0.000 for the continuation and comple tion of work on the now fish market nnd market for other marlno products on the water front. This amendment provides that the chief of engineers shall name a board of engineer offlcora to collaborate with the Commission of tine Arts for tho artistic development of the commercial water front of Washington, from tho Buroau of Engraving to tho War Col lege. Senator Newlands declared It of the highest Importance) to have this water front developed artistically nnd nt the nomo tlmo to be dovclopcd satisfactorily from an engineering standpoint. Proposes $10,000. He explained that his amendment car ried 1U,000 to meet the expenses of tno board of engineers which ho proposed. He said the stretch of 'water front cov ered about a mile and a quarter, or a mile and a half. Ho pointed out thnt tho Uovernmcnt was providing for a steam heating nnd power plant, and for tho new nsh mar kot. it was of moment that they bo developed along artistic lines, and tho THE WEATHER REPORT. Forecast for District of Columbia, Maryland nnd Virginia Fair nnd warm er today; fair and continued warm er tomorrow; gentle southerly winds. rfnnrt nnvs The purpose of the bill is to afford a practical neighborhood charter for the proper and consistent use of the school house as js, community center to communities which desire to take ad vantage of it Its primary object to public education through the open rep resentation and orderly free discussion of public questions. It provides that the men and women of each neighbor hood shall decide for themselvos whether their school house shall be open as a neighborhood meeting place for themselves and a center of whole some recreation for their young people, and gives the men and women of each neighborhood tho right to determine their own time of meeting. POLICE OFFICERS TO - BE BETTER PAID District Committee Reports Favor ably on Increases. Increased salaries for police captains, lieutenants, Inspectors, and sergeants in the DlHtrlct of Columbia arc provided in it bill formally reported to the Hnuso by Congressman Vinson of Georgia, on behalf of the District Committee. Tho bill went on the House calondar odtfy. The bill dees not Increase tho salaries of privates, but provides MOO per annum cxtia for nny private who may bo as sured to special detective work. lie Vinson report says, In part: The lact thut officers ot the hlrher grades In Washington are receiving less salary than the Blze and Importance of the city warrant, Is found from a com parison of thi salaries paid officers ot these grades In Washington and other larger nnd smaller cities of importance In tho United States. The passage of this measure will, it Is believed, do much to remedy these do fecta In tho sjstem nnd to Increase the oftlfiency of the Metropolitan police by exciting a greater incentive to effort on tho part of both officers and men. The salaries of captains and lieuten ants have not been Increased in the past twenty-five yea'rs. The Census Bureau's statistics above referred to indicate that while Washington ranks as the sixteenth city In population in tho United States and has an area of more than slxty-nlno square miles. It is thirty-fifth In the rate of salaries paid to higher officers of the Police Department (X)OOOOCXXXXXXXXXXXX)OOOOOCXXXXXXXDOCXXXXX)CXXXDCXXXXDQ Saturday Was a BIG DAY Our Little Price Brought Big Business. WHY NOT make your money do double duty by attending Kaufman Clothing Co.'s Price Suit Sale H It's seldom that you get the opportunity to buy such makes as Hart Schaf fner & Marx and Schloss Bros. & Co. Fine, High-grade Clothing at y3 the original price. Further more we give you the UNRESTRAINED CHOICE OF ANY SUIT IN THE HOUSE AT Price 8 n. m... 9 a. m... 10 a. m.. 11 a. i)i.. It noon.. 1 p. in.. TEMPEItATUnE. (U. S. Bureau.) 74 79 83 87 83 , 89 TIDB TAHLE. (U. S. Coast and Geodetlo Survey.) High tldcs-S:47 a.m., height 3.0. 9:li p.m., height 2.8. 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