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THE BROOKLYN HOLOCAUST,
Destruction by Fire of a Theater Building. 315 Bodies Recovered. Brooklyn, <N. Y.,) December 5.— The Brooklyn Theater was burned to-night. The lire oriiriuated on the stage at 11:30 p. m. when the company was about half through with the last act of the "Two Orphans.' The tire spread with lightning rapidity and the confusion among the audience was terri bie. The actors and actresses escaped from the stage into Johnson street. J. W. Thorp, stage manager, states that the tire occurred in this wise: A "drop" was ignited from a border light, by some means inexplicable, as one was guarded from the other. He imme diately directed the stage carpenter and two supernumeraries to endeavor to extinguish the Harnes, but the difficulty was to reach the part on fire. The stage carpenter, with a supernumerary, essayed to effect the object by lowering the "drop," and in so doing added fuel to the flames. The scene, the last in the play, embraced a ceiled apartment, and in an instant the burning drop came in con tact with it. The inflammable ceiling served to spread the existing flames and in a flash the entire properties were in a blaze. The usual avenues of escape, thus summarily closed at the rear, an exit, if at all possible, had to be made by way of the box entrance. All except perhaps one or two thus escaped. New York, December 0.—The fire origi nated in one of the flies, whicn, blazing, fell on the top of the scenery. One of the ac tresses came to the front of the stage and said. "A small accident has occurred, but do not be alarmed. Only a piece of the flies is on fire." On mention of "fire" the audience arose to their feet and made a wild rush for the doors. The smoke became suffocating and the women fell fainting in the aisles and were trampled over. Numbers jumped' out ot the windows and were seriously injured. At 2 o'clock 115 bodies had been recovered and there are probably as many more within the ruins. Some persons assert that no one in the upper gallery of the theater escaped. The last man that left the stairs before they fell, says that behind was a helpless, half suffo cated crowd. Brooklyn, December Ö.— At 5 o'clock 220 bodies were taken from the theater, terribly burned, bruised, and distorted. A look into Wie pit at this time still showed a considerable pile of corpses, lying crosswise like sticks of wood and there were apparently still fifty or sixty corpses remaining The city authorities were in session to-day to make arrangements for the interment in Greenwood Cemetery of the dead not identi fied in the Brooklyn theater disaster. The Times says that Fire Marshal Kerdy, who 1ms made an exhaustive examination of the circumstances attending the fire, is of the opinion that at least 350 persons perished in the liâmes. New Yoiik, December 0.—Henry C. Mur phy was not at the Brooklyn Theatre last night, he was at home to-day and is all right. New York, December 7.—Special descrip * ion given by persons who were in the gallery if the Brooklyn theater at the time of the lisaster is heartrending and horrible. Alfred A. Jones gives the following account of the -c n ne : I was seated next to the front row, but seeiug that something was wroDg on the stage 1 moved up to the entrance of the tier. While my back was turned, shrieks were heard, and the mass of people in the gallery arose in wild confusion. I cannot describe the scene as it was. They were climbing over seats, gripping each other by their .•lothes, and struggling frantically to get ihead of one another. I saw one man smash a fellow in the face who would not yield to him in the passage, and a big, powerful wo man tore her way through and came toward me, with scarcely any clothes on her back and with blood streaming from her nostrils. Two decent looking boys got together in fiont in the row, and I saw them clambering over seats and squeezing their bodies through the crowd. One ot them was thrown down and the other turned and called him wildly byname. I got down among the first that escaped and did not wait to see what hap pened. A tall, stout man, who said lie was a truck man. gave a very vivid description of the r-cene when the uproar began, and said : I was seated in the aisle, about midway of the gallery, and three or four seats from the front. I never saw anything like it. All the people in the gallery seemed to be crowding one on top of another. There were men who seemed perfectly frantic, and the yells and shrieks I shall never forget to my dying day. "My wife is down stairs," one man cried out, "let me get her out. We're all safe if you will only be orderly." At the same time, how ever, he was making most strenous efforts to get through the throng. The weakest went down one after another, and the strongest rushed recklessly over them. I could actually hear bones cracking as men jumped on the writhing, struggling, helpless mass beneath them. The cries that ascended amid the uproar were heartrending. "My God, have mercy on me," olc voice repeated several times. One man managed to crawl from a heap of prostrate bodies, but the struggling throng rushed against him and he spun around toward me and fell almost at my feet. I tried •to lift him, but he groaned once or twice and gave a few gasps and all was over. When I saw that it was to be for life or death I made for the door. All that I bave been telling took place in a few seconds, but there is a picture in my mind that I could not paint. When I got out I walked over bodies three or four deep. Phillip Munser w*as among the very last to get out of the gallery. He gives the follow ing account of the calamity : I got in front of the row near the stage. I saw the fire from the very first. As I looked up to the gallery the scene was the most terrific one could conceive. Men and boys were tearing one over the other, and the shrieks and oaths were a^-ful. One man clp inhered up on the heap and was spun round and round on the heads of the throng, and he was flung with a '•rash, as I could distinctly hear, against the b«ok of the gallery. Every one was for him self, and the men seemed to become wild beasts. They were thrusting and tearing one another with their hands, and worse than that, as I will tell you directly. The seats were filled with prostrate human beings, and as the successful forced their way over gaspiDg forms that lay all around, others who had been crushed to insensibility fell as they lost their support of the living. There was noth ing for myself and some others who had waited, but to walk over the piles of bodies on the floor. They were slippery with blood, hands and feet protruded here and there, which showed that life was still in some of them. By this time the smoke was dense, and the rush and shouting from the lower part of the house were terrible. Myself and some others managed to get to the stairway and we went down in a mass, but how I could not tell you. Thi9 that I have been describing took place in less than two min utes. One man who got out in the crowd just before me showed me his arm, which had been bitten almost to the bone. Up to noon to-day 315 bodies had been re moved. Of these 59 are identified by some remnants of clothing, the remaining others by watches, chains, and such articles, but few by the features. The actors, Claude Bur roughs and Harry S. Murdock, are among the identified. What are accepted as the bodies of the two actors, are simply two black cinders. Around the trunk of one was a sooted and scorched buckskin undershirt, and beside the other was a piece of braid, ap parantly portions of stage dress. It is feared that when careful search is made in the auditorium, the bodies of a good many men who leaped in their frenzy from the gallery will be discovered. The Brooklyn Eagle publishes the follow ing list of the names of the identified : Richard Curran, Hugh O'Berney, J. Rus sel, Mary Mullvaney, John Turner, August Aurbach, H. Rolph, Stephen C. Han, Jos. Looney, George C. Lot, H. Hecht, Abram Kurtzel Ostrander, Heron Dietz, Thomas Wishner, Abraham Dietz, S. Demsey, Mrs. Ann Martin, Mrs. Jos. Rogers, John Magin nis, Isaac Lessen, 3Irs. Berry, Rob't Jackson, A. Stebon, Wm. H. Barrett, Geo. F. Freel, Jno. Moburn, Matilda Ward, Wm. Hartman, Geo. Lofel, E. D. Louis, Jas. J. Cullen, E. D. Jacobs, James Cassidy, Joseph Fardell, Charles H. Stiles, H. J. McNally, James E. Garvey, John Tracy, Louis E. Beeker, P. H. Geary, Nicholas Conroy, Michael J. Kaley, Samuel Calhoun, Wm. A. Gray, Samuel C. Davis, Geo. Murphy, Pat. Gallagher, Henry M. Bunce, W. W. Burton, Jas. Lennan, Jno. V. Charles, Mr. Kramer, John Grace, Otis Charles, James Layden, Harry S. Murdock, Wm. Bryant, E. Gassett and Francis McGiff. The Coroner's jury was empannelled this morning and held a private session in the station house, adjoining the burned theater. They took no evidence and at noon adjourned to meet at the Coroner's office on Saturday evening. A. M. Palmer, one of the lessees of the theater, gives the following statement of the number of persons in the theater on Tuesday evening : 404 persons in the upper gallery ; 300 persons in the dress circle ; 250 persons in the parquette ; 21 actors and speaking peo ple; 20 supernumeraries: 10 stage hands; 12 musicians; total, 1,018; or, including dressers and other subordinates, in all about 1,050 persons. A fault in the construction of the burned building, and one to which there is reason to believe the dreadful loss of life in the gallery is in a large measure attributable, was the use of paiuted cloth for ceiling the canvass. New York, December 8.— Brooklyn is lit erally walking in "the Valley of the Shadow' of Death." Funerals of such of the victims of the theater disaster as have been identified are taking place, and through the streets in every part ot the city hearses are moving, bearing remains to the cemetery. About thirty-five men are at work on the ruins, and it is hoped that the full extent of the calamity will be definitely ascertained within the next 24 hours. They have not succeeded in uncovering the dress circle, and it is therefore still uncertain how many of the spectators in it perished. One more body was found this morning in the parquette, also two or three fragments of flesh, which may possibly belong either to the bodies which have already been removed, or to others which have been almost totally consumed. The body was so charred and disfigured as to be unrecognizable. It vras evidently that of a woman, as a piece of hoop-skirt adhered to the remains. The articles taken from the dead have been deposited tor idcntitication and are guarded by a number of police officers. Since 11 o'clock, when the articles were arranged for identification, they have been examined by a large number of persons. The remains of Murdock and his brother actor, Claude Burroughs, are in charge of the undertaker. A meeting of the surviving members of the Brooklyn Theater and Union Square Companies will be held at the Union Square Theater this afternoon, to make ar rangements for the funeral of their late asso ciates. Several bodies were claimed at both the Morgue and Market to-day. One body on which was a gold watch was claimed by no less than seven persons. In the temporary Morgue there is quite a pile of arms, legs, and fragments of flesh. The police central office and city hall are heavily draped, and the larger business estab lishments are putting on the habilaments of mourning. A number of stores are closed and on the door is a notice, reading, "Closed in consequence of death in the family. ' Eighty bodies are still in the Morgue and 83 in the Adams street market. Parts of some of the corpses have crumbled and look like heaps of offal. Carbolic acid is poured over them hourly by order of the Board of Health. The chloride of lime scattered about the floor, and the decomposing limbs and trunks, increase the offensiveness of the place. The Coroner made a further post mortem examination to-day. The physicians believe that most of the deaths were caused by suffocation. There was a rumor this morning that the men digging in the ruins had come upon a new pile containing 200 dead and mutilated bodies. There was no truth in this rumor. The relief committee is now ascertaining the number of surviving relatives and their condition. At the services in the Catholic churches to-day reference was made to the disaster, and the congregations were called upon to make manifest their catholic charity, prayers for the dead, and pecuniary aid for the living. Brooklyn, December 8.—Before Marshal Keady, John Boyle testified that he was in the gallery when the alarm was given. About 100 got out before he did. He testified that the fire broke out in the flies over the stage. Murdock requested all to be seated ; saw others sit down and saw flakes of fire falling on the stage ; thought it was part of the play, but started out when it increased. Some one fell over him and then 25 or 30 more, and the rush of fire and smoke came like a whirl wind. People were panic-stricken, crying that the stairs were falling, and for God's sake for some one to let them out. Not over 75 people got out. Perhaps 50 women were in the gallery. Charles Adams testified that he first saw the fire from the dress circle in the scenery on the left corner of the stage. He described the first alarm and the actors appeals. Finally Mr. Studly said, "Go, quickly," and they rushed out. Witness was knocked down once, and saw several ladies knocked down. Everybody was in a panic. The crowd rushed over the prostrate women. If the audience had been requested to leave quietly when the fire first broke out they might all hare been saved. Witness thought some failed to get out of the dress circle. He heard no stairs break. - ma - Benefit Top the Brooklyn Sufferers. New York, December 8. —At a meeting of the actors and actresses held yesterday to arrange for the benefit of the the Brooklyn Theatre suffereis, eyery regular theatre and minstrel troupe in New York and Brooklyn was represented. A large number of theat rical people were represented individually, in addition to the resolution adopted that every theatrical manager in the country be asked to contribute the proceeds of one perfor mance to the relief fund. C'liauiberlnin'» Inauguration. Columbia, December 7.— The Senate and Republican House passed a bill authorizing any qualified officer to administer the oath to the Governor. A few minutes past one o'clock the Republican members of the Sen ate marched to the Republican House, where Chamberlain was inaugurated and sworn in by Probate Judge Boone. He delived a short inaugural. The Democratic House appointed a com- mittee to inform the Senate and General Ruger that it was a legal House under the decision of the Supreme Court, and requested the latter to withdraw the troops from the State House. ------ .4 »• ---- fill nation in South Carolina. Columbia, December 8.—The Republican House and Senate are in session, but have taken no important action. The committee appointed by the Demo cratic House yesterday is now in the dis charge of its mission, which is to call upon the officer commanding the United States troops and inform him that the House is legally constituted, and ask the withdrawal of troops from that building ; if refused, to demand by what authority the troops are re tained there. The Democratic House has also instructed the Judiciary Committee to employ counsel and proceed against D. H. Chamberlain for treasonable acts, in usurping the government of the State. Also, directing the committee to ascertain and report what counties are not represented in the House. Theatre Burned. Albany, (N. Y.) December g.—A fire broke out in the Adelphi Theatre this morn ing, and the entire interior of the building was consumed. uone Home. New Orleans, December 7. —Northern Democrats left for home to-day. THE OREGON CASE. The Governor Who Tried to Steal a Vote for Tilden. The Law on the Side of Right, anc the Scheme Will Fail. Washington, December 7. —The news from Oregon created intense excitement this morning, and is to-night still the absorbing topic of conversation. The Republicans have, however, in a great measure recovered from the alarm which at first prevailed among them, and now generally take a very creerful view of the situation. This altered tone of feeling is largely due to the presentation of facts and laws bearing on the case made by Sargent's speech in the Senate, and by Mitch- ell's conversational statement to his fellow Senators, and his resolution proposing thorough investigation of the matter by the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections. Sargent introduced this subject into the pen- ding political debate by challenging the Dem- ocrats who had assailed the Southern Return- ing Boards to defend the action of Governor Grover, whom he said wa9 their Returning Board in Oregon, in attempting to steal vote for Tilden, to destroy an entire electoral college, to defeat the undisputed will of a sovereign State. He cited the decision of the New York Court of Appeals and ot the Cali fornia Supreme Court that the ineligibility of one candidate cannot be held to elect another who has received only a a minority of the votes cast, and then, with marked effect, he referred to the decision of the United States Senate, wfliich establishes the same principle in the case of Abbot vs. Vance, a decision in which every Democratic Senator had concur- red in. He also argued that Gov. Grover had not complied with the plain requirements of the Oregon law to deliver certificates to elec- tors at their appointed hour of meeting. Mitchell thinks there will be no trouble about the matter, the Governor having exercised judicial functions, whereas the law of Ore- gon confines him strictly to the ministerial duty of giving certificates to the persons who have received the highest number of votes. All with whom he has conversed on the sub- ject hold that a certificate attested by the Secretary of State will be clearly sufficient. The general feeling of all disinterested per sons here is, however, that all trouble and possible conflict concerning the electoral votes should be avoided by a speedy enact- ment by Congress and prompt ratification by the State Legislatures of Edmunds' proposi tion for a constitutional amendment author- izing the United States Supreme Court to count the vote and decide all the controverted questions. This proposition will come up as the next business in the Senate, and no doubt is entertained of its passage by that body, - — — ---- Oregon Electoral Tote. Chicago, December 7. —The JaumaVs Washington special says : Democrats as well as the Republicans are astonished at the ac tion of the Governor of Oregon in giving a certificate of election to one of the Demo cratic Electors. The Democrats, who appear to know the inside object to be obtained, say they do not expect this vote to be counted, but do expect to compel the Senate to consent to go back of the face of certificates of the electoral votes and investigate the matter. By this means they hope to bring up the cases of South Carolina, Florida and Louis iana. Leading Republicans say they do not believe any trouble will arise in consequence of the action of the Governor of Oregon, as the Senate would take no notice of the pre tended return of the votes sent here by Cronin, but would open and count the votes returned by the regularly elected Electors. San Francisco, December 7.—Later ad vices from Oregon state that Odell has been chosen messenger by the Republican Elec tors. Cronin will act for the Democrat*. Washington, December 8. —The Repub licans here think that Governor Grover ha9 furnished sure means of defeating the recog nition of Cronin's right as a Presidential Elector. Cronin's credentials, if produc ed, will establish the regularity and legal ity of the two Republicans recognized by the Governor. If not produced parole testi mony will establish the fact. This gives the Republicans in the Electoral College the ma jority. When they met there was a vacancy in any case, either by Cronin absenting him self or Watts resigning, which they filled by electing Watts. Therefore there can be no question that the three electoral votes cast for Hayes are the only votes legally, morally, or technically regular. Probably it is this view of the case which dissipated the feeling of uneasiness among the Republicans which prevailed yesterday. The Republican Senatorial caucus discus sed the political situation this morning, but took no action, and separated in excellent and confident spirits. Democratic Fire Eaters. Washington, December 8.— In the Demo cratic caucus held yesterday, Ben. Hill and other Southern Democrats notified Fernando Wood they didn't want any more rebellion in the South or war. They claimed Tilden's election, and demanded the Democrats to as sume the responsibility of seating him, and suggested that if any future forcible resis tance was to be made, Wood and his friends must inaugurate it. is The Joint Rules oi Congress. Washington, December 8. —Great signifi- cance attaches to the Senate's action sustain- ing Ferry's decision that the Joint Rules of the last Congress were no longer in force, as Bayard, Kernan, Wallace, and a few other prominent Democratic Senators united with the Republicans in making this declaration, which is exactly contrary to Speaker Ran- dall's ruling in the House. Only four Demo- cratic Senators voted the other way. The question will probably be again raised in the House and an äppe&l taken from Speaker Randall's decision, with some prospect that a sufficient number of Democrats will now unite with the Republican members to over- rule it. - ^ m --- investigation Propose«!. New York, December 8.—A Washington dispatch says: The Republican National Committee intend to make an investigation of the reported cases of attempts to bribe the Republican Electors. Judge Levissee, the Louisiana Elector who was offered $100,000 if he would vote for Tilden, or even cast a ballot for Blaine or Grant, so as to mal e the electoral vote a tie, is a resident of Shreve port, is a native Southerner, and was a Union man during the war. Those who attempted to bribe him appealed to his memory of his sufferings during the war, and insisted that the only way for him to prevent another war was to defeat Hayes, a9 he had it in his power to do so. Injunction Issued. Columbia, (S. C.,) December 8.—Judge Carpenter of the Third Judicial Circuit Court this evening issued a temporary injunction on complaint of tax-payers, enjoining the two banks of this city which are State deposito ries of public funds, trom paying any money on checks signed by F. L. Cardoza, claiming to act as Public Treasurer. Cardoza is the Republican Treasurer, acting under Cham berlain. It is claimed by plaintiffs that his term of office, under the constitution, expired on the 3d $of December, and his successor has qualified. If the injunction is sus tained the Republican government will be left without funds. The Congressional Committee have put clerks to work to obtain a copy of the returns of the Electors as sworn to by the managers of precincts. Piper's Bill. Washington, December 8. —Piper's bill concerning the Black Hills country, proposes the immediate creation of an ordinary Terri torial government for that region. He con siders this very important, and therefore will urge the prompt passage of the bill. The bill introduced by Piper to-day pro poses to grant to Woozencraft and associates all Colorado desert lands west of the river, section by section, as fast as they convey from the river sufficient water to irrigate them. This grant is also conditional on Woozencraft's furnishing within ten years sufficient fresh water on said desert for pur poses of travel and emigration. The work must commence within two years. Attitude of (he Bulldozers Chicago, December 6. —The Inter Ocean's New Orleans special says : The House ac tion in dispatching committees here provokes angry Democratic comment, and embarrasses the white league in any attempt at insurrec tion. A wanton and disciplined force, boast ing of 15,000 rifles, stung with wrath at the Democratic defeat here and in South Caro lina, have for a fortnight been loud in threats. It is a dangerous element, which may mass at any moment on the streets. We are standing on a volcano. Concerted assaults by armed bodies may give way to private as sassination. Many warnings have already been conveyed. It was openly declared on Carondolet street that Packard would not be daily accompanied by a regiment of troops from his residence to the State House, and would get an early bullet. More immediate danger threatens the members of the Return ing Board, and the sudden death of two or more need not surprise you. McCreary's Proposition. Washington, December 8.-— The agree ment of the House Judiciary Committee to recommend the adoption of McCreary's pro position looking to a count of the electoral votes by the United States Supreme Court, is considered highly significant and substantially an acknowledgement that Governor Grover's action will not result in throwing the Presi dential election into the House. The excite ment over the Presidential question has greatly subsided during the last 24 hours, and though much anxiety is still expressed, more general confidence prevails that the matter will be peacefully decided and the result ac cepted without serious disturbance in any quarter. ^ .4 44a> Arrested For Murder. New York, December 8. —Ernest Girard was arrested here to-day, charged with mur dering Blanche Bueneau, al a hotel in San Miguel, California, on the 14ch of September. In the maps accompanying the census re ports are spots more or less dark in coloring, representing the relative ignorance of the population. Examine these maps, both of the North and South, and we find tn&t from such sections Mr. Tilden drew his majorities. His vote came from States and localities hav ing 2,325,293 white male adult population, of which number 317,313, or 13.6 per cent., were unable to read or write. Mr. Hayes drew his vote from a population of which 6.6 per cent, only labored under this disability. Comment is unnecessary.