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THE BIRMINGHAM AGE-HERALD.
VOL. 35 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 1906. 10 PAGES NO. 313 DOCTOR KILLS WILL AND SELF DENTIST SHOT Dr, W,0, Burton Commits Mur der and Suicide—T, T, Thaxton Wounded FAMILY DiSAGREEMENTS CAUSE OF THE TRAGEDY Several Eye-witnesses to the Affair, Which Occurred In the Home of Mrs. Burton, Who Was Also a Physician. -- W. B. Burton, physician, dead. Mrs. Dr. Laura E. Burton, wife of f 1. B. Burton, dead. T. T. Thaxton, dentist, Pratt City, ■obably fatally wounded In brief, that is the story of an awful \ agedy at 45 Woodland avenue, North I ,aven, last night between 10:30 and II o'clock. Burton shot and killed his wife, two bullets taking effect; shot and wound ed Thaxton, and cut his own throat with a small pock'.tknlfe which his wife had given W .. Family dlaagT'’ tents, coupled probably with Jealousy, seem to have been the cause of the rimes committed by Bur ton. According to statements made by Mrs. V. S. Andrews, and her daughter, Miss Blanche Andrews, who live In the same house, tlhe husband and wife had not been living together for some time. A divorce was granted the Burtons a month ago. Mrs. Andrews and her daughter further state that Pr. Thaxton was a cousin of theirs (the Andrews'), and that he was at the house at their request, as the former was recovering from a surgical opera tion. That Mrs. Burton was expecting to be killed by her husband Is Indicated by a statement she made to a neighbor about dark. A telephone message was received from Dr. Burton earlier In the day, that he was coming to the house. She went to this nelghobrs and hid awhile. She returned home later. There were three eye witnesses to the ■hooting beside Dr. Thaxton. The state ments of all coincide, even that of Dr. Thaxton. made before he was placed on the operating table. The witnesses were Mrs. Andrews, her daughter and Mrs. T. T. Thaxton. The latter made the fol lowing statement: Statement Made. "My husband and myself went to the house at the request of Mrs. Andrews, who was stopping with Mrs. Dr. Burton while recuperating from an operation. Burton came to the house and tried to make up with his wife. She refnsed to make up and he asked her to go In a room for a private talk. They came out of tlhe room In a few minues and. we were all standing In the hall. Burton asked his wife to go back In the room with him again, as he had something else to say to her, but she refused. He looked at her a second, drew a pistol from his pocket and commencked firing. My hus band Jumped between them to protect Mrs. Burton, and Dr. Burton shot him twice In the abdomen. "X do not know much about the family. I had never seen Dr. Burton before, but had seen the wife. I understand that they have not been living together for some time and that they have had family troubles and disagreements. "The visit tonight was the second that my husband has paid to his cousin. Mrs. Andrews. I accompanied him and we merely happened to be at the house when the trouble took place. Mrs. Andrews telephoned my husband today that she wanted him to come over to see tier to night. and he naturally went. She Was operated on at the Hillman hospital re cently and she thought that she could recuperate better at Mrs. Burton's than anywhere else. That accounts for her and her daughter being there." Policeman inix was among tne nrst to reach the house after the tragedy. He made a close Investigation of the affair, and has all the evidence that was to be procured last night. The pistol and the knife are in his possession. The former is a double-action Smith & Wesson, and four of the five chambers have been fired. The other cartridge was not dis charged. The knife has two blades and pearl handles, and the longest of the blades was used by Burton In taking his life. He merely plunged It Into Ills throat one time, making a wound about an inch long in the right side of his neck, and a Bout an inch and a half deep, into *he Jugular vein. The house is near the end of the North Highlands car line in North Haven. Sev eral steps lead from the ground to the front porch, which runs the full length of the front of the house, probably thirty five or forty feet. The front door is a lit tle to one side of the steps, and opens into the hall, where the shooting took place. i After Burton and his wife ' :*ome from the room where they h een talk ing, all stepped into the . hall. When Burton pulled the p‘ which he did without a word Fining according to all the witneff Thaxton sprang between wife and received two bullPtlitfifefbe abdomen. A third bul let. proba^^' one of those which took effect, struck the door facing, where it was embedded in the wood. When Burton had fired two or three Mm Mrs. Burton ran out of the front A George Eubank, Jr,, of Birm ingham, One of tire Victims MIIISTOI BOY IS THE OTHER Were Fishing Near Lock 2 When Boat Drifted Too Near Rapids and Sucked Under—Bodies Not Recovered. \ Tuscaloosa. April 9.—(Special.)—A gloom hovered over this entire city this after noon. when the news was received that Tom Matthews of Anniston and George Eubank. Jr., of Birmingham, two of the most popular students of the State uni versity were drowned while fishing at Lock 2 on the Warrior river. From what can be learned of the sad story, it seems that quite a number of the students went fishing this afternoon between Locks 2 and 3. After fishing for a while near the third lock Mat thews and Eubank stated that they would try their luck at the second lock and drifted with the current until they were near the coffer dam when they came ashore and carried their canoe around below the dam which reached across the river. When they replaced the canoe in the water they ventured too close to the foot of the falls. Sucked Under. There were several students across the river who called to them that they were going too close but they evidently did not hear and with a few more strokes of their paddles they were sucked under the rapids which form great whirlpools across the river. Those who saw' the awful scene were utterly helpless as It was certain death , to venture near. Their bodies were not , seen after they were carried under and it is feared that it will he almost an Impossibility to secure them. The whirl pools are so dangerous that it is prac tically certain death to get near enough to drag for them. Throng Banks of River. The student body together with the faculty and many of the citizens thronged the banks of the river with saddened hearts this afternoon over the loss of their comrades and their friends. The parents of the young men as well as Dr. Abercrombie, who is in Mobile attending the medical college commencement were telegraphed for and will arrive some time tonight. Every possible effort is being put for ward to secure the. bodies, but it is fear ed that it will be many days before they are recovered. Popular In Birmingham. George Eubank, Jr., was very popular among the younger set in Birmingham. He was 18 years old and the son of Dr. George Eubank, a prominent dentist, whose offices are in the First National Bank building. The family lives at Rock wood, about three miles from Birming ham. r Dr. Eubank and several friends went to Tuscaloosa last night on the Queen and Crescent at 10:25 o’clock to aid in the search for the bodies of George Eubank and his companion. It was recalled in Birmingham last night as a remarkable coincidence that the last university student drowned In the War- ' rlor was also a Birmingham boy. Nine teen years ago Linn Matthews was drowned in the river while enrolled as a student. He was the son of Mrs. John Henley of this city. door down the steps and into the dark ness in the yard. Burton was just behind her and fired once more, the bullet taking effect In the left side of her neck and probably causing instant death. She ran about thirty feet to the end of the porch and fell face downward on the ground. Burton was only a few foot behind her and when he saw her condition plunged j the knife in his own neck. He fell a few I feet from his w-ife with the knife lying 1 under him, near his right hand. Blood was clotted on the blade and handle of the knife when It was picked up. The pistol was found at the bottom of the steps where Burton dropped It or threw it as he was running after his wife. 1 In the meantime Dr. Thaxton had fallen In the hall. A minute or two afterwards he was picked up and taken Into one of j the rooms and placed on the bed. The police were notified of the tragedy j and also Llge Loy, the undertaker. A wagon was sent to get the dead bodies, but when it was found that Dr. Thaxton wras wounded, a bed was made In the wagon and he was taken to Hillman hos pital as rapidly as possible, where he was placed on the operating table. He was accompanied by his wife. The bodies of Ar. and Mrs. Burton were carried to Lige Loy’s undertaking establishment where they were prepared for burial. To Hold Inqties*. A coroner’s inquest will be held this morning at 10 o'clock at Loy's establish ment. Witnesses were summoned last night by Policemen Nix and Parker. It is expected- that at the inquest many additional facts will come to light. Among other tilings it is expected that a letter written by Burton to ills wife yesterday afternoon will be produced. The letter had not been opened last night, but Miss Andrews stated that she would bring it to the inquest. At the undertaking establishment the exact nature of the wounds of Mrs. Bur ton was first discovered. One bullet had entered the left breast. It had struck .a small watch she was wearing on her .shirt waist ami shattered the timepiece, then penetrated the breast". The bullet was not more than an inch under the skin and had been stopped apparently by striking a bone. The second bullet was in the left side of the neck and it evidently caused death. It could not be traced last night, but judging from the direction It must ! have entered tlie brain near the base. No funeral arrangements have been made as yet. as very little is known of tlie family. In fact all the information that could he secured last night was that he* came from Montana and that they had been married about three years. They had bought the place which they oc ’ cupied. Mrs. Burton had an office in Room 14 Watts building, which is at the corner of Third avenue and Twentieth street. She was the partner of Mrs. Irene Bul lard. who until recently lived with W. , H. Fruitticher at 1006 Twelfth avenua. /a/d/ ^ e? r/ne | cxx Wmr,T,0>/ '/ OoNs°s!H£'« 00 yy 0 y &VOO/}S£ 00G$! ^ktrr^ /0cri~4it\ ANOTHER PROPHET TURNED DOWN AT HOME. AGREE ON PLAN TO PENSION TEACHERS INCOME OF HALF A MILLION FROM THE CARNEGIE FUND WILL BE GIVEN TO EDUCATORS OVER 65 YEARS OLD. New York, April 9.—The trustees of the Carnegie foundation, who nro charg ed with administering the $10.000,(too gift of Andrew Carnegie to provide pensions for professors and teachers of institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada, met here today and adopted a scale of pensions practically as out lined in the federal charter of the founda tion which was formally adopted at the meeting. The Income from the fund will he about $500,000 a year, and there arc on file at the present time 200 applications from professors. These and such others as will come in will be acted on by the executive committee, and it is expected that the pension system will be in actual operation by June. Besides adopting a scale of retiring allowances, the confer ence defined what a college is, taking the definition of the state of New York, as the basis, and described the require ments as to nonsectarianism. No list of the Institutions that will come under the rules was made. The rules as adopted make the following provisions: Any person fio years of age and not of less than 15 years service as a professor, who is at the time of his retirement a professor In an accepted Institution, shall be entitled to an annual retirement al lowance as follows: For active pay of lltino or less, an al lowance of $1000 shall be granted, provid ing that no retiring allowance shall ex ceed ninety per cent of active payment. For active pay greater than $1500. the retiring allowance shall equal $1000 in creased by $50 for each $100 in excess of $1000. i\o retiring allowance snail exceed *juuu. After 25 years’ service, regardless of age, the retiring allowance was fixed as follows: For active pay of $1000 or less, a retiring allowance of $800 shall he grant ed. providing that no retiring allowance shall exceed SO per cent of active pay. For active pay greater than $1600 the re tiring allowance shall equal $800, Increased by $40 for each $100 of active pay in ex cess of $1600. No retiring allowance shall exceed $3000. No person under the age of 65, or who has served less than 25 years, shall he entitled to retiring allowance, but the trustees may at their discretion pay other wise eligible who has become Incapable of discharging his duties by permanent infirmity of mind or body, an allowance not exceeding that which he would be entitled to had he reached the age of 65. The two women doctors, however, open ed this place at North Haven, which was something of an infirmary. Little Known of Family. Very little could he learned about Mrs. Burton last night except that she was a widow with four children when she married Burton about three years ago. and that she was a native of Alabama and a graduate of a medical college in Louisville. I<y. Her children are said to be with her parents in some Alabama town. Hhe bought the house where the tragedy oc curred about ten months ago, but her pidfessional duties had kept her in the city most of the time. Her neighbors claim to know very little about her pri vate life or domestic affairs. Dr. Burton, her husband, according to those who knew the pair, made little ef fort to earn a support for either himself or his wife. Due to this cause, Mrs. Bur ton filed suit for divorce and was grunted a decree about one month ago. Their acquaintances are also authority for the statement that Burton took lit tle or no interest In the woman till af ter the divorce was granted, hut that since he has hounded her unceasingly (Continued c.i Seventh Pago) GOODS SMUGGLED FROM THE OREGON DUTIABLE ARTICLES VALUED AT ; $750,000 ARE SAID TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT ASHORE AT BREMER TON NAVY YARDS. San Francisco, April 9.—The Evening Post published a story today tu the effect that a strong belief exists that dutiable goods valued at about $760,090 were smug gled ashore in launches from the bat tleship Oregon just before she departed for the Bremerton navy yards. It says that an order has been Issued Instructing the Inspectors at Bremerton to delay every man of the battleship until the whole matter has been sifted to the bottom. The custom authorities through out the country have been notified to find and examine the questionable pack ages if possible. The battleship was scheduled to get away from Bremerton on Saturday but was delayed on account of not receiving sailing orders. "At noon, however," says The Post, "a telegram was received from the war de partment stating that officers and men must have their baggage in readiness for inspection by the customs officers when the Oregon reaches Bremerton. It was then, according to those who watched the whole scene, that the goods were hur ried ashore." The Post then says the records of the Wells-Fargo company show that they gave receipts on 2890 packages taken from the Oregon. The Santa Fe railway gave shipping bills for lflOO trunks and cases, many of which weighed several hundred pounds. LONGWORTH IN CHICAGO. President’s Son-in-Law Is Guest of the Hamilton Club. Chicago, April 9.—Congressman Nicho las Longworth. son-in-law of President Roosevelt, was the guest of honor at a dinner given tonight is the Auditorium banquet hall by the Hamilton club, in celebration of the 41st anniversary of Appomattox day. The banquetters were greatly disappointed because Mrs. Long worth was not present at the dinner, as arrangements had been made by the club for a concealed balcony in which she should sit and listen to her husband speak. She sent her regrets, saying that she would visit friends while her hus band was addressing the banquetters. At the speaker's table were seated President Wood of the Hamilton club, who acted as toastmaster. Congressman Longworth, Claud ICltchin. democratic Congressman from North Carolina, and Rev John Wesley Hill of New York. When Congressman Longworth arose to address the gathering he was given a reception by the 4<h) members of the club of which any man might lie proud. He spoke extemporaneously. SHERMAN IS CHAIRMAN. Action 16 Taken By Republican Con gressional committee. Washington, April 9.—Representative James H. Sherman of New York was to day elected chairman of the republican congressional committee, which will have charge of the coming republican congres sional campaign In the various states. Representative Janies A. Tawney of Min nesota was elected vice chairman, Rep resentative H. C Loudenslager of New Jersey, secretary, and Represents!! vj William B. McKinley of Illinois, treas urer. The chairman was authorized to name the executive committee and to All va cancies on the congressional committee. A resolution of thanks to the retiring officers which included Chairman Bab cock, Secretary Overstreet, and Chair man Hull of the executive committee, was adopted. OPERATORS WILL SUBMIT NEW PLAN r, , 4j MITCHELL'S PROPOSAL WILL BE TURNED DOWN AND THEY WILL PRESENT DIFFERENT ARBITRA TION SCHEME TO SETTLE. New York. April 9. —At tile joint confer ence of the sub-committees of the anthra cite coal mine owners and their employes to be held here tomorrow, the operators will decline to accept the arbitration plan as presented last week by the mine work ers, and will In Its stead present a coun ter proposition, which, If agreed to by President Mitchell and his men. will bind each side for more than two years. The operators have been working on the new plan ever since the adjournment of the joint conference on last Thursday, and the Inability of the presidents of the hard coal carrying railroads to complete minor details caused a postponement of twenty-four hours of the conference scheduled for today. The exact nature of the counter proposition was not made known by the operators, and they do not Intend to permit It to become public prop erty until It shall have been presented to the miners. It is said, however, that the offer to be made Involves an arbitration plan very different from the one presented by the miners, one that will call for the set tlement of only new grievances, that may he after an Impartial investigation has been made, found to exist. The opera tors still maintain the position that the miners In their demands have not call ed attention to anything that has not al ready been passed upon by the anthracite coal strike commission. There is a strong impression among the miners' committee that the operators will propose that Pres ident Roosevelt lie requested to summon the strike commission to review the en tire controversy. They decline, however, to Indicate how they would receive the suggestion. President Alltnieil anmjunueu mm even ing that the last of the bituminous coal operators In the Pittsburg district, who held out against the 1903 wage agree ment signed the scale today. This ac tion. he said, clears up the western Penn sylvania territory and means that forty thousand men in that territory who pro duce from thirty-five to forty million tons of soft coal a year will receive an Increase of 5.55 per cent in wages. EXPECTED TO GO THROUGH. Appropriation for Fast Mails Ha3 Good Prospect. Washington. April 9-—(Special.)—-Advo cates of the extra appropriation for the Southern railroad and the Louisville and Nashville from Montgomery to New Or* | leans, are encouraged to believe today that the amounts contained in the post i office bill will go tbrougn when a vote Is reached the latter part of the week. The object of the appropriation is to have file railroads so accelerate its mail service that mall matter will go to near ly all the southern states many hours ! sooner than would be the cose under j ordinary circumstances. This same ap propriation has been allowed for many ! years past and I he general verdict is I that Its results have been eminently sat* | isfactory. Morningstar Defeats Cure. t New York. April 9. —In the first match j ,ff the world's championship billiard tour nanunt. 18-incli balk line, two shots In. i played tonight in Madison Square Gul - den concert liall. Orlando Morningstar of Indiana defeated Louis Cure of Paris, I prance. The score was 960 to 4K3 in the I American's favor. Rockefeller Passe* Through N. J. j New York. April 9.-John D. Rockefeller I passed through this city today on his i way from Lakewood. X. J., to his home near Tarry town, N, Y. WILL NEVER LIVE Oawie Blames Her lor All the Trouble STRONG ROOM IS ENTERED Prophet's Home at Zion Has Cement Walls and Iron Bars and Is Practi cally Inaccessible From the Outside. Poplar Bluff. Mo.. April 9- "If It la true that she said these thing*, then l shall never live with her again." With these words Dr. John Alexander Dowle informed a representative of the Asso ciated Press today that he intended to separate from the woman who had for thirty years been his wife. He spoke earnestly and sorrowfully, but there was a grimness of expression on the first apostle's face which made it evident that he believed that tlie mother of his chil dren had much to do with inciting the recent rebellion in Zion. This climax in the domestic affairs of Dr. Dowie caused little surprise to Deacons Lewis and Peters, both of whom were present during the interview. They nodded approval to the sentiments ex pressed by their leader and Deacon Lewis added that the world little knew of the ! passed in recent years because of domestic I infelicity. "For years he has shielded ner," tlie deacon said, "but recently her conduct lias been such as to render further for bearance a human impossibility." Looks Stronger and Better. The doctor received the correspondent In the compartment of his Pullman. The day was hot and the state room exceed ingly stuffy, but the first apostle seemed to suffer little from the unpleasantness of the weather, and In fact looked stronger and better than he has yet ap peared since crossing the border from Mexico Into the United States on his journey back to Zion. "Much that I shall say to you must of ! necessity be of a confidential nature." lie | said. "For you can readily understand | that it would not he to my Interest to I betray my plans at this time. Tomorrow 1 shall he ready to make a further and J a completer statement to the public. 1 will | say. however, that owing to the delays Incident to this trip I may be a little later In arriving In Zion than 1 had first ex pected. There will be no turning back, mind you, but 1 think It will lie advisable | for me to stop in Chicago when we ar | rive in that city, and there consult b*gal [ talent. 1 do not want to make any move I at this time which shall In the slightest | degree Jeopardise uiv interest "When I go to Zion I shall rest In Shiloh house and under the protection of the stars and stripes 1 think now that we shall arrive In Chicago about 9 a. m. Tuesday. That will give nie all the time I need to secure what legal advice I deem essential, and then 1 shall feel strong i enough to move on Zion." Takes Up Charges. Then the doctor took up again the ; charges which are being burled at him by I his enemies, and reiterated again and again "I am Innocent; I am innocent, but only God knows this now. At the proper time I assure you the world shall know for f will prove it to them. Let my friends be patient for my tinip is coming. "Why, do 5rou know If f was guilty of these things which they charge. I should be taken out and shot, sir. shot like a dog?” Will Not Live With Wife. Little Rock, Ark.. April 9.- Dr. John Alexander Dowie will never again live with his wife. This disclosure lie made this afternoon to a representative of the Associated Press for whom he sent His final determination to separate from Mrs. Dowie was made after he had re ceived and read the Chicago papers of last Friday. A story to this effect that he inteded to establish a harem in his Mexican colony which he ascribed to Mrs. Dowie and his son Gladstone caused him great anguish. "How could they be so cruel? How could they cause to be publish such a thing?" he said over and over again. When lie had regained his composure he told of his Irrevocable decision never to live witli Mrs. Dowie again. "She Is the cause of most of my trou ble." he reiterated. "She has spurred on Vollva and the) ethers until this dreadful trouble came and my persecution was complete. "For years I tried to shield her. but her strange conduct has now passed be yond the point of human endurance. Money nnd Jealousy were at the bottom of It all. She was Incensed because I wanted to leave so much to Zion, but God forgive her. "T offered her per cent, of the vast estate. It should have satisfied her, for It would have provided amply for her wants. As for her Jealousy, who can ac count for that? I only know before God that my life has been pure and blame less. The Stories about polygamy are more than cruel -they are shocking. Deacons Deeply Affected. Deacons Janies Peters and Joint A. T.ewis were present during the interview and both were deeply affected. "It Is u dreadful tiling to do. lint Mr. Dowle Is In the right. There is nothing now possible but separation For hltn to live with Mrs. Dowle would be a sin be fore Qod.” Deacon Peters, master of transporta tion. wind to St r.ottls lilts afternoon asking that the regular train be held that Dowle's private car could be at tached and so the Journey made to Zion <Tty without a stop continued. The Mexican special over which Dowle and bis party are traveling will arrive In St. I Is.tits over four hours late. The train u.|||, which It was coupled to Is sched ule,| to leave about midnight, but us the special will arrive In Rt I.,mis at 12:30. It Is believed Desoou Peters' ceonesi to bold the train will be granted. This will land the party in Zion Pity on Tuesday forenoon. Sleeping On Its Arms. Zion City. April #. Zion City is "sleep ing ,m its arms" tonight *n quote one or th, erst while followers of John Alexander Dowle. awaiting the coming of first apos tle There is but one subject of conver sation and that I* the possible eventuall (Contlnued on Second Page) THOUSANDS OF STRICKEN POOR INTO NAPLES Many An Killed in Torrent of Ashes Which Buries Whole Cities KING AND QUEEN THERETO COMFORT UNFORTUNATES Buildings of Towns Are Flimsy an# Are Easily Crushed Under Weight of Four Feet of Ashes and Cinders. Naples. April 9.-Reports of fatalities consequent upon the eruption of Mount Vesuvius are coming lit. According to In formation received lale tonight, probably iiou lives were lost. It is said that more than two hundred perished In the die trict of San Oulseppe, while from the ruins of a church which collapsed owing to weight of ashes on the roof, forty-nine corpses were extricated, and it is as serted that at Sorrento, thirty-seven per sons were killed by falling Itouses. A railway train from Hun Oulseppe for Naples was derailed owing Lo showers of stones from the crater. Cavalry proceeding to the succor of the Inhabitants of the devastated Hectlon have been unable to make progress, the rain falling on the ashes a foot tleep. having made It impossible for the horses to travel. Tlte sea Is greatly agitated. The sky lias cleared but heavy clouds hang over the east, threatening a further downpour. The streams of lava are almost station ary. Troops are erecting (barriers In the direction of Pompeii to prevent further danger In that quarter. Day of Terror for Inhabitgrtta. Naples, April 9—This has been a day of terror tor the cities, towns and coun try about Mount Vesuvius, I'nconfl -m-d ! reports place the number of dead and ] injured at several hundred, but not many i facts can be obtained upon which to base an estimate ! At midnight the situation appears mere ' assuring, the lava streams having di minished lit volume and in some-direc tions having stopped altogether, whii® a copious rainfall is cooling the lava where it lies stationary. Almost equally with the devastation wrought by the lava, is the damage done by cinders and ashes, which is incredible. Quantities have been carried great dis tances. This lias caused the practical destruction of San Gulseppe. a place of lit no inhabitants. All but 200 of the people had fled from San Gulseppe nnd thes® 200 assembled in a church to attend mass. While the priest was performing bis sa cred office the roof fell In and about sixty persons were badly injured. Thes® unfortunates were for hours without sur gical or medical assistance. The only thing left standing in the church was a statue of Hi. Anne, the preservation of which the poor homeless people accepted as a miracle and promise of deliveranc® from their peril. Crushed By Weight of Cinders. At Ottajano Hve churches and ten houses fell under the weight or ashes and cinders which lies four feet deep on tile ground. In the fall of the buildings about twelve persons were killed and many were injured. The village is com pletely deserted by Its people. After th® evacuation of the place the barracks and prisons fell in. Reports from coast and inland towns depict terrible devastation San Oirogo. Cremona. Portici. Rcana and Torre del Greco have almost been completely a baa doned. The inhabitants of Torre Annunsista are prepared to leave at n moments warning. Somma Vesuvla, another village, lias suffered most severly. Most of the buildings in the tillages are or flimsy construction, and flat roof*, and are hut poorly calculated to bear th® weight of ashes and cinders that have fallen upon them. Inevitably It will he 1 found that a considerable mlmtier of per sons have perished by the falling of their homes. Although rhe eruption of the vol cano Is less violent than it was twenty four hours ago. the ashes are still falling in great quantities. Four of Menaced Village!. The Associated Press correspondent this evening made the rounds of the men nred villages. The railway and tram tracks were Inches deep below voicante ashes, and the same material made reads Impracticable for ‘horses, so that an automobile was the only means left liv which the inspection of the devasted country could be made. The scene was one of such misery and terror that It can never be obliterated from memory. As the way was traversed the traveling became more and more dif ficult, the smoke and ashes in the air making breathing difficult. Slight tremb lings of the earth were felt and fre quent Mashes of lightning cut through the smoke. Darkness came at Intervals lung before nightfall. On the streets of the deserted towns the only sound to be heard was ih* thud of the lumps of ashes falling on the roofs anti t'he putting of the automobile. Houses All Closed. In the towns where the people yet re main the houses are all closed, the Inhab itants roaming disconsolately about the streets and gaining what comfort Is pos sible from the carbineers and soldiers. These are llie heroes of the day. They seem never to sleep or be tired, and where there Is any dangr. they are cool, strong and alert. in the course of the tour a point was reached from which Vesuvius could be seen under Its cloud of smoke. The high cone of the volcano has gone almost en tirely. having l*een swallowed up so rhat the height of the mountain Is nearly Wl (Continued on Second Pago) W,