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BIRMINGHAM AGE HERALD VOLUME XXXXIV BIRMINGHAM. ALABAMA, SATURDAY, MAY 30, 1914 14 PAGES NUMBER J4 LOSS OF OVER NINE HUNDRED HUMAN SOULS FOLLOWS BIG STEAMSHIP COLLISION IN THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER _I nmuMumtmmmMB mmtttttntttfmttt tt t»tTT*^M“********************a,*a******************* ***“***********“*******•****** ••••••••••••••••••*•••••••••••••#••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• EMPRESS OF IRELAND GOES DOWN WITH 1387 PERSONS ON BOARD Steamer Carried To River’s Bottom When Gored By the Danish Collier St or s tad 433 KNOWN TO BE SAFE; PROBABLE DEATH LIST 954; DISASTER ECHO OF TITANIC I Looming Through River’s Mist Ocean Steamers Crash Together, Leaving Death and Destruc tion In Wake—Steamer Sinks In 15 Min utes After Accident—Many Crushed to Death Rimouski, Que., May 29.—Of a total of 1387 persons on board the Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Ireland when she sailed yesterday from Quebec for Liverpool, 954 were lost when the liner was rammed by the Danish collier Storstad and sank off Father Point in the St. Lawrence river before daylight today, according to revised figures late tonight. Only 433 are known to have been saved. Of the 87 first cabin passengers, the late figures show 29 to have been saved. Of the 153 in the second cabin, 29 were rescued; of the 715 third class passengers, there are 101 sur vivors; while 237 of the crew of 432 were brought ashore. These figures account for the 390 survivors landed here and taken by train to Quebec, where they arrived tonight. There remained here 37 rescued persons, unclassified, complet ing the total of 433 known survivors. Goes Down in 20 Minutes i So deep was the gash in the stricken liner’s side, inflicted by the sharp prow of the heavy laden collier, and so last the in rush of the sea, that although the first rescue steamer, catching the wireless “S. O. S.” call and hastening out from Father Point-, reached the scene within 20 minutes after the meeting of the two vessels, the liner already had gone down. ■ The wireless could hardly have worked to better effect or the response been prompter. Yet within sight of shore, in land locked waters, with help close at hand, nearly 1000 persons lost their lives by drowning when fog obscured the vision of the river navigators and two vessels, one virtually at a standstill as a measure of precaution, and the other, from all accounts, moving at not more than moderate speed, crashed together in a fatal impact Investigation of the cause of the disaster will be started promptly. The story of the Storstad. which after picking up a few survivors and landing them here, resumed limpinglv, with crumpled bow, her way up the river, will not be told until to morrow when she reaches Quebec. From the evidence of officers on Hie Empress, however, the liner had ;ome to a dead halt in the fog and was blowing her whistle as a wani ng of her presence. The fate of the elegantly equipped md speedy liner, bearing a human >urden that, included several persons >f distinction, seems to have been lastened by the unfortunate and prob ibly unintentional withdrawal of the Storstad’s bow from the gash she had nflicted in the passenger vessel’s side. Vs the water rushed in, the liner in lined sideways, the sea found the toilers and an explosion followed that ipped apart still further the vessel s ides. ILOWN INTO RIVER WATERS Passengers who harl crowded the upper porks, hoping for rescue, were blown into he river waters, many of them never o set foot on land again. Others, who ad escaped deatli or injury in the splln ering and smashing of wood and steel n the collision met their fate below decas, ■ llhout a chance for their lives. Most of the passengers were asleep ,hen the crash came. When the warning was sounded many aid not realize tnat serious danger was present. Some turned over in their berths, survivors' stories in dicate. and started to go to sleep again. But soon the sudden listing of jthe steamer <Continued on page Eleven) *•••••••••••••••••••••••■•••••••••••••••••••••••••»« TODAY’S AGE-HERALD 1— Over IKK) lost in steamer disaster. Survivors reach Quebec. Huerta's position again desperate. Mediators accept letter outlining atti tude. 2— Decatur to elect mayor in fall. 3— Baseball games as Sunday pastime. 4— Editorial comment. 5— Coroner's jury reports firt*#disaster. Alabama editors divided on suffrage issue. Letter to Ford expresses regret of civic body. 6— Society. ^ . 7— Sports. 8— Republicans feel they can win. 9— State editors guests at banquet. 10— Charles Becker again in death cell. 11— Thorough probe will be made of steamer disaster. 12— Eight governors of Alabama. 13— Markets. 14— Report of 1914 Chautauqua. ••••••••••••••••••••• I SUNDAY’S AGE-HERALD I long the feature articles by women ts In tomorrow's Age-Herald will is following: Uy Dalrymple suggests “One Way educing the High Cost of Living, rion Harland takes as her subject, r to Dust a Room." ira Milner Harrison writes of th Yakima High Suhool—Varied Ities of a Northwestern School." 1 Vines in his war correspondent s gives tomorrow an interesting int of a “Newspaper Man's Life in co City.” „ ink Q. Carpenter writes of “The Slaves of the Andes." classic in a page will be, "Madcap t,” by William Black. I. Monks contributes for tomorrow pry of a Century-Old Struggle.” nes Morgan in his series. "In the of Napoleon 100 Years After Hia lfgll," takes as his subject, “Crush ’russla In Seven Days.” V. Markell writes of "The Land of !harana-7*4uka.” rold MacOrath presents chapter M “The Adventures of Kathlyn.” r ,' ■ •• . ' .. ..V.A.4.. Ti.-e I : i Curtis E. Lakeman contributes for tomorrow, “Fighting With Facts." ProT. Eric Doolittle writes of “The Starry Heavens in June, Including a Description of the New Comet" John Witherspoon DuBose gives for tomorrow a biographical sketch entitled ' Thomas Goode Jones." On the editorial feature page will be the following: Dr. B. F. Riley takes as his subject, "Drafting the Declaration." Dr. George Eaves writes under the head. "Education a Debt." DeLong Rice writes with eloquence on "The Decadence of God’B Image." “Heart to Heart Talks” are by Charles N. Lurie. Illustrated articles from foreign cap itals will include the following: Berlin, “American Training Methods Capture Big Prizes of German Turf." by G. H. Campden. Paris. "Girl of Fifteen a Wonderful Sculptor." London. “Which is the World's Great est Port?" by John 8. Steele. London, “Pretty Unknown Girl Who Made Frencb the Fashion of London So-. Mety," by Hayden Church. ~v 'V-L J v., ‘ ’i m' ‘ ,y/» wSxi.Zfim. ML VISITING EDITORS AS VIEWED BY ARTIST BLACKMAN tDirOK Gu.l«*pi OF CULLMAM /W lirtMPy JLOO#/Hts *VK> j*Sr 4 396 SURVIVORS OF SHIP REACH QUEBEC Thirty-seven Survivors Left at Rimouski, Making Total of 433 Saved—Revised Figures Place Probable Number of Lost at 934 Quebec, May 29.—A train with 396 survivors from the sunken steamer, Empress of Ireland, reached here shortly be fore 8 o’clock tonight. The rescued on board number 29 first class, 29 second class and 101 third class passengers, and 237 of the crew. Thirty-seven survivors were left at Rimouski, which would make a total of 433 saved. As revised figures show 1367 persons to have been on the steamer, this makes the prob able number of lost 934. A full equipment of ambulances and tne army medical service corps was in readi ness at Levis when the special survivors' train Btrived there, and the passengers were disembarked and transferred to a ferry steamer waiting at a special wharf to facilitate the transfer to Quebec. It was a pitiful sight when the ferry steamer docked on the Quebee*side at ©:.*» o’clock tonight and the 396 survivors dis embarked. Their faces registered the; frightful experience they had gone through. Few possessed a complete outfit of clothing. The second and third class passengers (Continued on Pi|C Eleven) AMU OFFICIALS STB BY NEWS OF STEAMSMSASTER Hull of Empress of Ireland Must Have Been Mere ' Shell, Says Sena tor Burton Washington, May 29.—News of the sink ing of the steamer Empress of Ireland stirred American officials today and aroused commept in congressional circles. "The hull of the Empress of Ireland must have been a mere shell for the ship to have gone down In 10 minutes," said Senator Burton, one of the American delegates to the London safety at sea convention. The senator expressed the opinion that If the new safety treaty had been In effect, the hulls classification clause probably would have compelled the owners of the Empress to have recon structed her. Senator Lewis, who also was a delegate to the convention, declared the great loss of life on the Empress of Ireland would not have'occurred had the treaty been In force. This treaty still Is before a Senate for eign relations subcommlttse. Secretary Redflsld asked Congress to day for an appropriation of US,000 for ex tra Inspectore to enforee laws preventing overcrowding of passenger and excursion vessels: Mr. Redflsld suggested to the cabinet a law making It n criminal' of fense for a captain tc sniwrtn Mfc steamer at full speed in a to*. -V ^j v '•x: > ,+u . ... : : ‘ ‘ ' ' ‘ r3%T' •- M-- ~v *.i;: ■ I Tremendous Explosion Fol lowed Collision, Is Report. Individuals Tell of Escapes Uulwr, May 20.—A slory that there eras a treaaeadous explosion on hoard the Empress of Ireland after she su hit by the Storstad was told tonight by Philip Lanier, a steerage passenger from Brantford, Ontario. When the collision came water rushed into the stoerage quarters. A few seconds later there came an ex plosion that shook the vessel. This probably was when the water reached the boilers, Lawler said. "People were shot Out of the ship Into the sea by the explosion," Lawler added. '*! was pushed overboard with my wife and 15-year-old boy. The boy could swim, so l tried to take care of my wife, but somehow she slipped from my grasp and sank." Dr. Johnston, chief medical officer on the Empress, said that had not the Storstad backed out so soon from the Empress, a larger number of the pas sengers would have been saved. Chief Marconi Operator Hays, of the Empress told of the sinking of the vessel. “As soon as I felt the shock of the explosion,” he said, "I was ordered to eound the danger signal and the flash of my 8. O. S. Immediately was picked op by the operator at Father Point tOatla—< aa paga REVISED LIST OF t HIRST NOT LOCAL HAN * ♦ - ♦ 4 The "A. Hirst, Birmingham,” re- 4 4 fcrred to yesterday in dispatches 4 4 telling of the loss of life in the dis- 4 4 aster in the Bay of St. I^awrence, 4 4 is not A. Hlrsch of the Hlrsch Mil- 4 4 llnery company. All the passen- 4 4 gers referred to In the list as being 4 4 from Birmingham are from Blr- 4 4 mlngham. England. Mr. Hlrsch of 4 4 this city had many inquiries yester- 4 4 day from friends anxious as to his 4 4 safety. Mr. Hlrsch is a frequent 4 4 visitor to Europe, which gave coun- 4 4 tenance to the belief until he as- 4 4 sured friends to the contrary. 4 4 4 A corrected Hat of passengers and crew on the Empress of Ireland, la nurd officially by the Canadian I'aclflr railroad, give the lotnl number aboard an 1.1117, divided an followrni Survivors First cabin passengers, 87. Second cabin passengers, IfiX Third class passengers, 714. Officers and crew, 413. First Cabin Survivors C. R. Burt, J. Fergus Duncan, member nrm or Klmber, Bull & Duncan, solicitors, London; Walter Fenton. Manchester; L. A. Gosseltn, Montreal; G. W. S. Hender son. Montreal; Miss Grace Kohl, Mon treal; Miss Alice Lee. Nassau; H. R. O'Hara, Toronto; Mrs. W. E. Sherbrooke, Bister of Frederick Grundy, European manager of New York Sun. First Cabin Missing J. R. Abercrombie. Vancouver; A. B Anderson, London; P. C. Averderck, Manchester; A. K. Barlow. Mrs. Har low, Montreal; Mrs. Hart Ren nett, Nassau, N. P.; Mrs. W. ft. Bloom flekl; Lieut. Col. W. R. Bloomfield. Auck land, New Zealand; A. G. Brandon. Man chester; Harwood Cash and Mrs. ('ash, Nottingham: J. J. Cayley, Hamilton; Miss C. P. Cay, Golden, British Columbia; Mrs. Cash. Nottlngnam; .1. J. Cayley, Hamilton; Miss (J. P. Cay, Golden, B. C.; Miss Waneta Crather. Montreal: Mrs. F. W. Cullen, Miss Maud Cullen. Master Cullen. Toronto; M. D. A. Darling, Mrs. F. H. Duhlevy. Denver; Cox Edwards. Yokohama; Charles Bradford Goldthorpe. England; W. D. Graham. Mrs. Graham. Hongkong. China; Mrs. D. T. Halley. Vancouver; W. Hlsenheimer, Mon treal; A. Hirst. Birmingham; Mrs. C. Holloway. Quebec; F. W. Howes. Bir mingham: Laurence S. B. Irving, actor, son of late Sir Henry Irving of London; Mrs. laurence Irving (Mabel Huckney); David Johnson. Frederick; Dr. Alex Lind say, Halifax; P. IT. Lyman, Mrs. Lyman. Montreal; A. G. Maglnnti, director of Messrs. Mappin * Webb, jewelers, I-on don; C. Malloch. Lardo. B. C.; J. Gabriel Marks. Mrs. Suva Marks, Fiji; Mrs. Mil ler, St. Catherines. Ontario; Mlsg E. Mul lins, T-ondon; Mrs. W. L. Palmer, Lon don; Mrs. H. W Price, New Zealand: F. J. Rutherford. Montreal; Sir Henry Seton Karr, T-ondon, Mrs. Seybold, G. Rouge Smaart, Ottawa; Mrs. A. Stork. Toronto; C. G. Tylee. Mrs. Tylee, .1. T. Taylor, Miss D. Taylor, Montreal; Miss H. Taylor, Mon (Cea Maned M > HUERTA’S POSITION AGAIN IS DESPERATE Growing Antagonism Among Dictator’s Army Officials Devel oping—Many Reports of Mutinies Heard—Newspapers Are Forced to Suppress News Vqra Cruz, May 29.—President Huerta’s position again to day was described by refugees who arrived from the capital as extremely critical because of growing antagonism among army officers. imp mu ii v rppunn ui in** iiimi iii> ihp' Saturday, when troop* were said to have been repulsed with heavy loss in an at tack on President Huerta’s home in a suburb, and of a previous uprising show clearly that the forcible elimination of Huerta by hl*Lown men is a strong poa i....-.. slumiv. it iii.iugn siuries or mp rec^nx rising may bo wholly Inaccurate, Amer ican* and other foreigners In the capital have been convinced of the partial truth of these reports. The newspapers are not allowed (o publish anything relating to the disturbances. 'MEDIATORS ACCEPT LETTER OUTLINING REBELHTTITUDE Situation Discussed by Cab inet—Believe Development Will Lead to Constitu tionalists’ Participation Niagara Falla, May W—After a lung conference between fbe medlntnra nnd ail delegates, tbe former received .Ilian IJrqnldl. constitutionalist agent. It In underatood the American delegates In sisted upon General I'arransa's mes sage belag received after an urgrnlt request to that effect had been (re ceived from Washington. Washington. May W.—The constitu tionalist agency here was advised late today that the medlatora had /arrept rd ^enor Snharas's note outllnliig Gen erol Onrranma'a attitude. No rtplj had bora made. Waahlngtoa, May W.—Me/iican me dlatloa was dlsenssed at ike cabinet meeting today and the a drain 1st ratios took a positive position tjhat tkr com munication forwarded to the medlatora at Niagara Falla by General Carrauaa. chief of the coaatltot loyalist forces, ahonld he received. \ Pruaident llson announced to the cal^. Inet that General Carransa' h.td nddreracq a note to the mediation conference seek ing representation. Detail's of the ratwr. measase were not di cusse.: butg.it later waa declared the administrate n t >% ^‘(CWtomoirw*. jSSnTVI . I*. »!■ GETS BIG INCREASE Senate Committee Com pletes Work on Rivers and Harbors Bill—Cuts Small Amounts Washington, May 29.—Work on the rivers mid harbors bill wag completed to day UV the Senate commerce committee an<J'' the measure will be reported next w/eek. carrying appropriations aggregat ing $63,500,000. This la an Increase of about $10,000,000 over the total of the House bill and of $1,094,000 over last year's total. The Senate committee cut out sevei'al small amounts in the House bill and re duced others, but added many new ones. The new appropriations proposed Include $60,000 for the intcrcoaatal waterway be tween Pensacola and Mobile; $100,000 in tercoastal waterway fron Mississippi river to Hayou Teche. $126,000, Red river; $400,000 San Juan harbor. Porto Rioo. The committee Increased the following House items: Hlack Warrior river tAla bama). to $760,000; Ouichlta river, Arkan sas, to $994,000; <JtiesapeAke and Delaware i.mal to 92,226,000; Tennessee river to $930. <K»; Mississippi river to $8,000,000; Dela ware river to $2,000,000. IMAYORMITCHEL SENDS CONDOLENCE j New York. May *».—Mgyor Mltoh#l Itonight sent the following telegram [to the Duke of Connaught, governor Mjyteral of Canaila: “The city of New York senda sincere *>igypathy to the people of Canada who I "ay* suffered through the tragedy el i ho Stilt of St. Dawrrenca."