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TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 2. HERSCH FILES HIS CHARGES For Investigation by the War Commissioners MY ARE CERTAINLY VERY SPECIFIC Camp Wikoff Mismanagement Alone Is Enough to Convict the Managers of the War of Incompetency or of the Grossest Heartlessness Associated Press Special Wire. WASHINGTON, Oct. 1.-The war Inves tigating commission devoted its time today largely to the statement filed by Nelson Hersch on behalf of the New York World, giving What he callß a "record of facts con cerning the establishment of Camp Wikoff and the management, together with speci fication of abuses charged to have existed, dates, number of sick in hospitals; deaths, etc." The etatement was made ln response to the general invitation from the commis sion. The specifications cover twenty-one pages ef typewritten matter, taking up the movement of the Santiago troops after the surrender of the Spanish at that place and before the breaking out of yellow fever there In July. It Is asserted that at the time Montauk point was selected as the site for the camp It was "a barren waste." The details of the selection of the camp site are given, as are also those of the transportation of troops, and it is asserted that when the first detachment of 276 troops arrived on the Bth of August the "camp was not ready to receive them, and that they slept under their blankets ar.d in the open air. as no tents had arrived." "This," rt ls added, "was eleven days after lt had been decided to establsh the camp." Continuing, the assertion le made that by the ltlth of August the sick were reported suffering from want of proper accommo dations and food; that their tents were without floors, and with only their blankets between the atck men and the ground, and that a glass of sour milk apiece was the only nourishment they received in twenty four hours. The war department ls charged with the frequent changes of plans, and lt is as serted that Oeneral Young was given only six days for ths preparation of the camp before the arrival of the troops, when two weeks' time waa necessary, which caused "great confusion." On the 14th of August Dr. Edi»n visited the camp and found that the 1400 troops were almost wholly dependent upon a body of water without Inlet or outlet and known as Port pond for their drinking water. This pond received the drainage from the camp, and the doctor found the water to contain ninety grains of salt to the gallon. This condition, he said, caused disease and ren dered the pond a constant menace to the men. By Aug. 20th there were 20,000 men in camp end 1300 ln the hospital, with many unable to secure admission from the trans ports. The regulars were reported to be Buffering for the necessities of life and had received no pay for three months. Contract surgeons were reported living at the expense of patients. "After the doctors had lunched." says the account, "twenty-five empty Apolhn arls bottles were counted on the table, said ts have been diverted from hospital stores." Particulars are given of the death ln his tent of Private Hugh Parrett on Aug. 28th, and It ts asserted that Dr. Taylor refused him permission to enter the hospital on the ground that he was not sick. The assertion ls made that when, on the sth of September, Dr. Lee went to Camp Wikoff with a special train to take sick soldiers to Brooklyn hospitals he was un able to get more than fifteen men to the train on account of the kack of ambulances, which were being used to carry sightseers around the camp. While hundreds of sick soldiers wore waiting to be transferred to hoatß and trains a dozen ambulances stood at tho depot filled with laughing men and womnn. who were seeing the camp with officer friends. After this Incident General Young gave orders that the ambulances were to be used only for the transportation of the sick. The commission directed that a reply be forwarded to Mr. Hersch, Informing him that the communication should have care ful consideration. THE SUTRO ESTATE Edgar E. Asks for Injunction and a Receiver SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. I.—Edgar E. Sutro, one of the sons of the late Adolph Sutro, has filed a suit against his wife, Henrietta L,. B. Sutro, and William Crane Spencer, In which he asks an In junction of certain rights under the trust deed of real property executed by Adolph Sutro ln August, 1880. The complaint recites the execution of the trust deed to Elliott J. Moore and W. K. Van Alen, and alleges that on the 3d of June, 1896, the plaintiff having be come indebted to the defendant. Spencer, in the sum of $8871, he executed to said Spencer his promissory note and secured the same by a mortgage upon certain real estate, so that at the time of the execution of this note and mortgage Moore and Van Alen, trustees of the Adolph Sutro deed, admitted notice of the same In writing, and that the note remains unsatisfied. The complaint also recites that in 1897 the plaintiff, for the better maintenance of his wife and her Infant child, deeded to her his Interest In the said trust prop erty, subject, however, to the lien of the mortgage to defendant Spencer, and al leges that the Interest so deeded pro duced an Income of $180 a month, which his wife now refuses to apply, either in whole or in part, to the satisfaction of the Spencer mortgage. The plaintiff de mands that the Spencer note and mort gage be declared a lien upon the plain tiff's share of the trust property, and that a receiver be appointed to sequester the rents and profits. Camp Sites Chosen WASHINGTON, Oct. 1.-Whlls no of ficial information on the subject ls forth coming, It Is said* the selection of sites for camps has been practlally determined. It Is understood they will be located at Au gusts a. 1 Athens, Ga., and Columbia. Greer., 1..c and Spartansburg, S. C. The main camp will'be at Augusta on a site of about 600 acres just outside the city. The Senator Suffered WASHINGTON, Oct. 1.-A dispatch to the War Department announces that the transport Senator Ib undergoing repairs at Honolulu. She suffered from a typhoon. THE HERALD A THOUSAND REASONS GIVEN Why the Men of the Seventh Regiment Want to Be Mustered Out k SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. I.—(Special to The Herald.) So many applications for discharge reached the L officers of the Seventh California tflay, tr s last day of grace, that headquarters were flooded. At sundown L no one knew just how many' had been ret ifved. The rough estimate was somewhere between 900 and 1000. L Just how the matter will end no on' IKttOws, but the designation for Manila has at least effectively L checked for the present all home-going pi me. Some of the men, in advancing reasons for desiring to be dls • charged are extremely facetious, and what the dignified army officials will say to them will be interesting • to hear. Here are a few: • ''I have contracted the Keeley habit while in the service and I consider it necessary to return to my • home for the liquor cure." • "I am dependent upon my father and m >ther for support; would likej to reach them immediately.' • "The mother of sixteen childrei requires my Immediate return to my home." i "I think I have accomplished everything I enlisted for." » "I have an Ingrowing toenail and consequently could not stand the climate of Manila." i, There were scowls and sullen looks all over the camp, although discipline was better today than a few 9 days ago. Colonel Berry is complacent, denounces all newspapers, and sijys all will be well, and the boys • etui say they are going home. » Hot words passed between Berry and Chaplain Clark this afternoon, and a veracious private who chanced a to|be passing near says the doughty chaplain otlled the colonel a liar. The chaplain and Lieut.-Col. Schrieber a are almost idolized by the men fo their sturdy championship of the grievances of the rank and file. , SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. I.—(By the Asoiclated Press.) The situation in the Seventh regiment remains s unchanged. Colonel Berry has been busy all lay today Indorsing applications of men for discharge, and he i stated that he hoped to get them all in to General Miller tomorrow. Fron the division commander they will , be sent up to General Merriam, and nothing reflntte will be done until h*has formally acted in the matter, i In the meantime no one seems to think that the regiment will go to Manila, but rather that when General i Merriam finds what a large percentage of the men desire to leave the service he will recommend that the , regiment be mustered out. It is probable that whatever he may recommend in the matter will be done by , the war department. WHAT'S THE USE OF CONGRESS, OR ANYBODY. INVESTIGATING ALGERISM? LOS ANGELES, SUfI©AY MORNING, OCTOBER 2, W& GANGS HIS OWN GAIT HE'S All Bjgfet, I'M All Bight, WE HUB AM Bight COLORADO FOREST FIRES Subsiding Only Where Fuel Is Exhausted WISCONSIN WOODS TARE NO BETTER Mining: Towns anel Lumber Camps Wiped Out—Loss of Life Added to Financial Disaster—A Heavy Rain the Only Hope Associated Press Special Wire. i DENVER, Colo.. Oct. I.—The forest Ares WhiOh are devastating the western portion of the state are burning with unabated fury, only subsiding where fuel is exhaust ed. A special to the Rocky Mountain News from Red Cliff Bays that nothing is heard ln Eagle county but talk of Are and of reports of new territory In the grasp of the demon, and when a providential storm comes and the summlnf| up ls made there will be little timber left to tell the tale. A new country, now sending volumes of fire and smoke heavenward, is Bear, Wil low and Lake creeks, a magnificent stretch of forest. This fire, from Its direction, will' sweep on Camp Fulford, which has already been scorched from another direction. Ranchmen, on Gore creek are having a des perate time saving their homes, as the Gore range foothills here send a continu ous run of flames for miles. The Very Soil on Fire Along the side hills near Mlnturn even the ground ls burning. Cattle) men are getting their cattle Into unburnt districts as rapidly as possible, and then are com pelled to keep a close watch on them and keep them moving. A regular gale ls blowing throughout the country, which means the fast traveling fire will be driven forward ln a hurricane of flame. \ A Village Burned The deserted village of Gold Park was re duced to ashes yesterday, dwellings, barns and storehouses, and the stamp mill of the Gold Park Mining and Milling company were licked up In a few hours. This town ls three miles from the mouth of the Holy Cross, and the miners of that district fought nobly to save the place. The Holy Cross country suffered terribly. The mines have eloeed down and the miners are utterly exhausted! from their night and day battle wlthl the Held. Many narrow escapes are reported from different parts of the country. Strong men have succumbed to the smoke and heat, and must be carried off by their comrades. Ko Lives Lost As yet no loss of life has occurred, but many head of cattle and horses have been burned up. Notch mountain, opposite Oilman, ls a blackened ruin on the Holy Cross slope. Every bridge on Homestake creek ls destroyed, the corduroy sections of the roads burned out and Innumerable fallen giant pines Interlay-1: all along the line of travel. Thousands of acres of the finest timber are a thing of the past. In several places there is no doubt that the fires are of in cendiary origin. Especially ls this so ln the vicinity of Hooper mountain. Cotton wood and Cattle creek ranches are being de serted. Shaft houses ln the mountains have been swept away. There seems now no hope of staying the Are anywhere. The only hope Is in rain or snow. No Hope of Bain Local Forecaster Brandenburg says he has observed no change in weather condi tions that point to rain, though the wel come prediction of the Weather Bureau at Washington for Colorado Is "showers." Governor Adams said today: "I think the only thing that will put ^^ PRICE FIVE CENTS a atop to the flros is a good heavy rain. There Is but little use ln trying to put the fires out by the usual means, as th* fire is not continuous. From what I can hear lt must be In probably fifty different places. In my opinion the fires are due wholly to accident. Campers build a Are, and a spark blows into the underbrusb, which is very dry, and a fire is the result. It is so easy to start a Are Just now that lt ls almost impossible to ascertain the ori gin of it. Sparks from railroad engines may have caused some fires.' ' Within a day or two fires have appeared on the west slope of the Pike's Peak range and large sections of timber are being de stroyed. Qreat volumes of smoke can be seen rolling over the crest of the range. The fires seem to be burning fiercely along the west side of Mount Baldy, which rises to an altttude of 18,000 feet four miles south of Pike's Peak. At Sundown the volume cf smoke has decreased perceptibly. The people of Pitkin county are be coming terrified over tbe havoc wrought by the Are that ls now raging near there. The County Commissioners are advising with the city officials as to the best meth ods to check the Are, but as yet no plan has been outlined. The Are on White river has burned over an area of 100 square miles and is still sweeping eastward and burning a trench ten miles wide. The people of Upper White river have fought Are for three weeks day and night. They have been aided by forest rangers Dunn and Giblet. Parties from that sec tion say they have seen notblng of the oth er government rangers. The towns ot Kokomo and Hahns Peak are reported to be in danger from the fires surrounding them. Glenwood Springs Is enveloped ln a cloud of smoke and the situation in that vicin ity ls rapidly becoming worse. A special to the Republican from Breck inridge says: Forest fires are destroying a great deal of fine timber ln the vicinity of this town and the air is heavy with smoke. The strong winds are causing fires to spread rapidly. A special from Crested Butte to the News says: This city la surrounded by a wall of leaping flames and a terrible destruction of property Is imminent. A veritable hur ricane ls blowing and flames are jumping 500 feet and traveling flve miles an hour. Several thousand dollars' worth of hay Is already burned. Many people are fighting Are by means of back Ares. A special from Pago Springs, Colo., says: There are now four forest fires burning Inside the limit of Arohuelta county. Ed McCarty was tn from th« upper Pledras, today and-says there ls a terrible fire og tt the west of the Piedras river which Is digg vastating much timber, but he thinks n en lives are ln danger. Another fire is burn 3a ing on Turkey creek, eight miles above th,j a springs, and ls threatening the on the creek. The fourth Are ls between the Blanco and Navajo rivers, and the ex tent Is not known. A Montrose special says: A forest Are on the east side of Hairpin * mesa has razed an extent of Afteen miles, in extent. Tho Denver and Rio Grande.