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For Investigation by the War
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,
The etatement was made ln response to
the general invitation from the commis
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
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
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
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.
Edgar E. Asks for Injunction and a
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.
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.
HE'S All Bjgfet, I'M All Bight, WE HUB AM Bight
Subsiding Only Where Fuel Is
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
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
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
A special from Crested Butte to the News
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.

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