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int.. xxxvii. NITMURK :iIR PRICE: 50 CENTS BOILERS EXPLODE; FOUR ON STEAMER DEAD; 14 SURVIVE Accident Occurs at Night While V" Vessel Is Off Coast of % . Mendocino FIRE SWEEPS SINKING SHIP Life-Saving Crew at Point Arra See Distress Rockets and . Rescue Sailors ' I ' ■. i in,'"" i I, ,i <A*s--lated Press) I ■'. POINT ARRA?"CaI., Aug. 14— Four 1 men were killed late last night when the boilers of the steam schooner Phoe nix blew up at sea about ten miles north of Point Arra lighthouse, off the Mendocino coast. Two of them, Chief Engineer Thomas Houston of Berkeley and Second Mate Andrew Rasmusson of San Francisco, reached shore with the survivors of the vessel, but died this morning from their injuries. The bodies of two firemen, Ch'rls Hanseh and William Nlcholsen of San Fran cisco, were found in the engine room . of their ship as she floated, at sea. The accident occurred last night shortly after 9 o'clock. The Phoenix, loaded 'with bark for San Francisco, was making her way slowly southward against a brisk wind in a choppy sea. Hansen and Nicholsen were stoking below, and Houston and Rasmussen were chatting at the engine room door, when suddenly there wa*s a roar from a 7; boiler. % . OFFICER Ml III.M> OFF BRIDGE The mate and the engineer were hurled to the floor toward the fire boxes and First Officer Louis Carson was thrown from his position on the bridge and his body sent through the air thirty feet to the deck below. The Bailors forward and Captain Peter Hal versen, seated In his cabin, were tossed about in their quarters by the force of the explosion, and confusion reigned. I With her bow well out of water and careening to starboard, the Phoenix was settling. Pump crews wore sta tioned and some of the sailors were sent Into the engine and boiler rooms to discover whether the ship was on fire. The men, working amid the tan gled wreckage and the hissing steam, came upon the prostrate forms of Houston and Rasmussen, who were carried to ' the deck, still alive but fatally injured. Nicholsen and Hansen were' never seen - after the explosion. '■-■■ Sky rocket distress .signals flashing throuelr "the"'air " attracted" Captain Stilt and* his crew of the Point Arra life saving station, and the rescuers put off in the life boat. - They returned nt ...'midnight with Rasmussen and Houston and several members of the crow. Captain Halvorson and the others remained aboard the- vessel. At daybreak the skipper and those who had stayed with him made their way through the breakers to the shore In the ship's boats s after making fruitless effort* to beach the Phoenix. ; VKSSM, DRIFTS DOWN COAST An effort was made, by the tug Her cules to put a line about the vessel to day, but the heavy seas made this im possible Am darkness fell tonight the Phoenix was making her way down the coast, kept afloat by her deck load. When last-seen by the lookouts she was ten miles below the Poift Arra lighthouse and - was sending about two miles.out from the rock. . Houston and Rasmussen died this morning. They were attended by Dr. A. B. Pitts of Point Arra, who was powerless to save them. Captain Hal vorsen ami the thirteen survivors of tin- crew left here today on the steam schooner Brooklyn, bound for San Francisco. • Besides Larsen, who was only slightly hurt, the only others aboard to receive injuries were Eric Olson and Ole Michelsen, both of whom sustained- lacerations and contusions about the legs, and arms. DECIDES TO ELOPE WOMAN BORROWS FRIEND'S JEWELS Sweetheart Raises Money, but 'Elopers' Are Arrested [Special to The Herald] PF.NVER, Aug. 14.—When Mrs. Florence Camming*, who is here on a visit and whose husband Hvoh In Los AnK«'lcs, decided Friday to go to San Fncnoisco with Oscar 1 Azman, whose wife lives In New York, she cast about for a means of raising money. She found, she says, the key to her trunk would also unlock the trunk .of Mrs. Martha Hall. Saturday night Mrs. Cummings told riuef of Police Armstrong she opened Mrw Hall's trunk and took from it two diamond rings, a necklace, a brace let and several other articles valued at $400. She intended pawning the ar ticles but Azman succeeded in raising money enough to buy two tickets to San Francisco, and she placed the Jew elry In her trunk. An hour before train lime Mrs. Hall discovered the theft of her jewelry. Suspicion fell on Mrs. Cummings. An officer hurried to the depot and ar rested Mrs. Cummlngs and Azman as they were boarding the train. AMERICAN CRUISERS START FOR CHILEAN CENTENNIAL SAN FBANCISCO, Aug. 14.—Bound for the port of "Valparaiso, where they will participate in the opening of the Chilean centennial next month, the cruisers California, Pennsylvania, Colo nulci and Washington left here today under command of Rear Admiral Gilt* H parber. The first atop will be made at Chlmbotet, Peru, 3600 miles from hero, where, the vessels ■will coal. Tho run will then be to Valparaiso, 1515 mili'Hibeyoiul. After the teutlvltie* in the Chilean city the Colorado! Pennsyl vania and i';i in 1 cirnia will return to thl« ,,1-1, while the Washington will pro ceed ty Hampton Roadl to become ono of tlie Atlantic fleet- , LOS ANGELES HERALD INDEX OF HERALD'S NEWS TODAY ■ :.-/■; - ■ .',■'-■,,.■■-'- ■-- ■-. ,>•: -■' FORECAST - . lor lon Angeles and vicinity— Mon days overcast In morning) light south wind. Minimum temperature yesterday 76 dedrem; minimum 56. LOS ANGELES . . Judgo Works and A. J. Wallace discuss Southern Pacific activity' In politics at i Interior town meeting*. PAGE 5 McCartney suddenly tries to become a friend of the people. ■* ", PAGE 5 Southern Pacific machine push seek* to trick voter* 'by i urging change of names on Democratic primary ballot, - S '•: - • >- .. ' ■ y'. ' -PAGE 5 Marshall Stlmson Issues final appeal to voters. .' I'AQE 5 Mlspano-Amerlcnn league Indorses Lin < uln-riopsevelt ticket, unanimously. ■( PAGE i Chapel of Christian Endeavor union on <ounty hospital grounds dedicated with Impressive service. PAGE 12 Police commission will begin today to regrant liquor permits. PAGE 12 Corner stone of German Methodist rhuroh. Olive and .Fifth streets. Is laid. PAGE! 12 Orooars and hay dealers to hold annual picnic In Indian village Aug. 18. I'AOE 3 To Install exhibit of home building ma terial In Ferry building. San Fran cisco. PAGE 3 Veterans of Southern California will go Into annual encampment at Hunting ton beach. "PAGE 3 Revised list of polling places for Tues day's election. PAGE S Shu/plng news. PAGE 10 W. C. T. U. notes. PAGE 3 Police raid two Slavonian social clubs on charge of violating liquor ordi nance. ■ PAGE 10 Mrs. Martha Chatt. wife of realty dealer, reported to have disappeared while on journey to Lancaster. PAGE 1 Woman hears of husband's death In Alaska following sale of her property for taxes. PAGE 10 Society. PAGE 12 Editorial and letter box. PAGE 4 'city brevities. PAGE 6 Politics. PAGE I Sports. , PAGES 8-7 Mining and oil fields. PAGE v Classified advertising. PAGES 10-11 Theaters. ■ PAGE 3 Churches. PAGE 12 SOUTH CALIFORNIA Thief steals silver trophy of Co. X, N. O. C. PAGE 10 Life guards at Ocean Park nave Ralph Kern of Los Angeles from drowning In surf. PAGE 10 Owners of PasaileDa gardens prepare to enter competition for prizes, PAGE 10 Mistake In alarm causes Rcdondo fire man to make long run. PAGE 10 Spiritualists open third annual congress In Long Beach. PAGE 10 COAST Four men killed by explosion of boilers on schooner Phoenix off Mendocino * coast. I'AUB 1 Moii tlmlx body of mother.. Mrs. Castine, mutilated and burled In shallow grave In front yard of homo near Lancaster. PAGE 1 Campaign managers Issue final Instruc tions and predict record vote In the state election tomorrow. PAGE 2 Panama exposition boosters to visit the state fair at Sacramento. PAGE I Arizona man visiting wife of another killed by bullet of unidentified as sassin. PAGE 2 San Francisco couple fulfill weird suicide pact. PAGE 10 EASTERN Senator Crane of Massachusetts becomes right hand man to President Taft. PAGE 10 Burglar murders girl on her wedding eve. PAGE 2 Department of commerce and labor re ports wheat exports are falllrs off. r.VOE 10 Boossrilt and Grlscom to hold Important •conference. PAGE 2 Question of local option causes lively polit ical light among parties In Nebraska. I'AGE 12 Students In attendance of summer ses sion of Columbia university number 2629. ana set new record. PAOE 2 Woman who decides to go to San Kran clsco with a man other than her hus band Is under arrest at Denver. PAGE 1 FOREIGN Hungarian and Cuban relegations announce plans to attend Mexico's centennial cele bration. PAGE 12 Florence Nightingale, fiimjus Crimean war nurse, dies at home In I,ondon. PAOE 1 Papal nuncio seeks Interview with queen mothor of Spain. PAOE 1 Fire at Belgian exposition In Brussels de stroys property worth $11X1,000,000, ami Im perils lives of thousands of visitors. PAOE 1 MINING AND OIL Three million dollar deal for Midway oil land was only part cash. PAOE 9 Gungenhelms finally acquire C. & 8. property. PAGE D Chamber of mines and oil ore exhibit will bo Increased. PAOE 9 FALLING WALL AT FIRE KILLS EL PASO'S MAYOR Endeavoring to Save Department Members EL PASO. Tex., Aug. 14.— W. F. Koblnson, mayor of El Paso, lost his life' at 9 o'clock this morning while endeavoring to warn a number of fire men of Imminent danger from a t-itter lng wall. . At the same time Todd Wars, fire man, was instantly killed, and Wil liam Robinson and Dave Sullivan, nlso fireman, were Injured, the latlftr prob ably fatally. They were struck down by the falling wall. The casualties followed the Calllaher Dry Goods company fire, which "ora plately gutted the largest department store in this city. Conservative estimates place the loss at $225,000. All losses are covered by Insurance. U.S. SUPREME COURT TO HEAR INDIAN PROBLEM WASHINGTON, Aug. 14.—With the rights of some thirty thousand Indians in question, the supreme court of the United States will begin consideration probably during the first week of the approachlnp; term of some of the most perplexing problems arlsin; out of the relation of tht United States to its wards. Among these are questions of citizenship and of authority over the lands of individual Indians. MONDAY MORNING, AUGUST 15, 1910. RANCH WOMAN IS STRUCK WITH AX AND BURIED ALIVE Son Discovers Body of Mother, Mrs. Castine, in a Shallow Grave in Yard BROTHER-IN-LAW IS MISSING Find Blood-Stained Clothes Be longing to Brother of Murdered Woman's Husband [Special to The Herald] LANCASTER, CAL., Aug. 14.— The body of Freda Schultz Castine, 51 years old, a wealthy widow who owns 350 acres of land five miles north east of Lancaster, was found yester day buried In a grave but twelve Inches deep In the front ynrd of her former home by her son, Kmll, age 22. The praaehoa of sand found In her lungs and bronchial tubes positively Indi cate that she had been buried before life had become extinct, and a blood stained ax found on the premises gives silent proof of how the crime was committed. Blood-stained clothes found on the farm belonging to a for mer laborer, Otto Schultz, Mrs. Cas tlne's brother-in-law, who has disap peared since the crime was committed, casts suspicion on him as being the one that committed the murder. The head of the body became exposed through a pet dog of Mrs. Castine dig ging when he scented his former mis tress. The discovery of the body was brought about through Emll .Castine not finding his mother upon returning home Sunday morning shortly before 2 o'clock and not being able to ac count for her absence. He rushed to the home of Alfred F. Hardy, half a mile away, and told him about his mother's unaccountable absence. Hardy quieted him by telling him that his mother was surely all light and would return soon. Kmll returned to his home and an hour later rushed back to the Hardy place streaming and ap parently Insane. He informed Hardy that he had found his mother's hat and hair in the yard. He then at tempted to secure possession of a shot gun In Hardy's house, but was re strained and was accompanied by Hardy back to his home. BODY FOUND BY LANTERN MOIIT By lantern light the mother's hat and a portion of the scalp was found. On bPlrig- to!<! where It came from, Etardy procured a shovel and commenced dig ging, while Emll, the son, dropped, to his knees in his eagerness and dug away with both bare hands. The head of Mrs. Castlne and one foot were soon uncovered. The boy knelt down and kissed tho dead face and then col lapsed. Taking the boy away with him, Hardy rushed to a neighboring ranch apd notified the authorities at Lan caster While there the boy became frantic and urged Hardy to return with him to the Castlne home, where the two remained by the body to keep a-way the prowling coyotes. Mrs. Castlne was last seen In Lan caster Friday afternoon about 2 o'clock. She had $100 in her possession. She is known to have money and Jewelry In Los Angeles banks estimated at $50*00. Her neighbors claim she has property in England and Germany val ued at $2,000,000. Last May Otto Schultz, the brother of her dead husband, came from Ger many to work for her. Schultz left Lancaster Saturday forenoon at 3 a. m. on Southern Paciilc train No. 8, after purchasing .a ticket for Los An geles He was never known to have much money but displayed consider able cash when buying the ticket. Dr James T. Arwine, former sur geon in the United States army, and now practicing in Lancaster, held the postmortem. - He states that the worn mi was attVß when placed in the grave Death was caused by a frac ture of the skull and the right Jaw bone was also broken. The bloody ax blade exactly fitted the wound In the head. Dr. Arwine stated, that the woman's air passages contained sand, which she had breathed in while un conscious find dying in the grave.. He also stated that all indications uoint to the fact that tho grave wart dug while the woman was In town Friday afternoon, and that she wns murdered Friday afternoon. Kxpla nation for this is that from the wound she received she could not have lived more than a few minutes and that Schultz would not have had time to dig the grave after hitting her, for. if this had been done Band would not have been found in the air passages, this being positive Indication that" she was alive when placed In the grave. The body was badly decomposed. The decomposition was caused by the body being warm when placed In the grave. Sand near the surface was also warm and kept heat in the body. When the body was searched only $5 was found on it. When Emil Oastlne discovered the human hair and his mother's hat he rod* horseback to the Hardy ranch. Since that time he has been in hair stupor and during lucid moments states that he does not believe Schultz murdered his mother. *r SISIMONS SHERIFF The son called for Sheriff Hammel' and the sheriff is at his bedside. He is under the care of Dr. Arwine at the hotel here. This morning the sheriff notified all the big cities as far north as Seattle, east as Chicago, south as far as El Paso. Texas, to be on the lookout for"Schultz. His description follows: Gerrn^n, speaks no English, 5 feet 8 Inches tall, medium build, light mustache, florid complexion, derby hat, dark suit, wore congress shoes, Schutlz has 24 hours' start of officers, but th ecase will be given as much pub licity by officers as Orippen murder. People of Lancaster are greatly_jexcited and vow vengeance should the mur derer be found in vicinity. It is be lleevd Schultz is heading east. He used a horse and rig belonging to Hardy to carry hts belongings to the railway depot Friday evening. The horse and rig were borrowed from Hardy Friday morning by the mur dered woman. ScUultz went to the depot Friday at 5 o'clock and on miss ing the train to Lxm Angeles waited (Co.ictnued go fact live; Three Prominent Men Indentified with Recent Church Difficulties in Spain "**~** ■ : FEARS COMPANION TOOK WIFE'S LIFE Husband of Mrs. Martha Chatt Informs Police of Woman's . Strange Disappearance Kissing her husband an affectionate farewell and promising to write to him on her arrival at the home of her parents at Lancaster, Mrs. Martha Chatt, wife of B. Chatt, president of the B. Chatt Land Company, and a wealthy real estate dealer, left her home at 219% South Fremont street, August 7, to drive to the desert town. She has disappeared completely and nothing has been heard of her 3ince her departure. Mrs. Chatt was accompanied by John Interbeten, living at 361 Buena Vista street, on her overland trip to Lancas ter. They left Los Angeles August 7, riding in a lUvht wagon which the wom an had purohased to make the trip. Following, closely on the finding of the mutilated body of Mrs. Oastine, who if, supposed to-have bet»n murdered by Otto Shultz, a distant relative, and buried in the rear of her home, four miles from Lancaster, it is thought that Mrs. Chatt and her companion have been murdered and their bodies disposed of in the same manner. Considerable mystery attended the departure of Mrs. Chatt from Los An geles. A short time ago she decided to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Pullman, who live on a ranch owned by Chatt a mile from Lancaster. Despite the fact that Lancaster is on the main line of the valley route of the Southern Pacific and but a matter of a half-day's Journey, the missing woman decided to make the trip over land by easy stages. She purchased a horse, a light wagon and a bugßy the day preceding her departure. She paid SIOO for the outfit, removed the wheels from the buggy, loaded It on the wagon and left with Inderbeten before her husband saw the outfit or learned from whom she bought it. ■ BEEK**ASSISTAXCEOF rOLICK -j,:. The case was brought to the atten tion of the police last night r when Chatt appeared at ..the detective -bu-. reau and asked the officers to . assist him in finding the woman., He .stated that his wife had never reached Lan caster and he wanted to find out where she had < gone. -' • • ••".;■ . Chatt. it • appears, was aversei- to her making the overland trip, which ordinarily requires two days, but she finally convinced him that she could reach her destination j without > trouble if accompanied by a friend to protect her When Inderbeten was mentioned as her companion, Chatt readily, con - cented because the machinist was rep resented as a friend of the family. On the day of the departure of 'his wife Chatt wrote to his wife's parents and informed them .that his - wife was en route to Lancaster and requested them to communicate with him on her ar r Last Thursday, the anniversary of his .wife's birthday, Chatt forwarded several presents • and wrote a letter congratulating . her. \ A number of friends of Mrs. Chatt also sent pres ents and when they were received by the mother of the missing woman a search was made, but x nothing could be learned of the whereabouts of Mra. Chatt. Mrs. ■ Pullman, the mother, became alarmed and a telegram was sent to ("hatt advising ' him I that the woman had not arrived. A further investiga tion was made the following day and when no trace of the ' missing woman could be found a letter was sent to Chatt asking him to make a | search in Los Angeles. _• Chatt. it seems, was unable to find out anything concerning his wife. Last Saturday Mrs. Pull man arrived in Los- Angeles, sought her son-in-law and the two begun a search for the woman. • " ... a According to the story of Chatt, he and his wife were on the most friendly terms when she left him. He admitted that he Is puzzled because of the se crecy observed by Mrs. Chatt when she purchased the team with which to make the trip. Chatt says the woman bought the outfit from some horse dealer In ' Seventh'- street, but bo far has been unable to locate the man. ' ■ Detective Jones visited the apart ment house at 361 Buena Vista street where Inderbeten lived, but was unable to 1 gain any information . that ■ would throw light on the strange disappear ance. Aocordlng to the statement >of the proprietor. In Jerbeten stated that he was going to the Antelope valley on a vacation and might be away for a week or ten days. The missing man recently.has been out of employment, having quit work when the machin ists and ironworkers ■' went out on strike a short time ago. ■■• Inderbeten :Is a German." He ,is , 5 feet 4% inches in Height and of a me dium build. He usually attracts ' at tention because cf: un ,' abundance of i wavy, j coal; black . hair '/ '•■:-, m GEN. WKYIiEK PAPAL NUNCIO TO INTERVIEW QUEEN Catholic Envoy at Madrid Ad heres Strictly to Diplomatic Etiquette [Special to The Herald] SAN SEBASTIAN, . Aug. 14.—Mon signor Vico, papal nuncio at Madrid; has asked for an Interview with the queen mother, through Foreign Minis ter Prietro, thus adhering strictly to diplomatic etiquette. Despite the threats of the Carlists, the troops have been able to maintain order here, and while many arrests have been made the worst of the trouble is believed to be over. Cath olics are extremely indignant at the government's repressive measures, as they claim that the demonstrations planned were not Carlist uprisings, but were arranged to show the disapproval of the people to the orders of Premier Canalejas, who so far has had the. earnest support of King Alfonso. Gen. Weyler's assignment to command of the troops in this district is taken to mean that the government does not intend to allow the uprising to suc ceed. The Catholics here believe that the efforts of the pope to settle the en tire matter will prove successful and that the end of the controversy is in sight. ■ POPE SAYS DISTURBANCES CAUSE HIM AFFLICTION ROME, Augr. 14.—The pope, in speak ing with reference to the Spanish ques tion during the course of an audience which he gave to a prominent officer recently, said that the events in Spain and the efforts of anti-clericals, sup ported by Irreligious sentiment abroad, had causod him much affliction but at the same time had afforded an oppor tunity for splendid manifestation of loyalty and devotion to the church and to the pontiff himself from Spanish people. ■ The pope added that addresses, tele prams and letters had been received from every part of Spain, assuring the Holy See of complete support. AVIATOR CATANNEO WINS DURATION MILEAGE PRIZE LANARK, Sec Hand, Aug. 14.—The aviator Catanneo, who August 10 es tablished a new British record for a single flight, 141 miles at an average speed of 44.16 miles an hour, is the winner of the duration mileage prize, for which J. Armstrong Drexel, the American aeroplanist, also was a con tender. Drexel. however, has been very successful at this meeting, his prizes aggregating J6775. He also won the Lanark trophy. BALLOON CROSSES ALPS AT 13,000 FEET ALTITUDE TURIN, Aug. 14.—Captain Spalterini, accompanied by Louis Roufschilo and Dr. Etthaff, has made the trip in his beljoon Sirie across the Alps, Hying from Zurich to the valley* of Lanzo. The aeronauts reached an altitude of 13,000 feet and traveled 125 miles in six hours. PAULHAN WINS $5000 PRIZE PARIS. Auk- 14.—Louis Paulhan, the aviator, has won. the Daily Mall's prize of $6000 for the longest total,' cross country flights made during > the year ending today. .He is credited with 851 wiles .■■■ ;/-■---■.■'' ' V' ' • CiTVrtT I. / l> I I^U • OAU.Y te. ON TRAINS So. SLNG-LJ^ V-/lil IJ'jO. M MIIVS 80. ON TRAINS tO«. CAHIHN.VL MBKRY BEL, VAI. FAMOUS CRIMEAN WAR NURSE DIES Florence Nightingale, Only Wom an to Receive Order of Merit, Passes Away LONDON, Aug. 14.—Florence Night ingale, the famous nurse of the Cri mean war, and the only woman who ever received the Order of Merit, died yesterday afternoon at her London home. Although she had been an invalid for a long time, rarely leaving her room, her death was somewhat unex pected. A week ago she was quite sick, but then improved und on Friday was cheerful. During that night alarming symptoms developed and she gradually sank until 2 o'clock Satur day afternoon, when an of heart failure brought the end. Her funeral will be as quiet as pos sible, in accordance with her. wishes. During recent years, owing to her feebleness and advanced age, Miss Nightingale had received but few vis itors. May 12 last she celebrated her 90th birthday. Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820. She was the first woman to follow a. modern army into battle as a nurse, and in the Crimean war gained the title of "Angel of the Crimea." At the close of the war she was en abled by a testimonial fund amounting to $250,000 to found an institution for the training* of nurses, the Nightingale home at St. Thomas. She was also the means of calling attention to the un sanitary conditions of camp hospitals. In 1908 she received this freedom of the city of London and King Edward bestowed upon her the Order of Merit, the most exclusive distinction in the gift of the British sovereign. The membership of the order is limited to twenty-four and it includes such men as Lord Roberts, Lord Wolsely, Field Marshal Kitchener, James Bryce, Prince Yamagata and Admiral Togo. FOREST FIRES FIERCELY BURN AT ELK CITY, WASH. SPOKANE. Wash., Aug. 14.—A spe cial from Stltes, Idaho, tonight Bay* the forest fire situation In the Elk City district ts the worst In the history of that region. Under tho lniluence of the high winds prevailing in ths moun tains for tho last two days and nlghta, the forest fires are burning with re doubled fury. The whole country in the vicinity of Elk City In ablaxe. Th« stage leaving there yesterday morning was the last to get through. Freight teams were compelled to turn back last night. Telephone linos in burned for several miles and the town Is cut off from communication wlttf the outside. The fires on Ten Mile, which were supposed to have been burned out, have been fanned into activity again. Major Fenn reports three new fires on the Selway and one on Eldorado creek. Both are In dense timber and are sweeping through tin: forests faster than a man can walk. No wurd lias linn received today from the fifty men who went to the rescue of the settlers on Squa»v creek. l^£ CENTS A — FIRE AT BELGIUM FAIR; LOSS RUNS TO $100,000,000 Flames Rapidly Destroy English and French Sections of the \ Brussels Exposition SOLDIERS DISPERSE CROWDS Thousands Fight Desperately to Gain Avenues of Escape from the Disastrous Blaze (Associated Press) BRUSSELS, Aug. 14.—Fire swept the great Belgian exposition tonight. Tho flames were driven by a high wind and soon destroyed the Belgian, English and French sections. It i 3 believed tho whole exposition will bo destroyed. Two are dead and thirty injured. The White City of the World's fair, as the Belgians called their 1910 ex position, is tonight a mass of flames and smouldering ruins. A spark fall ing into inflammable matter in the telegraph building burst up in flames, which, driven by a high wind, swept rapidly in all directions. Soon the Belgian, English and French sections were destroyed. The firemen and detachments of soldiers called to the scene found themselves baffled by the gale, which carried the burning embers to all parts of the grounds. The loss is estimated at $100,000,000. To the left of the main building, across the pieturesquero and spires of "Bruxelles Kermesz" is d. Belgian Coney island with water chutes, to boggan slides and Scores of sideshows. This place was alive with Sunday crowds and before they could be got ten out with any semblance of order tho Kermesz was afire. The crowds became panic stricken and men, wo men and children fought madly to es cape. The exits became choked with the struggling masses and men used their fists to clear the pathway. Many wero trampled under foot and badly injured. An engine corps from Antwerp at trmrtecl to dynamite the buildings in the French section in the hope of oh.>rking the fire, but the flames leaped across and engulfed the Italian, Rus sian, Austrian. Japanese, Chinese and Norwegian buildings. Forty houses on the Avenue Solboch, adjoining the ex pedition, were destroyed. At the time r>f-the-mitbrealc n" fewer than 100,000 persons Were clro.tfliitirifr in the grounds, and the Kermesz troops were ordered out and came at double quick to aid the police in clearing Che great grounds. This was accomplished in fair order, except within the limits of the Kermesz, where the vast crowds became entangled in an almost inex trirable mass, fighting desperately to find an escape from the flames, which swept viciously through the tmdejrlike structure. LOSS OF LIFE IS OCAZX As the flames progressed the men de cided to shoot the blasts, but the heat drove them back and the animals were left to their fate. The multitude of people were driven back to a safe dis tance and, watched the thrilling spec tacle of tne destruction oC the White city. Tongues of fire mounted high into the heavens and flaming embur3 wero carried off by the wind and fell upon the residences beyond, setting them on fire. When the fire wa? finally gotten under control the Belgian and English sections were in ruins, while "all the other sections, including the American, were partly destroyed. Bands of thieves engaged in pillage and a soldier was stabbed while at tempting to arrest three moa who he found rifling a jewelry exhibit. The aggregate loss will be enormous. The » diamond exhibits are heavy sufferers. Belgium's White City stood near the end of the Avenue Louise, the fash ionable park drive, which is on the west side of Brussels. The national building, that of the Belgian section, stood on a slight elevation facing the main entrance. To the left of the main building was the .Xermesz. • A magnificent quadrilateral of the gardens was surrounded by four con clusions of France, Germany, Holland and Italy. The Italian pavilion was built after the renaissance style of the fourteenth century. The German sec tion was grouped around the main pa vilion. Eight large halls were devoted to exhibits of railroad companies, ag ricultural machinery, art and educa tion. The Netherlands section includ ed an elevated roadbed. One of the most sulking features of the French section was thi palace of agriculture and horticulture, speeiat pavilions being devoted to Tunis, Mada gascar, Algeria, Western Africa Ol >l India-China. The Spanish pa\ offered a remarkable reproduction of the Alhambra palace at Grenada. Tho Court ot Lions and several of the i of state were represented in which the Spanish government exhibited some of its national treasures, such as tapestries, paintings, armors and jew els of the former royal families. An interesting feature of tho fair was the House of Rubens, which was the official pavilion of Antwerp. Be sides representative exhibits of all branches of local activity, the pavilion contained a retrospective exhibition of Flemish art of tho Rubens period. It was announced some time before the opening of the exhibition that many of tlu! leading museums of the world f would contribute masterpieces in their possession. King Albert inaugurated the Colonial section of the exhibition on April 30. CHINESE SLAVE GIRL FLEES FROM CAPTORS SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 14.—Escap ing from her captors, Li rfo, a Chinese slave girl, who claims to have been imported to this country, fled through the alleys of Chinatown today, chased by several Chinamen, find running Into the arms of Policeman Heagerty. begged protection l'rom the Chinaman. Fong King Bins, an interpreter for the people of Chinatown, was one of the man in pursuit of the girl, and was taken into custody. He 1« accused by Li So of holding her In the alleyway ugalnst her wishes.