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Accident Occurs at Night While
V" Vessel Is Off Coast of %
. Mendocino
Life-Saving Crew at Point Arra
See Distress Rockets and .
Rescue Sailors
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<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. %
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. ;
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.
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.
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- ,
■ :.-/■; - ■ .',■'-■,,.■■-'- ■--„ ■-. ,>•:
. lor lon Angeles and vicinity— Mon
days overcast In morning) light south wind.
Minimum temperature yesterday 76 dedrem;
minimum 56.
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. ■(
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
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
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
Senator Crane of Massachusetts becomes
right hand man to President Taft. PAGE 10
Burglar murders girl on her wedding eve.
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
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
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
Endeavoring to Save Department
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.
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.
Son Discovers Body of Mother,
Mrs. Castine, in a Shallow
Grave in Yard
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
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.
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
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
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
"**~** ■ :
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
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.
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.
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 '/ '•■:-,
Catholic Envoy at Madrid Ad
heres Strictly to Diplomatic
[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. ■
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
May 12 last she celebrated her 90th
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.
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
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.
A —
TO $100,000,000
Flames Rapidly Destroy English
and French Sections of the
\ Brussels Exposition
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
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
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
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
King Albert inaugurated the Colonial
section of the exhibition on April 30.
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.

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