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WASHINGTON, MONDAY MOENINp, MAY 10, 1897 EIGHT PAGES.
Offer to Mediate Came From the
HAD TO ABANDON CRETE
i:mpcror William Said to IJe Stnnd
; ing in the lVny o an Agreement.
Wishes the Dynasty to Be De
', throned There May lie a Fort-
London, May 9. Despite a slight conflict
-in the reports, it is clear enough th.ic
Greece has bj no means approached the
powers in the attitude of a supplicant.
The most reliable slatementb prove that
the go eminent verball y notified the diplo
mats of its desire for peace, but felt It
impossible to appeal to them to intervene,
as the army remained intact. The diplo
mats replied that it Greece would withdraw
her troops fiom Crete the powers would
offer to mediate between her and Tuikey
The government thereupon, judging it pru
dent to saciifice Crete in older to wive
the country from fuitber calamities, ac
ceded, but felt its position to be strong
enough to stipulate certain conditions, as
already stated It is here that the delay
While it Is declared hi one direction
that Greece's, stipulations aie or Mich a
mild character that the powers are al
most certain to ncquietcc in them, it is
Hated on the other hand that Germany
lb stickling for conditions that Gieece
cannot possibly accept, they being cal
culated to shake the very foundations of
Tins is Interpreted to be a demand that
the dynasty bedethroncd. The Athens cor
respondent of the Chronicle probably re
ferring to this, says that he Is in a po
sition to state, If the concert is instigated
by one inimical power to impose conditions'
touching the integrity of the kingdom and
the national honor, that the situation,
though bad, is not desperate, and the
national forces are not exhausted.
It is expected in all quarters that the
powers will definitely reply tomoirow.
Prime Minister Ralll believes the im
mediate effect of the note will be a
fortnight's armistice, but Turkey's unwill
ingness to agree to this has already been
noted The Turkish soldiers are eager for
more fighting and they are supported by
the war party In Constantinople, which is
dally gaining in strength. Even recent
peace advocates are being carried along
with the current.
However, the ablest Turks, equally with
the diplomats, are keenly alive to the in
ternal dangers to the Ottoman empire
from a victorious army. Anyhow, It seems
impossible that the powers will allow
hostilities to be continued until ieace is
definitely settled. If they do, probably
the bloodiest work of the war is yet to
The royal family is working actively to
obtain the re-establishment of peace. It Is
believed that the Czar, at the Instance of
Queen Olgu, will use his Influence at Con
stantinople to procure an armistice, and
also the evacuation of Thessaly by tue
Turkish troops. Crown Princess Sophie
has approached her brother. Emperor Wil
liam, to secure the same end.
THI17MPIIAL ENTRY INTO VOLO.
How the Turks Took Possession of.
London, May 9. A dispatch to the Daily
Mall from Volo, describing the visit of
the Trench and British consuls to Edhem
Pasha, at Velestino, for the purpose of
arranging with him for the surrender
of the town, says that the panic in Volo,
caused by the fear of the Turks attacking
the place, lasted for two weeks. Tne
British consulate was besieged and almost
demolished by the maddened crowd that
was seeking protection. The English new v
paper representatives In the city insist upon
Berving with the police to protect the con
sulate. When, after the second battle at Veles
tino, the Greek army retiied to Almyro,
the pauic in Volo became terrible. The
people crowded arouud Euiopeans in the
etreets, seized them by their clothing, and
begged for protection. The Mail's tor
respondent mentions the finding in an
abandoned house of an old man who was
dying of hunger. Continuing, the dispatch
"Ihe tension at midnight was unen-
durable. The military authorities had
ned and the civil authorities were djing
from fear. The Bntislf and Fiench con
suls and the correspondents lesolved to
go to Velestino and arrange for the In
formal capitulation of Volo. They returned
at S o'clock in the morning with Xedjib
Bey and a troop of cavalry under a flag
of truce and the British and French flags.
"The entry Into Volo was a triumphal
one. The Inhabitants flanked the road in
Mack masses. Many of them had donned
the fez. They closed behind the little
procession until it grew to the size of a
'regiment and then of an army. All the
eIioim were closed, but the people were
not alarmed. They behaved as though it
was a holiday.
"Upoa reaching th. town hall the chief
actors entered. Nedjib Hey, addressing
the mayor, read a proclamation, issued by
Edhem Pasha, announcing that Volo was
under the Turkish flag, and promising pn--tcctfon
to Its inhabitants. The procla
mation declared that there would be no
violence, outrage or pillage for the peace-
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able residents, but that severe punishment
would be inflicted upon plunderers and
"Later the proclamation was read from
a balcony of the town hall, the crowd
outside showing great relief when they
heard he declarations of the Turkish commander-in-chief,
and the Sultan was en
'The Greek warship Psara remained In
the port. She was asked to leave lu ac
cordance with a previous promise that
the Greek vessels would be withdrawn.
Her commauder replied with an insulting
refusal, though promising not to Tire, un
less there were disorders. Tlierquponhe
vessel was ordered to leave immediately.
"Later a Turkish occupying force, duM.y,
but orderly, with bands playing, entered
Another correspotidentdeseribe&tlie scene
outside thetownhali as extiemely touching.
There was a sea of white, upturned faces,
the people awaiting with the deepest
anxiety, the words which would decide
their fate. The voice of the mayor's trans
lator wasmaudibleand the people strained
their ears vainly, evidently filled with
misgivings. They eagerly cried '"Speak
louder; we cannot hear." When the voice
of the leader was rau-ed and the mean
ing of the proclamation was caught, a
murmur of intense relief ran through the
crowd, immediately followed by frantic
shouts of "Long live the Sultau." "Hur
rah for the Turks."
will wrrnnaAw from chktk.
Greece Tins Agreed to Give Up the
London, May 9. In an interview today
with the Athens concspondent of the
Daily News, Prime Minister R.Uli said
that the diplomats had informed the gov
ernment that IT the Greek troops were
withdrawn from Ciete, the powers would
offer their mediation. The government ac
ceded to the advice of the diplomats, and
asked for the free passage of a ship to
bung the troops to the Piraeus.
TUNICS THKHATEN DOMOKOS.
Splendid Defensive Position Oc
cupied by the Greeks.
London, May 9 An Athens dispatch
to the Dally News says that the main
Ottoman army is at Vryssaand Tchatma,
midway between Phnpala and Uomokos.
The ill-patch remarks upon the splendid
position the Greeks occupy, and that thir
riht might be successfully assaulted by
mountain artillery, but it is difficult to
realize how their left- could possibly be
carried. Gen. Smolensk!, the hero of Vel
estino, is expected to speedily join the main
Greek army with his brigade.
POWERS MUST HAVE CONTROL.
The "Thunderei '.-" Editorial Com
ment on the Situation.
London, May 9. The Times will say
tomorrow editorially: "The powers cannot
call upon Turkey to withhold her victorious
hand until they are assured unmistakably
that Greece will submit to the terms
which they decide are fair. It is all
nonsense to talk of the humiliation that
this will involve for Greece, and of driving
her to desperation. Nothiugthatamajority
of the powers absent to is likely to be of
a character to drive any reasonable nation
to desperation They will see that Greece
gets fair terms and more, but they are not
likely to tie their hands by bargaining as
to what the terms will be. If she wants
intervention she can have it, but she can
not have intervention and the privilege of
making her own bargain too.
UNION WITH GREECE EXISTS.
Col. Vassos Describe the Prevail
ing Conditions in Crete.
Athens, May 9. Col, Vassos and the
other offirers who were recalled from
Crete, have arrived here.
In an interview, Col. Vassos said that
the affairs of the island were now being
administered in the name of the King- of
Greece, and that its union with Greece
already exists, as a fact, the sanction or
Europe alone being lacking.
Col. Vassos added:
"The foreign admiials In Cretan waters
were iccently obliged to advance the in
ternational troops beyond the zone they
had previously occupied, and they had to
abk for my authority to do so. Therefore,
the powers may do what they like, but
the union remains an inevitable neces
sity." HELENE WILE FIGHT TLTRKS.
Young Greek Girl to Take the Field
for Her Country.
New York, May 9. New York has a
little Greek Joan of Arc, in nelene Elio
poulov, who lives with her sister, Mrs.
John Rovatzos, at No. 206 East One
Hundred and Twenty-fourth street. The
girl, who is sixteen years old, will leave
for Greece next Saturday to join the
soldiers fighting in defense of her country.
Uelenc came from Sparta nine weeks
ago. Her relatives have tried in vain to
dissuade her from her Intention. Her
brother-in-law, Charles Rovatzos, and a
friend of his, Dotoratos, sailed for the
scat of war two weeks ago. Helene was
anxious to accompany them, but was not
prepared, and ever since she lias been
working night and day to complete her
arrangements. The uniform which she in
tends to wear has just been finished.
The girl is a. typical Greek, with big,
flashing eyes, black biows, and an olive
skin. She presents a striking appearance, in
her red fez, and crimson, gold embroidered
"I have twenty-seven flrstcousins in tiie
war,'' she said. "1 have three uncles and
three brolheis-in-Iaw. Even my father has
gone, and there is no one at home but the
old rr.cn and the women. I might an well
go and fight. The whole family may be
killed, and then what would be the use or
"The women fight in my country. 1
know of seven Greek girls -who entered
the army, and each has advanced to the
rank or captain. They live the same lives
as the men, wear tne same uniform and
endure the same hardships. You can lead
how our women have fought. When the
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Greeks attacked Constantinople in 1S21
the heroine, Bouboulina, burned fifteen
"My sister is right in wanting to go to
the war," said Airs. Rovat.os "1 would
have gone long ago and so would my hus
band if it hadn't been for our baby boy.
My husband lias three uncles and twenty
five cousins lu the war Oh, no, we don't
want to go as nurses. There are plenty
of them We want to go and fight,
.The Turks do not kill young women, they
capture them. I have a grandmother who
was taken prisoner by the Turks and kept
by them for twelve years She came back
to us at last, however."
The costume which "Helene will' wear
consists of a white ruffled blouse, "a short
white skirt and a crimson, gold-braided
jacket. She slunved a big red leather belt,
with a sheath for a knife and pistol
John Ravatos Is a florist, with a store
In East 125th street. He said that he and
his wife might accompany Helene.
' Populace Growing Tractable.
London, May 9. The correspondent of
the Times at Athens telegraphs that the
change in public sentiment is so gieat
that no opposition whatever hab been pro
voked by the decision of the government
to abandon Crete'. King George, who was
believed to be unapproachable regarding
tne withdrawal of the troops from the
Volunteers Leaving Crete.
Canca, May 9. The exodus of the Ghtis
tian volunteers is beginning. The Cretans
do not appear to notice the recall of Col
Vassos and show no signs or desiring to
lieat for peace. They continue to attack
Turkish outposts, which attacks result
in unimportant skirmishes
MR. ASTOR'S RIG TREE.
Forty to Dine at a Table Made
From One Section.
San Francisco, May 9. A big slab of
redwood, a cross section cut from a log
fourteen feet four inches in diameter, with
the baik peeled off, has been lowered into
the hold or the German ship Maria Hack
fteld, at Long Bridge wharf, for shipment
to London. The wcod is consigned to Wil
liam Waldorf Astor, and it is intended to
decide a wager.
At a recent dinner party given in London
some stories were told flavored with exag
geration. Mr. Astor spoke about the big
trees of California, and one young English
man doubted their existence.
There were Just forty guests at the
dinner, and Mr. Astor, to prove his asser
tion, wagered ttiat a table big enougli to
accommodate forty at dinner could be made
from a cioss section of one of California's
trees. The wager was accepted and the
shipment on the Maria Hackfleld Is the
The piece of redwood was cut from one
of the many giant trees of Humboldt
county. There is not a knot or blemish in
the whole piece Heavy wire cables were
bound arouud it, and heavy planks pro
tected it from being split. It is about
three feet thick and weighs about nine
teen tons. It was brought from the lumber
woods in the steamer National City, and
tho ship's hatchway gave the big slab a
play of only one inch as it was being
lowered into the hold.
"Roineyn Will Re Punished.
Atlanta, Ga., -May 9. It is announced
here on semi-official authority that the
verdict of the Roineyn court-martial is not
acquittal for Capt. Romeyn.
A Town Destroyed by Fire.
Columbia, S. C, May 9i Clio, a town
in Marlboro county, was almost entirely
destroyed at daylight this morning, by
Incendiary fires. Ten stores were burned,
fires starting at different places simul
taneously. There was little insurance.
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AMERICAN OF. AMERICANS.
THE HON. JOHN T. MORGAN, OF ALABAMA.
This Government Thought to Be
Parleying With Spain.
THE MISSION OF CALHOUN
Another Hospital Massacre 'Gen.
Rivera's Serious Condition A
Prisoner of War Shut Paper
Money Question -Assuming a
Havana, via Key West, May 9. Thelatcst
news from Madrid says"that it is gener
ally believed there that secret negotia
tions of great importance arc being earned
on between the governments at Madrid
and Washington in regard to Cuba. Senor
Cau'ovas' announcement ;that-be will not
communicate to thc'corning cortes the
diplomatic notes passing between the two
"governments, has relhfoiced this belief.
The Republicans. , axe trjlng to unlt
their forces for,the campaign. It is an
nounced that they will begin by asking
the Government If die mission of Mr.
Calhoun to Cuba, with instructions from
President McKinley,, js officially known
by the Government, and In that case that
all the documents relating to it and others
concerning the case of Dr. Ruiz be placed
before the cortes", Whati,most feared ay
the Government Is that thiuiinopularityof
the United States' in Spain will inspire in
sulting remarks about the Americans In
Parliament. , W
The war is being morftvficjeely w.aged
than ever here in CubajfDx. Seulino, a
Cuban physician, lias fepen assassinated
by the Spaniards, witlucighty-four sick,
and wounded men in a hospital under his
charge, in the province' Havana. Ihe
women nurses were nl&sJiinssacred.
Gen. Ruiz Rivera- is stlK in the Cabanas
fortress. Gangrene hasjfet: in in one of
his wounds. -The Cubans in Havana at-
tribute it to ill treatmenijof the wounded
general on the part "of thjs Spaniards.
Diego Rodngueza Cuban prisoner of
war, was shot this momljffin the Cabanas
The paper money question is assuming a'
threatening character forjthe government
Even the most uncompromising Spaniards
here cannot longer tolerate the fact that
the government makes al its payments in
paper money at par witfj gold, when it Is
bo muchdepreciatedin thejnarket that gold
isquotedatll5ovetlt. .Most of those who
piotcst are Spaniards and tins is the only
reason why they arc npt court-martialed
at once. T
Seohlng for Her Little Daughter.
Baltlmoie, May 9. Mrs. Ida Jefrerson
left hero last nighty for grunswick. N..J.,
to recover her fivc-year-jpld daughter, wh-i
was taken f torn her.ycsterday by her hus
band, James-A. Jeffersrfn, from whom she
is separated. Jefferson js a frieght bralce
nuin, employed by the Baltimore and Ohio
Railroad", ancLlives in Bruswick.
Died Wlthqut Attention.
Laura Jacobs, a colored woman, abouc
thirty-eight years of age, died Testerday
morning without medical attention at her
home, No. 20 Wander 5? court, southwest.
Coroner Hammett was notified of the case.
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A COLLISION AT SEA.
The United States Practice Ship
Chne Rim Down by a Schooner.
Charleston, S. C, May 9. This morn
ing the rr.ltcd States practice ship Chae
came struggling into this harbor with
every sign of a tenible collision The
flying jihboom, the bowsprltand the fore
topmast are lost and the woodwork for
ward Is more or less damaged.
When seen today Capt Hamlet said that
on Thursday morning at 1.30 o'clock the
lookout on the Chase saw a schooner some
miles awav, right In her path. Tn Chase
was then on the port tack. The schooner
did not seem to notice that she was i mi
ning into a vessel. Signals were sent up,
but the on-comtng ship paid not the least
attention and bore down directly on the
Chase The Chae had put her helm hard
down when the schooner was seen dum
ahead. Thin stopped the Chase's headwaj
and brought her partly around so the
bdiooner struck her port bow Instead of
amidships. The sehoonei was making
eight knots an hour and the speed gave her
every advantage in the collision.
After the smash, the schooner made an
effort to slip away, but her anchor fell
overloard and she was obliged to 6top
Capt. Hamlet sent over a small boat and
ascertained that it was the Richard F. C.
Tlurtley, of Boston. Her captain would
give noinformation and took in the anchors
and bailed away to the southward. Then
the practice ship began to drirt backward
to Charleston The steam towboac Win
dom will come here to carry the disabled
vessel to Baltimore.
Capt. Hamlet is of the Impression that
every man or. the Hartley was asleep at
the time of the accident. Had the Hurtlcy
run into the Chase amidships the little gov
ernment boat would be at the bottom of
the Atlantic now. The Huitley registers
448 tons while the Chase is only 1-12 tons
None of the men on. board the Chase
was injured. Capt. Hamlet puts all the
blame of the accident on the Hurtlev.
MAYORALTY WAR IN OMAHA.
Policemen oh Guard to Help BroaeZ:
Hold the Fort.
Omaha, Neb., May 9. A half-score of
uniformed police are on guard inthe office
of retiring Mayor Broach tonight, and
several other alert guards patrol the cor
ridors of the city hall.
In addition, an unusual number of police
are held at the central police station to
answer an emergency call. This is the
only tangible evidence at midnight tonight
that this city will have two mayors, aud
tgmorrow will probably have other dupli
cate officers, in the way of police com
missioners, two police forces, city council,
Retiring Mayor Broach announces tonight
that he is prepared to hold the office of
mayor by force until his successor. Col,
Moores quallflits, which Broach declares
is impossible on account of his alleged
differences with the county over financial
affairs. Moores ridicules this Idea and de
clarer, that after midnight he will be rua.'jor
by virtue of the recent election and will
Rioacii docs not propose to have his office
taken by force or cunning The chief
or police read a general order to the force
tonight, in which they were told to take
orders from Mayor Broach only until after
the controversy is settled in the courts.
The force on guard at the mayor's office
is regularly relieved so that a fresli force
Is always ready to resist any effort the
new mayor may make to get into the
As to just what the officers have been
instructed to do in the event that Moores
attempts to use force is not known, but
tho friends of Broach say they have befcn
instructed to use such force as is neces
sary to prevent Moores' taking charge of
tho mayor'R office. Moores' exact" plans
are not made public. Hroach declared
that he put the police guard at his-offlce
because he heard Moores would attempt
to take the office b'y force at midnight.
Moores denies that he Intends sis;tbSg
of the kind. The probabilities are that
nothing will be done tonight, aud that to
morrow he will mandamus Broach and thus
eettlethe controversy without violence.
Should Mayor Mooies make any effort
to meet Mayor Broach's show of force with
like methods the result will be ieriou,
but Moores ridicules the idea of bloodshed.
He says he was elected and Is therefore
mayor at mid night, and If he cannot sit
in the mayor's office In the city hall he
will carryon business temporarily in other
quarters. If violence Is resorted to, Mcores
declares It must come from the other uide.
Both men are Republicans.
CANNIBALS EAT TWO MEN.
Englishman and Missionary De
voured by Sontii Sea Islanders.
Astoria, Oreg., May 9. According to
private advices received here F. M. B.
Llchtenberg, a young Englishman, who ar
rived in this city about two years ago
and left a year later has met a horrible
fate at the liands of the caunibals.in the
South Sea-Islands He, with another man,
was taken prisoner, killed and eaten by
the tribes of the Islands.
Lichtenbcrg went directly from Astoria,
together with au ex-missionary whosename
is not known, to trade with the natives of
the Santa Cru Islands, which have a popu
latiouof aboutao.OOO. The ex-missionary
had traded with them before, and having
been among them In his religous capacity,
entertained no fear for the safety of him
self and companion.
The men, bays the letter, procured trad
ers' outfits and set sail from Australia for
the islands. The natives, who are reputed
to be more feioclous than any or the
African tribes, captured and held them for
some time Later they were killed and
eaten Thestory galneJ circulation tin ough
a half-chilized i.atlve who witnessed the
Lichtenbcrg belonged to a London family.
His father is said to be very wealthy.
CAUGHT FIHE ON THE OCEAN.
The Ship Francis Burned to the
Atlantic City, N. J., May 9. - The shipp
Francis, fro.n 5?an Francisco to New York,
is lying on the shoal off Snort Beach life
saving station, burned to the watpr's
edge, and will prove a total loss. The
vessel was discovered by a patrolman about
9:30 o'clock lajt night, when she grounded
en the shoul about a mile and a haltfroiu
snore. Just abreast the Little Egg Rarbur
light house. The smoke and flamed were
then Issuing from the after hatch aud t lu
cre w of twenty-five men working hard,
to save the vessel, but after sticking to it
three hours longer thej were oblis;ed to
abandon the vessel as the heat was an
bearalilerand the flames were bursting out
through tne dck planking in every direc
tion. .Alter taking to their Iwats they stood
by the wreck for an hour and then pulled
ashore, where they were cared for by the
crew of the life-saving station. The fire
was hurning all day today and attracted i
crowd of people. The masts went by the
board early this morning and all of the
upper works are destroyed. A couple o"f
wrecking tugs arrived from New York
today but were unable to lend any a.-S!r,s-auce.
The captain of the Ill-fated vessel slates
that the fire wa- discovered first on Friday
night, and detailing the crew into equal
watches hesettheputnns working. Finding
that the fire gained on him, he battened
den u the. hatchesiu thehopethatthestrong
breee would carry him into New York
Harbor in time to save the bhip. When
opposite Absecom light he saw that the
ship would not last that long, so he detei
mined to beach hqr and make another at
tempt to save her from total loss.
The Francis was .i ship of American
register, having been built at Bath, Me-.,
in 1883. She was of I!,nG tons burden.
231 feet long, 43 feet beam, 17.7 draft
was owned by William II Bevse, of New
Bedford, Mass She carried a general
caigts consisting principally of wine
SAGE AND GOULD AT WAH.
The Cause of the Tronblo Between
the Ilnilrond Magnates.
N'ew York, May 9 The history of the
Sage-Gould row Is. gradually coming to
light. Russell Sage admits some of it,
confirming what has already been printed
aud going a step forther.
"About a year ago," said Mr Sage, "I
asked Mr. Gould to appoint h committee to
examine transactions inolving the con
struction of the Louisiana line. I wanted
this committee to make a report that could
be spread on the minutes. Mr"Gold has
not appointed the committee, but he has
promised me that he will do so."
It is on this promise, communicated to
the Missouri Piicific'bondholders by Sage,
ttiat an armed neutrality has been main
tained for eight months between the Sage
and Gould interests. Thre Is, however,
ix) indication that Mr. Gould is in a lidd
ing mood. Mr. Sage's investigations were
carried on secretly during the winter of
1895-86. In April, 3896, Mr. Sage le
ported his findings to Mr. Gould, and then
the storm broke. Jay Gould, according to
Mr. Sage, influenced the award of the con
tract for the Iron Mountain extension to
a company he bad secretly organized,
which corporation built the road for$8,000
a mile and charged at the rate ofS16,000,
entuillng a loss of $21,000,000 to the Mis
souri Fncific Company.
Mr. Gould warmly defended the honor
of his father and flatly refused to admit the
liability of the Gould estate. It is a mat
ter of common knowledge that Mr. Gould
bitterly resents Mr. Sage's insistence on an
accounting of his father's business, but the
tenacity of Mr. Sage has not been abated
on that account. The friction has mani
fested itself in conversations with friends
and in board meetings. It is believed Mr
Gould's sales of joint securities are likely
to continue until the Gould fortune is re
moved from the Sage influence.
COLLISION AND LOSS OF LIFE.
Schooner Sunk Off Cnpe Cod and
Three Men Are Lost.
Vineyard Haven, .Mass , May 9. The
schooner Annie E Rudolph, of Camden.
N. J., for Boston, laden with iron pipe,
sank off Nnuset, Cape Cod, after a collision
with the tug Paoli this moinlug.
Capt. Gardner, the mate, Suell, both of
New Jersey, aud a seaman were drowned.
The steward, George Brown, and a seaman
named Johnson were saved.
Consecrated as Bishop.
Wilmington, Del., May 9. Right Rev.
John James Moiuigtian was consevcratcd
Bishop of Wilmington today, in St. r.ctcr'K
Procathedral. Cardinal Gibbons waft 'the
consecrater, and Father Smith, of the
Catholic Univeirityat Washington, preached
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THIRTEEN BURNEDTD DEATH
Steerage Passengers Lose Their
Lives on the Steamship Leona.
MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN
The Steamer Belongs to the Mallory
Lino and Was Off the Delaware
Capes When the Fire Was Dis
coveredShe Iteturned to New
York With Her Dead.
New York, May 10. The Mallory Line
steam-ihip Leona, which sailed frouvliere
on Saturday afternoon', arrived again at
10:30 o'clock last night, with thirteen
corpses of men, women, and children
aboard. It was not until la 43 o'clock
this morning that the news was made
known, and even then the police had to
demand a erification of the news to
notiry the coroner. The Leona had kept
the secret well all the way up. The
observer at Sandy Hook caught sight of
her at 7.15 p. ni. About the same time
the wrecking steamer I J.JMerritt, coming
back fiom Little Egg Harbor, pased and
spoke her The Leona was then under her
own.bteam, and Capt. Wilder said he had
had a fire on board. He wanted no
assistance. The Leona picked up a
small teg inside the Hook and came up at
her leisure to her pier.
The steamer had forty passengers aboard
wnenshesadedon Saturday, twenty-cwu of
whom were steerage passengers, men,
women, and children. The steerage pas
sengers were quartered forward on the
steerage deck, in hunks.
They retired as usual, at 10 o'clock, on
Saturday uight, and when Capt. Wilder
made an inspection of the vessel, at raid
night, everything was in bhip shape, and
the pabsengers sleeping.
At 1 o'clock hi the morning, while the
Leona was oft the Delawaie Capes, tho
forward watch was startled by a smell
of smoke. Immediately after the smoke
was discovered, it was traced to the
steerage deck The sailors jumped down
there, out were forced back as quickly
by the oierpowenng fumes. The steerage
was charged with the smoke, and the
glimpse that the sailors got or the steerage
showed the unfortunates in there trying
to get out or their bunks, while some of
those who had got out were huddled np
on the floor, unconscious.
The officer of the deck was alarmed ac
the cries of the sailors, and rushing for
ward he took in the situation iu a moment
and aroused Capt. Wilder. There was -a
commotion among the sudor men, wnen.it
was learned that there was a raging fire
In the fore-hold below the steerage deck.
Capt. Wilder gave orders for the fire
pumps to be manned, and calling for a
couple of volunteers, he and two officers
dashed Into t'Me steera'ge despite the fact
that all was smoke amf flames in there.
The rescuers dragged out as many of
the passengers as they could aud then
returned for a breath of air. They
started in again, but saw that it would
be suicidal to attempt another venture in
there and returned.
Capt Wilder then gave orders that the
forehold be charged with steam to over
come the fire The officers and men had
worked hard to save the steerage passen
gers, and all had their hair, whiskers
and ejebrows burned The eves of several
of the officers suffered badly.
For three hours officers auu men battled
with the flames. The cabin passengers
were .awakened by the shouts and noise
on dek, and they turned out of their
staterooms in their nlghtclothcs. It waa
difficult to quiet them.
It was known by this time that thirteen
persons were missing Two stewards wero
among the thirteen. The others were for
eign immigrants, recently landed, who were
on their way to Texas. It Is said that they
As soon as Capt. Wilder was certain
that the fire was under control, he turned
the ship about and started for the nearet
port. It was impossible to steer tho
vessel from the pilot-house, as the entire
vessel was hot and the heat was so intense
in the pilot-house that-'ft drove the man
out of there. The captain was obliged
to use the hand-steering gear and the
vessel was mannged by the wheel In the
The ofiiter in charge or the fire brigade
finally reported to Capt. Wilder that the
fire was extinguished and an examlnatien
showed that the ship was in no danger.
The ship's- carpenters went through the
burning section and said that the fire
had just hollowed out the forward hold,
but that the hull was Intact.
Capt. Wilder then decided to return to
this port. He came up the coast yester
day morning and was hailed by the Phila
delphia tug James McCullagh, which passed
a hawser aboard. The McCullagh ariived
off the Scotland lightship at noon, steer
ing the Leona in, as she was able to use
her own steam.
The vessel reached her pier at 11:30
Capt. Wilder was so badly exhausted that
he was unable to leave his cabip, and lie
dispatched one of his officers to the honie
of Mr Mallory, in Erooklyu.
Nobody was allowed on the Mallory
pier, nor cdtild they board the steamer from
the adjoining pier. The officers declined
to give any information even to the police,
and the watchman would not let the
police down the pier.
Mr Mallory arrived at 12-45 o'clock
and the roundsman, who was detailed to
get information about the disaster, wa3
told curtly that he might notify the
coroner that there was work for him todb
Just what the cargo was he was not
prepared to state. He said Capt. Wilder
was in no- condition yet to make any
report He understood, though, that the
fire had only been burning five or ten
minutes when it was discovered. He said
the men cut holes in the deck for tho
pumps and did everything possible tp ex
tinguish the fire. I
The dead were not disturlicd. They lo
where they fell in the steerage, and will
be removed on the cdec of the coroner.
The notice was sent, to the coroners
office at 12-30 this morning. At 1:26" a
roundsman and two policemen hoarded tho
shipto take charge of the bodies. l
The names of those killed were.learngi
at 2 a m. They are as follows: 4"
R Catlane. fc
Mrs C Guzza and daughter.
Miss Hannah Solomonson. 1
Miss J Valdck.
Sophie Schwartz. ,
Maria Madea. ''
Alfred llowcy, aged forty, steward..
Alfred Lang, aged nineteen, of Ne
H. Hartmun, aged twcnly-seyen.of Nov
Two unidentified children.