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VOLUME LXXIX.-NO. 57.
GROUNDING OF THE ST. PAUL How the Big American Liner Went Ashore on Brighton Beach. WAS TEE SHIP RACING ? Had Been in Sight of the Rival Campania for Many Hours. ALL THE PASSENGERS RESCUED. Efforts to Get the Steamer Safely Back in Deep Water Made Without Success. NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— The American line steamship St. Paul, from Southampton for New York, which wont ashore on the outer bar off the Hotel Brighton. Long Island, this morning, was just finishing a 3500 miles' tussle with that other ocean greyhound, the Campania, of the Cunard line. Both boats, it appears from the stories of passengers, had been traveling at top Ejiecd for seventeen hour- in sight of each other, and though it is declared that neither was racing, each seemed ;:nxious to get to Sandy Hook first. This fact is acknowledged by Captain Walker of the Campania. Both vessels ran into a fog bank unexpectedly and then slowed down. After that the vessels were within sight of each other two or three times. At a few minutes after 1 o'clock the St. Paul drove her bow into the sand less than a half-mile from the iron pier used by ex cursion steamboats during the summer season. She is still aground to-night hard and fast and may remain on the beach for several days. An effort was made to re lease her at high water this afternoon, but it was not a success. The vessel has 63 saloon, 75 second cabin and 120 steerage passengers. The first and second class passengers of the St. Paul were landed in the city at a few minutes before 7 o'clock this evening on the fcteamboat George W. Starr, to which they had been transferred from the stranded steamship in lifeboats. The trans fer was made without mishap and the pas sengers all seemed in good spirits. There wer* about 100 people waiting for them at ier. At 10 minutes pa*t 6 o'clock this evening the tug Lewis Pulver arrived at the pier with the mail. There were 200 yacks and they were at once conveyed to the Postoflice. Ex-Congressman Bourke Cockran was one of the first passengers to come ashore irom the steamer. A reporter from The United Press asked him if he thought the steamships weTe racing while in sight of each other yesterday, and he replied: "No, I don't think: there was a race. TransAtlantic steamers usually mate as good time as possible, I was in bed when the steamship grounded, but awoke. The accident disturbed us very little." Under Sheriff Louis Worth of Brooklyn and his bride were among th» last to land from the steamer. Asked what he knew of the accident, Mr. Worth said: "Well. I suppose we were racing with the Campania. On Friday morning we siehted her about twelve miies astern. She came up very fast, and at 4 o'clock was half a mile from us. Then the race started. We could feel the increased speed, and at 6 o'clock we were two miies ahead. Then we ran into a fog, and although some of the passengers thought they saw the Campania just astern, I did not see her. I went to bed, and did not awaken until about 2 o'clock when I found the ma chinery stopped and the ship aground. "There was no perceptible shock. It was rather monotonous waiting to be taken off, but it might Have been worse. Now, I do not wish to be quoted as saying that she ran aground while racing. I believe that the excitement of the race put the officers off their guard and when they ran into the fog they did not know where they were." H. <". Morton of this city, said that the trip was one without particular incident until the Campania was sighted. •It seems to me," he said, "that the boats were racing, as they were going at a very rapid rate of speed, but it is probable that the speed was no greater than is usual on ocean voyages." John Seyreberg, of London, who was also a passenger, said : "I believe the boats were racing. They were side by side for several hours." He added that he saw no pilot aboard the St. Paul at the time of the accident. H. P. Howiand, a London capitalist, said : "The boats were racing for several hours. It was rumored on the St. Paul that the Campania also went ashore five miles below where the St. Paul struck and that she came off all right soon after ward." Henry P. Bidwell of Liverpool, another of the St. Paul's passengers, thought the racing had nothing to do with the acci dent. The ships only raced, he thought, during the daylight. Vi.e-President Wright and Manager Griscom of the American line were at the pier office during the morning, and were in telephonic communication with Long Branch. The wires were in a very un satisfactoiy condition, but word came from Captain Jamison that the vessel was lying easy. Ah of the Merritt & Chapman wrecking vessels started early to the as sistance of the St. Paul, and later the tugs -lillard. Evans and Pulver were sent flown by the company in the charge of -Marine Superintendent Shackford, who took with him a gang of stevedores. Ihe hfe-saving crew of Station 3 at 1:45 o dock began the work of transferring the passengers from the vessel to the tugs. J. ,V.™ WaS a u extr emely difficult one, as there was a heavy sea running and it attended with considerable dan K er to the passengers unaccustomed to positions surety of foot and coolness were necessary. Especially waa this true as regards the The San Francisco Call. SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY MORNING, JANUARY 26, 1896-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. women. All were taken off safely, how ever, and transferred to the steamboat George Starr and the tugs Barrett and Evarts, which brought tnem up to the steamship company's dock. Captain Merritt of the wrecking com pany arrived at Long Branch at 1 o'clock. After looking the situation over very care fully he said he expected to have a hard time in getting the vessel safely off and into deep water. The flood tide at 1 o'clock slowly worked the vessel nearer to the shore and she finally lined up broadside to *«*e beach. "xVyt St. Paul bad on board $1,300,000 in cold. She is commanded by Captain Jamison. This is her iirst return trip since the recent accident which occurred In her engine-room at her dock here, whereby ten men were either instantly killed or badly injured. The St. Paul has been the victim of several minor accidents. Even before she got into the water she had one. When the launching should have taken place the great ship stuck on the ways, and stayed there for a week or so. Only a week before last Christmas an accident occurred which resulted in the death of several of her crew and delayed her trip across the Atlantic for several days. It was on Wednesday, December 18, early in the morning, when the main steampipe supplying one of the engines burst i:i two places, and, filling the engine room with steam, scalded to death six of the ruen and badly injured four others. Three of the latter have since died. When the Cunard line steamship Cam pania arrived at her dock in the North River to-day Vernon H. Brown, agent ol the line, went to the purser and got the log, from which he read: "Sighted the St. Paul at 8 p. m. last night, Friday, and passed her." He denied that there was a race between the Campania ana the St. Paul. Captain Walker of the Campania, however, ad mitted there was a race and said: "We sighted the St. Paul about fifteen miles off our starboard bow about. 8 o'clock Friday morning. Tne wind was comintr out of the northwest and there was a good big sea on. The Campania brushed up a bit and at 8:30 o'clock last night (Friday) was abeam of the American line vessel, about half a mile to port. Shortly after that a heavy fog set in and we iost signt of the lights of the St. Paul. About la. m. Saturday we stopped. "We Kept our foghorn blowing and we eot out our sounding lead. At 5 o'clock we were getting into shallow water, our line measuring at that time only ton fathoms. Then I turned around and at 5:25 o'clock this morning we anchored. We were still in ten fathoms of water and could see nothing. At 8:30 o'clock this morning the fog began to lift and at 9 o'clock we weighed anchor. I should say that we were about two miles from shore when we anchored. The St. Paul was to westward of us, being aground, I should judge, less than half a mile from the shore." Captain Walker said he was afraid the St. Panl was aground very hard and that he deplored the rcistap greatly. The statements of some of the passen gers on the Campania do not exactly agree with that of the vessel's commander. Mr. Milbank, a saloon passenger on the Campania, said in describing the race: "We sighted the St. Paul at 8 o'clock yes terday morning. The vessels were perhaps fifteen miles apart. We only saw the St. Paul's smoke at first. The vessels were moving toward each other, the Campania to the port of the St. Paul. "At 2 o'clock in the afternoon, or there abouts, the ships were abeam. The star board rail of the Campania was lined with passengers and officers. Every one was intensely excited. All of us had stopped playing cards and chatting and were out on deck with our heavy wrapson watching the black smoke pouring out of the Yan kee's funnels. She was going along as if there was a devil inside of her. "Those of us who had glasses saw group? of officers emerge from below now and then, watching the Campania for fifteen minutes, and then disappear. The eky was black from the smoke of both vessels. At half-past 4 o'clock the Campania had not eained any on the St. Paul, and her officers could not understand it. Then a heavy fog shut down and we lost the American ship. "At 5:30 o'clock the fog banks lifted very suddenly and the passengers rushed to the etarboard rail again. The St. Paul was not in sight, but had evidently crossed our bows and was kicking up a great sea about half a mile away on our port side. How she got there the Lord only knows, but the Campania could not get away from her. An hour afterward we lost sight of the St. Paul again and at 8 o'clock in the evening she reappeared again on our starboard side, but still abeam. We lost her again shortly after that and we did not see her again until this morning after 9 o'clock. She was then two miles to the west of us and aground." Then Mr. Milbank read this statement: "Some of the Campania officers said that they thought that while the St. Paul was maneuvering for a chance to beat the Campania in with the mails she ran aground." "As a matter of fact," continued Mr. Milbank, "it was as pretty a race as ever occurred on the Atlantic and the St. Paul covered herself with glory." James A. Wright, the vice-president of the company, said there was no anxiety felt for the safety of the vessel. She was lying easy on a soft bottom, HAI» A I'JLOT ABOARD. Captain Jamison Says He la Adt to Blame for the Grounding. NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.-The rep resentative of the American line who went down to the vessel believes it will be sev eral days before the St. Paul can be floated. The report that the Campania had also grounded but subsequently floated was emphatically denied by hoth the agent of the Cnnard line and Captain Walker of the vessel. The latter said to a United Press reporter: "You may say for me that the Cam pania was never in less than ten fathoms of water during her entire trip. About 1 o'clock this morning I knew by the sound ings which had been taken that I was in about ten fathoms of water. I knew also that we were near shore, and these points, together with the fact that it was ex tremely thick, was good reason for laying to, which I did. Our engines were stopped because we wanted to take no risks." The Campania lay to, according to the captain's story, until 5:45 a. m., when she Continued on Second Page. THE SULTAN -"GET OUT OF MY BACK YARD, JOHNNY." DID NOT ACT WITH VIOLENCE News of Arrested Americans From Consular Agent Manyon. HAMMOND'S INVITATION. Asked Jameson to Proceed to Jo hannesburg in the Event of Extreme Peril. THAT IS WHY HE IS YET HELD. Instead of Inciting Rebellion, the Ac cused Engineer Urged Peaceful Measures. WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 25.— A long cable dispatch has been received by Secre tary Olney from Mr. Manyon, the United States Consular Agent at Johannesburg, who gives the details of the situation with reference to John Hays Hammond, the California mining engineer, and the other Americans arrested for alleged complicity in the Uitlanaer conspiracy. Mr. Manyon says that all the American prisoners are out on parole except Ham mond, whose case differs from that of the other Americans in that he signed a con ditional invitation to Jameson to come to Johannesburg in the event of extreme peril. Jameson, however, marched toward Johannesburg before trouble arose, and when this was discovered the American leaders and other principal men issued a proclamation calling on the people to re frain from bostilitios. Instead of inciting rebellion, Hammond at the beginning, according to Mr. Man yon, raised the Transvaal flag and all in the movement swore allegiance to the Government. Clement and other Ameri cans took arms from many persons and sent men home. Not a shot was fired by the Johannesburg party, says Mr. Man yon. There was no disturbance, not a single act of hostility, arms were peace fully surrendered, and every effort was made to maintain the Transvaal republic as against British encroachment. The cases against the American prison ers will be tried in court, though the Gov ernment has not yet indicated the time, Mr. Manyon adds that the Transvaal Gov ernment has acted magnanimously. Secretary Olney acted promptly on Mr. Manyon's dispatch by cabling the latter to take the most active and vigorous meas ures for the relief of the Americans, and to that end to make the Transvaal Govern i HE BIG AMERICAN LINER ST. PAUL, ASHORE NEAR LONG BRANCH. ment direct representations in behalf of the United States. It will be jsen from Mr. Manyon's dis patch thst Hammond and the other Americans who were arrested ere not in eerious peril. Notwithstanding this, how ever, Secretary Olney determined to make their safety a surety so far as this Govern ment is concerned, and therefore cabled Mr. Manyon the instructions given. In pursuing this course, the United States Government is acting independently in its own interest and in behalf of its own citizens, and not as the sympathizer or ally of any other power. Mr. Manyon's dispatch conveyed to this Government the first authentic informa tion of the participation of Hammond in the Johannesburg troubles. As Mr. Man yon says, he is held in custody after other Americans have been released because he signed an invitation to Jameson to come to Johannesburg, conditional upon extreme peril threatening the Uitlanderu there. This fact, despite the extenuation fur nished through his action in raising the Transvaal flag, coupled with his personal ard business relations with Cecil Rhodes, is believed here to bode no good for Ham mond's cause, and it is certain that the Boers are anxious to puuish him severely. Hammond's strongest ho£p lies in the act of President Srucger In turning over Jameson and members of his party to the British imperial authorities for trial. Secretary Olney will, in all propability, take advantage of this and protest against Hammond's trial in the Transvaal courts on the ground of unjust discrimination in favor of British subjects. Mr. Olney is taking a great interest in the case of Ham mond and has had several consultations concerning it with both the California Senators and other prominent men. MAKALLE IS EVACUATED. Italian Forces Withdrawn From the Garrison by Consent of the Besiegers. Abyssinians Said to Be Anxious for Peace, Which Will Be Diffi. cult to Conclude, ROME, Italy, Jan. 25.— General Barra tieri, commander-in-chief of the Italian forces in Abyssinia, has informed the Gov ernment that on Thursday the Italian gar rison at Makalle, commanded by Colonel Galliano, evacuated that place, taking with it all the arms, ammunition, equiDments and other contents of the fortress. It is reported that General Barratieri says that the evacuation of the fortress by the beleaguered garrison was accomplished by permission of Ras Makonnen, the com mander of the Abyssinian forces, which were besieging Makalle, who desired not only to pay tribute to the heroism of Colonel Galliano and his command, but also to ob tain peace. It is further reported that King Menelik has ordered that the Italian prisoners in the hands of the Abyssinians be delivered up to the Italians at Ambalaei. It is believed, however, that it will be difficult to conclude peace, as Italy will not consent to abandon the State of Tigre, CHAMBERLAIN IN PEACEFUL MOOD. Says Nice Things to Show His Regard for This Country. THE DISPUTE TRIVIAL. Great Britain Has No Desire for Additional Territory in America. BLOOD THICKER THAN WATER. •■ Would Be Glad to See the Two Nations Join in Checking Turkish Tyranny. LONDON, Eno., Jan. 25.— The Right Hon. Joseph Chamberlain, Secretary of State for the Colonies, delivered a speech at Birmingham this evening. He con gratulated the country upon having at the head of its affairs Lord Salisbury, whose judgmen*and resolution had placed him the very first among European statesmen. Referring to the Guiana boundary dis pute Mr. Chamberlain said it had been trivial until it was suddenly elevated to grave importance by the intervention of the United States. There seemed to be some misapprehension on both sides. The opinion seemed to have prevailed in England that American statesmen wished to pick a quarrel, while the Americans seemed to have thought that the British were disposed to impugn the Monroe doctrine, which they rightly held to be most important to their security. They also seemed to have thought that the British were disposed to deal in a harsh and arbitrary manner with a smaller state. He believed the American people and all that is best in the United States would regard with horror a needless war with their own blood and kindred. He also believed that President Cleveland, whose acquaintance he had the honor of making while he was in America, and who had a high reputation for straightforward hon orable dealing, would never drive the two kindred nations to strife. On the other hand the Americans could he assured from the utterances of Lord Salisbury and Arthur Balfour, the First Lord of the Treasury, that Great Britain bad no desire for a single incn of Ameri can territory beyond what she already rightfully possessed. All that was neces sary to settle the trouble was more time and fuller knowledge. Meanwhile he would re-echo and re- ciprocate from the bottom of his heart Wolcott's noble words, "Blood is thicker than water." [Loud cheers.] That would always be the sentiment of every Briton. The two nations were more closely allied in sentiment and interest than any other, and while the British looked with horror at anything approaching fraternal strife, they looked with pleasure upon the possi bility of the stars and stripes and the union jack floating together in defense of a common cause sanctioned by community of sentiment. He added that while the Continental nations regarded the sufferings of the Ar menians with comparative indifference, the United Kingdom and the United States felt the deepest sympathy and indignation. Mr. Ctiamberlain paid a tribute to the excellence of the American missions and declared that The Americans were also in terested in the sufferings of humanity for humanity's sake and not for any terri torial ambition. Mr. Chamberlain con cluded by saying: "Would it were possible that instead of wasting breath in a petty South American boundary dispute we could count on the powerful support of the United States in enforcing the representations which here tofore we have fruitlessly made in be half of those who are suffering by Turk ish tyranny and Turkish fanaticism." [Cheers.] He concluded by declaring that the con dition of Armenia was a danger and dis grace to Europe, but he did not believe that the resources of civilization had been entirely exhausted. Upon the conclusion of his address Mr. Chamberlain was greeted witn prolonged cheers. TO AVOID DISPUTES. Warning Front. Cleveland to the Venezu- elan People. NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— A special cable dispatch to the Herald from Caracas, Venezuela, says: General Joseph Uzelar, a member of the committee appointed to thank President Cleveland for his expression upon the Venezuelan question, says in a dispatch to the Government that the President of the United States has asked him to warn the Presi dent of Venezuela and the citizens of the re public to avoid all internal disputes which might Jead to a revolution pending the settlement of the existing boundary question. President Crespo occupies his time at Macuto in preparing his message to Con gress, which convenes on February 20. GERMANY TAKES A. HAND. Warahipa Sent to Venezuela to .Enforce Jtiiilroad Claim*. NEW YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— A special dispatch to the Sun from Havana says: The destination of the two German men of-war, the Suabia and the Sorch, which arrived here on the 22d, is now definitely known to be Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, whither they go to enforce the German railroad claims. It is hinted that the ma rines will land and occupy territory if necessary, which will add Germany to the complications now existing between the United States and Great Britain. A BEAU-HSU COLLISION. Two Engine* Drmnliihed and Several Fastengers Injured. LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Jan. 25.— A head end collision occurred about 3 o'clock this morning between a passenger and a freight train on the Bald Knob branch of the Iron Mountain about half a mile from Fair Oaks. Both engines were demolished and considerable damage done the trains. Several passengers were injured. Their names are: S. Gratz, New York; F. E. Marx, New York; M. A. Goodsmith, Cin cinnati; Ailen Baker, St. Louis; L, New berger, Cincinnati. DODGING AN IRATE WIFE. C. G. Sweet, a Chicago Drummer, Wanted on a Charge of Bigamy. He Is Also a Swindler and Forger Who Has Operated in Many Cities. CHICAGO, 111., Jan. 25.— Mrs. C. G. Sweet of this city, a guest at the Hotel Lu zerne, applied to the police to-night for the arrest of her husband on a charge of bigamy. Sweet is a traveling man em ployed by D. A. Stuart, a dealer in oils, and his wife now charges that ofttimes, when she believed her husband out of town, he was living with another woman within a few blocks of her hotel. Mrs. Sweet made the statement to-night that her husband Is wanted in several cit ies on charges of forgery and swindling — that she has kept his secrets, but cannot stand his last misdoing. According to the wife's statement Sweet is wanted in Topeka, Kans., for swindling a man named Frank J. Weare out of $700. At a place which she believes is Colorado Springs he is wanted for swindling Deverenx Bros., bankers. She says that he also cheated H. B. Warsen & Co. and the New York State Dry-goods Store in Indianapolis out of $480 worth of goods on false representations, and that in Beatrice, Nebr., he is wanted by a railroad for an $800 crooked transaction. Sweet had not been arrested at mid night. WILL GO TO THE JBAJNQUBT. Statesmen Accept the Invitation of the Merchant*' Association. BALTIMORE, Me, Jan. 25.— Vice-Pres ident Stevenson and a number of United States Senators and Representatives have accepted invitations to the annual banquet of the Merchants' and Mauufacturers' As sociation, which will be held January 30 at the Hotel Rennert. Among tnose who have promised to respond to toasts are Senator Burrows of Michigan, who will speak on "The Monroe Doctrine"; Repre sentative DolJiver, who wili speak on "Statesmen and Patriotism"; Representa tive Towne, whose subject will be "The Settlement of International Disputes by Arbitration," and Reprtsentative Brosius, who will speak on "The Paying of Debts." Conspiracy in Ecuador. NEvV YORK, N. V., Jan. 25.— A Herald cable from Guayaquil says: Conspiracies ag:iinst the life of President Alfaro are the order of the day. Another plot was un earthed yesterday iv Rocafuerte Manabi. The conspirators— Colonel Ruperto Albu ja, Isaac Rodriguez and A. Grivalja— were ar rested and placed in jail to await trial. PRICE FIVE CENTS. REBEL LEADERS BADLY WOUNDED. Gomez and Castillo Are Reported to Be Badly Injured. BATTLE NEAR BATABANO Spaniards Claim to Have Routed the Insurgents in Pinar del Rio. SEVERAL SMALL ENGAGEMENTS General Weyler Departs for Havana to Take Charge of the Spanish Forces. HAVANA, Coba, Jan. 2.5.— C010nel Ca* vis, commanding a column of the Spanish forces in Cuba, reports that yesterday he had an encounter between San Felipe, in the Havana province, and Batebapo, in the province of Pinar del Rio, the latter place being thirty-five miles southwest of Havana. In the engagement live of the rebels were killed and two were made prisoners. The captives say that the rebel commander-in-chief, Maximo Gomez, has been wounded in the light at Lajas, near Quivican, on January 18. Colonel Galvig also reports that the rebel leader Castillo was wounded, both with a machete and a rifle ball, in yesterday's fi«ht. Notwithstanding the reports that peace) is prevailing in the province of Santiago, it is known that there are sufficient rebels left in the province to give the troops a brush when they feel so inclined. A re* port reaches here from Matanzas to the effect that the rebels have destroyed the pumping station of the water works which} supply that city. The only building left standing was the guardhouse. They have also damaged the railroads and telegraph; lines in the province of Matar.zas. Several columns of troops are in pursuit of them. WASHINGTON, D. C, Jan. 25.— The Spanish Minister received the following cablegram to-day: HAVANA, Jan. 25.— Colonel Cavis, knowing yesterday that Maximo Gomea was crossing the line, between Pozo Re dondo and San Felipe, marched to Punta Brava to cat his advance. He descried the main body of Gomez's forces, directed against them a heavy artillery fire and at tacking them he succeeded in placing himself in the middle of the enemy's forces in the Potrero San Rafael. From this place he obliged the enemy to retreat towards Quivican, following and causing them many losses. The Spanish mounted guerillas had an eneagement at close quarters and witn their machetes killed five rebels and cap tured arms, saddles, horses and two pris oners, who have acknowledged that the insurgents are badly armed and short of ammunition, and that Maximo Gomez 19 wounded, having had one of his legs traversed with a bullet in the encounters at Lajas on the 18th with the column of Colonel Cavis. 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