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VOLUME LXXXV-NO. 173.
PARIS ON THE ROCKS, PASSENGERS RESCUED SMALL CHANCE OF SAVING STEAMER FAX.MOUTH, May 21.— The Ameri- | can line steamer Paris, Captain Watkins, from Southampton and j Cherbourg for New York, struck on an outlying- ridge of the mana- ; cles early this morning at a point half! a mile from where the wrecked— At lantic transport line Mohegan lies, and five miles from Falmouth. The Paris, \ which sailed from Southampton yes terday, called at Cherbourg and picked 1 up fifty passengers. She left Cher bourg at 6 o'clock last evening. Soon after 1 o'clock this morning' at hi^h tide and in" a dense fog she ran ashore. From the first there was no danger. Lifeboats and tugs were soon literally swarming around the vessel rendering assistance. A majority of the pas sengers, who numbered 380, were ] brought to Faknoufh, where they ob- i ▼ tined lodgings for the night. Captain Watkins reported that his ship was lying comfortably in smooth water and there was no occasion for ; any alarming reports. He reported the passengers and crew all well. The first: indication. of the vessel's striking the' rocks was a slight grating | pound, which was followed by a second and more pronounced shock. The look- ; out shouted that the- ■ was something ' looming ahead, but before there was j time to reverse the" engines the ship had gone on the rocks. 200 yards from the shore. Assistance was summoned j by means of rockets, and the coast guards promptly telephoned to the life- j paving staticm for boats. A majority of the passengers were not aware that an accident had hap pened until they -were called up by the stewards. On reaching the deck they found the ship's boats in perfect readi ness for their reception. The sea was j perfectly calm, and the only discom fort that the passengers experienced j was caused by the slight rain that was falling at the time. Owing to the calm- i ness of the sea, the boats could be man- j aged with entire safety. Perfect order prevailed aboard t^he i vessel. Captain Watkins stood on the ! bridge giving orders, and his perfect self-possession and calmness of. _ de meanor had a reassuring effect upon j the passengers. In accordance with the ! instruction of the captain, the women j id children were the first to-be taken j off the ship. Such perfect order was maintained that a passenger described the scene as simply a slow procession. of women and children walking In single file to the boats. At daybreak the position of the vessel could be better discerned. The brilliant St. Anthony light, at the entrance of Falmouth harbor, could be dis^^v guished plainly through the mi styr^||j|jj and the* still standing masts of '$Si§l« fated Mohegan could be seen n'.^^ It is said that a Falmouth *' pilot showed a warning signal to the Paris, telling the captain that he would put the vessel on top of the Mohegan if he did not alter the course of the ship. The warning, however, came too late and the Paris struck on a ridge to the westward of the manacles. rlt is suggested that as this is only their second trip from Cherbourg, the officers of the Paris were not* familiar with the course. The crew of the Paris are still aboard the vessel. It is believed that the steamer, has a large rent in her bottom In the forward part of the ship. Tug« are standing by her and will assist in an effort to,, get her off the rocks. Further details of the disaster show that when the vessel struck the 'irr>w were summoned on deck. The Fusengers appearing were met. in the companion-way with comforting words and assurances of . their , safety. Ex ceptional coolness was shown on all Bides, the stewards distributing coffee and stimulants to all who desired them. Captain Watkins had his gig lowered The San Francisco Call. and rowed ashore in order to ascertain his whereabouts and to telegraph t" Falmouth for tups to assist his ship. In the meantime rockets were sent up and signal guns were fired. When dawn broke every one on board was relieved to find the short- on one Bide and lifeboats lying near by on the other. The Vessel lay with her head to the southwest, the reversing of her en gines having put her Broadside on to] I thf- rocks. Happily the sea was smooth and there was no wind. Otherwise there would probably have been a dif ferent tale to tell. Th- dangers of the vicinity were strikingly brought home to the pas rs and crew by the masts of the wrecked Bteamer Mohegan, which are sticking out of the water, and by a miserable bell buoy, which tolls almost constantly as though sounding a death knell. When Captain Watkins returned from his trip ashore he learned that there was already considerable water in the hold, and the tugs which had ar. riv.d stood by in readiness for any emergency. All the passengers were transferred to the tug Drago-n, but be yond the clothes they wore they took nothing with them. They were landed at Falmouth shortly a.fter 7 o'clock, the local agents of the American line meet ing them and providing them with every care and quartering them at the various hotels and the Sailors' Home. When the Paris struck the tide was within an hour of the Mood, and this proved insufficient to- raise her off the rocks. Hundreds of people visited the scene during the day. The passengers are lavish In their praise wf the admirable behavior of the rs and crew, and declare that it was due to their self-possession that no accident occurred to any one. Per fect discipline, they say, was main tained throughout. It is stated that those in charge of the Paris were so perfectly confident that they were pursuing the proper course that the vessel was steaming eighteen or nineteen knots an hour when they struck. There will be little danger to the steamer if the long calm continues, but should the wind veer to the east or southeast, the consequences might be serious. The tugs left the scene at about 0 o'clock. In connection with the accident to the Paris it will be of interest to mariners and travelers to hear that persist- nv agitation since the wreck of th<- .Mohegan has at last induced the Trinity brethren to act, and last week they promised to erect a gas-lighted, automaWc sound-producing buoy on the lpanacles in place c-f the useless bell buoy now there. Gangs of men on light ers have gone to the stranded steamer to take off the belongings of the pas sengers. It is reported that two for ward compartments of the Paris are full of water. Thomas Allen of London, a passenger on the Paris, on his way to New York, says: "I was in bed when the accident happened. I heard a grating sound, and then several hard thumps on the rocks shook the ship. The vessel then seemed to atop dead. A few minutes later I luard some one calling, 'All hands on deck.' I roused my chum, who was still asleep, and we' went on deck. We were told to secure our life belts, and we returned below and got them. We were not allowed to return to the deck at that time. All were kept waiting below. After the first summons a few of the passengers appeared in their night clothes, but as scon as they dis covered that there was no danger they returned to their rooms and made themselves ready to leave the ship. The passengers ail behaved in the best possible manner, There was no screaming on the part of the women. SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, MAY 22, 1899. £. LONDON, May 22. — All the morning papers comment f editorially on the accident to the Paris, calling attention to ♦ the strange coincidence with the Mohegan wreck, in which 1 the loss of all the officers left the posit/on of the ship, so •r far out of its proper . course, unexplained, the verdict only ;,i> showing a slack lookout. '* f The Morning Post and the Daily Mai I call attention to ♦ the "mysterious and treacherous currents in the channel," t urge an improved system of buoys and call for a postpone <•• me/it of judgment until the fullest investigation shall have | been had. f LIVERPOOL May 21. — The American line agents here 1; have been informed that the prospects of salvage are good i as long as the wind keeps moderate from the west or north. ©^•■-♦--^-♦— <c ♦•♦?♦? ♦ -.s>--♦ -<$>>> <$._♦_ -♦-<s>-♦-s>-♦- <s•-♦- -<s'-♦- <S^*--3 > -»-vS> -♦-<s>- and the mtrst perfect order was main tained. We were kept waiting below for an hour. Coffee and biscuits were served and then we entered the ship's boats. Steam tugs brought us to Fal mouth." Among the passengers of the Paris were many poor female emigrants, mostly foreigners. All have been safely housed In the Sailors' Home here. One of the women described her ex perience as follows: "I was awake when the vessel struck. I heard a dragging sound and felt a shock; then the engines stopped. I went upstairs to find out what the matter was. I could see the land quite plainly. I thought the ship had stopped to take on pas sengers. I did not think there was any thing wrong and I returned to bed and stayed there half an hour. Then a steward told me to get up. I said: 'There's my baby; don't wake him.' The steward replied: 'If you want to save your baby, get up.' I got up and dressed myself and the baby and went on deck. We were much frightened, but there was no confusion. They treated us in the kindliest planner and finally brought us here on a tug." Mrs. Batcheler, a sister of United States Senator Vest of Missouri, who embarked at Cherbourg, says the weather was wet and nasty when they left port. She retired early, and at about 1 o'clock was awakened by a tre mendous crash, which at first seemed to arise from the machinery. Then every thing became so quiet that she did not leave her berth. Soon afterward, however, she was aroused by a stew ard, who urged the passengers to dress and go on deck immediately. Putting on a few things Mrs. Batcheler hurried above, and found hundreds of half dressed passengers there tefore her. The officers were busily engaged in preparing the boats for launching and calming the passengers, though there was comparatively little excitement, as it was evident that the ship was not sinking, and at daybraek all were as sured by glimpses of the sh<,-re. Mrs. Batcheler said that some of the passengers asserted that they heard Captain Watkins say: "I am tfnable to understand how this happended." There was no fog when Mrs. Batcheler went on deck, but only a misty rain. The worst trouble, she says, arose in transferring the passengers in small boats to the tugs. "The officers and crew," she observed, "worked like Tro jans in getting the old people and chil t dren off, and they certainly deserve great praise." PASSENCERS TELL HOW THE ROCKS WERE STRUCK FALMOUTH, May 21.— H. W. South worth, one of the Paris' passengers, an Englishman, says: "The Paris had good weather most of the evening, the moon being about three-quarters full NEAR THE WRECK OF THE MOHEGAN and at the zenith at 9 o'clock. The weather was misty but not foggy. When the vessel struck most of the passengers were asleep. She seemed to rise, then quivered, grated over the rock and stood still with a slight list to port. The shock suggested striking a derelict or a small vessel! and the pos sibility of bring on the rocks therefore was not suggested until the stewards were heard crying, 'All hands on deck — captain's orders.' Many came on deck in their nightclothing. One man wore his underclothing and his wife's fur cape, but his appearance caused so much smiling that his wife sent him down to dress, which he did in the music room to the equal amusement of all. There were no signs of panic. The soundings showed nine fathoms of water forward and fourteen aft, but the ship rested on a flat rock, while the rocks rising on each side held her al most erect. The officers' log deter mined the position of the Paris, and the position of the wreck of the Mohe gan shows that the Paris was even more out of her course than the Mohe gan, she having passed between the Mohegan and the shore, and then, when the mistake was discovered, having changed her course in the hope of clearing the rocks thus miraculously escaping- the manacles." Captain G. W. McCallum of Pittsbur" Bays: "I heard a tremendous crash, and as a steamboat man I knew we were on the bottom and that if she slipped from the rock we would be in Queer street. Hurriedly putting on my clothing I went upstairs, where I met the steward, who was shouting, 'All hands on deck.' As I reached the deck 1 could just make out the masts of the Mohegan. Officers and crew worked hard to restore confidence, and the women seemed calmer than many of the men. As soon as the tugs arrived I knew we were all safe, as the sea was calm and there would be no trouble in transferring us." Captain Scott of the ship Kinross says: "I was bringing my vessel into Falmouth harbor when the accident to the Paris occurred. St. Anthtmy light was clearly visible for five or six miles, and I heard the bell of the manacles buoy as we passed. A misty rain was falling, but there was no fog, and I saw the line nearly all the way from the Lizard. It is impossible for me to un derstand how the Paris got into that position any better than the Mohegan. The pc-ssibiltiy of mistaking the St. Anthony light for the Lizard light is ridiculous, as the former is a revolving oil light, low down, and the Lizard light is two fixed electric lamps on a high cliff." Mrs. A. G. Spauling of Chicago says: "I was well forward and felt the shock. When I aroused toy maid she insisted upon staying in bed, exclaiming, 'If we must drown, let us drown in bed.' It was Continued on Socond Paro. REPORTED SINKING OF A GUNBOAT Nicaraguan Vessel San Ja- cinto Said to Have Fired on the Detroit. THEN SENT TO BOTTOM While the Story Lacks Confirmation it Is Probable, Owing to the Priciion at Bluetields. Special Dispatch to The Call. COLON, Colombia, May 21— A rumor which has reached here from Bocas del Toro states the Nicaraguan gunboat San Jacinto fired at the American cruiser Detroit, and the latter replied, sinking the gunboat. The report lacks confirmation. Bocas del Toro is a town on the island adjacent to the southern entrance of th<- great Chiriqui lagoon. This en trance is also called Bocas del Toro (bull's jaw, from its peculiar shape). The town has about 3000 people and is in Costa Rican territory, as is Chiriqui | lagoon. The cruiser Detriot is of 2089 tmi? displacement and 18.7 knots speed. She carries ten five-inch rapid-fire guns, her main battery and also eleven six-pounder and smaller guns. No in formation as to- the size or armament of the San Jacinto is obtainable, but it is known that n<me of the Central American States has a war vessel able to cope with even an unprotected cruiser, suih as the Detroit. WASHINGTON. May 21.— No official confirmation of the reported engage ment between the United States cruiser Detroit and the Nicarguan gunboat San Jacinto had been received by the naval authorities up to a late hour to night. Secretary Long had retired and could not be seen, but Charles H. Allen, • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, said he had heard nothing about the mat ter. The Detroit is commanded by Com mander James H. Dayton. She has been stationed at Bluetields ever since the beginning of the existing tn/übles between American merchants and the Nlcarguan Government over the pay ment of duties on goods which had al ready been taxed. The Detroit recently went to Colon, Colombia, to coal and to communicate with the Navy Depart ment, messages from Commander Day ton having failed to reach Washing ton. She has just returned, or is re turning, from Colon to Bluefields. Standard books on naval subjects do not contain any reference to the San Jacinto, but she is probably a very small vessel converted from a yacht or tug and not an actual man of war. The existing difficulties in Nicaragua are the outgrowth of the recent rebel lion in the Department of Zelaya, of which Bluefields is the capital. Colo nel Reyes, head of the revolutionary movement, opened the Bluefields Cus tom-house and proceeded to levy duties at the rates charged by the "government. There are large Ameri can interests at Bluefields, chiefly in the hands of the Bluefields Steamship Company of New Orleans. American merchants paid duty to Reyes on con signments of goods received during the revolution, and after it had ended through a mutual agreement between Reyes and the government the latter insisted that the American merchants should pay the duties over again. The merchants refused to pay and were subjected to persecution by Colonel Torres, the new Governor of the de partment, who had once been removed after the Corlnto trouble on the de mand of the United States. Torres hates the Americans, and he did not hesitate to show his dislike. Mer chants were advised by the United States to pay the extra duties under protest and trust to the refunding of the money through diplomatic means, but declined, and, sealing up the ware house in which the g00d.9 were stored, raised the stars and stripes over the buildings. Colonel Torres then called the attention of the merchants to the law of Nicaragua that no foreign flags should be flown except over legations and consular offices or on national hol idays. The merchants said they did not give a rap for the law and kept Old Glory on the poles. Torres was evidently afraid to open the warehouses forcibly while the American flag was floating over them, and the goods were not seized. Final ly it was arranged between Nicaragua and the United States that the duties should be paid over by the merchants to the British Consul at San Juan del Norte or Greytown and held by him pending diplomatic adjustment. This was satisfactory to the merchants, and the matter is now being discussed dip lomatically. The feeling engendered by these in cidents has been bitter, however, and Americans are not popular in Nicara gua. Owing to her draft, the Detroit has been unable to get within several miles of Bluefields, and the converted yacht Vixen has just started from Hampton Roads for Bluefields to give CRUISER DETROIT, Reported to Have Sunk the Nica raguan Gunboat San Jadnto. HUNDREDS MADE HOMELESS BY THE FIRE AT DAWSON Hardly Enough Provisions Saved to Prevent a Famine in the Klondike Capital. VICTORIA, B. C, May 21.— The immense conflagration , which wiped out three-quarters of the entire area of, Dawson, the Klon dike capital, on April 26th was a terrible a*nd awe inspiring sight. Tok las, the mounted police driver, who ac companied the adventurers, L. F. Hume and Thomas P. Reilly, who brought out the new:; of the fire as far as Bennett, with the intention of selling it, says the scene was almost indescribable. In an incredibly short time after the fire originated, the whole area occupied by what is known as the water front strip. Front street from Timmins' Royal Cafe to the Fairview Hotel, the area between Front and Second streets and contigu ous buildings were a mass of leaping, crackling flames, which lighted up the snow-clad ranges at the back of the city as though a whole range of vol canoes had suddenly erupted. This district is considered the very heart of j the business section, and in a few hours after the fire began all that was left of the one hundred and eleven buildines and mercantile establishments which I stood there was a heap of costly debris and charred embers. The cause of the fire was the same as in the majority of the fires which have j taken place at the Yukon capital — the explosion of a kerosene lamp during a i drunken debauch in a disorderly house j a few doors from the opera house. Two j ; of the female inmates, Toklas says, had j a fight in the house and in the scuffle a i lamp was dashed to the floor. Before their licfuor-confused brains could grasp what had happened the cabin was in flames. Pedestrians passing at 3 o'clock in the morning saw flames shoot from the windows of the building, and a moment later several women and four I drunken miners rushed into the street, i two of the unfortunate females with their ciothing on fire. In another mo ment the cabin was a sheet of fire, and the strong north wind then prevailing caught up the fire and fanned it against the adjoining buildings. Soon the block was a sea of dancing flames, which roared like a furfiace as the heavy winds blew them along the street. Those who were on hand when the fire broke- out from the cabin where it had its origin, instead of calling out the fire brigade, made an abortive at tempt to subdue the fire. Thus a dis astrous delay was occasioned, which allowed the fire to gain considerable headway. When the fire brigade ar rived the conflagration was beyond control. With the scanty supply of wafer available and the insufficient appara tus the citizens were powerless and be came demoralized. For a few mo ments they stood aghast, watching the fire rushing along the streets *- the heavy gusts of wind swept down from the mountain ranges back of the city and drove it along in sheets and clouds rather than flames. When they rallied they soon saw that it was as useless to endeavor to stay the more immediate protection to Ameri cans and their interests. Granting that the report front Colon is true, it is not likely that war be tween Nicaragua and the United States will result. If the San JacTnto fired first, as reported, this Govern ment will probably demand an imme diate apology and the payment of heavy indemnity, and will permit the matter to pass with that. Nicaragua is not likely to make a commotion over the incident. _ LONG'S INSTRUCTIONS TO GUNBOAT VIXEN Navy Department to Be Constantly- Informed of Conditions in Nicaragua. NEW YORK. May 21.— A Washington special to the Herald says: Under in structions given by Secretary Long to Lieutenant Commander W. W. Kimball, commanding the gunboat Vixen, now on her way to Bluefields, Nicaragua, that officer will maintain constant telegraphic communication with the department. This order is in addition to that requir ing him to protect American interests along the Central American coasts and is for the purpose of preventing any inter ruption in communication between the department and men-of-war of the United States cruising in Central American wa PRICE FIVE CENTS. conflagration, which rushed along like pent up waters released by a broken dam. as to endeavor to pump out the Pacific, and they devoted their time to the salvage of property and efforts to remove buildings in the path of the ad vancing tongues of flre, to thus stay its progress. The excitement was awful. When it seemed that the town was doomed panic ensued. Hal^-crazed men and women ran backward and forward, scarcely knowing what they were do ing in their terror. Then the frightened citizens joined in a mad stampede. Hundreds fled to the snow-covered hills, where they stood watching the flames eating up all they possessed except the clothes they stood in. Nothing could be done, for when the fire had gained con trol it was dangerous to approach. At intervals explosions occurred, hurling the logs from the burning buildings as though by a whirlwind. Several men were injured by the flying logs, one be ing struck on the head. His skull was fractured and he may die. As far as can be learned the fire did not cause any loss of life, but Toklas says rumors were going the rounds when he left Dawson the morning: after the fire that several persons had been burned to death. The rumors could not be veri fied before he and his companions left. The names and descriptions of the buildings destroyed, further than those given yesterday, could not be learned. The damage will amount to over $4,000,000, about $1,000,000 of which is in gold and paper money lost in the de struction of the two Canadian banks. There is little if any insurance. Much of the gold will be recovered, however, by the banks. Toklas says they are panning and sluicing the ashes. Be fore the embers had time to cool the managers of the banks had engaged miners to wash up the ashes and the debris was panning out richly.- Great suffering' will be caused by the fire. Hundreds are destitute. Fortun ately, though, says the mounted police man, the two big- stores of the com mercial companies escaped untouched with their contents. The stocks of these companies '.ill be severely taxed in meeting- the demand for necessities, all private stores of food and clothing within the radius of the fire having been destroyed. The companies have not advanced the price of provisions, being determined to do all they can to relieve the general distress. Until the river opens it is useless to think of re building-, for there is not over 3000 feet of lumber in the entire district and there is a dearth of all building sup plies. D. Carmody has left Lake Le barge with four barges of supplies. The steamer Flora is on her way through the ice.' She was fast at Hootalinqua when the trio of couriers passed. The women who upset the lamp which causea the catastrophe and the other inmates and occupants of the house have beeen arrested. It is ex pected that they will be severely dealt with. ters. 'Lhe gunboat Marietta and latterly the cruiser Detroit experienced consider able difficulty in forwarding messages to the department and receiving instructions, due according to the rxpla nation of th.. Nicaraguan Government to an "Interrup tion" in land lines. Lieutenant Com mander Kimball will send frequent dis patches relative to the situation and the department therefore will be kept con stantly informed of conditions existing on the Central American coast. It is not at all certain that the cruiser Detroit will leave Central American wa ters even upon the arrival of the Vixen. Her departure is entirely dependent upon the condition of affairs at Bluehelds at the time the Vixen is spoken, and should th situation be quiet, the department may deem it advisable to dispatch two vessel's to Honduras to expedite the p-aymont of the indemnity for the murder or an American named Frank Pears ARCHBISHOP IRELAND DINES WITH LEOPOLD BRUSSELS, May 21.-Last evening Archbishop Ireland, accompanied by Bel lamy Storer, United States Minister des ignate to Spain, and Mrs. Storer, dined at the Royal Palace at Laeken with King Leopold, Queen Marie Henrietta and the other members of the royal family. His Majesty was most courteous, showing great interest in the Archbishop. Before going to the palace Mgr. Ireland preached in the collegiate church of Saint Gudulo, Belgium, before a distin guished audience, including the Countess de Flandro, mother of Prince Albert of Belgium, the heir presumptive. On his arival here last Thursday Mgr. Ireland dined at the United States lega tion, where he met the papal Nuncio, the president of the Chamber of Representa tives, M. de Beernaert, Comtesse Delie de Korko. and Marquis Imperali. secre tary of the Italian legation. On Wednes day he dined with Mr, and Mrs. Storer at the palace of the Comte de Flandro. On Thursday Prince Albert dined at the United States legation, it being the first time he had paid such a compliment to a foreign diplomat. Others present were Comtesse de Gruno: Barpn Lamberment, chief secretary of the Foreign Office; Comte de Merode. former Belgium Min ister of Foreign Affairs, and Comtesse de Merode, who was Princess de Croh, and Stanton Sickles, secretary designate of the United States legation at Madrid. Yesterday the Archbishop addressed the students of the university. The hall where the address was delivered was crowded by distinguished representatives of the diplomatic -corps, the scientific world and society. As he entered, the entire audience arose and cheered him. Later he dined at the United States lega tion with a number of diplomats of note. Eugenic in Good Health. ROME, May 21.— The reported death of Eugenic, former Empress of France, is entirely without foundation. She is well and to-day received her nieces on her yacht off Naples.