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NORTH GERMAN LLOYD STEAMSHIP BREMEN; BURNED IN THE HOBOKEN FIRE.
While .the loss to. the; North German Lloyd Company, is a tremendous one in money and three of their vessels are destroyed, Mr. Capelle, the resident agent, says that there will be no interruption of their service, and that passen gers who had secured berths on the vessels destroyed will be provided for as if nothing had happened. NEW* YORK, July 1.— The loss on the steamship properties and other companies estimated to-night is approximately as follows: The steamship Main of the North German Lloyd line cost $1,500,000 outside of the cargo, fitting and stores. The less is placed at $1,290 ,000 for the vessel and about $400.0ij0 for the fitting and stores and the cargo that was aboard of her. The steamship Bremen of the North German Lloyd line cost $1,250.00!) and her fittings and cargo were valued at $300,000. The c.irRo and stores were entirely con sumed und the loss to the vessel proper will amount to at least $750,000. She ia benched oft We'ehawken to-night and still smoldering, apparently destroyed ex cepting her machinery. The Saale. the steamship which wili have the most horrible story of death to unfold when the divers go down In her. cost the North German Lloyd Company $1,250,000. and the fittings and cargo jvere valued at ?.">GO,000. The Saale Is beached at Ellis Island and still burning. The dam age to the vessel proper is placed at about $S0O,POO. / ¦ The damage done to the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse is estimated at $23,000. The three docks of the German line, which were burned to the water's edge, are estimated to have cost $300,000. The decks were filled with merchandise ju3t received from abroad and valued at $350, 000. The Thingvalla pier, which was entirely consumed, was valued at $50,000. counting the stores which were on__it. The Ham burg-American line dock, which had Just been completed as an extension to their great pier and which was destroyed in order to prevent the spread of the names, was damaged to the extent of $15,000. This was the only loss they sustained, as the steamer Phoenicia, contrary to reports, was not even scorched. The warehouses of Palmer Campbell, houses K, F. G and H/were burned. Mr. Campbell said to-night that he could not give a definite estimate of his losses, but the damage to buildings alone would amount to at least $00,000 and the Contents to $1,250,000. Had the fire occurred at any other time in the year, he said, the loss would have been much greater, as just at the present time the imports are very lignt and the houses ,were not well filled. This statement accounts for the compara tively small loss on the three piers of the North German Lloyd line. One lighter containing 5000 bags of sugar was de stroyed, the loss being $27,000. Barges and Canal Boats Lost. Eight barges and eleven canal boats were either burned or sunk with their car goes. Total valuation, $123,000. The Hoboken Shore Railroad had a num ber of cars burned and other property damaged. Loss $7000. Minor losses on floating property, burned at the fire proper or set on fire by burning driftwood, will amount to about $20,000. The personal losses sustained by those aboard the steamships can simply be sur mised, as there is no way of ascertaining this at the present time. Freight Manager Bonner said to-night that the Main had about 5000 tons of cargo in her hold. Of this there were- 2000 tons of grain, 1000 tons of slag, about 3000 bales of cotton and general merchandise. The Saale had a full cargo. Including copper, and general merchandise, but the. Bremen had hardly any cargo. aboard. .' ; ~ .' "I believe," Mr. Bonner said, "that tha loss to the car^o on the three ships will exceetl $1,000,000. Aa to the loss of cariro on the piers, it is difficult to estimate, for there was both inward and outward bound cargo there. "The greatest damagvs_0n the careo of the Saale. will be that done by the wa ter. I believe the hull of the Saale below the waterline is all right and also her engines. In a visit to the Bremen we found that whi^e the hull is in good shape, apparently, the cargo is lost. The Bremen has a list to port and there is some dan ger that she may break if she Iist3 fur luer. Th« Alain, like the Bremen. wa» still burning when I was there." Gustav Schwab, the agent of the North German Lloyd Stemshlp line, said: "Things are Jn a very unsettled condi tion as yet and I have been hard at work to-day gathering up the end3. I nave been on a tour of inspection this morning and In a tug visited all three of the wrecked vessels, as well as the Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse. She will leave on her regular trip Tuesday at 10 p. m. "The Saale was the first vessel we vl»- Ited. From there -we went to the Bremen and the Main. Both of the vessels are still burning. I should not say that any of tlie vessels would be a total loss. They look worse from the outside than they really are. After they are pumped out we can tell better what the loss will be. Both the Bremen and the Suale are. how ever, pretty badly damaged. "Wrecking companies are working on the Saale and she will be pumped out as soon as possi ble. "I will not give any figures, nor can I estimate what the amount will be. The loss on the ships will be estimated by the home office. We received a cablegram from them asking for Information. The home office knows the value of the shifts. I can only guess roughly at — e cost. Tho piers In Hoboken are all insured in local companies, but I do not feel that I can give the names of the companies. "There was on the pier a quantity of, car^b. TYhlch, of course, was destroyed. we are not responsible for the carico, either on the ship or on the piers. : "The cargo on the pier comprised cot ton, machinery, measurement goods, to bacco, cement and general merchandise." WILL NOT PERMIT THE RESCUE OF AMERICANS ¦ Special Cable to The Call • and New Tork Herald. CopyrlRht. 1500, by ths Jierald Publishing . Company. SHANGHAI. July 1.— General Yuon Shih Kan, who is bitterly anti-foreiprn but com mands the best foreign-drilled troops- in China, has notified the German Governor of Kiao Chan that he will not permit a German party, as proposed, to proceed to Wehsln to rescue American mission aries there. who have been shut off from the outside world since June 9. and every available man from the ships is being taken ashore. The allied forces now at Taku and Tien tsin are awaiting reinforcements' before moving on Peking, as it is estimated that 50,000 troops are -required. The Tsungr 1^1 Yamen on June 19 ordered the Ministers to leave Peking the next day. They refused to go and threw the responsibility for their safety on the Tsung Li Yamen. It is believed that the powers will threaten to destroy the im perial tombs if injury befall the legations. The foreign force In Peking for the pro tection of the legations numbered 42S men. of whom fifty-six are Americans from the Orecon and Newark with Colts gun. under Captain Meyers. The other officers are Captain Hill and Dr. T. M. LJppitt. commanders at Taku are now concentrat ed on the relief of foreigners in Peking, CHEFU, June 30.— All the thoughts and energies of the naval and military Special Cable to The Call and Xew Tork Herald. Copyright. IM0. by the Herald Publishing Company. : HY- tsin to Taku are simply lined with dead Chinese. , The landing party from the first-class British barbette ship Barfleur. sustained the heaviest casual !?ep; of .all' the "British i-hips. ' "¦•" A ¦*" "t " * ". The Chinese fort on Pel Ho, twelve miles from Taku, has been blown up by the torpedo boat destroyer Fame under Commander Keys. The correspondent of the Times at Shanghai, telegraphing on Sunday, says: "Dispatches from Tsing Tau report a serious attack upon German railway engi neers at Kauml. The Europeans escaped, but many Chinese were killed and much property was destroyed. The memorial church at Yeh Chan Fu has been burned. The missionaries at TsininR have been or dered to leave by the Mandarins. The ad vance of troops from Taku is hampered by the lack of cavalry transport." TIENTSIN ARSENAL TAKEN BY ASSAULT of Port Arthur and commander in chief of the Russian forces in the east, has arrived on his way to Tientsin, taking supremo command of .the Russian forces landed to; date. _»- V,' . ''Germany hai 44 oncers and 1400 men. Great Britain 1S4 officers and 1700 men. Austria 12 officers and 127 men. America 20 officers and 329 men. France 17 officers and 3S7 men, Italy 7 officers and 131 men, Japan 119 officers and 3709 men. and Rus sia 117 officers and 5817 men. with a total of 53 field sruns and 36 machine cuns." ALL THOUGHTS CENTER ON RELIEF OF PEKING Every Available Man • From the Ships Is Being Landed. Marines Capture Power ful Posi lion .From the Boxers. ST. PETERSBURG. July 1.— Vice Ad miral Alltxieff telegraphs to the Minister of War, General Kouroptakine, from Taku. under date of June 2S, via Port Arthur, June 30, as follows: N "The arsenal of Tientsin, which of fered a powerful base of operations for the Boxers, who have greatly damaged the European town, has been taken by assault.'' LONDON, July 2, 12:45 a. m.-A . dis patch from Admiral Bruce to the Admir alty, via Chefu under date of June 30, says: "The conduct of Commander Stewart of the Aljjcrine and Commander Hause of the Gorman gunboat lltis at the bom bardment of the Taku forts was magnifi cent, and elicited the admiration of the allied ships. The river route to Tientsin, fifty-one miles from Taku. is now open. The railway held is now nine miles from Tientsin. The road inward is not quite safe, and communication with Tientsin ia difllcult. "A fort thirteen miles above Taku was found deserted by Lieutenant Com mander Keyes, and was blown up, leav ing the passage up the river, free. Lieu tenant Commander Keyes reports that the arsenal at Tientsin was captured on June 29 by the naval brigade.- The losses were live killed. Lieutenant Colomb slightly .wounded and a gunner and twen ty-one men wounded. There are no further details.' "Warrender is in charge of all our forces on the river and lines of communication. Vice Admiral AliexicfT, Governor General •3 Boatswain's Mate Holyoke. f Machinist Handford y Landsman Kellisky. O Cadet Taussig. | Captain McCalla. 9 Fireman Row?. i Landsman Garrity. ® Coxswain Ryan. Quartermaster Conway. Coxswain McClay. Fireman Flaherty. Seaman Lloyd. Staman Child. Seaman Anderson. Seaman Jansen. > Seaman Bolrnuller, ' Seaman McKervey. Coxswain Thomas Linbohm. Apprentice Johnson. Apprentice Basmussen. Apprentice Welch. Private 0:\i«ff. "ROGERS." Coxswain McCIay's name could not be found on the rolls. Possibly he had been transferred from some other ship 9 since the rolls were returned. The name McKervey also is not to be found on the rolls. The records of the killed, as I shown at the Navy Department, are as follows: O Thomas Thomas enlisted at Mare Island in 1S99. He was born In Copenhagen In 1560. His next of kin is Mrs. T. Lan- I nigan of COS South Front street, Philadelphia. q Benjamin Benson was born in Mandahl; Norway, in 1&74. Next of kin, Mrs. Anna Benson, mother, living at Man ¦ dahl, Norway. • Harry A. Broman was born in Duluth. Minn., in 1SS2. Next of kin Ida M. Broman, mother, living at 1427 West Su ® perior street. Duluth, Minn. _, » I - Harry Severson was born in Norway in, 1878 ana enlisted at Chicago. Next of kin Laurence Severson, father, liv © iniT at inai \w<»t Ahinsin avenue. Chicatro. said to-day that there was nothing now to do but to follow out the course the State • Department has already . adopted, namely, to have the United States Con suls ,nut themselves into communication with the Viceroys of th'e province?, treat ing the central government at Pekine as incapacitated for administrative work, end meanwhile doing all in their power to protect the . foreigners in their respective districts. The signs of amicable disposi tion on the part of these Viceroys is probably the basis for the hope that they c:in be kiduced at least to stand neutral and keep their own provinces in order i< it shall be necessary to direct hostilities energetically against the Peking Govern ment. This Government has not yet regarded the developments as demanding the as sembling of Congress in extraordinary session to declare war, and it is possible that the dispatch of more reinforcements to China from Manila and the United States may not require Congressional ac tion, as long: as the object is strictly to succor Americans in distress and danger. While there was no formal Cabinet council to-day. Secretary Hay had with him iit various times members of the Cabinet for the discussion of the condi tion of affairs in China. It is understood no change of policy was determined upon. Minister Wu said to-night that he had not received anv dispatches during the day from any part of China. BRITISH LOSSES IN SEYMOUR'S COLUMN Thirty-Seven Men Were Killed and Ninety- Two Wounded. [Special Cable to the New Tork Itoald. Copy right, 19C0, by New York Herald Com pany. Kepubllcatlon of this dispatch is prohibited. AH rights reserved in the Unit«*-t?tates and Great Britain.] LONDON', July 2.— These advices from its special correspondent are published by the Daily Telegraph: SHANGHAI. Sunday, July l.-The Brit ish losses in Admiral Seymour's column were 37 British killed and 92 wounded. *> Captain G. W. Beyts, royal marine ar tillery of the first-class barbettp shiD Cen turion, was killed and Captain J. R. Jelli coe, royal navy, of the same vessel was dangerously wounded. Lieutenant Powcil of the armored cruiser Aurora was se verely wounded in the chest. Admiral Seymour captured Maxim gun?, some Krupp guns and Immense stores of ammunition. The allies "burned the villages between Taku and Tientsin so as to destroy cover for the enemv. The banAS of Pel Ho River from Tien- BOATSWAIN'S MATE THOMAS. GUNNER'S MATE BENSON. APPRENTICE BKOMAN. LANDSMAN SEVERSON. ia/ounded: KILLED. WASHINGTON*. July 1.— The following message was received to-day at the Navy Department: "CHEFi:, July 1.— Secretary of the Navy, Washington: The following telegram is from Kempft: " "Casualties relief expedition, June 23: AMERICANS WHO FELL IN THE FIGHTING AT TIENTSIN The United States Legation building, now known to have been destroyed by the Chinese, was a handsome house in the center of a fine garden arid was often ti.e scene of merry gatherings as w ell as important consultations. THE BURNED AMERICAN LEGATION AND THE MURDERED GERMAN MINLTiR. text is withheld, but the Consul states In substance as follows: "It is rumorpd in Shanghai that the Ger man Minister to Pekinp. Baron von Ket teler, was killM at Peking on the l?th of June. On the 23d of June three of the le gation buildings were still standing. The others have been burned. On the 2fith of June a dispatch was received at Shanghai I from Yung Lu (believed to be the Viceroy I of the province. of Chi-Li, where the prin- I cipal troubles h*ve occurred) stating that 'the other Ministers were safe." Dispatches to Shanghai from different i sources indicate that Prince Tuan. father ' cf the heir apparent, seems to be absolute j ly in control at Peking-, and that his atti- I tude Is the worst possible and most hostile I to foreigners. It is even said that he is | sued an edict as far back as the 20th of ' Jiinp ordering all °f the Viceroys to attack i the foreigners in their respective provinces —an order which has so far not been S ol ?yed. * VICEROYS EXPECTED f TO REMAIN NEUTRAL Plan to Deal Directly With Them Will Be Carried Out. WASHINGTON, July l.-To-day's ad vices to the State Department, made up «.f two cablegrams from Consul General Goortnow at Shanghai, brought the For eign Ministers nt Peking along one day further In safety, showing- that they were all : live with the probable exception of the Merman Minister, who/lt seems like ly, ha* been murdered. Some encourage' mem is 5*rawn by the officials from the fact that the other Ministers were alive on the latter date, for the officials believe that the diplomatic corps at Peking could not have been preserved through the fury of the first stages of the outbreak only to fall victims to sober second thought. There 53 a!so at least the indication that the Chinese Government itself was pro tecting them. On the other hand, the statementthat the notoriously anti-foreign Prince Tuan was in complete control at Peking was rogardod as an exceedingly grave development, and as tending to fix clearly the responsibility for the hapoen lngs» of the past three weeks directly upon the Peking Government. An ameliorating condition Is the refusal of the great Vlce royp, themselves of almost absolute Dow er In their provinces, to be controlled from Pekine In their attitude toward for eigners. A high official of the State Department S~\HA.NGHAI, July i. — The British Consul at Chcfu tclc- V, graphs that Baron von Ketteler, German Minister at Pe \^_J king, was murdered by native troops on June 18. Three Itgatians — it is not stated which — were still undestroyed on June 2$. The American Consul )iere says that Yunh Lu telc ;grafhe'd on June 26 that the other Ministers were safe that morning. The situation zias desperate and he doubted zvhether the Ministers could hold out twenty-four hours longer, as he and ¦ the. Empress could not longer give protection. LONDON, July* 2.— Official dispatches received by the con sular body at Shanghai, an Express cable dated Shanghai, July j, says, confirm in the fullest manner the report of the butch crx of Baron von Ketteler, the German Minister, on June 18. ¦.The Embdssador was riding in Legation street zi'licn he was at tacked by Chinese troops and Boxers, dragged from his horse and killed. '¦ His body zvas hacked to pieces zvith swords. The German legation and six other buildings were burned and a number of servants of the legations killed and their bodies thrown hit 0 .'the flames. m Official confirmation of this ghastly business has created :':c utmost consternation among the Consuls General of ihe powers. zJho expressed fears that z<ar a 1' out ranee zvill be dc rtcrca against the Peking Government. The Consuls entertain little Jwpic ikat any foreigners arc left alive in the capital. There zvcrcioO: foreigners connected zi'ith the legations, fifty in the '¦Custom-house, English and American tourists and others to the ¦ number of Jjd, and nearly 500 legation guards. A disfiztcli to the Express from Nankin, June 30, says: "French priests here have received reports from Peking that public executions of foreigners have been in progress since June 2d... The nezi'S comes by runners from French priests at Pe king^ z'vho state that they administered the last rites to the con demned men." : Nankin cables, dated Sunday, say that Viceroy Liu Yun Yifi rcceiz'cd a telegram ftom General Yulu on Saturday stat ing that the German Minister had been murdered at Peking. Yulu, who escaped from^Ticntsin to Pao Ting Fu, also wired: "Position desperate. Implore your help. Foreign troops of icightr nationalities entering Peking to the number of 50,000 or 40.000. 1 cannot hold out four days." Liu Yun Yih has received this from the Viceroy of Yun shiki:- .' . .'¦ "Foreign troops victorious at Tientsin. They zvill enter Peking immediately." LONDON. July 2, 5 a. m.— Outbreaks of the Boxers appear to be imrai n'-nt a 1 Canton. The feeling of un ¦¦ -¦ Kteadily increases. Boxers from Ii;ns Tu were marching on Sunday ion Che*;: Tlie Governor feared for the town an<] ie»t to the warships for force?. A 5ma!l r: t, occurred at Chefu on Satur day. -'• ¦. •-'".-. ' • Fifty-two refugee? who have arrived from Kiochfing aver that the Boxers hare destroyed the railway north of Port Arthur and xY.-.x. all the American and Knjrllsh'- residents are leaving. General Yunnfhihikan. ocRimandinj? the best for <-igri-drtlfed 'tmop? t n China, has notified the Gcnnaii.G-ivrrn'ir. ol Kiaoobau that he Win nnt perrriit tt O.Germans' proposed expedition" to^WelhsIea to rescue Chalfont end ; the Aliases Bf.w'n and KawesJ the Amftri'-aa: inissionrrirs Jn the hands of tbf Boxerr. Tho mtesfon&rfcs at Pao Ting l"u ¦o-crc reported to be. safe on June 25. \ : - A Vnrrc.*porident in S:.qrighai learns from official- sources' that tbe Chinese arc liyiig- torpedoes jbetwetjn Shanghai and the Kian!? Nan arsenal. Agents of the 'Ppxfre are bjisy,' In \ Shanghai provoking iftatrftd of foreigners. Xo;hin!r.h3.sr»c-en heard from t>i column ¦whic?i relieved Ajimiral Seymour ? lV e days ego nn<l then proceeded toward Peking; ;J>ut -ss it take* at, leapt two days ti com •.R»unlraie : : 'between Tientsin a.nd '."hr-fu there is potpin* extraordinary In this. T r o<rji-^ ' ntp sofng ' forward from Takt to iTiestsin aiiily,- Though some reports fn m r f.: : kis allege that.lt will be three weeks Ikfc-re a larfce foreft can be rent to Peking. ! A to the Daily Mail from Tor.3 K»i. Tvi'hoin .late, via Chefu, Friday, Bays: ¦ "Ir 1* improper 'any longer to conceal !tij« liarm ilone-tothecajite of the allies [hf-thm'b&kfaaxVEkca noA'-jflOMge of the Rus sians on the-day after the bombardment. iTheyl varilcniy Fhot natives and looted lev.erjrthing. including the European houses Jn. ;Tiiku. TTlie ¦' natives for miles around ;\yf re , looted- for supplies.'* i Th*» rnoming paper? generally accept the brcjfiork. that Karon von Ketteler has been fytil&i ntid -exp.rtsa prave uncertainty as jto**cfeetb*f-"'any of the members of the le gtCtiosis at Peking are fafe. PRINCE TUAN NOW\ :; SUPREME At PEKING .WASHINGTON, July 1.— Two Inportant cablegrams, were received by lecretary Kay to-day from United St.ate\ Consul General Goodhow at Shanghai. Ihe date iu Understood to be that of last nl|at. The Ordered Viceroys \to At tack Foreigners in ; I All Provinces! When i: Last Heard From Other Foreign Representatives in Pe king Were in Dire Peril. ONLY THREE LEGATIONS SPARED Reported Murder of Baron Vpn Ketteler Confirmed bV; Official Advices. ....... ¦ , ..... GERMAN MINISTER WAS SLAIN BY CHINESE TROOPS TO ~T ElV YORK, July I. — The losses sustained in the fire at I \ / * ne docks of the North German Lloyd Steamship C 7 Company in Hoboken yesterday arc to-night conscn'a tiyely placed at nearly ten million dollars; the loss of life — merely guess zcork at even this late hour — will reach; proba^ My as high as 200, and there arc over 300 men in the, hospitals in this city, Hoboken. and Jersey City badly bunted. ! . Up to 11 o'clock to-night eighteen bodies had been recovered. Eleven of these were placed in a rozvat the morgue in this city and numbered, this being the only means the authorities have of maintaining any sort of identity over the corpses, as they arc so badly charred and dismembered that identification zvill be made only by trinkets or pieces of clothing that were found about the bodies. The only way the steamship officials have of approxi mating the loss of life is by comparing the list of those reported safe with the list of the employes on the steamships. ;.- "-..' Late to-night Gustavc Schwab, the general agent of the North German Lloyd line, gave out a list showing what; men on cad: zrsscl had been missing up to that hour. i, On the Saale 2jj men zverc employed and only 13 7 of these had been accounted for up to 11 o'clock, leaving 128 men actual ly enf ployed as officers, sailors, stczvards, engineers, coal pass ers, oilers and trimmers to be accounted for. ": . The Bremen had 204 men on board, but only 12 7 of these have been found. The Main had 137 employes on board at tlie time, and of these only seventy-six have been reported safe..'. >* -. A spectacular but horrible sight zvas presented to-day. Where, ''two days ago, piers reached hundreds of feet out into the river and rose like great hills alive zi'ith outgoing and incoming commerce, lay a great zcastc of burning and smoldering beams, zi'ith here and there a remnant of a high brick wall. The three immense piers of the North German Lloyd line zvere burned to the waters' ripple, the Thingvalla pier lay smoldering, and a part of the Hamburg-American pier, which had just been add ed to their great piers,- were in ruins. Four large storehouses of the Palmer Campbell Company are wrecked, and they, with the piers, zvent to make up the appalling mass of debris, smoking, sizzling and steaming. It covers over four city blocks and reaches out into the river for over a thousand feet. The loss of life will probably prove greatest when the wreck of the Saalc has been searched. Already a number of bodies have been taken off, and as soon as the fire in the hold has sub sided there is cz'cry probability that many bodies will be found belozv decks. Various tugboat captains claim to have seen thirty or forty persons in one compartment just before the Saalc went down. Waste of Smoldering v Ruins Marks the Site of the North German Lloyd's Wharves. PROPERTY LOSS IS TEN MILLIONS Eighteen Bodies Recovered ., at the Scene of the Conflagration; :¦ HOBOKEN'S DEAD MAY NUMBER TWO HUNDRED SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, JULY 2, 1900. VOLUME I/XXXVIII— NO. 32. PRICE FIVE CENTS. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL.