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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,
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
"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."
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."
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."
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
LONDON, July 2, 12:45 a. m.-A . dis
patch from Admiral Bruce to the Admir
alty, via Chefu under date of June 30,
"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
"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.
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
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.
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-
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
.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.
Reported Murder of Baron
Vpn Ketteler Confirmed
bV; Official Advices.
....... ¦ , .....
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.
Eighteen Bodies Recovered
., at the Scene of the
Conflagration; :¦

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