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Call Dispatch Boat
.Visits Scenes
: of Horror.
The cii>her dispatch of warning sent by
Professor Landes Is still in existence, but
It is held a secret by the 'Government
J Governor Moutette said that if St. Pierre
was destroyed he would remain to share
the fate of the inhabitants. Professor
Landes acquiesced, saying he, too, would
remain. Both lost their lives on May 8,
though Governor Moutette was trying to
escape when it was too late.
that the forces at work were such as to |
make an explosion certain. •
Hurrying back to St. Pierre he sent a
cipher dispatch to the Governor^ in which
he gave warning that the volcano would
not hold itself in check much longer. He
even went so far as to predict the total
destruction of the city of St. Pierre not
later than May 8.
Instead of. acting on the advice of Pro
fessor Landes, Governor Moutette went
to St. Pierre and tried to allay the fears
of Its inhabitants. He ordered Professor
Landes to say nothing about the con
clusions he had reached.
SAN RAFAEL, May 2S.— Th© Coroner's
Irquest Over the body of Captain T.
Johnson, who was found dead In hi3
home in Sausallto on Saturday night,
tcok place this morning. The testimony
presented to the Jury Indicated that
death was due to heart disease.
Heart Disease Canse of Death.
The Navy Department has
added one more, and per
haps the last, to the good
offices which it has been
called on to perform in be
half of the West Indian
volcanic sufferers by undertaking to de
liver to the homeless people of St. Vin
cent a large quantity of lumber which the
Canadian Government has given. The
lumber Is coming by rail from Canada to
Norfolk, the treasury officials authorizing
its passage through the United States la
bond and without payment of duty. At
Norfolk the lumber will bo loaded on tha
collier Leonidas and transported directly
to St. Vincent.
Adjutant General Corb!n has received
the following cablegram from Captain J.
Gallagher, commissary department, dated
St. Vincent, May 24:
"The area of devastation on St. Vincent
Is about twelve square miles in the north
ern extremity. The population of this
area was about 8000, of which 1600 lost
their lives, the remainder escaping by
flight to Kingstown and other places. It
was no such overwhelming catastrophe as"
at St. Pierre, yet. more people are to be
sustained by the public because many es
caped. Outside of the area devastated no
great damage waa <lone, but the people
are very apprehensive. This condition will
not abate until the volcano, which is still
active, subsides. A second eruption oc
curred May IS, but no additional damage
was done. Supplies of all kinds from the
Dixie were most gratefully received, and
will, with what was on hand, provide for
the present population for three months.
Lumber for rebuilding is asked. Nothinar
is known of any disturbance outside of
St. Vincent and Martinique. Now that
the emergency has been met I would ad
vise sending supplies gradually, and only
after inquiry as to actual .. needs, as a
great quantity sent at once might prove
more embarrassing than beneficial. Th©
stores on the Dixie were well selected."
Secretary Moody also received the fol
lowing cablegram from Captain Berry of
the Dixie, dated St. Lucia. May 26:
"The Dixie is discharging the remainder
of her stores at Kingstown, where they are
most needed. The provisions now on hand
will last several months. Lumber for
houses is needed. The volcano is_actlve.
but no additional damage. Care of the res
cued and injured, approximately SO0O, well
in hand by the local authorities."
A telegram was received anounclng the
departure of the Potomac from St. Lucia
to-day bound for San Juan, Porto Rico.
nele Sam Still
Assisting the
Carrying Lumber
to Rebuild
aid-Call's dispatch boat M. E. Lucken
bachto San Juan, Porto Rico, May 20.—
Had St.' Pierre been a short mile further
south it would not now be a city of the
dead. Around Point Lance,* which marks
i the southern end of the harbor, the lit
tle village, of Carbet . remains to accentu
ate the horror of the ' catastrophe . that
overwhelmed the city of which it was a
suburb. Coasting along the west side of
the Island, from its head toward Fort de
France, the men of the Herald-Call dis
patch boat had seen the awful destruction
that Pelee had wrought, and it had sunk
so deep into .their memory that so long
as they live nothing can dim its vivid
ness. So awful was - the picture— and
1 words seemed so inadequate to describe it
—that it was- more by look than speech
that the men gathered on the deck -of
the Luckenbach sought to convey to one
another their impressions of the scene as
it passed before their eyes. But when
the whitened, crumbling ruins of St.
Pierre had been passed, Carbet, still sur
rounded by tropical luxuriance and with
men and women walking about its streets
—life where for miles there had been
nothing. but white death. to be seen— came
into view. When the vessel rounded a lit
tle .headland the thought uppermost in
thte minds of all on board was the pity
of it. In a flash it came to them all
how near the beautiful city had been to
safety, how short a distance its inhabi
tants would have had to flee to get safely
beyond the limits of the mountain's
It Is not known, and perhaps never will
be indisputably known, what wrought the
unparalleled disaster. The officers of the
cruiser, Cincinnati, who have made an
investigation of the ruins and a
study of the causes which led
to the wreck, have a theory which
FORT DE. FRANCE, Martinique; May
26.— It Is now known that all th© lives in
St. Pierre might have been saved had
it- not been for the action of Governor
Moutette. Professor Landes of the Uni
versity of St. Pierre had, been instructed
by Governor Moutette to make an inves
tigation of Mont Pelee, At the imminent
risk of his life. Professor Landes went
to the • crater . of the volcano. He found
Pierre's Danger.
Governor "Withholds Warning- of St.
: But to the authorities of the island and
to the Governor. Sir Robert B. Llewellyn,
it. does? seem-that the islanders are over
proud. In their present state of mind,
they cannot • conceive, apparently, of the
possibility of retaining their self-respect
and at the same time lay themselves un
der what seems to them a deep obligation
to the people of a foreign country. And
yet to the officers and men of the Poto
mac who spent last Wednesday on shore,
riding and /driving from Kingstown
through Georgetown, 'to the Soufriere
mountain, distress was apparent on ev
ery hand. One of them told the .corres
pondent that not more than five or six
out of every fifty who passed along the
roads failed to ask him for money.
FORT DE FRANCE, May 20, via Her
ald-Call's dispatch boat M. E. Lucken
bach, and U..S. S. Potomac, from St. Vin
cent, May 17.— Proud, self-sufficient St.
Vincent is in dire need, yet she will allow
none to help her. That is the way It
seemed to some of the. men on the Poto
mac, which arrived there on Wednesday,
willing, nay anxious, to render any as
sistance possible, but to all the efforts of
help the invariable reply was that Eng
land would look after her. owm
and New York Herald.
From ¦ the ': SDecial Corressondent of The Call
cept Aid From Forrtgners.
St. Vincent People Are Loth to Ac-
accounts what is otherwise un
accountable. It is that Pelee's crater
had nothing, to do -with the destruction
that -was caused. : The, theory is, and one
that is everywhere borne out by evidence,
that a 'crevice was opened In the side of
the volcano nearest the city, and that
: through 'this 'vent Issued* a gas that was
borne by a breeze straight over St. Pierre.
The lines of demarkation of this gaseous
river, plain- as though ."they .had- been
drawn -by a ruler, lay down the slope,
narrowing at the mountain's top to open
fan-shaped as ' it neared the ocean, and
including every section of the doomed city
within its. deadly radius. Some idea of
the intense heat engendered may be had
from the fact that the wroughtiron pipes
a.nd castiron gaFgoyles of a fountain lo
cated in the center of a park and fully
400 feet . distant from any building have
been found fused and twisted out of all
shape. It requires 2800 degrees of heat to
fuse wroughtiron, , and this Iron was in
the center of a green park, far removed
from any building that could have possi
bly engendered such heat as that.
Pushing through Bouille street to the
northward the tangle became more and
more intricate. Here on the left was
hoard at last a sound. In the deathlike
Btlllnecs It struck upon the ear strangely.
With little difficulty a landing was ef
fected on the Marina, directly In front of
the ruin of the large rum. warehouse of
Lassar Frocs. The wharves In front were
littered with an Inextricable tangle of
rum casks, barrel hoops a^nd staves, heavy
Iron anchor chains, piles of conch shells
and other maritime debris. The heavy
masonry walls of the building, falling out
ward, but up to the second story above
the ground, the thick stone walls of the
front had stood, though seamed and tot
tering. Here. In the main doorway, at the
very threshold of the place where he had
toiled. wa6 seen the first mute relic of
human tragedy— a negro. Broadshouldered
and strong, he had been a stevedore or
warehouse porter probably. The stone
arch of the doorway had saved him from
being crushed under the falling walls and
the masonry had shielded the body
partly from the fire.
Soon living beings were seen scrambling
(down to the shore from amid the ruins.
They were a party of negro looters. The
approach of the Call-Herald steamer had
Interrupted them at their work and they
scurried down to the beach and tumbled
into a long dory which had lain hidden
behind a half-burned bulkhead. Closer
Inspection of their craft during a brief
parley while the Call-Herald's boat wan
alongside, showed that the other craft
was well filled with silver tableware,
blackened and much of It fused with.sil
ver and copper coins, gnarled and twisted
candelabra, pieces of broken pottery and
mantel ornaments and detached pieces of
iron and copper machinery. All were
coated with the gray dust that cave to
everything ashore the same pallid ashen
Such was the picture when the Call-
Herald's dispatch boat, M. E. Liuckenbach,
yesterday stood in toward tne shore, pick
ing her way carefully among the charred
wrecks that dot the harbor and whose
blackened timbers are the sole relics of
Bteamshlps, merchantmen and smaller
craft that went down staggering and blaa
lng ten days ago under the tornado of
lire. As the steamer's boats were lowered
away and pulled In toward the strand,
so recently the scene of a commercial sea
port, not . a sound broke the perfect
eilence. As the boat drew near the shore
the deathlike stillness was broken by the
crackling of a coal yard fire. No word
•was spoken either by passengers or crew.
In the shadow of such a. horror all were
In other parts of the city not even a
roof peak or chimney thrusts its top
through the scoria. In the section known
as the new town, winding up the slope
of the mountain from the crescent of the
roadbed many of the city's most preten
tious homes have utterly vanished as a
Ewlss chalet Is swept from sight by the
rush of an Alpine avalanche.
of the Caribbean, its smoking
ruins are the funeral pyre of thirty thou
mnfl. not one of whom lived long enough
to tell adequately the story that will
stand grim, awful, unforgotten. as that of
Herculaneum, when the world Is older by
a. thousand years. St. Pierre Is as dead
as Pompeii. If men can be found with
hearts stout enough to build again be
neath the steaming maw of old Pelee a
rew city can rise only on the ruins of the
old. St. Pierre Is not only dead, but
buried. Most of her people lie fathoms
*eep in a tomb made in the twinkling of
an eye by the collapse of their homes and
sealed forever under tons of boiling mud,
avalanches of scoria and a hurricane of
volcanic dust. Above the miles of piled
debris rise here and there the relics of
her ten thousand homes and commercial
factories, ragged walls, rent, seamed and
seared by fire. Fit monuments they are
to the myriads of dead beneath, who were
victims of the most heartrending calamity
cf .modern times.
ST. PIERRE, May 19, via Herald-
Call dispatch boat M. E. Luck
enbach to San Juan, Porto Rico,
May 20.— St. Pierre to-day Is a
vast charnel house. Skirting for
nearly a league the blue waters
Froin the Special Correspondent of
The Call and the New York Herald
Thrilling Story of
Scenes in
K i nn^
1 > mi io*
Later Eruptions
Prevent a
Come Around for Shoes.
: Ladies' > and "men's regular $4 shoes , for
$2 15 'at 'the manufacturer's sale: of shoes,"
717 Market street, 1 , near Third. •
. • Tha 1 quickest 'and :"' most ¦ convenient _ way in
and out ' of. the , Yosemite ' Valley la ;by way of
tho Santa Fe. ... If , you 'leave San Francisco to
day at 0 a. m. on the California Limited you
are In. Yosemite to-morrow at 5 p.m. .• : ¦
Call at Santa ,Fe ticket: of flee, '641 Market
street, for Illustrated pamphlet and -full par
ticulars. ¦ .¦¦.••• ¦-¦;• . ¦¦-¦» . • ¦¦
Yosemite Via I the Santa Fc.
¦,The . Governor of Mocha is said to have
been carried j away by the rebels as a
hostage. . d v The . rebels are . being 1 joined • by
numbers of : Turkish - troops/ who are * de
serting.-.'^ \ .'¦'"" "., ' ¦-¦¦¦•
LONDON, May 27.— A dispatch to tfie
Dally Express from Cairo, Egypt, 'says
that a whole bat Allon of Turkish troops
has been annihilated by rebels near the
seaport of ,M7>cha, in the Turkish vilayet
of >Yemeri, ; In the southwestern part \ of
Arabia/;. .:•:: » ¦. • : ¦¦¦'..'¦¦¦.¦.¦ -. ¦
PRETORIA, May 26.— The prevalence
throughout South Africa of the optimistic
feeling in regard to the peace negotiations
is hardly based on solid facts. The pro
traction of the conference at Vereenigning
Is not necessarily a hopeful situation. .
The delegates . to the conference, al
though • they have . abandoned their hope
of securing, independence, still have many
points of difference with the Government,
while an obstinate minority continues. to
regard the resumption of hostilities as
the best outcome of the present situation
and at any moment these points of dif
ference may be accentuated into a refusal
to continue "the negotiations. . •. . ;
It is most unlikely that those .who are '
Whole Battalion Is An
, nihilated Near i3oa
*w: port ; of Mocha.
Minority at Conference
Is Desirous of Con
tinuing War.
: President Castro of Venezuelan has de
ferred the threatened bombardment of the
port ; of ¦ Carupano, ; in the State of Ber
mudez/ arid j which is : now occupied by the
Venezuelan 7 revolutionists, until to-mor
row. ¦¦. : ; • -¦'/ . ; •.'¦:¦.;,¦/, ¦ ¦• ¦ i
W1LLEMSTAD, Curacao, May 26.— A re
liable report has reached here that a new
invasion of .the Venezuelan frontier by
Venezuelan revolutionists is contemplated
and will occur ; . shortly. The Venezuelan
revolutionists who. contemplate this In*
vaslon. are said to have; been assisted- by
the*. Government of Colombia with arms
and , men. >¦ Four, thousand men who will
invade .Venezuelan territory, are said to
have ' assembled- at Cucula, which is situ
ated-In Colombia, but close to the western
frontier of Venezuela.
New Danger Threatens Castro.
of the difficulties Lord Kitchener has had to
ronteijd with. The Boer leaders are all deeply
impressed with his parsonallty and trust him
Implicitly. ¦•-¦•¦.. ¦
ft Is understood '.that Lord Mllner. the Brll
lsh.Hlgb Commissioner In South Africa, hai
fracefully . admitted that the ' ultimate credit
or .the accomplishment of the great task is
due to Lord . Kitchener. . - «
in favor of peace will throw up the sponge
so long as a decent minority is desirous
of continuing: the struggle, and all these
dissonant elements .must be taken into
account before it is possible to give any
sort of prediction as to the issue of the
present negotiations. -
Forty-six Boers, with their wagons and
cattle, surrendered at Balmoral, ' Trans
vaal, yesterday.
LONDON, May 27.— The Dally Mail this
morning says the Cabinet council to , be
held to-day will decide upon points .of
detail, mostly of a financial. nature, which
have been raised by . the ; Boers in the
peace negotiations. . Great Britain's de
cision in the matter then will be com
municated to the Vereenignlngr conference
by the delegates at Pretoria, says the pa
per, and being the best obtainable terms
they will almost surely be accepted. The
results' should be. announced officially
either Thursday or "Friday of -.this, week,
probably on Friday, the day upon which
King Edward's birth is celebrated. Peace
is quite certain, says the Daily Mail,- and
the delegates at Pretoria are only engaged
in endeavoring to gild the ; pill for the
Vereenlgning conference to swallow. : '
The Daily Mall says -further:
Our dispatches from Pretoria assert 'that
numerous communications I are passing between
Lords Kitchener . and Mllner in South Arflca
and London. Swfc^lS^iMeg
Lord Kitchener, although he-Is stilirfullof
energy, is . much aged in appearance as a re
sult of the severe and continuous strain which
he has undergone. The consensus of opinion Is
that the recent negotiations have proved Lord
Kitchener to be a great diplomatist as well as
a.'zrcat soldier." ' . ¦'.¦•¦ ¦ '. ; '
It 'is hard to" appreciate' ¦ the ' magnitude
Something of scandal has been attach
ed to the circumstances under which the
chalice of the cathedral was rescued. In
From this point the party, with difficul
ties Increasing at every step, pushed far
ther up the steep toward the heart of the
town, into Victor Hugo street. Progress
here was made rather by climbing than
by walking. Through Victor Hugo street
we penetrated to what had been the Cath
edral de Moulloce. Had it been hammered
for a fortnight under the guns of a fleet
of battleships its ruin could hardly have
.been more complete. When Pickett on
the last day of Gettysburg hurled his le
gions in the final assault upon Hancock's
second corps It Was said that over the
ground traversed by that great charge
from Seminary Ridge to the point held
by Webb's Philadelphia brigade a man
might have walked literally upon the bod
ies of the slain. In the Place de Moulloce
of St. Pierre and Immediately surround
ing the cathedral one could hardly see to
pick his way to escape walking upon the
bodies of the dead. It was no exaggera
tion when Consul. Ayrne of Guadeloupe
Bald that the streets of St. Pierre were
paved with the corpses of her citizens.
Seme crude effort there had been made to
destroy by fire the grewsome relics spared
by the original cataclysm, but. the work
had been done all too ineffectiveyl. Fagots
of driftwood piled around and above
heaps of the slain had been fired by ne
groes employed for that purpose, but the
work of cremating was only partly ac
complished. From a sanitary point > of
view it is fortunate for Martinique that
the vast majority of those who died when
her chief city was annihilated are burled
so deep as to need no better sepulcher.
It wms the ripple of gurgUnr water. Trac
lnr It to Its source we found a water
pipe, the nozzle . of which projected
through the shattered wall of a private
dwelling. From it the water, in pure crys
tal plenty, was pouring down and welling
the masses of ashes and cementllke pow
der beneath into a sticky paste. St.
Pierre's streets, with their trickling rivu
lets of mountain water, had been the
pride of hej- citizens. Through all the
blast of fire the remnant . of her water
system', at least, had survived. One of
the party had approached the trickling
water to lave from his hands and face
the choking accumulation of dust. As he
did so he stepped back and paused. Di
rectly below where the water fell lay
huddled the grizzled remnants of a dead
the first- party to penetrate within the
cathedral, walls waa Captain Dubury, a
British army officer. In command of a de
tachment of artillery ¦ at Barbadoes. Cap
tain Dubury, himself a devout Catholic,
iu • prodding about ¦ the • debris of j the
cathedral, found the sacred vessel, and
an intimate friend of his whom I saw
last night is authority 'for the statement
that the wafer was found intact though
baked to a hardened mass. Not' in the
ecoffing spirit of a curio hunter, but rev
erently and devoutly. Captain Dubury
took the chalice and bore it to Barbadoes,
intending to transfer it into the custody
cf priests of . the Catholic church with
whom -he was well acquainted. The facts
became known in Fort de .France \ and
French residents, resenting the action
of a foreign army, officer Intruding into
the sacred places of their dead city,
started the story that Captain Dubury
had engaged in looting. In Fort de
France the story has now become a pub
lic scandal, and there is open, gossip of
a possible military court of inquiry to In
vestigate Captain Dubury's action at the
request of French authorities of the
colony. .
Though many ghouls have already
prowled through the catacomba of tho
ruined city, St. Pierre presents a profit
able field for the would-be looter. It
would have been easy for any member
of the Herald-Call party during the hours
while they were tramping over the en
tombed town to have tilled baskets with
sliver spoons, coins, ear-rings, finger
rings. Jewelry and knick-knacks of all
kinds, many of them • of intrinsic value
and others of interest solely as souvenirs
In the ruins of every house of the bet
ter residential quarters might have been
picked up scores of such trinkets. Loot
ers had entered the town the moment its
streets nad sufficiently cooled to make
that possible. - They were busily at work
there when the United States steamship
Potomac, which arrived nearly a week
ago, ran into the harbor. The naval of
ficers placed under arrest a party of one
white man and five- negroes who were
found' burdened with loot. Their only
explanation was that they were endeav
oring to recover the property of relatives
¦who had been killed In the disaster. The
Potomac transferred her prisoners to the
captain of the French battleship Suchet
but they seemingly attached little im
portance to the matter and set them
free> ' v : - . •
Awful Force Sent. Forth From Mont
>V^';'^ : - •• ¦ .Pelee.' :
From the • SDecial CorreBDOndent of The' Call
and New York Herald. .
FORT DE FRANCE, May 18, via Her-
Work of Cremation Is Not Completed
by the Frightened, Negroes.-
Awful Conditions
Are Described
in Detail.
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female weakness.
Weak and sick women are invited to
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The dealer who offers a substitute for
"Favorite Prescription'' does so to gain
the^little more profit paid on the sale . of
less meritorious medicines. His profit is
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¦ You can publish this letter if you wish. We
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My wife's complaint seemed to be a complica-
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The first step toward saving money is
economy; but there are two kinds of economy — :
going without that which you want and always
getting ' your money's worth when you buy
anything. )
Tour clothing bill is quite an item in your
expenses. It is easy to reduce it if you get what
< you pay for. N
So much for. theory/ Now for facts.
Our $io made-to-order suits are worth
every cent of the price; taking other clothing as
a basis they are worth more than the price, for
¦ ''! you have paid $12.50 many a time for a suit no
S; better than one of ours at $10.
You wcu'd be convinced were you to order j
a suit-. But to convince you now we say: If
you are not entirely sati5tled with the suit you
can have your money back; ifycu choose to keep
the suit we will make any necessary repairs on it
free of charge for a year.
Anyway, why rot c ill and secure some .
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toward economy.; ¦
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