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The San Francisco Call.
Call Correspondents Visit
and Describe Scene of
Wave From Great "BIow
pipe" Levels All Remain
ing Structures.
; Volcano -"* ¦ devastated
: the- northern half op st.
i k vincent : island, causing 1600
j DEATHS/ '•¦:•/•¦ v
V-*rTTAT>AT r A,7ATRA, Hex.,
f^ May 31.— The Colima
] 'volcano; is greatly In
" \ creasing in its eruptions, and
serious consequences aro
feared owing to the volcano's
threatening aspect. Work on
the extension of the Mexican
Central Railroad between
' Guadalajara and TTfl'nzflTi'tTTfh
has been temporarily suspend
ed, it being advisable to take
no chances during the present
threatening attitude of the
volcano. Since •. the recent
earthquake disturbances- at
. . Chilpancingo . and Guerrero
the volume of lava from the
crater has increased consider
ably, and loud subterranean
. noises similar to overhead
thunder have been heard,
while at night the lava as
sumes strange conditions, so
that the inhabitants of Colima
are greatly alarmed. All the
peasants and sheepmen who
reside at the base of the
; mountain ., have long since
abandoned their homes and
fled to the town of Co
lima. The terror if the in
v habitants of the city grow3
each day, and unless the
threatening aspect of the
volcano abates there is liable
to be a wholesale exodus of
the inhabitants. Sheepmen re
port that poisonous gases.
'from the craters have killed
their sheep. So far as <San
be learned no human beings
.have been lost, but the situa
tion at this writing grows
* steadily more serious.
Continued on Page Eighteen.
LEAD, N. D., May, 31.— A" small tornado
struck this city at 1 o'clock this after-;
noon; dembllshlng about twenty^ buildings
and injuring three persons, none of wUom;
however, are fatally hurt
Struck 'by a Tornado.
recover them, although the Martiniquiana
will allow the most of the victims to re
pose peacefully where they He. The place
will be abandoned as &. townsite. but it
will forever remain one of the wonders ot
the world. No less than Pompeii and, like
Plans Sanitarium for Consumptives.
DENVER. May 21.— Lawrence .C.
Phipps, the millionaire steel manufac
turer, left to-night Icr Pittsburg. Before
going he announced that he had pur
chased 1C0 acres of land near Mont Clair.
a suburb of Denver, on which he proposes
to establish a sanitarium for consump
tives on the Truo<-au cottage system. It
will be established in memory of his
mother and called the Agnes Phipps
Memorial Hospital. He paid $50,000 for
the land and will spend a much larger
amount in improvements..
530 fishermen are reported drowned, and
in cne place 1CS houses were destroyed.
Gale Rages Along the North Coast
cf Japan and Destroys Many
TOKIO, May SI.— A severe gale raging
along the north coast of Japan has brought
disaster to shipping and property. Over
natives Under French Command Suc
ceed in Killing Seventy-One
of the Enemy.
ALGIERS, May 21. — A small detachment
cf Arabs, commanded by a French lieu
tenant, while returning to AIn Salah, an
oasis. In the Sahara, after punishing a
raMing band of Tuarcgs, was attacked by
2m Tuarcgs in the neighborhood of Dei
less. The Tauregs were routed and left
seventy-one dead on the field. The French
force had three men killed and ten
The' storyof the recovery of United
States Consul Prentiss' body is a thrilling
one. The commanding officer^ of the
United States 'and British cruisers had
teen directed "to recover ; the "bodies' ;/"of
their 'respective Consuls, and for this
purpose the* Indefatigable had ¦ steamed
from : Fort de France on the morning. of
May .19,. accompanied . by the ¦ Potomac.'
which 'carried two coffins and a detail
from the' Cincinnati. . The party, consist
ed of seven men from the Ciriclnnati,. the
hospital steward .frorii the Potomac and
three natives,: these latter being equipped
with the; soldering! tools/ .The party was
Penetrating farther into the^jieart \ of
the city there were everywhere* evidences
of the terrific execution wrought by the
second great volcanic burst of .three days
kef ore." Pieces of heavy machinery used
in 'the sugar mills and rum distilleries,
which had withstood the- fire of May 8,
had withered Into shapeless masses of
molten metal under Pelee's second on
slaught. Here again was seen , the apt
ress of Professor Jagger's simille. Per
haps one-half of. the houses, the ruins 'of
which at least had been' standing after
the first eruption, were now razed to the
ground. The Cathedral de Moullace was
a more complete - wreck than before, one
of the great towers having succumbed
completely under the. power of Pelee's
great "blowpipe." Toward the north the
portion of the city closet to the volcano
¦is' now completely buried. Several ' acres
in the section • nearest that known as the
new - town, in which one week -ago the
tcps of the ruins were visible, have now
vanished completely beneath the smooth
expanse of gray volcanic dust. Gazing
upon this transformation, one could not
escape: the surmise that with a few more
such eruptions St. Pierre will be burled
in ' dust and ashes . almost as . deep -is
.Pompeii and Herculaneum we're buried
under' lava. '¦ -\
lower stones of the flight, while the bent '
knees upon the step above . suggested all
too plainly how death had found this
pious devotee.
To further this project he went to
Irvlngton yesterday afternoon. He waited
until evening and then went to Lind
nurst. When 1 a servant came to the door
of Miss Gould's home the man asked v to
see Miss Gould. The servant asked' the
man to wait and then telephoned for the
night watchman. When the watchman
came the man was persuaded to leave the
place. Then he returned to Irvinjrton,
and standing in the main street shouted to
pas»<TS-by that he was Miss Gould's hus
band, and he had come from Kansas to
see her. Bi£>re Judge Taylor the man
said he was James II. Anderson of Kan
sas. He was taken to White Plains to be
examined as to his sanity.
rested in Irvlngton last night. \ He was
well dressed and appeared to be about 55
years old. In his pockets were found
seven letters addressed to persons In Kan
sas and Indian Territory, written in the
Manhattan Hotel, New York. He has
been annoying Miss Gould for several
months, and she has received many let
ters from him. He insists he is her hus
band and that he has a scheme to develop
property in Westchester County, and in
the village of Irvlngton.
TARRYTOWN. N. Y., May 31.— A man
coming from Kansas who declared he was
the husband of Miss Helen Gould was ar-
is said to have arisen on. ac
count of. the King's demand that the
Premier recommend Sir Ernest Cassell for
a peerage. Last year the same request
\met with a refusal. This year it was
again urged by the King on the ground
of Sir Ernest's munificent gift- to the cure
of consumption. Lord Salisbury refused^
.to adhere, and on the day the. state din
ner was held at Buckingham palace Lord
Salisbury remarked: "Well, sir,* I sup
pose I had better leave my place at to
day's banquet vacant," to which King
Edward Is said to have replied: \'Yes, I
•jgr ONDON, May 31.— Those • In
tis touch with royal circles are
K busy gossiping about- the, re-
B > ported tiff between Lord Salis
¦i bury and King Edward, which
However, peace ' is • undoubtedly the
¦question of the hour, and Lord Kitchener
is once more the man of the moment.
Lord Milner may or may not have played
en important part in the peace negotia
tions, but popular and political opinions
assign to the ex-Sirdar of the Egyptian
forces the bringing about of the present
This feeling is by no means confined to
outsiders. Great financial magnates,
whose informatiori regarding the condi
tions in South Africa has often been bet
ter than the' Government's and whose in
terests there are almost as great as the
empire's, declare that Lord Kitchener is
the savior of the country.
PRETORIA, May 2L— Acting President
Stern of the Orange Free State is suffer
ing from paralysis and will not partici
pate further in the peace conference at
VereenlginE. He has been given his pa
role and has gone to Krugersdorp, about
fifty miles southwest of Pretoria,
The bodies of . Mrs. Prentiss and .her
daughters are yet buried beneath, rock
arid ashes. 5 An • attempt will be made ' to
; By heroic exertion the coffin was finally
deposited on the Potomac's deck and con
veyed to Fort de ; France, where most im
pressive funeral .ceremonies were, ,ob-"
served.' , ¦ " ' •. • . ' •-
Blacker than any thunder cloud and far
more sinister, a great billow of volcanic
smoke was boiling down the mounfain
side and was then half way to the foot
hills, on whose undulations the city of
St: Pierre had stood. The three natives
instantly took to their heels, and for a
brief instant the bluejackets were on the
verge of panic. Two or three of the' sail
ors instinctively let go the casket handles
to start in flight for the boat, and a wild
scramble for safety would- have followed
had it not been for the stern command of
the young ensign, who ordered the men
back' to their places. The finely . drilled
crew Instantly obeyed, and, taking up the
casket, resumed their march to the shore.
Then, out of the dark mass behind them
came the boom of , heavy explosions and
the gleam of flame. '• That seemed too
much even for stout nerves, and 1 the men
Involuntarily quickened their pace into a
stumbling run to slow Into 'a 'steady
me rch again upon the. quietly spoken or
der: ''Ordinary* time!"*
Pelee even then looked threatening . as
rt leveled rifle, clouds" of steam and smoke
bursting here and there from its scarred
und cinder laden slopes, but the men paid
little heed to the mountain and set about
Ihe work which they had in hand. A
charred body supposed to be that of the
late Mr.. Prentiss was found and. placed
in the zinc "coffin. Hardly had the three
natives sealed, the coffin and the men of
the navy picked it up for the marc// to
thfl shore before the Indefatlgable's tiren
began to shrink warning of approaching
danger. Looking • toward that 'sound the
startled bluejackets saw the cruiser
swing about and head off shore. They
saw also a white plume of steam spurt
ing from- the Potomac's- steam whistle
and knew by that their own vessel was
also sounding danger signals.
landed without difficulty at St-. Pierre,
and after leaving .one.cofiin.for the'Inde- ;
fatigable to pick up,. It proceeded with
the other to where was located the ruins
•of -the' United States Consulate.
Salisbury Refuses to
Yield to King's
Agencies will be located^at- Chicago, In-.
d'anapolis, Des Molnes, Saginaw, Kansas
City, Louisville, Nashville, Pittsburgh Al
bany and. New York. It is*" the. purpose of
the management, of these roads to de-'
vel&p and settle in Oregon,. Washington,
Southern California and the other .West
ern- points many thousands of colonists
within the next two years, a number equal
to a great army to be located in Oregon
and Washington. An ample ' amount of
money has been appropriated by, the in
terested roads to c.arry on the work.: -'¦ . ¦•¦*'.
The- traffic department announces the or
ganization of a colonization bureau head
ed by G. M. McKinney.' "' . '-¦'¦ .
be the largest colonization enterprise ever
attempted by the railroads of the West.
The management of the Harriman lines,
which consist of. the Southern Pacific.
Union Pacific, Oregon Short Line and Ore
gon Railroad and Navigation Company,
are perfecting plans for what. Is said to
CHICAGO, May 31.— The Record-Herald
to-morrow wlll'say:
Many members of the nobility, especially
old county families, make no secret of
their disapproval of various events In the
King's social life. . .. :.V* ' . f vVf;v
His Majesty was furious and threatened
to cancel his promise • to dine with the
Buccleuchs, whereat 'the Duchess of Buc
cleuch retorted that she was quite willing
to send her resignation as Mistress of the
Robes to Queen Alexandra. Later in the
day the King thought better of it, in
formed the Buccleuhs that he accepted
the exclusion of his favorite and forbade
the Duchess to resign. ..." ¦ : .
Another incident which is causing con
siderable'comment la royar circles is the
disagreement, between^ King Edward and
tbe Duchess; of Buccleuch, a member of
the old-styie, exclusive- aristocracy, who
has not countenancedthe' so-called "smart
set." The King was due' to dine with the
Duke^ and Duchess of. Buccleuch and In
timated his desire, that a lady of his en
tourage be invited. This Is usually tanta
mount to- a command, but the Duchess of
Buccleuch, nothing daunted, refused
pointblank. to ask the King's . friend to
make one of 'the dinner parjy.
\ think you had," and stalked out of the
; room.' ' .
-; Since then, according- to court gossip,
. King Edward and his aged Prime Minister
I have scarcely-been on speakipg- terms.
i Duchess of Buccleuch
Als& Shows Bold
: Defiance.
As Lord Kitchener's star has ascended,
so has Lord Roberts' declined. The gen
ial optimism of the old fighter who is
now commander-in-chlef grates so bitter
ly upon a people severely overtaxed for
the war which Lord Roberts so long ago
declared finished, that the spontaneous
popularity which made him the hero of
the jubilee procession could never be re
peated at the coronation. Indeed, it Is
more likely to be transformed into a hos
tile demonstration, in which General Bul
ler's name may be greeted with cheers.
One of the most curious features of the
v.ar is the remarkable way in which Lord
Kitchener has deepened the awesome re
spect, akin to fear, with which the Erit
jsn cation regards him and his. laconic re
ports, and his utterly independent prose
cution of the campaign in South Africa
has heightened his military reputation to
such an extent that he has actually be
come a god to the average man-in-the
street. Yet he is universally admitted to
have next to nothing in common with his
countrymen or their government.
Already the wiseacres are saying that
l^ord Kitchener will be made an Earl and
receive the thanks of Parliament, accom
pajiied by a substantial grant of money.
For Monday afternoon every seat In the
J fcuse of Commons is already pre-empted.
If the statement of the Government lead
er, A. J. Balfour. comes up to expecta
tions, little will be done In the United
rlir.gdom that day except exult over the
end of the war that has tried the spirit
of the nation to its uttermost.
nouncement of peace in South Africa Is
made on Monday as expected, that night
will bid fair to rival the celebration
which occurred •when the relief of Mafek
ing was officially announced in May, 1900.
Throughout London arrangements have
already been made for numerous peufce
dinners. The aristocracy will "mafSk" on
no email scale, and doubtless the denizens
i f Whitechayel and the East End quar
ters will invade the Strand and other thor
tughfares with their wild exultation.
LONDON. May SI.— If a definite an-
Popularity of Lord
Roberts on the
-On the stone steps leading to, the shrine,
worn . smooth aVid deep by . centuries 'of
pious pilgrimages, lay; , the half-buried
body of a human being.'; Its -posture 'was
such as to 'leave little doubt that he or
she had: been in the attitude of adoration
when the awful blast of fire swept -from
Pelee across the city arid struck down the
Nvbrshiper. It .was evident that the body
had : fallen backward from ', the ' stone steps
as th v e. head reposed-' upon " one.of Jthe
• i ' ¦ . • • ¦'•.-¦ ¦ , '.¦'¦-• .-.-•¦ ..-¦•¦ ¦ ¦ ¦
Peering through a little archway in the
shrine, and facing the wayfarer on the
roadway stood the small marble image of
the Holy Mother and child. Pelee's blast
had left of the heavy timber forming the
stemof the cross only a blackened stump.
Its top. . no trace of . which . remained, load
probably been< hurled far away into the
sea below. .'But the little shrine "stood
unscathed. The white image of the Vir
gin bore not a trace of f\re, though both
it and the -little sanctuary in which -it
stood . are . heavily coated with the \ thick
gray, dust that; paints all things here the
same somber hue.
From the side. of a .roadway a 'circling
flight of stone steps Iead3 upward on the
mountain slope to a little plateau about'
twenty feet above. There had been erect
ed one of those little shrines to the Virgin
which are -so common in countries peo
pled by the Latin^ races. The miniature
chapel was crudely built of stone and
brlck'To a height. of not more, than ten
feet above its base and directly behind it
two massive timbers, towering away
above,: had been wrought into the form
of a^crosa.'
No better evidence is found of the tor
nado-like force of ih^j blast than is seen
along this roadway. It is littered at every
step with remnants of the tin roofs torn
from the houses of St. Pierre, a mile or
more away, and all rent and twisted into
fantastic shapes. As the 'road is built
along the slope of the mountain and is
retained by a stone parapet there is a
sheer piecu".ous fall on Us one side while
the mountain rises abruptly above.lt on
the other. -The same blast that wrecked
the city denuded the mountain side of
.every traJce" of shrubbery, uprooted the
most magnificent- of its great tropical
trees and sent /them hurlins down the
slope. Many of the stumps and remnants
of these trees were checked in their fall
by the roadway, and in -places, mingled
as- they arc with debris blown from . the
houses, they form a serious impediment.'.
. Professor Jagger of Harvard has ¦de
scribed the Mont Pelee eruption as "being
a blast of fire driven upon and across
St. Pierre by a hurricane of wind, as
though it were a\ gigantic blowpipe, such
as chemists and lapidaries use in directing
'a powerful heat flame upon object* which
they are examining, analyzing or fusing.
.; SO forbidding was the aspect of the vol
cano' that- a score'of negro 'laborers, who
had been towed ddw'n\ frwn" 'Fort V de
France by i£ steam dredge and had Hojled
during^the' early, hours of .tlie^ jinornlhg.,at^
"the* (ask"or bui$n^it.H^
warning, from the . smok^!iIgnaJS|?hown
above '<them and [ beat'f a ; hafety ; retreat to
their boats,. had started. back to Fort de
France.- This'time a landing was effectr
'ed at the extreme northern end of the ru
ined city.' At that point a;s^one causeway
spans a 'small stream, and' supported, by
terraced masonry, runs upward along the
flank of the hill on which stands the mon
ument erected to the memory of the sail
ors who died .in f the great hurricane ¦'.. of
1892. This : oad not only s affords easy ac
cess to the the city, but at one
point i s lof ... elevation, rising as it does
to a height . of about, 200 feet above the
sea, gives an unequaled birdseye view of
the area of destruction.'
; : . . -Pierre to-day*' Mont Pelee was
more violently active than on the occasion
of the vessel's previous visit' of the Sun
day before. In the. interim had occurred
the second terrific blast from the cone,
which the' scientists now here describe
as more violent than the first. That it
had not caused equal, or greater, destruc
tion, was due solely. to the fact that
nothing remained alive within the sphere
of Its-violence. • From the new crater
smoke was boiling upward to-day in
fleecy masses to a height as great as that
of the cone Itself. From six to eight other
points \ along the slope, two of them al
most at the water's edge, similar masses
of smoke and steam indicated where new
! vents or crevasses were giving outlet to
the seething subterranean mass. One of
the most menacing of these appeared to
be located directly on the site of the well
known sulphur springs of Mont Pelee,
which for. years has been one of the
sights of the place and one of the picnic
resorts of the gay residents of the city.
¦ •¦:/* "V» T - PIERRE, Martinique. May
. ft*^. 23 . vla Herald's dispatch boat
. ..-^^few • ¦ M. E. Luckenback to San
'j^- . jW- Juan,' Porto Rico, ' May 27.—
When the; M. E. Luckenback
•-¦••' ran into the roadstead of" St.
From the Special Correspondent of
The Call end the New York Herald ;
Kitchener Given the
Credit for Ending
the War.:
Ready to Celebrate
of Peace.
Pages 17 to 28

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