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ROCKLAND, Me., ' Nov. 20.— An ;. American schooner,' which ' will be registered in the Phil ippines, was sold here to-day. She Is a three master and is ready for launch,' KSSiSs -That the ferry-boat Oakland was saved was due to/the quick action of Captain John Leale, her roaster, In getting the big boat out of the danger line. The steamer, had been taking on oil for fuel, and all hands except Andrew. Anderson, a deck hand, who was swabbing . do wn and ; pu t- Ung; things to rights,' had. retired for the night. Anderson saw the sudden flash of flre in the depot and gave the alarm. Captain 'Leale hurried to tbe pilot-house in his pajamas after getting the en gineer's. department at work. ., There was steam enough in the boilers to move the boat, but bo fast did the fire spread that In the big depot sheds were standing forty-two passenger coaches, broad and narrow gauge. These were licked up like flrfder. "An" "of "the" massive timber work of the new freight slip recently completed to the north of the depot was destroyed. A charred mass of embers, smoldering piles and uprights r ,twisted iron and rails in fantastic confusion mark the scene of blackened ruins. A few tons of rails, warped and heat-riven; a few battered car trucks, the upperworks of which burned and dropped into the bay, and a few clusters of stumps of piles are all that remain. - Wonder, it was that human lives were |not sacrificed as well In the rapid rush of. smoke, and flame that en veloped the structures. FERRY-BOAT v BARELY ESCAPES. at the Alameda narrow gauge depot of the Southern Pacific Com pany swept out of existence five acrea of buildings, piers and wharves and de- Btroyed practically every vestige of the big railroad properties at the western end of the Alameda mole."^Wlth a wind blow ing at gale pitch, nothing could with stand the furious flames, which in an In credibly short period wiped out nearly $300,000 worth of. property. Including half of the passenger rolling stock of the nar row gauge local system. WITH a swiftness and in tensity that defied all human effort, the flre which broke out at 1:15 o'clock yesterday morning There was a great deal of oil-soaked woodwork about the buildings and slipa. The new freight slip was built of creo soted. material. MANY COACHES DESTROYED. There were ! thirty-two narrow-gauge cars and sixteen broad-gauge coaches in the depot .shed. Among- them, were two parlor cars " and the better - part of the narrow-gauge rolling stock for passenger service. It \ was hard work \ yesterday morning for Trainmaster A. H. Walker to make up a train for the regular trip to Santa Cruz. He had to substitute box cars : for, use as baggage . carriers. > The flre wipes out not only the old structures, but .a large' amount of new work is destroyed. Besides.. the new freight slip, constructed at a cost of $75,000, the company had completed a large The railroad officials admit that they are at a loss to account for the fire's origin, but they- scout the idea of incen diarism. ~ Yardmaster Wasgott, who was ,with narrow-gauge engine No. 11, says the flre started '• about 1:15 o'clock In the north wing of the passenger slip, beyond the depot. In a few moments the^'wind had swept the flames into the.. depot and. by 2 o'clock, the whole structure was a mass of . flames. The-* last locomotive, that switched, out over the tracks that ex tend over the plank wharr on the north wing of: the passenger slip passed the point where the fire started at 11:58, and it is scarcely credible that a spark from its smokestack would have caused a flre that was not discovered till an hour and fifteen minutes later. the upper works were considerably scorched. The railroad, people are at a loss to find a cause for the destructive, conflagration. Several theories are afloat. It seems pretty well ~ settled that the flre started near the northeast corner of the depot, or close to the new. freight slip. .Watch man Stroemer thinks a lamp in a small house- at the land approach to the freight slip ekploded. Other railroad men believe that sparks from a locomotive settled in a dry nook in the timbering, being fanned into flames by the high wind. Still others attribute.lt to a cigar or cigarette stump thrown carelessly into a corner and set ting fire to rubbish. - The big. depot was. erected in 1883. by James G. Fair as the western terminus of the South Pacific Coast Railroad. It cost originally. $50,000. Since the property passed into* the hands of the Southern Paciflo Company the purchasers expend ed | more than \ $100,000 ¦ In improvements, aside from' the . new freight slips. . The company,/ during the last., five years,! haa built a stone . breakwater ' on the -south side of the mole, and has filled in the old trestle from Alameda Point to, the pier, making solid ground for Its tracks the en tire distance : to the ;- Government : • bulk head line. This morning's fire: was stop ped on the east .by. the; earth; fill. Every thing west ''of that line was r swept away. The burned depot was I a ; wooden " shell like structure, 500 by 800 . feet ' in dimen sions. Its- dryness, age -and 'drafty. in terior rendered it ah : easy prey taithe flames, ... a. ¦' ;'-J^--'-. .'¦- ¦¦ -A ¦'¦ •' The destruction of the terminal stops the lecal narrow gauge traffic and throws air of the burden of : the commuter pas senger travel belonging to the narrow gauge" from Alameda upon the broad gauge system to the' Oakland mole. This means more than 10,000 additional persona to accommodate daily. J The company has been sorely pressed in handling the or dinary daily commuter travel of late. As a result there was a congestion last night at the broad gauge pier, that caused great delay in the operation of trains. The Alameda broad gauge trains .were doubled in the" number of cars -and. the v-ork thrown on that branch means heavy burdens until the system can be relieved. The Southern Pacific Company carries its own insurance. The corporation . will therefore. meet Its , loss on account of the fire..- . " ; ; ¦ .- ¦•- :- ¦'¦¦. ¦; . . - ' amount of | improvement ¦ to the "main depot on the south side and had installed many new tracks to provide standing room .for the cars that were, burned. Among the minor losses were those of C. W. Haywood, owner of \the narrow gauge depot news stand, whose place was wiped out at a loss of $1800, Insured, and the Denison News Company, which lost its* train supplies stored at the pier. / . TRAFFIC IS CONGESTED. Forty-Eight Passenger Coaches Are Destroyed and the Charred Tops of Piles Alone Mark the Site of Depot and Wharves and Ferry Slip — Origin of the Fire Is a Mystery to Railroad Men SCENES AROUND THE CHARRED RUINS OF THE BURNED ALAMEDA MOL.E, THE DEPOT BUILDING AS IT LOOKED BEFORE THE FIRE, THE FERRY-BOAT THAT NARROWLY ESCAPED DESTRUCTION, HER CAP TAIN AND TWO MEN WHO HAD THRILLING ADVENTURES. ' • Harry. Anthony,: one of the waiters, was the, only one who ; had .presence of mind to catch ; up a few articles of clothing The suddenly awakened cooks, waiters and stewards in j the bunkhouse did not escape. so easily. ; The first intimation they ; had of their danger was - when Stroemer burst open the single door, of their " quarters and v ' let iA* the light and roar of the blazing pier. ¦¦:', .. . ¦ • *,Stroemer's .warning, however, .was un necessary. Captain Leale and '. his men were already working like beavers to cast off moorings and back out tq . safety in the bay* •• Fortunately steam was still up in the boilers and the big vessel present ly glided out of that caldron of - death and headed for the other side, but not be fore the hot lips of the baffled flames had scarred arid blackened pilot house, deck and lifeboats. THE OAKLAND ESCAPES. \ That first burst of flame caught the eye of Night "Watchman J. W. " Stroemer. Rushing to' the bunkhouse he 'awakened the- sleepers "there and then 1 fought his way through the suffocating smoke' and liying i fragments of burning wood to ; the slip where the Oakland waa moored. He just 'managed to stagger on board when he fell exhausted to the deck with hair and clothes and -face blackened and Iscorched by the flames. . ¦ . ¦ • The shivering deckhands were still busy making things snug and shipshape for the night when a slight crash was heard, followed by a flare of light on the north ern arm of the passenger pier.- -Then with bewildering swiftness a.~ great yellow "quivering tongue ; of flame leaped high into the blackness of the night, and danced ' merrily shoreward, wrapping a^out rafter, rail and planking . as it went.* In an incredibly short space of time the whole end of the pier was blaz ing like some giant torch.s lighting up land and sea for a mile around with the brilliance, of day. •• % Shortly before la. m. Oie Oakland had been made fast in the slip and discharged her few- belated , passengers, who were speedily followed ashore by the cooks and waiters of the commissary crew. These latter entered a crude bunkhouse on the pier and were soon sound asleep. 'Mean while Captain Leale and his mates sought shelter in the cabin from the biting blast of the norther' that lashed the -waves into an angry foam, " - * •*. •row wEXT to naked/menaced by |^^ I falling timbers and hemmed I I in by roaring flames and I blinding smoke, the crew of JL the ferryboat Oakland had as ' thrilling an escape from death yesterday morning during the disastrous fire at/Alameda mole as anything ever pictured in the palpitating pages of un fettered fiction. / Fugitives Tell of Their Thrilling Escapes From Fire's Wrath Meanwhile 'work will proceed on the freight slip at the end of the long Ala meda mole. The north wing of the freight slip was saved by the dashing waves, whipped into fury by the high wind. Engineer Farley says that within thirty" days thls_ slip can be made ready for temporary accommodation of passen ger traffic. Temporary sheda will be built to shelter the passengers and coaches Freight will continue to be sent via the Alameda Point slip. "While this work Is under way- the rebuilding of the main de pot will proceed with as great rapidity as possible. ,. NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS Superintendent. Worthington announces the following arrangements for taking care of the narrow gauge passenger traf fic: •ann 111 ! 1 atur . A ? r , nlght or Sunday mornine I will start main line narrow gauge trains from Fourteenth-street depot. Oakland picklnJ ™? outgoing passengers from the Alameda broad fa, U «f B rSM Flm and We t»"er str^fs, "oak tra'nsfe? to Th« K K nar S OW Bauge P ass en«e« will FTrs? fe a r nd t Vebst b e r r° a s d trfeuf e A^ meda " ne « Commencing to-morrow I will send trains ?hlr^ at , the , narrow Bau * e fains win meet thoee running down the broad gauge Coast Line at Santa Clara. , Train No* 102 which has been leaving this side at 8:15 a. m" will lefvf .Fourteenth street at 9 o'clock, and w 1 meet Farley promises that he will have the Alameda Point slip ready for freight traf fic by to-morrow night or Sunday morn ing. A day or two more, at most, will suffice to prepare the wharf there for the safe handling of " passengers. ' The new depot will be much better adapted to its purposes than the old one. There was much more room'thari the traffic required, but the arrangement was not what it should have been for the convenience of the heavy passenger travel. Though there will be temporary dis comfort, people who travel via the Alameda mole will in the end gain new comforts as a result of the conflagration. ENGINEER AT WORK ON FLANS B. • A. Worthington, superintendent of the coast division, in which U included the narrow gauge line, was aroused soon after the fire was discovered. He got down to the freight x slips by an owl car and took the first freight boat across the bay. He remained -at the- scene of the conflagration throughout the day, return ing to his office at Third. and Townsend streets late in the afternoon, when there was nothing more to.be done on the Ala meda side. -He at once went into confer ence with Resident Engineer" Farley of the coast division, .who will' have imme diate charge of putting .in makeshifts to' accommodate the : traffic "arid also the re building of the slips and 'depot. Engineer Farley went across to Ala n:cda Point last night, and with the con struction crews called In from .various points on the line began "the reinforce ment of the slips of the old landing there, as it is planned that resumption of trafltc on the Alameda lines shall be byVvay of that superannuated slip. « - ¦ There were thirty-two .narrow gauge and- six teen , broad, gauge passenger coaches burned. We haven't the number of 'all of these yet, but I have estimated their value at $140,0CU. The value of the depet, ferry: 1 slips, wharfs, tracks, offices, etc., destroyed, flouring on the basis of what it, will cost to replace them, I place at about the same amount — making a total of fr<mi ?275,0C0 to $2S0,00O. • ¦ ¦' ,Our engineers were at work by 9. o'clock this morning on plans for temporary structures and makeshifts to take care or the freight snJ pas senger traffic. Of necessity there will be con siderable delay, for driving piles is slow work. But just as soon as arrangements nave been made to take care of the traffic at the nar row gauge mole again work will be rushed on the permanent structured necessary to replace the property destroyed. There will be as' little delay and inconvenience to the public as is possible. • ' .' , • . • ¦ ••• 'The narrow gauge coaches will be replaced by bread gauge cars; and when the trains jfce put. back on the .old schedules, the Alameda locaig- will I be broad gauge. . • Fortunately we have had orders in for new rolling stock in order to convert the Alameda locals from nar row Raugo to broad gauge, otherwise we would be-"cohtronted by grave difficulties. Narrow gjiuge coaches cannot be had. now at all, and for that matter broad gauge coaches cannot bo purchased. Our orders will be our salvation. Those coache3 and some taken from various di visions where they can be: spared will form a sufficient equipment to take the place of the burned rollinir stock. 'short interview at tlie- close..'' of an "arduous day's work "without even a 1 pause for I'unchc'on: > ; " * ' ' ' ._. UL1US KRUTTSCHNITT, assist- H ant to the president of the South- H ei n ' ac *** c Company, places the Ig loss at approximately f2S0,GQO. He ,5a^P said yesterday afternoon in a Kruttschnitt Talks of Losses' and of the Plans for the Future Superintendent "Woi thington . says the plan of the new depot will resemble in a genf ral way that of the depot at the Oak land mole. There will be upstairs wait ing-rooms for women and their escorts, and the offices will also be on the second floor. '• ;'¦- .; In the same way narrow gauge train. No. 104 will meet broad gauge tram No. 38, leav ing Third and Townsend streets at 2 p. m. f at Santa Clara; and narrow gauge train No. 108 will meet broad gauge train No. 42 at the same place. No. 1C4 is the former 2:15 p. m. and No. ICG the 4:15 narrow gauge . train. They will both start for the present from Fourteenth street. Oakland. the Coast Line train No. 24. leaving Third and Townsend streets, at 9 o'clock, at Santa Clara. By this arrangement persons oh this side of the bay who desire to reach narrow gauge points below Santa Clara can take ¦ No. 24 from Third and Townsend streets and trans fer to the narrow gauge train No. 102 at Santa Clara. On the Oakland side people desiring" to reach broad* gauge points below Santa Clara can take the. narrow gauge- train start Ins from Fourteenth street and be sure or connecting with No. 21 at Santa Clara. ¦'"•" " " ' • ' Overdue German Bark Arrives. VICTORIA, B. C, Nov. 20.— The over due German bark Edith, eighty-eight days from Hongkong, China, i3 coming up the straits, bound in. The pastor says Bacon admitted saying he. (Mockridge) ~ had thrown a book at seme boy or person somewhere in the church; that the rector had quarreled with the late Bishop Sullivan of Canada, and that he had been short $600, or sev eral hundred dollars, in account with a Canadian missionary society. Mr. Mockridge says Bacon refuses tn give authority for the statements and de clares them false. Mr. Mockridge assert3 that Bacon and other vestrymen" have tried to force him to resign by withhold ing his salary since June 1 last, during which time they have paid him no salary, and he has received nothing but $14 do nated to him by parishioners. . The rector wa3 called here learly two years ago from Watertown, N.VT. From the beginning he and Choirmaster Clar ence Urmy did ix^t get along, June the vestry asked for his resignation. This the Rev. Mr. Mockridge declined 1 to give. He has now issued a circular, dated No vember ft, in which he charges A. S. BaCon, senior warden, with saying "some unkind and damaging things." SAN JOSE, Nov. !0.— The dissension which has existed ln\ Trinity Episcopal Church, the most fashionable congrega tion in San Jose, for th$ past year is rap- Idly reaching a stage When one or the other faction must retire. Around the Rev. Charles H. Mockridge, the rector, all this Internal strife of th* communicants arose. Now it has been \idded to by a letter issued by the Rev. Dr. Mockrldgo. For nearly a year the vestrymen hava been trying to oust Mr. Motkridge. Trin ity Church has 600 member*, and 400 of these have taken sides with the pastor and have passed resolutions indorsing him. I Special Dispatch to The Call. Vestrymen Alleged to Have Opposed the Rev. Mr. Moc&ridge. Episcopal Clergyman in San Jose Issues a Circular. PASTOR MAKES SOME CHARGES THE Southern Pacific Com pany's loss by the- fire yes- JL terdny morning at the wes-t erly end of tbe - Alameda mole In placed liy Jnllu» Krnttschnltt at fisO.OOO. Thlrty tno narrow grangre- and sixteen broad grange coaches -were burned, their value being half of the tot«l~lo«s. -The -Southern Pacific carries ja© Insurance. Xo liven -were lout. Work lin» al ready, beeun on a mafce-slilf t at Alameda Point to accommodate the freight and passenger traffic until the partially burned freight «Iip of Alameda mole can l»e rebuilt find made to do doa ble service temporarily. • ' FLAMES AND FALLING TIMBER IMPERIL LIVES OF MEN CAUGHT IN FIRETRAP AT ALAMEDA MOLE PRINCE GAZES AT THE STARS Son of Siam's King Visits the Lick Obser vatory. 1 Young Royal Dignitary Rides Amid Santa Clara ; , Blossoma N • Special Dispatch to The Call, SAN JOSE, Nov. 20.— Crown Prince ttajavajlra of Slam and his party arrived if re at about 6 o'clock this morning by special train, and to-day and to-morrow •'111 be spent In seeing the sights in this vicinity. This evening the .Prince gazed It the heavens through the great Lick telescope. j The party came here direct from 'Del ilonte. The presence of a royal person »§<_• in San Jose is. a novelty, and early this morning a number of the curious .gathered at the depot to catch a glimpse of the Prince. It was 10 o'clock before the Prince made his appearance. Saddle tocrses had been ordered for the party to Cake a ride. These had been waiting quite t while when the Crown Prince, followed by other members of his party, left' the Vain and tiptoed across Bassett street, <vhich was rather^ muddy. Some of the rode in carriages. His Royal Highness appeared in a light tweed suit and a pair of leggings, and on (is head was a wide sombrero. He is chort and sturdily buiK, and Instead of appearing as a man of 22 years, which he is, he looks more like a boy of 17. He rode a horse with an American saddle and ap peared to be perfectly at ease. He chat ted with the secret service men about him and with members of his party. The other Siamese of the party were dressed in the latest English riding costumes and rode on English saddles. The Crown Prince and his party rode through the business part of the city, the residence portion and then out into the orchards of the suburbs. They returned to their train for luncheon. This afternoon the entire, party in threa coaches went to Mount Hamilton to see the great Lick telescope. The observa tory was reached about 6 o'clock, and a stay of two hours was made there. A te^ turn was made to Smiths Creek, wher9 the night was spent at the hotel. The party will return to San Jose early In the morning, and at 11 o'clock will go to the Santa Cruz big trees, and from there to San Francisco. DECISION OF A COTTBT . AFFECTS "DESERT" LANDS Judge Noyes of Hi verside Benders Important Judgment in a Southern Case. RIVERSIDE, Nov. 20.— Judge Noyes hcrided down an important decision to day in the case of Robinson vs. Eberhardt that directly or indirectly affects every acre of so-called desert land ! in the county. The suit was brought to qulef title to 640 acres of land, which the defendant claimed through a filing under the desert land act. The plaintiff attempted to "jump" the claims, alleging that the lands are suitable for cultivation and not distinctly desert land. Judgment Is -for the defendant, the court holding that the land in question Is not capable of culti vation when it was to be reclaimed .be fore it is arable. The land in dispute has been sold for $32,000, the title being de pendent on Judge Noyes* decision. Special Notice. Owing to the destruction of the Ala zneda mole and buildings, .connections on Narrow Gauge from San Francisco to points south of San Jose, as Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz, etc., will be made at £anta Clara by Broad Gauge trains leav ing Third and Townsead-street depot as follows: 9 a, to. with Narrow Gauge No. 102 at 10:45 a. m. 2 p. oi. with Narrow Gauge No. 104 at 4:08 p. m.: daily except Sunday. 4:30 p. m. with Narrow Gauge No. 106 at €:12 p. m. • We will run Narrow Gauge boats to Oakland pier at 4:45 p. m., 5:15 p. m. and 1:45 p. m. t and run special trains to con nect, one goiifg to Oak street, Oakland, and the other to Park street, Alameda. Insane Chinese Kills Himself. TACOMA, Nov. 20.— Jung Clong Kung, a. Chinese held as a witness, hanged him self In his cell in th© County Jail last night by twisting his queue around bis neck and fastening it to the iron grating. 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