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SURVIVORS OF VOLTURNO TELL TRAGIC STORY OF HEROISM AND COWARDICE Scared Crew Perished Cowardice Is Charged NLY six sailors on tbe Volturno died fighting the flames. I I Twenty-five were saved. The rest of the crew of 93 died because of their own cowardice. "All the passengers could have been saved but for the cowardice of her crew. "That the bulk of the passengers were saved was due alone to the heroic work of Captain Thomas Inch, commander of the VoI turno."—STATEMENTS MADE BY SURVIVORS OF THE BURNED LINER. "If the two lifeboats which left the Volturno with 100 persons before we arrived had gotten safely away and could have been saved we would not have left the scene. The sea was so high that they probably went down in a few minutes."—STATEMENT OF CAP TAIN BARR OF THE CARMANIA. Continued From Page 1 able thus far to tell the thrilling Story of the disaster. FISHGUARD, Wales, Oct. IS.—All Cf the passengers of the burned liner .Volturno could have been saved but for the cowardice of her crew. That xnore than 500 persons, the bulk of .them passengers, were saved was due alone to the heroic work of the com- Jnander of the ship, Captain Thomas Jnch. These facts were learned here this afternoon on the arrival of the Cunard liner Carmania, the first ship to pick up the Volturno's "S. O. S." Call and rush to her assistance. The charge of Walter Trintepohl. a isteerage passenger, who was picked up by the Carmania, that members of the crew fought for places in the life boats tfhtU Captain Inch drew his re volver was borne out by other facts. Twenty-five members of the crew of P3 were saved. Thus, of those who perished 68 were seamen. According to Trintepohl, six sailors were killed while fighting the llames. The rest ciied as a result of their own coward- Ice. When the crew saw that the ship Was doomed they became panic etricken. After Captain Inch had jiivnn orders to lower the boats and had instructed his officers to see that v omen and children were cared for f>rst, the cowardly seamen made a dash for the boats and scrambled in. Tne officers used their fists, but were everpowered. When Captain Inch f=aw the performance repeated in the fecond boat he drew his revolver and threatened to kill the first sailor who interfered with the passengers. Sailors were needed, however, to faktn the oars, and when the call was given for men to take charge of the fourth and fifth boats there was a rush forward which overwhelmed the officers in charge. < \PTAIN NEARLY BURNED Trintepohl. the first of the Voltur no's survivors to reach land, was in the hospital when the Carmania reached Fishguard. He was threat i -ltd with pneumonia and was still in a delirious condition at times. Dur ing lucid moments he had added to his first story of the disaster. He s, Id that when Captain Inch finally left his ship the shoes had been pearly burned from his feet. He was in an exhausted condition, not having *!ept or eaten In 36 hours. The hull of the Volturno was steel, and this held and intensified the heat of the fire. The hull became red hot from stem to stern above the water line, and ihe after deck was so hot th?t all the survivors suffered from badly burned feet. The waves dashing on the heated hull caused clouds of steam to arise, which made the passengers fear they would be scalded. I.IKEHOATS ARE LOST Captain Rarr, commander of the Carmania, which served as the flag ship of the rescue squadron, said there was no hope that either of the lifeboats that left the Volturno be -1':- he arrived could have escaped. The sea was so high that they prob ably went down in a few minutes, he ■aid. "Certainly if there had been any chance we would not have left the ■scene," he told the newspaper men ■who boarded the Carmania. There was a great cheer as the vast throng waiting for the Carmania caught sight of Captain Barr upon the bridge of his vessel. This sturdy British seaman, rushing through a pile to the Volturno's rescue, had en rolled his name on the pages of Eng lish history alongside that of Cap tain Rostron of the Carpathia, who in the same manner dashed to the aid of tbe stricken Titanic. Cheer after cheer rolled out for Barr. and they ceased only when he left the bridge while the passengers were being taken ashore to proceed to London. This was done rapidly, ■c that the Carmania might lose no time in departing for Liverpool. Captain Barr refused to take the role of hero and when newspapermen "I must refuse lo make any state ment after the nerve shattering ex pediences of the last few days. I've not had much sleep since Thursday. 1 have been on the bridge for the last The vessel sailed at 3:ls p. m. for I oil, where it is due at mid- Through a gale almost as severe as that when she rushed to the rescue of the burning liner Volturno, the Cunader Carmania crept slowly into this port this morning. As aoon as earns the sea front was crowded with hundreds of men, women and children, residents of Fishguard and friends or relatives of the Volturno's p i ngers, who had hurried here for the latest news of their loved ones. Shortly before the arrival of the iit ia. the wireless operator on board that ship sent a radiogram say ing that 521 passengers of the Vol turno had been saved and 138 lost. Arrival of the oil tank steamer Narragansett made possible the res cue of. the survivors aboard the Vol turm on Friday morning. OH. SAVED PASSENGERS Nine steamships were around the Volturno at daybreak Friday. These were the Carmania, the Kroonland, La Touraine, Grosser Kurfurst, Min is. Xew York (a tank), Seyd litz, Rappahannock and Devonian. To ward daybreak the Narragangett ar rived with the Czar. The former came at full speed and took a position slightly to the wind ward of the Volturno. It began at once to pour oil on the sea, using two Is Ige lines of bose, which sprayed oil for a considerable distance in the neighborhood of the Volturno. St RVIVORS ALL SAVED The oil calmed the seas immediately about the stern of the burning ship so that small boats from the rescuing fleet could approach closely. It was still a perilous undertaking, but the use of oil went far toward minimising the risk of capsizing lifeboats. Dozens of lifeboats from the res cuing fleet maneuvered about the stern of the Volturno, awaiting their turn to take off passengers. Captain Inch and the Volturno's officers rigged lifelines at the stern of their ship and sent down these lines women and children first of all. Then the men of the passenger list were lowered into the small boats, and finally the crew and the officers abandoned the ship. It happened that I several of the rescuing fleet had more j small boats near the Volturno than others had. and this accounted for the fact that some of the steamers are carrying more survivors than others. The work of rescue was completed at 9 a. m. The work was accom plished with splendid courage and discipline. Immediately after the ship had been abandoned the 11 rescuing steamers began to search the ocean for the two lifeboats of the Volturno that disappeared into the storm on Thursday with nearly 100 passengers. Each ship went on a short cruise, the steamships taking different directions, and the ocean was searched thor oughly for many miles. It was fruit less. No glimpse of the boats could be had. WIRELESS OPERATOR'S STORY The version of the tragedy given by the Carmania's wireless operator was as follows: "On October 9 we received a call for help from the Uranium liner Volturno, which reported that she had 657 per sons, including a crew of 93, on board. The operator on the Volturno said the vessel was afire and the flames were spreading rapidly through the hull. The Carmania was 78 miles away at the time. Captain Barr gave orders to crowd on all steam. Despite the heavy seas which were running at j the time and a heavy gale which was ! blowing, we made the 78 miles in ! about four hours. "When we arrived within sight of the Volturno we saw clouds of smoke issuing from the ship. When we got j close enough we could see flames ! spurting from her ventilators. It I seemed that the entire inside of the j hull was afire. Two sets of falls I were seen hanging loose over the j sides, showing that lifeboats had been | lowered. This was a sure sign that the captain of the Volturno consid l ered the situation serious, even to | the extent of fearing his vessel doomed. LIFEBOATS SMASHED "The Volturno was in no position to i lower boats, for her engines had broken down and the vessel had no way on her. She was rolling help lessly in the swell. Even if the situa tion had been reversed, the seas were so high that no lifeboat could have lived in them long without being swamped. As it happened, four boats were smashed against the side while being lowered. "All the occupants were either killed or drowned. Two boats man aged to get away, but were not heard from. The Carmania twice steamed slowly by the Volturno, going as close as she dared. "We could see the passengers hud dled on the aft deck, held in safety by life lines. After completing a circuit of the burning ship a lifeboat in charge of First Officer F. Gardner was lowered. After fighting for two hours | to get close to the Volturno the fight had to be given up. The lifeboat re j turned, with all the oars save three smashed. The men were so exhausted that they had to be half carried on deck. RF>( t E SHIPS HELPLESS "Shortly after 3 p. m. Thursday the I Seydliti arrived on the scene. Later imore ships put in an appearance. Noth j Ing could be done on account of the I wind and w«.ves. Nothing could be j more heartrending than our enforced j Idleness, standing by in sight of the deatruction of the ship without being able to give any assistance. "Captain Inch all the time kept signalling: "Can't something be done to help us? We must abandon the ship. The plates are buckling; stand by. for we will have to jump soon.' "About 9 p. m. the flames burst out amidships, near the forward funnel, lighting up the surrounding sea. In a few minutes all the ship from the forward funnel to the forecastle was on fire, with the flames leaping high into the air. Through the flames and the smoke the bridge was visible now and then. The wind dropped slightly about this time, which was a good thing, for it prevented the flames from being carried into the faces of the refugees In the afterpart of the vessel. SMALLER VESSELS HEI.PEI> "The smaller vessels which had come up were able to get quite close to the Volturno. the Carmania being a big liner and less easy to handle, had to stand farther off. "The Carmania and the other ships kept swinging their searchlights over the water all night in order to give aid to any of the Volturno's passen gers who might have Jumped into the water. During the night a cry for help was heard close to our bows. The searchlight was turned ln that direc tion and a man, supported by a life buoy, was seen swimming toward us. Chief Officer John Stone and First Officer Gardner descended the ladders with life lines, but on account of the THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1913. EMPRESS MIRTHSMITHS SEEN BY CARTOONIST FOR CALL Mabel Florence and Beresford Lovett in " The Tamer" are the headliners at the Empress this week. "The Tamer" is a frolicsome farce, containing "a laugh a line." Drierre and King, the musical comedy duo, have some clever songs, dances and conversation. Fresh from Zeig feld's follies are Tom Dingle and Jack Corcoran, #ie merry mirthsmiihs. A departure from the customary bicycle act is the work °f Happy Hearns, comedy cyclist. Ti Si Sung, Chinese violinist, entertains with classical and popular selections. The Nagfys, called the human sala manders, present a unique entertainment. A feature film, entitled "The Barbary Coast at, Night," depicts the night life on the coast as it was before the "lid" descended. high sea and the exhausted condition ■ of the man the rescue could not be effected. Able Seaman Heighway then volunteered to go over the side and try to save the swimmer. Tying a life belt around himself and attach- | ing a life line to it, he plunged into i the water. After a hard flght he j reached the side of the exhausted j man and tied a line to his left belt, j Then both were hauled on board. ONE PASSENGER SAVED "The refugee was so exhausted that he had to be taken into the hos pital for treatment. He was in an unconscious condition. When he was 1 revived he said he was Walter Trin tepohl, a passenger on the Volturno. The soles of his boots were half burned through, showing the intense heat of the decks upon the Volturno. "At daybreak Friday the seas sub sided and boats were lowered. "While the Carmania directed the operations of rescue, she gave way to the smaller ships, which were able to get nearer to the Volturno. This accounted for the fact that the little ships got a larger number of the rescued passengers. SURVIVORS SAVED "Captain Inch of the Volturno was the last man to leave his ship. With him were the two Marconi operators and the chief engineer. They were taken off by a small boat from the Kroonland. "For several hours the ships cruised around, trying to get trace of the missing boats before proceeding on their way. Five hundred and twenty one persons were saved and 136 were missing." A wireless message from the Car mania Bald that she was unable to put in at Queenstown because of the heavy weather. « Marin-Contra Costa People Want Ferry SAN* RAFAEL, Oct. 13.—Contra Costa and Marin counties have joined hands in a project to install a ferry system from Point San Pedro on the Marin shore of the bay to Richmond. The plans will be perfected at a monster "get together" meeting of representatives of both counties to be held Tuesday, October 21, near the stte of the proposed ferry slip at Point San Pedro. The Marin County Promotion league and the local Chamber of Commerce have made arrangements to welcome 300 Richmond boosters at a clam bake, supplemented by an old fash ioned barbecue. The speakers already selected to represent the league and the Cham ber of Commerce are Robert Dollar and former State Senator E. B. Mar tlnelli. 32 Ib. Bass Caught By "Lone Fisherman" ~J " ■ NEW YORK, Oct. 13.—C. A. Al bright, who is known to residents of Long branch as "The Lone Fisherman, - ' because he has tlshed in the surf on every Sunday for 10 years, created a sensation among anglers yesterday by landing a 32 pound striped bass with a small klnflsh hook on an ordinary six thread line. Looking on were Nathan Frank, the hand master; Lew Deckstadter, the minstrel, and Harry Williams, the song writer. HINDU SLAYER IN MEXICALI, REPORT Sheriff Veale Believed to Be Hot on Trail of Fugitive Traced by Letter Said Ali Khan has been heard from ln Mexlcall, and Sheriff Veale of Con tra Costa county has gone south to locate and attempt to capture the Hindu, accused of slaying Rosa Do mingo at Stege. Sheriff Veale is believed to hay* taken a train for Los Angeles on Sat urday morning and, presumably, g' no from there on the first train to Calexico, on the American side of the border from Mexican. Said Ali X ban Is supposed to be in hiding in Mexi can, going there from Oxnard last Tuesday. An Intercepted letter from the Hindu is said to be the clew which pant Veale south in such a hurry, as It is supposed to have given the Hin du's address in Mexicali and described his flight from Stege. "I am not sorry I killed her, but my heart was burning and sb« took my money," read the letter. Others should not have been arrested, for I alone am responsible. I left the next day and went to Oxnard, where 1 saw Sata hana. I stayed with him, hut he told me if I stayed there I should die. He wanted me to cook for him, but I had no hunger and did not do so. Sata hana was very sorry I left Oxnard and went to Johnson (a station throe miles from Oxnard), where thrtse men came to get me, but God had pity on me and permitted my escape; One of the men came to speak to me. "I got on the train and asked the conductor what train to take to Mex ico, and he told me I was on the right train. I arrived In Mexican on October 5. 1 can not live here without work and I do not seem to be aide to find any." Robbers Jake Money While People Watch Two robberies were executed within a block of each other early yesterday morning while persons in nearby houses looked on In both cases. F. A. Clark of 279 Thirteenth street was held up in Golden Gate avenue near Steiner street by two men. who tuok $45 and a watch. Then he was beaten by the robbers. Dennis O'Connell of 215 Downey street had $2 in cash taken from him by two men, supposed to be the same as those who held up Clark. He was pummeled unmerci fully. Unmuzzled Dogs Are Killed in Berkelevi Unmuzzled dogs arc being shot in Berkeley. Several dogs suffering with j rabies have been found lately. Yes- ! terday Patrolman Lee killed a dog at j California and Falrvlew streets. An- j other was killed at Bristol street and San I'ablo avenue by J. Curtis. Both i heads were sent to the state hygienic laboratory for examination. $30,000 Bond of Jack Johnson, the Prize Fighter, Forfeited Negro Had Left United States While Appeal From Sentence Was Pending CHICAGO, Oct. 13—Federal Judge Carpenter today ordered Jack John son's $30,000 hail bond forfeited. The negro prize fighter departed from the United States while an appeal from his sentence to one year and one day in the federal prison and a fine of $1,000 for violating the white slave law was pending. 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STKIXWAV AND WP.HER TIAXOS PIANOLA PLAYER TIANOS VICTOR TALKING MACHINES, SHEET MUSIC AND MUSICAL MERCHANDISE Kearny and Sutter Streets, San Francisco Fourteenth and Clay Streets, Oakland 125 AMERICAN REFUGEES BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN FIGHTING ZONE Continued From Page 1 would do if the Mexican deputies were harmed, replied: • That is a hypothetical question. I don"t care to discuss the matter at this time." WILL AWAIT DEVELOPMENTS The secretary added that the United States will take no further steps in the Mexican matter at present, but will await "developments." He said the state department has not request ed any additional warships to be sent to Mexican waters, and this was con firmed by Acting Secretary of the Navy Roosevelt, who said that the navy department was taking no steps toward intervention in Mexico. The greater portion of the Atlantic fleet is in Hampton roads, preparing for the annual fall target practice, scheduled to start Friday. The bat tleships now at Vera Cruz will be re lieved October 26 by other American vessels so as not to violate the letter of international law which states that foreign warships shall not remain in alien waters more than 30 days at a time. INTERVENTION IS IMMINENT Despite the Roosevelt and Bryan statements, intervention in Mexico is again imminent. The southern re public's international situation is so critical that a combined movement by the American navy and army would surprise no government official in close touch with the situation. George Fitch Writes Book on World Tour That Is Different "The Critic in the Occident" Depicts "Story" in Scenes Encompassed irf Seyen Months' Trip "To those who are only able to travel by proxy, these impressions of Europe are dedicated, with the hope that they may yield pleasure and profit." This is the dedication in the fly leaf of "The Critic in the Occident," by George Hamlin Fitch, the second book by this author i ontaining the results of his seven months' trip around the world. Fitch sums up in those few words of his dedication the impres sion that a reader receives upon read ing the volume which is from the press of Paul Elder. The author .uses his newspaper in tuition and never fails to grasp the story in the scene he depicts. It is a travel book that is different. Boy Bandits Rob Man In Berkeley Street Three boys, armed with revolvers, held up and robbed W. F. Cloeman of _7i:t Hlllegass avenue last night at Benvenue avenue and Stuart street, Berkeley. Two of the boys covered him with revolvers, while the third ritled his pockets, taking a gold watch and some coin. The boys escaped. This Is the same trio which has com mitted several robberies recently in Serkeley. Aviator Disappears While on Flight NEW YORK, Oct. 13.--After start ing on a flight from Hempstead, L. 1., to Oakwood Heights. Staten island, this afternoon, Albert J- Jewell, fly ing in an 80 horsepower Moissant monoplane, disappeared. Alarms were sent out in all directions in the fear that he had met with an accident. For the first time in the history of the city the police of New York were ordered to he on the lookout for an a viator. I It is understood that ever since j Dr. William Bayard Hale has re turned from Mexico City with his of ficial report on conditions there. President Wilson had been of the opinion that the United States would ultimately have to use stronger meth ods in dealing with. General Huerta. Secretary Bryan has from the be ginning opposed intervention, but if Huerta slays the deputies whom he arrested on charges of sedition there is po doubt that the government will use a mailed hand. POWERS IN AGREEMENT It became known today that Great Britain, Germany, Prance and the United States are agreed as to the policy to be followed if this country has to invade Mexico. From that time on the United States will exer cise a virtual protectorate over every country 'between her southern border and the Panama canal. Confidential dispatches received from Mexico City say that six British ships are already on their way to Mexico to back up the United States if intervention is found necessary. German and French ships will follow at once, unless there is a quick change in the situation. AMERICAN REFUGEES MISSING LAREDO, Tex., Oct. 13.—1t was feared today that 125 American refu gees who were traveling ln a caravan of wagons from Torreon to Laredo have been murdered or taken pris oners by Mexicans. They arrived at Rodriguez, -15 miles south of here, three days ago, but nothing has been heard of them since. They were in the zone where fighting has been go ing on between federals and consti tutionalists. Loop the Loop Flier Bewilders Throng PARIS, Oct. 13.—Adolph E. Pegoud. the inventor of fantastic, aerial somer saults, caused thousands of persons to hold their breath in amazement yes terday afternoon at Buc by looping the loop 10 times at an altitude of 1,500 feet, and then dropping head down for a distance of 200 feet. The latter feat he repeated six times. He performed other sensational exploits. Everybody was bewildered evcept M. Pegoud. Incendiary Blaze Threatens Monte Rio MONTE RIO, Oct. 13. —Fire believed to be of incendiary origin threatened Monte Rio this morning, when half a square mile of brush and redwood trees in the Ward ranch was burned over and house and barn valued at $2,000 and much timber" were de stroyed. The flames were controlled by backfiring. This fine suite is one of many to be sold at 25 less than former figures. A Clearance Sale of CIRCASSIAN WALNUT BEDROOM FURNITURE Affording Unusual Values 1 I ' HE lack of space in which to display * the many new pieces of furniture, which are arriving daily, makes this sale impera tive, y When we decided to discontinue our entire dis play of Circassian Walnut Bedroom Furniture, to enable us to gain more selling space, the ques tion arose as to whether furniture of this grade would not be "cheapened" at such prices; but we decided that a diamond is none the less pure "because it sold for a song." Then again we felt confident that San Francisco's home furnishers would recognize the true worth of the furniture under a price that did not do it justice. Every piece has been reduced at least a fourth below former figures and many odd dressing tables can be had at less than a half of their real value. The sale begins tomorrow morning. L. Kreiss & Sons rUKNITTTHE, DRAPERY, TTPHOLSTERT hkthtitati Sutter and Stockton Streets rirx floors Futile Struggle of Girl Wife Is Told in Clergyman's Divorce Left Alone in Great City, She Works for $6 a Week, And Fails BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 13.~~ Through the files of an Idaho divorce court has come the story of the futile struggle of a young wife, forced to live apart from her husband, to make her way in Chicago on a wage of $6 a week. Her confession to her husband, the Rev. Paul Rathbert, furnished him with evidence for his divorce, granted Sat urday. The young wife remained to work in Chicago because his salary wouldn't support both. The end of her struggle and the ap pearance of a man is told in her let ters. "Yes, Hap, I, too, had dreams," reads one. "Beautiful dreams of little hands and feet that would bless our home, and then, when you would write that you had gone here and there and had a good time, I had probably been working hard all day for six measly dollars a week, and then I wiould tramp home at night alone. is it such a wonder when some one showed consideration of me i took ad vantage of it?" Thousands in Oakland See Columbus Land And Attend Exercises Lakeside Park Crowded From Morn ing to Night to Witness Pageant and Hear Program Columbus day was celebrated in Oakland yesterday with oratory, music, historical pageants and fire works. Lake Merritt was the scene, and thousands of persons lined the shores of the lake from 1 o'clock in the afternoon until 10 at night. Prof. Henry Morse Stephens of the University of California delivered the principal address, talking on the mingling of the Anglo-Saxons and the Latins in the western countries. He said that California is the ideal place for the mingling of Latin genius with Anglo-Saxon energy, and that the opening of the Panama canal will see these conditions at their best. Other speakers were John P. Irish, John W. Stetson, M. Martino, John P. Cox and Richard H. Hammond. A special musical program was enjoyed by the thousands of spectators. Mrs. Isabella Martin 111 in Napa Asylum Sheriff Frank Barnet of Alameda county has received a letter from Dr. A. H. tHoisholt, medical superintend ent at the Napa asylum, saying that Mrs. Isabella J. Martin, sent to San Quentln for life for dynamiting, and later transferred to the hospital be cause of insanity, has remained In bed ever since her incarceration in the latter institution. According to the letter her condition has not changed since she was taken there. The let ter was the result of an inquiry by the sheriff regarding the woman's health. HONOR RULE FOR IONE An "honor cottage" at Preston school of industry at lone will be opened on October 18, according to Parole Officer H. E. Kellington. Cal vin Derrick, president of the George "V Junior Republic for six years, will in stall a "limited self-government" among the boys.