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Twelve Wacona to Make DeUverioe to
AU Parte of the City.
Creamery Dairy Co. Phones 871
VOLUME 29. No. 223
Let All Help to Quickly Load Relief Train For Monterey's Starving
Women and Children-Headquarfers For Receipt of Supplies Now Open
Her Description Tallies
With That of
Police Believe Death
Was Due to Nat
ural Causes*
❖ 4- + -b4- + + 4' + + + + 4- + + + +
4> •>
♦ Was the body of a woman +
♦ found in a clump of* bushes in ♦
4- a secluded spot in Brackenridge ♦
4> park Saturday afternoon that of +
+ Mabel Miller! +
♦ This is a question the police +
♦ department is now at work up- +
+ on. Chief of Police Van Riper 4>
♦ is inclined to the belief that it ♦
+ is and unless the real Mabel +
❖ Miller materializes he says there 4*
4- will be no doubt in his mind that 4>
+ the corpse discovered was that ♦
♦ of Mabel Miller. 4-
♦ The identity of the women is +
+ one of the two features in con- ♦
+ nection with the finding of the 4>
+ body that has puzzled the offi- +
Jeers. The other feature which +
the officers been at work ♦
4. upon is whether the woman was ♦
+ the victim of foul play. The ♦
❖ police are inclined to scout the 4"
4- idea of murder since they have 4.
4> reason to believe that the dead 4 1
4* woman is Mabel Miller. 4>
4- ♦
♦ ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦l*
According to the information that has
come to Chief Vjn Riper, following an
investigation of the case by the detec
tives, the description of the woman
found dead would fit Mabel Miller.
The Miller woman, according to tha|
police, had made this city her home for
the past twenty-five years. Little was
known of her relatives.
The fact that the Miller woman ib
now missing, as far as the police are
able to ascertain, gives color to the
belief that the identity of the woman
has been established. The last seen of
Mabel Miller was on the morning of
August 9. She had been taken into
custody by the police the previous morn
ing at 4 o’clock. She was ill and com
plained of being sick. For some time
the woman is said to have been in ill :
health and the police are inclined to l
believe that if the body found in Brack
enridge park was that of Mabel Miller,
death was the result of natural causes.
Police Knew Mabel Miller.
Mabel Miller has been known to the’
police for years. On numerous instances
she has been taken into custody, but
always on minor charges. A peculiar
ity in connection with the finding of
the body in the brush is that the police
have often found the Miller woman
lying helpless in the brush on the out
skirts of the city. At other times she
would be taken charge of 1 while wan
dering aimlessly about in thinly settled I
Since the last arrest of the Miller
woman no trace of her has been found
by the police. In view of the fact that
she was often seen by the officers here
tofore is another factor that lead the
officers to believe that they have dis
covered the identity of the woman. It
is only because of the decomposed con
dition of the body that the officers
are unable to definitely establish the ■
faet t,hat the body is none other than
that of the Miller woman.
The fact that the identity of the par
ty who communicated with police head
quarters and notified them of the body
in the brush has not been established,
the police declare is of little avail.
Thev are inclined to believe that the
***** ansa
L.. ■
For San Antonio and vicinity,
F tonight and Tuesday:
The maximum temperature
_ for the 24 hours ending at 8
A o’clock this morning was 94 de- i
JU grees and the minimum was 74 '
■ Comparative temperatures for I
this year and last:
•. 1908 1909
_ 4 a m 74 78
D 1 i S:::::: g 8 ;
10 a m SS 87 , 1
• 12 noon 87 95 !
1 n m so 9t> 'i
O'Reilly Quits Oklahoma After
Some Very Fast Riding
on Rough Roads.
Special Dispatch.
Goodman, Mo., Aug. 30.—Out of Ok
lahoma and into Missouri at last.
I crossed the state line between Okla
homa and Missouri last night, having
traveled forty-five miles Sunday. For
the last three days I have averaged over
forty miles a day and have traversed
some fierce roads, probably the worst of
any since starting on the trip. Aransas
is holding up fine under the strain and
seems to be growing stronger all the
time. Since leaving Oklahoma City I
have not struck any towns of size. But
in the villages and settlements I have
been royally received, the people even
in the remote places having learned in
some manner that I was en route on
horseback carrying the message to
ident Taft. They look at me with
great curiosity. At first they appear
to be afraid to speak to me, but after
the ice is broken they bombard me with
questions, principally relative to Texas.
I have a good start on my second
lap, which ends at St. Louis.
Picked Up By British Steamer
Lagune and Brought to Gal
veston Nearly Dead.
Special Diapatch.
Galviston, Tex., Aug. 30. —Captain
G. W. Waldeman and the six members
of the crew of the schooner Isaac T.
Campbel], wrecked in the gulf storm
of Thursday, were brought here today
by the British steamer Lagune. They
were picked up in their lifeboats after
an awful battle with the waves and
were more dead than alive when the
Lagune found them.
The schooner and her cargo were
party may have become frightened when
theories of murder and foul play were
advanced by the police. Fearing to be
come involved in the cast the party
who first found the body rather than
undergo a severe “ sweating ’’’ process
at the hands of the detectives kept his
lidentity a secret.
No Evidences of Foul Play.
No evidences of foul play were found
। on the body, although this may have
been made impossible because of the
advanced state of decomposition. The
Miller woman, the police say. is known
to have been in ill health and it seemed
to be a peculiarity of her own to lie
down in some lonely spot. For this
reason the officers say that if the body
of the person found and the Miller
woman are the same they do not be
lieve that murder was committed. They
do not even take much stock in the
suicide theory, providing the belief that
the body is that of Mabel Miller proves
to Jie correct. Death from natural
causes is the most probable theory, they
Miller Woman Had Gold Tooth.
Tie fact that a gold tooth in the
front part of the head was found is
another significant fact, as the Mil
ler woman is known to have had a gold
tooth, and which, it is said, was rather
prominent, being almost in the center
of the forepart of the mouth. The
woman when taken into custody by the
officers was found to be invariably scan
tilv clad, another point which strongly
upholds the belief of the officers in
that the corpse when viewed was found
to be but thinlv clad.
Chief Van Riper early this morning
questioned the various officers regard
ing the Miller woman and none had
seen her for several weeks. I nless some
trace of the missing woman is located
the investigation into the case further
bv the police is regarded as unneces
sary. However, the officers propose to
run down anv possible alue that might
thrown light' on the manner of death.
Pitiful Scenes Draw Tears From Observers Helpless to
Aid—Homeless Wanderers Cry for Food-Supplies
I Are Now Running Low—Help Needed.
Monterey, filled with homeless and starving, looks to San Antonio for
help and San Antonio has never been known to dodge'a duty or fail to
hear a cry for help.
The Light and Gazette realizing that all San Antonio stood ready to
help the flood victims were the way but opened, made arrangements early
this morning to send a relief train to the stricken city bearing food and
provisions, clothing and dry goods. It is a fact admitted by the Mexican
authorities that actual supplies—something to eat and something to wear —
are absolutely necessary at this crisis.
The relief train will leave San Antonio as soon as three carloads of necessities are ready
and the railroad authorities stand ready to speed the train on its way. Homer Eads, superin
tendent of this division of the International & Great Northern, stated this hiorning that the
people of San Antonio could rely on his road doing everything possible to get the food and
provisions to the border in record-breaking time. In all probability the train will be hauled free
of charge from here to Laredo.
Enrique Ornelas, the Mexican consul at San Antonio, has communicated with his gov
ernment regarding the coming of the relief train and is confident that all customs regulations
will be disregarded and that the National Lines of Mexico will take the train quickly from the
border to Monterey. The trainload of goods which it is proposed to send will be consigned
to Consul General Hanna, the American consul at Monterey, who will co-operate with the local
authorities in the distribution.
Money and food are need.
Food first and money afterward. Work on the railroad washouts is being forced night
and day and it is asserted in railroad circles that trains will be run through to the city with
in forty-eight hours.
If the response to the cry for help is immediate in San Antonio the relief train will in
all probability be the first train to run in after the repairs are completed.
Telephone the Light and Gazette about what you have. Or better still, bring your of
ferings to relief headquarters in the Chandler building, at the corner of Crockett and Losoya
streets, opposite the pressroom of this newspaper. Look for the sign announcing the loca
tion. Bring, clothes, bring food, or money with which to buy food. Don’t wait, for while you
are waiting some life you might have saved may be snuffed out.
Remember the train will go forward the moment three carloads of provisions have been
received. Let the world see that San Antonio leads in kindliness and charity as well as in
business enterprise.
Help starving Monterey, NOW I
Winchester Kelso, president of the International club, when in
formed this morning of the movement by the Light and Gazette to
send a special train carrying supplies and clothing from the people
of San Antonio to the flood sufferers of Monterey, heartily and
readily endorsed the plan.
‘‘This act of practical charity is most commendable and highly
acceptable to the International chib, which yesterday wired a money
i contribution to P. F. Martinez, presidente municipal of Monterey,”
! said Mr. Kelso. “The club will co-operate with the Light and Ga
zetlje. as I believe that the situation at Monterey is n«>st critical and
I that hundreds of the homeless people are half Starved.
“The movement to send a reliefi train to the stricken city, I am
sure, will be greatly appreciated by the suffering people of Mon
terey. San Antonio is always ready to answer the call of the needy
j and 1 am glad to see this spirit of charily shown towards our Mexi
|can neighbors in this hour of their great oistre».
“Thinking that funds were needed by the city of Monterey to
j take care of the hoitieless, I wired P. F. Martinez, mayor of Mon
terey, yesterday offering him financial assistance. The reply was
that our offer would be accepted and greatly appreciated. I imme
diately wired $5OO and I expect to get other money contributions
which will be followed to Monterey as >oon a- possible. The Inter
national club has a vice president and two directors in Monterey and
1 funds sent by San Antonians will be distributed by them.
“If there are starving people in Monterey, as I have good reasons
,to believe, food should be rushed to them at once. I sincerely hope
and believe that the movement started by the Light and Gazette to
send a relief train of food and clothing to the sufferers will prove'
a success."’
Monterey, Mex., Aug. 30.—Gaunt, red
ejed famine stalks today in what three
months ago was the fairest city in
Mexico and the American colony, the
city and federal authorities of Mon
terey stands aghast before a situation
that threatens to be far beyond their
power to handle. Unless aid of the most
substantial character comes to the relief
of the situation within a few days the
world will be -horror-stricken by an
other great calamity.
Already, only a few hours after the
flood devastated a mile wide section of I
Monterey, white-faced mothers sit in
the plazas crooniug over babies who are !
too faint tn longer make efforts to diaw
food from the fountains that arc dry.
Orphan children of 6 to 10 years wander
through the streets, starvation in their
faces, begging piteously for food. Fran
tic parents, unable to endure the ip
peals of the children who expect them
to provide food, nave in a number of in
stance* thrown themselves into the boil
ing waters of the deluge to escape the
accusing eyes of famished offspring.
Real Want Yet to Co»r.a.
And all this even in advance of the
real want. Words utterly fail taJevjn
faintlv picture the owfulnes# of the
threatened situation. Strong men, who
! have already given all that they have
! to give, lock themselves up in their
homes in order to escape the scenes that
1 meet the eye on every hand.
Galveston, with its easy access to the
’ world, was reached in a few days with
relief of the most pronounced ■•haracter.
The same may be said of San Francisco.
Within a few hours of the great earth
quake. hundreds of trainloads of pro
visions and clothing were speeding to
: the relief of the stricken city. The
rich country surrounding the western
| metropolis, yielded enough for immed
i inte use-, and when these exhausted
their sources relief from further points
' bad been received.
Monterey Is Isolated.
But the situation here is entirely dif-
I ferent. Monterey is situated in the
' midst of a practically barren country
when compared with that surrounding
Galveston and San Francisco. There
are few large and flourishing cities in
j this vicinity. Towns are few and far be
' tween. Add to this the thought that
perhaps 20,0410 people are homeless, al-
I most without food and without in
adequate clothing and that before the
first two days of the horror are over
। the city is almost barren of supplies
, aud some faint inkling of the famine
I horror that hovers over Monterey may
, be had.
What adds to the seriousness of the
I situation is the fact that previous
floods had drained the country of its
substance. Within the past two months
1 there have been three occasions upon
। which the npply centers of Mexico
were drawn on to their fullest extent to
relieve famine that, compared to the
present, fades into utter insignificance.
- Up to the present time actual want
has assailed only the poorer classes,
but those higher up—even the mem
bers .of the large American colony—are
now threatened with privation. No
man can be so stony-hearted as to turn
a deaf ear to the pitiful wailing of
hungry children—the heart gripping
appeal of a gaunt mother with a baby
Two Active Workers for
Monterey Flood Victims
Mexican Consul.
at her breast. Stores, larders of hotels i
and clubs, the kitchens of private
homes, every available storage place of
supplies, have been opened wide and
their contents turned in to the relief -
of the hungry.
“What Next?”
As a result of this first relief the I
sharper - edge-of the first hunger has
been appeased in a way. But the au
thorities and others who have taken
hold of the situation ask, with bated
breath, “What next!”
If the surplus food supply of Mexico
j could be thrown into Monterey within
the next week it is doubtful if it would
be adequate to fully remedy the situa-
1 tion. This without even takihg into
consideration the thousands of people
in the surrounding country, who will
be flocking into this city during the
next few days.
In this great extremity the eyes of
the people of Monterey are turning to
their American neighbors with a child
' ish confidence that wrings the heart of
Ameriaans here. Peons who have re
garded all Americans as invaders, have
forgotten all grievances in their be
lief that the Americans will come to
their relief quickly and magnificently.
Rely on Americans.
The writer this morning heard a poor!
woman comforting an almost naked 11-1
year-old girl who was crying piteous-1
iy. j
“No Hores, Menchaca; los Amen-!
canos bienen con bastante bueno que
She was telling her daughter not to
weep; that the Americans were com- i
ing with plenty to eat.
That is the general tone of the in- i
habitants of every class. They believe
the Americans are able to <io any I
miracle of achievement and they; are j
as sure of succor from the north as
they are of final salvation.
The federal government is making
herculean efforts to put the lines of the ।
National railways in condition. It is
barely possible that relief trains may i
reach this city Wednesday or Thurs-'
Fresh meat is a luxury that not even ।
the very rich have had on their tables!
for weeks. The supply of corn meal!
and flour was exhausted the first two
days. Canned goods have kdpt life in 1
the starving people, but these are going
fast. The only water supply in the city j
is the raging torrent, and this, a'
charnel hodke now, will soon be a pest 1
house. . •
Added to the want and privation are
the heart-breaking scenes witnessed on
every side in the search among the re
covered bodies for lost ones. Men
hardened to scenes of every character,;
turn away with twitching faces from
agonized appeals of fathers looking for j
their families, of children
the streets in a vain search for parents I
whose bodies will probably never be*
found. •
The bodies, as fast. as taken front
the waters, are placed in improvised
morgues on the banks of the stream.
Long lines Of grief-stricken people pass
in and tout among these rows of bodies,
searching for faces of loved ones and
it is doubtful which is the most pathe
tic, the* finding of one or the failure to.
It is likely that hundreds never will
be recovered. The torrent swept with
such terrific force and was so wide and
deep that hundreds wil be ground to
nothingness in the masses of debris,
while others will be carried scores of
miles by the awful rush of water.
Little attempt has been made to re
cover the bedies of the drowned. All
efforts f ow are directed to the allaying
of fantine, file restoring of the water
supply land fhe housing of thousands
of honwless ones.
.As ytt there has been no vandalism.
Thc cifv. even the lowest criminal*
classes, has stood aghast at the awful
ness of the calamity. That the vandals
wil begin their work sooner or later
For Other News of Monterey Disaster See Page Five
“Tastes Lias More."
At fountains. Orders for banquets, re
ceptions, lodge. club affairs and tan.
fade a specialty. •
Creamery Dairy Co. Phones 871
i there can be no doubt, but the fact that
practically all the damage was in the
poorer section of the city will lessen
their feature to a great extftt.
; Ip, tl)e. meantime nothing but the
। promptest action on the part of the out
side world will prevent a horror of
. famine. ■ ‘
Through an appeal-issued to the
[ pie of San Antonio and a telegram
11 guaranteeing the sum of $5BO, the In
ternational clttb yesterday took| .the
( ! first step made in Texas for the relief
)' of sufferers at Monterey in Ebe recent
a floods.
। The telegram was sent hr Ernesto
1 Madero, a banker of Monterey, and a
’ i member of the advisory board of the
“club. It was signed by President Win
' Chester Kelso aud authorized him to
draw on the club for the sum of ssoo,
Ito be used for the benefit of the flood
Previous to this the following mes
| sage was sent by wire to P. F. Marti-
I nez, mayor of Monterey:
International club has heard
| with profound sorrow of great cai
lamity which has befallen people
on Monterey. Will contributions
of money be accepted! ,
A number of prominent Monterey citi
zens are members of the club. Andres
Garza Galan is an honorary vice presi
dent and J. A. Robertson, editor fit
the Monterey News, is a prominent
I member.
An appeal issued yesterday by the
club, copies of which were sent out all
over the city and state, follows:
To the Public: An unpreeedent
ed flood has caused great loss of
life and left thousands of people
homeless in the nearby city of Mon
terey. Mexico. These unfortunates
must be immediately provided with
food and shelter, or untold suffer
ing will ensue. The International
club telegraphed $5OO Sunday
morning, guaranteed by tern mem
bers of the club, and hopes that
bv noon today the charitable pee
pie of San Antonio will have con
tributed a most, generous amount.
The first relief and the greatest
amount should eome from San An
tonio. as we are bound to the Mex
ican people by stroiweer and dearer
ties than is any other city in. the
United States.
We will also be glad to receive
from the commercial bodies and
individuals of any other locality
any sums of money sent us. and will
that it is placed in Monterey
bv telegrajfli. and will guarantee
that the funds are properly ap
plied. • .•
Send money to uny bank in tins
city, or to J. S. Peter, treasurer In
ternational club. 215 West 4 om
merce street. San Antonio. Texas.
Bv Winchester Kelso. President.
Burton and Danforth telephoned the
LigM and Gaz/tte just after noon:
“We understand that the Light an
Gazette is behind a movement to sen'
a trainload of supplies to the stiffen r*
at Monterey. Put us down for
Spend it for provisions. We have n’
supplies to send, so offer cash. It a •
splendid idea and qp- know that th.
people of San Antonio will reapoa.
mightily. ”

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