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Number of Fatalities From the
Steamer Disaster is Placed
at Over 700.
It is Believed That Many Reported
Missing Are Safe and Will
Be Heard From.
Many Persons Were Injured During
the Panic Following the Break
ing Out of the Flames and
200 Are in Hospitals.
New York, June 17. With unceas
ing effort, search is going on for the
bodice of those who perished Wednes
day on the Gen. Slocum. Wlhat the
list of victims will total scarce one
dares venture a guess.
Police and health department offi
cials have placed the number at a fig
ure as high as 1,000 and more, but
Thursday night it was seen that the
maximum fatality will not largely ex
ceed 700.
All day long anxious searchers kept
up their eternal vigilance and at dusk
there had been recovered 53C bodies,
for the greater part women and chil
dren. Up to dusk 499 bodies had passed
through the morgue and of these more
than 300 were identified. Streets lead
ing to the morgue were blocked and
only with difficulty could the police
keep clear the passages leading to the
long rows of coffins for those who
came to search for the missing.
Rescuers Grappling For Victims.
Up the sound where the hulk of the
Gen. Slocum lies submerged, showing
only a paddle box, scores of small
craft aided the tugs In grappling for
the victims. Divers went down time
and time again, and when their work
ended for the day they declared there
were no more bodies In the wreck. A
score of times a diver reappeared aft
er his plunge, with the body of a wom
an or a child. Two of them coming
to the surface together on one occa
sion had in their arms two little girls
Bisters clasped In each other's em
brace, and their mother, It was
thought, whose dead hand tightly
clenched the skirt of one of them.
As far as comes within their power,
the divers searched the wreck from
Btem to stern, but there were masses
of broken timbers through which It
was almost impossible to explore, and
it may be that some will find a grave
under these sunken timbers until the
hulk Is raised, or the waters of the
sound wash away the last traces of the
There Are Many Places Where the
LivingCould Have Landed.
There are a number of places where
the living may have landed and It Is
believed that many that are now re
ported missing are safe, and eventu
ally will be heard from by the offi
cials who have the rescue work in
hand. Indeed, Thursday night a sur
prising number of persons reported
to these officials that they had been
saved, thus cutting the list of missing
down considerably as well as the prob
able mortality list.
Many persons were Injured in the
panic that followed the breaking out
of flames on the Gen. Slocum and at
least 200 persons were taken to the
hospitals. Not a death has occurred
so far among these and many of them
have already been discharged.
A Remarkable Case.
Perhaps the most remarkable case
in the many appalling experiences of
those who were on the Slocum was
that of Miss Clara Hartman, who was
picked up for dead, towed behind a
boat for teveral miles, wrapped in a
tarpaulin and tagged as dead, and
then recovered consciousness at the
Alexander avenuo police station. It is
now believed she will recover.
Although many of tho bodies taken
to the morgue were very badly muti
lated and the clothing In many cases
almost entirely burned off, valuables
have been taken from them, and are
In the keeping of the city officials to
the extent of $200,000 or more.
Several Victims Had the Savings of a
Life Time on Them.
Several of the men and women had
the savings of a life time on them
when they perished. Much Jewelry,
It is reported to the police, has been
lost, but an explanation may be found
in the fact that it was destroyed by
flro rather than stolen by ghouls.'
Tho coroner's Investigation to fix
the responsibility of tho disaster will
begin on Monday next. Tho federal
authorities as well as" the district a"
torney also will hold an investigation
and the society for the prevention of
cruelty to children, through Its coun
sel, has signified Its intention to push
the inquiry to the utmost.
Mayor McClellan Visits the Scene.
Mayor McClelan visited the scene
of the wreck with Health Commission
er Darlington, to whom he gave direc
tions to have all the bodies which are
burned beyond any hope of identifica
tion, buried at once In the Lutheran
cemetery at the city's expense.
He also authorized the heads of oth
er departments to spend any neces
sary sum warranted.
Fathers frantic with grief, repre
senting over two score of Brooklyn
homes, spent Thursday searching the
morgue and hospitals In Manhattan
for wives and children who had at
tended the excursion and have not
since been heard from.
A Boy Is Dumb Because of the Ordeal
He Went Through.
Henry Heintz, 12 years old, who lest
his mother, his aunt, Hannah Luder
mann, and his sister, Louise, Is dumb
because of the ordeal he went through.
He and his brother George were sav
ed. They stood on the middle deck
until it became too hot, when they
jumped into the water. Henry held
on to the paddle wheel and was res
cued by men In a tug. When he re
covered from the first great shock he
could not speak. George declares his
mother's and aunt's bodies were rob
bed of diamonds and jewelry. He said
his mother had a valuable diamond
brooch and his aunt two diamond
rings, all of which were missing aftei
their bodies were found.
In a number of instances Brooklyn
families were almost entirely wiped
out. These included the family of
William Oelrich, which consisted oi
father, mother, two sons, Henry, 11
years, Frederick, 8 years, and three
daughters, Minnie, 7, Lizzie, -5, and
Helen, 2 years. Mr. Oelrich had in
tended going on the excursion but was
obliged to serve as a juror.
A Father's Grief.
Jacob Michael identified the body, ol
his daughter Carrie, 12 years old, late
in the afternoon. He was slowly walk
ing along the line of coffins when he
suddenly halted and, with a moan, fell
to his knees in several Inches of wa
ter, and reaching into a coffin, raised
the head of a child and began to kiss
the cold lips fervently. He had to be
dragged from the coffin by the police
and was forced to leave the pier.
The body of Lena Ackerman, 1C
months old, was Identified Thursday
afternoon by her father. Mr. Acker
man was walking out on the pier when
he saw some photographers slant a
coffin against the side of the pier and
attempt to take a picture of two bod
ies therein. He recognized the fea
tures of his baby, and rushing for
ward tore the body from the coffin. It
was some time before the police could
persuade him to give it up.
He Appoints a Committee to Receive
Relief Contributions.
Mayor McClellan Thursday issued a
proclamtion to the citizens of New
York on the appalling disaster of Wed
nesday. He appoints a committee to
receive contributions to a fund to pro
vide "for the fit and proper burial of
the dead and for such other relief as
may be necessary. As a sign of mourn
ing he ordered the flags of the city
hall to be placed at half-mast.
Tho society for the prevention of cru
elty to children has issued an official
statement through its counsel that the
society will take determined action to
fix the responsibility for the deaths of
the little ones who were burned to
death or drowned in the Slocum dls
Forty-Five Persons Known to Be Dead
and Many Are Missing.
Santiago de Cuba, June 17. By
Steamer to Manzanillo, June 16. Tho
worst storm of a decade began Fri
day and terminated Monday night In
14 Inches of rain which fell In five
hours, accompanied by a hurricane.
The lower village of El Cobre has been
destroyed. Forty-five persons are
known to be dead and scores are miss
ing. Bodies are floating in the Cobre
river. Twenty bodies have been re
covered by boats patrolling the bay.
A relief train bringing mall and pas
sengers was wrecked at Moron. The
fireman and mall agent were killed
and two of tho employes were injured.
The passengers are safe. The mines
at Daiquiri are crippled and six of the
employes havo been drowned. Tho
pier has been damaged. The city's
property loss is enormous. All tele
graph and cable lines are disabled,
Urooksvllle, Ky June 17. Four new
rural free delivery routes were started
from this place Thursday,
Action 'Will Be Brought Against Gov.
Peabody and Others.
Denver, Col., June 17. Former Gov.
Charles S. Thomas, it Is announced,
Is preparing papers in behalf of James
F. Burns, president and manager of
the Portland mine, In a damage suit
which Burns will bring against Gov.
James H. Peabody, Adjt. Gen. Bell and
the state of Colorado for $100,000 for
the closing of the Portland mine by
the military.
Attorneys Richardson and Hawkins,
acting for Charles H. Moyer, presi
dent of the Western Federation of
Miners, are drafting papers in a suit
for $50,000 damages which Moyer 4s
to file against Gov. Peabody, Adjt.
Gen. Pell and the state of Colorado.
Moyer's action is based on a charge
of false and illegal imprisonment by
the military authorities acting under
the proclamation of martial law in
San Miguel county.
He Is Charged With Aiding and Abet
ting Murder.
Cripple Creek, Col., June 17. As
sistant District Attorney S. D. Crump
Thursday wired Sheriff Itutan at Tel
hiride to hold Charles H. Moyer, presi
dent of the Western Federation of
Miners, until K. C. Sterling, a secret
service agent of the Mine Owners' as
sociation, can bring him to Cripple
Creek. Sterling left Thursday after
noon for Teliuride. Moyer will be
brought hero on a warrant issued by
Justice of the Peace Patrick, charging
him with aiding and abetting the mur
der of Charles McCormack and Melvln
Beck, who were blown up In the Vin
dicator mine by an infernal machine
explosion November 1, 1903. The
warrant Implicates Charles C. Kenni
son, former president of the Miners
Union No. 40, who was arrested in
Denver last Friday.
Engineer Killed and Train Robbed of
a Large Amount.
Butte, Mont, June 17. At 10:45 p.
m. the North Coast Limited, the finest
train on the Northern Pacific, east
bound, was held up one mile east of
Bearmouth, the scene of last year's
hold-up of the same train, when En
gineer O'Neill was killed. Three ex
plosions of dynamite on the express
car completely demolished it as far
as reports are obtainable. The engi
neer was killed in the fight with the
robbers. The rear brakeman was sent
back to Bearmouth conveying word of
the hold-up. The plunder of the rob
bers at this hour is believed to be
large. The bandits, two in number,
have escaped in the large timber of
the mountains. A posse with blood
hounds Is in pursuit.
It Is Not a Member of the Weevil Fam
ily, So Far As Known.
Selma, Ala., June 17. A kind of cot
ton bug not known to any farmers or
cotton men in this section has been
found in the cotton and specimens of
the pest were Thursday sent to New
Orleans. The new bug Is not a mem
ber, so far as known, of any of the
weevil families. It is very small but
masses in such quantities that is
seems like a blight. It is prevalent all
over the country and already has done
much damage. It kills every leaf and
branch it attacks.
It Will Be Filed For Prohate Within
a Few Days.
Washington, Juno 17. The will of
the late Levi Z. Lelter, of Chicago, will
be filed for probate In the courts of
the District of Columbia within a few
days. The document is in the hands
of a local firm of attorneys and all of
the heirs have been communicated
with. Replies have been received
from all except Lady Curzon, who Is
now in England. When Lady Curzon
responds the bequests of Mr. Lelter
will be made public through the filing
of the will.
The Jury Disagreed.
Grand Rapids, Mich., June 17. The
jury in the case of E. D. Congerman
ager of the Herald in this city, charg
ed with conspiracy In connection with
the Lake Michigan water deal, came
Into court and reported a disagree
ment. They were discharged.
The Metal Workers Take Action.
Buffalo, N. Y., June 17.- The Amal
gamated Sheet Metal Workers' Inter
national Alliance, in annual conven
tion Thursday, passed a resolution re
questing President Roosevelt to in
vestigate conditions in the Colorado
Peorja, 111., Juno 17. The last ses
sion of the 17th annual convention of
the American Association of Freight
Agents was held here Thursday,
The Time Extended For Issuing the
Frankfort, Ky., June 17. The cout
of appeals Thursday extended for 40
days the time for issuing the mandate
of the court of appeals in the Jim
Howard case. The mandate 1b due
now, and If issued Howard would be
brought to the penitentiary at once,
but Howard's attorneys expect to have
tho United States supreme court take
Jurisdiction in the case in the next 40
days, which would suspend -the man
date of the Kentucky court till the su
preme court passes finally on the
question involved.
Acting Gov. Thome Thursday par
doned Henry J. Draudt, of Louisville,
who was given a two-years' sentence
on a charge of embezzlement. He had
served over half his term, and the
trial Judge, commonwealth's attorney
and the jury that tried him all signed
his pardon petition, as did Mayor
Grainger and other officials.
A Race Prejudice Now Threatens the
Lexington, Ky., June 17. Race prej
udices have broken out among local
republican leaders, and which serious
ly threatens to Impair the efficiency
of the local organization, through tho
appointment of a Negro, Edward W.
Jackson, as rural mail carrier, for a
new route which has been created In
this county. The appointment was
made Thursday by the fourth assist
ant postmaster general. It is urged
by the white republicans that the
route has been created without cause
or demand simply to enable the fed
eral office holders in this district to
carry out a political agreement be
tween them and Jordan C. Jackson, a
leading Negro politician of this city,
and who was pushed for delegate at
large from this state. The latter is a
cousin of the appointee.
He Is Charged With Frightening a
Woman From Her Home.
Owingsville, Ky., June 17. An un
known man went to the home of Josh
ua Jones, near Wyoming, this county,
frightening Mrs. Jones away with
threats. He ate his dinner, then
searched the house and stole some
goods and a small amount of money.
His description was telephoned
throughout the county, and a man giv
ing his name as J. S. Stork, of Los
Angeles, Cal., was arrested on suspi
cion and placed in Jail here. He de
nies the charges.
The Clay Model Rejected.
Lexington, Ky., June 17. The clay
model for the statue of me late Wil
liam Goebel, which has been prepared
by the Italian sculptor Moretti, Is not
satisfactory to the monument com
mission which met In this city, and
another cast has been ordered made.
Arthur Goebel, brother of the deceas
ed, said the model was not a good
likeness and several defects were
pointed out
Rioters Sentenced.
Louisville, Ky., June 17. Crowds of
Negro strikers who gathered around
the plant of the Continental Tobacco
Co., were dispersed by the police, and
there has been no further trouble.
Four of Wednesday's rioters were sont
to the workhouse for a year In the
city court.
Judge C. C. Givens Resigns.
Madisonvllle, Ky., June 17. Judge
C. C. Given hns forwarded to Gov.
Beckham his resignation as Judge of
the Hopkins county court. This res
ignation is effective July 1, by or be
fore which time Gov. Beckham will ap
point his successor.
Schilder Is Indicted.
Newport, Ky., June 17. The grand
jury made a final report returning an
indictment against H. J. Schilder, of
Chllllcothe, O., who visited the Im
maculate Conception parochial school
and kidnaped his ten-year-old daugh
ter Clara.
Death of Thomas Van Meter.
Eminence, Ky., June 17. Thomas C.
Van Meter, one of the oldest and most
prominent citizens of Eminence, died
after an illness which has lasted back
for several years. He was one of the
most famous Shorthorn breeders in
Two Murder Indictments Returned.
Hopklnsvllle, Ky., June 17. The
grand Jury has returned Indictments
against Laura Bruin and two other Ne
groes, charging them with the murder
of Jim Bruin, whose dead body was
found floating in a stream last winter.
Engineer Drummond Dropped Dead.
Paducah, Ky., June 17. William
Drummond, aged 55 years, a well
known river engineer, formerly of Du
buque, la., dropped dead from heart
disease In the rear of a saloon. Ho
leaves. a. family in Pickwick. Minn.
An Oilicial Telegram From Gen.
Kuropatkin to the Em
peror of Russia.
Two Batteries of First Artillery Were
Literally Cut to Pieces by
the Japanese Shells.
The Japs Attacked the Right Flank
With a Superior Force and the
Russians Were Compelled to
Retreat By Three Roads.
St. Petersburg, June 17. Emperor
Nicholas has received the following
telegram dated June 16 from Gen. Ku
ropatkin: "I have received the following dis
patch from Lieut Gen. Baron Stakel
berg, dated June 16:
" 'Yesterday I had intended to at
tack the enemy's right flank but just
as our troops had been assigned for
the purpose and were beginning to
successfully envelop the enemy's right
flank the Japanese in turn attacked
my right flank with superior forces
and I was compelled to retreat by
three roads to the north.
" 'Our losses are heavy, but they are
not yet completely known.
" 'During the engagement the Third
and Fourth batteries of the First ar
tillery brigade were literally cut to
pieces by the Japanese shells.
" 'Of 10 guns, 13 were rendered com
pletely useless and were abandoned.
" 'The conduct of the troops was ex
cellent, a large proportion refusing to
retire until after they had been repeat
edly ordered to do so.' '
The popular disappointment felt in
St. Petersburg over the result of Lieut.
Gen. Baron Stakelberg's fight, which
It had been hoped for the past 3G hours
might turn out to be a victory, is tem
pered somewhat by the knowledge
that the Russian force was overwhelm
ed by numbers. Gen. Stakelberg does
not attempt to conceal th'e seriousness
of his losses, but his report and the
report from all other Russian sources
agree that the retreat was In no sense
a rout.
The fierce character of the fight is
made evident by the fact that the
Russians were again forced to aban
don their guns, thus indicating, as in
previous encounters, the superiority
of the Japanese artillery.
Six Stitches Taken In a Man's Bullet
Torn Heart.
Chicago, June 17. The surgical op
eration, said to have been but once
before successfully performed in sur
gical history, is believed to have been
accomplished here, saving the life of
15-year-old Edward Peltz, who had
attempted to commit suicide. Peltz
fired a bullet into his heart while de
spondent over the loss of employment.
With death impending at every tick
of the watch, Dr. Wagner, of St. Jo
seph's hospital, placed six stitches In
the bullet-torn heart, effectually stop
ping the hemorrhage. The condition
is said at tho hospital to warrant tho
belief that the patient will recover.
Complaints About American Malls.
London, June 17. There have been
stronger complaints than usual this
week about the delay In the American
mails. The Hamburg-American lino
steamer Deutschland, which left Now
York June 9, arrived at Plymouth at
about 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon
and the mails were delivered in tho
Moorish Troops Land at Tangier.
Tangier, Morocco, June 17. About
400 Moorish troops of the worst typo
were landed here Thursday. Thoy
were sent by the sultan for the pro
tection of Europeans. Theso troops
had an exceedingly bad reputation nt
Casa Blanca, whence they came to
A General Murdered.
St. Petersburg, June 17. Gen, Bob
rikoff, governor general of Finland,
was shot and mortally wounded at the
entrance to tho Finnish senate at Hel
singfors. The assassin, a man named
Schaumann, a son of Senator Schau
man, Immediately committed suicide.
Quiet Prevails in Armenia. x
St. Petersburg, June 17. Latest re
ports from the Russian consul in Ar
menia show that comparative quiet
prevails there. Ho Is acting in har
mony with his British and French
colleagues In elaborating a plan to
prevent a recurrence of disorders.
St. Louis, Juno 17. World's fair of
ficials aro very much pleased with the
financial condition of tho fair as In
dicated by tho payment of tho first In
stallment on tho government loau,
whjch was made Thursday, . .. . -

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