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Expiration of tlio Time Limit
Found the Jtace Still On
Tfic Caliimliln Then In the Lend
Cnpfiilii Ilnrr Carries the Anicr
Icnn Flrt Over the Murtlurr Line
Mtmurodc FiirKcn Abend lint Soon
Gives to Her lti wil YnuUees
Mniicuvre Acrorm Green Ilonttt
Bowk An Unsatisfactory Contest
NEW YORK Sept 2G It looks as If
the treasured Cup wrested from English
yachtsmen flrty years ago will not take
a voyage over seas this season The at
tempt today at a race between the slip
pery Columbia and the lissome Shamrock
II demonstrated In the opinion of many
expert Yankee skippers who viewed the
contest from the deck3 of attending
steam craft that the Herrcshoft creation
Is the better boat In light weather She
appeared when the gentle breeze held
true and did not favor one yacht more
than the other to be abler on the wind
and swifter In footing
The Shamrock was somewhat sluggish
In stajs as compared with the alert Yan
kee defender The wind which never got
beyond the dignity of what according to
the Beufort scale would be called a light
breeze that is eleven knots shifted In
a manner favoring the Columbia There
were other times when a shift or a lull
was distinctly favorable to the challenger
which on these occasions obtained a slight
lead over her rival but on the whole
the honors were with the Columbia and
unless the Shamrock II develops better
form she will have a hard time lifting
that cup
When the race was called off because
of the expiration of the time limit of
five and one half hours the Columbia
was about a mile ahead of the Upton
yacht ard about seven miles from the
finish In the windward work of fifteen
miles from the Sandy Hook lightship to
a point down the Long Island coast
within easy sight of the shore the Colum
bia beat the challenger by seven minutes
and three seconds
Fluty and huffy airs were the rule in
the beat The marvelous and ghostlike
way the defender sneaked through the
Britons lee and came up on her weather
bow- when the challenger happened to
Kit to windward by gocd luck and man
agement drew forth the admiration of
the flotilla of patrols and astonished hun
dreds on the great visiting foreign fleet
The SiKhtaeelnir Fleet
i The peaceful argosy of paddlewheels
and screws that decorously and at a
proper distance churned the waters off
the Hook lnio a snoTvy ferment was not
so large perhaps as on some other occa
sions when Titanic single stickers tussled
for glory- But among ihe Jleet were the
most resplendent steam yachts in the
world representing men and women with
millions Conspicuous by her stout short
funnel and her square rig was Archibald
Watts America She looked a veritable
liner of the picturesque sort There were
also J Pierpont Morgans Corsair in
which Commodore Lewis Cass Ledyard
saw the sea duel August Belmonts little
flyer the Scout A J Drexels llarpue
rlta Sirs Robert Goelets brigantlne
rlgged Nahma II H Rogersswift Kana
wha Col Oliver II Paynes Aphrodite
Howard Goulds Niagara George Goulds
Sybarite H C Rouses Lady Godiva
Jaines J Hills Wacouta Henry Walters
Klrada James Enos Gundreda Chailes
Fletchers Alvlna John R Drexels Sul
tana Robert II Ballantynes Tuscarora
C IL Billings Surf and F J Brownes
The great merchant steamships pressed
into service as excursion craft and the
big slde w heelers of this and nearby ports
were black with spectators who because
of the effective revenue cutter patrol got
only long distance views of the unfinished
battle Some of the big craft that held
tier on tier of enthusiasts were the Ches
ter W Chapln with the New York Yacht
Club members and their friends aboard
the Gay Head chartered by the Atlantic
Yacht Club and Jammed with humanity
the La Grande Duchess on which the
Larchmont yachtsmen made an effort to
see things the City of Lowell used by
the Indian Harbor Yacht Club and the
North Star carrying the Seawanahaka
As the laighty wrestlers came out Into
the open the colossal liner Deutschland
passed In saluting The gallant schooner
yacht Endymlon a record holder for
ocean crossing In the splendor of balloon
jib and staysail came plunging in through
the swells flying a homeward bound pen
nant She also dipped her ensign to the
The Yachts Cn Off
After casting off their lines the Briton
and the Yankee broke out their foresails
and Jibs They had already hoisted main
Balls and club topsails while In tow No
muslin ever designed set more perfect
ly than that of Shamrock IL It was of a
mellow gold suggcstlve hue whn the
un shone through It and It looked as if
It were carved from stoae rather than the
mere fabric of a sallmaker There was
no doubt about It the sails of the challen
ger and her graceful hull shimmering like
polished copper mae her look decidedly
wicked But the patriots had seen such
visions before and they were unafraid
After even the smallest of the flotilla
had contributed her murmur of propeller
or paddle to the general thrashing and
smashing of swells and everybody was
Impatient for the gladiators to enter the
arena bunting fluttered from the signal
halyard of the two stacked ocean tug
Navigator the regatta committees boat
anchored about south by east of the light
ship Then the crowded excursion boats
dipped their guard rails under and all
hands crowded to the sides nearest the
yachts now mancuvrlng back of the line
Captain Charlie Barr of the Columbia
showed that he was quite equal to Cap
tain Sycamore as a Jockey When the
starting gun boomed the skippers were
fighting for tho weather berth In crossing
Shamrock II forced the Columbia over llu
line a moment before gunfire and In doing
so went over herself Both yachts were
recalled They managed to get back and
this time Barr was cleverer than the
Briton crossing twelve seconds ahead of
Both yachts were on the port tack It
was dltlicult to tell because of the vary
ing angles of view from following craft
which of the contending ehlps had the ad
vantage The course was east by north
from which point the breeze was then
making an effort to blow about ten knots
It was seen after a scries of tacks by
both yachts that the Columbia liad weath
ered her antagonist She went on the port
tack about forty minutes after the start
and crossed tho Shamrocks bows and
about 150 yards ahead of her
The breeze was puffy and variable as
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Hire tttadirittiton Wim
to direction at times Merely a zephyr
stirred the bunting of the fleet an hour
nnd a half after the start Shamrock
got In irons making an effort to go on
the port tack She swung lazily back on
the other tack again and went wind
hunting in toward the Long Island shore
She got a breeze and tacked on the weath
er bow of the Columbia which also went
on the starboard tack
In several tucks following the Columbia
apparently to tho leeward plainly out
footed the Lipton yacht A shift of the
wind almost to the southeast helped the
Columbia if the opinion of experts aboard
the piess boats may be trusted The tal
ent aboard the Shamrock decided to set
another jib topsail It was merely a trifle
larger than the first and did not affect
the situation
Clteeri for the Columbia
The Columbia and challenger were then
heading for the outer mark on the star
board tnck The breeze had dropped to
about four knots and the Columbia moved
indolently around the mark Her boom
swung off slowly to starboard at 30332
and she broke out her immaculate balloon
Jib topsail The floating multitude let out
all the lung power It had the sirens
screamed whistles roared or screeched
bands played and cannons punctuated the
uproar As it was by a large majority
distinctly a Columbia crowd there was
much jubilation mlnsled with the riotous
The procession courteously waited for
the challenger to round the mark which
she did at 31247 or seven minutes and
fifteen seconds asjern of Columbia The
talent on the Shamrock II was a long
time getting out a larger jib topsail It
was thought she would set a balloon but
instead she set a reaching Jib topsail
The decision to do this was wlsi as the
wind began to asume a southwesterly
tendency and Columbia soon doused her
balloon and substituted a reaching Jib
topsail A further shift to the south of
west and a further dropping of the breeze
Indicated to the fleet that there was lit
tle or no chance of the yachts finishing
within the lime limit The signal telling
that it had expired and that the race
was off set propellers and paddles going
in the only real race of the day the race
for the Narrows And tug skippers who
had been longing for chances to get at
other skippers hooked up and had It
out for twenty miles or more
The race was an unsatisfactory one
from every point of Ihe wind from
the time of the start and until the race
was declared off was baffling It was
blowing east by north at the start and
about eight or nine knots an hour Tor
about fifteen minutes there was every
prospect or a good quick race but then
It backed about a point and a half and
the Columbia catching this shift first
was greatly benefited by it It put her
well to windward of the Shamrock and
Captain Barr who Is one of the cleverest
skippers that ever sailed a yacht to wind
ward managed to keep the Shamrock
under his lee until a few- minutes before
1 oclock or about an hour and three
quarters after they started on the race
The wind In the meantime had been
hauling and backing first a point one
way nnd then a point another and while
both yachts were favored or hurt by these
shifts the windward boat usually had the
best of the luck and the Columbia got
her share today A few minute before
1 oclock the yachts had reached a point
south of the Long Beach Hotel The wind
was very light and there was every indi
cation that it would haul more to the
Miumrock II In Iron
Captain Barr tacked the Columbia and
heading to the south was evidently look
ing for this shift The Shamrock tried to
follow but after coming up in the wind
she got In irons and was hung up for a
couple of minutes in a flat calm spot
She had Just filled away to stand after
the Columbia when a better breeze was
coming off the shore and Captain Syca
more tacked ship again to stand in and
meet it Again the Shamrock was hung
up in the same calm spot but she finally
filled away on the starboard tack and
getting a little streak coming off the
shore headed toward the northeast
At the same time the Columbia was
heading south and the yachts were not
more than half a mile apart This will
give a fair idea of the condition of the
wind during the race Captain Barr was
forced to stand in after the Shamrock
but the Columbia had lost and when the
Shamrock tacked off shore again she
crossed the Columbias bow and took the
weather position They went on for an
other hour with the Shamrock keeping
between the Columbia and the weather
The two yachts were very close togeth
er and each was handled well Just be
fore 2 oclock the wind hauled again to
ward the south and the Columbia just
as she was tacking to head to the south
ward got the shift first and was enabled
to again take the lead which she held
until the race was declared off
The mancuvring at the start was very
clever and honors were about even when
they went over the line Just before the
starting gun Captain Sycamore had his
boat to leeward of the Columbia and was
able to force the Columbia across the
line but In doing so the Shamrock cross
ed also The line however was long
enough for the two boats to wear off
and cross back and then luff and get
over again before the handicap time
When they crossed the second time the
Columbia was In the lead by twelve sec
onds with the Shamrock on her weather
quarter but In pinching up to get the
weather position Shamrocks headway
had been checked and the Columbia was
moving much faster The boats were so
close together that the wind drawing out
of the Columbias sails was backing the
hcadsails of the Shamrock and although
the Shamrock was to windward her po
sition was not a good one and this is
shown by the fact that Captain Sycamore
took the port tack as soon as the Sham
rock was over the line in order to get
away from the Columbia The Columbia
followed on this tack half a minute later
Work at the Start
It was during the first flfteei minutes
that the Shamrock showed her best sail
ing of the day She footed very fast and
was pointing about the same as the Co
lumbia After fifteen minutes galling It
looked lo those astern of the yachts as
If the Shamrock by tacking would cross
the Columbias bow but Just then the
wind backed so that the Columbia headed
up at least a point and a half and got a
good weather position Captain Sycamore
was criticised for sailing his boat In a
light breeze with sheets so flat that she
was almost dead and it -was thought by
many that if they had been started Just
a little in order to give a bettter chance
to the sails the Shamrock would have
made n better showing In the light air
In light breezes such as prevailed today
the Shamrock does not seem to be a
match for the Columbia Turning to
windward the two boats were very close
together all day but when the wind shift
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following Monday Good on all trains except
ftojal Limited
Clean Well Dressed Lumber Always
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Intli boards L50
ed so that they were able to lay their
course to the outer mark the Columbia
slowly but surely forged ahead and on
the reach home improved her lead by an
other half mile
Sir Thomas Lipton and his friends on
the Shamrock have asserted that they
want a ten to twelve knot breeze to make
their boat do her best and from the few
minutes rnoing at the start when there
was a nice sailing breeze it looked as
though Shamrock will bo better In a
whole sail breeze
Todays trial told very little It was too
full of flukes and fizzles to be at all re
liable and possibly when the two boats
meet again and have a steady true breeze
a different story may be told but tonight
when those who had seen tnc attempt to
make a race returned home the Colum
bias stock had gone way up and it was
freely predicted that the cup would stay
here for some time to come The table
Start Turn Time
Yacht II M S II M S II M S
Columbia 11109 30532 35143
Shamrock II 111101 31217 40113
Columbias gain seven minutes three second
Ills rnlth in Shamrock II Not in the
Lenxt Shaken
NEW YORK Sept 20 Sir Thomas Lip
tons faith in Shamrock II was not shaken
in the least and on his steam yacht Erin
from which he saw the contest he de
clared after the yachts had ceased racing
that he was Just as confident of lifting
the cup as he has been all along
I really do not see what I can say
he remarked The wind as usual was
very erratic and rarely to be depended on
When the wind did come along much
depended on where the yachts happened
to be whether they would get it or not
It was such a wind that it was no test
of sailing and I am every bit as hopeful
as I was before that the Shamrock will
capture the cup
Nothing could have been better than
the way the Columbia was handled I
never saw the work of the Columbia sail
ors in todays race excelled It was mag
I felt when I got out on the course this
morning that It was not a Shamrock day
There was a big sea on and a light wind
I remarked this several times before the
race began and so It turned out If a
boat gets anchored up in a calm it is Im
possible for her to make any kind of a
showing Hut there Js one thing 1 would
like to say right here and that is
whether we win or are whipped I feel
that the New York Yacht Club has treat
ed us in the most kindly manner possible
The management of the race today was
splendid It could not have been better
The policing of the course was excellent
and the yachts were not bothered in any
way whatever
Alter the Erin came to anchor Mr
Jamison maragcr of the Shamrock II
came aboard the steam yacht He had
the following to say about the race
T must say I am both surprised and
pleased at the excellent manner In which
the course was k -pt clear I hope it will
be kept as deal through all our races
Of course the cay was a poor one for
racing on accouit of the flukes
Mr Watson sild I am very well sat
isfied with what the boat did today
Whenever she had a breeze of any
strength she did exactly as I expected her
to do
Capt Chlrlcs Barr of the Columbia
was non committal When asked what he
thought of the race he said
I had no time to thin and when
asked If the Columbia did as well as he
expected her to replied
I have nothing to learn about her
After the Columbia reached her moor
ings E D Morgan her managing owner
was asked his opinion of the days sail
ing Ho said
I am not all fearful for the result of
the races this year
Capt Phil Ellsworth the designer was
confident and gleeful after the time limit
had expired and the Shamrock was far
behind He said
We can beat that bronze bottom beat
it off her any day We can beat her In
any kind of weather and we can bent her
on any course Sir Thomas Lipton Is a
mighty nice man but he has not yet built
a boat good enough to lift that cup Why
the Columbia beat her Into the wind beat
her In stays and beat her In the free
run The ory time she had a chance was
when she caught a fluke off shore all to
Disappointment Expressed her the
Shamrocks Performnncc
LONDON Sept 2G Apart from the dis
appointment over the unsatisfactory con
clusion of the yacht race the morning
newspapers are somewhat downcast over
Shamrocks behavior One or two like
the Standard hold that nothing has
been proved as to the respective merits
of the yachts but none of the papers Is
The Times says that of the Shamrock
likes a fair breeze and a quiet sea ycb
terday was not ner day and from this
her sympathizers can draw such conso
lation for her apparent reverse and sucli
hope as best they may
The Morning Post doubts the wisdom
of removing ballast It admits that It Is
disappointed that the Shamrock did not
do better when close hauled but finds
consolation in the fact that she drew up
on the Columbia when there was really
a sailing breeze
The Telegraph says that If ever there
was a moral ictory it was gained by the
Columbia It adds Shamrocks failure
for failure It was Is exceedingly disap
The Chronicle says The Columbia
showed distinct superiority In weather
which was supposed to favor the Sham
rock If the latter cannot improve on
yesterdays dlspiiy we fear that the Cup
is not likely to Pave America
The Dally Mail says It is Impossible
to form a definite opinion regarding the
relative speed of the two boats but it Is
undeniable that the Columbia showed her
self the fastor In going to windward in
light winds
The lroKrcstt of the Yachts
lowed AVlth IllKerneMM
LONDON Sept 20 There was much
Interest displayed here In the yacht race
In fact It may be said that there was
excitement over the contest Ail the af
ternoon papers issued special editions at
intervals until the race was declared off
and they met with a large sale Many
transparencies giving details of the race
were displayed
Some rival newspapers adopted novel
means for announcing the progress of
the two yachts One of the papers char
tered two electric lauches running on the
Thames These were outlined respective
ly with green lights for the Shamrock
and red lights for the Columbia They
ran to nnd fro between Black Friars and
B O Week End Cnnntrr Trip
Tickets told Saturdays and Sundays for r turn
until folio iwr Monday at reduced rates uom
Wahington to Charleston n Frederick Annapo
lis Junction and intermediate points
Prompt Lumber Delivery always by
Friok Libbcy Co tod white pine doors fjL
Westminster Bridges showing varying
positions corresponding with those of the
yachts as cabled here Immense crowds
on tho embankment watched the launches
all the evening
The clubs and hotels were thronged with
men watching the tickers while the vary
ing positions of the racers were announc
ed between the acts at the theatres and
music- halls Some of the latter illustrat
ed the progress of the race by means of
the blograph
ContcxtM for Ynelit Cnn Have Cost
Nearly Ten Million Dollurs
NEW YORIC Sept- 2i The Americas
Cup is the most expensive trophy the
world has ever seen Originally costing
about 200 It now represents a direct out
lay of nearly 1000000 On this side of
the Atlantic nearly 3000000 has been
spent In defending the trophy and the
cost of the challengers has been almost
as great In addition to this direct ex
pense it is estimated that the people of
this country have spent about 3000000 in
seeing the International races and close
to another million will be spent in the
same way within the next twi weeks
The cost of keeping the Cup on this side
of the Atlantic has been commensurate
with the growth of the country Those
most Interested In retaining the trophy
the members of the New1 York Yacht
Club feel that no outlay lsl too great
when the yachting supremacy Is at stake
It Is estimated that it cost Commodore
Stevens and his associates 75000 to build
the America and make their memorable
voyage to England Little did they think
as they sailed back across the Atlantic
with the Cup in the Americas cabin that
they had earned for themselves lasting
fame In the yacht racing history of the
world or paved the way for the greatest
series of races the world has ever seen
The cost of defending the Cup in the
first race in the lower bay In 3X70 against
the Cambria Is estimated at KOO00 With
the coming of each challenger since that
time the cost of retaining the Cup has
Increased at first slowly but In recent
venrs so rapidly that It Is now measured
by the hundreds of thousands of dollars
In figuring the expense of defending the
Cup the cost f all the candidates for
the honor of guarding the trophy must
be taken into consideration as well as
the expense of maintaining the success
ful candidate
In defending the Cup thisyear the cost
not only of maintaining ths Columbia in
commission this summer but the amount
expended In building and keeping In com
mission both the Constitution and Inde
pendence must be reckoned round
numbers these two boats havecost 000
000 nnd another 50000 can be ndded for
the maintenance of the Columbia This
would swell the figures of defending the
Cup this fall to 550000 and does not take
into consideration the money spent by
the people desiring to sec the races and
who will follow the yachts over the
course each race
The Aeed Dliilonint In About
Normal Health
PEKIN SepC 26 Li Hum Chang has
about recovered his normal health He
has resumed his administration- of -provincial
and other affairs Today he sent
a representative to Inspect the railway by
which the courtwiIl rctunU toLukao
chow from which place chairs and carts
will be used to bring the Empeior and the
Dowager Empress and their retinues toj
the northwest gate of Pekln
Li Hung Chang says thatthoJCourtwlll
arrive on the new year day which falls
In March
The Dncheia of Yorlc IInyn Hostess
for a Small Guest
ItUNNIE Manitoba Sept 26 The royal
train bearing the Duke and Duchess of
Cornwall and York with their party pass
ed through here this morning All mem
bers of the party were well and were de
lighted with the trip
The people of the West are giving a
typical welcome and unquestionable loyal
receptions are the order all along the line
At Ecrelber Ont the royal train stopped
for ten minutes and the towns whole
population was at the station The chil
dren were massed on the station plat
form and sang Tbr Maple Leaf For
ever They cheered tor trie visitors
Kathleen Walker six years old gowned
In white presented the Duchess a hand
some bouquet The Duchess received the
child In a most gracious manner and
showed her over the royal carriage This
was by far the prettiest Incident of the
second days tour through the great
An Operation fur the Ilenioval
Holla DlatcusHCd
NEW YORK Sept 2C The health of
Elihu Root Secretary of War which has
been poor for some time hf4 been such
for the last few days as to confine him
to his house and the advisability of an
operation to remove a number of bolls
which have been troubling him was dis
Not long ago he underwent an opera
tion for the removal of a carbuncle and
his health Improved as a result but re
cently it has not been so good Ther Sec
retary came from Washington last Fri
day to be with his son until after the
crisis in the boys attack ot tyhoid fever
had passed Since reaching
Root has been outside his hou
or twice
The turning point In Uie
which Mr Roots son has bj
Is expected today or tomorrc
lias been a steady improve
condition and there Is eve
of a quick recovery
It wbb expected that Mrjltoot
turn to Washington after tfil
sured In order to consultTlfl
Tcnnspvplt but his nnn health
as to make the date of his rtf
The Cimlcct of the Mnrtjn
dent Chiseled One
o Mr
- from
t there
n his
id re-
Lincolns casket was chiseled open today
Eighteen persons gazed uport the features
of the long dead martyred President and
great emancipator and then the casket
holding all that was mortal of the hon
ored dead was finally taken away for the
thirteenth time
Previous to today the casket was re
moved from Its resting place twelve times
while this made the thirteenth Each re
moval was thought to be the last Now it
Is declared that there can never again be
an occasion for disturbing the resting
place which is inside an iron cage em
bedded in a huge block of cement beneath
the tomb of the Lincoln monument In Oak
Ridge Cemetery
The monument commlsoneis nrl the
Lincoln guard of honor were those who
looked upon the face of the martyred
President They gave out a statement
that the body was in a good state of pres
lOO KxcurHlon to Fretlerlelf Iluir
erntuvvn mid WlulteMter
Fro n llaitlmorr and fli o 1 uatlon 7 a m
Sunday Sept mUr itct ninR leave llajcra
town and Uinclintrr 0 p in and Frederick 7
p in same day Train stop at interniedialc sta
Best Cjprci Shlunlei ril Icr
1000 and lull sue c by SO at CUi and X Y ave
A Double Catastrophe at a Gas
Works in Xcwark X J
Clennerx Who Entered nn Oil Tank
Asphyxiated liy the Fumes
Wouldbc Hcsctiers Killed liy nn
Explosion One Dead Unidentified
NEW YOniC Sept 2B Six men were
killed and six or seven were more or less
severely burned or bruised by the explo
sion of a big oil tank at the Front Street
plant of the Essex and Hudson Gas Com
pany on the bank of the Passaic River
in Newark N J this afternoon Just
how- it occurred Is a matter of specula
tion but it developed great heroism on
the part of four of the victims
The dead are
NICHOLAS MILLER forty five years old Xew
ALRERT SNYDER twenty two years old 343
fourth Avenue Jersey City
OTTO NEUMANN a day foreman twenty teven
J ears old ol 75 Clar Street New York
WILLIAM MYERS forty fire years old of Har
MORRIS KIRSCII thirty five years old of Cen
tral Avenue and Norfolk fctreet Newark
Unidentified woman was suffocated by the jas
of the tank
The tank which was about thirty feet
In diameter and twenty feet high was
used for voiatlzlng crude oil for enrich
ing illuminating gas and It was necessary
to empty and clean It at Intervals but
orders were Issued that the manhole at
the top should be left open for a fort
night so as thoroughly to ventilate the
tank before men should enter It
According to the story told by James
P Dusenberry secretary of the gas com
pany this rule had been disobeyed and
one of the cleaners entered the tank after
It had been open les4 than six hours and
without tying a rope around his body as
another regulation of the company de
mands he wa3 instantly overcome by
the naptha fumes and another workman
without a rope went down into the tank
to rescue him He too was overcome
and a third man disregarding the warn
ings of his comrades went down after the
two unconscious men
Theodore Hunker the superintendent
arrived at this moment and went to the
top of the tank with two men who had
long ropes attached to their waists At
the same time several men were cutting
the heads from the rivets holding one of
the plates at the lower edge of the tank
for the purpose of letting the heavy vapor
How out
It Is supposed that a spark from a chisel
set fire to the gas In the tank There was
an explosion which rent the tank and
blew off Its too Bunker and hts two
companions were blown Into the yard
and badly burned py the flames that
arose Other workmen were knocked
down burned and bruised by the explo
sion and one man was thrown Into the
Firemen policemen and ambulances
afjTptd within a few minutes and the
flames were quickly extinguished while
both firemen and policemen attended to
the injured and recovered the bodies of
tho dead from the ruined tank Slit
bodies were recovered and five wcro
f Identified
One of the dead Nicholas Miller was a
foreman at the gas works until about a
year ago whenphe orieneaai grocery
store In the neighborhood He had been
quickly told of the asphyxiation- ot the
three men and hurried to the works and
had taken an active part as a volunteer
rescuer He was instantly kilted by the
Theodore Bunker tho superintendent
was burned nnd bruised and miraculously
escaped death when he was blown from
the top of the tank In an outburst of
Among the otherlnjured was Salvatore
Nlccltro of 8 Adams Street who was
blown Into the river and was rescued by
a boatman Ho was badly bruised and
ChnueeH to He Snfrprcntcd In the Xcw
Ejection Lnvv
HAVANA Sept 2C Governor General
Wood has returned from the United
States He says that he will suggest
some changes In the election law which
he will send to the Constitutional Conven
tion These changes refer to the super
vision of the elections which the con
vention has given to Itself which super
vision as well as the handing over of tho
new government is according to General
Wood the prerogative of military govern
Another Important change refers to the
dates set for the various elections Some
prominent delegates maintain that the
convention Is disposed to make any
changes that ths military government
thinks advisable
At a recent meeting of the Merchants
Union it was decided to organize a large
miibs meeting and a procession which Is
to deliver to General Wood a petition
praying that certain concessions be made
to Cubas commercial interests and alao
that a commission be sent to Washing
ton to lay before the Government the
pressing needs of the island and to ask
that lemedles be applied
Dramatic Suicide of a Well Know n
Sluxlc Teachers Wife
NEW YORK Sept 2C Mrs Avahel
Itrockway the wife of Howard
way a well known music teacher of this
city committed suicide this afternoon by
jumping from the rear platform of ths
Southwestern limited express of the Del
aware and Lackawanna Railroad near
Cragers N Y The train was traveling
at the rate of about a mile a minute The
woman was instantly killed
Mrs Brockway was a daughter of Otis
Boise professor of harmony at the Royal
Conservatory of Music Berlin until a
few weeks ago when he came to this
country to accept a similar place In the
Peabody Institute of Baltimore one of
the largest musical colleges In this coun
try Her husband who is regarded as
one of the most successful music teach
ers in this city had his studio In the
Carnegie Hall
Mrs Brockway her daughter her sis
ter and her mother-in-law had spent the
summer at their country home at Bridge-
water N Y For scveial weck3 Mrs
Brockway had been in ill health suffer
ing particularly from fits of nervousness
and melancholia
Ocean Steniimlilli Moicmrnls
NEW YORIC Sept 26 Arrived
Deutschland Hamburg Scrvia Liver
pool Diamant Rotterdam Arrived out
Columbia from New York at Plymouth
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Via PeiiiiHylTiinia ltallroad
Pan American KxpoMtlon excursion Special
train will leave Washington 600 a m Wednes
day October 2 tickets limited to seien davs in
cluding date of sale Similar evcurions October
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FlneNt FIhIiIui Near Wunhlurton
At Chesapeake beach All kinds
Everything ready to construct a
collage at one dajs notice Flooring 125
LiLbcy li Ce
Setu Lows Sneechex Not to Outline
Illx Pulley
NEW YORK Sept 26 Scth Low the
choice of the anti Tammany conference
for the nomination for mayor will receive
his first notification of the nominations
tomorrow evening when a committee of
members of the Citizens Union city con
vention will call on him at his home and
Inform him of his selection by that organ
Mr Low will make a short speech of
acceptance He will not attempt to go
very much Into details as to his plans nnd
policies in this address His friends ad
vised him that he will have to make three
speeches of acceptance anyway and pos
sibly more and It wil be better for them
to be practically informal
Hugh McLaughlin leader of the Kings
County Democracy said today In one of
the pithy comments on political affairs
for which ha Is noted that those who
nominate Nixon for mayor can nominate
the comptroller Just what the Kings
County veteran meant by his remark he
left to his hearers tb guess
Tonight the opinion was general among
the members of the Democratic Club that
Mr Croker was as much opposed to the
nomination of Coler as ever and that he
was anxious to bring about the nomina
tion of Lewis Nixon the shipbuilder
The conference committees ot all the
fusion forces in Brooklyn will get to
gether on Saturday and It is expected
wii make up the full slate which will be
ratified In turn by the various conven
tions next week
The district leaders of the Chicago Plat
form Democracy which was organized
several years ago to uphold the doctrines
of the Chicago platform held a meeting
tonight at which Dr George W Thomp
son and Melvin E Palliscr were ap
pointed a committee to confer with
Richard Croker In regard to the
nominations to be made for mayor
and other officers by Tammany Hail The
Chicago Platform Democrats and the
Bryan men want to vote for the Demo
cratic ticket and yet they do not wish
to support Tammany Hall absolutely
Mr Bailies in speaking today of the situ
ation said
The consensus of opinion among the
Chicago Platform Democrats Is that un
less Tammany Hall nominates a man of
Independent tendencies not affiliated with
the organization and not known as an
organization man a man who supported
the Democratic ticket In 1000 and a man
of excellent reputation In the city the
ticket will be thoroughly beaten -at the
polls We understand that a number of
district leaders of Tammany have told
Mr Croker that it Is necessary to select
a prominent Bryan man of Independent
record and that in their opinion tins Is
the only way In which the victory can be
Brynn Expresses Ills Views
The Commoner
LINCOLN Neb Sept 28 Mr Erv ans
leading editorial In The Commoner- to
day is a defence of tree speeclu He says
Some of ther Republican papers are
suggesting limitations upon the freedom
of speech as a cure for anarchy The ed
itor of The Commoner nas as much rea
son as any livins man to kilow of Ihe
abuse sometimes heaped upon candidates
iorfofllce He has sbeenthe victim of as
mucn maiice ana vituperation asnave
ever been expressed against an -American
and yet he is opposed to placing any ad
ditional restriction upon the freedom of
speech or the freedom of the press It Is
time for liberty loving citizens to protest
against the attempt to suppress free
speech The warfare must be against an
archy not against freedom of speech
Anarchy is a European product and
thrives most where there Is least freedom
of the press Let us not make the mis
take of undermining our Institutions
under the delusions that we are thus pro
tecting those institutions Free speech
and a free press are essential to a free
Mr Bryan has one word of advice to
President Roosevelt It is not to be a
candidate for re election He saysj
If he intends to appear beforejthe next
Republican convention as a enndidate he
must prepare to fight the bosses of his
party or to surrender to them He is
aware of the fact that the Republican or
ganization did not look with favor upon
his candidacy he was thought too inde
pendent If he is independent nnd does
his own thinkirg he will alienate those
gentlemen who Insist upon controlling
political affairs In their various
There Is one question which President
Roosevelt will have to meet upon which
his course Is likely to be determined by
his ambition If he Is going to an
other term he will find it difficult to an
tagonize the great corporations which are
rapidly securing a monopoly of the na
tions industries for the trust magnates
are influential in Republican conventions
and their contributions are helpful dur
ing campaigns
President Roosevelt has reached the
parting of the ways which road will he
President HiMisevelt to Iletuln liim
as Commissioner of PeusluSJIn
of the closest friends of II Clay Evana
Commissioner of Pensions whose home Is
in Chattanooga have received positive in
formation from Washington that Presi
dent Roosevelt intends to retain him as
the head of the Pension Bureau through
out his administration It Is said that to
his callers President Roosevelt has al
ready clearly Intimated that Commission
er Evans will not be removed and that
he will oppose as McKinley oppobed the
reduction of ttie repiestntatlon of certain
Southern States in Congress
Friends of ex Re prcMntativo Peters of
Kansas nave afrktd President Roosevelt
to remove Evans and appoint Peters on
the ground that they believed President
McKinley intended to do so President
Roosevelt nuickly trarncd that the late
President had no smli intention but had
tnii frfmiis nt Peters that if Evans
should retire Peters might be appointed
A SllKht ClutiiKe 111 Her Condition
lor the Better
CANTON Ohio Sept 2C Mrs McKin
ley continues to show slight Improvement
and to give Indications of her ultimate
restoration to her usual condition She
continues to hold her own but does not
seem to gain much strength
She spent considerable part of the day
in tho open air going as usual to the
cemetery In the morning and for u ride
in the afternoon
Tho McKinley Memorial Association
designed to raise funds for a monument
was incorporated today
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Tickets on sale Saturday and Sunday September
28 and 29 limited to return until Monday Sep
tember 30 All trains except Ain rcioiul Limit
Fljnus Business Collrce Sth nd K
Uusineas Shorthand Typ ne 25 jear
Cars and boats loaded -with Lumber
free and dressed sheathlcsr L29 at Oth and
N Y ave
aa uli rrtsMialJrhrf1nifajKAaasJiMag
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Captnin AVisc Admits That
Omitted to 3Iake a Iteport
Important Fact Ilec nrillnir the
Blockading Fleet Not Communl
cnted ThnuKht SIKliee Would
Submit Them Short Session Held
The session cf the Court of Enquiry
yesterday was a brief one but It devel
oped the fact that Captain Wise who
commanded th auxiliary cruiser Yale
had failed to report to Admiral Schley the
information which he had received from
the Navy Department and also the re
sult of his reconnoitring for a week be
fore Santiago Under cross examination
Captain Wise was himself forced tt make
these admissions
At Cape Haltlen Captain Wise had been
advised by the Unltd States Consul that
the Navy Department had reason to be
lieve that Cervera was in Santiago and
was directed to so Inform all American
vessels and that the flying squadron
was en route for that port to establish a
blockade This was on May 20 and he
arrived off Santiago May 22 From that
date until he overtook the Flying Squad
ron In the retrograde movement from
Santiago his ship In company with tho
St Paul the Harvard and the Minne
apolis had been cruising oft Santiago and
nau run past the harbor When he came
up to the Flying Squadron he was di
rected to- take the disabled collier
mac In tow and was advised that the
destination was Key West
Upon several occasions signals were
passed back and forth from the Brook
lyn and the Yale These signals had ref
erence to the towing of the collier The
tow line parted and considerable diffi
culty was experienced In attaching the
steel hawser Finally the engines of the
Merrimac were repaired so that she was
In condition to make five or six knots
under her own steam and this fact was
reported from the Yale to the flagship
together with the enquiry as to whether
or not the Yale should cast oft the Mer
rimac Once Captain Wise admitted at
the request of the Brooklyn the Yale
had gone within hailing distance of tho
flagship Notwithstanding all this the
commander of ihe Yale admitted that he
made no report to Schley concerning the
information he had received at Cape
Haitlen or regarding the operations be
fore Santiago
He gave as his excuse for this failure
the fact that he had officially reported
to Captain SIgsbee all the Information
that ho had and that Captain SIgsbee
had gone aboard the Brooklyn He sup
posed that he would advise fully
Jle said he had been deterred from re
porting bis information by reason of the
fact that his vessel had been ordered to
take the Merrimac fa tow
Rear Admiral Cotton was recalled to the
stand yesterday to correct the report of
his testimony of the day before and after
he had done so made an additional state
ment He said that upon returning from
Kingston to Santiago on May 31 he had
gone aboard the flagship with despatches
and that while there Schley hadtol4 him
that after dinner he was going to trans
fer his flag to the Massachusetts and to
go lnwllh her and the Iowa and take a
pptshot at the Spanish- ship which lar 34
auine rnouuijoi inenarDorAt thesameKr
convinced that some of the other Span
lsh ships were In Santiago Harbor
William C Gray a marine was called
yesterday and testified that he was In
ono of the engine rooms of the Texas
and that the engine was reversed during
the first hour after the Spanish ships
came out of the harbor The fact had
been Impressed upon his mind because he
had asked the caurs of It and had been
told that it was because the Brooklyn
was bearing down upon the Texas
The only other witness of the day was
Lieut Spencer C Wood who commanded
the Duponr The principal characteristic
of his evidence was his precision as to
the exact date and moment when certain
things happened He told the very- mo
ment when he made certain movements
without hesitation and such promptness
that it Indicated that he had been study
ing his statement carefully or taking
some especial means of refreshing his
memory His testimony did not seem to
have much direct bearing upon any of the
charges against Schley He carried de
spatches frcm Sampson to Schley at Clen
fucgos where he arrived on May 22 He
Insisted and reiterated the statement sev
eral times that Schley was nervous wb
he read them that he walked up and
down in his cabin and kept asking him
concerning Sampsons plans
He did not know what the despatches
contained but he gathered that the
information was Important He was still
upon the witness stand at 1215 oclock
when the Court adjourned to attend the
funeral of Judge Wilson The attendance
at the session yesterday was somewhat
less than usual owing probably to the
fact that the hearing was to continue but
a short time
Captain Wise who commanded the
scout Yale the American Line steamship
Paris In the Spanish war and who had
just begun to give his testimony Wednes
day was called as soon as Alfred B Clax
ton formerly a warrant machinist on the
Texas had verified the report of his pre
vious testimony
Captain Wise described tho experience
of Die Yale in towing the collier Merri
mac when that vessel started with the
others of Schleys squadron from Santiago
fcr Key AVest In obedience to Com
modore Schleys signal from the Brooklyn
made when the Yale joined the squadron
and before the witness had a chance to
communicate with the commodore tho
Yale had taken the Merrimac In tow The
flagship signaled asking if the Yale had
coal enough to reach Key West and an
affirmative answer was returned Whoa
the flagship asked how fast the Tali
could tow the Merrimac Captain Wise
replied Nine knots or faster it the tow
line holds At 1130 oclock that eight
May 26 the tow line slipped on the Mer
rimac After e good deal of delay a
steel hawser was obtained and was Anally
made fast nt 1 oclock May 27 Then the
witness sold he suggested to the flagship
that the Merrimac couldsteam five or six
knots by her own engines and asked If
he should cast off The unswer was No
That evening tho column stopped to let
the Texas and the Marblehead coal from
the Merrimac Captain Wise said also
that on tho miming of May 2S he was
asked by the flagship how much coal he
had and replied that he had two days
supply for full steaming and four days
for moderate steaming
Mr Hanna then read to Captain WIso
a statement from Admiral Schleys writ
ten defence to the benate Committee on
Naval Affairs to the effect that he had
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