Worst Blow in Thirty-five Years Makes Ugly Sea
ATLANTIC COAST SWEPTBYSTORM Worst Blow in Thirty-five Years Makes Ugly Sea TORPEDO BOATS MAY BE LOST Battleships at (Hampton Roads Ordered Out to Search— Old Frigate Jamestown Jamestown Carried Out to Sea, Where It Takes Fire and Burns to Waters Edge—Many Places in trie Storm's Path. •Norfolk, Va., Jan. 4— With the wind blowing sixty-three miles an hour in the city, seventy at- Cape Henry and eighty miles at Hatteras this sectioi was /at the mercy of trie, worst storm experienced here in thirty-five years. ."• The battleships Minnesota, Georgia Utah, Ohio, Virginia, Nebraska and Idaho managed to make their way int Hampton Roads. The big ships ihad a rough experience and when they passed Cape Henry high seas were breaking all over them. 'Several of thi big' ships had lifeboats- smashed a'n.i two of their launches were swept t sea. ''''I-"'.'''...' Anxiety for the safety .of four torpedo torpedo boats, which when last hear from were en route to Norfolk, beeam so marked that it is reported ofliciall that several battles-hips have been 01 dered to proceed to sea to search fo the missing boats. The big dreadnought Wyoming camei near losing one of her launches ana several officers had narrow escapes from drowning. During the height of the storm the famous old frigate Jamestown, which lought gallantly through the Civil war, was burned to the water's 'edge. The .Jamestown -nras blown away from 'her moorings near the navy yard and when ' almost in mi dstreanu.fi re burst from her on all sides. The burning is a mystery. New York Windswept. •New York, Jan. 4. — Four unpretentious' unpretentious' storms considered individually met iu aerial conspiracy and walloped the' seas from Norfolk to 'Massachusetts 'Massachusetts into ferment, the like of which lias seldom been seen along the Atlantic Atlantic coast. 'The coalescing low pressures produced produced for this section the lowest ^Jiarometer in its history, 2861 inches, e previous low duplicate ' /- Disasters on these waters were not numerous, although later reports may •-. reveal loss of ship ana life. The assault assault of the storm In the lower and upper bay caused the sinking of sev- erar barges and the stranding of a scow. -Accidents were many in all the boroughs and the waters thereof and in nearby places of New Jersey. A number of people were injured by fall-] ing timbers. : A passenger on a, New Jersey Central train who was 1 trying to pass between cars .on a bridge between Elizabetnport and Bayonne was blown into the water and drowned. Trees in all; the parks of the city | •were uprooted. Th« roofs ot factories and dwellings were'torn off in Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Staten Island and towns in New Jersey and Long Island. '-• .A wireless to the lighthouse department department at 'Staten Island said that the Diamond shoals lightship off Hatteras was adrift and that slie would keep as near to >her station as possible. Salisbury, Md., Flooded. Baltimore, Jan. 4.—Tho hurricane drove enormous tides into rivers and streams of the eastern shore, flooded the town of Salisbury and other villages. villages. A panic was almost started when the wind blew the roof ana a cupola off the Baltimore county jail at Towson. There were sixty prisoners In the building. Washington Suffers. Washington, Jan. 4.—Roofs were , blown 'off, brick walls demolished, trees uprooted, plate glass windows broken and telegraphic connection with the outside world almost entirely cut off by a gale which hit this city. Six Reported Drowned. Wilmington, Del., Jan. 4.—Six persons persons are , reported to have been drowned near Laurel. The gale caught the oyster boat fleet unawares and many of the ships were supk or driven ashore. One Killed in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Jan. 4.—<?ne person »vas killed, several were injured and property damaged to the extent of probably ?500.000 by the .storm here.