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INCIDENTS, The scene xf the metaticholy disaster to the steamer Henry Clay was Visited lit an early hour "jesterday, by an immense concourse of persons, anxious to recognize the lost, to reclaim the bodies which were recovered, or to gaze upon the wreck which told so eloquently of the folly and rashness that has shrouded many families in the deepest grief. The few remains of the ill-fated ill-fated ill-fated vessel are cstftt up on the shore, and only a timber, here and there, is left to tell what was once a handsome structure a pregnant commentary on the fatal results results of foolhardiness and reckless daring. About daylight, a strong force of workmen commenced commenced grappling for the bodies which had not yet been recovered. The labor was continued without intermission throughout the day. Twenty-three Twenty-three Twenty-three additional bodies were reeorered making a total of Fosty-srven Fosty-srven Fosty-srven persons known tohaee been lost. Before 10 o'clock, in the morning, the grappling-irons grappling-irons grappling-irons had recovered several bodies, which were decently decently compose! and laid in order upon the beach for recognition. Thejr were covered over with green branches from the woods adjacent, and carefully carefully shielded from harm. The arrangements made in the progress of the search were as complete as jt was possible to make them, removed as the locality is from towns or dwellings. The sur-rivors sur-rivors sur-rivors had every facility afforded them to view the remains, and hundreds stood mournfully gazing at the scene. Husbands, wives, parents brothers, sisters, thronged in deep grief around the groused bodies, and the air was often pierced by the cries wrung from tortured hearts. The- The- sight was calculated calculated to move the deepest sympathies of the heait. and there were few who witnessed it unaf fected by the solemn feeling it inspired. The bodies, as they were removed, were placed in charge of Mr. NoniNR.rby whom they were arranged arranged with care and submitted to the investigation investigation of the Coroner. A large number of coffins were conveyed to the spot at an early hour, and as the bodies were recognized recognized and taken away by the relations or friends of the unfortunate victims, they were laid one by one into these narrow receptacles of human hopes and ambitions. The Directors of the Hudson River Railroad. : I. . . I . t .. ; . i i r wiiii-jwuiftviri'i wiiii-jwuiftviri'i wiiii-jwuiftviri'i wiy Bjiupaiuy, isaiiru uruers lor each trjvin to stop at the spot during the day, and receive bodies or passengers for transit to New-York New-York New-York or Albany. ' By this means, great facilities were afforded for the continuance of steady;com-uninication steady;com-uninication steady;com-uninication with this City, and .many person- person- availed themselves of the opportunity so generously generously afforded. The investigation of the Causes of the disaster was resumed before the Cormier's Jury at an early hour. A large amount of tesiirnony was received, which goes far to establish the criminality of those connected with the origin of the deplorable event Our reporters were at the scene of destruction through the whole of yesterday, and we give the fulle&i additional particulars that it was possible to obtain.. The utmost excitement was manifested in regard to the culpable parties and the motives by which they seem to have been actuated. The authorities authorities of Westchester County are determined that no stone shalL be left unturned to ferret out the guilty patties. In this work they will have the hearty , good-will, good-will, good-will, and, if need be, the cooopera-tien cooopera-tien cooopera-tien of every man who deems it essential to the welfare of the community that such deeds as that we; are compelled to chronicle, -shall -shall not go unpunished. unpunished. A most thorough and sarchingr investiga-tion investiga-tion investiga-tion should be made, and the results be stated without without fear or favor. We are assured that while the Henry Clay was running" at the height of her speed, below Sing Sing, she was carrying an unusual pressure of steam i and further, had not the engineer cut the weights attached to the safety-valve safety-valve safety-valve when he was forced to llee from the engine-room engine-room engine-room by the intense heat, the boilers would have inevitably exploded before before she reached the shore. A passenger also states, that when passing under the shaft, near the woodwork woodwork over the boilers, the heat was of such intensity, intensity, that he w as compelled to place a handker chief over lis face, to avoid it. The Henry Clay was built by Mr. Thomas CoLLY EB. of this ritr. about two veara sinre and cost about $38,000. There is a partial insurance pon the hull and en cine. The owners are Mr. CoLLTta.the builder, Wm. Radford, Esq., of No. 202 West-stieet, West-stieet, West-stieet, and Capt. John F. Tallmax, Commander of the boat. She was a fine specimen our River craft and was quite a favorite with tha traveling public who frequent the Hudson River, Though not of the first-class first-class first-class order in re--"Pect re--"Pect re--"Pect re--"Pect to size and space for accommodation, she ws handsomely fitted up and afforded a pleasant prospect for a trip of pleasure. Her days are numbered. numbered. LIST OF THE DEAD. give- give- below a revised and complete list of the names and residences of the persons whose odies were recognized up to last night, together th a corrected statement, of those who are still Humid : Mrs. Schatilan, aged 25, No. IS I Cherry-street, Cherry-street, Cherry-street, -Vw. -Vw. ork. Mr. V. M. Rat, aged about 50, Cincinnati. Mr- Mr- RY do Miss , RAT, aged 9 years, do.', daughter daughter ot Mr. and Mr B.- B.- l 6 An mfcmt, i ,ear o3d( U2onging to Jfr Elmojib O?".0- O?".0- 10S Hennr-trt, Hennr-trt, Hennr-trt, New-York.' New-York.' New-York.' York.0' " HITUCk 96 Allen-street, Allen-street, Allen-street, New- New- JJw- JJw- hitlock, No. So Allen-street. Allen-street. Allen-street. New-York. New-York. New-York. M, HoL,,r;s, (sister of Mrs. WmTLOCK.) do. . JJfMr. HANroiP, No. 215 Twentieth-New-York. Twentieth-New-York. Twentieth-New-York. Twentieth-New-York. Twentieth-New-York. Tke booyof x. j Dowixor the editor of o'tU v tUhtfurtt WM recovered at about II iw7 JrM,erd-- JrM,erd-- Dd tne body of a man, not yet nnned, was found under one .of the wheel. rl- rl- was a resident of Newburgh, Orange n T' WJ WS Pel of extraordinary ability talent ia hu profession. He was on his way ' hiSton City to lay out some public grounds beautify those in the Ticiaity of the Capitol. -JJ"! Ma1,Ha Wadswosth, of North Carolina VOL. I....NO. 270 A gentleman with the name of J.J. Speed written written on his pocket-handkerchief pocket-handkerchief pocket-handkerchief supposed to be a lawyer. Mrs. Batlett, Poughkeepsie. Elizabeth Hillman, Troy, N.Y. Eliza C. Bakcbop-t, Bakcbop-t, Bakcbop-t, Philadelphia. Johm Hosier, No. 214 Wooster-street. Wooster-street. Wooster-street. Maria W.Bailey, West Point, N.Y. Martha Clannkll, (child,) New-York. New-York. New-York. Maey and Eccbne Thompson, children of Hon. J. L. Thompson, District Attomev, Lancaster, Pa.' Mary , (servant of Mr. T.,) do. Harriet E. Colby, Monttplier, Vt. Elizabbth Pearsall, aged 15, Brooklyn. Miss Julia KaVaji ah, aged 19, Newburg. Miss Mart Cooper, West Farms, N. Y, Mra. Sarah Dennisow, do. do. George K. Marcher, No. 18 Eleventh-street, Eleventh-street, Eleventh-street, New-York. New-York. New-York. Mrs. Mart Ann Robinson, No. CO Perry-street, Perry-street, Perry-street, New-York. New-York. New-York. Miss Isabella. Robinson, No. G9 Perry-street, Perry-street, Perry-street, New-York. New-York. New-York. K. A. Sands, (infant,) No. 86 Stanton-street. Stanton-street. Stanton-street. Mrs. Abner Murray, Chicago, III. The-infant The-infant The-infant of Mrs. M. was. also lost, and the body recovered J. S. Schoonmaker. merchant, Jordanville, Ulster County, N. Y. Deceased had $000 in his possession. Julia Hicks, Newburg. Chaplottb Johnson, (colored,) Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Haskell, Laurel Hill, N. J. unrecognized bodies. There were three men, three women and two children remaining under charge of the Coroner unrecognized when our . reporter left last night. Their remains were removed to the village of Youkers, where they can be seen at any hour. PASSENGERS MISSING. Below will be found a list of the names of the passengers missing up to last evening, for whom repeated inquiries were made during the day, by the relatives and friends : Mrs. IIanford, wife of the late Cyrus H. Han-roKD, Han-roKD, Han-roKD, No. 215 Twentieth-street. Twentieth-street. Twentieth-street. New-York. New-York. New-York. Two daughters of Mrs. Schatklan, No. 184 Cherry-street, Cherry-street, Cherry-street, New-York, New-York, New-York, one aged 3 years, and the other aged 1 year.. Mason Seal, aged 16 years, No. 88 West Twenty-second-street, Twenty-second-street, Twenty-second-street, Twenty-second-street, Twenty-second-street, New-York. New-York. New-York. Up to thehour our reporter left last night, the body of Hon. Stephen Allen had hot been found. The bodies of Mrs. Colby, of Vermont, and Mrs. Barcroft, of Philadelphia, noticed in the Tunes yesterday, were removed yesterday forenoon to the residences of their friends in this City. The babe that lies in a room over the Hudson River Railroad Office, in Chambers-street, Chambers-street, Chambers-street, has not been recognized, but is believed to have been put on board the Henry Clay, at Newburg, with another another child, in charge of a servant. Abraham Criss, Brooklyn. Isaac Sands; HC Stanton-street, Stanton-street, Stanton-street, New-York. New-York. New-York. The gold watch of deceased was found on the beach where it had been washed. Nurse of Mr. SiMMons,67 Eldridge-street. Eldridge-street. Eldridge-street. Mrs. I etty Williams (colored), New-York. New-York. New-York. Mrs. Ostrander, New-York. New-York. New-York. Catherine Whitmore (servant), 181 Cherry-' Cherry-' Cherry-' street, New-York. New-York. New-York. Isaac Sherman, New-York. New-York. New-York. Mrs. McDaniel, Rockland County, N. Y. Two Misses Kingsley, West Point. LATEST FROM THE WRECK. The workmen who are engaged in grappling for the dead assert their belief, that' there are yet many more bodies lyin; under the wreck, which bears upon them, and fearing they would mutilate the remains, they deferred extricating them, until such hues as the timbers can be raised. While scouring the bottom of the river, pieces of clothing were hooked up with the grapples, but the bodies could not be pulled out, unless tearing the limbs and Hebh. Meeting of Survivors at the Astor-IIonae. Astor-IIonae. Astor-IIonae. At 11 o'clock yesterday morning, a lar,s;e meeting meeting of the male survivors of the ill-fated ill-fated ill-fated steamer, was held in the Gentleman's Parlor of the Astor-House. Astor-House. Astor-House. The utmost indignation was expressed against the officers of Itoth vessels, the Henry Clay and Armenia, for the culpable negligence which induced the terrible catastrophe. Knots of gentlemen gentlemen were conversing in different parts of the building, building, and a determination to bring the offenders to the bar of public opinion, if not of Justice, was manifested in a manner not to be mistaken. , The meeting being called to order, Theodore Romaine, Esq., of this City, was chosen Chairman. On taking the Chair, Mr. Romaine addressed the audience in an eloquent manner. He said he had been requested to preside at this occasion of melancholy interest, and while he congratulated those present upon their escape from the terrible calamity which has thrown such a gloom over the City, and has deprived a large number of fellow-beiDgs fellow-beiDgs fellow-beiDgs of their lives, he did not know how many of those whom he addressed had cause to mourn for friends mutilated or destroyed. He was not himself on board the Henry Clay, but those who were very near to him were among her passengers, passengers, and had been saved, and that was all. He hadr reasonto believej that the catastrophe was brought about by the criminal carelessness of some person or persons who are at present unknown to us. A Yoice I think rather the' criminal" recklessness." recklessness." Cries of" That is the word." It is true, added the Chairman. It was due to the criminal, the wicked recklessness of those who were intrusted with the lives of individuals, and who, unmindful of the trust reposed in them, and actuated by a mean and petty rivalry to accomplish an object of no importance to any one, have trifled with life and property in a manner entirely inexcusable. You, gentlemen, are called to take action in this matter, matter, and I am sure you feel as I do, that there is a duty incumbent upon each one, above the mere recovery recovery of property, or the vindication of a claim for dollars and cents, to protect the public by taking advantage of all the opportunities allowed by the laws of the land to prevent a recurrence of another another such calaaiity. The Chairman went on to state the remedies the law lays open to sufferers by calamities met as this. The owners and officers of a steamboat may be held to answer rigidly for loss of personal services services and property. For one, Mr. R. offered his services as Counsel gratuitously in bringing the perpetrators of this deed to justice, for the sake of guarding the public against a recurrence of th catastrophes which have rendered traveling so unsafe. unsafe. A friend at his left, Mr. Lovell, had also proffered his service in a similar capacity. Both, however, only on the condition that it should be a labor of love, and under no circumstances with a view to pecuniary re vvard. Applause. The Chairman having concluded his remarks on motion, Mr. Bergh, of this City, was appointed Secretary of the meeting; and E. O. Per rink, Esq., Attorney-General Attorney-General Attorney-General of Tennessee, was chosen as an additional Secretary. The Chairman observed that as gentlemen now understood the objects for which the meeting wai called, room was open for remarks from thoso present. Capt. G. F. Baexaid said he was informed by gentleman at his NEW-YORK, NEW-YORK, NEW-YORK, FRIDAY, JULY 30 1852. and that the flames were extinguished with the utmost utmost difficulty. Mr. Van Dtck, of Philadelphia, moved the appointment appointment of a Committee of five, to drat Resolutions Resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting, and also with a view to embody some suggestions as to the proper course of conduct to be pursued. Carried. Carried. The Chairman appointed, as such Committee, Mr. Van Dtck, of Philadelphia, Mr. E. S. Phillip, Phillip, of New-York, New-York, New-York, Capt. Barnard, of New-York, New-York, New-York, Capt. Dean, of Pittsburg, and Mr. John II. Gocrlay, of New-York. New-York. New-York. The Committee reared to deliberate. Mr. Dikgh, one of the Secretaries, said he waa a passenger on board the ill-fated ill-fated ill-fated vessel, and had a remark or two to make. He was one of those who had to mourn a death. Many helpless women and children were crowded together in the after-part after-part after-part of the boat, to whom it wa impossible to render the aid they required. He wa severe upon the officers of the loat for their criminal negligence. He had no hope of any punishment being awarded to the authors of the calamity by course of law, especially from our authorities. They have too much to do with politics. politics. The indignant voice of the public is our only hope to make a remedy. It is to be heard through the Press. He therefore called upon the Editors of respectable journals to come out boldly, and to ascertain and publish the names of such parties, or owners of such vessels, as are known,, to be in the habit of trifling with the lives of their pasbengers by practices such as that which produced produced the melancholy event of yesterday. He requested requested that this might be done in order that the. traveling public may plainly understand the peril ,they run in patronizing such conveyances. These remarks were greeted with great applause, . A gentleman who was on board the Armenia gave a detailed account of the race between the two boats. His account confirmed the story already already related of the successful attempt of the Clay to head off the Armenia near Catskill, compelling compelling her to take the stream to save herself. The speaker came on board the Armenia at Kingston. The Armenia landed first at that point. The Clay was immediately behind her. The Ar menia had proceeded about half a mile when the Clay left the dock. The Armenia stopped at another landing : A Voice : Bristol. Bristol, I believe, two or three miles from Kingston. The Armenia stopped, and the Clay did not. The vessels approached, the Clay threw out her guards, and pressed tawards the shore. The speaker here proceeding to speak in rather complimentary terms of the officers of the Armenia, he was interrupted interrupted by Capt. Barnacd, who deemed the officers officers of that vessel equally guilty with those of the Henry Clay, -oine -oine friendly sparring took place, but the first speaker did not urge the point. Mr. T. B. Ridder, of New-York, New-York, New-York, was a passenger passenger on the cwry Clay. He was instrumental in saving several ladies, among whom was his daughter. daughter. He said he had traveled much on the Hudson, Hudson, had leen acquainted with it for thirty or forty years, and had seen several occurrences of a melancholy melancholy character, both on that River, on the Eastern Rivers and on the Lakes, and did not allow allow himself to be easily alarmed. The Henry Clay left Albany on Wednesday morning, some minutes previous to the time of leaving of the Armenia, syi low her nr-t nr-t nr-t landing at Hudson. The ! -r -r !? through the. Wujtern channel, passed on, and landed at Catskill. Between Catskill and Bristol, the Clay came into her suction, and they locked together. The Clay afterwards obliqued towards the eastrvn shore, and when the neared the shore the pilot found it absolutely absolutely neccssaiy' to sheer away, and shove the Armenia Armenia off". The Clay moved on five or six miles ahead, when the lire took place. Tho speaker first perceived an uncommon odor, and on looking down the ventilator on the starboard side of the boat, saw that the vessel must be on fire. Going forward, he intimated th's fact to the Pilot, or Assistant Assistant Pilot, and at this moment some person near him, probably overhearing what was said, raised a cry of " Fire." The boat was then going at the rate of about fifteen mi'es perhour. . Mr. Ridder returned aft to the place where he had left his daughter, and found her, with her veil drawn over her face, i.early suffocated w ith the smoke. Taking her, with another young lady, upon the outside guard of the boat, he stood there until it became ueces-t ueces-t ueces-t ary to leap into the water, which he did, and succeeded succeeded in reaching the land with his burden in safety. He returned to the vessel, and succeeded succeeded in rescuing three other ladies; attempted to go on board through the gangway, but could not, and was finally compelled to retire. He first managed managed to throw off several trunks, probably twenty, and among them some of his own. In giving his opinion of the causes of the calamity, Mr. Bidder cast much blame upon the officers first, for firing up to such a dangerous extent ; secondly, for continuing continuing to run the boat in her then condition after remonstranc ; and, thirdly, that there were n fire-buckets fire-buckets fire-buckets on board to extinguish the flames ; which he thinks might readily have been done had the buckets been there. Mr. Pisrson A. Spinning, of Cincinnati, remarket! remarket! that great alarm was created among the Clay's passengers, early in the day, in consequence consequence of the race. A gentleman stated that Capt. Tallman, who came dewn on board the Armenia, had been heard to say that ten or twelve persons were drowned. Mr. John H. Gourlay deemed it the duty of all present, who were able to do so, to proceed at once to Yonkers, to give in. their testimony before before the Coroner's Jury. Mr. Ridder observed that he had that morning visited Yonkers, and proffered his testimony to the Coroner, but it was declined. They " were still fishing up bodies. Mr. Ridder gave it as his opinion that the number of the dead is far greater than has been yet imagined. He believes from what he saw.Aar the number of those who were burned to death is at least two to one, and probably fine to one, to those already known as being drowned. He thinks that the bones of many-will many-will many-will never be found. The Chairman urged the importance of a record of the names and residence of ties survivor, in view of a perfect investigation of the causes that led to the late melancholy loss of life. A list of passengers, then present, was accordingly accordingly opened, and in a few moments was signed quite numerously, as follows : Xtmti f Sarvlvors. J. H. Gonrtie, N. 1 Uanover-atmet. Uanover-atmet. Uanover-atmet. J. isaae Bavton, No. 319 West Twenty-fourth-Krost. Twenty-fourth-Krost. Twenty-fourth-Krost. Twenty-fourth-Krost. Twenty-fourth-Krost. Mr. T. Roineyn and daughter, New-York. New-York. New-York. Miss Ioy, Rochester. J. R. llm. Bellow FaTJa.' Wm. R. WUIuura, BeUowa Fails. 1 Meyers. Fiai)l Landir.i. 1 J. W. Ostrander, No. 35 West Eixhteeath-atrest Eixhteeath-atrest Eixhteeath-atrest Pierson A. Spinning, Cincinnati, Ohio. N. F. Ott, Monaon. S. H. Shelmijer, PbUadflphi. Henry Lawrence, No. 71 Broadway. i.H. Lonxbotto, No. 93 John-street. John-street. John-street. New-York. New-York. New-York. Capt. C W. Batcheldor, lady and servant, Piuaborg. Cap. Samnel Dean, lady and daughter, PlUsbnxg-J. PlUsbnxg-J. PlUsbnxg-J. W. Mullen and lady, Pitubhrg. B. Way and lady, Melville, Ohio. James II Kelly, No. 145 Navy-street, Navy-street, Navy-street, Brooklyn. J. G. krier. No M Wall-street. Wall-street. Wall-street. " A. Shepherd, ftjrfftrille, I Kilo. Ttomaa JI Pbeipe, ScipiovUle. Tbo. A. Phelp, Sctpioville. -Mioa -Mioa Phehw, SciptovUie. ! . f It V Marcus Bonbom, Rock Island, Illinois. Jamea M. McGregor. No. 179 Foreyth-etreet, Foreyth-etreet, Foreyth-etreet, N.Y. L. Winturfl. New-York. New-York. New-York. . G. W. Greer, Philadelphia. E. R. Cabbage, Philadelphia. Isaac Dayton, New York. Capt. Geo. F Barnard. No. 370 Broadway. Capt. Samuel Deaa, Pittsburg. . Some further remarks were made by different gentlemen. Mr. Litermorc corroborated the statements already already made. Mr. E. O. Perrine, Attorney-General Attorney-General Attorney-General of Tennessee, Tennessee, and one of the Secretaries of the meeting, denounced in severe term the criminal negligence of the officers of the boats. He was a Western man, accustomed to Western navigation, and had witnessed many scenes of a similar character, although at the West they assumed no such general importance. To endeavor to obtain justice toward the authors of such calamities! waa idle. . Far favor or money had always secured them immunity immunity from punishmenL Mr. Per rink cited the case of the steamer Martha Washington, which burst her boiler and wr burned on the Western waters, a few months since. The engineer of that vessel remonstrated with the captain against racing the boat. Fi answer was, To make the boat make her point," by a certam time, " if she blew herself to h lh" This wa the spirit which actuated actuated such parties in matters of this character. Mr. Perrine denounced the tardiness of legal justice, justice, and invoked the aid of the public voice, to prevent the constant recurrence of such scenes. The Chairman said he had just received the following letter from a gentleman whose wife and child were lost. It was sent to be read , to the meeting. The letter is as follows : Irving House, New-York, New-York, New-York, July 29, 1652. To the Survivor of thr Hrnrg Clay I see in the Herald a notice for a meeting of the passengers, to be held at the Astor Houkc this day, at 1 1 o'clock. I regret I csnnot be with yoo, to enter my protest protest in the management or said boat. I stood at the wbeel-bouse, wbeel-bouse, wbeel-bouse, above Kin est on (I think it wa), when the A rmmia came alongside. Itbentbonght the manager of the Clay was to blame in crowding the A rmmia to near the shore. I immediately went to the Iran whom I auppoaed to be the captain, and protected acainst the boat racing. I also went two other time to him, and importuned him against such conduct. All tha answer I could get was, JVo danjeer." I had a wile and Intle daughter aboard, 7 years of ace ; Itlt my wife in the Ladies' Saloon, and took my little daughter below for her to get a little sleep. She fell ushep immediately. 1 laid down b) her, and about half an hour after, I heard an uncommon noise above. I vteiit to the cabin door, and saw smoke. I returned to my daughter, took her in my arm, and carried her on Ceck. It was wiih difficulty I opened the cabin door. I eaw flames and volumes of smoke around the cMmriey. I handed 'my little girl to a gentleman on the hurricane-deck hurricane-deck hurricane-deck I then thought of looking for my wife. All was in commotion ; my little girl crying. " Don't leave me, Pa '" I climbed up the hurricane-deck, hurricane-deck, hurricane-deck, took her in my arm, earned her on the windward side of the smoke-pipe, smoke-pipe, smoke-pipe, and climbed out out on the limber that held the canvas upon the bowr of t lie boat, held my daughter in my arms until the boat irurk ; handed my daughter to a gentleman in the bow of i tie boat, commenced the throwing of baggage ; jumped down myself, caught my little daughter in iny arms, and dropped her some twenty to thirty leet over the bow into a gentleman's arms, riid then jumped down my elf, took my daughter in a farm-hout.c farm-hout.c farm-hout.c near by ; since which time 1 have wen nothing of my wife. I suppose she perished in the flames or found a watery grave. I left Yonkers at sundown last ninht, to telegraph and write my friends, and return there to find the remains of my wife tdis n-orning. n-orning. n-orning. This is the reason I cannot be with you. I think i here was gross miamanagement by the Captain of the boat, and so enter my protest. ISAAC McDANIELS, Rutland, Vt. The Committee on Resolutions here returned, and declared their readiness to report. The Secretary then read the following RESOLUTIONS. 1. To express our heartfelt thanks in this public manner manner to an ail-wise ail-wise ail-wise Providence for ottr preservation, and that of our families, amid the scenes of so much danger and death whilst so many, each of whose lives were of much value, have met, under the most painful circumstances, circumstances, an untimely end. 2. To express our dcepeet sympathies for thouc who were lost, and for their families in their distress. 3. To express our disapprobation, in the most unqualified unqualified terms of the apparent recklessness of human life, in the system of racing practised by steamboats generally. 4. To adopt such measures as will secure us from pecuniary pecuniary Iocs, and if possible to bring the offenders topun- topun- ihhment, and to protect the traveling public from each liie occurrences, so far as our influence and action mav extend. Whereas, This meeting is credibly informed by one of the passengers, that he assisted in extinguishing a Are on board previous to the disaster at Yonkers, Resolved, That in any investigation which may be made into the cause of this calamity, inquiry .should be particularly directed as to whether the Hteamboat had not been on fire during a previous, if not the greater portion portion of the passage from Albany, and whether, after the fire had been broken out, the boat wa beaded towards the shore as speedily a the circumstance permitted and called tor, and with such skill and discretion a a prompt regard for the safety of the passengers demanded. Resolved, That this Committee have seen in the Herald a statement, on the part of Capt. TiLlmir, that the boats were not racing this the Committee do most unqualifiedly unqualifiedly deny. The Committee, who were on board, witnessed that the Henry Clay and the Armenia had been racing from the moment of their leaving Albany until the time of the disaster. Resolved, That inasmuch as many of the sufferers and member of this meeting are non-residents non-residents non-residents of this City, that tbey respectfully request the public authorities to see that this matter is the subject of the strictest scrutiny. It is recommended that all parties who have suffered loss, pre&eiit their claim, duly attested, to counsel in the matter, in order that he may proceed to the recovery of the same ; and also that we request counsel to consult with the District Attorney as to toe propriety of preasing a criminal suit against the officers and owners ; and that all parties who know anything of the facts in reference to the cause of the accident, make them known without delay to counstl. The question being taken upon the resolutions, resolutions, they were adopted. When the negative vote was called, one individual answered, "No V at the top of his voice. A considerable excitement ensued ensued many persons calling upon the objecting member of the assembly to state liis reasons. The individual denied that the steamers were racing; but it turned out that he was not on board the Clay at all, and founded his assertion upon the belief that the Clay was so much superior to her competitor, that there was no necessity for exertions exertions to beat her ! Mr. Wat, one of the passengers, said that immediately immediately after leaving Albany, the bar-keeper bar-keeper bar-keeper of the Cay offered to bet with him that she would beat the Armenia into New-York New-York New-York twenty minutes. The following resolution was reported from the Committee : Resolved, That we learn with deep regret that tar. or some aoch inflammable ingredient, was freely used to aiaXe steam while racing with the Armenia ; and that the safety-valve safety-valve safety-valve was actually tied down during this reprehensible race. The objecting gentleman again interposed, say iDg the statement of the resolution was false and ridiculous. He was a practical engineer, and claimed claimed to know what he was talking about. Several Voices You are sent here to interrupt the meeting, and make it appear unhannonious ! You were not on board and know nothing of the . . . ph. , ... rw. v : . "' ' matter: i urn mm out : lumuugvui: i The gentleman moved toward the door, appa- appa- rently disposed to give as little trouble as possible in the execution of the motion for his eviction. A passenger opposed the resolution. If the fact could be proved, it should, by all means, be made prominent in the proceedings of the meeting. But if it had no other foundation than unfounded rumor, rumor, the adoption of the resolution would have a bad effect upon the public, leading them to up-pose up-pose up-pose that the meeting was too much excited for proper deliberation and intelligent action. It certainly certainly was highly improbable that the statements of the resolution were reliable. He moved that the resolution be laid on the table. Several gentlemen hoped the motion would be rejected. Capt Dean, of Pittsburg, had stated the facts, and was a responsible man. The motion to lay on the table was rejected. Another passenger opposed the adoption of the resolution in the shape offered. If. the fact stated could not be proven, it was useless to name them. If they ermld be established, the terms of the resolution latter UXS I r ! ..... : - PRICE ONE CENT. to the rjp solution, which was agreed to, after which the resolution! was adopted unanimously. ' The Chairman called upon all person who were passengers on board the Henry Clay, to leave their nime and address, so that they could be found ivhen wanted ' in the investigation of the melancholy occurrence. Mr. iiVERMORE, desired, in addition to what. he had aeady j said, to state that about a month, since hi came down the river on board the Rein' deer, aril that! the Henry Clay then ran into her, as maliciously and heedlessly as she did into the Armenia Armenia tester) ay. A cousin of his also, who came down tlje river about three weeks ince on board the Heiry Cloy, told him that she took fire on that day, bu the Dames were extinguished readily. A resolution was adopted, tendering the thanks of the meeting to Mr. Romaine, for the kind tender tender of hi valuable legal services in connection with thp disaster. Mr. Romaine observed that his office "ias No. 4 New-street, New-street, New-street, where he would be happy tp see any of the passengers relative to the subiectJ Resoution3 of thanks to Messrs. Coleman At STiTsdN, of ihe Astor House, for the use of a room for the meeting ; and ordering the proceed ing tof be published in the newspapers, were and the meeting adjourned. mint j of the meeting was decidedly com' e. Une or two gentlemen seemed to be iat urder the influence of excitement, but majority present, including those who ist prominent in the proceeding, were evi dently cjool and dispassionate. The proceedings, speeche andj explanation were severally characterized characterized Jy a moderation, and freedom from extravagance, extravagance, entitling them to confidence and respect. I 'I ' - 1 Coroner' Inqaest at Yoaker. On Wednesday afternoon, immediately after the catastrophe. Coroner Wm. H. Lawrence, of Wet-tchtster Wet-tchtster Wet-tchtster County, empanneled a Jury, and proceeded proceeded 4o hold inquest upon the bodies. Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney Ex-Dis-trict-Attprney James R. Whiting, appeared as counsel tor the owners of the Henry Clay, and ex-. ex-. ex-. Distnct4A.ttorney Wm. W. Scrcgham, volunteered on behalf of the Coroner. The doroner's Jury was compose 1 of the follow ing gentlemen : G. FCodihngton, Foreman. Jamefei F. YBlent ne, G.'B.S Rockwell, . J II. Tost, W. G. Aekerman, Walter Doran, John H. Williams, Thomas Towudrosr, r.dwtrd Le Fort, I.ewr Costegan, W.n l.-..,-W. l.-..,-W. l.-..,-W. l.-..,-W. l.-..,-W. I. Win.;,Knifht, Jr., Henry Coat. The following testimony waa taken during the aftemoop of Wednesday, after which the Inquest was adjqfurned to yesterday morning : i . Jacob Hillman, ofTroy, being sworn, testified as follows : The deceabvj, Elizabeth Hillman, was my siste; she waa a single womau aged OS years ; the deceased and myself were passengers on board the stearhboatiienry Clay on her trip to-day to-day to-day from Albany, jvhich plpce we left at 7 o'clock this morning morning ; we jreached the point where she was destroyed destroyed about?. 3 J o'clock ; the first intimation that I had of the firp was; while in front of the boat; I perceived perceived nfcreat deal of confusion on board ; but being being hard of hearing, it was some time before 1 learned fhe carse of the confusion, which I finally discovered to be that the boat waa on fire ; I then tiied to get to the aft part of the boat, where I had a short tme before left my sister, to save her, but the fire a ad broken out ss bad that f could not get to the Vear eud of the boat ; the ll aires appeared appeared o come out of the engine rooms, and spread ery ifast; the confusion onboard increased, increased, land somebody I took to be an officer of the btiat, told the passengers to be quiet ; finding that I could render my sister no assistance, I jumpec overboard, and succeeded in reaching the shore ; sometime after, I found my sister ashore, dead; ido not know anything as to how the fire occurred ; 'the Armenia started from Albany ahead ofjthe Henry Clay, and the two boats raced for a mnber of miles side by side; 1 believe that botl boats were driven to the top. of their speed ; he Armenia was near the shore, ou the west sic1 of the river, and the Henry Clay kept ( crowded ; upon the Armenia, and finally the Ar- Ar- menia fefl back ; previous to which there was exeat : alarm anil excitement on board the Henry Clay, especially among the lad es, on account of fie ' racing between the two boats ; and a person 1 whom I Supposed to be the Captain of the boat, ran i through fhe cabins, and endeavored to pacify the 1 ladies. j Slodafil li, Colby, of Montpelier, Vt., on being sworn, deposed as follows : The deceased, now viewed bfc the Jury, was my wife ; her name, Harriet Harriet E. Colby, her age 32 ; she and myself were i passengers on: board the steamer Henry Clay ; when 1 last saw her on board, she wa sitting in the ladieV cabin, a few minute be'ore the sad ocj i cuirencej; she said that she preferred to be there, leirg alarmed on account of the boats racing ; before before the facing commenced she went rpon the promenade deck ; the boats while racing came together Vo as to touch, and caused the greatest alarm anil confusion on board ; some of the ladies fainted. . The Afitness having made arrangements to convey convey the body of his late wife to Vermont, foe interment, interment, jhe was permitted to depart with her remains, remains, b the train which arrived at this point of his testimony. r ' The nejxt body viewed by the Jury was that of Mrs. Amlia C Bancroft, in which case Mr. Stacy Bj Bancroft testified as follows : I am a merchanf. residing in Philadelphia ; the deceased was my i ife ; her age waa 55 ; we had no children children ; wjs were passengers on board the Henry Clay, which left Albany about 7 o'clock this morning morning for Nw-York Nw-York Nw-York ; we arrived off here about 3J o'clock tfcis afternoon ; I thought the boat was racing wth another, called the Armenia, until we reached a: place which I understood to be Kingston ; after leaying there, I thought the racing ceased ; while thd boats were racing, I spoke to a passenger about it, nd objected to it ; he went and spoke to a person whom I thought was an officer of the boat ; mj wife was very much excited at the time ; several ladies shed tears on account of the racing ; I think thfe alarm bad almost subsided after leaving Kingston and that the speed was afterward less rapid ; 1 ;think all racing had ceased before dinner dinner on jpoard; and that there was no excitement excitement onboard just before the fire broke out; I cannot esy whether there was any collision of the boati while racing ; if they did not come together,! theyj came very near it ; I observed one of the boat band put the fender down between It he two boats ; the first notice I had of the fire I as at the bar to get something for my wife, and'discovered the smoke and considerable bustle ; Ilthen went to look for my wife, and took her over fo the larboard side of the boat, where we waited us, til we thought that our only chance for safety waa to jump into the water; I told my wife I would jump first, and then be ready to receive her, but she did not follow as I expected ; when I came up again in the water, after jumping, I looked fol my wife, but did not see her; several ladies jumped into the water where I was, but the smoke and fire became so thick about me that I lost sight of tem ; I then swam ashore ; the boat bad been run shore. but I could not get off her that way ; I dont think the boat was turned toward the shore urn)ediately after the fire was discovered ; I was on the main deck when it broke out : I do not know of (jiny impropriety or carelessness on the part of thf officers of the boat ; my wife was bora in Philadelphia.; we had been married seventeen years; the boats were considerably apart at the time of ttfe firej . At this! stage of the proceedings, the Inquest wa:J adjourned Until the following morning (yesterday.) (yesterday.) I j lECOXD DAT OF THS INQCEST. - At 9 qjclock! yesterday morning the Coroner's Jury reassembled at Yonkers, and the taking of testimonywas resumed as follows : - . - Norman A. Cplkins, sworn : identified the body of Johx JIasin, who formerly resided at No. 214 "Wooeter slrtet, New-York. New-York. New-York. He was a clerk in Messrs. Mji i ls & Co., visits and shawl store, in Cortlandt street. He was about IS years of age. He came tin board at Poughkeepsie. Mis Vkrva-Ls Vkrva-Ls Vkrva-Ls kd, of that p!ce, was with him. She was standing standing on th upper deck of the boat with him, and aaopteqL mendabJ somewi the vat were mi 2 West Point ; my wife was abdtat 40 years or my daughter in her leth year ; I was with we came on board at CozzuVs- CozzuVs- Dock ; the occurred alter 3 o'clock . we bad rust pAssnd Forrest place i I had noticed nothing unusual the running of the boat ; I was on the main-deck, main-deck, aft the wheel, on the larboard d of the hnr daughter, wife and son were sitting by to; son was saved I heard a confused cry, which took to be an alarm of fire, a soon as I saw smoke ; I saw no efforts made to get out the by any officers of the boat ; I should not known any of them but the clerk ; tbe first appeared . on the starboard aide, the wheel-house wheel-house wheel-house ; I could not form any. estimate the number on board ; the boat was crowded ; boat wa quickly rounded for shore, and run she now lie ; there was a cry among; the passengers to keep still ; I joined in it ; we were in promenade saloon ; we all rot through the window upon the guard of the boat ; thi waa she struck; there were two young ladies, Kinslet. near as on the guards ; they resided est Point ; we all remained a board until off by the fames ; we then jumped into the thi was a few minutes afterjthe boat struck; was slightly burned on my nose ; I do not my wife or daughter were burned ; I found the deceased near me ; 1 seized one in" each hand Eushed them forward to some rooei that I an gin g near me; I heard im)r daughter, sty have got it," and I think my wife was near to grasp the rope, when I waar seized around the-neck by a lady ; I sunk with her, but while water succeeded in releasing ; her hold; when rose the fames were pouring ver the side of boat ; I could not see or hear, anybody near ; names ana smote were very dense ; 1 did not them afterward; we were about two windows the ladies cabin when we jumped over : we about half the length of the boat from the it was deep water ; I was drawn on shore by a polo-extended to me : my son was saved by floating a chair, until picked up by a boat ; he was about year of age ; I waa not present when the were found ; I first found my wife some from the place where the accident occurred ; was found yesterday afternoon i my daughter found this morning; Mr. A. J. Pownirg of Newburg, was on tbe boat ; he had two or three with him; when I went out of the window, were sitting in the ladies cabin;; I know no on board ; I saw nothing on board that would me to infer how the fire occurred. john L. Thompson, of Lancaster County, sworn : Identified the body of Mart Thompson; 1 live in the City of Lancaster ; 1 am District Attorney of Lancaster County ; I recognize the body-of Mart, my daughter; she wis ten years of myself, wife, three children afid nurse left New-York on the Francis S kiddy yesterday morning one child, Ecgrne, was six weeks old, one years old, and the other three ;! we went to Newburg. remained an hour, and took the Henry I noticed nothing unusual in the speed of the he wa crowded ; I should think over 500 people we took dinner between I and: 2 o'clock j I came on deck, and passing the in gineer'a room, remarked to him, M 1 suppose you have a good iicoiu vu , iic uinue no rrpiy, du lOOAOu cross ; I then said, " I hope you will not blow all out of the water he replied, I care as for my own life as anybody M I turned replying, " I trust in God you do." I spoke so, cause the boat appeared to be going under a heavy-strain, and I thought there was ho necessity for as the Armenia was not in sight. This was we were near West Point. 1 did not see the Armenia, but heard by the ticket-srllers ticket-srllers ticket-srllers at Newburg, that there was great strife between the boats, when they came insight at Newburg, they for " Harry of the West. The! tickets were selling at one shilling. When the Armenia was to be behind, those selling her ticket offered for sixpence. The Armenia waa about 10 minutes behind. I saw no indications that the boats been racing. I spoke to ene of the hands, him I had heard there had been iracing, and he replied that the Henry Clay nevejr raced. - I nothing of the origin of the fire.; At the time self, my wife and two children, were on the guard of the boat, , near the ladies cabin. nurre and baby were in tbe cabin. The first cried out, " My God, the boat is in on fire I looked forward, and seeing the smoke, said, M Pooh ! it is but the dinner icooking." there wa a simultaneous movement, and a general general cry that the boat was on fireil The consterna-. tionwas terrific; and myself, arjd sever!- sever!- gwn'e-men gwn'e-men endeavored. J--keep- J--keep- J--keep- J--keep- J--keep- order I tlunk at time some one connected with the boat directed to keep on the stern, as the fire was in the of the boat. That was the fatal mistake. In consequence of that advice. I and niv familv went far aft as we could get. The boa had then turned, and the smoke was so dense, that jt he nurse thought that the child was stiflin?. i! When th struck, we went back to where i we were: passed the cabin, to the south side of the tnat. - reached there together ;but J then lost of my children, John and MasT ; hail we at been directed to go forward, alii no doubt, won have been saved ; there was then no smoke to v n, (1 . .it-tin.. .it-tin.. .it-tin.. m . I -1 -1 . 1 - . ,riiv wui uujg h,i uu um B.Duvf w no rave tne direction to go aft ; it seemed to be an official and was promptly obeyed ; no notice was given we were standing together, when I heard shriek, "Help me, father, or wt shall drown tried to get near her, and while doing so the clothes of the nurse took fire ; I turned to look for my and imagined that she had jurjped overboard from that time I entirely lost ipight of the neither did I see Mary after that shriek ; I jumped over, sunk, and rose to the surface ; I thought I recognized my wife, who was sinking up and down I seized her by the hair, and said " Don't give I come to rescue you ; catch me around the waist but he caught me around the neck, and we sinking ; I called to her to change her grasp, he did so. When I turned I saw nothing more her. I then got hold of the braces, and struck out and got about four yards off, when a colored woman caught me around the neck, another round the w aist. -1 -1 screamed out, are all drowning," and asked them to let go; they held on, and I dived under and when I rose i.i. nntli in. mA. C iV I - 1 . 1 jvn.tiujg uiui, ui tiitriu. i vfa exnausieu, finding I could not reach the shore, I went back to-the boat. I was tired out, and at last J thought I must let go and prepare for death. - I was by the hair by some sailor, and I knew not more until 1 found myself on the beach. My wa lost, my child Mart was lost, and myself, John, and servant, were saved. A Concerning the bodies of W. M. Rat, Ann, his wile, and Carol a C.L hi daughter. follow : I reside in Durham. Greene Count-. Count-. Count-. Nr--':' . t . -a. -a. vw. waa cja.il Kii inn iMHinjwi York " m. xvat was my son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law son-in-law he T I. . . " ried my daughter; they resided in Cincinnati-Ohio: Cincinnati-Ohio: I was on board nf tha Kmt .it). K. Mrs. Rat was 30 years of agejiin October Mr. Rat was 35 years of age, ithe daughter years ; one son of Mr. Rat was with him, and saved him ; he is about seven years old ; the deceased got on board at Catskill; I was them. , 4 ' Question Did you notice sjiyfhing in the conduct of tbe officers of the boat T - A nrtcer I did, after he got on Hoard ; we started off at full speed, and there was a great strife reach the next landinr first The Armenia ahead at CattskilL The passenger were harried on board by the runners. I think the boats did let off any steam at CatskilL I heard the observe the Clay would make Kingston point They appeared to be atriving to jret ahead of Armenia. I am acquainted with Capt. TatLaiAir. I asked for him, and wa told he was sick in berth. I did not see him. I went around the several times. Some of the hands remarked had not firemen enough on board of the Armtnut to beat the Clay. Tbey run the4 Bristol landings, and before reaching the point the boats neared together. I saw a man come back of the wheel-house wheel-house with a fender, which he; threw over the-wheel-house. the-wheel-house. the-wheel-house. The Henry Clay was on the outside, outside, and tbey raked each other hard, and ran some distance. The Armenia was nearest to shore. I think the inside wheel! of the Armenue most ht struck the - bottom,; as both stopped. The Clay started ahead, when steamers came together. There Was no escape steam from either. At this lime there was intense ex-citement among the passen ger,and one lady fainted. Tbey were all opposed to the racing, and man aid the officers should be indicted ; tbe acting acting captain came up and ordered the passengers go on the other siue of the boat f some one complained complained to him of the racing, but received no ply ; after we left Kingston Point the Clay far ahead of the Armenia, and 1 did not notice any-further racing ; all wa quiet on board after leaving; Kingston ; when we got near tho Forrest House,, my family came rushing to me on the epper deck, and said tbe boat wa oh fire ; I told my daughter not to be alarmed, and I would go and see about it ; when I got forward, some one of the hands said, " Don't be frightened it is all out before returned to my family, the middle of the boat was-all on fare ; the namea were issuing from the cabin 1 thought the fire came from the engine-room engine-room engine-room when 1 first saw the fire, we eould have all got tbe forward deck ; in the space of a minute communication was cut off from; forward to aft the Clay, I think, ran a mile dosrq the river before turning ; after she turned to go on shore, no

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  2. 30 Jul 1852, Fri,
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