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SECOND COPY. SEP 13 190Q NEW YORK, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1900. - VOL. 60. NO. 253. - 18 PAGES, by th SoSdX&t kagl. THREE CENTS. FOUK O'CLOCK. HE BROOKLYN - Tf Tnl urn "1 V AT IN GALVESTO Bodies of the Dead Despoiled and Houses Looted by Drunken Negroes and White iVien, SOME KILLED BY SOLDIERS Mayor Estimates Number of Dead at 5,000, but Others Say i May Reach 10,000. RUIN THROUGHOUT THE STATE. Danger of Pestilence 2,300 Bodies Already Disposed Of Shooting of Ghouls Commended. Dallas, Tex., September 12 A horrible story is told by Dallas citizens who returned last night from Galveston. They declare j that negroes and many white persons are hourly committing the most atrocious acts i of vandalism. j J. N. Griswold, division freight agent of I the Gulf. Colorado and Santa Fe Road. ho i was In Galveston during the storm, and had ! a narrow escape from death, said: j "Ears and fingers bearing diamonds were j hacked off with pocket knives and placed In the pockets of vandals. The bodies of women who wore fine clothes have been stripped of the last thread and .left to de - ! compose in the sun. The residence;; left ' standing have been broken into and jewelry j and silver plate stolen. j "Upod all sides this horrible work is go - I lug on. The offenders are generally negroes, although there are some white men who hav - i demonstrated that they are sufficiently j devoid of honesty and manhood to participate in these ghoulish deeds "As soon as the storm subsided the negroes stole all the liquor they could get, and, beastly drunk, proceeded with their campaign of vandalism. Troops are needed at once. If they are not sent without delay God help the survivors in Galveston." This it ; confirmed by a dozen men of the highest standing here. The remnant of the force of regular soldiers who were stationed near Galveston have joined the police in patrolling the city. A Number of Vandals Killed. Several persons have already been shot, it is reported. A soldier of Captain Raf - lerty's battery, while patrolling the beach 3 - tsterday morning, ordered a man to desist from looting. The fellow drew a weapon and the soldier shot him dead. The latter was attacked by four other men, and he lulled all of them. Other men have also been shot, but the details are not known, nor can the exact number be ascertained, but it is j probable that twenty - five were killed. Same , of these were shot for failing to halt when '. ordered to do so. Others were shot for vandalista. Bodies Mutilated by Ghouls. Houston, Tex., September 12 A - reporter has telegraphed from La Porte the story of the robbery and mutilation of the dead in Galveston and the death of the offenders. The ghouls weje holding an orgie over the dead. The majority of these men were negroes, but there were also whites who took part in the desecration. Some of them were natives and some had been allowed to go over from the mainland under the guise of "relief" wort. Not only did they rob the dead, hut they mutilated bodies in order to secure their ghoulish booty. A party of ten negroes were returning from a looting; expedition. They had stripped corpses of all valuables, and the pockets of some of the looters were fairly bulging out with Bngers o the dead which had been cut off because they were so swollen the rings could not be removed. Incensed at this desecration and mutilation of the dead, the looters were shot down and it has been determined that all found in the act of robbing the dead uhall be summarily shot. During the robbing of the dead not only were fingers cut off, but ears were stripped from the body in order to secure jewels of value. A few government troops who survived have been assisting in patrolling the city. Private citizens have also endeavored to prevent the robbing of the dead and on several occasions have killed the offenders. Singly and in twos and threes the offenders were thus shot down until the total of those thus executed exceeds fully fifty. Conservative Estimate of the Dead Placed at 5,000. Houston, Tex., September 12 The appalling nature of the great calamity at Galveston grows steadily as communication is slowly restored and refugees reach a haven of safety here, bringing with them stories of a catastrophe unparalleled in American history. When early reports of the disaster reached the outside world, giving an estimate of 1, - 600 souls swept suddenly into eternity, the news was received with universal incredulity. Last night Mayor Jones of Galveston Issued the astounding statement to the world that a conservative estimate of the dead is not less than 5,000 souls. 2,300 Bodies Already Disposed Of. The latest news from the stricken city is as sensational as it Is shocking. So dangerous a menace to the safety of tho survivors has the existence of the rapidly decomposing corosos become that every able - bodied man who can lend a hand is engaged in the work of cremating those bodies that remain in the debris and of consigning to the sea or to common trenches those that are picked up on the streets or along the storm swept beach. Already, it is stated, 2,300 have thus been disposed of in the interest of human life and the preservation of public sanitation. Killing of Ghouls Commended. i Though hardly credible, tho news seems : The Mont Ponnlble I'lcnnure for ifl.OO ! I a Day Lino Steamer, West Point or Hewburgh J ' axouxvlon. Music. Adv. VANDALS amply confirmed that fiends in human form have flocked to Galveston to rob the dead and to loot their home's. , Intense indignation has been aroused over the terrible disclosures and tho report of the killing of more than a score of the ghouls by soldiers and citizens Snds the strongest com - meudation in public sentiment. Now, however, that Mayor Jones has taken a firm stand on the situation and has both the support of state and regular trcops, it is assured that the city will be more thoroughly policed and further desecration of the dead promptly stopped. The most exhaustive efforts have been made to obtain a complete list of the victims of the disaster. That seems an impossible task now and perhaps only through a new census of the living will the full number or the identity of those who lost their lives be known. All estimates with respect to property loss are apparently only guesswork. The relief work now under full sway at Houston is along two lines to succor those who cannot leave Galveston and to bring out of the city all of those who can and are willing to leave. Mayor Jones and the citizens' committee of the island city are urging that only those shall be permitted to enter Galveston whose presence is imperative and the transportation lines are straining every nerve in order that they may accord the privilege to those who are pleading to get away from the scenes of horror and desolation around them. Hundreds of people have come to Houston from the four points of the compass, all anxious to get to the stricken town, but since, the exodus of islanders has begun, many of these have concluded to remain here rather than run the risk of missing on the way those they are in search of. Estimate of Loss of Life and Property at Galveston and Other Places. News has gradually been reaching here of the immense losses along the coast beyond Galveston. Damage difficult to estimate in dollars and cents has been done in a wide stretch of territory and many human lives have been lost beside those which were wiped out in Galveston and its immediate vicinity. Based on reports believed to be accurate the following statement is probably as nearly correct as can be arrived at at this time: Property Place. Lives Lost. Loss. Galveston 5,000 $10,000,003 Houston 2 300.UOO Alvin 9 100,000 Hitchcock 2 75,000 Richmond 3 75,000 Port. Bend County 19 300,000 Whsrtou Wharton County 8 100,000 Colorado County 250,000 Angieton 3 75,000 Velasco 50,000 Other points in Brazoria County 4 30,000 Sabine 40,000 Patton 10,000 Rollover 10,000 Wennie 10,000 Belleville 1 50.0CO Hempstead '.. 1 15.000 Brookshire 2 35,000 Waller County .". 3 100,000 Areola 2 5,000 Sartatia 5,000 Other points 100,000 Dickinson 7 30,000 Texas' Citv 5 150,000 Columbia 8 15.000 Sandy Point 8 10,000 Near Brazoria (convicts).. 15 1,000 Damage to railroads cut - side o! Galveston..: 200.000 Damage, to telegraph and telejrh'one wires outside' of Galveston .. 30,000 Damage to cotton crop, estimated on average crop of counties affected, 50.000 baies at SCO per bale, total " .. 3,000,000 Total 5,102 $15,121,000 Losses to live stock cannot he estimated, but thousands of head cf horses and cattle have been killed all over the storm district. Meager Supplies of Provisions Arrive. Galveston, Tex.. September 12 Supplies have begun to arrive, but so meager are the facilities that tho amount is really pitiable. Many people are hungry here now. They have had something to cat but the food gives no nourishment. .It is soaked with water and wet provisions are not very palatable. The provisions that reached here yesterday came from Houston by steamers, but there arc so many to feed that they did not go far. A crowd quickly gathered and they were distributed in a short time. Many hurried away with what they got to their families; others got cooked food and ate it where they stood. The situation does not look so bad now that relief has actually come and more is on the way, but it is not meant to be said that further relief is not needed. This is not a question of a day but of many days. It may be two weeks before a train gets in here. More Clothing Necessary. There is much to be done, the first thing being the establishment of a rigid system of issuing supplies. The nucleus has already been formed and the regular soldiers who are still alive and a number of citizens have been sworn in as policemen, and these are attending to the issuing of rations and directing the efforts of the searchers for the dead and injured. As for clothing, many have tho money to buy it, and those who have not are receiving necessary covering from the relief committee, but more clothing is necessary, and especially for women and children, who are the principal sufferers. Burial of the Dead. The dead are still being searched for and buried, some of them in the sea and some in the sand on the beach, and still others Continued on Page 3. TAMMANY DENOUNCEDBY IM Some Queer Features of the P atform Adopted To - day by ths Stats Convention at Saratoga. THE VAN WYCKS, CARROLL AND CROKER CONDEMNED - BY IMPLICATION. We condemn the corporate combination known as the "Ice Trust" and denounce all combinations of capital known as "trusts" as inevitably and intolerably unjust, to both producer and consumer. THE TAMMANY BUDGET AND PAYROLL C0NDEMNED - BY IMPLICATION. We favor economy in public expenditure and a reduction of the volume of appropriations to the needs of efficient government. We repeat our demand for abolition of unnecessary offices and tax eating commissions. COLER COMMENDED AND H0LAHAN, DALT0N AND KEARNY C0N - DEMNED - BY IMPLICATION. We condemn the legislation known as the Rumapo Water Bill, passed by a Republican Legislature and approved by a eKpublican Governor, which granted to this favored" corporation such extraordinary power as to place at its mercy many cities and villages which have not. yet acquired their own supply of water, or, having acquired it. desire to increase such supply, and we pledge the Democratic partv to a correction of the evil ami to the prevention of its repetition by the enactment of such laws us may be necessary. We favor the ownership by the several municipalities of their own water supply and the general principle of municipal ownership of public utilities. HILL - CM BATTLE ira in centra. Hill Names Coler and Attacks Cro - ker; Grady Replies in Behalf of Tammany. STANCHFIELD HEADS THE SLATE Judge Taylor Makes the Speech Nominating Him for Governor. The Proceedings. CROKER - HBBPHY - SHBVLIN SLATE. For Governor Joint B. Stanchfield of dieinnngi;. For Lientenant Governor William F. Muclcey of Erie. For Secretary of State John T. Norton of RcnMNelaer. For Controller Edwin A. Attvater of DutclaeHN. For Attorney General ThoinaB F. Conway of Clinton. For Treasurer - Guy H. Clark of Jladl - Mon. For Engineer and Surveyor Russell A. Stewart of Onondagra. (Special to the Eagle.) Saratoga, N. Y., September 12 No more vigorous denunciation, perhaps,, was ever heard in a political convention than the discussion provoked over Controller's Coler's candidacy this afternoon. David B. Hill attacked Croker savagely and was answered by Grady with all the ready wit of the Tammany orator. Hill impaled Croker; Grady flayed Coler and stabbed Hill. At 3 o'clock this afternoon it seemed that the oratorical duel would be kept up all the afternoon and evening and perhaps part of tomorrow. The amount of stored up bitterness must find a vent. The convention is to sit continuously until its work is completed if the present plan is followed. Hill denounced Croker, not by name, but in terms so plain a child could understand him. He spoke of Piatt's declaration that Coler could not be nominated and said those words found an echo in the Democratic party. He denounced political dictatorship. Grady, as soon as he got on the platform, bellowed out that Hill was the last man to do anything of that sort. He attacked Ccler as a man who became a candidate because of the possibilities he found in himself to create dissension. Convention Hall, Saratoga, September 12 The Democratic State Convention was called to order by Chairman McCarren at 11:35 this I morning. The Chair announced the first busi - I ness to be the report of the committee on cre - dentials and recognized Mr. Shea of Kings to present that report. The committee reported in favor of the contesting delegates in both districts of Cayuga, the contestants in Chautauqua, First District, and sitting members in the Second; the contesting delegation in First Albany, the sitting members in Fulton and Hamilton and sitting members in Queens. The announcement of this report was received with mingled cheers and hisses. When Chairman McCarren put the question upon the adoption of the report the galleries joined in voting in the negative. Mr. McCarren, however, declared the report adopted, and then recognized Mr. Guggen - heimer of New York, to present the report of the committee on permanent organization. The committee presented the name of George Raines of Monroe for permanent chairman, and a list of secretaries, one from each Senatorial district. This report was received with cheers and quickly adopted. Chairman Haines Makes His Speech. Arthur McLean and John B. Jud3on, of Fulton, were appointed to escort Mr. Raines to the platform and he was given a cordial reception when formally presented to the convention. Mr. Raines' brilliant eloquence gained the favor of his vast audience. His powerful voice penetrated the remotest corners of the hall and all listened In the most rapt attention. Mr. Rainea was frequently interrupted by enthusiastic applause, his arraignment of tho policy of imperialism meeting with particular favor. Despite the great length of his speech, he held the closest attention of the entire audience to the close, and as he concluded with the mention of Bryan a tremendous shout arose. In an instant the whole convention was upon its feet. The band broke in upon the wild cheering with a patriotic air and this demonstration continued for fully two minutes. The Platform Bead to the Convention. When this had finally subsided Chairman Raines presented Professor James Milne, chairman of the committee on resolutions, and he read the platform. The reading of the platform was frequently interrupted with applause. The denunciation of the "combination known as the Ice Never More Needed Tlian To - day Perry Davis' Pain - Killer for all bowel troubles. - Adv. PLICATION Trust" caused the greatest: applause. Mr, Croker, Senator Grady and other Tammany' leaders joined in the demonstration. The labor plank also aroused fervent expressions of applause. When he had finished Professor Milne moved the adoption of the report of the committee. . ' W. D. Brunner of the Twenty - fifth Senate District, arose to offer a resolution for the Insertion of a specific plank favoring the municipal ownership of public franchises. He was not recognized by Chairman Haines, however, and the platform as reported was adopted. Sena tor. Hill Puts Coler in Nomination. Mr. Cummings of New York then offered a resolution that the convention proceed to the selection of candidates to be voted for at the ensuing election. ' Chairman Raines then directed the roll call of counties for the presentation of candidates. As Albany was called first, Senator Hill arose and again there was great cheering. Mr. Hill was escorted to the platform while the convention stood upon chairs and wildly waved hats and canes and vociferously cheered. Throughout all this demonstration the entire Tammany delegation remained absolutely quiet in its place. When partial quiet was restored. Chairman Raines introduced Mr. Hill. Hill Says That a Vote Getter Is Wanted. Senator Hill said in brief that he did nof speak for Albany, but merely for himself. H? had no idea but th'is convention was looking for the best vote - getter possible. He admitted that his course was somewhat peculiar, but in explanation he wished to say that the man whose name would be presented could not have his name presented by his own county and that it would not even vote for him, although the Seventeenth District of Kings had declared for him. Hill Calls for the Seventeenth District Resolutions. He then asked the secretary to read the resolutions. The clerk did so and at the mention of Coler's name there was applause, mingled with some groans and hisses. Senator Hill continued: "You will notice that the delegates were instructed to vote for Coler, and if Mr. Coler's name could not be presented here he should be presented elsewhere in this state." "Not on your life; we're Democrats," somebody shouted. Mr. Hill then went on to eulogize Mr. Coler, giving the history of the confession of judgment bill, the Ramapo matter and the ice trust case. He called attention to McCarren's speech in which he had alluded to the conviction of city officials in Brooklyn and said that Mr. McCarren had forgotten to say that Bird S. Coler did it. "I agree with McCarren when he said that in this hall candidates not selected by a dictator should be selected. Bird S. Coler is such a man." Coler Fortunate in Enemies as "Well as in Friends. He said that every independent vote could be obtained by Mr. Coler, and that thousands of other votes beside his own party would come to him. "It has been said," he declared, "that his name should not be presented. I don't know who said it. I don't care. If ho is fortunate with his friends he is fortunate with his enemies." A Direct Attack on Croker by Hill. Mr. Hill looked strsjebt down at Mr. Croker and the evident! ''pleased audience shcuted in glee and laughed at the attack. Croker sat with a cynical smile, while Mr. Hill made this attack: Hill Boundly Cheered at the End of His Speech. "The dictator of the Republican party has declared that Mr. Coler should not be nominated, by what authority I don't know. Gentlemen who have spoken here have referred to the dictatorship of the Republican convention here. Mr. Odell could not be elected by the dictatorship of his own party, but he might be by the aid of the dictator of another political machine." Mr. Hill said in conclusion that he would be false to his duty if be did not present to the convention the name of the man who would add greatest strength to the national ticket and he believed that the man who could carry New York for both the national and state tickets was Bird S. Coler. He concluded amid tremendous enthusiasm, which was continued until he had left the platform and reached his seat. Judge Tlaylor Puts Stanchfield in nomination. The roll call of counties was then proceeded with, and as Allegheny was called. It was announced that the county gave way to Chemung. Judge S. S. Taylor was then recognized, and advanced to the platform to present the name of John B. Stanchfield. His first mention of Mr. Stanchfield's name caused prolonged cheering, but when he said he was the candidate of the convention and of no dictator there were derisive cries and mingled cheers. Various Counties Second the Nominations. When Judge Taylor had concluded the roll call of counties was resumed and when Chenango was reached Air. Sullivan arose to second the nomination of Mr. Coler, Cortland County seconded the nomination of Stanchfield through Mr. Dougherty. Charles S. An - drus of Delaware seconded the nomination of Mr. Coler in a speech which aroused enthusiasm. T. B. Owens, speaking not for his delegation, but for himself, said he felt it his duty to second the nomination of John B. Stanchfield. Another delegate, in behair of Dutchess County, seconded the nomination of Coler. Erie in Line for Stanchfield. When Erie was called Mr. Colburn, in behalf of that delegation, seconded the nomination of Stanchfield. At this there were loud calls from the gallery for Mackey and three cheers were proposed. Chairman Raines rapped vigorously for order and as the roll call progressed Mr. Moore of Franklin seconded the nomination of Mr. Coler, declaring that the people of his county wanted a candidate for Governor who need not make an affidavit to the fact that he had supported Bryan tour years ago. John B. Judson of Fulton, for the counties of both Fulton and Hamilton, seconded tho nomination of Stanchfield. Mr. Robinson of Herkimer and Mr. Cardie of Jefferson seconded the nomination of Coler, and when Kings was called, Kempner of Kings advanced to the platform amidst a mixture of cheers and hisses. He seconded the nomination of Mr. Coler. Senator Grady took the platform and answered Mr. Kempner and Mr. Hill. Senator Grady finished at 2:34 seconding Stanchfield for Governor of New York. William Hepburn Russell of Orange, seconded Coler. Tho platform will be found In full on page 8. Nominating speeches and Senator Raines' address wll bo found on page 3. St. Stephen.'!! Lnvrn Fete Postponed. On account of the high winds the opening of St. Stephen's Lawn Fete has been postponed to Thursday. 3 o'clock P. M. Executive Committee. Adv. HILL FORCES FISHT TO THE BITTER END. Croker - Murphy - Shevlin Combine Must Take Full Responsibility for the Ticket. AN ALL NIGHT CONFERENCE. The Kings County Delegation Formally Approves the Slate of the Leaders (Special to the Eagle.) Saratoga, September 12 The Democratic state ticket was agreed upon by the Murphy - Croker - Shevlin combine at a conference which lasted until nearly daybreak. It will be forced through the convention after Hill nas maae ms protest ana aamonjsnea nis . r,,a,a la lae are making a m.sviKe. iu the end he fought for Coler and went down j wnu UyiuS colors, wnue aeteatea, ne ue - lieves that sentiment is with him. He re - j lusea aosoiuteiy to nave anytnmg to oo witn me maiceup oi tne ticicet, ana insists tnat those responsible for it must bear the burden of Its success or defeat. In accord with his promise last night to a serenading party, Hill appeared in the convention hall this noon to make what may go down in history as a historic battle. He was greeted with tremendous applause, and seemed to like it. The convention will sit in continuous session until its business is completed and stormy times are looked for. Kings County Approves the Ticket. The t'eket was read at a caucus of the Kings County delegates In the club room of the Grand Union Hotel at 10:30 o'clock. It was adopted without discussion. Some effort was made again this morning to get hold of Otto Kempner to induce him to withhold his Coler speech, but it was fruitless. Mr. Kempner said to a reporter: "I shall speak for Coler and no one can prevent me. The reasons for my stand I will fully explain in my speech." Ex - Senator Hill and his enemies were busy for several hours this morning marshaling their forces for the coming battle. Hill's rooms on the Washington street side of the Grand Union Hotel were crowded all morning. The Senator himself was never more busy He was working as hard to get delegates as if the nomination of his candidate or of Cro - ker's depended upon the last minute's effort. Compromise Was Out of the Question. Both sides agreed that compromise a - . as out of the question, and the energies of the leaders were to make as good a showing as possible. Richard Croker was working tooth and nail to wipe out Hill as a pol:t:cal quantity and to demonstrate that a state leader of his own selection was far and away the dominant leader in this state. When asked by the reporter how many votes he expeteed to have in the convention. Senator Hill said: "You can never tell about delegates until the roll is called." "What do you think of the ticket selected by Mr. Croker and Senator Murphy?" "I am not answering questions this morning." Elliot Danforth said that the Hill forces would stand by Coler to the last. Mr. Danforth said also that the feeling of the Hill people toward Stanchfield was friendly and that there would be no question of the Hill people supporting the ticket loyally. At the same time the Hill coterie does not believe that there is the least chance of electing any of the candidates. Hill's Ice Trust Resolution Peddled Ahout. News was brought to Hill just before the convention assembled that Senator Mackey had given in and had announced in a speech to the Erie County delegation that he had agreed to accept the nomination for lieutenant governor. The announcement was expected by Hill, as a circumstantial story was told that Hill had peddled the ice trust resolution around among various up state delegations. A Jefferson County delegate told your correspondent this morning that he had been asked to introduce it had been refused. "We are willing that Professor Lee should have the credit, however," he added with a smile. Lewis County delegates were also asked to introduce the resolution, but declined, the feeling being that Tammany resentment would make it uncomfortable in years to come for the man who introduced such a resolution. The fact that Mr. Croker's committee on resolutions decided, after the great storm yesterday In the convention, to incorporate Professor Lee's resolution in the platform, caused great glee in the Hill headquarters. "Really." said one of Hill's closest friends, "I do not see any reason for all this abuse of young Lee. Mr. Croker and Tammany ought to have been glad for his suggesting such a good plank." Hill's Attack on Croker Caused Excitement. The nominating speeches created the greatest excitement. Hill's references to Croker were scarcely guarded and he was bolder than his most earnest supporter imagined he could be. The country delegations invariably made as a strong point the claim that ROCKINGHAM HOTEL AT SPg""' Coler could carry the state and was wanted by the great independent classes. When Otto Kempner of Kings County arose to second Coler's nomination there were hisses from the Tammany sections of the galleries. The Kings County delegates kept absolute silence. Some cue in the audience, however, shouted. "Benedict Arnold!" With that David B. Hill arose from his place and led the applause for Kempner. All the Coler men got on their feet to cheer the Brooklyn "rebel." who went to the platform. He praised the Controller and said he was favored by the great Democratic masses of Kings County. PLAGUE IN INDIA INCREASING. Simla, September 12 The plague is again increasing. Over a thousand deaths from the disease are reported to have occurred in India last week. NEGROES TERRORIZE TOWN. Posse Asked For to Quell a Riot Fears That Jail Will Be Attacked. Beaforai In(J.; September 12 Drunken ne - groes are causing a reign of terror at Huron, t.eIvc miles mtll of iere and Judge Martin of this city bas been asked that the sherif and a posse be sent tQ the town tQ quel, a rlot that is Qa between a mob of ne PATH OP THE GALVESTON HURRICANE. r This line sbows roughly the path which the storm has followed since it struck the coast of Florida. The dates shown on the map indicate the time o the lowest barometric pressure, a condition whi.:h locates the storm center. Local Forecaster Emery says that this: storm is unusual, in that it has proceeded overland. Hurricanes or severe winds , of this, general charactei whih originate in the West Indies move northward to Florida, and - finally into the Gu.f, commonly show a tendency to turn on their path after having traiv w ersed that body of water, and to proceed finally dissipating in the Atlantic:. 'As to tinue its eastward course, tnougn it is not energy to aneei materially tne niuropean groes and a number of whites in the marshal's posse. The negroes have been employed by railroad contractors, and received their wages Saturday, since when they have been spending the time in drinking and gambling. Many bloody fights have resulted, and at least six murders have been committed among the negroes since their advent here. Yesterday a number of the blacks were jailed b3 - Marshal Clory. and are being guarded by a posse of white men. Friends of the prisoners have armed themselves and threaten to release the prisoners. BIG HOTEL BURNED. The Rockingham, at. Narragansett Pier, Destroyed by Fire Other Hotels Threatened. Narragansett Pier, R. I.. September 12 A serious fire broke out In the Rockingham Hotel, an extensive wooden structure several stories in height, early this afternoon. At 1 o'clock the flames, driven before a seventy knot gale, had burned all but the three lower stories of the hotel and were threatening the Casino and the Hazard block. The occupants of all the buildings in the vicinity commenced moving out their goods and valuables in the belief that the structure would be swept away. The local fire brigade worked desperately to keep the flames from spreading, and assistance was sent from Wakefield and Peacedale.. The Hotel Rockingham is valued at $100, - 000 and the Hazard Block at about $25,000. A large number of the guests of the hotel lost their valuables. At 2 o'clock the loss 1b estimated at 5450,000. The Rockingham Hotel, which was managed by J. G. Burns & Son, was a new building, and one of the largest at the New England summer resorts. It occupied an excellent location on the bathing beach. Fronting its site is the famous Narragansett Casino. The main lobby of the hotel was 120 by 50 feet, and nearly one entire side of the ball room opened by arches into the lobby. NARRAGANSETT PIER. SIXTY MILE HURRICANE REACHES THIS GIT?. Fringe of the Galveston Storm Sends Yachts Ashore and Interferes With Shipping. NEW YORK IN NO GREAT DANGER. Storm Has Changed Greatly in General Characteristics, as It Traveled North Overland With the wind blowing at the rate of sixty miles an hour, the rivers and bay blackened and scowling, craft of all kind scudding for the land and the air full of dust, waste paper and hats. New York became almost convinced this morning that the city was in for a visitation similar to that which devastated Galveston and much of the coast thereabouts. The suddenness with which the wind smote the city strengthened this impression and it - was easy to see that a good many persons on the streets were less bothered by the wind itself than by their apprehensions that the SEPT $ eastward along the coast of theSgjfetftTv this particular storm it is ,Mly. that it wilt"'!! - ' probable that it will njjTjntaia enough of iu coast. hurricane, which it was known has been circling around in this direction since It finished its terrible work, was really upon us. The fact is, according to Local Forecaster Emery, the high wind which swept down upon the city .so suddenly this morning and has continued throughout the day is one of the disturbances which have accompanied the progress across the country of the Galveston destroyer. The storm itself has changed greatly in its general character as it has traveled overland, and not only this, but its center passed in a line considerably northward of this city. Mr. Emery said as soon as he had examined his reports this morning that New York was well out of the path of the greatest disturbance marked by low barometric pressures and the other conditions which are considered actually danzerous, and that all this city need anticipate was wind sufficiently vigorous to cause some trouble for shippers, but by.no means actually dangerous. Colonel Langley's Yacht Drifts Into the Breakwater. At the Atlantic Yacht Club at Sea Gate the schooner Comet, owned by Colonel William H. Langley, dragged her anchor and drifted into the breakwater in front of the club house. The boat was slightly damaged. On the yacht were Colonel Langley's two daughters, who were thoroughly frightened. They summoned a passing tug and were towed behind the breakwater. The Yankee, a new seventy footer, owned by Harry Payne Whitney, was anchored off the club house. The winds were too much for her and a tug took her over to the cove at Staten Island. Another tug pulling two bargf" belonging to the Street Department was oh its way out to sea. When near the point off Coney Island where two tides meet the barges swung around with the tremendous force of the wind, tide and current and drifted Into a cove where a large number of small yachts were anchored. A number of the boats were slightly damaged. The tug put the barges behind the breakwater, where they were swamped. The tide to - day Is higher than ever before. The entire meadows at Coney Island are overflown and the row boats at the different fishing stations along the creek can be seen drifting over the meadows. At Bath Beach the waves dashed over the bath offices at the foot of Bay Twenty - second street. The larse float in front of the Avon Beach Hotel was dragged from its mooring and dashed aeainst the bulkhead on the beach. The gangwav leading from the pier to the float was broken into a thousand pieces. Several small yachts were dragged from their moorings and thrown with great force against the bulkhead and the waves are now dashing over them. The tide was so high that persons could not step on the board walk between the bathing pavilion and the Captain's Pier. Gale Seriously Interferes With Shipping and River Traffic. The gale raised the liveliest seas In the upper and lower bays experienced for a long time. There was a very heavy tide and the water was a mass of tumbling whitecaps. The fishing steamer Angler put out for the fishing banks as usual, but as soon as Fort Hamilton was reached her captain decided that the weather was too rough and he returned to port. The ferryboat Henry A. Haber, which carries members and guests dally between the Atlantic Yacht Club house at Sea Gate and the city, had an exceedingly rough time of it this morning. Like most craft built for river traffic she has a great amount of freeboard and the wind and waves tossed her about badly. The seas - broke clean over her and even flooded the pilot house which is perched on top of the awning deck. Her passengers were pretty well drenched before they wero landed at the foot of Degraw street. The only steamers to leave Brooklyn to - day were the Portuguese steamship Peninsular, the Ward Liner City of Washington, bound for Tam - pico, and the Army transport Rawlins. Tho Peninsular Is bound for Lisbon via the Arorea. a - v'vyir

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