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Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia FAIR today and tomorrow. Sun rites, sets, 7:23. TWO CENTS. SATURDAY MORNING, 31 AY 8, 1915. SIXTEEN PAGES.

VIC AH NO. 210. f5) WSHi A liu Lisa LrU TJ Jl L2) THE LUSITANIA, SUNK BY TORPEDO YESTERDAY, AND PALATIAL ROOMS NU Twenty Boats Stand By and Begin Carrying Passengers and Crew Into Nearby Ports. SEVERAL REPORTED WOUNDED BULLETIN. LONDON, May 8.

A special from Dub -TnnN- -life 1 fM-" siii i'-ti fri.vi Ml i-1- 'nhS-'' -4 lin says Alfred G. Vanderbllt Is reported to have been drowned In the Lusitania disaster. LONDON, May 7. The Cunard liner Lusitania, which sailed out of New York last Saturday with 2,067 souls aboard, lies at the bottom of the ocean off the Irish Coast. She was sunk by a German submarine which sent two torpedoes crashing Into her side, while the passengers, seemingly confident tfcvrt the great swift vessel could elude the German under-water craft, were having luncheon.

900 FEARED LOST. How many of the Lusitania's passengers and crew were rescued cannot be told at present, but the official statements from the British admiralty up to midnight accounted for not more than 500 or 600. The liner sank In 15 minutes. A ship's steward, who landed with others at tip nOOClO If rf TCOTTPfM 3IT 1 II El I fk fl II 'Only Miracle Can Keep Italy Out of the War' 1, ii ON LUSSTAWA ROME, via Paris, May 7. The date for the convening of the Senate and the chamber of deputies has been postponed by royal decree until May 20.

The original date ect for the opening parliament was May 12. The situation is rapidly becoming more tense. The press considers that only a miracle now can keep Italy out of the war. Deputy Clrmonl today expressed the opinion that a rupture of negotiations with Austria was not only certain, but imminent, and the belief is expressed in diplomatic circles that the Italian government In view of the postponement of the date for convening parliament desires to confront parliament with an accomplished fact. of Manufacturers of ar Queenstown, gave it as his opinion that 900 persons were lost.

There were dead and wounded among those brought ashore; some since have died. But not a name of rescued or lost, of dead or injured has been listed. The tug Storm Cock has returned to Queens-town bringing about 150 survivers of the Lusitania, principally passengers, among whom are many women, several of the crew and one steward. Describing the experience of the Lusitania, the steward said: 500 ONLY LEAVE SHIP. "The passengers ivere at lunch when a submarine came up and fired two torpedoes, which struck the Lusitania on the starboard side, one forward and other In the engine room.

They caused terrific explosions. "Captain Turner Immediately ordered the boats out. The ship began to list badly immediately. "Ten boats ivcre put Into the water, and between 400 and 500 passengers entered them. The boat In which I was approached the land with three other boats and we were picked up shortly after 4 o'clock by the Storm Cock.

"I fear that few officers were saved. They acted bravely. "There were only 15 minutes from the time the ship was struck until she foundered bow foremost. It was a dreadful sight." Two other steamers with survivors are approaching Queenstown. HIT BY TWO TORPEDOES.

Strong Note Will Be Sent to Germany Even If No American Lives Were Lost on the Lusitania. Supplies on Passenger List but Names Are Withheld. EMBASSY EXPECTED ATTACK WASHINGTON, Mry 7. Torpedo-; ing of the Biitish liner Lusitania with RELATIVES TAKE NEWS CALMLY There -re 22 passengers from Pittsburgh and vicinity on the Lusitania. All but two of these had booked passage with the J.

J. Mc-forniick agency in Smithfleld street, the others booking through the First-Second National Dank agency. Most of the passeengers had second-class tickets, taking advantage of the recent reduction in fares by the Cunard Light Brigade Leader At Balaklava Dead scores of Americans on board shocked official Washington today, as had no other incident since the outbreak of the European war. line. Hates had been reduced from $70 to to attract traffic from the The feeling was widespread that if; any American lives had been lost, the United States, in view of its strong warning to (iermany, would be con- LONDON, May 7.

Lieutenant General William Henry Beaumont de Horsey, who commanded the famous light brigade tn its charge at Balaklava, died last night. He was S3 years old. He entered the army in 1S44, became a major general in 1878, and retired in 1SS3. He was decorated for gallantry in the Crimean war. been carried out with Americans on board a belligerent vessel.

Aside from the diplomatic phases of the case, which were widely discussed in the capital tonight, the sinking of the liner brought to light an interesting story of repeated threats and warnings, which have reached high officials for several days past, of a plan by the German admiralty to sink the Lusitania for the psychological effect It would have on Great Britain and the terror it might spread among ocean travelers generally. SINKING LONG PLANNED. Information gathered among officials of the government and independent quarters tended to confirm the belief that plans for the destruction of the Lusitania were made several weeks ago. First, the German embassy was instructed to advertise in the leading newspapers of the United States, warning passengers against traveling on belligerent ships. Anonymous warnings then were sent to individuals who proposed sailing on the Lusitania.

Most significant of all were the letters were those received here from officials in Germany by private persons saying the Lusitania fcurely would be destroyed. From the day the ship sailed from New York, officials here have received inquiries from many sources armost daily as to the safety of the vessel. One official was told with much positivenes3 American registry ships. Two of the passenger lit had third-class tickets. The firs-t-claAS passengers were officials and others connected with big manufacturing concerns in Pittsburgh, said to be going abroad in connection with contracts for the supply of materials of war for the belligerent nations.

Their names were refused by the McCormick agency. Charles fi. Andrews, n.anager of the agency, said passage had been booked by some men with the understanding that knowledge of their trip to Europe would be kept secret. Although reports of the disaster to the Lusitania were current as early as 1:30 Mook yesterday afternoon, the McCormick agency refused to admit that anything was amiss until nearly 4 o'clock, when the Cunaid company in Xfw York wired the agency that the vessel had been torpedoed. The message read: TEN MAKE INQUIRIES.

"Liverpool cables I.usitania torpedoed by submarine 2 p. m. Friday, 10 miles south of Kinsale. Fifteen boats making for the spot to render assistance. Weather beautifully fine; wind southeast, light.

Late dispatch received by the admiralty at (iallejhead at 4:2." says several boats apparently containing survivors southeast nine miles. (Jreek steamer proceeding to assist." This was the only word received from the Cunard people up to the fronted with the necessity of taking steps to safeguard the lives of its citizens on thi high seas. GOVERNMENT AKOUSED. The sinking of the Lusitania marks the climax of a series of incidents since the announcement of the German war zone decree concerning which the American Government has been silent. It is now predicted that even though it developed no American lives were lost on the Lusitania.

general representations will be made by the United States covering all the cases involved the death of Leon C. Thresher, an American citizen, when the British steamer Falaba was sunk, the dropping of bombs on the American steamer Cushing, and the attack on the steamer Gu! flight which was wrecked with a loss of three American lives. The report that the Lusitania was torpedoed without warning created a profound sensation, for it was the first case in which their threatened procedure has PITTSBURGHERS ON LUSITANIA Following is a partial list of Pxtta-burghera on the Lusitania: Mrs. Margaret Anderson, 1122 Liverpool street, Xorthside. Miss Margaret S.

Kelly, 8 Maginn street, Xorthside. Michael Ward, 33i9 Mittcaukee avenue. Charles Martin, 13 Boquet street. John F. Lucas, 1501 Forbes street.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas BrounHe, IS Sampson street, yorthside. Mrs. Jeannette Moses, Swissvalf street, W'ilkinsburg.

Miss Winifred Kilawce, yorthside. The Lusitania was steaming along at about 10 miles off Old Head Kinsale, on the last leg of her voyage to Liverpool, when about 2 o'clock in the afternoon a submarine suddenly appeared, and so far as all reports go, fired two torpedoes without warning at the steamer. One struck her near the bows, and the other in the engine room. The powerful agents of destruction tore through the vessel's side, causing terrific explosions. Almost immediately great volumes of water poured through the openings and the Lusitania listed.

Boats, which were already swung out on the davits, were dropped overboard and were speedily filled with passengers who had been appalled by the desperate attack. A wireless call for help was sent out, and inline (Continued on Page TivoJ V. (Continued on Page Three.) Continued on Page Three.).

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