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IN GREAT EXPLOSION AT PIER IN JERSEY

vihg.Believed to Have Set Off Barge Load of

Thirteen Warehouses and 85 - Gars Are ' DestroyedExploding . Shells .Rain , ; ; on Ellisand.Bedloe?s Island. Nitro-Cellulo- se

ARTHUR, aged two and one-ha- lf months, No. 87 Central Avenue, Jersey City. Shocked to death in. crib. UNIDENTIFIED MAN, about 22 years old, five feet 10 inches in height. Removed to New Y,ork morgue from Lehigh Valley pier near Gommunipaw. unex company's docks. The name of the LEYDEN, CORNELIUS J., Arlington, N. J., chief of Lehigh NWYork(4Juir8-l-Aflreoi. was not given, The pier towing company Valley Railroad fire force. plained origin on the munition Jerstatement In full follows: In Railroad of the Jhighi'Vaiey Thirteen ., brick storage warehouses was out' the water or far from the places' long tongue of land. They splashed yesterday .morning of 24, owned and operated by the Into sey City earlyj into the water of the inlet between stood. V .that rooked hy'-awhere. f

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tollowetL: explosion National Storage Co., and leased to sixty the Lehigh Valley Railroad Co., were the nfcetropolttan .district . for dam-age miles aroundand- - did .property Several others . of the destroyed. $20,000,000 to brick, warehouses were esttniitfsd. " ' badly dam . aged, and some minor damage t80.Q00.O0. was SevenLPpersonswwere were killed done to the Lehigh Valley's grain ele And miany" more ltduTed.The number vator. In addition, asfar as Is known, 'of deatha'Wlll not be known until the 85' loaded cars were destroyed. ' ruin that was one of tha finest rau- to evidence the obtain "According road terminals In Ihe United States ed by officials of the railroad comI baa Wen' searched and- cleared away. pany, the fire started at 1:06 o'clock $ Whether or not the tiro caused the morning in a barge belong I explosion, Is, a matter not yet determ-- ( yesterday to an independent towing comInei ifne Mm started far out" on ing which had been moored alongof Black Tom Island, where, pany,, side the railroad company's docks, expressly against orders. ;there weremunition.cars In the yard M. T. night general yardand barge loaded "with, explosives ly- master forHenley, the New Tork division of ' ing- alongside. Valley Railroad, was on N man spectacular:! fire, has been the Lehigh pier- - when the Are started. He witnessed tn or about this city for the The explosion Itself says the explosion, which occurred many years. at '2:08 o'clock. 'was on the barge The shook of was terrific where, the fire '.started.; Mr. Henley's destruction f across the broad waters and flrstt thought, was to remove the load of New York Bay to Manhattanswith ed cars on .the. pier from the danger streets the Uttering Brooklyn,' zone. that when he reached broken glass and, damaging the oonri the endHeofsays the pier the barge was tents of business'1 houses, and the fire burning ' fiercely Shells Explode as Barges vBrtfti f' was beginning to communicate itself T 'of every to some-o- f the cars nearest the barge. Jraev CMar "buildingsfoundations.' .shaken? to their Two long cuts !of cars were successHud- -j The. Impact was folt far up the coast. fully removed from the danger zbne son and down the New Jersey before the rapidly spreading fire en ' The, prerthat sprang up in the freight seen gulfed the balance. terminal of the railroad could beworn-' on Loss Sugar Estimated at $3,400,000 ( and brought men' and . t en from,;dlstant places to witness "As, yet it .has , not. been definitely ex-1 ' determined' just what the money loss For hours there was a continuous loaded-witwill be. Some 40,000 tons of raw plosion of shells aarges -, mootmunitions drifted from their sugar, valued at1 $3,400,000, are outl mtothe bar. went known' to have' been lost,; but it is tat and' Are: dwas discovere- among believed that the other contents of The " freight: cars- at the end of Black Tom the warehouses destroyed 'will greatly ,;, increase' thia, amount,. Island shortly after1 inidnight? Among "With i these can ."There were stored In of At one side' three-inc- h r shellsJ. the warehouses; and in only two of - moored barge the .cars destroyed'. These were loaded f theopen pie "wM It Is sup- with loaded With which would not have that apiodlflg shell from one been shrapnel, a source of danger but for the J posed of the . numUon cars pierced the outside fire. The other cars destroygreat mass" of ed were loaded principally with salt' barge and set off the" Jt'X.rV.'. ' ..,'!hlb.; explosive', borax; .niJiVntitii wts.'xnere and"The in,. scene of fire and the explosion wa ne enough of' It left to show Is- In no way "adjacent to the main i where, ifcffcsd been. By thto exptos-ho- n passenger and ' freight terminals of taost ef th damage wasdone.-Ththe Valley Railroad at either m. It was followed NewLehigh time wa:08of a,lesser Tork or Jersey City, ahd the J 2:40 at intensity another by mishap will not interfere in any way o'clock.. That .was wnen toys with the operation of business." loaded with explosives were struck toy Thomas Kane, a watchman for the that Bad railroad, fivms shells-- , from .others was on his way back to the ' '.' taken flu. office.-othe National Com The fire spread from the cars at the pany when he saw flamesStorage up end of the pier to the warehouses of from the end of the open shooting at the pier ' Co. Thirteen National Storage ;,th of the peninsula; known as 'Black of these were utterly destroyed; tip Tom ..; i I? i i .t.,;. .(... plosives lttjthese Thjra The- blaze to him to be warehouses;' thalr contents consisting among cars appeared on the north side of several million dollars' worth of of the pier,. standing but he did not wait to in ; sugar. principally vestigate that detail. He knew that ' "(merchandise, . From the wanhousesr Haines spreajd barges loaded with explosives were piers moored .to ships, and barges moored to'tongue all about and that in the yard on the jsoufih, side of the longwere cars loaded with the same dan' f of land that is known as Black Tom. gerous material; ' He ran for fa tele;,TThe "burning buUdinws lighted up phone and turned in an alarm. 'entire ay and the cities about it Two fire 'engines and a hook' and The nrst of the tw explosions iad ladder truck from the Greenville sec 'aroused the etmre dty, and within an tion of City responded and the ' ' hour tower Manhattan ' held such reserves Jersey from the Ocean Avenue Po. Crowds as it has seldom oeeni there, f They'Voame. by very sort of vehlcte lice Station were ordered out, Lieut. Then Kane ' 'and tbousands pt them walked, 'They Closterman. in command; . . o If una j uua.il oi. me sesxched ..11.4 jniireiitii or, Battery wall and Sneni tb,ethat V Lehigh Valley Railroad. water. the upon lay ' Julian said that it was exactly 2:15 Chells Rain . About Statne of Idberty. o'clock when he received a message boom of from '.Kane uOut of the night came the on saying' that we . ,Bed-toShells and shrapnel. .Over dock," as Pier 17 on the north Island, wtiere the ptatute.of Lib- end of Black Tom is known, was afire. erty lift her nght, tie shells were Julian said when he got to the ralnlneT down. Ellis Island seemed scene of thethat ' fire explosives were ' lidtomed to those 'who saw a 'flaming among the cars out at the 'fetrge virift that way. Governor's- Is- cracking ' Tomv end of Black land felt the shock, and when bits of companies already on steel penettfatedi the buildings there theThe three fire were trying, to keep the 'Qen. Wood sent; out members of his fire ground from eating back Into the yard, Staff to cross tine bay and offer aid to where, hundreds of freight cars were wiio anight: need.it. any . Brooklyn was shaken from ono end standing, but their efforts were of litr ta ihe other. Windows crashed in and tle avail, the water pressure having the same time freight yard to many sections the excitement bor failed.. At and men who had swarmed dered on panic Hundreds oi pouce employees .reserves were sent to ouiet the people up from the communities of barees In who came tumbling out of their homes the rear of the National Storage Co.'s " t3 end of the world warehouses were trying to haul out In. the belief that Was at hand. ' It was estimated that the cars to a safe distance. the dunasre to property there wonild ' . Men Move Munition Cars . Jeacli S25O.000. i' was only one free track along There ' estimated that was Manhattan it .In the cars could be "moved, and the damage to windows alone would which situation was further complicated ; total nearly $100,000. ; Foundations and the tne lact tnat the dantrerous cars. walls throughout the city were shaken oy ' with munitions as fty an' earthquake." Excitement those aboard, were out at the end of the in1' "hospitals and prisons, narrow yard , prafled ' to the piers. Julian said that mall in the pooper neighborhoods thou- leading ' knew the danger from .' sands of men. women and' chlldrett everybody these cars. There were twelve of rushed to the streets In terror; he not all on the same but them, said, Hundreds of them spent the rest ef track. Three drill .engines were at risk the night In parks rather than ' ' going back to their, homes when It work on the side tracks and the main .was not certain that other and' worse line that led back o' safety. It was figured by Julian and others hooks would come.' Police were hurried out to quiet the tumult. who. helped in the work that of 300 In ,ttie financial district 350. policemen cars they got: nearly 200" away from from the police training; camp pa- the fire. .This opened the way for the trolled the streets in their khaki unl- - twelve munition cars. While the cars were being hauled back the exploforms, i All- .day yesterday thousands of sion of ' shells continued, " growing sightseers came from neighboring clt steadily in volume and Intensity. The ies w country towns. Many of them firemen were unable to get water on .sought boats going across the upper the fire. They were held back by the . ibaqr and hart a arood view of the smoulvolleys of explosions. dering reins. ' The boats of the mu- - V" As near as could be estimated by to Btaten were niclpat Terry Island the men, who were working under .. crowded. Xi, ' pressure, seven or eight of toe In Jersey City the police kept the high munition cars had been taken away curious far back from the- - scene of when the barge moored on the north ' .the explosion. Occasional reports side Vf Pier 17 blew up. The whole from exploding "shells came from the eky "was suddenly lighted As up,. in the Lehigh' Valley they 'looked into the face of it they smoking 'mass Frank Hague,' Commissioner saw rows Qf yards. upward. of Public Safety In Jersey City, began Then a boomlightof spreading terrific intensity an Investigation Immediately, and smote their ears. , They fell under made by railroad of- -' the impact of it statmeats were fldals and ' others regarding the Scene of Destruction They Saw. ,v. All of this in an instant, without Baflraad Blames s .Towtng Concern. previous Then men workwarning. Alb maldng an investigation Into ing. In the- yard said they did not faotaV surrounding the explosion, the know' what - had happened.1 , Their Lehigh Valley Railroad Co.- issued a Impressions of "this first blast were statement in which It declared that pieced together when they had reths Are, bad its Inception on a 'cargo covered fron the shock. Somo of belonging to arc' "injcjpndnt towing thorn hod 'bvn thrown from the top concern, which harf bee.i raoorad in of freight cars; others had been lifted Violation of ordnrs btsldo the railroad from the decks of barges and hurled ,

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den, chief of the Lehigh Valley railroad, police. He was observed at the end f the burning pier Just before came. No one saw him the blow-u- p after that, and it was assumed he lad been Killed. Patrolman James of the Ocean avenue station was 8omewbere east of ' the warehouses when sthe big explosion came. When found he was nude except for what remained of the waist band of his

Arrests on Charge of Manslaughter Are Made Lehigh Valley Agent on Pier, and Warehouse Superintendent Are Taken, While Police Search For Head of Lighterage Company Violation of Laws on Storing Munitions is r. Alleged.

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While he was being carried to an ambulance the second explosion occurred. Hospital surgeons who atNew York, July 31 Upon com- - only the laws of New Jersey and thetended him said they believed the of Jersey City In re- of James Connolly, inspector city ordina-ncaplaint shock of the second explosion had to the and shipment of in" of combustibles storage Judge gard City, Jersey ruptured one of the big blood vessels they of the Hudson County court dangerous explosives, but have disAll about them was the deafening Black Tom and the barren srescent of Doherty's heart. He was taken Sullivan of the instructionsthe specific last issued warrants for th3 obeyed crash, of freight cars torn- apart and of stone and debris. The burning to the City Hospital, where It was said arrestnight Commerce .Commission and Interstate on of of three persons charge3 his chances of recovery were very The long line of wooden warehouses sent fqrth clouds of black falling In. order of Judge Haight of the Fedmanslaughter in connection with the an sheds adjacent to the warehouses had smoke ami Black Tom was a penin- slight. eral Court. on of the ammunltnon explosions sula of William Stiffe, a barge Captain, fire, Roofs The testimony obtained by the Jercrumpled under the blow. To the north of the big barge was took his wife and two boys to a place Black Tom Pier of the Lehigh Valley were flung off or sent crashing down. sey City officials shows, that at the are: Railroad. The three another over flames wfoich of safety and then went back to help shredded Destruction lay upon everything in the were time of the explosion there were tied B. of Theodore .Johnson, president a like running. It looked 'great fight the fire and get the cars away. to the Black Tom pier, four barges yards, upon everything except the The wind, blowing steadily He said he was between Piers 4 and the Johnson Lighterage Co., of No. leaded with explosives and projectiles. huge concrete grain elevator whose grill. 17 Battery Place, living at No. 156 from the 5 the came. up when He unsouth, swept the first explosion barge massive columns rose gray and The explosives, it is said, included not Seventy-sixt- h the street, ever Brooklyn. all and but was the '-shoulbay mounting knocked and his left down shaken through the unnatural light. reflection of it was dynamite but 'dunite and nitro Albert M. Dickman, agent of tV ? presently lost to der was badly wrenched. He went caused view. cellulose, two of the most powerful It was : this explosion ' that metroon stationed Black the Lehigh Valley, . to back he where had his left rxnlnnfvpfl known. the damage throughout the Then a strange thing ' happened. and could not find them. One family of his Tom Pier, living in Jersey City. Ha true charges that these barjes .J. politan district The impact of it was The Ions barge Alexander Davidson, superintendent were suddenly lighted . up boys had gone among the barges felt far up the Hudson and down Ibeyonid reaJy to be towed Immediately yet seen and the arousing folks and was between two of the warehouses of the National to Btcamers waiting to receive them the New Jersey coast, i Lower Man- Statue ofanything loomed on He lives the Co., Storage fZrfi pier. Liberty majectically till vnann,t Tint, fni ahlnmpnt t r tflA wooden sheds when hattan and Jersey City got the brunt before it. As if forced by propellers, sections of theknocked at No. 233 Stegman street, Jersey !Bm. him down. h h,i .h. of It, In most instances the damage the. barge began to move swiftly, up the explosion I owned either Viv the Lhlarh Val- Two side walls fell In upon each City. tun was confined to broken windows and the bay toward Ellis . Island. The . , immeof Police T Chief rv. ia Monaghan inh over th. roof crashed the and the skylights, but" here and there a - wall bursting of shells from her became, other He was found pinned down by diately sent out Lleuts. Collins, Green At IettJjt one of the baW8 he assert- wavered under the tremendous puff more violent, and in the gray blue boy. and Noble to serve the wag tne property of the Johnson of air that was 'forced ou In all di- mist she seemed like an ancient frig- the legs, his head and body through Dickman and Davidson were iriioui5.i((j arrested company, and the chew of the tug ate Just come from mighty battle, still a window. Calling loudly for help, at their homes in rections. Jersey City. At a that towed this barge Is accused pf he was rescued by policemen and byDoors wer,e caved In or bulged out- unng uouDle broadsides. . His legs were crushed. late' hour police headquarters In Jer- the most flagrant violation of alL standers. t ' Most people knew nothing ward. ... Big Schooner Ablaze. Stiffe later found his wife and other sey City had received no report 'from ' Bnrgc Broke Law, It Is Asserted. " of about the fire or the fusilade By this time the fire was eating son. the men detailed to find Johnson. It is ' . small shells until, the great crash its way well According to the , evidence collated the warehouses expected that extradition proceedings yesterday, this barge, called Johnscn came. Policemen Two Hurt Other Then, they rushed into the of the Nationalthrough is be before he Co. The firewill necessary brought Storage No. 24, carried ' the material that streets or clambered up to rooftops. men in front of the buildings were was Hamill to James Patrolman ", . City. Jersey caused the explosion that eame t 2:C8. , The sight that met their terror open- - powerless for lack of water pressure. within 100 feet of the warehouse A at called who Johnson's reporter the Jersey '.commissioner ed eyes was one not soon to be for- - Behind the buildings the: when the wooden shed crashed down. home in Brooklyn last night was told Its cargo, was high explosives and several ( J schooner George E. Wolcott had He said he did not know how long he that he was gotten. not In and would not be said, From the section of jersey City - lyr caught fire and the flames were run lay on the ground. He was picked up back until late, possibly not until to- cases of - shrapnel. . "Our investigation shows," said ing Along the, ridge that is part- of ning through her rigging. Closterman and the two day. The prosecutor ' of Hudson Commissioner Nearby by Lieut, Hague, "that on Saturthe Palisades it seemed as if the was the steamer to out look .for started men be ask will They all Doherty. three that county' in from Tijuca Rio, day 12 cars of the Central Railroad of whole of Brooklyn was boiling un in Lisbon with a found a man who said he was Harry held In 15,000 each. '", cargo of cork. New Jersey, loaded with 8,125 eass of one gigantic flame. , WomenTere to were him ahd helping Steinberger Moored to" arbund these on and Death. ammunition an3 rxploslve projectiles, ships - Warrants Based Lcyden's screaming and men, were shouting as the piers Jutting out from his second when the feet explosionsouth the' The warrants charge Johnson, were transferred to the Johnson No. his came. noticed Hamill that then they vrushed from their homes half side of the hunwere warehouses railroad's freight a Dickman and Davidson with respon- 24 from the Centra Police patrol wagons and au- dred or more small clad, . foot had swollen so that the' shoe the death of Cornelius pier No. 7. for barges, and canal left sibility, tomobiles were ringing their bells as boats. The roofs home "The Johnson lighter was loaded up of of them lace had burst. He was sent Of Police Leyden, captain qf the Lehigh Valley at 2:30 they dashed toward the blaze. Ambu- had been ripped oft. many Men were al in the automobile of Chief Alexander' p. m., and, according to Fedwho was last seen on the pier police, lances' loaded with nurses clanged Monahan with Patrolman. eral regulations, should have gone, Imto clear moments first of before a the 'the few the away , that crowds the their way through debris. Women and children,, had Kachler, who had been knocked off two great explosions. - His body has mediately out Into .New Tork Bay or were JSeginnlng to fill the streets. The been warehouse platform. to Its destination taken far back from the fire theAmbulances .The theory, of proceeded at been recovered. walls of frightened ; children ; came and had come ' from the not at Gravesend Bay, where the explowere huddled he is that the authorities the tracks. along'mobs as homes the from darkened City Hospital' Christ's Hospital and and sives were to be transferred to ' a Overhead the light with bundles of belongings beside St. Francis's Hospital. The Surgeons under the wreckage of warehouses " surged along. steamer. Instead of doing that It The them. cars or into blown the river, rolled upward. 'and nurses attended many men who went to the Lehigh Valley pier and do Then not a that little of expect say they busy company police tugs leadavenues -' two main There are had been slightly injured and the any" difficulty In establishing the cor- tied up there, against the express or- - J of the Lehigh Valley and Central nurses ; of the Lehigh Valley officials. Ing to Black Tom from Jersey City-- one Railroad accomplished a great deal by finof delicti to' support the manslaugh- ders New having Jersey, down ClaremOnt route the direct "Martin T. Henley, right general going among the frightened women pus ' ished ter several of hours work charge. asdangerous ave and on of the Lehigh Valley: J. and children the baijges avenue;, the other Communlpaw ' Judge Sullivan signed the warrants yardmaster tip, nosed their suring- them they were In no danger. M. Kane, 'Watchman at th9tNatio-a- l nue, which leads to the yards of the out at Rlack Tom's In the city hall. 10r46 at o'clock the of way. flutter barges through,, M. vicStorage1 said that not a great many A, Company's ani Railroad of rNew Jersey. and made fast to Central plant, They The decision to cause the arrest of Dickman, agen'of the dock company, t them.. The barges tims of the explosion needed' hospital Down In the marshy meadows, seam men was reached 'at a conference protested against this barge being, ed with)' the tracks of railrpads,' these were hauled out Into the bay and treatment, but throughout yesterday these The and the many persons appeared at the hos- of Jersey City officials in the ' office of tied up to their pier, but their Instrj - .. two thoroughfares are connected by anchored. ' steamer went the same way, the pitals for treatment for minor wounds Frank Hague, commissioner of pub- tins' were .disregarded." a paved road. Men and women were steamer lic safety ,in city hall, following a The efforts of the commissioners to ' badly, her sides blist caused by falling glass. ' ' t making their way along these streets ered and listing exher deck rail burned away. find, the captain of the tug that took The damage in Jersey City was visit , by all , to the. scene of the and' along the tracks of the New Tork many barge No. 24 resulted in failure. His Then came the flreboat Thomas great. Hardly a. store Newark plosion, where they questioned names & Newark Railroad. along and obtained the name is M. Corbin, but little Informs- There Is a network of tracks on the Willetti'and heavy streams were soon avenue, the main business thorough- eyewitnesses They also visited the Jer- tlon was obtained', about him, except low flats between the harbor and the playing over the last of the ware" fare, escaped. Sidewalks were lit- of others. houses. streams drenched the tered with broken glass. Central Ave- sey City hospitals and . obtained the that he had frequent'y towed cargoes ' Bergen Hills. With the exception of fire and These of explosives to'' and froni the' Black saved the line of wooden nue, Montlcello Avenue, Jackson Ave- stories of injured persons. the main line of the Central Railroad sheds Hague, ' who took the Tom pier. HW name 'Is signed 'to the that had crumpled- under the nue and Ocean Avenue, the main Commissioner of New Jersey, these tracks were filled part m the conference, openly manifest ''of the Jersey Central railof the big explosion. thoroughfares on the Heights, were leading with thousands of . freight cars be- Impact said that the blame for tho explosion road for the cargo he received SaturThe sun rose blood red through the pictures of ruin. The street cleaners could longing to the Lehigh Valley, the Cen- clouds be laid at the doors fit three day afternoon. now turning pale were ordered out to clear the sidetral. Railroad of New Jersey and the blue andof smoke, close The manifest gives the cargo as 3.175 Lehigh Valley Railto the ground. walks of' glass and shopkeepers and companies, the the hovering Baltimore & Ohio. As one approachcases of explosive projectiles, but the road company company, Storage men hours business scows the' other spent many drifting ed the fire; hundreds of ' men and Far up the bay and the Lighterage company. ; Jersey authorities, believe that this women who had climbed to the tops burned fitfully. From that outward boarding up their show windows. their was of he and them employes, only a general term to cover not J , have openly disregarded not only, projectiles but explosives. of these cars for. a better view were end of .Black Tom, where no matt had HaU Badly Damaged asserted, City dared to go after- the explosion, the silhoutted against the sky. was in Hall The City City Jersey The view, from these cars, a mile sing of shells came, Jess frequently. badly damaged. While the glass cuT to say there were '353' Immigrants from the harbor shore line, was start- Now and then a sharp report, warned pola over the assembly chamber re in the' main building 90 In the sleeping crews.. back the wrecking To in the south its grandeur. ling mained intact, the plate glass,; plaster on No. 2 Island, ami general hospital' was to Now fireman lost a and then over be 'seen could flames the rolling and iron grill work forming a kind 39 in the contagious dlseaseS''hpspltaI came view back haze and the 'of through National warehouses the the huge on No. 8 Island-- , which was nearest to sklight crashed dswn. The a three-inc- h shell or a time fuse of inside and Storage Co.JiThe one furthest to the with cupola over the rotun'skylight the explosion and bore the brunt of for Most a of. the souvenir. specta. 'was east da of the Hall, which is of similar - " already a glowing mound. tors were concussion. the with cpntented shrapnel 200 were feet high in Flames construction and adjoins the assemrising , more than three hours shrap-ne- ll For we're be "to found which bullets, j a mass from the main building. Now Half bly rooms, yas not injured. fell on the buildings on the Island who had been the and then 'as a well fell, in and sent )verywhere. , Those ceiling in the First District Court WAR-SWE- PT with three-Inc- h shells, Interspersed to faces their return,', injured, began room on the third floor fell and many them higher the' outlines of oil tanks from the skies with tewhich dropped Yard arms in and engines bandages. half a mile away from the warehouses came windows in other parts of the building dious frequency in unexpected places. puffing up and went back with were broken. could be distinguished. Toward the In addition to the total of 482 imof damaged cars. Reserves of The new Jersey City Post Office at Residents and Immigrants Un- bay from the warehouses there were trains arrived, in the different buildings migrants fire their stretched and half a dozen fires. , They looked like police and Montgomery streets there were 125' employes on duty darlines. Claremont avenue began to fill Washington der Fire of Bursting " window on the Washington ,' had every signal fires along the crest of a hill. ' with ing the night Two of the nurses and people. Peanut venders shoved Street side broken, while not a pane . Shells- two of the men received slight cuts on Spout From Fires." their way up to the ropea The flre In the building of the Union Trust ' --l and two of r::..:.fxlanr-ln-g the face by falling glass, Then from one, after another of was under control, and everything Company directly across the street ' the patients were cut on the face and New Tork, July these separated' fires came puffs of was ready for the Sunday visitors. was even cracked. Practically every on Ellis Island vai at Immigration Station on "Ellis hands, but no oneMr. l, red flame. There would be a streak There is considerable disagreement window In the Dickinson Uhl said. tfhose who were first on the one of the finest buildings In the city, Vas- seriously injured, afternoon upward and then in the sky overhead among as Island might yesterday The only living thing that was hit to Just where the fire start- was smashed. Many of the beautiful tly have imagined they were on ' tho ground a mushroom of dark red and yellow ed. Kane, who first saw it, reported stained glass windows of St. Patrick's track of the great war and entering a by the. thousands of shrapnel bullet flame, then the boom that told of shells One after another the that it was on the "explosive dock," church were broken, while the win- town that had been besieged for sev- which struck the different buildings exploding. and Fire Marshal Julian said that he dows of the 'convent Toto, a little black 'kitten, known separate fires, took on a different ap- couliln't directly ' across eral days. The main builolng on the was over all the Island as Chief Clerk get anything more definite the street were left intact. Instead pf watch fires than pearance; left on right and the general hospital ' that from tttie , men who were office pet. After the exciteSherman's along the hills, they began to look like there before window had of the ferry slip every Gen. Wood Ofrers Aid firemen arrived. was over Toto was found with a ment batteries of mortars throwing out Members ofthe caoes ihe in and many the three fire companies While the fire was at its height and shattered, gobs of flame. The roar of exploding who went out on the telephone Ths bullet wound in one of his hind legs, disappeared. alarm those who watched It were warned frames also-hashells was incessant, but without the sent had and a surgeon todressed the injured by Kane said that when they got at any moment there 'might be terra cotta roof of the hospitr.l the relief of the animember, much conregularity that makes- a drum beat there a number of cars were already that the of viblence ' ' another explosion members of the caved in with thehad ' mal. rof artillery. a on fire and the end of the pier was staff been done b of Major Gen. Leonard Wood, cussion as if it .' At 3 o'clock in the morning as rail also burning. They couldn't tell which "Jack Johnson," and the Uwn and guards with clubs and threats warn- was the original blaze. ' It was sup- commanding the Department' of the ofgraveled walks in all .dircctlonsx were PREPAYMENT1 ed back adventurous persons eager to posed that one of the "munition cars East, arrived In Jersey City withHart-manCARS covered with broken glass,, charred assistance. Major Carl reach the front, one could see from quickly caught fire and that a shell fers of chief of deM-i- s all and kipds Col. Wil cinders, wood, officer; signal the foot of Communlpaw avenue the hurled into the barge moored at Pier liam' E. Horton. quartermaster, and blown across from Black Tom Island, READY FOR USE Oil barge that had 17 set oft the explosives aboard. In Col. T. light of a burning a little more than a mile away. Q. Donaldson,' Inspector genBlack Tom. the freight yard when the fire was at drlfted .up the bay-frodoor leading inleft Governor's Island in Gen, The big Iron-bouShe seemed to be direcetly back of Its height employes told inquirers eral to- the main building' and the heavy Ellis Island. The fire burned about that the. barge was loaded with nitro- Wood's launch,- towhen inthey believed LINE TO LORDSHIP Island be danger. Ths stone portico had been blown in as. If her steadily with every now and then cellulose and that some of the cars Bedloe's women were taken to Governor's Is- .with a charge of dynamite." The case. also contained this explosive.' a tremendous burst upward. in, the homes of ment of the two bighall windows over As the flro lighted up the bay and land and quartered The crowds saw clouds of flamo lift . , i tho entrance had been shattered, and ' Pour big double truck themselves out of the 'barge, illumine the rattle of small shells awakened the officers. Then the launch made for Jersey the solid heavy castings, weighing ful enter cars are here for the Lordship made for the whole sky for a second and then the watermen a fleet of tugs . ' , ., City. Mayor - Mark M. Fagan was jy 2,000 pounds each, were shored up Co. and will be UBed ' in the trolley As men and women Black Tom. laieappear. These, tugs trashed in amonir the found, and told that under General with beams to prevent their collapse, pressed forward there came to tfiieir was while a notice below warned visitors service from' this1 jclty''; fa", fcorashlp assistance ears the wailing "eeyeow" of the fly barges and got many of them away Wood's Instructions Manor.' It had been planned to have referred offered. to the south being darkMayor Fagan sl'de of the. long arm of to use other doors. ing shells. Sparks - wentMnto the ness leaving long- smoky streamers. land. Some of these barges were filled the officers to, Commissioner of PubThe dining room was wrooked, and the 'cars here by Memorial Day, but to the windows of the executive offices the difficulty of the manufacturers In Again they burst apart amd showered with explosives and were ready to be lic Safety Hague and they went met like Roman candles, Sometimes as taken to Gravesend Bay, where these the scene of the fire. There they were all smashed, and In the board getting material prevented. The cars! have double vestibules one gazed across the marshes it looked dangerous cargoes are put aboard Bhe Chief of Police Monahan and inform- room, where hundreds of Immigrants as if a locomotive with fire streaming European munition ships. Many of ed him that if troops or medical sup- have been ordered deported, the heavy with a side Beat extending the entire from her smokestack was rushing them, like most of the cars in the plies were needed they would be fur- window frame fell with a quantity of length on one side and cross seats on other. There are ample aisles. yard, contained grain, flour, oil cake, nished immediately. They were told along the shore. right across the table that is the salt, lumber, borax and iother mer- that the situation seemed well in hand, masonry When, the doors close the steps fold a when officials special the Shells Fall About Onlookers. used by chandise.' but that If conditions should up. By the time the switch at StratThose who went along the road conIn the hurry and general confusion It the Department of the East-woul- require board of Inquiry Is In session..d, ford and .Hollister,, avenues is Claremont Years and of Flvo Ago, Communlpaw necting Badly. Damaged , getting back from the blaze the be appealed to. and thonewnoufsjiaire In avenue, or approached Black Tom by freight cars that were near the "ex. commisIs Bryon H. Uhl, the deputy I place on the "saltp, meadows, Gov. Fielder Comes to Town way of Claremont avenue, came into (plosive pier," those In charge had lit- sioner of Immigration, after making thought tho cars will.be ready, for full view of the whole panorama of xie ume to count their men. In addiCounty Judge George Tennant, 7 Inspection of the main service. flames. Reaching out into the bay tion to the freight conductors, brake-me- n who is head of the Jersey City Chap- a thorough S Is planned to run them to tne building and the hospitals on Nos. It from tho north side of Black Tom in and yard watchmen who were ter of the American Red Cross, camo and S islands, said he believed that railroad station around the Golden, the form of a crescent is a long arm helping, many men had come from in from his summer home at Spring be' too high an es- Hill Btreet loop providing a service of land covered with rocks and Uhe de- the ,barges of the National Storage Lake to offer aid. He said the shock $76,000 would not to Lordship Manor from the center bris that the tides bear. On this arm company. Ctharles Cutler, captain of of the explosion was distinctly felt at timate to place on the damage of land were the moving picture men one of these barges, said he thought Spring Lake, which is sixty-fiv- e by the explosion on Ellis Inland. Five of the city for a five cent fare. miles ,.' there were not more than 20 men In from Jersey City. and many others. ' years, ago, when' the giant powder ;' j i, Jlilsh D, Before their eyes, botweon Black the immediate neighborhood when the Former .(yPhSessmabarge exploded at Communlpaw, Mr. he hAd deto announced nmountod of Tom and Bedioe Island, fhe hulk of cargo of Vhl said, the damage Ohio, Cole, FtJNKRAIi BOCQUET8 exploded. Seva long barge was outlined. It was eral of these men axe accounted for; clined the tender of the chairman$27,000, and that was trifling comparAND DKSIGNS. ed with the havoc createa on this occa- ship of the National Speakers' Bureau, buminf down ond to end, and ot't a. others are missing. iOIlX KECK & SOX. ' siiolls came hurtling with increassion in the various buildings'. Clothtns Blown Off Policeman. by the Republication National Com. The deputy commissioner went on mittee. , Anions' She latter is Cornelius Ley- - I'mmer Want Ads. One Cent a Word. ing fury. They fell red (hot upon the s

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