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Holler Catastrophe. TERRIBLE SCENES AT AN EXPLOSION IN i FiOTORY. A boiler at Messrs Grovers' i<hoo factory, Brocix'on, Massachusetts, blew upon March 20th, wrecking the building and killing at 'east sixty people. It is feared that the death roll may reach p. hundred. So great was the force of the explosion that an immense fragment of the boiler passed clean through a building situated pome distance away, aud was curried about fifty yards beyond. After the exp osion the building 1, which was of wood, burst into flames. So tierce was the heat and so rapidly did (ho fire spread that it was impossible to rescue mnny of the imprisoned workpeople. Among thy most heroic efforts made were those of a Roman Catholic curate, Father Rouke. Ho secured a laddor, and single handed brought oub of the rutn3, one by one, eight women. For the ninth^time he returned, and was on tho point of descending with another woman when flames burst through the window and overwhelmed him. lie released his hold, and the woman he was carrying fell back into the flames, arsd was consumed. j At another window three women were I seen to topple over into the raging furnace btneath them. A workman sacrificed his life to save a ' girl. They were both pinned under a quantity ef wreckage, and the man found that it was possible, by their united effort?, for one of them to escape. Forcing up the beam, the man pushed out the girl, whereupon the debris fell again upon him, i and he remained there fast until he was incinerated. The remains of the victims that have been recovered are all unrecognisable. Not a scrap of clothing is left. All there is m most cases are a few charred bones. These have been carefully gathered together and placed m boxes, which have been taken to the morgue. Among the victims is David Rockwell, the engineer, who was put under arrest by the police. His condition was so serious that he was taken to the prison hospital, and he died there while undergoing an operation. It is stated that the exploded boiler had been out of use, and that the fires were lighted that night for the first time for several months. In all 400 people were employed at the works, and of these about 250 have been accounted for. It is still impossible to enter parts of the building, where many of the employees were engaged, and officials of the firm express fear that the bodies of many of the hands are lying m the rains. Floating Hotels. * HOW THE ARBUCKLE PLAN WORKS. John Arbuckle's "deep sea hotels" m New York are rapidly filling up with guests, and before the coming of summer there will probably be the full quota of one hundred young women aboard the Jacob A. Stamler, the flagship of the hotel fleet, and fifty men aboard the smaller vesael, the John A. Wise, while Mr Arbuckle's yacht will probably be pressed into service. Just now the hotels are tied hard and fast to the wharf. Next summer they will sail off down the Hudfon and out into the bay every evening, returning m the morning m time to enable the guest 3to go to their work. Mr Arbucklft explains the establishment of his unique deep sea hotels m this way :— " I have for several summer seasons given a series oC free excursions that have been well patronised. But after the Slocum disaster I said I would never give (mother excursion. A short time ago I got to thinking that these three boati lying idle mif{ht be turned to aco unt as hotels, whare deserving young men aud womeu might come and live at greatly reduced coat. I believe I have the co?t reduced to a minimum. The young women p«y 40 cents a day, or 2dol. 80-cents a week, for board and i')<iping. while the young men pay 50 cents a day, or 3do>. 50 cents a week." Tho thirty or more youug women nonliving on the Jacob A. Stamler say they have found life aboard the floating hotel m the short time they have been there " just too dear for anything/ It's so quiet here, said one younsr woman. "No rattle and roar from the street, you knotr. Tn summer it'll b» just fin^." The floating hotel is unique among hostelrie". There are no clanking elevators, no s)e«py ballnoys to be aioused by the cr7 of " Front" when a patron enters', and no " bid " is, made for " transient trade." Hut the "service" is remarkably good when the low charge is considered. The ship is steam heated throughout, and is kept scrupulously clean. The cuisine, if not elaborate, 's wholesome. Soup and beef, with vegetables, figure largely on the bill of fare on week days, and on Sundays turkey and other treats are substituted. Nor are cake and pies left off the bill at the deep sea hotels just because the board is low. Tho dining room is prettily fitted up, and when filled with the hotels merry patrons it presents an animated picture. In the cabin there is plenty of good literature; also the newspapers and magazines of tho day. There is a piano aboard the floating hotel, and nearly every evening the girls have a "sing." On Sunday afternoons Mr Arbuckle himself plays while the girls sing. r Games played, and m various ways the winter evenings are passed pleasantly. I But the girls are looking forward anxiously to the coming of ihe summer, and the | trips the hotel fleet will make to Coney Island, down the bay and up the Hudson, anywhere to get away from the > heat and din of the city. Tears ago, when sailing vessels were m their prime, the Stimler plied between Havre, France and New York. Later she went into the China trade, and she still b?ars the scars of more than one raid made upon her by the pirates of the China sea. After Buch a strenuous existence to ba freighted with femininity and be carefully floated out a few miies from shore and back again may be a striking illustration of the peaceful tendencies of the times, but it is perhaps just as well that, like other ships, the Jacob A, Stamler canuot talk. .„„■ A horror came to me one night, A spectra blear and old — "Your name ! !l I cried, m wild affright, It said, " I am a cold." • " Begone" I cried, " your clammy touch I will no more endure " And straight it vanished ab tho si^ht Of Woods' Great PBrpsioriNT Cuke •J. R. Bruce and Co. A Investment. QJA ACRE FARM. CLOSE TO TIMARU. Near to Freezing Works and Saleyards. A NYONE looking for a Good Invest_OL ment, this offers a splendid inducement, as the Land will, m the near future, be required for close settlement. Situated botween two Main Road 3 [leading into Town. J. R. BRUCE & CO., GRAIN BROKERS, LAND AND ESTATE ; AGENTS, 5 1G Beswick Street, Titnaru. POULTRY. POULTRY. POULTRY. 30,000 Head Wautod for Exporb, C&. WILSON is the Largest and Beat * Buyer for Ca3h of Di>ek«, Roosters, and Hens, at the following Prieva on train at Ashburton, or your nearest Station, fret of Railage aud Commission. Rnilage and Cartage only charged on Empty Orates. Ducks—3s 3d per pair. Roosters—Class A, weighing 2J to 3^lb3, 23 Gd pair ; Class B, weighing 3|lb and over, 3s Id pair. Hens—Class A, weighing 2-§ to SJlba, 2s Id pair; Class B, weighing 3£lbs and over, 2a fld pair. The above Prices are paid for all Poultry that pass the Government Poultry Grader. Consign your Poultry to Government Poultry Depot, Christchuroh, on account. 0. E. Wifsou, uot later than THURSDAY of each week. Account Sales with Cheques postod every TUESDAY. Crates are supplied when ordered. C. R. WILSON, Auctioneer and Agent, 4 41fi Christchurch.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905

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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6568, 12 May 1905