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THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL., Issue 8037, 14 October 1889
THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL.
ANOTHER WOMAN KILLED IN WHITECHAPEL.
A despatch from London of September 10 says that "Jack the Ripper " is making good his threats. Shortly after 5 o'clock a.m. the police found the body of a public woman undor the railway arch of Cable street, m the Whitechapel district. The remains showed the usual fiendish work of " The Ripper." The head and arms had been cut off and carried away, the stomach ripped open, and the intestines were lying on the ground. The usual police precautions were taken but without discovery. The region is sc carefully guarded that policemen pass the snot every fifteen minutes. The physicians who examined the body state that the murder and mutilation must have occupied nearly an hour. It is surmised the murderer carried off the bead and arms in a bag. The crime was committed 200 yards from the spot in Berners Lane where Elizabeth Strike was similarly murdered on September 30, ISSS. There is no clue to the murderer. Another account says: The body of the present victim was found at the back of Church lane at the extreme south end of Whitechapel. The arms had been skilfully amputated, and the body completely disembowelled. No blood was found either on the ground or on the body, which shows the crime was committed at some other place, and tho body afterwards carried where found. Three sailors sleeping under an arch near by were arrested, tut were discharged, as there was no evidence against them. Tho woman was a street walker, about thirty, and evidently a hard drinker. Her n:ime was said to be Lydia Hart. A story was set afloat that the dismembered corpse wus not "Jack the RippeiV work, but that some medical student? had conveyed it to the place where it was discovered from a surgical amphitheatre in the neighborhood as a fehaatly joke. This, however, did not obtain credence. A letter signed "Jack the Ripper" was received by a local news a«ency in London on September 17 threatening another Whitechapel murder in about a week from that date. Lawson Tait, the eminent gynecologist, in an interview on the 20th September, said he was of opinion that the Whitechapel and Battersea murders were committed by the same criminal.
THE RACE FOR THE SCULLING CHAMPIONSHIP.
The great boat race on the Thames between O'Connor (of Canada) and Searle (of Australia) for the championship of _ the world, besides large money considerations, was won easily by the Australian. The Australian contingent backed their man quite heavily, and he was favorite almost at all times in the pools at the rate of 3 to 2. The friends of O'Connor exhibited great confidence in his ability to win, but the Australian showed his supremacy in almost every point. The sporting fraternity, which hacked O'Connor, lost heavily. It was known that O'Connor would start under a double handicap, lie was not accustomed to start by mutual consent. His great fortn ha 3 been to forge ahead at the pistol-shot, or a word from the referee, and lead to the finish. O'Connor also was not used to tide water like Searle. Though the tide was dead it ran fully three miles an hour. The contest was witnessed by :iO,OOO persons. Searle won by six boat lengths. He received an ovation, and O'Connor as he stepped out of his boat admitted his conqueror to be the champion oarsman of the world. O'Connor took his defeat gracefully, and was roundly cheered for his pluck. There were occasional squalls of wind during the progress of the race, and off Surrey the water was slightly lumpy, otherwise the conditions were good. The betting during the forenoon was virtually even, or at 21 to 20 on Searle, and bets at these figures were taken rapidly. Finally the odds changed to 5 to 4 against Searle. The correct time of the race is 2J,uin 42sec. Searlo went aboard several of the steamers and personally collected GOOdol for the loser. O'Connor used a boat made by Ruddock, Boston builder, while Searle rowed in a shell built by Clasper, tho well-known English maker. The Ruddock shell used by O'Connor is almostidenti cal in rig and beam with the boat used by Hanlan. The rig of Searle's boat is patterned after that of Beach. Searle's victory is so decisive that there is no question as to whom the championship belongs, for O'Connor is admittedly the best sculler America can produce. The defeat of O'Connor fell like a thunderbolt on Toronto, and means a clear 400,000d0l to Canadian sportsmen. A more disappointed lot of sports could not bo found than in San Francisco, where some 35,000d0l were lost on O'Connor, who was a prime favorite. One prominent sporting man, however, named Gunst, who got his tip from one of the Thompson brothers, made a handsome sum. The general opinion is that it will be some time before Searle will get another race for anything like a big amount. The Sydney oarsman will visit San Francisco on his way home to Australia.
The New York 'JTimesV London cable of September 9 says :—" O'Connor was beaten to-day as completely and with as seeming ease as if ho had been an amateur, although, in fact, his time on the course is the best ever made. His opponent seemed at every stage after Dorsetvillo had been passed to be sculling slowly. So obvious was Searle's superiority that there was no doubt in any mind that Searle had greater strength, a better style, and firmer mastery of the art than any of his predecessors in the championship. He too may go off as Hanlan did, but it is thought there could probably be found more money hero to back him against the world than has ever been ready to put on any other sculler. Searle's stroke is slow and machine-like with a dragging sweep, somewhat novel in mechanical deliberation, and curiously contrasted with O'Connor's nervous pulling. He cou'd have won by much more than twenty seconds if he had choseD, for visibly he took it easy, and was noticeably fresh at the finish, whereas O'Connor was dead beat before the race was nearly finished.
THE ANTWERP EXPLOSION.
Some dynamite exploded in the cartridge factory in the vicinity of the Bourso at Antwerp on September 0, killing many people. The factory was adjacent to the petroleum stores, and a large Russian petroleum warehouse took fire. The explosion was in the workshop, where a largo number of old casings were being taken to pieces, and many employes were breaking up cartridge?. Fully 250,000,000 cartridges were in and about the premises. None of the employes of the factory were found alive, nor was there a corpse intact. The explosion was like an earthquake, and broke nearly every window in the city. On September 7 the petroleum district still burned like a volcano. That part of the city was lighted by a lurid glare, and the balance covered by a pall of denße smoke. Troops and firemen worked in relays. Some who were taken to the hospital were suffocated by smoke ; others shot through and through by flying projectiles or maimed by falling debris. Bullets flew around like hailstones, and those who sought to escape through the streets were shot down in their tracks. A number of sailors and Customs officers were killed on board the shipping by flying bullets, and the ships were riddled by the missiles. It is estimated that 200 tons of cartridges exploded. Tho noise was heard for thirty miles, and, with the smoke that filled the air, the occurrence was like that of a great battle. This effect was heightened by the explosion of barrels of oil and the falling ruins. Limbs and fragments of bodies were found at incredible distances from the scene—in some cases half a mile away. Over 130 whole corpses lay in the morgue, while charred heaps of human remains represented the unknown dead. Many persons cut off from the city, and pursued by the flames, jumped into the River Scheldt, and were drowned by the dozens or were burned to death by the blazing oil that poured upon the surface of the water. Among those who loßt their lives in this manner were many workmen of the factory and about the potroleum stores. About 110,000 barrels of crude Russian petroleum were burned. The flames covered two acres of ground, and roso to an immense height. Many of the workers succumbed to the heat and smoke, and had to bo conveyed to tho hospitals on stretchers. All had blackened faces, and bore ovidence of the Bickening effectb of the smoke that clogged their efforts. The city
waterworks, with the va9t, elaborate, and j costly machinery, were destroyed partially, and rendered useless. These works cost LI ,000,000. The docks and shipping were untouched by the flames, as the direction of the wind was towards the town continuously. Beyond the Russian oil tanks and Noble's sheds numerous houses were burned, and when the conflagration was finally suppressed, on September 8, it was found that the village of Austrawelt, inhabited by artisans, had been completely destroyed, and in its vicinity no public buildings had escaped damage. All parts of the city show some damage, and portions appear as if bombarded. The number of dead will reach 200 or over. Cerviilian, the proprietor of the cartridge factory whero the explosion topk place, was put under arrest. The official report shows 135 pesons killed, 20 missing, 100 seriously and 200 slightly injured.
The English admirals made their report on the recent manceuvres of tho British fleet on September 13. They find that the machinery of their best vessels and of the torpedo boats was constantly in need of repair, and the rate of speed attained fell far below what is considered necessary for effective work. Almost all tho fast cruisers failed to steam up to their nominal speed or to maintain the pressure when it was reached. In winding up their criticism on the machinery trial, the admirals say that in view of the failure of ordinary boilers at high steam pressure, experiments as to the practical employment of tubular or coil high pressure boilers will be followed with increased interest. „ , i x Tho Protestant Alliance resolved to strenuously oppose the Government's proposal to establish a Catholic University in Ireland. Mr Joseph Chamberlain, in a speech at Birmingham on September 2, advised the Government, before introducing an Irish Land Bill, to submit to Parliament a resolution declaring Ireland, equally with England and Scotland, entitled to denominational endowments for educational purposes. In reference to this subject, Mr Michael Davitt writes to the 'Pall Mall Gazette' denouncing the abandonment of a single plank of the Home Rule platform for the mess of a Catholic university pottage. He declares the stand tiken upon the question, together with the vote of the Irish members on the Royal grants, is a sorry exhibition of Parliamentary opportunism. The ' Irish Catholic' of September 14 publishes the forecast of Mr Balfour's Bill for the establishment of a Catholic university in Ireland. It says :—" The Royal University will not be abolished, because it is required for Nonconformists and others unable to avail themselves of the advantages afforded by Trinity College ; but the establishment will bo largely reduced with a view to the conciliation of Ulster. Queen's College at Belfast will be maintained, and empowered to confer degrees. The annual saving from the extinction of the Queen's College at Galway, combined with tho saving by retrenchment at the Royal University, is expected partially to meet tho cost of the endowment of the new university."
The elective franchise for women was made part of the Constitution of the State of Wyoming on September 19. Some missionaries recently returned from China have managed to get up a wild scare by giving ont that China intends to invade the United States out of revenge for the Exclusion Act. The Executive Committse of the National Association of Wool Manufacturers, representing the industry throughout the United States, met some prominent manufacturers in consultation at Boston on September 17, to consider what measures can be' taken towards securing relief through congressional action. The industry is in dire distress, owing to the fact that a high tariff on raw wool has kept the domestic clip at such a stiff price that mills are run at a dead loss by those who buy_ at such figures and try to compete with foreign goods. The members read papers on the subject, which was narrowed down to two alternatives. The ' American Wool Reporter' of September 4 quoteß the Boston market as most satisfactory, declaring that the end of the stagnation in wool seems to have been reached, and the mills that havo been holding out for lower prices have given up and arc beginning to try to fill accumulated orders. A party of workmen were imprisoned by water in the Alleghany coal mine, Cumberland (Maryland), on August 30. One of the number, Michael Brady, volunteered to take the news of his companions' safety to the surface. To do this ho had to dive down about 20ft, and then swim through an incline under water 50ft long, before he could reach the mouth of the shaft. The men were all saved. At a baseball game played in Darlington (New York), on September 4, the umpire, William Marshall, was instantly killed by Louis Dargan, for giving what he considered a wrong decision. He knocked Marshall's brains out by a blow with a heavy bat. A terrible gale commenced on Tuesday, September 10, and lasting until the 13th, had wrought great destruction along the eastern seaboard. The centre of the disturbance was near Cape Henry. Thirty vessels went down off Wilmington, Delaware, and reports of wrecked vessels with many lost lives come from all paits of the coast. Ocean City, Maryland, was reduced to wreckage, and the damage to Lewis, Delaware, and vicinity will not fall short of 2,000,000d01. At Long Branch, the watering placo onthoNew Jersey coast, the topographical features of tho coast line were completely altered by the violence of the surf. The bluff from the branch will soon fall into the sea. Coney Island, tho New York popular summer retreat, was a scene of desolation, being strewn with wreckage from one end to the other; and those who built houses onthe sands mourn their losses, running into millions. Here, also, the old topographical lines have been completely obliterated. At the height of the storm the waves at the battery, New York, where tho Castle Garden immigrants' depot is located, swept over the seawall into tho streets. Never in the memory of tho oldest inhabitant had the tide run so high, and it crept on the night of September 10 up to the street levels. In some cellars along tho city front oft of water was reported. The pier at Atlantic, New Jersey, was swept away, and the sea also destroyed one of the largest hotels, and several houses have disappeared. A number of pilots from New York wore compelled to make involuntary trips to Europe on that ocean, steamships not being able to disembark. It is conceded that this was the greatest storm known on the Atlantic seaboard in twenty-five years. At Lewis the loss is estimated at 3,000,000dol; at Coney Island at250,000d01,; Rockaway, 700,000dol; Long Branch, 195,000dol; Atlantic city, 50,000d0l ; Albury Park, New Jersey, 30,000dol; and other places in tho same proportion.
THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIL., Issue 8037, 14 October 1889
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