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Vol. XVIII.-No. 17.
CORVALLIS, OREGON, JULY 26.1905.
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ON GUNBOAT BENNINGTON
WHOSE BOILERS EXPLODE
IN SAN DIEGO HARBOR.
Thirty-Nine Killed, Twice as Many
Wounded Bodies Flung High
Id Air Many Bodies Are
Wedged in Wreckage
the upper deck was carried away
from stem to stern. " Blood and
wreckage were distributed .over the
entire ship, the after cabin and the
vicinity of the Phip adjacent to the
exploded boiler resembling a char
nel house. Over it all hung the
great cloud of white smoke, which
drifted slowly toward the Corona-
The news of the explosion spread
over the city like wild fire. - Every
physician who could be reached by
telephone was called to the water
front. Within a comparatively
short time nearly a dozen physi
cians were on the scene and attend
ing the wounded. -
San Diego, Cal., July 21. Bro- A dozen or 15 were blown over-
ken and blackened, with her flag board by the force of the terrific
flying at half-mast, her . hold filled ' explosion. Captain Weutwortb,
with 15 feet of water, the United I who was looking at the B.nning-
States ship Bnniugton lies beached .ton when the disaster occurred, says
OIL TANKS ON FIRE
LIGHTNING BOLT SETS
ON FIRE IN A TEXAS
on the shores of San Diego harbor.
Tbirty-nine of her crew lie dead at
city margues, the fate of a dozen
more is as yet undetermined, and
three score are stretched upon beds
of pain in various hospitals. This
is the result of the explosion which
wrecked the trim little naval craft
and wrought such terrible havoc
among the crew at half-past 10 o'
tie saw numan Domes burled over a
hundred feet upward. The air was
black, with smoke, which envelop
ed the ship. When it cleared away
only a few men could be seen on
the decks, while a number were
floundering in the water.- , A boat
was lowered from the ve-ssl's side
and most ot them were picked up
snd taken On board.
Tokio, July 2l. A special tele
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& Anderson's morgue. The st:g
forms were outlined in immaculate
winding sheets, the terrible results
of scalding steam upon the faces
fully hidden beneath the folds.
Thirteen victims were stretched up
on improvised biers at Johnson &
Connell'e morgue, while five others
were to be seen at Wcolman &
Bradley's. At the two latter places
the work of the explosion was ter
ribly in evidence. The face of eve
ry "victim is scarred and scalded, in
many cases almost beyond recogni
At Aguew's hospital tonight are
many injured, suffering, in almost
every instance from scalded bodies.
Several are expected to succumb to
their injuries before the night is
OVef." ; . .
On board the Bennington the un
harmed members of the crew are
workiDg under great difficulties to
reach the boiler room and coal
buoktrj, where, it is believed, a doz
en bodies ere lying wedged in the
wreckage or submerged in the water,
which fills that part of the vessel.
The cause of the explosion has
not yet been determined. There is
much talk among the crew, espe
cially the irresponsible members, of
weakened and leaking boilers, but
until a thorough inspection of the
wrecked boilers can be made , no
dt-fioit official ttatemr nt, is obtain
The Bennington at the time of
the accident was lying in the stream
just off the Commercial wharf at
the fool of H street. The warship
nad received orders trom toe navy
department at Washington to sail
this morning for Port Harford,
where she was to meet the monitor
Wyoming and convey the vessel to
Mare Inland navy-yard. Steam
was up and everything was in read
ioesB tor sailing,, when suddenly
and without any warning'whatever
the starboard forward boiler ex
ploded with a deafening roar. The
explosion was. terrific. People
standing on the shore saw a huge
cloud of white steam rise above the
Bennington. Uolumn of water
were hurled into the air and for a
distance of nearly twice the height
of the spars of tbe vessel.
It was immediately apparent that
an awful disaster of some kind h
happened. The f rryboat Ramona
was coming across the bay at the
time of the accident Captaiu Bert
elsen, of the Ramona. immediatelv
gave orders to change the course of
the boat and, instead of continuing
his trip to the San Diego side of the
bay, hurried to the aid of the strick
en warship. The tug Santa Fe,
the launch McKinley, the govern
ment launch ; General DeRussey
and a large -number of other
launches and ' water craft which
were near the scene at the time also
rushed to the assistance of the Ben
nington and endeavored to lend ev
ery assistance possible.
; By the time the Ramona had ar
rived, many of the sailors of the
Bennington, who had jumped . into
the bay to escape the scalding steam
had been rescued, and the removal
of the wounded,2which had already
been commenced, wa3 being con
ducted in perfect order.
On board the Bennington were
presented terrible scenes. The force
of the explosion had torn a great
hole in the starboard side of the
ship and the ' vees?l was already
commencing to list. A section of
fire. What damage is being done
cannot be ascertained yet, because
it is imooBsibla to reach that part
of the field. .
sians defeated at Daline were about
500 strong, with six field and three
machine guns, and, taking the ful
lest advantage of the topographical,
character of the district, offered the
most - desperate resistance. The
Ruf s"an position were bidden among
a thick ft rest, and it was impossi
ble for the Japanese gunners to
make a correct observation. The
cannonade, however, was opened
by the Japanese at 6 o'clock in the
morning and kept up until dusk.
The Japanese infantry, ; gradually
gaiaing ground, closed in on the
enemy's line of defense, and await
ed an opportunity for the final
charge. - ". - ; ;-. . " "
It waB nearly two hours past
midnight when the enemy's first
line ot defense, strengthened by
barricades and trenches was taken.
This Euccees was vigourously fol
lowed up, but it was not until 9
o'clock on the morning of July
that the enemv was driven out of
the second line of his defense and
victory Fesurid, with "trophies ot
four field and one 'machine gun
The features of the ground exposed
the Japanese assailants"' to a great
disadvantage and risks.
It was believed that owing to the
shoit supplies of ammunition and
provisions the Russians at Sakha
lin could not hold put much longer.
One Hundred Teams Are Cremated
Much Property Is Des
troyed and Fifty Men
Not Accounted for.
Humble, Tex., July 23. Fire
started today in a tank belonging
to the Texas Oil company, caused
by lightning striking the oil. The
fire was held under control all the
afternoon, but began to spread to
night. At 12:30 o'clock tonight 11
of the 12 great tanks -were ablaze
and over 1, 000,000 barrels 01 oil
consumed. Ffty men are surround
ed by the flames and their fate is
unknown. One hundred teams are
known to be cremated, and a num
ber of families have been burned
out of house and home.
At 1:20 the fire is still beyond
control, all the tanks of the Texas
company having caught. Loss of
life among the men handling the
teams is reported, but cannot be
verified before morning. lhere
will be considerable loss of property
besides that of the oil, which in it
self may run up to 3,ooo,co3 or 4,-
000,000 barrels, worth $Z5o,ooo per
million barrels. .
2 A." M, There is still no cofr
firmation of any loss in the fire
The I2 tanks of the Texas company
at 2 0 clock this morning are all
ablaze, and the entire lot will be
consumed. Little rivulets of burn
ing oil are running toward the oil
field proper, but a heavy rain has
been falling, and an electric storm
raging, the water serving to keep
the derricks from burning, lhe
workmen have all fled from the
field. The town itself is filled with
Tokio, July 21. Four hundred
and sixty-one prisoners have t een
taken on the Island of Sakhaliu by
the Japanese io this point. Colooel
Aretshisefsky, commander of toe
Koisakovsk garrison, surrenileied
with 2OO men. In the asfault. on
Korsakovsk the Japanese had 7o
killed, including Major Nishiknbo J
the Russians had four officers, I2
concommiesioned officers and more
than 100 privates killed.
In North Vladimirovka, the Rus
sians are unable to offer effectives
resistance, and surrenders take
place every day. The forces tnnre
largely consist of volunteers.
The ieland is in tbe grip of he
rainy season. Fogs are frequtnt
and the rivers are swelled. Toe
temperature morning and eveting
is ou degrees. inicK iorests ob
struct scouting. Maukais repoi-ed
' be occupied by the Japaness .
Reports from North Corea say
that the number of Russian soldiers
there is increasing.
All the Tokio papers ae busy
discussing the renewal and exreci,
sion of the Anglo-Japanese alliaice.
Washington, July 23: Officials,
of the bureau of navigation were at.
tbe navy department throughout
today to receive telegrams from San
Diego regarding the Bennington
disaster. Acting Secretary Darling
sent to the president copies' of all
telegrams received from the naval
officials at San Diego, and a full ac
count of all that the departmeut
Rear-Admiral" Goodrich, com-
i mander-in-cbief of the Pacific sta
tion, who is expected to reach San
Diego Thursdap, ss clothed by the
regulations with full authority to
order buch investigation as he may.
deem necessary, either by a board
of officers, or by a board of inquiry,
which will determine what further
action may be necesBtfry.
"With his flagship, the Chicago,
and the Iris at San Diego, Admiral
G-odrich will have a sufficient
iiuuibcr of officers from which to
appoint an investigating board.
In telegra ms coming to the de
partment over nifeht from Captain
Drake, that officer, aunounced that
he expected eventually to float the
Racine, Wis. , July 23. With a
roar that was heard five miles, a
tornado struck the northern part of
Racine county, today, killing two
men. and damaging : property and
crops' to the extent of $100,000. :
The storm came from the south
west, and tits . first dip struck- the
large barn of Adolph Meisner,
which was torn .to pieces. .Trees
were ;; uprooted and , fences blown
away.- For milfiB, trees can be sef n
uprooted and fences down.
At a farm ia Thompson ville, a
workman whose name is npt known
was struck .and killed. Near TJnion
Grove, Adam Hunter,' an old far
mer, wa3 picked up by the storm
and his neck broken. At the Hau
merson brickyard lightning struck
a shed and six men were stunned.
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Humble, Tex., July 4. Cover
ing an area thres-quarters of a mile
square, with a ' great canopy of
smoke covering two square miles,
the oil tanks of the Texas company
continue to boil and. bubble under
the great heat of the burning oil
the fire having burned all night.
When it can be extinguished, no
one guesses. Certainly not until it
has burned all the oil in the I2 big
tanks, which held 2.5oo,ooo barrels,
when lightning struck them Sun
day afternoon. V
It is now known that five of the
negro workmen perished, and rum
ors place tne number ot dead- as
high as 50, although this cannot be
confirmed. There are hundreds of
homeless people, many of them on
ly awaiting a train to go to Hut ton
for shelter. They were living in
tents and shacks in the field, and
fled for their lives to the town, away
Tbey left all their belongings and
they have been destroyed by fire
which runs out toward the oilfields
though it has not yet been com'
municated to any of the derricks
During the whole of the night
there was a heavy' downpour of
rain, and this covered the ground
with a sheet of water, coating which
is a thick film of oil. If this waste
oil catches fire, then it is probable
that the tanks of the Guffey com
pany, tne bun company, and tne
smaller owners may go. . These
tanks hold 4,5oo,ooo barrels of oil
Shortly after the big tank . began
to blaze, 2oo workmen with 75
mul(s were hurried to the plaoe to
tbr w up eatthen embankments vto
confine the fird to the tank where it
originated. Suddenly the qiJ gave
an upheaval, bubbled and lifted a
great mass of the burning fluid
bodily out of the tank, and the fire
was communicated to three other
The burning oil caught the men
and mules and hemmed them in.
There was a wild scramble for safe
ty, men deserting the. scrapers and
running and fleeing. Some of them
mounted mules and rode out, but at
least 40 of the mules balked and
were cremated. - :
I Five ' negroes were - seen to go
down, and it is' not believed possi
ble that they coald have escaped
While all of tbe men have .not been
accounted foz, these fi ve are all that
are certainly known to have" per
ished.' -, - ' ,' ;:
At 4 o'clock this morning fire
broke out in the 'steel , tanks of the
Texas company at the pumping
station, a mile from "the original
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