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The Omaha Daily Bee
VOL. 51 NO. 59.
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OMAHA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1921.
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6uaay, 2.i; to aolaU.la UUU8 Statu, CaaaCi aa Maalia.
House With Trunk Packed
For Recess, Watches Senate
, Battle Over Camphell
Final Outcome In Doubt
Chlrnfo Trlbune-Omahu ee Leel Wire.
Washington, Aug. 24. With its
trunk packed (or a month's vacation
congress was compelled to remain
on the joh far into the night, while
a filibuster raged in full blast against
the Campbell-Willis anti-beer bill.
A tangled legislative situation has
developed, the outcome of which is
ihflicult to predict, lhe house, with
i chores completed, stood by and
watched the senate tussle over the
The fate of the anti-bcer bill hinges
.upon the conversational endurance of
J 'he rival factions engaged in the fill
buster. "Wet senators piled their
desks high with books and documents
and prepared to make a night of it.
They declared their determination to
go on filibustering until the "drys"
threw up the sponge and agreed to
recess without passage of the anti-
Radical "drys" in the house were
equally stubborn. They flatly re-
tuseu to, act upon the senate resolu
tiou providing for a recess begin
ning today until the senate gave Us
final approval to the anti-beer bill.
There was danger from a dry view-
rtftltlf l,ntl.lAP .11 it Ua f U.K.
) continued all night, congressmen and
senators with their railroad tickets
bought would quit Washington and
uichk up inc quorum in ootn nouses.
The senate met two hours earlier
than usual in the hope of cleaning up
its affairs and going home. Efforts
to sidetrack the anti-beer bill met
defeat at the hands of the drys, who
steadfastly refused to agree to any
proposition involving delay to the
measure. Senator Reed took the
floor and spoke for hours against
the bill. '
Towards evening the agricultural
bloc grew restive over the delay in
getting action on the conference re-
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credits bill. They began to fear that
this important measure would be
caught in a legislative jam and that
action would be held up indefinitely.
They entered into a temporary alli
ance with opponents of the anti-beer
Kenyon Motion Carried.
Vhen the house reported its rati
fication of the report on the credits
bill, Senator Kenyon of Iowa moved
to take up the measure. The motion
v.as carried, w to is. wet senators
heartily supported the motion, re
ctum to rne Two. Column Htxtn )
Boy Tries to Whistle
With Coin in Mouth;
1 Surgeon Saves Life
Arniand Gilinskv. 3. son of Mr.
and Mrs. S. E. Gilinsky. 617 South
Thirty-seventh street, narrowly es
caped death last Sunday when a 25
cent piece lodged in its oesophagus.
The child was taken to St. Joseph's
hospital where the coin was ex
tracted." The youngster soon recov
-The boy had been ordered by his
mother to take an afternoon nap
when his wakeful nature yielded to
an impulse to learn to whistle with
the quarter in his mouth. In an un
guarded moment the coin became
r Mail Plane Wrecked
Wesl'of Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City, Aug. 24. An air
mail plane driven by Kenneth Unger,
crashed to the ground, tearing a wing
and causing other damage Tuesday
night at Delle, SO miles west of Salt
Lake City, while on the way to San
Francisco. The accident is believed
to have been due to engine trouble.
The mail was transferred to a train
to be carried to Reno, from which
point it will again be taken in the
air to San Francisco. Unger es
caped serious injury.
Prisoner in Los Angeles
Jail Killed in Gun Fight
Los Angeles. Aug. 24. Horace
Sox. 22. a prisoner in the countv
jail here, was shot and killed by dep-
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fight which ensued following the dis
covery by Deputy Sheriff Al Patton
of art attempted jail break by Box.
Canadian Railway Union
Expelled From Labor Body
Winnipeg, Man., Aug. . I he
Canadian Brotherhood of Railway
Emoloves was expelled from the
trades and labor congress of Canada
by a vote of 394 to lal. The action
was a climax to a long standing dis
pute over jurisdictional matters.
Six Bodies Are Recovered
From Burned Macon Hotel
Macon. Ga Auk. 24 Two bodies
were taken this morning trom tne
uins of the Brown House, which
nvs aesrroven nv Tir eariv Monoav.
This brings the list of known dead
to six. One man was still listed as
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Two Killed and
25 Injured In
Rio Grande and Western
Train Plunges Through
Bridge Weakened By Re
cent High Wraters.
Grand Junction, Colo., Aug. 24.
Two persons are dead, two believed
to be dying and from 25 to 35 more
injured as a result of a wreck which
occurred on the Rio Grande & Wcsjt
em railroad near Gale, Colo., about
3:30 oiclock this morning. The dead
are Douglas Armstrong, engineer,
Grand Junction, Colo., and a man
named Fairfield, whost initials and
exact address were not obtained in
early reports. It was said Mr. Fair
field lived in a small towu in south
William T. Linkins, fireman, Grand
Junction, was seriously injured and
may die, according to rcportstrom
the scene of the wreck. .
The train wrecked was Rio Grande
& Western No. westbound. It
left Denver at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday
morning for Salt Lake City. There
were many coast-bound passengers
on the train, railroad officials said.
The freck was due to a wshout fol
lowing a cloudburst.
According to a report made by
railroad agents to Pres. J. H. Young
of the road, part of the train plunged
into a stream when a bridge gave
way. The engine and tender got
across the bridge before it collapsed.
When the bridge gave way, the en
gine, tender, mail, baggage and smok
ing cars crashed into the stream. The
part of the train that went into the
stream was still standing at noon
in the position it fell.
The dead and injured were taken,
to Grand Junction, where the injured
were placed in hospitals. Two wreck
ing crews are working on the wreck
and it was said more injured and
possible more dead may be under
The iniured who have been iden
tified in addition to Fireman Linkins.
whose arms and lees were scalded
and whose face was badly cut, in
clude Gus Sutton, extra engineer,
Grand Junction, chest and arms cut,
internal -injuries; Samuel Crews,
Mohrhcad. Utah, right arm injured;
Thomas G. Moore. White River,
Colo.,' internal injuries; G. B. Reed,
White Rock, Utah, head, hands and
arms cut, shoulder sprained: Otto
Hofmeister, Xew York, ribs broken
and head cut; Jacob Joseph, Cedar
Hill, Tenn.. ribs crushed and legs
hurt: James Hutchison. Bellingham,
Wash., back hurt; Mrs. James
Hutchison, right arm injured; John
A. Peterson. Portland, Ore., head
badly cut; Willie Petty, negro porter,
Raton, N. M ribs broken and in
ternal injuries; Donald Rcdfern, La
Havre, Cal., face, scalp and - wrist
Boulder Woman Kills Self
In Salt Lake City Hotel
Salt Lake City, Aug. 24. Miss
Nellie Cleveland. 25, Boulder. Colo.,
was found dead in a rooming house
here last night. According to a
police report she shot herself through
the right temple some time between
7 o'clock Monday night and 6:45
o'clock Tuesday night.
Mis Cleveland came to Salt Lake
from Seattle, Monday afternoon, on
the way to Boulder. She is said by
the police to have purchased a re
volver from a store and to have
killed herself with this wapon in her
A letter addressed to r her at
Boulder, a postcard from Mrs.
Charles Cragin, .were found among
Two Complaints Are Filed
Against Ex-Grand Island Cop
Grand Island, Neb., Aug. .24. As
a result of gun play following the
raid on the Savoy hotel early Mon
day morning County Attorney Suhr
today filed a complaint against J. J.
Maloney, e.-chicf of police, alleging
two counts shooting with intent to
do great bodily injury and shooting
with intent to "kill. Both Officer Bus
well, upon whom Maloney opened
f.re, and Maloney, who was shot
in return, are recovering. The war
rant was served on Maloney at the
Z.J5.2 s .
ZR-2 Able to Lift
Cargo of 45 Tons
Huge Craft Was 500,000
Cuhic Feet Larger in Capac
ity Than Ship Built to
Bomb New York.
Washington, AuS. 24. The "ZR-2
(R-38) was built at the Royal Air
ship works, Cardington, Bedford,
England. The ZR-2 is the largest
airship that has ever been built. It is
about 5UU,UU0 cubic tect larger in ca
pacity than the German Zeppelin
L-71, which the Germans built to
bomb New York City. Its total
lcnsrth is 700 feet, its greatest diam
eter 85 feet and its total height
from the bottom of its suspended
ears to, the top of the hull is 92 feet.
Its cubic capacity is approximately
2,720,000 cubic feet, which gives it
about 84 tons gross lift and a dis
posable lift of approximately 45 tons,
which consists of gasoline, oil, crew,
cargo or armament.
Its motive power consists of six
350-horsepower Sunbeam Cossack
motors located in six-power cars. It
lias a speed of 75 miles (full speed)
and a cruising speed of 50 miles per
hour. It carries 10,400 gallons of
gasoline, which gives it a cruising
radius of 6,000 miles at full speed, or
about 9,000 miles cruising speed. The
propellers on two of the power cars
are equipped with reversing gear,
which enables the ship to check its
speed at will or even fly astern.
The ship is controlled from the
control car situated forward, which
is similar to the bridge of a ship.
The captain controls the ship ex
actly as does the captain of a sea
going vessel. The communication
system consists of engine room tele
graphs, ship s telephones and voice
tubes. All orders to the power units
on the engine telegraphs are repeated""
back to the control car Defore being
put into execution.
The ship is equipped with a radio
set, with a sending radius of about
1,500 miles. It is also equipped with
a wireless telephone and radio direc
tion finding set. ,
If the outer cover were spread on
the ground it would cover a four
acre plot. The gas bags which
contain the hydrogen gas are lined
with gold-beater's skins. Gold beat
er's skins are taken from the outer
covering of the intestines of a cow.
There is but one gold-beater skin to
each cow that is slaughtered. There
are 600,000 of these skins used in
lining the gas bags of ZR-2. 'The
cattle sent . to market from several
of -our largest ranches on western
plains would have to be slaughtered
to build one airship.
The structural strength of the
ship depends a , great deal , upon
piano wire, used as stays and braces.
There are 60 miles of it on the ZR-2.
There are 20 mites of "duralumin
channel section used in making the
girders of which the hull is- com
posed. Woman Says Husband Has '
Another Wife; Asks Divorce
Marriage of Myrtle Richcreek to
James Sevola Richcreek at Logan,
la., December 16, 1913,, was set aside
in district court today because Mr.
Richcreek claims he was already
married at the time.
In a petition - Sled July 23, she
charges that Mr. 'Richcreek, al
though he represented himself to her
as a single man, married Hattic R.
Shaw of Indiana January 15, 1899.
Her husband's first wife, she says,
is still living.
Geologist's Widow Weds
London, Aug. 24. Mrs. Florence
Becker, widow of George Ferdinand
Becker, American geologist, was
married Monday in London to John
Campbell Forrester, a member of
the Bengal legislative council.
in England, and
Ford Not Developing Road
With Idea of Engulfing All
Other U. S. Railroad Systems
Does Not Mean Line Will Not Be Extended Wherever
It Offers Opportunity for Service, But He
Has No Idea of Making It Nucleus for
By RICHARD LEE.
CniTeranl Service Staff Correspondent.
(Copyright, .Mill, bjr I'aUenal Service.)
Detroit, Mich., Aug. 24. Henry
Ford's Detroit, .Toledo & Ironton
railroad the 454-mile line making
history in the transportation world,
thanks to Ford methods will not
be developed with a view to engulf
ing all other transportation sys
tems, but Mr. Ford's revolutionary
engineering ideas will be available
to the railroad builders of the
That does not mean that the D.
T. & I. will not be extended wher
ever it offers Mr. Ford opportunity
to enlarge his field of service, but
he has no idea of making the line
the nucleus of a great national rail
road system that would crowd out
existing organizations refusing to
embrace engineering ideas of the
new era of railroading.
"We cannot do everything." was
his simple reply to an inquiry o'l
plans for future branching out in
Service is Sole Aim.
While he does not say it in so
many words, the Ford idea in en
tering the railroad field by the D.
T. & I. road is to see what can be
On Farm Aid Bill
Compromise Between House
Senate Reacted on Terms of
Exports Credits Measure.
Washington, Aug. 24. A complete
agreement on . terms of th'e agricul
tural exports credits bill, which has
been in controversy between the
house and senate, was reached by
conferees. The disagreement outside
of the controversy over the anti-beer
bill was one of the principal ob
stacles to the recess provisionally ar
ranged for congress,
. The measure, as agreed to, em
powers the war finance corporation
to issue $1,500,000,000 in it's own
bonds and to. lend $1,000;000,000 for
financing agricultural exports. The
house refused to' agree to senate pro
visions which would allow the cor
poration tc lend directly to European
purchasers of the commodities, but
the.- compromise .will, .allow the
finance -corporation to lend to any
body, providing sufficient collateral
is furnished to it "for the sums ad
vanced. ' - v
The extra $500,000,000 of war
finance corporation securities au
thorized 1 by the bill, it is expected,
will be sold and the money utilized
for purchase of railroad securities.
Conferees ako agreed to eliminate
the senate provision allowing the war
finance corporation to lend $200,000,
000 to the federal farm land bank.
Pioneer Kills Self.
Huron, S. D.. Aug. 24. E. T.
Burger, an old time resident cf this
city was found yesterday afternoon
in his home with a bullet hole in his
right temple. Lying beside the body
of the dead man was a .32-caliber
pistol. Mr. Burger had-been in poor
health for some 'time "and it is
thought this caused him to take his
own life. An inquest will be held to-
J: Commander of Craft
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..at . - ov
va 4 En
done for mankind in the way of
railroad . development. -.He has no
thought of "showing up", the rail
read engineers of today,. ...He ..has
seen another opportunity to serve
and service is his sole aim in life.
His 75-ton locomotive destined to
be nationally known as the "flivver
engine" will probably be as widely
ridiculed and just as widely used as
the "flivver automobile." . Ford's
idea of service wholly precludes the
possibility of the new era locomotive
being held exclusively for the Ford
lines. In the same way the one
third weight freight and passenger
cars designed to slaughter the cost
of railroad service will be available
for the railroads of the country and
of the world in time. Henry Ford
has a most peculiar thought for a
railroad president. He thinks that
while increasing wages, freight rates
should be cut low enough to rout the
high ccst of living and that passen
ger charges should come down to
the point where all can afford Pull
Gives Tram Service.
In the passenger service he has
utmost confidence in the ability of
his "gasoline tram to produce even
more radical reforms. With that
(Turn to race Tiro. Column Three.)
And Son Killed
Mrs. Simon Totemeier and
Boy Loses Lives When Auto
Plunges Off Bridge.
Lincoln, Neb., Aug. 24. (Special
Telegram.) Mrs. Simon Totemeier,
45, and her son, Walter, 11, were al
most instantly killed when the auto
mobile driven, by the husband ai
father, and in which they were rid
ing, plunged off a 20-foot bridge near
Greenwood, a few mites northeast
of Lincoln. .....
Mr. Totemeier and two 'other chil
dren sustained only minor injuries
and werfe brought to a hospital in
Lincoln for medical attention." A
traveling salesman,(.who was waiting
at the. other end pf the: bridge for
the Totemeiers to cross, 'Saw the ac
cident and obtained help from Green
wood. ' -
According to the story'of the ac
cident told by Mr. Totemeier, they
were driving from Omaha to their
home , in Geneva when they struck
the bridge. Two strips of plank
had been placed lengthwise across
the structure and in attempting to
keep the wheels of the car upon these
planks he twisted the steering gear
sharply and shot the machine
through . the , railing and off the
bridge. ' ,
His wife and-'the little son were
dead when rescued from the debris
of the wrecked car. . The Totemeier
family is wealthy and quite prom
inent in Geneva.
Signed by President
Washington. Aug. 24. The Capper-Tincher
bill for regulating trad
ing on grain exchanges and the bill
which extends the period for doing
assessment work on mining claims
were siened late Wednesday bv
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15 Months to Take
Charge of ZR-2
Personnel of Ship's Crew
Taught How to Operate and
Build Rigid TypeN of
. Airships. , .
. ' '
London, Aug. 24. The first sec
tion of United States. naval rigid air
ship detachment' arrived at the royal
air force airship base, Howden. East
Yorkshire, England, on April 20,
The training of the American per
sonnel has been very thorough. They
have not only been taught how to
operate a rigid airship, but, in ad
dition, they have been instructed
thoroughly in airship construction.
Their instruction .also included four
days' study of the German Zeppe
lins L-64 and L-71 at Pulham.
The R-32 was assigned exclusive
ly for training' the-American per
sonnel. At the time of the arrival
of the Americans R-32 was out of
commission. A large part of the
work of recommissioning . R-32 was
don by United States navy men. , A
great many of . the members of the
crew of ZR-2 hare witnessed the
experimental flights made by R-33
and R-36 from and returning to the
mooring mast at Pulham.
. All officers and men have, spent
a great deal of time at the royal
airship works, Cardington, Bedford,
England, wtiere the ZR-2 was built.
Bethany Man Jumps
To Death From Bridge
A man believed to be C. H. Young
of Bethany. Neb., jumped to his death
from the Douglas street bridge about
7 Wednesday evening. A cane, which
he hung on the railing before leaping
110 . feet to the river, has his name
and address written upon it. The
body , has not beetf' recovered and
there is no other .clue to his identity.
. John McMaJion,, 2101 Grant street,
and Miles Zolleho.ffcr,. 2117 Locust
street, who were crossing, the struc
ture at, the time, saw the man jump.
They said, he appeared to be about
55. Ed .Cadwallader, 2508 Avenue H.
Council Bluffs, tollman at the east
station, said, that the man had loitered
about the bridge for an hour before
making the leap. ,
Woman Held as Slayer of
Broker Suffers Collapse
Los Angeles, Aug. Z4. Mrs. Made
lynne Obenchain, indicted in connec
tion with the death by shooting here
recently of J. Belton' Kennedy, be
came so nervouS -last night in her
cell at the county jail that .he county
authorities announced they would re
move her to the county hospital to
day until she showed more calmness.
, Mrs. Obenchain's illness was de
scribed by matrons as a nervous col
lapse. She broke down completely
and wept through the night, they
Arthur C. Burch, indicted with
Mrs. Obenchain, was also more
nervous than heretofore vesterdav
nd last night, jailers said.
Delays Signing of
United States Commissioner
Postpones Ceremony Pend
ing Information From
U. S. Government.
By Tho AMOcluted freai.
Berlin, Aug. 24. The peace treaty
between the United States and Ger
many was not signed Wednesday as
had been intended.
The delay in signing resulted from
an unexpected technical point raised
in connection with the formalities as
arranged bv Ellis Lorinz Dresel. the
United States commissioner, and Dr.
Friedrich Rosen, the German foreign
minister, yesterday. The ceremony of
signing was to have occurred at noon
at the foreign office, but it was post
poned at the request of Mr. Dresel,
who asked the privilege of querying
the Washington government on the
At both the headquarters of the
American commission and the Ger
man foreign office it was said that
the technicality which involved the
delay did not affect the contents or
character of the treaty, as both gov
ernments reached a full accord on the
official text some days ago.
German editors had been sum
moned to the foreign office for a dis
cussion of the treaty, but the con
ference was postponed pending re
ciept by Commissioner Dresel of a
reply from Washington.
Although the point which was re
ferred to Washington is said to be
of minor technical importance, Com
missioner Dresel preferred to obtain
a ruling upon it from the American
State department. If this reply is
received early Thursday, it is prob
able that duly executed copies of
the treaty will be exchanged that
Vienna Pact Signed.
Vienna, Aug. 24. The treaty of
peace with the United States was
signed at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
Negotiations for peace between
the United. State and Austria- as well
as between the United States, Ger
many and Hungary, have been in
progress for some time. ;
Washington, Aug. 24. Word that
a treaty of peace with Austria had
been signed received in an Asso
ciated Press dispatch from Vienna,
caused surprise today at the State
department here where officials said
the expectation had been that the
negotiations would be continued sev
eral days. "
It was learned that negotiations
have heen under way at both Vienna
and Budapest tor several weeks, l he
negotiations at Vienna were carried
on by Arthur Hughes Frazier, the
American commissioner there, and at
Budapest by U. Grant Smith, the
-American commissioner to- Hungary.
The nature of the treaty with Aus
tria and that under negotiation with
Hungary are understood to be the
same in principle as the German
treaty. They are expected to be
followed by treaties of commerce
Fire Raging on Army
Piers at Hoboken, N.J.;
Hoboken, N. J., Aug. 24.-Fire
broke out late Wednesday on army
pier No. 5, near which the giant liner
Leviathan is docked. The flames
spread rapidly and soon enveloped
the structure. Bodies of several
hundred soldier dead are on pier 4.
The mast and some of the wood
work on the forward part of the
Leviathan also caught fire. Fanned
by a strong southeast wind, the
flames soon spread to piers 4 and 6
and the evacuation of all movable
property thereon was begun.
New York City fire boats were
hurriedly summoned and are assisting-the
local firemen in fighting the
fire, which was still spreading at 7
o'clock. Fire apparatus of Jersey
City and all municipalities in Hudson
county also have been called out.
Burning embers have set fire to
roofs of several houses on Hudson
river and Washington streets, ad
joining the army piers.
Farmer Breaks Toes
Callaway, Neb., Aug. 24. (Spe
cial.) Henry Draper, living west of
Shelton, sustained two broken toes
and another toe was badly mashed,
when the wheel of a wagon loaded
with lumber passed over his body.
Of Winston Churchill Dies
London," Aug. 24. Marigold Fran
ces, the 3-year-oJd daughter of Wins
ton Spencer Churchill, secretary for
the colonies, died last night at Broad
stairs. The Weather -
Nebraska Fair Thursday and
probably Friday; somewhat cooler
Thursday in northwest portion.
Iowa Generally fair Thursday
and probably Friday; not much
change in temperature.
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Airship Passing Over City of
Hull When It Breaks in
Two and Bursts Into
17 Americans Victims
By Tho Aiwoclateil Tresi. '
Hull. England, Aug. 24. Seventeen
officers and men of the United States
navy and 27 officers and men of the
British navy met death Wednesday
in the collapse of the great dirigible
ZR-2 over the city of HulL
Eveery one of the Americans on
board the ill-fated craft perished, as
far as could be ascertained at mid
night. Only five men of the 49 who were
making- the trial trip in the dirigible
prior to the vessel being turned over
to the United States navy are known
to have been saved.
The American officers who started
the trip included Commander Louis
H. Maxfield, Lieutenant Commander
Emery Coil, Lieut. Tenry W. Hoyt,
Lieut. Marcus H. Esterly, Lieutenant
Commander Valentine N. Bieg and
Lieut. Charles G. Little.
The American enlisted men who
went up with the craft from Howden
were C. I. Aller, Robert Coons, L. E.
Crowel, J. T. Hancock, William
Julius, M. Lay, A. L. Loftin, A. I.
Pettit, W. J. Steele, N. O. Walker
rnd George Welsh.
Washington, Aug. 24. Seventeen
Americans were on board the
dirigible ZR-2 when it was wrecked
today during its final trial flight, a
report to the Navy department from
London said. The report filed at
7:30 o'clock, said at that time there
appeared to be only six survivors
from the entire complement of 49.
The report follows:
The ZR-2 was wrecked
with heavy loss this after
noon over the Yorkshire coast. Fol
lowing two terrible explosiors the
airship buckled and fell in flames
into the Humber rier. There were
21 Americans on board.
On Final Trial.
" The ZR-2 had begun its final trial
flight on Tuesday morning and was
believed prepared to land when dis
aster took place. The explosion
took place as the balloon was pass
ing over Hull and so terrible was
the concussion that many pede
strians in the streets were sswept
from their feet. The shock from
the detonation was felt 50 miles di?
tint. . ;t
The airship was flying at
height when the disaster overt'
It was seen to emerge fr
clouds and as the explosion
curred, broke in two. One part re .. L.
in the air and fell in the Humber. 1
The descent of the falling half was
unaccountably slow considering the
weight of the material. i
Explodes Over River.
Hull, England, Aug. 24. Disaster
overtook the giant dirigible ZR-2 '
late this afternoon. The monster
airship exploded over the river Hum
ber here, falling into the stream a
mass of flames, the explosion and fall
bringing death to many of the of
ficers and men on board, among
whom were five American commis
sioned officers and nearly a dozen
other Americans of lesser ranking,
in addition to the regular British
The number of fatalities has not
yet been definitely ascertained, but
12 bodies are said to have been re
covered and it is believed that not
less than 10 on board were saved.
The disaster occurred while th
ZR-2 was on what was intended to
be its final trial trip before being
turned over by its British builders
to the United States navy for its,
flight across the Atlantic.
The airship set out from Howden
early yesterday, was prevented by a
storm from landing last night, and
was cruising about today making
further tests before proceeding to,
Pulham in Norfolk, where it was
intended to moor it.
The dirigible was floating easily
over this city shortly after 5:30
o'clock this afternoon, all being
seemingly well with her when, ac
cording to survivors, a sharp turn
was given its rudder and it
swerved in toward the Humber.
Apparently the strain of the turn
was too much for it. Crowds
gathered in the streets of Hull in
tently watching the movements of
the-air monster, saw a sudden flash
and heard the report of tremendous
explosion, violent enough to shake
tlje buildings beneath and break
windows in the city store fronts.
Windows in Town Broken.
Then the airship appeared to break
in two and burst into flames, the
crowds beneath, meanwhile, running
panic stricken in all directions to es
cape the wreck of the falling, dirigible,
which, it seemed, would drop di
rectly upon the city. ' .
The explosions in the big dirigible
were of such force as to wreck
many of the windows of store fronts
in the center of Hull.
When the ZR-2 started on her
trial flight from Howden, Tuesday,
she had on board Commander Louis
II. Maxfield, of the United States
navy, who has been designated by
the American Navy department to
bring the ZR-2 from England to
the United States: Brig. Gen. S. M.
Maitland, the British air marshal;
(Turn to Fait Two. Columa One.
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