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Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta LCTHtEIDOt. ALT A jj Q K DA Y A U G U T WIPED THE EARTH (FrcM Michel, B, C., August worst foreat fire the of this town raging on the hills south and north inaed by a terrific wind. The fire carried for.milea at a time. No damage yet been done to buildings. This fact due People out to Michel prairie or any place that a place or wfety. The woVet danger now is the fire raging neer Sper- J following the mountains along C. P. R> Xo cAMminnir-atinn from Howner or Ferniev the G. N. Ry, depot was after- and the town is reported doomed. If the fire spreads east from the Elk River along the R. nothing can save this town. Pete Campbell just here from Sparwood with three badly burned trying to save the Sperwotti Lumber Company's mills half way between Feniie. The at oilee taken to the hospital. 1 Two from Michel indicates that town ie aummaded by fiamee but tkaVtae town kee not yet talk-r- ed aar damage. MUUt TMftftf At 11 thU-morning Mayor receiv- ed the from Mayor of Fernie: FBRNIE; B.C. MAYOR QF LETHBRIDGE: OUR "CITY ENTIRELY BURNED OUT. SIX THOUSANI) PEOPLE HOMELESS. WE APPEAL YOU FOR REUBF. i W. W. TUTTL1, MATbBf Maytr'i following reply was imj wired: deetriftcticMi7 Train No. 22 due night wag keld at Kerala and to carry the of tkat city weet u, Cranbrook. 7 aud 21 were keW at Frank last NtlNa Ctott AM Nelapti, B. C., (Supplementary- Deeftttch sett tit widuigW, Saturday The dreadful ditaaUr U fcke Crow's Paaa 1 oven tbaa at -reported. Not merely- but Coal Crtek M wel stating 'that five tkoueamd people nearby reittlt of has tke. caniUgi itiem it feawd, and towni LETHBBIDGE, ATJG. 2, C. P men are in a condition. Mr. manager of the mill with his wife and about thirty ineri were last seen trying to save the mill. These men state thiiHhe M'hole country seething hell so rapidly as to make it of ;fire every where" which impossible to escape. MM o Tie body of Pete Miller, generally known as Scotty Miller was found lying on the C. P. R. tracks. He. evi- dently received wounds trying to flee from the holocaust covering hundreds of square miles. The bodies of four men were brought in by the Great Northern Yard Engine These men lost their trying to save the large Great Northern bridge over the Elk fifteen miles from here, which is totally destroyed Hflwner and Fernie are reported to have burned to the ground entirely. -From Michel west to Fernie everything is destroyed. It is feared that the loss of life will be the'greatest since the San Francisco disaster. --The situation nere, is unchanged. -l-The hills surrounding the town are a seething fur- TUTTLE, LOVE, .-'SORROW, OF LETHBRIDGE. THOUSAND DOLLARS. GENERAL NECESSARY BIXG -CO. B. Cv SYMPATHY FROM CITY DRAW ON NOW LOAMNG SUPPLIES FROM JOB- WM- HENDERSON, have gone out of existence, swept by the devouring Clement. _0vcr six thousand people are homelees and the fatalities are growing hourly. In one case alone five families at Fernie were hemmed in and eWry soul perished, fair- I Mayor Tuttle of Fernie, at 3 o'clock this morning sent Muyof Taylor, of Nelson the following appeal: "Our city entirely burned out. Six thousand are honieleM. I appeal to7ou for Tuttle, Mayor." reply.was sent: "W. W. Premier Mc- agent at Crun- tM An all in power to relieve suiering. The Bpokane si 6 o'clock ieeehed WM mt Tke Irain tkronf k Fertie, C. P. R; being intact. Ike Great Northern line from Fernie to Michel is impasii- ble all the bridges have beau wiped out. Herald reporters interviewed the train officials aud Learned some additional facts. The fire it appears started P The Mayor with business like promptness and energy jii'oceeded at once to collect a of provisions. He was ably assisted by Messrs. Colpinin, Blarford, Bylands, Taylor and other meii aad by ibur o'clock a car witlialll kinds of provisions and at 7.30 o'clock a special -train started for the scene of the awful disaster On board city's supplies. Dr. TuUer, with other ne- cessary equipment for; looking after the 6.- D. Austin the Hera Id "and "J Me'nwariii And rew was' also on His wife ablase; It is ike Ferttie two; of life .in'the A- number'of are to be along the track between Femie and Hosmer. Feruie is totally destroyed 'and it ig a mystery how of the people escaped. People, escaped, with f m- -.9 i only and little WrefooUd ciuldreii. -were, ruii- supplies leaving this morning. trying toget out flying embers. son sincerely will do-all possible to vM-r7 Am coming-with C. McMorris, acting mayor. AC. P. R. engine is here ready to take the people to Crow's Nest if it comes to the worst. The situation is almost beyond description, only an eye witness can picture the horrors of a town of over three thousand souls hemmed in on all sides by walls of fire. Is .will take days-to fully ascertain the extent of the lose lives and property. y Fernie Wiped Out W. Cars well, .assistant superintendent of Northern just arrived here from Fernie after an exciting trip, several miles of the distance being made on foot, J through thi'burning district. The rest of the way was made on a handcar. Mr. Carswell left Ferine at 7.30 last night. The en- tire town been burned to the ground, -including the en- tire business section, excepting the fireproof warehouse of the "Western Canada Wholesale and the coal company's square. The Great Northern depot and all'-the company's buildings were lost. Eighteen hundred people were taken out on G.-N. cars to a large clear place three miles from Fernie. No-details are obtainable as to fatalities, it being im- possible to get to the business section. Children were visiting-.4in he rwas [greatly them- The 'So- ciety gathered a lot of clothing .together and forwarded icon the special .train; too.- Mayor .Henderson :deserves; the highVst praise .fot his judgment in giving-prompt" and stricken Every citizen- will join- the Herald in endorsmg his action. After the special train left Mayor Henderson sent the following message to Mayor Tuttle of Fernie: LETHBRIDGE, ATJG 2. Time' 19k ;MAYOR -S FERNIE, B.C. CAR SUPPLIES FORWARDED r CAN WE RENDER. ANY FURTHER: ;ASSIST- 'ANCE. CAN ACCOMMODATE NUMBER OF PEO- PLE HERE IF NECESSARY. ANSWER. W. HENDERSON, MAYOR. Hundred lott At eight thirty o'clock last night the Herald had a The Dteily News woke up Nelson shortly before mid- night and a citizens'-emergency meeting was held in the lasting all night. Nelson people are re- bravely and at 4 a.m. the C. P. R. steamship started a carload of provisions, tents and blank- ets. Acting mayor, Capt. D. G. McMorris, personally ac- first relief instalment and he will represent Nelson onjthe'ground until the first shock is over. At 2.30 this afternoon the emergency committee and large number of citixeus. gathered at the Daily News office. AT cash 'siibecriptiou list" of "some was instantly got up and made to send off aseociated carload of supplies. The C. P.: placed a steamer at the com- mittees .disposal and'this was loaded with the. auppliee. Still moreenrgent requests ior help haying come from Cran- brook. whence all the refugees were taken last night, it was decided to take in here as many as would come on. Nelson people without limit unreservedly throwing open their Bouses andkwith-several buildings being got up, between and TOO refuges are being brought in" by the C. P. R. and will reachj landing at JO.30 and this city; abouts.10 o'clock tomorrow morning- A special citizens' committee has gone down to Kootenay Landing with the second lot of supplies and to meet and look after the first batch'of-refugees and bring them here and meantime pre- parations are going on to house and feed and clothe the unfortunates on- their arrival. News has two representatives on the ground and the despatches when received will be sent out by the A. P. The C. P. R. have rushed a temporary wire through the burned district and westbound--passeB- fhie six a.m. tomorrow. The telegraphic AW ftteti The C. P. R. doing all in its power to rescue in danger. Macleod and Calgary ham eent-cars of provisions. A'crowd of people conductor to take ten box cars filled with people to, Hoamer. Cran'tyook sent ten cart of provisions. The C. P. R. reports u asking for Tb? town is in dangeVof.deetruction. Mr. Norton i of Spokane, who came through Fernie4o- day, told the Herald that the scenes in that city. were, moat heart-rending. He saya t talk with Coleman on the telephone. At that town various communication has1 been "at Cranbroot Mt is reports were in circulation, one being that the number of uncertain yet into Fernie The fire devoured dis- lives lost was two hundred Two thousand of the inhab- trict runs from including: Fernie, east through- the itants of Fernie had been moved to Cranbrook. Coleman pass and an earnest appeal'for help has'been sent out by also said that Hosmer and Michel, while totally surround- the mayor of. Fernie it is only right that ulUCana.da ed by bush fires, were still standing, though in danger of should know as help is badly once. ___ __ Hosmer intact when he passed but Hie fire has crossed-the river and there was no hope of saving the Two Elk Eiver bridges totally Jules Gftbrian, timber boss at Campbell's Siding three miles from Sparwood reports that Mr. and Mrs. Foreste- and twenty men arrived at his place at midnight, having escaped from the lire by escaping to the burned ground. Three men were killed and laanv more not Accounted for. Many of tlje destitute people of Fernie will be brought here to be cared for unless tnis will also meet the fate of Fernie. Special efforts are being nuvilo by the Trites Wood Co. to hurry provisions here as rfs possible Stren- uous efforts will he required to i t'ie homeless -ind destitutp.' THE NEW8 IN LETHBR1DCE Nothing else was talked of on the streets yesterday hut the terrible catastrophe at Fernie. Very little infor- mation was obtainable but the fact that the city of Fernie and possibly the town of Hosmer had been completely wiped oft' the map was known and naturally such a deves- tating disaster occupied the mind of every person. Practically the only information that reached the city during the da3- was received by Mayor Henderson in a brief appeal for aid from Tuttlp of "Pemie and special despatch to the Daily Hernld from correspondent at Michel. Alarming reports of the loss of life were circulated but they could not be confirmed. It was rumored that 6W persons had lost their lives. Another report said Cranbrook, west of Fernie, had also been a victim of the fire but up till the time of going to press the Herald had r.c confirmation in any way of that story. Bush Fires to i lame Bush fires are responsible for the Fernie and Hosmer holocausts. Fires have been raging in the mountains about Fernie most of the summer and Saturday's wind- storm in all likelihood carried the flames from the moun- tains to the towns in the valley. frame buildings in Fernie and Hosmer were ignited sll the fire brigades along the line could not have prevented the progress of, the flames as the wind must have been blowing a hurri- cane through the mountain passes. As all travellers know the towns in the Crow's Nest Pass are situated in a nar- row valley, surrounded by forest covered mountains. Our are all that are, Jeft in; the- entire Ereryihing was abkie -in half an hour, and -practically all "the city was wiped out in two hours. Twenty or thirty Hindoos working in a saw mill were seen iyin g dead, near tile ruine of the mill Horses; with hair all buraexL were lying dead in .water.-.. Many families are separated. gftm new: coke ovens at Hosmer are being filled with from that town and The fire is ragin'g as eye- can reach. In Fernie 'groups of people are. to 'beheeeri huddled, to- have their clothing burned, hair -and eye- scorched i A; new track had to laid at Fernie, to, get the Flyer througVl 150 box .cars were burned .at Ferniev Cranbrook -was threatened v with destruction for two 'days: All "thataaved that town 'was- the fact that the wind changed. Mr, Norton. say s that saw one man with ia his Llnmd, all he had: left: in; the world, who WM .worth I few- The people at Michel7 -are frantic and are fighting hard to .that towB.: Enterprising Daily Watch the Daily Herald For the Latest And Up-to-date Reports of The Terrible Fernie Calamity. The fire travelled 'at the rate of. twelve- milea an hour. A terrific wind was blowing. One block was turned broad- aide- by .the wind. The firef building ctestroy.ed at Fernie was the brewery. _ Mr. W. A. Linklater, coiiege graduate of .Pullman, Washington, who came through .-on the Flyer, states that the scene throughout the burned district in the Pass is most appalling, and only may be compared with the great San Francisco disaster of a few years ago. Mr, Linklater says .the sight is a most pitiable one. Children were crying- foe their parents who were lost from them and parents were searching madly for their little ones. In the wild rush for- the 'trains "four children were hustled together; and put on and "twenty-four hours later had not teen their parents. ;x Two men _ were found dead a i Oken said Mr. Link-- later. They were lying on tie .track .and apparently had iurroiindld by the fire suffocated. Twenty- four men and .two women- 'is' were in a lumbex> damp outside of Fernie and have not been heard from and. the gravest -fears are ielt for .their safety. At least two hundred lumber met death throughout the district, it is thought. It is estimated that between .ten and fifteen people; belonging, to Fernie, have their mostly .children, who have succumbed to the. effects of the terrible fire. The country is deveatated on a SWITCH in Special Staff Reporter at the Scene of the Disaster i STWIJTme .uut a ciuater ui JBUUMES, cue lumoer company s office store. which escaped; be- longed to the-Lumber Co., and were saved because of the city park which was between, them and the A hurricane was blowing and it looked as if nothing, could save the towns in the track of the fire. The coke- ovens which have lately been built at Hoemer and which have not yet been used, were the protection of hundreds of the destitute. Mr. Linklater further stated that "nothing could wve Hosmer and Michel according to present indications. Of the.railways the Great Northern is the greatest loser, hav- ing lost numerous large bridges and nuicK. rolling stock. All railway lunning through that part of the country lost heavily in cars and utilities.of the road. The C. P. R. Tvill have little difficulty in repairing their damages and will not likely be any great extent in re- gard to their C! P. R. Calgary was ;