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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 5, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LtTMBRIDQl WEIKUY HIHALD -He.. Says unless it raius or the wind changes from the course it has been taking for the last two days, noth- ing can Michel and Hosmer. Spokane Sent Relief Spokane wus quick iu sending re- lief. A number of tents -were des- patched over the 11., also a cur- load of provisions, it is stated that Spokane was one of the first to send aid. Fire in Washington A rumor is current that a forest fire of magnitude is raging in j the stale Washing-ton. j EARLY NEWS OF THE PASS FIRE IN THE BIG FIRE (From Monday's Daily.) So quick and without warning did the fire burst upon uiaay of the peo- ple of Fernie that in their hurry to escape they lost a.11 possessions. vellers lost their chattels and other transients -nearly all their belongings. In the wild rush for a place of ty a dilemma reigned. One com- mercial traveller lost his valise con- taining railway ticket and two hund- j by the Herald this morning Miss Ben Macleod Station. Alfa., August 3 (From the Herald's Special siccative.) THRILLING STORY BY YOUNG Frank, Alia.. flight for their lives, only to be called to their own homes and another part of the city to save their own loved oiios from the fiery fiend of destruc- tion, rushing to the only places ofj possible safety. At the C. r. K. and Great Northern iuaay heroic deeds were done lo save the multitude .iieeing Jiu inanity, passengers. baggage and freight curs were ru'shed to available places. Men. women and children to be packed in the cars within tlu; space of a few seconds. Two Repre-1 thousand vr more taken to j Cnuibivok by the C. P. R. and near. special' 'v miiny were takt n below Fer j with .seven hundred people just ar- nie- to a tract of land burned over i Impossible To Secure of Victims Thrilling Tales of the Fire Told By Eye-Witnesses Every Saw Mill But One From Michel West Was Destroyed Very Few Buildings Are Left in Fernie I i-AOY rived at o o'clock from Michel. -fonner years and the clearing af- iliss H.'Beuinger came in from j are clown to Fernie. forded a temporary place'of safety Fernie 011 the Flyer last night. Miss Bonninger lived at the JJ.ft.Has Hotel a year as and until Saturday was, {From th Herald's Special Repre-1 f r employed at the Fernie House. Seen srntative.) OI" red dollars. An Kngiisiiman witiir niger maue ic piam mac sne naa not! Andrew wife and children i his family was left destitute, having i leading the simple life sal-e down tonight, lost over two hundred dollars ami j the last two days. She has had an j sorted at Frank tod a v but! provisions for a journey across to {experience that she will not soon for- j Cooped. Xo wind biowin" i the Old Country. It is said that numbers of people took refuge in cellars in their cie- reiuge in this way and perished. Mrs. Neidig's Experience Some of the rapidity which the fire fiend ate its way into the heart of the city may be gleaned Cranbrook's Cig Hhart The city of Cranbrook opened her to tlie fleeing sufferers suid i -midnight up a trainload who from the isions to send to wore unable to get far aw 1 destroyed town. Loss of Life from the experience of Mrs. A. I and her two children who were jii Fernie at the time visiting Ernest Xeidig, brother of Andrew Xeidiff. It feared that mam- lives were UKf course, could farther, and in the evening To leave them to their fate too much, she preferred to try and save their lives if possible or perish in the attempt. This true heart re- mained with her loved herd until she night was a. regular purgatory forjtheir train backed to Cranbrook, ar. the people at Hosmer. The flyer riving there at 4 a.m. yesterday. reached Hosmer at ten o'clock. The Durin- Mr' Arnold'-'5 stay in Pernie !je witness .-d many scenes too horri- conductor asked all who wanted to; go east to get aboard. A work ble to depict, hairJjreadth j.f, io uepict, nair.oreaotn escapt-s lained with hor loved herd until she R e get aboard. A work! were burned KJ LU IH.IU unui fane taking place all-round him, of fatting i as to leave them trai? had ffOne out and fouml thc i sleepers, m.urf, th, intact. When the fiver left Hos-r'Ulki ng" g Bo, _ h.iro DOC nie together with over two hundrec freight cars. C. P. R. Depot at Fernie Gone The fim- new depot of the C. P. R. in Feraie built last year at a great expense was burned to tlie ground. Nothing is left of any of the C. P. Tl. buildings and onr hundred cars burned in the vard.s iucludine cf friends Anxious About Friends mer there was another rush for bare-footed children endeavoring to coke ovens. At Michel there was pick "way the burnm Enquiries have been made at the great anxiety and the people were en- i debris> made the Wood fairl.v curdle today near Herald regarding the list of names-T5T" those who wi-re victims of the sad catastrophe. .Miss Kathleen Farrell is anxious for two school friends who lived in Fernie. a son and daugh tcr 01 UV J. Baynton, a wealthy dealer of Fernie. Irene Hanrahan, twelve years age, daughter of Mrs.. T. W. Hanra- hiin, had just been a week in Fernie on Saturday and was visiting her uncle, H. J. Cunningham. ?ToCung about the girl and her uncle and fa- mily's safety has been ascertained. iMr. and Hanrahan are in a ner- vous state over their daughter's wel- fare and the fate of their other rela- tions. Mr. ITanrahan will go west tonight in search of his little girl. Exaggerated Statements. Baggageman .Macdonald, who carne in on the delayed No. 8 this morn- ing gives a very rational statement of thc effects of the fire. It is true he says that the scene is-a most ap- palling one and that Fernie is a heap of ashes, but many things have been exaggerated. The line of talk that the train porters were handing out to the people on thc platform yes- terday was stretched to thc limit. Thc colored gentlemen talked of dead people being strewn all along the railway tracks and >icturod harrow- ing scenes of distress and mutilated bodies, all of which wns true only in a small degree. Mr. Macdonald says it is true that mothers arc taking care of children who do not belong to them and can- not get any trace of their own onus. deavoring to save the town. in his veins. Body at Sparwood Another charred was found the Sparwood lumber mills. A gang of rtK-n were sent Miss Benninger was the only per- Heart-rending scenes w.-re also en_ clown from here this afternoon on a son to come to the city last night. acted on board the specials returning hand car to bring it here and search Six- others went further east. Miss Benniger is now staying with Mrs. Kckstorm at the Dallas. THREW DYNAMITE !N RIVER J. if. Agnew of Nelson; B. C. came through No. regular east- bound last night. This morning he told the Herald about conditions along the burned aiv-a when he pass- ed through. His slaved at was for half an hour. There were between one hundred and two hundred people in Fernie at nine o'clock last night. The town was a smouldering mass of ruins. Tiie thn-e large lumber mills around the town were burnod. The cars of coal along the Great Northern were burning. reached Hosmc-r at 10 o'clock, a few buildings wen- burned. A ton oE dynamite had exploded leaving not a half dozen whole windows in thc town. Four tons of dynamite were dumped into the river at Mi- chel. At eleven o'clock the mountain sides were all aflame. The citizens then hoped to save their town if the wind diil not rise. The mill at Spar, wood was wiped out. One of the Elk River Lumber CO.'H employees at Fernie stayed in the river for on hour and a half with a pail over his hoad. Large numbers found shelter in tlie One horse to Cranbrook, children crying for i tlie ruins for other victims that are their parents who were not on board supposed to be in the ruins. and par.-nts running frantically to and fro for children who had become separated. In many cases the worst was feared, as no tidngs of separated ones could bs had. A Sad Spectacle was the removal of the patients from the hosptal at Fernie of a numbrr who were so cave-in at the mines on the day pre_ vious. One. removal was accompanied with no serious ivsults and the pa- tients were safely conveyed to Cran- brook. When traffic was resumed on the C. P. R. late Sunday Mr. Arnold with other passengers proce -dec! cm the east bound pasenger train passing through Fernie about. 18 o'clock. The town presented a sad spectacle, prac- tically nothing but the charred -re. mains left of what was once a thriv- ing and hustling mining town. While en route east from Cranbrook two more specials were passed, hav- ing on board tha remnants of the people who had not been previously removed, their numbr-rs being dis- tributed among the various Pass towns, Moyio accommodating 250. When passing through Michel Mr Arnold states that the womer. and children were all being entrained there, as the place was then con. was seen grazing in nn untouched1 sidered untenable. Mich-ai in Danger No damage has .yet -been done to property in' Michel, btit the situa- tion is bcci'.ming more critical every moment. Numberless fires were started on houses in the east end and as often they were put out by watch ful men. Fires are raging on all sidt-s of the town. At present tlie most danger is in new town; fires spreading from Sparwood are close to the town. Hop- es are faint for the safety of the place for should it jump across the river it will be impossible to save the town. Not alone the now town but the coal company's buildings and the old town will be doomed. General Superintendent Brownlee of the C. P. at Calgary arrived here at, 21 o'clock with large repair gangs go ing west at once to clear the track for the. trains. Two hours later the east-bonnd Soo.Spokane Flyer arriv d here over twelve hours late with mnny of the homeless of Fernie on board seeking shelter with friends in other citi: s. A message was re ccived here today to all C. P. R. men to sacrifie everything else in aid of the thousands, from the Sfnoral mnnage.r of the C. P. R. The mayor of Medicine Hat wired this morning that a carload of flour would be dispatched at once for the relief of the suffering. of about seven thousand souls, ten or twelve small cottages and five or residences all situated near the park. For.ihe rest, not a store, bank, lotel or business concern of any sort o. is left standing ex- cept the offices of the Coal Company. The Great Northern- depot and water tank and-the big, concrete warehouse of the Trites Wood company j-till stand. Need-for Help Urgent Fernie is wiped off map and is not as it remains of sufficient im_ to justify the maintenance a. flag station. It is a disaster un, parallelled in the int irior of British Columbia and one that calls for prompt- .action on the part of the pub- lic. Some three thousand people, mostly women and children, havj. to be housed and cared for until they shall have time to look about them. ,an hour the entire business section was in to the high wind scattering the burning, shingles in all directions and for long distances. When its worst the fire W; ing springs of over a hundred yards m length and sizing in all direc- tions. The bridges are burned out between Fernie and-Michel and traf- fic will be hung up for a time. Another Story, of Disaster Cranbrook, E. Aug. lies in ruins, five thousand people arj homeless and all that remains of a prosperous and progressive city are thirty houses in the'south .end :and the coal company's office in the cen- tre of the town. The citizens are scattered far and widj hundreds flee- ing to Cranbrook, and many to Hos. mer and it will be some time before the scattered members of families can locate each other. The fire started1 s for hours amid the scorching and suffocaiing smoke. The wa- er pressure remained good and sev_ lines of hos 2 poured tons of wa. ter on the. structure. The large new. court house, and the new postofSce and customs buildings directly opposite and it was while these were burning that the greatest danger ex- isted. Again and again swirling masses of sparks found entrance to 'the attic and a bucket brigade did yoeman work in fire: Store after store and hotel after ho- tel caught despite the efforts fire fighters and fell -one by one, until not a building of any descrip- tion or kind remains standing north of :Walmesley St., -save the residences of W. R. Ross, M. P: P., D. V. Mott, th Catholic priest, the Coal. Com- pany office the residence of J E. XeL fer and the Western. Canada whole- sale company. scene at'night was awe inspiring, the lumber piles in West Fernie blazing fiercely, the mountains on eviry side a mass of flames and the town itself by the smouldering ruins. Hundreds sleeping in the open without blan- kets or covering of any sort. Relief committeees .have been organized and food is being supplied to all. Special constables have in and the town, or. what is left of. it, is orderly. Michel Safe Now .iitAf is cuict mh" no wind, the fires surrounding old town have burned out and could be .started again by a heavy wind only. A fierce fire is still raging near Spar wood and four miles from here. At intervals the flames leaped up hundreds of f jet. This is owing .o the cedar. Ths fire is not making much progress. People have been leaving all day. The majority by ms. Many have gone to Michel prairio. People Leave Michel A relief train was made up tonight consisting of fifteen box cars and oaded mostly with women and child- j r.-n and was taken to Coleman, Frank or Blairmore, or any place where a uificient .food supply can be obtain ed for the croxvd. Only a small num- ber of men are left hero to guard he place. Michel is practically safe anless a heavy wind starts. Fire has again broken out n.-ar Hos_ .'T but no immediate danger is eared. Calgary Gives Aid Calgary, Aug. a special neeting of the city council held here his afternoon it was decided to d s i.itch provisions to sufferers t once. Aldermen were busy dur. ng the afternoon and had a train. i of goods jv-ady which loft by a pecial train. The goods included fte> vn tons of flour, half a ton of at meal, and corn meal, a ton of 5.000 pounds of shoulder, aeon, 100 tr-nts, cooking utensils, 25 arnp stoves. Tomorrow they will send y express loaves of Supply of Coke Nelson, B. C., Aug. is im_ osible to get any details as to the ctual scope of the fire in Crow's Ccst Pass beyond the fact thai at cast four towns are totally destroyed. Boundary Mine and Smelter manag. rs arc greatly concerned the ucl supply but the Consolidated ornpnny Trail report that ave a good supply of coke on hand o do not anticipate any v.-ry serious esults from the loss of supply from he Crow's Nest Pass. SUDDEN DEATHS deatts frequently occur. Male "1-" as yoaii Executor and you THE TRUSTS AND fiUARANTEE COMPANY, LTD. (Head Office, Toronto.) Capital: Subscribed, Paid Up and Reserve, PublFc Administrator for Calgary, Macleod Uethbndge and Wetaskiwin Judicial Districts. Official Assignee for LethbrFdge and Macleod Judicial Districts. Advisory Board -for Alberta D. W. Marsh, Esq., William Pearce, Esq., P. Turner Bone, Esq. 711 First Street, West, Calgary. A: G. ROSS, Manager. ESTABLISHED 1864 Bank of Canada I. HEAD OFFICE, MONTREAL Paid-up. Reserve and Undivided BOARD OR DIRECTORS Sir fl. Montagu Allan President Jonathan Hodgson, Esq. Vice-President C. R. Hosmer, Thos. Long, Esq., .0. F. Smith, Esq., Hugh A. Allan, Esq., C. M. Alex. Barnet, Esq., F; Orr Lewis, Esq. E. F. Hebden General Manager The Bank has 119 -branches and -agencies distributed throughout Canada. New York. Agency, 63 and 65 Wall St. SAVINGS BANK ACCOUNTS invited, and special atten- tion is paid to small' deposits. Interest at. 3 per cent, per annum, compounded four times a year. Drafts, Money Orders and Letters ot Credit, payable in any part of 'the world, at current rates LETHBRIDGE E. W. McMULLEN, ;