New York, NY Steamboat SEAWANHAKA Disaster, Jun 1880
The body of Mrs. Minnie Howell Aucaigne, the wife of Eugene Aucaigne, of No. 306 West Thirtieth-street, was found on Friday night at the foot of One Hundred and Thirty-Eighth-street. It was taken to the Morgue and shortly afterward was removed to her late residence. Mr. Aucaigne, who was almost at the wreck from the time of the burning of the Seawanhaka, engaging divers and others in the search for the body, was inconsolable when he hooked up the swollen and frightfully disfigured body. The funeral is to take place to-day. The interment will be in Green-Wood.
The remains of ex-Assemblyman Joseph I. Stein, of the Twelfth District, will be buried to-day from his late residence at No.202 East Fifty-second-street. The body was found on Friday evening in Flushing Bay by John H. Holmes and Frank Boerem, of Flushing. It seemed to be understood by those who were searching for Mr. Stein's body that when they found it they were to receive a reward of $300--$200 from the relatives and $100 for Mathew Hahn, of No. 237 Broadway. When Mr. Holmes and Mr. Boerem called for the $300 yesterday afternoon at the residence of Mr. Stein's family, they received $100 and were told, so they say, that they would receive no additional sum. Mr. Holmes and Mr. Boerem were very indignant. They visited Keeper White at the New-York Morgue, and told how they had been treated. They seemed to think that they had a cause of action against Mr. Stein's family. Mr. White declined to express any opinion in the matter. When the body of Mr. Stein was found he wore a diamond ring, diamond stud, and a gold watch and chain. Mr. Holmes and Mr. Boerem saw that the jewelry and watch were carefully restored to the family of Mr. Stein. Tightly clasped in the fingers of the drowned man was a card upon which much had evidently been written. The only words decipherable were, "In case I'm drowned---." Ex-Judge France, of Flushing, who is Deputy Grand Master of Freemasons of the district, took charge of the body and Coroner Herrman, of this City, granted a permit for its removal. Mr. Stein was about 30 years of age, and a native of Albany. He was graduated from the College of the City of New York, and studied law in the office of ex-Recorder James M. Smith, of this City. He was admitted to the Bar, and in 1876 was elected to the Legislature from the Twelfth District. He was prominent in many Hebrew societies, and last year was Deputy Grand Master of the Fifth Masonic District. His young wife, to whom he had been married only two months, died last January. He will be buried with Masonic honors to-day.
The funeral of Daniel Moore, a laborer, whose body was found on Friday at the foot of One Hundred and Twenty-ninth-street, took place from the Morgue yesterday. Moore lived at No. 425 West Twenty-sixth-street. His wife and four children survive him. They are in utterly destitute circumstances. The remains of Chauncey Hawkins will be buried from his late residence at No. 75 Rodney-street, Brooklyn, E. D., this afternoon. The remains of Horace A. Schrimer were buried from the residence of his sister, at No.193 Gates-avenue, Brooklyn, yesterday. To-day, at 4 o'clock, at St. James's Episcopal Church, Smithton, Long Island, the funeral services over the remains of Horatio W. Mills will be held. The body discovered off Flood Rock on Friday by Capt. "Dave" Bird, of the steam-boat Minnahanonck, has been identified as that of Anita Reynes, of New York. Commissioner Brennan says that great credit is due James Fay, a convict employed on the Minnahanonck, for saving lives at the time the Seawanhaka was burning. Dr. MacDonald, of the Asylum for the Insane on Ward's Island, says that one of his patients did extraordinary work in rescuing persons from drowning. The patient plunged into the water and saved many lives, with a suitable testimonial for their brave conduct. George W. Chase, owner of the steam-launch James M. Boyd, for similar services, is to be presented with a gold medal.
Another victim of the disaster was found yesterday by a man named Phinney, who is employed on Sanford's Point, Flushing Bay. Phinney saw the body in the water. He waded out to it and towed it to the shore. He then called a fellow-workman, who notified Coroner Seibs, of Newtown, and an inquest was held. The body was that of a man about 45 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches in height. It was dressed in a dark gray tweed suit, knit undershirt and drawers. The body had a deep wound on the left side of the head, such as might have been made by the paddle-wheel. In the pockets were a gold watch and chain, about $100 in bank notes, gold and silver, a number of letters and papers. The letters were addressed to M. M. Smith, Great Neck, Long Island. The watch had stopped at 5:08. A package of Seawanhaka passenger tickets was also found in one of the pockets. On his hands were three rings, one a handsome blood-stone seal, the other two plain gold ones. On the inside of one was engraved the words "Our Love." The jury viewed the remains and rendered a verdict of "Death by drowning." The body was taken to Henry Skelton's Morgue, Newtown, Long Island, and a telegram sent to Great Neck, notifying Mr. Montague Smith's friends, many of whom were on Ward's Island.
The record of the missing is, as near as can be ascertained, as follows:
DONOHUE, Margaret, New York. GAGE, P., New York. McConville,------, New York. MICHAELS, William, Sea Cliff. PALMER, Mary, Sea Cliff. PETTIT, Charles, Hunter's Point. PYRO, Mrs. Enoch, Jersey City Heights. RUSSELL, Mrs. Whitestone, Long Island. SCNEIDER, Mary, Canarsie. SMITH, Mordecai Manuel Noah, New York. TAYLOR, Mrs. Sarah, WAGSTAFF, Edgar, Whitestone, Long Island. It is believed that some in the above list are alive and well. If so, they might spare their friends much anxiety by notifying them of the fact.
The New York Times, New York, NY 4 Jul 1880
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