SOUVENIR HUNTERS STRIP WRECKED BOAT
Anything From a Cork to a Bag of Sugar is Taken - Very
Little Left - Capt. Foote Warns Looters
That Action Will be Taken
The wrecked steamer Alexandria, reposing helplessly a short distance from the debris-strewn shore of Scarboro Bluffs, presented a scene of animation all day yesterday and today swarming with curious, half-baked souvenir hunters. During the course of the last two days thousands have visited the scene of the wreck both by radial car and boat, and very few have failed to take away some relic of the wreck, whether it was merely a piece of cork or reached the proportions of a sugar barrel. A persistent stream of the curious and thrifty went back and forth from the Bluffs bearing trophies of every conceivable nature.
The Star reporter arrived at the scene at a time this morning when the whole city slept. Already the industrious residents of the community were providing against the coming winter by taking away barrels of vinegar and sugar. One man was, he said "doing his duty by his family" by appropriating several bags of sugar and innumerable baskets of crockery. Altogether it is estimated that twenty-six barrels of sugar and almost as many barrels of vinegar, furniture, cutlery, lifebelts, brass work and provisions of all sorts were among the prizes.
The Alexandria, with her bow and stern gone, broken in the centre, and open fore and aft on both sides, looks more like a mass of painted debris than a lake steamer. Only the row of cabin window holes, the projecting rock-arm, the barely discernable funnel, and the bold letter Alexandria squarely facing the cliffs, remind you that she once sailed the lakes.
The naked throng, which included the inquisitive newspaper men, were startled in their search about 9 o'clock by the appearance of the tug Earl King, with a wrecking crew under Captain Foote, towing a scow.
The party with Captain Foote, which had left the Canada Steamships Lines' dock, consisted of Mr. H. W. Cowan, of the steamship line, and Messrs. Weisbeck, and Stith, representing the underwriters.
The value of the cargo and vessel, in their hopelessly damaged condition hardly seems to warrant the work of salvage.