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THE OMAHA BATIT KEF.: SUNDAY, MAY 31. 1003.
Neither the mother nor child ii'Prnl to
suffer from the ordeal and It la believed
no harm mill come fr"in t!r enforced xe
movsl. Rimfiri of Fatalities.
Many rumor nf perniw being drowned
were heard during th-? clay. One person
declares that he mv four unidentified per
sons In a flatboat hauling ho-iH-hld good
and the boat tipped over and all disap
peared, but partlrulnra could not be learned
and no , confirmation cornea of the story.
Another person reported two ilray loads of
good it awept 'nto the stream and two fami
lies drowned, hut this haa not been con
firmed. Considering the great danger. It la
regarded aa remarkable that ao fw fatall
tlea have occurred.
The flooded territory la In brief aa fol
low: Bouthesst Des Molnes-Prsotlrally all the
territory south of the Chicago nock Island
ft Pacific trucks to the river, seventeen
East Des Mnlnes-Between the river and
th Northwestern tracka and from Dra
Molnea street south several blocks were
South Des Molnea-All the territory from
Clifton Heights northeast ( to the Des
Molnea river, forty blocks.
Factory District All the territory south
of the railroad tracks and from the Eigh
teenth street viaduct on the west to First
afreet on the east. 13 blocks.
North Dea Molnea Crocker Woods and
from the Sixth avenue bridge to the Center
afreet dam. all the territory between the
river and the bluffs, covering about thirty
Highland Park Between the river and
the bluffs from the Flint brickyards on
the north to Vnlon park on the south, a
atrip of territory aeven blocks wide and
twenty blocks long.
Beats All Records.
At o'clock tonight the reading of water
In the Dea Molnea river marked 23 feet 4
Inchea, and waa still rising. So far as
known there were no fatalities during the
flay and all of the 6,000 driven from their
homes are In safe places and comfortable,
The rain la atlll falling tonight, but not aa
fast as before. Nearly lour Inchea of rain
have fa'.len here alnee noon yesterday. The
Rock Island road sent trains east and west
this afternoon and the Northwestern sent
a train out, but all other roads are tied up.
At II o'clock Governor Cummlna author
Ized the throwing open of the atate capltol
to flood refugees. Cots were placed In the
building and food provided.
The damage cannot be computed because
of the fact that close to 2,000 buildings are
ubmarged and It cannot be told whether
they will be carried away. Great damage
was done by the breaking of the levea
alone the Chicago, Burlington ft Qulncy
track, which Inundated the principal fac
tory district. Several hundred thousand
. dollars worth of machinery la under water.
From Marahalltown It la learned that the
Iowa river Is spread out over a vast ter
rltory and the Iowa Central haa been
practically compelled to abandon Its main
Ho Trains at Des Molaea.
Sines the early morning tralna but two
have entered or left Dea Molnea. The St.
Paul and OeJweln tralna were the last. All
the others have failed to get out.
The Great Western Chicago train, the
Peoria and Des Molnea, Dea Molnea and
Gainesville, Des Moines snd Wlnterset, Des
Moines and Kansas City trains each made
efforts to leave, but had to run back.
The Chicago, Rock Island ft Paclflo re
ported at 1 o'clock that the track west of the
city was damaged somewhat, but the tralna
are moving- fairly well. A train la expected
la at about I o'clock. The Denver train
got In on time this morning, but was stand
Ing on tha sidetrack at 1 o'clock, waiting
to get eaat. It la understood that there la
quite a washout at Grlnnell, but Us nature
la not known. he;e because the wlrea are
not working..' The limited due hers at 8:37
was at Grlnnell when last heard from
waiting to get through.
The Chicago Great Weatern. the Winter
set branch of the Chicago Rock Island ft
Pacific, the Wabash and the Chicago.
Rurltngton ft Qulncy are making no: effort
whatever to run tralna, as much olf their
tracks In the city Is submerged.
In two different Instances babies were
born In flooded houses. The mothers and
their Infants were removed to places of
safety In boats ss soon ss possible.
' C'loadbnrst at Wrstfleld.
SIOUX CITY, la., May 30.-A cloudburst
fell yesterday afternoon at Weatfleld, which
will cause a atlll higher stage in the Sioux
river, already out of Its banka. The North
western railroad has been compelled to
adandon the old Sioux City & Paclflo line
on thla aids of the river at Onawa. The
rainfall here yesterday was 1J7 Inches,
bringing the total for the month to ll.M
Charles Lynch, a stockman, living in
Union county, 8. D., met a horrible death,
lis became mired in the soft bed of Lewis
creek and waa held a prisoner until the
rising waters passed over his head.
MARBHALLTOWN, la., May SO.-The
Iowa river Is again rising aa the result of
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heavy rains and is tffiTmiles wide at this
point. Growing corn and oats In the low
lands are all under water and the latter
destroyed. The Iowa Central haa annulled
trains between Grlnnell and Oskaloosa.
Traffic F.nda at Otliaiti,
OTTl'MWA, la.. May W.-Trafflo on the
Hurllngton, the Rock Island, and the Mil
waukee & St. Paul railroads was suspended
today an a result of the flood In the Des
Moines river. Three miles of the Burling
ton and Rock Island Hacks west of the
city mere washed out.
Tonight the Dea Moines river haa passed
tho twenty-foot mark and la rising slowly.
Nearly 7K families are prepared to leave
their holmes If the rise continues. Rail
road connections are cut off, except to the
east on the Chicago, Burlington ft Qulncy.
All records for hls.li water here are broken.
AMES, la., May So. (Special Telegram.)
Heavy rains last night and today caused
a rise in Swan creek and the Des Molnea
river, which are the highest this spring.
The Northwestern tracks are flooded on
the Dej Moines branch and traffic was en
tirely stopped at 10 o'clock thla morning.
Ruin wan falling at 6 o'clock this eveninn
with little prospects of low water. Crops
on the bottoms are submerged and farmers
expect no more than half a crop. It will
read leplanting If dry weather cornea soon
enough, otherwise the losa will be enor
Bnrllncton Bridge noes Oat.
OSKALOOSA, Is., May SO.-The new
bridge of the Chicago, Burlington ft
Qulncy over the Des Moines river In Ma
haska county, seven miles southwest of
this city, has been carried out by floods.
ONAWA. Ia., May 30. (Special Telegram.)
The flood situation is considerably Im
proved today. The water la falling all along
the bottoms from six Incites to one foot.
The Onawa branch of the Illinois Central
road has repaired Its tracka near the Mil
waukee crossing and trains arrived nearly
on time today. The Northwestern la all
right east of Onawa, but owing to a break
In the bridge at River Sioux, trains were
obliged to transfer pasaengers there and
tralna north and south were abandoned
Wind at Pollock, 9. D.
LINTON, S. D.. May SO.-Reports reach
here from Pollock, 8. D., of a heavy wind
storm last night. Several buildings were
demolished, Including the Soo station. Sev
eral were injured, but no one fatally.
ELEMENTS ON A RAMPAGE
(Continued from First Page.)
themselves in the work of rescue. A num
ber of trustiea at the county jail were lib
crated by the sheriff to give them a chance
to help sufferers there. Sheriff Lucas waa
in charge1 of affairs on the pontoon, and he
says that no man gave better service than
these prisoners. If It became necessary to
get out into the water shoulder deep they
did it willingly. One of the men. named
Weatherly, was credited with having saved
five lives on the North side.
The entire city Is thoroughly at the mercy
of the fire that might break out. The
fire chief tonight Issued the following
Kotlce: Every citizen of Topeka, both
property owners and occupants, knowing
the present condition of the city water
works, should take every precaution to pre
vent fire on his premises. In case a fire
should occur the fire department will do
avervthfna- In their nower for abating It
n I hnnA vmi will understand the serious
situation end see np fire Is started. It Is
their duty to do this, and they should see
that It Is done, even If they have to watch
during the night. 1
Health Precautions. ,
The Board of Health tonight Issued ths
Don't drink any water unless it Is boiled.
even cistern water. '
Burn up all refuse matter that lies on
The phys'.el'.ns say that the boiling of
water la of t'.ie. utmost importance as tnere
is grave'danger of a typhoid fever epidemic
after the flood subsides and the drinking
of the contaminated water will render per
ons especially liable to on attack.
Mayor Bergundthal tonight Issuea tne roi-
It Is of the rreateat Importance to the
people of Topeka to come to the relief of
the flood sufferers. Contributions of cloth
ing, especially shoes, bedding, money and
in fact, anything, are solicited, to be
brought to the Commercial club rooms as
quickly as possi. .
lopeaa people wno am not. uner in mo
flood should come to the immediate relief
of the sufferers. The headquarters will be
open all day Sunday. Contributiona can be
Drougnt tnere at any time uurins me ui.
John E. Frost, Immigration agent of the
Santa Fe, Is In charge of the relief head
A pontoon bridge was built over ths back
water to the Melan arch bridge and many
rescued by this means tonight.
Manx Pitiable Blghta.
It was pitiful to note the condition some
of the refugees were In when they were
received on the south side. Mothers with
little ones hold firmly In their arms sobbed
with nervous dread, while they shivered
and shook with fear and cold.
Most of those who came over were quiet
aud some of them were enUrely self-possessed.
In the case of many of them it
seemed that the magnitude of the disaster
and the troubles through which they had
Eone had numbed their sensibilities. They
were crushed by the weight of the catas
trophe, so cast down that they could not
give expression to their feelings.
One woman who was assisted over the
uontoon was leading a water spaniel by a
string. She. acted as though the water
spaniel would get wet. Many of the
women feared that they would be separated
from their children when they reached
the pontoon. The children would be taken
by men, who started for the south end
with them and others helped the women on.
Mrs. Will Henna's Plight.
Mrs. Will Hanna came over In a boat
with her two children, but did not know
where her husband waa and she was wor
rled for fear that she wou'.d be separated
from her little ones. One of them was
sick. She had been through a terribly try
lng experience. J. E. Wlllson of the Wells-
Farpro Express company, who helped her
on the rorth side, said that she had been
six times under water before she waa
brought over. She looked it, too. Her
clothes were fairly soaked.
"I am not so very heavy myself." she
ssld' apologetically to the man who was
assisting her across the pontoon, "but my
clolhes make me seem so. They are Just
Most of the women who were brought
across could tell a falr'y clear story of the
trials they had undergone, but a good
many of them were so nervous that they
could not ssy much.
One of the rescuers said that one of the
women was found on the north side who
was ao far gone through fear and nervous
ness that all abe could aay waa: "West
Gordon street! West Gordon atreet:"
The pontoon bridge failed to scare any
of them. After what they had been
through It waa a wonderful delight to find
footing again, even If it did sway and sink
at times under the water.
Many of the Russians from the north
side are being cared for st the Gerram
Cathoilc church on Third street, betf ecu
Jackson and Van Buren afreets. This Is
ths church where probably all of therrf
worship. Rev. Father Henry la the pastor,
and he is in charge of the relief. From the
number 4here tonight there must he be
tween 2" and 3ia flood sufferers making
their borne there, perhaps more, and it Is
altroet Impossible to hear a word of English
Rearers Over MO Pcrsoas.
After working all. day Friday delivering
Ice, the teams and drivers of th Mutual
Ice company spent all Frtdaf night hauling
people from North Topeka. One driver,
named Beeler, rescued over & people by
morning, with one wsgon and team.
In the afternoon a man with a store of
whisky In a grip paraded back and forth on
the pontoon snd dealt out "nips" to the
weary and watersoaked workers, snd a
great many of them received It gladly.
Steaming hot coffee was also supplied the
workers, snd many of them who had been
laboring for hours with hardly a bite to
eat took advantage of the opportunity to
get some crackers and cheese when these
eatables were being sent across the river.
To Firemen Bergfr and Baker of the
station at headquarters belongs the credit
of a daring rescue and one In which they
placed their lives at grave hazard. Ed
Butts, who waa with the rescuing gang on
the north end of the bridge had ventured
too far out into the current and waa swept
away. He went over and over like a cork.
Even ths best swimmers could not with
stand the current on Kansas avenue. lie
managed to catch hold of the scales at
Dillard's mill. The two firemen ventured
out in a boat to a place where the man
could be reached by a rope, despite the
orders of Chief Wllmarth to come back.
After the man waa pulled Into the boat It
took a desperate fight to row the boat back
to the bridge.
Dancer Causes Insanity.
Burt Totter, a Santa Fe man In the shop
district, says there Is a story there to the
effect that a man who waa In a tree on
the north side went crazy and. shot him
self. He was east of the Santa Fe bridge
and at various times during tho day had
been calling for help. Twice a rescue party
tried to take him off. Each time he refused
to leave the tree. After going away the
second time members of the party say
they heard a ahot and saw his body fall
Into-the water. The belief Is that his situ
atlon crazed him and led to the taking of
his own life.
Aside from the fact that the loss of life
will be appalling, the property loss will be
.3,000,000 or more. Nobody can tell just
what has been destroyed.
The water extends, around Sherry end
other suburbs. Every foot of North Topeka,
inhabited by 10,000 people, Is under water.
The current Is so swift that no boat can
live In It-
Seven thousand people have escaped to
the south side and ars being cared for aa
well as possible.
Screaming; for Aid.
Ths remaining large number have not yet
been accounted for. They have been forced
to the top floors onto the roofs and are
waiting for the water to subside, or to
carry them down stream. They are safe
only so long as thus standing.
Below town scores of men are In tree
tops, yelling for help. Thousands of re
volver shots and screams have been heard
on the north side signals for aid.
Women and children In the part of North
Topeka where the water is probably deeper
than at any other point In the Immediate
part of the city are standing on the highest
points In reach and yet in water to their
It Is reported by men who have been In
sight of the district that hundreds of people
there are suffering end sick. The current
Is so strong that oars are useless and early
In the afternoon a gang was being organ
ized to row as far In there as possible and
then to swim the rest of the distance.
Several boats and wagona have been over
turned and men and women have been seen
struggling In the water.
The river reached the Rock Island depot
on First street this morning. The water
ort Crane street Is eight feet deep and the
current Is like a mill race.
' Intensity of Ballerina;.
: Perhaps 100 people have been dumped into
the water at that point.
The river Is twenty-live feet above low
water mark and 1 sun rising, i ns
weather Is cold, artd the people, who have
not been rescued are suffering Intensely.
I -n less thev have help soon it is feared
that many will die of exposure.
In the "B" street colored Baptist church
on the north side more than 100 victims
of the flood are gathered. The water
flooded the building and the people are
standing on tews in order to keep their
heads above water.
The work of reaculng and caring for ths
flood survivors is being carried forward
systematically. Contributions are being
rushed In to the relief committee. Citizens
are opening . their homes to the survivors
and every Indication is that the city will
be well able to cars for those who have
tost their homss. Every public building
In the city Is sheltering scores of home
All night long families over the worst
flooded portions roosted on the roofs of
buildings and In upper storlos, shooting re
volvers and shouting to attract attention.
One baker and four of his workmen, who
camped on their roof over night, escaped
on planks today. They saw a woman and
two. of her children float away to their
death and the body of an unknown man
gaffer All Night Long.
All night the citizens of the south side
labored in the work of rewcue by boat,
wagon and horseback.
The Rock Island bridge went out early
today and the approaches of the big Mellan
bridge are weakening.
Woolf's packing plant is flooded and
abandoned, aa are all the ice plants.
The Rock Island wires are out and the
dispatchers are absent from the offices
The Vnlon Pacific depot in North Topeka
Is abandoned, as Is the traffic on that road
The Santa Fe is still getting trains weat
as far as Emporia.
Battery B. and Company A. of the Na
rlonal guarda were ordered out today to
assist the sufferers and to aid In quletin
any disturbances that may arise from th
crush to the riverside of frahtlo persons.
who have relatives on the north side?
Mayor Bergunthal snd the chief of police
are at the former's home camped on the
roof awaiting rescue.
Henry Jordan was drowned today whll
trying to rescue a man from a tree, and
the latter, whose name Is unknown, wa
Decoration Day exercises have been
abandoned and the Grand Army of the
Republic hall has been thrown open for
the homeless, hundreds of refugees beln
cared for In passenger coaches and box
Waterspout on the Iliac.
The Rock Island haa received a report
that the river Is falling at Manhattan.
Offsetting this comes a report that a water
sdouI has started a foot rise down the
Blue river. .
Flood conditions 'are getting worse
Lawrence. Over 5u0 people In the north
part of town are homeless. The large
flour mill belonging to Congressman J. D
Bowersock was destroyed at a loas of
IlW.OuC. Several miles of railroad track
are washed out.
Communication with Salina was estab
lished for a short time today by way of
Denver. A dispatch from there says the
flood conditions have Improved. A bl
rUw in the Smoky Hill river last night
caused many more to leave their homes an
hundreds are now encamped on the hills.
Most of the . business houses there
afe ;rd. Tun cf the large building
collapsed yesterduy with sudden crash.
Hill t liy has been on an Island since
Tuesday. No tralna have been runnln
there this week. Tbe town Is small and
the stock of provisions' Is getting very
low. People ere suffering greatly.
The outlook la Council (frov Is appalling
On a smaller scale the situation there Is
much similar to that In Topeka. Nine or
more people have been burned to death In
fire started by slacking lime. Reports
received from there late today say there
Is small prospect of the water falling for
nother twenty-four hours.
How Klre Was started.
CHICAGO, May .-Vlce President Ken-
drlck of the Santa Fe road said tonight:
I have received a telegram which states
hat the flood water at North Tnivka roue
In a warehouse In which lime was stored,
causing the lime to slack and set fire to
ne DUUcllng. Notwlthstandlnr the hi-avv
rain which was fallinr the flumes snread
Review of the Mtaatloa.
KANSAS CITT, May JO. Unprecedented
floods are raging in central snd eastern
Kansas, northwestern Missouri, eastern Ne
braska and southwestern Iowa, the result
of ten days' of almost continuous rainfall
The general situation Is considered most
"rve, with no Immediate relief In sight
Many lives have been lost and It la es
timated that no less than 26,000 perrons
have been driven from their homes, many
of which are washed away and that the
property loss will run well Into the millions
The greatest damage has been occasioned
between Kansas City and Ellsworth. Kan.,
2no miles west. The chief sufferer Is North
Topeka, which has been separated from
the main part of tho city, and become an
Island. At Kansas City, Kan., snd In the
suburban towns of Armourdale and Argen-
Ine, and st Harlem snd Sheffield, Mo..
near Kansas City, Mo., sn aggregate of
lo.lxio persons have been forced to leave
their homes and 8,000 employes of the nu
merous packing houses and railroad shops
In the bottoms are out of employment.
The situation summarized follows: Home-
less: Kansas North Topeka, V.0O0; near
Emporia, 500; Salina and vicinity, 8,000; Law
rence, BOO; Kansas City, Armourdale and
Missouri Harlem and Sheffield, W.
Iowa Des Moines, 6,000; Ottumwa, 500.
Nebraska Lincoln, 200; Beatrice, ?00. ,
Financial losses: Kansas North Topeka,
ll.Ono.WO; Lawrence. 1100,000; Concordia, $100.-
000; Abilene and vicinity, $300,000; Salina and
Vicinity, $150,000; Solomon, Chapman, De
troit and Woodbine and Intervening coun
try, J 400,000. Iowa Des Moines, $500,000.
Became Acnte Friday.
The already flooded condition of central
and eastern Kansas, which had been In
the grasp of the flood for two days, became
acute last night by a sudden rise In all
streams, which were swollen by heavy
rains, The rivers along which the main
damage was done are the Kansas, which
In many places from Its source to Man
hattan, Kan., a distance of 110 miles, has
spread out over miles of land on either
side of Its original bed; the Smoky Hill
river, south from Manhattan, a distance of
another 100 miles, touching Junction City,
Abilene, Salina and Ellsworth, flooding all
these towns and the Intervening territory;
the Blue river north from Manhattan, the
Missouri river north and east of Kansas
City and the Des Moines river at Des
Railway traffic In Kansas Is practically
at a standstill, dozens of big bridges having
been washed out between Kansas City and
Ellsworth and many miles of tracks being
under water. Every western road entering
Kansas City Is affected. .The Rock Island
and Union Paclflo bat ween Kansas City snd
Colorado are laid out completely, and all
Santa Fe trains from the west have been
annulled at a point. west of Florence. A
short distance out of Kansas City the Santa
Fe Is running trains over the 'Frisco
tracks. The B. & M. is moving Its trains
by wide detours. The Rock Island has
four trains stalled at McFarland, one at
Wichita and one at -Hutchinson, and In
fact are held up at all division points. On
the Union Pad 8 a the most serious damage
was done west of Salina, where a number
of washouts occurred.
Train Service Afcaadoned.
Train service between Kansas City and
Topeka haa practically been abandoned.
One train from Topeka over the Santa Fe
reached here today after making a detour
of 230 miles to cover the sixty miles be
tween the two cities.
All rivers In this part of the country, the
Missouri, Kansas, Smoky Hill, Blue and
smaller streams, are rising tonight, the
Kansas and the Missouri at a rapid rate.
and It Is apparent that the destructive
floods of 1881 will be exceeded. Additional
rains are predicted and a further rise In
the Missouri doubtless will result In- seri
ous damage between Kansas City and St.
The principal damage so far sustained in
this locality Is on the Kaw river at Kansas
City, Kan., and at Armourdale and Argen
tine, suburbs of that city. It Is estimated
that 2,500 persons have been driven from
their homes within five miles 6f the mouth
of the Kaw river.
Perhaps 2,000 of this number are at Ar
mourdale, whose citizens mostly are work
ing people. The streets In the greater part
of Armourdale are from two to three feet
under water. All last night the citizens, aided
by police and firemen, were busy removing
household effects, rescuing women and chll
dren and providing shelter for the home
Argentine m Vast Lake.
Ths . north half of Argentine, occupied
mainly by railroad and packing bouae era
ploy es. Is one big lake, and at that place
more than 500 persons are without homes.
There are only eleven houses, and these on
a rise of ground, that are clear of the
In the west bottoms, both on the Kaw
and the Missouri, the water during the
nlght had encroached still further upon the
packing houses. Into the basements of
many wholesale houses and the stock
yards. At the stock yards a number of
pens were flooded and water was beginning
to run Into the basement of the Live Stock
At Harlem, a sparsely settled town
across the river from Kansas City on the
Missouri, fifteen houses are surrounded by
water and their Inmates have deserted
them. In most cases leaving their household
Much suffering waa experienced during
the night, but thus far no lives were lost.
Many railway tracks in the outlying dla
tricts are under water and trslns on most
roads are blocked here. The property loss
Packing; Hons IsOse Hack.
At 10 o'clock tonight the Kansas river
was rising at the rate of four inchea an
hour. Swlft'a packing house has already
sustained a loss estimated at $1,000,000.
The damage to Cudahy's and Swartschllds
ft Sulzberger will be nearly $5v0.000, about
equally divided between ths two plants.
It Is estimated that the loss In Armourdale
to date will exceed $5,000,000.
Armourdale presents a strange picture
of desolation. Almost a metropolitan city
and ordinarily one of the busiest portions
of greater Kansas City, the central busi
ness section, where are located the packing
houses, vast manufactories and factories.
Is one great lake. - Standing on Kansas
avenue. Armourdale's principal street, di
rectly in front of Cudahy's packing plant
and only a stone's throw from Swift's
plant, as far aa the eye can see. tha city
Is submerged. Swift's plant is surrounded
by water and can be reached only by boats.
The loss which the people of the flooded
district will have to contend with from thl
time wi'l be purely a property loss. A
large relief corps Is aiding the police In
protecting life and It la not probable that
any further loss of life will be reported
In any of the flooded districts In thla city.
All parsons are duly warned of the dangers
sod ths hospitality of the people who Uve
on higher ground Is offering shelter for
the less fortunate people who have been
(l'lven from their homes.
Face More SoWerlna.
Most of the homeless people In Armour
dale and the packing liouso and factory
districts are employes of these concerns.
Great suffering will result because of en
The bridges across the Ksnsss river here
are in great danger and large forces of
men are guarding them.
Traffic haa been suspended between Ar
mourdale and this city, as all of the
switchyards In Armourdale are under sev
eral feet of water. The railroads are try
ing to save their bridges by weighting them
down with heavy trains of loaded cars.
The raging waters are on a level with all
of the bridges and Is above them In some
At Argentine the conditions which prevail
are similar to those nt Armourdale.
Families t'amn In Hills.
SALINA, Kan., May JO. Communication,
which has been shut off from tho outside
either by wire or railway since early yes
terday, was opened late today when tho
Western Union managed to make wire
connection with the oast. The flood con
ditions here are Improved today. The town
was almost entirely under water yester
day. A big rise In the Smoky Hill last
night caused more families to leave their
homes on the esst side and hundreds are
trow encamped in the hills east of town.
Three boat load? of provisions were dis
patched to the hills. A messenger from
there reports that every one Is safe. Most
of the business houses here are closed,
as many of the buildings are not consid
ered safe. One large two-story brick build
ing fell yesterday with a crash. All the
occupants escaped. There are no fatali
ties reported, but hundreds of persons have
abandoned their homes snd families are
LEXINGTON, Mo., May SO.-The Mis
souri river here Is within four feet of the
highest point reached In 18fil. Thousands
of acres of land IS covered with water and
people are being moved out in boats. The
crops are all rulhed and tho ferry boat
Is busy getting people out of the low lands.
The river Is still rising.
CHICAGO. May 80.-At the general offices
of the Santa Fa road. It was stated today
that all trains were temporarily held up
by the Kansas floods, the east-bound at
Newton and tho west-bound at Emporia.
Early this morning all the wires of tho
road In that section went down and they
were unable to get detailed Information.
Business Suspended In Abilene.
ABILENE, Kan., May 30. The flood sit
uation in this section Is practically un
changed. Business is suspended and the
people are engaged pumping out base
ments and removing goods from store
buildings In danger of collapse. On the
bottom lands all families hve been res
cued, but hundreds of cattle and horses
Two men spent all last night In a tree
above the water. A cold rain fell steadily
most of the night. The Smoky Hill west
of here Is higher than yesterday and the
rise has begun here. Crops of the entire
valley are ruined. Throughout the county
corn has been so washed that nearly aH
must be replanted. There is no prospect
of a railway train here for days.
In places the tracks are half a mile frorrt
tho roadbed. Woodbine, Chapman. Sol
omon and Herlngton have been flooded by
the highest waters ever known, but are
now In better condition.
Mill Ooas Down Rtvcr,
LAWRENCE, Kan., May ' SO.-The river
here raised several feet during the night
and practically the whole of north Law
rence Is under water. The Bowersock mill
collapsed early today and the mtU-wlth Its
Valuable machinery was carried down-the
hlver, causing a losa of $50,000. Houses and
live stock are going down the stream In
The water extends miles In every direc
tion snd many small houses, barns snd out
buildings have already been swept away.
The Union Pacific freight and passenger
depots are surrounded snd there Is prac
tically no train service cut of here.
Atchison is Badly Flooded.
ATCHISON. Kan.. May $0.-One of the
worat floods In the history of Atchison
occurred here early today. The water fol
lowed a steady and very heavy rain, which
began at midnight and continued for three
hours. While Clay creek, whjch runs
through the center of Atchison, is out of
Its banks, flooding many cellars in the
business part of town and damaging stocks
to the amount of thousands of dollars. The
railroad bridges of the Santa Fe and the
Missouri Pacific at the western limits of
Atchison were carried out, as were many
wagon bridges, and no trains are running.
Hntchlnson is Threatened.
HUTCHISON. Kan., May 30.-Cow
Creek, five miles northwest of here, has
risen suddenly and is higher than ever
before. The flood will reach Hutchinson
tonight and the town doubtless will be
flooded worse than last year, when half
the residence portion was under water.
A wall of water eighteen Inches high is
coming this way snd the crops in the val
ley have been destroyed. The Arkanaas
river haa been Iwo feet today and is com
ing up rapidly.
The town of Medora, in Reno roiinty, la
under water and the people spent last
night In the Rock Island depot. Miles of
track on the Rock Island and 'Frisco roads
have been washed out. Wagon bridges
are gone and thousands nf acres of wheat
and alfalfa are ruined. Wires ars down In
all directions. It Is still raining. East
bound Rock Islands tralna are stalled here.
River Is Tkrcc Miles Wide.
I.INDSBORG, Kan., May SO It has been
raining here for fourteen hours and the
whole country is flooded. At Fremont the
flood reached the Lutheran cemetery and
the river was three miles wide. Rescuing
parties were busy all day and so far no
fatalities are reported. A rescuing party
started from here to succor the passengers
on ananaonea Missouri Pacific No. 8. The
passengers have been in train at Bridge
port since ! nursoay noon snd are running
out or provisions. No mall has arrived
here since Thursday noon.
Along; the Republican.
CONCORDIA, Kan., May 80. The Re
publican river here is eight Inches sbove
high water mark and still rising. The
farmers of the lowlands have left their
homes for places of safety and several
houses ere filled with water. The north
part of the city is under water and sev
eral families have abandoned their homes
Concordia has been without mall for three
days and from present outlook no tralna
will enter the city for several days. One
hundred thousand dollars will not cover
ths damage dono by the floods In Cloud
county. Six Inches of rain haa fallen here
the past forty-eight nours and the worst
of tha flood la yet to come.
Sixteen Kearoes Browned.
MEMPHIS. Tenn., Mav SO. Sixteen
negroes, composing two families of cotton
plantation hands, were drowned last night
in the Mississippi river near Prean Point,
ths Chiles plantation after dark in two
skiffs. Waves from a passing vessel cap
sized the frail boats snd all hands save
one went down. A lad, Will Bell, escaped
by clinging to an oar. Sweu bodies have
reracll Hews to Victory.
ITHACA, N. T.. May So. Cornell ro
to victory in the lunl'ir crew of Cornell
Hurvard and Pennsylvania, held on l,ake
Cayusa. Cornell 11 hy Ave W-nttths snd
rtntini rvania waa seconi Des'ys tne iisr
vaxd aueU b two lengths. Hi . UatVs-
PAY RESPECT TO THE DEAD
Memorial Day is Fittingly Observed at tbe
BUSINESS IS ENTIRELY SUSPENDED
Charles r.morr Smith, Former Post
master General, Delivers the Prin
cipal Oration of the Occasion
at Arlington Cemetery.
WASHINGTON, May 30-With solemn
and Impressive ceremonies. Memorial day
was observed In the national capital on
more elaborate scale than ever before.
Business was suspended, not only in the
departments of the government, but
throughout the city. ,
People of all classes united In perpetu
ating the memory of the heroic dead, who.
In thousands, sleep peacefully In the eight
national cemeteries of the District of Co
lumbia. Soldier monuments snd statues
on the government reservations were flag
draped, flags on all the public buildings
were at half-mast, and the national colors,
with folds caught In bands of crepe, were
displayed from hundreds of private resi
dences. Notwithstanding the absence from the
city of the president, who Is usually con
spicuous figure In the Memorial day ex
ercises at Arlington, the arrangements were
elaborate and beautiful. They wefe under
the direction of the Department of the
Totomac. Grand Army of the Republic, end
included a parade of Grand Army of the
Republic posts, the Old Guard, other pa
triotic organizations snd the mllttla of the
district, headed by the Marine band; decora
tion of monuments and graves snd ad
dresses by men prominent In publle life.
The weather was perfect, cool, but with
a brilliant sun from a cloudless sky.
Exercises at Arlington.
in nhnrt march throush the city the
organisations In the parade boarded the
electrio trains for Arlington, where the
principal exercises of the day occurred. The
procession re-formed st the gates and a
national salute was fired by the Fourth
battery. Unitod States field artillery, as It
entered the grounds.
Already the 18.000 graves In tne cemetery
m raa'n It h flnWSrS Snd SaCh
marked by a tiny American flag, women of
the societies auxiliary to the veterans or
hnvinr been engaged In this
patriotic work since early morning.
A touching feature or tne ceremony a
feature typifying a country thoroughly re
unitedwas the decoration of the graves In
that section of the cemetery where He 1he
The procession marched to the tomb or
V, -T-nknnwn Dead." which had been
beautifully decorated by a special commlt
, ,i Marin hand rendered a sol
emn dirge. The march was then resumed
to the section allotted to tne epanisn war
dead, where another dirge was played.
At the conclusion of the ceremony of
decoration of the graves a great crowd
r.iv,r in the amphitheater. There,
under direction of Department Commander
a at A
I. G. Kimball of tne urana Army oi m
Republic, and other department officials.
Impressive services for the soldier dead
Charles Emory Smith Is Orator.
xtnn stories TCmorv Smith, editor of the
Philadelphia Press, delivered the oration
of the day. He spoke In part as follows:
The beauty and sanctity of Memorial day,
Instead of declining, rather Increases with
the passtug years. The grand army be
neath the sod steadily swells In num.
hers. The grand army which survives ap
proaches closer to the final bivouac. 1 he
old graves lose none of their hallowed
glorv and new graves add to the wealth
fl,..r and affection lavished on these
Here at Arlington i
nation's tribute. If these 'rrpwn&
. 1- ...ir4 tneen sni vipM tin their ten
ants a. they were In life there could as-
semble under tnese tree "'n"''"
broad bosom of the Potomac and yonder
. . . . 1 ( t V. a It, r o d m t council
capltOI OI Wie rrirauTO .u . ",.Vj
of illustrious leaders of the war that could
be marsha.ien at any th
And If thev were thus assembled they
A.!YI '!. th.i h republic has not
b. en ungrateful to her defender. She has
been generous 10 inr ....- -
Ing This was your JtiBt due. You and
those who fought with you did the great
est work which has ever been wrought
rJ.l,!n.a";.hlo hred the strife of sec
tlon. have been set,.ed. The reunlor , of
the KPCtlOIlB naVP in-eu 5ra.i -w...
sacrifice In the crucible of a "ommon strug-
ale. the lines or section" muui"
and in the new destiny the map of the
aitmiM no longer be divided Into
north and south.
Monument of I.ate senator Davis.
t .... ir. ih. afternoon the monument and
bust of the late Senator Cushman K. Davis
of Minnesota was unveiled, me oration
was pronounced by Henry A. Castle of
Minnesota, auditor for the Postofflce de-
.v,. o,inlfea of various posts of
the Grand Army of the Republlo Memorial
services were held In Sll 01 me cemeteries
w TM.tt nt Columbia. The orators
in mo ... - -
of the day at the several cemeteries were
as follows: 8oldlers' Home cemetery, cu
ward P. Seeds; Congressional cemetery.
Captain Thomas H. McKee; Olenwood,
Prospect Kill. St. Mary's and Mount Olivet,
Jointly, Hon. John W. Terkes, commis
sioner cf Internal revenue; Oak Hill ceme
tery Hon. M. W. Miller, assistant secre
tary' of the interior; St. Elizabeth's ceme
. n re a. S. FIsk. pastor of Gunton
Temple Memorlsl church; Battle Ground
cemeterv. Chaplain C. t:. fierce, u. o. a..
Harmony cemetery. John C. Daney. re
corder of deeds. Irtstilct of Columbls.
Observed la New York.
NEW YORK, May 80,-Very appropriately
New York chose Decoration day for the
unveiling of Augustus 8t. Gauden s eques
trian statue 3t General Wllllo,m T. Bher
man erected by the citizens of the metrop
olis 'in the plaza circle at the Fifty-ninth
street and Fifth avenue entrance to Cen
tral park. This ceremony was the prin
cipal event in the city s observance of
It was preceded by a par.wle, of which
Major General Chaffee was rund marshal.
The parade was reviewed by Governor
Odell, Secretary of War Root and Other
prominent persons. The cord which un
veiled th statue was drawn by Master
William T. Sherman Thackaray, a grand
son of General Sherman. This wss fol
lowed with prayer by Archbishop Farley,
after which Cornelius Bliss, acting chslr
man of the committee, presented the statue
to the city.
Mayor Low accepted It on behalf of the
corporation in a short address and Becre-
tary of War tiooi oeiivrmi mc wi"".
The ceremonies closed with a benediction
by Bishop Potter.
McKlnlry Tomb Decorated.
CANTON. O.. May SO.-The vault con
taining the remains of President Mckinley
waa decorated today with muny beautiful
flowers. Mrs Mckinley drove to the tomb
and placed roses snd carnations on the
casket. Among the floral pieces wss a
bouquet of carnations received from Mrs.
Roosevelt. President Roosevelt sent a
handsome wreath four feet In diameter.
CHICAGO. May 30. The Memorial day
obeervances in Chicago began with a naval
demonstration on the lake front In which
more than 1.000 veteran sailors took part.
A fii tiiiu of fluri and floral rmV.eras
was laumhcd as a tribute to the men who
lust their Uvea on river and lake.
At the various cemeteries memorial ser
vices were held and It Is estimated that
IOO.01O men. women and children took part
In tho ceremonies
A street parade of veterans, military and
clvlo organisations waa held this sfter
noon. The column wss reviewed by Oen
crsl John C. Bates, commander of the le
partment of the lAkes, Colonel Lund f
the Grand Army of the Republic, and
SAN JUAN. F. R., May SO.-Deeorattor.
day was observed as a general holiday
here. The graves of eighteen American
soldiers, sailors and marines at San Juan.
Ponce and Mayagura and those of twenty
Porto Rlcsn soldiers at San Juan were
UNCOVER OLD AMPHITHEATER
Chance Reveals n Rclle nt the
Roman Occupation of
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PARIS, May $0. (New Tork World Cable
gramSpecial TelBram.)-ln the very
heart of Paris, shut In by Iron railings and
hidden from the street by a little hill,
grass covered and adorned with trees, lies
a most interesting relic of the days long
since gone by, when this beautiful city
was under the rule of the Roman Invader.
The spot Is known to those who know It at
all as the Faro I' Arena and the Roman
arena which nestles quietly in Its center
was discovered by accident after a sleep
of many centuries. The World s corre
spondent has never seen It mentioned in
any guide book.
There was urgent need of a now water
supply In the locality on the left bank of
the Seine not far from ths Jardln des
Plantea. To provide a reservoir the an
thorltles began to excavate In a little park
at the corner of Rue Navarre and Hue
Monge, only frequented by children and
their nurses. After the digging had been
going on a while the workmen came upon
a structure belonging to another age. Pro.
ceedlng carefully, little by little, they l.ild
bare a Roman arena. Whether the work
was done by Roman slaves or eonquere-1
Gauls under the lash of a Roman ta-k-master
is a matter of conjecture.
The entrance to the arena Is from Hue
Navarre. To the right and left are' the
boxes reserved for the nobles, and on
larger and better situated than the rest
may have been for the emperor. tiit
either aide of tbe entrance are cages built
under the seats. Looking Into them, the
visitor can fancy that one had been a cell
for Christians and captives, while from
the other came the cries and snarls of
hungry beasts that were to devour them
In the arena to furnish a Roman holiday
In the capital of sunny France.
When half of the arena hsd been brought
to view the work had to be discontinue I,
as It runs under the wall of an adjoining
building leased by an omnibus company,
having some time yet to run. The city
authorities have decided to buy the prop
erty as soon as the lease runs out and
restore the other half of the amphitheater.
LIBERAL LEADER IS SILENT
Reserves Comment on Chamberlain,
but Others Are More Oot-
LONDON, May 30. Sir Hehry Campbell
Bannerman, the liberal leader In the House
of Commons, is apparently reserving public
expression of his views in the Chamberlain
Imperial reciprocity scheme until the re
assemblage of Parliament when the finance
bill will come up. In the meantime Sir
Henry's first lieutenant, Herbert Gladstone,
the chief liberal whip. In an open letter
to his constituents warns the liberal that
no time must be lost In putting their house
In order. "The government Is hopelessly
discredited," wtltes Mr. Gladstone, "snd It
Is Impossible io assume that a general elec
tion will bo long delayed."
The Impression, however, Is not supported
In unionist circles, where It Is said that
the government has no Intention of pre
cipitating a dissolution of Parliament until
the whole subject of preferential trade Is
thoroughly threshed out.
Lord Brsssey, liberal, who kaa had con
siderable colonial experience, raises the
question as to whence comes ths demand
for a preferential policy and concludes:
"The only demand comes from Canada,
where, In spite of the preference given to
Great Britain, the tariffs remain almost
Continuing a general condemnation of the
preferential project. Lord Braswey says:
"Future extensions of British trade lie
mainly In the tropics, where an enormous
population creates an Illimitable market.
In order to hold that market Great Britain
must be able to manufacture cheaply. It
Is therefore absolutely essential that rsw
materials be not taxed."
It Is understood that Mr. Chamberlain
has expressed the hope that his proposals
will be freely discussed and that the atti
tude of the colonies will be made clear nt
the congress of the Chambers of Com
merce of the empire to be held at Montreal
FUTURE KING IS POPULAR
Belgians Take Kindly to
Yonne; Heir to the
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BRUSSELS, Belgium, May 30. (New
York World Cablegram Special Telegram.)
The prospective heir to the thrrne of the
Belgians, ltt years old. Prince Leopold, is
already very ptpular among his fjture
subjects, and his lstest photograph is In
great demand. He Is a gtand i-ephew of
King Leopold, and If notMng happens he
will soma day be known aa King Leopold
The present king had a son, but hs died.
Next In line of succession came the king's
brother, the count of Flanders. He Is 6d
years old, deaf and afflicted with other in
firmities. Last November he renounced all
claims to the throne In favor of his son.
Prince Albert of Flanders, who Is now the
Prince Albert came to this country five
years ago and Impressed those who met
him with his democratic ways. He hss
been studying kingcraft under his great
uncle for some years. Two years ago last
October he married Prlnceaa Elizabeth of
Bavaria. Prince Leopold Is their first born
snd only son.
DO NOT FAVOR RATIFICATION
Municipal Conncll of Carthagcna is
Divided on Panama Canal
COLON, May SO.-The municipal council
of Carthagena, at a recent meeting, re
fused to adopt a resolution approving the
ratification of the Panama canal treaty,
aa being the most beneficial 'or the na
tion. The vote was four In favor of the
motion and four against It.
The newspapers sre receiving letters from
prominent Colombians and others urging
the ratification of the treaty.
Obstacle te Combination.
BERLIN, May 30. One obstacle to th'
union of the General Electric and the All
gemelne Electrlcltets companies has been
that neither C. A. Coffin of the Otmeral
F!e-trlc company nor Herr Rathenau. pres
ident of the Allgemelne concern, was will
ing to give up command. Both these nv-n
sre strong personalities. A recent meeting
here resulted In Herr Rathnc-aU glilng way
and in the Allgemelne to eer1-usly con
sider the plsa for a eertaln Identification ef
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