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The Omaha Daily Bee. ESTABLISHED JUKE 19, 1871. OMAHA, TUESDAY MOUSING, JUNE 2, 1903-TEN PAGES. SINGLE COPY THREE CENTS. S 11AY0C At Least One Hundred or Mora Fenona Art Eeported Killed. GAINESVILLE GA., THE SCENE OF DISASTER Oreat Cotton Hill with Fire Hundred Em plojei in Ctorm'i Path. BUILDINGS DEMOLISHED UPON INMATES One Hundred Lirea Loit in One and Fifty in Seoond MilL SOME B0D.ES ARE BEING RECOVERED Catostropb Adda Another Horror to Hmr Which Floods Throogh. out h West and Booth Aft Creating. GAINESVILLE, Oa.. June l.-Just after the noon hour the city wa struck by a terrlllo cyclone, killing probably 100 per sons, unroofing the City hotel, other large buildings and destroying the Gainesville cotton mills. The greatest loss of life Is reported In the destruction of the cotton mills, where about eighty persons are reported killed and scores Injured. Eighteen persons were killed In the city between the center of the town and the railroad station, where four large stores were blown down. The storm had driven many persons at work Into the cotton mill when the cyclone struck. The mill was a three-story building. The first story was left Standing, but was badly wrecked. The second and third floors were com pletely demolished and the employes were eaught under the wreckage and mangled. It Is estimated that there are at least seventy-five bodies under the wreckage of the third floor, and It Is not known how many persons on the second floor of the building were killed. The roof of the electrlo barn was lifted and the building badly damaged. The I all road depot suffered also. Among the dead are: MRS. MARSHALL CAMP AND CHILD. JACK MURPHY, aged 12, son of Widow Murphy. TJLAH JACKSON. ETHEL LTLE. ANNIE GARRETT. CLAUDE BHEDD. The wife and daughter of W. B. Sloan were fatally Injured. Among others Injured are: Mrs. Talley and daughter, badly hurt. Mrs. Jones, wife of Mr. Jones, who keeps a grocery store near Southern depot, badly hurt. J. R. Logan, badly Injured. James Simpson. Mauds Gordon. John Simpson. Ansa Schubert. Ota Miller. Edward Skinner. Basal Skinner. Mrs. Don. Clark. Mrs. J. H. Sumerrllle. Alonso Ford. . Doa Morall Jo Shubert. Milledg Hilt Willi Boon. Perry Connor. Nearly every employ la the Galnsrllle cotton mills was killed. Including a large number of children. Tot Hundred Building? Dews, The Southern depot was blown down. The Gainesville Iron works were demol ished and several people perished In the wreck. The Galnsvill cotton oil mills were blown down. The old Piedmont hotel, now used as a school and apartment house, was rased and half a dozen or more people were killed In It. The Richmond hotel was wrecked and several perished along with IL On hun dred and twenty-five cottages, a school house and a church were blown away In the negro section of the town. Five brick stores on the main street of Oainesvlll were swept away. In all, 200 buildings are demolished here. The tornado went from Gainesville to New Holland and It Is believed many peo ple are killed there. The death list Is expected to be of much greater magnitude by morning, as nearly thirty are believed to be hurt beyond hope of recovery. At a meeting tonight of physicians, newspaper men and cltlsens of Gainesville a relief committee was formed with James R. Gray of Atlanta as chairman. Sup piles will be rushed Into the stricken city as rapidly as possible. DEMOCRATS ELECT JUDGES Fourteen Oat of Eighteen Candidates la Cook Counts- art Carried t the Beach. CHICAGO, June 1. Out of the eighteen candidates voted for In the Judicial elec tlon In Cook county today the democrat elected fourteen and the republicans four, A light vote was cast, awing to the wet weather, and straight tickets were few and far between. Among the defeated repub llcans was Judge Elbrldge Hanecy, a close friend of Congressman Lorlmer, the re publican leader In Cook county. One superior court Judge, fourteen clr cult Judges and three provisional circuit Judges, were voted for. Judge Theodore Brentano, republican, was re-elected Judge of the superior court. Richard Tuthlll, John Gibbons and Fred rick K. Smith, republicans, were elected to the circuit court. The successful democrats were: Circuit court Judges Murray F. Tuley, Edward Dunne, Frsncls "Adams, Frank Baker Richard W. Clifford, Thomas O. Windes, Charles M. Walker, Lockwood Honore, Edward O. Brown. George Kersten, Julian W. Mack. For the provisional circuit court Judges, three democrats were elected as follows Thomas M. Jloyne. Joseph A. O Donnell and George Mills Rogers. GIRLS RAID CHICAGO LAUNDRY Accompany Mai Members of I'olon Drive Oat Employes, bat Try It Again Vainly. CHICAGO. June 1 Several hundred striking laundry workers. Including man girls, raided the Derby laundry, ltl On turto street, today and drove out all th employts at work there. Before enterln tne piace tny overturned a wngon and scattered its contents in the street. Th- strikers then started for another laundry In the vicinity, but were met by a wagon load of police and dispersed. PREMIER PRIOR DISMISSED Yletorlan Minister i.r' ' ad Rlch- ard McBrld Will 1 w Cabinet. VICTORIA. B. C, June 1.' Colonel . was dismissed by Lieutenant Governor Henry Joly today and later Richard Mc Bride, member for Delta and leader of the opposition, was called upon to form a min istry. This dismissal of the premier was due to his connection with the contract for the supply of cable for Chimney Creek bridge, which was supplied by his firm. The opposition alleged wrongdoing In the manner In which the contract was secured. An Investigation was held at which Colonel Prior told of having seen the tenders and asked why his firm had not been given a chance to tender. They afterward tendered and secured the contract, but Colonel Prior said the firm had not received knowledge of the tenders already In and no evidence was adduced otherwise. The evidence was placed In the governor's hands on Saturday and today he wrote to Colonel Prior dismissing the first minister nd his government, of which but one, J. Prentice, finance minister, remained. The governor's letter says the late prem ier's conception of the Independence of parliament act is such that he no longer can give him his confidence. Richard Mc- Brlde was called upon to form a govern ment this afternoon and the legislature ad journed until tomorrow, when he will an nounce his government. It Is rumored that McBrlde's cabinet will be composed of two liberals and three conservatives, a .fact which Is exciting much comment, as McBride stated In the house a few days ago that he was In favor of an Immediate election on party lines. Efforts are being made to patch up A gov ernment by the opposition leader that will have sufficient following to carry on the session, but It is not thought the govern ment thus formed will be very strong. NOTABLE WEDDING IN ROME Mece of Mrs. John W. Mackay Marries Prominent Italian. ROME, June 1. Edna Telfener, daughter of Countess Telfener, and niece of Mrs. John W. Mackay, was married today to Slgnor Glno de Martlno, son of the former under-secretary for foreign affairs. The civil ceremony was performed at the Capllo by the mayor. The bride's wit nesses were Lewis Mllddlngs, secretary of the United States embassy, and Count Pacchl. The bridegroom's witnesses were the duke of Lerrano and the duke of Bermoneta. The religious ceremony took place In the private chapel of the Oabrtelll palace, were the Telfeners live. Mgr. Stoner, canon of Bt, John Lateran, officiated. The bride's witnesses at this ceremony were former Premier Marquis dl Rudlni and Prince Colon na. The bridegroom's witnesses were the duka of Grailoll and Count von Quadt, former secretary of the German embassy at Washington. The palace was magnificently deeorated with flowers. The- presents -wer --numer ous and of great value. Many members of, both the clerical and liberal aristocracy of Rom were present. REVOLUTION JS SPREADING Dlspatehea Prom Macedonia Tell of Dlseo-Terr ef Dynamite and Conspiracies. VIENNA. June L The Neue Frele Press correspondent at Uskub says the authorities at Koeprueleu, province of 8a ion lea, have captured nine kilograms of dynamite and quantities of other explo sives in the houses of two men named Alexo Minora and G. Orgevntsciew, both of whom have been arrested on suspicion of complicity In the recent dynamite out rages at Salonlca. LONDON, June 2. Th correspondents t Sofia of the Horning Post and the Times both declare their belief that the revolu tionary movement In Macedonia Is spread lng and that the peasants are Joining It In Increasing numbers. They believe that the Bulgarian government Is sincere in desiring to stop the Incursions of Insur rectionary bands Into Macedonia, but that Pa task Is difficult. EXILE FOR THE BULGARIANS Turk Hopes Thereby to Restore Order la Albanian Provinces. LONDON, June 1. Dispatches from Con stantlnople to the Times show that the porte claims that the exile of 103 Albanian chiefs has restored tranquility, but the Uskub correspondent of the paper says he expects further fighting in Albania. The Turkish authorities propose to exile with cut trial 103 leading Bulgarians from the whole of Macedonia. These exiles ' are mostly schoolmasters and merchants of high standing and have been selected, as the moat dangerous of the 900 persons long suspected of being ringleaders, who were recently arrested there. There Is a dl tlnct recrudescence of hostilities on the part of the lebel bands and six conflicts are reported from various directions. Large quantities of dynamite bombs are said to have been brought from Bulgaria. MOORS LOST FIFTY-SIX MEN That Many Killed or Woaaded la Their Attack ea Alcerlan Governor, General. SAIDA, Algeria, June 1. It is officially stated that the Moorish tribesmen hnd fifty-six killed and twenty wounded In their attack o M. Jonnart, governor general of Algeria, near Flgulg, Saturday. The con dition of the seventeen French sharpahoot ers who were wounded In the fighting is satisfactory. A detachment of French cavalry has left Aln-Hefra for Benonouf. Governor General Jonnart has arrived here. He received assurances of loyalty and devotion to France from numerous calds and native chiefs during the Journey. TREATY BEFORE CUBAN SENATE Document Is Read and Then Referred t Commltte n Foreign Relations. HAVANA. Juns 1. Th permanent treaty between Cuba and the I'nlted States accompanied by a message of transmission from President Pairaa, was read In the senate today and then referred to th com mlttee on foreign relations. The government organ, I .a Discussion, announces that the Cuban minister at Lon dun has been Instructed to ascertain the attitude of London financiers regarding the prospective Cuban loan for tU.000,00. DES MOINES GETS RELIEF Wont of the Flood in That State ia How on the Lower Hirer. "'IJMWA AM0N6 TOWNS STRICKEN Ralmay Traffle la the Entire East era and Southern Portion of the Stat Is Demoralised. (From a Staff Correspondent.) DES MOINES, June 1. (Special.) The flood situation has steadily Improved. The Des Moines river has been lowering at the rate of about two feet a day, and the Coon river is about, stationary. The bridges leading to East Des Moines were reopened this morning and the water had so far receded that traffic could be resumed with comfort on Grand avenue leading eastward. AH the bridges are Intact and the abut ments have held well, though it Is evident that some of them have been partially undermined. The railroad bridges cannot be used for a day or two, as the embank ments leading to them have been washed away. In the flooded districts of East Des Moines the water has receded so that only a few business houses are surrounded. None of the residences have as yet become ap proachable. There Is nothing to do but wait for the water to get out of the way so that cleaning may be commenced. On the great embankment of the Chicago Great Western road running diagonally through the southeast part of the city there Is a Treat sight, the houses and fences being piled up promiscuously along the grade In confusion and the carcasses of domestic animals freely Intermingled. The Des Moines packing house is located on an Island far to the southeast and all around this island similar conditions prevail. Noth ing has been done today looking to the removal of furniture and household goods in any part of the city. The relief work Is being handled splendidly, and all the com mittees are thoroughly organized. The city and county officials are furnishing all that they can and private funds are being raised. Health Precaution. Extreme cold continues and the flood victims are still without sufficient clothing. Pitiful appeals are made for dry garments for women and children. The most alarm ing reports were received this morning concerning the epidemic of pneumonia and kindred disorders. Doctors are unable to get sleep, so numerous are the calls, and scores of fatalities resulting from exposure seem Inevitable. The smallpox hospital was surrounded by water and the coal and food supply was cut off for two days, but the anxious Inmates have been reassured by the d- lining of the water. The food and fuel famine that was threatened yesterday Is now believed to have been averted, as teams and boat have succeeded In reaching freight cars that were stranded at th outskirts when they arrived. The street car system managed to get a temporary engine. Installed and a dynamo at work and was able to start a few of Its ears again on the west side, much to the ellef of persons living In the suburbs, The railroads running through Des Moines are still paralysed. The Northwestern alone was able to keep Its trains going. but the Rock Island Is doing business west and north. The Rock Island suffered a heavy loss near Harvey, twenty miles down the river, where a fine bridge was washed out. The Wabash has had a passenger train on a siding east of the city for three days, unable to go on or come back. Much of the trackage of all the roads In East Des Moines Is gone. Ko Deaths In Des Moines, The reports of death by drowning have proved erroneous or at least none of them have been verified. A steam fire engine arrived In th city today with a crew from Chicago, to be used In case of a fire and in anticipation of the shutting down of the waterworks station. But happily the waterworks were saved and good water In abundance has been furnished the people. The water, although drawn from beneath the Coon river, Is not even discolored. The Musgrave Fence company sustained serious loss at Its large warehouse on Second street Just below Court avenue. The basement had filled with water and this weakened the foundation. Sometime during last night, the middle wall under the building crumbled and fell and the floors of the building went down, while the outside walls were left standing. The en- Ire stock of the company's goods was precipitated into the basement and lies In the mud and water a mass of ruins. The ladies' tailoring store of S. Wolf on Seventh street was broken into and robbed last night. The discovery was made this morning and the proprietors went to work t once to determine how much was lost. Many ladles' skirts and other goods were taken. The Northwestern, Minneapolis & St, Louis and Rock Island are operating trains Irregularly, boats and hacks being em ployed to transport passengers to and from the train beyond the flood district. Other railways are still tied up. The river has begun to decline at Ottumwa and Eddy vllle, below here, leaving a terrible trail of ruin. Conditions at these places are exactly as they were here thirty-six hours ago. The flood cltuatlon In Iowa Is Improving and the Des Moines river has been falling rapidly, eight feet being reported at Boone In twelve hours. In Des Moines $.000 are homeless and are being cared for by the local committees. Provisions and clothing have been contributed In large quantities and it Is believed by all here that the worst has passed and that no further trouble will be experienced. From ten miles up the river the bottoms are covered and frequently homes are under water. No lives have been lost and no fires reported. Moves a SoBtheast. The crest of Iowa floods is rapidly mov ing southeast. Two weeks ago extreme northwest Iowa was visited by the greatest flood In its history. Today southeastern Iowa is experiencing similar conditions. -i ne ueaur river at Cedar Rapids was the highest in history this morning, but Is declin ing. The Iowa, Skunk and tributary rivers emptying into the Mississippi, In the vicinity of Keokuk, ar spread out over a vast territory. Railways In that section cf the state are badly tied up. The Burl - lngton has lost nearly a mile of double track on Its main line west of Ottumwa and is unable to move a train. The fast mall trains on the Burlington and Rock Island, as well as their limited trains, are tied up. A washout east of Des Moines has held Rock Island westbound trains at Newton, forty miles east of here, for three days. Westbound trains have been operated spasmodically out of this city. It Is expected to have the main line of the Rock Island open by tomorrow morning, although schedules will be disregarded. The Northwestern's main line, which passes (Continued on Eights Pag-Jt CONDITION 0FJTHE WEATHER Forecast for Nebraska--Partly Cloudy and Warmer Tuesday; Wednesday air In East, Showers and Cooler in West Por tion. Tern pern tore at Omaha yesterdnyi Hour. Urs, Hear. Deer. ft a. m 4H 1 p. m 01 6 a. in 4M p. m oil T a. tn ..... . 4tt ft p. m 61 M a. m 4H 4 p. m 5'J f a. m 4f S p. sn 53 10 a. m 49 tt p. m. ...... B;l 11 a. m BO T p. m AS 12 n BO H p. m 5.1 p. m ..... . B3 NEW COUNCILJN COMMITTEE Transacts Routine Baalneas la Prep aration for Regular Weekly Meeting; Tonight. At the meeting of the city council com mittee of the whole yesterday It was de cided to take no action In the matter of paying the special deputy sheriffs who were appointed th first week of May to preserve order during th strike. An agree ment had been tacitly entered Into be tween the Board of Fir and Police Com missioners and the county commissioners by which the expense was to be met half by the county and half, by the city. Th majority of th members of the city coun cil held that this expense should be paid from the fire and police fund by the com missioners. It was decided to confer with th mem bers of th tax committee of the Real Estate exchange anent th selection of a successor to J. H. Mcintosh as special at torney for the . city In the litigation be tween the city and the railroads as to the assessment. Judge Eller was on hand to make the acquaintance of the present members of thu council, and brought with him the statement that his client. Judge Gordon, would draw salary as police Judge of the city until after the next meeting of the leslslature. In spite of this It was de cided to have the nam of Police Judge Berka on the salary ordinance, and the comptroller was so Instructed. It was decided to permit the Junior mem ber of the firm of Wright 8tout to oc cupy desk room at the city tiall upon the payment of 115 per montfeSntal. To the city attorney was -referred the claims of Mrs. Belle Gish and Mrs. Mary Stevens for personal Injuries. The bill of the Welsbabch Gas Lighting company, $1,098. was not allowed, and a committee was ap pointed to ask the street car company to extend Its Famam street line further west. OMAHA OR SOME OTHER PLACE Question for Executive Commltte f National Editorial Associa tion to Decide. Th question as to whether Omaha Is to be the meeting place of the National Edi torial association this year la now squarely before President Wlllard, Secretary Page and the executive committee. After a full discussion of the demands -made by the officers of the association, President Med lar of the Trt-Clty Prjjes club, and Sec retary Utt of the ., Commercial : club have sent a Joint letter to the officers of the national association, defining - precisely what Omaha will do In the way of enter tainment. A whole-souled, hospitable re ception is promised, together with' a free excursion to Tellowatone park, limited to the number that can find accommodation In two Pullman cara It . Is pointed out that when It was assured there would be several side excursions to Colorado, the Black Hills, etc., the railroads had given grounds for such expectations. The enact ment of the Elklns law, however, has caused the roads to draw tighter reins so far as free transportation Is concerned snd the definition of the term "usual cour tesies" has been changed since that time. It is held that It is not fair to Omaha for local men to contribute 11,000 to 12,000 for an excursion that will provide material for newspaper mention from observations In sections far removed from this city and having nothing In common with it. STRIKE CONFERENCES BEGIN t'nlon Pacific Officials Hold First Ses sion with Machinists' Rep resentatives. The first of the conferences between Union Pacific officials and the machinists was held at headquarters yesterday. Presi dent Burt and Superintendent McKeen met the International executive board, but noth ing definite or final was accomplished. The blacksmiths were not represented at the conference. Their International head, Pres ident John Slocum, did not arrive In the city until late in the day.' The conferences will da continued today. Neltiier side to the controversy Is giving out any Information. Chairman Hugh Doran of New Tork of the machinists' executive board, who Is to make what statements are given to the press, said last night that there was nothing for the public as yet, that only preliminary ground was approached In yesterday's conference and that he could not tell how long the confer ences would continue. The blacksmiths probably will not meet the officials of the company until after the machinists have shaped matters. However this course Is not definitely determined, on. The two crarts may meet the officials Jointly after the meetings have progressed further. A representative of President Burt said late yesterday that there was nothing from the company's standpoint to be given out at this time. Movements of Ocean Vessels Jane 1. At Philadelphia Arrived: Haverford, from Liverpool. At New Tork Arrived: Kroonland. from Antwerp: Noordam, from Rotterdam: Moltke, from Hamburg. At Havre Arrived: Tyi OhamDene. from New York. Passed: Sicilian Prince, from in ew mm, ior rapies ana Palermo. At Gibraltar Arrived: Princess Irene from New York. Passed: Koenig Albert, from Genoa and Naples, for New York. At Yokohama Arrived: Doric, from Hun Francisco via Honolulu, for Hugo, Na- gastKl, Etnansnai ana jiung rong. At The Lisa rd Passed: Finland, from New York, for Antwerp: Kaiser Wllholm II. from New York, for Plymouth, Cher bourg and Bremen At Cherbourg Arrived : Augusts Victoria, from New York via Plymouth, for Ham burg. At Plymouth Hailed: Pretoria, from Hambure and Boulogne, for New York. A-- i rived: Kaiser Wilhelm n. from New York for Cherbourg and Bremen, snd proceeded At Llvernnol Arrived: C'edrlo. front New York via Queenstnwn: Manchester Trader, from Montreal; Holiemlan, from Boston; Manman. from Montreal; Tunisian, from Montreal. At Brow head Passed: Nomadic, from Portland, for Liverpool. At Greenock Sailed: Corinthian, for Mon treal. At London Sailed: Menominee, for New York. At Beachv Head Passed: Rotterdam, from Rotterdam, for New York. At Copenhagen Arrived: Nicola I II. from New York. At Rotterdam Arrived: Potsdam, from N""v YTk, At Bremer. Arrived : Frleiiertch der OroMf from Nw York vl Plymouth and Cherbourg. SITUATION AT Some Belief is Afforded to Topeka Suf ferers. ACTUAL LOSSES ARE BECOMING KNOWN Believed How Number of Deathi Will Be Around Forty, THIRTY-FOUR VICTIMS REPORTED LOST Extreme Precaution! Are Being Taken to Prevent Epidemic DIPHTHERIA APPEARS AND ASSAILS MANY Work ef Aiding th Homeless Is Be- mlna- Systematise, but Pro visions ar Rapidly Becom ing Short. TOPEKA, Kan., June 1. At I o'clock to night the water In the Kansas river had gone down fourteen Inches and was falling at the rate of half an inch an hour. From Manhattan up the river comes the re port that the water there Is slowly fall ing. At Wamego the same condition pre vails, and It is now reasonably certain that the waters here will oteadtly re cede. At this time there ar thirty-four known dead. The list of dead follows: JORDAN, HENRY, colored. WARD, , old soialer. GARKKTT, , 6-year-old son of Fireman O. H. Garrett. HL'TZ, FOREST, teacher. HUTZ, MRS. FOREST, Sea Haven, Louisiana. STORV, . Infant of George M. Story. JACKSON, MRS. widow, probably dead. MONTUOMLHlf, MRS IDA. probably aeua. Unidentified dead: UNKNOWN FAMILY OF SEVEN, seen by Rescuer Smith In West Side house. UNKNOWN WOMAN AND CHILD, drowned while crossing to Oakland. FOUR, seen to fall fiom trees by watch ers at Sardou Bridge, east approach. JACKSON, Mrs., a widow wno lived at Thirteenth and Van Buren, was caught In her home without means of leaving and is thought to have been drowned. Henry Ludlngton, who Uvea In Oakland, was last seen hanging to the branches of a tree in the eastern portion of North Topeka Saturday morning. It Is thought that he has been drowned. John L. Adams," who lived on Madison street near the woolen mill. Is thought to have perished. With his family he had taken refuge on the roof of his home. Res cuers took the family out early, but th boat was not large enough to accommodate blm. When the party returned for him he had vanished. Others Who are Missing;. Mrs. Ida Montgomery, who lived back of the Cltlsens bank oh Kansas avenue. Is reported drowned. She was In ner room Saturday nwrntng. but the parties were unable to rescue her. There Is no otae there now. Andrew Pretxel. a market gardener, liv ing east of Oakland. Is among the miss ing and his friends think he was drowned. A man named Smith, who manned one of the rescue boats on the north side last night, reported seeing seven dead bodies floating In the water on the second floor of a house In North Topeka. He did not know who had lived In the house. The Munsey family, which was caugni on the roof of their bouse auirny iwn. im port thot they saw two bodies float by this morning. ' rri fioff. 1r.. son of the enter or ponce, saw a woman and a baby fnll from a house roof Just west of the Gabriel lumber yards while that structure was burning. The current swept them directly Into the flames. A reporter for the Associated Press saw two men plunge from a house Just south of the burning yards about the same time n.tnrrtav afternoon. They were swept out Into the current and disappeared under the muddy water. Some Hirrawlsg Blsrbts. An unknown man was taking a womnn nA h.hv serosa the river to Oakland In a skiff, when It. capMzed. The woman and the child were drowned. 1 ne man his life by hanging to theboat. Watchers on the east nrpmneh of the old Sardou avenue bridge yesterday morn ing, who were using field glasses, reportea seeing four persons fall from the trees on the other side and drop Into the water. An unknown girl was taken from a house nea- Kansas avenue and Gordon street late Saturday night. She was chilled and numbed from exposure, and died shortly after being taken Into the Union Pacific hotel. Milton Holt of the Continental Creamery company saw a woman swept down the river and drowned Saturday morning. Another woman, who was about to be rescued, slipped from the roof before the boat could get to her and drowned. The distress of the sufferers Is being relieved. Those who are still in North Toneka are being supplied with food, and they are In practically no danger, unless It be from sickness. Disease I Threatening. One of the most distressing features of the situation now Is the possibility that there will be a spread of contagious dis eases. People of all classes ore huddled together In houses not large enough for them, and on all sides they are surrounded by water. Doctors and medical relief can not reach sufferers to any great extent. Tbls afternoon a case of diphtheria was reported from the woolen mill In North Toueka. where there are many children, In addition to the adults. It is easy to soe what may result from this. There Is also a case or two of scarlet fever among the refugees on the north side. Hundreds of cases of measles are prevalent among the children and on account of the exposed condition of the patients the disease will result fatally In many rases. The possibility of an epidemic Is the most serious thing the city must contend with. The physicians of the city, under the direction of the city health board, are making heroic efforts to check the threat ened calamity. Ir. this work they are be lng well aided by the health boards of the state and county. An emergency board of health has been appointed by the mayor to co-operate with the city physician. Tbls afternoon the new board met with the county commis sioners and arranged that the county was to bear one-half of th expense that the doctors will have to Incur In carrying for ward their work Provisions Grow Srarre. Dr. Grubba says that the sanltar con d it ion of North Topeka, when the water shall go down, will be such that the place will not be fit to be Inhabited for some months to come. He says he thinks the best plan would l get tenia from ths KANSAS CITY IS WORSE SUMMARY OF SITUATION, The worst of the flootl ulttiiitlon now Is at Kansas City, Mo., Kan sas City, Kan., Aruiourdale nnd Asontliii'. Wlille the flootl is sub siding at Topeka nnd other up river points, its crest Is now at tliette points. Conservative estimates place the number of denu In these places nt fifty, though, the means of oom lnunlintion between the places Is so limited that this Is lurgely guesswork. The only communication with Kansas City, Kan., Is through Leavenworth and It is from till point relief Is being sent. Soldiers from the fort have been sent to stop looting und assist iu rescue work. The financial loss at these places depends largely upon the condition of the large factories and packing ;lants when the flood subsides, though it ia sure to run Into the millions. In Kansas City, Mo the street cars have stopped, the water works have shut down, as has also the electric light plant. The latest estimates of the num ber of dead at Topeka put them at forty. Iu Iowa th.e worst of the flood is over at Ucs Moines, where the river is falling. At points lower down the river conditions now are practically as they were in Pes Moines Saturday nnd Sunday. Railroad traffle is nt a standstill in that section of the state. state and establish a tent city on some plot of high ground. Provisions if all sorts are becoming scarce In Topeka. No freight trains have entered the city for several days, and as large quantities of groceries wore de stroyed In North Topeka, there will not be enough for the people to eat If this sit uation lasts much longer. It' Is charged that certain of the merchants have formed a combination for the purpose of controlling the prices of provisions. A prominent mill man said this morning: We do not Intend, and have never In tended to ralBe the price of flour, no mat ter what the grocers are thinking of do ing. The price of our flour will continue the same. We do not wish to make any money out of a calamity. Unless the mar kets go up our Hour will be sold at the same price It is now. It Is understood that a local commission firm bought up all the potatoes In' town last Saturday and advanced the price 60 oents a bushel. ' It will be at least a week before freight trains from the east can enter Topeka, and perhaps longer. An effort will be made to secure a stock of provisions from the smaller towns down the road south of here and this may tend to relieve th sit uation somewhat. Jt km learned tonight that a Rock Island relief train had readied North Topeka last night in the vicinity of the reform school. The train brought sixty boats and two steam launches. Boatmen from Lake Con trary are In charge and they are doing splendid work in taking flood victims to places of safety. The chief of police at St. Joseph and eight officers accompany the train. A long train of Rock Island passenger coaches was also brought, and In these coaches the people are being placed. The cars will be taken to places further up the track, some to Atchison and others to St. Joseph, where the refugees will be pro vided for. The following Information was secured by W. O. Neville, chief clerk In the office of the Rock Island general superintendent. Mr. Neville went on a boat for several miles through this side of the flooded dis trict this afternoon. He hod a good field glass with him and reports his observations as follows: For miles, as far as I could see. looklna to the north, there was nothlnz but water. Our relief trains succeeded In getting in on the north side of the city near the rerorm school, or their efforts to reach the neople would have been useless. Miles of the Rock Island track are washed out and much of the remaining track Is up on end.. It will be a week be fore we can get trolns Into Topeka. Three train loads of material for rebuilding the tracks have been sent from Chicago. Dr. H. A. Keith, accompanied by A. M. Ralrd, former foreman of the Santa Fe boiler shop, went over to the north side this afternoon to attend to some sick people. Their boat was swamped and word comes that they are now In a tree. Ef forts will be made to rescue them tonight with one of the steam launches received from 8j. Joseph.' Santa Fe Officials Working. The Santa Fe Is laying a floor on Its bridge across the Kansas liver In the hope of being able to rescue some sufferers that way. General Manager H. V. Mudge has been out there all day, personally super vising the work. The Santa Fe is doing a great work In behalf of the sufferers. The facilities of their shops here are at the disposal of those wishing to make a steam launch or other machinery for rescue. The officers have caused a pumping apparatus to be con structed and they are now sending a supply of water through the mains In the east portion of the city. A squad of firemen went to North Topeka this morning equipped with 1,400 feet of braided rope, pompier belts and a grim de termination to stretch a cable from one end of Kansas avenue to the other, so that barges could be run to take people out of the North Topeka tire station. The plan was for them to hitch their pompier belts to the trolley wire of th street car line and thus carry their line down the avenue. When they reached the end of the Melan bridge they found that a dozen of the trolley poles had entirely disappeared, and the scheme was thus rendered Impossible. It Is likely that within a short time the water will be low enough to permit people to wade from one end of the avenue to the other. The people of Topeka have responded loyally to the calls for supplies. Up to the present time the relief committee has had no trouble at all to supply what clothes are necessary and feed all hungry. Further than this no steps have been taken. Many of the people have only been cared for temporarily, and the biggest demand on the generosity of the people is yet to come when the fitting out of thousands of homes becomes a necessity. Many Homes Thrown Open. The people ate not permitted to stay at the Auditorium any longer than is neces sary. As noun as they are brought in and given dry clothing most of them are sent to the houses of south side residents. There has been no trouble so far in finding places for them to stay. People have come In and given their addresses and agreed to (Continued on Second Pag.) Kansas City in Darkness and Lon of Lif is Unknown. BELIEVED THAT OVER FIFTY ARE DEAD Armonrdale is Out Off and Property Low it Conjectural, DEPENDS ON WHETHER BUILDINGS STAND Work of Kesoua Rapidly Progresses, bat Many are Yet Exposed. SOME EVEN REFUSE TO LEAVE HOME Only Hop of o Further Fatalities Is Cessation of Italns and Rise of Waters, of Which Ms Sign Is Apparent. (From a Staff Correspondent.) KANSAS CITY, Mo.. June l.-(8pec!al Telegram.) Dark and wet and cheerless, with street cars, trains, light and water cut off Kansas City Is beginning to view Its wreck after the stupendous catastrophe which has apparently reached Its senlth. Business of all kinds Is crippled Indefinitely, Armonrdale and half a dosen of lesser towns and villages have been swept from the map and countless thousands rondered homeless. The loss of life has been appall ing, probably 150 In the two states and the loss of property so stupendous that none dare yet even guess at It in detail. So far the most conservative estimates place the damage at $60,000,000 but this Is mere Juggling with figures for till some semblance of order Is restored and men can get at the halt submerged buildings In the east and west bottoms no one can measure the disaster. But In addition to property actually swept away there Is a vast loss of time and wages to be reckoned with and the sums spent In relief and pro tection to be accounted for. Tonight Kansas City is as the abode of the dead, men huddle over candles as if to guard each feeble ray of light, since even their uncertain glimmer may soon be taken from them by the exhaustion of ths supply. They shield, too, each precious drop of water, which Is selling at 10 cents a pall or II a barrel. They watch each scrap of food, fearing a famine before communica tion, with the world Is reopened. They tramp the streets, unable to ride, since nature has conquered man and th Missouri has retaken the land wrested from It In th past For years a gradual process of re clamation has gone on, till the main chan- nel has been about cut In half. For years It has been as if man laughed In his pride, but the prldo which comes before a fall. Now the elements have combined against him and humbled him everlastingly. , ' River. Changing Courses. Indeed Indications are not wanting to night that the punishment is to be as lasting as Its first sting was severe, for with the Kaw and. th Missouri, said by river men to be changing their courses Should this come to be true, the Kaw will flow through the center of what once was Armourdale and the Missouri will cross th network of tracks which skirt Its bank west of the city. Nominally this In itself would be a great disaster, but now It la viewed with equanimity, for seventeen of the eighteen bridges . which span th streams are down. Armourdale Is no moffO and it will be as easy to reconstruct on new ground as on old. .Toduy the fires which raged last night burned themselves out and the flood has been stationary since 4 this afternoon, but even with these signs of hope th generil situation could hardly be worse. Standing on the blulla skirting the town a Scene of desolation meets the eye. Away In th distance, through a haze of driving rain. Is Kansas City, Kan., cut off since yes terday from all communication with this city. To the left is the tall tower of the Armourdale elevator, which alone marks the site of the submerged suburb. Dotted about here and there, on gaunt spider-like pillars of Iron, Is all that remains of sev enteen bridges; In the foreground sre half burned houses, the tops of box cars and passenger coaches and the occasional fun nel of a hopelessly compressed locomotive. About It surges the great sea of water, tearing along in Impatient haste, battering each surviving lone mast with huge bulks of timber, masses of united houses, car casses of stricken beasts and all mannor of dehrts, as If striving to remove even the last vestige of man's handiwork. People are Optimist le. Still, In spite of It all, and this is perhaps the most remarkable feature of th whole traglo situation, the entire city Is ani mated by an Intense spirit of optimism. There Is no lack of information. Everyone fully realizes the disaster and Is prepared for the worst. Everyone realizes that It must be weeks. If not years, befor the wheels of industry grind as before, but no one Is discouraged. The men one meets on the streets and these, the refugees, who crowd the churches and Convention hall, go about silently, with heads turned away, It Is true, but proudly, and as If to say, We are citizens of no mean city, w will i overcome. It Is this spirit of optimism which Is the ominous light patch in an otherwise murky sky, which has bred thst brother hood of affliction to which thousands owe their comfort. In the churches and con vention hall are some 700 families, rescued with their lives alone, who depend often on charity for the very clothes which cover their nakedness. They are being cared for by the citizens at large, guarded by the militia, fed by rifts prepared by volunteers from the waiters' union and nursed and attended by those trained to these arts, who, like others, give their services free, and as It Is In these th greater things, so is It also in the leas. With the street cars shut down, the man with the buggy la twice blessed. Blessed both in Its use and in the aid It lends to others with short water. Householders are sharing each drop. With candles at a premium they sre lending their light to their neighbors and may com soon to the dividing of food. So proud are these peo ple In their affliction that they have cast aside all thought of outside aid. They have resolved to stand togvther and re build alone what the waters have destroyed. It was for this reaaon that Oovernor Doekery today withdrew his proclama tion asking help for the stricken city but a few hours after its Issuance. Details of th .Disaster. KANSAS CITY, Mo.. June l.-Wlth gas snd electric lights extinguished, th water works shut down and the city practically at the mercy of the first fire that shall breek out; with railroad transportation feel le and uncertain, Kansas City may, If th waters do not recwd within th nest t"