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THE OMAHA DA1LT HEE: 'TUESDAY, JUNK 2, 1003.
two or three flays, be compelled to light
fr her very II fe.
And tnulsht the akis lire dnrk and low
etlra; the rsln In fallins heavily more
Iftrmjr westher I sweeping up from the
west, end the-Insatiable river Ik holJing
II own. It I practically stationary to
nlRht, hut what the flood haa It keeps, and
there la no certain promise of when It will
recede. The slage tonight la 34. against
34 feet thin morning. Chief Connor of the
wcHther bureau says that while the out
look was for continued ralna. It would
necessitate a Very heavy fall If the pres
ent high water Is to continue, and whether
thla will come or not Is something he can
The first authentic Information from
Kansas City, Kan., was received tonight.
In that district 20,000 people are homeless.
A number which cannot be estimated have
been drowned, and the property loss haa
been heavy. The situation there Is a par
allel to the situation here apparently no
better and no worse. There Is no great
probability that there will be further losa
of life, If the river does not rise very sud
denly. All through the wholesale district
and In the east and west bottoms there are
still people In houses, many of them anx
ious to be taken away, a goodly number of
them content to remain where they are,
with all the chances of the flood.
Police Ho Heroic Work.
The police have done wonders today In
rescuing people and have probably brought
K0 of them safe to the high ground.slnce
sunrise. One hundred and fifty of these
were brought to the viaduct 'at Twelfth
street snd the balance were saved In the
tast and west bottoms by boats. Twenty
persons were taken fram the Marty school
and thirty from O'fli ten's lodging house,
both In the east bottoms. The rest of them
were brought In singly and in small num
bers. . ' . .
Tonight In the, east and the west bottoms,
a number of obstinate peoplo are still
clinging to their houses, although the po
lice have run 'boats beneath their windows
andoftered to save them. They refused to
leave and will take their chances for an
other night at least.
It la utterly Impossible to form any es
timate of the number of dead in Kansas
City. There have been manifold stories of
boats laden with people having been seen
to sink, there are reports without end of
bodies floating by on wreckage, of men
who have tried to drive wagons laden with
their . household effects against certain
death In the swift current and gone down
in the flood.
The majority of these stories lack proof,
however, and even If true the proof may
never be had. There is no possible way of
getting at the names of the dead and no
chance of forming any estimate that can
confidently be termed accurate.
Dead Hay number Fifty.
It Is likely, however, that the number of
fatalities In Kansas City, Mo., will approx
Down In tha wholesale district people at
dusk tonight were waving white cloths to
attract attention. The condition of some
of these is pitiable. They have been held
prisoners for two days, threatened with
death by drowning, at one time by tire,
ami for the most part without food. Every
effort la being made and they will all be
saved tomorrow unless the water rises
more and this seems Improbable.
Financial damage Is about as great now
as It Is likely to become, unless the water
rises much higher than at present. The
great danger la that foundations will be
undermined and buildings with their con
tents toppled over Into the flood. How
ever, the situation Is no worse tonight than
It was this morning and buildings that
have withstood the floods all. day have an
excellent chance of holding out for some
time against them. ' " ' '
There has been- no suffering In the city
beyond that sustained by the people, driven
from their homes. There has been excellent
work done by the relief committees and
those In control of this, work are confident
that the city will be able to care for Its
own without calling on the balance of the
state. Every demand has promptly been
met thus far and the only danger seems to
be in a long continued stage of high water.
Then necessarily the demand will exceed
the ability of Kansas City to supply.
City Is In Darkness.
Tonight the city Is In absolute darkness.
There Is not the glimmer of a gas Jet or
the flare of an electric light, the buildings
which have their own electric light plants
excepted. Steam for these is supplied from
water hauled from the river. Power for
the three street car Hues that have re
sumed operations Is furnished by water
piped six squares from a small stream In
one of the valleys. In all the buildings In
the city elevators have been discontinued,
unless provision has been made for furnish
The newspapers have been compelled to
discontinue the use of their type setting
machines, and because of lack of power
are "sticking" type In the good old way.
In , the hotels, all of which are crowded
to their utmost capacity, the most elaborate
care Is taken to prevent the waste of water.
In front of every wash room a guard Is
jtatloned and no guest Is admitted even to
wash his hands unless he Identifies himself
at the desk, secures, the key of his room.
and In this manner having proved hia
character and Intention good, he Is per
mltted to enter, slop out water from a pall
ana do tne pest ne can with it.
.Cannot Maintain Gas Pur-ply.
The gas compuny made a fight all day to
keep gas In the mains, but at 7 p. m. Secre
tary MacMlllin of the gas company said he
would be forced to shut down.
'We cannot keep up the supply," he said.
"The trouble Is that we were drowned out
of the plant we have been using and had
to start the fires In. the old Missouri Gas
onmi'ttny plant, that had been out of serv
ice for many years. We are making some
"The true root and
basis of all art lies in
the handicrafts "
The methods of the old
craftsmen have been revived
in this country by the
all of whose produc
tions display tne true
root and basis of art.
The most trivial object
is as lovingly designed
and fashioned as the
most elaborate. In all
the silver is or sterling
gas, but not enough lo supply the town, t
think that the best we can promise the
people for tomorrow Is gas for two hours
night and morning- to cook their food."
The muddy, desolate expansion of the
Missouri's surplus waters, known locally
as the "esst bottoms," furnished continu
ous moving pictures of difficult rescues to
day. Lleutepant of follce Harry A.
Adams of the Eighth district police sta
tion, assisted at first by Ave policemen and
later by double that number, working with
boats none too safe themselves, continued
throughout the day to effect rescues under
great difficulties. Probably aeventy-flve
persons were removed to places of safety
during the day In this section of the city.
Nightfall found the rescuers' still at work.
. Last evening the west bottoms. In the
vicinity of the llelm brewery, was an at
tractive place from which to view the surg
lng river, with Its melancholy souvenirs of
the rampage further up. From the brewery
nearly a quarter of a mile In the direction
from the river the land was protected from
the rising waters by the embankment of
the Missouri Paclflo railroad. This em
bankment formed not only a safe looking
dyke, but a vantage ground for sightseers.
nearly 2,000 of whom were struggling along
the tracks,! Hosts of others watched the
river from second story windows or roofs
of their homes. . ...
Woald Mot Lear Homes.
Lieutenant 'Adams,' almost alone, -scented
danger In the ' embankment which others
thought meant safety. With what few
policemen he had and a few vblunteers, he
ordered the crowd from the tracks. For
good hour, arguments and commands
having proved futile, he end his men were
engaged in literally pushing the crowd from
the tracks across the sheltered bottom
lands to tho higher ground south of the
brewery. He found It Impossible, however,
in many cases to persuade the people in
their own homes to desert their property.
They Insisted that the embankment pro
"Some of the people," the officer said
with a weary smile today, "I had to
pull off from the telegraph pole this
It was not more tha half an hour after
the lieutenant had, driven the crowd from
the embankment that . the flood began to
weaken It. Soon a hole was made here and
there, and then, all at once, the embank
ment crumbled away, the east bottoms for
miles were under water an! people were
crying for help and shooting pistols from
the roofs and upper windows of their dwell
The brewery, the police station Itself,
stores, saloons and scores of cottages, were
flooded, and there was not a boat within
miles. Lieutenant Adams promptly trans
ferred headquarters to a four-by-elght shed
and began working wires In every direction
to get boats. A few -people, hearer the nigh
ground than others, were rescued on rafts
during the night, but the active rescue
work began this morning when wagons
with fifteen boats arrived.
Housed at Any Safe Place.
Men, women and children were .rescued
from tree branches, telegraph poles, box
cars and roofs. Twenty people who- spent
the night in a school house were taken out
during the afternoon and about thirty more
were rescued from O'Brien's lodging houso.
In many instances the rescuers had fairly
to drag people into the boats. They seemed
to fear to leave thtlr homes, although tie
latter In most cases appeared unequal to
the task of standing long against the flood.
Seventeent people in an elevator refused to
be taken away during the day, but Lieuten
ant Adams declared , that he would take
them tonight. .-, '. T. .
Once on shore, the refugees were cared
for In -elevators, private homes, and '.some
in tents. Food and hot coffee was served
to them by the relief committee. A' number
of men were quartered in freight cars; the
floors of which Just cleared the water. '. '1,
Approximately 160 refugees from Armour
dale were rescued at the Twelfth street
viaduct. They were brought to this potnt
In boats by rescuing parties that had gone
up stream and picked up their passengers
as they floated down.
The first direct Information from Armour
dale since the flood drove the citizens of
that suburb from their homes was brought
to this side of the river today. The informa
tion is contained In the following Interview
with Louis J. Wilbur, representing- Swift
and Company: . . ' .. . ,,
Conditions at Arnioardale,
The principal property loss at Armourdale
in due to the Inability to operate the big
plants there. The three packing plants.
Swift's, Cudahy's and SchwarsschUd A
Sulzberger' a, are firmly built and will not
give way to the force of the current. The
flood came on a ilght day as regards the
volume of business snd much dressed beef
hides, tallow and tha like, to say nothing
of considerable live stock, were Saved In the
upper stories of the plants;. The only peo
ple now in the packing house district
proper are there of their own accord. There
are about twenty ' of them distributed
through these plants for the purpose of
oaiing for the live stock and so far as
ponslble looking out for the plants them
selves. I cannot speak so positively of
portions of Armourdale not In the Immedi
ate vicinity of the packing plants. I have
no doubt that there are still numbers of
refugees waiting to be rescued. I believe
there have been no more deaths since last
night. ., (
Late this afternoon C. E. Dickinson and
a policeman floated down through the
wholesale' district of Armourdale.- From
the windows of several high buildings they
saw white flags, but could not get hear
enough to distinguish what was behind
From other sources it was learned that
many of the 150 people brought Into the
Twelfth street viaduct -today had been in
the buildings, but hsd been rescued be
fore Mr. Dickinson's boat approached. The
flags had been put up as signals of dls
4,500 Homeless at Argentine.
At Argentine, Kan., where the Santa Fe
yards and buildings and two-thirds of the
dwelling houses are under water and 4.500
people homeless, a number of, houses were
washed away today. Many hundreds ot
freight cars stand submerged, and the
boxes break loose from the trucks and
float away. The cars now moving down
the Missouri river are from the Argentine
Not one Inhabitant of Argentine la miss
lng. No further damage can be done there,
except that more houses will be carried
away, the channel having shifted to the
south, so that the swiftest current is Just
north of the Santa Fe round house.
Nina Feet Abore Prevlons Record.
The river gauge this morning showed
thirty-five feet, having risen from 10.7 dur
ing the night. This is nearly nine feet
higher than the previous high record made
In 18X1. There was eight feet of water In
the Union depot. .
A great, swirling lake, dotted with float
ing cottages, trees, telegraph poles and
other wreckage, covers the lowlands as far
as the eye can reach.
Similar floating objects came rushing
down the Kaw river, some of it possibly
The committees having in charge the
work of relief and rescue were busy early,
and a special meeting of the city council
was held during the forenoon.
Thousands of refugees at the convention
hall made their breakfasts from the rations
Issued by the relief committee. The police
have been ordered to shoot on sight anyone
The keenest anxiety Is felt over the situ
ation at Kansas City. Kan. One rumor
circulated during the night was that scores
of people had perished In that city, but
owing to the fact that there haa been ab
solutely no communication with that place
since yesterday there Is a general dlapos)
tlon to discredit this and ether sensational
reports. Thst there has been some loss of
life there, however. Is regarded as prob
able. So Relief la Bleat.
At 11 o'clock the weather bureau Issued
There will probably he slight change In
river conditions at Ksnsaa City during the
next twenty-four hours. Plight fluctua
tions mean but little In the way of relief so
long ss weather conditions remain unset
tled. A storm area is centrsl In the mid
dle Mississippi valley, from which the west
has not emerged, and the threatened de
velopment of another storm area In the
southwest carries no assurance of Immedi
Light to moderate rains have fallen In
the Kaw and middle and lower Missouri
valleys In the last forty-elght hours and
rain Is falling over tho greater part of
Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska this
Ready for . an Emergency.
At t o'clock this morning It was reported
at police headquarters that there had been
no further loss of life during the night as
far as Was known. All along the bank of
the river wagons containing ropes were
stationed during the morning In order that
any emergency could be promptly met,
early In the morning It waa announced
that there were a number of people on the
Milwaukee bridge and it waa decided to
send the ferry boat to their rescue.
An additional call waa made from a hotel
situated at the- Intersection of Fourteenth
and Oenesee streets, where a number of
people were reported to be held In the upper
storlea of the building. The ferry boat
waa alsp ordered, to take them off at the
earliest practicable moment. Word came
up from the stock yards that there were
twenty or thirty people caught by the flood
tn that district. They were said to be in
no Immediate danger, however, and will
not In all probability be taken off before
tomorrow or lute this afternoon.
Word was brought to police headquarters
this morning that a number of men were
looting houses In the east bottoms. They
had Improvised rsfts from boards and by
propelling them with poles were making
their way Into the houses through the
second story windows. As soon as this word
was received by Chief of Police Hayes he
ordered a detachment of . officers to the
place, with strict orders thst If the story
waa found to do true, the thieves ohould
be shot down at once.
At 1:30 the Bluff street bridge was torn
out and Its wreckage went crashing
against the buildings close to It, battering
some of them badly. This bridge was en
tirely In Kansas City, Mo., and spanned
the Burlington tracks at Fifth street. It
has been out of use for some days and Its
fall at this time occasions no additional
Railway Traffic Prostrated.
Never in the history of. the west has
there been a more complete prostration of
railway traffic than exists at the present
time In the west, south and north of Kan
sas . City.- The . approaches to the - bridge
of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. . Paul
at, Sheffield, ten miles east of Kansas City,
went down this morning, although the
bridge proper Is Intact and Is high enough
to stand any possible stage of water.
The fall of the approaches to this bridge
leaves the Santa Fe bridge at Sibley,
twenty miles, from here, the only structure
of the .kind still standing. There is no
danger of this going down and unless the
water blocks the tracks leading to it this
line will manage to keep up its service to
Chicago without Interruption.
At the office of the Santa Fe, tv was
stated this morning that one train had
left for the west, going over the Missouri
Pacific .tracks for Paola, Kan, thence to
Ottumws, and California. At the Mis
souri Pacific 'office this was denied, ihe
statement being made that, no trains had
gono over their line today and the pros
pact waa-not bright: that any, would be able
to do.-.to,.., , . n. . -
The. Wabash announced L this morning
thai .It. would , have a train . east at 10
o'clock, but, , as . this . train was expected
to leave over the Milwaukee bridge, the
Wabash hopes were blasted and that line
for the time Is out of business. The Union
Pacific has abandoned all efforts to run
trains west and announced this morning
that It would be fortunate if it would be
able to run trains Into Topeka inside of
two weeks. .
The Chicago, Burlington Qulncy ran a
train out for Chicago at 9:30 this morning.
It carried a number of St. Louis passengers
who will, make connections at some point
on the line. Another train over this road
came in from Chicago during the morning
and It is expected to send out another
tonight. No trains went west. The Bur
lington is using the Santa Fe tracks out
of the station at Twenty-second street and
Grand avenue to Bucklln.
The Missouri, Kansas & Texas is operat
ing the usual number of trains. Rock
Island officials reported no traffic In that
direction. The Chicago Great Western has
had no trains for two days and sees no
prospects of any. Its bridge over the Kaw
Is gone, the round house at Kansas City
inundated and a number of engines which
stood In It burled. "
The 'Frisco, according to an official. Is
trying to work trains out of Rosedale."
The prospect of success is dubious.
The Chicago & Alton ran trains out of
Independence, Mo., last bight with Kansas
City passengers. It was hoped that this
course might be continued today, but seri
ous doubts of success are entertained. The
Alton's local force of dispatchers Is at
The relief promised by the War depart
ment at Washington last night Is' being
offered today. Colonel Charles W. Miner,
commander at Fort Leavenworth, received
orders from the department last night to
aid the sufferers by the flood in every way.
Electrlo cars were at -once loaded with
blankets and provisions and sent to Kan
sas City, Kan. The food supply is rapidly
becoming a question of vital Importance.
There was a run on every retail grocery
and meat store in Kansas City this morn
ing. Persons almost overran ine supply
houses In a panicky rush to buy up enough
food to last until the flood shall subside.
There Is but one wholesale grocery store
in the city that Is not under water. The
employee of this establishment were al
most swept from their feet by the rush
Food Sltnatloa Alarming. -
Merchants consider the flood situation an
alarming one. Their supply is limited to
two or three days on everything except
Doubtless much, ot the wholesale supply
will have been destroyed and no provisions
can be brought In until railroad communi
cation is re-established. The supply of
meat Is scarcer than anything else. Butch
ers have only a limited amount of fresh
meat on hand and a few haras and sides of
bacon. Indications are that . the supply
will not last after tomorrow. No more can
be bought from the packing houses, of
course. The flood came at the time of
the week when the packers larders were
lowest. Many of the retail stores placed
Used by people of refinement
for over a quarter of a century
PRC "ARID BY
orders on Saturday with the wholesale
houses for goods to be delivered todey.
An attempt to prevent a meat shortage
will be made tonight, when a sleamboat
will be sent up to the broken Milwaukee
bridge, to which a supply of fresh meat
will be brought.
The coal sltustion Is no less alarming
than the question of food. At 11 o'clock
this morning prices for many staple
articles of food began rising.
Potatoes sold last week at 80 cents a
bushel were offered at 12.50. The advance
waa gradually Increased as the customers
became i more numerous Saturday. Eggs
sold in case lota at 13H cents per dosen.
This mornlnr the price Jumped quickly to
25 cents a dosen in tfhi wholesale way. At
stores uptown the retail price wasrlO cents
a dosen by 11 o'clock, . This morning there
were about 100 cases of eggs In the hands
of dealers up town. There are 5,000 cases
In the cold storage warehouses.
At noon Mayor Reed Isued an' order for
the closing Of aft saloons In Kansas City.
Within an hour the order had been carried
Into complete effect.
The mayor's action was due to the targe
fhflux ot refugees, who. with nothing to oc
cupy their time, would. It was feared, get
Into trouble. An added reason for taking
every precaution against disorder was the
lack of water to fight Area which might
carelessly be Ignited. ' .
At noon hundreds of people were being
fed at the Convention hall.
Report froas Kansas City, Kan.
Several boats arrived here from Kansas
City, Kan., this evening.
The situation there Is almost Identical
with- that- on this side of the river. The
streets of Rlvervtew and Wyandotte, which
with Armourdale form Kansas City, Kan.,
are thronged with refugees, all the
churches Are filled with people who have
been driven from their homes, and crowds
of them are In the public buildings, where
they are being cared for by the city.
It Is 'estimated, that 20,000 people who
formerly lived In Armourdale and on the
west bottoms have been driven from their
homes. A number of people have been
drowned, but an accurate estimate of their
number . Is not . possible. However, it will
not exceed fifty. .
The financial damage has been heavy.
The most serious proposition Is that of
food. The supply in Kansas City, Kan.,
is not as ample as in Kansas City, Mo.,
and unless prompt measures are taken
there Is a probability Of much suffering.
The electrlo line from Leavenworth,
twenty-eight miles away, has been opened
and today lo.ood rations were brought In.
This amount, however, was insufficient for
a single day's supply and more Is needed
at once. . .
Food la Getting- Scarce.
The local lJ$f committees have opened
a depot fronTwhlch clothing Is provided
for all who need it. Tlie crowd around
this depot was dense all day and at times
there wad great trouble In preserving or
der Among those who were anxious to
gain admission. All ' the grocery stores
In the place are practically sold out and
meat, particularly, is scarce.
There have been a few cases of looting
and here as well as in Kansas City. Mo.,
orders have been Issued to shoot all thieves
on sight. ' ' '
A request wllV'fce made In the morning
that a militia regiment be aept to assist
the local authorities. ' - ..
t bleaao Bends Naval Reserres.
CHICAGO. Jims' 1.Arnm4nt. ....
made today by Mayor Harrison to send two
sun ooai ana launch to the rescue of
fifty personlir-Kansas City who hsd taken
refuge In one, er the -buildings of Schwars
chlld & 8ulbergw-g ' plant. The boats were
to be manned' by-members 'of the Naval reserves-
and -a -soeeial train en fh. inir.i.
Central, run over the Chicago As Alton road,
were to hurry them 'to-the scene of the
flood. A -message that the nnn. I,-
been resucetl delayed the start, but the
Doaia.are neld , in readiness for another
call.- A special train with provisions will
leave tonight for the relief of flood suf
ferers. APPALLING TALE OF DISASTER
Twin titles at Month of Kaw are la
Demoralisation Throaarh Loss
- ' of Life and Property,
LEAVENWORTH, Kan., Julie l.-The
twin cities at the mouth of the Kaw
river have undergone the most appalling
calamity In their history. The loss of
property In the two cities will run up into
the. tens of millions of dollars and the
loss ot life cannot be estimated. -
At least 200 persons are reported to have
been swallowed up by the relentless cur
rents where two monster torrents, the
Kansas and Missouri rivers, come together.
All Is chaos In both of the cities. . AH
street car traffic Is suspended and the two
cities . are In darkness. All of the avail
able horses have been driven for two days
without sleep and are worn out. Every
able bodied man in either city has been
tolling since the flood began in a heroic
effort to bring succor to the 20,000 Inhab
itants of Armourdale and Argentine, who
are beleaguered by the flood, which tn
seme places extends for twenty miles.
All efforts to get to the - sufferers from
the Missouri side are now vain and the
only hope lies in Leavenworth.
It waa shortly sfter S o'clock Sunday af
ternoon when the most fearful calamity
occurred. A monster metal tank contain
ing oil of the oil company which had been
located to the west of eighteen railway
and wagon bridges was torn from- Its
foundations, and, hurled .down the torrent
gainst the spans, which were already
weakened from the incessant bombard
ment ot drift and floating houses and other
structures from Kansas City, Kan.
The enormous " steel structures snapped
like kindling before the onslaught of the
Immense tank, which weighed more than
100 tons. Thronged with spectators who
had climbed to the bridges despite the ef
forts of guards, seventeen of the Immense
structures were carried down the stream
with all souls. Hundreds were precipitated
Into the swlfi currents. Herolo efforts
were made by the officers and spectators,
but the strongest craft could not live In
such a mill race. Even the big river steam
ers were hurled back against the banks
when they attempted to go to the rescue.
Some few who fell in close to the shore
were swept against the banks and saved.
None ot those who went down tn mid
stream were even seen to rise again.
Many examples of neiolsm were dis
played, some of them resulting In the loss
of the lives ot the would-be rescuers.
On all aides of the flooded districts
people can be seen Standing on the house
tops frantically signaling for aid.
The Missouri Pacific and other railways
are entirely shut off from all communlca
tlon with ths two Ksnsas Cltys. The
only avenue of commerce now open la the
Kansas Clty-Leavenworth Interurban Elec
trlo line, which is operating under the
gravest Of difficulties In an effort to take
supplies to the sufferers. Thousands of
pounds of food and clothing have been
forwarded. Everything available Is being
done here to relieve the situation and a
mass meeting Is being held here tonight
in an effort to raise all possible supplies
for the suffering city.
In Armourdale, Rosedale and Argentine,
all ot which are united by one continuous
stretch of water. 20.000 persons are noroe
less and destitute, suffering for want of
sufficient clothing and proper food and
At thla point the river stands at fifty-two
and a half feet above the St, Louts levee
this evening and Is still rising. The rise
here for the past twenty-four hours has
exceeded twenty-six Inches.
Iate this evening it was learned that tha
Kaw had fallen three Inches, but the high
water In the Missouri will more than offset
thla trifling relief.
Colonel Miner, at Fort I,eavenworth.
has tonight ordered out Companies A and C
of the engineer corps, with their pontoon
boats and arms. The men will go to Kan
sas City on the Kansas City Northwestern
railway early tomorrow morning.
Mayor-elect Gilbert of Kansas City, Kan ,
tonight rtated that the conditions In that
city were growing worse hourly. He stated
that all of the grocery stores of that city
had been completely sold out and that the
criminal element had gone to pillaging ml
destroying. Valuables are being stolen from
such residents who were fortunate enough
to retain any and the police force Is un
able to cope with the grave sltuntlon. For
this reason Colonel Miner waa appealed to
and he Is sendlngvo'own the troops for the
protection of the city as well ss to rescue
sufferers from the flooded district.
The Sixteenth siege battery oft Fort Leav
enworth, which left here two weeks ogi
for Fort Riley to hold the semi-annual
target practice, Is reported to be camped on
a hill near St. Mary's. Kan. Fort Riley
Is surrounded by a deep and wide span
of water. The men and mounts of the bat
tery were reported to be starving.' Laac
night It was evident that an effort would
be made to rescue the battery men. The
battery Is carrying with It the heavy sevon
Inch siege guns.
The most Important development of the
day enme tonight, when the correspondent
of tho Associated Press was Informed that
an order had been received from the War
department which signified its Intention to
Immediately establish a bureau of supplies
In Leavanworth for the floded districts.
Rrsemn 5io Core, Ito Vnr"
Your druggist will refund your money It
FAZO OINTMENT falls to cure Ringworm,
Tetter. Old Ulcers and Sores, Pimples and
Blackheads on the face, and all skin dis
eases. 6d cents.
FALLING WATER AT TOPEKA
(Continued from First Tnge.)
take care of the flood sufferers. The com
mittee has a long list of proffered places
to send the homeless people as fast as they
come In. There were not as many people
at the Auditorium this afternoon as there
proximately 11.000,000. The whole of North
Topeka Is still under water seven feet
deep. While the too people penned up In
were last night. Most of them had been
sent to the different homes over the city.
Many of those who have been found tem
porary lodging after being fed and clothed
have no money with which to buy food.
The property loss from the best esti
mates now posRible will amount to ap
the second stories of houses have plenty
of food, they are In great need of good
drinking water, which Is being Fuppllel at
rapidly as possible In barr?ls and cans.
The great fear at present la that some of
the buildings in North Topeka may collapse
because of their foundations being under
mined by water. There Is no Immediate
apprehension that the woolen mill will g-i
down, but at the same time every effort
will be made to extricate peoplo from that
point as quickly, as possible to avoid any
fear of loss of life.
Bltaatloo Is Improving.
At 8 o'clock this morning 'the Kaw river
is almost at a standstill, with a slight
tendenoy toward falling. There Is no rising
water from above. The rain has fallen
without, cessation for tho last seventy-two
hours, but at no time has -It been in the
nature of a cloudburst. "
Today more boats have arrived and In ad
dition the Chicago Lumber company has
constructed a rude boat propelled by a
gasoline engine. This additional transpor
tation expedited the work of relief very
much today. In addition to these boats ths
Rock Island, the Union Pacific and Mis
souri Pacific are trying to ship In some
Among tho missing are Dr. H. C. Miner
snd his son-in-law, A. O. Keating. The
rescuers of the Miner family took the
women and children on the first boat.
When they returned the doctor could not
be found. They lived In a one-story house.
Two miles down the river a shirt marked
'A. C. Keating" was found afloat.
President Expresses Sympathy.
. President Roosevelt telegraphed today
from Cheyenne to Clovernor Bailey offer
ing the assistance cf tho federal authori
ties, If needed, as fo:lows:
CHEYKNNE. Wyo., June 1. Hon. J. W.
ttaii.v ToDeka. Kan.: Am mexuressluiy
shocked at reports of dreadful calamity
that has berallen uopesH. n mere is nj
thlna the federal authorities cau do, of
course, let me know. .
1 iir.Ul"-'Xr. AUVObVCliii
The message reached the governor at 11
o'clock this morning. Only , one railroad
line can get In or out of Topeka today, and
that Is the Santa Fe, by way of Emporia.
A, train was sent to Emporia this morning
at t o'clock and another will be sent out
at noon, r rom timporm mo nam win irjr
to go west via Ottawa on the Missouri
Pacific , -
Some) Improvement at Topeka.
At noon the river showed a falling of
over an inch from the previous hour. An
improvised cable has been erected from the
north end of the Kansas river bridge to the
fire station and people are being rapidly
rushed to the south side, where they are
given food and clothing.
The family of T. J. P. Irish, consisting
of five persons, are reported missing. Iate
Saturday a neighbor, who has since been
rescued, saw them in trees. No trace of
them has been heard since.
The work of relief is being carried on
nobly. Fraternal aid societies, banks and
other societies are bending every energy to
aid the stricken. A city of tents will be
erected on the high grounds. A thousand
have been secured snd chances are that
they will be Inhabited for at least a month.
A sad feature of the situation is the
tendency of thieves to loot buildings. They
go In by rafts and boats away out In the
suburbs where the homes are abandoned.
The Rock Island officials can give no idea
when they will get their tracks In condi
tion to permit the passage of trains. Their
Colorado Flyer, with a number of passen
gers, is tied up at this point. The railroad
is serving them with meals. The Union Pa
cific road is In a similar condition, save
that they have no trains tied up at this
The Santa Fe announced today that they
would issue half-month pay checks to those
who desired them. Their usual custom Is
to pay the 15th of each month.
WASHINGTON, June 1. Official dis
patches to the Poslotflce department e-
port thst the floods have wrought havoc
to the mall service In southern Iowa, Ne
braska and In the neighborhood of Kansas
City. The following telegram was re
celved here late this evening from Super
intendent Taft of the railway mall service
at Kansas City. Mo.:
aihiuiinn worse than yesterday. If such
is uotsible. Union station snd !rnnfir
clerks' room under eight feet of water.
Guaranteed Pure. None So Good
Order Irons H. Mar Company
Missouri Pnelflo Is rnnnmg trains letween
here and St. Louis. Hunla Ke isllrmd
expects to start train for west sometime
during the day. but doubtful. Only train
service Into and out cf the elty Is from
the Milwaukee depot. Twentysecond snd
lirand svenuA. 'I-'rlsro and Ksty trains
are being operated from Ilosendale, Kan.,
south. Conditions are deplorable tnd de
mand prompt sttentlon. Property Itsaes
beyond computstlon. Argentine und Ar
mourdale wiped off the nmp and no rom
raunlcatlon with Kansas City, Kan.; prob
ably two carloads of second,- third and
fourth clnss mall matter will he l st, ss
we are unable to reach the rsrs and I re
move the mail, the water being from three
to five feet above the floor of the ctrs.
Still storming, and no ono can predict
A summary of the flood situation tele
graphed here this afternoon by Superin
tendent West of the Chicago division of
the railway service follows:
Service In Iowa and Nebraska seriously
Interrupted on account of hUh water.
Conditions serious on the lines between
Omaha and McFarland, Red Oak and Lin
coln, St. Joseph and Oxford, Lincoln and
Concordia and Lincoln and Kau i City.
Service on MurllnKton read's main line
Interrupted at Ottumwa. Thrittah trains
running via ynlncy. St. Joseok unci Cres
ton. Hunt Ke service between Chicago
and Kari.is Cltv Interrupted except f.ir
trains 3 and 4. These trains were ennulli-d
Saturday. Northwestern on schedule time:
Omaha uninterrupted. Conditions tfood on
St. Paul lines to Omaha.
Mr. West adds that he Is omtriunlcstlon
With Superintendent Taft at Kansas I My
and that he will arrange to divert such
mail from Kansas City m thn lattee moy
direct in order to connect via Omaha and
, Great Loss at Hatealason.
VCTCHINSON, Kan.. June 1. The loss
on property In this city and valley Is esti
mated at t'-'.OCiO.OOO. Cow creek has fsllen
since last night, but the wster is still two
feet high in many business houses. The
Midland hotel and postofflce are threatened.
Carnegie library and the Bee office are
The electric plant la flooded snd the lights
went out at 11 o'clock Sunday night. The
city hall and court house are under water
and the' Mr6 department has moved to a
livery stable. All railroads are flooded for
miles. Two thouisand people In fifty blocks
are homeless. Hundreds of boats and rafts
are rescuing men and children.
The Home theater foundation gave way
and the wall fell. The morgue is flooded
and corpses are removed to the second
floor to prevent their floating awsy.
Hutchinson is In a lake five miles square
and but &iO houses are above water.
The Wesli-rn I'nlon office Is a foot deep
In water. The -Postal Telegraph company
has one wire working to Denver. Restau
rants are flooded and supplies are running
Thousands of acres of wheat, corn and
alfalfa aro ruined. Hundreds of truck
farms are six feet under water. All
churches, excepting the Baptist, are under
water.. Foundations of hiany buildings are
weakened and many will fall. There Is
The water is four feet higher than ever
bt fore. Every manufacturing plant, salt
plant and wholesale house is flooded.
flail Players Move a Little.
MANHATTAN, Kan., Juno l.-The east
bound Rock Island passenger train from
Denver, which had been here since Thurs
day, left for the cast last night, but got
no further than Clay Centre, a distance of
thlrty-flvo miles, where It Is stalled.
Among the passengers on this train are
the members of the Milwaukee and Peoria
baso ball teams.
Manhattan Is In the very center of ths
flood's fury. The Blue river from the
north and the Kansas river from the west,
which carries the waters from the Repub
lican, Solomon, Saline and Smoky rivers,
besides several large creeks, meet at he
eastern edge of the city. The high rail
road banks alone have saved the city from
being completely submerged and nosslblr
entirely swept away, . ..
me rain nas descended here almost
steadl.y since Thursday. To add to the
caUmlly all the telegraph and telephone
wires are down and the city Is tn darkness,
the electric plant being flooded with water.
'' lllahrat (or Thirty Years.
EMPORIA, Kan., June l.-The north fork
of the Neosho has fallen eleven feet, but
the south fork of the Cottonwood is now
six Inches higher than at any time In thirty
years and another two-foot Hue has
reached Strong City, twenty miles west,
since the Neosho has subsided. Reports
from the country have begun to reach
here and indicate that the valley ot the
Neosho above here Is a desolate waste.
Thousands of dollars worth of farm prop
erty and crops were washed away and
hundreds of head ot cattle, hogs and sheep
were drownsd. No loss of human life Is
reported near here yet, but at Council
Grove fourteen bodies are said to have
been found In houses since the water
Significant news below Indicates that the
disaster will be most com pi ate. The Katy
tracks are washed out on both sides ot
Emporia, but the Santa Fe has replaced
Its tracks and Is running trains from
Topeka and Ottawa to Newton.
Rain fell here most of yesterday. Tem
perature, 40 degrees.
ST. LOUIS PEOPLE NERVOUS
Both Mississippi and Mlssoarl Rivers
are Hearing- Danger
" , . . Point.
ST. LOUIS, June 1. A stage of thirty
four feet, or four feet above the danger
line, is predicted fon St. Louis. Already
the river is within one foot of the danger
line and tho water continues to rise at the
rate of two feet a day. The flood that Is
coming down the Missouri shows its ad
vance eastward across the state. In addi
tion, the Mississippi is pouring down a
flood that la being added to by numerous
tributaries, and it is predicted by Weather
Forecaster Bowie that the full effect ot
this mighty volume of water will be felt
here by Thursday or Friday. Oreat dam
age to property Is feared here and dt dif
ferent points north and west.
Bu'letlns from the Missouri side of the
Mississippi river west of Alton Indicate that
twe'lve Inches or more of water will send
the Mississippi floods over the levees
Joining the two river and making a watery
expanse of fourteen miles. This will cover
20,000 acres of bottom land, said by the
United States Agricultural department to
be the richest wheat land in the world.
One hundred families living In the Mis
souri lowlands northeast of St. Charles and
west of the Mississippi river have been
compelled to leave their homes because of
high water, and a number of families liv
ing on Mullany and Catfish islands have
been rescued In boats.
Governor Doekery todsy Issued a proc
lamation from Jefferson City asking the
people of Missouri to make liberal contri
butions to the proper authorities at Kan
sas City for the relief of the sufferers
A Barn Sever Bnrns.
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Much TTiat Every Woman
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And about the Care of the Skin,
Scalp, Hair and Hands.
Too much atresg cannot he placed on :
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cleansing of the mucous surfaces and of
the blood and circulating fluids, thus
Hording pare, sweet and economical
local and constitutional treatment for
weakening ulcerations, Inflammations,
Itching, irritations, relaxations, dis
placements, pains and irregularities '
peculiar to females. Hence the Cutl
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ence in restoring health, atrrhgth and -beauty
to weary women, Who have
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Women from the very first have fully
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Million of the women use Ctulcura
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tor preserving, purifying and beauti
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of crnsts, scales and daudnifT, asd the
stopping of falling hair, for softening,
whitening and soothing red, rough and
ore hands, I for annoying irritations,
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which readily suggest themselves, as
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