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VOL. XXXIX NO. 109.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNIN0 v JANUARY 26, MICK TWELVE PAGES.
SINGLE COPY TWO CENTS.
WANT UNCLE SAM
TO BACK DOWN
Commercial Bodies Are) Alarmed-at
Prospect of Tariff War with
on Trusts Set
Forth in Message
PARIS AT MERCY
OF RISING RIVER
i i y
Federal Grand Jury Investigation at
Seine Overflows Its Barks and is
Chicago Will Not Be Confined
to National Company.
Flooding Subways, Carrying
Cars and Wires.
FACTORIES FORCED TO CLOSE
President Issues Statement Denyinj
Rumors of Widespread Attack
on Corporations. (
INQUIRY WILL BEGIN TODAY
National Board of Trade Vi'.
Ask State Department to Rec..r'i.
CATTLE TRADE ROT ZMPOSTA
Export to Germany Are Small am
Will Become Smaller.
ISSUE 13 NOT WORTH MAKING
Statement thnt It Will Endansrer
Trade of Neurlr Foir Hnndred
Millions and thnt Germany
Cannot Yield Point.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25. Alarmed by the
critical I urn In the tariff controversy be
tween I he United States and Germany, ap
peals from the chambers of commerce and
boards of trade of several cities were made
to the Notional Hoard of Trade In session
here today, urging that body to recom
mend that tha State department recede
from Its position that American beef and
cattle muHt be admitted to Germany, If
the trad 3 between the two nations, repre-
. Renting tSSO.MO.OCO a year to American busi-J
nes houses, Is not to be subjected to the
effects of a tariff war. Itesolutlons pre
sented to the national body maintain there
can bo no advantage in insisting on a
German market for American boef because
the home consumption Is Increasing at
such a rate as soon to command all the
supply, and In support of this It Is sighted
that American cattle exports have de
creased by- 2.0"0,000. It Is pointed out that
the agrarian party, In control of the Reich
stag, has stood for the principle that the
farmers of Qprmany must supply its beef,
and that the imperial government could
not admit the American product If it would.
A commission to settle the dispute is sug
gested. Many delegates bringing from their home
cities demands for 'an Investigation of a
national character Into the high cost of
living have made consideration of that
subject imperative. The national body to
day decided to appoint a special committee
of five men to determine the reasons for
present prices. '
A today's session a movement was
launched to create a national headquarters
and legislative bureau In Washington.
Sixty Cities Represented.
Sixty Chambers of Commerce and oBards
of Trade, yoieing the business needs of
the nation from as many cltlee, are repre
sented In the meeting.
Concerted action on the live Issues of
the day will be taken and expressions of
the national body .'Indicative of the sent
ment -of business Interests will be given
In he form of resolutions proposing some-
legislation, favoring some new proposed
and asking tor the repeal of some now in
force, , , , ,
Flight on Currency "Law. .;
There promises to be a fight on what
shall be the endorsement of the national
body regarding . currency legislation. One
element represented opposes a central bank
with nower to Issue currency on the,
grounds that such a plan would be too
experimental and tend to destroy con
fldence. Another element Is in favor of
the creation of a central bank system to
conform with the conditions of the present
financial system and urges that the sys
tern should be gradually made to conform
to the central Idea. The supporters of this
plan cite that the financial system of
Europe has demonstration the superiority
of a central bank system In providing
stable currency, always responsive to the
requirements of legitimate business Inter
The auestlon of permitting railroads to
make agreements among themselves for
lutorslate traffic under the suprevision and
approval of the Interstate Commerce com
mission will be discussed. There Is a sen
timent to have the national body favor
such a plan as well as to favor amend
ments to the law giving to the Bhlpper the
right to route his freight. An attempt
will be made to get the national body to
favor legislation to compel the railroads
to settle damage claims at actual value
Instead of Invoice value and the movement
J for a uniform classification will be taken
There is considerable division of opinion
on the question of parcels post. Some of
the bodies reported oppose It in Its en
tlrety on the basis that it wjuld be a loss
to the government and operate to the ad
vantage of a few anal nut the many; others
favor It for the rural free delivery system
and Would confine Its use to that branch
of the postal service. 'There appears to b
no opposition to postal savings banks.
Revision of Postal Chars.
The deficit In the postofflce, however,
reveals some differences of opinion for a
remedy. Several organizations domand 1
cent letter postage to be applied to let
ters for delivery In the"me towns and
cities ay they originate; others modify It
to 1 cent per ounce and declare the post
office ran muke a profit of 150 per cent
at such rate. That plan entails revision
of the entire scale of postal charges, sug
gesting that newspapers be placed in one
class and' maKui.ine.-i and miscellaneous
periodical in another on which the postal
rate would be Increased. The sentiment
is to force every class of postage to pay
JU own transportation.
Rcptal of the federal corporation tax
paud at the lust session of congress will
be urged, amendments to the Sftermun
uiitl-trust law which will prexerve Its In
tent and define its limitations, and the
crrutlon of a permanent nonpartisan tur.
Iff cuinpitsslon will be suggested.
A great many other national questions
will be brought before the body for action,
, among them the encouragement of d.-slr-f
able Immigration, recommendation for uni
formity cf business laws in the states
where a contrariety exists, the federal in
spection of grain, commercial education
and preservation of the public health.
Resolutions urging the government to
Initiate steps to bring about the organisa
tion of the proposed international court of
arbitral Justice will also be proponed.
The seswlons will continue until Friday.
On Wednesday evening President Taft will
speak at a dinner.
' J King; en Wisconsin Family.
MADISON. Wis., Jan. JS- (Special Tele
gram.) V. I. King of Lincoln has been ap
pointed s .-Hat ant professor In political
cor.oiny at Wlxoousln university.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25. President Taft
today made public the following statement
e to tho reports that the administration
"planning a crusade against unlawful
iblnatlons of capital:
o statement was issued, euncr irom
ttorney general's office or from the
House, Indicating the purpose of the
Tfratlon with reference to proeecu-
icr the anti-trust laws other than
th in the message of the pre3l
of January 7, 1909.
"Sensational statements that there were
to be a new departure and indiscriminate
prosecution of Important Industries have
no foundation. The purpose of the admin
istration is as already stated In the presl
denfe message." "
The statement was Issued after the presl
dent had talked with James J. Hill, th;
railway magnate, and haft received Infor
nation that prices were crumbling In New
York under the various reports printed
yesterday and this morning. There was no
statement from the White House except
the foregoing. "
Mr. Hill on leaving the White House said
he did not pretend to represent or sppak
for the president In anything he said, but
he was sure tho president would net attack
corporations, but only the sins of the cor
porations. If the corporations were vlo.
lattng the laws he supposed they would be
brought to book.
Former Secretary of Interior Says
President Now Has Power to
WASHINGTON, Jan. 26. Former Seo
retary of the Interior Garfield appeared be
fore the senate committee on lands today
and opposed the bill' submitted by Secre
tary Balllnger authorizing the secretary
to withdraw public lands from the public
domain pending recemmendatton to con
' Mr. Garfield declared that legislation of
this character was not needed, as the
president had authority under tho existing
law to withdraw public lands believed to
contain valuable timber or mineral, or to
be- valued for the development of power.
He took the position that there was no
good reason for extending this power to
the secretary of the Interior.
A brief bearing directly upon the ques
tion Involved In the bill under considera
tion was presented to the committee by
Chairman Nelson. The conclusions reached
. The power of 'the president to reserve,
publlo lands from sale and" tfhtf-y ' refts
upon various statutes, upon numerous de
cisions of the courts and upon long estab
lished and long recognised usage. ,
:"The pre-emption act of 1830 provided
that the privilege of pre-emption should not
extend to any land 'which Is reserved from
Bale by act of congress or by order of the
president." This celarly gives the president
the power of his own motion to make the
reservation and leaves It In his discretion
to exercise the power and the power may
be exercised' through an executive depart
ment. In such cases it is deemed the act
of the president."
A number of decisions were cited by Mr.
Nelson to show that the courts are agreed
upon tho point be makes.
on Union Pacific
NEW YORK. Jan. 25. James F. Fargo,
president of the American Express com
pany confirmed today the report that his
company will take over the express busi
ness of the Union Pacific. Mr. Fargo soldi
"'On April 1, we shall assume,control of
the express transportation of the Union
Pacific. This will . be our first through
western connection with the exception of
the Chicago & Northwestern, and we ex
pect that considerable increase In earnings
will result." ,
MAY MERGE COPPER CONCERNS
Jadg-rs Dissolve Injunction Secured
Axalnnt I tnh Company and
TRINTON, N. Y., Jan. 26. Judge Lannlng
and Judge Cross late this afternoon filed
a memorandum dissolving the Injunction
restraining the stockholders of the Utah
Copper company from meeting to pass on
the question of acquiring the property of
the Boston Consolidated Mining company.
This decision permits the carrying out
of the plan for the merger of the two com
panies. ' Child "mothered In Snow.
MEETEETSE. Wyo., Jan. 26. (Special.)
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. E. W.
Peoples was smothered to death Sunday
while the parents were sleigh riding. The
weather was cold and the child had been
wrapped heavily to keep out the cold.
The parents were horrified when they re
turned home from the ride to find the
Creighton Heirs Lose by
Settling Before Last Decision
Heirs of Count Creighton are regretful
that they settled with Creighton university
and other beneficiaries under the will on
the Urau ' they did. For according to the
Interpretation of the will as handed down
by the district court, the university and
the other legatees would have got far less
cash than they did and the heirs more.
Now It Is, of course, too late.
Principals In the litigation ended so far
as district court Is concerned, havs not
yet squared away for further action they
are still tn their corners, as It worn. Each
side wishes the matter to go to the su
preme court In the hope that that august
tribunal will rule wholly In favor of the
wisher. But each side also fears a little
that the supreme court may rule wholly
the other way.
The Interpretation by the court of the
. thirteenth paragraph of Count Cralghton's
Snbpoenaes for Eight Persons Will Be
Served This Horning.
LAND IS FURNISHES INFORMATION
Detailed Charges Come to the Judge
in Form of a Letter.
PRICES DROP IN NEW' YORK
Milk, Egga and Batter Start Down
ward as Result of Widespread
Revolt Asalast Existing
CHICAGO. Jan. 25. Eight subpoenas
v.ere Issued today and will be served to
morrow on witnesses to appear before the
federal grand Jury In the government's
Investigation of the so-called beef, trust.
By tomorrow afternoon It Is expected tho
government's force formally will have be
gun Its Inquiry Into the charges that the
drensed meat Industry of the country Is
eontrclled by practically one ptfice-flxlng'
The names of the witnesses for wlwm
subpoenas were Issued were not divulged,
but It was made known that the secret
service men were ready to viHtt the offices
of 'the National Packing company. Bo-
fore the Investigation Is completed, prob
ably weeks hencii leveryone connected1
with the packing houses in Chicago and
In other cities who con throw any light
on the subject. Is to be called.
Routine docket cases occupied the at
tention of the Jurors today. These, it was
said, would be cleared by 2 p. m. to
morrow. It became known that the Information
which came to Judge Landls was In the
form of a letter making detailed charges.
These charges were of such a nature that
Judge Landis immediately reported them
to United States District Attorney Sims.
Dne to Congestion In East.
NEW YORK, Jan. 25. Milk, eggs and
butter led the procession of receding prices
In food products hers today. Nation-wide
agitation aided by potent local influences
have brought about the drop. Meat, too.
Is on the depllne, following a greatly te
State anti-monopoly laws are to be In-,
yoked In the movement to combat the trusts
that have advanced food prices. Today a
special grand jury, whose particular office
it will be to consider the effect of combi
nation among dealers in food stuffs, was
sworn In, While It Is expected first to
deal with the alleged milk combine, the
meat question Is likely to be put to it
stqongly and possibly the ..whole scope of
the food situation 'will be taken In 'during
Milk Is down a cent a quart already on
two routes, butter. In the best qualities,
has been cut 5 cents a pound and eggs
are off S cents a dozen lrt the local mar
kets. Storage eggs that have been selling
aq "strictly fresh" at high prices' are no
longer put out as such, the big whole
Weather conditions were none to good for
the Union Sguare mass meeting' in pro
test against high food prices, but a great
outpouring nevertheless was expected.
Local Food Trust atDea Moines.
DES MOINES, la.., Jan. 25. (Special
Telegram.) The proposition to establish a
co-operative meat market in Des Moines
received a new impetus today from a num
ber of prominent clTlsens and incidentally
trfere was a drop in the price of some
food stuffs. The price of butter Went
down 6 cents wholesale and S cents retail
today. At the same time the grand Jury
bogan work on a letter from a prominent
grocer, who Insists that there Is a com
bination among grocers' and that it s
through this that prices are fixed. The
price of beef at wholesale lso dropped 10
cents, but tho retail price remained the
same. The city council made an offer
of space on city ground for a publlo meat
market. , ,
Oakland Keeps Out.
OAKLAND, Cal., Jan. 26 Declaring that
a boycott would hurt only tho farmer and
retallei), the Central Labor council of
Oakland last night refused to pass a
resolution declaring a boycott on meat,
butter and eggs.
DENVER, Jan. 25. The Colorado State
Federation of Labor today adopted reso
lutions to boycott meat It is estimated
that 50,000 men In this state wil join the
.Missouri ConVt Aeta.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.. Jan. 25. Chief
Justice Valllant of the supreme court today
appointed Daniel Dillon of St Louis, ex
aminer, to take testimony In the proceed
ings against the beef packers filed by the
attorney general lost Saturday.
The hearing probably will begin in two
.Karl Oliver Fonnd Dead.
SIOUX CITY, ta., Jan. 15.-(Speclal Tele
gramsThe body of Karl J. Oliver, a
brother of Justice Stephen Oliver of Sloan,
la., was found this morning In an alley
at 410 Wall street He was a heavy
will has moved disrespectful laymen to re-
marks on the subject of wills and attor
neys who draw them.
The last testament of Count Creighton
was drawn up by the late James M. Wool
worth, admittedly one of the ablest law
yers who ever entered a Nebraska court
room. And yet, accoidlng to Judges Redlck
Troup and Eslelle, Judge Woolworth made
Count Creighton say In this will exactly
the oppoelte of what he intended to say
with respect to the devlalng of the residue
of the estate.
The hearing has also brought out the
fact that Count Creighton when he drew
up his will was worth $1,150,000. This was
In VA.' In 1 the estate was worth $3,300.
000. An Increase of nearly 100 per cent a
year, as compared to 1904. This Increase,
say lawyers speaks volumes for the up
ward tendency of Omaha real estate values.
. Bobbie: "Somehow or Other I Ain't Got an
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
BENNET CLASHES Willi MACON
Head of Immigration Committee
Answers Extravagance Charge.
FACTS EASILY LEARNED, HE SAYS
Deelares Trip to Europe Wna Not
Junket nnd Did Not Even See
Applan Way , or St.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.-Denouncing as
"Infamously and mallciourly and wantonly
false" statements made in the house yes
terday by Representative Macon of Arkan
sas, Representative Bennet of .New York,
a member of the immigration committee,
arose to a question of personal privilege In
the house today to defend the commission
against the attacks which were made upon
it. Mr. Bennet declared the gentleman from
Arkansas by a flve-mlnute walk from the
Capitol could have reached the headquar
ters of the commission and , eould have
found that the charges he voiced were un
true. , ; i '
"I said," Interposed Mr, .Maoon, "that I
had' been 1 advised that aruJ I said '-was
true. The gentleman does not, X hope, deny
that I received such Information.'-
Insisting that- Mr. Macon might easily
have discovered the falsity of hie charges,
Mr. Bennet referred to a report made to
the house within two weeks, and accessi
ble to everybody, which he said -showed
the facts In relation to "the white slave
"I am very anxious to have the gontle
man make a statement of the proceedings
of the commission," protested Mr. M.-icon.
Demands Immediate Retraetlon.
"The expenses of the commission and
seven employes," proceeded Mr. Bennet,
"for three months' travel on the continent
of Europo was only $13,000, traveling as we
did as the commissioners of the best gov
ernment under the sun."
"This . statement requires- Instant, corn-1
plete and full retraction," thundered Mr.
Bennet, glaring across the aisle into the
eyes of Mr. Macon. A storm of applause
broke forth from the republican side. -
Mr. Bennet said he had spent only one
day In Naples 'in "taking a vacation," by
seeing some objects Of Interest.
"I went through .Rome," he continued,
'.'without seeing St Peter's or the Applan
Way. I did visit the king of Italy, which
It was my duty to do."
Mr. Bennet insisted that as the result of
the trip abroad the head tax on Immigrants
was raised by the legislation of 1907, which
had Increased the amount In the treasury
"The expenses of this trip," Mr. Bonnet
continued, "were borne by each of us to a
greater extent than by the government. It
the gentleman will go to the Treasury de
partment he can find what every egg I ate
for breakfast cost."
Mr. Bennet denied the foreign trip -was
a "Junket" and ridiculed the idea that
Prof. Jenks of Cornell, a member of tho
commission, had any Influence upon poli
tics as professor of politics at the Ithaca
"Malicious and Deliberate Ie."
"Whoever told the gentleman from
Arkansas," Bennet said, "that the com
mission had not begun to make Its report
until Senator Latimer forced them to do
so told a wicked, cruel, malicious and de
The statement that the commission had
obtained Its Information from police
records, Mr. Bennt said, was "absolutely
false and made out of whole cloth." He
then Retailed the classes of Information
the commission had collected and said the
United States Steel corporation alone had
spent from $20,000 to $30 000 to gather In-
(Continued on Second Page.)
There's no such
thing as a useless
If you don't need
a thing, your neigh
The Bee Want ads sell what one
.Is glad to be rid of, to another who
Is glad to get It.
Plione your want ad into The
Bee if you can't come down to
Want Ad Phone Douglas 333.
D. Austin Latchaw Advocates Dis
tribution of Nursery Stock .
KANSAS CITY. Jan. 25. D. Austin Lat
chaw, a member of the Missouri forestry
commission, appointed by Governor Had
ley, delivered the principal address at the
opening session here today of the annual
convention of the Southwestern Lumber
men's association. Mr. Latchaw, who is a
member of the editorial staff of the Kan
sas City 8tar, spoke on "Forestry and
"It Is proposed," said Mr. Latchaw, "that
the formation of a state forestry associa
tion shall be undertaken similar to a very
effective organisation of this kind In Louis
iana and to be Inaugurated at a y state
meeting to be called in St. Louis some time
In April. .
'The tree problem, the problem of meet
ing and ultimately overcoming If possible
the Umber losses!, In .this .country cannot
be solved unless the Individual land own
er becomes Interested in the subject."
Every state, Mr. Latchaw said, should
have a forestry department, should main
tain nurseries and distribute as many trees
as may be wanted for planting.
Twentieth Century Limited Wrecked
and Engineer and Fireman
Crushed to Death.
UTICA, N. Y.. Jan. 25. The engine on the
New York Central . Twentieth Century
Limited, east bond, turned completely over
about a quarter of a mile west of St. Johns
vine today. It elld 800 feet before it
stopped. Under the engine pits Fireman
Melvln J. Handville of Syracuse was
crushed beyond recognition. The engineer
John Scalon, of Fort Hunter, attempted to
leap when the engine left the rails, but
he was caught between the engine and
tender and cut and crushed tn a terrible
manner. None of the coaches left the
track, both trucks of several of them are
derailed. Most of the passengers were
thrown from their berths and some were
NEGRO TEMPERANCE WORKER
. UNABLE TO GET A ROOM
So-Called Black Knight Is Turned
- Away from Boone Hotels
and Y. M. C. A.
BOONE, la., Jan. 25. (Special Telegram.)
Rev. John H. Hector, colored, called
"The Black Knight," sent tu Boone for
a three nights' engagement by the state
prohibition committee, was denied rooms at
all of Boono's hotels and at the Young
Men's Christian association building. Th?
committee here Informed Hector they had
made arrangements for his keep at the
Young Men's Christian association. This
is against the rules of the association and
he was turned away.
After four hours' efforts Mayor C. L.
Wilder finally was induced to take him to
his home. Hector said today he would stay
at the Young Men's Christian association,
but It remains to be seen what will be the
Fear of Trust
- Causes Slump in Stocks
NEW YORK. Jan. 25-Promptly with the
opening of the stock market today there
came a flood of ' liquidation sales which
broke prices severely In all directions and
caused great disorder In the trading.
There was no premonition of the violence
of the decline In the Louden market before
the opening here. Changes In quotations
for Americana there varied from small
fractional losses to small fractional ad
vances. Reports of tho government's anti-trust
program and the belief that the govern
ment would win the expected decisions In
the American Tobacco and Standard OH
cases before the supreme court were the
accepted explanations of the selling.
The active speculative stocks, such as
the Pacific railways, Reading, Chesapeake
& Ohio, United States Steel and Amalga
Bellevue Will Continue as Inde
pendent Church College.
HASTINGS HAS CHURCH SUPPORT
Conpromlw Outcome of Lou a" See.
slon of Presbyterian Synodlcal
Committee Held at
; (From a Staff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Jan. 25. (Special Telegram.)
After an all day session the committee ap
pointed to pass upon the proposition to
merge the Bellevue and Hastings Presby
terian colleges, settled the matter by a com
promise. Bellevue college was made an
Independent school with the approval of
the church and Hastings college was made
tho synodlcal college. This arrangement Is
to take effect at the close of the present
The effect of this agreement on the part
of the committee will be to give to the
Hastings college all of tho financial aid
of the Presbyterian church, ' which' is now
divided betwoea' tho.two-schools. The ai
rangemcnt is a Compromise between those
who deMred a merger of the schedule and
those who desired the present arrangement
to stand and those who ' Insisted that
Hastings college should be made the synodl
cal school at once.
President Turner of Hastings college ap
peared before the committee and argued
that his college should be recognised as
the synodlcal school at. once, while Presi
dent Stookey of Bellevue Insisted that If
that arrangement were made, it should
not go into effect until after the present
school year. In his fight he was assisted
by W. H. eBtts and Henry E. MaxWcll of
Omaha, while Senator A. L. Clarke of
Hastings appeared with President Turner.
The committee, was composed of two
delegates from each. Presbytery In the
ORGANIC MATTER LOCATED '
IN ICE IN DES MOINES
Traces Found and l.nrfre
Will Be Condemned
DES MOINES, la.. Jan. 2S.
egram.) The city Board of
received the report of two
chemists of the Inspection
from the Des Moines river.
of ice taken
In the early
part of the winter a break occurred In a
tewer and permitted some sewage to escape i
It was found that in nil
into the river.
the ice taken from billow this point there
are traces of organic matter and it Is
probable tha the health department will
condemn several thousand tons of Ice
stored In the house below this point.
Lisle Crcbtree, the Second cavalry
trooper who Is serving a life term at the
Fort Leavenworth prison for the murder i
of Captain J. C. Raymond, Is permanently
Insane, according to his mother, Mrs. A.
W. Beyer. She says that her son has not
recovered hltf reason andthat she believes
he will never recover. The court-martial
which tried . Crabtree refused to consider
his Insanity plea. j
Express Cases Go Over.
STOTTX FALLS, S. D.. Jan. 25 On stipu
lation of the attorneys on both sides of
the case the hearing scheduled to take
place today before Judge Carland of the
United Stutes court In the Injunction pro
ceedings instituted by the Wells-Faro,
American, Adams- and Great Northern Ki
pross companies to restrain the South Da
kota Board of Railroad commissioners
from putting tn effect a new and reduced
schedule of express rates In South Dakota
has been adjourned until February 18.
mated Copper were tho severest sufferers.
A sale at tha opening of 100 shares of
United States Steel at Wm and of 2-jO shares
at M were not recorded until some time
afterwards, being lont In the rush of simul
taneous sale of 12,000 shares at f34 to
S2. This compurcd with fur the last '
prlcb yestciduy. The stock's extreme de
cline reached thi.
Chesapeake & Ohio and American Beet
Sugar slurnid 4H. Reading and Interna
tional Harvester 4. Amalgamated Copper
3U. t.'nlon Pacific 3. Geneiul Electric and
International Pump 2. Southern Pacific
2 and the list generally from 1 to 2 points.
The fluctuations during the first hour
were feverish and unsettled, substantial
rallies being mixed with fresh, and violent
declines at new points. Transactions were
on a very large seals throughout
Bursting Sewers and Caving; Street!
WEATHER IS GROWING WORSE
Low Temperature is Accompanied by
Rain and Sleet.
PUMPING STATIONS EJ DANGER
Hlit of Few Inrkra Will Cat
Supply of Drinking Water
Two Ilandred Square)
PARIS, Jan. 2S. Fifty thousand soldiers,
comprising the garrison of Paris, were
placed at the disposition of the municipal
authorities this mornlrg to fight the flood
whose ravage aro spreading ruin and con
sternation throughout the city.
At 8 o'clock this morning the water at
Pont Royal had touched twenty-six feet
above low tide and was rising at the rate
of nearly half an Inch an hour with the
prospect of the rise continuing until mid
night The damage already done Is Incalculable.
The industrial life of the city Is rapidly
becoming paralyzed. Only two sections of
the subway are In operation while three
fourths of the surface lines are tied up.
Factories are shutting down because of
lock of power due to the electric plants
having been flooded. Half of the tele
phones In the city are out of commission
and telegraph and railroad communication
The disaster Is due chiefly to the fact
that the whole marvelous underground
architecture of the city, which Is honey
combed with labyrinths. Is filling up with
water, causing the sewers to burst and the
streets to cave in and threatening the
foundations of buildings. i
The scene on the river front Is majestic,
but appalling. The stream has broken Its
barriers at several points and Is pouring Its
yellow torrents Into the surrounding
streets, converting them into veritable
lakes. At any minute It may be neces
sary to blow up the Alma bridge, where the
water Is but a few Inches from the key
stone of the arch, as a dam there might
turn the course of the Seine In such a way
as to flood several of the most fashionable
sections of the city.
Water Causes Explosion.
A tremendous explosion which awakened
the stricken city at B o'clock led to the
report that the Alma bridge had been
blown up, but the explosion proved to have
occurred In a chemical factory at Ivry-Sur-Sene,
eight . miles above, I$,;.la pre
sumed that the, water sucoundlng the fac
tory came In contact wlttv chemicals, caus
ing the explosion.
During the night the subway - stat'ons
at the Orleans terminus ar.d at Quel De-
Orsay were flooded and closed and tha
sinking of the Rue De Poitiers lot the
water through a foot and a half deep Into
the Rue De Lille and the Rue Do L'Unl
vcrslte, streets, In which live many of tho
old aristocracy. The Vatiglrard district,
near the Boucicault hospital, also Is Inun
dated. Tho weather grows worse rather than bet
ter, and at noon Paris was the center of
an area of low pressure and bitter cold
and rain and sleet were falling through-
lout the flooded regions, adding to the suf
fering of the poor and homeless ones. The
price of bread and other food has In
creased owing to tho fact that communica
tion with the provinces Is crippled. No
trains from the south are coming beyond
The depleted supply of drinking water
has caused tho greatest alarm. With the
i rise of the flood but a few Inches higher
the pumping stations, still In operation,
must stop, and, Paris, In the midst of a
miniature ocean, will be-without water fit
to drink. .. :
2O0 Square Miles Flooded.
The situation at between twenty and
thirty suburban towns above this city Is
.worse than In the capital Itself. At Charen-
' ion, wnere tno swollen river Marne enters
the Seine, an area of 200 square miles has
been flooded. The submerged district In
cludes Airortvuie ana ivry-bur-tseine,
a total population of 60,000. At this point
the soldiers and firemen are doing herolo
work In rescuing families In boats and
pontoons. At Alfortvllle the cemetery has
been washed out and caskets, lifted from
their resting places, are floating down
From Autll to St. Germain the lower por
tions of all the riverside towns are deep
beneath the waters and soldiers are forcing
tho residents to evacuate their homes. The
domestic water supply at several towns has
been cut off.
The animals of the soologlaal gardens,
which were In danger of drowning, havs
been removed to higher grounds.
Relief is being organized - on a large
scale. Appeals for funds Issued by ths Red
Cross und other societies are meeting with
generous responses. Edmond Rostnnd hss
offered to give the receipts, which are ex
pected to be enormous, from the flr.it
night's presentation of his play, "Chanti
cleer." Demurer of Epldenilo.
Physicians f'.ar an epidemic when the
flood subsides, as the overflowing sewers
are likely to contaminate the drinking
water, and rats, driven out of their under
ground homes, are Invading residences.
The report that the Eiffel tower Is dam
aged Is wrong. !Itl Is said the tower was
built with a water base and etch support
supplied with hydraulic lifting apparatus,
which works automatically.
Before noon , the police compelled the
evacuation of the Hotel Palais d'Orsay
near the Qua d'Orsay, and the surrounding
houses. The palace of the Legion of Honor
Is menaced and an accumulation of drift
wood above the Isle of St. Louis threat
ens to sweep away tha barrier of plies anil
the I-ont dis Arts.
News from the provinces show there Is
general Improvement In tho flood situation
this afternoon except In tiic east and at
ths affluents of the Seine and Msuse.
Telelrrsph Is Cat Oft.
Telegraphlcconimunlcatlon In the south of
France is rapidly going to plects. Ths
archway of the submerged tunnel between
tlons threatens to full. A three-story build
ing on the Quai Do La Rapee collapsed this
A great fissure has opened tn ths ground,
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