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Lives lost -
People homeless -
Estimates Based On Most Reliable Storm Information Now Obtainable
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Daily Bee EXTR
vol. xlii no. 241.
OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAKOH 26, liUn.-SlXTElfiN PAGES.
SINOLlfl COPY TWO CUNTS.
WHITE SNOW BLANKET
COVERS THE UGLY SCENE
OF AWFUL DESOLATION
. The second morning after Omaha's great catastrophe found the city
enveloped with a fast, falling snow. ' '' .
It was as If a heautiful blanket or white had been drawn over hideous
rulus In the "path of. the tornado as If to hide the horror from view. The
flakes came down thick and wet, but without any drlvlng"vlnd, and gave
the atmosphere a moist, mellow flavor that exaled peaceful quiet after
At the edges of the devastated district the tramp, tramp, tramp of
the soldier sentries made foot prints In tho new fallen snow.
Moving vans and burden laden autos were again In ovldence. The
curiosity inspired visitors hud evidently had their querulousness satiated,
for few came on tho ground as compared with the constant outpouring of
the day before.
friends and neighbors have been1 taking care of thoso driven out of
thejr own homes. Pedestrians had to identify themselves and prove that
they were bent on legitimate business, in order to get through fhe lines.
At tho hospitals and tho improvised sickrooms, in the homes of gooa
Samaritans, sorrowful callers came and wont doctors and surgeons upon
their missions falherB, mothers and friends emerging with downcast looks
or smiles as the reports received were favorablo or dIs:ourasing.,
Worse reminders of the storm's deadly destruction were the hearses
and black funeral carriages winding here and there in sharp contrast with
the snow's shining whiteness. In front of every undertaker's shop were
gathered from time to time these grim vehicles of grief, signalB that tho
funerals of tho victims had begun and that the cemeteries would be the,
last resting place for all.
ALL ENERGIES ARE NOW
BENDING TO RELIEF WORK
All energies are now bending toward relief work so that the victims
of tho big. atorm tiiay not have to undergo needJeBB suffering. ,
The agencies through which the
peen orgarjigea, ana as a nrst preliminary step. a nasty, syjyey or tno. ae--SoTuhcS'
ifouBos, and their occupants, made under direction of the Com
mercial club. Offers of financial aid are comiug from all directions.
The. Bee's original estimates of tbp extent of the storm path, and the
number of buildings effected, are being confirmed. Reliable estimates of
tho monoy loss cannot yet bo made. Tho widespreal scope of the calam
ity, however, is rocognlzdd, and it is known that the task of restorat'o 1 will
lequlro tremendous effort and an outlay aggregating into the millions.
Little of the property damaged is covered by insurance against wind.
A committee consisting of J. J. Ryder,
V. J. Byrne and C. C. Rosewater vas ap
pointed yesterday at a meetlns of tno
dtlrens' relief committee to establlJu
eome six relief stations in the afflicted
district. I The committee was given full
power to act In all matters concerning
the location and the manning of tile sta
tions. The Jardlne Transfer company was
given the control of the auto truck? that
are to be used In the relief work, s'ich as
hauling In furniture, hauling food anil
clothing, The furniture Is to be stored
in the Auditorium for a time. The sev
eral stations to be established are to dis
pense food and clothing. Lodging .up to
the present time has been furnlsned by
neighbors and friends, and hundreds of
cots have been taken to the Audit. :rlum.
where refugees will be taken. A num
ber of tho brewery companies and others
that have large auto trucks have placed
them at the service of Jardlne, who :s
to manage the trucks. Fort Omaha also
(Continued from Page Five.) '
tSSS3 ' -. - .' k' ;'
Incoming help is to be handled Thgyg,
1 Direly in Need of
Clothing and Food
Mayor C; At. Skinner appeared before
the city commissioners and the Omaha
cyclone relief committee at tho city hall
this morning and appealed for assistance
for the poor unfortunates at Ralston.
He said an accurate count taken by him
shows forty-ono families destitute and
eighteen .single persons.
I "Wo need aid of every kind," said
' Mayor Skinner, "as tho conditions In
Ralston are dllferent than here In Omaha,
i The entire business section of Ralston
has been wiped out and hundreds have
been thrown out of employment, and
many of the persons have not enough
money to come to Omaha to get work.
Why, there are people out In my town
who have not even a stitch of their own
clothing left and are going around with
a few borrowed rags on their backs."
Back of Idlewild Pool Hall
Drawn for The Bee by Powell.
BILL FOR HUNDRED THOUSAND
teslalifre Wfir donfriBufewvTftrS
Sum to Tornado Sufferers.
SOME AVAILABLE AT ONCE
Three Small Vlllnmvi AVrecUeil 'Will
Hiivp ThaiiNnnt! Dollar r.acli nt
Onei- for Purpose of He
- (From a Stuff Correspondent.)
LINCOLN, Nob., March 25.-(Hpeclal.)-Tho
sympathy of the state for tho af
flicted at Omaha, Berlin, Yutan an1
Ralston took substantial form this after
noon wh'en at the request of a Joint com.
mlttee of th senate and house, after a
conference with the governor, the latter
had Introduced In the house a bill ap
propriating UOO.OOO for tho people wno
have been rendered In need of help by
,the tonado of Easter Sunday.
Governor Morehead Instructed thi three
small villages which wefo almost com
pletely demolished to draw oi a Lincoln
bank for J1.XX) each for immediate use.
The money when appropriated by tho
legislature will be distributed under the
direction of the following commission;
Governor Morehead, clmlrman; A- j.
Smith and Robert 'Cowell of Omaha, ox
Senator Buck of Berldv William Miller
of Yutan and George W. Potts .of 'Paw
nee county. The cost of the militia jm
trol will be paid out of the appropria
tion. The Joint committee which :onferred
with tho governor on the appropriation
bill was composed of the following; Krom
(Continued on Page Two.)
Million Dollars. ,
v Storm in Chicago
CHICAGO, Mh;clt 25.-Wire men of the
fire department worked , feVerlshly today
lo restore the electric alarm system which
was seriously Impaired 'by the storm
which yesterday hit the city.
it Is estimated' that the damage done
In Cook county (Chicago) Including
dwellings demolished, the miles of wires
and poles prostrated, windows smashed,
basements flooded1, railroad property and
machinery Injured, will aggregate $1,000.
OW. The greatest loss falls oh tho tele
graph and telephone companies.
Despite the cold today former occu-
punts of most of the thirty dwellings
j wllch wefo demolished by tho wind con
( tinned the search for valuables, but made
i little attempt to clear away the debris.
The contents of the houses were for the
most part considered a dead loss.
Forest Park in
St, Louis Flooded
by Rise of River
ST. LOUIS. Mo., March 25. One person
was drowned and several families driven
from their homes by the rising of River
Dlsperes, which' flows through the west
ern and southern parr of the city today.
1 The floor was the result of a heavy
rain, which at times during the last forty
eight hours almost reached a cloud
burst. Early today it was reported by
the police stationed In the western end of
the city that River Dlsperes was seven
feet hlgherjthan ever before. The river
flows through Forest Park, tho great
show place of the city and today the
principal drive there was under six feet
bf water. 1
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Bulgarians Capture Defenses" "East
of the City.
BOMBARDMENT LASTS ALL DAY
bUliHtvli from.Soflu Hay All f first
Hue or Defense Around the
City in' In the llaniU of
SKRVIA, Greece, March 23. The Turk-
sh advanced, positions and all tho fort!.
fled points to the east of the fortress of
Adrianople wero captured by Bulgarian
besiegers this morning.
LONDON, March 25.-The Bulgarian be
siegers today captured tho first line of
defenses around tho Turkish fortress of
Adrlanopler after a bombardment lasting
several hours, according to a dispatch
by Sarah Bernhardt
Sarah Bernhardt wll give a benefit
concert for Omaha suffemrS Sunday
night In Deliver. The' city will donate
the Auditorium. President Mohler of
tho Union Pacific and D. K. Barley, gen
eral passenger agent. Salt Lake, and
Miss Bernhardt's manager arranged the
benefit. A special train of eight cars
will carry Miss Bernhardt from Salt Lake
City to Denver In time for the perform
11 t-.- w. -y- -m
MANY LIVES ARE LO
CIlILIilCOTlli:. 6.. March S.-A tele
phone me&sage from Dayton said that
30,000 people wert homeless, n number of
persons dead and tho water fifteen feet
deep in the center of Dayton. It was
still raining and tho river rising. 'A re
lief (rain from .Xenla was started to Day
ton loaded with supplies. The train Is
expected to arrive at midnight.
CHICAGO, March a.-Swept by wind
and rainstorms of terrific violence for
three dayp, vast areas of the middle west
from the Missouri river to the Allegheny
mountains tonight nro Inundated. Many
persons have been drowned, and enor
motiso property losses have bren caused
by floods, the worst In years.
Tho maps of Ohio, Indiana and parts
of Illinois and Missouri nro maps of deso
lation. Tcrre Haute, Indianapolis and
Lafayette, In Indiana, nnd Dayton, Dela
ware, Columbus nnd Youngstown, In
Ohio, present particularly pitiable spec
tacles. In all thene cities thero wail Ions
of life, according to tho most authentic
reports available, and fn each city tho
property loss particularly was heavy.
No (letlnlto Information as to what ac
tually happened nt Dayton could bo ob
tained until tonight, when Information
from Cincinnati came that sixty HveB
had been lost, radically all of Dayton
wbi under water and tho residents had
been forced to flee for their liver. Many
o ftho moro Intrepid sought refugo on
tho house tops.
.Nineteen Ilend nt Deluvrnrc.
In Delaware, O., nineteen persons are
known to have lost .their lives and thirty
to fifty others are missing. Terro Haute.
HWept by a disastrous tornado lust Sun
day, was today In the grip of a rain nnd
wind storm which, seriously interfered
with tho work of removing the stricken
families, but the death list stilt remained
M twenty, whue the list of injured Is rx
peeled .to, aggregate 230.
At Dayton,"' ).. three. rivers thd Miami,
Stillwater und Mad-and other, streams.
known as Wolf creek, Join. -
1 In in I Levee Urenks,
For tho most part tho city lies on n
level flat with the streams meeting a,l.
most in the heart of the place and Is pro
tected by levies twcnty-flvo feet high.
Tho leveo protecting tho Miami river
broke about fl o'clock this morning nnd
tho flood was augmented by the rapidly
rising waters of the other three streams
and finally made uncontrollablo by the
breaking of the Luramlo reservoir, fifty
miles, abovo Dayton.
, The waters swept through the city with
terrific force, - One report which, how
ever, lacked confirmation wns that the
water In tho muln street wan fifteen feet
deep. All wlro communication, except one
slender telcphono wire to l'Jionoton, a
station six miles away, was broken off
and Information regarding the status of
affair In Dayton was difficult to ohtntn
Disastrous floods Inundated Important
areas of Ohio and Indiana today, bring
ing great loss of life In their, imln and
driving thousands of persons from their
At Delaware, O,, twenty person were
drowned. The property loss will run into
the millions, lu tho flooded districts rlv
ers were out of their banks, dams woro
bursting und Inhabitants of the lowland
fleeing for their lives. Governor Cox
called out the mllttla to protect property
and keep order. Tho loss In liva stock
has been heavy. Following is a resumo
of the situation:
Dayton, O. Dam above city said to havs
broken; five feet of water In the streets
of the Sacred He art Convent
Delaware, 0. Twenty persons drowned,
tnllltlu onlercd to patrol streets; relief
supplier being sent.
Columbus, O. Bridges near Columbus
on SclotI river washed out and railway
Lima, O. There ale ten miles of rail
road trains of nil kinds stnlled by wash
out between Lima and Lafayette. Tho
Ottawa river Is on a rampage.
Akron, O. Dam north of city bro'ie.
Horsemen rode through valley, warning
farmers, who. with their families, fled
by tho hundreds to higher grounds.
I .ii Hue, O. llHlndntod.
Kokomo, Ind, Southern pari oi' vltv
Kokomo. Ind. Southern part 'it city
flooded; city In darkness last ntglit when
electric light plant stopped. Use of Mi
Indianapolis Hundreds of persons liv
ing In suburbs driven from homes I y
rlso of lOaglc creek and White river.
Thousands of head of llvo stock in state
Marlon, Ind. LeVee broke and M pej
ple flee for their lives.
Klwood, Ind. Three hundred homeless
Ii Fayette, Ind Bridge wa3h -A out.
Many persons missing. Detention hos
pital flooded, but Inmates escaped.
St. Louis, Mo. Ono person drowlici
and many families fleo from Weste.'n
part of city because of rise of River Des
'Lnrnmlp Hmervolr UrenUii.
COLUMBUS. O., March 25.-Inform.i-tton
was received at the stato rapltol
building today from Dayton that forty
persons had been killed no a result of
tho flood In that vicinity. Adjutant Gen
eral Wood Issued an order directing that
tho rallroud bridge over the Big Miami
river bo blown up.
According to reports recolved the Main
street bridge, a steel and concrete struc
ture, has already been awept awal'. H
wiui also reported that TVoy and Tlope
canoe Olty. north of -Dayton, were both
flooded and that many .liad taken refuge
oil roofs. ' '
NRW YOrtK, March 2o.-Nn lives have
been lost thus far atid no buildings de
stroyed In the flood at Dayton, O., ac
cording to a message received at 1J:15
today by tho Amorjcan Telephone ahd
Teifgraph company from Its station at
Phoneton. eight mjles north of Dayton.
Tha company has a test wlro working
from Phoncton to Dayton.
The" company's men at Phoneton re
ported that tho flood In tho Malml river
was caused, by tho breaking o'f tho Lara
mie reservoir In. Shelby county, about
fifty miles nor(h of Dayton.
When this message wag received the
Miami river was rising about bne foot an
hour. The water was seven feet deep In
Main street, Dayton, and fourteen feet
deep in many parts of the surrounding
lliinrirertN Reported Dead.
INDIANAPOLIS, March 2j.-The West
ern Union Telegraph olflce here received
a report at 11 o'clock that 1.600 persons
had boen drowned at Dayton.
Tho report stated that tho waters were
rushing through the streets of Dayton like
a mlllrace carrying destruction In thflr
wake, Hundreds Of homes were washed
awny, only tho strongest of the buildings
being nble to withstand the tide.
lliialnena District Under IVnlcr,
DAYTON, March ,23,-Dayton Is seeing
tho deep muddy waters of the Miami river
rushing through Its downtown streets,
In front of the Algonquin' hotel, standing
on tho corner of Third and Ludlow
streets, and besides which stand a mag
nificent church, tho great Young Men's
Christian association building and Vxo
Hotel Atlas, the water Is many feet deep
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