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VOL. XLII-NO. 244.
OMAHA, SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH
COPY TWO CENTS.
OUT OF RUINS AS
Sound of Hammers and Easp of Saws
Now Heard in Every Section
of the Storm.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS, THE ORY
Restoration Committee Named to
Help Struggling Builders.
MAKING SURVEY OF DISTRICT
Real Estate Men Report There Was
Little Tornado Insurance.
MOST WORK WHERB WORST HIT
Buildings Reconstructed with Great
Speed Near 24th and Lake.
ALL PEOPLE ARE FULL OF HOPE
No Cry of Hopelessness la Heard in
Districts Where SafferlnaT Was
Greatest, but Homes Are
Out of the ruins of Sunday's tornado,
buildings am rising as if by magic and
the' sound of hammers and tho rasp of
saws- are- .heard In every section of the
devastated district. Whore a region, of
wreck arid confusion met tho eye Mon
day morning, can now be seen organized
gangs of workmen, hugo drays with
lumber nnd new furniture and an In
dustrious people, rebuilding their homes.
Nowhere can bo heard a hopeless yotce.
Cheerfulness has replaced fear and with
a marvelohs spirit of high hopefulness
the home-builders are gofng about their
work. Workmen have been secured and
while not ' many arc employed on any
one house' they are scattered In small
squads throughout the district.
At a Joint meeting of the relief and
restoration committees, It was decided
that the general , relief committee would
superintend and assist temporary rebuild
ing and repairs or the tornado suffer
ers, although many of tho owners of
demolished dwellings and business build
ings are already far advanced with re
"Open for business," Is the' slogan of
tho business men. who suffered In the
tornado- .and doxens of smalt erocetlea
and' llttHi stores ot all -kinds are cater
ing to-.cuBtomera In halt-wrecked build
ings now- Under course of restoration.
A survey of tho stricken district Is
being made by members ot tho Real Estate
exchange and the restoration committee
appointed by the Commercial club on
Tuesday, will not make deflnte plans
until this committee reports. Members,
of the committee, who have reported say
thet damage Is greater even than was
first believed, because of the very small
amount of tornado Insurance carrlod. D.
V. Sholes is directing the Real Estate
Restoration Committee Named.
A committee on permanent restoration
funds has been appointed and will meet
Saturday noon at the Commercial club.
The members ot the committee are:
J. I Kennedy S. P. Bostwlck
K.C.Peters J. IT. Flack .
J. A. Bine Victor Ilosewater
W. II. Bucholz Joseph Polcar
C. T. Kountse Harry Doorly.
Luther Drake C C. George
M. T. Barlow J. It. Webster
H. W. Yates A .
"Wo have tound a great many property
owners between Grant and North
Twenty-second, to Maple, repairing." said
D. V, Bholes, of, the restoration com
mittee. "In this section there is a com
paratively small percentage of total
' wrecks. About one-fourih the buildings
were rented. Very little tornado Insur
ance was carried."
Work of restoration Is being rushed
(Continued on Page Three.)
. of Their Helpers
"I km through work and am going
home," remarked an office man in Omaha
as he pulled on his coat and prepared to
catch a 0 o'clock car to his family. Then
he stopped, and the smile on hU tace
gave way to a countenance of deep
thought. Again he spoke, and turned nu
glance upon the stenographer, who had
Just flnlshoa locking her typewriter In
"Did it occur to rou that we are among
those who have a home to 30 to In
Omaha tonight? Just think what it
means to those persona who suffered In
the tornado. I know of several men
nrun.. k.nA tver destroyed Kaster.
ntiU.Q MM.V ' " "
They are still working compelled to do
so in order to keep their heads above
water. But when they have done with
the day's work they have no home to
go to. Their famine are crowuea into
some small' boarding house that Isn't
home. Gracious, we ought to be thank
ful that we can leave our work here and
go home to a good supper and h. wsnn
bed. It is Impossible for us U 'ealuj
what we have we must suffer adversity
before we aDDreciate the blcsslnrs that
. those persons have who do want for food
and a home. I am not going to complain
A tear stood In the typist's eye as the
"You are right, Mr. Blank, I wish I
had a home to go to tonight. I roust
stay with a frie'd, while mothtr and
papa sleep and eat at another house.
Mr ninnlc lisd farcotten that the fam
ily of the llule typist had lost everything
In the storrr$verytblng but tho clothe
on their bacijj.
RELIEF IS MORE EFFICIENT
Organization of Various Agenoies of
Assistance Shows Value.
ASK VICTIMS TO COME FORWARD
Committee Experiences Difficulty
with Numerous Persona Whose
Pride- Keep Them front Ask- .
ins; for Needed Help.
Relief work at the stations in the north
part of tho tornado area rapidly IsVhang
Ing from tho mere providing o( tempor
ary shelter and food, to tho furnishing
of homes. In consequence the urgent'
demand now Is for bedding and beds,
furniture of every kind, kitchen utensils
and other household necessities. ,
This fact was most strongly urged 'at
station No. t at 2720 Franklin street. It
was said that In this district Btorm, suf
ferers rapidly arc finding new residences
under Instructions of the relief commit
tee, but tho families lack furnishings to
make themselves comfortable. . .
In nearly all the districts a large per
centage of the sufferers have been cared
for temporarily and the more difficult
and important work of establishing them
In new homes Is at hand. .
That In a metropolitan city like Omaha
there should be so little attempted loot
Ink,' at a time of widespread disaster is
looked upon by tho relief , committee as
one ot the remarkable ' things. It 'is
looked upon as showing' that the organ
ization Is good nnd that- (he nillltla in.
doing efficient guard work. ' Vague re
ports have reached the comnllltee that
there has been attempted looting In tho
Leavenworth district, but tho reports
take no veil- definite" shnbe as yet.
Impostors, too. are few, In the present
disaster, according to the committee.
although a few have bsoit caught nnd'
Jailed. Only hero and thero Is it dis
covered that some who are not worthy
and were not near tho storm have re
ceived relief at the organized relief sta
tions. These, it Is said, will get the
limit ot tho penalty before the police
Relief Station No. 5 has been ordered
to cut d'jwn on tho quantity of foodstuff
given out to any one family. From this
station sacks of 100 pounds of potatoes
and 100 pounds df sugar 'have been Issued
to single families readily, until their
supply has been running out tod fre.
quently. The committee feels that It
(Continued on Pago Five.)
Debutantes Will Tag
Monday will be "tag day" In Omaha
for the benefit of sufferers in the tor
nado, according to plans ot a number of
young women prominent In society
Those who are taking the most Interest
in the project are. the debutantes of tho
year and a number of the other mem
bers oi the younger set.
Miss Mary Marston took the Initiative.
The aid of Mr. Robert Cowell of the Kll
patilck store ,has.';bee,n enlisted ind
A. Hoape has offered his storo as head
quarters for the young women.
The money received Monday will bo
transferred to the city relief fund.
Fixing the Time
This clock hangs on tho bark wah of the Electric Karate at For
tieth and Farnam streets and Is stopped at G;4tt, which fixes almost
exactly the very minute stprtu
WHITE SLAVERS ABE
TRADE ON SUFFERERS
Interrupt Work of Relief Committee
When' Their Activity Be
POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING
Youn? Girls Report Advances Hade
IN GUISE OF RELIEF WORKERS
Offer Girls Good Homes in Chicago
. and Elsewhere.
MILITARY IS AFTER THE GANG
United Kffort llrlnnr Made to Hend
Off the Efforts of This Heart
less linnn Worklnir la
Time of Trouble.
' White slavers from Chicago and east
ern, cities aro known to bo at work In
Omaha cotnpotlng with tho relief com
mittees, some disguising as rollef work
ers, -In. housing some of the girl victims
of the tornado.
The, central relief committee was con
fronted with the appalling situation yes
ten) ay. - and alniost had to abandon
Other work to get the police and detec
tive agencies and mllitla-offlccrs at work
on the cases . which have come to Its
A k meeting of managers of the rollef
stations was held at the Commercial club
at noon. .Automobiles were sent to tho
station and brought them to tho club,
shcro tho luncheon was on the tabic
ready for them.
Slavers Rent Houses.
While real estate men and homo owrt
ers have come to the front with vacant
houses and in order immediately to re
lieve the suffering have turned open their
doors the, apprehension in tho city of
white slavers lias had a tendency greatly
to deter tho work of the committee be
cause of difficulties coming through dis
criminating between the needy and these
criminal outsiders. Homo ownors have
come to question each applicant and tho
retardation In housing the sufferers
which necessarily comes from that la
creating a serious handicap to the relief
Next to the startling problem of deal-
WtContlnued on Pago Five.
for Tiny Babies
An appeal has been made from the Vis.
Itlng Nurso association for baby clothes.
Not for the baby 4 or 5 months of age,
but for tho babo of 1 and 2 days old. "Wo
have had four cases ot this kind among
tho storm victims," said Miss McPherson,
'and we are very much 'in need of gar
ments for theso .babies. Other clothing
Is very much needed, but -tho tiny baby
seems to be entirely overlooked In the
bundles which havo been sent to the re
lief stations." ,
From the Chicago Intcr-Occan.
COUNTY PHONE OWNERSHIP
Senate Passes Fuller Bill Looking t
-TKiff End? ,
NINE-HOUR DAY FOR WOMEN
l'nloott's SI ens n re Providing This
Itulp Pusses Upper OJinmber
Forrntution Mill Cnnse of
(From a Staff Correspond n.)
LINCOLN, Netfi. March 28. (tipwial.)
The senate passed the Fuller telephone
county ownership bill this morning unrt
hurried It over to tho house that tr-c mt
ter body might take action on tho
amendment tacked on by the senate. The
house' refused to concur In the amend
ment and sent back word that thero
would be nothing doing along that lino
They also signified their wllllugness to
appoint n. conference committee. The
senate appointed Senators Smith,
Ilcasty and Cox. Tho house committee
consists ot Fuller, Kcckley and Stevens
TaJcott'n bill for a nine-hour day for
female workers in stores, factories and
mills passed the senate without opposi
tion. On the county ownership til 1 1 there
were three dissenting votes, Dartllng,
Cordeal and lluartnann, with Uuahco,
Dodge an Hale absent.
House roll No. 031, Introduced by
Mockett at the request ot tho Gcrman-
Amerlcan alliance of Nebraska, caAs for
tho appointment of a commission which
shall nerve without pay' to investigate
the sandhills for the purpose of llnaing
out what can be accomplished in the way
of forestatlon of the land. The MM was
opposed by Hoagland of Lincoln, Rey
nolds of Dawes and Ollis of Valley, ihe
opposition thought that Inasmuch as the
governmept had spent money and lime to
investigate the same proposition and it
had not amounted to very much, it would
be folly to attempt the same :hltig by
the state. Ollls wanted to striae out
that part of the bill which called tor thu
commission to prepare a bill for Intro
duction at the next session embodying
tho need of th state to carry out tnu
plans of the commission.
Say Interests Orfpwse.
Placek fought the amendment iutterly
and said the opponents ,of the bill were
carrying out tho name line of work that
was carried out by certain Intereits be
fore the coal lands pf the country wero
gobbled up by the 'corporations, wher.j
they had tho lands declared not of muoh
(Continued on Pago Nine.)
Bryan Tells Dunne
He Acted Wisely
. 8PWNGFI15LD, III.. March i&. -Cover-nor
Dunne today received thft flrs wnr.l
he has had from Secretary of State Ilryan
smco leaving air. nryan at Lincoln. Neb.,
two weeks ago. Tills was n t.i,
congratulating Governor Dunne upon his
auKuae ana success In the settlement of
tho double senatorial deadlock In Illinois.
The message came from Pittsburgh Pa
and read: ''
'Good. You have acted wisely. Present
my congratulations to Lewis,
(Signed) v. j. nilVAN.-
The General Fund for the
Relief of Omaha Tornado
Victims is $103,950.75.
When Man Learns Humility!
Send, your contribution for
tho tbnuulo victims to any
Omnhu newspaper nnd it will
bo acknowledged In tho paper
and turned into official relief
GRAflD RESERVOIR IS SAFE
Water is Lower and All Banks Are
TWO HUNDRED DEAD AT PI0.UA
Property Loss There Is llcifrr
Slnny factories Ilayr Been
Wnsued Avrny No Deaths
ItOCKFOKD, O.. March 28. The Cellna
reservoir was today declared out of
danger. Tho water here was slightly1
lower and none is flowing over the banks.
Cellna on tho west and St. Mary's on the
cast bank, reported the reservoir holding.
There were no fatalities near hero.
FOItT WAYNE, Ind March 23,-Wlth
the announcement today that tho Orand
reservoir at Cellna, O., Is safe, the peo
ple of this cjty were relieved of anxiety.
Inasmuch as the local flood conditions
wero much Improved this afternoon, no
further danger was expected.
Operation of street cars was resumed
Tito Hundred Dead In Pliinn.
CI5LINA, O., March ii8. Ton bodle?
have been recovered In Plqua and the
number of dead Is officially estimated at
not more than 'JOO, according to Q. A.
Thompson, a member of the Plqua relief
committee today. Recovered bodies were
four men, four women and two chlldien.
Most of the city Is now above wnter
Ml'.ltla from Sidney and Covington, to
gether with the local mllltla und a rollef
committee are guarding properly and re
covering the bodies.
With every hour the list of missing
decreases as men and women believed to
have been drowned sre discovered umong
thote who escaped to the high ground.
The greatest loss of life and damage to
property was In the southeast part of the
city, known as Shawnee, where many
factories wore located and workers lived.
The relief committee estimated that
(Continued on Page Two.)
Dead in Peru Will
Not Exceed Forty
SOUTH BEND, Ind., March 28,-The
situation at Peru today Was much Im
proved. The 'water was fast receding and
except In South Peru, which Is still under
ten feet of water, the conditions permit
people to wade about the main streets.
It is said that the dead will not be moro
than fifty. Twenty-five Is said by p. A.
Joyce, controller of Houth Hend, to be a
safe estimate. Two carloads of clothing
were sent to the sufferers from South
MORE GUARDS ARE NEEDED
Vandals Try to Rob Homes in West
FIFTY ARE DEAD IN PERU
Four Urphnn lilrls Drown While
Trying to Svrlni in Unllrnntl
II mini ii km rut,
INDIANAPOLT8, llid., March 28,-Con-stantly
tightening gunrd lines thrown
about West Indianapolis today ore shut
ting out all persons from the flooded dis
tricts, but the state troops and local po
lice are not In sufficient numbers to
handle the situation, and Governor Rnl-
ton will attempt to have two uddltlonal
companies of mllltla In tho city by night.
Kvcn refugees are being excluded from
the flood districts ot West Indianapolis
until thorough organization can be com
pleted to Insure the exclusion ot vandals.
Brigadier General Charles A. a Irani re
ported? to tho governor after all-night
duty In the flooded portion of tho city
that the forces there must be doubled to
furnish adequate protection.
Mach Alii Offered.
Hundreds of telegrams offering aid arc
reaching the governor today with the re
sumption of wire service. Governors
Kberhardt Of Minnesota and Major of
Missouri wired sympathy and offers of
money. The Indiana society fit Son Fran
olico, through A. It. Keosllng offered aid,
and the Ullllnss (Mont.) Chamber of Com
merce offered shipments ot thirty to 100
curlotfds of potatoes at 30 cents a bushel.
Other offers of aid catno from every por
tion of the country from Florida and
Georgia to Oregon and Washington.
Moro street cur linos are in operation
today, but water servlca may not bo re
sumed till night, nnd then only for fire
protection. Pure drinking water Is beln;
supplied In the downtown districts from
(Continued on Pago Two,)
Expected in the
Ohio at Cincinnati
CINCINNATI. O.. March 28. -The Ohio
I river Is still rising. Kaut and west of
this city on the Ohio side of the river
the lowlands havo been Imlndated, and
much damage has been done. In the low
sections of the city many houses have
been' flooded. Across the river at New
port and Covington, Ky., similar condi
Dayton and LUdlow, other Kentucky
suburbs of this city, also are sufferer
from tho rising flood and many house-1
are completely under water.
No lives have been lost In this district
The weather bureau predicts the rivei
will havo reached a stage of seventy fee;
by tonight, almost as high as It was Feb
ruary 14, 16S4, when the gauge showed
eventy-one feet, the highest on record.
at Venice, Ohio
CINCINNATI, O., March 2. -Another
flood-stricken village was heard from
today when Coroner Fortmeyrr wai notl
fled that thirty-two llvts had ycec los;
at Venice In tiutler county. Th dead
were members of five famlWoj. One
mother was saved. Three bodies havo
OUT FROM SWIRL
OF MAD WATERS
Earlier Estimates of the Number
Drowned in City and Its
Suburbs Too High.
FLOOD IS RAPIDLY SUBSIDING
Water is Now Out of the Business
DAMAGE IS FIFTEEN MILLIONS
Loss from Fire Will Not Exceed Mil
lion and a Half.
FEW LARGE BUILDINGS BURN
Gas Plant, Laundry and Few Framo
BUSINESS STRUCTURES STAND
Hevpn Thnusnnd Persons Take Ite
fiiKe In Office llulldlnHs nnd
PiililUlitiiK llotincs Re
lief Work In llnnil.
SOUTH DAYTON, 0 March 28,-The
loss of llfo In Dayton by flood will not
be morn than KM people.
This was the general agreement here
today after government llfesavlng crews
had penetrated every part of tho water
hnuml rltv. Un to the present, forty-five.
bodies havo been recovered. Twenty ot
thero wero In Hlverdale, fifteen in west,
nnvtnn. flvn In tho business section and
flvo In the south side residence section.
Threo deaths from diphtheria were re-
ported today nnd there Is fear of an epi
SOUTH DAYTON, O., March 28.-Com-paratlvely
few dead were found In North
Dayton today by the Louisville llfosavlng
crew, tho flret to cross tho Miami Into
the section where It wbb thought tho
heaviest Ions of llfo would bo found. In
dications thero and n Itlverdale now aro
that tho total loss of llfo by flood will
not bo moro than 200 persons.
- DAYTON, O., March . The flood slU
uatlon.ln Dayton today Is this:
Previous estimates of the numbers
drowned ore greatly exaggerated.
Th property loss from fire will not
exceed moro than $1,600,000.
Tho damugo cuuscd to mercantile
houses, factories and residences will run
anywhero from 15,0CO,000 to $30,000,000.
The water has receded from the busi
ness soctlon of tho city and from a largo
portion of the residence portion.
(Continued on Page Two.)
Will Discuss Plan
to Control Floods
CHICAGO, March 28. Plans for a com
prehensive drainage system for the court,
try which would prevent floods and make
Impoealblo rccurrenco of tho recr'it dtsi
aster In Ohio and Indluna will be con,
sldered at the National Drainage con
grcss In St. Louts April 10.
In a telegram received here today by
Kdmund T. Perkins, chairman of tho ex
ecutive cumtnltteo of the organisation.
President Wilson expressed rcrt at ht.i
Inability to attend the meeting In bt.
Louis and added;
"Tho calamities In Indiana and Ohio
make clearer than ever before tho Im,
peratlve and Immediate necessity for a
comprehensive and systematic plan tor
drainage and flood control, I very earn,
estly hope that your federation may tuKo
a long step In this direction."
Chairman Perkins telegraphed the foN
lowing message in reply to President
"Recognizing the uuavoldablllty of your
absence from St. Ixmls April 10 the Na
tlonul Drainage congress, saddened by
the tremendous flood disasters now In,
fllcted upon our country, and knowing)
that such catastrophes aro needless, ac
cepts the responsibility of presenting to
the people and to tho congress of the
United States a plan to alleviate and pre.
vont tho recurrence of loss of life and
property, and we respectfully suggest
that, lacking your personal presence, the
greatest Impetus which could be given
our work would be the present of Sec
retary of the Interior Lane and hii otn.
clal exposition by him of the needs ot
our country for drainage and flood pre
vention. Will you confer with him at ilia
cabinet meeting today and, l( agreeable
to him, draft him Into our service
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