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Plan for Restorating District Laid
Waste by Tornado Approved
by Commercial Club.
Fourteen Men Named to Request
Authority of Lawmakers.
Senate and House Will Adjourn in
About a Week.
Time for Introducing Bills in Usual
Manner Past
Majority Vote of Elector of Doug
la Co ii ntj- Required to 3Inke
.Mo lie j- Avnllnblc if Lug
lulntnrc Favor I'lun.
Immediate restoration of the district
devastated by the tornado last Sunday Is
now practically up to Governor Morehcad
and tho Nebraska legislature. The Com
inerclai club yesterday afternoon coin
cided with the opinions of the committee
of fifteen who were appointed tthe day
before to work out a plan of restoration
4ln ImmiJl.ln lnlilll1illni. T-.1 . i - I.-
compllshcd -throug the voting of fl.VA),
000 In bonds by Douglas county.
The following committee waa appointed
by C. K. Yost, chairman of tho executive
committee, to go to Lincoln for the par
PObo of presenting to the governor and
state legislature a request tor authority
for Douglas county to Hubmlt to tho peo
ple a proposal to vote bonds for restora
tion purposeb in an amount not to ex
ceed $1,000,10): Messrs. John I- Kennedy,
chairman; J. C. Dahlman, J. A. C. Ken
nedy, It. C. Peters, II. W. Yitcs, C. T.
Kountze, George A. Magney, John A,
Klne. C. C. George, C. M. Wllhelm. Vic
tor Jtoscwater, M. Doorlcy, Joseph Pol
.ar. C C. Belden. " ' .,.
This committee will leave for Lincoln
tomorrow morning.
Quick Action .ri'CJnr-,
There was quick action by tho execu
tive committee yesterday afternoon on
the plan endorsed by the restoration J
committee at Its noon meeting. The
executive committee- quickly approved the
Ideas of the restoration committee and
Chairman Yost appointed the committee
li go at onco to Lincoln to handle tho
I ne legislature will adjourn In about
a week and It was seen that If the plan
of voting bonds was to carry action
must he had at Lincoln as soon as pos
s.ble. Tho time for Introducing bills In
thi usual manner has expired, but a bill
may be presented, considered and pasted
upon tho recommendation of tho gover
nor even at this late day.
The county commissioners and County
attorney have announced that they will
co-operate in submitting the proposal and
I- Is understood that a majority of tho
legislators arc In sympathy with It.
If tho bill goes through and an elec
tion Is held, tho bonds will have to bo
carried by a majority- voto of the electors
of Douglas county. .Tho proceeds of tho
bonds, according to tho definite plans, will
be lent and used for reconstruction pur
poses, tho loans being made on easy
terms and at a reasonable rate 'of In
terest. If tlm I ho vnrinlln enmmltieeft
work out tile work of lebulldlng tho
destroyed district will be accomplished
with energy and dispatch, so that all
evidences Of the tornado will bo wiped
out in tlm near future and Omaha will
emerge from the disaster with renewed
courage jtnd Increased commercial stand
ing throughout the United States.
Ilellef Fonda (iniiv Itnnlilly.
The general relief committee now has
Its work well In control and with the
funds which will be available for that
purpose It Is believed all necessary food,
shelter and clothing for thoso in need,
will be available. Considerable amounts
of money are being received, not only
from Omaha, but all over the country.
A special committee of five, appointed
by Chairman Yost of tho Commercial
club executive committee, . will go to
Chicago probably early this week to con
fer with heads of railroads centorlng In
Omaha about restoration donations. Ar
thur D. Brandels Is chairman of this
commltte and the members are John U
Kennedy. W. II. Bucholz. C. 13. Yost and
Arthur C. Smith.
President A. L. Mooter of tho Union
Parlflo already has sent a request to
Chairman Lovctt of the. hoard of di
rectors asking that $26,000 be given to
ward the permanent restoration fund.
Omaha banks also will be asked for
donations. The First National, United
States National and Omaha National
have been asked for $1,000 each.
The committee which is arranging the
actual work of reconstruction will hold
a meeting at the City hall at 9 o'clock
this morning.
The price of The Bee Sou
venir of the tornado is ten
cent: Some unscrupulous
newsboys were reported to
charge IS cents, but the
price to all ia ten cents.
River is Sixty-Six Feet at Cincin
nati and Still Rising.
All Motrin Are Crowded nntl Hun
dred of VnilN Move Uoodn to
HlKh Cround llrldKc A p.
nrnnches Submerged.
AVASHINGTON, March S9.-Herc Is to
day's special flood bulletin Issued by the
weather bureau:
"The etage of the. Ohio river at Pitts
burgh Saturday morning was feet, a
fall of 6.0 feet since Friday morning. He
ports from the stretch between Pittsburgh
and Parkcrsbirg are missing.
"At Cincinnati tho morning stage was
sixty-six feet, sixteen feet abovo tho
flood stage, and nj further rise of about
two feet Is expected. Present Indications
at Cincinnati point to a Somewhat lower
crest than first reported, about Ixty
elght feet Instead of seventy feet.
Further Hlse I3pectcd.
"At Louisville tho morning stage Is
41.1 feet, thirteen feet abovo the flood
stage. A further rise Is expected.
"Reports from Evansvlllo are missing.
The last advices from that point indi
cated that tho lowlands would bo Inun
dated last night:
The Cairo stage this morning was 40.1
feet above tho flood stage. The river
at that point will rise moro slowly for
tho next few days.
The flood situation in the lower Mis
sissippi remains unchanged."
People Abandon Home.
CINCINNATI, March" 29. With tho
Ohio river covering the etitlro lower tc
tlon of this city and with refugees from
the stricken up-state towns coming in by
hundreds, Cincinnati today faced a situa
tion that will require the combined ef
forts of All Its relief and civic organiza
tions to copo with. Kvery hotel is
crowded to Its capacity, while every' mov
ing van, automobile truck and freight
street c,ar has been pressed Into servico
removing families from the flood area.
The Ohio river reached the stago of
65.9 feet at daybreak and was rising at
a rato of 1V4 tenths of a foot an hour.
More than sixty city blocks nio under
water with Its depth ranging from be
tween half ,a foot to ten feet.
Suffering has been at a minimum ow
ing to a warning sept out early that a
stato of seventy feet would probably bo
reached before tho waters began to re
cede, The city was practically cut oft from
traffic communication with Covington,
Ky., early last evening when tho ap
proach to the1 suspension bridge became
covered with water at a depth that pre
vents car or foot service,
Ilrliljre Approaches SulinierKed.
A rise of another foot will put the south
Covington and Cincinnati street car com
panies' lines, which operates all street
cars entering from Kentucky, out of com
mission, owing to tho fact that the power
house will become swamped at this stage.
Tho Central bridge, leading Into Newport,
was abandoned early last evening.
Tho water reached tho second floors
of a number of business houses along
Front street and was half way up on the
first floor of several blocks of houses
on Second street. Several lines of tho
Cincinnati Traction company, operating
In tho lower district, have been aban
doned. Ileassurlng word from the packets, com
mission men and general produce mer
chants canio early today, when It was
estimated by experts that Cincinnati had
enough food supplies to last It at least
ten days without Inconveniencing any
Sixty city blocks In Newport and Cov
ington aro under water and, as almost
all of the manufacturing plants on that
side of tho Ohio aro located In the low
lands, thousands have been thrown out
of employment.
t?ecretury of War Garrison, accom
panied by Major General Iconard Wood,
arrived hero today enroute to Dayton.
It was decided that Major General
Wood should stay In this city and assist
Mayor Hunt and th,o Red Cross society
In clearing the situation here. Accom
panying Secretary GarrlEon to Dayton,
via automobile, will be Major General
Rhodes and General McCoy. '
In the six Kentucky cities across the
Ohio river from Cincinnati the authorities
today estimated there were 12,40) persons
.already homeless -and that more than
,3,500 houses are flooded. Newport, Cov
ington and Dayton, Ky., Immediately op
jioslto Cincinnati, are most affected.
Anxiety In Louisville.
LOUISVILLK. Ky., March 29. Atten
tion turned here today to the Ohio val
ley and the threatened overflow fartner
south. In Indiana, not only In the Ohio
river towns ncrosH from Kentucky, hut
In the valloya of the White- and Wabash
as well, ample warnings have been glv.n
all persons living In the lowlands and It
Is not believed that the flood will be tho
direct oause of any losa of life between
hcto and the Mississippi.
The property damage, however, will
run Into the millions. Tents hae been
sent to several Kentucky towns along the
Ohio and Mleslsilppi and other steps
taken to care for the refugees.
Tho principal anxiety In taulsvllle 'c
felt over the possibility that tho placts
which supply power for the urban and
lnterurbaii electric railways In Kentucky
I and In southern Indiana will be put cut
of commission.
Bulgarian Army
1 Advancing Toward
LONDON, March .-The Bulgarian
troops pierced the TchataIJa lines In the
neighborhood of Lake Derkos, on the
Black sea, today, and are pushing for
ward victoriously on Constantinople, ac
cording to a Central Now dispatch from
Arrangements Being Made to Handle
Thousands of Sightseers in
Omaha Today.
Adjutant General Orders Them Here
to Stand Guard.
Fifty of Them Will Be Received to
Receive Contributions.
Vlnltnr Will lie Permitted AlnnK
These Linen Without Passe
Frrnh Troops Are lions
Ordered Into City.
Preparations are being made for the
tens of thousands that arc expected to
visit tho ruins of tho Omaha tornado
today. Certain streets have been or
dered to be kept open to tho puoltc with
out requiring passes. Three companies of
state troops have been ordered norc ny
Adjutant General Hall to help out In
guarding tho ruins , during the ' Sunday
rush. Relief boxes will bo placed at
fifty different points along the track -if
the ruins. Into these boxes anyone wish
ing to donate may drop donations. liach
box will be guarded by two persona dele
gated by the relief committee. Tho vari
ous hotels In tho city n,nd tho depots
also will have such relief boxe in plain
sight. Those at .'ie hotels will ,-ematn
for some time, while the plan Is now that
thoso In the stricken district shall ba
operated only Sunday.
Additional Troop to Gunril.
The additional state troop arrived at
3:45 this afternoon. They aro Company
A of the Second regiment from Kearney,
D of the Second from Hastings and Com.
pany B of the Second front Holdrego.
The strength of the Hastings troops !s
about sixty men, that of Kearney nnout
forty and that of Holdregc about inlrty
flveT .This will swell tho force of state
troops now on duty by about 135 men.
After Sunday tho matter of relieving
some of tho state troops will oa conrl.i-
ered. as the large force will not be needed
artcr that time. Fresh troops from vari
ous parts of the rtate fill be called !n
from uimo to time, while" somo of those
who have been here lbi)geit""Vt7Sl bo dis
charged from guard duty.
Colonel H. J. Paul of St. Paul of the
Second regiment, Lieutenant Colonel w.
F. Samuions of the Second regiment from
Kearney, Major IVer S. Johnson of Stan
ton of tho First and Major C. H. Johnson
of Schuyler all have been ordered io re
port to Ihe adjutant general In Omaha
Sunday evening.
Streets Open to I'ulillc.
Streets to bo kept open to the public
during Sunday where no passes will ne
required arc Sherman avenue. Florence
boulevard, Twenty-fourth, Thirty-third,
Fortieth, Forty-eighth, Leavenworth,
Farnam, Cuming, Seward and Lake
J. P, Morgan Taken
111 on Easter Day
LONDON. March 29,-An unconfirmed
despatch from Rome to the Kxchango
Telegraph company says:
"Herbert L. Paterlce, eon-ln-law of J,
Plerpont Morgan, admitted today that
Mr. Morgan has not lft his hotel sluco
Easter day, when ho became 111 during
church servico and was forced to re
turn Immediately to his hotel. He is
taking a complete rest under tho In
structions of his doctors."
Tenehcrn Kleet Offleern.
NORFOLK. Neb.. March SU.-tSpeclal
Telegram.) North Nebraska teachers
vlosed their annual session here today,
electing tho following officers: President.
C. A. Mohrman, Nellgh: vire president J.
J. Malone, Humphrey; secretary. Minnie
O'Neill; treasurer, N. A. Houscl, Madloon.
House Demolished by Tornado Rapidly Rebuilt
Drawn for The Bee by Powell.
Robert I. Brown of Barnes, Kan., is
Shot by Robber.
He Fnlln liidcr ltnlu of Ilnllcta
Three Block from the llnnk
C'lutcliliiH' the Untc of
Stolen Gold.
BARNIiS, Ivan., March 29,-Robert I.
Drown, cashier of the Barnes Stato bank,
was sho). ami killed today by a man who
had robbed tho Institution. Iatcr a
posso of cltttens shot tho robber to death
as ho was trying tu escapo from town
with a bag of gold. Brown mot death,
instead of obeying the order to throw up
his hands ho grabbed a revolver and
filed at tho robber.
Brown was at tho counter counting
money when he was confronted by a
masked man pointing two rovolvers at
"Put 'cm up," was the robber's com
mand. Brown Instead ducked, reached Into a
drawer, got his rovolver and hod cm-
ployed- It without effect In tho robber's
direction before a bullet through tho head
killed him.
John Potter, assistant cashier, ap
peared at the back door and was met
by two bullets from tho robbpr's rovol
ver, neither of which struck him.
"Yoif better not get In this," sneered
tho robber, who kept Potter covered
while ho gathered Into a hag JWOO In gold
(Continued on Page Two.)
JIO'lB, 11 ilAHti IinjjQi;. CALIFORNIA.
"Thy Will Be Done"
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Judge Admits Going
Outside Record in
Nelson Contempt Case
Judge Joteph A. Guthrlo', In preparing
his decision sentencing William R. Nel
son to a day In Jail for contempt of
court following the publication of an
artlclo In Mr. Nelson's paper, tho Star,
concerning a divorce case, went outsldo
the return mode by Mr. Nolson on tho
citation, according to tho Judge's testi
mony on cross-examination today at the
hearing of the contempt case before C.
C. Crowe, commissioner of tho Missouri
supreme court.
Judge Guthrie said ho was Influenced
by "other facts," including nn hrtlcle
published in the Star following tho cita
tion, and by what ho conceived to be
tho "general policy of tho Star toward
tho courts.'
LKAVUN WORTH, Kan., March 19.
Clyde Htrntton, serving u flvo-yenr sen
tence In tho federal prlfon at Fort Lrnv
enworth for the robbery of tho McCool,
lnd., post office, rsrnpcd today by crawl
ing a mile through the prison sower. Two
other prisoners who made tho attempt
with Stratum were captured.
Tho captured men wero overcome by
sewer gas and wore pulled out of the
sewer unconscious. When rovlvcd thoy
declared Htratton had escaped.
Stratton, a college graduate, was taken
In a raid In Chicago, following the mur
der of a Jeweler there, hut wax not
formally connected with that crime.
Citizens Swarm Through Mud and
Shallow Water.
Xotlee lit Sent (1 11 1 thnt I'rlTnte Me
tine. Cim not lie Handled
Spirit of Optimism Nor
DAYTON, O., March Citizens of
Dayton swarmed over the central part
of tho olty today for tho first tlmo fince
Tuusday morning, when tho flood rushed
over the lawn. The military announced
that thoso who would dare tho mud nnd
occasional patches of flood in tho hoi
Iowa might miss tho bridges from other
parts of tho city without official per
mission, Tho flro loss In tho center of the city
covers only four blocks, lying within tho
district bounded by Jefferson, St. Clair,
Fourth and Second streets.
Thp Western Union Telegraph company
aucccedod today In oponlng an ufflco In
tho Ucckol house In tho center of the
city anil waa Immediately swnmped with
telegrams from persona desiring to as
sure friends and relatives of their safety,
4110 nun waa out,- nro engines were
busy pumping water from basements of)
the principal buildings, ami a mora opti
mistic spliit prevailed than at any pre
vious tLiiM Miico tho torrent of tho Miami
river rushed over the city.
IMenly of Food In Sight.
Food poured In front every quarter by
wagon, train and automobile; gangs of
men were everywhere busy with Bhovol
and nxo and pick, clearing away tho
debris. It was hoped to have onipunip
lug station working within forty-elght
hours, which would provldo the hydrants
with water In cuso of flro.
In tho UtH'.!tl house, which was at
lltxt supposed to hare been burned with
heavy lowi of life, the wntor never reached
tho Mecoud floor. Tho lobby, however,
like every othur building In the flooded
dlstriot, was Inchon deep with mud.
jmiiio western unio.. operatora wera
marooned In their office for foity-two
hours. They subsisted on 11 barrel of
oabbago which floated down thu alley
ai .hu tide of th building. Another
refugee In this place was a horse, widen
toHl In the water for twenty-four hours
and partook liberally of the eabbag.
Then suddsnly it bolted Into tht street
and was drowned.
tferetury of War Garrison arrived at
Dayton this afternoon and at a confer
anus with John ii. Patterson, chairman
of the committee of fifteen, degided t
oidsr federal sanitary experts lierj. AO.
solutii ourfew regulations maintain and
none Is allowed out after 6 o'clock.
I'rliute 31oiiik- llnrred.
Announcement was made by tho relief
committee today, until conditions beomo
normal, that no private messages o per
sons here will be dsllvnred or answered,
as the wire rapacity I taxed to 'ne ut
most to carry official and public busi
ness. The committee exprssed tha wish
that iHtople throughout the country re
frain from sending message pgpprnlng
the safety of relatlvA and friends here,
as such are futile.
It !s lmpoislble to afceertaln definitely
any Infromatton concernnlg people jn th
Hooded districts. As fast" as the bodlua
of dead are Identified the namea are be
ing sent out by the news associations.
(.Continued on Page Two.)
Earlier Estimates of the Nnrabci;
Drowned in City and Its
Suburbs Too High.
This Estimate is Made by Committeq
of Business Men After General
Survey of District.
They Place Number of Dead at Eight
Supply for Eire Protection Restored
at Noon.
It Will Be Several Weeks Beforo
They Can Be Used.
Searchers AVndo Through Sen of
Slimy Oose Bodies of - Hun
dreds at Demi Animals
Lylnir In Streets.
Investigations ycatcrdny tended to con
firm tho estimates of fewer than 600
deaths In tho floods that awopt over a
ncoro of cities In Ohio and Indiana last
As the waters receded from Dayton,
Columbus and other places, leaving a
thick coating of mud, alarm was caused,
by n. rapid rlso of tho Ohio and tho
Mississippi rlx-ers, Inundating parts of
cities along their banks. Thcro Is nut
much danger of loss of lire In theso
places, however, as tho inhabitant havo
hills to flee to and aro used to floods.
Hevlsod reports Indlcato that tho num
ber drowned In Dayton may not, exceed
150, although theru" aro thoso who say
tho number will be much greater.
Tho death list at Piqua. 6.. foil off
from tho estimate of fifty to twelvo
hnown dead.
The latest estimates mIiow tixo follow
Jng deaths f
Dayton a CO
Columbus SO
Hamilton SO
Plana ia
rrlion 19
roy 9
vans? junction., a
zanssvuis - a
iMasstiion ,, a
OlUlUcoths . .
Hlddlatown .
cuves 2
Ohio total.
. is
. 4
. . 'JOIFort Wayne,.,.
D rook villa
loiTtrro Haute...,
Indiana total 49
Oraad total , Xsj
DAYTON. O., March S9.-Thoiigh a
search at tho flooded districts here Indi
cated that tho loss of llfo In Dayton will
not bo mora than 150 to 200, at a meeting
of seven-eighths of tho undertakers it waa
announced that a concensus of their opin
ion put tho totnl dead at 800. Theso esti
mates were based meroly on general con
ditions, and Dayton cltlrciiB today re
newed efforts to explore every recess o
the city to ascertain if their reckoning
was correct.
Iirgo rescue parties went out today to
succor the Btifferors and recover the dead.
Tho Bewerage system, gas and wire,
communications have been nil and do
Mroycd. Thousands of dead animals aro
lying about the street. Two fertilizer
firms began today to gather these ani
mals. Water Is being served from the privato
plants of tho Soldiers' Home and the Na
tional Cash Iteglater company, being
served from sprinkling wagons.
Sencrs Aro ChiRKed.
Tho relief committee has sent out an
urgent appeal to people not to dump
rofuso lit tho streets, but to dig cess
pools wherever possible. The sewerage
system cannot bo used for weeks and it
will be necessary to do without gas for
some time.
Considering the number of persons af
fected by the flood, there has been com
paratlvcly little sickness, the cold weaUier
being responsible for this to a great ex
tent. The. cold has caused great suf
fering among thoso marooned without
food, water or heat, but In tho end It
haa proved a blessing.
ISfforta wero made today to clear away
debris Iil sections first cleared of flood
water, anil It was feared bodies might
be found In theso mnsses of wrokBir
With well organized enw rinin. t.i..
work, others" took food to persons still
marooned in Itlvcrdalo and north Dav
ton. It was believed, however, that by
ntKhtfall most of theso people could
get out, bo rapidly was the water rei
Wnler Supply Itestored.
Tho olty water works, which havA ,u.n
out of commission since Tuesday morn-
reoioreu at noon today, rellay,
Ing what has been one of the mast irr4.
ous phases of the situation here.
ueorgo 1", Hurba. secretary to Gov-
Send your contribution for
the tornado victims to way
Omahtt newspaper and It will
be acknowledged, in the paper
and turned Into official relief