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AN ESTIMATE OF THE FLOOD
DAMAGE IN QHIO
Jeff Davis, national, president of
the Hoboes' Union, otherwise known
as the International Brotherhood
Welfare Association, has just return
ed from a hobo trip through the
flopded districts of Ohio.
While there Davis made the first
careful estimate of the damage caus
ed by the disastrous floods of last
month. The estimate follows:
Loss to human like in Ohio: Known
dead, 350; missing, 300; loss to prop
erty in Ohio, $400,000,000; number
of Ohio homes swept out of exist
The' heavy burden of the flood, as
usual, is falling on the shoulders of
the poor, says Davis.
It was the small homes of the poor,
paid for with th'e sweat of their brow,
that were swept away, not the homes
of the rich, with their strong foun
dations and(massive stone walls. The
homes of the rich withstood the flood.
But the little homes of the poor,
which relatively had cost so much
more than their stronger neighbors,
went out with the waters.
In Dayton alone, where President
Patterson of the National Cash Reg
ister Co., estimated the total damage
at $200,000,000, 15,000 small homes
or workmen were swept away. And
onlyt a few of these were insured.
In Hamilton, O., 5,000 homes were
destroyed, and the property loss there
is $15,000,000; $1,000,000 of this be
ing damage to the streets alone, and
$500,00,0 to public buildings.
The damage at MIddletown is $4,
500,000, at Miamisburg, $1,000,000,
to farmers throughout-the state, $2,
000,000. Many farms are covered
with from three to four feet of gravel.
The damage to horses and cattle
throughput the state will come to
$2,000,000. In Dayton alone, 1,200
horses were -drowned.
In taking part in the rescue work
at Dayton, Davis constructed his own
rafts, using the doors of houses and
sheds and binding them together
with telegraph,, telephone1 and fence
says that Miamisburg Is in.
more pitiful shape than any other
town in Ohio, ndt excepting Dayton.
Miamisburg has a population of
only 5,000. Three hundred Miamis
burg homes -wer swept out of exist
ence; of the 100 business men of the
city, only two are now able to do
The case of the working people of
Miamisburg, unable to get work, de
prived of their homes, is almost be-
"Dayton will' soon be all right
again," said Davis, today. "Dayton
is getting relief funds from every
where. Miamisburg has been for
"Yes, this 'is a ready-made dress.
But all if needed was a little altera
tion. The saleslady said I had an al
most perfect! figure."
"Tee-hee-; don't you know, the
same thing happened to me when I
bought my .dress. Isn't it lovely to
realize that either one of us could
be a cloak model?"
Former Mayor Geo.. Bemis of
Omaha wants divorce from his "New
Thought" wife. Says that less than
two years after their wedding she
got a new thought and disappeared,