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to Taku First, Then to the
Washington Takes First Step in Its Announced
Polic3' to Withdraw if All the Powers Can
not Agree to Hold Pekin.
Washington. Sept. S. It. Is stated to-night on excellent authority that this Gov
ernment has decided to withdraw the American troops from Pokin. and that after a
short rest at TIen-TsIn these troops will be transferred to the Philippines.
This action. It i said. Is to be taken in pursuance of the terms of the American
note to the Powers and the agreement with Russia, whoe troops will also be with
drawn. NEED TROOPS IN PEKIN, SAYS DELCASSE.
IJY M. TIIEOPHILE DELCASSE.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of France. F
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Paris. Sept. 8. (Copyright, 19W. by W. R. Hearst.) I have asked our Minister In
Tekin for his opinion on the evacuation of the city. I.ord Salisbury has similarly in
quired of Sir Claude MacDonald. When we hear from our Ministers we shall decide.
AH the Powers are In accord on a general line of policy. There is to bo no terri
torial aggrandizement for any one; but there are different opinions as to the expediency
of keeping troops in Pekin.
The case is parallel to that of Crete, when the Powers agreed in policy, but dif
ferent in the matter of execution. The belief is growing that the quickest and best
way of making a treaty of peace with China is to keep troops In Pekln.
Judging from this distance. It seemes more reasonable to keep Iroops there till
the question Is settled. Russia Is likely to withdraw, even if she goes alone. We aro
In perfect accord with Russia on general policy, and our relations with Itussia were
never more cordial.
Ths partltltion of China looks very remote. The value of different parts of China
varies much, and the country getting the richest province would naturally be the
object of Jealousy of other Powers, hence partition is a delicate question, but highly
Commercial communities want the open door, not partition, and the Towers are like
ly to reach an agreement within a. week, even on the question of expediency of withdrawal.
Vr the Asro-lated Trew.
Washington, Sept. S. Orders have been
cabled to General Chaffee to prepare his
forces for withdrawal from Tekin. Further
than that the War Department has taken
steps to have at Taku a sufficient numbci
of United States transports to remove these
troops to the Philippines as soon as they
reach the port.
These orders are preparatory and do not
necessarily indicate that our Government
has decided finally upon a withdrawal from
China. It is-tlmply placing Its-elf in a pos-Jtion-lo
.carry 'out the pledge' conveyyd In
the reply to the Russian note'ln the lan
guage: ' -
"The result of these considerations U that
unless there Is such a general expression
Cy the Powers In favor of continued occupa
tion as to modify the views expressed by
trio Government of Itussia and lead to a
general azreement for continued occupa
tion we shall she instructions to the Amer
ican forces in China to withdraw our troops
from Pekln after due conference with the
other commanders as to the time and man
ner of withdrawal."
f p to the present moment our Govern
ment has not changed its policy in this mat
CRITICAL STAGE AT HAND.
New York. Sert. S A special to the Her
ald from Washington says:
There Is excellent reason to lelievc that
the Emperor and Empress Dowager are
willirg to return to Pekln if guaranteed per
sonal protection and assured that their Em
igre will r.ct be partitioned.
An important advance In the work of re
storing peace in China will be made should
the Imperial family return to their capi
tal. Before this can occur, however, several
preliminary stages must be pased. These
1. The restoration of complete harmony
among the Towers.
i The modification of Russia's proposal
to entirely withdraw from Tekin, and of
Germany's announced purpose to remain.
3. The preparation of a p!an which will
appeal to the Towers, or at least a large ma
jority of them, contemplating the withdraw
al of all the troops in Tekin, with the excep
tion of an international force sufficiently
strong to guard the foreign legations WiilcK
aro to remain In the capital for the purpose
of conducting peace negotiations with the
commissioners to be appointed by the Impe
Difficult as would appear the accomplish
ment of these three alms, the President
does not despair of success.
It is acknowledged by officials and dip
lomats alike that the critical stage of the
Chinese trouble is now at hand.
Russia has not Indicated any Intention to
modify her announced purpose to retire
from Peklii. and Germany, with Von Wal
dersee hastening on to China, does not rel
ish the Idea of evacuation. But looking Into
fhe future and seeing the possibility of
friction between the Towers, of the In
crease ot starvation among the, people re
siding between Taku and Pekln, and with
such increase a renewal of attacks by the
Chinese upon the foreign troops and final
ly of extensive operations by the allies
when Von Waldersee arrives, the Tresldent
Is anxious to bring about as prompt a set
tlement of the trouble as events will per
mit. Such promptness will probably not accord
with Germany's policy, but Russia's evi
dent fear of German territorial aggrandize
ment in Northern China lias placed the St.
Petersburg Government on the side ot
those nations desirous of preserving the ter
ritorial Integrity of the Empire. With the
United States, Great Britain, Russia,
Trance and Japan a unit for an early ter
mination of the difficulty and supporting
plan which will not injuriously affect
German Interests, the belief prevails here
tntt within a comparatively short time a
satisfactory conclusion can be reached.
Allies 5red the Royal Family.
There Is hardly an official or diplomat In
Washington who does not believe that the
trouble can be ended much more quickly
with the royal family In Tekin. The In
formation, therefore, that the Emperor and
i Empress are willing to return is extremely
gratifying. It was to have been expected
;that they would exact a guarantee that
their persons should be respected and this
WTtnunent la willing to use Its Influence
TVT.. ,rii s-v
iiuw in iiina jo
ter of withdrawing troops. It has given the
subject much consideration since the orig
inal note was written, but at all times there
has been kept steadily In time the propriety
of removing the American troops from
China as soon as this could be done con
sistently. It is intimated that the prospect
for securing these objects through com
pletely harmonious action by the Towers Is
brightening every day.
It is felt that tnis is a time for com
promie positions, 03 between the Russian
and German designs in China, and such
propositions now form the substance of
nearly all the diplomatic exchanges which
are In dally progress. The continuance of
quiet In Tekin. tending to reassuro the
Chinese officials. Is believed to be rapidly
hastening negotiations for a final settle
ment. Special Commissioner Rockhill has left
Shanghai for Tekin. A report by cable
from him. dated yesterday. Indicated that
he had begun the discharge of his duties
as a special observer of the present Chi
nese disturbances. Reports also were re
ceived to-day from Consul General Goud
now at Shanghai and Consul Fowler at
Chc-Foo. both dealing with the condition
of the missionaries.
with the Powers to Induce them to give the
There yet remains the assurance that the
Empire will not be partitioned. In view of
the fact that all of the Powers subscribed
to the note of Secretary Hay, dated July
3. it would seem possible to obtain a reit
eration of the declaration threln made that
China shall not be dismembered. Harmony
among the Towers, upon which so much
stress Is laid, and so much actually depends
to reach a mutually satisfactory solution. Is
more easily obtainable at this moment than
would be possible after the arrival of Von
lValdersee or even after the withdrawal of
Russian and French troops to Titn-Tsin,
and the division of the allies into two
camps. Such division would mean that the
two groups of nations would proceed to ob
tain satisfaction in accordance with their
own particular policies and by such methods
as each miulit deem expedient.
The Tresldent Is, therefore, striving to
harmonize the conflicting iews of the Tow
ers, and the plan which appeals to the
common sense of diplomats here contem
plates the withdrawal of a majority of the
allies to a point outside the walls of Tekin,
the remainder of the International force to
remain as a guard to the legations, which
are to be charged with the work of con
ducting the peace negotiations.
It is pointed out that the evacuation of
Tekin by all but a small portion o'f the al
lies would be a practical adoption of the
Russian proposition, and yet the German
Government could feel that Its position had
been maintained. Furthermore, the Imperial
Government of China would regain posses
sion of its capital, and the Emperor and
Empress Dowager, guarded by an Imperial
force, would be relieved of tho odium of
being dependent upon foreign troops for
The withdrawal of the allied army to
Ticn-Tsln, leaving the legations and a bmall
guard In Tekin, is not to be thought of, as
It might easily be that the task of recap
turing the Imperial capital would have to
again be undertaken. By holding the allies
within supporting distance of the capital, it
is said there would probably be no danger
of a recurrence of the attacks upon the for
Famine Sufferers May Rebel.
One great danger in the situation which
has not escaped attention is the prospect
of an uprising in which the famine sufferers
will take part. Both from a military and
a political point of view It is deemed de
sirable that American troops shall be with
drawn as expeditiously as possible. Thou
sands of Chinese are without means as a
result of the foreign invasion, and as their
needs become mora pressing, their anger
against the allies will probably grew until
violence occurs. In such an event, the posi
tion of the allies In Pekln might become
precarious, and if not, the rebellion might
quickly spread over China, and instead of
a comparatively local uprising, the civilized
world would find Itself confronted with the
problem of subduing a people numbering
This Is one of the reasons responsible for
the desire of the President that General
Chaffee retire as promptly an conditions will
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Turn this picture rapidly from left to right, or right to left, as the news indicates.
A. N. MILNER MISSING
SINCE AUGUST 31.
Ex-Street Commissioner De
parted From Webb City
on a Hunting Trip.
FRIENDS FEAR FOIL PLAY.
Attentions Which Wife of For
mer Employe Showed Him
Recalled by Absence.
Abram N. Mllncr. who was Street Com
missioner in llayor Walbridgc's adminis
tration and served two years under 31ayor
Zlegenholn. Is reported, by his wife, missing
since Friday. August 31. on which date he
left her at the Terminal Hotel, telling her
vaguely that he was going on a hunting ex
pedition. Sirs. Jlllner and her husband's menus are
greatly worried over his continued absence
and silence, and believe that some evil has
befallen him. as. In the whole cornre of
their married life, Mrs. Mllner says, her
husband was never absent from her at night
except on urgent business. On such occa
sion", she says, he always explained his
business and destination. When ho went
away Friday he had about J1.W0 with him,
and this circumstance has added to her
fear that lie may have been waylaid and
Mr. Milner. after his term as Street Com
missioner had expired, became connected
with the St. Louis-Utura S. Zinc Mining
Company a manager of their mining prop
erty at Prosperity, in Jasper County, near
Jnplln. He and his wife took up their rei
der.ee In Joplln, so as to be near hi In
terests. The company's St. Louis ofileo In
In the Fullertor. building. On Jure 15 Milner
wrote to the company asking that his resig
nation be accepted, as he desired to go into
another business, he said. The company
was unable to find a competent man to suc
ceed him until August 1. at which time ho
severed his connection with It. Then he
and his wife removed their belongings to
Webb City, where they remained in the
leading hotel for a week and then came to
St. Louis, where they stopped at the Ter
Wife necelven a Iietter.
Friday. August 31, Milner, It is paid,
shipped his trunk away from the hotel, and
that night, after telling his wife simply that
he was going away on a protraoteu nunt
Ing trip, as his health was In need of re
cuperation, he departed without saying any
thing definite as to his ultimate destination.
The following day his wife received a letter
from him, dated Kansas City, and wirtten
on a letterhead of the Blossom Hotel.
There was nothing alarming or out of the
ordinary In the contents of the letter. It
was such a letter as a husband away from
home would write to his wife, and contained
an Intimation that the writer would go on
to Fort Scott, Kas., as he said that his gun
was at that place. Since that time nothing
has been heard from him by his wife or his
Mr. Mllncr's friends In this city are at a
loss to account for his long silence satis
factorily to themselves or his wife, al
though a number of theories have been ad
vanced. One theory is that he has gone
West on the hunting expedition of which
he spoke, and is cut off from communica
tion with tho outside world. Another is
that ho has been assaulted and probably
murdered for the money he Is said to have
had with him.
A. 'Woman' Infatuation.
While Milner was Street Commissioner
there was In the employ of the city as ono
of the superintendents of the Street De
partment a man whose wife was appar
ently devoted to Milner and whose atten
tions to him were noticed by his subordi
nates. There Is nothing to show that Mil
ner reciprocated these attentions, but the
woman's evident Infatuation for him caused
much comment about the City Hall. The
woman Is old enough to be Milner's mother.
She Is, In fact, a grandmother herself. Somo
time ago sho separated from her husband
and went to the home of her parents In
Louisiana. She remained there until about
four weeks ago, -when. It is said, she went
to Fort Scott, Kas., to visit a friend who
Mr. Milner Is about 43 years old. He Is a
West Point graduate, and previous to his
appointment as Street Commissioner he had
been connected for a number of years with
the St, Louis Transfer Company. He was
regarded as a very domestic man. No chil
dren have blessed his household. He was
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ADRAM A. MJI.XEH.
Former Street CommlIonrr.
not a speculative mun, and, accordlns to
his wife and friends, there was nothing In
the outside world to lure him away from
Mrs. Milner. who Is almost distracted
over the unexplained absence of her hus
band. Is stopping with friends on Olive
street. Hr anxiety haa become so great
that she has engaged a dotective agency to
search for him.
PROMINENT CITIZENS INDICTED.
Twenty Men Must Answer for Mur
derous Work of Ilegufcitors.
Hartvllle. Mo., Sept. 8. Great excitement
exists here owing to the action of the
Grand Jury in returning Indictments
against twenty prominent citizens of this
(Wright) county for the alleged murder of
John Mitchell and Jack Kauffman, and
the wounding of Dave Mitchell, In April,
1837, by "regulators."
Four years ago a band of thieves began
wholesale operations In nearly every part
of tho county. Many nrrests were made,
but alibis were always forthcoming. Final
ly the citizens organized for their own pro.
Suspicion pointed to the home of Mitchell
as the rendezvous of the thieves, and In an
attempt of the "egulators" to apply tho
hickory switch, a fight ensued, which re
sulted lit the- killing.
A deathbed confession of one of the par
ties engaged m the fight came to the knowl
edge of Prosecuting Attorney IL H. Ball,
who secured the Indictments. Church mem
ber?, ex-officials and present candidates are
either directly or indirectly involved in this
MAY ADVANCE DAGGETT.
Areteran Officer Likely to Be Made
Washington, Sept. 8. It Is believed that
the President will accept the recommenda
tion of General Chaffee and promote Colonel
Aapon 8. Daggett of the Fourteenth Infan
try to tho vacant brigadier generalship
which will follow from the retirement next
Monday of General Joseph Wheeler.
If this Is done General Chaffee will be
only temporarily set back In his own ad
vancement to the brigadier generalship,
Colonel Daggett having undertaken to re
tire and thus c.-eate another vacancy upon
TRADE DEAD AT CANTON.
Unemployed Act as Soldiers to Pre
SPECIAL BY CABLE.
Hong-Kong, Sept. S. (Copyright, 1'0, by
the New York Herald Company.) The de
pression of trade In Canton is serious. In
five days only two steamers have called
for Shanghai. The normal number Is five
dally. More than EO.000 unemployed will
soon be reduced to a state of starvation, j
JV. TiCT'JtaM. '. IVTBHAUN. 1I?"
For Missouri Fair Sunday, except
Iirnlmbly tlinndcrslorm and cooler
in northvTrNt portion; Monday, fair,
not no wnrm In eaut and Aonthem
liorllonn; cunlerly irlnil, brconiliiK
Fur Illinois Fair, continued wnrm
Sunday; 3londay, fair, not no nvnrmi
IlKht frexli (o northeast rvlndii.
For ArUaman-Fair Sunday, except
slifirrrra at nlscUt or 3Io:day; winds
1. A. N. Mllncr Is Missing.
Gulf Coast Swept by Great Storm.
Z. Still in Hopes of Avoiding Strike.
ChalTee Ordered to Retire From China.
3. Invokes Aid of State Committee.
When Mr. Bryan Played Ball for Char
ity. 5. Harried on Ills Death Bed.
Grapes Plentiful This Year.
6. Bresci Must Stand Up for Ten Years.
Revealed the Horrors of Pekln.
7. Von der Ahe Loses Medal Suit.
News From Old World by Cable to The
S. Baseball Games.
9. Race Track Results.
10. Bryan Replies to the Flag Argument.
Messengers Aid Stricken Mother.
11. Men Fight Over Another's Wife.
Franco Has Hard Problem to Solve.
12. Story of Accident to the Oregon.
1. What Is Needed to Purify Water for a
Taris Ex. Has Drawn Many Visitors.
Mrs. Miles Tells of Life at Cape Nome.
2. Mechanical Giant In Human Form.
Theories About Cause of Hay Fever.
Scenes at City Hospital.
3. Marvelous Boy FIddlemaker.
Traitor Gets Nlnty-nlne Years.
Picture Taken as In Death.
Suspended Among Live Wires.
From Actress to Newsgirl.
Millionaire to Be Baked for Dyspepsia.
Legless Policeman on Duty.
4. Orldlron Warriors Treparing for Battle.
Tom O'Rourke's Stable of Stars.
Odd Incident of Race Tracks.
5. Pugilists to Become Theatrical Stars.
McCoy Carried Two Revolvers.
Chicago the Mecca of Pugs. i
Turf Rules That Need Revision.
League Season Full of Surprises.
New Stories of the Stage.
Belief That Cleveland Will Indorse
7. Death Notices.
Festival of Music for St. Loulsans.
Closing lip the World's Fair Fund.
8. FraternaJ Order News.
1. News of Religious World.
Will Apply for Warrant Against Roemer.
Belleville Ready for Street Fair.
Preacher Leads a Man-Hunt In Illinois.
2. The Week in Society,
3. Nome Bubble Burst.
St. Louis Jobbers' Phenomenal Trade.
4. Help and Situations Wanted.
5. Dwellings, Flats, Rooms to Let.
C. Miscellaneous Wanted and For. Sale.
7. Lodge Directory.
8. Real Estate For Sale.
9; Financial and Commercial.
10. Real Estate News.
The Magistrate, realizing the danger, has
discussed the situation with merchants and
urged the refraining of Interference with
foreigners. The Magistrate has engaged 2tH
of the unemployed as soldiers.
The Chinese are warning foreigners to
clear out of Hong-Kons.
The destruction of mission property In
Kwang-Tune Is enormous. At the Berlin
Mission alone. It Is mere than $70,000,
Huge Waves Roll Into Galveston,
Wrecking Many Bridges
FEAR FELT OF AN
Wharves Gone, People Frenzied and Government
Troops Trying to Maintain Order
Dallas. Tex., Sept. 9. A bulletin from Vera Cruz, Mexico, states that the Mexican
cable rerxirts immense damage in Galveston.
Several lives were Iot before 8 p. m., when the cable report left. Nothing has been
received since that hour.
The Gulf front was strewn with wrecks and tho Government barracks and earth
works at San Jacinto were d mollshed.
The Huntington wharf Is destroyed and railroad property badly wrecked.
The city Is In a frenzy and the United State troops from Fort San Jacinto wero
trying to preserve order near the Government reservation.
OTHER REPORTS OF LOSSES.
San Antonio. Tex., Sept. S. Possibly the
lan dispatch out of the flooded city of Gal
veston was received In Fan Antonio to-night
by Jerry Gieranl, announcing the death of
his brother by drowning.
The message left Galveston at 8:13. The
entire lower portion of Galveston was then
flooded and the people were huddling on the
higher ground for safety.
REPORTS AT DAM. J.
Dallas. Tex., Sept. S All Texas Is In the
keenest state of doubt and uncertainty to-i-lght
concerning the fate of Galveston
Island and Uty. In everybody's mind is the
fear that an awful calamity rests behind the
lack of Information from the Gulf coast. It
is rumored here that immense destruction
has befallen Galveston and other places.
It l.s stated that the bridges leading from
the mainland to the inland have been swept
away 1jy the terlrble force of the wind and
the rolling up of the waters of the bay.
These bridges are four In number three for
railroad use and the other for the Galveston
County public wagon and pedestrian bridge.
It seems hanliy credible that all these
bridges could be swept away without the
city suffering tremendously In the. loss of
TOWNS RUMORED WRECKED.
New Orleans. La.. Sept. S. Tho news
from the neighboring points shows the dam
age to be much greater than at first re
ported. There are rumors of still greater
disasters. It Is persistently reported at Lake
Charles, which is one of the nearest points
to Sabine Ijake. that Port Arthur, the
terminus of the Kansas City and Southern
Railroad, and Sabine Pass, both on Lake
Sabine, have been washed away and al
most completely destroyed by the storm,
and as the hurricane struck that part of
the Texas and Louisiana coast with great
fierceness the rumor has some base.
In and around New Orleans one death
from the storm Is reported Carrie Mare
chnl. Captain O. II. Buford and Engineer
RIchnrdQulnn. who were reported drowned,
turned up at Fort Jackson to-night. They
swam ashore from their wrecked boat..
Two wrecks are reported the I. I.
Clarke and Gas Hunter. It Is
known that the crews escaped. All the rail
roads out of New Orleans suffered and
were several hours late. The Louisville and
Nashville is the heaviest sufferer. Its tracks
in many places being under water.
Below New Orleans the left and east
bank of the Mississippi Is several feet un
der water blown up from the Gulf by the
Houston, Tex.. Sept. S (midnight). The
wind Is blowing sixty miles an hour In
Houston at midnight and great danwge Is
being done to business houses and resi
dences throughout the city. The Associated
Tres wire is the only one that Is now
working, all other telegraph and telephone
business leing shut off. The electric light
plant has been closed down, as the wires
became crossed with telephone wires and
several persons were shocked, though none
was seriously hurt. Several great brick and
Iron stacks have been blown over and tin
roofs aro as numerous on the ground as on
houses. The streets arc utterly deerted.
So far there have been no casualties.
Tho storm has spread to the Interior and
there Is great anxiety in this city. Tersons
are offering extraordinary sums to the tele
graph companies to get messages through
to Galveston and other points, but nothing
can be done for them. Up to midnight
nothing has been heard from Galveston.
llARLICIt 1IOLSTOX REPORTS.
Houston, Tex.. Sept. S. The storm that
lias been raging along the Gulf coast for
two days reached this locality about 6
o'clock this morning, -and since that hour
the wind has blown a gale of forty to fifty
miles an hour, accompanied by an almost
constant downpour of rain.
The damage effected In the Texas coast
country will run far up Into the thousands
of dollars, and It is feared that loss of life
may have alo resulted. Practically every
growing thing along the Texas coast for
many miles west of this place has been laid
flat by the violent wind. Corn, cotton, oats,
rirln fact, all crops are terribly dam
aged. One rice farmer said he believed the j
crops would be a total failure, since the
plant would not withstand such a wind
even for an hour.
The city of Galveston, on Galveston
Island. Is at this hour completely cut off
MANY SHIPS WASHED INLAND.
New Orleans. La., Sept. 8,-Advices from
Fort St. Philip late to-night say that the
sea water backed up Into the Mississippi
so rapidly that It went clear over the levees
and luggers were carried Into the marshes
by the waves and with the receding of the
waters were strewn along the river bank
hlch 'and dry for a mile.
The stern-wheel steamer on the way to
BUM!. Miss., now lies oa dry land just
buildings, general property and human lives.
Considering that all that has been learned
so far of the storm Is that it is from tho
rrainland and the bay, a dread b felt that
the wind may veer around gulfward. In
which event Galveston would be in direst
A bulletin from Houston at S:15 p. m.
"Telephone company confirms report
bridges at Galveston washed away. All
their wires, as well as Postal and Western
A bulletin Just received at 920 p. m. from
"The storm here to-night Is th worst ever
known In Houston. The city is almost
panic-stricken. Roofs are blowing off ot
building, bricks are falling in the streets,
wires are rolling and slashing around, and
signs, boxes and other articles tumbling.
The wind Ls blowing a terrible gale and
rain falling in torrents. The storm Is trav
eling Inland and threatens widespread dam
age. Not a word yet from Galveston and
no immediate prospect of hearing from
A violent rain set In here at I'M p. m.
The downpour came suddenly and In sheets.
The, streets were flooded in five minutes
"torm. AH the streets of Ponte a la Hache,
the se3t of Justice of Plaquemlne Parish,
are from three to four feet deep, and tho
communication Is by boat.
The crops, principally rice, are 30 per cent
damaged by the salt water and many cattle
killed. At Diamond Coullets Canal snil
Huras, the rice crops arc 61 per cent dam
aged by the water and the truck i;ardcns
A number cf schooners and lugrrs were
Injured by the storm at Buras. the lock
destroyed In the Buras Canal and a portion
of the levee washed away. The west bank
of the river escaped all injury.
The worst damage, however, has been
done in Southwest Louisiana in the rice
country, including Calcasieu, Vermilion and
Acadia parishes, where the rice crop Is re
ported damaged 23 per cent, which means
a loss of Sl,23,G0O, and the damage will bo
doubled If the wind keeps up two days
longer. Fortunately the rice was two weeks
backward and somewhat green and did lot
sniffer as It would have done if it had been
ripe. The Irrigating canal companies', which
supply the farms with water, have been
damaged 30 per cent. No damige of mo
ment occurred en the Mississippi Gulf be
yond the reported destruction cf the United
States quarantine station at Ship kiand.
from the mainland. Telephone and tele
graph wires went down this afternoon and
the tracks of all railroads entering Gal
veston are said to be from tive to ten feet
under the high waves that are rolling In
from the Gtilk Rumors of much damage
from the high surf at Galveston are cur
rent, but, owing to the city's entire Isola
tion from the mainland, the rumors cannot
be confirmed. The last report received here
stated that the surf was running higher
tnan It had been for year and that one ot
the railroad bridges -"-as ready to give way
and the bridge has no doubt gone, since the
telephone wires strung along the bridge re
fuse to work.
From the long duration of the storm, old
residents here fear that the damage at Gal
veston may exceed that of the memorablo
blow of 1373. when a large part of the city
was under water. The highest place la
Galveston Island Is not more than threo
feet above ordinary high tide, and it Is
reasonably certain that many of Galves
ton's business houses are flooded with wa
ter. After many efforts to get telephone or
telegraph communication with Galveston,
which Is only flfty miles south of this city,
the Houston Post sent a message to Its
representative there by way of Vera Cruz,
but at 8 o'clock to-night no reply has been
received. In Houston, several small build
ings and many awnings, shade trees and
fences were blown down, but no casual-.
tle3 are reported.
There Is an unconfirmed rumor that tho
hurricane raging along the Gulf Iws played
havoc with the town of Rockport. on tho
lower coast, and that the great clubhouse)
built by E. H. R. Green near there has been
blown away with loss Of life, as there were
several guests In the house, but their names
are not known here.
The same report says tlwt a cyclone raged
through Live Oak County, but It could not
have done much damage, as that country la
not thickly settled.
back of a house five miles above Fort St.
Philip. The boat was carried a distance
of two miles across the marsh In ten rdn-
The most damage appears to have been
done on the east bank of the river. Tho
east wall of the jetties was damaged, and
many rice fields upon which harvested rice
was piled up were Inundated and the era