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The TIMES' cir
eolation last week
For the Dlhtrlct of Columbia, gen
erally fail- during the day; iwsslbl
showerslu the early morning; south
erly -winds; -warmer.
THE LARGEST IN THE CITY.
iro. i5o as
WASHXtfGrTON, SUNDAY MORINTNG, MARCH 21, 1897 TWENTY PAGKE3
filfiS CONTINUE TO RISE
"THE WEB, THE SPIDER, AHB THE PLIES."
OUT WITH THE PBBIDfflT
Secretary Bliss Reported as
Ready to Resign.
Lives Lost, Stock Drowned, and
Thousands of Homes Ruined.
VAST AREA UNDER WATER
ON ACCOUNT OF LAMOREliX
ill li ill 7.
i ii mil ibmiiiii in i i in mn-i - , hmmmis, -n-i'i.i.,,,,, ' v
It Ik Estimated That a Territory
Equal to the State of Missouri
Is Under "Water Damage in the
iNorth, South, und the Central
St. Louis, Mo., March 20. The warning
eent out by the Government signal service
yesterday that the Mississippi River and
all its Uibutaries would contjuue to rise,
has been fulfilled to the letter. The
communication with the flooded section
has become dirricult, but dispatches re-
, ceived from widely separated points show
that all hae suffered alike. It is esti
mated that a section of country witli an
area, equal to that of the State of Missouri
Is now under -water and that the "worst
le not oer
Advices fiom Cairo, Paducah. Memphis,
ana" Helena show that the region begin
ning north of New Madrid, Mo., west
to and including tlie vallejs of the St.
Francis, the "White and the Arkansas
rivers in Aikaii'-as", eabt of Kentucky and
TdmeM-e, or ilievdllejb of the Tennessee,
the Cache, the Obion and the Yazoo rners,
and south to the Ked rier, are under
water. The intervening ranges of hills
and high ground arc the only placet of
refuge. The dispatches received here
tell but one mh y lt es lost, stock dro wned
and a countrj desolated.
At Cairo, 111 , today, the river reached
B0.9 feet, and rising slowly, -which Is
but one loot stioic of the high record of
lfc83. All the country south of there to
s Memphis is submerged. A relier bteamcr
from the flat- below Birdb' Point iirought
in Tour families. It is reported that a
flatlwat containing a number of people
"w at. sunk at Island No 10.
All the cotton fields in the valley of
Foiked Jieei River in Tennessee 41 e under
watei. The Memphis relief association has
five boa tsat " ork These boats go to poiuts
tliat are some twenty miles from stieams
navigable m oiciinary stagoof water. The
' unanimous opinion of St. Louis river men
Is that conditions must beccn.e woisc be
fore theie can le permanent lelicf. They
tay that numious breaks in the lower
levees are really blessings, as tho are
natural outlets for the deluge that is cer
tain to come fiom the melting snows of
At Norfolk thousands of dollars' worth
Df damage has been done All the business
portion of the city is under from three to
ilx feet of water The newspapei presses
in the city arc under Xour feet of water
and publication i s suspended Tiie Oxnard
Hotel is comtletelj .urioundod by water
Channels have been washed out through
the Chicago, St Paul, MinneaioHs and
Omaha Railroad yards and freight cau
are badly piled up At Elk Point, S. !.,
the Miourl River has broken up and
risen ten feet in the last ten hours
The Sioux liner has ri-ui fourteen feet
in the last thirtv-four hours The evpanse
of -water is four miles wide Many families
have been driven fiom their homes. The
Milwaukee track is washed out for about
B.000 feet and its span bridge across the
Biouv River is gone. Within twenty hours
the Big Sioux has risen to such a height
at Flandreau, S 1)., that the highest
bridges in the county are impabsable. The
"river is now ribing at the rate or an inch
very fifteen minutes.
DAMAGE IX THE NORTH.
(Ynter Everywhere Throughout the
State of Minnesota.
St. Paul, Minn., March 20. The great
Northwest continues a -victim to rising
.waters, and the damage financially is v ery
" large. The railroads are the principal suf
ferers from wahed-out tracks and bridges.
Reports received tonight from points in
Minnesota, "Wisconsin and South Dakota in
Oicatc a further rKe in the rivers, due to
melted snow, which has been unusually
heavy in depth this winter.
All the lower portions of Fond du Lac,
Wis., are under water, -with the Fond du
Lac Illver rising rapidly An ice gorge at
Ihe St. Paul Railwaj bndge is being dy
namited and otherwise "worked" by hun
Sreds or men. but Is yet impregnable.
At Elroy, Wib , the Barnlwo River tas
flooded the flats and residents are using
row boats to go out of their dwellings.
Trains on the Omaha Kail way have
been, abandoned and the iron bridge is
Ihreatcncd with destruction.
In Minnesota water is everywhere. Red
wing rcportB Ilay Creek out of its banks
md rising. Ice and logs arc jammed
lgalnst the Milwaueke Rail-way bridge
and Its destruction is feared. The tracks
for200 fcetarc under several feet of water.
No trains have passed between Hokah
and La Crosse for twenty-four hours, due
- o the Root River floods, and mill property
Is in great danger along the Redwood
nd Minnesota Rivers.
THE MENOMINEE FALLING.
tinging Torrents nnd Numerous
"Washouts Along Other Rivers.
Milwaukee, "Wis., March 20. The water
Ct the Menomcnce river was sinking all
"day today and most of the Iiouecs in the
flooded district of the town of "Wauwatosa
were occupied during the day. The dam
age done by the high water was con
The Milwaukee river, above the dam,
aB well as the Kinnicklnnick, in the town
of Lake, were raging torrents Friday
night and numerous wash-outs occurred
along their banks. The water above the
dam rose about ten feet and the Kinnick
lnnick was six feet higher.
RECEDTXG AT SIOUX CITST.
iklany Destitute Families Flocking
There SceWng Relief.
Sioux City, Iowa, March 20. The flood
Jb receding here and at "all points above.
The Big Sioux is on the warpath, however,
and has every town and farm in Its valley
under water. ItTose twenty feet in thirty
Eix. hours and is still coming up. The Mil
waukee road has suffered incalculable
damage to its line between here and Ha
warden. The Missouri River broke up here last
night but is bringing down quantities or
wreckage from its tributaries. There
Is haidly-a bridge left across any strtam
In this bection. In Sioux City aic mriiy
destitute families who have been driien
from their homes on rioyd's Lutlums by
L-faaaers op outlying points who -were
forced to abandon their homes are also
drifting In. No provisions had been
made to care for them by the city and
considerable suffering resulted.
FLEEING TO THE HILLS.
A Hushund's Heroic Rescue of His
Princeton, Ind., March 20 On account
of the rapidly using waters people arc
deserting the Wabash, Patoka, and White
River bottoms, and making all possible
haste to the hills.
Many of the unfortunates-have no boats,
and are compelled to wade in water from
one to two feet deep. One rcoi fellow
waded In water up to his -waist seveial
miles, carrying his wife, who was diing
with malaria fever, iu. his arms..
THE DES MOINES1 GREAT RISE.
The Situation Worse Thnn nt Any
Dcs Moines, Iowa, March 20. The Des
Moines River rose fourjTeec at this point
from last evening to neon today, and is
now about stationary.
The sudden rise flooded many houses and
people were taken out in boats
The great gorge in the Iowa River at
Iowa Falls went outthis afternoon. Onawa
dispatches say the Little Sioux is out of
its banks there and in places four miles
wide and still rising fast. At Cherokee
the situation is worse than ever before.
The Little Sioux has flooded all the lower
part of the town, and hundreds of people
are driven from their homes. The town
is cut off Trom communication with the
outside world by rail. From Cherokee
to Sioux City the Illinois Central is
swamped, bridges are out" and grades
washed away In several places.
LOOKS MORE SERIOUS.
The Condition of. the River Very Had
Helena, Ark., Marcli 20. The river
situation here this morning is no better;
in fact it looks more serious and work is
going on night and day raising the levees
from one end of the city to the other. The
watei is coming In the north suburbs
where it has been expected', for several
days, but as It only erfects "a portion of
the town occupied by small cabins prin
cipally, no danger to the city pioper
is apprehended ',
The Y. & M. V. Railroad people arc at
work with a hundicd men on their tracks
which run on the top of the levee almost
the entire river front. -
The Kate A dams broughtunn doen fam
ilies this morning from- the overflowed dis
trict below, amongtKernC. W. Alfray. who
ha'l been living- at-M6doo hntil within a
few days ago, when he. moved over to Res
cue, only to get into it worse thnn ever,
the levee breaking at Rescue last night.
Editor Times: "We dFnrc to arnouncc to
your reader? tliattwu are lctlring fn.m
the clothing business a bsolutfty. Our en
tire slock must be disposed of rn a few
weeks, and every adveitisjd ledmtlon will
be really founJ in thu store.
GARNER & CO ,
Seventh and II sts.
THE DOUBLE EXECUTION.
Walling Declared to the Lust That
He Was Innocent.
Newport, Ky., March 20. The execution
of Jackson and Availing was one of the
most successful on r cord, although neither
of the men's necks were broken. "When
the sheriff sprung the traps both men
struggled. "Walling showed the greatest
bigns of buffering. The crowd pressed to
the scaffold and the police were busy keep
"iiig spectators at a sufficient distance to
prevent their interferiug-v.ItlL tne execu
tioners. Doctors stood with their hauus
overthe struggling men's, hearte-nutil the
r last pulsation had died away. Af tf r-Wall-
ing's body had been cuudowu.lt was '.aken
charge of by an undertaker, placed in a
temporary coffin, and taken tu Bellevue,
where it wnl be embalmed, arter which it
will be shipped to Hamilton and burifd ia
Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Walling's las; words as he left the ia.il
were, as he pointed to Jackhon: "That
man can save me if he will. I die an
innocent man. I was not there when
she was killed."
A Newport undertaker took churge of the
remains of Jackson aud will await the
orders of Mrs. Jackson.
There is n minor to the effect that the
bodies of Jackson and "Walling will be
cremated in the furnaces of the crema
tory, on Dlxmyth avenue, near Burntt
Have Printed False Reports.
City of Me-xico. March 20. Mexico of
ficials are much displeased at stories
which are being-printed in certain Amer
ican newspapers, that, the Mexicans were
JnccnseJ against-Americans, As a matter
ot fact, the latter never stood better than
now in the estimation of all classes in this
Ivylnstitutc Buslnew College, Stli and RY
None bettiT. S.T a year, day or night
Office and store fixtures and repair
work. C. E. Finch, 520 10th st, uw.
'Phone. dd3. 19-21-23-25
It In Said He Hns Talseu TJmbrago
. lit Mr. 3IeKInIej's Indorsement
ot the. Land Commi-luiiec ITi
vate Secretary Porter Discredit
The rumor was published, jesterday in"
The Evening Times, and read with. keen,
idterest everywhere, that the Secretary
of the Interior was about to resign on ac
count of differences between him and the
President, growing out cf the resignation
of lion. Silas W- Lamoreux, late Land
Commissioner. A part of the report was
that the &ecietary had actually written Ins
The reported trouble originated in a letter
written by President McKlnlcy to Mr. Bliss
in which the latter was directed to accept
the resignation of the Land Commissioner.
According to the Lest information ootain
ablethe Piesident in his letter stated tbn
Judge Lamoreux had acted within las
authority in the matter of tl.e decision
of the Chicago lake ficnt cases, ami had
virtually exonerated the Land Commissioner
from all the charges made against him by
Secretary Bliss. Mr. Bliss, it will be re
called, in epitomizing the pioceedings which
had led u;) to the net of Secretary Francld
forbidding Judge Lamoreux to promulgate
his decision, spoke of that decision -in
one without faith or credit. On the publi
cation of tins language of Secretary Bliss,
so severely arraigning the Land Comnu's
pioncr, the reports weie published without
denial from the Interior Depaitment that
Judge Lamoreux would be ufeiuisstd.
The resignation ot the Land Commis
sioner hud, however, already gone to the
"White House, ha-ving iPen taken there,
it is said, by Senator Spooner. The gen
eral and natural conclusion from the facts
official and otherwise, was thao Sere
tary Blis was defnanding that the Land
ComtmV-ioner be reinoved, inasmuch as
his simple resignation would have met
all the practical requirements of the case
as an appointee of Mr. Bliss with.-the
approval ot the President.
Further confirmation of tltia view ot
the nutter wa-i found in the faat that
while the reignattoa ot Judg LitiMorewc
was in the hands of the President on
March 2, action on it was deferred for
some reason not known to the publfo,
but It was believed that the President was
consi iering the proposition made by Sec
retary Silas for a disnitogal, instead of ii
Matters were in this shape up to Fridny
afternoon. It being nsdemoea Sfeafc as
Mr. Bliss had so severely arraigned Mr.
Lamoreux the President "Wouid hovo
stood by his Cabinet of ficer who had nwlu
the public charges It was therefore a
surprise to everybody when the news was
published yesterday morning that tte
President had sustained Judge Lamoroux.
One report of the language of ttie Presi
dent to Mr Bliss vvs that he aw no im
proprbty in what Judge Lamoreux had
done: but, at any rate, the broad differ
ence of opinion between the PresMiSit
and Mr Bliss was sufficient to bae
been the cnu'-e of unusual friction Tne
President's justification of Judge Ivunr
fux amounted in the opinion of many as
practical rebuke to a member of Mi
Cabinet by the President, a situation
which could only be met by that mem
There were onlv two ways of verify
ing the rumor One by application to
Mr Bliss and the other to the President,
it the reported letter of resign itiou !ia,l -cn
sent to the White House.
Mr. Bliss, it wan learned at the Interior
vesterday, received the letter of the Presi
dent on Friday aiterooon. called the ap
pointment clerk, had the acceptance of
the resignation of Judge Lamoreux written
nnd forwarded, ana later left the city for
New York, where it was stated, that he
had gone on personal business, bis inteo
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