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1 TOirKE LIIL, SUMBEK 6?- JiEWBEKBI, 9. C, FRIDAY, JULY 14, 1916. TWICE A WEEK, ilM A YEAS.
>VOBST (CALAMITY j
Tobacco Ruined in Decatur County,
i Other Farm Fields Also Raraged
I ^ by Waters,
1 Savannah, Ga., July 11.?'Dispatches
^Konight from Bainbridge and other
B?wns in that part of southern Geordescribe
the flood conditions there
(as the worst calamity that has ever
befallen that region. In Decatur
county, which seems to have suffered
the worst, the damage to crops and
other property is now placed at $750,000.
The entire tobacco crop there is
ruined, it is said.
The Flint river, which overflowed
its banks Sunday night, has reached
a 27 foot stage, and with continued
h^avy rains today, was still rising toj
night, gradually extending the flooded
.area. Spring creek, which flooded
many thousand acres of farming land,
was believed to be slowly receding,
.! leaving destruction in its wake. In
the western part of Decatur county
the Chattahooche river has laid waste
to many plantations.
v "* 4? An 1V
? in .Miner couiuy iu is a<*,m iuai, uuW
one small bridge withstood the torrent
The town of Babcock was flooded
when the huge dam at the plant of
^ the Babcock Lumber company gave
way. The mill itself is half subi
fn the vicinity of 'Albany, Hear
K which place the bridge of the Georgia,
Southwestern & Gulf railway over the
Muckafoochee creek was swept away
Bast night, the streams have begun to
Recede. Traffic over* the Central of
Georgia railway is stifl tied up west
of Albany, where Notchaway creek, in
W Calhoun county, overflowed its banks.
[ A great deal of damage has been done
\ in that section to crops, wnicn wers
far advanced toward maturity.
A negro wlio tried to swim a pond
' in a cotton field near Albany was
\ The United States district court,
which conevned in Albany yesterday,
[ has been unable to transact business
I owing to the inability of jurors, witi
nesses and litigants to reach the city.
Reports of great damage to crcps>
[ roads and railway trestles reached
kere tonight from Arlington, which
?Fhas been isolated for four days. Ail
bridges on the G. F. &A. and the Central
of Georgia railways in that section
were washed away. Much cotton
j is under water. It was still raining
.^Railroads everywhere are making
great efforts to resume traffic over
their lines, but it will be four days
' before they can approach former
schedules. The Georgia, Florida
Alabama railway had hopes of moving
a fKnis^ht nnt ?f Cllthbert.
- - ? -?
i where a great quantity of mail has
I been delayed.
Around Way cross another hard rain
1 fell today, delaying repairs on railway
, t lines. Through traffic between 'vvay1
.cross and Montgomery has been resumed
over the Atlantic Coast Line,
but trains are running far behind
i In the vicinity of Valdosta, where
the Willacoochee and Little rivers
reached a stage higher than had been
feiown in a decade, the water was
falling tonight. The National highway
bridges across the Willacoochee
river and the Hagan bridge across the
_LStt!e river are gone. Other bridges
tin that section were badly damaged.
I Asburn reports hundreds of acres
of cotton and corn under water and
much damage from wind. IA negro
laborer on a farm near there was
killed by lightning today.
Rivers Still High in Central Georgia.
I fttacon, Ga., July 11.?Rivers in cen <?1
<??> J (.nufVin-oefarri /loArorio "> 7"0
Ik ?11 ailU auumntsvtiu
111 running high tonight, far over
ftir banks, but in this city the flood
Ster is beginning to recede.
BThe first report in several days was
Reived from Fort Gaines, which
s of heavy property loss, but no
|is oflife. Practically all of the
ridges have been washed awiy in i
^iflat section. ?
At Columbia. Ala., Foster Griffin, j
a. negro, was offered two chickens to 1
^^im across the raging Omussee
Htek and place marooned chickens
! EXPECT TO TAKE
Koenig Makes Preparations to Carry
| Craft to Sea When Jiew Cargo
Baltimore, July 11.?Confident that
the efforts of the diplomatic repre-j
sentatives of the entente allies to
have his vessel classed as a warship
I and interned will prove unavailing,
Capt. Paul Koenig, master of the German
submarine iDeutschland, is preparing
to leave port on his return
voyage within ten days.
Capt. Koenig expressed satisfaction
^tonight but no surprise when informed
that three American officers who
in a loft. He made the trip to the
barn but was drowned returning.
Southern railway trains between
Atlanta and Macon ran through three
feet or more of water between Jackson
and Macon during the night and
The Macon, Dublin & Savannah
railroad has operated no trains during
the day. Water is over the bridge
at this point.
Another thunder shower brought a
third of an inch of additional rain to
this section this afternoon.
Many cotton fields in southwest
Georgia are entirely submerged and
the crop in some cases is being sold
as it stands. One farmer sold a field
that ordinarily yields 50 bales of cot
ton for one bale.
. Torrential Bains Cease In Alabama.
Montgomery, Ala., July 11.?Reports
from the various sections of
Alabama embraced in the flood area
tonight said that the torrential "rains
have ceased, and but little rain has
fallen since midnight Monday. The
clearing weather has given encouragement
that actual damage may be
minimized. So far the loss of life has
been remarkably small, and confine^
to negroes. The loss to the crops or
the State, as estimated by James A.
Wade, commissioner of agriculture,
will exceed $5,600,000.
"The crop damage in Alabama will
not be less than from $5,600,000 to
$7,000,000," said the commissioner today,
"and may run as high as $14,000,000.
This last figure depends on
the length of time the flood waters
cover the ground and the actual extent
of the damage already done in
the northern part of the State where
lowlands between the natural water
sheds are devoted to corn.
"I estimate the. damage, from reports
received, at not less than 10 per
cent, to 15 per cent. Many estimates
reach me that it may go to 25 per
cent. That estimate I consider entirely
too high. The federal government's
report last year placed the total
corn yield at 70,000,000 bushels.
This, at an average price of 80 cents
per 'bushel, totals $56,000,000. Ten
per cent, means a loss of $5,-600,000.'*
Tte greatest need for assistance developing
during the day cams from
the Selma district, especially in Lake
Lanier on the Cahaba river and its
numerous small feeders. Early this
morning Selma appealed to the United
States engineering officers here for 1
boat for use in transporting the people
from the storm district and to
-ave as much of their personal prof
erty as possible. The flood victims
volunteered to man the boats to pro*
vide the supplies necessary in rescuing
the other people and their effect*.
The towboat Alabama was sent out
immediately. The only information
reaching the engineering office is that
many families are cut off from help
by high waters from the Alabama
and Cahaba rivers around the Selma
All railroads out of * Montgomery
resumed train operations today, except
the (Montgomery & Mobile division
of the Louisvile & Nashville
from Mobile. This road is sending
out trains as far south as Bay Minette,
64 miles this side of Mobile. Through
traffic between this city and Jacksonville,
Fla., was resumed this afternoon.
In the Elba, Ozark and Eufaula
districts high water still prevents
resumption of traffic, but condi
liuild CW C IC^UI ICU impiUVIli5. iUlUUftii
traffic with Macon, Ga., was reestablished
this afternoon, transfer of
passengers, mail and ba?gage beinsr
ma'de at Hatchers.
1 inspected the Deutschland today had
reported that not only was she an
unarmed merchant vessel now, but
was so constructed that she could not
be concerted into a warcraft without
virtually being rebuilt. Capt. Koenig
said he could only reiterate that the
'Deutschland, like other submarines
built or building for Germany's new
undersea merchant fleet, was design*
ed solely as a freight carrier.
At least eight of these vessels, it
was authoritatively learned here today,
now are building at Kiel, and
with these, in addition to the Deutschland
and the Bremen, already en
route for an American port, Germany
exnects in a measure to reestablish
her lost commerce and mail commun- (
ication with the rest of the world, j
Look for Torpedoes.
The torpedo being a submarine's;
essential weapon to make her effec-J
tive as a warcraft, it was the possi-'
bility that the Deutschland might be 1
pierced for torpedo tubes that was j
the chief concern of the American j
naval officers, headed by Capt. C. F. i
Hughes, who inspected the vessel today.
Not only were none found, but
an examination of the forward Dart
of the vessel's hull, "where torpedo
tubes naturally would be located, revealed,
it was learned, that the structure
was not substantial enough to
Before the Deutschland could be
armed like a German naval submarine,
entire reconstruction forward
would be necessary. This fact was
sufficient in the minds of the American
experts, to warrant their decision
fViof a voccal in nn n'iqo ho
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considered a war vessel.
The possibility that guns could bft .
mounted on her superstructure was
understood to have been considered j
also. But there were neither guns!
nor emplacements in evidence.
Capt. Hughes and his associates j
were given the entire freedom of the
ship and there was no space within
the interior that they did not explore, j
The Deutschland's commander was
not present daring the examination
as he was not notified that the navy
officers were coming, j
Capt. Hughes and his associates,
Lieut. Fisher of the bureau of steam
engineering ana Aavai constructor
Howard, spent more than two hours
in the vessel. Capt. Hughes declined
to discuss what he had seen, but saiu
that not only did the young officer
who escorted them through the boat
freely answer questions but even volinfnrmofiAn
UAilyUV/1 ^/U 1UI.V1 Ui?blVU.
"He is proud of his vessel and I
do not blame him," said Capt. Hughes.
"It is a wonderful piece of meahanism
and a monument to German inventive
If the Deutschland has any new
devices or mechanism which are new
in submarine construction, Capt.
Hughes now knows them. He would
not say if any such existed, but made
it clear in this connection that everything
tie wanted to know was frankly
explained. He had no instructions or
intention, he said, to report any
knowledge he may have gained.
Cause for Enthusiasm.
T\ i-_- C* ? -r-T' ^
l^eyuiy ourvtjjur nejiwaru, wuu
also was one of the party, said that
the American experts were "highly
enthusiastic and were continually
Capt. Koenig meanwhile was taking
luncheon at a hotel with a party of
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The Deutschland today began un-:
loading her cargo of dyestuffs. This '
task probably will be complete on
Thursday, after which she will begin
to take on her return cargo of nickel 1
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ana ruuoer. liie nacmcu vjreiuiau j
steamship iNeckar was towed up close !
to the Deutschland today and will j
serve as quarters for the crew of the J
submarine while in port. The report !
from abroad today indicating that tlio
Bremen had left Germany prior to the j
Deutschland and was now long over j
titoc rlonictH ot t-ho VorfVi rjprman 1
Lloyd office here. It was asserted that
the Deutschland was the fisrt to leave.
The feat of the in
eluding enemy warships no doubt
makes those Kiel canal dreadnoughts j
wish that they had been born a subI
marine.?The State. ;
TO SPEED RETURN ' fi
OF BIG SUBMARINE
To Take Good Cargo?Hold Will Be
Filled With Nickel and Rubber 1
for Use of Kaiser's (Armies. <
Baltimore, July 12.?That plans J
were afoot to reload the supersub- i
mersible Deutschland and slip her out (
speedily in her return voyage to Ger- s
many was indicated tonight. A spe- t
cial permit was obtained for contin- ^
uing the unloading of the vessel tonight
ar it was expected that she '2
would be ready by dawn tomorrow to 1
begin taking on a cargo of nickel and ?
tNo one in authority would say when t
the vessel would depart and the only i
positive statement in that connection e
?T-? Po nt ITnowior^ rlap. f
W CL& WIXUliJLlUU 1JLI VttJL/t, AXUV/il O UVV I Jf
laration to the local custom officers , f
that he expected to sail "within ten e
days." The tug Thomas F. Timmins ?
completed repairs today and took up -c
a position directly in front of the
Deutschland. When the Timmins en- e
tered dry dock it was reported that t
she was getting ready to return to c
the Virginia capes to convoy into the | c
Chesapeake, as she did the Deutsch- j r
land, the submarine Bremen which is ; c
said to be four days on her way to c
this country. d
The air of mystery surrounding all r
discussion of the Deutschland's de- ^
parture was deepened today by re- a
ports that her clearance papers may 1
not be made public when filed, thus c
preventing advance notice of her 1
leaving -being obtained.
It became known late today that ?
several conferences have been held t
here between the representatives of c
the Ocean Navigation company and of f
the Krupp steel company ana simon s
Lake, inventor of the submarine. This *
gave rise to reports that a company *
was in process of formation for the
purpose of carrying on undersea com- <
merce between this country and Ger- j
many and that Mr. Lake had been in- s
vited to accept the position of consulting
FLOOD SITUATION c
nrifAurc DfunrrD I
IJJDI U-.U JCiiJ JIJJU X
Western Tier of iCounties in Alabama f
Experience Another Heavy
Flood conditions in the South show (
marked improvement except in the (
territory around Selma, Ala., the ^
Clanton (Ala.) district and the wes- j
tern tier of counties in Alabama. 5
Rains "have ceased entirely in most ^
places and river's and creeks are fall- <
ing rapidly. j
Clanton, just recovered from a rain- <
fall of 18 inches, experienced another
heavy downpour yesterday, causing <
more damage to crops and again
flooding the streets.
The Alabama river continues ta v
rise at Selma and Montgomery 'but
C ? , . A i
tne <janaDa is receamg siuwij. .?
government towboat was sent from *
Selma to the Cahaba v?.iley yesterday v
loaded with food for the sufferers in
All streams in the Birmingham 1
district have gone back into their
banks after doing great damage to
mining property. . 0
Southwest Georgia streams are
falling-japidly and no more damage
is expected in that State.
One hundred convicts, marooned t
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several days at the state rarm norui
of Montgomery by backwaters of the *
Tallapoosa river, were removed Wednesday.
Knieked By a 31ule. ^
Ruby, the six year old daughter of ?
Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Banks, was v
taken to Columbia to a specialist
Wednesday morning for treatment. I 3
The littje girl was kicked in the face
by a mtile about two weeks ago but v
her injuries were thought to be only 1
slight; letter developments, however, j *
showed that she had 'been more se-1
riously injured than her parents at c
first thought. The child was brought ^
back home for treatment at present c
and will be carried back to the spe- 1
oialist in a short time for further s
The president has signed the good s
roads bill. Many an auto owner has t
already paid a bad roads bill. '
SOUTH CAROLINA LUTHERAN
SUNDAY SCHOOL NORMAL 1
The indications are favorable for a
arge attendance at the annual -Sain<ar>hr?r?1
normal nf thA "Lutheran
Sunday schools of South Carolina at
s'ewberry college July 17-21. The
'acuity is composed of experienced,
efficient and progressive Sunday
(chool workers whose instruction will
>e very helpful and inspiring to all:
The opening service will be held |
Monday night, July 17, in Holland
lall. At this service several short
Lddresses will be made, which will
>a fnllAnro/? Vitr o onniol hniip whon
/C IVliUTV^U UJ U kjvviUi uvu*
he delegate will have an opportunty
to get acquainted with each othir,
thus making their stay more
feasant. Lodging will be furnished
ree of all cost in the college doi -1
Qitories and board will be provider
it the college boarding hall at 25
ents per meal.
The work of the normal will begin
ach morning at 8:45 with our beau- j
iful Matin service and a short ad- j
[ress. There will be three depart- 1
aents of instruction: Primary, interoediate
and adult. Special features j
if the normal will be the assembly 1
?f the faculty and student body every |
ay at 12:40 o'clock, the closing pe-j
iod. At this period Dr. E. C. Cronk (
nil conduct the music and deliver j
.n address on "Kingdom Efficiency." ^
There will also be daily conferences j'
?f the ministers and superintendents, j
rhe conference for superintendents j
vill be in charge of an experienced j
ind successful superintendent, and
he conference for ministers will be \
lirected by one of our most success- j
ul pastors. These conferences are!
lure to be of incalculable benefit to
ill superintendents and pastors present.
The evening services will ebe of espe- j
*ial interest: Tuesday evening, July
L8, Dr. E. lC. Cronk will give his
jtereopticon lecture, "The Women of j
the Orient." Wednesday evening,1
luly 19, the choir of the Church of
he Redeemer will give a sacred concert
in the Church of the Redeemer. '
ni 3 _i_V* T.,1_ OA ~ T5,"k1 n
l nursuay ingiit^ ?juiy ?j\jy <x
question contest will be held. The J
inal session will be held Friday,
luly 21, at 12:40 o'clock.
iNew'oerry college and the city of j
dewberry will give the normal a coriial
welcome, and the committee in
charge is doing everything in their
)ower for your pleasure and comfort.
Svery 'Sunday school in the State
should see to it that a delegation at:ends.
A pleasant and profitable oc:asion
awaits all who come. "Come
:hou with, us and we will do thee |
IX INTERESTS LETTTR OF
LIFE AT CAMP MOORE
Special to The Herald and News.
Camp Moore, Styx, July 12.?fWe
iave now been camped at Camp
doore for more than two weeks, two
^eeks of almost continuous rainfall.
Upon arriving at the station, by
\*ay of the Southern we were formed
nto marching formation and marchq
over to the place where-our tents
tvere to he pitched, which was a
lisiance of one and one-half miles
drubbing, that is what we call geting
the ground clean of stumps, small
rees, etc., was then in order and most
.11 of the men fell to helping get the
ent sites clean.
About 5 o'clock of the first day in
amp there came a fearful rain storm
-:hich brought with it a sand storm,
"his delayed the work quite a little
tna maae Lne rniuuay m?ai, w uivu i
vas then way past due, as tie bank-1
tr would say, be handed to the men
ibout 6 o'clock in the evening.
'When night fell some of the men !
^ere left with no tents to cover them,
>ut all cheerfully made room for all
hat the tents which were erected
vould hold and those left over slept
>n the ground, some covered with
ilankets, slickers and some piled up
in cots and passed their first night
* Ml X.
n tne tented city, a cuy uiac uau i
iprung up in a day, and from a barren
ield there arose all manner of tents,
iome round, conical, some square and
iome dog tents (the little one man
ents which are used when on the
I)arch and v.hicl: are folded up each
ON YERMJJT FRONT
Undertake Strong Offensive Toward
Fort Sonvllle, /TVTiJch They Hope
Fighting desperately in the face of
determined German attacks, the
forces under Cren. Haig succeeded
Wednesday in gaining control of the
Mametz wood, which tad been enteral
flia nnoviftiifl nicllf Virr file fl-PT
l/U^ [/l^TAVUU UAQUV J V- wmans.
In the same region north of
the Somme the British made some
progress in the Trones wood and repulsed
two Jieavy attacks against .
iContalmaison. The Germans are reported
to have lost heavily in their
attacks on Trones wood.
The French and German forces
south of the Somme apparently are
resting as there has been almost no
activity m tne region 01 ncaray since
the first of the week.
Around Verdun, however, and especially
on the right bank of the
Meuse, bitter and heavy fighting is in
progress between the forces of the
German crown prince and the French
defenders of the fortress. The Germans,
following up their success in
the region of the Damloup battery, .
have -undertaken a strong offensive
toward Fort Souville, the possession
of which would strengthen their po
sition for a turtner advance on verdun.
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morning and carried over the shoulder.)
Many hardships were suffered dur-^
ing the first few days and lots of the
boys longed for home and hot meals
which were fixed by mother's hands.
After the hurry and rush was over
things began to adjust themselves and
the enlisted men began to make themselves
at home, at it were, with only a
few of them kicking about the sleeping
quarters, food and the many
hardships which a real soldier must
put up with.
As a general rule the officers have
been kind to the men and have tried
to do all in their power to provide
all the conveniences possible and
have helped with words of cheer and
in many ways. Many of tlje captains
are sociable and try to make the
boys feel friendly toward them and
not to regard them in awe.
Drilling has been in style for the
whole time we have been here and
with the many recruits this has been
arduous and has given the officers no
little trouble but many of the new
ones are getting broken in and will
be ready to go through a regular
drill before they leave here.
The days here are spent, and the?
start almost at sun up, in eating,
drilling, cleaning the tents, making
the grounds look neater and in a
thousand and one things which can
be found to be done around a camp.
And the men are all about to get
uniforms and will soon look like reg
ulars. 'New guns have been issued,
in place of the old ones which were
taken up and the men seem to take
pains with the new firearms, cleaning
tkem continually. The trousers
which have been issued are of brown
kfcaki and the snirts are or an onve
colored wool. The hats are the regular
service kind and each one has the
cord around according to the service
which it is used in.
Each night sees the men visiting
dllU. tjujuyxug UitJ C<LUip xii.c jvja, ouxuc
sing, some play cards while many of
c'nem visit the several tents where
phonograph concerts are held.
Each day finds a new rumor about
when the troops will entrain and the
men are getting very anxious to
either go home or else set out for the
border. It seems that the story here
ha'l dampened the desire of many
to get at the Mexicans, for the life of
a soldier, in a temporary camp like
this one is far from the most pleasant
thing in the world, still the
.hardships are borne without many
kicks, but the fact remains that every
man wants to be moving, either home
or for the border.
TH-izv ie otaa^ rviif Vifn cr unoP
? lie iaic XO tjUUU, one. -'VzUAIIW
customed to such rou^h mess, meals
are not as much relished as if thev
were better cooked and more of a
variety, but this will adjust itself.
On a whole everything- is running
as -well as could be expected at' the
camp and getting better each day.