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AWFUL DELUGE OF
Pennsylvania Village De
stroyed by Flood.
AND OTHERS HOMELESS
Great Dam of the Bayloss Paper Mill
Ilroke Away und the Waters Hushed
Down on an Unsuspecting1 Town of
11,50? People and Many Hundreds are
Austin, Pa., S'M't. 30.?With a roar
that could he heard for miles tho
great dam of tho Bayless Pulp and
Paper company at Austin, Pa., 14
ir.iios from here, went out at 2:P.O
o'clock this afternoon. Forty bodies
had been recovered from tho ruins
when darkness came this evening, and
it Is estimated that fully 100 are un
accounted for and are believed to bo
The dam, which was 5.10 feet long
and 49 feet high, was 32 feet thick at
the base nnd held back more than
600,000,000 gallons of water. For the
first time since its construction two
years ago. tho water was running
over the top today, and many persons
went out from Austin, n mile and a
half away, to see the unusual sight.
They were horrified when a section
about 20 feet wide gave way on the
west side. a grat volume of water
passed through the hole, and the
alarm was quickly sounded. People
run for their Uvea t<? the hills nearby,
but some wore caught In the flood
and whirled down the valley, a mo
ment later another break occurred,
this time on the east side. It was
much greater than the first and per
mitted the bulk of the water behind
it to rush in a mighty volume toward
Telephone (?Irl Gave Warning.
Harry Davis, a locomotive engineer
of this place, reached a telephone
ftnd notified the operator at the ex
change. She called as many persons
as possible. Hut the time was short.
The raging Hood tore down the little
"valley, carrying death on its debris
covered crest. Hundreds of women
and children?the men were away at
work?were caught In their homes
and drowned or crushed before they
knew what had happened. HouseB
went down before the mighty crusn
of water and gas pipes l)ent and
broken released their dangerous fluid.
Before the water had passed on Its
terrible course through tho town a
dozen flies were burning In as many
places, and the cries of Injured nnd
imprisoned persons Joined In the ter
rible thunder of the flood.
Much of the debris lodged against
the shops of the Buffalo & Susque
nanna railroad, and there the Are
raged fiercest. Many men were
caught here, and it la believed that
lew, If any, escaped with their lives.
The coursa of the flood was through
the business centre of the village. A
majority of the buildings were of
wood, and those which were not Im
mediately wrecked by the torrent
were soon inflames.
So sudden was the onslaught of
water that many persons had not tlmo
to flee to the I. ..Is, but others received
the warning, and believing It was
fire hastened to the center of the
town only to be caught In the flood
and swept away.
Passed With One Mighty Sweep.
The flood passed quickly, leaving
desolation In its wake. Houses bad
heen crushed and tossed about like
toys, while hundreds of bodies had
heen carried down on the crest of
the surging torrent. With the pass
ing of the water, those who had fled
to the hills hastened to return to
their ruined homes In search of rel
ntlves and friend?. Here and there
hodles had been cast up along the
path of the torrent and aliout 40
"bodies were recovered In a short time.
Some of them had been so.badly bat
tered by tho tossing debris that they
?were beyond recognition, while others
had been carried along with no ap
parent Injury. Many were caught in
hurning buildings and It will be days
Before the real extent of the calamity
wlil bo known. It Is believed that no
less than 400 persons perished and
some estimates are higher.
Engineer Describes Disaster.
In describing the hood Engineer
"There was nothing to Indicate that
the dam was about to give away. With
a sharp report a hole appeared In tho
west end. In a moment water poured
through and It was immediately seen
that the hole was getting larger. In
a minute It was 20 feet wide and
extended almost the entire height of
the dam. Then there was another
W Teport, and It seemed aa if the whole
Structure wan giving way.
fled to the nearest high ground
Ivereons scattered In eve:y dlrec
yj was apparent that the great
body ol. water behind the dam was
going out. Some were caught and be
fore I could tell what wao happening
the water was tearing down Freeman
Run, a wall GO feet high, and sweep
ing everything before it.
Believes Heroic Girl Lost Life.
"The sound was deafening. I rush
ed to telephone and oalled central in
Austin. She did not have much time
to telephone the alarm, but I think
she did her best. I guess she Is dead,
I have not heard anything about her
"When I entered Austin what 1 saw
wa? an awful sight. The water had
torn through the place, taking all
the principal buildings and crushing
houses like egg shells. Then the fire
broke out. The timbers and sides
wore soon In flames. 1 knew there
were men in the shops and they were
soon in flames. How many I can not
say, but there was no way to help
them. They were probably burned to
death. I have not seen any of them
Flames Add to Horror.
'I don't know bow the fire started,
but It seemed as though it began in
a score of placeB at once. I looked
for the Bank of Austin, but it was
gone, swept away, I guess, because I
did not see it burning.
"But the worst of all were the
cries of the women and children.
Most all the men were at work and
they were at home alone. Many had
heard the warning sent out by the
telephone girl. The Ore bell was
sounded and many thought it was a
"Some of them rushed to the busi
ness section and were caught in the
water. Those not drowned wer(e
crushed in the crumbling buildings
and others were caught in the Hames.
It was frightful. 1 can not begin to
tell it all.
"Little children playing in yards
at home were caught up by the water
and tossed about on the flood like
playthings. Cattle and horses -were
swept off and even the sldewaltti
were torn up. And over and above
all were the shrieks of the hundreds
of poor people who co-ild not es-ca;**-.
I do not know how any of us got
"Many were caught In burning
buildings and it win be days before
the real extent of the calamity will
Incidents of Flood.
Numborous incidents are being told
tonight of miraculous escapes and ter
rible deaths. Every house on Turner
street was destroyed by the flood and
the debris piled high along the little
valley. The flve to eight churches
are all gone. The public institutions
left are the hospital and the school
Thousand Buildings Gone.
The White House, a hotel, was burn
ed and it is estimated tonight that a
thousand buildings have been torn
from their foundations and crushed
in the flood or have been destroyed by
the fire. The water made Its way
through the business section of the
town and left only four buildings
All the buildings in the lower part
of tho valley were swept clear off their
foundations by the. torrent, and many
of those which remained quickly fell
a prey to the flames. There was no
one to attempt to stop the fire and it
was allowed to burn ifself out, the
survivors of the flood standing Idly
on the hillsides, stunned beyond the
power to act.
Austin, Pa., Oct. 1.?Estimates of
the loss of life In the flood that over
whelmed the town of Austin yester
day diminshed today when an army
of volunteer rescuers worked its way
into the masses of wreckage. In the
opinion of many on the ground the
number of deaths will not reach 150,
while the less hopeful place the Hat
of fatalities at 300.
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SWYGERT & TEAGUE,
Laurens, S. C . ,
Another ana the third national victory for FLANDERS "20"
within a month. This time a clean sweep in America's hill clirxbiaj
classic. The THREE speed FLAITDERS "20" won event in hor class Satur
day at Worcester, Mass. olimbing Dead Horse Hill in 1 r.inuto 10.35
seconds, breaking all previous records for her class by 46 seconds,
and defeating second car in her class by 37 seconds, Sho also beat
records made by the following high powered and higher priced cars in
other olasses. Velie Buick, Cole, Hudson, Firestone, Oakland, Camoron,
Zrit and Empire?
FLAITDERS "20" was the lowost priced oar in "the contest. Load
Horse Hill is one mile long with a rise of over 400 feet to the inilo?
ITewspaper accounts say course was slow because of bad surface and one
very bad spot near finish line.
FLA1JDERS time better than time made in 1909 by any car. less
than three times her price. And faster than time made last year by
any car but one of three times her size and price. She averaged a
little over 46 miles an hour up to the eight per oent grade. Strictly
stook chassis. Event run under A.A.A. rules and supervision. FLAIIDERS
"20" was sensation of the sixty and seventy horse power oars barely
beating her phenomenal performance.
Sending you photograph of WITT in victorious FLANDERS on
Sue has now only to win the three hundred mile Savanna Road
Raoe to prove her invincibility in speed as she proved her reliability
in the Little Glidden; her staying powers in Minneapolis, to Helena
Montana reliability run, and her hill climbing qualities on Dead Horse
Hill? Wat oh the little wonder at Savanna.
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ON SEWERAGE WORK
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Take notice that on the 20th day of
October, I will render a final account
of my acts and doings as Armlnls
trator of the estate of Nancy M.
Bryson, deceased, In the ofllce of the
Judge of Probato of Laurens county,
at 11 o'clock, a. m., and on the same
day will apply for a final discharge
from my trust as Administrator.
Any persons indebted to said es
tate are notified and required to mako
payment on that date, and all persons
having claims against aald estate will
present them on or before aald date
duly proven, or be forever barred.
W. J. BRYSON,
Sept 20, 1911?1 mo. Administrator.
Littleton College has a limited num
ber of $100 scholarships for accepta
ble applicants who wish to make spe
cial preparation for Christian work
and teaching and who are without
means with which to secure this pre
ll ration elsewhore. For further In
formation, address J. M. Rhodes, Lit
tleton, N. C.