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And until June 15th, everything: in our store goes
Except Millinery and Southland Belle line of Shoes for ladies. Every department is
comp?lete with new and desirable goods bought this season. Attend this sale, and
supply your needs. All we want is cost, and you get the profits.
P. S. No goods will be sold except for the cash
DEADLY DELUGE IN KANSAS.
Fully 2B0 Persons Perish-Property
Loss Amounts to Millions.
SITUATION STILL PERILOUS.
One of the Greatest Disasters Ever
Known in America-In Some
Respects Worse than the
Topeka, Kas., May. 30.-People who
. did not leave North Topeka Jast night
when they had a chance are now in
the greatest danger of losing their
lives. As far as can be estimated at
this time over 500 people are beyond
reach of rescue. The Kansas river is
rising at the rate of three inches an
hoar. Thirty are known to be dead
and the list will be larger. Hundreds
are missing. People are drowning
and others are burning to . death. If
any potion of North Topeka shall
escape destruction by the flood it seems
tonight as though fire would finish
the work. The large lumber yards of
Jonathan Thomas caught fire this aft?
ernoon and the whole block of houses
was burned. Burning houses are
floating through the streets and setting
fire to others. It is reported that the
Union Pacific depot and hotel have
been burned. There is no possible
way*of quenching the flames. The loss
of life will be appalling, the property
loss in the millions. Nobody can tell
just what has been destroyed. The
water extends around Shorey and
Every foot of North Topeka, in?
habited by 1,000 people, is under
water. The current is so . swift that
no boat can live in it. Seven thousand
' people have escaped to the south side
and are being cared for as well as pos?
sible. The remaining hundreds have
not yet been accounted for. They have
been forced to the top floor, the roofs
. of, buildings and are waiting for the
water to subside or carry them down
stream. They are safe only so long as
the building remains standing. Below
town scores of men are in tree tops,
yelling for help. Thousands of revolver
shots and screams have been heard on
the north side, signals for aid. Women
and children in the west part of North
Topeka are standing on the highest
points in reach and yet in water to
Burning houses are floating about
setting fire to others. The lower story
of the burning buildings contain 10
feet of water. The current is so strong
that no boat can approach any of the
barning buildings. People are gather?
ed on the tops of houses and will meet
death either by fire or drowning. The
cries for help can be distinctly heard
a mile away. The whole city is wild?
ly excited because no aid can be ex?
tended to the sufferers. The river at
North Topeka is five miles wide. No
possible estimate of the financial loss
is obtainable, but it can be stated that
it will reach into the millions.
North Topeka was the manufactur?
ing district of the city. Three large
flour mills, three woolen mills and
other manufacturing enterprises are
entirely destroyed. The water supply
of the whole city has been cut off.
The water from the river extends
nearly a mile on the south side. The
Rock Island depot has been abandon?
ed, and more than 500 people on this
side of the river are also homeless,
but no loss of life has resulted in
South Topeka. The Kansas avenue
bridge is the only one across the river
for miles and the approaches to that
bridge are flooded by 30 feet of water.
A pontoon bridge is being erected,
in an effort to reach the sufferers.
Seven thousand or more people are
on this side of the river sheltered in
the public buildings. Topeka is now
able to take care of all the unfor?
tunates. * The work of caring for the I
refugees is being pushed with the ut- j
From the State house dome as many
as 80 fires can be counted in different1
parts of North Topeka. The entire I
central portion of the city had been |
burned out at 10 o'clock tonight and ?
it is safe to say that by morning not a
house in the main part of North
Topeka will be left standing.
Wichita, Kas., May 30.-News reach- j
ed here this evening that Hutchinson, ?
40 miles northwest of this place, is j
under water. The opera house has col- j
lapsed. Trains on the Missouri Pacific .
have been ordered back here. The flood !
situation in Wichita is not serious as
Kansas City, Mo, May 30.-At 10
o'clock tonight the Kansas river was
rising at the rate of four inches an
hour. Swift's packing house has al?
ready sustained a loss estimated at
SI, ooo, ooo.
The damage to* Cudahy's and
Schwartz-Childs and Suisburger's will
be nearly 8500, OOO, about equally divided
between the two plants. It is estimat?
ed that the loss in Armourdale to date
will exceed $1,000,000.
Business in Topeka was practically
at a standstill because of Memorial
day and most of the stores were closed
the greater part of the day. The flood
and the condition of the sufferers took
the attention of every one, to the ex?
clusion of all else. An army of men
was engaged in the relief work and
it would be idle to attempt to place an
estimate on ^the immense number
rescued by their efforts.
Topeka, Kas., May 31.-There is
ground for hope that the worst has
passed. Tonight City Engineer Mc
Cable issued a bulletin'giving out the
cheering intelligence" that the waters
of the Kansas river.bad subsided 1%
inches. With 175 or 200 lives lost,
$6,000,000 of property destroyed, with
hundreds of pistol shots as signals of
distress, blended with the agonizing
cries of unwilling inhabitnts of tree
top and roofs of houses and the waters
creeping upward and then slowly,
subsiding and alternately changing
hope to despair, the capital city h.a3
passed the most memorable Sabbath
day of its existence. Through all this
discomfiting condition of affairs was
added the presence of a cold, dismal
The arduous work of the heroic res?
cuers was not abated in the least by
the conditions which confronted
them. For long, dreary hours, knee
deep in water and sometimes in water
up to their neck, they worked with
might and main. Tonight they can
point to 300 or more rescued persons
who otherwise might have been swept
away in the current.
Leading men haye made a careful
examination of the flood and all its
conditions and as a result of their in?
vestigation they give 250 as the prob?
able number of lives lost. A more
conservative estimate places the num-(
ber of dead at 175. The higher number
is as apt to be correct as the lower.
The number of dead is merely a matter
of guess. Twenty members of rescuing
parties tell how they saw people drop
from houses to be swept away by the
flood, and others tell of men, who ter?
rified at the approach of-the fire, drop?
ped into the water, where they sank
and did not reappear.
The estimated number of dead does
not include the large number classed
as missing, who cannot otherwise be
accounted for. Neither does it in?
clude the number who are supposed to
have lost their lives in the fire. In
the latter class there is absolutely no
means of arriving at even an ap
proximate number of victims. The
water is so high and the current so
strong that all can be done now is to
rescue those in the buildings surround*
ed by water.
It will be at least three days before
the correct number of dead will be
known The work of rescuing the vic?
tims of the flood is being pushed with
vigor. Better results have characterized j
the efforts of the organized forces since
4 o'clock this afternoon than during
the preceding 24 hours. Two little !
steam launches are now putting up and
down the river picking up survivors, j
A train load of small boats was in use i
today, but they were ?seles in battling !
against the mighty current. A wire j
cable has been stretched across the i
Kanas3 avenue bridge. To this will i
be attached a sand dip and refugees I
will be brought across in this. If the
flood shall not rise further and those j
not yet reached can keep their places
? few hours longer there need not ne- j
cessarily be a much larger loss of
Large contributions have already been j
received for the benefit of the sufferers.
The amount given by Topeka citizens
alone will aggregate 8100,000.
To this is to be added an immense
quantity of clothing, provisions and
general supplies. Outside towns have
genersouly offered aid notably among
which is Galveston, Tex.
Tonight ' the portion of Topeka not
affected by the flood is crowded with
There is great anxiety tonight as to
what tomorrow will bring forth. If
the river shall not receive any more
flood water west of here the improve?
ment in the situation here will be
marked. If the water shall rise at
Manhattan and Wamego tomorrow will
see a repetition of the worst flood
scenes and the distress here will be
greatly intensified. Either contingency
is entirely within the range of possi?
Kansas City, Mo., May 31.-With
the waters of the Kaw and Missouri
rivers nearly four feet above the dis?
astrous level of 1881 and their swollen
tides reaching over 12 square miles of
the city and its suburbs, Kansas City
tonight is in the worst flood of its
history. In the valley of the Kaw or
Kansas river, between this city and
Kansas City, Kans., a report has it
.that a number of lives have been lost.
One report says 14 and another 50.
Twelve bodies were counted as they
floated past during the day.
The financial loss has been increasing
all day and bids fair to continue. The
heaviest loss is at Armourale, where
the losses to the packing industry
and others is placed conservatively at
$2,500,000. Argentine, another sub?
urb, has suffered losses estimated at
S500.000. Other losses which cannot
now be estimated will increase the to?
tal very materially.
Armourale, with a population of
16,000 people, is deserted and its site
marked only by the tops of buildings
and a number of fires. Seven fires,
beleived to be chiefly box cars burn?
ing, could be seen from the bluffs to
night. There is some danger that the
flames will spread to the partially
submerged buildings adding greatly to
the already heavy loss. The first
started from the flowing of the flood
into a lime house.
The refugees from Armourdale for the
most part are huddled together in the
immense auditorium of the convention
hall, although several hundred found
refuge with friends in more fortunate
parts of the city. Two-thirds of Ar?
gentina is under water. More than
4,500 people in this suburb found
safety in the higher part of the town.
All bridges over the Kaw river are
down and the only communiation with
Armourdale is by boat. Kansas City
tonight is without a water supply, the
flood having disabled the pumping
station and the utmost care is being
taken that no fires shall break ont. I
Even a small fire, it is feared, would
start a conflagration. Only one street
car line in the city is running tonight
owing to the disabling of the power
plants by the flood.
The railroad yards are blockaded
with trains unable to get out. Not a
train has gone out of the city except
to the east today, and it is said that
there is little prospect of an improve?
The stage of the river at 6 o'clock
tonight was 30 feet, 7 inches. The
previous high record was made in 1881
when the river rose to 26 feet, 3 inch?
es. By tomorrow morning, according
to the prediction of Supt. O'Connor
of the weather bureau, the level will
be 31 feet.
Des Moines, Ia., May 31.-Eight
authenticated fatalities have occurred
in and about this city from the flood
and the property loss will amount into
At 6 o'clock tonight Des Moines
river Jiad declined 14 indies from its
maximum height of 24 feet early this
morning. Notwithstanding the steady
rain that has fallen for three days it is
believed danger of further rise is past,
as reports from points above Des
Moines say the river has been falling
for 24 hours. The extent of suffering
among the several thousand flood refu?
gees has been reduced to a minimum
by the better organization of relief
work and now they are nearly all free
from extreme suffering.
The few remaining levees will hold
the river, which is said to be from
half a mile to two miles wide, howev?
er, effectually cutting off communica?
tion between the main part of Des
Moines from east, north and south.
The police report that thieves in boats
are plundering stocks of merchandise
in the business district to an alarming
extent and several arrests have been
made. One officer had a battle with a
robber who escaped. Neither was
Not a wheel is turning in the fac?
tory district and no effort is made to
open business houses. The Great
Western, Wabash and Burlington, roads J
have completely abandoned their lines j
in his city and the Northwestern Rock
Island and St. Paul roads are very
badly crippled. The water and electric
light and power plants are still run?
ning, but it is only by the employ?
ment of several hundred men to man
pumps and work on the levees. For
over two days it has rained constantly
and the mercury has stood close to the
freezing point. Seores, of men women
and children have spent hours at a
time in soaking wet garments sitting
on the roofs of their houses awaiting
the arrival of rescuers. The last of
these was removed at 10 o'clock.
More fatalities will result from ex?
posure than from drowning. The
property loss will amount up into the
This afternoon the relief authorities
announced that they were confronted
with a food and fuel famine. Meat
markets all over the city declare they
have only two or three days stock on
hand. There is no train entering the
city and no pospcet of getting a ship?
ment of freight into Des Moines in
less than three or four days. There
is only a meagre coal supply and the
light and power plant and the water
wTorks have an insufficient supply.
Notice was sent to every resident in
the city to draw an extra supply of
water to provide against the closing of
Cambridge, Mass, May 30.-Harry
D. Elkes, of Glens Falls, N. Y., the
premier motor pace follower of the
United States, was killed, and Will
Stinson, almost as well known a bi?
cyclist as Elkes, and F. A. Gatey, a
motor steering man, were seriousy in?
jured in an accident at the initial bike
meeting cn the new Charles Kiver
Park track this afternoon.
PISGAH NEWS NOTES.
Pisgah, June 1.-We had a nice rain
Thursday evening, and the crops have
felt its effects. Tobacco is short, and
without a great change at once the
crop will be light, as the season is
nearly gone to make a full crop. Oats,
have turned out well. No one a month
ago expected to make a fourth of what
has been cut. Several bave made bet?
ter oats than they have ever made. No
doubt the hot March had something to
do with the collapse at that time of
the crop. Corn is small, but cotton is
trying to show its head.
Some of us have hopes to bave a
dollar next fall after all dues are paid
towards making the crop.
The farmers have managed with the
labor they have very well. Too many
lazy people for the good of the coun?
try. Able bodied men shirking the
fields, and tramping about hunting
soft places, is what makes labor scarce.
Let them go to work as their forefath?
er did. I don't think thev were hurt
We have some sickness scattered
around, but not of a very serious
type. Generally, we are always
Yesterday being a fifth Sunday there
was no preaching in the churches here
that I heard of. The negroes had a
union meeting and they went to it by
the hundreds. Undoubtedly they are
the most ch arch going people on the
earth and seem to be the happiest
with nothing to disturb them. Being
well paid for their labor, and white
friends to aid and protect them when
they need it, where is the oppression
by the whites? The newspapers ought
to hurl the lie in the teeth of the
Northern people when they charge the
Southern people with oppressing the
negroes. Whenever they charge it in
the United States Senate Tillman
gives it back to them in royal style.
Such men as Booker Washington will
prove in the long run a curse to the
negro race by trying to elevate them
beyond their normal state.
A mule had the blind staggers here.
The remedy published in this paper j
not long since for it was tried with
other remedies. The animal is still j
living but improves very slowly.
I am hard up for news. Most that
has been said* here is "pinions," as
"Guv." said. I hope, if I ever get to
be a law breaker I will fall in his
hands, or more precisely speaking, I
will be in his legal jurisdiction. I j
know he will be light on me. I
The Item is doing the farmers a j
good service by publishing the local
weather reports. By this means they
can see what the probability of the
weather will be and prepare for it.
A farmer can save his fodder, oats,
&c, dry, by knowing just what time
the rain is coming.
These reports are as accurate as-it
is possible for the Government to make
them and can be relied on. This value
to agriculture can hardly be estimated.
- - i - t
Messrs S. H. Edmunds, of this city
and E. E. Thornwell, of Mayesville
have received their commissions as
members of the county board of educa?
The macadam work on Harvin street
has been completed to Caldwell street
and the construction of a clay and
sand roadway on South Sumter street
is making good progress.
The commissioners appointed to make
the settlement between Sumter and
Lee counties will meet in this city on
The term of Master in Equity H. j
Frank Wilson will expire in a short i
time and Governor Hey ward bas an- j
nounced his intention of referring the)
appointment of his snccessor to the;
county delegation. So far as is known,'
Maj. Wilson will be named to sue-?
ceed himself without opposition, as j
he has discharged the duties of the
office to the satisfaction of every one. i
County Treasurer Lee has piaced the
last batch of tax executions in the
hands of the Sheriff and the Consta
tables are being sent out to collect from
the delinquents. The number of ex?
ecutions issued is surprising in view of
the abundance of money in circulation
last fall and the general state of
prosperity that was thought to prevail.
The case of Barrett vs. Barrett was
[ heard in court Wednesday. The fol?
lowing lawyers are interested in the
case: Lee & Moise, Mark Reynolds,
Haynsworth & Haynswor-th,,Cooper ?
Fraser, and A. B. Stuckey, of this bar
and J. T. Hay of Camden and Knox
Livingston of Bennettsville. The
case involves the title of a large tract
of land near Bishopvilie and a large
number of persons are interested. The
judge reserved his decision.
The Directors cf the First National
Bank have decided that it is advisable
to increase the capital stock of the
hank to 8100,000. and a meeting of
stockholders has been called to vote on
the question. The present capital of
the bank is 875,000, while the surplus
and undivided profits amount to about
fifty thousand dollars. The bank W3S
never more prosperous, and the in?
crease of capital was a necessary re?
sult of the steady growth of the in?
The police have orders to gather in
the vagrants and they can carry out
their orders without great trouble.
Convicting the culprits is a more
Every extension of the' water mains
I and every additional hydrant contract
j ed for by the city increase the value
! of the Sumter Water Co's, property
j and adds to the price the city mus?
pay if it is purchased.
Some farmers now say that they
have made the finest oat crop they have
ever had notwithstanding the ravages?
of the pest of oat lice. The revival of
the crop surprised everyone, and fields
that appeared to be a total failure
are now harvesting fairly good yields..
The train from Charleston was delay
I ed Monday morning by a freight wreck
which blocked the track at Ashley
Junction for several hours and pre
! vented the passage of all trains for
! that time. The wreck was not:
! a serious affair and no lives were lost..
I One negro train hand was injured,.,
j but not fatally.
I Mr. James Reeves, of the Concord
? section lost a pocket book containing
more than fifty dollars and vadua&ie
p3pers on Saturday afternoon while
returning home frcm this city. He
discovered his loss before reaching
home and returned orer the route to
make a search for it, but failed to find
i The pocket book had been picked
up in the meanwhile by a young man
named Tisdale and he came to town
on Monday and reported his find
to persons who were able to tell him
the name of the owner. He will re?
turn the pocket book to Mr. Reeves
at the first opportunity.
The County Summer School" for
teachers opened Monday morning. Thc
attendance was not large, but i?e en?
rollment is expected to increase con?
siderably to-morrow and the day fol?
A committee of four will cali cn the
business men of the city to solicit
subscriptions to the fund for tilt?
band. Be liberal. Those who wish
to contribute but are not visited bv
the solicitors may send their checks
or cash to The Item office. This is a
fund toward which everybody should
Supervisor Seale has the chain
gang wagons hauling clay to repair
the walks and driveway through the
Court House square. This work has
been needed for sometime, and the im?
provement will be quite noticeable.
Those who fail to read O'Donnell &
Co's advertisement today will miss
an opportunity to find out about bar?