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LAST SEDITION.
MONDAY EVENING.
TOPEKA. KANSAS- MARCH 24, 1913-
MONDAY EVENING-
TWO CENTS
irivt CENTS
DISASTER FOLLOWS l
WAKE OF BIG STORM
REPORTS OF 100
DEABIN OMAHA
Portion of City Swept Away
by Terrific Winds.
GoTernor Places Tornado Zone
Under Martial Law.
MAYOR CALLS FOR TROOPS
Fears Vandals Will Loot in
Stricken Area.
Many Small Villages in Ne
braska Wiped Out.
Omaha. March 24. Fully 100 killed,
twice that number badly injured and
hundreds of thousands of d ollars worth
of property destroyed, briefly tells the
story of the tornado which swept
through Omaha and suburbs at 6
o'clock last evening in an almost
straight path from four to six blocks
wide and more than eight miles long.
It was by far the most appaling catas
trophe that ever has visited Omaha.
Throughout the stricken districts the
streets rre filled with masses of debris
from wrecked houses and uprooted
trees and tangled electric wires, mak
ing street car service impossible, wagon
and automobile travel Jmost so, and
offering serious obstacles to pedes
trians. The list of known dead, although al
ready a long one, Is believed by those
who have been over a good part of the
devastated territory to be but a be
ginning. The storm came almost without
warning, the day which opened with
overcast skies having cleared in the
afternoon. The little town of Ralston,
three miles west of South Omaha, first
felt the fury of the storm, which there
took a toll of half a dozen or more
lives and practically destroyed the
town.
In a northeasterly direction and in
almost a straight line it traveled with
incredible speed, wrecking many hand
some homes In the fashionable West
Farnum and Bemis park districts.
Many business buildings in the vi
cinity of Twenty-fourth and Lake
streets were totally destroyed or badly
damaged. Here the heaviest loss of
life occurred. The Diamond motion
picture theater, a brick building, which
was partially filled with men, women
and children at the time, collapsed,
hardly a brick remaining in the walls.
The Idlewild pcolhall, patronized by
colored men, collapsed and the debris
caught fire. It is believed 40 or 60 per
sons perished. From Twenty-fourth
and Lake, the storm seemed to veer a
little to the east and finally passed over
the state line into Iowa at Carter Lake,
where many summer collages were uc
molished. Residences were wrecked all
along the line. A dozen or more
fires were started by stoves and fur
naces and it is believed many bodies
were cremated.
Telephone, electric light and trolley
wires were carried down by the storm.
Chicago, March. 24. The -Western
t'nion Telegraph company has been
advised by the Omaha office that the
damage from the tornado will amount
to more than $12,000,000 and that
more than 100 lives are lost.
St Joseph. March 24. The village
of Flag Spring, north of here, was
practically demolished and three of
Its inhabitants killed by a tornado last
night, according to reports reaching
here today. Wind wrecked the home
of Luther Armfield. in the village, and
Mr and Mrs. Armfield perished in
the flames when the ruins caught fire,
according to the report. Another
farmer named Reed was reported
killed.
Omaha, March 24. Omaha and vicin
ity was swept by two distinct wind
storms late yesterday afternoon, both
of cyclonic intensity, which spread
death and destruction in their wakes.
Fire which broke out in many of the
wrecked buildings added to the hor
rors. Reports Say 200 Dead.
Omaha, March 2 4. By telephone
via Lincoln Governor Morehead,
Mayor Dahlman and Police Commis
sioner Ryder stated at noon today
that at least one hundred were killed
in yesterday's storm here. Reports
from Council Bluffs were to the effect
that four more bodies had been re
covered from the ruins of homes
there.
The list of injured is expected to
reach seven hundred. Many have
been found today in the homes of
friends, where they took refuge after
the storm.
After visiting the scene of the storm
this morning. Governor Morehead is
sued orders for the mobilization of
three companies of militia from out
side the city. The local companies
are already at work assisting the po
lice and regular soldiers from Fort
Crook, together wit hthe city firemen,
in the work of rescue. Three hun
dred regulars were called out.
A relief fund started for the stricken
city has already reached a good sized
total and more is constantly being
subscribed.
The morgues and hospitals were be
sieged all the morning by friends and
relatives of the dead and injured and
others made frantic efforts to learn
of the fate of loved ones. The hos
pitals here and in Council Bluffs are
filled to capacity, and the less injured
are being cared for in homes and in
the halls and corridors of the hospitals.
lice was thrown around the path, of
the storm soon after it had passed
much looting has been reported.
Long Distance to Denver.
Omaha, March 24 (Via Long Dis
tance to Denver). The first and main
storm struck Ralston, three miles
west of South Omaha, shortly before
6 o'clock yesterday evening and moved
in a northeasterly direction through
the city of Omaha, leaving a wake
of dead and destruction eight miles
long, its width varying from four to
six blocks. The path of the storm
lay just north of the business dis
trict and Included two of the fash
ionable residence sections known as
West Farnam and Bemis Park.
Practically all the buildings in this
district were demolished. The only
point at which the force of the storm
struck the business section was at
Twenty-fourth and Lake streets. Here
the Diamond theater, a moving pic
ture concern, well filled, was wrecked.
According to the best available fig
ures, at least thtrty of Its patrons
were killed. Between forty and fifty
more were killed in the wreck of a
pool hall nearby, which was patron
ized by negroes.
The well defined path of the storm
ended at Carter lake, near the Mis
souri river, north of the city. To add
to the horror of the situation, fire
broke out in many of the . wrecked
buildings. The streets, littered with
debris, were impassable for the fire
apparatus and the fires burned them
selves out except in instances where
the flames were brought under con
trol by volunteer bucket brigades.
The second storm swept across the
Missouri river about 6:20 p. m., doing
considerable damage in Council Bluffs.
Figures compiled early today place
the number of known dead in Coun
cil Bluffs at nine,' with a score in
jured. The first storm prostrated
telephone and telegraph wires in all
directions, completely isolating
Omaha.
Mayor Issues Proclamation.
Mayor Dahlman today issued this
proclamation:
"To the people of Omaha: A great
calamity has struck our city. Many
lives and homes have been destroyed.
The authorities, with the assistance of
Major C. F. Hartman of Fort Omaha,
with 200 troops, are doing all that can
be done in guarding property and
rescuing the dead and injured.
"It will be necessary to patrol this
district, which extends over several
miles of territory, until matters can
be adjusted so the property may be
protected and men have an opportu
nity to clear the wreckage. No one
will be allowed inside the line unless
properly authorized, so I call upon
the public generally to be patient.
"Thousands of volunteers are doing
all they can. I appeal to the people in
this . hour of distress to house and
feed all that need help until other ar
rangements can be made.
"JAMES C. DAHLMAN, Mayor."
Just as soon as the enormity of the
disaster was understood by the citi
zens here a relief fund was started,
Within an hour hundreds of dollars
had been contributed, with many of
the city's wealthiest men back of the
movement. Public buildings were
thrown open as a place of refuge for
the storm sufferers.
The commodious rooms of the Com
mercial club were 'soon filled with
cyclone victims. Never was the hos
pitality of the city given such an op
portunity for effective work. Nearly
every home within a dozen miles of
the stricken district is filled with un
fortunates. All the hospitals in the
three cities, Omaha, South Omaha
and Council Bluffs are filled to ca
pacity, and in many of them the
halls and corridors are filled with
cots.
Ten Known Dead.
Lincoln. March 24. Ten persons
are known to be dead and it is be
lived that the list will reach fifteen
at Yutan, about 3 5 miles northwest
of here, where the tornado, which
later did such havoc at Omaha, first
began its destructive work.
The known dead are:
LITTLE SOX OF FRED HETN.
HENRY SCHEELE.
BABY OF MR, AND MRS. FRED
OHM.
A. R. HAMMOND.
MRS. A. R. HAMMOND AND LIT
TLE SON.
HERMAN STARMAN, postmaster.
MRS. GILSTER.
MRS. WILL BABCOCK AND LIT
TLE DAUGHTER.
MRS. W. H. STEINBAUGH AND
BABY.
Other deaths are reported but not
confirmed, making the total of 15.
Partial list of the injured:
Mrs. Herman Starman, recovery
doubtful.
John Heldt, hurt about shoulders and
legs.
W. H. Steinbaugh, badly hurt.
Walter Haden, head cut. bruised.
Mrs. Fred Heyn, seriously hurt.
Child of Herman Starman, leg bro
ken. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Ham
mond, leg broken.
Will Swigart, bruised.
Henry Jensen, head cut.
The storm broke with a suddenness
that found the residents of the vicinity
unprepared to seek safety in the cel
lars. The furniture store of the village
was turned into a morgue and at one
time there were ten bodies there.
A relief train with a number of
physicians was rushed to Yutan from
Lincoln and this morning several of
the injured were brought here and
placed in hospitals.
A rumor current here this morning
was that the village of Berlin, about
50 miles south of Omaha, was wiped
out by a tornado. The roport is being
investigated but has not yet been con
firmed. The Storm Area.
The stretch of the city covered by
the tornado reaches from the southern
limits to the suburbs of Florence, six
miles north of the point of origin. The
storm swept the western part of the
city for its entire length, following the
west side of the valley, extending 1
along the Missouri river bluffs. The
eastern half of the city, generally com
posing the business section, was out
oi me pain oi ine iniMtr, out sumerea j
greatly. i
THE TORNADO'S TOLL.
Following Is the latest revised list
of the dead and Injured in the Ne
braska disasters:
Known Dead in Omaha.
WILLIAM FISHER.
SIX DEAD IN VICINITY OF THIR
TEENTH AND AMES STREET.
MABEL McBRIDE.
NELS LARSON.
T. B. NORRIS.
BENJAMIN BARNES.
MRS. NEWMAN.
MR. SULLIVAN.
MRS. E. F. FITZGERALD.
ABOUT FORTY NEGROES IN THE
BURNED RUINS OF THE IDLE
WILD POOL HALL.
THIRTY OR MORE MEN, WOMEN
AND CHILDREN IN THE DIAMOND
MOTION PICTURE THEATER.
JEAN R. BROOKS.
HENRY BLEAUVELT.
TWO UNIDENTIFIED NEGROES.
AB STANLEY.
BERT H. FIELDS.
INFANT SON OF MORRIS CHRIS-
TENSON.
MRS. E. A. SAWYER.
MRS. J. D. HOGG.
FERGUSON.
BACH.
MRS. AND MR. HARDY, of Cedar
Creek Valley, ported dead.
PECK.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN, found
at 2723 Blondo street.
MRS. HOLM AND BABY.
BARNES.
J. B. BROOKS.
C. B. WEISON.
HENRIETTA GRIEB.
HELEN XOWN3.
UN IDENTIFIED WOMAN, brought
ti Wise Memoiial lEpitaI.
CLIFF DANIELS, mail carrier.
MRS. CLIFF DANIELS.
TWO DAUGHTERS OF CLIFF
DANIELS.
MRS. R. R. VANDEVAN.
AGED LADY, unidentified, now at
Wise Memorial hospital.
SMALL, SHRUNKEN LADY.
MRS. ADA NEWMAN
MISS FREDA HULTING, 2633 Chi
cago, died after reaching child-saving
institution.
MRS. DAVIS.
BABY THELMA, 2 years old, child
saving institution.
BABY ANITA, 3 years old.
SAM RILEY, 45 years old, work
man at grading camp.
ROXIE.
MISS CORALTE NORRIS.
MRS. B. DAVIS.
C. F. COPLEY.
JIMPSON.
MISS HEINS AND SISTER,
J. B. NICHOLAS.
Dead p-t Conncil Bluffs.
MRS. WILLIAM POOLE.
J. R. RICE.
MRS. J. R. RICE.
SCHOOLS AND WIFE.
BABY NORGAARD.
BENJAMIN BENNINGHOFF,
Dutch Hollow. j
Dead at waisiou.
' E.- SAID, -. -
MRS. H. E. SAID.
TTvinuvTiPTisn MAN. 35 years
old, supposed to be Bert Thomas.
MARY MO It A in.
mdq pmTH KIMBALL, 29 years
old, Winnipeg, Canada. .
FRANCES KIMBAliU a yem ""
Known Injured in Omaha,
in,.;- xfro "R T? Vandevan.
ivjuaa i l v i. p -
unconscious from blow on head; Mrs.
Toward Basrerot of Chicago; Mrs. Mc-
Bride, 4115 Farnam street; D. Dagat;
E W. Dixon, slight bruises; M. N.
Holm body hurt; W. H. McDonald,
scalp wound; Mrs. Golpin, badly cut:
Mrs. E. C. Sells, Injured internally;
Little Sells girl, bad scalp wound; Mrs.
Griffin, serious; W. D. Cruthers, ribs
broken; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Foster,
bruised; Isabel Doyle, injured about
head: Kenneth Patterson, burned;
Charles Pickens, suffering from
shock. Charles 3. Black, Druisea;
rhorios E Black, bruised: Mrs.
.in a. " ' - -
Cotton, sister of Mrs. Black, bruised;
M. A. Hall, cut on iace; . n. nams,
sales manager Armour and Company,
cut on face and body; Anson H. Bige
low, chest crushed; Cecilia Bigelow,
internally injured; Patrick Hynes,
fractured leg; Mrs. Harry Chalice,
bruised; Frank Guy, Waterloo, Neb.;
Mrs. Frank Guy.
William Schultz, Elkhorn. Neb.;
Frank Bell, Elkhorn, Neb.; Mrs. Cora
Curtiss; Unknown woman, legs broken ;
Mrs John Sullivan, slight; 7-year-old
daughter of Rev. Mr. Dunn, knee
crushed: Mrs. J. C. Wright, foot crush
ed; F. Quagley, ankle bruised; Mrs.
Martin Meyer, scalp wound; Mrs. Eu
gene Meyer, arm dislocated; Mrs. Ir
vin, broken ribs and burns; J. Issa
covitch. tailor, bruised; Lawrence
O'Conner, hurt internally; Willie O'Con
r.er, badly bruised; Clarence Cady. dan
gerously, may die; George Anderson,
.ia mnv Ae-- Jack Cribben. inter
nal injury; J. Davis, cut; E. Reeves,
negro, serious; John Walls, negro, leg
broken; Mrs. O. S. Finch, right thign
fractured; Mrs. Johnson. Twenty-third
and Ohio, and mother, cut about head,
serious; Peter Ullrich, bruised; L. W.
Wicks, lower limbs paralyzed; E. R.
Wicks, left limb broken; Mrs. M.
Hensman, leg broken; S. L. Burt, col
ored, injured about body.
Mrs. C. C. Sheppard, arm broken; C.
C. Sheppard, cut about head; Mrs.
Lottie Main, Loveland, Colo., badly
bruised, will recover; Fat Carrol, back
injured; Joe Cooper, fractured shoulder;
Mrs. John Lyonsberger, scalp wound
not serious; Mrs. N. W. Daniel, back
injured; Mrs. Mike Vizovicak. nervous
shock and bruises: Stanley Vopat, head
bruised; Mary Halaries. badly lacerated
about face: Baby Ruth, child saving
institute, cut on face, not serious; Mr.
and Mrs. D. H. Williams, bruised aitd
cut: Fred Bentley, blown from car,
serious: Charles Pasner, Millard, Neb.,
internal injury, not serious; Ham
mer, leg injured, must be amputated:
Mrs! Hammer, arm fractured: Maid
at Hammer home badly injured;
Mrs. A. Markovitz. badly bruised;
Frank Griffin, severe bruises; George
Medlock. injuries slight.
-r, "vfHlr,nlr rT i en t Hans
-mis. ucuie, . , 1 , .
Voss. cut by glass: infant of Morris
Christensen. severely uiuiacu,
Carothers, two ribs fractured: Bella
Robinson, two ribs broken; Mrs. W.
T71 Rnhinson. two ribs broken: Mrs.
Coffman, arm bruised: Mrs. W. W.
Plabaugh, internal injury; miss kuui
Slabough. cut wrist; Mr. Newman of
t , nunphirpd liine. serious: two
Miss Sullivans, slight injury; Mrs. E.
Houston, 91 years old, broken leg and
consussion of brain, will die: Harold
McKenna. slight: three workmen at
Missouri Pacific roundhouse slight.
J n hired at Nicholas Senn Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Archer and son,
slightly hurt.
G. L. Hammer, left leg broken and
internal injury; Mrs. G. L. Hammer,
arm fractured; A. Nelson, arm broken;
Mrs. W. P. Tiney. badly bruised; J. D.
Hogg, back injured; Martha Sorenson,
Malmo, Neb., slight injury; Mrs. J.
Simon, leg fractured; Francis T. Gro
Jen, slight; Frank Grojen, slight, Mrs.
T. B. Norris, slight; Miss Ella Holmes,
arm fractured.
Wilson Sends Message.
Washington, March 2 4. Surgeon
General Blue, of the public health ser
vice, has ordered Surgeon J. O. Cobb
of the United States marine hospital,
Chicago, to hold himself in readiness
to go to Omaha to assist the health
authorities there in preventing the
spread of disease which might follow
in the wake of disaster there.
President Wilson telegraphed Mayor
James C. Dahlman, mayor of Omaha,
as follows:
"I am deeply distressed at the news
received from Nebraska. Can we help
in any way?"
Ernest P. Bicknell. director of the
American National Red Cross society,
has telegraphed Governor Morehead
of Nebraska, tendering the services of
the Red Cross in caring for tornado
victims. Mr. Bicknell also wired to
other towns where the storm last
night is reported to have caused loss
of life. He planned to send relief
trains to Omaha with nurses, doctors
and supplies as soon as possible.
Relief Train on Way.
Des Moines, March 24. A special
train over the Rock Island, bearing
Mayor Hanna, physicians, nurses and
relief, with Assistant General Manager
Easley, of the Rock Island, in charge,
left here at 6:45 a. m. for Omaha.
WAS A jjlGH WIND
It Blew 55 Miles an Hour in
Topeka Sunday Night.
Storm Confined to Northeast
Kansas, lieport Railroads.
A thunder storm, accompanied by
the heaviest wind that has been re
corded in Topeka since April 11, 1909,
and laden with fine dust of a yellowish
color blown from the northeastern sec
tion of the state, broke at 7:55 o'clock
Sunday night.
The storm lasted but 15 minutes.
There was a heavy precipitation of
both water and hail. The water in
the gauge at the government station
measured .13 of an inch.
The maximum wind velocity attain
ed was 50 miles an hour. On April 11,
1909, the speed was 54 miles an hour,
and it chanced that April 11, 1909, was
Easter. Some Topeka people are won
dering of the old saying that rain on
Easter brings rain for seven Sundays
afterwards will come true this season.
Telephone Company Suffers.
The Bell Telephone company reports
much damage done to lines. A half
mile of poles was blown down near
Shorey,, a short distance east of the
reform school, fourteen toll circuits
were involved in this break. Eleven toll
circuits between. Topeka and Kansas
City were put out of commission, and
a half mile of poles between Wamego
and Clay Center involving four circuits
were blown over. According to the
management service will be restored by
night.
The mercury did some queer stunts
Sunday night. The maximum tempera
ture for the day was 70 degrees at
7:50 o'clock, just before the storm
broke. Twenty minutes, later the ther
mometer reading was 52 degrees, and
by the expiration of another hour the
quicksilver had gone back to the .65
degree point. The temperature at 8
o'clock this morning was 35 degrees,
showing a decided drop.
No heat record was broken Sunday.
On March 23, 1910, the mercury stooc
at 87 degrees.
The forecast calls for fair weather
tonight and Tuesday. The temperature-
will probably be below freezing
Tuesday morning.
Reports at Railroad Offices.
Reports from the telegraph depart
ments of the Santa Fe, Rock Island
and Union Pacific railroads in To
peka today show that the storm last
night extended not only over the
northeastern section of Kansas with
a sprinkle and a damaging display of
electricity in the southeastern por
tions. Not a wire down in Kansas on
the railroads. The Santa Fe reports
trouble east of the Mississippi river
and the Rock Island is unable to get
word from Omaha or St. Joseph on
account of broken wires. The Union
Pacific is having no trouble in its
service out of Topeka to the west or
to Kansas City.
The towns in this section of the
state report a storm similar to the
wind, hail and rain that visited To
peka last night. The wind reached a
velocity or at least fifty miles an
hour in many towns, blowing down
chimneys and doing slight local dam
age. The hail and wind lasted only a
few minutes. This applies to the dis
trict within a radius of sixty miles
from Topeka in all directions. j
In southeastern Kansas a severe
electrical storm accompanied by a
high wind and only a little rain was
reported by the agents of the Santa
Fe. In western, southwestern and
west-central Kansas no rain is re
ported. A special dispatch to the local of
fice of the Rock Island, from their
general agent in Omaha, describes the
tornado as crossing Leavenwortn
street at Fiftieth street, sweeping to
Fortieth street, along which it pro
ceeded two blocks to Farnum street,
cutting its way through Bemis park.
The tornado then swept into North
Omaha and across the Illinois Central
tretle, demolishing that structure. The
dispatch states that about fifty per
sons are known to be dead in that dis
trict, and several hundred injured.
Property losses are exceedingly large.
The home of C. B. Hoover, a former
Topekan, in the Bemis park district of
Omaha, was probably desctroyed by
the storm last night. Mr. Hoover has
been in Topeka for some time but will
leave for Omaha tonight.
Below Freezing: Tomorrow.
The temperatures have averaged six
degrees below normal for this date, a
north breeze blowing at the average
rate of 15 miles an hour holding down
the mercury.
The shippers' forecast: "Protect 36
hour shipments north against temper
ature of 20 degrees; west, 24: east
and south above freezing." This indi
cates that the quicksilver will be
slightly below the freezing point in
Topeka Tuesday morning.
The hourly readings:
7 o'clock 36! 11 o'clock 40
8 o'clock 35il2 o'clock 39
9 o'-elock 35 1 o'clock 40 1
10 o'clock 3 7 2 o'clock 411
VOTING JS HEAVY
City Hall Predicts Largest Vote
in History Today.
Politicians Guess That 16,000
Ballots Will Be Cast.
IS HOT RACE FOR MAYOR
Three-Cornered Affair Between
Hughes, Cofran, Billard.
First Time That Women Have
Served at Polls.
FACTS OF PRIMARY ELECTION.
Predicted vote of 16,000, largest in
history.
Polls close at 7 o'clock.
Ballots should be counted before
midnight.
Bulletins at State Journal office this
evening.
Regular election Tuesday, April 1.
Two candidates will be nominated
. for each city commission position and
five for school board.
Cool, bright, crisp weather greeted
the municipal patriots today and it is
predicted at the city hall this after
noon that the count on the balloting
of the city primary election will break
all records for voting in Topeka. With
a registration of 19,438, the largest in
the history of the city, politicians are
guessing that more than 16.000 votes
will have been cast when the polls close
at 7 o'clock this evening.
At the primaries two years ago 14,991
persons voted. At the election the vote
was 15,643. The registration this year
is 1,200 more than 1911 and It is neces
sary only to poll 400 more voters of
one-third the registration ro go over
the 16,000 record breaking mark set for
today.
The weather, the interest taken in the
closing hours of the campaign and the
increased enthusiasm caused by the ac
tivity of the women has baen instru
mental in bringing out a silent vote
that has been dormant since the cam
paign opened. Despite the fact that
only 26 candidates are in the field the
unusual rivalry between the candidates
for several of the offices and the
eleventh hour charges and count ar
charges have instigated thousands of
voters to make known their choice to
day. , ..
Count Will Be Fast.
W. H. Kemper, city election com
missioner, promised late this afternoon
that the judges and clerks tonight
would count on an average of four bal
lots a minute. This means that be
fore 11 o'clock tonight practically all
of the precincts will have their tally
sheets registered at the city hall. It
means that the result of the primary
will be known before midnight and that
the usual delay far into the next day
will be avoided.
At the polls today little trouble is
experienced by the officials of the
polls. At one precinct it was discov
ered that only one judge was accom
panying the illiterate voters into the
booths he was read the law and the
practice was stopped immediately. At
other places the judges of previous
elections had failed to stamp "voted"
on the books and it was necessary to
call on the county clerk for a verifica
tion of the vote. No other irregulari
ties were discovered and no police
patrol was necessary to keep order.
Women as Officials.
Topeka today is voting with women
as judges and clerks for the first time
in the history of the city. In all, 26
women are stationed In the polling
places. Their work has been rapid and
efficient and the city officials are well
pleased with the trial. The women who
have a majority in the polling places
are insisting that they will turn in the
first reports tonight and the rivalry is
intense. The men have declared that
they will uphold their previous records.
The heaviest vote this morning
came from the precincts inhabited
mostly by laboring men. Here the
voting before working hours was
heavy heavier than in years before.
At noon today the other precincts
made consistent gains over the vote
in 1911 and on these showings the
city hall is basing the prediction of a
record-breaking vote.
Mayoralty l"ijht Is Close.
From the reports today it is ap
parent that the race for mayor is
three-cornered. It is between Bil
lard, Cofran and Hughes. Cofran
has made a wonderful advance in the
last few days and it is known among
the Billard supporters that Cofran is
the man most feared oy the adminis
tration candidate The fact that Cof
ran has been in the mayor's chair, has
been an efficient official and has been
the victim of a "dark horse" adver
tisement in a German newspaper has
won him hundreds of supporters. He
will poll many Billard votes this is
another feature the Billard supporters
fear.
Hughes is also making a wonderful
fight for the nomination. It is be
tween Hughes and Cofran for the
nomination against Billard this is
practically assured. Hughes is re
ceiving a heavy woman vote, he is
popular and has served as city coun
cilman and mayor. He is a strict
"law and order' candidate and is
making a brilliant campaign along
these lines. Billard with nis excellent
three-year record as mayor, Cofran
with his past records and Hughes with
his popularity it is one of the pret
tiest primary fights in years.
It is claimed now that the adver
tisement in the German paper point
ing out Cofran as a "victory for lib
eral citizenship" in case he is elected,
was written in the office of the news
paper. Cofran did not authorize Its
publication and the man who sent the
ad, Conrad Mayer, says he did not
write the sentence referring to "lib
eral" politics.
Great Race by Xevrland.'
The real scare among the commis
sioners is the fight of F. M. Newland
for commissioner of waterworks and
electric lights against H. P. Miller, the
occupant of the office. Miller, two
years ago, polled 7,119 in the primary
and 8,126 in the election. He drew
more- votes than any of the other
candidates in both elections. This
year he has a man from his own solid
ward, the Second, and a man who is
experienced in city waterworks man
agement, as an opponent and the
fight is close.
Tandy, for re-election as commis
sioner of streets and public improve
ments, is acquiring no little worry
from the Adamson campaign and
Stotts for re-election as commissioner
of parks and public buildings is
frowning on the vote acquiring facili
ties of Porter. Bone, undoubtedly will
poll the largest vote of any of ths
candidates for the commission posi
tions. It is agreed by the candidates that
the silent vote of the women and they
number 8,281 will swing the election
of practically all the ofneeseekers. The
women are saying little and they are
paying little attention to the advice
of their husbands.
Come down to the State Journal of
fice this evening and watch the re
sults. Light Vote in North Topeka.
Despite reports indicating a heavy
vote in other parts of the city, persons
visiting the polls in North Topeka late
this afternoon say that the voting is
very light and that not more than
35 per cent of the registration has
turned out to the precinct boothes. A
large part of the population of the
First ward is composed of laboring
men and it is anticipated that they
will swell the vote after working
hours this evening. The polls do not
close until 7 o'clock.
ATTACKJN TOWN
American Mining Camp As
saulted by Mexicans.
Artillery and Hand Grenades
Used in Battle.
Naco, March 24. State troops under
General Obregon and Colonel Cabrat
attacked the American mining town of
Cananea at 7 o'clock this morning, ac
cording to advices received here. The
attack was made simultaneous from
two directions, with artillery and hand
grenades.
SHOT TO KILL
Clarence Sydnor Killed in a
Pool Hall.
James McCoy Did the Shoot
ingBoth Jiegroes.
Clarence Sydnor was shot and killed
by James McCoy in a pool hall at 404
Kansas avenue at noon today. The
shooting put an end to an argument
over money matters concerning the
pool hall. Sydnor -dropped at the
door and died within a few minutes.
McCoy surrendered to Charles Lytle,
d-eputy marshal of the county court.
All are colored.
The nature of the argument be
tween the two men is not definitely
known. It involved about $3.00 or
less, but that is all that has been de
termined. Sydnor was manager of
the pool hall until a short time ago.
He was succeeded by McCoy and the
money which caused the argument is
said to be the amount due on some
bill that Sydnor failed to pay. How
ever this has not been affirmed.
McCoy is reported to have been
standing fifteen or twenty feet from
the door of the pool hall when he shot
at Sydnor. The shot was fired from
a revolver of large caliber. McCoy
fired but one shot. It struck Sydnor
in the forehead and passed through
his head.
Arthur Ransom and William Jen
nings were the only witnesses. A
number of men were playing pool in
the rear end of the building, but knew
nothing of the affair until they heard
the report of the gun.
KANSAS STORM SWEPT
Salina, Kan., March 24. A high
southwest wind prevailed yesterday
and developed into a strong gale last
night, doing damage to trees and small
buildings. Reports from the west in
dicate damage to wheat.
Junction City, Kan., March 24.
buildings were unroofed and moved
from their foundations, windows
blown in and barns blown down by a
heavy windstorm here last night.
The Sanderson farm, south of town,
was swept clear of buildings and much
damage was done to other farms.
Abilene, Kan., March 24. The high
wind last night blew down Parker's
playhouse, a large three-story building
used as a skating rink, and did much
other damage. No one was injured.
Wichita, Kan., March 24. The wind
velocity here Sunday afternoon was
sixty miles an hour, the greatest
known since the weather, bureau was
established in 1888. Much damage is
said to have been done to wheat,
which was not deeply rooted.
Atchison, Kan., March 24. A heavy
windstorm, with much lightning and a
hard rain, struck Atchison about 8
o'clock last night. Small houses were
unroofed, wires were blown down and
hundreds of windows were broken. In
twenty minutes one and one-half inches
of rain felL
Injured in Fire
Baltimore, March 2 4. Twelve fire
men were seriously hurt and dam
ages estimated at $100,000 was caused
by a spectacular fire at the plant of
the Union Abbatoir company here to
day. The injured firemen were caught
under a falling wall.
Musica 111 in Jail.
New Orleans, March 24. Antonio
Musica of New York, who was placed
in jail here last week, with his three
sons, charged with defrauding New
York banks of a large sum of money,
suffered a severe heart attack in the
jail today. His condition is reported
critical. j
POLITICAUJOSSIR
Reference Library Data for
Hodges' Plan.
Idea Commission Form State
GoTernment Spreading.
SENATOR (jiicr IS FOR IT
Other States Are Discussing
Hodges' Message.
Dr. Graybill May Be a Candi
date for Governor.
Within the next month the state re
ference library will Issue a bulletin on
the proposed new commission form of
government for states, as advocated bji
Governor George H. Hodges In a recent
message to the Kansas legislature. This
data is being compiled by Miss Casey,
reference librarian, and she will pub
lish in phamplet form all reviews on
the new reform which have been
printed in recent years.
Since Governor Hodges sent his spe
cial message to the legislature advo
cating the adoption of a one house com
mission form legislature, hundreds of
inquiries concerning the new plan hav
been received by the reference library.
At present the new plan is a live subject
ror debate In many of the schools and
colleges of the state. Governor Hodges
plan calls for a commission form of leg
lslature which shall devote its entlr
time to the work of codifying and re
pairing the present laws on the statute
books in addition to enacting new leg
islation to meet the demands of tia
state.
Not only has this new plan been
widely discussed in Kansas, but it has
brought many inquiries from other
states and within the next year will
probably be strongly advocated by
political parties outside the boundaries
of Kansas. Oregon discussed the plan
a year ago. Other states have talked
about it. Yet In none of the states ot
the Union is the plan in actual opera
tion. Now Miss Casey is collecting all
possible Information on the subject and
will next month issue a booklet deal
ing entirely with the one house legisla
ture. This phamplet will bs given
state wide circulation and copies will
be furnished to persons in other states
who are Interested in or have advo
cated the new reform.
One of the enthusiastic exponents
of the new plan of commission form
of government for states is Fred H.
Quincy of Salina, who was for eight
years senator from the Sallna-Ottawa
county district. Several years ago
Quincy advocated the new plan and
his tlieory was at that time widely
published.
"I have always been In favor of
commission government for cities, and
I am in favor of any form of com
mission government for the state
which will systematize and depart
mentize the business of the state along
the same lines that successful private
business is conducted," he said.
"The legislative department of ths
state should. In my opinion, be re
duced to one house of moderate size
and given ample time to consider all
laws thoroughly before enactment in- ..
stead of after, as at present. Any
one who has closely observed th
present method of legislation will
readily agree that this change would
be beneficial to a degree.
"In my opinion five commissioners,
one of whom should be the governor,
at the head of five departments of th
state business, with subordinates un
der civil service, could handle the bus
iness of the state much more effi
ciently and at a great saving In cost
over the present system. For the ex
ecutive departments of the state, of
course, the commissioners should b
elected by the people, and would b
held responsible for their various de
partments and should be made sub
ject to recall for unfaithfulness in of
fice." Among the men who have been
mentioned as possible harmony can
didaes for governor on the Republi
can ticket in 1914, is Dr. J. W. Gray
bill of Newton, recently elected grand
master workman for the A. O. V. W.
in Kansas. By virtue of his work Us
lodge affairs. Dr. Graybill is well
known in the state and he has for a
number of years taken an active hand
in the political affairs in the Seventh
and Eighth districts.
Dr. Graybill was elected as grand
medical examiner for the Workmen in
It 07 and last year was named as
grand master when the Kansas lodge
men met in Independence. It was
largely through his efforts that the
suit with the supreme lodge was set
tled and the lodge membership slump
in Kansas was blocked. In the mean
time Dr. Graybille continued to take
an active hand in the political affairs
of the state and fought and bled for
the Republican cause in the Eighth
district. While the Newton man has
made no formal anouncement of his
candidacy his name has been suggest
ed in the list of possible harmony can
didates for governor in the next cam
paign. FACES BIG FLOOD
All Sight Rain Brings Disaster
at f ond liu .Lac
Schools Are Closed and Resi
dences Marooned.
Fond Du Lac, Wis., March 24. Fol
lowing an all night rain, the worst la
many years. Fond du Lac is facing the
most serious flood conditions since
1881. Five schools are closed and the
basements of business houses along the
river front and a dozen residence
streets are flooded. Occupants of 100
homes are marooned. No loss of life
has been reported. The river steadily
is rising.
JUthouh a line of soldiers and po-
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