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TOP I- K A KAA S AS- MARCH 25, 1913-
rive CENTS
Reports of Death and Disaster
From Buckeye State.
Forty Persons Reported Killed
at Dayton.
Mayor and 20 Citizens Drowned
in Delaware.
Huge Property Losses Attend
Rushing of Waters.'
Disastrous floods inundated impor
tant areas of Ohio and Indiana today,
bringing for the loss of life in their
trai nand driving thousands of people
from their homes.
At Delaware, Ohio, 20 persons were
drowned. The property loss will run
into the millions. In the floded dis
tricts rivers were out of their banks,
dams were bursting and inhabitants
of the lowlands fleeing for their lives.
Governor Cox called out the militia to
protect property and keep order. The
loss in live stock has been heavy.
Following is a resume of the situa
tion: Dayton, Ohio, dam above city said
to have broken; five feet of water in
the streets.
Delaware, twenty persons drowned;
militia ordered to patrol streets. Re
lief supplies being sent.
Columbus, Ohio, bridges near Co
lumbus, on Scioto river, washed out
and railway traffic paralyzed.
Lima, there are ten miles of rail
road trains of all kinds stalled by
washouts between Lima and Lafayette.
The Ottawa river is on a rampage.
Akron, dam north of city broke.
Horsemen rode through valley warn
ing farmers, who, with their families,
fled by the hundreds to higher
La Rue, Ohio, inundated.
Kokomo, Indiana, southern part of
city flooded; city in darkness last
night when electric light plant stop
ped. Use of militia authorized.
Indianapolis, hundreds of persons
living in suburbs driven from homes
by rise of Kagle creek and "White
river. Thousands of head of live
etock in state perished.
Marion, levee broke and 500 people
flee for their lives.
Ellwood, three hundred homeless by
Lafeyette, bridge washed out. Many
persons missing. Detention nospnai
flooded, but inmates escaoped..
St. Louis, one person drowned and
many families flee from western part
of city because of rise of river Des
perse. The stream ssprad over the lowlands
and inundated much of the territory
from Forest park to the Mississippi
Hundreds of houses in South St.
Louis are surrounded and the police
were busy all night warning families
to leave their homes.
A negro caught in the current was
carried down stream and drowned. A
levee broke at Poeping street and the
Iron Mountain tracks and the water
rushed through the gap, forming an
immense lake that inundated ten
Missouri Pacific and Frisco tracks
in the southwestern part of St. Louis
were flooded.
A patrolman rescued five persons
who had been marooned on a roof five
A report reached Phoneton, Ohio,
this afternoon that 25 were dead in
Dayton, the result of the flood. It
also was reported that Troy and Tip
pecanoe City, north of Dayton, were
both flooded and that many had tak
en refuge on roofs.
Columbus, O., March 2 5. Governor
Cox telegraphed the Red Cross at
Washington today appealing for aid
for Dayton on representation of great
loss of life there.
Columbus, O., March 25. Informa
tion was received at the capital build
ing from Dayton that forty persons
had been killed as a result of the flood
in that vicinity. Adjutant General
Wood issued an order directing that
the railroad bridge over the big Miami
river be blown up.
According to reports received, the
Main street bridge, a steel and con
crete structure, has already been
swept away.
Columbus. O., March 25. B. V.
Leas, mayor of Delaware, O., a town
of 10,000 inhabitants. 25 miles north
of here, is reported to be drowned.
The town is said to be completely
flooded, all telephone and telegraph
communication being cut off owing to
the flooded condition of the Scioto
river, which has left its banks. Just
before the telephone centrals left their
switchboards they reported that all
its inhabitants were fleeing to the
Twenty persons, besides the mayor,
are reported to have perished at
Dayton, Ohio. March 25. (By tele
phone to Cincinnati.) Dayton is seeing
the deep muddy waters of the Miami
rier rushing through her downtown
streets. In front of the Algonquin
hotel, standing on the corner of Third
and Ludlow, on which stand beside the
great hotel a magnificent church, the
great T. M. C. A. building and the hotel
Atlas, is many feet deep and impassible
except by boats. The principal corner,
Third and Main streets, is three feet
under water and the courthouse is like
an island in a sea of mud.
The Mad and Stillwater rivers are
swelling far beyond their banks and
they have hurled their walls of water
Into the rapidly rising, always feverish,
impetuous Miami.
The railways at 10:40 a. m. canceled
all trains to Dayton. They announced
it was impossi1-!' to reach the city be
cause of flood conditions. Efforts to
reach Dayton also from Richmond, Ind..
by automobile, interurban or train
were futile.
Appeals for Help.
Columbus, March 25. Adjutant Gen
eral Wood has received information
from Dayton officials that the flood
had submerged a large Dart of city.
I An appeal is made for help. Tents and
nospital supplies are being packed
preparatory to being sent by special
An appeal for help also came from
! LaRue, Marion county, which is prac
tically inundated.
Columbus. O.. March 2 5. With a
great roar, the levee at the foot of
Broad street let go shortly before 11
o'clock today, sending a deluge of
water that swelled the Scioto river,
covering a great area. Several small
buildings collapsed.
The police at 10:40 ordered all per
sons in the lowlands to leave their
homes quickly and flee for the high
lands. All fire and police officials as
sisted in the work. The citizens were
told not to stop for clothes or valu
ables. No loss of life has been reported.
The washing out of several bridges
across the Scioto river in and near
Columbus resulted in almost total
paralysis of railraod traffic out of
Columbus today.
The west side levee has overflowed
a large area in the western part of the
city and hundreds of persons were
driven from their homes.
Bridges conecting the west side with
the eastern portion of Columbus were
swept away at State and Broad streets
shortly after noon. Dozens of smaller
bridges have gone out. Hundreds of
men are marooned in factories on the
west side and police and troops are
making rescues in boats where pos
sible. All street car traffic has been
Fifteen hundred homes have been
At 11:30 today Governor Cox order
ed out the national guard to patrol
the flooded districts of this city. Flood
conditions are the worst in the his
tory of Columus.
Governor Cox received a telegram
this mroning from a town near Dela
ware, asking for aid for Delaware,
Ohio, flood sufferers. The dispatch
said that state troops probably would
De necessary. The number of casual
ties was not given.
Lima, Ohio, March 25. Ten solid
miles of trains, including the Twen
tieth Century flyer on the Pennsyl
vania, extended from here to Lafay
ette this morning, held up by a wash
out at Middle Point. This city is
flooded by the Ottawa river.
Springfield Vnder Water.
Springfield, Ohio, March 25. This
city is in the midst of the worst flood
in its history. Both Buck creek and
Mad river have broken from their
banks and the lowlands are under
water. Several hundred houses in the
eastern section of the city have been
flooded. These contain families who
refused to abandon their homes. Many
factories have closed.
Houses I'nder Water.
Middleton, Ohio, March 25. At 11
o'clock 200 houses were under water
and their occupants were seeking
shelter in the school houses, churches
and city buildings.
At that time the Great Miami river
was one mile wide at this point and
it was reported that a wall of water
six feet high was on its way from
Dayton. . . . .-
Reservoir Bursts.
Akron, Ohio. March 25. Word has
just reached here that the big state
reservoir south of Akron has broken.
The residents of the nearby section
are fleeing for their lives.
The water from the reservoir is
pouring into Long lake. If its banks
burst, Akron's business section will be
Danger at Youngstown.
Youngstown, March 2 5. The Ma
honing river and Crab creek rose to
an extraordinary height today and
nearly all the big industries of this
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J. B. Billard for Mayor
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R. L. Cofran for 3Iayor.
Blizzard Retards Efforts to Re
lieye Stricken Omaha.
Scores Are Homeless Following
Destructive Tornado.
Money and Clothing Distrib
uted Among Sufferers.
Women and Children Search
for Bodies of Lored Ones.
Omaha, Neb., March 25. Groups
of men, aided and encouraged by
women and children, labored inces
santly today among the ruins of
homes and other buildings in the
section of this city which was prac
tically annihilated by Sunday's tor
nado in search of the living or dead
that have been buried beneath the
tons of debris. Added to last night's
death list of 152 were sixteen bodies
recovered before 9 o'clock from un
der the brick and iron beams of the
Idlewild club hall.
A thorough search in the wreck
age of the Diamond moving picture
theater failed to reveal any bodies,
and it is the opinion of searchers that
all who were trapped in that building
by the panic that ensued immediately
upon the rush of the terrific wind
have been found. Sixteen bodies al
ready have been removed from the
ruins of this building. Since last
night the total number of missing
persons has materially increased.
Relatives of persons living within the
area stricken by the tornado began
to arrive in Omaha last night and
the Influx of anxious ones continued
today. From many of them come re
ports of missing friends and relatives.
This, it is believed, will swell Omaha
death list.
The heavy snow that had fallen
since midnight and still ia falling
made rescue work particualrly slow
and difficult. Only portions of the
ruins of some buildings within which
persons are known to have been killed
have been removed.
As quickly as bodieg are found they
are being rushed to morgues estab
lished in various parts of the affected
district. Relatives are claiming most
of the bodies, but some remain un
identified. The coroner is delaying
interment of the latter until possibil
ity of identification becomes more re
mote. Funerals and burials were held to
day from all churches and many
homes. Cemeteries are thronged gyith
grieving friends and relatives of
storm victims.
Many Sad Scenes.
In hospitals and public buildings that
have been converted into hospitals,
many sad scenes are being enacted.
The nurses, many of whom have been
on duty since Sunday night, are suffer
ing from fatigue. Not- only do they
have to administer to the injured of
their patients but the nurses spend
much of their time in consoling des
perately anxious relatives of those who
Roy Bone for Commissioner of
Thomas K. Pope for Commissioner of
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lie upon the cots in the manv wards.
L Equally untiring are the physicians
n no nave volunteered tneir services In
alleviating the suffering.
Today many of the patients began to
show such marked Improvement that
they were dismissed from the hospitals.
returning to their families or being
cared for by fellowcitizens. This pro
cess of elimination is expected to give
both physicians and nurses a respite
tonight and by tomorrow hospital of
ficials expect to have organized their
starts into regular relays.
Storm sufferers are beiner fed in
churches and lodge halls. The city is
lurnisning rood ror them ana will con
tinue to do so until some semblance of
order is restored. Martial law- still Is
being strictly enforced throughout the
storm area.
Upon the soldiers rest responsibility
for the prevention of looting and fires.
The city health department is making
every etrort to place the district in a
sanitary condition as rapidly as pos
sible. Garbage wagons and trash
carts were the only vehicles admitted
within the patrolled section today. The
water supply remains unimpaired and
the city health officers are finding it
adequate aid in eradicating unsanita
tion. Dead animals found in the streets
are being incinerated.
Privations of the storm sufferers,
are greatly increased by the heavy
snowstorm which is following so close
ly in the wake of the tornado. Women
tugging at heavy beams, hoping
against hope to find the living bodies
of dear ones beneath the tons of
wreckage, men gruffly cheering their
sorrowful mates; sniveling children
wrapped about with shawls, and
blanket3, were among the sights which
the sunrise this morning greeted the
federal soldiers as they patrolled the
afflicted district, aiding in the rescue
work, and protecting the destroyed
and unoccupied homes from looters.
Later, city officials gathered within
the lines drawn about the district by
the soldiers and distributed clothing
and other necessities among the suf
ferers. More than $50,000 already had
been subscribed for their relief, $25,
000 by the city commissioners and
equal amounts by citizens who attend
ed yesterday's meeting of the commis
sioners and other individual subscrib
ers. Scores Are Homeless.
The injured at hospitals are receiv
ing the best possible attention. Physi
cians of Omaha and Council Bluffs
have volunteered their services.
Trained nurses have followed the ex
ample of the physicians. Those pa
tients who have shown improvement
today will be moved from the tem
porary hospitals to places which have
been provided for them by the city
officials. Most of them are home
less. Many of the patients whose condi
tions are considered more or less
critical have not been told of their
loss of property. The latest reports
this morning give the number of in
jured as 320, while the death list as
yet has not increased over the night
report of 202.
The snow storm, which, according
to reports, is falling with blizzard
like propensities from Colorado to
Central Iowa, has seriously Interfered
with what slender' thread of tele
graphic communication which yester
day afternoon was established out of
Omaha. Practically no information has
been obtainable this morning from the
devastated sections of Nebraska and
Iowa. The fact that such intense suf
fering is being caused here by the
present storm in spite of the heroic
efforts being made by the city to pro
vide for and protect all who have been
made dependent upon it, caused Gov
ernor Morehead to fear that the con
ditions within the state are in de
plorable shape. He stated this morn-
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F. M. Newland for Waterworks Com
missioner. II. p. Miller for Waterworks Commissioner.
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Fortified Positions Jfear Adri
anople Seized by Bulgarians.
The Servians Capture Djavid
Pasha's Army of 15,000 Men.
Accedes to Demands of Austro
Hungarian Government.
Balkan Allies Preparing Reply
to European Powers.
London, March 25. The Bulgarian
besiergers today captured the first line
of defenses around the Turkish for
tress of Adrianople after a bombard
ment lasting several hours, according
to a dispatch from Sofia,
Turkish Army Surrenders. -
Cettinje, March 25. Djavid Pasha,
with a Turkish army numbering 15,000
men, have surrendered to the Servians
on the Skumbi river, in Albania.
Djavid Pasha was commander of
the Seventh army corps and formerly
military commander at TJskup.
The Montenegrin government, in
replying to the Austro-Hungarian
note, agreed today to permit the civil
ian population of Scutari to leave the
city. This was the most radical of
Austria's demands. At the same time
Montenegro informs Austria that the
Montenegrin government has address
ed a note to the powers protesting
against Austria's action, which it calls
a breach of neutrality.
Allies Preparing Reply.
Cologne, March 2 The reply of the
Balkan allies to the powers on the sug
gested mediation will propose that the
future frontier between Turkey and
Bulgaria should run from Media, on
the Black Sea, by way of Muradli,
above Podosto, to the Gulf of Saroas,
an inlet of Aegean Sea. In this way,
Bulgaria would be excluded from the
sea of Marmora. Bulgaria, however,
and the other Balkan allies insist on
the payment of an indemnity by Tur
key. They are willing to suspend hos
tilities at once if Turkey surrenders the
fortress of Adrianople and demobolizes
her armies.
Officers Ordered to Posts.
Constantinople, March 25. The mili
tary governor of Turkish capital pub
lished a notice today warning all Turk
ish offices absent from the army on
leave or for other reasons to return
forthwith to their posts.
Bombardment Stopped.
Belgrade, Servia, March 25. The
bombardment of Scutari is understood
to have stopped on orders from the
Servian government. Servia acted on
the advice of the French and Russian
ministers, who notified the Servian
premier that the powers had come to
the unalterable decision that Scutari
must belong to the future state of Al
bania. Attorney General on Stand.
London, March 25. Sir Rufus
Isaacs, the attorney general, took the
stand today at the reopening of the
parliamentary inquiry into his dealing
in American Marconi shares. The
situation, involving three prominent
members of the government and open
ly called a scandal by many prominent
legislators, has taken precedence over
all other matters in public interest.
V.. B. Stotts for I'ai-k Commissioner.
W. L. Porter for Park Commissioner.
Scores of Families MoTlng From Scene
of Missouri Danger.
Springfield, Mo., March 25. Fears
that the 50-foot draw of the Ozark
Waterpower company, in the , White
river near Forsythe, Mo., will be un
able to withstand the volume of wat
er brought down by a heavy rise
above, is causing concern at a score
of towns in the valley below the dam.
The . flood is the most serious in
years. Thousands of acres are inun
dated. Hundreds of farmers are mov
ing out.
Officials of the Ozark Water Power
Development company here, who have
charge of the White River dam at
Forsythe, Mo., said this afternoon that
there is positively no danger from any
floods below the dam.
Lincoln Davis and Louis Fontron Are
Candidates for Mayor.
Hutchinson, Kan., March 25. Lin
coln S. " Davis and Louis F. Fontron
are the nominees for mayor for the
election next Tuesday, they being the
highest two in a field of eight in yes
terday's primary. There was a very
large vote cast.
Desperate Battle In Progress at Santa
Barbara, Mexico.
El Paso, March 25. Desperate
fighting has been in progress on the
streets of Santa Barbara, a suburb of
Parral, Chihuahua, since early yes
terday, say advices received here to
day. The cinstitutionalists are de
fending the town against attack of
federal forces from Parral.
Nasty Weather Today and Wednesday.
The atmosphere is damp and chilly
today, and a still worse brand of
weather is predicted for tonight and
Wednesday. The prediction calls for
snow and lower temperatures in the
eastern portion of the state. The tem
peratures today have averaged 13 de
grees below normal for March 25. A
light snow fell early this morning, and
today there have been several light
snow flurries, not heavy enough to be
measured. The mercury will drop to
a point between 20 and 25 degrees by
Wednesday morning. The hourly
7 o'clock 80111 o'clock 31
8 o'clock .....30 12 o'clock 32
9 o'clock 80 1 o'clock .....83
10 o'clock 311 2 o'clock 34
Newspaper Man Dead.
Kansas City, Mo., March 25. Willis
P. King, who for more than 15 years
has been connected with Kansas City
newspapers in an editorial capacity,
died today of apoplexy. He was 4 7
years old. During the Spanish-American
war he was a war correspondent
in Cuba. He had worked on St. Louis
and Memphis newspapers.
Weather Forecast for Kansas.
Cloudy with probably local snows
tonight or Wednesday, colder. (
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W. G. Tandy for Street Commissioner.
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George W. Adamson for Commissioner
of Streets.
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Mayor Gets Endorsement at
Primary Polls.
Had Two to One Over Nearest
Competitor. .
And Will Be BIHard's Opponent
Three Old Commissioners Led
Nomination Fight.
Stotts, Bone and Tandy Had
HeaTy Pluralities.
Porter, Pope and Adamsoa
Also Nominated.
For Mayor.
J. B. Billard ,
V- JtJ- Cfran ASM
J. W. F. Hughes - lH
Edwin L. ONeU . J.i.a
May Taylor 4(9
George N. Crichton TJ
Oommissioner II nance and Rerennn.
Roy L. Bone ................M..,)0
Thomas R. Pope ......1.764
James A. Bostic ....1.090
Commissioner Streets, Pabllo Improve
W. O. Tandy T.47S
Oeorge W. Adaraaon 4.8H0
M. F. Coate 704
Oommissioner Waterworks, Mectrio
F. M. Newland ,197
H. P. Miller j
Guy L. Bradford 364
Oommissioner Parks, Pnblio BnUdljicn.
E. B. Stotts 4,
W. L. Porter ...1,141
Richard Wilson ........ ........1.591
J. A. Ramsey 1.1 V
William Bolinger
Ida Burkhardt IWa
Members Board of lOducation.
C. B. Van Horn 7,l
L. M. Jones 7,9
P. ;. GrlKg-s ,sbi
K. B. Scott s,$
Margraret Bostic 2.430
This is the result of the primary city
election, announced officially by the
city election commissioner this morn
ing. Billard and Cofran were nominated
for mayor.
Bone and Pope for commissioner
, Tandy and Adamson for commis
sioner streets.
Newland and Miller for commissioner
lights and water.
Stotts and Porter for commissioner
The first named In each case received
the high vote.
All of the candidates for member
ship on the school board were nomi
nated. Slightly less than 14,000 voters east
their ballots at the primary election
Monday cloudy, chilly weather ths
afternoon shut out hundreds of votes.
The results were well distributed,
however, and the nominations were
fairly and generally won.
It will be seen by the results that
the voters of Topeka stamped their
approval, with one exception, on every
member of the present city commis
sion. Only H. P. Miller, for re-election
as commisrloner of waterworks and
electric lights, failed to stand at the
head of the vote column. He was nom
inated, however, but stood second to
the vote cast for F. M. Newland.
Another surprise of the primaries
was the nomination of R. L Cofran
over J. W. F. Hughes as an opponent
to Mayor Billard for re-election. . Up
until a few days ago Hughes had been
chosen in all parts of the city as the
second man in the race to be nomina
ted with Billard. Co.ran, in an unus
ual spurt in the windup of the primary
campaign captured 3,364 votes and was
given the nomination with a comforta
ble lead of 740 over Hughes.
The invincible Billard, winning over
a bitter opposition from different sec
tions of the city, received as many
votes as he did in the primaries two
years ago fi.848 votes. He was given
a vote nearly as large as the total of
the ballots cast for Cofran and Hughes
The other candidates for mayor at
no time either in the campaign or in
the count were considered dangerous
by the three leaders. O'Neil received
1,303 votes, a neat little compliment
to his campaign which was based on
the reorganization of the police de
partment. The woman Socialist, Mrs.
May Taylor was given only 409 votes
or a little better than the normal vote
of the party In the city. Crichton re
ceived his largest vote In his own
precinct a totaol of 14. In all he
was given only 73 ballots.
All of the members of the present
city commission were renominated.
Billard as mayor, and Stotts, Bone and
Tandy as commissioners stood at the
head of the leaders in votes. Miller fell
to second place but was given the nom
ination. Commissioner Bone received
the highest vote of any candidate 9.4(Ki
in alL His nearest competitor was able
only to poll 1,754 ballots. The leaders
by vote in the commission fight follow:
Bone ,400
Tandy 7,476
Newland 6,197
Billard 6,948
Stotts 4,926
The three members of the school
board running for re-election were
nominated with the largest majorities.
Van Horn lead with 7,791 votes, Jones
second with 7.429 and Griggs third, with
6.851. The two women, Mrs. Scott and
Mrs. Bostic polled lower with only 3,
943 and 2,430 votes respectlely, to their
credit. The entire list of school board
candidates were nominated, however.
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