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>et Only Wasted bat Laying Waste a
Large Section of Country,
And All Its Tributaries Adding to Its
Volume of Flood.
Immense Damage to Property Done in
Cincinnati and Pittsburg.
Fears of Still Further Destruction of
Property and Life.
Thousands of People Rendered Home
less by the inundation.
CisiOThxati, Feb. —The conservative
men who yesterday were unwilling to ad
mit that last year's flood would be dupli
cated cannot be found to-day. There is no
longer any doubt that the water will reach
last year's night. On the contrary, with
the rain still falling, and the weather mild,
the only question now is how much last
year's flood will be exceeded. The most
alarming feature of the present situation
is the rapidity of the rise. Last year,
when the river ad reaohed this height, it
was rising less than an inch an hour. At
noon to-day the gauge shows 54 feet 7
inches. This is unprecedented at such
a high stage, and shows . what
a prodigious amount of rain
there has been. With last year's experi
ence, the merchants and manufacturers
will lose muoh less than then, and no time
"is now wasted in pumping water from
the cellars. Every available man and
team is employed where the water may
enoroaob, in placing goods on higher
doors, or in removing to higher grounds.
Business is completely suspended through
out all the lower part of the city. The
Grand Central railroad depot is aban
doned. The Ohio & Mississippi railroad
has its eastern terminus at Aurora, Ind.
It wi.l ran steamers between that point
and Stori:-, station, thence by omnibus.
The Cincinnati, Washington & Baltimore
trains will use the Cincinnati, Hamilton
•& Dayton depot. This can
be used until the water
reaches 06 feet, and then the trains will
hava to stop at the stock yards. The Bee
line will make that their terminus' to
morrow. The Pan Handle and Louisville
fc Ni-?hville can use their depot until the
water reaches 62 feet. The Cincinnati
Southern will not be troubled in reaching
its Main street depot until the water gets
higher than last,year] but it cannot reach the
side track* to do freight business. Cincin
nati, lad anapolis, St. Louis and Chicago
bids fair to be shut out altogether unless
arrangements can be made to reach the
■city via Nashville and over the Cincinnati,
Hamilton & Dayton railroad, and the Cin
cinnati, Northern & Toledo railroad. The
Cincinnati & Illinois is the only road that
aannot be reached by the flood. This
morning Ware Duokworth's distillery was
undermined and fell into the water, caus
ing a large loss. Soon after the cattle
pen?, capable of feeding 1,000 cattle, were
wept away. He ha 1 removed the cattle
yesterday. The loss is heavy.
Louisville, Feb. 6. —The river is ris
ing three inches an hoar, and is 33 feet 10
inches by the canal marks, 31 feet 10
inches on the falls, and rising three inches
an hoar. It rained hard all night, and is
still raining. There is no business. The
boats laying up had very little wharf room
above Third street. There is great excite
ment, and people are moving, us a greater ,
Hood than any heretofore is predicted.
PiiTSßuaa, Feb. 6. —The rivers at this
point have passed the danger line. Last
night and at noon to-day it had reached .
-31 fee; G inches, the highest stage since (
185".'. The dispatches from the head- j ,
waters of both rivers report the water still ' ,
rising, while here it is creeping up into
the street at the rate of eight inches an
hour. Miles of property in th>s city on
the south Bide aud Allegheny are sub
merged,'and huudrad^ of families are
com celled to vacate their houses, and
mills and factories on the banks of both
rivers have suspended operations, and the
connection between Pitteburg and Al
legheny by street cars is entirely cut off.
The schools in the First and Fourth wards
are closed. On Buquesne way, water cov
ers the office furniture in the Robinson
house, and is within one foot of the first
floor of the Duquesne depot. The mer
chants on Water street have moved their
goods to the second floor, a precaution
which has never been necessary before
Railroad traffic on ill! the river lines ?s.
generally retarded, an the Baltimore &
■Ohio, Pittsbnrg & L:ke Erie road, the
Pittsburg & Wester/i, 'he Pittsburg &
McK^esport and the Youghioghecy
& Allegheny Valley railroads have
either suspended entirely, or will bo com
pelled to before the evening. So far
there have been no individual losses hera,
and the damage is confined to the flood
ing of property. The greatest
suffering aad damage reported in this
viciaitj come from the Youghiogheny
regie where the mining hamlets and a
pori.;o£i of the towns lying in the low
lands are inundated and hundreds of fam
ilies forced to desert their homes and
fly before the flood 3. In some places it
was found necessary to anchor the dwel
lings to trees and rocks to beep thorn from
drifting off to total destruction. The
sc&no along the route of the great gorge,
which extended thirty miles up the river,
beggars description. Streets , and door
yards ware piled full of ica, with dreary
heaps piled in many instances fifteen and
twenty feet high, standing a? silent monu
ments to the power of the flood.
OVEB' $1,000,000 LOSS ALREADY.
Pittsbubg, Feb. 6, 9:30 p. m.— is still
'raining, with no immediate prospects of
clearing weather. The Monongahela
stopped rising a couple ot hours this even
ing, but commenced again at 8 o'olook,
and is now 33 feet 6 inches. In the Alle
gheny the water is about 34 feet 7 and
still rising. Dispatches from up the
MonoDgahela valley report the waters
also falling, and at Freeport, on the Alle
gheny, it is also falling, but rising at Oil
City and Parkers. In this city the streets
bounded by Duquesne, Way on on the
north, and Water street on the south, and
from the junction of the two rivers to
Sixth street, including Pennsylvania ay
enne, Liberty, First to Sixth, Ferry and
Short streets are "almost entirely sub
merged, and every street souih of Penn
sylvania avenue to Sharpsburg, five miles,
is under from one to ten feet of water.
The water at Library hall, on Pennsylvania
avenue, where Lawrence Barrett was play
ing, compelled him to suspend the per
formance nntil it recedes.
The museum on Sixth street is still
open, although surrounded by water, and
the manager offers free transportation to
and from the museum in boats. To-night
the city is in semi-darkness, as the water
is up to the works, and while the gas is
still burning, it is very dim. On the eoath
side every street south of Carson, from
Chartier's creek to Thirtieth, is covered,
while all property within three squares of
the river, in Allegheny, ia submerged. At
this time it is impossible to estimate the
loss, but it is safe to say it will not fall
short of one million, and may greatly ex
ceed that amount. The loss in some in
stances will reach $50,000, while a few
hundred will cover others. Fully five
thousand families are rendered homeless
by the flood. Arrangements have been
made to shelter them in public halls to
night, and to-morrow morning, in accord
ance with , the proclamation of Mayor
Lyon, public meetings will be held in the
Turner hall for the purpose of making
some provisions for them until the flood
The Alleghany councils also meet to
morrow to discuss the situation and devise
means for the relief of the unfortunates.
Travel is suspended this evening on every
railroad running out of the city, with the
exception of the Pennsylvania Central,
and many people who left their homes in
the suburbs this morning were compelled
to remain in the city over night. The
newspapers are Buffering great inconveni
ence feom the flooding of cellar?, and the
Post, Commercial-Gazette and Times will
be unable to print their editions this morn
ing on their own presses. The Times and
Commercial-Gazette will use the Leader
press, and the Post has arranged to run its
edition on a job press. The Sixteenth
street bridge, which it was feared would be
swept away, is still intact.
Youngstovn, 0., Feb. 6. —The Mahon
ing river is on the rampage, having reach
ed the highest point since 1832. At War
ren, the west part of the city is overflowed
and scores of families are driven from
their homes. The manufacturing estab
lishments on the flats are all closed, in
cluding the West Lake rolling mil. In
this city the Fifth ward is inundated, on
Mill street and Maboning &venue,the water
being 5 feet deep. The New York, Penn
sylvania and Ohio is open to Cleveland,but
its connection east,the Fittsturg and Lake
Erie, has abandoned all train?. The Pitts
burg & Ashtabola has had no traine to-day
between here and Pittsburg nor between
here and Ashtabula. The Pains
ville & Youngstown Railroad is com
pletely paralyzed and no trains
can possibly run for several days.
The .Lake Shore & Michigan Southern is
open to Andover. and A«htabnla. The
Pittsburg, Cleveland & Toledo is the only
road open east and west from this city,
and it is feared . the '..bridge at Newton-
Falls will go out to-night. An iron bridge
on the roadway went down today at that
point. So far there has been no loss of
life but many miraculous escapes of the
people out the flats in refusing to leave
their homes until actually driven out.
Since noon the river has raised from four
to eight inches an hour. Raining but
little to-night, but if it continues the
damage will be great in the manufactur
ing establishments. Specials from Shen
andoah valley, Sharon and Newcastle, Pa.,
says the Shenandoah river has risen rap
idly and railroad travel is suspended,
Cincinnati, Feb. 6, 9p. —Sixty feet,
eight and a half inches is the record at
this hour and the rain has almost stopped.
This is a rise of 6 feet 6% inches in the
past twenty-four hours. The water has
stopped street oar travel between Cincin
nati aDd Covington and Newport, and
■skiffs will be carrying passengers to the
suspension bridge before morning. The
lower part of the city is already submerg
ed, and hundreds, perhaps thousands of
houses are invaded on the first floors by
«ho water. It has been remarked that
business men show much less anxiety now
than last year, although the promise to
day i?, that the flood will be greater than
last i ear. They have submitted to the
inevitable with a good gracp, and will suf
fer comparatively small loss, aside from
the coot of removing the . goods and the
suspension of business. There is even
strong talk of raising the low grounds of
the city above the flood height, as one
means of averting a futare trouble of this
Relief work has been started promptly,
with a determination that Cincinnati shall
take oaxe of her own poor. A committee
of fifteen, appointed by the chamber of
commerce, held a meeting this afternoon,
and put the machinery in immediate mo
tion for taking care of all oases of distress.
Two experienced and efficient men, J. L.
Keck and C. W. Rowland, were sent out at
once to organize a food supply, and they
will allow no worthy person tj go hungry.
This work is nearly two days in advance of
last year's record in thi3 direction. The
purpose is to prevent the necessity for re
lief, r.a far as possible. : The gas works
closed when the water reached sixty feet.
Gets in the mam and meters is sufficient
for to-nigh*, but to-morrow night
recourse will be bad to lamps, candles and
electric lights. This fact has given rise to
many queries whether the opera festival
and the Mapleson opera, ennor.nced to
bean on nest Monday, will be performed.
The Music hall managers say the opera
festival will not be postponed. They have
made arrangements for a gas supply inde
pendent of the city gaa works, and there
will be no postponement on any account.
HeuckV new Opera house, where MaplEson
appears, will have electric lights.
One great source of trouble will be the.
water famine. The engines of the water
works are working now with difficulty, and
will be entirely disabled with five or six
foet more rise. There will doubtless be
an order to-morrow stopping all manufac
tories that use steam from running in or
der to save the water supply as much as
It is difficult to get men to make predic
tions, 'out the general opinion is that the
river must exceed the highest stage of last
year, 66 feet 4 inches. The railroad situa
tion is unchanged. The floors of the Grand
Central depot, the Ohio acd Missib?ippi
depot, and the transfer depot, are all
we-ghted with iron, to keep them from
being lifted by the water. No freight is
received. The little Miama depot is inac
cessible for trains, but the other roads are
rnnning as previously anaounoed.
Newport, and towns on the Kentucky
shore above, are already deep in the water.
Families have been busy removing goods
in wagons as ; long as possible, and a tter
wards in skiffs. No casualties are re-,
ported .
Lawrenoeburg, Ind., is cut off from
communication by railroad, telegraph and
telephone, and very grave fears of much
damage if the new levee should break are
Wheeling, W. Va., Feb. 6.—The river
has risen here all day about. eight inches
an hour, and there is now a depth of forty
four feet. The Seventh ward of the city,
lying on Wheeling island, is almost en
tirely submerged, and residents have
abandoned their homes in many oases and
in others moved into the second story and
reach their dwellings in skiffs. The lower
portions of the First and Eighth wards, at
the north and south ends of the city, have
been under water all day, and the river is
now encroaching on the business streets in
the heart of the city. The Main street
bridge, the Baltimore & Ohio and Pitts
barg, Wheeling & Kentucky railroad
bridges over Wheeling creek are in the
water, and two bridges over Caldwell's run
near the south end are also covered. The
railroads are under water in some places,
and travel is suspended. No mail is re
ceived or delivered, and the , locks havo
been taken off the mail boxes to prevent
their becoming clogged with mail. Freight
i* refased by ail linns. Street car travel
was stepped on all lines by noon. No
serious damage has resulted so far in tbe
At Benwood, Frederick Hayau, aged 10
year?, was walkiag on the track, when he
slipped and foil into a pit 40 feet deep,and
was drowned. At Maynard, 0., Mary Coste,
aged 17, whs on a foot bridge when some
body shouted it was falling, and in the
fright she fell from the bridge and was
drowned. Bridgeport, Martins Ferry and
Behaire, O , are largely submerged. At
the latter place the gas is shut off. At
Wheeling creek coal mines the works and
houses are surrounded, and houses threat
ened with destruction. The iron works of
this vicinity have been compelled to shut
down by water in the engine rooms. The
inhabitants of the low lying lands are
seeking safety in flight to the higher por
tions of the oity.
Madison, Ind., Feb. G, 2 p. m.—The
river is rising three inches per hour, and
the whole river front is submerged.
Toledo, 0., Feb. 6.—Reports from
twenty-five towns up the Maumee valley,
within 100 miles of Toledo, indicate a r&in
fall of varying severity during the twelve
hours ending at noon to-day. This after
noon it is raining only slightly. The river
here is as jet but little above its ordinary
stage. The ice in the Anglaise at Defiance,
0., broke up this afternoon. A gorge
formed, but soon gave way, and at the
latest report the river was rising rapidly
at that point and overflowing its banks ia
East Defiance. At lower Toledo the river
rose two feet in the twenty-four hours
ending at G p. m., and is still rising, with
; indications of the ice giving way. Proper
ty along the river front here has boen se
cured as far as possible against the flood.
The Sandusky river at Fremont is rising
slowly. The tracks of the Wheeling and
Lake Erie roads are under water and travel
is impeded. No fears at present are felt
for the safety of the bridge. Gold weather
is promised, which will doubtless check
the flow of water into the Maamee, post
poning if not entirely averting disastrous
overflow. • '
Cleveland, Feb. G. —The railways cen
tering here report very high water at vari
ocs point?, and considerable damage in
some places by washouts, on the Cleveland
and Pittsburgh at Waynesburgh. The
freshet at Bayard, water is very high along
the Bee line, but no danger yet. The New
York, Pennsylvania & Ohio iB not so seri
ously troubled so far. The valley road is
covered with water for fifteen miles south,
chiefly au overflow from the Cayahalaguo
river, whioh has spread over a part of
the upper flats here. The Cleveland, Lo
rain & Wheeling reports many depots
under water.aad bridges washed away over
the canal at Dover and Elyria.
Cleveland, 0., Feb. 6. — At Conneaut
the ioe gorge broke and carried away the
dam at Rathbone's flouring mill and de
stroyed a part of the paper mill dam. At
New Philadelphia the Tascara^as river is
rising six inches per hour, and is already
considerably higher than last year, and
there is great alarm along the low lands,
the town is nearly cut off from ontside
Steueenville. 0., Feb. 6.—At 7p. m.
the river was forty-four fee:, and rising,
and the flood is the greatest ever known.
The oity lies high and the local damage is
not material. All trains were delayed
from six to ten hours on the Panhandle
by a washout near Mingo, four miles west
of here. The Cleveland & Pittsburg, and
Pittsburg, Wheeling & Kentucky roads
have ceased running. The city water
works are submerged and the supply is
stopped. The Panhandle road is using" a
large force of additional hands to repair
the track.
Louisville, Ky., Feb. 6 —It looks as
though the flood of last year waa to be
repeated. The river at noon is three feet
in the canal aad risiug at the rate of four
inches per hour. Shipping Port and
Portland are flooded, and already over
800 people are driven out of their homes.
Tha government buildiag is the only house
not submerged iv Shipping Port, and four
more feet of water will bring the flood over
the cut off and the point will be
flooded, with great 1033 of property,
aud perhaps lives. It has been raining
steadily nearly all day. Ths Kentucky
river is siill rising rapidly, and at Fraak
fort considerable excitement, is prevailing,
aEd the river banks nre thronged with
people. No loss of lives reported yet.
Evansvilte- Ind., Fob. 6. —A gloomy
prospect, -with forty feet on the gauge and
rising two inches an hour. Is lias rained
hard all eight, and is still raining. The
banks of the river i 3 covered with corn
awaiting shipment. There are prospects
of a higher river than in February last.
All the boats are busy moving corn, but
thers is not half enough.
Wheeling, W. Va., Feb. 6.—Thu river
here is forty feet and still rising at the
rate of ten inches an hour. Many of the
i iow streets on the island south of Wheel
ing oreek are already submerged. Many
houses are being surrounded and a few
are invaded by the waters. A flood as
great as the. famous one ot 1332 is expect
ed, and the residents of exposed localities
are leaving their hou?es and the merchants
are removing their stocks to places of
Bafety. Two or three mills and factories
have been stopped by the water reaching
them. The gas ia already shut off from
tho island and the gas
works will no doubt be
interfered with, and tbe entire supply
shut off by to-night. Most of the mills
will be stopped by the water by evening.
The Pittsbarg, Wheeling <fe Kentucky rail
road track is submerged for a short dis
tance along the wharf, The railroad
bridges and trestles are loaded dewa
with heavy trains. Communication
with tbe suburbs will be seriously inter
rupted this afternoon and damage to the
trestles of the Pittsbarg, Wheeling & Ken
tacky and CinoinnatLLonisville & Wheeling
roads on the two sides of the river is ap
prehended. Frederick Eisel, a Germaj,
aged sixteen, was foand drowned at Ben
wood this morniusr.
Fbankfobt, Ky.,Feb. 6.—lt rained with
out intermission all day yesterday and last
night, aad is still pouring down a flood.
The river rose three and one-half feet last
night and one and one-half feet since day
light at noon. It now stands at 24J^ feet
in the channel by the bridge pier marks.
Advices from Claj'o ferry, 10 miles
above here by river, report this river fall
ng there ye3terday, bat then it was also
ialling at thia city. Mr. Geo. McLein, a
foal dealer, and the best informed man on
the river, now says he does not apprehend
a flood at this point.
Pittsbubo, Feb. 6.—The Mouongahela
river is 31i feet '2 inches ?.'cd is stationary
The Allegheny is 34 feet and rising. At
Brownsville, Greensboro anil other points
up the Mononsiahela the river is falling.
Pittscubg, Pa., Feb. 6—At 2 o'olook
the Allegheny river was 33 feet two inches
and the Monongabela 32 feet four inches,
and rhiog aboat six inches an hour. A
telegram from the head waters re: orts the
river rising at all points but Greenboro,
where it is stationary. Rain has been
falling almost without a moment's cessa
tion since Monday afternoon, and from
the president indication the flood will be
greater than that of 1832, when the water
reached 35 feet, the highest on record.
All the lower part of Allf gheny is now
under water, and it is estimated
that about 1,500 houses in Allegheny
city alone are inundated. Tne water and
gas supply of the north and sooth sides
have been oat off, and if the rise continues
a few hoars longer, Pittsburg will be with
out gas or water. Fears are entertained
that Sixteenth street bridge, over the Alle
gheny, will be washed away. It was de
olarbd unsafe this mornim;, and travel is
suspended. If the water carries it off it
will probably take with it the railroad and
Hand street bridges. Only one fatality
reported up to this hour. An unknown
man was drowned in the Monongahela
river, about Short street. It is thought he
committed suicide.
Cleveland, 0., Oct. 6.—After a steady
rain of forty hours, the Mahoning river
and tributaries are mush swollen, and peo
ple are being taken from their houses in
boats. The railroads are mostly covered
with water, and trains are abandoned
Caibo, Feb. 6. —The Ohio is rising an
inch an hour, and the gauge now shows 38
feet 5 inches. There has been a drizzling
rain all the afternoon. People in the
lowlands have been tc. - some time remov
ing the stock, etc., to' high grouud, and
should the river reach a threatening stage
there will be comparatively small losses
thia year.
Cleveland, 0., Feb. 6.—Canal Dover
and lowlands in this vicinity are sub
merged. Railway travel is suspended on
the Cleveland, Lorain & Wheeling, and the
Cincinnati & Marietta. The depots are
partly under water, and the docks are
washed out in several places, Great
damage has been done. The water is
several inches higher than last year.
NAVABBE,O.,Feb.6.— The Cannolton Val
ley railway is washed out about a mile
from town and trains are abandoned.
Wheeling & Lake Erie is running but will
likely be stopped, as the river is still ris
ing. No great damage is yet reported ex
cept to the railroads.
Meadville, Pa , Feb. 6. —The western
and southern parta of tho city are inun
dated. People go to and from their homes
in boais. All the factories have been com
pelled to shut down and the schools are
mostly closed. Trains on the Meadville
railway are abandoned. A few passenger
trains are running oa the New York,Penn
sjlvania & Ohio, but co freight. One train
ran to Oil City today, but that branch
will probably be submerged to-morrow.
After last year's floods all the bridges in
this viciuity were raiaed several fees and
none have been harmed. It is still raining
Wheeling, W. Va., Feb. 6.—Exoitemect
was occasioned thi3 evening by tho report
that many families ware imprisoned by
the water in the houses in the lower part
of the town, and parties were organized
by Mayor Miller, and about twenty fami
lies were rescued from their perilonß posi
tions. Prof. Stevenson and family were
rescued from a dwelling on the lower
Sister island, two miles above, by the Belle
Prince. The live Btock has been taken
into the second story of the house, and
everything was saved but some poultry.
Communication with the suburbs is cut
off, Ihe ferries not being able to run on
account of driftwood and ice. The ap
proaches to both bridges are flooded. The
Daily Intelligencer pre 63 room 13 flooded,
and the paper will be issued from the
Zeitung presses. Charley Shay's theater,
the market house, and several stores were
opened to those who were obliged to floe
from their houses this evening.
From Cincinnati, O. —At 10 p. m. the
river was GO feet 9}£ inches, and at 11 p.
m. 60 feet and 11 inches.
From Aurora, Ind. —The flood already
equals that of 1832, and rising three inch
es per hour. Basinets ie prostrated, and
all manufactories are stopped.
From Cynthiana, Ky.—The Licking
river i&ss feet and still rising rapidiy.
From Gallipolis —River rising three
inches per hour.
From" Athens, Ohio.—The Hooking river
is within ts-o feet of the great flood of
1875, and will exoeed that by to-morrow.
Great damage on the low lands. No trains
Springfield, O. —The streams are the
highest since the floods of last rear.
Middletown, O. —The Miama is very,
high and riding three inches per hour.
Hillsboro, O. —Destruction by floods all
over the country, and bridges are gone at
Greenfield, New Petersburg, and Carr'a
Ford, and othere are expected to go.
Cincinnati, Ohio, Feb. 6.—Rain con
linues. The river is 58 feet, and rising 5
mohes per hoar. All the small streams
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throughout the country are at flood height.
The reports from up river pointß are, that
rain is still falling and tbe river is rising
rapidly. £At Poitsmoutiiit is 48 feet, at
Irontoa 45 feet 7 inohee, at Hnntington
42 feet, at Wheeling 40 feet and rising 6
inches per hour.
Caibo, 111., Feb. 6.—A heavy rain sinoe
4 p. m. yesterday. The Ohio river is rising
fast, and is now 37 feet 6 inches on the
gange, having risen over three feet daring
the last 24 hoars. Tbe Mississippi is also
rising slowly.
Williamspobt, Pa., Feb. 6. —The water
in the Sosqaehanna river, above here, is
very high, and heavy rains still continue.
There, are indications of a flood nearly
equal to the flood of 1865. The ice gorge
is nearly eighteen miles long in the river
above Farrandsville. The river here has
fallen some Bince yesterday, and no fears
of a lobs of logs.
Cincinnati, 0., Feb. 6.—The chamber of
commerce transacted but little business
to day. Measures were taken to provide
a relief fund for the destitute. A commit
tae of fifteen was appointed, and the secre
tary kept busy for some time receiving
subscriptions, mostly $100 each. Ihe
chamber itself appropriated $5,000 to the
fund. The health officer announced that
he woold place fifteen men of the sanitary
force at the disposal of the relief commit
tee. Rain is still falling, the wind is from
the south, and the temperature not falling.
Botleb, Ky., Feb. G.—The Licking river
is rising three inohea an hour, and is
within twenty-three inches of high water
last year.
Jeffebsonvillk, Ind., Feb. G.—There is
great consternation and people are moving
to higher ground. The railroad embank
ment will probably break to-night and
flood the town.
Catlettsbcbg, Ky., Feb. G. —The river
has risen three feet sinoe noon yesterday
and is rising an inch an hour. Toe Sandy
is rising slowly and is eighteen feet at
Toledo, 0., Feb. 7. —Defiance reports all
ice out of the an glaise at 6 p. m., and no
great damage done. The ice broke at
Napoleon at 8 p. m., and gorged an hour
later two miles below, and is flooding the
lower part of the town. The water is ris
ing 9 inches an hour. The ice is intact.
MiLiiEBSBUBG, O, Feb. G. —Railroad
communications north of here is ont off by
washouts, and trains are side tracked at
Fredericksbnrg. The Bowen coal mines
are flooded. The water is up to last Feb
ruary's mark and rising. '
, 6E810U3 LOSSES.
Cleveland, O, Feb. 6.—No trainsJbe
tween here and Akron on the Valley rail
road. There .is much damage to the
bridges. The ice gorge pushed the bridge
at Peninsula; out of place. There is a
washout on the Cleveland, Akron & Colum
bus railroad near Clinton. The Cleveland,
Loraine, & Wheeling are . under water at
Warwick and Sterling. The Pittsburg
Cleveland & Toledo are submerged at
Newton Falls and the Central's new bridge
at Cuyhaga Falls is swept away.
BtjEFALo, K. V., Feb. 6.—Tne weather
was very mild for the past few days, and
the ice is moving out of the harbor.
Louisville, Ky., Feb.* C—At C o'olook
the river was rising three inches an hour,
with thirty-five feet in the canal and thir
ty-three feet on the falls. It is rising
steadily The people living on the point
are expecting the water to tbe over the cut
off by morning, and are moving out to es
cape the inundation that caught them
sleeping on the night of Feb. 12, 1883. and
which caused so much damage. The flood
scenes of 1883 will doubtless be repeated.
Ocly one drowning a* yet of a man named
Frank Rudemaker, by the overturning of
a skiff.
Little Rock, Ark., Feb. f>.—The Arkan
sas has been rising here two inohert an
hour all day, and rain all last night Bed
to-day, extending through the valley above
Fort Smith.
St. Louis, Feb. C— Alvin Bir^fer, the
second man stabbed by Charles > Kibble
the engineer, in tha fight at the machine
shop, on Jan. 30, died this afternoon at
the cily hospital. Tha death of Charles
Meyer, another victin, occurred several
days ago. Koeble is in jail to answer the
double murder.
Fbeepobt, 111., Feb. G.—The Illinois
Central mixed train for the west struck a
broken rail. The caboose and seven
freight cars loaded with live stock were
thrown down a sixty foot embninkneent,
and three trainmen were injured, Con
ductor Gordon seriously. There were
seven Geman passengers in the c&r> > > -c,
and all are more or 'less injured, two hav
ing their arms broken, v The passer-lifer
coach containing five passengers, was
saved from the frightful plunge by lodg
ing against a tree near the track. The
caboose waa partly burned. The **• void
ed passengers were brought to Fr-ie;>ort
and eared for. i
Cleveland, Feb. 6.—About 1 o'clock this
morning a violent explosion: startled the
people of this city. At Lindale,fiva miles
out, John Kramer, /freight CDndaeior on
the Bee Line, crawled under a tank oar
which had contained gasoline' to inspect
it. The lamp ienUed the ga3 still linger
ing around. The tank oar was torn to
fragments. Kramer will probaoly die. .
San Fbancisco. Fab. —A fire broke out
at 10:15 last evening on Mission and Stew
art streets, and destroyed a sash factory,
flour mill :and pome lumber; piles in a
neighboring yard. The loss, is. estimated
at $125,000. It is re ported, that the cause
was incendiary.
Boston, Feb. s.—The _ board of inspec
tors of staam vessels this afternoon began
an investigation into tha wreck of the
steam ship City of Columbus a disaster
attended with the loss of ninety-seven lives.
Capt. Wright in his statement said, the
second mate, Mr. Harding, was ion duty
from Boston until vessel reaohed Nansic, a
ran of 14 hoars. I did nut leave the
deck myself, except to get
sapper, from the time of
leaving Bostin nntil Bearing Tarpanlin
Cove, at aboat 2 a. m., when I went in my
room. I was sitting on the floor of my
room with my back againßt the heater,and
my head in the pilot house, when I heard
the call to v port." I sprang ap and cried
" hard port," thinking we were ranning
down a vessel. I could not ccc a vessel,
bat I saw a baoy two and one-half points
off on the port bow, 150 or 200 yards dis
tant. The v.'-sel struck within twenty
The vessel soon liated,and the water was
op to my armpits. I went into the cabin
and told the passengers to put on their
life* preservers. Within live minntes after
the ship struck, I knew she was lost.
Cannot tell any reason why the ship etruck
where she did, and do not know where the
blame should rest. Gay head light amounts
to nothing unless it is seen at a distance.
Bright lights confuse when close. Boston
light has ran many pilots ashore, becanae
of its being bo bright. ' The boats were
cleared away with axes as fast as possible.
Don't know anything aboat the after boats
a3 I was forward. In a time like that the
crow are worthless. The crew was demora
lized. Had a boat drill every time on
reaching Savannah.. Had no means of
making signals. It required all oar
strength to hang on to the rigging.
Second Assistant Engineer Collins, tes
tified, I saw the main hatches burst '. off
before I took to the rigging, and the sea
breaking over the vessel. The hatches
were forced up, apparently from a force
below the decks. I didn't attempt to clear
away any of the boats after the ship went
on her beam ends, and don't think that
any one could have moved on deok from
forward to aft. I was stationed at boat
No. 4., of whioh the chief engineer had
command. I did not make any attempt
to get boat No. 4 cleared away, and did
not see any attempt made. The last
boat drill was a month ago in Savannah,
I never helped in the drill myself. Some
of the boats were hanging up by tuckU
on the port side and some were swinging
from the davits.
Boston, Feb. 6.—ln the City of Columbus
investigation to-day Roderick McDonald, helms
man at the time of the disaster, retold his story.
He said he was not familiar with the coarse to
Bavanah. Captain Wright himself save the or
der to 6teer southwest by west. The second mare
was the officer in charge of the deck, and tend
witness not to steer to leeward of tho cour-i.<
ordered by the captain. Th« witness did not
think the mate "noddy" the night of the disas
ter. Edward Leary, the bow watchman, testi
fied that he saw the buoy and called out, "Buoy
on the port bow," but received no answer to
thacall. lie then ran to the pilot house, and
reached there as Harding, the second mate, was
opening the pilothouse windows. All the pilot
house windows were clooed until Harding
opened them. I heard no orders given. Both
the witnesses testified to the attempt and failure
to lower the boats.
Wheeling, W. Va., Feb. 5.— dwell
ing of Wim. Morrison, Pocohontas county,
was burned at a late hour last night. Mor
rison and wife escaped with four of their
children, who were sleeping in the room
with their parents, bat two girls, aged
seven and eleven, Bleeping in another
room, were roasted alive before their par
ents' eyes.
Detboit, Mich., Feb. s.—About 4 this
morning a loud explosion was heard in the
bar room of Thos. Swan's restaurant, fol
lowed almost immediately by several small
explosions. Although the alarm was
promptly sounded and the fire department
quickly on the ground the whole interior
of the bui'ding of four stories was almost
immediately in flames and burned fiercely.
The whole interior speedily was gutted.
Lo3B $15,000; insurance ununown, bnt is
thought to be considerable. A3 only last
week they failed for $28,000 with $20,000
estimated assets.
Chicago, Feb. s.—The works of the P.
O. Handford Oil company, at Eaglewood,
south Of this city, was partially burned
early this morning. Loss $40,000. In-
Rockpoet, Ind., Feb. 6.—Niblook's flour
mill was burned last night. Loss, $15,000;
insurance, $8,000.
Grand Opera House!
Two Nights and a Matinee, commencing Mon
day, February 11
First Visit of the Popular Young Actor
Mr, James O'Neill,
As Edmund D;tiites, with Mr.
John Stetson's Monte Cristo
Originally organized under Mr. Stetson's man
agemeat for Booth's Theater, New York.
Dumas' Great Play of Moats Cristo,
With the following Star cast:
Mr. Frederic Deßelleville, Mr. Forrest Hobinson,
Mr. Geo. C. Boniface, Mr. J. V. Melton,
Mr. James Taylor, Mr. J. W. Shannon,
Mr. Horace Lewis, Mr. J. L. Carhart,
Mr. J. Swinburne, . Miss Eugenic Blair,
Miss Annie Boudinot, » iss Emma Smith,
Miss^Marjorie Bonner, Miss Carrie Noyes.
EP-jpatire new sconery. Grand realistic effects
ana correct appointments.
Prices—sl.oo; 75c, s'.'o and23c. Reserved scats
at box office Saturday.:
JLJL Ma JL JL=J JLI3 al» k&j V sIjH S3
• - ' . Xi. :
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We have completed arrangements for furnishing; toIG/andiArmy
Societies any number of correct Regulation Uniform Suits, with
GAS Buttons, the buttons on the suit being bo arranged that
they'can easily be detached, and any ordinary button substituted.
We can also furnish the Regulation Fatigue Cap.
As this is our quiat season, we can give this department ojir
business more attention, and can, make : lower prices tor CASH
than wo can do later in the season. Societies will do well, there
fore, to give this matter their prompt attention.
DficpniPn d pi nvuiNP uoiru
_ Oor.|Thirdand Robert Streets, St. Paul. T >,i
so. as
Stodart, 6 octaves $ 40
Empire, 6% octaves 50
Glenn, 6K octaves.. 55
Gilbert, 6 octavea 60
Groveetein & Tmalow, 8% octaves 75
Emerson, 7 octaree" 85
Hallet & Davis, 7 octaves 150
We warrant them in eocd order.
Terms to suit purchaser,
148 & 150 East Third[Bt.
Grand Opera House!
L. N. SCOTr, Manager.
And the Society, will give the
, —o>r —
TteflayEfi Feb. 11884,
"Court pianist to the Emperor of Germany,"
MB. ROSSELL S. GLOVER, eminent teoot
and local artist.
MB. WM. MANNER, baritone.
MR. FRANK WOOD, accompanist, aid Sei
bert's orchestra.
SEIGNIOU JANNOTTA, - Musical Director.
Prices—Parquet . and .. parquet circle, $I;
reserved, $1.25. Balcony, 75c; reaorred, $1.
ballery, 25c and 60c, according to location.
Halo commences Tuesday at 9 a. m.
Carriages at 10 o'clock. 35-33
Among tiiejpaclies
Late of the U. S. A., will lecture at 8 o'clock,
SaturdayßEvening,rebruary 9th,
Upou the abovo topic, giving hi« 18 years' ex
perience among the Aborigines.
Admission 50o; roeer.eJ seats can be obtained
at extra, this Wedaesday morning at Mr. U.
(J. Mungei'a music itore, 107 I ast Third Street.
First Baptist Cliurcli
Cor. Ninth and Wakouta streets,
Thursday Evening, February 7
• At 8 o'clock,
Will deliver his instructive and htunoroM
Lecture, titled
Admits one for 50c. '. ■ 83-38
Of Boston will Give Six Lectures on
(Wabashaw etreet, Opposite Summit AYenae.)
On Thursday and Saturday Evenings.
Jan. 31, Puritanism; Feb. ?, New Estfja d in
England; Feb. 7, New England in Holland; Feb.
9, Pltmonth; Feb. 14, Bradford's Jouroal; Tfeb.
i 16, John Robinson. Tickets for the our--..
I evening ticket*, BSc: for sale by the tit. Paul
Book Co., and by Bristol. 8-: itli & Freeman.

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