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Rapid l. Rise in the Missouri May
Cause Loss of Life.
St. Louis, June 7.— Two hundred people in the
.village of -Black Walnut, on the north bank of
th« Missouri, twenty-five miles northwest of
J?L Louis, are surrounded by rapidly rising
■water and all means of escape cut off.
Owing to heaw urrent it is impossible to
reach the j«eople without the aid of a river
"Word was telephoned • - Alton, where the
steamer Spread Eagle is moored, and it is pro
vable that she will at once start on a mission
of rescue. Sheriff Dierkes at St. Charles tele
phoned that the water is rising rapidly and un
less the people shall be rescued speedily there
■nil! be great loss of life before ~iorning.
The Conlcprue c. Just south of East St.
J^ouis, broke at midnight and 200 colored fami
lies ho inhabit that district were driven from
their homes. There was no loss of life.
It Is estimated •'-• • within a radius of twen
' || i* ' Jin this city the flood has rendered
*_*."..<•••" people homeless and submersed 200.000
acres of fertile farming lands.
St. lyjuis. June .— Th* break in the great
Madison County levee, which gave way yester
day, has widened, and this morning the water
Is rushing through a gap one hundred yards
>*sd>. covering twenty thousand acres of fertile
farm land and three villages— Oldenburg, Mitch
ell and Weft Granite. About five hundred per
sons have been driven from their homes by the
flocd. The roar of the water as it pours through
lh« break ran t>e heard for a mile and a half
The break la only a mii«? from the head of the
lp\ee. which »a« regarded, until this morning,
so the principal barrier between the river and
all the east tide cities. Including East St. Louis.
Back of the Madison levee is another mud em
hanVme t. kno«~a as the Cross lev**, which to
day is three feet abov* th* flooded wheat fields.
This levee runs frocn Mitchell southwest, form
ing a junction with the Madison levee, one mile
-!:r-'U of the Merchants' Bridge. But, while the
trosn levee protects Granite City, it does not
protect East St. Louis from the current which
this morning set in with terrific force through
Venice. The water ie within one foot of the
lops of th» several railroad embankments, which
are nov holding it back.
A dispatch from Louisiana. Mo., says that the
Mississippi has fallen fifteen inches there in the
teas' twenty-four 'hours, supposedly on account
of the break in the Sny levee. The break is now
three hundred yards wide, having grown stead
ily from the start, and it is believed that the
excavation made by the water is now fifty feet
deep. Another break in the levee north of there
I* reported.
Part of St. Louis Under Water—
City Without Gas.
m I^uip. June <;. -That part of the city known
is "the Island." lying 1 etween Cahokia Creek and
the Mississippi River, north of the Bads Bridge,
is under water with the exception of fifty or
more houses around the Douglass School and
IBM Baltimore and Ohio Railroad embankment.
A line at vehicles— farm wagons, drays, any
thing on four wheels— has been passing through
Broadway since last night, carrying the prop
erty of the residents of -the Island." The entire
city is without gat. Two boys have been
The river to-day reached a stage of 34.7 feet,
a rise during the last twenty-four hours of 1.2
feet, and fontinu«=i» rising at about the same
rate. All along the levee the water is up to
the stores and houses, in some of them being a
foot or more deep on the first floors. So far
traffic on the river has not been greatly hin
dered, but when the water reaches a stage of
thirty-six feet some of the boats will prob
ably refuse to receive freight, as the approaches
cannot be used and the water will be too deep
tor teams to drive through.
Hundreds' of refugees from West Granite last
ju&ht sought shelter in freight cars on the
"Wabash tracks. In anticipation of such an
emergency the •Tatbassj had trains of empty box
cars shunted on the sidetracks, and these cars
and cars on other roads in the vicinity last night
sheltered more than seven hundred families.
Kach family has the use of a car. Many have
succeeded in saving some of their furniture, and
have 'made themselves as comfortable as possi
ble in their novel temporary homes. Long
trains of inhabited freight cars are also on the
tracks at Venice and Madison.
Residents of Missouri -a ye., a street running
«ast and west through the heart of East St.
Louis, have been informed by the authorities
that the first stories of the houses there are in
<:..:. per from the flood. Mayor Cook, of East
Ft. Louis, has organized a special flood patrol of
lhe Oily Council and business men. Two men
■re stationed at each danger point, which the
Mayor has provided with special lines of com
munication. He regards the situation as ex
tremely serious. He said to-day: "Water is on
almost every side. Constant watching and
■working is all that we can do. We shall con
tinue piling sandoags. and make every effort to
keep the water out as much as possible."
Passenger traffic on all th* railroads ertering
here is seriously crippled. The Chicago and Al
ton, th- Burlington, the Missouri. Kansas and
Texas, the Missouri Pacific and the Wabash
are the heaviest sufferers. Trains on these lines
■were from one to three hours late to-day. It is
• estimated that traffic has fallen' off fully .V> per
rent In the last week.
Mayor Low Selects Men to Eeceive Contri
butions for Flood Sufferers.
The following statement was issued from the
■ Mayor's office yesterday:
Acting upon the request of the Board of Alder
. men with reference to the eufT+Ters from the floods.
but somewhat enlarging its scope. I hereby appoint
the following committee of citizens to receive con
tributions of money and clothing for the succor
of the people in distress in the regions affected by
th« late disasters caused by flood, tornado and fire
Jt Is understood that all contributions, unless
- de«=tgnat«d for some special purpose, will be dis
tributed at the discretion of the committee.
Cornelius K. Bliss, chairman; James G. Cannon.
' president Fourth National Bank, treasurer; Will
iam R. Corwine. Eastern Trust Company, secretary;
' Morri? K. Jepup. Alexander E. Orr, Charles Stew
' art Smith, Jacob H. Schm*. J. Edward Simmons. A.
I"; JuilUard. William F. King. Francis H. ],»{rg<?tt.
Charles L. Bausher. John D. Crlmmlns, George R.
Sheldon. Isaac X Seligman. Georjre K. Vletor and
Jam?* C. Eaaaa*. SETH LOW, Mayor.
Any contributions which may b« received at the
Mayor** office will be transmitted to the treasurer
of tfce committee, as above named. The Mayor
would be pleased to have citizens send their future
contributions directly to the treasurer of the com
' Council Bluffs. lowa. June 6— A newspaper man
. v. ho tius been over Southwestern lowa in the last
. ten days reports that fully one-third of the corn
crop has not been planted, and that easily one-half
of what was planted wijl have to be replanted if
there Is to be a crop. Crop conditions throughout
the region are more serious than at any previous
time la twenty years. Much land which has or
. <Unerii)- baea fai-xnt-d will lie idle this year owing:
to tbe excessive rains. The loss to farmers sail
never be estimated, but in the southwest quarter
of the State it will reach ii.to the million?.
Lawrence, Kan.. Jane 6 —The Kaw River here Is
fsllmr very fast to-day, but bus not yet reached
its natural channel. Two companies of army en
trlneers from Ft»rt Leaven worth arrived here early
10-da.y and began to build a ferry across the river.
The railroads are working ■■'■''' to resume opera
'tlona. x
Thousands of Men Cleaning Up Kansas
Kansas City. Mo.. June •">.— Thousands of "ion
armed with shovels and brooms invaded the
West Bottoms to-day, following closely the re
ceding waters, and by nightfall much was done
toward restoring the -wholesale and Stockyard*
districts to their former condition of activity.
The Missouri fell over two feet in the lust
twenty-four hours, and a large district was un
covered. The Kaw also continued to recede at
an increased rate.
To-day hundreds of flatcars loaded with sand
and construction material pushed several blocks
further west and began the work of reconstruct
ing the miles of washed out or damaged tracks
in the yards from here to Armourdale and
Argentine. The railroads will put several thou
sand men to work, and all lines are making
preparations to resume business.
Three shifts of men are working night and day
at the pasapfaiK stations to restore the water
supply to its normal condition. As this service
improves the likelihood of an epidemic of sick
ness is disappearing. Few cases of sickness are
Building in Which Miss Hanna Is To Be
Married Injured.
Cleveland, June 6.— 1:» a severe electric storm
late this afternoon a bolt of lightning struck
one of the high pinnacles of St. Paul's Church,
hurling it to the roof. A large part of the roof
gave way, and the sexton and his wife, who
were at work inside of the church, barely es
caped with their lives.
This is the church in which the wedding of
Miss Ruth Hanna, daughter of Senator Hanna,
to Joseph Medall McCormick, is to take place
next Wednesday. An examination of the dam
age was made by members of the Hanna family,
and It is believed that sufficient repairs can be
made to permit the wedding to proceed.
Heavy Damage to Crops — Wire Communica
tior. Cut Off.
<;reenville, 8. <\, June b.— Flood conditions
here are assuming serious proportions. The
damage to crops in this section has been very
heavy. Two houses were washed away here on
the banks of the Reedy River. No lives are re
ported lost as yet. Reports from the country
are coming in slowly. Telegraph % and telephone
wires are down. There is a well defined rumor
that Lake Toxaway has broken, and that the
water is running down Seneca River. The rail
road people expert the full force of the flood to
reach Seneca by midnight. It is feared that the
trestle of the Southern Railway will be totally
Charlotte, X. C. June O.— A dispatch from
Columbia. EL C. says that a report has just
reached there that Lake Sapphire, in Western
North Carolina, has broken through its retain
ing walls and descended on the plains below
with great fury. This may affect the cotton mill
industries on the Seneca River, in Pickens and
Anderson counties.
Fires from the Woods Spread Through a
New-Brunswick Town.
Hopeweil Oapc, N. 8., June (s. —Twenty-five
houses are in ashes and a financial loss of more
than $300,000 has resulted from the fire which
swept through this locality yesterday. For two
or three days flames had been running in the
woods, ano yesterday they rushed down on the
town. The greater part of the place was laid
in ruins, and the fire travelled on down the
shore. The flames did not make a .lean sweep,
but many of the best residences and the court
house were destroyed. A new steamer built for
operation on the Petitcodiac River and the old
Steamer Delta were burned.
Warren Pixon, the principal owner of the
Btsamers was a heavy loser, his dwelling house
and store having been burned, besides the ves
Hopeweil Cape is the shire town of Albert
County, and is one of the leading shipping ports
of the maritime province*. The residents are
largely -wealthy shipowners and sea captains.
From Smith Mountain Professor Myers Ex
pects to Dampen the Burning Woods.
Utica, N. V., June 6 (Special).— Professor Carl E.
Myers, of the government balloon farm, at Frank
fort, has been asked by Major Edward M. Burns,
superintendent of Nehasane Park. Dr. Webb's pre
serve, to operate with his rainmaking apparatus
from Smith Mountain, about 2.150 feet above the
sea level. An exploding balloon, ten or twelve feet
in diameter and of from 500 to 1.000 cubic feet ca
pacity, is required. The balloon bomb is first filled
one-third full of oxygen, generated by decomposed
chlorate of potash with heat. The inflation is com
pleted by about two-thirds hydros en gas, generated
from water by the aid of sulphuric acid and iron
The bomb ip fired by a duplex wire and an elec
trical exploder, or by means of a fuse. The con
cussion which follows the explosion is something
tremendous. Professor Myers says his experiments
in rainmakins; have been successful. In Texas rain
was produced in proportion to the efforts made.
The concussions were small, and they were fol
lowed by a sprinkling of rain, while the big ex
plosions were followed by copious rainfalls within
a few hours. Present conditions. Professor Myers
says, are favorable to rainmaking. and he is con
fident that he can bring about a shower in the
Adirondacks and deaden th* tires.
Professor Myers has balloon makers preparing
the equipment.
risiiß.lll I-anding, N. V.. June 6.— A freight wreck
In the yards of the New-Haven road early to-day
i<= believed to be due. to an engineer's inability to
discern signs 1* hi the dense .smoke that prevailed.
A train standing on the trestle, was crashed into by
another from the f-ast. Two cars of the moving
train were telescoped. The engineer and fireman
of the train on the trestle saved themselves by
Middletown, N. V.. June €.— Drouth conditions are
alarming. Farmers are sacrificing grain in the
fields and buying baled hay to keep their cattle
from starving. There will be special Sunday ser
vices of prayer for r»ln.
Bangor, Me.. June Charles K. Oaks, a lumber
man, who has returned from Aroostcok and Wash
ington counties, says that while much valuable
growth has been destroyed. In many instances the
fires have b«>en raging over ground previously
burned or that had been cut. Mr. Oaks says heavy
dews have helped to hold the fires it: check, but
they gain great headway toward night.
Chief Engineer De Varona of the Brooklyn
Water Department asM yesterday that so far as
he had learned the forest flres on Long Island
had not affected the watershed of the Brooklyn
waterworks. He added that the drouth was not
causing any apprehensions of a water famine In
Montreal, (jue.. June 6.— To-night there are no
large forest fires Jn Quebec Province, and, as the
weatht-r forecast promises rain. It is believed that
the worst If over. The Montreal fireman who were
at ft. Asa the and later at St. Jerome, returned
10-day. They did much effective work
Rt John. N. 8., June 6.- A crew of fire fighters in
the wooded wild* of Cranberry Brook, in ('harlotte
County, found the clothed skeleton of a rn^n with
a large sum of money on It. Tlie clothing was of
good material and in the pockets of the coat. In
SS and $10 notes, was tht- money, it t* believed th*
l,ody its of an American spertaman, but nothing waa
found to indicate the Identity.
'I'liry take their Sunday dinners at the r«-»
iuimhiiio advertised In the "Little Ad*, of the
Fog Holds Big Liners at Anchor Off
Sandy Hook.
Speak it reverently, with bowed head and
eyes humid with gratefulness and the joy of
fondest hope fulfilled; shout it in clarion tones,
that all may know the glad tidings; let it pass
from lip Jo lift at first, mayhap, with incredu
lous gaze and curl of sneering lip, but finally with
the unrestrained joy 0 belief, and let the
chorus ring until it ascends to the roof of the
"Flatiron" Building and descends until it per
meates the lowest depths of the Rapid Transit
tunnel. : V ■ :•<:
Rain has fallen: Hurrah! Hurrah! Rain, !
rain, rain! Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!
Though 'twas but a shower, it warranted this
ebullition of enthusiasm, for it was rain, real,
damp, wet rain, and it came from the clouds
above. ' i
When it first fell men believed it not. True, !
the aspect of the clouds had led some to carry .
umbrellas, but 'twas merely for convention's
sake. When the first drops fell, about !»:#> \
o'clock, men stopped and looked as though they j
were trying to remember something that hap
pened in their boyhood days. They looked at
each other as if doubting their senses. Then
they extended their hands, and, as drops struck :
the open palms, thrills went through them. They I
felt the wetness, scanned it as one would a \
precious pione. It was rain. Umbrella* raised?
Not a whit. Pedestrians tilted their chins, even ;
as does the worshipper at the high ball shrine, '■
and let the drops patter on their faces.
How the trees reached for it! In Central
Park the foliage trembled in its delight, and
the yellow thirst. r stricken grass sucked in each
drop, while murmuring thanks.
Says the weather bureau man, consulting bis
charts: r . . :- :
"No steady rain. Showers for to-da^ though.
Monday fair." . " ■ .
But never mind. Gloat we may over the faith
fulness to truth of hie predictions of no rain. .
It rained last night? , \
: ; I
Liners Take No Chances—Predic
tions Promise Rain.
It was possible for a few hours yesterday af
ternoon to see the blue sky and trees and build
ings in their normal appearance. A southerly
breeze having a velocity 'of eight to ten miles
an hour sprang up and swept before it the
bank of smoke and fog which for three days
had been obscuring the sky, and making tower
ing buildings look grotesque. The sun shone
nearly all the afternoon. Toward evening a
bank of clouds could be seen sweeping up over
the eastern horizon, and In the course of an
hour the sky was again hidden. This time,
however, it was with a leaden lining that looked j
as if it might precipitate itself in rain. This j
hope was held out in the prediction of the !
Weather Bureau for to-day. |
The smoke and fog impeded traffic on the I
water all day, for it did not rise from the water
as it had from the land. The fog hung over the
Lower Bay and the ocean south of Long Island.
Only small steamships ventured to creep up j
through the devious channels of the Lower Bay. !
From the marine observatories at Fire Island i
and the Highlands not a report was received
throughout the day except In regard to the
direction of the wind and the condition of the
atmosphere. At Sandy Hook the wind blew I
from the east al l day. This probably accounted j
for the presence of the fog. Only two steamers ;
were reported from Sandy Hook. They were j
the Pretoria, from Bermuda, and the Arapahoe, j
from Jacksonville. These vessels came up
through the South Channel. The Lucanla, of
the Cunard Line, and the Carpathia. a new j
steamer of the same line, were reported by the ;
captain of the steamer Hekla, which came in j
through the Gedney Channel, to be lying at i
anchor outside the bar. The Lucania went i
aground in the Lower Bay in a fog last Novem- ;
ber, and doubtless her commander did not care )
to repeat the experience, and took the ounce of
prevention. The St. Paul, of the American Line,
passed the Nantucket Lightship at 8:15 o'clock
yesterday morn : ng, and probably joined the
others at anchor in the early evening. It is
probable that all of them will come up early this j
morning to their piers.
The change in the atmospheric conditions on ;
Manhattan Island were directly due to the de
lightfully fresh breeze which sprang up about j
noon. What little wind there had been pre- !
vious to that hour had come from the northeast,
the direction from which the smoke came.
When it swung around into the south it quickly
blew the clouds of vapor away. The reports re
ceived at the Weather Bureau yesterday morn
ing indicated that the smoke cloud was wide in
its extent. It was reported from New-Jersey I
and Pennsylvania, and from points between ■
New-England and Michigan, and passengers on
steamships said that the smoke cloud was seen !
four hundred miles out at sea.
From All Sections Come Reports of ■
Heavy Losses of Timber.
Bangor, Me., June 6.— No rain has yet fallen I
in Maine, save a slight shower at Houlton, and
the fires still burn everywhere, ready to rage ,
again whenever the wind rises. Stories of de- |
action and suffering continue to come in from
all directions. The timber land loss is very
W. J. Curran, a lumberman from Trout Brook
country, east branch of the Penobscot, arrived ,
here to-day, and reports the following losses in j
that region: Township Ti-10, owned by Charles |
V. Lord, of Bangor. and others, is about half
burned over. Township 5-9, owned by the .
Stricklands and others, of Bangor, is almost ;
wholly laid waste. Township (5-10, owned by
Moses biddings and the Bradley heirs, of Ban
gor is half burned over. Township 6-9, owned ;
by the Katahdin Pulp and Paper and Interna
tional Paper Company, one-third consumed.
Township 5-8, known as Spoffordtown, three
fourths consumed. Township 8-8, owned by the
Pingree heirs, one-fourth consumed. j
Hugh Cunningham and B. W. Howe lost 500.
000 feet of logs in the pards; Howe $30,000 worth
of supplies, and Cunningham $3,000, the sup- j
plies having been hauled in before snow !eft for
next winter's operations.
In Hainesville, Glenwodo and ebbertown
20000 acres of good timber have been burned, j
Loss $75,000 to $100,000. '> v
A township averages 20,000 acres, and the ;
average value of the lands covered with good ,
timber is about $4 an acre. On this basis the
fires rear Trout Brook have covered, so far as ,
known about f»ixty-seven thousand acres, en
tailing' a loss of nearly $270,000. In the state
the loss must exceed a million on timber alone.
OVER $3,000,000 LOSS IN MAINE.
Threatening Fires Still Rage, but the Con- ;
ditions Have Improved Somewhat
Houlton, Me.. June G. — Estimates by lumber- j
men to-day place the loss from fires and drouth ■
in Aroostook County at more than $1,000,000. •
and for Northern and Eastern Main>« at ;
£3,000,000. Fires were threatening New-Sweden |
to-day. The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad j
men are confident they have saved the Ashland !
station and other buildings and valuable con
The conditions at Brownville have improved. I
The Great Northern Paper Company at Milli
ii!)(-'(.-t has a crew of Italians fighting the fins .
and protecting the property. j
State the Heaviest Loser—Adiron
dack Fires Due to Carelessness.
Glens Falls, N. V.. June o.— According to tele
grams received here late this afternoon condi
tions are less favorable for the extinguishing of
forest fires than they were twenty-four hours
earlier. In dispatches from Newcombe and
North Creek it was said that a strong wind
was coming up. and that a hard Sunday's work
was anticipated.
Thus far the State has been the heaviest
loser on the Hudson River watershed. Eight
townships lying in the Indian Lake and Cedar
River region in parts of Warren, Hamilton and
Essex counties have been burned over. These
are townships Nob. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 30, 31 and
32. Conservative estimates place the area or
timber lands devastated in these townships at
nearly 50,000 acres. Some of the burned are*,
has been burned twice. The first time U was
burned over the damage was comparatively
slight, but the second burning stripped the moss
and all vegetable covering from the ground and
the fire worked around the roots of the trees,
and these, under the pressure of a strong wind,
were blown over. , „„„
Lumbermen who arrived here from Indian
Lake this afternoon say the country between
that point and Blue Mountain Lake presents
a wild scene of desolation. For miles there 8
nothing but charred timber. Cedars and bal
sam* are stripped as bare of verdure bean
poles. One lumberman says he climbed between
two rocks near the highway to get a better view
of the burned ground, and his foot .lipped Into
the moss. He went up to his knee, but drew
out his foot quickly. Underneath the green
crust of the moss was a bed of coals. It was said
that the fire will work along under the moss end
the crust of dried vegetation for long distances
and break out in exposed places. This Illus
trates one of the difficulties which the forest fire
fighters encounter.
The fire will not spread rapidly in the hard
wood timber owing to the excessive green foli
age, but the moment It strikes a epruce or bal
sam it is like putting a match to a skyrocket,
and the flames rise in the air often twenty feet
above the tree tops. Had it not been for the
vigilance and the prompt work of the lumber
companies much more of the State forests .would
have been burned. The companies in order to
protect their own property have been compelled
to fight fire on State land, and in a great many
nuances have advanced the funds to pay the
men who have been^ called out by the fire
W The e greater menace to the forests the burn
ing of fallow. The utter disregard for conse
quences by some of the natives is illustrated by
a man living near North Hudson, who owned a
small garden patch. He burned bis falloweary
in the week, after having been warned not to
by the fire warden. The fire got away from
him and ran north for twenty miles, where it
was met by a fire from the Lake Placid coun
try These two fires are undoubtedly responsi
ble for the enormous loss to timber and to
camps near Mounts Mclntyre and Ma L y * ™
man will be arrested as soon as the officers can
find him. and the lumber companies propose to
push the prosecution.
William Howe, of Lake Placid, Smothered
Trying to Save Adirondack Lodge.
Ogdensburg. June 6.— William Howe, of Lake
Placid, was hemmed in by the flames while fight
ing forest fires near the foot of Mount Marcy
in the Adirondacks yesterday afternoon, and
smothered to death by smoke. Howe went out
with a party of men from Laka Placid Thurs
day afternoon. Fires which had been smoulder-
Ing for weeks were fanned into a blaze by the
wind, which blew a gale all through that sec
tion on Thursday. The men fought hard all
the afternoon in their efforts to save the Adiron
dack Lodge property, which was burned during
the night, and yesterday, without rest, they
continued to fight to get the fire under con
It was thought that Howe was exhausted
by his long struggle against the flames. This is
the first life that has been lost while fighting
flres in this section so far.
Tupper Lake is in a high state of excite
ment The lower end of the town, from the
railroad junction up, is built on foundations of
sawdust and waste wood. The least spark will
result in a horrible fire. Work in the three
big lumber mills at Tupper Lake Is practically
suspended, as all the men are fitting fires
or doing patrol duty. Only three persons arrived
in Tupper Lake from New-York to-day on the
sleepers, and business is at a standstill.
Fires Seem To Be Less Fierce, Though They
Start Again on Grafton Range.
Hoosick Falls. N. V., June »>.— The pall of
smoke to-day is more dense than at any time
since forest flres began. Reports are to the
effect that new fires are raging at Pownal and
on Williamstown Mountain. On Grafton Range
the flames have broken out again, after burning
over one thousand acres. They have got into
the peat beds, and by following dead roots reach
down several feet, and the beds become red hot.
The fear of people living near Grafton Is that
the flames may eat their way into the dry
meadow lands. Should this happen great loss
would result, because the streams are either
very low or dry altogether. In this' vicinity
one" of the best trout streams in the county
fires are now well under control, and if
rain comes to assist the fire fighters it will save
an enormous amount of timber land.
Feeding of Fire Fighters and Destitute Set
tlers Becoming a Difficult Problem.
Glens Falls, N. V.. June The Adirondack
fires are under control, but should there be an
other hard wind they would again start and be
as disastrous as those of Wednesday. This state
ment was made by J. T. Finch, who arrived
here to-day from Indian Lake, where he has
charge of the fire fighting force.
Great destitution is reported in families, and
there is difficulty in procuring provisions. The :
problem of feeding the men who comprise the
fire fighting force is a difficult owe, as all pro- j
visions have to be carried into the woods on the
backs of guides. The forces are camping on ;
the edge of the fires, and are working almost
constantly. _ -
Flames Raging on the Highlands Which |
Rain Alone Can Subdue.
Saratoga, N.Y., June — Smoke and ashes from
the innumerable fires in the Adlronducks to-day J
almost obscured the sun, the struggling rays of •
which were a yellowish tint. There being no
prevailing wind, the fire fighters made percepti- J
ble progress in the lower foothills, but the un
bearable heat and blinding smoke prevented
anything of an effective character being done
in the highlands, where nothing but an inun
dating downpour, can check the progress of the
devastating element. ..- ;.' ■--,-.
The principal fires to-night are in the sections
known as Cedar River, Whitney Tract, Rac
quette Lake, Waumbek. Long Lake. Lake Placid j
and Tupper Lake. There Is no rainstorm in
sight. j
Reports from various places in Long Island yes- i
terday stated that the forest llres were under con
trol or had been' subdued. (
White Linen Shirt Waist Suits
* (Hand Embroidered),
Plaited, Walking Length Skirts,
Silk Shirt Waist Suif
Black and White Checked Louisine,
Tailored Voile Suits
silk lined throughout,
$22.50 and $28.00.
Silk Waists,
Black and White China Silk,
Axminster, Wilton and Body Brussels
at an average \/ from regular prices,
reduction of /3
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beside you. lie received severe burns, but re
covered'and is able to be here to-day.
We are prone to forget deeds of this character
which at any other time and by any other men
would be signalized by unusual honor. But in trns
department these things are looked upon as com
conpUce. so frequently do they occur.
No administration has done so much for th-
Fire Department as yours, and the liberal appro
priation which It baa made has added t one-fifth to
the working force of the department, ant l «i\£ s
to all the men more time and opportunity for-do
mestic enjoyment. It is appreciated by tB» »Ba»V
and has resulted In better men-ice and a marked
decrease in tho flre loss during the last jear.
Replying, the Mayor said:
Before T turn to the pleasant duty of presenting
these medals to the men who have so gallantly won
them. I want to congratulate you Mr
aloner. and. through you. the whole «•«>«>«*""
superb showing. Nobody who has seen this Parade
can be ignorant of the high degree of discipline
and efficiency prevailing in the entire department
The Mayor of New-York has no pleasanter duty
than to recognize acts of exceptional valor, such
as these meda! men have performed. Our police
men and firemen stand pre-eminent as the bravest
of the brave. Napoleon had only one marshal on
whom he could bestow that title. New-1 ork re
joices to believe that it has a department full of
such men. To you men opportunity has been given
to show conspicuous courage. The city and tn«
administration congratulate you and thank you for
your service.
Fire is one of the best servants, but tho wor«t
enemy the people have. When it i-omes as nn en
emy the people look to you to keep it from their
doors, and even when It reaches the doora you
fight it: when there is danger of loss of life, it Is
vonr life that is lost, the life of the citizen saved
That is why the. city of New-York love.s its flre
force. It is my privilege to give the medals to the
men of 1901 as well as those of Oat and I am also
Klad that as one who was Mayor of Brooklyn. I am
to present medals fbf distinguished valor to mem
bers of that department. In this parade the process
of unifying the parts of this great <-ity. to make it
really one city, is thus readily apparent.
Then, as the Mayor read the record of m*M
man. he stepped forward and Acting Chief Pur
roy pinned on his breast the decoration.
The "medal men" of 1901 were: Bennett med
al, Richard Nitsch, Engine Company No. 3C>.
who on January 29 rescued Mrs. George Le
Pieme from No. 402 East One-hundred-and
eighteenth-st., where the room was so densely
charged with smoke and flame that he, nearly
unconscious, had to drag her through the halls
and down the stairway.
Bonner medal, Victor A. Coakley, Engine
Company No. 32, for rescuing, while on leave of
absence, six-year-old Philip Martina from a fire
at No. 67 Oliver-st.
Trevor- Warren medal, Charles F. Clune. Hook
and Ladder Company No. 18. who, from a blaz
ing tenement house at No. 07 Norfolk-st. carried
Lena Costfeld down ladders surrounded by
flames and smoke, from the sixth story to the
ground. *
Strong medal, Joseph J. Mooney, Hook and
Ladder Company No. 14, who rescued the entire
Hunter family of four from No. 138 East Sixty
Stephenson medal. Captain Thomas F. Freel,
Engine Company No. 8, for general efficiency.
11)02— Bennett medal. Charles F. Douth. Hook
and Ladder No. 3, who rescued two men from
the Park Avenue Hotel fire.
Bonner medal. William F. Kelly, jr.. Hook and
I^adder Company No. 12. who, by crossing on
crumbling lintels and clinging to walls, rescued
two men from No. 232 West Fourteenth-st.
Trevor-Warren medal, John McGough, Engine
Company No. 28, who dragged Caspar Kress,
fifty-four years old, unconscious, from a blazing
tenement house at No. '<i±'J East Tenth-sc, after
ward rescuing another man, who died.
Strong medal, Robert Walker, Hook ar^ Lad
der No. 6, who, though on leave of absence,
saved Mrs. Harry Gordon and her two-year-old,
daughter from No. 188 Park Row, and was
severely burned in a further search for her six
year-old son.
Stephenson medal, to Captain Peted Sloan, of
Hook and Ladder Company No. 17, for general
The Brooklyn men for 1901 were Rudolph J.
Uster, of Engine Company No. 117, who saved
two children from No. 888 Myrtle-aye., and
James W. Trihy, of Engine Company No. 107.
who, using scaling ladders, rescued Dora Etn
frank, twenty-four years old; Rebecca Einfrank,
eight months old. and Clara Bromberg, sixteen
years old, from No. 1G1» Myrtle-aye.
The 1002 men were Edward F. Nealis, of En
gine Company No. I«>3. who, by daring work,
saved Margaret Ryan, forty-six years old;
Mamie Ryan, eighteen years old; Delia Ryan,
fourteen years old. and Ellen Ryan, seven years
old, from No. 4!tS» Court-st., on September IS,
and George A. Kellock. of Hook and Ladder
Company No. r>S. who saved three persons from
No. So Manhattan-aye.
The parade was made up as follows:
7th Regiment band.
Acting Chief of Department Charles V. Turn.-. com-
Aids — Assistant Foreman R. C. Ruckholdt. Hook and
Ladder Company No. 4. George W. Murray. Bngin*
Company No. s<l; Chaplains Rev. C. T. IValkley and
Rev. Father William St. Elmo Smith.
I^puty Chief Charles W Kruger, commanding first com
pany. Corp* of Honor.
Deputy Chief T. J. Ahearn. commanding second com
pany. Corps of Honor.
Chief of Battalion Peter H. Short, commanding third
company. Corps of Honor.
Chief of Battalion John Blnns, commanding fourth com
pany. Corps of Honor.
(Th» first company. Corns of Honor, consisted •<{ the,
fourteen medal men for lUOI and 19" 12. Th« *e<-ond,
third and fourth companies consisted of members of
th* uniform**! for;e who have previously received
Chief of Uattallon F. « Gooder»on. Jr.. commanding.
Captain Michael ■ C. Graham. Engine Company No; 12.
Captain Charl.'i H. Shay. Engine Company No. 14.
Captain J»hn J. Livingston, Engine Company No. M.
Captain Jaiu«s I. Doonan. Englns Cumi»*iiy No. 27.
I The
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Finest and choicest productions, including all
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The regular prices of these
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A rare opportunity to secure
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The rush of business renders it impossible
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mail orders for them.
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£be popular Shop."
Supplying- McHEGH Furniture
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Rate Raffs* CaMercent Curtains,
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Captain Thomas F. Norton, Engln* Company >»<•. 33.
Captain Harry Hauck. Engina Company No. 65.
Captain Michael J. Fitzgerald. Hook and I*dier Cor*
oany No. 1*
Oil GuaiU Bat.4.
Chief of Battalion John J. Burns, eomm«.ndlnr.
Captain Jasies F. TV-vanney Ermine Company No. L
Cavtata Thorn** F. Kane. En«tn« Company No. 11.
Captain Edward S. Root. J&i«tne Company No I*.
Captain Michael R Burn*. Engine Company No- 21.
Captain John K. Htftgtns. Origin* Company Ma M
Captain Frank J. Htnumj. Engine Company No. **.
Captain Owen M>:K«tUM>. HooK and Ladder Company
Xo. 7. s i
Chief Instructor Hrary W. Me Adams. «rommanil!n« H*»
savins corps, riflemen. Browdar net. scai'.nj lax Mar*
71*t Regtm«nt Band.
Chl«( of Battalion X1;om»» R. LAngfottt. commanding.
Captain Daniel J. Conway. EhstiM Company No. 6.
Captain James B. Klernan. Engine Company No. 36
Captain Tbomai Kin* (No. 1). Engtne Company No. 39.
Captain Jo»«ph Crawiay. Engine Company No. 14. ■
Captain William il. Nub. Engine -Company No. It.
Captain John Farley. Hook an<i L*dJ«r Company No. 2*.
Assistant Foreman Joseph C. Donovan, commanding
water tow«r crew.
Water tower •
• ChemtcaHier.
Wrwtktaa- true*. . ■
Off** wagon.
lith Reatment Band.
Deputy Chief of Department James F. Murray, to charge
Brooklyn and Queens, commanding.
Assistant Foremen John M. Ryan. Hook and Lad
der Company No tX>. and John H. Travsr*. Ennin*
company No. 113. anil Chaplains Ker. Thomas F.
M 'lron« and R*r. Henry A. UandtU
Chief of Battalion Frederick J. Snow, commanding. .
«"aptatn H. P. Kirk. Engine Company X". 104.
Captain C. K. Kike!, Engine Company No. 08,
Captain Henry Platt. engine Company No. 11«-
Captain Hugh (iallagher. n*gine Company No 117-
Captain James Langan, Hook »nd Ladder Company No. BB\
Chi»f of ii.tttallon John i> Hara. commanding.
Captain John F. Scanlon. bii«lne Company No. 103.
Captain John J. Knnla. Engin* Company No. Mf.
Captain D. V. Shea, Enrtne Company No. 10!>
Captain H. W. nu-Venb«ra. Bnsrln* Company No. «■».
Captain C. H. Furey. Hook and Ladder Company No. <*-
4 battalion of five volunteer companies from th« BoMf*
of Queirru.
it. battalion of five- volunteer companies from th« Buisafft
of Richmond.
I-HI AGAIX. .• j
.Maybe what yon wanted last Sunday ■ »•»
did net Had la taw "Little Ads. of the l'e«
pie." Try agaia to-day. It a»»y be tk«r«. ,

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