SOLDIERS SLAY LOOTERS AND GHOULS iN
, FLOOD-STRICKEN CITIES, OF OHIO
Columbusr O., yMarclv 28. There
cannot .yet be -any definite estimate
of the number of "those who perished;
in the Ohio Hoods.
It is known onlythat, while the
first-wild estimates of thousands dead
and dying are greatly exaggerated,
the t" jith toll unquestionably is
- Gov. Cox says that when all, the
facts are known, the Ohio floods will
be recognized as a greater disaster
than the San Francisco earthquake.
And in the wake of the waters and
the fire, pestilence and famine, the
looter and the:ghoul, are stalking.
In all the flood-stricken cities
which the soldiers have peached and
are patrolling, the same" order has
been given out relative to looters and
"Shoot looters and shoot to kill. If
sightseers -will not get beyond the
flood deadlines after one warning,
shoot them also." . y
Men with relatives penned up in
some floodiboiind city poured 'into
Columbus today over the .Big Four
from Cleveland, frantically beggingr
The, flooded west .side oY the city
today was put under martial law, and
all persons not having business there
warned to keep away. J
How many are dead in Columbus
has not yet .been ascertained JBut
101 dead bodies have been located,
and. the.' general impression is that
many more perished.
One thousand or more persons still
are. marooned by the" flood. Bodies
are being recovered all the time.
Many were found lashed to tree tops.
The Scioto, which had a big bend
encircling severalihousand houses.in
which 25,000 dwelt, straightened its
own course by (fatting a way through
Avondale and .Glenw.ood avenues.
Hundreds of home sweresWept away,
A general morgue has been opened
on Town street-. Arrangements forv
250 bodies' we're made. A small group
which gathered a't the, morgue in tie
early hours swelled graduallyas the.,
day went on. )
, The body of Mrs. Withey, recover?
ed yesterday, with a rope made from"
sheets around the body, wasthe first
Rescuers, today penetrated to the
Cypress and eChter avenue section,
which suffered more .than any other
from the flood. A hundred people of
this district still are marpdned on. a
knoll near GreeirLawn'cemetery and '
are suffering-from cold and hunger.-
Mrs. BETobin and her .blind
baby were" rescued from an .attic, td
day. They had neither food nor heat
Two daughters-of Mrs. Ada Pfelfer,
daughter of Mrs. Tobin, who floated
away from their home in a tub, were
rescued. - ' s
A live ,16-months-old baby was,
found playinghappily in an attic at
946 Princeton avenue. The baby was
well dressed and "warmly wrapped. A
note on which' was written "Walter
Taylor" was pinned to Its clothing'
Nothing is known of what became of
its parents.' j 1
Four flood babies havebeen born.
Twinsy were "born last night in the
upper story of a water-surrounded
house at 260 Hawkes avenue. One
babywas born at West High School,
-another at Avondale School.
Two unidentified bodies, probably
motherland daughter, were found
floating in Jackscon.Pike, three miles
south of the ity,by George Rankin
and Charles Messner.
Mrsr Jones, brought from her flood-
'ed home to Mount Carmel -Hospital-
last night gave berth to a baby.
At l o'clock, 'Coronerv..LQUic C.
Denkert ..estimated -the -Columbus
dead at 200, v
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