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.VOL. XXIV. NO, 280
By John T. McGutcheon.
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Thousands of Acre-Feet of
Soil Enriching Flood
Passes Through Phoenix
Down Channel of Salt
Apprehension Felt for the
Safety of Certain Lands
Should Rise Continue
- Biggest Verde Flood in
The turbulent Verde river was
more turbulent yesterday than at any
other time during the present active
spell. Beginning shortly after mid
night Saturday night the rise of the
stream was rapid, filling the great
channel of the Salt river from bank
to bank, and dashing over the dam
at Granite Reef in a great wall of
water that caused apprehension in
the minds of some cutious who went
out to see it, that the big rock and
masonry structure could withstand
the tearing, fighting water.
Conservative estimates give ' the
figures of the amount of water that
is wasting away to the sea coming
from the fertile valley of the Verde
at close to 50,000 acre feet every
twenty-four hours. Not in years has
the stream shown such an ability to
carry an overwhelming stream. The
oily, soily water, if spread out over
the thirsty, land, would enrich it to
an almost unbelievable extent, while
the moisture that it carries might if
properly used, be instrumental in
raising a whole year's crop from the
thousands of acres it could irrigate.
The restlessness of the stream yes
terday seemed to carry with it the
very thought of waste. To one
closely watching the rising of the
waters the Impression came that the
water knew that it was being wasted
and, undisciplined, was Joying in the
fact. If the power alone of such a
f'rwm were harnessed it would be
fcnough to supply half the state of
.nzona with light and heat.
The gauge at Granite Reef, that
means the measure of the depth of
the stream dashing over the reef
liovered between two feet nine incites
and three feet four inches all day.
The thousand feet wide stretch at
the dam was narrowed in the stream
below and with the narrowing rose
still higher until it widened in the
stretches of the river north of Mesa.
Farmers along the river bank be
tween the reef and Phoenix were out
early yesterday morning and stayed
out all day watching the stream and
doing everything that could be sug
gested to them to obviate the proba
bility of damage to fruit ranches and
grain fields. Telephone messages
were going hither and yon all day
yesterday between the headquarters
of the reclamation service here and
the reef, while the zanjeros were out
all day looking to the safety of the
The fact that the Roosevelt lake
was increasing in capacity rapidly
seemed not to be thought of by those
interested in the hope that nothing
of a harmful nature happened from
tho force of the river that has here-
River Bottom Farmers Are
Marooned By Rising Water
At least three colonies of valley
bottom farmers and residents of the
Salt were marooned in the middle of
the river late yesterday afternoon,
where they remained most of the
night while members of the police
and sheriff's forces made frantic ef
forts to reach them and take them
to places of safety. They were al!
caught on the higher ground of the
basin, where they dive, when' the
waters of the river suddenly came
down in swirling torrents, surround
ing and coming to the very doors of
their residences.
The names of the families marooned
on the several islands could be
learned, as no word could be gotten
to them or from them, and distance
and the late hour at which help be
gan arriving made recognition impos
sible. However, it is known William
O'Harra, his wife and hired nana, W.
Harmon, are the unfortunates who
are held at bay by the water on the
island, at the point where Park road
leads down to the river. A second
party was trapped a half mile up the
river, but It was learned later in the
night that they had reached the far
shore by means of a tow line carried
across on horseback. Thettrijrd crew
of shipwrecks is on a piece of land
at the place where Sewenth avenue
cuts the river.
Al) the families were trapped in
their homes during their sleeping
hours the night previous. When they
arose in the morning and started out
to their daily work they found they
were surrounded and' cut off from the
rest of the state by the sheet of wa
ter the Verde had discharged during
the night. At the O'Harra ranch, W.
Harmon, employed by O'Harra. started
to cross the river, swimming his
horse. He was thrown from the ani
mal's back and came near drowning.
The Verde water is still cleav-
ing its way wastingly through the
Valley of the Salt.
It is estimated that yesterday
j enough water passed over Granite
Reef to irrigate 40,00o acres for
six months. I
A storage reservoir on the
Verde would conserve this to the i
use of the farmers of this valley.
The tide had not reached Us
flood by last night at midnight.
j Hundreds of people visited the
widened banks of the river at
Center street yesterday to watch
the flood. I
The Agua Fria and Hassayampa
rivers and Cave Cieek are carry-
j bank-to-bank streams also. i
! None of the water in the Salt
j now comes from the Roosevelt
j lake. It all comes from the
Veide. I
Roosevelt Lake
Makes Record
Gain in Water
(Special to The Republican)
ROOSEVELT, Ariz., Feb. 22. The
flood waters of the Salt river and Ton
to creek are piling up back of the great
masonry (Tarn here at the rate of more
than twenty thousand acre feet every
twenty-four hours, yesterday morning
the gauge reading at the dam showed
the height to be 131.32 feet, a gain of
two feet from midnight to 7:30, while
by evening it had risen two feet more
and is now standing over 133 feet. This
is the same height about that the gauge
read on August 19th last when there
was 280,033 acre feet of water in the
The gain yesterday by the time the
gauge was read equaled 21,760 acre feet
the largest day's gain that has been
registered since the rise began coming
down the two contributing streams.
Since the rise began to be noticeable
there has been a gain in the reservoir
of nearly 60,000 acre feet of water.
The gauge in this time has risen nine
feet in height.
From now on although the water will
continue to rush in in equally large
quantities, the gain in feet in height
will not be so noticeable as the surface
expanse of the lake will be so much
greater as the body of water climbs
up the sides of the rocky fastnesses in
which it is located.
Still further increases are looked for
tofore not been counted upon as a
great carrier of dangerous flood
waters. The value of the Roosevelt
dam is admitted without question for
if all the water that is flowing over
the intake at Roosevelt were added
to the1 Verde's stream and sent ca
reening down the Salt, the effect
would be such never before exper
ienced. The need of a dam to check the
flood , waters of the Verde was never
more apparent than yesterday, and
when this mental attitude had been
reached came the additional informa
tion that the crest of the flood may
not yet have been reached. A dam
on the Verde, to store the flood
waters will mean millions of dollais
to Arizona in the coming venr-..
After that, no attempt was made to
reach the mainland.
I When the sheriff's party secured a
, boat last evening from the insane
asylum and had taken it down to the
I river, it was found the river had quit
rising and that the families were safe
' until daylight, when the boat will be
' pressed into service and the ma
' rooned will be rescued,
j Old-timers say that the Salt is
, higher now than it has been in the
, past ten years, or since the famous
forty-day rain. At the Center street
bridge last evening the rushing waste
had reached a point within two or
i three feet of the bridge causeway,
threatening the structure. The stretch
of water at the point was 2150 feet
j Little rubbish, brushwood and other
' material which would endanger the
bridge is coming down with the floods,
; and that which does lodge is soon
cut to pieces by specially installed
j steel knives. However, the chief dan-
ger in the vicinity of the bridge lies
( in the washing out of the south ap
, proach. The water has already threat
i ened that end of the bridge, and sev
i eral men with gang plows, scrapers
and other mechanical devices were
employed all yesterday afternoon in
j strengthening the places where the
, water was most threatening. When
the river had ceased to rise at mid
night last night it was thought the
approach was sufficiently strong to
stand the further attack of the re
ceding rushes.
The families lower down the river
who are marooned by the waters
coming up about their homes will be
rescued this morning by the sheriff's
force. When the deputies and others
left the river banks last evening
there was no further danger in store
for the marooned unless there should
come another big rise in the floods,
which is very improbable.
Ancient Arabic Order Nobles
of Mystic Shrine Ready
for Gigantic and Extrava
gant Ceremonial Session
Today .
The Grand Parade Tonight
Promises to Eclipse All
Previous Efforts if the
"Weather Man Keeps the
Faucets Closed
Out on the lonely desert where a
sun more caloric than any ever noted
astronomically turns heated sands
into molten masses, forty novices are
to "get theirs" this morning. Under
the guise of fraternalism, exquisite
outrages, heinous crimes and bar
baric tortures are to be committed
today. No hand of the law can
reach out to sa,ve the victims, no
comforting balm will be at hand to
soothe the tried and tired spirits.
There are victims soon to scieam.
There's a finish to their dream,
There's a parting with their dough,
, There's a journey they must go,
There's a yawning chasm yearning
for his prey.
Men of deeds and men of action
paste this date, February 23, in your
hats and remember!
Illustrated and Illuminated Po
tatotate Shirley Christy, of El
Zanbah Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, says "Es Salamti Aleik
m," and then calls them Dear
Nobles in announcing a mammoth,
bewildering, gorgeous, mastodonic,
gigantic and extravagant ceremonial
session of the Shriners in Phoenix
tofiii.v. His murderous program was
printed under piotest in The Repub
lican yesterday and will never be re
I fated. But despite the appeals and
protcstaions of the Purity P.rigade
from Cohoes it will be carried out
today with added features.
In anticipation of the things to lie
did today and probably tomorrow,
about one hundred, perhaps more,
bloodthirsty Arabs who have crossed
the sands and survived, have arrived
for the torture of the innocents.
Thirty-five had been corraled up to
midnight and before daylight today
it is expected that a half dozen more
will be ready for the sacrifice.
At 9:30 o'clock this morning auto
mobile loads of Shriners will "silent
ly steal away" from Masonic Temple
and wend their way out into the
desert, probably in the vicinity of
Camelback. where the Shriners' cam
els graze and chew their quids.
Arriving there, wherever it is, the
goat skin shelter tents will be pitch
ed and then will begin the barbari
ties. Director George Mauk spent
all of yesterdny and last night in
looking after the sands that they
cooled not during the hours when
the sun was doing duty over in the
About noon the survivors will be
returned to Phoenix and their
parched tongues wetted with camel's
milk. Then there will be a business
session beginning at 1:30 o'clock
in Masonic hall for the receiving and
balloting upon petitions.
At 3:00 o'clock will begin the first
section of the ritualistic work. All
candidates must report not later than
2:30 o'clock. The parade will be
held at 7:00 o'clock, instead of at
5:00 o'clock as stated in the pro
grams. Dress suits and fez will be
in order. The second section will
start promptly at 7:30 o'clock or
after the committee has filled up the
visitors at a buffet lunch called for
6:00 o'clock.
Following the custom of El Zari
bah Temple of giving one night in
the year to the entertainment of the
nobles and their ladies, it is an
nounced that there will be given a
grand ball at the Arizona School of
Music, Tuesday evening, to 9 o'clock
p. m. 1914 Blue and White card will
admit a noble and two ladies.
For the guidance of novices, Po
tatotate Christy has issued the fol
lowing rules:
"If your guide asks you to do any
thing undignified, don't hesitate to
refuse. Say firmly, but gently, 'I
won't,' and wait for the results.
"If vou are married, tell your wife
the truth where you are going. It
will save the necessity of much ex
planation the next day.
"Smile, if you feel like it, but don't
make a loud noise. Remember, a
swelled" head goeth before a fall
sometimes afterward.
"If you get tired and worn out.
and think you are going to die, re
member you are with friends who
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Right Rev. J. YY. Atwood,
Bishop of Arizona, Deliv
ers Interesting Sermon
Before Sons and Daugh
ters of Revolution
Speaking to the Sons and Daughters
of the American Revolution on the
occasion of the observance yesterday
oj Washington's birthday, at Tiinity
Fro-Cathedral. Right Reverend J. W.
Atwood, Episcopal bishop of Arizona,
yesterday morning delivered a most
interesting discourse upon "Modern
Patriotism." Taking for his text,
"Your young men shall see visions
and your old men shall dream
dreams," Acts 2:17 Bishop Atwood
said in part:
I am .glad in my own behalf and
that of the church which I represent,
to welcome the members' of this or
ganization, as well as the Daughters
of the American Revolution, who
have come here this morning for
tills service to which they have been
invited. A cordial welcome is yours
who have honored us with your pre
sence today.
There are few more sacred spots
in America than the village green of
Lexington. Today it is almost as
sleepy, undisturbed and remote from
the great, center of the neighboring
city's life as it was a century and
more ago. In the center of the vill
age common has been erected only
recently the noble work of a great
artist, the symbolic figure of the
Massachusetts yeoman, with high en
deavor, spirited purpose and eonse
ciated courage, pictured forth in the
noble bronze, which seems to breathe
and live in all the rich and simple
manhood that breaks forth from the
motionless statue itself. A son of
the American Revolution may be
pardoned if he rejoices in the know
ledge that he is descended from such
ancestry, but he has no right to ex
pect forgiveness if he does not strive
to live up to the splendid ideal there
unfolded, and to realize to a certain
extent the consecrated patriotism,
the faith In. and the love of country,
the belief in God and manhood, the
simple living and high thinking, that
ought to throb through the veins of
men with ancestral blood like this.
Well might Hancock and Adams,
walking over the Woburn fields,
bearing the musket shots in the dis
tance, exclaim, as the historian has
declared, "with soul aglow with the
prophecy of the coming deliverance
of their count jy," "Oh, what a glor
ious morning is this." "Don't fire
unless you are fired upon," was the
calm but fearless order of Parker,
the commander of the little band of
(Continued on Fage Five.)
HANNIBAL, Mo., Feb. 22. John
Kidvvell was arrested here today
after he had confessed to the mur
der of a family of three at Welling
ton, Kansas on September 24, 1912.
The McKnelly family consisting of
an aged man, his wife and grown
daughter, were killed while sleeping
in a tent. The murder was one of
the most brutal in the history of
Kansas crimes. The father and
daughter were beaten to death with
a baseball bat, while Mrs. MeKnelly
was shot after the assailant had
beaten her into unconsciousness.
Robbery is supposed to have been
the motive.
Dressed as Boy
Catherine Winters
Has Been Found
HUNTSVILLE, Ark., Feb. 22. A
man 50 years old, giving the name
or Edward Stuart, was arrested here
today and a girl dressed as a boy
was put under the protection of
Sheriff Sinister, in the belief that
she is Catherine Winters, daughter
of Dr. W. A. Winters, missing from
her home in Newcastle, Indiana,
since last March. The girl, accord
ing to the sheriff, says her name is
Catherine Winters, and that she for
merly lived in an Indiana town, the
name of which she cannot remember.
She disconnectedly tells of a trip in
f.n automobile and a later journey
in a wagon.
The man, the sheriff says, made
contradictory statements, at one time
declaring the girl is Dr. Winters'
daughter, then claiming she is his
own child. Dr. Winters is expected
from Fort Smith tomorrow to meet
the pair.
The airest of the pair came
through citizens who were struck
by the resemblance of the child to
pictures printed in the newspapers.
The wagon with its occupants was
found a short distance in the hills
after an investigation.
Stuart insists he did not kidnap
the girl, but says the man who ab
ducted her gave her into his keeping.
Sheriff Shuster says the child asserts
this is true.
Believe Is Daughter
NEWCASTLE, Ind.. Feb. 22. The
family of Catherine Winters place
much credence in the reports that
their 10-year-old daughter, missing
since March, has been- located.
Stuart, according to the message
received from Sheriff Shuster at
Huntsville today, said he kidnapped
fhe child in an automobile, dressed
her in boys' clothing and bobbed her
hair. Stuart is unknown here.
Since the disappearance of his
daughter. Winters abandoned his
practice as a dentist and devoted his
time to searching for the girl. She
has been reported found several
times, but the clues proved false.
Citizens of Newcastle conducted a
'tag day" to provide funds for Dr.
Winters to continue his search.
Four Are Placed in Tucson
Jail and It is Believed
Arrests May Clear Up the
Mystery of Killing of Gila
(Special to The Republican)
TUCSON, Feb. 22. Three Southern
Pacific freight conductors and one
brakeman are in the county jail as a
result of warrants issued oy United
States Commissioner Jones for robbing
box cars. It is said that fifteen war
rants have been issued. This is now
a federal offense because it is alleged
they robbed cars in interstate traffic.
Those under arrest here are: E. B.
Winkler, J. J. Smalley and A. B. Crute.
conductors, and Charles G. Harrison, a
brakeman, all of the Yuma-Gila di
vision. It is reported the arrests are due to
the confession of a brakeman and it is
said will clear up the killing of a
brakeman a month ago at Gila Bend.
A peculiar coincidence is that H.
Craig, an Arizona Eastern freight con
ductor from Cochise, brought to a
hospital here with his head injured by
a blunt instrument, admitted he had
been hit by a man but refuses to talk
at all when he recognized a newspaper
man. The doctor says he will recover.
Superintendent Dyer ieft tonight on
his private car. Colonel Epes Ran
dolph, in the Pocahontas is now en
route to Phoenix. Southern Pacific Of
ficer Smith cannot be found.
United States Marshal Forbes has
left town with many warrants and in
teresting developments are expected.
Los Angeles Still Cut
Off From Outside World
ASSOCIATED press dispatch
LOS ANGELES. Feb. 22. So far as
railroad communication was concerned,
Los Angeles and southern California
remained cut off from the world to
day as the result of the storm. There
was ro prospect that even a semblance
of normal conditions could be restored
before late tomorrow. Today the tele
graph service was still crippled. The
telephone companies managed to re
store communication to a certain ex
tent, but today's reports from the cen
ters of the six counties most affected
did not materially change the previous
estimate of $4,500,000 damage.
There was no rain yesterday or to
day. Under the bright sun the floods
are subsiding as quickly as they came
leaving vast area of orchards, ranches
Suggests That They May
Be Among American Re
cruits He Recently Re
jected "When They Tried
to Join Ilis Army
Services Are Held All Over
the Country in Commemo
ration of Overthrow and
Death of the Former
associated press dispatchI
EL PASO, Feb. 22. General Villa, in
a telegram to Consul Edwards of Jua
rez, suggested that the Americans re
ported missing may be in a batch of
American recruits, he says he recently
rejected. Search is being made for
Harry Compton of Oakland and Roger
Laurence, an Englishman, who came
recently to visit Benton. United States
consular representatives at Juarez and
Chihuahua are looking for a trace of
Compton, but he is neither in the jails
nor the cuartels, according to reports
made by the constitutionalists.
General Scott received a request to
search for Compton from citizens of
Garden City, California, saying his
mother is brokenhearted. Consul Ed
wards was instructed by Bryan to lo
cate him and report on his alleged ar
rest and execution.
Senator Fall has been requested to
take measures to obtain the immediate
delivery of the body of Benton in the
hope the remains may explain the man
ner of Benton's death.
Memorial services for Madero and
Suarez were held in the Peace Grove,
where Madero established his pro
visional capital in Mexico in 1311.
Juarez is in mourning.
Mourn at Hwmosillo
HERMOSILLO, Feb. 22. The anni
versary of the overthrow and killing of
President Madero and Vice President
Suarez was commemorated today in
all parts of Mexico. The occasion was
marked here by services in the thea
ters, the cathedral and by special ex
ercises in which General Carranza par
ticipated. The day is one of national
Sends Machine Gun
VERA CRUZ, Feb. 22. The com
mander of the German cruiser Dresden
last night shipped two machine guns
and forty thousand rounds of ammu
nition to the German legation in Mexico
City. A squad of bluejackets in civil
ian dress accompanied the shipment.
Want Angressive Policy
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22. The senate
this week faces the .probability of a
demand from certain members for a
more aggressive policy with reference
to Mexico. On Saturday there was an
outburst and the agitation was averted
by a previous agreement that the
senate proceed immediately with the
consideration of the arbitration treaties
effective at this session. When the
treaties were ratified the execution of
W. P. Benton by General Villa nearly
precipitated a discussion behind closed
doors. .
The administration leaders will seek
to keep the "lid on" in congress so far
as concerns Mexico, but the bitter feel
ing over the Benton affair will make
it impossible for the senators and rep
resentatives of the border states from
voicing opposition to the "watchful
and waiting" policy.
Secretary Bryan received word from
Consul Edwards at Juarez that Gustavo
Bauch, a German-American, reported
executed by Villa was alive and had
been removed to Chihuahua where
Consul Letcher has been instructed to
intercede for him.
Railroad officials are uncommunicative
but admit the arrests show systematic
work of a gang.
Search warrants have revealed stolen
cigars, hosiery, hats and shoes in the
houses of some of the men now in jail.
The officers will not say in whose
house the plunder was found.
and towns under thick layers of silt
and rock.
Crowds of people inspected the havoc.
Great anxiety was felt in regard
to the three hundred passengers
marooned aboard the California Limit
ed and the Phoenix Express at Sum
mit, in the San Bernardino mountains.
They have been stalled since Friday
when they W'ere struck by cloudbursts,
snowstorms and low temperatures.
Their provisions are believed to be ex
hausted. Automobiles have been sent out with
food from San Bernardino to try to
reach them. The twelve men and wo
men injured in the wireck of the Salt
Lake train, eastbound on Friday night,
near Lugo station, were reported rapid
ly recovering at Barstow.

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