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EAST AMID FLOODS
LOSS OF PROPERTY OVER TEN MIL LION DOLLA RS. ' Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and West' Virginia Partly Inundated —Pittsburg Suffered Most—Indiana to Connecticut Included in the Flooded District. Pittsburg, Pal, Feb. 16.—Spreading ruin and disaster in its path, the an nual flood of the rivers and small streams of this section still holds Pittsburg in its grasp. At 10 o'clock the water had reached a stage of 26 feet and was rising a half a foot an hour. At the headwaters the rivers con tinue to rise, and scores of cities and towns in western Pennsylvania, east ern Ohio and West Virginia are partly inundated. In the Pittsburg district alone the damage, it is said, will amount to several million dollars. The record flood of last year, when the water reached the stage of 36 feet, caused damage estimated at $10,000,000, but sufficient warning was given this year to save much property. > A conservative estimate places the number of men thrown out of work by the flood here at 20,000. This great increase to the army of unemployed is expected to result in much suffer ing. For weeks charitable organiza tions have been soliciting funds for the unemployed, and today additional appeals were made for contributions to assist the flood victims. A great number of families have been compelled to move their household goods to upper stories. They go to and fro in skiffs. Oil the north side of Pittsburg tonight, the policemen are patrolling their beats in skiffs. Wheeling, W. Va. —One thousand families have been compelled to flee from their homes to higher ground owing, to the flood. Buffalo Streets Flooded. Buffalo, N. Y.—A heavy rainfall and melting snow under a high tempera ture sent Buffalo and Scanjaquada creeks out of their banks. While watching the flood at Hr Ad ford, Pa., It. R. Caldwell. 71 years old, was struck by a train and killed. Ohio on Rampage at Evansville. ; Evansville, In.—The Ohio river con tinues to rise here rapidly, and the biggest flood in years is now looked for. Derby, Conn.—By the breaking up of a huge ice gorge in the Housatonic river at ero bridge, seven miles from here, damage estimated at $1,000,000 was done in and near Derby. Springfield, Ohio.— Bück creek is higher than since 1S98, and fully 100 houses in this city are flooded. • Boats are kept busy all night carrying people out of their submerged homes. Waters Recede at Reading. Reading, Pa.—The. flood in the Schuylkill river . reached its. height when it was nine feet above low water The ice broke up without causing any damage and passed down the river at this point, after wnich the waters be gan to recede. Much Misery in Wake of Flood Pittsburg, Feb. 17.—After reaching 30.7 feet at noon today and remaining at that stage for three hours, the high water in the river is now slowly re ceding. The danger mark in this city is 22 feet. The damage, it is estimated, will run up to several million dollars, but there was no loss of life. The suffering caused by the high wa ter is intense. Thousands of persons are living in the upper floors of thjoir homes, using ^skiffs as a piearts .of transportation to and fra The lower portions of their homes are filled with water. In many instances the house hold goods were not removed, "owing to a lack of time, and chairs, tables pianos and bric-a-brac are floating about the rooms. To add to the suffering of the vic tims the weather grew cold today and some snow fell. The gas connections of the houses have been disarranged and in their present damp condition life is made miserable for the unfor tunate occupants. 1 . Charitable institutions are making use of many skiffs, and rafts have been usually working throughout all of the last night and today, serving-hot cof fee and food to the people, many of whom are poor. As night advanced the waters began to recede rapidly, and at midnight the flood was passing away almost as rap idly as it came—at the rate of half foot an hour. Morse, large called all when then bile he to ing sum leased Fifth a and ment of B. of This ince's been was 1907. ting Place tive ator from lines sel the to 21Ö0 total a of the PITTSBURG -NEXT YEAR Bowlers Expect to Go to the Smoky City in 1909. The recent American Bowling con gress selected Pittsburg as the next meeting place. - The old officers were re-elected. of Is An Anti-Injunction Bill An anti-injunction bill said to have the support of railroad employes, has been introduced in the house by Repre sentative Rodenberg < of Illinois. It provides no writ of injunction shall be granted without reasonable notice to the adverse party, and divvies con tempt into direct and indirect, per mitting the person charged with the latter a jury trial. BANKER MORSE NABBED the cof of the Detectives Arrested in Stateroom on Board Steamer Etruria—Gives Bond of $20,000. New York, Feb. 16.—Charles W. Morse, financier and promoter of many large combinations, including the so called ice trust and a merger of nearly all of the coastwise steamship lines, returned today from his brief trip to Europe, was arrested in his stateroom when the steamer Etruria reached quarantine in the lower bay, held in custody until the ship was docked and then was whirled away in an automo bile to the home of Justice Victor Dowling of the supreme court, where he gave bonds in the sum of $20,000 to answer to two indictments charg ing grand larceny and involving the sum of $100,000. Mr. Morse was re leased and went immediately to his Fifth avenue home, where he gave out a statement asserting his innocence and asking the public to suspend judg ment until he has had the opportunity of facing his accusers in court. SO B. C. TIMBER LANDS IN RESERVES Washington, Feb. 18.—At one stroke of the lieutenant governor's pen, 150, 000,000 acres of forest land in British Columbia have been placed in reserves. This includes every acre of the prov ince's timber lands, except what has been leased. This is as much land as was put in the national forests of this country between the years 1891 and 1907. The action was taken to check wasteful exploitation of timber re sources and to bring the care and cut ting of timber more effectually under government control. Place 150,000,000 Acres of Forest Under the Care of the Govern ment. AGAINST ALDRICH BILL May Bankers of Washington State Fight tKe Measure Tacoma, Wash., Feb. 17.—The execu tive council of the Washington State Bankers' association has passed a res olution strongly indorsing the bill now pending in congress to establish a United States sub-treasury at Seattle. Secretary P. C. Kauffman of the as sociation was instruced to wire Sen ator Piles and other members of the Washington delegation urgently rec ommending passage of the bill. ar too iy, the knew the much serve said ing quire ican on the of hira row his He his The and the ELEVEN LOST ON EMILY REED Miscellaneous Wreckage is Strewn Along Oregon Shore for Two Miles Bay. City, Ore.-, Feb. 17.—Wreckage from the ill-fated American ship Emily Iteed, which went ashore .near the mouth of the-Nehalem river recently, lines the beach 1'or two miles to the southward of the place where the ves sel struck. The cargo of coal which the ship carried has been washed out to sea and hardly a trace of the cargo, 21Ö0 ton's, which she had on board, is visible. Both ship and cargo are a total loss. The total list of lives lost from the Emily Reed is 11. Completed Plans Military Depot PI alls and specifibations have been completed in the quartermaster ' gen eral's office for the extensive work which is contemplated at Fort Mason Gal,, „where there will be established a general military supply depot. Con gross has authorized an expenditure of $1,500,000 for ,th§ construction , of buildings q,nd pier at that place. will 1 be the tnost important shipping point' and troop transfer station the country. next Militiamen May Now Hold Jobs Washington, Feb. 19—President Roosevelt has decided to admit piem bçrs of the organized militia to conij petition for appointments to the grade of second lieutenants in the army Candidates for the position must be 'unmarried, but not less than 21 or nfore than 27 years of age, and must have been a militiamen of the stat frerm which he was designated contin uqusly for not less than two year prior to being named for examina ticfli. the On on the Negroes Oppose Rum Traffic Washington, Fob. 18.—At the con ference of bishops of the Negro Meth odist Episcopal churches of the, coun try, greetings were sent to their com municants in particular and the race in general. They heartily commend äTf efforts to rid the country of the rum traffic; they pledge their support to the movement, and urge the race, especially those qualified to vote, to give the cause their united support un til the evil is destroyed. "I To Clean San Francisco San Francisco, Feb. 17.—The citi zens* health committee has authorized Dr. Blue to employ 200 inspectors to begin the work of visiting all business houses and every residence in the city to see that all sanitary laws are com plied with and to repart any infrac tions for prosecution. have has It con per the The Hop Crop is 140,000 Bales The Oregon hop crop of 1907 .'""mint ed to 140.000 bales. These statistics are as complete as can be compiled at this time, and any later revision will only add to the total, a few' small lots having been overlooked. Beloeh, the mining expert, says the Johannesburg gold reef is good for at least $15,000;090,000. DON'T LOOK FOB WAR SO STATES JAPAN'S NEW AM BASSADOR TO U. S. Takahira Says It Would Be the Most "Inhuman Event in World's History and Too Hellish to Be Thought of" —All Newspaper Talk—He Has Been Away Two Years. New York, Feb. 18.—Declaring that ar between the United States and ipan would be the most "inhuman ent in the world's history," and was too hellish" to be thought of, Baron Kogoro Takahira, the new Japanese ambassador to Washington, said Sun iy, upon landing in New York from the steamer Etruria, that the Japanese knew absolutely nothing of a break in the cordial relations which have been historic between the two nations. Talk war, Baron Takahira declared with much emphasis, was utterly unintel ligible to him, unless, as some one had suggested, it was spread broadcast to serve the commercial ends of some newspapers. The new ambassador said there might be some matters pend ing in Washington which would re quire his attention, but they were not serious. As to the cruise of the Amer ican fleet to the Pacific ocean, he re garded it purely as a naval maneuver on a grand scale, designed to show to the world at large that America has a wonderful naval power which can be dispatched anywhere at a moment's notice "in support of a legitimate cause, which always is at the bottom of American diplomacy." Baron Taka hira will leave for Washington tomor row morning at 11 o'clock to present his credentials to President Roosevelt. He is a warm personal friend of Mr. Roosevelt, and is looking forward to his meeting with the chief executive ith a great deal of pleasure. The baron is returning to the American capital after an absence of two years spent in Rome as ambassador to Italy. The baron left Washington as minister and was subsequently elevated to the ank of ambassador. He was-one of the Japanese envoys at the Portsmouth peace conference. be or THUNDERBOLT WRECKS BIG SHIP American Boat is Abandoned and the Crew Suffers Horribly Ionplulu, Jan. 29.—A thunderbolt which struck her fore topmast during frightful storm, was the cause of the foundering of the American: ship Dclipse, which was abandoned on Jan nary 11, after her crew had worked night and, day for four days at the pujnps. Six hours after Captain Bai sent, the mate and 14 men took to the boats, they sa,w tfieir ship go down On an allowance of two biscuits a day ach. with two gills of water, the al eady exhausted sailors made their )00-mile trip to these islandsi The officers and 11 of the men staggered on to the, beach at Hana, Maui, on the morning of January 27. Three of the few died the day before, and their ompanions shoved their bodies into the sea. GIVES THE LIE TO CUPID race the to un "I Have Never Considered Myself En gaged," Says Senator Davis— Can't Contradict a Lady. Washington,, Fob. 19.—"I have never considered myself engaged but—" and here ex-Senator Henry Gassaway Da- V vis one-time- democratic nominee for the vice presidency, stroked his iron gray beard reflectively—"the lady sgvs wç, are engaged, and l-will not contra dict a lady." This was Senator Davis' con tribu- 1 tioH today to the baffling mystery as to his alleged terminated engagement with Miss Maud Ashford. With him at the time was the eldest son of his daughter,- Mrs. Arthur Lee. Miss Ashford still vehemently in sists that .she was still engaged to-the senator. . ried dric de took and tion the hat sult the the and ity. a ed citi to city com at will the at Sultan of Turkey Rubbing His Hands Rome, Feb. 19.—"The sultan is rub bing his hands," said an ambassador of one of the leading powers in ex plaining that the only country to profft. by the breaking up of the European concert in the Balkans would be Turf key. So far Turkey has only consent ed to a commission to study the prb* posed Austrian railways, and has not as yet given the concession, and it is well known how many years are nec essary to obtain concessions from the porte. G. P. O. to Set Type Cheaper President Roosevelt has approved ah order reducing the price of composi tion to^be charged by the government printing office from $1.20 to SO cents an hour for hand composition, and from $1.80 an hour to 80 cents per thousand ems for machine composi tion. The order was recommended by William S. Rossiter, who is commet ing an investigation of the printing office as the president's person repre sentative. The Tacoma Haircut War Is Over Tacoma, Wash. Feb. IS.—The bar bers' war is over and prices for hair cuts are back to the old rate of 35 cents. THESHONTSWEODING ANOTEER RICH AMERICAN GIRL GETS FRENCH TITLE. Quiet Ceremony During Fierce Storm in New York—Bridal Couple Trip to Florida for Honeymoon—Presi dent Sends Gift to Bride—Presents Are Not for Public Gaze. New- York, Feb. 16.—Miss Theodora Shonts, daughter of Theodore P. Shouts, formerly chairman of the Isthmian canal commission, was mar ried Saturday at noon to Manual Theo dric Bernard D'Albert De Luyne, Duc de Chaulnes, of Paris. The wedding took place at the home of the bride's father at 132 East Fifth avenue, the ceremony being performed by Mon signor M. J. Lavelle, rector of St. Pat rick's cathedral, assisted by Rev. Father Byris. There was room at the house en trance for only one carriage at a time and because of the blockade impatient feminine guests braved the storm and dragged their silks, satins and chiffons through the blinding rain. This exhibi tion of discomfited society was a source of great amusement to curiosity seekers, who howled with amusement when handsomely gowned guests with skirts tucked under their arms braved the storm for a most embarrassing walk. Many a carefully polished high hat was blown into the middle of the muddy street and many an umbrella carried by a footman over aggravated mistresses went inside out. As a re sult of the delay in the carriage line fully half the guests failed to see the ceremony, among them being Mrs. James B. Haggiu and Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish. Miss Marguerite Shonts, sister of the bride, was her only attendant, and the Prince Andre Galitzin, the duke's uncle, was best man. The Shonts home was decorated with American Beauty roses, lilies of the valley and smilax. The bride wore a gown of duchess satin, with court train bordered with orange blossoms. The Duc de Chaulnes is 29 years old and a member of one of the most aris tocratic families of the French nobil ity. He has a house in Paris and a hereditary castle in one of the French provinces'. Following the brilliant wedding cere mony the young couple left this after non in a private car for Florida, where they will enjoy several weeks' honeymoon. The wedding was most elaborate in every detail. The ceremony was brief, the wedding party forming on the third story and trailing down embowered stairways to a lane formed of satin pillars support ed by a canopy of lilies of the valley The altar was arranged in the large drawing room and before it the couple exchanged vows. Only a few of the guests were per mitted to see the fine collection of gifts sent from all quarters of the globe, among which was a gift from President Roosevelt. Mr. Shonts posi tivel-y - refused all information regard ing them. The father and mother of the bride accompanied by the Duchess d'Uzes Prince Galitzen, Baron De Cande and Baron De La Bouillerc, left tonight for Niagara Falls in a special train. Salaries ter C. all if in in it V 1 Salaries Reduced' on Pacific Division Seattle, Wash., Feb. IS—The West ern Union Telegraph company has just made a general reduction in the wages of its employes in the Pacific division, effective February 15. The decrease averages 5 to 6 per cent, ac cording to R. T. Reid, superintendent of the second district of the division, which district comprises the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the western half of Montana, and the prov ince of British Columbia. 35 Weiser Store Destroyed by Fire Weiser, Idaho, Feb. IS.—At 2:30 o'clock this morning flames were dis covered issuing from the lower floor of the Odd Fellows' building, occupied by Martin Klinge with a large stock of dfygoods, shoes, ladies' and gent's furnishings. At the time nearly everything in the store was ruined by fire smoke and water. The stock was insured for $11,500 in 14 different companies. Mr. Klinge estimated the value of his stock at $21,000. Trains Extended to Terry, Mont. Terry, Mont.. Feb. 18.—The Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul railway has ex tended to this city the train service of the company's Pacific coast exten sion. The new line crosses the Yellow stone river for the first time at Teriy. The train service is daily between Aberdeen, S. D., Narmath, N. D., and this city. Trolley Car Kills Rev. E. Bodie Los Angeles, Cal., Feb. 17.—The Rev. Edwin Bodie, a retired minister, who came here from Seward. Neb., some time ago. was almost instantly killed by a car on the West Temple street line Sunday. Influenza Is London's Terror Influenza is claiming thousands of victims in London, and the visitation of the present time is the worst that has been known in many years. RULES AGAINST COMMISSION Not Judge Hanford Says They Do Have Power. Olympia, Wash., Feb. 17.—"No mat ter what the final outcome of the de cision of United States Judge C. H. Hanford that the railroad commission cannot fix - rates, the great work of the commission will remain for prac tical use," declared Commissioner John C. Lawrence, this evening. "The data gathered by the commis sion as to the value of railroad prop erty in the state, and evidence had at all the hearings, all will be we\l worth their cost for the use of the legislature if it finally has to fix the rates, or for the commission, should the commis sion's pow-er be finally sustained. "The many thousands of dollars the state has spent in securing this data and in these hearings will not be lost in any event. "And even under the decision the commission is not prevented from con tinuing its work to determine the cost and value of railroad property, the reasonableness of rates, or any other line of proper investigation. Chairman Harry Fairchild of the commission, said: "The member of the commission are in consultation with the governor and its legal ad viser regarding the future procedure under the decision. We shall prepare and give out a public statement early in the week, as soon as our plans are determined upon." Governor Mead has not determined upon the question of calling à special session. He is in consultation with prominent citizens of different parts of the state, seeking to learn what the people of the state desire. It is point ed out that if the matter is left to the next legislature, which meets in 1909, it w'ill be nearly two years before the constitutional amendment can be voted on at a regular election and become effective, w'hile if a special session is called the amendment can be voted on this fall, thus saving two years. New Foot Rules. Important changes in the rule gov erning the forward pass play, which prove of advantage to teams, and other football legislation, w'ere made by the intercollegiate football rules commit tee, which concluded its session in New York recently. The new rule on the play of the forward pass covers the illegal touch ing of the ball. When illegally touch ed the side making the illegal play loses the ball to its opponents on the spot from which the pass was made. According to the new rule only the man of the passer's side w-ho first legal ly touched the ball may hereafter take it until it has been touched by an opponent. If the forward is legally touched and then free,., and is then touched by another player of the pass er's side, the ball goes to the oppo nents at the spot wheVe touched. The committee considered the ques tion of defensive tactics in connection with the forward pass and it was de cide 1 that while the forward pass is in u s'", the players of the defensive sid- ;! , -y not use their hands or arms on lu r opponents except to push them t-Lit of the way to get at the ball. In order to eliminate tackling it is pro vided that the players of the side making the forward pass, who are elig ible to receive the pass, may use their hands and arms just the same way that players do down under the kick. Another rule was passed making the intermission between the halves of the game 15 minutes. A delay of two min utes beyond that time gives the ball to the field, which may then place the ball on the 30-yard line of'the offend ing eleven. . . '■ Another rule adopted provides that all forfeited games hereafter are ,to score as one to nothing. The committee passed a rule that all penalties, except in the case qf a man disqualified, may be declined by the of fending side.' In the. future the field judge will act as timer instead of the linesman. IN STORM, BUILDINGS FALL A Mississippi Tornado Leaves Many Deaths in lt,s Path, j Mossville,' Miss., Feb. 17.—Four whole buildings and two half buildings are the only habitable abodes in this village now. The remainder of the structures were blown down, and many of them swept outside the town the recent tornado. Two old negroes, Al Swindham and his wife, are dead, and Edward Camp bell, white, is probably fatally injured to the is of a of Young Child Dies in a Fijfe. Elsinore, Cal., Feb. 16.—In a fire which destroyed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Young, at the head of the lake here, the 21 months old child of the family was burned to death, and her sister, eight years old, was so bad ly scorched by the flames that she is not expected to live. Ask Pardon for Van Schaick New York.—More than 150 members of the American Association of Mast ers Mates and Pilots met recently to start an appeal to save Captain Wil liam H. Van Schaick from prison. He was captain of the General Slocum by the burning of which more than 1000 persons met death. New Railway Merger in Cuba Bondholders of the Cuban Eastern Railroad company, the Northeastern Cuba Railroad company, the Cuba Ter minals company and the Eastern Rail road of Cuba, have formed a commit tee to reorganize the different roads and merge them into one system. UPHOLDS 0ÜR NANY ADMIRAL CONVERSE REPORTS BACK TO CRITICS. Fighting Ships of American Navy Good as Any in World—Lack Only irt Numbers—There Are a Few Faults* but Not Serious—Personnel of Navy Second to None in the World. By direction of the president, Sec retary Metcalf has made public the report of Admiral Converse on the fighting ships of the American navy* called forth by many criticisms re cently published in magazines and oth erwise. This report was prepared primarily to satisfy the president as to the exact, state of our naval ships compared with those of other navies, and its publica tion is authorized with the design toi reassure the American sailors as to the quality of the ships with which, they must go into battle. Admiral Converse characterizes the criticisms as "prepared by persons; whose knowledge of the subjects dis cussed was limited and incorrect."' There was, he said, ample justifica tion for the adoption of the battleship designs which have been followed. "It is not claimed that mistakes have not. been made, he adds, "or that our ships are without faults, but in view of the then state of the art of battle ship building, this fact is not to be wondered at. It is remarkable that the mistakes were so few and that, none were really serious. In this re spect, our record will compare favor ably with that of foreign services." In the 91 pages which the admiral, devotes to the defense of the navy* the subjects dealt with include battle drills, freeboard of American ships, height of gun positions, torpedo de fense guns, battleship armor, turret, designs, ammunition hoists, in and out turning screws, the Kearsarge andi Kentucky, and general notes. His emphatic conclusion is: "Our ships are not inferior to those in foreign services." Made Necessary Compromises. "We have," he says, "made compro mises in our designs of battleships* because it is impossible to construct, a perfect battleship; such compro mises have, perhaps, detracted from the desired perfect ship in some re spects, but at the same time have made it possible to improve upon some other existing disadvantages and,, on the whole, the compromises, each and all, have tended toward a nearer* approach to the desired perfect final ity. Other nations have labored and will, like ourselves, continue to labor, under this same difficulty in endeav oring to approach as near as possible to that impossibility—a perfect bat tleship. Lacking Only in Numbers. "The quality of the material of our~ navy is inferior to none; in quantity of vessels alone are we lacking. With an increase in number of ships the American navy will have been sup plied the only feature necessary to make it second to none in all that tends toward fighting efficiency*. And when the stress of actual combat, if such should unfortunately come, brings the only really practical tests, our country need have no fears or mis givings that our battleships will not. give an excellent account of them selves and prove themselves all that; we have designed them for and know them to be." The admiral says, in treating of bat tle drills, that it was not until the spring of 1903 that "our navy achieved the size of a squadron—eight battle ships; and not until last spring that we acquired a fleet—two squadrons. It. then for the first time became possi ble W carry out fleet tactics. These were begun in July, were interrupted for target practice, and resumed again in the present voyage to the Pacific.: coast'. In this connection the admiral remarks : "The personnel of our navy in am bition and professional knowledge, is second to none in the world." BANKER GOES TO PRISON of is to by Sau Francisco, Feb. 17.— R. E. Rag land, president of the Citizens' State bank, which recently suspended, was: sentenced by Police Judge Conlan to six months' imprisonment for exhibit ing a revolver in a "rude and threat ening manner" to J. Pomanskv. a de positor in the bank, who sought to re cover his money. * Art additional sentence of three months' imprisonment was imposed ôa the banker for carrying a concealétf weapon. Ragland's attorney gave no tice of an appeal. A W. J. Bryan Talks to 4000 Men j Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 17.—Willianlf J. Bryan addressed more than 400Ç» men, Saturday afternoon. His subject was the "Prince of Peace," and his: address was given under the auspices; qf the Y. M. C. A. Mass Troops on Czar's Frontier St. Petersburg, Feb. 19.—Prelimin ary orders have been Issued to carry* out the plan for the formidable mili tary demonstration om ttte Turko-Per sian frontier.