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The Greatest Flood in Sixty Years Entails Inestimable Damage to Growing Crops - Thousands and Thousands of Acre, of Kansas and ilfliss&uri Farm Land Inundated AT THE TWO KANSAS CITYS. THE FLOOD SITUATION AS IT WAS FOR A WEEK. For many days the Kansas and Mis souri rivers had been steadily rising when Sunday morning, May 31, water came down both streams In torrents find before noon the entire west bot- UNION DEPOT, KANSAS CITY, MO., FROM TENTH STREET BLUFF. toms, comprising ma-ny thousands of acres, were covered with from 7 to 20 feet of water, which rushed through streets carrying death and destruc tion to every available thing in its reach. Sixteen Btecl bridges connect ing the two cities were swept away as Map of the Valley of the Kansas dough they were made of straw. Thousands upon thousands of homes were swept away and their occu pants lost everything but their live. Many remained with their earthly be longings too long and went down with the rushing wavers. Rescue vu, for a time, praeMcclly Impossible. Boats launched vere carried away like chips. The bridge carrying the water works flow line pipe was swept away, leav ing the two ciUca without water and whw'J L,f (, :M,;,n A),!'i lilti ,,', B 1 Mil &&mmr' I j mm I T" " " ' l , . I mmrn mmm mmmm . at the mercy of any fire which might brea-k out The Electric light plant was submerged and both cities were in darkness. All street car traffic was stopped and all business practically suspended. The Third Regiment was called out to prevent pilfering. Hundreds of citi zens were sworn In as special police land the two cities were practically under martial law for a time. No trains could get in or out The Union Station was under seven feet of water. The water in the Missouri rose to 35 feet The approaches to the Mil waukee bridge, east of Kansas City, SOME SCENES OF THE FLOOD IN River, Showing the Principal Points Mentioned In the Flood Dispatches. acted as a dam and backed the water up on the east bottoms, driving many thousands of people in that district to higher ground. Over 40,000 people In the two cities were homeless. They were crowded into Convention Hall, churches and school buildings, and the relief work began. Many pitiful sights could be seen wherever the refugees were housed. Children were separated , from parents, wives from husbands, ' smd many knew not the fate of their loved ones. Finally the waters began to recede. Old Sol showed his face for the first time in a week. Faces began to brighten, up, and the general clear up commenced. It will be many weeks and perhaps months before the flood ed districts In the two cities will put on a normal appearance, and much sickness will result from the lack of sanitation. Lame on Left Side. Eighty-live percent of the people who ate lame are affected on the left si do. KANSAS CITY, KAN. ,5 Code Books Meant to Sink. All rode books carried In warships have leaden barks, to make them sink should the vessel be wrecked. Rifles and Cannon for Sale. The Italian government has for salt 600.000 rifles made In 1357, together with 1.370 obsolete cannon. Cold In Central Australia. Hills of old" are reported to have been discovered st Arltunga, In Cn- traJ Auitrtla- Sad Fate of an Echo. "I had a good job last summer, but lost It because of my fool absent mindedness." said poor old Seldom Fedd, pessimistically. "I was actio' as de echo fer a mountain hotel, an' I done all right till one moonlight night, when a smart guy from de city hol lered 'Hello, Smith!' Durn me! I for got mcsclf, an" answered back. 'Which Smith do you mean?'" Qulucy Herald. The World's Population. During the last seven yeirs the population of Europe has r!fn In round numbers from 216,000,000 to 400,000,000: that of Asia and Africa has probably increased a little more slowly; that of America has become more than three and a half times as great as it was In 1830. Altogether, the world's population is now about 1,600,000,000, and was 817,000,000. War on the Prairie Dogs. The government is making a sys tematic effort to rid the farmers of the West and Southwest of the prairie dog pest, says the Philadelphia Rec ord. There Is a great colony of the little animals in Texas, covering a ter ritory 125 miles one way by 250 miles the other. It is estimated that there are at least 400,000,000 prairie dogs In this colony, and that they consume enough grass every year to supuort 1,500,000 head of cattle. A FIRE IN THE FLOOD Man of Wide Experience. A London justice, wbo is a mors man, has stood up (or his rights re garding dressmakers' disputes. He will not have dresses tried on in court, because he "had long since come to the conclusion that with ordinary dresses any lady could wear a dress to make it look as if It did not fit." and he was also perfectly satisfied that "any milliner or dressmaker could pull It about and make It lit when it did not do so." Proud of His Ancestry, Col. Henry C. Branch, who died re cently near Lexington, Ma, was proud of bis ancestry. He boasted that on one side he was connected with the Harrison family, which has given two Presidents to the United States, and on the other was descend ed from the Indian girl, Pocahontas. He was born In Viiginla in 1827. and bad lWed In Missouri almost continu ously for sixty years. Kauas City, Mo. Journal. Wave Motors Not a 8ucces. The United States government has allowed more than 150 patents for wave motors, according to Llpplncolt's Magazine. Of these over ninety are accredited to the Atlantic and nearly sixty to the Pacific coast. Of the lat ter class nearly all have been actually or experimentally tried, only to be de stroyed by the tremendous power of the surf. World's Water Consumption. The average daily consumption of water per bead of population In American cities is about eighty gal lons. In Europe It varies from threo. In Brest, and eleven In Venice, to 202 In Marseilles, and 264 In Rome. World's Vital Statistics. The proportion of man led people to tbe population Is highest in Hun gary wbcre 407 per 1.000 of tbe peo ple are married. Portugal stands at tho oilier end of the list, with only 31U married per l.uuo. Had Earned Death Sentence. The record of voracity belongs of right to a stoat recently caught at PeDiiyblll. During the night the blood thirsty little creature bad killed elev en turkeys, thirty ducks nd twenty chickens. Alcoholic Drinks. According to Dr. Raudran of Paris, the least Injurious alcoholic drinks are cider and beer, while the most Injurious Is eau de cologne, which wrecks lie health, of many womso. Will a Model of Brevity. Judge Leslie W. Russell, of Jersey City, who died not long ago, left a will which seems to Indicate a belief on his part that brevity Is the soul of safety when an estate is to be dis posed of by testament. It was In these words: "I give everything I have to my wife." Then, Instead of half a dozen or more pages of "In the event of" this, thnt or the other ho added, "With reversion to our children." Good Maxim for All. There are exccllont commercial maxims that the late Gustavus F. Swift left behind htm even if they carry with thorn a somewhnt selfish flavor. One of the lot, however, is quite good enough for general use. "The best a man ever did," he says, "shouldn't be his standard for the rest of his life." In other words, never have so much respect for your own record that you are afraid to break It Will Paint Warshlpt Gray. The British admiralty has definitely decided to adopt the French gray col or as the official war paint for the ves sels In the navy. This decision has been arrived at after prolonged experi ments with various tints. French gray Is the color which renders a vessel the least conspicuous and renders it a difficult target to hit DISTRICT, KANSAS CITY, MO. Vast Possibilities. Poporaiapetl, the well-known vol cano In Mexico, has heon bought by an American syndicate. It seems a far-fetched schemo, but if an erup tion takes place they may find there's somotbing In it. Patagonlans Dying Out. Dr. Julius Uoeckelmann, German physician and scientist, who went to Patagonia eight years ago to study the conditions of the country, says the Patagonlans will be extinct In a fsw years. A ... ..motion. "If you were a woman," said the bachelor girl, who was entertaining a caller, "I'd show you my new frock. But as you are a man, I'll show the slippers that go with It." Clara Barton's Early Likes. As a child, Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross Society, disliked dolls, and the only playthings that appealed to ber more than pet animals were wooden soldiers. 8AVED BY Car Filled With Passengers Nicely Pol Ab Perliapo the most curious wreck In the history of railroad disasters oc curred some time ago In Arizona. Tbe Maricopa and Phoenix train was rush ing across the Tcmpe bridge, eight miles from Phoenix, when a span of the bridge gavo way, hurling the en gine and tbree cars to tho dry, sandy bed below. It was a mixed train, the first three cars being freight cars and the rest passenger carriages. Tho fourth car, filled with passengers, Putting It Delicately. Here is the extremely delicate way which a man states his chief reason for asking that he be freed from mat rimonial bonds, which gall: "The de fendant has acted in such a way thai said husband has had difficulty In dis tinguishing he? treatment of blm as a husband from her treatment of others who bore no such relation to her." Excuse for Idleness, An old colored citizen recently ap plied for the position of cook In the army. "What experience have you had?" he was asked. "I wuz cook In de Confedrlt army, suh," he replied; "dat Is, I had de position of cook, but ter tell de truth, I didn't wuk at It" "Why not?" "Docause der wua noth in' ter cook, suh." Chattanooga Nswa. Tablets on Warships. The practice has Just bee" Intro duced into the German navy of set. ting up memorial tablets on board ships to sailors who have f ''n In action. Fifteen warships up -o the present have earned the distinction of possessing tablets. To Train Sunday School Teachers. The Teachers' college, of Columbia university, Is to establish a course of study for the training of 8unday school teachers. Dr. Richard M, Hodge, the lecturer In Bible study, will have charge of the classes. Lived Long In Seclusion. An Inmate of an Arsaenlan convent has recently died after being there ninety-eight years without ence going outside the convent walls. Her re corded age was 116 years. 8parrowt a Popular Dish. Warsaw cooks have discovered a way ?t making sparrows so tooth some that the peasants can hardly supply tho demand of the restaurants for these birds. Pope Leo's Wonderful Vitality. The Pope at ninety-four reads with out spectacles, walk" without a cane, dresses and undresses without as sistance, and works about fourteea hours dally. Big Contract for Stock Cars. One hundred pressed steel cars are to be delivered to the Pennsylvania railway company every day durlnf the current half year. First English Actress. The first Englishwoman to appear on the stage Is said to have been Mrs. Coleman, who, in 1650, performed tho character of Iantho in the "Siege of Rhodes." Way Blazed by Missionaries. Dr. F. P. Noble says thnt "No fol lower of scientific progress has ever taken a locomotive Into Africa befora missionaries had prepared the way." Peculiar Lightning Photographed. A new kind of llghtulng vortei lightning has been photographed la Switzerland. Of Intersst to Photographer. A red-colored solution now obviate the need of a dark room la photos rapby. A MIRACLE. sed and Swaytd on the Verge of an yss. hung poised over the edge, teetering apparently In a shiver of doubt Had It fallen It must have dragged the next car with It, and the occupants of both have been crushed In the debris. It hung, however, half on and half off tho bridge, as If ready to Jump Into space, tipped down at quite an angle toward tbe ground. The passengers all got out rafely. The only futallty in this accident was that of a Pima Indian who was stealing a ride and got caught in the debris.