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KSS&^i^gg^ WHOLE NUMBER 18,760
Germany and Austria
Have Made Represen
tati ns of Their Dis?
pleasure at Her
Impossible to Tell What Has
Happened During Early Days
of Struggle?One Report Says
Prevesa Has Been Taken, and
Another That Turkish Navy
Has Been Annihilated?Turks
Hear That Italian Cruiser Is
- i i
Reports Conflicting.
i ?iiHinii, Ociobtr i.-?1:111 -of a pe rfeo?
luaxc of conflicting report* and rumora
It in utterly lmpo?alble at the present
?Inge to nlft tlie sralua of truth con
rernlUK the opening daya of the Turco
Icaliau War. It appear* even doubtful
whether there ban been any actual oc?
cupation uf Tripoli, and It la practical?
ly certain that ther? hua been no bom
bnrdmrnt by the Italian warahlpa.
It seems also certain that the re.
l>ort<-d destruction f the Turkish fleet
its untrue. In fact, the only result of
the first three daya' hostilities which
ran 4ie vouched for is the destruction
ot the Turkish destroyers by the Duke
of the Abruzzl's ships oft Prevesa. The
Tripoli cable Is closely sealed; so that
it is impossible for the outside world
to know what is going on there.
The Ottoman government clearly is
not in a hurry, and the most signifi?
cant news of the day is the decision
of the Turkish council agnin to appeal
to the powers, und in the meantime
huspend offensive measures. Late to?
night this new appeal had not reached
the British government, u:<i there is
nothing to Indicate that the attitude of
the powers has undergone any change.
According to the Dally Telegraph's
Rome correspondent, however, Ger?
many and Austria have already made
unofficial representations to Italy of
their displeasure at her procedure, and
that if these representations are
Ignoreu they will be followed in an?
other shape by "humiliation to Italy."
According to information from dip?
lomatic sources, the landing of the
Italians at Prevesa is greatly resented
by Austria and Germany, and had much
to do with their reported change of
Attitude toward Italy.
Turkey's internal politics probably
accounts In-a large measure for her
hesitation in taking the offensive. Said
Pasha, the new Urand Vizier, continues
his efforts to form a coailt'on minis?
try, but finds the task one of almost
insuperable difficulty.
Blockade la Proclaimed.
Washington, October 1.?No. cs was
received at the State Department to?
night by cable from Ambassador Irish?
man at Home that the Italian govern?
ment issued a proclamation of the
blockade of the coast of-Tripoli Sep
trmher 29.
Another cable from Ambassador
Irishman stated that the refusal of
Turkish authorities In Tripoli to sur?
render to Italy had boon followed by
orders from Rome to commence a bom?
bardment. Consul Wood t ? Tripoli
cabled that an effeotlve blockade
against Tripoli and Cyreoe commenced
at sunset yesterday.
New Note to PoTrera.
Constantinople, October 1.?.It is of?
ficially confirmed that the Italian
nciuadron has bombarded Prevesa, but
the landing of Italian forces there la
denied. It is announced from Jattlna
that two Italian warships yesterday
bombarded tho port of Reschadle, and
the torpedo boats lying In that harbor,
one of which was damaged and landed
lta crew. Tho Italian sh'ps entered
the port and shelled the town,: several
houses being struck. After taking
(ConTfnued on Second Page.)
Many Military Organisations Will
Attend Unveiling.
Atlanta, Ga., October 1.?North . and
South will become more closely link?
ed than ever during the three days'
celebration here of the Old Gate City
GuarC. beginning October 9, attending
thu unveiling o( a peace monument
commemorating the guard's famous
Northern peace tour after the close
of the Civil War.
Military organizations from North?
ern States are coming to help the Old
Guard celebrate. Among them will be
the famous Ancient and Honorable
Artillery of Boston, the Boston Light
Infantry, the Putnam Phalanx of
Hartford, the Old Guard of New Yorto,
the State Fcncibles of Pennsylvania
and the Governor's Post Guard of
The monument, the beautiful bronze
creation of Allen O. Newman, will be
dedicated by Governor Simon E. Bald?
win, of Connecticut, and Governor
Hoke Smith, of Georgia, will partici?
pate In the exercises. Among the
Speakern at the dedication ?'111 be
Mayor Rcyburn, of Philadelphia;
Mayor Smith, of Hartford, and Mayor
Preston, of Baltimore.
Prominent among the Southern mili?
tary organizations coming here for
the celebration will be the Fifth Mary?
land Infantry, the Richmond Light
Infantry' Blues, the Montgomery True
Klues, the Mobile Rifles, the Washing?
ton Artillery, of New Orleans, and
several Georgia organizations.
Mrs. Mathew T. Scott, national presi?
dent of the Daughters of the Ameri?
can Revolution, will 'be a guest of
honor at the celebration, and her es?
cort will be the famous Putnam Pha?
lanx. The monument will be unveiled
by Miss Kalherlne Erwin and Miss
Gladys Byrd. of this city, assisted by
six other young women.
The first day of the celebration will
be devoted to the Informal reception
of the visitors. On Tuesday, the sec?
ond day, the monumnt will' be un?
veiled, and afterwards there will >?>
a monster parade. The feature of
Wednesday, the last day. will be th<i j
decoration of visiting officers and sol-?
dlers by one hundred of Atlanta's i
fairest young women. A souvenir
medal will be pinned upon the coat of]
each visitor. ?
Legislature Will Drag Through Loos
Recesses and Uo Xotfclng.
Springfield. 111.. October 1 ? The spe- j
rial session of the forty-seventh Gen- I
oral Assembly of Illinois, which re- j
cessed late In June until October, will
be reconvened at noon Tuesday. In i
accordance with a "gentleman's agree- ,
ment," no effort will be made to trans?
act business on Tuesday. It Is planned
to meet and adlourn for one week. In j
the Interval the House and Senate ,
leaders will endeavor to formulate j
some plan to guide the deliberations !
of the special session. |
But one subject of legislation?deep
waterways?was named In Governor
{Jensen's call for the special session..
No otrier subject may be taken up un?
less the call Is amended, which. In the
opinion of Attorney-General Stead, Is
Governor Deneen has been urged to
enlarge the call to Include Initiative
and referendum legislation and appro- I
prlatlon for the Illinois Public Utility j
It 16 said that Governor Deneen '?
favors enlarging the call or Issuing I
another for a second special session, j
which cannot be called until the pres- j
ent one adjourns. The tangle Is ag- 1
gravated by the fact that the ant!- I
Deneen members are opposed to ad- !
journlng the special session until the 1
Iyorlmcr ease finally Is disposed of at
Washington. The special session prob?
ably will drag through long recesses
until next year, despite the belief that
no deep waterway legislation will be
accomplished by the special session.
Turns Turtle and Owner Is Killed In?
stantly. I
Philadelphia. Pa.. October 1.?Harry
Slater was Instantly killed and Charles
Carver, an attorney of this city and
the owner of the automobile, and an?
other Philadelphias were painfully
Injured -when the automobile crashed
Into a stone pile which was hidden by
the shadow of a group of trees on the
Shore Road at Absecon, N. J., to-day.
The motorists, who were on their way
from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, j
failed to see a signboard warning ve?
hicles to the back road because of the
condition of the Shore Road, where
contractors are resurfacing the road?
way. The automobile was making
high speer, and when the stone pile
was -first noticed It was too late to
avoid the crash. The machine struck
the obstruction with terrific force and
turned a complete somersault. Slater
was hurled across the road, landing on
his head. His neck was broken and
he was dead before either of the other
occupants of the car reached him.
The Injured men were able to re?
turn to their homes here.
Variable Weather ' la in Store for |
Coming Week.
Washington, October 1.?Rapid tern- J
perature changes will be recorded this \
week In Northern United States and
moderate temperatures in the South
and on the Pacific coast, announced
the Weather Bureau's weekly bulletin
to-day. The week's precipitation will
be above normal, except on the Gulf
and the South Atlantic coasts. The
bulletin makes this forecast:
"Unsettled weather and general rain
the first part of the week east of the
Rocky Mountains, crossing the Rockies
Monday, the Central Valley Tuesday
and the Eastern States Wednesday.
This disturbance, followed by lower
temperature, probably attended by
frosts in the Northwest and other
States from the upper Mississippi Val?
ley eastward. No indications of a
West Indian disturbance."
(inlet Restored in Portugal After Roy?
alist Uprising.
Washington, D. C, October I.?Quiet
has been restored throughout Portu?
gal following- the discovery yesterday
of the Royalist plot against the gov?
ernment, according to official advices.
Vice-Count D'Alte, -the Portuguese
minister, to-tday received the follow?
ing cablegram from hls^government:
"The attempted Royalist rising has
been completely crushed. The prison?
ers being sent to fortress at Lisbon.
Government 'will prosecute them for
rebellion, and have them tried without
delay. Complete order prevails
throughout the country. Congratula?
tions to the government ore pouring
In from all Hides."
SpecialTrain M ake; First
btop at Henderson
Early To-Day,
Big Receptions Planned at Hotel
and Clubs on First Night Out
From Richmon d?More
Than One Hundred Busi?
ness Men to Invade
' Two States.
With' more than a hundred men |
aboard, the R'chmond Boosters' train [
pulled out of the Main ?trcot Station r
over the Seaboard Air Line Railway j
at 12:15 o'clock this morning on Its!
way to North Carolina. M<>-.t of tho
how-dye-do folks were In the arms of j
Morpheus, for Henderson. N. C, the',
first stopping place for the Boosters,!
will be reuched early this morning, .
and all wanted to be rested and ready .
for the work in hand.
The train Is composed of four Pull- j
man sleeping care, two diners and a;
beaggage coach, In the last 01 which i
the Boosters carry their material for :
boosting. M A. Stephenson Is the man ?
i at the throttle in engine No. 57. He
will take the train as far us Kaleigh.
where he will be relieved by another
; man. Engineer Stephenson knows the ',
j road as he knowc his prayers, and.
? is one of the best men on the Sea-board
Air Line Railway, anj that is why
I the lives of more than a hundred pas
1 sengers traveling on a through spc-ct-il
I train were Intrusted to his care.
Now in Chamber'? Hand?.
I . J. P. Klrkpatrick. conductor, is In
charge of the train, and he will be
I with the party until the return tb j
: Richmond early Thursday morning. R. I
l Vaughan-Lloyd. district passenger'
I agent, will be In direct charge of the
I whole train, and W. T. Dabney. some
1 times called "Colonel BUI." or "Sentl
! mental William," business manager of
I the Chamber of Commerz is booster
ln-chlef. that duty having been placed
In his care by The Times-Dispatch,
which inaugurated and planned the
boosting tour. But the suggestion was
met with such surprising and cordial
acclaim that It was deemed better to
make It entirely a Richmond Boosters'
tour, and so the Idea wes suggested
to Ute Chamber of Commerce. Business
Manager Dabney. at once sow thV pos?
sibilities of advancing the cause of
Richmond <by such a means, novel and
unusual though such a means may be.
and took hold of the plan with all his
accustomed vigor. So The Tlmes-Dls
patch Is now numbered, not solely as
the originator of the plan, but as one
i of the participants In a general move?
ment for the advancement of Rich?
Others Wanted to Enter.
As soon as the Idea of boosting
Richmond in her own State and in the
lister State of North Carolina was
first suggested to the leading mer?
chants, business and professional men
of the city Is was received with an
enthusiasm that surpassed the most j
sanguine hopes. In slang phrase, they
"came across" Immediately, and lOSi
leading business men at the smoker 1
given by The Times-Dispatch In the j
Jefferson Hotel Friday night en-!
thuslastlcally went up for their reser- '
vatlon slips, and all with one accord |
promised to boost for Richmond as
she had never been boosted before.
Many others have since expressed a
desire to be numbered among "those
"present," but the party is now made
up, and the others can only await the
boosting tour which Is promised for
next year. ,
All through North Carolina and all
through Virginia the glad hand and
the welcoming smile is awaiting the
how-dye-do folks. Receptions are in j
preparation In every city, town and
village through which the special train
will pass, l^ed iby their mayors and the
heads of the Chambers of Commerce,
the leading business men?in other
words, the captains of Industry?of the
cities In which the Boosters' train will
stop, will meet the Richmonders with
open heart and open house. In Char?
lotte and In Wlnston-Salem, N. C,
where the Boosters will spend to?
night and to-morrow night, respec?
tively, smokers, with the bands play?
ing and banners flying, have been ar?
ranged, and the mayors will welcome
them In not speech and turn over to
them for the while the keys of those
prosperous North Carolina towns.
Railroad 3Ien lu Party.
H. F. L'eard, division passenger agent
of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, ar?
rived In the city yesterday, and be?
came /so enthusiastic over the trip
that he decided to accompany the
Boosters to Charlotte no that he might
help the good cause along. C. B. Ryan,
general passenger agent of the Sea?
board Air Line Railway, Is In the city,
haying come to give the Boosters a
good "fare-ye-well" and a pleasant trip
over those long ribbons of steel
stretching through the two States.
On the baggage car of the special
Pullman train are Inscribed the words,]
"Richmond Boosters' Train ? Thej
Tlmes-Dlspatch Stands for Progress."
In Raleigh. N. C, the people are all
agog over the coming of the Boosters,
and the Mayor, with his committees
from the various business organiza?
tions, will be on hand to smile his
ready welcome. Comes now word from
Charlotte, whore the how-dye-do folks
will spend the night, that the Great?
er Charlotte Club will see to It- that
the reception to be accorded to tho
Boosters is In keeping with the "Char
lot re way of doing things." Mayor A.
C. Bland will meet the train In his au?
tomobile, and receive Mayor "Davy"
Richardson and escort him to the Sei
wyn Hotel, which will be the Rich?
mond Boosters' headquarters, for the
Reception in Charlotte.
The entire executive committee of
the club, which numbers twelve men.
Including the officers, and numerous j
members will constitute^a reception
' (Continued on Bevenjlv ?o?M ?
In Sermon H e Condemns j
Proposed Political
Direct Election of Senators Hej
Calls Dangerous, Recall of
Judges Insult to Judiciary,
and Referendum a
Resort to Mob
Baltimore, October 1.?In the course'
of his Jubilee sermon, delivered at the;
Cathedral here to-day. Cardinal o.o-j
bons expressed unqualified dtsappro-j
val of three iiYiportant political pro?
positions which have commanded a
large share of public attention: name?
ly, the election of United States Sen?
ators by direct vote of the people, the
referendum proposal, which has come
up In several Western States, provid?
ing for the submission of legislative!
enactments to the voters for ratifica?
tion, and the recall of the judiciary.
While it !s the cardinal's custom to
preach on the first Sunday of the
month, his discourse to-day was In the
nature of a prelude to the religious
celebration of his golden Jubilee as a
priest of the Catholic Church, and tha
silver anniversary of his cardlnalate.
which begins on Sunday, October 15,
and continues until the 19th.
Duties of Laity.
Defining the duties of his brethren
of the laity, he exhorted them to be
faithful'in the practice of their re?
ligion and urged them as citizens of
the United States to take a patriotic
part In every measure that contributes
to the progress of the Commonwealth.
"No man should be a dron In the so?
cial beehive," said Ills Eminence. "No
citizen should be an indifferent spec?
tator of the political, moral and eco?
nomic questions that are agitated
around him.
"At the present moment there are
three political problems which are, en?
gaging the serious attention of our
public men.
"It Is proposed that United States
Senators Bhould be elected by popular1
vote. Instead of being chosen by the
Legislature, as is prescribed by the
"it -is- proposed' that the^acts of ?ur
Legislature, before they have Che force
of law, should be submitted to the
suffrage of the people who would have
the right to vote.
"It is proposed to recall or remove
an unpopular Judge before the expira?
tion of his term of office.
"No one questions the ability', the
sincerity, and' patriotism of the advo?
cates of these changes in our organic
j laws. But I hope I may not be pre?
sumptuous in saying that In my opln
| Ion, the wisdom of the proposed
amendments must be seriously ques?
Destroys HulvrarU.
"The election of Senators by the
\otes or the people Involves the de
ioCiaction of a strong bulwark ugams.
I dangerous popular encroachments. The
? reason given for the contemplated
i change is that many of our State Leg
I islatures are charged with being venal,
and that it is easier to corrupt' the
Legislature than the whole people. In
reply 1 would say: If you cannot
trust' the members of the Legislature,
how can you trust their constituents
from whom they spring? If you can?
not confide in our Legislatures you can
not confide in our Legislatures you can
in human nature Itself. It a few of
our Legislatures have been found guil?
ty of bribery, it is most unjust to in?
volve all the others in their condemna?
tion. I have sufficient confidence In
the moral Integrity of our Legisla?
tures to be convinced that the great
majority of them have never bent the
knee to Mammon.
"To give to the masses the right of
annulling the acts of the Legislature,
is to substitute mob law for estab?
lished law.
"To recall u judge because his de?
cisions do not meet with popular ap?
proval, is an insult to the dignity, the
independence, and the self-respect or
our judiciary. Far less menacing to
the Commonwealth Is an occasional
corrupt or Incompetent Judge, than
one who would be the habitual slave
of a capricious multitude, who has al?
ways his eur to the ground trying to
find out the verdict of the people.
Ita Wisdom Tested.
"The Const'tutlon of the United
States is the palladium of our liber?
ties and our landmark In our march of
progress. That Instrument has been
framed by the anxious cares and en?
lightened zeal of the fathers of the
republic. Its wisdom has been tested
and successfully proved after a trial
of a century and a quarter. It has
weathered the storms of the century
which Is passed, and It should be trust?
ed for the centuries to come. What
has been good enough for our fathers
ought to be good enough for us. Every
change, either In the political or rell
kIoub world, is not a reformation.
"Better to bear the Ills we know
than fly to those we know not of
Every man that runs about waving a
new panacea for social evils 1st not to
be worshiped as a political and moral
reformer. We all remember the story
of Aladdin and the wonderful lamp.
Better to tr?st to the old lamp of the
fathers, which has guided the stepB
of the American people for four gener?
ations, than to confide in every ignis
fatuus that may lead us into danger?
ous pitfalls. Do not disturb the politi?
cal landmarks of the republic"
At the beginning of his sermon the
cardinal referred in grateful terms to
the civic demonstration in his honor
here last Juno, which was attended by
President Taft and leading members
of the co-ord'nate branoh.ee of the
Federal government. Continuing, he
"It is very natural that on an ocoa
, ?C?utiaue4 or ?SS?fiB,
City Official* to DUcoaa Problems of !
Atlanta. Oa., October 1.?City offl- \
clals from all parts of the United
States aro expected here this week to
attend the fifteenth annual convention
of the League of American Munici?
palities, which opens on October 4.
The convention will be In session for
three days.
A feature of the opening session
will be the annual address of Mayor
Darius A. Brown, of Kansas, president
of the league. Mayor Samuel Carson,
of Jamestown, N. Y.. will deliver an
address on the subject "The Future
City." Other scheduled speeches In?
clude "City Government by Commls
"lon." by Professor Ford H, McGregor,
of the University of Wisconsin; "What
a Live City Can Do Under an Anti?
quated Charter," by Mayor J. C
Haynes. of Minneapolis; "The Stand?
ardization of Municipal Business," by
Fred H. Cosgrove. comptroller of
Omaha, Neb.; "Long Time Bonds for
City Improvement," by Mayor H. C.
Thompson, of Chattanooga: "Law En?
forcement," by Mayor Marcus B. Cul
lnm. of Duluth; and "Municipally
Owned Public Belt Kallronds." by
Mayor Martin Behrman. of New Or?
len nr.
The election of officers and the se?
lection of the next meeting place will
occupy the closing session on Fri?
D. A. Sullivan In Also Charged With
Forstery In Third Degree.
New York, October 1.?David A. Sul?
livan, the Indicted head of the defunct
Mechanics and Traders Bank, of Brook?
lyn, was relndlcted yesterday on thret
counts, two charging grand larcen\
and the third forgery In the third
degree. The $6,000 bail demanded
upon his arraignment was furnished ]
by the Rev. John T. Woods, pastor of i
the Holy Cross Church, of Brooklyn,
which the indicted banker attends.
The flr?t count charges Sullivan with
Improperly using a check of $20.000 j
given the Mechanics and Traders Bank
t as collateral security for a loan, to |
procure a loan from the Home Bank
of $25.000. The second charges that he
I appropriated to his own use $12.4S? In
bonuses which should have sone Into
j the bank's coffers. The third charges
j him with destroying two credit tick?
ets covering the latter transaction, and ;
[ also charges Charles N. Smith, former
j cashier of a branch of the bank, with
aiding him in so doing. Smith was not
arraigned. District Attorney Clarke
I explained that Smith had turned State's
evidence, and would appear when i
! wanted.
Said That He Wounded Himself While
Cleaning , Pistol.
Chicago. 111., October 1?Curtis H.
Remy. for many years well known as.a
corporation lawyer, died here to-day
; from a bullet- wound Inflicted while
; he was in hiB room in a downtown
i hotel. At a hospital Remy said he had
[shot himself while cleaning his revolv
Remy was bom in Hope, Ind.. In 1SS2.
He Is survived by a wife, from whom
he had been separated for two years,
two sons and a daughter. Remy form?
erly served as attorney for the Big
, Four and the Chesapeake and Ohio
! Railroads
Victim Formerly Was Wife of .Phy?
sician at Tampa.
Jacksonville, Fla-, October 1.?The
; badly decomposed body of a woman
j identified as Mrs. Marlon Boykln. for
' merly the wife of a phystcian of
; Tampa, Fla-, was found here to-day
i In a shanty located in a deserted
, brick yard. The body has been placed
j In preservatives pending a coroner's
! investigation.
? It Is alleged that the woman was
I driven to live in the shanty by an Iri
? curable drug habit. Two drug fiends,
1 said to have lived In the building.
' were arrested several weeks ago and
placed under treatment.
i _
j Caretaker of Church, His Wife and
Daughter Murdered.
Monmouth, 111.. October 1.?William
E. Dawson, his wife and one daughter,
were found dead In their beds to-day.
the skulls of each crushed In. Dawson
was the caretaker of the First Pres?
byterian Church, and when he failed
to open the building for services to?
day, four men wentr to his home and
found the bodies.
There were no evidences of a strug?
gle, and tho murderer Is believed to
have killed each with a single blow.
The police have no clue.
They 9eek Sight of Girl Accused of
Killing Sister.
New Orleans, La., October 1.?Annie
Crawford, charged with killing her
sister, Elsie, with poison, spent an un?
eventful Sunday In the parish prison
; here to-day. No one was allowed to
: sec" her and no relatives called to pay
i a visit.
i The prison officials were besieged
i with crowds seeking a sight of the ac
; cused girl, but no one was allowed to
1 enter.
j It is probable that the case will be
assigned this week.
Unsuccessful Attempt to Flont Strand
ed i-lner.
Boulogne, October 1.?The steam?
ship Koenlg Freledrlch August, of the
Hamburg-American Line, plying be?
tween European and South American
ports, was driven from her moorings
to-day by the heavy gale. She strand?
ed on a sandy bottom Inside the break?
water. The stoamer carried many pas?
sengers, who are still aboard.
An unsuccessful attempt was made
to refloat the liner, and he re?
newed to-morrow morning.
Barns Demolished, Houses I/nroofed
and Orchards Laid Waste.
Lima, Ohio. Ootober 1.?A cyclone at
1 o'clock this afternoon demolished
barns, unroofed houses, laid orchards
waste and caused damage estimated at
$100,000 four miles east of here, No
one was seriously Injured. The cy?
clone swept a strip of country orve
jUjX n>U?? ?J.d*~?A& fiVn mUaA j
What Was Once Town of Austin
Now Mass of Blackened Water
Swept Ruins in Which Are
Buried Bodies of Hap?
less Victims.
Five Hundred Men Spend Day Frantically Digging in
Torn and Twisted Timbers in Search of Those
Whose L ives Were Swept Away When Great
Dam Broke ?Impossible to Tell Number of Dead;
Some Placing It as Low as 150, Others as High
as 300, While the Property Loss Is $6,000,000.
Survivors Tell Stirring Stories of Disaster.
.Austin, Pa., October 1.?Estimates of the loss of Ufe In the flood that ovtr.
vi helmed the tonn of Austin yesterdnv diminished to-dny, when an army of
??nlunterr rescuers worked Its way Into the masses of wreckage. In the opinion
of many on the ground, the number of deaths win not reach ISO, while the leas
hopeful plaic the list uf fatalities at SOO.
The property loss will exceed ?B,00o,0Ou, and it ia the general opinion that
.the town never will be rebuilt. Two, at least, of the large planta will not be
reconstructed, and u majority of the business men of the place have been finan?
cially ruined.
State officials In charge of the situation, after a hasty canvass of the pop?
ulation to-day, expressed the belief that not more than 150 are dead In the
wreckage. Only sixteen bodies have been recovered at a late hour to-night.
Chief of Police D. K. Baker, however, believea that fully 300 are dead or missing.
The 500 men. who had tolled all day In a heavy rainstorm, abandoned their
task when darkness approached, with less than a score of the bodlos of the
dead found.
Reports Grow More Encouraging.
Reports from Costello and points farther down Slnnemahoning grew more
encouraging as the day advanced. At Costello, while there was a heavy finan?
cial loss,'It"'was said that hot more than three persons were dead. Beyond
that point no fatalities had been reported. ?
The survivors will not suffer from hunger or lack of care, as the supplies
and medical assistance rushed to the scene seem ample to care for them. T.
jr. Blckncl, national director of the National Red Cross, arrived to-day, bring?
ing with him $15,000 in cash for immediate aid to the flood victims. Of the
eight Injured In the hospitals, none Is fatally hurt
The homeless have all beeij provided with shelter. On the outskirts ot
Austin are a number of houses which were vacated by workers in the Good?
year mill when that plant was dismantled. These hous3a have been tilled with
homeless people. The residents of Keating Summit have taken in the others,
several hundred In number. Provisions continue to arrive In large quantities,
and there will be no suffering for lack of food.
Dawn Reveals Ghastly Scene of Desolation.
The curtain of night, which was rung down on the Austin flood scarcely
before Its victims had all been claimed and its surviving spectators fully real?
ized how great a tragedy the elements of water and fire had enacted in the
natural amphitheatre of tho Alleghany Mountains here, was lifted by dawn
to-day, revealing a ghastly scene of death and devastation.
Austin Itself, yesterday a busy mill town of 3,000 people, many of whom
were enjoying tho tine autumn afternoon as a Saturday half-holiday, is only
a ghost of a town to-day. Torn to pieces by water and eaten by Are, the wet
and charred remnants of its buildings, believed to hold the remains of 300 or
more persons, were strewn along the valley edge, plied in rows where the
Main Street business section was, or swept in scattered masses far down the
Spectators, many of whom barely escaped being victims of the disaster, and
hundreds of persons from surrounding towns looked down from the steep hill?
sides on Aust'n, and could seo through a veil this morning the wreckage pt
some 400 houses, a score of business blocks, three churches and several large
lumber mills, and three miles farther down the river, at Costello, the ruins
of more than fifty buildings. The flood did not spend its force until It raced
for more than ten miles from the reservoir. Wharton, still farther on, suf?
fered somewhat, but is practically intact. The loss of life at Costello, where
the residents had more warning. Is beleved to be but three. The property loss
in the valley Is estimated at upwards ot $6,000,000.
Rains Its Path With Planks and Logs,
In Austin, out of the hundrtds of buildings directly enveloped In the deluge,
hardly a dozen survive. The furious flood let loose when the Baylcss Paper
and Pulp Company's dam crumbled yesterday afternoon picked up a huge
battery of heavy timbers in the mill yards at the foot of the dam, and with
these thousands of planks and logs rammed its path with terrible havoc.
At the t ospltal to-day thare were but eight Injured for the care of the small
army of physicians and nurses who poured into the devastated town all night
and day. The medical supplier remained unused in the cars rushed here by the
The State constabulcty arrived th'a afternoon and took charge of the situ?
ation, which seemed too appalling for the local committee, which had worked
all night. Immediate orders were Issued to the railroads to bring no more
sightseers to Austin, and sentinels were placed on the chief roadways, with
Instructions to pass none but workmen. Hundreds of automobiles and carriages
were turned back.
During the night searching parties, with engine headllshts, automobile
lamps, pine torches and Improvised lanterns of every sort, poked their way Into
every pile of wreckage that was accessible, seeking any who might be alive,
but scarcely a body was found In which life was not extinct. The night had
been one ->f hardship and horror, whlih severely tested the mettle of the men
whom circumstances had Impressed Into tlrst aid rescuers of the flood-devas?
tated village.
In<lin>rentl.v Search for Mangled Bodies.
Men who shuddered at thj touch of a dead body at ihe outset Indifferently
j searched mangled bodies for papers of Identification ere they had been long at
work In the debris. One corpse among so many did not seem ghastly; the sen?
sation was appalling.
The Immediate scene of the obliteration of Austin covers an area three
! eighths of a mile wide and one and three-quarters miles long. This comprised
the business sectlnr. and tho valley residence portion, and was bounded by
Main, Ruckaber and Thorn Streets and Costellow Avenue, crossed by two lesser
thoroughfares. Nearly a mile above stood the mammoth concrete dam of th?
j Bayless Paper and Pulp Company. 000 rtet long, tifty-two feet high and thirty
feet thick at the bottom, taprrlng to .i thickness of ihre* feet at tho top. Back
of this dam yesterday lay a reservoir of water a mile und a half long and an
average of thirty-five feet deep. Directly in front of the dam stood the ptent
of the Bayless Company, with four main buildings. Stacked high nearby were
700,000 cords of fifty-inch wood and slabs, and also a portion of the company'*
Immense timber stock, totaling In tho Austin Valley 1G.000.000 feet of hard
wood and 25,000,000 of hemlock. This, was a nve years' supply, practically the
last large cut of the region. It was valued at $2.000.000.
A mild stream, Freeman Run, flowed through the town into Slnnemahoning ?
Creek, leollrg to the Susqueiiannu River. The town proper was a smart little
place of comfortable frame houses and more substantial business building* '?
along the main street, which ran from side to side across the ravine. Tha prin?
cipal buelners buildings Included the brick structure occupied Jointly by tha
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