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The Mad Viators Cause Great Loss of
Life and Property at Louisville
and other Points.
Nearly One Thousand Factories Closed
and Forty Thousand Men cut of
Work in Cincinnati.
More or the Floods.
LOUISVILLE, Feb. 13—The greatest dis­
aster that ever befell this city i£ now upon
us. The llood crisis came about mid­
night and to-day nearly a square mile is
under water within the limits of the city.
From 5,000 to 8,000 people are driven
irom their homes. To enp the climax
there has been a loss of life, but how
great it is impossible to say. The entire
section of the city l'rotn Preston street
east to the cut-oil and north of the short
inc fill is in the river. The people living
there bad plenty of warning, as stated
yesterday. Tiie river 11 day just hipped
the top of Fulton street and cut oil the
embankment, and in places the water
was trickling over. At 3 o'clock a con­
siderable break occurred at Adams street
and a hundred men worked vigorously to
stop the water, but in the face of all this
the infatuated inhabitants of the bottoms
of the old Hear Grass creek remained in
their houses and most of tliem went to
bed as usual. At 11 o'clock last night
the break came. The cut-off daui, over­
come by the terrific weight of the water
from above, gave way with a loud roar,
and the ilood rushed over. It may be
imagined with what force the waters
came wnen they li*d a fail of fiom 15 to
18 feet to low ground. In less time than
it take3 to tell it the flood was sweeping
in all directions and the unfortunate pio
pie were surprised in their houses with a
mighty rush of water wliich swept lrom
the square to the houses, sweeping many
from their 1'ouudations. The scene was
awl'ul. The roar of the waters could not
drown the screams of the people who
were escaping from their doomed dwell­
ings. Women and children waded
through the advancing water, each with
what household goods they could lay
hands on. Bonlires glimmered from the
higher ground which the poor outcasts
had gained. Hundreds of people shiv­
ered in night clothing about the smoky
LOUISVILLE, Feb. 13—Flic river contin­
ued to rise slowly all day and is now
about in the canal and 31 feet at the
head of the falls. The weather is warm­
er, with »light ram falling, with indica
cations of an increase during the night.
The rise is now an inch above the flood
of '47, and 8 inches below lhat of '82. On
the point where the disaster occurred
last night the flood extends over a space
a quarter of a»milc wide, and more than
a mile in length. Over 25 houses are en­
tirely under water or floating about. The
fact that the water is comparatively still
prevents the houses from floating away,
while many are-tied with heavy cables.
A gratifying feature of the llood is that
comparatively few lives have been lost.
Many jeeupants of houses in the sub­
merged districts had removed and thus
escaped. The fact that survi/ors are
scattered over the city renders it impossi­
ble to make a definite statement of who
are lost or who are saved, aud it is suffic­
ient that the death roll is small. Circum­
stances indicate that those known to he
lost are: Jno. Finch aud son, a small
boy Geo. Lynch, Edward Harris, Geo.
Bell, Harry Browing, Lieut. Pierce, wife
and three children are missing, but hopes
are entertained that they had moved out.
These names are all that could be learned
by an active search of reporters all day,
but it is feared that wheu the wateis
subside ghastly soenes will be found in
houses now under water, as it is scarcely
probable lhat so small a number as this
will olosi tue dettli roll. Sj far as heard
from all alive lia'e been removed from
the houses. A man whose name was not
learned was seen frantically calling for
help from the door of a house floating
down the river past First street this after­
noon. He was rescued by some parties
in a skill. He had been in the house all
night and day.
To-day' Mayor Jacobs chartered the
steamer Mattie Hayes and with a corps
of men traversed the submerged district,
taking oil a number of persous, and by
means ot boats supplying food to those
who remained in houses above water.
Many in this way were succored, as some
of the houses were not submerged. The
storits of some are still habitable,
the owners remaining. Some singular in­
cidents occurred during the trip. One
burn was found clinging to a tree, and as
the boat approached he cried out, "gi
over to that house, there is a women and
several children over there, I will hold
here until you save them." The house
"was 50yards away, and the men started,
but before reaching it the house turned
over and was carried away in the rush of
water. No noise was heard from the
house and nothing is known as to wheth­
er the people had been rescued or not, in­
formation was that the family were still
in the house. The man who was in the
the tree was afterwards rescued. He de­
clared that a woman and several children
•J were in the house when it tumbled down,
s. Families arc scattered and the water
hides the ghastly results of last night's
v.'irk. There are anxious ones who de­
mand the names of the dead, but must
wait, as must we, who are not inter­
ested, until the flood has gone and miles
of hidden land and hundreds of sunken
houses once more come to view. Not till
then can the story be told.
Gonapjuxi, Feb. l3~TlMrB atroBf
•"£. .1
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ground for hope that the disaster to the
Southern railroad depot is not so great as
at first reported. The matter is being
very carefully investigated, and but for
the positive statement of one man it
would be diflicult to say any lives were
lost lhat man is the baggage master. He
says a great number of people were on
the depot platform, and says lhat at least
25 went down in the water. This state­
ment and opinion he repeats. All other
persons say they saw no one in the water,
but they all admit there was great alarm
and hurried flight, so people might have
been engulfed and not seen by those flee­
ing. Mr. Latham, the cashier, had sufli
cient warning to secure $2,000 in cash,
but not enough to save all the money in
the safe. Two or three hundred dollars
were lost. With the exception of some
of the members of Coup's circus, who are
reported missing, nothing like a definite
sta'enient as to any loss has been ascer­
tained. No employees of the railroad
company are missing. The company
shows enough confidence in the stability
of the remaining portion of the depot to
remain. Tiains arrive and depart regu
lanly. Access to the freight depot is cut
LATER—A gleam of hope comes to­
night wheu reports showed that the river
had reached the highest point. At 5 p.
in., the marks showed sixty-five feet one
and one-'ialf inches, and though it re­
ceded but half an inch during tl:e next
lour hours, tne worst seemed over and
gave relief, but a slight rain falling to­
night gives reasons of apprehension of
more disasters to come. The situation is
alarming and would require the publica­
tion of a griater portion of the directory
to name business men, particuJaily in
tobacco, producc, grain, etc., and all
kinds of manufacturing interests whose
usiues§ is wholly suspended, and man,"
of these also loose goods. Manufacturers
all loose heavy on damage to machinery
and slock, aside from loss of lime. More
than «ne thousand business firms and
inanufactoi its are thus prostrated, yet
business men are not isheartened nor
selfish. These same men, for two days,
have poured in contributions to the fund
for the relief of suffering among lhat
much greater class, the poor, who are
driven from home and are deprived of
work. It is estimated lhat from 30 to 40
thousand workmen are out of employ
msnt by the closing of manufactories.
The water is deep enough to allow a
skill" within a square and a half of the
Burnett house, and reaches to Market
House place and Broadway. No essen­
tial change in railroad trains, which still
run on the C., II. & D., though the track
is covered with water for a short distance.
The mails are very much delayed owing
to the entire suspension of navigation
and abandonment of so many trains. The
city service is also greatly confused on
account of inability to reach so many
portions of the city.
The river has been falling at Ports­
mouth, only CO miles above. Since last
midnight the river has fallen 8 inches.
There has been a fall of 8 feet at Pome
roy. This gives hope that the worst is
over here.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 13—A meet­
ing was held at the board of trade to-day
and a subscription for the sufferers at
LiiWrenceburg was taken. A car load of
cooked meats, bread, crackers and other
provisions was started by the C., I., St.
L. & C. railroad at 6 o'clock by special
train for Lawrenceburg, and the train
will go to liccdsburg and Worth Vernon,
thence via tbe O. & M. railroad. The
Ohio river is still rising at Madison at
the rate of an inch an hour. Hundreds
of families have been compelled to leave
their homes. The city is in total dark
ness, the gas works being submerged.
Milton, Ky., opposite .Madison, is entire­
ly covered by water. Several buildings
floated off this morning, including the
water house belonging to Ben Morris
also Cassiday's wajon factory and other
buildings at Jelfersonville. A large por­
tion of the city is inundated and hun­
dreds of families are houseless and desti­
tute. The gas works are flooded and
lights gone out. At New Albany the
river is still rising half an inch an honr,
and is rising at all points between Madi­
son and Evausville.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 13—A Courier
Journal special from Frankfort says the
Kentucky river hsg-tn to fall at dark last
night. At .12:30 to-duy the stage of
water was 38 feet, having fallen feet.
At Brookers distillery, at Clifton, 1,200
barrels of whiskey was washed out, the
greater part of which was caught. The
bridges at Frankfort remain intact, but
one swing is loose from the mtddle pier,
tuough still used by foot passengers.
CINCINNATI, Feb. 14—At 10 o'clock a.
m. the river was rising at the rate of an
inch in half an hour. It stood 65 feet
1inches at 12 o'clock. Reports both
up and down the river show rain. The
river is falling at Portsmouth and Mays
ville, slowly at the latter place. The first
authentic report concerning the loss of
life at the Cincmnatf Southwestern depot
yesterday were made lo-day to the police
at the Ohio street station by Herman
Wetzberg, a boy living at 17 Halstaclit
street. He says he and his brother Jos­
eph, with 13 other boys, were on the
platform when the water broke through
McLean avenue, that the entire party
were thrown into the water that he
swam to Gest street, escaped and went
home that his brother and all the other
boys were drowned he docs not know the
names of the other boys. No other re­
ports of any missing have been made to
the police.
Not a steamer running on account of
no place to land. A little steamer, used
by the Ohio & Mississippi railroad to
corny pMM8|en Iron Btons tmaa to
-Ki o\ iffwirfv i,i
Aurora, Ind., on its return last night had
a fearful experience. The fog overtook
it and it was unable to proceed with
safety and it found almost an equal diffi­
culty in finding a place to tie up, but
finally succeeded in reaching Storr's sta­
tion this morning. Coal barges to day
have been towed up Central avenue to
Pearl street, where carts run alongside
and receive loads. Stories are current of
lawless acts, but they cannot be traced to
any reliable source. No douot swift pun­
ishment would fall on the discovery of
crime. In addition to the precaution of
increased police force the city is partly
lighted to-night by coal oil lamps instead
of-gas lamps. The work of relief has
gone on vigorously to-day and many
touching scenes are witnessed. A relief
committee of leading citizens attend per­
sonally to the work, remaining all day at
the office or going out with relief boats.
Though no appeal has been made for
help from above,assistance has been sent,
among these arc $2,500 reported by Mosc
Mosler, sent to him by II. II. Warner &
Co., of Rochester, N. Y., $1,000 from
Adams Express Co., N. Y., $2,500 from
the proprietor of the tielsey House, N. Y.
The Masonic fraternity organized a spe­
cial relief force and telegraphed to
Clevclaud, Sandusky aud Toledo for
The river at 9 o'clock to-night was
G6 feet and thiec-fourths of an inch,
aud rising slowly- The day has been the
gloomiest in the history of the city busi­
ness wholly neglected on change and all
attention given to saving property and
affording relief. While the unexpected
rise of nearly a foot to-day has not made
a very great change apparent!}' in situa­
tion there is such uncertainty about the
futuns that ail plans are unsettled. It
is impossible to estimate tlie coming rise
and no one can tell when rain will cease
along the river. The clouds broke away
late this afternoon but gathered again
before 10 o'clock and rain falling above
and below. The weather is warm, al­
most sultry. Goods are being removed
to higher ground. This is done at im­
mense labor and under trying c.ruim
stances, men standing in water. Water
now stands in the gutter on the south
side of Pearl and Walnut streets and tiic
little Miami depot is flooded. Wagons
are no longer able to cross the .Newport
bridge. Louisville and Mashviile trains
receive passengers on the trestle at the
Cincinnati end of the bridges,they reach­
ing it by boats. The Cincinnati, Hamil­
ton & Dayton railway, which has been
the only oulct for trains north and cast,
to-night were under flood to such extent
that no trains could pass. This leaves
the city practically cut off from the rest
of the world to the north, cast and west
by rail communication except that the
Bee line road still runs trains leaving
from the stock yard station. This outlet
is aiso accessiblo by the Cincinnati,
Western & Baltimore trains and they
may enter and depart in that way. The
difficulty on the Cincinnati, Hamilton &
Dayton railroad is not fully understood
though the water on the track in the
city limits sufficiently account for the
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 14—The committee
sent to Lawrenceburg last night reported
that all the provisions were delivered at
two p. m. to-day. The report that suf­
fering is increasing and more assistance
will be needed immediately. Another
car load of provisions, with five barrels
of coal oil, several boxes of candles and
delicacies for the sick will go to-night by
special train. The operator at Guilford
says it is still raining hard at 6 p. m.,and
the indications are that it will continue
during the night. E. G. Burkham, of
New York, telegraphed the Indianapolis
National bank, of this city, to-day to
send $1,000 to Lawrenceburg for their
.. CINCINNATI, Feb. 15—The weather was
warm and cloudy. The river is declining
slightly. The coming flood in Hocking
and other streams are expected to check
the fall, if they do not make tbe flood
greater. The Cincinnati, Hamilton &
Day too track is washed out within city
limits and no railroad trains can get into
the city farther than the stock yards,
three miles from the depots. All mail
and express matter have to be hauled out
there All the Protestant and Catholic
churches have been thrown open for
homeless beings. A more Tomple system
of relief could not be desired. The ab­
sence of crime is remarkable, considering
the darkness of the city.
PITTSBURG, Feb. 15—ltain is still fal
ling and both rivers continue to rise with
no hope of tliein falling for some time.
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 15—leffersonville
is entirely surrounded by water, every
street being under water. At New Albany
a further rise of two feet is expected.
LOUISVILLE, Kv., Feb. 12--All d»y the
river has been tli£ of center attraction
and dread continues. The highest point
of the flood of February 1882,was reached
this afternoon, and passed. The water is
but two feet below the great December
flood of 1S47. The river is yet rising
slowly, with a great tide from the Ken­
tucky nver to be added. Houses along
the river fiont are vacated and the drift
is damaging them seriously, breaking
doors and windows. Fourth street is
closed from Main street to the river.
Every building in the shipping part has
from three to .eight of water on the floors.
The cement mills, the principal industry
there are all submerged. Nines squares
of Portland are at the mercy of the water,
business being at an end. Houses on the
front will have water on the second floors
before morning. It is estimated that in
•the shipping port and Portland 800 peo­
ple are for the time houseless, very many
of them being quite poor. Among them
suffering exists. The most fortu-
isle epw ttdr doom to Uw dlitmni,
m.iny as five families being crowded in
one small house. The losses here will
aggregate $50,000. In the city proper
heavy damage is done by the stoppage of
work in factories, perhaps 2,000 men
being thrown out of employment. Merkle
& Co's. great plow works, Louisville iron
works, Dennis Hoog's extensive pipe
works, Kentucky lead and oil works,
Bridgeport & Co's. works, Excelsior
works, Central rolling mill, Bell, Cogg &
Holies planing mill, J. & P. Hall and
Hall & Eddy's saw mills, are among the
largest establishments closed, while
others must follow to-morrow unless the
water subsides. It is impossible to esti­
mate the losses now. The only bright
side to the affair is that not one life has
been lost.
CINCINNATI, Feb. 12—The flood of 1832
is now surpassed, taking the most liberal
standard. It then reached 64 feet 3
inches. At 11 o'clock to night it stood
half an inch above that, and still rising.
Reports from above indicate that the
river is rising at Wheeling and falling at
Marietta and Pomeroy. It will probably
continue to rise here to-morrow. People
at Lawrenceburg at last accounts were
virtually helpless, lacking food and una­
ble to procure any. Telegraph and tele­
phone lines are down and there are no
means of communication. Arrangements
arc made here to mount fire engines on
flats in case of a fire in the flooded dis­
The Little Miami railroad is compelled
to abandon its track' between here and
Lovelarid, but will send trains to-morrow
from the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton
to Oavton, thence to Xenia, Washington
and Baltimore. The track is underwater
so that trains cannot pass. It connects a
few miles out with the C. II. & D., and
will not be delayed. No tidings yet from
Lawrenceburg, Ind., except that the town
is at the mercy of the waters.
LOUISVILLE. Ky., Feb. 12—Frankfort is
entirely submerged. Fort Hill, the high­
est point about Frankfort, is now an is­
land, caused I13' back water Residences
two miles fr the river arc under water.
The (). F. C. distilleries are covered on
the lirst floors and six hundred cattle are
standing ill water above the knees The
water is three feet six on the ceilar floors
ot tbe penintentiary, covering nearly the
entire prison yard. The prisoners are
loose in the chapel and doubled up in
cells on the second floor. Rangewood
bridge to the juth of Frankfort, is con­
sidered very unsafe, and is hourly ex­
pected to go down. Thousands of people
line the river banks on both sides watch­
ing the heavy drift-wood and houses go
down. The highest stage tlie river was
ever known to reach is touched. The
damage already reaches $100,000.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9—Senate—A joint
resolution for tlie abolition of the fishing
clauses of the treaty of Washington, and
the naval appropriation bill, were report­
ed. The bill calls for $15,727,434, or
$900,000 more than last year. The senate
took up the tariff bill anl continued to
work thereon until adjournment.
House—The committee on coinage,
weights and measures reported resolu­
tions declaring the suspension of silver
dollar coinagc iriexp Jient and favoring
a provision for additional vault room at
some point in the Mississippi valley. The
consideration of the tariff bill was re­
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10—A Democratic
caucus was called for the purpose of de­
termining what action to take in the
Kasson bill,which provides that a major­
ity vote of the house may, until the 4th of
March, suspend the rules and take
from the calendar of committee of whole
or from the speakers table auy tariff or
internal revenue appropriation bill in­
stead of requiring a two-thirds vote to
suspend, Dut after an informal discussion,
lastiug about 20 minutes, it was dccided
to wait the action of the committee on
rules which is not yet reported. The in­
formal discussion developed the fact that
while the sentiment of the opposition to
Kasson 'a rule is general among the demo­
crats who will all vote against it, they
cannot be controlled by caucus to the ex­
tent of refraining from voting to prevent
a quorom. Another caucus will be held
after the report of the committee on
rules is presented.
Senate—McMullan introduced a bill for
an additional justice of the supreme
court of Dakota.
Mr. Sa'wyer presented a remonstrance
of citizens of Wisconsiu against putting
lumber on the free list.
The pension appropriation bill passed
and work on the tariff bill was resumed.
An amendment was offered by Beck re­
ducing llie internal revenue tax on snuff
and tobacco to 8 cents a pound and was
adopted 30 10 34.
House—After the regular routine bnsi
ness the tariff bill was taken up. Dunnell,
who appeared ou the floor for the first
tune since the holidays, moved to reduce
the duty on cut nails a»d spikes and
spoke in support of his motion, but it
was lost.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12—Senate After
some routine work the tariff bill came up.
A motion was made by Sherman to fix the
duty on pig iron, wrought or cast scrap
iron at 3-10 of a cent and providing noth­
ing shall lie deemed scrap iron or scrap
steel except waste of refuse iron or steel
that has been in actual use. It was lost.
He then moved to change duty from 1-10
of a cent per pound to 6-50 per ton which
was carried. The action of the committee
of the whole in putting lumber on the
free list was sagreed to by a rote of 10
to 29.
House—A joint resolution was intro­
duced by Hosmer directing the secretary
of the interior to issue no more patents
to land grant railroads until further
action of congress.
The tariff bill was taken up and a
notion tejrataM tta dutj traoa clat«
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not less than thrcc-fourtlis of an inch in
diameter from 2 to 1% cents per pound
was carried. Dunnell moved to reduce
the duty on chains less than and not
less than inch in diameter from 1% to
2 cents, which was carricd. The legis­
lative appropriation bill was considered
at the evening session.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13—Senate.—Mr.
Kellogg presented two bills to improve
the navigation of the Mississippi.
The tariff bill was proceeded with. A
motion to reconsider the vote by whish
lumber was struck from the free list was
lost—ayes 21, nays 34. The wollen sched­
ule was completed and the book schedule
reached when the senate adjourned.
House.—The river and harbor bill was
Work on the tariff bill was resumed.
A charge by Townsend of 111. that the
bill was the unfaircst and most oppres­
sive that ever came before congress and
was prepared, not by the ways and means
committee, but by the hired agents of
monoplistJ, precipitated a controversy
which bordered on the sensational, in
which Haskill, lteed, Townsend, Carlisle
and others took part. Several amend­
ments to the bill were made, but none of
an important character.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14—Senate—A bill
was introduced hv Mr. Blair prohibiting
the employment of convicts upon wor^s
or property of the United States.
The action of the committee of the
whole in putting books, etc., on the free
list was disagreed to 31 to 33.
House—The tariff bill being under con­
sideration Mr Cox, of New York, moved
that foreign built ships be admitted on
payment of 30 per cent, duty advalorem:
last 59 to 92.
A motion by Mr. Anderson to strike
out the whole paragraph relating to
sawed lumber was lost, as were several
amendments looking to a reduction of
duties on woolen ware, etc.
The legislative bill was considered at
the evening session.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15—The house spent
the dajf in considering the tariff bill. The
item under consideration was the duty
on sugar. Nothing definite was done
and the day passed in a series of charges
and counter-charges of inconsistency.
The republicans taunting the democrats
with abandoning the principles of "Rev­
enue for tariff only." The democrats
claim that the republicans had deserted
the protective system and with singling
out each industry to crush and kill it.
House adjourned without action.
The senate spent the day considering
the tariff bill. Beck moved to amend
the paragraph embracing wines, brandy
and other spirituous liquors imported in
bottles, by striking out the proviso laying
an additional duty of three cents on each
bottle lost, ayes 20, nays 27. The pro­
viso adopted in committee of the whole,
on motion of Allison, as an amendment
to salt paragraphs, was agreed to. The
bill was open to all amendments.
GRAND FORKS, Feb. 15—The $25,000
public school house took fire in the base­
ment and burned through the first floor.
The loss is $1,500.
WILTON, Conn., Feb. 14—In the same
room and at the same time the funera[
service over the remains of Wm. D
Gregory took place, the daughter was
being married at her father's request.
ST. PAUL, Feb. 15~The state board of
health met to-day and reports from the
small pox infected lumber camps shows
that under the present system of
quarantine the disease is gradually disap­
DETKOIT, Feb. 15—The indications now
arc that a general change will occur in
the senatorial balloting. Ferry's with­
drawal was urged in caucus last night,
but nothing definite was done. Evidence
of a new deal all around is apparent.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15—Indications for
Upper Mississippi and Missouri valleys:
Cloudy weather, with rain or snow and
warmer south east to south-west winds.
By Friday morning the Ohio and Lower1
Mississippi rivers will rise up at all
LONDON, Feb. 15—A great demonstra­
tion in favor of seating Bradlaugh in the
house of commons occurred to-day.
Seven thousand persons gathered in Traf­
algar Square and resolutions protesting
against the expulsion of Bradlaugh were
adopted amidst cheers.
CHICAGO, Feb. 15—Three men were
mortally wounded in a collision yesterday
in the southwestern suburbs between the
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy and Mil
waukee & St. Paul trains through the
carelessness of Milwaukee train men.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 15—The St, Louis ex­
press which left Kansas City last night
encountered a broken rail near Moberly
at 6 o'clock this morning. Engineer John
Lester and Fireman John Murphy were
horribly mangled and instantly killed.
CHICAGO, Feb. 15—A west bound train
on the Grand Trunk struck a broken rail
near Flint, Mich., ditching three coaches,
one a Pullman. The bravery ot the
engineer prevented a holocaust. Mrs.
Huldah Laman was instantly killed, her
daughter, who was injured became in­
sane. Thomas Lindsey was also fatally
ST. PAUL, Feb. 15—Dr. O. S. Howard,
bound for Winnipeg,was swindled out of
$600 last nigat, on the Northwestern
road, near Madison, by the bogus bond
Thomas Hiland, brother of Senator
Hiland, of Dakota county, died this
morning from the result of a pistol
wound inflicted by a man named Rbodm
during a row in the latter'* saloon a week
Serious Accident.
CINCINNATI, Feb. 15—At 1 o'clock this
morming people on the border of the in­
undated districts in the western part of
the city were startled by a loud explosion.
A three story brick building occupied by
four families numbering seventeen was
found in rums. The explosion was causcd
by fire damp or sewer gas in the ccllar.
The occupants were all buried in the
ruins. A scene of terror followed, and
the fire department turned out and began
the work of rescuing tbe victims. The
house was owned by Jacob Brown, who
with his wife, two sons and two daugh­
ters occupied first floor. Special Police­
man Macke occupied the second floor
with his wife. The third floor was occu­
pied by five persons. When found Offi­
cer Macke, his wife and one of the chil­
dren were dead John and Henry Brown,
were fatally injured. The rest were in­
jured, but not seriously.
Balloting1 for Senator.
DETROIT, Mich., Feb. 14—After first
ballot to-day for senator the legislature
took a recess until 3 o'clock. Upon re­
assembling five more ballots were taken.
On the first two no change was made
Ferry's vote, but on the fourth seven
fusionists went over to him, running his
vote up to 53. The fifth ballot deepened
in interest as one more accession was
scored from the fusion ranks, swelling
Ferry's total to 54, ten less than the num­
ber necessary to a choice. The sixth
ballot was taken amid much excitement,
the eight new recruits from the opposi­
tion ranks again recorded their votes for
Real Estate Business.
For the week ending Feb. 15th:
S to Wm Henry, se sec 26, tp 141,
63, $400.
S to John Yerdegan, sw ne and
hf se and se se sec 2, tp 140, 65,
S to George Kirk, sw sec 4, tp 148,
66, *200
S to Van Dorn Gilcrist, se sec 8, tp
149, 66, $2oO.
[J S to John Orelup, se sec 8, tp
144, 66, $400.
S to John Bunnell, sw sec 14, tp
139, 65, $400.
S to Mary Drake, nw sec 28, tp
142, 65, $400.
Martin Hemmi to George Joos, sw
sec 28, tp 141, 63, $1,600.
Thos McMahon, Grand Forks, D. T., to
Francis McMahon, same place, nw sec
1, tp 149, 61, $700.
Wm Lloyd, Jr., to John Andrews,
lots 15,16, blk 21, Lloyd's 2d add, $100.
Bwnj S Russell to W Proctor and
Geo A Stockwell, lot 3, blk 3, original
town, $500.
Ricnard Lloyd and wife, Alexandria
Co., Va., to Win Dudley, Ithaca, N.Y,
sw q, 8 hi nw and nw nw sec 31, tp
139, 64, $1,680.
Quitclaim deed, S Russell to O
Francis, Spiritwood, hf sec 7, tp 140,
63, $2.
Emma Towne, Hennepin Co.,Minn.,
and Isabel A Higbee, Ramsey Co., Minn.,
to A M. Pease, Sanborn. D. T., lot 7, blk
3, town of Eldridge, $42.50.
Contract, Carrington & Casey Land Co
to Frank Anson, lots 1 to 6 both inclu­
sive in blk 19, four lots No.—blk— town
of Carrington, $720-and other considera­
Klaus, Hager & Haupt to Mrs Ella Mc
Clure, lot 3, blk 1, Klaus & Hager's Park
add, $300.
S McGinnis, E Wallace and W
Raymond to Clement W Ferguson, ot
Richmond, Ind., nw and hf of se q,
and hf of sw and also lots 1 to 4 in­
clusive, sec 23, tp 140, 64, $15,860.
Kate and Herman Gieseler to Wm
Barnes, of Indianapolis, Ind., lots 1, 2,
blk 73, Klaus' add, $775.
Allen & Dodge and Fuller to Roswell
Mount, lots 1, 2, blk 5, and lot 3, blk 4,
Riverside add, $1,000.
E Wells and W W Dudley to Eme
line Adams, of Gowonda, N. Y., lot 7,
blk 11, Curtin's add, $125.
Roderick Rose to Wells, Dudley fc Co.,
lots 11,12, blk 10, Atkinson & P3»nnelPs
add, $900. V,
A and A Klaus to Louis Caron, lot 4,
blk 50, Klaus' add, £400.
Hicks & Wilbur to Coul
son, of Henrietta, Jackson Co., Mich
sec 5, tp 138, 62, $4,480.
Wm White and Mary E Hoy to Chas
N Hunt, lots 9,10 and 11, Summit Place,
Wadsworth's add. $525.
Chas Drabble, of St. Paul, and E
Weils to Roderick Rose, lots 11 and 12,
blk 70, Klaus' add, $2,000.
Hunt & Harris and Luf kin to Harry
Cornwall, lot 5, blk 13, Wadsworth's add,
Mary Drake to Simeon Drake, nw
sec 28, tp 142, 65, $1,000.
In spite of the storm a large and select
audience greeted the Jamestown Dra­
matic club at Klaus Hall last evening to
witness the production of "Caste." The
able manner in which the play was
bandied by the company reflects much
credit upon each member of it, as well as
to President Dodge and Stage Manager
Ott, who had spared no expense or pains
to make such preparations as would in­
sure its success. W. E. Dodge, as
"Ecclcs," appeared to great advantage,
his acting being first class and free from
any bad "breaks." As "Captain Hau
tree" Thos. Bowditch was the grandest
success of the season and deserves special
credit for the fine manner in which he
rendered his part. Mr. H. J. Ott made a
good "D'Alroy," and Mrs. Ott, as "Es­
ther," won the good graces of tbe audi­
ence by her graceful bearing and splendid
acting. Miss May Crist succeeded in
stealing away the hearts of the audience
from the beginning by the excellent
manner in which she personated "Polly."
Miss Crist can not justly be called an
amateur, as her performing all the way
through was of the highest order and
displayed not only superior dramatic
ability but also considerable experience
in that line. Tony Klaus got away with
the character of "Sam Gemdge" in an
admirable manner, and Mrs. Nellie Har­
ris, who appeared as the "Marquise de
St. Naur," conducted her part with all
the reserve, grace and ability that the
v?* 3^.
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Charley Hills, who struggled with tho."
important part of "Servant Dixon," held
his grip with commendable zeal to the
last. Taken all in all the company did.
exceedingly well and Jamestown has rea­
son to be proud of it, and the Alert hopes
that it will not be many weeks before
Jamestowmvill be favored with another .ftp.
opportunity to witness more of their
cellent performing. The music was very
good and afforded a pleasant pastime to
those who arc fond of operatic music of a
high and cultured order.
Think of These Things.
Jamestown has a bill before the legis-/^
lature asking that it be incorporated as a
city. The Alert is pleased to scejin our
citizens the disposition that led to the
taking of such a step. The weight and
dignity of the city title will be worth
something. It would seem unenterpns
mg for a town of the size, pretensions.
and aspirations of this James river metro­
polis to continue to retain its baby name.
We believe in enterprise and it wouldsSg
look poky and old-fogyish if we did not
now take the step we have. But just -,
here, while we stand as it were on the'"1'
verge of our new dignity, the Alert feels
it its duty to utter a word of caution.
There may be danger in becoming too
fast, and.it is to be remembered that all
enterprises should be entered into with
judgment. She has never had a boom
that drove her off her balance, but hgr
progress has been steady and heal thy,[and
she has always stood on a solid founda­
tion of worth. Her business men, too,
are cool and calculating, do not easily get
cxcited, and hence our ship lias been run
with steady helm. Now that we are
about to take another step forward we
should endeavor to preserve the same
even course, and not launch out in enter
prises we are unable to sustain in a
healthy shape. We must not try to run-*-A
before we are able to walk.
On Wednesday a new fire engine pur­
chased by the viilage board was tested in
the presence of number of our citizens.
Many thought it was not as good ns we«£»
ought to have. In this age people are
accustomed to see fire engines worked by
steam, hence their expectations from this 'v
machine were high, and they were disap­
pointed. Otir village board seem to be
men of conservative tendencies. They
concluded that the engine was all that
could be expected in a machine of that
kind. It filled the terms of the contract,
and hence their acceptance. The Alert
believes the spirit that prompted their
action is wise. One thing is certain, our
city is not yet in a position either to pur
chase a steamer, or to work and take care
of one if we had it.
A gentleman was in the city yesterday
representing an electric light company,
and is anxious to have our city authori­
ties take hold of the matter and introduce
his light here. The electric light is one
of the great inventions of the nineteenth
century, and it would make a vast im­
provement in the appearance of our beau­
tiful city. It would be a good adver­
tisement for us, and would extend our
reputation for go-ahead and enterprise.
Our citizens would greatly enjoy basking
in its effulgent rays.
But before- we build our house we
should sit down first and count the cost.
The light cannot be used on our streets
without a very large annual outlay. The
question for the board of trustees to ask
themselves is, "Would we be justified in
committing the city to this expense? Does
the public interest demand it, and would
the people uphold us if we went into it?"
If our village fathers have this matter
submitted to them they should be delib­
erate and consider it in a purely business
light, as they would consider any matter
in connection with their own private
affairs. They should not let their desire
boom the town turn their heads, but
if their best judgment tells them that the
electric light is a little premature, thea^
they should defer action in the matter.
The Alert does not wish to be under
stood as throwing cold water upon en­
terprise for our city. Far from it. We
have enterprising citizens in large num
bcrs and we believe we have just cause
to lay claim to being called an enterpris
ing community both in a private and
public relation. But we wish to see all
steps taken coolly and intelligently. If
citizens wish to organize an electric light V
company among themselves the Alert
would like to have them succeed, and
will hold up both hands for the step.
But for the village to commit itself to
indulgence in this iuxury at the present
time does not appear to us a wise ibingt
Nothing will be lost by delay.
The columns of the Alert are open for
the opinions of our citizens on tlmorany
other subject of public interest.,
A Welcom Acquisition.
GRASS LAKE, Mich., Feb. 12.
ED. ALEUT—Dear Sir:—It has occurred
to me (a little late) that you may be in­
terested to kuo# and publish that there
were married in Grass Lake, Jackson Co.,
Mich., Jan. 31,1883, at the residence ofc
the bride's father, Samuel Bunker, Esq.,
by Rev. Wm. Remington. John V. Mai
night, of Jamestown, Dakota, and Mtaa
Ella M. Bunker.
A large company of friends were gath
ered upon the occasion and served with
the very choicest delicacies that moiMgr
and skill could furnish. It would take
too much space to enumerate the bridal
presents, but among them wereaaOrer
water set from Syracuse, N. Y. two
beautiful table sets ofChina,silver spoeaa,
forks, butter knives, spoon holder, fineaa
and $120 in gold also a very nice family &
bible presented by the .Baptist ciraraa
Sunday School as a token of esteem and
in recognition of her faithful and efllcieBt
services as its secretary the oast tw»
to become
dial and
the bride who is cMa-*
of Jamestown a«l^lkp»

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