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vol. xxxvii. PHI ( ' 1 • A.fi fI^IMTQ by carrier
NUMBER. 111). JTXVJ.^IIi. t\f V-«I!ii>l J.O i-ER MONTH t
ATTACK OF FOUR
JURORS ON MEAT
TRUST TRIUMPHS
Former Inquisitors Insist
on Investigation, So
Probe Is Plied
THREATS EFFECTIVE
United States Government
Forced to Make Inquiry
Into Combine
[Segc!=.! to lbs Herald.]
CHICAGO, Jan. That the gov
ernment was compelled by the ef
forts of four members of the fed
eral grand jury of 1908, wrich in
vestigated the meat scandals of Chi
coga, to reopen the Investigation now
pending before Judge Landis here, was
made known today.
That these four grand jurors were
so persistent in their attacks on the
trust and took advantage of the pop
ular protest at the high cost of liv
ing to renew their appeals to the fed
eral government also became known
today for the first time.
Wade Ellis, assistant attorney gen
eral, who passed the day in Chicago,
denied there was any trouble between
the government officials concerning the
present investigation or that District
Attorney Sims would conduct the case.
He refused to discuss the govern
ment's reasons for its long delay in at
tacking the combine.
Concerning the inception of the pres
ent action it is said there would have
been none had the four disastistied
Jurymen not sought the aid of Judge
Landis.
This quartet, it is said, was willing
to indict the packers in December,
1908, and finally became so indignant
over the increasing price of meat that
they informed Judge Landis that they
thought it was time for the govern
ment to begin another inquiry.
Minority Report
The report of the four Jurors al
leged that enough evidence was sub
mitted to the 1908 grand jury to war
rant true bills and that in spite of
this there was a sudden apathy on the
part of those behind the prosecution.
They also said if the investigation
was not renewed Immediately they
would make a statement to the' public
Betting forth their theory of why the
prosecution had been dropped.
Following the jurors' complaint,
Pudge Landis is said to have made
the investigation that resulted in the
present action being started.
Judge Landis, it Is said, got in touch
■with the evidence submitted to the
1908 grand jury and he is determined
that the present action shall not be
nullified by influence outside the grand
jury room.
In his statement concerning the pur
pose of his visit here and the scope
of the present investigation Mr. Ellis
said:
"I have spent the day in conference
with the United States district at
torney and his assistants, and in a
call upon Judge Landis, whom I have
known pleasantly for many years,
There is no friction whatever in the
beef inquiry.
Has Been Busy
"The department of justice has been
at work for five or six months in
vestigating developments of the fresh
meat industry since the last action by
the government, and especially the
relation of the situation to the prices
of food and products, with a view to
ascertaining whether a cause of ac
tion now exists.
"The investigation will be conducted
under the anti-trust statute and may
be either civil or criminal.
"Proceedings now in progress before
the federal grand Jury are in line with
this investigation. Ordinarily cases
presented to the grand jury for trial
courts are wholly wtiliin the routine
duties of the United States district
attorney. Where, however, the sub
ject of inquiry affects the country at
large and especially where it involves
the complaint of a violation of the
anti-trust statute having a more than
local effect, the attorney general ex
ercises a special supervision. He is
particularly charged by the law with
the enforcement of this act, and my
duties in this behalf are also fixed by
statute under his direction.
"There will be no change in the pres
ent instance. Mr. Sims, in whom the
attorney general has entire confidence,
will present his own testimony to the
grand jury. After this testimony is
In 1 have no doubt the grand jury will
do its. full duty, both to the govern
ment and to those against whom such
testimony may be adduced.
"I expect to keep in touch with tho
inquiry, to come to Chicago whenever
it may seem necessary to participate,
cither now or later, in any way that
shall seem advisable."
. - Opinion of Dealers
In the opinion of retail butchers In
Chicago the action which the govern
ment is expected to take against the
beef trust, In the event of Indictment,
■will have little effect on prices, and
retailers say the packers are winking
at the investigation and appear cock
sure of triumph.
"It is impossible to convict the
trust," Mild a leading retailer tonight,
because its ramifications are bo numer
ous and its manipulation of the mar
ket so covert that Uncle Sam cannot
get. possession of evidence necessary
try convict.
"The offering of the book* of the
corporations for perusal of grand Jur
ors can achieve nothing, for the books
of the meat company' afford no leal
insight Into its methods. Every or
ganization of this character, especial
ly where it is anticipating legal at
tack, keeps two sets of books—one for
inspectors and grand jurors and the
other for its own use./
Cannot Convict
• ' "But granting that the beef trust is
indicted, which is quite doubtful, it is
difficult to conceive its ultimate con
viction. „ ..
"The average consumer blames the
retailer for current high prices. The
consumer does not realize that the
retailer is utterly at the mercy of the
jobbers and packing houses, and in
many instances the success of the re
tailer's business depends on his rec
ognition of the 'unwritten laws' of the
trust—his subservience .to the trust's
.„ a ... !><■__ 'I'lipml
(Continued on I'a.e Three)
LOS ANGELES HERALD
INDEX OF
HERALD'S NEWS
TODAY
FORECAST
For Los Angeles and vicinity: Fair
Friday; continued warm; light north
wind. Maximum temperature yester
day 76 degrees; minimum 46 degrees.
LOS ANGELES
Drink-crazed man shoots young sweetheart
at doorway of her home. PAGE 9
Motion denied to dismiss Stones on chargo
of murdering Morgan Shiveley. PAGE 9
Expect action In quadruplet case; Wilson
affair may go to grand Jury. ■ PAGE 9
Work for missions discussed at convocation
of Episcopal diocese at St. John's church.
\ ; PAGE 9
Gas rebate cases may fizzle out; witnesses
not allowed to testify as to custom of
giving rebates. PAGE 16
Hill street tunnel franchise granted to Los
Ass&ea-X*aclfi€ railway AXpiKw in wouiy
one years, and Is not perpetual, as granted
by city council. PAGE 5
Camps on trail of loan sharks; Fire Com- .
missioner Hawley proposes to blot out
evil. PAGE 5
Wants slice of Baldwin estate; more liti
gation begun by Temple heirs. PAGE 5
Army of tourists Invades the city; hotel
clerks busy finding quarters for vis
itors. PAGE 6
Third man arrested In swindle case;
<■ alleged partner of D. N. Greene in
tolls. PAGE 0
Editorial, Letter Box and Ha.'.dn's letter. -
PAGE-4
Society. PAGE 7
Marriage licenses, births and deaths. PAGE 14
News of the courts. PAGE E
Municipal affairs. PAGE 6
Mines and oil fields. PAGE 13
Markets and financial. . - PAGE 12
Theaters and dramatic criticism. PAGE 8
Automobiles. PAGE 11
Sports. PAGE 10
City brevities. PAGE 6
Classified advertising. PAGES 14-15
Building permits. PAGE 13
Citrus fruit report. ' PAGE 12
Shipping. PAGE <
SOUTH CALIFORNIA
Burned foot found In Mojave desert points
to brutal crime. PAGE 16
Inadequacy of San Pedro's water system
shown by fire that threatens Alta Vista
hotel. PAGE 14
Venice chamber of commerce planji month
of aeroplane show and exhibition. PAGE 16
Takekawa, Japanese bank cashier, secures
his interest In property, suit over which
also Involves perjury charge. PAGE 14
Mexican and Civil war veteran, 90 years •
old, takes his own life at San Ber
nardino. PAGF! 14
COAST
Carrie Nation In fight with habitue of red
light district in Butte holds her own.
PAGE 9
Use rattlesnake's venom to cure tuberculosis
patient In Stockton. PAGE 9
Draft drawn fifty years ago sent Into Sac
ramento bank for collection. PAGE 1C
Los Angeles excursion of business men
reaches San Francisco. PAGE 10
Counsel scores witness for government at
Portland, asserting he was offered pardon
from penitentiary. PAGE 3
Baker City, Ore., has fire which ti.ii^.s loss
of one million dolars. PAGE 3
Curtiss to fly In exhibition of biplane man
ipulation at Phoenix, Ariz. PAGE 5
Stockholder makes complaint assets of
State bank Illegally seized. PAGE 16
Seattle attorney taken to jail on in
dictment charging bribery. PAGE 3
Shakeup Is on In San Francisco, and
three police commissioners and chief
vacate offices. PAGE 1
EASTERN
Bears organize party In New York stock
exchange and prices tumble from positions
gained yesterday. PAGE 13
Gigantic copper combine will control all
properties of red metal companies. PAGE 3
Attack of four Jurors on beef trust tri
umphs, former inquisitors causing inves
. tigation to be reopened. PAGE 1
Inventor Edison pleaSed with discovery
which led to building battery car. PAGE 6
Senator Jeff Davis charges fraudulent pur
pose exists iv consideration of Indian
land bill. PAGE 2
Prominent contractor and ten city officials
and employes of Chicago indicted. PAGE 9
Payne's tariff law defended In vigorous
• speech by Congressman Boutell. PAGE 2
Democratic league formed in New York
I will boom no candidate for any office.
PAGE 2
Postal savings plan perfected in bill intro
duced In United States senate. PAGE 2
Deposted Chief of Field Glavls Is used first
by accusers against secretry of interior
to lay foundation of their case. PAGE 2
Land lottery plan opposed during discus
sion of Rosebud bill In senate. • PAGE 2
Near-to-deaths risks insured and three
agents in Louisville arrested on charge
of conspiracy to defraud. PAGE 1
Corporation act Is ready for congress;
ideas of President Taft embodied in meas
ure. . • • PAGE 2
FOREIGN
Mikado's friendship for United States as
sured By Baron Komura, despite rejection
of Manchurian plan urged by Knox. PAGB 16
Receiver Is appointed for the- suspended
. Mexican bank. PAGE 3
Reports from Paris this morning Indicate
floods are much worse. PAGE 8
Floods wreak ruin and desolation in Paris
and environs; Naples and Home also In
undated. ' PAGE 1
Liberals gain safo majority in Great Brit
ain and coalition assures control of house
of commons. PAGE 6
American suffers In Jail at Guadalajara,
Mexico. PAGE 6
MINING AND OIL
Producers agency Rets contract for Pro
duction of Nevada Petroleum company.
- PAGE 13
Stringer district, near Johannesburg 1, is
scene of two rich gold erikcM. PAGE 13
Work is started on Red Mountain group in
the Dragoon country of Arizona. PAGE 13
Jay P. Graves, prominent mining man of
British Columbia, at Sierra Madre club
luncheon, says copper m«-rgor could only
result In increased benefit to industry.
/ PAGE 13
Producers Transportation company, working
under difficulties, pushes . pipe line on
ward toward coast. PAGE 13
SPORTING
George Memstc and - Frank Plcato meet In
ten-round boxing bout at Naud Junction
tonight. ■ j - . PAGE 10
Con Connolly, local Marathon runner, has
entered race at Chutes park. ~ ■ PAGE 10
Jack Atkln wins special handicap at Jack
sonville; Cloudlight defeats classy field at
Emeryville. • • PAGE 10
Quail and rabbit hunters report game plen
tiful In all sections. . ■ PAGE 10
Tex Rickard publishes substance Of contract
between himself and Jeffries at Salt Lake
City. PAGE 10
Dozen bowlera enter tournament that will
decide to represent Los Angeles at West
arn Bowling congress. PAGE 10
FRTDAY MORNING, JANUARY 28, 1910.
NEAR-TO-DEATH
RISKS INSURED;
FRAUD EXPOSED
Three Agents in Kentucky
Arrf sted on Charges
*of Conspiracy
$200,000 IS SECURED
Eersons Certain to Die in
Few Months Imperson
ated by Healthy Ones
[Associated Press]
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 27.—John J.
Keane, John P. Needham and T. ',
T. O'Leary, agents representing a
number of Insurance companies in In
dlana, Tennessee, Kentucky and other
states, tonight were arrested on war- i
rants charging them with conspiracy [
to defraud.
The warrants were sworn out by 1
S. C. Renlck, secretary and treasurer
of the Indiana National Life Insur- j
anco company.
While the amount involved is not
stated, It is understood to reach $200,- I
000 or more in policies alleged to have ;
been written on the lives of persons ;
virtually certain to die within a few
months—the fraud consisting in the im
personation of ill and incurable per
sons by healthy ones employed for the
purpose.
It is stated the arrest of these men !
Is only the first step in the investiKa- |
tion of an affair that involves more
than fifty persons and relate! to fraud
ulently obtained life insurance policies.
to the value of more than $200,000.
It is also said many physicians are
Involved.
One physician, it Is said, has admit
ted that he acted as a participant in ;
a conspiracy by rilling out medical cer
tificates certifying that men and wo- ;
men he had never seen were good in
surance risks.
Physicians Involved
In many caces. It is believed, the
physicians were Imposed on. It has!
developed, so it Is charged, that per- i
sons examined gave false names to the
physicians, wJ i certified to the !>oa!th j
of aged, decrepit and half-witted per- j
sons on whom the conspirators expect
ed to recover vast sums from the com
panies.
■ Stato Insurance Commissioner Bell
and the Louisville authorities today j
took up the case of Walter T. Rider, |
a teamster receiving $10 per week, who :
carried policies aggregating $16,000. |
This Investigation was begun at the;
request of several insurance companies
In Indiana and Tennessee.
Rider died January 4, und an au
topsy yesterday developed the presence
of a lesion in Rider's lungs, supposed
ly the result of tuberculosis.
In affidavits, S. C. Renick, secretary
treasurer of the Independent Life In
surance company, charges that "the de
fendants. J. J. Keane, P. J. Needham
and T. T. O'Leary. In the employ of
the Independent and various other in
surance companies, including the Com
monwealth company of Kentucky, and
the Standard Life Insurance company
of Dcs Moines, lowa, have been guilty
of the crime of conspiring to defraud
the insurance companies and the pub-
He generally."
SHAKEUP ON IN
SAN FRANCISCO
Former Captain of Detectives Sue
ceeds Jesse Cook—No Warning
Precedes Dismissal —New
Appointees Named
[Assoetatei.l Press]
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27.—Folow
ing the summary dismissal of the three
remaining members of the old Taylor j
board of police commissioners tonight ■
by Mayor P. H. McCarthy and the ap
pointment of a like number of men
of his own selection to till their places,
Ihe tirst official act of the new coir,
mission was the acceptance of the res
ignation of Chief of Police Jesse B.
Cook.
Immeditely after Cook had resigned
John B. Martin, formerly captain of
detectives, was chosen as chief of po
lice.
Cook will assume once more his dv- |
ties as patrol sergeant, this having .
been his rank when he was made head
of the force eleven months ago.
Martin, who had been in the service
twenty-five years previous to his re
tirement four years ago, left tho de
partment at that time because of a
rapidly encroaching physical ailment.
The dismissal of Fred G. Sanborn,
Joseph Leggutt and A. D. Cutler came
Without the slightest warning. Two
days ago they had been requested by
the mayor to resign, but they ignored
the request.
When Sanborn and Lefgett appeared
at the rooms of tho commission tonight
they were served with notices of their
dismissal. Cutler did not put in an
appearance. The other two officials
left the. building at once.
The new board is composed of I. 11.
Sipiro, Walter F. OConnell and Percy
L. Henderson.
Immediately upon the retirement of
Sanborn and Leggett the three new
• members went Into executive session
with Harry G. Flannery, appointed by
McCarthy over a week ago. Flannery
was elected president of the board.
Sheriff Thomas Finn and several dep
nuties were on hand at the meeting
but took no action.
DIES AT AGE OF 119
ELYRIA, 0., Jan. 27.—"Uncle Joe"
Ramsay, 119 years old, thought to have
been the oldest person in Ohio, died it
the county farm near here last night.
Ramsay was a slave and escaped forty
years before the civil war.
MAN STRUCK BY AUTO DIES
BAKBRSFIELD, Jan. 27.--A man
named Harrington was struck by ■■■'!
automobile driven hy Htunar Jones
last night mi Nineteenth street, ami so
Misly Injured h<" died early today
at the county hospital.
The Examiner Slanders the
Good Government Forces
IN PURSUING its policy of half concealed and half revealed,
but always persistent, opposition to the good government
forces of this city, the morning Hearst organ has sought to
make the recent removal of Mr. Dishman from the position of
chief of police a peg upon which to hang a slanderous and utterly
false statement by which it hopes to injure the cause of good gov
ernment for which the decent citizens of this city stand.
In its issue of the 26th instant the Hearst organ quotes Mr.
Dishman as follows:
"I was told that if I would use all of my influence as the head
of the department to secure the support of the members of the de
partment for the good government forces in the coming county
campaign I could retain my position as head of the department. I
decline to believe that the man spoke by the card, or that he was
authorized to make any such proposition to me. 1 know that the
members of the police commission would not for an instant en
tertain any such proposition of bargain or sale."
It will be noted that in the foregoing the Examiner does not
pretend to say that the proposition to which it makes Mr. Dish
man refer was authorized by the good government organization,
or emanated from any member of that organization. It does, how
ever, attempt to use the matter so as to reflect upon the good gov
ernment organization by suggestion and inference.
Becoming bolder in its desire to disseminate this slander, the
Examiner on yesterday said in its news columns:
"Regarding Mr. Dishman's assertion that an emissary of the
good government organization approached him recently with as
surance that if he should throw the vote of the police department
to the good government forces in the next county election he
might retain his office, etc."
Here it -will be noted this slanderer of the good government
forces has plucked up enough courage to refer to the person who
was supposed to have approached Chief Dishman as an "emissary
of the good government organization." Furthermore, in an
editorial in the same issue ft gains courage to state:
"Dishman retires, making charges of the gravest character.
The mayor deigns no reply and the police commissioners calmly
proceed with the decapitation in bland disregard of anything but
getting a man out of office that does not meet with their ap
proval. . . . Dishman charges he was ousted because he
would not become an agent of the good government men."
Taking the Examiner's own story as originally published in
its issue of the 26th, it is evident that the statement contained in
its news columns of the next day that "Mr. Dishman asserted that
an emissary of the good government organization approached
him," is false. It is also evident that its editorial statement that
"Dishman retires making charges of the gravest character" is
false. It is evident, too, that its editorial statement that "Mr.
Dishman charges he was ousted because he would not become
an agent of the good government men" is absolutely and wan
tonly false.
There was nothing contained in Mr. Dishman's supposed
statement as originally published in the Examiner that consti
tuted any sort of a charge. At the very worst it contained noth
ing more than a weak implication of wrongdoing against some
one not even claiming to be a member of the good government
organization, or an authorized representative of it. Believing that
the statement purporting to come from Chief Dishman as orig
inally published in the Examiner, weak though it was, was un
true. The Herald had Mr. Dishman interviewed concerning the
matter and to a representative of this paper he made the statement
as published in yesterday's Herald. While admitting that a man
made the casual remark to him Tuesday afternoon, and after he
was dismissed from office, that he might have been reappointed
chief if he had promised to use his influence as chief in aiding the
good government forces, Mr. Dishman stated that the man rep
resented no political party and in no way had any authority to
make such a proposition.
"I know" said Chief Dishman, "he represented no
political party, and I am convinced that the police com
mission would not countenance any such deal. It was a
mere remark that was overheard, and like all such
stories, spread, gaining strength as it was retold. The
absurdity of the story of being approached, if such you
might call it, appears ridiculous when it is known that
this man made the remark referred to on Tuesday after
noon when I was packing my belongings and preparing
to leave central police headquarters."
So it would appear that Chief Dishman never made the state
ment attributed to him by the Examiner. There was nothing in
his statement which would justify that detractor of the good gov
ernment forces and protector of evil influences in saying that "an
emissary of the good government organization approached Chief
Dishman," that "Dishman retires making charges of the gravest
character," and "Dishman charges he was ousted because he would
not become an agent of the good government men."
This last effort on the part of the Examiner to injure the
forces of good government in this city is merely in keeping with
the course which that paper has followed ever since the movement
was inaugurated by The Herald, about a year ago, which resulted
in clearing the city of the dirtiest gang of grafters that ever dis
graced it—a gang which, by the way, while in office and when
being called to account for their evil deeds at the recall election,
enjoyed the full support of the Examiner.'
No one regrets more than The Herald that it became impos
sible for Chief Dishman and the good government police com
missioners to work in that sort of harmony without which any ef
fective service of. the city's interests is impossible. How this came
about the good citizens of the city will no doubt be informed in
due time. In the meanwhile they will probably not permit them
selves to be prejudiced against anything that the official repre
sentatives of the good government organization may do by the
palpably false statements of a newspaper which has never failed
to oppose, cither openly or covertly, everything that makes for
decency and good government in this city, and has never failed to
'show in one way or another its sympathy for those evils in the
city government against which all good citizens are arrayed.
SliMjr-Liiil V^t-JJr IH1& . ON TRAINS. S CENTS
FLOOD WREAKS RUIN
AND DEVASTATION IN
PARIS AND ENVIRONS
Heart ot the Beautiful Metropolis Likely to
Sink Into Labyrinth of Underground
Passages—Scenes Appalling
ROME AND NAPLES ALSO DELUGED
Incredible Losses and Intense Suffering in
Many Cities—Vast Area Left Deso
late —Havoc Is General
Havoc Wrought by Floods in Europe
riiHE FLOODS in Italy and France have reached an appalling
I crisis. One hundred thousand persons in Paris last night
-1- were homeless and shelterless. Scarlet fever and typhoid
have broken out in many sections of the city and hundreds are re
ported starving.
Fifty thousand men have been thrown out of work. Fifteen
thousand soldiers and gendarmes all night battled the flood waters
of the Seine.
Hundreds of magnificent structures —many oi them historic—
are threatened with destruction.
Over one-fourth of France is under water. Scores of villages
are inundated.
At Messina, Italy, the terrific storm of the last week has
caused incalculable damage, and floods have wrought havoc among
the hundreds of huts erected after the earthquake. Thousands are
reported suffering.
Naples is one of the cities most seriously affected by the flood.
The water front is an appalling mass of wreckage. A terrific
storm has transformed the bay into a confused mass of dismantled
vessels. The churches are thronged with persons'devoutly pray
ing for deliverance.
The terrific rain and windstorm increased in intensity at
Rome yesterday and the Tiber now covers the arches of the
bridges. Many famous structures are threatened by infiltration.
Dead cattle and uprooted trees are swept along in the torrent.
The river Arno, at Florence is over its banks. The city is
practically isolated.
Property damage in Italy alone will exceed $100,000,000. The
damage in France is conservatively estimated at $250,000,000.
TT| ARIS, Jan. 27.—Not since the rev-
V* olution has Paris presented such
■«- a scene of horror and devasta
tion as it does tonight, with the ap- j
palling deluge of the Seine pouring
through its avenues and labyrinths.
Reports from Marne, Roane, Cha
lons and other cities indicate the most
incredible havoc and desolation.
In Paris tonight over 100,000 persons
are without shelter and thousands are
being cared for by the municipal auv
thorities in public parks and buildings.
Every moment sees the collapse of
some costly structure. Men and women,
watching their life's accumulations
swept away by the torrents, plod
through the mud and wreckage as if
insane. Many are wringing their
hands and crying pitifully to the gen
darmes or soldiers to save some per
son or thing dear to them. But even
the gendarmes and soldiers, equipped
as they are with boats, rope and life
preservers, are able to do but little.
The flood has reached a proportion
invincible to human resistance.
The waters of the Seine creep slowly
higher, each inch widely extending the
area of destruction, desolation and
ruin.
Although the barometer is rising
rapidly and bright sunshine today suc
ceeded the raging storms, a feeling: of
consternation bordering on panic pre
vailed tonight when the authorities,
who yesterday said the maximum of
the flood would come today, announced
this would not be reached until to
morrow morning.
Conceals Gravity
Official figures of the stage of water
are difficult to obatin and the city
council at a stormy sesion tonight
charged M. Lepine, prefect of Paris,
with concealing tho gravity of the sit
uation. The prefect defended his atti
tude by saying he was governed by
the neccsisty of not alarming the peo
ple unduly.
In the meantime, what is happening
is enough to strike terror to the hearts
of all. The crust of the city seems
ready to sink into the flooded subter
ranean labyrinth beneath.
Every hour drains are bursting in
new localities, causing a subsidence of
the streets or bulging them up several
feet, while the overflow of surface
water from the river is transforming
the inundated districts into formidable
lakes and the streets into canals.
In the Bercy quarter the water is
six feet deep In the streets and the
entire left bunk of the Seine from
above the islands to Auteuil, com
prising the law court institute, the
fashionable St. Germain district, the
foreign office, the chamber of deupties
and tho Champs de Mars is submerged
in from one to ten feet of water.
Some deputies left tho Palais Bour
bon tonight, in rowboats, others on the
backs of attendants.
Walls Crumbled
Walls of tho Invalides station are
crumbled, and that structure, and the
wing of the foreign office opposite, arc
in danger of collapse.
Nevertheless Mme. Pichon, wife of
the foreign minister, held her regular
reception tonight, oil lamps and grate
fires being employed in the absence
of steam heat and electricity.
Streets surrounding tho St. Lazare
station have sunk three feet and the
situation there is regarder as des
perate.
It is also feared that the foundations
of the two big neighboring department
stores are being: undermined.
The overflow of the broken sewers
into the flooded basements menaces tho
health of the occupants and the smell
of sewage is already permeating the
buildings.
Notwithstanding this, the police to
night notified househouders, especially
those of the wealthier cUtfH, who are
usiik automobile engines for pumping
purposes, that they must exercise the
I *£, GENTS H
[Special to The Herald.]
greatest care, as the removal of the
water pressure would likely cause the
foundations to sink or collapse.
Soldiers are working desperately by
the aid of torches to disentangle drift
wood above the Solferino and Henry
IV bridges, while large forces of men
are still engaged in constructing dams
to divert the course of the swiftly
moving currents.
Lights Are Out
There was a further shutdown of
electric light plants tonight. Relief
work is proceeding bravely, none be
ing refused food or shelter.
Archbishop Amietto, has ordered pub
lic prayers In the churches and a col
lection for the victims.
In spite of the crippled water sup
ply, the authorities say the reservoirs
are intact and that there is no dan
ger of a famine if the water is hus
banded carefully and confined strictly
to drinking purposes. At the same
time, a warning is again issued, that
the water should be boiled.
The situation below Paris is becom
ing appreciably worse. A stretch of
water that engulfs Boulogne, Neuilly,
Puteaax, Sevres, Asnieres, Maisons-
Lafitte, Lepeeq and Poissy is wid
ening rapidly, while farther below tha
swollen Oise is pouring in new tor
rents over the Pontoise section.
Because of defective communication
with the provinces few dispatches have
been received, but these report a gen
eral improvement. The weather every
where throughout Franc has amelior
ated and it is believed that the worst
of the floods is past.
No Americans are reported injured.
Artists and students for the most part
livo in the Latin quarter, which is on
high ground, and the rir'her Ameri
cans generally live near the Rue da
PEtoile, the highest portion of the
city.
The boulevard life of the gay Pari
sian has been suddenly silenced. Most
of the music halls remain open, but
they are deserted. A hushed multitude
sits in front of the cafes.
To Check Epidemics
At a special meeting today tho hoard
of health drew up instructions for the
prevention of an epidemic. In addition
to tho usual precautions with regard
to water, vegetables and fruits, tho
board especially insists that none of tho
flooded houses be reoccupied until
they have been thoroughly disinfected,
until the walls have been scraped and
until bedding and clothing contam
inated by flood water have been burned.
The board announced there were 304,
--000 cubic meters in the reservoirs,
enough for several days and, therefore,
there was little fear of a water famine.
All omnibuses, street cars and other
heavy traffic on the bridges were stop
ped tonight. In many places a coating
of ice has formed on the. flood water in
the streets.
The chamber of deputies voted
thanks for the splendid services of
police, soldiers and officials in tha
work of rescue. Premier Briand de
olarad that persons who hoarded up
provisions and were selling them at a
big profit would be drastically dealt
with.
The Red Cross society, which has re
ceived a substantial check from Am
bassador Bacon, today established
soup kitchens for the destitute at a
hudred points.
J. P. Morgan has cabled from New
York tendering $20,000 if outside con
tributions to the relief fund would be
acceptable.
Factory Sinking
The foundations of the National
porcelain factory at Sevres are sink-
Ing. At many places in that vicinity
the rush of water was so rapid that
the people did not have time to leave
their homes.
12 o'clock today the gauge showed
i drop Mi tho waters of th« Seine at
Font Royal. The subsidence continued
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