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The Canon City Record.
TOL. xxxn. BIGGEST FLOOD IN THE ARKANSAS RIVE? IN FORTY YEARS LAST NIGHT Cloudburst In the Mountains In the West ern Part of the County Sends Volume of Water Down the Stream VOLUME ESTIMATED AT TEN THOUSAND CUBIC FEET PER. SECOND AT BIGGEST FLOW Nhtk StiMt BrMg* WmM Oatiai a LufiAaontoT Rack Proyrty D—troyH ia Vidaity of C—o*. Cky—D. AH. C. Tracks Pot Out of ff-T 1 at a Doom Ham Ba- IWVH VNTI M IWWWD What Is believed to be the biggest flood of water carried by It staoe 18dd —«« down the Arhaaaas rirer be tween one and two o’clock this morn ing. doing much damage to public and private property along Its banka. It wee such a deluge as but few of the oldest inhabitants can remember and the volume of water at the time of Its greatest flow Is estimated at from ten to twelve thousand cubic feet a second, converting the streams into a to treat that was all but Irreetlble. The flood was caused by a cloud burst In the drainage ares of Cotton wood. Hayden. Howard and Takes creeks, the watershed of which cov ers a large territory on the eastern slope of the Saagre de Crleto range. Rumors of the Impending flood reached here, and other towns down the valley, long before there was any appreciable rise In the waters of the river. The heaviest precipitation was be tween eight and nine o'clock but It was nearly four hours later before the crest of the oncoming flood reached Canon City. The most exaggerated re ports of the expected deluge were current In Pueblo shortly after mid night and the alarm was given to peo ple living In the lower sections of the city to seek a place of safety on high er grounds. Whistles were blown for an hour or more and the more timid were ter rified beyond measure by the antici pated wave of water which they were confident would engulf them. The Se quel proved that their alarm waa groundless and that there was no oc casion for s panic. The flood, prob ably. did not reach Pueblo until after daylight this morning, and. had. no doubt lost Its destructive force be fore arriving there. Reports were current on the streets of Canon City early this morning that Howard was washed away and that a score of lives had been lost there, and that as many more were believed to have perished from the same cause In the Wet Mountain valley, the low er part of which waa said to be sub merged. That the rainfall there was terrific seems to admit of no question, but. as far as can be ascertained here, nobody waa drowned, although many narrow escapes are thought to have taken place. The greater part of yes terday afternoon and until long after dark the rain continued to fall In the mountains and In the foothills In the western part of tha county, resulting In untold damage to the ranching In terests In that section. It was per sist estty stated that the Denver and Mo Grande railroad tracks were washed out for several miles between Canon City and Rail da and that It woald take weeks of tremsaduoas ef fort on the part of tha company to get them In condition to admit of freight and passenger travel. These reports, however, proved to be great ly overdrawn, and. from the beat ad vices now obtainable. It appears that tbs company's toss has been compar atively samll aad that Its tranks will soon be spaaed again tor traffic. Asia Is • aaah nut o t perhaps.! •vs hundred tost hi length la ths rail-1 VMM trwm VPPMHBv ■ .. Royal Gorge, bat a gang of maa were pat to work there early this mo rain* and It la thought that repalra at that poiat will be completed before Ire o’clock thle afteraooa. The roadbed la more or leea damaged at half a doers placea between here and Park dale bat at oa point la the problem or repairs a very difficult one. There waa a wash-out at Bcho siding, twen ty miles west of here, that will re quire the serrtces of fifty mea twen ty-four hours to romoTe. apd. U la thought that similar trouble will be encountered at several other points. One of the heaviest losers waa the city which sustained a damage of sev eral thousand dollars to Its new' waterworks line In the Royal Gorge according to Mr. Gordon, one of the contractors of the undertaking. The pipeline Is washed out In numerous places and so badly Injured In others as to necessitate expensive repairs. The report that the Intake and set tling basin near the upper end of the conduit had been carried away by the force of the water seems to be a mis take. as Is also the statement that the viaduct across the river at Gorge station was destroyed. There were public bridges across the river at Parkdale, Cotopaxi. Tex as Creek. Howard and other points west of Canon City. In this county, but how many of these were taken out by last night's flood is not defi nitely known, although It Is under stood that the one at Parkdale was swept from Its foundations by the tor rent and wrecked. Other bridges west of here may have shared ihc same fate. Indeed. It Is believed that sev ' ernl of them have and that the coun ty will b# at considerable expense In rebuilding them. The Ninth street bridge In this city was lifted from Its foundations and flung around to the north bank of the river ns If it had been a feather. Instead of an iron and steel struct ure weighing hundreds of tons. The Ninth street bridge was one of the best of Its kind across the Arkansas river and coat seven or eight thous and dollara. It will be rebuilt with as little delsy as possible. Hundreds of people visited the scene of the wrecked bridge today and were missed at the evidences of the power which the flood carried with It. Buch destruction could only be wrought by one of the great forces of nature. The hanging bridge at the Hot Springs was badly damaged by the good, but not Injured beyond repair, aad. for the coavealeace of the public. It Is hoped that it will be restored to Ita former usefulness. A portion of Riverside eveaee In South Canon waa eutmerged aad tha water drove many psople from thoir boame la a half elad oondlUoa. Gar dens and ranches fa the Hot Springe hotel addition raftered severely from ike food;' tke demegs to their owners running lain thousands If dollars. Property owners east of the Ninth street bridge also lost heavily, aad the same le true of tha rteldeate la tha etelalty sf Sell’s Island, away of hy the rash aad war of the waear fHlfcMtt i* -'.if-ti-i ■.] CANON CITY. THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 1909 south side of the riw am Boeond street were converted mto a lake of muddy water, the silt mad sediment from which will destroy this ■ensouls growth of vegetation. The injury to Nelson Brothers "lieiftins Clsrdsug on Kounts avenue is very severe, amounting, perhaps, to twenty-five hundred dollars. The damage to ranchers along the river eaaaot at this time be fully estimated, but will aggregate a large sum of moaey. The Colorado Light * Power com pany’s plant near Soda Point, was put out of business last night by the muddy condition of the river water, which could not be used In the boll* ers. The flood broke down the heavy ooacrete walls of the well from which the supply of water is obtained to run the plant and filled up with san# and silt which had been washed Into the river from the hillsides, high up in the mountains. The disabling of the operations of the electric light plant here caused a stoppage of business in the distri bution of power among the mines mad with the street car system in Victor and Cripple Creek. A large force of men were put to work early this morning and it is expected that the company will be able to supply its customers with light and power by six o'cleck this afternoon. The flood found its way into the furnace and enginerooms of the Can on City waterworks pumping plant, hut caused no great damage. The water slowly receded after It had at tained a depth of about twelve In ches. In some of the houses on Riverside avenue It reached a depth of two or three feet. Manager Stommell of the Colorado Telephone company reports that up to the present their damage from the riood is very slight. The service to western points is very much crippled, however. The local lines have suffer ed somewhat, too. about 15 or 20 be ing out of commission. Communication with Salida and all points reached through that exchange has been cut off since yesterday af ternoon. The company may yet suffer a heavy loss, however. At the Ninth street bridge a pole supporting a messenger wire and a cable Is In dan ger of falling. Should this happen. It must brea kthe cable and 200 lines will be put out of commission, caus ln ga heavy damage. It will be Impossible to repair the pole until the water has receded to normal. The pole has withstood the current since 2 o’clock last night, and Is expected to last out. FLOOD NOTES. It was rumored on the street that the slaughter house of Wright A Mor gan. located on the river bank, had been washed away carrying a large number of hogs and several horses with ft. The story proved to be with out foundation, however, and Mr. Morgan stated to a Record man that hla only loss srss twelve small pigs only loss was twelve assail pigs worth about SM. lsuehm Lose Chops. ""Probably the hsavteat lasers of tbs flood will ho the ranchers whose farms are located along the river front. Man? of the ranchee wars com pletely inundated and the standing crops raised as a result dijMidiiji h (MJM WBBmijf dm wu awakened by the tumult of raiMag water* about two o’clock and plat from his house found his ranch completely flooded. His chickens he foaad root ting on barrels and other ■ resist* floating around the place. On*: of Mr. Goodnight’s houses was Hoofed and he estimates that a crop of fhjSOO celery plants has.been ruin ed. James R. Calvert and M. E. Curran, nettfibora of Goodnight, are also hentry losers through the destruction of oelery end other crops. They can not estimate the damage et present. Their houses were also flooded. Pseble Waned of Flood. Word reached here this morning that no damage had been caused at Pueblo. The river rose to only eight feet above normal and no loss has boos reported. Telephone warning was received from points west that the driver was a raging torrent and the authorities took every precaution to avoid loss nt property or life. From t to 4 o'clock the fire alarms rang and every factory whistle tooted notes of vfarning to the sleeping residents. Mounted horsemen were called into service and sent into the threatend district to waken *he residents and perform work of rescue If necessary. All of the police were ordered on duty and the ambulances fully manned were sent to the scene of probable disaster. Sell’s Island. Near Sell's Island the havoc wrought was severe. The south bank of the river broke just east of the Ninth street bridge and the rushing waters tore their way in the direction of the bottoms. All of the houses In this locality were flooded and many families living in the bottoms had to flee from their homes scantily attired, in many cases being forced to wade through three or four feet of whirling water and debris. About 2 o'clock the neighborhood was aroused by the wild roar of the rushing flood. Those who received the first warning were quick to rush to the assistance of their neighbors, firing off shot guns and rifles to waken them. Narrow Escape. Mrs. Emma Cramer and daughter, who reside on Mulberry street, were awakened and left their home wad ing through three feet of water. The residence of Ernest Sells di rectly opposite the Island was another to suffer severely and Mr. Sells had to hurry to safety. The family of A. G. Roberts were not so fortunate and for a time their condition was rather perilous. They were awakened too lute to make their escape and had to remain in their home, with the seothing torrent threatening eaeh minute to wash the house from Its foundation. Tbs water subsided neer daylight and the fam ily was able to leave this morning without any mishap. Those who fled from their homes camped on the stops of the South Can on high school till 9:SO this morning when they were provided for by neighbors. Another narrow escape was that •*- perleaosd by a party of campers who had pitched tea* In the bottoms Just east of the lflath street bridge. The party compoesd olJ.lt Cast, wife and sou. earns hsre a few days ago from Colorado Springs. The aotse of the hoed awaken sd them bitwiw 1 sad S stole*pad they had barely time is 'uriAht with their Uvea. fore they reached shore their tent was washed away and carried down the river. They succeeded In saving their supplies with the exception of one trunk. 5o Through Train Service for Three Days. According to information received at the local office of the D. & R. Q. it will be three days before a through train passes through this city in either dirrection. Stub train Nc. 5 from Pueblo is expected to arrive here at 4:30 carrying mails and pas sengers. It will return Immediately to Pueblo. The general manager is now on his way with a force of 75 men to assist in the work of repair. Nominal Damage to Pipe Line. Just before going to press Mr. Gor don informed ns that his engineer re ports the damage to the new pipe line as inconsiderable. Mr. Gordon says the pipe line will withstand any such floods for fifty years. CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE REPORTED AT FLORENCE At Florence the damage wrought was heavy, though no bridges were washed away. The Denver Jb Rio Grande pumping station near Pikes* Peak arenas, though on fairly high ground, is flooded by more than four feet of water, and the service Is ont of commission. The flood washed seven piers from FOLLOWS WIFE, WHO WAS MUR DERED BY CRIPPLE, TO THE GRAVE Goldfield. Nev., Aug. lfc—Thomas Helsip. the mining engineer, whose wife was shot and killed by Patrick Casey last night, killed himself by taging cynide of potasium. He de clared his determination to join his wife. Mrs. Frank Mann, who was also shot by Casey, is in a precarious con dition. Casey is being guarded to pre vent lynching. He was intoxicated and the murder was apparently without motive. Heslip formerly lived in Vic tor. Colo. A mob later determined to lynch Casey and tonight purposed to dyna mite the jail. Sheriff Callahan smug gled Casey in an auto to Tonapah where he is under a heavy guard. Both Thomas Heslip and his wife are well known to Victor people. They resided there about eight years. Mrs. Heslip was Miss Lucy Loren* and was married to Heslip in Mani tou shortly after his coming to Vic tor. Her father resided in Lawrence, up until a short time ago. A sister. Miss Barbara Ix>ren*. conducted a rooming house as the Albany. It was was located at 111 South 3rd street. Cripple Creek. Mr. Heslip came to Victor in 1595 from San Juan where he had been en gaged in mining. He was employed as superintendent of one of the mines in that place. PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY THIS AFTERNOON Dr. B. E. Harl, tor many years pastor or the First Baptist church here and dean of the Canon City Min isterial Association, died at his home. <l7 Rudd avenue, between one and two o’clock this afternoon from pul monary tuberculosis, from which he had lona been a sufferer. Dr. Harl was a peculiarly lovable man and had a host of friends la Canon City who will deeply and sincerely mourn Mb demise. He was for many years the presi dent of the Colorado Baptist Associ ation and was widely known through out the state, especially to the mem bers of his denomination, with whom he was held in the hlcheet esteem. The arranasmeata tar the funeral have not been made public, a mart ertaadal notice of Dr. Hart's Ufa will he pohltahed la the Dally Rsoard to- In *' n ~' sksmimm. s. NO 30 the Cripple Creek bridge on the north side but the blockade of logs and debris has kept the bridge from going out. The track Is still intact though supported only by the under lying ties. About 300 yards of traca from the bridge to the Santa Fe crossing Is la imminent danger of being washed away. On either side of the track is % gully and these are filled with water which is rapidly washing the roadbed from beneath the tracks. The city park Is emerged in four feet of water. Heavy damage has been caused to all the crops along the river. An al falfa ranch near Brewster's is wa der water and the crop will be a com plete loss to the owner, whose name could not be ascertained. Near city park a large number of ranches are also flooded which will mean heavy losses to the ranchers. At the negro settlement below Port land. known as Nigger Jungle, the na tives had to abandon their homes and seek safety on high ground. No loss of life has been reported. ■ - ■ - BAND CONCERT TONIGHT The efforts of Manager Dewey Iff securing subscriptions for the con certs has been eery successful. The first of the series will be given tonight when the Canon City Band will ren der a finished program at various corners between 4th and 7th streets on Main. VOTED FAIR ASSOCIATION TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS At the regular adjourned meeting of the city council last night the sum of two hundred dollars was Toted as a present to the Fremont Coun ty Fair Association. In making the appropriation in aid of the Fair the council follows a time-honored cus tom. and one we feel sure will com mend itself to the people of the com munity. irrespective of party affilli ation. The city clerk was instructed under the provisions of the gift to draw a warrant on the miscellaneous fund for the amount named and place it in the hands of the finance committee of the fair association. CANON CITY AUTOISTS HAVE STARTLING EXPERIENCE The news of a rather startling ex perience which befell two Canon City autotscs Is just becoming public. On Friday last Messrs Arthur Johnson and J. L. McKindley spent the day at the Pigg ranch. Returning to the city they had to cross a creek about five miles from the ranch and In do ing so ran Into quick sand. Almost before they knew It the machine had sunk until the running board was sab merged. Johnson brought the machine to a stop and after an hour and a hairs hard work with convenient fence rails the two were able to ex tricate ft- They are congratulating themselves that darkness had not sat in when they attempted the ereeetag. The state supreme coart having de nied his application tor a writ at su persedeas. under which be expected to be granted a new trial. R. D. Mc- Clelland was this afternoon takes to the penitentiary to serve a term of from three to six years la accordance with the sentence Imposed upon him by lodge Champion toe snbornatioa to perjury. McClelland was this morning afforded an uppertunlty W the anthnrttjee at pelting hie prim* attain In an* n eeodMee that *» nanli met eerier dnrtog hip hmrim