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The Canon City Record.
TOL. xxxn.
Cloudburst In the Mountains In the West
ern Part of the County Sends Volume
of Water Down the Stream
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-
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
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 ■.]
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*
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
■ - ■ -
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.
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
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.
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 *»
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