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THEMI88188IPPI RIVER 18 36 FEET
OVER AVERAGE. Lo^s of Life Will Reach Over a Hun dred—People of Black Walnut Die-, trlct Reacued—Cltiea North of 8t. Louie In Grip of the Flood—Wen Can Not Be Hired at Any Price. St Louie. June 9. —Word has been received here that a levee near Madi son, on which gangs of men were work ing, gave way ana 15 men, employes of the American Car Foundry works, lost their lives. About 159 men, it is reported, are imprisoned on a section of y the levee that is slowly crumbling, and all means of escape has been cut off. Word has been sent to the St. Louis side to, rush a private yacht to the rescue. A steamer from St. Charles suc ceeded in reaching Black Walnut, and the 2000 imperiled people were taken from the island in safety. All were rescued. Mississippi Still Rising. St Louis, June 9.—Like a mill race the s#ollen Mississippi is surging past St. Louis with a stage of 36.9 feet, making a rise of one and one half feet in 24 hours. Black Walnut is located in a broad and fertile valley of the Missouri and the lands surrounding it meç said to be the richest w|teat land in>vthe state. - All Venice, Madison, ' portions of Granite City„and 15,000 acres of rich bottom farming land are in the grip of th^,. flood north of Elast St. Louis. Houses have been swept from their foundations and sent adrift. The dam age already done is enortaous and hour ly the flood reaches farther inland, morei and more crippling rpilroad traf fic and engulfing additibidal homes, farms and factories. The erst approach to Merchants bridge is reported severely damaged. Reports of loss of life Juive been Re ceived. Men who were 0 jewing' the flood from the bridge approach told of having se'en a man bn the roof of a floating house. Th^ houa? was over turned By the current darin« this af ternoon and the mantr disappeared. Near MadlsOh a dyke broke and a wall of wa£er rushed through. Three women, endeavoring to escape, were seen to crouch bewilderedly behind a fence. The wall of water three feet high Bwept the fence away and only after a strenuous ' efTor^ Were two of the women saved," 1 - T^e third, Mrs. An yone, wife of J Asaloonkp^per, clai her infant in her arms, was according to witnesses, swept away and drowned. East St. Louis was unable do secure enough men to work on the levee. Men apparently needing work refused offers of 30 cents an houj to pile sand hags' an the levee. Levee officials and even prominent men sprang into the breach and worked with a w^ll tq keep the water opt of.tne city, while crowds of täen appgreÿtly needing - employ ment stood about and refused all of fers of work, policemen invaded sa loons to secure wcflkmen' but although the saloons were crowded a very small percentage of the patrons were willing to help protebb thAcUy. . v ■ y .Tie turbulent «Missouri is doing great damage at St. Charles and vi cinity, 25 milsB west of St. Louis. Sev ' erai deaths are * reported. All the farmhouses and barns-, occupying the lowlands across the Tirer from SL Chkrles have been swept away With but few exceptions. All day people In skiffs were busy .trying to save prop erty. Three wonien In one farm house refused to leave until they had ripped a new carpet from the floor. The men in the rescue boats, left them, and before they corild return the cur " rent was eddying about the house swiftly and the boat could not reach It, and the women were left to their fate. From a clump of willows a house top and some planks drifted out, and there was a distinct sound of a wo man's voice calling for help, but when a boat reached the spot the housetop had turned over and was floating^way and all was silent. r Gold for London. London, June 8.—The steady Influx of gold promises to bring about an early reduction in the bank rate. The uncertain conditions on Wall street acted as a check on all the markets of the stock exchange last week and the continued weakness of South Afri can shares contributed to the general depression. The only steady market was for sopie foreign bonds, particular ly French securities, which were af fected favorably by the sultan's con sent to the unification of the Turkish debt Pope Leo Is Better. Rome, June 9.—The pope continues to give private auaiences almost dally and except for the slight indisposition his holiness is In excellent health Receiving the patriarch of Jerusalem the pope said smiling: "You are now in a position to report hew well am." WASHINGTON ITEM8. A gun club has been organised at Watewilie. , It is expected Spokane county will have a magnificent exhibit at the St. Louis faiR. The plans of the Cascade Lumber company at North Yakima is to doubl« the mill's sise. The German agriculturists from the fatherland practically cut Spokane out of their itinerary. The New York market is opening up to Inland Empire shingles on account of the high grade of the cedar. Thurston county Sheriff J. T. Mills is said to havp the appointment to take charge of the state reform, school. The May record of the police Is a record of the largest number of arrests on state charges in the hiBtory of Spo kane. The body of James McCormick was found recently, having smothered in a lumber car ou the way from Milan <o Spokane. A business men's association to pro mote the Interests of the town and surrounding country has been organ ized in Oakesdale. James Montgomery, 25 years of age, was robbed, murdered and his body was placed on the interurban street car track near Auburn recently; A Northern Pacific section band was drowned in the Yakima river recently about four miles below Ellensburg. The body has not yet been recovered. Palouse farmers are jubilant over better crop conditions. The warm weather, with plenty of moisture in the ground, has given wheat a good start. The depostitor8 of the defunct Scafir dl^avian American bank at Whatcom charges against the former assistant cashier, J. S3. Stangroom. Brigadier General Fred Funston, In command of the department of the Co r luml visited Spokane recently and madi a thorough inspection of all gov ernment properties at tbe.fort. Mrs. Robert Seater, wife of a prom inent furniture dealer in Seattle, was attacked, chloroformed and-fobbed re cently of about 31900 la hç^ApVtments in the day time by two Thé citizens of Byem en &e Anal step toward with the demands of th ment. The tovpi co an ordinance s license of every saloo men. *ak nee epart passed yoking the iri the mace. A 28 in have voted to prosecute embezzlement ^ Lying in a clump of bush els'the side hill at Meadow point pear ■Sëaraé, the badly decomposed body, of-to urn known man was found recently In the right side of the head was a-bullet hole, but no revolver could be found. Bert -Padgett and two ryoung men named Ibsln were arrested recently at LatallTchSf&ed with horse stealing. It is claimed they are members of a gang of horse thieves which has been oper ating in that section for over a year. . Laying'the cornerstone of the $100, 000Roman Catholic dhufleh At Spotone will occur Sunday, June'98,'at 2 o'clock In the afternoon, providing the date does not interfere with the plans of Bishop Edward O'Dea, who is to de liver the address. is The executive committee in charge of tie Spokanft mlllworkers' strike de clares that a general sympathetic strike of all the building trades In Spo kane will be called unless the difficul ties of the mlllworkers and the mill owpers are pot soon settled. The city bf Spokane has accepted Andrew Carnegie's offer of $75,000 for public library, and the resolution which was unanimously adopted by the city council thanked Mr. Carnegie for the gift and accepted his terms, there by agreeing to raise annually $7500 for the maintenance of the library and also to provide the necessary site. On and after Thursday not a public gambling house will he open In Spo kane. The new gambling law, which makes It a felony punishable by lm prisonment In the penitentiary for from one to three yeans, to conduct any gambling game In the state of Washington, goes into effect next Wednesday night at midnight. Of the colossal sum which forger Howard Kressly of Spokane lost dur lng his criminal operations of the past six months, he declares that thousands of dollars went to money loaners, who advanced him funds with which to con tinue his speculatipns. His losses are now calculated at from $25,000 to $50,000. I Killed by Lightning. Brooklyn. 111., June 11.—During storm Corsica academy was struck by lightning and two girls were killed outright, while three others and teacher were badly hurt. All those killed and injured were in the recita tion room, where the bolt struck. The bolt first struck the belfry and descend ing through the celling, ran along the blackboard, at which ' two students were at work, hurling them to the floor. Three Bathers Drowned. Salinas, Cal., June 9.—While swim ming near Moss landing, three young men, William Steigelman, Sid White and J: Epperly, were caught by the undertow and before a boat could be procured were drowned. A fourth com panion, G. Stadley, escaped after a hard struggle. CULLED FROM A880CIATED PRE88 DISPATCHES. A Review of Happening« In Both Eastern and Western Hemispheres During the Past Week—National, Historical, Political and Personal Events Toreely Told. S It Is reported that the marquis of Salisbury Is seriously ill. ' The Baptist church in Byron, Minn-» was blown up by dynamite recently. The handsome new capitol building, erected at a cost of $1,000,000 at Jack son, Miss., was formally dedicated re cently. The business portion of the tows of New Lisbon, wys., was almost entirely destroyed by fire recently. Loss ap proximately $lui),000. Two Santa Fe trains collided head on, one -mile north of Stilwell, Kan., recently and nine persons are dead and 28 said to be Injured. Dissatisfied wi|h the wage scale, 300 men belonging to a loading gang of Armour & uio.'s plant f t the stockyards^homeless in Chicago hâve gond on strike. McChesfiey, t£e west's greatest thor oughbred, won the Harlem National handicap -kt Chicago 'recently. At everyHttra.ih the raeè he was a winner. .- Both the lUlfiols and Michigan-"Cen tral vrailrdads haVe ' granted Iheir freight handlers at Chicago the same increase in vçages as conceded by other reads. ^ President WilBon Bays Grand Trunk iiegotiatioris for the purchase of the the in for in Canadian Northern and Grand Trunk Pacific have temporarily stoppedj but he hopes they will be renewed later on. The bronze statue of Garret A. Ho bart, erected at Paterson, N. J., in his nonor, was" unveiled recently. The ora tor of the day was John W. Griggs, at torney .general In McKinley's cabinet The Middlesex lawn tennis tourna ment at London for the championship is finished: In tee final of the gentle men's open doubles Hobart and i Ma honey beat Gienny and Morley, 5-7, 61,7-5. Joseph M, Choate, United'States am bassador to Great Britain; Robert S. McCormick, ambassador to Riissia, and Charles Tower, ambassador to Ger many, have returned to the United States for a short visit. A six day race for the cycle tham pion ship of. America was conclude^ re cently at Providence, R. I., with the team of Frank Kramer and Charles H^dfield in the leed. The distance co\ ered in the six days was 512 miles. The federal grand jury returned a true bill against A. W. Machen, former superintendent of the free delivery service of the postofflee department, harming him with having accepted bribes in connection with department contracts. Thigre was a sensation at Lincoln 111., recently, over the discovery of a satchel full of dynamite hidden near the Chicago & Alton tracks in Lincoln. This was - located within a few feet from the point \fhere,President Roose velt left the train. After one of the most eventful ses sions in the history of the province of British Columbia the legislature has been prorogued by Lieutenant Gover nor Jolly. This ends the life of the ninth parliamenL although the formal proclamation of dissolution will not be issued for a time yeL Mrs. Kate Taylor has been sentenced by Judge Wesley D. Howard to die In the electric chair, at Dannemora prison, N. Y., during the week begin ning July 5. Mrs. Taylor, on the night of Jan. 26 last, shot and killed her husband and burned his body in the kitchen Btove during the three days following. It is thought John Bell is the man whom the fisherman saw shoot himself on the Powell street wharf in San Francisco recently and then disappear beneath the waters of the bay. Bell is secretary of the Pacific Coast Marine Fishermen's union, whose headquar ters is in San Francisco and with a branch agency In Seattle. Coming close on the heels of a long report from Rear Admiral Evans, com mander In chief of the Asiatic squad ron, concerning the grave Internal sit uation in China, the assembling of his squadron in Chinese waters is regard ed as significant. The battleships Ken tucky and Oregon and the cruiser New Orleans have arrived at Chefoo, the monitor Monterey and the collier Pom pell at Shanghai. A. E. Ames & Co., brokers who failed In Toronto, Ont., recently, have handed out a statement In which they state that the firm's liabilities at the end of last month were $10,140,000, with book surplus In the business of $1, 190,000. To this surplus is to be add ed the surplus of individual members of the firm, outside of money em ployed as capital In the business. With the savings deposits of $240,000 added, the liabilities are reduced in round fig ures to $7,500,000. The firm hopes to pay all creditors in full. A thorn in the bush is worth two in the har* Water Is Ruehin" S by daylight, SL Louis, June 11.—The pressure of the flood forced a passstge through the Illinois Central railroad embankment, in the southeastern portion of Bast-St. Louis, shortly before 1 o'clock in the morning. The break speedily widening uniu a torrent 100 feet wide and 25 feet in depth was pouring through, threatening East St. Louis and the vil lage of Centerville, adjacent. Precau tionary levees that bad been erected for just such an emergency were swept through and the flood sped onward. Just before the break a negro em ployed on the levee demanded biB wages, on a threat to cut the water bar rier. Without parley he was shot dead. The shooting served to arouse the citizens who scarcely slept any way, owing to the flood tension, and when the rush of water came soon af terward they-were not caught in their beds. Runners tore through the streets shouting a warning, and soon people alf mad from fright were fleeing for ieir lives. About 20,000 people live in that part of the city, which is In the flood's path, and It Is believed that fully half that number srijl be rendered Just what the exact condition is can not be learned until dawn. There is no way to reach East St. Louis from here except by boats from the east entrance of Eads hrifltre. as the viaduct over what is Cahokia Creek partially sank add no one can cross it. EA8T ST. LOUI8 F .ED. rom the 8outh .e. ROB STREc.. CAR IN SEATTLE. Two Masked Thugs Hold Up Eight Passengers. Seattle, Wash., June 11.—With a re volver -leveled at their heads, eight passengers on the Matrons Park elec tric car line were forced to surrender their valuables to two robbers shortly before 12 o'clock at night. The men entered, at a lonely spot on the road, through the rear of the car. They forced the conductor to give the signal to stop, and, making him and the motorman go inside, one went through the passengers' pockets, while the other held a revolver. About $30 and several watches were secured, no resistance being offered. After riding a few blocks, the rob bers jumped off at Thirteenth avenue and East Union street. They are sup posed to be two hoys. The mask drop peà off one of them and the passengers had a good look- at his face. Gift to President Roosevelt. King Victor Emmanuel has sent to President Roosevelt a gift of rare value which will be presented to the presi dent in the near future by .Signor Mayor des Planches, the Italian ambas sador, who at his majesty's request will be received'in special audience at the Milité House. The gift is one-of books, and consists of the war reports of Prince Eugene of Savoy, the illus trous Italian general, and of a copy of Dante's Divine Comedy; with a com ment in Latin by Stefano Talice Da Ricaldine. The books are elegantly bound in full red morocco, and bear the royal crest with the^ king's mono gram In jthe four corners of each vol ume. Hot Weather on the Sound. Seattle, Wash., June 10.—The rec ords of the weather bureau for 12 years were brokeii here, when a temperature of 96 degrees was reported at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The mercury jumped upward 16 degrees after the noon hour, seven degrees between that and 1 o'clock. -In Portland, Ore., the maximum temperature was 95 degrees. C. Johnson, a sailor on the steamer Dispatch, died from sunstroke. He was working on the deck when he fell unconscious and died a short time af ter being taken to the hospital. Louis Peone Instantly Killed. Sandpoint, Idaho, June 11.—Louis Peone was. recently shot and instantly killed In a tent on the out skirts of the town. Peone'and Sojen so, both Indians, came from the Usk country. They got Into a quarrel. So jenso was worsted, and arming him' self with a Winchester came to Louis' tent about 7 in the evening and shot and killed the latter. Sojenso has dis appeared. Baker's Body Found. •Boise, Idaho, June 10.—The remains of L. B. Baker, formerly of Baker City Ore., have been found about a mile or so beyond the Ninth street bridge. Baker is supposed to have committed suicide by shooting himself. He leaves a widow and three sons who are living on Smith's prairie.« Fraser River Rising. „ Vancouver, B. C., June 8.—Hot weather in the interior has caused a rapid rise in the Fraser river, making floods probable. In Kootenay all the streams are swollen. <hun of Nevada Explodes. Newport News, June 10.—While the hew monitor Nevada was at target 'practice off the capes an explosion of one of the big guns tore up the turret, inflicting considerable damage. 8T. LOUIS 18 IN A VERY DANGER OUS POSITION. Many Llvee Lost—Twenty-Five Thou sand People Have Been Rendered Homeless—Other Cities In Danger Many Towns Are Under Watqr, and Property Lose Is $3,000,000. St. Lopis, June 10.—So great an ex tent Is covered by the flood, so con stantly changing are the conditions as the water creeps higher and renders the situation the more chaotic, and bo unreliable are the various rumors of the devastation that a substantial sum mary of the loss of life and property can not te obtained, but information from the most reliable sources showed the situation at present to be lm fol lows: River stage, 37.5 feet; stationär}. Twenty lives known to have been lost. More than 200,000 acres of rich farming land under water. All of Venice and the greater part of Madison and Granite City under wa ter. Twenty five thousand people render ed homeless. Freight traffic completely paralyzed and passenger traffic practically stop ped. The shipping and manufactuiing dis trict of East St. Louis for three miles along the river front Is under from three to eight feet of water. Hun dreds, and probably thousands, of head of stock drowned. East SL Louis threatened with com plete inundation. < St. Louis flooded only along the wa ter front. Entire property losp estimated at $3, 000 , 000 . The flood has practically reached the height of Its devastating power and the situation is appalling. The climax came when, by the breaking of a levee near Granite City, a wall of water six feet high rushed down upon Madison and more deeply engulfed that already stricken city, sweeping houses from their foundations and drowning 15 peo ple who were vainly fleeing for their lives. The report was current that, 15 Workmen in the St. Louis Car and Foundry works had been drowned, but later it was found that while seven employes had lost their lives, 13 others —men, women and children—had per ched. Hundreds of persons were forced to the roofs of their floating uoubes, and an appeal was sent to St. Louis for aid. Every effort was made to , force steamers against the heavy current four miles north of. the stricken, town, but it was noon he.fore. the steam ers Mark Twain anÇ Annie Russell* lashed together and their engines work ing under every ounce of sfeam, after five hours of battle with''the current* were able to reach Madison. For the balance of the day and into, the night the work of'-rescuing people from the floating or 'flooded houses* treetops and various high,..places pro ceeded, and, there being no place to take them nearer than St. Louis, they are tonight pouring into, the city by the hundreds, weak, hungry and de spairing. It is probable that the esti mate of 15 livqs lost is below the,actual number. River thieves are looting the various vacant houses in Venice, Madi son and Granite City and carrying away everything they can find. Throughout the Antire flooded district men with riot gtms are. patrolling the levees to prevent pillaging and anxious to try their marksmanship on the thieves, but the thieves pillaged houses situated far from the levees, where they are safe from detection. Bad at East St. Louie. An Associated Press reporter visited East St. Louis and the situation there is desperate. Mayor Cook had issued a proclamation ordering all business suspended and calling upon every n>al& citizen to lay aside his employment and render service in preventing the Inundation of the city. Mayor Cook went about seeing that signs were posted offering men 31 cents an hour to help build the levees, but the offers of employment were ignored by the ma jority of the throngs of unemployed negroes and white workmen who stood idly by. The situation was getting so desperate that for a time it seemed possible men might be fored to work, at the points of rifles. The water was steadily creeping up inch by inch to the tops of the hurriedly erected sand bag levees, and the level of the water was two feet above the higher portions of the city. A break in a dyke meant vast destruction to property, and pos sibly loss of life, as the swift current would have turned into East SL Louis like a torrent. But citizens hurried to the work of saving the city and the inspiration spread until the idle workmen joined the throngs on the levees, and the sandbags were piled higher and higher as fast as freight car3 could bring them, and tonight? the city is still dry but menaced by the flood. ---' • I Fine words butter no margarin.