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Resulting In A Very Large Loss To
Property Owners
Traffic Abandoned
Several Large Bridges fashed From
Their Moorings
The Damage Will
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(Prom Tuesday's
Th most diuuttrMui and
twonrrod in the history of Mt.
over this community early Tuesday morning and for hours
the waters rsfed and the damage done will amount to
thousands and thousands of dollars.
It was just fifteen years ago on March 23- that the fa
mous flood of 1898 occurred, but the flood of that year did
.not compare with the terrible high waters of Tuesday.
The incessant' rain of Monday and Monday night
brought about the flood, but it was not until in the early
hours of Tuesday morning that the danger stage was
Shortly after midnight, people residing in the south
west section of the city noticed that the water was creep
ing up to their doors. In another half hour many
families were compelled to move out..
Just ut 4 o'clock Tuesduy morning the water wont
over the dyke in Riverside par; in the vicinity of the pow
er house. At this hour the engineer at the power house
commenced tovsound the big whistle to warn the citizens
of a flood. In a brief space of time everybody in the west
onu of town was astir.
A call for help was sent to all sections of the city and in
a very fcV jni mi tcs, ambulances, carriages, moving vans,
drays, express wagons and all kinds of conveyances wore
on the Heene of the flood. A number of sick people wore'
removed in ambulances, while the other conveyances wero
used in moving people to a place of safety.
. Just as soon as the water commenced to go over the dyke
the structure broke in soyoral places and then the wator
l tinned towards the" city in a groat volume. At 4:30 tho wa
ter wont over the, ftyke at the end of West "Walnut and
thonce to' Chestnut street.
Just us soou as water brust through tho dyke at this
section it commenced to rise with alarming rapidity. Up
West High, "West Vine, ."West Clambier and West Front
streets tho water surged, flooding houses, filling collars and
& doing a large amount of damage. On West Oambier streot
n .the water came up to,.Mulberry streot, while on tho other
J'.&itoeetffit reached-,a point east of the Baltimore and Ohio
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V $6outh Mum street
Munmer sirecc.
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Wljrhe ftooa't.tho urcflontlimetbi
-be thousands.
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Dally Banner)
dartructire flood that erw
Vernon and vicinity, swept
the wator came up almost to
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Wrought To The Pennsylvania Rail
way Co'a Property
Thousands of dollars damage was
done tho Pennsylvania Ry., Co.. prop
erty. The rushing' torrents' of muddy
Water wrought haroc In the lower
lands along Water street and below
the railway tracks. The road-bed
was undermined nearly all of the dis
tance betwen the station and tho
shops and the tracks were warped
and sunken. Id several places the
condition is suck that an entirely new
road-bed will hare to be built before
the tracks can be put in operation ot
Business on the road through Mt.
Vernon was completely paralyzed.
Traffic was lied up absolutely. Pas
senger train No. 506, due in Mt. Ver
non at 12:41 o'clock, south bound,
was hold at Oambier and will bo un
able to get through. Train No. 504,
due In Mt. Vernon at 3:31 o'clock,
south bound, Is held at Oambier. This
is tho flyer running between Cleve
lanl and Cincinnati. Train No. 521,
duo hore at 4:13 o'clock, north bound,
Is now In tho local yards. This Is
the limited running between Cincin
nati and Cleveland.
Just east ot the Pennsylvania shops
the water Is banked up against the
elevated road-bed and finally began to
run over the tracks. In a short time
the bed began to crumble .and in half
an hour the flood was pouring
through aod undermining the track.
There Is a bad wash-out there.
In the triangle formed by the
Pennsylvania and B. O. tracks Just
west qf the. station thousands of tons
of water banked up and dammed.
Shortly after six o'clock It reached
such a height that It began to flow
slowly over the track and soon the
road-bed was cut away, Intermittently,
for a distance ot several hundred
At 8 o'clock the flood came within
six Inches of reaching tho ties ot the
railroad bridge at the south end of
tho Induct In some sections of the
bridge the rushing water lashed en
tirely over the rails ami made It un
safe for persons to walk across. The
danper of the bridge goln? out, how
ever, was considered, by the local
Counsylvnnla officials, comparative
ly small. Cars standing on the eld-
inBJ east of tho bridRo wore disar
ranged by tho settling tracks and
Vrlll require tho services of a wreck.
Ing crow when righted. Master Me
chanic U S. Klnnalrd of the local
Pennsylvania shops stated that noth
ing could posBlbiy be done until' th
waters recede, but that preparations
are being made to begin work Instant
ly to repair the trucks! and roud-bed
as soon as the condition ot the water
will permit,
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Shut Down for Lack of Coal and Dan
ger on Account of Wires
elng Down
The electric light plant Is standing
In '.he swiftly moving current. A num
ber of employees managed to reach
It from the bank by means of a row
boat and five hundred feet of ropo.
Operations there were entirely sua
pealed and the olty was completely
cut off from electric current, Mr.
DarraU stated that the suspension of
operations was not on account or the
fact that the, boilers were submerged,
but becauso there" wan a limited quart,
tlty ot coal In the bins and because
tho wires wore so hopolessly tangled
uud twlHted with tolephone and other
kltvls of wires that the turning on
of tho current would be criminal, a
Rood aled force of workmen was
marooned in the light plant and could
not get to laud,
Was The Baltimore' A Ohio Railroad
t 8 o'clock the viaduct was taking
care ot all of tke water, but ts capac
ity was taxed to the utmost. The
tunnels were choked on the west side,
but about two Inches showed clear
on the east side. The koy to the
bridge situation early Tuesday morn
lug was the B. & O. "Slldey" rail
rml bridge, '-TjfrWce looked like
a hoard tretoMia&a the Mood, so
no.r was it ,to being entirely coy
orod. . The water rushed through,
tho ties and swept the 'rails. The
for?e against It was tremendous and
the only hope was that should It wash
out it would sink. The beliof was
that should It go out and float with
tho current It would strike the via
dirt w.Ith enough force to loosen the
abutments and end In Its destruction.
The destruction of tho "viaduct would
mean that the Pennsylvania bridge
Just east ot it would be torn out al
most Immediately by the drift and the
Irresistible pressure of the water that
would dam against It.
Half Submerged And Occupants
Could Net Be Rescued
The L. W. Freydl home, located Just
east of the light plant and at the foot
of South McKenzle street was nearly
half submerged. Thefamlly refused
to move out when the water was ris
ing Monday' night, and they were in
a danberous position. The water
washed nearly half way up on tho
first story windows. There was no
way that their homo could be reached
by persons from the banks.
Of B.
& O. Tracks On Bath Side Of
"Slldey" Bridge
Tho B, & O. track and road-bed
wero washed out 'south and north of
tho "Slldey" bridge. The worst
washout was south of It where the
bed was torn out almost the entire
distance botweenth,e bridge and the
C. A. & C. crossing. This was caus
ed by the same' bank ot water that
tore through tho Pennsylvania road
bed at the south.
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Small Animals Took) Refuge In The
Seething .Waters
Small animals of many kinds were
occasionally scon on pieces of drift
wood and other floating objects.
Muskrnts, NorWuy Vats," mice, cuts
and other small animals clung to their
Insycure flouts and were whirled
iiIoiib at a riinld late. Other thnt
hud lout their foothip further up the.
Mnnm flontod pant drowned.
Wore Dlsmltsed Fori The Day The
Enrollment Was Very Light
1 When tho public schools convened
1 uetfday morning on an average thero
was only nix to eight pupils In the
room. Superintendent Ainu directed
that the schools lie dismissed for the
day. Not u bIiikIo scholar from the
rural districts wns able to attend
At Standard Oil Company's Station,
Being Caught In Pocket
A horse ' stabled at the Standard
Oil station neur tho 'old electric light
plant wan drowned. Tho animal was
forgotten or was neglected until the
water had backed 'into the pocket
where tho stablo was located to such
a depth that it was unable to keep
its head above tho surface.
Place of Safety By Its Ownsr.
Wlllsrd Beams n
Thero wore many Instances report
ed ot men saving helpless animals
from' the flood In nsany of the sub
merged sections of the city. Horses
and cattle were tuken, whenever pos.
Bible, with the famliynhen the os
cape was made to higher ground. A
young colt tied In a-barn on West
Chestnut street noar'Rlverslde park
was forgotten until the water was
waist deep but Mr.-WUUrd Beeman,
who owned It, thought of the animal.
He breasted the Dead, for several
blocks and reached Use stable. He
secured the colt and'larrled it in h(s
arms to a point qf safety,
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A West 'Gambler Streft" Woman Rides
To Safety
Numerous Incidentsjwere Witnessed
that were voryJaujrtjgbJeJa spite, ot
the seriousness crfmKsituatlori., X
ter nearly all of tWNWlture bad
been washed out oKfcfj, back-door
uuu.iuo yra ana 'waojgvHur escass, peonie were until we water raeaaea. : wuniy; - , v. , , ' v
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seemed, cut off, Mrs. DetgouSre, a wo
man 'living well out on West Oambier
street, thought of her cow and quick
ly waded to where she was stabled
and cambered upon her back. Us
1B4F the coW for a mount, Mrs. bet
re rode east o Ga'aMer street
to safety. She was reecued by a
passing wagon that was doing rescue
work In that district
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By Beats And Rafts Hastily Built Per
What fow boats that were available
were used In, escaping .frees the4 flood
ed west end. Many trips 'were made
In them and a Jarge number of peo
ple wero .carried away from their
homes in them. Rafts were built or
logs and boards In several Instances
and a number managed to bole thelt-
way to land or shallower water upon
these. Perhaps 'two 'thirds of the
homes In the flooded districts were
desarted before 8 o'clock Tuesday
To Both Telephone Companies In The
City of Mt. Vernon
Both telephone companies in the ci
ty report much damage done by the
flood. In the city the Mt. Vernon Tele
phone Company reported that most of
the telephones in the west end of the
city were out of commission. The
wires enter the homes through the
cellar and the water short-circuited
the 'phones.
The Bell company also experienced
the same difficulty in certain sections
of the city.
The Mt. Vernon company reported
that the greatest damage was done lu
the vicinity of Oambier. A big "lead"
out of Gambler near the Dial mills
went out Tuesday morning and 3er
vico was cut off from certain points in
Eastern Knox county.
In the exchange of both telephone
companies the operators were exceed
ingly busy all day answering calls of
subscribers relative to the flood con
dltlons. Extra operators were on duty
In tho office of both companies and ex
cellent service was maintained all day.
Through Mt. Vernon For The Next
Forty-Eight Hours It Is Claimed
Railroad officials in Mt. Vernon stat
ed Tuesday morning that according to
the present outfook thero would be no
train service through ML"; Vernon for
the next ferlyelghtsU hours. The
tracks are flooded In all' directions and
bridges are in an unsafe condition.
Consequently there will be no mall
In or out of Mt. Vernon for several
hours to come.
In Making Their Usual Rounds On
Account of the Flood of Tuesday
The city mall carriers expei(enced
much difficulty In making their rounds
In certain sections of the city on Tuos
day and In fact wero unable to make
any deliveries west of the B. & O,
tracks on West Vino, West Gambler
and West High streets, Down on
South Main street, south ot Front
the mall carriers were compelled to
wade In wator up to their hips In col'
lectins matter from tile mail boxes.
Were Unable To Make Their Trips
on Account of the High Waters
The rural mail carriers out ot Mt.
Vernon were unable to make their
trips Tuesday on account ot the flood.
Most all the roads leading out of Mt,
Vernon were flooded.
Of Many of the Business Houses on
South Main Street
Wator flooded the basement ot
many business houses on South Main
street Tuesday morning: At the Kel-ser-Dowds
Company water poured, in
to the basement and much stock was
damaged. Three men were on duty to
keep the drift wood and other debris
from Jamming against the south wall
ot the building and weakening the
foundation. ,
At the A. A. Dowds Dry'Gaods com
pany's store the basement was 'flood
ed with water and hand pumps were
brought Into service and a force of
men was engaged all, morning In
pumping water from the basement.
Considerable' stock was damaged.
The cellars nl all the business
houses on east and west side of, Main
street from tha viaduct to Front 'street
were flooded with water,
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Offer Tq Open Their Quarters
House These Pleaded Out Of
Their Hemes
t Mt. Vernon lodge No. '140 B: P. 0.
Elks offered the ubo of their home tq
the Charity Association to house per
sans who were flooded out' of their
aomes.- The mattf rwas taken up with
the association 'Tuesday morning and
arrangements were, made to sand sans
For Protection of Refugees from the
Flooded District
After tke west end' residents began
te desert their homes and reached
higherjground there were many who
had no place to to. Those who had
relatives or frieads living la the more
fortunate districts were taken In at
these homes, but., many were forced
to wander aimlessly, about the streets
or sit In some sheltered spot to keep
out of the downpour of rain as much
as possible. When this condition be
came more noticeable a number ot
public buildings were opened'and refu
gees were taken or sent to them for
shelter.' The M. E. church wa.3 open
ed at about ten o'clock and a targe
number of people were soon under
protection there.
A Record Is Kept At The Pennsylvania
Station On Tuesday Morning
Officials at the Pennsylvania station
In this city took' a record of the ris
ing- waters. It shows the raise In wa
ter as follows:
3:15 to 4:15 a. m. 3 Inches.
4:15 to 4:50 a. in. 3 laches,
4:50 to 5:30 a. m. 2 Inches.
6:30 to 6:30 a. m. S inches.
6:30 to 7:30 a. at. 5 Inches.
7:30 to 8:30 a. m. 6 inches.
By Ambulances And Other Conveyane
ec In Removing People From The
West End
As soon as the alarm was sound
ed Tuesday morning that the west end
of the city was in danger ot a disas
trous flood, ambulances, the patrol wa
gon, moving vans, express wagons and
other conveyances . rushed to the
McCormlck's ambulance first remor
ed Master Robert McCormlck of Weat
Chestnut street who recently under
went an operation for appendicitis.
The ambulance then returned to the
west end and removed a number of
other sick persons to a place of safety.
In the meanUme the patrol wagon
and other conveyances removed resi
dents of the west end whose homes
had been flooded by the raging; waters.
And Water Flooded Many Hemes
West End of The City
At 4 a. m. the whistle at the power
house signalled to the people in the
west end of the city that tho high wa
ter mark had been reached. Shortly
afterwards the dyke was washed away.
from Walnut street on over to High
submerging many homes and the pow
er house. The cause of the whole
trouble was narrowness of the dyke
where it adjoins the West ,Hlgh
street bridge. This went like so much
tissue paper. All along the dyke, the
water rose and rose and at ten o'clock
this morning there wero several
threatened overflows while the main
break at Walnut street was becoming
larger and larger. The property own
ers were out In full force with shov
els and temporary dykes were being
constructed at the threatened points
out of dirt and bales of straw.
At the Juncture of the dyke and the
B. and O. tracks theVe was a very
largo wash out and the water poured
in torrents through this outlet. At
tempts to block this flow were futile.
A rope was atrotchey across the dyke
at this point so 'as to prevent people
from walking along there as danger of
a complete overflow seemed Imminent.
From High street south, substan
tially the enUre West end below1 tha
B. and O. tracks was submerged. On
West Vine and West Gambler streets
the water nearly reached Mulberry
street. On West Front and West Wa
ter streets there- Was, not' a dry Bpot
Tho whole was Inundated.
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ple Home Pram Newark Tuoe
day,(NlBht; The last train, sincere high, waters
over the, B. ft O. "through this cltywaa
a special which reached ML yernoa at
It o'clock Monday night' Tae'sjieclal
was run from Newark to, Mt yernoa
to bring a large number of people te
this city who had, been spending the
day in Newark, and Columbus. - The
officials were aware of tha fact that
there would be -no trains running by,
morning, so rather than keep the Mt
Veraoa people la Newark far several
days, the special train was run to this
city. ,
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Was Tha West Gambler Street Bridge
' At Nine O'Cleck On, Tuesday .
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At nine o'clock . Tuesday morning
the large bridge across Kokoalng ; rly?
er at the extreme west end of Gambler
street was washed awayby the high,
waters. The entire structure fell into
the stream and most of it was carried
awuDbr the current ti&&fc'
ATW.bridKe has beeivln'Hei
era! years and was coasidweredoae of
theMnoet substantial bridgeeHa the
The Entire Dyke at Riverside Park
May Go Out
It Is but a queetlon of a rise of an
other five inches aad the entire Riv
erside, dyke will have broken. The
situation Is decidedly precarious and
fraaUo efforts are being made all
along the dyke to divert the ever in
creasing current Another storm and
the west end will be completely under
Intersection of B. A O. and Pennsyl
vania Likely To Be Washed Out
At noon Tuesday both tho Pennsyl
vania and the B Sc O. railroad compan
ies' has a crew of men at work in an
effort to save the crossing of the two
roads. All the B. & O. track from the
bridge to the crosuln wan wanhsri
away and a large section of tho Pen
eyivanla track west of the intersec
tion was washed out. It was stated at
noon that there was great danger of
the intersection being washed away.
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Were fata Amy Ii Ik
" Bellville, 0., March 25 Much dam
age was done, by the flood at this
place today. The tracks of the BaJtt.
more and Ohio railroad was washed
out for a distance 'of several yards.
Two small bridges in the county
wero washed away. The Steel bridge
one of Jthe largest in the county was
alfio washed away.
A number ot families are1 Isolated
in their homes and cannot get out
on account of the high waters. v
mm goes out
Buokeye City, Ohio, March 25 The
wagon bridge spanning the stream at
this place .was washed awar by the
high' water Just "after daylight today.
Thla practically cats; off vehicle trafle
mm Danville.
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Gambler, O.', March 25 The Dial
mill, east of this, place and the mem
bers of the Dial Jfaailiy; are In great
danger from the'flood. The mill is
completely surrounded by water and
the members of the Dial household
were compelled ta get on. ton of the
roof to await until .the waters had
receded. '
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The Forty Year, Test
Aft HrHrlaa nmar hnva AVMAniUM.1
merit to siirvlyefor a'perlod of forty
years:, Chamberlain's Cough Remedy
was arst offered to'the public Jn 1872
Froa.iimnlilb'iffaalng .it has grown
in favor' and,auaVrk'v until t haa
attained a woridlwH)ereputatlon. You
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pletely lnua4aWdiby" -water.- At the
Wea compatteetaJsjMYe'out of their
hass.j3TifcrBntot,,at this place has
been fktadad mmP.H la feared that the .
0Mtoiim,jin wllfbe washed
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!rpbet for Constlpa- '
For eoasiiHikw- Chamberlain's
Tablets araasaaHmt. asy to take,
mild and SMatla la" . .iiv. i,
n trial. yW sale by all dealers.
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Jesse Rlnehart was arrested Mon
day afternoon on, a chaige of Illegal
dolUac, of fatoxicatlng'. liquor: "H'' i
Weaded net gutity when arraigned-.0
and'hfs hearing was st for Wednes
day,afteraopai 3 "o'clock. He hir-
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