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treat Damage Wrought Along the
Ohio River
Swollen River Drives
i People to Hills.
Mnss SictlM Innditid and
Lives Reported lust.
Washout of the Canal Five Mils
North of Hamilton Hamper the
Gaa and Electric Light Corporations
of tha Queen City Troopa Request
a) 'to Patrol the Streets of Covinn-
tan and Newsett ,Dema8jeiPoints
tha Floods .at UsvRlver points.
Cincinnati. O., March 31. The Ohio
fltver was reported stationary at Hip
ley, 50 miles from Cincinnati.
The city reporting; the most serious
condition is Huntington, W. Va., to
which city aid ia being sent from
Clarksburg and other places.
Fifteen thousand out of the 40,000
inhabitants of Huntington are home
leas, 12 persons are reported missing,
and the -property damage, according
to close estimates' of leading business
men, will amount to nearly 11,000,000.
The rivor reached a stage of 66.2 feet.
the highcBt In the history of Hunting
ton. The entire business section is in
undated, water being up to the second
floor of all .buildings. Numbers ol
hemes have been wrecked and their
occupants have been forced to seek
refnge In houses In the surrounding
country. Governor Hatfield arrived
last night and is in charge of the sit
uation. Portsmouth reports improved condi
tions with no lire. Galllpolls Is again
la touch wih the outside world, and
wedJe the city Is practically surround
ei by wutet, no Uvea have been lost.
Cincinnati is in darkness at night
wing to a washout of the canal five
asMea north of Hamilton. WateMrom
the canal is lmod by the local gas and
electric company and without It the
city la deprived of gas and, electric
Ught service.
Two companies of the Ninth United
States Infantry, stationed at Fort
Thomas, Ky.,, have been requested to
ho sent to Covington, Ky., to patro'
tha city, by Mayor George E. Phillips,
while the Ohio river' Hood threatens
the city.
Chief of Police Phillips, after sur
veying the field, reported Portsmouth
hi fairly good condition as regards the
flood. No Uvea have been lost so far
as known.
At Parkeraburg, W. Va., the crest
ef the flood reached the record of
1M4. The river Is receding slowly.
Two companies of militia are guard
tog the town. In Belpre, O., across
Mw river from Parkeraburg. a Urge
raok has appeared In adam. Belle;
TlUe, 18 'miles away, is practically
wiped out, and the people are camp
tag on the. bill above the town. It, is
reported several lives have been lost
at Belleville. Two lives is the toll of
Ike flood water ,la Parkeraburg. The
damage is enormous. Fully 6,000 per
mbs are homeless.
ZanssvlUe'e Loss,
Zaneaville, Q., March 31. Flood
lcj In Zanesville Is confined to dam
age of property rather than loss of
lives. The only known dead are
George Kopenspacker and family of
Ave. It Is not believed the total .loss
Uvx..,. Ufe wilr exceed 19, Ivenr bridge Is
f bt - - . ' . ... , .1
down, The property; was will ' reach l
sflfr- T -M; " v;itf '" i
Concrete Bridge and Third
Street, Hard Hit by Flood.-.
. X.Ai'r :
deeply Appreciative of Response
Nation to Appeal For Help.
Columbus. O., March 31. Mayor
iioorpe .1. Karb issued a proclamation
In which ho said: "The people of Co
lumlr.it. are deeply grateful to friends
throughout the country for ready sym
pathy and prompt material aid an.',
succor In the hour of need. Wo are
preparing to bury our dead. While
sorely stricken, we are recovering
from the disasters of the past weolt
With the outHide assistance already
rendered we are able to do all things
BcreHtary to restore the life of the
city to its normal channels. Our
waterworks system Is performing Its
functions. Streetcar service is being
resumed, as is the service In all dlrea
tlocs, of the steam railroads, The
great work of rehabilitation of the
stricken section is before us, but we
are equal to the tBBk."
fuenl Stnicts HtM Oni Rt-
mains of Janes MeGrta.
Philadelphia, March 31. The tu
aeral of James McCrea, former presl
dent of the Pennsylvania Railroad
company, who died Saturday1 night,
was held this afternoon at St. Mory'a
Protestant Episcopal church at. 2:30
o'clock. The interment waa private.
lie had bees in 111 health for sumo
1 Mr, McCrea's rise to responsible
and powenu) positron waa one of the
most remarkable in the railroad his
tory of the country. He was born at
Philadelphia in 1848 and was edu
cated at the Philadelphia Polytechnlo
college and entered the railroad ser
vice as a rodman in, 1865. He became
assistant engineer of the Allegheny
Valley road in 1867 and officiated in
the same capacity on the Pennsylva
nia railroad in 1871, and by 1890 had
been promoted to, engineer, divisiui.
superintendent, manager, genera'
wanager and fourth 'vice president it
the, lines i west bif :jtteburgv , , His, vfaa
Minn rftAat'immrliiA lvii itrbfilflpnt flLtld
flrst vice president-and became presi
dent of the Vast, system o Jan. 1,
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Sixty-Two Bodies Reclaimed So
Far From Flood.
Peats Still Used On the More impor
tant Thoroughfares, but Conditions
Generally Are Improving Streetcar
Service, Water, Electric Lights and
Telephone Connsctlena Promised
the Stricken inhabitants,
Columbus, O., March 31. Fifteen
additional dead bodies were recovered
ia Columbus. This makes the total
number of bodies 62.
. The damnge to the West Side can
not be estimated. Several hundred
nouses wero destroyed, while every
house in the flood none was damaged.
Truffle, from High street to the Hill
top was possible by vehicle or nfoot.
water had ceased running across
Broad street after the gap in the Scl
oto river levee along the Big Four
railroad tracks had been closed.
Boats still were used south of Sulll
van avenue In the neighborhood of
Dakota and Olenwood avenues, but
water here was receding rapidly ex
cept In the holes made by the rushing
wnters thero.
Squads of soldferp. and civilians
were busily engaged in clearing
West Broad street no as to establish
streetcar service ns far east ns the
bridge. Service was extended yeater
dny from the Hilltop to Stephens
street The Ohio Klectrlc workmen
worked on the debris scattered in
Town street.
Firemen started clearing the piles
of wreckage. ,and searching for more
'rlrtlmav Man.r; persons rrtnrnwl te'
their homes and began the clean-up.
While tho nspect. was solemn, the
West Slders started working earnest
ly to restore their property to its for
mer condition. Almost ton man they
am determined to make the West
hide better than ever before and will
push steps to prevent a recurrence 3t
Inst week's catastrophe.
Subway Blocked.
Southeast of the Sulllvant avenue
subway where the rush of water
swept the streets clear of bouses,
ninny returned to gather a few re
mains of their former belongings
which might Have escaped the marlno
hell. In many of these places nothing
remained, jtot even the foundations of
the houses.
Centner avenue is buried under
thousands of cubic yards of gravel
and' bowlders. The districts for sev
eral squares each way and in Glen
wood avenue from Broad street north
wero filled with rocks which appeared
like glacial moraine.
The north abutment, of the Sulll
vant avenue subway .as disappeared
entirely. The south abutment was
broken and part, thrust into a hole
made by an eddy under the railroad
crossing. The paving where this eddy
must have been Is gone. Paving of
the same material and build was
found in a Held a mile to the Boutb.
It will tako weeks, to establish
street lights again on the Went Side.
Telephone service also, .was destroyed
and will require a long time to re
establish the system. The Bell com
pany will have connections with the
Hilltop in a few days. Repairs on
the exchange have been started .and
all breaks between the centra) ex
change and the subexchange at Broad
'street and Central avenue were con
nected. ' i
City Engineer Maetsel said that he
believed the city's storm sewers .were
uninjured. Until the sewage disposal
plant can resume operations, the con
dition of the sanitary sewers can not
be determined. Mr. Maetsel said it is
probable that the latter system will
have to be gouged out.
Railway Washouts.
The Baltimore ft Ohio has, two seri
ous washouia which, wUh.haVe to be
replaced before It can resume opera
tions. A new viaduct over Sulllvant
avenue will have to be built, A large
washout also was made near the Sun
Manufacturing company's plant. The
wator tied tiro rails of Its main track
jinto a knot here. The Pennsylvania
railroad, crossing It at this point,
bridged a pool of water south of the
ole made through the embankment
at the Big Four railroad tracks. The
Pennsylvania had .100 'men working
on a fill-in. It will have trains run?
nlng over this fill this week,
Al of tho WeBt Side paving was
damaged and will require many re
pairs. In a great' many streets the
brick have buckled and the milmruc
ture ground up, This paring will
have to bo retold. ,
-j Bx looters, fnciuuinc one wo
Six looters, Including one woman
and two girls,
West Side.
were arrested on the
Upton's Contribution Rejected.
Columbus. O., March 31. sir Thorn
Ib W. Liptonto'cofjlrllmtlon of $1,000
lor the relief of the Ohio Hood suffer
ers wilt not beSccopted. Governor
Cox will return It to tlio philanthropic
yachtsman at Liverpool with expres
sion of high appreciation. "President
Ilousevelt," said the governor, "set
the precedent at the time of tho 8an
Francisco earthquake of not accept
ing contributions from abroad."
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Scioto Pllver
Overflow On
the West !
e, Columbus.
"3'liliJ. l)j-.AiurrItiin 1'jm AniuvUtlon.
50,000 MUST BE FED,
Fully Two Thousand Houses In
Dayton Wrecked By Flood.
Dayton, O., March 31. Here is the
problem presented to Dayton as sum
marized by George F, Burba, secre
tary to Governor Cox, and represent
ing the latter here:
Fifty thousand persons must be
cared for Indefinitely. These are per
sons who lost their all when their
household poods were swept away.
They must be provided with a few
necessary household articles, bucIi as
bidding, pots, pans, stoves and a fow
dollars. A half million .dollars could
bo used In this way by the relief com
mittee. Fifteen thousand houses and
business buildings must be rehabili
tated. Two thousand houses and busi
ness structures, or what remains of
them, must be pulled down. Thou
sands of tons of debris must bo re
moved. ,
Following are some , of the accojn
plishmenta since the .flood broke over
the city Tuesday:
The waterworks pumping station Is
in operation, but the distribution of
water Is greatly retarded by open
pipes in wrecked houses. The press
ure is feeble, but growing stronger as
leaks are checked.
The main sanitary sewer is in oper
ation, although many of the laterals
leading from houses are clogged with
mud or backed up water.
The flood sewers, separate .from the
sanitary, will be In operation tomor
row. These sewers carry off the rain
tall from the gutters and are needed
tpw to remove the, water being
jumped from basements.-
Telegraph service, is, fast 'catching
up with requirements, which have
jteen and are. still enormous.
No braver services have been per
formed than those by the1 telegraph
and telephone linemen who 'made pos
sible the dissemination of news to
hundreds of thousands of friends and
relatives of, Daytonlsns. They waded
and swam ley floods and i entered tot
tering buildings unhesitatingly In pur
suit of their duty. John H. Patterson,
chairman of the general committee,
found many operators who had not
removed shoes or clothjng since last
There is enough food an clothing
for present needs, but relief will be
required ou a diminishing scale for
another month.
Chairman Patterson aaaounced that
W. F, Klppua will act as, treasurer for
all contributions andi will make s
strict, accounting to aH eentributors.
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Alid Financier In Critical Con
dition In City of Rome.
Rome, March 31 J. Plerpont Mor
gan, the American financier, died here
at' noon today.
Rome, March 31. J. Plerpont Mor
gan is in a most critical condition,
This Is the official announcement
made by the attending physicians.
For several days he has been unable
to take any nourishment and his
weakness has given rise to the grav
est apprehension.
Up to Saturday night Mr. Morgan's
son-in-law, Herbert L. Satteriee, and
the physicians made every effort to
conceal Mr. Morgan's true condition.
A bulletin Just issued, however, indi
cates that the worst is to be feared
If a change does not speedily set In.
Dr. M. Allen Starr of New York, the
noted nerve specialist, was summoned
from Naples. Dr. Starr had already
made an examination of Mr. Morgan
on the latter's return to Naples from
Cairo. He arrived here Sunday night
and visited Mr. Morgan immediately.
Professor Giuseppe Bastianelll and
Dr. George A. Dixon also were In at
tepdance. The physicians, who are in
complete accord with the diagnosis,
Issued the following bulletin:
"A week ago. Mr. Morgan was per
evaded to go to bed and remain there
to conserve his strength. Until Wed.
ne8day afternoon he did very well un
tder this ;regimen; he rested and slept
without' the aid of drugs and took a
satisfactory amount of nourishment
"Wednesday afternoon ho began to
refuse food, and since then it has
been impossible to nourish him. He
h,as lost weight and strength very
rapidly.' Jlis nervous system Is show
ing this, and It has added to the
"Mr. Morgan has not developed any
organic trouble, but is so exceedingly
weak that his present condition must
be considered most critical.''
Mrs. Stutz Finds $2,500 Paarl In an
Passaic, N. J. August Stutz, pro
prietor of a casino, is telling his
friends how he got a pearl worth $2.
fjOO through the' purchase of 44 cents'
worth of oysters.
Stuts: says bis wife bought the oys
ters from a peddler. While she was
eating one of them her teeth struck
something hard hud large and smooth.
It looked like a pink pebble and was
the size of a marble. Stutz says a
New York Jeweler offered him $2,500
for It
Cnttlp HaovoH, 7 00f(i9 15; Texas
steers, 6 50ff7 N); western steers, $8 ()
OX 1: stotkurs and feeders, 6 OOSJi :0:
-on-s and lulferw, 3 4508 00; calves, 7 00
llo;H-l.lK!lt, IS S59 20; mixed, S3 73
ff 15; heavy, $8 R58 15: romjli, 8 GStf
r ;o! ris. Jti uo9 oo.
Hlioep and Lnmba Native sheep, JR 00
Sit W; native lambs, $7 0003 S5; western,
7 2.", liS 85! yearlings, (7 208 25.
Wheat No. 2 red. tt 02&1 OS. Corn
No. 1. Si!'!., Oats No. 2 white, 3514030c.
Cflttle Prime steers. IS 7E09 00;
shipping. tR 00O8 SO; butchers, IS 00Q
R 44; heifers, 16 00(18 00: cows, 13 75
7 25; bulls, 15 0007 25: fresh cows and
springers, S5 00S0 00; calves, 13 00p
11 .10.
How Heavy, 19 6509 70; mixed, York
era umf plga. tt 709 75; roughs, 18 60
R 75, stnes. 17 0008 00; dairies, 9 509
Phuep and lmb Yearilncs, 15 00
R 25; wither. 16 5007 00; ewes, J 500
6 50: mlxv.1 sheep, $5 0006 65; lambs,
C GO 09 25,
Cattle Choice heavy steers. $8 509
9 00; fat steers. IS 0008 50; fair steen,
15 75t7 00: heifers, 17 0007 60; cow.
M CA06 CO; hulls, 16 7507 00; milch cows,
140 00075 00; calves. 111 00.
Hogs Prime heavies, 9 4509 SO;
heavy mixed. ,19 55; mediums, heavy
Vorkers, llsht Yorkers and pies, 9 00.
Hheep and Limbs Top sheep, $7 00;
(op lambs, 19 00.
, Hog's Vackers, 19 1909 45; common
sows, Pi 0008 86; pits mid lights, 5 000
9 1C: stags. IS 0007 50.
Hob Packers, 19 SO09 45; common
sows, SO 0008 90; pigs and lights, U 00
09 20; stags, S 0007 50.
Sheep and Lambs Sheep, 13 0005 75;
sunbs. 85 5009 25; spring lambs, lis o
016 00.
Wheat No. 2 red, II 0801 11. Corn
No. 2 mlxexl. 5314084c. Onts No. 3 mix
ed, 34fr34HiC. Rye No. 2, 05067c.
Cattle Choice steers. 17 7508 25; good
to choice steers, 17 2507 76; heifers. 15 50
07 AO; Imllx, IS 0907 00; cows, 13 750
(0; mllchers and springers. 140 00
76 00; calves, 1 10 60011 50.
Hogs Heavies, 9 60; mediums, York
ers, light Yorkers and pigs, 19 60; roughs;
St SO; stags, 17 SO.
Wheat, II 09tt; com. lies oats, 36a
elovarseed, 113 30.
Extending Its Authority Out From
City Of Dayton
All Montgomery Un
der Martial Law.
dew Order of Sfafe Executive
Has Officials Guessing.
Declares the Greatest Need of Troops
Now Felt In the Southern Part of
the State Fifty Thousand Persons
at Dayton Must Be Fed, Clothed and
Housed. For a Week or More Fully
Two-Thousand Houses In Gem City
Wrecked by Flood and as Many
More Will Have To Be Repaired.
Columbus, O., March 31. Ono of
the military developments of the dar
was an order issued by Governor Cox
placing Montgomery county under
military law until further notice. Day
ton has been tinder martial law since
Wednesday. Xo explanation was given
at the statehouse for tho new order.
National Guard officers on duty at
the statehouse are greatly pleased at
a message sent by Major Gdnoral
Leonard Wood, V. S. A., to Governor
Cox, In which the work and elllciency
of the Ohio mllilfn are praised In
wannest terms.
General Wood, In company with
Secretary of Wnr Garrison, made n
trip from Cincinnati to Dayton by
motor, Btopping at Hamilton when re
turning. It was at that point that th9
telegram was dictated to Colonel Zim
merman. General Wood has establish
ed headquarters at Cincinnati, saying
he considered the situation in that
pert of tho state the most grave.
Hrlgadier General John C. Speaks
said he was in touch with practically
the entire state utid that the situation
was well In hand. Telephone conver
sation with Waverly and a relayd
telegram from Portsmouth brougkt
the word that that city was not on
fire. .Marietta can be reached Indirect
ly. Marietta, Portsmouth and Irontou
are provided with sufilcleut supplies
for the immediate future.
Crest of the Flood.
The crest of the flood was reported
at Gallipolls, with waters rising at
Marietta, Ironton und Portsmouth, at
which places all previous records al
ready are surpassed. At Marietta the
Ohio was at 59 feet.
Portsmouth had C7 feet of water
and the river was rising at the rate of
almost a half inch an hour. It Is ex
pected to continue to, rise until near
noon' today. All Portsmouth flood
records have been broken. Six feet of
water was reported in the Washing
ton hotel. Xo loss of life was report
ed and only one bridge' of importance
was said to be gone. Pomeroy and
Middletownadviied that they bad sup
plies for present needs and Athens re
ported that It needed no help.
Lieutenant Colonel C. C. Weybrecht,
In' command at Zanesville; reported
R40 houses, actual count, washed
away. He says he needs all the
troops now stationed there and Is pa
trolling the entire district to prevent
threatened looting. Loss of life, he
says, will be slight. A relief boat
from Pittsburg can not get up to the
city, being detained at McConnels:
vllle. ht wagon supplies sufficient
for Immediate needs are at band and
trains will be able to reach Zanesville
from Lancaster and Columbus today.
Colonel Weybrecht has elgh( com
panies of, thq Eighth regiment, two
companies of the Seventh and one
platoon ef the signal corps, Com
pany B.
From reports that reach the gover
nor's office, Hamilton, In proportion
to Its size, has been the worst strick
en point in the state. The first mes
sage in several days got through Sun
say. It stated that 91 bodies had been
buried during the day.
Major Smith at Piqua advised Gen
eral Speaks that iu an area equal' to.
'our acres In that town not a single
foundation is standing.
Some Heavy Contributors.
Columbus, O., March 31. Rev. Billy.
Sunday sent 3f00 to Governor Cox far
the relief fund. The Mothers' club of
Boston wired the governor offering H-.
home for 10 orphan children on irs
farm near Boston. One of the larger
contributions was 16,000 from Cluett,
Feabody & Company of Troy, N. Y.
The Cleveland Firemen's Relief asso.
elation of Cleveland Rent 1500. Ex
Senator W. O. Broreln of Wapakoneta
wired from Tampa, Fla., an offer to
aid financially.
Heavy Loss at Flndlay.
Flndlay, O., March. 31:" The losi
caused by the flood here Is estimated'
at 3750,000. At one time nearly 3.00Q
persons were homeless. The course-
of Blsncbard river through, this city
may be changed as a result of the dls-.
astrous overflow, Thousands of dol
lars have been spent for relief.
Columbus, O, March 31. One
of the most striking cases of
fidelity reported since the flood
began was that of Morris G.
Moccabec, superintendent of Sta
tion D of the postofflce at 99?
West Broad street, who at the
risk of his life managed to save .
every plere of mall in the build- x'
ins, the records of his ofllce and
all stamps and cash.
Seek Pardon For Patterson.
Washington. March 31. ;An appeal
for the pardon of John H. Patterson,
at Dayton, O., convicted of criminal
violation of the Sherman anti-trust
act In connection with the National,
Cash Register company, was received
by President WlUon. The appeal was
made because of Patterson's work In
relloving the flood sufferers at Day-'
ton, O. The president acknowledged
the receipt of the appeal, signed by
John L. Sc-huff of the Cincinnati
finance and relief committee, and re-,
ferred it to Attorney General Melley
nolds for action.
KHIed by Robber Who Is Slain Later
by Posse of Citizens.
Topeka, Kan., March 31. R. P.
Brown, cashier of the Barnes State
bank at Barnes, Kan., was shot and
killed by an unknown bank robber.
The robber was killed a few minutes
later by citizens who were brought to
the Bcene by the sound of the shots,
They onened Are on thetrobber as h
"was making his escapejr Curerncy to.
the amount of , IMKLiWas found on the
body of the dead'rbbbcr The body ot
the cashier was found with, a revolver
firmly grasped in one hand.
Will Participate In Chinese Loan.
Washington, March 31. President1
Wilson learned that an American
financial syndicate stood ready to fur
njsh the republic of. China a short
term loan of about 110,000,000, and
would later negotiate a long-term loan
up to $100,000,000, or whatever Hhould
be China's need. The syndicate hat
asked for assurances that the United
States government would not partlcN.
pate- iu any way in the negotiations.
Luther Mccarty's father Dead;,
Bellcfontaine, O., March 31.t-a
message from Piqua says that James, j,
McCarty, father of Luther McCarty,,,,
the heavyweight pugilist, was drowcv
ed' In the, flood. , tt l'
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