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VOLUME XXXll "**™™'™*" ." ." " ' " '' ' “" - - —__ HOT SPRINGS, ARK., THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 1913. NUMBER 150. Refugees Die in Hotel Fire Mississippi Flood Warning _ Ohio’s Disastrous Floods - ..-... — ■ i — -ml Flames From Burning Structures Are Visible m Twenty Miles Away Dayton, 0., March 27.—2:10 a. m., the fire in the business sec tion still was burning fiercely this morning. It appears to have cnanged the general direction from northwest to straight west. Efforts to ascertain if buildings housing refugees have been burn ed were unavailable. It was impossible to approach closer than a mile of the blaze. FLAMES VISIBLE FOR 20 MILES. Middletown, ()., March 27.—At 2:30 o’clock this morning the reflection of what is supposed to be the fire at Dayton was clearly visible here. Middletown is 20 miles from Dayton. It is snowing Here and a bitter cold wave is sweeping over the town, causing much additional suffering. Dayton, 0., March 27.—That a fierce fire which appeared to be sweeping through the half submerged business district of Dav ton during the night had destroyed the Beckel house, where there were supposed to be more than 200 flood refugees, was the con sensus of opinion of scores of watchers on top of the National Cash Register building, nearly two miles from the scene of the flames. At midnight residents of Dayton watching the course of the flames from across the wide stretch of flood waters, believed the fire got its new start this afternoon in the stove of the Patterson 'tool and Supply Company on Third street, just east of Jeffer son. Thence it ate its way west, apparently aided by escaping gas and exploding chemicals in a wholesale drug establishment. Investigation of the fire at close range was an utter impos sibility. More than a mile of flood water intervened between the |X)int where staunchest boats dared to venture and the area of flames. Traced by aid of maps, it appeared that the Beckel house wn$ destroyed at some time after 10 o’clock. Whether the scores n refugees supposed to have been there had tried to escape was only a matter of conjecture. The city has been placed under martial law. A telephone operator at Lineman. Ohio said that the Lewig town reservoir would not hold until daylight. Lineman is twelve miles from Lewistown. Ellistown is the nearest point -in wire communication thereto. Lewistown is 70 miles north of here. It is said that if the dam broke a worse flood than already has come will result. Soon after midnight it appeared the flames were wavering. While many persons conversant with the district and who watched from a distance did not agree upon the possibility that the Beckel house had succumbed to the fire, all watchers expressed fear that many of those marooned had perished in the flames that appeared, to have worked from east to west, a distance of nearly two blocks. A message from Gov. Cox declared “Flntire Ohio National guard ordered to hold themselves in instant readiness to proceed to Dayton as soon as it becomes possible for them to enter the city.” “I understand the importance of having the militia there”, he telegraphed. The first train load of provisions from Cincinnati, together with a detail of policemen to help in the rescue work, reached here tonight after being 12 hours on the road. This, with i wo cars from Springfield during the day relieved the immediate suffering. Word also was received that a car load of supplies was on the way from Detroit. Late this afternoon a number of refugees brought in from ‘Simpson street told-stories that gave an insight into conditions in east Dayton—a section hitherto unexplored. Numerous of the flood victims declared they knew of no loss of life in this section, a condition brought about largely by the fact that many of the people had availed themselves of warnings and fled. Sixty-five persons were marooned in the central police sta tion. Nothing tonight had been heard from Mayor Phillips of Dayton or from Adjutant General Woods, marooned, it was be lieved, in North Dayton. It was reported that several patients in the receiving stations had created slight disturbances this afternoon when they were driven temporarily insane from fear and grief. This ph^se ot the flood situation—uncertainty over the fate ot thousands imperiled in their tide-swept homes—lends an ugly color to the spectacle undimmed by the sight of the refugees’ misery. At 1:15 o’clock this morning a state guardsman shot and kill ed a man attempting to loot the homes of flood victims in Fifth street. FRANK DYN, ()., THREATENED WITH FIRE. Middletown, O., March 27.—The sky is illuminated in the di rection of Franklin, Ohio, five miles from Miamisburg. A t< e phone message to Middletown stated that the residence of J. New comb at Franklin was on fire and that it looked as though an en tire block would be destroyed. The town is under water and no tire protection is possible. \ Predicted Mississippi Flood Will.Be Worse Than a Year Ago Memphis, Tenn., March 27.—With the Mississippi river al Memphis several inches above the 32 foot stage tonight and rising at the rate of about an inch an hour, the prediction of S. C. Em ery, local weather bureau forecaster, that flood stage of 35 feet would be reached by Friday seems certain of fulfillment. Mr. Em ery said today that he would not attempt a prediction of the max imum stage to be attained here. As a minimum, he unofficially estimated the record stage of last spring 45.3 feet, when the levee collapsed at a dozen or more points along the southern stretches of the river and a vast area of farming lands and a number of small towns were inundated, would be attained. For Helena, Ark., “in excess of forty feet" is forecast and at Cairo, 111., 50 feet or more. The flood stage at Helena, Ark., is 42 feet and at Cairo, 45 feet. Officials of the St. Francis levee board of Arkansas and of the United States engineer’s office here who have jurisdiction over rhe levees from New Madrid, Mo., to the mouth of the White river in Arkansas, south of Helena regard the situation as grave. Urgent messages were sent today to contractors to hurry the work of bolstering up the dikes at weak points and several addi tional forces of men will be set to work tomorrow. O. N. Kill ough, president of the St. Francis levee board, arrived tonight to personally direct work along the levees under the supervision of the board. All of the streams tributary to the Mississippi are rising rap idly and a continued rain fall is reported over a greater part of the upper watershed tonight. At Memphis snow fell in light flur ries. Similar weather conditions are reported at Cairo. The greatest anxiety is felt for the levee at Beulah, Miss., which gave way last January. Nine hundred cars of stone hhve been dumped into the 1,000 foot gap in the levee and a dike of an average height of 177 feet has been constructed. The maximum neighth proposed is 28 feet. Outgoing steamers today carried warnings to points along the river and where the telephone reached, warnings were sent by this means. Weather Bureau Holds Out Hope That Rain Will Cease Washington, March 26.—Cessation of rain in the flood dis tricts within the next 24 hours was predicted tonight by the Unit ed States weather bureau. "The storm which is now centered in Kentucky and which has been causing general precipitation for several days", says the forecaster, “will now move rapidly northeast and pass into the ocean by Thursday night, accompanied by rains and shifting gales and followed by fair and much colder weather. The weather Fri day will be fair throughout practically the entire country.” A repetition of the flood in the Ohio river experienced in Jan uary of this year, with a probable stage at Cairo of at least fifty feet within the rtext ten days, is indicated, according to the weath er bureau experts. The crest stage of the Mississippi may slightly exceed 27 feet by the end of the week. Additional reports confirm earlier indications of heavy rains in the water sheds of streams in Kentucky and Tennessee, which enter the Ohio river from the south, but the precipitation north of the Ohio Wednesday was not heavy. Definite stages in the Mississippi below Cairo, the bureau said, could not be forecasted tonight, but with the water now in sight a flood with stages not very greatly in excess of the stages experienced in February seemed probable. RIVER THREATENS CINCINNATI. ('incinnnti, March 27.—Cincinnati is threatened with a flood. At midnight the danger line was passed and the stage of 55.G feet was reached. The river is rising an inch an hour. The Union Cen tral station has been deserted and what few trains are operating are detouring by other routes. At Lawrenceburg, 12 miles below this city, the Baltimore and Ohio railroad tracks were dynamited in order to allow the back water from the great Miami to run out and this, it is believed, saved the town from being swamped. Despite this, four persons are reported as having been drowned there. The Muskinum, Scioto and Great and Little Miami rivers are running out from the Kentucky side. A 57 foot stage by noon is predicted by the local forecaster, but be.vonff this he will mate no assertions. The flood has as yet claimed no life in this city. LIFE BOATS SENT TO FORT WAYNE. Chicago. March 27.—A relief train carrying lifeboats was sent out from here last night for Fort Wayne, Ind. The boats were meant to rescue occupants of an orphan asylum on the St. Mary’s river near Fort Wayne. FIRST LIST OF DEAD COMES FROM DELAWARE OOIO Delaware, O., March 27—The bodies of 14 persons have been 1 recovered and as many more are missing from their wrecked homes here as the result of the overflow of the Olentangy river which officials estimated, has done damage to the city estimat ed at $2,000,000. The known dead are: Frank Melching. Mrs. Melching. Their sons, Ralph, aged six, and Lewis, aged 4. Mrs. Silas Saith and her two sons, aged 7 and 8 and daugh ters, aged one. Miss Esther Jones, aged 15. Miss Hazel Dunlap, aged 22. Mrs. Slosson. Wm. Hessey. Wm. Fielding. James Maine, aged 60. Delaware is in great need of bread and gasoline with which to cook. The village of Stratford, five miles south, has been wiped out and the total population of 1„ 200 have been drowned, it is re ported here, but it cannot be confirmed. Fifty are dead in Tiffin, it is also reported, and the village of Prospect, ten miles to the north is under water. Fifty homes have been washed away and 500 are homeless. ESTIMATE FATALITIES. Columbus, O., March 27.—' That the loss of life in Dayton will not be less than one thou sand was the estimate made by Gov. Cox after an analysis of the information from the center of the city, which was cleared through his office. “How many more than that there will be, no one can tell,” he said. ARMY RENDERING AID. New York, March 26—Re lief work in all parts of the tor nado and flood stricken districts is being pushed vigorously by* Salvation army officers and soldiers on the spot according to reports received at head quarters here. Commander Miss Booth, head of the army in Am erica who is in Chicago, tele | graphed the army officials here tonight authorizing an appeal for money and supplies, food, clothing, etc., which will be for warded with all speed to the stricken districts and distribut ed by her officers, who are ex perts in emergency work of this sort. STUDENTS ROUT LOOTERS. Dayton, O., March 27.—A gang of roughs went through the southern part of the city late last night instructing the people to extinguish all lights for fear of a gas explosion ami then began raiding. University students from Cincinnati * and the traffic officers dispersed the gang. Governor CoA Believes Death Roll in Ohio is _Larger ThanReported Columbus, O., March 27—Ohio is experiencing the forst flood in its history. Many estimate that the damage to property is the greatest since Galveston, Texas was almost swept off the map. Gathering darkness tonight brought no relief to the scores or cities and towns of the state that are inundated and cut off from the outside world, but instead cast a gloom over the rushing waters practically thwarted rescue work and increased the horrors of the situation. Thousands of persons are imprisoned by the swollen waters. . Although the waters in some places are reported to be slowly receding, there was no immediate relief in sight tonight, while rain continued to descend at times in torrents. So appalling and seemingly exaggerated were many of the reports from flooded cities and towns today that they were disput ed, and in many instances wholly disregarded. Later reports from these sections, however, many times confirmed what seemed to be widl rumors. In other cases reports proved not to be correct. I he various news agencies are working under great disad vantages in securing accurate reports, because of crippled wire iacilities. Many cities and towns are completely isolated and only rumors can be obtained. These cannot be confirmed until wire and transportation service is restored. Although reports of distress and disaster are coming in from every section, the greatest damage and loss of life is apparently at Dayton. Conditions there beggar description. While the busi ness section is practically all under \vater and the estimated loss of I'le is appalling, fires are adding to the terror. The lurid lights from burning buildings are adding horrors to the stricken city toiright. Loss of life is estimated at from hun dreds to thousands. Handicapped efforts at rescue work today failed to clarify ihe puzzling situation regarding loss of life from Columbus Many who are considered conservative, place the loss there from 100 to 150. At Delaware, 25 miles north of Columbus, the inhabitants are still flood bound and details are unavailable. The known dead already number 33, accorrhng to a correspondent of the scene I his town, not unlike others, is isolated. From Sidney comes the report that from 100 to 500 have been drowned. ;>ov l°x said he had information that there was no loss of life in Sidney. Tiffin reported at least fifty lives lost. Stratford, a town near Delaware, according to an unconfirm ed report from a farmer who reached Delaware today, was liter ally swept from the map and 100 are drowned. According to a wireless report received at the Ohio State Un iversity here this afternoon from Mount Vernon, said that town was hit hard by the flood and probably 100 had lost their lives. 1 his report could not be verified tonight. Meagre reports from Hamilton, on the Miami valley, are that a half dozen or more lives were lost. Confirmation is lacking. Reports from the southern part of the state indicate that he situation there fs serious and may result in a heavy death loll. Zanesville on the swollen Muskingum river, according to re ports tonight, was largely under water and several buildings are reported to have collapsed. Wire communication was cut off eariy tonight when the Western Union telegraph office was flood ed. The operator’s last words were that the town was under water, that a building near the telegraph office had fallen and that he would have to get out. La>t available information from these places was that they were partly or wholly submerged. Marietta and McConnellsville were reported under several feet of water. The Muskingum river was reported to be more than ten feet higher than ever bfore. a Chillicothe, Circleville, Portsmouth, Ponton and all points in Ihe Miami valley are cut off from communication tonight and all are either partly or almost wholly under water, according to last reports available tonight. LEWISTON RESERVOIR MAY BREAK. Dayton, O., March 27.—The reservoir at Lewiston is expect ed to break at any moment, according to a telephone message this morning from Lineman, Ohio, 12 miles from Lewiston. Ie is saidi a high wind is blowing water over the banks and that citizens liv ing near-by have deserted their homes. Should this reservoir giver way, it is predicted a flood worse than that of Tuesday will sub merge Dayton. ' i RELIEF FOR THE SUFFERERS, loledo, March 26.—In a blinding snow storm a train bearing supplies for the flood sufferers at Dayton and environs left here tonight under the supervision of General Manager Burnett, of tha New York Central lines. Besides one company of naval reserves the train was to carry three carloads of boats, including two cut ters and a gig from the United States training ship, Essex, and .i largo quantity of provisions and $1,000 in money.