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ttfiind'Heeotb. FUL L ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORT OVER LEASED WIRES HOT SPRINGS, ARK., SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 1913. NUMBER 152. THE WEATHER W ASH 1 .MrTON, MARCH 28.—FORE CAST FOR ARKANSAS—GENERAL LY FAIR SATURDAY AND SUN DAY; WARMER SATURDAY. to I IMA I t 800 DEAD AT CONFERENCE OF UNDERTAKERS PLACE DEATH LIST AT A LOWER FIGURE. FLOOD WATERS ARE RECEDING Pestilence is Feared Following Reces sion of Waters—Dayton’s Recon struction Period Has Begun. West Dayton, o., March 28.— Eight hundred dead is the conserva tive estimated of seven-eighths ol lfayton’s undertakers, called together for a conference tonight. They re reiwjrted 82 dead bodies had been re covered and now are at various ! i'laces In the city. Individual esti mates of the undertakers were from 500 to 1,000, but the consensus of opinion was that 800 would be a con servative figure. Exploration of sev eral recesses of the city today by newspaper men hardly would justify such an estimate. Orders had been Issued for ail bod ies to he brought to a general mor gue establishment on a garage. This had not -been heeded as less than half the number of bodies found, ac cording to the undertakers, had been brought there tonight. i nere nas t>een Keen competition between undertakers for possession of unidentified bodies and many of them have been taken to undertak ing establishments not under water. A general call for all undertakers to meet was sent out by John H. Patter son, In charge of relief work in an ] elforts to have the work of recover j ing bodies organized. Thirty under-! takers were present and all said they j based their estimates of the dead to a gtiMvnui jjusv ay of the situation. Hope Succeeds Despair. South Dayton, O., March 28.—Day ton's loss of lifts probably will not exceed 200. This estimate is based upon a personal canvass of almost a i hundred of Dayton's leading citizens, j men of unquestioned judgment and j reliability who have been engaged In j relief and rescue work tn every sec- ] tion of the city since the rising wat- J ers invaded the 'business section. The property loss, purely tangible j and real, will probably exceed |50,-1 000.000. This included damage to j real estate and public works In those parts of the- city where these forms of property are most valuable, stores in two leading garages and other per sonftl property, much of which was owned by the more prosperous resi dents, to manufacturing mercantile | and jewelers stocks which wer .‘-wept away; ‘public utility plants and equipment and it includes also the cost of rebuilding miles of aaphali streets and walks which were liter- j ally ripped from their beds. The loss of life is confined almost entirely to North Dayton, inhabited 4>y foreigners and laborers. West Day ton which comprises districts of a more substantia! character in River dale. in Dayton View and other res idence districts, there was no loss of life. Several lives are known to have been loaf in the business district but none of the rumors that human beings had perished in the fire which swept two city block would stand the test of searching investi gation. In (act a score of cool headed men who were In sonic of the build ings and others Who watched the fins from across the street assert positlve 1) that every occupant of the burn big buildings escaped. Gov. Cox today sent the folipwinj, tel os ram to Secretary Burk: "Secretary of War Garrison is here with hia staff. He will reach Cin cinnati and be In Dayton at 8 o'clock tonight or tomorrow. Sergeant I*illy. one of the best health experts In America detailed by Rutherford Bine I of the United States health service Is on the troop train on the road to Dayton. la addition to this C. "• Al ien, Van Busk Irk, Lambert and Lons of the state health department arriv ed it Dayton at 7 o’clock. They re ported tliat the work of reconstruct ing the city water works had begun. “Mr. Patterson Is entitled to ever; consideration. The whole stale is speaking in prulse of his work. “1’leaso tell Mr. Patterson that the telegraphic orders sent to me this morning for funds aggregate f'ontrlbutions are also coming from f'nnada. Rations sufficient to food 300,000 for one day arrived in 1 °l ombuB from the government this at , tciiioun. We will have them In Day It bin tomorrow. Advise Mr. Patter fon that the stale will take cliaigr of the railroads. Is necessary. il1 or 'lor to prevent sight-seers and roll 'bers going to Dayton." '! kiyton's period of reconstruet lor *IH run Into months, according t< tonglimers just reluming from tin lot’ll districts. IMepositlon of dead animals and the disinfection ot the thousands of submerged homes pre tut the most pressing problem. ■ o iittempt at the rebuilding of the sewerage system will be made for l?«h ,a‘.di,yS- UnU1 this is aceomp lisbed It was conceded the menace , in8.ea*e> w not have *jeeu entire >J lost sight of. Rffects of the Btrict martial law were to be seen on all sides. Only n extraordinary circumstances were pedestrians permitted upon the streets after 6 o’clock, Reports ot looting m some sections of, central tayton district persisted but it was believed raiding was restricted to is olated instances. One man who was said to have fil ' (i suit cases with jewelry was ar rested. Reports that several looters had been shot could not be confirm ed. A bulletin issued from the offices ot the relief committee gave particu lar warnings to guard against dis ease. It was announced that an at tempt would be made to start the city s water supply tomorrow. However, it was asserted: ’’People must boil water at first for fear of possible contamination.” hood supplies reached Dayton in large (juautities today. The relief stations were sufficiently organized to take care of the incoming refugees from the flood districts. The problem of caring for the homelsss still was serious but with the promise of wrarm weather it was hoped there would foe less suffering than first was threat ened. Health officers report that there is only one car of lime in the city and there is great need of more. One explanation of first reports that thousands had perished was to he found in the fact that it was Day ton's first big flood. Few of the foremos* among relief workers re alized that persons, under stress and borne up by hope of rescue, might survive for several days upon lim ited rations. Another reason was the circumstanceg that scores of per sons seen in their homes when the flood was almost upon them were given up for dead. The chance that they had escaped it the last moment and taken refuge ( in places temporarily cut off was not j taken into consideration. An illustrating instance or mis was shown at the oirices of the re lief committee. A city patrolman who had been on duty at Main and Vine streets and who had seen a woman and her son blown through the roof ot their home by u gasoline explosion, reported that be was sure no less than one hundred persons would be found in cottages over whelmed by the deluge in that neigh borhood the policemen stuck to his story until a citizen happened lit sn|l declared he had seen all residents of that district wade out in water that reached to their neck. With the receding of the water, thousands of those who had been penned in their homes were freed. Nine thousand have been taken off in boats and of this number. 1.000 are being taken care of in relief sia tions. There nas been remarkable absence of sickness. Now that work of gathering the victims has b>*en systematized, it is expected bodies will be brought in more rapidly. Notwithstanding state ments of undertakers, it is believed the work of ascertaining accurately the number of dead will not be as (difficult (as heretofore believed. It is known, however, that some bodies floaied down the rl''er and will nev er be recovered. After the meeting of undertakers, unidentified bodies that have been held at undertaking establishments were brought to the general morgue whero identification might be expe dited. The rush of the currents ha3 claim ed the greatest toll of lives judging from how most of the bodies recov ered have been found. The body of an infant a day old, was taken front a gutter. SIXTEEN DEAD AT BKOOKEVILLE, IND. FIRST AUTHENTIC LIST OF DEAD COMES FROM A SMALL CITY IN INDIANA. Brookvilie, Ind., Maw.li 2$. Sixteen known dead, a Half dozen missing, heavy loss of property and livestock and a food and fuel famine imminent is the situation in Brookville tonight, the result of Monday night's flood. Many of those rescued will, it is fear ed, die from the effects of exposure. Known dead: , , M'? Robert Sears and two children. John Krais, wife and two children. Mrs. Anthony Krais Mrs. Seifert and daughter. Miss Sophia Buckingham. Miss Mary Oolebank. Mrs. William Bunse, Sr. job. Lantng. wile and t'h Id There are six persons missing anti It 18 feared they have been drowned “ d their bodies washed away or muted in debris that has not yet beer searched. Dallas Sends Aid. naiias. Texas, March 28—y a mas nnoting today of Dallas citizens and s"u* pm*- --sgvsia was subscribed for tne raimr f flood .offerers in Ohio and udUuw turned over to the lo*ul Ho ;V oraanuation, to be forwarded mmediarsiy DEATH LISTS GENERAL SUMMARY OF SITUA TION CONTAINS A i,iORE HOPE FUL VIEW OF FLOODS. COLUMBUS TOTALS 00 DEATHS Flood-Ridden District is Facing a New and Serious Danger in Contagion That Follows . the Rush of Waters. Flood waters receded sufficiently last night to show thut the number of persona drowned In all the affect od cities in Ohio and Indiana may not exceed 500. While many per sons are still missing to friends, and relatives, investigations made today indicated that many were safe who had been thought lost. In Dayton careful estimates placed the number of deaths at 200 or fewer, although a meeting of the undertak ers asserted that the total might he 800. Relief work went on rapidly in Dayton and all parts of the city were reached. Columbus will 'have the next to the largest loss ot life, sixty bodies hav ing already been found in the inun dated portion of West Columbus. Unverified figures for Miamisburg, Ohio, gives fifty dead, but in all oth er flooded cities the figures fell off rapidly as relief expeditious covered the ground. Hamilton. Ohio, which had report ed as many as 250 dead, did not put forth any figures today. Mount Vernon did not couftrm its previous report of 50 dead and no confirmation was had for 52 reported drowned at Venice, O. Chillicothe and Tiffin, Ohio, where there had been reports of 50 or more dead, each found 18 corpses up to midnight. The best figures from Piqua give a death toil of 50 persons. Fremont and Middletown. Ohio, each had four teen dead; MussiP'y 6; and Zanes ville t. Troy. Ohio, 9 (load. The Indiana total drowned receded to fewer than 50, distributed as fol lows: Peru 20; Brookville, Iti; Ft. Wayne 6 and Terre Haute 4. No bodies have been found in Weeb Indianapolis, where as many as 200 deaths were at one time reported. (With the situation somewhat alle viated in the flood swept districts of Ohio and Indiana, a new menace threatened tonight in the rise of rivers in the southern valleys of both states. At Cincinnati, the Ohio, swelled ny its tributaries north and south caus ed alarm and although the situation had not yet reached an acute stage reports from neighboring Kentucky towns Indicated that warnings had been issued to the inhabitants to seek points of safety from the rising wat er. ■ In iudiana alarm was felt in the valley* of the Ohio, Wabash and the White riverf. but ample warning served in a measure to reduce the panic. Pestilence is Feared. Indianapolis, March 2S.—Indianap olis' death toll remains uncertain to night with all reports confirming more conservative estimates of the lost. Meantime, panic is attacking cities in the southern valleys of the White and Wabash rivers and all along the Ohio as rising waters threaten repetitions of the up-state horrors. Sunshine ami disappearing waters, relieved sufferers in the cities that have bet*n flooded and authorities in charge of various localities face a great problem in fighting off disease before the insistent demands of ref ugees that they be permitted to en ter their devastated homes. West Indianapolis and Peru were placed under the strictest quaran tine orders today. There were four deaths in the courthouse last night. Much serious sickness among Peru refugees today is threatening great er toll than was caused by the wat er. The Indianapolis city board of health today quarantined West In dianapolis after ejecting hundreds of persons who had entered the flood ed district since noon when Mayor Shank opened the Oliver avenue and West Michigan street bridges to the •public. Sixteen bodies were found In Brooklyn and six persons still were | missing today. The flood struck ■ that town Monday with such violence that all wires were swept away and bridges washed out and no communi cation was had with the outside world until a courier today took def inite reports into Connorsvtllo after a rapid fall in the Hood tide. Peru rescue workers report that the death list there will not exceed 25 and some believe It will be less. •No bodies were found in West In dianapolis after a diligent search but rescue workers assert they saw a number drowned and swept away down the river. Receding waters left West Indianapolis covered witSi mud and filth and in great danger of disease epidemics. City authori ties dashed over the admission of the public to that section of the city and the board of health, acting unde.' extensive powers conferred by a law passed by the recent general assem ble, had Mayor Shank rescind his action theu established a quarantine with a close picked line, but relief workers are to lie kept out of the flood distjlots until good sanitary conditions are established. Ttaiiroad and interurban facilities, both paralyzed l>v the flood, were improved during tue day and ample supplies can be sent to all stricken districts. The newly threatened sou tliern districts are taking extreme precautions in all danger districts, have had ample warning of a possible record breaking water mark. New Albany and Evansville citi zens were especially alarmed at the continued rise of the Ohio and all movables were being carried to ■places of certain safety. Four drownings were reported from Terre Haute where the Wabash river con tinued rising. Vincennes is said to he in great danger but all reliable communication with that place has been cut off. Indianapolis' worst danger now lies in a wave of disease that may follow the floods. Government health authorities are reaching the north ern Wabash valley from Chicago and Dr. C. O. Cobb, surgeon general of the marine hospital at Chicago with a staff of assistants, will aid state and city authori'les. Water service was resumed in In dianapolis this afternoon with warn ings issued that the water must not be used for drinking or food purposes unless boiled. Street car service was restored on all lines except those cut off by washed out bridges and condi tions will be almost normal again soon. RELIEF WORK IS PROGRESSING PRESIDENT WILSON AND CABL NET SPEND DAY WITH THE FLOOD SITUATION. Secretary Garrison to Contniue Jour ney—Southern States Contribute Flood Funds. Washington, March 28.—President Wilson had a busy day of It with the flood situation requiring coustaut at tention, a long cabinet meeting and a critical turn of events in 'New Jersey politics. The president read to the cabinet ais message to the extraordi nary session of congress about 1,200 words long, it was approved and or dered printed. Those who tliave dis cussed the message with tile presi dent said it dealt entirely with the tariff, leaving to the ,discretion of congress the method of handling the Issue and calling attention briefly to the need of currency legislation aa hoou as the tariff was disposed of. Mr. W ilson discussed certain paases of t.tie ■China situation with the cabi net, but tlie recognition of the repub lic which practically' has been decided upon, was deferred until a subsequent meeting. The president announced his future policy with respect to jury reform and the necessity for a constitutional con vention in New Jersey. He suggested recommending to Governor Fielder that the jury bill failed in ta© present legislature and that an extra session of that body should he called. The president also offered to speak in New Jersey in behalf of the re forms. Among tne president's callers today were Cyrus F. Adler and Dr. Herbert Friedenwold of the American Jewish convention. They discussed the Rus sian passport question with him, sub mitted a long memorandum urging that the attitude of the government be maintained in the negotiation of tuture treaties with Russia. Garrison Is Persistent. ■On Board Secretary of War Garri son's Special, Kenosha, Va., March 28. —'Despite the efforts of all railroad men to warn him against attempting to penetrate the heart of the flood dis trict, Secretary Garrison, undaunted by disheartening delays which have marked his journey, declared tonight in emphatic terms that he would under no circumstances abandon (his under-1 taking. At Williamson the secretary was told the situation was hopeless beyond Kenova, so far as reaching Co lumbus was concerned. "We shall go forward! as long as thpre Is a length of track to carry us," said the war secretary as his train crept snail-like through the nar row Blue Ridge passes. "'Even if we do not reach l>ayton in time to co-op erate iq the immediate rescue work ourselves, though delayed, it will not he less necessary in the work of re construction. We caunot think of turning hack.” Both Secretary Garrison aud Major General Wood wore heartened by re ports from Washington that Major Normoyle had reached Daytou. Word that the railroad bridge at Kenova already was weakened served only to Intensify their determination to push on. Railroad officials sent hurried messages in an effort to arrange passage beyond Kenova. Throughout the entire journey the trainmen had to proceed with the utmost caution, ltatn soaked roadbeds are heavy and unstable and avalanches from eu bnnkmenls threaten to block the track. ALLENS ARE ELECTROCUTED VIRGINIA CLANSMEN DIE IN THE ELECTRIC CHAIR AFTER DRA MATIC CIRCUMSTANCES. ATTEMPTED RESPITE FAILED Plan to Take Action Through Lieut. Governor is Thwarted by Hurried Return to Virginia of Gov ernor Mann. Richmond, Va., March 2H.—Mumb ling a prayer and crying half audibly that he was ready to go, Floyd Allen a lawless product of the Virginia mountains whose refusal to accept a short prison term for a minor of fense led t» the wholesale court house murder in Hillsville one year ago limped to the death chair in the state prison today, eleven minutes ahead of Claude Swanson Allen, his sou. The sentence of the court, held up for six hours while desperate and dra matic etforts were being made to save the condemned men by eleventh hour appeals to the lieutenant gov ernor, was speedily ordered to pro ceed when Gov. Mann hastened back to Virginia soil to take charge of a situation which was exciting to a degree. The prison superintendent acting entirely within the law agreed at 8 o’clock this morning to defer the execution giving Attorney Uenersfl Williamson an opportunity to pass upon the constitutional right of Lieut. Gov. Ellison to interfere. ■But the young son of Gov. Maun, reached his father in Philadelphia by telephone less than an hour after the delay, had been ordered and eight o’clock today the governor was again on Virginia soil. Aroused, as it af terwards developed by the unexpect ed efforts to take advantage of his ■.Uatipotau absence, when lie had ro peatedly refused clemency, the gover nor boarded an early morning train, arriving in Richmond at 11:80 o'clock. Earlier he had 'telegraphed the secretary of the commonwealth that he would be In Virginia by 8 o’clock, this information suddenly checking the plan of Allen sympathisers In further urging the lieutenant gover nor to intercede. While every proceeding had halted pending the governor's arrival, word reached police headquarters that a crowd had assembled at the station patrolmen, detectives and plaXi clothes men were being hurried there to prevent any demonstration. When the governor stepped on the plat frm he was quickly surrounded by officers who escorted him to a taxi cab which took him quickly to the capital.. In his office at the state priBon, Supf. Wood was pacing the floor ner viously as he awaited developments. The situation there had become more intense. Precisely at noon the sup erintendent was called to the tele phoue. “The governor of Virginia is ut bis desk”, was the message be receiv ed from the capital and instantly the preparations were made to obey the mandate of the court. The witnesses who had assembled at 7 o'clock, the hour announced for the execution, had left the prison with instruction* to return at 1 o’clock. Just after sunrise the Allens prac tically collapsed when Informed that a half day respite had ‘been g’anted by a combination of legal and tech nical circumstances as strange as any tnat had ever been presented to a court of justice. Ciaude Allen, who had retained his nerve throughout the trying or deal in his behalf gasped and trem bled but fce regained his composure as he noted the hopeless and deject ed appearance of his aged father in the coll across the corridor. As the morning hours passed by, they sat with their spiritual advisers, but they nerved themselves again for the end when they heard that. Governor Mann had returned to Virginia. Men prominent in official circles of the state who waited in the cap Ito! for a final pW to the govefnor, were turned away as his secretary handed out this statement from the executive: "Hearing at five initiates to tfcje?: o'clock this morning of the action taken in the Allen case after I left the city, 1 considered it nty duty to hurry hack. I simply desire to repeat that after the most careful examina tion of the evidence in this case, 1 have not the slightest doubt of the guilt of Floyd attd Claude Allen, an* I will not Interfere. The law must take its course.’’ Wha' brought forth the greatest indiguation from the governor was the reported fact that the plan to appeal to the lieutenant governor, we* psreed a week ago. While there was no Intimation from Lieut. Oov. Kllyson that he would interfere, his willingness last night to await a written opinion from the attorney general, who had al ready ruled verbally that he was without authority, was accopted out side to mean that the life of Claude Allen might, be spared Gov. Mann, however, cut through the maze of un certainty and doubt by hastening home. The Jury which under the law Is required to witness tho executions, assembled outside the penitentiary gales shortly before 1 o'clock, ming ling there with the crowd. The pro gram as originally announced was carried out without change. While two ministers, who have been unfalt ering in their loyalty to the condemn ed men, were telling them good bye, the prison superintendent stepped li#< to the corridor which separated the cells of father and son and reau the death warrant, Floyd Allen, stilt limping from the wounds he receiv ed in the HJllesvllle courthouse hat tie, said the last tearful farewell to his boy and went with the prison guards to the death chamber. A groan escaped him as he sat in the chair while the straps and elec trodes were 'being fastened about him. The current was turned on at 1:22 o’clock and in four minutes the surgeon motioned to the superinten dent that he was dead. The body was speedily removed. Again the chair was tested, while Claude Swanson Allen, namesake of a United States senator, was being led through the corridor to the chamber door. Though a trifle pale, he inarched with measured stride, his head held high, his remarkable nerve with him to the end. As he took his seat he moved his arms to assist the guards who were adjusting the straps and went to his death si lently and unafraid. When the autopsy had been per formed the bodies were given over to Victor Alien, Floyd’s son, by whom they were taken to the mountains of Virginia for burial. DEAD AT CHILLICOTHE. | Chilllcathe, Ohio, March 28.—First authentic information regarding the loss of life here allows that 18 per sons are dead. Already 11 bodies have been taken from the wreckage of east-end (houses, where many railroad men lived. With field glasses, seven more bodies were today seen hanging on the Kilgore bridge, three miles south of here, but it has been impossible to bring then, into the city. Conditions are much improved. The light plant has been able to resume service and tihe water supply also again is adwpiate. The estimated damage to property is $1,000,000. Clearing away of the wreckage lias begun. ARMY AVIATORS FLY. San Antonio, TexaB, March 28.— Lieutenant T. D, Milling and Lieuten ant W. C. Sherman, army aviators who left their camp at Texas City to. day at 2:11 p.m., arrived over Fort Sam Houston at 5:20 o’clock this aft ernoon but did not land until 6:20 o’clock, thus, It Is said, breaking the American aviation record for passen ger carrying aeroplanes. An average speed of 80 miles an hour was main tained during the trip. The aviators reported Olio air rough and very chilly. ZANESVILLE STILL UNDER THE FLOOD DEFINITE LOSS OF LIFE CANNOT BE KNOWN ALTHOUGH THE WIRES ARE WORKING. Zanesville, Ohio, March 28.—Wire communication is being slowly re stored, rumors are rife of loss of life, but there are only four known deaths in this city as a result of the flood, However, practically all of the Sev enth, Eighth and Ninth wards and a large portion of the Temih ward are still under ten to thirty feet of water and few boats have dared brave the torrent. About half tho entire city is still submerged. Five men, Theodore Cassidy, John Wait, Ray Beach, Wm. Canning and Policeman Muey, crossed the Muskin gum river to Putnam Thursday after noon and saved thirteen lives. They re-crossed tho river to the Zanesville side llhis morning. The property loss in Zanesville is estimated at between $6,01)0,000 and fS,000,000. (Water com pletely covers the "Y” bridge to a depth of 15 feet and It cannot now be told whether It is still standing. The ! Sixth street, Third street and a por tion of the Monroe street bridges and two railroad bridges in the city are washed out and there is not another bridge remaining standing between this city and Marietta. Rufu S. Barton, president of tho Chamber of Commerce, (has asked Governor Cox for |50,0<)0 to be used In alleviating distress. National Guards from New Lexing ton, l>ancust«r and Cambridge have arrived with provisions. A cold wave and lack of gas and coal add to tho discomfort. Communication from high points about tho city are being carried on by wireless telegraph and hectograph. The city has been eiKiaiigored by several fires which died out of their own accord and no fire fighting appa ratus could be gotten near. At least 200 homes have floated down the river. Comparatively Httlo looting has been reported and the city is under stricter martial law tonight than at any time previously. FLEE FLOODS RISING MISSISSIPPI CAUSES RES IDENTS OF LOWLANDS TO SEEK SAFETY. RIVER IS NEAR FLOOD STAGE Water at Beulah Levee Has Reached Base of New Embankment— Ohio River and Tributar ies Steadily Rising. Memphis. Tenn., March 28.—Late tonight the Mississippi river at Mem phis was within one foot of flood stage, which, according to S. C. Em ery, local weather bnreau forecaster will be passed tomorrow. At 7:00 o’clock the height at Memphis was officially reported as 33.7 feet ,a rise of five-tenths in 12 hours; at Cairo, 48.1, a rise of seven-tenths, and at Vicksburg, Miss., 38 feet, a rise of two-tenths. Mr. Emery in a bulletin issued today predicted that the stage here would exceed 43 feet, how much more he could not estimate, and that a stage of 40 feet will be reached within five days. The first, refugees were brought to Memphis tonight from the Arkansas lowlands opposite this city. A num ber have been assembled at Marian na, Ark., and the governor of that state was urged toaay to ship fifty tents to Marianna with a view of es tablishing a refugee camp. One hun dred convicts will be put to work on Arkansas levees tomorrow. At Blythe vllle, Ark., a fund is being raised by popular subscription to employ lalt orers. One thousand dollars was subscribed today. A dispatch from Beulah. Miss., re ported the water up to the base of the rock levee being constructed to place the dike swept away by the floods of last year. Rise at Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio. March 28.—T.ie waters of the Ohio rivcSt* continue to rise increased in volume by the flood waters from tributaries east and nortfli of here, this city is facing; the worst flood in its history. Late to day the river stage was 84 feet with indications that before many hours have passed, the gauge would reach 70 feet, almost to the mark of 1884, the record year. Weather forecasters here tonight expressed conviction that during to morrow the river would readh 68 feet and would go to the 70-foot mark early next week, probably Monday. The weather bureau also declared there would be a further rise of five to ten feet at all points above within the next two or three days. At Cincinnati the conditions are not quite acute, but it is feared that soon they will be. All the lowlands to the west and east of the city lias been submerged and so along the wa ter front of the business section that the commercial houses are gradually disappearing under the yellow river. No loss of life has occurred here. Along the Kentucky shore condi tions are rapidly becoming worse. At Covington more than 500 houses ara reported submerged and their occu pants are being given shelter and protection in public buildings. Plans are rapidly being formulated to care for flood sufferers and a meet ing was held at Covingtou tonight at which arrangements were made to raise a sufficient fund for the pur pose. At the same time arrange ments also were made for policing the flood zone and preventing looting. As the Ohio and Licking rivers rise and the former attains the 70 foot stage more and more of Coving ton recedes beneath the surface of the water. Inhabitants of Mie west end of the city have left their homes. The river front section of Ludlow is deep under water and tho residents have remov ed. Bromley is entirely cut off from other neighboring towns. Layton, Ky„ and other nearby small towns are in the same isolated condition and I there is much suffering in conse quence. Many large manufacturing plants have been closed because operatives have been unable to reacfli their places of employment. Newport, which with, Covington, la opposite Cincinnati, forming the larger of the suburban sections, 1s In almost as bad a case as its neighbor ing city. The flood water is rising In all parts of tho town. Street car lines soon will have to be abandoned [ and It is feared that before many ! hours the lines into Cincinnati will have to cease operations. Tills also Is true of Covington lines. Electric light and gas plants also are threat ened. One of the bridges across the Ohio has been closed and authorities are preparing to close others to the pub lic, thus cutting off the south shore from communication with Cincinnati and also closing practically the only railway outlet this city has lhad to the south and east. No food shortage Is anticipated in this section, but warnings have been issued by the may ops of this and other nearby cities that merchants must not take advantage of the sit jation to charge extortionate prices.