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800 DEAD
Pestilence is Feared Following Reces
sion of Waters—Dayton’s Recon
struction Period Has
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
■ 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.

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