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THE WEEKLY TRIBUNE AND CAPE COUNTY HERALD, FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1915.
STIVER PLANS TO DIG TUNNEL UNDER THE CITY CAPT. BRIDGES GETS READY TO WRECKED AUTOS LITTER ROAD OUTTO JACKSON FATHER RACES AGAINST FLOOD TO SAVE FAMILY SHOWS RAIN STORM KILLS 8, 500 ON ROOFS CAPE SOCIETY FOLK MAROONED BY HIGH WATER WOMAN DROWNS IN ST. FRANCOIS; FAMILY SAVED INVADE FLOOD May Lay Big West End Sew er by Burrowing Under City. National Guard Official Rents Four Put Out of Commission On First Nightof Home coming. A. C. King, Contractor, Finds Son Asleep as Bear Creek Damage in Metropolis placed At $1,250,000 and Suburbs Are Inundated. Young Men and Women Are Held Near Doniphan By Flood. Jessie Briekett, With Baby, Seizes Bridge and Pulls Self to Safety. Morrison Boats for Expedi tion South. Freshet Approaches, ENGINEER WANTS TO FIND SHORT ROUTE RIVER AT 34.1 AND BUGGY PUTS HAYNES OUT OF COMMISSION HUMAN CHAIN RESCUES LEVEE BREAKS AND FLOODS EAST ALTON GIRLS ARE TICKLED OVER PREDICAMENT WIFE SINKS IN RIVER WITHOUT ASSISTANCE STILL IS RISING TWO YEAR OLD CHILD 6 Will Accept Plan That Will Cost the People Small est Sum. A tunnel may be bored under the southern part of Cape Girardeau to conduct the proposed West End $150, 000 sewer from the district it will serve to the Mississippi River, accord ing to tentative plans Chris Stiver, city engineer now has under consider ation. The survey for the sewer already has proceeded to within three blocks of the southern city limits in the West End of the city. There are two or 'three ways in which the sewer may be conducted from the drainage district to the river. The first that presents itself for Sti ver's consideration provides that the sewer be piped along the natural course of the draw from the West End about a half mile south of the city limits and thence eastward to the river. That course would necessitate the use of about a mile of pipe. The expense of preparing the way for the piping would be very heavy ac cording to Stiver and the absolute cost of piping would be a large item. The more direct route to the river for the sewer will be to bore a tun nel beneath the ridge which follows a general direction of north and south about 700 to 1100 west. Spri gg street may be considered the backbone of the ridge. Stiver plans to determine what would be the approximate cost of each course and recommend the more eco nomical one to the city to be used. Tie declared yesterday that if the weather will clear up and permit his gang of men to keep busy in the field, he may be able to have the complete survey for the sewer done in Septem ber. It is necessary to have several streets opened up and many widened in the West End in preparation for the proposed sewer. Work now is go ing forward in preparing the ordi nances authorizing such work. The proposed sewer would serve a district south of the Normal school and west of that part of town now having the sewer convenience. It probably would require several months before the sewer could be completed. Stiver's force of engineers who have been working on the survey for the sewer have been plotting and charting their results almost daily as they have progressed down the valley. A com plete map showing the topography of the district will be the result of their work. After Stiver has completed the sur vey, he will spend the winter calculat ing the areas that will be served by the sewer. From this will be possible to estimate the size of sewer pipes necessary to be installed and the size of pipe essential to carry off the sew age from the entire district. Not until such calculations are made will it be possible to tell how great a tunnel will be necessary. In calculating the size of the sewer piping, Stiver says it will be necessary to lay plans for the future use of the territory. Much of the territory in the sewer district now is vacant. When the added convenience of a sewage system is established, the land will be built up and make an increase in the volume of sewage to be disposed of. All this must be handled by the pipes that will be installed within the next two or three years. The heavy soaking rains that have fallen here in the last three days prob ably have unearthed or washed out several of the stakes set by Stiver's engineers in making their survey, he declared. MORRISON'S AUTO COLLIDES Hits "Illmo Bob" Hyatt's Car and Steering Gears are Damaged. "Illmo Bob" Hyatt, driver of Coun cilman W. D. Black's car to Illmo, Mo., and F. W. Morrison, president of the Morrison Ice & Fuel Co., yester day collided with their machines at the corner of Broadway and Water street, damaging the steering gear of both machines. Neither driver was injured. Morrison was driving east on Broad way and Hyatt north on Water street when they came together. Both men were shaken up. Each was alone in his car. Hyatt's car was damaged so that it had to be towed away to the garage. Government's Prediction of 37 Feet Too High is the Belief. In anticipation of a call within the next few hours for boats to be used in rescue work on the lower Mississip pi River, Capt. Harry W. Bridges yes terday chartered fromF. W. Morri son, president of the Morrison Ice an Fuel Company, the latter's steamboat and steam launch. Capt. Bridges last night declared he was expecting a call from Col. Arthur B. Donnelly of the First Regiment, Missouri National Guards, who prob ably will be the first of the militia or dered out to take part in any refuge work that may be necessary. The Mississippi this morning still is rising slowly. The cost of the flood already has passed St. Louis, accord ing to telegraph reports, and the crest is expected to reach here this after noon, following which the river will fall rapidly. Capt. Bridges, in obtaining the serv ices of Mr. Morrison's two river craft, is providing for work along the river in Pemescot and New Madrid counties, where already the heavy rains have done much damage to crops. If the flood reaches as high a stage as the United States officials in St, and Cairo predict, the lowlands in Southeast Missouri, south of the Cape and in Arkansas, will be inundated. The nature of the land is such that once the water overflows the banks, it spreads over many square miles of ground. Many small boats would be essential in performing rescue work and larger craft needed to provide food and clothing, as well as to take the refugees to a place of safety. Since yesterday noon, the river rose a little more than a half a foot. Early this morning the gauge read 34.1 feet, It is believed that by this afternoon when the crest arrives, the stage will measure only about 34.6, instead of 37 feet predicted in St. Louis after the tremendous storm struck there. Reports are coming to the Cape from South saying that in many places small streams that overran their banks, have done much crop damage as well as carried off farm equipment Direct railroad service between the Cape and St. Louis was severed again Sunday morning when a large wash out occurred this side of the Meramec River bridge on the Frisco, a few miles this side of St. Louis. A Frisco passenger train had been across the bridge and over the track which gave way only a few minutes before the washout occurred. Several Cape Girardeauans were aboard the train and learned of the washout aft er they arrived here. According to wire reports from the vicinity of the bridge, the water is running six inches over the bridge caps. On the north side of the bridge, the water is running four feet deep over the tracks for a distance of about 500 feet. The surface of the water is over the telegraph poles in some places. The track in this place is not badly washed, however. Most of the dam age was done on the south side of the bridge, where the water was extreme ly swift and ran from 5 to 88 fet over the tracks, for a distance of about a mile. In this place, a large part of the track was washed completely away. No telegraph poles are reported down, but many of them are out of sight un der the water. The operators near the bridge re port that three men were taken off the Meramec River bridge in a boat after they had been marooned there. The men were bridge workers and had gore there to re-enforce the struc ture against the stream. Before the water rose so high, other persons were on the bridge at the same time. - As the waters rose, the skiff which the bridge men had used, was taken by strangers who rowed away in it leav ing the bridge workmen marooned on the structure in the midst of a rag ing torrent more than a mile wide that threatened to take the bridge out at any moment. Their summons for aid to the work men on the north side of the water gap between dry land and the bridge, fi nally brought a party of men out to them in a boat. As the refugees got aboard the skiff it was nearly capsized twice, but after several narrow escapes in the swirling Negroes Spilled When Auto Hits Them and William Bock in Ditch. Three automobile collisions jarred traffic to and from Jackson last night, and while four machines were put out of commission no one was injured. Two large machines, which could have been no more crippled by a dash through Poland, are standing beside the Jackson road just back of the Fairgrounds, were deserted shortly be fore 3 o'clock this morning, but their owners have not as yet been identi fied. The occupants of one of the autos were negroes, according to autoists who passed shortly after the collision. The machines struck head-on and the fronts and wheels of both were smash ed. The drivers of the two machines climbed out of the wrecks and began to tongue-lash each other, each deny ing he was to blame for the accident. After threatening to pummel each other, they arranged a compromise and walked into the city. Upon reaching town one of the men telephoned the Haynes Motor Com pany and requested that a machine be sent out to the scene of the wreck and tow in the cripples. But the big Haynes car had also been out on the Jackson road and it met disaster. Theodore Heise, the chauffeur, who was driving the ma chine, said he attempted to go round another car, several miles from this city, and struck a buggy driven by a farmer. The light from the approach ing auto, he said, blinded him and he struck the rig without seeing it. The farmer sustained the loss of one tug, but the automobile was smashed. One of the front lights was broken, an axle was sprung, the mud fenders were flattened and it is be lieved to have been internally hurt. Heise was able to drive his auto back into the city, but the machine was so badly crippled that it could not tow another car. When he told the men who wer ein the smash-up at the Fairgrounds his story of hardluck, they decided to wait until this morn ing to bring in their cars. William Bock, who also was headed for Jackson, met with a mishap just two miles from the county seat. He was bowling along at a safe clip, and as he started round a curve, two bright lights flashed into his face. In his ef forts to avoid a collision, he made his machine climb a high bank and when it reached the top, it decided to go on over which it did. Mr. Bock and a companion were badly frightened, but uninjured. They walked into Jackson and rode back to the Cape in a rented car. Mr. Bock's machine spent the night in the ditch, but was not badly damaged. ESCAPED "TRUSTIES" CAUGHT Bloodhounds Trap Negroes Who Fled from Missouri Penitentiary. Jefferson City, Mo., Aug. 21 Two negro "trustees" escaped from the power house of the Penitentiary this afternoon. The men, Claude Hutson and How ard Donahue, both sent from Buchan an County last year, were caught in . barn near Osage City late today. They were run down by the prison blood hounds. waters, they finally got ashore. Simultaneous with the rise in the Mississippi River, the Ohio also has come up considerable, according to re ports. The effect of the combined floods at Cairo is apprehensive. Frisco trains from St. Louis have been re-routed over the Cotton Belt line to Thebes where a crossing is ef fected and the trains backed up to thi Cape. Similarly the northbound trains come to the Cape and back down be fore crossing over. A sub train has been put into service in the day time for the traffic between the Cape and St. Louis as far north as it is possible to run. The Hoxie train yesterday was not able to go its entire route and was forced to return in the evening early. Early yesterday morning the Steam er Stacker Lee coming north from Memphis carried several stranded pas sengers on to St. Louis. The discon tinued through service over the Mer amec bridge greatly disarranged the mail deliveries in the Cape. Babe's Mother Walks 50-foot Tree Trunk to Safety Over Torrent. The story of how he saved his son and the latter's wife and 2-year-old baby from being drowned while asleep in their home in the Bear Creek vallev last Friday night when the water rose several feet to their home within a few hours, last night was related at the Terminal Hotel by A. C. King, of Zalma, drainage contractor. The young wife and her child were rescued from the flood after a thrill ing trip a half mile long up to the men's waists in water. The road to safety for the mother and baby lay over an old-fashined foot-bridge made of a tree trunk thrown over a deep ravine and spanning a place 50 feet wide where the waters swirled more than 15 feet deep and a mis-step meant death. King, who is in charge of the work of clearing part of the right-of-way for the drainage canal in the vicinity of Zalma, Greenbrier and Brownwood, Friday afternoon went to Brownwood where he met a friend working on the ditch, who told him of the rising water in Bear and Perkins creeks that ha been forecasted. It has been rumored that the water in Bear Creek was rising more than a foot an hour. King declared he imme diately thought of his son's family on his own farm opposite Greenbrier, about 8 and a half miles away. He hired a railroad hand-car and two men to aid him, and together the men set out to run a race against the high water which was approaching, en deavoring to reach his son's home in time to warn him of his danger and get away before the flood arrived. He had telephoned to his home in Zalmo before leaving Brownwood. When they arrived in Grienbrier, the three men sprang from their hand-car into water that was swirling about their hip-bocts and rising rapidly They crossed to King's farm as night fall was coming on, and on their ar rival at the farm yard, the water was approaching the house. The place appeared deserted. They investigated the stable and found the stock there. Their first presumption was that a warning had come and the son, Otto King, had escaped with his wife and child. The elder King, however, went to the window of the house and shining his lantern inside the bedroom, saw the three sleeping. He aroused the son and quickly ad vised him of the approaching danger. Two of the men, together with the husband, then started from the house with Mrs. King and the elder King's grandson, 2-year-old Ryan, in the arms of one of the men. The water then was more than a foot deep. The elder King remained at the house to care for the stock left behind. The party was making toward a high bluff several hundred yards away where they Would be safe from the flood. The bluff was separated from the bottom land by a deep ravine at the bluff's foot. The ravine was about 50 feet wide and 15 feet deep. A foot-bridge had been made across this place by felling a large hickory tree on the edge of the ravine, so that the branches of the tree fell on the top of the bluff. The bridge made more usable by stretching a wire across as a hand-rail. It sloped at a 45 degree angle. As the young husband and wife ap proached the bridge on the edge of the ravine, the elder King saw a wall of water three feet high approaching. He and his companions raced across the distance from the house to the foot bridge ahead of the water wall to warn the party. The flood overtook them before they reached the bridge and all waded waist deep to the end of the bridge. The end of the tree was buried in the water. As the party approached the place where they believed the end of the log bridge should be, they formed a human chain by clinging to one another for safety. They had no way of telling where the edge of the ravine was and the 15-foot step-off. When they were a short distance away, a man named Dolph Bullinger, crawled down on the foot-bridge from the top of the bluff and waded out on the water-covered end as far as he Mayor Sends Fleet of Latf'nches to Rescue People From Water. (By Telegraph to The Tribune) St. Louis, Aug. 20 Eight persons, it was estimated by the police late to night, are dead here as the result of a severe wind and rain storm which has continued for eighteen hours. Five hundred persons are marooned in the upper floors of their homes and on roofs of street cars and the lives of many of them are in danger. More than seven inches of rainfall have been recorded and the precipitation still continues. Railroad service on the Missouri Pacific and Frisco, which run through the southeastern part of the city, which is inundated, has been discon tinued. Water from River Desperes has swept over the Wabash railroad tracks and two incoming trains were stalled several miles from the Union Station. Sewers in East St. Louis proved in adequate to carry off the downpour and a large portion of the city is now under water. The worst flood in the history of Belleville, with a damage of $500,000, was caused by the Richland Creek overflowing and inundating hundreds of houses. (By Telegraph to The Tribune) St. Louis, Aug. 20 The record rain fall of 7.02 in the past twenty-four hours in St. Louis and vicinity has been followed by the flooding of a vast section of West, North and South St. Louis, with a property damage of $1, 250,000. Weather Forecaster Hays is sued a warning tonight that the Mis sissippi would attain a flood stage of 30 feet by morning from Grafton to Chester, 111. At a late hour tonight the River Des Peres, which runs through the western outskirts of the city, is rising at the rate of six inches an hour, and people living in adjacent territory are fleeing from their homes to places of safety. The levees at Wood River, 111., gave way at 5:30 this afternoon and 300 men employed at the plant of the Western Cartridge Company and about one hundred employes of the Equitable Powder Company, in East Alton, narrowly escaped being caught in the wall of rushing water. The loss to the two companies is estimated at more than $250,000. Water rushed through the town of East Alton tonight, tearing down houses, barns and sheds which were in its path. Mayor Beall of Alton to night received telephone calls from East Alton, asking that skiffs and mo tor boats be sent there to help rescue hundreds of persons who were m.n- rooned. It could not be learned wheth er East Alton suffered any loss of life. could rali. go, clinging to the wire hand- The elder King thrust himself for ward feeling out the ground to the end of the bridge. He carried the baby in his arms. When he was within reaching dis tance of Bullinger, he held the child out in one hand toward Bullinger, steadying, himself in the rushing wa ters by clinging to his son behind him. Bullinger reached out from the log bridge and grasped the child. For a few perilous moments he worked him self around on the log and began the slow and breath-catching journey to the top of the log foot-bridge. As he reached the top and stepped off to the bluff, the husband and wife gave a cry of relief. The father then announced that it was the wife's turn to go up the foot bridge over the raging flood beneath. The men carefully approached the end of the log and braced themselves so as to afford her protection as she mount ed the end of the log. She then made her way up the tree trunk to safety where her child rested in the arms of Bullinger. The husband and father then return ed to the home, where, with the men. the elder King had hired on his way down from Brownwood, they rescued the stock and took care of the home. The water was deep inside the house before it began to reced the next day and released them. King last night declared that corn in the Castor River valley from Green brier 10 miles north, has been totally destroyed. The bottom lands there , Dance, Play Cards and Sing They tell Russell Dearmont, Who Escapes. Five young society girls with thei chaperon and young men accompany ing them, all campers from Cape Gir ardeau, are marooned in club house on the banks of the Current River near Doniphan, Mo., as a result of the heavy storm and flood that has raised the river far out of its banks. The party is quartered in a club house which nestles hierh amone the hills along the Current River, but the only means of egress left open to the campers is by boat over a tortuous course in the river whose current doubly swift. IS The party went to the club house as guests of Clint Murray, postmaster at Doniphan, a week ago last Sunday They had intended to remain at the club one week. Murray had obtained the privileges of the club exclusively for his guests that week. In the party were Miss Ruth Gienn Miss Rose Leming, Miss Mary Grif fith, Miss Barrett and Miss Weber, witn an aunt or juss ijrittith as chaperon. The men were in addition to Murray, Dr. F. D. Rhodes, L. L. Al bert, William Leming. itusseii uearmont nad made ar rangements to join the party a couple days later in the week, having been detained in the Cape on business. He was unable to get away till late in the week, when the storm had set in that developed into the typhoon that drenched the entire Mississippi Val ley. When Mr. Dearmont reached Doni phan and prepared to proceed to the club house, it was raining in a down pour. The river was rising and the current was dangerously swift. The only way of going was by small boat or skiff. He proceeded a short distance, but returned. On his return to Doniphan he was able to get a telephone connec tion through to the club house and ex plain the cause of his absence. Over the telephone the members of the party assured him that they were enjoying the treat at the club. Card games, music and dancing were favorite diversions. Dearmont subsequently had conver sations with them after the fury of the storm had been increased am learned everyone was safe. He then returned to the Cape. Yesterday afternoon he received telegram from one of the men saying the flood river had marooned the par ty and they will be Unable to get away for another day or two. All members of the party were safe and in gooci spirits, the wire indicated. Dearmont was requested to notify the parents of each of the girls in the encampment. "JIMMY" BURGLAR GETS $22 FROM BRINKOPF STORE After scaling an 8-foot fence, smashing a window in the rear of the Al Brinkopf Furniture store at 5 Broadwav and "jimmving" open the cash register, a lone burglar early yes terday morning escaped with about $22 cash. The window opening from the office in the rear part of the store building had been broken with a half a brick, the upper sash lowered to afford an entrance. The burglar apparently could not make the cash register con trivances open the drawer, so rum maging about in a workroom in the rear, he obtained a chisel which he used as a "jimmy" and forced the drawer. The register was cleaned of money. The man departed through the window by which he had gained an entrance. The robbery was not discovered till yesterday morning when Mr. Brin kopf and his clerks opened the store for work. It is believed the robbery was "pulled off" after the patrolman had retired from the Broadway beat. had contained magnificent crops, he declared. King's brother, Charles King at Zal ma, lost 500 bushels of wheat in the flood there. He explained that his experience with flood corn in former years shows that it takes but a short time for the water to sour the ears. Once the corn has been soured by being soaked in the flood waters, it is good for nothing but hog feed. Current Overwhelms Rowboat On Southeast Missouri River. While attempting to cross the swol len St. Francois River in a row boat at Hodge's Ferry, Monday, the wife of Jesse Briekett, a woodsman, was drowned, ami he ami his one-month old baby had a thrilling escape. The body of Mrs. Briekett was not recovered. Briekett saved himself and his baby by seizing a tie on the Frisco Railroad trestle as the boat was swept beneath it, and dragging himself to the top of the bridge. Mrs. Briekett, at her lius band's command, grabbed hold of the bridge, but the swift current forced her loose and she disappeared beneath the surface of the water and was never seen again. Paul B. Leming, the well known Cape Girardeau lumber man, who has been at his big lumber plant at Rom bauer, returned last night with the story of the tragedy. While he did not witness the drowning, the graphic story was told him by eye witnesses. "Briekett and his family drove from their home in the hills to Hodge's Fer ry to inspect the high water," said Mr. Leming. "The river was rising rapidly, and Briekett was curious to discover the depth of the stream. The gauge was located on the opposite side of the stream, and a rowboat was the only means of getting across. "At his suggestion, Mrs. Briekett climbed into the craft, then he entered with their infant. He turned the boat and started for the opposite side of the wide and swiftly flowing river. He had gone but a short distance when he found the current was too swift to be safe and he attempted to turn back. "But before he could paddle out of danger zone, the speed of the water carried the rowboat into the middle of the stream, and in spite of his strenuous efforts to drive through the current, the craft began floating down the stream at a dangerous rate. "He knew that the speed of the wa ter and the eddies made his position a precarious one. When he railroad trcsth?, which spans the river a short distance below Hodge's Ferry, came in sight, he took charge of the baby and told his wife to prepare to catch hold of the trestle and save herself as the boat drifted beneath it. "The water was within three feet of the railroad bridge, and as the boat passed under the span, he raised from his sitting posture and seized a tie and shouted to his wife to do like wise. "She swung on a projecting tie just as he pulled himself and babe to the top of the bridge. As she grabbed hold of the bridge, the boat drifted out from under her and she clung to the tie and struggled desperately to draw herself to the top of the bridge. But the task was more than she could mas ter, and her grip broke and she fell back into the stream while her hus band was shouting instructions to her. "The woman sank and never ap peared again on the surface. Men who were nearby hurried to the scene and made efforts to locate her body, but their efforts were to no avail." The flood has wrought untold dam age to crops in the valley of the St. Francois and Black rivers, Mr. Lem- ng informed The Tribune last night. The Black River has broken out of its confines and has inundated great fields of grain, Mr. Leming states, and the flood now renders the corn worth - ess. In the vicinity of Hodge's Ferry, where Mrs. Briekett lost her life. fields of corn are under water. Hodge's Ferry is located on the St. Francois River about fifty miles south of Cape Girardeau. The big Leming lumber mills are ocated at Rombauer, a short distance from Hodge's Ferry. Mr. Leming stated last night that the water had not reached his mills, but it was with- n a short distance of the plant. 300 DEAD IN TEXAS STORM (By Telegraph to The Tribune) New York, Aug. 20 The New York Journal tonight received the following message from Gov. Ferguson of Tex as: "I estimate the loss of life in the Galveston storm will not exceed three hundred on the entire coast. From the best information obtainable, I es timate the property damage at $5,000,- 000."