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VOLUME 1. NUMBER 38.
KANSAS CITY'S TIGHT FOR tlffi INSATIABLE RIVER STOUTLY HOLDING ITS OWN AND LIT- TLE HOPE IN SIGHT. CITY IS ITTtRLY HELPLESS PRACTICALLY AT THE MERCY OF THE FIRST FIRE THAT BREAKS OUT. NUMBER Of THE DEAD MOT KNOWN DANGER NOW IS THAT FOUNDA- TIONS OF BUILDINGS MAY BE UNDERMINED. Kansas City, June 3.With gas and electric lights extinguished, the water works shut down and the city prac tically at the mercy of the first fire that shall break out with railroad transportation feeble and uncertain, Kansas City may, if the waters do not recede within the next two or three days, 'be compelled to fight for her very life. The skies are dark and loweringthe rain is falling heavily more stormy weather is sweeping up from the west, and the insadahi river is stoutly holding its OWJ. It is prac tically stationary now, but what the flood has it keeps, and there is no cer tain promise of when it will recede. Chief Connor of the weather bureau says that while the outlook was for continued rains, it would necessitate a very heavy fall if the present high water is to continue. However, wheth er this will come or not is something he cannot tell. The first authentic information from Kansas City, Kan., was received last, night. In that district 20,000 People Are Homeless. A number which cannot be estimated have been drowned, and the property loss is heavy. The situation there is a parallel to the situation here, appar ^'entry no better'and no worse. There is no great probability that there will be further loss of life if the river does not rise very suddenly. All through the wholesale district and in the east and west bottoms there are people still in housesmany of them anxious to be taken awaya goodly number of them content to remain where they are, with all the ohaLces of the flood. The police have done \,ciders in rescuing people, and have p-obably brought 250 of them safeW to high ground since sunrise yesterduj. It is utterly impossible, to form %h-j esti mate of the dead in Kansas city. There have been manifold stories of how boats, laden with people have been seen to sinkthere have been ort without end of bodies seen floacmg by on wreckageof men who have tried to drive wagons laden with their household goods Against Certain Death inNthe swift current and gone down in the flood. The majority of these stories lack proof, however, and even if true, the proof may never be had. There is no possible was of getting at the names of the dead, and no chance of forming any estimate that can confidently be termed accurate, it 'S likely, however, that the number of fatalities in Kansas City, Mo., will ap proach fifty. Down in the wholesale district peo ple at dusk were waving white cloths to attract attention. The condition of some of these is pitiable. They '.ave been held prisoners for two days, threatened with death by drowning at one time by fire, and for the most part without food, and for twenty-four hours without drinking water. Every effort is being made, and they will all be saved to-day, unless the water rises more, and this seems improbable. The financial damage is about^as great now as it is likely to become, un less the water rises much higher than at present. The Great Danger is that foundations may be under lined and buildings with their con tents toppled over into the flood. How ever, the situation is no worse than it was yesterday morning, and buildings .that have withstood the flood all day 'have an excellent chance of holding out for some time against anything the river might bring against them. There has been no suffering in the city beyond that sustained by the peo ple driven from their homes. There has been excellent work don? by the local relief committees, and those in control of this work are confident that the city will be able to care for its own without calling upon the balance of the state. Every demand has promptly been met thus far. and the only danger seems to be in a long continued stage of high water. Then, necessarily, the demand will exceed the ability of Kansas City to snupply. Floods Are Abating. Kansas City. June 3. Disnatches from scores of towns in Kansas last night report the floods abating, though rain is still falling in some places. Improvement in Nebraska. Lincoln, Neb., June 3. The flood situation is greatly improved in Lin coin. The water in the western low lands is between" five and six feet be low the high water point of Saturday, I and some of the drowned-out residents have moved back to their homes not withstanding -the intermittent showers during yesterday. A short distance outside of Lincoln conditions are still Daa and railroads are making little el fort to run trains on regular schedules. Yesterday was the fifteenth day, with one exception, of rainfall. Crops Completely Destroyed. Lincoln Center, Kan., June 3.The Saline river is from two to five miles in width and crops in this valley are completely destroyed for a distance of at least a hundred miles. In Lincoln county alone the loss will sum up to several hundred thousand doUars. and may exceed a million. The western part of Lincoln Center is submerged and it was only with the greatest dif ficulty that the residents were res cued. Rivers Are Receding. Des Moines, Iowa, June 3.Both the Des Moines and the Raccoon rivers continue to recede rapidly, the stage cf the Des Moines being below twenty feef. The East Des Moines business section flooded Sunday is free from water and conditions are rapidly be coming normal in this lowlying whole sale and manufacturing district. The various relief bureaus are caring for all the sufferers. Miles of Territory Submerged. Keokuk, Iowa, June 3.The Egyp-1 tian levee, five miles, below here, is I broken in twenty different places and water is running through the streets of Alexandria. Territory ten by twem ty miles in Clark county, Mo., bottoms is submerged. Inhabitants on the roofs firing guns for help. A govern ment boat and men have been sent to the scene from here. No loss of life has been reported. Corn and other crops have been destroyed. Five Hundred Homeless. Des Moinos, Iowa, June 3.Advices from Eddyville, fifty miles below here stated that every house in the town is actually under water and that busi ness housed are submerged fr6m one to six feet. Five hundred are home less. Relief is being sent from Oska loosa. AN IMPORTANT DECISION. Supreme Court, Disposes of a Consti tutional Question. Washington. June 3.By a vote of five to four the supreme court yester day decided another important ques tion involving the application of the Federal Constitution to our new pos sessions. The case gave the oppor tunity for the expression of some ad ditional opinions by members of the court as to whether the Constitution followed the flag. It involved the le gality of the conviction of.an alleged murderer in Hawaii, who had not been indicted by a grand jury, and had been convicted by a majority instead of all the trial jury, after the insular pos sessions had been annexed to the United States, but before it was for mally taken in as a territory. The Constitution of the United States pro vides that there shall be indictment by a grand jury and that the trial Jury'3 verdict shall be unanimous the law of Hawaii required no grand jury indict ment and permitted a majority of the trial jury to convict. Congress in l)8 agreed to the annexation of the Ha waiian island by joint resolution which provided that laws not contrary to the Constitution of the United States were to remain in force until congress otherwise determined. The question presented to the supreme court was whether the alleged mur derer's conviction by a majority of a jury while Hawaiian laws still applied was contrary to the American Const!-1 tutionai provision that the jury's ver-' diet must be unanimous. The court de-1 cided* that under the circumstances the conviction by "a^majority of the jury was legal. The case -was the most important decided by the su preme court since the decisions in the Porto Rico and Philippine cases. HEART BLOWN OUT. Wealthy Young Man Turns Burglar and is Shot Dead at First Attempt. Wheeling, W. Va., June 3. Albert Hodgkiss, aged tw.enty-six. a membrr of a prominent family, was shot as he entered the home of Charles Klevis, engineer on Mozart Park incline. Well dressed, with a pistol and bottle of chloroform in his pocket, he was pro ceeding quietly to the family's sleep ing apartments when Klevis fired at him with both barrels of a shotgun, blowing out his heart. Hodgkiss nad just been mafried. His aged father, in a hospital for treatment to remove blindness, is ""heartbroken and may die. Hodgkiss had plenty of money, and his turning burglar cannot be ex plained. Gasoline Starts a Blaze. Larrabee, Iowa, June 3. The ex plosion of a gasoline stove set fire to the home of C. J. Caston, just north of town. The building and all it con tained were burned No insurance. THE DAILY PIONEER LOSS Or LIFE EXAGGERATES NOW THOUGHT THAT NOT MORE TWENTY-FIVE ARE DEAD AT TOPEKA. EXCITEMENT STARTED RIM0R3 MANY WHO WERE SEEN TO FALL INTO THE WATER LATER TURN UP ALIVE. GREATEST DANGER IS SICKNESS WATER IS SLOWLY FALLING AND THE WORST IS THOUGHT TO BE OVER. Topeka, Kan., June 3.Water in the Kansas river had gone down fourteen inches at 6 o'clock last night and was falling at the rate of half an inch an hour. From Manhattan comes the re port that the watef there is slowly falling. At Wamego the same condi tions prevail and it is now reasonably certain that the waters here will steadily recede. It is admitted by the police that the number of dead is un known. Reports Sunday which placed the dead at 200, have ^een exagger ated. In the excitement all sorts of rumors have come in. Men have seen persons fall into the water and taken it for granted that those persons were drowned. Often the persons turn up alive and tell of a rescue. Some of these persons are still missing. It may be days before a trustworthy list is made. It is now thought that not more than twenty or twenty-five are dead. The distress of the sufferers Is al leviating. Those who are still iu North Topeka are receiving food and they are in no danger unless It be from sickness. Danger of Contagion. There is a possibility that there will be a spread of contagious diseases. People of all classes are huddled to gether in houses not large enough for them, and on all sides they are sur rounded by water. Doctors and medi cal relief cannot reach sufferers to any great extent. Yesterday afternoon a case of diphtheria was reported from the woolen mill in North Topeka, where there are a large number of children. There is also a oa&e or two of scarlet fever among the refugees on the North side. Hundreds of cases of measles are prevalent among the chil dren, who are exposed to cold and dampness. The possibility of an epi demic is the most serious thing the city must contend with. The phys icians of the city, under the direction of the city health board, are 'Making Heroic Efforts to cnecK the threatened calamity, rn this work they are well aided by the health boards of the state and county. An emergency board of health has been appointed by the mayor to co operate with tne city physician in quelling the disease which will result from the flood. The board organized, electing Dr. L. Y. Grubbs president. Dr. Grubbs says that the sanitary con dition of North Topeka when the water shall go down will be in such a condition that the place will not be fit to be inhabited for some months to come. He says he thinks the best plan would be to get tents from the state and establish a tent city on some plot of high ground. Provisions of all sorts are becoming scarce in Topeka. No freight trains have entered the city for several days and a large quantity of groceries were destroyed in North Topeka. There will not be enough for the people to eat if this situation lasts much longer. It is charged that certain of the mer chants have Formed a Combination paf^cft? ^uiurviiiug UlU prices on provisions. A prominent miller said: 'We do not intend, and have not in tended, to raise the price of flour, no matter what the grocers are thinking of doing. We do not wish to ma*ke any money out of a calamity." It is reported that a local commis sion firm bought up all the potatoes in town last Saturday and advanced the price 50 cents a bushel. It will be at least a week before freight trains from the east can enter Topeka. and perhaps longer. An ef fort will be made to secure a stock of provisions from the smaller towns to the south. The people of Topeka have responded loyally to the calls for supplies and shelter for the needy and the home less. Up to the present time the reiief committee has had no trouble at all to supply what clothes are necessary and to feed all the hungry. LIVES CRUSHED OUT IN A WINK 'BIG COTTON MILLS DESTROYED.! BURYING PEOPLE UNDER i THE RUINS. MANY BUILDINGS BLOWN DOWN TWO HUNDRED BUILDINGS DE.- MOLISHED AND MANY OTH- ERS DAMAGED. Gainesville. Ga June 3.Just alter the noon hour yesterday the city of Gainesville was struck by a terrific tornado, killing probably one hundred persons, unroofing the City hotel, otli er large buildings and destroying the Gainesville cotton mills. The greatest loss of life is reported in the desi ruc tion of the cotton mills, where about eighty persons are reported killed and scores injured. Eighteen persons were killed in the city between the center of town and the railroad sta tion, where four large stores were blown down. The fctorm had driven many persons into these stores for refuge. There were Five Hundred Persons at work in the cotton mill when the tornado struck. The mill was a three story building. The first story was left standing but badly wrecked. The second and third floors were com pletely demolished, and the employes were caught under the wreckage and mangled. It is estimated that there are at. least seventy-five bodies wilder the wreckage of the third floor, and it is not known how uany persons' on the second floor of the buihh.ig were killed. The Southern uepoj. \.as blown down. The Gainesville iron works were demolished and several people Perished in the Wreck. Tir1 Gainesville cotton oil mills were blown down. The old Piedmont hotel, now used as a school and apartment house, was razed and half a dozen or more people were killed in it. The Richmond hotel was wrecked and sev eral perished along with it. One hun dred and twenty-five cottages, a school house arid a church were blown away in the negro section of the town. Five brick stores on the main street were swept away. In all 200 buildings are demolished here. The tornado went from Gainesville to New Holland and it is believed" many people wen- killed thej Neither the Arlington hotel nor Brenati college was in the track of the tornado, and they are therefore safe with their occupants. The property losses, it. is estimated, will reach about $500,000. WRIGHT MUST GO BACK. United States Supreme Court Refuses Writ of Habeas Corpus. Washington, June 3. The United States supreme court yesterday re fused to grant a writ of habeas corpus in the case of Whitaker Wright, who is in custody in New York awaiting ex tradition on .charges of fraud made in England. The opinion affirms the de cision of the United, Slates circuit court for the Southcrri^istrict of Sew York, which held that the crime al leged against Wright is an extradita ble offense under the terms of the treaty between the United Sta'es and Great Britain. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, li'03. TEX CENTS PER WEEK. Gilt Edge Dairy Butter UNDRED ARE KILLED TERRIFIC TORNADO STRIKES THE CITY OF GALESVILLE, GEORGIA. gEMIDJI MERCANTILE TO OFFERS TO THE TRADE TODAY Oranges and Lemons Strictly FirstClass Cream- strictly Fresh Eggs, Guar- ery Butter SomeNewTeasand Coffees DAVID C. SMYTH, Mgr. Phone 215 laeasaai^scs^^ PREMIER IS DISMISSED. Opposition Lender Called Upon to Form a Cabinet. Victoria. B'. C, June 3. -Col. Pryor was dismissed by Lit lit. Gov. Sir Henry Jol yeTsterflay and Inter RUii ard McBride, member for Leltu and leader of the opposition, wan culled upon to form a ministry. The dis missal of the premier, was chre to nis connection with the contract to supply the cable for Shimrioy creek bridge, which was supplied by his firm. The opposition alleged Wrongdoing In th*^ manner in which the contract was so cured. REBELS ARE ACTIVE. Chinese Have a Party of Two Hun dred French Citizens Surrounded. Paris. June A dispatch from Saigone, capital of i-'roneh-lndo-China, I says Gov. (len. Bean has been de tained in Tonquin by the serious con- I dltlons prevailing In the adjoining Chinese province of Yun-Nan, where the rebellion is Spreading. Two bun dred Fr mch eiii/jy| are surrounded at Yun Nan l'u aiur the Mong-tse rail road works are interrupted. Many Moors Were Killed. Saida, Algeria! Juno 3.It Is official ly stntod that the Moorish tribesmen had fifty-six killed and twenty wound ed in their attack on M. Jonnart, gov ernor general of Algeria, near Figuig, Saturday. Train Will Live. Stamford, Conn., June 3. It is re- I ported at the Isolation camp that Geo. Francis Train will get well, although as the disease progresses his eccen-| trlclties become more pronounced, and It is hard to koep him quiet. RED RIVER SURVEY. Maj. Hoxie Is Taking the Levels for the Government. Fargo, N. 1)., June 3.Maj. Hoxio of i the government survey Is taking the levels for the survey of the Red river valleey ordered by the government some years ago, and for which the til- i State Drainage association has been working for some months. Congress appropriated $10,000 for the purpose .ml the matter seemed to have been orgotten for some months till recent gitation started the department. WAS COLD-BLOODED. Men, Women and Children MjrJerea by the Turkish Troops. Constantinople, June in spite of official statements to the c.ont reiv, the consular reports maintain thai the were no revolutionists at SmT(i south of Lake Presba, May 21, at the time the turkish troops attacked .hat place, and assert that 200 of the in'- habitants men, women and children.* were massacred in cold blood by Basil I Ba/.ouks. The porte has ap pointed a commission of inquiry to in vestigate the consular statements. Shot His Father. Bloomingt'ui, III., June :',.-The po lice have arrested Darwin Seymour, a youth "of sixteen, charged with assault with intent to murder his father, E, L. Seymour, a well known resident of this city. The eider Seymour was shot three times. The boy declares he thought his father was a burglar. The police say the shooting was inten tional. Identity of Suicide. La Crosse, Wis., June 3. The girl who mysteriously committed suicide at Madison was found to be Mae De Grote of Spring Valley, Minn., a for mer student here. Old Settler Dies. Madelia, Minn., June 3. August Bensel. aged seventy, is dead. De ceased was one of the early settlers of Madelia. coming here in 1858. He carried the mail across the country in 1859 and I860. A widow and five chil dren mourn his loss. New Groceries Arriving Daily anteed Goods Delivered Promptly Anywhere in City MASKED MEN BLOW UP DAM. Destroy Chengwataha Property Near Pine City. IMno City, Minn.. June 3. The Chengwata'ia dam was blown out at l::ln o'clock yesterday morning by a party of disguised men. who, after overpowering the two watchmen, ex ploded live charges o( dynamite. le MteytMl two of I lie main gatefrj greater dampse being averted by the failure ef several charges to explode. The watchmen were us,ed rather roughly after thej surrendered, and their lives wore threatened should they reveal the identity of any of the dynamiters. liiu against the dam 1ms run high amongst farmers for months past, and severii I anti-dam meetings have been held (if h:te, where the abolition of the dam had been strenuously advocated. GOES TO AN ASYLUM. Steagald Is Not Permitted to Return to Illinois. Sioux Falls, S 1. June Judge Jones of the state circuit courUyester day declined to liberate Henry A. Stcagal'd, who was on Saturday night acquitted by a jury of the murder of Franli Bowen at Benclare He was re manded to the custody of the sheriff, with the recommendation that the county board of insanity examine into his present mental condition. The in sanity boaTO examined him and de tided that he would be art unsafe per son to be nt large. Ho will, therefore, be sent to the state hospital for tho Insane at Yankton. Relatives In South ern Illinois had agreed 16 care for him if he was given into t!i ir idy. EGAN'S BODY FOUND. Railroad Superintendent Who Was Lost While Hunting. Spokane, Wash., Jane 3.A private dispatch recelv- here yesterday an nounces that the body of Benjamin F. ISgan of the Great Northern railway, was found yesterday morning. Mr. ftgan, who was superintendent of the Kallspell division, started Into Ihe mountains near Helton, Mont., for a deer hunt early lust November He was never seen again, Searching parties spent weeks in looking for him without result. This spring the -earch was resumed arid lb'' body was found near Lake Five yesterday morn ing, a short distance from where he was last seen alive. POSTOFFICE LOOTED. Night Marshal Knows Nothing of the Thieves' Operations. Clear Lake, Wis., June -The post office at this (dace was burglarized Friday. The safe was blown open and looted, probably $~' in stamps and coin taken. There is no clue to tho burglars, who are thought to bo out side parlies, yho have operated along this line tor the past year. The village has a night marshal, but he seems to have b^en undisturbed. FAMILY SEES FATAL ACT. Woman Drinks Carbolic Acid and Quickly Passes Away. Prairie du Chien, Wis.-j. J,une 2Mrs. George Vogelsang?, aged about fifty, committed suicide-,by taking carbolic acid at her home in Bridgeport. Her husband, two sons and daughter wero present when the act was committed She draid tin con teats of a two-ounce phial before they were aware of what was happening and died ten minutes later. No motive is assigned. Boy Accidentally Killed. AppU.ton. Wis.. June 3A fatal ac cident occurred on W flam Helms' farm, a few miles nortl of this city. Mr. i lis was engaged ii loading some wood and his little five-year-old son was playing around the wagon. He had about filled the rack when the team waited forward, aud, staking the little boy, he was thrown down. The heavy load passed over his body. He lived nine hours.