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Greensburg, Pa.. July 7.A water
spout of immense proportions, striking
In the vicinity of Oakford Park yester
day afterncjn at 4 o'clock created a
flood that caused great loss of life and
property. It is known that at least
fifty persons lost their lives, and ru
mors place the number of dead at
more than 100. The majority were
drowned or had their lives beaten out
against the rocks in Brush creek,
but quite a number were electrocuted.
At 3 o'clock rain began to fall in
torrents in the vicinity of the park
and spread over a territory covering
probably ten miles. A half hour later
the cloudbirst occurred and the um
brellas carried by the crowds of peo
ple were crushed like eggshells. The
water in the lake of Oxford Park be
gan to swell and Manager James Mc
Grath, believing there was danger of
a final break in the great walls of the
dam, hurried
jamong the
Crowds of Pleasure Seekers,
who had gathered under the roofs of
the eating stands, the merry-go-round.
the theater, the dancing pavilion and
other buildings in line of the water if
the banns should break, and warned
"them to run to the hills. A half-hour
^ajter the buildings had been cleared
of the people the' water mounted the
walls of the dam and withia a few
minutes waters to the depth of five
feet were flowing over the entire
length of 400 feet of the wall. The
park, studded With buildings, the mer
fy-go-round, the laughing gallery and
Other amusement places were twisted
about, and all but the dancing pavil
ion and large lunch stands were
"wrenched from their foundations. The
rain continued to fall in torrents and
at 4 o'clock forty feet of the wall of
the dam to the east gave way with a
crash. When the dam broke a solid
wall of water twenty feet high rushed
down ana complettly filled the narrow
Tavine with its Cru tracks, barn and
restaurant. In front of the car barn
stood a car contai^ng from
Fifty to Seventy Passengers,
many of them seeking to return to
Jeannette, others using it as a tem
porary shelter. With the immense
body of water behind it, the crest of
the flood bore down with irresistible
force. As it swept down the narrow
ravine it carried with it the loaded
street car and the crowded resturant.
The floou was filled with men^women
and children struggling for their lives.
The poles carrying the heavily
charged trolley wires were uprooted
and strewn along the grounds. In a
number of instances how many is
not knownthe victims of the flood,
grasping for anything that might save
them from the fury of the water,
seized the trolley wires and met aeac
by being electrocuted instead of being
drowned. Several bodies have al
ready been recovered that showed
death was the result of this cause.
His Boat Overturns.
Red Wing Business Man Drowns
While Fishing.
Red Wing. Minn.. July 7. Jacob
.Sieg, a well known business man.
was drowned yesterday afternoon
while fishing .from a. skiff near Dia
mond Bluff. He lost his balance in
casting his line and the boat was
overturned. H. C. Kohn, who was
with him, went under the boat, and
when he came out he saw Sieg near
shore, swimming. When he looked
again Sieg was gone. He had been in
the wholesale liquor business for
years and was widely, known and in
excellent standing in the community.
He leaves a wife and children.
Engineer Checks His Train at Edge of
La Crosse, Wis.. July 7.While on
its way from Austin to this city the
Tegular passenger train on the South
ern Minnesota division cf the Milwau
kee road was buried beneath a land
slide near Hokah, which the engineer
saw coming in time to reverse his
engine and prevent a terrible wreck.
No one was injured, but the engine
and .fore part of the train was badly
Spearfish Grows.
Spearfish, S. D., July 7.The valu
ation of the city of Spearfish, accord
ing to the valuation placed by the city
assessor, is $365,892, or a gain of
$111,462 over last year. The board of
equalization made slight changes.
Killed in Collision.
Marine City, Mich., July 7.As the
result of a rear-end collision on the
Rapid railway, an interurban electric
line, three miles rrom here, George Ox
lord was crushed and died a short
lime after.
Hew Bishop Potter Filled Out an Of
ficial Form.
An army officer just returned from
the Philippines tells this story on
Bishop Potter.
When the bishop went out to Ma
nila a year or two ago, on his arrival
at the islands he was confronted by
a formidable list of about thirty
questions. The list, prepared by
Unci Sam for Chinese and native
Filipinos was nevertheless nbmit
tei impartially to all comers.
Gravely the bishop, as became his
respect of forms, wrote down his
name, age, occupation, place of birth.
He did not even smile as he wrote
"No" opposite the question "Have you
any 4fium?
But the last question was too much.
A look of mock pain crossed his fea
"Must I answer this?" he asked the
The examiner nodded.
And in the space opposite "Are
you a polygamist?" the bishop grave
ly wrote "Not yet."
Responsible for the Death of Many
American Soldiers.
Capt Charles Kieeffer, a United
States army surgeon, says the Phil
ippines are infested with mosquitoes
more troublesome an dangerous from
a medical point of view than those
that swarm in the Jersey swamps. A
strange malady known as filaria is
traced directly to them, and is com
mon among the American soldiers
quartered on the islands. Soldiers
contract the disease by drinking
Jwater from stagnant pools in which
the mosquitoes have laid their eggs.
The drst indication of fllarla ap
pears in the form of a worm in the
victim's thorax. This develops into
elephantiisis, which causes the pa
tient terrible pains, accompanied by
a constant cough. The sufferer la
worst at night, and the patient be
comes a prey to insomnia.
The only remedy lies in an opera
tion, which in itself is dangerous and
rarely successful. If the worm, which
is a female, is injured and dies
through the operation, its poison gets
into the blood, the disease is increased
a thousandfold aDd the chances of re
covery are small.
Those That First Set the Light In
Bristol, England, Ar the Best.
The birth of a litter of lions at
Haslemere Park, a private menagerie
in England, leads one of the English
papers to note a fact that has for long
puzzled biologists, and that is notori
ous among those who interest them
selves in the study of wild beasts in
captivity, this being that nearly all the
lion, tiger and leopard cubs born in
that country have a cleft palate, which
prevents them from being properly
suckled, and usually leads to their
premature death. But, beyond this, a
more astonishing t'*ct stilland one
that also greatly puzzles biologistsis
that which determines that of all the
wild animals born in England those
born in Bristol are regarded as the
finest and as the most likely to live.
So well known is this to professional
showmen and menagerie keepers that
"Bristol born" is a recognized brand in
tii wild animal trado
For Those With Stomach Habit.
A Philauelpbia baker is authority
for the assertion that the latest fad
of dyspeptics is bread made with sea
water, instead of fresh water. "It
has a saltier taste," he says, "than
we are accustomed to, but it is very
palatable. In fact, he Who likes salty
things is apt to like It better than
the other kind of bread. A physician
asked me about three mdrths ago to
make some of this bread for his
patients. At first I made six loaves
a day, but now I make thirty. My sea
water comes up to me from Atlantic
City three times a week. The dys
peptics who buy the bread say it is
the only kind they can eat fresh
without discomfort"
Lesson in Chaplain Milburn's Life.
It was of the late William H. Mil
burn, the blind preacher chaplaiut
ot the house, and afterward of the
Senate, that William R. Morrison
once said: "Mr. Milburn is a man
who fears God, hates the devil and
votes the straight ticket." Mr. Mil
burn's life illustrates what one can
do in tbe face of hardships. He was
totally blind before becoming of age,
but became a Methodist clergyman,
successful lecturer and author, keep
ing at his work until a few months
before his death at the age of eighty.
The newspapers were read to him
every day and he kept fully posted on
passing events.
Mrs. Morgan Not Fashionaole.
Mrs. J. Pierpont Morgan was "the
cynosure of all eyes" at the recent
election of the Colonial Dames at New
York. Contrary to the expectations
of those who did not know her it was
found that she dresses simply and
her cloth gown looked rusty. Her
black hat was small and shapeless
and a thick veil covered her face. The
decision of the women who siw her
was embraced in the word "frumpy."
Mrs. Morgan's disposition is exceed
ingly retiring and whenever she ap
pears in public she seems ill at ease.
Point of View.
"Hope springs eternal in the human
breast," remarked the person with a
mania for quotations.
"Yes," rejoined the morbid party,
"and I suppose that's why the pool of
disappointment is always slopping
Man Fooled His Wife on the Price,
But the Result Was Sad.
Banks knew very well that he could
not afford to pay $20 for a pair of
shooting boots, but he reasoned with
himself, after the sophistical jsanner
of those who knew the joys jtf ex
travagance, that his twice-a-year trip
to his Long Island club for two days
of duck shooting was really the only
Isxury he allowed himself and his
economies in other directions deserv
ed reward.
Bo Banks bought the boots, and
told his wife a nice little story about
a friend who had struck a bargain in
boots and had let him have a pair
"for practically nothing." The boots
were not worth much anyhow, he
carelessly explained, and congratulat
ed himself on having safely and
sagaciously handled a delicate situa
When Banks came back from his
next shooting trip he was tired and
sleepy, and threw his new boots, ail
muddy as they were, into a cloeet, te
be cleaned when he should have more
"And what do you think happened
to those boots!" he said two days
later to a group of sympathetic
friends on 'change. "A junk peddler
came* around the next day and my
wife sold him my $20 boots for fifty
cents. She knew they were of no
special value, as I had said so, and
thought she'd dome well to get fifty
cents for them."
"And what did you say?" asked one
man, betwixt pity and amusement.
"SayT What could I say?
came hysterical."New York
and Express,
Missed His Calling.
An Italian has been discovered on
a fruit ranch at Riverside, working
for $1.50 per day, who proves to be
an artist in sculpture of the highest
rank, and he has been set to work
completing tbe stucco finishing of the
interior of the Carnegie library build
ing. H.a name is Luigi Ianni, and
the only words in English he can
use are "You bet." He is now at
work on some Corinthian columns of
original design that are marvels as
works of art.Los Angeles Herald.
"Robbery," a New Magazine.
A magazine has been started In
Belgium to chronicle the doings of
the criminal world. It is called "Rob-
bery," and will appear quarterly. It
will contain accounts of famous
thefts in days gone by side by side
with descriptions of the most up to
date methods employed by thieves,
burglars, etc., though it is not to be,
so far as known aa organ of the
trade. Space will be also devoted to
Illustrating the various tools and in
stru -litfi user] by tbe craft on noc
turnal excursion's iu town and coun
"Sized Jp
I be
Mail i
Pierpont Morgan's Success.
Pierpont Morgan, who celebrated
his -sirty-sixt-hbirthday. i ecently,
achieved his greatest business suc
cesses r,ince he reached the three
score rr.-tik. He first became promi
nent in thn financial world about
twenty /ears ago. when he went to
Europe and successfully sold $25,000,-
000 worth of New York Central stock.
Yhls made the old financiers gasp.
By this piece of work Mr. Morgan
won ihe '"\sting friendship of the late
William fa. Vanderbilt and incidentally
cleared 1.000,000 for himself
HU Man.
Brother" Sheldon, author of
His Steps," has a sense of humor. He
Toils this story on himself of a young
couple who applied to him to be mar
ried. He performed the ceremony
with due solemnity and congratulated
the bride. Then he observed the
bridegroom searching through his
pockets and looking a bit humiliated
and ashamed. "I am afraid, parson,"
he said, "that I ain't got any money
co pay you with." Then, after a mo
ment of deep thought, looking up
cheerfully, he added: 3ut I can
tell you how to fix your gas meter so
It won't register."
Pessimism in the Sunny South.
Glory is but a transient dream that
gives color to a sleep bespri :gled with
illusions of greatness a i irage, glit
tering, bur. unsubstantial, hovering
above the oasis in the desert of life
at whose fountain many a weary trav
eler would quench his burning thirst
that he may press on t. grander
heights.Roanoke. Ya., Times.
International Rifle Shoot.
In the COP''petition under the man
agement oi" the English National Rifle
Association for the Palma trophy at
Bisley. each team must have eight
members, who shall use the national
military arm of the country it repre
sents, each member to have fifteen
shots, without artificial rest, at 800,
at 900 and at 1.000 yards, the bulls-eye
being thirty-six inches across.
Nearly Drowned in Cider.
Leo de Mille, a young farmer
Geneva, N. Y., was just starting
empty some cider from one barrel in
to another when the bung flew out,
striking him in the eye and render
ing him unconscious. The content*
of the barrel followed and the ycung
man was nearly drowned before he
could be rescued.
Veteran Actress in Splendid Health.
Fanny Herring, the actress who
charmed the audience of the Old Bow
ery Theater thirty or forty years ago,
celebrated her seventy-first bithday
recently. After nearly fifty years on
the stage she retired to her farm in
Connecticut, where she now lives in
the best of health.
Somewhat Remarkable Experience In
Duluth, Minn.
In a little wayside iua a small
station some fifty miles west of Du
luth a half-dozen men from various
places chanced to meet recently.
The conversation opened with a
remark concerning the weather, and
from that drifted easily to the se
verity of winters in the different
parts of the Northwest.
One man, who came from the Twin
Cities, told a sad story of frozen
water pipes and other household in
conveniences occasioned by toe frigid
weather there one February.
Another recounted a tale of suffer
ing endured by men and beasts on a
North Dakota prairie during a bliz
Stories ^ere thus told until five
of the group had contributed in
stances upon the subjeeL
Thece was a pause in the conver
sion until an Irishman, who sat a
little apart from the others, quietly
6moking a pipe, remarked: "Well, the
coldest winter Oi iver put in was
summer in Duluth.
TVie Art of the Palmist.
The girl who was the picture of
health' came out of the palmist's
booth with a startled expression on
her face. "Do you know," she said
to a bevy of girl friends"do, you
know, that palmist told tie I was in
perfect health. Now. you know, I'm
never ill but how .could ho tell that
from-looking at hand?" And her
fiten^s nrurmured, "How wonderful!"
Spread of Irrigation Works.
The goVernment is to begin the con
struction of irrigation works in five
localities. The Sweetwater dam, Wy
oming Mill river, Montana the Gun
nison tunnel, Colorado Truckee, Nev.,
and Salt river, Arizona. The cost of
the five plants is estimated at $7,000,-
000 and they are expected to furnish
water for 60,000 acres.
Two Masters.
In the primary class of a certain
Sunday school the lesson was being
reviewed by a visitor. When she
finally asked for the Golden Text, a
little boy on the back row eagerly
raised his hand and proudly repeated:
"We cannot serve God and women."
Little Chronicle.
Monster Cake a Feature.
At the ninety-ninth birthday cele
bration of the" Bible Society at the
Guildhall, London, a few days ago
the cake weighed ninety-nine pounds.
The cake is an institution among the i.
juvenile collectors, and a pound is
added to its weight every year.
Full OT Absentees.
There was a larger attendance than
asual in the "Ame" corner" at the
Fifth Avenue hotel, last night, and
these we-e some of the interesting
stories told: "Judge Gildersleeve," re
marked George W. Wanamaker, "was
telling the other night of a laughable
'bull' made by Maj. Leach, once fa
mous as the head of the Irish rifle
team. The judge was visiting in Ire
land and remarked: 'Major, is it true
that much of the trouble in this little
country of yours is caused by ab
sentee landlords?' 'It is, sir,' re
sponded the major. 'Sure, our little is
land is full of them.'"New York
Mail and Express.
The One Thing Wrong,
A foreigner went into one of Bos
ton's bi^ hotels one Suiiday morning
not long ago and asked for a typical
Boston breakfast. After some con
ference with the bead waiter an espe
cially nice breakfast was served, In
eluding of course codfish balls, brown
bread and pork and beans. The vlsitoi
ate with apparent relish, but aftei
some minutes summoned his man*
"These beans are delicious," he said,
"and the coffee could not be better,
but"pointing to the codfish ball
"you may remove the little bun.
There appear* to be bomething dead
in it."
Historic Portrait Spoiled.
Among the best portraits in the
white house previous to the recent
"renovation was that of Mrs. Benja
min Harrison by Daniel Huntington,
for many years America's foremost
portrait painter. In the "restoration"
this portrait has been rehung to suit
some modern interpretation of the
alleged original plan of the mansion
by George Washington. In doing this
the paint has been scratched and
scraped and in some important spaces
has been knocked off entirely. Worse
than this a hole about three inches
long has been punched in the canvas.
Pleasure in Doing Good.
Rev. A. P. Doyle of New York re
marked the other day: "A woman who
has an abundance of the good things
of this world appreciates them all th
more when she tries to uplift th
fallen or bring comfort to the heart,
broken, and it sweetens her enjoyment
of God's gifts. On the other/ hanA,
there is no more useless creature on
fjod's earth than the woaan of wealte
IIVM for herself alon*"
Columbia Is No More.
Crookston. Minn., May 14. The
writ of ouster has been served on the
Columbia county officials, and that or
ganization has ceased to exist. The
papers were served yesterday by Sher
iff Sullivan of Polk county.
His Suicide Succeeds.
Hastings. Minn.. May 14.The man
who attempted suicide near Etter a
few days ago died last evening at the
hospital here. He said he was Edward
Coffey and was of Mexican and Ameri
can parentage.
First Class Sample Roam.
D. Steece
The Sign Man
Is here to stay, and is prepared to do all
kinds of UTD-to-date Painting, Paperhang
ing, Free Hand Relief Work, Kalsomin
ing, Etc
Mac's Mint
Geo. McTaggart, Prop.
Choice Wines, Liquors
and Cigars.
Beltrami Avenue.
Bemidji, Minn
Choicest Brands.

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