Newspaper Page Text
Associated Press Exclusive Wire IXTY-SECONlJ VEAR NO. 133. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1913. TWELVE PAGES. FKICE TWO CEXTS. ARE THE ROCK ISXj HOME EDITION 39000 LOST IN FLOOD 200 SENT TO DEATH WHEN LEVEEGWES West Indianapolis is Cut Off From World Over Night. THOUSANDS HOMELESS Property Loss Will Reach $20, 000.000 Disaster at Oth er Indiana Points. South Bend, Ind., March 26. - -An official report received by p-aph service force the submerged Mayor GoetZ of South Bend to- ; towns to rely entirely on their own re cay was that 300 people were j HeB: , , . .v. . . J "ww helplessness of the state and drowned at Peru, Ind., that no ; rity to go to the aid of the outside suf-l-cdies had been recovered and i frf"r B ls accentuated by the hopeless that there was less than one block of the entire city not un otr water. liic.cUiujulis, Ind., March 26. The fri word from Indianapolis, cut off lit :i ii.e great ' st. Washington -;rtft bridge went out, last nikdit. came morning from an Associated Press hi i t'.sKitnl'.'nt, marooned there, who i' was g.-iieraliy estimated that at .o-l J"" persons were drowned when M'Trls stjeet levee broke Midi. .nabobs. Ind., March 2C. With I ". or nior liomelwtm. seven dead ..i 'I .i property lows of at least ..20,-ii'-i'.i.ii", Indiana ls experiencing the or--l IIim'iI ;i, ltn hlstorv. Irtua'.h the entire state ls one huge , !... li.ery brook, creek and river in i i .r iiig Ms toll of damage. j Public service corporations of the . .nr.. Mate are helpless, railroads and i . .. i t,... uon lines have canceb-d nearly all , 1...IIS Many cities are without fire j piotection and without llcht. i IIKUI" REM I E TIIOE TRAPPED. j Dwellers along streams devoted 1 their labors all day to rescuing those napped In thir homes and to remov- Iiirtilture and tnerchaudibt, to holier ground. Many reports of loss of life were re-1 i "ived, but few were verified, because iie service was parulyzed. Seven I ft pons are known to have been drown t 'I. two at Lafayette, three at N'ew ihtle. tine at Fratikfort and tmo at Kushville. Tiie appalling fwlftness with which ttii' waters arose caught the entire state- unprepured. Streams that were j brooks Luster morning became raging torrentb during the last 24 hours. Pernoiis who retired in apparently, s.ife homes at night were rescued in the morning from second story win- ; i'owb by means of boats, and lowlands that had been free from flood water be came vast lakes. i Conservative estimates place the : number driven out of their homes at lMi.noO. The property loss, it is said, will reach JIO.Oce.PiRl. These figures are made up from re- . pcrts received from towns and villug- 1 e- and do not Include the loss to farm- CIS. VICTIMS SI EPE R IN COLD. No hope for relief for the stricken state ls held out by the government weather bureau. "Rain and colder" is th, forecast for tonight and tomorrow. lVsldes higher water, untold suffer ing to the homeless will come with a drop In temperature Rescue work Is being carried on by volunteers, police, firemen and the national guard, and every place where there Is a dry home It has been thrown open to the flood refugees. Indianapolis Is In the gTlp of Its: worst flood. Street cars stopped run ning at noon, when the water and gas Hants were forced to suspend. Two .'hH liAt nlun'a are or-ratine, but ,- .... - . - ' ' i iav be compelled to cloe. Seven thousand persons were driven ! tihhhmik flee at Anderson. ! Locansport is entirely cut off from '-g an address by Mrs. Martin Little- to drive to Dayton with a horse a..d out of their homes In Indianapolis by i Green's branch at Anderson, ordl-' telephone and telegraph communica- ton of New York, wife of a former rep-' b'lRgT-i Th" "-' phone nran im-n'-:i-li-.e overflow from the White river. Ea- nar;!y a narrow stream, is a torrent. : t:on by the Eel and Wabash rivers, but rrsentative in congress, the house yes- ately "l in" on the lin lraiis' gle creek and Pleasant run. They are Thousands have been forced to desert niaa communication was possiM- un-, te-day adopted a resolution directing fitted the appeal, beinc cared for by charitable ins'itu- j their homes. Water burst through a ' til late this afternoon. Two deaths by Speaker McKinley to appoint a com-j another d1iTon report. tK-ns. the city and In private homes. , vra;i )nto the municipal light plant, and c'rowning were reported near Logans- mitte of five members to draft a me- Phonenton, Ohio, March 26 (Via The national guard ls patrolling the , n h ew seconds was nine feet deep, port and ten houses have been washed ir.crial to congress urging the purchase telephone to Chicago). A report from i: no. led district, aiding the police. I the employes bare'.y escaping with down 6tream. of Monticello, the former home of : the flooded district of Dayton received The city authorities ea!d for volui- , their 1'ves. ', Peru suffered a $500,000 lose. Busi. .Thomas Jefferson. here today says that on the west t.i.-!e f. , rs lit ire the in the day to aid In rrotect- threatened levees Mayor ir.t nKeo me nora o. p.o.ic naxe- :.. Pi.tiropriate -. i"r ine reuer fo m! sufferer. I T REPOND TO CALLS. Parts o? Fort Wayne. Ijifayette. . tc'itiiond. M.'.rion. Terre Haute. . Kiishville. Kokonu Peru. Conners - lie. Petersburg. New Castle. Frank - rt. Anderson. Tipton. Nobiesv'oe. Hertford City, El wood. Blooaiicg'on, I The Weather Forecast Till 7 p. m. Tomorrow, for Rock Island, Davenport, Moline, and Vicinity. Cloudy and slightly colder tonight with the lowest temperature about In ! degrees. Thursday fair. Temperature at 7 a. m. 25. Highest i yesterday 31. lowest last nfght 22. j Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 6 miles i per hour. Precipitation none. Relative humidity at 7 p. m. 98, at ; 7 a. m. &3. i Stage of water 12 feet, a rise of 1 foot in last 24 hours. J. M. SHERIER, Local Forecaster. ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS. (From noon today to noon tomorrow.) San aetn 8:17, line 6:54. Evening rs".3s'",n' Uon" Shelbyvllle. Logansport, Portland and j Innumerable smaller towns are under water, with many of the residents : driven out 01 tueir uuiumb uiiu uiurm ; living on upper floors, dreading the : prospect brought by each succeeding , hour. From many of these places frantic j appeals for aid have been received by j ulieora BUl CV""" , ;sraits in which Indianupohs funis i , self. Judging from local conditions the situation of the smaller towns must be fast approaching the desperate stage. HKATTI IN LAFAVETTE III IN. At Lafayette the Wabash river, ris ii'g at the rate of a foot au hour, pass ed all previous high water marks. There a huge bridge went out. carry It' g two and possibly more persons to dtath. Loland T. Wooiery, a student at I'urdue university, whose home is In Indianapolis, was drowned while tiying to rescue two of the men who early i 're caught when the bridge was car ried down stream. West Lafayette is cut off from the world. The total loss at Lafayette is esti mated at 1.000,000; thousands are; ,'-,-UJt'le8- - - -! LiiAVES Richmond i.v dark. , Richmond on the White Water river i , . J , A . having been flooded. More than 20 bridges in Wayne ooun- ty have been torn down and travel in al"' out of Richmond is at a standstill. Av lulu,dr1 l'CIou'i T Jnveu oul of their homes. ttmaRH of $:)0o.000 was done by Flat Rock river at Rushvllle when the stream swept down on the town, sub merging the entire business and parti, of Uie residence districts. j TnP p'"'re line of fortresses defend- Flrebells warned the reople of the'inK 1hp eastern side of the city was or.rushing water, but in manv instances ' it was too late, and only fast work with boats saed many from death. In many of the streets the current was. so strong that It swamped every Lout that ventured out. Thousand? were rendered homeless and those whoie homes are not f.ood- eil are confronted with the problem of housing and feeding the refugees. An t iieal has been made for state aid tlit-re. SOLDIERS HELP SAVE I.IVES. State troops patrolled the streets of Kokomo night and day and notified pt l sons whose homes were threatened to t-iove to higher ground. More than l.;ou ate homeless, gas plants inundated with water and The city is with- cut lights or tire protection and the damage is more than $1,000,000. Schools and all business have been SDI peliUetl. Wild ("at creek is a quarter of a mile wide in tiie heart of Kokomo. five feet alo-w the previous high water mark, Five hundred persons are living in the second stories of their homes, re- c iving provisions by boat. This work made difficult because the current is swift and rafts cannot be used, thtre bemc only a few boats available. DIKE IIKEARS AT Ml' I IE. The dke at the water plant in Mun c.e broke anJ the employes had to flee for their lives. This left the town iw'thout f.re protection. White river, with the onrushing foot's from upstream, is constantly fur'her encroaching on the town fCTid more persons are being forced to aban den their homes to the wafer Just Pfrer a train bad nasserf over it the B r Knur hri.'re rhra rniian and a Chesapeake and Ohio bridge al- so was ries'roied. Schools were dls- missed and all traction tinea anH incut - ....... , of the rabroarfs are at a standstill. More than IC'0 homes at Marlon are , f.nPC! to the secofT3 floors through the 'tweaking of the V iss.ss'.newa river , fjtv lg extending aid to i those in need and caring for the home- lf. ; At Tipton 100 families were driven ; out of their abodes and much suffering j ifsulted. j Noblesville repor's White river tigh - , er than In ?3 years, and it is said two ' persons were drowned. They are be - TURK CITY IS TAKEN AFTER AWFUL FIGHT a. j I r 1 1 nx AOriEnODlB FallS D8T0re i Storming by the Bul garians. FOLLOWED BY FLAMES Shukfj PaSha, Commander of Defeated Army, Reported to Have Suicided. Adrianople, March 26. The fortress of Adriauople was taken by storm by Bulgarians this morning after fighting of the most terrible character since Monday. Flames are devastating the j cit y. London. March 26 Shukri Pasha, Turkish commander-in-chief at Adrian cple. committed suicide after the cap ture of the city, according to a news agency dispatch from Sofia. POPl LATION DRIVE Msl. ' Sofia. March 26. At an early hour j fires were racing In various sections of the besieged city. The maddened population, whose nerves had been shattered by the almost incessant bom- bardment, for five months, were fleeing j by catching hold of the roof of a shed, about the streetB from one point to an-; estimates the number of dead anv other, not knowing where to find shel- j whpre between 25 aBd - ter. j Th- treat artilk-rv arsenal in the I Mrs- Sfinl Jones, wife, of the evangel citv was burning and the barracks !y. ! and her daugiiter. Miss Esther hip between the hospital and the north- i '1one8- are araonS drowned. They err. forts were in flames. ! were beln "veyed in a boat when PLAN FINAL IMSH. rraft "r,m- TI.e Tlnlfarian in strong force. Eas:t Delawa-e reports that the fol- .... . .... '; grartnally advanced their lines, en- cirrfiiflrin? Htv; and bv short rushes infantrr aT, " vp, . rnoll?h to ! " . . ! Prepare On all sides the combined movement oi the attackers was continued. The Bulgarian infantry had rearh"d with in '' yards of the main forts at ,r o'rlo: k last evening. They remai'.i'-d there while ammunition and provis ions were brought up from the re;;i and preparations were made for th" final assault. ai tc.re(l by tu Bulgarians by tu .Bulgarians after a spectacular assault at the point of the bnyon'-t by long lines of infantry, which were strengthened rapidly by second or reserve lines. The eastern forts soon fell into their hands a.id the Bulgarian batteries were immedi- ' ,or,s u inrow lnt m a rope lalJea Htelv n'.ared in nosition to ran cent rate F;t,r TSOns were thrown into the the fire on other works. The way was thus cleared for the direct assault on the city Itself. MILITARY DEPOTS BLOWN I P. Berlin, March 26. The fa.l of Adrianople is announced definitely by 1 the Sofia correspondent of the Presse j Centrale. The Bulgarian Schipka regiment w-as first to enter the citv. j All the Turkish military depots have j been blown up. i G. A. Offlavls Pleads Guilty. j Washington, March 26. George A. ! Ogiavis of Chicago got a suspended sentence of one year and eight months j here yesterday after pleading guilty to having obtained $550 from the Chicago , Tribune in June, 1911, under fabse pretenses. , Iieed to have been gypsies. One hun died families axe hornless. The big hydraulic dam north of the town ls threatened and may go out any minute. It is being closely watch. e.1 and all persons living below It have been tol4 to move to higher ground. The Little and Big Blue rivers broke the levees at Shelbyville and the water reached within a block of the public syuare. The water and light plan's were put out of commission, schools , er dismissed. The city foreman- dcered all wagons there to aid in mov. ir.f out families whose homes were ' weter bound. Two hundred feet of the BlC Four tracks were washed out If-tvwiiwwwt htaiwwn,wiifcw I T0 DEATH AT I.Ofi 4 ! Mr ness houses are six feet under water, The light plant and teDhone system : are out of working order and the Ches- ; apeake and Ohio railroad bridge is down. I Reports from otier towns by tee I do-en are reaching Indianapolis. TTTev are all of one import: "The town is : flooded." Thousands are homeless, a'd 1 is needed immediately and fear is en- ; terrained for w hat the next day has in 'stTe. Flood Deaths Figures on flood deaths this afternoon were: Near Cincinnati, Ohio, 200. Dayton, Ohio, 1,000 to 1,500. Piqua, Ohio, 500 to 540. Delaware, Ohio, 50 to 100. Middletown, Ohio, 50 to 100. Sidney, Ohio, 25 to 50. Hamilton, Ohio, 12. Tippecanoe, Ohio, 3. Scattering in Ohio, 50 to 200. ! Peru, Ind., 20 to 300. Newcastle, Ind., 3. Lafayette, Ind., 2. Indianapolis, Ind., 100 to 200. Noblesville, Ind., 2. Scattering in Indiana, 3 to 25. NINETEEN KILLED AT DELAWARE, 0. Delaware, Ohio, March 26. With 19 Persons reported dead swept away in tne uoocieu uientangy river many oihers missing and unaccounted for, sr.d between :!0i and 4(0 families homeless, this Town of about 10,000 in habitants today is practically cut off from surrounding territory. The flood ed condition of the town makes rescue i aiii relief work difficult, i Mayor B. V. Leas, who was report i ed drowned, but who saved himself lowing drowned : - M- MEIiCHIXa; --; - y V MRS. MELCHIXnd seven aftlch- ing children MRS. SILAS SMITH. Three Smith children. MRS. SAM JONES. MISS ETHEL JONES. Three unknown women. I'nknown men. Wat' r ffin feet deep is rushing through the main section of the city, and the fire bridges connecting the east and mai:i sections have been washed away. As darkness gathered last evening weepinir women and children lined the east banks of the river, waving hand kerchiefs to those marooned in houses and trees in the swirling river. In one tree, where six people were clinging to the branches, repeated ef- liver when the Big Four bridge gave ; way. Three were rescued, and Ralph ' Relgs. who caught on a tree after ; being carried 200 yards down stream, ' is marooned there, i Just as the bridge was swept out ; a man clinging to the roof of a house which was being swept down Btream, waved his shirt at the people on the she re and then was lost to view as the house crumbled when it struck the bridge. Several buildings of Ohio Wesleyan university are inundated. I One baby, not yet identified, was ! rescued as It floated down stream. Another baby was seen In midstream, j but could not be recovered. I Silas Smith, whose wife and children I w ere drowned, grasped the roof of a house as it floated down stream and ' drifted safely Into a lumber yard. By c'.imbing into a tree Rev. Eugene j Ruh. pastor of Grace church, rescued 1 two babies and several grown per sons. Taking a rope with him, the minister fastened himself to the tree fnd threw the loose end to a man v ho. w i'h several women and children, vps being carried down stream on a house. All were hauled ashore. The Olentangy river at this point normally is nothing more than a creek, but now in many places is half a mile wide. ICCCCRCnW MFMDRIAI I t.r T CrtOU l WltlnUniHL Id ' h- AUflRf-ll HT 1 1-l-ilNI & I 1 1 K K- Snnrp-tiplH TIT Vftrrh if( FVil?nnr. I i The house sat as a committee of the w hole while listening to Mrs. Little - ton's address. Mrs. Littleton described Monticello. here Jefferson's remains lie buried. as one of the greatest historic spots of our country. She told of the sale at auction of the old Jefferson home and how I was willed subsequently to the 1'i.t'ed States by Uriah Levy, but how the present owner and his father broke tl-e w ill and kept possession of it. DAYTON, OHIO, UNDER 18 FEET I OF WATER AND 1,000 MISSING Food Scarce and a Typhoid Epidemic Now Feared in the City Federal Government Asked for Tents Chicago, March 26. Definite figures as to the loss of life in the great floods which swept Ii diana and Ohio yesterday were not available, but the latest estimates based on reports from the scenes of disaster or from points as near them as possible did not diminish the earlier minimum of practically 1,300. It is more than likely that scores and even hundreds of persons were not counted among the dead but perished in some of the country districts. Dayton, Ohio, March 26. The crest of the Dayton flood passed about midnight, but the following hours showed no appreciable lowering of the water. There is little hope for immediate relief, and rescuers rooned. Over 70,000 are unable to reach their homes, or are held water-locked in houses. The inundated district covers more than 15 square miles. The water is 6 to 18 feet deep. The commercial district of the city is cut off, and people are scattered over a vast area, waiting for rescuers. Food is scarce, and a. typhoid epidemic is feared. One brightening fact was the ceasing of a 48 hov.rs' downpour of rain. Columbus, Ohio, March 26. The number of dead will reach several hundred in Dayton, according to a telephone message Governor Cox received from Operator Bell of the Bell Tele phone company at Dayton this morning. Reports concerning the number of fatalities have been exaggerated, the operator told the governor, yet conditions there beggared description. Severe damage is confined to the territory along the bend in the Miami river west of the main business section of the city, according to Mr. Bell. A morgue is being established on the -west side. . -. Columbus, Ohio, March 26. Federal aid in handling the flood situation was asked today when Governor Cox telegraphed the war department at Washington asking that 50,000 tents and 100,000 rations be made available for use and distribution by the Ohio national guard. Columbus, Ohio, March 26. At least 150 were drowned here as a result of the flooded Scioto river, according to reports from the west side section of the city early today, through par tially restored telephone service. CAIGHT LIKE RAT. Wollen Creek, Ohio, March 26. (Two miles west of Dayton) Accord ing to reports here at least 1,000 per sons lost their lives in the Dayton flood. Most of the victims were resi dents of North Dayton, who were caught like rats in a trap and had no warning. Today the city is under 15 feet of water, and although the flood is receding, rain is beginning again, and chances are that the flood will remain at the present level until the rain ceases. FIREMEN WORK IN BOATS. Some damage has been done by fire, according to reports to the Western Fnion here, but all conflagrations are believed to have been brought under control. The Dayton fire department worked from boats and dynamited the upper stories of several buildings in successful efforts to halt the flames. There are hundreds of homeless per sons in the city, but most of them are being cared for by citizens whose homes were above the water level. MAIN PART IXCNDATED. Excepting a ral'.road bridge or two all such structures leading into the city have been washed away. The water extends from River str .et, on the north, to Summit street, on the west and High street on the east, down past the southern border of the city. This covers the main part of the town and the moEt thickly pop ulated section. APPEALING FOR FOOD. Phoneton, Ohio. March 2';.-"Food: food! food! and all we tan get of it," was the appeal that reaxh-d here from the portion of Dayton north of tbe rivers. The plea came from a relief committee which started out in bo:s and met an employe of the A inert' an leiegrapn & Telephone rompar.y. who. ! cf the city there were from 75 to V) ! drowned. This is or.lv n ..tiiir.n.' It is impossible to obtain accurate de- . tails. At 10:30 this morning the water depth had lessened about two feet. All ' stores and factories in the main part cf town have been flooded to a d-pth of from eight to ten feet. Numerotii! residences and smaller buiid'ngs have , collapsed Only a meagre report was received i hi t are trying to save those ma- I . v,v . - from Hamilton. Ohio. A report reach e1 here that Miamisburg was practic p.i:y wiped out. No further details have crme through an to Pinna and Trov. 2U0 BODIES RECO Ell ED Columbus, Ohio, March 26. Gover nor Cox received a message by tele phone from Dayton shortly before 11 o'clock today from John Bell, the Bell telephone operator, in which it was stated 200 bodies had been found. They were located by men who were in pa trol boats. 40 DIE AT ItUDOKV 11.1 E. Connersvllle, Ind., March 26. Prob ably 40 people drowned at Brookville, Franklin county, last night when they were caught in a conflux of the east and west forks of the White Water river. Survivors tell of attempts of men, women and children to escape by the light of lanterns after the electric light plant had been swamp ed. Cross currents carrying along streets and alleys carried them down to the united stream, a mile wide, just south of town. Five children, all of one fami'y. were seen clinging to posts of an old i fashioned wooden bed, when they were swept into main stream and lost. Five large wagon bridges, the Big Four railroad bridge, the depot and a paper mill were utterly ' destroyed. Fifty summer houses on White Water river, south of Brookviile, are gone, foundations and all. The people, bowed down by the great calamity, are ' gathering In churches, w here religl- 1 ; i . ; .. V. . A V. . ,. ous nerv. n:e ui e umfc iic.-j. ; &f ,he boJk.B ha b(;en rwovercd. I ........ l hl ... Columbus, Ohio, March 26. The food In the Muskingum river swept i away lare numbers of buildings. A ! familv, consisting of seven persons, is i believed to have been drowned, and i great Lavoc is being wrought as the flood continues to rise. The Sixth street bridge and the Ba'tirnore & Oh'o railroad bridge were swept away this morning. A larjre woolen factory collapsed, but the employes already had fled to safety. At 10:30 o'clock the flood was entering the business "strict. National guard toldlers are on duty. Akron, Ohio, March 26. A big res - crvolr. six miles south of the city, broke late last night and the lorks aior.g the canal are being dynamit'-d to relieve the pressure. LIFE-SAVERS called. Wash'ngton. D. C, March 26. The j th'; tp jiion of railroad men as ex United States life-savicg station at prenr,e.d here today. Ixjulsville, Ky., has been ordered to i Never In the history of the United hurry its entire crew equipped with ! States has there been such a com- i power boata and life-saving appara- tus to CincinnatJ, with ordj-s to work up the Miami valley toward Dayton for rescue work. Columbus, Ohio. March 26. Znnes ville was cut off from the outside world today by a flood of the Muskingum river. An unconfirmed report says it is believed 15 persons have been drowned. Troops are on duty. Adju tant General Speaks, with a small de tachment of troops and a squad of linemen and operators, left here in an effort to reach Dayton. The attempt will be made by motor boats and auto, mobiles, in the hope of establishing adequate telegraph or telephoue com- muuication with Dayton. MM KV LOSS Sandusky. Ohio. March 26. Seven persons were drowned at Fremont. I Ohio, this morning, according to relin ible word received here. Wires are I dftll'n Of 11 kllill'nn. n- v I I 1 the big flood. An appeal for help has been sent here. TROOPS SUMMONED. McConnellsville. Ohio. March 26. Flood conditions here became serious early today and national guard troops have been called out. The Muskingum river has overflowed its banks and stretches over a wide area. FACTORIES A II E CLOSED. Steuhenville. Ohio, March 26. The Ohio river at 9 o'clock was at the 43.4 foot stage and rising at the rate of .7 of an inch an hour. The western part of the town is under water and 25 houses are flooded. Five large manu facturing plants have been forced to close down, throwing 1,300 men out of work. R4INS CEASE AT AKRON. Akron, Ohio, March 26. Cessation of rains quieted the fears of citizens concerning the strength of the banks of the reservoir. No lives are thought to have been lost, but scores of fami lies have been made homeless. MARIETTA IN DANGER. Marietta, Ohio, March 26. With the OLU river-rising rapidly and all sur rounding streams hurling vast volumes of water into it,residentsof this section are alarmed over prospects of a flood. Reports this morning indicated th? Ohio would continue to rise through out the day. The Muskingum river M also reported to be rising rapidly. The towns of Stockport, Beverly, McCcn ncllsville and Pleasant City are under water and wire and railroad communi cations have been cut off. r,n.no from pennsyi.v ani . Harrisburg, Pa., March 26. The Pennsylvania senate today unanimous ly adopted a resolution providing for !,ho forwarding of $50,000 to flood suf- ferers 111 Ohio. KANKAKEE ON A RAMPAGE.' Stream Rises 10 Feet In Two Days Al ton Bridge Expected to Go Out. Joliet, 111., March 26. The Kankakee river is on a rampage, having risen i ten feet since Sunday. The Alton rail road bridge at Wilmington is hourly ex I pet ted to give way. It has been in a v eakened condition for several weeks and steel work for a new structure is on the spot awaiting the erection. The. bridge in on the main lino and its de struction would tie up traffic on this di-. ision of the road. The American Boxboard plant at Wilmington has bt-eu closed down be cause the river has backed into the boiW room. People living along tho river have moved to higher ground ami e,-ery one is watching the water gauce carefully. The Soldiers Widows' home, located on a high bluff, Is safe. A heavy rain continues to fall and 'he stream is appreciably rising. Doz ens of hunting shacks and club houses have been swept away. Wants Resignation Accepted. Springfield. 111., March 26.-Frank L. Smith of Dwight, collector of Inter nal revenue for the Springfield dis trict, has ask. d that his resignation be accepted by the end of the present weok k that he may start on a trip around the world. Democratic leaders are seeking to have President Wilson fill the p are at on':'-. Ernest Hoover of Taylorvil'e. treasurer of the demo cratic state committee, is reported to hav(. the ba'kii.g of Roirer C. Sulli van for the place. RAILROADS LOSE HEAVILY IN FLOOD j j Yrk. March 26- ( u: rvailve (estimates jf damag- to railroad prop- jerty in the lUr.sU-.--l n.id-lle ?), p us j, ,H ,.nu.i;,.,i hy Mp..nslon traffic. rin:; from In to million, and it u.Tit ed.-! ti.M these ''xuret may be ex ceeded by several millions. This was j plete tiw-up of railroad traffic as now- exists in Ohio and Indiana.