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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS.
Associated Press Leased Wire Report Us SIXTY-FOURTH YEAR. XO. 247. WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 4, 1915. FOURTEEN PAGES. PRICE TWO CENTS. GALE AD CLOUDBURST CAUSE DEATH AND DAMAGE i EASTERN STATES MANY DROWN IN BIG FLOOD IN ERIE, PA. Fifty Persons Lose Lives When Dam Bursts After a Heavy Cloudburst. BUSINESS SUSPENDED Waters of Streams Running Through Town3 Overflow in Down-Town Section. Erie, Fa., Aug. 4. Coroner D. S. Hanley shortly before noon to day estimated that 50 persons per ished In last night's flood.. Mayor Stern at 10 o'clock said the num ber probably would uot exceed 25, but after a sorTey of the debris . and checking over a list of miss ing, Mr. Hanley raised the esti mate to 50. Erie, Pa., Aug. 4. With the coming of daybreak Erie turned to the task of recovering bodies of victims of last night's cloudburst and flood and at 9 o'clock 14 had been placed in the tem porary morgue. The flood, caused by the overflow of Mill creek, following the bursting of the Glenwood dam, swept through a section of the city a block in width and a mile long, killing at least 25 persons and causing prop erty loss estimated at $3,000,000. The identified dead are: EMMA OSBORX. JOHN' DONOVAN, city fireman. SWEENEY ANDERSON. JOHN HIGGINS, a printer. JAMES HIGGINS, 17, son of John Higgins. MRS. JOHN HIGGINS and INFANT. MRS. CORA ANDERSON MAIN. KATHERINE E. CARROLL. THOMAS LANGDON. ANNA WIESBAUER. DAD ALLEN. MRS. MARGARET RUESE. In addition to 13 identified thera are eight unidentified bodies at the morgue. Although Coroner Hartley's figures were based largely on lists of missing, many of whom were later located, he did not lower his estimate as these names came in and other city officials were inclined to accept his estimate as the most accurate yet made. Eighteen bodies had been recovered up to noon, of which ten had been identified. Rescue forces of police, firemen and life savers were augmented during the day by civilian volunteers, and pre parations were made to continue work tonight. Wreckage Piled High. The immense piles of wreckage form barriers from 60 to 70 feet high in the mile course of the flood through the city's business section and the task before the workers is a tremendous one. Some buildings are totally demol ished while others were tossed virtu ally intact on the hills between which the torrent rushed. The bodies of some of the victims were found a mile from the spot where they were caught by the rush of water and it is consid ered likely that some were carried out Into the lake. Mayor Stern has made a request for a company of the Sixteenth regiment of the Pennsylvania national guard to patrol the ruined section of the city. The entire police and fire depart ments of the city worked all night on the ruins, recovering the fourteen bodies from an area that Included ap proximately one-half of the devastated district. The men worked under the direction of Mayor Stern and the four members of the city council. i Flooded District Mile Long. j The district swept by the flood ex-j tends from Twentv-slxth street and French street, in the uptown business j section, to Tenth and State streets, about a mile. The release of the water held back by the dam sent a huge wave five feet high toward the city and by the time it reached the first buildings on Twenty-sixth street it was crested "ith a mass of debris that acted like huge battering ram on everything in Its path. After almost an all-day rain a heavy thunder shower culminated in a cloudburst. For an hour residents !ong the course of Mill creek through toe east center of the city watched the slow rise of the 6tream, due to a raln fall of nearly three inches in six hours. Dam Above City Bursts. At S:45 p. m. the Glenwood dam three miles above the city burst and huge wall of water swept down through the city, carrying with it the bouses of those who had waited until 'Continued on Page Twelve). Belgian Steamer Torpedoed. London, Aug. 4. The Belgian steam f Koophandel, of 1.S85 tons gross; s sunk today by a German subma rine. Nine men of the crew were landed. ATLANTIC COAST IS SWEPT BY GALE "ew Tork Streets Flooded and Ship ping Damaged by Violent Wind and Bain Storms. New York, Aug. 4. Streets in New York city and its suburbs were turned into yellow rivers, surface and elevated traffic was badly crippled, wires were blown into a tangled net work, trees were uprooted and hun dreds of cellars were flooded In a tor rential downpour that broke over the metropolitan section this forenoon to the accompaniment of a 60-mile gale. Nearly three Inches of rain fell in four hours at Sandy Hook, where a southeaster lashed the ocean Into a fury. Vessels were held up at the har bor entrance and during the height of the gale, a small schooner, the M. V. B. Chase, from Cheverie, X. S., to Nor folk, with plaster, went to the bottom. Her captain and a sailor were drowned in a small boat. Coast guards res cued the other four members ,pf the crew. Along the northern coast of New Jersey the gale wreaked damage diffi cult to estimate. Seabright, swept by the ocean three times within 18 months, was battered again. In a dozen parts of New York city and Brooklyn the streets lay under water from two. to three feet deep. From Coney island and Sea Gate, came reports of a general tie-up in transit facilities. No fatalities were reported from any section of the met ropolitan district, with the exception of the sinking of the M. V. B. Chase. For more than 30 hours New York had been water soaked, when the heavy rain began, about 5 a. m. today. Within four hours thereafter the rain fall totaled one and a half inches in the city. At Sandy Hook the total was 2.7 inches. Shortly after 9 a. m. the storm tapered off, the heavy rainfall ceased and in its stead there came a steamy drizzle. GOVERNOR SAYS ALLEN WILL STAY Report That Warden of Joliet Peniten tiary Would Resign Is Denied by Dunne at Chicago. Chicago, 111., Aug. 4. Governor Dunne, who was in this city today, stated that Edmund M. Allen, warden of the Joliet penitentiary, with whom he had an interview, would not resign, as has been rumored, and that there would be no special session of the leg islature to deal with the situation re sulting from the tying up of certain state funds by court action. Warden Allen asked the governor for permission to live outside the prison walls and the governor promised to give him an answer within 48 hours. The warden feels strongly against hav ing to live in the prison where his wife was murdered. Governor Dunne said that the only question involved in Mr. Allen's request is whether the effici ency of the prison system would be impaired by his living outside. THE WAR TODAY A Russian official statement from Petrograd claims continued and suc cessful resistance to the efforts of the German armies to cut off Warsaw. There has been severe fighting and very heavy losses on both sides. The Germans in Poland have been rein forced with troops brought from France. This report refers to the "enor mous efforts" of the Germans to dis lodge the Russians from their posi tions on the Narew river, north of Warsaw. On the Pissa and Skwa rivers, further to the northeast, the Russians have been attacked by the "entire German army," reinforced with men brought from France. The Germans, however, met defeat In this sector. The battle for the crossing of the Narew near Xovogorod has not yet even begun. This official statement then relates a Russian success near the mouth of the Skwa. The Germans brought up further reinforcements but all their efforts to make progress in this sec tion failed. They are at present en deavoring to break through northeast of Ostrolenka. The German losses are described as "severe" in one case and . "very heavy" in another, while the losses of the Russians also are set down as "very heavy." The German admiralty is still with out reports from the officers concern ed, on the destruction of the British steamer Iberian and the American steamer Leelanaw. Consequently the government's reply to the American note on the sinking of the latter vessel doubtless will be delayed for at least 10 days. Waterloo Fanner Hit by Train. Waterloo, Iowa, Aug. 4. B. J. Mc Carvill. aged 31. a farmer living north east of Waterloo, was instantly killed last nigbt, when a team which he was driving, was struck by an Illinois Central train. McCarvi'.l was thrown a distance of 20 feet and his horses! were both killed. NEW MEXICAN PEACE PLANS MADE IN JUNE Latin Diplomats Invited to Tomorrow's Conference Have Home Backing. PROGRAM IS DEFINITE Southern Countries Will Be Asked to Aid in Forcing Factions to Peace. Washington, D. C, Aug. 4. Interest in tomorrow's conference on the Mex ican problem between Secretary Lans ing and diplomatic representatives of six Latin-American countries was heightened today as further details of the origin of the plan for joint coop eration in pacifying the southern re public come to light. One of the latest developments is the fact that decision to ask aid of the Central and South America in settling the Mexican difficulty was reached by President Wilson in June when his warning to the warring factions to set tle their difficulties and restore peace went unheeded. The diplomats were invited June 30 to participate in a conference, while the appeal to the Mexican factions was made June 2. The announcement was withheld, however, pending the sanctioning of the plan by the Latin-Ameiican nations. Last Appeal to Factions. It was considered likely today that the first step in the president's plan which will be submitted to the con ferees by Secretary Lansing will be a last appeal to the factions to end the strife and arrange for a settled govern ment. If any factions fail to heed the warning, the. plan is said to Include extension of moral and financial sup port to other factions. The plan is also said to include a restoration .of the ban on war munitions to the re volting factions and a demand that the railroad line between Vera Cruz and Mexico City be kept open for the transportation of food supplies to the starving people of the capital. Fail ure to do this might result in joint steps by the United States and the Latin-American nations to take physi cal control of the capital and the rail road by force and to hold them pend ing restoration of peace. Protest on Villa Acts. El Paso, Texas, Aug. 4. Reports re ceived from Columbus, N. M., state that all Villa troops at Palomas, Casas Grandes and Ascencion, in northwest ern Chihuahua, have deserted. Business was resumed by native merchants in Chihuahua yesterday, ac cording to official Villa advices late last night. The resumption, however, was said to be conducted under the rules laid down by General Francisco Villa at the meeting of merchants held Satur day at Chihuahua city. The owners and employes superin tended the operations of the stores but "interventors" were placed in each store by General Villa to prevent his rules being violated. Juarez Imports Held Up. The Chihuahua commercial situa tion extended to Juarez yesterday when instructions were received by the customs department there to hold temporarily all importations until some definite agreement was reached in Chihuahua. This order was said to apply to importations stored in the customs warehouse and aboard trains, awaiting transportation to the south. Representations have been made by the state department and British Am bassador Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, against the confiscation by the Villa govern ment of the Jabonera Cottonseed Pro ducts company at Gomez Palacio, Chi huahua, a $5,000,000 corporation of which John Brittingham, an Ameri can, is one of the principal owners. It was understood the plant was confis cated on refusal of a forced loan of $100,000 in American currency. It is said the corporation already had paid $250,000 in forced loans to the Villa government. The stores of foreigners remained closed pending negotiations by the American consul, Marion Letcher, and other consuls at Chihuahua with Min ister of Foreign Relations Miguel Diaz Lombardo of the Villa cabinet. STUDY TO RELIEVE WORKMEN OF FATIGUE Pittsburgh, Aug. 4. Methods of re lieving shop men and mill men from becoming fatigued while at work will be one of the first studies taken up in the new public health service station just established here by the United stotoss government for the study of occupational diseases, according to Dr. J. W. Schereschewsky or wasmng ton, D. C, who has been placed in charge of the branch. He said especila attention would be paid to the relation of fatieue and temperature and humid ity la the mills in this district. Biggest Evemt of the Year in Rock Island and Davenport AUGUST 11 N.Y. MACHINISTS GO ONJTRiKE? Employers Refuse to Arbitrate De mands of Union for Changes in Wages and Honrs. Xew York, Aug. 4. The New York branch of the National Metal Trades association has refused an offer to arbitrate its differences with the In ternational Association of Machinists over wages and hours of work, it was stated today. The arbitration offer came from Colonel Michael J. Reagan of the state board of arbitration. E. J. Deering, agent of the local machinists' union, said that the offer was acceptable to the men, but it was said that Henry C. Hunter, counsel for the manufacturers, informed Colonel Reagan that there was nothing to ar bitrate. Encouraged by success in Bridge port, Conn., and by concessions from manufacturers in Plaiasfirfd, N. J., it is understood that 3: 3 Keppler, vice president of the International Associa tion of Machinists, has mapped out a contest for eight hours and more pay, as a result of which a strike of 20,000 workers in the metal trades is threat ened. REPORTS DELAY SHIPPING CASES German Government . Has Not Yet Heard From Submarine Command ers on Iberian and Leelanaw. Berlin, Aug. 4 (via London.) No re ports are yet available here regarding the cases of the American steamship Leelanaw and the British steamers Iberian and Orduna, sunk or attacked by German submarines and the latest exploit of a submersible resulting in the capture of the American ship Pass of Balhama. Reports on the Iberian and Leelan aw, in which the United States chiefly is interested, probably will not be re ceived from the submarine command ers for another 10 days, it is stated here. In the meantime, the American em bassy, on instructions from Washing ton, has put in a request for the Lee lanaw's papers and for the official re port on the same. The German government believes that this will be a parallel case to that of the American ship William P. Frye, which was sunk in the south Atlantic on June 18 by the German auxiliary cruiser Prinz Eitel Fried rich. In the Frye case the German gov ernment has suggested in its latest note that the differences regarding the interpretations of the treaty of 1828 be referred to arbitration, and the suggestion, if accepted, it is be lieved, would settle the case of the Leelanaw as well. A second category of maritime cases also is occupying the attention of the American embassy and the German foreign office. These cases arise out of the action of German warships in the Baltic bringing American ships into Swinemuende. Two American ves sels, the Portland and the Dunsyre, now are tied up there. The Portland is an oil-burning craft which had been released by the Ger mans after examination, but the ves sel used so much fuel in the extra trip to Swinemuende that she cannot reach her port destination. The Port land cannot get oil in Germany. The Dunsyre was loaded with peas and beans. The sheriff seized her car go, saying that it belonged to Ger mans. Coalition Ministry. London. Aug. 4. A national min istry has been formed in New Zeal and, consisting of five government and five opposition members, according to a Reuter dispatch from Wellington, BRITISHNOTE DEFENDS HER BLOCKADING Orders in Council Claimed to be in Line with In ternational Laws. WILL CONTINUE POLICY Secretary of State Busy on New Note on Shipping Interference. Washington, Di C, Aug. 1 Pres. ident Wilson's reply to Great Brit ain's latest notes rejecting the American demands for relief from interferences with neutral com merce under the orders in council, Is practically ready to be dis patched to London. Admitting that unusual condi tions which Great Britain contends are basis for exceptional action, the American reply will continue to contest the legality of taking ships from the high seas on voy ages to neutral ports. It is under stood the American government will differentiate from ships on the ' high seas and ships which go to British ports or which attempt to run blockade lines. The British argument that American com merce has not suffered also will be contested. Washington, D. C, Aug. 4. State department officials today were pre paring the answer which the United States will make to Great Britain's re plies to the latest American represen tations against interference with neut ral commerce. fjppat Rritain in hpr TlntPK nuhlisVicd r.f. t aDt th. AirJ contention that the orders in council are illegal and Justifies the British course as being wholly within inter national law. Great Britain, it is declared, will continue to apply the orders in council but with every effort to avoid embar rassment to neutrals. Blockade is Defended. It is denied that international law is violated by the blockading of neut ral ports to cut off an enemy's com merce with foreign countries, and Great Britair. declines to allow the free passage of goods originating in Ger many and territory under German con trol. Great Britain's reply is embodied in two notes, one supplemental, and to gether with the coirespondence over the American steamer Xeches, seized j by the British while bound from Rot- terdam to the United States with goods of German origin, also published today, totals 7,000 words. Key 'ote of Reply. Great Britain's refusal to acquiesce to the American protests on its block ade is told pointedly in the following extract from the notes addressed by Sir Edward Grey: "In the various notes which I have received from your excellency (Am bassador Page) the right of a belliger ent to establish a blockade of the enemy ports is admitted, a right which has obviously no value save insofar as it. gives power to a belligerent to cut off the sea-borne exports and imports of his enemy. "The contention which I understand the United States government now puts forward is that if a belligerent is so circumstanced that his commerce can pass through adjacent neutral ports as easily as though ports in his own ter ritory, his opponent has no right to in terfere and must restrict his measures of blockade in such a manner as to leave such avenues of commerce still open to his adversary. "This is a contention which his ma jesty's government feels unable to ac cept and which seems to them unsus tainable either in point of law or upon principles of international equity." The suoolemental note is a reply to 4Via A m n -o irnnf cyi xri r rr n nf i n o t Vi o I LUC AUlv I J.W'Clll C VUL J 1 lit y V-t. L11UL the United States would not recognize the orders in council in lieu of inter national law and defends prize court proceedings. The United States is in vited, however, to submit to arbitra tion any prize court decision it holds unjust. Xeches Seizure Justified. In the case of the steamer Neches, detained under the orders in council, the note justifies British stoppage of commerce from Germany and German controlled territory on the ground that Germany has violated international law in her war on British and neutral commerce. An answer to the British notes short ly will be forthcoming, data for which has been in course of preparation for some time. The German note regarding the sink ing of the American ship, Win. P. Frye probably will be given out late today 'for publication tomorrow morning, WARSAW'S FALL IS REPORTED BUT NOT CONFIRMED Berlin, Aug. 4, (by wireless to Sayville.) The Overseas Jfews agency today says the Russian legation at The Hague, Nether lands, has officially announced the evacuation of Warsaw on account of the lack of ammunition. The bridges over the Vistula river, the same advices say, have been ordered blown np. The actual evacuation of War saw was not referred to in the Rus sian official communication issued in Petrograd today and no con fir mation of the report has been re. ceived from any other source. Riga, Aug. 4. In obedience to or ders for the removal of government in stitutions the state bank already has been transferred from Riga to Tula, south of Moscow. The other banks are being removed and the educational in stitutions are being mainly transferred to Dorpat, 157 miles northeast of Riga Riga is the principal Russian sea port on the Baltic next to Petrograd and is an important commercial cen ter. Its industries embrace milling and brewing and the manufacture of machinery, railway cars and tobacco. The city has a population of about 300,000. Berlin, Aug. 4, (via London.) The forces of Prince Leopold of Bavaria are now hurling themselves against the fortresses defending Warsaw, ac cording to the official statement given out today by the German army head quarters staff. The statement adds that the Russians have withdrawn from their position at Blonic, 15 miles west of the Polish capital, back onto the outer line of defenses of the city. The text of the statement follows: "There is nothing new to report in the west. "In the east, in pursuit of the re treating enemy, our troops reached the district of Kupischki, east of Pon iewicz. "North of Lomza the Russians were pushed back to the advanced defense Lfi?.111"" positions of the fortress. ., ., "Eastern Prussian and west Prus sian regiments captured, after heavy fighting, the Narew crossing msar Os trelenka, which was strengthened by field fortifications. Several thou sands of Russians were taken prison ers and 17 machine guns were cap tured. Our pursuit of the enemy is proceeding. "Before Warsaw the Russians were thrown from the Blonic position into the outer line of the fortress. The army of Prince Leopold of Bavaria is attacking the fortress. "Austro-Hungarian troops and the army of General von Weyrsch are in possession of the west part or the fort ress of Ivangorod to the Vistula river. "The enemy yesterday also attempt ed to arrest the advance of the army of Field Marshal von Mackensen hut he again was defeated near Lenczna, northeast of Chelm and west of the Bug river. "Since early this morning the de feated enemy has been retreating be tween the Visutla and Bug rivers in a northerly direction "Near and south of Usrilug, on the Bug, the enemy also is retreating. Petrograd. Aug. 4 (via London.) An official statement given out today by the Russian general staff says: "During the last three days the en emy has made enormous efforts to dis lodge us from the sector of the Nar ew river from Ostrolenka to Lomza. "In the district of Jedwabno the enemy is conducting trench warfare, but in the exploding of mines we have continually held the upper hand. "On the right bank of the Pisa and Skwa rivers the whole enemy army attacked us, having first launched against us guns brought from Bran co. Nevertheless we soon saw a com plete German defeat in this sector, for it took the enemy a week to drive back from the village of Serwatka our rear guard regiment, while the battle for the passages of the Narew, near Novogorod, has not even begun. "Near the mouth of the Skwa, the enemy, thanks to the forests, succeed ed in passing to our side of the river, but we successfully prevented him from bringing his artillery across the Narew, and at the point of the bay onet we annihilated some forces which were deprived the protection of their artillery. "These failures compelled the enemy to withdraw from this sector. I! THE WEATHER II Forecast Till 7 P. 3T. Tomorrow, for Rock Island, Davenport, 5IolIn and Ticinity. Unsettled and continued cool to night; Thursday, generally fair and warmer. Temperature at 7 a. m., 55. Highest yesterday, 63. Lowest last night, 54. Velocity of wind at 7 a. m., 8 miles per hour. Precipitation, .02 inch. Relative humidity at 7 p. m., 86; at 7 a. m., 9S; at 1 p. m., today, 64. Stage of water at 7 a. m., 8.4; a rise of 1 foot in the last "4 hours. J. Ji. SILERIER, Local Forecaster. LONE BANDIT ROBS BANK AT GEDARRAPIDS Robber Enters and Holds Up Paying Teller Before Regular Banking Hour. CARRIES OFF $21,300 Official Discovered Hour Later and Taken to Hospi tal, Crazed by Attack. Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Aug. 4. The Cedar Rapids National bank was held up and robbed of $21,300 early today by a lone bandit, who, at the point of a revolver, compelled Leo Perrin, the paying teller, to open the vaults, and afterward locked him up. Perrin was discovered a prisoner in the vault about 15 minutes later, in a state of temporary insanity as the result of his experience and removed to a local hospital, where his condition at noon was said by physicians to be serious. o Trace of Bandit. The bandit, who is said to have been the most daring in this. state in re cent years, is believed by officials of the bank to have remained in the build ing all night, as the outer doors were locked when the robbery occurred. After he had filled his pockets with the currency, he escaped and no trace of him had been found at noon. Perrin was in the bank at 6:30 a. m. to get out currency shipments for the banks of neighboring towns, and had Just opened the outer door of the vault, when the bandit stepped before him, according to his incoherent statements to the police. The man, he said, held a revolver to his head and ordered him to opjSB-the remaining doors, which be did. As soon as the currency safe was reached, the bandit calmly helped him self to. bundles of currency and then backed out, slamming the outer door on the teller. Teller is Threatened. Perrin told the police the man seem ed to have had specially constructed pockets, in which he stored the cur rency. A bundle containing $2,000 was found outside the vault door. Once, while turning the combination on the currency safe, Perrin said he pushed the pointer past the correct number whereupon the robber pressed the revolver close to his head and ex claimed: "No monkey business or I'll blow your head off." Perrin said he then went ahead with the combination expecting to be shot at any moment. When he had been locked up he yelled for help, but his voice was not heard. Another em ploye, entering the bank a few minutes later, discovered that something was wrong with the vault doors and in vestigated. Perrin, the teller, is 30 years old and married. He has been with the bank for several years. Attacked Teller is (razed. The bank is one of the largest city in the city, having a capital stock of $500,000, surplus $200,000 and deposits $0,000,000, according to the last state ment. Ralph Van Vechten, vice-president of the Continental and Commer cial National bank of Chicago, is pres ident of the bank. Diners in Buiidinir. Three clerks and two janitors were at work in the bank at the time the rebbery occurred, but they were in rooms remote from the vaults, except E. R. Hollenbeck, a janitor, who was le6s than 50 feet away, but who said he could not see the vault doors be cause of a curtain partition. The bank has been undergoing ex tensive repairs for the last few weeks, and it is this fact that led the auth orities to believe that the bandit-had secured entrance some time yester day afternoon in the garb of a work man, and that he had secreted him self before the bank doors were closed. Robber T'ets a Scare. The robber appeared to want only currency, as several sacks of silver on the floor of the vault were ignored. While he was .filling his pockets the lights in the vault suddenly went out and he apparently became alarmed. Holding his revolver In front, he back ed out quickly, closed the vault on Perrin and escaped by a rear door. He was thought to be in hiding somewhere in the city. . Perrin was unable to give a clear description of the man. He said, how ever, that he was tall, apparently ycung, wore a gray suit, and that hi3 face was sunburned. Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 4. P. W. Hall, secretary of the Iowa Bankers' association, was notified of the rob bery of the Cedar Rapids National bank shortly after It took place, and immediately put detectives on the case. Attorney General Cosson also assigned his special agents to make an effort to locate the bandit J