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Anothor Bad Break In the Missis
BJppl Jllver at Fowler Lake.
-A Steamboat Sent from Yankton, 8. D., to
Rescue Sufferer Four Hundred Farn-
lllei Made Homeless by the A'U-
slsslppl at St. 1'uuU
Memphis, Tenn.,
disastrous break
In tlio Mlsslsslnrjl
levee occurred yesterday at Fowler
lake, six miles below Tunica, Miss.
The crevasse, while not yet of great
width, is fully 15 feet deep and .the
water Is pouring through the opening
with great velocity. This will prob
ably be the most destructive break
that lias occurred in the delta. The
most fertile farm lands of Mississippi,
lying in Cohoina, Laflore, Quitman and
Tallahatchie counties, in the northern
part of tho state, Will bo inundated
and the newly-planted corn crops will
bo laid waste. Fortunately, no loss of
life is reported, tho inhabitants of this
stricken section having made prepara
tions for just Mich a catastrophe as ex
ists there to-day. Tho condition of
the poorer classes throughout tho
Hooded area is Indeed critical. Thou
sands of refugees aro huddled on
tho lovecs and spots of land,
waiting for relief. The towns of Koso-
dale and Tunica report that everything
possible Is being dono for these poor
people, but that funds and provisions
are fast becoming exhausted. In tho
llttlo city of lloscdalo alono 1,200 refu
gees aro being cared for by citizens.
Half a hundred towns stand in six feet
of water, nnd the yellow stream is
creeping up slowly but surely. Ad
vices just received tell of a break In
the levee two miles south of Helena,
Ark. This is the levco for which the
people of southeastern Arkansas hovo
mado such a desperate fight. Tho
waters from' this break will flood a
great area and in all probability will
back up into the streets of Helena.
Omaha, Neb., April 0. Special tele
grams from points in Soutli Dakota,
Iowa and Nebraska bring word of in
creased floods in all tho rivers. Rain
has fallen almost Incessantly for tho
last 73 hours over an area of more than
100 miles In radius from Omaha, tho
fall being fully four inches for that
time. This has greatly increased tho
volume of water In tho already swollen
streams and now what are usually bab
bling brooks have been transformed Into
raging torrents. Thousands of acres
of farm lands are under from four to
bix feet of running water, and tnhny
families have lnovc'd from Their homes'
in boats. Along the Jim river in
South Dakota a great many farm
ers had gone hack to their
homes when the water receded
early last week, and aro now caught
in this second flood. A Missouri
river steamboat has been sent from
Yankton to rescue the sufferers along
tho Jim river. Sioux City reports that
tho Missouri has passed the danger
line there and is overflowing the lower
part of the city. Cherokee reports tho
sccond'flood on the Little Sioux worso
than the first. Repairs had commenced
on tho property damaged by the first
deluge, but all is being washed away
again. Yankton is cut off from rail
road communication and most of the
telegraph ana telephone lines arc
down. Pierre reports tho Missouri
river clear of ico there, but word from
Ulsmarck is that tho Ico on tho upper
river began to move last night At
Omaha tho Missouri is still within
bounds, but preparations aro being
made against a dangerous flood.
St. Paul, Minn., April 5. The Mis
sissippi river is still rising, but is yet
almost two feet below tho high water
mark of 1881. Nearly 400 families liv
ing on tho flats have been rendered
homeless and aro in a destitute condi
tion, notwithstanding the efforts of
the authorities to assist them. Several
public buildings havot been opened to
them for shelter. No serious damage
has been done to business, and tho
railroads aro still above the flood.
Order from Madrid That HI Trial
Court-Martial Be Postponed.
Havana, April 5. Acting Capt, -Gen.
Ahumada has received orders from
Minister of War Azcarraga at Madrid
not to try Gen. Ruls Rivera immedi
ately by court-martial. Tho minister
thinks that a summary court-martial,
followed by the shooting of Rivera
and Ilacallao, would have a bad effect
in Europe. It has just transpired that
Rivera was captured in a hospital and
not in battle, as the official reports al
leged. Rivera had been wounded in a
skirmish two days provlous to his cap
ture, and when seized was receiving
-treatment in a Cuban hospital.
Adm, Ramsajr Retired.
Washington, April 5. Rear Admiral
Francis M. Ramsay, holding tho most
important office in tho naval service,
that of chief of tho bureau of naviga
tion, will be retired on account of age
to-day. During the civil war Lieut
Ramsay distinguished himself by his
bravery In many of the important na
val actions, first in the lower Missis
sippi and later on the south Atlantlo
coast, at Fort Fisher and elsewhere.
A Capitalist and an Architect Perish In a
Conflagration at Chattanooga.
Chattanooga, Tenn., April 5. Tho
Richardson building, tho largest in
Chattanooga, was totally destroyed by
fire, which started from the furnace In
tho basement, between 3:30 and six
o'clock this morning. Tho watchman
was clow in turning in an alarm,
and when tho fire companies ar
rived tho building was a mass
of flames. Tho watchman warned
a number of men sleeping on
tho sixth floor nnd all succcded
in getting out except Boyd Ewlng, one
of the wealthiest men in this section,
and S. M. Patton, a leading architect
of tho south. Mr. Ewing attempted
to climb down tho fire escape, but fell
from the top. Ills body was badly
mutilated. Patton was cut off from
escape on tho stairs and his body Is
still in the ruins.
Cambridge Led for a Time, but the Oxoni
ans Won Handily.
Putney, Eng., April 5. The 54th an
nual boat raco between crows repre
senting tho universities of Oxford nnd
Cambridge was rowo dSaturdayover tho
usual course, from Putney to Mortlake,
a distance of iX miles, and Oxford won
by barely two lengths in 19 minutes,
13 seconds. Oxford has now won 31 out
of 54 races rowed and has been tho
winner eight years In succession. Cam
bridge led for a short distance, butflvo
furlongs from tho start Oxford was
half a length ahead. Tho wind was
strong nnd behind the men all tho way.
Cambridge rowed desperately. Oxford
spurted nt Intervals and was once 3K
lengths In the lead, but at no time was
It sure of the race.
The Efforts to Increase the Tobacco Pro
duction In Missouri Attracting Atten
tion. COI.UMMA, Mo., April 5. The efforts
of tho board of agriculture, through
tho generosity of tho Liggett & Myers
Co., to increase tobacco production in
Missouri by agitating that subject
through the press of the state, is at
tracting widespread and favorable at
tention. The representative country
papers of the state have entered heart
ily into tho spirit of friendly competi
tion in this laudable undertaking for
tho prizes, 20 in number nnd aggregat
ing fcl.BOO. The articles submitted in
competition aro all to bo published
next week.
Rearrested for Alleged Murder.
West Plains, Mo., April 5. W. II.
Yost was arrested here yestcrdny on
tho charge of being implicated in the
murder of tho Sawyer family in Doug
las countv last May. Tho last grand
Jury In Douglas county found an in
dictment ngalnst Yost of murder in
tho first degree. Ho was tried and ac
quitted last October of tho charge of
killing Ernest Sawyer. Ed Perry who
was hanged at Aa in January for tho
killing, said on the gallows that Yost
was as guilty as he It is said that
since Perry was hanged new evidence
has been found, and tho indictment for
first degree murder followed.
Indian Territory Asphalt Find.
Fort Scott, Kan., April 5. Near
Miami, I. T., yesterday a rich bed of
pure asphaltum was found. The bed
Is over a mile square and apparently
Inexhaustible. Superintendent Mitch
ell, of tho Memphis road, whose Joplin
branch has just been extended to
Miami, received samples yesterday
from the owners, who aro preparing
to develop the find. It is of fine qual
ity for paving. No other asphaltum
has ever been found in this 'part of tho
Dlngley Coal Duties Opposed.
Si'rinofield, 111., April 5. The con
vention of organized and unorganized
miners of Illinois has passed resolu
tions opposing the increase in the tariff
on coal from 40 to 75 cents a ton pro
posed by tho Dlngley bill. The reso
lutions state that the exportation of
coal exceeded tho imports by 3,000,000
tons, and the increase in the tariff was
likely to inspire a retaliatory tariff
which would prove a detriment to
American miners.
Texas Cattle In the Territory.
Periiv, Ok., April 5. W. O. Jordan,
inspector of the bureau of animal in
dustry of Texas, writes a party hero
and says that cattle sent from Texas
to the Indian territory and Oklahoma
for grazing this summer will reach
300,000, 50,000 more than were sent any
other year. Many of these cattle are
already unloaded in Otoe, Ponca and
Osage Indian reservations north of
For Equal Gulf Rates.
Topeka, Kan., Aprils. Tho railroad
commissioners aro endeavoring to se
cure concessions of rates to the gulf
and hare suggested to M. A. Low, of
the Rock Island, that the railroads, as
an earnest of their good intentions,
should put in a rate of 23 cents from
all (Kansas points.
Dor Killed by the Cars.
Carrollton, Ma, April 5. William
Gate?, about 18 years old, whoso home
was near Lancaster in this state, fell
from a Santa Fo freight train which
was just pulling out from hero at mid
night last night. He was badly crushed
and died four hours later. He was
beating his way.
Three Were Drowned.
Cincinnati, April 5. A special from
Clarksvllle, Tenn., says: The steamer
R. T. Cole, loaded with merchandise,
sank near this city. Three roustabouts
were drowned and one man is missing.
Tho b?at will bo a total loss.
Chandler, Ok., Overwhelmed by an
Awful Storm.
But Two Building Were Left Standing
Nineteen Ilodles Taken front the Itulus
and Many Moro Klllcd-Flro Aids
, In the Work of Ruin.
Guthrie, Ok., March 31. A tornado
that struck Chandler, 40 miles cast of
here, about six o'clock last night, nil
but wiped that thriving llttlo city of
1,500 souls off the face of the earth.
Fire completed the ruin begun by tho
wind, and the sun this morning roso
on a scene of devastation tho like of
which was nover seen in tho west be
fore. Nineteen bodies have already
Deen ianen iroin inc ruins, and thero
are probably a ecore or more still lying
under tho wrecked buildings. At least
180 persons aro Injured severely. A dozen
of these are "lying. Scarcely a per
son In town escaped Injury of a minor
character. Many of tho Injured met
death by fire whilo pinned under tho
dobris. In one building five injured
peoplo wcro burned to death and at
another placo the incinerated bodies of
three unknown children have been
taken out All tho physicians in Chan
dler have been killed or Injured with
one exception. It Is reported that ex
Mayor McIIenry, of this city, nnd one
member of his family were killed and
the other Injured.
But to buildings aro left standing
in tho town of Chandler, the Mitchell
hotel and the Rock Island store. Fully
three-fourths of the buildings in town
are practically destroyed. The prop
erty loss can only bo guessed at, but it
is enormous, running into the hun
dreds of thousands. Tho tornado
struck tho courthouse while court was
in session, twisted tho building around
and hurled It into the street a completo
wreck. Fifteen or 20 peoplo in tho
building were badly hurt and several
are still missing. Darkness at onco
came on and tho work of rcscuo was
carried on under greatest difficulties.
Chandler is built on a hill in thick
timber, and the mass of torn trees and
wrecked houses mado it Impossible to
reach all of tho people in tho 'dark.
On every side wero heard groans and
cries for help, and the scene was inde
scribable. A large number of physicians and
other citizens left here at once for tho
scene with surgical instruments, drugs
and other supplies. A later message
stated that a large number of peoplo
known to have been in business build
ings wero missing, and it is feared
they arc dead under the ruins.
At one o'clock a. m.. Chandler sent
for more help, nnd rescue parties went
from all towns In the vicinitv. Tho
entire business portion burned nftcr
being wrecked. There are now thought
to be 25 or 80 more dead bodies in tho
burned ruins. Jame Woodyard and
wife, of Eldoradu. Kan., visiting there,
were instantly kiHud. and llttlo daugh
ter fatally crushed and son badly hurt.
Tho scene Is simply awful. Several
of the injured aro raving crazy. Tho
main street of tho town is a mass of
dead and injured people and teams,
wagons, buggies, trees and debris from
tho buildings. Chief Justice Dale, who
was holding court there, ran with his
wife to a hollow and held her behind
a large bowlder and both were unhurt.
Every building but ono on the main
street is wrecked and burned, includ
ing tho courthouso, 'post office, News
and Democrat offices, Lincoln county
bank and several hotels.
The Lower Sllsslsslppl Floods Devastating
Property and Destroying- Life.
Memphis, Tenn., March 31. Thero
aro now three breaks In tho leveo that
protects tho Mississippi delta from the
waters of tho rircr. One isseven miles
below Greenville, Miss., at Wayside,
which is 1,300 feet wide. Ono is 40
miles north of Greenville, at tho head
of tho delta, which is 1,009 feet wldo
and becoming deeper and longer as
tho water rushes through it The
third occurred at an early hour
yesterday morning seven miles
north of a point opposite Arkan
sas City and at last reports a
Btream as wide as tho Hudson was
tearing through it and covering the
country for miles in tho interior.
Greenville Is in great danger. Tho
water from tho middle break will par
tially flood that town. If tho levee in
front of Greenville should break, no
man can conceive what tho loss to life
and property would bo. Probably 10,
000 people are working with a despera
tion born of despair to save their
homes and property. The whole ma
chinery of the state and of the Illinois
Central railroad is being brought into
At Greenville, Miss., thousands of
flood-bound peoplo are caught and
penned in between tho three Bolivar
county levee breaks, and no communi
cation can be had with them. Refu
gees coming into tho city from tho
country this side of the Mound break
report many families la peril of their
lives on tho other sido of the crevasse,
as there is only seven miles of country
between them and Stead's and it U
next to impossible for all to escape.
Two hundred and fifty towns and
villages will be under water in threo
days, and thousands upon thousands of
families will be homeless. No losses
of human life are yet reported, but
hairbreadth escapes from the destruc
tive torrents are numerous, and the
suffering of the afflicted peoplo is
Scenes of Terrible
Tuesday's Cyelom
Devastation Left by
-Twenty-Six Bodies
Guthiuk, Ok., April 1. What wai
Tuesday tho beautiful, thriving llttlo
city of Chandler, located on a tim
bered hill near the center of Lincoln
county, Ok., Is to-day a shapeless mass
of ruins, a barren, devastated waste,
made gruesome by the dead and peopled
by a homeless, stricken, suffering,
hopeless people. Tho few homes that
-ri left aro turned Into hospitals; tho
remnant of tho leading hotel Into a
morgue. A thousand people aro home
less and half as many aro with
out a thing In tho world. Help
on a largo scale Is needed. The loss is
fully S500.000. All yesterday tho work
of rescuing and caring for the injured
was carried on, and tho scene was ono
beyond all description. A largo ma
jority of the people are left homeless
and penniless, with scarcely clothes to
cover their backs, and many are al
ready suffering. Tho war department
was applied to for tents yesterday, and
60 havo been sent from Fort Reno.
There aro not coffins enough to bury
tho dead, and carpenters are making
boxes from the wreckage of buildings.
never lias a town been more complete
ly wiped out, and the majority of tho
business men nro wholly ruined. A
messenger lato last night from south
west of Chandler says that many farm
houses wcro demolished there, a num
lcr of peoplo injured nnd two killed.
Tho little village of Parkland is re
ported completely destroyed, with
many Injured. Up to last night 20
dead bodies had been recovered from
the ruins at Chandler. How many moro
are buried under the debris only a more
careful search will reveal.
Young Man Confessed to an Assault Which
Caused W. II. Orris' Death.
Wichita, Kan., April 1. In 1895
when a wealthy Englishman nnd stock
man of Scvery, Greenwood county,
named W, H. Orvls, went to the depot
to take tho train to go to the Knights
Templar conclave he was sandbagged
near the station and robbed of 6400 in
money and 0,000 in government bonds.
From tho effects of this slugging ho
died three months nftcr. Ever since
tho Identity of his assailants has been a
mystery, but now a young man named
Webster, recently sent to the state re
formatory at Hutchinson, confesses
that ho and a man named Powell, both
residents of Severy, did the sandbag
ging. He says the original purpose of
tho assault was not robbery, but
was based on tho jealousy of
Powell over some woman whose
namo could not be learned. The
executors of the estate of Orris
brought suit in the fnltcd States cir
cuit court ut Fort Scott to recover 531,
000 accident Insurance, but tho judgo
ruled the case out of court, declaring
that tho evidence pointed conclusively
to suicide. Tho coroner's jury, how
ever, hnd returned a verdict of death
from injuries received at the hands of
unknown assassins.
No Successor Has Yet Heen Chosen to the
Consul-general at Havana.
Washington, April 1. It is said at
the state department that no successor
has been selected to take Gen. Lee's
place as consul-general at Havana; that
he has not been cabled a leave of ab
sence to take effect on April 15, and
finally that there has been no change
In the stutus of tho consul-general.
It is also intimated, but not stated
so positively as above, that there Is
no intention of making any chango
in tho consulate-general In the near
future at least Gen. Lee may be as
sisted in the task of watching tho in
vestlgation in the Ruiz case by William
R. Day, of Canton, O., provided coun
sel is believed to bo essential to tho
development of the facts, but the posi
tion of Mr. Day in such case would be
purely advisory.
A Kentucky Family Drowned While Trying
to Esrapo from Their Flooded Home.
Eiidvville, Ky., April 1. News was
received here, of the drowning in the
Cumberland river of William Flick
and his family of three. According to
the report, Mr. Flick was trying to
move his family, consisting of wife and
two children, from his flooded house
on the Cumberland, near Trigg fur
nace, this county. Tho skiff over
turned and, In the darkness, all were
drowned. Tho current there Is very
swift and no small boat could live in
it Mr. Flick was a well-to-do farmer.
The Twelve-Year-Old Son of a Cowley
County Widow Killed.
Winfield, Kan., April 1. Ernest V.
Croco, 13 years old, was killed in a tor
nado which passed over tho western
part of this county Tuesday. His
mother is a widow, living five miles
southwest of this city, and they wero
at the barn together when the storm
struck. Mrs. Croco sought shelter be
hind a largo tree and escaped injury,
but the boy was caught in the wreck
and killed. When found, the bones In
the -tead were broken into little pieces.
Fifth Kansas District W. C. T. V.
Abilene, Kan., April 1. The semi
annual convention of the Fifth con
gressional district W. C. T. U. closed a
two-days' session here yesterday.
County presidents reported good prog
ress. The officers for the coming year
are: Mrs. L. A. Case, president; Mrs.
A. Story, secretary; Mrs. Clara Carrie,
treasurer. Salina was chosen as the
meeting place for next falL
Business Showing- Improvement Richer
Prices for WooL Corn and Oats.
New York, April 3. Bradstrect's re
port,says: The course of general trade shows sons Im
provement, notwithstanding an almost com
plete stoppage of business In the couth Mlsslx
slppl valley by washouts, overflows, anl floods.
The condition of country roadways throughout
we central west states ana the northwest Is
such as to still further delay collections anl
check demand from Interior merchant.
Another drop Is recorded In prices of Bes-c-roer
pig iron and steel billets, and In wheat,
flour, coal, coflce and lard, which is partly on
set by increasing activity and higher prices for
wool and for woolens, for corn, oil, sugar and
petroleum. A heavy movement of fertilizers 1
reported In the south Atlantic states; Interest
lr) lumber and shingles has Increased on tho
northwest PaUfic coast. Most favorable trade
reports aro from the northwest spring wheat
There are 4,013 business failures In the United
States reported by Bradstrcet's during the past
quarter, compared wlth4.M21n the first quarter
of 1880, a falling off of about 11 per cent. Tho
decrease Is reported from all sections except
New England and the territories. The larger
number of eastern state failures are small ones.
The total liabilities of those falling in the New
England states are about 22 per cent, smaller
during the past quarter than a year ago. Lia
bilities of all lndh iduals, firms nnd corpora
tions which failed amount to t&!,313,O0O, a fall
ing off of 18 per cent, from tho corresponding
total last year.
Special reports to Bradstrect's from SO cities.
with reference to revival In activity In Indus
trial lines, Indicate there are at work at those
centers probably not to exceed 100,000 In excess
of the number employed In November last.
The Increase Is largely among employes of
manufacturers of woolen goods, shoes, cloth
ing, machinery, engines, agricultural imple
ments, bicycles, carriages, furniture, iron,
steel, glass and ship building. Depression stilt
exists among Home branches of the woolen
goods Industry, In coal mining and cotton goods
Bank clearings for March at 82 cities through
out the United States show an Increase of 18
per cent, compared with March one year ago,
tho first monthly Increase over a corresponding
total one year ago since April, 1891
The Leader of the "Button Gang-" Exe
cuted for Killing Sheriff Chavez.
Santa Fe, N. M., April 3, Francisco
Gonzales y Borrcgo, Antonio Gonzales
y Borrego, Saurlano Alarid and Patri
cio Talencla, condemned to death for
the murder of ex-Sheriff Frank Chavez,
who was killed from ambush on the
night of May 29, 1892, were hanged to
gether on ono scaffold at 9:10 o'clock
yesterday morning. The four men wen
perfectly stolid at the close. Thero
was no sign of disturbance, the au
thorities having taken extra precau
tions and militia being stationed about
the jail. The four men were members
of the executive committee of what is
known as the "Button Gang," a league
organized to combat tho political in
fluence of Chavez, who was a demo
cratic leader in Santa Fe.
Department Bulletin on Chickens.
Washington, April 3. A new farm
ers' bulletin, which is likely to provo
of great interest to chicken fanciers, is
being sent out by tho department of
agriculture. It is deviated to a earrfiil
and thorough description of standard
varieties of chickens, und is the work
of George II Howard, secretary of tho
National Poultry nnd Pigeon associa
tion. The description is given in de
tail of 87 standard varieties of fowls
and several promiscuous varieties
which arc raised In this country. All
the leading breeds are illustrated ex
cellently from drawings by Howard.
Tariff Bill WIU Be Modified.
Washington, Aprjl 3. The repub
lican members of the senate committee
on finance are continuing their work
day and night on the tariff bill, with
the intention of reporting It to the
senate at the earliest possible day.
They are not yet prepared to give out
any of tho results of their investiga
tions. There Is, however, a well de
fined impression about the senate that
the bill will bo generally remodeled,
and the rates considerably reduced in
many of the schedules.
A Church Two Hundred Tear Old.
New York, April 3. Trinity church,
full of rears of ecclesiastical honors.
will soon celebrate with great cere
mony the bi-centenary of its existence.
ao inmij-B zuuin oirinaay, tne anni
versary of the issuance of its charter
by William IIL of England in 1097, falls
upon May 0. It will be dignified by An
eight days' festival, beginning on Snn
day, May S, and ending on Sunday,
May 0.
Murder Over a Woman.
Hayden, Ky April 3. -Tom Ogle
thorpe, a prosperous farmer, accused
his wife of having been Intimate with
Henry Schneider, a farm hand. They
quarreled and Oglethorpe's wife left
him- Oglethorpe then went to
Schneider and shot him through the
heart with a Winchester, after which
he turned the weapon to his own head
and killed himself, ne was about 33
years old and had no children.'
Trnmped-Up Charge Not Sufficient.
Washington, April 3. The president
has caused the announcement to to
made with renewed emphasis that rt
movals of postmasters will not bo
made upon trumped-up charges, and
that where "pernicious partisanship"
Is alleged as a cause or removal, the
partisanship must be shown to have
been detrimental to the performance
of public duties. '
Congress May Take a Recess.
Washington, April 3. There Is talk
that the house and senate may take a
recess of four weeks to allow the sen
ate committee to work on the Dlngley
bill. The house cannot take a recess
longer than three days without tho
senate's consent, but the adoption of a
joint resolution making a four weeks
recess possible will probably be carried.,

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