Newspaper Page Text
TAJEAN VALLEY NEWS.
SCORES LOST IN PUEBLO FLOOD DEATH TOLLS REACH HUNDREDS ESTIMATED .15,000 HOMELESS NUMBER LOST IN DISASTER WILL NEVER BE KNOWN. MILLIONS IN PROPERTY LOST REPORTS SHOW HEAVY RAINS CAUSE ENOR MOUS LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY OVER ENTIRE STATE. Denver, June 6. Friday, June 3, was a dark day In the history of Pueblo, Colorado's second city. Flood waters from the Arkansas and Fountain riv ers devastated the business and lower residence sections of the town, sweep ing away hundreds of houses and caus ing great loss of life. Reports to date show property loss will run Into mil lions, while constantly dead bodies are being found, until the death roll shows upwards of 200. Flood waters fill a large portion of the city, and Saturday and Sunday as they receded new horrors were revealed. In some places the water was reported seven teen feet deep. Publo's union depot was in the cen ter of the flooded area, which reached from the high cliffs on which the bet ter residence portion of the city Is lo cated at Seventh street to wesfof the station. Practically all in that lower section is destroyed From Friday night to Sunday the city was without light or water, street cars stopped, fires became frequent and with no chance to fight them, soon consumed many business and residence blocks. The flood was augmented by a sec ond cloudburst Saturday which wrought greater havoc. Sunday, with the breaking of Beaver dam, eight miles north of Florence, and a terrific cloudburst about 3 p. m., the stricken city Is in a most pitiful condition. The Arkansas river rushed down again and the receding waters were given fresh Impetus. It Is Impossible to tell the extent of this dire disaster. Pueblo Is under martial law, the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Rangers being In complete control of the city. Looters have bm arrested by the dozen and several shot. Armies of rescuers worked day and night to save persons caught in the flood and who could not reach safety before the great nine-foot wall of water struck the city. Denver & Rio Grande train No. 3 und Missouri Pacific train No. 12 were caught in the flood and both turned turtle. As each carried numbers of passengers, It is not now known how many perished. Rallroiikl and wagon bridges are out north, south and west of Pueblo, and It is difficult to get relief .to the stricken city. Denver sent a special train of clothing, food, blankets and other necessary equipment Saturday night. Red Cross nurses and helpers accompanied this train with a full sup ply of emergency material. The Sal vation Army, Fltzsimons Hospital, Tort Logan and many others put forth very effort to supply necessaries for ihe thousands of homeless. Forty-one undertakers from Denver took special train for Pueblo Sunday morning to assist In caring for. the dead. Trinidad sent a carload of pro visions, Victor, Colorado Springs and other towns responded nobly to the call of the distressed city. Governor Shoup took up his resi ! dence at. Colorado Springs In order to be as near the scene of disaster as pos sible. First bund reports to him by Representative Iver Daley and State Pure Food Inspector W. F. Cannon on Sunday morning shows that the total numbv of dead would never be known, that scores of bodies will never be found, either because they are buried under tons of samJ or destroyed In some of the fires that raged, and caused this statement to be Issued by the governor: "The Pueblo flood Is much worse than the disaster attending the earth quake and fire in San Francisco. The exact numbtjr of dead may never be known. Scores of bodies may never be recovered." Every possible assistance has been j rushed to Pueblo in an efiort to relieve the sltuotion as much as possible. Damage Can Not Be Estimated. Pueblo, Colo. No estimate of the actual property damage from flood here or loss of life can be made at this time. Conditions are beyond de scription. Virtually every building from the postoffice to the square be yond the Union Btation on Union ave nue was completely wiped out. In ad dition to the havoc wrought by the water, Jjuildings undermined by the Inundation have caved in causing a scene of desolation and horror be yond anything'ever seen In Colorado. Two Millions Railroad Damage. Surveys made by trackmen sent out by tliti Denver A Rio Grande furnish no definite idea of the extmit of the track damoge wrought by the storm. According to statements made at the general offices of the Denver & Rio Grande nnd Colorado & Southern the damage to freight Jn the Pueblo yards will amount (o upwards of $2,000,000. EYE WITNESS TELLS OF HORROR HOUSES TOPPLE OVER FILLED WITH WOMEN AND CHILDREN. Devastation Wrought by Fire and Water at Pueblo Beyond Description. Colorado Springs. The devastation wrought by fire and flood at Pueblo is beyond description, according to C. S. Railsback, formerly of this city, now special agent of the Santa Fé at Pu eblo. Mr. Railsback made his way to Colo rado Springs by special Santa Fé mo tor car In an effort to get Into com munication with La Junta over the Union Pacific wires to order a special relief train to the scene of the disas ter. - "Hundreds of lives were lost and millions of dollars In property were de stroyed," said Railsback. "The main business district of the city gutted by fire and water, and it probably never will be known how many hundreds of people perished. "The entire residence districts In several of the lowlands were complete ly wiped out. I spent the entire night, with hundreds of others, rescuing wom en and little children from the flood, and my mind Is so befuddled that I can hadly talk about the thing. It was horrible beyond description. "I saw several frame rooming houses topple over, plunge into the raging tor rent, each filled with screaming wom en and children. The scene was sick ening." Mr. Railsback said at one time there was fifteen feet of water running through the Santa Fé yards. In fact, the yards were completely destroyed. To add to the horror of the flood, fires broke out all over the city, not only In the business district, but In many residence sections. The largest business houses of the city, including the big banks, Crews Beggs, White & Davis, Straub's trunk factory, the King lumber yard and many others were wrecked by water or completely destroyed by fire, accord ing to Railsback. The river broke over its banks near the state insane asylum, and soon there was a raging torrent from the high cliffs to the west of the union depot to Seventh street. Las Animas Flooded. Las Animas, Colo. Four Mexicans are reported drowned, houses in the lower section of the city swept from their foundations and the entire city was surrounded by waters ranging in depth from one to six feet. Residents fleeing from the residential districts of the city to the hills. Owing to flooding of the lighting plant the city was In darkness, adding to the terror of the people. The sugar fac tory here has been flooded out and water reached a depth of six feet in the company offices and through out the plant. The bridge over the Arkansas river here was washed out. All telephone lines were car ried away The river Is swollen and has overflowed its banks. The four Mexicans reported drowned are sugar factory employés who were In the company houses near the plant. They did not heed warnings' of the oncom ing flood. It Is feared others may have perished in the wall of water which struck the city late in the evening. Many Daring Rescues. The entire eastern section of the vlty was isolated. The south side also was cut off from the business district. Frank Pryor of a local furniture company spent one night on one stand ing wall of his four-story building, which collapsed. Richard Phllbins of the Rangers was rescued from a telephone pole where he had spent the night. He was riding a horse when the waters overwhelmed Bim. The horse was drowned, but Phllbins managed to swim to the pole. Scores of persons were detected loot ing stores as the flood poured its woy Into the streets. A hundred shots were fired at the loters by soldiers. Scores of strong men risked their lives to bring women nnd children to safety. The Colorado Rangers, the po lice and Troop C of the Colorado Na tional Guard bent to the work of res cue. Scores of persons alive In Pueb lo owe their lives to the bravery of the men of these organizations and scores of volunteers. J. B. Roberts and Robert Wayland, prominent business men, volunteered to take a boat and attempt to reach two wo'men whose calls could be heard In the darkness. After much difficulty they found a girl of 19, Mary McAl ester, clinging to a power wire. She was taken Into the boat and the men attempted to reach her mother, in a treetop close by. They succeeded In geting her into the boat, when she gave a lurch and all four went Into the water. After a struggle Roberts and Wayland, with the girl, managed to scramble onto the roof of a floating house, but their dan ger was not over and the building was carried down the street closer and closer to the lumber yard of the King Investment Company. Their cries for help attracted the attention of men on the roof of a.negro church, who saw the capsized boat un der the eaves of the floating house and carried along with it. The three final ly righted the boat, got into it again and got to a point where they could wade to safety. The girl's mother, it is feared, was drowned. Among the refugees was an aged Mexican woman, crying for someone to go after her daughter, stranded In their home. In her hands she clasped a bundle of clothes and a pound of butter. Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Verhofstad, for past middle life, were typical of many of the unfortunates. Fleeing fefore the rush of water, they had nothing but the clothes on their backs and a small box of valuubles. Joseph Rosen, clothing merchant, narowly escaped death. Like most of the merchants, he was In his shop at Main and Second streets attempting to save his stock. The Arkansas rushed up Main street so quickly he could not escupe. In a desperate effort Rosen broke through a transom over the show window and was seen by J. E. Creel, D. V. Rupel and others in the Dean Creel Furniture store across the street. They shouted to rescuers on the second floor, who lowered a rope nnd hauled Rosen to safety. One whole section of the Pryor fur niture store was carried away when struck by Santa Fé looding sheds swept on In . the flood. Many other similar Incidents occurred through the flooded district. Everyone available lent aid. The T. M. C. A housed refugees and Issued food cards. Nothing being sold with out the permits. , .- . Ajarty of twelve newspaper report ers and police escaped drowning only by clambering to the top of a garage, some of the number caring for a blind man, tore a hole through a brick wall with a pair of large shears. Prisoners in the city Jail were hauled to safety by ropes dropied from the second floor. List of Destroyed Business Houses. Pueblo. Thirty Pueblo business firms have been totally destroyed by the flood. Many of them lie In ruins. Others have been swept away altogether. But two are cov ered by flood Insurance. , The list of businesses considered a total loss fol lows: Watklns Hat and Clothing Shop; Griffin Style Shop; Gross and Wildin; Barnheim Outfitters; Dean Creel Furniture Company; Rosen's Clothes Shop; Palace Drug Store; McCarthy Embalming Parlors; Prior Furniture Co.; Western National Bank; Hawkins-White Furniture Co.; Kress 10-cent Store; United Ci gar Store; Dixon and Miller; Sellers Confectionery; Knlbel Sporting Goods Company; Penter Cigar Com pany; White-Davis Clothing Com pany; F. W. Wool worth 10-cent Store; Ellington Café; Rushmer Jewelry Store; Hosman Drur Com pany; R. T. Frazer Saddlery; Cottlng Brothers' Furniture Store; West Bros., Jr., Furniture Store; Dlxon Stump Bottling Company; Kniebel Bottling Company; Jack Gray, bar ber; H. B. King Commission Com pany; Hlnckle-Duke Mercantile Com pany; Colorado Bedding Company; Brlnkley-Douglas . Fruit Company; Forbush Ice Company; Straub Trunk Company, destroyed by fire; King Investment Company, burned; offices of the Arkansas Valley Railroad, Light and Power Company; Pueblo Savings Bank; Crewa-Beggs Dry Goods Company; Taub Brothers Haberdashery; Wlnch-Slayden Sta tionery Company; Tom Brown Shoe Store; ChurchUl Jewelry Company; Pueblo Carriage Company; Pueblo Auto Company; Newton Lumber Company. One entire city block, be tween First and Second streets on Santa Fé was entirely destroyed, every building being demolished. Between Third and Union streets on Santa Fé, Main and Court streets, buildings were completely destroyed. Pueblo Menaced by Filth. Colorado Springs. A special dis patch from Pueblo says i "Shrouded In inky blackness, only relieved by an occasional flicker of n blazing build ing, Pueblo people have gathered for the fight to overcome the disaster which nearly overwhelmed It Friday night with n loss to property conserva tively estimated at between $10,000,- 000 and $15,000,000 and a casualty list set now at not less than 500. "The most serious problem facing the smelter city Is that of sanitation, according to Robert Gast, chief of the sanitation commission of the Pueblo chapter of the Red Cross, w ho has Is sued an urgent appeal for aid. "Pueblo's $1,000,000 courthouse houses 600 homeless. The schools, churches, public buildings and hun dreds of private homes are housing countless others left destitute by the flood. The destitute are being fed at the rate of 600 an hour by the Red Cross, which has nobly responded to the tremendous demands or assist ance. But despite the well-organized efforts to take care of Its unfotunates, the city must have outside aid and at once. . U. S. Asked for $5,000,000 Aid. Colorado Springs. Governor Shoup is asked' to appeal to the federal gov ernment for an appropriation of $5, 000,000 of which $2,000,000 may be Im mediately available, in a telegram re ceived at his home from James ' L. Lovern, president of the city council of Pueblo, Frank S. Hoag, chairman levee repuir committee ; E. E. Withers, president Pueblo waterworks; C. K. McHarg, president Arkansas Valley Ditch Association. The text of the message follows: "Hon. Oliver H. Shoup, governor Colorado Springs: . "Late estimates of total property and crop damage between Cañón City and state line, is from fifteen to twenty million dollars. Damage in Pueble city and county alone will total six to eight million dollars. Federal govern ment expends millions of dollars tc improve and repair levees In nil sec tions of the country. We now ask f government to, appropriate sum of $., 000,000, of which the sum of $2,000, 000 may be immediately available for purpose of repairing and Improving Arkansas river and Fountain river levees and removing debris from cities damaged, of which Pueblo should have at least one and one-half million dol lars Immediately. Impossible to ascer tain Joss of life, owing to impossibility of removing debris without great fi nancial assistance, but Pueblo alone will show several hundred people drowned when debris Is removed." Platte River Goes Over Banks. The flood gates of Bergen and Har riman lakes above Denver were raised to ullow the flood waters to escape down the Platte river, that the dams could take care of the extra wuter lot loose by the breaking of the Beaver dam. This caused the river to over flow its banks in Denver and a near panic ensued when the police sent out warning to people living along the low land next to the river. No loss of life was reported and, all danger was soon over. The police of the city used ev ery precaution to see that no one was allowed to cross any of the bridges which the raising water was threaten ing. The water in some Instances run ning within two feet of the floors of the bridges. Tell the World We'll Rebuild. Pueblo, Colo. Business men of the city are not disheartened by the flood, though the damage to their property will be a total loss, wiping out many of them. "Tell the world that we are going fo rebuild," a group of them told the newspaper men. "Send out word over your wires that we are going to huve another city." A fund of $125,000 for relief work was subscribed among the business men yesterday within a few minutes. Enormous Property Damages. Millions of dollars of farm property was lost In the flood of the Arkansas river. From Pueblo east to the Kan sas line on both sides of the riVer, en tire farms are devastated. Houses, fencing, machinery and stock nil swept on by the raging waters. It is thought that many people may have perished on the furms and the lowlands of the valley along the river, but the exact number will not be known for some time. Nearly ever town in the Ar kansas valley suffered more or less dumage and loss to property and life. Train Turned Over. The overturning of a Denver & Rio Grande passenger train with 1!K) pas sengers on board In the railroad yards at Pueblo Is the outstanding disaster of the 'storm as far as railroad traf fic is concerned. The passengers were removed to the Nuckolls Pu'kliig plant, where physicians hastily summond at tended to the injured. The train left Denver carrying 150 passengers, large ly excursionists to the Pacific coast. Damages Over State. Death list stands at five four near Sterling and one in tongmont. Logan, Weld, Larimer and Boulder counties slowly 'recovering from storm. Between Denver and Boul der no los of life reported. Reced ing water disclosed heavy lOBses in Erio, Louisville and Lafayette. Men ace to Marshall from huge Marshall lake dam passed. Roads Impassable and transportation demoralized. Lamar Partly Flooded. The crest of the flood of the Ar kansas river reached Lamnr Sunday morning, covering the north side of town and reaching the Santa Fé tracks. All business bouses and residence were surrounded by water nnd the residents In that section of the town took refuge in the higher land in the south side of the city. . FELT LIKE 1 IRON BID AROUND HEAD Mrs. Osborne Says She Shudders When She Thinks .How She Suffered. "For years." said Mrs. V. B. Osborne, of 718 Lancaster Ave., Lexington, Ky., "I have be-in in a run-down condition ; nervous, weak and dizzy. I was ac tually so nervous that any sudden noise or excitement would produce a palpitation of my henrt that fright ened me. I absolutely could not climb stairs, for to attempt such would thor oughly exhaust me. "I had nervous headaches and when they came on It seemed that' an Iron band was drawn tight around my head. I now shudder when I think -of those headaches. My -rtomach was weuk and 1 could not digest the lightest liquid food. Any food of a solid na ture caused nausea and the sickening sensation remained for hours. "My misery was almost unbearable. My sleep was never sound and I was worn out all the time. My condition was Indeed a very deplorable one. 1 Anally sought treatment In Cincinnati, but nothing helped me one particle. 1 was on the verge of giving up In despair when a neighbor pleaded with me to try Tanlac. 1 obtained a bottle of the medicine and began Its use. "1 began improving at once and soon felt my nervousness and dizziness dis appearing. Then my headaches left me and 1 realized my strength had re turned. My appetite and digestion Im proved and I am now so much better In every way. This Tanlac Is a won derful medicine and the only one that ever really helped me. I hope every poor woman who Is suffering as I did will try it." Tanlac is sold by leading druggists everywhere. Adv. But This Isn't London. "Here you are, gentlemen, the great est Invention of the age!" bawled the street peddler. "Wnat Is It?" Inquired an onlooker. "A magnetized keyhole plate for front doors. It will attract an ordi nary steel key from a distance of two feet All you have to do to find the keyhole Is to take out your key and bang on to It" Three men were Injured In the crowd that rushed to buy. Tit-Bits. FRECKLES Now b the Tim to Cat Rid of TkM U(lr Spate. There's bo tancar the slightest aeea of feellnc whuud ol your freckles, as Othlne double strength Is guaranteed to remove theae homely spots. Simply sat an ounce of Othlne doable trancth from your drug-flat, and apply a little ot It nlfbt and moraine and you hould soon sao tbat ovan tba worst frccklas hava basun to disappear, wblla tba llshter onas bava vanished entirely. It Is seldom tbat more than one ounce Is needed to com pletely olear the skin and sain a beautiful clear complexion. Be sure to ask for the double strength, Othlne, ss this la sold under tuarantee of money back If It falls to remove freckles. NOT. WHAT THEY LOOKED FOR Audience, Like Readers of Novels, - Wanted What They Had Been Used to Getting. . Dr. William Lyon Phelps of Tale said at a dinner In Philadelphia: "The average popular novelist and his audience are very, very well. It reminds roe of a story. - "An old-time music hall artist turned up, after some years of absence, in a certain provincial town where he had once been a great favorite. He went on In his usual make-up bulb ous red nose and so forth expecting a grand reception, but all his efforts were received In gloomy silence. "'What's the matter with 'era?' he said afterward to the stage manager, and he dashed a tear from his eye. 'Have they forgotten old Bill?' " 'No, Bill, they ain't forgotten you,' snld the manager In a kindly voice. 'No, It ain't that, but you've changed your Jokes about. You're tellln' the one about the star boarder ahead of the one about the Umburger, and It upsets 'em." About Colors. v Is your room small? Then avoid yellow and red lb Its furnishing. They are warm colors and make a room look small. Use grays and violets to give a "roomy" effect Too many people perform tbelr work after the style of a machine. Let This Food Help Tfou to Health Sound nourishment for body and brain with no overloading and no tax upon the dlgestion,Is secured from GrapeNuts It embodies the nutrition of the field grains, and it makes for better health and bodily efficiency. Ready to serve an ideal break fast or lunch. "There's a Reason N 16799 DIED in New York City alone from kid ney trouble last year. Don't allow yourself to become a victim by neglecting; pains and aches. ' Guard against this trouble by taking C0IDIIEDAL V" i-"f ni"";r'.-i 4 Ths world's standard remedy for kidney! livar, bladder ar-d uric acid troubles. Holland's National Remedy sines 1696. All .druggists, three sizes. Look for tba nam Gold Medal on arary bos and accept no imitation No Soap Better - For Your Skin Than Cuticura Sea 25c, Ointment 25 ana 50c, Talc ma 25c As Ono Raised From Dead STOMACH PAINS G0I1E Eatonlo Made Him Well ' "After suffering ten long months with stomach pains, I have taken Eatonlc and am now without any pain whatever. Am as one raised from the dead," writes A. Percifleld. Thousands of stomach sufferers re port wonderful relief. Their trouble Is too much acidity and gas which Eatonlc quickly takes up and carries out, restoring the stomach to a healthy, active condition. Always oar ry a few Eatohlcs, take one after eat ing, food will digest well you win feel fine. Big box costs only a trifle with your druggist's guarantee. AGENTS . WANTED A new, Inexpensive novelty for home entertainment. Delights, amases everyone. Easy to aell by men or women. People really want It. Write for Information. Multlacope Co., Paeadena. CaL For Bale Home Cared Tobacco direct from (rower. Chew's, t lb. $2; amok's, i Ib. II. CO, prepaid. John W. Jones, Greenfield, Tenn. PATENTS Watson . Oolsmnm Patent Lawyer, Washington D. C. Adrice and book fro Batea reasonable. Hlshest references. Baetsenrleas 126 RIAMMOIH JACKS 1 nava a bargain for yon, some quick, W. L DeCUm'8 JACK FAKsC Cedar Rapid. Iowa Never do any worrying today that you can Just as well postpone until to morrow, i Important to Moth ore Examine carefully ever; bottle of CASTORIA, that famous old remedy for infanta and children, and see that It Bears the Signature In Use for Over 80 Years. Children Cry for Fletcher's Ca6toria TWO THINGS NOT LOOKED FOR Even Stolid Englishman Saw the Hu mor in One of Josh Billings' Famous Jokes. Andrew Carnegie told a good story at the expense of Matthew Arnold In his "Autobiography." It seems that the English critic was not successful in his lectures In the United States, but he was anxious to learn,' and he asked how Josh Billings held his au dience. The American humorist re plied: "Well, you mustn't keep them laughing too long, or they will think you are laughing at them. After giv ing the audience amusement you must become earnest and play the serious role. For instance, 'There are two things In this life for which no man Is ever prepared. Who will tell me what these are?' Finally some' one cries out, 'Death.' 'Well, who gives me the other?' Many respond wealth, happiness, strength, marriage, taxes. At last Josh begins solemnly: 'None of you has given the oecond. There are two things on earth for which no man Is ever prepared, and them's twins,' and the house shakes." Mr. Arnold did also. - More men die of idleness than of hard work. Untold agony is a secret a woman can't -repeat. Stubs In check books cover a multi tude of disappointments.