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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
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Sound nourishment for body and brain
with no overloading and no tax upon the
dlgestion,Is secured from
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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
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Ths world's standard remedy for kidney!
livar, bladder ar-d uric acid troubles.
Holland's National Remedy sines 1696.
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Look for tba nam Gold Medal on arary bos
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No Soap Better
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As Ono Raised
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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
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Eatonlc quickly takes up and carries
out, restoring the stomach to a
healthy, active condition. Always oar
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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
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D. C. Adrice and book fro
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1 nava a bargain for yon, some quick,
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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.

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