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SINGLE COPY Tlllt EE CENTS. ESTABLISHED JUKE 19, 1871. OMAHA, WEDNESDAY MOKNING, JUNE 3, 1903-TEN PAGES. HEATH MAKES REPLY Fcrmer First Assistant Postmaster General Aoswen Tnlloch Cha.'gea, HE SAYS MOST OF THEM ARE LIES Explains ' Situation in l.'ie Cae of Mrfinac!. NEW CONDITIONS MADE EXTRA WORK Impouibls for Heath to Attend Personally to Minor Details. VISITS HE MADE WERt ALL NECESSARY Trouble with Tnlloch la that He Lost Hla Position I Washington Post ofDee aad Blames Heath and Others. WASHINGTON, Juno . The Investiga tion of affair at the rostofflce department la proceeding aa fast as possible und the Investigating officials hope to close their Inquiries by August 1. Postmaster General Payne said today that all the salient points of the Investigation would probably be dls posed of this week, but the rest of th work will probably continue for some time. The development announced at the de partmeut today was the promulgation of the letter of former First Assistant l'ost master General Heath, who enters a denial of tho Tulloch charges. The go-betweens, who, It Is alleged, figured In transaction! which led to the arrest of August W. Machen. the former general superintendent of the free delivery system, are understood to be members of a firm In Toledo, the., former home of Mr, Machen. Although It Is known authorita tively that there are several parties whose arrest may be decided on at any time. Postmaster General Payne said tonight that o far as he Is advised no Immediate arrests are in contemplation. Tho preliminary hearing of Mr. Machen before a United States commissioner, which Is scheduled for next Friday, may be rend ered unnecessary In case the grand Jury should report an Indictment before then Tho case will be presented to that body to morrow. An Indictment would relieve the government from the necessity of disclosing Its evidence prior to the trial of the case In court, and would require the arreHt of Machen on a bench warrant and the fur nishing of fresh bonds. Report to President. Postmaster General Payne some weeks ago hoped that he would be able to make at least a preliminary report to President Roosevelt on his return to Washington, but the Investigation has extended so much more widely than was originally contem plated and the end Is yet so far oft th:it no formal statement at this time Is likely, though soon after the president's return Mr. Payne will report te him informally. . Perry B. Keath'a letter follows: - SALT. LAKK CITY. Utah. May , 1903 - To Hon. H. C. Payne, Washington, D. C: My Dear Mr. Payne I thank you for your courteous letters of the 19th and 20th in stant, calling my attention to certain as sertions of one 8. W. Tnlloch, ex-cashler of the Washington post o like, and also the statement of a Mrs. Wlnans, formerly of Ohio, who is quoted aa saying thut she was carried upon the roll of wie postofllce with the understanding that she was not to render service to the government. If Mrs. Wlnans did nwt render services equivalent to the compensation she received her superior officers were deceived. 1 did not know the woman when she was ap pointed and had no personal Interest In her. Her name was among a large number always ou my desk and I recall that she was well recommended for a position. I did not. and could not, attempt to personally ascertain whether persona appointed to po sitions In pontottlces rendered satisfactory service. I do remember that this woman became a nuisance about the Postofllce de partment and that I refused to see her. She was reported to me by tny chief clerk as being persistent In her demands for pro nnilon or mora desirable work. She at leaat pretended to my chief clerk, so he reported to me. to perform services war ranting promotion or better compensation. Compelled to Trnat Others. By the same token, upon the same line of argument employed by Tulloch, nearly V not quite an oi me transactions ui mo executive departments In Washington could be called into question and Improper mo tives could be assigned. Necessarily 1 oould not follow the details of the work of postofnce clerks; I was compelled to trust my subordinates and to rely upon post masters. We had a change of administra tion, a war, the Americanizing of an im mense foreign service and the taking over of vast expanses of new territory. Hut I r altered as many details aa possible and proudly hold myself responsible for all that 1 did and for the humble part 1 took In the work of the department. 1 never appointed any person to any posi tion or retained anyone in any position at any time with any sort of notion or idea that he or ahe wis not to render full and honest service to the government for the pay received. The intimation that there was an "honorary roll" upon which per gons were placed for political or personal or other purposes than good service la a pure Invention. It is a llo out of whole cloth, aa are most of the Imputations of Tulloch. It any persons were so appointed or retained it was through their own dis honest designs. Many Men Required. There was a period extending over many nonihi whan many more men were de manded for service in Cuba, Porto Rico . r,H mi mllitnrv camm In our country than we could supply. Ve lrew through the lareer Dostoinces for men for claasltled service, receiving many, but when re sponses from poatofTlces ceased to be suf twint we drew names from applicants out side the classified service and conscientiously elected those whose capability and charac- .r w. riivmml beat. In this hurried work of appointments, hurried dispatch of men and materials for the scenes of action, some mistakes were, of course, made, but these ttitnaa occur and will so long as men live, I made a visit to Porto Hico when the Spanish form of postal service was taken over and placed under our system. 1 did not seek the trip, and never inude a more rilsasrerable one. or one where 1 rendered better service or made mure sacrifice. For every dollar expended vouchers were rendered and accounting made. I made a trip to the Pacific slope, I believe In the spring of lti, In connection with con ditions existing in postoltice at Portland, Tacoma and Seattle, incident to the han dling of the Alaskan malis and local con gestions, for wliick a strict accounting umAe. Posaibly Tulloch did not deem these trips necessary, but 1 doubt if he had the slightest conception for what they were made or what was dune Lpou them. Answers Two Personal References. There are two personal references to me In the Tulloch assertions tiiat 1 desir,e to mention briefly, and the others 1 will pass over as unworthy of mention or for reply from those who have hud later access to tho official records, for these Incidents occurred four or nve years ago. Complaints were made to lue by clerks In the 1'ostoffice department or to tlie orttce nf the auditor for the treasury that an employe of the Utter, named Gilmer, fre quently entered their rooms and in a surly, oflenMve and jxremptory manner demanded records and carried them away without leaving aay receipt, or simply helped him self, and when receipt was requested snubbed the clerk making the request. 1 was asked by our clerks to request, and did request, of treasury officials that Gilmer be Instructed to act like a gentle nian, and to protect clerks in the Post ottlce ei-'Partment by leaving receipts for ail records taaeti by him 'mm the depart ment. A displaced document would nat urally subject the responsible clerk to censure If not Indeed a charge of CHAMBERLAIN'S BIG PICNIC Invites 6,000 of Ills Constituents to Cvdti Party to Hear Another , Tariff Speech. "X . LONDOi ' 2 -Mr. Chamberlain has Invited 000 o. ft -stituents to a garden party at lila lilrn- residence on June 13, when It Is expo . will speak on the Imperial lollvereln , Jn. Although there la unceasing dlacusslo. on Mr. Cham berlain's proposal as to how the party lead ers will range themselves. According to the Dally News Sir Michael Hicks-lScach will uncompromisingly oppose the colonial secretary's proposals. If so the leadership of the former chancellor of the exchequer will give great strength to the unionist opposition of the xollvereln scheme. In reply to a correspondent, Mr. Cham berlain has stated that he relies upon colonial co-operation as necessary to the success of his movement. The conservative leaders anxiously pro test that there In no Idea of appealing to the country yet; but they rather studiously avoid pronouncing an opinion on the co lonial secretary's scheme. Sir William Ealrond, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, speaking at Tiver ton last night, said he did not anticipate a general election before 1905. He consld ered that Mr. Chamberlain's scheme was one of the gravest and most momentous problems that this generation had to solve, No change, he continued, should be made In Great Britain's fiscal policy without the utmost caution. They should not by alter atlon of the tariffs benefit the few by the many. TREATY IS GAINING FRIENDS Colombians Are Awakening; to Fact that Canal's Enemies Are in Way of Winning, CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS Half the Mayor i Appointees Confirmed and Half Bejeoted. THREE NEW MEN IN SUCCESSFUL LIST Connrllmen Decline to Acre to Ei- ecntlre'e Selections for Six of the Offices to Be Filled by Appointment. Mayor's Appointees Confirmed. City Engineer ANDREW ROSE WATER Health Commissioner JOHN B. RALPH. M. D. Plumbing Inspector JOHN L. LYNCH Boner inspector jUHUflt bhf.ili City Electrician PAUL- H. PATToN City Prosecutor THOMAS F. LEE Mayor's Appointees Rejected. Gas Inspector JOHN C. LYNCH Cleric Police Court ti. liriict superintendent Markets WILLIAM F. GEKKE Inspector Weights and Measures TMUAIAa P. M All AM M 1 1 I Custodian City Hall ALFRED Hl'OH Poundmaster JOHN LAL'GHLAND PANAMA, June 2. Jose Augustln Arqgo, the senior senator for Panama; Manuel Amador Guerrerro, Manuel E.splnosa, Ba tista Frederloo Boyd and other prominent men, representatives of all the Interests of the Isthmus, have sent the following cablegram to President Marroquln at Bo gota; Colombians, resident and born In the Isthmus, without distinction of political party, consider of vital Importance the approval of the Hay-Herran treaty, which consults present and future interests and aspirations. The nonapproval of the treaty wun enaeavors being made to adopt the Nlcaraguan route Is equal to a degree of definitive revolution In the isthmus, caus ing Irreparable evil and giving origin to antl-patrlotic sentiments. The people of the Isthmus apparently at the last have awakened to the fact that unless proper Influences are exerted the enemies of the canal will win the battle. Rlcardo Arias, a leading cltlsen, has started the movement with a forcible ar ticle, In which he points out that the Hay Herran treaty Is the only solution to the must arduous problem that has ever pre sented Itself to Colombian diplomacy. The honorable character of the contracting par ties, he says, leaves no other supposition but that Colombian sovereignty will not be Impaired. CONDITION OF THE WEATHER Forecast for Nebraska Partly Cloudy on Wednesday, Warmer In West Portion; Thursday Fair, , Warmer in East Portion. Temperatare at Omaha Yesterdayi Honr. Dear.. Honr. Hear. 5 aw m S3 1 p. m AW An. m BU 8 p. m ..... . 5" T a. m 3 p. m ..... . BU A a. m 114 4 p. m BO 0 a. m B5 B p. m BO 10 a. .m BB 6 p. nt 61 11 a. m Be T p. m J 111 m 08 p. m 61 p. m 60 SEE EXTENT OF DISASTER reople of Gainesville Now Realise How Sorely They Are Smitten. FLOODS HAVE REACHED TURNING POINT WORD FROM THE ANTARCTIC Explorers Send Brief Message front Newly Discovered Land, saying All la Well. BERLIN, June I. The government haa received a telegram from Lorenxo Mar ques, Portuguese East Africa, saying that the captain of the Norwegian bark Garcia haa delivered to the German consul there a letter from the German Antarctic steamer Gauss, dated In the Indian ocean. May -6, as follows: We wintered well off newly discovered land In 6 degrees. 77 minutes south latl tude and &9 degrees, 48 minutes west longi tude, we are now en route to uuruan. All well. A message from Prof. Drygalskt at Dur ban, says the ship behaved splendidly. He adds that he is forwarding reports. GERMAN TRADE WITH CANADA Takes Great Britain at Its Word and Seeks Trade la Its Colonies. BERLIN, June .-The semi-official Nora Deutsche Zettung publishes today an ex haustlve article on the history of Ger man-Canadian trade relations. It declares that Germany has never had any idea of interfering with the Internal relations of Great Britain and Canada, but, since Great Britain has repeatedly laid stress on the fact that the self-governing colonies are Independent In the matter of commer cial treaties, Germany has a perfect right to treat Canada as a separate country. The National Zeltung approves of Ger many not adopting retaliatory measures against Canada. PRINCESS G0ES TO FRANCE Father Goes to Meet His Daughter for First Time Since Her Flight. VIENNA, June 1 According to a dls patch from Salsburg, the grand duke of Tuscany will go to Llndau on June 12 to meet his daughter, the former crown princess of Saxony, for the first time since her flight with the French tutor, M. Glron The princess will then go to France to take up hor permanent residence at Castle Ronno. Department of the Rhone, which Is the property of Countess St. Vlctolre, the widow of former Count Chombord. Heat Tires the Pope. ROME, June 2. The pope is fatigued r account of the heat. Though he Is not ill, his doctor has suspended all not strictly necessary audiences. The probable post ponement of the consistory for a few days is not connected with the pope's health, but is due to the situation in France. The secret consistory has been postponed until June 22. The public consistory wl take place June 25. At the latter Cardlna Satolll will b appointed bishop of Frascatl, All Oalet in Macedonia. SOFIA. June 1 The arrival of refugees from Macedonia haa largely ceased during the last few days and the frontier Is quiet. Provided there Is no further dynamiting In Macedonia by the Insurgents, the danger of complications between Turkey and Bul garia may be. regarded as aver for this year. The city council last night confirmed Just one-half of twelve appointments for city positions made by Mayor Moores. Those that found favor Included only the charter offices. With two exceptions, In the cases of Electrician Patton and Prosecutor Lee, Councllmen Dyball, O'Brien and Nicholson stood by the mayor, while Huntington also opposed the confirmation of Lee. The ma jority that forced the rejection of all the appointees not confirmed was composed of President Zlmman. Back, Evans, flchroeder and Hoye. Nothing was said for or against any of the men selected by the mayor. Many Interested Spectators. The council chamber was filled in expec tation of the appointments, even the gallery containing a few score, for the first time in months. When the rejections began there were low murmurs, but no demon strations, although every man In the big room had personal choices for each place to be filled. Of the successful appointees, Andrew Rosewater, Dr. Ralph and John L. Lynch have been renamed. Scheldt, the new boiler inspector, is a labor lender, and figured prominently In the Union Pacific bollermakers' strike. Paul H. Patton, the new electrician, has been In the employ of the Nebraska Telephone company for many years, while Thomas F. Lee is a lawyer who has not held political office heretofore. The men rejected were all reappointments with the exception of John C. Lynch, who was chosen by the mayor to succeed R. 8. Berlin as gas Inspector. Desire to secure recognition from the mayor la the reason ascribed for the action of the five councllmen last night, and not because of delinquencies in duty or unfit ness of the candidates turned down. Mayor Moores may, under the law, submit the same names once more. Dlsonss Asphalt Repairs. A resolution Introduced by Councilman Nicholson, directing the Board of Public Works to secure competitive bids for re pairs for all asphalt pavements upon which the guarantee contract haa expired, pre ei pita, ted a lengthy -discussion of the poor condition of many streets. Nicholson, ex plaining his resolution, said the surface of much asphalt paving is In deplorable condi tion and averred that there "are holes big enough to bury an ox." He specified North Sixteenth street In particular, and said many property owners had told htm they would resist in the courts any attempt to repave. Councilman Hoye warmly opposed spending further money on repairs on Six teenth street, and said he favored repavlng at the general expense and not of the abutting property owners. Councilman O'Brien put in a word to pass a com mentary on what he called the "shameful" condition of Sixteenth and other streets. City Engineer Rosewater, upon request. explained that Sixteenth street can be put In good repair for the year for $3,000, while It will cost about 110,000 to repair properly the remaining asphalt paving. About $16. 000 Is now available In the fund set aside for the purpose. Repavlng cannot be done without a majority petition from property owners something Impossible to obtain. He advocated securing bids for repairs at so much per square yard for a period of from five to ten years. This course, he de clared, will result In the resurfacing of many streets, because It will be found cheaper to handle them In this way. The resolution was adopted, Hoye alone voting against it. Shortly afterward Councilman O'Brien's resolution directing the public works de partment to prepare an estimate on the cost of a municipal asphalt repair plant met with a burst of applause from the crowd. This innovation is something that the engineeortng department has favored for a long time. This resolution went through unanimously. Declares Pay Rolls Illegal. As in the case of the May, pay rolls for the public works department employee. City Attorney Wright declared that liquida tion of the April rolls from this depart ment would. In his opinion, be Illegal, and he recommended a test case in court. He submitted the opinion handed down Mon day. The council referred the matter to the committee on finance and claims. In the personal Injury claim of former Mayor George P. Bemls, City Attorney Wright announced that he could effect no settlement that he deemed equitable and recommended against settlement on the grounds that It -might result In freeing the sign-board and property owners from liability. Mr. Bemls was badly hurt more than a year ago by the blowing down of a huge blllhjoard on Farnam street. The council made no objection to con firming George H. Benxenberg of Mil waukee as the Omaha Water company's appraiser In the waterworks acquisition. The water company In a communication asked what steps the council would take toward defraying the expenses of the ap praisers. The document was referred. Two slight innovations were instituted by resolutions passed. One makes bids neces sary for all city hall repairing costing more than f5, while the second makes It In cumbent upon heads of departments to notify the council whenever salaries of subordinates are Increased. The bill for deputy sheriffs employed during the strike was rejected, for the reason that the city had made no ar rangement with the county to pay these men, no funds are available and if the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners promised to stand half the expense it had no authority to bind the city to such an agreement. GAINESVILLE, Ga., June 2,-The ,000 Inhabitants of this city have tonight Just begun to realize the extent of the appalling disaster of yesterday. It now seems cer tain that the death list will not be much short of 100; perhaps somewhat more than 100, considering the number of dangerously wounded whose chances for recovery can not be calculated But through all the gloom and desolation that surrounds the town like a pall of darkness, there radiated a beam of hope and encouragement hope that the death list may not be so numer ous ss reported, 'and encouragement to those who are so bravely and devotedly assisting In the Work of relief. Figuring from all available sources and giving credence only to those reports which are believed to be trustworthy, the follow ing Is a summary of the effects of the tornado in Gainesville, and Its environs: Killed, 100; Injured, 160, of whom probably twenty will die. There are many homeless with a prop erty loss of about 1500.000. none of which was epvered by storm insurance. A concise and accurate statement of the casualties cannot be rendered for several days, but the physicians In attendance be lieve that It will no go very far above 100, although twenty -five or thirty are des perately Injured and may die within the next two or three days. The death list eo far compiled Includes thirty-two at the Pacolet cotton mills at New Holland, all of whom were killed in the demolition of the company's cottages; ana thirty-six at the Gainesville cotton mills near the Southern railway station, where the tornado- first struck. The tornado visited the towns of Gaines ville, New Holland and White Sulphur, Ga, Two hundred houses, besides the Gaines ville Cotton mills, were destroyed by the storm. Last night brought lnoreased mis ery to the tornado sufferers, for a steady rain set In late In the afternoon attended by bitter cold weather. . All night long physicians and volunteers pushed their way through the wreckage, guided to the suffering victims by their groans. Here and there a fallen tree would be In the way or a wrecked bouse would stop the progress. ; , , To the city hall, armory and court house the homeless were taken for shelter. A mass meeting was behj. today, at which $6.00 was Bubs-rftto o, .relief fund. -A message, has been sei't to the secretary of war asking for .tents to shelter the home less and an appeal for aid is made to the public. The dead in Gatnesv!le alone will reach 100, according to reports submitted at a mass meeting this afternoon. A committee was appointed by the meeting to bury the victims. Thirty days' rations for 1,000 per sons were also requested from Secretary Root. Dr. Smith, the city physician, reports fif teen deaths since last night, when the cas ualty list was placed at eighty-five. Of the 200 or o Injured It Is believed twenty-five more will die. The militia were called out this morning to stop pillaging and to preserve order generally. Raw River at Kentas City is Steadily Declining. FIRST SIGHT OF THE SUN FOR A WEEK Situation Now Shows Decided Improvement in Eerj Respect NO ESTIMATE CAN BE MADE ON UVES LOSS Flooded City Ami ihat Iti Prosperity ii hoi Affected. PROFFERS OF ASSISTANCE ARE REFUSED Pnhllo Vtlllties Are Ready to Resume Operation and All Easiness Af fected Will Be Reopened as Soon as Waters Recede. GATHER FOR THE GRAND LODGE Masons of Nebraska Go Into Session at tho Temple This After- The following members of the Masonic grand lodge are already In the city to attend the meeting of the grand lodge which convenes at Masonic Temple at o'clock this afternoon: Grand Master Na thanlel M. Ayres of Beaver City, Deputy Grand Master F. E. Bullard of ' North Platte, Grand Junior Warden C. E. Burn ham of TUden, Grand Treasurer J. B. Dinsmore of Sutton, Grand Secretary F. E. White of Plattsmouth, Grand Senior Deacon M. A. Pettlgrove of Oxford, Grand Junior Deacon' Z. M. Balrd of Hartlngton, Grand Tyler Jacob King of Omaha, Grand Custodian Robert French of Kearney. In addition to the grand officers about 150 members of the order are present from out of the city as delegates to the grand lodge. It Is expected that fully 600 mem bers of the fraternity will be present from abroad during the meeting. The sessions will not conclude before Friday evening. BROKEN AXLE WRECKS TRAIN Oao Passenger is Fatally and Several Others Are Serloasly Injared. PEORIA, 111.. June I Rock Island train No. (, due In Peoria from Rock Island at 10:45. was WTeckod near Alta, a small town fifteen miles from here at 10:30 last night. John Snyder, a passenger of Henry, 111., was fatally Injured while several other people, whose names cannot be learned at present, were seriously Injured. The front axle on one of the engine trucks broke and the entire train, consisting of the engine nd two coaches, was derailed. (.Continued on Third Page-A Cnba Imposes Stamp .Tax. HAVANA, June t Governor Nuneg has ordered the enforcement of a stamp tax of I cents per bottle on mineral and med icinal waters as required by the provincial tax ordinance. The owners of the cafes declare they will not pay the tax. Peruvian Congress Called. LIMA. Peru, June L The government has convoked cocg rees te meet oa Jul H. MORE LANDS FOR SETTLEMENT Million and Quarter Acres Will Throwa Open ns Resalt of Treaty. Be SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. June 2-MaJnr James McLaughlin, representing the gov ernment, has closed a treaty with tho (From a Staff Correspondent.) KAN HAS CITY. June 2. Special Tele gram.) With the worst passed and the two rivers stationary It not slightly residing the stricken city Is beginning to resume lis wonted spirits. Attention Is diverted tor the moment from disasters already wrought and centered on a united effort to mini mlse those yet to come. Already the cold and the wet, tho suffering by lack of water. the exhaustion of both rescued and res cuers, Is telling on the public, health and every doctor In town Is kept more busily employed than ever before. Most of the hospitals are full, if not overcrowded, ih.re ,1s a free hospital In Convention hall and scattered wards In many of the churches There are also scores and scores of pa tients distributed among the private houses of the resident districts. All these must be cared for and guarded against the 111 ef fects of unflushed drains and lack of proper sanitation. Then, too, with the absence of gas and electric light comes an added dan ger of fire, which, with a crippled brigade to fight It, might cause Incalculable dam age. To meet this the mayor has issued an order sternly prohibiting the use of gaso line In any form and cautioning the people against the careless use of matches. In this way the two chief causes of fire as shown by Insurance records are provided for, and by extra vigilance It Is hoped that any emergency that may arise will be et fectlvely met. . Supplying; Pressing- Needs. At the same time, while preparing for the dangers to come the city Is slowly but surely overcoming the evils it already con tends with. Today three lines of cable car have been running and tonight two trolley routes are In operation. A some what erratic gas suoply Is being furnished and hordes of transfer wagons are meet Ing the ' local transportation needs In very effective manner. As for water, Kan as City has been too recently a village not to remember Its-prlmatlve supplies. In the' downtown tMstrlct' carts" are drawing loads to keep the elevators and light ma chlnery running while in the suburbs plen tiful springs blunt the edge- of the suffer ing. Still, though actual needs may thus be met, much yet remains to be done. Laundries are closed, drains unflushed. barber chops either Idle or partially so, restaurants hard put to supply their cus tomers, while horses often travel the streets in the endurance of torture. These are the actual signs of distress which all may read, but It needs a closer view to measure at all accurately the full disaster. Though the food problem has been met by the few railroads still running, concentrating their efforts, practically no freight of any kind Is moving. What thl means can hardly be imagined, but perhaps an Illustration may assist. There are four dally papers published. They are produc ing sheets half the usual else to save paper and Ink. One of them haa halved its staff and two are turning away advertisements to save space. The net result Is that, al though all are normally big money makers, all are today selling phenomenally and yet losing hand over fist. What Is true of the papers is true also to a greater or less extent of any other business. Fifty Thousand Idle. It has been estimated that 60,000 men are out of employment as the direct result of the floods and to these must be added 1,000 street car men and hosts of others In directly affected. The big department stores are spending large sums on water and so forth to keep their business run ning but purchasers are scanty and sales of small amounts. Those who supply the business might almost as well close as the theaters have already done, while even such necessities aa clothing are being dealt In only to the smallest possible extent. It Is not alone that so many have nothing now but that even those fairly well off today realise that tomorrow, next week, in a month hence they may come to their last dollar without where to turn for more. With the cessation of the flood rise men are talking less of points to the west. The horrors at Topeka are almost eclipsed at this time by those nearer home, and today, with the first detailed news from Kansas City. Kan., since Sunday, there Is much remark on conditions there but generally the home disaster Is now 'ab sorbing all attention. The various authorities have taokled the task of caring for the sufferers and pro tecting the city with commendable prompti tude and great skill, and It is entirely due to their efforts that things are moving as smoothly as they are. It must not be for gotten that these men have taken upon themselves this problem without compensa tion and have turned aside all poignant suf fering. An example of the spirit actuating individual citizens came to light this morn ing. L. F. Fetter, the leading underwriter of the city, visited Convention hall yester day, and found the chief need of the mo ment was clothing for the rescued. He promptly borrowed a wagon, and In two hours had personally collected a full load of garments for distribution among the homeless. It Is this spirit which Is turning disaster Into triumph. It is this spirit, too, which, turned Into other channels, can SUMMARY OF SITUATION At Kansas City the Kaw river linn fallon Rovrrul indies ti ml Is Htentlily Kninif down. As It Is also falling at nirlver points a oon tlniniJ fall Is nntltiinitcil nt Knn mis City. Tlio Missouri, liowover. Is Htntlonnry, but Indications from points furtlior tip tbe strotini are? that this river will also coinuionoe to fall within thf noxt twelve hours. As It Is tho Kansas river wlilcli lias done most of the dain nKo, the fall hi that stream has rnnblod the street ear companies to resume operations, the jtas works to resume enough to sup ply most pressing needs and the water company expects to resume ; today. In the meantime n Urn- ited supply of water Is belns se- j cured from u temporary pumping ( station. i The railroads have manafred to (fet In a supply of provisions surtl- , clent for Immediate needs and the imcklnjj houses have leen reached ' oy means of boats and the meat , supply Is now assured. The larjre warehouse buildings In both Kansas City. Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., are beplnnlnp to show the effects of the flood nnd many of them are settling, but it is too early yet to tell what the extent of the damage In this direction will be. Only two atlditlonal deaths were reported, and these were two men who lost their lives in the attempt to rescue others. At Topeka there is no lotiRer any danger from flood, the principal difficulty now being to care for the homeless land guard against aa epidemic among those who have been weakened by exposure. In Iowa the floods are subsiding the entire length of the rivers and unother lay will, witness the be ginning of the restoration of nor mal conditions. As the flood have receded the condition of the homes of the people Is Indeed piti ful. Many have lost everything except their lives and are In need of assistance. and the next day the water will be turned Into the pipes. The food supply Is ample on both side of the river, the vast ouan titles of meat In the packing houses be Ing reached by expeditions sent out by the Condition it Del Moinei Disheartening, bnt Water Tailing. HOMES ARE NOW ONLY SLIMY RUINS first Effort Will Be to Tlnd Dry Houses for People. TRAIN SERVICE IS ALMOST NORMAL Citnation at Ottnmwa and Keokuk Now Attract! Attention. RIVtR SIX TO EIGHT MILES WIDE Governor Cummins Decides to Borrow Money to Aid Refugees aad De pend Vpoa Next Legisla ture to Legalise Act. DKS MOINES, June l It has been prac tically determined that there will be no extra eisslon of the legislature. Governor Cummins Is natlsfled that he can supply the needs of the Hood sufferers and tornado victims In an Irregular maimer by borrow ing money and the next session to approve his course. The flood In Dcs Moines Is still disheart ening, but the water Is falling rapidly. The wide territory that was flooded pre sents a sad picture. Men and women who have anxiously watched for the water to go down wandered over the muddy streets to the houses which had been homes. As each one looked through the door of his home an expression of misery passed over his countenance. There, within the ruins, furniture was scattered about the rooms, mud covered the carpets and the walls were coated with a dirty slime. Many are planning to move out of these places. The walla are damp and every ef fort will be put forth by the committees In the Held to see that they are dried as rapidly as possible, for sickness, it is feared, may come it people are allowed to enter them in their present condition. Train Service .Nearly Normal. Train service heri on the main lines Is once more nearly normal. At Cttumwa the water has begun to decline, but It Is still rising between Keosauo.ua and Keokuk. Water flows through the main streets of Ottumwa, four miles of the main line of packers; the predicted Increase of sickness I the Burlington tracks are under water, has not appeared, the Kansas river Is fall ing half an Inch an hour and the Missouri river is expected to begin to fall before daylight. Eight persons are positively known to have been drowned In the two Kansas Cltys since last Friday. They are: POLICEMAN EDWARD KEENAN , - KOHLE. ' '. PHILIP. WABB, negro boy. WILLIAM HEI6LER, truck driver. . WILLIAM HERBERT, txpressman. JaMES dekrman. JOHN RAY. negro. EDWARD BROOKS. Following Is a list of some of the large structures that have either been damaged or swept away: Property Destroyed. Chicago Oreat Western freight depot. Old Southern bridge. Union Terminal railway bridge. Twelfth street steel bridge. Fifth street steel bridge. Kansas City Belt line railway bridge. Kansas avenue steel bridge. Metropolitan Street railway bridge. Rock Island railway bridge. Stock yards bridge. Union Pacific steel bridge. Elevated railway bridge at Central ave nue. Union Terminal railway bridge. James street wjigon bridge. Metropolitan's Ann avenue bridge. Kansas City, Mo., water works flow line. Chicago Oreat Western railway bridge. Chicago, Milwaukee A St. Paul bridge. Building occupied by Seavey & Flarshelm, merchandise brokers, 1317 St. Louis avenue. T. L. Cassell's refrigerator factory, S10 12 Santa - Fe street. N. W. Blender's saloon, 1700 West Ninth street. George Enger'a saloon. Park avenue 4n? Missouri river front. Hundreds of Buildings. Severe 1 piers of the "L" road viaduct. One thousand buildings in Armourdale. Five hundred buildings In Argentine. Four hundred buildings In the east bot toms. Two hundred buildings In Sheffield One hundred buildings In the west bot toms. The Burlington and Milwaukee bridges across thn Missouri and the Missouri Pa cific bridge across the Kansas are Intact, but the approaches are wrecked. SUN BREAKS THROUGH CLOUDS Cessation of Rnlns and Falling Rivers Give Hope to Kansas City People. .inn. wurri off the danirer of a terrlhle Uintah Indians as a result of which 1,250,. . nolocauist durlnE the next few days. 000 acres of reservation land will be thrown I SOME OF PRINCIPAL LOSSES open for settlement In October, 1904. Denver Has Charter Election. DENVER. June 1 The election of dele gates to the convention which is to frame a charter for the new cily and county of IVnver ws held today. About SO per cent of tbe regular vote was polled. The contest was between the straight republican ticket and a nonpartisan ticket elected by a convention called by tbe business organisa tions of the city. This was indorsed by the democrat. Tbe two tickets polled about the same number of votes and a count of the scratched ballots Will be Beueasaxy te decide Us alecUoa. Movements of Ocean Vessels June S. At New York Arrived: Minneapolis, from London; Gallia, from Naples; Bremen from Bremen; Kron Prlns Wilhelm. from Bre men. 6,'iiled: Georgic for Liverpool; Li guria, for Genoa and Naples. At Liverpool Arrived: Nomadic from Portland. Sailed: Overhia. for boston via (jueenstown; Sylvania, for New York via gueenstown. At London Arrived: Nlng Chau, from Tacoma. At Glasgow Arrived: Furnesala. from New York. At Antwerp Arrived: Finland, from New Y'ork. At Melbourne Arrived, previously: Tel lus. from Tacoma via Newi-astle. N, 8. W. At Native tHildi Cambruiuaj Irom , Oeuoa. Br Id sea Swept Away, Buildings Wrecked and Otner Property Destroyed. KANSAS CITY Mo., June 1.-10:30 p. m. The flood situation is very much Improved tonight. The gas supply is ample, two elec tric street car lines have resumed service and others will follow tomorrow. The elec tric light plant is ready to begin service, but dites not do so because of the possibil ity of fires from crossed wires; the water works will begin to pump Kansas river water laM tbe ratenrolrg tomorrow night. KANSAS CITY, June 2. Blue sky was visible above Kansas City this afternoon at 4 o'clock. The rains have ended. The sun was visible for the first time In a week and tor this and other reasons ll is thought that the great Gangers of the flood are past. The waters of the Kaw river have fallen eight Inches today and tonight are steadily declining at the rate of about one-half Inch an hour. In the Missouri the high stage of thirty-five feet is still maintained, but this is due to the rise which has been coming down the Missouri proper and which has offset the rise In the Kaw. It Is the water of the latter stream, however, that has caused all the damage In this city and In Kansas City, Kan., and with It at a normal stage business In Kansas City will shortly resume usual conditions. This city has by a narrow margin es caped a serious shortage of food, haa faced the -erll of fire utterly helpless to avert Its consequences, has suffered mil lions of dollars of damage to property and sustained a loss In life that in all prob ability never will he accurately nfeasured. and now it is commencing to believe in the promise of better things. Waters Are FalllaaT. Tonight the situation shows Improvement on almost every side. The waters are fall ing, the waterworks will resume opera tions tomorrow, the gas has been turned Into the mains once more and, while there is no super-abundance of food, there Is no Immediate danger of a serious shortage. The city has cared for Ha own In royal fashion and is abundantly able to do so still, but there Is not sufficient food on the light and water plants are shut down and business Is prostrated. The main southwest line of the Rock Island has not got a train through Eldon for three days. Numerous bridges Lave been washed out between there and Keo kuk. At Bentonsport, Farmlngion and Bonaparte great damage haa been wrought . by the flood and half the towns are under water. But- It- to nur tbe mouth, of the river, at Keokuk, that conditions are the worst today. The situation is appalling. The river '.a six and eight miles wide in places and in every direction may be seen refugees on roofs of houses and l.i trees shouting for succor that seems Impossible. Xrore Trouble at Onawa, ONAWA, la., June t. (Special Telegram.) The flood situation from the X-lttle Sioux continues to improve and the Waters are going down rapidly. The waters west of Onawa are rising today and the road grade across Blue lake Is being washod cut rap Idly. The water is running ever the grade In several places between Onawa and De catur, Neb., and the road t:ipftlntendent ordered the road closed today. The mall between the two towns now goes north of Blue lake On the old road. This water comes down from Skunk and Silver lakes In an old water course and runs Into Card's lake, thence Into the Missouri river. Sev eral narrow escapes from drowning were made by parties today who failed to note the rise and got Into holes. This water Is still rising fast. Through tralna will re sume over the Sioux City At Pacific to night, the break at the River Slouz trestle having been repaired. Rising; Near Keoknk. KEOKUK. Ia., June J. Both the Missis sippi and Des Moines rivers here rose steadily today. The former now stands at 18.2 feet, which is three feet above the danger line. The Des Moines river Is higher than ever known. An additional area Is now Inundated, entailing the destruction of much valuable property. Des Molaea River Falling. OTTUMWA. Ia., June S.-The Des Moines river has fallen a foot bere in eighteen hours and Is slowly receding this afternoon. All danger Is t-elleved to be past Condition nf Mall Service. WASHINGTON, June 2,-The .Postofflco department today received the . following cfflclal dispatch from Acting Superintend ent Norton of the railway malt service at St. Louis, representing the flood situation with regard to the mall service: bltuatlon at Kansas Cltv and ihm tin.. centering there from the west and from ire noun ar.u scum are growing worse. No trains In or out. Atchison find tniira In bad shape. Larjre quantity of mall north wi jiiuw, 14, iu connection lor Ilea Moines. Ordered It to St. Iouls for dls. (Continued on Second Page.) paten east or tne river on account of 'ha laieHi novices. ini Burlington line Is impassable from Allila to Burlington. Tho BurlinKton and St. Louis line Is running over Burlington A (Julncy tetween Bur lington .ma ijuincy. 1 ins morning e diverted all Kansas mall over the 1 1 Ihco road via Fpi'lnirneld. From later Information we will send hoiih. cm half of Kansas mall via the Wabasli loud t.nlght and the southern half via the MMsouri Pacific, to pleasant 11.11 and Fort Scott. Western Union messages sub ject to delay. Superintendent Taft is at Kansas City. Just received telegram from him stating inai water in over ine rouna taote noor which is lKit feet above the depot plat form and the water Is still rising. Heavy rain here ut present. . NORTON, Acting Superintendent. Cannot lee a Snasr Boat. General Gillespie, chief of engineers, yes terday telegraphed Major Casey at St. Louis, asking If a snag boat could be sent from St. Louis to Kansas City for the re lief of the flood sufferers. Major Casey replied today as follows: Bridges blocked by debris. Steamboat navigation is suspended ou the Missouri. Ctl very difficult to procure. It may be Impracticable for snag boat to make Kan sas City within three weeks. Adjutant General Corbln today tele graphed the commander of the Department of the Platte that Secretary Root ap proved the course of Colonel Miner In Is suing rations to the sufferers at Kansas City, Kan., and directing that he ascertain the condition of the people In the stricken district and do all In his power to save life end property. It la exjected that Urge Issues of rations will not be made unless the people of the different communities are actually destitute, and then ouly to cover Immediate beceaalUea. 4