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VOL. XLL ST0. 12,592.
PORTLAND, OREGON, MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1901.
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FIVE PEOPLE INJURED.
Find Loosened "Water Tank, Which
Crashed Through Six Floors.
CHICAGO, April 2L A high wind that
itruck Chicago today loosened a huge
ron water tank from its fastenings on
Ufe roof of the Galbralth building, Mad
son and Franklin streets, causing It to
rash through the six floors to the ground,
njurtng Ave persons and resulting in a
Jamage to the building estimated at $50,
TX). The injured: ,
Richard O'Brien, skull fractured by
ailing timbers, will die: Julia Slotkln,
ack and shoulders Injured; Frank E.
jangs, scalp wounds; t Severlo Pegaro,
tootblack, shoulder dislocated and severe
y cut; John F. "Wiley, scalp wounds.
Hotel and Bath Houses Burned.
RENO. Nev.. April 2L The hotel and
ath houses at historic Steamboat Springs,
rhlch, in the palmy days of the Com
tock mines, was a watering place where
aore money was squandered In a night
han at most any other resort on the
Joast, are no more. A Are, which started
ti the hotel, crossed the road to the two
tory bath house, where the jnain baths
rere situated, and entirely destroyed bothr
ulldlngs. There was no insurance on the
ffoperty. The resort will probably be re
uilt. Jockeys Reinstated.
NASHVILLE, April 2L A private tele
cram from Frank Fowler, member of the
Jurf Congress license committee, states
hat Jockeys May. W. Wood, J. Coombs,
V. "Bcauchamp and Roscoe Trozler have
teen reinstated, and will be allowed to
ide at the meeting here.
20-26 North First Street
GOOD FROM END TO END.
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Blumauer &Hoch9 108L-110 Fourth St.
$3.00 PER DAY
except Sundays and holidays.
$l.SO 35 QUHRTER
-f 1.00 A TEAR
TRIED TO POISON A PRISONER
Ate Viands Ire ft For Him by an Un
. DENVER, April 21. An attempt was
made last night to poison Josenh Haen
nelt, a prisoner In the County Jail, who is
charged with having assisted to rob Mrs.
Dr. Flora Betts of 57000 worth of dia
monds in. August last, when driving
with her. An apple pie and some cheese
were left at the jail for Haennelt by an
old man, who Is unknown. After nibbling
at the cheese, the prisoner became sick.
An emetic was administered which saved
his life. An examination disclosed th
fact that the pie and cheese contained a
great quantity of arsenic and other pois
ons. Haennelt gave testimony for the
prosecution at the recent trial of John
Barr and Mrs. Bessie Hodge, his house
keeper, on the charge of having brutally
assaulted and robbed Mrs. Betts. The
trial ended in disagreement of the Jury.
Comment on Shamrock II.
LONDON, April 22. A Times corre
spondent, describing the launching of
Shamrock II, Saturday, says:
"She looks like a vessel that will be
very easily driven, though her lack
of draught will make her a trifle tender,
and she will probably do her best in a
jackyard tbpsail breeze."
The morning papers contain elaborate
descriptions of the launching, and express
good wishes for the success of Sir Thom"
as Upton, but they do not venture opin
ions as to the chances of the challenger.
Business Portions Flooded.
MARIETTA, O., April 2L The river is
at flood height and rising two Inches an
hour. Business portions of the city are
WITH SAME PISTOL
Vancouver Bank Officials
BODIES FOUND IN THE WOODS
Brown and Canby Confessed Their
Guilt to examiner Maxwell
Cashier Leaves a Touching:
Note to His Wife.
VANCOUVER, Wash., April 21. Charles
Brown and E. L. Canby, respectively
president and cashier of the defunct First
National Bank, who disappeared Friday
night, are dead. With a cold-bloqded
premeditation unparalleled In the anriala
of desperate deeds, they went out into
the woods a mile from Vancouver Friday
night, and within an hour from the time
they had quitted the place where they
had lived for years, shot themselves with
the same revolver. Their bodies were
found this morning by a searching party
When found, the bodies were facing each
other, Canby's leaning against a stump,
and Brown's against a small thicket.
Their feet were not two feet apart. The
revolver which ended both their lives
was In Brown's hand, showing that Canby
died first; that he shot himself in Brown's
piesence, and that Brown, after waiting
to see whether or not the shot was fatal,
reached over and taking the gun from
his friend's lifeless hand, ended his own
Nothing was wanting to complete the
ghastly coincidence. Both men shot them
selves In the mouth. After the blood was
washed away, not a. mark was discern
ible on the body of either. A slight dis
coloration back of Canby's left .ear showed
that the bullet in his head had almost
but not quite reached the surface.
Confessed Before Fleeing.
Prior to the flight from Vancouver, both
men confessed their guilt to Bank Exam
iner Maxwell. No doubt is left behind
that they willfully and knowingly violated
the banking laws, and that In doing so
they left a trail of poverty, bankruptcy
and woe behind them. The scenes that
transpired In the private office of the
bank a few moments prior to their flight
might well baffle the pen of the most
vivid dramatist of the time.
Mr. Maxwell worked on the books nearly
all day Friday, with both Canby and
Brown in the bank. During the day he
became satisfied that things were in very
bad shape. Finally he called for private
books and papers. This convinced Canby
that the Inspector was on the right track,
and that In a few moments the condition
of the bank woujd be laid bare. Maxwell
was working at a high bookkeeper's desk
in the rear room of the bank, with hte
back tbwarfr Canby, when the litter
called out in a nervous tone: '
"Well, wliat sT itT' asked thein
spector, turning around. . , "'-
ut may as well own up, old man," re
plied Canby. ''You've caught us. You've
got onto this thing. No other man ever
did, but you have learned It all. There's
riothlng left but for me to blow my brains
Saying this, Canby picked up a revolver
which was on another table In the room,
and dallied with it a moment Maxwell
made a leap for him to take the gun
away, but Canby ran out 'of the room
into a passageway and held the door fast
after him. Maxwell hurried into the main
room of the bank where Brown was, and
"For God's sake, go In there; that man
Is going to kill himself."
Brown was perfectly self-possessed. Not
a muscle flinched as Maxwell made the
astounding statement. He walked quickly
back Into the rear room and out Into the
passageway, where he and Canby re
mained alone for several moments. Every
instant the examiner expected to hear
the pistol shot that would send Canby
Into eternity, but it did not come. After
a few moments' waiting the two bank
officers came back into the rear room
where Maxwell was. Canby still held the
"It Isn't my fault that I'm not dead,"
he remarked to Maxwell. "This gun
wouldn't go off."
"Let me look at it," requested Max
well, and Canby passed It over. Mr.
Maxwell promptly put It in his pocket.
President Brown's Stntement.
"Mr. Brown," queried Maxwell, "are
you a party to the condition of this bank?
Have you been In this thing, too?"
"Yes," replied Brown, coolly. "I'm
equally guilty. I have known all about
it all, the time."
The three then discussed the condition
of the bank for some moments. This part
of the conversation Mr. Maxwell will not
divulge, but after talking to Brown and
Canby for- a few moments he announced
his Intention to close the bank, and to
take possession of what cash was on
hand. The three went out Into the main
room, where Mr. Maxwell counted the
cash. Realizing that he was In the pres
ence of two desperate men, who were
looking death in the face without a tre
mor, Mr. Maxwell would not go into the
vault, but instead asked Brown to put
the cash away, which the latter willingly
When everything was In order Canby
again remarked that there was nothing
for him and Brown to do but kill them
selves. Brown said nothing, but by his
silence seemed to acquiesce In his friend's
morbid view of the situation. He reached
down and took another revolver off a
shelf under the counter and put It In his
pocket. Then he and Canby left. A few
people saw them go up the street In a
northerly direction, and they were ,seen
no more until their bodies were found
Mr. Maxwell, after placing a guard at
the "ferry to see that Brown and Canby
did not leave town that way, wired for
the United States District Attorney, who
arrived last night. All day yesterday, as
told In The Oregonian, the disappearance
of the two men was the sole topic of con
versation, and the result proved that those
who entertained the suicide theory hit
upon the correct solution.
Mr. Gay, after consultation with Mr.
Maxwell, drew up a complaint charging
Brown and Canby with making a false
entry of $10,000 In their books on January
19 last. The purpose of this entry was
to show that the bank had a deposit of
that suns in a New York bank, whereas
it did not have such a deposit. This en
try Involved four offenses embezzlement,
misapplication of funds, falsifying the
books of the bank, and making a false
report to the Controller of the Currency.
There is no United States Commissioner
In Vancouver, and the complaint was
made to Judge A. L. Miller, of the Su
perior Court of Clark County, who issued
a warrant for the arrest of the two men.
This warrant was placed In the hands of
By this time it was late at night, and
the Sheriff decifed not to organize bis
searching party Ikntll the next morning.
In the meantlmefphatneld; Knight, a resi
dent, of Vancouver, found Canby's um
brella and Brown's bicycle a short" dis
tance from townjsnd this fact led to the
belief that the men had "started on. foot
for Kalama, withTthe intention of taking
the train to Puget'vSounaJ at that place.
At 7 o'clock this morning a searching
party was organized, consisting of the
following persons: Chatfleld vKnight, M.
R. Sparks, Mllfon Evans, Will DuBois,
M. L. Coovert, O. H. SmlCh, O. H. Peebles,
S. P. Gaither, C. P. McCarthy, Jack Bls
sener, J. A. Webber and James A. Mun
day. Striking out north of town, the par.
ty proceeded for about a mile.. T. B.
Rand, a farmer Jiving in the neighbor
hood, reported that he heard two shots
Friday evening between 7 and 8 o'clock,
about an hour after the men left the
bank. Subsequent "developments showed
that this must have been about the time
the two men committed suicide.
The party had crossed the railroad track
of the Portland, Vancouver & Yakima a
short distance when Mr. Munday, who had
separated from the others, found the bod
ies. He called out to the others, and
they quickly joined him. The search was
Coroner Burt wasj, summoned, and un
der his direction tbe bodies were brought
to the city. Hurriedly Impaneling a jury,
the Coroner held an inquest, and the
jury promptly found that the two men
had met death by their" own hands.
On Canby's body was found about $35
In money and his goia "watch, which was
still running. Brown had 10 cents loose
in his pocket and $25 wrapped up in pa
per addressed to his daughter, Mrs. E. L.
Canby's Last. Message.
On Canby's person scribbled on the
back of a billhead Iniead pencil was his
last message to his wife. It read:
My Dear Wife: I feel that what I am about
to do Is for the' best Forgive me if you can,
and -try to Hve for our dear children. God
bleeq you all! Forslvo me.
April 10, 1001. E. L. CANBY.
In addition to this penciled note, was
found a receipt for a life insurance pre
mium on a policy of $1(;000 taken out In
the Penn Mutual on Maj-ch 20. There is
some question as to whether or not this
policy has been -delivered, or whether It
will be paid. Canby carried, In addition,
$3000 on his life, while Brown Is said to
have carried about $15,000.
Canby was 52 years of age. He lived In
Vancouver for IS years. Prior to his ap
pointment as cashier of the bank in 1883,
he was a paymaster's clerk In the regular
Army. His brother. Colonel James P.
Canby, is now a retired paymaster In thr
Army, and lives at Denver, Colo. Canby
was married to Miss Frances Burnslde,
daughter of the Portland pioneer. He
left four children, the eldest of whom Is a
boy between 16 and 17.
Brown was a fey years older than Can
by. He came to Vancouver in 1862, along
with his father, who was appointed the
first receiver of the Vancouver land office
by President Lincoln. Brown was born
In Rhode Island, and In after year3 mar
ried In that state. He left three grown
daughters, only one of whom Is married.
She is Mrs. E. L. Carpenter, of Westport,
Wash. Brown's aged father Is still living
on a farm near Vancouver.
The funeral of 3rown will be held to
morrow afternoon, and that of Canby
Tueday afternoon. The wives of both
men are prostratedjjajia, Mrs. Brown may
Causes of the Failure.
' Examiner Maxwell still refuses tpmake
any- statement -concernlrttr the. co'nditlon
of the bank, or the causes of Its failure,
One Is therefore left to surmise
rmlse as best
he may from statements of intimate
friends of the dead officers as to what
caused the failure. The original Impres
sion that it was due to bad' speculations
commenced during the boom times of 1889
and 1890 still remains. No one believes
that any recent bad investment has caused
the failure, but that the bank officers
have been forced constantly to make false
entries to cover up the insolvent condition
of the institution. Through all the years
that have Intervened they have been
forced to carry constantly on their minds
the fact that almost any time they might
be forced to close their doors. In fact,
as Canby himself remarked to Inspector
Maxwell, "It can't mean anything but
Both men were of very modest habits
Both were family men, and Canby, whosp
children are still young, simply Idolized
them. On 'their way out of town, he
stopped at a corner where one of them Is
accustomed to play, and seemed to b
waiting. In view of subsequent events, to
catch a last sight of him. He was forced
to leave without seeing him.
Of course there is much conjecture, and
many people profess to believe that Canby
has of late been speculating in order to
gain money to bolster up the bank, and
that his speculation has merely resuitea
In throwing good money after bad. There
Is no confirmation of these rumors, how
ever, but Mr. Maxwell will endeavor by
every possible means to get at the bottom
of the failure before he goes away. Canby
was given to taking chances, and it "Is
said that mining stock had a peculiar fas
cination for him.
The Idea of appealing to their friends
never seemed to have occurred to the
two men. It Is said that they could have
raised enough money at any time to tide
them over, had they only asked for it;
but the plan of confession does not seem
to have entered their minds.
No one knows what the bank will "be
able to pay. Tts assets are not rated
very high, and since Mr. Maxwell has
discovered that one statement of Its re
serve fund had been falsified, it Is feared
that others will be found in the same con
dition. The case of one depositor is pa
thetic In the extreme. He Is an old man
named Potter. He and his wife have been
tilling a farm near Vancouver for years
and years, and by dint of toll and hard
ship had saved up $1S00, which was de
posited In the bank. It represented the
labor of a lifetime. This morning the
old man's Ife died. He will probably
follow her soon.
Ankcnj'n Aid Solicited.
Today a committee of prominent men,
including Dr. A. B. Eastham, George H.
Stevenson. Lloyd DuBois, Judge A. L.
Miller and George W. Stapleton, visited
Levi Ankeny, the well-known millionaire
Walla Walla banker, who is visiting In
Portland, and asked him to take up the
assets of the bank, and try to place It on
Its feet again. Mr. Ankeny was unable to
give the committee a positive answer,
owing to the fact that the bank's condition
has not been made public. He is said to
be willing to place the bank on its feet
provided the depositors are willing to let
their money remain after It is reopened.
Scott Swetland says that an Injustice
was done him In Sunday's Oregonian by
the statement that he had expressed joy
that the bank had failed. What he did
eay, he says, was that he was glad Canby
and Brown, whom he had warned the public
against over a yeargo, when the capital
stock of the bank was reduced, had been
unmasked. Swetland says he Is sorry for
the unfortunate depositors, and for the
business men of Vancouver who have been
embarrassed by, thefallure.
Ex-GQY,erner of' Delaware.
"DOVER," Dl;jj!&priC 21. Ex-Governor
Charles StoclcleydleJ last -night, aged 87.
INDRAVELLI IN PORT
Rioneer Ship of P.. &
WILL .CARRY IMMENSE CARGO
Has a Record of Over Tea Thousand
Tons The Finest Steam
Freighter That Ever
Came to Portland.
The mammoth Indravelll, the pioneer
steamship of the Portland & Asiatic
Steamship Line, arrived in at Astoria late
Saturday evening and left up the river
yesterday, and will reach her berth at
ORIENT IS THE TRADE
IRVING M. SCOTT, OF SAN FRANCESCO, SAYS TUB LEWIS ASK; GLA11K
,iXJ?psTOW-SHOl;LB-E3PJIASlETHB'AJDVA'NTilGES OFvTHE" WEST
AlnsVorlh dock, this morning. Of alh-th.n
numerous lines that" hav6 been started
between this city and the Orient the
Portland & Asiatic Is the first that has
ever been Inaugurated on a scale 'that
warranted any great degree of confidence
in Its permanency. .The Indravelll, which
must be seen to- be appreciated, la not
only the largest carrier that ever came
Into port, but is. one of the finest equipped
freighters afloat She is over 400 ieet'jong.
and although she came up the river with
over 21 feet of her big hull under water
she loomed up aboveHhe water like a vast
mountain of steel.
The Indravelll was built at Glasgow,
about three years ago, and since her com
pletion has been running In a regular line
between New York and the Orient. Thl
route Is a long one and vessels to be
operated economically, must be enormous
carriers, and comparatively light In coal
consumption. These were the qualities
most needed in vessels for 'the Oriental
route out of, this city, and for this reason
the Portland & Asiatic Company delayed
chartering Its -ships until It was sure of
securing vessels In every way adapted to
the trade. For years Portland Importers
and exporters have supplied the Oriental
lines to the north and south of us with
thousands of tons of freight annually, the
principal reason for thi3 unnatural divert
sion of trade being the lack of space on
board the smaller class of steamers runu
nlng to this port.
The Portland & Asiatic line, In provid
ing such ships as the Indravelll, her sis
ter ship, the Indrapura; and the Knight
Companion, has not only met the needs
r of the present, but have, to a certain
extent, discounted the future. The Indra
velll has a dead-weight carrying capacity
of 17,472,000 pounds, and has a record of
carrying a cargo of over 10,000 tons weight
and measurement. The enormity of these
figures can be better appreciated by a vis
it to lhe big ship and a glance at the vast
space between her hatches.
The vessel is 49.2 feet beam and 2S.3 feet
depth of hold, and draws, when loaded
to her capacity, about 25 feet of water.
The Indravelll and her sister ship, the In
drapura, are equipped with power In keep
ing with their size. They are, of course,
not built for speed, but the big triple com
pound engines on board can drive the
gre'at hulls through the water at an aver
age speed of 10 knots an hour, and this
can be increased, when necessary, to 11
knots, or better.
The engines are of 26, 44 and 7J inches
diameter of cylinder, by 48 Inches stroke.
Scattered about the ship are a number
of small engines for operating winches
and derricks, running dynamos and ena
bling freight to be handled to the best
possible advantage. The Indravelll is
easily the cleanest and best-kept vessel
that ever came across the Pacific In this
trade, and in this resoect the decks and
officers' quarters have no advantage over
the engine-room, which is as neat and
clean as that of any passenger liner. The
officers' quarters are well above the main
deck amidships, and are much more com
fortable and roomy than are usually found
on freight steamers. v
The Indravelll Is in command of Cap
tain W. E. Craven, R. N. R., who, is as-
if in , arrnHr, n.-.rhnonf hv i
t--. m. tt..., t DSa.M nm- f
cer Bernard Firth, Third Officer Donald
Mansfield. The engine-room Is. in charge
of Chief Engineer Peter Waits. Second
Engineer G. Buchanan, Third Engineer A.
Devaynes, Fourth Engineer J. P. Bryne.
There are a couple of cadets oh- board
and the crew is made up of lascars and
The new liner was turned over to the
Portland & Asiatic Steamship Company
at Hong-Kong late In February, and stalled l(
tr-nm ti6t nnf T.fn-oh S sh pnnr,ntmA I
from that port March 5. She encountered
strong northeast monsoons all the 'Way
up tho China Seas and did not reach Kobe
until March 11. She sailed from Kobe
on the 14th and arrived at Yokohama on
Marcji 16, leaving again on March 19 for j
Uraga, where she entered the drydock. I
After leaving the drydock she sailed for 1
Mojl, March 22, arriving two days later,
She took In a supply of bunker coal at
Mojl, and on the 26th again set sail for
Kobe to load cargo. Kobe was reached
March 27, and on the 31st the steamer
got away for Yokohama, her last port of
call, where she arrived April 2. A day
later all of the freight was aboard and
she steamed out of the harbor on her
long Journey across the Pacific. The ves
sel struck a heavy southeaster with a
strong beam sea before she was well clear
of the land, and except at brief Intervals,
'bad weather was experienced all the way
across until she neared the Columbia.
The meridian was crossed April 11 and
two days later the big ship bucked into
a heavy northeast gale which knocked her
about like a cork. The gale was accom
panied by snow squalls and a high sea,
which lifted her around until the en
gines were racing the most of the time.
On the afternoon of April 14 the gale
shifted to the southwest and a day later
big seas were against breaking over the
vessel, keeping her decks flooded. The
weatrer moderated on the 16th, and from
that time until the ship reached the
mouth of the river, the disturbance of the
elements was less marked.
The steamer was off the river at 4
o'clock Saturday evening and a few min
utes later was boarded by Pilot George
W Woods, who brought her in to the
quarantine station. She did not get away
from the station until after 1 o'clock yes
terday afternoon, and left up from Astoria
FIELD OF PACIFIC COAST.
at 2:30 P. M., in charge of Pilot Archie
L. Pease. Ine steamer will reach Afns
tyorth dock this morning and will com
mence discharging at once.
As this was the first ship of the line,
and the different sub-agencies through
out the Orient had not been established,
the Indravelll catne In with a compara
tively light cargo, there being only about
4000 tons weight and measurement on
board. Much of this was- foit Eastern
points and consists of matting, curios, paper-makers'
clay, sulphur, rice, etc. The
work of discharging w ill commence this
morning, and as soon as the Inward cargo
Is removed, she will take aboard a return
cargo of Hour, paper and miscellaneous
A couple of stowaways emerged from a
hiding place comewhere In the big hold of
the Indravelll soon after leaving the
Japan, coast. They said they were Ameri
can yltlzens, but an Impediment In their
speech or something else prevented their
speaking the American language very flu
ently. They had the usual hard-luck
story to 'tell and were somewhat alarmed
yesterday for fear that they would not
be permitted to land.
Captain W.'E. Craven, R. N. R., who Is
In command of the big steamship, 13
young In years, but old in experience. Al
though only about 35 years of age he
has followed the sea for nearly 20 years,
commencing In 12 as an apprentice on
the old bark Parknook, well known in
this port. He soon graduated from sailers
and In 1890 went Into steam, his first
work being as second mate on the tramp
steamer Elsie. From her he went to
the Johnson line, running between Liver
pool and Baltimore. In this service he
received his first command, the steamer
Jessmore, going from her to the steamer
Norfolk. He left the Norfolk to superin
tend the building of the steamer Indrade
va, and as she was sold before going to
sea he was placed In command of the In
dramayo, and about two years ago was
transferred to the Indravelll. Captain
Craven holds an extra master's certifi
cate, and Is a member of St. John Am
bulance Association and of the Merchants
Service Guild. He is a genial, good-natured
sort of a man. who reminds one of
that warm-hearted Scotchman, Allan
Cameron, who Is representing the Port
land & Asiatic line In the Orient, and
anyone who enjoys "Indravelll hospital
ity" will not soon forget It.
St. Louis Doctor Taken Three
Stitches in Man's Ilenrt.
ST. LOUIS. Mo.. April 21. Dr. H. L.
Nletcrt. superintendent of the City Hos
pital, has performed one of the most
remarkable operations ever recorded In
the annals of surgery. It consisted of
taking three stitches In the heart of
Philip Gunn. who had been stabbed In
a brawl. The point of the knife blade
had entered the right ventricle, and
pierced to the cavity of the heart. The
knife entered the heart obliquely, with
the result that the opening between the
cavuy ana me pencaraium, or covering
of the heart, was lip-shaped on both
sides. The wound acted as a valve, and at
each pulsation of the blood through the
heart but a small quantity was let
through the artificial opening. The task
of stitching the wound was very diffi
cult. Dr. Nletert first removed a section
of the breastbone, exposing the peri
cardium. The motion of the heart can
not be repressed and he was forced to
make the stitches while the organ was
shifting about. It required three stitches
effectually to close the rao. This dell-
effeotually to close the gap. This dell-
,cate operation finished, the pericardium
was sewed together. The portion of the
breastbone removed could not be replaced,
and the operation was concluded by
stitching together the skin and the outer
tissues that cover the chest. -Gunn Is
still alive, and the physicians predict
DANGER HAS PASSED
Ohio Valley Towns Siowly
Emerging From Flood.
FIFTY THOUSAND WORKERS IDLE
Storm Has Left an Area of Rain 200
Miles In Diameter Trains Again
Banning, bat IV o Attempt
Is Made to Make Time.
PITTSBURG. Pa., April ZL The most
widespread and destructive storm, from
a material point of view. ha3 passed. It
has left a zone of ruin 200 miles In diim
eter. it was unusual In that It possessed
so many different features. Cities 70 miles
from Pittsburg were tied up by one of tho
worst snow storms ever known. While
the snow fall waa from 18 Inches to
three feet deep, which Is not extraor
dinary, the snow was so wet that it
clung In weighty masses to shade and
fruit trees and electric wires and poles,
bearing tham to the earth. It settled on
steam and street railways like wet sand,
stopping all traffic and making pedes
trianlsm almost Impossible. The fall was
so heavy and spontaneous In some places
that tho residents declare It seemed Ilka
the bursting of a snow cloud.
A few miles from these unfortunate
towns were municipalities. In just as dire
straits from rain, but speedier prospect
for relief, as the rain will run off faster
than the snow can melt. Still in theso
places traffic was practically suspended.
Water overflowed and washed out rail
road tracks and hillsides came down
and burled the rails. In addition nearly
every town on the Ohio River between
Pittsburg and Wheeling Is fn darkness
tonight. Electric light plants, or their
wires, are damaged and the gas In the
mains is generally turned off to prevent
explosions. So half a million or more
people tonl&ht are groping about In the
dark. A remarkable feature of the storm
is that but few fatalities directly attri
butable to this cause have been reported.
A railroader, caught In a wreck caused
by a landslide, and tho death of an old
woman from shock, are the only ones
known so far. There may be others, but
as communication is cut off from many
populous places it will be the end of the
week before the total can be given out.
Pittsburg and Allegheny are slowly
emerging from the murky flood. At 8
o'clock tonight the rivers were receding
nearly a, foot an hour. The highest
point reached at David Island dam was
2S.4 feet at 8 A. M.. which means 2S
feet at the Junction of the Allegheny and
Monongahela Rivers. The water re
mained stationary until about 3 P. M.,
when It began to fall. Conservative esti
mates of the total, damage In thK dis
trict Is between $2,000,COO and $3,000000.
- Flftr Tiionsand 'Wonkers Idle.
Fifty thousand wdrkers are suffering
from enforced Idleness. While there have
been greater floods at this point, there
was never one that ciused so much finan
cial loss and discomfort. Thl3 Is due
to the denser population caused by tho
recent growth of the two cities, and to
the fact that all the manufacturing plants
along tho river were operating, most of
them working night and day until the
rising waters put out the fires and drovo
the workers to higher grounds.
The loss to the railroads entering Pitts
burg Jrom floods, landslides, wrecked
bridges, heavy snow and the Interference
with traffic, is roughly estimated at
$1,000,000. On the Fort Wayne the worst
trouble wa3 a snow blockade between
Salem and Massillon. This began Sat
urday morning and tied up the road for
24 hours. At 9 o'clock this morning the
track was cleared and trains began mov
ing. The same trouble kept the Cleve
land trains of the Pittsburg and Lake
Erie late. Ave trains having been blocked
at Wlndom near Levittsburg -for 23
hours. The snow fall did not extend east
of Newcastle, but at Youngstdwn rt was
two feet deep and the drifts In the north
of that city were up to locomotive head
lights. The wreck of an Erie train Ut
tered the road so that deep drifts formed
undisturbed. Water was two feet deep
on the Lake Erie tracks at Sawmill Run,
but trains got through.
Rig landslides occurred on the Lake
Ere and Baltimore & Ohio at Soho on
the Panhandle, on the south side of the
Bessemer at several points, and the Alle
gheny Valley near Franklin Pa. The
slide at Soho was 150 feet long and it
required 14 hours' work .to clear one
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SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS.
Minister "Wu will suggest a. reform govern
ment. Page r2.
Chinese rebels again attacked the Manchurlan
Railway. Page 2.
The Philippine tariff Is not likely to be pro
mulgated until Insular cases are decided.
Province of Leyte will be created today and
American officers placed. In control. Page 2.
Ohio Valley Storm.
Danger from the great storm In the Ohio Val
ley has passed. Page 1.
Factories badly damaged, and 50,000 workmen
are Idle. Pago 1.
Trains are runnings but no effort la made to
make time. Page 1.
Charles Brown, president, and E. I. Canby,
cashier, of the suspended First National
Bank of Vancouver, committed suicide.
Indravelll. the pioneer steamer of Portland-
Asiatic line, reaches port. Page 1.
S, A. Madse Is not a candidate for Collector
of Customs In 'Washington, despite reports
of Wilson faction. Poge 3.
Conservation of moisture and stock-poisoning
plant3 of Oregon were discussed at FqsU
farmers' Institute. Pago 3.
Joseph Hume, the pioneer salmon paoker of
the Pacific Coast, is dead. Page 3.
Portland and Vicinity.
Irving M. Scott, of San Franolsoo, says tho
Orient la the trade field ot the Paelflc
Coast. Page 3.
C. C. Goodwin, editor of Salt Lake Tribune,
discusses Portland's 1005 fair. Page 5.
Dr. Adolph von Gruenlngln. who killed Ber
stechor, at Bethany, surrenders htmielf to
the authorities. Page 10.
Case of Middle-West Jobbers against Western
railroads set for final hearing at Washing
ton May 0. Page tf.
Project to build larse schooners for the lum
ber trade. Page 10.
Dr. A. A. Sulcer explains the Christian Sci
entist faith. Page 8.
Rabbi Wise replies to Rev. E. P. HIU's ser
mon on B. Fay Mills. Page 9.
A. Stewart, Appleton gathering statistics of
Oregon Industries and opportunities for in
vestment. Page 10.