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M OF FLO
Five Thousand Topeka
WORST IS YET TO COME
One .Section, of the City Is
Surrounded by Water.
ALL KANSAS IS SUFFERING
Homes Are Being Abandoned Every-
where Railroad Truffle la Prac
tically Snnpended Cloudbursts
Add to Horror of Situation.
Instead of the danrer from floods In
Kansas being past, the situation Is now
appalling. Heavy rains and several
cloudbursts have brought the streams
up again, and people everywhere are
being forced to abandon their homes.
Railroad communication Is practically
at an end. and It Is Impossible to say
when trains will be moving again.
The Des Moines River Is again rising,
and 600 more people were made homu
TOPEKA, Kan., May 23. The high wa
ter at 11 o'clock tonight has surrounded
the whole of North Topeka, and hundreds
of houses are deserted. People are mov
in? out from that nart of town as fast as
possible, and great distress prevails. At
this time nearly 5000 people are homeless.
It will be necessary for every inhabitant
of the North Side to leave there by morn
lng, and this will leave over 10,000 people
without homes. The people south of the
river are trying hard to take care of the
flood refugees. The Courthouse. State-
house and other buildings have been
opened for their reception, and a fund
started for their relief. Railroad traffic
from this city Is practically at a stand
The water plant Is being worked under
great difficulty, ano. It "Is feared that by
CONTEXTS OF TODAY'S PAPER.
Presbyterian Assembly adopts resolution urg
ing the expulsion of Senator Smoot from the
halls of Congress. Page 2.
State Senator F. H. Harris, of St. Louis, is
Indicted for bribery. Page 3.
George Francis Train refuses to take food or
medicine, but doctors persuade him other
wise. Page 2.
More troops called out to protect Lexington,
Kjr., prisoners. Page 3.
Britain Is aghast at Chamberlain's trade pref
erential policy. Page 2.
Famine situation In China Is appalling. Page 2.
St. Petersburg celebrates the blcentennary of
Its founding. Page 2.
Roosevelt Is the guest of loyal Utahans. Page 2.
Floods In Middle "West.
Five thousand Topeka. Kan., people have been
forced to abandon their homes. Page 1.
The Des Moines River Is again rising, and 500
more Iowa people are homeless. Page 5,
People are rescued from the housetops In dis
tricts near Kansas City, Mo. Page 5.
Railroad traffic In Kansas Is at a standstill.
Page 6. .
Forest reserve Is created In 'Wallowa County.
Navy Department will not remove ban placed
on Bremerton yard. Page 2.
Albany College athletes win field meet from
Corvallls Agriculturists, 66 to 53. Page 4.
Government Expert Whistler accused of mini
fying Eastern Oregon Irrigation projects,
Supreme Court of Washington denies its Juris
diction In disbarment proceedings against
Attorney waugh. Page 4.
Recognition by President Roosevelt great aid
in Hermann s election. Page 5.
Lieutenants Knud Knudson and L. M. Bush
field under trial by court-martial at Van'
couver. Page S.
Premier Pryor, of British Columbia, Is cleared
of malfeasance by investigating committer
In the fourth annual debate University of
Washington won from University of Oregon.
Commercial and Marine.
Large hop contract at top price. Page 15.
Chicago wheat market dull and May off over
2 cents. Page 15.
San Francisco market conditions and prices.
Slight change in cash holdings of New Tork
banks. Page 15.
Bears In control of New Tork stock market.
Sound papers speculating oa route of Arrow.
Quick dispatch of wheat-ship General Fald
herbe. Page 14.
Wreck of German bark Edith on Nerus Shoals.
Gans knocks Fitzgerald out In the tenth round.
Scores of Pacific Coast League: Seattle
Portland 0; San Francisco 18, Oakland
Los Angeles 6; Sacramento 5. Page 6.
Scores of Pacific National Leogue: Portland S.
Tacoma 4; Los Angeles 11, ban Francisco 5
Butte 17, Helena 6. Page ft.
Programme of Decoration Day sport. Page 10.
Portland and Vicinity.
Fair Commission organizes and directors order
work begun. Page L
How veterans will observe Memorial day,
Leading Democrats concede Hermann's elec
lion. Page 16.
Tralnloads of cattle shipped from Nebraska to
the Coast. Page 16.
Survey of proposed Rogue River forest reserve
ordered. Page 12.
District Attorney Manning protests at employ
xnent o outside attorneys by County Com
mlszloners. Page 14.
Calvary Presoyterian cnurch starts crusade
against prlxe-fights. Page 11.
John C Savage and wife enter defense In Fos
tomorrow this will have to be abandoned.
If this is the case, the entire city will be
without fire protection.
Reports from Wamego and other points
along the rfver report a great volume of
water coming down this way. "Wamego
reports a rise of two feet in the Blue
River and three feet in the Republican
River. Thfs will reach Topeka by morn
ing, and the large concrete arch bridge
will have great difficulty in holding its
For six hours today, the flood plowed
like a river through Abilene, filling 200
cellars and driving 100 families to places
of refuge. The Rock Island, Union Pa
cific and Santa Fe tracks arc washed
away, two lumber yards burning from the
contact of lime with water, and several
buildings collapsed. Nearly all the busi
ness houses are flooded. Scores of people
were rescued in boats today, after having
spent a whole night in trees. Merchants
are all moving their stocks to higher
places, but it is generally believed that
the worst is over.
Sallna Is Isolated.
Sallna is Isolated, and cannot at this
time be reached by wire. The Western
Union telegraph office in Sallna has col
lapsed, and no news can be sent out from
At Lawrence the Kansas River contin
ued to rise rapidly all day, and In the
last three hours has come up nearly three
feet. The water stands 13 feet deep on
the dam there, and has caused the water
works, electric light plant and brick fac
tory to close down.
At Marysvllle the water Is the highest
ever known, and Is getting higher. One
hundred people at Wamego are homeless,
and had to be moved out of their houses
in boats. In many places the water Is up
to the second-story windows. Word was
received there tonight that a rise of three
feet was coming down the Republican
River, and a rise of two feet down the
Blue River. The river at Wamego Is ris
ing two Inches an hour. Over 500 head of
cattle have been drowned, and washed
down the river.
From Marion comes the report that the
Rock Island depot is flooded, and had to
be abandoned late tonight.
Many square miles of country near Em
poria are under water.
Higher Than Jt Has Ever Been.
At Amerlcus the river Is four feet higher
than it has ever been. The Missouri, Kan
sas & Texas road has not moved any
trains south of Emporia all day.
Council Grove reports that a large part
of the country is flooded.
At Marquette the Smoky River is higher
than ever known before. Llndsburg is
surrounded by water.
At Concordia many have been driren
from theft- homes by the Republican
River. Over five inches of water fell
At Newton the streets were flooded to
night by a cloudburst A tornado passed
through that county tonight, doing small
A tornado .stnir. String. Clty. tonight.
demolishing the HiglTSchool building and
the Baptist Church.
The Kaw River Is five miles wide at St.
Marys, and the town Is half submerged.
The Kaw River bridge there Is partially
washed out, and the river is rapidly ris
ing. Late this afternoon the Kaw River
bridges at Maple Hill, Rossvllle. Silver
Lake. Bellvicw and St. George were
washed out. The new steel bridge at WI1-
lard is damaged beyond repair. Several
hundred cattle have been drowned.
Cloudburst Swells the Flood.
Astartllng story comes indirectly from
Manhattan that a cloudburst In that vi
cinity has started a four-foot volume of
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UNGLE- SAM "I'll Probably
TO WORK HOI
Fair Ground Operations
to Be Resumed.
A PRESIDENT IS GHOSEN
State Commission Organizes
CONFERENCE WITH DIRECTORS
Choice of Director-General Comes
Next Consul Miller 3Iay Help to
Get Chinese Exhibit Invita
tion to -Canada.
The directors of the Lewis and Clark
Fair Instructed the buildings and grounds
committee yesterday to proceed with the
worlcat the grounds. This was done at
the suggestion of Judge Rufus aiaiiory.
and means that Engineer Huber will com
mence grading early next week.
Work at the grounds was stopped at the
request of the executive committee, which
desired a conference with the members
of the state commission before proceed
ing. Yesterday the commissioners ex
pressed themselves as satisfied with the
plans for proceeding with the work and
showed that there will be unity of action
along the lines of Consulting Architect
The early work of the crews under the
direction of Engineer Huber will be of a
preliminary nature and would have to be
done, no matter what suggestions were
finally adopted for carrying out the Ex
position plans. This is grading and other
wise preparing the grounds for decora
tions. Improvements and the buildings.
The executive committee of the board
of directors was instructed also to take
up the question of selecting a director
general at once. The question was
brought forward by a water bill, Insignifi
cant In Itself, but suggesting the lack of
attention to details by some responsible
head. After a desultory debate in which
many suggestions for delay were made
and John Barrett urged, an early selection
of' a. dlrectur-seneral, the. directors- con
cluded that this action should be taken.
As a result, the executive committee will
look over the country and endeavor to lo
cate some person competent to take
charge of the Exposition's affairs.
At present the engineer in charge of the
work at the Fair grounds comes nearer
being a director-general than any other
official. He was selected after instructions
given at a February meeting, and will
. naturally continue in his present capacity.
Stnte Commission Organizes.
The directors held a short conference
with the members of the state commis
sion yesterday afternoon. During this
conference the tender of office room In the
old Bank of British Columbia building
was made by the directors and the com
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missioners on their part expressed a de
sire to co-operate heartily with the direc
tors in carrying out the plana of the
Earlier In the afternoon the commission
organized by electing Jefferson Myersf of
Salem, president. Mr. Myers received six
votes and Professor Young three. One
blank ballot was cast. All the commis
sioners save F. A. Spencer, of Portland,
attended the meeting. Mr. Spencer Is ab
sent In Europe. The commissioners desig
nated committees to formulate by-laws
and search for' office rooms. No secretary
was elected, but eight applications were
filed with Henry Reed, secretary of the
Lewis and Clark Board, who acted . as
temporary secretary. An adjourned meet
ing will be held this morning to complete
the details of organization.
President Jefferson Myers made a speech
explaining that he felt the responsibilities
of his position and earnestly urging
hearty co-operation with the Lewis and
Clark directors to bring about the best
results. He later repeated these assur
ances of help to the directors.
Exhibits From China and Canada.
A lengthy communication from Consul
Miller, at Nlu Chwang, China, suggest
ing plans for aiding the Exposition was
laid aside. Acting President Scott ex
plained, in connection with Mr. Miller's
letter, that a request had been made of
the State Department that Mr. Miller be
permitted to aid the Fair In the Orient by
urging a Chinese exhibit and preparing
to Induce special features from that coun
try.. It was ordered that an Invitation be pre
sented to the Dominion of Canada to
make a display. This was done at the
suggestion of Commissioner Mclsaac, who
had been sent by the directors to
Vancouver to urge the Provincial gov
ernment of British Columbia to make a
display. Samuel Connell, of the directors.
declared the directors of the St. Louis
Exposition had urged the advantage of
naming a director-general early and vol
unteered to give the result of further con
ferences with men connected with the St.
JOHN BARRETT GIVES ADVICE.
Warns Fair Directors Against Pit
fnlls and Suggests Attractions.
John Barrett, Commissioner-General of
the St. Louis Fair, pointed out some of
the mistakes the Lewis and Clark Fair
directors might make, and advised the
officers yesterday of plans that would lead
to the success of the Fair. Mr. Barrett
spoke fo the directors after a joint meet
ing with the state commissioners, basing
his remarks upon the experience of the
Louisiana Purchase directors. The ad
"vice he offered was welcomed with a burst
of applause, and afterward a vote of
thanks was extended to Mr. Barrett.
Particular stress was laid upon the ne
cessity for providing entertaining feat
ures that would bring the people of the
Immediate vicinity to Portland to the
Fair at all times and not permit a lone
some and deserted appearance to charac
terize any of the days during the exhi
bition. These entertainrrient features
must be novel to the people of ihe,North
. west Mr. Birrett pointed out; while on
the other hand the people of the East
must be shown plainly the resources or
the Northwest, for they will have been In
formed relative to foreign exhibits.
The Importance of Inviting foreign gov
ernments, at an early date, to participate
In the Fair was dwelt upon. He urged
that the Governor be requested to ask the
Secretary of State to convey this invita
tion, since It would have greater weight
if coming through official circles.
"The importance of presenting this In
vitation early can be well understood,"
Ml-. Barrett stated, "when It Is recalled
that the different foreign governments
will probably refer these requests to their
commissioners at St. Louis. When the
St. Louis Fair opens, these commission
ers will be kept very busy and will bo
unable to come West or to give very much
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NOT FOR ENTRY
Lands Withdrawn For
IN NORTHERN WALLOWA
Recommendation of the
SETTLERS' RIGHTS ARE SECURE
Action Taken to Prevent Speculative
Entries Should the Purpose of the
Department Be Ascertained In
Advance of Action.
The lands withdrawn for forest re
serve include 357,000 acres la North
ern Wallowa County and are:
Sections 1, 12. 13, 24 and 25, town
ship -. range 44.
All of townships 3 and 4, range 44.
All of townships 2. 3 and 4, range 45.
All of townships 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6,
All of townships 3, 4, 5 and 6. range
The west half of township 3, range
All of fractional township 5. range
In Morrow County 60.000 acres are
taken from entry as follows:
Townships 6 and 7-south, range 26
The north half of township 3 south,
range. 26 east.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, May 20. The Geological Survey
having recommended the creation of a for
est reserve In extreme Northeastern Ore
gon the Interior Department has with
drawn from all entry a tract of about 357,
000 acres m the northern half of Wallowa
County with a view to Its examination to
determine the advisability of converting
It into- a J Qrest reserve.
The withdrawn lands are sections L 12,
13, 24 and 25 in township 2, range 44; all
of townships 3 and 4, range 44; townships
2, 3 and 4. range 4; townships 2, 3, 4, 5 and
5, range 46; townships 3, 4, 5, and 6, range
47; the west half of township 3, range 48,
and all of fractional township 5, range 4S.
The withdrawal, which lies north and
east of the fertile Wallowa Valley, is for
the most part mountainous and fairly well
covered with a timber growth. Rising
within its limits are Joseph Creek, and
numerous other tributaries of the Snake
and Grand Ronde Rivers. The withdrawn
lands will be examined during the present
Summer If possible. Meanwhile persons
who have settled upon any lands within
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