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Streets of Ohio City Are
Seething River 8 to
20 Feet Deep.
GREAT BUILDINGS TOPPLE
Hospital With 600 Patients,
School Building With 400
Pupils Reported Gone.
HORROR HEIGHTENED BY FIRE
Office Buildings Filled With
Hundreds Unable to Leave.
HOUSETOPS ARE CROWDED
Famine Impends, a All Groceries
and Snpljr Houses Are in Inun
dated District Explosion Sets
Fire Which Barns Block.
DAYTOX, O, March M The eraat
nil reached abont mldalarht. Water la
aow falllac at the rate of half aa Inch
DATTOX, March 2. The wind Teered
nddeary froai aoafh to aorth at . 3
o'clock aad the firea oa Vine atrajfeo
sprang mp ahew.
DAYTON, March 23 (By Telephone
ia Xeala.) Dartoa tonight la aotblac
Iroa thaa a aeetblac river, three nileo
wide, a mile aad a halt oa each aide
of the aiala afreet, Ita prlaclpal thor
oughfare, while It la eottmatrd that
from ZOOO to 6000 people hare per
ished. The Alffouqnla Hotel la anbmerared la
water up to Ita third ntory, aad above
Ihla leTel the downtowa district office
bulldlaga, hotela aad bualacsa hoaaea
are plaeea of refuae.
A achool baUdlng that waa kaowa to
hare houaed aot I mm thaa 400 arhool
rhlldrea abortlr before the watcra
ruabrd la that dlrcctloa la entirely
eabmrrged, aad aa far aa eaa be aa
ecctalued all of thoae little oaea met a
DAYTON. O.. March 23. Dayton, ex
cept' for Its most remote suburbs, to
night was covered with a seething: flood
of water from 8 to 20 feet deep. Any
attempt to estimate the loss of life Is
It Is sure to run Into the hundreds
and may so into the thousands. The
property loss will total millions of dol
lars. The flooded district comprises a cir
cle with a radius of a mile and a half,
and nowhere Is the water less than six
feet deep. In Main street. In the 'down
town section, the water is 20 feet deep.
Flrea Add to Horror.
The horror - Is heightened by more
than a dozen fires which can be seen
In the flooded district, but out of reach
Most of the business houses and
nearly all of the residences have oc
cupants. Downtown the offices are
filled with men unable to get home
and on the upper floors and on some
oi the roofs of resiliences are helpless
women and children. Hundreds of
houses, substantial buldlngs In the res
idence district, many of them with
helpless occupants have been washed
Hospital With COO Reported Uoae.
The St. Elliabetirs Hospital, with
too patients, was reported to have been
washed away. The building was known
to be In many feet of water and Indi
cations are that the report may prove
The electric light plants were put out
of business early tn the day and to
tul darkness, coupled with a torrential
downpour, added to tho horrors of the
Famine also became an Immediate
All the supply and grocery houses
are In the submerged district and at
midnight it was. said there was not
enough bread to last the survivors an
John H. ratterson. president of the
National Cash Register Company, who
headed the relief work in the south
end of the city, sent out an appeal for
food supplies and for doctors and med
icine. Tonight 3000 homeless were
housed In the cash register office.
Baalaraa Hlork Boras.
A fire which started from an ex
plosion in the Meyers Ice Cream Com
pany plant- near Wyoming street,
spread and burned the block on South
I'ark. about a block from Wyoming.
Another big fire Is reported to have
burned a downtown block.
The breaking of the Karlton reser
voir, which supplies the drinking water.
tConcluJ-?d on l'is 2.1
TERRE HAUTE IS
FLOOD FOLLOWS CLOSE OX
Families Who1 Escaped Storm Sow
Find Themselves Surrounded by
Waters of Wabash.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind, March M.
Hardly recovering from the daie of
the tornado of Sunday that claimed 10
ti.-. ?fifl and did property
damage amounting to 31.000.000. Terre
Haute today faced its second disaster
in 47 hours, when the waters of the
Wabash left their banks, flooding; part
of the residence district.
Many families whose homes had es
caped destruction In the tornado were
surrounded and the residents were
forced to flee for their Urea.
The river has passed the 25-foot
stage and Is rising at the rate of Ave
Inches an hour. Railroad trafflc Is
practically suspended and interurban
traction service has been abandoned.
Residents of Taylorville. RobertsvlUe
and West Terre Haute have deserted
their homes. Five hundred house are
under water and the coal mines near
here are flooded.
Relief stations established near the
flooded districts are swamped with ap
plications for aid.
GRADUATED TAX FAVORED
Tariff Schedule to Await Conference
w cuTvnTnv March 26. A con
sensus of sentiment for a graduated
ln.nm tSZ. OS a Dart Of the
single tariff revision measure to be put
through Congress at me extra
developed at a meeting of tho full ma
jority of tho House ways and means
Chairman Underwood and hia Demo
cratic colleagues labored all day on
f.ntura of the new tariff
plan without coming to any formal
It Is probable tnac noining iurm
will be done on tho tariff schedules
,mtn ihn President finishes studying
and conferring over them.
WIND DROWNS OUT CRIES
Girl Pinned tinder Wreckage Uses
Signs to Attract Rescuers.
OMAHA. March 25. Miss Gurtha
. ,,.. iiiul to resort to the
UJ lift vn
sign language Sunday night after her
screams failed to attract the attention
of -would-be rescuers standing within
a few feet of her. I
in.- T-nnff- wn In her home when the
storm broke. She was thrown this way
and that and was nnaiiy pmueu -lesth
some wreckage, with mattress
and blankets over her. As soon as the
storm passed men rushed Into the
house to find the girl, but were not
able to find her. In spite of her screams,
because of the roar of the wind and
the stamping of feet. Miss Long worked
one arm through the bedding and.
wildly waving It. attracted the men
above the wreckage.
MIMI PULL ON TONIGHT
Cable and Anchors for Task Are Re
ceived at Bay City.
BAT CITY, Or.. March 25. (Special.)
Cable for pulling the German bark
Miml off the sand arrived here today
on a barge towed by the John Cuahy.
It will be put ashore tomorrow and
the first pull is scheduled for tomor
One hundred tons of ballast are being
removed and the sand dredged from
around the grounded vessel. The 11
1000-pound anchors will be dropped
about 400 feet ahead of the vessel and
as she pulls to the first the others
will be placed ahead.
An effort to get the vessel Into deep
water will be made at 3:20 A. M. Wed
nesday. FORTUNE ELUDES GRASP
Missing Husband's Signature Neces
sary to Obtain Legacy.
CHICAGO, March 25. Penniless and
unable to collect a legacy of 125.000
until she finds her husband or estab
lishes his death, Mrs. Martha May ap
pealed to ti police today to search
May. a traveling photographer, dis
appeared five months ago. A few days
later Mrs. May received word that her
mother had died at Dresden. Germany,
leaving her an estate valued at 325,
000. The German law requires the
signatures of both husband and wife
or proof that the husband Is dead be
fore a legacy can be awarded.
BRIDGE OUT AT COLUMBUS
Scioto River Rising Rapidly at Early
Hour This Morning.
COL.UMF.rs. O- March 25. (Wednes
day.) The Broad-street bridge over
the Scioto River, the last connecting
link between the east and west di
visions of the city, was swept away
shortly after 1 A. M.
The river Is rising rapidly, due to
a heavy rain.
FOURTH R0B3ER GETS LIFE
Youth of 20 Shares Sentence of
Three Who Have Gone Before.
CHICAGO. March 25. Frank McEr
lane. 20 years old, one of the automo
bile bandits, was found guilty of high
way robbery today and was sentenced
to life imprisonment.
Three other members of the band
previously had been sentenced to lite
AID TO SUFFERERS
Funds Will Be Sent to
Omaha, if Needed.
WORD FROM OHIO IS AWAITED
Elks Instruct Omaha Body to
Draw on Local Lodge.
MANY JOIN RELIEF MOVE
Commercial Bodies Pledge Assist
ance to Stricken Cities Chamber
of Commerce Official Recipient
of Funds for Aid of Victims.
FLOOD SUFFERERS WANT0,
The Oreg-ontan desires Information
concerning Portland people or rel
atives of Portland people In Dayton,
Hamilton. Delaware, O.. Fort Wayne,
Ind., or other points In the flood dis
trict. Please communicate with this
If the people of Omaha or the offi
cials of that stricken city need any
help Portland stands ready to offer it.
Assurances to this effect were sent
to Mayor Dahlman, of Omaha, yester
day by the Mayor nd presidents of
Portland's commercial bodies who, on
the previous day, had sent messages of
sympathy and offers of aid.
Thus far no word has come from
Omaha asking for assistance. It Is
understood that the people there are
undertaking to care for the homeless
without outside help. This was the
tenor of the note sent by Mayor Dahl
man to President Wilson and it is
probable that this same brave and de
termined attitude can be maintained
toward the rest of the world from
which kind offers have come.
Elks Offer Fuada.
C. C Bradley, exalted ruler of th
Portland Lvdge of Elks, telegraphed
the Omaha lodge yesterday to draw on
the Portland Elks for whatever funds
are needed to care for the homeless.
It is reported, however, that the grand
lodge of Elks has sent substantial con
tributions to Omaha for this purpose
and that the subordinate lodges will
not be called upon. The Elks' home
at Omaha has been turned into a hos
pital according to advice received here.
A. L. Mohler, president of the Union
Pacific telegraphed to J. D. Farrell,
president of the O.-W. R. & N. Com
pany, yesterday that more than 50
Union Pacific employes have been made
homeless. The company Is caring for
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INDEX OF TODAY'S NEWS
The Weather. i
IESTERDATS Maximum temperature. 44
degrees; minimum. 9 degrees.
TODAY'S Fair; variable winds. - mostly
Storm and Flood.
Indians, Is vast sea. with stricken capital
powerless to aid. Pace 1.
Ohio headwaters flood Northern and West
ern Pennsylvania. Paze 3.
Two hundred and ftftv reported drowned at
Peru, Ind. Page 3.
Terra Haute twice hit. flood following tor
nado. Page 1. ...
Portland offers aid to stricken cities. Pag-e
Nineteen lost In flood at Delaware, O.
Page 3. -
Omaha and Nebraska caring for own desti
tute, page 4.
Two thousand to 5000 estimated Mead In
Dayton. O., flood. Page 1. -
Total loss of life in Ohio and Indiana may
reach 7500. Page 1.
Troops prevented by swift' current from
doing rescue work in Hamilton. O. '
Ohio Governor plans to send out call for
aid. Page 1- -
Gross earnings tax imposed In 1006 held tn.
valid by State Supreme Court. Page 0.
Sawmill and logging camp strike in West
ern Washington predicted about July 1.
Page 5. . s
Methodist parliament opens at Grants Pass.
Martin and Alger go Into lead In Oregon
bowling tourney doubles. Page 7.
Robert L Stevens elected president of Base
ball Boosters' Club, page 7.
Rodgers says Beaver strength lies in sub
stitutes. Page 7.
Six Colts released; 30 more will r- P 7.
Commercial and Marine.
Heavy loss of sheared sheep by storm In
Eastern Washington. Page 19.
Wheat drops at Chicago on favorable crop
reports. Page 19.
Further Improvement In stock and bond
markets. Page 19.
Portland harbor to be deepened near Swan
Island. Page IS.
Portland and Vicinity.
Cues In "East Lynne" keep Empress mana
ger on the Jump. Page 12.
Petition for firemen's pension initiative bill
filed. Page 11?.
U It. Alderman elected head of Portland
schools. Page 1.
Delbert J. MacCreedy and son Leo are
killed: Page 18.
Motorcyclist to answer' to grand jury for
death oft girt Page 9.
Mayor Rushlight files notification of can
didacy for re-election. Page 10.
Colonist trains bring 250 to Portland
daily. Page 14.
Engagement of Miss Flynn announced.
Veteran lawyers of city are guests of honor
at bar banquet. Page 10.
East Side favored as entrance to city by
Clackamas Southern. Page 18.
Lodgers rescued from fire destroying Park
Hill HoteL Page- 6. .
BIG BOND ISSUE SECURED
Northwestern Electric Company
Files $10,000,000 Mortgage.
One of the largest fees In the his
tory of Multnomah County was paid
yesterday at the Courthouse when a
$10,000,000 mortgage covering -the
properties and rights of the Nortlr
western Electric Company was filed
Tor record. It is made out in favor
of the Anglo-California Trust Com
pany, of San Francisco, and is a first
mortgage guaranteeing an issue of
10,000 30-year S per cent gold bonds of
the denomination of $1000 each. The
recording fee was $49.90.
The Northwestern Electric Company
recently secured a franchise to sell
light and power in Portland. The money
being raised from the sale of bonds is
being used In the development of pow
er sites near White Salmon and at
other points In Washington. The San
Francisco trust company Is simply
trustee for the bondholders.
for One-Year Term.
RIGLER IS MADE SUPERVISOR
Special Schools Placed en
Strong Foundation Is Aim.
SALARY INCREASE DENIED
Owing to Opposition in School Board
to State Official, Compromise Re
sults and Pay Remains at
I R. Alderman, State superintend
ent of Public Instruction," was elected
superintendent of the Portland schools
by the Board of Education yesterday
afternoon. The vote was three to two.
L N. Flelschner, J. V. Beach and M. G.
Munly voting In favor and R. L. Sabln
and Mrs. J. B. Kerr voting against him.
He was elected for a one-year term.
At the same meeting, Frank Rig
ler, who has been superintendent of
city schools for many years, and who
had resigned voluntarily, was elected
supervisor of special schools. Including
the night schools. Summer schools and
vocational schools, a work in which
he has become deeply Interested and
which he suggested he would like to
have a hand in establishing on a strong
The Board also elected D. A. Grout
and C A. Rice as assistant superin
tendents for a two-year term. Mr.
Grout has long been connected with the
schools in this capacity and by many
was said to be a good man to succeed
his present chief, Mr. Rlgler. Mr. Rice
has been an assistant, but one year.
Thomas la Re-EIected.
R. H. Thomas, who has been clerk of
the Board for a number of years, was
re-elected for another term of one year.
He'' has- systematized the work of the
district and has brought order out of
One of the surprises of the meeting,
which was executive, was that Mr. Al
derman was elected for but one year
and that the pay of the superintendent
was not increased. It stands at $4500
. year. There were recommendations
from some clubs and various persons
urging an increase, but it is said the
opposition to Mr. Alderman made it
necessary for those favoring him to
make some compromises in order to
elect him at all. It was decided that
Mr. Alderman would be chosen for one
TOP ESTIMATE ON
LOSS OF LIFE 7675
FIGURES BASED OX UNVERI
FIED NEWS FROM 3 STATES.
Homeless in Ohio and Indiana Esti
mated at 100,000 Property Loss
Placed at $25,000,000.
CHICAGO, March 25. Unverified re
ports from flood-swept cities In Ohio
and Indiana show the following esti
mated loss of life:
100 to 5000; Plqua (ru
mored), 540; Delaware, 50 to 100; Sid
ney 33 to 50; Mlddletown. 15 to 20:
Hamilton. 12; Tippecanoe City, 3 to 5;
scattering, 16; total Ohio, 739 to 7175.
Peru, 200 to 500; Newcastle, 3; La
fayette, 2; Noblesville, 2; Frankfort.
1; Fort Wayne, 1; Rushvllle, 1; total
Indiana, 210 to 500.
Grand total, 969 to 7675.
The homeless, most of them tem
porarily, are estimated to number up
wards of 100,000.
' Tho property damage is roughly es
timated at $25,000,000 or more.
All the great railroad systems run
ning through the flooded states are
tied up by floods and washouts.
COX PIAXS TO SEXD AID CALL
Ohio's Governor Fears State Will
Have to Ask for Supplies.
COLUMBUS, O., March 25. "If our
worst fears are confirmed, it will be
necessary for us to call on the outside
world for supplies In order to make
provision for the worst calamity that
has ever befallen this state," said Gov
ernor Cox in a telegram he sent tonight
to the New York World.
The .Governor also informed the New
York paper that troops were ordered
out for duty in the Capital City and
that the Naval Reserves were dis
patched from Toledo to Plqua.
The Dayton companies are on duty
in this city, he said.
Cincinnati companies, presumably,
the Governor said in his message,
would be dispatched to Hamilton and
Middleton in the Miami Valley, which
sent out distress signals shortly after
Governor Cox late tonight issued ah
order to Brigadier-General Speaks to
call out the entire Ohio National Guard
tomorrow morning for duty in the
flood-swept district, which comprises
practically the whole state.
ROSEBUD PARADE GETS O.K.
School Board Sanctions Rose Festival
"Human Rosebuds" will be furnished
for the great parade of children, one
of the best features of Rose Festival
week, by the schools of Portland. Mem.
bers of the Board of Education gave the
event their approval yesterday upon re
quest of a committee from the East
Side Business Men's Club.
R. L. Sabln, chairman of the Board,
called attention of the members to the
fact that the parade and necesary drill
ing is opposed by "some of the best
principals and teachers," but suggested
that the children might give a calis
thenics drill. Instead Mr. Beach thought
nothing less than the parade would
Batisfy the people and it was finally
It was stipulated that the parade Is
purely a voluntary matter with parents,
children, principals and teachers, the
Board simply giving consent under
those conditions. Therefore, no child
will be obliged to participate.
ANIMAL PICTURES CAUGHT
W. L. Finley Secures Rare Photo
graphs by Daring Feats.
William L. Finley, State Game
Warden, returned yesterday from a
two weeks" hunting trip near Oak
Ridge, Lane County, where he had gone
to study the destruction done to game
and domestic animals by wolves, wild
cats and cougars. Georse H. Kelly, of
the State Game Commission; Jack Rees
and Walter Gadsby, of Portland, and
Jasper Hills, of Oak Ridge, who ac
companied Mr. Finley, ' remained to
continue the hunt.
The party had three hounds, and at
the time Mr. Finley left they had
killed two cougars, or mountain Hons,
and three wildcats. Mr. Finley ob
tained many photographs of the wild
animals climbing trees. He exposed
three and one-half dozen nlms on one
Mr. Kelly was badly scratched by a
BARLEY CROP IS DAMAGED
Walla Walla Farmers Complain of
Prices Charged for Their Seed.
WALLA WALLA, Wash., March 25.
(Special.) The cold weather has dam
aged the barley . crop north of the
town, ' according to a dozen or more
farmers, who were here today to pur
chase seed barley.
Wheat, which Is more hardy, has
withstood the cold. The farmers have
to pay $30 a ton for seed barley and
get but $21 and $22. They are making
MOTHER RESCUES CHILD
Woman Dashes Into Burning House
Just Before It Collapees.
Just before the roof of her burning
house fell in, Mrs. Charles R. Slm
monds, of 240 East Seventy-ninth street.
North, rushed In through the blazing
rooms and snatched up her year-old
baby yesterday morning.
She returned safely to the outside,
and then the dwelling collapsed. Neither
mother or child was Injured.
More Than 2Q0 Lives Lost,
With Property Damage
of Twenty Millions.
CRZEKS ARE RAGING RIVERS
Plight of Indianapolis Pre
cludes Giving of Aid to
WHOLE STATE IS UNPREPARED
Number of Homeless Is Es
timated Close to 200,000.
COLD ADDS TO- SUFFERING
Militia Aids Police In Patrolling
Stricken Districts Situation in
Smaller Towns Is Border
ing on Desperate.
INDIANAPOLIS, Marca 25. The
watera of Pall Creek are tlireatealna:
the city hospital, where a large aom
ber of patient, are confined. Governor
RalKtoo baa ordered oat the hospital
corps of the Indiana National Guard
ta aid In avmovln- the alek to a large
hall. . v- '
INDIANAPOLIS, March 25. A state
wide floodi appalling in ita immensity
and terrifying In Its swiftness, claimed
certainly more than 300 lives, accord
ing to fragmentary reports, made
nearly 200,000 homeless and has done
property damage of more than 320,000,
000 In Indiana today and tonight.
The rush of waters caught the state
unprepared, and the following desper
ate fight to save life and property
From Peru came a sudden message
that the town was overwhelmed and
hundreds drowned before they knew
their full peril.
Creeks Usually Dry Are Torrents.
The White River and several creeks
which surround the business district
of Indianapolis, ordinarily dry in Bum
mer, are tonight raging torrents,
sweeping everything In their path.
When the streetcar service was stopped
at noon It trapped thousands in the
business district. Some bridges are
unsafe and closed to traffic and the
waters sweeping over the others defy
Vehicles and pedestrians.
The White River levee . at Morris
street went out tonight, submerging
hundreds of homes, adding 2000 to the
7000 homeless here.
Hope of Saving Levee Gone.
Thousands of spectators were watch
ing the river when, with a roar, hun
dreds of tons of dirt crumbled under
the pressure and great walls of murky
black water rushed through the open
ing. People living In the vicinity
rushed from their homes carrying what
property they could hastily tie up in
sheets, tablecloths and bedding.
All'hopes of saving part of the leveo
has been abandoned and all families
were removed from that district. No
loss of life has been reported here,
but several persons are reported miss
ing. The Washington-street bridge, which
connects West Indianapolis with the
city proper, is shaky tonight and it is
feared it will be torn out.
The majority of street lights are
shut off and the water is flowing into
cellars and extinguishing furnace fires,
while the mercury Is dropping.
The entire state is practically one
huge sea and every brook, creek and
river is taking its toll of damage.
Public service corporations of the
entire state are helpless, railroads and
traction lines have cancelled nearly all
trains and many cities are without tire
protection and light.
Rescuers Kept Basy.
Dwellers along streams todav de
voted their labors to rescuing those
trapped in their homes and to remov
ing furniture and merchandise to
During the day reports of loss of
life were received, but none has been
verified, because wire service is
paralyzed. Seven are known to have
been drowned, two at Lafayette, threo
at Newcastle, and one at Frankfort and
one at Rushvllle.
The appalling swiftness with which
the waters have risen caught the
entire state uprepared. Streams that
were brooks Easter morning have be
come raging torrents during the last
24 hours. Persons who retired ap
parently safe at home last night this
morning were rescued from second
story windows by boats.
No hope for relief to the stricken
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