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THE MORNING OREGOXIAX, FRIDAY. MARCH 23, 1913,
Workhouse Inmates, Without
Food or Water Since Tues
day, Like Madmen.
EARLY REPORTS MODIFIED
SCENES IN FLOOD-SWEPT DAYTON AND REFUGE POINT IN CITY
Remarkable Feat a re of Dayton Sit
uation Is Cheerful Spirit of
Victims More Guardsmen
to Arrive Today.
SOME STRIKING FIGURES PROM
THE FLOOD AT DAYTON.
Dead, accurate estimate Impossible.
Property lose. 123.000.000.
Number persons marooned. 70.000.
Persons provided for In rescue sta
Residences submerged. 15.000.
Miles of streets Inundated. 120.
Horsea killed. 5O0.
Automobiles damaged. 1000.
DAYTON. Ohio, March 27. All but a
few of those hundreds of persons who
have been marooned in the down town
section of flooded Dayton since Tues
day morning; are safe.
This was the news brought out late
today by an Associated Press staff man.
the first to succeed In the perilous task
of penetrating; as tar north as the Big"
Miami River, which runs through the
center of the town
Chief of Police Allaback. himself ma
rooned, who has been directing; the
rescue work, gave the first information
as to the situation in what has here
tofore been the waterbound district.
Except for possible loss of life on the
north side of the river, there will not
be more 200 dead in Dayton, according
to Allaback's estimate after he had been
given information as to the situation
cn the south side.
Wwkkone Bewoaaes Madhouse.
The worst condition found near the
renter of the flood was In the work'
house, where CO prisoners have not had
drop of water, not a bite of food, aince
Tuesday. The men revolted Tuesday
night and demanded their liberty and a
chance to fight for their lives. Since
then the workhouse haa been a mad
house, acording to Superintendent
Johnson. The prisoners repeatedly
fought with Johnson and threatened to
kill both him and his family. Johnson
asked that a detachment of the National
Guard be assigned to help him handle
He declared that the men would have
to be shot If they escaped from their
Mayor la Not Heard From.
No word has been heard from Mayor
Phillips. Xha Chief of Police had been
unable to get near the Phillips' house
and did not know whether the Mayor
was dead or alive.
North of Burns avenue as far as
Fourth street the water was found to
be from three to six feet deep. Beyond
Fourth street, the water has receded
enough to make it possible in many
places to proceed on foot. From Fourth
street to the Big Miami River, relief
work was taken up by a committee
headed by Chief of Police Allaback. All
grocery, stores were commandeered and
in most cases the goods were covered
with water, yet sufficient supplies were
found to prevent suffering among those
In the interior dry strip.
While there may be many deaths In
Individual homea which have been with
out food or drink, there was no place
but the workhouse where any consider.
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for Relief, Where Food aad Clot bin r Are Bring Supplied to the Stricken.
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all but 200 of these had been found it
will be the greatest miracle of the
Hotel Probably Escapes.
It was Impossible to approach within
two blocks of the fire zone In the ca
noe, but there appeared every indica
tion that the Beckel House had not
been burned and that the fire had been
able number of people were held with- I confined to the blocks beyond Jeffer
out food. None had enough, but no case I son and Third streets. The 800 patrons
approaching actual starvation was I of the Algonquin have been comfortable
Anxiety Somewhat Relieved.
Knowledge that the death list Is
'.Ikely to prove so low in the down
town section tonight gsve rise to a
hope that even in North Dayton, about
which locality desperate anxiety is felt,
there might be comparatively few
The progress of the first canoe into
the waterbound district was greeted by
appeals for bread and water. In nearly
every house left standing people were
asked whether there had been any
deaths, and with only a fw exceptions,
all replied that there had not. Although
heartened by news from tha flood
zone'a interior. Governor Cox's secre
tary. Mr. Burbs, scarcely was able to
credit the assertion. From bis own ob
servations of the southern district ha
was unable to believe that the death
list would be under 1500.
"There are 10,000 unaccounted for on
this side of the river," he said, "and if
except for the continuous dread of fire.
The water reached to the second Iloor,
but all supplies had been moved to
places of safety and those In the hotel
experienced little discomfort.
A report current In the flooded dis
trict south of Main street that Adjutant-General
Wood had been fatally in
jured by falling plate glass proved un
true. General Wood is now in full
charge of the relief work and although
his arm was badly cut his condition is
Women aad Babies Find Refuge.
Two hundred women and babies
found refuge in a paint factory in
North Dayton, where it is believed they
have found sufficient food to keep
them from acute suffering. An effort
is to be made at once to rescue them.
The suburb of Riverdale up to
Helena street has been penetrated by
the downtown relief commission, and
conditions found much similar to those
In the southern suburbs. All have been
crowded to the second floors or roofs
of their homes, but few of the more
stable dwellings were washed away.
The district north of Helena street has
not been reached, but it is not believed
conditions there will prove as bad as
feared. Nothing is known of the for
eign settlement in North Dayton, close
to the Miami River. It was this part
of the city where the flood first made
Its way and where the occupants of
the houses had ignored warnings to.
It was here also that it was feared
most of the deaths had occurred. Only
one body was found.
The following is an estimate of con
Dead, accurate estimate impossible.
Residences submerged, 15.00Q.
Miles of streets Inundated, 120.
Persons provided for in rescue sta
Horses killed, 500.
Automobiles damaged, 1000. .
These are tentative figures.
These figures placed Dayton's loss
at J25.000.000 and were estimated by
persons who had explored part of the
flood area. Several estimates set the !
loss at a higher figure, but the best
informed agreed on 125,000,000. It
was said 25,000 residences were dam
aged to the extent of $2000 each, 6000
homes were classified under damage
figures of $1000 and it was said 7000
could not be repaired for less than $500
Damage to buildings in the business
district was set at the conservative
figure of $2,000,000 and It was believed
this amount would cover stocks in
FEAR FOR KINSFOLK
Many Here Wait in Vain for
Reassuring Word From
NEWS REMOTE POSSIBILITY
Telegraphic Communication Between
Private Individuals Impossible
at Present and Unlikely
Before Coming "Week.
Portland persons who have relatives
In the flooded districts of the Middle
Western States remain exceedingly
anxious concerning their probable fates.
No word has come from the affected
states, and it is improbable that tid
ings will be received until after the
first of next week. Wire communica
tion between private individuals is al
most impossible. The few telegraph
wires that are in service are being
used for the transaction of official
business and for the transmission of
reports to the newspapers.
Until nature assists in breaking
through this barrier of deluge and
desolation, making possible the resto
ration of telegraphic facilities, peo
ple In Oregon who have loved ones in
Ohio and Indiana will wait for news
G. W. Malsey. 579 Powell street, has
relatives in the stricken area of Ohio.
They are William Gemln, who lived on
Johnson street: Arthur and Albert Ge
min of Main street in Riverdale, and
Robert Malsey, who resides on Rung
W. M. Johns, manager for J. P. Fin
ley & Sons, undertakers, is a former
resident of Dayton and well acquainted
throughout the flooded district. Both
he and Mrs. Johns came .from Dayton
to Oregon less than a year ago. They
have many relatives in that city and
are eager to get information.
' Tracys at Metantora.
Mr. and Mrs. Hal Tracy, of 736 East
Salmon street, have many relatives at
Metamora, Franklin County, Indiana,
reported inundated by floods. They are
the Gordon-Biackledges ana rracys.
E. B. Clark, a salesman for Mason.
Ehrman & Company, and living at the
Seward Hotel, is exceedingly anxious
to learn of his father and mother, Mr.
and Mrs. C. S. Clark, who live on a
farm near Tippecanoe City, north of
G. H. Groth, with offices in the Board
of Trade building, has been unable to
learn anything of his father and mother
who live in the flooded district of Day
W. M. Hendershot, of 395 Larrabee
street, has relatives in zanesvllle, O,
Mrs. W. P. Courtney, of 135 Vernon
street, is greatly alarmed about her
sisters who are in the flooded district
of Ohio. Mrs. Ella Herdman and three
children lived at 46 North Oakley ave
nue, Columbus, O. ; another sister re
sides at 117 Porter street. Marietta, O..
and Mrs. George Meeker resides at 2550
Eastern avenue, Cincinnati, O.
Cheering News Received.
One of the first bits of cheering news
from the flooded district in Ohio came
to William Goldman. 209 Oregontan
building, last night from relatives in
Middletown. The message stated that
the danger had subsided and that all
relatives of Mr. Goldman had escaped
with their lives although they bad to
flee at one time to the hills of the oity.
The message came from Simon, Charles
P. and Harry H. Goldman. An earlier
message received yesterday afternoon
advised Mr. Goldman that the danger
was still advancing but the telegram
last night relieved new fears.
Among the many friends in Portland
anxiously awaiting word from friends
and relatives in the nooa-stricKen dis
trict in Ohio, is Clifford P. Work, bouse
superintendent of the Orpheum, who
was formerly connected wltn tne &toa-dard-Dayton
Motor Car Company, of
Davtnn. Mr. Work has two brothers
still llvrng there, both In the employ of
the National Cash Register company.
One brother, Raymond J. Work and his
family, had an attractive bungalow on
the banks of the river and the other
brother, Harold N. Work lived on Rung
and Main streets in the very heart of
the flooded city. Mr. Work has not
only tried, so far without result, to
reach his brothers by telegraph at Day
ton, but has also attempted to com
municate with them through friends in
surrounding towns. Mr. Work has been
a resident of Portland for the past two
Charles D. Raff, of 746 Belmont
street, has tried without success for
two days to get word from Malcomb H.
Baker and Mrs. Baker, who reside in
the De Wees Apartments, Toledo, Ohio.
Mr. Baker is a brother of Mrs. Raff.
As an Important Friday Event
We Have Selected Two of Our Best Models in
New Spring Suits and Coats in a Sale
Tailored Suits $27.50
Selling Regularly to $38.50
Strictly tailored . suits of fine all-wool serges,
cheviots, whipcords and two-toned effects.
In a variety of newest styles. Some are perfectly
plain tailored and others handsomely braided and.
braid trimmed. Every jacket is lined with fine all-silk
peau de cygne. The skirts are gored and trimmed
i to match the jackets.
In black, navy, brown, gray, tan and Copenhagen.
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Illustrated From the Specials on Sale
No Meat Market
Minstrel Cloth Coats
Regular Price to $30.00
Novelty three-quarter-length coats of fine import--ed
minstrel cloth, built over brightly colored peau de
cygne silks in such colors as Copenhagen, Nell rose,
emerald and black.
These coats are copies of the latest foreign models
and are draped and trimmed with Bulgarian lacs
collar and cuffs.
Merchandise of J Merit Only
No Tea Room
No Pots and Pans
No Men's Clothing
BIG RESERVOIR HOLDS
TVDIAXA-OHIO BOUNDARY EX
CITED BY' RTJMOR.
(Concluded on Pas. 4.)
Rockford, III., Citizens Aid.
ROCKFORD. I1L. March 27. Seven
hundred dollars was telegraphed to the
Red Cross by Rockford business men
today. The Elks of Rockford sent $150
direct to Dayton.
Seattle Raises $2000.
SEATTLE. Wash., March 27. Two
thousand dollars was raised today by
the Seattle Chamber of Commerce for
the Ohio flood sufferers and will be
telegraphed to Governor Cox tomorrow.
Waters, If Released, Would Sweep
Through Fort Wayne and Once
More Engulf Dayton.
VANWERT, Ohio. March 27. East'
era Indiana and Western Ohio were
excited today over a groundless rumor
that Grand Reservoir had broken its
banks at St. Marys' Ohio, threatening
devastation of the valley of the Marys
River and much damage to Fort
Wayne, Ind. The rumor was denied
at St. Marys, but not until hurried
calls for boats and assistance had been
sent out The wind blowing east over
the 17,000 acres of water in the Grand
Reservoir tossed spray over the St.
Marys embankment and crave rise to
the report of a break.
The millions of gallons of water in
the reservoir should a break occur on
the east embankment, would flood the
St. Marys River and sweep northward
through Fort Wayne. Should the
southwest bank give way. a wall of
water would descend the valley of the
Miama and .again engulf Dayton.
Direct communication with those in
charge of the embankments brought
assurances that there was no break
or danger of a break.
The flood water in and near Fort
Wayne is subsiding and along the right
of way of the Pennsylvania lines be-
twen Fort Wayne and Vanwert has
fallen from six inches to three feet in
the last 48 hours.
R. E. McCarthy, general superintend
ent of the Southwest lines of the Penn
sylvania system, on the way to head
quarters at Columbus, said the damage
to the road would aggregate $6,000,
000. He hoped to see through service
from Chicago to Pittsburg by Monday
and rehabilitation of the lines in two
No trains are running along the 23
miles of track south from Vanwert to
Celina. Ohio. Part of the roadbed of
the Cincinnati & Northern is washed
out and the bridge over the St. Marys
River at Rockford, Ohio, is out of com
mission. The Cincinnati & Northern of
ficials hope to repair the road by Satur
day RELATIVE IS REPORTED LOST
Vancouver Pastor's Cousin in Death
List at Dayton.
VANCOUVER, Wash.; March 27.
(Special.) W. S. T. Derr, County
Clerk, has several relatives in the flood
district in Ohio and Indiana, among
them being Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dean
and Mr. and Mrs. William Maguire, of
Dayton, and Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Hadley,
of Fort Wayne.
A cousin of Rev. Walter I. Eck,
pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, of
Vancouver, today was reported dead in
Dayton. Mr. and Mrs. John Eck, his
parents, live at Miamisburg, a few
miles from Dayton. If they were at
home on the farm, it is believed they
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tidious. A most appropriate gift which always
Confectionery and Restaurant.
Washington at Tenth. Entrance on Alder Street, Too.
T IKES APPEAL
GOVERNOR ASKS OREGON FOLK
TO AID FLOOD VICTI3IS.
Executive Issues Proclamation Call
ing Upon People to Contribute.
Flags Float at Half Mast.
SALEM, Or., March 27. (Special.)
With flags floating at halfmast on the
Capitol at the order of Secretary Olcott
because of the awful disasters in In
diana and Ohio and reports coming in
of further calamities. Governor West
today issued the following proclama
tion to the people of Oregon:
"Whereas, the Nation has been
startled and dismayed by the awful
calamity that has overtaken the people
of the States of Ohio and Indiana by
flood and fire, and,
"Whereas, it is fitting that those fa
vored . by divine providence with se
curity and prosperity should come to
the aid of those stricken and in the
grasp of such great sorrow, want and
"Whereas, the Portland Chamber of
Commerce has undertaken to gather to
gether and send substantial relief to
the authorities of the States of Ohio
and Indiana, by them to be disbursed
and distributed as necessity and hu
manity may require.
"Now, Therefore, in view of the fore
going premises and by virtue of the
authority in me vested, I, Oswald West,
Governor, do by this proclamation call
upon the prosperous people of this
state, that they give, according as their
condition in life may permit, in aid
of our brothers and sisters in so great
need, and that they send such contribu
tions to Edmund C. Giltner, secretary
of the Portland Chamber of Commerce,
by him to be accounted for and for
warded to the authorities of the States
of Ohio and Indiana, as soon as may be.
"In testimony whereof, I have here
under set my hand and caused the Seal
of the State of Oregon to be hereto
affixed this 27th day of March, A. 1A,
Farms Near Vandalia Flooded.
VANDALIA. 111.. March 27. Th
Okawa River levee 16 miles south of
here broke in four places last night
and SO, 000 acres of farming land Is un
der one to eight feet of water.
Missouri's Governor Issues Call.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., March 27.
Governor Major Issued tonight a proc
lamation calling on the people of the
state to contribute towards the relief
of Ohio and Indiana flood victims.
I PANORAMIC VIEW OF DAYTON", OHIO, LOOKING EAST AT THE HORSESHOE BEOT5 OF THE GREAT WTAWT, VIVIDLY SHOWING GREAT EXPANSE OF THICKLY POPULATED AREA AVAILABLE TO THE SWEEP OF THE FLOOD WATERS
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From Fourth street to the river
in the main portion of Dayton, la
still unJer water and 70.000 persons
still are more or less marooned.
There are 15.000 residences sub
merged, it is estimated, and 1:0
miles of the city's streets still Inun
dated. Five hundred persons are
provided for temporarily, and It is
believed BOO horses have drowned.
The City of Dayton lies on the
east or left bank of the Great Miami
SIX BRIDGES ENTF.RI0 THE CIT V TWO. THE FIFTH-STREET SPAX AND A RAILROAD BHIORE, HAVE BEE.V WASHED OUT THE MAIX BUSINESS SECTION IS SHOWN IN THE CENTER OF THE PICTURE.
TO THE LEFT IS A PORTION OP NORTH DAYTON WHERE THE LOSS OF LIFE WAS HEAVIEST THE RIVER ENTIRELY SUBMERGED MANY OF THE HOUSES SHOWN TO THE LEFT.
The peculiar geographical situa
tion of the town makes the rescue
River, at its Junction with the Mad
River. From the latter Dayten re
ceives Its power. The business por
tion of the city, which extends a few
blocks from the river back for a
good distance, was largely sub
merged at the height of the flood.
From Its position, practically in the
curve of the horseshoe bend of the
river, the business portion and a
large section of the residence sec
tion became a particularly good tar
get for the rising waters, which ap
proached from three sides. The Big
Miami River runs practically
through the center of the city, the
more thickly populated and business
section being on the side shown in
the above photograph. Belmont
avenue, ' shewn to the extreme left
of the picture, is .part of the Inun
dated section. . .
From Fourth street the water had
receded enough late yesterday to en
able the rescuers to go on foot in
some places. It is learned that
those marooned in the downtown
section since Tuesday are safe. Con.
slderable loss of life is expected to
be found on the north side of the
river, shown to the left in the pic
ture, when the rescuers can make an
inroad. The flres whteh have been
menacing and destroying much of
the city were confined beyond Third
and Jefferson streets, is the latest
announcement. ' This section is
shown in the center of the picture
and is a part of the business sec
tion. The northern and southern sub
urbs were first victims of the flood
waters. The foreign quarter of the
city is in the north end of the city
(left in photograph), and here the
inhabitants refused to heed the first
The suburb of Riverdale as far as
Helena street has been penetrated
by the relief commission and condi
tions are grave here. Pestilence is
greatly feared in the aftermath.
The extent of the flood can be bet
ter understood by the fact that dead
bodies were seen floating down Jef
ferson street, one of the main thor
oughfares of Dayton. Although Day
ton has had frequent flood frights,
and the water has risen to an alarm
ing stage on several occasions, and
at times with loss of life, much of
the territory flooded this time was
considered without doubt high
enough to be safe from the river.
work difficult. The business section
extends east of the Miami. West
Dayton extends for several miles.
The manufacturing district, which is
known as East Dayton, in which the
National Cash Register's plant is lo
cated, is separated from the central
or business portion by lowlanus,
which are deep in flood waters. The
extreme north part of Dayton is not
risible in the picture.