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"IT'S A COLD DAY WHEN WE GET LEFT."
nOOD EIVEK, OREGON, TIIITRSDAT, JUNE 18, 1903.
HOOD RIVER GLACIER
Published every Thursday.
S. F. BLVTHE ft SON, Publlshsra.
lerms of ubscrliliou J1.60 a year when paid
The mall arrives from Mt. Hood at 10 o'clock
a. m. Wednesday! aud Saturdays; departa the
me days at noon.
For Chenoweib, learei at t a. m. Tuesdays,
Thursday, and batunlavs: arrive at (p. m.
for White Sainton ( w ash.) leavea daily at M
a. m.; arrive at 7:15 p. in.
Jroni While Salmon leaves for Fiilda, Gilmer,
Tiout l ake and (ilenwood daily at A. M.
lorBirigon (Hush.) leave ata;4p. m.s ar.
rives at 2 p. m.
pOURT HOOD RIVER No. 42, FORE8TKR8 OF
SI AMl.KK A Meets second and Fourth Hon
ay Id each month in K. of P. hall.
II. J. Frkdekicc, C. R.
B. F. Fours, Financial Secretary.
fAK GROVE COUNCIL No. 142, ORDER OF
V7 rt.M)t.Meet uie wecona and Fourth
Fridays of the month, Visitor cordlallv wel
omed. V. U. Buotiiu, Counsellor.
Miss Naxui Cl.iKK, Secretary,
ORDER OF WASHINGTON. - Hood Rlvar
Union No. 142, meets in Odd Fellow' hall
second and fourth Saturday in each month.
7 :u o'clock. o. L. Corn., President.
J. E. IUnna, Secretary.
" AUREL RKKKKAH DEGREE LODGE,' No.
J 87, 1. O. O. F.-Meeti first and third Frl
ay lueach month.
Miss Edith Moobi, N. a.
L. E. MORSE, Secretary.
ANBY POST, No. 16, O. A. R -Meets at A.
O. II. W. liall second and fourth Hutnrdara
of each month at 2 o'clock o. m. All u. A. iL
members invited to meet with u.
W. H. Perky, Commander.
T. J. Cunning, Adjutant.
pANBY W. R. C, No. 16-Meet lecond and
j fourth Saturdays of each month in A. O, U.
w. hall at 2 p. m. Mks. Fannie Bailey, i'rea.
Mhs. T. J. Canninu, Secretary.
HOOD RIVER LODGE No. 106, A. F. and A,
M. Meet Saturday evenini on or before
eai h full moon. Wh.M. iatei, W. M.
C. 1). Thompson, Secretary.
HOOD RIVER CHAPTER, No. 27, R. A. M.
Meet third Friday niglit of each month.
U. K. Cabtneb, U. P.
A. S. Blowers, Secretary.
OOD RIVER CHAPTER, No. 28. O. B. B.
Meets second aud lourth Tuesdav even.
In ks of each mouth. Visitors cordlallv wet.
Corned. Mhs. May Yate, W. It.
Mks. Maey B. Davidson, Secretary.
OLETA ASSEMBLY No. 103, United Artisan,
Meets first and third Wednesday, work;
second and fourth Wednesdays social: Arti
sans hall. i. C. Baosiua, M. A.
F. B. Barnes, Secretary.
WAUCOMA LODGE, No. 90, K. of P.-Meeti
in K. of P. hall every Tuesday night.
F. L. Davidson, C. C.
Dr. C. H. Jenkins, K. of R. & S.
RIVERSIDE LODGE. No. 68, A. O. U. W.
Meets first and third Saturdays of each
month. F. B. Barnes, W. M.
E. R. Bradley, Financier.
Chester Shute, Recorder.
1DLEWILDE LODGE, No. 107, I. O O. F
Meets in Fraternal hsll every Thursday
Bight. Geo. W. Thompson, N. O.
J. L. Henderson, Secretary.
HOOD RIVER TENT, No. 1, K. O. T. M..
meets at A. O. U, W. hall on tha first and
third Fridays of each month.
Walter Gerkino, Commander.
O. E. Williams, Secretary.
RIVERSIDE LODGE NO. 40, DEGREE OF
HONOR, A. O. U. W .-Meets first and
third Saturdays at 8 P. M.
Kate M. Frederick, C. of H.
Hiss Annie Smith, Recorder.
OOD RIVER CAMP, No. 7,702, M. W. A.,
meets in Odd Fellows' Hall tha first ana
third W eduesdavs of each mouth.
1. B. Bees, V. C.
C. U. Daein, Clerk.
JjiDEN ENCAMPMENT No. 48, I. O. O. F.
'i Regular meeting second and fourth Mod
ays of each month. W. O. Ash, C. P.
Y. L. Henderson, Scribe.
J)R. J. W. VOGEL.
Will make regular monthly visits to Hood
Rlvar. Residence 863 Sixteenth Street,
Q II, JENKINS, D. M. D.
, DENTIST. ,
Specialist on Crown and Bridge Work.
Telephones: Olllce, 281; residence, M.
Office in Langille bid. Hood River, Oregon.
JJE. X. T. CARNS.
Gold crown and bridge work and all kinds of
HOOD RIVER OBKQOH
LJ L. DUMBLE, .
THYSICIAN AND SURGEON.
Bacceasor to Dr. M. F. Shaw.
Calls promptly answered In town or eoautry,
Dav or Night.
Telephone!; Residence, 81 i Office, Si,
Office over Everhart's Grocery.
J F. WATT, M. D.
Physician and Surgeon.
Telephones: Office, 281; residence, 281
BURGEON O. R. ft N. CO.
JOHN LELAND HENDERSON
ATTORNEY-AT LAW. ABSTRACTER, NO
TARY PUHLIC and REAL
For 2S ye ara resident of Oregon and Wask
lnton. Haa had many year experience la
Krai KaUle matiers, a abstractor. Marcher i
title and ageut. balisf action guaranteed r
pREDERICK 4 ARNOLD
CONTRACTORS AND BUILDERS.
Estimate furnished for all kind of
work. Repairing specialty. All kind
of shop work. Shop on BUU Street,
between First and Second.
Abstract Furnished. Money Loaned.
Hood River, Oregon.
p . BROSIUS, M. D.
' FHYSICIAN AND SURGEON.
'Phone Central, or 121.
Office Hour.: 10 to 11 A. M.J I to I
and 6 to 7 P. M.
gUTLER A CO,
Do a general banking buintaa.
HOOD RIVER. 0BEG03.
EVENTS OF THE DAY
! GATHERED FROM ALL PARTS OP THE
Comprehensive Review of the Import
ant Happening of the Part Week,
Presented In Condensed Form, Most
Likely to Prove Interesting to Our
The Hungarian premier haa resigned
and new cabinet will be formed.
The new ruler of Servia is shorn of
all power and is king in name only.
Warrant! have been issued for the ar
rest of two more persona involved in
the postal frauds. "
Rioting attending a street rar strike
at Dubuque, Iowa, haa resulted in the
militia being called out.
Prom'nent members of the National
Live Stock Association will try to have
Secretary Hitchcock ousted.
A naval demonstration is being held
at Che Foo, China, by Japanese and
British fleets. A few American ships
are also present. .
The Michigan forest fires will cause
inestimable damage unless rain soon
The Russian war minister, General
Korupatin, is being extensively feted
A disastrous fire in a Newcastle,
Penn., coal mine was started by the ex
plosion of gasoline.
The Chicago union waiters on strike
partially acnowledge a defeat, and many
are returning to work.
The ' International Pressmen's Con
vention opened at Cincinnati with S00
delegates in attendance.
By trying to fill a coal oil stove while
it was burning, a Brooklyn boy and his
siBter met with fatal injuries.
The Laundryworers' union, of Chica
go, by a referendum vote, ust taken,
has decided against another strike.
The strike on the New York subway
has been abandoned and 20,000 miners
will apply for work unconditionally.
The rumor that President Clowry, of
the Western Union telegraph com
pany, is to resign is without founda
tion. A balloon with four aeronauts was
carried out to sea from Marseilles,
France. The fate of the men is not
Tho hrir.klavara' strike in Omaha.
which tied up building operations for
our monthB, came to an end by the
union giving in.
Accused of attemDtintf to extort
money from employes in a Newark, N.
T hat fartnrv. Duvlil Richmftn has
been fined f 999.99 by the Hatmakers'
Armed with rifles and shotguns, the
farmers and summer residents of Monnt
Kisco and Newcastle, N. Y. are looking
for the incendiary now infesting those
The native chiefs of Samoa desirous
of being present at the St. Louis expo
sition, have sent petitions to President.
Roosevelt to help American Samoans to
Chicago waiters are losing groand in
Sir Thomas Lipton'a fleet has arrived
at Bandy Hook.
An American citizen was killed by
Turks at Odessa.
Bulgarians are deserting many cities
in terror of Turks.
Cutting of a levy at St. Louis al
most caused a lynching.
Burglars secured $8,000 worth of dia
monds in New York hotel.
Five people were burned to death in
a New York apartment bouse fire.
A twnort that the none was dead
caused intense excitement in Rome.
Two more bodies have been found at
Topeka. This makes a total of seven
Tha nnwen will demand the punish
ment of the assassins of the king and
queen of Servia.
Tha civil nervine commission finds
that entities enter too much in the ap
pointments to the postal service at
Washington. ine roll nave oeen
found to be packed at the behest of po
liticians, and the service greatly dam
aged. An insane man attempted to assass
nate Emperor Francis Joseph.
Russia's activity in Manchuria is
overtaxing the patience of Japan.
A mnva was made to create a republic
of Servia, but it was promptly smoth
The mminf eonffreas will be strongly
urged to make a reciprocity treaty with
Arrival of troons caused striking
Aiisona miners to make peace with
Major W. B. Gibbon, who is said to
ave fired the first shot of the Civil war
apon Fort fcumter, is dead.
The presidential elections in Santo
a a T Aft
Domingo nave oeen set tor June zu.
- Foot and month disease prevails
among sheep just brought to Liverpool
from Buenos Ayrea.
The Standard Oil Company has been
forced oat of Roamania by opposition
of the government.
The monks exptUed from France will
come to Kentucky and endeavor to ear
tabliah a monastry.
A CITY OP DEATH.
Qrtra Days of Sorrow In Heppner Death
Roll Is 300.
Heppner, June 17, via. Lexington.
Houses crushed and telescoped be
yond recognition, buildings twisted
from their foundations, deposited in
streets or on alien property, one
fourth, or one-half, or one mile away;
household goods strewn in every di
rection in reeking mud; trees two
feet In diameter uprooted and woven
in impeded drift Into all kinds of
awful fantastic shapes, bodies of men
and horses and cattle and pigs all
cast in indiscriminate ruin such is
Heppner of today. ' (
AH persons say that the crest of
the flood was upon the town within
three or four minutes after the dan
ger wag perceived. Most of the people
were In their houses. The day being
Sunday, the hour being dinner time,
and a heavy rain falling, all
caused them to pen themselves with
in doors. Most of the dwellings were
near the bank of the stream. The
people were therefore caught like rats
in a trap, and so sudden was the
warning that comparatively few
could reach places of safety. The
whole row of houses next the creek
was swept away. Spectators of the
calamity describe the structures s
falling like card houses. The dwellings
were tossed about like bobbins, and
most of them fell completely to
nieces. The town had perhaps over
250 houses, nearly 200 of which were
lemollshed. The whole business part
it town would have been swept away
had not the Palace hotel, a heavy
brick structure, diverted the current.
Houses on brick foundations fared
better than others because the flood
could not so easily wash under them.
identification of the dead has been
Most of the bodies show toe effects
if drowning rather than of vital In-
lury, though all of them are more or
ess bruised. Only a few of .those
vho escaped the flood were severely
An army of men and horses Is Blft
ng great wastes of debris. Three
undred bodies have been found anr"
"here are men who Say the work Is
inly half begun. An army of women
"ike charge of the bodies as they are
Vrne out of the wreckage by the
straining arms of men. An arm, a
leg, a toe, a finger, a lock of hair, a
tuft of clothing these are harbingers
of horror beneath the mud. Babies
and little children lie there buried,
with many a gash or bruise on their
tender bodies. Forms of women fre
quently come to light bereft of all
clothing save where a corset shields
them from the gaze of anxious search
ers. Qlothlng of men is less frequent
ly torn away. The bodies are borne
to Roberts' hall to be washed and
dressed by women, to be shrouded in
coarse white cloth, and to be laid In
rough wood boxes. There is no time
for ceremony. It's the grim reality
of death. And women, who would
faint at scenes one-thousandth part as
awful obey the mandate of necessity
without a flinch. The floor swims
with the half diluted mud that drips
from the victims, but the living pat
ter through It or sweep it out when
It gets too deep. The rough boxes go
to the cemeteries, not singly in
hearses, but many at a time, piled
high in wagons.
COAL OPERATORS GIVE IN.
Conciliation Board Muddle Is Ended, and
There Win Be No Strike.
Scranton. Pa.. June 18. There will
be no strike In the anthracite region
growing out of the refusal of the op
erators to recognize the credentials
of District Presidents Nichols, Fahey
and Detery, elected by the joint exec
utive board of the United Minework
ers as the miners' representatives on
the board of conciliation.
The convention of the United Mine-
workers today elected the three pres
idents by districts as their represent
atives, and the operators, through
President Baer, of the Reading Com
pany, announced that this action was
satisfactory. -There was a burst of
loud and long applause when Presi
dent Mitchell announced that the op
erators, through President Baer, of
the Reading Company, had authorized
the statement that the action of the
convention was satisfactory.
The convention elected President
Mitchell as the legal representative of
the miners at the head of the concil
iation board. The operators are unan
imously airreed on the acceptance of
the selected miners' representatives.
strike Brings Troops Again.
Denver. June 18. Acting on advices
from Washington, General Baldwin,
commanding the Department of the
Colorado, United States Army, today
sent orders for one troop of the Third
Cavalry to proceed with all htste
from Fort Apache, Arizona, to Mor
encl. Yesterday Is was believed fiat
the spirit of the strike was broken,
and Colonel Lebo, commanding the
Fourteenth Cavalry at Morencl, was
ordered to return his command to
Fort Grant and Huachuca, but devel
opments have shown th? advlsabtl'ty
of keeping Federal troops on the spot.
Philippine Act Under Consideration.
Washington. June 18. Secretary
Root has decided that nothing fur
ther shall be done regarding the pro-
nosed opium act of the Philipp'ne
Commission until It shall have lad
the most careful attention in Wash
ington. The commission has been in
formed by cable and the opium Mil.
which passed its second reading, will
remain in its present condition until
the Secretary of War reaches a 'on
clusion. The bill prohibits the sale to
and use of opium by all persons ex
Crowded Bridge Falls,
Eau Claire, Wis., June 18. A long
section of the Madison street bridge
snoroach went down nnder the we'ell
of a crowd of people tonight Six per
sons were seriously Injured, and 25
or 30 others were less seriously in
jured. The accident occurred during
".. ... . . .
,an illumination or me street ramivmi
'k .v.- .in. ik m.in .tiwia nf h.
I"1 -'"" " - -- ' -
HAPPENINGS HERE IN OREGON
LANE LOQQERS WA.NT RAIN.
Millions of Feet of Logs In the Small
Loggers In Lane County are having
more difficulty this season than usual
trying to get logs down the mountain
streams. The spring has been so dry
that millions of feet of logs that were
cut oh the streams tributary to the
McKenzie and the Willamette during
the winter have hung up and cannot
be driven out in the usual way. Us
ually In the month of April there are
rains that raise these creeks so that
the logs can be driven out, but this
year there have been no rains of con
sequence and the streams have not
had since February sufficient water to
On Lost Creek, Wlnberry, Big and
Little Fall Creeks, the Booth-Kelly
Company has millions of feet of logs
that they are badly In need of at the
Springfield mill. For weeks they
kept men ready and had the logs in
the creek, intending that the moment
the water was sufficient they would
start them to deeper water. But the
rains that were hoped for did not
Finally giving up hope of running
the logs In the usual way, they began
constructing dams to aid the work by
artificial means. Thousands of dol
lars were expended in building flood
dams in these small streams. These
have been of some assistance, and the
logs are being slowly worked down to
wards the river, but it Is A slow and
expensive process. As yet It has been
impossible to supply the big mill at
Springfield with sufficient ?ogs to keep
the saws at work.
The logging business is very In
portant In this county, and greater
this year than ever before. There
are at the present time no less than
35.0U0.0OO feet of logs In the water to
supply the various mills in the coun
ty: The Booth-Kelly Company alone
has 23,000,000 feet afloat, while others
have no less than 12,000,000 feet.
The mills all have greater difficulty
getting logs than they have getting
The official canvass of the vote for
congressman attheeleciton in the First
district on June 1, 1903, shows the
M mn am
Marlon County Wool Pool Sold.
The wool pool of the Marlon Coun
ty Woolgrowers' Association was sold
to the highest bidder in Salem, and
was bought by A. R. Jacobs, repre
senting the Oregon City Woolen Mills.
There were upwards of 100,000
pounds of wool in the pool, and the
price paid was 16 cents per pound for
the coarse grade and 16 V4 cents for
the medium and finer grades. The de
livery of the wool began at once
through the warehouse , of W. M.
Brown & Co., of this city. This is the
highest price, by 1 cent per pound,
that was ever received by the Marion
Balsley-Elkhorn Power Plant.
The machinery for Baisley-Elkhorn
power plant is most all at Baker
City and the work of installing it Is
being rushed as fast as possible. A
pipeline over a mile long will convey
the water from Rock Creek to the
power plant site some distance below
the mouth of the tunnel, on the Baker
City side of the mountain, where a
number of Pelton water wheels will
be used to generate electric power
for the stamp mill and the air com
pressors for driving the power drills
in the mire and tunnel.
Copper Property Sold.
Lon Simmons -and William Myers
have sold their copper property on
Big Creek, Eastern Oregon, consist
ing of eight claims, to a syndicate
financed by Indiana capitalists for
$75,000. This deal has been pending
for some time, but was finally closed.
It is understood that the new owners
will begin the work of developing the
property at once. A considerable
sum of money is to be expended for
Incendiaries Set Fire.
Fire destroyed the residence, barn
and blacksmith shop of the Warner
Valley Stock Company In Warner
Valley one day last week, all the
household goods and a large stock of
supplies were lost. It was undoubt
edly of Incendiary origin, as two sad
dles and all the horses were taken out
of the barn. The parties who did it
are under suspicion, and will likely
Trouble la Lake County.
A report comes from Lakevtew that
squatters on land of the Warner Val
ley Stock Company have burned the
Buildings on tha ranch 40 miles east
of that place. The squatters refuse
to be dispossessed and state that they
will resist, by force of arms, the or
der of the court awarding the land to
the Warner Valley Stock Company.
President Lee is Re-ElecUd.
At the annual meeting of the board
of trustees of Albany College, Presi
dent Wallace Howe Lee, who has been
connected with the college for many
years, was unanimously re-elected
oresident of the institution. It I
uw,l .I,. n hta manae-avMAn tt.at
Albany College has attained its nres-
. : . . , . , mi
jent high degree of efficiency.
IRRIQATION AT KALAMATH.
Dredger Machinery Arrives for Dredg
ing the Canal.
The machinery for the dredger of
the Little Klamath Ditch Company is
being put In place on a new boat,
38x68 feet, and will be ready for oper
ation in Lower Klamath Lake in
three weeks. The machinery weighs
100,000 pounds, and 25 teams were re
quired to haul it from the railroad to
the lake last week.
The first work of the dredger will
be to dig a cut, four miles long, 30
feet wide and four feet deep, from the
lake to the head of the company's
ditch, thus assuring an abundance of
water at all times of the year. Hlth
erto White Lake has been depended
on for supply, but has been insuffic
ient to accommodate the demand for
irrigation during the dry weather of
midsummer. The cut from the lake
will cost 19000. As soon as that work is
finished, reclaiming of land around
Lower Klamath Lake will be under
taken. It Is estimated that there are
50,000 acres contiguous to that body
of water, capable of reclamation by
the use of the dredger.
Annual meeting of Pioneers, Sons
and Daughters, Portland, June 17.
Western Oregon Division, Oregon
State Teachers' Association, Port
land, June 24-29.
Christian camp .meeting, Turner,
Sixth annual re-union of Lane Coun
ty veterans, Eugene, June 16-18.
Carnivals Grants Pass, June 17-20;
Ashland, June 15-20; Roseburg, June
22-27; Cottage Grove, June 24-27;
Salem, June 29-July 4; Albany, June
Ninth annual regatta, Astoria, Au
Willamette Valley Chautauqua,
Gladstone, July 14-26.
Encampment of the Grand Army of
the Republic, Portland, June 24-27.
First Oregon Cavalry and First
Oregon Infantry re-union, Portland,
Another Contract Finished.
Major W. C. Langfltt has completed
an Inspection at the Cascade Locks,
where the contract of H. W. Taylor
had just been finished. This contract
included the riprapping of the north
wall of the upper lock, at a cost of
$26,000, which has taken about six
monthB to carry out. A large number
of stone cutters and laborers were
employed. These locks, which have
cost the government $3,750,000, are
not yet finished, and an appropriation
of $150,000 will be necessary before
the final details will have been at
tended to. At the present stage of the
water the locks are out of commis
sion and boats will have to watt on
each side until the freshet is over.
Improvements at the Penitentiary.
Governor Chamberlain has decided
to have an addition built on the
south end of the dining room arid
kitchen at the penitentiary for the
purpose of providing a place to con
duct executions. The addition will
be constructed of brick, and will be
two stories high. The improvement
will be made as outlined some time
ago by Superintendent James. Work
will soon be commenced on the con
struction of a sewer to connect the
prison with the new state sewer built
a year ago to a point west of the
asylum. This will give the prison
Rainier Wants to Build Road.
The Rainier City Council has ap
propriated $800, providing a like
amount should be raised among pri
vate citizens, for the purpose of open
ing the road from Rainier to Oak
Creek, on the Nehalem.
Second Dividend Declared.
Receiver Claud Gatch has declared
a second dividend of 10 per cent on
claims against the defnjict bank of
Gilbert Bros, Salem. The cash on
hand amounts to $10,900.
Wheat Walla Walla, 7074c; val
Barley Feed, $20.00 per ton ; brew
Flour Best grades, $3.95 4.30;
Millstuffs Bran, $23 per ton; mid
dlings, $27; shorts, $23; chop, 118.
Oats No. 1 white, $1.10(31.15;
gray, $1 05 per cental.
Hay Timothy, $20 21; clover,
nominal; cheat, $1516 per ton.
Potatoes Best Burpanks, 5075c
per seek; ordinary, 35lic per cental,
growers' prices; Merced sweets, $3
3.50 per cental.
Poultry Chickens, mixed, 11(3 12c;
yonng, 13 14c; bens, 12c; turkeys.
live, 16(3 17c; dressed, 20(9 22c; ducks,
$7.0037.50 per dosen; geese, $6.00J
Cheese Fnll cream, twins, 15 K
16c; Young America, lSOISc; fact
ory prices, 101 t less.
Bntter Fancy creamery, 20(f26c
per pound; extras, 2 Jo; dairy, 20(f
2Xc; store, 16c18.
Eggs 171 20c per dosen.
Hops Choke, 18(3 20c per pound.
Wool Vslley,1217e;Eastern Or
egon, 8314c; mohair, 3537)'c.
Beef Grots, cows, 3J4c, per
pound; steer, 6(35 V4'c; dressed, $Xe.
Mutton Gross, $3.50 per pound;
dressed. 6(36 V,c
Lambs Gross, 4c per pound;
Hogs Gross, tStc per pound,
Eastern Oregon Cloud
burst Kills Many.
NO WARNING GIVEN
HEPPNER RECEIVES THE FULL FORCE
OF THE DELUGE.
Ion and Lexington Suffer Less Death
List Will Reach Fully 300-Safety Lay
Only la Flight-Dead Are Burled In
Hastily Constructed Collins Absence
of Qouhls Notable.
lone, Or., June 16. A cloud which
burst on the bills a mile south of Hepp
ner at about 5:30 o'clock Sunday after
noon let loose a hungry flood of water,
which swept down the hillside In a
wall 30 feet high and 200 yards wide.
Reaching the bottom of the canyon,
the liquid avalanche reared its mighty
front over the dooffted town, and car
ried to destruction nearly every build
ing and human being that lay in Its
path, leaving a waste of desolation to
mark its trail. The destroying torrent
raced down the narow gorge of Willow
Creek, inundating as it reached them
the settlements of Lexington, lone and
Douglas, but lessening in fury and in
volume as the thirsty alkali soil of the
valley drank up the water like a
sponge. Behind it lay nearly 300
dead, drowned like rats in a trap. The
suddenness of the catastrophe gave
the victims no warning, overwhelming
them for the main part as they sat
within their homes.
Immediately after the fatal flood
had wiped the major portion of Hep
pner out of existence, swift courlet-B
on horseback sped to warn the resi
dents of the valley toward the Colum
bia of the coming peril. Leslie Mat
lock, son of an ex-sheriff of Morrow
County, rode a Wild ride for 18 miles
ahead of the raging waters. His horse
dropped dead, but be secured another.
and again another, covering the 65
miles to Arlington in seven hours. To
this Paul Revere of Oregon is undoubt
edly due the fact that the ranchers of
the Willow Creek country below Hep
pner lost so little stock and property.
The Palace Hotel was the first build
ing to stem the tide, and all the guests
were saved ; but houses below the Pa
lace Hotel were thrown out Into the
street, overturned and wrecked.
Perhaps the greatest loss occurred
at the Heppner Hotel. This heuse,
which was run under the management
of Jones & Asbaugh, was carried
away. It Is supposed that there were
about 50 guests In this hotel, all of
whom are reported to be lost The
proprietors themselves were saved,
but their families are among the dead.
The entire residence portion of Hep
pner was destroyed, but the business
houses, being on higher ground, and
being generally built of brick and
stone, were not so badly damaged.
The scboolhouse and courthouse,
which stand on a sidehlll, were saved,
but two churches, the Methodist and
Presbyterian, were completely wreck
ed. Around the depot the receding
flood left great heaps of driftwood
piled as high and higher than the roof
and the rescuing parties were forced
to demolish these pyramids of timber
In order to extricate the corpses
which were tangled in the brush. Un
doubtedly many of the drowned bod
ies were carried by the rushing waters
down the valley. It Is reported that
three bodies were found near Lexing
ton, nine miles below Heppner, but
there were no fatalities m Lexington.
No systematic effort has been made to
find the dead, who are undoubtedly
strewn along the canyon. Every avail
able man from a radius of 65 miles
has been pressed into service at Hep
pner Itself. Gangs of men are at
work clearing away the piles of debris,
rocks and timber, which lie piled In
Heppner's streets, and taking out the
corpses which are thus concealed.
About 100 persons have been buried
In Heppner's graveyard today. Owing
to the entire absence of proper facili
ties for caring for the dead, the vic
tims of the flood were, for the most
psrt. Interred In common crates. The
ghouls who are usually found, like hu
man vultures, rifling the pockets of
the dead in such great disasters as the
one which has stricken Heppner, are
inthla case, fortunately absent, and
the vigilance committees and patrols
which were so necessary at Johnstown
and Galveston floods, seem to be un
necessary in Oregon.
A relief train sent from The Dalles
reached lone last night and will pro
ceed to Heppner as soon as possible.
A 'Wrecking train, with gangs of men
to repair both the tracks and telegraph
wires left last night It Is expected
that communication with Lexington.
17 miles from Heppner, will be restor
ed early this morning.
Court street at Heppner, on the
bank of the stream, is swept clean as
a gravel bar from end to end. Not
even the foundations of a long line of
beautiful residences are left. '
Every business house, except the ho
tel, Fair store and Odd Fellow's bnlld
tng, along the side of the street on
which the bank stands are wrecks. A
large building Is Jammed Into the drug
store and several other structures are
In the middle of the same street Resi
dences are turned over or torn to piec
es. Mud, slime and misery are every
where. The water was 15 feet high in Hep
pner's streets and rose over the new
courthouse wall. It came down Palm
Fork, chiefly, but was a torrent on all
hillsides. Enormous piles of rock and
gravel have been washed down the
canyon five miles up on Butter creek.
The flood came almost Instantly and
lasted one hour. The people thought
It was only a repetition of the cloud
burst a few days ago, and ere not
alarmed until It was too late. Houses
were surounded by raging torrents,
which sucked everv thl
to their twisting eddies and escape was
Many people slept in the courthouse
last night, and anv nl una tnn
. t - v v v., v j vau
luaae a oea.
Many people are arriving at Hepp
ner. There are no beds, and visitors
will be compelled to rough It while
they stay. Provisions are not needed,
but rather help to bury their dead and
clear away the debris. The absence of
ice or embalming fluids has necessitat
ed the hurried burial bf many bodies,
which would otherwise have been pre
served for the arrival of relatives.
Three live babies have been found
whose parents are lost, and identifica
tion has so far been Impossible.
Families are broken to pieces, the
father alone remains, or a wife or son
or daughter, and little children left
Ellas Connor, a atrwlrml
returned from Heppner at 2 o'clock
mis morning. He left the scene of the
disaster at 6 n'rlnrlr ml hrln. k
latest news from the scene.
It Is now known," said Mr. Conner,
that at least 27 s nr ADA nonnla wam
drowned. One hundred pnd fitter.
corpses have been hastily burled in
wuuuen Doxes ana some were merely
wraDDed in blankptd The mora onn
several wagon loads of dead on their
way to the cemetery when I left.
nepuuer nseir nas now been pretty
well searched, evrenr in niioa nt Hu
bris, where it Is thought th fit nnmhaM
of bodies will be found.
Between lone and Heppner," said
Mr. Conner, "there are great piles of
debris, but the flnnd
ly that the roads have not been seri
ously damaged. The railroad track,
however, from Levlnernn nn la KaHIn
torn up. It looks Btrage to see the
neavy steel rails Dent and twisted like
corkscrews and tha Kn,i HmKA..
v.-w , J IIIUUCI,
SDlintered like nintfhwnnrf Tn Uonn.
ner itself the flood swept a clean path
a mile long, and one or two blocks
wide through the town, following gen
erally the course nf Wll Inn; Proalr
The people of Heppner seem demoral
ized oy me calamity, and men who
have lost their wives, children and
their all. en rlrv-pverl tn tha unrir nt
assistance of others."
The town of Heppner, the principal
sufferer from the flood U 187 .miles
from Portland and 45
Columbia River. It contains a popu
lation or, approximately, 1400, and is
the COlintV Rent, nf Mnrrnw Pnnnlw T
is located in the valley of Willow
creex, a considerable stream, which
flows north into the Columbia. The
Valley of Willow Oeplr vnrloo In wMth
from one-half mile to a mile and Is
bounded on either side by preclpitloua
mountains which render sudden fresh
ets not uncommon, although at ordin
ary seasons the stream is easily ford
ed at almost any point. At Heppner,
Willow Creek is Joined by Hlnton's
Fork, which enters at the north end
of the town. Some 20 years ago a
cloudburst oceurrerl nn Hfntnn'j !wir
and a wall nf water 3(1 feat In halrht
rolled down the mountain sides Into
winow ureeK At that time the town
was built principally on the south
sidft of A hleh hnrkhnna cvfandlnv
from near the mouth of the Fork back
to the mountains. There was little
damage to the town and no lives were
lost. Of recent yearn hnwevor tha
town has grown considerably and a
targe portion or it la on the north side
of this natural dyke and along the
banks of the two streams, directly in
the path of the flood.
North of Heppner nine miles Is the
town of Lexington, containing a popu
lation of three or four hundred, and
nlnA rnllpa further la Tnne xthiph haa
eight to nine hundred people. Accord
ing to the latest Information, both of
these places were destroyed.
A branch of the O. R. & N. follows
Willow Creek south from the main line
at Heppner Junction to its terminus
at Heppner. Officials of the company
have received advices that their track
Is washed away between Douglas and
Heppner, a distance of 30 miles.
ACTION ON CANAL TREATY URQED.
President Gives Colombia to Understand
That Dallying Must Cease.
Washington, June 16. The Presi
dent today sent for William Kelson
Cromwell, attorney for the Panama
Canal Company, to confer with him
on the canal situation. Mr. Cromwell
spent half an hour with the President
in the forenoon, and the conference
was resumed by appointment at 3
It is understood that the President
is much concerned over the canal out
look. The Administration Is not In
the least disposed to be Impatient
with Colombia, and is willing to allow
the Bogota government a reasonable
time. to execute Its obligations to the
United States. At the same time, the
Washington authorities regard, these
obligations as more binding than
those of an ordinary treaty, and cannot
admit the right of the Colombian gov
ernment to recede froxi them. If not
carried out by ratification of the canal
treaty, which comes before the Colom
bian Congress at its meeting this
month, the United States hopes Col
ombia will And some other means of
executing its obligations to this coun
try as regards the Panama Canal. Mr.
Cromwell declined to see callers after
his conference with the President
United States May Object
Pekln, June 17. It Is expected that
the United States will object to the
transfer of the segotiations for the
American and Japanese commercial
treaties from Shanghai to this city, as
It Is impossible for the American Com
mission to come to Pekin. An edict
ordering the transfer has now been
Issued without consulting either the
United States or Japan, which omis
sion Is considered discourteous to the
two powers concerned. The Japanese
negotiations have been suspended and
are at a deadlock.
Route to Crow's Neat Pass.
Butte, Mont., June 17. Official word
has been reclved in this city to the
effect that the cut-off from Columbia
Falls or Kalispel. on the Great North
ern, to Jocko, on the Northern Pacific,
Is to be built at oace. Work will be
commenced within 60 days. The new
line will open up the richest country
In the state of Montana and furnish
a direct route from the Crow's Nest
coal fields to the Butte and Anaconda
mines and smelters.