Vol. 29     PIQUA, OHIO, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 1913     No. 134

Calamity Strikes Piqua;
Our City Bowed in Grief

Appalling Loss of Human Life, and
Great Destruction of Property,
Thousands Are Homeless
City Under Martial Law...Communication Cut
Off with Outside world...Relief Station
Established at the Y. M. C. A.

   Piqua is today a stricken city; a city bow-
ed down, broken with grief. We have been
visited by the greatest calamity in our history.
The loss of life that has been suffered from the
flood cannot be estimated now.
   It is sufficient now to tell that relief
measures are being taken. The Business
Men's Association, the Y. M. C. A. and citi-
zens generally are co-operating with the city
and military authorities to bring order out of
chaos to rescue those confined in houses still
standing in the flooded sections to house and
feed the homeless.
   The city is practically under martial law,
Company C and Company A, of Covington
are here and patroling the city under the
the direction of the city authorities.
   Last night, we regret to say, there was
a beginning of looting and plundering in the
south part of the city.
   Rigorous measures will be taken by the
military and the police to repress and prevent
such in the future.
   Piqua still is cut off from communication
from the outside world. All the telegraph
and telephone wires are down. Bridges and
tracks are down on both railroads and no trains
are running.
   The only outside communication possible
has been by using a Pennsylvania freight en-
gine to Bradfoad from which point it has been
possible to use the telegraph.
   All the traction lines still are crippled and
unable to run their cars in or out of the city.
How soon it may be possible to re-open these
lines of communication it is impossible to say.
   While greatly crippled the local telephone
service has been maintained by both exchang-
es. The operators have done heroic work day
and night ever since the first danger began to
   No mail has been received or sent out of
Piqua since Monday. Local deliveries, of
course, are impossible.
   North and south the C. H. & D. R. R.
is crippled. From Sidney to Dayton the
washout is practically complete.
   The Pennsylvania R. R. bridge was wash-
ed out at the east end, and there is no com-
munication across the river. It is understood
that much track has been washed out. A line
is open to Bradford and westward.
   The Y. M. C. A., the Spring street,
Favorite Hill Schools, the Presbyterian,
Christian, Church of Christ, Grace M. E.,
St. Marys school hall, and countless homes
have been opened freely to the flood sufferers.
The Y. M. C. A. has been the center of the
relief administration and from which all direc-
tions have been issued and to which the suffer-
ers have come.
   Provisions can and are being brought
from Fletcher and other places east to the suf-
fers who have reached the hills on the east
of the river.
   This morning Mayor Kiser placed the fire
department at work freeing the most necessary
places from water. The electric light plant
was first pumped out. Last night the city
was in darkness except for gas, oil lamps, and
candles. The hospital was found needing lit-
tle attention.
   The damage to property is beyond calcu-
lation. Over 200 houses at least have been
washed away and destroyed. Shawnee is prac-
ticaly wiped out.


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