SPECIAL THE AUGUSTA HERALD EXtRA
Volume XIII., No. 236.
JHE FLOOD DAMAGE NOT LESS THAN $1,500,000;
SIXTEEN BODIES RECOVERED THUS EAR
THE WATEk SUPPLY SUFFICIENT FOR TEN DAYS, SAYS MAYOR
WATER WILL LIKELY BE TURNED ON TO
MORROW OR AS SOON AS CITY
' MAINS ARE REPORTED
MASS MEETING TODAY
Atlanta Offers Help Which
Will he Accepted—Break
• in Canal Banks to be Re
paired by Temparary Dam
—Suffering Great in Some
The waters have receded from
the streets and Augusta is now
on the road to recovery from one
of the greatest disasters that
ever befell a southern city. With
fearful scenes greeting them on
every side the citizens of Au
gusta have rallied to the work of
relieving the situation in every
manner possible. Scores of peo
ple who were reported drowned
have been found safe and sound
and after many long hours of
Indescribable suffering, heart
aches and anxieties, friends and
relatives are finding conditions
far better than they expected.
Early Wedneday morning the
first waters of the flood began
to creep into the streets and be
fore noon the streets in virtually
all the city were roaring, rush
ing torrents of water. People
caught off from their homes were
unable to communicate with lov-
ed ones and hours of anguish
were spent by citizens in every
section of the town.
Eyen the people who experi
enced the awful conditions which
prevailed ir. Augusta just twen
ty years ago were appalled at
the situation. The rapid rise of
the river was something unpre
cedented and it seemed for
awhile as large buildings in cer
tain sections would be swept
from their foundations by the
swift currents rushing through
the streets. However, after the
waters began to recede it was
found that but few buildings had
been hurt and practically none
of the larger ones throughout
the city had been damaged by
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA, FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 28, 1908.
The river at its highest point
measured 38 feet nine inches
and at noon Friday it was down
ito32 feet, which is just at the
| flood stage. The river is grad
ually falling and there seems to
be no further danger of a rise as
rain has ceased failing in the
upper water shed.
Stories of daring rescues and
fearful experiences are heard
throughout the city and wild
rumors of every nature have
been rife during the whole time.
;Many of the stories are woven
!of the flimsiest fabric and with
out any foundation whatever.
People reported to be surely
drowned have been found
working side by side with people
who did not have such fearful
However, numerous deaths
have been reported many bodies
recoverd have not been indenti
fied, though a number are re
cognized. It is believed that
others will be found far below
the city where debris and wreck
age of all kind has been swept
into the lowlands. In many
sections of the city poor people
have lost everything, the houses
being covered to the eaves in
Perry’s and Bridwell’s bottoms.
Mill's Ready When Power Is
Mr. Langon Thomas, president
of the John P. King Manufactur
ing Company, stated this morn
“I have no idea when we will
be able to resume operation. Our
i mill is ready to start the minute
|we get water power. From what
1 1 can hear of the breaks along
the canal banks, though, it will
take a tremendous amount of
work to repair them.”
Other mill owners are unable
to estimate the loss of time that
! will probably be suffered before
I the canal banks are repaired.
List of the Dead!
The coroner had located, up to 12 o'clock
the following- is a list of the dead: Mr Harry
Carr, 2(5 years, bookkeeper at Nixon Gro. Co.,
jumped from the burning .store but
he was unable to swim. The body was found in
front of Central Railroad offices on Calhoun
Mr. Robert E. Belcher, 25 years old, single,
bookeeper at Nixon Gro. Co., jumped from
burning building; body was found in field at Cor.
of Twiggs and P’enwick Sts.
Mr. Horace Wingard, 834 Pine St. 30 years
old, leaves a wife and three chilbren. The
body was found under the old cotton platform
at the Cor. Twiggs Fenwick streets.
THE NEGROES DEAD
Caesar Harvey, about 25 years old. body found in old
field back of the C. and W. C. R. R. shops on Calhoun
street. Levi Hatcher, about 30 years old, body found
in old field on Calhoun street. Frank Paul Hill, about
20 years old, body found under old cotton platform at the
corner Twiggs and Fenwick streets.
D. Davis, about 40 years old, foreman at Dunbar Brick Co.,
found in old field on Calhoun St.
Jessie Henkins, about 35 years old, found on railroad tracks
near the corner Washington and Calhoun Sts.
Jim Harris, about 20 years old, works at Horton’s blacksmith
shop. The body was found on Twiggs Street, between Fenrick
and Calhoun Sts.
Tom Jones, about 50 years old. body was found in the rear
of Mr. Henry Cohen’s residence on Greene St.
Owens, about 25 years old,‘body was found in the rear of Dr.
Crane’s residence on Greene street.
Nelson Thomas, about 35 years old, body found on Marbury
Isaih Glover, about 30 years old, body found in field on
Dem Eabin, about 30 years old, body found in field back of
C. & W. C. road shops on Calhoun street.
Tom Jones and Ed. Owens, both colored, have been found,
making the toal dead sixteen.
Council Meeting In Atlanta
In Aid Of Augusta Sufferers
ATLANTA, Ga.—Acting Mayor Roberts, has called ,
an extraordinary session of the city council to meet at
3 o’clock this afternoon to discuss ways and means of
aiding Augusta’s flood sufferers. Definite action look
ing to this end will be taken.
Daily and Sunday $6.00 Year