ARGENTINE TERROR STRICKEN. ~ Three Hundred and Fifty Families Moved Out of West End.

June 9, 1908

Three Hundred and Fifty Families
Moved Out of West End.

Argentine was in a state of terror because of the high water there last night. That section of the city known as the West End was well covered with murky water at 6 o'clock, and a great crowd of people stood about on the higher ground watching the progress of the overflow. The actual damage done up to a late hour last night was nominal.

At noon the whistles on the city water works in North Argentine blew a shrill, long blast, and thereafter for an hour people were without water in their hydrants, the encroaching water had found its way through basement windows to the fires under the boilers and the water works was without power.

At 1:10 o'clock, the hydrant began to work again, much to the delight of the housewife, who found herself without water to wash the dinner dishes. The supply came from the water works of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company's plant, and it was something of an improvement, it is said, on the product of the city pumps.

Along Strong avenue and in the West End the water was five feet deep at 10 o'clock last night and the buildings in that vicinity were almost without exception deserted. In the West End a number of men and boys took advantage of the rise and appeared on the streets early in the evening armed with pitchforks to spear the fish which could be plainly seen thrashing about in the shallow water.

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company employed all of its available help yesterday in loading scores of cars with lumber, machinery and implements of the shops onto flat cars, to be hauled to higher ground.