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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 02, 1912, Image 2

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in 4 hours. The people of the
ralley are fleeing from 'the low
lands back of the levees.
The river rose a foot at Mem
phis in the last 24 hours. The
levees here are strained to the
bieakirig- pointy Memphis has a
42-foot stager today. Levee en
gineers say that a 44-foot stage
will sweep away the great iu
Francis levee, which pjotects an
area as large as the state of
Rhode Island.
' Washington, April 2. Presi
dent Taft today .sent a special
niessage to congress urging the
hnmedhte appropriation of $500,
00" to be placed at the disposal
of the army engineers noy pat
rolling the levees along the Mis
sissippi river.
In the 'message the president
points out that "unless itrutiediate
action is taken, millions of dol
lars worth of property will be de
stroyed, and many lives lost.
N Whole City Under Water.
Kickman, Ky., April 2. This
whole city is under from two to
eight feet of water today. Two
thousand persons are wandering
about in the cold and rain, food
less, shelterless.
More than 100 tents arrived
here today, sent by order of Gov
ernor McCreary. Hundreds more
will be needed.
The levees broke early this
morning, after a night of wild
labor, during which hundreds of
tnen fought to strengthen the
if kes enoug hto hold in the rier.
The inhabitants had been warn
ed, but when he bowing of whis
tles, the ringing of "bells, combin
ed with the roar of the released
waters, most of the people rush
ed to the water front to witness
the spectacle.
One lok satisfied most of them,
and they turned ajnd fled. The
result was utter confusion.
Po6r Peopjfc Suffer Most.
So far as is?!khown, no lives
were lost. The chief trouble to
day is "Ret food problem. Only in
a few housei'is it possible to cook.
All of that parUofjthe town in
which the por people lived is un
der about six feet of -water, so
they are suffering most.
The river is steadily rising.
Cairo, 111., April 2. After a
night throughout which this city
was threatened with a disastrous
flood, the levees at Cairi and
around the drainage district on
the north are safe.
Mayor Parsons issued a p'rocla
matiQn today ordering all busi
ness houses with the exception of
grocery stores, meat markets,
drug stores and bakeries to close,
so that all employes can work at
strengthening and raisihg the
levees.
May6r Parsons 'issued a call for
volunteers last night. Nearly
every able-hodied man1 in the city
turned out. Traveling men also
were pressed into servicej The
surrounding towns sent hundreds
of men.
All night long, the hundreds of
men worked on the dikes,
strengthening them, building
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