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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 06, 1912, Image 2',
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ment just after the dyke gave
'way before the crush of waters.
,' 'Five houses were destroyed by
tire 'today. Nothing cpuld "be'
done to save them because all the
fireplugs are under many feet of
The number of refugees in
Hickman increases with every
'hour. And the food supply runs
lower and lower. It is two days'
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Refugees Taking Boat From
Second Story Window at'
since anyone in Hickman tasted
William Hawkins was chop
ped out of an attic where the
Mississippi held him prisoner for
sixty hours today. He was near
death from exhaustion and starv
ation when rescued.
' Hawkins had been trapped in
Ills house when the levee broke
'early in the week. The water
rushed in and soon reached the
ceiline of the first floor. Haw
kins could not swim. There wa.sl One of the most pitiful things
no escape. He was discovered by
Just after the rescue of Haw
kins, a cry was heard coming
from the attic of a houseon the
Missouri side. Volunteers went
to the rescue, with hatchets ahd
saws, and cut a hole through the
roof of the "house.
A woman and her nine chil
dren weer taken from the attic,
and fiye minutes after the rescue,
the bujlding toppled over, and
was swept to destruction.
The towri of Dorena, Mo.,
across the river, is depopulated.
Mrs. Tankerley and her five chil
dren were brought across the
river in agasoline boat today.
For two days Mrs. Tankerley
had refused to abandon her home.
She and her children were the
last to leave Dorena.
Eleven persons are all that re
main at Craig's LaLnding," Mo.
They are safe. They have pitch
ed tents on rafts, and are staying
only, to guard their property
A rejort that the militia would
.be called out to stop thieving in
the vicinity' is false. There is
some stealing, but the officers and
citizens are able to cope with it.
The big work now on hand is
the feeding and giving shelter to
the thousands of refugees, and
Lthe even greater work of staving
off an epidemic of disease.
Aid from private sources on
the outside is beginning to come
in. Louisville has sent $2,200.
Many individual donations are
being received. Nothing has been.
heard from the government.