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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 04, 1912, Image 8',
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LEVEES BREAK CITY IS
SWEPT AWAY BY FLOOD.
New Orleans, La-, May 4. AH
Louisiana is being devastated by
the Mississippi flood.
The town of Bayou Sara, 20
.miles above Baton Rouge, the
capital of the state,, was swept
away yesterday. No one knows
how many lives were lost
The levees about Baton Rouge
are fast weakening. They may go
out at any moment. '
The people of Melville have
fled frojn their homes. Even New
Orleans is threatened. Workmen
are guarding the levees at, th&
foot of Canal St., the chief bus
ness thoroughfare. The waters
there are lapping the dikes.
The streets of Bayou Sara arp
under 25 feet of water today. The
levees broke yesterday. A great
sheet of water, 300 feet wide,
swept into the city and carried
everything before it.
. Men and women ran wildly
from their homes, carrying their
children in their arms, and fled
for the high lands Some took t6
ipats and. were picked up and car
ijecl miles by the crest of the
v .Couriers rode through the sur
rounding country, warning the
farmers, who drove their live
stock toward high ground in af
Special traigs were being run
between New Orleans and Baton'
Rouge yesterday. Today the rail
roads were forced to abandonir
Five million acres of the best ,
lands m-Loiusianftf4re under, wa
Washington, May 4. Repre
sentative Broussard of Louisiana
to-day induced theWar Depart- '
ment'to order 10,000 rations seijt
to the - starviner victims of the
Mississippi flood inlhis state. fL
o o-o- - a
RIGHT FOR, ONCE M
Mnjawyer: I'm always in the
wrong. ' ;
Mrs. Jayver: Nosvou're right
for once wnea you admit you're
always wrong. - . jj
r-O-0" y, ,
Hank rAny skunks atp your.
way,, Gill? t
Gill Not since that n$w city
boarder came. He sntokeg them 1
cigaroots and I caiculateHthey
couldn't stand the smell.
Every-cloild has a silvoc lining
and every ball fence Jjas a knot