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THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA1 .STC 4398 TEL. MONROE 353
1 Vo, 1, No. 192 Chicago, Wednesday, May 8, 1912 One Cent
MISSISSIPPI FLOOD SITUATION. GROWS WORSE A3
1 ' . LEVEES CONTINUE TO GIVE WAY
Fourteen Liyes'Lot Scores Wait Rescue on Housetops Towna
- Made Islands Negroes Rounded Up and Forced
.to Work- hn "nvlrps
New1-Orleans, May S, A break
in the levee occurred th'is morn
ing' af the junctipns of the Old
river and-Mississippi river, five
miles below TQtf5s.The crevasse
gap is about one" hundred feet,
"(vide.
New.OHeans, May.'8F6ur
teen more lives hayevbfeen taken
by"tbe,Mis.sis5ippriloo3.-''Tavelve
negroes.,,, drowned' whena raft
capsizedinHhe -"Battle Ax' dis
trict of Point' Coupee -parish.1
Two women drowned when their
skiff, being towed" by.a govern
ment rescue boat, capsized
Twenty thousand persons have
been rescued in Louisiana to date.
As many more, starving and ill,
are. awaiting rescue. x
Scores are huddled on$ the; tops
of1 floating-houses, orcpeTched in'
trees. Hundreds have taken re
fuge on the levee tops, which may
break at any moment; or on little
patches of high ground, which
the waters have notyet reached.
They have been without food
fortfays. As the women and chil
dren are rescued they have to be
given medical attention at .once. 4
The death ljst;will not be of thi
Two' huncjred pen and women
are marooned onaTlipe patch of
high .groundpdTttfJbf, New Or
leans. Qneof thearty swam
five mjles for help! BoatS have
been sent for them.. ,
LettsWorth? Lav , is in great
peril. Thevater'is rising there
rapfdly."1 The town is vin the dtr
rect patlfof thVtoxtent of waters'
that is Ts weeping through th
,. -.-
New Roads; ia May 8.r-
Although-rescued'ffqm the at-
tic of her home, wfrere she had
taken refuge-front the flood,
with hd two babies, Mrs. L.
KT. Ingram had'to be restrain-
edfrom attempting to return
''to the house today. While con-
fined in the -attic one of Mrs.
Ingram's babies died. The
mother tore up her skirt to
make a rope and tied the in-
fant's body to the chimney.
When the water subsides she
will return for the body and
give it a christian burial.

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