gaps In' JtHe levels. The Town' is
surrounded with water. The
people have taken refuge in the
npperstories o theft- homes.
The troops from New Iberia
today rounded up all the idle ne
groes at New Roads and forced
them to work on the levees.
The Baton Rouge university
professors followed their exm
ple. The .large saw mill and
plantation owners also are send
ing Jtheir negro employes to work
jOn the dykes. ,
a -Citizens of New Roads were
hknkful when they leai-ned the
navy department had ordered the
battleship Nebraska to help the
fLood sufferers. Scores of men
offered'to pilot the gasojine boats
of the warship . through the
flooded -4istrJcit and direct the
work of rescue.
-Maringouirf. -and Grossetteare
islands.- Both towns are built on
foigh ground, but the water has
completely surrounded them, and
it is impossible to get in or out.
The bridge on rfhejrTaxas Pacific
ias been swung to prevent its be
Washington,. May 8. Fifty
kullions'-of dollars already lost,
and njtny more millions still fo
That is the government view of
the flood damage 'in the Missis
sippi river -valley, wbiclrdoes not
take into account the toll of hu
man lives exacted.
The war department has spent
$600,000 trying to furnish food to
the homeless and destitute peo-,
pie since the flood hegan 1es$:
half' of the sufferers were fed.
The army has provided 10,000
tents, and .not all the hoineIess
The navy department also is
helping out. TJie assignment of
the battleship Nebraska and the
gunhoat Petrel to relief work was
fehtirely on the responsibility of
Congress already has appro
priated $2,250,000 for relief wok.
Conditions will not reach nornial
again for at least a month. $2,
000,000 more vn.li'be needed.
BITS OF NEWS
Patrick C. Cleary, ' freight
handler, 4742 Princeton ave., at
tempted suicide by cutting throat
with knife. Slight chance for re
Dr. E. P. Murdock, 68, 1824
Washington bvd., severely in
jured when thrown from buggy
after being hit by Madison st.
car at Market st.
Body of man who committed
suicide by shooting self in head,
found in bushes, Douglas Park.
Postcard found in coat bearing
name of John Shunek, 1416 W.
20th st. Police later learned'that
Shunek had moved away 2 weeks
ago and address could not he
A Michigan man says he raises
strawberries, seven of which will
fill a quart box. It's all in the box.
Only the extravagant .can cork
their oil can with a potato these
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