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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 23, 1912, Image 3

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BLOjGD STAND PROMPTS
APPEAL FOR HELP
Baton Rouge, La., May 23.
Because of the seriousness of the
flood situation, Governor L. E.
Hall, of Louisiana, today gave
the following statement, appeal
ing for help, to the United Press:
By L. E. Hall,
Governor ofLouisiana.
The territory most seriously af
fected ty the floods extends from
some distance above Vicksburg
to New Orleans. The region in
cludes the lower valleys of the
Red River, the Ouachita river,
the Black river, the Atchafalaya
river and various, tributary
streams. 10,000 square miles are
submerged, chiefly in the state of
Louisianar 1:50,000 peoplej-most-ly
residents of Louisiana, are de
pendent upqn the bounty of the
public.
Large. emergencyrejief opera
tions have been carried on under
the supervision of the United
States'ariny, the actual relief
work being in the hands of local
committees.
These committees have charge
of the relief camps, the distribu-
tion of food and clothing, the en
forcement of sanitary measures
and the final disintegration of the
campus and returning of refugees
to then homes after the waters
go down.
' Relief, supplies from all sources
are delivered to and distributed
by the local committees.
Representatives of the Ameri
can Red Cross have been con
stantly in the flooded district, as
sisting in organizing local com
mittees, establishing cainps, and
giving the sfck medicdl treatment.
The Red Cross service is the bond
between widely scattered relief
centers, and is in immediate touch ,
with the situation.
The state and national health
authorities are in close co-operation,
studying and attacking the
health problems presented.
The local committees in all the
flooded districts need largely in
creased resources in order to do
their work properly. It is sug
gested, without any desire to dic
tate methods, that the American
Red Cross occupies a relation to
the relief, committees., which en
ables'jt to give funds in the right
proportion. Any methods, how
ever, will be satisfactory and ac
cepted. ,
I am glad to have the opportun
ity, through' the United Press, to
express to the verv generous
people of New YaYk, profound ap
preciation tor their substantial
sympathV, and this sentiment is
shared by all the people of Louis
iana.
WEATHER REPORT.
Cooler Friday Fair
and continued warm
this afternoon and
tonight for Chicago
and vicinity; prob
ably followed Fri
day by showers and
cooler: brisk south
west winds, shifting to westerly;
Friday.
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