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hig!i and shbuted.for help. Theres
cue boats tried to' reach, them, but
they could not.
"Itwasbitterly, numbingly cold. "I
saw one of the men in the tree-top
collapse and 'fall into the water and
be swept .away. A few mitiutes later
two women fell and were gone.
"The rescue boats made desperate
efforts to reacrl.the tree. But they
could not. And one by one the refu
gees dropped' to their death until
there was left only a thinly-clad
mother who clasped a baby in her
"Dy an almost superhuman, effort
a boat was swung under the tree just
as the mother dropped "The mother
was hysterical. She clungto her baby
as if she never would let go.
"The baby was dead from exposure."
State.Rep. W. Kirkpatrick reach
ed Cleveland from the flood district
in Columbus today.
"I saw a mother and her seven
children, the oldest 1,1, the youngest
3 months, brought into the city hall
last night. They could hardly stand.
They had not heard from their hus
band and father since the storm
"I was in a picture show when sud
denly the film stopped. The light
went out. The cry arose that the
Columbus storage dam had brpken.
"When I reached the' street, peo
ple were running in all directions.
Half-dressed women from the resorts
were scattered through the crowd.
Some carried bird cages; others had
pet dogs un'cfer their arms. A saloon
keeper, carrying his cash register,
sought refuge in the dome of the
state house. Fifty horses were -turned
loose in the street and dashed
through the crowd. m
"Whoever spread that false alarm
that 'the dam had sjone out is re
sponsible for several
Josephine Underwood, 11 years old,
Was found frozen to death in a tree"1
today. Her brother Albert, 13, was
drowned when, the Underwood home
Was swept away." The father and an
other son are missing. The mother
and her baby are said to have 'been
J. E. Vestal and his wife and son,
and L. B. Cracey and his wife, were
rescuedfrornthe upper half of their
home which was afloat.
"First we fled to the second story,"
said Cracey. "The water followed us.
We stood on chairs. The water came
up to our hips.. We all believed our
end had come. We wrapped sheets
around ourselves for our shrouds and
tied 'ourselves together so we would
not-be parted in death. I pinned an
Identification card to my clothes.
"Alice! Alice!" Has anyone seen v
A big man hatf been running
through the streets of Columbus cry
ing that all-day long. He was stopped.
He .explained that his little daughter
had started out. to school Tuesday
morning and has not been heard of
Then he went on running ana
"Alice! Alice! Has anyone seen
And neither police nor militia in-
terfered with him.
, p o y
Mrs. Mabel Cl'arkson.'that Chicago
minister's wife who eloped -with a
thief, 'says men are always falling in
love with, her because she's "damned
with a pair of pretty eyes." But she
shakes 'em off by: exercising what
she intimates is her damned Ken
tucky temper. Being accursed, you
see, sometimes has its advantages.
Mrs. New Yes, most of the serv
ants are as. independent and as im
pertinent as they can be. Now, I be
lieve,.it's best to take a young coun
try girl and train her in the way- she
'should go, and then Mrs. Olden.
First thing you know, she' goes.