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HE RESCUED THIRtEEN FROM A TREE
Stephen Stepahian and the Tree at Cypress
Glenwobd - Streets, at Columbus, Ohio,, from
Which He i "Rescued Thirteen' 'People.""
From-the flood incidenfs in Colum
bus, OtV comes-, the story of how Ste
phen Stepanian; 24, RpUng an impro
vised life1 raf tslngi'e-handedlyvv res
, cued' 13 children, women'- and men,
who had clungjiaif exhausted for 48
hours to the" bnmchrajpf a big tree
1 at Cypreiss and (nenwo'od avenues.
t The .refugeesin. the. tree top had,
dragged jifemselves into the branches
from thatops ot houses' floatingfby in
the flooded street. Men'had carried
the "children . on.a their-. shoulders.
Women, in, night, garnaents, tied
themselves to the .larger branches
with strips, cut from, their clothes,
to eep'them from losing their 'hold.
Realizing that, the' 48 hours- expo
surein a high wind.had,putthe little
party in a- desperate plight, Stepanian,-
himself marooned in a. house
near,.the tree, put together'a raft of
floating timberSi ' '
Time and again he. struggled across
the swift current to the tree; using ;a
long .pole- scull.fashion. .Only two or
three at- a time could be removed to
places of safety. The women aiTd
children went first
Several of the refugees fainted
from .cold and the terror of. their ex
perience when the work;-, of rescue
ended..- -, . ;- , '