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stinctively loyal to her job Five tele
phone operators trapped by- the 'crest
of the flood in Zanesville's exchange
worked steadily through eerie days
to the detonation of falling buildings
and theljight of burning, structures. .
"The river swept like agr'aat wind
through the city," telephoned Miss
Arline Barnett, "but already the
waters are receding., The worst is
over. We are tKankful to be alive.
Send us medicine-and food."
- Girl prisoners who watched build
ings collapse in torrents of unimag
inable fury and victims whirled away
on drifting housetops yet kept cour- -age
to voice brave news fo homeless!
sufferers! ' N
' We know' them now. UNNAMED
BUT NOTABLE the switchboard
girls who think and work. Their calm
in the trjidst of calamity promises a
new 'element' of safety and gives a
newTeason for considering "central'
THE FLOOD SITUATION IN ALL SECTIONS
Cairo.l., Apr.2 The riverrreach
ed the highest stage ever known (n
this city today wfien it registered 54
feet, one tenth of a foot higher than
the recorcTestablished last year. The
raise since Thursday morning Has
been from 53.2 feet and, while he
water is running swiftly,', the river
continues to rise..
Cairo,-III., April 2. Water' today
continued to flow through the gap in
the Big Four levee into the drainage
district back of here and within two
days the lowlands probably willrbe
covered-with from iv to ieet or
.The leveea. guarding this city are
Warnings have been sent out to all
cities in Southeastern Missouri dis
trict, predicting the greatest flood
since 1815. v
According to reports-, the Defield
levee at Bird's Point went out last
night and water Is pouring over
O'Brien's Bridge to Belmont. The
Greenfield levee on Missouri .side was
also reported out. 1 , '
The levee iih front, of Reel Foot
lake, below Hickman, Ky., is weaken
ing and is .being reinforcedjvith rock.
s , .
Carmi, H. Conditions in the Ohio'
valley today are becoming more
alarming. Suffering, reported. ih,manyv
sections. Much livestock being iostv.
Shawneetown was deserted this
morning, its inhabitants being en-a
camped on the hills. The levee'was
dynamited' yesterday afternoon at a
point below the city.
Dayton, O. John H, Patterson left
here today for Columbus in response
to a telegram sent hfm by Gov.) Cox.'
Patterson will; confer with thegover
nor and Miss Mabel Bokriiman of the
Red Cross on the flood-relief situation
"It is yery important that we set
on foot at once theTeal constructive
work' of charity?' said the governor in
Gov. Cox is custodian of the funds,
which is now close to $1,000;000, for
the relief of Dayton-sufferers.
Possibilities of famine.is still In the
city. The' huge" piles, of food ,lnwthe
relief committee headquarters have
dwindled away unde .the drain of
feeding the entire city of 120,000 peo
ple and will be 'exhausted within three
Columbus, 0, Gov. Cox and mem--bers
of the state relief commission
today planned an immediate tour of
every flood district in the state inj
order to get Information upon whicbrj
to base mammoth relief yfprk for0
Ohio flood sufferers. . $
The cost of the relief planned wjllr
be enormous. Fully ,100,000 persons,
it is estimated, need aid in establish
ing their homes. Half a mlHkuLdai-