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FLOOD SITUATION BRINGS CRY FOR FOOD DAMAGE
TO PROPERTY RUNS HIGH
Washington, April 4. The
flood situation along the Mississ
ippi Valley is becoming more se
President Taft today ordered
the quarter master general of the
arrny to supply rations to allper
sons driven from their Nhoms by
the rising waters.
This action was taken because
telegrams received here, indicate
that between ten and twelve
thousand people in the vallby
towns are suffering from want of
food, and because the House
Ways and Means Committee to
day decided to postpone the ap
propriation of $250,000 to feed
"The committee hopes that the
waters may subside by tomor
row," was the official explanation
of this "economy" measure.
A telegram received at the
weather bureau from Observer
Barron says the damage done by
the breaking of tti Mobile and
Ohio levee above Cairo, 111., has
done $5,0CK,00Q damage to propr
Hickman, Ky., April ,4. "For
God's sake ask congress' to appro
priate $5,000 in cash for the starv
ing people in this city."
This was the telegram 3ent to
Senator-elect Ollie James of Ken
tucky by Mayor Dillon today.
The situation here is-beyond
The city is under from six to
ten feet of water.
There are three thousand home
less people within the city limits,
and hundreds more without shel
ter in the hills.
Groups of women and children
are huddled on street corners,,
without food, and insufficiently
clad. The poor have no food at
all; and they have only such
clothes as they were when the
breaking of the levees drove them
from their homes.
The railroads have abandoned
Street Scene in Hickman, Ky.
all service into the city. For the
first time irt history city steam
boats cannot land. The flood has
not left a single wharf
The city was stunned yester
day when the 200 tents sent by
the government arrived. There
was $320 express .charges on
them, which had to bepaid be
fore the express company would
deliver them. Theer wasrnot a
cent in the city treasury. Mayor
Dillon managed to borrow the
money at a bank.
And the river is still rising.