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caused by the flood is the, hun
dreds of middle aged men with
dependent families whose prop
erty and "business has been lost,
and who wilUbe forced to start
life over again.
Among the women refugees in
the camps are, scores with newly
born children, who may never
survive th,eir sufferings There
also are women who soon are to
be mothers, and who are in a fear
ful state of fear and horror.
Memphis, Tenn., April 6.
Levee officials and United States
engineers have given up all hope
of saving the levee and the great
basin of the St. Francis.
They threw up their hands in
despair today when reports came
in from a dozen different points
that the levees were threatening
to break at any moment.
The water is lapping the. top of
the dykes at any mdment. In
many places it is pouring over in
to the low country. The current
seems to be growing swifter. And
the'waters are rising, always ris
ing. "It is only a question of hours
until the levee goes," said U. S.
Forecaster Emery, today.
The river stands now, at 44,
higher than it ever has been in
history. The crest of the flood is
npt expecting for several days,
probably about Tuesday.
The whole eastern part of Ar
kansas, is depopulated and under
water today. The people who
lived there have sought refuge
. Marked Tree,. Ark., is under
waier Osceola is partly under
water. The levees in front of Os
ceola is expected to go out at any
inoment. Lake County, Tenm, is
an inland sea. All railroad com
munication is cut off.
Dead live stock is floating
down on the crest of the flood.
The danger of an epidemic mo
mentarily grows greater.
1 Quicksand is forming in many
places, especially around Hick,
man, and New Madrid. Houses
Ofe sinking rapidly.
An appeal has been sent toGov
ernor Hooper for aid.
' Tiptonville, Tenn., April 6'.
Five hundred tefugees from Lake
county arrived here today. They
report that every house in that
county is completely under water
as a result of the break 4n the
levee below Hickman last night
Cairo, 111., April 6. The Mis
sissippi stands at 54 feet hereto
day, and a further rise is pre
dicted. The lesees still are hold
ing. The town -of Wickliffe, six
miles below Cairo, is provid
ing for 2,000 refugees from the
Missouri flood district. Wickliffe
is on a hill and is the only safe
place for miles around.
The entire supply of fresh meat
in Cairo is exhausted. The food
supply is now being doled out by
the city officials. A commissary
department has been established.
St. Louis, April 6. Horrible
stories of the result of the "break
ing of the levee below Hickman
last night were brought here to
day by railroad men.
"At Columbus, Ky., conditions
are terrible," said Mack Harper,