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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 10, 1912, Image 14

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ged her a short distance. He was
trying to cut a second braid when
the girl's cries frightened him
Memphis, Term., April 10.
The break in the levee at Wilson,
Ark., has helped the flood situa
tion here. The river has fallen
four-tenths df a foot. But the
crest of the flood is moving south.
A desperate fight is on to hold
the levees at Luxora, Osceola,
Barfield and Caruthersville... The
water is topping the levees at all
these places, and sand boils "and
crawfish leaks add to the danger.
A The break at Wilson is 1,000
fnet wide. Eastern Arkansas will
-V flooded from the Mississippi to
Crowley's Bridge, an area of
500.000 acres. Many farmers will
be ruined.
The water reached Eagle, Ark.,
last night. The electric light
plant went out of commission,
am1 manv people were driven
from their homes.
All through the night, couriers
rode at top speed in advance of
the flood, warning the people to
flee. Thus it is believed that no
lives were lost by the break; but
the number of nersons added to
the long" list of homeless is not
y?f known.
Boats of all sorts are being sent
into the flooded country. Hun
dreds are being rescued from high
spots where jhey are marooned
by the water.
Governor Brewer of Mississip
pi has sent thestate convicts to.
work on the Yazoo levee, and one
of the greatest struggles in the
history of America is "being made
to hold the water in its bed there.
Brewer narrowly escaped
drowning yesterday. He fell
overboard from a skiff, 'and vas
swept away in the swift current.
A telegraph pole floated near him,
and the governor managed to
kep his head above water until
rescued by clinging to this.
Theffc is great need of small
boats. There ate not nearly"
enough here to rescue the mar
enough here to rescue the
marooned persons in the flooded
The following towns are under
from three to ten feet of water
Wilson, Marked Tree, Big
Lake, Deckerville and Tyronica.
The danger of a serious epi
demic os disease is growing. Last
night's flood drowned thousands
of cattle and hogs and other live
stock. The carcasses of these are
floating about on the top of the
water. In a few days they will
be putrid, and will poison the
very air.
o o
Why do they insist on making
the grom so useless at a wedding?
Why not detail him to watch the
ice cream freezer?
I know that spring is here when
dad begins to fill himself with
boneset tea and also sasperilT.
When digging-up' last year's
spring suit, don't forget to take
the camphor balls out of the

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