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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 11, 1912, Image 4

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Bay City, Mich, April 11.
Shouting fighting and cursing,
and only subdued after a squad of
policemen had charged them,
using their clubs, the delegates
and near-delegates to the state
Republican convention, in ses
sion here this afternon, forced
their way into the convention hall
and scrambled for seats.
Clothes were torn, and many
of the combatants showed marks
of the scrap. The rioting broke
out when the doors of the conven
tion were first opened.
The sergeant-at-arms admitted
only those carrying the creden
tials issued by the "state central
committee, which strongly favor
ed Taft. Several ' hand-to-hand
conflicts took place among the
delegates, and it was only after
the police had used their clubs
freely, charging the crowd sev
eral times, that the delegates sub
sided. Just after the convention was
called to order, W. D. Gordon, a
Roosevelt adherent,, was thrown
bodily fro mthe platform, after
' claiming that he had been recog
nized by Chairman'Knox, and at
tempted to mount the platform to
At 2 o'clock, an hour after it
convened, the convention had
transacted no business., the time
being taken up in squabbles and
shouts interrupting the speakers. J
Memphis, "ferui., April 11.
The flood began to recede today,
and strenuous efforts are being
made to reach the starving people
in the smaller communities.
At Columbus, Ky., and New
Madrid, Mo., great suffering ex
ists. The government steamer
Nokomis made stops at these
places yesterday, and left stores
of-supplies for the homeless peo
ple. It is estimated that 500 are
without shelter in the two cities.
The. remaining levees in the St.
Francis basin were holding to
day, ana greatest danger is ue
lieved to be passed. Vicksburg
and points south are now men
aced, and thousands of men are
working to avert disaster.. At
Vicksburg the river has risen naif
a foot, and at New Orleans three
tenths. The pressing fear now is that
pestilence will follow on the
heels of the flood. Two cases of
smallpox have been reported in
one district. It is estimated at
least 5,000.refugees will' be taken
care of here.
Water is still flooding through
the crevasse in the government
levee at Hickman, Ky., and the
lowlands are inundated! Three
thousand people are being fed by
the government there daily The
crest of the flood has been passed,
and no new danger is anticipated,
though it is believed he water
has scooped out holes 50 fet
deep inside the levee line.

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