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THE DAY BOOK
500 SO. PEORIA1 .STC 4398 TEL. MONROE 353 1 Vo, 1, No. 192 Chicago, Wednesday, May 8, 1912 One Cent MISSISSIPPI FLOOD SITUATION. GROWS WORSE A3 1 ' . LEVEES CONTINUE TO GIVE WAY Fourteen Liyes'Lot Scores Wait Rescue on Housetops Towna - Made Islands Negroes Rounded Up and Forced .to Work- hn "nvlrps New1-Orleans, May S, A break in the levee occurred th'is morn ing' af the junctipns of the Old river and-Mississippi river, five miles below TQtf5s.The crevasse gap is about one" hundred feet, "(vide. New.OHeans, May.'8F6ur teen more lives hayevbfeen taken by"tbe,Mis.sis5ippriloo3.-''Tavelve negroes.,,, drowned' whena raft capsizedinHhe -"Battle Ax' dis trict of Point' Coupee -parish.1 Two women drowned when their skiff, being towed" by.a govern ment rescue boat, capsized Twenty thousand persons have been rescued in Louisiana to date. As many more, starving and ill, are. awaiting rescue. x Scores are huddled on$ the; tops of1 floating-houses, orcpeTched in' trees. Hundreds have taken re fuge on the levee tops, which may break at any moment; or on little patches of high ground, which the waters have notyet reached. They have been without food fortfays. As the women and chil dren are rescued they have to be given medical attention at .once. 4 The death ljst;will not be of thi Two' huncjred pen and women are marooned onaTlipe patch of high .groundpdTttfJbf, New Or leans. Qneof thearty swam five mjles for help! BoatS have been sent for them.. , LettsWorth? Lav , is in great peril. Thevater'is rising there rapfdly."1 The town is vin the dtr rect patlfof thVtoxtent of waters' that is Ts weeping through th ,. -.- New Roads; ia May 8.r- Although-rescued'ffqm the at- tic of her home, wfrere she had taken refuge-front the flood, with hd two babies, Mrs. L. KT. Ingram had'to be restrain- edfrom attempting to return ''to the house today. While con- fined in the -attic one of Mrs. Ingram's babies died. The mother tore up her skirt to make a rope and tied the in- fant's body to the chimney. When the water subsides she will return for the body and give it a christian burial.