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gaps In' JtHe levels. The Town' is
surrounded with water. The people have taken refuge in the npperstories o theft- homes. The troops from New Iberia today rounded up all the idle ne groes at New Roads and forced them to work on the levees. The Baton Rouge university professors followed their exm ple. The .large saw mill and plantation owners also are send ing Jtheir negro employes to work jOn the dykes. , a -Citizens of New Roads were hknkful when they leai-ned the navy department had ordered the battleship Nebraska to help the fLood sufferers. Scores of men offered'to pilot the gasojine boats of the warship . through the flooded -4istrJcit and direct the work of rescue. -Maringouirf. -and Grossetteare islands.- Both towns are built on foigh ground, but the water has completely surrounded them, and it is impossible to get in or out. The bridge on rfhejrTaxas Pacific ias been swung to prevent its be ing carried-away; ' Washington,. May 8. Fifty kullions'-of dollars already lost, and njtny more millions still fo 'fcelost ' That is the government view of the flood damage 'in the Missis sippi river -valley, wbiclrdoes not take into account the toll of hu man lives exacted. The war department has spent $600,000 trying to furnish food to the homeless and destitute peo-, pie since the flood hegan 1es$: thaoampjtfhagcr. Atafrnotmije half' of the sufferers were fed. The army has provided 10,000 tents, and .not all the hoineIess under shelter. The navy department also is helping out. TJie assignment of the battleship Nebraska and the gunhoat Petrel to relief work was fehtirely on the responsibility of Secretary Meyer. Congress already has appro priated $2,250,000 for relief wok. Conditions will not reach nornial again for at least a month. $2, 000,000 more vn.li'be needed. loo BITS OF NEWS Patrick C. Cleary, ' freight handler, 4742 Princeton ave., at tempted suicide by cutting throat with knife. Slight chance for re covery: Despondent Dr. E. P. Murdock, 68, 1824 Washington bvd., severely in jured when thrown from buggy after being hit by Madison st. car at Market st. Body of man who committed suicide by shooting self in head, found in bushes, Douglas Park. Postcard found in coat bearing name of John Shunek, 1416 W. 20th st. Police later learned'that Shunek had moved away 2 weeks ago and address could not he learned. A Michigan man says he raises strawberries, seven of which will fill a quart box. It's all in the box. Only the extravagant .can cork their oil can with a potato these days.