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, peal, asking every school child, and
teacher in the United States to raise
funds for thevrelief of the' .homeless
In the .flood districts pf Ohio and In
diana, was issued late yesterday by
Commissioner of Education Claxton.
CAUGHT !N HAMILTON FLOOD
TELLS OF EXPERIENCES
4) Cincinnati, O., March 28. The
first camera story of the Hamilton
flood, which inundated all of the city
of 32,000, leaving. upward of a hun
dred persons dead and probably
$5,000,000 property- damage in its
wake, was told Lei the pictures of
John R. Schmidt, staff photographer
of the Cincinnati Post He was. a
prisoner- 41 hours in .a. hotel,
v Schmidt gives ' the following ac
count of the scenes of horror he wit
nessed: "I-have just come "from Hamilton
after two days of imprisonment in
the flood. Photographic plates and
written words fail utterly to tell the
story of what Isaw.
"From Tuesday afternoon at 1:30
o'clock.until Thursday morning at 7
o'clock I was in the Howalds hotel,
on High' street. 'Seven, hundred men
and 'women sought safety in the
hotel. All of us escaped alive:
"I "arrived in Hamilton Tuesday
afternoon. High street was dry. I
- started Toward jthe district that had
beenriooded, at that time .to get pic
tures.! "Wijh a rush-the waters came upon
- those ion the' street with me. We
rushea to the hotel. What we sought
i as a temporary refuge threatened to
become our -tomb in: the long hours
A that followed.
"The water rose swiftly and tore
past .the hotel with such force that
" . "It'seemed tfie building would be swept
from its foundations. Telephone
communication was cut off, and
t there was ho way of. summoning
Ahelp from the outside. v
"Wq had about given up hdpe
.when .help arrived in'boats. The suf
fering of survivors is indescribable.,
There is more danger from stajra- "
fion and disease than there was
from the flood waters."
kEPORf' LOSS OF LIFE-IN PERU
r GREATLY EXAGGERATED
r Peru, Ind., March 28. (Direct to
Indianapolis) With the, waters re
ceding in this flooded city, rescuers
who have been able to explore the
sections which were the most dam
aged, declare the first reports of loss
of lives were greatly exaggerated, j.
Hunger no longer faces the sur
vivors. Relief trains have come close
enough -to the city to ferry their car
goes by boats to the refugees. Jn.
Court House square. " s
In Surf boats sent from Chicago
and. Michigan City, in local rowboats,
and even canoes, which were tossedr
about by the rushing waters, rescuers
at dawn began a search for bodies.
The total death list is not expected
jEo be over 50.
PnHfifimaii Robert Hunter, on dtitv
in Court House square, said that only
three bodies had vbeen "recovered, and
only the corpse of Mrs. James Hoss
man. is identified
Hunter believes, the loss of life in
South'Peru, which was wiped out,
will not be large. The survivors in.
that section of the- city have'.been
unable ,tovcross to this slde'of the
Wabash and, have fledlto the hills to
the south. Farmers cared fon them.
Hundreds of Peru survivors are in
the new hospital northwest of the
city, an unfinished building which
was pressed into service "for refugees
transported there :in boats.
Many persons refused to leave, their
homes and are marooned in the upper
Landlady Yes, our new boarder
is" a young chap as writes for his
livin'. He often works, he tells me,
in tiie middle ofthe night, when folks
is asleep. Says he does all his'best
writing when he's got a perspiratiqn.