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FOOD SITUATION IN QUAKE
ZONE BRINGS DEATHS
Rome, Jan. 16. Huddled in groups
in the open country, without food,
fuel or extra clothing, many thou
sands of Italian peasants are facing
death today. Onlytheouter rim of
the great zone made desolate by Wed
nesday's earthquake has been touch
ed by the relief workers.
The official figures of the dead re
main at 30,000, but unofficial com
pilations added thousands to this
number. The total of the sufferers
will reach 100,000, many of whom
are not only injured but have lost
everything they had in the world.
Whole families have been separ
ated by the disaster. In many in
stances the parents have been killed
and the children still live. For tragic
developments even the records of the
terrible Messina disaster are outdone.
Twenty of the injured died yesterday
and six last night.
The work of relief is being pressed
as systematically as possible. The
government has been . compelled to
refuse all tenders of outside aid be
cause of the delicate international
In the ruins of the Avezzano jail 10
of the inmates were found dead and
16 injured. Only 3 escaped unhurt.
Reports received from Antrosano
that every house there has been dam
aged and many completely destroy
ed. Seventy bodies have been recov
ered here and many are still in the
Of the population of Cerchic only
400 survived and 2,200 dead have
been taken from the ruined city. Two
hundred men and women were killed
there under the ruins of a church.
News reaching today from many
places indicates that a great number
of fatalities took place in churches.
LOOKS LIKE THOROUGH PROBE
FOR WHEAT SITUATION
Washington, Jan. 16. President
Wilson this afternoon referred to
Att'y Gen. Gregory tht petition of
Mrs. Julian Heath, president of the
National Housewives' league, who
asked drastic action, even to the point
of a foodstuffs embargo, to check
soaring wheat and flour prices. This
reference carried with it a direct sug-'
gestion that the department of justice '
throughly investigate the subject.
UNEMPLOYED ARMY DOESN'T
WANT CHARITY WANT WORK
A demand for work instead of
promises of employment months,
from now, when something-or-other
gets started by somebody or other
will be made by jobless, homeless,
and hungry unemployed of Chicago
at a mass meeting which will be held
in Bowen hall, Hull house, at 2 p. m.,.
Sunday, Jan. 17.
John Ryan of the committee of un-.
employed declared that many of the'
men in Chicago are going hungry and
prefer to go hungry rather than-ap-?
ply to bureaus of charity for charity"
"The unemployed do not want
charity," he said. "They want the
right to earn a living and they want,
that right now. The trouble with'
Chicago is that it remains indfferent
to this problem. Michigan boulevard -should
be given a glimpse of the rags'
of men who haven't sufficient cloth-,
ing to protect them from the cold.
The automobile brigade of Michigan,
boulevard would acquire valuable,,
knowledge if their automobiles were,",
halted while the hundreds of thou-
sands of idle marched down the ex-"
"The situation is extreme. Some
thing must be done to relieve it. And,
what that something will be we pro
pose to decide at the mass meeting
tomorrow afternoon. We want thoT
unemployed to come in masses. Ad-'
mission is free and we want to plan'
some action to remedy existing con- '
ditions of unemployment."
Elgin, III. Blaze in paint shop ofr
Elgin state hospital did small dam-7
age, patients remained quiet '