Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 25, 1988 · Page 1
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Weather Partly cloudy tonight? rain possible Saturday 9 Oklahoma, Temple post NCAA wins 20 Indy mayor has tallest secretary Vol. 144, No. 72 Logansport, Indiana, March 25,1988 Founded 1844 TODAY Camden Holds Annual Fish Fry The Camden Community Club annual Membership Fish Fry will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.in the Camden Community Building. Bring a covered dish. Cost is $6 for families and $3 for singles. North White High Presents Play 'The Egg and I'will be presented by the North White High School senior class today and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the North White High School Auditorium. Easter Egg Hunt Held At Miller's An Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. at Miller's Merry Manor. Children from ages one to 10 are welcome. Young America Lions Breakfast A Pancake and Sausage Day is being sponsored by the Young America Lions Club from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Lions Den, Ind. 18. The cost is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Breakfast Time At Twelve Mile The community breakfast will be served by the "Second Chance" Sunday School class of Bethlehem United Methodist Church at the Twelve Mile Community Center Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. Donations will be accepted. Pick Up Litter At France Park The France Park Litter Walk will be at 10 a.m. at the park west of Logansporton U.S. 24. Walkers who pick up litter along the trails in the park will be admitted free of charge. . Kewanna School Sponsors Supper A spaghetti supper and salad bar will be held at the Kewanna-Union Township Fire Station. The supper, sponsored by Kewanna Christian Academy, will be from 5 to 7:30p.m. Freewill donations will be accepted. Egg Hunt Set At Kewanna An Easter egg hunt will be held at 1:30 p.m. in Kewanna Town Park. Circus Craft Show Held In Peru A spring craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Circus Arena in Peru. The event is sponsored by the Circus City Parents Club. Admission is free. Peace Pact In Nicaragua DSandinistas begin pulling back from war zones to avoid clashes during cease-fire MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Sandinistas began pulling army patrols out of jungle war zones throughout Nicaragua to avoid clashes that could imperil their newly signed peace accord with the U.S.-supported Contra rebels. The Defense Ministry reported no fighting on Thursday, the third full day of a cease-fire agreed to during talks at the southern border town of Sapoa that ended with the previous night's unexpected agreement. Radio Liberacion, the Contras' radio station, has reported no combat since Monday. Both sides had called the Sapoa talks Nicaragua's last chance for peace, and civilians greeted word of the pact with hope. One critic of the leftist Sandinista government called it a miracle. Vice President Sergio Ramirez, in Mexico City to brief Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid, called Thursday night for direct talks with the Reagan administration to ensure the truce holds. The White House has rejected previous Sandinista calls for such talks, saying the San- dinistas had first to negotiate with the rebels. In Nicaragua, Sandinista troops withdrew Thursday from a jungle war zone in central Chontales province, said a state security official who spoke on condition of anonymity. The province has been a hot spot in the 6-year-old war that has cost more than 40,000 lives. To celebrate the accord, dozens of women gathered in the main square of the Chontales city of Juigalpa and "lit candles to the Virgin Mary," a Defense Ministry spokesman said. As part of the agreement, Contra and Sandinista leaders extended the informal cease-fire to April 1, when a 60-day truce takes effect and they will meet in See Nicaragua— Page 2 U.S. wants military backup WASHINGTON,(AP) -- Secretary of State George I'. Shultz is raising the possibility that the administration will seek legislative authority for a quick vot.e on military aid to the Nicaraguan rebels if the cease-fire (here breaks down. Shultz said Thursday night that the prospect of additional militlary assistance to the rebels would be added insurance that Nicaragua's leftist government will abide by promises if makes under its cease-fire agreement with (he Contra rebels. But House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Tex., indicated that he would oppose any effort by the admini.straf.ion to have an "expedited procedures" provision for military aid included in a Contra humanitarian assistance package (he Congress will take up next week. "I want to emphasize positive things, and not anticipate failure," said Wright, who was interviewed with Shultz on PBS' MacNeiJLehrer "NewsHour." See U.S.- Pane 2 75 Years Ago: The Big Flood Dlt was the worst natural disaster to hit Logansport, covering much of the city in several feet of water ByDAVEKITCHELL City Editor In most communities, the phrase "The Great Flood" may be associated with a Biblical story, but in Logansport, the words usually refer to the 1913 flood. It was the worst natural disaster in the city's history. Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of the flood that turned a third of the city into a Venetian carbon copy. The flood left two dead and forced 1,200 families from their homes. Logansport's downtown business district sustained $300,000 in damage. The estimated total loss of bridges, homes, businesses and personal property was $680,000, a loss that would be equal to several million dollars in 1988. More photos— Page 14 What eventually became the most devastating week in Logansport history actually started on Good Friday, March 21, 1913. A windstorm swept through the area, ushering in a long, drenching rain on Easter Sunday. By Tuesday, the 25th, Biddle's Island was submerged except for the Wabash Railroad Bridge. Robert W. Barr, 86, Rt. 6, was an 11-year-old boy living on the city's south side at the time. He remembers efforts by Wabash <';iss('ounl\' Ili^liuiijl ' Water covers downtown streets looking south on Fourth Street toward the Pennsylvania Depot Railroad officials to save their bridge to Biddle's Island. "They loaded a heavy coal train and ran it across the bridge to weight it down so it wouldn't be washed away," said Barr. "It was the only thing you could see on the island. There were four bridges going to the island at that time and it was the oniy one that wasn't washed away." The flood also was responsible for destroying the last two covered bridges on the Wabash River: the Cicott Street bridge and the Lewisburg bridge, On Wednesday, the brunt of the flood waters hit. The City of Bridges had been reduced to a city of one bridge. The only bridge that could be used was the Sixth Street bridge on the city's north side. Other bridges were open, but the approaches were well submerged. The Wabash, which had a primary flood stage of 15 feet, crested at. 25.5 feet, and the situation for most of the city was, "water, water everywhere." The intersection of Helm Street and Park Avenue was under 12 feet of water and so was the old Washington Momentary School See Mood - IVac 14 Pill's Cancer Risk Lowered CHICAGO (AP) - Women who began taking birth-control pills as teen-agers and used oral contraceptives over several years do not face an increased, long-term risk of breast cancer, according to a study published today. Previous studies have disagreed over whether the use of birth-control pills increases the risk of breast cancer for women through middle age. Some researchers have suggested the conflicting conclusions might be the result of a long-term latent effect from early use. "But we found no direct human evidence for such a latent effect," said Dr. Bruce Stadel, one of four authors reporting on the study of more than- 9,000 women in today's Journal of the American Medical Association. Early and prolonged use of birth-control pills was defined as using oral contraceptives for at least six years before the age of 25, according to Stadel and his colleagues, who were from the Previous studies have disagreed over whether the use of birth-control pills increases the risk of breast cancer for women through middle age. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences at Bethesda, Md. Researchers collected case histories and interviewed 4,714 women through age 54 who developed breast cancer, then matched them with a control group of 4,540, breaking the subjects into comparable subgroups depending on how long they had used oral contraceptives, "This was a very, very large study ... and these data are immensely reassuring," said Stadel who was at the National Institutes of Health when the study was conducted and now is with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Bethesda, Md. Despite the results of the study, Stadel said researchers believe additional large studies should be conducted in the 1990s, "when the women we interviewed will be in their mid- 60s." "More than 50 million women around the world are on the pill and the cumulative lifetime risk for breast cancer is about one in 10. When you consider those two things together, you can understand why we'd want someone to take another look," Stadel said. Bush-Dukakis Race Would Be Dead Heat NEW YORK (AP) - A presidential race between Republican George Bush and Democrat Michael Dukakis would be close, but Bush outpolls other potential Democratic nominees, a CBS News-New York Times poll suggested today. Among Democratic voters alone, Dukakis was seen as the candidate with the best, chance of beating Bush in November, the survey said. Bush has a commanding lead in his race for the Republican presidential nomination. In a Bush-Dukakis matchup, 46 percent of all registered voters polled said they favored Bush and 45 percent chose Dukakis. The margin of error for the survey in today's Times was plus or minus 3 percentage points, meaning the two are essentially even. Bush polled 51 percent support to 3l> percent for Sen. Albert Gore Jr. of Tennessee and 56 percent to 32 percent for Jesse Jackson. The poll did not include a matchup of Bush vs. Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri or Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois. In a similar poll reported Wednesday by ABC News and the Washington Post, Dukakis had 50 percent support, Bush 45. That survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 points, so the spread did not signify a significant lead. Among likely Democratic voters in the CBS-Times poll, 53 percent said Dukakis had the best chance of defeating Bush in the general election. Twelve percent said Jackson, ft percent Gore, 8 percent Gephardt and 6 percent Simon. ; See Poll— Page 2

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