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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 1936 THE GREENVILLE NEWS, GREENVILLE. SOUTH CAROLINA PAGE SEVEN ' IN) HIGHWAYS CLOSED AS HIGH WATER5ADVANCE Saluda Rapidly Rising And Other Streams Far Above Flood Mark DAMAGE IS REPORTED COLUMBIA, Apr. 6 (AP) South Carolina rivers, swollen by torrential rains, churned toward new 1936 flood levels today as high waters necessitated the closing of 10 highways over the state. As the rains continued, G. C. Merchant, federal meteorologist here, revised a special forecast made earlier In the day to predict that five central South Carolina streams would rise 9 to 15 feet above their flood levels in the next day or two and commented: "Of course, if it continues to rain, sitf-m t Risivr. Merchant predicted the Saluda river probably would rise to 30 feet, 15 feet above flood level, at Chap-pells In Newberry county by Wednesday; the Broad river would rise to 23 feet, 13 over flood level, at Blairs in Fairfield county Tuesday night; the Congaree at Columbia, to 28 feet, nine feet above flood level, Tuesday and Wednesday; the Wateree at Camden, to 35 feet, 11 feet above flood level, by Wednesday morning; and the Catawba at Catawba, "21 or 22" feet compared with a flood level of 12 feet, tonight. Merchant said the Santee river crest would not be reported until tomorrow but predicted it would reach an "unusually high" marlc. State highway officials meanwhile announced the following roads had been closed because of flood stcrs ROADS ARE CLOSED Route 78 between Columbia and Sumter; Route 11 between Jones-vllle and.Gaflney; Route 71 between Lowndesville and Abbeville; Route 82 between Lowndesville and Calhoun falls; Route 48 between Columbia and Wateree; Route 903 in Chesterfield county; Route 511 north of Andrews; Route 511 between Jamestown and Andrews; Route 184 ietw-een Iva and Antreville; and Route 58 between Clinton and Chap-pells. tnrspu Palmer Recalls Storm Of 1903 In Discussing Yesterday's Tragedy. GAINESVILLE, Ga., Apr. 6-(AP) Dr. W. A. Palmer, mayor of tornado wracked Gainesville, who saw the city wrecked by a tornado in 1903, when 104 were killed, watched in fascinated horror today as twin funnels of wind struck together, killing many and crushing the business section. Driving into the city after an early morning trip to a rural section, the mayor said he saw the black cloud funnels as they whipped downward. "I lay prone on the ground for a minute or two after I saw the tornado hit the business section," Dr. Palmer said. "The howl of the wind seemed like a million claps of thunder in one. When I got up the city appeared as though it had been visited by a fleet of bombing planes. I shall never forget the wails of the dying and groans that came from the Injured." The city's chief executive said he realised that instant action was im- ..J L.. AAA . perauve dui uuucu. "I realized how helpless we were. We didn't even have bandages for the injured, nor medicine. We had no place to take them and no one to care for them." , He said that after radio and news--,per apoeals, "ambulances, nurses V,id doctors came from every direction." "All we can do now is to wait for good weather tomorrow and clear awav the wreckage and plan to bury our "dead," Dr. Palmer added. ASSERTS REDFERN LIVING IN JUNGLE Pilot West Back From South America Believes Redfern With Indians NEW YORK, Apr. 6. (AP) .Charles F. West, transport pilot who arrived today from the Caribbean, said he was convinced Paul Radfern was alive despite his disappearance on a flight to South America eight years ago. A recent landing; in Brp.zil with Art Williams, another pilot, brought them in contact with an unfriendly Indian trib which possessed four four-gallon water cans of a type used by fliers and on expeditions. West said. He was sure they had been part of Redfern's equip- BR TELLS 0 S. C. Storms Bad, But In Arkansas mit hIcNc Onf r!iniinn South Carolina storms are pretty bad, but they have real twisters out in the flat Arkansas rice and cotton country, If one may credit the memory of Dameron H. Williams, Greenville eotton merchant. "A tornado is something terrible," said Mr. Williams yesterday morning. "They are amazingly destructive and tragic, but now and then their freakish behavior seems to inject even humor into their aftermath. "I was in a large farmhouse in Arkansas in the spring of 1916 when a tornado struck. One corner of the house, including about half of two rooms on each floor and a part of the roof was blown away. The remainder of the house was hardly Ripping 133 persons or more were killed and hundreds were hurt by the struck other widely separated points In the southern states, bringing piled up in a Tupelo residential section. (Associated Press Photo.) Catawba River On Rampage In York ROCK HILL, Apr. 6 (AP) The Catawba river near here was reported six feet above flood stage and still rising early tonight after 1.42 inches of rain In this section during the day. No reports of serious damage were received here. WPA TO PUT 15 Rickman To Assign All Available Men To Tornado Ravaged Area MORE IF NECESSARY All available WPA workers in the Anderson tornado district, numbering about 150 men, will be put to work at Anderson today to asfift in rehabilitation work, Albert M. Rickman, district WPA administrator, announced late yesterday. Mr. Rickman, who visited the scene of the Anderson tornado yesterday, said the storm did heavy property damage and that it would take some time to bring order out of the chaos. He said houses and trees were blown over and part of the Appleton mill blown away. If more than the 150 available WPA workers are needed, Mr. Rickman said other workers would be transported from Greenville and outlying sections. He said so far he had no reports of damage to WPA projects in the district, but that many farm-to-market road and airport projects would probably be delayed for some time because of the storm and high water. Spurned Man Kills Himself And Girl COLUMBIA, Apr. 6 (AP) Ruby Smith, 17-year-old Columbia ' girl, and Glenard Harris, 38, a World war veteran, were shot to death here tonight, officers said, after the girl had rejected Harris' proposal of marriage. Coroner John A. Sargeant and city police who investigated the shooting said Harris apparently killed the girl and then turned his pistol upon himself. It has been found that it costs about two cents a mile more to op- erate a car of moderate size at 70 miles an hour than at 40. ment although the Indians would not let him examine them closely. Some Indians told him Redfern was alive in the jungle, he said. It is his ambition to form an expedition to rescue Redfern, West lives in Hasbrouck Heights, N. J. Williams is in South America. They were unsuccessful in mapping an air transport route over British Guiana and Brazil, West said. shaken. We were, I am happy to say, in the right part of the house. "During the same storm a bunch of negro hands on the plantation had gathered in a small frame building sheltering the rise farm"s pumping machinery. They ran there when they saw the storm coming. The building was literally lifted from their heads and not a negro was scratched. You "can imagine how badly they were scared. "Now in this same storm a short distance away a well was blown out of the ground. That may sound like one for John Hix, but it is true. I saw it. The wind simply lifted the box off the top of the well and took the pump, piping and all equipment right, out of the well and dropped it somewhere in the next tewnshio." Tornado Hits Mississippi Town 1 v P NASHVILLE KNOXVILLE" LACROSSE t .'A j COLUMBIA J NIC. MEMPHIS TENNJL SC- LITTLE ROCK A 'annucwi . e .n Lvsn V ANDERSON BOONEVILLE ELKWOOP Aikicctii i c red bay GAINESVILLE ipo uantaVlumbia ARK.k ' -t JACKSON MONTGOMERY . Jj L . AUf- GA ROUGE TALLAHASSEE VnEW ORL E AN5 Z r. O ZS SO 100 SO AQ- - MILES , ' Striking with great violence, persons, injuring a thousand or map were among those ravaged, Associated Press Map.) TERRIFIC WIND TAKES TOLL IN ANDERSON MILL SECTION (Continued College students and their Inju ries: Miss Erline Brown, of Starr, cut about throat by glass. J. E. McCurry of Anderson, cuts upon the head. . Emily Jolly of Anderson, cut upon one leg. Eugene Osborne, cuts about hands and face. Broadus Reed, Starr, cuts on face. Llewellyn Campbell cuts on arm. Gene Abrams, cuts about hands and face. The condition of none of the college students was considered as serious. They were all, however, rushed to the Anderson County hospital, where they received first aid treatment and then were released. After demolishing the roof of the administration building of Anderson college and crushing most of the windows of the administra1 ion building and west dormitory the storm apparently passed in an east erly direction from the college and t tng road to wnllamston hign. way. The home of J. A. Mahaffey, well known farmer, was unroofed and his barn was blown down, breaking the backs of three mules and doing other damage to outbuildings. Several tenant houses were destroyed and in one instance a colored woman was buried beneath the debris. She was reported to have suffered a concussion of the brain and was understood to have been removed to a local hospital. CIRCUITOUS PATH The tornado followed a circuitous course through the city of Anderson and environs. The populous residential sections along North Main street north of the postoffice, along Greenville ' street, Summitt avenue and the Boulevard felt the fury of the. storm. Large trees, many of them massive oaks many years of age. were uprooted as the giant and devastating hand of the storm tore through these sections. On North Main street the storm struck first at the home of Mrs. Clarence Brown. Here and in an adjoining yard large trees were uprooted by the storm and in the yard of Mrs. J. L. Tribble several large trees were also blow$j)ver, although the residences were spared in each case. North Main street was virtually blocked at its junction with Calhoun street when a large water oak on the lot occupied by the old Maul-din home. was blown down partially acro$ the street. ity employes were tornado that ripped through Tupelo, Miss., a few hours before It death to a total at least 300. This picture shows some of the wreckage tornadoes roared through several southern states, killing at least 300 more doing damage beyond estimation. The towns underscored on this the greatest loss of life being at Gainesville, Ga., and Tupelo, Miss. From Page One) jm. u JUU ..H.u. M.u.1, unit:, however, and by means of a trac - tor were clearing away the trees anrf nthpr rfpWris wwio vafP nffi.iwere repaired as rapidly as possi cers kept a long line of motor vehicular traffic moving. The full force of the tornado struck in the vicinity of Appleton and Anderson cotton mills. In addition to the demolition of the south end of the Appleton manufacturing plant, numerous homes of villagers were partially wrecked. One home was completely destroyed on Y street, another on J street, while twenty others in this vicinity were badly damaged. A number of other homes in the community were also oaaiy damaged On H street. Anderson mill, the home occupied by Mrs. Williams, who was seriously injured, was bad- ly damaged. Her child was also bad ly hurt. Mrs. Williams was rushed to Anderson County hospital and her condition was reported serious. CITY IS STUNNED ' i i l"e trucss were put to worn in Anderson was today without lights, ! clearing the streets, gas or water, streets were strewn I A large number of telephones In with trees and wreckage and the ; tne city are out of order, but early city was practically paralized as a i :nis afternoon, telephone company result of the cyclone which swept j officials could give no estimate of through the city shortly before 10' tne number. Spectators on duty were o'clock todav. j swamped and considerable difficul- City officials and heads of the va- ty was experienced in getting calls rious utilities companies were push- through, ing work to restore things to nor- j EYE WITNESS mal as rapidly as possible. A. D. Tippens, 142 Sanders street, Mayor G. T. McGregor after, an i near Appleton mills said: Inspection of the main building at I "I saw the cloud for some time Anderson college today condemned ! before 10 o'clock this morning I the two top stories, but City Engin-! should judge that it was half an eer Frank R. Sweeney said after hour in forming and it appeared a more thorbugh inspection later' in ; to form, about half way between the day that he sawno reason for Pearman's dairv and the city of condemning the building. i North Anderson. Mr. Sweeney stated that all of "There was simply a sheet of black the outside walls appeared to be at first. The skies were dark and sound, but that one partition in- j then within a few minutes the cloud side the building was twisted out of seemed to turn to opaque, then to shape. He said that the wall was of white, and began swirling. I could a material that could be straighten-; detect the characteristic funnel ed, and that other repairing would shape of the tornado which formed put the building back in order. ; quickly and began swirling in every Classes were suspended at the col-; direction, lege for today, but President Annie j "The first I knew smashed glass Denmark announced that an effort 'and other particles were swirling wuuiq ce mane to resume worn to - morrow. At the request of Dr. A. L. Smeth-ers, chairman of the board of trustees of the college, Captain Ralph J. O'Neall, commandant of the local unit of the national guard, issued a call for men to patrol the damaged structure. FIREMEN ON JOB City firemen were patrolling the city in the pick up" truck of the department and checking fallen power Jf JK ; g vp j and telephone wires so that they can be repaired before the current is turned on Early this afternoon there had been no fires in the city but the water supply had been ordered cut oif until electric power can be turn ed on, and the water on storage is I being held in case of fire, i John v Brookshire dispatched all 1 available crews into the area which i. was struck by the storm and lines uie. rower cuuiq hoi oe lurnea on until all broken lines are cleared. This step was taken to prevent elec trocutions that might occur by per sons walking into tne live wires, ano to prevent nres irom short cir cuits. Steps were being taken bv the An derson Gas company to repair the gas plant which was almost com pletely destroyed, but it could not be learned how long the city will oe without gas Men were ent into the storm area before noon to begin clearing trees and other wreckage and it ! was stated by Mayor G. T. McGree j or that traffic on the main trior i oughfares in the city will be restor ed to normal by night fall Besides the city sanitary and street crews of the city 60 enrollees , frm the local CCC camp and all 1 arouna my nouse in prolusion The course of storm fast ap parently due east. I would say that the width of the storm was some four blocks. "When officials of the mill saw the storm approaching they called employes from the south end of the plant and into the spinning room. "This action accounted for the fact that scores of persons were not killed or seriously injured when the section ot the mill collapsed." . L S TELL OF DAMAGE Monroe Dill And Friends Make Trip To Wrecked Georgia City 'TOWN IS RUINED' "You'd have to see it to believe it it's so terrible," was the way Monroe Dill, Judson cafe proprietor, described the havoc wrought by the tornado in Gainesville, Ga., yester day. Mr. Dill, with H. N. Joy and Eu gene Williams, also of Judson, went to the wrecked Georgia city early yesterday afternoon, and returned early last night. "You can't describe such a thing as that," one of the men said. "Frame buildings were literally torn to pieces and strewn about as you might tear up straw and scatter it around. Brick buildings several stories high, such as many of those on Main street, were swept right on with the rest and nothing was left of them. "The courthouse, a brick building, was torn down except for one corner. The city hall was wrecked and the town clock stopped at 8:28 a. m. j when a tree or plank of some kind tore into it. Houses were piled on houses and the streets were covered with wreckage of one kind and another. Tractors were busy hauling away wreckage. Workmen were using axes to cut into some of the demolished houses to determine whether dead persons remained in them. "It was nothing short of a miracle the way the tornado tore up everything and even right up to the doors of Brenau college, but the college buildings were not damaged. "The whole business district is ruined. There is no way of estimat ing the damage nor how long it will take to build the town back. "One man was killed at least two miles away when his house was swept away by the storm. And you can get some idea as to the extent of the tornado from the fact that some papers were found dropped down at Westminster in this state, 68 miles away. There was an insurance policy and note on a Gaines ville bank oeionging io a uaines-ville man found in Westminster today." ONLY FEW ATTEND PRIVATE SERVICE FOR HAUPTMANN (Continued From Page One) H. 7endel told of being kidnaped in Femruary and beaten to yield a "confession" of the Sourlands crime spurred half a hundred detectives to seek the house In which he said lour men kept him prisoner. It was a strange funeral they gave Hauptmann in the stone crematory building overlooking a Lutheran cemetery. Hundreds of neighbors and children pressed excitedly against the tall iron fence, and a score of police .pushed them back from locked gates. Mrs. Hauptmann spent an hour with the body. "Richard, some day your name will be cleared and those responsible will pay. For they murdered murdered y o u, my Richard," she said slowly. Then she plucked a carnation from the huge floral cross that bore her card: "With love, Anna," and put in the same hand the state of New Jersey proved built a ladder, killed a baby. A few minutes later there was a brief service held behind locked doors in an office of the crematory building. The Reverend John Mat-thieren and D. G. Werner had pledged to New Jersey authorities that only the legal limit of six per sons would be present before the open casket. The ministers prayed in German. MANY FLOWERS Then the casket, sealed, was trundled into the chapel, where a score of Yorkville friends of the Hauptmanns waited. The widow sat in the front row, weeping bitterly throughout the German and English eulogies. At the end she broke com pletely and was led swiftly to a car while attendants shoved the casket into an incinerator. Lloyd Fisher, Hauptmann's attorney, was a mourner. There were many flowers, some from German societies in the Bronx, with German words lettered on the ribbons. Officials of the crematory said they did not know where the ashes would be sent. Temporarily, they saio, tney would be put in a bronze urn and stored under lock and key in a concrete vault. McMahan Is Injured In Automobile Wreck C. O. McMahan, an employe of Duke Power company in Greenville, was admitted to General hospital about 9 o'clock last night suffering from serious neck and hear injuries received in an automobile accident on the Anderson road about 12 miles from Greenville. He apparently had been traveling alone when the machine went out of control and struck a bank. Hospital attaches reported his condition as only fair. Heavy Rains Fall In Newberry Area NEWBERRY, Apr. 6 Over three and one half inches of rain had fallen in Newberry from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon according to John Henry Baxter, local weather observer. This makes around seven Inches of rain since last Wednesday morning and nearly 30 inches of rain for the year compared to an annual rainfall of 44 inches. The hard and incessant rains have caused all streams In the county to rise to overflowing banks and has cast a gloom over the farmers of the county. Red Cross Jumps Into BreacK Here To Aid Victims Of Flood Red Cross Plans To Aid Victims WALHALLA, Apr. 6 The lo-i ral Red Cross chapter today decided to canvass the town tomorrow for funds for relief of tornado victims in nearby cities, Mrs. J, A. Ansel is chairman of the drive and she asked the cooperation of local citizens In the humanitarian effort. NEW DEAL LOSES IN LATEST FIGHT BEFORE THE COURT (Continued From Page One) to suppress fraud in the sale of se- j curities will remain the same." In New York Wall street observ ers said that in view the court's failure to rule on the act itself they saw nothing that would hamper the commission in enforcement of the law. Commission officials said their impression was that the act was not materially damaged and that it was possible legislation would be sought to confer specific power to compel testimony such as was asked of Jones. HITS INQUIRIES In hitting at "unlawful inquisitorial investigations," the court said: "To escape assumptions of such (arbitrary) power on the part of the three primary departments of the government is not enough. Our institutions must be kept free from the appropriation of unauthorized power by lesser agencies as well. "And if the various administrative bureaus and commissions x x x are permitted gradually to extend their powers by encroachments even petty encroachments upon the fundamental rights, privileges and immunities of the people, we shall in the end, while avoiding the fatal consequences of a supreme auto cracy, become submerged by a multitude of minor invasions of personal rights, less destructive but no less violative of constitutional guar antees." An outspoken dissenting opinion by Justices Cardozo, Brandeis and Stone contended that "to permit an offending registrant to stifle an inquiry by precipitate retreat on the eve of his exposure is to give immunity to guilt; to encourage falsehood and evasion to Invite the cunning and unscrupulous to gamble with detection." Those who attended the court ses sion in hopes of hearing the Guffey coal case decided were disappointed as only one opinion was delivered. Another opinion session will be held next Monday. IN OTHER CASES Other actions taken today Included: 1. Refused to Interfere with a lower court decision that the congressional resolution barring payments of obligations In gold does not prohibit collection of the equivalent value of foreign currency if that alternative method of payment is specified. This left standing a ruling that the St. Louis Southwestern railway company had to pay $42 on a $25 coupon payable in gold or the equivalent value of Dutch guilders. The decision, in favor of the Anglo-Con-tinentable Truehand of Liechtenstein (a European state) applies only to the second circuit court of appeals embracing New York, Connecticut, and Vermont. Approximately $980,000,000 of bonds was said to have been issued containing the alternative provision. Other suits may be brought later in an effort to obtain a Supreme court ruling. As far as the St. Louis Southwestern company is concerned. New York dispatches said, the court's decision will have little effect on that road's obligations because it is un- dergoing reorganization under the amended bankruptcy act. REVIEW REFUSED 2. Refused the government's request to review a decision of the northern Iowa federal district court holding unconstitutional a provision of the 1934 revctnue act imposing a processing tax on cocoanut oil, produced chiefly in the Philippines. The lower court enjoined the government from collecting the tax from the Iowa soap company of Burlington, la. Like it did in the recent Louisiana rice millers case, the government contended the court had no right to issue injunctions against federal taxes. 3. Agreed to review the ruling by New York courts upholding constitutionality of the state's 1933 mortgage moratorium law which suspended real estate foreclosure. The law was challenged by Joseph Loporto, former owner of a city tenement. 4. Refused to interfere with six-month's jail term imposed on three men for conspiracy to violate the federal narcotic laws in connection with an alleged plan to "dope" race horses at the state fair grounds in Detroit, October, 1933. The men convicted were Joe F. Paterson, Robert Wingfield and Horace Moore. Employes of Audley farms of Virginia. The securities commission's proceedings against Jones were started on May 23, 1935, the day before his registration statement was to become effective, when it issued a stop order against the stock issue and directed him to appear at a hearing to testify. He refused to do so and sought to withdraw his registration, contending the commission's action had annuled it. New York courts ruled against him. They were reversed by today's decision. WillM Glenn To Fix Hearing Date COLUMBIA, Apr. 6 (AP) Federal Judge J. Lyles Glenn planned today to hear a motion of the South Carolina Public Service authority for him to fix May 4 as a date for trying cases brought by three power companies agairt the Santee-Cooper project. . The companies have asked for injunctions to restrain the authority from building the project and the federal government from furnishing funds for it. They are the Carolina Power and Light company of Raleigh, N. C, the South Carolina Power company of Charleston, and the Broad River Power company of Columbia, Make Radio Appeals Over WFBC For Food, Cash " Negroes Are Homeless Rallying quickly to care for its own flood victims, after aiding victims in the north, Greenville citizens last night began contributing food supplies and cash to approximately 40 negro families driven from their homes yesterday by high waters. As muddy waters began undermining and isolating homes in the negro sections along Reedy river, especially in the area along Hudson and Meadow streets, the Greenville Red Cross chapter went into action. BROADCAST APPEALS ' With all but a few dollars of it flood fund sent north, where floods ravaged that region several weeks ago, John W. Arrington, Jr., chairman of disaster relief for the Greenville county Red Cross chapter, late yesterday requested Radio Station WFBC to broadcast appeals for food and cash. Mrs. Rupert Boyd, WFBC program director, early last night, said the appeals had brought a number of contributions of food and cash, which she had requested the donors to contribute directly to the Phillis Wheatley center on East Broad street. The Red Cross chapter has appointed Hattie Duckett, colored worker, to handle the flood relief situation Inasmuch as it apparently effects only negro families. All contributions, whether food supplies or cash, were asked to be sent or taken direct to the Phillis Wheatley center, where headquarters were esiaousn-ed. SENT FUNDS NORTH The countv Red Cross chapter previously had dispatched $3,500 to flood sufferers in the Pennsylvania and Ohio regions. With the flood waters mvacung Greenville because of record rains, the Greenville chapter immediately rearranged its plans and strove to care for what victims may be brought forth here. The negro section to tne west oi Greenville was hard hit, the high waters driving many families from their homes along the Hudson and Meadow street, Cripple Creek and other sections, and causing damage to numerous warehouses and manufacturing plants along the river route. PORTION OF CITY FLOODED AS RAIN FALLS FOR HOURS (Continued From Page One) RELIEF IS ASKED There were no deaths, but food became scarce among the evacuated families and appeals were made to the Red Cross for relief. Damage by flood waters to the evacuated homes was thought not to be more than several hundred dollars. As reports of tornadoes striking Tupelo, Miss., Gainesville, Ga., and Anderson reached Greenville yesterday, apprehension was felt here because of a strong wind which blew throughout the night and up into the morning. Scores of anxious parents called yesterday morning at city schools and removed their children to their homes. Dr. J. L. Mann, superintendent of the city school system, said schools would not close, but parents were welcome to withdraw their young if they desired. After reaching an apparent crest about noon yesterday,. Reedy river began subsiding and danger was pronounced as definitely passed last night. HIGHEST SINCE 1919 Fire Chief Frank E. Donnald said Reedy river reached its greatest height yesterday since it was in flood stage in 1919, when numerous persons had to be rescued from their homes along its banks by firemen attached to ropes and held by their comrades. Numerous school buses in the county had to be re-routed because of the dangerous condition of some county roads, it was said by James F. Whatley, county superintendent of education. Some schools in the county closed early yesterday because of the threat of a tornado in lowering skies. Communication systems to the south of Greenville were interrupted for a while after tornadoes struck Gainesville and Anderson, but were soon restored. . Rain continued to fall In guests throughout the entire day. There was no apparent let-up for the forecast was for continued showers today. The maximum temperature yesterday was 64, the minimum 37 and the normal 56. Streams throughout the county were overflowing their banks in places. Sand bags were placed about the power plant of the Duke Power company at Saluda dam, it was reported. Railroad tracks along the- meandering course of Reedy river were under water. Service, however, was little impaired as engines and cars continued to use the tracks. Robbers Take Safe But Find It Empty COLUMBIA, Apr. 6. (AP) Robbers stole a safe from a filling station here without taking time to find how much was in It. They also scooped up 75 cents in pennies in a "clean sweep." The safe, opened later, was empty, the station manager said. Reedy Roars Up ; To Higher Level LAURENS, Apr. 8 Frank L. MrMahsn was called to Gainesville, Ga this afternoon because of the death of the wife of his brother, Mrs. R. R. McMahan killed in the storm today. Flood waters of Rdjr river caused suspension of strriec this afternoon of power piasts at Boyd's mill and Tumbling shosls. The river was report 15 feet shove normal at Itt I Bluff, lacking only .two feet ; being up to floor orlnldga.

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