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Blytheville, Arkansas
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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NOIM-IHUR'n At>i^,»,». n .x,^ „„, .___ *^ VOL. XXXIII—NO. 203 Blylhevllle Courier Blythevlllo Herald Blylhevllle Dally NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BmTlEVIM.K, ARKANSAS, 'THURSDAY, JANUAHY 21, i9; !7 SINGLE COPIES FIVE CENTO STrlS c iSIS HIT W Lngineers, However, Are Confident New Levees|' \ oamhas -&^ lmaay „,„. Will Mold j cnl °f Parole 'methods—especially - tl] ose followed by the states. Bates MEMPHIS, Jan. 21 <UP>—All- the °" !cr n(lml has been 'Sanclford Bates, U. S. Prison Chief, Resigns U WASHINGTON, Jan. 21. (UP)—. SaiKlford Bates, director of federal ( prisons, resigned today. j Bates' rcslgnallbn came as a surprise. Hts post Is one of llic major offices in Hie department'of justice. Bates' views on prison purole and pardons several times have come HOLDING BIG LAKE LEVEES WANES X Would Aclve , hp Ad* I n- rivj vantages and Resources of Arkansas MEMPHIS, Jan. 21 <UP>—All- the °" !cr ll(lml l!!ls been 11 • time flood stages on the MIssLssIp- S|1 ' O1 'S supporter of parole systems. LITTLE HOCK, Jan. 21 (UP) — )>I were foreseen today because of •—- Tlie S011ntc 'his morning rccoiv- pi were foreseen today because of tcrrential rains and snow throughout the tipper basin. The gigantic levee system along the "Father of .Waters," rebuilt nnd strengthened after llic Disastrous- 1927 floods, seemed destined for an acid test as the weather bureau here forecast a stage of 55.5 feet at Cairo, III..- next. we»k nearly a foot higher "than in 1913. n K . , „ . In 1913, the crest was S4/I B t|" 00seve " ASKS KxtenSlOIl Cairo and in 1927 it. was 50.4, highest in history. This record mark will be surpassed If rains do not hold up, forecasts Indicated. No Immediate Alarm Tlie U. s. engineers area headquarters here pressed every avail- nbl man to duty today. All boats were concentrated In rescue ana patrol work on the St. Francis — -•- ' ivuxu i.-V/xiV-lJOISJil of Tariff Reciprocity Program WASHINGTON, Jan. 21. (TJP>- Presidenl Roosevelt today ur»ed that his reciprocal trade authority be continued "durable world. they were read by congress as a ! in bringing about " throughout the f of Ihe house ways and though they were., watching the .west bank levee below Cairo. They felt that the rebuilt levees would hold a greater volume of water than In 1927. " They hazarded that a stage of 59 . feet at Cairo and 51 feet at New Madrid, Mo., wmil't; mu c...- liie a dangerous situation. The Cairo levee will.sateiy handle trade authority, the president defended the trade policy. He said that by reducing trade world peace could 59 feet a . New Madrid flood- way 57. If the water goes lover 57 nl New Madrid it will now over the. Birds -Point-New Madrid floodway but came no greit danngc ipne engineer sald^ The stage at Cairo was 51 5 fe-t •with a crest of 55.5 in sight by next Thursday. At New Madrid the river gauged at 40.1 and was expected to BO to 44.5 by Friday week. It was at the 44.5 mark that the, river inundated New Madrid in the history-making 1913 overflow. The Memphis gauge showed 34.7 feet. seven-tenths over flood stage, to' day. Mississippi Out of Banks CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., Jan. 21 —Pour inches of rainfall was re .- - .......... n was re- r ; " ..... •"corded here overnight with the' Europe." Mississippi river rising 13 inches in the 24-hour period endijig at 7 o'clock this morning. • • • The river gauge stood at 37.G feet at .7 o'clock. Flood stage is 35 feel. The river gauged 38 feet at its highest level here lasl year but rivermen predicted that the river would rise to at least 40 feet within the next three or four days. » Levees in this section were re- The president's letter-was made public^ as Secretary of state Cordell Hull appeared before the committee to urge extension of the trade authority which will lapse in June unless extended. Hull named that economic col Hpse in Europe is almost a cei tilnU unless, the nations of tint contihenl shift from their niesent pohjfies Within anothei jeaT or tv>o said Hull, "with most of •their substance going into cannon, shot and shell instead of tlie stomachs of their people, another economic collapse in Eiiroire would be almost k certainty." •Hull said most economists believed reciprocal trade ]x>licies were tlie best means of promoting peace and prosperity. During the last two years, he asserted, with the policy In effect for the United States "we Have made more progress than all in good condition and riv- ermen believed that no serious trouble would develop unless the river should gunge over 50 feet here. New York Cotton NEW YORK. Jan. 21. (UP) — Cotton closed steady. open high low close Mar ....... 1214 1248 1244 1245 M 'iy ...... 1220 1233 1229 12'29 •July ...... 1222 1223 1219 1210 °Ct ....... 1181 1183 1180 1180 Uec ....... 1181 1183 1180 1180 Jan. ...... H82 1132 mo H79 Spots closed steady at 1295, off 3. Spot Average Is 12.79 The average price of 7-8 inch middling cotton on the ten designated spot markets today was "•TO, according to the Blytheville Board of Trade. Orleans Cotton Escaped Convict Arraigned for Murder of Michigan Officer , 11 IV^VVIV- ed for first nnd second readings two new administration measures one creating a slate park commission, rephclns the present ">oard, and the second forming tin Arkansas publicity) commission. The publicity commission would name a publicity agent at an Annual salary of S3.GCO a year The measure carries with it the cover lo pnv'loy* suitable personnel to fully publicize the state K- advertising and newspaper articles. Insurance Tax I'roposal Following the stale's defeat in the supreme, court early this week in un attempt to collect taxes from "fraternal" or "benefit" Insurance -organizations. Senator Amll Taylor of clarksville submitted a measure to place a lax of 2(4 per cent on Ihe gross receipts' of all Insurance companies operating In tlie state. Senator ' Clyde Ellis ol Beiiton- ville renewed his fight for n lower tax on cigarettes am! Introduced a measure designed to reduce the present slate levy on a package of "smokes" from five to three cents. Ellfci introduced a similar bill in the fiftieth general assembly in 1935 only to have the measure defeated - In the house by three votes. '..-'.•In the house. Rep. Herman Horton. Cratghead county,-'succeeded in pulling through his. bill mak- j Glass Shortage Shuts | Chrysler Factories DETROIT, Jan. 21 (UP) _ Chrysler Corporation advised Its 50.000 or more production workers today that all plants In foiir divisions -would shut down lo- nlght imlll Monday because of n shortage of glass. '• Bulletin board notices In Plymouth, Dodge, Uc Sato.nnd Clif.vo- lor divisions advised employes that supplies of glass svcre not sui- iiclcnt for five'.-days production Ihls week. The notice explained lhat new shipments expected tomorrow and Saturday probably would Insure five full days of work next week. a felony. The" ure carried bj a vole-of 7<5 ^to, 4.-';' For New CourjT District" Ciril district composed of .Mississ Ippi and Crittenden cbuntles is sought in" a bill' introduced by Senator Gathings of West Mem- !.?, r ...o!-! slo ", s ° n> ? vlst ''' c 'ni>'ioy<w"thKi Water Now Covers Large' Part of Southern Dunklin County COST iLLILIS Spanish Cabinet Officer Pleads for Unity in Building Democracy j MADRID, Jan. 21. (UP)— The Spanish civil war In its first six months has cost the lives of 1,000.000 Spaniards and may cost 1,000;000 more If it continues another six montlis, Manuel de Irujo, minister without portfolio, said in a signer! statement today. ( The statement was published lii the newspaper La Libertad as ail appeal, [ 0 all political factions to forget their differences and ijnltc for peace,and the creation of a "democratic" republic. Loyalists repulsed a strain rebel drive In the Usera-Cerro Vlos. Angeles sector south ot Madrid early today, an official communique announced. The altack lasted five hours ending at 5:30 a.m.. when it was over the loyalists held their original positions. Artillery. continued active. Eleven government chaser planes and_ hand;tx>mbs. ««i, iy-w iiuun; L/uiinci ' .'. ! ~ : •- . - ->.','< .-, . creation of an '- 'additional • judi- Emergency Sends Phone al district composed of .Mississ- p ii . i-i .• „•. ' ; -'V-«i_ (-alls to high Since 1927 The present high''.water einer- phis. Under its provisions seper- gency has caused the largest In- ate chancery courts" in','the two crease in local and loii» distance counties wpulud be abolished and telephone calls in any similar crisis the circuit courts made legal successors of the chancery , courts. The-two counties at present are included i in the Second. Judicial Circuit with. Clay, Greene," Craighead. Poinsett and Cross counties. Court would be held in the Chtckasawba district of Mississippi county on the first Monday in January. April. July and October, in the Osceola district of Mississippi county on the first Monday in February, May, August and November,V and • 'in" Crittenden county 'dn* the first "Monday in March, June, September and December. Tlie circuit judge of .the Second Judicial Circuit who now resides In . the suggested ' " telephone calls in any similar crisis here since the 1927 flood emergency, M..H. Ladd, district manager for the Southwestern Bell Telephone company said today. -•''. " During the first 11 hours" today from midnight last night, a total of 4,800 local calls and ISO long distance calls were handled through the local .exchange. Long distance telephone service up until noon today had not been impaired 10 any, extent here although some difficulty was being experienced on lines to Jonesboro. Line crews were on the Job, however, and Ladd said thai normal service over the Jonesboro lines was anticipated soon. Additional operators were placed I9tll district nn Hnl'V "t'V"""" " cl >vou,d be designated as Judgc of| ™ Se^or^nuTC? will emergency .---.. „ „. *.,,, \,mci5CIH*J situation has passed, it was slatetd . «•"(; ni:w tiLuiiii until expiration MONROE. Mich., Jan. 21. (UP) °' llis tprm o£ o ff 'cc and election —Alcida (Frenchie) Benoit, accused nnd Qualification of his successor. Emergency telephones have been KENNETT. Mo., Jan. 21 (UI>) —At least 200 more persons were marooned today by St. Francis river Hood walers which were rising cxaln as heavy rnttis continued. They were ciu'ght In the "Oar Hole" community live miles east of here. when waters in llood- vyny ditches overflowed. An unknown number, not believed more than 50, remain mnroonid on Allen's Island. Eight U. S. army engineer motorboats hepan plying Ihe treacherous debris-filled llood currents at dawn to rescue the marooned, many of whom were having to •vail atop llu-lr homes In n hard cnld rain with their food min- plks kw. Allen's, Island was completely inundated. Persons marooned there, mostly tenants.- had Insufficient clolhlng to keep them warm nnd dry. Army .boats removed 255 from llie island yesterday. Darkness linlti'd the rescue work. Engineers feared the debris nnd cn- tanglfmenls might capsize boals. •Meanwhile the area for miles ai'iiiind here;took on the aspects of a sca» Whllniu- Thrower, United I'rcss correspondent, viewed the water by air and reported areas cdvfred not touched byl previous ficcds. ."It Is a veritable sea from Kcn- nctt 16 Cardwell, u distance of about 3d -miles," he said. No lives had been lost so far r.s could be determined but Jack Brown's motorboai; loaded with 17 women',, eight children, and-one man, txxojne' jlosj. ] in ...tlie, dark currents. •.aiitl.r.flrrv'lng -ralK short-' ly after dark last •night arid'was' nq| .foiiiKl .until Uvo hours.,later. .Brown Is an employe" of U.'' s.' chj'neers. .<>.;../.• ..' ;•' ' •?' Rains conllnued today and the river continued to rise. At least 200,000. acres were believed Hooded and engineers said that the area probably would be doubled before night, .They feared the, levee .on the Arkansas side of the .rfyer would not hold now and that much of Clay and drcene counties .would be covered. •' • ' •' Creek Floods I'aragould PARAGOULD, Ark., Jan! 21 (U P)—Scores of persons were forced to evacuate their homes here today when • Ihe swollen Eight Mile creek flooded the eastern and northern sections of the city. All highways were closed except Number One south to Jonesboro. The 24-year-old paroled convict, i The Senate special Civil Service aStnB1h °" ' "™ Ihe body of the trooper was found handcuffed to a- rural mail box waived preliminary examination before Judge John pauchcr, who ordered him held for circuit court trial nexl month. Benoit was returned to the Monroe county j a f| • . "" ~~ •"•"••• "JJillI vi UUH1 i where he will be held without bond. [ the floor to strike out "a Tlie accused former reformatory ll(m which provides " ' inmate was escorted lo court by heavily armed officers, ' him from an angered crowd arous' ed by the brutal slaying of n am NEW ORLEANS, Jan 21 (UP)- 'Tj Cotton closed steady ' Federal agents who entered Ihe' open hl?h !„«, .1^ cas ? .<?" information that Benoit 100 Carried to Death When Ferry Capsizes HONO KONG, Jan. 21. (UP>At least 227 lives were lost, including more than 100 women and children, when the ferry boat Manchuk capsized in the Kanchu rapids early today in an almost identical repetition of the Eastland disaster in , .,, ., —,„_ v»*jwi 11 LC GlJiCa^O In 1015 act takes effect shall continue to _, hold their positions until laid off " y bo:Jt ' wlth 3W passen- for inefficiency or other cause gcrs ' most of wnom were Chinese students on their way to Kong- Committee approved the state civil service bill last night and sent it back to the Senate, where it Is No. 1 on the calendar, with the recommendation that It be passed without amendment. Several members indicated they would £Cek to amcnrt bill on persons open high Mar 1239 1241 May 1227 1229 July 1216 1217 Oct. Dec. low 1238 1226 1214 should be close 1239 1220 1214 lllSb 1180 U18 1178 - 1185 1185 1182 1183 Spots closed steady at 1300. « p 2. Chiccif/o Wheat *"j open high low close Mny 130 3;-8 13\ 129 5-8 130 1-8 JUl 114 1-2 114 5-8 113 1-4 113 3-4 Chicago Corn open high low close May 110 l'-2 110 5-8 108 3-4 U09 ,V8 Jul 105 106 105 105 1-2 Paris. France, did not adopt a standard hour unlitl 1816. and his companion. Mike Dclberto had transported stolen property' across'a state line and had violated the Lindbergh kidnap law, did not Plan immediate action against the >\J I'llU i-« *-•'*. 111. 1' SllUUlu OG Benoit shown no preference, and should Livestock -- -Jr. LOUIS, ill., j an ""->—Hogs: receipts 9000 Top 10.35 170-230 ibs 10.15-10,30 Light -weights 8.35-9.50 Bulk sows 9.25-9.50 Cattle: receipts 3,000 Steers 7.00-9.50 Slaughter steers 6.12-750 Mixed heifers and yearlings 6.5Q-8.50 Slaughter heifers 5.25-1075 Beef cows 4.50-5,50. Cutters and low cutters 3.50-4.25 , , ui ( u auuiiiu be required to pass the same civil service examinations new appli- in the west river. The passengers all rushed to one side and the vessel was overbalanced. Nearby Temlscot Ditches Full HAYTI, Mo.—A steady downpour of rain for the past 24 hours, preceded by'other days of, rain, has swollen Pemlscot county's hundreds of miles of drainage ditches to overflowing, inundating hundreds of acres of fnrm lands and forcing many families lo move-their stock and household goods to higher ground. Approximately three Inches of rain in Ihe last 24 hours has filled highway ditches and at many liolnts they have overflowed highways and roads leading lo Haytl, where streets and some houses arc flooded. Dick . Byrd, Pemiscot county chairman of the Red Cross, said loday fajplltes living between the levee and Mississippi river at : ca- rulhersville are moving into town and that 20 families have been given temporary homes In box cars furnished by the Frisco railroad. Other box cars arc being sent' Ihcre (o care for the refugees. sr^^r^r la^pssr^-- ^^isrsU^^'tt^i Mure in Arkansas was deferredjcursion boat passengers all «nt i three-hour debate yesterday 73 21 ] to 16. Tlie resolution provided for I an amendment to the state con- Istltutlon which would have SUD| planted the present General As- [sembly of two bodies by a single I House of Delegates, i Other business of Ihe House In| eluded the passage of three bills and the Introduction of 24 new measures. The House recessed al 11:30 a m. so members could listen to a nt 1:30 p. m. It will convene today at 9:30 a. m. A bill to make mandatory a jail senlence of from live to 30 days for driving n motor vehicle while drunk, and lo prohibit the jud?c or prosecuting attorney from reducing the charge, was parsed by a vote of 77 lo 3. It was sponsored by Toney and Harris of Jefferson and Ablngton of White. The bill provides also for. a fine not to cxxced S500 for driving while wn- Closing Stock Prices A. T. and T 183 1-2 American Waterworks .... 54 7-8 Anaconda Copper 78 3-8 Chrysler '... 124 1-4 Cities Service 47-8 <Xica Cola 133 General Electric 64 1-2 General Motors '67 1-2 Int. Harvester 1095-8 McKesson-Robblns 14 Montgomery Ward 57 5-8 New York Central 43 1-2 Packard u 1-4 Phillips Pet 51 1-4 Radio Corp 117-8 St. Louls-S. P. 37-8 Simmons Beds 52 1-2 Standard of N. J 683-4 Studebaker 16 5-8 Texas Corp 52 1-4 U. S. Smelting 887-8 U. S. Steel 88 1-4 St. Francis Overflow Will Not Reach Lake Army engineers at Kci\nell (old the Courier News by tele- Phone today that they saw ho probability that ' overflow -wa- ler from the, St. Francis'liver would reach tho floodway ditches which empty Into Dig Lake. Tim wutcr, however, Is How- Ing down Into Arkansas -wlicro It will probubly inundate much of eastern Cmlshead county and may reach the extreme western part of Mississippi comity. OFCIlHilDtD Water Covers Much of Walker Park and Invades Residences Those wanting first hand Information as lo what, a Hood looks, like arc Invllcd over "across the bayou", lo tho purl of down now known as Dongnn, Davis and Kentucky avenues. .The unusually targe amount of rain has caused water to creep into s eye f.xl houses. Walker park and fairgrounds are literally overflowing and the site of the old bayou, long ago drained; Is again a bayou. . • Cars" maneuvered with difficulty on North Franklin, ylrst and Second streets to see the expanse ol water .on all sides. FnmlUes moved from several cottages on the west side of Franklin when the watei reached the doors of their hoiiscs early • today. On all three' strceU pedestrians waded barefoot across tlie water-covered walks. The Milton Sternbcrg garaged behind the county Jail has water on alcaldes Great, damage Is being done to the park. The recently rebuilt winding road can not he traveled as It covered.;vy|lh vratClTproiirtlieTTrafk entrance ,'qlie can set the bve'rflow- . ng swimming pool, .tlie tree of tlie Island, \yhich is covered by'water If Is Iniposslblc to lell.'where, the lake begins on the south ah'd 'cast sides. The administration balding and the .grandstand nre sur'founc|ed by water which has'also covered the race track and hiosl of Ihe grounds o? the park. . Sees Need for Emergency Action in Flood Situation LITTLE nOCK. Jan. 21. (UP)_ Alarmed over (he continual rains thai have swept the suite for the past week and rising streams In eastern Arkansas, aov. carl E. Bat- Icy today called a Hood conference for later In the afternoon with various relief agencies of the slate and federal governments. The military department reported that 15.000 acres of land 1 In northern Lee county above Marlanna was under water. "With a cold wave predicted for tomorrow and the remainder of the «;eek I think that relief agencies of the state should be prepared to care for the homeless If Ihe necessity arises," Governor Bailey said Those invited Included WPA officials. CCO officials, state health officials and national guard offl cinls. Red Cross Issues Appeal For Clothing and Shoes An appeal was Issued today by Red Cross officials for clothing and shoes for flood refugee.?. Many of the families being forced to leave their homes have insufficient clothing lo protect, them and numbers of them In dire need of shoes. Those who have clothing or shoes thai they might contribute for this purpose arc requested to bring the articles lo the county welfare office in the court house here. Bohncr fulls ''Boner'' ALAMEDA, Gal. (UP)—Ralph Bohner believes he knows what's In a name, especially when it sounds like "pulling a boner." Bohncr had hunted geese all day without seeing one when he saw a swan which somtone else had killed. His "boner" consisted In picking it up. because the game warden who later saw him with It hailed him Into local court. Farmers Warned 1 As Water Nearst All-Time Record Lake Rising Rapidly and Dike Failure Seems Almost .£ Inevitable ^ From three lo four mul onc-Vmlf inches of rain over tlie oitlivo Liltltj Kivor dniiiinge busin Insl night soul llic water in Big Lake using rapidly toward nil all-time record nntl all but ended hope of holding tho Icvcca protecting thousands of acres of highly developed fnrm laiul in central and western Mississippi county. "If the levees hold the water nl the fool of Big Lake will go over the top of the to a level of nt, leust 25i,•'nearly n foot'above the hlglioKl level reached in the past," Jolin \V. Meyer, Drain- ago District 17 engineer, said at noon today. Mr.-Meyer said every effort humanly possible would bo made to save the levees' but (hat the outlook was discouraging. He issued a warning to farmers In the area Immediately east of the Little River flood way to move their livestock to high ground null be prepared lo evacimle on short notice. Water at Level Top Tho gauge at tho foot ot Big Lake read 2484 this iribmlng, n rise of 12 Indies In 24 hours The lake Is well above Ihe danger level now and al Ihe rate It Is rising may reach 250 tomorrow. .It was at-n stage slightly above 250 that llic levees went out In the big flood of 1927. They have failed al lower levels a number of lime*; since. Efforts today were bolng concentrated oh the.levee along the state line, ditch, easl of the head of the lake, where the water was at the tyft'Oj, fie levee ana; v,qfker&. pine- Ing' sandbags tterc^aclnplo" keep pace with. Us rise. Sandbags arc also'being placed at weak points all along, flic lake nml the flood- Aboufl 208. lauprers are at work on lheMcvte*tc<iay and nir. Meylr hopes lo h We a ,nlglit crew, al least that large'6n.the dangerous stale lino sector'.to'ivtght Farmers nnd plantation hands from the Big Lake-Little River area are supplanting \yr-A workers on the levees. The latier, Mr. Meyer said, lacked the warm clothing and the physical SSninina necessary for the work. More men . capable of handling sandbags arc needed, ; according lo Joe Kneter, who Is handling employment In the flood fight May I'ass Kochtllzky Level The extent of the. area which would be flooded by a levee break depends upon where the break occurs. The land between the easl floodway ICvce and the Kochtllzky levee, stretching from Highway 18 down Into Poinsett county and embracing about 50,000, acres, Is certain to be affected, should the water come through at the state line a considerable part of it would ilo'iv east ot the Kochtllzky levee. Even should the break occur a considerable distance south some water might back up around the head of the Kochtitzky 'levee and" there would also be the danger, that the Kochtltzky levee might fall at some point and let a large volume of water Into the south central part of the county and down Into Dyess colony, which already Is largely under water as the result of the overflow of big drainage ditches which pass through It. Many hundreds of farm homes would be In the direct path of the flood waters between the floodway and Kochtltzky levees, as would be the city of Lepanto, just over the Poinsett county line, Reports from Missouri points in that rains last night over le River dra! the north, while not 11 . . . n..,.l, l lwl . , t ,,.,^ ..j, „ uie 41,3 inches recorded here, ex cecded three Inches everywhere. Parma, far to the north, recorded 3.6 Inches, Indicating that a grea volume of water will be fiowln south for days to $10 for Disturbance Fonzle Arwood was fined $10 In municipal court this morning on a charge of disturbing the peace. Railroads Ready to Provide Box Cars Frisco and Cotton Belt rnll- load officials were called upon today to furnish box cais for use of flood refugees, to bo located at strategic points nca,r Manila, Lcachvllle, Big Lake, Roselnud, Dell and Cio-mell Ihero was no 'Immediate need today of the cars 'il most, of the points but railroad officials were asked to be 1 ready to furnish them upon short notice In anticipation Hint they would be needed.' Carpcnlcis were busy build- Ing boats today for use should families In the Big Lake and Little River aieas be foiced to •ovucimts.'. Leachville Mayor Appeals for Help to Evacuate Rocky Residents LEAOHVILLB LjBAUUVHjDE 'Ark,' Jan 21—An appeal for --boats to be used '\i\\ evacuation of lefugMs. from the' submerged farm jjiliuta', jm tlfri Buffalo Creek territory [about four] miles south of here, In the Rocky iielghboihood, was made by Major Earl Fields here today. ' ^ Mr. nelds contacted welfare -and * relief officials at Blytheville . jml' other points in an effort to Racine- boati. HK efforts did ncV} Immediately meet with success a's" he was informed at Blytheville" that-all available boats had beeii r rushed to the Big Lake and Little River areas '• and lhat workmen were busy building additional boats for emergency use He said" that he expected to appeal direct to regional Red Cross officesual; St. Louis for aid la removing arid caring for families In the flood area. • - • Wafer has entered many of the homes In Ihe Rocky coimnun-' Ity, following a steady downpour of rain here Wednesday night that sent swollen Buffalo Creetc still further out of Its banksT Mr. Fields said he could not mako~ an estimate of the number of families stranded In the area but that he knew • tho number was considerable. He said their condition would become ocu^s if they were not removed today of not later than tomorrow. So far most of the flood water' has been caused by heavy local lains but the full force of the water reaching this section from the St. Francis river levee break near Scnath, Mo., is expected to send the flood waters consider- expected here tomorrow and Saturday, necessitating the immediate removal of residents of the flooded area, Mr. Fields safd. - Larvae of the beetle Berosus can The six floodway ditches which live almost two hours in a M!U- cmptly Inlo Big Lake, rose from tton containing 95 per cent alco- slx Inches to nearly four feet last hoi. night at the bridges cast of Kennett. Ditches one and six, the two smallest, were up 3.85 and 3.12 feet respectively, this morning, while rises ranging from .5V of a foot to 1.75 were recorded on the four big ditches. Homersvtlle had 3.60 inches of rain and Ihe water level there was up .7 of a foot there this morn- Ins. WEATHER Arkansas—Cloudy, freezing rain with probably some sleet or snow. Cold .wave. Temperatures H to.20 : In northwest, 20 to 24 In southwest and 20 to 28 In east portion tonight, Friday mostly cloudy, colder In east and south portions.; 1 / The maximum temperature here^ yesterday was 63, minimum 39, cloudy with 4.50 Inches of rainfall, according to Sarmiel p. Norrls, official weather observer. i

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