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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS VOL. XXXIII—NO, 205 niythevillo Courier lllylhcvllle Dally NI niythevillo Hot)Id •• Mississippi Valley Lender DOMINANTJ-EWSPAPKIl OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ANU BOOTirEAST MISSOURI U1,YTHBVH,LK, ARKANSAS, SATURDAY, JANUARY '28, SINGLE COPIES FFvP CENTS H THOUSANDS FROM HOMES Break Wouuld Send Flood . Over Town; Lake Now A! Record Level With nig Lake at an all-time record level nnd still rising slowly water started flowing over the west levee this nftcrnoon, threatening to send n flood directly into the town or Manila, now almost Ihe only remaining dry spot of any sire between the Little and St. Francis rivers. Sandbags with which (o hold the .water were lacking and n desperate call was sent to flood fight headquarters at the foot of thc lake : for an addllional supply. Tlie threatened break is "on-the Drainage District 10 levee at- the Jake Rice place, about throe rnilcF north of Manila. Slajc Is 250.5 At the foot of the lake the gauge reading was 250.5 this afternoon, a tenth of nn inch above the Isvel at which the levee went out- in Uis great, Ilooc o," ;827, and Ihe water was still rising slowly, it was 250.4 this morning, a rise of nine-tenths of a foot in 24 hours, it evidently is now about at the crest. • Danger of a new and dUar'rous break in Ihe east levee is by no mcnns over. The situation was regarded ns most critical this aflcr- •noon in the Immediate''vicinity-of the Highway 18 bridge Early to day water started flowing over the levee between the lughnaj and the boathouse,' a few hundred feet to -the north,-and-this afternoon the levee There and immedhtel. south of Ihe highway was b°m<i s-inj hngged. A break there would send a 12-foot head of water into the area just east, of the Little River floodway. Residents of that- section were warned Thursday to evacuah bill it is feared many have remained in their homes. Another danger spot was about 4« miles north of Highway 18.' John W. Meyer. Drainage District 17 engineer, returned to Blytheville this afternoon after nearly 70 hours of continuous duly at the lake He said everything was bein<* done lhat coutd be done but said h- could give no assurance that tiler- would be no new break. He reiterated a warning of the imoerativs necessity of evacuating the are? which would be In the immediate pain of water from a break near or below the foot of Ihe lake. The. firet actual inspection" nf the break on the state line ditch since t!ic gap first opened yesterday wns ade today by George Shamlin. Dist. 17 foreman, William Orr of the U. S. army engineers, and n Resettlement Administration photographer. *"• The inspection- revealed that the break was much smaller than had been first reported. Shamlin. In a report lo his chief, J. W. Meyer, district engineer, immediately upon his return about 2:30 o'clock this afternoon said that the gap was about 150 feet wide and that he did not believe it would be enlarged lo more than 250 feet. He said lhat Ihe party remained at the scene of the break for atoul 30 minutes and noticed only a small amount of crumbling. Tlie levee at that point is hard packed gumbo. Shamlin reported that the water level around the break had fallen about 14 inches from its high. He said Ihe woods outside the levc- had been filled with water. The break was "drawing" waler as far ns a half mile below the gap. .3him- lin said. The cast levee of the lake was apparently in good sharw-fal- low the break, Shamlin said. The relatively- narrow gap. thrii which the flood walcr was pouring held the explanation for Ihc relatively slow progress of the inundation southward, it was believed here. There's many an untold .story" among the thousands of refugees who are flocking into towns from tlie surging water which is creep- Ing into their homes. But prevalent among them is a spirit of courage. Instead of women and children crying, as one might expect, they are quietly aiding in establishing their new homes in box curs, some of them smiling, and not a tear yet seen. What they bring with them as they leave their homes Is often surprising. Ten year old Mary Poe grabbed her twin block doggies. "Maggie" and "Jiggs," and lefl all her clothes behind as her family came 'out In a rescue boat, water had already reached their house, where the Poe family, the P. I,. DuvEtlJs, the Alviti Ashtons and the, Islnnael Rowlands were temporarily quartered. The 22 people are now living in one box car 'at Refugees. Take Fate, 'Calmly As They Start'Housekeeping In Crowded Box Car Shelters Dell—along another dog, "Patsv." who refused to be left behind and jumped into the boat s it pulled away. Fcrgel Haby's Medicine In another box car is two- months-old Ellen Ray Thrasher, a pretty little black-eyed niiss who doesn't know what 'it is all about but was smiling, even though her little nose' was running and she was coughing. Her mother. Mrs M; T. Thrasher, had her warmly '$2 for each 12 hours work for the weary men who have been fighting the battle to hold the levees. As they .step', from their boats. after riding hours lo get back to the base, .-they arc heavy with their . •clothing.' Some have hip boots and warm coats ami some just have sacks wrapped around their feel. The Lee Wilson company sent oil pants and coals to the base and workmen not having adequate clothing these. were given A man was asked If he minded Bailey Confers Here With Relief Workers Darkness Hampers 'Relief Work Last Nigh I As 800 Refugees Arrive ..; OSOEOLA, Ark:—Rescue worker's under Ihe direction of Sheriff Hale Jnekson worked under difficulty loday In evacuating'-hundreds of flood refugees in this sec- tlou. Shortage of boats hampered (lie danger of woikiug on the 1 rescue efforts but workmen were levee Thursday night when thoy'l'usy last night and today con- knew it was going out. His answer! ftnicling craft for tlie removal of was, "Would yon run-off us long | families whose homes are sur- as you could work? Those men rounded by water. ; who didn't .want to keep on were Approximately 800 refugees had cowards but (here wasn't very made their way Into Osceola this many like that. Most of us just morning. They came from the kept on." . jsccllcn west or' Keiser, from Sandwiches, coffee and cocn nround the Coleman and Crcwfe colas are being sold, willioul pro-, lalt-rals. from Victoria, Dyess Col- fit, from a trailer rigged up at the *"**" nnd Iho Lillle River aiul Ty- bridge, and after the men have ™na> lake.-scetions. More were consumed -. cheese, ham ami arriving today, bologna, "along with hoi coffee Lost night most of the refugees and -bottles of .cokes they foll "d shelter from the extreme ' wrapped but in the .excitement otr moving and getting, their livestock out of the wnlci thej foigot the Lab> s medicine Tlie M G Wil- Iliiglituns anc*. their si\ children the j o Sv-ahis and theii one child and the Thnshers \\ith theh font •sQns nnd daughters., aie how 1 - r at home in a bov car When -isked v,heic thej Ined UK.-, replied 'Wh> wi. l nc here ready to. go.again. Many of them' colli !<*• Ihc, court house, Frisco have not slept .for nights and railroad .station, Ihc WPA build- days. ..'...'" ing, the Osccola Motor, company several 'cotton gins, nnd 1 negro churches, nil of which were filled lo capacity. To further complicate the situation light nnd power lines serv- llie cily went out of In many cases, here, there Scotch Patty Fincjs Body of Tail HunO'ictim of Cxpo illness seme cold and hungei If \ou will just get me. waim and nil mj lunimj I believe I will be all right," said 80-year-old , Mrs. Martha J. Hudson, was taken from as she ambulance e Keck Excuses Jurymen, Witnesses • No cases requiring a Jury or Ihe attendance of out-of-town witnesses will be tried at the civil term of circuit court here ncxl week, it was announced loday bs Judge G. E. Keck. Judge, Keck said thai he would L'e on hand to dispose of any matters that could be settled I Without a jury or witnesses, but that owing to he flood situation Jurymen and witnesses, need not 1 n£ ,^ aVid'as sine - last night at the Blylhcville hospital. Mrs. Hudson, her son, j J Hudson, 51, and his wife, who are both ill from influenza • and bordering on pneumonia, were rescued from tiieir home near Osceola after surface water had crept into -their house. The elder Mrs Hudson, who says she has never seen so much water since the big flood, was feeling better today alter warm food, a fed 'and medicine had been provided. Some. Ill with I'neubpnla Floyd Brooks, is." who has been n at his Gosnell home for several days with pneumonia, was brought lo the hospital last nlghl after :he water reached his house. His nng had already been aspirated >y physicians and he was improving until yesterday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Houston Brook-s ,vho are at his bedside. . ' ' Both Ira Gray, so, and .his wife Mrs. Effie Gray, 5G. of Keiser' arc ill with influenza at (he hospital,., having also been brought there last night in an ambulance investigators . found them isolated by surface, water which had crept Into their house, where both lay Stories or exhaustion, • •• near starvation and -almost •'. freezing are told by many who have been' brought out < by relief workers One of the most pitiful -stories was told by men coming in from the •>rcak' late ' yesterday, where 'they had straggled for 24 hours in -an unsuccessful effort- to hold' the levee. 'They found two women and two rmall children Thursday night struggling to, walk down the 'levee knee deep In mud, to escape fro the surging- water which 'had : 'r over the levee ' and Into -'their house. They had 'not come * out tocner because they had' no' way lo get out. they told the men who put them in a boat and sent them to the relief base near Oosnel! "Please write a card' 1 for me to The first fatahtj of the 1017 flood in the Big Lake arei was recorded yesterday when Carl Hunt, patrolman on Ihc west levee of the lake, was found dead by a searching party. Members of . across Hunt's body al'iout' 1 a mile mission as result of thc heavy load of ice forming on the. wires, Hie entire city was In dnikness throughout the niglil and the city's f-itire supply of oil-lamps.-unit' eps can-lies, awl Ilishl'gh's wet* •*kl out Tim niornln-' electric service had ; been partially" re- slcred but, coit-un pirls" of the al section w£ie still elccti iclt", Officials r,f the power plant hoped that Ly night complete service', would be without restored. Four 'state rangers were on duty 'of '.the 'party came iT -' '- ' from his post on the levee. He apparently -had . attempted ; to walk put. Scmowhnt • scantily "clothed, lie -. presumably, had died' of ex- and aided local relief heads ... "mndlirj; live stricken, families. '.' D. Mnssey, G. U Waddell. , . . Welby Young and Miss Dorothy .Roche, the latter a registered •nurse, .were in charge of relief work here .and today hoped to perfect an organization to more Hunt was stationed on the flood-1 f. mcfently cnre for lhc flood vie- way levee several miles below the :' rm ? ; Tlley ha(l appealed to Highway 18 bridge over Bi<; Lake. A boat, sent out to bring in guards who had been , on- duty Thursday night, returned without Hunt, the crew hsing unable flo-locate him al his post. When several hours passed without the man reporting a- searching party was sent out and came upon his bcdy, not far from Etowah. Hunt lived on a small farm in the Little River section, about a mile 'south of Ray's Store. He Is survived by . his wife and one child. . ' , m my mother back Texas.'" refugee asked the reporter.' "She'il oe worried to death" about me" arid I Want her lo think I am alj right and don't want her to know I nm living In a box car." When he was told the card would be mailed at once, reqiic-sis came from several others to "please write my mother. ; a card." Even though they were cold, sick and worried they were happy when told the-cards would be written nnd mailed at once.: . : , . ' Wage Brivc Vlghl •; •' Putting'mud .into sacks, : 'iim'd '—— them against tho-.levees Distance Lines to Memphis' : and Li t 11 e Rock Are Down ; Major James H. Rayburn ard Red Cross officials at Blytheville for aid In getting supplies ml food, clothing and other necessities. Sheriff Jackson said today that rrscue work had only began and Hint a great many more would iiavc to be evaculated from their iicmes within Ihc next few days. Sickness added lo Ihe problem ">[ the relief workers and Mr. Jackson said he feared lhat seme persons might be found dead as result, of ex|x>surc. ,Six patients from Dyess Colony, suffering from pneumonia, were taken to Mcm- ohls hospitals yesterday aflernon by the Swift cmbu*ai-<:e, ni«] others in tlie flooded area were believed to be in need of medical attention. Many of those rescued Icte yesterday and today were brought in suiTcring from extreme cold. Some waded water waist.deep to reach rescue cars and .trucks and reached Osccola 'with Iheir clolhlng frozen. There wns a shortage here to- |ped deeply Inlo-the mire, earned ers weren't as .. Blytheviltc's long distance telephone service'• wa:s crippled 'loday. lines to Memphis and Little Kock being oiit of commission this rnbrn- Eleven pole's were reported down between Blylheviljc;'and Meinphl: and extra repair cre'Ws were ordered Into" northeast Arkansas from Little Rock and otli'er"sections. Telephone "communication with Osceola "wa's'iininlerriipted, the poles being down further south.-. Only one line was open to Jonesboro this morning but 1 service tc SI, Louts and olher northern poinlj was unaffected. A total ; of 818 long distance calls of local origin were handled in the 24-hour period ending last mld- nigbt, setting a local record Tills does not Include incoming calls Every position at the switchboard or exchange here .today was belne used. ' Swimmer Tries lake Erie .CONNEAOT, O. (UP) -_ H ermo Kangas opened the swlminlnjr'.sea- son on Lake Erie. Moved by a freak mid-winter temperature of 60 degrees, he'dived Into the lake After. 10 nitnutJ*", he decided Ohio Valley Experiencing G r c a I c s I Flood in Ilis lory lly. UnKed I'ross, Nearly 300,000 refugees fougin hunger, cold mid Illness In a flooded "no man's land" loday as rivers of thc Ohio and Mississippi valleys surged lo their highest points h history. Flood damage In eleven statfi from Pennsylvania to -'.Tcnncssei and Mississippi already' was esll- mnled al more than $10,000,000. Industry counted its losses nl leas' equal to that amount ns Ihe swirling sreams forced factories aiic 1 stores to close and left ndditlonn' thousands without Jobs. Twenty-six were known dead ant' hundreds were,' missing. Red Cross Asks Kunils Rescue workers feared a repetition of tho J884 disaster, In Washington .the Red Cros slnauguraletl a $2,000,000 drive for funds lo aid Ihe homeless. Approximately HOOf WPArNYA nnd CCC workers were withdrawn from regular project.' nnd hurled Inlo the flghl agaln.il rising waters. The situation by 'states: Pennsylvania—Flood cr'esls were believed passed ns streams hesl- talcd, Ihcn stnrled lo...recede slow- '5 A cold wave from the north west added lo suffering.'Hood waters were 79 reel'o\ei flood singe nl Pittsburgh , West Virginia—Ohio river floor) waters rose more than three Inchc; per hour,,at Wheeling. nnd covered streets In Ihe business section ror t> thousand were homeless Dunage hi the steel coal mining area ap pro-iclied $1000000 villages report ed wholesale evacuations Kentucky Hard IJit , Ohio—The river was 22 feet above flood level al Cincinnati nnd wa; expected lo rise another Iwo inches before reaching thc crest. Red Cross shelters operated on a 24- hour basts, police boats palroled the area. One'ncw death was reported. An epidemic threatened a' Porthmouth. •: Kentucky—The stnte wns experiencing the "worst disaster in Kentucky history." water supplies were rationed to Louisville residents where 15,000 were reported home- Jess, state officials prepared U evacuate 4,099 Inmates at the Frankfort prison. Eight were reported drowned at Henderson. Governor Carl B. Bajley. nn Iv- liis hem nt noon today, conferred with Major J. 11. Uayburn. fii! tinted as 'head of co-ordin- ntert Hood relief aeenclcs here. Ciipt. Wendell • I'iilllliis of Ccm- M. national guard, and Ployrt A. White of Ihe local American 1-CKlon .llocxl • emergency committee, nt (he. Hotel NoW". Governor Uailev queslloncil Maj, Inyburn at lenylh ns lo ncllvll- les already underlay hero anil Infonncit ficer of national guard of- plans made at LHtle ' Rock by which Ihc slate mU'llnry druarlincnl Is to act an the co- ordinalln^ ngoncy In. caring for fiord refugees. . • Ttie (jovei-noi- said he had made $2S,0(l(i available- Tar euier?cncv us> uv the state inllltorv de'Jnvtinent oul rautlouetl. Maj. Uayburn that. lie should requisition only such I cms as could nol be fnmtshed "'mediately by olher relief aeen- :lcs. ; ' ... - He suggested thai Malor Hayburn Immediately dispatch .a na- tlonnl guard oltlcer to 6=CMln ( o act ns nominal head of.rc- llef ncilvMies there. Answ"!'!!! 1 ! 'i!ld ob.iectlotis to this procedure, Governor Halloy pninW out lhal 'he. national «uiml 6*Tl^r;r interfere In no way with acllvlt- 'e.s alrr-atlv undrrwnv: Lnit would :|mnlv be n rcpiesenlntlvc of .the military dcpnrtment lu co-ordlnat- 111; einerijency work. Dipt. Phil lips said he would dlsna toll Lt. Guv Mcllenrv and a detail of national guardsmen (o Osceola- lia- well underway lo prepare' for 'UN- sanitary problem nl refugee enmrs. 'Mr. White .said the largest refugee center In Hie Clilckasa'.vba district of the county .would be Iconted here, refugees being housed In box cars on railroad sidings. ' lie said lhat at present |:lans called for refugees emerging from the Little River district nround Roselaml lo he lrnns|iort- ed here ns scon ns possible nflcr recclvini! leinuora'ry shelter iinrt toeing fed at emergency kitchens there. . . Governor Ualley wns cmpluislo In his statement to • Major Rny- tyurn that individual landowners must nut be allowed Must Feed and House 6^ 000 to 8,000 in Noitli i Mississippi County Confidence lhat all fnmtlle-i iniule homele 1 * by flood wnlen iu this section could be,taken cnru of was expressed by Major James II, Rnybmn ISJid Infantiy, Aik- nnsns Nntionnl Ouaid, of Cottoji' Plant, v,ho nirhcd heie lust night to take diaigc of Ihe flood >iltu- lo reoulxl-| allon in Mississippi county ticn suiiplles for refugees - from i to cooullimle Ihe ncllvllles of nil their farms, lie pointed out that slate and federal agencies includ llic problem of snnUnlion might become difficult under such; cwi- (Illlom and Hint nil refugees .should be brought lo central stations us Moon n.s jxisslble. The governor, was careful lo make It plnln -to hlfi conferees '.hat the slate does not expect to shoulder the burden of 'relief work olher than sun»lylnn cs- "icntlals Hint can hot. be obtained hi other ways, such ns possibly kerosene, temporary, building lerlals .or .blnnkels.-i Opv, ,"0n|Icv Indicated Hint he would the adjtilaht general Supports $2,000,000 Red Cross Appeal With Proclamation WASHINGTON. Jan. 23. (UP) — President Roosevelt, concerned over the disastrous flood in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys, loday Issued a proclamation calling on the people of the United States lo contribute to thc R ' Refugees at Keiscr Mr. Roosevelt's appeal was Issued after a conference with Admiral nigfrcrn and All government agencies are coin a united effort to aid flood work. in lows: "Disastrous floods in the -'Ohio ^rST^M^'^^'^.--'- •>roMem promises to reach propor- 'ions that will, require thc help of the flood relief organization which the Red Cross Is setting up for the county. The Kelscr school.was forced to lo apmo»e Ihe location of ,a»d •/ 1*5*11 ''of l\\~6 imlionaT guard ' in)eli' fol use here during the enjei- ?ency. Mr. White, representing (he . Amei-Ican Legion leqiicstetl tlie tructs after Infonnlng Ihc governor lhat work wns alrcad) Death Toll Mounts and Influenza and Pneumonia Stiike Many By VAT.CO I.Vl.E Unlleil 1'rcis Staff Correipomltnl MEMPHIS, Jnn 23 <U1')— V\\i death list In Iho four stales of Ihe mid-south urea mounted lo 13 today 1 as the govcrnoib of Aiknns'as and Mlssoml dhpalched airplanes lo facilitate tho r^scuu of him dreds suffering blfetwlj' from sub freezing temperatures. > ~ Governor Can E Dallcy orderet 1 a nnllohnl guard plane to lake on* from L,lltle,-Rpck loday to survpj the NortheAsf^rkansns flooj area am" Hake off^ n^nrooned |>ctsons h Isolated niOa^-Govcrnor Llojd C Stark of M|ssour\ ordered two guaK* plniics..lo "Southensl Missouri foi thti-snnie purpose Slate Red. cross nnd local - officials acled^hurrledly to mop up' rescue work because of an iinpend- ng the WPA, slale wclfaie de- inilincnl and national guaid. coopeialinn de- •.-- i, in /> Ihe Red Cros-i liend- ihor'l- Oeputies end Guide Escape When - Craft I Wrecked at Leachville Arch -Llndsey and Jess Homer, sheriff's deputies, nnd their guido' tvcre forced lo abandon their boat when It wns swept ngalnst railroad ties by strong flood water currents al Leachvllle about six o'clock last night. The boat, swept into a washout under the tracks, was sunk and an outboard motor apparently lost. The trio had attempted to make their way by boat to a Iwo-story house on John Bcarden's farm, near the Arkansas-Missouri state line north of Leachvllle, where 63 persons, were reported marooned In four rooms on the upper floor of- Bearden's home. Launching their boat from n gravel road at a point just norlli of Leachvllle they ,swung out Into the flood waters, which were beating against the Cotlon Belt rnllroad right of way, and attempted to. move against Ihe current. Even with their outboard motor running at. full speed they could mqke ho headway against the flood current. As. they, swung around and Jicatled back their boat was caught by Ihe current arid tossed against Ihc railroad ties. It began to ship water ami the trio scrambled onto the tracks as the boat was sucked Into a washout underneath the tracks. Loss of .stock In the territory and.Mississippi river valleys already I above Leachvllle was reported ' as have driven 270,000 men, women and children from Iheir homes. "There is eevery likelihood that until-the.crest of the flood waters close Friday because water had Is reached this number of home- risen In the basement to a level which made it impossible to fire the furnace. General Motors Plans : to Reopen Some Plants DETROIT, Jan. ?3. (UP)—Lex- ers of opposing forces In the General Motors strike returned U> Detroit from Washington today as Ihe corporation • prepared to reopen some of ils plants and automobile less refugees will be largely increased. Snow, sleet, and freezing weather had added to the suffering and made more hazardous the work of rescue. "The victims of this grave disaster arc dependent upon the American Bed cross tor food, clothing, shelter, fuel, and medical care. I have Instructed the various agencies of the federal government to cooperate to tho fullest extent with the Red Cross authorities." . .Small holes in, linoleum can be workers ptanned new organization | patched with liquid glue and flne- actiViltes. ly chipped cork. heavy, largely because residents of the community did not get warning of levee breaks above in time lo get their hogs j>nd cattle to higher ground. B"earden. well known farmer, made his way out on.horseback and reported the loss of GO head of hogs as well as cattle on his own farm. Beardcn lold others that the farm families marooned in his house, were not in serious danger of a food or fuel shortage but that there were several who were ill. Tlie bulk of the flood water above Leachvlllc was rc]>orted to have apparently passed further south and was receding 1 slightly this morning, No report on conditions In the Rocky community south of Leach- vllle was available. '.; Ing food, fuel and clothing s) age hi many parls of ,lhe afTeclec area and because pneumonia, Influenza and colds were 'spreading duf to horrible human exposure. i Heroic stories of rescue wort drifted in today with partial res- lorallon of communication lines'- wlilcli were bogged down or broker by six or seven Inches of slccl diif- lug the past 24 hour period. Tern-' pcraturcs ranged from 8 above zer< liv the New Madrid, Mo.,.area to 19 nt Memphis. A man, his wife and nine children spent all day yesterday and nearly all last night on top of Iric'i home near Monette, Ark.,' because Ihe water pushed them out of tlicli dwelling and they had no means to escape. , ; All 11 were partly frozen from the sleet and cold and were revive*' after three hours of medical treatment at Monclle. '. -Nine women and children were brought in from the Black Oai region late yesterday partly frozen. They had recovered today.: Battery "O," Arkansas National Guard—composed of stiidenlts a! Arkansas State College nt Jonca- boro—was mobilized from class rooms today lo Join more than 1,000 WPA workers, CCO youlhs and others in rescue and relief efforts east of Jonesboro. '.' The collegiate soldiers for tlie ,mosl part patrolled the highway between Joncs-oo'ro and Lake City lo prevent persons wilh "no business" from entering the flooded sections. 1 The .WPA-and CCC men worked all night long. The motorboats wen lighted to remove about 200 families from Ihe area in which several small towns are Inundated or Isolated. Most of those sufferinr acutely were believed to have been removed. Meanwhile slight relief was promised. . Thc weather forecast for the middle Mississippi basin was "Cloudy, - probably unseUled lonlght. I/west temperature 18 lo 24, slightly higher than last night. Sunday partly cloudy.with rising temperature." mid Ihc Amcilean Legion post, * A coinpo'ille oiganlzatlon pf the«c agencies was functioning (6- Inj and lellef officials picdlctcd lint between 0.000 nnd 8,000 home- ess poisons would be undei thcii caie Iti Hie Chlcknsnwba dhluu of the county when thc flood Ininngc leuches Ils full cxlent Othci thousand', hn\c been, or vlll ,be dilvcn fiom theh homos n thq Osceola dhlilct, Lnst night appro\lmateK '300 icfugecs uere quartered In l|ic nnnoiy, idler headquarter, and nj lhc.se were to be moved in- 30 empty boxcars placed heie b> Ihc Filtco and Cotton Belt mil loads the dilll hall nt the uim- 3iy will be used to receive new lefngecs who nrilie lodny nnd as quickly ns possible nil homeless poisons iccchcd theic will be quaitercd In bo\cnis 01 mniy tcnls Scl Up Organization Plans foi tho ciuc o[ refitgces ncre nmrie at n meetlng^lost night bj Major Rayburn, d A Cunnlne- (lam, locil Red Oioss chatinmn, Miss ' Henrietta iWilkins, - tllsailei *~. relief lepic.ientntlvo of Hie Am- erlcnn Red Cross, Captain Wen- lell M Phillips, in charge of food m"a supplies for icllcf camps lo be established In the BlythcUlle area, nnd O W Affltck, who %\ns called In foi advice on tho arei and the probable nunibci of families lo be affected. Various plinses of relief woik were being handled loday bv Ihe 'ollowinu men, annointcd by Mi. Cunningham lail ""iilgiit E A Rice, In charge of bo.il tr.inv] portallon (ot ie£cueui,'m'{; W J » iVundcillch, In chaigeVqr. automo- I bile nnd truck ' transliortation, i ?loyd A While, In chsrgc-of Blytheville reliet camps, of which theio will Lc several, besides- :amps.at Manila. Leachvllte, New York Cotton NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UP) Cotton closed steady. open high low c'ose March 1246 1248 1243 1247 May. 1228 1233 1227 1233 July 1217 1219 1215 1218 Cict • 1177 1179 1175 1178 Dec 1175 1178 1175 1178 Jan 1174 1174 1174. 1170 , Dfll." .ioseland and Gosnell, Capt Wendell Phillips In charge of foofi.- ind supplies, Ross Stevens, pei'M jonnel officei and liaison officei between Ihe American Legion and relief organization. As mattcis stood todny relief' heads were without: facilities -for mindllng a large numbci of pei- ons... but Major Rayburh has re"-, lutsltloncd a large list of supplie<! ind .equipment from the: army, including 1,300 army tent-;, 6.000 blankets, from 12 to 1G trucks. l,i field kitchens. . 8,000 army cola, .iiore than l.OCO stoves and other equipment. He said' he was un- .•ertnln just how much equipment he would be able to gel, but w confident every effort made lo rush the imount . here nt once. Rescue, Is Immediate Problem The number of empty boxcars * available here today was insuffi- olenl bul Major Rayburn . said railroad officials had promised to' ;end more here today from other Joints if possible. : The major difficulty now- facing relief, officials, Major .' Rayburn said, .was that of rescuing distressed, families who nre marooned In their homes and bringing them here. Several large motor boats were conslrucled last night and placed in service this morning. A j would : ber necessary fleet busy of smaller, boats was also seeking out water-bound flood victims nnd bringing them lo.safe ground. The sleet covered highway and roads 'made frans- portallon hazardous but the fain- (Contlnued on Page 3) WEATHER ARKANSAS^-Mostly cloudy, not Quite so cold in the extreme north portion tonight. Sunday, partly cloudy, rising temperature. Memphis and viclnity^Cloudy and : probably .unsottled tonight. I "••west temperature from 18 lo 24. Sunday, -partly cloudy with rising temperature. < . v Th6 maximum temperature here yesterday was 35, minimum 20, cloudy, with 96 of nn Inch of sleet, according to Samuel F. Nonls. official: weather observer. Last ntght the temepralure dropped to 15.

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