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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS I "f1 VOL XXXIII—NO. 26(5 Blylhcvlllo Courier lllythevllle Herald Blythevllle Dally Mississippi Valley l :-HE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AHKANSAS, MONDAY, JANUAKY 25, 19:57 SINGLE COPIES FrVT- CENJTS , BIG LAKE FLOOD WATERS NEAPING CREST HUE IS Stl UP Slork Complicates Problem of Caring for Flood Victims Await Arrival of Army Equipment (or Use of '' 900 Persons Here Now Mr. stork Is no respecter of <lh- Hunt, health unit nurse. Mrs. Dar-| asters and his work of pomilatliii rell-Lunsford, volunteer nurse, Mrs I the world is going on steadily even Inna Bunch, clerk, w. Leon Smith! , m . ™ under Ihe care of rsliel (,,i ght at the clty if there is a flood. There are about a dozen Infants In Dlythevllle who made their arrival in the world since the flood started and more than a dozen more are exjwcted within a week. These babies and (heir mothers, along with ihe more ________ .... than 30 other persons ill. are at -stage curtain. There were about K the Blylhcville hospital and tlr I patients .there shortly after noon emergency hospital opened last and more are expected mtcr In the jr.. Jack McHaney ami oilier volunteers - have 'arranged ihe lar»e auditorium with cots, mattresses! and other equipment donated by .Srf-lln nf Rnll^f local citizens. The bablrs ar« onar- ' Ol Kellel tcred in the several dressing room and the women are behind the n,,, ngenc es here today and hundreds •S.,ri W t StS we™ eared for at other concentration points In the chickasawba district. . Refugees sick from colds and |n- Bartered in the day. i!nr'/£ Ji ^L™^,™!;!«« at lire city hosplS The stork Is expected at any minute n't the Blythevillc hosplla! '"' " Mrs, Virginia ... - . rl Gamble. Ls pa- babtes and the other serious cases Hcnlly awaiting the arrival of lie: ' first son or daughter, waler was up emergency hospital at the city ball j .vvhwc 17-year-old while the mothers with new boml.Cumbie, wife'of Bui •"Tlic wonderful icoop;ration of local citizens and organizations has helped make it possible to give toaA and shelter to Uiese people," Miss Wilkins sai<l this morning. "Without this help we would be unable to do very much.'' Await Army Hijuipment The relief set-up is far from complete, however, as the organization now functioning is without adequate facilities. Army tents. cots, blankets, , stoves and other equipment requisitioned several rtaj's ago by Major James H. Ray- burri, national guard officer in charge of flood work in this and several other neighboring counties. have not arrived. •Meanwhile about 500 nsrsons are quartered In the drill hall at .the local armory.' They are sleeping on straw laid on the floor aivl exce-v for a comparatively few quilts anri blankets ore without bedding. In spite of this fact they are comparatively comfortable as the buildinr is warm and they are b-Mng fe-" from a ! kitchen Fitted up In the armory and manned by national guardsmen. Physicians and mtrsss were busy yesterday administering •; -typhoid 'strum 'Ifi: an c'iTorftoA'ybla the possibility of an epidemic. .Other health precautions were taken. All drinking cups used by [he refugees are carefully washed in a chemical solution, before th'ev are used. of refugees who were sick could not. possibly be cared for at the Blythevillc hospital, which is already filled. The second hos'-itnl '< under the direction of.Dr, R. E. Schirmer, county health unit director, and Mrs. Annabel lirya.i Hmois Central and M. and 0. Trains • Routed Ihrough Here High water forced tw omajor railroads to route trains ' that would ordinarily move along the east side of the Mississippi river to use the Frisco's line through Blytheville yesterday and today. Illinois Central: and M. & p trains, Including the I. -o.'s'crack Pans/ma Limited, Neiv -.Orleans, to Chicago, passed through-.here-ycv Tefdnv and ]coi|tini:cd to' use the Frisco route today. Some Cotton Bell trains were the Frisco rails. also -moving five;; Frisco employes said it was their' | underslanding that Similar precautions were taker!'? 10 "" the Obi ™ rivcr - "™ r Byers- among those quartered elsewhere rgl was for much of ewere , in boxcars, schools, churches nsd I re-routing of [he trains.' — -• ..... ' other buildings. Camp Heady Tonight I Miss Wilkins said a main con-' centration camp would be ready for' use tonight on the Frisco railroad near the east end of town Th-re are 50 boxcars there today and c A. Cunningham, local Red Cross chairman, said he had been assured by railroad officials-that the number could be increased to 80 boxcars tonight.. This would mean living quarters for 1.600 "persons The refugees from the armory will be moved to the concentration camp and the armory win be cleared in order that new arrivals from flood sections can be given temporary care there before being placed m the camp. . , One hundred and fifty ne°ro ret' ngees are being fed and given car; by the iced Cross in negro churches. A committee composed of Drs T. H. Keith, w. H. Young, and B. E. Roberts, appointed bv Mr Cunningham, was In charge of this Concentration camps similar I' that established here are bein° formed in other communities in Ihl Chickasawba district. The following men have been appointed by the Red Cross to direct relief in these camps: M. P. Brow-nice and J. ,1 Simpson. Dell; Walter Cox. Leach™le; J. A. Breeden, Manila; o W Coppedge, Oosnell. A national guard patrol of five nien under the command of Capt N. P. Moore was disp; ' le today to aj(i ... at that point. ly yeslefd** 1 * wenL . fo ™' nrrt »L'!; e on !rees <"Kt bushed i 1 "°?,L ! l nd <" t 'f growth in which . At-onc time yesterday there were 1C trains, Including passenger and freight, on the Frisco between' Turrell,-Ark., and chaffes, Mo. Several trains were forced to sidetrack here al various times yesterday and today while the unusually heavy traffic was worked through. ' ' The railroad officials were handicapped in handling traffic because of crippled wire service. Yesterday communication was possible for' a short distance north and south and this afternoon the railroad's communication had just been extended as far as Turrell on the south and ChafTee on the north, it was said relief workers Nsec' Supplies at Emergency Hospital There Is an urgent need al 'the city hall emergency hospital for cols, bed covers, sheets, pillow, pillow cases, pajamas' gowns and baby clothing. Mnny T the refugees brought very tit- tle clothing''.with them nu many are : lying ill in their underwear. It has also been suggested that magazines' and paper* would be greatly appreciated b\ the refugees, those who are well arH thosa.. who are sick. '. "We need so many tbuvjs an every little-blthelps" said thos: In charge of the hospital totlay lion Pevfecled! 2,06b! Refugees On Hand OSCKOLA, Ark., Jan. 25. — Xu iiganlzallon to handle the rapidly growing flood relief problem lii the southern district of Mississippi county was completed last n)e4t at a conference of communlfy the office of Att'y. c. leaders In E.'Sullenger. There:-are already about 2,»io refugees in Osceola, wllli-.inbe arriving 'hourly, and others a-e Jelng cared for at Liixora,' \yilsaj1 and elsewhere. Evacuation. >f Dyess Colony was completed^ yei- lerday. liie colonists were -tak<jn to Memphis by bus- and were lo continue to Little Rock by'special train. ',;• . C. L. Moore Is chairman of the Osccola district Red 'Cross chap- er, a position he has held for -"eral -years, and nood relief activities are Under the direction of Mr. Sullenger, -who served as dls-' aster relief /chairman" in the'-19271 c - ,U ' hj- - • I flood aiid the 1930 drouth. Welby OOUtheast IVllSSOUri is In 'charge of" housing Qpens Local Campaign for Emergency Relief '\A campaign for funds lo meet j.tmergc.ncy relief , neeOs was opened in nlythcvllle till: morning by Max'Meyers, Red Cross; roll call chairman, '•yyiillc the expense of feeding and' shelierlng those ' actually driven from their homes by Hood waters Is being paid out of the national Red Cross'treas- ury,- there arc many emergency needs which must be met locally. Many destitute fmullles are suffering Indirectly' as n result of the flood and money Is needed to help them. •: ' • Those willing to help nre asked not lo wall for Mr. Meyers to call upon them but lo send their . contribution.*'- lo him al Meyers Brothers Cotton Co. or to B. A. Lynch at the Farmers Bank and Trust Co. Lei Mississippi River Onlo 131,000 A c res sing Is" In in their house, four miles south o' Basset!, for several days and s- yeslerday she' was carried lo the road in a boat. A' truck brought hei to Blytheville. -All. she could brln, with her was a part'of the layetl« she has been making ! for the pasl several months. Mr. Cumbie worked on a farm last year but hai irinde no connections iof.Jhls year and they haye been living! j'ith Mrs Ciimbie's .sister.'^'. "•'"•'.''. '" "' Another, expectant mother is Mrs Charles- Wade,, psceo'la,.. Route 2 who Is'alscTilP From IT,severe'coi at the Blytlievilie, hospital.' .. -.-'A line.-Haughtier' was' born yes lerday to Mrs. .Mertle Roberts o Keiser. who was. taken from ho"' water-bound house by, rescue workers a few . hours before the birth of.her child.after friends had no I fled rescue workers of her plight Both are "doing fine" today.- - - Mrs. R. P. - Chqate, 23 -o'f"noar Manila, and her: five-day-old son James Thomas, . W hp was bom Ir a water-bound..house with onlr members of. the family assistinz has been removed from the Blythe"- Youiig efugees. W. W.. "pfew : ltt ' -•harec of feeding refugees and Dr. 'Massey :is in charge' 'of protection and sanitary ar- rangemenls.^A Mr.'. Carter' of -Blv-, hevllle Is hi charge'of transpor- atfon. Red Cross.^officials .from .t. Louis are cooperating and ad- Ising in the work.' Headquarters .lave been set up in the court- louse with George : R.- Deer f in .'hai-ge of the office.' - : : i Schools Are:Closed Much of the residential section >f the city is' still without , lights uid there.;is no, telephone "cony- nunlca'trtni- I ex(:tpt'' : ib Blytlieyille. 1 '' A portable slio'rt 'wave radio traris- nitler was set up early "this morn- ng, by. T S.tatlon .' " Tovyn Reported ConiDlele- Iy Isolated by Rising Flood Waters ' " Radio" reports Surday' nlghl saiil that rising water had com- plelely'feolatal Lepanto'anS that practically all O f the • town was under water. LEPANTO, Ark., Jan. 23." (Saturday)—A plea for outside help-was issued today by Mayor-C. B. !(r. Ci Clcllan as hundreds of families from adjacent fiobded'areas poured into Lepa'ri'lo.'' •'.:_..:' •; . : Citizens were endeavoring to' provide clothing and food for the refugees but supplies werp inadequate pilal. One of the . most pitiful „.„,.. among babies.Is that,of one-month- old Herschel .LaVelle Dou»las o' near Bi ? Lake, who is almosl starved. When he and his mother left tieir home, water was-up.to the op of a tall dresser. Mrs. Domrls. aid In telling about the flood "The baby's milk doesn't seem to a=ree vith him and .though he webher eight pounds when he was borr he has,lost a, lot,- she said Hi- ace is drawn and there is liltl< flesh on his tiny body. In another room Is three-montlix- '« C. W. Williams, of near Luxora i'ho is just cold and.hunory He and his mother are better today af- er having .been found by rescue vorkers in an isolated house witli- 0111 provisions.;;..,' Herman \yaggle, "l7-year-old lad rpm Dyess. was rushed ,lo ihe Blytheville . hospital .last' night, aftei laving .been brought, from- his house, .which has ,, v ater standing The water continued : 'to' rise, teM to the water. Ed RJce ,n charge of boats and rescue work at the Roseland 'station 'safd^v refugees could be evacuated vester <Jav._ but that in spite of the dim cult.es several families werr brought |n from that point da^IrTa"" 5 ^^^ lhere ' yesl * r fl building to serve rescue M-nrL-oi-r and refugees. A kSn^Tt into operation there and a, fhe flood victims are brought in they brought to Blytheville ^ ° an be .Two Die at Manila At Manila approximately! 200 families were being cared for to•»••• ^--, g housed at the and spreading over portions of the town and completely inundating -part o' Highway 40. '-A wash-out between Lcpanto and Dubbs, south'of here halted railroad traffic and prevented the delivery of box cars which had been requested to hous" refu "CCS. : , ' '-: Tlirec men. George Shaw,-Turn Graham and Noah Hall,' attempting to drive their motor boat'- to' ftiver vale. In the teeth of Friday's sleet storm, narrowly escaped when'the boat capsized just, back of'Main street. Their cries were heard and after they had been in the icy waters for about 20 minutes I pulled to safety by - J. E" I Jr.. claibq'rnc Henderson aiid" „„. thcr Maynard. Although -siffferina severely from cold and exposure they were expected to recover monla and gymnasium, with • Mayor McClellau said that' 'about abed in an Improvised! 500 families are how In "need "b help and that If a serious break' occurs •». che' "Big Lake- levee two or three times this i,umbe¥~ w i]i re- nnlr*- \\f\n • s •-' ••"':: .•'.'.-^.•- at the city hall. -Persons. are dead of pneii- • and cxpw«rd"-'at' Manila. <Conltnued r on Page Three) - quire help. phis . io ;•'<provide -communication .vith. Memphis" and other;.'outside .oints. Its'call number is'W4DOP.' No church services were' 'held /eslerday. Every able-bodied man inri woman, who. .can; be spared .'roni home;is engqged in relief 1 J'ork. Schools have been . suspend-: .•d -Indefinitely both'here and at Reiser. It -was - estimated that 15 per-cent of the', Keiser school's enrollment' was';ampruj' 'the flood refugees. ' -•'•'-•' ''While a majority, of'the refugees from the -southern district of the ipunty will "continue to be cared tor at Osceola, supplementary concentration camps have been es- .abllshed at Luxora, .with T. O. Wilkins as director, and at Wil:on, with' W. P. -Hy- Wilson as l.irector. River Adds to Problem ' The problem has been Increased >y:the rapid rise of the Mississippi river. which has driven hundreds of families from their homes Between the river and .ihe levee. Not all have been evacuated and a serious rescue problem exists. Government boats ' were ; reported cruising the river today' to take Jut those cut off from "escape on ne land side. Forty-five ; members of a' Little Rock i national -guard ' company have arrived' to assist in rescue work and in caring for refugees. I niey have set up an army kitch- 1 ';n-iii''a store building on Highway' il. opposite .the courthouse, from .vhich men aiid older' boys will be ' ' CAIRO, Ill.-^Uniteil slates En- iinecrs today dynamited the fuse Jlug - levee on the Missouri side, iust south of here, sending flood waters over 131.000 acres of land wtween Bird's', Point and New Uadrid,,. Mo,' and relieving pressure oh : the levees dl Cairo and elsewhere along the:river. . Engineers,:said that while reports the levee was lapping over. the seafall at:Cairo were exaggerated the. river, had reached such a-stage, here'that the. opening of the fuse plug levee was imperative. The..Blrd 1 s A Polrit-New" Madrid JJPffd^.X : ilTOS. - pwvlde'4 j fo'f.: jusf' such ,'aii emergency;"! Cutting ; 'of the fuse plug will, not endanger lai^dsi outside : ithe; floodffay,- w h"lcli arc protected 'by .a set-back -levee higher, aiul stronger-,tlian- the .'one wjilch has b=enV'on=n'eti:':: ,. . •;'•'••'• 'Reports from' cities along the Ohio: ilver^reveuled. unprecedented conditions. The mayor of Louisville reported '200,000 homeless While at .Cincinnati 65,000 . had been: driven .frpni [heir homes. Ten thousand persons were reported to have fled, frorii", Paducah, KyV en- aangerert^by^lhe risfng, : water. -~ ••'•• Goveminent boats were busy all alcrig the Ohio and Mississippi .•escuing' marooned families! • Missouri national guardsman stood by while cngineei-s d'ynamll- ed the ' fuse plug levee. Farmers living within ihe floodway'.' had threatened to resort to violence to prevent the cutting of the levee and the troops were brought ir is a precaution against trouble. Opening of the levee was in accordance with the Jadwln flood control plan, which called for cutting of the fuse plug when Ihe waler reached 57 feet. It is now substantially above that stage. Mississippi Passes 1927 Flood Mark ; No Deaths Reported CARUTHEHSVIIiLB, Mo,, Jail. 25 -Between 2,000 antl 3,000 Hood refugees are already being cared for In Pemlscol county and Ihe 'number will probably bo doubled with Ihe return of boats now engaged In rescuing persons mnroohcd on Islands and along both batiks of the Mississippi river.-' So far there have been no fatalities, although the situation of nmny families awaiting the rescue bouts is critical. -A Memphis radtr -station's broadcast vesterdnv ot '•!<• dead" on -Black Island, north of here, apparently resulted from mls- uiiderslnndlng of a report, of : the precarious condition of families living at "Fourteen Bend," where Black Island 'Is sltimlcd. Bring- Oul Refujefs Two large boats with bnrges am 1 a number of .smaller boats were a' wqrk today, taking olt refugees from Black Island mid from other iraints along the Missouri and Tennessee banks of the rlycr. :They are expected lo bring hundreds of faml-- lies (o this point. They may' also land refugees -al, Osceola or oilier pom Is to the south; ' .Today there were 250 'refugees al Bragg city, '500 at Dcerinsf. aboui 600 , at Caruthersvllle and many. more at 'other points , throujhou! the county. Most of theni were frar the extreme,, western part of th> county, where they were driver from their homes by water froir the Little River Hood way, and 'froir the area between the river and thv .levee -In- the eastern part' bf-'thf county, while no deaths have beer reported there has .'been- a 'h'eavv lois- of .livestock.' -' * ' ' - V:" Illvcr Passes 192J Mark' f Jhcre_are ho KILLED Gl His appendix had alreadv ruptured and an .operation wa s performed a. few. pilnutes; after h' reached' the .hospital.. His.'condition" s.falr. t.oday. ... ...'...-.. 'In 'the emergency .hospitai, alsc are men with drawn faces who have' severe colds from .haying "wofkec? n the cold weather, rain, and slee"t to gel their livestock out"-'of ttv waler and their families to safety They are lying there on cots anxiously awaiting . word ; from loved ones'and'news 6f'the-pood. ' . Michael' Long-, superintendent o'. - • the Blytheville hospital, issued r |cutlng Attorney Bruce Ivy sent from Memphis-by radio last that two more doctors and four nurses would come from that Clt>': ... Influenza, and pneumonia are prevalent and a serious health siU nation , is feared" as a. result of, exposure to cold and. water and 'the .unsanitary .conditions under which many of the refugees- have lived for several days.- Here to assist Dr^ Massey in. health, work are .Cnpt. Phil E. Thomas, Little RcckJ Capt; O. F. McLaughlln, . Hot Springs, both of whom .are. medical officers of the Arkansas- National Guard, and Sgt. ,Hobart Copeland, nation-. al guard hospital steward. Pfose- statement today to physicians-of wcrd fr( nearby towns staljiig" Uiat'only cas-}. n| 6M '.' cs authorized by Re~d cross "offlciais can be accepted by the 'hospital . ?,"' n !?"X, 1 , I ? slan «s physicians are telling their, patients, to go ( o 'u tfs Blytheyille. hospital, and when . the paltcnls arrive, they do not understand the hospital being unable to accept .them. ' ' ; ' . Mr. Long also, said Ihe i hospital was utiable lo provide shelter for those who are cold avid hungry but not sick, 1 and that he. was having to lurn-afray .dozens of refugees ' * ho .!>°t hese . .. .. ese should be sent to relict headquar- tore ... ..,.'.. ? ters.-. Establish Infirmary A new frame building In front of the jail, intended for a negro hotel, has been converted Into an infirmary at which the most serious cases are being treated. Among the patients are two recovering from typhoid fever, six ill with Influenza, and a number suffering from malaria and exposure. An appendicitis patient, was taken to the Blythevllle hospital last night for operation. Two maternity cases were also taken- to the Blythe- vllle hospital. -,. _ -water In tlfe ' weste'rii' port' 'of ' thi county will fall. rapidly. On'the'eiisV .however, . frje . MLssliilssl', -is : rlslnr and- the 'crest Is 'not' yei:fiv:-si^V' The- big river 'went' [o a'-slage 'o' 41,6 at 8 o'clock i this' morning' i" tenth of a foot above the crest'bi the 1927 flood, and promised to exceed the all-time' record of 44 fc"t set in 1013. I^vces are In 'excellent condition and . no.- alarm Is fell When. the water reaches 44 -feet it will: be necessary- to sandbag Ih- gaps through which' Carnlhersvillr Streets cross the levee. The A ni c r I c ,1 n Legion's fairgrounds park has been made the concentration point for refugee- here. Buildings In the park provide- housing accommodations for 500 and space Is available for tents to- house an additional liSOO. Thr park is high and dry. A few refu^ gees are being housed In box cars. •Relief work Is being carried or under the direction of Bill Crrslcr disaster relief chairman of the Pemlscot .county Red Cross, and Miss Gertrude Thompson, field representative of the national Red Cross, who arrived here from si. Louis. Miss Anne uhlerrlnter of St. Louis,. a Red Cross nurse. Is here to coordinate health protection work. East Levee Holds; Despite Highest: •• */ u Stage In History Break Yesferday In West Levee,) Relieves Pressure In -'• Lower Floodway ?:, Big Lulte continued lo liso today dcspile levee breaks to the north and to the south but the crest \MIS believed, new and John W. Meyer, Dunnage Dhlricl 17 engineer^ aiiid that he believed the lake would reach a .stand some time today mid would .soon start tailing. . '•; The.stage nl the foot of the lake at 2 o'clock this afternoon wns 251.2, neatly a foot above the highest stage recorded in any previous i '"' ; , flood. This was less than a tenth of a ,/fool nliovc this morning's gunge reading, indicating that the lake was about lit flood crest. Mr. Meyer, who i elm-nod iiirly this iifleiuoon from nn inspection [rip down the Jloqrtwny' Id Rlvcrvnlc. : re|>oi-lc(l ' that breaks which occurred Sunday afternoon lii the west levee of ttie lloodway, about,, four miles, southwest. of Mamtalay, wcic rapidly reducing h .lie stage In the lower flood* ay, thus reducing Ihe dangci of a orea'k In lliu east levee The wa- ler Is .noticeably lower as far up as Ihc Floodway bridge, south of Manila, he said. Danger Not Over Ho emphasized, however, that the situation .would continue critical tpr some time The water Is now U (in all-time record high al the Highway 18 bridge and for some distance down the]floodway below " con- ter -Brails,! Jo? ' the" bridge. The dtnger tinue- while"/ tlk- ,\>VSter -, the (ovec oftpn 1ms 'a tendency < -the • recedes - j .Yesterday's •• breaks below Man- dajay, wil| .<djr«.my atlect about too /fajnllles In the newly settled Buffalo. creelfc^ region and will delay ; the fun^f of water which n\- ready.,lias^co\eYed most of the area ^froin^LeachvIlle on south faraway, already inundated, Is about Wt, rnlles>! northwest of the Inline path of the break* ,:-a>6 m -s aims' water from tlicni wal , miles to the Etowah, sev east, Is not Relatives. of Local Residents "Victim .of Accident at Hughes 'Mrs. Joe Meyers, 1 ' Mrs. Ella Sll- vennan, and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lansky went to Memphis -yester- day-afternoon'following the death of-Abraham Joseph Levy, 64; : -rher- chant of -Hughes,-" Ark., who was iiistantly killed when struck by a freight train yesterday morning. Ite Is a' brother of'Mrs. Meyers and Mrs. Silvermnn' and on' uncle j if Mr. 1 Lansky. > '•..ew T s of the tragedy reached here yesterday .by _ radio from Mcniphts. - ••'•''•',. ' Mr. Levy was' killed 'by a freight train while watching Hood, refugees get Into box cars. He had gone to the station to purchase tickets to.. Memphis for his wife and himself. There were no witnesses but it is surmised he either fell or, was knocked under the train. President's Birthday Ball Is Postponed The President's Ball, scheduled for Thursday" night", has been postponed because of the flood conditions, it was announced today by Russell Phillips; general chairman. It was decided' today 'that time and money now should be used fcr the immediate relief of the flood victims and members of the committee voted to work on this project. ••:.'• .-...• : ;i ' The dance will be held some^ lime next month and tickets sold will be good at that time. , airccted as it Is on the east side of the. floodway. , E. A. Rice, • In charge of boat rescue Work -for the Red Cross here, sent three boats to thc Manda|ay-Bufia!o Creek area- and when Mr. Meyer reached that vicinity on his Inspection trip he found .that Sheriff Hale Jackson , had also sent boats into tha . region,'- assuring the promui rescue of families' caught ; by Ihe levee breaks. Stale Line Water at Highway Just how much water Is on the way south from the opening'' In ihe state line levee, east" of the head of Big Lake, was sllll certain today. Mr. Rice, who Is conducting his rescue operations from the bridge over Roseland dllch on Highway 18, said that the ditch started lo rise yesterday afternoon and was now going up rapidly— evidence of the arrival at the highway of water fron the state -line. Highway 18 was under water today at points near Roseland and Mr. --R|ce expected it to be Impassible to automobiles tomorrow. He was .arranging lor a high-wheeled traclor to uike refugees from the bridge Four Children Orphaned by Flood Victim's Death "Lost" Boat Crew Is Still On Duty Anxiety over the failure ol John Smothciman and 'members of his boat clew, remo,vl>\t refugees south of the Highway 18 bridge o\cr Big Lake along the Headway lo report for about 48 hours was dissipated today when pmothermali brought t boat load of refugees into the, Roseland tlllch receiving depot and started out oin a trip for another load. i * Ho i\as expected to return lo his home tonight soon subside, A considerable area will continue to be affected bj water flowing from the opening m the state line levee, and from yesterday's breaks in the west floodway levee, but water from those sources will by no I means,jeach -nlU.oksfthe'J-flfloile'd Jil region In fact It seems'not mi- I*| probable llmj, most If not nil of the water Iran the state line can be kept west of the Kocii- titiky levee If this moves tine It will not reach Victoria, Reiser, Dyess Colony and the, whole': ceiV „ tral section of the county In anj< ' event there is no danger 01 the. water approaching within five or six miles of Blytheville. Luxorn, Osceola, Wilson and other poiiils ^ in the eastern parKgf- the coui{^ ty are albo out 'of *any path Ity might conceivably' follow >• -5 Big Lake at. the.'jpklmay ~\A , bridge presents a 'spectacle new I even to those who have -witnessed numerous previous high waters TFiB floor of the Highway 18 bridge \s under nearly a foot of water and only thickly stacked sandbags Itftff the water from flowing over ifff' levee Should the levee give nay u,t a point near .the bridge it would release a 12-foot head "of water o'rf. the adjacent farm lands from which, however, most of the resii dents already have moved out:" to high ground In elevated boxes. In some ways rising, water will facilitate rescue, work. Rice said, as It will enable boats to read) the homes of marooned families. Besides the three boats which hc ; . sent down the floodway Rice had eight boats working down Roseland. ditch and Left Hand Chute today, two In the 'Oosnell area and one north of Roseland. .Rescue woric was greatly hampered yesterday by the fact that trees lining the ditch were so '".' I weighted down with Ice that It Shane Expresses Appteci 3 " ation for Setvice They Have Given The service rendered by all radio stations In this section in trie Rood emergency situation now •wagons with | existing was praised Ihis morning by Mayor Cecil Shane; radio " Fovu- children, a 14-year-old .girl and three boys, from 9 years lo 9 months of ace, were orphaned by the death 6f their mother at the Blytheville hospital Salurday. The .mother, Mrs. Florence Hubbard, J5, was brought to trie hospital Saturday by boat and am- He'had returned two weeks ago ', ^ u ' Rfln " '"SI h l r ' from his mother's funeral at Chl- Puneral services are being held! at' Memphir •"-*"" -..u«_- u..-t-i \ wtli be She had been 111 line of pneumonia and aggravated her for - Maine .Is' the only state- l n -thel "A fatality^parUally attributed to union;which does not touch more the flood occurred Saturday when tliail- One -OlhfiT "sinfe-': :•--. ' /PrtnllnnoH rtii Ttann rrv.^«,v cemeterj*. today, where burial at i&. Baron' Hlrscl! i . chltden m " ow **»*• charge nued on Page Three) ' earth, •The word',-"climate" literally means "slope," arid In ancient Greece cUmatesiwere. merely zones of latitude on the surface of thejsmit'h shop" on "his" father's 'farm The first practical reaper >-as built by Cyrus Hall McCormtck .'In 1831, iu an old log cabin biacit- 1 near Steele's Taveni, Va. was next lo impossible for boats to get through. That difficulty has in large measure disappeared and rescue operations were proceeding rapidly today. ^Crisis Slay Pass Soon ,If. the east levees of Big Lake and the Little River floodway hold, as now seems possible despite the record stage of water, thc flood crisis In this county will pass more rapidly than has been anticipated. Most of the .thousands who have been driven from their homes In the central and western .parts of the county were forced out .by surface water and ditch overflow, resulting from this month's unprecedented. rainfall rather, than by water from';lever breaks. Barring: a., renewal t oi heavy rains this surface water spokesman . for. the Red Cross" here. He said that service rendered in communication o! necessary orders and requests from various sources ,had been especially invaluable since -wire service out of Blytheville have been interrupted. Regular broadcast stations nml amateur stations have maintained essential contacts and drives for Red Cross funds have met with' remarkable response, he said. Persons living In other sections have naturally probably become > quite unduly alarmed over relatives here because of some radio ' reports of conditions, but the services performed by radio stations have far overshadowed occasional Inaccuracies which may Inadvertently have occurred, Mr. Shane declared. WEATHER Arkansas—Partly cloudy, colder In, northeast portion.- freezing temperature tonight; Tuesday, partly i cloudy, slowly rising temperatine in.' northwest portion. , The maximum temperature here: yesterday yas. 33, minimum 25, cloudy with".60 of,an Inch of rainfall, according to gamucl F. Nor- rls, official w'e'atiur. obsen'er. I

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