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BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE DOMINANT NEWSPAPER OP NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VOL. XXXMI lllytheyllle Courier lUylhevllle Dally News Blylhe'vlllc Herald Mississippi Valley lende IJLYTIIICV1LLE, ARKANSAS, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, /''''•' ''l^lll SINGLE COPIPS FIVE J CENTS.i MAIN LINE DIKE Expecting Large ScaleEvacuation Maps Mississippi Program to Be Prepared for Any Emergency Which May Develop WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UP)—'L'he .United Stales army, while making arrangements for evacuation of Mississippi river lowlands in the event of levee breaks, issued reassuring bulletins today after it-was" reported liial many' were panic-stricken by publication of • the evacuation p'rcparn- Blytlievilie's Danger From ] Flood Is Small tions; It was emphasized that Ihe evacuation program is of a lirecaulicmary nature .and is In lie put in nfiecl only in UIP. event of levee Failure's, to'-' the prevention o|' which every effort is now being :ip- plied. One Ijtillelin, issued under the licsdinj. "Army Preparing for High Water on the Lower Mississippi," said: ''The war department and others concerned are making plans for assisting tile people in the lower Mississippi valley in evacuating to high grcimd should it become nec- c.ssary. "Frcm j-rPsent khou-led^e it appears likely tlial tlie llcort wa- teis. ivill puss down the valley M'itiiout causing wide inundu- licn and pp n nlc must not bc- co'ntt; panic-stricken." Prepprim for a situation which II is confident will not materialize, the army rushed plans to riis- 1 atch jthousands of railroad cars and trucks lo, lowlands on boll! sides 'of the Mississippi to assure .the safety of all residents of the region should i the levees fail. The danger 'zpn.fc, includes lo'i'and 1 b'r ' delta ."Areas'fdh bot'lV'-'.siaes"of,'Jlie. river Train Cairo to .the B«H but at the worst it is - not believed that . it will be- necessary to put Ihe evacuation plans into effect In-more than a small part of the 150,000 square miles affected. • Roosevelt Orders Action The evacuation plans were announced by the war department after army engineers had discussed details of the proposal with President Roosevelt. Evacuation of Trumann In Progress TRUMANN, Ark'., Jan. 27 (UP) —Red Cross workers today were syacuating Tvumaim, a city'of 3, 000 population, following a .levee break on the St. Francis : river whicli iiniiiriaicd the town'. 1 Water covered tlie ^city Marked Tree was also reported almost under water with 3.5IM homeless. .Nurses and physicians from Memphis were sent to both towns. What Is the worst that could happen to niythcvlllc In the-cve'nt of a crevasse.In the Mississippi river leyee? T.ie probabilities, according to /•> . ry r> . r, . , .men wno imve gone tnrongh prc- Lrest lasses bill Lnlical-vimis high waters, are about ninely- Remains; En-! • gineers Withdrawn The walcr In Dig Lake had definitely passed its crest today The gauge reading (his morning was 251.35, down .just flvc-hmi- dredths of a foot from the high point of 251.4, reached last ni°ht hill MlM'n tl*n foil i,, , V»VII III Vltl^ gLl-ULCAL ILULfU^ II JIILIJUI ^ , :'^±,v al 'M^l S1 "" n .°;; "° rtl ™ «f '»' '»«. :now covered nine to one that this city would ijdt be directly affected at all. There have been floods and • levee breaks in the past and never lias the water come within several iiijles o7 this city. ,.-.-'•.: .; Blytheville Is built on jiist aboiit the highest ground in the county. There was a settlement here long before'the levees were built and even in the greatest floods a major. In be scarcely bring ciicoiii-agenienf. It was the! first, indication that the water will sorn be reeling. : ! The condition or the such that the situation levee is remains Highly Improbable- '. For water to enter the city. In the inherit high ''water would .require .-,„«, t,, ul i., u suuuuon romanis , critical but the need for sandbag-' !? Sl , 01 ' nm : lhcllst ° r the cll S'' w"^' ln to revent loi ' e l ' ws are rf> 8 <lrdcd " s efceu= Slug to prevent lopping is C nii?d l!' c 'n^ 03 are rf> 8 <lrdcd Diul more attention can be g '- ' °'""' 3 ,' SeCUre ' Alld evc " • sUoul <? to iCDiiforcing the levee where it te a brcnk lllere ' th 's' ;c Uy (hows signs of weakness. Enirineere Wilhdrawii U. S. Engineers, who have been in charge ofth'e 'flood fight at Btj Lake since the situation became serious several weekK ago, were withdrawn late yesterday for duly Tin Ihe Mississippi river' ievee. leaving J. w. Meyer,' District 17 engineer, with the • necessity of re- In view of the possibility of a disaster which might dwarf that prevailing in the Ohio river valley. President Roosevelt consulted with army engineers and war department officials and directed Secretary of War Harry H. Wood- iing to prepare the plan for evacuation of both tanks of Ihe Mississippi. Army officials have plenty of lime to prepare plans and to execute them as far as necessary. They est.imale ihe crest of the Hoed is moving 80 lo 90 miles a day and that there remained at least seven days in which to prepare and carry onl. if necessary, plans for evacuation immediately below Cairo, and possibly two weeks for .[lie Memphis area. Farther downstream even a longer period of grace is at Iheir disposal. Army officials explained that it was Impossible at this time to say what towns or communities it would be necessary lo evacuate. This depends entirely upon Ihe water conditions where levee 'breaks occur and what coininun- ities are in danger of being inundated to a point where loss •of life would be threatened. Officials emphasized they had no intention of evacuating residents of any area until and unless the danger of disastrous inundation appears imminent or inevitable. Refugees Repoi t . Rapid Evacuation of Stncben Kentucky City PARIS, Tenn.. Jan. 21. (UP),Refugees aniving here toclij from Paducah,.Kv icported that town being complctelj evacuated at tlie rate of SOO an hour. Many persons were reported trapped in the second stories of Iheir homes. Health conditions at Paducah were reported "satisfactory" but there was fear of; a dls- Refugees denied reports that 14 persons had been drowned When a boat overturned and slated that the occupant.'; had been rescued. would be flooded to no great dsplij. Assuming a'major crevasse at a point directly east, where the or.comes closest to Ihe city, and where the" elevation Is'nppro-dniat?- ly the same.ns It Is here, the volume of- water which might: reach this city, according to J \V. Meyer, not exceed one-fourth of the-head oj water at the point of the crevas- cs;;,cun g ' ,ror g 3>,° [ T^ i,^! -™—iir 1 ±- lackbcne of the IP'OOI le lei'f b" '<s diawn but laboi is being obtam- from the ' \VPA ami olhei sources. A . possible 'complication of the Big Lake situation exists m Ihe where the level" Inslclc the Ipvcc-Bt the river bank Is MO. The elevation. west of. 'the levee at Illckman runs.from 255 to 250 nml to 260- at Huffman, dropping nl low at *I5 In 111 Crooked L«ikn area. Annorel proper It close to 259, along, the eo.st side of the Crooked Lake bed, dropping in Ihe near vicinity to as low as 253. West of Blytheville. the elevation ilroju uniformly towanl Big 18 Lake to 239 at IhV. Highway bridge. Luxora has a level of 240 nnd Csce'olu proper 245. Immediately west of Osceolii the contour of the Buffalo Island Exodus Underway; Those Here Will Go to Memphis The removal of refugees from temporary buses to large concen- i tratlon camps, which began at Os-1 ceola uboiit Monday, was extended to other p'jlnls today when official Red Cross orders were Issued for 255, going down to around !2u In Dyess'.colony. , Lepanto's level s' about 219 with Vfai-ked Tree down as far as 212 in<! up 217 with n mean average if about 215. Tulol.-farther .south - c - A - Cunningham. .1 216 Is probnbly Ihe lowest point Rccl C™ 5 -'* Iio0ti emcr l li.se lo the countv.' .epoitid Canger of a Mlaissippl f;"' g | measl " e esUblls mer le.ee breat no.lh of ^ „".,„ S ,,» 1 .. 1 I! y ™^ n not of anithing within tho s of reasonable probabllllj ^ Cll\ ltrlati\cl> Hleh Blyllievllle proper 'fliut the Mls- ippl river bank at Barfleld ore uppiosinmtelj the same distance ' hme W " ievcl based °" the esUbllshert by the. Mndud bhotild tliat occilr some of the watei would follow a course down 1927, Walei v at I we MI bell ijsitjg fo E Little River, as .it did ;Ros eland and Big ditch Lake. 'be was was about places. Important Rebel Gains Reported in Uncensorecl Dispatch Church Women Prepare .Clothing for Refugees Women of the local churches ^ in charge o f a sewing room at the American Legion hut where lay- etles are being made for the newborn refugee babies and clothing repaired before it is distribtued among the men. women and children who are victims of the flood. Flannel gowns, blankets and other baby clothing are being made on machines by groups of women while others arc mending clothing dor nated which needed repairing. This Is then sorted, with the assistance of Boy Scouts, before being distributed among the refugees not having sufficient clothing. Because.of the large number of babies expected to arrive during the several weeks the refugees will be quartqered here, a number of layettes are needed. , Women caring to donate their .services are asked to report at the hut-, Tlie women a're working -In - half day shifts. ' ' • vei^ slmUj today -accoulmg A Rice m chaige .of the lesciie sluion theie He said n few automobile!, were getting ovei 'he highw-ij although the water 18 inches ' . deep in Escapes Drowning Tiageds was narrovtlj averted ne-u Roieland bridge yesterday Alien C T Brooks son of Vestcr Brooks was thiovvn into Ihe wi lei \ lien tlie swift current above the budge slicked his boat against a .tree. He. had a few bad minutes in the water biit was pulled out when .he was swept against the bridge. .Young Brooks was dried out and returned • to his. job as ."escue worker. Mr. Meyer made a trip to the state, line 'ditch yesterday aftei- noon to, inspect .breaks in the state line -levee. He found two breaks, one about 150 feet wide and the other, further to the east, about 15 feet wide. A swift current was sweeping through them but the. water had filled up the area on Uie Arkansas side to 5uch an extent that there was little head. Tlie levee is in very bad condition .all along the stole'•'.line, he said. : and water• is;' probably coming through/ in other places as ,well. Tlie situation :'therc indicates that the . country; along Left Hand Chute,-.east. : of 'the floodway, is In for a considerable volume of I water. • ' nml shown on theii quadruple contour map of 'Mississippi county, 1910 , " The map reveals, -a river bank le.el of I) 'i4 at airfield rnngiu^ In 2s7 and 260 al th'e lowei" end 3f jtbe Jlyi, ie\t tment,, some- (Us tarce' below" Barfield. , Bl>the\ille has / an a\erage of oG or 2D1 on the contour map Fiom the Mississippi nvei around Barfield tlie ' land .level . drops steadily south and west toward Burdette and' into the -Little River and St. Francis area. Probably the' ' highest point in Mississippi county is" around Hick- H E N D A Y E, - Franco - Spanish' rVontier, Jan. 21 (UP) —Gen. rYancisco Franco, insurgent generalissimo, has knocked the props from two of Madrid's main pillars of defense, putting the capital in near desperate circumstances, ve- 'lable '. xmcensored dispatches said today. ' • • • . ..... r ; . They/were borne out by a speedup In' evacuation of non-combatants and food rationing in Madrid. ' ' : ' - ; :'•"' . , ; .,; Rebel forces succeeded in' con-: solldating their gala's at Ararijiiez, south of Madrid, which how appears 'definitely cut off from Madrid, just as Ls El Escorial, on the northwest. - - ' - ; Franco's main army is cxs>ected to attack- between Las Rosas and El Escorial as soon as the : weather will pcnnU. '•' '••••'••".: . . .. Urges Prompt Report of Communicable Diseases Dr., Roy E. Echirmer ' of the Mississippi county health; unit Sis- sued .a . bulletin this'-morning .'requesting all .physicians iii,-,'tlje county .to .report cases 'of'.'ccm- mtihicable diseases ,. at '''' onc&.'J and Infor.ming them thaf he lias •. ar adequate supply.' of , serums on hand. :-,..: . ' •-;• ., : Dr. Schirnier : said ..that liealtli and takes-a sharp drop to 236! lnc transferor refugees now miar- tercd In several towns In the Uuf- falo Island territory , lo Paragould and from lilyliicvlllc to the large refugee camp being sol up al Memphis. C. A. Cunningham, head of the •rgency organi- sation here. In a statement this af- ernoon, said the transfer order had )ecu Issued, so that,refugees could be better cared for at central camps and lo expedite the handling of additional groups of. refugees as they xirive al the varloils points v,her temporary quarler.s are already provided. 1MD leave Manila Removal of some , 1,000 refugee.' from Manila was already underway Ihls aflernoon and 11 was expected that STmost- the 'entire number would be In Paragould bj nujlil fall Ihe same ordei has gone tc Lsachvlllc and' Jonesbbro . anr 1 southward and Leachvllle's-several hundred refugees, uie also repoiled lo be on Ihe move. They are being .transoorte'l If' Paragould by busses,: automobiles and trucks over the hlgnv,ay «hlcl was temporarily-'blocked due tc high water but fiom which watei has now receded siifllclentlj for lh< loid lo be lia\elcd In safety Whethei a permanent camp I' to be maintained at Paragould for the Buffalo island refugees was nof ; ome Meichants Putting Goods on Scaffolds, Levee Woik Stalled ftDFC*,.V:. Jan. •"—Precautions a°ah>i,t tlie ixvuiU'llv of i levro ireak when,..the Mtsslss'ool river reaches a; dangerous stage here were taken bv enginecis inei- inls Ittndoyuieis nnd Individuals here lodaj rifly men were scheduled lo begin v,ork this afternoon filling sindbagi, and placing them along the leyee^ at point wft hue tlie enib&nkmeiit Is apparently weak Repairs vtere" also" 1 wl^eie needed made ljip_e ' Will Assist in Health Protection Work Among Flood Refugees Six trained nurses arrived here last night from St. Louis, being dfspalched by the national Red Cross and were on duly at conceit tration camps In the Chickasawba district, aiding in the work of caring for (hose Hood refugees in need of medical attention and In the administration of smallpox and typhoid serums. Miss Henrietta Wilkins, disaster relief representative of the national Red Cross who is directing activities here, said two of the nurses' had been "stationed at Manila where (here were approximately 1.000 homeless persons today ttn- dev Red Cross care. One'nurse was sent lo the .bzll community and three are on duty at the emergency hospital estaWshed here in Ihe city.hall auditorium.. Relief officials today had placed about 700 refugees in boxcars al the concentration camp-on the Frisco railroad tracks east of the Lilly street crossing,'making the armory available . for additional flood victims who may be brought in. Ihe nver rises to ; the expecte'd level engineciS will have crews of workmen and a sufficient number of sandbags in readiness 19 nverl a possible crtvapse ! Although the majority of residents here arc not a'aimed several 1 : merchants on Main strcel today were buss placing- goods upon scafToldi, In their stores out o' the reach of liMi ualer A number of residents planned to leave loday, to \Jsil relatives in other secitdns until the possibil ll\ of flood danger is over Actihg^upon the advice of lev'cc engineers a number of large livestock owners prepared lo movi cattle and mules [o Memphis bs rail .and truck today. Among those moving-out'stock today' were J. A. Gwaltney. Hale jlacksoh,, Ear Quinn; E. S. .Driver and S. B. Tompkins. Tlie river gauge here yesterday i registered 258.5 after rising about one foot per day for the post 'our days. Today it .was "about flvc feet upon the levee, approximately 12 or 15 feet from tin top. Local Leaders Are **~ *v Confident Levee WillHandleFlood- C. H. Wilson Heads Committee Named Today to Cooperate With Army Engineers - A iciissuring pichnc ol the Mississippi river flood situation, so livr as this immediate section is conceuml, \Y'is picsenk'd lit n meeting ol cili/enq at thu city hall this, > moining at which im oig.\m/ation was foimed to cooper ate vutli the U S nimv engmeeis in whatever A\oik'innv bo nccc«siuv to hold the mum line levee The levee wits icpoilcd in excellent condition Lliiougli- out its length in (his counlv uiul to the noith in Pcmisrol county, Missomi II the flotxl*- cieat anticipated bv the .11 my engineers is realized, Iniild- mg up of the levee ciowii will he iiCMSBHi v at homo points \\heic Hie levee is :omcwlial below grade, bill n feel-; Ing of confidence prevails tlial!lhe ! levee can inul will be held. ' C C Langsloii, SI Fiancls Leuo Board iiiembei, who pre- ildrd at the meeting, appointed n committee or nine, under tho chairmanship of Clarence H Wilson, to woik with i|ic aimy en jlncerh In any wa,y the situation It appeared probnblj thai ull^ be,_iuovedU<! Airlines Station Is . Handling Flood Calls 1 The American Airlines. Inc., has released all 'facilities 'at 'Memphis for flood ',messages. This station WSDK, operate.'; on 3485 Kilocycles, handling emergency' 'com- miinicalions. in Arkansas; Tennessee, Indiana,,'nnrt. other" stricken areas. . ,"";'• ''; . '•'•"•'•"•. = • Phillip,: Williams, at telephone 127,, Is'.sending emergency c'oni- inun!calI6i\s over .his Amateur' station with 'the nld- of these : - fac'll- 'HleS. " "•• - •• '•'•''• :•::: . conditions. In. : flood. refugee camps| A supply o'f army cols was en- In the county were .very satis-i route here today, Miss Wilklns factory in view of Vthe large said, and she also expressed hope number of refugees concentrated. | that blankets, which have been There, were some 47-persons be-1 requisitioned since last week, would Ing cared for today .at -the. emc'r- also arrive. There Is plenty of food gency hospital.; in ...tlie, .city. halll available for relief purposes and auditorium but no, .critical .cases, there is no actual suffering here, were included. . . ..„ (but the arrival of cots and blan: Arrival .of-.-.-additional" nurses' overnight increased the .staff -of health officials and aides' working In the, couiify and allo.wed some or-, them rest. . to take much needed Scouts Collect Clothes Last nlgM, practically eve IT house In Blythevllle was'visited by'a'Boy Scout, in uniform, soliciting cloth- Ing and'bedding for the refugees. Because'of the cold weather, more supplies of ; this'klhd '-aw 'badly needed- although'-the'Boy ' Scouts collected a large : nmoimt : by (-hi< method. --.?;-',^ U; •.": cots and blankets will add to' the comfort of those being cared'for. Willie Robbins:Remains In Serious Condition Willie Robbins of Holland, Jvfo., injured when his truck was struck by a train at a Frisco crossing at Holland early - yesterday morn- Ing, was still in a serious condition at the Blytheville. hospila today. -..•':• This morning, Robbins, who suffered a:brain ^Injury and an In Jury to'>:huV.'pelvis, was bellevti slightly Improved. -•.'.., certain thcj r —j. --, -•— T-, fliq Tilg camp at MemjihuTiind weTe hierely being taken by way of Paragould because of the difficulty thaj Woiild be involved in biinglng thehi across Big Lake and down Highway. 61. Relief Problem Hfranlhs ' Blyllievllleb refugees most ol them already housed temporarily ir box cars< are to be reinoyed by trail and bus to Memphis wh«re a gigantic camp to care (of 50000 refugees Is being prepared t 1 he pxodils of, the refugtes froli Bljthevllle and other points In the comHy \\ifl not end Red Cross ac- HllleS as additional refugees are being brought In ilmost constantly An uiiEsllinatcd number 'of fami- les are still In the Uttle River ler rllorj below Highway 18 arid vlll 'ie forced reluctaillly to evacuale tieir homes-as water.from the state hie ditch gap above Big Lake gradually' encroaches upon their homes, Stragglers are still ctKiing In from he flooded area to the west of Oos- nell and north of Roselatid ditch 'eceiving depot at Highway 18, and they loo riiust be cared for. Mrs. Neely Craig, 70, Dies at Clear Lake Mrs. Neely Craig, 10. died suddenly at her home at Clear Lake this morning. She * had not complained of feeling badly and was walkng across the lloor when she fell and died'almost Instantly]at 9 o|clpck.' '.:., Funeral services will be held-at Cobb's Funeral Homi* Thursday afternoon. 2 o'clock, with the Rev. Alfred Carpenter, pastor of the First Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be made at Maple Grove cemetery. ' ' •'_.'' Mrs. Craig, who had lived In this section formally years, is survived by her son, Sam Craig, with whom she made' her home, and two daughters. Mrs. Ella'Via and Mrs: Mamie Stewart, also of Clear Lake: More Rain Predicted for Ohio River Valley WASHINGTON, 'jan, 27 (UP)^- Thc weather bureau today forecast rain or snow followed by a cold ways for the flooded Ohio -valley within Ihe next 36 hours but said flood j waters already had : .reachec their peak above Cairo.- Osceola Farm Outlook Meeting Is Postponec Due to adverse weather condl Upns the farmer's outlook and Farm iBureau meeting which was scheduled to be held In the court housiS at .Osceola .on . Janary 29 has been poatponed: Indefinitely,, It demand Serving-, with Mi Wilson on thin committee are Blan Loflln nnti E, ^D v Adkbson of lickman townshfp J. O, Ellin of 3arfleld O E Crlggcr of Arinorel, "* A Rodgeri pf Clear Lake, ami ;e<!ic Taylor, B O West nnd 0 vl Buck of Blylhevillc *~ Will Froiide Ubor The , principal duties i of tills •bnnnlttee will be{ to*.Insure an " ' Local Flood Relief Fund Hifs$2,66Q: Almost J2COO in cash 1ms been contributed to the Blythcvllle Hed Cross fund being raised for flood relief with Max Niojcrs as chali- man, assisted by B A L) nch, r uhd a corps of other men vjho Vojun-" leered their seivltes for wjtfcila- lion of coulrlbtitlons -This amount _ has been donated Nlnce^ Monday, In •* ' addition ,to ihfc ^uneslimateable ' amount of clothing, beddin?, medicine and other supplies given b> lo 1 cal citizens Leaders In UiL< ^driva ',,]• are happy over th^e. amounC of nior.,.^"^ ey obtained uut ; ieal!ze that much Inore Is needed checks 01 money should be sent to MiJ . *._ r , "> i ^ the 'B!)Uie.v% ,Colton ;heu 3 niid y vj|iero needed, and to ,011 company, was announced yesterday Second largest «as nn un- solicltcil donallon of $20D from the J C, Penney Department store, received lodaj The sum of ?100, given by the Three Slites Linnbei companv vvns also in- nounced yesterday A complete llsit will be publishe<l tomorrow Refugees Quickly Adjust 1 herriselves lo T li e i r 'Ne\v : Gircumslances : . Some 75 flood refugees in the negro concentration camp, at. the Test.end of Chickasawba avenue found It hard to keep warm lasl night but otherwise they appeared very comfortably situated in their box car quarters tills morning. Accepting. Uielr lot in the'tra- ditional easy manner of their race they were gblng about their task of adjusting themselves to the situation with a minimum of discomfort. Lack of blankels and other bed covering worked something of; a bardshin last night but authorities believed the situation would be remedied by nightfall, Inability to find a sufficient quantity of dry' wood worked a temporary hardship that was'also expected to be alleviated today.. Some of tlie refugees brought their own clothing and household goods with them and are Just about as comfortable in their box car homes as they would be elsewhere./ Nfost of them, however, did,not bring anything with them beyond: what few articles they could carry In their arms. has been announced Burns, county ngent; Counterfeit bills and coins, .so perfect In.' quality and appearance that.even' hank' tellers,i cannot de- by E. H. tect; them >are In circulation In the United States. ' •'.",; yiicii i^iiu ^IICIL nccucu, utiu vu i >-*i ee lhat commynlcallon lines me te: ept.open , ,] Three sub-(jo,n|mlttecs were nam- xl, one Foi if'rcnd maintenance leaded by jew Taylor, one for elephone communication, headed ij (B Q West, 'and one on trans- TOrlallon headed' by I 1 B Joy- nef _' ' 'They were tilrcadj luncttonliiE his uflenioon Ml Taylor said hat lie had been In contact with ilglmay aulhoiltles and that naliilciiance^ of the roads to tlie her V|OS assured Theie Is al ead^ ' telephone scn'lce to Clear jftke and a line will be opened iliortly Vrto. Ar'mo'rel and " Barfleld, \lr. West said. A wire • may bo trung lo Forty and. Eight and Huffman if It seems necessary. Mr. Langston met. with repre- :entatlVi.\s. of. the .engineers; corps md received, assurance that the looiimatlon of Ihe citizens organization was - welcome and that ihcir assistance would be used. The meeting adopted a .rcsolu- ilon calling upon the state highway deparlment to put the highways to Barfleld and Huffman in londillon for the heavy automobile md truck traffic which a levee Ight would entail, and asking the :oopcratlon of the telephone company In malnalnlng lines lo .Mints along Ihe levee. Sees No Crave Danger C. M. Buck, who has observed Mvcr conditions over a period of nany years, lold of a levee inspection Irlp which he made yesterday and of a conference ho had later with S. P. Reynolds of Car- uthersvllle, who for years has been engineer of the St. Francis Levee District In southeast Missouri. He and Mr. Reynolds .agreed, he said, that the record of prevl- ius : Moods indicated that stages now in prospect at Cairo, 111., ihould not result In a crest of more than 48 or 49 fet at Caruth- volume of walcr which 'lie • Pemlscot and Mississippi :ounty levees . ore prepared to 'landle. It would be foolish, he ;ald, to say that no danger exists, Because there Is always an etc7 •nent of danger In high water. He'., declared, however, that both !n height, and ill general condition the levees were such as'to Uford every reason for conndence that a fight lo hold the river within bounds-can be waged suc- :essfully. The estimate of the probable crest of the flood reached by.Mr. Buck and Mr. Reynolds Is some- v.'hat below that made public at Memphis recently by the.anny engineers. Even the higher.. stage predicted by the tatter, however, probably would have no disastrous effedt hi Pemlscot and Mississippi counties. Tlie levees today have a freeboard of from 11 to 12ii .feet, so .that a rise of. nidre than .the predicted 10 feet would be: necessary to send water over Uiern, 'There are a few points al which the fieeboard is 10 Seel ol slightly iy being ^ leady 1 less but these tare, nlfisd sandbagged ulidi viilli Iqe when the water 1 gefc,; Start An 1100 foot stretch just north of Barheld vsas being sandbagged todiy A somewhat longei furllier to Ihe; north,'will also': sandbagged. Pressure on the:levees.from tlie' anticipated '. record stage will be a factor. The new levees; however,' have a base so much broader thail lhat of tlie levees which had lo be held In previous high waters that- no disastrous results- are anticipate eel. Blan Lofltn told this morning'? meeting that the levee had beeii carefully Inspected and that lioles,- vvashes and other defects had been repaired with sandbags. The engineers hr-.d a considerable number of workmen on' the* levee east of here this momlngaiu^ farmers vvho attended the meeting- here immediately- organized lo insure an adequate supply t at all times A recoid will be set up of itie number of men_ available on- each favni and arrangements will be made for'calling them to duty antt transporting - them to the levees whenever the need , arises. The engineers set:up a labor registration office In the Lynch 1 building - here today, immediate registration there of men available for'levee work Is wanted. A list of at least 8M able-bodied i-s sought. Farmers are asked to re- l»rt at this office tlie men they have; available.. Arrangements arc also being made for several hundred men. at Luxora, it was learned here loday, and presumably Ihe same thing is being-done at points all along the levee. More Stale Parks Sought HARRISBURG, Pa. (UP) —The Pennsylvania Legislature will consider proposals designed to create a chain of beautiful ' stale narks. Plans embody programs for land .acquisition. < tree planting, maintaining forest-flre fighting el- ficieiicy and reforestation. WEATHER Memphis—Partly cloudy tonight Lowest temperature 34 lo 38. Thursday Increasing cloudiness, posslbV becoming unsettled Rising temperature. Tlie maximum fenVpcrattire here Sesterday was 35, mmlmuin IB, deal, accordlnj lo Samuel F. Nor- rls, official weather observer,

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