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Shawneetown's Woe

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Ridgeway, Hls., April 5. - Hundreds oí destitute survivora of the Shawneetown flood are suffering for lack of food and shelter. They are camped on housetops and along the water's edge on the hiUfl back of the destroyed town. It is impcssible to estímate thenumber of dead, and it is predicted by conservative persons that the list will number more than 100 victims. Kollowing are the names of some oí those who were drowned or killed: Mrs. C. E. Galloway, Mary Galloway, Dora Galloway, Mrs. Charles Clayton, Charlea Clayton, Milton Clayton, Jessie Clayton, Myrtle Clayton, Gertie Clayton, Brownie Clayton, Mrs. Paul Phelan and iive ehildren: Mary Phelan. Washington Callieott, Mrs. AVashington Callicott, Colonel John Callicott, Mary McCallister, Ellen McCallister, Noah Welch,Mrs. Noah Welch, Mrs. McLean, Tillie McLean, Frank Morrison and family, Mrs. John Holly, Mrs. Edward Fletck and adopted daughter, John Fletck, Richard Fletcher and family, Jane Fletcher (colored), Mrs. Tally, Cora Sherwood, Mrs. Charles Kopf and flve ehildren, Mrs. A. A. Hathaway, Miss Florence Evans, M. Salnelly and wife, Mrs. Webb, Fred Rineholt, Mrs. Fred Rineholt and three ehildren, Henry King and four ehildren, six colored ehildren, Mrs. Black, Walsh Calhoun and family of six, John Flick, Mrs. Matilda Greer, John Halley, F. Reinbill and family of four, C. Spalding and family of three, William Thompson and family of three. Itescuers at Vork. Rescuers are doing all in their power to relieve the survivors, and many have already been taken from tree and housetops to places of safety on the mainland. A cold rain, accompanied by a heavy wind, adds to the discomfort and peril of those who are homeless and destitute. Many have found shelter in the upper stories of Shawneetown's larger buildings, which have withstood the nood, and are unsubmerged. Carloads of food and provisions and boat9 well supplied with blankets and meat are on their way to the ill-fated little town from numerous neighboring cities. The first of the relief excursions reached the sufferers during the morning, and othera arrived before night. Rowboats are kept busy carrying the unfortunates from places of temporary shelter to buildings, where they are being cared for by the hundreds. Little can be accomplished by the rescuers during the night, as there is no Hght except that furnished by the boat lanterns. The property loss, to say nothing of the damage to the levees and crops, will reach more than $500,000. Property in two blocks on both sides of Mili street ia utterly ruined and the damage to goods is enormous. Many Pathettc Scènes. Many pathetic scènes are witnessed in the flood-swept town. Mothers are looking for lost ehildren, ehildren for their parents, and wives for their husbands. Few have survived the nood who did not lose some relative, and many families were divided, never to be joined again. In addition to the many who are known to have perished. hundreds are missing, and it is feared the list of lost will go far above the present estímate. Systematic work of recovering the drowned cannot be commenced until the water has somewhat subsided, and the bodies of many who met death when the first rush of water came will never be recovered. Shawneetown is a wilderness of turbulent water, which lacks but two feet of reaehing the top of the levee. The terrific wind which is blowing over the place sends ten foot waves dashing against the dike, and drenching many persons who are safety on the top of it. Boats are removing them as fast as possible, but the work is necessarily slow, as the wind and waves prevent quick trips to the larger buildings of the town, where the survivors are being taken.


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