In the Desha Bank & Trust Co. building at Arkansas City, Ark., stands a clock, the hands of which point to twelve minutes past two. They have been recording that moment for some eight weeks, ever since the Mississippi flood hit the town and stopped the clock. They may continue to register 2:12 for weeks, perhaps months, to come. For most of Arkansas City is still under water and in Arkansas City, as in thousands of other towns, villages and plantations in the flood district,...

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