Skim ten to twenty-eight feet of water off the surface of Lake Ontario. Pour it into the Mississippi River basin from Cairo, 111., to the Gulf. The resultant swamp will be a mild picture of the conditions which Spring-swollen rivers actually produced in the lower Mississippi valley last week.

A mild picture indeed, for a layer of Ontario suggests a stationary lake. These were 7,500 square miles of rushing, swirling, mud-laden watery avalanche in which Death lurked for hundreds. At the end of the first week the fatalities were put at 200...

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