Clarence O. White, 41, stove molder, saved Alphonso J. Collins, 51, driver, from drowning, Rossville, Ohio, March 26, 1913. Early in the morning of March 25, Collins’s house was swept from its foundations by the rising waters of the Great Miami River, and Collins, who was lightly clad, took refuge in a tree. He stood on a branch two inches thick and clung to a smaller branch with his hands until the following morning, at which time the water was 10 feet deep at the tree. White started from the opposite side of the river in a flat-bottomed boat and rowed across the main current, which was about 500 feet wide and flowing at a speed of about 7 m.p.h. He reached a point upstream from the tree and made his way cautiously to the tree. He warned Collins about dropping into the boat and then worked the stern of his boat to a position under Collins. Collins stepped into the boat, and White again crossed the main current to the opposite side of the river, passing over a levee on the way where there was a roll of the water about one foot high. Collins was taken to a hospital, and he later recovered from the effects of his experience.
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