Flood Relief. Or Not.
Some difficulty was experienced at Warsaw, Kentucky. The place has about five hundred inhabitants, and is the county seat of Gallatin County. People of all classes flocked to the steamer by rowing through the principal streets to the wharf. The first arrivals declared nothing was needed; that the town was able to take care of its own poor. The second delegation included many sufferers themselves, who claimed that they had received no relief. The younger men apparently have the most cheek, and formed in groups around officers of the boat and delivered arguments for and against the sufferers that would have done credit to an attorney in a Police Court. A Colonel would picture distress in a flowery language without regard to any application of the long high-sounding words, while a Major would answer him in the same manner and declare that Kentucky had no right to go to foreign countries like the United States for relief. The new recruits arrived in large numbers during the progress of the debate, and it was finally found necessary to send for the Board of Township Trustees. That body soon arrived in an improvised skiff and an official report of the condition and wants of the town was secured. The owner of the wharf boat, whose name is Simmons, declared that the Trustees should not take the provisions from his boat until they paid for the storage, and as the steamer departed, the wrangle was greater than ever.
Cincinnati Enquirer, February 20, 1884.