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VOL. XXXIII. —NO. 168.
Mill Havoc Caused by I
Thursday s Storms.
Tlie Greatest Calamity in the
History of Cyclones.
Particulars of the Disaster
L&Yge Buildings Crashed as if
They Were Eggshells.
Hundreds of People Buried Under the
Fire Adds Horror to the Dreadful Situa
tion—Many Outlying 1 Towns
and Villages Destroyed.
Associated Press Dispatches. |
Chicago, March 28. —Instantly upon
confirmation of the terrible rumors of i
the catastrophe at Louisville, the Asso
ciated Press dispatched a special train
with a select corps of rive reporters to
the scene. They arrived at the scene of
the disaster at an early hour this morn
ing, and the following graphic descrip
tion of this direst calamity is the result
of their work:
The Devastated City.
Locisvillk, Ky., March 28.—As night
closes in its folds the devastated city of \
Louisville, scores of widows and orphans
are bowed down with the deepest grief.
Wreck and ruin have settled down in
its very midst, and the specters
of the dead whose funeral
pyres are heaps of brick and
mortar, seem to rise up and enshroud in
the awful halo of their presence the en
tire city. Bands of brave rescuers con
tinue their work, but as night comes on
they seem to work more silently, though
no less arduously. As each remnant of
the piles of wreckage is lifted, it is with
the anticipation of uncovering to view a
lifeless form, or the death-set features of <
a human victim of the awful storm.
But there is no time to consider the
dead, for the living may yet be buried
beneath the mountains of debris; and
they turn and delve again with renewed
energy into the great mass, in their
search for crushed and mangled human
A Night of Gloom.
As the night grows darker, the work
becomes more awful. Even the advan
tage of light and its fear-dispelling qual
ities are denied them, for all the electric
wires were torn down by the storm, and
left, the city shrouded in the deepest
gloom. It grows so dark in the shadows
of the crumbling walls that still stand
as silent sentinels over the dead, that
every object with the semblance of a
human form must be grasped to prove if
it is flesh or stone. Still, untiring and
strong-hearted workers continue to dig
in the merciless storm-made graves of
There is no estimating the number of
those who lie buried under the debris.
People are still learning of missing
members of their families, and mothers
and fathers stand wildly gazing on the
ruins and crying on the Almighty to de
liver to them at least their dead. Hard
ened hearts move with deep sympathy,
and idle men dive into the dirt and
The Sorrowing Multitudes.
The streets are thronged with multi
tudes of sorrowing people. They stand
upon the corners with tear-dimmed eyes, I
solemnly discussing the dreadful calam
ity, or move from one point of the
wrecked district to another, gazing at
the scene of ruin. There are at least 100
families homeless in the street that were
happy yesterday in possession of their
homes. One poor woman between her
half-stifled sobs, told how that very
evening her husband had paid to the
building association the last dollar they
owed upon their house, and now all that
remains is a confused mass of brick and
mortar. There are many other cases al
most parallel to this. Not only were the
houses dashed to the ground, but the
furniture in many Instances was en
tirely destroyed. Hundreds of thou
sands of dollars worth of goods lay last
night upon the business streets, at the
mercy of the thieves. At many places
towering walls of brick are oscillat
ing in the air, ready to descend at any
moment. These points of danger are
guarded by the police and military com
panies, who drive the surging crowds
back at the point of the bayonet.
At the Doors of the Morgues.
At the entrances of the various dead
rooms stand a breathless mob, clamoring
for admittance, which is invariably re
fused, unless it be to identify some rela
tive or friend. Occasionally when one
of these enters, a sound, half sob and
half shriek, reaches the outer doors.
The telephone wires are all down, and
it will take ten days to get them up and
working again. The search for victims
is going steadily on, and each hour adds
largely to the already long list. At
many places the men labor in great dan
ger of being buried beneath tottering
walls at any moment, and other acci
dents are looked for momentarily.
The "Water Works Wrecked.
All inspection of the water works this
afternoon showed that the stand-pipe
was completely wrecked. Until repairs
are completed no pumping can be done,
and there is only about enough water in
the reservoir to last five days. At the
end of that time the public will have to
depend on wells. It cannot be told now,
LOS ANGELES HERALD.
! however, how long it will take to repair
j the water works.
Crushed and blackened ruins mark
; the spot where last evening stood the
; splendid, large Union depot, at Seventh
; street and the river. When the crash
1 came two Louisville and Southern trains
had just come in, and were about to pull
out, but both were caught by the falling
mass and crushed like shells. About a
dozen people were injured, but it is
thought none fatally.
The wide river, disturbed by the fury
of the *ornad<>, is yet angry, and what
j was left of the depot is momentarily
threatened by the strong waves that
surge under and about the platforms.
From Seventh street and the river, as
j far down as can be seen, one continuous
: scene of desolation meets the e3'e, and
bewilders the spectators, who never
dreamed of anything so terrible. Every
; where is wreck and ruin.
The Caqienter-Annear ironworks, on
Eighth street, a four-story building, was
! blown down and some employees in
The wholesale liquor establishment of
Brown & Son, Eight h and Main streets,
fell and instantly Caught fire. By hard
work the firemen managed to control
the blaze. The buildings adjacent to it
| were considerably torn up, and it is
I quite positive several dead bodies lie be-
I neath the ruins.
The great building at No. 745 Main
street, occupied by S. F. (iunther, to
bacco, H. R. Toewater and James W.
Prattfer, was demolished, as was also
the immense building occupied by A. H.
Thierman & Co., wholesale liquor deal
ers and distillers.
In nearly all the business houses
wrecked someone was injured, and fears
are expressed that when the debris is
finally cleared away many bodies will be
Devastation on Market Street.
Market street this evening looks liken
ruined village. The devastation on this
thoroughfare is nearly complete. For
four blocks not a building escaped par
tial or total demolition. Pedestrianism
through the street, is almost impossible
because of the wreckage. In many of the
buildings families resided over the stores,
and in nearly every case there are re
ports from these of broken limbs, or se
vere injuries otherwise, to one or more of
each little group.
At No. 1112, Airs. Whitman was fatally
injured by jumping from a third-floor
window. At No. 1120 two of Mrs.
Simms's children were killed, and Mrs.
Simuis was badly injured. From 1122
to 1130, inclusive, was the fated Falls
City hall, where occurred the most
awful loss of life, as detailed elsewhere.
The tornado seemed not only to have
swept Broadway from Fifteenth"to Ninth
streets, but nearly all the houses be
tween these streets and on the intersect
ing streets are demolished. ■ From Fif
teenth and Sixteenth streets vrere
mostly small frame houses, occupied by
colored families. The roofs were torn
off, but not a great amount of damage
was done, and none of the occupants
were hurt. From Sixteenth down to
Nineteenth, however, the destruction
was terrible. In these three blocks the
houses were itirger and of a much better
quality. Nearly every one of them was
demolished, but in most cases the occu
pants escaped with slight injuries. The
Catholic buildings at Seventeenth and
Broadway, five in number, were all
blown down and Sister Pius was killed.
All the other Sisters escaped without in
Relief Committees Appointed.
The Board of Trade today appointed a
general relief committee to at once re
lieve the poor people who are in destitu
tion. Twenty thousand dollars was sub
scribed in a short time, and at a special
meeting the City Council appropriated
twenty thousand dollars more. A large
corps of men has been organized to work
on the wreckage unremittingly, the first
attention being paid to Falls City hall
and other points where a great loss of
life is feared.
Fortunately for the homeless the
weather is very mild.
The relief committee this evening dis
cussed the question of property loss.
Opinions varied considerably from the i
fragmentary reports received, but it is be- i
lieved the loss wid reach two and a half j
million dollars. Tonight the relief com- |
mittee prepared the following authorita- j
tive statement which was furnished the
"To the People—The calamity that
has overtaken the people of Louisville j
by the cyclone last night spread over a
territory covering a space of ground
some four hundred yards wide and three
miles in length, through the business
and residence portion of the city. The
loss of life is in the neighborhood, it is
believed, of some seventy-five persons,
and the loss to the city in damages to
houses and goods is believed to be
$2,000,000. While the calamity is a
great one, our citizens feel able to cope
with it, and are not cast down, but will
at once proceed to repair and resume
business in the channels now inter
rupted. In all other portions of the city
business is resumed."
Street Scenes Last Night.
Late tonight the streets are lit only
here and there by flickering gas lamps,
which present a dismal appearance. At
the street intersections pace to and fr«
armed militiamen, who keep back the
crowds who otherwise would hamper the
workmen searching for the dead. A
majority of these crowds, however, have
dispersed, especially the women, who
formed the largest number of spectators
all day. Here and there along the resi
dence streets within the track of the tor
nado, or near It, shine gas lights
through windows from which the
glass is shattered, while within
may be seen blazing fires, heaped up to
keep out the cool night air. The less
fortunate ones that have no roof to
shelter their heads, have piled their fur
niture—or rather what is left of it —on
the curb, and are guarding it tonight,
preparatory to seeking other homes to
morrow. Add to all this the frequent
appearance of, ambulances and wagons
carrying dead or human freight to the
hospitalsor homes of mourning families,
and you have a slight idea of the sad ap
pearance of Louisville tonight.
The Danger of Kain.
The loss to property will be nearly
doubled should rain fall in the next few
days. The principal item of property in
danger is tobacco, of which nearly a
quarter million's worth is exposed. Of
fourteen warehouses doing business
yesterday, but three remain intact to
day. A representative of the Tobacco
SATURDAY MORNING, MARCII 20, 1890.
Exchange laid tonight that unless the
I rain holds bach the tobacco will lie
I ruined. Should it not, the loss by sus-
I pension of business alone will be seri
| oils, and cannot be approximated.
The lates tinformation tonight is that
probably ten of the wounded lying in
, the hospital will not recover, and many
others in private hospitals are in a criti
Notes of the Disaster at Louisville and
Locisvii.i.i:, March 28. —Major tlalt. oi
j the Lmisvilie and Nashville railroad,
and family, who lived in a two-story
I brick house, were sitting in an upstairs
room, when suddenly the walls fell upon
them. Major Gait succeeded in getting
out without injury, but his wife was
! buried in the ruins. She was not badly
! hurt, but the shock to her nervous sys
tem was great, however, and she is now
lying dangerously ill.
Three lives were lost at the corner of
Eighteenth and Maple streets. The
killed were: John VVerrick, aged 40; his
daughter, aged 4 years, and James Fitz
gerald. Werrick kept a grocery, and at
the time of the accident there were in
the store the proprietor, his wife, daugh
ter and Fitzgerald. At the first gust of
wind the walls doubled up and the roof
dropped in. Werrick was crushed by
falling timbers and taken out dead. His
wife was extricated in an unconscious
condition. Later on in the night a res
cuing party saw a tiny hand protruding
S from the debris, and the mangled form
jof a baby girl soon lay beside its dead
father. The body of Fitzgerald, a Louis
ville and Nashville brakeman, was neut
Eleven men were crowded into the
little barber shop of John Berther, No.
1803 Broadway, when the storm burst.
The roof was torn off, the second story
was carried away and the sides were
tumbling in, when the men broke the
windows and doors and ran into the
street. Not one of them was hurt, but.
the building was totally destroyed.
In going down Main street, in the op
posite direction to the course pursued by
the tornado, the' iirst evidences of seri
ous destruction are topless trees and
windowless bouses. On the north side,
between Sixth and Seventh streets, the
wind took the roof from and deranged
the top story of a building occupied by
Sutcliffe & Owens. Their stock of boots
and shoes was greatly damaged. Tlie
next two upper stories of Agerst & Co.'s
four-story notion store, were destroyed.
The two top stories of Bamberger,
Strong & Co.'s four-story building were
A thrilling experience was that of
Mrs. Roemele, who kept a dry goods
store at Colgan and Seventeenth streets.
At the time of the storm her nephew,
Willie Killmer, was with her. When
the walls began to shake both
of them rushed to the front d»or,
just as the whirlwind was passing.
It gathered in both of them and
carried them into the air a distance of
forty feet. At Maple street they were
both hurled against a fence, and re
mained there unconscious until found
by neighbors a few minutes later. The
lady was badly bruised, and, perhaps,
hurt internally. Killmer's right arm
was broken, his ankle sprained, and
there was a deep gash in his throat.
All the entire western portion of Park
land, which lies just beyond the south
western limits of the city, was wrecked.
The storm struck that place just before
reaching the city, ami its course was a
most peculiar one. li did not move in a
line, mowing down a path before it, but
went about its dreadful work in a zig-zag
fashion. At the outskirts of the town
the two-story brick residence of Mayor
Keppers was struck by the wind and en
tirely demolished. The occupants es
caped. A great number of houses were
blown down, but the inmates were all
up and every one miraculously escaped,
only a few being injured and they not
seriously. The track of the storm in
Parkland was about three blocks wide.
To the west of the town from the direc
tion in which the wind came, a path
several hundred feet wide is mowed
down, trees being cut off like stalks of
grain before a reaper's scythe.
At the corner of Sixteenth and Maga
zine streets one of the most horrible in
cidents occurred. Three men werecaught
in the falling timbers of a two-story
building, and burned entirely to a black
ened and charred mass in full view of
the people in the street. They were
Budd Sullivan, William Deemer and Ben
Siehildt. Nick Phineman, owner of the
building, escaped badly burned and
bruised. It was three hours before the
lire was stopped and the wreck cleared
away enough to get at the three men,and
so charred were they that their friends
were unable to identify one from the
At the Thirteenth and Walnut-streets
Odd Fellows' hall a colored lodge was in
session. About eight colored men were
Great Damage to Property but no
Louisville, Ky., March 28. —Jeffer-
sonville, Ind., just across the river, was
struck, by the cyclone at 8 o'clock. It
was very distinctively heard two miles
in the country, where the people won
dered what it meant. Fortunately not a
person was killed in Jeffersonville,
though some were badly hurt. Scores
of business houses and residences were
more or less damaged, some stores being
nearly demolished. Dozens of people
had marvelous escapes from instant
death. According to the latest reports
this evening it is hoped that none of
those injured will die. The damage to
steamers on the river fiont was consid
erable. It is believed tonight that the
loss and damage to property in
Jeffersonville will aggregate fully
half a million dollars. Among
many incidents reported from there,
is the singular story of W. A. Dorney,
whose residence is half a block from the
river. When the tornado struck the
river front, it picked up a skiff moored
there, and carrying it along mashed it
through the second-story window of
Dorney's residence. At the Strauss
house, corner of Spring and First streets,
a large number of people gathered for
shelter. The hail of brick and tumbling
walls fell around them, but, strange to
say, although the building .was almost
totally wrecked, no one was badly hurt.
At the foot of Front street a shanty boat
occupied by Henry Wilkins, three chil
dren and wife, capsized, and the inmates
would have drowned hut for a number of
car-works employees who heroically
risked their own lives and saved them.
4 . *
FALLS CITY HALL HORROR.
Where the Orcatrst Loss of Life Oe
I.ocisvii.i.k, Ky., March 28. —Probably !
Hie greatest loss of life occurred at Falls
City hall, which was the center of the
tornado. In the lower rooms of the hall
were fifty or seventy-live children, with
their mothers and other relatives, tak
ing dancing-lessons. There were at
waft one hundred and twenty-live per- 1
sons on the lower floors, and seventy-1
five more were attending a lodge-meet-J
Nig on the Upper floor when tlie terrible
winil swooped down upon the building.
The entire structure, in less than five i
minutes, was a shapeless mass of brick
|nd mortar, burying 200 victims, of
which number few escaped uninjured.
At Bo'clock this morning three dead j
bodies had been taken from the ruins,
and fifteen wounded and dying. Only j
those on the third floor hail been
reached. the .room containing the
dancing-school pupils not yet being I
How the Work Was Prosecuted.
Immediately upon the burst of the
cyclone the fire bells were sounded and
the police went to work. Within ten
ninutes a posse appeared at the Falls
V'ity hall wreck. The walls of the ad
joining house was first, propped, then
began the work of cutting through the
roof that covered all. After four hours
.of ceaseless labor, the first victim, Mrs.
Sarah Kelly, was unearthed. She was
found sitting upright, her head bruised
and one arm broken. She said at the
first quake she made a rush for the en
trance, where women were knocked
down and trampled on. Seeing the
overwhelming jam at the door, several
The excavation was then moved from
Hie rear to the front, w fie re it is sup
posed the greater crowd gathered. As
loon as the roofing was removed and
the mass of brick beneath, ten women,
locked in each other's arms, were drawn
out. Inside the next hour six men
and women were drawn out dead, but
with no wounds. It is thought all met
their death from suffocation. The gas
pipes were broken and flooded the debris
with a vapor almost as deadly as (ire
might have proven. Ways were pierced
into the breast of the ruin and bodies
drawn out dead and dying.
Fire Breaks Out.
At 12 o'clock the opening of a portion
of the debris of Falls City hall, caused a
draught, whereupon the smouldering
tire broke out fiercely, spread rapidly,
and forced the workers to desert, the
place. As soon as the fire gained head
way, the groans of the imprisoned people
became shrieks. So great was the hor
ror that the watchers grew frantic, and
screamed and ran about like mad, the
terrible sufferings which they were
unable to alleviate driving them to de
spair. Several lines of hose were soon
lb rowing water on the tunes, but it was
■more than an hour before work could be
proceeded with. It was then carried on
with much difficulty on account of the
heat. Up to twelve o'clock only about
twenty-five dead bodies and twenty-five
wounded and dying were taken from the
A Father's Awful Agony.
At 11:30 the room where the children
were dancing was reached. Lewis
Simms, Jr., had for hours been moving
about in agony in front of that portton
of the wreck where his wife and four
children had been. When the room
was reached Mrs. Simms was found fa
tally hurt. Then within fifteen minutes
of each other three of Simms's children
were recovered. They were unconscious
and had only a faint possibility of liv
ing. While the father was imploring
the workers to get his other child fire
broke out, and the work was suspended.
The last man taken out alive before
the flames started was John Hepden.
A Survivor's Experience.
A thrilling experience was that of
George H. Capito, who was present at a
meeting of the Knights of Honor in the
lodgeroom on the top floor. He says:
''The first intimation of danger was two
distinct rockings of the building, about
which time the windows were blown
from their casings, and immediately the
plastering began to drop from the ceil
ing. A wild rush was made for the ante
room, which carried me with it, and I
just reached the door when the entire
floor gave way and we were precipitated
to the basement, blinded and almost suf
focated by the cloud of dust,
and crushed and jammed by the I
"falling timbers. In some way the
door frame fell with me and maintained
an upright position when it stopped,
and 1 was enabled to extricate myself
from the debris and make my exit to the
street through the adjoining house,
whose doors i kicked in. lat once re
turned over the ruins with several men
and extinguished the fire then begun.
By this time rain was falling in torrents.
The lightning flashes only gave
momentary views of the positions of the
ruins and blinded everybody. The en
tire building collapsed in the front and
rear. Of the east and west sides
nothing was standing above the second
story. There were nearly a hundred
members present at our lodge meeting.
Fully two-thirds of those were ladies.
Besides our lodge another order was
holding a meeting on the same floor
with us. A band was rehearsing on the
second floor, and a party of decorators
were at work in the large hall preparing
for an entertainment. So far as I could
judge, there were less than a dozen, all
told, who got out unhurt, and the cries
for help and groans that, issued from the
broken and twisted heap, was proof that
scores were still there, unable to es
A Large Section of Country Devastated.
Many Lives Lost.
Gallatin, Term., March 28. —The
worst storm in the history of this place,
visited here last night. Two miles out a
number of houses were destroyed. In
town the residence of John Hibbott was
blown away, and his eighteen-months
old baby and twelve-year-old boy were
killed, and Hibbott and wife fatally in
jured. Wm. Patterson's residence was
demolished and five persons injured.
James Patterson's house was wrecked,
and he and his wife very badly hurt.
Many other residences were destroyed.
The cyclone did its worst work after
leaving here, however; for twenty-five
miles everything was damaged. All the
houses beyond Bledsoe, up to Enli,
Macon county, have been partially
wrecked or demolished. Fully one hun
dred people are crippled in that section
i and are under the care of doctors. It is
impossible tonight to obtain an authentic
: list of the dead and wounded, as com
munication by wire is cut of. It is be
lieved, however, that the reports from
the different villages will swell the list of
dead in an alarming manner. Probably
the most damage done was at Bogana,
that town being almost-completely swept
away, but few houses escaping. House
hold goods, merchandise, farm imple
ments and everything was swept indis
criminately into Bledsoe creek. Tonight
many people are destitute. Efforts at
relief are yet very slight, every town
, being dazed and worried with tlie care
of its own dead ami injured. Gallatin is
PATH OF THE STORM.
The Awful Ruin Left In the Cyclone's
Louisville, March 28. —The tornado
entered the southeastern portion of the
city at Eighteenth street, swept a path
five blocks wide diagonally, reaching in
a ragged line to Seventh street, leveling
every building in its path, probably
j 2,500 houses. A rough estimate puts
the killed at 500, with thousands of in
jured. The city is filled with a crazed
mass of people, wildly seeking their
friends. A large force of men is at work
on the ruins. One hundred bodies have
been recovered. The buildings on the
main street, from Eighth to Fourteenth,
arc in ruins. Not one of the handsome
wholesale houses is left, and all the
tobacco warehouses have been swept
Every house on Market, Jefferson and
Walnut streets, from Tenth to Six
teenth, is in ruins. Parkland suburb is
swept aw : ay. Such desolation no city
has known in this century. Every build
ing, tree ami telegraph pole in the dis
trict struck is leveled.
The cyclone was predicted by the
Signal Service yesterday afternoon, but
no heed was paid to the warning. The
cyclone came with scarce a warning
sound, and in all the buildings struck
the inhabitants were engaged in their
The district laid waste comprises an
area three miles long and nearly half a
The Louisville hotel was unroofed and
otherwise wrecked. The next building
west, occupied as a cigar-store upon the
first floor and sleeping rooms upon the
second and third, was razed to the
ground, not a single brick remaining in
place. In the destruction of this house
many lives were lost, principally per
sons who occupied sleeping-rooms there.
Many of them were girls employed at
Saloons and other available places
have been turned into hastily improvised
morgues, where bodies are taken as re
covered and left awaiting identification^
Eleventh street seemed to serve as
kind of a flue for the storm. All the
intercepting objects in that line were
practically reduced to nothingness.
Down this street it carried th* fronts ot
| the buildings, mostly residences, on
each side, leaving in many instances
the furniture and other contents un
molested. Jefferson and Market B%reets
are in almost as bad condition as Main.
Hundreds of wagons are busy carting
away soiled and broken furniture from
the shattered houses.
Along Main street, the path of the
storm extended from Sixth to Eleventh
streets, and from Seventh to Eleventh
streets not a single building was left
This morning presented one of the
most stupendous spectacles of disaster
and ruin ever witnessed. In the course
of the storm lay the great tobacco
market. Today the warehouses lie in
ruins. Thousands of hogsheads of to
bacco lie in a mass of brick and mortar.
MORE THAN A CYCLONE.
It Wax a Tornado of Great Breadth and
Louis VILLE, Ky., March 28. —It is very
evident that the storm was not a mere
cyclone, as its effect is too widespread.
Formilesineitherdireetion from the. city
occasional roofs are torn off and trees
lifted out by the roots. As the special
train sped towards the fated city, bear
ing the Associated Press representatives
from Indianapolis, evidences were first
noticeable fully fifty miles out. First
came to view an occasional dead tree
broken tc pieces, then larger and more
substantial trees, finally the monarchsof
the forest. Many little towns along the
Jeffersonville, Madison and Indianapolis
road were fairly stripped of signs and
When the scene of disaster was reached
an appalling sight was presented.
Crowds of people thronged the Four
teenth-street station, and from there up
Main street to the heart of the city, was
a mass of humanity. On the other side
was wreck and ruin. Stores in heaps
presented the appearance of having
simply crumbled to the earth. Gangs
of rescuers were at work on great masses
of debris in the search for victims of the
awful calamity. The wreck was so great
that it beggars attempt at detail.
Louisville, March 28. -7:30 p. m.—lt
is now thought the deaths will number
about 150. A large force has been sent
out to make athorough canvass of the
devastated district and report the losses
of life and property as fully as possible.
They will try and make a statement to
The property loss at present is esti
mated at nearly a million dollars.
The work of rescuing the mangled
dead goes bravely on. Hundreds of
anxious men are working as they never
worked before for bodies of friends and
relatives that lie buried in the mass of
brick and mortar that covers the site
where yesterday stood Falls City hall.
The cries of men, women and children
are heard on every side, and a
surging crowd of ten thousand
people block the streets for several
squares. It is a sight to strike
anguish to the soul. The pen is power
less to express the awful scenes that
each succeeding minute rolls through
the ghastly panorama. The bodies of
dead and wounded are being dragged
from beneath the ruins all around the
district, and the men, women and child
ren, who linger about, are filled with
dread and anxiety, lest they recognize in
the shapeless mass the remains of some
relative or friend.
Clara Barton to the Fore.
Washington, March 28.—Clara Bar
ton, president of the White Cross Asso
ciation, called on President Harrison to
day, and informed him she was going to
Louisville with a large corps of assist
ants to render all the aid possible. The
President was much affected at the tid
ings from the storm-stricken districts,
and wished her good speed.
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Curious Features of the Storm at Me
M etropoi.is, 111., March 28. —This town'
was visited by a fearful storm yesterday,
resulting in the wounding and death of
a portion of its citizens, and such whole
sale destruction of property as was never
known l>efore. Suddenly there came
from tlie southwest a rolling, apparently
born of the union of two clouds, which
met in midair; in a moment
it swooped down in tlie Ohio
river, ami lifting a column of water
estimated all the way from 200 to
500 feet in height. This curious phe
nomenon swept onward, striking the
river front. From there it rushed
through the residence and business por
tion of the city, nothing in its path
escaping damage more or less serious.
A number of buildings were completely
demolished. Not one of the more costly
and prominent buildings in the city es
caped. Allen's hotel, Winton's stave
works, the Metropolitan Woolen Mills,
the First National Bank, Wittaman's
carriage factory, jail aild city buildings,
and the Empire Flouring Mills
and warehouses are among those who
contribute most to the loss. The only
person killed outright was Emily Mar
shall, a colored woman, but the list of
wounded is long. There were marvelous
escapes, the most notable being that of
the family of William Mathias, whose
residence was overturned and carried
away leaving the family on the lower
floor unharmed. In the country the de
vastation is even more appalling. Sev
eral farm residences and outbuildings
were entirely swept away, but no one
was seriously hurt. The loss here is
over a quarter of a million.
Bowling Green Swept Away.
Cincinnati, March 28.—A dispatch
states that a tornado struck the town of
Bowling Green, Kentucky, and com
pletely wiped it out. Bowling Green
has a population of 5,000. The loss of
life is computed to be large.
Cincinnatti, March 29, 2:15 a. m.—All
efforts to secure news from Bowling
Green, Ky., up to this hour have proved
fruitless. Tonight Bowling Green is out
of the world as far as getting any infor
mation from there is concerned. The
worst is feared and the best is hoped
for. It is also reported late tonight that
the town of Marion, Ky., is badly
wrecked and several killed.
VICKSBUBG, Miss., March 28. —The
crevasses on the river tonight are re
ported widening at all points, and con
sternation prevails. All but the highest
portions of the Yazoo delta will be in
undated. At a break now 600 feet
wide and 20 feet deep the water
is running through with tremendous
velocity. The town is covered with
water to a depth of ten feet or more.
Many houses have, floated off their
foundations, and the loss in stock is
great. No human life has been lost yet:
The outlook is very gloomy.
AGAIN A PRISONER.
The Seal Poacher Pathfinder Disabled
Port Townsknd, March 28.—The Brit
ish sealing schooner Pathfinder, Captain
Arthur Morgan, Victoria, B. C, was
towed into port tonight by the United
States revenue cutter Oorwin. The
schooner was found at Neah Bay, Wash
ington, with her rudder disabled. The
Pathfinder was detained pending in
structions from the Department at
Washington. The schooner is one of the
British sealing vessels seized last year in
Bering sea, by the United States reve
nue cutter Richard Rush, and ordered
to Sitka, Alaska, in charge of a prize
crew consisting of one seaman, and in
stead escaped to Victoria. Since then it
has been engaged in sealing off the Amer
ican and British coast.
WEARY OF LIFE.
A K. of P. Commander Suicides at
San Diego, March 28.—Lieutenant-
Colonel H. E. Stoddard, commander of
the Third Regiment of Uniform Rank
K. of P., committed suicide this morning
in a public park in this city, by placing
a revolver between his teeth and firing
a fatal shot. The deceased came to San
Diego about eight months ago from Po
mona, and had been in bad health since.
The cause of his suicide was despon
dency. His wife and daughter reside in
Free Raw Material.
Boston, March 28.—The Commercial
Bulletin says: At a secret meeting the
new Wool Consumers' Association today
decided that all the business experience
of this and other manufacturing coun
tries shows that the interests of all
classes are favored by free raw material,
and the interests of wool-growers, manu
facturers, dealers and consumers of this
country require that wool and other raw
material be free.
M. E. South Conference.
Sacramento, March 28. —At today's
session of the Methodist Conference,.
South, the following were elected dele
gates to the next annual conference: W.
R. Bane, D. A. Ostrom, C. E. Clay and
Benjamin Campbell; alternates, J. R.
Compton, J. M. Short, J. Miller and
Smith's Libel Suit.
San Diego, March 28. — The suit
brought by G. W. Monteith against
Walter G. Smith, editor of the Evening
Sun, for criminal libel, ended today at
the preliminary trial by Smith being
bound over in the sum of $300 bonds to
answer before the Superior Court.
A Residence Burned.
Santa Barbara, March 28.—A dwel
ling-house belonging to Christine Leer
son, at Goleta, was burned last night,
together with a portion of the furniture.
The occupants barely escaped. Tlie loss
is about $2,000, partially insured; cause,
a defective flue.
Fresno, March 28.—First race, three- '
eighths of a mile and repeat, $200 —Sun-
day won in two heats, in and 35>£ ;
Cyclone second, Springwater third.
One and one-quarter miles, handicap,
$250—Ed McGinnis won in 2 :o7hi, Daisy
Washington Legislature Adjourned.
Olympia, March 28.—The first Legis
lature of the State of Washington, after
being in session 143 days, adjourned sine
die. One hundred and seventy-five bills
became laws. The total appropriations
amount to $684,000.
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