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SOUTHERN STATES SWEPT BY TORNADO; 225 DEAD
MORE BATTLESHIPS NEEDED
ROOSEVELT'S PLAN FOR BIG
NAVY HAS SUPPORT
Danger of Unexpected War with Ori
ental Power Emphasized Leaders
In Upper House of Congress
Ask for Appropriation
Special to Tho Herald. 77
WASHINGTON, April 24.— Pleading
that a powerful fleet be maintained in
the Pacific, Senator Piles of Washing
ton and others who uphold the presi
dent's policy urged that the amend
ment to the naval appropriation bill
providing for four battleships be
Danger of war with an oriental pow
er was pointed out during the discus
sion and the-absolute necessity of
maintaining a fleet on the Pacific
coast was emphasized.
Senator Hale, as was expected, op
posed Roosevelt's policy, and when the
senate adjourned for the day the ques
tion had not been decided.
"Arguments In favor of the presi
dent's program for four battleships
consumed most of tho session of the
senate today. Senator Piles of Wash
ington, declared the Asiatic situation
affecting the Pacific coast was a men
ace to that section, as warelouds
might quickly rise there over some
clash between Americans and the Jap
anese. He wanted a fleet kept In the
Mr. Hale laid before the senate a
statement of battleships and other fea
tures of the American navy program,
which he said showed that as large
a fleet as is now In the Pacific can be
kept there and at the same time there
would be ships for a still larger fleet
for the Atlantic coast.
Senator Beverldge ((included the de
bate for the day with a strong ap
peal to senators to vote for four bat
tleships. He was constantly engaged
In exchanges of words with other sen-,
liteirs. He insisted that peace and not
war would be promoted by the building
up of the navy. -.■■--•.
.During the latter part of the session
telegrams were delivered to all sena
tors from a magazine appealing to
them for four battleships.
"If the four battleships appropriation
be not granted," the telegram stated,
"we shall urge the president to veto
the naval bill."
Hale Opposes Roosevelt
Senator" Hale opened the debate by
submitting a statement of the naval
estimate already provided for, which,
he said, would permit a fleet as large
as that now making Its way up the
Pacific coast and leave a larger fleet
for the Atlantic coast. He said there
had been authorized, Including the au
thorisation of the pending bill, thirty
one battleships and a great many
cruisers, many of them as large as bat
"I do not think," said Mr. Hale,
"that senators and representatives
have appreciated these facts. We are
not compelled to build another great
fleet In order to have protection on
Senator Bacon asked Senator Hale If
he had any positive knowledge that
the fleet now In the Poclflc was to be
Bent around the world, and Mr. Hale
replied that he had no direct and posi
tive Information, but from-legislation
that had been recommended he was
sure the fleet was preparing to encircle
Mr. Hale said that legislation has
been recommended as "being suitable
and essential to maintain our rank and
dignity In view of the fact, that the
fleet is to visit Asiatic ports, perhaps
Africa, the Mediterranean and Euro
He said the president, as commander
In chief, had command of the fleet and
may order it where he will in the ab
sence, of law and regulations, but, of
course, congress, If It. desired, could
regulate the control of the fleet. •
"I do not," said Mr. Hale, "see all
the advantages 'of j the cruise seen by'
the secretary • of ■ the navy and the
president, but I never. have taken the
view that the sending of 'the. "fleet
around the world Is usurpation, and I
can see somo benefits from it. in the
way of disciplining the fleet. .
"I think the ■ fleet is. going , around
the world, and I bid it godspeed,. hop
ing*-: that we shall get out of the ex
periment without, any complications.
I do not fear danger, as I do not think
the people in any part lof the world
where this fleet will go will be found
hostile to us, and 1 , do"', not fear the
remotest possibility of . war between
any country and the United States."..
, Asks for Battleships .
An earnest appeal was made by Sen
ator. Piles of' Washington In favor of
four : battleships. . -
'.'This, he declared,:.was a measure of
peace, and not of war. He came from
the section of the ■ country j that i must
be the | storm • center of any conflict in
the k Pacific ocean.-., The 'people of ;\ the
Pacific ' were, in favor of four battle
ships. He sent to the vice ; president's
desk , a • statement ". of ■■» a ;;. vote of > 162
editors r attending >a s, meeting In New
York, which, he said,'showed 126 In fa
vor of four battleships and, the presi
dent's - policy,; for.; naval expansion. ■
v While he had never been one of those
whoi feared' war, ■■ It < could' not ?be t de
nied, he said,' that there was on •.. the
Pacific coast; a - peculiar condition, , and
the I time was coming when the ] people
of the country would have to face that
condition. - - - ».""•«'-*."**.'•'. " ;v;** *:' r- ..-'-'
The Pacific coast,": he \ added, had by
Its : opportunities, attracted * many Asi
atics,* who i had i been -reared In»a ■ dif
ferent ;, way.;, from I the ~; people ii of M the
United States. 7 There was a possibility
of a clash between' these * people (\ and
those of the Pacific coast. Under such
conditions,'^ he" declared,'",*-, they '■■,% some
times | resort I to «arms.-'_*j That ij had % not
(Continued on Pago Two) 'I
LOS ANGELES HERALD
CHURCHILL LOSES SEAT
W PARLIAMENT AFTER
By Associated Pre... - \*f i
MANCHESTER, England, April 24.^0 & 1
northwest division of Manchester, by M
heaviest poll cast in twenty years, to _.
reversed It. verdict of 1008, and by a ma
jority of 428 votes, unaeuted a. its member
of parliament Winston Bpence,r Churchill,
liberal, who ha. Just been made . president
of the board of trade in the new Asquith
cabinet, and who two years ago so bril
liantly wrested the sent from W. Johnson
Hicks, unionist, the successful candidate
today. - .
Daily Naval Report
Special to The Herald. ■
WASHINGTON, April 24.— The fol
lowing orders were issued at the navy
Commander J. T. Newton, to duty
as general inspector of equipment of
vessels building for the navy at pri
vate shipyards on the Atlantic coast,
with headquarters at New York.
Commander A. W. Grant, In com
mand of supply ship Arthusa, to duty
as chief of staff to commander In chief
United States Atlantic fleet.
Lieutenant Commander S. P. Fullln
wider, Lieutenant Commander R. Mc-
Lean, Lieutenant D. W. Wurtsbaugh
and Lieutenant D. W. Weaver, to duty
as aids of staff commander In chief
United States Atlantic fleet.
Lieutenant A. W. Marshall, from
navy yard, New York, to the Birming
Ensign R. L. Lowman, from the
Georgia to the Wisconsin.
Ensign F. M. Perkins, from the Ne
braska to the Wisconsin.
Ensign W. L. Frledell, from the Ken
tucky to the South Dakota.
Ensign J. D. Little, from the Rhode
Island to the Wisconsin.
Ensign E. Durr, from the Yorktown
to the South Dakota. ! .
Ensign L. Minor, from the Alabama
to the Yorktown.
Ensign R. B. Strassburger, to the
Ensign M. R. Manly, from the Kear
sarge to the South Dakota.
Midshipman P. E. Wete and Midship-,
man P. N. L. Bellinger, from the Ver
mont to the Wisconsin.
Midshipman S. P. Lawton, from the
Colorado to Goldsboro.
Midshipman W. E. Sherlock Jr., from
the Minnesota to the Wisconsin.
Midshipman T. A. Thomas Jr., from
the Minnesota to the South Dakota.
Midshipman C, E. Pugh and Mid
shipman C. McC. McGill, from the
Washington to the Colorado.
Midshipman G. K. Davis, from Chi
cago to Birmingham. ....'■_
•Midshipman" H. M. Jensen, from the
Alabama to the Wisconsin.
'Chief Gunner S. Chiles, navy yard,
Washington, to the Montana.
Investigate Tacoma Accident
A court of Inquiry has been appoint
ed by tin- secretary of the navy to de
termine the responsibility for the ac
cident to the cruiser Tacoma, which
had her rudder Jammed while entering
the harbor at Wllllamsted island,
Curacao. The court will meet at the
New York navy yard Saturday. It con
sists of Captain Aaron Ward, Captain
Edward B. Berry and Captain Gott
Marine Corps Orders
Captain Carl Jamborg Andresen has
been detached from the Nebraska and
Captain E. E. Went, from headquar
ters, U. S. M. C, to marine barracks
at the navy yard, New York.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles A.
Doyen, to board duty at Washington,
D. C, detached from Atlantic fleet.
It was announced at the navy de
partment today that the battleships
Maine and Alabama will be: detached
from the United States Atlantic bat
tleship fleet May 16 and organized into
a special service squadron under the
command of Captain Giles B. Harber,
now commanding the Maine. This
squadron Is under orders to leave San
Francisco June 5 and proceed to the
Atlantic coast by • way of Honolulu,
Guam, Philippines and the Suez canal.
Their places In the Atlantic fleet will
be supplied by the battleships Wiscon
sin and Nebraska.
No ■ official explanation has been
made why the Maine and Alabama are
sent In advance over the route to be
followed a few weeks later by the en
tire fleet. - 7 7>i i- ',
7 Movements of Naval Vessels .
I,- The cruiser California is at Ana
cortes. v-.\7 ■ •
The cruiser y West Virginia is at
Bremerton.' ;.'7' •> .
• The cruiser Prarle , has , arrived at
- The gunboat Buque has sailed from
Port au Prince for Curacao. ,'
The gunboats Marietta and Paducah
sailed, today from /Guantanamo 5 for
Port au Prince. ,
• The cruiser Hartford •- and torpedo
boat Rowan have been placed ;in com
mission, the former at Norfolk and the
latter at Puget Sound, Wash.
Metcalf to Leave Monday
' Secretary of * the Navy Metcalf ex
pects to leave Washington ' next Mon
day afternoon for San Francisco, where
he will . view • the Atlantic and,. Pa
cific I fleet In \ San \ Francisco . bay; early
In V May.:: He i expect *to '. arrive : at' his
destination May 1.1 The duration of his
stay at» San ; Francisco . has * not been
determined. .-.*;.•: -.,;. '
, • On Western Duty : .;
-. A ' dispatch . has -. been \ received from
W. J. Biggy, chief -of .'police of San
Francisco, asking 1 that ■;?,' Detective
Thomas fB. MeNamee, be • sent; there
for duty .while the fleet, is, being enter
tained. :, .Detective 7 MeNamee <" starts
GILLETT ' PLACES; PERSONAL s
'■-'', FRIENDS ON REGENCY BOARD
By Associated Press. .' _' ',' ;'..'■ 7' "7
,; SACRAME. TO. April * 24.— Governor
Glllett ;*, today J placed _ two,-; of ; his . per
sonal - friends on [ the 1 board fof * regents
of , the University of } California.*-,; The
new, members* ' are Frank S. 'Johnson! of
San J Rafael j and IU. H. 1 Crocker lof " San
Francisco, j.; Both ? men J succeed I Pardee
appointees | whose : terms | have "expired.
Johnson f takes»the! place of J James fA.
.Waymlre, and Crocker replaces Charles
M. Elllngwood lof 1 San '! Francisco. ;
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SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 25, 1908.
DE CHAULNES EXPIRES IN
ARMS OF WIFE
FORMER MISS SHONTS, AMERICAN
Heartbroken, Young Woman Refuses
to Leave Her Dead and Keeps
;;• Lonely Vigil by His
By Associated Press.
PARIS, April 24.—1n the presence of
his bride of less than three months,
Emmanuel Theodore Bernard Marie
d'Albert de Luynes d'Allly, ninth duke
of Chaulnes, and of Plequigny, and
marquis of Dangeau, died suddenly
from heart failure at 11 o'clock ' Thur
sday night. In his apartments in the
Hotel Langham, In the Rue Boezader.
The physicians summoned.to attend
the duke in his sudden seizure officially
gave the cause of death as embolism of
The Due de Chaulnes and the duch
ess, who was Miss Theodora Shonts,
youngest daughter of Theodore P.
Shonts of New York, were married
in New York on February 14 last.
The wedding was a brilliant social
function, and the end of the- brief
honeymoon was sudden and tragic.
Since the arrival of the couple here a
month ago they ' have lived compara
tively quietly at the Hotel Langham,
taking an occasional automobile ride in
the afternoon and in the evening din
ing with intimate friends or going to
Duke 111 for Years
The duke, for years,' has suffered
from a weak heart, and for some time
had been the subject of fainting spells.
Several times since his arrival here
he consulted Dr. Henri Iscovesco in an
effort to obtain relief from his ailment.
Yesterday ' evening the duke and I
duchess, both in the best of spirits, I
returned from a drive in the Bois de I
Boulogne. They dined In their pri- ]
vate apartments, and an hour after
dinner the duke complained of feeling
111 and retired. •
About 11 o'clock he was suddenly
stricken,; gasped, fo»- -breath; and Im
mediately lost "consciousness. The
duchess was seized with panic and
screamed for aid. A maid who re
sponded to her cry was hurriedly dis
patched for Dr. Iscovesco, while the
hotel management summoned another
physician. The two doctors ' arrived
simultaneously at the bedside of' the
sufferer, and administered the most
powerful stimulants, but their efforts
were in vain. \.,"_
Died in Wife's Arms
The duchess was holding the duke in
her arms when he expired. She was
overcome by grief and could not be
persuaded by some of her American
friends who visited the apartment to
leave the bedside of her dead husband,
and kept vigil there throughout the
Theodore P. Shonts was notified by
cable of his daughter's bereavement,
and a message was received from him
today saying that he would take the
first steamer leaving New York and
come to Paris. The duke's family was
notified this morning and his sister, the
Duchess d'Uzes, who was at Biarritz,
started immediately for Paris.
Today Mrs. H. Milllngton Drake and
other friends did what they could to
comfort the distracted widow, whose
grief calmed somewhat during the af
When the death of the duke became
generally known today a steady
stream of the duke's friends, including
a number of members of the French
nobility, called at the hotel and left
cards of condolence.
The refusal of the hotel authorities
during the afternoon to give particu
lars concerning the death of the duke
led to reports that there was some
mystery surrounding it, but these were
completely dlsslpltated by M. Jeanton,
a . police physician who made an ex
amination of the body In the presence
of other physicians, and officially cer
tified that death was due to a natural
Cause and that there was no necessity
for an autopsy.
, Tonight the body of the duke was
placed in a double oak coffin, and to
morrow it will be transferred to ■• a
crypt In the church of St. Philip de
Roule,- where It will remain pending
arrangements for the funeral, which
it is expected will not take place until
after the arrival of Mr. Shonts from
New York. *'-.'■ ■ '
• In accordance with traditions of the
French nobility, - the funeral will be a
pretentious " function, and - will attract
to Paris I the representatives of ' most
of the ancient families in France, with
which the duke's family is allied. .
TAFT OFF TO PANAMA.
APRIL 30, IS DECISION
Secretary of War Needed In Canal
, Zone, According to Cabinet Re
port Will Be Absent
';-.,. Three Weeks ,7 7
By Associated Press.,,
7 WASHINGTON, April 24.—As • the
result of i deliberations ■ at: the . cabinet
sesssion, tcday It was determined that
Secretary Taft ► should go' to Panama.
He. will sail April '30 from Charleston,
BjC.,;on> the cruiser Prairie.. A de
tachment of marines also will be sent
on - the ? Prairie.* • ; .-;•■ ■;.•_■'. ■<■•. -7: 7' ■•• :
irf-V- number': of '. questions between . the
Unit ed < States „ and -; Panama > and i be
tween; Panama ; and' Colombia * will .be
negotiated | during the ; secretary's: stay
on the Isthmus. It is said to be neces
tnr> that | the .. concessions 1 the . United
States obtained from Panama provided
fur* In o a protocol i should be J embodied
in * a' permanent 5 treaty. "The J secretary
will !be absent} three j weeks. ;
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DUCHESS DE CHAULNES, WHO TWO MONTHS AGO WAS MISS THEODORA SHONTS
DE SAGAN GREETS
MME. ANNA GOULD
PRINCE MEETS HEIRESS AT
KISSES HER HAND, EMBRACES
Titled Frenchman, Ardent Wooer of
Late Financier's Daughter, Wei. -
comes Her In Italy—Wedding
May Take Place There
■* - '.
By Associated Press.
NAPLES, April 24.—Madame Anna
Gould arrived here today from New-
York on boarc". the steamer Frlederich
der Grosse and was met in the harbor
by Prince Helie De Sagan, who arrived
in England a few days ago and hur
ried hither to welcome Mme. Gould.
The steamer came Into the harbor at
6 o'clock this morning and the prince
was one of the first to go on board.
Ho rushed to Mme. Gould's cabin, met
her at the door, lifted his hat and
kissed her hand. The prince refused to
be interviewed or make any statement.
The tutor of Mme. Gould's children,
however, in a brief interview said:
"Rest assured that the marriage will
occur, but nobody can say when or
where. My conviction rests on what I
have seen and heard from Mme. Gould.
I am sure It is a true love match."
Madame Gould was smiling and ap
parently contented. After the prince
had kissed her hand she took him to
the salon reserved for ladles, where
they conversed for half an hour.
Madame Gould then took the prince to
her cabin, where he met the children.
He kissed them repeatedly. The party
had a light breakfast, after which Mme.
Gould and the prince, accompanied by
the proprietor of the hotel where rooms
have been engaged for Mme. Gould,
went ashore In a special launch and
took an automobile from the dock to
the Bertollnl Palace hotel. There Mme.
Gould had luncheon today with the
.. It Is reported that Count- Bonl de
Castellane has arrived.-. here and is
about to challenge the prince to a duel,
but this is declared to be unfounded.
• Mme. Gould' refused to see anybody
and after entering theij hotel, kept out
of sight of other persons living there.
The editor lof I a Neapolitan i newspa
per, who knew Prince Helle ;de Sagan
In Paris, wrote the prince letter to
day asking for a statement as-to his
Intentions.7 Prince Helie replied that
he ; had nothing to add : to ! his , former
statements, and only desired to be left
at peace. He was trusting to, the pro
verbial hospitality, of the Neapolitans,
he added,' and the fates may soon put
an end to Indiscreet conjectures.. .
.Among the letters received by Sagan
from Paris today was one I resummon
ing him to appear to testify | concern
ing charges made against ' Count I Bonl
de Castellane for using documents said
to' be ■ forged *In a recent, case. ■■■-.-'•■ -■
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Shoots His Brother
By Associated Press. ' ',;,.'.,,
REDDING, April ', 24.—James Bab
cock; shot ■ his brother Abe in the hip
last night at their homeVon * Reld's
creek, eight miles west ' of! Red ;. Bluff.
.The brothers .>.> had .been -, quarreling.
James,' seeing what he had done; broke
the gun barrel : by'smashing: it over a
rock, f Abe t refuses ;'j to »prosecute;; his
brother, declaring the shooting was ac
,-(dental. He will recover.
Summary of the News
*:;«%<> i FORECAST
For Los Angeles and vicinity:
Fair Saturday; light north winds,
changing to west. Maximum tem
perature yesterday, 74; mini.,
Sailors' boat races attract great
Thousands at Santa Monica sleep on
Democrats to select delegates at spe
Heads of financial Institutions favor
great Pacific fleet.
Casselman case will reach Jury to
Santa Barbara awaits fleet's arrival.
City decorated in honor of warships.
Last of Ocean Park illegal registra
tion cases dismissed.
Two new witnesses confront Tirey L.
Ford in trial of bribery case in San
Juror in Ruef case dismissed because
he had formerly served term In prison.
Admiral Evans Is rapidly gaining
strength under course of treatment he
is receiving at Paso Robles.
T. B. Rickey of Nevada' offers to pay
bank depositors dollar for dollar pro
vided directors will aid him and In
dictments are dropped.
Railroads hasten to pay last install
ment of taxes Into state treasury.
Adjutant general of California sends
out many, commissions.
State university at Berkeley is plan
ning one of greatest law schools In the
world. . .
Urgent plea that powerful fleet be
maintained In Pacific is made by Sena
tor Piles of Washington during discus
sion of naval appropriation bill. *■■'.-'%
Tornado in south kills many persons
and destroys valuable property In three
Former President Cleveland, slowly
recovering, still unable to leave hotel at
- Rock Island railroad announces teleg
raphers will be replaced by telephone
system of dispatching trains.
World becoming less warlike, accord
ing to Secretary of State Elihu Root,
who addresses international lawyers
Secretary of War Tafi decides to go
to Panama, leaving Washington
April 30. ;'-\*::'
Due de Chaulnes, husband of Miss
Shonts lof New York, and who was
married only a few months ago, dies
suddenly in hotel in Paris, expiring in
his wife's arms. '■..''
Prince, Helle de Sagan meets Anna
Gould in Naples; wedding may take
place there. .. -.
Winston Churchill unseated as mem
ber of [ parliament ■ from Manchester
after one of the hottest campaigns ever
recorded In England. . -
North sea and ' Baltic treaties are
bond of peace for; nations; terms of
compact made public.'*,^_H||^W
Publishers Called as Witnesses
By Associated Press.,...'.
■.WASHINGTON, April : 24.— tele
gram inviting testimony was sent to
Herman. Rldder, president, and ■E. H.-
Baker, • secretary, of the * American
Newspaper Publishers' association, and
Melville I-:. Stone, general manager of
the*i Associated Press, by Chairman
Mann (if ■ the: committee to Investigate
charges i that the high price of printing
papery is due ito a combination or con
spiracy .! In restraint of trade.
SINGLE COPIES: %P&M!TWtP
SIX POWERS CONCUR IN NEW
INTEGRITY OF NORTH LANDS
Text of Document Signed at Berlin Is
Made Public — Germany Is
Well P.'-ased with
By Associated Press.
BERLIN, April 24.— North sea
treaty signed here yesterday was made
public today. It takes the form of a
Joint declaration, as follows;
The governments of Germany, Den
mark. France, Great Britain and the
Netherlands and Sweden, Influenced by
the wish to strengthen the bonds of
neighborly friendship between their
states, concur in the policy of the lands
bordering on the north aiming at pre
serving the existing territorial status
They declare, therefore, that they are
firmly resolved to maintain and mutu
ally respect the existing territorial
rights of their states In these regions.
If any circumstances whatever
should arise which, in tho opinion of
one of the above mentioned govern
ments, threaten the existing territorial
status quo, the signatories of this
declaration will confer with each other
In order to arrive at an understanding
through an agreement among them
selves upon such measures as they
may regard useful in the interest of
preserving the present status quo .of
their possessions. 7. ■
The political decision will bo rati
fied as soon as possible, and the rati
fications will be handed In Berlin so
soon as possible, but not later than
A memorandum attached to the
declaration includes the possibility of
appealing to the declaration in any
case where a state is exercising sov
ereign rights over its own possessions.
The declaration regarding the Baltic
sea, which also was signed yesterday,
likewise was made nubile today. It is
almost identical with the North sea
declaration. The signatories are the
German emperor and the emperor of
Russia, the king of Denmark and the
king of Sweden. Neither France nor
Great Britain participates in this
The North sea agreement is he first
Important diplomatic achievement of
Herr Yon Schoen, the Imperial foreign
secretary. -1., -1 ;^*
The chief significance attached to the
declaration hero Is that It will disarm
foreign suspicions of Germany's de
signs against the Integrity of the
Netherlands. . . ■
WOULD-BE OFFICERS MUST
HAVE STATURE AND SIGHT
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON. April 24.—N0 appli
cant from civil life for an appointment
as art officer in the army will be ac
cepted who is not at least five feet
five inches in height. Also if such ap
plicant is color blind for red. green
or violet he will be rejected. The min
imum for enlisted men is five feet four
Inches. and there is no restriction as
to color blindness.
The . added inch and the visual re
quirements as . applied to ; prospective
officers from civil life were made requi
site in army orders Issued today. i
ENTIRE TOWNS DESTROYED;
1000 PERSONS HURT
NEGROES PERISH AS CABINS ARE
In Purvis, Miss., Twenty-five Whites
and Fifty Colored People Meet
Death —Storm Covers
By Associated Press.
ATLANTA, Ga., April 2,5.--
Reports up to 2 o'clock this
morning indicate that 225 per
sons were killed and 1000 were
injured in storms of great vio
lence which passed over sections
of Louisiana, Mississippi and
Several towns were almost to
tally destroyed and the property
damage will run into large fig
Most of those killed were ne
groes, whose cabins were swept
1 away like so much paper.
Natchez, Miss., reports that of
! sixty-four persons killed in that
section only two were whites.
Late reports from Amite, a
| small town in southeastern Lou- j
' isiana, say that the town was
almost entirely destroyed and
the estimates place the number
killed at between twenty-five and
fifty, while at least seventy-five '
i At McLain, Miss., eight are
killed; at Vidalia, La,, one white
woman and six negroes are dead;
, at Quitman Landing eleven ne-
I groes were killed.'
The latest report at hand comes
from Purvis, Miss., where twen
ty-five whites . and fifty negroes
were killed, and reports of one
to five deaths come from many
towns scattered over • the storm
Details at present are 1 meager.
New Orleans and Mobile were
cut off from wire communication
with the otuside world for sev
eral hours today and the tele
graph companies report wires
down in all directions.
Last night the storm swept through
Georgia, but beyond torrential rains,
accompanied by high winds and bril
liant electrical displays, no serious
damage or loss of life has been re
ported in the state. _,____.
In Louisiana, it la estimated that a
score of small towns were destroyed,
or partially wrecked. They Include
Amite City, Arcadia and Independence.
Belle Grove, Velton, Lorman, Pine
Ridge Quitman Landing, Falrchilds
Creek' Purvis and Lumberton, Miss.,
are reported seriously damaged by the.
storm '*:- v * '"'
In Alabama, Dora was the chief suf
ferer. This town is also known as Ber
gen Four or more persons were killed,
among them the wife and daughter ot
Section Master Moore. Fifty persons
at the lowest estimate were injured.
Those most seriously hurt were car
ried to hospitals in Birmingham. One.
woman, Mrs. McCully, died on the train.
Cars Blown Away
e_t Bergen cars were blown from
the railroad tracks and considerable
other property destroyed.
Reports also say that the storm
struck Albertville, La., late last night,
doing much destruction to life and
property. An unconfirmed report from
this section gives the death list at from
thirty to thirty-five, with scores of
persons injured. . . _
A train was sent from Birmingham
last night carrying physicians and a
squad of state militiamen to the dis
From Meridian, Miss., comes a re
port that Mrs. John Minniece and her
child were killed outright, and John
Minniece was seriolsly injured, while
a number of other persons were hurt,
and there was considerable destruction ,
Richland and Lamourle, La., wero
struck by the storm and nearly a fifth
of their population injured.
Winchester, Miss., a small town, is
reported destroyed, though only two
persons are known to have been killed.
Mobile reported nine dead at Hat
tiesburg. Miss., but this has not been'
confirmed. ■ 7 -.'-':,:
WIND ATTAINS VELOCITY OF
60 MILES AN HOUR IN MEMPHIS
By Associated Press.
MEMPHIS, April 24.—At the Mem-'
phis office of the Yazoo and Missis
sippi Valley railroad it was reported
that several persons had been killed at
Walls. The first train from the south
on that road arrived here at noon. The I
train did not stop at Walls, but the
crew reported half a dozen stores and
many residences had been demolished.
In Memphis the wind reached a ve
locity of sixty miles an hour, uproot- 1
ing trees, blowing down telegraph and 1
telephone wires and crashing In plate S
FIVE KILLED IN ONE PARISH;
MANY NEGROES ARE HURT
By Associated Press.
NATCHEZ, Miss., April 24.—Flve7
sons were killed and several Injured \n\.
a tornado which '. swept over , Vldal*a,\;
La., this : morning. Dovereaux Shields '
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