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Alonzo J. Coburn, Southern Railway
engineer, of Charleston.
Ida 'Morgan, white.
~osa Robinson, white.
Rosa Robinson, white.
E. V. Cutter, motorman, of Charles
Rojert E. Smith, of Columbia.
Mrs. -M. Goodson, of Waycross, Ga.
Charles Goodson, 2 years, of Way
Mrs. G. Richter, of Charleston.
Mary Richter, of Charleston.
Lilian Stender, of Charleston.
'I wo unAw negro men, of John's
Two unknown negro men, of- Johns
One unknown negress, of Sullivan's
It is regarded as almost certain that
when the more reniote sea islands can
be heard fronl the list of dead will be
still further increased.
There is yet no way in which an
estimate of the damage wrought in
the city or in the surrounding districts
can be arrived at. Opinion as to the
extent of the property loss -in the city
varied widely yesterday. All agreed
that it was well beyond the half-mil
lion dollar mark, and there were many
whose business took them through ev
ery portion of the city who were cer
tain that a conservative estimate would
carry the loss over one million of dol
Starry Skies Come Again.
Charleston this morning at 2 o'clock
r(ste<. tranquil under starry skies, the
storm gone no man knows whither,
Tlie street % 1:eh in the morning prz
-sented an almost indescriable appear
ance, had ben cleaned up to a great
extent witil the g ester portion of the
wreckage carried away or piled on one
side to allow the resurrected traffic to
take ifs course.
Erasing Work of Storm.
Several car lines commenced opera
tions late in the afternoon.
The telephone companies announce
that at least a portion of its wires
would be in operation this morning..
Business in every 'ection of the city
picked up wonderfully yesterday
Everywhere was to be heard the r,e
dssuring sound of the hammer and
Telegraphic connections with the
outside world were established early
in the afternoon.
Trains ran out of the city on sche
- dule time.
City Has Recovered.
And best of all, the community as a
wvhole appears to have entirely recov-t
ered from the nude shock it received I
at the hands of the storm, and has set .
its face to the task of rebuilding the I
'destruction caused by the dreadful e
All are thankful that it was .nott
worse. Charleston has passed through (
pestilence and war, fire and water, i
and her people have bobbed serenelyi
every' time, ready for the fray.
A general air of optimism pervades c
the entire city.
The process of erasing the fearful t
markings left by the Storm King have 1
begun and will continue until the last 1
vestige has been removed.
Thousand in Charleston and eVery3
section of South Carolina were made i
glad yesterday by the tidings carried I
in these columns to. the effect that lov-I
ed ones cut off from all means of com-1 I
munmcation with the main land on Sul
livans Island and the Isle of Paltns I
bad been rescued and restored to the
armis of those who have been awaiting
them with fear and trembling as to
The outcome of it all. t
F'ive persons were drowned off Wap-F
poo Mills, in St. Andrews Parish, in
-the storm of Sunday night. The dead1
are as follows: Mrs. Lottie Richter.
Mary Richter, Mrs. Martha Goodson.
Char.les Goodson and Lillian Stender.
.The bodies of Mrs. Richter, Lillian
Stender and Charles Goodson were re
covered and brought to Charleston
yesterday for burial, and diligent
search is still being made for the:
bodies of Mrs. Goodson and little Mary'
Richter. The deathi of these persons
was from drowning in the highwaters1
of Wappoo Cut late Sunday night, af
ter they had been driven from the'
small cottage in which they were
hloused. This cottage was the home of
B~ennis Cassidy, watchman at Wappoc.F
IBoth Cassidy and his wife were saved
after a fierce fight with the wind and
\aves. It is stated that the father of
Mrs. Richter is Policeman Charles
Westendorff, of the local force, and
that she has many relatives in the city.t
~The Cassidy residence was washed1
-away by the high waters, and those in1
the home who were savled made their
escape by floating on top of the roof
* and upon a small outhouse. These
were rescued by a negro farmer by
the name of Ford, who gave them
clothes and food and assisted them
en their way to Charleston. A necu-J
liar feature of this terrible affair was
that none of the occupants of the
house was clothed at all. They had
undressed for bed before the storm
broke upon them and what night cloth
es they wore were torn from them by
the wind and the waters.
Sad Story of Tragedy.
It is a sad story +hat is told of this
drowning. Mrs. Lottie Richter was a
young woman, just about 20 years of
age, and her little daughter, Mary,
who was also drowned, was but a
babe of 3 months. Little Lill:an Sten
der was about 2 years of age, as was
Charles Goodson. Mrs. Goodson, moth
er of the young boy, was about 36
vears of age, and resided at Waycross.
Ga Tt was a rather Da4he'ic tak that
was told the News and Courier report
Er last night .by y,ung Douglass Good
son an older brother of Charles, and
the manner in which he related the
exper . nce ,f ;he night were calr-ulat
ed to win nothing but sympathy for
1 irr. and for the others, both those who
were saved and those who were lost.
There was a large crowd in the
small cottage that was destroyed, the
Cassidys, John Stender, his wife and
child, Mr. and Mrs. Richter and their
two children and others.
How Hard the Wind Blew.
According to information received
at the weather bureau office in Char
leston the highest velocity of wind re
corded during the storm was 94 miles
an hour at midnight Sunday night. Tie
wind may have blown harder, for after
midnight hour the anemometer, which
records the velocity of the wind, broke
and it was 8 o'clock Monday morning
before a substitute machine could bel
put in operation on top of the custom
How Columbian and Conductor Lost
Among those who lost their lives in
the storm was Mr. E. R. Smith, of Co
lumbia, connected with the hardware
department of Lorick & Lowrance. Mr.
Smith was a nativie of Greenville. He
inarried Miss Elizabeth Wavra about
two years ago.
Mr. W. J. Rucker, of Columbia, Mr.
ind Mrs. E. R. Smith, Motorman Cut
:er of Charleston, who was killed with
WIr. Smith, and Mr. Edwin L. Clerc,
assistant caishier of the Southern Ex
>ress company at Columbia, left the
[sle of Palms, as they had been warn
~d of the approach of the storm,
hough a,t that tiirne there was no indi
~ation that there was going to be any
~reat danger. Reaching the sheds at
~.30 o'clock. a large cr >wd l,*arded tho
~ars for the boat landiing at Mount'
'leasant, arr'v:ig at 7.30 o'clock The
aptain 6f the Lawrence had just re
urned from the city a-:vi said he da~r-I
d not venture another journey across
he bay. The boat was being thrown
bout by the waves against the crib
f piles and the sea was running high.
Vhen the visitors had been told that
here would be no chance to get. to
iharleston while the storm was rag
ng, they hastened to -return to the1
sland. On their retreat-from the water
rant, Mrs. Smith discovered the loss
if her pocketbook and asked her hus
'and, Mr. Rucker and the motorman
o return to the wharf and bring it to 1
ter. She said it had probably beeni
tropped near the place where the fer
yboat -had been tied up. On their
v'ay to the place it was necessary for
he party to pass the part of the'bridge
ext to the crib, where the ticket of-1
ice was located. As they reached a
point' just opposite the ticket office,j
section of the bridge gave way, and
/Ir. Smith and Mr. Cutter were car
ied into the water, the fragments of<
>ies and beams from the collapsing
restle falline with them and making;
hem helpless. Mr. Rucker and Mr.,
~lere held on to the timbers that did
ot yield and in this way their lives
rere saved. The bodies of Messrs.t
~mith and Cutter were recovered .by i
earchers in a vapor launch who has
ened to the wharf -upon learning of1
The power of the storm was illus
rated very forcibly, Mr. Rucker said,
vhen the top of the ferryboat was
dIown off. A steam Pipe exploded and
t seemed that the boat was about to.
te destroyed. At the time these two
teciden.ts happened, the beat was filled
vith passengers; many ladies fainted,
Lnd strong men turned pale.
How Engineer Was Killed.
Among the storm casualties was
that *of Mr. Alonzo J. Coburn, of 12
Sumter street, Charleston, an engin-I
eer of the Southern railway, who was
struck by a piece of planking while
standing near a window of the yard
master's~ office on Line street.
Mr. E. S. Flathmann, night yard
master of the Southern railway, in an
interview with a representative of the
News and Courier, gave a very de
scriptive account of the unfortunate
accident. Mr. Flathmann stated that
about 10.40 o'clock. Sunday night, he,
with sev!eral other railroad men, were
discussing the possibilit of gettin
out a train which _1r. Coburn was to
run. The engineer at the time of the
accident, was standing with his back
near the east window trying to repair
a broken chair, when suddenly a loud
crash was heard, and the small wood
en building was jarred as if struck by
In less time than it takes to tell, Mr.
Flathmann said, it was all over and
the only thing unusual noted at the
time was that the frames of the east
and west windows were blown away.
It was fully five minutes before the
excited men recovered their senses.
No attention was paid to the absence
of Mr. Coburn, as it was thought that
during the nerve racking period he
had left the office for the round-house.
But later developments showed that
he was not at the eigine house, and
the yard master and his party there
fore started out with lanterns in
search of their comrade. They had
not gone very far when Mr. Flathmann
stumbled over the remains of the en
The body was taken into the yard
office, and the coroner was immediate
ly notffied. The coroner did not view
the remains until 11 o'clock yesterday
morning. The inquest was held af
The board that struck Mr.' Coburn
was part of a twenty-foot piece of
roofing torn from a box car, standing
on the repair tracks of the car shops.
Mr. Flathmann, bears several ugly
cuts on his right hand, and thinks that
either a piece of the window framing
or the shoes of the dead man struck
him as he was hurled through the
west window, near which Mr. Flath
mann had a viery close call.
Mr. Coburn is about fifty years old.
He was a hard worker and very popu
lar in railroad circles. He is survived
by a wife fnd one daughter.
A Graphic Story.
(Story of the storm in News and
Courier of Monday morning, written,
while the storm was at its height.
With the elements raging in a man
ner scarcely to be conceived, with the
lives of sixty-five thousand people im
perilled, with entire roofs of building
gone by the board and with every
means of communication with the out
side world, excepting a stray train orj
so, the News and Courier goes to press]
this morning in the midst of what may
prove to be the most terrific hurricane
that has passed over this city since
August 4, 1893. Conditions last night
made it absolutely impossible to as
:>ertain whether.the storm was accom
panied by the loss of livles or the crip
pling of human bodies, nor was it
possible to learn what damage had
>een done on the neighboring islands
r up in Charleston' Neck., The News
and Courier reporters several times
risked their lives ,in venturing out up
'n the street to attempt to learn some
>f these things, but their efforts were
ill in vain. With telegraph service
3ut off, the people of Charleston were'
ast night as helpless in communicat
ng with each other as if they had been
Living in the most primitive,. ages.
Wihen this was written the velocity of
he wind was 80 xmiles an hour, but~
he baromnter was falling steadly andI
t is possible that the wind may' yet go
;o 100 miles an hour. In this case the
iurricane may even eclipse the great
~tormn of 1893, which, strange to say,
ccurred on August 27, exactly eigh
:een years ago.
On the Water Front
The water front presented a stormy
;cene at 11 o'clock last night. At that
~our the wind was blowing at the rate
>f 74 miles an hour and the rain was,
alling heav'y. The waves broke South
mnd East Battery, and 'these sections
vere flooded with water. The boats1
noored along the Cooper river tossed
mnd tugged at thMir moorings, while
he big Clyde Liner Mohawk rolled at
he dock as the .wind broke in gusts
Lbout her. The lighthouse tender Cy
iress, at the governmient docks, thrw
1er searchlight in all directions, and
he long gleams, which in the dist.anse
ieemed to be swallowd by the d.rk
n-s were the &ily lights visible aJ)ng
he water front. The sounding of the
~reat waves as they raced in, white
zapped from the sea, caused an omin
>us roar, which gave an undertone to
the multiplied noise's which increased'
with >the battle of the elements.
ti oRain and Wid
U tomidnight there had beena
rainfall of 2.60 inches since midnight
of Saturday night. At 11 o'clock last
night the barometer was reported go
ing up and the wind at only 48 miles
an hour. At this time it seemed that
the worst had passed, but shortly af
ter 11 o'clock the barometer began
falling again and immediately the
wind velocity increased till by mid
night the velocity was 80 miles an
hour. Few people ventured forth af
ter 9 o'clock, and the few who did
carried their lives in their hands. At
11 o'clock a man going down East Bay
could scarcely keep his footing. The
noise of falling slate ndr of tin from
to do, ba
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