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VOL. XIX.—NO. 149.
THE ST. PflrUL GLOBE.
THURSDAY, MAY 29.
leather for Today-
Local Rain*; Westerly Winds.
Cyclone's Awful Work at St. Louis.
Score of Steamers Go Down.
Ruins at East St. Louis Ablaze.
Havoc «l the Race Track.
Cyclones at Many Points in Missouri.
Host of Teachers Transferred.
Dlrney Sabln Safe.
Cupid Kept Busy.
News of the Courts.
Adventlsts in Camp.
Neves of Minneapolis.
Stanley Hall Commencement.
Beer Tax Defeated.
Broad Gauge Prohibs Win*
Cutchcon Will Not Be a Delegate
Rain Stops the Apostles.
Millers Beard the Tigers.
Intercollegiate Field Day.
System of Paths for Cyslists.
Law of Railroads.
Bar Silver, 68 8-Sc.
Cawh Wheat in Chicago, 58c.
Stagnation in Stocks.
Globe's Popnlar Wants,
Problem in Cinch for Childs.
Changes in Fire Alarm System.
Commencement at Stryker.
MOVEMENTS OF STEAMSHIPS.
NEW YORK—Arrived: Schiedam, Amster
dam; Stuttgart, Bremen; Majestic, Liver
AMSTERDAM—Arrived: Edam, New York.
LIVERPOOL — Arrived: Teutonic, New
BREMEN—Arrived: Bonn, New York.
SOUTHAMPTON—Arrived: St. Paul, New
Happily, the man who makes new
bicycle records is conspicuously quiet
The fine old Southern dame, Tennes
see, is 100 years old, admits it, and is
proud of it.
Matthew Stanley Quay is conducting
himself with circumspection outside
The Prohibitionist could hunt up Mc-
Ginty and run him for president. He
didn't mind water.
The smallest man in Springfield, 0.,
wants to be chosen mayor of the town.
He has a great head.
The chief of the rainmakers, old Ju
piter Pluvius, is the most unpopular
man in the Northwest.
The coupling of filled cheese and beer
in the senate was so appropriate that
the senators defeated the bill.
Mr. Cleveland will address a letter
to the fish of Buzzard's bay before he
indites an epistle on third terms.
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Who said the times were hard? Cop
per has b';en struck at Mud lake, gold
at Eau Claire and oil at St. Louis.
The czar of Russia has his crown.
The czar of the house of representa
tives hasn't, by a large majority.
Millions of bushels of wheat are in
the Chicago elevators, and yet a man
was permitted to starve to death at
McKinley will make the mistake of
his life if he attempts to let Platt,
Quay and Clarkson under his um
We have no objection to a McKin
ley-Reed ticket if people will refrain
from calling them Tom McKinley and
The Methodist conference has de
cided to go into the fire insurance busi
ness, but will limit its operations to
The moon has been charged with
working up business for the storm
king, but the astronomers have cleared
the skirts of fair Luna.
The Dunkards are plainly friendly to
the horse. They have decided in na
tional convention that it is not advisa
ble to own and use a bicycle.
An Indiana poet has sold a poem for
100 bushels of potatoes. Whether the
poet or the potato merchant got the
worst of it is yet to be developed.
What might be known as "the cy
clone ticket" could be made up of Ben
jamin Tlllman and Mary E. Lease.
Platform —Our voice Is our fortune.
If Gen. Weyler continues to wage
war by proclamations there will be an
opportunity for those who desire to
trade phonographs for machine guns.
Mormon agents are in New York. It
Is an evidence of the size of the Mor
mon caput that he selects the most
promising field in the country for his
The report from Pittsburg that the
Prohibitionists are drinking so much
watf-r that other people have to drink
milk and "other things" lacks confir
The war in Illinois is growing in In
terest. Ben Cable has called Altgeld
an anarchist, and the next mail will
no doubt bring the former a challenge
to a duel.
The heads of the Democrats of Ver
mont are as solid as their maple sugar.
Their platform reads: ""We demand
the maintenance of a gold standard
The appalling disaster at St (Louis is
almost exactly seven years later than
that at Johnstov/n, Pa., which occurred
May 31. 1889. The loss of life in the
latter, the greatest in the "history of
the country, was over 5,009.
THE SAINT PAUL GLOBE. 1
ftPPftLJLJNG CUMftX OF TH-^ STORM KING'S WORK.
ONE THOUSAND DEAD
OR DADLY MANGLED.
The Awful Work of Death-Done by a Fierce
Tornado Which Swept Over
Doomed St. Louis.
DIRE RUIN WROUGHT ON EVERY HMD.
City's Streets Strewn With Debris, and Fire
Added to the Horror of the
EXCURSION ST&fIMERS WERE GfIPSIZED
Scores Drowned in the Black River With
None to Hear Their Pitiful Appeals
A cyclonic storm swept St. Louis at 5.15 last evening. Confirmed de
tails arc meager, but It la estimate* that 1,000 were killed or injured.
Seven steamer* were capsized, among- them the excursion boat Big- Re
public, and many drowned. The city hospital xvas wrecked, and it. Is
reported sixty bodies were recovered there. At the Vandalia round
house 35 are said to have been killed. The grand stand at the fair
grounds was wrecked, and it wo* reported thut 150 were killed there.
Wires of all kinds were blown down, and darkness, and in places lire
-were added to the horrors of the situation.
NEW YORK, May 28.—The following j
message has been received at the New
York office of the St. Louis Republic,
in the Times building:
"St. Louis, May 28, 3a. m.—To Re
public Bure-au, New York: Impossible
to give more than a rough estimate of
the damage and loss of life here and
at East St. Louis. Probably 500 or 800
killed, and twice that number injured.
We have rumor of a cyclone at Mo
berly, Warrens-burg and" other towns in
Missouri. Thirty killed at Vandalia,
111. Local situation terrible.
CHICAGO, May 27.—One of the
greatest disasters of recent years over
whelmed the city of St. Louis tonight
in the shape of a cyclone, which be
gan shortly after 5 o'clock, and for
thirty minutes tore its awful way
through the city with a velocity of
over eighty miles an hour. Although
reports from there are very meager,
owing to the almost total destruction
of telegraph wires, it seems certain
that the number of dead and wound
ed will reach fully 1,000, and the dam
age done to millions of dollars. The
city hospital, which, fortunately, sur
vived the storm, is filled to overflowing
with mangled men, women and chil
dren, and the morgue within two hours
after the end of the storm was so full
of corpses that it was necessary to
provide other quarters for the recep
tion of the dead.
In addition to those who were killed
in the houses and in the streets, hun
dreds of dead are beneath the waters
of the Mississippi river. Of all the
steamers on the levee when the storm
broke out but one is now afloat. All
the others have gone down, in many
instances every soul on board being
lost. Among the boats destroyed was
the excursion steamer Great Republic,
one of the largest steamers on the
lower river. Not a man escaped from
her, and it is said she was crowded
with excursionists when the storm
The center of the city is a wreck.
Many buildings have been demolished,
and others partly wrecked. The streets
are utterly impassable to street oars,
md in many places progress on foot is
a matter of great difficulty. To add
to the horrors of the night, the electric
light plants were rendered Incapable
of service, and the gas lamps are also
shut off, leaving the city in total dark
ness. Fire also broke out in several
portions of the city, and the fire de
partment was unable to make an ef
fective fight on account of the choked
up condition of the streets, and the
large number of fireman who were en
gaged in the imperative work of rescu
ing the dead and wounded.
The only authentic information from
die stricken city tonight was seat out
THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 28, 1896.
by the agent of the Associated" Press,
who managed to reach an outlying tel
egraph office v and send a brief dispatch,
A tornado blowing at the rate of over eighty
miles an hour struck St Louis tonight, and
raged for half an hour with great fury, and
as a result,
HUNDREDS OF LIVES WERE LOST,
on both sides of the river. Many buildings
are blown down and many river steamers
sunk with all on board. It is Impossible at
the present time to estimate the number of
lives lost, as the hospitals are filled with in
jured, and the morgue is filled with the
slain, while great numbers of the dead and
maimed are lying among the ruins in all
directions. A portion of the east end of the
Eads bridge is destroyed, the grand stand at
the fair grounds is down, the woman's por
tion of the Jail is gone a<hd the immense Cup
pies block is partially destroyed. The Waters
& Pierce oil works are burning, and other
buildings in various sections of the city are
The Western Union Telegraph com
pany announced that because of its
inability to keep up its wires, it would
be impossible to send out any more
messages tonight from St. Louis or its
The reports regarding the duration
of the storm are conflicting. About
8 o'clock the -operator on the Wabash
road, at a small station not far from
East St. Louis, managed to get the
operator at Decatur, 111., long enough
to send him word that the round house
of the Wabash road was blown down
and that the freight house of the Van
dalia was wrecked and thirty-five men
were killed in the ruins. After he had
told this much, the wire failed him.
Shortly after 5 o'clock the Wabash
operator at Decatur reported to the
main dispatcher's office, at Forest, 111.,
that a cyclone had Just passed through
the country to the south of Decatur,
and it was reported to have done great
damage. In a few minutes he sent
word that a second storm had passed
through the*country, almost exactly in i
the track of the first, and that he was
unable to get any more information
regarding it, but that it was thought
to have done great damage in the
country lying east of East St. Louis.
The operators on the Alton road were
unable to get any information from
their men in the neighborhood of St.
Louis, but reported that just before all
their connections with that city were
broken off they had received word that
there had been a severe cyclone at
Rush Hill, Mo., which is a small town
on the Alton road, not far from Mexico,
The dispatcher's office of the Illinois
Central was unable all night to get
any information from any point en
the line south of Centralia. It was re
ported to them, however N that a
CYCLONE SWEPT THE COUNTRY
south of that point.
At East St. Louis the destruction
seems greatest. H. C. Rice, the West
ern Union manager at the relay depot
on the east side, climbed across the de
molished bridge and made his way into
St. Louis. He reports that the Nation
al hotel, Tremont house, Martell house,
De Wclf cafe, the plant of the Hexe-1
Milling company, Horn's cooper shop
and a great number of other buildings
are blown down. Many dwellings are
wrecked and many of their occupants
are known to be dead. The Vandalia
round house, the Vandalia freight
house, in which thirty-five men are
said to have been killed; the Baltimore
& Ohio round "house, the Standard OH
works. East St. Louis elevator and
twelve other freight houses on the
levee are destroyed.
It is difficult to estimate the number
of dead and wounded, but a rough
estimate would place the number at
about 1,000. Both Jhe Western Union
and Postal companies have lost every
wire out of the city.
One of the worst features of the dis
aster is thought to have taken place
at the race track at St. Louis, where
races were in full swing and the grand
stand was crowded with people. Re
turns from the St. Louis races are re
ceived at the track at Lakeside, Ind.,
and a few minutes after 5 o'clock the
operator sending the report of the
races stopped his work long enough to
remark: "There goes the grand stand,"
and then his wire collapsed and noth
ing more was heard from him. In a
few seconds the same message was re
ported from Lexington, Ky., with the
additional Information that fully 150
people were dead? This was subse
quently corroborated by the operator
of the Wabash rdfcd at Decatur, who
said that in his -^econd message re
ceived from East-St. Louis it was de
clared that the grand stand at the
races was down, and that fully 150 peo
BURIED IN THE RUINS.
A few minutes after 5 o'clock the
operator of the Associated Press at St.
Louis, who was taking the usual re
port, sent word that it was growing
very dark, and asked for a minute's
delay, that he might provide himself
with a light. In a. second more the
wire snapped, and it was Impossible
to get any further information from
him or out of the town.
The local weather office in this city
was unable to give any Information
regarding the storm, as the
officer, i in chargfe was informed
early in the evening by the
Western Union that it would not be
able to send the usual weather bulle
tins from St. Louis. It was said, how
ever, at the local office that the condi
tions had been all day very favorable
for severe storms aH through Missouri
and Southern Illinois.
It is thought that the storm swept
over St. Louis front the northwest to
the southeast, as it is considered prob
able that the storm which was re
ported in the afternoon at Rush Hill,
Mo., would require several hours to
reach St. Louis, and the storm at the
two points is reported as having been
long enough apart to enable the storm
to cover the distance between Rush
Hill and St.Louis. The storm which tore
through the country south of Centralia
is said to have occurred at about 6
o'clock, or an hour after St. Louis was
devastated. These three points are in
a direct line from the northwest to the
southeast, and the weather officials
are inclined to believe the storm was
one and the samfe
The Eads bridg)|>Vhich is reported
as having been bttrlly damaged, was
built in 1873, and was considered one
of the strongest arch bridges in the
world. It was built without a draw,
and rose to an elevation in the center
and sloped down to the shore on either I
side. There was upon it a double rail
road track, which was used by the
trains of the Wabash and the Alton
railroads, a double passageway for
wagons and a double pathway for pe
destrians. From the reports received
it is not thought that it is so seriously
damaged as to delay the train service
of the roads which use it to any large
At midnight it was reported at the
dispatcher's office of the Wabash road
at Forest, 111., that it was impossible
to reach any point further south than
Nameokl, which is nine miles north
east from East St. Louis. The oper
ator at that point said that up to mid
night It had been impossible to obtain
any definite Information from St. Louis,
but it was certain tliat fearful damage
had been done. He said that the
RUINS WERE ON FIRE
at East St. Louis, and burning fiercely,
but he could tell nothing more than
that. He had not been able to obtain
any Information from any of the Wa
bash trains that had passed his sta
tion since 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
The report of the damage to the
bridge and the estimates of the number
Of the dead and wounded, he said, were
not confirmed with any accuracy.
11l IX KKIGVS SUPREME.
Death and Destruction to Be Seen oi
ST. LOUIS, May 27.—Death and de
struction reign supreme in St. Louis
and vicinity tonight as the result of the
most terrible storm ttoat ever visited
this section of the country. So wide
spread Is the destruction in both St.
Louis and East St. Louis that it is
impossible to even estimate the amount
of the damage and loss of life. Build
ings of every description are In ruins,
and as a result hundreds of people are
reported dead and injured, but until
daylight comes and order is restored
it will be impossible to make any defi
nite statement. Reports are in circu
lation that seven steamers lying at
wharves on this and the East St. Louis
side of the river have been sunk, with
all on board. The city is nearly in
darkness, as the electric light wires
are down. With one or two excep
tions all the street ear lines in the city
are at a standstill, and thousands of
people are compelled to remain down
town or walk home The storm broke
about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, after
a most oppressively hot day, and rain
began to fall. It soon developed into a
fierce thunderstorm, with the wind
from the cist. A little later the wind
had gained a velocity of eighty miles
an hour, driving the rain before It, and
tearing loose signs, cornices, chimneys
j and everything in its way. Many
buildings of every description were de
molished, and others were set on fire
by lightning and crossed wires. The
fire department responded to fourteen
The streets were full of people go
ing home from work, and a panic en
sued as soon as the storm broke. Men
were picked up and hurled against the
buildings, horses and carriages were
sent flying here and there, and falling
wires ful' of the deadly fluid added to
the horror of the r scen3. Suddenly the
wind vered arouia to the west and
completed the destruction. It is as
serted by some of those who have tra
versed the downtown part of the city
• that there are few buildings in St.
Louis that have not suffered in some
way from the storm. Tonight the
STREETS ARE IN DARKNESS
and travel in any direction is danger
ous.because of the fallen live wires and
debris lying- everywhere. The wagon
way of the Eads bridge, on the East
St. Louis side, is a crumbling mass 01
mortar and stone, and parts of the
tower and Pier No. 1 were also torn
An outbound accommodation train
on the Chicago & Alton road was
wrecked by a broken rail, but fortu
nately nobody among the fifty passen
gers were hurt. A trolley car loaded
with passengers, bound for the West
side, is said to have fallen through to
the railroad track below, but with
what result Is not known.
The roof of the Republican conven
tion hall was blown off. and a twenty
four-foot section of the western wall
of the city jail was torn down, expos
ing the interior. It was during exer
cise hours and 200 prisoners were ex
ercising in the building and were
panic-stricken. They were too fright
ened to try to escape. Jailer Wagner
wa3 on the scene in a moment, and
with the aid of a number of detectives
and policemen, the prisoners were
placed In their cells. The tanks of the
Waters-Pierce Oil company, on Gra
tiot street, blew up, spreading destruc
tion on every hand.
Three stories of the Coe Manufac
turing company's building. Ninth and
Gratlot, and nearly half of the Wain
wright brewery were blown down. The
summer high school, Eleventh and
Spruce; McDermott's saloon, Eleventh
and Chestnut; Jere Sheehan's livery
stable, Eleventh and Walnut, were un
roofed. The engineer of the Aetna
Iron works, Twenty-first and Pappin
streets, was almost instantly killed.
The walls were blown In and he was
scalded to death by steam. The Con
solidated Wire works, Twenty-first
and Papln streets, was almost totally
wrecked. Seven people are known to
have been Injured seriously by this
wreck, and many more are said to have
been hurt by falling walls.
The two-story building of the C. H.
Sawyer Manufacturing company 1819
Choteau avenue, was demolished.
John Sawyer, a member of the firm,
and Emma Chancy and Isabella Ham
den, typewriters, were crushed to death
under the walls. H. H. Sawyer, a
member of the firm, was injured fa
tally. The St.. Louis Refrigerator
and Woodenware company's factory at
Second street and Park avenue was
completely destroyed by fire caused by
lightning. A rumor was widely circu
lated that the gas tank near the Con
solidated wire works, at the south end
of the Twenty-first street viaduct,
had been blown over, and, crushing in
the walls of the wire works, killed four
men to a certainty, and probably more.
The cyclone broke at fifteen minutes after
5 o'clock, coming directly from the west,
DESTROYING THE CITY
proper, then crossing Mississippi to East
St. Louis and there, after raging for half
an hour disappearing In the direction of
Alton. There was little warning for the
helpless people in the streets, the thousands
on their way home from work, or the in
[ mates in the great mercantile establishments
! of the city who had not left their posts of
Temporary hospitals abound In every part
of the city. The armory at Seventeenth and
Pine streets has been opened for the care
of the wounded, and many Injured have
been taken into private houses. The city
authorities at midnight were sending mount
ed police through the city in an effort to as
certain, if possible, what the loss of life
really Is. So far as absolute facts are con
cerned, nothing definite can be learned before
Among the houses known to have been de
stroyed are the furniture store of Frederick
Ctteneds, at the corner of Broadway and
Soulard streets, in the southern part of the
city, where six men are reported killed; a
saloon at 604 South Seventh street, where nine
men are reported In the ruins; St. Patrick's
church, at the corner of Sixth and Biddel
One thing that hinders the work of taking
out the dead and rescuing the Injured is the
fact that every electric light wire and tele
phone wire is down. This prevents commu
nication between the various parts of the city
and the town being In absolute darkness, tha
work of rescue is going on with agonizing
Tc add to the dismal situation, the rain
which fell shortly after the tornado passed,
began again about 7 or. 7:30 o'clock and is
now coming down In torrents. It is impossi
ble to get reports from the police stations,
where many of the dead and injured have
been taken, and consequently statements in
regard to the dead and wounded up to the
present time are for the most part conjec
tures, but there is no doubt that the loss of
Ufa is greater than anything the country has
known since the disaster at Johnstown.
It is evident that the tornado pursued a
track of many miles in length, as reports
from various railroad stations show that
nothing has been received from any point
west of here as far as Moberly. Scattered
bits of information show that between Mober
ly and this city various
SMALL TOWNS HAVE BEEN WIPED OUT
and many persons.are 4ead in them. It was
at first thought that many had been killed
at the Fair grounds in the western part of
the city, where the roof of the grand stand
was blown off while the last race was being
ran, but is Is now known that the people at
the track saw the storm coming and, rushing
out of the grounds, took refuge in the ad
At the time the storm struck the town and
created such havoc the accompanying noise
was terrifying. People were picked up in the
streets and dashed to the ground or against
the buildings as though they had been the
merest straws. One thing which aided the
storm in its course of destruction was the val
ley which separates North and South St. Louis,
along which the railroads entering the city
from the east and west have their tracks and
| yards, and through which they have access to
j the union station at Twenty-first street. This
i depression is some forty or fifty feet in depth,
a regular valley, In fact, and had the tornado
confined itself to this channel the loss of life
and property would not have been so great.
A. W. Becker, of the big firm of J. P.
Becker & Co., of East St. Louis, was among
the first persons to cress the Eads bridge
after the storm abated. His family was In
I St. Louis, and in his eagerness to get to
them he climbed ovar the debris of the bridge
on his hands and knees, over wrecked cars,
I dead horses and a mass of other debris. He
j informed a reporter that the condition of
j East St. Louis is almost beyond descxlp
| tion. The
TOWN IS A WRECK
for blocks around and the loss of life in that
! region alone is estimated at from 200 to 230.
The Vandaiia freight house, near the east
! end of the Eads bridge, was completely de
j lEolishrd, a number of persons having gone
1 down in the ruins. When Mr. Becker left
; the scene men were engaged in digging out
! the dead and dying and several bodies had
I already beea removed. Meintz's grocery store
I and a whole row of brick buildings adjoining
! it were rased to the ground, but no person
Coo Coned us Tfclrd Pa»e.
PRICE TWO CENTS—j F^»T&MS£
STATE OF MISSOURI
SWEPT BY THE STORM.
Reports of Accumulated Disasters Follow in
the Wake of the Blast That Wrecked
the City of St. Louis.
ALTON TRAIN BLOWN FROM A BRIDGE.
School House in the Path of the Storms-
Eighty Children in the Structure
Said to Be Killed.
REPORTS IN FROM MANY OTHER PLACES.
Seven People Killed at Mexico, State of Mis*
souri, and Damage Done at Various
KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 27.—Spe
cials to the Times state that ten people
were killed in a tornado which struck
the village of Labaddie, Franklin coun
ty, this evening, and that the town of
Renick, ten miles from Moberly, in
Randolph county, was completely
wiped out. Nothing definite from eith
Mexico, Mo., Among the Places
Struck by the Wind.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., .May 27.—A spe
cial to the Times from Mexico, Mo.,
reports that a cyclone swept across
Audrian county this evening, doing
great damage to crops and wrecking
many buildings. The correspondent
reports that seven people have been
killed In the county, and probably
twenty-five badly injured, but is un
able to give any details.
Killed In a School Mouse at Drake,
KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 27.—The
train dispatcher at the headquarters
of the Alton road here has a report
from the operator at Roodhouse, 111.,
that at Drake, 111., Just south of that
point, on the Alton road, a tornado at \
a late hour this afternoon demolished '
a big school house, and that eighty
children perished in the ruins. No con
firmation of the report can be obtained.
At the Alton headquarters the reports j
that Mexico and Rush Hill, Mo., were
swept by the storm are discredited.
The railroad wires through these
places are woklng, and no reports of se
rious damage have been sent in.
TWO HUNDRED DROWNED.
Alton Train Blown Into the River by
CHICAGO, May 27.—1t is reported
that the limited train from Chicago to
St. Louis over the Alton road was
blown into the river with a section of
the bridge, and 200 lives lost.
ALTON TRAIN SAFE.
BLOMINGTON, 111.. May 27.—The Chicago
& Alton limited Is afe at Alton, having re- j
turned from East St. Louis. Two Alton ;
coaches loaded with passengers flew from the j
approach to the Eads bridge, and were badly
wrecked, but no one was seriously hurt. The
Alton people know of no serious damage else
where on their road.
IN AUDRIAN COl 1 XTY.
Deaths and Injuries Reported ob*\ll
KANSAS CITY, May 27.—A special to the
Journal from Mexico, Mo., says: Audrian
county was vlßited by a terrific tornado this
afternoon at 3:80. The total number killed at
Bean Creek and Rush Hill is about eight.
More than twenty-six were injured. Houses,
churches, barns and school houses were blown
down. The storm was preceded and followed
by heavy rain and hail, which did incalculable
damage. Full reports cannot be obtained at
this hour, owing to wires being down, and
In the Bean Creek district a school house
was carried completely away, and a daughter
of Joseph O. Ware, one of the pupil 3, was
killed, and Lulu Ebanks and Hilda Blase,
also Bchool children, were fatally injured.
Others along the route of the tornado in this
district, whose names cannot yet be learned,
are more or less injured.
At the Dye school house, six or eight miles
farther southwest, not a pupil escaped unin
jured, and five children were killed, three out
right, two dying later at this place. The
school house was utterly demolished ani sev
eral of the children were blown a great dis
tance away, and were not found until several
hour 3 afterward, and then in a mutilated
WORK OP REPAIR
Already Detcvn by the Rjfrftread Com
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Moy 27.—General
Sup*rinter.dei.» Miller, of t!io Pennsylvania,
anlTtd tonight by BpocUt trein trom his
headquarters At Klchmoad. Ttto UtJn was
switched to the Vandalia, which Is a part of
the Pennsylvania, and left at 11:30 o'clock for
the scene of the disaster. Mr. Miller carried
with him a large force of linemen, so that
the wires that were down could be Im
mediately put in order for service. Wreck-
Ing crews will go over the line from Terre
Haute. Before leaving this city Mr. Mllier
said that his knowledge of the buildings
which are staid to have been demolished led
him to believe that flmt reports of liio loas
of life were not exaggerated, lie believes
that there are at least K.o men In the freight
house, and the reported loss of thirty-five
lives he believes to be true. His Informa
tion was that the Vandalla's property
In Easf St. Louis is very seriously damaged.
General Superintendent Van Winkle, of the
Dig Four, left on the midnight train for
St. Louis. He will be joined by Supt. Ncal at
Mattoon. Mr. Van Winkle's staff of omVlnls
from here accompanied him, and at Mattoon
the wrecking train will be sent ahead of th«
j regular train with all of the working equip
i ments possible to put the line in shape for
I handling its traffic. Mr. Winkle's Information
Is that all the shops, round houses and prop
erty in St. Louis were badly wrecked.
The BJg Four train, which left here this
morning at 11:43 and which was due at the
Union station In St. Louis at 6:56, passed
over the bridge just a few minutes before the
storm struck It, but It is supposed to have
escaped injury. Train No. 9, which left here
at 7:30 and wan due at St. Louis at SdS, was
Just nine miles behind the wreck. It escaped
by about 15 minutes the fate of the C. & A.
train, which was turned over in the bridge
with a frightful loss of life.
DAMAGE AT RE.MCX.
Five People Sertoualy Injured- at
STURGEON, Mo., May 27.—A cyclone passed
three miles north of here at 3 o'clock this aft
ernoon. At Renlck three men were seriously
injured and a family of people were carried
over a mile, two children being badly hurt.
Friendship church, north of town, was demol
St. 1.0.iU County Swept.
BALDWIN, MO., May 27.—A hurricane, ac
companied by a terrific hail and rain storm,
passed over St. Louis county about 4:30 this
afternoon. For three hours rain fell in tor
■ rents and hall fell to a depth of several inches.
| Great damage was done to crops throughout
i this section of the country. Several buildings
were blown down, but bo far as can be learned
no one was seriously injured.
People liiirr.iiiis Home.
CHICAGO, May 27.—0n all of the roads be
tween this city and St. Louis special trains
have been started for St. Louis, carrying
the officials of the roads and many natives of
St. Louis. In a hurry to reach their homes
and obtain better knowledge of the results
of the storm and of the safety of their friends.
Fully 100 men who are raeidentH of St.
Louis left here tonight on the special trains.
KANSAS CITY, May 27.—A special to the
Journal from Moberly, Mo., states that to
day's storm did no serious damage at that
Fifty of the Bodies Have Been Re
SEATTLE. Wash.. May 27.—0n the steamer
Rosalie, which arrived from Victoria this aft
ernoon, were 101 sorrowful looking excur
sionists, the horror of the catastrophe Tues
day being kept vividly before them by the
presence of a corpse. The steamer had two
bodies on board when she ttarie-J from Vic
toria. One was that of J. A. Van Bsfckelin,
which wu left at Port Townsend, and thj
other that of B. W. Murray, of thi.s rity.
"People ud there don't seem lo know any
thing more about the accident than they do
down here," said Capt. C. W. Aiabb, of ihc
Roaalie. "The old building formerly cn%\l
; Market square, and used as a cental for farm*
i ers coming in from the countiy with prod
uce has been turned Into a morgue, and as
fast as the bodies are taken from the water
they are carried into the incloaure. Up to tl>e
time we left, about 9 o'clock this morning,
fifty bodies had been recovered. All :hc peo
ple had been Identified when I left, and no ons
was allowed within the enclosure whe.-e the
bogie's had been laid out. A seine ml
wretched across the river to keep tha ebbing
tide from carrying out the bodies, and thoy
are using the steam power oi the i-ilo driver
to v/ork the draEs. Estimates made by iho
ueopl" there place the numVer remaning In
the water at from 7'" to 100. It v/IU prob
ably be some time befoie all are tnken out
and probably some will nev-.r be iouud."
Trlpit i oi.ilun Home.
WASHINOTO.W May 27.—Bartlctt Trips
Irltcd States minister to Australia, wUii Ifxi
Trlpp. Is In Washington fir a few day«. «
his way to Yankton. Mr. Trlpp U on hlB »a
nual leave and there is nothing »p«cUl li
his visit to this country at tbta time.