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ROCK ISLAND. SATURDAY, JDLY 8. 1893.
Single Copies 5 Canto
Par Week ISM Oento
WE ARE AFTER YOU--
Want you to take a look at our Suits
Ave are selling for
$7.39 worth $15.00.
YOU KNOW US--
Underselling Everybody on Everything.
We -hav'nt said a word about Summer Coats,
Vests, Straw Hats, etc., we've got lots of 'em at the
LEND US YOUR FEET
Just long enough to give us a chance to shoe
because it wears as no other shoe will wear, we want you to
wear it. It is absolutely the clie-ipst tiling in shoe-leather and
tbeie isn't at y limit to the satisfaction that it gives. No matter
what you pay, you get no better when you get the best it is a
luxury in footwear and not a high priced luxury at that. It
isn't trying to those who try it. Try it.
Wrigrht & Greerieiwalt,
1704 SECOND AVENUE.
The Fashionable Fabrics for
J. B. ZIMMER,
Call and leave your
Block Opposite Harper House:
la now located In bis new shop,
At 324 Seventeenth Street.
WLight shoes Especially. Opposite the Old stand.
SAX&RICE, ROCK SLAND,
tsxMMsty Blue Front
Bat it looks as if it would be
in it Boon, and the sooner your
foot is in ne of our fine $3.00
shoes, th more tortunate it
will bs. Because we know this
shoe, wh want you to know it
Spring and Summer have
Is Life Worth Livins?
That Depends Upon Your Health.
Will care yoa and keep ycu well.
For s:ilc at Hurpcr House Pharmacy.
J.oh.n Volk. & Co.,
Saab Doors Blinds. Siding, rloonni,
ui all kinds of wood work for onlldera
Biahtaentu St. oei. Toird'and Mm
Wrought by the Cyclone Fiend
ITS PATH THICK WITH CORPSES
The Town Annihilated and Nothing
But Debris to Mark
Flfty.tliree Instantly Killed, Seventy-five
Fatally Wounded and 150 In the Hands
of the Doctors -with Broken Limbs and
Mangled and Bruised Bodies Terrible
Fury of the Tornado as Kvidenced toy Its
Work on the Bead 1-tsJn of the Victims,
Killed and Injured Storm Freaks.
Pomekoy, In., July 8. Fifty-three dead,
ssveuty-five fatally injured and 150 with
broken limbs, cuts and bruises more or
less severe. This is what the tornado ac
complished in the matter of casualty. The
tovrn of Pomeroy is one complete wreck.
There is scarcely a house left standing.
About fifteen acres of debris constitutes
now what iwas a thriving village. Splint
ers are all that remain. Pomeroy is part
and parcel of the prairie, the death-dealing
winds having left barren and desolate.
Scarcely a tree remains. Piles of broken
timbers and an occasional piece of furni
ture are all that can lie found of what were
once the largest buildings in the place.
Two hundred and fifty houses were in all
destroyed, and the money lo:on these and
their contents is placed at 4titH),0UO.
Bead and Dying Everywhere.
Everywhere about Pomeroy after the
storm were dead and dying people; a dozen
men were digging graves in the burying
ground on the hill just north of their vil
lage, and the hearse was kept busy carry
ing the victims of the storm to the last
resting place. Doctors from a dozen or
more places hurried through the streets
and in their wake followed squads of sol
diers carrying coffins. Special trains from
all the surrounding towns brought thou
snuds who were ready 1o take part fix the
work of caring for t he dead and wounded.
Clothing, food and medicines were shipped
in by the ton. Soon order was brought out
of chaos, relief corps were organized and
things were going along in business-like
A Never-to-be-I orgntten Night.
The night of the disaster will never be
forgotten by those who were here. Dark
ness followed quickly in t lie wake of the
tornado, and those who escaped death and
injury were compelled to grope their way
among the ruined homes, guided by the
cry of some poor urfortunate who was
pinned under the falling timbers. Almost
every light of any description whatsoever
was destroyed and the people from Fort
Dodge and surrounding places, who were
the first to reach the scene, failed to bring
lanterns with them. The 'seAVch Tor the
victims therefore was necessarily slow till
morning came. It was not tiir the first
streaks of light appeared in the east t hat
the enormity of the disaster dawned upon
Looked on a Sceno f Kuin.
They looked out where i.i:ce a city stood
and saw nothing but a timber strewn
prairie. Every residence to the south of
the railroad tracks had disappeared and
the spires of seven churches were nowhere
to be seen. Pomeroy hi 1 a wealth of
shade trees, but nothing .:s to lie seen of
them save a broken and I wisted mass of
limbs and roots. Horses s:ud cattle lay
dead in the streets, pigs s: uck in the sides
of horses, and dead cats and dogs and
chickens were scattered over the ground.
Human Blood, Moans. Sobs anil Shrieks.
Pools of human blood mingled with the
mud at every turn, show ng where some
victim of the tornado hud been tossed after
the life had been crushi-.? out of him. The
air wusfull of moans i.ntl nobs and shrieks,
and every other face nu . mi the street was
stained with tears. The people in Pomeroy
seemed powerless to do anything for the
sufferers, and it. wns not until morning
when the petiole from outside towns ar
rived that anything wi:s done toward re
covering the dead and caring for the
Sickening Trent's in the Morgue.
The scene in the improvised morgue wns
a ghastly one. 1'illiard tables were turned
into slabs and on these the nuinnled re
mains of the dead wore placed. The floor
was badly sunken in ilie iiiithUe, mid here
the blood as it dripped from the tables ran
in small streams, soon wit h the, assistance
of the water from the rapidly melting ice,
forming a puddle of gore up to the top of
the attendants" shoes. On the tables were
bodies without heads and bodies without
arms; odies whose legs had been blown
away y the cyclone, and bodies with
heads (that had been crushed lieyontl
recognition by the falling timbers. On
one table lay the remains of an old woman,
a hole as big as a man's list torn in the
rear part of her head. Close by was a
baby not more than a year of age, one of
its legs gone ami its little arm mashed to a
DESCRIPTION OF THE TERROR.
BoumU'il Along Like a Bull The Victims
i It Bulled Over.
The tornado, for such it was, came from
the uof thwest. All those who saw it agree
that iit was not of the funnel-shaped
specie, but came bounding along the
prairie like a huge ball. It was of a dark
green color and was accompanied t)y a ter
rific noise. There are many who sow it
when t was far out of town. These gave
the alrai and many were prepared for the
monster when it reached the village. Most
of thi people, however, tiecame panic
stricken. They ran out of their houses
and fled up the streets crying and shriek
ing till struck by the flying timbers or
The cooler ones, however--especially
those who were near to them made for
the two caves in the southeastern part of
the tanvn, built especially for just such oc
casions. In one of these caves were col
lected twenty-five people and in another
fifteen. All escaped without a scratch.
It is pretty well agreed that the tornado
truck the town about 6:50 o'clock. A
half hour before this it was exceedinelv
unti Rnitrv. ami aavetorafew small
clouds there was no evidence of the ap
proaching whirlwind. The cyclone was
but of a few minutes duration and was fol
lowed by a terrific rainstorm, which con
tinued at intervals more or less through
out the night. The path of the storm
nee m s to be about an eighth of a mile in
width and twenty miles long.
The following is the list, of the known
killed: Mrs. Maria Adams, A. Forche, A.
J.Wilkinson. Henry Geike. Mrs. Tillie
Johnson, Mrs. C. R. George, Lena Kiefer
(aged 10), W. Arnold and wife, old Mr. and
Mrs. Hulct, Mrs. Dahlgren, Mrs. Ander
son, Mrs. Talbert, Roy Banks (aged 8),
Silas Rushton, J. P. Lundgren, old Mr.
Dnk mutb, Ollie Lnndgren. Bessie Banks
(aged 17), Mrs. D. L. O'Brien. Baby O'
Brien, Mrs. M. Quintan, Baby Quinlan,
J. M O'Brien, Allie Maxwell. Ollie Frost
faced is), Kzra O. Davy, Benjamin Davy,
Baby Duhlcren, Grover Black, (Jeorgie
Black, Samuel Mazwell, Richard George,
Mrs. B. J. liaiiowe, two children of John
Buckley kiled three miles east of town 37.
LIST OF THE INJURED.
Names of About Sixty 'Who Are Under tho
Care of Doctors.
A partial list of the injured is given as fol
lows: Mrs.Ruston, both legs broken; Bessie
Pope's baby, shoulder broken: Gust Yelni
and wife, seriously injured; Minnie Storks,
left arm broken, head and face cut; T. J.
Browne!!, bruised; A. Forche, aged 10, leg
broken; F. Forche, left arm broken; P.
Weigeroff, head cut; M. Randoll, badly
bruised; Edith Maxwell, leg broken antl
head cut; Lillie Keefer, head cut; G. A.
Stewart, left arm broken; Mrs. G. A.
Stewart, head cut and back hurt; Nellie
Frost, back hurt; Ira Stewart, head and
fnce cut; J. L. Dallon, leg broken:
Mr. Randall, lower ;'w broken;
Mrs. Fitzgerald, bruised; J. Wilier, hurt,
in chest; Mrs. A. G. Blomberg and two
children, heads and faces cut antl bruised;
Mary Solderstrom, left arm broken; Linde
Olsen, right arm broken; Olman Gurl,
head badly cut; Mrs. J. P. Lungren, intern
ally injured; Adam Salzman, back and
head hurt; Mrs. Salzman, head and shoul
ders bruised; A. J. Wilkinson, leg broken
(died during the afternoon): J. H Wilkin
son, chest hurt; Mrs. G. 1 ky, bead, back
and limbs bruised; Ada Guy, side and
shoulders hurt: Bertha Davey, head, face
and body bruised; George Guy, head cut;
Mrs. John Davey, badly bruised (not ex
pected tr. livei; Ludwig Lullaneder, crush
ed: John lierse and family, badly injured!
J. C. Scheipses. head cut; Miss Troup, of
Storm 1 Jike, left arm brtiken; J. W. An
derson, wife and baby, badly injured; Tom
Harmon, left arm and legs broken; Xick
Frost, badly bruised; Mrs. Harmon, left
arm cut; John Knplance and wife, head
and ribs crushed: C. U. Kuplanee, skull
crushed: Mrs. John Drumrr.end, head cut;
George Drummer, ear cut off: Gust Lander,
wife and child, hurt lmdly; Bridget Ryan,
head hurt; Henry Milton's two boys, badly
injured; Anna Simon, shoulder crushed;
Sam Maxwell, boy. badly hart; D. M. O'
Brien, died during the afternoon. Several
that were injured died last evening; names
could not be learned.
Deaths at other points: Ten killed near
Anrelia, two near Quimby. fiue near Storm
Inke. At Quimby, Mrs. Molyneaux and
Mrs. Lester were instantly killed. Five
miles south of Aurelia, Samuel Burch and
wife and three children were killed. Also
a farm hand named Johnson, Lulu and
Ella Slater and a Swede girl were killed.
John Peters will die. Five miles south
west of Storm Lake, J. Breeton and child
antl a man named Bottmann were dashed
to death. A family of five persons living
five miles south of Xewell died in the aw
ful tempest. Mrs. Gorton and three chil
dren antl John Detwiler were killed three
miles southwest of Ftmda.
BABIES WHOSE PARENTS ARE LOST.
Nearly all the Wounded Suffered Broken
Limbs Belief Measures.
Several little babies have been found
alive and well, but it has been impossible
to find parents for them. Nearly every
injured person has an arm or a leg broken
or is terribly cut and bruised. The death
list out in the country is heavy. Many of
the neighboring towns report many casual
ties. Fairfield reports swell the total
numlier of dead to fifteen. Eight more
are reported killed at Storm Lake and
many other places give notice of one or
The arrival of company D. Fourth regi
ment, of Fort Dodge, commanded by Lieu
tenant W. F. C'hattand, forty strong, with
a full camp equipment was a great relief
to ttie good women of Fonda and Fort
Dodge, who were doing duty as nurses to
the woundtiL for hospiial facilities were
not nearly large enough. The tents were
pitched and many sufferers were under
shelter for the first time since the disaster
when they were put in the tents. A death
occurred among the injured every little
w hile all day long. The number of those
who had expired of their injuries up to
the evening was placed at a dozen.
The National bank of Pomeroy was
made the headquarters of the relief move
ment. Here those willing to work or to
act as nurses were assigned to the various
hospitals and here also provisions, money,
bedding and clothing were received and
all of these necessaries rolled in rapidly.
Bv i! o'clock in the afternoon the office of
the bank was stacked clear to the ceiling
with food and clothing and boxes of each
were arriving ou every train. Governor
Boies arrived at 4 o'clock and took charge
of the whole affair. He was first driven
out over the ruins; then he visited the
hospitals nOd the morgue, aud consulted
with those who had thus far directed
lie then issued a proclamation setting
forth the needs of the sufferers aud calling
upon the people of Iowa to contribute lib
erally. The governor said the situation
w as far wrse than he expected and as
sured the people that nothing Oliat would
adtl to their comfort and relief would be
Lift undone. He ordered more tents from
Des Moines and said he would have a com
pauy more of soldiers on the ground.
INCIDENTS OF THE CALAMITY.
Burning the Bodies of Animals Killed
Some Horrible Features.
Hundreds of willing hands dragged the
dead and dying animals with which the
ground seemed to be literally strewn to
points on the outskirts of the town, piled
them in big heaps and covered them with
the remains of the houses aud applied the
torch. Fully a dozen of these strange
bonfires were kept going.
" hole families were m many instances
wiped out by the tornado and in houses that
contained all the way from four to eight
persons not more than one escaped alive.
Husbands have been left without wife or
children; children are left orphans, and
there are fifteen or more women in Pome
roy who have neither husband nor children
The fate of the Loghrin family is a sad
one. It consisted of father, mother and
two chilren, both girls. Their house was
reduced to splinters and all save the moth
er were killeu, and she will probably die.
E. O. Davy, cashier of the bank of Pom
eroy, whose house was right in the path ol
the storm, is among he dead, likewise is
his brother Ben Davy, who had been at
tending school in Des Moines. He came
home to spend the Fourth and intended to
leave yesterday morning.
Mrs. Davy, wife of President Daw. of
the bac above mentioned, also lost her
life, fchs was struck by a house, carried
np against a trea. and crushed to a pulp.
Her servant girl, too frightened to move,
fell on her knees antl lifted up her hands
in prayer. The bouse was torn to splinters,
the girl was whirled out into the back
yard, but she escaped with a bruise on the
A Swedish family of four, consisting of
father, mother and two children are miss
ing. A piece of wood over two feet long
remains of their house, but not a trace can
be found of the people who occupied it.
When the rescuing party visited the site
of the Forcae house and commenced to
delve among the timbers for the dead, the
first thing that greeted them was the
smiling face of the baby. He was laugh
ing antl shouting and clapping his hands
with glee, unmindful of the fact that close
by his side were the mangled remains of
his parents, brothers antl sisters. The
youngster was taken to the hospital and
examined. Not a scratch was found upon
The tornado...lealt gently also with the
baby of Silas Rushton. He and his wife
were killed, but their child escaped with
scarcely a bruise. It was blown 200 feet
and landed among a bunch of sharp slivers,
but not one of thm entered the flesh of
the little one.
One of the first things that greeted the
hundreds of visitors that poured into the
town was a full grown rooster without a
feather upon him. He looked as if he had
been plucked and singed. There was not
even a pin feather left. He strutted up
and down the principal thoroughfares
flapping his naked wings and crowed in a
loud voice. He had come out of the cyclone
without any clothes, but he was feeling
pretty good, the same.
The body of Sam Maxwell, who was
killed along with two of his children, was
found under a broken tree, ten yards from
the house, from where he was blown. On
his breast was a torn and mutilated copy
of the Holy Bible. Around this and pass
ing many times around the body of the
dead man, were several strings of dried
apples. All the clothing had been torn
away; the apples could have been wound
no more neatly had a half day been con
sumed in the performance of the task.
The body of an unknown man, apparent
ly about CO years old, was found among the
ruined houses in the residence district. A
neck yoke had been driven through his
Four unknown children were picked up
from under the ruins of a house in the
southern part of the town. They had evi
dently been dead many hours. Two of
them were girls.
Frankie Banks, a 17-year-old girl, living
at Fort Dodge, was found among the
ruins. A piece of wood, about half the
size of an ordinary fence rail, had been
driven through her body, entering right
below the heart and coming out back of
the shoulder-blade. The splinter was
driven several feet in the ground, and it
required the united efforts of three men to
release the body of the girl.
: J .
Cherokees Select Their Land.
Guthrie, O. T., July 8. All the Chero
kees who are entitled to allotments of land
on the Cherokee strip met on the Cimar
ron, in the eastern part of the strip, and
made their selections. As soon as the gov
ernment confirms these and issues the
deeds, the balance of theC,O00,O0O acres can
be thrown open to settlement. There are
only seventy-one allotments of 1G0 acres
The Loral Market.
W ileal TiTOa.
Hay Timothv. (13.00; upland, ;iO&ll ; skuet,
Js.00; baled. Ji0.0u11.00.
Better Fair to choice, 20c; creamery, :J0c
Poultry Chicken?. 12!4c; tarfceys
ducktM'-'Kc; geese, 18c.
FKCIT AND VEGETABLES.
Apples $1 HO perbbl.
t minus ?4X0kt bliu
Turuip (Kit- per bu.
Cattle Bntchers pay for corn led steeis
4.4c; cows and oeifcif, -'tfU'ftC caiv a
IS ON TOP
Costs less than Half
and pleases much better
than the over-priced and
over- endorsed" kinds.
Judge for yourself.
r Cans. At your Grocer's