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tj6e' unidentified circus hand known
to'be dead and another reported kill
ed and carried out on the circus train,
this moaning, about six seriously in
jured, and" a score or more minor in
juries, together with the death of a
famous draft team belonging to the
big show, are the results of a terrific
Jiurrlcane which struck the1
Brothers circus here^fitet evg|ll?g'}ti
few minutes after 8'-e*510^ 'Thai
.Jhere were no further fatalities is a
The remains were taken to an up'
undertaking Establishment. ®v
very effort has failed to establish any
*~fclue to an identification.
Children Hurt.
The most serlnurty injured as far as
onm -io-a, vottlid who was struck on,
head by a flying tent pole. There'
?&re persistent reports that two circus
,-^.performers wei'e. seriously injnreft, but
circus managers would simply -say
^hat no one was Hurt.
teals' The rumor that a second circus.
4|?®iiand was killed, and his 'body taken
'but on the last circus train this mom
ing could not be verified. Generally,
.^^he story is discredited. %%jp •••,.&t%
any Narrow Escapes from Death—Worst
StorV j" Yem^^or Rain Putj
Fine Team Kilted. 0
.. The beautiful dapple gray team, ode
i^!™«f the "leads" -oil an 8-horse outfit,
vas -under the "big top" when the
Jejbolition came.^ One of the largest
'"'""'poles of the tent ^struck the horseis
fairly across the back, killing them
«s' Scarcely had the crowd of about 1,
xjrOOO .people settled Itself toy enjoy the
evening ierformance whan thfe flr&t
.^ ^notice of impending trouble came. As
•V.vihe people wen&ed their way to the
circus grounds many noted the omi
nous appearance of the heavens tothe
and north, but few, if any, att-
fe^tloipated th^ hurricane which proved
,jto be one' of the worst that ever swept
across this section of South Dakota.
The triumphal entry, with its fan
of trumpets, and grand inarch
was over, and the first ring act was
concluded. The aerial- artists were
coming forth from the dressing room
/a for the trapeze -'jrork, when the ait
vK'mouncer stopped the jerformancerf
•long enbugh to warn the crowd that a
dangerous lortdng storm was-- ap
'. J'lproachlng and that all who remained
In the tsnt .Would 40 «o |t their own
^—jrlsk, a" 5P*
^'4w Heed W«rtilng ^^4
E^sith6n ^W legj
ascended to -t^eir'stattons in the
jAifar Beeonds
ater tbe -great 'VP of the mammoth
vas began to sway, and that start-
ome 0f the big tent-
th^ first general feeling of alarm.
.W iettJt&elr* seats. Anotier
Out the Hames. J*
.-.••? ,*~g.
One unidentified man Idlledi
Ringllng Brothers' circus tents
Two children badly lnjured^*||"'
Two circus horses Hilled.
Four: performers reported ^in-
\iA The deW'm^"W^%ttn4TtJil«-iEUjrn
#"^hjrJander''debris are-^aiflggfet- thg,
"Great Northern raHway.v nea^ where
the circus trains were- Joadlngi- at the
time the storm struck. His skull was
crushed, hiB shoulders broken and he
vas otherwise, bruised by the weight
*4S^f the timbers which Jell upon him or
-were driven againBt him with the
rforce of a catapult. S
Many barns ^reol«iafv"
One warehouse partly demol
Scores of trees ruined.
•^"elesraph and telephone wHnslS*.
down. 4.
^4fpn»- •*••»». iSSRHBaHRSi^ «L
4f ntl. ,ffe
W 'r1
r' 4
began to execute a sort of liajice on
the ground,jwjd s^.this^a^ started for,
•an exit.
Ushers ais9 aS ''^cftcns"*" emStoyesl
-trained for the emergency, "acted with:
-coolness. Openings were made In the
sides Of the tent Where «e«ts 'had "been'
removed, and thTough these the peo
pte ran.
Wind "Rips Big Top.
Meanwhile the wind increased In
foiee With startling suddenness. Men
were stationed :at the edges of tie
side walls in an effort to 3»old the tent
to the earfih. But their struggles were
vain. Their strength was puny, „yg)ien
matched against -the gale.
The last man was scarcely "outelde
of the tent when the full force of the
blast struck the acres of oanvas. SThe
whole tent gave one last wavj .lurch,
and in the -twinkling of an eye -the
wind ripped it dlreetly through the
center, the edgea fl&Ted upward anS
outward, wWJe the ends were whlppsd
to .ribTwris,'"^ dragged through the
swinging gas lamps, and ln a moment
ragged tongueB of flame were shoot
ing athwart the.eky.
A-nd In the midst of it all wfsre top-'i
pllng poles, flying boards, bits of ruin
from 'the seats, and. flying embers,
from the staging which immediately
caught Are.
8cene jT Great Conffjsion.
Before and away from this scent- of
wreck and ruin fled the crowd. The
air was filled with .dust, and the night
was Inky black 'Men made, strenu
ous efforts to protect the. women and
children who were hysterical from the
first realization of the fury of the
storm. Blended with the shrieks of
women were the calls and roars .of
the scores, of cages of wild animals
the. mad. flapping .of. the frayed bits
of tenting, the cries for help, and the
shouts of the men. Many lay ttown
upon the ground,"some crawled under
the heavy wagons, while others ran,
$ot knowing' their direction and seek
ing only to get away from thA flying
-debris and what at the time-sgei^^
lUke certain death. ""'f tfijl
Na one has aijy explanati$s^a^tbe
fortunate escape df those liandreds
wltw? ^ere cAnght in that
to T»
remembered scene offoiudden ^dejgcjollv
•was like' -a cloudburst. A, Jirtylw,
blinking rMh, hardenough to aitwJt onfle
to, the skill ill the short spa^Nft"
rofoment. Btr| At' that It brough|
lief. Most p^feple realized that
rain meant the end-of the,tor
and, that their danger was iat«i
ofer|,? All .were IjrJfcr a soaktbg
as so8n ae thin was realized, thete'
stose of danger was relieve^,
men began while 1
changed from Bfirlefcs'to teal?,
Thitj drenching yalnfall also ttfved
the1 ^ijins of the circus tent Irom
compete destruction. tehe ttitraa
were (Juickly qoenched.'and ftimlb Ik
utes after the first blast all fi^ was
out save, the glowing embers where
the stage had been. And In'
jaore, this, too, was oat
"^Employes Kwap Place*,'
his post during -that awful earp&ge of
wind and1 fire. Confusion was sn
preme, but the most dili^enlt' Inquiry
in the .midst of the wteckagei" failed
"to disclose a single Injury. The cir
cus men were huddled behind the bf£r
wfegons where: they received*' «ome
protection from the pelting rain, and
waited until the storm ihould suffi
ciently abate for -.them .to: begin clear
ing away the wreckage and getting
ready for the trip to |ftoux Palls.
Grouped around the cirCua-igronndt: B^verely cat.
were the employ^ of the great lnstt-,
tublon, none of :whom
Horses Very Tractable.
A feature of the few minutes dur
ing Which the clrtjus iyas wre^ed was
the wonderful coolnjj&s aisplaye^-by
the horses of which .there Were 4un-:
dreds on and about the grounds^ At'
the word of uommand from tie driver
these patient toilers turned ihelr
faces from'the wind, and thTougrhqjjit
it all and during* the drenching
Vhtph followed tsifjf stood wiGiotttstifc
least sign Of alar&C evfe) In the midst
of the greatest 'dangers..
•AH al^ng- thevToute'of the wagons'
from, tie grounds AO "the tent, these
6- and 8-hotse teams :•werfe huddled
together In whatever"»«places of'"pro
tection the coula. find and there they
remained, perfectly tractable, Until
the storm had subsided and they
were once more Wheeled into line to
commence the task pf ciearin&up the
ruins, and getting. If' onto tire trains
for the trip to Slirox Falls.'
Animals Are Safe.
"Not even the animal -keepers could
tdll whether thefir charges were safe
during the progress of the storm: The
keepers remained -on the grounds and
warned the few venturesome ones to
beware of possible danger from that
source. However, the dens, lairs,: and
cages, were all canvas -covered, and
theve was no sign Of -an escaped beaaL
'Although ths damage must have
been clos'e to $10,000 the carcus man
agers were jubilant They consider
ed themselves lucky 3ecause of the
absence,.of deaths, an^ .the -generally
remarkably fortunate .-outcome of the
entire disaster.
L-uolty Say Circus f^lem
•Especially did they smile beetle
the big herd of elephants were safely
loused in the cars w'hen the .wind
struck. Circus men fear i&e ele
phants more than anything else in a
Trig storm. They declare that Tiad .the
big brutes not been housed just as
they were, they would have become
crazed, stampeded, and that the dam
age resulting would have been Incal
culable. "They say that once on a
stampede, eren good sized buildings
are mnbled before the onrvish of tie
Jgfiftr bodies.
Dead Man Found.
This morning about 7 o'clock the
"body of an unknown man was found
lodgefi under a idle of wreckage 'in
the ,ireat Northern railroad yards,
where the Ringllng shows had finish
ed loading the last car about tba hour
The Ijody was at once^removed'to
the Sflicuis undertaking rooms and
ettprte made by Count? Coroner Dick
inson and others to identify him but
'W to this time-nothing has been
found out beyond that he was
djrtt}tedl^a olrcus hand, as 14$.
a meal ticket number fl$
4&e siow dining, room.
WhUe-1oading preparatory W^taor
ing the show io Siotix Ftii*. this p«r-
.wind-on to^ hto'
atb 4nstantto«ro.B,,^to^
nbeftndoobt- Th# fkull
in ga«h several in^w »i
^aces.:.The fl'yW#'
4«lr TOwt have dropped fponf 4b
oi^iliis head and. sbottUferi^
tui^rhe -was apRarantly, ^nnin}uiMI .jft'
J^|®6k$n8on telegraphed- to
•^^.ifeif.feme person to iw
tft fileHtlf^ the victim,
3|fhe 6rIoUsly Ut|ured as far'i« fean
Ascertained' today are
"^e liasch, boy, ent.tftxtnt the
L«odor«r SchebkepbergiM^^jo^
i-'.tnArAwaW r,v
i^ ^ncampDient and Lee Stfctoe
Iipnitive Memorial
'Resplved.that w£ condemn
efforts being: put-forth to
force Vipon thefederal trovem
^ment the ho&orink ,of any
Wtoan, living or dead, who
raised hia hand againatj or
hia eervice«'to the
mies of our coufctiryiand that
^Statuary Hall in Ojur rational
«apito! should' not harbor a
jilted States of America."
^Resolution adopted by State G.
A. R. encampment.
At the joint memorial session
of tfae state G. A. R. encampmmt
heid in Watertown last .week it
developed that fifty, of ttte G.A.R.
boys of the state hade been 'laid to
rest during the year. 19(9,and that
eleven of the^W. JL,C, bad passed
beyond, '^rW1
D«ring MaS" Br&s'adminis
tcation as department president of
3?e W. R. C. she caused a beauti
foil memorial service to be inaug
urated which was carried thru
bene. Each corps who had tost a
member by death during the year,
sent -one representative carxying a
beautiful bouquet that was placed
upon the altar calling the name or
names of those who had gone.
These representatives marching to
*nd from the altar were: ..
Watertown -Gorpg—Mrs. Rairiey1
Yankton Corps—Mrs. Adamson
Hermosa Coj^s—Mrs. Mills
Vermillion Corps—Marjory Daily
Sioux Fusils Corps No. 64 Noi
Sioux Falls Corps No. &6—Hannah.
Brown. Has bail one death, that of
Ciarisa Lord. who was an army
nurse during the Civil War.
Alexandria Corps—Mrs. Gifford.
Elk Point Corps—Ella Roztlle
Parker Corps—Mrs. Lease /V
Hudson Corps—Mrs. Schaber
Mrs. Mary Brown of SionxFalls
placed the last bouquet on the
altar in memory of Mgjor John A.
The joint session then Bfilcig
Nearer, my God to Thee." A
few appropriate resolutions were
then reed and adopted and then all
arose and sabg "Tenting on th«
Old Camp Ground." This was
ost in
impressive exercise.
Water town
yfa Lo&kct
1 ffi.r fil—sJi# .hj D..J.11
anqwuT'jpB rrflTf#
to Softert $na|»'J«laHM#'''
Had Struck for &one T*
P«rh«ps it w«» a ewe oi ^fautb
b«ittg Mrved, p«rhajj» it -waa
At any r&te,Jobal6n stands forth
as thej^reata$ti^|kvjp6iilie-M^}e
world,1 with nori^ 1# dispute Ma
:l« ualeM It Sam I^angford
day that he can take the me^rate
of Tomihyltyrni' cimqueror.
The 'serving of jfeuth
been a factor Jin the do^nfajll of
the "hope of the white. ''iSm."
P{8yh6logy may have entered
largely, but to come to reaj|,
,fM* lit is offer«|
ttikty exouses for Jeff's de"
fWas -.4fc.-^inefitr& tjySI^'"wM'
battle j^r
a lucky
punch, or nl^trang^ pall
thafr seemed"%'come over Jeffries
the moment he stepped into the
ring? Fairminded -cfitics wiy
noV take anything laway from
Johnson for.,the. vi^tftripus battle
he fought. He- fought cleanly,
ci^Verly and witb^,. ^nsummate
But settling down to'1 brass
tacks, Jeffries lost everything he
seemed -ta-4fc}s? while in training
from the moment he,stepped into
the ring He had absolutely
nothing. Cold as a fish,his hands
were more like icicles -than the
great bone and gristle maulers
that had sent so many men to
defeat. He waB nothing like the.
Jeffries whose training stunts
made the great judges of condition
marvel. Why be should have gone
to pieces upon entering the ring,
as Sam Berger, Jim Corbett and
Billy Muldoon say he did, may
come under the head of psychol
ogy, but sporting men just say
Jack got Jeffries, "goat."'
The "Lucky iPunch.
"'The "lucky punch" talk made
its debut in the second round.
Johnson shot a sizzling left
straight to the white man's eye
Instantly the eye began to Swell.
The punch did not rock Jeff's head
but the eye was in bad shape. The
moment the punch landed Jim
looked dazed ana stepped into the
easiest sort of punches to get
away from. His judgment of
distance went 'to pieces, and he
began to fight likens washerwom
an, To the man in his oorner the
pnswer was apparently simple.
He had been symaptheiically
blinded. The punch on .the right
eye had hit the sympathetic nerve
and the left- eye was as useless as
its mate.
"I can see two Johnsons," said
Jeffries to Roger Cornell, to whom'
had been entr,u«ted tba
taking care of the cuts toahrui*«r
es, when the big fellow, took his
chair at -the endr: of thW' second
round. VI hit at'ohe and mis*.
and the other man hits me."
eff Could Not Sea.
thai round on.iHs cliW'
Jeff wite partly Wind, add
he lashed oat it was merely
could not see,
J«fl b«ck.
body and
l*ft {or Joaaaonfps
short. Th*y clinch
With War*
waa|«iea»- Johnson tried for ,tha faaa
but Jeff blocked it. After aMfofe
ing Johnson land* food* kfll8i
mouth and follow* it wfibjt
right upper cut. TiM9 Are
clindt at the eud of tKeJrtrand^*
the rinl fead 'for^l the color
sop WdidMSd left sw'
but Jeflfrlft
for tMMgg
Jeff pud srrfcht ontibe
after active workbooks hisurfivt
Johnson's ^outh,. Johnson stand
jup to his wgrk wel),«Ad blocks,
left for th* wind.^/Tbiiy di
and Johnson holds o£ In th4jciinch
Jeff backs Johnson
the colored man ge
Johnson tries three Upper-cuts
the chjn,but faila to land!, Johtf
*oo aant two straight lefts to th«f
mouth and Jeff put* two hard
rjghti} t* wind and thej h*m&
Johnson put a good
to thlfc
mouth and they ctlnch. Johnfton:
misses another right upper
and Jeff, crowds him againsfc^tl™...
ropes. Johnson misses left to lUctf'
but puts rights to jaw and /thaf
clinch, Jaff i$ crouching a jrobi*
deal of the
Ui dodges from ban! s^ht
left and they come together in
clinch./'Johnson pats Wo lefts"
the frfee and Jeff lands hard on:
Johnson's riber', ^Johnson ha.it»
away. Jeff puts a left on t®'
moujh and they clinched are
clinch Wthe
"Sixth Round
Johnson gets to midrjng tiret"
and sends tw,o straight lefts t^'
thr mouth. He then tries' his
right uppercut, but is blocked/
Johnson seems inclined to carry""
the fight to Jeff now.Johnson puts
a. hard left to mouth. Johnson'
uppercuts with' left to face,, and
puts another left on chin, and Jeff
swung had to the stomach. Jeffy
rushed Johnson half way across the C:
ring. Johnson steadies himself
and cuts loose vicious uppercut,?
but missed by six inches. Jeff,
blocks right and Jeft drives fo^
ribs. Johnson blocks for
and lands
ing it.
uppercut on eye,
^^'eotft Jtofun^^®
^ftff advan^a into crouching uu.
^/0hn*S^ two ft*
books ciii face, He tries a thiw
^ey^w Hogrfha* and clinch
!aiiL %y
Ste 'fe'SssiF v»i -f ,*»
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