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Mournful Indeed Will Be the
Memorial Services at
St. Louis.
Prompt Lynching of a Ghoulish Tramp Who Was
Caught Robbing the Dead While Pretending
to Lend Assistance.
Revised List of Those Who Perished From Injuries Received
During the Ravages "of the Cyclone — Property Losses
Estimated at Twenty Million Dollars.
ST. LOT7IB, Mo., May 29.— Memorial
day of 1896 will hereafter be an anniver
sary of saddened memories to the people
of the Mound City. Old Glories innumer
able will as of late float in the breeze to
motrow, but instead of a proud position
at the head of the poles, they will be low
ered to the sign of mourning and sorrow
at half mast. Beneath them, procession
after procession will wind its way around
tbe principal thoroughfares and over
Grand avenue to tbe last resting-places of
the departed at the beautiful Calvary and
Bell'ontaine. The strains of brass bands
will fill the air as on previous Decoration
d.vys, but the patriotic airs of "Marching
Through Georgia" and "Rally Round the
Flag, Boys," will give place to funeral
dirges and the dead march instead.
The boys in blue in accordance with the
time-honored custom will march to the
respective points where honors are to be
paid to the departed veterans of the war,
but before them, between them, and be
hind them, will be heard the steady tramp
and witnessed the impressive spectacle of
companies of Free Masons, Pythians, Odd
Fellows and representatives of other secret
societies as they follow the funeral car
riages that bear the remains of some
brother whose life paid forfeit to tne fnry
of the" elements on "Wednesday night.
There will be flowers galore in the cities of
the dead, but the designs ot the square
and compass, the cross and the circle, the
wreaths of evergreens and forget-me
nots — all tokens of a present burial — will
be more numerous than loose, cut flowers
and evergreens, with which it has been
the custom in this locality to decorate the
abiding places of those who have gone be
fore. -*"
There will be the time-honored ora
tions, tinged with patriotic fervor, but
from spots by the score over the burying
grounds will be heard the voices of the
men of God as they pronounce the last
invocation, and, mingling with the sol
emn words, the sobs and moans of the
grief-etricken relatives and friends of those
whose mortal remains are being consigned
to mother Earth.
And, with the sunset and the Sabbath,
will come the "passing of the aftermath"
of the second great calamity of the
decade ; and so, also, with the dawn of a
new week, the metropolis of the South
west, relegating to history the horrors and
terrors of the past few days, will gird
herself anew and resume her march of
commercial and social progress.
There were a number of funerals to
day, but relatives of the great majority o'
the victims preferred to take advantage of
the fact that to-morrow is Decoration day
and a balf-holiday, and therefore ar
ranged accordingly for the interments.
As a result the undertaking establish
ments were "rushed" to an extent unpre
cedented and the ambulance-shaped black
vehicles employed to carry the caskets
were at times during the day to be en
countered every few blocks. So heavy was
the pressure upon the funerai-directors
that in many cases it was this evening
iound absolutely necessary to defer the in
The Funeral Cortege Leaving tne McGlincy Home for the Little Cemetery at Campbells, Near San Jose. Five Hearses Bear the Bodies of Dunham's Victims.
The San Francisco Call.
terments until Sunday. The number of
burials to-morrow, however, will exceed
The conditions in East St. Louis are pre
cisely in accord with those of tbia city.
The preparations and programme of the
one are those of its namesake and neigh
bor across the river.
At a regular meeting of the Municipal
Assembly to-night Mayor Walbridge sub
mitted a special message, asking that the
Assembly appropriate $100,000 for the re
lief of the storm-sufferers. This proposi
tion was favorably received, but the exi
gencies of legislation will delay conclusive
action for several days.
The money is to be immediately avail
able upon the passage of the measure.
The committee report will be made to
morrow. Informal discussion was had and
it was agreed that every appropriation -for
public improvements not pledged on con
tracts already made should be diverted to
the relief fund. The disbursement of this
fund will be under municipal control
and will be independent of other relief
Mayor Wai bridge took occasion in his
message to point out that St. Louis was
the only city in the country that had
weathered safely the recent financial gale
and it should not be said that a::} dis
turbance, physical or financial, should
make St. Louis a mendicant asking alms.
This independence of feeling seems uni
versal here. It does not appear to be brae
gadocio, but serene confidence in the abil
ity and disposition of St. Louisaus to car*
for the storm victims.
There is one particular unidentified body
in the Morgue that to-morrow will be m
■ terred in the potter's field, simply because
it is too badly mangled to be of service to
the anatomical demonstration class of any
of t. c local medical colleges. The in
juries which resulted in the victim's death
are not attributable to the tornado, but
were rather a sequence of the horror. A
couple of uours after the power-house of
the Southside Electric line had been
levied, with nine employes in the ruins,
a trampisb-looking individual put in an
appearance and volunteered to assist in
the search. During the night four bodies
were taken from the debris and laid side
by side. Then, according to a local citi
zen who told his story at the Morgue to
day, the volunteer, availing himself of
what he thought was a favorable oppor
tunity, proceeded to rifle the clothing of
the dead. He was caught in the act by
one of the searchers, who without warning
felled him with a brick. Then, with cries
of "Lynch the thief!" the entire partyjof
searchers fell upon him with kicks and
biows from boards and scantlings.
When they paused for breath the ghoul
was dead. A pledge of secrecy was quickly
passed aronnd, the ambulance was sent
for and the body conveyed to the morgue
under the supposition tbat it was that of
a victim of the power-house wreck.
This story, if it is lounded upon facts,
narrates the solitary case of lynching that
marked the aftermath of the storm.
Less ghastly, but in tbe same ghoulish
There will be a Grant memorial service, participated in by the veterans cf the Grand Army of the Republic and other
military and civic bodies, held on the grounds adjacent to the monument site to-day. The service will commemorate the
deeds of the men who died that the Union might live, and it is appropriate that the spot chosen therefor shall be the one
which contains the ashes of the great leader who, after the war was over, endeared himself to all Americans by those sen
timents of love and amity to which he gave utterance. Grant said "Let us have Peace," and Peace settled over the land
line, was the story told in the Police Court
to-day and which resulted in Jacob Wuims
and Joseph Wood being fined $.30 each
on the charge of disturbing the peace.
Early this morning they burrowed through
the ruins of St. James Lutheran Church,
on California avenue, to the basement,
where they had learned that several dozen
bottles of communion wine were stored.
After drinking their fill they loaded their
arm? with bottles, and seating themselves
on the sidewalk invited the passers-by to
drink the conaecrated liquor to the tune of
a blasphemous toast.
Police Captain Kceble and Sergeant
Hanna, both of whom were in plain
clothes, were among those so invited, and
when they undertook to arrest the depre
dators Wood drew a knife and attempted
to stab them. People in the crowd came
to the assistance of the officers, and the
men were disarmed and taken to the sta
From detailed reports received by The
United Press from official sources up to
9:.'50 r. m. the following tabulated state
ment is prepared:
Identified dead in St. Louis 176, unknown
dead in St. Louis 8, fatally injured in St.
Louis 18, missing in St. Louis 40.
Identified deal in East St. Louis 142, u
nknown dead in East St. Louis 3, fatally in
jured in East St. Louis 1 ; total fatality 388.
Injured in St. Louis (estimated) 10CK).
Injured in East St. Louis (estimated) 300.
Heartrending Incidents at the
Morgue and in the Ruins.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 29.— The relief
committee formed yesterday was at work
early this morning and gangs of men
were everywhere to be seen searching the
ruins for bodies. No attempt at relief
work beyond this was made, the sole
effort of the men in the employ of the
relief committee being directed toward
bringing to light the full extent of death
dealt out by Wednesday's great storm.
The city, aitled by men from the street
car companies, began clearing the streets
of dismantled pojes, wires and debris early
this morning, and this greatly accelerated
the movements of the people who are
beginning to bring a semblance of order
out of tbe utter confusion of yesterday.
Carpenters and useful men of all trades
are in demand.
• Hundreds are busy repairing damaged
buildings and there are many inauiries
for others from manufacturing concerns
who are anxious to restore their build
ings and resume business. It will be
many weeks, however, before business
will have resumed its normal condition.
The known number of people killed in
St. Louis and the city across the river is
now 388 and the list is being augmented
almost hourly. It is believed that when
the search is completed the death roll will
reach 500 and many people Delieve there
are bodies at the bottom of the Mississippi
which will never be recovered.
The injured are legion, their number be
ing estimated at from 800 to 1000 in this
city and 200 to 300 in East St. Louis. All
through the night without cessation gangs
of workmen plied their search for victims
of Wednesday'scyclone, eight bodies re
warding this.
At 6 o'clock this morning the body of an
unknown man was taken from the Soulard
Market ruins. John Plank of 1008 Lafay
ette avenue died at St. John's Hospital
this morning from injuries received in the
cyclone. Many of the injured are hover
ing between life and death.
Miss Clara Herrmann died to-day from
the effects of injuries sustained in the
cyclone. The young lady and her father
and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Herr
mann, were buried beneath the house they
occupied, Mrs. Hermann, aged 52 years,
was instantly killed, her body being
crushed almost to a pulp. Mr. Herrmann
was so badly injured that his physicians
say his death is only a matter of time.
A great many persons estimate that
over twenty- five persons lost their lives in
the Mississippi River, and the chances are
that their bodies will never be recovered.
The number of persons who lost their
lives by being blown from tiatboats, and
were carried down by overturned steam
boats, is problematical, and only when a
ta bulated list of the missing can be made
will the exact number be known.
Hundreds of homeless people slept in
the open air last night. The public build
ings were thrown open for the accommo
dation of the destitute and unfortunate
and these places were crowded to their
fullest capacity. Food for the hungry
was furnished liberally by 'citizens and
keepers of restaurants in the neighbor
hood of these temporary shelters. All
night and throughout this morning hun
dreds and in some cases thousands of
people surrounded the temporary morgues,
and within heartrending scenes were en
acted as relatives came to take away the
remains of their loved ones, and parties
seeking to identify some of the unknown
dead made the rounds of tbe silent forms.
Hundreds of furniture wagons, carts, and
in many cases buggies ana private vehi
cles, were brought into requisition this
morning to move whatever ot the personal
property that can be dug out of the ruins,
or at the risk of the lives of the salvage
corps can be cot from the lower rooms
of residences, tne walls of which are tot
tering and threatening every moment to
Continued on Second Page.
The Murderer's Horse Is
Found in Indian
Ranchers and Vaqueros Join the
Chase Resolved to Show
No Mercy.
Five Bodies Buried in the Family
Flat in Campbells' Little
BMITHB CREEK, Cal., May 29.-The
entire country up here is aroused and
everybody one sees is armed and on the
outlook for Dun-ham, the slayer of Colonel
McGlincy jnd the members of his house
hold Tuesday night. Along the road from
San Jose one meets numerous men armed
with shotguns, knives and revolvers. The
ranchers are on the outlook for Dunham,
and should he apply for a meal at any of
tneir cabins it ia not lively that he would
leave alive.
About 10 o'clock this morning Sheriff
Lyndon of S.anta Clara and Sheriff Bal
lou of San Louis Obiapo found Dunham's
horse in Indian Gulch, a branch of Sul
phur Creek, ,about a mile and a half from
Smiths Creek. The gulch is about two
miles long, very rucged and very deep.
The horse was grazAg on the side of the
gulch and was turned loose. In the bed
of the gulch was evidence that Dunham
lad camped there over night. Near where
le camped was a piece of rope coiled. The
horse was in good condition, except for
sores on its back. Dunham had evidently
used his coat for a saddle and the rope for
a stirrup. The horse otherwise shows no
signs of the hard trip.
Howard M. Buffiugton, who hsd used
the horse at one time, identified the ani
mal as being the one that Dunham rode.
Dunham is evidently hemmed in. There
are only two ways to escape. He might
go to Livermore by gome.through San Isa
bel, thence through- the Sun Antonio Val
ley, thence southeast through Red Creek
and Arroyo Bayou and come out about
six miles south ot Livermore. Then,
again, he might go over Pine Ridge south
to padrone and come out Dack of the Gil
roy Hot Springs. In that case he might
catch a train in the vicinity of Gilroy and
make his way south.
Sheriff Lyndon's posse here to-night con
sists of Ed Haley, Jim Edwards, Harry
McClintock, Parker, Lord, Al Hanks and
Sheriff Ballou with his bloodhounds. To
the south Constables Coschina, Cottle and
Reynolds are guarding the passes. A
posse is working from Pleasanton toward
Mount Hamilton.
Sheriff Lyndon said to-night that he waa
convinced that Dunham was in the vicin
ity and that he had deserted his horse only
as a last resort He feels certain that Dun
ham is hiding in some of the gulches.
He says that Dunham evidently entered
this part of the valiey by coming through
Evergreen and Halls valleys, and he be
lieves it is only a question of a day or two
before he is captured.
In the morning Lyndon will divide his
force into three or four parties, one of
which will. go through Indian Gulch, and
enter an adjoining gulch. Sheriff Ballou
and his bloodhounds will go to the foot of
Mount Hamilton in the hope of securing
some trace of the murderer. Lyndon will
keep his men in the field until Dunham is
caught or he is satisfied that the murderer
has left this part of the country, and he
will follow his trail to wherever it may
Detective Frost and Samuel Vane ar
rived here this evening. They left San
Jose this morning ahd returned to
Madroae, whence they took saddle horses
and went through the McDermott ranch
to Backwood Creek and then to Morrow
ranch, returning to 6miths Creek, They
report the ranchers in that vicinity on the
lookout for Dunham.
District Attorney Herington and Juan
Edson arrived here at 9 o'clock to-night.
Herington started from San Jose yester
day with Deputy Sheriff Robert Anderson
and went out through Almaden to Yubs
Creek. Thence they drove to Madrone.
They also report armed men searching in
every direction for the murderer. From
Madrone they went through San Felipe to
Pacheco Pass. HtringJou says that Pa
checo Pass is well tilled with heavily
armed vaqueros and cattlemen.
Sheriff Holbrook of San Benito County
is one of the most determined of tbe man
Herington and Edson left here at 11
o'clock to-night, coing up the trail to the
summit. They will remain at Mount
Hamilton all night.
The Sheriff believes that when he starts
in the morning he will have enough men
to guard every avenue of escape. At 9:30
o'clock John Clayton, Consoman, Dittos,
Sweigert and Plummer, all armed with
Winchesters, arrived here and reported
for duty to the Sheriff.
Enraged Citizens* Hint at a Lynch
ing of Dunham.
SAN JOSE, Cal., May 29.— The greatest
excitement has prevailed here all day.
The telephone wire between here and
Smiths Creek hotel has been kept hot
from early morning, and rumor has fol
lowed rumor, ringing all the possible
changes that might be got out of the
very thinnest strain of fact. Eirly this
morning the story spread through the
town that Dunham, the slayer of Colonel
McGiincy and family and servants, had
unquestionably committed suicide, aa
shots or a shot had been heard in the
i brush at a point some miles up the trail

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