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AND SUN-TELEGRAM. OL. XXXIII. NO. to. RICII3IOND, IXD., SATURDAY EVE.MXG, A PHIL '.'. 190S. .SINGLE COPY, 2 CENTS. TE DEATH FOLLOWS IN WAKE OF SIX FIERCE TORNADOES Estimated That Two Hundred People Were Killed and Five Hundred Injured in South Yesterday Afternoon. PROPERTY LOSS WILL REACH MILLION DOLLARS fTerrific Winds Carried Homes Of Negroes With Them and In Some Instances Trains Were Blown From Tracks. MANY DEATHS REPORTED. COMMUNICATION CUT OFF FROM MAIN TOWNS BUT MEAGER RE PORTS SHOW MANY LOST SEV ERAL RESIDENTS BY DEATH. TERRIBLE SCENES FOLLOW. Mothers and Fathers and Little Children Were Not Spared From The Clutches of the Furious Wind Demon. New Orleans, La., April "J-K-Six tor nadoes, leaving death and ruin in their Svake. have swept Louisiana. Mississip pi. Alabama, Tennessee and Texas in the last forty-eight hours. It i.s impossible to give a correct es timate of (he dead and injured, but it la declared that '-'tut dead and over ." Injured is a conservative figure. The property loss is estimated as at least .$l.oon.Oo. Amite, a small town in southeastern ILouisiana. was entirely destroyed. The dead are estimated at from 4 to 50. Physicians engaged in relief work at Amite assert thaf this estimate is cor rect. A wind which was of cyclonic propor tions, swept, over portions of Iouisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas late Friday, leaving a trail of dead and injured. The number of lulled is estimated at close to ''m and the number of the injured at half a thousand, with many portions of the afflicted districts to hear from. Most of the dead are negroes. Perhaps a dozen white persons were caught in falling buildings and either fatally in jured or so seriously disabled as to re quire medical attention. The loss of life was chiefly in the tjuarters of colored persons, where the Wind destroyed their cabins, burying the occupants in the debris, or in the farming Beet ions of the country, where trees were uprooted, telegraph and tel ephone poles torn up and general de struction became an encore to a storm vhich swept with tornado-like fury throughout the country. Property Loss a Million. It ia still difficult to state the exact Joss of life or the extent of the destruc tion of property, for there is little or jio communication with the points ' xvhere the wind and rain did its great est damage, but the property loss is certainly at least $l.nt,nm. In Louisiana, scores of small towns were destroyed or partially wrecked. These include Amite City, Arcadia and Independence. Belle Grove. Melton. Logan. Pine Itidge. Quitman Landing, Fairchild Creek and Purvis are seriously damag ed by the storm. In Alabama Bergen was the chief suf ferer. Many were killed, among them the wife and daughter of Section Mas ter Moore. Fifty persons at the low est estimate were injured. Those most seriously hurt were carried to hospitals at Birmingham. Ala. One woman. Mrs. Edward McCully. died on the train. Two other members of this family were seriously injured. Blown From Tracks. At Bergen trains were blown from Yhe railroad tracks and considerable ither property damage was done. Reports also say that the storm ftruck Albertsville. Ala., late yester day afternoon and destroyed nearly the entire northern portion of the town. A cotton mill was blown down, the storm ranging northward, doing jnuch destruction to life and property. An unconfirmed report from this sec tion gives the death list as from 40 to 50. with scores of persons injured. A special train was sent from Birm ingham last night, carrying physici ans and a squad of state militiamen to the district. Aid is also pouring in Jrom all other directions. From Meridian. Miss., comes a re port that Mrs. John Minniece and her child were killed outright and John Minniece was seriously injured, while r number of other persons were hurt Bnd there was considerable destruc tion of property. Fifth of Population Gone. Richland and Lamourie. La., were jstruck by the storm and nearly a fifth of their population injured. Winchester. Miss., a small town, is "Continued on Pace Seven." PROSECUTOR He Will Secure Fees From Both City and Circuit Courts. JUDGE FOX MAKES RULING. Judge Fox, of the Wayne Circuit court, ruled in favor of the prosecutor this morning, and held that he is enti tled to fees for prosecuting in both the city and cirruit courts, when conviction i.s secured and a fine assessed. The judge decided upon the authorities cit ed. He held that when a fine is assess ed in the city court upon conviction, it constitutes the close of one case. If an appeal he taken to the circuit court, the second trial constitutes another different and separate trial, and conse quently the prosecutor is entitled to fees the second time. IS RATLIFF FRIEND TO LOCAL OPTION There Is Speculation on This Point at the Present Time. APPROACHED WITH PAPER. CHARLES E. MOORE ASKED HIM TO SIGN A PAPER SETTING FORTH HIS STAND BUT STATE REPRESENTATIVE REFUSED. Walter S. Ratliff. Wayne county's representative in the state legislature and candidate for reelection, has been approached by Charles Moore, tho well known real estate anl insurance j agent, and asked to sign a paper set ting forth his position on the local op tion question. Mr. Kathff refused to sign. The name of Caleb King is men tioned, also, in connection with the affair as one of those who desired to elicit a promise from the represen tative. Both Mr. Moore and Mr. Rat liff refused this afternoon to discuss the matter and both declined to per mit the use of statement in regard to it. Mr. Ratliff admitted that. Mr. Moore hd presented him with a ' pro hibition" paper, which he asked him to sign. He said be did not remembc : the contents as he only glanced at them. He did not deny it was pre sented to him in an attempt to secure his committal to a position on the local option law. He said he did not sign at the time but did not say he would not sign in the future. Mr. Ratliff displayed timidity when asked for an interview, stating he had given out one interview recently and had become involved in a troublesome con troversy as the result. He referred to that in connection with the charges made against him by William t'.Iod gett. writing for an Indianapolis news paper in which Mr. Ratliffs position on liquor matters in the last session of the legislature was criticised. Just, why both Mr. Moore and Mr. Ratliff refused to state the nature of the contents of the paper in question is left to conjecture. Both made prac tically the same admissions concern ing the contents. Mr. Ratliff was nom inated for reelection by a large ma jority and says what has been said and written because of his attitude in regard to liquor legislation in the past has not harmed his standing with the voters. ERECTION OF SHAFT TO PRIEST DELAYED Father McMullin Memorial Is Not Yet Set. Members of the St. Mary's Catholic church are anxiously awaiting the ar rival of the beautiful granite shaft ...v.. ... . .... nmru inn me Si,ue' of the late Father D. .1. McMullin at ' m. aiary s cemetery. The arrival of i grounds. this shaft has been delayed because of There is a large number of places in its non-completion. It is said to be a this city where streets are so con most beautiful piece of workmanship, strueted that the grade of one hinders representing the crucifixion of Christ. ; the flow of water in the gutters of oth It is twenty feet in heighth. and is to ers. This condition exists in particu be imported from Italy. The base for i lar in West Richmond. Manv inter- the shaft has been completed. TYPHOID EPIDEMIC. Boston, Mass.. April .". A typhoid fever epidemic is assuming alarming proportions. There is a total of 5W cases at this time. THE WEATHER PROPHET. INDIANA Showers and cooler Satur-' day night with high southwest to ' "which are raised more or less above the j City of Mexico, April 25. In a col northwest winds; Sunday fair. (grade of the streets. It is seldom j lision between a freight and a heavy I that the water passes across the side- j loaded excursion train, bearing pil- OHIO Showers and cooler Saturday walks and enters cellars, because of t grims to the s.hrine of Guadaloupe. 28 night, with high southwest to this same reason, so there is no dam-j were killed and 15 wounded. A con northwest winds: Sunday fair.... is to orivate DroDertr. 'fuaioa of inais tu responsible. WINSSTATE IS BOUND OVER TO COURT Man Accused of Blackmailing Must Answer the Al legations. POLICE RESENT ATTACK. SAYS THAT THEY DID NOT ACT IN BUNGL5S0ME MANNER AND THAT THEY HAVE EVIDENCE ENOUGH TO CONVICT. Clarence Tate is being held at the county jail on a charge of blackmailing Charles Bentlage. a well known gro cer, and Prosecutor Jessup has bound the negro over to the circuit, court, This morning Chief Bailey resented the statement that the police in this case had acted in a bunglesome man ner. He said that he had secured enough evidence against Tate to con vict him of the charge placed against, him. According to Chief Bailey Tate has a "criminal record as long as his arm." About four years ago he was arrested on a charge of burglary and highway lobbery. which offenses were alleged to have been committed in Ohio. He suc cessfully fought extradition proceed ings, so he was never tried on these charges. Chief Bailey also states that the negro has been suspected of other offenses, but owing to the lack of evi dence that could be obtained against him he was never arrested. The po lice consider Tate a very shrewd and lucky man. About r.M4 Tate was arrested here for being implicated with Fred Kllis in robbing the home of a fanner nam ed Shute. living near New Paris. After committing the robbery it. was alleged that Ellis and Tate met Shute on the highway, where they beld him up ai the point of a revolver and relieved him of his valuables. Ellis was con victed in an Ohio court of these charg es una was sent to the Ohio Slate pen itentiary. Shortly after being confined there, it is stated, Ellis made a confes sion in which he implicated Tate in the crime. Tate was arrested here and the Ohio authorities brought extradi tion proceedings. In the Wayne circuit court. Tate, with the assistance of Attorney .1. F. Bobbins, successfully fought, these pro ceedings. Tate's father and a promi nent local citizen, testified that, at the time the crime was committed Tate was in this city. Proving this alibi on this testimony, the court refused to honor the extradition proceedings. CITY CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOB DAMAGE Poor Street Construction Causing Damage by Back ing Waters, Grounds. APPELLATE COURT DECIDES HELD BY THAT COURT THAT DAMAGES CAN BE AWARDED MANY PLACES IN WEST RICH MOND ARE FAULTY. The decision of the appellate court given this week in regard to the grad ing and drainage of streets within an incorporated city or town, is of par ticular interest in this city as condi tions similar obtain. The case was taken into the higher courts from North Judson. The court held that a i town which has graded up the middle of a street, where it is intersected by other streets, so that water flowing! down the gutters can not flow across j it. and has put in culverts that are so inadequate and so stopped up. that the j water collected by said gutters can ' not flow off, but is turned upon pri- vate premises, causing damage, is lia- j ble for the loss thereby occasioned. whether it built the gutters which col- i lected and brought the water to said I point or not. It was held also by the court there is a negligent and unskil-j ful construction of a street grade ! i when it is made to dam un the flow of: water in tne gutters ot streets, so as to turn it intersecting i into private Vsecting streets are graded so there are deep gutters on the streets running east and west. The system of drain age is so arranged as to carry the water toward the river. In case of i heavy rains, when the water in the gutters of streets running north and 1 south unites with that of the trans-j verse streets, the grade of the middle: of the street, causes the water xo back j up and overflow the sidewalks. It so ; happens that in West Richmond al-1 most all houses are located on lots EARLHAM DEFEATED Quaker Orator Secured Sec ond Place in Peace Ora torical Contest. NOTRE DAME MAN WON. Bloomington, Ind., April 25. The State Intercollegiate Peace Associa tion contest, held in the student building of Indiana I'niversity last night resuhVd in a victory for V. 1'. Lennartz of Notre Dame University. Oliver Weesner of Karlham wot. sec ond honors, while Curtis Shake of In diana, Clarence Klynn of DePauw and Joseph V. Shank of Goshen college came in their respective order. The decision was approved by the audi ence. The judges of the contest wen- I)e- j marchus j George V Brown, state librarian: Henton of Shortridge high school, Indianapolis and Prof. H. W. Brown of TVabash college. Last night's winner will represent Indiana as a state in the interstate intercollegiate peace contest to be held at Greencastle in May. The best college orators of Indiana. Ohio. Mich igan and Illinois will be in the con test. TO GET BACK TAXES He Will Soon Place Names of Delinquents in Prose cutor's Hands. LAWS OF INDIANA STRICT. PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF THE TAX DODGER MATERIALLY IN FRINGED UPON BY INCREASING LEGISLATION. The laws of Indiana constantly are placing more restrictions against the peace and prosperity of the tax dodg er and the delinquent tax payer of this year will find himself confronted by a perplexing situation that will be hard to solve. It will be hard, if tax es are not paid but, will not need to be given consideration if settlement is made with the county treasurer with in the limit of time set. Besides the amount of unpaid taxes a fee of $lu must be settled. It is provided by the law that all de linquent taxes not paid on or before May 4, try1 last day allowed by law, are to be turned over to the prose cuting attorney for collection. If the delinquent tax and the prosecutor's fee of $10 additional is not paid, the personal property is to be attached. The provisions are somewhat dras tic hut the state taxing authorities hold they are not unnecessarily so. It is claimed the money must be forth coming in some way and the warning has been passed out. by the authorities in order that settlements may be ac complished without the penalty. Some months ago Treasurer Myrick stated that he will undertake to col lect delinquent personal property tax, as soon as the spring installment rush is over. This time almost has arriv ed and it is probable the treasurer will turn over a long list of delin quents to the prosecuting attorney about the latter part of next month. The law allows the prosecutor $!0 as a fee for collection in each case. Fail ure to pay the tax makes the property liable to attachment. The maiority of offenders are young men, who have turned in nrorjertv to the asswwrs but never have paid the tax. There are many others who have not listed their possessions for taxing purposes even. STATE INSPECTOR ISJUICHMOND He Is Examining the School Buildings. John Fitzgibbons. deputy state fac tory and building inspector was in the city today examining the school buildings of th city and Karlham col lege. It is expected that the inspector will make a number of minor recom mendations. PILGRIMS TO SHRINE WERE SLAUG HTERED Awful Railroad Wreck in Mexico. MYRICK PREPARING QUARANTINE CITY AGAINST EARLHAM This May Be the Result of the Spread of Measles at The College. i KELLY AND BOND DIFFER. CITY HEALTH OFFICER, IT IS SAID WISHED TO PLACE INSTITU TION UNDER QUARANTINE. BUT COLLEGE PRESIDENT BUCKS. Because of a threatened measles epi demic at Karlham college, hostilities between President It. U Kelly of that institution and Dr. C. S. Bond, city health officer. have resulted. Dr. Bond desired to place a quarantine on the college, but President Kelly object ed to this measure, in the first place, because he thought it to be unnecessa ry, and in the second place, because he did not. think Dr. Bond had author ity to do so. Karlham college being outside the city limits. Dr. Bond denies that he intended to place the entire college under quaran tine, desiring only to have the students effected by the disease quarantined in the college nursery. However. Dr. George H. Grant, county health offi cer, stated to the Palladium this morn ing that Dr. Bond requested him to quarantine the institution. Dr. Grant did not. take this action but, he states, he has quarantined the college nursery. Prior to today only two cases in the college had been reported. but this morning it was announced that there ! were three new cases at. the college, j Among those now reported to be suf fering with the disease is Miss Newell, the nurse in the girl's dormitory. When the first, case of measles at the college was reported two weeks ago. it is said Miss Newell flatly refused to nurse the victim, stating that she had never had the measles and did not wish to contract the disease. .Miss Newell was severely criticised, it is ri.ged. for her action, as it forc ed the young woman who was room lg with the victim of the disease, to give up her studies and devote her time to nursing her stricken compan ion, which service she performed for a period of two weeks. Another victim of the measles epi demic, is Ray Newsoine. the star col lege basket ball player, and all round athlete. Miss lone Morris was also reported today as suffering with the measles. Dr. Bond may quarantine the city against Karlham college, which he has a perfect right to do. F MET DEATH ORiR RICHMOND MAN Alfred H. Fetta Instantly KilledXh On Railroad at Hammond Yesterday. HIS NECK WAS BROKEN. JUMPED BACK FROM A CUT OF CARS THROUGH WHICH HE AT TEMPTED TO PASS, DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF MOVING ENGINE. In an attempt to cross through a cut of freight cars at Hammond yesterday. Alfred H. Fetta. son of Mr. and Mrs. street Henry Fetta, of South Eighth and a former resident of this city, lost his hold and fell to the ground. He was struck by a passing freight engine and his body hurled so that his neck was broken. Death was almost in stantaneons. Mr. Fetta is survived by a widow and two children. It is probably the body will le brought to this city for burial, although this ha3 not. been determined upon definitely. According to the meagre details re ceived here Mr. Fetta attempted to pass through the cut of cars by climb ing onto the coupling beam. It seems he did not notice the approach of a freight engine on the track he had just stepped from and either fell back or jumped back of his own accord from the position he had secured on the car. He was struck by the engine before hp could regain his footing and hurled a considerable distance. Hi3 body was not cut up badly nor seriously di?fig ured. It is believed the force with which 'he engine struck him, caused his death. NICHOLSON TO ATTEND. Mr. Timothy Nicholson will leave next week for Richmond. Virginia, where he will attend the National Con ference of Charities and Corrections, of which he was president for two years. He will also visit his brother. Mr. John Nicholson, who resides in Baltimore. The Telephone is a Willing servant to bring your Classified Ads to the Palladium office with the least bother to you. Either Phone-1 121 Automatic, 21 Old. LIVING Peculiar Occupation of Hus band Spoken Of in Di vorce Hearing. MRS. RUPE WINS HER CASE. Klva Kupe was granted a divorce from Theodore Kupe in the Wayne cir cuit court this mornins. Whisky mid another woman were alleged to have caused the disruption in the Kupe fam ily. The complaint was drawn on the ground of abandonment and failure to pro ide. Mr.-. Kupe was given the custody of her minor children. She and the children resPle at Fountain City, where she operates the hotel. Mr. Kupe formerly resu.eu at Fountain City, but has departed for other climes. "He just loafed." replied Mrs. Kupe. when asked what her husband did for a living. He left home in August of last year without giving notice of his intentions. HEW TRIAL MAY BE ASKED FOR SOON Attorneys for John D. Vaughan Expected to Act Next Week. DEFENDANT WILL FIGHT. THOSE ACQUAINTED WITH HIM DO NOT THINK THAT HE WILL SHOW WHITE FEATHER UNTIL ALL HOPE IS LOST. On the witness stand, during course of the trial in which Mrs. san .1. Smith sued for damages the breach of promise to marry, Mr. John ! I). Vaughan made the assertion he had told ,1. F. Kobbins, an for Mrs. Smith, he would throat rather than pay Mrs. attorney cut his Smith a cent. The statement stands as a mat ter of court recc d. The jury directed that Mr. Vaughan pay Mrs. Smith $2,5ft. He has not paid however. Neither has he carried' out his threat. The attorneys for Mr., Vaughan expect to argue a motion for a new trial some time next week. The court has not fixed the date, as the! formal motion has not been present- j ed. Following the announcement, of the jury's verdict Wilfred .Jessup, as sociate counsel for Mr. Vaughan in-, formed the court a motion for retrial' would be entered. It does not appear! in the court records. I It is not believed Mr. Vaughan con-J templates carrying out his threat at e time it was made, but simply! made !n to emphasize his objections to Mrs. Smith's action. Persons acquaint-j ed with him declare he will fight the case to the last court, if necessary, be fore he will consent to the payment of damaees. Mr. Vaughan is a man' of wealth ami amply able to pay at- torneys to continue litigation indefi-i nitt-ly. Attorneys fees would prove' burdensome to Mrs. Smith, if the case; continue long in court. Inasmuch as the motion for a rerrial ha not been1 made formally, one attorney for Mrs. Smith desired yesterday to ask the. court to enter judgment. He was dis suaded from this intention, however.; by his associate attorney in the case. ' If . u ....' . ii in.- coim were petitioner! to enter judgment and should see fit in th iahppncp f,f a formal morion, it would bable appeals. WILL ASK AID OFjGOVERNMENT Miss Mary Bergen Seeks Irish Estate. Miss Mary Bergen, a resident of this city, has returned here after an ab sence of four years and four months at Orange Park. Templemoore. Coun ty Tipperary. Ireland. Miss Bergen went there on the death of her father to live upon his estate. She nought to secure a settlement of this estate, but owing to several complications which arose from time to time her ef forts were unsuccessful. Miss Bergen now stafs that she will appeal to the L'nited States government to assist her in effecting a settlement of thia estate. SH0NTS SAILS TODAY. New York. April 2.". Theodore Shonts. Mrs. Shonts and daughter Mar guerite, sailed for Paris this mornin? to join their bereaved daughter, the duchess De Chaulnes. LOAFED FOR DANGEROUS FIRE RAGED IN BUSINESS SECTION OF CITY Fire Originating in S.. W. & C. Hat Factory in Zeiler Block. Did Damage to the Amount Of S25.000. LOSS IS PARTIALLY COV ERED BY INSURANCE. Origin of the Fire Which Look ed Threatening at Several Times, Is Still Unknown Fire Lads Did Good Work. Another blaze originating last even ing about 7 o'clock, in the store room of the Simon. Wagoner ,V Took hat fac tory in the Zeller block on Main sticct between Ninth and Tenth Miects. threatened the business section of the city. Owing to the efficient work of Chief Miller and his corps of fire ficht ers. the fire was successfully subdued. The loss from the flames did not amount to much, but smoke and water caused considerable loss. Besides the hat company, the places of business suffering from this fire were the J. M. Coe .Printing company. Seaney and Brown hardware company, the Bich mond Steam laundry company. W. IL Battel's book store and the Scully tail oring establishment. The origin of the fire is unknown In the store room where the blaze origi nated, there was a large quantity of fur, used in making hats, and unfin ished hats. This fur is valued at from ..''. to per pound and it is estimated that the loss will equal Si'.'o x. Mr. Wagoner estimates that there is about $1..nm insurance carried by the com pany. Fortunately, the firemen were able to confine the blaze to this room by fighting the fire outside the store room. The smoke was dense, but noth ing in comparison to the Colonial fire. Chief Miller and Assistant Chief Si nex used a fire helmet while workiug in the store room and they state that it proved to be quite satisfactory. Spontaneous combustion caused bv ! the storing of a large quantity of fur is not thought to be possible so it is prob able that the fire resulted from one of the employes of the ht company drop ping a match or a lightt.l cigar or cig arette In the room. The Coe Printing company's loss re sulted solely from smoke, much of the paper in the stor room of the concern being damaged. Insurance will cover the loss. The Richmond Steam Laun dry, located under the hat factory, was flooded with water, but the loss was small. Proprietor Walters states that his loss will only amount to )M and that, this is fully covered by insurance. Mr. Seaney. of the firm of Scaney & Brown, estimates that the loss to that concern will mount to from to ST", with the loss covered by insur ance. He stales that the stoves stor ed on the second floor of the building, and the paints and bolts stored on th first floor were the most injured, prin cipally by water. W. H. Bartel. of the Bartel hook store comiwny, slaten that his loss is slight and -ovcred by insurance. The loss to the Scully tail oring establishment i.s also blight and is covered by insurance. CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS FIGURES IN A SUIT W. 0. Barnard Seeks ney's Fees. Attor- The ase ot W. O. Barnard vs. Wad Hea'on. will b heard in th Hancock circuit court next week. Mr. Bar i.ard i the Nw farle attorney and "publican congressional nominee. He is suing Heafon for srvic- ren dered as an aturrr.ey. Mr. Barnard will be assisted by Henry I". John of 'his city. Some time ago Mr. John-t-on brought mit against the same de fendant for th ame cause and re ceived judgment. Mr. Barnard as sisted him at the time and now will reciprocate. on COUNT! PRISONERS ARE MADE TO WORK Will Be Kept Busy for Five Months. It will not be all a loafing Job for the prisoners at the county jail for the next five months. Grass cutting time has arrived and when the supply of stones runs low the prisoners are transferred to the court houne lawn and put to work pushing the mowers. The first "trimming" of the season was done this week and the grass bene-" fifed. Only trusties are allowed to do tli is work.