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Trade at home.1 "Self-preserva
tion is a good law to apply to
VOL. 130 NO. 76.
Indications were many had been'
illed in these cities.
The storm swept area was under
partial control today. State troops,
service men and home guards
lere pressed into service late yes
)rday and patrolled streets and pro
moted devastated property.
[The tornado coining out of the
puthwest took one life to St. Louis.
ept north to tHgln, 111:,' Chicago
id suburbs. ... lWi&£_de»ohrti©n
eath -and damage ft Jta wake.
Seven were killed in. Chicago.
In Elgin seven were killed. Chi
igo's suburbs, Melrose Park, May*
^ood, Plainfield and Evanston con-
Ibuted fourteen to the death toll.
List of Known-Dead. MF*'
CHICAGO, March 29.—Tornadoes
Itriking the midwest
The list of casualties grew each hour
Is communication, interrupted by the
|torm, was resumed.
The list of known dead reported
fere today was:
Chicago, six Elgin, 111., seven
fclelroBe Park, III., eleven Maywood,
111., one Plainfield, 111., fhree south'
)rn Wisconsin, one southern Michi
gan, eight -Indiana, twenty-Tour Mis
souri, one.
The western skirts of Chicago made
picture of a war torn country.
L'rumpled masonry, hanging wires,
jwisted girders and piles of debris,
itermingled with partially wrecked
buildings comprised the human ant
pile over which thousands of persons
^warmed today.
Clearing the wreckage had begun,
jut the Bwarms of searchers princi
pally sought for those victims which
have been claimed by the
ptorm. State and city authorities
^mediately began relief work.
The Red Cross sent help a few
•ours after the storm. The wounded
Fh'o could not be cared for In the
koines still standing were rushed to
^capitals in the city proper.
The tornadoes, according to the
feather bureau here, developed from
storm originating in the far toorth
&est. The whirling funnels were
Iropped from heavy sttfrm' clouds
Mien the storm hit this section, bath
Hh: in the first warm weather of
ipring. From reports here it was
lelieved three tornadoes developed'
r'ar here. All were reported to have
united Press Leased Wire Service.]
WASHINGTON, March 29. The
l^nsus bureau today announced the
allowing ijjjq population figures:
Corsicana, Tex., 11,356. fir-'
Little Falls. N. Y., 13,029.
Beardstown, 111., 7*111.
Hoopeston, 111., 1,451.
Wheaton, 111., 4,137.
Clarinda, Iowa, 4,511.
Waupaca, Wis., 2,839.
Marshfield, Wis.. 7,394.
Yankton, S. D., 5,024.
E^ihS, W. Va., 6,777.
SKjterville, W. Va., 3,2381
Winchester, Ky., 7,866.
'ierce Wind Swept Illinois, Missouri, Wiscon
sin, Michigan and Indiana Sunday, Doing
Millions of Dollars Damage,
Jnited Press Leased Wire Service.]
CHICAGO, March 29.—Sixty were
tilled, more than a hundred injured
Ind millions of dollars' worth of
Iroperty was damaged by a tornado
pich swept Illinois^ Missouri, Wis-
Dnsin, Michigan and Indiana yester
ay, reports here today showed.
Many cities throughout the stricken
rea were still isolated today.
[ore Than Score illed in Indiana,' Including
sven at West Liberty Which is Re
,, ported Wiped Off Map. P"
Preaks were numerous. Practically
every place invaded by the whriling
clouds reported instances of miracu
lous escapes and quey whims of tho
The tornado, catting a ragged two
hundred foot path, bored through the
modest residences of Melrose Pari?,
cut past an insane asylum at Dun
ning, 111., and leaped in lull ferocit
At Duning the insane patients scur
ried about the corridors in terror,
they were finally controled with dif
ficulty. The asylum was not touched
by the wind and it offered a refuge
for the first hundred wounded and
for hundreds of refugees.
Most of the dead were crushed by
falling buildings.
aim Sunday—took sixty-two lives.! In Chicago, Margaret and Vincent ?Tas first noticed. It
undreds of homes were wrecked Lautenberger, sixteen and two, were I crash of falling buildings as
nd hundreds of persons Injured, killed in their home. Falling rafters f0111® largest stores in tne
crushed Margaret and a dining room J'Usiness^ distinct collapsed before the
table was dashed upon the little boy.! tornado cloud.
In Norwood ParK, I1L, a convent
fr?P honJ®'
find themselves in their otfn base-
ment with the adjoining house above
At Six Corners, 111., near Joliet.
several farmers were reported killed
and more than a score'injured when
the tornado swept down on them.
Many sought refuge'in storm cellars.
The family of W. W. Gaylord had
no more than located in their cellar
when the cyclone swept by, taking
the house above them albng with it.
When they poked their heads out of
the cellar their housri was several
hundred feet down the road.
Five other farm houses in this vi
cinity were destroyed.
Miss Mary Goist and an invalid sis
ter were in separate rooms in a
farm house when the storm hit their
place. It took everything but the
rooms in which the two women were.
fotal Count of People in Towns
With Gains Made in Ten
The path of the storn^ through
St. Augustine, Fla., 6,192.
Bonham, Texas, 6,008.
Bryan, Texas, 6,295.
Hillsboro, Texas, 6,952.
Whitehall, N. Y., 5,258.
Winona, Minn., 19,143.
Increase's since 1910
Kankakee, 2,735, or 19.6 per cent.
Corsicana, 670, or 16.5 per cent
Little Falls, 756, or 6.2 per cent
Beardstown, 1,004, or K.4.
Hoopeston, 753, or 16 per cent
Wheaton, 714, or 20.9.
Clarinda, 679, or 17.7.
Waupaca, 50, or 1.8. 5
Marshfield, 1,611, or 27.9
Yankton, 1,237, or 32.7.
Elkln, 1,517. or 28.8.
Sisterville, 554, or 20.60.
Winchester, 710, or 9.9.
St. Augustine, 698, or 12.7.
Bonham, 1,164, or 24 per cent
Bryan, 2,163, or 52.3.
Hillsboro, 837, or 13.7.
Whitehall, 311, or 6.9.
Winona, SCO, or 3 per cast
r- |p
been dissipated on striking the cold
air over Lake Michigan.
In the Chicago territory the na
tional guard was called out Tpr police
duty. Wrecked stores and homes
offered rich booty for ldoters alid
they were quick to appear. The sol
diers stopped the robbery and as
darkness came aU citizens were
ordered off the streets. The guards
were to remain indefinitely.
Elgin was over two hundred feet
wide. A theater, a four-story and a
six-story department store, the two
churches and residences were caught
up, crushed and dashed Into masses
of debris. Seven were killed during
the fury of the storm, which lasted
but a few minutes.
The wreck of the department stores
brought .out small bands of looters,
and national guard troops were pot
to patrolling the streets. All citizens
were ordered to their homes with
Melrose Park, a small residential
suburb of Chicago/ lost eleven lives.
More than two hundred were without
homes tdQay. Every house standing
sheltered wounded who had been
dragged from the debris of seventy
five shattered buildings.
Over $400,000 worth of flour was
scattered when a mill was destroyed.
The flour lay inches, deep in some
parts of the Btreet.
In almost every place where build
ings were wrecked) the menace of
fire followed. Torn gas connections
'and burning gas stoves in the wreck
age contributed to the danger.
Soldiers, reserve militia and for
mer service men today began digging
in the ruins,
missing women
J- VlT- Welch concluded his sermon
uIclV epLe
was damaged and a number of nuns Porti°n8 of the roof fell jn on
were removed to hospitals.
The infant daughter of Peter Ros
soczski was found in the street, three'
'when the wind
Mr-,and Mrs-
_artg Jj-
the foundations.
A blinding dust storm was^he first
knowledge of the impending cyclone
given to farmers living near Joliet,
Three wero
church people.
One woman was killed in a
collapse of the Baptist
^eath of Mrs. Margaret Mc-
Orders to "shoot and shoot to kill"
were given soldiers on guard against
looters in Melrose Park today by
Charles Wiltz, the village president
Sixty Mile Gkale.
ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 29—One
man was killed and several persons
were injured in St Louis during a
sixty-mile gale which Sunday, until
midnight,. swept this city, the state
of Missouri, southern Illinois and
parts of Arkansas. Several Missouri
towns were raked by fire. Damage
here ran into thousands of dollars.
Sixty-two Dead.
CHICAGO, Mar.' 29.—Sixty-two Uvea
were lost in tornadoes which tore
through Chicago and surrounding ter
ritory Sunday. Revised figures at
noon today were:
Chicago and vicinity, thirty-one In
diana, twenty-four Michigan, five
Missouri, one Wisconsin, one.
It was believed the list would be in-
will run Into millions. At Elgin, where
great destruction was' wrought in the
three minutes it took the tornado' to
bore through the main part of the
city, the property loss was .eatimated
at $•!,500,000. I
i, **•,
Work of relief began shortly after!
the storm, when Red Cross workers Hscate liquor whicn he twas Keeping
were sent into the storm districts.
Physicians and nurses were at work
Chicago, with
dents, was skirted
attii Coiu£tttutioit-©emocrat
ln a
its 3,000,000 resi-
Suburbs to the west and north were,
Michigan' Wher®
Supreme Court
lidity of Constitution
hibition, at Close
Briefs Sustaining
of Government
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
WAS-riuiWrOiN, Mar. ss9.—A su
preme court decision on the validity
oi constitutional protnmuon is looked
for April 19. ohief Justice Yv^iite to
day stated the court would recess un
til that date. It was considered like
ly tb&t the final decision would then
oe made.
The court granted application of the
St. Louis Brewery association to sub
mit tor decision with prohibition cases
being argued today, its appeal.
It also advanced for argument on
searching for many Apn1 19 the case bro^thywiuiam
aen and children* Street, of New Yont, attacking the
ttlief beeran shortlv after light of tae federal government to con-
deposit vault.
A motion to advance the appeal of
John Uiiiion, who lost his eixorts to
have prohibition declared invalid in
by the tornado.'a ^an Franci^ofederul court
made, but no actiofe will be
iSn and wheeler of the Anti-Saio^ league. He
hardest liit
Tit ®agin t»6 -attack' eaffle* just at
tooay was-made by Wayne B.
the close of church services. In the, c^^es argued today *ere those of
a a
with the warning. Be prepared, for christian Feighenspan of the
you know not when you will be jjrewers association who lost his suit
called." Heavy rains came almost |Jn
within the words and hundreds re-j government by decision of Federal
mained until the showers had passed. I
Then came the tornado. A loud
buzzing like that of a super-dynamo
drowried in
its borders, an appeal
a New Jersey
court and appeal by
Qeiger at Milwaukee who up-
held contentions of the Manitowoc
Products company and the Volstead
law is unconstitutioual.
Negro AOdused of Stealing
Book of White Man Resents Ac
cusation and Attacks With
The wreckage of homes business central Indiana last night, according
blocks and other property iit Chicago, to reports reaching, here over badly
suburbs ran the loss into high figures, crippled wires today.
ed by the storm the Red Cross and
national guard were established.- The
guardsmen kept an eye on possible
looters hired to tJie wreckage fry rich
ntinued on page £.)
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.a, A
passed. Her mother had been hold-jciness 48 from a fractured skull, EUnited Press Leaped-Wire Service.]) Thirteen Killed.
ing her a few minutes previously. caused when the wind blew her to DBS MOINES, Iowai. Mar. 29— TOLEDO, March 29.—One brand?
Steihebel regained consciousness to tndav (Neb., died here early today from knife the line between Ohio and Indiana, "J
the pavement, brought Chicago's Austin a Wantz, 32, ^of Alnsworth !of the storm swept northward alori^ nruruer oi jai
dpath total to seven today. (Neb., died here eany toaay irom a-mitj: tne line Detween umo ana inaiana,
them, resting somewhat askew upon standine at the curb were blown up Mtoins restaurant Sunday night, destroyed and communication cut off.
the foundation*.
through the side of a house.
Three- of thirty-six refugee patients
at Dunning insane hospital were ex
pected to die today.
strong was the wind in residen-! wounds inflicted .by an unidentified spreading death and destruction lii|.
Se stVeet One Ihrht rn Wdashed I Wantz accused the negro of stealing Reports indicate two dead and' at
Matsudara strongly favors accept
ing the bolsheviki peace offers, it is
reported in official circles.
Wilson's (Note on Turkey.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
PARIS, March 29.—Hugh Wd'ilice,
the American ambassador, today
handed to the French foreign office
President Wilson's new note on the
Turkish situation.
Foreign Exchange Market.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
NEW YORK, Mar. 29.—Foreign ex
change opened unsettled. Demand
creased* as "wire communication was sterling J3.9i»4. off 3cents franc
restored with small outlying towns. checks 14.t2, off -6 centimes, marks
In Indiana the situation was in some: demand $.0134 lire demand 19.92, and today had no cause to .worry about adding to the suffering.
doubt due to conflicting reports of! Canadian dollars $.9185. his son, Frank, Jr., leading a life of
inrr.n 'irvrmr- of life In isolated vil- The market "closed Irregular with crime. The boy, shot by his father
acres demand sterling $3.92%, off 1%: franc to keep him straight, was dead today
Th« •nronertv loss in Illinois alone 'checks 14.50, off 23 centimes net lire and the father was being held by
in mn intft millions. At Elerin. where checks off 22 centimes at 20.14. police.
Frank, Jr., died alone, his mother
in addition there were the losses of Small towns were practically wiped. father punished because til a father
were reported killed, with seven at
West Liberty, Ind., s^ at Union City,
one at Monroeville, several at Geneva
and three at Zulu. Union City is on
the Indiana-Ohio line, ajid most of
those killed there lived in Ohio.
Between Fifteen and -Twenty
five Lives Lost in Terrific
Blow on Western Edge
of State.
Catholic CKureh it Raab's Comers
Demolished and Thirty-flve
are Injured
[United Press Lfased Wire Service.]
CLEVELAND, Ohio, March 29.—
Between fifteen and twenty-five dead
and two hundred injured was the
estimate placed early today on the
toll axacted by a terrific storm which
swept the western edge of Ohio Sun-
day afternoon and late into the night.
Several small villages were reported
in ruins.
Church Is Demolished.
Nashville suffered five to ten dead
I and thirty injured, according to
Pocket meagre reports. Greenville's casual
ties were two dead and a dozen hurt.
Union City was also reported dam
aged, with several dead and injured.
4n#1/ifA/l .111* OH liniHAntlflAd AHint)/\n C1H IWUlcr, WUO
city that automobiles negro during .an altercation in a Des its wake. Many towns were reported' home at
his wallet, containing $50. while he least a score seriously injured at
was eating. The negro resented the yan Wert.
accusation afid drew a knife. Wantz
was stabbed ten times. The negro es
Soviet Peace Proposals.
[United Press" Leased Wire Service.]
TOKYO, March 22.—(Delayed)—
Peace proposals of the soviet forces
in Russia wqre brought here today
by Political Commissioner Matsudara
who returned from the fighting front
in Siberia.
At Monroeville. Indiana, unofficial
reports were that thirteen persons
had been killed and a large number
injured. In one family of seven, five
were killed instantly. It was re
Wires are Down.
DAYTON, Ohio, March 20.—Indica
tions here early today were that at
least three persons were killed and
twenty hurt at Nashville in the tor
nado which swept this section yes
terday. Wires are down and com
munication with the stricken area is
almost impossible.
Scores of houses were demolished
in this district.
More Than Score Killed. and her 'brother were told at the
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 29.—• hospital yesterday morning when
More than a score were killed in a they called to see the boy who
tornado which swept northern and. wouldn't heed his parents.
Frank 'Piano Need Worry no Longer!
About His Son Growing
Up to be a
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
"Perhaps it was for the best," the
mother sobbed today. "Frank said
if he should die, he did not want his
farmers whose improvements were (.put. More than one hundred persons had done something that would make Pear St. Louia. where one was Jailed,
gathered up by the storm and demol- Were injured. It was impossible toja man of him if he lived."*
iuhed. estimate the property damage. The charge against Piano, Sr., it
In practically every vicinity touch-1 in the Fort Wayne district fifteen)was said, would be changed from
that of assault with a deadly weapon
with intent to kill, to murder.
Vitrimount is the first town in
[United Press Leaaed Wire Service.]
ATLANTA, Ga., March 2S.—Be
tween fifty and seventy persons were
killed, hundreds injured, thousands
made homeless and millions of dol
lars' .worth. of property destroyed by
a 'series of tornadoes which swept
over portions of Georgia and Ala
cording to reports received here early
UTOr purUon8
Ten were hurt at
Searching for Dead.
CLEVELAND, March 29.—Relief
parties were today working in the
ruips of Greenville and Union City,
near Dayton, and others were en
gaged in hunting the debris of Nash
ville for dead and injured. This vil
lage was reported practically leveled.
The tornado cut a swath about a
half mile wide and six miles long.
or ueorgia ana
bama yest6nlay
and !°st
Thursles Saturday.
At La Grange, Ga., more than forty
persons were killed, reports stated.
West Point, Ga., reported twelve
dead and scores injured.
TOLEDO, O., March' 29.—Three
persons are dead at'Raato's Corners!
and two at Genoa, acording to re- -v
porta early today, following lastii More Than Sixty.
night's tornado which swept through ATLANTA, %.., Mar. 29.—& tele
northwestem Ohio. phone njtessage from Lai3Ta*ige today
j.. ^Thirtyreported! '"injdred thift death list (fee to the tor
at Raab's Corners, where many build-jnado there was far greater than in
ings, including the Cathodic church, jdicated in earlier reports. First re
were demolished. Forty persons were ports stated sixty were killed.
injured at Genoa.
Between Thirty and "Forty.
LA GRANCE, Ga.. Mar. 29.—Be
tween thirty and forty, persons were
Thomas Dwyer Called From
Home Early Today by an
Armed Party and As
Fair Tonight and Tuesday.
Local temp. 7 p. nu, 48 7 a. m.,
More Than Thirty Killed at That Place, One
Hundred Seriously Injured and Many '3
Homes Were Wrecked
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
DUBLrN, March 29. Thomas
Dwyer was called from his home at
Thurles early today by an armed
party and was shot to death.
The circumstances of Dwyer's mur
der were almost identical with those
Senator Johnson's Campaign.
[United Press Leased Wire Service.]
NEW YORK, March 29.—Senator
Hiram Johnson, here to open his
campaign in New Yorle City for the
One Storm in Middle West and
One in South Kill 125
[By The United Press.]
Tornadoes which swept eight states
on Sunday claimed a toll of approxi
I mately 125 lives, destroyed millions
of dollars' worth of property and left
hundreds of families homeless.
Reports today showed there were
two distinct storm areas—one in
Georgia and Alabama and the other
in the middle west. Fire followed in
CHICAGO, March 29.—Frank Piano the wake of the storm in some cities,
FoOd, hospital supplies, physicians,
nurses and clothing were rushed to
tho stricken areas today. Injured
were cared for in temporary build
ings. The debris was combed in the
hunt for missing.
La Grance, Ga.. appeared to be the
hardest hit by the storms. Between
forty and sixty were reported killed
there and three hundred were home
less West Point, Ga., reported five
dead and Agricola, Ala., five dead.
western storm appeared Jrst
It swept northward, branching out
over Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and
Michigan and extending into Wlscon-
Thousands Made Homeless and Millions Worth
of Property Damaged in Southern
Storm on Palm Sunday.
killed here tn yesterday's tornado, as*
cording to an estimate made by mem-)
bera of the relief committee shortly
before noon today.
In addition to the dead, one hun
dred seriously wounded are beingi
being care for in emergency hospitals
Three Hundred Homeless Families.'
LA GRANGE, Ga., March 29.—Re-J
lief workers today cared for the three'
hundred families made homeless by
the tornado which struck here yester
Arrangements were made to bury
the forty dead. Appeals were sent
to surrounding cities for food and
clothing to care for the living and
coffins in which to bury the dead.
Every bojne and other building left
undamaged by the storm was used to
day as a temporary hospital.
Men searched the ruins for miss
ing women and children. The relief
workers, after twenty-four hours of
constant labor, worked on, attempt
ing to restore order in the stricken
republican presidential nomination,
expressed approval of Senator
Borah's plan to limit candidate's
"Expenditure of money in this
campaign already has become a na
tional scandal," he said. "It is ridic
ulous to exploit a candidate as:
though he were a patent medicine or
a soap."
Six Dead at Geneva.
GENiEJVA, Ind., Mar. 29.—Six per
sons were dead here today and others
were believed, fatally injured, the toll
of a tornado which swept Geneva and
the surrounding territory last night.
Among those killed were two littler
hoys, the sons of Henry Fields. Scores
were wounded and buildings in the
business section were laid flat on tho,
ground as if a gigantic steam roller
had passed over them.
Former service men carry approxi
mately 600,000 war risk insurance*
West Liberty, seven dead: Union
City, six Monroeville, thirteen Ed-
garton, one, and Zulu, three. In addi
tion, Geneva reported six lost.
The towns of West Liberty and E5d
garton were reported practically
wiped out.
The storm traveled northward,
down the Indiana-Ohio line. Van
Wert, Ohio, was hit. Two persons
were killed by the fire which followed
tho windstorm. Greenville, Ohio, re
ported two dead and twelve hurt
Nashville reported five dead.
Practically all buildings in Nash
ville were leveled, dispatches said.
The storm reached the Chicago dis
trict near noon, just as the crowds
were leaving churches. Seven were
killed in Elgin, seven in Chicago and
fourteen in the Chicago suburbs of
Melrose Park, Maywood, Plainfield
and Evanston.
The number of injured in the eight
states was estimated at more than
five hundred.
In Michigan eight were reported
dead and in Wisconsin one.
The storm cut a swath two hun
dred feet wide in Elgin, III., destroy
ing a theater, two department stores,
two churches and many residences.
National guard troops, former serv
ice men and armed citizens patroled
the streets in the stricken cities all
night, guarding property from loot
Three persons were killed in Elgin
when the steeple of a church col-
sin. It finally spent itself over Lake iapsed. Another was killed when the
Michigan. storm demolished the Elgizi Baptist
Reports reaching the outside world church.
over badly crippled wires showed the Nearly
France to be entirely reconstructed following Indiana cities hit, with the nadoes were without light, water or,
by American* 'toll of dead igas.
all cities hit by the tor-

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