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in in r a vol. xxxrv. BUTLER, MISSOURI, THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 1912. NUMBER 35 26 DIE IN CYCLONE THAT SWEEPS ACROSS NORTHERN PART BATES COUNTY Many are Injured Hundreds of Head of Live Stock are Killed. Property Loss Over $100,000 Twenty-six people were killed and fifty injured in Bates county Sat urday evening between six and seven o'clock when a cyclone swept across the northern part of die county leav ing death and destruction in its wake. Twenty-six persons are known to be dead in this county, more than fif ty injured, six or eight of whom may die, hundreds are homeless, and thou sands and thousandsof dollars' worth of property and live stock destroyed. The storm in Missouri tore its way through Bates county and, parts of Johnson and Henry counties. A cyclone hit the earth near La cygne, Kans., and increased in fury as it swept northeast into Bates coun tykilling whole familes until itsforce was expended five miles northeast of Drexel, Mo. Women and children were its chief victims, and these, together with the bodies of men, were found in remote cornfields and pastures, often far from the cyclone's path. The dead and injured are: Merwin. Dead: Henry Cameron, farmer, 38 years old. Mrs. Henry Cameron. Maude Cameron, 12. Chester Cameron, 2. An infant baby son of Cameron. W. H. Alexander. Mrs. Oscar Alexander, 23. Oscar Alexander. . Morris Alexander, 3. James Alexander, 2. Fred Groves, 28. Gibb Groves, 25. Mrs. Frank Cory, 50. Mrs. Albert Cory of Kansas City, 20. Mrs. George Reid, 50. Miss Lucy Cox, 18. W. M. Todd, 38. Two unidentifed persons near Mer win. Among the most seriously injured: Mrs. W. M. Tucker, two ribs brok en. Glen Chambers, both arms broken. Nail Corey, leg and arm broken. Miss Piney Todd, internal injuries and badly lacerated face. Mrs. P. H. Hainsell, sister of W. M. Todd, who was killed. Mr. Becksey. George Panos. George Trougers. Twenty-one Greek laborers. Creighton. Dead: Mrs. J. L. Parker. Gerald Stevens. Vera Stevens, 15. An unidentified child. Adrian. Dead: H. M. Howe. Mrs. Joseph Johnson, 80. Mrs. E. M. Bice. Injured: Mrs. Robt. Kizer and son. Dr. Tuttle Dan Yates. K. H. Penley. Joe Cope. Hugh Howe. Kim Howe and sister. The Storm at Merwin. At Merwin the tornado blew from the track a Kansas City Southern work train, with fifty Greek work men aboard, halt ot whom were so badly injured that they were taken to a hospital in a special train. West of Merwin the brick house of Marion Stitt was destroyed. At the Corey . home the storm was merciless. The legs of two women killed were broken. Albert Corey, head bookkeeper for the Fidelity Trust Co. in Kansas City, was in Drexel, and escaped with his wife and three children. He had come Saturday afternoon to visit his father. The others went on to the Corey farm, bat he stayed in the village to see an uncle. His wife and children and his relatives had just reached the farm house when the storm broke, killing his wife and mother. Mrs. Albert Corey was Miss Stoner, of Perry, 111., where all formerly lived. House Scattered Over Two Acres. A big brick residence near Drexel', in which lived two families of seven persons, was scattered over two acres, but no one was injured. Twelve houses were destroyed at Prairieview Church, east of Drexel. The handle of a pitchfork had been stuck in the stump of an oak tree in the Corey neighborhood. The iron prongs were twisted by the storm. Feathers were blown from chickens whose bodies by hundreds bestrewed the barnyards. The path of the storm when it hit within half a mile of Merwin, was half a mile wide and five miles long. The Alexander home was swept away. The Cameron baby's body was blown three miles. The bodies of Gib and Fred Groves were found half a mile from where their home stood. The homes of Charles Games, Jas. Tine, John Bennett, Silas Butli, Mrs. Dade, Lester Gode and John Weir were swept away. Barns, outbuildings and orchards were cleaned away. The last freak of the storm in Bates County, when it destroyed the Gal lowap home and scattered its timbers, was to leave the Galloway family, fa ther, mother and three children, stripped of their clothing, standing a hundred yards down the road from the front gate. From Merwin the storm jumped to a point near Adrian, and then swept across Southern Johnson and North ern Henry counties. Losses Near Adrian. The homes of O. C. Johnson, Jas. Addleman, Robt Kizer, H. L. Wright, F. P. Lankford, Dr. Tuttle, Lewis Tuttle, E. M. Bice, Geo. Benstead, Bud Ficklin, Joe. Brown, F; M. Gil pin, Ed. Sliffe, H. H. Penley, Joe Cope, W. H. Dunn. H. M. Howe, Jessie Smith Farm. The Mingo school house was totally destroyed. Barns, outbuildings, haysheds and orchards, were torn to pieces. It is impossible to estimate the loss of live stock. Left Desolation in Path. Big Reduction on New Goods Right when you need them. This offer is really exceptional quality. Our newest and most up-to-date garments have been placed on sale. 25 white serge suits and dresses, worth $15 to $25, now on sale at x& Regular Price New Linen Dusters. This season's smartest styles, special $2.50 to $5 New Fancy Parasols, large variety to select from, special from 98c to $4 100 pairs ladies' oxfords, broken sizes, ' worth up to $3, at per pair $1.50 evy Mercantile k Sheriff Bullock drove along the path of the storm near Adrian early Sunday morning, and his account .of the scenes gives some idea of the ir resistable power of the storm. "The desolation left by the cyclone beggars description," said the sheriff. "One must see for himself to fully comprehend the complete devastation wrought. Where once handsome homes, great barns, vast haysheds and granaries stood, now remains only heaps of boards and scattered debris. Twisted and broken farm machinery, household furniture al most unrecognizable, and bed cloth ing torn and soiled, tell a story of de stroyed and desolated homes. Whole sides of meat, hams and shoulders, and provisions of all kinds were scat tered broadcast along the oath of the storm. me loss oMive .stock will amount to thousands of dollars and it is al most impossible to estimate the value of the animals maimed and killed. Near the Billy Dunn place in a space not more than a quarter of a quarter of a mile were found ISOheadof dead animals, and many others crippled Hogs were found dead with timbers driven entirely through their bodies or crushed by falling debris. Near the George Benstead farm we came upon a fine cow alive with a scant ling driven through her side, the heavy timber still sticking in the oouy oi tne poor oeast. tier we promptly killed to end her agonies." "All along our route we found chickens and other fowls dead, and tho' remarkable as ft may seem, many of the chickens were as devoid of feathers as if they had been stripped by a professional picker." "A fine large draft stallion belong ing on the Howe farm, was picked up, carried across Elk Fork creek and dropped some 250 yards from the barn. He was still alive when found A horse on the Kizer farm was blown from the barn and found dead aquar ter of a mile away." ine ireaks or the storm were many, but the most marvelous sight of it all to me was at the Brown place where wheat straws were driven into pine boards, an inch in thickness. In several places along the route corru gated iron roofing was wrapped com pletely around telephone poles as tho' by gigantic hands, and at the Ben stead farm a heavy 2x10 burr oak plank was planted upright in the earth so firmly that it was impossible for a strong man to loosen it. It must have been driven into the ground to a depth of 5 or 6 feet," "We found uprooted hedge trees in the roads and meadows, dropped by the storm far from any hedge, and an iron pump,' piping and all was pulled from a well and carried a dis tance of 300 feet. On the Bice farm a wagon was torn to pieces, and on the rear axle, when found, one wheel was completely rimmed out and de stroyed while the other remained in tact, and I was told that at the Hyatt farm the steel frame of a wind mill was twisted into a resemblance of a steel cable." "At the Dr. Tuttle home which was destroyed, the second floor was blown 1 out to the southeast and the jamb of tne nrvpusteon tne tirst tioor was found ttpwua the ruins of the second floor A (cWJk which was sitting up on a shelf im this house when the storm sfcnadk, was found setting up right in titae ruins apparently intact although is had stopped at 6:35. The tree tops and telephone wires along the sflwro's route are grotesque ly decorated with clothing, feather beds soli pillows and rags of all de scriptions.'1'' "About a quarter of a mile south west o the Benstead farm, the cy clone, which was traveling in a north easterner direction, developed into two distract storms, one going almost due east striking the Bice place which it destroyed; the other continuing northeast to the Benstead place where the debris of the destroyed buildings were earned in a circle to the south west, tfets section afterward turning to the sotttbeast about half a quarter where the clouds again joined, and heading ijaini to the" northeast de stroyed the Faddin farm. " " "Parties who watched the progress of the stoma have told me that al though it twled and twisted with great velocity, it traveled .compara tively slow, and if seen in time might have bee-tt easiilv out-run." FOSTER. Lorett Bright moved into the Hecka don property Wednesday. We are e!ad to report Uncle Robert Livinjjstoa. who. has. been .dangerously ill, as convalescent. Aunt Racier, Welch, visited with relatives a: Srrague, Saturday and Sunday. A. L. Brisww ar.d family were city visitors S;i:;iv at the home of Mrs. Belk. W. t iV$ ami family spent Sun day eating cream with their son Claude and urriiv nwrthei.st of town. A large crowd attended the ice cream su;?vrat the Christian church Wednesday evtning. The proceeds, amounteu tv jv;-., .-. Sam Wilsa of Hume, was a busi ness visitor to oar burg, Friday. Sam has grown t.L he quite a good sized "kid' uuv ie moved to Hume. A. U. MetA'r and wife. Dr. and Mrs. Lyle drvve over to Hume Fri day evening ra the former's auto. Lee Mi.Ei.ti; and family moved from the country Tuesday to the Mrs. A. J. Webb ;rv;vrtv in south Foster. Will and Tom Livingston of Mc Donald cour.tv. was called home to see their father, Robert Livingston, who has Iwn quite poorly the past week. Mrs. LLUte Sparks of Oklahoma, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Bell. Mrs. T. K Soon and little grandson left Tuesday for Kansas City to visit her daughter. Mrs, Cora Marks. T. B. Scott, Henry Briscoe and Lee Shelton returned from the city Mon day, where they had gone to see if any of their relatives were hurt in Saturday's storm. Miss Winnie Frankenfield visited with her sisters in Rich Hill, the first of last week. E. L. Hamilton is reported quite poorly with pneumonia fever at his home in the northeast part af town. Mesdames Collier, Chamberlin, W irt and Davis were the guests of Mrs. Joe T. Smith, at her beautiful country home Tuesday of last week & . . . . . a man traveling in a prairie schooner, enroute to Texas, camped on Quality Hill Tuesday night. He purchased a bird dog of Lee Mullis for the sum one dollar. Wednesday morning he left for the Lone Star state, well pleased with his purchase, but before night Lee had the dollar and the dog too. Whether Lee had the dog trained to "hoo-doo" travel ers, or not. we are unable to say. Will Fester TUn Come Next? May and June has been two months that storms seem to center in West ern Bates. In these two months four very severe storms have passed here; two south of Foster and two north, which have done a great deal of dam age, to life and property, but fortu nately Foster has escaped so far. People have kept one eye on the clouds and the other on the cellar, this spring, until they are almost cross-eyed. Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone? One of Fester's old land marks, that has stood the storms like a tam arack since the birth of the town, has been sold and soon to be laid in the dust of the grave. The old livery barn that was built in July, 1883, by W. B. Arbogast when the town was born and the peo ple from all points of the compass were having a jubilee, and christened the new town the "Roaring town of Walnut" and it has never had a jubi lee since, and if this old barn could add many episodes on the pages of Foster history. A. E. Perkins Dead. News reached this place Friday morning that A. E. Perkins, formerly an old and highly respected citizen of Foster, died at his home in Hume at 10 o'clock Thursday evening, after an illness of several months. For many years he was engaged in the drug business here when the . town was in its infancy, and has a wide circle of friends who will deeply regret to learn of his death. He was a member of the M. E. church, and the funeral was held at Hume Sunday and interment made at Independence. He leaves a wife, son and aged mouther who lias laid the remaining one of her family to rest. We, with a host of friends, extend our sympathy to the bereaved family in this their hour of bereavement:"" DINAH. VIRGINIA. A new boy at Pay ton's. Sick list. Miss Maud Burk, Olive Nightwine, Mrs. Lewis Lent, Anna Malone, Grandma Snail, Mrs. Smith erman. Vane Walker hauled his new silo out from Butler Saturdav. ' Mrs. John Foster has treated her self to a new oregon. Miss Mary Allen, who is attending school at Warrcnsburg, got her foot badly mashed Monday. She phoned her folks that she was getting along nicely. John Becket of Adrian' is building a new house for Mr. Martin, north of Virginia. Owing to the rain Elder J. W. Rogers did not preach Saturday night or Sunday night, but Sunday morn ing hepreaehed a powerful sermon on the Christian voters' duty on the liquor question. Boys, you had better wait until Young Aaron writes about the pretty wedding before you go serenading. Mrs; Mary Saterlee of Joplin came Sunday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Foster. J. H. Park has some yood bred Duroc Jersey gilts for sale. Lester Goble of Humbolt, Kansas, is spending the summer with his uncle, Everett Drysdale. Mrs. Everett Schwenk and son, Raymond, of Amoret, spent a few last week with her cousin, W. M. Hardinger, and family. Mr. Darnes of Nyhart has returned from a visit relatives at Nnobnoster, Mo. W. A. McElroy and wife of Butler spent Wednesday of last week with E. F. Burk and family. Howard Leonard had the misfor tune of getting his driving mare bad ly cut on the wire one day last week. Mrs. Shacklet and two sons of Gass city, Kansas, spent last week and with her uncle, Everet Drysdale and wife. Mr. Meinen is painting the Enterprise school house. The Endeavor social at Robert Mc Cann's Wednesday night of last week was well attended and a good time injoyed by all present YOUNG AARON. Funeral Notice. All Master Masons are requested to meet at the hall at 1 o'clock p. m. Thursday, June 20, for the purpose of attending the funeral of our de ceased brother, Charles Dixon. Services will be at the family resi dence, one mile south of Butler, at 2:30 p. m. By order of FRANK T. CLAY, W. M. A. H. CULVER, Secretary.