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The Property Loss Will Probably Exceed
A Half M1llio'a Dollars-Details of
The Terrible Disaster.
Gainesville, Ga., June 2.-A tor.
nado of terrifle force struck Gaines
viyle Monday afternoon out of a clear
sky, causing a fearful loss of life in
this city and New Holland and White
Sulphur. It now seems certain that
the death list will not be much short
of one hundred; perhaps somewhat
over a hundred, considering the num
ber of dangerously wounded, whose
chances for recovery cannot now be
calculated. But through all the
rloom and desolation that surrounded
Ae town like a pall of darkWess there
radiates a beam of hope and encour
agement-hope that the death list
may not be so numerous as reported;
and encouragement to those who are
so bravely and devotedly assisting in
the work of relief.
The death dealing storm appeared
suddenly a little before 1 o'clock,
a6d within two minutes it had killed
nearly a hundred persons, torn two
stories from the five-floor brick fac
tory of the Gainesville Cotton [email protected],
demolished almost two hundred cot
tages, razed two brick stores to the
ground and blown down innumerable
outbuildings. By what appears to
be a miracle the tornado's fury was
confined to the outskirts of the city,
the main business and residence por
tion not being touched. Torrents of
rain accompanied the wind, but within
five minutes after the first onslaught
the sun was shining upon a scene of
fearful destruction.
The list of the dead is conflined
mainly to operatives of the Gaines.
ville Cotton Mills and the Pacolet
Cotton Mills, and two-thirds of them
were women and children.
The tornado did its appalling work
in such an
that it is difficult to obtain a cohe
rent description of its character. It
appears to have swept down from the
southwest, striking the Gainesville
Mlls with at roar like the report of
artillery. After lifting two stories
from the structure it swept on to.
ward the northward, leaving a trail
ot destruction along Summit. street,
which is inhabited almost exclusively
by negroes. Nearly a hundret? cot
tageu of colored people oni this street
were lovelled to the ground, but by
a fort tnsat eireinatance the teniants
were~ all absen'it. htavinig left: the city
in the mi ernin~g to take part~ in a no
gro picemei.
at N,ew Holland, two mnIes fromi the
Southern st ation,. This is one of the
largest cott on mills ini the Sont hi, em
ploying more t huan six hiundred hands.
TIhe setormn spared t h.le. 'let factory,
butt entirtly demolished a hundred.
of its cos ges staundinig nuearby and
tenanttedl by its opierat ives. Here th.
fat alitie~s we'rt greatest, nipwards of
thirty five prsons~ being buried in
the rmits of t he cottages. Bodies
were bulown hundre'ds of yards and
many of them wheun picked up bore
no semb)lance to humanity. The
.trunk of one young boy was found
with the head taken off as if by the
From New Holland the tornado
swept onward to the east in the di
rection of White Sulphur, a town of
about one hundred persons. The
extent of its destruction ther e can
not now be definitely told, but re
ports so far received indicate consid
erable~ loss of life.
The bodies of moest of the dead in
the two cotton mills were fearfully
torn and mangled; the skulls of many
of them were crushed and the limbs
broken; some were torn and crushed
atout the abdomen, with the viscers
visibly protruding. The local phy
sicians who gave the first aid to the
injuredl say tho sights were horrible
beyond dlescription.
FPiguring from all available sourcel
and giving credence only to those
reporta which are believed to be
trustworthy, the following is a sum
mary of the efloots of the tornado in
Gainesville and its environs:
One hundred killed.
One hundred and fifty injured; of
whom probably twenty will die.
Eight hundrrd homeless, their
residences having been wiped out of
Property loss of about half a mil
lion dollars, none of which was cov
ered by storm insurance.
A concise and accurate statement
of the casualties cannot be rendered
for sevetral days, but the physicians
in attendance believe that it will not
go very far above one hundred, al
though twenty five or thirty are des.
perately injured and may die within
the next two or three days.
The death list so far compiled in.
oludes 32 at the Pacolet Cotton Mills,
at New Holland, all of whom were
killed in the demolition of the com
pany's pottages; and 36 at the Gaines
ville Cotton Mills near the Southern
Railway station, where the tornado
first struck.
The entire pathway of the storm,
extending two miles from the Gaines.
ville Mills, around the outskirts of
the city to the Pacolet Mills, at New
Holland, is a mass of ruins, but for
tunately the cottages in the trail of
the tornado between the Southern
station and New Holland were those
of negroes, who were all absent from
thr city on an excursion.
Business is almost entirely sus
pended throughout the city, the at,
tention of everybody being given tc
the care of the wounded and suffer
ing. There im no lack of medical at
tention, many surgeons being present
from Atlanta and other cities. Therc
is great need, however, of clothing,
antisceptics and other medical sup
The local militia have been called
out for police duty. The city i
very orderly and quiet and only E
few instances of pillaging have been
The work of the tornado was com
plete, From the factory, where it
first descended upon the doomed
city, to the hills, beyond New . Hol
land, where it rose into the upper
air, the destruction of property is
Along this entire course for a dis
tance of two miles there is not i
fence standing, not a habitable house,
most of the latter being reduced t(
strips like laths, and scarcely a tref
At New Hollaud the storm did its
worHt. Nothing but. the barren ret
hills are left there to tell the stor-y
of t he aw ful dist res-.
For a (<hstac of t hree quarrterm
of a mrile on t he himl sides anid ini thE
valley t o the left of t he Pacolet Mills
the ground is ob)s<:ured almost en
tirely by the fragments of the 15(
houses that were there when thn
twisting torando swept down.
Standing on the . hill top nearest
the city of Gainesville and lookin1
northeast, a strip of perfectly smooth
swept territory is presented to thle
eye of the observer, and the enitir<
vista is paved wvith the wr-eckage o
de'st roy ed hiomes.
Because He Characterizes Roosevelt's Ad
ministration at the Rottennst That
Ever .Dsgraced the South.
The State.
Charleston, May 31.-United Stote
District Attorney John 0. Utpvar
sent a communication today to th
New York World, denying state
ments contained in an interview wit
E. H. Deas, colored, who claims t
be the Rlepublican national commil
teeman, the oflMee which Capers holdi
He takes exception to Doas' charat
terization of President Roosevelt
administration being "the rottenes
that has ever disgraced this section.
Capt. Capers declares Doss to be
garrulous follow who lost his federm
office shortly after Mr. Roosevelt be
came prosident and has been delive
ing himself of such expressions ovi
since." Capt. Capers shows tI
Deas is endeavoring O prevent Sont
Carolina from falling into the Roosi
velt column, but says that Dess wi
not succeed. He only noticed tI
statement of Deas because ho signe
himself as national comm itteema
which office he does not hold.
Items of More or Less Interest Con4onsed
In the State.
The two-year old little girl of Col.
W. G. Stephenson, the superintend.
est of0te Ring's Mountain Mihtary,
Academy, Yorkville,4iee this,week
from the effecls of eating glass. It
was thought at first that the little
one was. suffering from dysentery,
but- upon examination of,the excre
ment oumerous. pieces of electric
light bulbs were found.
A terrifie- hail storm visited Green
Wood 1\[onday aftornoon. The news
ppers, report many .ail spies
waich -measured six inches in cir
The storm at Anderson Monday
afternoon killed George Hammick,
who was standing on the fGont piazza
of his home at Orr Mills. Hammick
was 25 years old and leaves a yonng
wife, whom he had but recently
An order published at the war de.
partment revokes the former order
naming the fortifications on Sulli-|
van's Island Fort Getty and directs
that they be called Fort Moultrie.
The Carnegie librar) for Union is
OurSoda Fou
Cool. Fe
Ice Cold Soda WC
Our Chocolate (
Has been so often i
that it has become a
Try it and be conv
A Maraschino Cherry
PartiCular Phi
assured, and the cit izens bave been
called upon for fifty per cent. of
their subscriptions.
Five colored . nurses on Tuesday
night received their diplomas from
the Oolored T1raiininig School for
Nurses in1 ObarleBton.
The Good Roads Convention of
York met on Tuesday, and was at
tended by Senators Tillnani and
President 1-yatt and Governor Hey
wvard, all. whom made addresses.
Mrs. Alama Boozer, wife of J. C
Boozer, of WVillia&mstoni, was shot ae.
cidentally and probably fatally
wounded Monday morning. While
arranging some clothes in a ward.
Srobe a pistol which was inside wai
knocked off the shelf and discharged
.the ball ploughinig its way tnrongi
a the body of Mrs. Boozer, penetrating
0 the left lung.
Th'e Rev. Jno. T1. Morrison, ai be
.loved Baptist preacher of Fairfax
s was taken suddenly ill just as he wvat
F)nth ulpit. about to begin his ser
mon on Sunda y.
Mr. G. B. Allen, a flagman on th<
Seaboard1, was ground to death or
Wednesday just, as his train wal
rpunlling out of Camden. He wai
h boarding the train when his fee
slipped and he went under th<
II wheels.
d CJol. Frank Coxe, proprietor of th,
i,Battery P'ark Hotel, at, Asheville
(lied an Tnamlday morning
Items of More or Less Interest Condensed
Outside the State.
A. E. Ames & Co., a big firm of
bankers and brokers of Toronto, Ont.,
failed fQr ten millions on Tuesday.
The failure caused a panic in Mon
treal, which was reflected on the New
York Stock Exchange.
Women led an attack by strikers
of the Rockmen and Excavators
Union upon workers and policemen
in New York on Tuesday. The women
ased stones and bricks as weapons.
One policeman was injured. Eight
arrests. were made.
The strike of Philadelphia's tex.
tile workers for a fifty five hour week
has spread to the hosiery mills and
eight thousand more have joined the
army of strukers, tiemng up Philadel
phia's textile industries.
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat
prints a story from Enid, Oklahoma,
saying that John Wilkes Booth, who
assassinated Lincoln, survived his
victim nearly forty years and com
mitted suicide at Enid on the 14th
day of January; that the man killed
in Virginia supposed to be Boot h.was
a it an named Ruddy.
E 8th, 9th and
ntain will be the
Lms running day -
xter, Milk Shakes, Lem(
oream Our
iraised Became
that you
Chestnut CREAM I
A Slice of Orange
R &, WI
3.rmacists, Corn
/BERRY, - -
The preliminary hearing of Macber
before a United States Commnissione:
will take place today. Postmaste
General Payne says that all salen
pomnts in the p)ostoilice investigatioi
will have been disposed of by th,
last of this month.
Mr. and1 Mrs. Samuel WVestmnore
land living in ' he little village ;
Rtankin, 14 miles from Waxahiachii
Tier. were shot 11(1 killed Tuesda
night, while at their supper tiabb~
It is alleged the shooting was (1on
by Mrs. Westmoreland's brother, wvh
has not been captured1.
Sama Davis was killed near Knoy
ville, Tenn., Monday afternoon, Fal
Milton chopping his head off an:
burying an axe several times in b
Msisippi's hanidsome nemwca
tol building, erected at a cost of or
million dollars, was d1edicated1 C
Contracts have beena awardled f<
the construiction of the Vermon~
Minmne4ota and1 K(ansas, three ne
battleships, which will he t he moi
powerful in the niavy.
Ernest Haywood, who killed Lu<
low Skinner on the streets of Raleig
some time ago, has been granted ha
TLhe case. has excited an unusu
*amount of interest on acount of tl
p)rommen1ce of the parties.
He Seems to Have Been Done Out of $100,
000--the E3x-Senator Tells a
Sad Story.
News and Courier.
New York, June 3.-John J. Mc
Lanrin, farmer United Stiates Sonator
from South Carolina and political foe
of Senator Tillman, is in this city,
striving to gather soni fragients of
his fortune, which, he declares, has
been shattered by the endorsement of
notes If he cannot realize on the
collateral given to him as security
Mr. McLaurin, who was worth some
thing like $100,000, says he will
scarcely have money enough to got
back home. Mr. MoLaurin, who is
staying at the Imperial Hotel, declar.
ed today he was not in a position to
say the security obtained by him was
worthless. lie feared that he, as well
as others involve(d, would be able to
realize only a very small portion of
their i vestment. Continuing, the
former Senator saiid: "I will say, how.
ever, that the properity given us as
security was rol:resented as being
gilt -edgod, and it is yet to be proven
that, the representation is as stated.
Our security consisted of live notes
of the promoters of the Brunswick
place to keep
mnd night.
nade, Coca Cola,
Cherry Cream
so popular last year
can now get CHERRY
Lnywhere. Try it and
..learn why...
A Maraschino . ;erry
er Drug Store,
s. c.
and Birmingham Rtailrod, given on
r April 21, and payable one month af
r ter date. They were endorsed by
t Mr. Umsted. When they fell (ue
however, pay menit wais niot fort hcoum.
ing, and since then myself and asso
c'intos in the transaction have beer
using every means in our power t<
atrrive at the exact. value of the prop
erty. WVhat we have learned is nio
Mr. Umsted., against wvhose propI
ert.y thle attachmlinent was issued, oc
cuplies apa rtmients in thle WVellingi~
ton. According to a represent at iv
of Mr. Umstod, the deal in which Mi
.McLaurin is involved was a frienidl
e onie, anid Mr. UJmsted1 wvas makin
di every effort to guarantee the amouni
is due to the former Senator from
South Carolina.
Mr. McLaurin said that he wau
eunable to say just how long bi
w ~ould remain in this city, hut this
he had been adlvised1 by counsel i
stay until 50ornothinig dotinite wa
(,1done. Legal steps wvill 1)0 taken m
w a few (lays. That the situationi
at critical was evidened( by the0 fac
liht. both Senator McLaurin and( Co
Brown were in close consultat io
with Attorneys Osborno and H ess 1
il. the Bar Association rooms unit il noal
al ly midnight. Col. Brown camone
'10 this city with Mr. McLaurin severn
(Aso. gennn O'Neill.
A Square Mile of Land Between Venice
and East of St. Louis, Is Under 12
Feet of Water.
St. Louis, June 3.-Slowly the
Mississippi,ltiver crept up the levee
today inch by inch, until between
sunrise and sunrise the gaugelmarked
it rise of six inches and tonight stood
at 31.7 feet. The surface of the
flowing water wats thickly strewn
with driftwood, which seemed to in
crease as the day drew on, indicating
that the crest, of the flood is ap.
proachinig. A nmthr of frame houses,
submerged to the roofs, patssod St.
Louis, and now and then a dead an
imal, but, no human bodios were
seen, although a vigilant. watch has
been maintained.
Harbor dlepartment, officials look
for a thirty-five-foot. stage )) Satur
day. In South St. Louis several
houss along the river's edge have
been floodod, but the occupants
have removod their iropt%rty and
Viteitd. On the Illinois side there is
It 1m10r" sori-)uls floodI C'mdition.
V r icle, sitmit(ed ii )rti of East St.
Lonis, is ii almost inmndiaito dan
ger of inuidation. A rise of one
foot imioro will suiorge ie wot
portioni of the towi und manufac
turiig inust ris will suffor heavy
iet woen Veico und E1.1st St.
Loumisi it low aiiml in,, n4d as rarm
ing lands. Wator now covers this
area to a depth of 12 foot, formiiig a
lake about a mil i s<lar". Many
'squatter" faimilies hmve beon forced
out, leaving overything behind.
People atlouig the river have re
ceived a general warming, -nd it. is
believed that. all ii dangr have
escaped to higher ground.
A Summary of the Conditions as they Ix
isted Wednesday.
Topeka, K isi, June 3.-The
Kainss River is ritpidly falling. In
a tow more diys the work of rohab
ilitat ing Nort h Topeka mty egin.
Tho tiituationl tonight 1may ble sm
marizod thius:
At 2 o'clook tle river had fitden
four fool.
Totatl numiiber of known dead 22;
Clommiareial (Club will i crepit ali
D)ept h (of river is yet 23 foot, which
is 7 fee iii 4've high est ioer knuowrn
p rev iousi-y.
(Goivernior Iiley bi t is.Aui- al proc
hatnationi enthing for help and askint
tha t ~onlt ribuiis h 11 e s41rit to) WV
IThe genieral reif fund hi ti ias patssO(
The kiks' frud hias pitssed $4I,00t
T1he funde ini the hiinds oif the Gov
Tihie wenit bor hnirean piredicits for Ito
iniorrow: "CloodyI~ tontight. iand omior
row, wvith pirbably light showeri
- risinig t em peratur.
It is exp~ected thfat thle water snj
3 night.
-All w.hio atre hel ini buildingsi
SNorthIr Tipeka are safe atnd co)mforti
No one4 ini ihie floodod1 (dist riet isi
All the homolhoss are being wc
cured for.
Over 200) deputies are guardir
property ini North Topeka.
The only railroads operating o1
of Topeka are tile Missqouri Pacij
Ssouth, anid the Santa Fil west.
" T1hie (Governior may c,all an ext
tSession of thle K(anmsna Logislature
.lprovidoe Stato relief for all sufFere
ri fromi floods in Kansas.
t Glovernor Bailey hopes his atppe
for help vwill bring enough money
meet the emergency. If it fails,
sid, he would probably ask the Ie
tI islature to make the necessary
Conductor and Three Negi o Passengers
Killed-Eight Seriously Inqured,
Twenty-Six Hurt.
News and Courier.
Sumter June 2.-The most fatad
and disastrous wreck in the history
of this division of the Atlantic Coast
Line occurred two miles east of
Wedilotield, near Cane Savannah flag
station, at, 9.55 this morning. Con
ductor J. J. Clements, of Florence,
and thro negro passengers were
taken from the \ovrck dead, and an
other negro has since died. The
injured number tbirty-four and many
others have more or less bruises.
Eight. of the injured are classed as
seriously injured, as some of them
have internal injuries that may yet
take a serious turn.
The train wrecked was an excur
sioi train, being run by negrooi from
Nichols, Marion County, to Colum
bia. The train was made up of a
baggage car and fivo day coaches,
pullod by Engine No. 66. There
woro about, 150 passengers on the
train, and it was duo solely to the
fact that most of the passeongors
were in the two roar coaches, which
did not. leave the track, that the n1111
ter of killed and wontided wits iot
far greater, for a more complite
wreck is seldom seen.
The most wonderfil part of the
whole affair was the escape of the
engineer and fireman. They wors
both injured, and will suffer from
the wounds received for many days,
but. that they are alive after passing
through such a wreck is nothing
short of miraculous. They stuck to
the engine to the last, in fact had no
time to jump and save themselves,
and when the engine wont doivn in
the washout they were thrown out,
one to the right, the other to t.he
left. Engineer (orge Wilson was
badly scalded on the arins and so
verely bruised, vhilo Fireman Mak
Diouglass has an arm and shoiider
Tie scono of t1,w wreck is riot. ior.
than half a m1ili, porhaps less, from
the Cane Savannah siding, just at
the head of a sial branch. There
was no stream there, but the 111nd
rose sliarply on the north side of tIho
track to the high ground, while on
the souith side' there was a th read of
am smnall branch, wit h low gronrd on
either side. Theo ermebankuient carry -
inig thIe track across the bot.tom was
tifteern or more feet in height. 'lThe
unrec edenitedly heavy rain la st,
night. caused an irinmeonse head1 of
water to accutnuiilate ini tihe low ground
oin the northi side of t he track, whIiich
finally washed away the omnhank
mont for a dlistance of forty feet. and
escaedi)( int,o the branch on the nmorthi
Hide. The0 rails andi crosst ios were
left suspended in t he air, spanni ig
lhe chasm, and1( when the eniginie
st ruck it, it plun geud ini and the bag
gage car' and t hrei 'oac'hies fol lowed.
wars ({uickly madeI up1 inl Snutomr atid
i)r Van Telboirg Hiofman, the Atlar..
tic Coast linc physician; Dr .J. A.
Moodl, D)r A. C. D)ick and D)r Wale.P.r
nl Cheyne, Mr C. (1. llowland Mr T. V.
IWalsh, .Jr, the agent, arid 11ooad
M aster George Bruner were carried
ni to the wreck ais quickly as8 possin.
Everything that could possibly be
11done to relieve the suffering of thme
woundied was dione at 0once, and( thle
dead andl woundled were then placed
on thme relief train and b)rought to
this city.
It has been an nouncrwl nthorita
ra tively that Secretary of the Navy
ho Moody will not remain in the cabinet
rm after President Rtoosevelt's present
lie President D)avis' birthday, the
*g third of June, was observed in Newv
P- Orleans and many other places in
the South.

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