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The Lakeland Evening Telegra
fcuHEP IN THE BEST, TOWN IN THE BEST PART OF THE BE ST STATE. BO OST REMEMBER THAT SATAN STAYED IN HEAVEN UNTIL HE BEGAN TO KNOCK HIS HOMETOWN, in LAXXUUTD, FLA., MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1920 Ifo. ltl KILLED AT LA GRANGE GA. r TORUADO AND 300 HOUSES DESTROYED: ICO LOSS OF LIFE III GEORGIA AND ALA. m ire FILLED TIIIH JHE INJURED I STRICKEN TOWNS ARE LA. RANGE AND WEST POINT, GA., n AfiRICOLA, ALA. (By Associated Press.) mm nn T7i:0 grange, Cia., iwarcn . rmj sons were killed and 125 were in- 3 in this section by yesterday's hado. The latest ngurea suow Verty damage of a half million. the hospitals and public nuua are filled with the injured. Ltest reports show the following 111 list yesterday's and last night's i ado: Georgia 61; Alabama. 18; j, 32; Illinois, 29; Indiana, 27; ligan, 5; Wisconsin and Missouri, Ich. Killed In Tallapoose County (By Associated Press.) exander City, Ala., Mar. 29. Elev- lersons were killed by tornado in boosa county, last night, accord- to reports just reaching here. i buildings were demolished. (By Associated Press.) tlanta. March 29 : Thirty-six are n to be dead in the tornado :h swept Alabama and Georgia lerday but the estimated list may ft seventy Tvhen the full reports in. Many of the of the hundreds ted were seriously hurt and hun- i! of thousands In property dam- has been sustained. LaGrange. where twenty-one v bodies hare hdy been recovered; West Point with ten reported killed, "and tcola, Ala., with loss of flvd lives. the heaviest sufferers. Three Jred residences were destroyed laGrange and Are followed the mo- destroying many frame flings. Red Cross help has been M from here to the stricken is. There was property damage itgh winds also at Macon, Wash- pn. Warranton, Ga.. and at fsville, Ala. FIRE SWE DOING 0 EPS BUSINESS BLOCKS TO DAMAGE AMOUNTING APPROXIMATELY ,000 LARGEST TELESCOPE TO BE AT VANCOUVER (By Associated Press.) Vancouver. B. C, March 27. A telescope which, it is claimed, will be, me largest in the world, is to be erected here soon. The lens will be ten feet in diameter, half a foot larger than a famous telescope at Lelpsic. LAKELAND STEAM LAUNDRY HEAVIEST LOSER HAVING NO INSURANCE; N. A. RIGGINS ALSO LOST HEAVILY; FIFTEEN CONCERNS HAVE BUSINESS COM PLETELY WIPED OUT 15 OUT OF BANKS: OGMULGEE MUCH DAMAGE ICON PE1 OP MAKING COLLOSAL TROFITS (By Associated Press-) Not. March 29. Accusations both the government and York- p spinners were making "colossal in wool were made by Mr. kinder- a woolen warehouse man. recent meeting of the Central pering Committee. He said a Pittee which Investigated the N of wool found that the York- spinners were making from 400 MO per cent over the margin of lt allowed by the government. pmbers of the profiteering com f8 complained that the govern 1 as wilfully withholding publi IQ of the reports of the investi ng committees. Publication of p reports was demanded In a res- n. They predicted a "howl of pation" when the nubile learned facts. ' ftat is happening in worsted I8 Is happening also In cotton and ls' said Sidney Webb. "The (By Associated Press) Macon, Ga., March 29. The Oc rrulgee river overflowed its banks to day as the result of a torrential rain which followed a windstorm last night. One death in this vicinity is reported, that of a negro struck by lightning, but property damage will be several hundred thousand. Wires are down and no reports from the outlying sections can be secured. Two hundred thousand dollars' damage is reported at Washington, Ga.. accord ing to a telephone message received this morning. BIGGEST FIRE IN LAKELAND IN PAST 16 YEARS Last Time Town Had Such Conflagation Was When Main Business Section Was Destroyed ; Lack of Insurance Due to Prohibitive Rate The fiercest and most disastrous fire ever witnessed in Lakeland, orig- carrled at the yards at the foot of Main street, where they have about. inated last night in the plant of the $40,000 worth of lumber at this time. rney carried na.oui) insurance Insur . $2,600 12.500 Lakeland Manufacturing Co., and destroyed the buildings and most of the contents located in the entire area between Missouri avenue and Florida avenue and Main street and the railroad . Estimated losses are as follows: Loss. N. A. RIggins $40,000 Lakeland Mfg. Co 35,000 R. W. Weaver "25,000 Peacock building .... 30,000 P. B. Terrell 4,000 R. L. Mays 3,000 Main St. Auto & Gar. 5,000 Sammon-Weeks Auto. 1.000 Carter & Matheny Garage 1,250 Philip Fischer , 4.500 S. BJ. Melton 760 Martin Hotel .. 3,000 New York Cafe 'p, 600 Lakeland Furn. Co... 1.000 4,500 1,000 MILLIONS DOLLARS 1 SI TORNADO WHICH SWEPT L KILLS WOK SIEISWMS AND SUICIDES (By Associated Press.) New Orleans, Mar. 20. In full view of hundreds in the financial district, A. W. Favalora, traveling salesman, shot and killed Miss Carrie HIrschler, age twenty-two, and committed sui cide this morning. The girl's rela tives said that Favalora was crazed by her refusal to marry him. GERMANS ENTER RUHR DIST WITHOUT ALLIES' PERMISSION Paris. (By Associated Press.) March 29. Absolute con firmation of the entrance of regular German troops into the Runr dis trict, and edge of the Allied zone oc cupation. without permission of Al- has. was received by the nrenca ior eign office, it was stated today. The subject will probably come up oeiur, the Supreme Council in ixmoon. (By Associated Press ) 750 The origin of the fire is unknown, but lt started cutslde the dry kiln of the Lakeland Mfg. Co., and the the ory is that lt was ..caused by sparks from a passing engine. Mr. Sneed, of the Lakeland Manufacturing Co. says there was no fire on the prem ises, the engine fires being extln- gished over Sunday. The watchman in charge, who reports by time clock ev ery fifteen minutes, found the Are al ready under fair headway though he had passed the spot only a' few min utes before. He immediately turned in the alarm, and the fire department responded promptly, but lack of wa ter pressure hampered its efforts se riously. This absence of pressure was caused by the fact that the water was turned on from two openings In the main running to the Manufactur Ing Co.'b plant, and the fire flared up so suddenly and fiercely that it was Impossible to get to these openings to shut oft the water. The great vol ume of water escaping in this way reduced 'the pressure so greatly that the department was almost helpless until the big direct pump attached to the engine was connected with Lake Wire, when a strong stream was available. The inflammable character of the materia! on which the fire wa feeding, however, rendered efforts to check the flames almost futile, and Berlin, March 29. -News today In dicates that order will be graouauj oetnrPA to the rebellious districts, ra declared officially. Hagen dis patches say that three socialist par- ties desire to- wunaraw irum i-oin,. the seat the rebels control, and if necessary, fight under republican Nard tit nnmnAHftnn ha a been I . t,i a aim liar decisioni It w Ft awav an' iiTiifMADa 4a Tinner- . .x.j j AtAit from Dort Mund a - ( DUU! fd by combinations and agree-. En,erfe1d and Bremen. IS tn V. . .( ' toen's suits as 25. may soon cost as nnriats who came here by plane Both of the fields have been points t i. thin MAaann f intoreat for tourists iu a " .. l - Hw, TISS Finn WTft. 'and have been on me rout. BE CLOSED NEXT WEEK sight-seeing . ; miq the nopular manager ana ni .. i . t-ot nt friends ftaml .-...-'... i Mj letafr. WHO nave wu" " 4-. aiarcn z. ine . that thpv Hon .M t ek while here and it, is hoped that they Fiing to Manager Ballard, who' will return next year had charge- of the Cnrtiss and' They have opened an office on the cor ner of Missouri avenue and Main street, and are ready to supply every thing needed in building material ex cept the mill or novelty work. The will arrange to resume operations at an early date, although they have no: definitely decided upon the details of this plan. The lakeland Laundry The Lakeland Laundry was one of the most complete plants of the kind in the South. It has only been a few weeks since Mr. Weaver completed the installation of $15,000 worth of r.ew machinery of the last-minute type. The entire plant, valued at $25,000, is a complete wreck, and there Is no insurance whatever. In deed, lt will be noted that there was a remarkably small amount of In surance carried by any of the victims of this fire. This Is due to the fact that the rate in that locality is al most prohibitive, being practically 10 per cent., or $100 a thousand. Mr.. Weaver started in business somo six teen years ago on a very modest scale and had built up a splendid plant a ill a magnificent business. The accumu lations of years has been swept away in a few hours, but he is the kind o man that can not be downed by ad versity, and he Is already planning to install an even better plant than he had before. The sympathy of the whole community is with him In his loss, and he will get the solid back ing of the people in, his game efforts to "cut and come again.' For the (.resent he will take care of the laundry business of this community through an arrangement with the Tam pa laundry, and as quickly as machin ery can be gotten here and installed. be will give Lakeland the best laun dry plant to be found in any city of twice Its size in the South. If. A. RIggins xne wnoie l.ne or buildings on Main street from Florida to Missouri avenue was owned by N. A. RIggins The corner building, occupied by the Todd Hardware Company, Is not serl osly damaged, but ail the others arc leveled to the ground He has not made up bis mind as to rebuilding, except that he has Indicated that he will pro GOVERNMENT SELLS 1 9,)00 FUR SEAL SKINS Secretary of Commerce Alexander announces that 9,100 dressed, dyed and machined fur skins from the take of 19 IS on the Prlbilot Islands. Alas ka, were sold at the public auction held in the International Fur Ex change. St. Louis, Missouri, on Feb. 2. These skins commanded the high est prices ever paid, one lot bringing ing $177 a piece. Numerous other lots sold for over $170 each, the average being $140.97 each, an advance of $49.63, or about 65 per cent over the previous sale held last September. More than 600 buyers, representing 10 countries, attended the recent sale, which netted the United States $1.-096,833.23. THOUSANDS ARE REPORTED HOMELESS SWOLLEN RIVERS MENAGE PROPERTY IN NEW ENGLAND (By Associated Press ) Boston, March 29. Swollen rivers', caused by mountain thaws, continued to menace river front property of many new England cities today. The mills at Lawrence are closed on ac count of the floods which are the highest in many years. it is considered that the fire depart- Ivide adequate quarters for the Weav ment did excellent work in holding i r laundry in time to receive the new the fire practically to the block in Gnnnts Testimony (By Associated Press.) Washington, Mar. 29. The Navy's submarine force was entirely inade quate to meet the demands of war with Germany and it took nearly two years to get the Navy Department to realize the importance of building submersibles capable of combating the 800-ton German U-Boats, Rear Ad miral Grant testified today before Sen ate Investigating Committee. 20 KILLED IN CHICAGO DISTRICT, AND VARIOUS TOWNS REPORT ED DEATHS AND INJURIRS ' (By Associated Press ) Chicago, March 29. With wire communication . demoralized, the known death list standing at 4 today with hundreds injured, and million of dollars' worth of property damage to the Central States by the tornado yesterday, foreboding rumors cam from Michigan and the rural districts of Indiana and Ohio, but these States are cut off from communication. Thousands are homeless and relief is r.ecessary In a number of places. Twenty-nine were killed in the Chi cago district, eight in the vicinity of Toledo, eight t Elgin, seven each at West Liberty, Ind., and Fenton. Mich.; five at Sezulu, Ind., and less er numbers in many small towns. At Lease SO KUled at Toledo (By Associated Press ) Toledo, O., Mar. 29. Partly re stored communication shows at least twenty killed in the Tojedo district In last night's tornado and hundreds in jured. Seven Killed at Lima, Ohio (By Associated Press.) Lima. Ohio. March 29. Seven per sons were killed in small towns near here last night by the1 tornado. Im mense property damage occurred, in terurban traffic has been suspended, and wire communication paralyzed. WHITE CANNIBALS ON ISLAND IN GULF OF CALIFORNIA Mr. Terrell, who for the past fifteen years has been one of Lakeland s most hard-working and useful citi zens. He Is temporarily In business in the Wilson Bhop on Massachuetts avenue. Main Street Auto, and Machine Co. This concern, composed of Messrs. Velle, Maxwell and Whiting, was re cently established, and they had put in between $5,000 and $6,000 worth of tools and equipment, which Is a total ) (By Associated Press) Los Angeles, Cal., March 29 Mem bers of the mining expedition, Cap tain Harry de Windt, an English ex plorer, said he plans to lead to Ti- rburon Island in the Gulf of Callfor fornia need not fear ''white canni bals'' reported there, according to Los Angeles residents who have vis ited the island. Persons returning from Tiburon. however, have given lt an unpleasant Irna. tliarA faplnff nn InanranpA Tt ia understood that they w:U not resume The hftve reported that business. which it originated. Within a few minutes after It was discovered the fire was burning with fierce intensity, the flames mounting to a great height. The oil-soaked premises, the light, inflammable wood and- lumber used In the novelty plant, burned so rapidly that it was impos sible to combat the flames. Very quickly the flames spread to the row of buildings on the south, fronting on Main street, and owned by N. A. Rig- gins, and to the Peacock building on the north. The fire had gained such headway that these buildings were machinery when it arrives . The buildings paid him, in rentals Interest on about $40,000, and we estimate his loss on this basis. On the buildings destroyed- outside the Todd Btore, ho had about $1,700 Insurance. The prop erty Is too valuable and the demaud for tmsinese sites too great to 'let any of this block -lie Idle long, and we have no doubt but that better buildings will soon replace those de stroyed. The Peacock Building The Peacock building would cost to replace at this time probably $30,000. It Is owned by Dr. Peacock, of North Carolina, a son of the late 3. C. Pea rt Is overrun with reptiles and that the few Indians living there, while not actively hostile, are sullen and distrustful. Stories of a strange white tribe, us ing poisoned darts and an ancient blunderbuss to bag occasional visit ors to provide native feasts, are scouted here. Some Los Angeles res idents have reported having seen na tives carrying modern firearms. burning or threatened buildings, It Is reported that th'evts bent upon loot were operating. Gib Carter reports the theft of $250 worth of auto tires and tubes, and lt is said other efforts at theft were detected. As soon as Other Fire Victims The fire leaped across Missouri! avenue despite heroic efforts to pro vent it, and completely destroyed the mill and supply house operated by R, L. Mays. His loss Is about $3,000. with $300 insurance. S. E. Melton operated an oil and gas filling station next to the Main Street Auto and Machine Co. His en tire outfit was destroyed, his loss be ing estimated at about $1,000 with out insurance. The Lakeland Furniture Co.. op erated by Mr. Williams, a second hand store, succeeded In getting on: a large portion of its stock before the ( the flames began to be checked the building burned. The loss is thought .authorities had ropes run around the to be about $1,000. area where the roods weifl riled, and Unwed nn in its raring fury in en Incredibly short time. Four gar-l of Lakeland, A. E. Sloan and ages and oil and gas filling station j w.. D. McRae. There was a total of were Involved, and these lent their $4,500 insurance on the building. The fclriilv inflammable contents to aug- j oor was occupied by Sammon ment the ravages or tne nre nena." ""w When eventually the flames died down j Restaurant. Peter Fondis. proprietor; there was nothing left of building anThilip Fischer, shoe repairing and contents that was worth being sal-. leather goods; and Carter & Matheny, taK6(j I parage, etc. The upper floor wan op- Lakeland Mannfaeturlnir fo. jerated-as a hotel by Thos. J. Mar The Lakeland Manufacturing Co. tin. is officered by W. F. Sneed. O. W. ! F. B Terrell Mershon and D. U. McGinness. Its) F. B. Terrell s blacksmith and Is mostly represented wagon snop adjoining, ne launary no Sammon-Weeks Auto Co. lost .iJov Scouta did eoort rvlr in wafMi- probably $1,000. in parts and tools. 1 ing the property. ' They succeeded, however, in gettint' Today boys from the Lakeland all their autos out safely. migh Schools have been assisting in Carter & Matheny lost $1,000 in salvaging and replacing the furnl tools and equipment, and also report ture, etc.. set out from the building the theft of $250 worth of Urea. j la t night. The Martin Hotel lost about $3,000 1 . In furnishings, with insurance ofiCITT WATER WAS NOT the nlanea will be shipped to i"ao charge- of the Cnrtiss ana - " "7 tn- the snm- loss of $35,000 is mostly represented , won snop Bojourar. ne jauni M fleid8 here this year. The northern Curtiss fields Jhr de8trnct!oa 0f machinery and of , lest $4,000 in stock and tools, with f has been used for passengers mer. A good season v buildings. The bulk of the stock Is insurance. The loss falls heavily $1,000. C. E. Todd Hardware Co.'s stock was removed from the threatened building, and eo suffered no loss ex cept some breakage and from moving. Philip Fischer's stock of leather goods, harness, etc., wai partially gotten ont of bis place of business, but he sustained a los of $4,500, without insurance. The New York Cafe's loss was es timated at $500. Thieves Active During Fire In the early stages of (he fire, POLLUTED DURING FIRE A rumor gained currency that a valve which shuts off the city water damage mains from Lake Mirror was opened during the fire and the lake water pumped through the mains. This ru mor is incorrect, as no lake water was admitted to the mains, and tin city's water supply has not been pol luted In any way. fng. sales and service for the the winter. onwhen goods wre being removed from Cleveland, Ohio, is said to have a larger Czech population than any city of Czecho-Siovakla- with the excep- I tion of Prague.