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AND A BIG*
LAKELAND
VOL. X.
TWENTY NINE LIVES LOST WHEN
TORNADO HITS GEORGIA TOWN
WRECKING EVERYTHING IN PATH

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HEROISM OF SCHOOL TEACHERS SAVE LIVES OF SEVENTY FIVE
CHILDREN CAUGHT UNDER ROOF OF SCHOOLHOUSE—MANY
QUEER FREAKS OF WIND FOLLOW GREATEST STORM IN
MANY YEARS IN THAT PORTION OF GEORGIA <
HOUSE AND TREES CLEANED OFF ON
‘ STRIP HALF MILE WIDE AND SIX LONG
' • -t
Only One White Person Known to be Among the Dead, But S!x Are
Seriously Injured—Many of the Wounded are Taken to Hospitals
at Sandersviile and Other Points—Violence of Storm Almost
Surpasses Belief as Trees Were Snapped off, Houses Blown
Over, Children Hurled Through the Air and Lodged
in Trees, and Whole Pathway Swept Clean
as a Western Prairie
Oconee, Feh. 11—La to reports bring (lie list of Injured in yesterday's
storm tit Gardners to forty four, which includes six white persons ilttee men.
two women and a small girl.
It is definitely established today that one white boy and twenty eigh' ■ e
groes were killed in the tornado yesterday. Seventy five houses occupied by
negroes were among the structures destroyed.
Three women teachers probably saved the lives of many white children
in the school hye. One end of the building was crumpled and the other end
of the. roof hung about the heads of seventy five pupils. By main strength the
teachers held up the sagging roof with their hands until the children passed
out. and then leaped to safety themselves.
A negro woman and her baby were killed on a farm near Eda, eighteen
miles from Augusta, when high wind blew down the house, it is belie veil thi.-
atmospheric disturbance was an. offshoot of |he tornado which Struck here.
Oconee, Ga., Itob. 11.—A heavy tor
nado at the Gardner settlement one
mile front here about twelve o'clock
yesterday resulted in the death of two
white persons and nearly thirty ne
groes. injured five whites and a score
of negroes, "and devastated a strip of
laiid half a mile wide and live miles
long, leaving not a building nor a tree
standing. One of the dead, Benjamin
Franklin Orr, fourteen years old, was
decapitated. The three year old
daughter of E. L. Minor, manager of
the Cleveland-Oeonee Lumber com
pany, was the only other white per
son killed.
A school house in which there were
three teachers and eighty-two chil
dren was struck by the storm and lit
.araily Ua- rat ed-to pieces, fragments be
>for miles. Tne chlldren
were" picked up by, the wind and
hurled through the air, but It was of
ficially announced yesterday that only
' one child was seriously injured.
Forty houses were blown down.
The Shepherd Brothers’ commissary
at the. big lumber plant was reduced
to kinnling wood, while ten feet from
It the general office of the lumber
company was uninjured.
Relief was organized as quickly as
possible. Ten minutes after the
storm passed a Central of Georgia
freight train arrived. The engine was
detached and sent to Tennille for aid,
ami a relief party of four doctors ami
forty six persons was secured. Coach,
es were commandeered from Wrights
.ville to convey the party to Oconee.
The storm played many curious an
ghastly pranks with its victims, A
negro boy was found with the end of
a board sticking in his head, ’ll was
withdrawn and he was still alive last
night with a fair prospect of recovery.
Two negroes, man and wife, were
found lying dead, side by side, more
than a hundred yards ‘from their
home. Several children were found
in trees, suspended by their clothes,
and a number of bodips blown far out
in a field lay in ifie form of a semi-cir
cle, and in tlie center of the group a
live goat stood like a statue, too
frightened to move for hours after the
storm Itad pussed. Chickens were
found still alive'hut with then- fcatli
/ers blown off. *
LAKE REGION REGATTA .
AT MT. DORA FEB. 18
From present prospects, the regatta
to be held on February 18 at Wit.
D< ra, will be the big boating event
of the season In the Lake Kegiou.
Flvenrs on the program are free tot
all, '4O miles or better tfa qualify;,
races for the 20 t 6 25-mile class; 15
to 20-mile class; obstacle race, sail
ing races, aquaplane stunts, c.anioe
tiltin’g' und row-boat races.
Commodore Emeritius, H. C. Fuller,
will offer a beautiful silver cup for
sail boat races, to be won three years
to sercession, all races to be held on
Lake tlora. “.
ttfc events will commence at 1:30
p.' m. and will, take up (.he entire af
ternoon. A dance win be held in the
evening. The regatta committee is.T.
E. Wardell, J. T. Wadsworth, E; J.
•Ryan, L. H. Fitzsimmons, of Mt.
Dora:' ’ -
THOMAS EDISON CELEBRATES
SEVENTY FOURTH BIRTHDAY
West Ornitge, N. J., Feb.ll—Thos.
A. Edison celebrated his seventy
fourth blrtthiTay at* home today, the.
inventor was assisted in the observ
ance of the anniversary by the Edison
Pioneer organisation composed of his r
fjfty years* ago,
Egypt contains neither .vyoods nor
forests. I
The Lakeland Evening Teleglal
FAMOUS PIANIST
LECTURES BEFORE
BARTOW AUDIENCE
Bartow, Feb. H.—; (Special)
Members of the Bartow Music Club
were delighted and startled by ttm
discussion of modern music
by Miss Katherine Heyman, famous
pianis*. of the day, Tuesday night af
their regular meeting time, Miss Hey
man is an artist of great personal
charm and of marked artistic accom
t'lfshment aniT~ excellence." and 1 * her
work is known the world over.
Her discussion Tuesday night was
illustrated with the piano, and both
discussion and performance gave the
students here much food for though:.
It incited keen interest in the study
of the modern forms, and, as Miss
Heyman so frequently remarks, the
modern music is marking the twen
tieth century, and will leave students
of the old classics exclusively, behind
the limes.
The lecture had to do with the scale
formation, rythm. origin, meaning and
purpose of tlie new music.
Miss Heyman is the only artist who
has ever presented an exclusive Scrie
bui recital in the United tales. Only
tiwo other performers in the world are
giving them, and Ihe presence of one
of the three in Bartow is deeply ap
predated.
Under the auspices of the Bartow
Music Club Miss Heyman will give
a recital at the auditorium next Mon
day evening, February 14. Her pro
gram includes Debussy, Chopin.
Grovecz, Arensky, Gardiner and Ra
vel.
FEWER VIOLATIONS
OF TRAFFIC LAWS
DURING JANUARY

Bartow, Fob. 11. (Special)—The
county traffic violators were fewer
during January, according to the re-*
port, submitted by Officers am Wil
liams and John Purvis to the cotin'y
commissioners, (han they have been
in many months past. Only eighteen
names appear on their roll, whereas
an average is usually between thirty
and thir'.y-five, sometimes going high
er still. The. report cites the follow
ing:
Plead Guilty
Harry L. Haedly, reckless driv. $25.00
R. Penn, no license 19.00
F. D. Hardin, speeding 21.10
Willle Taylor, speeding 21.10
F. L. Dickerson, no light 17.10
J. S. Norton, speeding 17.10
J. Q.. Benton, reckless driving. 115.60
Belmar Calhoon. reckless driv. 115.98
O. H. Houlihand,‘speeding.... 21.10
W. B. Chubbs, speeding 17.b0
Forfeited Bond
John Barber, speeding 25.00
H. E. Oikeman, speeding 25.00
W L. Barton, speeding 25.00
L, T. Coma, speeding 25.00
Dempßey Taylor, reckless driv. 50.00
W. ft. Lee, speeding,..' 25.00
R. Wilkins, speeding 25.00
The aggregate oj( lines and costs is
1605.88, which is about the normal,
return to the county. The two heavy
fines made up much of the loss in
numbers.
Street .railway fares in. Wisconsin
average lower than those In any other
statd.
fegggteas. " &■
NEGRO LYNCHED LAST NIGHT NEAR
WAUCHULA; GIRL VICTIM IDENTIFIED
NEGRO WHOSE HOME AT PLANT CITY
(Special lo the Evening Telegram.)
Wauchula, Fla., Feb. 11.—Ben
Campbell, a Plant City negro , was
taken front the northbound Coast Line
train here last night at 7:15 by a mob,
which took him to the river ban*
at-out a mile away and hung him to a
telephone pole cross arm at 10:30.
The negro was accused of htlfrfft?
made an attempt to assault a young
white girl at Zolfo yesterday. ilu
protested his innocence before the
nn>b. The girl was summoned aim
upon Iter arrival she identified Camp
bell as being her assailant.
Campbell had been employed at. the
tie. camp at Zolfo, near where tlie
girl resided with her family.
The negro had a wife and three
children at Plant City.
CITY COURT HAD BRIEF
SESSION THIS MORNING
Will Scott, colored, was standing
around amongst the crowd at the pat
ent medicine show, last night. He
wasn’t feeling well, so he decided a
drink would stimulate his nerves and
renew him with vigor. He saw a ne
gro standing near. He told the judge
this moriung that he didn’t know the
negro, but that the negro just looked
like he might know where there was
some lieker, and sure enough the ne
gro did. Will handed over three dol
lars, and the other negro was gone a
while and came back with a pint of
inooushinq. Will Mien went down to
get on the late night train, and Of
ficer Browning arrested him for hav
ing tlie liquor in his possession. The
officer might never have known about
the liquor, but a third negro knew
that Will had something to drink, and
when Will wouldn’t give him a drink,
he went ami told the officer. The out
come of the evening’s transaction was
that Will was fined SSO for having
liquor in his possession.
Other cases disposed of this morn
ing were:
Lester B. Brown, using profane
language, case dismissed.
M. E. Hurt, using profane lan
guage, fined $lO.
Eddie Williams, having no light on
his bicycle, fined $5.
11. Anderson, parking car too near
a fire plug, fined $5.
Josii Burney, cutting a corner with
a mule, fined $5. Josh drives one of
the ice wagons and he has a mule
that takes contrary spells, and shies
at things. He did this at the corner
of Main and Florida, and like to have
caused a collision.
A. 0. White, charged with, turn
ing the wrong way In the street, wus
fined sl. He had been here . only
three days and the traffic ordinances
are different from those, at his home
town, hence his mistake, and liis
small fine.
W. F. Henderson was fined $lO on
a charge of allowing minors to enter
a pool room without a permit from
their parents or guardians.
FRENCH STEAMER LOST
AT SEA—CREW SAVED

Montreal, Feb. 11.—The French
steamship Victoria, which left New
York February 2 for Cadiz, was aban
doned gt sea and the crew rescued
by. the Steamer Cranford, according to
a radio. The message dl not indicate
the reason for the abandonment.
LAKELAND, FLORIDA. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11. 1921
ENGINEER FILLER IS
PAINFULLY INJURED IN
ACCIDENT THIS MORNINC
D. L. Miller, of tlie A. c.
L. railroad, witfe pujnnjtiy injured
TTiTs morning, when he received an
accidental blow on the head, a*
Stoekes, between Lakeland and Dade
City.
Mr. Miller, who was engineer on
the first section <jf No. 28, discovered
some unusual noise about his engine,
and was leaning out of tlie gangway.
The train was running abou* eighteen
or twenty miles an hour and as it
passed a refrigerator car, Mr. Miller
was struck by a truck door which was
hanging down beside the car.
Mr. Miller was brought to the Mor
rell Memorial hospital for ‘treatment
today at noon, ft is believed his in
jury is not serious.
ATTEND REOPENING
SOUTHERN COLLEGE
A party from Lakeland attended |
the reopening of Southern College at !
Clearwater Beach Thursday morning. j
They report that the new arrange- |
merits for lire school seem very sal - I
iefactory. The Clearwater Beach ho- I
tel is being used as a girls’ dormitory
and a barracks has been erec’lsd to
house tire hoys. The exercises at
tendant upon the reopening were held
in the pavilion at Clearwater Beach,
addresses being made by the mayor
and the president of the hoard of
trade of Clearwater, Dr. S. W. Lew
ler of Lakeland. 1.. M. Pipkin of
Dull berry, and 111'. Walker.
Those who went from Lakeland
were Rev. .1. F. Bell. Dr. S. VV.
Lawler, Dr. W. t). Lemas’ers, Or.
C. F. Blackburn, presiding elder of
this district, and Rev. L. I). Lowe
and Rev. Victor Hurt from Bartow.
Reckless Driving Case Tomorrow
10. f.V Leach, of Winter Haven, will
he, tried in Justice Allen's court to
morrow morning on a charge of reck
less driving. The complaining wit
ness is John ,W. Williamson. Mr.
WiD-amson und wife are camped in'
the nine grove near Lake Boney. lie
alleges that on Monday Mr. Leach
ran Milo his ail'imiobile, upset it and
smash*.! two Of tlie wheels. It is re
ported that Mrs. Williamson was also
injured at iho time of the crash.
ARCHBISHOP DOUGHETRY
ASSURED APPOINTMENT
TO CARDINALATE
(By Associated Press.)
Philadelphia, Fell.' 11.—Press dis
patcher from Rome staling that Arch
bishop Dougherty of Philadelphia.
Pa., would lie raised to the cardin
alate, were continued today. Tli
bishop will leave for Rome within ten
ays to receive the red hat from the
Pope.
Hiome, Italy, Fob. 11—The appoint
ment of Archbishop Dougherty of
Philadelphia as curdinai in succession
to the late Cardinal Farley of New
Yorw is almost certain, according to
Vatican circles. . ,
STATEMENT OF
SCHOOL FUNDS FOR
SPECIAL DISTRICT
Tlie following facts regarding the
finaneial condition of the Lakeland
special tax school district No. 1. have
been furnished the Telegram by G.
B. Mlirrell, member of the board,
from data supplied bv Superintendent
Parker.
Tire-district hoe* a—bonded indebt
edness of $61,000. with a sinking fund
of SII,OOO. leaving a net indebtedness
of $50.000. *
The assessed valuation of the dis
trict tax roll for 1020 is $2,292,333.
iVitli a five mill levy for bonds the net
income would he $11,461.66 per year.
This amount would take care of an
other band issue of over $75.01,10 6 per
cent. 30-year bonds.
Cash on hand, $1,053.01. Outstand
and unpaid warrants, $14,003.58.
Tlie estimated expenses for the re
mainder .of the term of 1921 are as
follows: One month teachers’ salar
ies. white. $6,195. Or.e month teach
ers' salaries, colored, $960. Janitor.
5 months, SIBO per month, S9OO. Jan
itor, 4 mouths, S2O per month (col
ored), SSO. Stenographer's salary, 5
months, at S6O. S3OO. 'Fuel, interest
and incidentals, $1,4)00. Total, $9,435.
Assessed to collect 1920 tax roll, $6.-
877. Amount collected to date,
$864.02. Balance due. $0,012.98.
HUSBANDS “EASY'*
\‘i
j'
Husbands •fall” more quickly
han bachelors That Is part of
lie confession which Chicago po
les say Mrs Kurt HurUman has
nude She played lost and lured
uen to her rooms where she and
mr husband' robbed them, the
police charge She la shown here
with Hurtzman.'
WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST SUES
FOR INJUNCTION TO PREVENT LOANS
BY HOUSTON TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES
POLAND AND RUSSIA
SIGN PEACE TREATY
(By Associated Press.)
Helsingfore, Feb. 11. Thu treaty
of peace between Soviet Itus: in and
Poland was signed yesterday at Riga,
according lo a Moscow dispatch
EARTHQUAKE SHOCKS ARE
HEARD SOUTH OF VENICE
(By Associated Press. I
Home. Italy. Fell. It - Kui illqiiake
shocks are reported from Fareuzu.
about a hundred miles south of V, u
ice, in tile Itavenha proviliee.
CIVIL DOCKET IN
BLANTON’S COURT
IS NOW CLEARED
Barlow. Fell, ll (Special I Tin
civil docket was cleared today wiih
I be case of Frank Ka.v Anderson i
Li-nesi Davidson. The ease bail lieea
tried by Judge Kelsey Blanton, aim
Ho- decision given the defendanti !r.
tlie jury. Judge Blanton set their de
1 isicn aside and Ihe tase war. argued
| ;:eain ti day wi'li ill., result Dial the
plaintiff was awarded his lull claims
tstsol and an additional s!|n .lain
ag.s.
Four pleas of guilty were entered
before Judge Holland: Alonzo Duke,
possession if liqu. r.. slsll and cost.:
or .'! months.
Don Murphy, vagrancy, tin days.
Willie Johnson, carrying conce.Uil
weapons. slsii and costs or 4 months.
William Bristol, reckless drfving.
slp and costs.
Six casus of vagrancy are awaiting
invest igahiou before sentence i.
passed.
GORGEOUS PAGEANT AT
EUSTIS ON THE 22N9
Eustis will lie the only city in the
S'ate lo celebrate 'he lOOtk iinniver
saiy of the Veiling of the Floridas to
the United States. The event will be
staged in a natural amphitheater
about Lake Dot within the city limits
of ■’■Eustis. The -spectacle, will be in
tiree parts, arrival of Spaniards, dk
change of flags, the Indian wars with
Capture of Osceola. There will be
boat races, aeroplane stunts, street
fiance, fireworks and many other
■vfi.ts to follow during the afternocn
me evening. The city is making prep
mat.ons to take cure of thousands of
visitors. The affair is given under
he auspices of the American Legion
posts ot Lake county.
FAIR AT PARISH
HOUSE A VERY
SUCCESSFUL ONL
Auburndalc, Feb. 11.—(Special)
The fair held in the Episcopal
Parish House last Thursday, Friday
and aturday proved to be a very and •
liglitful affair, as well as a financial
success. The Parish house was ar
tistically decorated with 'ferns and
palms and the booths were specially
made with a lattice effect through
which lhe asparagus fern was vined.
The tea room was prettily decor
ated, using .lupatie.se designs and was
well patronized, where one could rest
and enjoy a clip of lea, coffee or
punch with cake or sandwiches. Mrs.
Ohas. Weber had charge of the tea
room and gave splendid service.
The Fortune tolling booth, where
one could h-ar his pas*, present and
future, was under the direction of
Mrs. Jerre Yumbaugh, assisted by her
sister, -Miss Dorothy Kabe.
The novel ty booths in charge of Mrs,
(!. S. Work and Miss Florence Wolfe,
were very well patronized and many
a!tractive articles were on sale.
The fancy work booth in charge of
Mrs. Addison Loomis and the apron
booth in charge of Mrs. K. M, Bay
nard were both well supplied with
pretty and useful articles and both
net:id large sains to the fund.
Tne liome-haked food booth was
ably looked after by Mrs. B. Albert
son and large quantities of delicious
home cooked food was disposed of.
The booth and parcel post
booth, both proved very popular and
were in charge of Mrs. 0. 0. Win
ter and Mrs. Morrison, respectively.
Other features were the Big how,
where one saw many wonderful (?)
curiosities, and the Fish Pond, where
you fished for everything except fish.
During the evening, solos and read
ings were rendered by the Misses
Dowdell of Winter Haven and Mr."
(I. S Work of this place.
About SSOO was taken in, which
will probably tie', the church aboijt
$450.
Much credit is duo the laflies of St.
Mary’s Guild, who so ably planned
this deligh'ful affair.
Mexico, Feb. 11.—Pascuul Oritiz
Rubio, secretary of communications
and public work, has resigned and
President Obregont has accepted bis
resignation.
weather Forecast
Lakeland and vicinity: ]
Lakeland and victlrffsSl
Fair and cooler tflHj!
night, atitrday fair.
Would Not Only Stop Furthcf
Credits But Would Prevent
Further Advances to France,
Italy, Greece and Other Nations,
on Credits Already Established
—Proceeding Filed in District
of Columbia Supreme Court.
<H> Associated Presß.)
Washington, Feb. ii. a suit for
a" injiim-t ion restraining .Secretary
iioiiston from making any further
loans to foreign government was filed
in the district of Columbia supreme
courl today by counsel for William
Randolph ileurifl. who acted in his ca
pacity as a private citizen.
Besides seeking an injunction to
prevent the establishment of further
• credits- to foreign governments.
Hears! also seeks to enjoin the secre
tary from making any further ad
vances on the credits already estab
lished lor France, Italy, Clreeee;
Czechoslovakia. J.iberia and othetf
countries.
Heat-si's contention is that Ihe ec
-1 ret ary in making such loans is acting
outside the scope of his legal attritoff.
ity In bis newspapers Hcarst ha r. re-"
cenlly made a strong fight against'
uliat lie charges to be the unatnerl-’
'an policy 01 Hie present ndpunislm
-1 ion. which he declares is neglecting
American interests to akc < are of
Cleat Britain. France and other, for
eigu powers at the expense of the
American public.
WILSON FUNERAL HELD
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
Bartow, I*Vl,. 11 .—(Special!—Tli
funeral services of .Mrs. A. M. Wil
son were held in Bartow Wednesday:
a 1 lornor,n at the homo of her Bon. in
tl.e presence of a large number of
sorrowing friends and relatives. 3.
C. Wilson. Interment was made in
lit.- Wildwood cemetery.
.Mrs. Wilson was the wife of Sena
tor Wilson of Sarasota and a much
j loved resident of that place. The
;Sarasota pastor had charge of
j services here and was assisted by
:Kev. Armstrong. Rev. Lowe, and
• others. Ta
; Heath came after a long illness,
j end was not entirely unexpected by;
j relatives. She is survived by Mr-.-]
j Wilson, her non. BotntFCK~WlimjM
and daughters, Mrs. F. J. Knigl&l
and Airs. T. L. Hughes of Bartow,l
j and several other children.
: Simps Need Protection
The A. C. L. Railroad Company
i * u,s asked the city to lay additional
| water mains sufficient to reach the
railroad sliops in west. Lakeland, an
at present the valuable property of
the company is without protection,
and under present conditions if a fire
j were to break ou‘, in the shops the
j result might be very disastrous. The
matter was brought before the com-,
missioirers Wednesday night, and
Members O'Steen, Broadfield and Ro
land were appointed a committee to
confer with Coast Line officials on the
j propositfon.
A total eclipse of the moon mhy last
as long as one hour and forty-five
• minutes.
THE WEATHER
Temperatures Klsewhere
The first, column indicates highest
temperature yesterday; the second,
lowest last night, and the third, pre
cipitation .
The low pressure area which was
over Alabama and Georgia yesterday
morning lias moved northeastward
and is over the North Atlantic coaa,
this morning. It has caused rain over
the Atlantic states, and the Ohio und
m'ddle Mississippi valley, and rain or
snow over the lower lake region.*' it
is followed by cooler weather over the
astern states.
In Ihe west, pressure is high over
'ifxas and over the plateau region,
ind low over the Dakotas and the
upper Mississippi valleys. There has
''ten rain over Washington, and rain
cr snow in the plateau region, but
elsewhere over the western half of
the country, fair weather has pre
vailed. It is warmer this morning ov
er the plains -states and the Rocky
Mountain region.
The indications are for fair and
cooler weather iu tho vicinity of Taau
pa tonight anil for fair weather S*t~
iirday.
WALTER J. BENNETT, Jj
Tampa Weather Buitenu. L--
Atlanta 74 .$]
Bostou 44 32 .$(
Buffalo 34 30 ,
Chicago 36
Denver 52 44 „.j
Los Angeles 54 ‘Ta
Louisville. 34
Memphis ......... 52 42 '.'..jjM
New Orleans 68 52 ..j
New York 46 34 - ArtH
St,.' Louis 44 34
St. Paul -fWpM
San Diego 52
San Francisco 50
Washington 42 38 .
Florida Stations .
Jacksonville 80 68 -WflH
Key West 82
Miami 80 72 ’j3apjS.il
Tampa 80 45 |H
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