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HOT ACT! .
KK MEW S1AKI
Louisville, in Our Own County, Receives a Hard
Jolt, Besides the Great Damages Done
Property-Several Killed and Injured.
LOSS ESTIMATED AT $250,000
Meadow, Richfield, Fort Crook and Bellevue
Sustain Great Damages.
The Burlington people were notified
early last evening that a terrible storm
had visited Louisville, and much de
struction of property had been done, in
cluding railroad property also. A wreck
ing crew departed from here between 6
and 7 o'clock, as the reports from there
were very meagre, and it was supposed
that traffic would be greatly interfered
with. While the destruction was very
great, it was not nearly so great as was
supposed when first reported. The
wrecking crew returned about 10:30 last
The Course of the Tornado.
Shortly after 4 o'clock a tunnel-shaped
cloud made its appearance south of Lou
isville and South Bend, swept in a north
easterly direction across Sarpy county,
crossing the Missouri river at Bellevue
into Iowa, spending its force in a cloud
burst, demolishing everything in its
pathway. Louisville, Fort Crook, and
Bellevue being right in line, they re
ceived great injury. Louisville, in this
county, was in all probability more ser
iously damaged than either of the other
towns, and farm property along its
course was also greatly damaged. It is
almost impossible to secure a definite
report of the damages done at the pres
ent time, but it is safe to say that it is
much greater than the people of that
enterprising town can stand.
Tornado's Antics at Louisville.
Only one life was lost and that oc
curred one mile west of the city, at the
Omaha Hydraulic Pressed Brick compa-
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while his wife was seriously injured and ;
it is tearea she cannot live, as is me
case of another and younger child. The
remaining children had not returned
from school and were therefore not in
the storm. This is the saddest part of
the catastrophe which has visited the
stirring and progressive city of Louis
ville. Among other things which the
storm did was the destruction of the
blacksmith shop of Fred Brand, and a
number of other buildings which sur
rounded it, while the house which he
used for a dwelling was completely
shorn of its shingles and the house left
standing. At the residence of C. A.
Richey the porch was taken off the
front of the house and turned upside
down and jammed against the house,
while the house itself was left almost
uninjured otherwise. At the home of
George Woods, who had a stone barn
and a frame house but a few feet apart,
the barn was torn down and the house
left uninjured. A scantling was picked
up by the wind and driven through the
water tank of the Burlington, while a
piece of wood went into the brick wall
of the bank buildine for four inches, and
it could not be pulled out. A large tree
was twisted off at the butt, which it
would look like it was impossible to
break, and a frame building standing
by its side was uninjured. The bank
building had the roof blown off and all
the windows blown out upstairs.
The Burlington agent, F. E. Starkey,
seeing the storm coming, with his fam
ily rushed to his home, which is just in
the rear of the station, and going to
the cellar getting there just in time,
as the bouse was turned around over
Ihetn and torn all to pieces, covering
the family with the wreckage. They
were imprisoned and could not get out.
Maki-g tn outcry, help came and they
were released, umniurea, due very:
roughly used by the storm and thor-j
oughly frightened. j PPy uuuaeiioiuguuua.
Words seem inadequate to cover an j ry's hotel and liverv stable is a total
idea of the destruction performed. At wreck and his saloon is badlv damaged,
the sand pit, just across the river from I The Burlington depot was destroyed and
the city, were standing five cars loaded j the Missouri Pacific depot badly dam
with sand, they were ail dumped over afed- Kateky s store was demolished, a
V, V.onV ir.tn tVo r vpr a thintr which
it would be thought utterly impossible.
The tower whicn is used jointly by the
Burlington and Missouri Pacific, was
blown entirely off the right of way, but
not otherwise so badly wrecked. The
Burlington station was unroofed, one
side blown in and the windows and
doors blown out, giving it an appear
ance as if having been gutted by fire.
The old tin covered livery stable was
blown down and the wreckage covering
the horses, none of which were injured.
The mill which was pretty well filled
with flour was blown to pieces, leaving
piles of sacks of flour unharmed.
Large cottonwood trees which reached
over a hundred feet high were blown
over and crushed houses on which they
lodged. The most of the damage was
on the west side of the street, the east
side escaping the seriousness which
marked the west. At the pressed brick
works, west of town, where the storm
first struck, Robert Rosencrans was
picked up and carried some two hun
dred feet and deposited him in a pile of
brush, while holding a little child in his
arms. Coming on top of Mr. Rosen
crans and his precious charge was a lot
debris, such as brush and wreckage,
which completely covered them, and
scratched him over the face and neck
very badly, while the little child was
The telegraph and telephone lines are
all down. Superintendent Pollock, of
the Plattsmouth Telephone Company,
says that their entire plant will have to
be rebuilt. They have a line working
to this place and one to Lincoln, and
the place is now again in communication
with the outside world. It will require
many a day before the effects of those
few moments will have been removed
from the fair little city. Trees fill the
Great Damage at Bellevue
At Bellevue the tornado struck about
5:45, doing a large amount of damage
at the college and in town, and seriously
injuring several people. The store of
A. Wright was wrecked, the stock was
scattered over the country and he was
wrecked were Harry Peters, A. Wright,
L. N. Purcell, J. R. Glenn, J. B. Dillon,
Wesley Huff, and several were partially
wrecked. Mrs. L. N. Purcell may die,
and Mrs. Gunion and Mrs. Sloan were
By far the greatest damage was done
at the college. The tower was blown
i from Park hall and the building so thor
j oughly wrecked that in the opinion of
' President Wadsworth it will be neces
sary to practically rebuild it. Lowrey
hall was unroofed and practically
wrecked, and the interior of the build
ing thoroughly drenched. Rankin hall
was also partly unroofed and water
poured into the building. The barn at
the college was wrecked and two horses
buried under the wreckage.
At Fort Crook.
South of Fort Crook City the tornado
came in close contact with the Missouri
Pacific northbound passenger train, with
three heavy laden passenger coaches, in
which the passengers were panic strick
en. The engineer, John Scott, began
playing with the roaring, rushing mon- j
ster as an angler plays with the game !
fish on his line while trying to land him,
save in this instance the engineer was
playing to save the bait. He held back,
then dashed ahead, and slowed up again.
Finally it switched around behind the
train, when he put on full steam, and
every inch of distance that could be got
ten out of the engine per second was
made until at Gilmore the tornado was
outdistanced, and it turned east toward
Fort Crook city is wrecked. Every
where the streets are strewn with de
bris, piles of groceries, kitchen utensils,
broken timbers and odds and ends. A
company of soldiers is on the scene from
the fort, keeping guard over the wrecked
! other buildings in the little town wiped
miy u.ctivj auu """v
out by the twister.
Officers at the post estimate the dam
age to the post buildings at $125,000.
Roofs were torn away and many build
ings partly wrecked. The roof of the
hospital building was entirely destroyed
Over in Iowa.
From reports from various sections
over in Iowa, serious damage was done
along the K. C. and Wabash roads. At
Island Park the depot was carried away,
and a number of cars wrecked at Min
neola. on the Wabash. The Wabash
and K. C. passenger trains passed
through to Omaha by the way of Platts
LOOK OUT FOR
A Confidence Game Played
on Stockmen at Pa
The GienvCC Tribune; in speaking
of the confidence game played on sev
eral stockmen at Pacific Junction, says:
Alex Cain, a farmer living near Hen
derson, tells the Tribune man of a new
sort of graft or confidence game which
should be made public. An unsuccess
ful effort was made to work it on him,
while at Pacific Junction a couple of
Cain recently moved from Hender
son to South Dakota. He did not like
it up there and after a few days started
back to Mills county. He got into Pa
cific Junction after dark with his two
cars of stock and implements. Not
long after his arrival there he was ac
costed by someone at the door of the
car. It was a man and he said he was
the inspector for the railroad. It would
cost Cain $5 a car to have his stock in
pected. He was sorry, however, but
he would not be able to do the inspec
tion till the next day.
Cain naturally demurred to this pro
position, as he was anxious to proceed
that night to Henderson, as he had al
ready been delayed a couple of days on
the road. Cain also told him that his
stock had been inspected before leav
ing Dakota, and that he was not aware
that the railroads were in the habit of
charging for inspection. After a pause
of a few moments the man told Cain if
he would give him $5 and say nothing
about it he would let him off. This let
the light through Cain's mind and he
saw he was being worked. He reached
for a club back of him in the car and
told the scamp to hike, and the fellow
disappeared in a hurry in the darkness.
The matter was reported at once to
the railroad and the city authorities at
the Junction, but no trace of the man
could be found. It is reported ' that
others have made complaint of being
held up in this way at the Junction.
Some, no doubt, have paid their money,
not knowing that it was a graft, and
have gone on to their destination. In
the spring of the year there are large
numbers of emigrant cars passing
through the Junction, and it is possible
that many have been caught by the
The chap that tackled Cain appeared
to be familiar with railroad parlance.
He asked to see the .contracts which
Cain and his son carried and had evi
dently been at it before.
How Long Will You Live.
This question should, in the first place
interest yourself, but it also interests
the insurance companies or societies to
which you apply for life Insurance.
They have to figure out what chance
you have to live to old age. The physi
cian takes always in consideration your
habits and the general condition of your
body. If he sees that you are well
nurished, of regular habits and of a
healthy constitution, he gladly recom
mends you and the company accepts
your application. Keep your digestion
perfect and you will without question,
live long. If you will notice that you
cannot eat what you like and as much
as you like, use at once, Triner's Ameri
can iMixir ot Hitter Wine. It will
stimulate the digestive organs to a
healthy activity, will dispel your indis
position, .strengthen your nerves and
make you able to enjoy life. Do not
allow your indigestion to become chronic
but treat it at the start with Triner's
American Elixir of Bitter Wine. At
drug stores. Jos. Triner, 616-622 So
Ashland avenue, Chicago, Hi.
Tearing Up the Streets.
A large force is at work on lower
Main street tearing up the paving, pre
paratory to lowering the same, and
from the swiftness in which the work
is progressing, it is safe to say that Mr
Woodworth will have the work complet
ed long before the alloted time. All
the help that can be worked convenient
ly has been employed, and the work is
being pushed as rapidly a3 possible can
be done. Evidently the contract for
doing this work has fallen into the hands
of the right party.
Notice to Our Customers.
We are pleased to announce that
Foley's Honey and Tar for coughs,
colds and lung troubles is not affected
by the National Pure Food and Drug
aw as it contains no opiates or other
harmful drugs, and we recommend it
as a safe remedy for children and
Sold at F. G. Fricke & Co.
James Pendergast Has Leg Broken
and Back Injured In New Y.
W. C. 4. Building.
The Omaha Bee of this morning con
tains the following:
"James Pendergast, employed as
foremon of brick construction of the
new Young Womens Christion assscia
tion building, suffered a broken leg and
badly sprained his back by the falling
of an elevator in which he was riding
from the fourth story to the ground.
Pendergast had placed an amount of
building material on the elevator, which
was being conveyed to the top of the
structure. When about the fourth
floor the cable on the elevator parted
and Pendergast was precipitated to the
ground. His left leg was broken above
the ankle and his back badly sprained.
He was attended by Dr. Hirschman
and removed to St. Joseph's hospita1.
He lives with his wife and one child
at 1625 First avenue, Council Bluffs."
The unfortunate man will be rem em
bered in Plattsmouth as one of the
brothers (James and John Pendergast)
who had the contract of doing the
brick work on the Parmele theater, and
who formed quite a number of friends
while here, who hope for his speedy
And This at Weeping Water?
Last Monday night about y o clock a
sound of battle drew about forty south
siders down by the foot bridge. There
was more excitement there in ten or
fifteen minutes than has been in the
town altogether in the past year. Mr.
and Mrs. Ed Cappen and Mr. and Mrs.
Amos Cappen were fishing: William
Steele and Samuel Rector came along,
and it is reported not only abused the
men but took occasion to deal out not
very choice language to the ladies. The
Cappen boys soon became involved in a
quarrel with Rector and Steele and the
result of that encounter created the ut
most din. The ladies screamed and
pleaded, the men that started the row
were profane, and it was but a short
time before numerous people were on
the scene, mostly women, who added to
the babel of voices. Such disturbances
cannot be avoided some times, but it
would seem that if the men wanted to
settle their disputes they should wait
until the women were absent. If a lit
tle liquor were mixed in with the abuse,
it would not spoil this story, and two of
the combatants were well loaded.
Weeping Water Republican.
State of Ohio, City of Toledo,
Frank J. Cheney makes oath that he
is senior partner of the firm of F. J.
Cheney & Co., doing business in the
City of Toledo, County and State afore
said, and that said firm will pay the
sum of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS
for each and every case of Catarrh that
cannot be cured by the use of Hall's
Catarrh Cure. FRANK J. CHENEY.
Sworn to before me and subscribed
in my presence, the 6th day of Decem
ber, A. D. 1886.
c.. A. W. Gleason.
Vor,AW Notary Public.
Hall's Catarrh Cure is taken in
ternally, and acts directly on the blood
and mucous surfaces of the system.
Send for testimonials free.
F. J. Cheney & Co., Toledo, O.
Sold by all druggists, 75c.
Take Hall's Family Pills for con
Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil is the
best remedy for that often fatal disease
croup. Has been used with success in
our family for eight years." Mrs. L.
Whiteacre, Buffalo, N. Y.
Henry Herz was a business visitor in
Council Bluffs, Iowa, today, where he
is getting some - repairs for his corn
planter, as his machinery broke this
morning and the planting operation had
to stop until the repairs can be obtain
ed. If he tells you to take Ayer's
Cherry Pectoral for your
severe cough or bronchial
trouble, then take it. If he has
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We have great confidence in
this medicine. So will you,
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The best kind cf a testimonial
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We have no ecret! We publi.U
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Keep the bowels open with one ot
Ayer's Pills at bedtime, just ons.
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G. S. Upton of Union was a visitor in
the city this afternoon, looking after
some business matters.
Miss Christine Shaeffer from west of
the city, is visiting in town, the guest
at the home of her friend, Miss Ter
E. E. Garrey of Lincoln was a vis
itor in the city this moning, on his re
turn to the capitol city, after having
been at Louisville, looking after the
reconstruction of the telegraph service
which was interrupted by the storm of
L. G. Larson, has been awarded the
contract for the building of the First
National Bank, out of the building
which was recently occupied by the
Coates Dry Goods company. The work
will be begun tomorrow and pushed to
as early a completion as consistant
with the best of work. Emil J. Walters
has the contract for the brick work
The paint with
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years. Remember Gering & Co.
for everything in the Paint and
Wall Paper line.
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Fancy Home-Crown Millet for Sale by
in quality, style and
pattei n are to be seen
here in abundance
Large variety of new
colors to select from
By big odds the best
ever offered for $10,
$12.50, $15, $18.50,
$20, $22.50 ;nnd $25.
M. Fanger was a visitor in Omaha
this afternoon, and was accompanied
by V. Zucker, who has been visiting in
the city for the past few days.
Mrs. Joseph Kohoutek was a passen
ger to Omaha this morning, where she
will visit for the day with Mrs. Mary
Nelson and other relatives and friends.
Rev. Watchel and W. T. Richardson,
of Mynard, were business visitors in
the city this morning, and while in the
city, made this office a very pleasant
Mrs W. B. Peire departed for her
home in Denver this morning, after
having visited in the city for some
time past, the guest of her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schopp.
George Ballance and A. M. Franks
returned this morning from a trip to
Las Vagas, N. M., where they have
been looking after some lanrts which
Mr. Bullance is selling at that place.
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