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C. B. HALE, Publisher
WIND HIS INDIANA
TWENTY-FIVE LIVES LOST AND"
200 HOMES DESTROYED AT
DRIVES 400 MILES IN STORM
Aged Woman Makes Perilous Trip to
Carry Out Wishes of Her Dying
Husband To Study
Term Hunt, Ind.-Twenty-four vic
tims of ft tornado, which swept (lie
south pnrt of thin plnro anil Vigo
county Into Sunday night huvo boon
Idontlllcd and more ttinn Bovonty-llvo
Injured nro being cared for In Impro
vised hospitals. Several moro bodies
aro expected to bo found when the
ruins of .100 homes, leveled by tho
storm, havo been cleared away. At
tho request of Mayor Gorhardt. .Gover
nor Hnlston lins ordered the Indiana
national guard to patrol the devastat
ed district uhd help In the relief work.
In addition to destroying about. .100
homes In tho south portion of Terro
Haute, Pralrloton, was destroyed and
tho Intervening territory devastated.
Tho Injured will number at least .100
and many of these are In a serious
condition. The hospitals aro filled to
Will Study the Storm.
Lincoln. To study the storm, Its
path, Its unique phases and features
Professors K. IF. Harbour and E. V.
Schramm, both of tho geology depart
ment of tho state university, left Lin
coln for Omaha 'Monday morning.
Both wore armed with various scien
tific equipment to carry on their In
vestigation and wont prepared to re
main several days If necessary. Ac
cording to the plans beforo the two
faculty men left, they were first going
Into Omaha, where probably tho storm
'did Its worst. From there they will
follow along tho track of tho tornado
to Its originating point In Nebraska.
TO OBEY HUSBAND'S DYING WISH
Aged Woman Drives 400 Miles In Last
Norfolk, Neb. Obeying tho dying
request of her husband that sho go to
Grand Island, Neb., to take enre of
their dead daughter's children, Mrs.
Mary Dusham, aged Blxty-flve, drove
overland from Benson, N. D., to this
city and almost perished In tho bliz
zard from cold and hunger. When
found by a newspaper reporter here,
huddled' in her tiny prairie schooner,
she admitted that she had not bad a
bite to eat for two days. Sho had
been out In her little covered wagon
all alone during tho terrible blizzard
that swept this, section, and confessed
that sho had been bitterly cold In tho
night. Tho overland Journey tnado
by this aged and feeblo woman cov
ered moro than 400 miles.
May End Legal Hangings in Nebraska.
Lincoln. That tho death of Albert
Prlnco marked tho end of legal execu
tions In Nebraska Is the opinion of
many members of tho state senate,
who feel that the upper house will con
cur In the bill which passed tho houso
providing for abolition. Tho senti
ment among the senators Is reflected
by the statements of leaders of sover
nl factions, Indicating that no known
line of cleavage will divide tho vote.
Tho Prlnco execution, nlthough In
expiation of an awful crljne, coming
las it did while tho legislature was in
lesslon, will beyond a doubt crystal
lize Into law tho growing sentiment in
Nebraska against capital punishment,
and probably will result in Its early
Many Missing in Chicago.
Chicago. Several persons missing
nnd perhaps killed In tho wreckage of
buildings, many houses unroofed,
ilres In many parts of tho city and
pinto glass windows broken In the
stores in St..to street wero somo of
tho effects of tho storm In Chicago,
tho worst part of which was felt in
tho city shortly after midnight.
Constantlne Assumes Office.
Athens, Greece. King Constantino
of Greeco took tho constitutional oath
pf offlco in the chamber of deputies In
ithe presonce or tho highest otllcers of
etato nnd tho Grecian parliament. Tho
jraetropolltan, who was surrounded by
the members of tho holy synod In full
canonicals, offered prayer and then
read aloud tho oath, which tho king
repeated in a firm voice. The king
;then signed the oath and tho cabinet
ministers and tho metropolitan coun
Declines French Ambassadorship.
Washington. William P. McCombs,
chairman of tho national democratic
committee has Issued u statement an
nouncing that ho had declined to 1 e
come ambassador to Franco.
Naco, Ariz. Bearing a demand for
the surrender of Naco, Bonora, a mes
senger from General obrcgon, com
mander of tho stato forces, to General
OJcda, tho federal commander at Naco,
was shot and killed insldo the fedoral
DEVASTATION WROUGHT BY
AWFUL VISITATION OF
Fatalities in Omaha Estimated at 152
Fivo Millions of Property Dam
ages Pathetic Incidents of the
Storm Relief Work Progressing.
Totals of dead and Injured in the
track of Sunday's storm bo far report
ed are as follows:
Omaha and suburbs 152 350
Terre Haute, Ind 18 250
Chicago 5 40
Yutan, Neb 18
Berlin, Neb 7 17
Nehawka. Neb 1 1
Council Bluffs, la 12 13
Barket, la 3 10
Weston, la '. . 2 2
Neota, la 2 3
Glenwood, la 5 2
Bebbe, la , ,2
Malvern, la 2
DeSoto, Neb 1
Walton, III 1 3
Rock Bluffs, Neb 1
Sterling, III '. 1
Traverse City, Mich 1
Totals 229 715
Lives lost 229
Persons injured 715
Houses demolished 150
Churches wrecked 11
Schools wrecked '. . . . 8
Houses damaged 250
Omaha. It took Omaha and tho sur
rounding county forty-eight hours to
begin to appreciate the enormity of
tho devastation wrought by tho Easter
evening storm of wind and rain. Tho
storm assumed first tho velocity nnd
destructive effects of a toniado and
ended Its existence In a series of tor
nadoes which dropped fiercely on many
parts of tho city nnd country without
regard to human life or property, and
visited the greater portion of tho res
idential portion of Omaha.
Number of Known Dead.
Tho number of known dead within
the area covered by the storm Is esti
mated at 202, of whom 152 wero resi
dents of Omaha.
Tho remaining dend aro scattered
over a considerable range of territory,
with Council Bluffs, reporting 12; Yu
tan, Neb., lfft Berlin, Nob., 7; Glen
wood, la., 5; Neola, la., 2, and Burt
lett, la., 3.
These samo cities nnd towns report
an aggregate of 440 Injured and 450
homes demolished. The monetary loss,
It is estimated, exceeds $5,000,000. Per
haps fifteen lut-idred persons are
Aside from this, hundreds of build
ings wero more or less damaged, many
of these being church edifices nnd
school buildings. Eight of Omaha's
public schools wore wrecked.
Isolated for a Time.
All forms of communication wero
almost annihilated by the wind nnd
only two or threo wires were In work
ing condition when daylight relieved
a night of high tension, which almost
becamo panic- at times. Soldiers, statu
and national troops, poured Into tho
city during Monday to aid In bringing
order out of what for twenty hours
had been chnos. By Monday night
theco guardians of tho peace were pa
trolling the residence districts, aiding
the police In maintaining order nnd
relieving such cases of Buffering as
como to their notlco.
The greatest loss of life occurred
sectlonnlly, nnd threo points In the
pnth of tho storm offored tho greatest
sacrifices. These were nt Fortieth
and Fnrnnm streets, whero a crowd
sought refuge In a garage; at Twenty
fourth nnd Lake Btreets, whero a mov
ing picture theater was demolished,
nnd at Twenty-fourth and Willis nve
nuo, where n pool hall had attracted
a crowd. In each of these places tho
fatal list was large.
Washington Abnormal storm activ
ity and marked fluctuations In temper
ature will prevail tho country over
during tho week, nccordlng to the
weathor bureau experts. "A storm
center Sundny over tho Hocky moun
tain region," tho bureau's weekly bul
letin says, "will move rapidly north
cast, accompanied by shifting gales;
It will bo preceded by rains and much
warmer nt tho beginning of tho week
in tho eastern and southern states
and bu attended by snows In tho north
western states and along tho northorn
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Lincoln. At Vutan there aro 18
known dend and many Injured. At
Valley there wero ten missing nnd it
was feared that they had been kilted.
Two others wero killed on a farm
between Mead and Yutan In Saunders
Two tornadoes formed shortly after
5 o'clock nt Greenwood, one going di
rectly north, touching near Ashland,
Memphis, Yiitnn nnd Vnlloy and head
ing to the northwest. Tho other took
nn easterly direction, and It was sup
posed to be thlB ono which demolished
Omaha suburbs nnd entered the city.
Omaha was cut off from the outslda
world by the tearing out of telephone
nnd telegraph wires, and It was only
nt a late hour that communication was
Lincoln and cities to the south were
not nffectcd by the storm nlthough
they felt the high wind and in In
stnnrcs were visited with hall nnd dust
ptorms. At Clatonla a high wind did
damage to property and caused some
Train service wmb at n standstill for
noino time, nnd most of tho dispatch
ing was done over Bliort tolephono
lines. The wires of both telegraph
com panics were also down, as wero
press wires. To add to tho delay In
restoring wire service much of the
wire had been blown away Into the
storm, so that It had to be completely
It was from Yutan that the first
reports of life and property losses
were received. The Burlington ofll
clals Immediately 'organized n relief
train carrying n number of physi
cians. Tho train was hurried to Yu
tan, where It was found thnt neighbor
lug towns, had nlpo sMit aid. Ashland
had contributed a nart of Iti fire de
partment, nnd other surrounding
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THE 8TRICKEN DISTRICT.
townB hnd sent physicians to caro for
Four children of W. H. Stolnbaugh
were dug out of a cellar that hud col
lapsed during the storm. The mother
and one child were dead. The storm
cut a narrow path through tho north
east corner of town, beginning two
miles south of Fred Ohms place and
raising from the ground n mile and a
half northeast of town.
Another babo three years old to
night cried for "papa" nnd "mamma"
when It saw them In tho morgue. A.
R. Hammond was u cripple. The bodies
of tho dend are fearfully bruised and
Omaha. A frlghtfuKsceno of havoc
abounded In tho vicinity of Fortieth
and Fnrnam streets. As far as the
eye could see In tho darkness In every
direction not a building remained In
tact. The streets were strewn with
wreckage of every description. The
great building of the Electric Garage
compnny, only recently wrecked In a
street car accident, wac entirely de
stroyed with probable Irreparable loss
to the entire contents, representing
Tho convent of the Sisters of tto
Secred Heart, nt Thirty-sixth and
Burt Btreets, was reported u total
It has been Impossible so far to find
nut how many deaths had resulted at
this place. A largo number of girls
wore attending tho convent nnd tho
Iobb of life may havo been considera
ble. The Be.mls nark district, which Is
dovoted to beautiful homes and attrac
tive lawns, was laid waste by tho tor
Call For Militia.
Lincoln. The Burlington wires wero
the fliV ones which worked between
hero and Omaha after the storm. Tho
first message which passed over was
from Mayor Dahlman and Police Com
missioner Ryder of the metropolis,
asking Governor Morehead to call out
militia companies to go there nt once
to prevent looting, of bodies and resi
dences Storm Southwest.
Beatrice, Nob. A sovoro wind nnd
hail storm passed through this place
Sunday evening nnd much damngo
was done to property. Thus far thoro
have been no casualties reported. Tho
storm wns general In this territory,
and thero was no tornndo. Tho wind
wns moro or loss steady, but attained
a high velocity.
Parts of Georgia and Alabama nro
menaced by a flood as a result of ter
rific storms that struck several south
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IMMEN8E PROPERTY LOSS.
Over Two Hundred Residences Wreck.
, ed by Sunday's Storm.
Omaha. It Is estimated that 20C
houses throughout all of tho western
part of tho city were totally or par
Through the Bemls park district It
swept, tearing down the bouses right
Along Lincoln boulevard nt Thirty
fourth street nearly up to Myrtle ave
nue the houses were practically nil
demolished. The house at the corner
built by Tolf Hanson was entirely de
stroyed. Trees In the park were uprooted nnd
twisted as If they were reeds.
Tho path of the tornado was from
three to six blocks wide. Whole bco
tloiiB of houses wero reported to have
been blown down while In tho midst
of tho storm district un occasional
building was left by. some freak of tho
At least 200 houses wero destroyed
by the twister or by tho tiros which
originated In tho furnaces of tho
Fires broke out nil along the course
of the tornado and sent cnll to the
firemen so numerously that they were
bewildered. Street enr traffic and
street lighting was Impossible. The
streets wero blocked by overturned
buildings, treefi and telephone poles.
Hnlston, n manufacturing suburb of
the city, was destroyed, nnd Florence.
Dundee and Brncon are reported de
stroyed alFo. Two are known to have
died in the storm there.
A moving picture theater nt Twenty-fourth
and Lake streets was com
pletely demolished nnd deaths are re
ported from there. Bemls park was
practically demolished and all the
buildings were torn down.
A Pathetic Incident.
Omaha. The child saving Institute
wob a veritable death houso after the
storm. Every available room was
pressed Into service and one after an
other of the dead and Injured were
brought Into the house.
A pathetic sight was that of n young
girl keeping watch over tho dead body
of her mother. Tho mother, Mrs. John
Newman, -had been killed instantly.
As tho body lay on tho porch of the
institute, awaiting suttablo burial ar
rangomentHj the daughter, Mabel New
man, told of the storm:
"Mother was ill and confined to a
room on the second floor of our homo,
4224 Dewey avenue," ahe snld. 'Avhen
the raging winds hit the hoiiBo It top
pled over as if built of puatcbonrd.
'Mother and myself were hurled in tho
wreckage Ah soon as I could pull
myself from the debris, I began n
search for her. Board nfter board I
lifted; I tugged and pulled at thorn
until my hands wero cut unci bleeding.
Finally, I renched her. I bent down to
rnlso her. but Bho was dead."
Trinity cathedral, parish place of tho
Omaha Episcopal bishop, was tem
porarily turned Into n coffeo house.
Catholic priests visited homes which
had boon destroyed, In many cases ad
ministering tho last rites of tho church
nnd public bodies began tho organiza
tion of relief committees.
Lost Everything They Had.
Omaha. Itollef work showed that
hundreds lost everything they owned
and their suffering was mndo more
acuto by tho rain. Tho downpour,
while adding to their discomfort, was
probably the greatest boon the strick
en district could havo naked, for It
extinguished Innumerable tirfs which
broke out Immediately after the tor
nado had passed.
Woodbine, la. Six persons were
killed, bouses were unroofed and many;
thousand dollars' damage was dono
at Woodbine, la., by tho Btorm which
swept thnt section Sundny, according
to an unconfirmed report.
Peace Prospects Brighter.
Ixmdon. The developments of tho
last week appear to ninko tho conclus
ion of the Balkan war n mnttor of only
a fow days. Turkey, having no hopes
of obtaining more money, bus entrust
ed her interests to tho good offices of
tho powers nnd tho allies havo uc
copted tho powers' office of mediation.
Olympln, Wash. Governor LeBtor
has signed tho bill which is designed
to put trading stamp companies out of
business by Imposing a prohibitory
license of $0,000 a year In taxes.
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Fire Follows in Wake pf
Tornado That Causes
Havoc at Omaha,
TROOPS GUARD CITY
Persons Attending Motion pic
ture Theater Lose Lives
When Roof Falls.
SCORES HURT BY TWISTER
Telephone Girls In Exchange Are
Killed Illinois Central Bridge
Over the Missouri River De
stroyed State Troops Guard
Nebraska Town Against Vandals
Seeking Loot in Wrecked Buildings.
Lincoln, Neb., March 25. From 100
to 200 uro dend, twic as many more
400 Injured in Omaha, Neb., by two
distinct tomndoes which swept
through tho city. A stretch through
tho heart of the city eight miles long
and from two to six blocks wldo Ib a
mass of debris from wrecked resi
dences, schools, stores nnd churches.
Tho city Is virtually cut off from
tho outEldo world, only n single tele
phone wire to Denver having been
found available for use.
Many of the citizens have fled to
other elites, a majority of those seek
ing refugo going to Lincoln. Omaha
Is under martial law as a result of
precautions against looters.
Special trains and troops aro be
ing rushed to tho sceno, and the tele
graph companies nro making every ef
fort to restore communication.
Six States Are 8wept
At least six states suffered -heavy
damage. Terre Haute, Ind., -reports
a death list In thnt vicinity which
may reach fifty. Towns In Iowa, Illi
nois, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri
Forty blocks In Omaha's residence
section were swept by the tornado.
Somo of tho famous buildings of
tho city were 'destroyed.
Many persons wero buried In the
ruins of houses and scores wero fa
tally Injured by falling debris.
In a picture theater the entire au
dience of fifty was burled when the
building collapsed under the weight
of the wind.
United States troops from Fort
Omaha were immediately called out,
It was said, and the stricken zone put
nnder martial law.
Omaha Is Under Martial Law.
Lincoln, Neb., March 25. From 100
to 200 aro dead, twice as many more
injured, somo fatally, by a death-dealing
tornado which devastated Omaha
and its environs.
It demoralized telegraph and tele
phone service nnd cut off Omaha from
communication with the outside world.
Property damage will mount up Into
the hundreds of thousands.
The tornado swept In from the
southwest and zigzagged to the north
east over tho residence portion of the
city, leaving In Its wake destruction
and carnage from two to four blocks
wide. Flro sprung up all over this
area and added to tho horror of the
twister. Firemen were unable to re
spond to the numerous alarms, and
many houses were suffered to burn
to tho ground.
The police wero unable to properly
protect tho stricken district, and tho
soldiers from Fort Omaha were called
Tho tornado zono Ib practically un
der martial law.
Partial List of Dead at Omaha.
C. F. COPLEY.
P. B. HARRIS.
The Known Injured.
Tho known Injured aro:
Miss Davis, dangerously Injured;
will probably die.
George Duncan, advertising man,
MrerE. R. Van de Ven, unconscious
from blow on head.
Mrs. Edward Baggott, Chicago, bad
Mrs. Ben Gallagher, dangerouBly
Mrs. McBrlde, 4116 Farnum, Injured
by flying bricks.
D. Dagett, head cut by flying glass.
Charles Black and family, slight
E. W. Dixon, slight bruises.
M, A. Hall, Injured by flying planks.
Mrs. Arthur Lavidge and baby,
M. W. Halm, slightly hurt.
W. II. McDonald, bad scalp wound.
Mrs. Calpln, badly cut.
Mrs. E. C, Sells, Injured Internally
and gash pn the head.
Little Sells girl, bad scalp wound.
Mrs. Griffin, serious Internal In
juries. Mrs. C. C. Swan, bead badly cut
D. E. Daum, head cut and anklo
Thomas McPberson, badly bruised
and intcrnnlly injured.
Henry Jensen, hend cut.
Baby of Mrs. Babcock,
Child of Henry Starman, leg broken.
W. H. Stolnbaugh, badly hurt.
Utah Hnyden, head cut.
Walter Hayden, leg broken.
Mrs. Fred Hnyden, badly hurt.
Fred Ohms nnd child, badly hurt.
Homes Are Demolished.
Omaha's -suburbs Buffered heavily
from the storm In the Bouthwest of
Omaha a half score or more are dead.
East Omaha, which felt the tall of the
twister, reported houses demolished,
but no lives lost. Council Bluffs, Jr..
Buffered nine dead, a Bcoro or more
Injured and grtnt dnmage to property.
The worst damage was done, and
tho largest toll of lives wns exacted
In the western part of Omaha and In
the vicinity of Twenty-fourth nnd
Lake streets, and from there north
east to Sixteenth nnd Bi'nney. This
Is tho residence portion, nnd tho de
struction wrought wns well-nigh ap
palling. Whole blocks of homes wero
picked up nnd dashed into n shape
Street enrs were hurled from the
tracks and demolished.
Killed In Picture Show.
A moving picture show at Twenty
fourth and Lake was destroyed. Ten
dead and eight injured havo thus far
been removed from the ruins. About
fifty persons were In the theater at
the tlmo of tho disaster and It Is
feared that most of these aro buried
In the debris.
The final film was just being put on
when tho showhouse was struck. The
roof of the building fell in and In tho
rush which was made through the
only exits open, many of those who
were not before Injured wero tramnled
Tho rush continued over tho bodies
of tho dead and a few of the attend
Bemls Park, one of the prettiest
residence districts in Omaha, was
razed to tho ground and fire complet
ed the destructive work of the tor
Among the show placeB of the clty
whlch felt the baneful effects of the
storm was tho Joslyn castle. The.
roof was torn off and tho trees and.
, Convent Is Unroofed.
Tho Convent of tho Poor Clares at
Twenty-ninth and Hamilton streets
was unroofted and tho grounds were
littered with debris. A report Bald
that tho Sacred Heart acudemy at
Thirty-sixth and Bart streets was de
tnolibbed. The storm so paralyzed tho tele
graph service that early in tho duy no
reports of the disaster could be com
municated to the outsldo world. The
Omnha telegraph offices Bent their
Press messages to Lincoln on an early
morning train in an effort to get them
At 1:30 a. m. Omaha presented a
sorry spectacle as a result of the ter
rific storm. From the Field club,,
which is In the western part of the
city,. to tho Carter Lake club, situated
at the northeast extremity, is one
mass of debris from two to six blocka
Buildings Twisted to Pieces.
The tornado struck the better resi
dence parts of the city at six o'clock.
Residences wero taken from their
foundations and twisted to pieces by
Tho Woodmen of the World build
ing, tho highest structure In the city,
was damaged to a great extent, every
piece of glasB from two sides being,
blown out. ,
It was reported that the Illinois
Central railroad brldgo over the' Mis
souri river was destroyed. This re
port was not confirmed by passengers.
A. big Are was reported raging at
Seventeenth and Cash streets, and
other smaller blazes had started In
tho residence district.
What Ib known as the VenuB valley
district was leveled by the wind.
Refugees Flock to City.
Refugees by the hundreds flocked
to the business section. They wero
taken care of in tho principal hoteU.
Tho hospitals were full of patients,
according to E. G. Swift of Chicago,,
who arrived hero. When ho left
Omaha every ambulanco in the city
rapidly was swelling the congestion,
of the wards.
Thirty Killed In Picture Show.
The only point nt which the forco
of the storm struck the business sec
tion wbb Twenty-fourth and Lako
streets. Here the Diamond theater, a
moving picture concern, well filled,
was wrecked. According to tho best
available figures, at least thirty of lta.
patrons wero killed. Between forty
and fifty more wero killed in the
wreck of a pool hall near by which
was patronized by negroes.
Besiege Morgues and Hospitals.
The morgues und hospitals were be
sieged all morning by friends and rel
atives of the dead and Injured and
others made frantic efforts to learn
the fate of loved ones. Although a
line of soldiers and polico were,
thrown around tho path of tho storm
soon after It had passed, much loot
ing was reported.
Governor Goes to 8csne.
The governor left on a uneelul train
for tho scene of the disaster.
'At Fortieth and Farnum atreetB a
garago was destroyed, and a large
strip of territory south and cast of
that corner waH sorlously damaged.
Tho Illinois Central brldgo over tho
Missouri river was destroyed.
President Wilson Wires Mayor.
Washington, March 25. President
Wilson telegraphed Mayor JamoB C.
Dahlman, mayor of Omaha, as fol
lows: "I am deeply distressed at tho nows
received from Nebraska. Can we
belp in any way?"
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