The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923, March 27, 1913, Section One, Image 6
RF H?w5w5BK53 i r r i1 iii V t" M' iV. I". h: The Chief C. B. HALE, Publisher RID CLOUD NEBRASKA WIND HIS INDIANA TWENTY-FIVE LIVES LOST AND" 200 HOMES DESTROYED AT TERRE HAUTE. DRIVES 400 MILES IN STORM Aged Woman Makes Perilous Trip to Carry Out Wishes of Her Dying Husband To Study the Storm. 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 tbclr capacity. 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 Week's Storm. 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 'abolition. 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 tersigned it. 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 siutpoBt. I DEATH LIST L DEVASTATION WROUGHT BY AWFUL VISITATION OF SUNDAY'S STORM.' FAMILIES HOMELESS 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: Dead Injured 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 Perth, Ind Totals 229 715 ESTIMATED DAMAGE. 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 homeless. 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 border." i . ,xte. ..::.. .i .& rAjfiii ,. .. ,-;., -miSTTft-TirMW- TT ftiMW Willi 'TTIinr W REACH HUNDREDS 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 county. 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 opened, 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 minor Injuries. 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 replaced. 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 -j ytM-L rf")W A 1-4 T ., THloXrCrH PAPlUtOAf 4AJ?py l H TZ W00P THE 8TRICKEN DISTRICT. townB hnd sent physicians to caro for the Injured. 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 mangled. 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 $200,000. Tho convent of the Sisters of tto Secred Heart, nt Thirty-sixth and Burt Btreets, was reported u total wreck. , 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 nado. ' 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 ern states. ... i-i'lRu., .,, n.-Jtdi I I ! II Sll I iM III IMMEN8E PROPERTY LOSS. I 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 tially demolished. Through the Bemls park district It swept, tearing down the bouses right nnd left. 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 Btorm. At least 200 houses wero destroyed by the twister or by tho tiros which originated In tho furnaces of tho wreckMl buildings. 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. S A .mawi. rt ClTy ftALSrO"' - Qenev a. Be run TVVM4c.o 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. jx jV-,vir;;.S jfiirt4"i MANY PERISH Fire Follows in Wake pf Tornado That Causes Havoc at Omaha, Nebraska. 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 wero shaken. 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 out. Tho tornado zono Ib practically un der martial law. Partial List of Dead at Omaha. WILLIAM FISHER. MABEL M'BRIDE. NELS LARSON. C. F. COPLEY. WALTER PETERSON. SAM DENGELER. P. B. HARRIS. MARY HARRIS. The Known Injured. Tho known Injured aro: Miss Davis, dangerously Injured; will probably die. George Duncan, advertising man, fatally hurt. MrerE. R. Van de Ven, unconscious from blow on head. Mrs. Edward Baggott, Chicago, bad ly hurt. Mrs. Ben Gallagher, dangerouBly hurt. Mrs. McBrlde, 4116 Farnum, Injured by flying bricks. D. Dagett, head cut by flying glass. Charles Black and family, slight bruises. ' E. W. Dixon, slight bruises. M, A. Hall, Injured by flying planks. Mrs. Arthur Lavidge and baby, mortally injured 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 broken. 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 U.bs mass, 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 and crushed. Tho rush continued over tho bodies of tho dead and a few of the attend ants escaped. 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 nado. , 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. shrubbery uprooted. , 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 east. 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 wide. 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 the wind. 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?"