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THE BEE: OMAHA, TUESDAY, MATCH! 25, 1913.
WIRES AGAIN SERVICEABLE
Hundreds of Men Required to Re
LOCAL LINES NOT ALL IN USE
Telephone- anil TclPKrnph Companies
fsc Htv Hundred Workers
In Repair Dniunne Done on
Telephone anil telegraph officials rap
idly ate brlngln gorder out of chaos and
ir.;e.ntloii of communication with tlio
outside world Is practically complete this
Yesterday and Inst night the telephone
compr.ny brought In 500 llnemon and elec
toral worker from Minneapolis, St. Paul,
E.o ix City, Dos Moines and nearby towns.
Thry were .divided up Into gangs and
imn repairs and rebuilding. Attention
f'.ict v, ce given to the long distance lines
IJtics weTo world. ig last night out In the
rtntn nnd over Into Iowa.
The trouble Inst night was practically
local. Outside nf a radius of flvo miles,
with Omaha as the center, there was
little. If any trouble. In the city the
Webster station zone was In the worst
condition, as there almost all the Instru
ments were cut of business. This was
due to the fact that the tornado drove
diagonally across the territory, cutting
the cables at points where the leads came
up out of the underground system. The
Harney station ozno was bad, but there
the phones wcte far from all being out
The Western t'nion Telegraph company
"as nble to restore some of Its lines
through the storm swept area yesterday
nnd was handling business to and from
Chicago, Denver, Lincoln and over In
Iowa. Except for a short time It was
Impossible to get Into Iowa.
Llko the telephone company, the Wee.-t-rn
Union's trouble was within a radius
of a few miles from the Omnha head
quarters. Here i the city, the trouble
Is where the wires come up out of the
conduit system, at Hi
being snapped off. or carried down by !
tho poles, felled by the wind. The West- !
fin Union has 100 11 limn (Mi uti.lfiH i. .. N
lug brought In gangs fiom outsldo cities
Ten Tliousnml Mensrutc Pile r(,.
After tho storm more than 10,000 mes
sages accumulated at the Omaha office,
a great proportion of them being night
and day letters and messages to friends,
apprising them of conditions here. Yes
terday -the company sent several thou
sand of these messages to Des Moines.
St. Joseph and other nearby cities
The Postal company last night was able
to open communication with Chicago.
Denver and St. Louis, but was unable
ntn M,aCr0f,f rher lnt IOWa' n
into Missouri, or out In the state. This
hur thl 1ry.,and WaS raPldly rebu'W-
let TM.CS t,,rUE" the "t'ouble'
ervL. , COmpy ll0Pd to restore
KSnEft lnay 8 U,at bUS,ne!!8 C
ue Handled to all points.
Sioux City Brings
Offer of Assistance
T. A. Black, vice president of the d
Wrttjr National bank and president ol
the Sioux City Commercial club, with w
arrived Monday In Omaha to extend to
the mayor and Commercial club officials
afcy aid they might need as a result of
the cyclone disaster. Both officials vis
Ited the Commercial club and later went
through the storm-Infested districts.
H. H. BALDRIGE SAVES HIS
LIFE BY WATCHING TORNADO
Howard H. Baldrlgc. 124 North Thirty
ninth street, attributes tho saving of ,1s
life, to the fact that ho was out of doors
at the time tho cyclone struck his house
Mrs. Baldrlgo went to the basement, but
Mr. Baldrlge went to the front door to
watch the progress of the storm. As he
went out the cyclone entered and the
next Instant tho roof and back end of
the building disappeared in the cloud.
Ho was left standing on the porch. Mrs
Baldrlgo was lying In her boudoir when
the storm came up. She hastened trom
the couch and thereby saved her life,
for this bed was covered with large rocks
after tho tornado had gone.
DEAD GIRL BLOWN FROM
HOUSE INT0MAN'S ARMS
The Incidents that occurred at Fifty
fifth and Center streets during tho storm
were remarkable. A 4-year-old girl t 8
blown out of a house and Into the arms
of Charles Allen, who was in the center
oflhe street In front of the building.
She was dead, und it is presumed was
killed by coming in contact with flyini?
debris before hitting Allen.
Another peculiar accident was that of
Mrs. Rathkej who with hrr two grown
sons were blown from their home to a
field a quarter of a mile away. All were
dead and when found hadn't a stitch of
clothing on them.
Fred Wahler, 70 years of age, together
with his wife escaped from their home,
hut were Injured by flying timbers aa
they made their escape.
EIGHT REPORTED KILLED
ON I0WAJSIDE OF RIVER
Between Bartlett and Pacific Junction
on the Iowa side of tho river it Is re
ported that Kd Lambert, a farmer, and
two children were killed by a cyclone that
fctruck there shortly after 6 o'clock Sun
Near Glen wood, la Bon Dean and his,
thrco daughters, all grown, are eald to
have been killed In their home, which
At Mynard in Cass county, touthwest
jf Plattsmouth, eight persons are re
ported to have been killed. Tnore are
co wires into that section of the state
nd It has been Impossible to vol If y the
RESCUE LODGE OPENED
ON NORTH TWENTY-FOURTH
llescue lodge No. 2S, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons, has opened quarters at
'4S3 North Twenty-fourth streot und an
there prenare.l :
n the way of medical attention and food,
lohn Grant Pegg, city sealer of wclghti,
h in charge.
CYCLONE FIRST STRUCK
MILE WEST0F PAPILLI0N
Veports from Papllllon are la the af
fect that the cyclone started about a
ii' le west of that place An observer
Itctl cd a lurpr rcuy r .-ud near i V
varth truvtllns In a northeaeterly iJreCt
-Photo by (The Bee's ,Stftff Artist.
tlon, and Its heavy, greenish hue fascl
nated and attracted him. Suddenly he
noticed that It began to whirl, and tho
first-place It, hit the earth was i ml'o
west of Papllllon, where it gathered up
ten telegraph poles alonn the Union Pa
cific right-of-way, then after demolishing
r farmer's barn It seemed to ascend and
precipitated again at Ralston. From
there on Its pnth'has been plainly marked.
Storm Wipes Perth,
Indiana, Off Map
BltA'ilU Ind.. March 24. -Perth, a
small town of 40J Inhabitants In the nor
thern part of Clay county, practically
was wiped off the map by a tornado
last night, but only ono person was In
jured. Tho homo of Hobert Foster was blown
down. Foster und four children were In
thcho'use u.t the time but all escaped un
hurt except Louise, aged seven.
Tho three story BChool house literally
was torn to pieces.
. DniunKf nt Anltn.
ANITA. Ia.. March 24. (Speclal.)-In
Anita llftle damage was done, but tho
three large cattle barns of Sam Hansen,
five mllos south of town, were totally de
stroyed, with a small loss of cattle.
I'urm HulIilliiK" Go.
CASUY. Ia., March 24. (Spoclal.)-The
damage In Casey was very light, but
John Wilkinson, who lives two miles
south, lost all buildings but his house,
which was protected by a grove.
Governor Morehead Commends
City of Omaha for Its Prompt Action
Governor Morehead, who has viewed the
scenes of the tornado, has Issued tho fol
"I received a telegram from the mayor
of Omaha at 12:30 a. m. stating that a
large portion of their city had been swept
by a disastrous 'tornado. Arrangement!)
wero made within nn hour for a special
train with tho adjutant general and a
number of his men who sturted for the
scene of tho storm, arriving at Omaha ut
3:45 a. m. In hopes that the disaster had
"As soon us It was daylight In several
automobiles we visited tho part of the
city that had been swept by the storm
and found It even worse than reported.
To form tin Intelligent idea of the number
of dead and wounded at this tlmo would
be impossible, or to make an intelligent
estimate of the 'financial loss,
"Suffice It to say there are several
miles of the residence portion of the city
which is a complete, wreck and ruin.
Some of tho district was the best resi
dence district, as well ns a portion which
was the homes of many of ordinary
means. It was a pitlablo sight to see
peoeple wandering u round apparently
dazed, while dead bodies and crippled
people wero beliife" tuken from the ruins.
"All is being done that ctin be accom
plished to make those without homes
Telephone Girls Give
Most Remarkable Heroism During Storm
When the panic raged the fiercest dur
ing the period of tho storm tho twenty
five girls doing duty as night operators
at what is known as tho Webster street
station, between Twenty-second and
Twenty-fourth and Lako street, displayed
Every girl stuck to her switch board,
while every window In the building
crashed In, shotting the shattered glass
across the room in everj; direction. Many
of the girls had Jlielr faces and hands
cut nnd gashed with the flying glass,
but to a girl they stuck to their switch
boards, answering calls, making connec
Ten Bodies Are Removed from the
Eight bodies ' mure of Colored, wll
known in tho north part of the city, were
taken from tho ruins of tho Idlewild
pool hull, making a total of ten. They are
Scott Barber. George Hansen, Lloyd
Glover, Tom Johnson, George Hamfat,
Sciiny Ford, Charles South and a man
named Dunn. The corpse of C. W. Dil
lon, the proprietor, was found early in
the morning. The bodies were all more
or less mutilated and were removed at
once to the Obee undertaking parlor at
Five Public Schools
Five, pubjlc schools were out of com
mission because of the storm. At the
Lake kdiool, Nineteenth and Lake street
there war not a whole window left in the
structure, which Is one of the largest
schools In the i lty
Columbia sr hool had one corner of the
roof lifted and then driven down through
Just Like Cardboard Houses
, . ,
-Photo by Tho Bee's Staff Artist
comfortable, and the city authorities uro
uslng'every means to prevent looting and
cribbing. I desire to commend tho mayor
and city authorities for their prompt
"On reaching this section of the city
by daylight I found It well patrolled by
police" and It lequlred tho authority of
the mayor before we were allowed to
pass tluou'li on our trip of Inspection.
"Mayor llartinau Is to bo commended
as well for IiIp prompt action In render
ing IiIr services', nnd 200 government
troops are nldltlg the mayor In keeping
order and preventing looting In the dis
trict. Unfortunate as the city and peo
plo are In this storm. 1 am receiving
telegrams from different states, as well
as from prominent citizens In the state,
offering to help In a financial way tho
unfortunate victims. The citizens are
opening their homes and It would appear
to mo that they will be able to tempor
arily provide for these unfortunate peo
pie. At the present time there have
been recovered from the ruins more than
100 dead bodies and the hospitals and
prjvate homes report something over 250
wounded. Property loss, In a rough es
timate, is from $2,500,000 to J4,000,000. It
Is also estimated that thero aro from
1.500 to 2.600 buildings wrecked.
tions and with bleeding hands mantpu
latlng the plugs with greatest swiftness
Hundreds of people In the neighborhood
rushed to this exchange building, think
ing 'It appeared to be the most substan
tial building In tho neighborhood. Thero
was great panic among the people who
took refuge there, and while women and
children screamed and wept In wildest
hysterln, the exchange girls worked
patiently on at their boards, giving In
formation and making connections ns
bes't they could with the crippled wires,
thus aiding wonderfully in the rescue
Side Idlewild Pool Hall
SMS Lake street.
Men assisting in the rescue work say
that' they expect to find at least twenty
more bodies in the ruins of the pool hall.
Bodies of three other colored persons
weie found ut noon by searchers and re
moved' to Obee's. They aro Mrs. Odes,
Parks, 3310 North Twenty-fourth street;
unidentified man killed at the Abernathy
rooming house at Twenty-fifth and Bur
uette streets, Marie Lindsay, 1413 North
i Thirtieth street.
Damage by the Storm
the second floor to the lowsr floor.
launders school hfad one corner of the
roof blown off.
Beall school suffered the loss of the
roof ami the chimney.
School was dismissed at the Edward
It'isewufr -r, n because the heating
plant Could nut be pcruted an account ut
i the electricity, beinx shut oft
Altogether Too Close for Comfort
Committees Organize to Carry On
the Relief Work for the' Sufferers
According to CO. Itosewutcr, sccie
tary of tho citizens' relief committee, the
damage done and tho relief necessary
will be ascertutued within tho next
7. M. Uulld of tho committee has been
directed to secure the house numbers
and names of tho Injured In tho cyclone
district. Ho will be assisted by a large
committee which will meet nt the Cum
A committee of sixty, organized In
squads und stationed over twenty-three
districts created In the wrecked section,
will work under cuptalus to secure tho
names of those living there. J. M. Guild
will direct the work.
Itohert Cowell will take charge of all
funds. Police Commissioner ltydcr nnd
Negro in' Theater Ruins is
Dug Out Alive and Entirely Unhurt
John Brown's body lay smoldering In down and found a colored man pinioned
tho heap as the crowd went marching by. ! tight A little more digging and they had
That Is what everybody thought until ' him out, safe and sound, not a bonu
John Brown's body cumo rushing out ot
the ruins and sped on down tlio street
as fast as two good legs could carry It.
John Bruwn was one of thirteen persons
caught like rats In a trup at the little
moving picture theater on Lake street
near the corner of Twentyfourth when
tho tornado came. The building crushed
llko an egg shell and not n body was
visible ns one stood casually surveying
But at 6 o'clock this morning Just
twelve hours after tho storm a man was;
heard crying In subdued tones from be
neath the brick and mortal' und lumhci.
IlcBCUers rushed to the spot. They dug
Homes Wiped Out Soon After Their
New Owners Have Purchased Them
Dwlght IC. Elllngwood, the wholesale
lumber dealer residing at 124 North
Thirty-seventh street, hud un exjterlenco
almost the reverse of the one that befell
Judge W. W. Slubuugh, who had sold
his residence, which was tntully de
stroyed lust week.
'Hie home In which the Hlllugwoods
resided and the Gould Dletz home, a
block away, weie converted Into kindling
wood. And Elllngwood, like, most of the
Beautiful Bemis Park is Now a Scene
of the Most Dense Destruction
The comer at Forty-socond and Hainey
Is about as complete i let of ruins as can
bo found along the entile length of the
But If one Is looking for the dttnsjty of
destruction, lie may find It In beautiful
Bemis park, nut as bud. of course, as on
the north side.
The tornado entered the park at about
Thirty-sixth iind Cuming, gaining frosh
Impetus, apparently, us It dropped frag
ments of ruin in front of the Wltse resi
dence there and leaping on over the
ftuniilng on a dlagona' life frmn
Thli ty-fourth nnd Cuming it torn It way
throuxh the sukA lurlnx wute wfaaU
TOWN OF YUTAN STRUCK
BY STORM AND WRECKED !
Fifteen Ueportcit Ornd mill Forty
PrrimiK Injured, nnd llrnvy Prop
erty l.o" n Uelitt of TwUtcr Xenr
Tee n'o dei', RJil'tnbir InJ irctl and tho
town wrecked by ft tr!ilte- that Pnssed
o"r .f- io'Vii f-T"tm !at! StlmAy
fter-po'i. TJi' jirtaict'W b"jrlnflfi'"hotter3
were thuwn IntD the reew tfful Intfay
rrs!d. i cc-s were dwr.e'.itied. To mak
ina't i wors. ,flre broke Oft in tfia
nt.' -,i . r to'rt'i. Vu'ill 1 on the
Vet l'liv fle rtkil. ntJ Vd
M .. t MX-'A'.6Mv.ti'! bAay.
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V I t -lnbRUisti. iuitC- iurt.
Si '. :rv. fniOtUflf'd sKtll. .
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V" leyn. . , ...
W- it- Kaydcn,, !eK Sroken. ,
M'. Krcd Hayilcn.bH'Hy liu;t.
I.'ted Ohms' naoy, biUtv. ,hu-t.,
TN Vmivii dead Hlnewhete:
BU1Y U.fUH,Ti:R OK m-:. N1
MKb. K.KL) OH.VK, Hilled' on ?arni near
C U. Itosewutcr will pure I ni no needed
supplies. E. F. Denhlson of tho Young
Men's ChiiBtluu association, will -seu' that
thu, homeless arc housed.
Health Commissioner It. W. Council
and the entire city health department
will have churge of the work of ca'rlnif
for tho Injured. All heads of cotrimlttoes,
with tho exception of Mr. Guild's, will
have offices In tlio city hall, where head
quarters havo been established In tlio
offices of city commissioner.
"Wo Want every ono who is sheltering
nny citizen who was in tho storm to re
port to the city hall at once," said Sec
retary Itosewutcr. "Wo will iirrnngc a
lost and found bureau In order to locate
the missing and account 'for 'the dead
"It was John Brown, or as he called
himself, for . ho was too scured to stop
uud parley about names and things.
"What held you in there?" someone
"The whole building," he replied, "the,
whole thing was on top of me. That wan
once when I was a white coon."
And when told he .was the only one to
get out alive, he lit out over the ruins
and awny, shou(lng, "Guess I'se a lucJiy
Three corpses wero then excavated from
tho ruins and tho search postponed till
losers, had no tornado Insurance on
cither house, making Ids loss toUil.
Ilev. Julius Sch war hud u similar ex
perience. He had Just completed pay
ments for tho purchaso of his two-story
home, tho old Powell residence. Nine
teenth avenue and Locust streot, nnd
was occupying It with his family, and
tho roof and muoh of tho upper story
wero removed nnd tho I'ousu otherwise
demolished. And he had no tornado in
surance. seems to be sooies of haudsuliio homes.
One of these was the largo brick struc
ture erectod by the lato Tolf Hanson,
which crowned the Jutting hillock where
Hawthoine avenue rounds Tnlrty-fuu'rtli
street. From there along ihjqiifrh the
thick cluster of houses out onto Thirty
third, went the ravishing' wind.
The mlrncle K not that a "few were
kilted, but that hundieds escaped. Gaz
ing upon the ruin. rucked ground one Is
struck by that thought'
It will be u long time hefoio Bemis
pntk will be the complete forest that It
wa". fo this path or drstrU' tlou spared
not u tree, which hue b?tn the pride ot
that beautiful district .
Citizens Respond Generously to the
Call for Aid for Tornado Sufferers
City commissioners pated nn ordinance
appropriating $.iXl for relief work
Citizens present at the meeting orgnnlzed
nnd Slfi.OuO more was donated. A citizens'
telli'f committee was organized, composed
of fifty citizens and an executive com
mlttie of seven to work with the seven
Governor Morehead notified Mayor
Unhhimn that he would scud a special
iimM'ige to the legislature asking for tho
upproptlutlou of sutlli'tcpt funds to cam
for the iiqinelrsn throughout the rtnte.
Police OommlsMuner Ilyder Istucd or-
f'lcrs for nit saloons In the vi.-tnlty ,f
I he wrecked district to rciimln closed Un
til further tiot're.
Mayor tnhtiuan created the following
control districts for the troop nnd mili
tia now on guard about the ruins. Klrit
district, along Sherman nvcuilo and
V.uy strttt; Information s'atlons at
Sherman dud t'orhy and Twenty-fourth
and Ohio. Hecond district. Twenty-eighth
street wot ujid south to California; In
formation stations at Thirtieth and Sew
ad and Tlilt t -third nnd Cuming. Third
district. California, south und west, in
format'eu fictions at Thirty-fifth and
Dodsre and Thirty-eighth and California
nnd Forty-third and Leavenworth.
. Cots will be placed In the Auditorium
und thosu without shelter will bo housed
there. The city purchasing agent has
arranged for enough beds to euro for
all those who ran sleep In tho nudltorium.
The KIKs rooms havo been thrown open
to the homeless nnd the Union Gospel
mission will provide seventy. five men
The citizens' committee has asked the
newspapers to accept donations nnd turn
the money over to the committee for dlB
trlbution. T. J. Mahouey has been named
chairman of the committee, C. C. Itose
water, secretary, nnd Hubert Cowell,
Following the meeting in tho council
chamber tho executive committee, con
sisting of T. J. Mahoney, K. F. Donlson.
ltobert Cowell. C. C. Hosowater. J. M.
Woman's Cries for Help
Mrs. James D. Hogg, wife of tho local
goneral ngont of the Jtitlesvlllo Machltio
company, was suffocated by gas In tho
cellar of her home at 3411 Cuming street
Sho was pinned by tho neck by a piece
A rescue party composed or T. J. Cro
nln. A. O. Hclirocder. James Panooh nnd
Fireman Joe Cohnell, worked dosper
ately to roach her beroro she died, but
wore prcvontod from doing1 so by the
Ron which escaped from the broken pipes
and by tho mass of timber which bnrred
Mrs. Hogg's voice could bo heard by
the rescuers and for fifteen minutes be
fore she died she conversed with them.
She begged pathetically for the men to
"Something Is holding me by the neck,"
she cried. "Can't yon cotnn? Can't you
save me? I nm choklnv. If Is tho gas."
"The Strife is O'er," Sang Cassius ,
Shimer He is Dead Church is Destroyed
"Tho strife Is o'er, tho battle lone; the
victory of lite Is wo i." ijuntr Cuirjltls
Shinier of lit! South Forty-second street
at tho Baxter services In McCaho Metno.
dlst churcji Sunday morning. Many in
tho congregation afterward remarked
that It was the best ho had over sung;
that ho had put sentiment nnd earnest
ness Into tho song.
"The powers of denth have done the'r
worst, but Christ their legions hath out
burst," ran tho second verne, sod there
wero some, because of tho enrnestness
and the sweetness of his tone, who
thought upon Its meaning.
Very Much Like
Lnke street and vicinity resemble a
battlefield after a terrific conflict when
daylight, gray and dismal, lighted up the
destruction which followed In the wako
of the awful onslaught ot the raging tor
inn de Sunday night.
Bodies stretched out side by side on
tho ground, covered with strips ot tar
pulln, soldiers patrolling the ruined dis
trict and tho thousands upon thousands
of people, crowded us near tho ruins and
dead ns possible, greeted the dawn ot
Distracted relatives, anxious friends and
neighbors rushed to and fro In the ruined
district, inquiring for brother, sister 'or
close friend, who hud been in the storm,
fearful of whnt might be their fate, hut
hoping by some mlrncaln they escaped
from the death dealing monster.
Nearly 100 bodies were laid side by side
on the floor of Coronor Crosby's under
taking establishment. Many of tha bodies
Freak of Storm Takes Hat from the
Closet; Puts it on Prof. Hunt's Head
The biggest freak story yet told of the
storm's caprices was the experience of
IYof. E. W. Hunt. 833 Cuming street,
who, after the storm was over, found
himself wearing a hat that was hangllis
In tho closet before tho house was blown
over. When ho arrived homo sh tiy
before tho terrific wind began to blow
he placed the hat and coat he had been
wearing upon a chair and then went
downstairs to tell the family of Mrs. Com
His Life Saved by.Holding Onto
One of the Doors of His Residence
Oscar Curlson, night cashier ot the
Calumet restaurant, residing at Forty
fifth and Leavenworth streets, had his
life saved In a peculiar way. When the
storm approached und the wind began to
blow o hurricane, he attempted to look
outdoors and In resisting a sudden gust he
Des Moines Sends Doctors and Trained
Nurses to Omaha on a Special Train
Forty-four surgeons and sixteen trulned, ports of the disaster Immediately dis
nuraes with four newspaper rclmrtrrs are j patched on a special train all surgeons
here from Des Moines to assist In the and nurses avalluble with Instructions to
work of caring for the Injured The Des' placo themselves ut the disposal o( the
Malnts CfliamctClal club, heorjmr xiret re-J div health department of Omaha
Guild. T C. Bymo nnd Father Williams,
met and began planning the system ac
cording to which It will work.
"Omahn never has been found wanting
nnd her people will not fall nt this time."
Fo snld a dozen prominent citizens In
the rounclt chamber at the city hall to
day. "Wo will meet the needs of our people, '
"It you hnvo seen tho wreckage you
know that thero aro many In need." said
Senator J. II. Millard, as ho gave 2,t00
In this calamity we should have r.o
false pride, nnd If the Mute 'i tM to help
us we should sincerely thank the legis
lature and the governor," -said Chairman
T. J. Mahoney.
Many people are homeless outside of
Omaha and tho people of Omuna, noV
raising relief funds, will ask that th
I legislature be most generous to thein, us
Omnha Is more prosperous nnd her cIM
zens nro responding nobly to the call.
Oonntlons at the time of tho orgnnla
tlon ot the committee were ns follows.
Union Pacific. 15.000.
Kllpatrick company, W0.
Omaha Printing company, JM0.
Gns company. J.VO00.
Street railway Company. JMWO.
Omaha National bank, 12,500.
Merchants Nnttonnl bank, JEW.
Mahoney & Kennedy law firm, J500.
Byrne & Hammer company, $.V)0.
Sunder land Bros.. 1500.
J. A. Sunderland. M.
Mrs. K. W. Nash, J2.500.
M. Levy. HJ0.
Father Slelison, $.7).
Nebraska Clothing company, 260.
Ud Johnston, former mayor of South
Peter !xch, $100.
School bourd, 10,0O0.
Other donations are being received
rapidly and before the day Is out the
executive committee will probably be In
possession of from $150,000 to $200,000 for
Mrs. Hogg was In the back part of the
house when the storm struck and she
readied the collar, whlje her husband,
who wus In the front room, was reported
to havo been taken out, Injured, but alive
Next door n similar scene with a fatal
ending was being enacted and the mem
bers o"f the little rescue party were, nearly
distracted by pleadings for help from two
places when their best efforts seemed
In tho cellar of a new house at 8411
Cuming, which like the one next door was
demolished, Mrs. Martha Sore.nson of
Ma I ma. Neb., was found Injured, and
was taken to tho Methodist hospital.
But In this snmo house a boy about 12
ycuts old died. Ills body had not been
recovered this morning. Mrs. Hogg's
body was not recovered till 6 o'clock this
morning, though tho rescuers worked an
swiftly "ns possible, thinking she could be
Cusslus Shimer was. killed when tho
torriudo destroyed" his home. The ohuroh
In which he had sung was badly wreckea.
Friends arc now remarking how appro
priate was his last song. "The Strife is
O'er," the verses of which read!
Tho strife Is o'er, the battle done,
The victory of life Is won;
The Bong of triumph has begun allelui.
The powers ot death have done their
But Christ their legions hath dispersed;
Let songs of holy Joy outburst alleluia.
The three sad days aro quickly sped;
He rises glorious from the dead,
All glory to our risen head alleluia,
a Deserted Battlefield
wero so badly mutilated It was hardly
posslblo to Identify them. Many were
burned, half clothed and disfigured.
All through the day crowds upon crowds
of people besieged the coroner's office.
Inquiring for relatives or friends, for
whom they had anxiously waited during;
the long night to return and when day
light brought no tidings of there where
abouts, sought the coronor's office. Many
viewed the bodies, but their fear of find
Ink them among the dead did not ma
terialize, and they loft the death chamber,
hope kindled anew for the safe return ot
thuso they sought.
Women becamo hysterical, men broke
down and sobbed and little children
walled, us they discovered among the
dead some relative. Tho coronor's of
fice presented a patheilo scene Indeed,
with the bodies strewn about the floor,
more arriving each hour and Identified
bodies being taken away by relatives
Curtis that a cyclone was coming and to
get Into tho basement. They preceded
him down and Just as he was In the hall
way of the first floor the second story
wus blown off and when he came to from
the shock he found his hair full of mortar
from the brick wulls and a tan hat that
had been hanging In the closet of Ilia
room on his head. The house was ruined.
The family members were all bruised,
hut escaped serious Injury,
clung tenaciously to the door. The next
thing he knew he was out In the back
yard with the door on top of him, and
when he arose and looked around ho
found himself strangely alone. There
was not a house in sight as far aa ho
could see In the semi-darkness, and out
side of a few bruises, he was all right.
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