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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (March 30, 1913)
THE OMAHA SUNDAY BBEi MARCH 30, 1013.
In the Track of the Tornado
Old Love Letters
In the Track of the Tornado
Among othtr trophies carried off by
the tornado was a bundle of long
treasured love letter belonging to Miss
Agnes Holland, one of the well known
Holland Sitters, dressmakers, whose
home was completely wrecked
"1 don't know whether to rejoice or
mourn over those letters." confided Mien
Holland to n friend. "I don't know why
I saved them. My sister has tensed me
about them and urged me to destroy
them, and I Have been suveral times on
the point of burning them up, but Just
couldn't. Perhaps this Is the best way
to be rid of them, after all."
UNION PACIFIC OPENS
Tho relief department of the Union Ta
rlflr has been opend In rooms on the
third floor of the headquarters bulUllnr
Ilellof Tent at Forty-oiglith and Leavenworth P
and placed In chargo of Vr. Mlllennr,
who Is working In conjunction with the
general relief committee
A large number of the Union Pactflo
employes Were losers by reason of tho
tornado and from the relief department
their wants ara supplied. They are to
celvlng coal, provisions, wearing apparel.
bedding and household goods. After they
are takn care of the surplus la turned
over to tho general committee
The articles contributed are all by
Union Pacific people and gancrally aru
In excollent condition, everything being
renovated and tho garments mended and
made ready for wear.
Cltijd Snving Institute, Showing Window from Which Bnhy was Mown
(Continued from Page Two.)
J. Byrno nnd C. C. llosowater, and an
cxccutlvo board of thoso three, with T.
J. Mahonay, Father John Williams,
Mayor Dahlman, Commissioner J. M.
Guild of the Commercial club and City
Commissioner Dan 11. liutler.
Depots for Itrltef.
These men took up tho task of organiz
ing tho relief work and stayed with It.
They established nix relict stations as
follows, with the men named In chargo;
W. L KlcrBtead, Station No. 1 Sher
man avenue and Looust street.
Joe lCclloy, Station No. 2 Twenty
fourth and Ohio streets.
John U MoCague, Station No. 3-Thlr-Uotli
and Seward streets.
X, P. Redmond, Station No. 4 Thirty
third and Cuming streets.
George II. Kelly, Station No. 6 For
tlotll and Farnam streets.
T. A. Sunderland, Station No. G-Forty-ighth
ond Leavenworth streets.
Tho Auditorium was made the general
depot for reocivlng and dispensing cloth
Ing and provisions and has been the
busiest sin glo place, perhaps, In the city.
Tho newspapers speedily lent their facili
ties for distributing Information .as to
the ways and means of relief and re
ceiving money for the same purpose. The
result was that within twenty-four hours
almost every element of the city's popu
lation waB working In systematic co-operation
with eaoh other toward the com
mon end of relieving distress and suo
coring needs. Automobiles by the scores
xvero volunteered by their owners along
with men to run them for the use of the
relief forces, and many men Jumped In
With timely and active assistance to do
their part wherever assigned. Churches,
sooletlea and olubs toolc up the work and
Joined hands 'with the ctvlo organisation.
Women by the dozens left their homes
and came to the front valiantly to per
form a part which only women onn per
form. Many went among: the victims to
find out ihelr needs and then to supply
them. From these various sectional
depots of supply every portion of the dis
tressed district waB reached.
Financial Aid for Bnfferers.
Money began to come In voluntary
taibsorlptlons at once, though no such
amount as will be needed has yet been
received, chiefly because the relief com
mittee has not had time to devote tts
attention to a systematic canvass. When
this Is done, it is assumed that liberal
subscriptions will come In. Proffers of
financial aid are coming from outside
cities and have been accepted by the
Commercial club, speaking for tho city.
It Is estimated that not less than JSOO.OO0
will suffice to meet the emergency needs
of those In distress.
Sorrowful Slubts In Plenty.
Snow falling so soon upon the hoels of
the tornado and covering the ruins, not
only Intensified the suffering, but greatly
complicated the work of rescue Yet this
did not stop or even lag, It has been
prosecuted with a ceaseless vigor from
the start, of necessity If suffering was
to bo relieved In any measure. One of
the pitiful spectacles of the first day or
two after was a person who had lost
his all digging In the debris of what was
onoe his home, perhaps only an humble
cottage, perhaps a stately dwelling, for
aught of clothing or furniture, whloh
might as much as furnish a respectable
souvenir of his fate, for large nrtlcles
were actually ground to shreds or pulp
by the twisting storm and clothing ripped
and torn Into threads.
But sadder yet and more solemn to
see were the slow-treading funeral pro
cessions winding their stately lengths
fcTA. there, in every direction leading 1
t a ownetery. Fifty-two funerals were j
held In one day. Undertakers were
ri.siitil day und night to tho very ut
most to nocommodate tho reluctant de
mands upon thorn. And fresh graves
were dug as fast ns skilled hands could
dig to swell the population of these cities
of the dead.
Ministers of the gospel havo shared
In this work of meroy. Karly Monday
they could be seen going among their
parishioners, stricken In body or purse
by tho ill wind and, of course, many
were called to the bier, whothcr of their
flock or not. All whoso business It Is
to minister to tho woes of mankind have
worked assiduously this week. The real
work Is not yet begun, the work of re
habilitation. With tho approach of spring
building Is expected to take on a big
rush nnd go as fast as possible on Into
the autumn and winter, for the wasto
pllicea must be repaired with new homes.
Driiiitiiiln for In tt-llln-'nco.
One of tho Inovltable features of suoh
a calamity In to b cut off from outside
communication and Omaha was not per
mitted to escape this handicap, Tele
phone and telegraph wires went down and
for noma hours the city was virtually iso
lated. But communication wtvs soon
caught up, and then began to pour In
upon tho peoplo streams of telegrams
from all directions and sections of the
oountry. Thousands wlBhed to know of
friends nnd dear ones In the strloken
Omaha nnd telephono nnd telegraph
workers wore literally swamped, with all
the extra farces thoy could summon, for
days with the demunds. While the In
coming truffle swelled the outgoing kept
purn with It. Dut the spirit of sympa-thutli-
hi'lifuinx.i nssertiiig Itself from
tho flist starved a great purpose In pa.
tleneo ami fortitude.
Newspapers In large cities, upon th
first advice of the tornado, began to die
patch reporters this way nnd soon there
was ti numlrar of them from abroad ply
ing their craft with local newspaper men
over the tumbled tracts of desolation.
House Hit Hard,
Easter Eggs Saved
who denies tnat every cloud has a
silver Hntng7 The children nt tho Ax-
tell houso, on Fortloth near Howard,
celebrated Easter In the good, old-fash'
lonod way, and Just before tho tornado
struck, tho little girl, Anne, hnd set her
basket containing twelv beautifully
colored Easter eggs, down on the floor
In tho living room. When the recon
nolteting was done after the wreckage,
the baskot was found carefully deposited
right side up In tho next room with eight
of the eggs not even oraoked, the other
four eggs having been lost In transit.
Srta Offer me Transportation The
oltlsens relief committee rocelved a
telegram from tho agents of the Erie
railroad at New York stating circulars
are being Issued to agents and contrac
tors offering free transportation over
Its lines for sufferers In the recent tor
nado and flood disasters and supplies for
nd Fire Insurance
714 BRANDEIS THEATER BLDG.
PHONE DOUGLAS 423.
Ph.ne Douglas 780
VINCENT D. DERMODY
440 Bee Bulldlnf.
BRING STANLEY TO OMAHA
Robert Stanley, general manager of tho
Colorado Yulo Marble company, stopped
In Omaha coming In from Now York,
where ho was on Kantur day. Kindlng
tho oxaggorutcd reports In the Nw York
papers, Mr. Stanley was led to bvllnvo
Omaha had been practically wiped off
the map nnd had telegraphed his com
pany In Colorado to postpono tho ship
ment of a train loud of marblu Just about
ready to start for Omaha. Upon reaching
this city, Mr. Stanley telegraphed tor tho
shipment to bo made. Mr. Htnnley stgnori
n contraat Involving tho mnrblo conntruc-
tlon of tho new community mausoleum
In tho West Lawn enmotory, the local
contractor being Itobort Hutke.
Bncrod Heart Convent, Thlrly-slxth nnd Burt Streets
CHICKENS CARRIED LONG
DISTANCE IN TORNADO
White Leghorn chickens, belonging to
John W. Ftfad, for years city lond alerk,
havo been found slnoe tho storm scattered
along the track of tho tornado as far ns
Carter lake. His ohlcken ranch Is nt
Forty-eighth and Castcllar and ho has i '
man In charge. The ohlcken house toolt 1
tho northeasterly dlrnotlan with tho
storm and chickens went high nnd dry (
wun mo wina.
They are blooded fowl and Mr. Fead
feels that hp can recognise them among
a thousand, lie declares some hnvn bven
found alive and welt, although minus
many feathers, In the vicinity of Carter
Was About to Bent Houses Bostrcyed
H. H. Holcnmb, general freight agent
of the Burlington, has brought his
family over from Chicago, but has given
up all hope of finding a house to oocupy.
He had one or- two In view, but thev
were destroyed by the tornado and now
ho expects that he will have to board.
Bcono In Uomls PnrK District
WE wish to extend to the public our sympa
thy, and assure them that we have done ,
are doing and are willing to do everything in our
power to help and advise them in their task of
rebuilding their homes.
Your experience of the past week has proven that GAS
for ILLUMINATION is, not only the most reliable light on
the market today, but that the WELSBACH GAS LAMP
gives a steady white light and is the nearest approach to day
light. It is recognized by doctors as the only light that will pro
tect your's and your children's eyes when reading or studying.
Our services during the storm never faltered. You had
light and fuel for cooking. Our men did their work in the
path of the tornado, quickly, quietly and courteously.
Our sales force will be glad to consult and advise with you
in reference to equipping your house for gas.
Stop and consider your experience of the past week and
have your house equipped for gas the service that never fails.
We wish to thank our patrons for their past patronage and assure them
that our first thought is the service we give them, and it is this service we
are always trying to improve
OMAHA GAS CO.
Phone Douglas 605.
1509 Howard Street
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