1893 Tornado Meridian, MS. A lot of family names in this article. - TMalmay

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1893 Tornado Meridian, MS. A lot of family names in this article. - TMalmay - THE DAILY PICAYU3XE 12 THE TOENADO Sweeps...
THE DAILY PICAYU3XE 12 THE TOENADO Sweeps Through Mississippi Dealing ' Death and Destruction. Terrible Losses at Toomsuba, Marion. - Fachnts and the Surround - lug Country. Poreoast Official Eerkam's Uiplana - ' r - tion of the Disturbances. Louisiana Rot a Tornado State Specials from the , Devastated . District. Details have been received of a most disastrous tornado which swept through Mississippi Friday, la the neighborhood f Meridian. Marlon station, on the Mobile and Ohio Ballroad, about five miles from Meridian, was In the direct path of the tornado, and Information from that city tells of appalling loss of life and property. Real - dencea In the northeastern portion were entirely destroyed, among them being the two - story residence of Mrs. Maban. . Mrs. - Meader, widow of Kx - Sheriff Meader, of Lauderdale county, and daughter, Miss Mlra Meader, are reported, as killed, and " their dwelling, which la half a mile from the station, was completely demolished. Among the wounded are Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Harrison, Mrs. Harrison being fatally wounded; George JCaylor and Mrs. - White. Trainmaster K. O. Owen, of the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, was seen by a Picayune man shortly after his return from Pachuta. where the station was completely demolished by the tornado. 'This station," said Mr. Owen, "was valued at about $1500, and Is a total loss. Fortunately none of the employes were hurt, and the - operator and a Kent are now established in - a box car on a side track. Six bouses were destroyed at Pachuta, and many people were hurt, bat the only person killed .was a little boy named John Lovett. 'The most serious damage, according to the reports received by telegraph before I left Pachuta, was at Toomsnba. where It is said forty houses were blown down. lie cispatcn l saw. wmcn was rroin tne operator at that point, said that nearly a dozen persons had been injured by falling timbers, but none killed. Of course. In speaking of any other place than Pachuta. I can only tell you what was told me." . - . . The following dispatch ras received t the general office of the New Orleans . ' N''ffiTOJ?! rTJ w V M 0iiiEE DKVELOPatENT AND ' PBOGKESS OF THE TORNADO. and Northeastern Railroad Company: - "Depot building at Pachuta completely demolished by cyclone at 7 p. m. .Main line is clear, siding is obstructed by heavy timbers, wires all down, line repairers working on the wires, no . employes injured. Passenger trains No. 1 and No. 5 were delayed five hour north ot Metldian on account of fallen trees across the track of the Alabama Great Boothern Railroad five miles north of Toomsuba. - Train No. fi reached New Orleans at 12:45 p. m. No. 1 arrived at New Orleans at 6:45 p. m. Both were delayed from the effects of the cyclone. The cyclone did some damage at Merl - dlan In a southerly direction, but did no leans and Northeastern Railroad, except ' aa above stated. Wires have all been re - paired and trains are moving as usual." i Captala Robert E. Kerkam, forecast i official for Louisiana. ' at the request of the Picayune, very kindly prepared a chart, which shows the development and : - progress of the tornado. - . ; - "By reference to the chart." Bald he, 'It will be seen that the earliest develop - ; ment of this storm, was on the evening of j March 1 in Texas;by the morning of the 2d ! It had moved northeastward to Nebraska, but was of slight intensity at that timet I by the evening of the 2d it. was central over Illinois. Within twelve hours there - after It had formed a storm trough that extended from Texas northeastward to . the middle Atlantic Btatea. but with fair - ; ty well - defined centers over eastern Tex - as. and the second over western Penn - aylvania. From the morning of the 8d to the evening of the 3d there was a concentration of the disturbance over the Interior of the middle Atlantic states, or the west portion of North Carolina, 2nd the morning of the 4th saw the storm on the Atlantic coast, starting in Its path across the ocean. - - In the twenty - four hours between the j morning of the 3d ana morning oi xue .k v,i a rieciaea increase in m Intenaity and movement of this stonn,and to these causes Is also due the very rapid sweep southward of the cold wave that tea over the northwest and west, for It simply required a disturbance of this character to attract the cold winds from such a ridge or bank of cold air southward.. . . "The tornadoes that have occurred in Iioulslana. and Mississippi the past several days are all due to this storm. This section was in the southeast quadrant of the dlsturbaLcc. and it Is in such a direction that tornadoes occur most frequently. - " . "It is a curious fact," said th captain, "that about 80 per cent of all tornadoes move in a direction from southwest . to northeast, and about 10 per cent from northwest to southeast. : The paths of greatest violence vary from 100 to 6tX yards In width, and from one to fifty miles In length. v " While from the vagueness - of the reports from the country surrounding Ma - lion. Pachuta and Toomsuba we are unable to estimate the damage done, or the force of the storm, the three stations referred to must have been in the paths of the greatest violence. - "The progressive movement of a tor - ado is very rapid, seldom falling short of twenty miles per hour, and rarely ex ceeding fifty miles an hour. The gyratory motion cannot be measured nor estimated. Winds that can destroy fifty houses or Bii,r?,. n many minutes, uproot or twist on the largest trees, unroof or destroy the most stable buildings, lift the heaviest locomotives and trains from the !2ivW",lJlak8' nd even raise and carry &om their foundations large iron bridges, "S better imagined than described. w,twt2iof the most destructive of iw?nt7 x tornadoes on record in th EDAred lo MffiSpff, two 45rUiDt7,A5nd one in Noxubee, in the ar?T '!1.coaQ,y happened .! wounded. eW7&prty te IIe0f 2o0.000 was destroyed The second occurred Jure l. "wotLm paS bVlyali lonnk - Mrdi'f P?eme honor , be - la any other! through tornado than ' UIullnl :ika Himnd. Hud 'then comes Iowa. Illinois. Minnesota, Wls - mnttln anA ohl V - "From 1850 to date Louisiana baa bad bnt am tnrnsrft nor VMT On an average,' and therefore take a low rank among the tornado - states. - - - , "Our proximity to the gulf, ' and our equable temperature save ns trom wese disastrous storms, ' . , ".' You must not get tornadoes, or local storms, which nearly always occur in the southeast quadrant of a cyclone, con fused with the - passage of the cyclones tneinseives, wnicn are Th Mlailurinnl tnrnfliin of last Friday, nf whtAh nrorA lust talking, was in the southeast Quadrant of a cyclonic dis turbance. . ' "Tnniailmi nanallv OCCUT In connection wfth nrronr warm winds and at a time when the atmosphere is completely sat urated with moisture, vine cause oi uio tornado formation la generally that of all storm formations an unstable atmospheric equilibrium, due to very rapid diminutions of temperature with alu - tnri. oflntttncf vertically large tempera ture gradients, . or . differences In vapor conditions. - ' , . , . ThuMirMonm - flf utronf mOlSt WlndS produce conditions in the lower strata of atmospnere wmcn irv muw iu and violent change. Such conditions once established. It requires only a Blight predisposing cause to set up a gyratory motion of the air, and the tornado Is the "The gyratory or whirling motion of the tornado forms in the upper atmosphere, as the air currents of the upper Strata are or xar preBier triwiij iunu thnno near the . earth, and the unstable conditions are therefore presumably more marked than below, ana once xormea, gradually descends to the earth.' "In conclusion. I may say that it is impossible to forecast such storms as those we have been 1 talking about, thonirfc warnings ; are invariably ' issued by the weather bureau that a certain sec tion of the country may expect severe local storms." The chart, and Captain Kerkam's ex - nln nation of the - oriirin of such storms, will enable the reader to understsnd more clearly the storm " specials , which Wore received last night from the Picayune's - local correspondents throughout the striken country. - , AT. MERIDIAN. Meridian, Miss.. March 4. Special.) The havoc wrought by cyclones in this section last night is incalculable. The scene at Marion, Miss., beggars descrip tion. . f - Ruin and devastation mark the cyclone's deadly march. "Where onco stood happy homes, now nothing remains, save perhaps a few stray pieces of timber. Giant trees lay locked and interlocked, uprooted and wrenched off to bear witness t the storm's fury. X The tornado struck Marion at about 6 p. m., traveling southwest to northeast. It was described by eye - witnesses as a vhtrlingball of fire and traveled in a zijrzag course. - ' : , , The main track was 300 yards wide, and everything in that track was swept tway. j wreckage of houses being scattered for i in lies along its coarse. , That the loss to human life - was not ' greater ; is wonderful, but can be accounted for in part by the fact that the cyclone struck only the northern portion of ttie town, . which is not so densely . populated. , s , . . The first bouse In Marion In the storm's path was that of Millard D. Hassllc, whtch was completely swept away. Tho far.iiiy miraculously escaped unhurt, Mrs. Hassclle only receiving slight injuries. J. Harrison's was nearly demolished. Harrison was badly hurt by falling timbers: Mrs. Harrison's arm wan broken. and she sustained Internal injuries likely George Nayior's . house was next to be destroyed. Not even the foundations were left standing. His family of ten miraculously escaped with their lives, Nay lor received severe wounds about head ami shoulders. . T - Mrs. "White, his - mother - in - law, was badly wounded over the right temple, and " " thought that ber skull is fractured. recovery is doubtful, Ahe two - story residence of Mrs. Mahan J8 i?ex5 to S. but fortunately no one wa? au'lt - . ' airs. Barnett'a house stood next in the P of the storm. Mrs. Barnett had only a moment s time. Seizing the child, with Tare presence of mind she shut herself f! !os,et; and although the house was 7,eX 'nt kindling wood, they both escaped unhurt. . - nejvieadow homestead was the last t?,,"? J be struck. Here lived Mrs. BrtOB Meadow, 70 years of age. with her daughter. Miss Myra Meadow, aged 40 l??" tilled instantly. Set? fiotner houses and outbuildings were btowo down, and the tornado5 passed 'P.on - to the sw - arnp. uprooting ltaiad 2 uf HobUe and Ohio 1. '2, town, destroying th rr,ri ana Diock - lag the road. ion onian Westbrook, by DromDt effoits, soon had the trackVclear aSS: Marion, the tornado ctT i swath through the - camp nnUl feach - J?fiSS? Hop? narch. two nuies sT wl - lch it wrecked, also destroying itonr wehurt of cblns. NrPer .Mf??ir' neRro Preacher, had his house r.az;ed, to the ground and was himself seriously bruiied. Several other negro cabl in'e wallnfuVt SttSi The Robertson place, five 'miles east of Marlon, was ruined. Old MrsT RobeVtson is severely wounded and can hardly Uve bS 'J? r rtght arm broken right ankle shattered and other severe injuries. Miss Robertson received scalp wounds. Mr Kobertsou. who was holding his baby in bis arms, was struck In the back bv falling timbers and badly Injured. J v KI1UvScottt'? b?use was destroyed and her baby bruised. "u Ben Bancs, a half - mils further east had his house deroofedT eat' Sam Gray, whose place was destroyed ty.,0? ago. bad out buildings taken away. , When thef tornado neared Toomsuba. Miss a small station on the Alabama and Grea? Southern Railroad, twilve tnUes 1om.hTrena..nlDe mUes a8t of Marlon, it disnlaved. Its moat lomnni. . u , The scene here is heartrending In the extreme. Where but yesterday - stood l a - a beautiful vUlagc. to - day U oSly"aheap of ruins. Dwellings and stores were blown down and carried away and the contents scattered to the four winds of w1endeb TCM. own when your reporter arrived and found the Pr People gazing with awe - struck faces their hairbreadth escapes from what seemed certain death, a heart of stone would have melted with sympathy . xor One peculiarity of the ' cvelono ... that at Macon, where It Xton faTriv started, the track was about oOO fliT wide, gradually extending until if reached; a half mile, then mLii narrowing until It had decreaslto "'oS yards. A mile west of Toomsuba the keeton place, densely settled with t cabins, was almost completely approaching, exUngulshed the lights fh2ffhnLia a the west5 Side"f 55 - il8 - Brunson was thrown bv the concussion. : and on risir - lonnd til clothing cut as ' if by a - knife, but '. his akin, waa not acratcnea. J. P. Bheiburn's residence was demolished." Mrs. Shelburn .' was found under the ruins In the kitchen, lying alongside th door, which orotectea ner rrom lail - lnar timbers and saved ber - life. She is covered with painful twrumsea. Rev. J.. F. Bonum, Baptist minister. wife and eight children, demolished, and onlv the babv was lnioreu. Dr. J. O. Knox's drug store was des troyed. Mrs. S. A. JJearmsn residence, rpnprn! merchandise and post Office, can not find enough of ber effects to prove property. - - Mrs. O. C. Boseman's residence was blown away, and several persons were allirhtlv inlured. A. Henderson'and wife escaped unhurt from tneir ruinea awemng. W. Price, general merchandise and dwelling, is a complete wreck. A. J. Price was Injured slightly. J. M. Page's store and general merchandise, and. A. J. Keeton, general merchandise, gin and mill proved - a - total loss. . The Baptist church, a' large frame building, together with 'the. organ and ture, is a total wreck. The academy, with Masonic hall overhead, was destroyed, but the Maaons re covered tneir jewels, records, etc. Three section houses, one occupied by the foreman, T. T. Parr, who was badly bruised, were destroyed. A negro girl in another had ber arm broken. . The depot is a wreck, nothing being left save the floor. - On the south side of the railroad the residences swept away were thoso of A. J. Smith, where the family of four escaped with bruises; C. F. Shannon, slight bruises: Mrs. Lizae Page: Mrs. C W. Hills, and T. W. Hadnett. where the only disaster likely to . prove fatal In Kewanee was received. ' Mrs. Hadnett was struck by a flying spUnter an inch thick and eiarhteen Inches loner, which penetrated from the top of the left shoulder through the back. : coming out beneath the right shoulder blade diago nally across the back. She will probably recover. Mrs. Hill, a visitor, and Mr. Hadnett both - received scalp wounds and bruises. The tornado continued in an easterly direction. - doing no further - damage so - far as heard rrom until near ixewanee, four miles distant, where Robert Walker. colored, had his house blown down and stock . killed. W. H. Webb's house, near Kewanee, was tne last strucK so far as neara rrom. Willie Webb, 15 years old, was killed outrignt. w. u. Webb's hip and thigh were broken. He can hardly live. . Miss Ada Webb was in bed sick and whan the house was struck the bed sank to the ground and protected her rrom tne timDers. .An eye witness of the scene can scarcely realize how a human being could have gone through the wreck and sur vived. The curious are flocking to the scene to nee tne rreaks or the dread destroyer, and hear the survivors relate their ex periences. It is necessary te see to believe that such things could be. Pachuta, Miss., on the New .Orleans ana isortneastern Railroad, twenty - seven miles south of Meridian, was visited by a aestrucuve tornado at :3U last nlzht - As in the case of the Marlon tornado it traveled an east eel y direction, oriirlnat - lng west of Pachuta. A few negro cab ins oetween tne starting point ana Pa - chuta were engulfed and fire added hor ror to tne scene. The Inmates escaped unhurt. The Northeastern ripnot waa fli - ntf tn go ana it was a complete wreck. ine uapnst church was torn to nieces ana ine juetnoaiBt cnurch was damaged. jsirs. - lxjvett s residence was destroyed ton ine lamuy Duriea in tne rums. Johnny Lovett. a 13 - - rear - old Ixrr. waa taken out dead. The remainder of the iamiiy were only - slightly wounded. Dr. Browniee s drug store was unroof ed; Hawkins and Cooper's stores were damaged, the front ends - of each being mown - on, ana several negro nouses on the east aide of town destroyed. - After: traversing a - matter of a mile the tornado spent its force and was felt no more. - - PACHUTA, MISS. Vioksburg. Jlisa., March 4. (Sped&i.V Fscbuta, Miss., nine ir.iles north, was vlf ited last evening, between 7 and 8 o'clock, by a ve?y disastrous. toraad3. The Baptist church, the railroad . depot and one or two dwellings were complete ly destroyed. Dr. Brownlee s office and storehouse. owned and occupied by - . Thompson & Hawkins, prominent merchants, were badly damaged. , A 12 - year - old son of Mrs. Ixrrett was instantly killed, and quite a . number more or less bruised, but not seriously nun. Several neere families report a total loss of household effects with homes and outside bouses. A more strati! ng report is yet expected from other parts of this and adjoining counties. ; . - - . - . - .V AT SUNSET, IA. Sunset, La., March - 4. Special.) The cold wave reached this pi ice last night at midnight,' with a very high wind. Ice v as seen In" severa.7 places The prevent indications are that we will have frost by morning, which will be very damag ing, as fruit trees are in f nil blossom and vegetables of every kind budding. ICE AT MAGNOLIA, MISS. Magnolia, Miss., March 4. (Speclal. Heavy . winds begai blowing last night w . .man hiiTrH - n thin u nrnimr im was found. THE STORM IN GEORGIA. Cdumbus, Ga... March 4. Last night aw terrible windstorm swept across several counties fifty guiles north - of Columbus, aoing great aamage ana causing . consia - emble loss of life. The storm came up from the northwest and struck Green ville, Merriwether county, about 8:30 o'clock, demolishing the business portion of the town, thirty - eight stores and dwell ings being blown down and but three business houses in the whole town left intact. One person 'was killed, a negro woman. . - ! Odessa, a small town near Greenville. la reported to have been completely swept away: six persons were Killed. At Woodbury, ten miles east of Green - ville. houses were blown down.' but. for tunately, no lives were lost. - About two miles from town two negroes and one white child were killed. Many are reported to he serlouslv wounded. At Molina, in Pike county, a church, academy, planing mill, two stores and several residences were blown down. Five lives were lost, a white woman and four negroes. ' . , - . Advices from Piedmont, same county. a few miles distant from Molena. report that only two 'houses out of twenty re main standing. A woman named .Hawkins was killed and her parents badly wounded. Almost everyone in the town was wounded to some extent. It is impossible to estimate the aamage at this time. ... ' TWEKTT DEATHS , REPORTED FROM STORM STRICKEN TOWNS. Atlanta, Ga., March 4. (Special.) The cyclone which struck the town of Greenville last night left not a single building standing, but, strange to say, the only man killed was a negro, ' who had no house in which to live. It was about 8:30 o'clock, when most of the people in the little town of 12U0 lnnaottants nad retired, mat - tne era an of failing buildings awoke them to the wreck by which they were surrounded. It waa an . hour of terror which followed the effort of the stricken people to find out where they were. Courthouse, churches and - residences were all gone. A. terrific rain followed, in which the . houseless people were drenched. The reports which were coming In to - day give many Instances of cas - uaTties involving loss of property - The cyclone entered Georgia, nil Ufa I eorgia, south of j Columbua. and followed two tracks uiroueh the state. . In Piedmont. Mrs. Ross was killed. The Tillage of Rock reports five deaths In that neighborhood. In Troup countythe dead are: James T. Hairston. Sam Henderson and wife. Cullen Fannin and Mrs. Butts; - From Barnes ville comes the news of the death of Miss Daisy Hawkins and two colored children. ". . A telephone message - received to - night In La Grange from Odessa reports six deaths there from the . ntnrm. Th.n - a long list of injured from varlonn narta I many of whom are seriously hurt. - . ' ' - TUSCALOOSA. - Tnscalooaa. Ala. lUiroh re nfi. - J t.h' ZT?T1 f - Pefal.) . . . uj a xearrui I wina ana electrical storm last night, ac - I companled by :hall . stones as laree a gulaca eggs. . The rain fell in perfect torrents, converting streets and roadways Into raging rivers. : A cyclone about 100 hundred feet la I I U de de he

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  2. 05 Mar 1893, Sun,
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