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1923 Tornado in Alexandria and Pineville, LA. - Tom Malmay
NO. 199. TORNADO DOWN IN LOUISIANA It Swept Down on Pineville and Killed More Than Dozen. EVERYTHING LAID WASTE A Path Swept Through Several Hundred Yards Wide—Big Rains Down There. Xew Orleans. La.. Apr. 3.—Follow-In* In tho wake of nn unprecedented ruin, a tornado early last night swooped down upon the little town ot Plno- vllle, La„ separated from Alexandria by the Red River, killing fourteen persons, injuring at least fifty others and laying wasto everything within Its path, sovornl hundred yards wide. Many of the Injured wen* negroes who wero taken to the 1'nlted Slates veterans Im.-M'ital near Pineville. Residents of Pineville. All nf th0s.> killed were renldetlls of I'lnoville and a nearby Ha .vinill .settlo- nuMit. The number of mlsslnj; had not been determined early tod;iy. All doctors In Alexandria and Pineville, assisted by clti/.ens of the two places, searched throughout the night the ruins of tne fifty or mure houses ruined, for the (lend and injured. Both Alexandria ami Pineville are without electric lights ;>s ;i result "t damage to the power plant at Alexandria. Over Alexandria. The tornado cam' 1 fi'mu the north west and rrossc-ii ov.m - the northern part of Alexandria, damaging a half dozen houses, then swerving tn an eastward i >ouv*o. it swept up the mum street of Pineville. tearing away lite fronts of a row of lion -r\ in the two blocks, demolishing several store* and then moved to the sou'heasr. ripping Its way through another section -of ihe town.