Clipped From Muskogee County Democrat
• . . AKs'oct.vod Press Chicago, March 19.:—The most devastating stomi in nearly half a century swept thvoug-h portions -of six mid-western states yesterday, collecting a dead and injured toll estimated at upwards of 3,000 and causing property damage of many millions. So prostrated were portions of Illinois and Indiana through which the tornado traveled in a series of-erratic- hops that definite figuirs on loss of life and property were impossible early, today, although available reports trickling in from territories in which communication virtually was cut off added to an increasing casualty list. At dawn the reported death list stood at nearly 1.00, while approximately 3,000 were injured. 1,000, while approximately 3.000 were injured. _ Several towns in the path of the twister, which apparently came out of the Ozark hills, due to low. barometric pressure in Arkansas and.first struck at Annapolis, Mo., which virtually 'was destroyed, while fire in many piaces added to the horror and havoc. So-terrific was the force of the storm that bodies were: reported carried a mile, '.while timbers from.the wrecked town :Of Desoto, 111., were found in Duquoin, fifteen miles away. The greatest loss of life, according to available reports, oc- curred in southern Illinois, where more than 500 were reported killed as the tornado tore northeastward through Murphysboro, West Frankfort, Desoto and other of the larger towns of the .-area. , Eighty-Eight Children Dead At Desoto a school house was razed, only three of the 250 occupants reported escaping without injury, while eighty-^ight bodies had been taken from the ruins last night. The main path of the tornado was less than 200 miles in length j but divisions of the twister hopped off in sevei-al: directions. Staiting from Annapolis, the storm moved northeast and after striking two other towns on the Missouri side of the Mississippi river, jumped over into Illinois, traversed that state, (divided near the Indiana state line and spent its force in southern Indiana and northern Kentucky.