"Dust Turns Day into Night, Closes Schools, Blocks Roads"
m. Dust I urns Day Into Wight, Closes Schools. Blocks Roads Guymon, Okla., February 7 (AP) Swirling "black blizzards" bringing bringing threats to crops and health turned day into night In parts of Oklahoma today while wind-blown wind-blown wind-blown top soil spread its haze over sec tions of Kansas, Texas, and Colo rado. Several Oklahoma Panhandle farmers demanded government relief relief as the dust storm, fourth in as many days, reached serious proportions. proportions. Schools were closed as the dust gloom enveloped Texas County, In the Oklahoma Panhandle. Visibility was zero. Busses were stranded. Highway traffic was paralyzed. Street lights burned dimly throughout throughout the day. There was a shortage of dust masks. Guymon stores sold out their supply yesterday. Southwestern Kansas residents donned the masks for the first time this season at Liberal. Hugoton schools were closed. Health authorities banned all public gatherings and the Stevens County Red Cross Chapter wired a request for nurses to help doctors handle flu and pneumonia which, aggravated by dust, have caused 11 deaths in the last few days in Hugo-ton, Hugo-ton, Hugo-ton, a town of 1,500. The blowing top soil moved into Lamar, Colo., but the dust area of New Mexico reported clear skies. C. D. McBratney, farmer, living near Guymon, said four days of continual dust had filled up wheat lands between hard ridges thrown up to prevent the soil from blowing. Layers of dust settled in Guy mon school rooms as students were dismissed. Teachers said the gloom of the "black blizzard" made itlm-possible itlm-possible itlm-possible for the pupils to study. As Oklahoma wheat blew out farmers called on the government to "give us jobs so we can eat while we battle the dust.". , . 'Texas County gave more than $1,000 for flood relief when It needed the money itself," said L S. Palmer, a farmer living near Tyrone. "The government comes in after floods to rebuild homes. Now we are as bad off as the flood sufferers and nothing has been done for us." first