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PAGE TWO ALTON EVENING Havoc Wrought by Tornado; Towns Levelled by Terrific Windy Wreckage Blown Miles 'Tornado Breaks at Worst Hour, While Children Are in Schools and Men and Women Congregated in Factories and Stores. By Aasoclated Press. CHICAGO, March If.—Tho most 'devastating storm this country hns experienced In nearly hnlf a century swept through parts nt nix midwest- ern states last night collecting n. dead nnd Injured toll estimated nt upward of 4,0000 nnd caused property dnrn- ago of many millions. So prostrated were portions of Illinois and Indiana, through which the. tornndo traveled In n. series of erratic hops, that definite figures on loss ot life nnd property were Impossible «irly today, although Available reports trickling In from territories In which the communication virtually ivM cut off, added to nn increasing casually list. At dawn the reported death li.it slood nt nearly 1,000 while Approximately 3,0'ifl wero Injured. Hollies Carried a Mile Several towns In the path of the, twister, which apparently rnmo out of the Ozark hills due to low bnrometlc pressure In Arkansas, and first struck Rt Annnpolis, Mo., virtually destroyed, •whllo fire in many places ndded to the horror and havoc. So terrific was tho force of the litorm, that bodies wore reported carried a, mile while, timbers from the •wrecked town of Do Soto, 111., were found In Di(quoln, 15 miles away. The greatest logs of life, according to available reports, occurred in Southern Illinois where more than 500 •were reported killed ns tho tornado tore northeastward through Murphysboro, West Frankfort, Do Hoto nnd other of tho larger towns of tho area, 88 Killed In School At DeSoto a schoolhouso was razed, only three of tho 250 occupants reported escaping without Injuries while 88 bodies had been taken from the ruins last night. Tho main path of tho tornado was Jess thnn 200 miles long, but divisions of the twister hopped off In several directions. Starting from Annnpolis tlia storm moved northeast and after striking two other towns on tho Missouri aldo of tho river Jumped over Into, Illinois, traversed that state, divided near the Indiana state line and spent, its force In southern Indiana ftnd north Kentucky. . Another line apparently moved KOUthcastward from, Annapolis, through Cape Glrardeau, Mo., and Struck, Isolated portions of northern .Tennessee, central Kentucky and Southern Ohio. With Its various offshoots the tor' nado ppparcntly traversed nearly 700 xnllos of territory, although only on the direct path from Annapolis, Mo., to Princeton, Ind., about 165 miles, ;was th&danmgo and loss of Ufa heavy. Tha path of tho atorm apparently was not wide, in places the maximum bo- Ing reported 800 feet. •• ; HoJIcf Being Hushed Whllo' details of the Isolation loft by the storm came in on crippled linos of communication, relief was being rushed Into tho stricken area from many nearby towns. Troops were rushed Jntq the otrlcktin area from many nearby towns. Troops wero rushed Into the district in Illinois on orders »f Governor Len Email, who also Is- .pued nn appeal for aid. 1 It Wns announced that a bill auth- iorizing $500,000 for relief would be In- jtroduced in tho Illinois Legislature to- flay. . !' Loss of life wns reported from 26 Ifowns, mo«t of them in southern Jill- jfiols, but It was believed that death i land destruction visited many others 'In tho storm area from which reports ;tvere still to be received. ( Schoolhouses. churches, armories (and air available places'wero pressed iluto use ns morgues nnd hospitals, iln many Instances it was necessary to move tho dead nnd Injured to nearby towns because ot tho lack ot avail-• jjible places of shelter, r Bonfires wero built to provide light .for workers while In some Instances |»vcn automobile headlight* were used ,i Strikes Without. Waniini; \' t According to reports, the storm [•truck virtually without warning nnd {Inhabitants ot tho territory traversed 'had no time to lleo from Its fury. |l Stories ot tho storm's" erratic bc- [Jiavlor camo from many points. With Jan Irreslslabie energy that crushed j«ntire blocks of buildings, uprooted 'frees, and snapped telephone poles, jtho twister whirled through the nlr 'dropping to earth tlmo and again, 1 Building* wero carried hundreds of jfpft while nt Do Soto iv grain elevator fvas moved intact to tho middle of the I'pad forty feet uwny. t In only ono Instance wns damage to I train reported, nnd it was not clear Whether this resulted from tho storm. ,|!t. Louis and Knn Francisco passenger train number 303 southbound JVCnt into a ditch near .South Greenfield, Mo., and two conchvs overturned I nit no ono w:m reported Injured. 'At Annapolis, Mo., where iho first Jlow fell, every building was wrecked pr.dnmaged with the loss In town cstl- :riftlf>d nt u, half-million dollars. Heavy destruction occurred in three. Missouri .owns, Blehle. Altcnburg nnd capo 3lrardenu, all on or near Iho Missis- Blppl River. Most Damage In Illinois But it waa not until tho storm lumped ucross Into Illinois nnd moved in Into Indiana that its most devustat- nK effects wero felt. three towns 5n Illinois hardest hit » Murpliyslioro with an e.il!iimlcd death llflt of 200, West Frankfort with 100 casualties and De Soto where 100 were believed to have perished. At. leant 200 wero believed dead In Southern Indiana with the, principal d.iningn to Princeton, Griffin nnd Po- soyvlllp, nil reported with death lists of five to 100. The total dead In Missouri at slightly more than n score early today. Twenty-three, deaths were reported In Tennessee. Klght were reported dead In Kentucky. No loss of life wns reported In Ohio. Tbn tornado first hit in Illinois nt Oorhnm, on the Mississippi River, leaving seven dead nnd SO Injured. Tho ntorm then moved through Bush, Thirst, Murphysboro, Do Hoto, Oak- vllle, Tlenton nnd West Frankfort. All homes In Gorhnm, a town of 500, were reported destroyed. .Tho west end of Murphysboro, a clly of 11.000 was completely demolished and was still burning early to. day. Sclionllioiise Destroyed Parrlsh, Illinois, reports snld, was virtually obliterated, with a loss estimated at 80. Duquoln, Thompson- vlllc, Logan and Dubols suffered severely. At De Soto a nchoolhousa wns destroyed with heavy loss of life. Two hundred nnd fifty children nnd teachers wofe burled, fe.w of whom escaped death or Injury. Fire completed destruction of tho fichoolhousn. A school building nlso WBS destroyed at West Frnnkfort but low of life has not been ascertained. This mining tovtjn of 12,000 Buffered heavy loss of life and properly with about one- third of its residential nnd business district demolished. It nlso sow tho destruction of the Orient Mine, second largest In the world. Carbondale, III., escaped damage and was the rallying point of rescue forces. Tho storm, striking Annapolis' at 1:30 o'clock In the afternoon, completed lt» course In a little over three hours. Relief Trains Started Red Cross relief Is being: handled through the central division at fit. Louis. The first Chicago train, organized by tho Chicago Herald and Examiner, loft Chicago last night with 200 doctors, nurscji nnd nsslstants aboard. Tho train carried medical supplies and tents, Most of tho personnel wns assembled through radio appeals. At tho request of Mayor Dover the Chicago Tribune started a financial relief fund with a subscription of Jl.OOO. Yestorday'fl tornndo wns tho nineteenth such disaster since a great storm which swept the. southern states In 1884. Posting New Street Signs Starts Today The work of posting the new city street signs wns begun today under supervision of the city engineering and city street departments. To date, Borne COO of the new street markers have been received. There ware nearly 2,000 signs ordered, and every street Intersection In the city Is to ho designated with new markers. Tho signs nro being shipped In lots of 250 each as fast as they are completed by tho manufacturers. Tho order for tho street signs was placed about a month ago by order of the city council. The successful bidder wns the Auto Sign and Display Company of St. Louis, the same firm which has provided markers for St Louis streets. All of the signs come mounted on a baseboard, and are of nn embossed type, with white raised letters on a blue background. But to the fact that the Bell Tole. phono Company has been eliminating many poles under the reconstruction of the outside plant, the city engineering department has under consideration a plan to erect poles nt: many Intersections to carry tho new signs. On many corners there nro no telephone poles on which nlgns may bo placed. And at ninny points special poles would servo to carry both street markers nnd boulevard stop or other traffic signs. ICmmoiis Locates Wife Kdgar Kmmons of Edwnrdsvllle, who mourned the loss of his wife, who departed from his homo leaving a note and a pawn ticket for bis watch, diamond rlnp and mandolin, bus located her In Jacksonville, where she went to visit her mother for nn Indefinite period, Ho says ho knows where she IB, but did not state whether ho would go after her or not. Danny Moore, the boarder nt a \Vood Itlver hotel, returned yesterday nnd denied (bat ho hud anything: to do with encouraging Mrs. Bmmons to leave homo, lie admitted that ho hud seen her In a casual way on tho street, but denied going away with her. I'lo claimed the mandolin which wns being held at the Wood Itlver boarding house for his board, nnd made satisfactory settlement for his board bill. RED CROSS HERE READY TO HELP STORM VICTIMS Alton Chapter Prepares to Organize City to Respond to Any Call For Assistance. ^Mr. nnd Mrs. William Barton of 100 Kast Broadway have a now ton pound daughter nt. their home, born Batur<lay morning. Both mother and the now daughter nro doing well, The Alton chapter of the American Red Cross todny prepared to organize the. city to respond to any call for nn- sHtnnee, In connection with the relief work In the section of Southern Illinois devastated by tho tornndo yesterday. The first offer of Importance to be forwarded through the local Red WHS from the, Illinois Glass Com Jinny which offered to ship on Rhorl notice n car load of drinking water. The offer wa.»/ mado In response to published Blnicrnents In news despatches that the. waiter supply In mnny of the stricken towns nnd cities had been Interrupted. The plan of tho Glass Company on forwarded to tho divisional office of tho Red Croos at. .St. Louis was to load n. largo freight car with 0 gallon bottles of pure water which would be shipped nt the company's expense. An ofTlcIal ot the company Mated that from 1700 to 21.000 live gallon containers of water could be loaded in a car, depending on the size of tho car available. By shipping water In the large glass containers It would be available for distribution to hospitals, Institutions, or oven private homes. Up to noon, no definite reply had been received, it being stated at tho division office of tho Red Cross that lecauso of interrupted communication, definite needs of the stricken towns wero not fully known. Miss Dorothy Dorsey, secretary of tho Red Cross, spoko to omconls at tho divisional ofllco in St, Louis shortly before noon todny nnd was told that no general call for nslslnnco In form of donations of money would bo sent out before tomorrow, but that Alton would probably be called on within 24 hours. Tho Red Cross Iteops supplies on! hand for use In great disasters and relief trains have been sent from both St. Louis nnd Chicago to take caro of Immediate needs, and further relief work is being pushed as fast as possible. Bt. Louis Is one of three divisional headquarters In tho country. Tho special field representatives of the Insurance companies who wero visiting here yesterday In observance of Firo Prevention Day were called from pleasure to duty by tho storm In Southern Illinois. Tho agents were accompanied to St. Louis by William Feldwlsch, local insurance man, at which place they heard of the storm nnd were ordered to go to the storm stricken centers. Many Alton people are worrying as to tho fate of relatives In the stricken area. J. V. Klnzell of the Dletschy-ITen- derson Floral Compnny Is worrying about tho probable fate of Rome of his relatives near Do Soto, III., which was In'the path of yesterday's'"tornado. He has an uncle and other relatives there, nnd may decide to go ther. Worried as to the situation of relatives nt Murphysboro, Ellsworth Murphy of Alton left this morning by train In nn effort to reach that city and extend them aid If it were needed. Wires wero down nnd no way of getting a message through, ho snld. T. J. Brophy, state, quarantine ofTl- cer, who has been In Alton for the pnnt few days, checking up on small pox quarantine regulations, received orders late last night to proceed to the stricken urea nnd assiat with relief work. Mayor Toennies Not Candidate For Re-election There are two candidates out for mayor of Hartford to succeed A. C. Toennies, who will not run ngaln. The candidates aro Charles W. Brown, a carpenter, and Percy Ray, a foreman at the International Shoo Tannery, Locliycr Heads Music Week Committee J. I.ockyer has been made president of the music committee to plan for the observance of Music Week In Alton, from May 3 to 9. Other officers elected were Miss Mildred Brown, secretary, nnd W. C. Gschwend, treasurer. The Election was held nt a meeting of the committee held last night. Tho committee's headquarters will bo in the office of the Chamber of Commerce. Automobiles Collide. The automobile ot II. C. Lucker ot 1003 State street collided with a truck owned by George Douglas of Brookport, 111., on ICnst Broadway in Yager Park nt S o'clock yesterday evening according to a report to tho police de pnrtment. Mr. Lucker was accompan led by Ills wife anil baby daughter, the family being on their \vny homo nttor a trip to St. Louis. Mrs. Luokor Buffered a fracture of both bones In her right tti'in, and all wero painfully bruised ns result of tho Occident, Tho baby suffered a cut on tho head, but It Is hoped that the child's Injury is not of n serious nature. The car of Mr. Lucker wns badly damaged. According to his statement of tho nod- dent, he saw no lights ou tho truck Which was standing on tho road. Georgo Long, Jr., is In a serious condition at 8t, Joseph's Hospital. I Early this week Mr. LO(^B underwent 1 a surgical operation. Upper Alton Mrs. Henry Tltfle to Entcrtnln Mr*. Jtenry Tlltl<i of Wond River wll lenfertnln the members of the Delta Hlgma society of the Main street M. K. church nt. her homo this evening. The members will meet at the rhnre hat seven o'clock nnd will be taken to Wood lllver In mnch!ne.«. HOIIRO WarinliiB nt Hny Hnllnm Home Tho W. N. Q. cln-w of the Baptist church planned and curried out a very successful surprise party on ono of their members, Mrs. Roy Hallnm, who recently moved Into her now home on Worden avenue. Forty-three members of the clans met nt the home of Mrs. Do r/. Iteld nnd went In a body to tho Hallnm homa where they proceeded to make merry until nearly midnight, HcfrpRhment* consisting of Ice cream nnd cnke in tho green nnd white of St. Patrick, were served. Tho Fanny Crosby Memorial will bn observed Sunday nt the Baptist church, both nt tho morning and tho evening services. Rev. D. T. Magill, the pastor, will spenk briefly on her life nt Sunday school nnd will nt the evening service, devote most of the time to her life and Us work. Fanny Crosby wrote many of the old familiar hymns that aro used so much In tho Protestant churches. It Is said that she composed and wrote about SOOO. The Memorial. Is being observed throughout the country for tho purpose of establishing an Old Peoples' Home nt Bristol, Conn,, where she spent tho latter years of her life. Southern Illinois Hnptlsts Leave For omcs Mrs. Monroe Slsney and Mrs. Middleton left yesterday for their homes in Carbondale and Mrs. Kelly Whitlock, another Carbondale woman, left today. The women were spending a few days hero visiting and, attended tho Rally of the Woman's Missionary Societies which was held nt the Baptist church Sunday. Mrs. Whltloclc Is Dr. Reid's sister. Items From tho Methodist Church. At a meeting; of the Aid Society held yesterday, It wns decided to hold a rummage sale Wednesday nnd Thursday, of next week. Tho Mlzpah class will hold Its monthly meeting next Thursday at the home of Mrs. F. L. Wcis on Bost- wlclc Btrcet. Mrs. Wels will be assisted by her sister, Mrs. Thomas Parker. Old Time Picnic Grounds Gives Way to Residence, Prcporty For many years when "Warden's Woods" was mentioned around Upper Alton It meant a good time. Picnics of all kinds wero held there, Sunday schools, churches and little family gatherings held basket picnics there. This was In the day before tho automobile changed tho whole program of 'living. Now tho picnic grounds Is to become th» grounds surrounding a handsome new resl : dence. R. W. Motzger, now living at 2C15 Benbow avenue, has purchased the "woods" and ho Is erecting a handsome brick bungalow In the center of tho tract, The grounds will constitute the yard around this elegant home. The grounds have been cleared up and cleaned up, tho trees have been trimmed and work of erecting tho house Is progressing rapidly. When completed this place will not only be ono of beauty but with the elegant and extensive grounds about with its large oak trees will attract the attention and admiration of everyone. The house fronts on tho Milton Rond which is soon to bo made a hard road 1£ plans of tho Madison county board are carried out. The tract of ground Is a triangular shaped piece ot land. The road cuts It off from tho main farm across tho road and which was sold recently by Grant Worden to Bishop & Weber real estate company. Tho entire tract is being developed and is being sold Into lots but the little pleco on the west side of tho road Is to be made a spacious real- dence place. Splendid Sermons by Rev. ' Webb at Main Street Mission An evangelistic campaign was started Monday nlsht at the Jameson Chapel on Main street under the auspices of tho Baptist churches ot tho city. Rev.' C. W. Webb, of Madison Is conducting the services which nre being well attended and some powerful sermons nro being preached by Rev. AVobb according to those who have been at the Mission so far this week. Even though the weather of yesterday was about as bad as could be Immaglned there was a good attendance nt the meeting last night and one conversion was tho result of. tho service which concluded this day of unusual weather. hTo subject to be discussed this evening by Rev. Mr. Webb, who Is a Shurtleff college man and well known here Is "Does It Pay To Be a Christian." Vlre Inspectors Inspect School The State Fire Inspectors 'were at Horace Mann school yesterday afternoon and gave the place a thorough going over. Principal Lowry said they never expressed themselves about the condition of the building but, after viewing tho firo drill which was held for them, they said it was good considering the conditions of tho day. The nliirm waa sounded a short time before tho close of school and the children seemed to sense that It was only a drill and they were not overly anxious to get out Into tho storm. Good time WHS made however and the Inspectors were very well pleased. Word From Cyclone Districts Miss Charlotte Stamper, a daughter ot Mr. and Mrs. Bert Stamper of Brown Btreot, Is attending tho Slate Normal school at Carbondalo. Mrs. Stamper said at noon toduy that she had heurd nothing from the daughter since tho cyclone yesterday, but

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  2. 19 Mar 1925, Thu,
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