Louis Tisch in St. Louis, MO on 30 June 1896.
SAW THE TORNADO. Four St. Louis Barbers' Graphic Description of the Twister. Declare That the Big - Black Funnel Followed Pillar of Flro and That Fiery Arms Shot Ont In . Every Direct io a. ' Up on the top floor of the Wainwright building there is a neat little barber hop. presided over by Louis Tisch. Tho barbers in the building, Tisch, G. C. Adams, John B. Huppert and A. Bust saw the storm from start to finish, and they tell a most remarkable story about it, says the St. Louis Bepublic. They say that it was nota funnel - shaped cloud fcuch as is commonly pictured as being the shape of a tornado. Each solemnly swears it was a horizontal black oloud that moved " through the city with a twisting motion, like si screw, faster than any railroad train that ever ran. Preceding the black cloud was a dense yellow cloud that looked as though its interior was a mass of flames. From out of this cloud hot long flrey arms in every direction, and wherever one of these arms struck something went to pieces. Tisch compares the cloud to a big serpent that wriggled along up in the air and thrust out a multif orked tongue, as though in anger. . Shortly before the storm broke, Huppert went up on the roof, and came back with the information that there was a tornado in sight. Bust followed him, and came back with a confirmation of the report, and then the two barbers went out and saw the grand marshalling - of the storm In the western skies. When the rain began they came down into the shop, and the last they saw a they were coming through the cuttle was the advance guard of the tornado as it came in from the southwest. The barber shop is at the southeast corner of the building, and all around It are little windows, round, like the portholes in a ship. The barbers stood at the south windows and watched the tornado from the time it appeared, away off to the southwest, until a portion of it rolled up against the building and made them wish they, were somewhere else. Tisch says they saw houses and business blocks go down before It, their view of the destruction it was wreaking being made plain by the yellow cloud of fire that preceded the storm proper. He is sure it crossed the river some distance below Park avenue, switched around when it got nearly to the Illinois shore, and started directly up the stream. ., In this he is borne out by the statements of the others who were watching it. Just as they were getting ready to move around to. the - east windows, in order - to observe the passing of the storm up the river, a gust of wind and rain that shook the building came along, and they were In the midst of the storm. When next they saw the river and the city" below, the storm - had passed, and the rain was falling straight down. They saw dozens of wrecks floating down the stream, and on, the other side saw all the steamboats blown away from the harbor and piled up along the bank, r Then came the second storm, followed by the St. Louis Wooden Gutter company's fire, which they saw from - their airy observatory. It was late when they went down, after three hours otT uninterrupted excitement. A colored boy named Mose is one of the valued attaches of the shop, and he was one of the spectators when the awful cloud was first seen. He instantly started for the ground," and he got there in a hurry. He forgot about - the elevators and made a. slide, it is averred, down ten flights of stairs. No amount of persuasion could get him back to the shop that night. Next morning when he was being twitted about having run away from the storm, he remarked : " "Oh, there was others. I '