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If $12 Million Destruction Estimated; 1 Ruins Searched for More Victims; 1 A tornado blasted a path of death and destructicin through the heart of St. Louis early yesterday, killing at least 21 persons, injuring perhaps 300 more and leaving an estimated 1400 homeless. .:1 The twisterthe worst here since the 1927 tornado that claimed 76 livesburst on the area without warn- ing at about 2:15 a. m. and swept from suburban Brent- 'ft-41 tit wood to the Mississippi River.

p-i It left a trail of rubble through business districts, I fashionable residential areas and teeming tenement neighborhoods. By nightfall, President Eisenhower had declared --00 112 St. Louis a major disaster area. This qualified the city for federal relief funds. B.

G. Gregory, executive secretary of the Insurance Board of St. Louis, placed the number of buildings damaged at about 4000 and the dollar loss at $12,000,000. Firemen picking through the rubbk late last night found two more bodies, that of Mrs. Belle Buggs, 24, and her son, Lee 18 months, who lived at 4234 Wash.

ington bl. They continued their search in the mountains of debris, fearing other bodies were still buried there. Estimates of the missing range from one to six. The Red Cross set up emergency shelters for the ihomeless in four buildings. Most of the storm victims had found living quarters with rPlatives and friends, ..,...9 however.

Night brought a new cold wave 1 into the area. Temperatures I I sagged far below freezing. Winds Lisi I sliced over the area at speeds.up i to 20 miles an hour. 1 The heaviest toll in lives and 1 I property damage was concen-I i I101111 trated in the same part of thel iI central city where the great 1927! twister went its deadly way. 1 Here's List Of the Known Dead timatad; victims lestructioil ay, killing more.

and 27 tornado lout warn-ban Breni. districts, tenement declared dined the Insurance buildings last night Buggs, 24. 4234 Wash. mountains ried there. six.

for the -m victims id friends, .1 11 'own $12 Million Destruction Estimatad I. Ruins Searched for More Victims, I A tornado blasted a path of death and destructio.p through the heart of St Louis early ') at least 21 persons, injuring perhaps 300 more. and -fi leaving an estimated 1400 homeless. The twisterthe worst here since the 1927 tornado that claimed 76 livesburst on the area without warn- ing at about 2:15 a. m.

and swept from suburban Brent- wood to the Mississippi River It left a trail of rubble through business districts; 4,,,: 1 fashionable residential areas and teeming tenement 4 neighborhoods. ,400 By nightfall, President Eisenhower had declared area St. Louis a major disaster This qualified the city for federal relief funds. 1 1 .1 HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF for Mrs. Jane Willis of 3918 Cook who tells a Red Cross worker, Mrs.

Arthur H. Wallace, that she was also a victim of the 1927 tornado. At left is Mrs. Harold P. Caldwell.

rho ic- DELAY IN EMERGENCY PLAN 3-HOUR fling-Thompson Repeal Defeated Civil Defense Blames Lag Ike Designates St. Louis Major Disaster Area In Action on Weather Bureau 1 it If House Votes 92-51 Against Bill; 17 From St. Louis for Measure 1 I Storm By I. KENNETH BEAVER 1 From The Glohe-Demorratt Jefferson City Bureau JEFFERSON CITY, Feb. didn't have the votes today as the House of Representativd defeated a bill to repeal the King-Thompson law.

1 The vote was 51 for repeal, 9'2 against, and two members, recorded as present but not voting. Defeat came on a roll call vote! on perfection, that is tentative ap-, Earnings Tax proval. A simple majority of those' 1 was all labor needed to I bind the bill over for final action A 1 a later vote. Labor spokesmen, Bill Passes were i completely confident of suc-! Bill Passes .1 "I 14 t. 5 i 1,, ki.

4 (. i le of -7 1 .1 4 '41 ,4,.., kt '4144; 1 ,,1,: 1 i 49: i ,1: I lit l. 1, ett Civil defense officials yesterday blamed the Weather Bureau for a three-hour lag before the iity's emergency- headquarters into operation. Elaborate and expensive plans the city has been drawing up for to meet such natural emergencies were close to being a flop. Although the tornado did its worst damage about 2:15 a.

the Weather Bureau issued no report on it until a "special bulletin" at 3:30 a. m. Civil defense headquarters in Park did not get into operation until about 5:30 a. m. The Weather Bureau issued a severe weather warning at I 8:40 p.

m. Monday but said nothing of the tornado until after it had passed at 3:30 a. m. Tuesday. George N.

Brancato, chief meteorologist, said the bur1 eau did not issue a warning 1 5 5 1 1- lb Safe, 22 to 10 Frank O. Starr, director of Region Four of the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, flew here from Springfield, to co-ordinate activities cf federal agencies. The tornado first touched down near Manchester road and Brentwood boulevard. It whirred west through the Maplewood business district, veered across Forest Park and angled over a northeasterly course through the city to McKinley Bridge. It followed a night of torrential rains, localized flash-flood con GEORGE BRANCATO GEN.

F. P. HARDAWAY cess. Seventeen members of the 18-1 delegation from St. Louis for repeal.

The Eighteenth! 1Representative, Gregory L. Dunn! of the Third District, was ISt. Louis County delegations, five for repeal, four against! Favoring repeal were: Repre-! sentative Robert Young, First District; Patrick J. Hickey, Second, District; E. J.

Cantrell, Third' 'District; Peter J. J. Rabbitt, Sixth! District; and Albert M. District, all 'Against repeal were: Representa-I tives F. Neil Aschemeyer, Fourth, District; a Democrat; R.

J. King' Fifth District; Charles M. M. Shepherd, Eighth District, and B. Ewald, Ninth all Republicans.

By MARSH CLARK From The Globe-Democrat Washington Bureau WASHINGTON, Feb. 10. A saddened President Eisenhower today designated St. Louis as a "major disaster" area and called for all-out government aid to victims of the city's killer tornado. Mr.

Eisenhower threw the full weight of the federal government behind assistance efforts following a late-afternoon appeal for help from Gov. Blair of Missouri. In a telegram to Gov. Blair, Mr. Eisenhower said: "As you requested.

I have declared a major disaster under authority of Public Law 875 in the tornado-stricken areas of St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis. "I have authorized the use of such federal funds as are necessary for the prosecution of federal assistance to supplement state and local efforts. "The tragedy and suffering caused by the tornado is of deep concern to me, and I am hopeful that the emergency operations underway will serve to alleviate the distress of the residents in the striken area." The President's action makes St.

Louis eligible to receive money from a White House emergency fund to help in the restoration of public facilities. HECTIC ACTIVITY Also, special aid programs of the Housing and Home Finance Agency and the Small Business Administration go into effect with the presidential proclamation. Mr. Eisenhower's action capped a day of hectic government activity which saw Sena-Jots, Congressmen and officials in the executive agencies marshal their forces to aid the stricken city. The Chief Executive first heard The dead identified so far at City Morgue: John Hantak, 72.

4421 Pershing avenue. Rosa Coker, 54, 2200 Farrar avenue. Raxmond Cooney, 29, 4202 Delmar bl. Harry Martin. 44..3862 Page lid.

Harriet Martin. 40, his wifeF John Martin, 4, their son. Alma Pearl Womack. 8, .3864 Page bl. Lonnie Franklin, 2, 3841 Cozzens ave.

Willie Worley (woman). 60, 2754 Bacon. Mrs. Mildred 29, 4202 Delmar and her five children: Michael Campbell, Carl Campbell. Rosemary Campbell.

Theresa Campbell, I. Carrian Campbell, 3. Mrs. Fanny Ivory, 60. 2738 lBacon.

Oscar D. Murray, about 30, 14202 Delmar bl. Raymond Chesky, 55, 4421 Pershing ave. 1 1 Mrs. Lee Buggs, 24.

and her son. Lee 18 months. of 4234 Washington bl. One unidentified Negro woman, labout 50, of 4205 Washington. Listed as missing was Andrew Glaus, 90, of 4287 Olive at.

List of Injured Page 4 NI so far at 1421 Pershing 2200 Farrar 29, 4202 Del- 3862 Pagi.tiii. his wifei: ieir son. lack, 8, 3864 2, 3841 Cozwoman), 60. ampbell. 29.

Ind her five Campbell, Rosemary sa Campbell, 11. 3. rY 80. 2758 y. about 30, 55, 4421 Per24.

and her )nths. of 4234 viegro woman. tshington. was Andrew Hive at. Page 4 away from the disaster area.

It is interfering with search work and the fire hazard amidst the debris is still away from the disaster area. It is interfering with search work and the fire hazard amidst the debris is still Told to civil 1 lia0 by winds up to 65 miles an hour. i Some 50,000 homes and busi-1 Clear of Area nesses were blacked out. About: d000 telephones were knocked Out of service. Mcst streetcar lines' were crippled and auto and bus' travel were snarled.

Eight of the dead among 1 'OLD NEWSBOYS' them a mother and five small childrensuffocated In the rubolice FUNDS TO AID ble of a building at 4202 Delsked mar 131. 1 CHILD VICTIMS Air. and Mrs. Harry Martin and their 4-year-old son, John, I perished at 3862 Page bl. Eight- year-old Alma Pearl Womack I died next door at 3861 I twister lifted Th Lonnie Franklin from his home at 3841 Cozzens ave.

and dashed him to death across an alley to i the rear of 3850 Easton ave. i John Hantak and Raymond was the word given St. last night by Chief or, Jeremiah O'Connell who that only persons with business come into these avenue near the WASHINGTON AVE. SECTOR sector from Washington north to Easton avenue Sarah street and Kings-highway. neighborhood of Grand and St.

Louis avenue. was the word given St. last iight by Chief or! Jeremiah O'Connell who that only persons with business come into these avenue a the WASHINGTON AVE. SECTOR sector from Washington north to Easton avenue Sarah street and Kings- neighborhood of Grand UNDER ATTACK The King-Thompson Law, first enacted in 1947 to provide for state seizure of strike bound utilities and prohibit strikes against utilities thus seized, has weathered almost constant attempts at repeal since it first became operative. Yesterday's defeat of the repeal of it came shortly after the House beat down an amendment which would have put the question to the people at the 1960 general election or at a special election called by the Governor.

This was defeated, 110 to 22, Funds raised in The GlobeDzmocrat's "Old Newsboys Day" campaign last fall will be used to help children left without food, clothing or shelter in yesterday's tornado. The Board of Directors of The Globe Democrat Fund for Children voted to use some of the money remaining from the drive for the care of Funds raised in The Globe- Dzmocrat's "Old Newsboys Day" campaign last fall will be used to help children left without food, clothing or shel- ter in yesterday tornado. The Board of Directors of Th Glo emocrat Fund By HUME B. DUVAL Chief -of The Globe-Democrat Jefferson City Bureau 1 JEFFERSON CITY, St. Louis earnings tax bill cleared the Senate today by a vote of 22 to 10 and was sent to the House.

All affirmative votes were cast by Democratic Senators and three Democrats joined seven A 'icons In opposing the bill, which raises the statutory ceiling on the tax from of 1 per cent to 1 per cent. The bill as it now goes before the House is an enabling act per-! rnitting the city to raise the pres-, ent 12 of 1 per cent levy to 11 per cent. provided such authorizalion is granted the Bcard of At-( dermen by a charter amendment approved by the voters at the polls. Democratic Senators who joined 1 the Republicans opposing the were Raymond B. Hopfinger of St.

Louis County. Frank X. Rel-lt ler of Wentzville, and William Waters of Liberty. However, on', the vote on the emergency clause to put-, the bill into immediate 1 effect upon approval by the Gov-'1 emor, -Senator Waters changed to "yes" to give it the 23 votes required for adoption. Republicans who voted "no" were Senators Hartwell G.

Crain and E. Gary Davidson of St-Louis County, Noel, Cox of Spokane, Jade- Curtis of Springfield, C. R. Hawkins of Brumley, Morris Hill of Lebanon and James P. Kelly of-Trenton.

Senator Michael Kinney St. Louis, called the bill for final passage when the Senate reached' that order of business. He merely1 made a brief statement to the effect that the city needs the additional revenue to offset an analcipated deficit and meet ex- pknding needs, and that a higher tax -could not be imposed unless approved by the voters. A last-ditch fight was made by Senator Davidson. who told the Senate that so tar as non-residents are concerned the earnings tax is taxation without representation.

He pointed out that resi dents of St. Louis County and others affected have no voice in the rra Se Sc de trt ta de er Continued on Page 14 Continued on Page 14 Continued on Page 13 needy youngsters. Inside Headlines because the tornado was "an isolated case" that could not 1 4 be pinpointed and "didn't develop anywhere else to give 1. us advance notice." Even if the Weather Bureau' could have predicted the Mr. Brancat- noted, it would! have been hard to disseminate Stay and saf the alarm due to the lateness of, the hour.

serious. There is no arrangement in St. That Louis to use the civil defense Louisan! siren system for storm Mr. Brancato said. But such system is being used in some urgent I other cities, he noted.

areas: Mr. Brancato noted that the' Oak lai Weather Bureau is not a report- Arena. ing agency, in the sense that it WASH can notify city officials of what! The has He said that his of- avenue fice at the Weather Bureau tion did not know of the tornado highway damage until called by the fire The department early yesterday. bouleval The tornado was the first scale emergency the St. Louis Of: 'lel rush of fice of Civil Defense has faced since it was organized eigh -serious- years ago.

suppres! HEADQUARTERS HIT work ar I Dozen The tornado ripped through! could 13 and broke windows in the Civil! Defense headquarters in the old' fiacy ja ama! mounted police station in Forest Park. But nothing else stirred for! three hours at the There which is supposed to be the city's1lines in nerve center in such emergen-' nell sai des. Brig. Gen. Francis: P.

Harda-rfire ha2 way civil defense turil said yesterday morning, after the fire en tornado was gone and the sun was vehicles i lout: sa "I grant you the way it did Motor work was all wrong. the area "Once it (the tornado) hits, i they you can't do anything but pick at the up the pieces." moving. That was the only job the city's' Civil Defense Office did in the Con 'tornado emergency. 1 He blamed the Weather Bureau. "We don't want to be no- A la tilled after the torn ado hits." be can gel Continued on Page 14 out of I Stay and safety That Louisans Police asked urgent areas: Oakland Arena.

The avenue between The boulevard Chief rush of "seriously work and Dozens have had jams There lines in said, concerned" 'fire by curious fire vehicles chief Motorists the areas they are I at the moving. the areas they are 3t the Comic A can get of Si Stay nd safety arious. That ouisans rgent reas: Oakland rena. The venue etween i ghway. The Hospitals Were Quick To Care for Injured The funds will be administered by the Red Cross.

The Old Newsboy campaign lastIhanksgiving Eve in a total of $35,750.53 by recognized agencies working with children. this total, $23,270.90 allocated in December to agencies. The funds will be adminis- tnrei hu the eri Crretc AIMOL A brough for ust dies 1 Out of was all 36 age Us brought for tise Out of was 36 TWISTER FOLLOWS 1927 PATH STORY ON PAGE 3 INSURANCE TEAMS TO SPEED CLAIMS STORY ON PAGE BROOKS PREDICTS MORE TORNADOES STORY ON PAGE 5 Important Inside Features SS 5 O'Connell said that the -thousands of sightseers hampered" efforts to fire, continue search clear away debris. of police officers who, be doing disaster work to be used to clear traffic caused by sightseers. BROKEN GAS MAINS are many broken i gas the areas, Chief O'Connell and he is "seriously about the potential hazard.

Blocking of streets motorists could keep engines and other emergency from getting to fires, the said. were asked to bypass and if this is impossible asked not to stop to look damage but to keep i and if this is impossible asked not to stop to look damage but to keep i I Withdrawing 5' Its Cuba Missions COLUMNISTS 1 By RAY VOD1CKA Globe-Democrat Staff Writer The city's hospitals met the pathetic rush of victims of the storm with hastily-mobilized forces who did a good job, a check by The Globe-Democrat disclosed. I It was to Homer G. Phillips Sink ler and Miss Minnie Edythe Hospital nearest the worst bat- Gore, director of nurses, and this tered sector, that the first bleed- is the way things went: ing, dirt-covered, ill-clad casual- KEY PERSONNEL ties found their way. And a pre- All key personnel were disaster plan ized within 15 minutes.

There went into action. were soon 75 physicians on the The result, as the hospital's job. Two dozen extra nurses medical director, Dr. William were summoned. All 43 adH.

Sink ler, summarized it: "No vanced student nurses were one was turned away. No one roused and took the roles they who reached the hospital alive had been taught in "drills." Gore, director of nurses, and this is the way things went: KEY PERSONNEL All key personnel were mobilized within 15 minutes. There were soon 75 physicians on the job. Two dozen extra nurses were summoned. All 43 advanced student nurses were roused and took the roles they had been taught in "drills." An assembly line system was set up.

Priority for treatment Page rt IS 34 12 28 12 18 1 :2 17 It 2 4 2 8 2 3 Robert L. Burnes Robert J. Bob Goddard John R. Hahn David Lawrence Sylvia Porter Potomac Fever Inez Robb George Soko Through the Years Abigail Van Buren Earl Wilson Pages 1041 24-27 32-33 32 12 28-30 33 3, IS 13 I-7 31 21-24 12 17-11 Amusements Pi Classified Ads Comics Crossword Puzzle Editorials Financial, Markets Jumble Local News Obituaries Picture Pages Radio-TV Sports the Years Women's Pages HAVANA, Feb. 10 Iffi II ni ted States Army, Navy and Air Force I missions, a target of revolutionmoving.

ary criticism, are withdrawing I soon from Cuba. Twenty-eight of, ficers and men are involved. 1 aetionaryi The klnited States and Cuban 1 governments have agreed to the CITY I withdrawal and there will be no large town where a man American replacements, I ahead only if he stays Ministry of State announced to-out traffic. I day. i 4 x.

Imposition of the tax Or in the manner In which the proceeds arel Emergency room physicians I sent the disaster alert to Dr. lIT 121 IT Continued on Page 14 4., .1 1'' ''Illip 4 I 0,, Pm .4 4 I 0, -0.

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