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A Terrible Storm

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Parent Issue
Day
23
Month
April
Year
1880
Copyright
Public Domain
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One of tho most torrifie storms on record Bwept through portions of Missouri, Kansas tod otlxT western Matea on Sunday eveoing last, dcslroying everything in its oourse. At Marsbfield, Mo., a place containiog about 800 inhabitants, tho entiro town, Dcarly, was destroyed, and the losa of lile was terrible, over 100 having beei killed and a larjre numbcr wounded, and the remainder lel't homeless, foodless anc in fact destitute of everything. ïo add to the horror the debris cauht fire in severa phces and much of the property was burned. The following is a brief' description ol the disaster : Bye witnessos of the approaehing storm s:iy it was ;i frightñlj looking black clmil, lined with tieeey -whitu, shaped üke a iünnel andmoving in the manner of a scrow propeller. Everything in its path, about half a mile widr.was nprooted and deatroyed. Large trees were toni op or twiated oflfjtelegraph polea and were oarried a long diatanoe in the wooda tiedaod knotted ¦moog tlie limbs of the trees as though they were cotton strings, and houses.barns, milis and timler were leveled in a genera masa of ruin. THE BO1NI WAS AWKÜL when tlie tornado struck the town. Houses were blown f'roin their fouadatiOBB, and horaea, oaitle, hoa, sheep, poultry, and even huiiian beidga wtre whirled into the air and oarried a long distanco. The ooia of the atórm, the crish of ialling hoaaea and the' cries and acreama of the terrified people made a wem of horror that bcegars degoriptioh. The oonrt houae and maoy other DoildiDgi took fire, and when morning dawncd ih're wus Foaroely a dozen .standing in the town. OfthebusiIles. houses standing around the public Kjuarc all bui thrèe were ntterly demolishea anil tlifir oontoota blówn away, burned or budly damugcd. Atnong the ill fated people of the village THE MORTAMTY WAS RERRIBLE. Out of BOOcitizcnsuearly 100 werp killed or fatally wounded, and the rcmaining 700 aro destitute of homes, clothing.f'ood or the means to procure thci. Most of those who were killed pcrished in the ruin of their homos. In some oases entire families were killed. One womaii was taken f'rom her children and literally blown into eternity, as no trace of her body could be found. Among the marvelous escapes was that that of a child who was lodged in a crol ch of a tree 30 feet frona the grouod, and as but llightly hurt. Another child two years old was found in a tree top, where it had been neirly twenty-four hours. lt was oonnderably bruised, but will reoover. It was to-day claimcd by its parents, who live two and a balf or three miles south of town. lts aerial flight henee must have been over three miles. A wagon has been found that was carried four uiiies, and a seciion of ;i smoke stack of a mili over three and a half' miles. RELIEF TRAINS froin Springfield wero on tho spot in a few hours after the trngedy with nurses, physicians aud supplies in abundance. The public school building, about the ouly one which had escaped serious damage, wa turned into a hospital, where deaths were occuring almost hourly. The bodiesoftb dead were also extricated from the ruins by those who carne from Springfield, and prepared immediately for iaterment. Marshfield is the county seat of Webster county, 215 miles from St. Louis, situated on the plateau of Ozark mountains, but not particularly exposed or of great altitude. The total property loss by tbis terrible calaniity is estimated at $350,000 or $400,000. OTHER POINTS IN MISSOURI. At Gray's Creek, four miles from Jefferson City, several houses were demoüshed and people injured. One log cabiu was blown into a deep cut on the Missouri Pacific railroad where a passenger train from the west ran into it and was ditc-hod. The engineer and fireman were badly injurod. An immense amount of damage was done in Calloway county, and at New Bloomfield. A Mrs. Martz was killed by a falling house, and a negro girl killed by lightning. Nearly evory house in the little town of Barrettfr ville, Moniteau county, was deslroyed, and several persons killed. It is reported that from thirty to forty persons bave boen killed by thu spur.s ot the tornado in the counlry, and that the town of Corsicana, in Bairy county, is as badly wrecked as this. A report from Texas county says the town of Lick ing was very badly torn up, noarly one-half the place being destroyed, but no details are received. A special to the Times from Springfield, Mo. , says : The tornado Sunday nigbt raged with great fury in the valley of the James river, several miles south of here. Many houses were destroyed and tho country is laid waste. A large number of killed and wounded are jeported from that section. AT OTHER THAN MISSOURI POINTS. At Chicago considerable dnmaso Tas done and 81 Western Union telegraph wires, covering almost every direction, was severed. From such points as were not thus cut off reports state that serious injury was dono in niauy towns northeast, south and west. At Meuiphis, Tenn., the storm was severe, and two houses wero struck by lightning. At Covington, Ky., the court house was struck by lightning. At Lawrence, Kansas, the wind reached a velocity of 80 miles per hour, at 4 a. ni., Sunday. Chimnoys were demolished and a nuinbor of houses unroof'ed or blown over. The roof of the south wing of the university was damaged $500. In Koek county, Wis. , the villagc of Shopiere was struck by the storm Sunday afternoon and torn up fearfully by the wind for two hours. Tho adjoining townships of Turtle, La Prairie, Bradford, and Johnstown suffered also in a loss of cattle, buildings, fences, etc., the total damnge in the county reaching probably #100,000.

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Storms
Old News
Ann Arbor Courier