Lexington Leader. (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 19, No. 34, Ed. 1 Friday, May 19, 1905 Page: 2 of 8
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J. O. VOX, Proprietor*
NEW STATE NEWS
The chief of police at Muskogee has
been ordered to enforce the collection
of an annual tax of 110 from all real
estate dealer* of that town.
A new telephone line is being built
from Durwood to Baum, through Mul-
key. Connection will be made with
the Ardmore-South McAlester line.
The City National bank of Madill
and the American National bank of
Weleetka have been authorized to be-
Burglars entered the store of If.
Johnson at Tyler and appropriated
merchandise to the value of |G5.
The Chickasaw Medical association
met in Marietta last week. Wynne-
wood was selected as the next meet-
Application has been made to Gov-
ernor Ferguson for the pardon of
Frank Coleman, who. In 1901, was
sent to the penitentiary for ten years
from Pottawatomie county for robbing
a French co-laborer of eight cents.
' Gas Is to be supplied to the Chilocco
Indian school from north of Arkansas
The Order of Eagles will celebrate
tn Muskogee May 22 to 27.
Machinery for a 100-barrel flouring
mill has been received at Lawotn.
The promoters say tbe mill will be
completed and in readiness for busi-
ness by fall.
Charles Mooreman, a brakeman em-
ployed by the Ardmore & Chickasha
Railway company, was caught be-
tween freight cars and seriously in-
jured. Mooreman's home is at Ma-
Ed Williams was arrested at Shaw-
nee and turned over to the federal au-
thorities upon a charge of having ob-
tained money under falBe pretenses.
It Is claimed he secured the payment
of a money order which did not be-
long to him.
Bruce Roberts, charged with the
killing of Joe Roberts at Terral, was
acquitted in the preliminary examin-
ation. It was proven that he acted
a press brick factory
■ More than one hundred men of the
twin territories met in Oklahoma City
last week to talk prices and freight
rates. In a body they visited the
coal fields near South McAlester and
Eagles of Oklahoma met at Oklaho-
mat City last week and organized a
permanent state convention.
Baptists have completed a church
at Boswell and work has been com-
menced on a new Methodist meeting
A large deposit of pottery clay is
said to have been discovered near
Enid is now considering the paving
question, with the probability that the
proposition will go through.
. Dustin, a new town in Indian Ter-
ritory, is said not to have a lawyer.
The town has two banks and two
hotels, but no followers of Black-
TORNADO AT SNYDER
The Severest Storm Ever Known in Okla-
homa Wipes Out the New kiowa
100 are Killed
The Seriously Injured will Number Fifty—Great Loss to
Property in Snyder and Surrounding Country—
With Very Little Warning the Death-Deal-
ing Storm Strikes Upon Them
Lawrence Mills of Chickasha has
been appointed master in chancery
for the Ryan and Chickasha division
of the court of the southern district
by Judge Dlckerson.
One of the loading merchants of
Tahlequah, after a thorough Investi-
gation, estimates that the cotton
acreage will fall twenty-five per cent
from that of last year in that vicinity.
A convention of temperance work-
ers was held In Guthrie last week to
begin agitation for making Oklahoma
a prohibition state when admitted to
A new bank, tho Oklahoma State
National, will be opened in Guthrie
June 15th. The capital stock will bo
Bixby has organized for tho pur-
pose of improving roads leading Into
the town. A contract has been let to
put all roads in perfect condition.
Rural routes ordered established
June 15 in Oklahoma: Jennings, Paw-
nee county, routes 1 and 2; Sayre,
Roger Mils county, route 2.
There has been no official list
kept of the deaths caused by
the storm in Snyder and vicin-
ity, and for this reason it will
be impossible to give tho exact
number of those who lost their
lives In the recent tornado, but
the number will be nearly one
hundred. It may possibly run
a few more. It is thought ten of
the most seriously Inured will
die. The number of Injured is
A cyclone, which has no equal In
tha history of Oklahoma either for
number of persons killed or amount
of property destroyed, passed through
portions of Kiowa and Greer counties
on the night of the 10th. The tirst
traces of the storm was about six
miles south of Olustee, in Greer
county, from whence it took a north-
easterly course through Greer Into
Kiowa county for a distance of about
thirty miles. The loss to property
and lives was great and the full ex-
tent of the damage wrought will never
A report from Olustee and Lock,
In Greer county, is that the entire
Muse family, near Olustee were killed
and J. B. Ralston, his son, Fred, and
daughter, Jessie, were killed hear
Lock; also Mr. Moss on the McCowan
The largest number of killed and
Injured was at Snyder. Here the
working of the storm was appalling[h1^
and the damage and devastation
wrought is beyond description. Scarce-
ly a building escaped some damage
or a family, but what one or more
members were sacrificed to the rav-
ages of the storm king.
The denizens of the place had very
little warning of the approaching
storm. A strong wind had been blow-
ing all day followed in the early even-
ing by a torrential rain and frightful
electrical storm. Between eight and
nine o'clock, the storm came howling
from the southwest. At the first sound
of the approaching tornado many ran
to places of safety, while others not
realizing the danger, failed to secure
shelter and were consigned to the
mercies of the storm.
The path of the cyclone was nearly
half a mile wide and it swept every-
thing before It. The town was struck
first at the Central hotel, and the rear
of the Pritchard saloon building was
torn away. The two cotton gins, the
Frisco roundhouse, grain elevators
and every residence north of the rail-
road tracks were destroyed. There
are only a few buildings that are not
either damaged or demolished, and
the prosperous little town is practical-
ly wiped off the map.
In addition to the havoc wrought by
the storm, fire broke out and the
wreckage of considerable of the busi-
ness part was burned. Whether or
not any of the bodies of dead or
wounded were cremated is not known,
but the general belief is that some
were in the fire-swept ruins.
In a few moments all was over and
the shrieks and cries of the poor un-
fortunates filled the air. In the dark-
ness of night could be heard the call-
ing of lost ones—parents seeking their
children, husbands their wives, little
voices calling for papa and mamma.
Tho tones which went out upon tho
night air were heartrending and
pitiful in the extreme. Many of those
Bought were cold In death, and their
voices hushed The shrieks and
groans of the dead and dying mingled
with notes of the ones who had es-
caped seeking their lost ones were
painful to listen to. In many families
not a living soul was left. Prof. C.
T. Hibbard, the principal of the Sny-
der schools, his wife, two children and
bis father and mother were all killed.
Many of the dead were mangled be-
Communication with the outside
world was broken, and messengers
were despatched to Mountain l'ark,
where the news was sent by telephone
to Hobart. Relief trains with doctors
and nurses were hurriedly dispatched
to the scene from various cities.
Meanwhile those who escaped Injury
in Snyder were working heroically all
through tho night amid heartrending
The firemen of the twin territories
fere to meet In Muskogee next month.
An Insurance feature will be incor-
porated Into their by-laws. Mem-
bers will be insured against death or
accident at a low rate.
scenes. With day break and the out-
side help that had been secured the
caring for the Injured and preparing
of the dead for burial could be car-
ried on In a more systematic manner.
The ruins of a dry goods store was
used for a morgue. The frail bodies
of little children maimed and broken
lay by the strong masculine forms
which had been beaten down by the
flying debris or burled beneath flying
walls. Sad scenes were enaoted at
the morgue. Here those who had lost
relatives and friends came to Identi-
fy the dead. When Identification took
place the demonstration following
was enough to cause the strong men
who were working within to stop and
wipe away the tears.
Several temporary 4 hospitals were
Installed in buildings or parts of
buildings left. Even more distressing
were the sights at these places,
prompted by the sympathy for human
Buffering. The groans of those under-
going operations were mingled with
the sobs and screams of those whose
loved ones had just departed this
The destruction of the Fessenden
family, consisting of six members, was
complete. Miss Nina Fessenden, a
daughter, was to have been married
the night of the cyclone to Clarence
Donovan, a railway engineer. The
wedding was postponed because of
some trival matter. Both of them
were killed In the tornado.
The headless body of Fred Crump,
a boy was found lying In the cellar to
Members of the family
who were in the cellar at the time
say that he had just started down
the steps when a piece of timber
struck him, completely severing his
Three children in the Cook family
all of them under the age of 3 years,
were killed, the youngest, 3 months
old, being blown from its mother's
arms and instantly killed by being
thrown against a brick wall.
One of the saddest cases was that
of Cal C- Williamson, one of the lead-
ing citizens. When the tornado
struck the town Williamson hurriedly
picked up a woman, whom he thought
was his young wife, and carried her to
a place of safety. When the storm
abated it was discovered that the wo-
man he rescued was not his wife, but
a stenographer. Later he found his
wife among the dead mangled so that
Identification was difficult.
R. Pritchard, one of the leading
men In the stricken town, after
careful Investigation, gave out the
"The cyclone struck Snyder abont
nine o'clock. It may have been a few
minutes later. It came without warn
lng. To the best of my recollection
there was a dead calm Just prior to
the blast of wind. When the 'twister'
struck Synder It seemed that the air
was filled with flying timbers In an
instant. Buildings that would be con-
sidered substantial structures any-
where were torn asunder as if made'
of paper. Frame dwellings were lifted
from their foundations, carried far
away and demolished. Flying timbers
crushed in skulls, shattered bonos and
crushed helpless human beings almost
to a pulp.
It was all over In fifteen minutes,
but it seemed to last for an age. God
alone knows what we have passed
through since that time. Whole fam-
ilies have been wiped out. In other
families all have bein killed save one,
In still others the father and mother
have been taken, leaving a lot of
helpless little children. One who was
here before tho storm would not rec-
ognize the place now.
"Tho cyclone came up the Canadian
river valley. I have been told, and
my informants are reliable persons,
the visitation upon other farm proper-
ty has been equally severe.
"I should say that the property loss
In Snyder will approximate *500,000.
For Instance, on the north side of the
Frisco track and on the east side of
E street, probably forty buildings of
an average value of each have
been either demolished or damaged.
It Is the same on the south side of
tho street. Many valuable residences
this cyclone are far too much to think
The cyclone prostrated all wires out
of Snyder and for about twelve hours
this place was cut off from communi-
cation with the outside world. Im-
mediately upon receipts of advices
frqp nearby points, however, the Fris-
co railway started a special train
toward Snyder. It stopepd along the
way to pick up section hands and
other assistance and by daylight a
large crew was at work repairing the
damage that had been wrought. Other
special trains arriving soon after
brought nurses, medicines, physicians,
clothing and food. Special trains were
coming in all day. The people
of Oklahoma and Indian Territory did
not wait to be called upon. They con-
tributed liberally and dispatched their
contributions to this place without de-
But lnasmucn as the financial losses
have been very heavy, appeals have
been sent out for assistance on that
score. The people of Snyder are In
sore straits and sadly In need of help
from the outside world. Among the
first towns to respond with aid was
A special was dispatched ^rom Okla-
homa City containing Frisco officials
and a number of volunteers who came
to render what assistance they could.
Among the number was the mayor,
who is also a physician. Upon seeing
the situation and learning the condi-
tions he telegraphed the commercial
club of his city who responded liber-
ally to the aid of the sufferers, besides
clothing and food the relief commit-
tee was wired *1,500 In cash which
was donated by citizens, and more is
Lawton responded generously to the
aid of the sufferers, dispatching ten
physicians early in the day. A num-
ber of other towns including Hobart,
Mountain Park, Chickasha and Qua-
nah, Texas, were prompt in offering
aid and assistance.
The undertakers of the two terri-
tories were In session at Oklahoma
City at the time of the cyclone and a
goodly number of the delegates volun-
teered their services. They came
bringing with them one hundred cof-
Gov. Ferguson of Oklahoma has Is-
sued a proclamation calling attention
to the needs of the city and offers of
relief and aid is coming In with
A relief organization of Snyder citi-
zens has been formed the officers of
which are E. P. Dunn, president; J.
C. Burnett, secretary, and J. L. Hel-
ena, treasurer, the latter to whom all
donations and relief supplies should
be sent. This committee, besides car-
ing for the wounded is making efforts
to locate friends of the unfortunates
and also answering telegrams of In-
quiry sent in.
J. L. Helena, treasurer of the local
relief committee at Snyder, has issued
the following statement:
"The pressing need of our citizens
Is money. The towns near us have
responded liberally, and we do not
want for food and qlothlng, but we
have about 100 bodies to bury and
almost fifty injured persons to be
taken care of, and besides those who
were so fortunate as to escape the
fury of the elements are without
shelter, and this they cannot provide
without money. As all they had was
swept away in fifteen minutes, they
cannot provide this shelter. The whole
residence portion of the town was de-
stroyed. leaving everybody homeless.
If the liberal people of the southwest
care to contribute, and will send
money to me as treasurer of the
Snyder relief committee, the money
will be used to alleviate the condition
of persons who are as worthy and as
much in need as human beings can
LIST OF STORM VICTIMS
It is next to impossible to secure
an accurate list of the dead and in-
jured. The citizens having the
lief work in charge have attempted
to keep an accurate list in order to be
able to answer all inquiries of friends
and in this they have been qlute suc-
cessful, but there are a few unac-
counted for, and the Identification of
some may not he correct. Owing to
the great number of transients and
•new residents the names of some
may be incorrect, but are as nearly
so as is possible at this time. Fol-
lowing is the list of dead:
ACART, JAMES. _
ATT AWAY, MK. AND MRS. AND
BAILEY, GEORGE W., age 40.
BARNES, C. L., ago 50.
BECKWITH, MRS. E. P., age 24.
BEEMAN, C. W.
BEEMAN, EARL, son of C. W. Bee-
BIGGS, MRS. MARY.
BUSSER, MR. AND MRS- W. H.
COLEMAN, MRS. LOREN AND
CRUMP, FRED- beheaded.
DAVIS. MR. AND MRS. GEORGE,
DONOVAN, C. G., Frisco engineer,
Lee's Summit, Mo.
EDWARDS, MISS LULU-
FESSENDEN, MR. AND MRS. 8.
8. AND FOUR CHILDREN.
FESSENDEN, H. H.
FOSS, MRS. M. A.
FROST, MRS. GEORGE.
HIBBARD, PROFESSOR C. P.,
WIFE, FATHER, MOTHER AND
HUDSON, ADRIAN, ANb THREE
CHILDREN, late of Alabama.
FATHER OF MRS. HUDSON.
JOHNSON, MRS. MARY, AND
TWO SONS, of Woods county.
JONES, MR. AND MRS. L. C., AND
JONES. FRANK, .AND ENTIRE
FAMILY, near Altus.
PRESINGTON, MRS. MINA.
McCART, MR. AND MRS. JAMES.
MOODY, MRS. M.
MURPHY, MISS, St. Louis.
NEERLED, MRS. J. B.
ORfcUTT, HENRY, age 30.
RALSTON, , ENTIRE FAM-
ILY, near. Altus.
REDWICK, MRS] FANNIE, age 6u.
RUSSELL, MRS. LAURA.
SUTHERLAND, MRS. J. P.
SYMS. MR. AND MRS.
Two children of Mr. and
Syms are missing.
STUBBLEFIELD, MRS. C. P., AND
WEAVER, MR. AND MRS. AND
WILLIAMSON, MRS. CAL, age 2G.
VAN BUSKIRK, .
INGALLS, FAMILY OF FOUR.
Seven unidentified men.
One unidentified woman.
One unidentified child.
Following is a partial list of
Archer, Albert; neck twisted
head bruised; may die.
Attaway, Fannie; head and shoul-
Bailey, Mrs. George W.; arm and
Beckwith, A. L.r cut on hip an*
Buser, Grace; thigh cut open; eye
Buser, Freda; broken shoulder.
Carson. Mrs.; spinal fracture.
Coleman, Florence; dislocated
Crooks, M. A.; fractured skull.
Crooks, Stella; fractured shoulder
Craver, J. V.; fractured shoulder.
Dill, Elva; head and back.
Harrison, Ed; F,kull crushed.
Hudson, Lavina; skull fractured.
Hudson, ; skull fractured, leg
broken, eye out.
Jones, Clarence; skull fractured.
Lawson, John; spinal fractute.
Lawson, Martha; internally.
Mueller, Mrs. Dr.; leg broken, head
Mize, Mary; Internal.
McCart, Mrs.; skull fractured.
McCart, N. W.; arm off.
Paulson, G. C.; back crushed.
Paulson, W. A.; fractured skull
eye out. i
Zeigler, Mrs,; fatal Injuries.
Seigler, Letta Jane; internal.
Stubblefleld, child; will die.
Crooks, J. A.
Egan, J. M.; dangerously.
Gault, S. C.
Legg, Letta J.
Millard, Mary J.
Mize, Mrs. Mary.
Pokon, Mrs. Jennie.
Sigler, J- H.
GVEfiY BUTFEBEB WAKTS THE VEST
' QUICKEST GUSE.
Mr. Donovan Think, tha Bsnudy Cm>« by
Bin With Kuch R«m«rk bU Sucow
the BMt-Cind by fl* Bom .
" Men who have to do difficult and
dangerous work on electrio lines at an y
hour of day or night, can't afford to have
anything the matter with their health,"
said Mr. Donovan. You can Imagine,
therefore, how much I was alarmed one
winter's day in 1903, when I was seized
by a pain just behind my right hip that
made it difficult for me to walk home.
It was so bad by the time I reached the
house that I was obliged to go straight
«' Did that relieve you?"
•' No, the pain grew more severtf and
kept extending downward along my leg.
sent for a physician, and he soon de-
cided that I had sciatica. In a few days
the whole nerve was affected, and the
least movement brought on terribl*
Did your condition improve under
the doctor's treatment?"
Quite the contrary. At the end of
two months I wasn't a bit better, and at
times I feared that I would never be
able to leave my bed."
•' How did you get out again ?"
" When I was lying in bed, unable to
move and wasting away in flesh, a friend
visited me and told me about the won-
derful cures brought about by a great
blood and nerve remedy, Dr. Williams'
Pink Pills. He strongly urged me to try
them, and I luckily had sense enough to
take his advice."
Did you mend quickly ?"
Yes, that was the astouiBhing thing.
I noticed a slight improvement before I
had quite finished the first box of the
pills, I could get out of bed while I wae
on the third box, and I was entirely
cured by the time I had taken fl veboxes.''
Mr, Joseph A. Donovan is living at
Plaistow, New Hampshire, and is line
inspector for the Haverhill, Newton and
Plaistow Electric Street Railway. Dr.
Williams' Pink Pills are the remedy to
nse when the blood is thin, aB in anffimia;
or impure, as i^i rheumatism; or when
the nerves are weak, as in neuralgia; or
lifeless, as in partial paralysis; or when
the body as a whole is ill-uourished, as
in general debility. They are Sold by
Tcach self-denial and make its prac-
tice pleasurable, and you create for
the world a destiny more sublime
than ever issued from the brain of
the wildest dreamer.—Walter Scott.
have boon blown away.
"But don't ask me further about tho three children.
property loss. Tho other features of COOK, AND
Storms In Other Places
McPHERSON, KAN.: A small tor-
MOUNT PLEASANT, TEX.: A ter-
! rific tornado passed two and a half
cado struck the residence portion of miles southeast of here. One per-
A site has been selected In Mus-
kogee on which Is to be erected a Y.
M. C. A. building.
Dr. Arrington of Indianola has been
arrested for practicing medicine in
the western district without a license.
this town, demolishing several build-
ings. At the same time anoth;-r tor-
nado cloud was seen passing north-
west of here.
VALLEY FALLS, KAS.: A tornado
did much damage to property here.
No one was dangerously hurt. The
German Evangelical church, five
dwellings and many farm buildings
TOPEKA, KAS.: A tornado at Alta
Vista, Kas., unroofed a number of
houses and did other damage. The
storm crossed tho Rock Island track
only a few hundred feet ahead of the
Golden State Limited train, which
was running at full speed.
JUNCTION CITY, KAN.: An Inch
of rain fell here, causing moro or
loss damage. In the southern part
for a mile went northwest. This 0j the county a small tornado wrecked
path of tho tornado was half a mile soveral buildings and damaged fruit
wide, and the country for three miles j treeB. as far as la known, no one
was cleared. j waa injured.
son was killed and many were In-
jured. The tornado struck the earth
and for a few moments It was feared
the town would be destroyed, but the
twisting funnel turned in almost east-
erly direction, and after proceeding
TOWNSITE OF ELGIN
New Hearing Ordered, and Probate
Judge May Comply With the Law
LAWTON: The general land office
has ordered a rehearing in the con
tost of Logan Fain vs. Geo Gee, now
On February 1G, last, the townslte
of Elgin was canceled by the general
land office because the probate Judge
had failed to make triplicate plats of
the townslte, as required by law. On
February 27 Logan Fain made appll
cation for homestead entry on the
townslte of Elgin. This application
was denied, and he filed an appeal
accompanied hy a protest against the
reinstatement of the townslte. On
March 2 the settlers of the townslte
asked that Elgin be reinstated, alleg-
ing that the probate judge had failed
to notify them of the triplicate plats
The general land office has ordered
a new hearing, and allows the probate
Judge sixty days to make new applica-
tion for townslte purposes.
Deafness Cannot Be Cured -
by local application*, as thy cannot reach the d! -
eased portion of the ear. There Is only one way to
cure deafness, and that Is by constitutional remedies.
Deafness Is caused by an Inflamed condition of the
mucous lining of the Eustachian Tube. When this
tube Is Inflamed you have a rumbling sound « r Im-
perfect hearing, and when It la entirely closed. Deaf-
ness Is the result, and unless the Inflammation can be
taken ont and this tube restored to Its normal condi-
tion, hearing will be destroyed forever; nine canes
out of ten are caused'by catarrh, which Is nothing
it an Inflamed condition of the mucous surfaces.
We will give One Hundred Dollars for auy cane of
Deafness (caused by catarrh) that cannot be cured
by Hall's Catarrh Cure. Send for circulars, free.
F. J. CHENEY 6 CO., Toledo, Q.
A wise mail has the money ho
needs, a fool never has enough.
The less a woman has In her purse
the more determined she is to carry
it in her hand.
It's curious, but the average man
feels silly when he hears himself re-
ferred to as good.
There may be plenty of roorti at the
top, but the climbing Is not what it
is cracked up to be.
Wealth may not bring happlne«s:
but most of us think wo could get
next to it If wo had the money.
The failures of this world are the
truest tokens of the next.—Florida
in a Pinch, Ute ALLEN'S FOOT-EASE.
A powder. It cures painful, smarting,nerv-
ous feet and ingrowing nails. It's the
greatest comfort discovery of tho age.
Makes new shoes easy. A certain cure for
sweating feet. Sold by all druggists, 25c.
Trial package FREE. Address A S.
Olmsted, Le Roy, N. Y.
Too many women look upon a mar-
riage certificate as a license to oper-
ate a hold-up game.
A man can give himself away with-
out moaning to be generous.
The man who talks as If ho had his
mouth full of hot mush Is never able
to make a stirring speech.
use the famous
Hfil Cross Bull Blue. Larue 2-oz. package 5
cents. Tho Kuss Company, South lleud, lnd.
Many a man, after laying down the
law to his wife, is compelled to pick
When peaches get cheaper 1« that a
There la no hope for a man who
wastes his time arguing with women
People who "get In on the ground
floor" are apt to slam the door behind
A Painter Dropped Dead
SHAWNEE: Jerome McGinnls, a
painter and an old citizen of this
town, dropped dead from heart dis-
ease. He had Just made a remark to
a friend, "Our time is short here, old
man," when he pitched forward, dying
on the sidewalk. Mr. McGinnls was
fifty years old. He is survived by a
wife and live children.
He who has never traveled has
read but one chapter in the book of
The postman In the fashionable
streets says the people he serves are
of good address.
Jules Verne's Diffidence
Jules Verne did not write his mem-
oirs and disliked having his personal-
ity brought forward In the newspa-
pers. When his son was asked the
other day by a visitor from Paris
whether a monument would be erected
to the novelist he replied, with a
smile: "Now that he's dead, very like-
ly, as he cannot prevent It or b& an-
noyed by It."
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