The Interurban (electric) road between Dallas and Fort Worth did an immense business during the holidays

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Thursday January 28, 1904 THIRTY-EIGHT DEAD


More Than One Hundred are Injured. The Ground is Swept Perfectly Bare.

Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan. 23. – The most disastrous tornado that has ever swept over this section visited Moundville, a town of 300 inhabitants, 15 miles south of here yesterday morning at 1 o’clock, and as a result twenty-eight persons were killed, and more than one hundred injured, and every business house, with the exception of a small drug store, was completely destroyed.

The tornado struck the city from the southwest, dealing destruction as it made its path, a quarter of a mile wide, through the town.

By the force of the storm persons were blown hundreds of feet from their beds in the blackness of night. Through terror, a father, mother and three children fled from their home to seek refuge, and in their excitement left a five-year-old boy in bed. Yesterday he was pulled from beneath some timber, and thus far it is impossible to find any other member of the family.

Bedding, carpets and wearing apparel are scattered a distance of ten miles through what was a forest, but which is now as clear as if it had been cut by the woodman’s ax. Freight cars were torn to splinters, the trucks from them being hurled hundreds of feet from the track.

The depot, warehouses, gins, thirty homes and store houses occupied by R. L. Griffin, A. W. Wiggins & Son, W. J. Domenick, A. D. Griffin and W. P. Phifer, together with their stocks, were completely destroyed. Where they stood it is impossible to find even the pillars, upon which these structures rested.

Bales of cotton which were stored in warehouses, were torn to atoms, the fragments of lint lodging in trees making it appear as if that section had been visited by a snow storm. Heavy iron safes were moved by the storm, the doors of which were torn from their hinges.

A young clerk employed by W. P. Phifer, hearing the terrible roar approaching, let himself into a well. He had no sooner found his place of safety than the store was completely demolished. In the morning he was drawn out uninjured.

Thursday January 28, 1904

Frank A. Biggs, aged sixty-seven years, died at San Antonio Friday. He was injured December 23 by an emery wheel breaking while he was sharpening a chisel, a piece of the emery striking him on the forehead and fracturing his skull.

Mrs. Nannie Hawpe, wife of J. R. Hawpe of Cleburne, died very suddenly in a coughing fit Tuesday afternoon.

While crossing a track from his work, August Schoenberg, a cotton screwman at Galveston, was run over, necessitating the amputation of his right leg just below the hip. The chances of his recovery are doubtful.

J. M. Stout of Bardwell, charged with shooting young Creech several days ago, went before Justice Stovall and waived examination trial and made bond to await the action of the grand jury.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Col. W. D. Wilie (?) Dead.

Dallas: Remains of Col. William D. Wylie, for years identified, with the progress of Dallas and this section of Texas, first commander of the Texas department of the Grand Army of the Republic, and otherwise distinguished in civil and political life, whose death occurred at Danville, Ill., Wednesday night, will reach here Sunday morning for interment. Burial will probably be made that afternoon.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Pete Cash Found Dead.

Rockland: Pete Cash was found dead at an early hour Friday morning. The body when found was in a sitting posture, against a machinery warehouse, near the lumber yard of Cameron & Co., at this place. Cash was a section man. It is supposed that he died about 8 o’clock, as some workmen saw him early in the morning and at that time he was alive.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Insane Woman’s Dire Deed.

Patterson, N. J.: Returning home late Wednesday night, Arthur Oswald was horrified to see the headless body of his 8-year-old son lying on the floor. Near-by lay the body of his pet dog, which also had been beheaded. His wife was lying in bed with her young baby in her arms. She was singing softly to the infant. Near the bed her two other children lay sleeping in a crib. The woman did not recognize her husband nor seem to understand what was said to her.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Found Dead in Bed.

Fort Worth: George L. Adair, aged 50 years, died Wednesday night from taking carbolic acid. His remains were found in a room at a hotel on Fifteenth street at 10:30 o’clock. He was thought to have been a railroad man, and came here Wednesday. He has a brother, who is a railroad man, at Houston. He leaves a $4000 paid-up life insurance policy.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Mexican Veteran Dead.

Stockdale: Capt. John Baker died Wednesday, aged 94. He was a Mexican War veteran and during the war between the states he was sheriff of a county in Texas. He was one of the famous Mier prisoners but did not draw a bean because he was wounded and it was thought he would die, and made (no?) effort to escape. He was one of the men who took part in the Saltillo expedition and was in the Masterly retreat mentioned in history.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Found Mortally Ill.

Dallas: While driving along the road four miles east of Dallas Saturday evening Charles Mandalla discovered by the roadside an aged Mexican in a serious condition. He was taken home by Mandalla, and becoming unconscious, it was decided to bring him to town for treatment the following Friday morning. When several miles out of town the aged man slid from the seat and was found dead.

Thursday January 28, 1904 Took Carbolic Acid.

Dallas: Ike Brower, aged about 60 years, was found dead in his bed. He was last seen on Monday night. Wednesday morning calls at his door received no response, the door was forced and his body found, fully clothed, and lying on the bed. He had in his hand a newspaper and seemed to have died while reading. The dead man had been a carpenter, and for more than twenty-seven years had been connected with the City Planing Mill as a stair builder.

Thursday January 28, 1904 A Letter from Geo. A. Byus.

Alamagorda, New Mex.

Jan. 20, 04.

Editors Arlington Journal,

Arlington, Texas.

Gentlemen: I have just read in Dallas News that you have passed into your eighth volume. Reading this bit of news brings back to memory those pleasant days of old when I started the Journal. I had made up my mind that Arlington was in a good section of country, and knowing the people to be among the best (unreadable)... ... upon my first visit in the town I was informed that it would take grit and nerve to make a paper go there, as some six or a dozen had died in so many years. Not having any money I concluded that I must be possessed with a sufficiency of grit and nerve, hence I founded the Journal, and as it prospered I dreamed of future greatness in the shape of a power plant and a daily issue. The hand of fate was against me and misfortune forced me into this country to seek health for an invalid wife, but the Journal lives and prospers and no one on earth wishes for it more prosperity than I do.

Some day I fancy that I will live in Arlington again, for better people I have never known elsewhere. Yours for prosperity,

Geo. A. Byus.

Thursday February 4, 1904

Mrs. Lane who was tried last week on a charge of murdering old Mr. Coke last spring came clear on a plea of insanity, and returned to her family south of this City. She had been in Fort Worth Jail nine or ten months during which time she gave birth to a babe.

Thursday February 4, 1904 ALL OVER TEXAS.

McKay & Vick have gotten up a directory of the city of Hillsboro. They place the population of Hillsboro at about 8500.

The Governor has appointed Dr. C. J. Bell of Tyler, a member of the Board of State Medical Examiners, to succeed Dr. John C. Jones of Gonzales, deceased.

Jesse H. Booth, or Paris, was found dead in bed at Gainesville. He was an old and well-known resident of Paris, and left a family there. The remains were shipped there for burial.

W. M. Hunter, an old citizen of Austin, aged sixty-four years, died suddenly Wednesday morning. He was a merchandise broker and at one time journal clerk in the Texas Senate.

Monday afternoon the 16-year-old daughter of Fritz Marquot, living near Plum, was so badly burned that death resulted in a few hours afterward. She was burning cotton stalks in the field when her clothing caught fire.

A negro boy, barefooted and thinly clad was found in an unconscious condition on the streets of Oak Cliff Sunday. It was thought that he was an escaped inmate from the county farm. His condition is very critical.

Rev. T. J. Duncan, pastor of the Methodist Church at Ennis, died after a short illness. Rev. Duncan had been a member of the Northwest Texas Conference about twenty-five years, during which time he served several districts as presiding elder.

Broeton Baker Bledsoe died at his home in Village Mills of the burns received from an exploded lamp. Mr. Bledsoe was born in Cobb county, Georgia, in 1844. He was a Confederate veteran.

Thursday February 4, 1904 Died at One Hundred Years.

Chicago, Ill.: Sprightly and active until within two days of her death, Mrs. Julia Flynn is dead, at the age of 100 years. Bronchial trouble and weakness of the heart brought to an end her century of existence. Mrs. Flynn was born in 1804, in County Mayo, Ireland. Three of six children survive her and twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren are living.

Thursday February 4, 1904 Tragedy at Wilmer.

Dallas: At Wilmer Saturday night D. H. Weaver was shot and killed and Osa Tyre, aged about 28, received a pistol wound through the fleshy part of his shoulder. Weaver, who was an elderly man, 53 years of age, was instantly killed, being shot in the breast above the heart. Another ball entered his hip, while a third cut a hole through his hat. Tyre was arrested and brought to Dallas.

Thursday February 4, 1904 Killed by Fire Damp.

Waco: Sam Bell, a farmer, descended into a well near Hewitt, Mclennan county, to put in a blast, intending to go deeper to get a better flow of water, and was overcome and killed by carbonic acid gas, commonly called fire damp. His friend, Charles Johnson, descended to the rescue, and was overcome. A third man went down and got both men out, to late to save Bell, but in time to save Johnson.

Thursday February 4, 1904 ALL SORTS OF THINGS.

Miss Nannie Bryan, sister of the Silver Apostle, died at Lincoln, Neb., Saturday.

The Postmaster General has four horses and three carriages maintained by government expense for his private use.

Jacob Allen, a wealthy farmer of Wellington, Kan., was swindled at Wichita by gold brick men who sold him a worthless combination of tin and copper for $10,000.

In a difficulty between negroes two miles south of Howland, Rufe Morgan was shot three times with a double barreled shotgun and killed. Dave Crook went to the home of Justice of the Peace W. C. Brackeen and surrendered, claiming self-defense.

Miles Yarborough, for the last twenty years a resident of Paris, died of heart failure while seated in a chair at the home of his daughter at New Boston. He had just recovered from the grip. The deceased was a Union soldier in the Civil War and was a member of the George Wright Post, G.A.R., in Paris.

A negro boy, riding on a freight train at Camden, fell off and was run over by the train, which cut his body in two.

The Commissioners’ Court appointed Ambrose Gibson of Wichita Falls, county treasurer to fill the vacancy caused by the death of W. R. Gibson, his father.

A recent telegram states that the Trans-Siberian Railway has refused to accept merchandise freight since the 2nd instant, the line being used solely for transportation of troops and stores.

Thursday February 4, 1904 EVENTS OF EVERYWHERE.

W. C. Vanlandingham, a pioneer citizen of Hunt county, died at his home in Lone Oak of paralysis. He was seventy-seven years old.

William Webb, the oldest artist’s model in this city, has been found dead in his room from heart failure. He was eighty years old, and owing to his remarkable physique, was widely known among artists.

Frank Dawson has been convicted of murdering Anna Hartman and sentenced to be hanged at Paris, Mo., March 17. Dawson killed Miss Hartman as the result of a broken engagement at a dance six weeks ago.

Under Gen. Black, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a raid on the United States Treasury under the guise of pensions is to be made that will surpass even the imaginings of a few years ago.

Mrs. Katherine Kendall Stell, the oldest woman in New Hampshire and cousin of President Franklin, is dead at her home, Lyndeboro, N. H. She was 103 years old.

Internal troubles are increasing on account of increased taxes. Organized bands are resisting laws and officers all over the county. Some officers have been captured and robbed of government funds.

Isaac Hatfield fell dead on his farm near McLeod, Ok., Thursday, while feeding his hogs. In the same locality, the barns of Henry Pickard were burned, together with considerable feed, all his farm machinery, two cows and three mules.

The President has appointed W. B. Martin to succeed Minnie Cox, postmaster at Indianola, Miss. This postoffice was closed some time ago, the white inhabitants of the place refusing to accept mail from the Cox woman, who is a negress.

The German municipal authorities have decided to make attempt to exterminate microbes in public libraries, Prof. Koch having called attention to the danger of spreading infections diseases through books loaned indiscriminately from libraries.

J. W. Crook, a switchman, was struck and instantly killed by an engine at Shreveport, while switching cars in the yards of the V. S. and P. Road. The body was frightfully mangled.

Thursday February 4, 1904 Couldn’t Stand the Shock.

New York: Henry Schmidt, Jr., dropped dead at the door of his sweetheart’s home. In his pocket was found a wedding ring. Schmidt planned to wed some time ago, but did not owing to religious differences. He was determined to marry the girl, and after several days called at her home. He was told she had gone out for a drive with another suitor. Schmidt started back and fell dead.

Thursday February 4, 1904

Saturday night the officers found an unknown negro dying on the street at Hillsboro with consumption. He was sent to the pauper farm and died before day and without having been able to tell who he was. He was about 22 or 23 years old.

A man named Egbart confined in prison at Dawson Springs, Madison county, was burned to death in a fire in the structure which was of wood and heated with a stove.

Forty persons were killed by an explosion of ten tons of gunpowder at Fort Bratinda, Punjab, India.

The Earl of Devon, (Rev. Sir Henry Hugh Courtenay), rector of Powderham, Devon, is dead. He was born July 15, 1811, and held an extensive estate.

Lake Michigan is frozen over, an occurrence that seldom happens. The average temperature has been lower than since 1876.

Ex-County Treasurer Wm. Bagley, aged seventy-three years, a pioneer settler of Collin county, died Friday at McKinney.

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