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Abilene Morning News, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1927, Abilene, Texas West Texas1 Own Newspaper ABILENE MORNING NEWS WEST ly cooUr In southtatt por tion Prldiy partly VOLUME 1 Prlce5Ccntt THURSDAY APRIL NUMBER NADO DEATHS REACH 56 Heavy Sweep Central West Texas WITNESSES TELL GRIM STORIES OF CATASTROPHE HORRORS OF BATTLEFIELD ARE SEEN IN ROCK SPRINGS AFTER APPALLING DISASTER Sidewalks Literally Run First Eye Witness To Reach San Antonio Tells Woman Telephone f Operator Is Heroine Of Disaster By The Associated Press CAMP April scene of indescribable horror remindful of sanguinary battlefields held sway in Rock Springs Tuesday night after a bilious colored tornado wiped out 62 livesand injured jaore than 150 Frank Kahm San first eye witness to the devastated town said here Dead and dying were scattered about in every Rahmstorf I was driving to Rock Springs from Miles be fore I reached Rock Springs I saw the sinister funnelshaped cloud racing ahead of There was a greenish yellow tinge to the main set in a background of inky SHEFFIELD SAFE Reported destruction of Shef by a cyclone Tuesday was denied Wednesday afternoon by the San Angelo A report of 32 dead at Shef field was sent to the Fort Worth StarTelegram by its McCamey and filed by the StarTelegram on the day As Sari Angelo declared the report and the Associated Press killed the Fort Worth I feared When I got into Rock Springs the cloud was hanging just above the not a breath of air At 7 it a swishand a then havoc and pande Rages and Roars The cloud dipped attel to grasp the For sis min utes It raged and I had taken refuge In the Valentine A number of other people also were They dashed to the concrete But I was unable to follow them before the entire roof Fortunately I managed to seek refuge under someheavy timbers and escaped But the sight when I reached streets was one of Indescrib able From my vantage point under the hotel floor i American Flyers Hope To Beat seen human houses and larger buildings hurled about like so much Scantlings were lifted and driven through the bodies of victims who sought to escape the storms The side walks literally ran It re sembled morea battlefield In Endurance Record For Flying Broken By Civilian Pilots France than a peaceful Iktle West Texas Help In Rescue with a left Bock Springs for Camp Wood after the rescue work was well in By Universal Service Gladys telephone was spared by the The black monster lifted the tele phone building from its founda tions and dashed it against a Stunned by the force of the Laurie crawled to her torn from their sprawl ed over theboard In a disordered A small light then It It was like a messagefrom another she My heart beat wildly as I jtagged 7 held tho ear phones tigtt to my The howling of See TORNADO HORRORS Page 4 Our New Private Branch Exchange A private branch telephone ex change connecting all departments is being installed In the Reporter replacing the system of in dividual connections has been found This will explain the difficulty Abilenians have had since ea y yesterday to get prompt telephone connection with the Reporter The exchange operators are still somewhat unfamiliar witL the operation of the but iy tomorrow the system will be wont Ing The new numbers are 30 J8 and Caij any one of these for either the Reporter or the operator will and you wijl be immediately connectpd with the department The old numbers have been these being 23S4 and For Sundays and after 6 desiring connection the editorial department may II 3068 or while persons and circulation may By The Associated Press April Bert Acosta and Clarence civilian set a new American record to night In their attempted 50 hour flight for the worlds endurance At oclock tonight and they pass ed the previous American time of 36 4 34 The fliers took off on their long grind in the cloudes at oclock yesterday morning in a WrightBellanca trav eling at less than 80 miles an they have shuttled steadily back and forth be tween Roosevelt field and New York City determined to keep up the pace until they estab lished a new worlds endur ance record for The previous American rec ord was made by Oakley Kel ly and John at Wilbur Wright Day April 36 4 minutes and 34 seconds in the The present worlds record of 45 11 minutes and 59 was made at in Aug ust by Droughin and Acosta and Chamber lin hope to pass this record at oclock tomorrow morn Breakdown Causes Delay In Delivery Due to a serious bat able breakdorm In the stereo typing department this issue of The Morning News came fruni the press more than six hoars Special delivery cars loaded with papers were started to all towns within 75 grilles of Abilena immediately after the Issue was Motor has lines were also employed anu local dciiv erics were New York Show Producer Removed To Hospital After Arrival Faces Year term By Universal Service April being unconscious for eight physicians at the Greenville City hospital admitted late afternoon that Earl New York theatre was In a serious and that fear was felt for his Carroll was removed to the hos pital here when the train on which he was traveling from New York to to begin serving a sentence of a year and a day In the federal arrived in Carroll is charged with perjury In connection with the famous famous bathtub party staged in New At oclock Earl Carroll was still a state of and at tending physicians his condition was A diagnosis of his case has not been but it has been ascertained that the theatre producer did not take as first Other physicians have been call ed In for and it was eald that a prominent New York physician will be summoned unless the condition of Carroll takes a decided turn for the better April Earl the theatrical pro takes up his abode in the federal penitentiary for a year and a day he will be put to work aa an orderly in the prison bath This Is In keeping with the policy that convicts be given work for which they are best Warden Snook said Spent On Road Grading and construction of drainage structures on Highway 1A the Hamby extend ing northeast has cost according to min utes of the county commissioners In Its February just all due the con tractors were Peaceful Town Now Place Of Horror By The Associated Press ROCK April This qnict mountain pulverized last night by a had the appearance today of a battle ruined as United States cavalry men succored the an emergency army hospital tended the and a field kitchen fed the rem nants of the and an airplane ambulance dashed back and forth between here and San Antonio carrying In a furious the wind came out of the north at oclock last wiped the town from Its defenseless position at the top of Edwards plateau in far West and within five minutes had taken the lives of 56 persons and Injured 170 a number of are fatally Scurrying the same angry or some of its bobbed about striking at no less than eight widely separated points killing Injuring 15 and doing an nnestimatcd amount of The desolation left by the storms the uprooted trees and piles of and the accoutrements of wai brought here by the anuy on its mission of enhanced the illu sion of a wartorn The cavalrymen came from Camp 60 miles from Rock by automobile and and the airplanes came from Kelly Field at San 145 miles army surgeons and Red Cross nurses were at the scene long before the extent of the catastrophe was known and volunteers were pouring in from all Survivors Spend Night Of Horror With onehalf the business houses and residences crushed and tho other half severely the survivors ot the town of 800 spent a night of groping about in the For uptime after the all was paralysis and The cries of the injured and dying were mingled with the calls of persons calling their tho unin jured being at a loss to distinguish one from the Finally a man standing in the middle of town brought some order out of chaos by raising bis voice above the others and gradually relaying instructions from mouth to mouth about the ruined For many hours there was no direct communication to the stricken then finally Miss Gladys telephone with a heroism equal to tho drove a mile and a half in the rain with a telephone lineman to tho nearest unbroken point on the over a telephone nailed to a post in the open she told the story of the Direct Communication Opened this afternoon n field telephone was laid at the end of the San Angelo Telephone Companys wire five miles from the and the Associated Press through the San Angelo Standard opened up the first direct The first message was from Assistant Adjutant General Nichols who asked whether rangers or national guardsmen were General Nichols said he would bo guided by Associated Press reports of the disaster in determining whether to move state The lobby of Uie First State all of the windows of which were blown was converted into a The Edwards County Wool Mohair Companys building became a temporary Many injured were taken to Camp 42 miles which is tho nearest railroad There a movie theatre was converted into a Rescue workers were impeded by muddy roads which wind their tortuous way and by the fact that Rock Springs has neither railroad nor Mount Pleasant Receives Biggest Rainfall Road Traffic Held Up After Downpours While an appalling tornado swept Rock 200 miles southward from Tues portions of Central West Texas were struck by wind causing minor dam Heavy in several sections of cloudburst propor fell throughout this in Southern Nolan reported that two downtown garages were de molished and that two resi dences had been lifted from their foundation as a result of a heavy wind Hundreds of windows in the town were Automobiles stored in the two garages were undamaged although the roofs were carried away by the The heaviest precipitation of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was reported from the Mount Pleasant community south of where seven inches of rain fell in a few Culverts and roadways in that area were destroyed and traffic was at a Bridges Weakened In Merkel 3 12 Inches was regis Water weakened a bridge on the Texas Pacific railway just east of causing a slow order to be issued to all train Two bales of cotton were lifted by the flood waters from a cotton yard in east Merkel and were carried across tho Bankhead high way by the Haskell reported 1 14 inches of rain for Tuesday and Three inches of rain fell at Albany reported two to three See WEST TEXAS STORM Page 4 SCORES OF DYING ARE HURRIED TO NEARBY CITIES ON SPECIAL TRAINS FOR AID Thirty Victims Buried In Village Graveyard With Simple Ceremonies John Cousin Of Abilene Girl Dies Aboard train Number Of Injured Believed Fatally Hurt Death List Cut Down With Errors Discovered By The Associated Press ROCK April of an unidenti fied woman in an ambulance airplane and John on a special relief both brought to San Antonio from Rock scene of Tuesday nights tornado to night fixed the list of known dead at about nine of whom still are At least 30 of the victims were buried in the village grave yard this afternoon with simple Fortyfour of the estimated 150 injured were dispatched from 75 miles south of Rock late today in the first of three trains sent to San Antonio Bour land Avas dead when the first group The death list had been set definitely today at but diffi culties of identification caused errors not discovered until to Death not discovered until one of the ten Kelly Field airplanes making several round trips taking patients to San Antonio had reached its The Injured At least eleven of those killed end injured in the Rock Springs tornado were relatives of Abi a checkup by the Morn ing News revealed last Five local people had been informed last night of the deaths of kins menSeveral are enrouteto Rock Springs or will start Ed 1329 South Eleventh left at 2 and Sam Second Wednesday on learning of the and Graham whose home Rock Springs In Need Lets Help With Our Money Help Rock Springs The Red Cross asks the situation cruelly demands and the Abilene Morning News w i receive make acknowledgement through its and hand them to chairman of the Taylor County Red The Abilene reporter cd a cyclone reiief fond Wed and before the day was over had made acknowl edgments to twentytwo Abi lene firms and whose contributions amounted e death of his Judge and Griffith and 10yearold are In the list of those serious ly Griffith and Henderson married Griffith Is an aunt of Conway nmnager of the News classified advertising depart Judge Griffith was a former county judge and county attorney of Edwards exsuperinten dent of the schools and one of the leading citizens of the Miss Lois Roberts of Del Rio a student in Abilene Christian College was Informed last night by The Morning News of thedeath of her and James and Mabel Bour Her uncle was seriously Injured In the James Bourland died on a special relief train as it reached San An tonio late Miss Roberts was preparing to leave for Rock Springs early In company with an uncle from Jarars and Mabel Bourland were also cousins of Miss Jo a teacher In Lamar Two other and John Lawrence wero listed among tho Miss Wllma an student whose homo Is In Rock was informed by tele phone latft yosterciay that none of her family or other relatives wero is near the stricken had not been informed of tho death or injury of relativesThey planned to go there Robert editor of the who perished in the Rock Springs cyclonewith his was abrother of formerly salesman for Armour Company at Abilene and now man ager of Armours branch at Lub Dollahite was 49 years of age and spent most of his life at Atascosa where his mother etili He had five The a lives hi San while those living in Rock besides are Zolma and Brother Enroute Dollahite left Lubbock Wednesday morning for Rock Springs by Ola one of the was a widow and had lived In Rock Springs for many according to Miss WUma Abilene Christian whose home is in Rock Two of Penningtons children also were but their names are not Pcnnington had threo 21 Rus 16 and The Spiers family of four had lived at Rock Springs only lost August Tvften ftsauaied the pastorate of Methodist church Spiers and their two children a list of the dead and Gus Henderson had lived at Rock Springs for many Henderson operated a meat market there until last fall when lie sold it and returned to the ranch with his He was the father of five two of whom are in the death The Crodwer four of whom lost thtir moved there four or five years Crowder was employed on the Webb 14 miles northwest of Rock another was em ployed by the Chevrolet Motor moving there last sum mer from Charie Baker operated a whoso child was listed among the Is He is the father of three William who TTJIS was an aged woman and a pioneer of Edwards Two children of Joe reported dead were her Their mother died 18 months April Word was received here that Herbert his wife and two children werekilled in the Hock Springs Griffith was reared In Coleman county and was a former Judge of Edwards and Cole Lewis and and Grant Lewis rushed to Btricken city to aid relatives Virginia Poncho Don Carolyn Buddlo Franctsca Jesus Juanita John and Lupo Etta MJss Elizabeth Robert Victorio Car Fucntus and Dottlo Bud Elizabeth Sylvan Kan sas City and John Miss WJHio a boy of the Hunnlrutt Amon Harring Walter Daniel a Flora and April appeal to West Texas towns to subscribe liberally to the relief fund for the tornado suffer ers at Rock Spring was broadcast here today by Homer manager of the West Texas Cham ber of who was in BreckcnrlclgG on a business with Whitaker and other staff members of tho West Texas Cham ber of Commerce headed the list of subscribers to the fund being raised by Breckenridge for the re lief of tho The Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce and are sponsoring the raising of the Breckenridge quota of the relief fund and it is planned to wire a substantial sum to the Red Cross The Dead Following is a revised ac counting for the accord ing to crosschecked figures to night county ney and Mona and Gus Henderson and two Burnett Charlie David Kenfroe Zollie Mae Eliasville Girl Is Found By Police April Dreams of a cinema career In Hollywood faded today in Pallas for pretty 13yearold Wllda Cain of The a was found Jn Fort Worth following a five day search by frantic parents with the aid of friends and the po She left her home in Elias ville last Friflsy following the afternoon school Dallas police officers found the according to Informa tion reaching local this Her father left An ambition to Join the movies prompted tho girl to leave It was A Breckenrldgo woman who ac companied tho girl on a bus Friday night to Dallas informed local officers of the girls in tended destination after she learned that the girl was a Frank Willis and Walter Adams and Sybil Victor Saldana Cristoval De La Marie Pedro Manuela Rcfugio Lucia Esleraldo Gloria Merced and Tolbert Cow den and Ola Pennington an1 Nolla Dollahite and Dollahite was editor of the Edwards County Walter Adams and Jim Bourland died on first special train enroute to San Unidentified died ia ambulance About eight unidentified in April In reply to a message from American Red Crosa national headquarters chairman of the Coleman County wired a contri bution of for the Rock Sprinjfll relief The work of securing funds will be continued and Qolson poets io increase nmomi day and later in the
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