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April 1, 1897
A CYCLONE AND HAIL
Almost Laid Waste a Village
PEOPLE KILLED AND WOUNDED
Further News of the Oklahoma Storm.
Increase Its Horror - - List of Killed Reaches 26 - - Over 130
Received Injuries Chief Justice Dales Close Call
Pine Bluff. Ark., April 1 - - A cyclone and hailstorm has passed
over Gradys, 21 miles south of here. It almost laid waste the
entire village, killing four colored women and wounding several
others, among them the station agents wife. There was not a
house left standing on Hall place and the sectionhouse was
entirely demolished. Hailstones were so large that trainmen had
to find places of safety. All trains are late. The town is
entirely cut off from the telegraphic communictaion.
.April 1 - -It is learned every house in Chandler,
both business and resident, with the exception of two. Were
destroyed by the cyclone.
The list of killed reaches 26 and and the injured over 150.
Fourteen will die.
Chief Justice Dale of the Oklahoma supreme court, who was holding
court when the cyclone came up, narrowly escaped. He ran with his
wife to a hollow and the two were protected ny a large bowlder
and were unhurt. Others in the courthouse. Which was crowded, did
not fare so well, one being kiled and a dozen injured. The
structure was twisted around and hurled into the street a
Chandler was a town of 1,500 people. It was built on a hill, in a
thick timber, and situated 50 miles southeast of Guthrie. It was
one of the most prosperous of the territory boom towns, but was
without railway facilities. But two lef tstanding. They were the Mitchell
Hotel and the Grand Grocery Store.
The night in Chandler was one of undescribable terror. With many
of its inhabitants dead or dying and the remainder too badly
injured or unable from fright or because of the darkness to
render assistance, noorder prevailed. Rain poured down in
torrents. The injured in many cases unavailingly cried for help
and lay in the wrecks of their homes until daylight made it
possible for them to help themselves, or when aid from
surrounding towns arrived.
But one of Chandlers physicians escaped uninjured, and,
even after aid from Guthrie arrived, there was a scar-city of
surgeons. Only two were able to do anything last night, and one
of these, Dr. Walcott, with blood streaming from a sightless eye,
worked until he fainted.
The city has put to use all its cash, about $700, for immediate
aid. Hundreds of tents have been sent from Fort Reno and Guthrie
and will provide temporary shelter for the unfortunates. All are
homeless, however, and more substantial aid must quickly follow.
Food is scarce and there are not half enough coffins to bury the
dead, and practically all the towns supply of medicine has
A list of the dead follows:
Attorney John Dawson
Child, all burned to death by being pinioned in the wreck of the
Mrs. Tom Smith, crushed
Mrs. Philip Johnson and child.
Mrs. Dr. Lee
A.W. Keller and wife
Three unknown children, burned to death
James Woodyard and wife of Eldorado, Kan.
H. Bemar, a barber
Mrs. F.G. Johnson, babe and little boy
The fatally injured are:
Dr. L. Lee
Andrew Asher and wife
D.C. Johnson and wife
Many others received less injuries