The Daily Herald. (Weatherford, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, January 24, 1913 Page: 1 of 4
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WEATHERFORD, TEXAS, FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 1913.
Dry-Goods Store and Implement Houses are
Wrecked When Fall Comes, Catching
Shoppers and Employees
Crash Comes Without Warning, While Citizens are
Places Purchasing Goods—Loss Estimated at
Prom $75,000 to $100,000.
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DEAD AND INJURED.
■f McKinney, Texas, Jan. 24.—The 4
♦“ dead and injured as a result of 4
♦ the collapse of two buildings 4
•f here “'late- Thursday aftertioon 4
were officially' announced at 11 4
l4* p. m.as follows: * 4
> "• \ The Deid: * 4
+ Mrs. Mary Stiff, cleric. ♦
♦ Miss Eva Searcy, clerk. +
■f Miss Kate Milligan, McKinney, 4
4- customer. 4
♦ Miss Rosa Welch, McKinney, 4
♦ customer. ’ 4
+ Miss Bessie Wade, teieplione 4
R. L. Hlght.
R. N. Presley, aged 35, clerk.
Leslie W. Bush. *
John Thomas, clerk.
Miss Lula Searcy, clerk.
Miss Anna Curtd, clerk.
Vernie Graves, clerk.
Mrs. Hugh A. Kistler, customer.
♦ Annie Graves Kistler, aged 4.
♦ Mrs. Wick Graves.
♦ Mrs. Belle McWilliams, clerk;
♦ very serious. 4
+ Mrs. W. M. Shirley, wife of ♦
♦ county treasurer. 4
♦ Mrs. Jennie Barnett. 4
+ Miss Stella Russell, Farmers- 4
+ vllle, badly hurt. 4
♦ Miss Cassie Seay, McKinney; 4
♦ slightly hurt. 4
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4 pi store .here this-afternoon. The
4 ; ruins caught fire and it is feared there
city or to private homes after emer-
gency medical attention.
The collapsed stores were the
three-story Odd Fellows building, oc-
cupied by the dry goods store of
Cheevea Bros., crowded with women
and children attending a white goods
sale at the time ,and the adjoining
two-story Implement store of T. J
The dry goods store stood on the*
northeast corner of the public square,
the other adjoining. The collapse of
a wall in the implement house threw
its weight of heavy implements
against the corner building, and with
a noise that jarred the town to its
foundations both sank into ruins.
The collapse of the two buildings
took place exactly at 3:40 o’clock. A
sale of white goods was on in the
great three-story department store,
and men, women and children throng-
ed its counters. The implement store
adjoining was doing a thriving busi-
Fire Adds to Horror; Ruins Besome
will be considerable loss of life.”:
Not as Bad as First Thought.
By Associated Pres*
McKinney, Texas, Jan. 24.—It is a
certainty that yesterday’s department
store collapse here was not the holo-
caust which for hours after the acci-
dent rescuers and eye witnesses de-
clared it to be, cams this morning
when daylight showed the store site
stripped of the bricks and timbers,
except a few small heaps in corners,
and no more dead were found. The
death list Is eight, and injured fif-
teen, one of whom, Mrs. Belle McWil-
liams, may die.
No More Bodies Found.
McKinney, Texas, Jan. 24.—Up to
noon no more bodies had been found
In the debris and It has become al-
most certain that there are no more
to be found.
Herald Receives Nows.
The following dispatch was receiv-
ed by the Herald yesterday afternoon
about 5:30 o’clock from the Asocf-
“McKinney, Texas, Jan. 23.—Thir-
ty or forty women and girls were
caught in a collapse of the Missiissip-
The following story of the great
disaster is taken from the Dallas
News of Friday morning, which was
written by Harry L. Marriner, special
staff correspondent* and is reproduc-
ed because of the close proximity to
Dallas, and their accurate facilities
for getting the full particulars. The
The most appalling tragedy in the
history of, this city or county was
enacted in the collapse of two of the
city’s largest brick buildings, both
filled with customers at the time.
Until the ruins, which caught fire,
are completely cleared from the fatal
spot, the exact loss of life can not be
ascertained, but it is believed the
death list will total eight, as that
number of bodies have been taken
from the ruins and no others are
thought to be in the wreckage. The
list of injured is fifteen.
At 11 o’clock last night rescue work
was stopped by City Marshal John S.
McKinney, after a conference with the
mayor and workers. It was decided
that all bodies had been removed and
efforts to find more were suspended
for the night.
"I believe that all bodies are now
out," said the Mayor at 11 o'clock.
“For a while it looked as though we
would find fifteen or twenty more bod-
ies, but we are greatly relieved at
finding many have escaped from, the ettabliahmenU ftnd
building and been reported safe.
"The tragedy is bad enough in all
conscience, but the citixeuahlp of Me- but died from his burns. While un-
Kinney is gratified to know that it der the wreckage he told the rescu-
was not bo bad as it looked as first. ers that Leslie Rush was under the
This has been the greatest disaster ruins, as he had Just been waiting o*
in the history of the county, and him. The body of Bush was taken on*
there are many aad hearts, not only of the ruins about 9:30 o’clock. Mr.
here, but all over the state. Bush, who was about 55 years old.
"I never saw such work in my life, was one of the most prominent men
I did not think mortal men could re- in Collin county. He was a large land
move so much debris in so short a owner, and the brother of Walter
t,me- a Bush, the hanker.
“The proffers of assistAce from all Electric Lights Placed,
over the state have beenFfully appre- As darkness fell strings of electric
elated, and go to show that when lights were strung across the ruins
there is real trouble there are real and, lighting up the gruesome specta-
people to offer real help.” cle, showed to the experienced eyes,
The entire city and all this section such as those of Mayor Finch, that
of the state was shocked to a point little or no hope could be entertained
that was almost stupefaction. Ke- of finding living beings beneath so
covering, willing hands by the bun- grim and stern'a mass,
dred tore apart the smoking bricks On one side rose m heap of brick
of the fallen buildings, burling aside and debris thrown and scra’ched
smoke-blackened and water-soaked aside by the workers. On the other
timbers, and four hours after the col- hung In the glare of the lights the
lapse the mangled and crushed bodies ruined floors of the implement hnil-
of eight persons had been tenderly ding, literally ..dropping vehicles and
removed by 300 workers and the implements into the sodden seme be-
forms of thirteen injured persons low. Bales of dry good* hung sus-
carried to the four hospitals of the pended from torn rafters, and before
The streets were thronged with cit-
izens and people in town for their
trading. Suddenly those in the build-
ings heard a groaning as of timbers
in distress. A harsh cracking fol-
lowed and clerks and customers alike
broke for the safety of the streets.
Pressed outward by the weight of tho
heavy implements of the stock, the
wall of the implement store swayed,
sagged and burst through into the
department store, and In an instant
hundreds of tons of merchandise and
wrecked and shattered building ma-
terial roared into a tremendous heap
of debris on the site of the ruined de-
partment store, piling thirty-five feet
in the air and settling in a cloud of
dust that rose like a pall above the
buried bodies, while jagged timbers
thrust ugly heads from the mass.
After a moment of stunned amaze-
ment, of paralyzed Inactivity, hun-
dreds of willing workers pitched into
the ruins. Scarcely had they mounted
the heap when tongues of flame burst
through it and an alarm of fire ad-
ded to the confusion. From all over
the city came workers, hundreds of
them, and as they came they were
formed Into relays by Mayor Finch
and those assisting him. As one shift
became exhausted another took its
place, and from a mound of debris the
smoking, ^teaming ruins became a
crater, bricks were hurled aside, tim-
bers torn out and cast into the streets
and mangled and crushed forms were
tenderly lifted from the twisted mass
of wreckage and hurried to various
hospitals in waiting wagons. The
dead were carried to the undertaking
the work contin-
ued with feverish energy.
R. N. Presley was brought out alive
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this scene stood on either side of the
ruined corner a crowd that number-
ed thousands, standing on everything Struggle for
possible, and watching the fury of
laihor that they ached to join.
McKinney is a city whose people
are not like those of many, and in
McKinney relatives stick together
more closely than elsewhere. A num-
ber of old settled families have their
homes here and from McKinney these*
families have sent Bcions to all parts
of the state. * ' •
News Spreads Quickly.
The news of the disaster spread
like wildfire, and relatives and friends
of those either in the buildings, or
supposed to possibly be in the build-
ings, soon began arriving on every
train. The telephone and telegraph
wires were literally swamped and
congested. A special train was run
In from Greenville with 400 people
from that city, Farmersvllle and
Princeton, and special cars were run
on the interurban.
Every doctor in the county volun-
teered bis services, and offers of ev-
ery sort and description poured! In.
Finding medical help plentiful, many
doctors labored with their bands at
tearing aside the wreckage.
The scene was one of a sort to
bring bad reams. Greasy and tramp-
ed by thousands of feet, ruined fancy
goods from the once well-equipped
store—slimy hose pipes strung by the
weary fire fighters stretched across
the streets like evil serpents, and
buried themselves under the dripping
and shattered planking—shouting
workers, silhouetted against the light,
tore planks, bricks and rubbish aside
and cast them far away with warning
cries, and, filling the square, stood
the dense crowd, some weeping and
anxious, some dry-eyed and curious,
absorbed In watching the ghastly
work, for It was evident early that
no life could remain beneath tha* pile!
There were many pitiful scenes —
sobbing fathers, mothers and rela-j
tlves stopped every one who Imght.
know to ask wildly for 'hissing rela-
Many people, some old and gray, “
hung over telephones and sought In-'
formation, and from all over North ;
Texas came wild demands for Infor-1
matlon, specified Information, demand- !
ed by right of anxiety and suffering.1
(Continued on Page Three.)
BEGAN 45 YEAR8 AGO.
Woman Suffrage In Eng-
land is Again Taken Up.
By AftHoelatcd Press
London, Eng., Jan. 24.—A critical,
stage was reached this afternoon In
the forty-five years struggle to obtain
votes for women, which began in the
House of Commons in 1867. Alfred
Lyttleton moved to adopt the amend-
ment and to eliminate the word malo
from the franchise reform bill. The
debate then began. Lewis Harcourt.
whose home the suffragettes tried to-
burn recently, attacked the measure
for your approval
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