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1883 Daily Leader May 3

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It is beginning to look as if there will be no end to the record of death and sorrow and destruction begotten of the last storm.    We could fill three papers like THE LEADER with matters pertaining to this subject and then there would be much of interest left untold.


The following named persons of the Wesson and Beauregard wounded have died from their injuries since our last paper;  I.  Turnbough, Victoria Marshall,  colored,  Mrs. Finch,  Wm. Blackburn,  a little son of J. T. Gibson,

and Mrs. Beard; making a total of 52 deaths at both places to date.

There are a number of wounded  who are not yet out of  danger and who are  liable to die at any time.  Among these  are  Miss Mary Shields;  Charles  Lane,  two miles east of Beauregard;  Mrs.  Wm. Parker; and Mrs. H. Moody.  Mrs. Parker  has been removed to  McComb City, and gangrene  having set in, she had to undergo a second amputation of her arm.  Mrs. Moody's condition is very critical.   The editor of  THE LEADER  called to see her Tuesday afternoon, and in addition to her dangerous wounds,  found her shivering in the  clutches of a chill.    Her  husband,  Mr. H. Moody,  is improving in body,  but serious  fears are  entertained  that his mind  is permanently destroyed, owing to the awful bruises received upon the head.   A great  many of  the wounded at both places have been removed to neighboring towns, and  those  remaining have been comfortably provided

for by the committees in charge of such work.   As  if to multiply  the afflictions of  the wounded, a number have been attacked by measles, erysipelis or gangrene.    To witness the sufferings of some of these people would move the stoniest heart.  Too  much praise cannot be awarded the physicians of Beauregard and Wesson, as well as many who have gone there from other places.  They have done a  self-sacrificing, generous and heroic work.

Messrs. Bridewell,  Rea and Cotton, of  the Relief committee at  Beauregard, and their faithful assistants, have done  a  grand  work  for  the  suffering  fellow-citizens--a  service  for  which  they should be held in everlasting remembrance.   A  branch of the  Red  Cross  Society has  been  organized at  Wesson,  with Capt.  Oliver  as President,  and  John Mangum  as Secretary,  which is  doing  a  like  noble  work for the  relief of the sufferers.

Many of the home and visiting ladies at both places have worked like angels of mercy.

Up to date the case contributions received at  Beauregard amount to  $2,250 and about the same amount has been  received at Wesson.  The generous-hearted from every quarter have responded nobly.   When  the work is all done  and  the  smoke and  excitement clears away,  we  hope to  present to our  readers a  full list  of  the contributions and how distributed.

Careful, competent  and reliable men  now estimate that  $550,000 will  not cover  the damage at Beauregard.  The assessment of the  town, only a  few days before the storm  shows the value of  real  estate alone  there to have been assessed at $400,000.   The damage  in Wesson  is computed  at  $20,000,  and $100,000 for the county is regarded at liberal.

Some of the businessmen of Beauregard will rebuild, while others willmove away.   Much demoralization exists and many can not tell yet what they will do.  Only  temporary  shanties have  been erected yet.  We would like to see Beauregard now consolidate with Wesson and thus help to make that town a flourishing little city.

The mills at Wesson have started a force of workmen rebuilding houses destroyed on Peach Orchard Street.


On learning that the destruction of the cyclone was very great along its course through this county, a committee of gentlemen composed  of  Messrs. R. R. Applewhite,  M. W. Nevels, Henry Towns,  and Jos. G. Sessions, in order to ascertain the number of those  who had  been damaged,  and who really  needed  outside assistance, began last Sunday morning at the Franklin county line  and followed the course of  the storm to the Copiah line, taking  in  every place  that had been in  the  slightest injured.    The  appended  list of  names  which  they have placed at our disposal for publication, shows those  whose places were struck by  the storm.   We first give the names of those whom they found to


Emanuel Middleton, wife and 4 children; Delilah Smith, and 5 children; A. H. Smith,  wife and 6 children; Jas A. Smith, fractured ribs; John  P. East,  wife and 5 children; J. J. East,  wife and  5  children; Harry Smith and wife; Thos. Batte East, needs but little; Isham Walker,  wife and 6 children--he has 2 helpless in family; Gilbert Smith and wife; Bailey Smith, wife and 2 children; Print Britt,  wife and 2 children; Seaborn Smith, wife and 8 children; Jeptha Britt; John H. Case, wife an 6 children;  Wiley Smith, wife and  6 children;  Mrs. Ann Britt,  a widow  who has 6  children and is  very needy;  A.M.C. Davis, wife  and  2 children;  J.J.  Davis,  wife and  4  children; N. C. Barlow, wife and 5 children (Emma Estelle Barlow  Britt  was the  fourth child and  would  have  been about 3 years old); Jesse Case, wife and 1  child; L.H. White, wife and  9  children; Fred Wev, and Mr. Belcher.   Lewis H. White was very badly hurt about the head, and the doctors report his mind dangerously affected. The follow- ing list embraces the names of those whose property was injured, but who


Ervin Smith,  Patterson Case,  Stephen Smith,  W. R.  Smith,  Ben  Bledsoe (Col.),  Allen  Lofton,  Dan Tucker, Lewis  Lyons,  Elesbury  Britt,  W.J. Callender,  Perry  R. Smith,  A. C.  Arrington,  Pleas Smith,  Maybury  Britt, Elijah Smith, Marion Case, Hiram Allen,  John Ratcliff, Callie Davis, Rev. E. P. Douglass, John Allen, Sr., John Allen, Jr., W. M. Crawford, and W.J. Thompson.

Many of  the persons  included in  the list of  the needy are very  destitute indeed, having lost  houses, bedding, clothing, provisions and everything which they possessed.  It is our understanding--and it  seems  nothing more than fair that they should receive their  pro rata of the funds sent by the  benevolent from all quarters to Beaure- gard and Wesson for distribution among the storm sufferers of these places and the sections contiguous there to.    We  have no doubt  Judge Bridwell, of Beauregard, and the  Red Cross Society of  Wesson  will  take  the same view of the case and govern themselves accordingly.   Brookhaven will  extend  considerable assistance direct,  but her  ability to help is  materially lessened by the fact that many  of  our people  had already assisted Beauregard and Wesson to the extent of their ability before this  additional claim upon their bounty was known.  Nevertheless,  this is a  time  when large charity  is  demanded, and  we hope every one  will  help  these  poor people to the utmost extent of his means.


McCall's Creek, Miss., April 26,1883

To the Editor of THE LEADER:

Last Sunday evening the storm passed through this section of country, with all its fury and violence, demolishing everything that lay in its path.   As far as we have learned,  nine plantations were injured.  On four of these, not a house was left standing; but no one was seriously  hurt, except  Mr. Ira  Byrd and his daughter.   The first place   it  seems  to   have  struck,  was  Mr.  Manten  Lee's.     From there  it   took  a  northeasterly  direction,  passing  Mr. Ira Byrd's, Charlie Magee's (colored),   Mr. Bab  Webb's,  Mr. Isaac Ratcliff's, Mr. McIntyre's,  Mr. Porter's,  Mr. Roan Byrd's  and  Mr. Thos. Byrd's.   Part of the roof of Mr. M. Lee's house  was  blown off,  and  his  field  strewn with timber.    Mr.Porter, an  independent farmer,  suffered  the  greatest loss, as nothing was left standing upon his place, except a few posts.  Even the sleepers and floor were blown up.  His small stock

of  goods  was to the four winds,  and  ribbon,  cotton, etc.,  decked  the  neighboring trees.   He  lost a  horse,  and  after  the storm  the  poultry  was  found  dead laying around the premises.    But strange, amid  so  much destruction, his family had an  almost  miraculous  escape,  as  they  were in the house at the  time  and  were  blown up  into one corner of the room.

Mr. Bab  Webb  and  his  family  were  fortunately  absent,  or they could not have escaped  death, as their little cottage was partly  blown down and covered with  timber.  The  storm had  the appearance of a cloud of  black smoke and  came with a  roaring,  buzzing sound, accompanied by  heavy rain and hail.  The uninjured farmers have nobly responded to the call for help,  from their  unfortunate neighbors.    Farming has been at a stand still this week;  every man and boy  lending his assistance in rebuilding the fallen houses, and clearing the  fields of fallen timber.   The  houses are about  completed, but many  portions of the  farms are  so  covered  with heavy timber, that at this busy season of  planting, it will be impossible to clear them.    In many  places  the crops  will have to be replanted, and  great  damage was  done the  fences, especially where the rails were not new ones




THURSDAY, MAY 10, 1883


Below we  publish a revised  and correct list, as near as obtainable, of all persons  who were killed at Beaure- gard and Wesson on the day of storm, and who have died since, from the effects of their wounds;


Miss  Eula Benton;  Master Earnest Bahr;  Miss Anna Clossing, of  New Orleans;  H.F. Carter's  infant child, 8 months  old;  Rev.  Theophilus  Green  (Baptist Minister), Crystal Springs;  Mrs. Huber,  formerly  Mrs. Shields; Dr. Luther Jones, dentist; Mrs. Luther Jones; Master Willie Jones; Master Woodford Jones; Mr. Richard Keat- ing,  from Wesson;  Miss Georgia Mitchell;   Mr. Wm. Parker;  Maste r Lewis Parker; Tommy  Ross; son of Mr.

John W. Ross; Master Milton Story, son of Mr. S. A. Story;  Mr. Wm. Sandifer;  Mr. I. Turbough,  died at Brook- haven;  Miss Irma Terrell;  Mr. John  S.  Terrell;  Mrs.  Capt. John F. White, George White,  son of  Capt. Frank White;  James  William,  son-in-law of  W.C. Loving;  Mrs. A. Westerfield,  mother of  S.P.  Bloom;  Miss  Mary Mikell,  Mrs. John F. White's  sister;  Miss Mary  Shields,  daughter  of  Mrs. Huber;  Little Essie Swett, died at Summit after removal.    Total, 27; all white.


Caleb  Ellis;  Joseph Hunt;  Jere  Smith;  Victoria  Marshall; child of  Freeman  Easterling;  two  children  name unknown.  Total 7.


Miss  Sallie  Ford;  Mrs.  Sanders  (sister of J. T.Gibson); child  of  Mrs. Wilkinson;  a  little  daughter of  Nathan Lofton; two  little boys  of  Edward  Allen;   Mrs. Causey,  and  daughter; Wm.  Blackburn and  son; child of N. L. Duncan;  son  of  J. T. Gibson;  Samuel Binion;  Mrs. Emily  Finch,  wounded  in  Beauregard  and  removed  to Wesson; Mrs. Elizabeth Beard.  Total-10; all white.


Special to the Times-Democrat.

Wesson, May 2 -- Rev.  H. F. Johnson, of  Brookhaven, has paid out, as agent of the Red Cross here, $200 to sufferers in Lincoln County.    The Red Cross  today issued  100  rations for  one week.   Thompson &  Co., M. Daniel & Co., C. A. Ray, L. 0. Bridewell and I. Bloom & Co.,  will  rebuild at  Beauregard.   The  wounded  here and at Beauregard are doing well, and no further deaths are  expected at  Beauregard,  except that of Charles Lane.  As a last resort the leg of J.T. Gibson's nephew will be amputated next Thursday, but it is feared this will do no good.    Mrs. McMan has her jaws crushed, Erysipelas has set in and she is lying here in a critical condi- tion, having taken only a few spoons full of liquid nourishment since the 22nd.

Mr.  Hamilton Mood  was  reviewing the ruins at  Beauregard with his  elbow in a sling.  The physicians both at home  and  abroad had  considered his  case hopeless,  and  his  indomitable  will, iron constitution and great nerve  account  for  his  marvelous  recovery.    His  mind  is  now clear  and active,  and  he related to the T. D. representative many incidents connected with the cyclone.   A buggy was  sent down and  he was  taken home

at  once, he having visited the ruins against the earnest remonstrations of his relatives.    Mrs. Moody is able to be up.   Mrs. Dr. Pierce, hurt badly on the arm, was taken 20 miles east of Brookhaven today.

The three orphans, George Shields and the half-sisters Eddie and Sarah Huber, were taken on the same train to Brookhaven, where  Mrs. Whitworth,  Dr. Martin and Mr. Maxwell will take charge of them.   The little orphans mentioned  above arrived  safely  Monday  afternoon,  and  were  taken  charge  of  by  the benevolent-hearted persons named as their protectors.  They could not have fallen into better hands.


Mr. H. Shoafe,  so  badly  hurt, and taken  to Brookhaven,  has recovered sufficiently to return here today.  This gentleman was blown from Wesson to Beauregard, a distance of one mile ---

Wesson special to New 0rleans Times-Democrat, May lst.

Mr. Simpson--we forget his other name---was taken up by the storm in West Lincoln, carried past Wesson and Beauregard  at  the rate of a  mile  a minute and sloshed down into the middle of Pearl River at Rockport.    He then  swam  down  the  Pearl to  Monticello, and  crawled  from that  place to  Brookhaven,  reaching  here  last Thursday just too late for us to announce his arrival in our last paper.    He said  that his house  had been swept away and carried beyond where he himself was spilt from the laps of the storm  and that he was a sufferer and needed help.  We believed  him, and he  was endorsed  by  the  editor of  THE LEADER and  several  leading citizens  of  Brookhaven  with  instructions  to  draw on the  Times-Democrat's  Relief  Fund  for  $100.   At  last accounts, Mr. Simpson had sufficiently recovered to walk a little, and was still improving.


THURSDAY, MAY 17, 1883

The roll  of death is still being  occasionally called among the storm, victims.   Since our last, a little son of Mrs. Sanders,   and  the nephew  of  Mr. J. T.  Gibson,  at  Wesson,  and  Mr.  Charles  Lane  at  Beauregard,  have answered the call.   This   makes the total number of victims 55.  Mrs. Wilkinson, a much-respected old lady of 83 years died at Wesson last week of natural decay.    The  Red Cross and  Relief  Committees  are  trying  to close their work this week.   

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