Charles Spalding of Chicago, in order to reach the bedside of his mother who was dangerously ill at San Antonio, ran a special train from his home to the latter city covering the 1885 miles in 33 ½ hours, a little over 41 miles an hour including stops. Grover Arnold, lately of Greenville, was killed by his horse falling on him in a round-up in Shackleford County. Thursday March 10, 1904 Prairie Fires Rage, Leaving Death and Ruin Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska Suffer from Furious Fires Wildly Driven by Maddening Borean Blasts. Lawton, Ok., March 1. – Five persons were burned to death and 3000 square miles of territory in Kiowa and Commanche Counties were swept by prairie fires Wednesday, according to reports received here.
Hundreds of people are homeless and it is impossible to estimate accurately the financial loss owing to the wide extent (unreadable) …. At Hobart, the county seat of Kiowa County, the fire approached from the east, destroying the stables of fifteen ranches, fifteen residences, two business houses and various small buildings.
Spreading to the southwest the fire swept 75,000 acres of Government, military and timber reserve and Indian school reserve, destroying several Indian houses and forty head of Government cattle.
Spreading westward, the flames covered miles of the homestead district, destroying houses, barns and stock.
It was in this district that five persons are reported to have perished in attempting to protect their property.
The names of three have been learned.
They are: Dock and John Harmon, brothers, and a man named Fisher.
The other two were women and their names have not yet been learned.
Late at night the fire began moving southward toward this city. At midnight 5000 people of the city were up to do battle with the approaching monster of destruction.
The advance line of the fire was fully two miles in length and coming in a semi-circular form.
A thousand men turned their efforts to checking the flames in the grass borders of the reservation at the city limits.
Water from every source, carried in every conceivable way, was distributed along this line, and carried all around the city limits.
This served the purpose of checking the advance of the fire, but was of little avail in hindering the continued rolling of the fire brands into the streets of the city.
In more than a hundred places flames arose from dwellings, barns and outhouses, but wherever a blaze grew men were present to quench it with water.
As a result of the cool judgment of the fighters, the city’s loss was only $10,000. Stories are coming in of how families lay out on the prairie throughout the freezing night after the storm had passed with only the thin clothes on their backs as reminders of their once prosperous homes.
Hundreds of people are destitute and are suffering intensely from the cold and with excruciating pain occasioned by their burns.
Clothes, medicine and physicians are being sent out from all the cities and towns of the district to relieve the suffering.
Cavalry from Fort Sill and officers from this city are searching for missing men, women and children. The names of six persons dangerously burned have been learned and reports persistently continue from various districts to the effect that a large number of persons were injured in fighting the flames. I.
Strickland, the sexton of the Lawton cemetery, and his wife and two children were seriously burned.
The mother and one little daughter may die.
Denny, a farmer seriously injured.
Prosper, living three miles out of Lawton, lost all of his property, a herd of cattle, and was burned seriously, but with his entire family in night clothing escaped to ploughed ground and remained in the cold night air until dawn. A report has been received at Fort Sill that an entire Apache village was swept clean.
The report has not been verified. The soldiers at Fort Sill were ordered but to fight the flames and rendered great assistance. At Anadarko many buildings were burned.
No lives are reported lost, but there were numerous escapes.
Women and children scantily clad fled to ploughed ground, while the men remained in an endeavor to save property. Thursday March 10, 1904 (additional news items regarding the Prairie Fires are filed from Topeka, Kansas, Lincoln and Lexington, Nebraska.
From Topeka: “Many narrow escapes from death are reported, but as far as known only one person—Frank McGrew of Bird City—was burned to death.” Thursday March 10, 1904 A farmer seven miles north of Paris reports the plowing up of the body of an unknown man with a bullet hole through the skull.
Mystery surrounds the find.
The neighborhood is excited.
The body was buried for a long time only a foot under the ground. Thursday March 10, 1904 Six men were drowned, and four others injured, as a result of the collapse of a bridge spanning Yellow Creek, near Irondale, on the Cleveland and Pittsburg Railroad.
The men were on two locomotives that attempted to cross the bridge together. — Its’ jest human natur’ to growl an’ complain; Ruther have sunshine than oceans ‘o rain; But—spite o’ wild weather, I’m tellin’ you plain, “Reckon we’ll git thar yit!” An’ we carried that counsel the rough way along –, “Reckon we’ll git thar yit!” It lightened the burden—made sorrow a song— “Reckon we’ll git thar yit!” He wuz only a toiler in bloom an’ in blight, With Hope’s star a-shinin’, full blaze, in his sight; But he looked to the light, friends—he looked to the light— “Reckon we’ll git thar yit!” –Frank Stanton in Atlanta Constitution. Thursday July 28, 1904 Coffins as Presents. When Chinese parents arrive at about the age of 55 their affectionate sons and daughters club together and give them each a coffin, and wish them many happy returns of the day.
When death comes these receptacles are used for the purpose for which they are intended.
Coffins are to be seen in many houses in China, some of them being utilized as wardrobes. Thursday July 28, 1904 (editorial page) Marshall Douglass and Deputy Huffmyer is making it hot for the town cow these days, to which everyone, except he whose cow is pulled, gives hearty assent.
The Journal hopes to see the town cow utterly wiped off the streets of Arlington.
The war now on brings to mind the following ode: O thou gentle heifer! Daughter of thy mother and despoiler of garden truck! Thou bringest grief to our heart and Blue John to our coffee.
We hail thee—with a fence board and things like that.
Thou wanderest in and by forbidden paths beside the unripe cumber.
Thou smellest of the blushing beet and trompest on the lettuce.
Moreover thou peepest into the rain barrel and drinkest thereof, with none to molest or make afraid.
The maid neither the woman, wotteth not of thy goings and comings.
Thou spiest out the onion bed and liest down thereon while thou chewest thy cud like a summer girl.
Bimeby thou liftest up thy voice and bawlest.
Then trouble suddenly overtaketh thee.
The man riseth up in anger and a balbriggan suit.
He hiketh out and seteth the dog on thee.
He gathereth up an old hoe handle and smiteth thee sore on thy porter-house. ‘Tis then thou histest thy tail and gettest thee out p.
Thou skootest up a darksome alley and makest thy get away.
The man seeketh after and desireth thy postoffice address, but findeth it not. ‘Tis well.
Hadst he discovered thy abiding place he would have chewed the rag with the inhabitants thereof and gone home with his nose on bias and a purple dural under the eye. Thursday July 28, 1904 Notice. The linen table spread that belongs with the Communion Set at the Christian church, has been taken out of the church by unknown parties.
If the spread is put back in its proper place by next Sunday morning, the matter will end.
If not we will proceed to prosecute the guilty parties. Church Members. P.
The window will be left so you can raise it as before.
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