Laredo, TX Tornado Damages Much of City, Apr 1905
TWENTY-ONE KILLED BY TORNADO IN TEXAS.
STORM FROM MEXICO WRECKS BIG BUILDINGS AT LAREDO.
ROOF RIPPED OFF HOSPITAL.
TEACHERS AT SEMINARY HAVE NARROW ESCAPE -- STUDENTS RESCUE ONE -- GOVERNOR APPEALS FOR AID.
Laredo, Texas, via Bermuda, Texas, April 29. -- Twenty-one persons were killed and scores injured in Laredo and in New Laredo by a tornado which tore through the city late last night, crossing the Rio Grande. Rumors of others killed in places outside Laredo lack confirmation. The property damage is large.
Four members of a GUERRERO family employed on the ranch of GEORGE WOODMAN, were crushed to death by the falling of the heavy walls of an adobe house which they occupied. The others were killed in a similar manner.
At Laredo Seminary not oneof the group of buildings escaped damage. The barracks, the primary buildings, Emery Hall, and the chapel were damaged from 50 to 75 per cent. The teachers narrowly escaped death, as the walls of some of the buildings which they occupied were demolished. MRS. EASLEY was rescued by several young students, who lowered her by a rope from a second story. She was severely bruised.
The roof of the Mexican National Hospital was lifted. A trip through the town fails to show a block that has not suffered. Trees, fences, telegraph and telephone poles, corrugated roofs, chimneys and walls, and debris of all kinds strew the streets.
The city authorities set out at once to clear away the wreckage of the storm, and to-night the city began to assume its customary appearance. Linemen are endeavoring to straighten out the tangle of wires, and it is believed that within two days the electric light service can be resumed. It is hoped to re-establish telegraphic communication, at least partly, within two days.
Conditions in New Laredo, across the Rio Grande, are similar to those on this side. It is not definitely known how many dead or injured there are in New Laredo, but a city officer to-night said there were few dead. The five known added to the list on this side would bring the number in both cities up to twenty-one.
The storm made its appearance from the Southwest in the neighborhood of Lampasas, Mexico, seventy-two miles from Laredo. Great havoc was wrought there, althought it is not though that any loss of life resulted.
When the storm struck Laredo the huts occupied by the poorer classes were razed and, as the wind increased, the more substantial buildings were unroofed and in many cases demolished.
Lightning flashed vividly and continuously, adding to the fears of the people. The storm lasted about one hour.
The Mexican National Railroad abandoned its service temporarily on account of lack of telegraph wires for the dispatching of trains. Physicians are busy attending to the wounded, and it is thought that all the injured will recover. DR. H. J. HAMILTON of the United States Marine Hospital Service placed 150 tents, with bedding, at the disposal of the homeless.
The New York Times New York 1905-04-30