A Whirlwind of Death.
I A terrible cyclone, carrying death and destruction upon its wings, swept over a portion of Beaufort County, North Carolina, recently. Reports so far received show that nine persons were killed by it, and that more than 20 were injured. Farmhouses were blown to atoms, and the inmates in many instances had narrow escapes from death. Farmer Wesley Edwards heard the roar of the cyclone in the distance, and called his family into the house. The family consisted of hiis r band, wife, and four children. The eldest, Miss Ellen, was to have been married next day to a neighboring farmer. When they saw that the cyclone was moving directly towards the house, the members of the family sought safety in. flight, but it was then too late. The storm was upon the.m, and the house and outbuildings were swept away like chaff. Father, mother, and children were lifted high by the wind and then dropped back to earth dead 500 yards farther on. Edwards' body was found impaled on the limb of a fallen tree. His wife's body was found near by. The children had been carried some distance farther, and their bodies were terribly mutilated. Mrs Edwards' clothing had been torn completely from her, and a heavy tree had failed accross her body. . Near the village of Washington the storm Btruck a wooden plate factory where many hands were employed. The noise of the machinery and the puffing of the j engine prevented the workmen hearing the : approach of the cyclone until it was upon them. The factory collapsed like a house of cards, and . Joseph Elmerson and Thomas Collins were struck by flying timbers and instantly killed. A dozen others, whose name cannot be learned, were badly injured, and some will die. The factory was swept entirely away, nothing being left to mark the spot where it stood except a feY of the foundation stones.
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A Whirlwind of Death., Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2395, 8 April 1890
A Whirlwind of Death. Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 2395, 8 April 1890
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