A great portion of the U.S. people was in a state of fulminating grumpiness last week. Children snuffled and got cuffed. Cats got trampled underfoot. Galoshes leaked. Snow shovels broke. Butchers cut their thumbs. Landlords got punched in the nose.

The cause of it all was the weather, the unspeakable weather. In the South, just as the new year began, six tornados yowled balefully out of nowhere. The worst of them tore through Cotton Valley, La. (pop. 1,500), killed 14 people and injured 250 more. Then the twister came back and messed up...

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