DISASTERS: Twisters of Fate

Tornadoes whirled through the deep South last week. Half a dozen separate twisters struck Vicksburg, Rolling Fork, Tulles. Dry Prong, Paradis. Ouachita City and dozens of hamlets and rural areas in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Georgia, leaving an estimated 41 dead, 263 injured.

Hardest hit was proud Vicksburg, on the bluffs overhanging the Mississippi. The tornado struck the city (pop. 27,948) with a noise like a fast-moving freight, toppled markers along the Confederate trenches used during the Civil War siege of Vicksburg, flattened the flimsy shanties of the Negro section, roared through the heart of the business district, demolishing or...

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