# Hammond advertiser. (Hammond, N.Y.) 1886-19??, September 09, 1886, Image 6

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. ?g» >i «: Eastern. *ml MMSio States. TWENTY thousand people attended the Inter-State grangers' pionio, at Williams's Grove, Pent). During the several days which It lasted the people were addressed by va- rious candidates for political honors. POKING his vacation in the Adirondack President Cleveland went hunting and suc- ceeded in bringing down a deer. The head and antlers will in time adorn the walls of the President's country seat near Washing- ton. DEXTER BROWN, a boy preacher of the Methodist Church, noted for his eloquence and power as a revivalist, committed suicide at his homo in Oneonta, N. Y. South and West. YELLOw'feverbas broken out at Biloxi, Miss., and has terminated fatally in two cases. THE Cincinnati (Ohio) Exposition was form ally opened on the 1st. The event was marked with great popular demonstrations and a procession of military and civic socie- ties wliioh was witnessed by 200,000 people. MB. VAN PELT, Democratic candidate for State Senator in We3t Virginia, while en- gaged in a political discussion was shot twice and fatally wounded by \Jake\ Isbell, a brother of the candidate of the Labor Party for the same office. Isbell was ar- rested, QUARANTINE against Biloxi, Miss., where fatal cases of yellow fever have occurred, has been established at New Orleans,Mobile, Pensacola and other Southern cities. REPUBLICANS of Indiana and Missouri and Democrats of California have ,iust held State conventions aud nominated candi- dates. CHARLESTON, 3. C, was visited by another slight earthquake shock on the morning of the 2d. Offers of relief were sent to tho stricken city from all parts of the land, The population passed two days and nights in the open air before many of the people voutured back to their houses. Up to the 3d the bod- ies of thirty-five victims—ten whites and twenty-five colored—had been recovered from the ruins. ANOTHER shook of earthquake was felt about 11 o'clock on the night of the 3d all along the Southern Atlantic coast. It was not attended by much damage, but it was strong enough to cause a stampede from their instruments of the telegraph operators in many of the cities. The shake was felt from Jacksonville to Washington. At Charles- ton, S. C, two more buildings fell; and a woman was killed. Consternation again pf e- vailed, and the people fled from their houses and camped in the publio squares. Two- thirds of the buildings in Charleston are damaged beyohdrepSir. CALIFORNIA. Democrats have nominated a tioket headed by Washington Bartlett, Mayoro'f San Frarioiscp, for Governor, MONROE CHAPMAN is in jail at Shelby, Hi C M for arson, which is punishable by death. He admits the act ahd.says ho .got a dollar tor it. ^ AN armerl mob visited the jail at Green- ville, Texas, aud took therefrom John Smith, a prisoner charged with the killing of Depu- ty Sheriff Adair, of that place, and hanged him. Washington. SECRETARY BAYARD has telegraphed Mr. Sedgwick his disbelief of the published charges regarding his acts in Mexico, and or- dered him to continue his investigation in the Cutting case. DURING August the national debt was reduced $1,010,099, leaving tho principal on the 1st inst. at §1,378,170,580. THE acting Secretary of the Treasury has issued a circular calling the attention of all officers and employes of the Treasury De- partment to the President's order of July 14, 1888, warning Federal officers against inter- ference in politics. PRESIDENT CLEVELAP was sent the follow- ing dispatch by Queen Victoria: \I desire to express my profound sympathy with the suf- ferers by the late earthquakes, and await with anxiety further intelligence, which I hope may show the effects to have been less disastrous than reported.\ Foreign. THE First General Conference of the Cana\ dian Methodists since the union of all the branches of that denomination in 188i com meuced on the 1st at Toronto. BEACH, the Australian, easily defeated Teemer, the American, in the internationa rowing match on the Thamea • CZAR ALEXANDER, of Russia, has curtly repulsed the .• friendly advances of Prince Alexander upon his return to Bulgaria, and predicts that dire disaster will follow the Bulgarian ruler's return to his throne. details of Charleston's Destruc- tion by the Earthquake. PROMINENT PEOPLE. HENRY WARD BEECHER is to lecture in this country next winter on Ireland. CrEtrs FILLMORE, the brother of President Millard Fillmore, is still living in Indiana. THERE are six poets in the British House of Lords, Tennyson, of course, heading the list. M. CHEVREUL, the French scientist, has passed the centenary line and ha, been duly honored by his countrymen. A NEW YORK paper says that Mrs. Lang- try's marriage in New York next winterla now decidedly among possibilities. SENATOR GoRjrAN, of Maryland, always wears a nutmeg tied about his neck to keep off the neuralgia. And he says it has been a good thing. The Terrible Calamity Followed by Additional Upheavals. When a great portion of the country lying oastof tho Mississlpi River was visited by several earthquake shocks on the night of the Slst.ult. cue telegraph recorded the dis- turbance at every point save Charleston, S. C. From that city telegraphic communica- tion had been cutoff, and an ominous silence prevailed for many hours. On the fore- noon of the 1st, however, the oity was heard from, and it was learned that the earthquake had resulted there in an appalling calamity—the destruction of a large portion of the city nrd the loss of Many lives. A dispatch of the 1st gives tho following vivid account of the awful disas- ter: The business section of this city lie3 prac- tically a mass of ruins, and at least three- quarters of the residences have been aban- doned by the panic-stricken people. The Sublio squares and open placesof the city are Hod with men, women and children, some of whom have been made homeless by the earthquake, and others of whom dare not re- turn to the houses which are still standing for fear of another shock whioti may shake down the roof over their heads. The stroets are blocked with the debris of fallen buildings, telegraph and telephone wires broken and twisted, bricks from fallen chimneys, and all kinds of obstructions, which have been piled up by the destructive Work of the earthquake. Never bofore, not sven in the gloomy days of tho bombardment Df the city by tho Federal forces, has Charles- ton been subjected to such a night and day of terror as have just passed. Railroad com- munication in all directions has been cut off, ind no efficient telegraph service has yet been restored, so that tho city is practically iso- lated from the rest of the country, which makes the situation even more appalling. The first shock of the earth-make was felt lastnight at about 0:30 o'clock, and this was the most severe and did nearly all the dam- age. A low, rumbling noise was the first Indication given the citizens of the calamity' phioh was approaching. Tt seemed like the rumbling of afijavytruck over afrost covered pavement, only it-appeared far down in the lepths of the; earth. , As the noise rolled oh a sharp, sudden- tremor of tno ealth ; was perceptible, buildings swayed to and. fro, ; chimneys toppled over, walls oraoked,. ind the sound of thousands of panes of win- tow glass rattling on the pavements was tdded to the confusion. Men, women and children stood where the shock found them, paralyzed for an instant, and then suddenly iwakirig to a realization of the danger, rushed panic-stricken into the street. Here they encountered bricks and beams, tele- graph poles, and all' kinds of obstructions which had been piled up by the force of the shock, and a wild scene of struggle and confusion followed. Houses were top- pling on all sides, fissures appeared in the street from which a sulphurous odor arose, and to add to the horror of the situation three fires started simultaneously in different parts of tho city. Citizens pushed their way is best they could to the squares and parks, ind there, huddled together, they stood, some who had been awakened from sleep icantily clothed, awaiting in terror thedoom which seemed inevitable. Amid the scene of terror those who had been imprisoned in the falling buildings were not forgotten, and there were plenty of brave men who risked their own lives to reach and rescue these from their living tombs. Even ^omen, armed with hatchets, fought valiant- ly to release the imprisoned unfortunates. Some were rescued with broken limbs, some who bad suffered nothing more than fright, und\ a number of dead bodies were drawn from the mass of ruins. Many people were injured, some very seriously, as Ihey rushed from the houses and (led frantically along the streets for places of refuge. No reliable estimate of these cases or of those who were instautly killed by fall- ing houses can yet be made. The lowest es- timate of tho killed places the number at CO, while the highest gives it as 100. Numbers M! people are'still missing who are probably ouried under the fallen walls, and whose fate tvill not be known until order is restored out of the present confusion, and a systematic at- tempt is made to clear away the ruins. Broad street, which is one of the leading business streets of Charleston, presented a icene of terrible destruction after the shock, »nd Meeting street, from Broad to Hasel, was a complete wreck, filled with beams and bricks and lined with the unfortunates who bad been deprived of their homes and were Seeing for dear life. The night was made hideous with the groans of the dying, the screams of the wounded and the prayers of the uninjured. The negro part of She population shrieked and laughed and prayed and cursed, Many believed that the Jay of judgment had come, and they fell on their knees and poured out petitions for mercy mingled with shrieks and hysterical laughter. It was a scene df horror such as was never before witnessed in Charlestop, ind which will become a feature in the his- tory of the place. 1 The first shock, which did such extensive Jamage to life and property, struck the city it tho southeast corner at what is known as the East Battery, and moved in a north- westerly direcion, talcing in its path Meet- , Ing, King and Broad streets, the principal iniBinejs thoroughfares, and including all ', the oross; atreetsjtrooi the Cobner to the fsWey.Kivor. The principal damage was lone in the lower* part of the city, fron) Queen street south; although residences were «hattered far-to the north of this, St Phil p'swd St. Michael's Churches, twoof the historic landmarks of Charleston, sus- tained the full force of the, shock, and both are practically a mass of ruins, the steeples having been damaged so severely that they arc-now a source of constant danger. The steeple of the Unitarian church on Ardhdalo street, was shaken down by the shock, and the porticos of Hibernian Hall and! the main station house were de- molished. The large City Hall Was also Irreparably damaged, the columns In the front being shattered, and the wholo ; structure so cracked as to bo .utterly unsafe , for occupancy in the future'. Scarcely a • building in the business portion of the city escaped; total or partial destruction. The • fires, fortunately, were speedily got under , control by the Fire Depart.nont, but before ' this they had destroyed twenty df the wooden houses, which were dry and burned like : tinder. All the damage was done by this first ter- rific shock. It was followed during the night and to-day by eleven other distinct shocks, but the/ were comparatively slight, and did not result in any further destruction of life or property. The lost was at 5:15 o'clock this afternoon, and was heralded like the others by a low, rumbling sound under ground. The terrified people spent the night in the open air, fearing to re-enter such of the houses as were left standing, and as each successiveshoek occurred the panic increased; Not a business place in the citv has bee» open to-day except a drug store, the pro- prietor of which was kept busy filling pre- scriptions. No groceries could be- ob- , tained by the homeless people, and much Buffering from hunger has been the result. Thousands are anxious to leave the city which has fallen beneath them, and there has boon a great rush to the railroad stations to get away, but owing to the destruction wrought by the earthquake it has been im- possible to dispatch any trains. With the exception of one wire of the Southern Tele- graph Company, communication by tele- graph is also cut off, and that wire is crowded with anxious private messages. Scarcely 100 houses are. occupied to-day, and as darkness approached the citizens were preparing to again pass a night in the open air. There are not half a.dozen tents in the city, and the women and children are ex- periencing great privations. Heads of fami- lies are endeavoring to construct tents out of bed sheets, spare awnings, and any other material upon which they can lay their hands. The work of digging out the dead bodies from the ruins is progressing as rapidly as it can progress during the excitement and panic. Thus far most, of the. known deaths are of colored men. Among the whites whose bodies have been, recovered are Dr. R. Afex- Anothor shook was felt in Charleston at 10 o'olookonthonight.of the 4th, It Vraasuffi- oiently violent to bring everybody to the street. Many did not feel tho shook at all, bus all heard the well-known roar and rum- bling. On the night of the 5th a slight shook: was again felt: jDuring the 6th there were; nine distinct shocks at SummerviUo. Description of Charleston. The city of Charleston, which is the chief city of: South Carolina and tho principal sea- port on the Southern Atlantic coast of the United States, stands upon aflat tongue of land which extends southeastward between the Ashley and Cooper rivers, forming a peninsula terminating in a nairow fork at the south and gradually widen- ing to the north. The rivers where they join form o spacious harbor which extends southeast about seven miles, Where-it joins the Atlantic Ocean. The harbor is completely landlocked except at its entrance, whioh is about one mile wide, and has a depth of water of eight een feet. Fronting the harbor and extend- ing north and south about six miles is Sulll- van!s Island, and oh the other side of the en- trance to the harbor, also running north and south, is Morris Island: The entrance io the harbor is well guarded by Forts Suraterand Moultrie; and inside are Castle Pickney and Fort Ripley, all of which played a promi- nent part in the opening scenes of the great rebellion in 1861. Owing to the lowness of the ground on which it was built Charleston presented a peculiarly pic- turesque appearance when viewed from the harbor, itsiinany spires and public buildings seeming to rise out of the sea, while thb ricn- fliess of the surrounding foliage gave to the oity a particularly engaging aspect. «. The corporate limits of the oity extend from the Battery, or White Point Garden, at the extreme southern point of the peninsula, to an arbitrary line oh the north, about three miles above. The White Point Garden is a popular pleasure resort for tho Charleston people. It is laid out with walks and tree.?, and, as it is the highest ground in the city, affords the best view to'be bad of the harbor. Around the grounds-are fine private residences. The city covers a large area. Because the pre- vailing wind is from the south, the dwelling houses have wide piazzas on their southern sides, when practicable. There are few public squares in the city, -such as there are being small. The largest besides White Point Garden are Marion Square and the Colonial Common and Lake. The principal public buildings are the City Hall, oh the corner of Broad and Meeting streets; the Orphan House, standing in the midst of spacious grounds; the Roger Hospital, on Queen street, ;and the Citadel, on Marion Square, The Citadel.isowhedjby the State. It was seized by the Federal G-overoment in the war,, but restore&afterward; It isihoW used as a State .Military .Academy. Although- ..— by the county. At 5:15 oklock to-night the citizens were grouped-ih the square prepared for another night of horror when- the now familiar; but terrifying rumble was heard, and a few sec- onds later another earthquake shock passed tnrough the city, making the twelfth shock since the great disaster of last night. ' No damage was done, but the women and children, whose nerves are shattered by fear and exposure, ran , wildly about, shouting and screaming. ,Threo or four steamers are in port, in- cluding the buoy tenders, and many of the homeless ones have been provided with berths on these boats. Fortunately the weather has been good, and the hardships are not as severe as they might have been. The situation, however, is horrible. A com- ' munity cutoff from communication with the rest of the world, aud with the prospect of immediate death, is the prospect of the peo- ple. No trains have departed or arrived here in twenty-four hours. It is said that all the railroads leading into the city are broken ' up, and that all the railway tracks are twisted into the shape of snakes. Owing to the demoralized condition of everything here it is impossible togive cor- rect facts further than this. The number of causalities has not yet been ascertained. Probably from thirty to forty persons were killed* and over 100 injured. The loss to property will probably reach$3,000,000 or *10;000,000. Three-fourths of the build- ings in the city will have to be robuilt. There was very little shipping in port, and none of it was injured. The dis- turbances have not at all affected the water in the harbor, although it is evident that all the shocks came from a southeasterly direc- tion, and therefore from the sea. At 11:50 o'olook to-night another shock passed over the city, rather more severe than any since last night at 9:55, knocking down several houses. . A Columbia (S,C.) dispatch of the 1st inst., says: To-night seven car-loads of refugees from Summerville, a summer resort for Charlestonians, arrived in this city. Their homes have been destroyed, and they report that the ground is continually shaking, -that boiling water and mud is spouting up from fissures in the earth, and that these crevices are continually widen- ing, and threatening the destruction of the entire town. Two colored children have been killed,-and there is not a habitable house in the town. Families are camping out intents, and mothers and children who- have not the means to go away are suffering agonies of despair. Most of the refugees who reached here to- night are nursing mothers with crying babies in their arms. The refugees left their homes without preparation, and have but little clothing. They were so panic- stricken upon their arrival -that they refused to leave the cars to night, as the earthquake had been so severe at Columbia they considered any building in this city ttasafe. Mayor Bhett and Aldermen Sloan and Bmlyn visited the refugees at the railway station and made all necessary arrangements for their accommodation to-morrow.' ere6ted\in 1788.. Its: dhime of bells was brought from England before the Revo- lution; fi the time of that war it-was\ sent -back to England for safety, and it,-took a third and, so far, final sea voyage when that war came to an end. The churoh,which wiw destroyed by the earthquake, stood-on Meet- ing street below Broad. Its inferior had not been altered since it was built. The business part of the town centres at the crossing of King and Hasell streets. The snipping interest, however, is to be found on the east side, where at well- built wharpe3 -and piers many vessels are constantly to be found. About a mile and a half from White Point Garden, on the east side, is the depoji of the North- eastern and the South Carolina railroads. To the north of that point, on both sides of the city, were large swamps, which have been drained and filled up to meet tho de- mands of an increasing population. Tho city, although low, is well drained, and has an abundant supply of water. \Charleston is-the seat of a Bishop of both the Protestant Episcopal and the Boman Catholic Churches. The city has a popula- tion of about 50,000 people. The Oity Shaken Again Charleston was visited by a number of shocks for several days after the recent ap- palling calamity. A dispateh of the 4th from the stricken city says: ''At 11:10 o'clock to-night another slight shock of earthquake was felt. It was momen- tary only, and although accompanied by a loud, rumbling noise, it appeared to be dis- tant. But less than two hours previous; at 0:27 p. M., another and a very severe shock was felt. One of the sensations of the shock was a shower of hot-stones in the vicinity of a newspaper office. There were no premoni- tions. The shock came with a startling ram- ble like a succession of rapid detonations, not Huite so loud asthoso of last night, but more prolonged and accompanied by-more vibra- tion. Of course people who were indoors -rushed out of their houses, shouting, and ex- claiming and screaming as they fan. This is really the most dangerous thing that, they can do, as the ruins all around ^attest by their appearance that it is generally the front -of the house that falls first. It is the universal testimony that most of the casualties of Tuesday night re- sulted from the victims rushing outin time to be bnried under the debris of fallingpiaz- jas and porches. A number of people were seated under the portico of the Charleston Hotel when to-nignt!s shock came, and they 'incontinently rushed into the middle of the street. The operators in the Western'Union oflioe in East Bay street left-their keys in- stantly and rushed out to the front.of the building, sdrae of \them jumping over -the counter to do so, while-others rushed to the rear and crowded into a large ironsafebuilt in a vault at the back. The building-trembled sensibly, and in several places the plaster was Btartedalone the walls; As so^n aa-the KM ;