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Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 12, Number 1775, 3 December 1856 — DISASTERS AND CASUALTIES AT THE EAST. [ARTICLE]
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DISASTERS AND CASUALTIES AT THE EAST.
By the SteamsHlp Coldcii Age. Great Gale on Lake Michigan.— Chicago, Oct. 27lh. There has been a tremendous gale blowing on Like Michigan the past two days. Advices received last night confirm the report of the total loss of the propeller Toledo, off Port Washington, on Friday night Forty lives were lost and three were saved. The cargo and merchandise for Milwaukie were a total loss.
The schooner Bohemia was wrecked at the same place, and at the same lime. The schooner General Taylor, with a cargo of 11,000 bushels of wheat, was lost four miles north of this city on the same night. The crew were saved. The vessel was insured in the Buffalo Mutual Insurance Company, and the cargo here. The schooner Yonker, with a cargo of lumber, went to pieces the same night. Crew saved. The bark Zadock Pratt is ashore twelve miles from Milwaukie, with a cargo of coal and stoves, The propeller Alleghany City, with a cargo if flour nnd wheat, foundered against a pier, at .Milwaukie. Insured in Buffalo.
The shooner belonged to the Oswego Linen Company. Her cargo was railroad irou. No lives were lost.
The Wreck of the Propeller Toledo— An Aunt. Scene.— Sevei-al gentlemen connected with the insurance companies of .Milwaukie, says the Chicago Times of Nov. Ist, visited Port Washington to examine the wreck of the ill-fated propeller Toledo. They describe the scene as an awful one. For two miles or more, the lake shore is lined with fragments of the wreck, piled up, in many places, several feet high. The propeller foundered at her anchors, 200 yards north and 25 yards outside of the piers, and the tremendous violence of the sea completed the work of destruction in a very few hours. The heavier portions of the hull have come ashore in large pieces, but the upper works are broke up into innumerable fragments. All the dry goods and furniture boxes have been rent asunder by the force (if the waves, and their contents riddled by the sand-like sieves, and scattered far and wide along the coast. Some of the hardware, such as cases of axes, Ac, came ashore whole, and were washed by the sea far up the beach. Sundry barrels of liquor also came ashore, but it is thought $5,000 will cover the value of all that has thus beeo saved.
Of the forty or fifty persons on board the propeller when she went down, only three, two deck hands and a steerage passenger were saved. One of these deck hands, Aquilla Gifford, was on board the steamer Niagara when she took fire and burned to the water's edge, off Port Washington, on the 24th September, lie is not over twenty years of age, and this was his first trip. His second was on the Toledo, which foundered very near the spot where the Niagara was burnt. When the propeller settled, Gilford sprang into the sea and struck out for shore. Presently he fell a hand clutching at his neckcloth, and, to save himself, slipped his head out of the neckcloth, and saw it go down with the poor fellow who had caught it in his agony. With the help of a plank third managed to get to the side of the pier; but he had not strength enough to climb. He, therefore, commenced hallooing for help nt the top of his voice, and presently heard answering shouts from the shore. Before help reached him, however, a combing wave threw him upon the pier, and he lost no time in making tracks for terra firm. It is his impression that he will stay ashore awhile this time. We learn that, down to Thursday morning, seventeen bodies had been recovered of those who perished by this awful calamity. The bodies were picked up along the shore, south of Port Washington.
The crew numbered about twenty-five persons, including Capt. l»rusham, of Buffalo, who leaves a wife and child ; George Hill, tirst mate, who leaves a wife and family near Cleveland ; David Vance, second mate, brother of Mrs. Deusham, unmarried; Edward McManman, first engineer, family near Cleveland, and li. P. Stratton, second engineer, unmarried. Mrs. Harriett Frazr-e, of Milwaukie — formerly the wife of Lucius Wadsworth, deceased, of Buffalo—was among the passengers, together with three of her children. All were lost.
Another Dreadful Storm.— Buffalo, Wednesday, Nov. sth. — There was a severe gale ou Lake Erie last night, and as a large number of vessels left on the previous day, and as but few of them have been heard from, it is feared that many have met with diasters. The bark American Republic, from Chicago, on entering the harbor last night, went against the Breakwater, and tilled with water immediately. She was loaded with 18,800 bushels of wheat. The crew were rescued.
The propeller St. Joseph, with a full cargo of merchandise, is ashore at Fairport, and in a dangerous situation. Her crew have not yet been taken off. The sea is breaking over her. Several schooners are reported ashore, and many badly damaged.
Oswego, Wednesday, Nov. "th.— gale of wind on the Lake last night whs the severest of the season. The schooner li. M. Chapman, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago, and West Wind, of Buffalo, bound up from tins port, with Bait, went ashore last night between the piers. The Chapman is a total wreck. No lives lost. The schooner J. G. Deshler, with a cargo of wheat from Chicago for this port, lost her masts in the gale, and went ashore nine miles above this city. The small boat was lost, and men were on the vessel when our informant left. Tannine Hurricane at Montreal.— Wednesday, Nov.stb.— A terrific hurricane passed over this city last night, tearing dowu chimney, and fences, und doing great damage to buildings
Tbe steamer Prince Albert, from St Lambert, was driven on St Helen's [aland, by the violence of the wind. The passengers received every hospitality from the garrison stationed there. Much damage has been done in exposed parts of tho country.
Toßx.tno at Norfolk. — Baltimore, Nov. Gth. — A violent tornado was experienced at Norfolk and Portsmouth on Tuesday, and occasioned considerable damage. Several "houses were unroofed, and the new car house of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad was demolished. Eighteen persons are known to have been seriously injured, and it is feared that others are under the rums.
Fatal Disastbr os Long Island SoOTTO.— steamer Bay State, ('apt. Jewett, !e!t New York for Fall River at the usual hour on Friday evening, Oct ".Ist, says the Boston Traveller, with about ISO passengers. At a little alter six o'clock, when the steamer was off Huntington, a terrible crash was heard. A few moments before, the passengers had left the supper table. The ladies for the most part had gone into their saloon, and the gentlemen were distributed about tha boat
The crash was in consequence of the great iron walking-beam, weighing from twelve to fourteen tons, having suddenly snapped in two in the center, crashing through the hurricane deck, thu saloon deck, the saloon stairs to tbe gentlemen's cabin. It also broke the main after-guard beam, a very heavy piece of timber. This broke the blow and saved* the hull from injury, or otherwise the great mass of iron might have gone through the bottom of the boat. 01 ' course, this startling accident created great confusion among the passengers, and it was certainly fortunate that it did not recur a few moments before, when large numbers of passengers were ascending the stairs from the supper table. * Some of the male passengers, in their fright, crowded into the boats banging upon the cranes, which wsre soon filled with people, but they wero immediately ordered out again by the officers of the boat. The ladies, at first, were a good deal alarmed, but on the whole, behaved with commendable coolness.
The most serious result of the accident was in consequence ofa fragment of the walking-beam us it went up tearing off tin top of tbe cylinder, which caused the steam to tscape in large quautilies iuto the forward saloon. In ths saloon was seen sitting', just previous to the accident, a girl of nine jean, named Blanchard, daughter of Mr. Btancltard, shoe dealer, of Brooklyn, N. Y. She wn3, apparent looking at the machinery of thy engine. As the escaped steam rushed in, she, probably, iv her fright, inhaled it in large quantities, causing almost instant death Rom internal burns. Her face and hands were also badly disfigured with the steam. Medical aid was procured us soon a3 possible, but she was beyond their help. Others in the saloon rushed out and escaped without injury. Mr. J. B. Flagg, formerly of Exeter, now of SJans City, lowa, who was in his state-room, opened the door when the accident occurred, and was enveloped in the steam, by which be was badly scalded. Mr. A. J. Baldwin, of Yarmouth I'ort, was also in his state-room, which was instantly filled with steam. He forced open his door, threw himself upon the Boor, crawled along the saloon, end slid down the ladder to the main deck. As he went down with his bands on the ropes, tbe scalded flesh was torn off He is seriously injured, but if his life is raved it will be in consequence of his presence of mml in the face of danger. The great fear was that the boat had taken fire in consequence of the overturning of the stove in the after saloon. The dense steam, however, prorented any spread oftbe tire, and inn few moments passengers rushed in with bucket* of water, thus doing away with all danger from that source. Tho prompt action of tbe steward of the beat, Mr. Til* t >n, aud of the clerk, Mr. Simons, in breaking the outer windows of the state-toon s, sobs to allow the steam to escape, probably saved othi r of the passengers fiom injury, Mr. Ttltou had Ins hands badly cut. Capt. Jewett was also active in behalf of the passengers. The steamer City of Hartford, which was in sight, came up aud ottered assistance, as did alto the steamer Worcester. The passengers were placed on board the latter boat and taken to Norwich. Sinking or the Steamship City or Richmond. About daylight this morning, it waa discovered, that the steamship City of Richmond, lying at lbs first wharf above Market street, was in a sinking condition. The stern bad settled several feet, and tbe bow bad struck the bottom of the dock. The tide was receding, and at the time the fact of the sinking was discovered, the ship was in danger of sliding out into deep water, und going down. Hawsers were immediately got out forward, and the sliding out of the vessel was thus prevented. When the discovery was made, there was about seven feet of water in the niter part of the hold. Tbe City of Richmond was to have sailed for Richmond, V.i., at SO o'clock this morning, and her hold was tilled with an assorted cargo. Many of the gi-od-i in the after part of the ship are of course ruined <• badly damaged, and the loss will be heavy. Tim canse of the disaster is not known. Tbe vessel was caulked within a few months, and she was considered very tight. Everything was right at li o'clock last night, and at 5}.,' o'clock this morning there were seven feet of water in the hold. From this it is inferred that tbe ship was cither scuttled during tbe night, or that the "sea cocks " had been opened by design. A Mas Driven to Sea in a Boat and PsOBABLI Lost. — It is painful to learn that a man named Manuel Bnoa, belonging to this city, and lately employed by Messrs. Perkins & Smith, went off on Thursday afternoon alone in a boat, to fish. It soon came to blow very bard, and nothing has been heard of him since, though the boat was seeu during the afternoon, off Race Point Rock. There is too much reason, therefore, to believe that he was driven to sea through the Race, and was lost, though it is pi Bsible that he might be driven on to some of the islands before passing Montaul:, and been saved. He was a steady man, una leaves a family, of course i.i the greatest distress for bis fate. Tbe bout was a small smack boat, nnd painted green. — New London Chronicle, Oct. 20. A Sad Scene.— The Buffalo Express says the oflice of the Southern Michigan steamers, in this city, was yesterday the theater of a scene well calculated to move the most obdurate heart. Two young men from Michigan came th;ro in search of their father. It appears that be left home some time last summer, to visit friends in this State. His sons were to lollow him this fall, make a visit, and return with him to Michigan. Pursuant to arrangements, they left home a few days since, and passed eastward through this city. On reaching their destination, they learned, much to their surprise, that their father bad left some time since to return homo. The painful tear at ouce Bashed upon tlieir minds that be might have been on board the ill-fated steamer Northern Indiana, as tho time of his leaving to return was about the time of that sad occurrence. They returned to this city, and at once visited the office of Capt. Forbes, when- the papers relating to the lost on the Northern Indiana are kept. They soon found, in the proceedings of the Coroner at Detroit, a perfect description] of their father, among these who were lost, and ther bodies recovered. The sad reality of his loss as then forced upon them, and they at once bowed their manhood, and wept like children nt the bereavement. The stoutest heart could not resist the painful influence of the scene, and more than one sympathizing tear was dashed aside from stranger cheeks, at being spectators to the touching scene. Explosion op a Powder Hill m Lowell — Two Jlen Burned to Death. — We learn that about noon Sunday, October 261h, two men were seen to enter an old deserted powder drying bouse belonging to Oliver Jl. Whipple, Esq., of Lowell. It M supposed they fired a match for the purpose of lighting their pipe, as a slight explosiot. io mediately followed, raising the roof of the buil gand enveloping it in flames. The two bodies were' subsequently recovered, burned to a crisp, and presenting a shocking spectacle. Coroner K. I. Bhed took the bodies in charge. Their names are John Humphries and Philip Carberry, both married men. BuMLAKT in BnOAOWAT— Worth OP Property Stolen— Am. Recovered.— The store of Wm. Brunner A Co., No. 231 Broadway, was entered on tho night of November oth, through the scuttle, and robbed of silk goods to the value of $15,000. Most of the goods were placed in sacks and conveyed to the building adjoining, where they were discovered by ollicer Kinner, of the Chief 'm Bureau. A carpet-bag, containing a jimmy, dark lantern, ropes, ice, was left behind by the thieves, who, it appears, got frightened and ran off, leaving their pluuder behind. It is believed tbat they carried nothing away. ' '• • • A Horrible ArrAiß.— The lowa Ctpital Reporter gives an account of a murder committed ia Powesheik county ! Some two weeks ago a farmer of that connty, on ling into his cornfield, where the corn bad been shocked about a week previously, noticed a very offensive smell, and looking to ascertain whence it proceeded, removed a corn-shock and discovered under it the body of a young woman, with shotwounds and marks of violence. In prosecuting a further search, the body of a young man terriblymangled, was found under another shock. Suspicion at once rested upon two young man who had passed through there a short time since, and on tracking their course, strong evidences against them were found, where they had camped or stopped to feed their horses. Among other things was an ear drop, found in the bottom of a creek, corresponding with one remaining in the murdered lady's ear. We believe that measures have been taken for tbe pursuit of those men, whose route has been pretty well ascertained.