Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune, May 26, 1873, Page 2

Newspaper of Chicago Daily Tribune dated May 26, 1873 Page 2
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2 THE IOWA TORNADO. The Terrible Cyclone in 'Washington and Keo kuk Counties. Full Details of the Hur ricane of Last Thurs day Afternoon. Miles of Devastation and Ruin —Great Loss of Property. Houses, Barns, Fences, Orchards, and Forests Razed to the Ground. School - Houses, Teachers, and Scholars Whirled in tho Storm. Twelve Persons Killed and Twenty-four More or Less Wounded. A Flook of 1,500 Sheep Carried Off and Mashed to Atoms. The Village of Lancaster, Keokuk County Badly Wrecked. The Hurricane on the Mississippi— Two Steamboats Seriously Damaged. Tlirilllng Description of tbo Storm King’s Ride. Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune . Washington, Iowa; May 24. —The extent of thotorriflo tornado -which swept over Keokuk and Washington Counties last Tliursday after noon .was but meagrely detailed in tho dispatches sent from boro on that evening, Tbo damage done seemed too great to ho realized, and al though tbo statements made woro alarming, they convoy no idea of tbo injury done to prop-. orty, aud of tho number of persons killed and wounded. In tbo absence of telegraphic com munication with tho interior, nothing definite could bo loomed, and bonce tbo dispatches woro mado up from rumors, with a fow sensational adjectives sandwiched in to make tbocyclono truly borriblo. Had tho writer of tbo dispatch bad tbo most vivid imagination, bo could uot bavo pictured tbo devastation and ruin wrought within two hours. Such a wind-storm was never before. experienced in those comities. Tbo old est Inhabitant remembers a hurricane twonty fivo years ago, that swept everything before it, but as Washington was thou an Insignificant vil lage, the damage was not material. Fivo years later there was a bail-storm, which did consid erable injury to tho crops, but tho tornado of last Thursday is tbo severest ovor known in Washington County. THE TESITE3T HOAR, No damage -whatever waa done m Washington, the point nearest where tbo storm laid its de stroying hand being about G miles distant. Tbo roar which accompanied this manifestation of tho anger of nature was distinctly heard hero, and it is sold by farmers, who livo 10 miles away, that they heard a peculiar, rumbling noiso, and could not avoid connecting it with the storm. Tosomotho noise sounded like a heavy freight train at night, when everything was reposing;, to others, like musketry, with an occasional dis charge of artillery. Scarcely any light ning flashes wero visible, and only an occasional loud peal of thunder was heard. ‘ The rain fell in torronto, not in drops, but in shoots, there appearing to be a lako of wator in tho atmosphere. The whole country was flooded to tbo depth of several inches, and it is feared tho corn already planted has been washed out. Tho little creeks and rivulets, which' supply Skunk Illvor, wero swollen and overflowed their.banks, carrying away trees, end causing tho bonks to cave id. IN THE LINE OF TUE STORM. Everything, except hero aud there a mile or two over which tho whirlwind eooraa to.havo jumped, is desolate-looking. Scarcely . a house, bam, shod, or granary is left. All wore swept away as clean as tho firo wiped out tho North Side of Chicago. Tho exact starting'point of -tho storm'is not known, hat it isboliovod to have been In Keokuk - County, probably a few miles west of Lancaster, . which town, it is said, was totally demolished. It advanced in another easterly direction, passing north of Tallyrand about three miles, and south of Koota, through tho Goman settlement called Baden, approaching tho lino of Washington County whore it jumped a district of aboqt eight miles, alighting again about six miles northwest of Washington on tho farm of Frank Brown. Remaining on tho ground for six or eight miles, it passed up to Highland Township. Leaving tbo earth hero, it struck again in Middle Town ship, wheio its force was spout, aud it disap peared as suddenly as it appeared. , Those who saw tho commencement : say they first noticed an immense DLACJC MASS, which to somo resembled a huge hay-stack In 3bapo, and to others a balloon, with tho small end toward tho ground. They could not boo beyond its borders, but, as it wont by, they eaw mud and boards flying in all directions. Houses wore tom from their foundations, os if tbep woro chaff, broken and twisted into a mill ion fragments, some of which wero forced Into tho ground two or threo foot. Cattlo woro lifted carried somo distance, and hurled head-long to tho earth. Ono heifer, threo years old, was thrown into a ditch, head mat, aud when found her head and nock wero buried in the’ mud. This is an actual foct, as I saw it myself, the owner having loft tho animal where she was thrown m order to satisfy tho incredulous. Bov oral steers had pieces of timber forced into their 0 1 i ß| quite a number woro thrown down bo t*] ,y i at their limbs and boms woro broken. Itf ™P° to give an adequate desorip- . PROnRERS 3i tbo cyclone. It moved forward bo rapidly, and those who saw it approaching woro so badlv frightened, that (boy thought only of their own safety. What mot their view they could not avoid looking at, although fear Rooms to bovo socf iiHod their minds and rendered them unable to give a nalisl'aotory account of it. As far as a bavo boorr able to learn, no man who possesses oven a superficial knowledge of storms observed It. Thono who wero in Us midst and scaped with broken limlm ami bruised bodies have no distinct;recollection of anything except that they wore lifted up, carried along with the rapidity of lightning, and landed suddenly in tbo mud. A few who wero in tholr dwellings, and as tboy thought bale, found themselves sprawling on the ground, but bow they got there tboy aro ucablo to toll. Homo sought a refuge in tbo collars of their bouses, and, while crouching In tho corners, trembling from fear, saw tho buildings ' lifted up And blown away. Quo boußo was thus de molished, and tho roof of a granary near by ear ned off. The latter was tilted up, and tbo grain in it was deposited iu the open-mouthed qollar. MIRACULOUS ESCAPES wero so numerous that mention of individual pws la uunscoaanry. Tho fact that »ny liven bad-bcon lost In Washington 'County was not .known, in ibis city'tinllUabottt 4 o’clock in the afternoon, two himrs’nflor tho'rurabllng was hoard. At that time several farmorii camo in on horfioa whito with foam, and told of t , .. ft i ’ , a “ .honso . being blown down and tho Inmaloß cither killed or florlouuly Injur od. ihoy asked for medical assistance and all t 10 »lli' y*-' r-*}oro started to tho localities indicated by ibo rldoro to oaro for tho wounded. Drs.-Doras, Seoftokl, Harbour*;, Bur roughs, Frazer, and MoOlolWn attonded to their wants and tnado them as comrortablo aupoauibloj They brought back oven more. . - . HAimpWINCI ACCOUNTS of tho 'catastrophe than tho tteaedngors had given, and several hundred porstns visited tho ovaalatod locality later'in tho dw to eratlfv their ourioualty. J THE ROCKS. A reporter of The Tribune took a rido over tho routo of tho hurricano this morning and was astonished at tho ruin wrought in an hour or two. ' " - ' i ~\ . Tho first farm visited was that of John 0. Cunningham, whioh is about seven mlloa north east of Washington. Neither tho barn or houso w asviaiblo. They had been tom to piocos, hud only a fow fragments remained, nearly all tbo timber haying boon blown away. : Ploooa ot boards woro sticking out of tbo Holds, somo of them Imbedded in tho ground two foot, and so tightly that that thoy could not bo pullod out. Dead stock was visible everywhere, horses, cows, pigs, and chickens having boon hustled about so lively ■ac to bo deprived of tho breath of life. 'Hero' and thoro woro pigs imp&lod lo'tho ground, while frequent ly chickens woro encountered without a feather on them. Tho latter statement may eoom ab surd, but It is a fact.. Throe hundred bead of stock woro killod'outright. Tho buildings des troyed woro worth about ’ $4,000. In tbo dwell ing when tho tornado approaohod woro Mrs. Mo- Coy, daughter of Air. Cunningham, and Mrs. Carrlngor and two children of tho former. They wont into tho collar . for, shelter, but re mained thoro only a short' time, being lifted up and earned somo distance, and : thrown to tho ground. l Mrs. .McCoy had her head out, and was badly bruised. -Mrs. Carrlngor was rendered iuaeusiblo.-but was not seriously hurt. Tho children woro uninjured. Thor woro found lying in a heap beside the collar walls. davidboh’s farm. . East of Oimningliam's, ,noori£Uo, Higlilaml township lino, is tno farm of Hr. Davidson. His house and barn wore destroyed, and bo him self, woe killed. Mr. lloubhol, who was with him at tbo time, was fatally injured, and diod on Friday morning. All of tbo latter's clothing -was' -torn off bis body, and bio friends in Washington bad to supply tbo garments to bury bim in. BABCOCK’S FARM. North from Cnnningbatn’B is the farm of Jobn Babcock. His residence, barns, out houses, and granaries • woro demolished. Hio Urge barn was ono of 1 tho' finest in the county, bkving recently been erected 'at a cost of SB,OOO. It was full of grain, and more wm deposited in ’ tbo collar of bis bouse. Ho bad S3OO iu a bureau drawer. All tbo furniture miss ing, and bonco tbo money calmot ha re covered. His loss will amount to about $7,000. Fortunately,- bis -family’were at bis brother’s bouso, which was out of tbo range of the storm. Mr. Babcock ■ himself nud Jacob Soook saw the oyclouo coming, aud r&n into tbo bouso, and took up what they imagined to bo a plaoo of security in tho collar. The bouso was lifted off tbo foundations, aud bad uot a pieco of timber fallen on them they would have escaped. Tbo board struck Socck oh tbo bead, inflicting a serious, wound. Mr. Babcock escaped unin jured; Tbo roof of tbo barn was blown fully a quarter of a railb, and alighted abnost intact. Tho applo orchard, one of tho largest in tbo county, is now without trees. They woro T tom up by tho roots and hurried along.; A grovo of . bouoy locusts was also carried ftwny. Trees eighteen inches thick woro snapped as clay pipes can bo. Some of tbo stumps remaining look as if a sawbad boon used, so smooth and clean was, tho break. career’s farm. • . ; The next farm. visited was that of David Cnnoor. Here was tbo same desolation as nolic od at tbo other places, only loss building materi al was observable. Of tuo.bousos, barns, and sheds, scarcely a vestige was loft. Alexander Gibson and Hr. Oanoor woro iu tbo bouso, and debated whether they should go into the collar for safety. - They concluded to do so, aud bad scarcely reached it when tbo wind struck the building and it wont up into tho air, Mrs. Ca ncer, wno also took rofugo iu tbo cellar, was the ouly.ono badly hurt. She lifted up her baud as tho bouso was leaving. %nd a board . striking one of her lingers, broke it. Bomo Umbers foil on Cancer nud Gibson, and they worn slightly bruised. A hedge-fence facing tho roadway presented a peculiar appear ance. Against the outside of it, for nearly a Shorter of a mile, was hay and straw mixed in iocriminatoly. How it came there can only bo accounted for in ouo way. A water-spout drove it into the hedge. A simple rain-storm would not have fastened it so securely. Scarcely any rail-boards or wire, fences‘could bo soon, nil having boon lifted up by the , whirlwind and carried, no ono can 101 l where. Pieces of imbedded ’■ timber wero so thick in the 1, fields that forty or fifty acres bad tbo nppoatanco of having been devoted to tbo raising of beans und hops. About forty rods distant 'from tho Cancer farm stood tho Beodloford EC7IOOL-TIODBIS. It was an old frame building, -made of square timbers. Nothing remains on tbo silo, but a quarter of a mile down tho road wore found what had evidently been portions of it. School was in session when tho cyclono made its ap pearance. about twenty, scholars being in attend ance. Tho rumbling frightened them, and they gathered around tho teacher, Miss Smith, thinking -sho could protect them. The building shoved tho samo fate us tho others which came within tho grasp of tho tornado, and teacher and scholars cannot imagino how they got into tho roadway. Tbo wind demolished tho windows first and .rushing into the building lift ed it up as if it wero made of paper dud knocked it about liko a shuttlecock. A daughter of Henry Pathmel, agod 11 years, was in tho doorway, and, seeing the black cloud coming, started to run out. No one knew wbat had become of her until they found HER MANGLED BODY half an hour afterward in tbo mud a quarter of amilo down tho road. Sho must have i been raised by tho wind and carried along. Sho had very Iltclo clothing when found, and her re mains wore covered with mud. Miss Smith and six of tho scholars, whoso names could not bo learned, wero. injured, .three. or four of them dangerously. One very singular thing is, that tho mud was blown so hard into tho faces of many of the children that it cannot bo washed off. Somo of their faces look as if they‘had been tatoood with India ink or.powder. Miss Smith says tho.first thing she realized was that sho was standing in tho road, surrounded by tho boys and girls. Sho does not know how they got there, being unconscious of having mado an ascent into the air. Near tho school-house. across tho road, stood tho dwelling of Henry Wallers. It was reduced to atoms, aud Mrs. Walters was INSTANTLY KILLED. When found, sho had one of a pair of twins in her arms. Tho little-fellow was bruised and cut, and died tho following morning. Tho other ono escaped, though no ouo can toll how. This infant lives, being unable to toll his . story. Threo of her other children wore iu tbo school-houso and received serious injuries, Two of thorn avo not expected to livo. About a quarter of a mile south of tbo Bcbool-houßo is'tho farm of ALEXANDER GIBSON. Nono of tbo buildings aro standing. Ills bouse was tbo finest in that port of tho county. Ho is from Vermont, and everything about his placo was |bo bout. All bis orchards are valueless His farming implomouta aro gono audbiu stock dead. Ho was not at liomo wbou tbo atonn destroyed bia ‘ property, being at Causer's bouso as stated above. His son, aged 14, and a hired man, named Balter, at tempted to got into tbo bouse,, but wore over taken in tbo orchard. Tbo.latter bad an arm and a log broken by being thrown down vio lently, and the boy wan rendered uuconuolous and etlll remains ho. Hia bead is out iu several places, but bis recovery Is hoped far. A Miss Gardner, Mrs. Oibnon and throe children were' iu tbo bouso, aud wore precipitated into tbo collar, tbo building flying away like a bird. Tho first named was badly injured, but tbo others only slightly. Sixty fat steers woro carried off by tbo wind, some of them weighing 1,400 pouuds, and lauded into a slough twenty rods off. They woro covered with mud, and a fow looked as if they bad boon rolled over and over for a long distance, A bog was observed through whoso body a largo piece of scantling bad boon driven. On this farm, tho heifer mentioned was burled iu tho mud bead first. All tbo spokes of a now wagon woro tom from tho hub, Rnd tho iron oyiindor of a ooru-HhoUor was blown away, as if it wore as light us a fall leaf. An apple tree was torn from tbo ground and forced into ono side of tbo granary, and looked as if it bad boon planted there, Ino corn m tbo cribs waaaoat torou. Over 250 trees woro uprooted to appease u!! £PP 01 tho storm, but tbo moro it took uvi u° ro |t required, until it became so full that, liko tbo glutton, it was obliged to coaso. OTUEU FARMS VISITED. Subueauoutly tbo forma of Tbomw Walters, THE CHICAGO ft&ffibMld: MONDAY., MAY 2(v T873.> .' about;a tnilo i+ohl of Qlhsnn’fl, William Cald well. southwest' from tho last. 1 George 'Gilchrist allltld to tho west, Mr. LaughHus's,, William Cansor’o, William Scranton’s,' Calvin Craven's, and flovoval others wore visited, at all of which traces.of tho storm could ho Boon. At Walter's homio, Mrs. Wallers, grandmother of the owner,' had a hoard driven into her thigh, and she can not recover. 1 At Wiltiam Onldwoll’a, Ids child had two riba broken by tho flying debris. All the buildings oir those two farms aro, swept away, Tho dwelling Qf Mr. Gllohrist Svas destroyed, but the inmates escaped. At Laughlln’a, a helper named Baker washnrt badly in the bnotn Uo was driving along tho road, and, observing tho oloud com; lug, jumped frdm hia wagon and took shelter alongside of a hodgo-fonco. Tlio wind struck both him and tho team with full force, and car ried tho man, mules, and wagon into tho adja cent Holds. Baker Bays ho wont through tho air liko lightning for about a quarter of a mile. Hr. Craven’s barns woro destroyed, and Mr. Scranton’s shads blown down. . NARROW ESCAPE. Tlio oyolono camo within twenty feet of James K. Marbourg’s house, but did it no injury. His oom-orib and outhouses woro demolished, tho wind passing between his houso and tho bam, soarcoly touching tho lattor. BLOWN DOWNr Tbo dwelling of 13. M. Wright, two and a half miles from Babcock’s, wna blown down. __ HAILSTONES. Thtsro was very little ball in Washington, but specimens wore exhibited hero which, woro brought from beyond Koota and near Lancaster. »° P, °» weighed in the prosouco of several reliable citizens,- turned the scales at sovon ounces, the circumference of tho g locos of 100 being nine Inches, ovoral pieces still longer than this aro said to havo boon picked up. Tho danger of gathering them was so groat that fow ventured out of their dwellings while tho hail was falling. • KEOKUK COUNTY. Very Uttlo definite Information boa beou re ceived boro of tho oxtont of tho damage to prop erty and tlio loss of llfo in Keokuk County. A letter, which camo.in this afternoon from Har per, between fßlgoumoy.and Koota, addressed to Henry Hoffradu, a boot and shoo dealer hero, ban boon kindly furnished mo for publication. It contains somo interesting facts, and is sub joined : Harper, May 23.— -A fearful storm commenced south of boro yesterday afternoon, although no did not suffer much from it. Xlail fell In largo quantities, some of tbo stones being as large ns n ben's egg, and rough like a bulled walnut, Durlug tlio storm wo noticed a dark cloud In tbo neighborhood of Mohlnn’s, 4 miles south of hero. Wo watched It, and It took n northeast direc tion, becoming blacker every moment. At the same lime, we heard the moat fearful roaring. It was ter rific, sounding as If It was tearing everything out of the ground and grinding all to splinters, and it did that In the Snake Itlvcr bottom, south of Colobouoe’ii house, where the storm seemed io coma from. I have no news from fko other aide of the river. It carried nway all of Mathias Devon’s fences, sheds, and barns. Jacob Baker’s house bucl ham were also destroyed, and one of Ida CHILDREN KILLED, Michael Foose’s house and ham and everything in Ida Kco woo tom to pieces, aud odd of Ids children was cd. Peter Marsh's nousoa were swept away, and Mm. KorUi was killed. Mp, Euglcdlnglo’s wlfoand child were killed, Mrs; Euglodlugle being literally TORN TO PIEOKS, oho waa cut In two In tho middle, and only ono of hot llmba has been found. Ono of Mr. Horace’s chil dren, was killed, It was carried u quarter of a mile away, Tho storm swept everything before It, Tbo Baden priest at mass tills morning said there were to he MX fuuorala In bis congregation at Clear Creek. This will give you on Idea of the loss of life. Several men nud a number of children aro reported missing, and It Ih thought they wero lifted up and carried off by the wind. Your brother, - Daniel liorruAV. MORE LETTERS EXPECTED. Other persoiiH sxpeet letters from the iwvnstated districts by tho noit mall, and should anviurlhor p*'* Honiara come, I shall endeavor to *oh»ln the**'* A number of those who have lout nil racy poa«*sscd aro very poor, and something vrill undoubtedly bo coon undertaken by tho citizens of Washington to relievo them. The wounded who ora too Indigent to pay for medical attemlauco aro cured for at tho residences of Mr. J. K. Marbury, E. M. Todd, and Matthew Bab cock. Even tho blow wid bo felt by tho wealthy farm ers, and a few of them will bo hurt financially. A mooting Is talked of for Monday ovenlug, when nn effort will ho mads to wlho money for tho sufferers. Tho people hero jympalhlze with them, and intend doing alt in their power to aid them. ‘a general storm. I learn that the storm waa general throughout tho eastern porhou of lowa, although uot co violent as In Keokuk nod Washington Counties’. naurow escape. qvo steamboats on the Mississippi Itlvcr woro over taken l»y it, Ono wee almost wrecked. Tho lug-boat Victory, of tho Keokuk Northern Lino, carno very near going to tho bottom of tho rivoc with all on board. She iras coming up tho river with four barges in tow, amt when about 12 miles from Davenport in tho Buffalo channel, showaa struck by a hurricane, .liar chim neys, pilot house, aud cabin wero torn away, and car ried into tbo water, aud and tbo two pilots, James H. Carrow and William Either wero taken with them, and submerged with tho wreck. Tho two men wero under water somo time, but at last they succeeded In working thoir way through tbo broken Umber to tho surface, hint wero rescued by thoir follow-boatmen. Mr. I'inhor had his shoulder dislocated and was badly bruised about tho bead aud shoulders, and tbo skin and flesh badly lacerated on ouo pldobytbo falling chimney. Mr. Carrow was considerably bruised about tho head and body. Fisher and Carrow say tho storm cauio on‘ them in three squalls, tho first ouo alarming thorn somewhat, but they' hoped tbo worst was over. Tho coeoud followed iu Ices than a minute, carrying (hem partly ovor, and tbo third finished tbo work in a general wreck of everything about tho bull. The small tow steamer "Kouo Such/’ also bud a frightful experience durlug tbo storm. Sho wan on her way to Hampton and wao catight by a squall near tho Moline Channel, Her chimneys woro carried away, and her cupboard of apllot-huuso waa torn to pieces. Pilot Weaver waa obliged to go ashore with a lino, and, by means of it, tbo stoumor was gradually worked to tho lowa aide, where abo was fusioned. OTHER BTOQM9. Thursday eooms to have been a day of storms In Long Grove, In Louisa. Tho first occurred uhout 7 o’clock In tho rooming, and vrao accompanied by heavy thunder; tho second between 9 and 10 o’clock. During tho latter, tho school-houro of tho Independent district of Long Grove wua BTIIUOK DT LIOIITSXNG • whllo tho school wos In Roealun. Over twenty scholars wero present. Tho house had a porch in front and tho lightning descended upon tho north side of this, knocking out all tho top work, and tearing everything from roof to sill. The plostor was sent through tho interior of thn house a distance of thirty feet, striking some of tbo children, though injuring none seriously. When the flash came, it nearly blinded the scholars, and tb o-pcal of thunder which instantly followed, tilled the pupils and' teacher with terror,- Somo .of the • children wero partially. , stunned. Others Bhrlbkcd in fright, aud a few wero scared almost out of their senses. Bomo of tbo siding of tho building was thrown into a field sixty foot away, and one ploco was sent tnrough (Uo middle of an eight-inch board in a fence, aud tho roof of tho school-house was badly damaged, There was another heavy storm In the afternoon, but it wrought no damage. The Hat ground In tho vicinity of the grovo Is,hooded. Corn-planting is, of nocesflityjat a oiand-sliU for u few days, and It is feared that a good deal already planted la Injured, if not ruined. At Muscatine tho raiu camo down ne'lf tho flood gates of heaven had bom opeuod, followed by hall. Between there and Wilton Junction, at Monona, Fro donla, and other stations along tho Bduthwontorn dlvltlou of the Chicago, Hock Wand & Pacific Rail road, tho country was flooded. At aomo points fences wore blowu.dowu, but uo material damage was sus tained by any person as far as can bo ascertained. ' Thp following is a correct list of tho killed and wounded in Washington, Inducting those named in Mr. Hoffman’s letter: KILLED, A child of Mr. Baker. A child of Mr. Fuusc. Mis, Korcb, Mrs. Kuglodlnglo and child, A child of Mr. Horace. Mrs. Henry Walters and two children, MuJ, Davidson. Landau Housed. A daughter of Henry Ratlmie). WOUNEKD, Mm. Carrlnger. Mrs, McCoy, Jacob keck. Mm, Ganger and tbreo children, wbo will probably die. Miss Smith. Two cblhlron of Mrs. Henry Walters, William Gibson, nged 13. John Gibson, aged 11, Holla Gibson. aged 7, children of Alexander Gibson, Rebecca Gardner, William JJobeo, Mrn. Qibuon, A eon of J. K. Garboug, Mra. 'Walters, mother of Henry Wallers. A child of William Caldwell, Four children whose names are unknown. A farm-hand named linker. AT KEOTA. Kiota, Keokuk Co„ lowa, May 21.—1 have just re turned from a (ouratong tho course of tbo tornado, or as near Una broken bridges aud other obstructions would permit. At Sigourney, fourteen miles from boro, tbo storm was observed, according to tbo pre ponderance of opluiou, about 3 o'clock Tu tbo after noou. Hull fell boavlly; such ball aa has not beou soon since (bo PZ.AOUES OF EGYPT, cams down thick ond fust, iu a straight lino, tbo air being unusually calm and outside tho disturbing In fluence of tbo tornado, whlub was some ten miles away. Tbo size of tbo ball will toot tbo credulous f towers of many, and, woro fboro no concurrouco of cstlmony, I would hesitate to mention it, Mr. J.N. Doraly. a conductor on tbo Hock Island Hailroad. u man of Intelligence, stated that bo was iu a drug store, when eovcrul woro plokod up, weighed, and measured. Quo of them weighed 7# ounces, aud was 10 inches in circumference, A gentleman had one weighing 8 ounces and so huge and solid wero (buy, that it took tbreo hours for tbo largest to molt. 2 boy rcsomblo largo lumps of clear transparent Ice. Borne were round as a cannon ball; some slightly ob long like an egg; others woro flattened like door-knobs. Down they came with a detonating sound like (bore port of a pistol, Ho ono was in tbo streets, It was as much as life was worth to bo struck by one of (botso curious celestial missiles. Uorsoa tried to dodge (bora, and iu doing so broko away from tholr hitchlng-posls, and dashed wildly through tbo terrified town, Moro than ouo vehicle met tbo fate of Ih'i stay*’*' -Windows woro broken,atld muobj small thjury 1 done in various ways.! The only .Indication Sigourney had 6c tbo work of destruction going on'ln the distance a low, rumbling aoumT', like a far-away thmfder,of'tho uolso of a train of con moving rapidly over a bridge. the tonKADO 'started-on Ue mlsslon-of death -from tha .vicinity of_ .llaysvlllo, Jn Lancaster. Township, Keokuk County, not fur.from’ the town.dfi LirfcaatOr, MKV^Anfetf' Oralg, an’ old ‘clUfeeh '’of Mint place, slattfstntttf two - clouds seemed to como together, unite,..and movorap- Idly In a northeasterly direction, Tho Ural obstacle 1J ’ encountered was tho Jem ea school-house,' In thd vicini ty of Lancaster. .School waa In .' session, . Thotonob or and echoiars barely nbtlcod tbo darkening sky, when bail began to fall, and tbo sound of Ibo'approacblbg cyclone smoto their oars llko a messenger of death. They wero frightened, but did not anticipate serious danger. Suddenly tbo building • WAS LUTED i ' from tbo ground, turned round, and > carried twenty feet away, whore It was'laid down right.side up with care, as If the Storm Ring felt there woro wllbm pro clous innocent Uvea that should not bo sacrificed, Tbo inhabitants of tbo building hardly know what hap pened before tho destroyer passed m search of other victims; Tbo children woro 'bruised and cut by tho falling desks and aoats,.but none wore Seriously In jured, On swept tbo. Irresistible column, announcing Its approach by, tho same loud roar, which,brought tbo people of Lancaster to tbelr.doors. They saw it ill tho distance—a dark,' cone-like, opaque -mass*;.moving With •' ; 1 ; APPALLING BWIVTWEfIB., ’ It was coming dlreotly towards them. Borne thought It was tho end of.tbls dispensation, and foQ on tbelr knees hi prayer. ■’ Others more practical• hurried to tbelr cellars, tbelr last and most secure refuge. They had scarcely found their hiding places and the storm was upon them. It struck terror Into tbelr hearts. Women swooned and bravo men hold tbelr breath. Tho sound of falling timbers told- « them that tbelr property was not unscathed, though no lives wore sacrificed.. It lifted one house from over tho collar, where tho family wore crouching in fear, and the roof waa raised from another building. Tho outskirts of tho village BUFFERED MOST, * ' - , firobably because tho bouses, being Isolated, had noth ng but tbo foundations *-to hold them to the earth. The smoko-house and granaries of B. O. Moore, one mile. from Lancaster, woro utterly demolished, and Jacobson’* log-bonao, waa caught up and the logs of which It won constructed distributed rar and wide.- Jacobson was hurt, but not fatally. Louis Bennett’s home and fences wonttothe four winds, his loss being perhaps SI,OOO. Mr. Low. an > aged Invalid, was seriously wounded by flying,- timbers.. Among other injuries, . bis arm was broken. Having created confusion and alarm In Lancaster, tbo storm swept proudly by until It reached tho barn, out-, houses, and fences of airs. Daggett,which woro broken' up into kindling-wood and earned off 'on tbs current.* A FLOCK OF BDXKF OABBIED AWAY. Near Skunk River ;woods a flock of 1,600 sheep wore quietly grazing when the, storm arose. 'With an In stinctive, dread they gathorol in a circle, that.oompsn lonahlp might alleviate tho sense'of danger. They congregated directly In the lino of the storm; and when it came It elevated them until, as! an eyb-withess expressed It, ; "they looked like a flock of.'birds,” ' They circled round and round, the velocity of moln-o ncr current overcoming the attraction i >f* gravitation,, until the centrifugal motion moved mem to tho edge or the cyclone, where, tho'.volocuy being diminished, they fell to the earth. Of. the 1,600. only 40 wore round alive up to this afternoon, and It is believed that tho remainder wore killed.-' They wore'absolutely divem* cated. Their remains arc found hanging on: the trees and bushes, und strewing.tho ground, . • Mr. Ash was the next victim, If . there Ip any such thing os consocutivoncas in a disaster so sweeping. Ills house, barn,.andfeuces were lorded, he was se verely wounded, and his wife's arm was broken. A CEMETRUT,DAZED. The Doggett gravo-yard net far from Lancaster,' was Sft'cpt as if with a besom.- The tombstones were t»ut>wn down,-and, according to some, several carried joWlflDß, THE BTOTW-KIH*- 7 , -- - Tho storm malntolnod its northeast course, carry- InKeviirvlWiiKbeforell-£or. width or from 100 j-nrda to n ouar/cr of am«c. Fences were laid flat.. Houses wero of no Mcu,woraon. ami children, and ' hinds animals, wero mingled in tho moving mass of sir ttt a height, of. from forty to sixty -Wet. a foot lu diameter snapped in twain, and uo forests seemed as if oriinimonse.soytho, propelled hy an Invisible giant, had cot nil that dared to ho in its way. The swath marked thu path of tho destroyer. Nothing but the eternal hills, up which it swept: and divested of thclr.natural covering, could eland against Its mighty force. Over hill and vulioy it moved, leav ing woe in He track. Tor a few in ilea from Lancaster the country is rather thinly settled,'hut It left Us marks upon tho face of Nature, '• Boon again it met with living food for its Insatiate appetite. It had reached Clear Crook Township, 3 or 1 miles from this place, whore there are many houses, and whore its fury was most badly felt,. It camo down on tho house of Mr. Nicholas EnglcdJnglo, whoso wife was lying sick, her husband being absent. She was alone with her child. Tho house was carried away ami tom to atoms, and the unfortunate) woman, and child woub with it to destruction. Her fate is very sad. She wo* literally KENT ABUMDSB, The trunk from tho nock lo tho abdomen was found lu ouo place, tbo arms In another; and the boad' and nook further away. ’ Ouo limb stuck in tho sand where It fell. Probably she was Instantly killed,: Her child was killed, tho top of tho boad being blown off, giving tho appearance of scalping. Groat sympathy la felt for the husband and father, thus doubly bereaved. There was another child, who, fortunately, was at a neighbor’s house with tho father. • Michael Fulis was sitting lu tho house with his wifo and child, when it was raised from over tholr heads, tho child being killed. This happened about fivo miles from Harper Station, six miles west of hero. xionu DAMAGE. I met Mr. Stono, living seven miles from Harper, as he nnd bis hands wero at work repairing, tho damage. Ho believed tho storm passed, his farm at 3 o’clock. Ho likened it loan immense funnel, reaching from' earth to'hcavcu, and comiugfrom tho southwest. It was black; Ho could not soo through It. Ho lost sev enteen head of cattle, nnd bad from eight to twelve crippled. He could see the funnel for fifteen minutes beforo it disappeared. Ho understood ~ three horses belonging to Mr. Yomas wero killed, aud alx belonging to Mr. Comllze, besides 100 hogs and n dozen hogs of Rtddolplu, Nicholas Lake loaf two "cows, • Fred Letze's barn was thrown down and tbroo of his horses wounded. The loss of stock will never bo known. Mr. Starr was working cheerfully in tho rains. Uts Umber near was cut ana bent, and would never grow again. His fences were undergoing repair. Over In bln field lay a dead beef Just skinned, and dead hogs and ohoop wore scattered hero and thero, Fence posts wero stuck firmly in tbo grouud where they stood, aud tho torrlflo strength of thp. storm was visible on every bund, lu another place a pump was drawn out of tho grouud and deposited in tho soil half a mile away, where it could bo ■ pumped, though pumping would fetch no water. Tbo horse-power of a threshing machine, weighing 2,340 pounds, was raised as if it wero a feather, and dropped a quarter of a mile from homo.' The house of Peter Marsh was blown down, and ono child killed. It is stated that all the rest of tho fami ly, including seven children, wero stripped of every vestige of clothing. Tho dead child was found eighty

yards from tho alto of tho dwelling. > . Mr. Campbell lost his wife, < Ills two children were badly hurt, Mr. Devins, of Germantown, lost his burns aud fences, and Mr. Lentz a now barn Just fin ished; Tho town stood In Imminent danger. Citizens saw tho columns approaching, and one gentleman liad cal culated that It would strike tlio poot-ofllco first. Bo It would, bad it come directly, and fortunately It did not, THE BTOnM JUMPS. 'XUreo miles from here it seemed to jump over the 'town, and tlio next beard of It was 0 rallca to the uorlb weflt; whore It seemed to land and continue Its appull- Ing progress. It la calculated that it Jumped 10 miles, leaving all'of that length of Its course from here, through -Washington . County, until. it. disappeared somewhere In the Mississippi Valley. ■ , . THE VELOCITY OF TUB STORM. A wide diversity of opinion exists as to the rate' at which the storm traveled. Twenty miles an hour is tho opinion of a majority, but probably It moved muoh faster, as at nearly every point 3 o’clock is given as tho hour at which it passed. It traversed n region of re markable xortUlty, over a rolling country. Somo of , the hills, being quite steep, retarded its speed, hut it probably moved with more rapidity thau is generally supposed. It dealt death aud destruction wherever it went. TITERS IB -SOlinOW In nearly every household aud (ho entire country la in • active sympathy. with those who mourn. Thoy know not how soon thoy themselves may bo visited by a sim itar calamity. This event will not soon bo forgotten, Those who have lost friends will remember U while they live, and so will those who have witnessed tho-de structioa of property and tho ruin spread over a wide strip of our common country. More horrors than have'been enumerated might bo told, but nothing more need he added to.the lamentations that rise from many a broken heart. The following is a list of the killed and wounded in Keokuk County as far as known ; KILLED. Peter Marsh’s child. Mrs. Campbell, Michael Fuh's child, Mrs. Knglodiuglo aud child. , WOUNDED, Fetor Marsh’s three children, . Mr. Campbell's two children. Manysrd Jacobs. Mr. Ash and wife. Mr, Lowe. This list Is given so far as known. There are all sorts of rumors afloat as to persons missing, aud ou all matters pertaining to the disaster. Tho people are excited as well as sad. TUE LOSS OF PROPERTY is variously estimated at from SIOO,OOO to $200,000, hut probably $75,000 will cove; It all. Special Liepatoh to The Chicago Tribune, TUB LATEST. WAfliimoTOH, low#. Juno 24—Midnight,—This even ing I Interviewed quite a number of i>eoplo, who h#ve visited the ground traveled over by tho cyclone, with a view of getting estimates of the damage dime to property. A. few place it as high aa $150,000, but Dm majority think it is between $70,000 and SIOO,OOO. All the buildings raised to the ground, with two oxcop* tlous, were ordinary frame structures. To place tlm farms in as good condition as they wore before, will require an expenditure of fully tho moan sum men* iloued. It la storming here to-nlghl, and the wind Is high. Last Thursday’s experience has apparently had a bad effect, many fearing another visitation of the hurri cane. Special Viapatch to The Chicago JWbunfl. AT DES MOINKS, BesUoikks, May 24.—There was a severe thunder atorm hero to-night, accompanied by a heavy wind. Two houses wore. blown down aud one houuu struck by lightning. No other damages are reported. The recent rains have swelled the BssMolnos and llacooou lUvere, aud both have the highest stage of water seen for two years. ' IN ILLINOIS, Canton, 111., Mayfli.—On Thursday evenings tor ritlo storm of wind and rain passed through (Ida county, west of tho village of Avon, it was a regular [iotnadol It! apparently commencok, ht Swan Greek, [north of YCnogstoWm In Warren County; taking k westerly direction, and'endlng near Avon, m Enltod County, Sweeping',,through a trnCk.4o, to 100 rode In ‘widthsin which everything la ruin,' devastation/and death. \Many buildings woro demolished,—indeed, everything la destroyed In tho track of (bo storm,— .houses, barns,, fences, .orchards, .q(c. I learn of bov oral persona being killed In Warren County, and tunny bridly Injured. The track of tho storm la scattered Vttb dead fowls end cattle. Tho aggregate Inna to (ho farmcrs.umst amount to hundreds of thouaauds of dollars. ~ . ’ ' AT MEMPHIS. 1 MkMrnifl, Tontv, May 24. A gale,’ accompanied by a heavy fall of rain; phased over the City at 0 o’clock tbla evening, doing considerable, damage, Tbo tow boat Ultlfl Alps. .With two barges' in tow. when' 'opposite 'the elevator, • wan capsbwd and >unk in 100, feet of water. Tho , barges •wero out . loose and all bands saved. The boat belonged to Lucius Miller,‘ and was worth about SO,OOO j Insurance unknown. 4 : . .. The front wall of Gage k Fisher’s cotton warehouse was blotfn down.” A boy named Oalllo I’ierco was s<v vorely Injured, TUB roar wall of Cooper Christian’s cotton warehouse was also blown down. WAUL STREET. Botlcw of tub, /Honey, Gold, Bond, Stock, anil Produce markets* . Special Diepatch to The Chicago New Yomtj May* 24.—’Wall street • was Insufferably dull to-day. Money ruled easy from oto 7 per cout on call, Tbo bank statement, is unfavorable, showing a net loss of SBOO,BOO in tbo legal reserve, which is a gen eral disappointment to tbo.slroet. STOCKS were duller than on any other day of the week. Aside from Pacific Mall,' Western ‘Union,' and Erie, tbo changes wore small. The attendance at tho Exchange was slim; and tho market at times neglected. The bank statement had ho perceptible effect oh prices. GOLD was active, with a further advance. The manoeuvres • of tho bull. combination In gold is still the subject of comment.. It Is intimated that Gould is strengthening himself in 'gold at this time, to prevent tho stuck mar ket running sway from him.. Tho Vienna panic being diamond, and tho drain of gold from tbo Bank of England ' being chocked, It is reasonable to suppose that the bank rate might bo reduced to such a figure as,would send capital over boro for employment In carrying a largo load of stocks In this market. It is said that this is Just what tbo groat bull wants to pro-, vent, if possible, "Hobos gauged tbo receptacles for' m'onoy hero, and knows about bow much can bo . relied upon In ' .'an emergency, • If ho can keep money feverish by occasional squeezes, ho can prevent lime loans being made on slock opera tions, and compel parties .who •«» o-r.jiug,loads to make dally Jly, preventing shipments of Sold i<* Europe through a demoralization of tho Ex usngo market, caused by cornering gold, bo intends to keep tbo Bank of England rate firm, and conse quently English capital will stay at homo. TUEIUPOKXfI at this port for Urn week ending to-day wero $8,685.- 218. ~ r ' ’ BONDS. Government wore strong and prices advanced to the highest x>olnt of tho season. The moat Important feature Is tho scarcity of all descriptions, which causes a marked improvement whenever tho demand becomes a little active. WIODDOR. For flour tho inquiry was light under a strong dla ppsHiou to' realize. Most grades under SO.OO were cMlor, though thero.-woa little anxiety to realize ou winter wheat brands.' No, 2 and ordinary extras wore very heavy, with more doing In sour, . Sales, 0.700 hrls ; receipts, 0,1)34 brio. Wheat was better, the wants of shippers compelling them 16 pay uomo advance on No. 2 spring to complete cargoes, Tho offerings of good spring ore limited:-Winter wos quiet but linn. Bales, 117,000 bn : receipts, 07,570 bu. Pork was quiet and easier for Juno delivery. May Is quoted at about $10,02#. . Tho sales, cash and regu lar, were about 176 brls, at $17.00 for now mess, and SIO.OO for rumps. For future delivery, 250 brla for Juno sold at $10.63#.' Kocelpts. 143 pkgß. * Out moats wore generally quiet, hut for dry. salted moats there was more demand, and 125 boxes medium hams sold at 11« V Dry'saUod shoulders are quoted at■ 7,V@7#o. Sales of 7,600 lbs pickled bellies wero made p t., 11 lbs average are quoted 00. Receipts, 467 pkgs. Dacon was l -fairly active, and prices about tho same, with sales of 3,200 boxes of short clear Oo spot. Long clear la quoted' ol B#c.' Lard was quiet and rather unsettled. West ern is quoted at 0 1-lflo on the spot and for May, For future delivery, tho business reported embraced COO tea for May at 01-lCc, and 250 tes for July at 9 7-lCc, Receipts, 010 pkge. THE JUDICIAL CONTEST. A* PI. Craig’o Nomination for the Su premo Court Ratified. at Vates pity, 111*9 by a Small Meeting of Fnrmors. Special Dispatch lo The Chicago Tribune, GILEBDuno, 111., May 21.—A notice appeared in an Elmwood paper that a Farmers' Convention would bo held ot Yntes City on the.3lth at 10 a. m., to bo ad dressed by A, M. Craig. Tho farmers' clubs and grangers of tho adjoining townswero.lnvited. At tho appointed time some twenty or thirty, mostly delegates from clubs were In attendance. It was ru mored that Mr. Craig would not arrive till 3 o’clock, p, m. At 2p. m, tbo meeting was called to order, and Air, Enable, of Salem, called to tho chair, ' Tho Chair announced that tho meeting was colled by tho Salem Grange to ratify (ho nomination of Mr. Craig, and that tho grangers and members of farmers' clubs, wbo approved the nomination, wero Invited to take part, aud that no; other business was lu order; that Mr. Craig had been invited to address them but advices Just received from him from Mondota informed him that ho could not bo E recent. After a speech frem James IT. Stewart, the cmocratlo candidate for Circuit Judge, a resolu tion ratifying Mr. Craig's nomination was passed, and the Chair then gave notice that tho work of tho Convention was done; that tho Salem Grange would continue in session for private business, and that the grangers, who could moke themselves known at the gate,would bo welcome. Tho delegates and others present from other towns thereupon retired consider ably disgusted, Mr. Emery of the Prairie Far mery all tho way from Chicago, to sco and hoar Mr. Craig, Jerked up his carpet-bag, and exclaim ed u I am for homo; two nights' riding; one whole day loafing—all to hoar that resolution, road," Special Dianatch to The Chicago Tribune, Atmoßi, 111., May 21.—Tbo farmers of Kano, Kon : dall and DuPago Counties met In tbo City Ball hero in Judicial Convention, and nominated tho Hon, Sylvan Wilcox, of Elgin. Many of tho most prominent citi zens. Including several Supervisors, wero present, and exhibited a degree of unanimity that promises a bard fight, Tbo friends of Mr. Wheaton fool that it will bo a close contest, and aro working unceasingly. Judge Wilcox ts very popular, and highly respected for ins Integrity, Morbisoh, Whiteside Co., lIL, May 24.—The Whiteside County Central Grange, representing eigh teen subordinate granges of this county, mot here to day and passed tbo following ; Resolved, That it Iff tbo sonso of the Whiteside County Central Orongo that the lion, W. Wheaton Is entitled to our confidence for tho. position of Judge of tbo Third Judicial District, and wo hereby recom mend him to tbo farmers throughout tho District; THE LUMBER TRADE. Suspension oS a Combination of Twelve Lending Finns In tlio Trade* Special Dispatch to The Chicago Tribune, New Yobu, May 21.—A dispatch from Troy an nounces the suspension of twelve prominent lumber firms on account of tho failure of tho combination- to control thq. Western lumber market, with liabilities amounting to $9,000,000. Three of these firms, Messrs. Dodge & Co., Orson Richards, and P, Wudams k Co., do business in this city. : Watson & TwltcheU, who aro named in tho dispatch as belonging to Chicago, is a firm in Newark, N. J. Ou application this afternoon for particulars, at No. 09 Wall street, to the firm of Dodgo k Co,, tho members said that tlio persons named formed a combination early last summer, not to control tho Western lumber market, but for mutual interest in disposing of their manufactured lumber to tho best advantage. They had hi their pos session a great amount of lumber, amounting to' 000,- 000,000 feet, much of which they wore obliged to carry ’over last winter,, This action was necessitated by tho .stringent money market, high freights ou tho lakes, and the unusual backwardness of tho season. As so much capital, otherwise, available, was thus locked up, and as the stronger firms wero hampered by their cou ncction with others, all became embarrassed in their -resources, Messrs. S. W. Barnard, White k Ou., Pago 4 Co., and Dodgo A Co, invited six prominent hank officers, representing from one-third to one-half of their creditors lu amount, to make an' examination.of their affairs. This Committee hnvo made a careful 'scrutiny of tho entire business, and on tho 20lh hist, reported that tho resources of tho firms wore largely iu excess of (ho claims against them, hut in conse quence oftho peculiar charnotcrof the lumber trade, in which nearly eighteen months la required to turn tho money invested, it is deemed advisable for their creditors to grant them reasonable time to turn their assets into cash, In consequence of this Blato of affairs the business of those firms is temporarily interrupted. Mr. Richards, it is said, is tho largest manufacturer of spruce and homlocklu tho country. The combination was chiotly devoted to pluo lumber. Tho aggregate liabilities uf tlio firms Is said to ho actually about $9,000,000. OMtimry. Wasninuton, May ill,—President Early, of the flcmgolowu Jesuit College, died this afternoon of paralysis, lliaiuioHi), Vn„ May3l.—James W. Wallaok, of Now York City, died to-dav In a utooping-car while on route from South (Jarolluu homeward, accompanied by his wife. Ills dlseaau was consumption. Tho remains will be sunt on to-night. Tulutfruplilc H&’ovUlgd* James Woods, a poor laborer of Utica, lud., Is tho holder of ticket No. 80,777, which drew tho capital prize In tho Umaha lottery, Huns Christenson and Chris Olcsou, two Banos, aged respectively U7 and *2B, while boating on Cedar lllvcr, at Cedar Yulis, lowa, last night, were carried, over tho dam and drowned. The bodies have not yet boon re covered. The distillery of Mr. MoNcllis, of Aux Sable, near Morris, 111., was seized lust week by an odlcor of tho United States Internal Revenue Department, for non payment of (axes. It will bo sold at auction on the premises, together with IMS barrels, of hlgbwines, pu the Slh of June, Mr. MoNollls. with counsel, has gone to Washington to try to IU up tho matter, :LI ,/■) FOREIGN- ' ■. ; 1 • -Xr— ’ . praMce,’ : :i *’ Versailles, May 24.—Tho debate upon tho interpel lation of tho Government wan resumed Ibis morning. ThterMn accordance with-tho notice given-yesterday by Minister Bufauro, addressed tho Assembly, urging tho definite oslablldhmcut of Iho Republic. His utter ances *ero-received with loud cheers bylhoLofl,- whtlo the Bight remolded silent,, Upon tho conclusion of Thiers* epooohtho Assembly took ti recces. '! | . Tho Assembly reconvened at 3 o'clock thla'afleimoon and, after an energollo speech by Oiwlmor Porolrol Minister of tho Interior, rejected, by a vote of BC2 against 040, tho simple order .of tho day, proceeding from tho Loft and aupporlcd by the Government. • An order of tho day, proposed •hy tho Right, declaring that the./presoiit . form of Govorn mcnt v vraß- not under discussion,-and-regretting that tho reconstruction of the mlnlelry did not afford of w “ toott adopted by a vote Upou tho announcement of tho result of tho vote. Barsgnon, member of- the Right, said, tho supremo Interests of tho country required Chat tho Government should not remain silent. -His remarks wore received with noisy protestations by the Loft.... When the tu mult bad subsided, Baragnon resumed, and proposed, a night session of tho Assembly, * Bufaure, Minister of Justice. OHCcndod-'ttio tribune and declared that Franco would not remain a moment without a Government, notwithstanding the volo lust cast. 44 There exists,” ho said, 44 a President and tho Republic, Tho Ministers would answer for tho main tenance of order,” They would consult with tho President,, and. agree to a night sitting, ThqLeft . shouted, , 41 Why will tbf 'Government', 'yma set Europo and posterity an example of this' monstrous ‘ Ingratitude?” . Thd Right insisted that'the Govern ment should promptly communicate Its decision to tho Assembly, After further debate, which was conducted amidst the greatest excitement; It was decided to have a night cession, and recess was taken until evening. The result of the votes'caused Intense excitement, and the streets wore crowded with poople.eagorly awaiting the developments of tho night’s sitting. «. • * VxrhaillEh, May 24—Evening.—The Assembly re sumed Us session at 8. Bufaure,.Minister, of Justice, announced that Ministers had ■ tendered their resigna tions to Tniore, who hud noooptod Uiom. V Bufauro thou handed to Buffet, tho President of the Assembly, a message from President Thiers announce' mg that ho delivers back to the Assembly tho high functions which had been conferred upon him. The reading of tho message produced a profound sensation in tho Chamber,.: 1 . • General Oh&ngamler. and , r tho Bokodoßrogllo moved that tho Assembly Immediately appoint a suc cessor to Thiers, - • .. TUa motion caused terrific uproar; The Loft moved that the resignation of Thiers bo not accepted. This motion was rejected by a vote of-303 against 330. The res gnatlon of Thiers was then formally accepted. T.!l U £'L, trulU ?‘"A i ' ouloglM Tillers. The members of tbo Left endeavored to sccuro an ad journment of tho election, but tho Right Insisted upon • choosing a President immediately. A vote was then taken, and it resulted In tho election of Marshal Mac- Mahon, who received 890-voles. ThoßopuUcsof tbo Left abstained from voting. A commltteo was ap ppln od to wait upon Marshal MaoMabonand inform him that ho had bean olectcdJProflldent of tho Republic, The Committee was headed by Buffet, who, upon retiring, temporarily : handcd over tho Presidency of tho Assembly to. Goulard, who was enthusiastically cheered by the Right upon taking the seat. Upon tho return of tho Committee; Buffet resumed tho chair, and announced that‘Marsbal MaoMabimbad accepted tbo Presidency of tbo Republic, though not without pain. - Buffet -also stated that the Ministers' would temporarily remain. ' The crowds in tho streets and in front of tho Legis lative Chamber increased as night advanced, . and, when the result of tho.proceodings in tho Assembly was mode known, there woro loud shouts of 14 Ylvo ia Thiers," and 44 Vivo la Republlquo,” There woro no attempts at disorder, aud-the people quietly dls- GREAT BRITAIN. New York, May 34.—1n London, this being the flf-, ty-fourth recurrence of the birthday of Queen Victoria, to-day was kept a* a half-holiday, and was usheredin ky the firing of salute* and the ringing of holla. Dur ing the day there was a review of the military, and In the evening the city will bo Illuminated. Yona,. May 'M.—The London Daily Nttcs of May 12, publishes a dispatch dated Nice, May 11, from pr.Qurnoy, John Stuart Mill's attending physician, from which It appears that bo was In fair health and good spirits up to the time of his attack of erysipelas, which rapidly run . its fatal., course In the short space of four . days. This disease la epidemic In tho low-lying clay ground about Avig non. Ho knew tho situation wo* not healthy, but had purchased a house and grounds only because they were close to tho cemetery, where his wlfo was buried fifteen years ago, and In order that ho might spend as*much of hi* time a* possible near her tomb. Tho house, moreover, was densely surrounded by trees, which ho would not allow to bo touched, lest tho nightingales abounding In the neighborhood should quit the spot. Tho avenue under tho shade of which, bo composed and studied, ' was filled with theso .birds. Mr. Mill suffered but little except In swallowing, and from tho beat and weight of the enor mous swelling which came over his face and .nock. Yet ho learned the fatal nature of tho attack with calm ness and resignation. His expressed .desire that ho might not outlive his mental faculties and suffer from long, wasting disease was gratified, for his great intel lect remained clear to tho Inst moment. His wish that his funnrai might bo quiet and simple was attended to by his loving step-daughter \mu u«-rou»a auumiudo. The funeral took place in tho simplest fashion,—the French doctor, Protestant pastor, and myself alone being present with the family.. Prayer was offered at tho grave, and a most touching address was made by tho pastor. Thou the beautiful tomb of his wife was opoued, and ho was placed by tho side of her ho loved BO WCll. AUSTRIA. New York, May 2i.—A loiter from Vienna of ‘tho 10th says : Tho panic was at its height on tho 9th, when more than 100 failures were announced.; Many old respectable banking houses have gone on the list of bankrupt, along with a crowd of mushroom con* corns, which sprang up under tho influence of the mania for speculation that has ' prevailed during tho past year. In tho -great crisis, of 1809 tho total loss occasioned by tho fall of stocks quoted on tho Bourse amounted to 25,000,000 florins. Already it has exceeded ton times that amount. Tho chief sufferers ore the new speculative banks and numerous building companies, Hundreds of bubble. companies .were organized, and their stock was snatched up at prices absurdly inconsistent, with, tho prospects of profit they offered. Almost every day. saw new banks organized with mythical capital, whose’ stock wan palmed off upon tho credulous - publio by the influence of tho names of a fow; Borons and Counts upon tho lists of Directors, and by tho puffing of sub* eldlzcd'newspapers. The. building companies out* numbered the banks, end were about as unworthy of trust. They undertook everything, from Erecting monster hotels to putting up soda-water fountains. Cotton and-woolen factories, iron-works, brow* erics, mills. Ac,, wero built, without any re gard to tue .demand that existed'. for their products, and tho speculative fever induced people to buy stock, not as an investment, but in the nopo that tho next day somebody would give a higher price for it,. Hundreds of costly buildings have been erected in Vi enna by these building companies in a stylo of ’ ele gance before unknown hero; Croat apprehension is felt that tho catastrophe will ultimately involve tho general mercantile and manufacturing interests'of the Umpire, and produce a serious, dlsturnanco in all kinds of business. If the panic goes no further than tho Stock Exchange; although tho -victims will bo num bered by thousands, and-tho Indirect effects of tho crisis will bo felt for a long tlmo, tho lesson it wiU tcacU.wiU perhaps bo worth tho cost. SPAIN, Perpionan, May 24.—Tho Oarllsts deny that the vol unteers who surrendered at Sanahuja wore butchered. They state that they hold them subject to an exchaugo. tor Oarllala. • Maputo, May 24,—The Oonnoll of' Ministers-yester day, lu postponing the elections In Ouba for Deputies to tho Constituent Oortos, fixed upon no day. Barcelona, Muy 24.—Two corpses have been found near Uaneru,- with » placard oa each, bcarlug those words: “ Killed while attempting to assassinate Don Alfonso,” * • • ■ - - ■ . Tho 'levy of young men ordered by Qon. Volardo la well received, Many manufacturers will continue the salaries of their operatives while they are in tho ser vice. Juntas aro forming to promote the enforcement of the levy. ITALY. Home, May 24.—Tbo Pono contemplates anathema tizing members of tho Italian Cabinet and. all others who are proposing to secularize tho-mouastbrios,. Elaborate preparations are making for tho funeral of Count Manzeonl. PERU. New York, May 24.—Callao dates of tho fllh state, (hat a large fire had burned tho Hotel Oomerolo and several other buildings,’entailing a loss of {800,000.. No Americans sufi'orod. CENTRAL AMERICA. New York. May 24.—Panama dates to May 15 aro received by tno steamer Henry Ohauncey. A Commissioner has beou sent to President Nolrn, from Panama, to bring him buck to assume tho head of the Qovcniment. Tho Profoci of Asplnwall, Sauor Pewiott, was Acting President, An amnesty hud been arranged and the expenses of tho late trouble were to bo assumed by the State Department, During tbo fighting lu Panama, tho national troops lost twenty-three killed and thirty wounded, and; (he. Stato troops double that number. ' Considerable prop erly outside the city has been destroyed. The guard furnished by Admiral Btoodmau remains, protecting tho railway and steamship properly, but the force of 130 men furnished to tho citizens was withdrawn. Most of (ho militia, blacks, outsldo of tho dty have taken (0 tho woods with their arms. Ex-Vrcsldeut Correas remains by request of tbo citi zens until perfect tranquillity Is restored. .• Qcn, Barrios has been elected Constitutional Presi dent of Guatemala, and tho rebel faction dispersed. It Is stated that Senor Palacios, who recently arrived at Panama, has purchased tho steamer Gun. Sherman, and Is now arming her to pro. cccd to Omou, Honduras, overthrow the present Government, replace Medina lu tho Presidency, then organize an army, cross tho frontier, uniting with 1 disaffected Indians of QucsaUcuaugo, aud revolu tionize Guatemala, BRAZIL. Lisbon, May 24.—Advices from Wo do Janeiro to tho 8d (nst. state that tho Emperor of Brazil hud closed tho old and opened tho now Legislature. A number of reforms wore promised. JTlodloal Ethics in nasiaphusoUi. Boston, May 24.—Tho Beard of Trial of tho Massa chusetts Medical Society, which recently tried certain members of the Society for practising homeopathy on t ■Uio ground that such practice vlolaled flioir right to membership, rendered a decision to-day, and nerved a »upon each mcmlxjr Involved. The board nay tha C 8 having been fully heard, and the evidence anil the argoirnmis on each aide fully conaldorcd, tha charges and specifications are all fully proved, and tbo accused are severally guilty of conduct unbecoming . nu bonnrablo physician. by practising bomcopuniy. Tlicrrf/iVu'ir rcefininif:ndeir their expul sion from tho MaHsachuoctls Medical,Hucloly,. RELIGIOUS. Tho Presbyterian tienornl Assembly, North,* at Jlaltl.xaoro»Procovdinira Yesterday* . , Special Dispatch U> The Chicago Tribune. ■ UAk/miottß, May 24.—The Assembly to-day mani fests tho purpose to hasten an ndjonrnmenb by limit ing the speeches of others than Secretaries and Chair men of committees to five minutes. Notwithstanding this, there was much, profitless talking. Many Com missioners aro particularly Interested in one depart ment of tho Church’s work, and-Ignorant or careless of all others. Consequently, each report is followed by spooches from men moved by the spirit to Interpret its moaning, dr Insist upon Its merits. This kind of person al display was chocked three times to-day by operation °- pr t 1r^0 ? a 9 u ®®Uoh. The colored Commissioner yoa r oi>°ri of tho Freedman's' , l)00n a Presbyterian minister twenty years, and was long a missionary In Africa. Ills oration ir-nJinn U Jr?i reP i lirod ’ caption of the in ?"&. The transitions from one kind of speaking to another woro very Tho Assembly was much p eased with his spirit and Into ® ligonco, and ospcclaUy with the declaration tbit u « have SmctSf th ° WWtofl t0 bCal 1110 woun *> tfly *. T^ o . rop ti rt of i lllO Committee on Manses was roughly treated. It contemplated tho continuance of the Com mittee to encourage tho building of parsonages anil the appropriation of $3,000 to nay*tho sabS lai ® . owubos ot tbo Ouarnnan. n »l n M» U,0 i Aß?omb l y °PP Mcd the report and the whole scheme of manse erection. WilHnm v* Bo.lgo Mpoctolly obJocttoß to tho“ xp 0 S“??[ money for sucl. ,n object. Olhcrn .ala turn Iho com mlttee was only established on tho understanding that iU existence should bo temporary, and that no salaried' 1 official would bo demanded. In /he midst of this anl matod debate, one member said that Mr. Wilson, tbo Chairman of the Manse Committee had acted historian i of the Church without pay; that ho had. a perfect! mania for couectlng valuable documents pertaining to Presbyterianism, and that bis continuance in the work pf eroding manses with a roving commission and ex penses' paid would -bo a profitable investment, To tins• a ; Missouri • Commissioner answered that tha Church, conld not afford to hire . roving maniacs to history. This utterance caused muchfoollng. Mr, Wilson being an amlablo and pious man, JusV before tbo.morning adjournment J. B. Bunn at tempted to introduce a resolution requiring an apology for.tha offensive remark, but tho Moderator ruled that It was out of order, and brought down the gavel In tbo midst of much confusion. Tho only matter of Interest in the report of the Committee on Theological Semi- 1 narlca was,tho recommendation that tho Bauvillo' Seminary bo surrendered to its Trustees, with a view * to harmonizing tho differences between the Southern and Northern Churches. Tho Rev. O. L.* Thompson. Commissioner from Chicago, baa boon called homo hi serious illness in bis family < * [To the Associated Drest. l : BAiTDionm May 24.—Tbo Presbyterian General Assembly Uwlay appointed a.'Committee toconnlder.l and report to tho next General Assembly, tho aubjoctl of Issuing a free paper. The report of tbo Board of Church Erection Fund showed receipts .during tho £ost year of $110,744; number of churches contrlbut ig, 1,003 1 not contributing, 3,627; amount expended in aid of churches, '583,091 ; churches receiving oldj ICO. Buringlho.last three years tho Board have com pleted 585 churches, free of debt, and secured church properly worth $3,000,000. Tho Board recommend that in future not more than SI,OOO bo allowed lu aid of any church. Tho report and recommendation we« adopted. The report of tho Committee on Manses was taken up and discussed until recess. After recess the special order—tho report of the Committee on Missions foi the Frcedmcn—was submitted, with tho recommenda tion that tho Assembly commend tho missions for the ■froedmen to tho sympathy and hearty support of the whole Church, Tho reports show that tho receipts dur ing the year were $0.1,125! expenditures, $59,200. Tlu» report gives an interesting account of tho num ber of churches, Sunday-schools, mission-: arv associations, communicants, Sunday-school 1 scholars, &o. Tho Ttev. A, 0. McClellan, Secretary of' the regular Committee on Missions of the Freedmen, 1 addressed the Convention, and was followed by thu Hof. E. J. Adams, colored, who delivered a forcible 1 speech. Cdier speeches wore made, and the report 1 was adopted. The Committee on Church Polity re-' ported. Tho Assembly adjourned uutil Bp. m.‘ when 1 the report on Theological Seminaries will be con sidered. . , At the session to-nlgbt, tho report on Theological Scmmlnarics was adopted. A debate arose on a prop osition to omit all titles, such ns “D. D„” “LLTd.,’ 1 Ac., in tho official roll* of tho church, and tho subject was referred to a committee to report to. tbo present Assembly. Several resolutions not of general interest wore referred. Tho Assembly then adjourned until f o'clock Monday morning. PITTSBURGH. Two Children Burned to OeathmDOa corntlon Day—"War on s)i» naugiug ~ etlgns, rrrxsDunan, Slay Si.—Last evening, vrtillo two lit* tie girls, onotno daughter of Sir. W, -Morgan, ant the other of Mr. V?lofrlng, residing at Bhady Bid#, were at play,, one applied a light©! natch to the mouth of a can filled with carbon off An explosion followed, and In an instant tho clothing of tho children was 'saturated with all. They, woo enveloped In flames, and burned to a crisp. Tho' Muyora of Pittsburgh and Alleghany Olty h&v) Issued a proclamation requesting that nil buSlnui houses bo closed on Decoration Day. A crusade lain progress against merchants who have been obstructiig the sidewalks with signs, Ac. Over four hundred subs have already been instituted, aud others aro being pn* pared. Tho Atlantic JDcath-Itoll. New Yoiik, May.2t.—Four hundred ond twonN eight bodies ha\ir been 1 recovered from'tho wreck if tho steamship Atlantic, leaving 118 passengers uuu counted for. Nearly a dozen bodies of tho lost cabh .passengers aro still missing, aud, although all tin state-rooms have not boon examined by tho divers, t is not thought that any bodies will be found in then when entered, os tho passengers aro believed to ban .escaped to tho deck when informed of their in penning danger after tho vessel struck. New Youk, May 24.—A Halifax letter on tho interment of tho bodies of tho passengers of tha steamship - Atlantia says : “ The graves or trenches In many cases aro scarcely deep enough to allow tho coffins to rest more than a few Inches below too earth’s surface. Tho heavy rains have, washed away what littlo earth cover ing there' was, and to-day there aro hundreds of colfins exposed to vlow. .In many Instances two bodies are crowded', into .a single box, and in somo ‘cases even‘three; and, In-order to econo mize in tho matter of space, they aro often placed in trenches two and throo deep. At tho feet of these shabby graves and rudo coffins' aro modoat tablets, which record the sufferings aud deaths of hundreds cl men, women, and children. Sporting* New Youk, May 24.—Maurice Daly, champion, has accepted tho challenge of Albert Gamier-to play c billiard match involving tho championship aud pos session of tho diamond cuo. Basa Hall—Athletics/11; Mutuals, 7. - .Boston,..May-24.—Base Bali—Bostons,. 0 ; Balti ’mores, 7. V ' Philadelphia, May 24i—Base Ball—Philadolphioa, 5; Allanfica, 1.. .. .. . New Your, May 34.—Tho rival trotting associations having settled their differences, tho trot for (ho purm of $3,500, between Judgo Fullerton ami Gazelle, w‘i 'take place on Prospect Park track, May 30. Special Dfspatth to The Chicano Tribune; ■ New Youk,‘ May 24.—The Athletics and Mutunk -played a return game on tho Union Grounds this after noon in presence of 2,000 spectators. . The playing wu remarkable only for tho wild throwing of thoMutua third basiman, Bollun, who was substitutod-for Nd son, deposed. This lost tho Mutuals an easy victory, /nm'ngs— .1 2*3 4 6 0 7 0 9 Mutuals 1 0 I 3 0 y 0 0 o—’ Athletics 2 0.0 0 1 0 8l 4—l First huso by errors: Mutnals/4; Athletics, 8 runs earned : Mutuals. 2; Athletics, 0 { fielding o.** rors : Mutuals, 17 J Athletics, 0. - Texas Cattlc-Stcnlfng”. Brownsville, Texas, May 24.— To-duy's Sentiui ©numerating various cattle robberies this, month i armed Mexicans, places tho number stolon and crosre Into Mexico, within a radius of sixty mllca of this ci,j at not loss than 2,000 head, while h(gU up tho river proportional numbers have- boon drive Into Mexico. The reported raid of Col. McKenzie lit the Klckapoo camp lu Mexico, and punishment of tr Indians, has caused very general satisfaction bore and will tend tolesßouidoprodatloua U tho McKern 1 policy is curried out. A Swindler Caufflit* St. Louis, May 24.—John T, Holzman, a Phlladi phla leather merchant, who .went into bankrupt and perpetrated forgeries upon his creditors, abo four months ago, • to tho amount of- $10,03 was arrested here, aud taken back to Philadelphia; night, by a detective who came' on with roqulaitloi from Oor. Uartronft, - Holzman has a. wife and chi la Chicago. Ho has squandered most of (ho mon during his stay in this city. A Victim of Violence* Louibvu.lv:, Ky,, May 24.—Tho body of a man v found in tho Ohio lUver at Charleston Landing Wednesday. Tho Coroner’s inquest on Thu day disclosed the foot that ho had co to his death by violence. Ho had a bui hole In his head, and a rope, tied with a hongma knot,was around his nock, and his ankles were also t with a rope, Tho body was so decomposed that t iury could not toll whether it was white or colon lolhlug further Is known. Railroad Nows. Fortress Monroe, May 24.— Washington McL and John L, Faran, of tho Oluciuuatl inquirer, 1 other gentlemen of that city, aro hero examining 1 tho relative merits of Norfolk. Yorktowu, and K port Nows as tho terminus for Iho Chesapeake A O. Uallroad. Ocean Steamship Nows. New York, May 24.— Arrived, tho steamship 3 this, from Liverpool. Lonpoh. May 24,—Arrived out, the steamship I *, gerla and Nevada, from New York,

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