Newspaper of The New York Herald, April 20, 1873, Page 7

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated April 20, 1873 Page 7
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ORE KOSE HOEROR. Fearful Disaster on the Providence and Stoaington Railroad* A BRIDGE SWEPT AWAY. A Passenger Train Crashes Into the Awful Breach. IDE DEAD BODES RECOVERED. Thirty Persons Wounded and a Number Still Hissing. THE WRECKED TRAIN ON FIRE The Victims Roasted and Crushed to Death in the Debris. "BRAVE EVEN UNTO DEATH." Tie Engineer and Firemen Standing Dead at Their Posts of Dnty. THE ENGINE LEAPS THE CHASM. Graphic Details of the Accident? How the Torrent Carried the Bridge A way Statement of a Passenger? The Killed and Wounded. Richmond Switch, R. I., April 19, 1878. A terrible accident occurred at Richmond Switch, R. L, on the Stonington and Providence Railroad, at four o'clock this morning, by the break ing of the mill dam just north or the track, on the Pawcatuck River. The water rushed down the stream in torrents, caused by a freshet, and, rising above the usual level some ten feet, washed away the bridge and railroad track over the stream. The Stonington steamboat train, en route to Provi dence and Boston, coming along at the time, was precipitated into the chasm, the engine leaping to the opposite bank. Three crate cars and three coaches telescoped, and all of them took fire after wards and were burned up. The engineer, fireman and six others are known to be among the killed. Others are supposed to have been washed down the stream or buried under the debris. Parties of workmen and volunteers are clearing the track and searching for bodies. The "Owl" train, from New York, was just behind the steamboat train, and only escaped by being three minutes behind time. The "Owl" train had four sleeping cars, filled with passengers, all of whom would, doubt lass, have been Instantly killed or injured. ?BOUT FORTY PERSONS are wounded, the majority being only slightly hurt. Engineer William Guile, of Providence, Fireman George Eldridge?of Wick ford : Albert Allen, of Provi dence ; Jeremiah Cramer, of Boston ; John Callihan, ?f Hew York, and two others unidentified, were killed. All the bodies were found to be badly burnt. It is now three o'clock P. M., aud some twenty are still missing Among the in jured are Patrick Burns, James Donovan, Dennis Heffren, Edward Craflin, Patrick Williams, Thomas Nolan, baggage master, leg broken, es caped through the window; Henry Stlner, Mary Wern, New York, badly ; Frank Johnson, New Bed ford, and others, names unknown at present. J. D. Eldridge, of Harwich, Mass., escaped from the passenger car first burned, and succeeded in sav ing Mrs. Rebecca Kelley, Miss Lizzie Evans and her brother, children of Captain Evans, of the steamer General Sedgwick, but was unable to save three other passengers, who perished, being CAUOBT AND HELD FAST nmong the broken seats. Mary Bohen, aged sev enty, had her leg broken and received other seri ous Injuries. Her daughter, Honora Bohen, has ber skull fractured and will not survive. . A temporary bridge is almost finished, when all the wounded will be forwarded to Providence and Bos ton. There were 130 persons on the train, a large number of passengers remaining in the steamboat, as they preferred to take the morning accommoda tion. Among the wounded was Benjamin Knapp, Jr., a member of the New York press, bound to the reunion of the Sixth Massachusetts regiment. Sylvanus Evans and Mr. R. H. Kelley, of West Den nis, Mass., were miraculously saved, receiving a few bruises. TBS TBBPORART SRI DOS has been constructed at this hour, seven o'clock P. M., over the stream, and trains are making reg ular trips. Some tour thousand people have already Visited the scene of the accident, and every train over the road is crowded with persons anxious to satisfy their morbid curiosity. Up to this time ??oven charred bodies have been found, but it is im possible to identity them, with tbe exception or those of tae engineer and fireman. Superintendent Matthews, of the Stonington and Provldeace road, has been on the spot constantly since early morn ing, and has done all that man can do to rroover tbk somas or tbb victims and provld?for the survivors of the disaster. Phy8lclans*from Stonington, Westerly and Provi dence were sent to the switch to dress the wounds of the sufferers* and a special train conveyed tbem to Providence, where arrangements have been made to further care for then Tbe engine, as be tore stated, Jumped across the chasm, and tbe end Of a broken tsul on the opposite side of the bridge penetrated the oo tier-bead, causing the steam to escape, and thus preventing an exploaloa. Tbe engineer and fireman were XIIABD AT THX1R POSTS, and remained In an apright position oven alter death, thc/ormer with his hand on tbe throttle and tbe latter Having hold of the brake. Both were consumed by* fire, as there were no means t>y which any person could cross the stream' to aeoever Abe bodies. \ In a conversatio^wlth ? TBI OWHBl&Or TBI KILL PAH, I learned that he exajtined tbe dam before retir ing for the sight, and thinking that there was ?ome danger of its giving *way opened the sluice gate, which relieved it somvTwbat from the great pressure of tbe iftnre boo* of ?rata> whiab it.heM ta check. Had"he taken proper precautions and strengthened the dun beiore leaving this scold en t might have been avoided. It will be impossible for me to give the names of all the killed, as their faces are so disfigured. They will have to be identified by their friends. Seven bodies have been recovered. The engineer lived in Providence and leaves a family. Con ductor Orrln Gardiner escaped with his lite. Thomas Nolan, the through brakeman, was se riously injured in the thigh. All the other brake men escaped with slight injuries. THI IILLXD, so tar as recognized, are:? Albert Allen, of Providence. t Jerry Camerer, of Boston. John Hallihan, of New York. William Gnlle, engineer. George Eldredge, fireman. Two other bodies have not yet been identified. TBI injtoud are:? Patrick Burns, of New York, leg broken; Frederick Johnson, of New Bedford, serious skull wound; John Hollingworth, legs bruised; I. D. El dridge, of New York, bruised; Dennis Bohen of New York, wrist hurt ; Joseph Donovan, ef Ireland, slight contusion and bruised; Mary Bohen, leg ft-actured; Hanora Bohen, skull fractured, proba bly fatally ; James Donovan, of New York, badly bruised andinjured internally; Dennis Heflferin, ef Hartford, leg Injured badly ; Ed. Croflin, of New York, injured in the leg; Patrick Williams, of New York, badly bruised; Thomas Nolan, badly in jured in thigh; Henry Steiner, of New York, and Joseph Olmstead, of Providence, both have bad bodily injuries; Edward Mangam, of New York, rib broken and head badly lnjnred ; John Creden, ol New York, head cits; George II. Ver non, of New York, injured about the head and legs; William Finley, of Boston, Injured about the head and legs ; Joseph Phillips, of South Boston, legs bruised. There are some twenty more wnose Injuries are slight. The engine made a fearful leap, passing over the stream and imbedding Itself in the opposite em bankment. It is more tnan ten years since any accident has occurred on this road. The washing away of the dam and bridge, of course, conld not have been foreseen. The first reports of the disaster were greatly exaggerated. Only three PA38ENQBK CABS WKKE BURNED, two first class cars and one second class car. The other three cars burned were what railroad men call "baggage flats." The three cars that contained the baggage and express crates were what saved the lives of the passengers. J. w. Thayer, who tends the switch at Stoning ton Junction, Informed your reporter that the mall train and steamboat trains were botff* ready to leave at the same hour this morning. Had the Shore Line mail train gone into this rushing flood the Iosb of life would have been much greater, as there were no baggage flatB on that train to save the passenger cars, as in the case of the wreked train. Arrival of Survivors la Boston? Graphic narrative of tl*e Disaster. Boston. April 10, 1873. Many friends of passengers on the 8 toning ton steamboat train last night are anxiously inquiring at the Providence depot for the names of the vic tims of the disaster. Few details pre known up to one o'clock. The following has been received Kingston, April 19, 1873. A. A. Folsom, Superintendent of the Boston and Providence Railroad:? Beu Smith, the ticket agent, is all right. Train all burned bat the smoking car and one other car. About fifteen or twenty persons were burned to death. Quite a number or wounded. O. 8. GARDNER, Conductor. A number of passengers, survivors of the wrecked Stonington train, reached this city this afternoon, among them several of the wounded, whose names have been already given. None of them appeared to be seriously Injured, except Nolan, the brakeman, who was taken to his home, In Cabot street. The following-named persons, all sailors and residents of East Boston, who went from here to New York in a ship last Wednesday, are among the wounded Thomas Bnrke, injured on the head ; Jamea Todd, head and legs injured ; Edward Messenger, injured on the head ; William Finley , head and legs Injured ; George II. Brennan, head and legs Injured ; John Bolllngsworth, head and shoulders injured; John Cartin, head and ribs hurt and Injured internally. Conductor Gardner and the baggage master bad Just gone back into the smoking car when the ac cident happened. The conductor was jammed in between the seats by the shock, bnt showed QREAT PRESENCE OP MIND by immediately calling ont to some one to go back with a signal of danger for the mall train, which was just behind them and coming at a rapid speed. Home one of the unharmed Immediately rushed back and signalled the coming train, and a doable disaster was averted. All the badly wounded were taken to Providence, and arrived thtre about three o'clock this afternoon, and were taken to the hospital in that city. Mr. Jonas Hol stroin, who was a passenger In the fourth car of the train, gives the following ( NARRATIVE op TOE DISASTER. ' rhe train, which consisted of five cars, left stMlngton at Ave minutes put three o'clock, about thirty-five alnutfcs late. The rate ef speed before reaching Rchmend switch was about thirty-five mies an hoar, and the first Intimation he had of tie iii?iister was a sharp cencasalon, which burst o?en thi car In which he was seated and partially flied it with the debris of the preceding car. Mr. IL>brtroin was on the the left hand side of the rear ?ad of tiM* car, au<i in front of him, on the opposite ? (te, near the steve. were two young men, appa nnlly from twenty to tneuty-flvc years of age, sad directly behind them was Benjamin K. Knapp. Jr., of Boston. Mr. Bolstrom. immediately After the shock, hear. I the yoong men and Mr. Kaapp call for help to extricate them, as they were wounded and held fast by the splintered portions ?f tne preceding car. on reaching Mr. Knapp it was found that om of his legs was injured, and Mr. lioutroa a?l several ethers set about to extri :ate him and the two young men. Suddenly a roiume of flames shot into the ear <toer, and in stantly th? mass of splinters was on fire, the flames matting through the ear aa quickly as though the wood had been a lot of hay. The reitcaers had barely tta* to relieve Mr. Knapp from his position when they were obliges m pl as pob urn, and the two uafortaaate young swa were left to meet a terrible late, and were burned to death la a very few nannies. Wita th.se sicepuons none of the other occupants ef Ms car were known to have perished, though quite a neater had a very ?arrow msji, aaeag whoa was aa sM lady , who ningjii m ? " ? MMwttMfei burst Into this ear Mr. Holstrom ud others were engaged in prying op the stove, which apparently bad imprisoned the two young men, wbo were seated beside it, and the light of the lire was dis tinctly seen outside the train, but was supposed to be a signal to warn approaching trains or to aid the rescuers in prosecuting their labors. The bridge WHERE TBI DI8A3TRR HAFPKN1D is between thirty and forty feet wide and the depth of the chasm la about twenty feet. Nearly forty rods above this point is a grist and saw mill on the Pawcatuck River, and a supply of water for the mills is received by means of a dam. The storm swept away the dam and the water in the stream below rose to a height or ten feet, carrying away the railroad bridge and abutments, which were found about fifty rods below. The rails at either end of the bridge were left sticking up, and when the train came dashing along the ENGINE AND TENDER LEAFED THE CHASM and landed on the opposite side. Immediately be hind were two crate cars, which plunged into the opening, followed by the second class passenger car, containing a number of emigrants and a party of sailors belonging in Boston, who were returning Iroin New York. As this car piled upon the crate cars it was splintered into kindling wood, and the persons inside were tumbled into the water and bruised, and one of their number lost. In the rear of this was a car which contained but two passengers and Thomas Nolan, the hrakeman. The next car was occupied by quite a number of passengers, and was the one in which Mr. Ilolstroiu was seated, Behind this was another passenger car and a smoking car, both of which were saved by uncoupling and running tliein back from the wreck. The general opinion among the passengers seemed to be that the FIRE CAUOUT FROM THK STOVE in the second class car, though Its work was done so quickly that tho origin will probably never be definitely known. No one yet arrived In Boston can give a list of the dead or tho number killed, but the general estimate is from eight to twelve. Latest Details? Wine Bodies Recovered? No Inquest Deemed Necessary. Providence, It. I., April 19, 1873. Nine bodies have been recovered thus far. Thomas Nolan, of Boston, had his thigh frac tured. Tne engineer and fireman were burned to a crisp at their posts. Two of the unknown per sons recovered hail their limbs burned' oif, leaving their trunks only. No inquest is deemed necessary by the Coroner. The bodies have been brought to this city. "Out of 106 passengets," sajs Mr. Conductor Gardiner, '"1 can account lor but lorty-two people who have been rescued dead or alive from the wreck." Mr. Gardiner was in the rear car at tho time of the accident, and business-like, when he saw what had occurred, sent a slgual man back with a red lantern to warn the approaching New fork ex press train, so as to avoid a double calamity. He adds to the statement quoted above by saving that a great proportion of tho missing ones were probably washed out towards tidewater or lie drowned at the bottom of the ereek. Some of them, perhaps, may have been cared for in the few dwellings which are scattered about this dismal locality, but that number must be easily counted. Mr. Charles Browner, one of tho passengers on the train, nays that there were seveu cars, three flats, which contained crates of fruit, and four pas senger cars, one of which was the emigrant car. When the train struck the bridge the flat cars went to the bottom of the liver, which had been swollen by the late freshet to twice Its usual sine. The pas senger cars were piled upon the flats, and were each telescoped. THE SHRIEKS OF TDE PASSENGERS were heartrending, as they were Jammed in by the seats. Mr. Brown reports seeing a pile of bones and flesh by the side of a hot stove, which were equal to four persons. The cars were set on Are by the stoves and explosions of kerosene lamps. He says among those heard scrcamlng In the cars for assistance was Mr. A. F. Allen, of Providence. The train was forty minutes behind time. Mr. Brown says that there were certainly between twenty-five an-', thirty persona killed. There was Just enough of the engineer lelt to identify him. When discovered his body was be tween the driving wheels ol the engine. The fire man's body was completely mashed to Jelly. Mr. Brown also says that he saw numerous pieces of flesh and bones lying upon the bank of the river. There were many persons striving to crawl from the wreck with broken legs, mangled and bruised faces and heads. Mr. J. Frank Dalley, one of the conductors on the stonlngton and Providence Railroad, states that there were in all three flat cars, baggage and express cars, and two passenger cars wrecked aud burled. I left the scene of the disaster at half-past nine, and at that time seven bodies had been dis covered. There were lrom fifteen to twenty wonnded. THE PASSENGERS WHO ESCAPED and the baggage were transferred to the accom modation train, which arrived here at noon. The work of repair was vigorously prose cuted, and the shore llna train passed through, reacalng this city at one o'clock. The steamboat train arrived here at a quarter to three o'clock. The latter train contained the wounded passengers, and on Its arrival they were severally taken in charge, and the most danger ously wounded conveyed npon cots to the hospital, while those slightly hurt received due attention. The Shore route mall train was entitled to the track, but, being from three to five mlnut.es late, tlio steamboat train started in advance, otherwise the lormer would havo plunged Into the chasm. ? Tho Shore line train backed to Westerly and gave the news of the disaster, and Drs. Wilbur, Lewis, Collins and Crandall were soon despatched by a special train to the scene of the wreck. A Mr. Smith, a passenger, who came through on the first train irom the scene of the disaster, stated that Albert F. Allen, the Providence man, who Is among the dead, was alive after the acci dent, but unable to move from his scat and was roasted alive. Ilia body was almost burned beyond recognition, and was taken from the seat ho occupied. A special train arrived from the acene of the disaster about two o'clock this after noon, upon which were a number of tho passengers of the wrecked train. Tne re Were also on board this train some doEcn or more of tho wounded passengers, with ? BAD* ARB BODIES FEARFULLY BRUISED aad mangled. They were taken to tho Rhode Island Hospital in wagon*. The nanus of those wowdoo who mm thia train as fallows; Mary Bokan, Welly Brown, Henry stnrne, Patrick Bohan, Prank Johnson, Huntington, James Deman, Dennis Brown, Patrick Wkaley and Pat rick Williams. The above persons are all probably fatally wounded. Tney were all destined for Boston, with the exception of Patrick Whaley, who was coming to his friends in this city. The bodies of those of the dead who have been taken from the wreck arrived here to-night and presented a sad spec tacle. Box arter box was taken from the train and deposited In the hearses and baggage wagon pro vided by the railroad company, thence being con veyed to the establishment of Mr. Gardiner F. Schwartz, on Dorrance street. A RKVOLTINO SIUHT. Mr. Albert P. Allen, who, by the way, is well known among firemen as being the inventor of a recently patented prevention for the more direct communication of hosemen with tkelr engines, was bnrned entirely to a crisp. I can oompare the appearance of the headless trunk to nothing less than a great picce of brittle coke, from which pieces could be broken easily. Next him, laid In a long wooden box, the corpse of Mr. M. P. Fleming. He was Identified by a card in his possession, which gave ocular evidence that he was a mem ber of the "St. Mary's Sodality, Thomas (Ireon, Secretary," but where that society is located nobody in this locality knows. Mr. Fleming had a through ticket for Boston. His body was perhaps better preserved than any of the rest. * TIIB I1EAI) 18 GA8DED BADI.T on the top, but the full, dark brown beard appears to be unstained. His eyes are half open. From the head downward the body is in a good condition, except the left foot and portion below the knee on that side, which has been burned to a black uudis tinguishable lump. On the other aide, the right foot is clean and white. Another crumbling mass

or charred humanity, unidentified, lies beside Mr. Fleming, and there is a pail full or Iragmunts of other bodies now to be put Into shape for recog nition. These remains have been packed carefully in ice, and will be held to await the order of the friends of the departed. In relation to the canse of the accident, although 1 am sensible that an expression of an opinion in this respect may be criticized severely, I have ar rived at the conclusion that THE SOLE BLAME rests on the railroad company. The buttresses of the bridge were built upon sand "literally," and the freshet which washed away the foundation leit the bridge in a treacherously ticklish position. To all appearances It was safe, but beneath the superstructure laid a trap for the capture of human lives. The engine and train passed partially across the bridge, when their weight caused one end to sink, and there was a mixed up mesa or cars and loco motive, from which it was impossible for anybody to extricate himseir unharmed. Even at this hour, miduight, the streets and hotels are lined with people, who come to no other conclusion than that spoken or In the above paragraph. What the Vice President of the Road Say*. 'v"v" Mr. D. S. Babcock, the Vice President of the Stoningtou line, sent the following to the New York Assooiated Press last evening:? Stoninoton, Conn., April 19, 1873. 1 have just returned lrom the scene of the dis aster. So far only five passengers and two em ployes have been found killed. The cause of the ' accident is very plain. The dam, 160 yards above the bridge, gave way and precipitated a pile of lumber against the abutments of the bridge, which formed another dam, and the overflow undermiued the abutments. The bridge was only twenty feet span. The wounded, mostly emigrants, have been sent to the hospital in Providence. The engineer died at his post, with his hand on the throttle valve. There will be no further Interruption to travel. THE COLOMBIAN QUESTION. Politic* at Panama and Rise and Prog rru of the Iilhmui Movement? Over throw of a President and Installation i of a New Ruler? Fighting and Fury, but Little Blood? The War of Race*. Panama, April 10, 1873. since the year 1871, when ttie radicals ana con servatives combined In as attempt, which signally lulled, to overthrew the government or the then President, Correoso, the liberals have been in the possession of undisputed power, and all the State authorities and the Legislature have been of their selection. President Correoso having completed his legal term ot office, made room for General Neira. one of his own party and one of hia most Intimate friends. The consequence was that on Saturday, the &th Inst., Rafael Auspara, a half-brother of ex President Correoso, went to the Government House I with a half dozen others and having previously brought over the guard captured President Neira and made him a prisoner in his own house. They then went to the barracks of the State troops, who had also been bought over, and declared Damaso Cevera, as the fifth substitute, President of the state. The Supreme state Court was next visited, and before it the leaders of the revolution wit nessed the swearing In of the confrtrr whom they were thus thrusting into power. p roc lai men. A small proclamation was then Issued, In which Colonel Alzpurn declared that "the people who had elected Presideut Neira had declared against him and had placed in hla position one in whom they had hill cooildeucc." The new President also cauie out with a declaration that be wan acting solely in the interests of the peapie. THI CO I P. With the poblication of these two dacoments it appeared as If the revolution were over; and, although the numerous political faction* into which the white population Is divided were considerably disgusted at this new exhibition of power by the "liberal" or black portion of the papulation, it ap peared highly improbable that even an attempt at a counter revolution, for the reinstalment of the deposed President, would be made. MOV KM K NTS AT DARK. Kv dark, however, it bacaau evident that, falling fighting friends among the natives of the town, the partisans of the ex President had sought tne assistance of the national troops. The com mander of the Pichlnclia nattallon of national troops brought his men and stationed a portion el them In the principal square and spread the r?*t a* pickets to prevent transit through the streets or communication between the gross of the troops or the new government, which were out side the city, and some flftv men ther hud lelt Inside the barracks usually occuMed by the State government. The commander of the national forces sent a message ta President Correoso demanding the immediate delivery Of the imprisoned President and nis Secretary of .state? who had been taken with him? and an nouncing his Intention of attaeking at ten o'clock If this demand were not complied with. At eight o'clock random shots commenced to be fired by various Individuals, but no general skirmish occur red until about a quarter past ten P. M., when, just as It appeared matters would Ik; arranged, quite a lively Are for the place occurred at the State bar racks. A picket of the national troops, station ed In the street at some little distance, com menced firing on the men in the barracks, and after tiring for about ten mlnntes they retired, after losing one man. Their opponents also had one killed. The desire ta fight evinoed by both bodies of men after this was sa evident. and;the desire on the part of the officers of both sides was no strong, that an arrangement was come to soon after, and the ex-President waa re moved to the quarters ot the aaUanal troops. The next day quiet reigned. THE KIN A 1,1. It waR said that General Nelra ahould he re turned to the State government. As yet, however, be has not been returned, nor does it appear prob able he will be, since It la known that the national . treaps are in revolt against their officers and have threatened to shoot their colonel. The national or federal troops are almost ail pare Indians from the interior, while the State government traopo are formed of mulattoee and negroes, and there ?? aot a single white man as* n?* then. ENGLAND. The loT?at of Bullion from tho Bank for How Tork? Rate for Money on 'Change and at the Bank. TELEGRAM TO THE NEW YOU KRALI. LONDON, April 10, 1878. The amount of bullion withdrawn from the Bank of England on balance yesterday was ?100,000, all of which was for shipment to New York. SHIPMENT OF TBI PRECIOUS METAL. The bnlUon which was drawn from the Bank of England yesterday for shipment to New York will be taken out to America by the steamship Scotia, which sails from Liverpool to-day. 'CHANGE RATE POK MONET. The rate for money at tho Stock Exchange on government securities Is two per cent below the Bank or England rate. GERMANY. Royal Matrimonial Fete with Imperial and Civic Rejoicing. TELEGRAM TO THE NEW YORK HERALD. Brrlin, April 19, 1873. Prince Albrccht, nephew of the Emperor or tier many, was married to-day to Princess Mary, of Haxe-Altenburg. The ceremonies were of a grand character. This evening the bridal couple were escorted from the White Hall to the nnptlal chamber by a torchlight procession. TURKEY. Constantinople Conneoted with Adrianople by Railway. TELEGRAM TO THE NEW YORK HERALD. Constantinople, April 16, 1873. The railway between Constantinople and Adrian ople has been completed, and trains are now run ning between the two cities, a distance of 137 miles northwest from the capital te the banks of the Yundja. AUSTRALIA. Sad Mortality and a Suicide on Board an Emi grant Ship. TELEGRAM TO THE HEW YORK HERALD. Mbluournk, April 19, 1873. The ship Alardus, of anil from Hamburg, with a number of emigrants arrived here to-day. During the voyage thirty-two of the passengers died and the Captain committed suicide. EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE. The Fatal Visitation in Sai> Salvador? Its Approach, Warnings and Sad den Realization. Fifty Lives Lost and t5, 000, 000 Worth of Property Destroyed? Fire Following the Volcanic Agitation? Bur al Soenes Near the Seat of Desolation? Executive Energy and Prompt Charity. San Salvador, March 24, 1878. Ever since the 4tli inst., when we had a shock Of earthquake, which more or less damaged the greater part ot the houses in town, we had most unpleasant reminders that we live in a volcanic country par excellence. Still, none of us feared that such total ruin was about to overtake the city as that which wan caused by a succession of shocks on the morning of the 10th inst. Fortunately, be fore the severe shock came, one or two milder ones, though they were strong enough in all con science, had frightened almost every one out of bed and into the court yards and public squares Owing to this (act very great numbers of people were not killed, for the rnin of the city has been as total as waa that of Mendoza, and as dis astrous monetarily to the residents as it possibly could be. THE OREAT VI8ITATION AND ITS CONSEQITWCE8. When the great shock came, at a little after two A. M., tke houses commenced crashing down in all directions, and Just now there is not a house ilt for habitation in the town, except a new rrame building and the front part of the Hotel del Parque. The ground trembled and heaved ; the undulations of the earthquake waves were as perceptible as are those of the sea to one In a small boat. For miles round mnch <iainuge lias been done. Many people have gone to Santa Fecla. about three leagues off, where the different shakes, though thay have made themselves felt, have not done much damage. TIIB SCENE IN THE RURAL DISTRICTS. Tne ground jh st ilt shaking slightly at intervals. On the road out of the city to a place called Cedro, whither I rode yesterday, there are large tracts where the ground looks as if it bad been newly ploughed up, while In other parts there are cracks and Assures, whicn show the powerful forces which were at work. Loyopango and Ilopango, two neighboring vil lages, are entirely down? even .the straw bouses having shared the fate of the more substantial edifices. At Ban Martin only the ehnrch and a couple ef old houses arc down. While on the road thence to Cojntepeque almost every building has beeu de stroyed, Cojutepeque itself has not been injured. , KTRE. Shortly after the severe shock a lire broke out in a ruined drug store, and had it not been ror the energy displayed by the President, who directed the work which resulted in its extinguishment and took charge of one of the hose, it is more than probable that what the earthquake left unde stroyed the flames would have consumed. FOREIGN INTERESTS. No foreigners have been injured. THIEVES IN TI1E RI7INS. In some few cases roofs have remained standing, supported by the nprlghts, but In every case all the tiles have been shaken off. A couple of thieves, who attempted to ply tlielr vocation while ruin was rife, were promptly shot by order of the President, and this act of neces sary justice had such good edict that not a rob bery has been beard of. $5, 000, 000 LOSS. The loss will amount to more than Ave millions of dollars. A great deal of the material will be good for rebuilding, and I suppose that for this reason as much as any other the government has issued a decree that the capital will not be re moved, as many had supposed It would be. A de cree has also been issued permitting people to squat on all vacant lots. It is more than probable that a great deal of wood will be used In the con struction of the new town, since the wooden build ing before mentioned Is the only one which has remained uninjnred. Considering the severe losses the people arc very cheerful. CnARITY. San Miguel, Santa Ana and other towns which did not feel the effects of the earthquake, Imme diately forwarded a lil?eral donation oi money and plenty ef provisions, which were very scarce here lor a couple of days. RAILROAD SLAUGHTER IB JERSEY. Foar Persons Killed cm the Morris and Esse* and Central Railroads. Thomas Masgrove, aged seventy-eight, a resident of Bast Orange, while crossing the track of the Morris and F.ssex road at Orange Junction, yoster day forenoon, diagonally, was struck by the loco motive of the Dover express, landed twenty or | thirty feet against a telegraph pole and instantly hilled. He had been warned to get off the track. Shortly afterwards Abtjah Pell, of Orange, nar rowly escaped a similar fate in Newark. While walking along the track he was warned to keep off and laughed at those who pretTbred good advice. lie said if any one was hurt on a railroad it would be their own lault. His words were verified almost Immediately after. He was struck by a locomotive and dragged thirty feet. He waa badly cut up, and was reported dead last evening. Robert Hern, a conductor on the Morris and Ksaex Railroad, fell from his train, near Port Mor ris, on Thursday afternoon, and was run over bv the caboose. He was brought to Philltpsburg on the hall-past three o'clock train, and died shortly after his arrival. The remains were taken to Patersoa for Interment. At Roaelle, on the Central road, ]ost below Elisa beth. a Mrs Robinson, residing at the Roselle Hotel, was ran over and killed about nine o'clock yeeterdaa- ?> mrammmmol Herald Special Report frortf the Austrian Capital. Serioni Charge Against the Mode of Appoint ment of American Commii&ionen. Citizen Vanity Said To Have Beerf Tickled and Gratified for Gold. ? \ The Cry of Cholera Circulate^ in the City Press. Journalism Said To Be in Spitefii] Antagonism to the Director. TELEGMR TO THE HEW YORK HERALD. The following special despatch to th4 Herald haw been received from oar cOTT9? spondent in the capital of Austria: ? Vienna, April 19, 1873. Swindling is reported in connection witiV * the appointment of the American Commiari sionere to the International Industrial Exhibit tion to be held in this city. dTIZKN VANITY AND THE "ITCHING PALM." It is asserted that many of the Commission^ ore pnrchased the position for the sake of thq[ honor of appearing in an official character afl( the assemblago of the Fair and during it4 management One of the gentlemen sayB hfl( paid the snm of $6,000, but the rate generally charged wass somewhere in the neighborhood of $2,000. INCAPACITY AMD INQUIRY. The majority of the Commissioners are in* capable persons. The more respectable among them are engaged in instituting inquiry intd the matter of the swindle. THE CKY OF CHOLERA. The city journals, contrary to the custom of the Austrian metropolitan press, giv^ prominence to reports which allege tha<| cholera is present, and that the medical statements show the occurrence of five death* from the disease in Vienna. The joarnahf say, also, that cholera has been raging in tho province of Kara then (Carinthia), in tha northwestern portion of Dlyria, daring th? whole of the Winter season, and that out ol 1,000 cases 465 have proved fatal. POOB IDEAS or JOURNALISTIC ANIMUS. It is supposed that this publication is madof through spitefalness against the Director oi the Exhibition, but the facts are as reported. Th? Austrian Vice Consul on the PrtpM rations for Visitors at Vienna? Tha Exposition Building and tike Cholera* I Imperial and Royal Austro- Hungarian Consulate General, New Fork. To the Editor op tor Herald:? Seeing a special despatch in the Hshald from your correspondent in Vienna to the effect that the Industrial Exhibition building in that city is in ? backward state of preparation and cannot possibly be finished for use on the 1st of May, and rumors having been circulated again and again that a postponement of the opening of the Exposition la contemplated, I beg leave to state, for the informa tion of the public, that, according to advices Just received from the I)irector-ln-Chlef of the World's Fair, the grand opening of the Exposition will positively take place on the 1st of May, and that all reports to the contrary are unfoinded. The preparations far the opening were very taa advanced as early as the middle of March, and nothing has been leit undone since In order ta reach a state of completion. While on this theme I would further say that thd reports about an existing soarclty of accommoda tions, extravagant rants and exorbitant prices ol all the necessaries of life, Ac., are greatly ex aggerated. A superficial count taken In the mantli of March revealed the fact that there were vacant) at that early day 10.000 places of residence snltabld for transient visitors, at prlceB ranging from $1 to 95 per day. At the Central Dnreau for residences, No. e Licht enBteinstrasse, established by the Dlrector-in-Ohlel for the accommodation of visitors, there were them on the books two hundred to three hundred very eligible residences at $20 to $30 a month per room. Lastly, several new hotels have been erected and! the accommodations of the others increased, so* that ample preparation has been made for the in flux of strangers. Extensive arrangements were effected under the direction of the State and municipal authorities foo the inoreoseii demand for provisions of all kinds to* prevent a rise In prices. Excursion tickets to Vienna and back are Issued! by all the continental railways and steamboat linen at reduced rates. The reports about the prevalence of cholera are totally nntrne. The sanitary condition of the city? on the contrary, Is excellent and leaves nothing to be desired. The authorities spare no pains to do all in their power to contribute to the comfort and conven ience of visitors. I have the honor to be, Ac., H. O. PR1T8CH, Imperial and Royal Vice Consul. SPAIN. Car list Flight Before tho Gerona Amy f*nl xynn Bonrbonist Brigandage? French De parture from tho Border Neutral ity Order? Mutiny of Vol unteers In Malaga. TElESRAi TO THEJCW YORK NERAll. Madrid, April 19, 1873. The force of Carlists nnder Saballs has passed through Iti poll, in Ocrona, closely pursued by % column of republicans. Koving bands of Carlists In the Northern Prov inces continue to stop railway trains and rob the* passengers. WtTTINY or VOLUNTEERS AT KALAOA. The volunteers in Malaga mutinied yesterday an?t retased to obey any orders from their officers* Great excitement prevailed In the city. The leaders in the rebellious demonstration* were finally arrested and Imprisoned, when order was restored. \ FKBNCIl GOVERNMENT 7TKPAVB* WITH TBI RE PUBLIC. France, at the reqnest of the government of Spain,, has given permission for the passage through* French territory of a quantity of rifles and ammu nition destined rer the Spanish forces at Puigcerda. FIXE a WILLIAM 8TBEBT. A lire broke eat last evening in tho six story brick building is William street that caused a dam age of II. Ma s*rt ti>oo u bailouts. Insured.

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