1886 Earthquake Charleston, South Carolina newspaper article. - Tom Malmay

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! 1 "V A B J" S B, " . 1 aw -aBBe m m ansBsaBw nav ni bbbbbv amaw aw. m ..sBBsuaBannnw. - - m m . s - ; VOL. XXXV NO. 10,921. KPW.vrmTr mTTTT0 c,., " IE YE Lb 1) TU THE GROUND C7T OF CHARLESTON LAID IS HUMS. JTBRIBLE WORK C)P TUESDAY'S EARTHQUAKE. TO 40 LIVES EEPOBT- THREF.-QCARTEKS Or THE CITT DE- sTROYKD BT THE SHOCK AXD FIRE HISTORICAL LANDMARKS gWF.PT A WAT IX AX ISSTAXT WOMEN i aTT tft Y ttb .- r a y " vr i n LEFT HOMELESS IS THE STREETS. Charleston, 8. C. Sept. 1. The business auction of thla city Ilea practically a mass of rain, end at leoat three-quarter of tbe reai-tracca have been abandoned bjr tbe panlo-atrick-a people. Tbe public aquarra and open place at the city are filled with iwn, women, and afclldren, some of whom have been made home-V hf tho earthquake, aud otbera of whom ar not return to tbe bouse which are Kill standing for fear of another ahock which mar ahake down the roof over their head. The atrect are blocked with tbe debris at fallen building, telegraph and telephone Vile broken and twlated, brick from fallen chlBDeya, ami all klnda of olMtrurtlons, which kata been piled np by the destructive work of lac earthquake. Never before, not eves In tbe flows day of the bombardment of the city by (he federal force, ban Charleston been aubjected to web lfcht and day of terror as have Just pasted Railroad communication In all directtona hat been eat off, and no efficient telegraph service kaa ret been restored, so that tbe city la practical! Isolated from tbe roatof the country, which aiakr the altuatlon even more appalling. The flrat abock of tbe earthquake waa felt laat lent at about 9:60 o'clock, and tbia waa the mat severe and did nearly all the damage. A few, rumbling noise waa the first Indication given Am ettlxeus of the calamity which waa approach-Bf. It aeemed like tbe rumbling of a heavy truck over a frost-covered pavement, only It appeared far down In the deptha of the earth. Aa & nolae rolled on a aharp, audden tremor of the, atrth waa perceptible, building awayed to ejd tro, chimneys toppled over, walla cracked, nd tte aound of thouaanda of pane of wtridow fjsss rattling on the pavement waa added a) the confusion. Men, women, and children toed where the ahock found them, paralysed r an lnatant and then auddenty Awakening to reallxatlon of the danger, rmhed panlo-gtrV'ken into the street Here they encountered Mckt and beama, telegraph polea, and all klnda at obatmctlona which had been 'piled up by the lore of tbe ahock, and a wild scene of synggle u niuuuuu luiiunm. xxtmaea were toppling all aide. Oaaurea appeared In the atreet from lUeb a anlpburoua odor aroae. aud to add to th Vsrror of the situation three Area eUrted atmul-tunwwly In different parU of the the city. aUwna paahed their wtfy aa beat they could to las iqnareii and parka, and there, huddled to-fttktr, tbryaWod, aome who had been awak-m( from aleep acantily clothed, awaiting In tanw the doom which seemed inevitable, isld the scene of terror thoae who had been fcKtioned In the falling building were not for-faOen, and there were plenty of brave men who rUted their own live to reach and rescue these ma their living to tnba. Even women,armed with toNhebAought valiantly to release the imprts- 9ui ntimrtunatfs. Pome were resetted with ; Vrtiken Umba, some who had suffered nothing ; r than fright, and a number of dead bodies tn drawn from the mas of rains. Many ' leople were injured, some very seriously, M they ruabed from tbe hounea and lei frantically along the streets for place of refuge. No reliable estimate of these umt tu of those who were Instantly killed by falling house can yet be nmde. The lowest sUtuste of the killed places the number at 0O, vhlle the hlgheot give it aa 100. Kombers of ( people are atlll minting who are probably buried - Under the fallen waUs, and whose fate wlU not be known until order la restored out of the preaent eonfuxion, aud a ayateniatlo attempt is made to cleur away tbe roln. ; Croad-atroet, which U one of the leading busi-Mos atreeta of CWlntou, presented a scene of ttrrible deatrurtiuraifterthe shock, and Meetlng-twet, from BroadVto Uasel, was complete ftk, oiled with blamt and brick and lined lth the unfortunate who had been deprived of weir some and were fleeing for dear life. The alfht was made hideous with the groans of the 1n. the scream of the wounded, and the . Iyr of the uninjured. The negro part of the llation (bricked aud laughed and prayed and d. Many believed that the day of Judgment W eotne. and they felf on their knees and isnred out petition tor mercy mingled with towk snd byaterlcal laughter. It waa a acene Horror such as waa never before witnessed In CUrlesUtn. aud which will become a feature In siatory of the place. -Tas first shock, which did. auch extensive to life mid property, struck the city at toaautheaat corner at what la known aa the t Battery, and moved in a northwesterly di-kxtioa, taking in It path Meeting. King, and "d streets, the principal business thorough-bras, sad Including all the eroas atreeta from the Caffcc to the Ashley Hirer. The vrlncrpal . was doue in tha lower nart of the i-itv. - n Qneen-etreet south, although residencies t van shattered far to the north of this. KL Phil sad 6U Michael's Churchos, two of klatorio landmarks of Charleston, sus- mumt the full force of the shock, and are practically a mass of ruins, steeples hitvlng been daniagad so severely 1 1J sra a jw a source of constant danger. wncepiaof the Cnltarian church, on Arch-was shaken down by the shock, and "7 IWJcos of Hibernian Hail and the main st-aouwerBdeniollj.hed. The large City Hall as sia irrsparably damaged, the columns in the cut belag shattered, and the whole structure so tacked as taUutt-ri , " awmc 1VI VJ. UJUJJ IsA wUTv,:r,l3,budiuK t bualues. Wrtloaofthectty ese. total or partial de-mKtloa. The area, lortunauiy. were speedUr fo under comrol by the Fire Department, out Wur. thl. they had deatroyed SO of the wooden wer" 1 burned Uke tinder. --u in. usmage waa done by thl first arnnc shock. It M followed dnrinr Bight aud 2S.5r. il cxMnpar i uaat, biiu gu Qot result iu any further "WUCtlOU of life r property. The last was at s:i e'clock ihi . .. . I -miii,iiia waa peraiaea Tht Ifmi , , . ... ki"" ieiu ui uigai iu "! air. fcannc to re-iiier ..rth hn,.. left standing, aud a each aucoeastve' ocvurred the pauie tucreased. yot a "" place In the city has been open toay drug store, the proprietor of which . a kept buav ailing fond be obtained y the toiwloa people. Thouaanda are amkme to kr the city fallen benettth thMnui s.. M rash to the railroad stations to get away. C to the destnicUon itrought by the JiaSr beeM "l''ble to dispatch !, Xh th" sPo o wire of hv1 Telr"pk Compaay, rommunlra-"tolegrapk la also eat off. and that wire U with anxious ptlvale mes.tagca. rk2i ocoupt'd to-day. and Pproached the dUxen wr prepar- Z??1 P uiKbt ,n tb ope r. There tenu la th city, aad Um 1 eaiUaea are eaoerleaetaic great "Taa. HaadaktantUis ar aadaavon&K to construct tents out of bed sheets, apace- awning, and any other material upon which they eaa lay their hands. Tbe work of digging out tha dead bodleafrom tbe nilna Is progressing as rapidly a It ran progress during tbe excitement and panic Thus far moat of the known deaths are of colored men. Among the whites whose bodlea have been recovered are Or. R. Alexander Hammond, and Alnaley Robe son. Many of the dead are lying unburied, principally of the poorer class of colored people, who must be burled by the county. At 5:13 o'clock to-night the citizens were grouped In the square prepared for another night of horror when the now familiar, bat terrifying rumble was heard, and a few seconds later another earthquake shock passed through tbe city, making the twelfth shock since the great dlaaster of last night. No damage was done, but tbe women and children, whose nerves are shattered by fear and exposure, ran wildly -about, -shouting and screaming. Three or four steamer are In port, including the bnoy tenders, and many of the homeless ones have been provided with berth on these boats. Fortunately the weather has been good, and the hardships are not as severe aa they might hate been. The situation, however. Is becoming horrible. A community cut off from communication with the rest of the world, afflicted, and with the prospect of Immediate death, la about tbe condition of tbia people. So trains have departed or arrived here in 24 hours. It is said that all the railroads leading Into the city are broken up, and that all the railway tracks are twisted into the shape of anakes. Owlnr to the demoralized condition of everything here it is impossible to give correct facta further than this. The number of casualties has not yet been ascertained. Probably from 30 to 40 persons were killed and over lOO Injured. Tbe loss to property will probably reach $8,000,000 or flO.000,000. Three-fourths of the buDdlngs in the city will have to be rebuilt. There waa very little shipping In port, and none of It was Injured. The disturbances have not at all affected the water in the harb-or, although it is evident that ail the shocks capje from a southeasterly direction, and therefore from the sea. There are no signs of a tidal wave as yet. At 1 1 :50 o'clock to-night another ahock paosed over the city, rather more severe than any since last night at 9 :53, knocking down several houses. The first fire started Immediately after the first shock, at the corner of Yanderborst and King streets, and burned for two hours before the firemen got it under control. Ten houses were completely destroyed. At the southeast corner of George and Bt Phillips streets, two houses were burned, one belonging to Lieut Heidt, of the police force, and the other to Miss Julia Wellington. A two-story building on King-street, between Van-derhorst and Warren streets, occupied by Schlndarein Brother as a fruit store, was burned to the ground, as were also the clothing store of E. L. Mints and a two-story brick tenement occupied by Dr. W. R. Bull. The loss and insurance cannot be ascertained to-night. Among the casualties are the following: Mrs. Williams Jumped from the second story of her residence, at tbe corner of Wentworth and Meeting streets, and Injured her spine badly. Mrs. F. Galliot, colored, was struck by a brick opposite the Pavilion Hotel and her head was badly-injured. Her daughter was also badly nurt In the same way. Mrs. Robert Martin, wife of the shoe merchant in Market-street, near King, was badly hurt. Mr. M. J. Lynch waa desperately hurt in front of his son's store in Meeting-street. A stone of great weight fell upon him and broke one of his legs, if not both. He was taken to a place of safety in what waa feared to be a dying condition. Father Duffy waa with him. Dr. Chase informed a reporter that he had been called away to attend to two persons who had been Injured at the house of Mrs. Lazarus, at Xo. 64 nazel-street. No particulars could be had. A colored woman in, an unconscious condition was found in front of the market in Meeting-street, while a policeman said he had seen two dead bodies in King-street north of Broad-street. Dr. Bniat Informed a reporter that there were in the City Park, at the corner of Wentworth and Meeting streets, no less than 12 wounded persons who had already received his professional attention. Among them was a voung jrtrl whose leg was broken. A colored man named Charles Rivers, living at No. 3 King-street, was struck by a fulling wall near the corner of King-street and the Battery, and his left leg waa broken below the knee. His wife Sarah Rivera waa also badly wounded at the same time. Moses Brown, colored, was badly wounded on King-street bjr falling bricks. One of the sons of Mrs. J. N. Robson, llrlng en Coming-street, near Cannon, Is reported to have beea badly hurt by the falling of the piazza. A very sad rase waa that of Mr. R. Alexander, a youiw; chemist.' who was crashed to death at a boardng house oa Meeting-street. He had Just bought a small steam pleasure yacht, and took hla hrst and last trip In It last evening. Hr. Hammond, brother of Mr. Isaac Ham mond, is thought to be fatally wounded both "hla hips and legs being broken, and also his left arm. He said to Mr. Poulnot that he did not know whether he Jumped from the three-story window on Broad-street or was thrown. He cm led from the sidewalk to the middle of the road, and on being removed uttered the most heartrending shrieks. A colored woman in Beaufaln-stroet was killed. Isabella Howard, of Ravenel-court, was seri ously injured. Mr. Heidt, of Chalmers-street, was seriously Injured. It is reported that one of the factory girls living at . the boarding house at the corner of America and Blake atreeta was killed. A colored woman living in the yard of Capt. Bmall's house in Bull-street was Instantly killed, and a colored woman was killed also in Pltt- atreet. The house of Mrs. Annie Torek, on Secession- street, fell in and wounded her, it Is thought s tally. A young girl named Jessen was also injured at the same place. Upon being taken home she commenced bleeding Internally. It is thought she wlUdle. Miss Minute Palmer, who lived at 'o. 17 John- street, received dangerous internal injuries by a falling chimney. Mr. Ainsley Robson was killed by the falling of a piazza. Julia Bui alls, a eolored infant, waa killed. Lavlnia Jacobs, colored, of Chalmers-street, was killed. Mr. J. C. K. Richardson, living at No. 12 Friend-street, was seriously injured In the head by his house falling in upon him. His condition la very critical. Hla colored servant waa likewise dangerously hurt, several of her limbs feeing broken. Mr. Edmund Lively, of Richmond, Va., who boards at No. 905 Fifth-street, In that city, was walking in front of the city hospital, when the side of a house fell on him and badly injured bis Lack aud head. He crawled from under the debris and aaw some men at the store on the cwrarr of Masick and Queen streets whom he supposed to have beea killed as he left them lying on tne akiewaik. He staggered on as far aa the City Hall Park, and there fell, completely overcome. A mulatto man was hit on the head with a brick at 110 Tradd-atreet and killed. Olive Nlckleby a mulatto girl, 1 1 year old. waa killed In Judge Bryan's yard on Church-Street Isaac Jenkins, eolored, was crushed by a tall tag wall la Cow-alley, and seriously Injured. Among those who were killed were Susan Mld-dlatoa, colored, aad another colored - womaa. bothl of whom were crushed under the fallen porta? or tha main station house. Pratt Jnmned out of & wnHm .t k Calhiun -street, and broke his leg. 'Ft-11- A. Dessaussure was painfully injured In i us oeaa wnue at his office, Kltn Mitchell, a mulatto, suffered serious ta- ternil Injuries at her residence la Judge Bryan's Mrf- Baynard. of Bt PhiliivtrMt- ni- th. public school, fell down the step and dislocated rr i lp Done. Tb i nephew of J. W. OldenbutteL on East Bay, 'as leriously Injured. A ulored drl in the ran! rf r. w wttH.n,. Jr itlantie-street was sertouslv inlured. Buian Days was seriouslr inl tired at Vn R PhJliidelphla-street Mary Ann Drayton, colored- of Ko. l Phil. adeldhla-street, sustained painful injuries on the ooaytanti lower limbs. Kale Hamilton, colored, of No. 6 Philadelnhu- atreeL sustained painful injuries in the head from suing tincks, On Mary -street near Mectlna-. a hous was shaken down, but all the Inmates escaped except uiae colored child named Lizzie Fmur. who waa Aruiihed to death. Juit as the first shock came a waron beat-in? two iien was passing the corner of Reld aud jng ao-eeis wnen the gable end of the store on that corner fell and covered the unfortunates with the debris, one of whom was killed. It was very late when the body was extricated, and It was : m possible to ascertain the Tsftrau na nam Willie Schllles, a clerk in J. W. 01denhuttr reetisurant, was seriously Injured by a cornice of the hbuse falling on his hip. He was taken down Biyce's wharf and attended by a doctor, who said that no bones were broken, but his spine Lj seriofasly Injured. Jartiea Dorn, who Uvea over Oldenlmttf r restaiirant had his arm broken and his shoulder Diaaa knocked out of place. Mrl M. J. Flvnn, a compositor on the .Yews and Cotuier, Jumped from the window of the com- ising room into the side alley when the first shock was felt He sustained serious lnluries abouk the shoulder and on the arm and head. Tb body of a colored woman waa taken out from the debris at the corner of Meeting and Broad streets. It proved to be the body of Mr. I JaCOb Mlddleton. Th nnfnrtnn.t. woman must have been passing Just a the eastlwaU of the building felL About the same time two rentleinen who the Pavilion Hotel heard piercing cries for help.l They went down Hazel-street In the direction of the cries and found a white man and woman half burled In the ruins of the Lazarus Building. They were extricated and sent to the hospital. As the night wore on the search for the dead and wounded continued. Stretchers were lm- prov sed out of shutters, doors, and loose plan! j, and the dead and wouuded were oon-veye 1 to the open spttoe. Washington Park was ipeedlly filled with lmpromotu stretchers, on which the dead and wounded were placed. Drs. ManAlng, Simons, P. G. Desaussure, McDow, Ravqnel, and others were out and rendered all the akaiatance in their power. A NIGHT OF TERROR. DESCRIPTION OF THE SCENES BT ONE WHO PARTICIPATED. Charleston, 8. C, Sept 1. The com positors of the JVevs and Courier decline to work to-night, expecting fresh shocks of earthquake. and Ihei paper cannot, therefore, issue to-mor- row. The following article was prepared for publication in the .Vev and Courier, and is tele- grapl lied almost In the writer's own words; 1 of Necessarily the description that can be given thk disaster which has befallen our city eon- sistalln the narration of the experiences and ob-servitlons of individuals, and the subject being the sbme i and the experiences of all being nearly alike! the story told by one careful observer mar well stand for a hundred' others, with alight variations. Probably the best idea that can be hadf 1 the character of the disturbance, there- fore, may be obtained from a narration of the events and scenes of Wednesday night as they werd presented to a single person. W engaged in his usual duties In the sec- ond story room of the Nevt and Courier office at the of the first shock the writer's attention was to CI Vaguely attracted by a sound which seemed from the office below, and which waa su pnoeed for a moment to dc caused by the rapid rolling of a heavy body, as an iron safe or a heivlly laden truck over the floor. Aocompa- nylng the aound there was a perceptible tremor of e building, not more marked, however. than! would be caused by the passage of a street car or dray along the street For perhaps two or three seitonda the o exolted no surprise or comment Then by slft degrees, or perhaps all at once. It la diffldult to say which,, the sound deepened in volt ear voluine, the tremor became more decided, the daught the rattle of window sashes, gas flxt- ureal and other loose objects. The men in the offici i, with iierbape a simultaneous flanh of reo- ollet fore, olledtions of the disturbance of the Friday be- glanced hurriedly at each other and sprang to tbjeir feet with startled questions and ans- were " What is that r Earthquake V And then! all was bewilderment and confusion. Then the long roll deepened and spread into an trc awful roar that seemed to pervade at onoe the troubled earth and the atlll air above and around. The tremor was now a rude, rapid quiver that agltited the whole lofty, strong-walled building tnough it were being shaken by the hand of immeasurable power, with Intent to tear Its Joints asunder and scatter Its stones and bricks abroad, as a tree casts ita e'er ripened fruit be- fore mlse the breath of the gale. There waa no luter- mlMon in the vibration of the mighty subter- ranvan englne. From the first to the lat a continuous Jar, only adding force it at every moment and as It approached and reached the climax of Its manifest-, it seemed for a few terrible seconds atloi, that no work of human hands could possibly survive the shocks. Tbe floors were heaving undsr foot the surrounding walls and partitions vialny swayed to and fro, the crash of falling of atone and brick and mortar waa heard ovei iliead, and without the terrible roar filled the ears and seemed to fill the mind and heart daz- lug Aerceptlon, bewildering thought and for a few pauttng breaths, or while you held your breakh in dreadful anticipation of immediate and cruel death, you felt that life was already past and waited for the end as the victim with his head on the block awaits the fall of the uplifted axe. It U not given to many men to look in the face of tlte destroyer and yet live, but It is little to say the hat the group of strong men who shunned experience above faintly described will carry wltd them the recollection of that supreme mo- men! to their dying day. None expected to ee- eapd A sudden rush was simultaneously mad to e-deavor to attain the open air and flee to a placfc of safety, but before the door was reacticd all reeled together to the tottering wall vain and atopped. feeling that hope was that it was only a question of death within tbe building or without to be burled by the sink' tog loot or crashed by the toppling walls. The uproar slowly died away In seeming distance. The icarth was atlll. and oh, the b leaned relief of that stiUcesa. But how rudely the silence was broken. As we dashed down the stairway and out Into the street already on every aide arose the shrieks, the cries of pain and fear, the praters and walling of terrified women and c hilfren. commingled with the boarae shoot of ext- Bed men. C4tl lathe street the air was filled tothc height of the houses with a whltiah cloud of dry, stifling dust from the line aad mortar aad ahat- tereil masonry which, failing upon the pavo- KuaJt and atone ruadwar. bad boaa reduced to " -v-". xhwhquai, oivrAaVii nrt. a, IS3U. powder. Through this cloud, dense as fog. the ! gas light flickered dimly, shedding but little light so that you stumbled at every step over P" or brick or became entangled in the line of telegraph wires that depended in every direction from their broken supports. On every side were hurrying forms of men and women bareheaded, partially dressed, some almost nude. ana many or whom were erased with fear or ex citement Here a woman is annnortMl. h.if fainting, m the arms of her husband, who vainly tries to soothe her. while he carries her Into the open space at tbe street comer, where present safety seems assured; there a woman lies on the pavement with upturned face and out stretched limbs, and the crowd passes her by for the time, not pausing to see whether she be alive or dead. A sudden light flarea through a window over looking the street It becomes momentarily brighter, and the cry of " Fire r resounds from the multitude. A rush Is made toward the spot A man Is seen doubled up and helpless against the wall; but at this moment somewhere out at overhead deep in the ground is heard again the low, ominous roll, which is already too well known to be mistaken. It grows louder and nearer, like the growl of a wild beast swiftly approaching his prey, and is forgotten again In the frenzied rush for the open snace. where alone there Is hope of security, faint though it be. The tall buildings on either 'hand blot out the skies and the stars, and seem to overhang every foot of around between them; their shattered oornicea and copings, the tops of their frowning walls, seem piled from both aidea to the centre of the street It seems that a touch would now send the shattered masses left standing down upon the people be low, who look up to them and shrink together aa the tremor of the earthquake again passea under them, and the mysterlons reverberations swell and roll along like some infernal drumbeat summoning them to die. And it pasaee away, and again Is experienced the blessed feeling of deliv erance from impending calamity, which it may well be believed evokes a mute but earnest of fering of mingled prayer and thanksgiving from every heart in the throng. Again, far along the atreet and up from the alley a alwaya that lead into it on either Bide, is heard that chorus of wailing and lam entation which, though It had not ceased, was scarcely noticed a moment before. It is a dread ful sound, the sound'of helpless, horror-stricken humanity, young and old, the strong and the feeble alike, where all are so feeble, calling for help from their fellow -creatures, and raising their anguished voices in petition to Heaven for mercy where no human aid could avail. It Is not a scene to be described by any mortal tongue or pen. It is not a scene to be forgotten when once it has been witnessed, and when the witness has shared ail lta dangers and feelsall Its agony. The first shock occurred at 9:53, as was in dicated this morning by the publlo clocks, the hands on all of which had stopped at that fate ful hour, as though to mark the end of time tor so many who had beard the preceding hour pealed forth by St. Michael's chime without a thought but of long and happy life. The second shock, which was but a faint and crisp echo of the first was felt eight minutes later. As It passed away the writer started honjeward, to find tho scenes enacted on Broad-street around the Ketn and Courier office repented at every step of the way. Bt Michael's steeple towered high and white above the gloom, seemingly un injured. The station house, a massive brick build ing, across the street bad apparently lost its roof, which had fallen around It A little fur ther on the roof of the portico of nibernlan Hall, a handsome building In the Grecian style, had crashed to the ground, carrying down part of the massive granite pillars with it All the way up Meeting-street, which. In respect of its gen eral direction and Importance may be called "the Broadway of Charleston," the roadway was piled with debris from the tops of the walls In passing the Charleston Hotel, which, to carry out the comparison above indicated, occupies the position of Stewart's up-town store in New-York, the third shock was felt about 10 minutes after the second, and, of course, caused the greatest alarm in the neighborhood, as elsewhere. At Marion-square, corresponding exactly with Union-square, New-York, a great crowd had collected, as even the edges of the wide spaces embraced in it could not be reached by the nearest buildings In the event of their fall. From thla crowd, composed of men, women, and children of both races, arose Incessant calls and cries and lamentations, while over the motley half-dressed throng waa shed the lurid lls-ht of tbe conflagration which had broken out Just beyond the square immediately after the first shock and had now wholly enveloped several buildings in flames. In three other quarters of the town at the same time similar-large fires were observed under full headway, and the awful significance of the earthquake may be most fully appreciated, perhaps, when It Is said that with these tremendous fires blazing up all at once around them, and threatening the city with total destruction, the people whom you met on the streets or saw gathered together in groups' In the open places evidently did not give them a thought No one watched the ruddy flames or the pillars of cloud rising high into the still night air. All were too Intent on listening with tralni'd sense for the dreaded recurrence of that horrible growl or groan of the power under tbe seas and under the land to give a thought to the new terror, though It had threatened his own home and many homes in the doomed city. The crowds poured In from every direction to tbe square Just described as though It had been Indeed a charmed circle and life depended on passing within Its grassy bounds. Street cars, carriages, and other vehicles were ranged in lines on the streets surrounding the square, while the horses stood as though sniffing the ground in anxious Inquiry. The colored people everywhere were loud and increasing in their declamations of alarm. In the singing of hymns, and In fervent appeals for God's mercy, in which appeals, God know, many a proud heart who heard them arising In the night and in the hour of Hi wondrous might devoutly and humbly and sincerely Joined. Danger brings all of n to tbe level of tho lowliest. There were no distinction of place or power, pride or caste, in the assemblages that were gathered together in Charleston on Tuesday night It Is a curious sectacle to look back upon. It Is a good one to remember for white and black alike. There were instances of unselfish devotion, of kind and loving regard between master and servant, in t tress and maid. In tbe presence of a common ill and of a threatened ruin that showed, as nothing else could show, how strong. Is the tie that binds our whlto people and our. black peopls together, and this lesson of the dread visitor we may hope, too, will never be forgotten. Arrived at his home, the writer found the same scene of distraction and wreck which marked nearly every home in the city. All the houses in the neighborhood had suffered seriously, and atreeta, yards, and gardens were filled with the fallen chimneys and fragments of walls, while the walla that were left standing were rent asunder. In many rases from top to bottom, and were badly battered In every Instance. Women and children, roused from aleep or interrupted In their evening pars alts by the aound of the rulu being effected above and around them, rushed out into the streets and huddled together awaiting the end, whatever it might be. Invalids were brought out on mattrossea and deposited oa the roadway. No thought was given to treasures left behind In the effort to save tbe peculiar treasure of life itself, auddenly become so precipes in the eyes of alt-the Invalid woman and tha robust man alike. Until long after midnight tho street were ffilod wUh Su&lttTM la sigh ! taair Through tho long hours that followed few were toe eyes, even of childhood, that were closed la sleep. Charleston was full of thoae who watched tor the morning, and never in any city in any land did the first gray shades that mark the ap proach of dawn appear so beautiful and so wel come to eyes as they appeared to the thousands of .people, who hailed them thla morning from the midst of the countless wrecked homes in our thrice scourged bat atill patient still brave, (till hopeful, still beautiful city by the sea. Capt Dawson, of the Kewu oaxf Courier, who Uvea in a massive brick residence in Bull-street near Rutledge-street was tn hla room on the second story when the first shock occurred. He says the house seemed literally to turn on its axis. The first shock waa followed by a second and a third. Tbe air was filled with the cries and shrieks of women and children. From every side came the cry, " God help ur " God save us!" " Oh, my God r When the first agony was over it was found that the celling of every room In the house was cracked, the big cistern was broken apart the huge tank in the attic waa pouring its flood of water into the bedrooms. In the parlors the statues had been wrenched from their bases and thrown to the floor. In the hall the massive lamp had actually been turned around. In front of tbe house waa a large porch with heavy pillar and solid marble steps; all this was swept away as though It had been shaved off with a razor. And what was Capt Dawson's experience was that of hundreds of other in Charleston. There were In all five (hocks last night diminishing in violence from tbe first. The sidewalks In the streets were dotted with mothers, wives, and daughters, with their protectors, awaiting in anxious expectation still another agony. The air was thick with horrid rumors, and the lurid glare of the fires but heightened the general ruin. FLYING FROM THEIR HOMES. FRIGHTENED NEGROES FLOCKING TO COLUMBIA. Columbia, 8. C, Sept 1. The report from Charleston and Summerville are the most horrible that cau be imagined. The entire front of the Charleston Hotel has been lanched Into the street The front of the Kewt and Courier office Is in the same condition, and the printers have refused to remain in the office; hence there will be no paper issued from that office in the morning. The entire population la in the streets, and every house in the city has been deserted. oone baa the temerity to enter a dwelling or store. The people are panle-atricken, ana the women and children are in throes of agony. Tbe whole populace is terrified, knowing not which way to turn. Store are closed, and families are without bread and meat Merchants are afraid to open their stores, aa shock after shock warns them that house are the most unsafe place. Men are wild with excitement with pleading wives and children clinging around tbem, and no power to quiet them. The Inhabitants of the city are so appalled at tbe continuous ahocka of earthquake that they are preparing to desert the city to-morrow for interior towns. To-night seven carloads of refugee from Summerville, a Summer resort for Charlea-tonlans, arrived In thla city. Their homes have been destroyed, and tbey report that tbe ground Is continually shaking. Tbey say there Is not five minute of cessation, that boiling water and mud are spouting up from Assures in the earth, and that these crevices are continually widening and becoming more threatening to the entire destruction of the town. Two colored children have been killed. and there la not a habitable bouse In the town. Famlles are camping out In tents, and mothers and children who have not the means to leave are Buffering the agonlea of despair. Most of tbo rerugees wno reacnea a ere to-nlgnt are nursing mothers, with crying babes tn their arms. The refua-ees left their homes without prepara tion and have but few clothes. They will seleet their places of refuge in the morning, but many will remain in thla city. They were so panic-stricken upon their arrival that they refused to leave the cars to-night, as the earthquake had been so severe at Columbia they considered any building in thla city unsafe. Mayor Khett and Aldermen bloan and Emllyn visited the refugees at the railway station and made all neceary arrangements for their ac commodation to-morrow. Of the large number of Huumerville refugees half of them have been taken to publlo and private houses. The remainder are sleeping iu the passenger coaches for this night- Similar carloads are expected from Charleston In the morning, and the city authorities of Columbia are preparing to furnish them with every convenience. The refua-ees are In a deplorable mental state and excite the sympathies of this entire community. The people of Charleton are utterly terror-stricken, and each recurring shock every hour but adds to their alarm on account of the danger of loss of life, limb, and property. It is known that not less than K Uvea have been lost and hundreds of persons have been seriously injured, and that with every shock the danger of loss of life and limb by lire is imminent. The city is a wreck In property, and it is believed that this awful disaster will be the deathblow of Charleston. The streets are now almost Impassable with the people ramped in them aud the debrisoonstantlyfalling intoand blockading them. Not ahouselnthecfty has escaped damage to some extent by the continuous and violent shocks, and the end M not believed to have arrived for the city by the sea. Reports from all parts of the State show injury to property, but no loss of life outside of Charleston and Summerville. At 5:10 this afternoon another severe shock visited Charleston and Summerville and Columbia. The damage in this city was slight, but in the other two places It repeated the horror of the previous disaster. At 11:50 to-night another severe shock waa feit here, and private advices from Charleston say that all the streets are now blockaded aud travel through the debris la made on foot wltn great difficulty and ia, perilous. Every moment the walls of neighbor log buildings are expected to tumble to the earth. Several houses were shaken down by this last shock. The negroes are holding open-air religious exercises, aud tbeir shouts, dances, screams, prayers, and general unearthly rites but add to the terrors of the white women and children. AID FOR THE RUINED CITY. Savannah. Ga., Sept. 1. A relief train has been dispatched to Charleston from thla city to render assistance to the sufferer and to repair the railroad. Raleigh. N. C. Sept. 1. Upon hearing of the disasters at Charleston and Columbia. S. C, Gov. A. M. Scales, of this State, at once sent the following message to Gov. Sheppard, of South Carolina: "We nave news of tho terrible calamities in your State. How can we best aid your people I Our people will gladly come to ttelr relief." Hartford, Conn., Sept 1. At tho time of the Mississippi floods the people of Hartford raised several thousand dollars for the sufferers. Of this fund $ 1 ,MX) was not used, and waa placed in the handa of Mayor Bulkely, to be used at a future time for a similar purpose. To-night Mayor Bulkely telegraphed to Mayor Courtney, of Charleston, 8. C, to draw on him for tl.OOO. to be used for the relief of the sufferers ia that city. Ravaxxah, Ga., Rent 1. At a meeting of citizens of bavannah this afternoou, at an hoar's notice $-.!,00O was subscribed for tbe Charleston offerers. TILE EARTHQUAKE'S TRACK. ITS FORCE SPENT PRINCIPAL!.!" IS THE s SOCTH. Atlanta, Ga., Sept 1. All night long the people of Atlanta roamed in the atreeta, afraid to re-enter their homes lest the houses, violently shaken by the earthquakes, might fall upon them. Tbe women aud children especially could not be reansured. The first shock occurred at S :55 o'clock, the second at 0:05, and successive shocks were felt until 4:30 this morning. The artesian well in which the water only came within SO feet of the surface burst forth, aud is now flowing hixh above ground. On Pryor-street a geyser-llke spring has forced Ittelf np. aud la an object of cunuaity. The State Capitol frit tho shock severely, and the walla In the rear were rent. The rear walls of tbe National Hotel were also badly cracked, and lave ligation may show further danger. CoL Towers, principal keener of the penitentiary, who waa aslaep In the sixth asory of the Capitol building, waa awakened by being thrown from bed against tho oppuaUe wall. The ineldecU ia tho city were BBnteroas and novel. The Board of Steward of Trinity Church held a regular maioa, and taw membera were engaged in business for lac chnrrti. bat th shoc k was so severe that every tuaa ran oat into tho street The attendants of a wedding party were rebeaniing. bat when the shock came they roahed out into the street, leaving a largo camber of friends In the church. A collection bad beea tka ap far Etsb Chapel last before the oartar ttoako. Ihebteward swoght tho ssdowk with, dispatch. After tbey had returned on of them aatu. - U we take toateoUectto again, brethren, I think wo can doubio tt" Tho Rod Moo were huhuac a meeting at their lodge od Marietta-street and had aeveral caittl-datos to initiate. Just as they were ta the aaoat Interesting part of their initiatory ceremony tbo shock came and a lot of piastering fell from the celling. The member ran down la their lodge regalia and tho war whoop waa aoanded. A meeting of the Deaeona of tho First Baptist Church was going on when the earthquake began. Tho good men scattered la undignified harry. The negro Janitor of the church waa very Indignant oa account of tho disturbance. Ho rushed out oa tho sidewalk, collared a passing atranser. and exclaimed : -w no oat anake Oe church and make all drn Deaeona nut away I" Tbe avnlgate of the uotoea Kuie were in session In their hall, corner of Alabama and Broad atreeta. The quake gave the house a rock, and in an lnatant the entire membership appeared to understand that an earthquake was at hand, w lib a rush, push, and shove that aeemed to Indicate that fraternal love bad been forgotten, they made for the door, and In quick order appeared in the atreet In mil lodge regalia. In this they presented an unusual appearance, and attracted a good deal of attention. The Masonic lodge waa tn aeaalosi corner Broad and Marietta afreets. Tho quake made the picture on tbe walla totter, and the goat to asmimo an unsteady gait as ho carried the candidate through tbe lodge room. The member began to appreciate tbe situation, and to realise their danger, but true to their faith clung to the lodge room until all was over. The most excited people in tbe city, so far as demonstration, went were the negroes. The Rev. Frank Joseph, who preaches to the county chain gang, waa engaged In writing hla report to be submitted to the County Commissioner at their meeting today.' He says he was looking for a Biblical quotation and his eyes rested on the verse describing " Tbe great day when no man can atand.' Just aa he read these word he heard tbe rumbling and felt the ahock. Tbe big Bethel Church was thronged with members and visitors when the ahock came. Tbe building is a large, high one, and when it gathered itself together it shook with great violence. The glass ahadea over the Jeta hang close together and the rocking of the building brought them In contact. Tbey sent oat a clear, bell-like aound. which attracted the attention of the congregation, who had already experienced the abock. gome one ia the building exclaimed. "An earthquake! An earthquake!" Instantly tho congregation became a panic-stricken crowd, and with a rush they made for tho door. In the scramble everybody forgot everything except himself, and before the church could empty itself the crowd was wild, fully expecting every second to be the last Finally everybody was out and then in toss than a minute the large congregation had disappeared from the sidewalk, and each one was hurriedly seeking his borne to ascertain what damage haul been done, all fully expecting to find death and destruction scattered In every direction. A peculiar feature of the earthquake waa lta absence along the line of the railroads passing directly through the city. Person standing oa either aide of the Whitehall and Pryor street crossings knew nothing of the shock, and were not disposed to believe the atoriee current about it. Kast of tho Union Passenger station, however, the ahake was felt perceptibly. Throughout tbo State the Incidents In Atlanta were duplicated in every town. In Lagrange a Baptist protracted meeting was is session, and many people were at the altar when the ahork began. Tbey prayed all the louder, and declared that the mat dav had come. In Darien the dis tress of dumb beasts waa peculiar. The cattle walked the atreeta lowing plteoualy, while tho howling of dog waa something suggesting pandemonium, citizens spent the night in the town square engaged In prayer. This morning the consternattoa here was Increased by the failure to get new from Charleston, which has close social and business relations with Atlanta. Rumors of the wildest character prevailed, one of them being that foo persons naa neen swept ont or tne city Dy a tlaal wave. The laat earthquake sensation here waa in 18S7. From other parts of the State come many curi ous inciaenta. in Lexington a coiorea revival meeting was broken up, men rushing over the sisters, rumbling benches tn every direction, and quite a number received scratches and bruise. As soon aa they reached the ground. aoltd aa they thought, they bent their willing knee and with uplifted handa prayed for protection from the impending doom. The young fellow of the crowd gathered around and promised never to dance another step aa long as they lived. In Washington a band of neyrro minstrels were performing la Floyd' Hall at tne time or tne art mbock. line or tneir nnn beir waa oreacblna- a burlesnue sermon. J ust aa he finished the shock came, and the colored peo ple In the gallery thinking tt waa a judgment sent against nlm ruanea pell meii out or toe bunaing crying, "on, lxirdy, save us I J nag ment dar hab come 1" There were nine distinct shocks In Sparta. In Hogansvtlle the people are gathering together tneir ainerent enure u organizations preparatory to weeping, thinking, as they do. that tbe end of rtime is near Dy. Air. . & Klea jwrnpea up. 'srasped his gun and shot when the shock came. thinking, so he says, that a mob was , trying to rob him, commencing on all aidea to batter hi houfte down. In Oxford tbe Reading Club waa In session at the time, and the Impression prevaila that tbe shocks were brought down by tbe reading of an original poem before the club, which reading had lust been completed. At tbe negro church, where a dl tractable meeting" was in progress, there was quite a commotion. A cutting affray had occurred between two negroes on their way to church, and when tbe earthquake came the colored people lntdde the church declared that somebody outside was trying to raise the bouse off its foundation. They took lights and Investigated. In Grimn the greatest excitement occurred at a colored church where services were being held. At the abock the congregation set up a yell and rushed for the window and doors. In the effort to get out of the building three women were injured, one seriously. Many of the colored people thought that tbe Judgment dav had come, aad prayers and supplications were beard on all sides. A negro woman lay unconscious on the ground, while hundreds of friends stood around talking ana praying in an excited manner. In the northwest suburbs of Milledgevllle is a large negro settlement Thl morning consternation reigned supreme among them, and shrieks and prayer were beard on all aidea. They thought Gabriel was riding In a chariot toward Milledgevllle, and that the next thing they heard would be the toot of his trumpet ' Acgcsta. Ga., Sept 1. A acene of chaos prevailed here last night At 3 o'clock this morning the streets were filled with families who feared to enter their homes, fc hocks were felt as late as 1 o'clock thla morning. Tbe moat exciting acene occurred in tbe CknmieU office. The Hon. Patrick Walsh was in conference with the reportortal and editorial force, when auddenly the walls of the building were seen to move and the floor to tremble. Picture moved on the wall and the very etairway moved a the entire force ruahed into the street Cries of terror-stricken women and fervent My Gods" of strong men werethe only sounds beard. No rambling was perceptible here. The damage, though Insignificant is widespread, every house in town reporting some destruction. In some places the walls parted and numerous rhlmneya toppled, tint no loss of life has yet beea made known. Broken arms aud wounded akulls are reported all around. Thla morning the prayerful aongs of negroes who are holding praise meeting on the publlo thoroughfares are heard. They vow that Judgment day la approaching, and tbey are preparing to meet their God. Strong men gave way when tho 1 O'clock: shock was felt. Investigation to-day develop the full extent of tbe damage. 'Earthquake shocks continue o be felt here. The most severe damage was done on the Sand Flilla In Georgia and In Aiken County in South Carolina. At Langley tbe mill dams have been broken, the South Carolina Railway washed away, and loss of life entailed. At Langley an engine waa ditched and tho firemen and engineer were killed. A mixed train went down at Horse Creek, a few mites from Anguata. and the fireman of the engine waa killed and the horses In two stock cars were drowned This train Is entirely aubmerced. It la reported that aeveral negroea have been drowned along Horse t'reek. and a horseman Just In reports thai Cndlng of the bodlea of a whole family tn a strandd houxe. At tho United States Arsenal oa the Band Hills, in Georgia, near here, the residence of ata. Grealish and Riley. United States Army, were badly wrecked and are uninhabitable. From Kath. Heptdbah. the Richmond Paper Mills, Sharon, and every town adjacent toAniraata come reirta of a general soaking np, bt-.t barring minor destruction of property and a few broken limbs the low Is rnalgnldrant. At Bath a negrv woman was crazed with fright and ia now roaming around the wood wildly laughing and a bout-It: hysterically. In Anguata two ladles lie at the point of death from bight StVAXXAH, Ga., 8ept. 1. Tbo earthquake Is the topic of the boor. Effort to reach Charleston have beea made from all point and have failed. At Tybeo the ahock was more severely frit than ta tho city. The people on the island rnahed from their houses to tho Beach. Tho ow illation lasted for aeveral sulanteo. Tbe lantern lenses ia tha lighthouse ware broken and the muck I aery of tho lamp disarranged. Tho keeper harried ap tha tower and a soon as poaalble arranged a temporary light, which wlU have to anawer until the iigBthnaee onpply shin reaches hero. The people on tho beach rau hither aad thiLher, not knowing where to go and fearing that every moment a tidal wave would aweep over them. The water waa agitated and tbe waves rose high oa tho beach. Tho boose on tho beach swayed to and fro aud shook a If they would fall to piece. A telephone message to the Simm Cross the Tytea) station at 'clock this moraine Mated that- tho peepte were atill gataered mm tho Cbwt BaaUb. of the steadier aerie. Xrota PRICE TWO GBXT3. Pannaalnkla. reoorta two shocks at sea off Charleston last Bight Tho Cawala thought bo track a rock or m onnxea vwtt no threw tho lead over and. found 10 raUMfna of water. Three mlnutra later he experieaoed a similar sensation to the flrat and thought he had ' track a second time. Tho crew were terribly frightened. No one had any Ids of what as4 happened until they arrived la port to-day. maXJUGB TXU lEUCt XTT. . Raukth. N. C. Sept. 1 There were fir) dWtlnet earthquake shocks here last night They from the southwest and praceodod to tho northeast The night was perfectly clear. There was bo wind. At 10 o'clock there woo a redaeaa la every direction that had tho apposwaaea of anriae, and before each ahock a Boise ilk thai of a railroad train or great wind? waa heard. Tho first sign of the approach of tho earthquake waa tho falling of a chimney oa rayKtovilla-. street ' In a few aecond tho first ahock waa frit all over the city. 'Almost every family' attalbnted tbe shaking of - their to the effort of burglars lo break in. or to cause ether thaa the true one. Aa I opposition wore found to bo untrue tho whole -population waa greatly alarmed. No sock disturbance had ever been feit or knows. The ex- . eltement pervaded all claaaeo. About too tfosO) . that people were beginning to recover their . poaure the aecond ahork came. At oaeo every novae waa emptied of Its oreopaata. and tbo -streets were snoa toll of people. Tho who had ' gone to bed ruabed ont la their night dot be, and . those who had children aeuted tbem aad made their way to open space of ground. - At this time tho scarlet tinge to tho sky wa ' noticed, and there was a distinct smell of eui- . pbur in tbe air. Many persona were groping about la the dark, expecting to find teats and . fissures In the streets. The three other aheeka came along at equal interval. Many chimney -, were thrown down. Lamp were knocked xraa tables - and mantel, women acreamrd and . fainted, and the city was one scene of eon fusion. . fear, and dismay. A lar?e crowd which had collected near the Pot Office before tho ahock ; heard tbe rambling and tboogbt that a redone was rsminc The people rnahed into tbo ' rotunda of the Post Olbce building. They oeoa . noticed that tbe house was rocking and waylng, -and they immediately poured out peJi-avHi Into , tbe middle of tho atreet By thia time teievooao messages began to rlrruiato. and It was Boom '-known that the upheaval had beea general throughout the city. Report came In of bell being rung, of plastering falling, of ehlmieys tumbling down, and of meu,woaiea, and child ea being ail out tn the atreeta.' Then cams calls iVr doctors to women who had fainted and others wiisv had been frightened Into apasma. : -- Ia many of the enure ne for the aegroeo sirr-leea were tn progress. Ia the Oberlia .' and Mason village churches, near tho, city. ' the ministers were praying whoa tbo first end heaviest shock came. In a second tho chorrhee , were emptied. A aoon as the iiegrota reached. ' tha groand they tell upon their faces and aotoo npon their knees. Each one prayed pitifully to God to avert the calamity, of .which they wero -totally ignorant Tho more Ignorant and those . given to shouting at once made tbo night resound with their eriea to tbe Almighty. Then tbey abouted and thanked God that Hi will aboohl bo done. Nearroea who were at home gathered on tho street corners, impromptu prayer meetings wero . at once started, home prayed, other sang, and the leaders exhorted. Not a few declared that Judgiucart day was at hnd. In tho vicinity of Tapper's Colored Church, which ia the largest . church tn the city, 5. WOO negroes gathered aoon after the shocks. Exercise of tho moat eme- : tional character were engaged In. All tho other -colored churches by this time had been lighted ap, and tha congregations bad tilled then to ' overflowing. Their peculiar acrrleea wero kept up until tho sun rose, when they dispersed la great trepidation of mind aa to a renewal of tho phenomenon. Tbe earthquake was a profound, 'mystery to most of them. To add to tho d Wires of mind the negroes of Maauo. who had assembled at their churches, several young men om a fox hunt, taking ia the situation, crept Bear tho church aud blew a conch sheU. The wildcat excitement prevailed. All declared that tbo -Angel Gabriel had blown hla trumpet aad Urat tbe end of time and Judgment day had coal Women fainted, children screamed, grown narn . wero frightened so badly that they loat all . presence of mind, and tsodemoavam reigned at the church and the village fur two or three boon. In thla city ami around the suburbs children only were put to bed. light were kept burning; . all night elxty years ago. when the people mis- . took a brilliant' meteoric display for a tall of atars to tho earth, iaaald to have been tbo only orca- . aion when tbo condition et all cfciaaaoef neopto , equaled their excitement last bight, htmilar re . rorta from almost every towa throughout too tate have been received hero. Another slight quivering waa felt here thia morning at 9 o'clock. This afternoon at 5:1 o'clork there waa alia another very decided ahock. The wave appeared '. to come from the northwest It shook all build-in rs. It 1 asserted by some persona that there was a shock at & o'clork. Tho news received here from Columbia and Charleston has greatly increased the apprehension of the people that -another abock may visit this city. The negroeo are holding service to-night In all their churche. The white people will keep watch , during the niht Ash f.vtxxjc, N. C. Sept 1. A diatiart shock : of earthquake was felt laat night at 9:49 o'clock. ' preceded by aloud rumbling noise. The motion . was from southeast Tbo duration of tho first shock was a minute and a half. House were violently shaken, and the inhabitants all left them and went into tbe streets. Another lighter -shuck was felt at 10:04. It was, however, of short duration; There wero two slighter shock . subsequently at Intervals of 15 miunlra. Much alarm waa caused, but no damage waa done la -the town or surrounding country. Beacfort. S. C. Sept 1. Tho nearroea of ' Beaufort County, 8. C, hare been assembled In their churches the entire day, waiting. sobbing, . and supplicating." Tbey expect tbe final abode to-night and then the dawn of )udrmrDt day. -Their actions, while ridtculoua In Uae ex tram, are pitiable. They refuse to be comforted, ana prominent white gentlemen who have heretofore ,: been their adviser in all kinds of trouble bow ' fail to exert an Influence. No work of any kind la being done, aud negroes tread tho ground a . would a blindfolded person. The women in particular are demonstrative, -and their cries for mercy and bewallmca of their expected fate can be heard all around and la simply appalling. They refuse to entr their hnta and have not oaten a meal for VA hour. When not in their house of worship they huddle together In groups, "bat not a word u spoken except In prayer or supplication. TheU . terror Is complete and weeks will pan before they settle down again. They refuse positively to handle a brick shaken down by tho earth quake or replace a plank or any article displaced -by tbe Jars. Tbey say the shock waa a warninc . from God to be prepared to meet Him vn tho morrow. Word cannot describe their coaster-nation and terror. ' v -'. At Port Royal several shocks oeouiiod and were of great severity. Continued rumblings . are heard aad tbe people are wild. Tbo population of the section is largely made np or aa-groea, and tbelr behavior la fearful to roo template. One drowned himself la hla frenxy, aud others are huddled togethet along tbo eoaat cry- Ing out to God lor help, and begging that the day of judgment bo postponed yet awhile. - -' Tne air around Beaufort lo sulphurous and tho negroe declare the odor to bo tha brimstone of : hell. One death from fright la Beaufort ia beard ' of, that of an aged negrea who has reveled ta -the role of a conjuror, nod to whota tho a tart led, -uarkiea flew for protection when the first a sock: -occurred. The aaniage to property at Beaufort ' b4 little la advance of tho aaaal deatroetioo. but not of au alarming character. The phosphate works near Port Royal are pretty eadly w recked and week will be required to repatf the damage. Columbia. 8. C. Sept 1. Aterrifio earth-(inake of full three minutes' duration struck thl city at 9:4. o'clock last evening. Tho whole city aw ayod and ahook like a leaf. Men. women, and children ruahed from bote la and bousea Into tbo wm'U In wild alarm, some In Bleb rooea aad other in full dress. Walla of buildings were v rraefce.T. crockery rattled, aod strong men fouaa It difficult to stand. Nothing aa alarmlna" hao ever before occurred hero. Tha atreeta wero hlled with frirhteued people. Aa laanieaao Biaao ' meeting was being held in tho Coart Hoae. aad tne massive brick atructure swayed trues collar to dome. le audience ruabed for the exits and he apeakera ueserted the halls, men fleeing wilA- . oat hat. A aecond ahock. severe for thia see- t tton, foMowed. a.td too people who were Blamed at the first and had returned to their oomkrtieo ruahed again Into tho atreeta, Thl ahock; lasted throe aeronda. A th.rd and tighter . -ahook vtaltod tbe city, whirh was of aa lung duration aa tbe first. The people remained la tho street ail nic-tit apprehenaivo of farther x knock. Brick buildings swayed like reeda. aad It 1 reasonable to an ppoae tksoato damage aao ; ; beea done, nevera! aerloas caseo of fright are renwrtod. Krpon from ail over tho Stale aaor tliat tho ahock haa ber geaoraL A fourth stock; of a tew aecooda duraUoa was felt and tho streets wore thea roOAtderad tho seieet platno. Ah 1U0 o'clock a Ofte alight aback ow arred t a " second or two. The negroes In prayer BaoaOago ruahed Into the at rent. One atao lumpad trass a ' seeoud -story window aad was badly hart. Several chimneys were toppled over aad roofa crashed In. eruekery stores wore dawagnd aad : . wall dOcoraUona rained. Five awn alight shocks or eartno nag wero fait here after tho first last olgbt Bight distrtbtrtoa from 1 to oVlorK tale morning. A sixth oo- eurred at 10. aad at 5:LO p. M. a seventh very severe alMx-k waa feThv.A great anaay bandings la the city aavo beea damaged. . Tho moat auhstoutiiil granite and brVk coast rartiona rocked like cradle. Lad ice la anaay lBaaaaoao have beea seriously prostrated. Tbo tops uf chtwneys strew wt the mote aad street tola anernlng. - All brjrk bulldingo of two or are atones have beta taockpa out of p'"" Zha f

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