Clipped From The Pittsburgh Gazette
The liver remains about stationary at this pol .t, with about four feet reported on Glass Hons, and about five feet by the pier marks. The weath er yesterday wae cloudy and warm, with Indica tions of more rain. The Kenton, from St. Louis, is the only arrival we have to record. The Bayudjfrom Parkersburg, was due last night, and will douotless be found in port this morning. The Hard Times cleared for Jt. liouis last eve ning with sbout two hundred and fifty tons of freight, and quite a number of passengers. The Bayard, Caps. Moore, is th regular packet for Parkersburg to-day, leaving promptly at It o'clock a. m. , r . The Camelia and Bertha arrived at St. Louis on Sunday, loaded with troops, and the Haggle Hays left there for Pittsburgh on Saturday. In relation so the S j liana, the boat recently lost by explosion on the Mississippi, the Louiaville trett or last ftraturoay remaraa : sae was com paratively a new Doat, less tnan four years old, and was built in St. Louis about the time tabular boilers wre coming into use on the Western waters, and the owners of the Sultana adopted the experiment, and the Su-tana was fitted out with tubular boilers, that is. the boilers like a locono-tive boiler, were ailed with am vll tubes inatead of the regular flues. These tubes are very small, aud so Close togeiaer uuvi u is, as we are lniormeu oj practical engineers, an utter impossibility to clean out the boilers or move the mud or sediment. That does and encrusts the flues or tubes, eauatng them to burn out, or to burn the shell of the boiler. Would it not be advisable for the inspector to la vestirate the matter thoroughly, aad tell the pub-1 e what kind of boilers were in uts oa the Sultana, bow made, and i what manner they were olened. It has been slated that the use of innumerable tubes in a bailer has a tendency to not only make steam very last, but to cause, or create, gas of the moat terrtbie sxplosive power. That a as pent up in the boilers is liable to explode at any Lnaiaat, and if th tubes or flues are choked by sand, tlx circulation or flow of wr over them is stopped, they get red hot, or burn, and then comes the explosion. We do not assume this to have been the .se oa the Sultana, but giv th suggestion, six ret the investigation be made. It is also stated that the steamer Burd Levi, which exploded her boiler in the Ohio the other day, had tubes in-stesd of large flues. If that is the case, it is apparent that tubular boilers are not suitable for boats on western muddy waters."