1840 Tornado Natchez, Ms Very detailed. - Tom Malmay

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1840 Tornado Natchez, Ms Very detailed. - Tom Malmay - on the l»t char, ad. . We hav« throne of En-...
on the l»t char, ad. . We hav« throne of En- may be expected. of us is expectation, has arrived to owing te tha Parlia- only before the publish. Ministry 91,000,000 Stuam Vav- launched, is ready to ba of 1841. thirty Roscius and for Amer- April ward- strongly of has all per cent of pay! wasal- and she from a NEWS OF THE DAY. ADJUSTMENT OF I*HE BOUNDimr Quiss- TtON.--Since Ihe foreign news in antttber column was given out. wo have recoived ihn Journal of Commerce, on Saturday, the evening edition of which contains the following important and gratifying inteili- genca : " The late hour at which tho papers by the British Queen reached u*, rendered it impossible to give a full view of the news, in our morning edition. In examining, them further, it is with heart.felt satisfaction we find that the delicata aod difficult question of our North-eastern Dot rtdary is, in all probability, adjusted. It appears that the award of the King of Netherlands, which made the river St. Johns tha sound, ary between the two countries, is to bo the basis of the new arrangement, and tb,al as ·n indnmnity to Maine for sty supposed rights she may ponscss to lantfs north ol the St. John's, the British government ia to pay her £200,000, or aaout a million of dollars. Most siceereiy do «·« rejoice in this compromise,--not so much so, because it ia, or is not, a good bargain ia itself, as because it removes a bone of contention which has long existed, and the right to which each party, has claimed with ao much confidence, that it is impossible; 'O say whsn or hew the affair could be amicably adjusted. " It would ill become us to cbject to the arrangement said to have been agreed oa, since a reference to our files wilt show that it i» exactly the arrangement that we recommended, save thnt wa did not specify the amount which England ought to pay to Maine by way of oompro»i»irjg her claims to the lands relinquished." the House peace in witnesses, be one, jC30 to the ' distress, or same broach of Irish peas- Wusl was still injt. mailer, it was has ar- made to Va- wilh The hundred in in En- in as tho opposed lo the En- arc en maise A rumor had French part on with China. capitalists acivan- by susioin- tho brave Cir- forts and the pro- hearth?. is mar- Tha but the wheat. weather of tha French in himself Catnlonm ill of being General's Mala*. atill pro- in doubts servant at reia- howev. England Govern- againsl took place an occurrence to be is sta- of the sin. Eng. single year. Cam. (Mr ton, at Liberia, into the inte- many other val- in abun- traffic. From tho Natehaz Froe Trader, Mty 8. DHEADFCL DISASTER AT NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI!! About on* o'clock on Thursday, the 7ih inst., the attention of the citizens of Natchez wss attracted by an unusual and continuous roaring of thundur to the southward, at which point huge roaasos of black clouds, some of them stationary, itod others whirl. ing along with under currents, but all driving a litllo URU of north. As there was evidently much lightning, thi) continual roar of growling thundur, although noticed and spoken of by many, croated no purlieu- lar alarm. Tho dinner bells in tlte large hotels had rung a liltle before two o'clock, ant! most of our citizens wer.e silling at their tables, when, suddenly the atmosphere was darkened, so as to require the lighting of candles ; and, in a fow moments afterwards, the rain was precipitated in tremendous cataracts rather than in drops. In another moment the tornado, in all itj, wrath was upon us. The strongest buildings shook as if tossed wilh an earthquake ; the nir wn» black with whirling eddies, of house- walU,roofs,ahimntes,huge limbets torn from distant ruins, all shot through tha air as if thrown from a mighty catapult. Tho atmos. phero soon became) lighter, nnd then such an awfu! scene of ruiu as perhaps never before met the eye of man, became manifest. The greater part of tho ruin wus affected in the short spuee of from throe to five minutes, although tho heavy sweeping tornado lasted nearly half an hour. For about five minute? it was more like tha explosive force of gunpowder than any thing else il could have been compnred to. Hundreds of rooms were burst open a« suddenly at if barrels of gunpuwdvr had been igniicd in each. As far as, glasses or thn f ye con rench, the firat traces of the tornado art; to be seen from the Natchez bluff down the river about ten miles, bearing considerably weal of south. Sweeping across tho Natchez island, it crossed th* point below the plan tation of David Darlund, Esq., opposite the plantations of P. M. Lnpice, Egq, in the Parish af Concordia. It then struck the Natchee bluff about a mils and a half below the city, near tho mansion called the " Briers," which is but slightly injured, but swept the mansion late of Charles 0. Green, Esq., called the " Bellevue," and the an- ciont forest in which it is embosomed, into a mass of ruins. It then struck the city through its whole width of one mile and included the entire river and the village of Vidalia on the Louisiana shore--making the path nf ihe tor nado more than two miles in width. At Ihn Natchez landing on tho rivor, tho ruin of dwellings, store*, steamboats, flat boats, was almost entire from the Vidalia ferry lo the Mississippi Cotton Prosi. A few torn fragments of dwellings still remain, but they can scarcely be callud shelters. In the upper city, or Natchez on the hill scarcely a house escaped damage or utter ruin. The Presbyterian and Methodist churches have their towers thrown down, llieir roufs broken and walls shattered.-The Episcopal church is much injured in its roof, rarkar'n groat Southern Exchange is level with iho dust. Great damage has been done to the City Hotel and Ihe Mansion House, both being unroofed, and the upper stories broken in. The houne of sheriff Izod has not a timber standing, and hundreds of oiher bu ldinjr» are nearly in the same situation. The Court House at Vidalia, parish of Concord in, is utterly lorn down, alia the dwelling house of Dr. M'Whorter and Messn. Dunlnp and Stacy, Enqs.--The pariah jail is partly loin down. But now the worst remains to be told. Parish Judge Keoton of Concordia was instantly killed while at dinner at he house of Mr. Stacy. He was a noble 'ind esteemed man. No other person was killed in Vidalia, although some others were hurl. At the Natr.he* Landing out if fifty or sixty flat boats, pnly six are now afloat.-Those hist acquainted suppose, as many as one hundred flat boat men wers druwncd in the river, which swellod iostaally to the height of six or eight feet. The steamboat (line's, Prairie t nd the St. Lawrence were destroyed and sunk at the Landing, and the Vidnli* ferry boat on tha river--more or less penan* being lost in the two first named boats. From the ruins of the Steambnat Hotel, Mr. Alexander, the landlord, his lady and bar-keepcr. were dug out alive, and also Timothy Flint, the historian anil geographer, and his son from Nawnity;hes, La., besides Dr. TaUiafai ro and many others. Mrs. Alexander is considered dangerously injured. Two of her children v ere kilted in her arros. As many a* nine Jesd bod- tea hav* been, dug fiurn the S. II, Hotel: Tbe number of burials which h ive taken place to-day ia about fifty, aod many are still kt a dangerous and dying coiidillo.i. Aa aooa M possible wo ahaJl publish a hjlaflho n*nw« of the kiltixJ, wounded, and "those missing whose bodies have not been found. Meanwhile we big the indulgence of our (ind friends and petrous fsra few days, io which lime ya shall be abVe to get oi}r office in-some order. Tbu Freb Trader onloe has been crushed in nnd much shattered.-We are alt in ccinitision, and surrounded aa the deatituto, the houseless, the wounded and the dying. Our beautiful cily is shattered as if it had beed stormed by all the cannon of Austerlitz Our delightful 3hina trees are all torn up. We are peeled and desolate. A public meeting- has been held by the citizens in Ihe court house to-day, at which Col. James C. Wilkina presided, and F. L. Claiborn*, Esq. wan Secretary. Address, es wore delivered by J. M. Hewitt and J. M. Duffield, Esqs., and resolutions offered by the latter gentleman and othen appointing relief committees, c. c. Tha City Hotel, through th* kindness of the proprietor, Noah Barlow, Esq, has been thrown open to the wounded. Doctor Pellard, with his usual promptitude, has token the Tremont House for an additional hospital, Stoplwn Duncan, Esq. having generous!j offsrsi to be responsible for the rant. The neighboring planters are generously aenduag m targe gangs of slave* to assist in clearing tbu streets and digging the dead from the ruins. M. Ruffiner and 3. J. Boyd, E«qs. Jiave been at the trouble to gti over th* wlaolo ej- tent of the city, and make practical and careful estimate of th» damages, which we endorse, aa far as our observation exten'da, and present to our readers. HoijMfl »°d goods under the hill, 150,000 Four steamboat*, 50,000 Fifty flat-boats at ttis landing, 100,000 Buildings, c. below Main and west Canal street). 25,000 Below Main, west of Canal, south of Frauklin to U, 5 ;'n, 25,000 Railroad depot, buildings, c. 50,000 Light-house and adjoining build. leg on the south, 8,000 Judge Covington'* building and furniture, 10,000 Above railroad and wast of Canal street. 68,000 North of High street and east of Canal st. 30,000 Eaat of Raakin, soulh to Main, 15,000 Theatrcjsquare, 85,000 East Rankin to limits south, 22,000 South of Orleans and west to of Rankin, 20,000 Knight's houac, and square, 10,000 Parker's hotel and square, 70,000 Cily Hotel, Mansion Hause, and square, 50,000 Two squares north of Franklin, west of Pearl sliet.t, , 10,000 South of Franklin, north of Or- Ifians, west of Pearl, east of Wall sts., 68,000 Two squares from High lo Franklin, between Pearl and Commerce sts., 5,000 Franklin to Orleans.betweon Pearl and Commerca stu., 00,000 Commerce to Union.south of High and north of Origins sis 224,000 Union to Rankin, south of High, and north of Orleans uts., 153,000 $1,2(50,000 From passengers in the Cheater we learn some further particulars. Tbe dies- ter passed the wreck of the Prairie 150 miles below Natchez, lying to, in tow of the Maleor. Capt. Froligh was spoken, from whom it was ascertained that uhout five pnrsons only were loat from thia boat.-The cabin furniture and chimneys were swept away--but tha hull was not much damaged, ttnd as out 1 informant understood Capt. Freligh, tho c.irgo was all safe. The estimate of the number oftivcs lost by intelligent men from Natchez, is from 500 to 1000--but it was impossible to ascertain the number with any thing like certainty, until the rubish is cleared away, which will require several weeks. It has been ascertained that there were 104 flat boats at the landing, only seven of which were saved. At the principal hotel, the boarders to tho number ef 00 or 80, were at dinner, and only 7 or 8 have been seen since ! At (he-Steam Boat Hotel under the hill, nbout sixty were at dinner,--only 0 hnv« been found ativo. The estimate of the destruction *f property, as contained in ihe above extrn, was regarded as greatly balow the real value. It was nearer THR BE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. A letter from the Captain of tho Prairie states, that all the money was saved. Five persons were killed--one of them a joung man by the name ol Blanc, lately a student at the St. Louis College. STILL LATER. From the Hatches Free Trader of the llth. What we wrole on Frida), the day after the calamity, haa since proved far too low a compulton and far too faint a sketch of the rum which has befallen our noble spirited, yet devoted city. The estimate of a little more than a million arid aqunrter of dollars for the ami). ages done to the buildings merely may be nearly correct for tho compact part of the city ; but to cover tho loss of merchandise, provisions, good.t of -'arioua kinds and tur- niture destroyed thera should, in the opinion ot some of our practical and clear h«ad- men, be at least, four millions more added, making the entire loss of property in the city ut Natchez mon than^ue million of dollars. This, estimate we believe to be strictly within the bounds of moderation. Tho immense quantity ut pork, bacon, butter, lard and vegetables lost at the landing, swept in the deep and oblivious river, would · astonish any ono not acquainted with the nature of cur trade. Many of our large ware hojaes and furnishing stores, having lately boen crippled and resAricied in their operations the moat of the supplies for cily, county and Ihe adjacent counties have lx en derived from the Natchez Landing. These now, with a very few exceptions, are whelmed in the ruin, or tost in the WE ters. At numerous dwei.mgs io the lower as well as upper city, evt-.ry item of furniture, and clothing, and ornament, was given to the gyrations of the whirlwind and lost irrevocably. Many ladies lost elegant wardrobes, anJ weiw Jepeadent aa friendship for the initial vestments with which they covered themselves after they had beeu reduced to a state of ainioul entire nudity by a tornado which was wrilhmg " in the sweat of its igouy," and leaping from tower to to*:? " with dejiripus bour,J *** The beautiful and splordid villa of Andrew Brown, Esq., nl vliich place the most gorgaous and splendid fete evar given in Una city to the ei(y guests from burgh Iwrt year, is,totally ruined. The cost of fts erection was i ucty or seventy thousand dollars.--The n ansions of Peter Little. Esq., and Mrs. Linlon on llit: bluff, fronting each other at about a mile distant, outrode iho alarm, being 1-uilt of massive materials, and escaped vith the loss of chimneys and the dismantling of some of the friezes and artichectuial ornaments. The Natchez theatre i a pile of uhape- less ruins, beyond recore-y. The eolire square, surrounded by the walls, «nl partly covered by the pile of the Rail Road Depot, late one of the largest and noblest edifices, of tho kind in any city in the ii covered vith the wreck of tower, walla, and roofs. From this immense mass of rubbish several wounded ferson* and dead bodies have been dug, »nc the work of removing the huge pile of trick and timber hasiuBt commenced. From tho immense runs of Parker's Southern Exchange, Metirs Parish and Bemis wore dug out alive after · confin- ment of an hoar or two, ai d ths dead of Moses, a most vaiuabb servant; it i* possible tbat there may be one or two more bodies still in thoie ruins. The Planter's Hotel formerly called " Our Hones," situated on tha brow of the bluff was blown down the precipice. Many men were known to lave b«on in house at the ttnm ; and i t ) as become painfully evident to the cunsei that the rapid decomposition of flesh i* ; ;oing on under the timbers of that house. Eleven dead bodies neve been taken from the rums of the Stei.m Bent Hotel, which have all buen rumored by the gangs of slaves of Colonel Surgent, Mr. Crossgrove, and others, gouejoualy sent in by those wealth planters. THE RECKNT INDIAN MT ODER? IK FI,OB- HJA.--The TallahaBseo Floridian of 3d instant, says : " The Incinna, about fifteen in nuiribcr, sppoarod on the premises of Mr, McLean, on the Tuloge*, early in the morning, and were disooverud by one ef the daughters, who ran lo tho house and gr»v« information te tli'. 1 family. Mrs. M. look her children, throe in number, made far tho harnock, whan they were ovortaksn and i n h u m a n l y butchered ihe Indians. Mrs. M.'s thioat wnscnt, and her childrrn beaten to death with pine knots. Thr Indiana returned to the house whore Mr. M.'s son, about 16 years of had determined to defend himself, and fired frequently at the Indians. They they than attempted to fire tho I ouse by menus of arrows wrapped with blazing cotton.-Failing in thti.se ofibris, one approuchod with a torch, but ho was shut down by lact, and has since been found dead. They set fire to several out housis, and wont Mr M. was absent at thu umo, but r e t ed towards evening to witnussthe i n h sacrifice of his family. " HEADS up--SKIES BHIOHT."--The final r a t u r n s which we have at fast are far rnoro favorable thun we hud roaion at ona tirno to expect, from doubling and trebling votes of the wealthy federal whigs in large towns, who have Hie pnvilrge under our present anti-republbnn constitution of voting in every county in the State ut the samo ·lection, at which (hey happen to own land. As the case it.inds at present, tlie whigs have a, nominal .tmjoruy of four upon joint ballot; from thia. deduct tho vote of Gen. Bayly,who will not vote for Rives, it leaves them thr'e ; from this tnku A. S. Fulton, the Delegate from Wythe, and place him on our side, and it 1 wives ihem but one, at least in Buckingham, making dernoaratic majority of ONE. upon joint ballot. We shall, in all probability, gain more than this one, when all the contested seats come to be fairly sottled. All the swaggering and blustering of the Federal party about their famous viotory, turns out to be mere moonshine. Our belief is strong that two democratic'..enators, Roane and Mason wilt be elected in Congress from Virginia ; '' a consummation devoutly to bo wished."--Old Dominion. COURT [WiBTUL.--The Court Martial now in session at the Philadelphia Nuvy Yard, nre engaged in tho ti inl of Commo. dore Jesse D. Elliott. Tiie principal of the charges wero, Ihe removing of Mid. shipman C. C. Bar on, while in a stale, from the United States ship Constitution, to the U. S. Schooner Shark, against the rcmonstrancrs of the v'lwtt Surgeon, Dr. Boyd, while at Smyrna, in the Mediterranean. For shaking a stick ut Lieut. Hunter, at the race coarse in the Island Minorca. For accepting, ^vhile at Ltibon, from the crew of the Constitution, two sjk var Tureens, Pitcher and \Vaiter (part of the money for the, purchase of which was given by Cnninin Elliott) end having in. scribed on them--" Presented by tile :rew of the Constitution to Com. J. f). Elliott." For bringing on the gun ilejk of the Constitution twenty-two animals froro Gibral ler to the United States. For using the stores of the U. Stste» in m n k i n g for the nuiii animtxls. Foi punishing tlte crew with douhlu the usual number of lashes with n c:it o'nine tiiiU- -- dismissing a Chaplain at night from his ship during a heavy SIM, ami for not auppiosauiga mutiny on boviid tho Constitution, .vhile lying in Hnrnp'on Roids. After th; charges had been read by J. M. Read, t »q., Judge vocatf. Commodore K.lioi being called upon, pleaded not guilty. Thri court iln-n adjourned to 10 o'clock. Tujsdny. Counsel for Commodore Klliotl, George M. Dallas, Esq. and Joaiuh Randall, Esq. The following persons constitute the court :-- Commodoro Jacob Jonos, President ; Commodore Lewis Warrin ;ton, Commo. dore William M. Crane, Commodore Jfolm Downs, Commodore James lenshaw, Caplain Charles W. Morgan, Captain David Conner, Captain John D. Jloat, Captain George W. Slorisr.--A'eie York Evening Post. ent following who the to man litz. know was that have him. she and then Dutch put and note the her Windsor I up claim it If is goes of such Albert may than what The 0 w;is , rj( U n iho of bioti of very wns 10, of Mr. i , the the been be of tho in cy in wan" tion was the has ship less of his rior the hns ihe nnd DEATH or AS ECCENTRIC Mr. Richard Le Keux, a rm thernaticai instrument makur, chart seller arid stationer who had resided in High sli ect, Wapping, London, for tha last fifty years, died lately after?hree days'illness, atth age of eighty, five years. The deceased, uho hart amassed wealth lo the amount if upward)) of 100,0007. sterling, was not ;d for his eccentricities an.) his penurioui habits, and n great number of curious ane:c!oles of this ozlraordiiiary miser urs rota ed in the dii- trict. He wa i of French t xtraclion, and educated in Christ's Hoapi'tul, to which institution it is *itd be has left he great bulk of his fortune. He sion out two they ones new is u of learn to lady in our have for opinion

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  • 1840 Tornado Natchez, Ms Very detailed. - Tom Malmay

    Tom_Malmay – 28 Dec 2013

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    1840 Tornado Natchez, Ms -This is a very detailed account. The names of some of the people on the relief committee appear in the article. I am very interested in their administration of the recovery and coordination with the Mayor of New Orleans and others. My next search will be for memoirs, letters, tasking etc.

    Tom_Malmay28 Dec 2013

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