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, 9 PHILADELPHIA. - WEDNESDAY .MORNING, MARCH 14, 18S8. ONE CENT. NUMBER 4562. GREAT STORM W Railroad Travel Between This City and New York Still Blocked. MILES OF SNOW - DRIFTS Tie Railroai Men Baffled ly tlie Furious Wind. AN EXPRESS TRAIN WRECKED. A Fireman and Engineer Killed and Several Passengers Injured. A MAN FROZEN TO DEATH Almost a Milk and Butter Famine in This City. ALL. JERSEY SUFFERING Scenes and Incidents Caused by the Blizzard Business Almost at a Standstill. The sample of a real Western blizzard which was manufactured in the weather mills of Manitoba and which arrived in this city from St. Paul early on Monday morning continued to have full sway all day yesterday and was still running the town on the Dakota style at an early hour this morning. With the exception of a few telegraph wires to Pittsburg and Washington and afew other points, Philadelphia was as dead to the outer world yesterday as it was on the preceding day. The fury of the wiud subsided somewhat during the day and its velocity foil from sixty miles an hour to thirty - six, but thirty - six miles made snowdrifts just about as fast as sixty miles, and the consequence was that railroad travel was almost as badly blocked as it was on Monday. Shoveling the snow off the tracks was about as practicable as pouring water into a sieve. The wind blew the snow back as fast as it was shoveled off. New York and Philadelphia are still strangers, except what little flirtation was carried on between the two cities by telephone. No trains were run on the New York division of the Pennsylvania Railroad or over the Bound Brook Road and as several hundred telegraph poles had formed themselves into snake fences the telegraph keys were silent. The trains snowed in on the New York division didn't move an inch during the day. , Three trains, each about a day lato, arrived from the West, and several trains came np from the balmy South. Local travel was carried on under difficulties and was not much of a succoss. Seventeen tons of mail have been delayed by tho Dakota zephyr and there is almost a butter and milk famine in consequence of the lack of railroad com' munication with the gilt - edge dairies in the suburban counties. The mid - week market day to - day will not amount to much, be cause the country products could not be brought to town. Ferry - boats in the Delaware were grounded, and the river foil five feet and looked more like a large Jersey creek than a great river. A man was frozen to death in New Jersey and Camden's water supply was cut off. Business in the city and the surrounding country was brought almost to a standstill. The public schools were almost deserted throughout the city and street car travel was carried on undor difficulties. There was a passenger train wrecked on the Pennsylvania Railroad in which the engineer and fireman were killed and several passengers were injured. THE BLOCKADED TRAIN'S. No Trains Bun on the New York Division or West of Taolf on the. Main Line. Not a single train was moved yesterday on tbe New York Division, ana twenty trains were scattered along tbe road between Germantown Junction and Bristol, a distance of eighteen miles. A train lay at Germantown Junction which started out at 9 o'clock on Monday morning. One train was stuck at Twenty - second street, which has also been there since Monday morning. Two trains were atTorresdale at midnight that arrived there on Mouday morning; one of them Is a through Western train and the other Is the fast express which left New York at 10 o'clock Monday morning. Five trains stood in a row at North Penn Junction that bad gathered there during Monday morning. At Bristol there were seven west - bound and Ave east - bound trains, which bave been there since Monday afternoon, and at midnight there were no prospects of their moving. Bristol is full of strangers. The hotels are crowded, and many of tne passengers secured quarters during the day at private dwellings. Conductor "Sandy" Williams, who bag charge of one of the delayed trains at Bristol, spent tbe day finding temporary lodgings for the passengers. Some of the passengers remnined In the cars and bought provisions at tbe stores in tbe town. Several trains were reported lust nlgbtat Princeton Junction. Just east of Trenton, and tbe snow - banks In tbe big cut at Menlo Park, Edison's home, and near K ah way, at Union - town, were reported very deep. At 2.15 yesterday afternoon tbe train No. 71, known as the Harrisburg accommodation, left the Broad Street Station. At 7.30 last night she was stuck in asnnw - bank at Wynnewood cut. with no prospects of getting nut before this morning. At 6.45 train No. 47, known as the Pnrkeabnrg accommodation. Conductor Weleher, left the Broad Street Station, and at 7.45 she was right behind the Harrisburg accommodation, fast and deep In the Wynnewood cut. No train on the main lino of the Pennsylvania Railroad that left tbe Broad street Station bad gotten farther than Paoll up to midnlgbt last night since Monday morning. General Manager Pugh directed the movement of all trains and Vice President Thomson gave all orders at tbe Broad Street Station. ARRIVING AND DEPARTING TRAINS. Tronble on the ftonthern Division Than on the Other Lines. The first train to arrive over the Schuylkill Valley Branch got Into tbe Broad Street Station at half - past 4 yesterday alternoon. Conductor Waller Terry followed with another train from Cbeslnut Hill. He left at 8.32, arriving at 4.55, and was stuck In a snow - drift at Queen lane 45 minutes, and rlgbton bis heels came Conductor Phillips wltb another train. Conductor Samuel Cas - sell went out to Chestnut Hill wltb two engines and a passenger coach lull of workmen at 4.30. On bis return be was also detained at Queen lane for half an hour In a snow - drill. A train left for Chestnut Hill at 6.20 In charge ol Conductor John McLaughlin. A train arrived from Baltimore at 6.) and at o'clock another train wltb Washington passengers got Into tbe station. Tbero was less trouble on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore, the Baltimore and Potomao and the Central Division tban on any of the other lines and between 6 and 8 o'clock there wore seven trains started for Chester, Wilmington and Baltimore, All the trains were crowded, especially the five trains that were only run a lar as Wilmington, No trains left the station with less tban two engines and tbe Baltimore trains bave three eucines. Everybody who boarded the trains were given to understand that there would be no guarantee as to arriving at tbe train's destination and every passenger agreed to run the risk of reaching home. At 11.45 last night a train drawn by two engines arrived Irnm Harrisburg, The tightly packed snow on the cow - ontcher showed what a struggle there bad been wltb tbe snow - drifts. At a little after midnight a train composed of eight sleepers, all of whlcb ware lull, started for Pittsburg. AT BEOAD STREET STATION. Thousand, of Belated Passenger The Arrival of a Few Southern Trains. The Chicago limited, which should bave arrived at tbe Broad Street Station at 4.45 on Monday afternoon got Into the depot yesterday morning at 9.55. The cars and the two engines which drew tho train were crusted with snow and tbe cow - catchers of tbe locomotives were a solid mass of ice, while great icicles hung from the machinery of tne en' gines and from tbe trucks of tbe cars. Following close behind the limited came two sections ot the any express wuu me Pan Handle and fort Wayne connections from the West, which were due In tbls city at 6 50 on Mmday evening. Both of these trains bad laid for boars in a snow bank at Wynnewood and tbe cars were all covered with snow which had frozen fast to tbe woodwork. Most ot tbe passengers on tbe Chicago limited and tbe two sections of the day express were bound for New York, but all three of these Iralns remulued in the Broad Street Station all day and all last night, as no trains were sent out on the New York division. A good many of the passengers of the Chicago limited went to hotels. Some of them remained In the cars and got their menls in tbe restaurant at tne staiiou. Nearly all the day express passengers remained In the cars all day and slept In them last night hoping that this morning they vnnlri ha flhle In resume, their iournev. Hundreds of men and women, most of them having tickets for New York, occupied tbe waiting rooms. Some ot the men and women had been in the waiting room since Monday morning. Tbey made themselves as comfortable as tbey could on tbe settees last night, and spent their second night in the station. There were several women with little babies, and one woman, who wanted to go to Trenton nud who started from Baltimore on Sunday night, had four little children with her. Her money ran out yesterday morning and some of the pussen - eers took un a collection for ber. which amounted to ST, and she took her Utile brood into the restaurant and had a royal repast. Amoug the passengers there were a good many bound for Plitsburg and Intermediate poiuts on the main Hue. A good many ot them ran out of money and had nothing but their ticket. Station Masters Grone, Stein and Matthews wore very kind to the strange passengers who they knew were in need, and made them as comfortuble as they could. There were passengers bound for almost every station on the different lines of the i'ennsyivama uatiroaa. ruose wuo naa money went to hotels or hunted up friends, but there were hundreds of strangers who didn't know a soul In this great big city. During the day thousands went to the station Inquiring for trains that should have arrived here on Monday, and others asked what was the probability of getting a train to New York or tbe West or South. The man at the Bureau of information didn't know wnen there would be a train to any point. He was asked thousands of questions and all he could tell the people was that the road was blockaded In every direction, and that there wasn't much prospect of getting a train before to - day. The hungry crowd ate ud everything there was In the restaurant by 10 o'clock yesterday morning, but there was a fresh stock of provisions in by noon, and from that out there was plenty of everything foreveryhody. On account of the crowd Special Officer Rusk had his hands full looking out for pickpockets and other thieves, and extra policemen in cllizen's clntues were on duty all day and last nisrht Whenever the train caller announced the departure of a local train on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore branch or on the Chestnut Hill Hoad, both of which ran several trains late lu the day, there was a grand scramble for the gates. Passengers didn't Walt to hear whether the train was the one they wanted. and hundreds got to the gates, tugging their bundles with them, only to find that the train wasn't going their way. MILES OP SXW - DRIFTS. Where the Big White Banks Are Alone the Different Rnilroad Lines. Tbe worst snow - drifts on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad are between Wynnewood and Gleulock, where the snow last nlgbt was ten and fifteen feet deep on Track No. 3, west bound. At Wynnewood a Bhowydrill was cut through that was nearly a mile long. It was a canal with blgb white walls on either side, and at some points tbe snow was higher than tbe roofs of tbe cars. There were three huudred men at work shoveling there all day and last night, and almost as fast as they shoveled the snow oil the track the fierce wind blew it back again. The cold was so Intense that majy of tho workmen had their ears and faces badly frozen and were compelled to quit work. It was fouud impossible to makp proper provision for feeding the men, and they had a hard time of It. Near Berwyn, at tbe big curve, there was a huge snow - drift that looked like the long back of a mountain. At Devon three engines were burled nut of sight, west ol Harristiurg the snow on tbe rnilroad along the Lewlstown narrows was reported to tie In some places ten and fifteen feet high and much deeper on the westbound tracks tban on the east - bound tracks. On tbe chestnut Hill Branch the deepest snow was at the cross - over switches at Germantown Junction, where for a quarter of a mile it was up to tbe roofs of tbe curs, and Pullman Car Conductor ISnstian, wbo had charge of two blockaded Pullman cars that were abandoned on Monday morning, bad to be dug out of tbe snow bank when be attempted to leave the cars to get Into the Broad Street Station. At Queen lane there was a snow - drift nearly half a mile along theeast - bnund track Hint was shoveled away a dozen times yesterday and tbe snow blew right back again. Out at ftyland avenue, Chestnut Hill, tbe engines and cars were piled together on two tracks wltb a solid bank of snow between them reaching to tbo roofs of tbe cars. On the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Road there were immense snow banks nt Perryman's and between Eddy - stone and Ridley Park, Just this side of Chester, where 180 men worked with shovels all day. Tbe worst blockade on the whole Pennsylvania Railroad Bystcm east of Harrisburg or north of Wilmington was - on the New York division between Germantown Junction and Bristol, which is about the most level piece of railroad for the distance of all tbe Hues. Between Kranklord Junction and Second street and between North Penn Junction aud Germantowu Juuctlou there were nearly 1,000 men at work yesterday shoveling tho snow off the tracks. They tossed the snow up in tho air and It flew back In their races and no progress was made all day. The only hope of tlie officials was that tho wind would die out so that the snow would lodge where It was throwu, but the wind grew stronger with every hour aud when darkness came the fury of the wind was greater than It had been at any time since tbe awful storm struck tbe country. AT THE POST OFFICE. Seventeen Tons of Outbound Mall DelayedA Few Mall Arrive. Business at the Post Office was almost at a standstill all day and no attempt was made to send out any mall except letters for tbe city. Tbe Western mall due In tbls city on tbe Chicago limited at 4.45 Monday arrived at the Post Office yesterday at noon, and two malls from the South, whlcb were due on Monday night, arrived shortly before noon. No malls from New Jersey have been received at the Post Office since Monday nlgbt. At Seventeenth and Filbert streets, where the outbound mail Tor the Southern, Western and Eastern States Is sent, there wero twelve tons of newspapers, letters and packages piled In bugs last night, and over In Camden tbe outbound New Jersey malt amounted to a couple of more tons, and there are about three tons of mall at Ninth and Green streets. Tbe Post Othce authorities laid that altogether there was about seventeen tons of mall matter delayed and that no attempt would be made to send any more out of town mall from the Post Office until travel was resumed on the railroads. Tbe clerks at the Post Office bave little to do. There were comparatively few letters received yesterday for out of town, that Is not more than one - fourth tbe usual number. GERMANTOWN HEDGED IN. Trains OA the Track, Stuck In Snow - Drifts and People Unable to Move Out. Up to noon yesterday, when the Reading Road began running trains every hour, Germantown bus had only very uncertain and Irregular communication wltb tbeclty.Hloce Monday morning tbe Pennsylvania has not attempted to run any trains on tbe Chestnut Hill branch. Tbe People's Line pushed two curs through on Monday by working bard and sending the sweeper up and down the line and yesterday trips were very low and far between. There has been no tele - graphlo communication with any point and only a point here und there In the city oould be reached by telephone. Chestnut Hill was still completely cut off from tbe outside world last evening. BIO nitlFTS IX THE STREETS. Tbe damage to shade trees, buildings and green houses In different parts of German - town cannot be estimated yet, but It will reach thousands of dollars. Tbe drifts In the streets are from six to elgbt feet high and many streets, like Queen lane, Mill street, Township line, Allen's lane, Gorgas lane, In fact, all tho back streets, are quite Impassable. It will requlro a shovel brigade or a thaw to open tbem. Business Is flat, apparently burled under tbe snow. Tbe schools were closed Monday and yesterday and hardly enougb scholars will answer at roll - call to - day to make a corporal's guard, Tbe gableof Peter Hlnkle's new house, on Franklin street, was blown In yesterday morning. The fire - alarm telegraph poles at Church and Main streets and Upiml Station have ben broken on and the alarm boxes which were on tbem were broken. Dr. C. 1,. Eberle's large plale - glnss window, nt Main and Mill streets, was blown In, en tailing a loss of 8300, and Baumann's green - bouses, on Manheim street, werecrusbed in, cauBlng a loss of several hundred dollars. ALMOST FROZEN TO DEATH. There were several narrow escapes from freezing to death. Edward Apsell, aged 10 years, residing with his parents at Gorgas' lane, went out before daylight Monday morning, and when tbe wind blow his bat off be attempted to reoovor it. Cosing bis way In the darkness he wandered several hundred yards to the barn on Councilman Thomas Mechan's place, where be was found badly frost - bitten and stiff with the cold about 8 o'clock. George Smith, a messenger boy. came out from the city with a message for a gentleman on Tulpehocken street, and being overcome with tbe cold would have frozen to death but for the police, who took him to tho depot and sent him back to town. ACCIDENTS AND TRAINS SNOWED IN. An engine Jumped the track at the turntable at Chestnut Hill on Monday night. A wreck train was sent up to get her on and stuck In the big drllt at Gorgas' lane. Another engine stuck there, too. These were dugout by an army of shovelers yesterday afternoon. The engine remained off the track, and the Chestnut Hill people could not get anywhere, and could not get home when they were anywhere. In tbo meantime an engine on which Gcrmautown had been depending left the rails, and she could not be got on for want of a wreck car. To complicate matters, a shifter pushed a passenger car Into the depot in such away that thirty or forty feet of platrorm were torn up and a panic caused among the passengers. All these things effectually tied up the Chestnut Hill Branch for the night, A Pennsylvania engine has been Bnowed In at Germantown Junction since Monday. Yesterday a force of twenty men tried to ahovel her out. As Tast as they shoveled the drift away the wind blew tbe snow In again and the engine Is there yet. ALL JERSEY SUFFERING. Camden Goes Without Water and Milk and No Trains Are Running. Camden felt the effect of the blizzard yesterday even more than on Monday. It was cut off from communication with tho outside world by railroads, telegraph or telephone lines. Its water supply failed and business was at a standstill. The fierce winds which followed tbe heavy snow - fail of Monday rendered the railroads of South Jersey more Impassable tban ever from tbe drifting snow. Not a train came into Camden until afternoon, when the early morning trains from Cape May, Atlantic City and Mlllville over tbe West Jersey Road were brought In with extra engines after hours of bucking and shoveling In tbe heavy drifts. They literally dug their way through. Aftertbese trains were brought in, three were sent out from Camden to Cape May, Atlantic City and Helslerville, on the Maurice River Road. Superintendent Dayton, ol tbe West Jersey and Camden and At - lanticsyBtems, sat last night in the telegraph department, at Camden, with bis finger on an Instrument, aud an anxious look on his face. He was endeavoring to manoeuvre the trains to prevent accidents, all tbe scbedules being useless. He said : "Our main Hue is open now and we hope to keep it so. W! have resumed telegraphic communication to Atlantic City aud almost to Cape May. A train has Just come through on the Camden and Atlautlo Road und we hope to have the road open for travel tomorrow. The wires along that line are still down. Nearly all our brunch lines remain blocked up." The Camden and Atlantic train which broke through tbe blockade hud been snowed up since Monday morning. Last evening the Haddonfleld local train was sent out. The passengers who went out on it Monday nlgbt bad a tough experience. Tbey bad two engines, but were stuck in a drift beyond Starr's Crossing and bad to remain there all night, catching what sleep tbey could in tbe cars. Tbey were dug out yesterday. A COLLISION AT ASHLAND. A collision happened yesterday morning between two iralns at Ashland, on tbe Cam - deu and Atlantic Road, as they were pushing their way through a drift. Both engines and two passenger coaches were badly damaged, but no one was Injured. Tbe accident was due to tbe snowwblcb drifted before the gale and blinded the engineers. Trafficon tbe Am boy Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad was entirely suspeuded. Superintendent Bannard said he bad seven engines snowed up between Camden and Dudley, a distance of but four miles. Eight trains and thirteen engines altogether were' helplessly blocked on tbe Hurllngton county Road. After repeated efforts to force a way through the drifts toDudloy bad been made with eugines. Train Dispatcher Keen headed a relief party in a big lour - horse slelgb to carry provisions to the trainmen and passengers who bad been snowed up there since Moudav morning. Tbe Philadelphia and Atlantic City Railroad Is hopelessly blocked. Frederick Mul - llknn, who lives on tbe line eight miles below Camden, reached that city lust night on horseback, after struggling through the snow all the afternoon. He says tbe drifts are fifteen feet high in some ot tbe railroad cuts. Camden Is without telegraphic communication with other points and no New York malls have arrived since Sunday. Tbe only malls arriving yesterday were two from Philadelphia and two from tbe shore. Tbe letter.carrlershave nothing to do. An effort was made to reopen telephone communication with some of tbe South Jersey towns yesterday, but it bad to be given up, ns many of tbo fallen poles and wires are buried under Immense snow - drifts. A number of additional telephone wires in Camden gave way. CAMDEN WITHOUT WATER. The blizzard has left Camden without water. If a Are breaks out nothing can save the city from destruction. When the people arose yesterday morning they found but a feeble flow ol water from their hydrants and by noon It ceased altogether. Tbe fire department was called out at eight o'clock by a blaze in Andrew Kenna's pork packing establishment, 705 Federal street, but .the fire fortunately was extinguished before it falned headway. Chief Engineer Elfreth mpressed Into service In tbe city's dire emergency two chemical engines owned by William K. Piatt, a citizen, and one was E laced In No. 1 aud tbe other in No. 2 engine onses. Water to charge them with was obtained from an artesian well at the Ester - brook Steel Pen Works. Nearly all the Industrial establishments In the city shut down Immediately after dinner, us wafer could not beobtnlned for their boilers. But few copies of the afternoon newspapers were Issued on this account. Housewives were compelled to melt snow for domestlo uses. Tbe water famine Is due to the continued northwesterly gale, which bas made tbe river so low that tbe mouth of the suction pipe at the Camden Water Works Is uncovered. Scarcely anv water was pumped Monday and tbe supply In the reservoir ran nut yesterday. Nothing can be done to relieve tbe city until the river rises. Citizens aro not only put to much Inconvenience, but are greatly alarmed fur fear of fire. Business was practically suspended throughout the city all day. Many of the large wholesale places closed altoget her, aud tbe retail dealers sal in tbelr deserted stores and gazed dolefully out at the fine particles of snow flying beiore the Icy breath of ibe blizzard. The Camden Horso Car Company ma u aged to keep Its main lincopen from the Federal Street Ferry to Ibe Kalghu'i Point Ferry. KO MILK TO BE HAD. A food famine is feared In Camden. No milk can be bad at any price. At tbe Federal street milk depot, where many of the Philadelphia dealers get their supply, but 880 quarts arrived yesterday. Tbe usual dally supply Is 66.000 quarts. Tbe depot was filled with empty cans to the uumber of nearly 6,000. No milk will arrive in - day and probably nono to morrow. Tbe meagre supply Camdenitcs obtained yesterday was from farmers wbo forced tbelr way Into tbe city with six and eigbt - borse teams. Tbey very humanely resolved to sell only to families baviug small children and honorably refused to exact extortionate prices. There Is a run on condensed milk at tbe grocery stores. Fuel and provisions are running short and tbe people are becoming alarmed. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION. The Western Union In Bard Look How the Postal Co. Weathered the Storm. Tbe Western Union Telegraph Company were In bard luck yesterday. Tbey had a wire to Harrisburg and superintendent GUI said that tbey were able to do a little business with Pittsburg, but tbe New York Keys were silent all day and all last night. All business was received subject to Indefinite delay. As an Illustration of tbe wreck of telegraph wires seventy - five Western Union poles between Bristol and Hcbencks, on tbe New York division of tbe Pennsylvania Railroad, a distance of three miles, were unrooted on Monday and lay In tbe snow - covered Melds yesterday. Linemen tried to raise the poles, but they made slow work of It. The wires were coated with lee and the wind was so strong that It was almost Impossible to raise a polo, and the ground was so hard that It could not be dug witn a pick, Down on the Philadelphia. Wilmington and Balti more Road onoor the conductors said that there were fully six hundred poles nf the Western Union down between Jbilllmore and this city. Messengers irnm Pittsburg, Harrlshurg and Mnltlinore and Washington arrived at tbe Western Union office In this city during tbe afternoon wltb bundles of telegrams for persons In tbls city. Among Ibe tel.gnipb companies wbo suffered from the storm the Postal Telegraph Cable Crnipauy probably suffered tho least. C. C, Adams, superintendent of the com - fany, said Inst night i "Our company is be only nne that bas been able to maintain connections wltb Baltimore, Washington, Harrisburg, Pittsburg, Chicago, the West and Northwest. Since tbs bllsterd struck Philadelphia It has been able to give prompt service to the belated residents of West Chester who were caugbtlu tbe city as well as to Lancaster. Tbe company s wires have been burdened with business to points South and West. It bas not, however, been able to repair the damage done to its New York routes. The sturm seemed to wage fiercest across the State of New Jersey, Inasmuch as more damage was done the telegraph property In that State as far as the Postal Company was concerned. We are brought face to face with a combination of dillicultles never before experienced. The roads are impassable with teams and linemen from Philadelphia have gone north on foot. " Tbe company's Intermediate linemen at test stations were all ordered out early on Monday morning before the wires completely failed. We know that tbey are working energetically, and because we have not ns yet received report from any of tbem we know that the wreck Is a general and most disastrous one. Weoan do nothing but wait and watch. It Is very bard to repair the lines on poles that have not been impaired iu this high wind, and on wrecked and brok' n poles itls almostlmpossible. Weare In hopes, however, of being able to restore the connections with New York to - morrow, via Pittsburg, and may possibly succeed in getting some of our direct New York wires through. I calculate that it will take us from three to four days to get our line In its normal condition." The only special news received from tbe South and West and outside points ou .Monday and Tuesday was received by tbe Postal Company. People who wero destined to Baltimore, Washington and points West crowded the telegraph offices all day anxious to communicate with friends and families at home. When It was found out that the Postal was the only company which could handle the messages without delay treble rates were offered to have the messnges rushed. The company did not lose a pole In the city and gave prompt service to all parts. Special messengers of the oompany were stationed at Broad Street Station and Ninth and Green ready to take the first train for New York with the Immense number ot messages that were received by the company, subject to indefinite delay, but bave not yet succeeded in getting there, HOUSEKEEPERS' TROUBLES. The Supply of Milk and Butter Almost Entirely Cut Oh. One effect of the storm was its cutting off the regular dally supply of milk and other articles of household necessity. As yet there bas been no scarcity of meat, as most of tbebutcbersand meat markets keep a good supply on band, but should tbe present condition of affairs continue a scarcity of meat will bo unavoidable. Many of the leading butchers had their stocks so drawn upon yesterday that they bad not more tban enough for another day's ordinary sales. The one great article of general consumption most affected by tbe storm was milk. Almost all the milk used in the city comes from two sources either from milkmen who get it in large quantities from the trains and distribute It iu wagons, or from men wbo keep small dairies within ten or twenty miles of the city and carry the milk around to regular customers themselves. From both of these sources the supply was almost entirely cut off, and there are few persons wbo bave had any milk since Sunday morning. There have been no milk trains arriving tor two days and the supply of miWt usually coming in from New Jersey and on tbo Pennsylvania Railroad especially the West Chester and Philadelphia, Wllmlugton and Baltimore Branches, has been completely cutoff. On Monday morning the hundreds of dairymen within a radius of ten miles or more of tbe city who, with one or more wagons, are in the habit of starting about 4 o'clock, wltb supplies of milk and cream to leave from house to bouse, were either unable to start at all, dairies, BtabloB and everything being snowed in, or else were compelled to turn back, owing to tbe Impassable condition of tbe roads. In a few cases small supplies nf milk were brought to tbe city on country sleds from near ooiuls. People wbo put up with tbe deprivation for one day thought yesterday would bring a change, but when noon passed without any sign of tbe milkman the small dairy sbops lu different parts of the city were besieged with crowds ranging from the sleek - looking servants of well - to - do people with big cans to8hlvering children and aged women with small pitchers. Everywhere there was disappointment. There was no milk to be had aud to avoid the clamor shortly after noon tbe dairies, as a rule, closed tbeir doors and put up a sign of "No milk to - day." All of tbe Abbott dairies In different parts of the city were so closed. Among grown people who took their coffee without the accustomed milk or cream tbe deprivation was uot great, but there were a good many crying and suffering children lo whom the ab - scuce of milk meant more. Undoubtedly' tbe dearth of milk yesterday bas caused a f reatdeatof suffering among children and u some quarters there was a great demand tor condensed milk and arrow root to take Its place. Butler was also scarce and In some parts of the city none was to be had. One large dealer In tbe fashionable quarter of tbe city sold over fifty pouuds and tbeu refused to lessen his small stock any more to auy but regular customers. In many restaurants no oysters could be bad and they were reported scarce. The supply of early vegetables wltb which tbe more prosperous class of householders delight to regale themselves at tbls season was wholly cutoff. In thisandmany other ways thousands of people who never before realized the Importance of railways experienced some of tbe discomforts that would result If rullwaysdld notexlsl to btlng food supplies to tbelr doors and had a taste of the way things must have been fifty or more years ago, before the days of rapid locomotion. The market trains on the Pennsylvania and Reading Roads which arrive every Tuesday night didn't get to town last night, and the midweek market to - day won't amount lo much. The markets, wblcb are crowded every Tuesday night with farmers, were deserted last night, and a few of the big butler dealers satd that they hadn't half enough butter to supply their customers today. THE BLOCKADE AT LANCASTER, Western Passengers Belated and Watting In Get East. SPECIAL TKI.EORA TO TIT E TOIE9. Lancaster, March 18. The first train from Philadelphia since early Monday morning arrived here ibis afternoon, drawn by four locomotives. It was the newB express due here yesterday morning at six o'clock. Later It was followed by another passenger train, Tbey brought Monday's newspapers and malls. Tbe road Is still badly blocked and there are great banks of snow at Leatnan Place, Klnzua, Wilmer and otber places east of bere. Hundreds of men are at work to - day shoveling out trains and eugines are kept running back and forward in tbe tracks as fast as tbey are cleared. Two sections ol tbe day express from the West arrived In this city very late last nlgbt. In one train nearly all tbe windows bad been broken out while running into a snow bank west ol this city. These trains were fast In a snow bank at Wltmer Station, three miles east of Lancaster, for several hours, and tbe remainder of tbe night was spent at Leatnan Place Many persons left the train here and are quartered at the botels nnable to get further east No tbrougb trains from Hurrisburg for Philadelphia have passed here until ibe day express tbls evening, Many trains are still fast east of this oily, but the worst trouble Is believed to be over. Trains are running wltb hut little delny between here and Columbia. Most of the wires of tbe telegraph and railroad companies between Lancaster and Philadelphia are down. On the Reading Road travel Is suspended. A train that left hero yesterday for Reading Is In a snow bunk at Ephruta and others bave been stopped at different points. The Quarry villa branch is In a terrible condition. Madame Modjeska, who was to bave appeared here to - ulgbt, telegraphs that bar car Is suow - bouud near heading. FIERCELY. RAGING AT PITTSBURG. The Business of the Pennsylvania Ball - road Is Paralyzed. SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TIIS TIUES. riTTSBUUO, March 13. There were no trains from Philadelphia or New York on the Pennsylvania Railroad to - day. None are expected before mldnigbtand It depends altogether upon circumstances wbotber they will even be able to get tbrougb then, Tbo Inst train wblcb arrived In this city from New York left there at 11.30 on Sunday night. Several iralns tried to get tbrougb yesterday and last nlgbt, but failed on account nt tbe heavy snow drifts between Philadelphia and Lancaster, Freight trains are side tracked and scattered bere and there along tbe line between Oreensburg i n I Philadelphia. Some are snow - bound and others have taken to side tracks to get out of the way of through trains and will remain thereuntil the storm Is over and tho company's dispatchers get tbe trains under control again. ' It Is feared there will be a blockade similar to the one experienced by tbe Pennsylvania Railroad a few weeks ago, when the company was unable to move freight through to tbe east for a week. Every precaution Is being taken to prevent another such stale of aflulrs. Tbe trouble yesterday was principally on tbe eastern divisions, but to - day the snow Is drifting heavily on botb sides of the mountains. Tbe reports to - day Indicated thai the trains would have difficulty In reaching Altoona. There was a regular "nor' wester" In tbe vicinity ol Gallllsln. Atseveral places the snow was from four to Ave feel deep on the railroad tracks, but It wns light and, owing to tbe wind, was constantly changing. It required a great deal of persuasion to get frelghtcrewa to leave Derry last night or to - day for the trip across tho mouutaln. Tbe weather was very severe upon the brake - men aud having no assurance that they were going to get through and with a probability of a wreck, many of tbem refused to go out. Tbe same state of affairs was experienced In Altoona. Tbe company bad Its snow trains out on Ibe Pittsburg and Altoona divisions last night, but tbey could do little good. The wind was so strong that the snow was blown back and drifted behind the trains. The Pennsylvania Rallrond Company's wires are also in very bad condition. Tbe severe wind and cold yesterday and last night prevented the telegraph repairmen from making much headway. Tbe Pau - Handle and Fort Wayne trains arrived on time tbls morning and were started east, Tbe passengers hesitated somewhat in going. They will be taken to Washington providing the trncks are still blockaded to Philadelphia, Telegraphlo communication Is still suspended. Business Is being received sublectto long delays. The storm Is now raging fiercely here. LIKE A STORM OF DEATH. Four Mare Men Killed on the Ball Near Reading. SPECIAL TEXKQRAlf TO THE TIMES, Reading, March 13. Late this evening the Btorm seemed to bo gathering fresh force. Telephone, telegraph and electric light wires are down and Reading Is almost completely cut off from the outside world. Tbe mercury this evening is between five and eight above zero. In the country district bouses, barns and many small farm buildings bave been unroofed. The Wllllnmspnrt express, due lu Reading from Philadelphia at 1.30 tbls morning, did not reach here until 12.55 this afternoon. The accommodation train due at 10 A. M. followed a lew mluutes later. The traiu due at 6.50 A. M. wasal PhoBulxville at 1 P. M. The noon express truln Irnm Philadelphia reached bere at 2 P. M. Eighteen trains are snow - bound between Reading aud Philadelphia. Eight of these occupy the main track between Pottstown and Phcenixvlllo and the others are between Phcenlxvllle and Bridgeport. One or two trains are also lying between Heading and Exeter. The Allentown train due In Rending last evening Is still lying between Maoungie and Alburtis. Tbe wires are down for miles, thirty poles having beeu uprooted in one stretch. The drifts are bad on the East Penn Branch and there Is no telling when the trains will be gotten through. Twoengiues were started out at noon with a view of releasing the snow - bound trains. Several more fatal accidents are reported to - night, Jesse H. Potter, an extra brake - man on the Pennsylvania Railroad, was killed at the tunnel between Columbia and Marietta at noon, by being struck by a passenger train. Peter Jacoby, ol Emaus, was found dead on the East Penn Railroad, near bis borne, this morning. It Is supposed be was struck by a train while returning home from work during the blinding storm. A freight train on tbe Lehigh and Susquehanna division struck and killed an unknown man at Slgfrled's bridge. Harry Dlears, of Lees port, ibis county, a brakeman on the Philadelphia and Reading train which left Philadelphia at 7.50 o'clock last evening, was brought to St. Joseph's Hospital this city, - at midnight, with botb legs orushed. He fell from the train at Pottstown, and a oar passed over both limbs, almost severing them from his body. At 1 o'clock this morning the right leg was amputated above tbe knee, but the pallent wus too weak to wltbstand the amputation or tbe other, and at 3 A. M. be died. Dlears was about 42 years of age and leaves a family. The Wilmington and Northern, Pennsylvania, Scbuylklll and Lehigh, and Rending and Columbia Railroads, all of wblcb centre here, aud the Lebanon and Cornwall are snowed under. One hundred men are out shoveling snow on the Pennsylvania tonight. Tbey expect to bave the line open by morning. Tbe Reading Comoany has 50menout. All freight and coal traffic Is at a standstill. Not a milkman residing In the country districts reached Reading to - day. It is believed that a number of persons perished from the cold lu the country districts. The Mellert Foundry, Mount Penn Stove Works and many industrial establishments closed down. THE STORM UP IN MONTGOMERY. Many Trains Snowed Iu and Bnslness at a Standstill. SPECIAL TELEOBA1I TO TUB TIKES. Norristown. March 13. Everything In this section bas been brought to a standstill except the storm, which is still on a wild frolic In Montgomery county. Not only have almost all the trains been laid up by King .Boreas, but even the wheels pf justice are blocked. Tbe courts bad to adjourn this morning owing to the absence of country Jurors, wbo are Imprisoned by rural snowdrifts. The telephone wires to Pottstown dropped to - day and electric communication with Conshobocken Is cut off. At Bellevue, on the Germantown and Norristown Road, two locomotives are Imprisoned In a cut and only tbelr smoke - stacks can be seen. There was a fierce scramble fora few Philadelphia newspapers that were thrown from a west - bound train al Bridgeport at noon today. Tbe papers sold at a fabulous premium. The first east - bound train since tbe storm began passed Bridgeport Just before noon. It left Pottstown at i) o'clock and it took five hours to travel twenty - one miles. At Merlon, above Norristown, a passenger train and several coal and freight trains are snow - bound. A passenger train was caught In - a big drift last night opposite Phoanixvllte. The pasBeugors had to make their way tbrougb mouutaliiS of snow lo get food. People remained In passenger cars at the Norristown stations all night rather tban face the blizzard. Tbe Stony Creek Railroad Is entirely closed. Several funerals were stopped yesterday by tbe storm. THE POLAR WAVES IX CHESTER COUNTY Fir Causes a Paale Among Travelers Imprisoned In Fraier Station. SPECIAL TELEORAM TO THE TIMES. West Chester, March 13. Tbe storm king continues to hold this place In Its grasp. There have been no mails In or out since Saturday last. Five locomotives reached here this evening from Media and will go out on tbe Frazer branch In the hope of liberating tbo two iralns at Woodland station, the smoke - stacks of which are the only portions showing above tbe drifts. The passengers of these snow - bound trains bave taken up quarters al tbe farm bouses In tbe neighborhood. This morning sixteen men started to walk to tola place Irom Frazer, where they, wltb oue hundred ot hers, among whom were several ladies, hud beeu buddied together In tbe little station all night. Of tho walking party eleven came through, reaching bero about 10 o'clock, the balance of tbe number having sought reluge In lartn houses along toe way. During tbe night sparks from a fireplace In tbo station set fire to the floor of the waiting room and tbere was the wildest excitement. By means of a garden hose tbe flames were soon under control aud the building was saved. Very little food was obtainable and considerable suflerlog from hunger is reported. Tbe drifts in some cuts on the lines of railway travel are twenty feet deep, but It is believed tbat trains will be running on the road by tbs way of Media In tbe morning, THE LOCOMOTIVE TOOK FIRE. And the Hard Battle of the Snow - Bound Passengers Alone Raved It. SPECIAL TELEORAM TO THE TIMES. Shenandoah, March 18. The storm today was even fiercer tban yesterday, and It continues to - night wltb unabated fury. Business of every kind Is practically suspended and railroad traffic bas oeased almost entirely. But one train from Potts - villa reached bere to - day and tbat was at 6 o'clock on the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad. No trains Irom bere went South or East farther tban Delano. The Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Roads are completely sbul up. Tbe former road baa brought but one mall bere from New York slnoe Sunday aud tbat arrived at midnight last nlgbt fifteen hours late. The Pennsylvania Bond failed lo get a train through to Potts vi lie lo - day and lias finally abandoned tbe effort until the storm subsides. A passenger train on this road was snowed In near Buck Mountain last night for seven hours and during tbe time tbey were snow - bound Ibe locomotive took Are and would bave been consumed but lor the bard bailie ol It passengers. Tbe engine was badly damaged. MADAME MODJESKA'S PLIGHT. Ber Private Car Snowed In and Provisions Abont Exhausted. SPECIAL TELEORAM TO THE TIMES Alburtis, Pa., March 13. Madame Modjeska Is snowbound In ber private car three miles east of here, Tbe porter of tbo car reached tbls station at 4 o'clock tbls afternoon, after a struggle of flvs hours through snow - drifts. He came In search of fresh milk, wblcb is about tbs only neoessary commodity lacking at tbe car. The luxuries are all gone. In tbe goodness of ber beart Madame Modjeska started out tbls morning to feed all tbe belated passengers on tbe train, but supplies soon began to run low and tbls scheme of generosity wss abandoned. The passengers then struggled back to this village, leaving the actress and a few of ber company and two officials the sole occupants ot tne train. The porter slated that there was Just food enough In the our lo last them until to - morrow morning. After that time they will, unless rescued, bave to send for more provisions. Tbe coal supply Is ox bausted. The porter hired ten men at Ave dollars each lo carry forty pounds of ooal apiece to the oar. They left here at 5 o'clock and bave not since been heard from. Tbe actress and her company are well. She regales the time playing cribbage with Eben Plymploo, ber leading support, and reading Tolstoi's novels. Bnslness Suspended at Oil City. SPECIAL TEL KO RAM TO THE TIMES. OIL City, March 13. The blizzard that bas been raging throughout the eastern part of the Slate is now sweeping over this section. Business is practloallysuspended. Railroad travel and telegraphic communication are seriously Interrupted. The cold Is Intense. There Is great suffering among the poorer classes. Several people are missing to - nigbt and It Is feared I but tbey have been lost in tbe blizzard. Business on the Oil Exohange was very dull, owing to the lack of communication with outside cities. BOSTON 6,000 MILES AWAY. ' News From the Bnb Carried by the Way of Great Britain. Boston is cut oil from the rest of the United States. The following telegram reached New York by cable to Great Britain and back over another line. From New York it came to The Times office by longdistance telephone: Boston, Maroh 13. The storm is very severe. About tbe same as it in is New York, A FATAL SHASH - UP. The Engineer and Fireman Instantly Killed and Passengers Badly Injured. SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE TIMES. Huntingdon. March 13. The second section of the Western express due bere at 4.20 this morning ran into tho wreck of a derailed irelght train, three miles east of tbls city, in a deep cut, completely demolishing Its engine and three coaches and killing Engineer Robert Gardner and Fireman Charles M. Moyer, both of Harrisburg. Tbe train consisted of six Pullman sleepers, ull of which were comfortably filled with passengers, and when the crash occurred the engine and three foremost coaches left the track aud oontlnued over the lies for a distance of one hundred yards, landing against tbe rocky walls of the cut and smashing the timbers and glass in the coaches. Many of tbe sleeping occupants were pinned to tbelr berths by the heavy timbers, und were extricated from the wreck only by means of axes. I.. J. Katzman, of New York, occupying a lower berth In one of the telescoped coaches, was seriously Injured about tbe breast aud bead by heavy timbers aud broken glass. Those ol the passengers wbo were not imprisoned in tbe demolished cars rushed frantically out on the snow - covered ground In tbelr night clothes with the mercury five degrees below zero. Many of tbe passengers were badly cut and bruised, but none were faluilp Injured. A purse of $200 was collected on the train to be donated to the widows of the engineer and fireman. Tbe hundred andflfty passengers remained In the sleepers all day. resuming their tourney tbls alternoon after the tracks had been relaid. Traffic, ou tbe Middle division was suspended eight hours. CONKLING'S NARROW ESCAPE. He is Caught in a Snow - Drift and Almost Perishes. BY TELEPHONE TO THE TIMES. New York, March 13. Roscoe Conkllng had a narrow escape from death in tbeslorm last nlgbt. Speaking of the matter to - day he said : "I bad been at the Stewart building all day yesterday, but bad some work to do in my office down town. I did not think tbere was any danger so I went down on an elevated train to Wall Street to look after my work. A little after 6 o'clock I started to go home. Tbere was not a cab or carriage in sight nor could I find where to get one. Once dnrlng the day I bad declined an offer to ride up town In a carriage because tbe driver wanted fitty dollars, so I started up Broadway on mv pins. It was dark and useless to try and pick out a putb, so I went soldiering along through snow - drifts and headed for tbe north. I had noserlous trouble until I got to Union Square, where, In the middle of tbe square, 1 got confused from wiping the snow from my eyes trying to make out my way. I found it Impossible to keepiu the path, sol ptunged right through ou as straight a line as I could. When I got a llttte beyond the middle of tbe Park I was up to my arms in snow. I pulled tbe Ice aud snow from my eyes and held np my bands until everything was melted off so tbat I could see, but it was too dark. For nearly twenty minutes I stuck there. I came as near giving up and sinking down there to die as any man could aud not do It, Somehow I got out aud reached tbe New York Club House. It bad taken me three hours to make the trip whloh I always walk In twenty minutes." THE BRIGHTON BEACH HOTEL GONE. Wind and Wave Destroy the Famous Hotel at Coney Island. BY TELEPHONE TO THE TIMES. New York, March 13. The high winds and a heavy sea bave destroy d tbe big Brighton Beach Hotel at Coney Island. For several years past tbe ocean has been encroaching on tho Brighton Beach property, and tbe owners were compelled to move tbe gigantic hotel back. After long, careful and costly preparations, a big force of workmen moved tbe botel a considerable distance from tbe sea, and a few days ago It was settled on what everybody believed were foundations safe from the wildest fury of tbe waves. But yesterday's storm completely destroyed the famous resort. Tbe great building bad been resting easily on tbe new foundations when the blizzard winds swept over the island, and the building began to rock to and fro. While fiercely assailed by the winds t lie sea began Its assault, aud the tumbling breakers, In their frothing fury, dashed nearer and nearer their old target. The workmen, who had taken reiuge from tbo blizzard In the lower floor of the hotel, were startled when they heard a big wave crasb the side of the hotel and sweep away several of tbe exposed foundation pillars. Wben the men rushed out tbey found tbe sea beating against the hotel on all sides, and three of the men were nearly drowned by being knocked down by a huge breaker. While the hurricane gate tore away tbe upper portion of tbe giant building Ibe mad sea kept up Its destructive rushes, and the mammoth Oriental structure fell lulo the sea wltb a terrible crash. The wind and waves soon finished tbelr mission, and wben night came tbe wreck was complete. THE ICY BREATH OF DEATH. An Old Colored Couple and a Schoolboy Perish Near Lynchburg. SPECIAL TELEORAM TO THE TIMES. Lynchburg, Va., March 18. The mountains In tbls vicinity are covered deep with snow and tbe cold Is Intense. Travel Is blockedevery where, there Is much suffering, and no one In tbls section ol Virginia remembers such a storm as tbls. It Is a typical Dakota blizzard and several people bave been frozen to death. An old colored man and bis wife named Warnock were found frozen stiff at Ryers - vllle. In tbls county. They were found locked In each other's arms lylug by tbe side of an old Are In t belr cabin. Enoch Lewis, an eleven - year - old boy, that started yesterday for the school at Harris Creek, never reached there, and he is believed to bave perished on the road. ZERO WINDS AT UTICA. All Travel Blacked and Four People Almost Frozen SUIT. Utica, March 18. The storm bas slightly abated, but all travel is blocked. The fast mall and tbe Atlantlo express, due In New York early tbls morning, Is laid up in this city. Some of the passengers are trying to amuse themselves playing cards, but most of them are kepi busy trying to keep warm and It la a big comract In the presence of such Icy waves. Two song and dance men and a contortionist, members of a variety company which played at Marcy In this county Inst nlgbt, were badly frozen and William Ar - buckle, a grain merchant at East Schuyler, In Herkimer county, wns found almost frozen stiff on a snow bunk. He bad been drinking aud lost bis way, WORST STORM IN FORTY YEARS. And the Syracuse Hotels Crowded With Belated Travelers. Syracuse, March 13. The storm has not yet stopped and no trains are moving In any direction. All trains from the West are held bere and tbere is no prospect of any moving before to - morrow or the next day. Belated travelers crowd the hotels and the police stntlons are filled with tbe homeless. The slock trains on the Central and West Shore Roads are gathered on botb sides ol tho city and tbero Is danger of many of the cattle being Irozen to dentb. Tbls Is the worst storm that has strurk this part of the State during the past forty years. Cattle Fraealng by Wholesale. BY TELEPHONE TO THE TIMES. New York, March 18. Reports from along the New York Central Railroad show tbat all the cattle trains on the lino bave been abanduntd and tbe cattl art dying by car - loads. IN FAVOR OF A PLAZA. Citizens Recommend Haying Property Aronnd the New City Ball. A meeting was held In theColonnade Hotel last night to consider the subject ol purchas ing all of tbe private property between Arch and Chestnut and Thirteenth and Fifteenth streets to surround the new City Hall with a public plaza wblcb shall be adorned wltb walks, grass - plots, flower - beds, fountains and statues. Within this plaza are to remain the United States Mint, St. George's Hall, the Lutberan and tbe Methodist Churches at Broad and Arch streets, the Masonic Hall and tbe Broad Street Railroad Station. The meeting was called by the eight gentlemen who originated the movement aud who were of the original thirleen who, twenty years ago, started the plan of having Ihe new City Hall placed iu Penu Square, at Broad and Market streets. Iuvittitions bad been Bent to seventy - tlve gentlemen, who were requested to attend the meeting aud express themselves upon the subject. Ot those Invited fully fifty responded. Among those present were George B. Roberts, president of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company: John Crump, of the Colonnade Hotel ; Dr. William Pancoast, Joshua L. Baily. Dr. J. Chester Morris, J. J. Gumper. John C. Lucas, W. T. Eltonhead, W. O. H. Jones, Joseph Leedham, Thomas Pattou, Edward D. Stokes and others. Joseph Leedham presided and Mr. Nlsbit acted us secretary. Mr. Leedham made some remarks explanatory of tbe object. Mr. Crump followed iu un elaborate speech lu which be advocated the object of the proposed Improvement, He discussed the subject from a number of standpoints. Iu concluding he said: "Many thoughtful men of Philadelphia bave considered an open park or plaza around the City Hall as a good thing to have and then dlmissd it from tbelr thoughts because of tbe cost. Had tbey Investigated and learned tbat tbe assessed value ol property needed Is only $7,831,000 possibly they would have undertaken what Is uow proposed. Tbere Is now required for tbe city to possess this property a uin small compared with the amount It will be when new business iuleresls and great buildings shall have located here. To avoid hldlug the City Hall with structures of ten aud twelve stories high and to secure this plaza for all time will cost perhaps $12,000,00). The interest charge on these twelve millions would be (at 3 per cent.) t60.000 per annum, and a sinking fund to pay off Ibe loan in thirty years, would require about $200,000 oer annum. To provide for tbls would require in all abonl $600,000 a year, less than one - tenth of one per cent, of the valuation of Philadelphia real estate, which Is now $464,061,371, or a change from a $1.8.5 tax to a $1.96 tax, or OOceuts a year for each of our million Inhabitants." Edward D. Stokes then made a forcible speech against the movement. He said It would prove to be one of the greatest Incumbrances In the very heart of tbe city tbat could be conceived. He also stigmatized tbe new City Hill as an "architectural monstrosity," which would cost the city $20,000,000. while the National Capitol cost but 818,000,000. It will. If consummated, place twenty - eight acres of valuable land vacant right In tbe centre of the business portion of the great city. Dr. Pancoast, Dr. Morris, Joshua L. Bally and olhers replied lu favor of the plau, whlcb tbey said was an Important one lu a sanitary point ot view, and was only following out what had been found necessary In such older cities as Paris, London, Vienna, aud should be done now to save expense in tbe future. A resolution In favor of the plaza was then adopted with but one or two dissenting voices. THE CAMDEN ELECTION. Republicans Make Almost a Complete Sweep A Light Vote. The Camden municipal election yesterday was tbe tamest one held for years in tbat city. In some of the precincts but one - half the usual vote was polled, and in others two - thirds of tbe voters came out. Complete returns were received from all the wards except. Ihe Eighth, which had not counted off at half - past twelve. The returns show that the Republicans elected theirCity Assessor by over 1,400 plurality and carried every ward lu the city. The only Democratic nominees elected are Justice Schmiiz iu the First ward nd Justice Tarr In the Third ward. The returns for ull the wards but tbe Eighth were complete at half - post twelve as lollows: CITY ASSESSOR. NlchualU, Stevens, I Nlchualls, Stevens, Ward. R. D. I Ward. R. D. 1 576 28X I 0 397 372 2 447 27'i 7 614 447 3 419 '.31 8.. 4 liS3 4f8 1 5... .... 669 4171 Totar.,3805 2428 WARD OFFICERS. First ward Council, Barrett, R., 553; Wel - den, D., 225. Freeholder, Archer, R., 567; Longshore, D., 237. Education, Carsou, R., 561 ; Brice, D., 233. Second ward Council, Campbell, R., 480; Hill, D., 258. Freeholder, Rend, R., 447; Horner, D., 275. Education, Beatty, R., 413; Peck, D 281. Third ward - Council, Lane, R 410: Hoell, D., 206. Freeholder, Francis, R., 43); Sey - bold, D.,219. Education, Glillugnam, R.,406; Robinson, D 210. Founb ward Council, Ivlns, R., 709; Johnson, D., 473. Freeholder, Mason, R., 702; Neutze. D . 473. Education, Husted., R., 778; Dove, D., 881. Filth ward Council, Leckner, R., 674; Acklev, D., 414. Freeholder, Varney, R., 628; Coorter, D 452. Education, Snyder, R., 830: Woolvortou, I. R., 35; Deluplalne, D., 421. Sixth ward Council, Roberts, R., 415; Campbell, D., 360. Freeholder, Ma pes, R., 394; Lord, D., 380. Education, Sell, R., 410; Johnson, D.,359. Seventh ward Council, Starr, R., 618; Price, D., 443. Freeholder, Anderson, R., 628; Byrne, D.. 428. Educution, Martin, K., 510; Hetlenback, D., 523. In ibe Eighth ward the returns at midnight showed that the Republicans elected Helinhold, Council; Furey, Freeholder, and Ware, Education, by over 100 majority. Tbe Democrats bad a walk - overat tbeelec - tion In Gloucester City, N. J., yesterday. The count of votes had not been completed at an early hour this morning, but the returns indicate tbe election of Arthur O'Kane for Mayor and the whole Democratic ticket by a majority of about 125. to declTrFthe strikToff. The Reading Men Are Mneh Disheartened and Tbey Want Work. The action of Powderly Assembly, 8,881, of Pottsvllle, and Palo Alto Assembly, 7,89, have been tbe decisive point In the action of tbe local assemblies of railroad men. Chairman John L. Lee, wbo has Improved, and Joseph Cablll are In Pottsvllle, where the railroaders' convention frill bo held to - day. at whlcb leading representatives from all Philadelphia assemblies, 6.2S5, 8,810, 7,302, 5,890 and 10.107, will be present, and the great Reading strike be officially declared at an end. The mass of tbe men are utterly disheartened not only at tbe failure of tbe struggle, but at the attitude of tbe company, which refuses emphatically to re - employ any of the hands tbat went on a strike, COLUMBUS IN FLAMS. Ohio's Capital City Threatened With Total Destruction, SPECIAL TELEORAM TO TUB TIMES. Columbus, March 13. The worst conflagration ever known In this city is now raging. Tbe Buckeye Buggy Company's factory Is entirely destroyed. The Exchange Hotel Is In flnmes and four small blocks have been destroyed. Tbe flnmes are working toward the business part of the city and It looks as If the greater portion of the city would be destroyed. A fearful storm Is raging and little headway is made In fighting tbe flames. WHY HE LOST. Sullivan's Right Arm Was Disabled In the Fifth Round. Liverpool, March 18 John L. Sullivan, who Ik staying at tbe house of bis friend Magnus, In this city. Is too unwell to - day to be Interviewed. Magnus said In the fifth round Sullivan made a tremendous lunge at Mitchell's lace wltb bis right. Mitchell threw up bis arm and Sullivan's muscle came In contact with MltobeU's elbow. Sullivan's arm began lo swell aud was useless from tbat time out. Sullivan would doubtless bave won in a cauter but for tbe accident. Deacon" Jim White Retires. Chicago, March 18. A Detroit special ays: A base ball sensation was caused today by tbe positive announcement Irnm "Deacon " Jim White, third baseman nf the Detroit Club, that he bad determined to retire from the diamond. White Is one of the "big four" purcba - ed from Buffalo. Tbe champions, the special says, are weakened Irreparably by White's secession. Nolblug will change the Deacon's determination. Little Business In Congress. SPECIAL TELEORAM TO THE TIMES). Washington, Murcb 13. In Ihe Senate to - day a resolution wns passed for the appointment of committee to Investigate the present condition of tbo civil service of all ornnehea ol ibe government. Only routine business was transacted in tbs House. Plow Works Burned. Dickson, III., March 13. Tho Grand Detour Plow Works were partially burned Inst bight, Involving a loss of $100,1100. Only the office and storehouses, filled with finished goods, weresaved, Tbe works were built of stone, and only tbelr walls were left standing. THE STORM'S TERRIBLE WORK IN THE METROPOLIS. ALL TRAFFIC SUSPENDED. Tho City Shut Off Prom the Outside World and Business at a Standstill. BY TELEPHONE TO THE TIMES. New York, March 13. The blockade continues, and the full extent of the damage already done is not known. The suffering is intense, and tho outlook for to - morrow is bad. The elevated railroad and the trains over the Brooklyn bridge have been running all day, but outside of this not a wheel has been turned within a radius of many miles of this city. One thousand men have been shoveling the snow from the streetcar tracks to - day, but with very little chance of getting the cars running within several days. The high wind at 10 o'clock to - night is blowing snow back on the tracks, aud at the present time, notwithstanding the work that has beeu done to - day to raise the blockade, on the street railroad thoy are just as deep under the snow to - night as they were at daybreak this morning. On tho North river the boats have been running very irregularly, and one hour across North river is considered good time. BUHXESS PRACTICALLY SUSPENDED. The amount of business done in this city to - day would not have done credit to an ordinary day in Hoboken. People who lived in North Jersey, New York or Connecticut did not get to the city at all. A few straggled over from Jersey City. But Brooklyn furnished the only considerable contingent of out of town people. Many business men wero unable to get to town and their stores were not opened. On the east side of Broadway the snow was drifted in some places ten teet high. On the west side of the street there was a foot - path (lug out most of the way, but the snow drifted so badly that walking became a very serious matter. It was considered good traveling to go a square in ten minutes. The winds blew furiously all day and the cold was intense. The telegraph and telephone wires were all down. The telegraph and district messenger boys were kept busy carrying notes from belated busi - men down town to their wives and families up town and in Jersey City. Many who got to the city with difficulty decided to stop all night at hotels. Four messenger boys are missing and it is feared they hava perished. WALKING ACROSS EAST RIVER. Brooklyn is in the same condition. A number of Brooklyuites walked across East river on the ice to - day. Two men were overcome with cold while on the river and were carried by passers - by to the shore. Ons man's foot was frozen and the other was completely exhausted and had to be sent to the hospital. All the saloons were crowded with belated citizens and homeless people. Before night there was scarcely a glass of beer to be purchased south of Twenty - third street or north of Fiftieth street. The beer wagons were unable to make deliveries either to - day or yesterday. At 4 o'clock this afternoon the condition of the city was abont as follows : From the Battery to the Post Office there was a little show of business activity. Few teams of any sort were about, owing todrifts at every street corner. From the Post Office to Union Square there was very little attempt to do business, as the snow filled up every doorway in that section as fast as they were cleaned, and in some cases it was piled nearly to the top of the windows. From Union Square to the Park Fifth avenue wus about the only thoroughfare. Numbers of sleighs were going back and forth all day. From the Park to Harlem tbe blockade was perfect, and although thousands of men have been at work shoveling snow all day there is no communication with the lower part of the city except by tlie elevated. BROADWAY'S DISMAL ASPECT. The aspect of Broadway is the most dismal in its history. Hundreds of signs have been blown down, many telegraph poles have fallen, and in places the street is so filled with wires that all traffic is suspended. Many wagons and street cars have been abandoned in the streets. In all of the public squares trees have been blown down aud the squares are filled with drifts of snow, in many places twelve to fifteen feet deep. It has been almost impossible to hire a cab or a carriage all dav. Those who ventured out charge extortionate fares. The police report that the suffering in the poorer quarters is intense. It bas been impossible to make a thorough investigation, but it is estimated that at least five thousand people are suffering for want of food and proper sheltor. The station houses and charitable institutions are crowded with applicants for shelter. Attempts bave been made to relieve the suffering in the Eastern district, bnt owing to the blockade of the streets little has been accomplished. At least six persons bave perished from cold, and it is presumed that there will be many more deaths to - night, as the weather is growing much colder. The police hava reported thirty horses dead in the streets, FORTY - ONE TRAINS IN A DRIFT. Not a train entered or left the city to - day. The cut at One Hundred and Second street is filled with snow and forty - one trains are stuck iu the drifts at that point. Most desperate efforts were made by the officials of the different roads to raise the blockade today but without avail. Crowds swarmed into the station and made the officials nearly frantic with inquiries as to the chance of getting away. There is no prospect of getting a train out before to - morrow noon. All trains bave been abandoned until further notice. No mails came into the city at all and the letter - carriers served their routes with great difficulty. NOTHING DONE ON THE EXCHANGES, The Produoe, Coffee, Cotton and Consolidated Exchanges did very little business and adjourned at noon. The attendance in each instance was very small. When the gavel fell for opening business at Ihe Stock Exchange this morning the few brokers who were on the floor gave a derislv shout and made uo attempt to transact business. In the first quarter of an hour only three hundred shares were sold. There were no wires working from the Exchange to any of the domestic markets. London cables brought many buying orders, but there are no stocks ottering. It was again resolved by the members present that all dealings so far as possible be suspended and that all deliveries go over until to - morrow. Adjournment took place at noon. Over in Jersey City the condition is even worse. No communication is established with any of the outlying towns. The streets are filled with snow, fallen trees and telegraph poles and abandoned vehicles. It is feared that there is much suffering in some of tho smaller villages near there. Many people are missing and their friends are frautic over tbeir disappearance. A FAMINE IN NEW YORK. Tha Situation at One O'clock This Morning Desperate. BY TELEPHOS1 E TO TUB TIVES, New York, March 141 A. M. A famine Is threatened In this city. Supplies of food are running low. There Is little coal on band and the prices asked are enormous. The poor are likely to sutler terribly. At tbls hour tbe situation Is worse than ever. Tbe storm Is still raging furiously. In Al bany tbe condltlou Is the same. Nine vessels are wrecked oft Randy Rook. Tbe crews were nil saved. Tbe Scotland Lightship Is adrift. Tbe members of the Legislature art stranded all over the Stats. A Mew York Merchant Frnssn to Death. BY TELEPHONE TO TIIK TIMES. New York, March 18, - Oeorge D. Barry - more, son of a member of the firm of Randall. Bnrrymoro A Bllllnis. dlnmond mer chants, nt 58 Nassau street, frore to death on Heventli avenue to - utght on bis way boois. lie was 47 yean old.

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