Eau Claire, Wis., Dec. 1. - There is a total suspension of railway traffic on the Wabasha and Durand branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee and 9t. Paul railway. Great damage has resulted to farms along the Chippewa river. Farmers' families escaped to railway tracks from rising water and were rescued by trainmen. The great ice gorge is causing the inundation of Chippewa Palls, but is protecting Eau Claire andDHirand. It extends for miles and cannot be broken. Unless it should give way no great damage is looked for here.