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Terrific Explosion In Quebec

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At tsventy min utos to twelee this morning i learful explosión took place in the Laboratory in tho artillery yard near Sí. John's gato. The building VU ooinplstely blown up and heavy fragmenta oí' woed were thrown an immensa distance into the air, and full all around in averv direction on tho ramparís and Dejghijorjng straots, Tlio shock of the explosión was terrific, altnost every house in Upper Town beiug shaken from top to bottom, AH the windows of tho stores on John street (rom the gata to Palaco itreel were srnasbed by the concuesion, and in a nnmbtr of cases the inferior partitions were thrown down ; valuablo goods were thrown iuto the street and othcrwise injured. The building was built wit!) stone walls four foet thiok, with Rtrona: heavy timbera forming tho roof'. At tlie Mme of the cxploiiiri there were fourteen persons ia it, emptying unndemoed fuses and filüng them with goud powder. Threeescaped, more or less injured, Captain Mahun, tho offioer in oom mand, who was alrnost buried in the buining riiins, but rescued with sorae bruisvs; Corporal Brayshaw and gun oer Robert Morunr, who were burnt, but not dftng&rously. Eleven were killed. All of ihü bodies havo been reüovered. Most ot them are draad fullv muiüated One head was found outside tho walls and the trunk insido. A hand was found in St. John Btreet, and other portions of human bodies were pioküd up in various place in the neighboriiood of the laboratory. Tbera wero only sevn barreli of puwder in tho laboratory, two cf which were found in the ruiw unexplodod. In tho magazine, about fifty feet distaut, there were sis hundred barrels of ball oartridges and other combustible material. Had the latter exploded nearly the whole of the Upper Town would tiave been destroyed. There were great feara of such a tatastrophe belore the fire ainong the ruias of tbe laboratory wat extiDgusbd,


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