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Disastrous Floods

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Tlio daily papers are filloil with reports of daraage by tho recent floods in the West and Soiith, which for violeaoe and widespread destruetiveness are without parallel. The following sunmiary will givo a fair idea of tho maguitude of tho disaster : 1LT.INOIS. Tho Chicago Tribune estimatcs the damago from tho recent rains ín Cook county at .f100,000. Throughout Coutrú and Southern Illinois all tho streams wcro swollen as they never were before, and the damage to the croiis is incalculable. In many sectious the grain has sprouted in tho shock, and oven tbat which had been stwckod is so badly damaged that it will hardly pay to thrash it. In Morgan county alone the damage to cropa is estiniated at a quarter of a million dollars. INDIANA, The Hoosier State has miffered from tho floods to as great an extont, probabiy, as any of her sisters. In tiie WaImsh valley the disaster reachos the dimensions of a calamity. The bottoms, for au averago of a milo and a halJ' wide, wero submerged, and crops, botli lmrvostcd and growing, were swept away, and great suiïering must result to tenant, whose all is swept away. Tho Wabash and Erio canal, between Lafayette and Fort Wayno, was almost completely destroyed, beiug broken in more than a handled places. MISSOURI. A dispatch from Washington, Mo., says : ' ' The Missouri river is higher th'an lias been known since 18J4. Thousands upon thousands of acres of corn between here and St. Louis are under water. It is impossible to estímate the damage, bat it will reach lmndreds of tliousands of dollars." IOWA. A dispatch from Wajiello, Iowa, says : " The wheat is all ent, but is Hght, and of inferior quality, and is now sprouting iu the shock. Not one acre in ten of the oats can be harvested in a proper manner ; the erop will be almost a total loss. The hay-crop is almo t ruined by continued wet weathor." OHIO. The Cincinnati Oazetle says : " No such wide-spread devastation has been known in tho Oliio Valley befare. For weeks and weeks the rain has fallen Htcadüy, and all the tributary streams of the Ohio have been gradually rising day after day. Tho storms euhninated in tho rains of Saturday night and Sundav. The earth, drenched and soaking, could take no more, and tho streams, swoilen already to alarming dimensions, received an additional volume of water. Their banks have been overHowed, the nëlds that have been ready for the harvestor lor days aro now under water. Prom all parts of Indiana and Southern Ohio the samo gloomy tidings come. Houses havo ghared the calamity with ; lands. Peoplo living in the lowliiuds have been driven to the Second storfes. Barns :iiul outbuildings have been swept away, bridges have yielded to tho tidos, railroad tracks ate subroerged, andhigliways aro under water. 1'KNNMVIiVANIA. In l'cunsylviiiiia the. rlcstruotion is widespread. The valnation of the proporty destroyed is estimated at uplvai'd of a million dollars. KKNTWKY. A dispatch from Louisville says : " The Oliio river at this poiut, and leIciw here to Cairo, is higher man for ten yoars. Reporta [rom Soulheiii Keutucky say that 1,000,000 aeree of land, plantod in eorn and tobáceo, betwoeu Owcnsboro ind Oairo, are umler watfr. The loss of proporty is immense, lieiorts continue t" c)in( in of the deatruotion by the late rains of tho wheat and oat crops in the shock all through Kentueky and Southcni Indiana." Many of the Chinese in San Francisco have gone into the moneybrcikerage business. Siicct'.sK has attended them so far, and they do a large busiruess in buying and Belling the new American trado dollar, whioh is aiinost entirely superseding the Mexieaii coin of the same denomination, and they also exchange much paper currency.


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