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The account of the ruin of Indianola, Texus, reads almost like a narrative of ' tiction. We read elsewhere of the destruction of cities and villages by , quakes, but when the sea opens its month and engulfs a city of more than two thousand inhabitants, men may well be astonished. Indianola is the county seat of Calhoun county, Texas, and is situated on the western shore of Matngorda Bay, about 120 miles to the Southwest of Galveston. It is to be made the terminus of the Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific railroad, which is not yet campleted, but is expected to connect with the central roads and citics of the State. The population at the census of 1870 was 2,106. Some idea of the place as a commercial point may be goined froin the shipping reporta, the importe froin foreign conntries in 1873 amounting in value to 872,000, the exports to $56,000. In the same year there entered 242 and cleared 250 vessels, more than half of each clnss being steamers. A regular lino of steamers is run both to Galveston and to Oorpus Christi, and it was thrcmgh the agency of one of these packete that the terrible catastrophe seems to have been discovered. The trade of the city was quite large, and mostly in lumber, hides, cotton, bones and wool. The tion of the town will no doubt prove a heavy blow to the neighboring country, whieh was largely dependent on it for foreign supplies. According to our telegraphic dispatchee, the vessel haa just arrived at Galveston, and her oftïers state that they were compelled to return with the cargo on account of finding no place to land it, and no one to reoeive it ; the consignoes drowned, and the place of consignment swaüowed up by the waves. A sadder picture was aeldom ever presented. The eoast ia said to be covered for miles up and down with the bodies of a whole city's population, and the wrecka of vessels and the debris of dwelliogs, mingled with


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