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A Second Appeal

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(rov. Jerome has issued the follow-" ;peai tothe people of the Unitedj tates, in behalf of the homeless suffer-1 ei-s by the recent flres: To the People of the United State;: On the 12th tost, iu behalf of thJ homeless suiTerers by the late lires in al portion of oor State, I asked the peoplel of this country to contribute to relieve their great disn ce that tiine 1 have visited the lurnt district anti traversed alarge portion thereof - driviirough the ruins. Theknowledge thus obtained satisfies me that former estimates that over two Imndnd persons perinhed in the fires was correct, and that the further estinate that there are fifteen thousand of these sufferers now dependeut uponthe gen rosity of the public was not exaggerated. The flre district covers a territory of ibout eighteen hundied sqi-are miles, about one-half of which escapeil the llames, and the other half is a blackened waste - the destruction of propercy being pretty evenly distributed over he whole territory. This is au agricultural country, with ocjasionalv a village or small business center, Where were flouring-ruill, saw-niills, stores, hurchc?, etc, etc. Many of these places aml their industries were wholly leetroyed, and in the farming por in the track of the lire, nothing is left for man'a use but the land. Barns, 'attle-sheds and structures of i sind that reraain are being utili. ;emporary shelter for the home llospitals for the care of those who suff.r fruía burcs are already establishThey are fairly snpplled with volinteer physiciana nong he lattrr are some good Sisters of ity doing most efficiënt work. 'xri!l '1 condit ons in .vliich tliouiinds are now living wil] ïecessarily incr . and ucM :o the need of medical treatment ind ;rovision for the care of the sick. Food funiished by those whoseB ■homes were spared, and by the peoplew loutside the burned district who werel jon the grouiid before the fires wenM l.'xthiguished, prevented sulïering froml Ihunger, in the main. The want uil :etliling is one cause of real distress. I I Stations for the distribution of sup-B Iplies are established at convenientl Ipoints and are under the supervisión! y icient individuáis and coiamittees M ICareful lists are being prepared byB inal investigation of the loss otl ■each fainily with data showing theiiB ■aecessities. These are to be used tol ■ n.sure judicious distribution of sup-l ■plies. The whole work of those tol Iwhoui contributions bave been entrust-l Bed gives evidence of having been íb-I .lugurated and conducted with care.l 'kill and fldelity. ín this good workl "_ teople of Port Hurón, from theirl [)ioximity to the scène of disaster.werel i :pon the ground, being represent-1 ed by ;i committee composed of somel íeir best citizens, prominent amongl .u traa United States Senator Ornar! D. Conger. liy tlie exertions of this efficiënt or-l ganizatien, aided by the managers oll line Port Huron ft Xorth westen i Kail-i Iroad, with extra trains, relief reachedl Ithe sufferers, before any could cornel Ifrom more remóte points. In conjunc-J Ition with other organizations, the workl Ithus begim is being prosecuted still.l ■Most of the people whose destitutionl lappeals to the benevolence of the pub-l Ilic are purcly agriculturalists. Theyl Iwere in a thiifty condition, consideringl ■the time they had occupied these landsl llnit had no accumulated surplus. Thejj ■are dependent upon the productions of ■their farms for support. There are but ■few, if any, manufacturing industries ■iiear them to give them employment. ■The aid extended to the unfortunate by Ithose whose homes were saved, will Isoon exhaust the surplus of the latter. BWhat the„e people require is aid to ■procure sucli necessities as will enable Ithem to live upon and till their lands. lïhey must have food uiitil the harBvests of 1882 are gathered. Anything ■short of this will fail to accomplish tht undertaKing. The first effect of this disaster was to stupify or paralyze the energies of these people. The prompt aidtind encouragement received have stimulated them to new effortsto helptheruselvt?. With the bare land and their labor only left, they begin to build anew. Already inany are constructing log houses and every available team is being worked with vigor to put in whëat, the seed for wMch is being furnished by the committees. They appreciate their condition, and the necessities for labor.and will gle liard to do their part, as they have the opportunny. I have thought it due to the public who have read the appeals heretofore made, to lay these results of personal inspection before them. The uecessity for continued assistanee to enable the sufferers te go Lhrough the coming winter and to beconie self-sustaining, is in no wise nbated) The well-known generosityoi American peple lias never been iuvoked in a more iueritorious cause. David II. Jekomk, Governor. Executive office. Lansing, Mich, September 19, 1881. ■ The following circular has been isBsued : ■Tu the Kurruen of Micbitran. 8 The terrible tires lately raging in ttSanilae aud Huron cotmti&s have Blurned over halt' a nillion acres of Hlarul, causing great losa of life and B[iroK.'rty. This loss falls chieüy upon Sihe farming community, many of whom Bare entirely destitute. Their support Bdxring the coming winter niay conü■dently be expected from a liberal peoHple, but their future support depends laainly upon tReir fall crops. There is yet time to do this if prompt aclion is taken. The undersigned have been ap poiuted a committee to secure for them their seed grain, and now contidentiyl ask the assistance of tbeir brotheri farmers. Where second-hand harnessesl can be contributed they will be veryl acceptab'.e The railroad agent alyoui! □eareet stution is authorized to receiptl for all contributions, which will bel transporte! f ree of charge. Each con-l tribution will also be acknowledged byl (letter from the eommittee directly t the donor. Upon application to t'nej .-■ for grain may be hadl and we e.iniestly request you to givei of your surplus wtaat you can spare. ïïm. HAJtïSUH1, Chairmau. ,Tno. P. Sakbobn, CHA& A. Wabu, 8 .' -tary. Pokt Hckox, Mich., Sept. 11, 1881. r-i liie American People: Wö have to-night returned from the burnt district of Huron and Sanilat counties. We have seen the barned, disiigurc-d and writhing bodies of men, romeó and children; rough board coflins containing the dead fol!owed to the grave by a few blinded despairinj relatives; crowds of halt' iiaiml pple at some of the statiou asking bread for their fainily and neighbors. Ve lieard of more than 2"" ictims already buril and more charred and bloated bodies daily discovered. Already more tliau 1,500 famiiie.-E;ire found to be utterly destitute and ■pliouseless. They huddle in barns, in ■school houses, in their neighbor's hous■es, scorched, bünded, hopeless. Some Hstill wander half-crazed around the rulins of their habitations, vainly eeking ■their dead. Some in speechless agony ■are wringiqg their hands and ■refuse to be comfortetl. Morï than 10,000 people who, only one week ago, occupied happy, comfortable homes, are to day hou.i homeless suffertrs. They are hungry and almost naked when tound, and iu juch great numbers and so widely scattered that our best effort and great est resources fail to supply their imme diate v;mts. Without speedy aid many will perish and many will suffer and become exiles. Our people will do their utmost for their relief.but all our resources would fail to meet their necessfties. We appeal to the eharity and generosity of the Ameri-I . people. Send help without de-l lay. K.C. CARLEHiN, Mayor o! Port Huron and Cbairinan of tbe Rh I lief ComnniU-e. WM. HABÍ8U7FL JOHN P. PANEORN. CHAS.A. WARD. H I'. CONGER, (HAS. EL FECK. PSTC8 B. SAKBURN. I'ik.-t BBIQAHB Michigan Statu Tboops, r Jackson, Skptkmbke5, lbai. ) General orders u. 6, The inspection of the companies entering for a place in the military reptation of this state at Yorktown en completod by the board uf olüS6T8 appoiuted for that purpose. The findings and recommendations ofl the board are approved and the oom-I pani are announceü usfoi: regiment - Company A, AmJj Arbor, and cornpany Ii, Adrián. iüid regiment- Oompany ]. Graudl Etapids, and company G, lonia. Third regiment - Cornpany D, Bay [City. and company K, Kast Sagiuaw. 'ï'he general commanding congratuiitíá the companies designated upon [the places they have won. At the tame time he enjoins upon them active fcind diliut'iit work froni now on, to the lend that' the Michigan battalion shall lequal any troops on the ground. [ The following extract from the re ■port of the board of officers is publishfcd for the benefit of the entire brigade The board are pli-a .-' ■' lo note the ■general efficiency and zeal of boih oftig nd men;but would recommend la more carefuL study and pracüce ol ■detail of evolution as prescribed by Ithe tactics; particularly as to doublé Irank formations, distances and interiluties ot' guides, and the great reIsponsibilities of lile eloseia, whiebdc ■uot seem to be generally underetood. A ■mure strict observaRCü of ihe lactics ■should bc observed by company com-H ■manders in giving commands. The condition in which the armsB ■were draad in almost eveiy case is un-l ■favorably criticized, and eiills forB ■prompt attention and improvement onH Küic part of company ollicers. J5y command of Bbig.Gjdt. W. II. Withino iok. E. A. SmODEB. Lt. Col. and A. A. G.


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