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ing him squat, the whole followed the example, and sat round him, “ the very picture of despair.” The sensation I felt was, a giddiness and horror at perceiving a small hillock, close to which I was riding (a short distance from the camp), completely agitated, and at the same time my horse plunged, from the ground moving. This was the case also with an officer I was riding with. I have on inquiry ascertained that, many years ago, and in the remembrance of the oldest inhabitants, an undulating motion had been felt before in Kutch ; but never, I hope, will again be attended with such a horrible catastrophe; the distress of which has been so great upon the inhabitants, that I confess I fall short of ability to describe it. Translation of a letter from a respectable native to a correspondent at Baroda, dated 18th June, from Isoria:“I have sent you a letter, and given you an account of every thing that has occurred here. Yesterday, the 9th of Jest. Wud (the 16th of June), in the evening, a noise issued from the earth like the beating of the Nobut, and occasioned the trembling of all the people. It appeared most wonderful, and deprived us all of our senses, so that we could not see; every thing appearing dark before us, a dizziness came upon many people, so that they fell down. The walls of the fort of Isoria, in many places, were completely overturned, and the guns fell from the bastions; the inhabitants ran home to their houses, many of which fell down. For one hour this remained; the
buildings in the town, some fell, and the others appeared as if falling; the walls of the fort that remained after the first shock, appeared in a ruined state. For an hour and a half the inhabitants did not know each other; after that time all was hush and still, and we then returned to our houses; at night a trembling seized our bodies, and on Wednesday morning some horsemen who arrived, came to me and reported, that in the fields the earth opened and threw up water; to see which I went there, and such was the case, and the water came up from the earth in many places, and it appeared like the rushing of water when drawn from a well; it remained all night in the fields, and in three or four places the earth had given way, and sunk 100 feet in depth, which space was filled with water. Many of the wells, which had before this plenty of water, were left empty;
and many pools, that formerly
were dry, were now filled with water. The like of this was never heard or seen before. When I returned into the town, the inhabitants reported to me, that during my absence the earth again was shaken; and when I was washing my body afterwards, I felt two or three violent shocks again, and the house I was in was much shaken. . After this, people did not seem willing to remain in the town; I therefore left it, and encamped one coss off. I received accounts from Nowanuggar, that the forts of Balumbo and Amraw have fallen down, and some peeple had died, as had likewise some cattle. The same has occurred at Junkaria.
- I have
I have received the news from the country round for 16 coss; and beyond the Run, at Joo-nah Bunder, the same has also happened. “This is the wonderful decree of Almighty God, which I do not understand. For your information I have written this small account; all that has occurred it is impossible to describe. To-day, between twelve and two o'clock, the same has happened. On Wednesday night, some people assert, that the earth was again shaken. I have this moment received accounts from Moorvee, that the same has occurred there; that some of the houses and part of the walls of the fort have fallen,
and the people suffered great
losses. I do not know to what extent damage has been done.” Camp near Bhooj, June 17. We are at present in a shocking state of alarm. Last evening, between six and seven o'clock, we were visited by a dreadful earthquake. The wall that surrounded Bhooj is almost levelled with the ground, and the few towers which are left standing are merely broken remains; the houses generally unroofed, others in ruins, and most of the large buildings, including the palace, greatly injured; the wall of the Hill-fort is down in many places, and there is a complete breach near the gateway. The right of our camp rests a short distance on the left of the latter, fronting the town, and extends along the bottom of the hill to a little beyond the large tower on the south-west point. I am happy to say, that we have had none materially hurt, four Sepoys only bruised, who were on duty
in the town; but I fear that a great many casualties have occurred among the poor natives; some hundreds are said to have lost their lives. There is at present so much confusion, that the mumbers cannot be ascertained. We had several shocks during the night, and they have continued at intervals this day; the last one about two hours ago, when I could scarcely keep upon my legs; the sensation is horrible while it lasts. They have suffered, we understand, in the same way at Anjar. P. S.—Three, p. m. There is a slight shock at this moment. I trust in God they will cease altogether. Ertract of a Letter from a Correspondent at Baroda, dated June 26. – On the 16th, about seven o'clock, p.m. the whole of the city and around it were
thrown into the greatest conster
nation, by a very severe shock of an earthquake, which continued without intermission between two and three minutes. I was at a friend's at the time; we were sitting in his upper bungaloe, which rocked so violently, I really thought it would have fallen before we could get below stairs. The next morning, about eleven o'clock, we experienced another, though slighter, convulsion. On the 18th we felt two more, one at eleven, a. m., and the other at twelve at night: and on
the 20th we also had two more
shocks: God knows if it is yet all over. It appears to be going from the south to north. At Pal
lampore it was accompanied by a
noise in the earth just like thun
Its ravages at Ahmedabad have been considerable. The two large Minarets near the Jumah Museed in that city, are overthrown. One of the gates in the town has fallen down, and nearly 300 houses. The fort of Rampoor, near Pullgarde, is nearly demolished.
Extract of a Letter from Anjar, dated June 17.—It is with sincere regret that I have to inform you, that this place was visited by an earthquake yesterday evening, at ten minutes before seven o'clock. The effects of the shock, which lasted nearly two minutes, have been the levelling of the fort wall to the ground; not 100 yards of the wall remain in any one spot; and guns, towers, &c. all hurled in one mass of ruin.
The destruction of the town has been distressing and awful; not a quarter of the houses are standing, and those that do remain are all in ruins. I cannot
et state the particulars of the
osses; but I may in one word say, that a flourishing population has been reduced, in one moment, to wretchedness and misery. I fear we shall have to lament the loss of upwards of 100 people, besides those hurt.
Stockholm, July 9–4. The 5th of June was a dreadful day for Jonkoppings Lau, and especially for Bryarums Soeken, belonging to the parish of Tofferyd. It is the custom there to cut down trees, to let them lie on the ground to dry, put fire to them, and burn the ashes for manure. Some negligence had taken place in performing the operation, and the long-continued drought, and a high wind, occasioned the fire
to spread, till at length all the forests were in flames. Though the inhabitants of several districts assembled, and exerted themselves with the most desperate courage to stop the progress of the conflagration, the several forests, and a great quantity of corn, were burned, and the churches and several places were threatened with destruction. It is impossible to picture the misery and injury caused by this event. Two entire farms, with the implements of husbandry, &c. were destroyed. The value of the fo– rests reduced to ashes is estimated at 90,000 dollars banco, and that of moveable effects at 4,500 dollars.” Paris, July 8.-The extraordinary föte, which was some time announced, at Tivoli, took place on Monday night, and has been signalized by a frightful catastrophe. Among the numerous entertainments which had been promised to the public was, the ascent of Madame Blanchard in a luminous balloon, ornamented with artificial fire-works. Accordingly, at halfpast ten o'clock, this intrepid aeronaut, dressed in white, having also a white hat with feathers, entered the boat. The signal being given, the balloon rose gently, but by throwin out ballast, Madame Blanchar caused it to ascend more rapidly. The Bengal fire-pots illuminated this brilliant ascent. The aeronaut waved her flag; and the air resounded with acclamations. Suddenly the balloon entered a light cloud, which completely extinguished the fire-pots. Ma-o dame Blanchard then ignited the artificial fire-works, which pro
duced the effect expected, when some of the flying fusees were seen to direct themselves perpendicularly towards the balloon, and the fire communicated with its base. A frightful brilliancy instantly struck terror into all the spectators, leaving no doubt of the deplorable fate of the aeronaut. It is impossible to paint what passed at this moment at Tivoli. Cries of agony burst forth in every direction; a great number of females suffered violent nervous attacks; and consternation was painted upon the countenance of every one. The gendarmes instantly galloped towards the place where it was presumed she would fall, and the lifeless body of Madame Blanchard was, in a quarter of an hour, conveyed to Tivoli. She fell from a height of more than 400 feet, in the rue de Provence; the body was still in the boat, being caught in the cords by which it was attached to the balloon. . We need hardly add, that at the general command all the amusements ceased, and that no more fire-works were played off. A collection was instantly opened in favour of Madame Blanchard's family. The unfortunate woman was about 45 years of age. 9. The number of suicides attempted or executed in Paris during the months of January, February, March, and April last, amounts to 124, of which 33 were by females. Among them were 64 unmarried, and 60 married men or women. The greater part terminated their lives by means of fire-arms, charcoal va
pour, or by drowning; among the latter there were 46. Of the entire , number, 53 destroyed themselves from a disgust of life; the remainder, in consequence of derangement in their affairs, misconduct, play, and debauchery. Comparing this period in the present year with the corresponding period of the last year, there appears an increase in the present year of 41 deaths. Lausanne, July 9. —The Federal Diet was opened at Lucerne on the 5th instant. The different legations attended divine service, each in the church of its own confession. They proceeded then to the hotel of his excellency the president, near the church of the Jesuits. After the deputies, in the presence of the foreign ministers, had implored the blessing of heaven on their future labours, the president addressed to them a discourse full of eloquence and patriotism. The different deputations then took the federal oath. They then proceeded to the hall of the Diet, which was solemnly opened by a second speech, in which the president, after drawing a picture of the present state of the confederation, both in its external and internal relations, pointed out the objects which would afterwards occupy the attention of the assembly. The deputies of every canton then communicated individually to the Diet the wishes and sentiments of their high constituents. 10. Yesterday morning, about three o'clock, the gaoler of the Borough counter was alarmed by a knocking at the gate of that prison, upon opening which he - WaS was told by a neighbour, that a
risoner, heavily ironed, had fallen
rom the top of the prison and broken both his legs. Upon going to the spot where the unfortunate person lay, the gaoler. found that he was no other than Williams, whose desperate attempt to get away when pursued for robbery, was frustrated by the spirit and sagacity of a Newfoundland dog, that leaped into the river after him. The greatest surprise seized all the persons connected with the prison, the security of which, particularly in the place where. Williams was confined, was considered the very strongest. Williams was carried in agony to Guy's hospital. Al
derman Joshua Jonathan Smith
found, upon examining the prisoner and the gaolers, that the prisoner had been locked up at the usual hour the night before; that the prisoner had contrived to remove the iron bar which was fastened across the hole through which light and air were admitted, and got over a number of spikes, supposed to be impassable to any animal above the size of a cat; that he then contrived to reach the top of the prison, and tied a rope, which he had made of the matting on which he used to sleep, round the chimney, and was letting himself down, when the rope broke, and he was dashed to the ground. 10. Union Bridge on the Tweed. -The foundation of a suspension bridge over the Tweed was laid on Monday se’nnight by Wm. Molle, esq. of Mains, Chairman of the Meeting of the Commissioners of the Berwick-road trust. A bottle, containing the
coins of the present reign, and a Berwick newspaper, were deposited in a cavity of the stone. An inscription on a copper-plate includes the name of Mr. Molle and the date of the foundation, it also records the name of the inventor and contractor, Capt. S. Brown, R. N. The Chairman addressed the Meeting, and in the course of his speech he made the following important observations on the nature of the intended structure and its comparative cheapness :—“ I consider this species of bridge to be the commencement of a new era in the progress and improvement of the arts. The substitution of iron in place of wood, in various arts, has been deemed a capital improvement, but it was reserved to the present ingenious inventor of the iron-bar bridge of suspension, to be the first to apply bars to the construction of works of this nature; and, if the present attempt should succeed, I may venture to predict, that bridges of this kind will become general throughout the kingdom, for they can be erected in a shorter time and at a much less expense. A stone bridge would have cost at this place near 20,000l.; whereas our present bridge (the span of which will be about 430 feet), is only to cost 4,900l., not a fourth of the expense of the other.” 13. Explosion of a Steam Boat. —A serious accident of this nature happened on Monday se’nnight at Grangemouth. The steam-boat Stirling, Captain Sutherland, having undergone some repairs, was preparing to start from the harbour for Newhaven, when, in consequence of the safety