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TORNADOES OF FIRE SWEEP
OVER HIE COUNTRY.
I "I FTFEN IICNWRED MEN, "WOittEN
AND t'HILDiCEN H1BNKD TO
DEATH IN WISCONSIN.
GREATER LOSS THAN THE CHICAGO
A correspondent of tbo New York
Herald writes from Milwaukic, October
From vari-ma persons who have just
returned from Northern Wisconsin and
Wichen, it now appears the wildwt
rumors and imaginings which have pro
vailed, for days past, have fallen far
short of the actual reality in describing
the loss of life and property in these
devastated regions. The Chairman of
Jleiief Committee sont front this city'
states that on arriving at Dashligo har
bor he found a considerable number uf
those who had fled from the vi lingo,
seven miles up the river, many of whom
were seriously burned, ami all deplorably
destitute. At Peshtigo village, there
remained only a few engaged in search
ing for and burying tile dead. The (irr:
which destroyed Peshtigo occurred on
the evening of the 8t!i instant, and his
tory has never furnished a parallel uf
its .terrible destructivencss. Shortly
after the church going people had
returned from evening service, an omi
nous sound was heard, like the distant
roar of the sea, or of a coming Storni.
This increased in intensity, and sou;i
the inhabitants became alarmed and
apprehensive of coming danger. ]>alls
of fire were observed to f?ll like meteors
in different parts of the tovrn, igniting
whatever they came in contact with.
l>y this time the whole population were
thoroughly aroused and alarmed, and
caught up their children and what
valuables they could hastily seize, and
began to flee to a place of safety. Now a
bright light appeared in the South west
horizon, gradually increasing until the
heavens were aglvw with the light. Uut
a few moments elapsed after this before
the horrible tornado of lire came upon
the people and enveloped them in flames,
smoke, burning saui and cinders.?
Those who had not now reached the
river or some other place of safety were
suffocated and burned to cinders before
they could advance a half dozen *.tcps
The character of the fire was unlike
any described before. It was a flame
fanned by a hurricane and accompanied
with various electrical sparks, while they
saw electrical flames flush in the air and
dunce over the surface of the earth
around them. But the fury of the flash
was past in half an hour, though the
fire routinucd' to burn more or less
during the whole night. The full effects
?.t the storm were not apparent until
day light returned and the survivors
could come forth from their retreat.
A party of 150 fortunately ran toge
ther upon a low meadow below the
bridges, and wero all saved. A family
of five persons saved themselves by
jumping intt a shallow well. Another
lamily of the same number were all suf
focated by a like resort. A large :?um
ber threw themselves into the mill;
pond add sustained themselves by cling
ing to tbe boom and floating logs, at
the same time continually wetting their
heads to prevent them from roasting.?
Many children, hnd some only a iew
months old, were kept iu the water al!
night and yet survived. Many others
were drowned by being trcmplcd on or
thrown Irom logs by c-attlo and horses
that madly rushod into the waters to
escape the flames.
The tornado came from the South
west and swept over a tract of country
eight or ten miles wide and of indefinite
length. Timber in its course was 'felled
by the hurricane and burned by the
Are, and every vestige of fence and
building was swept away, with Iwo or
Sometimes the wiud struck the earth
with such lorcc that the-jjmall uuder
??-'?wth was torn up iu winnows. At
other times it would ukip away from the
earth. The population of Pcshtigo and
vicinity was 2,000, and' fully one-third
ol theso perished that fcarfnl night.?
?iaritjctt, six' miles Eastward, on the J
Meiioroiuec iiiver, is the city of refuge j
ii?r the Peshtiger sufferers, ami the
l?unlap IFotcl has been converted into a i
temporary hospital for over fitly of tho j
ick and burned. Many others are dis
uiimicd among the citizens of tho
village. About fifteen per cent, of them
arc so badly burned that it is impossible
'<? recover. Others will he able to re
turn to business in a month"* time or
less. The burns occurred most fmjnonfc
ly on the feet, and hands and face, and
nearly all suflcr, from the exhalation of
hot sand and cinders, and from the
usual pulmonary complicaltom? of burns.
The editor of the Monounnee Dtrtxld,
just from the scene of the disaster, c?y?
thuton the flat, near the river, the poor
creatures were gathered, mauy of theni
??i disfigured as to bo unrecognizable.?
Hundreds lay in their agony, with per
haps a piece of tent, a few boar is or a
blanket on sticks* as a protection, and
often *eatjrcly unprotected?helpless,
groaning,' miserable human beings?
many.of them ^disfigured for life, and
some dcstiued^'to drag along a few
miserable days or weeks of existence
aud then die.
Twenty oco'persons were burned to,
death by the same tornado of fire the
same night in the little village of Birch
Creek, adjacent. Over 1,500 men, wo
men and children have been burned to
death in Wisconsin alone. Their houses
and firms are, to a large extent, utterly
destroye$'ihe very soil homing- burned
up and destroyed all their autumn and!
root crops. They arc destitute, and will,
require full support till another seasqu.
Seven-Counties in our State are thus in 1
great pare desolated. Whole regions of'
country iu tVcstcrn Michigan arc i;i the
same cuiditiou.'. Fires arc -stili raging
The loss of life in Northern Wisconsin
is more than live times greater than ihat
oi' Chicago by t!.o lite fire and the .suf
fering of survivors destined to; bo ? in-1
finitely greater, from the sparsely settled ;
condition of the coun try" aud its remote*'
uess from populous and wealthy comma- j
nities. The loss of prcjjcrty-there ;an j
only be computed by mrilipns, ombrac-1
ing fanning utensils, htfoscs, barns,
grain, fences, and lumber ofevery kind
iu every state of manufacture.
Peshtigo, Wisconsin, dates, to the'
12th, record the ut'er destruction of the*
town. 400 dead Indies have been rc>.
covered, and it is thought1 that ?UU m**rc
are in-tltc river, where the intense boat;
caused death by itilialaiion, while the
rest of the body was under water. The
velocity of the fire vm so great that nil
escape was impossible. A large uumber i
of the dead were brought to Oc mto for j
burial, as no materials lor eoffius could .
be procured. .
The loss of life on the East shore in
Dover and Kcwanec Counties is appall
ing. All communication is severed,
nud the terrible news comest-lcAvly. At
Pensaukee, twenty-five dwelling* were
burned and several lives lost. The de
struction of hay, farm houses aud fences
in the vicinity is complete.
In Brussels, Dover County, 200 houses,
cnmprisifigjthc Belgian settlement, were
destroyed, audu large number ol persons
arc missing. The p-ople, iu utter
destitution and struck dumb with their
losses, are powerless. Houses, barn*,
farming imph-meuts and cattle all do
stroyed ; road* are-filled with the car
casses ot animals?horses, cattle and
sheep?dying from smoke and heat,
while hunger and starvation o?uht be
endured by the wretched people.
Mere Kaura has been destroyed, and
all its iu habitants are destitute, houseless
and homeless. No particulars have bee)i
> It is reported the wliohr West is-on
fire, from Crcen Bay to.. Mcnemoncc
Dcperc. Wrighttown.sndFort Howard
are threatened. No nrio fell for two
month* until t$*fay, when copious
showers were baia-d with joy.
Great numbers of wotindvd have been
brought to Grfccu Bay. Tho scenes
were appalling. Men aud women .were
partially roasted alive, their eyes burned
out aud their ears burned off.
Advices from Fon de Lac try that re.
ports from rho Northern districts grow
hourly worse. The accounts of suffer
ing arc unparalleled. Clothes, food and
money are greatly needed.
Great tires arc also reported in Cain
met County. Dwellings, barns, hay,
grain uu-j stock have becu destroyed.?
Not a single town in tho County has
, escaped. All crops have been destroyed.
Particulars have not been received.
The settlement, Williamson':; Mill*,
at Sturgeon Bay. has boot, burned, and
sixty lives lost. Bate "vices say that
j the towns of Msrcitta and Marnctti
were partially saved. The heavy rain
which is falling baa nearly extinguished
the fires iu Calumet aud Shceboygai*
Counties. News from Michigan is very
meagre, but most terrible. No details
have come to iiaid, but the total de?
fitruction of a large "naihber of towns is
reported, including Holland,Saugatuck,
Mancstce and others.
*: ;.c Polygamy Trials.
Salt h* KX, October 21.?The poly
gamy trials aro progressing. The *ior
i mons'plead that they had no intention
j of committing crime in plurality of
marriages, and that such intention is
I essential to conviction. They cooii not
[be guilt/ of adultery, becauso they
I married according to the usages of the
\ Mormon Church. A r.amber of addi
i tiouai arrests for lasoiviousncss have
i been made. . . .
j Saj.t ?AKr?/0etobcir22.--The verdifct
in Hawkins's case, charged with adul
tery,, is gatlty. The penalty is from*
throe to twenty years' imprisonment.
'Ihis w considered.a ;test case, and
virtually places, every polygamist at tho
I mercy of the first wife,, who, under the
( act, m the only person who can proceed
A rubber slate proe.il which .bounds
.?nd ?lt>p(M)ot break wnin it falb has bcon
' fiitn luccd into Titusville schools," and
:ha ILnt/'l says an apt pupil can soon
acquire sufficient skill to knock the pupil
put of tho schoolmxHcr's eye iu 'a tont
GEG. E. TAYLOR,
AS REMOVED TTIS OFFICE TO**
y L. I?. L01CBJ<i'S STORE.
l!o i prepared ; to niaka LIBERAL &
ADV "ICES on
consigned throngh hitn either to CHARLESTON
or NEW YORK. Will hold COTTON ??Ions
as desired. When you want
Peruvian Guano or Carolina, Fa-ttli-.cr}
He is the man to buy from. When you havo
COTTON TO CONSIGN,
GIVE AIM A- CALL.
A Cheap rot of
Bagging and Ties,
_ FOR SALE. ALSO
SOUTH CAROLINA HADE BROOMS,
at a low price.
Sept fi _ _ 'Cm
Flowering I'laots, Bulbs, Flower
Seeds, &e.t &c.
mi V BTftA X D 5 v|" tl SKRIES,
J. DA?GAN, Agent,
Sustbb, S. C.
Cnfalogae will bo mailed free to nny persona
desiring 10 purchase. All order*" from tbiscviu
mutiStv should bo handed K< n r.
J. W. r.'AROAJf,
Sept 13?tf,' . At the fotntt.
TUE CITIZEN'S SAVING DANK WILL
ADVANCE TWO-TUIKDS of tho value of
COTTON, to be shipped through tbem either to
Charleston or New York, arid hold tho Cotton as
long as shippers ma} desire.
Apply to J. W. DA ROAN,
By ?eposi?np it in the Savings Rank at Sumtcr.
Now is tho ?imc to pr.'.somo aside for hard times.
Call and get circulnrs, ?fco.
? MOJvET SAVED 13 MONEY 31A DE.
sept is tf
?? * FOR SIGHT IS PRICELESS!!
THE DIAMOND GLASSES, manofaetured
by J. E. SFENCER A CO., New York, which
are now offered to the public, arc pronounced by
sH the eelcbratod Opticians of the world to bo
the most Perfect, Natural Artificial hcly to tho
human eye ever known.
Thoy arc ground under their own supervision,
from minute Crystal Pebbles, melted together,
and (Torive their name. "Diamox:," on account
of thoir b:>rdne?s and brilliancy.
Tho scientific :>rinciplo on which they are con
structed brings tho oore or centre ot tho leus di
rectly in front of tho eye, producing a clear and
d?pier vi ion, as in the neutral, healthy sight,
and preventing all unpleasant sensations, such ns
glimmering and wavering of sight, dissincss, Ac,
peculiar to all others in use.
They are mounted in tho fiao*i rcanuer in
frames- of the h*."t quality, of all tnatcriaU used
for th.it pnrposc. Their finish aud durability
cannot be surpassed.
Cai-ti-s?i\?no geacine nr^rcs bearing their
trade mark stamped oa every frame.
HOYT & FOLSOM,
watchmakers 2t jeweler1 ,
SUMTER, S. C.
Preserve Ycnr Sight!
ann/aetured at Sclwjjkautcn, Switzerland.
Tho superiority of these Greet Eye Preservers
consists 1n tho careful Mathematical Acoarac*
in the construction of tho Lenses, being manu
factured of the Best White Flint Uluss, tho exact
Shslpe of the Er?, Ihne ohviatingfall Glimmering
and Wavcrlrigof tho Sight. Dixxir.ess, nnd ail
tho other Train of Evils produced by tho ass of
Ever* ono whoso sight is f illing understands
its valuo. By buying imperfect spectacles yoa
help to destroy it.
v?tT THE BE87 !
Pity thf SrivttfhxHirn Spectacle* and
preserve ike Eye??icluch arc priceless.
FOR SALE BY
C? T. MASON,
Jane 28 Watchmaker A Jeweler.
E. G. VICKERY,
**" '. . nttxxn a
TORE, RACON, LARD,
AND BULK MEATS,
NOS. 43 *n<S 45 LIGHT STilEET,
Lnr-c A*ortfwrrtt of BRIGHT SMOKED
?EAIS wuoUuiiy on hand. Orders solicited.
? Sept 6 1/
Neatly executed at this Office.
GTJIVS, G?S'S, -
DouMe and Single Harrcl Guns,
Breccblondinj; aad X-'miteloading-Guns,
of English, French and Gfcfman manufacture,
AT ALL PRICES*
Single Guns at $2.50, * ..00 $8.00,
to ?20 each. Dou'.lv --as Om^TM to
Pistols, Pistols, Pistols;
Smith A Wesson, Colt's, Aden's, Sharp's, and
ali tbe popular and approved kinds.
Ammunition for Guns,
Pistols and Rifles.
Sportsman's Goods of
BECT QUALJ.-y AND AT LOVrtSf PRICES.
Country .Merchants and Sport-men are invited
to call and exam in? our l?rge and well selected
ftock of tbo above Goods, wliicfi wo import
diroci and bny from tho manufacturers. We
guarantee quality ettnnl t", and J rices aa low as
i ?ny rcspousiblc bou.<e ia this country.
Ordern hy mail Glied promptly, and sent by
oxfurotiS, C O. D.
POl 1 .TN EY, TRIMBLE & CO.,
200 W. Baltimore Street,
Aug CO?7m EALTIMOUK.'MD.
?OAII WALKER & CO.
Celebrated Clothiers of
Announce tbo introduction of a nlan of ordering
CLOTHING )p UNDERWEAR
to which they c*n ipnnr rnceSal attention.
They orfDsenil on application their improved
RULES FOR SELF-MEASUREMENT,
and a foil line of samples from tWr immenso
stock of O LOT/IS, CASSIMEXES, COAT
INOS.SUIUTINGS, Ac, *o., tana enabling
partial io any part of the country to order their;
Clothing and (Shirts direct from them, With tho
certainty of receiving garment* of
2%? Very Latest Style
And Most Perfect Fit
Oooli (vrdercd will bo soul by Express to any
pnrt of the country.
As is well known throughout the Southern
States they hkvo for FORTY-TIREE YEARS
in all departments of their business, which is a
substantial guarantee as to the character of tbe
(Jood* th*y . il! send onf.
A largo and welt-aborted stock of.
always uti band, together with a full line of
including all i he Litest Novelties in Design, and at
When Goods are, sont per Express C. 0 D.,
there will be no collection charge on amounts of |
$20 and over
Rules for Snlf-Moasuremont, Samples of j
Goods and Price Lift sent/m uti application.
The attcutiiacf tbo Trade is invited to our j
WHOLESALE J>FJ>AltTKXT which is al
ways kept ap to tbo highest standard.
NOAH WALKER A CO.
Manufacturer* and Dealers in Men's and Bays'
Clothing a tu! Fornishiog Gootl?, either ready
ma Je ?>r made to order.
lZoajtd 1G7Baltimore Street,
April 5. ly.
lTpassmo & sons,
lltroKTKkS AUD DK.U.ERS 15
Fancy Goods, Woolens,
Trimmings and Small Wares,
26& W. Haltimore Street,,
t7j7eL1gEIJI>ER & C0.
WaOLKSALS DkALKUS ASD MASCPACTUKERS of
Boots, Shoes and Brogans
NO. 1 a ANOVER STKEET,
First IIoa.?e From Baltimore Street,
PL AN TEES' SUPPLIES,
Furnished at Lowest Market
WILS0ST & SELBY,
No. 17 LIGHT STREET,
_&?p; 20^_? _Im
WS, TEE UNDERSIGNED, HAVI THIS
day formed a Copartnerthip under the
\ name and style of WHILDEN A JONES, for
tbepnrpono ofearryingon th* NAYAL STORES,
COTTON, RICE ASD GENERAL COMMIS
SlOJf BTJSINKSS, heretofore conducted by the
Uute John Marshal!, Jr,
. W. V. WHILDEN,
? D. IT. JONES.
Office Marsbatl's wvmrf, ca/t end Calhoan
Street, Charleston, S. C.
Sept 27- 4t
. Baltimore Advertisements.
Miller's Safe and Iron^Works,
ESTABLISHED IN 1857.
MILLER'S BALTIMORE MADE SAFE?
the boat now in use?watraatedfroc trom
nut, d&mpLeis or decay.
WELDED STEEL AND IRON
Burglar - Proof Bank
Key and Combination
Bank Vaults and Doors.
Sales Rook 265 Baltimore St.
FA C TOR Y?Square hounded by
Henrietta,' Cfartf, Fremont
t and Warner Street?.
SEND FOR ILLUTRATED CATALOGUE.
OVER 12,000 IN USE.
TESTED IJT 200 FIRES.
near refenck s :
Eraser, nayns worths & Cooper, Hoyt A Folsotn,
Snmter, 8. C.
Warth A Worth, Wilm'ngton, No. Ca.
John Agnew A Son, Columbia, 8. C.
National Hank of Cheater, S. C.
Smith A Melton, Chester, 8. C.
900 IN BALTIMORE.
Over 12,000 Safes in Use.
TESTED IN 200 FIRES.
FXRST CLASS GOODS, AT LOW PRICES.
July 26 ly
SCHOOL HISTORIES For Pall 1871
Blackburn & McDonald's
GRAMMAR SCHOOL HIST ORY, U. S.
240 pp. cloth, $1 25.
ILLUS1^ WITH 8 COLORED MAPS.
"Tho gr t desideratum in School Books for
Southern Children is freedom frots partisan pre
judice and political misrepresentations. This
work gires a just account of the late war. It
records facts, and withholds opinions. It tells
the troth, and fosters no bitterness. The stylo
is good; tho sentences are brief and perspieu
cos; the arrangements *ew and attkcativk."
? Iin'tinvre Eftiteopat rthod?t May 27.
THE NEW SCHOOL IIISTORY 0F.THE U.S.
(Formerly known as The Southerner.)
510 pp. CLOTH $1 75.
Illl'stkatxd wttb eight coLoaxo Kirs.
One cr both of these hooks have been adopted
by many of the best Western and Southern
Private Schools, and by the Public Schools of
Mississippi, Maryland and Louisville, Ej.
On receipt of $2 we will mail a copy of both
Foa Sals it au Boersattxna.
WM. J. C. DULANY A CO., Publishers,
Sept A-?m_ BALTIMORE, MD.
ARB SOLD AT THE
SUMTES B00E STORE.
unusually low trices