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VOL. I.
CALDWELL, IDAHO TERRITORY, SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 1884.
NO. 7.
The Caldwell Tribune
Is Published Every Saturday at
Caldwell, Idaho Territory.
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ildwell, and will attend promptly to all
calls, day or night, In his profession. I also
have a good assortment of drugs and patent
medicines at Danielson's store.
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Physician and Surgeon,
CALDWELL, IDAHO.
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Real Estate Transfers made on reasonable
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NEWS OF THE WEEK
GENERAL.
The Chinese fear that the French are
entertaining designs upon Canton, and the
people'are very uneasy. Hai Phong reports
say that Admiral Courbet would advance
upon Bacnlnh without awaiting reinforce
ments.
The French government, it is report
ed,"has been assured that England has urged
China to accept the accomplished facts and
arrange terms of peace with France.
It is stated that the Egyptian govern
ment has given orders to evacuate Khar
toum. The guns will be spiked and the
powder destroyed. It is believed that all
efforts will now be concentrated in the de
fense of Massa wall and Suakim.
The Paris Figaro asserts that direct
negotiatiations between China and France
will he resumed on a basis on the new fron
tier of Tonquin and the amnesty of the
Black Flags. China will also guarantee the
free navigation of the Song Noi river to Lao
Kay.
• The whiskey men of Louisville have
sent out a circular asking constituents to im
press their representatives in congress on
the necessity of pressing the hill which pro
vides for the extension of the bonded period
of two years on the present stock of
whiskies.
A vacancy will soon occur in the
grade of brigadier-generals by the retire
ment of Wesley Merritt, superintendent of
the West Point Academy. Col. D. S. Stan
ley of the Twenty-second infantry, is prora
Inently mentioned as likely to receive
promotion.
The Newark canal and j; Passaic and
Hackensack rivers are being dragged for
the body of Chas. Delmonlco, who has
been missing for more than a week.
The United States treasury gives no
tice that the principal and accrued interest
on $10,000,0(10 three per cent, bonds, issued
under the act approved July 12th, 1882,
will be paid ou the 15th of March, 1884.
The interest will cease on that day.
UK 0 f u u kcs, in Pennsylvania, is now in
The trial of James Nutt for the kill
progress at Pittsburg, having commenced
on the 14th.
The rush to the Guyotoa mines in
Arizona is unabated. Water is scarce and
selling at a dollar a barrel. Many new dis
coveries are reported, and the excitement
ts so great that the reports are not consid
ered reliable.
The powder magazine of the Corn
wall ore hills exploded at Lebanon, Pa.*
and a workman named Posey was blown to
atoms.
Reports from twenty-seven leading
clearing houses of tbe United States for tbe
week ended on the 12th, gives the total
clearances at $19,446,277.57, being an in
caease of 4.6 per cent, as compared with the
same period last year.
I seven construction trains will be put in
j operation over the Canada Southern division
' of the Michigan Central railroad for the pur
pose of double-tracking the line during the
ensuing year.
I S. A. Bridges died at Allentown, Pa.,
j on the 13tli, of dropsy, tiged 82. Ho was a
! member of congress from thcTenth district,
I during the years 1848 to 1855. anil 1876 to
1878.
Henry B. Payne was electeil United
States senator from Ohio without opposi
tion from the republicans, both houses vot
ing blank.
Application will be made to ( Canadian
parliament for an act to Incorporate a com
pany to construct a tunnel under the St.
Clair river, for railway purposes, from
•Sarltia to Port Huron.
The Baptist church at Port Norris,
N. J., burned. Two hundred children
were attending Sunday school at the time,
but were removed unharmed.
j : It is rtnnored on 'change in New
1 York that several large grain houses are In
a shaky condition, one of the principal ones
only putting up half margins.
At the republican caucus of tbe Iowa
legislature Senator Allison was renominated
for United States senator by acclamation.
Every republican member in the legislature
was present, and the nomination was made
amid great cnthusiasnl by a rising vote, and
i every one of the ninety-one members rose
, and voted In the affirmative. Prolonged and
repeated cheers greeted the result.
The statue to the late Senator Mor
ton was unveiled at Indianapolis on the 15th.
Senator Allison was renominated by
acclamation by the Iowa republicans.
The bill for an immediate appropria
; lion for Mississippi river Improvement gave
J rise to a heated discussion In the house.
j 4Fourteen people were injured on the
j Texas Pacific, near Weatherford Texas,
! caused by a broken rail.
! A consolidation will in all probability
be formally effected by the Hannibal and
Council Bluffs roads with tbe Burlington, ut
a meeting (or that purpose early in Febru
ary.
The Indiana republican state commit
tee has Issued a call fora contention to nom- 1
inatc candidates for state offices June 19th.
The state convention to elect delegatcs-at
large to the republican national convention |
will be held here June 17th. i
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In the case of a man injured while )
traveling on a railroad on Sundav, the court
at „ostou ia * tructcd the jury that tbo plaiu . ,
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tiff could not recover unless he should be
traveling on a mission of necessity orcharity*
Invitations have been sont out to all
i libera; members of commons, requesting
j their attendance at the opening of parlia
( ment, on the 5th of February.
A young man in jail at Anderson,
I Ind.. confined on the charge of bastardy,
nearly succeeded in killing his prosecutor,
.iThe plea of emotional insanity has
been entered by the defense in the Nutt
trial.
No action will he taken on the hills
relating to the Hennepin canal project until
printed reports of the engineer 'are re
ceived
A joint republican caucus of senators
and representatives was held to appoint
congressional campaign committee. More
than 125 members of congress were present.
Senator Edmunds presided. Senator Mil
ler, of Pennsylvania, was chosen secretary.
In taking the chair Senator Edmunds said
the outlook for the republican party for
1884 was at this early period of the cam
paign better titan at any time for the past
fifteen years.
The message of Governor Hale, of
Wyoming, compliments the people on their
prosperity, and predicts a great future.
He reviews the mineral and agricultural re
sources and advises a radical change in the
veterinary laws, in orderte prevent the In
troduction of contagious diseases among
horses.
received a
Pittsburg glass workers
proposition from Toledo capitalists to go to
that place, build a warehouse, and take a
large Interestin the concern.
The Bartholdi pedestal committee
announce the Travelers' Insurance com
pany, of Hartford, has subscribed $1,700
to the fund. A special engraving of the
statue complete will be prepared for the
American press.
CRIME.
A plot to burn the Forster grammar
school, at Somerville, Mass., was prevented
by the janitor extinguishing the fiâmes.
Several hundred children were in the build
ing at the time. The miscreant is unknown.
George Layhon and Lawrence May,
arrested for the murder of August Deltz,
at Rockway, N. J., August 11th. were found
guilty of manslaughter with recommenda
tions (or mercy,
INear the Colorado river, on the 12th,
the San Angelo stage, south-bound, was
halted by four mounted men, who robbed
tbe mail sacks and passengers, and then de
layed the coach until the arrival of the
north-bound stage, which was also plun
dered of a large quantity of registered mat
ter south-bound. It is believed that the
road agents made a heavy haul.
On the 13th, iu Alexandria, Ky., Miss
Weaver, affianced of Ed. Beicri went to
church with Nicholas Blehl. Beier became
so enraged that he went to the house of Miss
Weaver and demanded his presents. Be
ing refused, he put a pistol to Miss Weaver's
head and snapped it twice without shooting.
He then went to the back door and shot
himself twice, one of the halls penetrating
the heart.
John Flemming and Fred F. Loring,
of Chicago, convicted before Judge Blod
gett, of the United States district court, of
carrying on an extensive grain swindle under
the firm name of Fleming and Merriam, were
sentenced to twelve months in the county
jail and pay a fine $500. A writ of error was
granted in the case, however, by Judge
Drummond, of the circuit court, and the
prisoners released on $1,000 bail.
The case of Frank James, for the
Blue Cut train robbery was called In the
criminal court at Kansas City on the 14th,
and continued till Febuaryll, on account
of illness of the defendant. The ease of
Charles Ford on tbe same charge, was also
continued to February 11, It appears that
Ford Is at St. Louis, too 111 to attend.
John Elfers, who killed Bon. Hag
garty, because ho would not pay him four
bits, was hanged at San Franclcco On the
15th. '
John Kippe, a grain buyer at New
Alhla, Iowa, hung himself In his ware
house. He was aged 30 year.3. Whisky
and a love affair are supposed to have been
the cause.
While resisting arrest, W. A. Alex
ander, a cowboy and noted desperado, was
shot and killed on the reservation at Reno,
Colorado, by a detachment of soldiers. One
soldier was killed and two wounded.
Tommy G. Walker, aged 14, was
arrested at Boston for setting fire to a school
building. He had a mania for setting fires.
The dead body of Amelia Disen, 17
years old, was discovered on the open
prairie near the northwestern outskirts of
Chicago. The deceased was employed as a
domestic, and met her death while return
ing home after nightfall from her place of
work. There were evidences that she had
met with violence, and tbe belief Is enter
tained that she was choked and left insensi
ble, and died from the effect of her rough
usage, or that combined with the exposure
of the cold night. The locality through
which the girl passed is infested with a
rough class.
WASHINGTON.
The senate committee on foreign
relations, at a meeting on the 12lh, took
up a bill prepared by the Pacific coast del
égalions, Introduced in the senate by Senator
Miller (Cal.,) amending the Chinese Immi
gration act of the last congress. The dis
«»ssion was long and the hill was finallj
referred to a sub-committee consisting of
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debs Jgavc warrrot to the opinion that
measure for the purpose of correcting
the defects of the present law. and the pro-(
j bibitionof the importation
ers will be reported by the committee.
A call for $10,000,000 three per cent,
bonds was issued on the 12th.
An influential committee of local
lawyers waited on the president to urge the
re-appointment of District Attorney Cork
hill.
of ( hlnese labor
Sonor Romero, the Mexican minister,
paid on the 14th the eighth installment of
the indemnity due January 31. 1884. from
Mexico to the United States.
Follett, who will have charge of the
pension bill when it reaches the house, is
strongly in favor of abolishing entirely the
pension agency business.
Senator Beck has introduced . in the
senate a hill Identical with WtIUs' house hill
extending for two years the bonded period
on distilled spirits. Also a hill to provide
an act empowering the secretary of the
treasury to use the surplus In the treasury
for the ledempllon of United States bonds,
hut not to be construed to authorize him to
pay a premlum therefor.
In response to the house resolution
the secretary of the treasury has addressed
a letter to that body staling that the em
ployes from Indiana in his department t£
celved an assessment circular from the In
diana republican state central committee,
but he was unable to discover the person
who distributed them.
The live stock dealers, through Rep
resentative Hatch, submitted to the house a
petition asking for legislation to stamp out
pleuro-pueumonla by slaughtering all In
fected cattle and that government inspec
tion he made of all export meats at the ex
pense of the importer.
At a meeting of the house committee
on public lands consideration was given the
arguments of Pryor in favor of the Texas
Pacific land grant to the Southern Pacific.
The suh-commlttec in charge of the forfeit
ure of land grants to railroads directed the
report of a hill declaring the land grant for
feited .
The committee of ways and means
has decided not to act for the present on
Townshcnd's hill for the restriction of Im
portation of goods from governments which
prohibit the imports of American goods
It Is thought that the mere introduction
of the raeasuremlght have the desired ef
fect.
At a mooting of the senate committee
on public lands, Senator Van Wyck's bill
(or the relief of settlers on the public do
main in Nebraska and Kansas was ordered
reported favorably. It provides (or the pay
ment of $2.60 per acre to persons who took
up lands under the homestead or pre
emption laws within the limits of the North
ern Kansas land grant. With this sum, the
claimant Is expected to extinguish the title
of tbe company. Two hundred thousand
dollars was appropriated.
Robert Murray, nominated as sur
geon-general of the navy, has been con
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a majority of the Spanish republicans I am |
favorable to free trade as a means of im
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provl ig our relations with England, I ranee ;
and the United.States.
firmed.
The house committee on elections
has decided that the scat neither belongs to
Chalmers nor Manning on prima facie evi
dence.
The bill prepared by the cattlemen
for the extirpation of tbe lung plague was
submitted for consideration to the foil ow
ing members of the house commltt ee on
agriculture; Hatch, Debrell, Wlnans, Cul
len, Wilson and Ochiltree.
Senator Edmunds was present at the
meeting of the senate committee on post
offices and post roads, and gave his views
upon the points involved in the considera
tion of the postal telegraph bill, and enter
tained no doubt of the constitutional right
of the government to build telegraph lines,
but strongly opposed the purchase of exist
ing lines. The committee authorized the
chairman to fix an early day for persons
who represented the telegraph Interests to
be heard.
OTho senate session rejected the Mex
ican treaty. A motion was made to recon
sider, pending which the senate adjourned
until Monday. Beyond these facts the re
ports In regard to the matter are contradic
tory.
Senate confirmations : Elias Skinner,
Hanson, lewa; Commodore
postmaster,
Robert W. Slinfeldt, Alexandere. RUind,
and Thos. Pattison. rear admirals .
I The house committee on private laud
claims has unanimously agreed to report
favorably the bill for the relief of Myra
CIrrk Gaines. It provides for the issue of
patents for 38,457 acres of land on account
of grants made by Spain to John Lynd and
Thos. W. Quhart, provided that no mineral
lands are Included.
FOREIGN.
FRANCE.
Prime Minister Ferry received a
telegram from Tricon, French diplomatic
representative in Annam, in which he says:
"The king and members of the council ex
ercising regency formally received me to
day in a ceremony without precedent. It
was conducted with oriental pomp. After
salutations were exchanged the kingjrcqucst
cd me to approach, as he desired me to con
vey to the French government the assurance
of his respect and devotion. He expressed
the hope that the severity of the treaty stipu
lation between the two countries would be
mitigated. I assured the king of our sym
pathy and good will."
ENGLAND.
Castelar, in an interview, said :
'Like
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lional friends. The English-speaking race
on both sides of the Atlantic have no better
friend than myself, even though I some
times have dissented from their foreign
policy. ' '
CHINA AND FRANCK.
A letter from Canton, dated Decem
her 5th, says that Chinais determined to
fight, and war can only be avoided by Franco
hacking clear down. France made an awful
muddle of the whole affair by not acting
with force at the first. Chinese troops arc
pouring in from the north and being raised
at Canton. The feeling Is that the Chinese
must rise up as one man and crush the pride
of the French, which they pronounce the
most trouolesnme nation that ever existed.
CONGRESSIONAL.
Senate —Monday, January 14.
senate proceeded to the election of president
f tro tem. and elected Senator Anthony, who,
n a few fitting words and with much feel
ing, declined the honor, owing to 111 health.
The question then arose whether the d( clj
nation of Anthony retained Edmunds as
president pro tempore w ithout further ac
tion, and after a debate It was decided to
avoid all doubt by a new election.
The following resolution was offered by Mr.
Sherman and agreed to: "Resolved, That
the secretary of the sennte inform the Vres
Ident of the United States and the bouse of
representatives that the senate has chosen
Hon. George F. Edmunds, senator from
Vermont, president pro tem. of the sen
ate." Senator Hill spoke on his postal tel
egraph hill. At the conclusion of Hill's
speech, messages from the president were
read transmitting the communications of the
secretary of the Interior submitting esti
mates from certain freedmett for lands of
the Oklahoma district, for the relief of the
mission Indians of California, and estimates
for $3,000 for (he survey of lands purchased
from the Creek Indians'for the Semlnoles.
-The
House.—B ills wore introduced : By
Mr. Belford, for the public welfare by se
curing reasonable rates of transportation on
railroads, aided by the Issue of United
States bonds. By Mr. Pusey, authorizing a
bridge across the Missouri river between
Council Bluffs and Omaha. By Mr. Wlnans,
to regulate transportation rates on railroads.
By Mr. Morgan, to abolish postage on
newspapers. By Mr. Flncrty, to reorgan
ize .he infantry regiments of the United
States; also to regulate promotion and in
crease the efficiency of the army. Mr.
Dunham, for the establishment of a de
partment of commerce; also, to authorize
he secretary of the treasury to
Issue 2'« per cent, fortv-years bonds.
By Mr. Ferrell, to protect American labor
from the effect of the Importation of foreign
labor in the contract system. By Mr.
Throckmorton, to appoint a delegate to
house of representatives from the Indian
territory. By Mr. Shaw, to repeal the civil
service act.
Senate— Tuesday, January 15 —Van
Wyck introduced a bill providing that rates
for the Union and Central Pacific roads be
reduced one-half the average rales existing
in 1882 and 1883, without regard to classifi
cation. Referred. A petition from the
citizens of Kansas was presented (or a con
stitutional amendment on woman suffrage;
also a petition from the citizens of Minneso
ta, praying that colonies of families be
allowed to lay out villages
public lands, in order Jo estab
lish co-operative Industrial societies.
Mr. Anthony's resolution offered some days
.ago regarding retaliatory legislation in the
United States to meet the exclusion of
American meats by foreign countries, was
brought up.
plred, the u
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The morning hour having ex
Aftcr exeett
matter went over
House.—M r. Cobb, chairman of the
committee on public lands, reported a bill
declaring forteited certain grants of lands
made in certain states to aid
the construction of railroads,
ferred
Mr. King, chairman of the 'committee on
Mississippi levees, reported a bill to close
the gap of levees on tnc Mississippi river
and the improvement of navigation. It ap
propriates $1,000,000 to be expended in ac
cordance with tbe Mississippi river commis
sion. Referred to the committee on the
whole. Ms. Townsend introduced a bill
authorizing the president during a recess of
congress to prohibit any imports Injurious
to public health from countries which, on
the same ground, prohibit the importa
tion of American goods. Referred.
Mr. Wells chairman, of the committee on
rivers and harbors, reported a bill appropri
ating $1.000,000 for continuing the im
provement of tbe Mississippi
l erred to the committee of th
house then went into committee of the
whole (Cox, of Now' York, in the chair) for
Us consideration. Without action the com
mittee arose and the house adjourned
Further debate of the subject in the com
mittee will be limited to thirty minutes
4Senate.— Wednesday, Jan. 16.— The
senate, after slight amendment, adopted
the rules. Mr. Hoar called up his bill pro
vidlngfor the counting of the electoral vote,
being tbe same as the bill that passed the
senate of the Forty-seventh congress.
Mr. Miller (New' York) presented a
memorial from the committee of the na
tional stock convention, at Chicago, on the
subjectof European discrimination against
American cattle and meats, in connection
with the memorial, Miller presented
a bill which, he said, contained
the views of the cattle breeders' convention.
Mr. Plumb. by request, submitted a )< iat
resolution proposing an amendment to the
constitution prohibiting the manufacture
and sale of intoxicating liquors in theUnited
States. Referred. Mr. Beck submitted,
in order to be printed for consideration at
the proper time, an amendment to the reso
lution by At thony relating to European ex
clusion of American meat.
House.—M r. Hatch, chairman of the
committee on agriculture, reported a reso
lution requesting the president to transmit
to the house the correspondence had by the
state department with all foreign govern
ments on th« subject of the importation of
American bogs to their country. Mr. Nut
ting introduced a bill authorizing the con
struction of a ship canal around Niagara
(alls. Referred. Mr. Lamb, of the com
mittee on foreign affairs, reported a resolu
tion calling upon the secretary of state for
Information concerning the alleged arrest,
imprisonment and torture of E wheelock, a
citizen of the United States, by the govern
ment of Venezuela, In 1879. Adopted.
Mr. Cosgrove, from the committee on
postoffiees and post roads, reported a bill
to provide for a more speedy delivery of
letters from delivery offices. Placed upon
the bouse calendar.' The house went into
committee of the whole, (C'ox. of New
York, In the chair ) on the senate bill ap
propriating $1,U0",000 for continuing the
work on the Mississippi river, and without
action adjourned.
Senate. —Thursday, January 17.—
The chair laid before the senate a memorial
rom " m. Pitt Kellogg, denying all impu
talions against him contained in the recent
documents transmitted to the senate by the
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to committee of the whole.
1 river. Re
e whole. The
UUUUUICUia UailDUilllGU IW tut nenmo O» mu
secretary of the interior relating to the '
transferor the land grant of the Texas and
Pacific to the Southern Pacific, and asking
for an investigation. Van Wyck introduced
a bill to secure reasonable rates of trans
portation over the railroads aided by the
government. He said he introduced it as a
substitute for a similar one, which only cov
ered the Union and Central Pacific.
House.—T he senate bill appropriat
ing $1,000.000 for the improvement of the
Mississippi river was passed; yeas, 215;
nays, 84. The house bill of similar title and
import was laid upon the table. The bill
enabling the United States courts to nullify
patents fraudulently secured was passed.
The bill making all public roads and high
ways post routes, was also passed. Mr.
Springer, chairman of the committee on ex
penditures for the department of Justice,
reported back the resolution calling upon
the postmaster-general for the correspond
ence concerning frauds in star-routes.
Adopted. •
Senate.—F riday January 18.—The
chair laid before the senate a message from
the president transmitting for consideration
of congress communications from the
rctarles of war and navy on flic subject of
relief for the expedition of the Greely party,
and recommending Immediate action, as the
situation of the party Is most perilous; also
the correspondence relating to the execu
tion of the Chinese exclusion act. asked for
by the senate. Mr. Miller (Cal.), from the
committee on foreign relations, reported
favorably the bill for a supplemental com
mercial treaty with China, prohibiting tbe
importation and exportation of opium.
House.— Mr. Brumm offered a réso
lution. which was referred to the committee
on foreign affairs, instructing the committee
to make inquiry whether any foreign minis
ter accredited to Hie United Slates and en
deavored to nullify tbe effects of the unan
imous resolution of the house
by representatives reflecting upon
the honor and Integrity of its members.
The house then went into committee of the
whole on the private calendar, Mr. Springer
in the chair, the first hill being the relief of
Fits John Porter. Speeches were made on
both sides of tbe question, but, without ac
tion, the house adjourned.
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DISASTER AT SEA.
The si mi
ir City
ih » Ledge at Devil*« Bridge—Over One
Hundred Live« Frobubly Lent.
►f Coin mbit« Strike«
Boston, January 18.- F. W. Nicker
son A Son, agents of the Savannah steam
ship line, received the following dispatch:
New Bedford, Mass., January 18.—To
E. W. Nickerson & .Son:—The steamer City
of Columbus Is ashore on Devil's Bridge,
Gay Head, and is fast hroakli g up. About
a hundred lives arc lost. Will leave on tbe
early train in the morning. 1 was saved bjr
the cutter Dexter.
(Signed)
The City of Columbus left Boston at 3 p.
m. on the 17th (Thursday), carrying eighty
passengers and a crew of 450. At 3:45 a. m.
on Friday, at Gay Head light, she was bear
ing south, half east. The vessel struck on
the outside of t .e Devil's Bridge buoy.
The wind was blowing a gale west by north.
The vessel immediately filled and keeled
over, the water breaking in and flooding the
port side saloon. All the passengers, ex
cepting a few women and children, came on
deck, nearly all wearing life preservers. All
the boats were cleared away, but wore im
mediately swamped. A majority of the
passengers were washed overboard. Seven
passengers left the vessel on tbe life raft,
S. E. Wright, Master.
and about more rigging.
10:20 a. ra. the Gay Head life boat put off
and took seven persons. Another life boat,
put off between 12 and 1 o'clock, and the
along
The
revenue cutter, Dexter, came
about 2:30 and sent off two boats,
ledges on which the City of Columbus struck
are considered by manners one of the most
dangerous points on the coast. The ledges
consist of a formation of submerged rocks.
constituting a double ledge or outer strata,
which is called the "Devil's Back," both
ledges being called the "Devil's Bridge."
These ledges are abreast of Gay Headlight
on the mainland and extend a little south
ward of it. The outer ledge of Devil's
Back is about eight miles from tbe mainland
on either side at the outer ledge Is very deep
water. The upper part of the ledge is
formed like the gable of a bouse, so that a
vessel striking it diagonally would naturally
keel over onto her beam ends. Tbe course
of vessels going around Gay Head is to pass
by the outer ledge on the south.
The total number of persons saved is two
hundred and thirty, and five dead bodies
were recovered, and one hundred and nine
teen souls were unaccounted for.
John r L. Cook, one of the passengers
sayed, relates a heart-rending scene; John
Roach, a coal passer, dangled from the
main mast for two hours with his hands and
At length his
legs about the main stay,
struggles grew feebler, until he dropped
into the »ea. A passenger was astride the
stay and clung there from 5 until nearly 10
a. m., when he too relinquished his fight
for life and fell into the ocean.. All those
rescued gave the highest praise to the ufli
eers of the revenue cutter for the bravery
they manifested in saving them from the
All the survivors now aboard the
for by the offi
wreck,
cutter are being .cared
cers.
The City of Columbus was one of the
She was built iu
finest vessels on the coast.
1838 by John Roach A Son, of Chester, Pa.,
for the Ocean Steamship company, of Now
York, to run between that port and Havana.
She was purchased by the Boston and Sa
vannah Steamship company iu September,
1880, and has since been plying between this
city and Savannah, making fortnightly trips
alte roatlon with her sister ship, the Gate
The Columbus was built of iron and
was rated A 1
in
ity.
thoroughly equipped. She
for a hundred years and was of 1,997 tons
burden. She wtts 270 feet long and 30 feet
beam and bad passenger accommodation for,
84 first-class and 40 second-class passengers.
The steamship was insured at a lower rale
than any vessel on the coast and was valued
$300,000, and insured for $250,900; $170,
000 in English and $80,000 iu American
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companies.
How many creditors miss their dues
111*.*« • in
when nature s debt is paid.
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