More Of The Storm- Its Effects At The Southwest-
We are indebted to the clerk of the steamer Texas Ranger, which arrived here yesterday evening, for the following particulars of the gale of Saturday at the Southwest Pass:
At the mout of the Bayou at the S. W. Pass, North end, lay the schooner J. H. Toone, which went to sea on Friday from Pass a Loutre. Four miles above the head of the Passes lays the tow boat J. L. Day, high and dry; also a schooner. At the salt-works all the new buildings lately erected are swept off, and evelven negroes, old and young, with them. Alexander Grant's sugar-house is blown down; the roof of Mr. Antonio Ban's new house is blown off; Richard Wright's place is entirely gone; Dr. J. B. Wilkinson lost a valuable nero; Henry Wilkinson also suffered severely. At Quarantine Station the wooden warehouse was blown down; Capt. Davis' steam pile-driver sunk; Mr. Andrew Carr lost three children. At Grand Prairie sixteen lives were lost in attempting to cross the river; among them are J. Barrols and family and Antoino Moustache and family. At the Passes all the damage sustained waas the breaking down of all their fences, and a thorough washing of all their lower floors. The Pilot Association lost their pilot boat Belle. The coast all the way from Pt. a la Hache, has suffered severely, particularly about Grand Prairie and British Settlement.
The Storm at Pass a Loutre-
Pass A Loutre, August 12th.
The storm commenced on Thursday, and blew gale all that day and Friday from Northeast to East, and on Saturday, about 2 o'clock A. M., it increased to a hurricane, blowing from East by North and South east until about 2 P.M., when it hauled to S.S.W. and moderated. During the blow, the water rose about four feet above ordinary tides, flooding the whole place and doing considerable damage to the houses. The two look-outs at Osgood, adn the one at the Revenue Station, were blown down. The shooner Curlow, of Biloxi, which was discharging lumber at Osgood's Wharf, parted her lines and was blown acros Osgoo's Bayou, where she now lies full of water. She will probably be a total loss. The pilot boat Belle, belonging to the Pilot's Association, and lying at their wharf, filled and sunk about noon, and about 4 P.M. she parted her lines, and drifted down abreast of the lighthouse. There she now lies in about fourteen feet of water. She will be a total loss. The pilot boat Fancy, belonging to the same parties and lying at anchor opposite the Pilot station parted her chains, and was blown ashore just above the Revenue Station. She will probably be got off without much damage. The opposition pilot boat Cornelia, lying at here wharf, escaped with but slight damage. The towboat Victoria had her cabin all started, but it was saved by being lashed down. The schr. Stephen Hotchkiss, Capt. Dean, form Mobile 9th inst., for New York, with a cargo fo 371 bales of cotton and a deck load of rosin, was dismasted and blown ashore about noon on Saturday, near Pass a Loutre. The vessel and cargo will probably be saved. The schr. E. S. Jarvis, which came down on Thursday, remained at anchor in the river. She received no damage and went to sea. The bark Julia Wylie went to sea on Thursday, with a head wind, and no doubt felt the gale. The ship G.P. Wheeler, Capt. Gadd, hence, previously reported aground at Point a'la Hache, was got off yesterday morning about 8 o'clock, by the assistance of three towboats, and proceeded down to the bar. She received no damage, and would probably go to sea this day. The ship Confidence Capt. Sears, went to sea on 12th inst.
Return of the Labrador Expedition.- Observations fo the Total Eclipse of the Sun- The expedition fitted out by the Superintendent of the Coast Survey, to go to Labrador to observe the recent solar eclipse, arrived at Newport on Tuesday evening, the 7th, in the U.S. steamer Bibb (Lieut. Murray, U.S.N. commanding) , and on Wednesday Professor Stephen Alexander, of Princeton, chief of the corps, and Professor Barnard of the Mississippi University, made unofficial but highly interesting reports of their observations to the American Scientific Convention, in session at Newport. It will be gratifying to all lovers of science to learn that the party were successful in the object of their expedition, and obtained a fine view of the eclipse.
A New Mexican Forest Fire- Awful Scene- Two Men Burned to Death- A gentleman from Santa Fe informs the St. Louis Democrat that four Mexican herders were driving a herd of cattle through the mountains north of that place, a short time since, when the following incident occurred;
The mountains were on fire at the time, but thinking the way clear before the, they proceeded up a valley until they found their way barred by an impenetrable wall of rie; in alarm they hastily retraced their steps, in the vain hope that escape might still be possible. But, alas! they were too late; fire had closed the avenue by which they had entered the valley, and a broad belt of flame encircled them on every side, the area of which was rapidly dimishing every moment. The long drought had rendered the rubbish and undergrowth below as dry as tinder, and the flames likced them up with fearful rapidity; and springing inward, caught the pine leaves above, glossy with rosin, and then leaping form tree to tree, formed a billow of ire awful to behold. The affrighted herd, bellowing with fear, dashed through the flames, the most of them escpaing badly burned, but some perished. Two of the herders attempted to follow them; but who can breathe in such an atmosphere, walking on burning coals, enveloped in flame, and live?
A few steps only were taken, when their nerves became contracted with the intense heat- their limbs refused to perform their office, and they sunk shrieking on a bed of fire, never more to rise. Their comrades heard the dying groans of their companions, and wild bellowing of the herd, as they dashed through the sea of fire, and the roaring and crackling of the flames, as they came surginng onward, and maddened by despair,....when a huge rock bared their way, and they saw, with a thrill of joy, that a small spring of water gushed at its foot... they saturated their blankets with water and spread them out upon them, and seating themselves under their shelter, continued to apply water as fast as the scanty supply permitted..they...were indeed saved...
Blondin On The Slack-Rope In Ohio- Blondin has been exhibiting some of his astonishing feats to the people of Ohio at Chilicothe. It is said that a least fifteen thousand persons were present. At 4 o'clock P.M., on the 8th inst., Mons. Blonden, dressed as an Indian chief, was escorted form the Valley House to the rope, on Paint Street. In a few minutes he asscended the rope and proceeded rapidly along till near the middle, where he laid on his back a few minutes, and again rising, almost ran till near the court-house tower, (having walked a distance of 600 feet at a height of 100 feet from the ground,) where he stopped to be photographed. He then returned to the middle of the rope, stood on his head and went through some astonishing gymnastle performances on a slack-rope, all of which were enthusiastically cheered by the immense crowd....
Postoffice Affairs,- We learn from a Washington dispatch that in consequence of the failure of Congress, at the session previous to the last one, to pass the Postoffice Appropriation Bill, Postmasters all over the country became depositories of the public money arising form postage...the mass of the offices throughout the country which pay over their dues to mail contractors upon drafts from the department, held the postages until Congress convened and passed the Postoffice Appropriation bill, which had failed at the previous session....it is found that considerable numbers of them are unable to square their accounts, having used the sums that had accumulated in their hands for private purposes. It is true the sums are small and are covered in most cases by ample sureties, but in failure of paying up upon demand, the Postmaster General will remove them from office.
A Touching Incident At A Funeral- A very touching incident occurred at the funeral of Mr. W. B. Clifton, who died at Louisville last week. Prior to his decease he manumitted his slaves, numbering some forty, a large number of whom attended his funeral on Saturday last. During the march an old slave, who was greatly attahced to his master, same up quietly to the hearse, the fringe of which he respectfully kissed and behind which he walked the whole distance to the cemetery. After the prayers at the grave were ended and all had gone save the blacks, the old man signed to them to kneel, and throwing himself on the ground, prayed most vehemently and tearfully for his master and those he had left behind, which so affected the listening mourners that the place was filled with cries and grones.
Southern Planters Convention- A Southern Planter's Convention will be held at Holly Springs, Miss., on the 15th of October next. This meeting, it is stated, is exclusively disconnected from politics, having for its object the improvement of the condition and the independence of the planter upon home productions. The great interest of agriculture and mechanics will receive the undivided attention of the delegates.
Pennsylvania Democratic Convention- The Convention of the Pennsylvania Democrats, called for the purpose of deciding upon the question of a union of the two wings upon the Electoral Ticket, as recommended by the State Committee, assembled at Cresson on the 9th. The attendence was quite large, not only of delegates but of outsiders, the Douglas element, however, evidently predominating. The Convention did not commence business until 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when an excited debate immediately sprung up, caused by the presentation of propositions and counter propostions, for and against union. A compromise was finally agreed upon which permits the Democratic Electors, if elected, to cast the vote of the State for the candidates having the highest number of votes.
Interior Department- Florida Railroad Grants- The Commissioner of the General Land Office has in course of preparation for submission to the Secretary of the Interior a list of lands, comprising three hundred and seventy-one thousand eight hundred and thirty-four acres, which has been selected as enuring to the State of Florida under the act of May 17, 1856, as indemnity of that portion of the road between Jacksonville and the waters of Escambia bay which connects the town of Alligator with Pensacola, and known as the Georgia and Pensacola Railroad.
War Department- Leave of absence has been granted to Captain D. R. Jones, assist. and adjutant general. During the absence of Captain Jones, 2nd Lieutenant A. V. Coburn, adjutant first cavalry, will perform the duties of assistant adjutant general.
A Daughter Among the Sons- A woman disguised in Man's clothes gained admittance to the Sons of Malta lodge-room in Hartford, the other evening, and passed all the several degrees of initiation successfully until the worshipful commander came to apply the emblem. Then the trick was discovered, the candidate being found unworthy to receive it. The affair has caused considerable excitement.
The Sea Serpent- A party of excursionists from Boston claim to have seen a sea serpent off Cape Cod last Sunday. They describe the creature as being black, about one hundred feet long, and a head almost the size of a Kossuth hat, and the body as large round as a tar-bucket.
Insurrection at the Sombrero Island-- Outrages by Negroes- The schooner Emma Tuttle, Captain Burnell, arrived at St. Petersburg, Va., on Monday, the 6th form the Sombrero (Guano) Island, and furnished the Express of that city with the following particulars of the outbreak on the part of the negroes:
The negroes employed on the island, which is only three-fourths of a mile long, are all free, and are hired at he rate of $12 a month to dig guano and load the vessels that come for it. They number two hundred. The foremen, a white man, has been on the island a long time, and desiring to visit his home in New England, had the good fortune about two monthes ago to meet with a brother freemason, named Snow, who had arrived from New England in the schr. Eastern Star, of which he was first mate. With hime he made a temporary change of place, Snow taking the foremanship of the island, and the foreman taking the position of first mate of the Eastern Star. Snow was a man of enery and determination, and being long habituated to the execise of a vigorous command on shipboard, did not change his system of discipline on the island. The negroes, who were principally English and Danish, and were obtained form the neighboring islands of the West Indies belonging to those nations, and were consequently always hostile to Americans, on account of the latter's slavery proclivities, grew dissatisfied with their new superintendent, and meditated every variety of revenge. Only four of them, however, seemed to have brought their designs to a concerted measure, and on the 24th of July one them was delegated to murder him, while the others were near to see that it was effectually done.
They were engaged in loading a car, on this day, and the chosen murderer being up on the top of it, took advantage of the foreman as he was stooping on the ground below, and hurled a tremendous lump of guano at his head, crushed his skull with the left him for dead on the ground. Considerable commotion followed among the whites, upon the discovery of the attempted murder, and the negro who committed the deed was immediately arrested by Capt. Burnell, of the Emma Tuttle, and Capt. Birdsell, of the bark Warren, of Baltimore, placed in irons and conveyed on board the latter vessel. It was their determination to take him into the United States port for trial.
The arrest created the wildest excitement among the negroes, who rose en masse and took possession of the Island. The white employees, who numbered only twelve, were compelled to submit to the revolt, but were unharmed...being too much intimated to attempt to suppress the rage of two hundred half-savage negroes,...The negroes threatened to sink the tow vessels if their comrade was not given up, and when Capt. Birdsell attemtped to return to shore from the "Warren," they collected on the wharf and stoned him until he was forced to take refuge back upon his bark.
Capt. Burnell got ashore safely, but was met with savage demonstrations form the insurgents, who were armed in their right hands with huge clubs and in their left with heavy blocks of guano. He, with difficulty, made his way through them, and was compelled to surrender all the English money he had in his possession to appease them sufficiently to admit of his escape form their murderous clubs...returning unharmed to his vessel.
Mr. Elliott (owner of a large interest in the island) expected in the course of a few days fifty Irish hands from Richmond, with as many revolvers and other instruments of government and civilization, through the means of which he would be able to subdue the revolters, and effectually prevent any further outrages, should it be his good fortune to escape their fury until that time. The superindendent was not dead when the Tuttle left, on the 25th, but was not expected to live, there was no physician on the island, and no treatment he received could ether alieviate his sufferings or insure a hope of his recovery.
The negroes had refused all offers or demands to return to work, but holding possesion of the island were having a fine time with the provisions and privileges of the place, with nobody to dare to say "boo!' to the first one of them. They they will doubtless insist upon continuing until their comrade is given up, or taken by themselves form the Warren.
The Douglas Ball In Motion- A large and enthusiastic meeting of the friends of Douglas and Johnson of the Sixth Ward was held at Abadie's House, Old Levee Street,...on Monday night...
The yacht "Paddy" returning from the Biloxi Regatta to Mobile, was lost in the Storm near Round Island, the crew all esaped death.
Dishonest Nig--r- The slave Burton and his wife Melia, were yesterday arrested by officer Boullosa as a pair of 'em. Burton was employed by Messrs. I. W. Arthur & Co., grocers, on Canal Street, and having obtained an extra key to the store, made free appropriations of the contents thereof. Burton and Melia will be attended to in due time by Recorder Biache.
Cricket Match Tomorrow-
What A Man! East Saugus- a lady of that village assures him that during a courtship of a year, and a wedded life of forty years, (including the honey-moon,) she was never kissed by her husband! This couple have a half-a-dozen children, not one of whom was ever kissed by the husband and father! He is a kind, pleasant man, and never was known to strike one of his children. Send him to Barnum.