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How a Cyclone looks.

[■' " (Philadelphia Press.) The recent terrible cyclone in Macoupin County, Illinois, is described by Engineer .Cutter, of the Chicago and AltonuxpreSs; train, which was running at'full'speed, and met the tempest at Collinsville. Mr Gutter saw out on the prairie wbat he supposed to be a straw on ihaystaok on fire. As he approached it, he saw that it moved rapidly towards thertfaok, and then realised that is was ttfeycldne of a most appalling character. It " was 1 a dart, funnel-shaped cloud, teaching from the ground high in the air, whei‘e it disappeared into the clouds. It was black and dangerous-looking, and whirled with terrible velocity. Its voice, hearifeyen in the distance, above the roar and'ramble of the train, was frightful in the _■ The cyclone seemed to travel at the rate of twenty miles an hour, and was so fast approaching that the moving train must in a moment.inevitably strike it. Mr Gutter shut off his engine and applied his air brake just in. time; for, despite the precaution, r Eie train touched the cyclone’s outer-edge. Mr Cutter describes the eight as the moat horrible he ever saw. The air; was lurid and dark, and hot as if coming frond an oven. Everything in the pathway .of the storm was demolished and cniShOd, and annihilated. Barns, fences, sheds, telegraph poles, and everything at all fragile were swept up. Mr Cutter and his firemen crouched down in the tender, and for amoment feared that the whole train: would overturned. The cars were only, held on the track by their safety chains. The passengers, who first wondered at the stop, with blanched cheeks and terrified countenances viewed the'terrible monster of the air in its -work.

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How a Cyclone looks., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 365, 8 June 1881

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How a Cyclone looks. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 365, 8 June 1881

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