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The Cyclone At Louisville.

Louisville, the capital city of Jefferson County, and the chief city of Kentucky, with an area of thirteen square miles, and a water front of eight miles on the Ohio, was visited by a terrific cyclone on March 27th, and the entire western portion of the city was razed to the ground. The portion destroyed was devoted partly to business houses and partly to residences. In Western Louisville not a business houso was left standing, and but one dwelling could be seen after the passing of the storm. Ib is estimated that the property losses are about £1,000,000, and the loss of life may be placed, at 100.. The storm was predicted by the signal-service officer, but no attention was paid to his warning, and if there had been it would havo availed nothing. , The cloud that did the mischief looked like a black double-funnel, the middle being the narrowest part, and its course was a peculiar one. It did not move in a direct line, mowing down a path before it, but went in zigzag fashion, so that it is almost impossible to measure the exact track it traversed; Its roar could be heard long before it struck the city. The papers'are full of the description of the horrors of the scenej and surprise is expressed that the loss of life is so small, considering the terrible force of the wind and the irrestible manner in which it carried everything before it. Brick buildings crumbled into ' heaps when the cyclone struck them, and iron roofing rolled like a sheet of paper, flew oflf like that flimsy substance into the darkness of night; One of the most harrowing incidents of the storm was the death of the Rev E. L.- Barnwall, of St John's church, and-his young son Dudley. The church edifice was shattered throughout, there being, nothing but a mass of bricks and splintered beams left. Tlie rectory was next to it, and-, here Mr Barnwall met his death. while reading with his family. ' His body was bruised and mangled beyond recognition.

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The Cyclone At Louisville., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890

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The Cyclone At Louisville. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2419, 2 May 1890

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