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AMERICAN NEWS.

The insurance companies, botk fire an marine, within the. past few months have been called upon to meet losses which have been unprecedented in the history of insurance. It ia supposed that the amount to be paid on the losses by the Chicago fire will not fall far short of 80,00Q,000d01., and the losses by the destruction of the Arctic whaling fleet will not, it is stated, be less than 2,500,000d01. Chicago, October 15. — Latest reports from the terrible fires in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan represent the loss of life as being fearful. Some 700 to 800 dead bodies had already been recovered, and ifc is believed that the number will reach fully 1,000, and tho wounded fully 200. This comprises fully three-quarters of the population of the districts over which the fire raged. Milwaukib, October 15.— People rushed with their children in their arms for a place of safety, but the storm of fire was upon them and enveloped them in the smoke, and cinders, and those that were "not able to reach the river were suffocated and roasted alive. This terrible scene happened on Sunday night, the Bth of October, the same evening as the great Chicago horror. A. member of the Relief Committee, sent from Milwaukie with supplies, says the only survivors were thoae who were, > fortunate enough to reach water, many throwing, themselves into mill ponds and clinging to floating logs. A number of these vrero dr.owned by being-thrown from the logs by #ie maddened horses and cattle that rushed into the water. The fiery cyclone swept over a tract of country eight or tea miles wide. Every building,* fence, and all tha timber was licked up clean by the tongue of fire, T,he tewn of Peshtego numbered 2,000 souls, one-third of whom perished on that fearful night. Reports from the East shore of Green Bay place the loss of life fully as high as at Peshtego. The same account states that the immediate wants ef the people are supplied, but large amounts of, provisions aud clolhing will be' required* for the doming winter. < "' ' ' €>HICA.go, October 19.— E very-day increases" business activity in, .all circles. Thousands of men %re bow at syprk in all quarters ©£ the burnt portion on .the. South Side district, clearing 'away ruins, erecting temporary wooden structures, aM 1 laying foundation* for substantial buildings of brick and stone. The weather ia most promising, and should it' continue- so for 30 days' tnere -will bS many good buildings finished' and occupied -in dif-ferent'locations-'on former, botinesf! streets. Meanwhije, ®very available-building in that! part of, the^We^t' iMylsipn. !coniigubns to! the; burnt district in. Qeing;(stiMl '«&< |iy^wholesale ' merchants, banks, offices, &c; u :41l the old first-class betels ar& \jagajn '•/ljd&ted land opened. "**-•; „' -\' '•,-,' ! New York, Octobd? 19/^— The lecond irace for the American. CupN oain,e <$ff t'over * the New York Y»cht\OlflS -c^tigfe'j^tday^th^ ' Columbia ' sailing, -uaWffc: ueV captain, against the— -'iwooia'.' The latter won,. beating the ACplumbj*/" about 20 miniites. -I*4B latter lost 15 mumnpjf jb,y ,an, jicc^d«at tqjxti^ ateeringj.gaav. T^e /LHonia.' gofeft mu.tfaJtfrtiJo^.tfifc's^H, -/ -i -morningipubliihea an'&xact |»tem»nt »f the -nwnber of buhdlflas deM*^«a*^;;aß A"*** 'fire,'%ith "V lkttffltt)Mism§ i^Aber . of people rondered.ihomcltii, arid an estimate' ■^ofr -irhat .M'.ie^i-^luifeltotalnmmW of buWtttW d»ittw«4' w^.W.QOQ^ Jaoludiog $w top itowi iwfW flimw^rlii

• eltablishmenti. About 70,000 persons were ' - d«pwe4'of h,om^B,, »nd *rf^o|oi|rjaing on the • West side ''oViiftV^left the city. Oat ot, a. • population of "77,000; only about 7,000 have ;. 'hbiiaei vliioli tHey 6an .claim M theft Own, t 'and there areteb't over 6001 bonies lefb stand»T» T ! &'g'.U4lt t ittptfeaw' 5 ' that, ' i /bnfct (of $he t 60, OOOlHbuiTd&gs -in Chicago, ■ only al»pat „ ilS.SOOij^* M^a destroyed ;wldi that, w^iler • 92,000 persons have been driven febi* their, t homes, over 145,000- have not been afflic^d, » ,: „, r k ,jj. •„ .i ? tt-» - • • '^awJifaßi^Ootober 6. — 7111 the yacht race the ' Sappho' reached the home stake, boat) at » 4 6'clook 'j the Livonia' 25 minntet later— i about five miles behind. The ' SappTio' 'w on - fc* ~l& r minul^«iia f 3o's>conds, or 25 minutes 1 '2S l s<Jconascorre6ted'%ime: 1 ' THe contest between Ashbury's yacht ' Livonia' and the s repreßentatiye.yacht of t the New York Club, ■ for America's cujj/ended U-day in a brilliant s victory for the 'Sappho,' which sailed f against the English yacht. This is an end, b to the content for the cup of the 3SW York 5 Yacht Olubj *'the representative boats J ♦ Columbia* and ' Sappho* having won four > races out of five. Tie belt four out of aeiren fc was the agreement. ; t Nkw York, October 25.— The real estate I operations *>f Tweed,, Connolly, Sweeney, and Hall are published from the official records. , 3 They show that Connolly, when sued in 1866, • swore that he owned nething, but 1 sinqo that r time he has bought real estate and. lands to the amount of 2,300,691d01. Twee**, a bankr rapt in 1865, < has bought and sold real i estate, since 1868, to the amount , of i 4,474, 954d0L He has been engaged in other j irregular transactions to the amount of \ 7»500,060dol. Sweeney's purchases in three . years amounted to 1,479, 739d01 ; Mayor L Hall's amounted to 150,000d01.— 1t wa« j j stated at the Brooklyn mass meeting last 5 nightj that the authorities, who decline to , give an account of their financial doings, put the city debt at 5.000.000d01., while trust- , worthy figures show a'total o£ 30,000,0p0d01. ' Washington, October 26. — The immense v petition from Utah, signed by about 25,000, ( is in favour of polygamy ratker than against I it, as stated. It was sent to the Executive [ Mansion. Later, 2.45 p.m. —Tweed is arrested and . held to bail in the sum of 1,000,000d01. J. ) Gould and Commodore Garrison are his bondsmen; , Tweed was busy all the evening [ consulting his counsel, John B. Graham, and j other legal gentlemen. The Committee of Citizens appointed by the Board of Super- , visors, who have been engaged many weeks in examining the frauds in the city accounts, [ to-day submitted a report ag to its labours, with a summary of figures and facts. This report is the first anthentic information on \ the subject that has been furnished. The amount charged to the cost of the new conrti house, unfinished County Ceurt offices, their repairs and furniture, is in all 13,416,932d01. 29c. The whole cost of the completed build- ■ ing could not fairly exceed 3,000, 000d01. Of the immensesum charged, 8,134,703d01. 19c, . there is indirectly charged to the court-house and|itsfnrniture 5,282,229d01. 10c. charged to ; County Court offices, -nearly all of which are : in the same building. Repairs and furniture, : the following items, including 641',900d01. ' 49c. paid for 17,876d01. 900. worth of carpets; 297,187d01. lc. paid for 30, 855dol.' worth of ' furniture ; 94,330d01. 60c. paid for 7,377d01. 52c. worth «f plumbing; 193,754,524d01. paid for 70,050 dollars worth of plastering. The i sum of 77,168,212d01. 13c. charged for advertising, printing, blank books, and stationery since the lat of January, 1869, the whole account for what is really worth but 475,000 dollars, ;, showing a loss to the city of 19,500,000 dollars. This is the amount stolen and divided' among the ring thieves since January, 1869. This report concludes the business of the Committee. The Committee assert that within tiwo years and eight months one-half of the entire revenue of the} city and county has been abstrhoted —more than the entire city and county tax levy. Washington, October 24. —Proclamation by the President of the United States :— " The seasons have again enabled the husbandmen t6 gather the fruit of the earth successfully, and toil and industry has been generally well rewarded. We are at peace with all nations ; tranquillity, with few exceptions, prevails at home. Within the past year we have in the main been free from the ills which elsewhere affected our kind. If some of us have had calamities, there should be occasion for sympathy with the sufferers, resignation on their part to the will of the Most High, rejoicing; to many who have been more favoured. I therefore recommend that on Thursday, the 30th day of November next, the people meet at their respective places of worship, there to make the usual acknowledgments to Almighty God for the blessings He has conferred upon them, their exemption from evils, and to invoke His protection and kindness for their less fortunate brethren, whom in His wisdom He d emed beat to chastise. In faith hereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United Stakes to ba affixed. — Done at the City of Washington, this 28th day of October, in the year of our Lord 1871, and of the Independence of the United States of America the ninety-sixth. -U. S. Grant. —By the President : Hamilton Fish, Secretary of State." New York, October 29.— Over 100 civil suits have already been commenced against the Staten Island Ferry Company by persona injured in the Westfield explosion. Nearly 150 more are preparing. The damages claimed vary from 1,600 to 5,000 dollars. RIOT AND MASSACRE OF CHINESE IN LOS ANGELES. Los Angeles, Octolier 24, 7 p.m. — The quarrel among the Chinese, one case of which found its way into the Courts yesterday, has become general, and on the streets to-day, and in the Chinese quarters in Negro Alley and the vicinity, the excitement amongst them was noticeable. A little before sundown officer Bilderdain attempted to arresb a Chinaman for shooting another last night, and was resisted. Bilderdain called Robert Thompson, who was standing near, to assist him, when the Chinese commenced firing from both sides ot the narrow street. Thomp* son fell, shot through the breast, just above the heart, mortally weunded. Bilderdain was shot, and jumped on a horse and escaped. A boy, named Juan Jose" Manderis, .was also shot through the leg. Thompson was removed te Woolweber^s drug store, and has just died. He was well known as a quiet inoffensive man. About 500 armed men are guarding the two blocks bounding Negro Alley, and upon the flat roofs of the adobe houses a crowd has collected. Holes are -being obopped through the roofs. The authorities are endeavouring to restore order. It is certain that the Chinese will be oleared out of Negro Alley. At half-past 8 o'clock another Chinaman was, captured, and hung at the same place as the first one. A third has just beea taken down by the crowd to ,be'-hung.— ls Chinamen have been hung. The authoritiea have succeeded injpreventing further, violence, and- the other Chinamen oi'ptnre.i are iv gaol. • The thirst for blood scama to be appeased, and. the crowd is dispersing. Los AngeSSS, October 24.— The most terrible night Los Angeles ha» ever known has .juethem pawed.. Twelve hours ago, twelve stark," staring, corpses hung ghastly in the "Moonlight, while- six, seven, or eight others, torn, aud crushed, lay in our atreets, all. of them Chiaamen. The sad fen^is oaine, Irut, of .their pwu, bitter feuds '' between themselves ; next. 01. the .infuriated \ passions ~df 4 f e*w of their number; and-lastly, of the demoniacal exc|%mept' of the lower ! classes of our community. ' ' Horrjble beyond : description has been the history of these 'last ] few hours. Chinamen, helpless, torn, and ' mangled^ tnbre' dead <thau alive, have been ( •"d&ggfcd by an inf uriatedy semseless, and reck- j less crowd, thr<itf?h our peaceable streets, io ' TEe "very" face" of the better portion of the J XMjpynuiiity,,tofljiiBh t *fhat J^ttl<r : w^^ft of ' thdf agonised existence/, at,. the* end*, of. the i ropei" amidst thtrexuitant shouts and jeers" of ItW Mob.' ; ' ffix $VtiC}B we hky ( e no apology,; I save that ih'efeajrfuLwork commenced a| an t hogr when -business ,»en a»d*» professional ' me* an4'#ll?iWbffcMir'ol»is«s of our columnnity had Retired to their. homes. 'and w»e, aroused 'therefrom* to 1 confront the horribl« 1 work. Much ,'tjmi ; aooeM»rily elupied era •'

' Chicago, November 3. — Two thousand five hundred wooden buildings are in course of erection in the North Division, 500 in the South, and 150 in the West. Permits for the ereotion of permanent buildings of stone JM*d brick continue to be issued daily. /j. Philadelphia, November 7. — The number of cases of small-pox, lust week, amounted to 567. The deatbj Amounted to 95. f s^j?omsron. lowa, November .7:— ;T&|t#rday, labourers at work cutting ji new road through the hillj&nd hollow known, as Hang Hollow, excavated a sack containing 2,000d015. in gold and silver. The money wad hidden there eighteen years ago by a man named Muir, who murdered a comrade Calif ornian in this city. Muir was captured, and hung by a mobjof Californians. He said that he had hidden the money under a stump in this hollow, but refused to tell where. Many have hunted for this secreted treasure, I but all 'in vain. The labourers share the booty equally. KiNaSTorf, Jamaica, November 6. — A negro woman, of highly respectable character ha* been arrested at Jacmel upott a charge of cannibalism. The accusation alleges that she has killed and eaten 26 children, whom she had inveigled into her premises for that purpose.

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AMERICAN NEWS., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVII, Issue 4459, 9 December 1871

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AMERICAN NEWS. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVII, Issue 4459, 9 December 1871

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