Home and Foreign.
Mr D. Christie Murray, the novelist, who intends making a tour of Australia anti New Zealand, sails by the New’ Zealand Shipping Company’s Aorangi on the 27 th.
Sir Henry Loch, Governor of Victoria, baa arranged to meet Mr Gladstone at Sir William Vernon Hareourt’s country seat, New Forest. Sir Henry expresses a desire to remain in Victoria, but asserts that the Imperial Government are pressing him to accept the Governorship of Cape Colony with a view’ of shelving Sir Hercules Robin Bon.
Severe frosts have been experienced throughout the Dominion of Canada, and a large area of wheat has been destroyed. It is conjectured by some that 25,000 (12,500) persons were drowned by the flood at Johnstown, and that 800 perished in the burning debris. Communication with Johnstown has been restored. The distress from the flood is appalling; Connemaugh Valley, with its farms, mills, hamlets, and towns, Reing a vast scene of desolation. Thousands of people have been swept away. The Cambria Ironworks at Johnstown, at which 7,000 men were employed, have been completely destroyed. The suddenness with which the disaster overtook the residents was something terrible. A waterspout broke the dam of the reservoir on Friday afternoon, and a torrent of water 40ft deep struck Johnstown, within half an hour submerging the town so that only two roofs remained above the water.
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YESTERDAY’S CABLES., Evening Star, Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
YESTERDAY’S CABLES. Evening Star, Issue 7924, 4 June 1889
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