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185 SHOCKS REGISTERED. 60 TOWNS DESTROYED. STORIES OF SUFFERING AND DEATH. JPre»f Jjaociation— By Telegraph—Copyright. ROME, January 18. Tha shocks continue; 185 have been registered since the disaster began. fhe> earthquake rent- Mount Pizzodeta(6.oooft) iu two. The gap can be seen for miles. Sixty towns were destroyed in half a minute. ■Of the 500 people taken from tho rains of Avezzano half have since died. Many of the survivors have lost their reason, and wander among tho ruins calling the names of loved onee. Fifty thousand Eoldic-rs are encaged in rescue work. Tha district is email, and the terrified refugees nre huddled into "nastily-con-etroct-ed shelters along the roads, caves, and hillsides. 'There were frightful scenes when the first cartload of food arrived at So*a. the crowd fighting for it until it- was gone. -Bora was destroyed, bub the loss cf life was small, owiiv.} to t-hu townspeople, who ■are mostly agricultuiifcte. bring early j Jeers. A priest was conducting tha itinera.', of a child at Caeeiilin. and 20 -children were. kneeling arou-id the -coffin. Suddenly the earth shook .and there was a. deafening crash, the church collapsing and crush ins the -congregation arid children. A sergeant- of Carabineers at Aveezano, hearing moans in a ruin, ordered a hole !to be excavated. Hie men lowered him head downwards, and he worked until he released a girl whose body was entangled in the beams of a cellar. Holding the girl bv the waist, lis was hoisted by the men to safety. All attempt* to rescue the 140 schoolgirls who are entombed have so far proved. a. failureThe restoration of communication reveals heavy casualties in the mountain tow™. Many injured died for lack of medical treatment, and hundreds succumbed to exposure. The soldier* are clearing the ruins of tha church at Ortuchio, hoping to reficce 100 buTied women. whore cries are heard. A CORRESPONDENT* ACCOUNT. ITALY LOOKS FOR NO HELP. LONDON, January 18. 'Lloyd's News' -corrrcpondent- report* that the earthquake entirely destroyed 13 Italian towns <nd villages, while in 13 others there is fcsrcely a building intact, and a dra<ui others have been damaged. In 24 hoi'is 98 shocks were experienced, completing the demolition of walls. The Italin-n Government have announced that- in view of the international upheaval, no relief contributions ate expected from foreign .-nuntries, neutral of otherwise. ATJSTRIAN PIIESS SYMPATHY. POME, January 18. Several cruel articles h.ave appeared is Austrian newspapers elating that the European War is more fatal than the earthquake, and Europe cannot do more than express con dele nee. addins : r Italy is in tlm position of being well looked aft»r." THE KING.? GIFT. ROME, January 18. The King has given £12.000 to ih# orphans created by'the earthquake. PRISONERS? KILLED IN GAOLS. MASS AMuTTHE RUINS. (London 'Times' sisdSyditoy 'Sun* SerrioM.) LONDON, January 18 ; The collapse of gaols during the Italiaa ; earthquaho hilkd many prisoners. ; Tito Bishop of Bcra e-ilehrated Mas* «■ an impT-oxWd altar amid the ruins of the chttich. Tea thousand feurvivors TreTO kneeling when anothor shock csme. BlfihoD lifted the clialiw, imulonng Goa"* mercy, and the ecmmunfoantfi responded with "anguished cries. FoTtv' additional lightsr shocks are recorded,' but (hey did little damage. A LOCAL ttEUEF FUND STARTED. K preliminaxv meeting was held to-day-of gentlemen Interested in raising funds for the relief of the sufferers by the recent terrible earthquake- in Italy. Ttstated bv the dtairmnn tnn* the Consul for Italy (Mr John Robert*, CMC.) had placed himself in communication' with the Italian Consul-Gewral v\ Melbourne, who had replied that there in urgent noed on ihc part of Italians wtj-. when* to tp'if> funds for the support n-nd. imm«liato relief of ihe fsmiliw of thow vrhe have periehed at Pesema. Canpadoeia and othe-r plaoeo. It was resolved to afk Signer £qtiarise- and Mr Benn-el! to tnvK-s the co-operation of their ronfreres. and to hold r- popular concert in the Garrison Hall on Febrnarr 10. We have revived iOe from " Woe Slark . and Hi*" coupled with a requopt that ihfi n»nev will be tpven to anv fund that msr raised for the relief "f c lJd 10 (rdte .-harge of any similar moneys that may hj? forv.-ard'd to r-.*.

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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE, Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915

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THE GREAT EARTHQUAKE Evening Star, Issue 15704, 19 January 1915