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TEE FLOODS IN HUNGARY, fKOBABLE LOSS OF 0,000 LIVES. I ^ISIT OF THE EMPEEOP. TO SZEGEDIN. Vip^6 Observer correspondent, writing from *ea^a 0n ^are^1 say a:—The news which cor^ the disaster at Szegedin Ihfi to be of the most distressing character. »„ nnmber of persons drowned has not yet bean jj. it1 Ee^> but it is thought G.OOO have perished >, we inundation. Fifteen hundred houses have destroyed. Contributions in aid of tiie fnerera by the calamity are pouring in on all I es. A number of towns in Austria Lave warded the funds which the; had voted for the PUipoee of illuminations on the occasion of tha Uver wedding of the Emperor to the aid of the i^becription raised cm behalf of the sufferers at ~2.egedin. The Emperor intends to vidit the dig. **lct of the catastrophe in person. A Reuter's telegram, dated Pesth, March 15, jounces that the Governmant have, amongst iS, r. Measures, undertaken the gratuitous for- warding by train of the houseless inhabitants of i«zegedin, the construction of dams, and the Weapatch of steam pumps to the scene of the faster. The water in the tributaries of theTheisa reported to be falling. The work at the dams the various threatened villages has made material progress, and notwithstanding the par- tial continuance of stormy weather, Szantea is BOw the only place in danger. Telegraphing on Sunday night, the Pesth cor. ^espondent of the Daily News says :—I have jaat fetumed from Szegedin. I came back by way of j 8Jid Arad, where many of the unfor- unate inhabitants of what was onoe Szegedin are quartered. It is difficult to realise the deatruc- ion of an entire town, and it is aad to see nouBanda of its inhabitants wandering from jUlage to village, aeeking shelter and protection °a the icy cold winds, and the yet more 'uel waters which have robbed them of their all. -J-"0 country roads towards Temesvar were ^rowded with refugees. Many were suffering from the cold, being but thinly clad, "heee poor people have been living in the open with but scanty food, since Tuesday night. I :travelled back with a Hungarian general who was Jj* Szegedin during the disaster, and has lived some years. He is of opinion that at least J°ur thousand lives are lost, and hie opinion is f^ked by many others. The water still being in town, it ia quite imposaible to arrive at the P^eot number of deaths; but the number ia ™*y large, for, in consequence of a high wind tenning at first, only about one quarter of the ,1'11 could have heard the signal of distress, j. *he Emperor Francis Joseph arrived at Szege. Y)? on Monday, and was enthusiastically received. Majesty was conveyed by boat through the vjined streets. Up to Monday 23,000 fugitives been removed. The Empress of Austria will Ireland for home, in consequence of the jester, as soon as the necessary travelling ar- gements can be made. 6 Si an dar cZ special correspondent, writing from on Monday, says :—The temperature of A?6 past night was somewhat milder than that of I**? preceding nights, and to-day has been beauti- fcw spring weather, the morning aun shining j^ghtly over tho turbid waters. When the f^Deror reached Szegedin the local authorities been diBmisaed, and full power placed in tho of the Government Commissaries. There therefore, only State officials and priests at «e station when the express train reached it at o'clock. The Emperor, in answer to tho "^oreBs made to him by Count PalfEy, said I ^hed to see myself the misery of the unfortunate [fl n* bope that Szegedin will be rebuilt and ^ttriah again." The Emperor asked the number of r Z^ai1 lives lost. The Government Commissary li? acs answered, It is said that twenty-four j7ea. have been lost." Thereupon the priest x.enager exclaimed, I myself carried forty into Szegedin." The Government officials hissed statement. The Emperor was surprised. He beH*6^ his hearers that Szegedin should become tern* ^ban it was. Hia Majesty went on board a -D011' passed the Faubourgs, the lower town, ,Q Palanka, which are heaps of ruins, and saw the pioneers and the volunteers saved some the furniture and goods of the people. He then j^ted the Polytechnic School, where hundreds of th *Vee an(l sick are crowded together, though Tv6 is not a fiiEg'° bed- Hia Maieaty observed, Ahe misery is greater than has been reported ia The Emperor visited the thR P° of the Alfoeld Railway, and returned to jjg station of the State Railway. Before leaving W88,1?' exPe°ted to see a frightful picture, 1 PV bave aeon ia much more terrible than sxpected." During the viait of the Emperor the hio not suspend their work for one Rfi ?^nt* The viait made aB excellent impression, ij despair ia now giving way to hope. water subsides very slowly, and in the fctn slowly than in the river. It has been d*tV- by inquiry that the restoration of all the impossible. Experienced men believe *We water0 will not entirely subside before ft9** Sunday night a battalion of infantry arrived ^M 88 Kircheu; they will relieve the ex- *he» ii prison. 1'he Boldiers are camping on bavnv of the fortress. Huts made of hoards frict I e8tablifched near the bridge, where leav? &re Provided for the fugitives who are the town continually by rail and steamer. Th • provisions are arriving frequently. lere is a great want of warm clothes. The mem- ere of the Common Council, at a private Meeting, have resolved to petition for- the recall "f the Government Commissaries. In Szegedin 5,840 houses, and in the neighbour- hood 2,000 farmhouses, have been destroyed. General Georgey, eminander of the Honveds, ?ftirms that between 4,000 and 5,000 live3 have %a The Empress of Anstna has resolved, ir cor.S0- g«enoe of the cataurophe at Szogedin, to return ^mediately to Austria, and will leave Ireland aa <>on ae the necess;. > travelling arrangements arc vr.^pleted. Her >;»josty ia expected to reach lenna on the 23th irst. Standard le^ram, dated Szegedin, Taeaday, tn ^bat the wat>. r continues to tall slowly, and Weather is fine Forty-two thousand persons emigrated, an 1 most of them are quartered o ^ew Szegedin, Sz. eged, and other villages on u 6 left bank of tk'- Theiss. The restoration of J?6 dam of the Alf t;id Railway and the construo- of a dam round the town have been resolved tlon. The breaches in the Theiss dykes below town will be much larger and deeper, and Water in the n rreta will be pumped out. appears that all those people who waited for jj8lstance are now in safety. No corpses have Jv611 picked up to-ciay, but a coffin with a male Was taken out of the water. The churches W in wh-'yh thousands took refuge, been partly ev&ouated. Some dreadful scenes thn* been witnesaed in these buildings amongst v who were roacutd from the inundated tat668* A few of those persons were hurriedly &t 'rom sick beds, and it will not be wondered gjj^at almost all these have Buccumbed to the Others who were driven from homes bavn Contained ail their worldly possessions CaafiH l°et their reason, while, in some women have prematurely become 6r8« Large quantities of bread, bacon, flis+»-iPn*-8e have rcached the town. The Wii l~utlo.n °f food among the sufferers is now S64' Thrpy Btreeta near the Theias ^vkeH and il?' and tbe ahopa are open. On the W been estahi^6! l'ir?e boata a sort of market The white tents of the Una nnH enliven the scene. Boats e «» Wlollonf th« t, Garniture, and goods; but Jotted by hundreds onSle8?mbl0Agrtat lak°| ^b, o/which Poult^61^8 Sn°arebf^h0e.ap?-^ i^the8station or:h^TS Nd westward fro^1'J, North- ^Su~ ae T,hureday Mansion House Mansion House £ 6,3oTaJhe Prince of Wales had a^nt^^ fetionof ^100, to.^ her with a letter fiineere aympatby with the aufferera -^Pressing

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