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FOUR GREAT STORMS.

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FOUR GREAT STORMS. FISHING FLEET DISASTER TOKNADO IN AMERICA. CYCLONE IN MADAGASCAB. TAHITI DEVASTATED. The week-end has brought news of great storms in America. off the coast of Norway, in Madagascar, and the Society Island?. At Meri- dian. Mississippi, a tornado, lasting two minutes, on Saturday swept the town. doing great damage. The loss of life was great. reports esti- mating this at 200. The great, storm off the roast of Norwav over- took a lanre fleet of fishing-boats, and scattered them. It is feared that great loss of life has oc- curred among the fishermen. So far it appears that eleven vessels have gone down. with a loss of thirty-three of their crews. A cyciono has swept over the village of Mahanoro. 111 Madagascar, and left only two houses ending. Thirty dead natives have been recovered from the debris. Buildings, huts. and crops have been destroyed over a zone of thirty miles. The Society Isles storm lasted two days, doing frreat damage at Tahiti, and in other islands. One telegram puts the loss of life at 10.000. DISASTER TO A FISHING FLEET. The Trondhjem correspondent, of a Christiania newspaper says: "Twelve to fourteen hundred men went out to fish on Friday off the Gjaeslingerne Islands, and it is feared that many of them have perished. The steamer (Vcarsehuniri has ar- rived with seventeen rescued fishermen, who relate that they saw several boats floating about keel upwards Several hoab stranded while coming in. but, the crew*, so far as is known. were revised. A large number of vessels are floating 011 the sea, keel upwards, and much wreckage i to be seen." In apparently favourable weather, the fleet put to sea on Friday for the fishing grounds. Hardly had operations been begun, when atorm burst with terrific fury over the fleet, daunting even the hardy Norse fishermen. The fleet at once scattered, and every boat endeavoured to make for the distant land. It was a hopeless task. Steering was out of the question in the moun- tainous seas and blinding snow-squalb. It is known that many of the boats succeeded in reaching safety at widely distant points of the coast and islands, but at least eleven are be- lieved to have gone down with their crews of thirty-three men. Official reports which have come in leave thirty-four men. most of whom have wives and families, unaccounted for. A TWO-MINUTE TORNADO. A terrible tornado swept through the town of Meridian. Mississippi, on Friday evening, last- ing only two minutes, but doing great havoc, and practically cutting a clear swath over 200 yards wide and a mile long. Everything in this area. except the strongest buildings was wrecked and driven long distances by a wind which was esti- mated to be travelling at nearly seventy miles an hour. The casualties are extremely heavy. Twenty-four bodies have been recovered of white victims, and besides these a number of negroes were killed reckoned at over 100. The !ist of injured is variously given up to 200. and includes fifty-three convicts who were hurt when the tornado struck the prison, but they are likely to recover. Many prominent buildings, includ- ing the leading hotel, some municipal offices, and the local railway stations. were badly damaged, and 400 houses are reported to have been blown down. The loss is estimated at over a million dollars. The difficulties of the situa- tion were increased by the fact- that several wrecked houses caught fire. and much neigh- bouring property was endangered, but a heavy rain which followed the tornado did much to assist the municipal authorities in subduing the outbreaks. The tornado appears to have caught the city on the south-west and travelled in a north-easterly direction. It spent its force largely in the two suburbs, where manv negroes were killed, and the whole tenement quarter was demolished. Two large wholesale stores, one smaller one. the principal hotel, the electric lighting plant, and all the smaller propertv be tween the Mobile and Ohio Depot and the busi- ness parts of the city were badly damaged. Twenty-one men were caught in a restaurant. and several of them were killed. Two storeys of the Young Men's Christian Association build- ing were wrecked, and other buildings suffered in the upper storeys. TEN THOUSAND LIVES LOST. A telegram from San Francisco says the steamer Mariposa reports that on February 7th and oth a tornado raged over the Society Islands. Damage to the value of l.OOO.OOOdol. was caused in Tahiti, and it is believed that similar damage was caused in the Tuamotu Islands. The city of Papeete, in the Societv Islands, was inundated, and seventy-five houses were destroyed, including the American Con- sulate and the French Government buildings. It is feared that great loss of life occurred. The other islands and the shipping suffered greatly. According to another telegram 10.000 person? have perished in the storm at Tahiti and ad- jacent islands, and several islands have dis- appeared. The British Consulate at Papeete was damaged to such an extent that it had'to be abandoned. The British Consul is making an appeal to his Government on behalf of 500 British subjects who are in need of instant re- lief. Many thrilling experiences are reported. The keeper of the quarantine station at Motauta Island, off Papeete Harbour, and his wife had to clmg to the tops of cocoanut trees in the midst of waves dashing 30ft. high over the island. They were eventually rescued. M.Marcadi. a French resident of Fanaron, in the Tuamotu Islands, abandoned the island after all the Government buildings and private dwellings and the Catholic church had been de- stroyed. and reached Papeete after battling with the sea for three days. CYCLONE IN MADAGASCAR. A cyclone which passed over Madagascar re- cently has left only two houses standing in the village of Mahanoro. Almost all the Europeans have been injured. Thirty dead bodies of natives have already been recovered. Buildings, huts, and crops have been destroyed over a zone of thirty miles. The town of Manabary is par- tially submerged. The three-masted Italian vessel Africa has been ca-t ashore, but the crew were saved by the heroic efforts of the popula- tion. A schooner has also disappeared. Great damage has been done in the province of Fiona- rc-atsva. The Governor has ordered the neces- sary measures to be taken for the relief of sufferers.

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