PA, NY, DC, KY, MD, IA, TN, RI, FL, GA, MI, MA, KS, SC, IL, NJ, OK Blizzard, Feb 1895

Emmitsburg PA Blizzard Of 1885

THE STORM STILL HOVERS OVER THE UNITED STATES.

IT IS SEVEREST IN THE EAST.

TRAFFIC ALMOST ENTIRELY AT A STANDSTILL -- RAILROAD TRAINS BLOCKADED -- BUSINESS PARALYZED -- PEOPLE FROZEN TO DEATH AT SEVERAL PLACES -- ACROSS THE OCEAN THE STORM IS RAGING, INCREASED IN ITS FURY.

New York, Feb. 9 -- The storm which swept over the greater part of the United States Thursday night and yesterday still hovers in the vicinity of New York and threatens to continue for an indefinite time. With increasing force and violence, hourly growing in severity and with scarely a sign of abatement, the blizzard has maintained its icy sway.
The ferries, evelated roads, surgace cars, steamers, boats and pedestrians have been empeded, and in a great many cases stopped by the storm. The steamers of the different lines plying between here and Boston, have been seriously interfered with, and the various ferries have been not merely delayed, but altogether stopped for several hours.
Captain WARD of the City of Worcester reports that the ice between Hell Gate and City island was frozen solid with the exception of a narrow channel. Several barges and schooners are reported ashore along the sound. Not one of the ferry lines is exempt from the delays and stoppages occasioned by the storm and the Brooklyn boats especially are suffering great inconvenience.
The highest wind velocity in this city was 48 miles. At Sandy Hook the wind blew 72 miles an hour and at Block Island 60 miles.
All western and northwestern trains were between four and five hours late.
The prevailing heavy winds from the north drove the tide out so that the river is lower than it has been for years, and crafts of all descriptions encountered much difficulty in docking.
Numerous cases of half frozen and frost bitten people among the poorer classes of the city have been reported by the police and hospitals are crowded with patients.
Compared with the blizzard of 1888 there has been less snow, but the temperature has been much lower and the wind of greater velocity.
The blizzard throughout New York state was of unprecedented violence and trains at all points are practically abandoned, many freight trains being stalled in snow drifts. The weather is very cold, raging from zero down to 18 below and railroads are blockaded and country roads impassable. There has been much suffering and much damage to live stock and property.

In Michigan.
Detroit, Feb. 9. -- Dispatches reveived here indicate that the storm center for the southern peninsula of Michigan is in the southwestern portion, where trains area all badly delayed by the combination of fierce winds and heavy snows. At Benton Harbor a 48 mile gale is reported. No Big Four trains have arrived since yesterday, and Chicago and Western Michigan trains are six to seven hours late. At Mainstee the cold is severe, but less wind. At Kalamazoo and Paw Paw the snow is blinding and roads are badly blocked. At Detroit and other eastern points the wind and the temperature have moderated, the mercury now being at 7 above zero.

In Georgia And Florida.
Savannah, Feb. 9. -- The temperature promises to go down to 5 degrees above zero in sections explosed. Peas, potatoes and other field crops are wiped out, but can be replanted in time for early shipment. Great suffering exists among the negroes and a number of deaths may result among them from exposure. Reports from all parts of Florida to the railroads show that the destruction of orange, pineapple and other groves is almost complete, and the financial loss will run up into the millions of dollars.

Results Of The Storm In South Carolina.
Charleston, S. C., Feb. 9. --The blizzard has brought complete disaster on truckers, all tender plants above ground having been killed. Strawberry blossoms are killed, and the berries will be delayed four weeks beyond the usual time. It will be April before the first berries ripen. The cabbage crop will average only 25 per cent of a crop. Lettuce, marrowfat peas and other smaller vegetables are killed. The destruction is universal over the southern trucking sections and extends to Florida.

All Traffic Stopped.
Ebensburg, Pa., Feb. 9. -- The Ebensburg branch of the Pennsylvania railroad is closed up for the first time in several years. The 7:30 train stuck fast in the snow at DAVIS' cut and could not get either way. The weather is 16 degrees below zero, and nothing can be done to extricate the train and Ebensburg will be isolated from the rest of the world until the weather moderates. The mail clerk from Strongtown arrived with the mail yesterday, but could not make the return trip.

Cold In Cleveland.
Cleveland, Feb. 9. -- The blizzard raged with unabated fury throughout the day, causing more or less delay to railroad traffic and a demoralization of streetcar service. A heavy gale from the west with the thermometers slightly below zero prevailed throughout the day, causing intense suffering to everyone compelled to be out of doors. The school authorities held an informal conference and decided to close all the schools in the city at noon, owing to the extreme cold.

Trains Blocked.
Sunbury, Pa., Feb. 9. -- All Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and Reading railroad trains and blocked. Freight trains have been annulled and all passenger trains are about five hours late. The Lewisburg and Tyrone branch of the Pennsylvania between Montandon and Bellefonte, in the mountains, is drifted shut. The tracks are covered by 10 feet of snow, and drifts and slides are 20 feet deep at several points. All trains on this branch have been abandoned.

Distress In Oklahoma.
Wichita, Kan., Feb. 9. -- Dispatches from the territory tell of severe suffering. The cold snap, accompanied by great quantities of snow still prevails and is driving wild animals from the woods to the different settlements and causing much alarm among the settlers. In "K" county, O.T., last night MRS. ABNER JOHNSON and her two children while returning home were attacked by a pack of wolves, but reached shelter before the animals caught up with them.

Suffering Caused By The Cold.
Erie, Pa., Feb. 9. -- The continued cold weather has caused much suffering and inconvenience here. Fully one half the buildings of the city are heated by natural gas, piped 80 miles from the gas regions. The low temperatures has hindered the flow of the gas as well as increased the consumption. Coal and wood could not be resorted to for, in most cases, the stoves are built for gas and nothing else. Erie bay is covered with 18 inches of ice, and water pipes in all parts of the city are frozen.

In Washington.
Washington, Feb. 9. -- This city is passing through one of the severest spells of cold weather it has ever experienced. All trains are late, and most of those on the way here have been stalled in the mountains. Many cases of frost bite were reported. HENRY GLAUSMAN, a Baltimore and Ohio track walker, was terribly, perhaps fatally frozen. JAMES WHEAT, JOHN HORN and CHARLES CLARK, homeless wanderers were severely frozen.

Cold In Kentucky.
Louisville, Feb. 9. -- The present cold snap smashes all records for February in this vicinity. Hertofore the record for February was 1 degree below zero, which occurred on Feb. 11, 1883. The weather bureau records shows 10.2 below zero, but other thermometers record as low as 15 below. Reports from throughout the state show that the thermometer ranges from 8 to 20 degrees below, the latter being the lowest at Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

Damage Done By High Tide.
Providence, Feb. 9. -- The high tide has done damage in this city almost equal to the great flood of September 1868. Basements were flooded all over the city. The Narragansett Electric Lighting company plant on Elk street was rendered completely powerless, a tiday wave ruining the belts and putting out the fires. Nearly 200 firms suffered all day from lack of power, the engines and other machinery being swamped.

Hudson Bridged By Ice.
Nyack, N. Y., Feb. 9. -- The Hudson river at this point, which is three and one-half miles wide, is solidly bridged with ice. Many crossed over yesterday afternoon. A young man from Tarrytown was found in the middle of the river nearly fromen to death. WILLIAM HANDY and STEWART DUTCHER of Nyack picked him up and brought him here just in time to save his life. He is terribly frozen.

Spend A Night In A Motor Car.
Troy, N. Y., Feb. 9. -- One of the incidents of the storm here was the stalling of a motor car on the East Side last night with half a dozen persons on board, who were obliged to spend the night in the car, the blinding blizzard making it unsafe to benture out. They managed to get to a fire enginehouse a quarter of a mile away at dawn, and were almost helpless when they reached it.

Sixty Miles An Hour.
Lyons, N. Y., Feb. 9. -- The wind is blowing at the rate of 60 miles an hour with no abatement in sight. Apple and onion shippers are growing nervous fro fear their stocks in the cold storage houses will freeze. They are putting in kerosene oil heaters to get the temperature up. It is believed that the loss from freezing fruit in storage in Wayne county will run up into the thousands of dollars.

Trains Stuck In The Snow.
Springfield, Ill., Feb. 9. -- The lowest temperature was registered yesterday by the government thermometer since 1879, with the exception of January 5, 1884, when it was 22 degrees below. Railroad service is badly crippled. The Wabash is the greatest sufferer, passenger trains being several hours behind time, one train being stuck in a drift eight feet high two miles south of the city for 18 hours.

In Pittsburg.
Pittsburg, Feb. 9. --The weather is growing colder and the local weather office has issued a bulletin predicting the worst blizzard for years in this section. Railroad and streetcar traffic is seriously impeded, all through trains being late. The supply of natural gas is very short. The police rescued 10 persons from freezing last night and took them to the station houses.

Temperature In Missouri.
St. Louis, Feb. 9. -- A special to The Republic from Centralia, Mo., says: "The mercury registered 27 degrees below zero at 5 o'clock this morning, which is the coldest weather in this section of the state for 11 years. Ponds are frozen to the bottom and many farmers are out of stock water. At Edina the thermometer registered 28 below zero last night."

Business Suspended In Tennessee.
Nashville, Feb. 9. -- The lowest temperature during the past 24 hours was 6 1/2 below zero. There is much suffering among the needy classes. Because of ice in river navigation as been suspended. Reports from interior towns state all business is suspended.

Coldest Of The Winter.
Davenport, Ia., Feb. 9. --Last night was the coldest of the winter, a fitting climax to three weeks of as cold weather as was ever known here. The signal service reported 21 below zero, private thermometers registering as low as 26. There was little moderation today.

Snow Drifts Forty Feet High.
Hornellsville, N. Y., Feb. 9. -- An unknown man is said to have been frozen to death at Wellsville yesterday. A party tried to drive from here to Dansville, but found the snow drifts over 40 feet high and had to come back. No trains are now moving.

Severe All Over New England.
Boston, Feb. 9. -- Reports from all over New England indicate that the storm is one of the most severe in years. Boston harbor is choked with drift ice, and shipping is at a standstill. Trains are blockaded throughout New England and much damage was done by unprecdented high tides along the coast.

Railroads Blockaded.
Watertown, N. Y., Feb. 9. -- The severe cold wave which has prevailed over this section for the past two days has been succeeded by one of the worst blizzards this year. The snow is heavy and packs hard. The railroads are all blockaded. About a foot of snow has fallen and the storm is still raging.

The Delphos Daily Herald Ohio 1895-02-09

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