Dr. O. H. Buford

New Orleans Hurricane
September 8, 1900

From New Orleans

Dr. Buford and Sergeant Quinn Turn up Safe !

Owing to the prostration of the telegraph lines, news trickled into this city tonight very slowly, with respect to the twenty-four hours' storm that swept the country last night for miles around, but the wires brought at least one cheering piece of information and that was that Dr. O. H. Buford and Sergeant Quinn of the United States military forces, who were reported drowned, had been miraculously saved, and had turned up safe and sound at Fort St. Phillip today.  The damage done about New Orleans was trifling, amounting only to the cost of fences blown down and truck farms on the outskirts flooded.  At the resorts of the lakeshore, where it is feared there would be very considerable damage, none of any very serious character occurred.  Wharves and revetments withstood the fury of the blow and in spite of the shallowness of Lake Pontchartrain and its choppy sea, no water craft seems to have succumbed to the gale.  The mostly costly damage done by the storm has been to the rice and cane crops.

At the hotels tonight there were some forty Louisiana planters from various sections of the state.  They gave different estimates of the damage done, but both in the Southeastern and Southwestern portions of the state the cane seems to have been badly blown down and the rice fields damaged.  Both the young cane and the maturing stalks suffered and many thousand acres lay flat this morning.  With favorable weather the damage to cane will probably be materially reduced. The damage suffered by the rice, and rye is likely to be considerable.  There was a large crowd at the depot of the Grand Isle train when it pulled into the station tonight.  Those present expected dire tidings from below.  Superintendent Landry and other officials of the road, however, said that the news they had to bring was both good and bad.  It was good in that definite information came of the rescue of the two army officers and bad in that it had been leaned the very heavy damage had been done to the growing crops.  The Grand Isle road traverses some of the finest sugar and rice plantations in the state.  So far as can be learned tonight the storm seems to have been attended with practically no loss of life.  The owners of the telegraph line running from here to Port Eads were able to get communication as far down as Fort St. Phillip.  Gangs have been sent out to restore the broken communication.

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A note of interest:
William McKinley was the seated President at the time and was re-elected a month AFTER the Hurricane.  However, there was no mention
of the storm being blamed on him OR on Global Warming. 
AMAZING !!!


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