On Friday night last, the wind shifted suddenly from the South to the N. West, and at about 2 A.M. blew a gale; which continued with unusual severity for about 12 hours. At 4 A.M. the steamer Oneida, Capt. Childs, was seen off our harbor in her trip up the Lake - she was unable to make the port, and after an unavailing effort was driven back to Sackets Harbor. She came in on Monday morning, and has we understand, suffered no great damage
.The steamer St. Lawrence, Capt. Van Cleve, on her passage down the lake was for some time in a dangerous condition, but finally made our Harbour in safety at 11 o'clock on Saturday. The steamer John Marshall with emigrants from Kingston for this port, was driven ashore near Stoney Point, where she lies out of water. No lives were lost. We have heard of no other serious accidents upon Lake Ontario.
GREAT LOSS OF PROPERTY AND AWFUL LOSS OF LIFE ON LAKE ERIE.
The Buffalo Commercial Advertiser of Saturday, gives melancholy details of the most disastrous effects of the gale at Buffalo. Six steamboats and a large number of sail vessels and canal boats, were driven ashore, and many of them wrecked. Piers and wharves were broken up and destroyed - many valuable buildings and an immense amount of property was destroyed.
Thirty-seven dead bodies were discovered when the Advertiser went to press on Saturday and while the storm was still raging. We have verbal accounts of the discovery of some 90 dead bodies. Whole families perished in their dwellings, floated away by the water or demolished by the wind. Fearful apprehensions are entertained for further accounts from Lake Erie.