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The Storm Last Evening
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), 12 Aug 1863

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The Storm Last Evening. - Shortly after seven o'clock last evening masses of clouds rolled up from the north, west and south-west, bringing with them a gale of wind, which for a few moments whirled the dust through our streets in blinding eddies. The clouds quickly overspread the whole horizon.

A deluging shower quickly laid the dust and served to relieve suffering humanity from the oppressive heat which existed previously. The scene was impressively grand. The clouds were charged with electricity, and vivid lightning, chain and forked, flashed and darted through the air in a terrific manner. We never remember seeing a pyrotechnic displaying the heavens on so grand a scale.

On shore hundreds of hearts beat with anxiety for the safety of those who had departed on the excursion to Smith's Cove in the morning. It was known that the part must be on the lake returning home when the storm arose, and the large number of persons assembled on the bridge and docks testified to the anxiety, and all experienced a grateful feeling of relief as the vessel bearing its precious freight was seen to enter the harbor in safety.

A fishing yacht was caught by the gale a short distance outside the piers and upset. A tug, we understand went to its assistance, and rescued the persons who manned the tiny craft.

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12 Aug 1863
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.45535 Longitude: -76.5105
Richard Palmer
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The Storm Last Evening