Paris Papers contain no domestic intelligence of any interest. The
accounts from Spain are more distressing than any previously received, for they
clearly show that the yellow fever rages with increasing violence in Cadiz, and
other places afflicted by this dreadful malady. The approach of the cold
weather is looked to by the people with great anxiety, as from it alone do they
expect any relief from their present sufferings.
Advices from Spain state, that the Spanish Government, observing there
was little prospect of an abatement of the malady had removed the
restrictions on trade preventing vessels from entering and departing from the port of
Cadiz, as this regulation had produced considerable distress. They further add,
that two British vessels, with Spanish licenses had arrived at Cadiz, and
several English vessels had taken their departure for South America, but without
convoy, so that it is apprehended that some of them will fall into the hands of
Patriot privateers, This intelligence is not mentioned in the Paris Papers.
A letter from Cadiz mentions the following circumstance:
"The dead cart, which every evening conveys to the graves, the victims
of the malady, met in its way a porter, stretched at length, and seemingly
dead, at the extremity of the street. No doubt was entertained that this was a
vomito negro, and he was thrown into the cart among the dead bodies. In the
meantime the fellow was only drunk; and the motion of the cart restoring his
senses at the very moment when it arrived at its destination, terrified at the
horrible company in which he found himself, he threw himself out of the cart, and
ran away at the utmost speed.
Several days have since elapsed, and no change has taken place in the
porter's health. It is therefore concluded, that strong liquors are
preventative against yellow fever. A physician proposes to publish a dissertation on
this subject, which will shortly appear.
The news from all parts of Spanish America has latterly been extremely
favourable to the cause of independence. Relieved as Buenos Ayres and Chili
will shortly be from every apprehension regarding the Cadiz Expedition;
decisive measures will be concerted for the complete emancipation of Peru.
DREADFUL GALE AT
You have no doubt, heard of our late hurricane; the force of the wind
and the sea was terrific; in about two hours the water rose about 20 feet
perpendicularly, sweeping every thing before it. All human skill and knowledge
availed nothing. A hurricane so early in the season, and with such violence and
duration, is not recollected by the oldest inhabitants. Houses and tress, which
had withstood storms for many years, were totally destroyed and swept away.
Upwards of 100 human bodies have already been interred, in a space of
only 30 miles along the coast. Carcasses of animals of various descriptions,
sea fowl and fish, line the shore; it appears literally to have been a war of
elements, for the feathered and finny tribe appear to have suffered as much as
man and beast.
Not a vessel, that I have heard of, has survived the gale between the
Lake Borgue and Mobile Bay.