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California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, Volume 16, Number 14, 10 January 1862 — The Flood at Stanislaus County. [ARTICLE]
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The Flood at Stanislaus County.
Mnm.nr « Ranch. Dec. 27, IS6I.
Editor Farmer : We have had one of the greatest floods in this section of the State since 1851-52. The Tuolumne river is now out of its banks nlmost from bluff to bluff. C. Osborn's ferry-boat is sunk. Branch's rope is down. The La Grange flouring mill and Rhodes' have all been in trouble. Some of the roads and bridges have washed away with the Hood. The mill came near going, and is not now out of danger by a long way. The farmers have lost a large amount of fencing. Some stock has been lost, and much more is in imminent danger, and standing only on small tracts of dry land, perhaps not more than six inches above water. At t p. m., this day the water had fallen one foot, and this afternoon not much-rmn, for the last half hour none. The storm commenced on Monday morning last, there is no possible chance for teams to travel. A great amount of damage has been done, and at this time it is utterly impossible for me to make an approximate estimate as to damage caused by the flood. Yours, in haste,
Deckmbbk 30.: —1 now proposo to state some of the damages done by the late Hood in this portion of the State, in part mentioned in ray last letter to you, of date December 27th. On Saturday night the storm commenced anew. Sunday and Sunday night almost constant rain; and yet t rains, and the most of the time it rnins hard. On the 27th the bridge over the Tuolumne at Don Pedro liar was swept away j next, down the river, the great dam owned by tho Water Company at La Grange. This dam was half a mile above town, aud some thirty feet high. Next, the dam owned by E. Dye, at the town of La Grange, and which was for tbe purpose of propelling large pumps, to throw water on the hill back of the town, for mining; total loss. And all the ranches, from La Grange nnd Garde's down, so far as I can learn, were badly injured, water running over grain fields, aud carrying away a large amount of fencing. I had 80 to 100 rods of board fence, five boards high, carried down the stroam. The most of the grapevines were entirely ruined, and a large amount of fruit trees; in fact, the gnrden and orchard were nearly ruined. Some 000 to 700 feet of flume was taken away from my garden; this conducted water from a large water-wheel I have to supply garden and orchard. The wheel withstood the torrent of waters. It stands on boats, and is twenty-nine feet high.
On the Merced river Wm. -Nelson had his bridge taken away; this came down against C. Murray's bridge, and that also wns taken, and a portion of Nelson's grist-mill, which stands a few feet below Murray's bridge. And iv all probability a large amount of damage was done on the Merced below Snelling Town, as the couutry was low and full of sloughs. The damage done is beyond calculation nt this time, in fences, buildings, stock, &c. Many of the farmers had their grain fields planted in wheat and barley. Yours, in haste, I. D. MORLST.
P. S. At Osborn's Ferry, '-• o'clock P. M., I have learned that the bridge at Don Pedro is only onehalf gone, and that all tho bridges and ferries on the Merced river arc gone. And lam just informed that the La Grange mill-dam has gone ; this was three miles from my house, nnd four miles below the town of La Grange. And yet it rains. Yours, I. D. M.
Remedy roB Ciiolic in Horses.—Many horacs are suddenly attacked with cbolic and pains, caused frequently by being fed with sour barley, or from over-feeding with barley. We have been informed by Mr. Matteson, of Murphy's, that he has found an effective remedy in the following simple ingredient: Take a piece of saleratus of the size of an egg; dissolve in n bottle, in warm water, nnd give to the horse ; lead him to to and fro immediately. This remedy und the exercise will relieve the horse effectually in ten or fifteen minutes. Simple as this remedy is, it is a valunable one, and will save horsemen trouble, anxiety, and often the life of a valuable animal.