Natches, Jan. 1.
built at Pittsburgh, so long expected here, arrived on
Monday evening last [Dec. 30] with several passengers,
after a very remarkably short passage. This
Boat, it is said, is intended to be a regular packet
from this place to New Orleans and will make a trip
down and back in from 5 to 7 days.
We have conversed with a gentleman who
came passenger in the Steamboat lately arrived here and
are informed that the Earthquake, shocks of which were
felt here a week or two since, has done great injury to
the settlements on the Ohio and Mississippi, by throwing
down houses, chimneys, etc. and in one or two instances
islands in the Mississippi, of considerable magnitude,
had been sunk or destroyed. That the river on both
sides fell into a prodigious extent and at one place
about 300 acres caved in of a solid body. He also
informs that the western side of the river was the most
affected—and that the shocks lasted about twelve days,
with intervals of fifteen or twenty minutes.