BIG FIRE AT WUCHOW, CHINA.
A Hong Kong, China, dispatch of September 27, says that hundreds of houses and many boats and pontoons were destroyed that morning by a fire at Wuchow, on the Sikiang river, 180 miles from canton. About 100 lives were lost and property valued at $250,000 was destroyed. Looting was going on; but the foreigners were safe. The conflagration is said to have been due to inc”ndiarism in connection with the recent establishment of a new interior customs station at Wuchow, the inhabitants of which are bitterly opposed to any extra taxation. It must be remembered that the houses at Wuchow, as in other Chinese cities, are built of the most flimsy materials and are all huddled together, and that there is no more pretence at fire protection than is to be found in gong-beating, redfire, banners and veils to drive the fire-devil a way.
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