[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 23d The St Louis fire has now ascertained to have burned 418 buildings. Number of lives lost 20. Loss of Property $6,000,000. Two thirds of the whole sale dry goods dealers & one half of the retail commission & other stores of the city are burned out. There has Also been a great fire in Milwakie Mich. Also A great fire in China. Many thousand Houses burned, immens property destroyed & many lives lost. The great Steemer Empire on the North Ri[ver?] was run into & sunk And about 30 persons drowned.
The City of New Orleans is inundated with water And about being washed away by the Missippi River breaking through the levy & runing into the City Lives are lost immens property destroyed & danger of the whole City being washed into the Gulf of Mexico. Truly calamities are bursting upon this Nation & the Judgments of God are resting upon her.
I recieved 2 letters to day from Thomas McKenzie & Phebe Wheeler.
[source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]