The explosion of the H. R. W. Hill.
--The explosion of the steamer H. R. W. Hill
, near New Orleans, on the 1st inst., has been mentioned.
Fifteen persons were killed and twenty wounded. The explosion was of a remarkable character.
The boiler-head was driven out only from the upper part, and doubled over in its centre, having the appearance of a circular book cover half closed.--When the explosion took place this boiler-head was only partly bent over, consequently the steam and water escaped upwards in great force, and broke the floor of the saloon and damaged some of the state-rooms.
As the steam and water gained egress, the pressure against the boiler-head caused it to fall over as already described, and then the steam and water took a horizontal course, dashing in the greatest fury aft over the cotton bales, where some forty-five persons, deck passengers and all hands, all Irishmen, were sleeping.
Glidden Marks, of New Albany, Ind.
, was killed, and Henry Foster
, of Memphis
, badly scalded.
The killed were chiefly deck hands.
G. W. Scurry
, of Nashville
, the barber and Charles Hugger, of the same place, leaped overboard and were drowned.