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t impassable. The debris obstructed the thoroughfares, while the smouldering ruins continued to send up volumes of smoke, and citizens and visitors gazed upon the scene with a sort of strange interest. Naturally, a disaster of such formidable character paralyzed, to some extent, the energies of our people. But not many months elapsed before a change was visible; and we record it as an instance of enterprise almost miraculous, that in nine months after the occurrence of this terrible fire Richmond has sprung up to new life, and renewed her energies with all the vigor of youth. The hammer and the trowel are heard on every hand; many fine buildings, occupying the sites of those destroyed, are now approaching completion; some are already occupied, and numbers more either commenced or contracted for. On Main street, a noticeable difference between the houses being erected and the old ones is, that while the latter, in most instances, were so constructed as to be used for private re
The Richmond Medical Journal. --We have before us the first number of this journal, the prospectus for which appeared some time since in the papers of Richmond. It is edited by Drs. E. S. Gaillard and W. S. McChesney, of this city. A hasty glance at this number shows that it is one of the most promising medical periodicals ever established in this country. The necessity of a medical publication for this latitude is generally acknowledged. The Union is so extensive, stretching through to many lines of latitude, and embracing variety of climate, that it is not that a journal issued in one latitude the peculiarities of disease in a far distant one. The forms and types of disease in the South demand the treatment of physicians who have studied and practiced there, and so with the journal of medical science adapted to the same section. It should be edited by the faculty who know, by "theory and practice," all about the relations of climate and disease in the South. Every con
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