The town of Baja, in the county of Bacs, on the was almost totally destroyed by fire, about 2000 houses were burned, with the palace, several churches <&> all the great corn magazines leaving about 1600 inhabitants destitute. The plaque is raging in the east, at Silistria Broussa, Alexandria, Aleppo &c— and wars & rumors of wars in Spain, Mexican & South American governments. French & arabs in Africa, Russia & Circassia, <Egypt>, & the east Indies, and the Revolutions all bespeak betoken the fulfilment of prophecy.
<7> Thursday 7 The city of Natchez was this day destroyed <almost> in a moment, by whirlwind storms & Tempest,— it is reported, 60 boats sunk. Houses & churches blown to atoms, more than 300 persons killed, & $5000000 of property destroyed, nearly the whole country on the for 1100 miles from its mouth is under water.
“ (O L. 151. 2. 3) ” The Island of Ternate was nearly ruined by earthquakes in on the 14, & 15th. of February 1840.
<<18[th.]> Monday 18, met the brethren at Elder Kington’s where they had a tea party, prayer, singing, confirming ordaining— & about 20 were baptized.— thus they> continued their labers as usual <from place to place> until, Wednesday the 20th. where they found themselves with one accord on the top of Beacon, & within the old fortification, when after prayer, they expressed their feelings concerning the business of the church; which were, (as they had obtained money for printing the Hymn book and in part sufficient for the Book of Mormon.) that proceed <repair> immediately to , & join his brethern previously appointed with him on a committee for the printing of the Hymn Book, & cause 3000 copies to be issued without delay. Also that the same committee be a committee to cause 3000 copies of the Book of Mormon, to be printed & completed, with as little delay as possible, with an index affixed to the same, and the form of the book to be at the disposal of the committee, Their feelings views were written & signed by Elder & , when left direct for ; saw at the Potteries who approved the Beacon conference [p. 9]