Below are some disasters reported in Harper's New Monthly Magazine for the years of 1877 & 1878
September 21.—The Western-bound Chicago express train, on the New York Central Railroad, collided with a freight train. Three persons killed and seven injured.
September 24.—A fire broke out in the upper story of the Department of the Interior, in the room containing rejected models, a large number of which were destroyed. The roof of the building was consumed.
September 28.—Great fire in Providence, Rhode Island. Loss, $675,300, and three lives.
October 4.—A furious storm of wind and rain visited the North Atlantic coast. Railway embankments were washed away by suddenly swollen streams, and trains were wrecked. On the Pickering Valley Railroad an excursion train was thrown down an embankment forty feet high, and eight persons were killed and fifty wounded. On the Bclvidere Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad five persons were reported killed. The steamer Mamachtaetts, of the Providence Line, was driven ashore on Rocky Point, Long Island, but her two hundred passengers were rescued.
October 11.—Colliery explosion near Wigan, England. Thirty-five miners killed.
October 20.—Great fire in Portland, a suburb of St John, New Brunswick. Two hundred and thirty buildings destroyed; loss, about $300,000. Several lives lost
October 22.—Colliery explosion near Glasgow, Scotland. Two hundred and thirty-two lives reported lost.
November I.—Collision between an express and a freight train on the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad. Five men killed.
November 10.—On Lake Michigan, the Canadian schooner Magellan. Eight lives lost
November 15.—Fire-damp explosion in the Jermyn Colliery, Scranton, Pennsylvania. Four men fatally and ten seriously injured.
January 2.—At Negauuee, on Lake Superior, a nitro-glycerinc explosion. Seven men killed.
January 15.—At Tariffvillc, Connecticut, an overcrowded excursion train returning from a Moody and Saukey meeting at Hartford fell through a trestle bridge into the Farmington River. Sixteen lives lost.
January 31.—The steamer Metropolis, bound from Philadelphia to Para, Brazil, with workmen and material for the Madeira and Mamoro Railroad, was driven ashore on Currituck Beach, North Carolina, in a violent gale, and totally wrecked. Nearly 100 lives lost.
February 4.—In Tien-tsin, China, an asylum for women and children was burned. Nearly 3000 lives lost
March 2.—Terrible tornado in Casey County, Kentucky. Seven lives lost, and great destruction of property.
March 5.—Destructive fire at Hot Springs, Arkansas. One hundred and fifty buildings burned, including three of the largest hotels.
March 28.—Boiler explosion on the Hudson River steamboat Magenta. Five lives lost.
March 8.—Colliery explosion near Glasgow, Scotland. Seventeen lives lost.
March 9.—Wreck of the Austrian Lloyd's steamer SphinB. Five hundred lives lost.
March 12.—Colliery explosion near Bolton, England. Forty-four lives lost.
March 24.—The British training ship Eurijdia sank in a gale off the Isle of Wight. Over three hundred lives lost.