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Our Fated City
SCOURGE! 1) AGAIN
ANOTHER FIRE !
At about one o'clock this morning,
the alarm of fire, so frequent \Vith us,
was sounded upon the sleeping com
The house of Mr. Ernest Mentzcl
whs in ilnmcs, the fire originating in
rear of the building.
The difficulty in soundirigthe alarm
caused a dc'ny in summoning the hie
men. Mr. Mentzcl's house was entire
ly wrapped in Ilnmcs, arid the Elliott
.Hook and Ladder building was on
lira when the engines were got on the j
Jt was evident <hat neither Mem-:
gel's house nor the Elliott building j
could be saved.
The large st?re of Cnpt. Hamilton
was the next, and it was evident that
it was in imminent peril. It was soon
in ilames, These three buildings
were entirely consumed.
Senator Andrews' buildings; in
cluding the large livery stable, the
telegraph office of the Southern At
Jautic Company, Have Palt?er'? shoe
shop. ^Senator Andrew's store on the
corner and the Postofficc were all in
jeopaidy. The heat was intense, and
a rain of sparks showered over these
buildings, endangering them, and
also the Baptist Church aud the store
oi Mr. J. C Pike.
Here the fight was made, and a
laore gallant one never graced the
annuls of anj Fire Department.
The stable and the Baptist Church
were on fire several times; and saved
every time by the indomitable efforts
and brave heroism of the [firemen. ?
who kept a flood of water on the lino
of wooden walls. The charred and
hot wall after the buildings were
down, tell the tale of the heroic fight
and the grand victory.
The store of Mr. Kirk Robinson,
next to Capt. Hamilton's, resisted all
efforts to bo-pulled down and though
wrapped in flames was finally put out
and its wreck- is a trophy of gallant
The conduct) of the Independent*
was especially gallant and persevering.
The loss- was complete.
Mr. Mcntzel barely escaped with
his wife a ad his family.
The fetocks of Mir. Webb Bull and
Captain Hamilton- are almost entire
losses, and Mr. Robinson's also:
The insurance as far as learned i.
as follows :
Ernest Mont /.el, SlOOOj Elliott
Hook and Ladder, SloOOji Captain
Hamilton, $3500; Kirk Robinson,
Several instances efgross desorder
marred the gallant Firemen of a few
men. This should be promptly in
yestignteiUby the Town' Council.
Our Mayor, Mr. Ceo. Bolivcr, be
haved with- his accustomed prompt
ness and skill, and did much to keep
down a disturbance and direct the
work of the Firemen. The thanks of
the Firemen and citizens generally
arc due to Mr. D. Louis and Mrs.
Ezckicl for refreshments 'rapidly pre
pared aud generously furnished'.
A largo contribution has already
been made, gotten up chiefly by Mr.
Jas. "Van Tassel for the relief of M?r.
Mcntzel, the chief sufferer.
A fuller account in our next.