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A FIERCE FIRE AND I)UMANT w:
An unfortunate fire occurred in .`ct
this city last Monday- morning, hi;
shortly after 1 o'clock. he
It was unfortunate in two re- Cl
spects-in the loss of property to
consumed and in the tragic result cu
-for one human life was the sac- fla
rifice of the fiery enemy. in
It was an exceedingly fierce fire; ac
a raging, angry, dangerous con- at
fiagration. The buildings de- al:
stroyed were the hotel of Mr. An- of
drew E. Maloney, on the corner oi ar
Louisiana and Lake streets, scarce
ly completed, and those of Mrs. d1
M. L. Bourquin, hard by to the th
northward, and fronting Louisiana to
street. These had not yet been w
The buildings were all of wood bi
and their recent painting made
them all the more inflammable and h(
the flames took hold and devoured w
them as would a hungry tiger a sc
juicy victim in its grasp. I al
It is said that an alarm was d.
sounded from two boxes, 14 and 'hi
27, the latter being the correct one. h,
This is stic~to have caused some
delay in reaching the scene, as e'
Caddo No. 2 dashed down to 14 d
instead of straight out the street to J,
the scene. This may be hear-say; o:
we don't know. a:
Our firemen are skillful, dexter- ti
ous workers, and they made an n
onslaught with their usual vim, u
but they were at a terrible di;ad- tl
vantage from the beginning. tl
There was no plug nearer than n
a block away and only one at that. 0
This was 'utilized, and by this
time the heat was so intense that 1(
the Union Depot, nearly a hun- P
dred.feet away, was scorched, the I
window frames becoming warped c
and contorted. Great billows of 8
flame could be seen stretching out
from the terrible furnace andI
sweeping the streets.
The fireman now began their
fight, but it was useless. The fire i
was too hot, the distance from the 3
plug too great, and some say the S
water pressure was not sufficient. S
So it could be seen the buildings
were doomed. Thirty barrels of E
whiskey exploding at once in the t
Maloney Hotel added to the con
fusion and intensity of the scene. '
But the worst is not yet. So far '
only the serio-comedy has been '
presented. In the hotel were
guests who were trying to escape
as the flameslenveloped the house.
These were Mr. H. S. Newcomb, a
news agent of Kansas City; Mr.
Frank Rose, wife and daughter, of I
Saginaw, Michigan, on their way <
to Port Arthur. These last three
had been detained in Shreveport
by the quarantine regulations.
Mr. Newcomb essayed to save
his life by jumping from a second
story window. In falling he sus
tained a fracture of the right and
Mr. and Mrs. Rose and dartghter
,were r(UnIag o leave the building
when Mr. Rose. by v m-nle lmeans. ing
tripped and fel. and the ilame- is :
S- 'eIned t , .i t:a v lp),n)el.'. upon ceE
him. Hi anizin appta-s for w,
helr h, ed ' P: Lv t:rr, ]n man itic
i Charl-s \Va~ncr. wh resp,,nded ren
I to he cry and went to his aid, res- Mr
t cu,'d himn) from the tormenting me
I Iames, being himself badly blurnd col
in thie i.fort. thus dispainyin an I
act of heroism that few men dare re:
- attempt and -nchuld win him the wit
- appr.cl(1atn a nd c'om:endatnion tur
- of all people who admire chivairy
i and devotion to duty.
- In the meantime 'Mrs. Rose and -
daughter had missed Mir. Rose for ci
e the first time. and hastened back su(
a to ascertain, if possible, where he li
n was. In reaching the scene both ed.
got in reach of the flames and were
d burnt, Mrs. Ro e considerably so mn
e The four were then taken to the an
d hospital, where every assistance on
d was rendered, but Mr. Rose was vie
a so severely injured that he died co
about 0 o'clock. Mrs. Rose and of
; daughter remained there, while m,
d Mr. Wagner was conveyed to his O,
Le The Rose family were swept of
i.s everything by the fire, and Tues- onu
14 day Mr. C. E. Peroncel and Mr. fir
:o Joe Levy kindly assumed the role R.
of solicitors from our citizens such tic
amounts as they desired to con
r- tribute, and a very snug little sum it
.n was thus gathered from the treas- tr
a, ure caves of Charity. Neither gen- pc
i- tleman was a-ked to do this, and W
the gracious recipients knew h;
in naught of it until the testimonial
't. of sympathy was tendered.
is Comparatively speaking the ul
at losses fell heavily on all whose
1_ property fell beneath the flames.
ie The houses of Mrs. M. L. B )uTquii
,d cost $2,250. She was insured for u
ut The hotel, owned by Mr. J.
Id Henry Shepherd, cost $3,600, and o
was insured for 82,000. T
dir The stock, furniture and fixtures e'
re in the hotel and bar, owned by fi
he Mr. A. E. Maloney., were valued at
ie $7,5000, on which there was an in
it. surance aggregating $5,300. n
The house of Mr. A. A. Zodiag, d
of and occupied by Mr. W. A. Kelly
he as a bar and lunch room, was d
n_ lamaged in the sum of $1,000 and F
1e. was fully covered by insurance. a
`ar Then there was the Union Depot, s
en which also suffered some damage.
sre It has been estimated that the loss a
pe was about $14,550, covered by in
Se. surance to the amount of 59,900, or E
a a total general loss of $4,600. I
Ir. In the general compilation of 1
of fires this loss may seem insignifi- c
ay cant, but none of these are able to
*ee sustain even that small sum, in the
art eyes of the great financial world. I
It is to be regretted that Mr. t
Ive Maloney, and energetic business I
nd man and liberal young citizen, i
- should be burned out just as he &
nd began business at this stand. His I
establishment was neat, attractive I
ter and modern, and would no doubt 1
- have won its way into the travel- -
, , -. . . ..:, : . .. ...
ing public's favor. Mrs. Bourquin AI
is a progressive woman, has ex- Trr
I celent lusine -s judgment and
r would soon have been in a pos
1 ition t) recetive an income froin
I rentals from] these three stores. gr
M- r. Shepherd is also one of our lar
most liberal citizens and his loss tha
I comes heavy just now.
In fact this little center was a
e regular region of new buildings. cei
e with handsome furniture and lix- p3'
THIE WVELSH MONITOR. V.
d Monday THE PROGRESS re
r e ived three copies-different is- bo
k sues-of the Welsh Monitor, pub- pa
e lished at Welsh, this State, and th
h edited by Mr. John D. Wilson. drn
e We do not recall ever having ",
0 met Brother Wilson. but his utter- be
e ances show him to be a brave man, no
one with the courage of his con
s victions, and THE PROGRESS wel- be
d comes him into the fraternal field e
d of Louisiana and hopes he will No
Le meet with our association in New th
is Orleans on December 14th and 15th.
3i The Morehouse Clarion reached It
our office Monday morning, the
r. first copy we have seen since Mr. b3
le R. B. Todd resumed the publica- Ce
-h tion. b'
THE PROGRESS is glad to have $
m it on its table once more, and we 1,
s- trust to see it and Louisiana Ap- oC
a- peal lock horns again, as was their '
id wont before they united under the L
.w hyphenation of Clarion-Appeal. S1
Morgan City Review of last Sat- c:
he urday came to us printed on the e'
se back of a small sheet of wallpaper.
We do not know whether Brother r
i Jolly did this simply to be senti- f
:or mentally reminiscent, or whether e
newspaper was not to be had. h
J. Oh, yes, we lacked to have left a
ad out an important part of this story.
True to his convictions the worthy
'es editor used tinted paper with gilt a
by figures. He's a goldbug, you see.
n- A lively fight between white and a
negro newsboys took place in In- C
tg, dianapolis, Indiana, on October t
Ily 14th inst., that required a large .
,as detail of police a full hour to quell. i
*nd Broken heads, arms and legs, I
ce. about equally divided, was the re
ge. Senator Turpie of Indiana, has
iss announced himself a candidate
in- for re-election for the United 4
or States Senate and does so as a I
prominent advocate of Cuban
of liberty. Let's see what the Hooser
ifi- State will do!
the Strange, but only our State ad
[. ministration newspapers declared
%fr. the last Democratic National plat
ers form un-Democratic! If another
en, in Louisiana, claiming to be Dem
he ocratic, ever passed such a criti
Fis cism upon it, THE PROGRESS has
ive never seen it. Nor do we say that
ubt every supporter of the administra
re* tion dLid
- C -~Yi7;i -~~ii~d
A PARK OUT OF A GRAVEYARD.
Transformation Scene Tnkinf PIlane
on West Side of New York City.
Workmei. in the employ of the city
of New York have begun to transform
the famous old St. Johns burying
ground into a park. First they dug a
large pit, and into it they threw more
than 900 ancient tombstones. On some
of these stones were cut names that
were once 'well known ifr New York
Five thousand bodies were buried in the
cemetery, that is now in a crowded
part of the TWest side and is needed for
a r~easure ground for the people of the
district. Trirnity corporation fought
hard for the old burying ground, but
e.'as defeated and obliged to accept
$520,000 for the land. Some of the
bodies were disinterred and removed,
but the othersrwill be undisturbed, the
park grounds being laid out abova
them. One New Yorker whose kin
dreds' graves were to be covered by a
,walk is said to have obtained a modi
fication of the plans, by which a flower
bed will be above the bodies. Until
now the century old tom'btones, the
inscriptions on whose faces had been
nlmo t effaced by the hand of time,
have been objects of 'wonder and inter
s est to strangets, telling of a time when
I New York was a little community at
the southern end of Manhattan island.
THE RYE CROP.
It Is a Disanppointment as Indleated
by the Final Returns. -
e A disappointing rye crop is indicated
by final returns to the American Agri
culturist. Instead of some 28,000,000
bushels expected from earlier indica
lions, the crop of the United States now
e figures out about 25,000,000 bushels
e 1,000,000 more than last year and 2,000,
- 000 less than in 1895 and 1894. The in
crease is mainly in Pennsylvania, the
r western cropbeingquite disappointing.
e Latest European crop advices are con
flrmatory of serious shortages in rye,
especially in Russia. Germany's rye
crop seems to be somewhat larger than
earlier reports indicated, but reduced
estimates for France and other coun
*. tries barely offset this. Stocks of old
-r rye at home and abroad are lower than
[- for years, and export demand for Amer
ican rye continues very active. Exu
cept during the fall of 1895 and 1896, rye
had not been so low as at present
ft since before 1890.
y. PREVENT PREMATURE BURIALS.
It Subject Attractlng Conslierable At
tentlon at Preent '"Nme la Italy.
The subject of premature burial is
just now attracting interest in Italy,
id according to a report of United states
. Consul Mantius, atTurin. He says that,
realizing that there is at present no in
fallible test that may be applied to pre
re vent the horrifying cases of persons
11. being buried alive, a number of prom
inent physicians and laomen are at
work preparing reports on the sub
ject. These will be made the striking
feature of the medical department of
national exposition next April at Turin.
Reports of a similar kind are expected
te from all over the world, as prizes will
Pd be offered for the best solution of the
a problem, and the consul says inestim
able good to the cause will result if the
an people of the United States interest!
er themselves in it.
Billions of Nseedles ]ade Annmally.
A German paper calls attention to
1- the extraordinary tact that in Aaeien
ed (Aix la Chapelle) alone 800 tons of
t- steel wire are used up annually in the
manufacture of needles-4,500,000,000
er in number, valued at $1,500,000. And
n" it again asks the old question: "What
ti- becomes of all the needles in the
Iat Few Peros ea h Ol As.
Of every 1P00 persons only one
a- reaches the ageoa t 00 yeasmad meot
mor. than slasheait years.