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THE ABGUS. MONDAY, aPK i L. 13, 1891.'
FOOD, FOR FLAMES.
Seven Buildings at Chicago Re
duced to Debris.
BOTE SIDES CF A STBEET EJ FLAMES.
Hundred of Live Endangered But Only
One Fatal Casualty Kohl & Middle
ton a Dime Slasram and Smytha'a Fur
niture Emporium Licked Vp The Hay
mark rt Theatre Damaged Panic in
the Mnsenm Nerve and Grit Displayed
tn the Theatre Incident of the Die
. aster A Million Dollar' Worth o(
Chicaoo, April 13 One of Che fiercest
and most disastrous fires the Chicago de
partment has fought la many years swept
through West Madison street yesterday
afternoon. The big Smytha building,
that extends from Union half vray to
Halstead street, was destroyed, and with
it the contents of John M. Smythe & Co. 'a
furniture house, the largest retail estab
lishment in the world. All that is left of
Kohl 8t Middleton's west aide dime
museum is a heap of bricks and charred
timbers. On the north side of Madison
street, from Ution street to the llayniar
ket theatre block, five building were de
stroyed Three of them tumbled down
before the maelstrom of fire, and at one
time the roof and a portion of the front of
the theatre building was burning so
fiercely that everybody thought it would
share the fate of its neighbor.
A Iiih of About S1.0O0.00O.
The firemen managed to save the struc
ture ia a seriously damaged condition.
The total loss is estimated at something
less than tl.OOO.OOO. John M. Smythe
and Co. alone will lose nearly J630,00a
an extraordinary feature of the conflagra
tion, was the lack of fatalities. One man,
Alexander Grant, had his legs, broken
and his skull fractured. A fireman was
injnred by a flying piece of mortar, and
two or three spectators, who got inside
the danger line, were hurt, but none of
them soseriously that they were unable to
go borne unaided. The fire originated In
the wagon shed of John M. Smythe & Co.,
directly in tLe rear of the mueum.
Facie at the Dime Mnseam.
Five hundred persons were in the lower
hall of the museum when the flames
burst out in the rear of the stage. Some
one in the audience saw the smoke creep
ing out throught the scenes and the alarm
was given. A rush was made for the doors
and tboe who sat nearest the stage were
panic stricken. Half of the audience was
composed of women and children and they
occupied the seats in front. The flames
caught hold of the light, inflnmrnable
scenery, and soon made short work of it.
Smoke filled the hall while the people
. were struggling to get out, aud tongues
of flame leaped from one side the nar
.row stage to the o'.her.
The Hall Emptied in Sixty Seconds.
Many of the women f.iinted or were
overcome by the smoke, aud had to be
carried out. William Alexauder. the
doorkeeper, was standing at the entrauce
when those who were in the rear of the
house came rushing out. The doors were
torn from their hinges by the crowds that
surged against them. The doorkeeper
prang inside the entrance and kept the
people from tramping on each other in
their eagerness to escspe. Ia less than
sixty seconds the hall was emptied, but
the audience t,ot out none too soon, for
the flames lia-i already taken hold of tue
Chairs in front.
The I ire Across the Street.
By this time Smythe A; Co. 's bin build
ing clear down to Union street wa-i
ablaze. The flames ran through the in
flammable stock like a whirlwind, burst
ing through the roof and front windows,
and leaping clear across the ttreet until
they touched the buildings there. The
northwest corner of Madison aud Union
btreets, occupied by Alfred I'eats as a
wallpaper Louse, was the next to catch
fire. The three story structure next door,
the lower floor of which was occupied by
Barr Bros, as a bat store, was slowly
crumbling under the influence of the heat.
The other buildings, including the com
paratively new one of six stories, which
was known as La Barce's Recess, clear ti
the east line of the Haymarket, were on
fire. Men and women were tumbling
through tbeiropen door auJ running for
their lives. Some of them barely escaped.
Didn't Wait for the Lrntt Art.
Nearly 1,000 persons were assembled in
the Haymarket theatre waiting for the
last act of the performance, but they were
, dismissed at once through the alley way
leading to Union street, in good orderand
without the slightest evidence of a panic.
All the streets approaching the fire were
filled with people, and so dense did the
crowds get that they became nearly un
manageable, and it required a third of
the entire police force to keep those who
were nearest the building from rushing
headlong into places where their lives
would not have been worth a moment's
purchase. Every engine that could be
placed within 630 feet of the fire was
called out and pat at work. Pipemen
were distributed all over the neighbor
hood in the alleys and street, on house
tops, and even iu threatened buildings,
where they were held in readiness to fight
the fire the moment it appeared.
firemen Withdrawn Just In Tim.
Fresh relays of men were sent down the
fiery gauntlet in Madison street, where,
despite the heat and the wavering walls,
which- rocked aud tottered above their
beads, they poured water into the burning
buildings iu torrents. They t-tayed there
until Inspector Suay ordered them to re
treat, and as they slowly retired, t.
museum frout went down with a terrific
roar, when the interior of the buildin
collapsed. This was but the beginning of
the disintegration. The entire frout of
Smytbe'stown market tottered and finally
toppled over into the street, landing in
an immense heap upon the very spot from
which the firemen bad so recently
retreated. The wall paper house of
Peat was the only one of the five build
ings on the north side of Madison street
that caught fire that did not go down.
The others collapsed like bouses of cards,
-Flumes Fed on Whisky.
The fire then got into Hannah & liogg's
handsome saloon, which occupied the
store ou the weal extremity ef the Hay
market buiidiug, uud destroyed the wboie
interior before it could be checked. Ber
ry's stock of confections was ablaze at one
time, but the lre wascunght before it bad
proceeded fur. uud the place was compar
atively uniujured. After, the' burned
buildings hud gone to piece the firemen
concentrated their efforts on the Haymar
ket theatre building, which was afire in
half a dozen pluces, aud succeeded in sav
in a; it in a badly damaged condition.
With the Haymarket safe, there t as little
for the firemen to do but dire.-t their
streams against the blazing piles, i nd they
continued to do this until the last vestige
of fire had disappeared.
IN THE AMUSEMENT PLACES.
How the Crowds Cot Oat of tlie Hay
market and Dime Museum
The whisper "fire" ran throt gh the
Haymarket, where there were 2,000' per
sons in the building, and nothing but the
coolness of the management prevented a
terrible panic. The actors and actresses
were first warned, and they made some
lightning changes. George Fait closed
the iron folding doors at the entianra to
the parquet, and stood guard over them.
The warning to the actors and ectresses
had taken but a minute, but greet waves
of smoke rolled into the entrance of the
theatre. To allow this smoke to eater the
auditorium would hare create! t panic
immediately. The ushers were instructed
to pass down the aisles and tell the
people quietly that there was a fire
across the way and that the side ei.trances
would be thrown open for exit.
A Hurried Movement But No Panic.
Without a word the people in the par
quet and in the orchestra circles got up
from their seats and made for the side ex
its on the alleyway and those iu the rear.
They were hurried in their movements,
but there was no panic. Those in the bal
conies came crowding down th-a stair
ways, but the ushers guided them along
to the exits. The work was done quietly
and well. Suddenly some fool iu the sec
ond balcony, overwrought by fear, yelled
"Fire!"' There was a terrible hush, like
the calm before the storm. The voices of
the maunder and treasurer werj heard
amid the dead silence calling o it that
there was not the slightest danger
A Fool Choked Oft Instanter.
Treasurer Fair, as soon as he h ard the
cry, sprang up-staiis, and with un oath
choked a second yell on the point of ntter-
ance. "By , he hissed in the fellow's
face, "shout again and I will k U you."
There was no time for argument, and he
dragged the idiot down stairs. This
action probably saved a panic and subse
quent loss of li.'e. Those who wersstrick
en with a fear that they would be burned
in the theatre preferred.however, to get a
chance of going out quietly to beini; thrust
out, and they kept their moutln closd.
The calm and confident tones of ti e man
ager were again heard telling tht people
there was no danger if they kept q liet. In
a moment the theatre was empty.
I'pstair in the Museum.
While the ru-h for the doors was going
on in the theatre hall on the grouud floor
of the Dime museum, a much more eril
ons position was theirs who : were :n curio
hall on the fourth floor. There w.-re half
a dozen freaks on show, and at the mo
ment the fire was discovered the rear of
the building was in a blaze. Theri were
two exits from the floor. One of them,
which led to the hall below; was barred
with an iron gate. It is opened only when
an audience leaves the curio hall on its
way down. The other exit is a broa 1
stairway ler.c'.ing from the strees. The
400 persons who were on .this floor rushed
for the latter exit. It was blockaded in a
few seconds, and then part of the crowd
ran across the hall to the exit tb.it was
barreil by the iron gate. The barr er was
broken, and down the narrow stairway
men and women rushed terror-stricken.
The frightened people scrambled down
the stairs into the hall below, and were
there met by the crowd that poured down
from the exit proper.
Made a Cripple of Himself.
Officer Patrick Sheehy forced 1 is way
up to the third floor and ordered t le peo
ple at the point of his revolver to I e calm
or he would shoot the Grt person 'vho re
fused to obey him. He succeeded ia quiet
ing the panic-stricken people, and with
one exception they all reached t hi-street
iu safety. Alexander Grant, a punter,
living at '57 North Ada streel, jumped
out of the second-story window an 1 both
of his lejcs were broken. The gypsies were
the first to escape from the curio hall, and
Mme. Carver was the lv-t persor down
the stairway. Jr.st ahead of the g antess
Wi.s Ijffiy-tta aud his wife, the albino
woman. Layfayette carried th big
hea.ied boy down in his arms and ( eneral
Carver was taken down in the same way.
The Monkey Let Looc
After the ball had been emptied Officer
Sheehy ran to the case where the mon
keys were kept and opened the door.
They were chattering and screaming with
terror. By this time flames and smoke
were pouring in through the rear win
dows. The moukeys were trying to break
t crouch the cage, and when the door was
opened by Sheehy the little creatures
sprang out and scampered towa-d the
stairways. Some of them fell victims to
the flames, while others gained tht front
windows on the second floor, and, by
swinging themselves along the cornice,
dropped to the sidewalk. They ran
tbroueh the crowd snapping at thoe who
tried to pick them up. Crowds of boys
left the fire and chased the monkeys for
A Tremendous Crowd ot People.
The day was fine and the peoplo were
out iu force. In five minutes f ro n the
time the flames were visible fror.i East
Madison street both sidewalks were
blocked with people from the lake 'o the
river, all hurrying- to tbe scene f the
conflagration. It was tbe same way oa
Washington and other parallel streets.
From ail parts of the west sice the
crowds came, until for blocks arouiid the
fire there was one unbroken nuss of
bumanity. From any point oc M;dison
street the scene was a lurid one. Great
masses of flame were bursting out of the
doomed huiidiDgs and reaching across the
street. Mingled with the ruddy :lames
were volumes ef black smoke, aud now
and agaiu portions of the flame see tied to
break away from tbe mass and fling them
selves against the fronts of the bui. dings
opposite. The tons of water poured into
the buildincs seemed to have net the
least effect, and it was not until tt e col
lapse came that the firemen could te said
to be making any headway.
SOME LIVES PERHAPS LOST.
One Boy Fatally Hurt Late at N ghs
People in the Window.
Later. Late last night, while tie fire
men were working in the debris, a shed
in the rear of tbe Smythe ruins tumbled
down aud a boy named Francis G tmble
was so badly injured that be died about
It p. m. C 1L Messinger, a traveling
mail who was stopping at the Hayn arket
hotel, was caught under the falling shed
and badly bruised and burned.
An fanuranee Reporter's Fear.
Reporter Gillen, ot the Fire Insurance
Patrol, thinks that lives were lost in the
fire. He says: "While working it tbe
alley behind tLe museum I saw at veral
persons at the windows who appea-ed to
be seeking for means of exit. Thai was
after the musuem was supposed to have
been emptied. I burried around to tbe
front, and was told that every person bad
escaped from the building. Those I saw
from the rear may have gotten out, but 1
have my doubts about it.
The Losses and Insurance.
The losses were distributed as follows
J. M. Smythe & Co., furniture, JCOO.OOa
Mrs. La Bertce, $75,000; A. H. Peats, wali
paper, r36,CO0; Neely Bros., :,000; Pat
terson block, owned by KHis&Shephards,
F25,0f, James Casey, brick building, $20
000; Kohl 6c Middleton, dime museum,
tiO.OUO; Mr. Irmann, cigars, tSO.OOO; A.
Kaempfer, jswelry, 15,00, Barr Bros.,
hats aud caps, tT,000; J. M. Gettman, Hay
market hotel, $3,000; A. Gerhard, barbel
shop, $8,000; total, 5.000. Insurance:
J. M. Smythe, t3-0,000; Neely Bros.. t-H),-000;
Mrs. La Berge. $35,000; A. H. Peats,
$20,000. Kohl & Middleton of the dime
museum, . allowed their policy to lapse,
and lose everythiue.
Had Sudden Business Elsewhere.
Davisboro, Ga., April 13. For two
weeks a revival has been in progress here
among the members cf tbe Christian
church. The Rev. John Minson, pastor
of tbe Wrightsville church, was the chief
exherter. A letter, with a Columbus post
mark. addressed to him fell into the wrong
bands last week. It was signed "Annie,"
and it begged her husband to hurry home
and see his dying child. Mr. Minsou had
a wife here with him, and the only reply
he made was an instant departure for
Atlanta, on tbe pretexr that a long-lost
son wanted to meet him there.
Mrs. Jav G. Blaine, Jr.
Xew York, April 13. The Recorder
says that Mrs. James G. Blaine, Jr., is
about to take up ber residence in South
Dakota. She will reside there long enough
to obtain an absolute divorce from her
husband,- tbe youngest son of secretary
Blaine. Mrs. Blaine has been contem
plating taking this step for some time.
Young Elaine is in Spain as Secretary to
Special Envoy Foster. It is said that
Mrs. Blaine will marry Dr. Bull, her late
physician, as soon as she secures a divorce.
She Need Looking After.
Kansas Citt, Mo., April 13. Carrie B.
Ellsworth, the daughter of a wealthy
commission merchant of that name, who
has recently figured here as a kleptoma
niac, was arrested Friday night. The
firm from whom she procured goods
under false pretenses declined to prose
cute her. but the grand jury took up the
case and pending its action she was ar
rested on a beuch warrant. Mr. Ells
worth arrived here Saturday to look alter
his daughter and went on her bond.
Going to Organize the Democracy.
Washington Citt. April 13 Hon. W.
L. Wil-on, of West Virginia, left this city
to-day ou a tour of tbe west for the pur
pose of organizing Democratic clubs. His
trip will extend to Taconia, Washington,
and will occupy several months. He goes
as. the representative of the National as
sociation of Democratic clubs, and long
before the fail caiupaigu opeus there will
be a Democratic club m every voting pre
cinct in the United StHtes.
Shot a Murderer to Ieath
Zealand, Wash., April 13. Forty
masked men broke j;il here at 1 o'clock
Saturday morning aud shot to death John
Rose and John Edwards, who were con
victed of the murder ol Hans Frederick
sea and his wife about a year ago. The
men were confined in jail awaiting a new
trial. The murder was committed in cold
blood and was for the purpose of obtain
ing possession of a piece of laud on which
Fredericksen was living.
The Gal-iia to Go Into Dry Dock.
Washington City, April i:s The navy
department has ordered the Galena placed
ia dry dock at Portsmouth, X. IT... where
a survey will be made to ascertain wheth
er she can be repaired within the legal
limit of 20 per cent, of the original cost.
There is little hope of saving her, for her
bottom is believed to have been bad.y
brokeu bv pounding ou the rocks at Gay
Some Hope for Gen. Spinola.
Washington City, April li Gen.
SpinoU's physicians and friends report 1
a marked and continued iuiproremeat ia
his condition during the twenty-four
hours ended Hst evening, aud l;ite last
night felt more hopeful l.iau it any time
duriug the p.ist week.
Will If ni.in 1 Some Kail way Lands.
Washington City, April U Secretary
Xoble has instructed the commissioner of
the general land office to make a demand
upon the Dubuque and Pacific railroad
for the reconveyance to the United States
of all lands held to have been excepted
from its grant of May 15, 1S56. The lands
in question lie within the state of Iowa
and along tbe line of the Dubuque and
Going to Test a Gun Carriage.
Washington- Citt, April 13. As soon
as arrangements can be made the war de
partment will make an official test at
Sandy Hook, of the pneumatic disappear
ing gun caiTiage for a ten-inch breech
loading rifle, which was recently con
structed in uoston. the gun carriage ia
expected to ttijct a revolution in ord
John L.' Wife a Salvationist.
Providence, Ft 1, April 13 Mrs.
John L. Sullivan, whoe nittiden name
was Anna Eliza Bates, was baptiz 1
in the Long poni here yesterday under
tbe auspices of the Salvation Army. She
has been one of the leaders of the army
for some time, and claims to have made
.Totting Thi and That Together.
AVaskingtox City, April 13. The pres
ence of ex-Senator Pierce, of Xor'h
Dakota, in Washington City and hi
frequent conferences with the president,
lead to the belief that the ex-senator's
friend. Gen. Sanford, of Minneapolis, istc
be appointed to a United States judgeship
Natural Ga Supplied by the City.
Toledo, O.. April 13. Xatural gas was
turned on in tbe city line here Saturday
for the first time. This is the measure
which the Standard Oil company baa
lought so vigorously iu tbe courts, that
company having already a plant here
which the city line will necessarily in
jure. ' :
Bobbed the Office of Every Letter. '
Kaksas CITT, Mo., April 13 A special
to Tbe Star from Olatbe, Kan., says: The
postoffice in this city was entered Friday
night and robbed ot every letter in the
boxes and all letters which bad been de
posited and not dispatched.. No money
was stolen. '-
A WOKlXt DI8C0VBKT
"Another wonderful discovery baa
been made, and that, too by a lady in
this country. Disease fastened iu
clutches upon ber and for seven years she
withstood its severest tests, but ber vital
organs were undermined and death
seemed imminent. For three months she
coughed incessantly and could not sleep.
She bought of us a bottle of Dr. King's
New Discovery for consumption and was
so much relieved on taking the first dose
that she slept all night, and with one
bottle has been miraculously cured. Her
name is Mrs. Lather Lutz." Thus write
W. C. Hamrick & Co., of Shelby, N. C.
Get a free bottle at Uartz & Bshnsen's
drug store. .
CCLD 1SSAL, fASIS, 1S75.
W. Baker & Co.'s
from which the excess of
oil has been removed, is
and it is Soluble.
are used in its preparation. It has
more than thru times the strength of
Cocoa mixed with Starch, Arrowroot
or Sugar, and is therefore fr.r more
economical, costing less than one cait
a cup. It is delicious, nourishing,
strengthening, easily digested,
and admirably adapted for invalids
as well as for persons in health.
Sold by Crocers everywhere.
W. BAKER & CO., Dorchester, Mass.
Dr. Hi'iaTH keys' tspKcinos art scientifically and
rarpfntly pr?iarry pnwrtmiitnn ; wi for many
yean In "private react tc with suecjind for over
thirty yearn used by tbe people. Every BinKle Spe
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Then .specillca cure without tlroggUift, tranr
lntr or reducing the system and are in fact and
deed the B.ereiK.i remedies el theVrld.
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Frtrn, nntion. lunanimtlnn ., .
Hiraa, sunntfw, worm ciic . .
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Diarrhea, of ChlHtn-n or Adult.... .
ItTnentery, Griping, ltllt.;m Colic. . .
( helera Merbae. Vomiting .
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Nearaltfia, Toothache, Kareeobe .
Headaches, Mo k Headache, Vertigo .
Pyneepnia. BtUua stomach
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( reap, Coujrh. Mfllctilt Hre-athlnir ... .
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I.mrral trbilii .l'hy&lcal Weakneaa .
erea Debility 1.W0
I rinary Weaknesa. Wetting Ked. ,50
Diaeateaof thelieart.PaipliaUon 1.00
Sold by DruvtT. or ent pontpald on receipt
cf price. Da. uPHRrvs Manvau 044 page)
richlv honnd In elth and gold, mailed free.
HUMPHREYS' MEDICINE CO,
Cor. William and John Streeta, New York.
BEST AND CHEAPEST
tSTTheon'y Paint Uouse in thecity. '
R. M. WALL.
1612 Third Avenue.
With thf wonderful rmedr,
B . W
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Thrd avepne nr TwopHpth atrAt
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Wrought and Cast Iron and Lead Pip,,
Hose, Packing, Sewer and Drain Tile.
Steam and Gas Fixtures.
"Best work at fair prices. Estimates furnished
Office and shop 219 18th 8t. Telephone 11S2.
CHAS. W. YERBURY, Manager.
Rock Island, 111.
Successor to Adamson & Huick,
"Ronlr TRlnnrl Til
Shop Nineteenth St., bet. First and Second Avenue,
GeneralJobbing and Repairing promptly done.
3jjF"8econd Hand Machinery bought, sold and repaired.
A. J. SMITH & SON,
DRERY, GRILLE WORK
OF ALL KINDS.
A. J. SMITH & SON,
125 and 137 West Third Street. Opp. Masonic Temple, DAVENPORT.
INCORPORATED UNDER THB THB STATS LAW.
Roek Island Savings Bank,
ROOK ISLAND, ILL.,
Open 5U j from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m., and Saturday evenings from 7 to 8 o'clock.
Five per cent interest paid ou Deposits. Money loaned on Personal, Col
lateral, or Real Estate Security
X. P. REYNOLDS. Pres. 9 C. DBNKMANX. vtce-Pres. J. M. BUPOED, Caeh'er.
P. L. Mitchell, B P. Reynold. F. C. DenknianTi. Jotn Crobanzh. C. F. Lynde,
J. J. Reimers, L. Simon. K. W. Hurt, J. X. Baford.
Jackson & Eubet, Solicitors.
OTWiil begin traxlne" July S. 1890. and will ocenpy banking mom with Mitchell. A Lynda
until sew back ia completed. -
Proprietor of the Braay Street
All kinds of Cut Flowers constantly on hand.
Green Honscs Flower Store-
One block north of Central Park, the largtst in Ia. 304 Brady Street, Davenport, low. .
House and Sign Painter.
First'Claes Graining and Paper Hanging.
P. Box 672.'
Shop Fourth Ave. bet. Sin and 22d Sts.
! 7c are opening toe most complete line of Hardware specialties ever c Bared ts Reck
Island beside onr regular s'ock of staple and builders Bard war
and Mechanics' tools. .
Poeket, Table w Kitchen Cutlery,
Nails, Steel Goods, Tinwase, Stoves, Etc.
SPECIALTIES Cllmaa Cook and Range, Florida and Wllber Hot Water Heater
tTortda Steam Bollera, Pasteur Germ Proof Filters, Economy Fa mace a, Tla r
and Sheet Iron work, Plnmblng, Coppersmlthlns acd Steam Fitting.
BAKER & HOUSMAN,
1823 Second avenue, Rock Island.