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TTTTC ARGUS, SATtTBDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1892.
Highest of all in Leavening Power. Latest U. S. Gov't Report.
T11K A KG US.
i'Ait'isuAT October 29 1S92.
RIDING ON THE WINGS OFTHE GALE
The Hungry Devastator Works Hil
Aw ul Havoc Until He Licks Up
$10,000,000 in Prcperty
Human Life Lost.
Or the lire dcparrmcnc was almost rutiie.
Telegrams wt-ru quickly dispatched to Chi
cngo, ltacine and nearer citii-s for aid, nil
of which responded promptly, bringing
lira engines and muu to assist in the dire
c.:l::::nry. Chief Foley kept the fire con
one Mock on East ater stiff t
clock, when it pot away from him
I and leaped uctomb the street and began
tn rapid march toward l-nke Michigan, tax
Dicx'K.s away, cutting aowu in snort order
dozens of buildings.
Three Hundred Cottages Destroyed.
The entire lower part of the third ward.
i inhabited largely by poor families, was
I devastated. About 3C0 cottaires were
Much of the liuKiness Portion of the City
Ijld Waste and Hundred of Workmen!
Cottage ft In Ashen The Flremea
Pn erleM ltrfore the Sweep of the De
troyer Help Sent from Chicago and
Other Place Hundreds of Freight Carl
Burned, Many of Them Loaded with
Live Poultry Destrnctlon of Freight
Depots Frantic Scenes in the Streets
Relief Measures Inaugurated.
Milwaukee, Oct. 29. Scores of block
of Milwaukee's largest business houses, to
gether with hundreds of frame houses,
Vera destroyed by fire last night. Com
mencing at 5:30 o'clock in an the establish
ment on Ka.st Water street next to th
river the flames, driven by the fearful hur
ricane which was blowing, spread with
frightful rapidity to the lake over half a
mile to the east. It is utterly impossible to
estimate the loss with any degree of ac
curacy. Kven a complete list of the big
business bouses cannot be obtained, whils
to these must be added the small individual
losses of hundreds of small property own
ers whose houses and household goods have
A Loss of Twenty-five Millions.
As it is the loss will probably amount to
t30.OOCi.000 or 25,000,000. The tract burned
Is over half a mile wide east and west, and
a mile north and south, commencing ia
the establishment of the Union Oil com
pany at 275 East Water street. The fire
was burning fiercely when the city depart-1
ment reached the scene. Owing to the
hurricane that was blowing the men were i
utterly unable to do anything, and for any I
practical results might as well have done !
nothing. In spite of this the men worked
brave'y and did everything in their power,
risking their lives in the burning buildings
and endeavoring by tearing down blocks iu
advance of the path of the fire to check it.
Location of the Conflagration.
7 his was in vain and all nijrht long the
flames continued along their way from the
establishment in East Water street where
U .e blaze started. The path of the fire was ia
Die shape of an immense V, the angle of
t je letter being in the oil establishment,
'hile one line extends directly east to the
lake, the other running to the lake in a
southerly direction. Through immense
actories from four to seven stories high
which were supposed to be fireproof the
flames spread with as much ease as through
the frame cottage which they attacked far
ther east. After wiping out the factories
and wholesale establishments the fire found
asy prey in the scores of blocks filled with
frame houses which extend the east of
Sweeps Into the Freight Yard.
. From these the flames leaned to the
i -eight houses of the Milwaukee, Lake 1
St ore and Western. These caught on the
ex .rente southern end and in a moment
were ablaze along their whole length, over
tw - blocks. Adjoining the depots were the
freight yards of the same railroad as well
as oi' the Chicago and Northwestern. These
yards were filled with hundreds of loaded
cars, all of which were quickly consumed.
As soon is it was seen that the y arris were in
the path of the tire a score of switch engines
were set tt work to endeavor to get the
loaded c.rs out of the yard. The men
worked bravely and succeeded in removing
some of iie trains, but they could only
take then: further south, the yards to the
north being blocked.
Poultry Koanted Alive.
This did iv good, as the wind suddenly
shifted from'sthe northwest to almost direct
north and in a moment the cars which had
just escaped th3 flames in one place were
burned in at other. It was in these yards
that some of the most pitiful sights were
seen. In one place half a dozen poultry
cars full of ducks and chickens were roasted
alive. As soon as the destruction of the
railroad yards was assured the wind, as
though prompted by malice, veered from
north to west. Had it remained in the
north the fire would have exhausted itself in
destroyed. Alarms came in every few
minutes from parts of the city widely
seperated. The elegant residence of L. F
Hodges, a niom'ier of the board of trade
at Ninth and Cedar streets, two miles from
the place where the tire started, was
destroyed. Many of thesceues of the great
fire of 1S71 in Chicago were re-euacted. the
dynamite explosious,the leapifg flames and
crumbling walla adding to the terror of th
Destrnctlon of the Gas Works.
Shortly before 9 o'clock the various de
partments of the gas works exploded in
quick succession with deafening reverbera
tions. This loss alone represents $1,000,-
000, which was the cost of the recently
erected plant. All the Northwestern freight
buildings and cars along the tracks are
totally destroyed. Several squads of militia
have been called out to protect valuable
freight from robbing marauders. All the
southern section of Milwaukee is in ruins.
ine areaurui connagranon was still in
progress at 9 p. m. Never in the history of
the city has such a calamity befallen it.
Acres of land, embracing the great manu
facturing districts of the city, have been
devastated and now lie a mass of smould
ering ruins. Almost the entire southern
division from East Water street to the lake
has been consumed.
Frenzied Horses Loom in the Streets.
During the course of the fire a number oi
barns and large livery stables were burned.
These were filled with horses, which were
liberated by the police. The horxss ran
wildly about the streets and before they
could lie caught a number of persons were
run down and lmdly injured. The wire of
the electric street railways are down and
the telephone company's system is pros
trated. The electric light service is para
lyzed and the gas works have been de
stroyed. Work in the newspaper offices
and telegraph offices was lsing done by
Fatal Casualties Reported.
At the morgue three liodies two brave
firemen and r.?t MerIy lady are stretched
cold and charred in death. At the Emer- 1
gi-ncy hospital four other victims of the I
fire are prostrated, two of whom are not
expected to survi-e. These four are men.
Another vny seriously injured person h.i
leen removed to St. Mary's. In the in
tensely exciting state of affairs it is impo.v
bible to pet any names, and the deid: tly
ing and injured remained unidentified.
Engine house No. 10 hits been burned and
five other engines belonging to the licnl
department have lx-en literally melted in
an alley before they could le drawn out.
STOPPED FOR WANT OF FUEL-
TAKING COMFORT FKOM DISASTER.
A Calamltoas Visitation That Might Hsn
Been Worse Loss and Losers.
It is the most disastrous fire the city has
ever experienced. But. while it is a bad
one, there is a feeling of thankfulness that
the fire did not originate in some other por
tion of the city. AH the residence portion
of the Third ward was to have been dis
mantled within a year or two, as the prop
erty was m active demand by the railroad
and manufacturing cotnpauies, and the
fire simply hastens the removal of scores
who expected to move within a year or
two. When it was seen that the fire was
beyond the control of the home department
Mayor homers ana Chief t oley telegraphed
to Racine, Kenosha and Chicago for help
ana it was promptly sent.
Hounds of the Swept District.'
The burned district includes the south
portion of the Third ward and in a general
was is bounded on the north by Buffalo
street, on the east by the lake and on the
south and west by the river. On east
Water street, where the fire started, the
blaze extended a little north of Buffalo
street nearly to Detroit. Iu this block.
however, were several buildings that
escaped. The total loss ia now put at $10,'
Partial List of the Destruction.
Among the big establishments destroyed
Dy the lire were: Uhe Union Oil company,
owned by J. M. Mulienus and P. J. Terns,
SJ73 Kast ater street, where the tire
started; the National Distilling company,
75 to 83 Buffalo street; Bloch & Co., whole
sale liquors, 273 East Water; Bud & Kip,
manufacturers of upholstered furniture,
251 to 259 Broadway; Koundy, Peckhani &
Co., wholesale grocers, 24'J to 255 Broadway;
A. Dahluian, wholesale drugs, 207 to 27)
East Water; Jacob Wellaener & Co.,
wholesale grocers, 254 and 256 Broadway; J.
E. Patten, paints and oils, 266 to 272 East
Water; Gas company, three reservoirs and
surrounding buildings; Milwaukee, Lake
Shore and Western freight house and cars
in yards; Chicago and Northwestern cars
in yards; Milwaukee Chair company, store
and factory; IL S. Johnston's cracker fac
tory, five story brick, Broadway.
Devastation on Hroadway.
On Broadway some of the buildinirs
burned were: Murtha's saloon. Tatten's
saloon, the Mission kindergarten; Sheehan.
blacksmith; T. Bald & Co., wholesale ra-s;
five story brick building.empty; J. J. Qtiinn
& Co.; Mrs. Fanningen. saloon: Turner
Bros., flour and feed; Wellouerer's sal.xii;
Hambeck's butcher shoo; Doyle's rv.i- i
dence; Malley, store and residence. On Mil- j
waukee street; Patten & Sons, liverv;
Dahlman estate, six cottages; John Lavin:,.
store and residence; John Heffersmith.
four cottages; Mrs. Doyle, saloon and two
cottages; Bridget Gallacrher. house:
Schliitz Brewing com nan v. two saloons.
Some Jefferson Street Havoc.
On the east side of Jefferson street some
of the burned biwldings were: John Knee-
land, saloon and residence; Patrick Main,
residence; David Sullii-an. residence: Mrs.
Normile. residence and barn: Patrick
Moonuaek, residence; Cornelius Corcoran.
store and residence; John Ialy, residence;
T. McCarthy, residence; Patrick Munu,
two dwellings; Mrs. Histon, four dwellings;
Michael Morrissey, dwelling; dwelliuu
owner unknown; four cottages, owners nn-
kown. South side of Buffalo street: Dennis
Moran, four dwellings; Thomas Mc
Donnell, dwelling; Mr. Kenelly. dwelling.
Mr. Cudahy. cottage; James Hogan. resi
dence; Mrs. Smith, dwelling.
BEGINNING OF THE CONFLAGRATION,
Terribly Rapid Spread ot the Flames
How They Made Their .Way.
The fire broke out near the corner of
East Water and Detroit streets at about
5:30 o'clock and the alarm was immediately
sent in, but owing to the terrible high
winds, which swept easterly toward the
lake, the buildings in' this vicinity were
speedily consumed and the fire spread with
. bewildering rapidity. Flying cinders
dashed and sped on through the night
air like a mammoth pyrotechnic display.
Scattering in their flight they landed upon
the roofs of the large manufacturing estab
lishments, the pride of the city, and in a
few minutes building after building was
gutted and huge walls cracked and tot
tered to the ground.
Bods ob the Wings of the Wind.
The firemen exhausted their efforts and
battled manfully, but it was impossible to
get the mastery of the fire fiend, which
rode on with the violent wind almost di
rectly east, lapping up block after block.
Jji buU an alarming situation, all effort
The Fire Fnder Control More Fatalities
At 1 o'clock the fire was pretty well under
control, or rather it had burned to the
limits, the river marking the southern
limit of the burned district. Only the three
fatalities already mentioned have been rt-
ported. Undoubtedly there will be more
In the thickly settled blocks where there
were only frame dwellings it is hardly pos
sible that all could escaie. People who
were in the vicinity of Jackson and Chi
cago streets as mere lookers-on were nearly
surrounded by the fire. While they wero
watching its southward progress a young
lady came running down an alley in that
section crying that ber sick father was in
the bouse and she must get him out.
Saved Her Life by Force.
To save ber life she was forcibly dragged
from the place. Possibly kind neighbors bad
assisted the sick father out in the absence
of the daughter, but if they did not the
old gentleman must have perished. There
was a tremendous fright given the resi
dents and property owners in the north
portion of the Third ward and in the
Seventh ward, when for a few minutes.
the wind seemed to blow from the south
west. Had it continued for any length of
time from that direction the fine passenger
station of the Northwestern railway would
have gone, and many large flat buildings
and residences. There would have been no
river in that direction to check its progress
and it might have swept the entire lake
Wild Scenes Daring the Disaster.
All the evening men, women and chil
dren crowded the streets endeavoring to
save their property from the doomed dwell
ings. Beds and crockery were thrown pell
mell from the windows and piled up in the
streets. Men rushed frantically from store
to store in the wholesale district appropri
ating wagons or carts with which to re
move their goods. Citizens from all parts
of the city assisted in the work, and men
dressed in expensive clothes and wearing
silk hats could be seen by the score push
ing or pulling express wagons or huge de
livery trucks ' loaded down with furniture
of all kinds. The streets south of Wiscon
sin were filled with a pushing and scram
bling mass of humanity, nearly every one
being loaded down with household uten
sils. Printers Act as Firemen.
A reporter whose home was one of those
burned, seeing the direction of the fire, hur
ried to his bouse to remove his sick mother
and save what he could of the furniture.
Though he had but four blocks to go be
fore he reached the place, the building was
on fire when he reached there, his mother
having been carried out by neighbors. The
flames were burning fiercely in the block
south of the new home of The Sentinel and
there seemed to be but little hope of saving
the printing press. Embers and blazinr
fragments of paper and cloth wero being
carried through the air by the high wind.
Finally a force of printers was stationed on
the roof and armed with pails of water
succeeded in saving the building.
Graphic Description of the Scene While
the Fire Was Fiercest.
During the progress of the bliize the scene
was indescribably magnificent. The sky,
which had been covered with gray, leaden
like clouds, was lighted up until the hues
it assumed rivaled those of the finest sun
set. The flames seemed to reach to the
very skies. Although it was rapidly grow
ing dark, the east side of the city was as
light as day, so bright was the blaze. The
electric lights assumed a bine color and
seemed more like will-o'-the-wisps than the
lights which usually illuminate the city.
From the oil company's building, where
the fire started, flames leaped out in all
Spread from Building to Building.
The firemen fought like demons, know
ing that if the fire once gained a start, ow
ing to the fearful wind, not hing could save
that part of the oity from destruction. But
their efforts were in vain and tongues of
flame shot from the roof of the building
and reaching across the street set fire t-o
the neighlxiring structures. From build
ing to building the flames spread until the
whole block was blazing. Then for a tim
the firemen seemed to gain an advantage
and the flames disappeared and were suc
ceeded by dense clouds of black smoke.
Dynamite of no Use.
This was but momentary, and the firr,
which seemed to have gained fresh bead
way i tiring its temporary lull, broke out
with increased fierceness. Flames shot out
in all directions and clouds of smoke, car
TH-d by the hurricane, landed on the roofs
of buildings blocks away. Then the fire
men saw that theironly hone lay in cutting
off the blaze in advance. Procuring dyna
mite, they blew up a number of buildings
in the path of the flames. But this was of
no effect. The fire leaped the small barrier
as though none existed, and the men found
themselves working in the midst of a fur
nace. Effect of the Intense neat.
Immense stone and iron buildings crum
bled in the intense heat as though they
were of paper. Walls were falling on all
sides, and in spite of their efforts the fire
men saw that t hey could do nothing. So,
giving up the fmlit on the burning build
ings, they went to the surrounding dis
tricts, where the river afforded a natural
barrier to the sweep of the flames, and
fought It from all sides. Even then their
efforts were not entirely successful, and
the fire continued to burn steadily to the
Movement for Relief.
There will undoubtedly be much suffer
ing and destitution. Many poor people
have lost their all, and measures have
been already adopted by the German and
other societies to relieve the distress. E. P.
Bacon, president of the chamber of com
merce, last ni-;ht called a meeting of citi
zens to be held this morning in the board
of trade building to arrange plans for
raising money ami aiding the iKXr.
An American Pilgrimage.
Rome, Oct. 2y. Mgr. Satolli, papal dele
gate to the United States, has reported to
t he Vatican that the plan for a pilgrimage
of American Catholics to this city iu cele
bration of the pope's episcopal jubilee has
been indorsed "with touching enthusiasm."
Four Feet of Snow in a Forest.
Bei:LIX, Oct. 29. Suo'.v has fallen in the
Black Forest district to a depth ot four feet
ami railway traJlic ia biucu.ii.-d.
There are 13 state banks fa
and three trust umintiiissa. wis
sources of $81,213,; cask capital, fMt.fMAy
40; aggregate depostta, Ba.tXL'IOL
which the savings doposHa amount to SSV
W&fiTi. These latter increased
11,000,000 since last July.
Obituary: At Hanotkborg Ky., Cap
tain Wellington liarlan, aged 00. At Xi
nallton, Ky.. Lewis Ramsey, aged 78. A!
Lock port, N. T., Samuel Found. At Os
wego, N. Y.. Dewitt C. Littlejohn, who was
speaker of the New York assembly in 1855,
'57, '59. '00 and '61, in his 75th year. He was
a member of the Thirty-eighth congress
and took the One Hundred and Tenth regi
ment to the front in the war of the rebel
lion as its colonel.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Franz, of Mascou
tan, lit., found out that they bad made a
mistake when they were divorced and wars
Charles Boyer committed a burglary at
Cincinnati at 5 o'clock in the morning and
began a five years' sentence for the crims
in the afternoon.
Thomas Neil! Cream, the convicted Lon
don prisoner, has confessed that from 1874
to 131 he made a practice of poisoning dis-
soiute giris in uanaua.
Ohio's wheat crop is estimated at 40,000,-
A nitro-glycerine factory near Lima, O.,
exploded, killing Andy Schute, Benjamin
Dowling and Henry Schnafol, and fatally
injuring Tom Matbie. Benjamin Dowe
had a leg blown off. A farmer's house
1,800 yards away was wrecked, and plat
glass at Lima, three mile off, was broken.
The Prussian army contains five women
who are regimental chiefs.
New Zealand has enacted a suffrage law
which allows women to be registered with
out personal attendance at the polls.
Mist Frances E. Willard is referred to by
a London paper as "An American lady agi
In New York lives a society woman who
has an album containing photographs of
all her costumes for the past ten years.
The empress of China carries with hei
3,000 dresses when she travels. These fill
SU0 taxes and are taken care of by 1.200
The committee of safety of San Francisco.
which has played an important part in
rather arbitrary and lawless style, howevei
in the history of that city.has been called
to the front it is said to see that a fair elec
tion is held.
Woodyatt's Music House
No. 1804 Second Avenue.
WOODY ATT & WOODYATT.
This firm have the exclusive sale for this county of the
Pieiro snrdi Org;eir),
WEBER, 8TU YVES ANT, DECKER BROS., WHEELOCK,
ESTEY, AND CAMP & t'O.'S FIANOS,
a1 trio F.STRY WR8TKHN COTTAGE and FAR.
RAND & VOTEY ORGANS.
ftil? line also of small Musical merchandise. We have in our emoloy a first-cla Plane Taaer,
That Deadly Odorless Gas.
Chicago, Oct. 29. Still another has been
added to the long and growing list of deaths
in Hyde Park resulting from gas asphyi
union. 1 he eighth case wis reported to I
the coroner last evening, the victim being
iieruen A arKer, an Englishman, 25 yean
of age, and a dyer by trade. He was found
dead in his room at 4561 Wabash avenaa
i nursday night.
KILLED HIS DRUNKEN FATHER.
A Bey of 18 Tears Confesses to Being a
KsoXVILI-K, Tenn., Oct. 29. C. M. Ba
ker, district passenger agent of the Kansas
City, Fort Scott and Memphis railroad, was
shot and killed by his son Francis, aged 18,
at his home in the suburban town of Lons
dale last night. The boy gave himself up
to the police, and said his father was beat
ing him over the head with a heavy stick.
Pleads tTnintentioaal Homicide.
He got hold of a shotgun for the pur
pose of fighting his father, who was drink
ing, and shot him unintentionally. He
stated that his father was in the habit of
abusing his family when drunk.
Fire In a World's Fair Building.
CuiCAGO.Oct. 29. The first fire of note in
Jackson park since the World's fair build
ings were begun started early last evening
in the main dome of the large machinery
hall. It was caused by live coals from
a tinner's furnaoe vrhich had been left
upon the roof. The heavy wind prevailing
blew the coals from the furnace to the roof
and the blaze was started. The fire burned
for over an hour, but because of the small
amount of woodwork on the building the
damage waf not as serious as it might have
been under other circuirstances. It is be
lieved that the damage will reach upward
Was Lively While It Lasted.
ST. PAUL, Oct. 29. Robbers entered the
station at Dwight, N. D., Wednesday and
commanded Express Agent I A-wis to hold
op his hands. Lewis was sitting on a nail
keg, which he grabbed and dealt one of the
robbers a blow on the bead. The other
robber began firing. Lewis' wife seized
12,400 off the table and ran. O. J. Wake
field, a bystander, was shot in the head.
The robbers escaped without booty.
llCMT M0 -
A Poverty-stricken Millionaire!
This deems a paradox, but It is ex
plained by one of New York's richest
men. "I don't count my wealth in
dollars," he said. "What are all my
possessions to me, pi nee I am a victim
of consumption ? My doctor tells me
that I have but a few months to live,
for the disease is incurable. I am poor
er than that bcrgar yonder." "But,"
lnterupted the friend to whom he spoke,
'consumption can be cured. If taken
In time, Dr. Pierce's Golden Medical
Discovery will eradicate every vcstijre
f the disease from your system." "I'll
try it," said the millionaire, aud he did;
and to-day there la not a healthier,
happier man to be found anywhere.
The "Discovery" strikes at the teat of
the complaint. Consumption is a dis
ease of the blood is nothing more nor
less than lung-scrofula and it tnugt
and does yield to this wonderful remedy.
"Golden Medical Discovery" is not
only an acknowledged remedy for that
terribly fatal malady, when taken in
time and given a fair trial, but also for
all forms cf Scrofulous, Skin and Scalp
Diseases, as White Swellings, Fever
sores Ilip-joint Disease, Sait-rhcnm,
Tetter, Eczema, Boils, Carbuncles, Ery
sipelas and kindred ailments.
At never before heard of
1809 and 1811 Second Avenue.
That every shoe buyer is interested
in the former from a fashionable stand
point, the latter from an economical one
and the prominence of these two points
in our new fall stock is surprisingly great.
Whit w ca t do fir you iv $3, $3 $4 and $5
Shoes jou can bst learn riht here on the spot
going through and trying on these perfect-fitting
ehot-s convince yon quicker than all this talk.
Our eho-s re th- best in the market toiay for
fit and durability, anl we can save you b"g money,
that means do lar, not a (V-w cents and we do not
ask you to b y a f-'w doll.ira' w rth o humbug
you with a cnr.jnv. Call and be convinced.
WTrirhLt & Greeiawalt,
1704 SECOXD AVENUE.
Mr. Wright late of the Oarse & ? , shoe store.
We will occupy our new store, cor. of Fifth avenue
and Twenty-third St., and will be known as the
Fifth Avenue Pharmacy.
FOWST V M KOECKKI Z. Pharmacist.
114 W. 2nd St,
114 W. 2nd St,
114 W. 2nd St,