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land Daily Argus.
ROCK ISLAND. SATUBDAY. 2XABCH 11, 1893.
Single OoptM Omm
Par Week ISM Cant
FIRE! FIRE!! FIRE!!!
We will FIRE OUT our stock of Clothing,
Hats, Caps, and Furnishing Goods . at about
Nice New Fresh Goods -
Cheaper than damaged goods When others
pretend to sell cheap that is the time to com
pare The London's prices.
The Greatest Value Givers.
he Furniture establishment of
CLEMANM & SALZMANftL
is replete with all the novelties of the sea
son, purchased for cash from the best
known makers in Grand Rapids. They can
not only save you money, but give you new
and choice designs in Parlor and Chamber
Furniture, sideboards, tables, chairs and
lounges. Thanking you for your patronage
they solicit an early call.
525 ana 1527
124 123 and 128
KIHOFACTOBEB OF CEiCKEBS AKQ a!SCIHT5,;
Ask Tour Qrocor for Them.
Tbpy are Ben.
The Chriety "Ottstkb" and Christy "'Waieii.
ALWAYS THE CHEAPEST.
money bv "buying your Crockery, Glassware, Cut-
-l7, iinware, Woodware, ard UrnsneB, at trie Old and
liable 5 and 10 Cents Store.
J3 R3. C. MITSCH'3. 1314 Zhlr a vc
ui dim now snop, . .
At 324 Seventeenth Street.
Qhlj new sh
.OypoatM . M stand.
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FLAME'S CARNIVAL. StSSKX
W. TREFZ & CO.
HEADQUAKTEKS FOR ...
2011 Fourth Avinue,
nircun' .'a Old Suind.
Joiin Volk & Co..
Saab. ifcU4" t6 aidin ricorinj:,
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poi work for builders.
a ana rauu aT.
over 50,Of outsiders helpea
A Hoseman's Experience.
. , . , , . . ' Hoseman O'Conuor Baid that he would
Destructive and Deadly Fire at remember the night as long as he lived.
Massachusetts' Metropolis. He went into the Partridge building to
room ia the second story thus describes the
scene: "Men, women, and fcirls, frenzied
with lear, were struggling to reach the
windows to throw themselves into the
street. Taking one at a time I lowered
them by the hands as far as I could, and
then dropped them into the nets spread for
them below, at the same time fighting the
mad crowd back from the windows. The
cries of the frightened creatures were heart-
A TERRIBLE LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE.
The" Number of Dead Estimated at
Twenty-five and May Be
A Whole Block of Building, Some of
"Fireproof Construction, Swept Away, I rending, while the men seemed to lose all
involvlne Loss f 4,500,ooo. with j fresence of mind and fought like demons.
4, 000,000 Insurance Frightful Funic
Among- the Workers In the Doomed
Structwres Frenzied Men and Women
Leap for Tlieir Live A Lou; I.iat of
Injured Tlirllling Experience of a FIro
Boston, Mnrch It. One of the most de
structive lires in the history of Boston
ppxt in magnitude to the famous one of
Thanksgiving Day, 1.SS9, and in the same
in the building.
8aw an Appalling Spectacle.
William S. K. Kumrill, of Dcane, Chase
& Co., says: "I first saw a man with his
hair literally singed oil his head rushing
up the street to the nearest fire alarm
box. I sprang to the door and saw a spec
tacle that appalled me. A torrent of flame
was literally pouring out of the windows
in the center front on the second floor of
the building. Very sxn, upon the parapet
way np above the f-trcet, I saw one man
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uistrict oroKe out snorciy aner to and throe women clinginz to the stone
yesterday afternoon, and before it was work. There was no such thing a. get
ting a ladder up to them owing to the net-
wires. W e watched the quartette
pv r.mnt for a ff- minutes onlV.
duced to ashes several of the magnificent j while the crowd r tho st.eet stood in
new buildings recently completed on the breathless silpnee. Then the four, one
tefritorr burned over t hree and a half j nfcr another, let go. Down they came, a
, , , , ...'! height of fully six stories.uaa struck solid-
years ago, aud had consumed property vai- l . f ,,, -
placed under control, three hours later, had j tinga ln
burned over more than a square, had re-j as they
ueil by a conservative estimate at J4.500.000; j
had been attended by scenes of panic and j
distress never before equalled in the mem- j
ory of citizens now living, and had de- j
stroyeu .. several perhaps many human J
lives, ana mangiea or maimea at least
t hirty persons, some of whom will die of
Breaking Out of the Flames.
. . . r i i. . n ,.1 WAa T
from 1kX 52. It was soon followed by a
second and then a general alarm. The 1
flames broke out in the toy department of
Horace Partridge & Co., who occupied the
fifth abd sixth floors of the seven-story
building " corner of Kssex and Lincoln
streets, owned by F. I Ames. The cause
is at present unknown, but the start is de
scribed by those nearest it as resembling
the bursting of a firecracker. The flames
spread With incredible rapidity and in a
very few; . moments the entire interior of
the building was burning. There were
many eniployes of the Partridge company
at work at the time and the other floors of
the buildhig- wev sprinkled wjtb bumaa
Chat in by the Destroyer.
Tbe usual avenues of escape were at once
cut off and then began a scramble for life
which sickened beholders. The panic
stricken inmates fled to windows and roof.
Some escaped by shinning down telegraph
poles, others by leaping into blankets and
nets. Several jumped to the pavement,
six or eight stories, and were terribly
mangled and others, how many cannot
now be told, fell back into the cauldron of
flames or were overcome by the dense black
smos which suffocated all who did not
speedily escape. The entire fire depart
ment of the city was quickly on the scene;
the departments of Somerville, Cambridge,
Newton, Quincy and Brockton arrived
later by train and aid was requested to be
in readiness from more distant cities.
The Governor at the Scene.
Fortunately further help was not needed.
Vast crowds of people began at once to
flock to the scene and as a matter of pre
caution Governor Russell ordered two
companies of militia under arms and pro
ceeded to the fire in person, where he was
soon joined by Mayor Matthews. The fire
spread rapidly from building to building,
and despite the heroic efforts of the entire
fire system of Suffolk county was not con
trolled until the whole square bounded by
Essex street on the north, Lincoln on the
east. Tufts on the s uth and Kingston on
west had been leveled; also one building
north of F.ssex street extending along Col
umbia street, three more on the east side
of Lincoln street and one comer of the
United States hotel, south of Tnfts street,
which corner contained the Kmergeucy
Buildings That Were Destroyed.
The principal buildings burned were as
follows: Ames building, seven stories, cor
ner Essex and Lincoln streets, where the
fire started: Lincoln building, five stories,
on opposite corner on site of old Crystal
palace, occupied by the Singer Manufac
turing company and a large number of
other concerns; Ludlow building, six stor
ies, 135 Essex street; Brown-Durrell build
ing, seven stories, corner of Essex and
Kingston streets, burned from roof to
fourth floor; the fireproof walls of this
building stemmed the tide of flames to the
north; five-story brick buildiug corner of
Columbia and Essex streets, occupid by
Vall &r Barnes, paper-box manufacturers,
and others; United States hotel, slightly
damaged; three-story building between the
Ames building and the United States hotel
occupied as a dwelling in the upper story
and by small traders below.
Fire Froofinj; Was All in Vain.
The three largest buildings burned the
Ames. Lincoln, and Brown-Durrell were
of modern construction and built in the
most lion-coinbustible style possible for
mercantile use. The Brown-Durrell had
front walls of sandstone and rear walls of
brick. The Ames aud Lincoln were much
SKETCHES AT THE CONFLAGRATION
LIST OF DEAD AND INJURED.
Four Known to Have Foht Their
and Twenty-four Wonnded.
So far as known at this writing the fol
lowing are the dead: Unknown man, sup
posed to be Fred Meadowcraft; Robert T.
Restaux, ladder man. Charlestown: gir'.too
badly burned to be identified; Leonic!as II.
Redpath, merchant, died at hospital In
jured: John J. Sullivan, engintman,
serious injuries; Joshua Sheppard,
Cambridge, injured: ankle; Charles
J. 'Wellwortb. Koxbury, multiple
injuries; John F. Dennison, dislocated
shoulder; Michael Harkins, injured thigh;
Margaret Flynn, scalp wound and inter
nal injuries; Ada Perrin, seriously injured;
Daniel R. Mauray, compound fracture of
leg; Paul Murray, injured leg; Michael
Devline. fractured thigh; John F. Ryan,
aged w5, and James llyau. Roxbury, in
jured anWle; A. V Kedpath, Newton
ville, acid Mi-s Mary Flynn, Winchester,
badly cut; t J, Wellworth, badly hurt;
Qeorge L. Kuflin, arm broken; District
Chief F.gan, r'Tvetr prostration; Charles
Gaskiua, khIiikI e.fid badly Lamed; Matil
da Richard, injured slightly on hip: John
J. Lyons: Kt mpton Twcsj, b.nse reel driv
er, fractured ley; Benjamin Pond and Mr.
Rich, firemen, injured seriously.
MORE THAN A SCORE CREMATED.
Frightful Incidents Belated by Spectators
An Awful Scene.
The conflagration as viewed from a dis
tance was grand. A dense pall of black
smoke covered that section of the city and
as darkness came on this was lighted up
by the flames, while occasionally tongues
of fire and burning embers shot up volcano
like into the ebony mass. A nearer view of
the scene was awful. While the Ames
building was burning there were echoed
explobiots like fireworks mingled with the
hoarse snouts, of firemen, the clanging and
puffing' Of engines, the crashing of walls,
the rumble of hurrying teams and the surg
ing of the. vast crowd which soon gathered,
and rushed to and fro in everybody's way.
i I 5 frona. all directions were
y - ilist the earlv evening
How Are Your Winy;, Mayor T
PoiiTLANH, Me., March It. Mayor In gra
ham has written a letter declining to ac
cept t he office of mayor under Monday:s
election. He says: Entertaining a doubt
as to the accuracy of the election returns
from Ward 1. and not being willing to hold
office unless its title be undoubted, I hereby
respectfully refuse to accept the office of
mayor under said election." Monday's
election for mayor turned on Ward 1, where
the Republicans allege fraud to have been
perpetrated. The warden counted the bal
lots all alone, refusing to entertain a mo
tion to permit a Republican to witness the
Tax Titles Oood in Minnesota.
Redwood Falls, Minn., March 11.
Judge Webber has filed decisions in the
celebrated tax title cases on trial at the last
term of court. By the decisions the tax
titles are confirmed and more than 1,000
acres of land are wrested from settlers who
did not pav their taxes.
The Loss of Fife Will Reach Twenty-five
Fgau's Thrilling; Kscape.
The loss of life cannot be definitely stat
ed, but the number is thought to be at least
twenty-five and may be much greater. The
excitement in f.he street was intense. The
firemen spread their fire-nets and caught
many, but the human bodies dropped so
fast that it was impossible to catchall.
J Those who landed in the nets escaped with
rl I ti limns auu i L'ucini &ua&ui ui.
The poor fellows who struck the pavement
were either dead, dying or crippled for life.
While this exciting work was going on an
incident even more thrilling was being en
acted on Kincrston street. District Chief
John Epan. of East Boston, climbed to the
roof of the Brown, Durrell & Co. building
to see if it afforded a good position from
which to fight the fire.
The Flames Iteacheri for Him.
He had barely reached the edge of the
roof when a mighty volume of flame soared
across the little alley that separated that
building from the Partridge building and
rested like a cloud upon the roof of Brown,
Durrell and Co. 's block. Egan was fairly
surrounded by flames. His position was
one of great iKsriL Stretched across the
street from the roof of the building oppo
site was a cable of telegraph wires. Chief
Kgan hesitated but a minute, then he
boldly seized the cable and proceeded to
cross to the opposite building hand over
Caught Him In a Net.
He had proceeded but a few feet when it
became apparent that he could not last
long, and greatly to the crowd's relief he
threw both legs ever the cable, which
sagged dangerously beneath his weight,
and slowly and tediously made his way
toward the goal on the oppo3ite side. His
strength finally gave out and the wire on
the safe building was cut, letting him
down nearer the ground, when he dropped
into a net unhurt.
An Fnknown Man Missing.
So much attention had been centered on
Chief Egan t hat no one had noticed that he
had been followed by two men to the roof.
One belonged to his own company. His
name was Kesttrick. He and a man un
known to him followed Chief Egan to the
roof and got c.iught iu the same whirlwind
of flames. Fireman Kesttrick reached the
stairs, but bis bauds and face were terribly
burned. The unknown strangeJ did not
Wou a &I5.000 Be ward.
Tillie Hayes, of tiie United State- hotel,
offered the Fit emeu's Relief association
ci'i.OOO if t lay would st; :lie fire and save
his building They won the purse.
First Cousins Cannot Slurry.
Madison, Wis.. March 11. In tue assem
bly the bill prohibiting tl.-.-t cousins to
marry became a law itltout any discus
sion. Other bills were passed providing
for the aiimis-io:i of i..k entr.es as evi
dence: relating to penalties for selling v. i;a
out a license. Ia the senate considerable
opposit ion arose to tLe bill jerii-iuing gas
light companies to deal j:eneraliy in s oves,
ranges and other appiiaut.es Bv a close
vote the measure was referred to the com
mittee for amend ent. The co-em pioyes'
bill was considered by the house commit
tee, but not completed. If the bill becomes
a law the railroad companies will be held
liable for all accidents resulting to one em
ploye caused by the negligence of another.
Xhe Kev. Dr. Andrew Peabody. for thir
ty-two years connected with the faculty of
Harvard college, is dead, after several
weeks illness, resultinir from a fall. He
was widely knotsty and everywhere loved.
Frize Fights Prohibited in Frisco.
SACKAMENTO, Cal., March 11. The gov
ernor has signed the bill prohibiting prize
LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCE MARKETS.
Chicago. March 10.
Following were the quotations on the board
of iraiie today: Wheat March, opened
I-'v?, closed "!: May, opened 75;-6 closed
;r.N-: .inly, openwi Mo, closed 72-"hc Corn
MaroU, o,-7ieil 41c, closed 41!c: May.
Clnel ii'i! , closed 44c; July, 'opened 44Vfjc
closed 4-iU.c. Oals May, opened S3jc,
closed ;f';sc: June. oiened .tTiJe. closed SiHjC;
July. o;x'iied 3:l-r. clow! 34n. Pork
March, opened glT.Ss closed 17.50; May,
opened SIs.Ij; c!oM;d $1T.S0; July, opened
$!s.if. closed SlT.si. Iard March, opened
1-'.4I. closed Sl-'.4."x
Live . toek Hogs: The pi-ice at the Union
stock yards today rantred as follows:
Receipts for the day ll.OJO; quality fair: ;
left; over about 6,0 W; market was
rather active on iiaokins; and ship-'
pinsr account, and feelinjr stronger;'
prices about 5 cents higher; sales
ranged at tilO&T.S-i pigs, fT.4tluV.0) liRth.
$;.0Va.T.f Touch packing, $7.90yA13 mixed
and Sr.KJ&s.'x;.1 heavy l acking and shipping
Cattle Receipts for the day ?,0Ck, quality,
only fair; market rather active on local and
lilmiinc ncf-min: mid Tiricea wra well?
maintained: quotations rauped at o-S'GAOS
choice to extra shipping steers. (4-u5ry&5.&)
pood to choice do.. $4.1it51tl.tv fair to pood.
(3.6iUiO common ta me-iiam io $'l.lGs4.W
butchers' steers. $-V31-2" stackers, 'J.VKi.3V
Texas steers, f3.axa4.35 feeders, $il0i&3.5u
cows. $3.0034.r heifers. $i25-ai-75 bulls, and
$..00ti.50 veal calve.
Sheep Receipts for the day 4,000: quality
fair: market rather active and prices in
chanped; quotations ranced at $4.'KXti5JE
per 100 lbs westerns, $3..V)jp..50 natives, a ad
Produce: I'ntler lancy separator, 2543
2f0 per lb: lariev i!a;ry. StCiae; pacmng
stock. l."2 16-:. - r.L's rrcsh stork. 17.17
per do, riuel V''.li Chick -ns, ll(S.rJc
per .TT tui'keys. ij,15j: n'u., 12il4c;
pese, 1CJUV- lVtu:o s iconi.i Bur-
banks. I.VUe? per tu: Hebrr.n. -',;:;: Feer-
less. tMg'Vc: Kose. Mv67ilc. Jweet potatoes
Illinois: S;?..ft4.."i0 per fcbl. Arples Fair to
pood. fC.La(Saj)L' per bbl:. fancy.-$3.2.Ysj..0U.
Cranberries Iersys, fancy. SlUitifUll." per
bbL Honev White clover in 1-poun.l sec
tions. 14G.lJc per H: broken comb. Iocs dare
comb, cool condition, n&c; extraci.e.1, .&sc
New Yopv, March Ul
Wheat Xo. 2 red cash opened active
excited, very irrepular and unsettled, influ
enced chiefly by the west: local unloading, for
eigners buying: i-i2?j,c lower: March, 5Hc;
May, 'Ttts,' o-liic: June, .sig,,c; July.
fl'HSTVJsc; Aucust, Wc: September, He Kye
JvominaJ: western, 6H&65C. Barley Quiet
but lirm; state, MftMc: western. 0&80c; o-
1 Toronto, ssj.tje: Xo. 2 da. MasV-, Com
.No. - hie down, advanced Ki&Vfcc; iell Vsiii' ;
dull: steady: March, r.; May, Mlo.)l
June, c: July, 5!Cik..l?ic; No. 2. 5ogufr54; jtc;
steamer mixed. oSCR.Vtc- Oats Xo. 2. firinjj
nd dull: western. 3K.4Ko; May. SStgaagWc;
state, St4c Fork Dull and steady; new .
mess. SJii.dO: old mess. (IV.M: extra prime
nominal. Lard Nominal: steam rendered. ;
Live Stock: Cattle Market dull but steady I
... . ....
ior an grade: tiooresi to oest native steers.
S4.7(l&5.& per IU) lbs; Colorado, $4.90; bulls
and dry cows, $33.75. sheep and Lmbs
Trading very dull and market barely steady:
sheep. $.475(53.75 per 100 lbs; lambs, $.506.70.
Hops Nominally firm; live hogs, $6.0U&.6O
par 100 lbs.
W heat 7431760.
Hay Timothy. SI. 00; upland, f 10Q11: flcuen
$9.(10; baled. fiaOOQll.OQ.
Barter Fair to choice, 25c ; creamery, -He,
Ponltrv Chickens. c: tnrkers lVe
one if. l-Hc; geese, luc.
TBCIT IKS VEGBTABLK.
Apple $4 00 perbtl.
(ir'ns !4.t0per bbL
Turnips 60c per bu.
ECattle Butchers pay for Teorn feel
435c;j cows and Oeifeu, 24&3c;
LESS THAN HALF THE
-b POUNDS.20 -fe. i
HALVcS.1 0 QUARTERS54 !
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