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A Dangerous Blaze in a Dan
gerous Quarter.
Palmer & Fuller’s Drying-Kilns
Disappear in a Flash,
Vanishing of Numerous Cottages on
Union, Euble, and Other
The JFlrm’s Loss Estimated At $150,000
—List of the Insurance.
Probable Cause of the Tiie—A Woman
Seriously Hurt.
Destructive IFircs Yesterday in St. Lonis and
East St. Lonis,
A disastrous conflagration occurred in the sontb
tettert portion of the city yesterday afternoon,
jrtiich involved the loss of nearly 8200,000 worth
of property, and ibo injury of one or more persons,
one of them, it is thought, seriously. The fire
firtgnudedin one of the dry-kilns of Palmer, Ful
ler & Co., lumber dealers and planing-mill
proprietors, at the corner of Twenty-second and
Union streets. The fire was first discovered by
one of the clerks, who at once turned in a still
alarm, by means of a private wire, to Engine No.
25, located on Canalport avenge, about a block
a ?bis still alarm was turned In at 4:50 o’clock,
and the engine responded promptly. By the time
It had turned the corner of Union street about
one-half of the dry-house was In flames, and at
4:37 some citizens turned in an alarm from Box
837 located at the corner of Lumber and Twenty*
aecond streets. To either of these boxes six steam
ers and two trucks rcsoonded; but at 4:35 o’clock
an alarm had been turned in from Box 722, located
at Lawndale, which is In this fire district, and two
engines bad gone to that fire, leaving only four en-
o’clock, when the fire had extended
north and bad taken hold of some frame cottages.
Assistant Fire-Marahal Barry sent in the third
alarm-'3-11—' which brought eleven more steamers
to the tfecne of tne conflagration, toglher with two
♦rocks Three minutes later, when some eight or
ten cottages were on fire, as well as one on Canai
rort avenue, about a block north, §a general a;arm
tut turned in,—the first time since tne great fire of
IH7L This brought twenty-nine steamers, eight
tracks, and four cucmical engines. It also Drought
Fire-Harshal Benner, who, as soon as be took
inihesitnatitfh, gave orders to six or seven steam
ers no: to «o home, but to scatter through the dif
ferent portions of the city that were left unpro
tected, so as to be at hand in case their services
were needed. Some of the torses were in fearful
condition, on account of the distance traveled.
The team of the engine from Lincoln avenne par
ticularly showed signs of distress upon arriving
■pon the field of action, after a run of nearly seven
miles They were white with foam, and it was
evident that they could not have held out a much
greater distance. ~, , , . . , ,
In the immediate neighborhood of tne lumber
yard were located a large number of frame cottages
and larger dwelling-houses. The fire spread from
the mill io the drr lumoer and through tne yards
with such rapidity that in a very short time in the
neighborhood of twenty dwellings were almost
wholly destroyed, while a number of others were
considerably damaged by fire and water. These
dwellings were mostly located ou Union and Ruble
streets, and one on Canalport avenue, which
caught fire from the rear. A tolerably stiff breeze
was blowing from the sooth, which carried the
flames northward. The fire was gotten under con
trol in the nick of time, for. had it crossed
Canalport avenue, it would in all probabili
ty have extended without check to Six
teenth street, and if it had jumped that street
there would not have been power enough in Chi
cago to have prevented the conflagration from
spreading all over the West Side, east of Ualsted
street. With half tne wind that accompanied the
fire of 1871, this result would have been accom
plished, as nearly tue whole of this portion of the
city is built up with frame structures, as light and
dry as seasoned faggots. It was extremely,for
tunate. to say the least, that there was but little
air in circulation at the time the Are broke out,
ana that that little nearly died out before the fire
bad burned long. If this had not been the case, it
*is more than probable that the scenes of the con
tfiagralion of the 14th of July, 1874, would have
been repeated, if Indeed the city would not nave
experienced the general conflagration of 1871.
mas it was, intense excitement prevailed in the
locality of the burning district, and great crowds
of m en. women, and children hurried to the spot,
impelled by cariosity and fpar. They blocked up
the streets, the alleys, and the passage-ways, until
a squad of policemen baa to be stationed about to
keep them back and outside the iuclosnre. In tne
■treets where the burning cottages were located, a
person could scarcely get along so completely were
ithe sidewalks and the waeon-roads filled with peo
ple. A large number of these were the poor,
ourut-ont refugees, wbo were hurrying from their
ruined homes to some other point
many of them scarcely know where—to
escape. Some had beds upon their backs,
some carpets, - now and then one with
a solitary chair, and other household articles. But
the greater number were nearly or quite empty
handed. having bad insufficient time to collect a
single thine. Most of the mem were away at work
in Different portions of the city, and were unable
to reach their homes until it was too late to save
anything, while their poor wives were struggling
as best they could to a place of refuge with crying
children clinging to their skirts. Many a weary
woman was compelled to look out for herself and
family all bv herself, and with this sort of thing it
was no wonder that very little household furniture
was saved, considering the brief time it took the
flames to lick up the dry material *wnich served as
its food. ,
Neither was the excitement confined to the
ricinitv of the burning district, but it extended to
distant portions of the city, and each street-car
that came into the neighborhood was crowded with
people who had come to be spectators of the fear
ful sight and the attending misery. Throngs of
uraucers lined Union street for two clocks, gazing
at the walls of fire that burned through the night
aod are still smoldering. These high walls were
formed by the burning of the lofty piles of lumber,
which studded tbs yards thickly.
The following diagram will give the reader some
thing of an idea of toe situation of the ground and
tlie manner in which the buildings, dry-houses,
lumber-yards, etc.,’ were disposed aoout the
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Canal port avenue—X. Union
v Twenty-second street—M. Jefferson
f.reet-\; Ituble >treel—U. String street—D. Mill—
Shed—l. Cottages, sheds, sod
bams burned—Bßß. Flrc-llmiis—o oo o.
palmer & fuller.
.The lumber-yard, planing-milia, sash, Wind,
*nd door factory, drying-kilns. and other of the
Aeds'attached to Palmer, Fuller & Co.’s works,
covered an area of about six acres. The main
building and factory, which also contains the
office, is a large three-story brick structure front
4ng on Twenty-second street, west of Union for
250 feet. The drying-kilns, sir In number, each
had a frontage of seventeen feet on Union
street, and a depth of seventy-two feet. On
the east side of the yards were the
stables and a number of sheds, while the yards
were thickly covered with immense piles of dry
pine lumber, lath, and shingles. Thus it will be
seen that the fire was in one of the most dangerous
localities in the city. The yards were hemmed in
°? west and north by small frame bouses, occu
pied by laboring people, and it Is upon these that
the heaviest loss in proportion to their ability to
meet it will fall. '
There was a brisk wind blowing from the south
at the time the fire started, and this
fanned the flames rapidly. Fortunately the wind
dropped, to a calm in a short time,
aod to this may be imputed much of the success
which was had in preventing the spread of the
flames. As it was. ut least three acres of lumber
yard and frame buildings was burnt over, ana Chi
cago was treated to one of the liveliest fires which
it has seen for a long time. There was a great
crowd after 0 o’clock, distributed, however, over
so large an area that they did not greatly impede
the action of the firemen. Almost everybody in
the neighborhood cither moved their furniture or
began to pack it no convenient fora rapid flitting.
A large three-story brick building on Union,
streot, although it sobered greatly, and little
but the walls arc now left, gave the
firemen a point of vantage on the
northwest, and, by concentrating their efforts at
this point,* they saved all the ihirkly-clnstered
frame buildings north to Canalport avenne. But
for this brick house the fire would have made a
clean sweep of the entire block, and possibly might
have started on a tour down-town. On the north
east the fight was made right in the heart of the en
emy’s connntry, and, by drenching a pile of shin
gles and keeping several powerful streams in con
stant work. the march of destruction in this direc
tion was stooped. On the north the fire found
congenial food in the frame houses on cither side
of Ruble street, and it is bard to see bow it was
stopped there.
Certainly no fire was ever better handled, there
was an ample supply of water; and the men worked
like beavers, and after tne first few minutes the
wind died down. The origin of the blaze is, and
will probably remain, a mystery, and the only
reasonable explanation seems to be that given by
the foreman, Davis, which will be found else
, .As near as could be ascertained, the loss of Pal
mer, Fuller £ Co. will reach In the neighborhood
of from SHSO.OOOto $150,000. It was estimated
that there was in stock abont 6,000,000 shingles,
worth, at the selling price, $2 per thousand, and
about 4,000,000 feet of lumber, composed of ash.
pine, and walnut, averaging $33 per thousand.
This was nearly ail, if not altogether, destroyed,
bat tbe estimate as to the quantity and valne is
perhaps too high. The loss on buildings was not
so great, so that probably $150,000 would be a lib
eral estimate for the actnal loss of the firm.
The firm was insured to the amount of $43,000
upon everything about the premises, including
lumber, dry-houses and contents, bam and con
tents. two . cottages, sheds, etc., distributed in
the following proportions: On lumber iu factory
lot, $30,000; dry-houses and contents, $10,000;
lumber adjoiningthc dry-houses and shed, $1,500;
bam and contents, $1,000; and the two cottages,
SL 000. . The bam was slightly damaged, and its
contents were unharmed.
Following is a list of the companies interested
in the insurance, with the amount of the risks
taken by each:
Insurance on dry-houses and contents —
Manufacturers’, of Boston 8 SHO
Union, of Galveston, Tex. * aco
Rhode Island Association,, of Providence.
Commercial, of Hartford
Buffalo, of Buffalo
Stodcard. of Few Tort...,
Neptune, of Bostou
Merchants', of St. Joseph, Mo
Mechanics & Traders’, of New York.
Toledo, of Toledo auo
Kcvere, of Boston sou
Atlantic, of New York 500
Lacalsse Generate, of Parts l.lv o
Fireman’s Fund, of San Francisco 1,000
orient, of Hartford 500
FlrcAssoclatlon. of Philadelphia l.foo
Lancashire, or Manchester 500
Total on dry-houses and contents SIO,OOO
lumoer in factory lot—
Merchants*, of Cleveland $ 1.000
Fireman’s Fund, of San Francisco l.sco
Orient, of Hartford I.o<A>
Fire Association, of Philadelphia 2,500
Insurance Company, of Philadelphia 1,500
Pennsylvania Fire, of Philadelphia 1,500
Traders’, of Chicago 2.250
Rhode Island Association, of Providence 2,500
St- Paul, of St. Paul 2,000
Irving, of New York l-200
Manufacturers', of Boston 1,000
Hoffman, of New York MX£
People’s, of Trenton, N. J l.opo
Virginia, of Richmond 2,500
Imperial, of London 8,000
Springfield, of Springfield, Mass ifjqo
American Central, of St. Louis I,**®
Lamar, of New York.... LOOO
St. Joseph, of St. Joseph, Mo I,<XX)
Total on lumber iu factor)’lot $30,000
Insurance on lumber In sheds adjoining dry-kiln—
Western, of Toronto $ SOO
Girard, of Philadelphia gW
People’s, of Newark. N. J ***>
• Total . $ 1.500
Insurance on two cottages—
Rhode Island, of Providence 8 1,000
Barn and contents— , „ .
Fire Association, of Philadelphia.. ...... -S 1.000
Grand totaL $43,000
James Davis, foreman of the planlng-mill, told
a reporter that, about three minutes before 5.. he
was passing through the yard and saw a small flame
at the door of the southernmost drying kiln. He
thought at first that the fire had caught on the out
side and was but a small matter, at the worst, and
he immediately ran for a bucket of water to put it
out in primitive style. He had a very short distance
to go, but when he returned flames were issuing
through the door, lie then ran back and attached
the two lines of hose belonging to the mill and
called up all the men employed in the yard
to assist in putting out what he now
realized would be a first-class fire.
Toey were unable, however, to do any good, and
the engineer being notified an alarm was turned in
as previously stated.
Davis’ theory as to the origin of the fire is per
haps the most tenable one advanced. His idea is
that the sawdost fell down the steam-pipes, with
which the building is heated for drying* purposes,
became charred, and that thus the fire got its start
—almost, it might be said, by spontaneous combus
tion, These drying-kims are invariably locked
except when the man in charge goes in, or when
the dried lumber and shingles arc being removed
to be replaced by green material. The
man in charge, to-wit.. Goode, was chiefly
conspicuous last evening for his absence.
He was sought for diligently, high and low, but all
efforts to find blm proved abortive. Hence his ex
planations, if be has any,—for it is understood he
was notin the kilns, or even around them at the
time, bat off In the yard somewhere, —cannot bo
given. Bat as there was nothing in the shape of a
fire in the building at the time, and certainly none
on the outside, it is difficult to explain the origin
of the blaze on any other hypothesis than that
advanced bv Davis.
Peter Kellis, day watchman in the yards, said
that he passed by the kiln about three minutes be
fore the fire was discovered by Davis, and that at
that time there was no appearance of a conflagra
tion. Engine Ko. 25 was on the spot as rapidly as
could possibly be expected, which. It will be un
derstood, was very rapidly indeed when it is re
membered that it is located about a block from the
yards, and a private wire communicates from the
engine-room of Palmer, Fuller & Co. to the house.
Mr. William A. Fuller, one of the partners in
the firm, was down town when the fire broke our,
but the bad news traveled with its proverbial
rapidity, and he was at the scene within some
thing like half an hour afterwards. The fire had
of course gained considerable headway and hud a
perfectly clean sweep of the drying-kilns and the
adjacent lumber, while it was spreading to and tak
ing in the stable, the firm's two cottages, and the
frame houses to the north. In his search for in
formation, the reporter ran across Mr. Fuller after
the fire had done its worst nnd was practically un
der control, and gathered from him the following
facts, though, not having the books before him, the
gentleman of necessity had. to give some of the
figures in the rough. The kilns, ho said, cost be
tween SIB,OOO andsl9,ooo, and were full of lum
per and shingles. Tneirlato receipts of lumber
were over g? 500 feet, and the loss right
through he roughlv estimated from SIOO,OOO to
3110,000. though of course it
would eo over that. There were from 4.000.000
to 4.50M00 feet of the better qualities of lumber,
and about 0,000,000 feetof smngles. Tbekilns,
contained shingles and lumber, out how in the,
world the kilns caught fire he conldn t imagine.
The heat for drying the stock was supplied by ei
£“• honrVnS sf ffingUy" “eaS
as to appear perfectly safe. In fact,
had always held the theory that fire could not
arise from the pipes, so perfect were the P re s?’ a !
Hons. And yet Mr. Fuller wasn’t «?o sure buMhat
in time be might be compelled to go back on his
theory forthe reason that he couldn’t very well
understand how the lire had °J il 3 na l ed _£ rO !2 5S'
outside. One man, he said, bad charge of the
kilns —the man Goode,—which were under lock
and key, and nobody could get in there ““'“J
his permission or in company with him The kilns
were changed every once m a; while, the'WPd,?a
terial being removed and fresh lumber being
nut in to go through the same drying
process At tue time the fire broke out,
Goode was outside in the yard, and nobody on-ht
to have been in ihe kiln. Inshort. newasatalass
to account for the origin of the fire, except to
back on his theory that the pipes were to blame,
and manifestly he disliked to believe that they,
were the cause of the trouble. ,
Mr. Parker, the bookkeeper of the firm, who
turned in the first alarm from the oflice, .tola me
following story: lie and the other inside men
were all working away when, about three minutes
after ii, the big whistle blew. .The first thmg
he knew after that was when a mcsseiiget
of the Telegraph Company, whose nfilce is near by.
came running in and cried “Fire.” He Jumped
np to see where it-was. and saw the smoke aud the
blaze through tue oflice window. By this lime the
engineer had turned in the private alarm.,and the
whistle was still keeping np its persistent screech
ing. Mr. Parker lost no time in getting the key to
the fire-alarm telegraph box and turning in another
alarm. An engine from Canalport avenue was on J
the spot lit a very snort space of time, and aouut
thMrst thing Mr. Parker saw after manipulating
the key was Marshal Petrie, who lost no time in
turning in another alarm, which soon brought a
fresh supply of engines.
Mr. Watkins, one of the partners, was walking
around the yards,among the kilns,about;»o'clock,
when suddenly he heard the whistle blow. He
looked at bis watch and remarked that the en
gineer bad made a mistake (since the workmen
didn’t knock off until 0 o’clock). But the whistle
kept blowing, and, looking up, he saw smoke
issuing from the chimneys of - the two west kilns.
Then the alarms came in thick and fast. Mr. Wat
kins had no theory that was at all convincing to
himself as to the origin of the lire. Ho could
not see how any one could have set the place
on fire, seeing that the building was never entered
except by tne man in charge or when stock was
changed, and the only other theory that he could
conceive of—the possibility of the fire having
originated from the overheating of the steam-pipes
and the communication of the beat to surrounding
objects—was to him wholly unreasonable in view
of the careful disposition of those pipes, their
great distance—some 31)0 feet—from the rnginc
room, the fact that they were ’encased, and the
general improbability of the fire having originated
from pipes carrying condensed steam.
Having disposed of the lumber, which was the
most important part of the blaze, the dwelling
houses which were cleaned out, will now be de
scribed, beginning with those bn Union street.
No. 720, ytme-story frame building, owned and
occupied fty Mr*, Teresa Boiler. Roof burnt and
interior damaged by fire and water; loss, $500; in
surance, §9OO. Loss on furniture about $100; no
722. Two-story frame house./owned by Mrs.
Boiler. Almost total loss, but f ully covered by In
surance; companies unknown. August Miller and
Fred Wilkins occupied the premises, and lost all
their furniture, valued at about S4OO. They bad
no insurance. A,bam in’ the rear was also de
724. New three-story brick building with frame
sheds in the rear. Thu house cost $3.200 to build,
and was owned and occnpied by Philip Boiler,
foreman in Ferry Bros.’ lumberyard. Only the
walls arc left, and the loss on the building will be
about §2,500. Boiler also lost about SI,OOO worth
of furniture, and has no insurance whatever. John
and Cbarlcs Hoff, employes of Ferry Bros., with
their families, occupied a part of this house, and
lost all their furniture. They had no insurance.
720. Two-story frame house; total loss. Dam
age, sl.poU; insurance unknown. The buildingwas
owned and occupied by John Held, who was absent
at the time the fire broke out, but relumed in time
to save a tin-box containing a few papers. In his
baste be forgot-8400 in greenbacks, S3O in silver,
and some valuable papers. - He lost S3OO worth of
furniture also, but appeared to grieve most for the'
evidences' of indebtedness, governmental and
otherwise, which had been reduced to ashes. He
had three tenants, —Charles Seifert, J. Lange, and
Chris Schnrr,—all ot whom lost their entire fur
niture. They were uninsured.
. 728. Two-story frame, owned by Fred Matt, and
worth SI,OOO. Mr. Matt lost 8200 worth of furni
ture and had no insurance whatever. His tenants
were Prof. Warnskaoz, teacher in the German
Lutheran school opposite, and John Brockman,
bis assistant; both of whom lost all their house
hold belongings. ’ .
730. Onc-stbry frame building worth SOOO, owned
by Palmer, Fuller & Co., and occupied by George
Curtis, engineer of the mill. The building is cov
ered oy insurance, but Curtis lost S3OO worth of
furniture ou which ho had no insurance.
The odd numbers, 731. to 739 inclusive, on the
west slue of the street, represent one and two-siory
frame buildings, all of which sustained some dam
age both by fire and water. The fronts of these
were badly scorched arid a good deal of glass was
broken. Probably S6OO to SBOO will repair all
losses. About SIOO damage was done to the Ger
man Lutheran school, on the corner of Union and
Twenty-first streets.
This street runs south from Canalport avenue,
and ends where the lumber-yard begins, thongh
one can go south through a passage-way between
the piles ot hoards. Both sides of the street were
lined with one and two-story cottages, separated
fronurae another, none occupying the full front-
E -. e pf the lots. The first one that caught lire was
No. 131, situated about 150 feet from the lumber
yard, blazing timber having fallen ou the roof.
As soon' as the flames were seen Assistant-
Marshal Petrie ordered thepinemen of No. 10 from
their position at the end of the street, and
they soon squelched the blaze. The men were
then directed to wet down thoroughly all the
dwellings up to Canalport avenue, a distance of a
block, as “live coals” were falling thick on the
roofs. Three other companies besides No. 10 were
stationed on Ruble street,--N° s - an d 21, and
they did splendid service. Cottages were plump
up against the piles of Infatoer, on either side of
the street, and it was utterly impoasiolo to save
them, but an idea of the pood work done can be
gathered from the statement that only six cottages
—three on each aide of the street—were totally de
stroyed, aud five or six others, with a few sheds
and one or two barns, were partialiv consumed.
No. 13L A two-storv frame, had ns roof badly
damaged. A barn In the rear was totally destroy
ed, and a horse and cow therein burned to death.
The owner, Henry Broass, who lived in the dwell
ing, loses SOOO, and has no insurance.
No. 133. A two-story frame, was owned and oc
cupied down-stairs by Adam Miller, whose loss
will be abont §100; insured A Mrs.
Rose, who lived on the second floor, sustained a
damage of §25 by the burning ana breakage of
furniture, ~ ,
No. 135. A one-story frame, was owned by Fred
Thieman, who occupied a portion of it. His loss
will be 8150, and he has a policy for
other tenants, Mr. Niemann aud a Mrs, Fnese,
lost abont $25 each on furniture.
No. 137, A one-story, cottage, was almost to
tally destroyed, as was nearly all the furniture in
if The owner and occupant, Charles Newmann,
places his loss at S 800; not insured.
No. 130, A one-story cottage, was totally de
stroyed, not a vestige of it.being left It was
owned and occnpied by Chris Nickclbcm. whose
loss is $750; insured for S7OO. He sot ont bis
own and his wife’s clothing, and carried it over
to String street, whence it was stolen.
No 141. A two-story frame, was also wiped
ont It was owned by Adam Wetzel, who lived
in it, as did Charles Kuhnltz. a Mrs. Meyer,
and a widow whose name is unknown. Wetzel’s
loss is about $1,500; insured for §I,OOO. That of
the others will be perhaps §l5O. '
No A two-story frame, was reduced to
ashes, it was owned by Jacob Gratcbel, who oc
cupied it with three other families. Hla loss is
SLSOO, and that of the tenants $250. Whether
any of them were Insnredcould not be ascertained.
On the east side of the street, only three houses
were touched by the lire. . „
No. 140. A one-story frame, was partially
destroyed. Is was owned and occupied by John
Bubcrcr, who fcoc some of bis furniture out. His
loss will be $250, and be has no insurance.
No. 142. A one-atory frame, owned by William
Roedesch, and occoolcd by Henry Bohemeistcr,
has entirely disappeared. The former’s loss will
be SSOO and tho latter’s*.§loo; insurance un
known. , ’ .
No. 144. A one-story frame, is represented by half
a dozen cindered boards. The owner and occu
pant was Fred Huh, wbo loses §SOO on his house
and $250 on effects; uninsured.
The total loss on this street was $7.500, and the
insurance as far as ascertained only $3,300.
About the time that sparks fell on the roof of
Ko. 131 Ruble street, 150 feet from' the-burning
lumber-yard, the roof of Ko. 109. Canaloort ave
nue, between Ruble and Union streets, 150 feet
off, was Ignited in the same way, and began blaz
ing quite furiously. Assistant-Marshal .Swenie,
who had just come in response to the “General.”
took charge of this outpost, and in a few minutes
bad the fire our, much to the.relief of the people
living in the neighborhood, who had become very
much alarmed, and began packing up their goods
preparatory to ' removal. The building,
which is owned by John Bcthko,
was damaged to the extent of s’2oo:
insured for $1,500 In the Watertown, Kcw York.
A Mrs. Russell also living up stairs, lost $25 on
furniture, which is not covered by a policy. A
butcher had a shop on the first floor, but his loss
was nominal.
The loss on this street was $225, and the insur
ance $1,500. •
One of the saddest cases connected with the his
tory of the fire is that of the unfortunate woman
Mrs. Meyer, who not only lost her little household
furniture, but who also sustained very severe and
possibly Wal injuries. This unfortunate woman,
was in the house No. 141 liable street, when the
fire broke oat. She hastily sent her four little
ones into the street, and, having nrovided for their
temporarv safety, rushed back into the house and
attempted to save some little articles of furniture.
The lire was too rapid for her, however, and she
was severely burned about the arms and left shoul
der, her hair not only sinned close, but almost com
pletely taken off, and her race badly scorch
ed. She was immediately removed to a
honsc on String street, and afterwards
to the drugstore of Louis Mattel, corner of Canal
port avenue and Union street, where every atten
tion was paid her. The poor woman wa< soon to
become a mother, and her present condition Is oue
well calculated to appeal to the sympathies of the
charitable public. In fact there is a glorious op
portunity for the exercise of private benevolence,
the fire having rendered from forty to fifty families
homeless, wmle others have lost the better part of
their belongings. • '•
Aside from the burning of Mrs. Meyer, the only
other person injured was a fireman who, while
tearing off shingles on the roof of Nol 100 Canal
oort avenue, had one of his little fincers tom open
to the bone by a nail. The finger was bandaged by
Malther, the druggist, andtnc man resumed work.
While <n>infftoihe fire a hose-cart ran into the
grocery wagon of C. C. Campbell, of No; 7/8
’ South Ilalsted street. Both .vehicles were over
turned. but the drivers were not hurt.
x\nothcr of the “iaudies” was playing upon
the fire at close quarters,% when he same down
jmon the ground exhausted. He was belpeo away,
and it was found that ms hair was smsed, and
his face and hands severely burned, lie recuperated
in a short time, and uculu went to work. ■
.a fact which made,Marital Benner happy- wm
th'at there was plenty of water-something, whicn
conldnot have neon said a year ago when speaa
jn<r of the Jnroher-distrjct, tor it is
oSy recently that a laree main was pul i*to Lnion
street^and* quite a number of doubmhydruuu
were snhatitntea for the single ones. The test
sort of management would not have availed In tne
iSencaofa plentiful supply of water, and the
wisdom of increasing the size of the mains, and
spending money for the West Side pumping works
has certainly been demonstrated by thus famish
ing facilities to cope with a fire of more than or
dinary magnitude. . . .
‘ 4 If we hadn’t had plenty of water, ” said Assist
ant-Marshal Petrie to a Tikbiwb reporter, ‘ 4 there
might have been a repetition of 71.’
Various little incidents connected with this tire
may also suggest to those Aldermen who want to
contract the fire limits that it will be wise to let
them alone.
The alarm from Box 33 at 7:40 last evening was
caused by the burning of a lot of rubbish in the
rearof No. 94 State street No damage.
The alarm from Box 64 at 9:15 last evening was
caused by a fire in Room 10 of the O’Neil Building,
at the northeast comer of State and Harrison
streets, occupied by Mr. FI ate her. Damage to
building, trilling; to furniture, S2OO, upon which
there is no insurance. •
The alarm from 80x722 at 4:35 yesterday after
noon was caused by the burning of a sidewalk at
the corner of St. Louis avenue and Twenty-second
street. Near that point offal and manure from
stock cars is dumped alongside the Burlington &
Quincy Railroad preparatory to being hauled to the
surrounding parks. The pile caught tire from
some unknown cause, aud, the grass catching lire,
it bccamea miniature prairie fire. The damage is
onlv nominal. _
A still alarm of fire to Engine Company No. 7
at 12:15 yesterday afternoon was caused by afire
on the roof of a two-story frame house at No. 200
Sebor street, owned and occupied by Thomas
Dodsworth. Damage, $5. Cause, sparks from a
chimney. 1
The alarm from Box 329 at l:4o yesterday after
noon was caused bv a fire in a small oue-story
frame building In tne rear of No. 245 Halsted
street, owned and occupied as a smoke-house by
W. Maxicd. Damage to contents, S2O; insured
for SIOO iu the Firemen’s, of this city.
Special Dispatch to The Tribune.
St. Lams, May 10.—The fire had scarcely been
got under control at East St. Lonis this evening
when the St. Louis Department were called upon
to extinguish a serious conflagration which had
broken ont in the first story or Gauss, Huntcke *
Co.’s wholesale hat and cap store. No. 407 North
Fifth street, caused by an overturned
Argond burner. The flames spread with great
rapiditv through the live stories of the building,
through the medium of tho elevator. The Are
communicated to the next store south, occupied
by Goldstein Bros., wholesale clothing, and to
A. Fraukenthal £ Son, wholesale notion store, all
of which were completely gutted by the flumes, or
had their slocks ruined by water. The loss of
these Urme is estimated as follows: Gauss,
Hunioko £ Co., 875.000; Goldstein Bros., 873,-
000; A. Fraukenthal £ Son, 800,000. Loss on
buildings, 845,000.
•i’o the Western Associated Press,
St. Loots, May 10.—At 0:20 thia evening a fire
broke out in the wholesale hat and cap store of
Gauss £ Uuuicke, No. 407 North Filth street,
and in a very short time extended to tho large
notion and gentlemen’s furnishing goods house of
Frankcuthal £ Sou, on the north, ami the cloth
ing store of It. £ W. Goldstein on tho south.
All tnree stores were completely gulled, aud
the stocks are a total loss. The buildings are
owned by Mrs. Agnes Mennett and Glasgow Bros.
Damaged aoout 845,000. Insured about 845,000
iu the Citizens’, at. Louis; Royal, London; and
other companies, not accessible to-night, Frank
enthal £ aons. ’ stock was valued about 800,000.
Insured in the Albany tor Ji, 500; Lenox, 82,500;
Lonllard, 85,000; Boston Underwriters’, 83,000;
London, £ Liverpool, _£ Globe, 83,000; and oth
ers not obtainable to-night.
Godstein’s stock was valued at SIP, 000. Insured
in the London Assurance. 85,000; Albany, 81.000;
FarruguU 82.000; Lorillard, 82,000; North
British, $3,000; Liverpool, London £ Globe, 83,-
000; and 820,000 In the Collins Agency.
Guncss, Uunecke £ Co.’s stock was valued at
813,000. Insured in the Jefferson, St. Louis,
83,000; Washington Mutual, $5.000: Phenix, New
I'ork, 510,000; Frankliu, Philadelphia, 53,000;
AStna, Hartford, 85.000; Imperial. London, 322,-
500: Connecticut, 85,000; German-Amencan,
83,000; Continental, 53,000; Phu;nlx. Hartford,
510,000; Commercial .Union, London, 815,000;
Franklin Mutual, St. Louis, $25,000; Liverpool,
London-£ Globe, 810,000.
This was another of those mysterious affairs
which bailies the ingenuity of every one to ascer
tain their origin. At a ynarter-past 0 the book
keeper of Ganess, Hanecke £ Co. called some
dozen girls down from tbe fifth story, where they
were working, and sent them home. He then
closed the safe, turned off tbe gas, and left the
store; In less than five minutes a small light was
seen by men on tho street in the front part of
the ground floor, and in a very few seconds
the entire house was on lire, tho flames pouring
ont of the fourth and fifth story windows in tue
most furions aud frigntful manner. Three dis
tinct, loud, and sharp reports were heard in the
building during the lire, but the occupants declare
that nothing of an explosive character was iu the
bniluing, and no one knows how to account for
Svedal Dispatch tr 'The Tribune.
St. Louis. Mo., May 10.—At a few minutes past
3 thia afternoon the freight depot formerly occu
pied by tbe Ohio & Mississippi Railroad in Bast St.
Louis, but now leased by the Union Warehousing
Company, was discovered to be on
fire. East St. Louis has no means
of fighting fire worth mentioning,
and by the time a St. Lonis engine had crossed the
bridge aud arrived on the scene it was anparent
that no efforts could»save tho burning depot, a
passenger depot belonging to the Ohio & Missis
sippi, and three or four adjacent freight-sheds,
all of which buildings wero filled with
merchandise of various kinds. These were wiped
out, with their contents, in an hour, but the fire wus
staid after it had consumed a few residences
of no value, and fifteen car-loads of mer
chandise and machinery, eighteen cars
loaded with coal, and five car
loads of hay. The total loss is estimated at SSO, -
000. The following are among the insurance:
Caisse Gcnerde of Switzerland, §1,500 ou con
tents of the Union Warehouse; North German,
$750 on warehouse charges; Citizens’of St. Lonis,
$17,000 on flour owned by Keller Bros.
To the Western. Associated Press.
St. Louis, Mo., May 10.—A fire broke out inlbe
warehouse of Carruthers & Co., East St. Louis,
this afternoon and destroyed that building and
contents, the warehouse of Yocum & Co., and
the old passenger depot of the Ohio & Mississippi
Railroad Company. These buildings contained
apgut 5,000 barrels of flour belonging toKebler
Brothers and the Empire Milling Company, of this
city, a large amount of general produce, buggies and
carriages, and wagon material. was also
cars on the track of the Ohio & Mississippi Road
and some twenty-live cars laden wiih hay and ag
ricultural implements, and thirty cars of coal.
The value of the property in Carruthers & Co. s
warehouse was between S4O.OO'J and SoO, 000, and
the total loss will reach nearly SIOO,OOO. A large
amonnt of property was in transit, and was in
sured, but particulars cannot be given at this writ
ing. Seven box-cars belonging to the Chicago &
Alton Road were also burned.
All the buildings burned belong to the Ohio •»
Mississippi Railroad Company; umnsnrcd. It now
proves there were but seven cars of coal destroyed
instead of thirty. Total loss, SBO,OOO. The only
insurance now obtainable is $17,000 in the Citi
zens 1 of St. Louis on Kehlor Brothers 1 flour.
Special Dispatch to The Tribune.
Grand Rapids. Mich., May 10.—A fire at Rock
ford, in this county, last night destroyed Gordon
13. Hovey’s wagon and paint shop, involving a loss
of $2,000; insurance, S9OO.
A fire at Cedar Springs this forenoon destroyed
Toraokins’ shlngle-mill and a shed adjoining,
owned by the estate of W. L. Barber, bankrupt.
Tompkins’ loss is £1,200. and Barber's $500; no
. Watertown, • \Vis., May 9. —This mom in? at 3
o’clock a fire broke out in the frame wareuonso of
the brick flouring mill of F. Miller & Co., stored
wlili 500 barrels of patent flour and a Quantity of
feed, destroying both the building and contents,
involving loss of 54,5C0, on which there was no
insurance, A probable case of incendiarism.
dominations of Chicago Justices—Organiza
- tlons TJccnscd.
tSjtdal Dlioatch u> The Tribune.
SntnrOKiELD, 111.. May 10.—The Governor
to-day received from the Chicago Judges the
nominations of Justices to fill the vacancies oc
casioned by the rejection of previous nomina
tions: ,
North Chicago—Lorenz Brentano, Peter L.
South Chicago—John K. Prindiville.
West Chicago— Gustav Demars.
General satisfaction is expressed at Brentano’s
The Secretary of State to-day Issued license
to organize the Chicago Stationers’ Board of
Trade, whose managers for the first year are A.
C. McClurg, Charles M. Smith, Bradley Dean,
J. 11. W. Jones, J. W. Butler, C. E. Leonard,
H. L. Culver, George H- Taylor. J. B. JelTery,
W. C. Clarke* D. K. Cameron, and A McNally.
Brazil, Ind., Maylo.—Everything, was quiet
last'uighc.' One hundred men went to Newbury
this, morning. and got i*. Elrieh r a men out..
Elrt'ch' hafj about sixty men, and 15 the largest
bituminous operator in the district. The strik
: ers have not got Zellai’s men, at Harmony, out:
vet. Zellar loads thirty to thirty-five cars per
‘day when running full. It is not thought that
they will get them out. Only two or three mines
in the district are working, and those only part.
At a midnight meeting at Brazil, last night,
the Central Committee of strikers detailed 100
men to visit the mine of Elrich & Co., at New
bury. This morning the men detailed arrived
on the ground at an early hour and succeeded
in inducing the miners to abandon work. Many
of the strikers are entirely destitute. Of those
who visited the Elrich mine this morning about
one-half had eaten nothing since yesterday.
They devoured the contents of the miners 1
buckets belonging to the Elrich miners. The
operators say a concerted attempt will be made
resume work on Monday.
At an early hour yesterday morning—about half
past 7 o’clock—a well-dressed young man, with
dark mustache, and apparently in the neighbor
hood of 23 years of age, rushed into the wholesale
boot and shore store of M. I). Wells & Co., cor
ner of Madison and Market streets, and presented
an order for a smallbill of goods. Toe order was
written with a lead-pencil upon the back of one of
the easiness cards of John Gassier,- dealer in boots,
shoes, rubbers, etc., at Galesburg, an old
customer of the firm. The young man represented
himself to be an agent of the American Express
Company, after making a mistake by saying that
be represented the Adams. The order called'for
twelve pairs of women’s kid button and twelve
pairs of women’s goat button shoes, regular sizes.
Under ordinary circumstances the bovs in the store
would have (Hied the order at once, but something
prompted them to hold their customer until some
of the proprietors and salesmen reached the office.
About 8 o’clock, a telegram came addressed to M.
D. Wells & Co., upon a night-message blank, which
read as follows:
Galesburg, 111., May 9.—M. D. Wells & Co.: Send
me by Mr. Moore twelve pair women’s kid button and
twelve pair woman’s goat button, regular sizes.
John* Babslek.
The name of “Moore” was written across the
face of the card with a pencil. The suspicions of
the firm were aroused, and; the porter was directed
to prevent their customer from escaping bv the
back door In case be attempted to do so. A po
liceman was sent for. He came, but counseled
that it would not be worth while to arrest the man
until some charge could be preferred against him.
The proprietors told the young man that they
would send down to the American Express office
and find out whether he really did represent that
Company. Seeing that the parties were “onto”
him, the fellow retreated at a lively pace by the
way of the back door, and succeeded ia escaping.
The game was to present the order at an early
hour, before the proprietors, or salesmen, or book
keepers came to their business, when In all prob
ability the boys in. the store would fill the order
'without any questions. A “pal” at the other end
found out where Mr. Bossier purchased his goods,
and sent the dispatch so that it would gut to the
store here at the same time the would-be swindler
did. It was a clever trick, and in a great many in
stances might have worked to a charm. The pub
lic arc warned.
In obedience to instructions from headquarters,
A. S. Trade, attorney for the Chicago Railroad
Association, yesterday caused the arrest of ten
railroad-ticket scalpers, located about Clark and
Randolph streets. A squad of policemen under
Simon O’Donnell made the descent upon the un
fortunate parties at about 4 o’clock, and scooped
iu a number of them* who were taken to the Har
rison Street Station. The names of those for
whom, warrants were placed in thc_ bands
of the officers were as follows: J. a. Wal
ser, 0. B. Morgan, J. A. Webb, E. A. Maiford,
L. Salmon, S. P. Shields, J. Goodrich, W. F.
Chatfield, List, and Nathaniel Reeves. No ex
citement attended the arrest. Each man took the
matter good-naturedly when the warrant was read
to him, pat on his coat, lit a cigar, and started off
witn the officer, first having arranged for a bailor to
get him out of durance vile.
These same scalpers were arrested some time
ago, as will be remembered, were examined before a
Justice of the Peace, and held to a further examin
ation oefore the Grand Jury, under bonds. ■ The
last Grand Jury insisted upon having the case
brought before the body, although an attempt was
made on the part of the prosecution to withdraw
the charge temporarily, on account of it oemg sus
pected. though wrongly, that the jury hud been
tampered with. A “no-bill" was found, and tne
parties were, of course, released from their bonds.
The bill to repeal the Scalpers 1 law, which was
before the Legislature all winter, was defeated a
day or two ago, and now the Railroad Association
propose to prosecute the scalpers to the bitter end.
taking as a pretext the act of 1875, which provides
that each railroad shall have a lawfully-consti
tuted agent to sell tickets, and imposing u penalty
upon every person not so authorized who shall en
gage in the business. The Scalpers’ bill before the
Legislature, which has just been defeated, was a
bill to repeal this law.
W. F. Chatficld, C. P. Morgan. J. A. Webb,
L. Salomon, Edward List, and E. A. ilaliord
were arrested, taken to the Armory, and gave bail.
The police continue to be harrassed by thieves,
and no wonder, for there are more professionals
inside the city limits this soring than, daring the
'memorable Rehm administration. ' All the old
beads, and with them their acquaintances und
companions from abroad, are flocking here
bv the score. Another daring robbery was added
to the list yesterday noon by sneak thieves getting
away with about S4OO cash from the branch office
of the Philip 11. Best Brewing Company at the
corner of Indiana and Desnlaines streets. That the
robbery was hastily planned and daringly exe
cuted, ‘is fullv proven bv the facta. In the
forenoon the driver of one of the delivery wagons
left some beer at a saloon in the southwestern por
tion of the city, and, as it happened, one or two
of the barrels were improperly hooped, and in
consequence the beer in them , bad spoiled. The
saloon-keeper protested against taking the
beer,* but it was finally concluded to set
tle the matter at the office. The thief
who planned the robbery must either
have heard this conversation, or In some way
beard of it. Daring the forenoon two men called
at the branch office,—one to get change for a $5
oIU, and the other to get $2 worth of small coin.
The cashier willingly obliged both; he now sees
that their intent was only to locate the money
drawer. At about 10 o'clock two men whose looks
were not at all attractive drove op to
the office in a horse and buggy, and asked if a man
bearing a certain name was employed there. But
ns they had the Christian name of the driver, and
his surname incorrect, they were told that no such
man was taere employed. They then went away.
At noon the same men again drove up, und repre
senting that their horse was uneasy and apt to run
away, they kept their seats, and sent for the cash
ier, and he foolishly left his office t# attend
to their wants. lie closed the door of the office as
he left, bat never thought of closing the money
drawer, although the employes of the place were
lounging about or catme their dinner. This time
they had the correct name of the driver, but the
cashier told them he was not there, and might
net be until late iu the afternoon.
Then, claiming to represent the saloon-keeper who
bad received the defective beer, they made quite a.
splurge over it, and complained at such treatment
from a driver. Of course the Cashier, on behalf of
the Company, made a most elaborate apology, and
promised to sec tne affair righted. In
this way some ten minutes must nave
elapsed. At the conclusion of the talk, the men
bade him good day, and drove rapidly away, lie
re-cntcrcdhis office, but It was some moments be
fore he noticed that the money-drawer was open
and all the bills gone. An alarm was raised, and
the police were notified, bnt the thieves
had already a start of -all pur
suit at least a half “9 n /*
At first it was thought that only a,couple hundred
dollars were taken, as the thieves left behind them
nearly SSOO in large silver coin in packages, bnt
later in the day the cashier footed up his loss at
between S4OO and SSOO cash.
Upon looking about tbb office it was readily seen
how the thieves had so adroitly managed the affair.
While the cashier was talking to the men in the
buggv, an accomplice, who had been lett
standing under the shadow of a side window,
raised the window from its fastemnes
with a jimmy, which he carried for the
Entrance was easily effected, and, as previously
stated, the cash-drawer was not locked. Ihe de
tectives were put at work upon the case earl>*n
the day, and last night they announced mat the
captnre of the men was only a question of a few
hours, as they had them “down line, and knew
exactly wno did tne job.
Soednt Dispatch to The. Tribune.
St. Pau l, Minn., Mav 10. —The most cncour
asms crop reports come in from all parts of tae
State. Over a week 020 sufficient ram fell to
remove all apnreiieusion of drought, ami the
past three days nearly every portion oi
the State has' had drenching rains.
The weather , has been cool. «>
that the earth received the full benent of the
rain, and If we should have no more rai S 1 i
the harvest the crops would be safe. hotter
counts agree that the crops never looked better
at this season of the year tnan at pre.cnu
Wheat is up about three inches, ana, unless
something detrimental occurs, will he the
biggest crop which Minnesota has ever p o
duced. . ,
Xnedai Dispatch to The Tribune. •
Omaha Neb., Mar 10.—Anv reports that
have appeared in Nebraska must
be entirely without foundation, nothing of the
ffind Laving been heard of here from any por-
Uon of The crops are all looking
well, but rain is needed.
conn.. May 10.—The Meriden
Wmleii Company closed Its factory to-night,
owing to the failure of IVbittemore, Peet, Post
& Co of. New York. Two hundred and fifty
employes, half women, are thrown out of work.
Liabilities estimated at assets nom
in v‘ EW York. May 10.—Tim Atlantic Fire-In
surance Company" of Brooklyn has reinsured
its risks in the Home Insurance Company of
New I'ork, and will retire rrom business.
A Frightful Collision on the Credit
Valley, Canada, Railroad.
In Eitmion Party of Forty Prominent Citizens
of Toronto the Victims,
All of Them More or Less Severe-
ly Injured.
Minor Accidents.
apcctat Dispatch to The Tribune.
Toronto, Ont., May 10.—A, terrible accident
occurred about 6 o’clock this evening to an ex
cursion party who went out by invitation to see
the work on the Credit Valley Railroad. The
Directors’ car, containing the narty, numbering
about forty well-known citizens, was on the
switch at Carletbn Station, on its return'home
from StreetsTille. The switch on the main line
of the Grand Trunk, through some unaccount
able want of foresight, had been left open, and
a Grand Trunk engine came along at the rate
of toirty miles an hour and ran into the cor.
Among those seriously injured are ex-Mayor
Morrison, Maj. Arthurs. Aid. Blevins, Messrs.
John MeNabb, hardware merchant; Samuel
Beaty, Agent Union Pacific Railroad; P. D.
Conger, coal merchant; and James Gooderbam,
of the firm of . Gooderbam & Worth. Mr. Good
erbam baa both legs crushed to a jelly; ex-Mav
or Morrison’s spine was badly injured; Mr.
Conger had several ribs broken and other inter
nal injuries: Mr. MeNabb, spine hurt and other
wise badly bruised; Mr. Beaty, leg broken; Mr.
Gooderbam’s case is considered hopeless, and
it is feared he cannot survive through the night.
Messrs. Avern Pamoe, formerly of Chicago,
and William Hauston, both of the editorial stall
of the Oiobe. were also in the car. Mr. -Pardoe
saw the engine coming and leaped through the
car-window. Just as his foot left the car the
crash came. Mr. Hauston had his face and
head cut and legs bruised. Maj. Arthurs also
escaped by jumping out of the car-window.
The scene was a terrible one. The engine
dashed right through the car, smashing it
to atoms and sending the fragments in all
directions. How the occupants escaped Instant
death is miraculous.
Besides those mentioned above, Mr. John
Leys, barrister, and Aid. Baxter were wounded,
but not seriously. -Mr. Conger’s case is consid
ered critical. He has been insensible since
the accident. Every one on the car had their
clothes torn oil their backs. The injured were
brought to the city in improvised ambulances,
and are now receiving medical attention. The
streets are full of rumors, and public anxiety is
very great, those hurt being among the wealth!
est citizens. At latest accounts Mr. Gooder
ham was In a state of coma, from which the
doctors are trying to rally him preparatory to
am potation.
To the Western Associated Press.
Toronto, Ont., May 10.—This evening an
excursion party ot Directors and friends, who
had been inspecting the new works on the Credit
Valley Railway, while seated in a car on a siding
at Carleton Junction, waiting for an engine to
take them to Toronto, were, owing to a mis
nlaced switch, ran into by a Grand Trunk en
gine. Both the engine and car were wrecked.
Among the seriously injured are James Gooder
ham, merchant and miller of this city, nnc
leg being cut off and the other badlybruised; re
covery doubtful. Exnress-Messenger Morrison’s
spine is badly injured. P. D. Conger, coal mer
chant, ribs smashed. John MeNabb. retired
hardware merchant, spine hurt and side badly
bruised. Samuel Beatty, railway agent, leg
broken. All the others in the car were more or
less injured. Several escaped by jumping
through the windows.
Indianapolis, Ind., May 10. —At Columbus,
Ind., to-day, as Baldwin and Victor, two tight
rooe artists, were giving an exhibition the rope,
which was stretched from the Court-House to
the hotel opposite, broke loose from the hotel,
precipitating both men to the ground, a dis
tance of fifty feet. Victor was seriously in
jured. an arm and a leg being broken, and bis
head badly bruised. Baldwin’s injuries are not
dangerous. Victor lives in Indianapolis
r* »
St. Paul, Minn., May 10.—Several cases of
houses being struck by lightning are reported
throughout the State. The most important is
the Custom-House at Pembina, on the Canada
border, which was wholly burned. Records
A Temporary Interruption of a Walklnc-
Matca at Baltimore— Guyon Covers 480}*
Miles In Six Days and Wins a Bolt and
81*000 In Aloney.
,<to*Ci’oZ Dispatch to The Tribune.
Baltimore, Md., May 10. —The six-days* walk
between four pedestrians at Kernan’s Garden
which began last Monday was suspended to
night in consequence of the police authorities
forbidding walking on Sunday, and will be con
tinued Sunday at midnight. The score at 12
o’clock to-night stood: Cushing, a Windsor
Hotel lanndress, 262 miles; Brandon, of Albany,
•N. Y., 251; Smith, a tenement-house girl, 231;
Thorne, of New York, 202. During the even
ing Harriman walked, heel-and-toe, five.milcs,
as follows: 8:35, 9:10,0:C0,9:15, and 8:23. Dow
ney, the short-dlstauee champion, of New York,
square hecl-and-toe, walked five miles in 7:49,
7:41, 8:17, 8:25, and 7:50. The six days’con
test will end Monday night. At midnight to
morrow another six days’ contest for a purse
will begin at the same place, for which the fol
lowing are entered: Annie Bartell, a West
chester milkmaid; Maud Stewart, a Scottish
athlete; Minnie Horton, iong-walkchampion;
and Little Liehtfoot, ot VirPinia.
Special Dispatch to The Tribune.
New York, May 10.—In the six days’ heel
and-toc walk which closed at Gilmore’s Garden
to-nMit Guvon. of Chicago, made the credita
ble record of 480# miles, winning the belt and
SI,OOO. Krobne, the sdbond man, was nineteen
miles behind.
To the Western Associated Press.
New York, May. 10. —George Guyon, of Chi
cago, won to*(lav the heel-and-toe walk, cover
ing 4SO# miles, making one lap more than
Panchet in the recent go-as-vou-olcase walk.
Kbrone,46lmiles; Colston,4s2s*; JTaber,4oo#;
Curran, 438#; Camuan*, 401#.
Knowles’ Insect Powder Cinn is br far the best.
KJtoom-ISen* axd Birr
'arlor & Cabinet Folding-Bed,
wt Compact, Elegant, and Sub
nnde. Best Steel Spring Mat-
L H. Ante A Co.,
213 Waha sn Are.. Chicago.
Mfrs of Artittls Esisshsld
Enritao, Wc;l totteb, etc.
•jif) piplDf) Consulting Physician
UiTbi i J-IX.Lt v), tii riutdiseases,
•i-r -n .j to Koom 7,83 East Madlson-st.
Has iieiDOVSamershcy Music Dam. Hours »to 3
bid | Wlf Dili)Malic Pnysician,
l/ii, <l, Is ILDSJltuoiv. n M doipi.-.t..
1. matlne some of the most wonderfulcore, on rec
nrd. Co It. potent lady asslamnts tn mu-ndamm. .
ers of this company, for the elec,lon of ?JJL
suant to law, and for the transaction of such other
business as may come before said meeting,
at the office of the company, la Lhlcago. ® k/JKTlose
-tune s. next, at I o clock p, m- Transfer-books ciosl
April 30 and reopen June 9. Bondholders will antnen*
Ucate their voting bond, by re| Rtr» prudent.
M. L. SYKES. Secretary.
fi i For Water and Gas, coated
CAST-IRON »^h“%ras
hand and delivered at any
D! DCC suicKLE?iiAßi’.isos&co„
TjEStai op
school Win testa Sept. 15. 814 MicWtran-ar.
ffii MCTii
1,000 Cartons FmcftFlowors
600 Sprays Imported Flowers at 15. 20, 25, aid 374 c,
worth 374, 44. 54. and7sc.
I*ooo French Montures at 25, 35, 374.
85c. and si, awful cheap: about 40c on the
dollar of cost of Importation.
200 Carton? Heal Ostrich Tip? in Light Blue, Pink,
Pearl. White, and Ecra. at 25, 35, 4u, 50, OS,
75c, andsl, vcrycheap.
2*ooo Panov Wings In all the newest shades, at 3,5,
8, 124.15, and 25c, lea? than half price.
At 60c on the Dollar.
I*ooo Ladles’ Leghorn Hats. Nor. 12. 14, and 16, at
£O, 60, 65, and 75c, all sizes; worth 90c, Sl* .
51.25, oml Si.so.
I*ooo Ladles’ and Misses* Leghorn Hats, Nos. 18, 20.
and 22, all sizes, at tiO, 85c, aml $1; worth
51.50, $1.75, and $2.
s*ooo Ladles' Canton Hats at 15, 20, 25, and 30c;
worth :w, 40. 50, and 60c.
10*000 Ladles', Misses’. Children's Shades and Sailor
Hats at 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35c, from auctions
▼ery cheap.
2*ooo Gross Ornaments at 2,3, and sc: worth 5. 8.
and IOC
-3,000 Gross Imported Ornaments, In Steel and Pearl.
Plain Steel, Pearl Slides, and finest imported
goods, at 10. 12. and ir*c; worth 25. SO, and
40c; an Importer’s stock. *
Will Offer on Second Floor
3*ooo Pairs of Ladles*. Misses', and Children's Fine
Shoes of the well-known makers Messrs. Rey
nolds Bro?., Utica, N. Y.. atQOcon the dollar
of cost of manufacture. Every pair warrant
ed; money refunded at all times if not satis
600 Fair Ladles' Pebble Grain Shoes at $1.50, worth
$2.25; Reynolds Bros.
I*3oo Pair Ladles’ KldSlde-Lacoatsl.Ts and $2.00.
worth $2.25 and S 3; Reynolds Bros.
600 Pair Ladles' Kid Curico, Kid and Goat, button, at
$2.25. $2.50. and $2.75; Worth S 3. $3.50, and
$4; Reynolds Bros.
300 Palm Reynolds Bros’, beat French Eld* button* as
$3.50; Well worth $5.
I*ooo Calico Wrappers at 48, 50, 65, and 75c; cheap
for7s, 00c, sl, and $1.25.
2*ooo Children's Salts, *. manufacturer’s stock, at 50c
on the dollar.
600 Ladles’ Lawn Suita at Si.SO. worth $2.50.
200 Ladles* Elegant Lawn Suits at $2.50 and $3, worth
$4 and $5.
I*ooo Ladles’ Linen Salts at $1.50. $1.75, $2. $2.25,
$2.50, and $3; ooc on the dollar.
300 Ladles* StnlT Saits In Alpaca, Dcbelgc, Pongee,
All-Wool MUturca, at $5, $6, SB, and $10;
very cheap.
We tlie Cutting Prices!
For Ic—Pie Plates and Tin Rattles.
For 2c—Stove Lifter. Pint Cups. Cake Form Cutter,
Nutmez Uniter. Tack Hammer. 'Window
Cleaner, O-luch Pie Plate.
For 3c—Fire Shovels, Whlsp Brooms, Darning Balls,
Potato Masher. Salt Shaker. Sad Iron Stands,
Coffee Put Stands. Cake Form with tube, one*
quart Milk Pans, Excelsior Cups.
For 4c— Basting Spoons, Pint Funnel, two-quart MUIC
Pans, bali-poond Coffee Canister. Toy Tla
Falls, Tin Banks. Large Grater, Match Safes,
Sewing-Machine Oiler, Large Skimmer. Eg?
Beater, Garden Trowel. Mincing Knife.
For 5c— Three-quart JlUfc Pans, one-quart Dipper,
Large Cake Forms.
For fSc—Wash Bavins.
For Sc-Soup Ladles, two-quart Dinner Falls, Largo
Wash Basin, six-quart Milk Pans,
For 13c—Colander, Sauce Dishes.
Three-quart Coffee Pots for 18c: ten-quart Dish Pans
for 32c; fourteen-quart Dlsn Pons,3Sc; seven- *
teen-quart Dish Pans, 42c; thirty-quart Dlsla J
Pans. 60c.
Pins, Inanars. 3c; Needles,ic; Mllwanl’sßcstNeedles,
314 c; Wtlllmantic Thread, warranted asjmo<£»
as Clark’s or Coates*, at 4c; Huoks and Eyes,
1c; Skirt Braid. 3c; Pearl Buttons. 3c dozen;'
Hair Pins, 2 papers for 1c; Spool Cotton, 200
yards, for 5c dozen; 100 yards Spool Silk, 4c;
Twilled Tapes for Ic.
IIS & 120 State-st.
Do not throw money away on cheap Springs
when a Woven Wire’ Mattress will last a liie
Sold by all the leading Furniture Houses.
7 North Clark-st., Chicago.
Proposals for itßAai-
War I)Ei*AimiE?rr, )
Washington. D.C., March :il, 1«79. l
Scaled proposals. In triplicate, are hereby Invited far
furnishing lleadstoues for Soldiers’ '..raves, lo private,
village, ami city cemeteries, as provided by the law ap
proved February 3, 1979. of which the following Is an
• “That the Secretary of War Utheraby authorized to
erect headstones over the graves of soldiers who served
In the Regular or Volunteer Army of the United State*
during the war for the Union, and who have been
burled in private, village, or city cemeteries, in the
same manner as provided by tbe law of March a, 1973,
lor those Interred la National Military Cemeteries.”
The total number to be furnished la estimated at 17. -
LOO. Specifications describing In detail the standard
fixed by the Secretary of War. and blank forms of pro
posals can be had on application in person or by letter
toCapt. A. F. Rockwell. A. Q. M..U. S. A.. In charge
of National Cemeteries, Washington, D. C.
Specimens of the headstones to be furnished can bo
seen at tnls office. , , , _ ,
All bids should be accompanied by good and sufficient x
guaranty, and none will be considered, except for
American white marble, of grades named In the speci
Proposals should be Inclosed in sealed envelopes and
Indorsed ’’Proposals for Headstones,” and addressed to
the undersigned, at whose whose office they will her
opened In the presence of bidders on Monday, JuaelU, -
l«70, commencing at 11 o’clock a. m.
By Order of toe Secretory of War. _ _ < ♦
M. c. MEIGS. Quartermaster-General. IT, S. A. .
ttkans«i;aim:itm uii.itakv ;
CniOAoo, lIJ., March 22. 1879. f
Sealed proposals. 1q triplicate, aril] be received at tala *
office until 12 o'clock noon. May 19, 1870. for the de
livery of the following named animals, or inch portloa
of them as may be wanted: IH3 horses (preferabljr
fcoulhern lowa or Northern Missouri) for the Depart
ment of the Platte, to be delivered at Omaha: -'5 (pre
ferably Kentucky) for the Department of Dakota, to
be delivered at St. Paul; and 109 for the Department of
the Missouri, to be delivered at Leavenworth. Deliv
ery must commence May -0 and be completed June 5.
lg-;o. The animals will be Inspected by a Board of
Officers at each of the places of delivery, and must con
form to the following specifications: To be geldings,
of hardy colors, sound in all particulars. In good condi
tion, well-broken to the saddle, from (15) fifteen to (19>
sixteen bauds nigh, not less than (S) five nor more than
(so nine years old, and suitable In every respect for
Cavalry Service. . . .. . ..
Blans forma of proposals can be^ obtained at toe
Quartermaster’s Offices at Omaha. Leavenworth, Bt.
Paul, St. LouU. Louisville, and In this city.
The envelopes containing proposals should be marc*
cd. ••ftoi^ l »r C.valr/H0««L sTjfoAljlA
Chief Quartermaster.
Pfojosals for Coal- for M Ho. 2,38,14
Sealed Proposals for furnishing Dlst. No. 2—l-4
with 400 or more tons Hard CoaL 3) cords sawed and
split Maple, 25 cords sawed and split Kindling Wood,
and 70 or more tons Erie Coal, will be received until the
‘iMUlnat., at office of the Secretary, iw Dearbora-st.
X, it. CilAjJI Li...
Chairman Finance Committee.
&T Be careful to bay o6!y the Genuine.
law:, jioweks.
I iH 1/1/ IV -THE BEST. Mowers re
•mAa ¥■ J-■ Ipaired. Oldoaes taken

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