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WELSH, CALCASIEU PARISH, LOUISIANA, APRIL 1, 1910. NUBER IoLUME X.-;-~--5---___ _ ~~~~_~__ USINSS SECTION OF WELSH DESTROYED BY FitE SUNA Greater Part of Six Blocks in Busi= ness Section Burned. Property Loss Approximates $250,ooo, Partly In sured.--Work of Rebuilding Already Under Way. A greater Chicago arose from the ruins of a great conflagration, a newI San Francisco was builded upon the ruins of the greatest calamity of its history, and a new and better and bigger Welsh has already been start ed upon the ruins left by the terrible conflagration of Sunday morning. This is the belief of a body of deter mined American citizens and business men, and such a hope in the hearts of such people, has never yet been known to yield the fruits of failure. The great tire that swept our pro gressive little city Sunday morning, was unexpected only in point of time, as it has long been forseen that such a calamity must come sooner or later, under existing circumstances. The fire had its origin about 1:30 a. in., in the Signal Hotel, supposedly in one of the sleeping rooms, or in a ball over the pool hall. The cause is also problematic, but is supposed to have been caused by an exploding lamp, as there had been no fire in that section of the building for days. When dis covered, the flames had gained con siderable headway, and owing to the inflamability of the material, spread with great rapidity, so that it was barely possible to arrouse the fifty or more sleepers in the hotel in time for them to escape, even in their night clothes, as some of them had to do. An alarm was sounded and within an incredible short time, hundreds of men and women were present, lending their assistance toward checking the spread of the flames. The night was calm, with but the slightest possible breeze blowing from the southwest. In an incredibly short time the fire had enveloped the entire structure of the Signal Hotel, and jumped across the intervening space to the Southern Mercantile company's buildings to the east,which were soon a mass of flames At about the same time the large dry goods store of Martin Bros. & Co., across the street to the west of toe ho tel, caught fire and was rapidly con verted into a seething mass or dames. Strenuous efforts had been exerted to save each of these buildings, but to no avail, as the intensity of the heat counterbalanced anything that could be done to arrest the progress of the fire. Meanwhile the utmost efforts were being put forth to Keep the fire rom spreading to the south half of the block in which it had originated, and by %lmost superhuman endurance on the-part of the fighters, who fought with wet blankets and with a bucket line, the fire was kept from Jones Brothers' feed store, which was just south of the point of origin, and was also a key to the business buildings, both on the north and south side of South street. This point had no more than been made secure, when the flames, gradually eating their way south through Martin's store and the Welsh Jewelry store, which adjoined it on the south, and Barbee's grocery which was on the west, two more plao es became points of vital interest in the saving of a remnant of the town: the Welsh Furniture Store on the south, which was the key to all the buildings in the south half of that block, and also those in the block in which the Journal office is situated, and the Crescent Drug Store on the west, which was the key to everything in the west part of the business section, including the Imperial hotel and the Morse hardware store. By the great est heroism these two places were saved, and with them the territory of which they were the keys. The water supply in these cases was better than in the previous ones, as a hose attached to a hydrant in front of the VanNess machine Shop, gave a good pressure of water, without which the remainder of the town could not have been saved. Similar assistance was furnished by ahose running from a hydrant at the Imperial Hotel, which, although furnishing but a small stream, was of inestimable val ue in saving the situation, While the work of saving the south side was occupying the minds of the people, but little thought was glyen to the north side, which was supposed to be safe, as there was a distance of about three hundred feet intervening between the burning buildings and thenearest exposure on the north. Despite this, and the fact that there was scarcely a perceptable breeze blowing, the flames leaped this dist ance from the Martin building to the old Newman building, occupied by the Lavne & Bowler Co. offices, and before the necessary assistance ar rived, the fire on the north side of the track, was beyond any chance of con trol. The bmldings in this block were all frame structures, most of them being two stories, and were like tinder in inflammability. Little effort was made to save this section of the city, as there was no water available and this entire block, with the single exception of the A. E. Bourgeois' residence on the northwest corner of the block, was reduced to ashes. This one house was saved, as was the depot, by the heroic efforts of I the railroad ecuployees, who attached hose and pipe to the S. P. pump and secured a good supply of water, From this block the fire spread to the Eu reka Hotel, on the next block north, whih w.r soon consumed, together _I~m the west of it. Shortly after the Layne & Bowler offices were in flames, the fire was communicated to Dautel's livery barn across the street to the east. The barn and feed were the losses here, as the horses and buggies, together with other movable property, had been re moved before the barn was ignited. The fire now swept rapidly to the north and east, consuming everything on this entire block, including the three buildings belonging to Mr. Dautel, the Welsh Carriage & Imple ment Co's. buildings, and a large part of their stock, and two cottages on' the north side of the block, one belonging to Mr. John Rountree and the other to Mr. Dupre Hebert. So fierece were the flames and showers of sparks here, that the Catholic church roof in the next block north, was fired in a number of places, and but for the daring of a number of young men of the city, who went onto the roof through the belfry and cut out the burning places with axes, it being im possible to get water to them, this beautiful structure would have been consumed also. From the Southern Mercantile building the fire extended east, burning two buildings on the corner of the next block, one of which was occupied by Mrs. J. L. McIntyre as a millinery store, In responce to a request for aid, Captian Sudduth of the Lake Charles fire department hurried two of his firemen with all available hose to the depot, where the Southern Pacific generously had a special train in waiting, which made a record run in bringing theassistance. Although the fire was under control before assist tance arrived the hose was immediate ly laid and attached to the S. P. Pumping station and a heavy stream of water was kept playing upon the burning debris until late in the after uoou in order that the danger of any further conflagration might be avoid ed. Mr. Rankin, one of the fire lighters of Jennings also came over and rendered willing service. The people of Welsh are grateful to both these towns for their willing assist ance. Fortunately there were no lives lost as a result of the fire, although little Hebert Ranguet died while being car. ried from his burning home, but he had sustained so serious injuries a few days previous as to leave no hope of recovery. In all there were something over thirty buildings distroved, and about the same number of business firms effected. The total loss can only be approximated but will not fall far from $250.000,00. The amount of insurance carried was small as compared to the value of the property destroyed. This is accounted for in a large measure, by the fact that the rate of insurance was so high as to be practically prohibit ive in many instances. The following list of losses and insurance is only an approximation, but will give a general idea of the extent of the dam ages, Signal Hotel building and furniture and three other buildings owned by F. A. Arceneaux, $25,000, insurance $500. Southern Mercantile Co., building and contents, $42,000, insured for $18, 000. Martin Brothers, dry goods and clothing stock 630,000, insurance 816, 000. R. Smith, clothing stock, 65,000, no insurance. A. B. Hall, pool hall and shooting gallery, two establishments, loss about 2,000, no insurance. Roy Davis, ice cream parlor, loss $1,000, no insuranPe. Roy Barbee. grocery, loss 84,500, insurance 03.00. R. S. Greer, jewelry stock, partly saved, loss 84.000, no insurance. U. S. Post Office, stamps, etc. saved fixtures belonging to Postmaster Ter ry, loss 300. Anthony Hebert, barber shop, part lv saved, loss $300. L. R. Barbee, fruit stand, small loss. L. E. Robinson, real estate office building and fixtures, loss $3.000, Cumberland Telephone Co., loss 62,000. Chas. Dautel, livery barn and feed, loss $5,000. stock and buggies saved. Mrs. E. L. Welsh, three buildings, loss 89,ooo. Mrs. J. L. McIntyre, millinery, loss $5oo0; building belonging to Martin Bros., loss $1,ooo. Alex. Verrett, building occupied by Welsh Carriage and Implement Co., loss 84,ooo. Welsh Qarriage and Implement Co., $15,ooo, well insured. John Rountree, dwelling, 875o. Dupre Hebert, Dwelling, $750. W. T. McAffrey, two buildings, 64,5o00, no insurance. Layne & Bowler Co., $2i0ooo. W. T. McA~Brev, soft drinks and pool room fixtures $2,500. Isaac Fontenot, two buildings, $4, Soo500. Star Restaurant, Arthur Kimball, $300. Chinese Laundry, $150. A. E. Bourgeois, store building, P3,ooo. i New a . residence $1,uoo. )5rll' ;k. It(tc 'Z, i°. 1I. I t '(W , ,I°' .ooO , Mrl . linlero, r-.sideucj , . .$ ; ru \Velsh Is hard hit, wc, all know it, but \, :.', mot di lwned i t ,-t I ri;L i;s, sic'ht. "'ite' rtinu s of ol r burned 'ia had not ceased blazing before men I4t' 4lfl the I ~r'otl ilund ('lea.'il F Ith1 wa. ftr tie ntw ihbuildings that %.ee to e, ereted t. ind befolre the clu ot of the wee(k ia nuher of they l.ading firmls that were brnetrl out, ) will he seivini their cust()omt Jrs frol'm it II t', a . no i', date stoak, in i lprot 'iseld stor's. Welsh \as a good twi n atd will emerge fronm her present dis ster a bigger, brighter and better one. Welsh has neither an organized lire company, (or an adeqi uate w iater Iup ply, but she has a body of inti whosl. courage and determination il .,li to that to he found in any tire r4mpl any ever (organtizd, aid to th,.n and the good citizens of the surrounduling Counltry who caine to our assi'talet is due to the fact that the disaster i not three or four times what it is. 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The FiTiest Creations in 8 Millinery Are Here Vast Assortments of Charming Models are 8 displayed in an array that should ade quately meet every requirement and suit every taste. 5 t1O We call attention to the wonderful shades and color inns hrou,,t out in the flower effects, artistic arrangement of roses, marguerites, hyacinths, etc. There are Leghorns, Mil ans, ''uscans, Chips, Neapolitans and others in attractive shapes--wonderful creations, all of them at this special price range ..:,.00 to 10.00. Misses' and Children's Hats We feature an extensive variety in our Misses' and Children's line --Javas, Leghorns, Tuscans, Milans, etc., priced at $1.50, 2.10, 2.50, 3.00, 3.50, 4.00 and upwards to $10 WOMEN'S LOW SHOES AT $2.50, $3, $3.50 and $4 Smart Styles are Displayed for Spring. Pumps are very much the vogue this spring and for this reason we feature styles in Pumps that are so constructed as to obviate slipping at the neel. Many ankle strap Punips are also shown. Stylish leathers are Dull Calf, Black Suede, Patent Leather and Vici. Our assortment includes every width and size, and are priced at $2.50, 38, $3.50 and 14 UNDERTIUSLINS We feature special values in Undermuslins that reveal the highest standard in dainty lingerie. Particular attention is directed to our Combination Garments, Princess Slips and Night Dresses, which we show in almost unlimited assortments. '-AT41.50-Princess Slips that fit AT $1.19-A showing of Combin perfectly, tastefully trimmed in ation Suits, the values of which are remarkable.--Plain or cross d-isat lace. bar nainsook, lace or embroid AT $1.50-Clever values in Un- re trimmed--perfect fitting gar ments. -derskirts, made of good :gquality mbric, 18-inch flounce of erm-AT $1.98-Night Gowns made of soft nainsook, trimmed with roI dery or flounce of lace in. choice exquisite embroidery or Sad edgig etra dust lace, slip-over styles. We feat .sr ion and edging extra dust ure them as extraordinary val ,ue. ue Our Maul We open Order Depert- moathl y meat ofera ohargoe s. out, of town conts upon shoppers the the farnshing thillties of a of satisfactorr rmodern store reference. En s your door. ress ohases We send Lake Charles' Biggest, Best prpid on all . and Busiest Store. s.o am over nouncement Our large Dry Goods and Clothing es- . tablishment having been entirely de S stroyed by the big fire of last Sunday morning, we desire to announce that we - have purchased the Old Bank Building, and are having it remodeled, to be used temporarily until we can build a large and permanent building, and we will be prepared to serve our customers and friends with anything in the Dry Goods and Clothing ine, by the latter part of next week. We respectfully solicit the continuance I of your patronage and assure you that " you will still continue to get 0 I Best values always at ARTIN'S iow i -'*. * ..ff..e*#***' El* 10"0Q09%000000O % 00"04-1 So 9 EsCo.odsC.Ltd. ( WRITE FOR OUR FARE REFUNDING PLAN ) -E --SPRING FABRICS-3v-c The displays at this store are unusual in their scope-quite in keeping with the progressive ideas of the management and the efforts of its buyers to keep its customers just a little more than *"abreast of the times." The Pre-Easter showings place for your selection many in novations in weave and design; many distinctive creations in spring fashions; all delineating perfectly those modes and fab rices that have received the stamp of approval from the leading designers of the land. This complete showing is brought to your door through the medium of OUR MAIL ORDER DEPARTMENT. Samples from any section of this establishment will be sent upon request. Flaxons, Linweaves, Sheerettes Dainty white and colored materials, in imitation of the sheer linen lawns, and one-hbalf the price. Plain colors, as well as barred and checked designs and jacquard effects. Let us submit samples be fore the stocks are depleted. Prices 19c, 24c, 29c, 33c. Rough Weaves in Wash Fabrics Fashion's latest decree in materials for skirts and two-piece suits. The New Rammie, Rajah and Crash in Mercerized Linens, shown in every wanted shade and in a variety of weights. Prices 17c, 20e 25c, 21'c, 390, 50c. Pretty Novelties in Wash Lawns In plain and fancy weaves and fancy colored and checked weaves. Priced at 8c, 1lc, 15c, 20c, 25c, Sheer Silks and Silk Finished Materials Foulard, Bengaline. Tussah and Pongees in a variety of qualities, show the new dainty colorings for afternoon and evening wear. Plain, brocade and printed novelties, in dainty shades of rose, tan, blue, lavender, green, grey, etc., at 29c, 35c, 49e, 59c, 5ec and $1.00 SPECIAL PRE-EASTER OFFERINOSt Fifty dozen Novelty Waists, worth $1.50 (newest designs) offered at 69c All Kid Gloves, va~ipq $1.25, $1.50 and $1.75, offered at...........69e. Ten dozen white and colors in Ladies' Wash Skirts, offered at.....98c Fifty dozen regular 15c values in Towels, offered at, each ........... 9c (All, with the exception of Kid Qloues, will be sent subject to your approust) EDDY BROS,' DRY GOODS CO,, LTO,, Lake Charles, La. (flembers Retail Trade Extenslon Ass*n.) A. ý. ýLL, t be Strictly First Class. paper where I do the Work. Let me sell yuou you your Wall Paper, Coal Oil and Gasoline. "Ringlet" Barred Plymouth Rocks IN THEIR PURITY-BRED TO UTILITY AS WELL AS BEAUTY EGGOS, PER SETTINO OF IS Freom Pea No. I, $2.00 :: :.: :.: From Pen No. 2, $1.00 Wm. M. Terry, Welsh, Louisiana. Eyrich's Strain of S. C. White Leghorns HAS WON FROM TEXAS TO MARYLAND. IIWAVE THiBf. :: :: :: :: :: :: :: EG5 $Lo0 PER Is, B. E. KIMBALL, Welsh, La.