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The Rice belt journal. (Welsh, Calcasieu Parish, La.) 1900-19??, April 01, 1910, Image 1

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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
The bmldings in this block were all
frame structures, most of them being
two stories, and were like tinder in
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
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
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
Signal Hotel building and furniture
and three other buildings owned by
F. A. Arceneaux, $25,000, insurance
Southern Mercantile Co., building
and contents, $42,000, insured for $18,
Martin Brothers, dry goods and
clothing stock 630,000, insurance 816,
R. Smith, clothing stock, 65,000, no
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
L. E. Robinson, real estate office
building and fixtures, loss $3.000,
Cumberland Telephone Co., loss
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,
Star Restaurant, Arthur Kimball,
Chinese Laundry, $150.
A. E. Bourgeois, store building,
i New a . residence $1,uoo.
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Mrl . linlero, r-.sideucj , . .$ ; 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.
Nor to the men alone is all the credit
due as the women worked 11n111.
making cofftTee for the men who were
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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
$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
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
-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
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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
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
Best values always at
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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
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
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)
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
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
IIWAVE THiBf. :: :: :: :: :: :: :: EG5 $Lo0 PER Is,
B. E. KIMBALL, Welsh, La.

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