Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, January 12, 1883

Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette

January 12, 1883

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Evening Gazette, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1883, Cedar Rapids, Iowa L .A-IDZES, N. 0. Lawton Has received To-Day, by Express, 700 Pieces of Hamburg and Swiss Edgings! ALSO A FINE LINE OF te. Goflfls are all New Styles aid Patterns, NEW YORK STORE i Doilas Co, Wholesale MaDnfoctnrere or f FINE SHOES. Corner first Stanfl Second CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. we Bannlactaie For the Retail We EicMiely, L Anil Have NO SECOND-GRADE GOODS. a TO- TOO- s To- TOO- C L O T H I E R S Gents' Furnishers, ABE SO-CALLED. Their magnificent new utore btlux (it corner SECOND STREET AND SECOND of M Siitiflp IB Elept Patterns Alrently to arrive during month of Jauunry. Ijirne lino ol READY-MADE CLOTHING, Hats, Caps, ISTeclrwear, Etc Agents for tbe celebrated WILSON BKO.'S SHIRTS. Eemember the "Nobbiest Store in in Calder's new block, just across from Poutoffice. Mower Hasten Dealers io All Kinds of And Wholenale Dealers in Butter, Cheese and Flour. AgentM for Onondaga Dairy Salt COMMON-SENSE ENGINE COMPANY. Grand Hotel Block, Cedar Itupids. Iu. Sana. FREIGHT TRANSFER Will attend to Genera] Freisbt aM Cit7 Euress Business Promptly, mid aniwere ril calls at noy ttme. OiBoe In BUM" drug Htore. 57. LTTTZ BROS., The PopnUu1 Mftrblo and Granite Dealertt. A flee rtoek olwiye on bane. Office and nhop op- alte pontofflco, Marlon, Iowa. Cull and them VOL. L-NO. 3. CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 1883. PRICE, 3 CENTS. Full Particulars of the Recent Disastrous Hotel Fire, Thrilling Scenes In and About the Blazing Heroic Work of the Kescuers. The Pavemonts Covered With Blood aud the .Morgue Filled with Bodies of Victims. History of the Building that Was for Years Past. MILWAUKKE, Win Jan. firo in tho NewhtLlI hoiirty WIIH diHcovorotl ut 4 :t. in., yes- terday. In low tluiu half an lioiir the whnlo buildiug, (IcttiKnulud ad a drtuJi-tnip, wart enveloped in flanxw. Scitntw of the utmost terror prevailed, tiio of tho doomed building jumping by dozoiiH from f.'io upper utorioa. covering the atone niifcwalliH with life- lena bodiOH, The ahriokrt of thu uufortuurtterf filled the air, in hoartreniliiiK niauuur, people below being uimblu to reader uny aid. Quite a iiumbor of the terrified gneetn and eraployen of the hotel appeared at the windows, and, seeing the distance to the ground, foil back to poriBh in the flmnoti. The employes of tlio hotel, which arcommo- nnmberoil eighty-nix, montly lodged in the Hixth atory. Exit by way of the roof cut off by the fire, and the two Htnnd- pipey, with lire ladders, wore not available for the aame ramou- A very few u'ore savuj by jumpiny ou cauvau. All tho aroros and ofh'oes on the ground floor, with contente, were destroyed. There were on :he Michigan street side the officoa of the Mu- tual Union Telegraph company, H. J. Banni- gartiter'H rtigu painting rfhop, Gwtz'tf barber shop, Curiliuk A job printorH. On the Broadway front tbo Mnuul'acuii'tjrrt'bank, Metropolitan Plate Gland liintirancc company, immruitcu ageuoien of Charlob K. Criiiti, William T. Dnraiid, G. P. Hewitt, C. F. Hibbard A Co., I'. TV, Montgomery Ot Co., B. M. Weil, Woat ,V Myore. aud A, Wheeler, und J. H. Watwon, agent Canada Southern railway; tho othce of Neltfon'b eoal yard, and oflicu of tho Ditjpateh freight line. A number of wholesale egtiibliulimeiite on jiawt Water wtrcet were damaged. The Sireiie ut Fire. 4IICHIGAN-ST. over ailfy to roar bnitding occu- pied bv ruonuirri frum huh'l. building, w'di Mleeping apartmontrt. buildingb. building and Chamber of Commerce. A Hen or Flume. ,At 5 o'clock the doomed hotel presented a rtight that will never be fin-gotten by thoae who beheld it The whole iiixiJe of tho building wad one maus of roaring tlauied, and a perfect shower of aud cinders were blown by a brink donthpant wind over the northern part of the city. The Hky was illuininatoJ as bright an day, and the binning and roaring of tho de- vouring element could bo hoard for ukcku. The large, heavy cornice on tho southeast cor- ner of the building came down with a fearful crash, burying under the ruins Ben Hall, a fireman of Hteamor No. 4. He was quickly gotten out from among the red-hot platen of the tialvnnixed iron of tho cornice, and it wan found that ho waet seriously but not fatally hurt The sixth, fifth and i'onrth lloors broke through at once, and carried everything with them to the ground rfoor, A huge bulk of Humes shot np about fifty feet high when tho came down, and an agonizing shont from the multitude went up. From that time the fire had undisputed sway iDdide the bare walls, and toward 0 o'clock tho on tho etint aide fronting on Water utreot, began to burn. Two steamers wore sent around to East Water street to protect the of thnj, thoroughfare. At this time all the stores aud offices under the hotel were enwrapped in flames, Heroic Fire The fire department fought the fire heroic- ally, but all they could do VIM to prevent its prcad to tho snrronnding business blocks. The heat was so intense that the cupola of the Chamber of Commerce began to smoke aa if a itirce fire was raging witliiu. The men of and ladder trucks 1 and 2 worked almost demons. They had put ladders across the illey from tho bank -building to the burning and crawled across. First, Jiie- ner and Herman Strauss, from truck 1. The carried an nnconoioua girl right out of the Damns Heroes tho dangerous and flimsy passage-wav. John Bornleeoer, A. A. Worth, 8. E. Kodine, and Oarrett Green, of truck No. 2 followed, and about twelve people were by tho brave laddioa. At the Morcue ana Police Hint ion. At the morgue a horrid sight was bohold-Tho two small biere wore HOOD, filled with bodies, tightly packed, and then tho bodies of women, men, and waiter-boys wero laid pro- miscuously on tho stone flags, almost ,in a heap, as the police patrol brought in tho bodies throe and four ata time. At seventeen bodies wore laid down in tho dreary place which was locked up between the trips or tho patrol wagon, and therefore no identification possible. The floor of the general office of the Central police station was turned into i lazaret, persons fatally hurt winding them selves in tue blankets on the floor in excruciat- ing pain. Horrible Dentil B and Suffering. In the American Eiprese office, corner of Broadway and Michigan etreetM, Allan John- of 'Jobtnon. merchants, room 34, Chamber of Commerce, ana wire, wei-o strotcliod on the hard floor iu an evidently dying condition. Tho two occu- pied a cornel' room on the third floor and both were forced to Jump from window. A Uauket was held to catch them, but it proved a weak check to tho force of tho falL Mr. Al- lou was badlv hurt about tho back and lower limbs, and probably internally. His cries and groans as he writhed ill anguish wore enough to melt tho most indifferent heart Mrs. John- son was oven more seriously injured, and those endeavoring to minister to her comfort ex- pected death at every moment Thompson was among thophysicians pres- ent at tho scene. Ho was at tho express oftico, tho place of service. A strange woman was also on thu lloor iu her nightdress and cov- ered with coits. Showiui ouowhohad jumped, but was taken to tho oflico alivo. She lay in a comatose condition when breathing stopped. In the back-room of tho ofh'co was the dead body of a strange man. Ho had jumped and was picked up unconscious. died soon after being taken to tho otnco. KHCUIICN. Edward Pollock of Lancaster, Wis., waa a guest in the iioueo. Ho occupied a room on the fourth lloor of the Broadway front, nearly over the balcouy. At about ho waa awak- ened by the bvenkinp of glass in tho transom over th'o door, aud the fierce flames entered through tho opening. Ho immediat ly gath- ered up his clnthos aa far as possible and stop- ping out on tho balcony, he put on his clothes ami: swung to tho baloo'ny beneath, where half a dozen others were gathered. Hero 'shoeta an.l clothes wore tied together, and the ground readied by die ropo, Mr. Pollock waa at one time a representative of ThQ SouUiiel at Lancaster, and came to Milwaukee to buy tho outfit for a now paper at his place. Ho aa'id to a reporter of Tho Sentinel that the fire seemed all above him whon lie first awnk- OueJ, and an iliritiuiL after the names had en- gulfeil everything. Canhior of tho Manufacturers' bank, accompanied by his son, reached the fire shortly before 5 o'clock, and entered his orlir e. Ho rescued from his safe abox containing all tlui valuable papers.choeks and amounting to which ho carried to tliednur but wan iu a considerable state of oiciieinoiit, and was unablu to rescue it from the building until two volunteers an- sistod him to carry it across tho street to tho Amuriciih express office, whore it was put into aafe (juarters, Ijttuplnc into Death'H Arms. It is utterly impossible to even attempt a de- scription of the terrible sccuea. Upou the icy llagxtoues the liody of an unknown man was lying, covered only with a shirt, bntb bro- k'on, and [tie skull cleft iu twain. Another poor fellow had craxvled up the Chamber of Couimer-cu mcpa. His back was broken, and hu moaned pitt'ously. Still anptlior attempted to jumii tnmi a sixth window oil Uroad- way tin; raiivas bold by willing htiutls, but ho juiupftd too short, aud fell with liiu back upon tho bannister, doubled up, and crashed lileluss on thu pavement in tlio alley. Not leas than seven bodies were picked up, moHt of them poor waiter girls who were driven frantic by the smoke, aud jumped, heedless, iuto the abyss below. Scenes. One of the most trying scenes incident to the firo was witUfSHL-il at thu morgue at 0 o'clock! There wmv lit'tot-n bodies bud upon the marble slaiis and rlu: lltior, as ttie alkitted space was to rmi.ill to accommodate all. One of thu tlrrit bodiuH WILH that of John Uilbort, wil'o of Mr. the Miti- nio Palm..-r cumpany. 'I'liuy were iniirHed the day before in ChioiLgo, ami the iirido of a night upon the cold charred and bruJMjd alrnust rncogintiiHi, It in said that she was a Siitivm, of Liiicago; Kittiu Linue- han, clianiUernmnJ; IJrown, whosu par- ents livt! tMi De'.ntil aud .Tnuknon HU'u.'ts; Jtary Burke, uittl JCSHIL wurc amung tliu Ttiu latter wore cliamliur- who jumped t'i'uiii upper HUH-V iuto thu aitey. It ip sai-J liv who hold the canvas ut wpotiluit liic was perfectly sickuniug. The iHxiiUB leli around tliein on every sklu, and lav broken heads and only half covered with vhith- Uuosts and members of tho hotel help reut the air with their heart-ruudiug cries and appeals for help, which tlinso iu tho fast in- creasing multitude iu tho nirentu below wero powerlonrf to iciiiler. .Men who in the daily waiKM uf lil'o ims'u "i ai-counted ttiul uuleehim ,oir haildti iu denpair, i-unniiig about uueriv bowildorod ox- cluiining: -.Mv (dud: My Sod! Thin is horrible.'' Tlnni a Mack object would appewr on the uiitsiile of a Tindow, dnvoii otil by thu smoke and llamo, a jjercin-Hri-u.uu rend the morning air, and a heavy thiui would annoimcu tliat a iiumaii being liatl Uropptrd from tlu; iieigbl to moot, death on iliu AtoiK-timn tnure worn nix yei'HutiH 1'r.jtu the witKlow-nillH of the nftl: sUn'v .it tiie SfUue [iino, ui'yirig in times I'tir iiui help that nut lie rendered tliuui, and ouu aftt-r :ino1hur loured Uielr grip and their late. Oui' man, by letting biniMul! tlown at arm's length from a lil'tii-.stury window, put hia leet liiniugli the win.lmv heltiw aud reached Uiu Ihior in gaiety T iu upuratiun WUH repented until the tiriii :Unu-was leaclied, cadi piuiit giiiiind in iiih jioriloud descent Wli.li Ulicoliragiug cheerw from tin- bysundurh. As hu wan putiing hie feel through thu top nl' the bucond-Miory his haiiiln Clipped from the nill iLnd with a wild sliriek ot despair he I'tdl tumiiig over nevural times, and, striking tbo pawiiueut uii liotul witli a chill tliuu, picked lip and bori.i! oil' n m.mgled curusu. Mrs. L. W. vviiiiuf tlie gencr-il yard- mjibtor of the iV Norrbwi'steru, in deail. Mr. liruwu uiaili; .1 roji.i iif wbicli he tied to a Dewing m.tcliiue. lie aiid down and received but ulignt uijnrii.-s. .After re.ichiug a foot-hold he called to hi.- the sixth Htory, carrying death and dent ruction. their progress. There is. h conflict of statements re- garding the alarm, but illuV'r tbo eireutn- tiu-ices this is nutnriil Somu say porter arocnod tlu) guests liy and pounding on the doom, but otiiors sav thuro was no alarm at all, that tlioy learned of t'no firn liv thn hiding aud crackling "f tin' flames, and that imly natural nifnoH of escape bad Ivon cut o'J. Tbo liuliiurs, si> otic ininati! na'ul, wen> really useless, and virtually nobody was s ved by thiim. To tliat no alarm was given oiie traveling Havs that hu saw iinutlier traveler at tin; oxprons office who had barely escaped liy sliding dnwu a water-pipe from tho fourth floor, and bo bad had no time to put on a coat or a pair of pants. Chief Lippert he has mi doubt that the firo wai of imiondiarv origin, and thinks it was started iu tbo back part, of thu barber-tilinp. as neiir tho foot of the elevator as possible, BO tlie ilames might take advantage of that conductor to spread to all pane- .if the building. Tbe de- tectives lliemer and McManus, Sullivan, l.icut Hockwood indOnicors O'Brieu and Patkowski, who wuru present from the first, cutortain tho same opinion. Others believe it was sot iu tho engine-room of Burdiek .t Armitage's printing offico, alsn in tho aniung waste paper and cnmbustible accumu- lations. Il1 either Mippiwiiiou is true it cor- roborates the story ot tiiose above whu wero tho first to escape, as it would require but a few minutes for tlie llauins to reach tbe eleva- tor from either of these places. Tho fire was extinguished at a. m. IiiHnrnuce lltttJerM. Among tlio insurance fraternity tho Nowhall building had long been considered a condemned risk. Many of the local agents, expressed them- selves yustordav morning tbe building was wretchedly built, and not ,it for occupation. Col Bell, a prominent agent, said that the buTMing was thought by all verseil iu matters of insurance lo be a. miserable shed, and that he for years expected to see the walls full down from tho action of wind and rain and its own weigJit Col. lioll also said that during tbo process of building tbe hotol .Mr. Sewliall. who erected the house, failed in business, and that, although thu portion that had bouu pro- oroctod was probably substantial; the part that was built afterwards waf put up carelcsriy aud cheaply. D. M. Buldcu, another insurance agont, said that tho building was id 'ovary way unsubstantial, aud he had for yean! oxpe'cted'tho conflagration that destroyed it. I.ONNUnll Tlio insurance on the building is said to bo all hold in Cincinnati agencies. Thie in fiirmatimi was given bv Mr. C. D. Xotih, prtuiduut of tlie Xowhali house aavociatioiL The loss can scarcely be estimated with any dugroo of correctness, but it la generally tluiURht that it will roach fully The insurance agencies and gunoril offices on the first tloor of the building scarcely savod any papers. Tlie Situation. Tho scene at tho ruins is weird in tho ox> treme1. A heavy snow-storm provails, which serves to koup tbe steam from tbo wator- dreuchod piles of brick and mortar from arising, aud nothing can bo seen of tho once famous strtictnro' but a jot of flame blazing out in mid-air liko a flro-baU. The police have extended a cordon sloug the side- walks of thu surrounding blocks, and no ono but policemen, firemen, and reporters are allowed to pass through tho The tor rible calamity has so dazed tbo poople that with a tow exceptions, they sure like grim 1 specters, uumovou, surveying tho scene of the horrnr. Business iu the city is entirely suspended, and merchants aud mechanics are gathered in the neighborhood of tho smouldering ruius, ot are difousHing the horrors in tho ofiicos, stores and saloons in the neighborhood. The IHOUNO ami i IK HlMtory. Tho Nuwhall house won built by Dauicl Now- hall and bis associates, in aud first tipehod to tho public with a grand banquet, Au2, afl of that year. Tbe original ot the building, iniiiuding tho lot, was valued at aud the furniture as put in bythe first JosfOor at Ouu. The building was situated on tlio Month- east comer of Broadway and Michigan being loo feet by iniiltof Milwaukee brick, six stories high, with rooms, and when biu'lt was the largest aud line-it hotol iu the west. Iu ISM tiu bouse Ijoe.imu the prop- erty of C. D. Nosh and D.i.iiiol Wells, but at the timo of the firo was ownoti. by a stock company and run a lease from tlie stockholders. Tho lirst landlords wore M. Koan, formerly of tho Louisville hotel, and A. Jt Uicc, of the American hunse, in Bnstou. Tbo firm man- aged tho hotel until whon Kean re- tired, a-.id the house was managed, by tho flrni of Bice until iijriii. They were suc- ceeded by Xaeh A Weila, and they in turn by Kiugsbury A Johnson. In ISWGroU A-Ham- liii were the landlords, followed the next year by Charles -indorson, who iu 1371 was suc- ceeded by L Boinoli, who kept the house un- til May, Is74, ut which time F. Autiudel, the prouelit lessiM, took possession. LOT M. "MOEEILI. DEAD. The Maine Stntenman Quietly Away. AnonsTA, Ha, Jan. Lot M. Morrill died yesterday morning. Ho suffered vory lit- tle and his laut moments wero without pain or struggle. Members of the family and attend- ing physicians were present During his l-Mi momenta the dying man rocognizod his family, aud, with his last breutb, atujmpUxl to bid then) farewell, but with the word on his lipa spirit passed away. Hon. Lot JL Morrill waa bom at Belgrad Ma., 181S. Ho was admitted to the bar in hifl liid year, and laid the foundation of a lu- crative pniciico. After removing to Augusta ho became a loader of the Democratic party in the stato. Ho joined the Bepublican party on aeoountof the course of his parry iu regard to tho slavery question, and in 1S57 waa governor as the Bepublican can Ho too" didate. Ho took hie seat as United States senator on Jan. 17, ISB1. In iStfl ho was re elected to the senate for the term ending 11. In 1S71 he was again elected United States senator. During hid long service in the senate ho was a hard-money man, and voted in favor of the resumption act of 1875. Whon the resignation of Secretary Belkuap occurred the president offered bun a seat in tho cabinet, which ho refused. In July, 1S7U, he became sccrutarv of tho treasury. His administration of this office was able aud satisfactory. Ill 1ST? he was made collector of customs at Portland, Mo., by President Hayes and waa subsequently re-elected.to the sonata. ILLINOIS. The KHclliHIty lute librarian. Thia nomination probably ckira the Way of all oplioaitiou by tiie seua'te auv other nomination. TEKBEBLE A Hungarian Town Abandoned to the Klood. VIEXSA, Jaa. floocln from the reec-nt tliaw Lave iimndntod a largo uoctiou of country in Hungary, Day buforo tho dykod urouiid iho town of Rujib admitted a which BOOH ro.icbcJ tho inner UnvD, cDiitiiiniiiK fugitivea, nu well aa tho ordi- nary i. hivliitiinU. A coiuiderable immbor ot livn'n wore lnut then; bill later dispatchou udd tn rhe cul.Liiiity, the floods riyiiiK to mieh a do> grttu that tluMiihabitautH of Ilaab btive abtvnd- oiioil rho town. Thulluodb rouy no rapidly that many puraoott in to dHcapa fell Uio ioo and were dl'ownud. PaMHCH LINCOLN, Jan. a commotion wan produced in tlio sonata yetitorday morning by tho diHtnbation of a sealed envelope to each gtiuntnr, containing an annual pautt over the Chicago, St. Paul, Minnonpolib Omaha road in Nebraska. Senator Reynolds, Anti- Jlonopolint, jumped up to offer a reao- Intion that tbo railroad panuea be rovpoctfuily returned they were injorioun to jiublic oiricora and obnoxious to the public Lieut. Gov. Agoo ruled the resolution out of order, ad tho aenate had no control ivor the onipprty of indi vidual memboiu Koynolda anlcnilu.l hit} resolution to roul that tho cteuato dibapproves the acceptance of padHen by Uie monibure. Only four uouatora votod ajaiimt thin: CanficJd, Conkling, Hargin, and Seniors. MABISON, Gov. Fifield called tho senate to order at noon yesterday. Tho as- sembly was called to order by Chief Clerk Cot Goo. W. Byland was elected president pro torn of the senate and Charlao Brass, chief clerk. In the assembly Earl P. Finch, Democrat, of Oshkosh, was elected npeaker, receiving 96 against 4.3 for George D. McDill, Republican, of Polk. I T. Carr, Democrat, of Jefferson, was elected cliiof clerk, receiving 50 votes URiuiist -M for E. C. Coe, Republican, of White- water. For Ken- iiudy, or Iowa, received SB votes against for A. Ailanison, of Walworth. A recess was tlieu o'clock, 'when both houses met and a committee to inform the governor they were waiting to from after which they adjourned. .Tndfana. INDIANAPOLIB, Jan the etato senate, yesterday, mncb timo WM consumed by politi- cal matters, resolutions being offerod favoring and opposing protective tiritT which woro referred to the commiiUje ou federal relations. In the IIOUHO a resolution was adopted author- izing tlie appointment of a committee of five to titorougnly investigate all nutters portaia-- iuK to tliu new stite-house. In tlie Democratic houno cancnp last night it was found that twenty members were in favor of tlio submission of the prohibitory amend- ments. The general opinion now is that the amendments will be auomittad toft direct vote of the people.-. and Wined. WASHINGTON, Jan. Arthur gave an olabo rate dinner evening in honor of General and Mm. Grant The par'y in- cluded thirty-fear persons, and thmieD couneti worouervad, witli MVOQ of E.K. LARIMER, Dealer in Wagon Wood Material, Superior Barbed Fence Wire, Etc., Etc. Hoiise, Jefi! Phillips. Adjoining UnJoll Depot, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. Gregory Staxifc, "The Boss" CIGAR DEALER IX THE CITY, Keeps the Choicest Brands of Imported and Domestic Cigars, Chewing To- bacco, Pipes, Cigar-Holders, and Smokers' Articles Generally. No. 76 First Avenue. DROP IK AND SEE HIM. G. R. Schmidt, General Repair Shop, No, 38 .Second Avenue. Keys of All Descriptions Made to Order, Clothes- Wringers Eepaired on Short Notice. H. O. BRADLEY, Loan .A.gent, First Avenue, Opposite Grain! HAS SOME OP THE FINEST City and Suburban Property For Rale, inclmliOK IotH Brmlk-y .t Adnnw' ad- tltdon to Cwlftr Hrtpids. the larger part of tbo property handled, I can inako TERMS TO SUIT PURCHASERS, Don't the 65 First Ave., Up-stairs. E. R. DERBY, The Old Reliable BOOK STORE MAN, Has More Than Two Car- Loads of Goodsof All Descriptions And He Is Selling Them at Almost School Books. Albums, Bibles, Peus, Ink, Paper, Stereoscopes and Views, Cliildreiis' Carriages, aud Everything in the Line. HAVE YOU xnrE TO Drop in and See Him W. F. SEVERA, 22 SECOND AVKNUE, Currlen H Fine "Line Drugs, Medicines, Cigars, Etc. Prescriptions Carefully Compounded. Coughs Can Be Cured by Using His Sure-Cure BAL- SAM. SAMPLE BOTTLE FREE. .St. G-otthard's Oil IK a quick cure for Rheumatism, Nenrultfln and all (Uneaten. Recommended by Auhtrian ICJL] anil uaed Iu howplUilu by (fov- AT SEVKRA'S DRUG STORK. Going Out of Business! H. C.GILLETTE, SO FIKST STREET, Is KcIltaK out bis entire stock of Regardless of And to clone buttle etui in tbo shorteat pou- wlble Ume, Baxgains, 1'" Con pottltivQlj be Goods Rapidly. Call Early and Make ;