Other Articles Clipping from Athens Messenger and Herald, Thu, Aug 13, 1896.

Clipped from US, Ohio, Athens, Athens Messenger and Herald, August 13, 1896

Hth(kais.A• »the flames were beyond control, and two ribuildings belonging' to Laird had already J been reduced to ashes. The water was at last turned on, but it was too late. The rear end of Osmond's house had beenconsumed, tire was bursting from every window and door, and the tin roof was thrown fifteen feet high by the hot current of air. For some time the water did not retard the progress of the dames, Tlt; but finally the effect of the stream of water was perceptible. The tiames continued to diminish, and when the last blaze was extinguished, the house was a total wreck. Nothing but a small part of the front remained standing and it wasblackened and charred.Monday morning's lire probably causeda loss of ah-mt £7000. Laird's loss is the togreatest, ami perhaps will be£T»000. His loss j eton his saloon building on Main street, he I la estimates at £3000, and on stock and bar th fixtures at £1000. The building was in- w« sured for £T0(), and the stock for £.‘*000. j co i i This insurance was held in the Phiiadel- ib *■ phia Underwriters, the Germania and the ar Franklin of Philadelphia. Laird's build- j ne ings near the south bridge were both in- j ur sured. One was a new building, just in completed, but was not occupied; the .. 1other was an old one and was occupied by ! in;r Charles Pidcock, his wife, and Sam Pid- w; i | code and Albert Milligan. All of Pid- j th » ; cock's household goods were burned and ! fot the loss is oerhaps £300. The old house vcI was insured for £TKh in the G *rmania In ;. | surance company; the new building was ’ w M insured for £1000, in the Milwaukee Me-I ha - chanics. j evI J Osmond managed to remove all his j isr 1 furniture from the lower storv. hut ‘ nrII V; I everything in the upper story was do- j ne• stroved. Osmond estimates his loss at | ur:i £3000, with an insurance of £1000 in the th I lt;**** % i * „ j( Milwaukee Mechanics. His records of j . racing horses which he had kept for the • hlt;, past thirtv years, were consumed, and • •• •'. i this loss can never be returned.That tin* fire was of an incendiary ori-F I. gin cannot he questioned. Holes were ; bored into a dozen whisky barrels or ;more, allowing the fluid to run over the ai floor of tlu* saloon, before the lire fit nds T1 set lire to the building. The whisky made an extremely hot lire, and considering I everything it is fortunate that the liamesj were quenched before doing more darn-i age than they did. That more than one had a hand in the incendiarism cannot be doubted as Laird's saloon and his new I 47I I ■* *building across the river were fired near- j Sa lv at the same time. A lire had beenbuilt in the upper story of the new building. and had gained considerable headway before discovered. The Pidcocks no 9e | doubt owe their escape to the fact that Osmond's pointer dog aroused themi shortly before three o'clock. For some-♦! time they paid no attention to the dog's ; doleful howls, but soon the crackling of the burning building and the smoke notified them of the destruction being wrought.Who perpetrated the nefarious work is the mystery which everybody is trying to penetrate, but which nobody thus far has At been able to discover a satisfactory solution. Not a single clew has been found that would in any way lead to the apprehension of the incendiaries; and in all probability the affair will remain a mystery unless a Sherlock Holmes is resurrected to work his marvelous analytical methods in running down criminals.hrofposeovpi;nesaana jrethtedein;onacgeseidath;JuonCO]es^goOil1