Pittsburgh Mystery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
16 Apr 1845

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16 Apr 1845

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Pittsburgh Mystery (Newspaper) - April 16, 1845, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaIs Sixa he a the mystery. M. R. Delan a editor. Pittsburgh april 16, 1845. I have Doto Rumido Diuver to be governed by Lite Fri a Toua Rula of farm Lity bulb it ski Ciplic ugg Iod by tit Mitiff Fetuu guided by the Light of , i Jove to vice. In a Aeok count al. But do eat dictate fun 7y-�?� a a. we omit much matter thi week of give to our Dislong readers the account of the great and destructive fire which has Laid the most valuable part of our City in ruins. Several communications have come to hand and some remittance All of which will be duly acknowledged in turn extor a a a rfcs i v�3. A us pits Birg in Kuisis n to arc called upon As one of the reorders of events to present to our renders abroad the lamentable and do passing account of the destruction of ohm Hird or at least a fourth of Tho Tutor pro sing and populous City of yes one fourth of Ltd b ruins and no Une a m All and Only ceased its mud career in the line of the River because there was nothing More for it to destroy having swept every thing in its Way for one mile and a a Uarl Erl never did any event appear More like judgment l a. People running some screaming others allowing warding the people to Fly for their lives carts drays furniture wagons omnibuses horses and All and every kind of vehicle crowded the streets to in excess which made it difficult for each to escape and threatened destruction to All May we never again witness such a scene until the is great conflagration of this Pierres trial Globe below we sub join the More particular distr option from the Gazette of saturday and a partial list of the sufferers from the chronicle of monday last with some additions of our own. Pittsburg by fire the City of Pittsburgh now Lay in a destructive mass of Pittsburg in Iusti they could witness tins Oestrus live scene As it now presents itself we just escaped the calamity by a Ein Oving before the lire rom our former residence in fid st., to whore we now reside in hand Street. Tim lire broke out in a Framo building Corner of second and ferry sts., about Bull past 12 of clock p. M. On thursday last the 10th insl., and we venture to say unit in the history of Irest there never was the same of space of buildings Burnt in the a Ante length of time. The great new York lire of�?T35, was four Days burning u space of fifty Unes and six Hundred and eighty houses and although he buildings destroyed in that Montira be event wore generally larger Han these of ours yet it was in t the Short space of Jive hours until on sex str Augues of the City were vacated and we May a cute m say fifteen Hundred houses tumbled to the Pound i tim fire As though impelled by the hand of the destroying Angel rolled in from building to building with the Light of a fiery Hying Serpent consuming every House with the angry fury of a Vulcan speeding its Way with uhf Riund Merilic Progress threatening the whole City inhabitants and the great fire the re Levi of sus to the Rusli ices ail i t in it Erity of in it slim Atli we have carefully a Lup Vireil of Many of our clearest headed business men those must thoroughly conversant with the resources of the City As to the probable cl-1 feel of this disaster upon is Prosperity and coupled with our own knowledge of the strength of Trio merchants who were big Ratoul i10 position of their , sic., we Are Lolly convinced that though site commercial prospects of the oily Ere terribly shaken yet it is Naf totally prostrated and in due time we la Rise above it All our Large. Manufactories me untouched tire Only Mills of any importance which Are Burnt brine the Globe factory which is the Small we Tori Bakewell is pears Glass works. Yarn Ous other Small establishments were destroyed but it is with great satisfaction we Liitt Monee that the great leading branches Are comparatively untouched and that business so Lar As they Are concerned will go on As usual. As for our wholesale merchants in the grocery a acc Swaro and dry goods branches who were Burnt some number of them will commence Home Aro wholly ruined Many much crippled but we believe the majority can go on As usual and yesterday they were Busy getting places of business am of Iees. It is with Heartfelt pleasure we observe the fortitude with which they hear their losses. There is no re pining no despair no sul Lenness but a Calm determined spirit which most carry them up again. The effect will be to set us Back for a moment but we never had More Confidence in the strength and spirit of our merchants to Overes me it All in time. It must not be supposed that All the business portions of the City Are consumed. Most of the dry goods jobbers Art untouched so of the hardware merc Haniby and a number of the heavy House am ant of the limits of the Burnt District and it fortunately happens Loo that a Large amount of groceries from the fast or the City had not arrived. We repeat therefore that though the City is terribly shaken it is neither mined nor totally prostrated. Merchandise of every description Furni lure sic., end by piles which were rolled out As it was thought beyond the reacts of the flames were consumed a piles of Burnt and partially consumed Coffee sugar nails Iron Colton paper Ink die sic., were scattered along it. On the Monongahela Dwidge nothing remains but a lung a no of Burn 4nler across the River Jet week the naked piers All Over the tills piles of furniture bedding see., Are scattered. Along the streets die Only valuable things visible were seen which the merchants took the precaution to haul Cut of their stores and it was imprudent foresight inasmuch As Many of them proved of very Little use among the ruin crowds of people from other parts of the City and the country were wandering and gazing upon she scene for ourselves we More than once were lost and had to look around for some Well known Laud Murk to fix the locality. Timid Clits it of tire fire soon after the fire got under headway and the Globe factory began to Burn the third presbyterian Church was in most imminent danger. The members of that denomination rallied around it and by cutting away the end of the roof which projected Over the Wall next the fire and covered the roof wide wet cloths succeeded in saving it. We saw clearly that the salvation of a dozen squares depended upon i Tfir had it caught its immense Steeple would have scattered Clouds of fire Over n considerable portion of the City which wholly escaped. The american office was saved by throwing water upon the roof with buckets the Block of buildings in which our office is located tvs saved by the efforts of the themon in keeping the roofs wet and particularly by u single Hose from an engine in fourth Street which saved the Post of fisc and so saved the Block. The rapidity with which the fire spread was most remarkable. The whole of Sivu War to Trajn in amp so Pace Oft to hours Tirom the time the fire reached this Ward across Wood Street until it spread to every part of in covering about sixteen squares there was scarce an interval of half an hour. The Bridge took fire at the North Ftp. Next to Pittsburgh Ami the flames can roaring and crackling through with Railroad Speed and from the time the fire commenced until it was prostrate Jfe Jfe River Only ten minutes Kim ski the wind shifted at various times and created excessive dread in Oiler parts of Lam City. All the stores along Market Street in the Diamond Diamond Alley and fifth Street As Well As along Wood were stripped and packed up and so Many of the goods moved As was possible. A gentleman doing business near the head of Liberty Street this Side else canal teds As he would cheerfully have Given the ii i Peter inc s of Ali Iuta yesterday morning we walked around the Burnt District the appearances of things is awful nothing but an immense Fores of Walls Anil Chimney is visible and desolate heaps of Brick and mortar the fierce fire licked every combustible Clear up nothing that would Burn escaped. The wharf was covered with we. J. Merck ii a living in front Street next Dot to Fenlon s livery stable was coming out of ids House past the stable when a gust of wind blew an enormous flame of fire with such Force As to Knock him Down burning his face baud and Luck very severely. A fireman halt i face burned so raw the blood run from it. My a Alcolu Leech was on the top of his warehouse looking at the fire and when coming Down was injured pretty severely by a fall. The Only life lost that we heard of was a poor woman in third Street. Amidst and the distress there were those around who added to the calamity by stealing. Among others the Rev. Geo. H. Holmes in d about shoo stolen which be had glared up by great Economy on a methodist preachers salary. He also lost a Large number of valuable manuscripts die labor of Twenty years. To show the rapidity of the fire we May mention that a gentleman of our acquaintance at Rived at the american hotel about one of clock and leaving his trunk walked out to see the fire which was then nearly a Quarter of a mile off. In a Short time lie returned and found the hotel in flames. He lost his trunk with nearly All his cloth iii and papers Ami a considerable sum of Money. One reason of to rapidity with which the fire spread is to he found in extraordinary dryness of the weather Lor two weeks past. We have not had a Sliver of rain in that time with one Trilling exception. Livery particle of Wood in the houses of the Eiliv was As dry As under. Amidst All do horror distraction end confusion prevailing throughout the City Here was no unmanly fear or vain Rcpt Nitiss manifested. The Sulc Rirs bore their calamities with Manly firmness and As soon As they had unavailing by tried to save their own property they put Forth their exertions to save their Weigl it Bor s. At one time when it was thought the whole City must go there was no wildness apparent merchant of a Utju find and Given indication energies arc m wit and their indomitable 81,000, at one time to have by an Usu Ranee from an Olliee out of the City in ins Stock of 825,000, although the fire had not then got to Diamond Alley this is Only a Sample of the Universal horror nud dread Winch filed the City. At one time the wind blew due East then South Ilion veered bound toward the such was the critical position of our office and the Block in which it in that had the wind atone time veered to the North cast for one minute it would have gone. Messes Sib Bettac Jones opened their Safe in the morning Bat every Book and paper in it were Burnt up and the Gold and Silver melted together. Hardly one Safe nut of ten exposed to the lire in the budding saved anything in them. We noticed a Largo number completely destroyed with All their Entile nos. A number of sick persons were removed and not few of them ladies in very delicate situations. The first it get West Ward. The business part of this Ward is almost entirely destroyed. The destruction in this Ward extends from the Corner of Wood and water streets up Wood Street to Diamond Alley from thence across to fourth Street at the United states Bank across fourth Street up to the mayors of fisc across to Street and Down the South Side of j lord Street to ferry Down Berry to tront Street up North Side of front to Market Down eat Side of Market to water end up water to Wood the place of beginning. In All this vast space die Only buildings left standing Are the 1 Bird presbyterian Church Johnson amp Stockton a and die american painting offices and the warehouse of the Globe Colton factory. Kensington this flourishing adjunct of the City Well nigh annihilated. The course of the tire was extraordinary. The last Larga building i the City this Side of it. We the Large new steel works of messes. Jones so tji Uoo noticed in another place. Alien the lire reached and dipped Down a step Hank into the canal and consumed the lock tenders House and then rising it went completely Over a number of Frame building on die opposite band in. Eluding Tho workshops of or. I Ott Linson the contractor of the Iron steam ship on the stocks. Parry is Scott a foundry a he Gas works messes Phillips Glass House and lighting on the Glass works of messes. Miller is co. Commenced anew with the utmost fury it took every thing from thence up on that Side of the Road about half Way up it crossed the Road and made a clean sweep of All be tween the Hill and the River to the utmost

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