April 15, 1877
" THE SOUTHERN HOTEL DISASTER. AK ISVESTIQATIOX BY TUB CHIEF OF THE VIRR PEPARTMEST AMOTRKK BODT FOUMD PKOPKRTlf RECOVERED. St. LoCib, April 14. As the Fire Department has received much blame from a portion of tbe city preas aod from many individuals for bad management of tbe Southern Hotel fare. Chief Sexton has . made aa lnvestigatioii of tbe matter. He bas examined Mr. Russell, tbe chief engineer of tbo hotel, and several employes who assisted in the efforts to subdue the flumes in the store-room.. Russell reiterated his statement telegraphed last night, and gave it as bis opinion that tbe t ire Department wss summoned too late to save tbe building. Tbo other parties examined corroborate Russell's statement. ' The body found this afternoon Is so badly burned tbat it is impossible to distinguish tbe sex, bnt it is beiievea to be the remains ot tbo oolored nurse girl of Mrs. Clsr. named Jack-sou. ' About three quarters of an exceedingly valuable diamond neck tare belonging to airs. Minister was . among: the jewelry taken from the rums to-dsy. Several artioiee of jewelry with tbe intiala et R. J. Clark and wile, were lound this morning near where their bodies were discovered, thus completing their identification. Three more of tbo unaooouhteO for guests telegraphed tbelr safety tlus morning, N. W. Catson, ot lnaianapoiis, and Adoipn Schwind, of .New-York. It is also known that R. . J. Miles, of Cincinnati, is safe, and tbo W. S-. Monroe, of Mew-York, whose name was telegraphed last night, is believed to be W. S. Morrison, of ttie same oity, who is safe and now at the Lindcll iio eU A complimentary benefit, tendered by a large number of tbe most prominent gentlemen of the city, was given to3iigbt at the Olympto Theatre to Miss . Kate Osborn, Miss Prankie MoClellao and Miss Clilton. of tbo Otympio eompany,' wno lost all their effects by. tue tire. Tno boose was crowded, aiid the receipts were about $1,500, which will be divided equally among tbe beneficiaries. The eompany ana Miss Kate Claxton, who is the star at the bouse, volunteered their services. A similar benefit will . bo given nt Us Bar's Opera-bouse, next Wednesday night, to the servant girls ot the Bouthern Hotel, who lost everything tbey possessed oy tho fire. a- '