1879-7-31 M.T. Ward helped! fire at Kalama, WA
VANCOUVER INDEPENDENT. THURSDAY, JULY 31. 187<>. The steamer Emma llayward lias been withdrawn from the Astoria route, anil the S. G. liced takes her place for the present. Pennsylvania has been having a big storm ami floods in the oil and mining regions, the damage of property property being very great. Only one life was lost. Another vessel was lost in the straits of Fuca last week, and now we may expect to see in the Puget Sound papers more howling about the dangers of the Columbia river entrance. entrance. Two of the murderers of Tullis, near Sacramento, were hanged, Troy Dye, and Anderson. The third one, Tom Lawton, has been captured at Lewiston, Idaho, and in due course of time will be taken to Sacramento for trial, after having escaped justice for more than a year. It is quite probable that Jackson Grant, who was sentenced to the penitentiary for life, will not long survive his sentence. When he reached the penitentiary he was so • exhausted that he could not walk and had to be carried from the hack to his cell. Unless his condition materially materially improves he will not live three ■weeks. The Russian minister of the interior interior reports 3601 fires during June, causing a damage of over 12,000,000 rubles; 508 fires were incendiary. Further particulars of the fire at Nijni-Novgorod, of the 19th of the present month, state that while the fire was raging, 14 expiosionsoccurred, kill in tr and injuring 40 persons. The theatre in the Kremlin, Moscow, lias been burned by Nihilists. In the last number of the North American Review appears an exhaustive exhaustive letter from Gen. O. O. Howard to the publishers, in reply to the absurd story recently published in that magazine magazine from the unrestrained and too ambitious pen of Wallowa Joseph. The answer is modest, simple and complete, and as a matter of history well bears persual. Gen. Howard's plain statement of facts and history standout in bold relief when compared with the crafty Indian's bare assertions assertions and misstatements. The farmers of England are complaining complaining bitterly because the food products of America are transported across the ocean and sold in England at a profit for less money than it costs to raise the same article in that country. country. The newest development is in cheese. The American article is sold so cheap that cheese making has Stopped in England, and milk and butter have became plenty in consequence, consequence, butter being sold at 17 cents per pound, a thing never heard of before before in England. The result of this state of affairs will be the ruin of English agriculture, or else a great reduction of land rents and wages. Oregon's Ocean Fi.eet.— Mr. J. C. Henderson, Chief Engineer of the Oregon, has signed a contract in Philadelphia with the Delaware Iron Ship Building Works for another steamer for the Oregon Steamship and Railroad Company. It will be larger than the Oregon, measuring 342 feet in length, 3S.J feet beam and 3,000 tons register. She will be handsomely fitted up and built for ■peed as well as comfort. Impruvrvkvts.—Goldendale con- I NEWS BY TELEGRAPH. fire* nt Kent tic ami Knlitma. [Special dispatch to the Oregon Inn.] Skatti.k, July 20.—At 9 o'clock this evening an alarm of tire was given. Flames were discovered issueing from the roof of the American House. The lire spread rapidly and in a few minutes minutes a whole block consisting of wooden buildings was one mass of flames. The fire then extended across the street to Vesler's sawmill, which was also quickly consumed. Schwabachcr Schwabachcr Bros. & Co's warehouse next came in the way of the flames and is a total loss. Hall & Paulson's furniture furniture warehouse, Crawford & Harrington's Harrington's large warehouse, stored with merchandise, will prove a heavy loss. None of these buildings are very heavily heavily insured. Goods being hastily removed removed from many stores will be a cause of heavy loss to many. This includes everything on Mill street, as far up as the postoftice building, which was saved. It is impossible to estimate the loss, but it will be very heavy. Although the American House was well filled and scarcely fifteen minutes elapsed from tiie discovery discovery ot the fire until the whole block was one mass of fire, no loss of life has been as yet reported. At this hour (11 P. M.) the tire is pretty ■ well under control and hopes are entertained entertained of confining it to its pres-1 pres-1 ent scope. The following lose heavily by removal: Geo. W. Harris & Co., druggists; S. Gross, restaurant; \V. 11. Pumphrey, stationer; Kelly & Young, dru:r<rists; L. Rienig, grocer; Chilberg Bros, grocers; Boyd, Poncin Poncin & Young, drvgoods; S. Kenney, merchant tailor; Fred Barker, con- I fectioner. Seattle, July 28.—The fire Friday Friday night proves to have been one of the most disastrous which ever occurred occurred in the Territory. The burned district is about 350 feet square, extending extending from the alley on the head of Vesler's wharf to the water tank just. above the old warehouse, and from Dexter, Horton & Co.'s wharf across to the fuither side of the saw mill, reducing the entire block of buildings on the south side of Mill street below the alley to ashes; also Schwabacker Bros. & Go's hall, and Paulson's and Crawford & Harrington's Harrington's warehouses, and the old saw mill. The fire originated in one of the rooinsin the secondstory of the American house, at about 9 o'clock, and spread rapidly until its progress I was checked by the determined efforts efforts of the fire department and citizens. citizens. The new steam fire engine became disabled at about 10 o'clock by the suction hose getting out of order, and the old hand engine and bucket brigade for a time were scarcely able to hold the flames in check. For a while the entire business business portion of the city was threatened with destruction, and merchants panicstricken panicstricken began to remove their goods. In a few moments Occidental square was covered with piles of merchandise stacked up in hopeless confusion. Fortunately, however, the threatened danger was averted. All the principal principal business portion of the city was left intact. The buildings destroyed were all wooden structures occupied principally as saloons shops, etc. Some leading business houses are heavy losers by removal, goods being being greatly damaged and lost. Kai.ama, July 27.—The fire which broke out here between 12 and 1 o'clock on Friday was first discovered in a building owned by E. Martin & Co. of Portland, used as a hotel and saloon by H. W. Dickey. The wind was blowing from the northwest, and consequently the railroad company's buildings were all saved. Dickey and E. Martin & Co. were fully insured. insured. A. N. Patterson, the efficient and model hotel keeper, lost heavily; insurance, $4000. Whitehouse & Vestal, merchants did not save anything. anything. H. C. Comegys, merchant, lost all of his stock and goods; insured for <<1500. Several of the buildings which were burned were unoccupied. Mr. Kimball, the railroad agent, and all of the railroad men, Capt. iiabbidge iiabbidge and Purser Hall ana the crew of the steamer Honita and several of the passengers, also M. T. Ward, rendered valuable services. The total total lo%s of property is estimated at about %40,000; insurance, $8500.