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••••*••••«•••••••• ••••*• • Ju/o ? VOLUME XLWTI, No. 434. NEW tK, N. J.,*jslONDAT, fc*' ' '-* ' ' 21, 1896. LAST E.DITION. LATEST ilf WIRE. , THROWN FROM WINDOW. ' BROOKLTN, |)ec.' 21. — Four men threw another from a second story balcony at 114 North Sixth street, this morning. Policeman Slarkey was standing on the sidewalk when the man fell at his feet. He' rushed upstairs and put the four men under arrest. They were "Antonio, John* atid<* Nacton Dunjaski and Wajter Tuscoraski,. Poles. - Tb.e man whotfa they threw out was , John* Stongloskiu They had hecome at him over a^ame of cards. ^ - ; - •%*•»• PREP,ARIN"G FOR WAR. MADRID,, Dec. 21. — The Correspond - encia is authority for the statement that naval and military plans to be carried' out in the event of war between Spain and the United States 'Itave already been formed and approved by, Admiral Beranger and General As ; caraga, respectively Ministers of Marine anil War. CHICAGO BANK FAILS* CHICAGO, Dec. 21.— The National Bank of Illinois, Jocated at 115 Dearborn street, one of the oldest and best- known banking institutions in the city ; with assets amounting to nearly $15,000,000, did not open its doors ..this morning. THETWEATHER. As recorded at the central office of the New Jersey Weather 'Service, State Experiment Station, this city. The following record shows the highest and lowest temperature recorded yester- 'day, in comparison with the corresponding date of last yeJir; also the amount oi preeipitatum: Dec.' £0. 1835; ...' Ecc. 20, >«%. Highest 04,8 lUtthesl afi.o towest.;. 84 0 | Lowest 20 3 Kninfail,.,..........:. 0.00, i Riiinfall O.iO MONDAY, DKOEJIBEa 21. , Weather at noon—T?air. , Temperature at noon—30°. V. S. Department of AjvrlewJtore, Weather Bbreun. WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 21. Indications — Partly cloudy weather Tuesday, possibly preceded by Jight local -showers ; stationary temperature. MINIATURE ALMANAC. Tuesday, Eec. S3 1806 . San jlBs.-aj..,.. 731 itt m i ttu»i «et4f,.., 480 p ni Moon rises 7.18 p. m The President Back to Duty. WASHINGTON, Dec." SI.—The president and his companions, who have been hunting in South Carolina waters for a week, returned to the city; early yesterday morning. The'president had a restful time, and feels much refreshed and invigorated af ter the fatigue brought on by his exacting duties preparatory to the meeting of congress. The president's good luck attended him in the sport, and the string of ducks brought home were distributed to friends In the city. Vlctlnu? of a "IJHnd Pool." ., itjec. 21.—Mrs. Charles Payne, aged 63'years, and her husband, who is ten years older,'were assisted Saturday by the charities department. The couple are victims of the "blind pools" in which thousands were swindled. -They bad purchased a little home and saved 11,200, when Payne was injured and had to quit work. His $l$00proved sufficient, but he was led into putting it into a pool, losing the entire sum. young Woman Attempts Murder. BY, Conn,, Pec. 31.—F. Ward Williams, aged 35, is lying in the hosiptal in a serious condition from a knife stab just above the "Heart ^inflicted by Miss Sadie Reed. Miss Reed afterwards attempted to cut hep,own throat,.but was prevented. Tho affair was the outcome of a quarrel during which Williams accused the girl of unfaithfulness. She is now under arrest-' • Jacob Reed Will have the largest and finest varied) of fish and oysters of the season u< morrow, direct from the catchers, all » 'ths lowest prices. - Telephone, 94 a. <$i Hiram street, , -, 1 - , si-In - THOMPSON—In .this- <ity on ]>c. SO. 1896, trvdia E. Thompson, aged 11 years, 8 months jand 38 d«ys 11 Funeral from the parent's resM-nee, 192 : 1 ele\ an ttrtiet, on Tuesdiy aftelnoon at S o'clock." GABBIGAN—In this city on Dec., 20 18&5, :Mary, beloved daughter of John and Ellen Oarrigan. agod 4 months, 7 days. Funeral private. rMOREISEY-Suddenly, In this city on Dec . 80,1893. Andrew Morrisey, aged 50 yeai a. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, 82 Washington street, on Tuesda' morning at 8.30 and from St. Peter's Chuxcl at 0 o'clock. , WELSH—Suddenly, In this city on Dec 20.189(5, Andrew Welsh, aged 37 years. .Funeral private. Onlg T-r .. Jhour Walls Remain of the Historic Structure. ~fti*«ak Out Shortly After Hlitlnight and Ilo a Quarter of a Million £&oilars Worth of Damage. Gone is Brunswick. the white elephant x>f Ntw Formerly it was known as the Masonic hall, latterly it has been called Allen's theatre. Under any name it has been a grand, imposing structure, whoso towering form at the intersection of Albany and George streets, has been ane of the show.places of the city, 1'terab- ly and figuratively. Its end came early this morning amid gigantic flames whose immensity threatened at one time to engulf and destroy a'l the'buildings for blocks around, yet which were fought with such, matchless skill and bravery by the volunteer firemen of the city aiLto coufiuo them almost wholly to the big structure. The work of the firemen was truly wonderful and no praise given cbem can be too great. The destructiun of Allen's Theatre removes from the town its finest buifding, yet f v,r more than 20 years it h,ad beeh like some teige cavern into which the wealth' of a people was deposited In the hope that there might be some return, but the return never came. Or, .the structure may be likened to some wild being entering upon a careerof riotous living and who when his end comes carries to ruin and destruct : on all who have ever been connected with him. The building of the Masonic Hall structure was commenced early in the seventies and from its beginning ruin and- m FIRE JL JLliUi The Most Disastrous Ocqur« ring in the Past Decade. failure has marked the course of its existence. Its original cost was nearly $325,000, and this^amount was sunk in the structure without a dollar being given in return. During the 20 years that it has stood iu the town many more thousands of dollars have been used to keep it in existence, but it has alwayi been considered a financial failure. Last night when its final destruction came ii was occupied by a, half score or more.o^ tenants, whose loss on stock and property will amount to at least $50,000 and the total loss Irbni the fire will be more than a quarter of a million dollars. These tenants included Manager and Lessee J B. Starkes, Union Lodge,! No. 19, F. and A. M., with many other Masoni 1 soeieties ; Delta Kappa Epsilon, of Butgcrs College ; the Common Coun cil of the cit.v, Opera House drug store recently bought in by Dr. H. K. Bald win, Brunswick Traction-Cornnany's main offices' on the ground floor, 'William Me G-overn, who had a cigar store, and poo r iom in a store on the George street sid of the building ; Leonard Scheidig, Whose restaurant had been in the basement o the bui'diog for many years ; Harry Cook whose law offices occupied severa rooms on the Albany street side. The property of some ,of these tenants was covered by insurance, while some was no and its loss will be total. The first intimation of the fire raging within the building was given by an explosion which occurred shortly after'mid- night. It rattled the windows and made the houses on either sidex>f the burning building quiver. People aroused by the noise and shaking of their beds rushed to their windows to find the rear or southwest end of the building in flames. From the third story to the roof great tongues of fire shot heavenward from the windows. .••'..Mrs., Perkins, of 123 Church street, seeing the flames, ran to the front windows in her house and yelled "Fire. • Ambrose Bradford, of Neilson street, was at the corner of George and Church streets, just after the exphwion occurred, which was about 12.10 a. m. He turned and saw the flames, atid; u tan to B. H. Becker's house, on Neilson street, where he got a fire alarm box key and sent in the alarm from box 47, at Church and Neilson streets. ' • - ' WHEBE THE ENGINES WEEK. The firemen responded very quLkly to the alarms and reached the scene of the conflagration with their apparatus in a comparatively short time considering the condition of the streets, many of which were covered with uiberty Hose Company, the Hook and Ladder Truck and Engines Nos. 1,3 and 5 answered to the first alarm and the FIRE!! FIRE!! New Brunswick,s biggest fire will not keep New Brunswick's biggest piano store from doing business as usual. Immense Christ ma* Factory Prices at Factory Warerooms; 392 GEORGE STREET, MATHUSIIEK & SON PlllllLC^ : -^4«<WH)csen Manager. rest of the department was called out by the three threes upon the arrival" of tho Chief and his assistants. Engine No. 5 reached the ground firsi and made an attachment at the corner o: Albany and Georgo streets. The heai joon drove them away auJ tn^y change< freir location- 'to the plug by the Post Office. Liberty Hose ; attached" to tlv_ plug at the corner of Spring alley am Church street and ran their line of hose through to Albany street, while No. •'. made a connection with the hydrant a Albany and Neilson streets.- When.th* supply of water ran out at this hydrani Engine No. 1 was moved -to the Wash ington and George" streets hydrant. The hydrant at Church and* George streets was attached by Engine No. 3. The general alarm was turned in am Engine No. 2, secured the hydrant on Albany street where it Branches off irom French street, - [Engine 1 No. 4, drawn by horses, attached t6 the plug at the corner of Paterson and ? Elm Row and En gine No. 6 made an attachment at th plug in use by Liberty Hose on Chuicl streets- ..'. .••' . BUILDINGS, IN PERIL. No person who arrived; at the confla gration directly after the alarm was giver expected to see the buildings, saved" tha were located on the block bounded b; George, Albany, Church and streets. Flames shot from more than a score o windows on all of the five floors of th building and from the roof within a ver; few minutes after the fire was discovered, showing that the fire even then had been in jirogress for a long time. The heat was becoming intense an< the sky w>s filled^ with millions of spark and burning,brands that shot up into th air and then fell to the 1 house tops an grouncj .below. Fortunately there wa little wind and the Sparks were carrie no great distance. The small wind tha did ex^st cai.ie frotii the*. yost me! inm'ed. the sparks down towo. The (lunger to the buildings in the immediate vicinity' of the hall from the heat Was very; great j- however. Many of them Were soon in such great danger that the fircmeu w^-re forced to turn the streams on them to keep them from igniting. The snow on tjie roofe melted rapidly and this aided the firemen in their efforts. Later the firemen were stationed:oa the twyo-ef all «f the adjoining houses^ ' : .0trfy t he constant playing of the streams on the St. John's German Reformed Church and the Secondj.xEefjMtaed Church at Qeorgevand AlbanytStieta kept those structures from burning. t^As the water struck them great clpuds of steam would rise. Thci steeple on the Second Reformed Church wag smoking at different iimes, but 'Rell directed streams from Pbxenix Engine Company kept the wood work from igniting. The damage done :o th6 buildings on account of the painting being blistered will amount to hundreds of dollars. SMA.LLER BUILDINGS AFLAME, It was impossible for human effort to save the small frame building on Albany street directly adjoining the hall from be- Dg burned, and it was soon enveloped in flames. Later a portion of the walls fell upon the structure demolishing it completely. Walter Ryno, janitor of the 3uilden Street Public School, occupied this building with his family and they had i narrow escape in getting out of the milding. urniture. They lost nearly all of • their hief Charles milding was The building belonged Greenwald. Next to this another frame Structure owned by, -L. T. Ives and occupied, by Tohn Seaman and family. This building was partly burned with its contents, the amily only having time to flee. The roof ff Mrs. Gabriel's house and also Ahat of Thomas Kay's music store 'were on fire at different times. THE FLAMES. WherTali the apparatus got in working order there were thirteen streams of water from the engines and hydrants played upon the flames. The firemen did excellent work and should be highly priiised for their efforts. At one time it looked as if the whole block would be destroyed, but by good management the flames were held in check and confined to the theatre building. Lengths of hose were laid through Spring aljoy, so that the property in the rear-pi the burning building was pro- tectedi&n,d'two' lines of hose were stretched throng^ alley's on Church street to pre- ventitlre rear of the buildings facing that street from catching fire.. Another line of hose was rnn up a ladder over the build- ngof jMrs. Gabriel unOhurch street,winch was played upon the top ot the buildings all of which were frame structures. Ladders wtero" raised from George street upon the buildings occupied by Harry Solomon and Florist Tice. i PROGRESS OF THE FLAMKS. It took two years to build the structure an two hours to burn it down. As the fire spread from' story to story and tongues of flame leaped out of the wiudows until the en ire building was like, a fieiy furnace. The sight was a magnificent orfe, ' . in the rear* and working -their way reached tha flag staff upon tho cupola over the Albany street entrance in a remarkably short time, The tire had free access to the roof in the theatre part of the building. The flag pole fell in the ruins at 12.45 o'clock. Suddenly there was a crash followed by a rolling mass of flames burst ng almost into the centre of the street the rear portion of the roof had fallen in. As the fire spread to the front of the building on George street it was noti >cd that the flames r»ged on the second and fifth floors for fully half and hour before they had u , forced thek way ; into the third and fourth floors, mo room occupied by Common Council Iks the last part of the building buried ana the three windows at the George and Albany street corner Were the last to be envelope^ in flames. BURNING ROPES ON FLAG STAFF. The burning of the ropes on the flag staff upon the dome facing George street was a pretty sight. Inch by inch the flames crept up one of the ropes to the top of the staff and then down the other rope. ATrthe ropes became separated and were blown on either side of the pole which was also in flames the sight was a brilllantone made magnificent by the green and blue blaze of the copper wires just beneath the bottom of the staff. ASSEMBLY ROOM IN FLAMES Through the windows of the Assembly room, the glass in which had been shattered by the excessive heat, a^eeething tuass of -flames could, .be seen, .Foiling in waves along the ceiling and bursting: forth out of the windows. The "last .public dance which was given on .Thursday night, that of the " balpouclre • perty by some of the bysta-nd-" s aud resuscitated. JANITOR CASTNBR'S STORY. Josej)h W. Gastner has bejin tho janitor of tne building for a year and with his wife and ,thrce children occupied rooms on the second floor of tho hall on the Albany street side, a representative of the He was seen by TIMES and told McLauahlin's dancing class, was a brilliant affair, but with all the pretty <:os- tuiues jnd charming music, the' fight could not compare with this pwriuu painted by t tbo .flames. , Set pieces of fire works given by Pain OD.Manhatten Beach could not equal the display wjhen the flauus like a mighty volcano surged from the pit to the dome and burst for tn through every window. It was indeed a grand sight and was admired by a large crowd of people. this story of the way in which his family were made aware of the fire : '' My wife was aroused shortly after 12 o'clock by a roaring noise which she thought was caused by the wind. She aroused me and spoke of the noise, and looking out a window we saw the reflection of the fire. We thought it was the shoe factory but the next moment we telt the heat and opening tne rear, door found the flames directly before us. I only had time to arouse the children and all of -us went downstairs in our night clothes, I being in my bare feet. My hair was singeo by the flames. " The family managed to ?et out of the main entrance to the hall. They were cared for at the house of Dr. F. M. Donohue who suppli d them with clothing. One child had been seriously ill last week and its condition was said to be critical, today. Janitor Castner lost every bit of property he possessed. lie lefttho.haH without a penny's worth of property. A valuable dog sent to him from Rochester, N. Y., last week was burned. , COLLEGE SOCIETIES LOSE. The Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity had their rooms in ibis building. Their losses total and probably over $1,000. No insurance. These rooms wore on tho third floor and were just being refitted. The society has Lot yet decided what it will do for a new home. Tho actives members are E. DeM. Stryker. 1( .)7 ; W. H. Thompson, E. E Van Cloof and George Harrington, '08 ; I. B. Titswortli and F. H. Winn, '99 ; W.'E. McMuhon, R. CookcandE. Woodroff, '00. LITTLE PROPERTY SAVED. Verjr few of the tenants were abjo- to save anyth »g. Leonard Schoidig's loss will bo total. Harry Cook loses a valuable law library. William MoQovern was able to save a pool - table and a billiard piblw. The r« fit of his stock was lost. Th«re vain in&unuice of $350 on it. -, Superintendent E. H. Eudel reached tho lire etirly tuul was able to get out, ooiisidorab'o stuff from, tho Traction cum- P n.v's uflico, but estimates his loss at $700. IK: lutd no insurance. What stuff he could iviuovo wat? loaded «ii t\\-u trolkty card and was sent to Milltowu. SAV1CS-1N THE HUIN8 • Them are U) or muro safes in tl|c ruins. Three belonged to the ..Hruubwick Traction Company, one was iu tho Union Lodjro royui and each of the other tenants in .the buitdio^hiid ouooi-iniore-S^itis. It is thought »thut tho lodge stvfo was burst open w hen it s'ruok tho ruins ih the basement after falling four stories. THE RUINS TODAY. The walls enclosing a smoking mass of debris remain today IQ tell t-bu story of the fire. Broken wires coated with and icicles hanging down the window sills present a striking contrast to the smoking ruins within. Engine Company No. 1 was detailed to look after the fire today and played water upon the ruins from plug streams. The sidewalks are covered with the slate and burned cornices which fell during tho fire. INSURANCE AND LOSSES. Neilson G. Parker carried $20,000 jn- surance on tho building for 12 years" or until last Thursday when the insurance expired. T)?e building is >ince said to have been insured with Newark agents. Tho Home Builders Association ia" now the owner of the pro perty. Mr. Soheidig's house on Albany street was also insured with Mr. Parker in the Cominentai Company. The Second Reformed Church was alao insured with him. Michae! Lyons had 8350 insurance on W. McGovern's stock. Leonard Soheidig's loss on stock will be $7,000.' Harry B. Cook m 1 lose several thousand dollars on his law library. , Manager Starlces loses all, having no insurance.. Other individual losses in eluded Treasurer^Benjamin Suydam $400, Harry Lewis $500^ The leader of the theatre orchestra lo^a violin valued at $200 and John Willis lost m ch valuable furniture on the stage. he Union lodge lost $1,200 in carpets, pipe organ, upholstered chairs and other, paraphernalia. Theirxlodge room was one of. the -finest fitted up in the State. R. G-. Miller ho'ds insurance for in the Standard, : 6f^Trenton, upon To Get an Idea For a Holiday Present For your male friend you can think of no better way than to visit our. store and look over our stock of: useful and attractive Christmas <fe? play of SMOKING- JACKETS, HOUSE COATS, <TEGKWEAR NOVELTIES, O-IiOVES, HOSIERY, SWEATERS, Etc. For the Children: 'ANOY REEFERS, BRAIDED SUITS, ODD PANTS. OQUES, And other articles too numerous tosv mention. Optn evenings till 9U' o'clock. Hall, Nevius & Co., Formerly Fiber's. FIREMEN INJUBED. Fred Tappen, assistant foremen of Liberty Hose, when the alarm from Box No. 36, was sent in, went with the wagou to the hose house and whiltn a.sM-tiug iu getting extra hose down from the -tower, one of the lengths full and the coupling struck him in the 'forehead. He was taken to Dr. Donohue who Jr ssc'd the wu-tnd. Coniviius Tullmau, ul»o ot' l hat company, had the stitches in a wound in hi» hand, which he received at the Middlesex Shoe Works a few days ago, torn out and the wound reopened. ACTRESS FAINTS. Miss LaTou'y one of the actresses connected with the EIroy Stpik Company, the fire fell in a faint. r ei!red Pome one while gazing at She the stoop of. the John Waldrou pm- Turkeys, Chickens. Ducks, and Geese, Almouds Englitih Walnuts Pecans Etc. - Queen olives lest, 8 oz., bottle. Canned peaches, extra heavy Sirup very fine, 20c can. Green gage plums, delicious, I5o can .There are a few of our gonuino bur gains. We give no prizes, s illir g our good strictly on their merits and cuirau tee full valre for your money with every purchase. V AN ANGLBN & KE Hiram & l>euuiu street. LOCAL NEWS on Fourth, Kfth Eighth pages. What shall 1 yet for the men, affi> the house for Christmas ? " Nothing better than a pair of Slippers Hut bo jndic'ovH in joat? p«l(v,n'on We'll l elp yoa tSft. 1111 u j> tL at X-MAS TREE You al'vave ha r /e at houxau MK.CP, ir.o, arH g.) .d Ft? oy dancing Slippers ftasr? tho y iung ladies, warm li 6iif.»p«'je ftuJ Shoes eor »\ t)t f Iks and the linen of L ggihe for th f -its nr- here f r your PRICES ARE LQWBBL QDALITIES BETTER. So yon < aii't hel|i being adlL We"'have the largest most complete atock of , Holiday Slippers in* tlie city, neat iu deaig shapely and C"»nf r table. Factory and Retail Ste, '$ Peace TS8 fN THE STATE. TO "SPRUCE UP" for the holidays, you will find clothes an inexpensive luxury i£ let us fit you out. An sortment of . SUITS AND OVBROOA.TS ranging in prices from $8 to $&JL Examine! 6uf special offeriugs: SMOKING JAQKBT3, HOUSE COATS, FURNIS3ING GOODS, SWEATERS, andminterous oilier aitic'es for holiday iii-ftc. e t *fc Oaili ii! er»

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