The mystery. (Pittsburgh [Pa.]) 184?-184?, April 16, 1845, Image 2
THE MYSTERY. IC R. DELASV, EDITOR. PITTSBURGH, APRIL 16, 1845. have Osterutitted uover to be goverouti by Oa friv. role 4 of forPa9lify, but 3zyrttiticlilA, tpitAtesto4 1)y -ro.atisofe, atiti guiticd by the )ight of w•coutc 1 144 ,, .s t beok but 4,l o `t o t dies,loo4, We omit much waiter this wtlek, $ 9 f t y,,iv e to our dktmit reader the account of the great and detitruetive tire which ko laid the most valuable part of out cny mine. Several communications have eame to hand, and some remittance, 1111 of which will be duly a,;loowledgeti in ,)urnextfr Ruh' vry t Wo ;aro tg)tyil t me o r th e r(t)alers of events to i)lli.sc , i)l, I() olir Te,..Ners nbri)zlti tic(!otllit f)ftlie (iestrortitql I trd-.).r It4urti,l Vittst6q; 1)y 4irel one fo‘ArtlA tile citV of l'itt - ,ii)tirgh,Av I;iy in ;1 destrort)ve Ity.tss Ili) one - , wfttiess kno u$ it,em Just escuped ealiumty by relnoving on.Baturday bt4orc. et lire from our former residence in 3(1 Si., to NVIPOrt) V. 0 noW littid trCei, Ti . . Inc brtAit! OW ill ic4:11110 nig c.i)rtler of Scc:tirt,i anti Forry libotti 141111)f - 1s. i'viotd . ; I ) . AT,. on 'l l l,ri(bly List tile inst,, :Ind (t) Say that ill the his',ol.‘,. there jdl9veia ho e\- tent of simc,e cif` I)tirlit its the ,sari)v Itit)gth of tinlv. gren I NO ‘V YOlk firy c)f '35, IA ;II days I)tirn ing a si}ace ricre , , :iflui ;ON /UM (ll*Cd ;Inc] lionse, , , and th e bu l idings (iestropid ()Nibrt) i4en(rally thudtheBp at (qtrs., it %vas 1 t tPT short I+':;)48 , '.d. ()17/1 . 0 hlt?/-8, until Fa. 4 T :• , IY Olt Sr% l'Y Affit Of the Cliy ‘V(,IT voca tc t d , a tid " 13) v v( , 11111 ,,, it , say . ji/Won Il?iptire(l houes ttut)l)l , c(l to the ground l' ho fire, though inivello(,4 by the hand of the I.)estroing Au 401 roliod on. from kidding to buildin,l, it,ll the of a fiery flying ..7,f_qpeitt, co suming every bot)se Nvlth the ;awry fury of a fepvcding ‘N NVith awful and torilic progro , -;, thre;c ming tile %A/11(4e city, miltibitatlts and all, and only ceased its mad career in the line of the river, because there was nothing more for it to destroy, having swept every thing in its wily for one mile and a quarter! Never did any event appear more, like Judgment People running, sonic screaming, c itherS a()Wing ' wariling the people to fly for their lives, carts, drays, furniture wagolis, omnibuses, horses, and all and ever'' kind 01* vorhicie, cr9l,vded the streets tt) fin excess which made it ditlicult for each to escape, nnd tlueatened dewu t Aion to till! Nay we Ile,a aunin witness such a scene, until tit ia s t great conflagration of this terres trial globe! 131310 w, we subjoin the more par ticuiar discription from the, Gazetw of►.iaturclay, and it partial list of the sufferers iron) the Chronicle o f M on a by last, with sonic udditions of our , owl.l .;:;1"; TIIE tfi l ltrA 1 ,1 4 vjVcct 4 1314 S :1i11.44 oNi)crily ot ri4so,tsl-14 NVQ are carufolly inquired of m an y o f titir dettrest Itc„lded business mn, those, towit titorotigh;y cottvcTsattt wtth the To sourvtli t h city, Its to the probable (I*- feet or this dis•iater upon its prosperity, anti coupled Nvith our own kn ow l e d ge ot . ritrength of the nit' 'Batts svho \vent hqri f ti: out, the potli(ion their circuit). Sze', we are fully convinced that y• t tliotigli the commercial pTuspects of the ; tertsibly ( t;tiie:t,, yet it is ; -, t fogoilll ;i.f.l in due titue wi!1! rise :above it l a Oii r torje et re an). importtince !licit arcs I , nott beinz the Gutit . .. , Factory. is the small & Pears Glass works. Vari ous other small estahlishrm.mts des troyed but It is 'tvitit great satisn,tetiori announce t t the gre:At lea4ig bzonches • „ 31'0 comptr;tuvwy unlouoteo, as kl. that usiness, so far as they are conecrued, will go 1)1 as usual, "Vs for our wholesale Wt'r(hattts in the Grocery, Q.ueensware, ond Dry Goods Lsz-0 t 0tht , , , ,5 Nvho Nvere burnt. some number of them will commence forthwlth. ,Some aro wholly 1.111111 L, twiny much cripi)led, kit t behove th , , majority can ov as usn.ll, autl yetel,lay they were husy getting plaooi ufbusiness a offices. it is lvith heartfelt pleasure we ob,erve the Ifiriitude %vith which they hem' their jo sses . 'rhere is vo repining—no Iles. pair sullenneipi; but a calm, detertnin ed epirit which flltlit earry them up again, The effect will he to t.ct t back for a moment but we never had alOre COnv ridence tho strength ;mei eririt of our mvrehtints overvomo it all ill time. It must not be stipposeil kit all Ow busi ness portions of tic: city are consumed , Al ost o f Ow Dry (outs j9hhers Dry mt. toudwd $.O of the Hardware me rchnute, , auti a titonber t !wavy Itotv'ti ;Iry ont of the hmits 411 the burnt titstrict. And fortunatoly Iwprils. too, that a e umnt grocerits from die F,as,t, tor th a city, Itud not Lirrived. 'tVe repo..o, there fore iir:J though Ow city 1a ivrOblY t 'h a ' 4 en it is ut!ither ruined nor touOly pros trated, Thl? pgAe3ra ti,,CrS. thiMZS *2.‘7:.'""V WOrnillg wall“ 11 around the burnt I)istriet. The nppearances 0A things is nwrkii—linthing but •.‘n imnwilse It)rest of ‘valiti, And chimneys i$ (lcselate heaps of brick toortar. tierc.c tire licked itlvery combustible don up. Notltiog Coo, 'would knira es• cape. Wharf Vt'aS covered With Merchandise ()I' every description, furni lure, &c., sad iminy piles which were rolled out as it wao thought beyond she reacts of the flames, went eonlumed Piles of burnt and partially consumed Coffee, Sugar,i ails, Iron, Cotton, Pa per, Ink &e., &c., were scattered' along it, On the Monongahela Blidge, nothing remains but tettg line of burnt timber across the rivvr, Oetwe, the naii.ed piers„ over the piles of furniture, bv(l - (Ste., soattered. Aiong the .tr'ac't; . th e on ly valuable things visiblo were SCNA WhiCh the Merchants took the pre et mtion h a il! out o tlwir ;Itores, it was itoprudeot forvaight, voromuvli ;0. many or tired; proved of very littitl Among the r t ims, yrowds 1)1" people from o ther parts vi the city = and the conntrY wore wat - KieriNgi s gaziq upon 11w bcene for oufselves, we, miAre than once were lost t L ind had to look oround for bourn v.l3lll,nown land--inavk to i tbe localit Stittiactfis of gilt! riVe Soor, aitcr the fire of under headway, and the tilohe it'uctory began to burn, the Third Presbytei'iml Church lvas iii most imminent danger, The members of thllt denomination ra!licd Proun( _bud bY cutting away the end of the roof which projected av er 1) , , Q "sal; 1“,, , , xt the iirv y nod covered the roof ,viih Nv , ”. our. eeeded saving it. We s; w clearly th;i the sivation n dozen soirues upon /tatii. hilt' it eaught, dt inimemw steeplc would him! iwattereel clouds of firo )ver n tmiztiiduraWo portionl of the city which wholly t:scaped. -Any-Tie: lo ()trio, wad slved by throwing water upon the roof with boeket.,;, Thu block of bnildings in which our office is 100ilted t Ali $aV Cd by the ort,rts as the firemen in, keeping the roofs w et, and particularly by zi single hese froul Engine oil ibortb street, which saved Cie} Pug, thrice and tql tqlved the block, The rovidity with ‘rhirlk the tire spread. ( 1 xl` 1i niost remarkable. l'he wlwle " 1/( ‘'di99l 2 lP '7 nc un;jli CREASE IN A lows. (*con) the tine the lire reag,:hed this Ward twrost.4 Wood street, until it spread I every it, covering about simeen squares, then' wato scark:m an interval of half an holt r. Tho Tabela Britie took tire at the North 1 next I° itt 4 burg h ' and the flames ti roaring and crackling through with radrond speed, and Irony the time the tine commenced, until U waS OnAtiftWlllit i o river, oniy TEN MIN UT a:ti A i'SED! The wind slnfted at various times find created excessive dread in other parts of bail city. All the store:s 4on , z Market street, in the 3,Yramond, I)ilmond ailer and Filth street, as %yell as along Wood %V(1(' :itrippeil and plickeLl up, :Intl so many of the gooth3 moved as lvas posbible. A gentleman doing 1)1)8'411116S near the he:ld of Liberty street, alit% 'Ale the Canal, - tells as he would cheerfully ilave given 1,000, at one lime, to have .1)1 1 d ranee from an ohm's OW of the city, on ti titock 0fV25,000, although the tire had not then got to Diamond tilley, This is only a sample or the universal horror and dread %vim+ tilkd the city, Al tithe the wind New . due ea t, then then veered bound towfird the North. Stich NVOS the ertticid pisition of uor oflice and tho block in which it !hat, had the wind to one tithe veered tfi the North east for one minute, it would have gone, Messrs,Sibbett II JOCS (fl d their safe in the morning, but evcry book and raper in it were ntrot Hp, pod the gold anti silver welted tooethers Harc lyoto safe out oi ten, exposed to the i4e, in the butidings, saved anything in them. IVe no a large number :iompletely destroyed wtth ail their e± 4- A numbvr of sick persons were remo ved, um! MIL ICNY of Olemladies, in very debt:ate twilations. Wm. J. Mrrettgil. living in Front street, next dock to Fenlon's Livery Sta. isle, was coming out of his house past the stable, when a gust of wind blew an enor mous flame of fire with such force as to knovk hit» down, burning his face, hands and hack very severely. A fireman hail his face burned so raw, the blood run from it. MALculAl LnECIT MIS on the top of hia Warehouse looking tt the fire, and when coming was injured pretty 4everoly by a fa 'filo only life lest, that we heard of, was a poor woingn Third Ftrtet. Amidst all the distress, ti' re weva thmie ;around who added tn su-!aling, Among others, the Rev. t'4o, S, it; , d about 300 stolen, which lid had : ,,; - .44,lered op; by gi eCC" ninny, on a Mdlhodi , t preaehet'o: salary. Ile also lost a large number o valuable manus , rpts, the labor oi tAventy years. To show the rapidity of tiw fire we may mention that it gentleman of our ac quaintance airived air the Anivrivan Hotel, a bout one o'clock, and leaving his trunk, warticd out to sce the fire., miliich war then nearly a inatter of a mile LII. In a short time he returned and found the hotel 111 ilmnes, Ile lo,t lta. trunk, with near ly up hi, cloth - me, and papers, and a con flider;l!)lc, stm of money, 1 cl eei . ° l'. `',l II • 1 t.ilic reason of the r.lrnutiy v' *>) svole,l the iirQ t;pread is to ht: rotnid in extraor , tiimiry kirpies of L Nv v;I tiler it)r tsvo I sveeki :Ast, NVe imve ilot, hat! a shower Int' rain io tigit time with ()lie triOitig ex , Iceptiem. EsTry particitt (..)f wooti iii the 1 lic)uses of the ctty, '4;' is as, ,11..5! as tinder. 1 t ~ , hot all tht, horror, tlitfiraction ::,r lt ) 1 ootift:itnt ')t - Pv.iiit ,, Y throt , ohw the eity, 1 ,, i ,kk,, ~, 4 .., !here. was tio unmanly fear or vulti repi , flings loaniftsted, 'rho sttircrcrs bore 1 their Qalainities x' 111 manly tirordess, :ind 3s soon as tilf , y - hly.l tin;tvailingly trie(l.tl) avf,..l their flwn property, ;bey Iii!! forth their exertions to save I,heir vieigi,lbOr:4. At one tirile, when it 'sr ;AS thought Oiti whole city twist go, ;here ..,vzs 110 wild ' I l iw ie ;; ili s ; P , 4 1 4 , 4 ' 1 41 , f u en i i ter ,:l, H e ; r : ,. e „, r . 't ci f ,a,:',7:,=','„ 3 .:(.';' 0 - ivf,ll indietiola , :, I ''. f '; .- '-.,' tiletr itiantnitable .. ,:.. . 8; , energies aro ma fj , ;?..i„ ' - 1004i , 'hi' rifest i ' s' SlVesi NV:4rd, The by s iness part of this \Yard, Is al mobl entirely destroyvd. "rke deslrue. flan in this \Yard extends irow the cornet. of Wood and NV..ll,cr streets, uP Wood strcet to Diamond alicv, frow thence across to Fourth street, at I3nited States li•ank , across Fourth strvet uP 10 the Nlayor's ()M o e across to 'Phird, street, and tlown the .iouth e4dt3 of Third, strtT I, 10 r I I;'etry to Front 6treet, tiorth side of Front to Matlito, down ea-t bide of iklinket to Wacr, anti op \Nrocr to W o od the place of begin ning. lo till thi s vast sp,lce, the only buildings left biattdin!: are the Third Pret.byt,crilto Church, (Allison SZ ., SlOCk• 'and the Anwrietto painting Laces, •ontl the w;lrehout.p of the Globe - thAti)r Factory, hvitsjoalos) , fii tiouri*hing adjunct of the city le wcil nigh annihilated. The coun.e of the tiro was exe,raordin3rv. The, last largi building' in the city titis of it, wes the Iva, new Stigll Works 01 •Nies , irls. JoNvs w Quv, no id(!(.. .ti in another lace. When Ow fire vouched and dipped down wt.!) hank into the Canal and consumed the 1..0ck tenkkni howie and then riming it went completely err a number of frame buildings tot the opposite I , ana, eluding tiro workshops of Mr. Tomiinvon the contractor or the iron steam Shp on the stocks, Parry d Scott's FoundrYs tmr he (I %Yorks, Nlessrs rbitlip's Glass liotge and ligloina on the Glas* Workti Of Nlessrs. hhitter & Co. comun , neell anew with the utmoet fury It took every thing from thence up on th:it tied e of the road. About ball-way up it cros s ed the road I.tnti made a clean sweep of all be t,ween Ott , kill and thv river to the trisnosl.