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VOL 28. NO. 18.
OREGON CITY, OIlEGON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1891.
Wrmill nntirt ri.i.viima fl rat Mmi.r In No
Vmatwr ami I hint Mmnlay In April,
I'riil.ataoinirl In waaliin flmt Moinlar III Mi'b
(!immlliiiinr itmirt meal. Ural WwlniiaiUjr
Iter Ural Mumlny nl tiacli tiintitli.
1 J , T HI.AHKN,
NOTAHY I'I'lll.li: mill CONVKYAKi'KII.
Iin1n dikI i.ilinr .a.ir promptly ami aiTH
Ifnal ..lam linn. Hod, Inauraiina wrlltcll III
tln irititna ctintpaitlna ilo'nu l.iialiii'.a
Ofltna wllh lllailati.na Html Katalo Ci.tiihany,
tiirtfull niv, ott'Kiill
(1UCKAMAH AIIMTHACT A TKI'ST l.'O.
Al.tranta if t'larliaciaa miunlr prn.iTt)f ap.
laity. U.hhI wurll, rnnai.tial.la f'ttartfiia,
Work tfilarantt'i-'l. (ilvn iih a trial ll
C .atitittiit. K. K i..naiaoii, J, K.
( lark, Mroitiua.
tiUKUoN CITY, - - - oanl'iH.
H M jnHKaoN li W RINSAIHtl
JINNAIItP A JOHNSON,
Hallway Iwalluii ami iMiialrnrtloii, Wlcliim.
plana ah'l nailinalra r watar auppljr
liralnaas ami atront Imprnvnnii'iit i( town.
NH'lal atloiitloii (I vn In C.raiilitlii( ami ulna
(Null II (
yf CAKKY JOHNSON,
Cnru.r Klajlit atnl Main alr.Ha, OrtU Mjr.
KKAI. KKTATK T08KU. AM)
MONEY TO LOAN.
J L. I'OltTEIl,
ATTORNEY AT LAW
AaaiKat-ra r ra.iraarr ruawiaHin.
OlTtea nail to Oreann City bank on Bth tlrwt.
"I 0. T. WILLIAMS,
KKAL K.STATK ANIl IXMK AllKNT.
Af"o4 lluoul Uiuliioaa, raloiira auit aulitiriiati
Farm ProiwrtY In trait, to anil nit aaar lormt.
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noil floor la CaiiArM A lluniloy a Uru atnra.
1 II. A D C UTOl'llKrU,
COUNSELORS AT LAW
MAIN BTHSKT, OHXIION CITY, OWCHON.
Furnlan Ahatracla nl Tula, Wan Mir, Fora-
eloaa Mirlaava, anil Iranaact Uauvral
iva, anil Irai
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ATTOUNKY AT LAW.
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t II. DYR.
COUNSELOR AT LAW
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from 5 to 7 r. u.
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I. 0 CAtirilLD,
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. ROAKE & CO., Proprietors.
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Patent Medicines of all Makes, Notions, Optical Goods
Full Stock Of Machine Oils, Best and Cheapest.
Fine selection of Perfumery and Toilet Soaps. And Lead
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CO TO FCRNITURE HEADQUARTERS
when you wmit to lmy furniture. It
iMiikoa all Oik ililliiri'liro in llie worlil to
you wlmllii-r you ileal willi tli riVit
jiarlina or (lie wroiiK. Wlutt one ili-itlor
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llvu iiinta. Wo linjiit'ii to Ih no aituat
!i Unit wn can alfuril to m11"'1' lltf'irex
IllllrVflollaiy floMi) to tl l it II 1 1 f net ll r-
irn r Hfi'l yet not tin Bri:itaii of linvinK
tukmi luavti of om hciihoh, lleru'i an
eviiii.tictioi it; Dollomy & Dusch.
Portland. Shop on Fourth Street,
Estato Dealer, Farmer or
A SWEEPING MKE
Part lie Coast Klcvotor and 0. It.
& N. Warehouse Itumcd.
Tllltf K MKS LOST THEIR I.IVES.
A St inner hiiiI s Ijirire Number of ( mm
liailed With M e re h mi dine Ile
al r)fd-l.(iHH $750,000.
I'okti.ami), Hept. 24. Never before in
ill liiatory Iih l'ortlitnd exjierleiiced a
day of l!re like tlmt ol yesterday. Klevcn
alarm within five liouis after noon railed
(lie dejiurtineiit to as ninny different
places, unil (he Mf fire Martini? in the
coallmiiker of llie 0. H. & N. Co., north
of the Alhina terininal shops, destroyed
alxut f l.f'OO.Ono worth of prorty.
Ahout 4 :'.V) I'. M . a little hlr.e a aeen
on th platform jimt north of the coal
htiiiker. A stronK. hlh wind from the
nortlii-uol fanned the blaze into large
flame, which quickly Wire down 8ainnt
the bunker, in whirl) 2VK) tons of coal
were itored, and long before the fire de
part mint could reach the xceno, tne
vihole atructuie and its eontenta were a
maaa of flamea, which ahot heavenward
to a heivht of .'100 or4'H) feet, where Ihey
were caught by the wind and carried at
time's ahnoNt aero the river. Cinders
and coal from the burning rnaag were
often thrown clear to the west bunk of
the river, and the crowd gathered oppo-
aite the fire, jul outh of the boneyard,
were two or three time compelled to re
treat from the river hank to avoid the
bower of cinder and fragmentary live
coals from the bunker. To the south of
the bunkers the Pacific Coast elevator
atood in imminent danger. The wind
veered from the north to the eaat, and
the flainei were blown out over the river.
The department had arrived and had
gotten a stream on the big hutldinir, and
ahout of joy went up w hen it looked as
thoutfh the elevator would lie saved ; but
it was doomed . Occasional whirl-winds
of cyclonic character picked up a sheet of
flame and carried it round and round
until lost high in the air. One of the
largest and strongest of these seemed " '
strike lull against tlie Sid 01 the elevator
at the north end. and a moment later it j
I I a a .!.!. .U aL a I
was envelope., in names, omo-iuti. ...c
streams of a fire engine played with no i
more eltect than tiny drops ol water w.i-.
ing into large furnace.
The British ships Maxwell and Zinita
ere "moored to I he elevator dork . J nst
before the fire had reached the elevator
the Maxwell cast off her moorings and
cleared from the 'dock. The wind wsb
favorable, and she received assistance
from the steamers William M. Hoag and
Governor Newell, and was soon anchored
in the middle of l be stream. The flames
bad sunounded the steel hull of the Max
well before she left the shore, and after
she bad gotten out into the middle of the
river numerous little fires in her rigging i
and on the deck were extinguished by
her crew. The Zinita, which had been
alongside her at the elevator dock, cast
awav just as the flames spread a. most
. . . , , . .. .
instantaneously all over the large build
ing. The Hoag and Newell, assisted by
the strong east wind, towed her to mid
stream. As she came to anchor she
hoisted the signal "H. B.," meaning ,-l
wrt immediate assistance," and a boat
from the British ship Gwalla was sent to
her, the men from which aided her ciew I
in extinguishing a few small tires.
The elevator by this time was one im
ii ense sheet of fire, the flumes from the
coal bunkers were shoot mg high into the
air, a long stretch of wharves along the
river frontage north of the coal bunkers
and south of the elevator and between
the two buildings added to the awful
grandeur of the siiectacle, which wa. a
moment later enhanced by the flames
shooting up fiom about forty loaded and
twenty unloaded oars on the terminal
A NEW DANGER.
Not more than thirty minutes had then
elapsed after the starting of the fire. A
sew danger about this time arose. A
barge loaded w ith cord wood, which had
caught fire as it lay at the east bank of
the river, broke away and floated Into
the stream. The ftreboat turned its at
tention from the burning wharves, on
which It had been plaving a stream with
little or no effect, and followed closely
the burning bargo, which it endeavored
to push down the Btream below the ships
anchored in midstream and the 0. R. A
N. steamer fleet lying at the foot of the
The barge ran against and lodged
alongside the Bhip Maxwell. From the
west side ot the river, when the flames
were shooting tip over the Maxwell, it
looked as if the big ship was on fire, the
burning barge being hidden from view.
The fireboat, assisted by the ship's crew,
soon succeeded in dislodging the barge,
by bard pulling and hauling, and on
across the stream it floated until it again
lodged against a large bargo about thirty
feet from the bow of the steamer Potter,
which was lying with the Reed, Baker,
Olympian, Victorian and the Willamette j
Chief, at the boneyard.
A STKAMKK lit NKII.
The Willamette Chief was resting close
to the river bank at the foot of the stays
at the extreme north of the boneyard, anil
next to the North I'scifiij Lumber Com-
f l ...:n. nl ..l.nl Klia m-ua
,m . ,. h ....... - . - !(4n(con(w,f (I(,I)ty Murray did not know
flredbyflvng "parks, and hardly had. ' ' ,
, ! . . .. that the flames were spreading all around
the wood ba rite come to a stop in the, '.
..,,,, , . i htm, so intent was he in looking after the
fleet when the Ch W was enveloped in While he was in there one of
flames. Assistant Chief .nK.neer ( amp-1
Ml. anticinting the danger to property.
. , , ., J. - . shouted to Murray to get out while he
on the west side of the river, had just , ...... . , , , .
. , . , , . . . ii . . I could, but the warning was not heeded
arrived Willi a noun arm uwnmr iruca,
I , , ,
engine ami nose, w hich ai "lire nmr ,
... ' , , . !
menced playing on tl.e burning steamer.
. , . . , . , . ,, , .,
A few minutes later he was joined by
Ti;..t,rf I. n..i..up 1 ui., i,t.klrrii and an.
,'.n...v. ...iniitrn ....-...h. ... -
other engine company. One of the
engines shortly afterward became dis
abled, but with the other the flame were
kept in check, and from spreading to the
other boats or to the North Pacific mill
Meantime, the steamer Hosg, which
had just towed the big steamer Willam
ette from the 0. R & X. dock, south of
the elevator, into midstream, came to
the assistance of the firemen on the west
Iside, and succeeded in getting a towline
aboard the burning barge and secured.
It was then towed out into the stream
and down the river to a barren beach off
Swan Island, where it was left to burn to
the water's edge.
On the east side the fire had been
spreading to the south, running along
the wharves, until it bad reached the O.
It. A N. warehouse, and a considerable
distance of railroad trackage was burn
ing. The 0. R. A N. employes with a switch
engine worked hard to move the cars
from the track in the district over which
the fire spread, but owing to the excite
ment and lark of systematic: effort the loss
was greater than necessary.
South of the Terminal Company's
warehouse under lease to the 0. R. A
N. Co. there are no buildings or wharves
between that point and the Albina saw
mills. A fire engine stationed south of
the warehouse plaved a continuous
gtream on that si le of the dock to pre-
nrMH;K:iiiv nf tl, fUmea leanine-
, t, d tmJ Albina
... fi . . . f o ,h(J
..,, 1,,-h and fell in. As the
- . . . . heir ,u urUler .
progress being stopped by the river on
the west, the embankment on the east
and the vacant property to the south, the
flames gradually spent themselves and
were reduced to a smouldering fire.
The fire department had been power
less to do more than check the extension
of the flames to the north, toward the old
drydock, and toward the south and east
in tbe direction of the shops of Ihe Term
THE WEST SIDE.
On the west side the spread of the fire
from the Willamette Chief had been pre
vented. A small toolbouse in the bone
yard caught fire, and had to be torn
down. The root of a large shed gave the
. . ., . ,.,
firemen considerable trouble, as did also
some lumber from old boats and build
inirs on the edkte of the river bank. The
! steamers Potter and Baker were badly J
scotched by the burning barge before it
was towed out by the Hoag, but the
flames were keut so well under control
that no damage wag done except to the
Willamette Chief, which was destroyed.
The fireboat played in among the fleet
and the crews ot the boats, with buckets,
were active in watching for and extin
guishing the incipient l.lnzes. Had it
extended to the North Pacific mill either
from the Willamette Chief or from the
burning barge, which, it was at a time
feared would float up against tbe bank,
at tbe foot of the company's yards, the
firemen would have been no moie able to
control the fire than they were that on
the east side, and with the wind blowing
a gale from the east, the whole of the
north part of the citv could scarcely have
THREE LIVES LOOT,
It is certain now that three men em
ployed in the elevator perished in the
flames. Their names are Charles Andor
son, a machinery tender; Edward Mur
ray, the watchman, and Frank Brow n,
the weightmaster. D. E. Welch, the
engineer of the elevator, when asked re
garding the probable fate of the men,
"In my mind there is no doubt that
the three men have perished. Murray,
who is the watchman, was at the elevator
when the fire broke out at the bunkers.
He at once went into the engine-room to
put the pumps in readiness. Brown and
Anderson were not at the elevator at the
time; but they saw the fire approaching
and ran as fast as possible to render what
assistance they could. Their idea was
to get out the hose and wet down the
space of wharf between tbe bunkers and
elevator, hoping by that means to stay
the flames and save tbe elevator. But
the hose was too short, so the two men
ran up into the elevator building to get
some more lengths to bitch on. They
were both seen to rush up into the build
ing, but were seen no more. Meantime
the fire was advancing rapidly, coming
along under the wharf. It spread
quicker than one could imngine. Murray
was in the engine-room and bad the
pumps all ready for ne. The floor of
the engine-room was made of concrete,
. , - . . ,.
in time. The flames kept spreading, and
nnallv the fireman again shouted to Mnr-
rav to run for his hie . The fireman then
. . . . ,
Murray was not seen, and
' he surely perished.
I pert swimmer, am
He was a very ex
may have jumped
into the river at the last moment to save
j his life. But he has not turned up and
) is no doubt dead. Brown and Anderson
were doubt less delayed in getting out the
hose, and their retreat was cut off.
Nothing has been seen or heard of them
since they rnshed upstairs.
HOW II STARTED.
Speaking of the fire, Mr. Welch said:
"The fire first started at the extreme
north end of the wharf below the bunkers.
Just how it started is not positively
known, but it was doubtless from a spark
thrown out by a passing locomotive. The
wharf was as dry as tinder. There seems
to be no other solution for the origin of
the fire. It ran along ilie wharf until it
reached the bunker, and then began its
work in deadly earnest. It was fanned
by a strong breeze, and spread with in
conceivable rapidity. Yon can just
imagine bow fast it spread when I tell
you that from the time it reached the
little house where poor Munay lived np
to the moment the flames burst through
the roof at the south end of the elevator,
it was just six minutes. The flames
started from under the floor, and the
height of the building created a tremen
dous suction. There then were so many
grain chutes which acted ss vast flues to
draw up the fire. It was so rapid that
Brown and Anderson were cut off and
A SCKN'S Or DESOLATIOX
Viewed by the light ot day, the scene
presented along tbe water front is one
of heart-sickening desolation. It is such
l8 t0 baffle description. Some idea,
I however, may be formed of the extent
!of tl'e ravages of the fUmes when it is
; known that about 4000 feet of water
' frontage is now a mass oi blackened,
smouldering ruins, Tbe wharf in no place
except a short distance south of the grain
elevator, was less in width than 100 feet.
In places it bad a greater width. Com
mencing at a point ahout 300 feet north
of the coal bunkers, and reaching south
lo a large railroad incline and eastward
to where the piling and other woodwork
met the solid embankment, constitute
the limits of the burned district. Where
the elevator stood but very little remains
to tell the sad story of last night's fire.
So intense was the heat from the mass
of burning coals that almost everything
was consumed. Strange to say, some of
the piling and cross-timbers withstood
the fierce and protracted heat. South
of the elevator was a lance space inter
vening which consisted of nothing but
an open wharf. Along this the fire swept
until it reached the little house which
was nesr the engine-room of the elevator,
and which was occupied by the watch
man, Edward Murry. From tlte watch
man's house the flames passed rapidly
to Ihe engine and boiler-room, and
thence to the main elevator building.
The site wheie the elevator stood
presents a scene of utter desolalion.
Nothing remains of the vast building but
two immense heaps of burning grain. In
the north end of the building was stored
a great quantity of wheat, and at the
south end was a large amount of barley.
Both heaps resisted the fire to a certain
extent and having settled down in com
pact masses, were this morning burning
very slowly, radiating a heat so intense
that one could net approach within a
considerable distance of the place. Great
black volumns of half-suffocating and
blinding smoke poured fourth from the
burning masses of grain. All around
tbe former sight of the elevator were the
charred debris of many freight cars.
Little remained but the wheels, shafts
and other castings. Just south of the
elevator ruins are many destroyed cars
which had been loaded with grain. The
wheat was this morning still burning in
heaps, where it had fallen to the ground
after the woodwork of the car had been
destroyed. Still further south are the
ruins of nine cars which were loaded
with the costly and elaborate electrical
machinery belonging to the great plant
of the Portland General Electric Com
pany. The huge castings are lying in a
mass of smouldring debris. South of the
elevator there is quite a long stretch of
open wharf for the distance of nearly
1000 feet. It was about 100 feet wide,
(Continued on eighth page.)