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A Close Call For Main Street

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Last Tuesday evening at about 8J o'clock I a barn belonging to C. Eberbach, on tho I alley in the rear of his drug store on Main I strect, was discovered to be in flamo9. I Frank Hangsterfer, wbo occupied the same, I immediatcly rushed to the barn, but tbc I ├▒ames had made such progresa that he I was unable to rescue three horses which lio I kept there, and they were burnod up I gether with harness, hay, feed, etc. A I now phaeton and two or three wagons wcrel saved. He estitnates his loss at about I $300 above his insurance, wbich amounts I to $800. He had a poHcy of $275 upon I his three horses. Mr. C. Eberbach had stored in the I ing several carboys of acids, muriatic, I phuric, etc., and a fresh invoice of bottles, I and places his loss from $80 to $100, I sured. The cause of the fire is one of the I solred mysteries, as tbere had been no one I in the barn for two houra previous to the ] fire, and theo the hostler had no light, and I as usual locked the barn door upon I ing. It must hare been the work of an I inoendiary. At one time it seemed as though the Leonard House could not be saved, and the rear of Eberbaoh's drug store beoame so heated that it caught once or twice, and every light in the rear windows wore broken. The rear of the Leonard House was badly burned also, but when the fire companies got to work they soon extinguished these and reduced the blaze so that the danger was passed. It has been our misfortune to witness a large number of quite serious conflagrations in different places, and we wish to say for the fire companies here, that we never saw better or more effici├źnt work done. With the facilitics to do with they accomplished what seemed almost iinpossible, and earned the gratitude, at least, of our business men. Perhaps it might not be out of place to add that such tinder bozes in the rear of our business blocks are extremely dangerou. The people owning property in these blocks ought to be sufficiently interested in this matter not to allow any more wooden barns erected so near such a large quantity of valuable property.