Issue 16 and Volume 1878 1.

OLD VOLUNTEERS. The Hague Street Explosion. A little over a quarter of a century ago, on a bright, wintry morning, the fourth of February, 1850, at twenty minutes after eight o’clock, the citizens of the Fourth Ward and vicinity were startled by a loud explosion which rent the air, and caused many buildings in Pearl and Frankfort streets to shake from their very foundations, and shattered many hundreds of panes of glass, the fragments of which were hurled in every direction on the pedestrians who were wending their way to their places of business. A few moments, and the sad news spread like wildfire that a fearful explosion had taken place at Nos. 5 and 7 Hague street, that both buildings had been blown into atoms, and that one hundred human beings were buried beneath the ruins. The report proved too true, for it was soon discovered that the boiler…

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