Issue 5 and Volume 1884 13.

MISCELLANY. THE BELLEVILLE NEW YEARS HORROR. Between twelve and one o’clock Sunday morning, January 6, the Convent of the Immaculate Conception at Belleville, Illinois, fifteen miles from St. Louis was discovered to be on fire. It was a three-story brick building with a mansard roof and had a frontage of 180 feet and a depth 100 feet. The origin of the fire is unknown. Within from thirty to forty-five minutes after the first alarm, thirty-two ladies and girls who had been inmates of the institution were claimed by the angel of death. They died horribly by being dashed to pieces after a frenzied leap or by surrendering to flames and smoke. A fearful stigma rests irretrievably upon the city of Belleville. The stigma is that of the popular apathy and official neglect which failed to have had all the while ready suitable appliances (and men competent to use them) for…

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