Leadership

THE COATES THEATRE FIRE.

Issue 6 and Volume 29.

THE COATES THEATRE FIRE. Late on the night of January 31 fire destroyed the Coates Opera house, the principal theatre of Kansas City, Mo., situated at Tenth street and Broadway and occupying a detached building. Walker Whiteside and his company were playing “Heart and Sword” in the house,and had just concluded the evening performance when some of the actors discovered that the building was afire, the flames enveloping the whole rear part of the theatre in a few moments. The company lost their wardrobes and scenery, being obliged to flee from their dressing rooms. The firemen were helpless to check the flames and directed their chief attention to the Coates hotel, diagonally across the street, the largest hotel In the city. Wind blew great showers of cinders uion the hostel. The guests were notified of their danger and some left the house, but it was not damaged. At 18:18 the…

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