Half a Mile Square Burned Over at Three Rivers.

Issue 1 and Volume 44.

Half a Mile Square Burned Over at Three Rivers. Three Rivers, Que., is one of lower Canada’s oldest cities and is full of historical memories. It is also in great measure a wooden city, with its buildings spread over an area of 800 acres, its older portion, however, forming the heart of the city and its business centre, is a mass of oldfashioned buildings, all lying close to each other and covering over half a mile square. Of it nothing remains but ruins, with here and there a tall brick chimney standing by itself. The fire broke out about noon on June 22 and, spreading very rapidly, wiped out five banks, eleven hotels, and practically eleven business streets, with all their commercial buildings, all the drygoods stores and factories, leaving only an edging of a poorer class of residences. The old parish church, originally built in 1664, and rebuilt in…

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