A NORTH RIVER BLAZE.
On July 7, the Cunard liner Slavonic had a narrow escape from destruction by a night fire when a burning hay barge, the Harvest Queen which had broken loose from the foot of West Thirty— fifth street. Manhattan, New York, drifted up the North river until it stayed at the starboard side of the steamship, lying at the foot of West Seventieth street. The fireboat McClellan hauled the barge into midstream, but not before the flames had licked up over the Slavonia’s side to her decks, and even as high as her starboard lifeboats as they swung in their davits on the top deck. The McClellan’s hose played upon the steamship as did that of the New York Central’s Tug No. t, and she escaped with a scorching Two more boats, canallers, in each of which were the captains and his wife and family and twenty freight cars in the New York Central railway’s yard on thirty-sixth street caught fire and the wonder was that the scores of barges, canal boats and floats crowded round the piers did not likewise go ablaze. The burning boats were cut loose and efforts were made to extinguish the flames, but the hay barge and the two canalboats drifted up the river still burning, a menace to all craft as far north as West one Hundredth street. Besides the fireboat McClellan, the Abram S. Hewitt and the New Yorker, the police patrol boat, and nine New York Central firetugs were all kept busy. The escape of the Slavonia was wonderful as she lay directly in the path of the drifting mass of flame. The loss was from $20,000 to $50,000.
Within ten days Nashville. Tenn., has had three destructive fires. The last two included the roundhouse of the L. & N. railway, the wholesale grocery store of Phillips, Webb & Co. The fire in the roundhouse, which was caused by an explosion of gasolene, destroyed nine locomotive engines, with a loss of $150,000. That in the Phillips building took place early in the morning and caused a loss of close on $160,000. The total loss from the three fires was $760,000.