DAWSON CITY BURNED OUT.

DAWSON CITY BURNED OUT.

Returning Klondikers brought the news to Skaguay, Alaska, that, on the morning of October 16, a Klondike woman’s weakness for throwing lighted lamps caused a $500,000 fire in Dawson City, by which forty buildings were burned, including the new post office building, and some of the best houses in the city. The fire started in the Green Tree saloon where two women were quarreling, one of whom threw a lamp at the head of the other. The result was a breakage and a flow of blazing oil across the floor. Although only a light wind was blowing from the Yukon, it was impossible to arrest the progress of the flames. The post office adjoined the saloon and caught at once. Fortunately, however, the greater part of the mail matter was saved, though in a very mixed-up and highly bedraggled condition. A few blackened logs alone show where the forty buildings stood, and the whole city was saved only by a fire engine, which happened to be in store and neither paid for nor put together,and the heroic work of about 2,000 men who turned out and worked their hardest with wet blankets, buckets of water, axes, and the like, and thereby efficiently helped the fire department. According to the Klondike Nugget, the losses will amount to over $503,000 — a statement which must be taken with a pinch of saltBut, whatever the losses, they fall entirely upon the individuals, as there is no insurance at Dawson City. Apparently also the burned-out folks will have to dwell in tents during the rest of the winter, as report has it that there is not enough of lumber and window glass in the place to rebuild the houses and stores which have been destroyed. Considering the intense cold of a Klondike winter, the prospect of a compulsory dwelling in tents till right along in April or May is by no means a pleasing one. This is the second bad fire with which Dawson City has been visited within a year. Th: first was caused by the same woman, who threw a lamp at a man with whom she had an unpleasantness. A month ago also she did her best to burn her own house by heaving a similar missile at another woman who had presumed to attempt to enter upon an argument with her. Such methods of concluding a dispute are to be deprecated and against those who employ them the logical consequence of a long term of imprisonment at hard labor should instantly follow. An enraged women, with a lighted lamp attachment, is a fearsome thing. As it was, a lynching was nearly the outcome of her furious madness.

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