MILL FIRE AT CHATHAM.
At Chatham, Ont., the hoop and stave mill of Wm. Drader, with all its contents and machinery, was burned to the ground with a loss of over $12,000. How the fire originated is unknown. The watchman was at church when it was discovered, and before leaving the premises had cleaned out the furnaces and built a new fire for Monday morning. The flames had got beyond control when the fire was discovered, and though private lines of hose were on the ground, there reaching the scene, as the streets were blocked with new paving material. The department was also weakened by having to send part of its force was no on at hand to use them. The fire-alarm was sent in late and the firemen had difficulty in to fight another fire that broke out wdtile the mill was burning. Two days before the hoop and stave mill was destroyed, the Drader planing mill was burned, with heavy loss. Incendiarism is more than suspected.