Topeka Hotel Burns.
At Topeka, Kan., on January 14 the copeland hotel, a famous stopping place for legislators and politicians, situated a block from the State Capitol was destroyed by an early morning fire. It burned with such remarkable rapidity that most of the occupants were forced to make their escape by fire escapes. The hotel was a 4-story building, and had wide hallways and numerous fire escapes. The loss is estimated at $120,000. Insurance was carried to the amount of $41,000. The firemen made several fine rescues of guests cut off by smoke from the fire escapes. One woman had her leg broken in dropping from a window to a mattress that had been thrown down on the roof of a 2-story building adjoining. Otic man was seriously hurt, and another perished while trying to make his way down a smokefilled hallway. When his body was found the head was missing.