UNITED STATES SHIPS AFIRE.
Two of the United States’ ships have recently been on fire. One was the troopship Morgan City, which arrived at Manila in the beginning of this month after having been afire at sea. The blaze started in the coal bunkers and raged fiercely for some days, despite the efforts of the crew to put it out. The troops on board were kept in ignorance of their danger. The fire started when three days out from the Hawaii islands. On August 10. fire broke out from a similar cause on board the cruiser Minneapolis, in one of the ninety-ton bunkers amidships. The ship was in harbor at Norfolk, Va., and the bunker was full of coal. The fire had gained considerable headway when detected. The men worked at the bunker just as they would behind the guns in action; but they did not succeed in extinguishing the flames until nine hours later. The bunker, being of steel, was red hot, and the men could work only two at a time on five-minute shifts, notwithstanding the fact that electric fans were used to throw fresh air. The bunker was flooded with water, and the coal raised to the deck in sacks. Then it was saturated and permitted to cool, when it was shoveled back into the bunker. Not a particle of damage was doue to the ship.
A fire which started in the Osborne Turkish bath on Bourbon st. New Orleans, La , burned several large Canal street retail stores and did damage to the amount of about $180,000, well insured. The chief sufferers were D. H. Holmes & Company, whose loss in dry goods by fire and water was between $50,000 and $60,000, besides the damage done to the building and fixtures.