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An Awful Scene.

THE BURNING OF THB TREMONT HOTEL 4 ATiOfcAREMONT.

PEOPLE BURNED To DEATH IN PRESENCE OF THE POWERLESS MULTITUDE.

We subjoin the following particulars of the disaster at Claremont, N. H. : — The hotel was a wooden building and old, so that the flames had plenty of " material to feed on, and but & few moments were left for escape! Terror stricken men, women and. children- — rushed frantically through the blinding smoke, half asleep, and completely bewildered by the sudden alarm <and the frightful scene which mat them' as they emerged from their: rooms, i , , , .„ ;-j ,o •; • There was no ; time to spare, however, 7* and the instinct of self-preservation was a work promptly to suggest a (means of escape. There was only one stairway, and that was narrow and full of smoke and flame after five minutes, so. that ii,, was useless as an avenue , of egress, Windows were thrown up only . feo in r , , ( . crease the draft and stimulate4he flame/*,, , n which were now furiously hissing through the structure. , : , ■ . , - MEN AND WOMEN JUMPED TO THE* YARD BELOW. m a nude or partly dressed condition, others appeared -at the upper windows, uttering the most piercing shrieks for aid m their terrible exremity. It was an awful spectacle, and one which will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it. The two lower floorß were soon cleared of their occupants, but the upper stories still contained human beings, whose chances of escape, from a fiery death wer*e decreasing rapidly. The town had become alarmed, and from all sections men and women,' poured , m to render what, assistance /they, could,, or to gaze on the terrible scene which 1 ' was being enacted. , Ladders were promptly put up against the' walls for the purpose of extricating the poor people ' who were housed m by flame and smoke. One man, whose : room Wait kin upper storey, crawled put through thefwin^QWr-geizedalightoung-rodiand^QUy-oftmbel to the ground witii; only bjwiterea hands and bruised limbs. He ''was 'loudly * cheered as he slowly crept down, tfnWmen and women _ held their breath lest the rod would give way and throw him heavily to -the frozen^grbiracL when hisT death would* have* been as- certain as if he had remained m the burning building, Mr. F. H. CHbson) one of the? j£o) prietors of the hous.e jWitfyhjs wife^tadj ESCAPED FROM A WtSIJOW of. the second storey, the plucky jnroman holding the child and clinging to the blind while he obtained a board upon which mother and child slid to the ground m perfect safety, followed^ by Mr Gibson, who promptly re-entered the building to lend what aid he - could m rescuing the others. MsM Owing to some repairs Mrs Gibson, mother of the same gentleman, had been placed temporarily m a spare room, „t « and the son rushed frantically m search of her, but was unable to reach ier m time, and she periahea 1 jri the flam'es A ; ' ' ' Anna Johnson, a chatnber girl, whose room was on the third' floctr^'tfidd* to escape from the hall through the stairs, but found a solid wall fire ojbstruc- . ting her passage. She 1 rait back 1 to ' her room, raised the wiriddw 1 , and hung out as far as possible without .falling, and screamed trantica'lly 'for 1 &BU&nce. She was soon enveloped m a hugh cloud of smoke, which was occasionally lit u» "By flashes of flames as the fire worked its upward. Half-a-dozen *' Hanflfci Immediately seized' a ladder and ran it up against the wall A man tried to olimb up to the poor girl's aid, but he came back blinded with smoke, and almost insensible. Another volunteer stfpijed into his place and toiled up the ladder) but he, too, came down without the prize so much coveted. Another man * stepped from the crowd, and amid the cheers of the assemblage ran ttpf step after step until he' was lost m the clouds of smoke whioh rolled, out m d,ense masses from the doomed building. He reached the . poor, helplesß girl, bift could not pull her out as she had fainted, and must have been caught by t something on the inside, from which he was unable to deliver her. He came back without accomplishing his mission, And no one else would venturer There' she remained until the wall fell m, and became a charred mass amid the burning ruins. About the sametime Mrs S. A. Chase, a pastry cook m the establishment ; Lydia Merrill, a table girl, and Charles Morgan, a guest at the house, .went down with the tumbling walls, mingling their shrieks with the horrible din fend and crash which prevailed within, and without, "■" ■ ; ' v ■■'■■■

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An Awful Scene., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 693, 12 May 1879

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An Awful Scene. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume VI, Issue 693, 12 May 1879

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