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Nast prints... Cape May fire disaster of 1878...



Item # 174300

November 30, 1878

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, November 30, 1878

Full ftpg. Nast shows Uncle Sam. Another Nast print: "Chained". Nice fullpg: 'On the War to the Yosemite Valley' is an outdoor scene. Fullpg: 'Theatrical Scene Painters at Work'. Another full page print shows: "The Failure of the City of Glasgow Bank" and much more. This issue also has a textual (no images) regarding the infamous devastating Cape May, New Jersey fire of 1878 (see text below).

Other news and advertisements of the day are included. This issue is complete in 16 pages and is in good condition.

Cape May fire report as it appears in this issue:

Summer hotels have a singular fashion of burning
up soon after the season is closed. With the coming
of autumn there also comes a list of conflagrations,
of which sea-side cottages and mountain hotels form
a conspicuous part. In general these buildings, which
are designed for summer pleasuring, are of highly in-
flammable materials; they are often left in the charge
of careless persons; ill-minded incendiaries suppose
them to be unprotected; and the high winds of autumn
soon fan a small flame into a great fire. Cape May
seems to be the greatest sufferer this year. A very
disastrous fire occurred there on November 9, destroy-
ing wholly or in part many of the principal hotels and
a large number of cottages. The fire is believed to
have originated in the Ocean House, which had been
unoccupied for some time. The burned district cov-
ers an area of about forty acres, bounded by Congress,
Washington, and Ocean streets, with the beach on the
south. Among the hotels destroyed were Congress
Hall, Columbia House, Ocean House, Centre and At-
lantic hotels. Cape May is the favorite watering-place
of Philadelphia, being about eighty miles from that
city. It is a town of about three thousand inhabitants,
but this number is nearly doubled by transient sum-
mer visitors. This is the second disastrous conflagra-
tion with which it has been visited, a previous one oc-
curring in August, 1869.

Category: 1870-1879

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