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Mrs. O'Leary's cow and the Chicago Fire...
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November 29, 1871
NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 29, 1871
* Catherine O'Leary's cow legend
* Chicago fire started from her barn
Page 3 has a very interesting article headed: "Mrs. O'Leary's Cow" "Attempt to Get at the Truth as to the Origin of the Chicago Fire--Statement of Neighbors". Keep in mind that this was just 7 weeks after the fire, and it is rare to find contemporary accounts giving some credence to the report that Mrs. O'Leary's cow started the fire by kicking over a lantern. This report is an investigation by the Chicago Board of Police & Fire Commissioners, with several interviews including Patrick O'Leary, noting in part: "...Patrick O'Leary, husband of Catherine O'Leary, whose wife owned the kicking cow, said he was in bed & didn't know anything about the start of the fire; when he saw it, only his barn was ablaze..." with much more (see photos). A rare report.
The front page has: "The Mormons" "Brigham Young's Case Peremptorily Ordered On for Monday--The Murder of Buck" (see photos).
Complete with 8 pages, nice condition.
Category: Post-Civil War