Skip to comments.The Sunday Paper: Hundreds Die in Fire
Posted on 01/28/2018 7:39:43 AM PST by NRx
For your reading enjoyment, the Sunday newspaper from the land of long ago. Today's paper is the fully digitized edition of the New York Tribune (46 pages) from July 1, 1900 including world and national news, news from the City of New York and the surrounding region, business, sports, arts and leisure, ladies and society news, travel, and a wealth of advertising.
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I love these old news papers as they are loaded with info that has been forgotten today, some relevant to what is happening now.
I have a Dallas Morning News reprint that states the SCOTUS declared ONLY Gold and Silver to be real money, not greenbacks. Also some interesting takes on why Jefferson Davis was really never tried for treason.
Last week there was a paper from 1906. Tons of automobile ads. Virtually none in the 1900 paper. That shows how fast the auto industry took off during the first decade of the 1900’s.
The Sunday Paper: Hundreds Die in Fire
Hundreds died in a fire?! Did the liberals of the day try to ban fire?
This was the great Hoboken Dock Fire of 1900. It started on a pier and spread quickly setting several ocean liners ablaze. The fire spread so rapidly that people were trapped below decks and could not escape. The port holes being too small for most to get through. Wikipedia has an article on the disaster here...
Regulations were promulgated:
“News stories of the fire had described below-deck crew trying in vain to force their way through the small portholes, while the flames pressed relentlessly upon them. The fire prompted arguments that portholes on all ships should be at least 11 in × 13 in (28 cm × 33 cm) in size, to make it easier for them to serve as a means of escape. Others responded that making portholes larger would be cost-prohibitive, or come at the expense of structural strength. In the end, regulations required portholes to be big enough for a person of reasonable size to escape.”
Do you have a cite (case number) or more info about this.
Alas I don’t. It is just in the newspaper article about how Salmon P Chase, as Secretary of the Treasury issued greenbacks in the Civil War, but when he became Chief Justice he declared only Gold and Silver to be “legal tender, or could ever be legal tender.”
This website is also an excelling genealogy resource. I’ve found many articles, birth announcements, obits, etc., containing info on family members.
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