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--About twelve o'clock Thursday night the brick stable belonging to Mr. Wm. Gray, in the rear of his residence, corner of Marshall and 10th street, was set on fire and the interior frame work entirely destroyed. Owing to the impressment of his horses by the Government some months since, there was very little in the stable to lose — only a few bushels of corn and about one hundred dollars' worth of shucks. Mr. Gray estimates his loss at about $3,000, a partial insurance on which is held in the Mutual office of this city. There is no doubt but that the fire was the work of an incendiary.

At one o'clock A. M., exactly an hour after the occurrence of the fire above noticed, the stable attached to the Medical College, on Marshall, between 12th and College streets, was discovered to be on fire. Some incendiary had ascended the outside steps leading to the second story and applied a match to a large quantity of hay and other kind of horse feed stowed therein, which soon blazed, and for a time not only threatened the entire destruction of the stable, but the adjoining apartment of the College building on Marshall street. Fortunately, however, the steam fire-engine, being in the neighborhood, hastened to the spot, and soon succeeded in extinguishing the flames. In the first story of this building were a fine horse and mule, both of which were rescued unharmed. Two thousand dollars will probably cover the loss.

In connection with this fire the most serious consequences to human life may yet ensue, as within a few feet of the stable the building in which were quartered those patients who were worse off was situated, and the excitement produced by their close proximity to the fire, as well as removing them hurriedly out into the open air, may, in the opinion of the attending physician, greatly affect their nervous and physical condition, thereby rendering recovery less probable.

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