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The Daily Dispatch: December 6, 1861., [Electronic resource], Burning of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Philadelphia. (search)
eventy-five thousand dollars. It is known that there was a partial insurance upon it, but the amount could not be ascertained, because of the absence of Bishop Wood from the city. The organ was fully insured. St. Paul's was erected in 1843, but it was not finished for several years after. During the riots of 1844, fears of its destruction were entertained, and a military company guarded it for several days. The regular pastor of it, Rev. Patrick Francis Sheridan, is now in Ireland. The assistants in charge of it at this time are Priest O'Harran and Father Hannegan. Of the origin of the fire nothing is known. There had not been any fire in the furnaces since Sunday, so that the fire could not have originated from a defective flue, as was thought by some. The fewer in which the flames were first discovered can only be reached through the house occupied by the clergyman, and as the servants were home at the time, no stranger could have gone into it without having been seen.