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The Daily Dispatch: November 19, 1863., [Electronic resource], Annual report of the Virginia Central Railroad. (search)
Destructive fire. --Yesterday morning, about half-past 7 o'clock, the large two-and-a-half-story brick building, immediately west of the large flouring mills of Messrs. Haxall & Crenshaw, on the north bank of James river, and used by the proprietors of that mill for klin-drying barrel timber, accidentally took fire, and in an indescribably short time the entire superstructure was one vast sheet of flames. The firemen being on their way to their engine-houses, heard the alarm, and were soon at work on the burning mass, every man exerting himself as if his life depended upon the effort. The steam-engine, too, poured volumes of water upon the pile, and prevented the flames from spreading eastward to the mills; but the fire had gotten such a hold upon the heaps of lumber that it seemed to be unconquerable. With the most commendable zeal the firemen set to work throwing out the charred timber, regardless of the dense clouds of smoke that filled every nook and cranny of the house. -
Ranaway --$300 Reward — left my house, in Charlotte county, on the night of the 5th inst. my men Pompet. (cook,) Miles (carriage-driver,) and George, (blacksmith) I will give a reward of $100 each for their apprehension and delivery to me, or confinement in jail so that I get them, or either of them Communicate with me — Drake's Branch P. O, Charlotte county, Va. or Dr. Crenshaw, Richmond. Jno A Selden. [ne7--ec