CAMBRIA.—Continued: FIRE AND RECONSTRUCTION.
The next day being Friday, the regular day turn was put on in the morning, and in the evening the regular night turn was put to work, and all went well up to Saturday noon. It was the custom to stop rolUng at about twelve o'clock on Saturday. Mr. Hamilton and I left the mill at about six o'clock, and on our way home we congratulated each other that our long line of troubles and disappoint¬ ments was now over, and that we should have more time to give to changes and improvements that were so essential in other departments of the works.
About an hour later I heard the fire-alarm wliistle blow, and, rushing back to the mill, I found it one mass of flames from one end to the other, and saw at once that it was ab¬ solutely useless to attempt to save any part of the mill or anything in it. The shops were all close to the miU build¬ ing, the end of the machine shop bemg within twenty-five feet of the end of the mill. It being of the utmost im¬ portance to save the shops, all our energy was centered on them, but all hands seemed paralyzed for a time, tliinking it useless to attempt to save the shops, as all of them were frame, with wood shingles for roofs, and aU of them — pattern shop, foundry, and machine shop — were regular fire traps and aU huddled together. It looked useless to try to save them. The company had a large boarding house near by. I ordered some of our best men to go there and get all the carpets and blankets they could find and take