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the lookers on,   the busy ones of the firemen;  when the tolling
of the bells rang the  general alarm ;   when showers of ignited,
charred wood fell around, thick and constantly, (strongly sug-
gestive of the rain of fire in Dante s Hell:)   when Engine after
Engine arrived, how grand was it.     Hurrying to and fro with
Mapother;   now in front of the blazing building, now lending a
hand to work the  masheene  along wid der b hoys.   One o clock
  the houses gutted, and we, tired and wet returned to our
boarding-house   home.     Little did we think then, that one
poor fellow lost his life there   but so it was   John Guire   fireman
of one of the companies, being in the upper part of the building, fell through
the open hatchway (through which goods were housed up,   and which
had, carelessly been left open)  and shortly after died from injurys thereby
received.    Poor fellow   poor fellow!  God bless his memory and com-
fort his wife and family.   Far nobler death was it than on battle field  
nothing had he to gain by his exposure of life and limb but honor, and
all honor be to him and all of his class.    Fond of a fight and excite-
ment as they may be I do honor the New York firemen   they are
veritably Men.
  25. Thursday. With Hart and Mapother to Front St, witnessing the reek-
ing and blackened remains of the fires.  Here we first heard of the death
of the poor fireman.  /     Left them in Nassau St, and called at Wells
and Webb   then Bobbett and Edmonds   then Atlas Office, then to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One: page one hundred and six
Description:Comments on a fire in Front Street and the death of fireman John Guire.
Subject:Firemen; Fire; Guire, John; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Mapother, Dillon
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Front Street; Nassau Street
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume One
Description:Details Gunn's first year living in the United States, including his experiences with boarding house living in Jersey City and New York City, looking for work as an artist and a writer, publishing his first book ""Mose Among the Britishers"" and brief visits to Philadelphia and Boston.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Drawing; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Jersey City, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-two volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.