Account of the Great Conflagration in Portland, July 4th, & 5th, 1866

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Compiled and published by Starbird & Twitchell, 1866 - Cornerstone laying - 64 pages
Four p. ms. - Neal's "p.s." is dated April 29, 1868. "There are two errors worth correcting in my account of the 'great conflagration.'" This may have been included in the contents of a cornerstone deposited May 6, 1868 beneath the eastern corner of the U.S. Court House and Post Office building (box now in museum collections: 1999.231).

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Page 25 - That day of wrath, that dreadful day, When heaven and earth shall pass away, What power shall be the sinner's stay ? How shall he meet that dreadful day...
Page 25 - When heaven and earth shall pass away ! What power shall be the sinner's stay ? How shall he meet that dreadful day ? — 2 When, shrivelling like a parched scroll, The flaming heavens together roll ; And, louder yet, and yet more dread, Swells the high trump that wakes the dead...
Page 9 - Butterlin (whose library, worth a million, was entirely destroyed), und of general Rostopschin, amounted to five millions of roubles, in houses and furniture. After the recovery of the country, the Russians were so actively employed in rebuilding Moscow, that, in the course of nine years, it had risen from its ruins in greater beauty than before the conflagration. The houses are principally of brick ; the streets are paved with pebbles, and bordered with foot-paths ; fifteen main streets diverge...
Page 5 - Maine, however, it is not known that a single spring or well obtains its supply at a distance of more than a mile from the place where the water emerges. The majority of spring waters enter gravel deposits on the surface of a hill and pass downward along the top of the bed rock or "hardpan" deposits until they find an easy point of emergence on the slope.
Page 4 - ... the heavens gathered blackness, and a hurricane of fire swept over the city, carrying cinders and blazing fragments of wood far into the country...
Page 14 - ... the Sterling Library and the other libraries of the University and of the city, all have their bearing upon the choice of a site. Careful study has been made of the newer library buildings of the country as an aid in making plans to meet our own problems, and it is our hope that our new library will be not only one of the most beautiful but one of the most practically useful in the world. ANDREW KEOGH LIST OF INDIVIDUAL DONORS TO THE LIBRARY, 1920-21 Professor Wilbur C.
Page 5 - On swept the whirlwind of fire, spreading out like a fan as it went, directly through the wealthiest and busiest part of our city...

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"Account of the great conflagration in Portland, July 4th & 5th, 1866) by John Neal, Maine author, was published in Portland, Maine by Starbird & Twitchell in 1866.

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