Providence, RI Calendar Building Fire, Nov 1882


PROVIDENCE, Nov. 26.----The funeral of Thomas S. Mann, one of the victims of Tuesday's fire in the Callendar Building, was held at the Broadway Methodist Church this afternoon. The building was crowded and the street in front packed. The Rev. C. L. Goodell made an appropriate address. Many beautiful floral pieces were displayed. For two hours a procession passed the head of the coffin in view of the body. The Nestell Lodge of Masons and the Anchor Temple of Honor escorted the body to Grace Church Cemetery, whence it will be taken to Ashton for burial.

The New York Times, New York, NY 27 Nov 1892




PROVIDENCE, Nov. 24.---The resumption of the Coroner's inquest on the Calander Building fire to-night was productive of a squabble between the Coroner and ex-Mayor Thomas A. Doyle, the foreman of the jury, who tried to take the conduct of the case out of the Coroner's hands, hiring a stenographic reporter to take the evidence, and calling whom he pleased to testify, and in order which the jury elected. Coroner Palmer stood on his dignity and refused to be coerced. He was positive that the law required that the witnesses' depositions should be written out in full and signed by them. For a time it looked as though the whole inquest was about to be broken up but finally the hearing proceeded.

The only evidence of importance was to the effect that Melvin, the dye-house man, kicked the fire-proof door open from the entry, and thus created the strong draft that caused the fire to spread; that Melvin had his pan of naphtha three feet from the tinsmith's gasoline stove; that the fire was allowed to burn fiercely for five minutes before word was sent to the engineer; that the latter, not believing the boy when he said the building was on fire and that an alarm ought to be given, went up stairs; that he was met by another of Melvin's employes[sic], who also requested him to give an alarm, but he refused to start for the box until he had seen the fire for himself, notwithstanding he saw that the man's clothes were on fire. The Coroner and the foreman of the jury will settle their differences of opinion between now and Monday. It seems that the former consulted the Assistant City Solicitor, and the foreman of the jury saw the Assistant Attorney-General of the State. The decisions were very conflicting, judging from the attitude of Dr. Palmer and ex-mayor Doyle.

The New York Times, New York, NY 25 Nov 1882