Monday. 4th Feb. 1850. New York.
Extremely cold, the gutters filled with Ice.
What a sudden change; since
last week? we feel it sensibly. The boys shiver & shake, and
Julia groans over cold weather.
I dressed and rode to Chelsea at twelve oclock, found
myself expected. Mother has the ague [A fever that is marked by paroxysms of chills, fever, and sweating recurring regular intervals. Also a fit of shivering, a chill. hence, ague can refer to both chills and fevers.] in her head, looks
distressed at times. The girls well, and talking of getting
married. Henry seems determined to [suit] himself, but
aims almost too high. I made some unfortunate remarks
on age, Maria [rebutted] some what severely. It was a slip of
my tongue, sentiments too romantic for this age.
Rode home with two unfortunate Irish women, bitterly
crying and sobbing. I was affected by their grief.
Heard on my return, of the explosion of a boiler in a
Machine shop, killing and wounding over 100 beings
These poor women, were going to look for some dear friend.
had I known these circumstances, I would have offered
The children came in cold to dinner.
Sue Chenery, spent an hour with Julia. “Margaret [Pencirce]”
interested her very much. She is more amiable of late.
I hope she will follow some good example, at last.
Practiced her Music, very well to night.
I walked with G. after dinner, the cold piercing.
Read “Agnes Grey” over attentively, like the story & moral.
Louis & Remsen brought home “Censure tickets.”
Their father must settle this affair for them. as I cannot
reform their manners.
A letter from Louis, to.day. 7__
Stage fare 12 cts.
Boys. 4 cts.
I called on Mrs Brown, in 19 st. she was not at home.
On a bright, pleasant, wintry morning, the fourth of February, 1850, at twenty minutes after eight o’clock, the citizens of the Fourth Ward, vicinity were startled by a loud explosion which rent the air, and caused many buildings in Pearl and Frankfort Street to shake from their very foundations, and shattered many hundreds of panes of glass, the fragments of which were hurled in every direction on the pedestrians who were wending their way to their places of business. A few moments, and the sad news spread like wildfire that a fearful explosion had taken place at Nos. 5 and & Hague Street, that both buildings had been blown into atoms, and that one hundred human beings were buried beneath the ruins. The report proved too true, for it was soon discovered that the two hundred horse-power boiler in the extensive press room and machine shop of A. b. Taylor & Co., had explored; that at the time over one hundred people employed by Taylor & Co., and St. John, Burr & Co., hatters, were at work on the premises. It was claimed by those that witnessed the terrible explosion that the building was lifted full six feet from its foundation, and then fell a mass of ruins. Instantly flames burst out in every direction, and here and there could have been seen legs and arms sticking out form the ruins, while the most piercing shrieks could be heard from those buried in their living tomb. Our Firemen, The History of the NY Fire Departments, Chapter 16, Part II, By Holice and Debbie.