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MICHIGAN'S OLD STATE CAPITOL

SUCCUMBS TO THE FLAMES AFTER THIRTYFIVE YEARS OF SERVICE From the Lansing Republican, Dec. 19, 1882

Though superseded by a newer and more imposing structure, in whose shadow it stood, lonely and neglected, there were memories connected with it which were dear to the heart of many an old pioneer of Lansing, as was evinced by occasional remarks dropped from the quivering lips of some of the grey-haired men standing near, as. with bent forms and moist eyes they watched the heavy timbers which their strong arms and willing hands had raised, totter and plunge into the seething flames below in the process of destruction. The exact cause of the fire cannot be determined, but it is supposed that the flue, near which it originated, was defective, although all the chimneys had been carefully examined by a practical mason, and repaired, so that they were believed to be perfectly safe. This is the fifth time that the Piatt Brothers have been called upon, within the past 10 years, to see their property devoured by flames, just as they were fairly launched in businessLuckily they are not called upon this time to bear all the loss, as will be seen by the amount of insurance above stated, but their prospective loss from inability to meet their orders will be heavy. It is hoped that they may conclude, after a full investigation of the matter, to rebuild.
J. Polhemus, who occupied a room in the second story of the old capitol, near where the fire broke out, was not as fortunate as any of the other occupants. He reached his room soon after the fire broke out, but was driven out by the dense smoke, almost suffocated, and lost everything in the way of clothing and furniture. Mr. Polhemus' loss falls very heavily on him, being an aged man and in straitened circumstances.

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