NEW YORK, April 10.
Last night a fire broke out in a five story marble building, No. 69, Duane St., premises of David Stimmitt & Co., importers of lace and embroidery. The entire building and its contents were destroyed. Stimitt & Co’s. loss supposed to be $50,000. The first floor was occupied by Hoffman, Place & Co., dealers in gents furnishing goods; the greater part of the stock was removed. Loss, about $5,000, said to be insured. Loss on the building about $20,000.
The Times’ Beaufort letter of March 31st also says: Lieut. Hoxton from the Chippewa landed yesterday and had an interview with Major Allen, touching the arrangements for the capture of the fort. A guard from the R. I. 4th crossed over on Saturday and Sunday taking possession of the beach southwest of Fort Macon, and cutting off all communication with the cattle, on which Col. White has drawn heretofore for his supplies of fresh beef. Thus step by step the fortification is surrounded by our forces and a final attack will not be long delayed.
Guards have been placed aboard the British ships Reliance and Condor, found at Beaufort laden with rosin and turpentine.
Since the conflagration after the battle at Newbern, it is reported that some 7,000 barrels of spirits of turpentine have been consumed in this vicinity. About 10,000 barrels are now loading for N. Y.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Friday Morning, April 11, 1862, p. 1