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The Record (Troy, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

Wed­nes­day, April 17, 1918

Oily smoke from a Front Street fire tonight “filled the at­mos­phere in the cen­ter of the city and was car­ried by wind over to Water­vliet and miles back of there,” The Record re­ports. “Ice, oil, fire, wa­ter, smoke and a dense smudge which spread over a con­sid­er­able ter­ri­tory for the com­bi­na­tion,” our re­porter writes as fire­men con­tinue to bat­tle the blaze the fol­low­ing morn­ing. The fire breaks out in the cel­lar of a three-story brick store­house owned by Howard Ren­shaw. The cel­lar is used as stor­age by Charles H. Dauchy & Co., a paint, oil and var­nish busi­ness. “The oil bar­rels in the cel­lar were buried in ice, and there was a foot of ice about them,” Wil­liam P. Dauchy says, “We have no idea how the fire started and do not know def­i­nitely, of course, what our loss is.” Our writer notes that “it is said the door to the cel­lar was found bro­ken in when the fire was dis­cov­ered, but there was noth­ing there from which the fire could have started.” The fire rises to en­gulf the stock of the H. S. Dick­son Wall Pa­per com­pany on the sec­ond floor, while the third-floor J. Craw­ford Green Fur­ni­ture com­pany suf­fers “nom­i­nal “losses, mostly to fur­ni­ture stored there by cus­tomers. While fire­fight­ers are still work­ing over the blaze as the Thurs­day pa­per goes to press, the fire is deemed under con­trol. The fire­men are cred­ited with “splen­did work” for pre­vent­ing the blaze from spread-king to the Tom S. Wotkyns coal barns nearby, de­spite the dis­trac­tion of a false alarm that briefly di­verted some of the force to Ful­ton and Fifth.

Ev­ers May Land With Cubs

Af­ter quit­ting the Bos­ton Red Sox this week, Troy base­ball hero Johnny Ev­ers ex­pects to be called into ac­tion by an­other ma­jor-league team.

The veteran sec­ond-base­man, who won three World Se­ries cham­pi­onships with the Chicago Cubs and Bos­ton Braves, re­buffed a mi­nor-league of­fer from Jer­sey City Skeeters pres­i­dent Dave Driscoll yes­ter­day. Ac­cord­ing to Ev­ers, the Red Sox “patched up a nice lit­tle place for [him] in Jer­sey City” af­ter abruptly re­plac­ing him as a coach, but the Tro­jan “didn’t think it was a fair way to treat a man.”

Ev­ers would rather re­turn to the Cubs or join the St. Louis Car­di­nals. He’s on good terms with Cubs man­ager Fred Mitchell, who vis­ited Ev­ers’s Lake­wood Av­enue home re­cently and re­port­edly of­fered him a po­si­tion at that time. Car­di­nals man­ager Jack Hen­dricks re­port­edly is “sorely in need of a sec­ond base­man.”

Work­ing out daily in Troy, Ev­ers claims that “he was never in bet­ter con­di­tion in his life.”

-- Kevin Gil­bert

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