THE CHICAGO FIRE
It is difficult to realize that where the great commercial palaces of Chicago now stand was, within so comparatively short a period, a desolated ruin, and that her industry, wealth and importance, as the metropolis of the West, have all grown to be fixed facts within the space of but ten years. However much like a fairy story the narrative will read in the pages of the world’s history, it is, nevertheless, but the truth, that in the history of Chicago, for the first ten years after the great fire, will the generations of the future find a record ot courage, enterprise and achievements unequalled in the history of the world up to the present writing. Within the past ten years the ” burned district,” which embraced all the business portion of the city and very nearly the entire North Division, has been covered with imposing blocks of marble sotne, brick and iron, and the North side is once more beautiful, with hundreds of elegant and comfortable homes. Within that time the population of the city has almost doubled, and the manufactures and commerce of the city have more than doubled. At no period in its history has Chicago been as populous, as wealthy, and as influential as at present. Never before has her prominence as a commanding and invaluable railroad centre been so apparent as at present, when, with eighteen distinct railroad lines radiating from her limits, and connecting with a net-work of railroads which covers the entire country, she fills the metropolitan position which is her destiny.
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