Sunday, June 24, 1888 Very warm. I wrote Lucy a long letter and also one to Mary Gifford. While I was writing to Lucy, just before noon there was an explosion as one of the big fire crackers followed by a regular volley. I wondered who was making all this now on Sunday when the fire bells began to ring. Looking out a cloud of smoke arose apparently in the vicinity of the Mansion House. Girards boys ran down and when they returned reported that Rice's variety store had taken fire, with a lot of fire works in it. His old mother nearly 90 was either suffocated or frightened to death. Adjoining buildings and stocks of goods were ruined.