Chicago, IL Brewster Hotel Explosion, Jan 1893

Mysterious Explosion at Chicago

Chicago, Jan 2 – The guests of the Brewster hotel on Dearborn street, just south of Van Buren, were startled at 10:30 o’clock last evening by a loud explosion, which shook the building and broke nearly every pain [sic] of glass on the Dearborn street front. Many of the guests had retired for the night, and the noise of the explosion suddenly awakening them caused a great deal of alarm, and a panic was narrowly averted. No one was hurt, but three clerks were slightly stunned. The explosion is a mystery.

The Daily Review, Decatur, IL 3 Jan 1893