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St. Paul, MN Lodging Boat BETHEL Fire, July 1893

LULU MORGAN DEAD.

THE FOURTH VICTIM OF THE BETHEL BURNING DIES AT THE HOSPITAL.

NO MORE BODIES WERE DISCOVERED IN THE SEARCH YESTERDAY.

TEMPORARY QUARTERS TO BE OPENED NEAR THE CORNER OF SIBLEY AND THIRD.

MEETING THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS THE QUESTION OF REBUILDING THE BOAT.

The Bethel lodging boat, which was burned Wednesday night, was visited by thousands of people yesterday, and the police were obliged to station officers at the scene to prevent curiosity seekers from tramping through the burned hulk.
At 2 o'clock yesterday morning, after the bodies of MRS. PEAK and the two men had been removed from the debris, the search was suspended until daylight. At 7 o'clock the work of puling over the charred timbers in search of other unfortunates who it was thought had been unable to escape was commenced. By noon the boat had been thoroughly searched and no additional bodies found.
The opinion was expressed that so intense had been the heat in the center of the boat that even had any of the occupants failed to escape, nothing of their remains would be left to tell their fate. Rev. David Morgan, superintendent of the Bethel, stated yesterday that the register had been burned, and he had no means of telling definitely how many people were on the boat at the time of the fire. In his opinion there were about fifty persons, but there might have been more or less than that number. He was certain the fire was not started by a lamp explosion, but could give no other explanation as to the origin. The bodies of the two men found after the fire were taken to the morgue, and yesterday morning one of them was identified as JOHN SINGLETON, engineer on the boat. SINGELTON had been employed by the association since May, and had charge of the bath plant which was recently started in connection with the lodging house. He was about sixty years old, and his home was in Wisconsin. The body of the other man has not been identified, but it is thought to be that of a stranger who came to the boat several days ago and had been confined to his room by illness since his arrival.
The funeral of MRS. PEAK will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Woodland Baptist church at Arundel and Selby Avenue. MRS. PEAK was matron on the boat, and was in charge of the mission work, in which she took a great interest. The officers of the Bethel association speak very highly of the deceased, and credit much of the good work done in the homes and for the children to her zeal and untiring efforts. Appropriate resolutions will be passed at the meeting of the Bethel association this morning, and the directors will attend the funeral services in a body.
LOUISE MORGAN, daughter of Rev. David Morgan, who was so badly burned, died at St. Luke's Hospital at 11 o'clock last evening. She was reported slightly improved in the early part of the day, but the shock to her system was too great for the little girl to bear, and towards evening she became gradually worse.

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