"New Orleans, January 3. -- The building, corner of Carondelet and Julia streets, known since 1884 as the Southern hotel, was destroyed by fire this morning. The inmates barely escaped with their lives. and lost all their personal effects. The loss is estimated at $17,000. It is reported that one man, believed to be Lewis Kissner, a musician of Baltimore, perished in the flames."
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