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AMERICAN BALLADS AND SONGS 139
On learning that the fire bells all around
Were ringing to eternity a hundred souls or more
And the Newhall house was burning to the ground.
0 hear the firebells ringing at the morning's
early dawn. Hear the voices as they give that dreadful cry! 0 hear the wail of terror 'mid the fierce and
burning flames. Heaven protect them for they're waiting there
The firemen worked like demons and did all within.
their power To save a life or try to soothe a pain. It made the strongest heart sick, for in less than half
an hour All was hushed and further efforts were in vain. When the dread alarm was sounded through the oft,
condemned hotel They rushed in mad confusion every way. The smoke was suffocating and blinding them as well; The fire king could not be held at bay.
At every window men and women wildly would beseech
For help in tone of anguish and despair;
What must have been their feelings where the ladders
could not reach As they felt death's grasp round them everywhere. Up in the highest window stood a servant girl alone;