Photo from Polish Heritage
Perth Courier, Jan. 13, 1871
A correspondent of the Carleton Place Herald says that on the night of Tuesday, 3rd Jan., the dwelling house together with most of its contents belonging to John Paul, Poland, Dalhousie was completely destroyed by fire.
The fire was supposed to have originated around the safe but the clue to the mystery will never be unraveled. A few individuals on the spot did all in their power to extinguish the flames but the fire was too much for them; in about 40 or 50 minutes the house was one bright mass of lurid flames. The women present acted nobly, rendering all the assistance in their power to extinguish the flames and save the furniture. But the greatest praise is due to the mistress of the house herself.
Her noble character shone conspicuously during the whole of that trying scene which was depriving her and her helpless children of a comfortable house during one of the most inclement nights of the season. She never lost her presence of mind for a minute; it was chiefly owing to her coolness, intrepidity, and perseverance that a large portion of the valuable furniture was saved. She never gave way to her womanly feeling while an article of furniture could be saved and all human aid was in vain. Such exemplary conduct should be held up to everyone in such a trying scene.
The house of Mr. Paul was comparatively new and was amply insured. It was partly insured in the Victorian and Mutual Insurance Company but besides the building, part of the furniture and part of the clothing, they lost all their grain and provisions and a large amount vegetables in the cellar so that his loss exclusive of his insurance cannot be short of $1,200 to $1,400.
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The Poland Presbyterian. Church was built in 1876 on land donated by. John Paul. After it burned in 1912 it was rebuilt on the same site.