Cronan, Jeramiah. Lines Written on the Most Dreadful Fire That Brokeout in Chicago in America. Dublin: P. Brereton, . First Edition. 4to. Unbound. Broadside. Good. Single sided printed poem, approximately 105mm x 285mm in size, n.d. but 1871.
Creased to edges, tiny tear to foot, otherwise quite bright and clean. Poorly printed, with several missing letters.
The ‘Great Chicago Fire’ , October 8th -10th, 1871, (though dated the 7th in this poem), killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated 200 million dollars worth of damage. It was quickly blamed on an Irish immigrant, Catherine O’Leary, and her cow,”perpetuating ethnic stereotypes and underscoring nativist fears about the city’s growing immigrant population”, (Smithsonian.com). Both were exonerated in 1997.
A copy of the poem is in the Bradshaw Collection