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Prisoner workshops at Sing Sing Prison destroyed by fire

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In New York's Mount Pleasant State Prison, at Sing Sing on the Hudson River, the privately run cabinet shops and the building housing them caught fire in the early hours of the morning.  Efforts to suppress the fire were futile and the shops were completely destroyed.  Damages were estimated at $60,000 for the shops and $4000 for the structure.  No-one was injured.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1860), 412.


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