Front page of the Chicago Evening Journal-Extra for the October 9, 1871 issue reporting the fire. Headline reads: Great Calamity of the Age! Chicago in Ashes!! Hundreds of Millions of dollars” worth of property Destroyed. The south, the north and a portion of the west divisions of the city in ruins. All the hotels, banks, public buildings, newspaper offices and great business blocks swept away. The conflagration still in progress. Fury of the flames. Details, etc., etc.