About 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon the fire alarm bell on Cleburne engine-house sounded a general fire alarm. ... it was discovered that the boarding-house and saloon owned and occupied by Tim Shanahan was in flames. ... From Mrs. Shanahan we learn that the fire originated from a defective flue. ... Mr. Shanahan was not in condition to give lucid particulars,
Arkansas Gazette Nov. 12, 1876
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3 c. self rising flour 1 12-oz can of beer,
2 Tbsp. sugar room temperature
Put flour and sugar in a bowl. Add beer and stir. Grease muffin tins and spoon in batter to 1/2 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes or till done. Serve hot, Makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Enjoy.
(Excerpt from my unpubished manuscript: Fighting Fires and Feeding Firefighters)