EXPLOSION NEXT TO JEWELERS
New Orleans, La., Feb. 2 – The big jewelry house of the Hausmann's, Incorporated, on Baronne St., near Canal St., narrowly escaped destruction with its entire contents Thursday morning last. At half past four o'clock of that day, there was an explosion on the second floor of the building immediately adjoining the Hausmann establishment, on its uptown side, followed by a fire which for a time looked very threatening. The lower floor of the building was occupied by a candy shop, the upper floor, the one on which the explosion occurred, was vacant and had been so for a year or more.
As the result of the explosion, the roof, rafters and side wall of the candy shop building were blown over on Hausmann's, the debris coming down through a skylight into the store below, destroying show cases and causing much damage to the goods in them and also to the fixtures. On the second floor of Hausmann's building are the engravers' department, the office and the stock room, all considerably damaged.
As yet Louis Hausmann, the president of the concern, is unable to state definitely the total amount of damage sustained by the firm, but approximates it at about $5,000. The fire marshall is now investigating with the intent of ascertaining the cause of the explosion and placing the responsibility where it properly belongs. So far, he is inclined to believe that it is incendiary. In less than 24 hours after the trouble, Hausmann's were again opened up and doing business at the same old stand.
In this connection, it may be mentioned that the firm was the recipient of the most cordial letters from each and every member of the New Orleans Retail Jewelers' Association, expressive not only of sympathy but making a tender of whatever conveniences or assistance it was possible for them to render in this emergency; for which the firm thanked the writers, saying that fortunately they would be able to manage without putting their friends to the annoyance which their kindness and unselfishness would entail.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 7th February 1923