Ross, N. D., Dec. 15.—Two unique features of the fire at Ross
were told by a Minot man who witnessed the fire. While a great portion of the town was burning a man played on a piano, which had been saved from the hotel and was standing on the sidewalk. He was playing ragtime and a number of his companions were standing around singing. He played until the fire was nearly extinguished. The only thing saved from the drug store was a bottle of whiskey. The druggist took the bottle out into the street and addressing the volunteer firemen said: "Boys this is some old stuff from Virginia. It's the only thing I saved. Have one on me." And they did, right out in the middle of the street.
Valley City Times-Record, 12/18/1913