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So much property was destroyed, including the possessions of the insurance companies, that it was thought that nothing would be recoverable. But soon cheerful news came from England. Those who had insured with the British companies would be paid in full. Some American companies, with offices in other cities, gave the same assurance.

The newspapers which, during the fire had gathered the greatest stories of the city's history, were unable to publish them on the Monday for their offices had gone the way of the others. But the newspapers were not long in making a reappearance. At the time when all seemed gloomy and hopeless the Tribune came out with a report and a clarion call that stirred every man in Chicago to forget his troubles and arise to his duty. Its twelve-column account of the conflagration was headed, "Chicago Destroyed," but its leading article was an inspiration. "Chicago," it proclaimed, "shall rise again." It had spoken truly.

The new Chicago, which rose in stone, brick and steel on the ruins of the old, had in twenty years recovered the value of all its losses in the Great Fire. Chicago had indeed risen again!

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