1872 Best Seller.
In his day E. P. Roe was a bigger seller than Mark Twain.
A story of the Chicago fire.
"We accord a hearty commendation to this work. The narrative is vigorous, often intense, but rarely if ever melodramatic.
Its language is usually no less chaste than forcible and impressive.
It betrays a power of invention and description which is not met with every day in the best of writers of popular fiction."
-- Dr. Ripley, in the New York Tribune (contemporary review)