From The Santa Fe New Mexican:
May 6, 1914: MELROSE, N.M. — The town of Melrose was practically wiped out by fire yesterday, believed to be the work of incendiaries who were attempting, unsuccessfully, to rob the vault of the First National Bank upon which a similar attempt was made some time ago. Fifteen buildings were destroyed, including the business heart of the town, with a total loss of about $50,000 with some $10,000 in insurance. The blaze started at 3 in the morning and in 15 minutes was beyond control. After the fire had burned itself out, it was found that part of the masonry had been removed from the foundation of the bank vault in an effort to break through into the vault.
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