Demand for Black Drapings
Stocks Are Nearly Exhausted and Large Orders Placed.
The sudden demand for
black cloth with which to drape the buildings of the city has exhausted
the stocks of the local dry goods merchants and probably of the
whole country. Early Saturday morning when the news of the death
of the president was received, managers of the big stores sent to
Chicago to replenish their stocks with bunting, cambric, calico,
satines, prints and cheap dress goods to supply the demand. One
firm sent a man to Chicago to scour the city for the goods. Telegrams
were received yesterday afternoon: “Cannot buy any black goods in
The Milwaukee stores have sold out
most of their stocks of black goods, but are expecting a supply
Monday morning. There is some fear, however, that the demand cannot
Some of the merchants prepared for
the demand for black goods three or four days ago, when the first
discouraging reports came from the sick room at Buffalo. Others,
allowing their hopes for the president’s recovery to outweigh their
business instincts, perhaps, waited until yesterday to send in their
orders, and may be unable to get them filled in consequence.
The manager of one of the dry goods
firms in the city estimated that there would be no less than 100,000
yards of black cloth sold within four days of the death of the president.
Others report having sold 10,000, or 5,000, or 1,500 each. The leading
firm of drapers in the city kept forty men employed yesterday in
filling orders for draping large down town [sic] buildings.
At Espenhain’s there was but a small
stock of pongee left last evening, which was selling at 10 cents
a yard. The bunting and cheesecloth had all been sold out earlier
in the day and the managers had sent bolts of bunting of other colors
to the dyers to be changed into a somber hue. Manager George T.
Schulze said that a large stock would be received Monday morning.
The cotton goods counter at Gimbel
Brothers’ is one mass of black. The manager of the store said that
50,000 yards of black cloth had been sold yesterday, and that the
firm was obliged to deny other firms and outside houses the goods
they tried to purchase.
Goll & Frank ordered a large number
of cases of black goods by express yesterday morning and hope to
receive it by to-morrow morning. At Chapman’s the cambrics were
sold out before noon yesterday and black satines and other cloth
goods were all gone before night. That firm immediately ordered
a large supply of goods, which it is expected will be on hand to-morrow.
The price for drapery ranges from
4 to 40 cents, the largest sales being of bunting at 5 cents or
satine at 12½ cents a yard.