JAMES HOUSE, T. L. JAMES, PROP., 65 N. ALABAMA St. The building occupied by the James House is a substantial three story structure 45×50 feet in dimensions, with a two story addition 36×50 feet, containing on the first floor a spacious and pleasant office, parlors, dining room, kitchen and culinary department, saloon, washroom, closets, etc., and on the other floors. 22 hand-somely furnished sleeping apartments and guest chambers. Mr. James has been engaged in the hotel business since 5872, at which time he was located at No. 65 South East St., removing to his present location in April, 1877. Mr. James is a native of Muskingum County, O., and was born in 1811. He resided on a farm until he was 18 years of age, when he removed to Kentucky and from thence to Cincinnati, where he was employed as a ship carpenter until 1851, when he invested his means with a company consisting of 52 persons in the construction of a vessel designed for a trip to California. Owing to the failure on the part of some of the members of the company to fulfill their obligations, the vessel was sacrificed at New Orleans and sold for $12,800, the actual cost having been about $57,000. Mr. James resided in New Orleans for three years, when he came to Indianapolis, subsequently returning to the South, but locating permanently in this city in 1855. He was engaged in the marble business for 14 years in company with his brother prior to embarking in the hotel business, as above noted.