Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
count of ice cakes in which they
The first four men w.ho diedn
the fire were porters. Twenty
minutes after the fire started
thev were. seen at a window, in the
j fifth story. They made frantic
gestures, and then three of them
umped to the street. Each was
crushed to death as he strucjc
Broadway. 1he fourth wavered
for a foment, then fell back into
the flames and perished.'
Fire Chief William K. Walsh
is missing. He was last seen on
the sixth story of the building
furiously fighting the flames.
Captain of the Vaults John
Campeon is dead. He was trap
ped in the very vaults that were
under his care and protection.
T,he body of Conrad Siebert, a
watchman, was found, burned
and frightfully crushed, on the'
The fire started at 5 :20 o'clock''
this morning. It spread with?
such frightful rapidity through"
the amazing labyrinths of the
great building that by 8 o'clock
the entire building was doomed
beyond all hope.
At 9:30 o'clock only the bare
walls of the Equitable building;
stood, and police reserves were'
driving back the firemen and the
thousands of spectators. For the
tons of water that had seeped
through cracks in the building '
were freezing, shaking and.
throwing down walls as though
by high explosives.
EQUITABLE PALACE OF FINANCE UNEQUALED
IN MAGNIFICENCE IN WHOLE WORLD
The Equitable building was
eight stories high on the Broad
way side and twelve on the Nas
sau street side. It covered an en
tire block and cost 14,000,000.
It grew from the smaller struc
ture first planned by Henry Bald
win Hyde when he organized the
Equitable Life Assurance Soci
ety, into the great palace of fi
nance first occupied in 1870. It
sheltered yesterdav business rep
There was not another building
like the Equitable Society's in the
world. There was a lawyer's
club on one floor, an insurance
men's on another, a free library
and a dining room. The famous
Lawyers' Club grew into a mem
bership of, 2,000 shortly .after the
building was opened.
For many years the building
was one of the show places of'
New York. It was the scene of
many splendid dinners and other,
social events. ,
The "building was deliberately
planned by Hyde for the purpose
of advertising his insurance von
cern. It was widely copied after
its success was assured.
The entrance from Broadway
was through a wonderful arched
portal set with ornamental grill,
of solid bronze. Colored marbles
massed in columns and arches
gave a magnificent effect of rich
ness. The corridor that contin
ued through the block "to Nassau
street was lined with other costly
marbles and hundreds of incan-.
.. "SV. -4fi ,