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FIREMAN MURT IN FALL
DOWN BURNING SHAFT
Falling three floors through a
furnace of flame down an eleva
tor shaft in the repair and supply
shops of the Chicago Railways &
Co., Henry Dietrich, member of
engine company 31 was probably
fatally injured, and several of his
companions had narrow escapes
from death fighting fire there to
day. The plant, at 40th and West
End aves., was practically des
troyed, with a los of $300,000.
Dietrich was on the roof of. the
storehouse with other firemen.
.The order came to drag ' a hose
across the roofs. Dietrich step
ped on a skylight over the eleva
tor over the shaft, which was ob
scured by smoke.
The glass gave way under him.
Dietrich made a frantic eifort to
grab the frame. His hands slip
ped, and he plunged downward
45 feet to the basement. At the
same time . flames shot out
through the slcy light, driving
back his comrades.
Firemen on the ground were
quickly notified of Dietrich's fall.
There was no way to reach him
except through the volcano of
flame. Not a fireman hesitated.
A score of them rushed to the res
cue. Falling debris added to their
'In a short time they re-appeared,
bearing the body of Dietrich.
He was placed in a hose cart and
rushed to the Robert Burns hos
pital. Examination showed he
4was suffering from three frac
tured ribs and internal injuries,
It is thought he will die.
PANAMA CANAL BUILDER
COMES TO SEE TAFT
Col. George W. Goethals.
This picture of the chief en
gineer of the Panama canal was
snapped as he stepped off the
steamer in New York. He says
over 70 per cent of the canal is
finished and that it will be for
mally opened Jan. 1, 1915.
We gather that the Democratic
House's plans for economy do
not suit a number of gents who
have their snouts in the trough.