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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 07, 1912, Image 11

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COULDN'T FIND ALARM
The failure or the city to prop
erly distinguish fire alarm boxes
caused a loss of $35,000 when the
buildings at 303 to 307 South
Francisco avenue and 2557 to
2859 W. Jackson boulevard were
gutted last night
Fire started in the basement of
the South Francisco avenue bldg.,
"which 'was an unfinished annex
to the flat building on Jackson.
Almost immediately ,. pedes
trians tried to find a fire alarm
box. There was one hidden in
the shadow of the school building
in the same block, but no one
knew this.
Half an hour had passed before
the fire department finally arriv
ed. By that time both buildings
were wrapped in flamesand there
was no" hope of controlling the
fire.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ellis and
their five children, who occupied
the top floor of the flat building,
were Rescued by Policeman Con
nelly and Mulhern. Dr. Robert
S. McCarthy, who occupied a flat
on the second floor, was awaken
ed by the smoke, in time to rescue
his 65-year-rold mother, who had
been overcome.
Several firemen were overcome.
iThomas Quan, of hook and ladder
company No. 12, suffered a bad
ly burned hand. Quan was over
come by the smoke, and fell head
long inta the blazing well of the
staircase.
"M. Bottigliero, 901 West Tay
lor street owner of the two build
ings, said last night that he had
received a Black Hand letter thai
morning, and that perhaps the
fire was the work of the Black
Hand.
Fire Attorney Sullivan will in
vestigate Bottigliero's story, and
try and find out if the fire was of
incendiary origin.
But the fire would never have
amounted to anything at all if fire
boxes in Chicago-were designated
by a red electric light, as they are
in almost every other big city in
the world.
NOT OF HIS SEEKING. '
Uncle and nephew were at the
luncheon table together and the
nephew was fidgeting and shuf
fling in a way that annoyed his
avuncular relative.
"Willie," stormed the old man
angrily, "if, you can't sit still and
behave yourself as you ought to
do I shall give you something
that will cause you to remember
your conduct!' .
The boy, more ill at ease than
before, began to whine.
"I can't possibly sjt still, un
cle," he complained bitterly.
"And it's not my fault either. It's
all your fault, uncle." v
"My fault!" echoed uncle, in
surprise. "How on earth' do you
make that out?"
"Well," said Willie, "the other
day, when I asked you what a mil
lion was you said 'A thundering
lot.' "
"Yes?" queried uncle.
"Well, that the answer I gave
-the teacher to the same question,
and boo I that's why I can't sit
still nowf'
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