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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 26, 1912, Image 1

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TODAY? STORY OF THE CANNERIES TELLS
HOW WORKERS LIVE IN PIG STYES
THE DAY BOOK
-500 SO. FEORIA ST. - 3$8 TEL. MONROE 353
VOL.2,NO,5jt Chicagp, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1912 ONE CENT
EXPLOSIVE EXPERT. CLAIMS .THERE WAS NO
EXCUSE FOR TJHE WAUKEGAN DISASTER
Washington, Nov. 26. "There
was no excuse for the explosion
in the Corn 'Products Refining
plant at Waukegan,' 111., yester
day." This was the emphatic declara
tion of Prof. Charles, E. Monroe,
explosive expert of the Bureau of
Mines, today. f
"Such explosions 'come from
the presence in the factory atmos
phere of firtely-diyided inflamma
ble material flour, sugar, starch
and the like," he said.
"They may easily be prevented
by keeping such material1 in
chambers where it is-japt exposed
to the air while being reduced to
powder.
"The presence of electricity in
such dangerous places can easily
be avoided
''There is absolutely no excuse
for the existence of such danger
ous conditions in modern factories."
The Standard Oil company's
death toll-of one day:
At Waukegan: Six known
dead; three dying; four ,with
small chance of 'recovery; two to
five missing.
At Brooklyn: Fifteen burned
and crushed, five fatally;' six re
ported killed.- .
A death list of fifteen was the
largest, admitted today by the of
ficials of the Corn Products Co.,
of Waukegan, whose plant was
destroyed by fire after an unne
cessary explosion yesterday.
But the death list, when, all are,
accounted for, may be much
greater. '
Hundreds of volunteers are
wprking. among the ruins today,
desperately digging in the hope
of finding; some one still alive, .
And round the ruins has gath
ered a frenzied crowd of women
relatives of the missing. ,
Coroner John L. Taylor of
Lake county has started the in
vestigation to fix the blame for
the explosion.
He impanelled a jury of mer
chants'to find o.ut the cause of the.
explosion in the Standard Oil
Co.'s $80,000,000 starch company.
The jury inspected the ruins
today; then adjourned until after
the funeral of the victims.

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