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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 27, 1913, Image 5',
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MEN PLEAD FOR HELP FOR WOMEN' AS FLAMES
-V DV THEM INTO THE WATER
"d rather die in the water than
by the fire," said his wife. - .
At 3 o'clock in-the morning, in "the
freezing cold, .GJnsty ventured out in
to the tearinjg waters. They swirled
about his hips." One by one he car
ried his four children to safety. Then
he went back for his wife who had
chosen to be last.
They won; high- ground. .And two
hours later their home burned to the
water's edge and collapsed and was
swept away on the swirling current-
Shelly Burns was a lonely prisoner
in a. stable from last Tuesday. The
waters circled around the barn. Burns
crouched in the loft.
This morning -Burns saw the fire
approaching. The fire behind, the
flood in front. .
"m take a chance on the flood,"
He jumped from the stable loft. His
arm caught in a pile of wooden de
bris .and wedged. He could not re
He hung that way, .suffering the
killing pain of being'suspended by. the
arm and 'the dead hurt of the bitter
cold, for three hours. Then; at day
break, hewas rescued.
One thousand persons yesterday
tookrefuge in the Durst muling plant
T,oday the;fire began creeping upon
the building, slowly, steadily, surely;
H.';Sangfeld, of 1351 Frank street,
and 50 of the other trapped refugees,
"agreed to "take a chance with the
water." - t
The others said they would trust to
God. ' ' '
Sandfeld and his 50 made the trip
to safety over the tops. of, box cars,
knee deep in the water most of the
timer . '
"There are 1,000 persons in the1
Durst plant," said Sanfeld. "If the
fire reaches them before the. water
goes down .there is no hope for, them.
They have nothing to eat; nothingto
drink, They aje suffering terribly
- Dayton, O., March" 27 "For God's
sake come "and -help, us There are
wbmen here!" ' '
That .Isj the cry that is coming
across the waters from the people
trapped in,' the" flooded, "burning", ravaged-business,
district of. the. city...
.And. no one can help them ! ,
Man and all man's; boasted science
. and learning' are of no avail.' ,
- Boats become mere straws, utter
ly at the mercy of the swirling tor
rent . '
- And the flames are mounting
higher and" higher and, spreading and
spreading oyer the doomed city.
j It is death on every hand death
by 'drowning, death by burning, death
- by starvation, death by exposure.
' Thousands " of men, women and
clnldren trapped in tie heart of this
once, prosperous city facing these
' dreadful alternatives!
Ityis so pitiful, so ghastly, that no
words can describe therabsolute hor
ror of it.
And the people.' outside, the rela
tives and. the friends, 'the loved ones
of those;inside!viNo.news canbe.carr
ried to them. For there is no news.
No one" knows who Is dead, nor who
is, dying,' nor-who is doomed to die..
, No one can even guess the num
ber of tfyose who perished. It may
be- 500; 'it may be 5,000. And the
.majority of those who died were
women and childreni .
Isolated instances of what some
havesuffered: carry more of the story
"than, any descriptive writing ever
. Louis jGinstya mail carrier, with
his wife and four children, was
trapped in his home by the waters
early this morning. H
y The fire began sweeping down on
Gmstyslhdmeifrom'J&e'rear. He saw
jt and with white, tense" faceturned
o his wfe.. ' . . V
"It;s ani.ev.en break." he said, "the
flood of; afelfc"