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STORIES OF THRILLING EXPERIENCES FROM
N SOME OF JHE RESCUED
1 Mrs. Katherine O'Connor, 56, and
her daughter, Blanche, 23, kissed
their husband and father,- son and
t brother goodbye before they were
taken from their home at 116 Lin
"Women and children first," said
O'Connof to the rescuers. "Go next
door and get the women therjs. 'Son
and I will take care of ourselves."
O'Connor and his men are missing..
William Fornuff; hisr wife, four
children, a niece and another man
and his wife, wore-.trapped jn theirs
home at 118 Pulaski street. The,
water was 20 feet deep around the
house. The fire -was approaching.
The building was tottering on its
Fornuff and his. family, fled to the
ropf.-Thiey. cried for help. An attempt
hy rpw a boat fq .the hoqse failed.
The' rescuers then threwa bottle to
which a rope was attached to 'For-.
nuff.On the other end of the rope
was a shutter.
.Fornuff lashed his wife to the' shut
ter. Then h& slid the improvised raft
down the roof of the house and into
the water. The rescuers pulled Mrs.
Fornuff to safety.' One by one' every
member of the. two families was'
saved that way.
JBut .before. Fornuff himself would
go, he, saved Tony, the pej: dog of the
Fornuff children. s
And thejiundreds marooned on the
nearby roofs looked on and cheered.
Christopher Emerick saved' his
wife and two'small children after two
awful days of suffering in their home
at 110 Buckeye street; He waded to
safety through water three feet deep,
carrying first his children 'and .then
his wife. - .
"We were marooned," beTsaid. "My
wife1 and children' were dying- from ,
the exposure. We were starving. V
saw it was Up to me to get them out
of the flooded house. We could see
people being rescued from homes t
further down "the street, but no one
came to x.f -
"My wife made m'take the chil
dren first." - - '
"We weren't sent' here to die!" the
prisoners in "the city workhouse are
crying as-they beat upon their cell
doors and "cursed 'their keepers. "If
you leave us trapped in here' it will
be murder'he. prisoners are'absb-g
lutely panic-stficken by floo'd andiire.
Superintendent Johrisorfhas appeal
ed to thennilitia for help:
Harry Connors, sportine editor of
The Dayton News, his wife and little
baby, were rescued, from their home
,'on Jones, street. Connorsi and his
wife were- found hanging to the raf
ters in their attic, whither they tiad
fled from iHe rising waters. Connors
had his baby" strapped to-his back.
Abbie and Mamie-Hedges and Mrs,
Anna Alexander were rescued from
their flooded home at 71 Hess street
-just as the fire swept down upon
them. Abbie Hedges broke down.
"Oh,- it is terrible, terrible!" she
cried. "The fire was sweeping' right
down oh us. It seemed like there was
no' chance of escape. And there are
hundreds of people still trapped in
our neighborhood. They cannot all "
be -rescued and many of those who
are rescued will die.- They are almost
dead from exposure now."
C. F. Barton, a Pittsburgh travel
ing man, was trapped on the West
Sjde by the flood. He never Will for- ,
get .the horror that he saw there.
"I saw sejwn persons swept into a
tree top," he said. "They climbed