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ST. LOUIS FIRE TRAPS MEN ON TOP FLOORS OF
"ATHLETIC CLUB MANY DIE
St. Louis, Mo., March 9. Seven
are known to be dead, 16 or more per
sons are missing, and a score injured
as a result of a fire which destroyed
the Missouri Athletic. Club and Boat
men's Bank Building at 4th street
and Washington avenue early today.
The building is a total wreck, with
a loss of $250,000 to the bank and
$100,000 to the M. A. C.
The fire was practically out before
noon, but the smoking ruins were too
hot to allow rescue work to be
John Martin Rickey, general audi
tor of the Ford Motor Gar Co., Chi
cago, burned to death in his room.
S. P. Kessler, 49, manager of the Lud-low-Sayler
Wire Co:, St. Loui, and
James Riley were killed in jumping to
Shortly after -noon four unidenti
fied bodies .were uncovered in the
ruins of the athletic club lobby.
A partial list of the missing are:
William E. Becker, president Beck-er-Mpore
Paint Co.; Thomas Wright,
auditor Lemp -Brewery Co.; William
Erd, real estate broker, East St.
Louis;. Allan R. Hancock,. "Underwood
Typewriter Co., and well-known
amateur baseball and, football star,
4141 Cookav.; J. T. Haehnlen; John
Ratz, president of the Ryffel-Ratz
Plumbing Co.; John. A. Kinder, presi
dent of the Kinked Construction Co.;
Thomas Shyne, Undetwood Type
writer Co.; William Shields, president
Shields Lye Co.; George Goerner,
president Holstein Commission Co.;
Ben Weatherly, salesman, Harga-dine-McKittrick
Drygood Co.; Allen
E. Dow, salesman, .500 North Broad
way; McGinhis of B. Nugent & Co.;
Ludwig Eisman, manager-o fthe New
Orleans branch of the K E. Neuman
Co. of St. Louis; Joseph E. Chasnoff,
publicity agent for St. Louis Repub
lican; Bert Crouch, salesman, West
ern Electric & Supply Co.; John Q.
Pay, insurance agent for Sim Co, of
London; Ed Wells, resident of M. A.
C; L. P. Ruff, buyer, Simmons Hard
-This list does not include several
employes unaccounted for.
Chicagoans injured were R. D.
Harned, back and left arm broken;
E. T. Kaub, legs and arms burned;
T. C. Little, knee wrenched; Charles
Schemil, fractured leg.
Others injured were B. F. Williams,
Louisville, Ky.; Lee Wolf, Caruthers
ville, Mo.; Air. and Mrs, R. C. Magill,
Theodore Levy, L. L. Leonard, Wm.
Rickey, who lived at 1411 E. 61st
place, Chicago, vas registered .from
St. Paul, where he was to haye gone
today to take charge of a chanch of
the Ford Auto Co. His furniture was
packed in his Chicago home and Ms
wife and daughter were preparing to
go to St. PauL
Rickey's body was found in his
room. He had apparently suffocated
and then burned to death. Kessler
and Riley. both had .rooms on the
fifth floor, and were killed when they
.leaped to the street.
The fire, which broke out ab.out 2
o'clock this morning, spread rapidly
from the third floor toward the roof,
and there was little chance to rescue,
occupants of roms on the upper
One man was saved from death,
when firemen diminished the pres-.
sure on a stream from a hose and",
played the water on him while de de
scended the. fire escape from the fifth
floor to the street, passing almost
directly through flames which were
belphing from windows on the lower,
Night Clerk Reisenger of the ath
letic club told of futile efforts to,
arouse people sleeping" in uppen
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