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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 06, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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TERRIBLE SUBWAY ACCIDENT
HITS NEW YORK
New York, Jan. 6. One women is
dead, thirteen other persons are in a
very esrious condition and 700 are
0 suffering from after effects of shock
and smoke asphyxiation, as a result
of the worst transportation accident
in New York's history today. In ad
dition, thousands of persons were so
unnerved from fright that they re
quired medical attention.
At 8:02 a "blow-out" tied up the
entire subway system from the upper
Bronx to Brooklyn. Between 14th
st. and 96th av. stalled trains were
shrouded in darkness. One hour and
forty minutes later fire broke out in
the block between 90th and 59th sts.
Directly under 55th st, a north
bound express train and a south
bound local were stalled. Both were
jammed with passengers. It was
these who suffered most. Trapped in
the darkness, with the tunnel filling
with the choking smoke from burn
ing insulation rubber, many were
i , rendered unconscious.
Others, utterly panic stricken, tore
I loose from the clutches of the more
K cool headed who would restrain them
I and attempted to find ' their way
through the dark smoke-filled tunnel
I to an exit. Some fell by the way un
conscious. Others fought their com
panions in frenzied panic. That there
were not more than 100 actually kill
ed was due to the speedy arrival of
the firemen, who tore open hanholes
and ventilator gratings, lowered lad-
ders and brought down lights, so that
the victims could see.
The streets in the vicinity re
sembled a battlefield. Unconscious
form were stretched out everywhere,
while up and down the line the doc
tors hurried administering first aid.
Some were able to go home. Others
weer made comfortable in theaters,
, garages and private houses. Yet as
1 an evidence of the magnitude ofthe
disaster, the hospitals contained-emergency
patients this afternoon as
follows;
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In Polyclinic hospital, 65 patients,
of whom six were in a serious condi
tion. In Bellevue hospital, 5 women and
3 men, of wham 2 women were in a
serious condition.
In Roosevelt hospital, 25, of whom
5 were in a serious condition.
In the West Side Y. M. C. A., 19.
The one death was a woman, not
yet identified, who died shortly after
being taken to the Polyclinic hospital.
Thi& afternoon it was feared that
the subway cannot be put in full op
eration for at least a week.
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RAPS PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE
Washington, Jan. 6. Jesus Christ
and his disciples would be subject to
arrest and imprisonment for hearing
without a doctor's license if they
should visit the United States now,"
the senate was told today in a lengthy
speech by Senator Works of Califor
nia. The senator, himself a Christian
Scientist, was attacking the public
health service, which he said was an
annex to the so-called "doctors'
trust,' the American Medical ass'n,
which is seeking to give the allopath
ic school of medicine a monopoly on
the healing of disease. The 15,632
doctors in the government service
are all allopaths, he said, whom con
gress gives $23,000,000 a year to
spend as they please. u
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A MAGAZINE SWINDLER
C. R. Reinhardt, 19, when brought
before the boys 'court yesterday, told
how he had been swindling the wives
of wealthy Chicagoans by giving
them bargains in subscriptions for
magazines. He confessed to the
court that he used the money him
self. Among his victims are Mrs. Julius
Rosenwald and Mrs. R. B. Gregory,
1638 Prairie av. Mrs. Gregory ap
peared in court to prosecute.
Reinhardt was sentenced to ninety
1 days in the house of correction.
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