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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 15, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 3

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ITALIAN QUAKE LOSSES GROW TEMBLOR
LEVELS CITIES NEW DANGER FROM FLOODS
BY ALICE ROHE,
Unite Press Staff Correspondent
Rome, Jan. 15. Every hour swells
the casualty list of the earthquake
disaster. Official and unofficial re
ports reaching Premier Salandra. in
charge of the relief work, show that
towns heretofore believed immune
have suffered. The latest estimates
Of the dead say that at least 30,000
fell victims to the quake. The list of
injured may reach 100,000.
The minister of public works, who
is at the scene of the disaster, today
wired Premier Salandra that every
city, town and village in the Lira val
ley has been damaged, with many of
the inhabitants dead and wounded.
The government is still greatly con
cerned about conditions' at Magliano
de Marsi, where refugees reported
that 1,300 persons had been killed.
The water supply of practically
every city and town in the earth
quake zone has been cut off. Fortu
nately at only a few points did fire
occur in the ruins. If the ruins had
caught fire the death list would have
been very greatly increased, as at
many points victims were entombed
for more than 24 hours before the
soldiers managed to dig them out.
The valley below stricken Avezzano
is now facing a new danger. The out
flow of Lake Fucino has been
dammed by the earthquake and it is
feared that unless this 'speedily can
be remedied a break will come and
the valley will be flooded. Engineers
are at work now endeavoring to solve
this problem.
Many of the victims were buried
alive in the ruins of their homes. Re
ports from the stricken section say
the soldiers are taking many persons
out alive, but for the most part se
riously hurt. Twenty of the 150
girls who were penned in the ruins of
the young women's seminary in Av
ezzano were taken out alive. All of
the others perished.
Fragmentary stories reaching here
tell of hundreds of cases of heroism.
Mothers sacrificed their lives for their
babies. Fathers died that their chil
dren might live. Men dug frantically
into the ruins under tottering walls
in response to groaDs and appeals for
help from buried victims. So far as
is yet known at no point was there
any cowardice or any brutality of
the strong against the weak.
Many of the survivors went tempo
rarily insane as a result of their ex
perience. Men who found their en
tire families crushed to death in the
ruins of their hdmes and women who
managed themselves to reach safety
when they found that their loved ones
had perished tried in turn to kill
themselves and had to be restrained.
One of the students at the normal
college at Avezzano, Miss Torsetti,
had a remarkable escape from death.
She was dug out of the ruined struc
ture today unhurt but hysterical
from her experience.
"When the shock came;" she said,
"my companions and all of the teach
ers were in the college chapel at
morning prayer. Suddenly the great
gold cross was shaken from the al
tar and fell to the floor. At the same
time the entire building shook and
then the walls began to crumble.
Many of the girls fell fainting to the
flor. The remainder fled screaming
from the room and down the stairs.
"I managed to reach the lower
floor. The remainder fled screaming
When I revived I found myself in a
dark room. There was no way of
getting out. Many of my chums were
there, moaning and badly hurt. A
teacher lay at my feet, dead. I tried
the door, but they were blocked
with debris. There was no way of
getting to the windows.
"I tried to revive some of nry
chums but many were dead. It was
terribly cold and my sufferings were
Jjntense. Finally today I heard voices
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