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ANY BURNED TO DEATH IN
SOUTH CHICAGO FIRE
Several workmen have been
burned to death, according to un
confirmed reports, ina fire which is
sweeping the plant of" the American
Linseed Oil Co., 110th st and the
Calumet river, and threatening the
destruction of the South Chicago
lumber yard district
P. L. Murphy, an undertaker, de
clared the death list was already 16.
L. Rundell, secretary to Police
Capt Smith, estimated that six had
been lulled and six were missing.
Fire department headquarters re
port that eight are dead.
Samuel Lukeck and Michael Paub
zick, both of 10808 Torrence av.,
were taken to the South Chicago
hospital, seriously burned.
Another report was that two com
panies of firemen had been caught
under falling walls.
The fire started in the storage
warehouse of the old company. The
warehouse was full of oil, which fed
the flames. Every piece of fire ap
paratus on the South Side was hur
ried to the scene. Firemen were
kept from getting close to the build
ing by the terrific heat of the blazing
The freighter Tosemiter, docked in
the Calumet river, was set afire by
flying embers and is burning, with lit
tle prospect that it can be saved.
Adjoining the blazing plant is the
Wisconsin Steel Co. plant. Firemen
are trying desperately to prevent the
fire spreading there.
A row of cottages across from the
oil company cannot be saved, the
firemen fear. Residents have been
forced to flee.
The building of the oil company is
valued at $250,000 and the value of
the stock was estimated at' $1,000,
000. o o
New Orleans, La. Remains of
Gov. Winfield Scott Hammond of
Minnesota, who died at Clinton, La.,
yesterVxjonway to St PauL
LABOR-LEADERS NOT CHEERFUL
OVER 1916 OUTLOOK
An industrial revolution as an anti
climax of the war in Europe is pre- ,
dieted for 1916 by Victor Olander,
secretary of the IlL State Federation
"The whole world is unsettled and
it is unsafe to make prophecies," he
said. "The great war is bound to
cause many economic, some social
and many political changes in
Europe. Every country on earth will
be affected. The people will have a
stronger desire to have a voice in the
policy of their government. What Is
going to happen we cannot say, for
the powers that be certainly are
going to oppose social advancement
as they always have.
"For the first time in the history
of the world a great nation, England,
has called in the labor leaders of the
country to talk over the situation
with them on equal terms.
"We have heard that substitutes
have been found in Germany for cop
per and rubber. I have been told by
individuals who know that England
has also made a great many cf these
discoveries which can be used by the
commercial world, but which are now
being kept secret because of the war.
The effect of them is hard to predict
It is foolish to fly in the face of these
facts and prophesy. I can only say
that I expect an industrial upheavaL"
"Yes, everybody is shouting pros
perity for the new year, but the
worker is getting little of it," said
Sec'y Nockles of the Chicago Fed
eration or Labor. "The raise the
Pullman Co. gave its help was just
cariare. Let the employers abolish
low wages and give prosperity to alP
of us. Then we will be able to stand
a dull season once in a while."
"As far as I know, the American
Federation of Labor isn't going to
make any great increase in its or
ganizing work," said Emniett Flood,
Chicago general organized. "I can't
say anything optimistic while look
ing ahead for 1916." "