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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 02, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 6',
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the mountain of ice into the base
ment. There they found many alive.
Some of them were covered -with
blankets. A girl and boy, each about
10, were taken out. The boy was
able to sit up in the ambulance. An
aged woman was taken out, scream
ing and fighting her rescuers. It is
believed she lost relatives. No more
ambulances were at hand and a pass
ing wagon was commandeered to
take her to the hospital. A man and
wpnian were found in bed. Others
were believed living. Firemen are
now searching the basement Gas
fires are still burning there and 'it
was these fires that saved many from
death through exposure.
By 6 a. m. the fire had leveled the
building to one story. Over this was
formed a veritable mountain of ice.
A grief-stricken man ran up this
mountain and tried to jump itno a
hole which the firemen were chop
ping. He "kept crying: "My God! My
wife and children are down there!"
It took six men to overpower him and
drag him away.
In one bed were found three girls
alive. They were May Spitzney, 8,
and her sisters, Gertrude, 9, and
Charloote, 19. In another bed Mr.
and Mrs. Al Johnson and their dog
were also found alive.
Chief of Police Herman Schuettler
arrived at the fire shortly after 9:30
o'clock and stated that a thorough
investigation into the cause of the
fire would be made.
Morris Feldman, janitor, stated to
day that the gas company had been
notified to repair the leak in the main
on- various occasions. An employe of
the company, according to Feldman,
inspected the pipe yesterday, but left
'without doing anything to eliminate
the dangerous condition.
Two deputies from the coroner's
office, Geo. B. Schrivner and Geo.
Webster, are conducting an investi
gation to ascertain whether the dis
aster was caused by criminal negli
gence and to ascertain, if possible,
the number of missing.
Pipeman John Sandberg, the first
man into the basement, told his ex
perience as follows: "When the hole
was chopped I was lowered 12 feet
into the basement. I walked a short
distance east and cried out: 'Hello!
where are you?' I heard a voice
answering. The sound came from
the first floor. I summoned help ana
we chopped are way through. There tf
we found the Spitzney children. They
asked what had happened. We ex
plained. Then they asked for their
parents. They said they had heard
them calling to them during the
night, but could not see them. Evi
dently after the collapse of the build- '
ing all the tenants had fallen through
to the baseemnt I don't believe there
are any more alive."
A girl, 6 years old, was rescued
from the ruins by firemen before
noon. She became unconscious while
on the way to the hospital and there
is little chance for her recovery. Her
body was coated with ice and she
was badly frozen.
GIRL SUICIDES PUTS BLAME
ON TROUBLE OVER WILL
In a note found beside her dead
'body, Alma Ruge, 21, 4220 N. Lanion
av., said she was committing suicide
because lawyers were trying to cheat
her out of her home.
Miss Ruge had been housekeeper
for Mads T. Jacobson, "richest cop
on the North Side," whe- traveled out
of Irving Park station. When he
died he left her his home, 4220 N. '
"I want to go and join Big Jacob-.,
son, the man who ever treated me
square," the police report she said iu
her note. ( "
Relatives of Jacombson had start- '
ed a contest on his will, it is said. 0fa
Jas. Allman and John Loughman '
will debate on "Socialism vs. Indivi- "
dualism" tonight at Hobo college,
917 Washington blvd. Allman will
defend Socjalismj V