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ging in the ruins. The first body
reached was that of a man about 25.
A voman was taken out with inter
nal injuries and rushed to the hos
pital. At 2 o'clock the body of a girl,
about 18 or 20 years old, was taken
from the ice cream parlor next door
to the restaurant. The firemen came
upon the body unexpectedly while
chopping their way through the roof
which had fallen in. She was dressed
in a dark suit and appeared to be a
Man believed from letters in his
pocket to be Alex Chibucan, 179 N.
Halsted. About 40 years old and be
lieved to be a Greek. Apparently
asphyxiated. Body at county morgue.
Unidentified girl. Taken from ice
Undentified man. Died in County
August Myers, 1633 N. Maplewood
av. Cut and bruised; taken to Coun
Gus Lejedas, 1648 Arcade pi., .cut
and bruised; County hospital.
Barney Solomon, 737 W. Lake, cut
and bruised; ta&en home.
John T. Fitzsimmons, pres. Flem
ing Sales Co., 735 W. Lake, badly cut;
Fitzsimmons and Solomon were
talking in the former's office when
the place was wrecked by the blast.
Fitzsimmons was knocked uncon
scious. Peter Protogoros, owner of the ice
cream parlor next to the restaurant,
was believed dead when he was taken
from the'ruins of his place. While he
was being carried to the patrol
wagon bound for the morgue he re
vived and sat up in the stretcher.
Officer Jerry Laughlln asked him
his name. "I don't know," he said,
"all I know is blooey!" His condi
tion is serious.
The explosion occurred ten min
utes after 12 when the restaurant
was filled with the noon-day eaters.
wrecked, the roof falling through to
the basement, the sidewalls of the
buildings adjoining were blown
through and windows shattered in
all buildings in a block's radius.
Between forty or fifty were in
Chebookos'. They were all hurled into
the basement In an Ice cream par
lor next door several young girls
were badly hurt or knocked uncon
scious. Chief Schuettler arrived on the
scene shortly after the explosion. He
assisted in rescuing Isaac Bamzeiger,
65, an employe of M. Pitt, hardware
tnerchant, whose store is next to
Chebookos. Bamzeiger was buried
under the debris when the side wall
of Pitt's store was blown through.
He was badly hurt.
Moans from the basement under
the Ice cream parlor led to the dis
covery of an -aged man and three
young men. They were pinned down
by the wreckage.
Windows in the following places
were shattered causing injuries:
Rothfus' cafe, 180-182 N. Halsted;
Abe Blum & Bros., 176-178 N. Hal
sted; Mantle Lamp Co., 168-172 N.
Halsted; Market Inn, 184 N. Hal
sted, and Silverman, Simon & Co.,
175 N. Halsted.
The fire that started from the blast
was qufckly mastered. Fire Chief
O'Connor turned the firemen into a
rescue crew and they chopped
through the wreckage, rescuing
those who had been buried beneath.
Chebookos and his two sons, An
geo and August, were badly hurt.
Samuel Sperder, auto salesman, who
was going by in his auto when the
explosion occurred, rushed them to
the County hospital in his machine.
They will live.
Coroner Hoffman and the rescue
glass when the windows were blown
by the escaping gas while they were
searching through the ruins. As a
result, Hoffman announced he would
campaign to have gas shut off when