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THE AKGUB." .'MONDXY;-' AUGUST 24"; 1891.
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DEAD BY, THE SCOllE
Frightful Loss of Lifejn a Goth
' am Building.
AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF CORPSES.
Seventeen Bodies Dug Out of the Death
Trap and Seventy-Five Per
sons Reported Missing.
Without a Moment' Warning the Strne
tnre Tumbles Into Ruin, Imprisoning
a Large "noaber of Men, Women and
Children Fire Instantly Breaks Ont to
Slake Snre or the Victims Tbirty-Mx
Honrs Work Only Hecovers a Few of
Those Believed to Have lteen Caught.
Xew' YonK, Ang. 24 A dreadful
catastrophe, fraught with reat loss of
life occurred in this city .shortly after the
noon hour Saturday. Men, women and
children, who, after a week's weary toil,
were within bnt a few minutes of their
usual Saturday half-holiday, met death
without a word of warning by the fall of
Taylor's building. 69 and 70 Park place.
How many were kilted is unknown at
this writing. Neither is it known what
was the cause of the accident. It may
have been an explosion, or the building
may have fallen because it was over
weighted, or by the vibration of the print
ing presses. The building was condi-iptiej
thirteen years aco. Some jiersons said
that the boiier in the basement exploded.
The Wreek Was Complete.
Whatever it was, the wreck was com
plete and -the havoc awful. Tho whole
front wall of the building was torn out.
and dashed into a heap of ruins, which ex
tended entirely across and partially
blocked the street. Foilowiug the drash
came an outburst of flume, and in ten
minutes all that was left of the building
was a solid wall of fire. The most terrible
loss of lrfeoecurred in the Peterson restau
rant, which occupied the ground floor. It
was a very popular tittle restaurant, and
was well S.kti An eye-witness of the
disaster says .that at the time of the ex
plosion fully fifty persons were seated at
the tables. In addition to this number
there were the waiters, the cooks, and the
proprietor sad cashier, who, if the esti
mate of fifty customers is correct, would
swell the fist of the dead in the restaurant
alone to flisy-eight or sixty.
Every One an the llhiiding a Yirtini.
J-ae ettaetly what moment the explo
sion took place is unknown. It was prob
ably nearertA-enty minutes past '.2 o'clock
than half past, so that only those who
shut down the - moment the hour for
knocking off work came and at once left
the building aseaped. One thing a!:ne is
certain and that is that every one of those
unfortunates -who were in tlie building
when the awful crash came was either
crushed to death or buried alive. Tiie
lire was one of the swiftest and fiercest
known in Xew York for ninny a day. The
firemen witn great difficulty' held the
flames in check and kept them from lick
ing up three or four of the surrounding
The First Corpne Recovered.
At 2:15 o'clock the tirst dead man was
taken out of the ruins. He was found un
der a pile of bricks and mortar about the
middle of the street. His face was bet
tered past recognition, and he had a bud
cut on the back of the left leg. The sec
ond body was brought out at "2:-0. It was
that of a man. Every stitch had been
burned away and the flesh was roasted.
The third and fourth bodies, takt-u out
were those of two boys named Haegnoy
and Gibbs. The fifth body to be taken
out was that of a young laborer. The
bodywas badly burned, and was fouud
lying face downward.
WHAT AN EYE-WITNESS SAW.
Tbe Whole Front Come Down with Peo
ple Struggling in the AY reek.
A printer named Henry Hoppe, w!;o
was passing at the time, says: '! left my
office at 12 o'clock for home, going down
Park place. As I came near Greenwich
street 1 heard a noise similar .to that of
letting off steam from a boat. I stopped
a moment to see what it meant, when I
saw the building next above tbe corner cfi
Greenwich street trembling, and the next
moment saw the whole front coming
down, I could see human litings strug
gling in the wreck as it fell. A woman
passing behind me was struck by falling
bricks and I caught her by the arm. but
there was so much weight on her that I
had to let go or else I would have been
killed, as some bricks struck me ou tbe
shoulder and then I jumped away, as I
saw the rest of the wall coming down.
The walls of the upper floor came first,
and the others followed almost in oue
Nearly Taralyxed by tbe Scene.
By the time I readied the corner of
Greenwich I was almost paralyzed. There
were other people following on the side
walk, bnt on account of the dust and
smoke I am unable to ay whether any of
them were killed or not, but 1 think some
were buried in the ritiivs. Just at the time
of tbe explosfjn which followed the escape
of the steam I saw a man driving a horse
and wngou directly in front of the build
ing, and I suppose he and the horse
were killed. I only heard cries of 'help,'
'help.' I saw one man falling in the de
bris, with his head partially smashed in.
Being excited and somewhat injured from
tbe bricks that struck me, I left the scene
and went home. I hope never to witness
such another scene."
A Lneky Escape from Death.
Dominic Barkie, who, with four others,
was employed in the kitchen of Peterson's
restaurant, says they had a lucky escape
from death. The first intimation that
tbey had of danger, was tbe ceiling (ailing
on their bead. They at once made a rush
for the street, and strange as it may ap
pear, they escaped with but a few buises.
Barkie said that he did not hear auy ex
plosion at the time the ceiling fell, but
between the time it hit him on the head
and when he found himself safe in. the
street he remembers distinctly to have
heard three separate loud reports.
Fell with the Floor, bnt Lived.
The South Publishing compauy occu
pied the second floor of 70 Park place. V.
U. Conklin, the foreman, who escaped,
stated that he was sitting at his desk
when the crash came. The .floor sunk be
eeath him and he sank with it, but man
aged to escape through an opening. AI.
F. Burnett, and a colored boy named
George Van-n, also "escaped.
Who Occupied tbe Buildings.
Numbers TO, 12, and 74 are tbe buildings
destroyed. - Tbe fourth .and fifth floors of
2io. TO were occupied by Lieber & Mass,
lithographers The. rest of the bnildina
and basement was vacant. The fifth and
fourth floors of No. 72 were occupied by
lileber Jfc Ms-; third and second floors by
Kilis ti McDonald. First floor, Rosen
field's jaint store, and his gold-beating es
tablish nent was in the basement. No. "4
was occupied by A. V. Lindsay, type
foundry; fourth floor, Lieber Ac Mass;
third and second floors, Kilis & McDonald;
first fioir and basement, Peterson's restau
rant. No. 76, fifth floor, by A. W. Lind
say; fourth and third floors, Lielier &
Mass; j round floor, by Gilmore, plnmber.
No. 7S. fifth floor, A. W. Lindsay; fourth
floor, Lieber & Mass; third floor. South
ern Publishing company; second floor,
Lieber & Mass; first floor, Klein & Co ,
jewelers and in the basement a barber
THE WORK IN THE RUINS.
It Is Very Slow and Laborious Thirteen
Vp to lip. ro. Saturday eight bodies
were re--ovcred. Three were identified
John G bbs, 4 years old; Sarah Haegney,
8 years, and Patrick Mattery. 55 years.
The ot lers could not be identified. The
work wis kept up all Saturday night and
yvsterdny by seventy-five Italians and two
companies of firemen, but by 6 p. m., yes
terday they had only succeeded in finding
five additional bodies. The men worked
dilligen ly all the time, but made poor
progi-es. owing to the heavy machinery
being ia the ruins. It will probably be
necessary for the men to use derricks to
get the machinery and iron girders out of
Identified by His Fiance. .
Around the sceue of thedisaster anxious
persons stood watching the men at work,
peering into the ruins on the lookout for
missing friends. Among the anxious
watcher-tall Saturday night were three
young v. omen and a young man. They
were lot king for some missing friend, but
they did not say who it was. Finally the
escort of the young ladies told a police
man that one of them was the fiance of A.
B. Petetson, son of the proprietor of the
restaurant, who was among the missing.
Peterson was 21 years old. Yesterday
morninp a body was found answering his
descript on and it was immediately rec
ognized by bis friends when brought out
side the lines. The body was badly burued,
but identification was made positive by
HEROIC IN THE FACE OF DEATH.
The Vtl Stand Back I'ntil the Women
Are Out of Ilanger.
Roundsman Taylor tells how seventeen
persons were saved from a frightful
death l y fire. He heard cries for hi Tp
from the rear of the pile of debris and a
despairing cry for an axe. He called to
the hidd'-n persons to take heart and then
started for axes which were soon obtained
from a hardware store. At the scene of
the disaster plenty of hands were ready to
go to work. Says Taylor: "We could
hear tho--e poor fellows in there moan in .
I tell you it was something terrible. The
walls were tough and did not yitld in
stantly. Finally we concentrated all our
exertions on oue place aud it gave wsv
V'e made a hole about three feet big. it
oined iito the basement of the building.
Tlie Wonien Came Out l'irst.
"A great gast of hot wind burst out into
our facts and we staggered back. God
knows h iw ihey lived in that furnace. Tue
first to come out was a woman, a weak,
pretty lii tie thing, with p&le cheeks and au
ugly burn on her face. Then came an
other woman, the men in that hell stand
ing back to let the wonien out first..
Then caiae the men, fifteen in all of them,
There were seventeen huddled in that oim
place. 1 hej- all came out safely. They
did not wait to say anything but scam
pered off to their homes. They were all
burned i:t places abo'.it t heir heads and
A Little Girl's Miraculous Kscape.
After working heroically for nearly
twenty minutes, EJward S. Mulligan,
driver of hook and ladder compauy No. s,
raised a littlj girl in his arms. That s'ie
was alive auJ conscious af;er being buried
under tin mass of bricks seven feet deep
was alirost a miracle. The little girl's
face aud arms were bleeding from cuts and
burns, but she was able to talk. As so; n
as Mulligan raised her up she lifted brr
eyes to a window on the upper floor of a
building across the street, and' called in
piteous t mes; "There's my mamma." Tiie
mother, upon seeing her child, became so
frantic w it h joy that had it not been for
the combined ifloris of four men standing
n-ar by sue would have jumped from t lie
HOW MANY ARE THE VICTIMS!
Seventeen Corpses, a Ioren Wounded
s nd Seventy Five Missing.
A 8 p. tn. yesterday a eteady down pour
of rain bt-gan and the men were forced to
quit wo; k, but at that time three more
bodies had been taken out of the ruins,
making seventeen in all. The following
is a list of them: Iouardor Cole, 40
years; John Gibbs, 4 years; Sarah Haeg
ney, C yenrs; Charles Haegney, 10 years;
Michael SUittery, ;w years; Philip Kberie,
10 years: John Barry, lio years: A. B.
Peterson. 21 years; George Lowe, 15 years;
Gustave tickler; Jacob Heklerich; Otto
Valser, 24 years; Charles Breitner, 15
rears; trans flack, .is years; Abraham
l)erschoj ki, IT years; Gustave Meiuer,
years; au unknown man.
List of People Injured.
The wo-st injured reported are the fol
lowing: Miller F. Barrett, compound frac
ure of skull; Mary Haegney, U years o' 1,
lacerated wound of scalp and .fractured
rib; Fran-t Morrell, 18 years, contusion of
chest and broken rib; Louis Baumgartuer,
compound fracture of skull. Light oth
ers were hurt less severely.
How m iny are there iu the pile of de
bris? This is a question difficult to an
swer. Ore list gives the names of forty
six who have been reported missing by
their frit nds; another list is published
containin the names of seventy-five. L'u
til tbe wtole of the debris is cleared up it
will not certainly known how many are
dead, and even then there may lie some
doubt, as some may have been entirely
Cause of the Calamity.
Inspector Williams, who has been at tbe
scene of the disaster almost from the first
moment, said last night in regard to the
probable cause of the fearful accident:
"There1 ws no explosion in that building,
because there was nothing to explode. T.'ie
accident was tbe result of a weak struct
ure aud the incessant vibration of the
Many f the witnesses who saw the
crash say that the building slowly bulged
out tn tbe middle until it had formed t
noticeable curve from the roof to the
ground, and then it fell.
i Fatally Burned by Gasoline.
CHICAGO, Aug. 24 Airs. Cora Sauer
was fatally and her daughter Etta seri
ously burned by en explosion iu a gaso
line stove at their home. No. 273 275 West
1)1 vision street, Saturday afternoon.
Put to the Test of the Sword
AHXI0U3 WATCHERS 01 THE FIGHT.
The People of the City See the Conflict as
. It Ebbs and Flows Balmaceda Farced
to Retire by the Combined Army and
Navy or the Insurgents A Stand Made
In Fnll View of the City and the Fight
Kenewed with Odds Against the Junta.
New York, Aug. 24 The Herald's Val
paraiso, Chili, Special says: President
Balmaceda and the insurgents are clinched
in the final desperate struggle for the mas
tery of the republic of Chili. The chosen
battle ground is in full view of the city
of Valparaiso, and thousands of anxious
eyes are watching from every poiut of
vantage tbe battle which is to decide the
fate of the country. The battle has been
raging practically for three days. The
first engagement was at the month of the
Aconcagua Friday, and resulted in a re
verse to the government. The final '.est
of strength is now being made at Vina del
Mar beach, directly across Valparaiso bay,
and less than five miles away.
Took Kalmaceda by Surprise.
When news reached here that an army
of 8,000 rebels had been landed at (Juintoio
bay Thursday last, BalniHced-t and h;s
generals were taken by surprise, but ti e
.utmost activity was used in getting
troops to the front so as if possible to pre
vent the invading army from crossing the
Aconcagua river immediately south of the
bay. The arrangements were made hur
riedly, and only a little over half of the
troops were available for this purpose.
Six of the insurgent warships were an
chored in Cojuon bay, at the mouth of the
river, and under the cover of their guns
the army of the Junta undertook the tak
of forcing a passage of the river Friday
First Success for the Insurgent.
A most desperate and bloody battle le
sulted, lasting pretty nearly all day A
galling lire from tbe insurgent artillery,
which was parked on the northern bank
of the river, aided by the heavy batteries
and machine guns from the ships, was too
much for the government troops, and they
were forced to retire, which they did in
good order. Both sides fought with the
Utmost valor, a:id the desperate character
of the battle may be judged from the fact
that while less than tSO.UuO troops were en
gaged, the list of casualties will foot up
nearly o,(H-o men killed and wounded.
A skirmish lor Fifteen liles.
All day long Saturday the iusurgent
forces pushed their way steadily forward,
driving the comparatively small govern
meut force before them. It was a constant
f kirmish for fifteen mile, over broken
country. At every point of vantage the
B.ilmscedists made a stand, and they con
stantly were forced to give way. It was
not until late in the evening that the at
tacking army arrived in front of BaliiM
ceda's niaiu line of defence. It was then
too late to give battle.
BALMACEDA AT THE FRONT.
The Ilaltle Joined That Will Decide the
In tbe meautim'e President Balmaceda,
with every available man in this depart
ment. with himself in command, went to
the front. He had over 13.000 availal'e
fighting men. while the insurgents' forces
had been reduced to less than 7,0(O. At
the back of the government line is Fort
Callao, the heavy guns of which did good
work ia yesterday's battle both in rak
ing the enemy by land and preventing the
insurgent fleet, which had entered the
bay Saturday night, from doing anything
more effective than long ranire tiring.
War ships Not So Effective.
The Congrevsionalists attacked in force
yesterday morning and all daylong the
battle raged with the utmost fierceness.
The war ships did all they could to aid
their land forces, but they had a healthy
regard for t.'ie heavy guns in the fous
aud were compelled to do their fighting at
long range. Consequently they were not
nearly so effective iu aiding the land at
tack as they bad been at the passage of
the Aconcagua ou Friday. They sen; as
mauy men as they could spare, however,
with all their available machine and rapid
fire guns to aid, as a naval auxiliary brig
ade, the attack on Bahnaceda's position.
A Scene nT Awful Gradeur.
The scene from Valparaiso is one of aw
ful grandeur. A heavy pall of smoke
hautrs like a cloud over the contending
armies. It is lit up almost continuous!
by sharp Hushes of light ftom the raiun.j
and riilt-s, aud the thunderous roar of the
artillery can be heard continuously. There
is a constant stream of woundi-d being
brought into the city from the front, and
temporary hospitals are being fitted up
AVomen Volunteer as Nnrses.
Nearly all the women who had not left
the city have volunteeered their services
ss nurses, aud they and tbe full medical
force of the city have their bauds fu'.l.
From the wounded and their attendants
only the most fragmentary information
as to the progress of tbe fight can icuo
taine'.l, and it is utterly impossible at this
writing to form any judgment as to which
side is getting the better of it.
Valparaiso's Fate in tbe Italance.
Should the revolutionists succeed in de
feating or repulsing the government
troop9 they would have to cross a small
creek which separates the beach from the
village ot Vina del Mar, and on taking
possession of the village would be in the
rear of Fort Callao. With the fleet on one
side of tbe fort and tbe insurgent army
on the other it would bs untenable, and
thus the northern defense of Valparaiso'
would fall, making tbe work of the cap
ture of the city much easier.
Kobbed Him First rod Then SJiot Him.
Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 24. A band of
armed negroes entered the grocery store
of Henry Joel, four miles east of this cit,
as he was about to close Saturday night,
aud after robbing him of all the money ne
had told him to open the safe. Joel tried
to do so, but in his excitement could not
remember the combination. Tbe negroes
became enraged and shot Joel twice. His
wounds are fatal. Theie is no clue to the
A Couple or Terrors llun Down.
New Brcsswick, N. J . Aug. 24 The
notorious Scott brothers, John and How
ard, who have terrorized the farmers ot
Middlesex county for years, have been run
down by Detectives' Oliver and llousel,
and are now in j iii here awaiting trial.
The Scotta are 80 aud Si respectively,
nd have been guilty of (numerable rob
beries . . ,';
everybody sees it
Till everybody is sick
Till everybody knows it
without seeing it
that Dr. Sage's Catarrh Rem
edy cures the worst cases of
chronic catarrh in the head,
catarrhal headache, and " cold
in the head."
In perfect faith, its makers,
the Worlds Dispensary Med
ical Association of Buffalo,
N. Y., offers to pay $500 to
any one suffering from chronic
catarrh in the head whom
they cannot cure.
Now if the conditions were
reversed if they asked you to
pay $500 for a positive cure
you might hesitate. Here are
reputable men, with years of
honorable dealinsr; thousands
of dollars and a great name
back of them and they say
" We can cure you because
we've cured thousands like
you if we can't we'll pay
you 500 ior the knowledge
that there's one whom we
They believe in themselves.
Isn't it worth a trial? Isn't
any trial preferable to catarrh?
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Memberi get S1UU in one year. They pay bnt f 1
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A fall line also of email Musical merchandise.
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