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bland Daily Argu
VOL, XI, NO. 90
I10CK21SLAND, MONDAY, FEBKUAKY 8, 189
Single Coplee 5 Cent
Per Week 1XH Cento ,
B PI if (Pa
i?sa 11 fes
We place on sale today and for the balance
ol this week 2,500 pairs of pants, divided
in five lots on five different tables; and if you
are in need of a pair of pants to make your
suit last until you are ready to purchase a
Table One-Will sell for
Pants worth $.2, $.50,
Table Two--Will sell for
Pants worth $2, $2.2? end 2.50.
Table Three-Will sell for
Pants worth $2.75, and 55. JO.
Table Four-Will sell for
Pants worth $?.0f $4, $4.50 and $.
Table Five-Will sell for
Pants worth $5.50, $6.50 and $7.
Positively as Advertised.
THE LOW DO
SAX & RICE, Proprietors.
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AWAKENED TO DIE.
A Score of Victims of a Gotham
HEAETEENDING SCENES AT A FIEE.
Flumes Take Possession of tlio Hotel
Royal While the tiucst Are linitml in
Sleep The Trapped Inmates Their Ks
cape Cut Off by the Stairways, Crowd
the Windows Imploring for Succor
Sonic Iare the Fearful Leap to the
Street and leath Others Swallowed l"p
In the Final Crash When the Walls Col
lapse Twenty to Twenty-five Dead and
Xkw Yokk. Feb. 8. A disaster para
lelling in liorror anil probably exceeding
in loss of life the terrible occurrence in
Park Place, the remembrance of which
is still fresh in the public mind,
occurred in this city yesterday morning.
The Hotel Koyal, at Fortieth street and
Sixth avenue, was burned to the ground
and n large number of people were burned,
Mitlocated by .smoke, or crushed to death
in the ruins. About 100 were reported
missing yesterday morning, but many of
the guests were "transients'" and may have
escaped and gone to their homes. They
are not likely to report their escape,
which will make it very difficult to get at
the real horror of the disaster.
Discovery of the T'lamcs.
It was a few minutes after 3 o'clock
when the flames were first discovered.
They never had better fuel. The building
was com nosed of several old structures, all
amalgamated into the Hotel Koyal years
ago. So far as can Iks learned the flames
kindled in the shaft of the elevator in the,
basement, at about the middle of the
building. A janitor was at work in the
basement at the time and was sitddcnlv
frightened by the flashing of flames. He
rushed to the street and notified the police
man on the Sixth avenue corner, who sent
ill an alarm, while the janitor rushed back
into the building to arouse the sleeping
Aflame All Over in Fifteen Minutes.
Id fifteen minutes the whole of the six-
story structure was abl i.e. Flames shot
out of every window in the front of the
house, and people in the street could see
persons rushing frantically to and fro
on every lloor of Hie burning building.
One, two, three alarms went out in rapid
succession, and the streets and avenues
were soon filled with fire engines and
trucks. Other alarms brought ambulances
from every hospital in the city. People
leaped out of the windows to the side
walks and were gathered up unconscious.
burned, maimed and mangled by the fire
men and carried to places of safety. The
most heroic efforts of the firmcn were im
potent against the devouring element.
Leaped from the Windows to Death.
An immense crowd gathered to view the
tragedy that was progressing. The win
dows were filled with people in their night
clothing, making piteous and heart-rend
ing appeals to the people below for help,
while behind them was ft great sea of
flame. Indeed, these unfortunate beings
seemed to be nctually.in the fire. Harrow
ing scenes wire witnessed by those who
were assembled in sight of the burning ho
tel. One unknow'n man sprang from a
window on the third floor, and was dashed
to death on the sidewalk. In a few min
utes this same scene was repeated in view
of the horror-stricken multitude, another
mau and two women leaping to certain
Others More Fortunate.
From other windows at the same time
dozens of persons were leaping, preferring
death that way if death it. must be to
death in the flames. Fortunately these
added none to the list of killed, but bruises
anil broken bones were numerous, and
ambulances and surgeons were kept very
busy taking care of the victims.
The hotel burned like a tinder box. The
flam; ; raged fiercely, but above all could
lie hi. .id the cries fin-help from the un
fortunates penned in the building. Fire
men and spectators helped to rescue the
imprisoned guests and employes. Many
were taken from windows where they had
sought refuge from the flames and the
firemen dared sjnoke and flames to save
Climax of the Holocaust.
Meanwhile the flames were eating out
the heart of the building and rapidly de
stroying the woodwork that braced the
walls. Finally the grand catastrophe
took place. While at several windows could
be seen frantic people crying for help that
wus impossible, a column of sparks fehot
tip into the air, a rumbling crash was
heard and a groan went up from the on
lookers as the walls tumbled into ruins,
and the holocaust had reached its limit.
Those a moment before seen at the win
dows pleading for help fell back with the
walls and were smothered up in the
flames that burst out and leaped skyward
for a few minutes, fiercer than ever, and
then succumbing to the torrent of water
that was poured upon them, gradually
died away. It had done its worst; but
what was the worst?
WHAT IS UNDER THE DEBRIS?
A Strong Force of Men at Work Trying to
Answer That Ouestion.
The fire had spent its force at 5:15 a. m.f
for there was practically nothing com
bustible left in the shell. Then the scene
surveyed by the firemen, the police and the
citizens was one of complete and sorrowful
wreck. Ambulances had carried away the
injured, and those who had escaped un
hurt had gone to the hotels or to the homes
of friends. All that remained was a smok
ing, blackened mound of debris that rose
to a height of twenty-five feet. And un
der the debris what would the men set to
work immediately to clear away the wreck
what would they find there? This ques
tion stayed the crowd, and all yesterday
there was a throng of people in Bryant
park opposite the ruins, and around all the
approaches to the demolished hotel, watch
ing while one hundred able firemen la
bored in the smoking heap anxious, yet
fearful of what each upturned heap might
The First (iruesomu Ilincovery.
It was nt 11 o'clock that the first body
was found. It was a horrible sight to i e
liol 1, burned, blackened, ami bruised. It
was Lurried a'wav to the miagiie. where
after much difficulty it was KU nlitiej as
the body of Harvey I.'. Icvy, a member of
the firm of Strauss & Freeimtn, 707 llroad
Way. lk-sitles Levy i.ndtlie lour who were
picked up dead ou the pawmcnt as the re
sult of leaping from the windows therv
were recovered from the debris yesterday
two unknown women and two unknown
men, one of tie latter having evidently
dived headforem.t from some elevated
point, as his head was smashed to pieces.
This made eight known dead by sundown
yesterday. This morning 100 men undei
Contractor Galloway were put to work,
and it is expected the fearful work of tha
lire will soon be known.
Some Anthentic Figures.
During yesterday afternoon, Fire Mar
shall Mitchell had an interview with
Meares, the proprietor of the hotel. From
him it was learned that in the hotel at the
time the fire occurred were 133 persons.
Just how many of these escaped it is dif
ficult to say. At 6 o'clock the police of tha
Thirtieth street police station gave the
following as the official list of those known
to have been saved: P. Taylor, AV. P.
Pierce. Frederick Ulhmann, II. G. Thomp
kins, W. G. Andereid, Jr., Mrs. Knapp,
W. G. Buchanan, E. S. Fonday, Knpert
Tenant, J. M. Powers, M. Brown, K. P.
Kupetdon, Blodgett E. Ball, C. Loper, C.
White, T. G. Hardman, W. F. Scott,
I-angdon Sweet, G. S. Maguire, J. E.
farcy, Mrs. E. Titus; Mr. Gibson,
of Newport; ISrigs andwife,
M. .T. livy, Phelps, wife and child;
Simon Uhlmann, Mrs. F. Uhlnian, Mr.
and rs. 'Winter, Mr. Forbes, Mr. and
Mrs. Kussey, Martin Yardman; F. Olsen,
porter; Underwood, night clerk: Harding
SJioenfeld, Colonel John Taylor, Mrs.
Anderson; Kate Reilly, chambermaid; Mike
V ere All Permanent C.ncsts.
The above were all permanent guests, ami
the number is forty-six. There were eleven
employes saved, making in all fifty-seven.
The list (if transient guests is a long one,
but the register is missing, and even if it
were found it would give no clue to the
identity of the missing, as it is thought
that many of the transients were registered
under assumed names. Thi n again it is
more than likely that whoever of the tran
fcients were not caught in the holocaust
would fpiiei ly go away and never report.
This would undoubtedly lie the case with
those registered under assumed names.
List of the Known Injured.
The injured are as follows: C. W.
Kline, lawyer, llazelton. Pa., partially
asphyxiated ami burned: alter 1.. lates,
guest of Hotel Koyal, burns ami contu
sions; Isabella Meares, wife of proprietor
af hotel, slightly burned on head and body
nnd contusions on back and side, sprained
inkle; Hcrln-rt Harding, enmneer at hotel,
ribs broken and contusions, while bravely
trying to reach and rescue a woman: Kich
ard Meares. proprietor of hotel, left hand
and arm badly hurt; unknown man, burns
nnd contusions; unknown woman, uncon
scious from smoke; unknown man, con
tusions anil burned on body.
An Kstimate as to the LoM.
Police Sergeant Cooper, of the West
Thirtieth street station house, said last
night that he believed that not more than
:wentv-five people were killed and six in
jured. '-We have searched the ruins well,1
he said, 'and do not believe that there can
be more than fifteen bodies in the ruins.
We believe that, out of the IT,;) inmates of
the hotel 1 40 or more found refuge in the
liedney house, the Hotel -Met ropole, and
the apartment houses in the vicinity."
SOME VERY THRILLING ESCAPES.
How a liriilrcrnnin I'sril Ills Agility
V. i!h SH inK l;He I.
There were dozens of tl.iilling escapes,
:md one of the most remarkable was that
nf a young man named Noonan, of
Jersey Cjty. Noonan hail been recently
married. Sat urday night he came over to
t'lis city to celebrate t lie happy occasion
with his friends, and c;er a long and
jovial season he was t.-. en to the Hotel
Koyal, where he was sn igly put in bed
by his companions in a ro .:i on the fourth
floor. He was awakened frmu his sleep by
the shouts of fire ami c:ies for help of
women and men. For a moment he was
dazed, but in an instant he collected his
scattered senses. He looked out in the
hall, but there was no escape there. He
looked out of t he window and no ladder
was near him, so he, with the confidence
nf an athlete, swung himself from the
window sill to the window below and
from one window to another he descended
until he reached the ground.
An Indiana Man's iond l.uck.
Mr. I.. M. Sehoonfuld went to the Yen
dome after the lire. He is the owner of
the Sehoonfeld stock farm at Kockford,
Ind., and made it a habit to stop at the
Koyal w hen in town. He prolmbly fared
lictter than anyone in the place. Mr.
Sehoonfeld occupid a room on the ground
Boor of the hotel back of the office. He
thinkslhat he slept through a good portion
of the fire, but when he awoke he found
escape through the hall cut off. His room,
however, overlooked a court yard, and
then packing all his lielongings in a trunk,
he tossed the trunk through the window
into the yard and ther. followed it himself.
lie lost nothing but an overcoat.
Saved liy Police Officers.
Sergeant Ward and Patrolman Phillips
went into a room on the fourth floor and
took Walter H. Phelps and his wife in
safety down a ladder. Officer Phillips suc
ceeded in saving Mrs. Samuel Knapp, of
Chicago, who was unable to save herself,
and was about to leap from a window ou
the third floor. Mr. Frederick Uhlmann, a
well-known dealer in hops, has been a
gnest of the hotel for years. He woke out
of a sound sleep to find the hall full of
smoke, but after two attempts grujied hi
way down-stairs in his night shirt, and
barefooted. Some oue gave him an over
coat, and with that about shoulders
he walked to auot her hotel. He lost t!"2,
900 in ca-sh besides several checks and all
Coolly I'tiltxed the Fire Ileape.
William C. Thompkias, of thiscity, was
a transient guest. 1'e was aroused by the
cries of lire, and finding escape by the
ttairs impossible he coolly packed his
things together and lowered himself to the
ground by means of the rope lire escape
which he found iu the room. When on
the ground he gathered up his effects,
which he had previously t hrown out of t he
window, and went elsew here to finish his
"'v- .sor ni ivr caugntcr
Julia, who occupied a room on the third
Coor at the coiner of Fortieth street and
?'li avenue. ind w ho registered from
Fier.iington, X. J., on Saturday, were res
cued by a policeman aud a fireman, who
carried them down a ladder. They lost
all their clothing save their night dresses,
which they had on.
A l.ist of Missing.
Thi se are the missing so f ir as known:
Irs. Slate: Mj-.-.. ii-ley, housekeeper;
.!-,. Corye, Mrs. May anil child, Mrs. Van
N',or..-a, C. li;;Mcr; raiivi:; Mrs. Hender
).i, i).-.ier, Colo.: Mis- Lewis, Mr. and
Mrs. Lewi-, .Mr. and Mrs. (Juiid, William
Armstrong, Charles Close, Thomas
Kennedy and four chambermaids.
Adjutant General McClelland, of Pennr
sylvania, is dead.
Mrs Catherine Sharp, of Philadelphia,
is 1 !4 years old, and all that ails her is that
Bhe is slightly deaf.
Au unknown woman was probably fataV
ly hurt and a tramp killed in a wrecV on
the Burlington road near Wymore. JCeb.
Director General Davis, of the World'
Fair, has declared that all applications for
sp;iee ought to be presented bv July 1,
A consignment of exhibits for th
Columbian exposition the first rdcelfed
from a foreign country arrived at Chi
cago Jan. 2i from Japan. -
The six-day -four-hours-a-day-go-as-youv
please walk at Sioux City has ended,
Ilerty breaking the world's record by
walking ISS miles 14 laps.
Cotton is so low- that it is having a eras
ing effect on southern farmers. Onenatfted
Hall, of Coffee county, Ala., set his crop
on fire ami then committed suicide.
Edward Pardie. a farmer living iu
.Tones' Xeck, Del., has been hiccoughing
for sixteen weeks, anil it is lielieved that
he will die, notwithstanding the cough,
is less violent now.
A report fr.itn Ho-um says that Armour,
Minis ami Swift, the '"big three"' packers,
have signed an agreement not to move
their business from the Chicago Union,
stockyards u.r fifteen years from July I,
George W. K. Griffith hasheca appointed
receiver of the Western Farm Mortgage
Loan nnd Trn-l company, at Denver. The
attorney ol the company says that nobody
w ill lose a c nt by the company's embar
rassment. Senor Carvaiho, head of the Portugnese
customs system, has been dismissed from
his office and is threatened with impeach
ment bceause while minister of finance ho
advanced i:i,0,nl,tK francs to a railway
without authority of law.
It is a cold day when some, one of Xijnr
York city's wealthy men does not receive
visit from a crank. The latest to bo thus
honored is August Belmont. His visitor's
name is Xixon, he wanted money, scared
the womeu of the household, and was
finally run in by a policeman.
Tudge Tuley, of Chicago, has sustained
the Crerar will, by which Chicago was to
get a magnificent foundation for a library, -and
which relatives of the late Mr. Crerar
tried to break. Chicago will consequently
get the hgacy unless the supreme court re
verses Tu ley's decision, which is said not .
to be probable. -
It is stated that Miss Lou Xichols, a
teacher in the Carlyle. Ills., public schools,
while giving her pupils a lesson in loyalty .
declared t hat jensioners were paupers who '
had to swear to a "qnart of lies'1 to get -J-their
pension--; and the G. A. It. ot
that section is resolving that .Miss Xichola
is persona lion gn.ta. Miss Xichols denies
Twenty-five i r thirty employes of tha
Xew York custom house recently lost
their official heads, and it is officially
stated t fiat t lie reason therefor was that
while there was not sufficient proof to
make ;i case against any one of them in
court, it was morally certain that all were
guilty of general inefficiency, bribetaking
illtaui II. King, LL. D., a prominent
ind popular member of the Chicago bar,
'.s dead, aged j.
the Loral Mar Wet.
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Shipp'iitT f 1.00 ner cwt.
llav Timo li. SI2&S13; pr.-ilrie, 17 i 1 1 : clover
$10; baled. S;i 50.
Bnttcr 'lirtn choice.- )c: creamerr,
Ei-irs Fresh, fflc: racked
1'ouliry chickens. HHitJ',; tcrkty-, lie
dack, U(ic: gcse. Me.
FKCIT AMI VEfiBTAlil.ES.
Applc f a.aaji $'- 75 per tbi.
On i onu siPissc
C.itt Bctcliers pay for corn fed steer.
SSic; cows and heifer. 23;ic; calves,
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