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JiK AUG US, TUESDAY, JULY
Highest of all in Leavening Power. Latc t U. S. Gov't Report
An Awfjl Visitation attheGrert I
TWENTY MEN MEET DOOM BY FIRE '
'One Hnndred Yards in the Air and
the Horrible Destroyer Above
and Eelow Them.
The Colli Storage Wnn-liouxe a I'lle of
Ashrp, MUnl Willi Vhl h Are the Re
mains or the VlrtiniH A Few Horribly
Tliirned Hmlira Uncovered Ieeils of
Mprninm anil Scone to Make the Heart
Slek Firemen ami Columbian Guards
Mnke Vp the Iloll of Casualties Their
Names nml Fate Incidents of the Ca
tatrnihe. World's Fair Grounds, Chicago, July
11 A flimsy constructed building, erected
by the Hercules Iron company, of Chicago,
used hh a cold storage wiirehouse and ice
skating rink, and situated near the Sixtj--fourth
struct entrance to the exposition
grounds, burned to the ground in a little
over uu hour osterday afternoon. sending to
death as far a.s it is known at this writing
at least twenty men and injuring twenty
seven others. The full excent of the death
wrought may never bo known, as the
building collapsed totally in so short a
THE BUILDING THAT ROASTED THE MEN.
time after the fire started that many peo
ple who entered the building hoping to
render aid In-fore the peril under which
they were placing thmi-ivlve was realized
were cang like rits in a trap and went
Unannounced to their doom. It is said
that six Columbian guards are missincr,
but there are ninny vacancies in the dif
ferent companies scattered about the
grounds, and the captains, while refusing
to commit themselves, fear that their men
have lieen cremated.
Dead, MIhkIhh anil Fatally Hurt.
The follow.' ig is a list of those who met
death, the missing and the injured: Dead
Captain James Fitzpatrick, acting chief
Columbian fire depnrtmnt; John Me
Bride, driver, company Xo. 8; William
Denning, tn-ckman, Company Xo. S;
Lieutenant Moulter, truck 18; unknown
American, initials on belt "H. W." or
Missing Captain Garvey, fire company
' No. 1; Captain Page, fire company Xo.
Lieutenant Purvis, fire company Xo. 4;
Phil Dreen, pipeman company Xo. 8; Lieu
tenant Freeman, company Xo. 1; John
Smith, pipeman company Xo. 2; Paul
Schroeder, truckman company Xo. 8; John
Cahill, trackman company Xo. 8; Sergeant
Donaldson, Columbian guard; four other
Columbian guards; H. Strand, company
No. 4 Columbian guards; Henry Geduldig,
foreman of painters in cold storage build
ing. Fatally injured W. O. Mahoney, lad
dermnn. Company Xo. 1; internally and
legs and feet fractured.
The Boll of Injured.
Injured Captain William Barry, fire
company Xo. 8; right hand amputated;
Frank IJielen' erg, fireman, hands badly
burned; Sig Nordrum, fireman, leg burned
and body bruised; Lewis Frank, fireman,
burned alxut the face and body; M. Mur
ray, guard, asphyxiated, but recovering;
John Davis, guard, hjinds burned; W. C.
Fisher, faca and head burned.
William Lynch, scalp wound;
T. J. Donahon. hands burned; G. S. Ha
inan, badly raided and hands crusher1:
Jfii iL French rigM IK injured; Fred
Goetz, right hip injured; Frank Faulkner,
fireman, sprained ankles; Captain Ken
nedy, Comp ly Xo. 5, hands and tcco
burned; four other firemen, hands badly
burned, treated at Emergency hospital and
taken away by their friends be
fore their names were ascertained;
Mrs. 15. D. Moore, burned face and hands;
II. Breckenn.'.ge, Columbian guard, blis
tered both ha::ds; James Kenyon, marshitl
Twelfth battclion, left leg cut; Martin
Kimball, Columbian guard, both hands
burned and left leg sprained; William
Lenehan, driver of engine Xo. 8, split
scalp; Edward Murray, Columbian guaid,
asphyxiated, recovered; George Paris, fire,
man engine company 6, hands and arms
Cause of the Terrible Disaster.
The cause of this frightful loss of life
was the iron funnel that went from top to
bottom of the great tower. There is an
other cause. For weeks the cry in the
city papers and elsewhere has been
"economy" in the management of the fair.
Particularly was the demand made for a
reduction of the Columbian guard, thera
being in some quarters the fiercest denun
elation of those very useful men. and Col
onel Rice, the commander of Jthe corps,
has come for a good share thereof. Tb
colonel would say but little when quo
tioned as to the cause of the catastrophe.
What "Economy" Is Responsible For.
This is what he said: "This is the result
of the reduction in the force of guards by
the administration. If the two guarfis
who were taken from the warehouse last
week had been there they could
have extinguished the fire with
the chemicals at band as they had
- done before in the same place. The guard
were there to take precautions against fire
because of the dangerous construction of
the building." It is a fact that the tower
was on fire twice before and the fire was
extinguished as the colonel states.
DEATH DID ITS WORK SWIFTLY.
Beginning of the Blaze Which Wrought
Si. eh a Horror.
Death has never done such swift and
ghastly work at a fire in Chicago since the
dark days of )ctober, 1871. ' The horror of
the spectacle will forever remain as a
hideous night nare in the minds of many
thousands mm and women who gazed
upon it. It 'vas intensified by the dizzy
height from w hich the victims were seen
to fall into a aat furnace of blazing tim
ber and other inflammable material.
Deeds of heroism were done by the fire
men, who perished and those who live to
grieve over thair lust comrades. The Co
lumbian guardsmen were not lacking in
bravery and djvotion to duty in the hour
of danger, and in the face of death. TVre
is mourning within the White City, for
the blackened remnants of human beings
lull of life and hope yesterday are lying
beneath the w iter-soaked wreck or stretch
ed out in the i lorgue outside the gates.
Just a Little Tongue of Flame.
The sun wa shining its brightest from a
blue sky at 1:3) o'clock p. m. and the pleasure-seeking
people were passing under the
shadow of tie co'-j su.nu'o warehouse.
Suddenly a loy, William Mieppard, son
of the guide book publisher, saw a tongue
of flame escaping from the cupola of ob
servatory towi r which forms the topmost
section of the warehouse. From the
ground to that first flame there were 80
feet of space. The boy gave the alarm
and in a few minutes the men from the
fire stations j ' the Casino find the Termin
al statiog garr 3 flashing along with lijwe
cart, engine and Look and ladder. Tt.a
altitude of the blazing yJ'JVJiliil tower
and its isolutii n from the great main rcfij
nJde the work of the fuemen hazardous
and slow from the outset.
Went to Their Awful Fate.
efore the Iremen got to work several
painters, electric light men and others
employed in the building ascended by the
elevators to the main roof and aftcrwar..
climbed up the spiral staircase, which w
built around the deathtrap of a smoke
funnel, until they reached the balcony
underneath ths cupola. They found that
the flames had gone too far to be smoth
ered by the c hemicals at hand, and wait
ed for the firemen to join them, thinking
they could le of assistance. Captain
Harkness, of t le guards, ordered Sergeant
Douglas to take eight men up to the b z
ing tower and aid the firemen. The ser
geant and his eight men went and by
a strange chance all are alive to tell the
tale and mourn the loss of brave comrades.
Seemed To He No Hanger.
Xot so with the firemen. They went
out on the rot f nnd hauled up the hose
with ropes to t'.ie first story of the towers
on the east and south sides of the ware
house. Others rushed up the spiral stair
way of the main tower to the landing ne. t
the blazing top, and lowered ropes on
three sides fc-r the men below to attach
the hose to. Until this t ime the fire re
sembled the A iming mouth of a smail
blnst furnace and at a distnnce there
seemed to be no danger menacing that
men at work hundreds of feet in the air.
The experienced eye of Chief Murphy, in
command of the World's fair fire depart
ment, failed to suspect any risk to
his men when lie ordered them to go up to
the tower Mow the blaze. But he sent
nearly all of them to a death, the horror
and agony of w hich no human tongue or
pen can descrit e.
Flames Above and Below.
Those few moments of realization that
flames surrour ded them aliove and below,
followed by their Inst act in life, must
have been an eternity of hell to every eoul.
A sixteen-foot ladder was placed from the
first section of rhe tower to a landing on
which the met were, but no one thong! -.
of running a big ladder from the main
roof to the to-vi-r so as to connect with the
small ladder. Without a thought of the
fate that .was goon to overtake them the
thirty odd meii outside the tower were at
work on th east and south sides. All
this time the flumes were burning through
the larger portion of the tower beneath
IT WAS F ATAL HESITATION.
A Fainter Shows the Way to Safety Down
The first intimation of danger came to
the victims when the smoke appeared
under them, and as the wind blew it into
their faces thi y retreated in an orderly
body around the landing to the north side
of the tower, -.vith the exception of one
man, a piunfe:-, who slid down the hose
which had len brought up to the south
side of the tov.-er. It may be that more
would have tken this apparently sure and
safe means of escape had it not been for
the smoke whlc h seemed to envelope them.
It seemed asif the victims changed position
because they fe ired flames would soon fol
low the smok j which they saw. Dsu'i
quickly cam to put an end to suspense
The flames bed been devouring the five
feet of frame work (below the men) which
surrounded th.j iron funnel that pierce I
the tower. Qusckasa flash flames burst
through the square tower just underneath
the imprisoned men, on all sides, fti a
few seconds the imprisoned ones felt the
scorching fire xming and with one im
pulse of self-tiri-servation the men moved
quickly to vhere the ropes were attached
at the north weft corner. They could not
look down r.ad see the flames because of
the projeefng cornices, but they knew
where the rojes were. There they stood
huddled together, some without their
coats, others hat less, and all preparing to
save tbemse! -ee if they could.
The man nearest the rope grasped it and
descended; but for only a dozen feet. The
flames had no mercy; the rope was burned
in two, and wit i feet downward the first
victim shot through the air to the main
roof. He turn id partly over before he
truck. A great cry of anguish and fear
came up from thousands on the ground
and at other po nts where the first of these
awful leaps and falls could be seen.
Strong men wept and became hysterical.
They cried aloud for God to save those poor
souls penned tntween the flames. They
got on their nt es and prayed to God that
all might mipht not perish. Women could
be seen everywhere fainting and wringing
their lianas, ntaing or lurnirg away uieir
faces and crj ing hysterically at the sick
But worse was to follow. Xo sooner
had one man struck the roof than another
leaped from iae tower before the horrified
gaze of the spectators. His body kept
- straight fee' down until near the roof,
when he turned a somersault and a second
cry of horror came from thousands of
throats. The two ropes on the north side
Of the tower ..here the doomed men were
huddled at the edge, were useless for the
saving of life, yet for the first possession
of the corner one at least ten fought. One
by one they dropped from the tower, some
clinging to 'he burning rope as far as it
afforded them any hold and then shooting
through a solid sheet of flame to the roof.
The last man on that tower died the
hero's death among all those heroes who
faced the furnace below them. He had
waited without apparent fear until there
was only himselft left, like Casabianca,
who stood on the burning deck. He was
a fireman and he grasped the remnant ot
burning rope just, us the whole tower
structure parted diagonally and fell
towards the north, right over the prostrate
bodies of the poor fellows who had leaped
to the roof to escape the pitiless flames.
The last man who went down to death
with the tower kept feet down as far as
the rope went and then the rush of the
flames and air was so great that his body
was turned rcind and round in the passage
within sight of all and the blazing tower
flell over his farm making a funeral pyre
and ending his agony if he was not dead
before striking the roof.
HEROIC DEED OF THE DAY.
Brave Rescue of Captain Fitzpatrick by
Three of His Men.
The most sublime deed of heroism in
that tragic hour was performed by three
firemen in an attempt to save the life of
their superior officer, Captain James Fitz
patrick, the assistant fire chief at the fair.
He was on the roof when the tower fell
over without warning, and his leg was
broken, besides being hurt by falling tim
bers. Being on the east side of the root
he thought he was in no immediate dan- '
per, as a truck ladder was close to the
edge ready for any emergency. The cap- '
tain crawled toward the edge of the roof
already on fin and held out his hand in a '
mute appeal for help. The hand was seen j
by Captain Kennedy, of hook and ladder '
fit' and two of his men climbed up the
ladder fighting their way throngh the
flames which burst through the whole east
side and from the roof, while three streams
of water were turned on the brave men
The fiery gauntlet was run unflinchingly
to the top. Captain Kennedy climbed over
into what seemed a lied of flame, but he
reaHpeared in a few secends dragging the
body of Captain Fitzpatrick. A rope was
fastened about the unconscious and dying
captain's body and with difficulty he was
lowered to the ground enveleped in flames
hurled partly back by streams of water.
The noble rescue, although it only re
sulted in saving the captain's body from
further mutilation by fire, was watched by
thousands of people in breathless suspense
and rewarded by a mighty cheer when the
body reached the ground to be laid on a
stretcher and borne to the hospital in the
ambulance. But the doctors shook their
heads doubtfully when the burned and
broken form was carried in. The captn5 1
never recovered consciousness and died at
As soon as the ruins were cooled suffi
ciently by the firemen, the work of search
ing for bodies began. The first body was
taken from the smoking mass about .:3i.
It was evidently a fireman, as a blue shirt
covered the trunk, which was all that whs
found of the unfortunate. A short time
later two more were taken from the ruins.
Under one of the bodies was found a
broken sword a mute informer of its
wearer's? identity a Columbian guard.
The other body was of course unrecogniz
able, as it was charred to a cinder. Two
more bundles of flesh were discovered at
short intervals about 8 o'clock and one
more at 9:40. In all six bodies, horribly
burned, were takeu out when operations
were stopped for the night on account of
None of the wives of the men composing
companies 1 and S appeared on the scene,
their friends making the trip to the fair
grounds for them to ascertain if possible
the extent of the calamity. When they
were informed of the real truth of the
horrible affair they grew faint at heart
and it was some time before they cou'd
muster up courage to depart for the strick
en firesides with the heart-breaking intelli
gence. SAD MEETING OF SURVIVORS.
Half of One Fire Company Dead or
Wounded A Desperate Fight.
At the fire station between Machinery
hall and (he terminal station the remnants
of Company D. gathered to rest them
selves after their terrible day's work in
the lower floor of the building. The com
pany at half pnst I numbered twelve men;
just one half that number were present.
Captain Thomas P. Barry was reported as
being in the Emergency hospital suffering
from serious internal injuries; his brave
followers, 'Phil" Breen, Paul Schroeder
and William Denning, were dead. John
Cahill was thought to lie under the pile of
blnckened debris which occupied the space
upon which but a few hours ago the hand
some cold storage building was standing.
John McBride, the driver of the truck, was
in the hospital, but his comrades could not
speak of him for his injuries were re
ported to be fatal.
The brave fireman had made the jump
with his fellows. Both the poor fellow's
legs and one arm were broken in several
places and he was badly burned about the
head. The men had made the terrible
leap as the only possible chance of saving
their lives and landed on the tar and
graveled . roof only to be so solidly im
bedded in the sticky, yielding composition
that they could not extricate themselves.
Thus imprisoned on the roof they were
held firmly until the huge tower crashed
upon them and sent them down in the
fiery furnace underneath. The survivors
of the company who were lucky enough to
escape with coats burned off their backs
were too unsettled from the horrifying or
deal to give any further details and Cap
tain Hyams asked that the men be al
lowed to rest for the rest ot the even
ing. While the bulk of the fire fighting forces
was engaged in their hazardous work in
the doomed building, a scene of great
bravery was enacted on a little shed be
tween the barn and the color department
in the rear of the Cold Storage building,
directly in the path of the hot air and
dense smoke swept southward by the
wind. Cptain William J. Sanderson, of
the Columbian guard, assisted by ten of
hi company, Engine company No. 49, from
thn stock yards and several willing visitors
had placed three leads of hose upon the
brdl and in the midst of a storm of fire
ana" mhokc stoou tneir gxouua ngming
; like demons to keep the fire from the paint
shop filled with inflammable paints, oils,
varnishes and flimsy material used in
Had the fire reached the paint shop it
would have quickly spread to the store
house of the Wellington Catering com
pany and from there on there would have
been no balking the progress of the de
structive element until it had burned its
way throng', the train sheds and dairy
barns to the south edge of the park. The
men stood their ground for an hour, and
.after seeing their object achieved retired
with blistered faces and burned clothes.
The act wa cheered by thousands of
The kodak fiend was upon the scene in
the form of the man who pushed the but
ton of a kodak while the doomed men
were huddled together on the northeast
corner of the blazing tower, jnst previous
to taking their terrible leap for life, the
man with the camera appeared on the
platform of the elevated road. He rested
his box upon the railing and after a de
liberate aim photographed the men, many
of whom wtre already hanging from the
corner. He took three or four snap shots
as the men were dropping and then walk
ed away to a more advantageous place.
The act was witnessed by many people,
who hissed the perpetrator.
All the men of the Third infantry, U. S.
A., on duty iu the exposition camp, the
French Marine corps, the Spanish mili
tary guard and "Buffalo Bill's" cowboys
reinforced the 300 uniformed guides, the
ambulance ar.d hospital corps, which
worked in order and effectively.
The fronts of all buildings in the block
between Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth
streets on Stony Island avenue were set
on fire by the intense heat. The narrow
street separating these buildings from the
burning pile was filled with sparks and
dense smoke, and great confusion reigned
for some time. The loss, however, will
not be over 10, 000.
Before the flames were subdued a con
fession of judgment was entered in the
superior court against the Hercules Iron
works, owner of the building, for fl-VS!' '"i
in favor of Malek A. Toring and others.
HEAVY LOSS OF PROPERTY.
nerenles Company Lours Half a Million
Relief for the Bereaved.
The warehouse, engine and ice making
flPtjwhich was the property of the Her
cules Iron company, of Chicago, repre
sented an expenditure of $TWv. tliei-e
were three engines which cost eim.OOO, each
operated by three immense boilers, now
exposed. The ice making machinery was
turning out 100,000 tons of ice a day. In
the cold storage vaults were a stock of
vegetables, fruits, wines, liquors, fruit
and dairy products valued at 140,000, all
of which is destroyed. A large part of the
wines and liquors belonging to the exhibi
tors in the viticultnral sections and all
the stored goods are believed to be
insured. M. F. Ryan, the night manager
of the warehouse, says there was no insur
ance on the building and plant.
Two hours after the fire was out f"2.4O0
had been snliscribed for the families of the
dead men. Byron L. Smith, president of
the Northern Trust compr.ny, headed a
subscription list with ?1.0i 0 placed oppo
site the name of the Northern Trust com
pany. President Higglnbotham followed
it with jCk5. Commissioners Massey ard
St. Clair each set down $100 opposite their
names and the manager of the Philadelphia
cafe subscri' ed a like amount. Just then
two Columbian guards arrived with two
cigar boxes heaped with coin and bills
which when counted netted more.
Boxes wer placed inside of all the gates
and were hardly in position In-fore tue
money began to rattle intctii-iu. Nearly
everybody that passed through the turn
stiles dropped something in.
Taking Out the Bodies.
World's Fair, Julv 11. Early
this morning four more bodies were
taken from the ruins of the Cold
Storage building, recognition being
absolutely impossible, though it is
certain they are not firemen, clearly
showing that others were victims.
Fifteen bodies have been recovered
at this time. Four Columbian
guards are still missing and the
death list is decidedly incomplete.
"Tne Leaveuworcii i&an.) coal miners'
strike has been declared off, and the men
return to work at the figures offered by
the mine owners when the walk-out oc
curred. The strike has been in force six
weeks and the miners have lost JC7.500
during their idleness.
PR YOU IN NEED?
Want a cook
Want a partner
Want a oituatlon
Want to rent rooms
Want a fervant giil
Want to sell a farm
Want to sell a honre
Want to exchange anjtbinjr
Want te fell household goods
Waul to make any real estate loans
Want to stll or trade for anything
Want to And customers for anything
CSK THESE COLUMNS.
rHB DAILY AKQUS DELIVERED AT YOUR
door every evening lor lStfc per week.
OAKDERS AND ROOMERS WANTED AT
him second avenue. Call mornings.
I OST-ON OH NEAR THE FERRY. A POCKET
U book Finder will )leae retain to Arocb
LOST A OOLD BOW-KNOT PIN WITH EN
ameled forget-me-not . Finder will be re
warded at Amies office.
LADIES WISI110 TO MAKE fa WEBKLY
by doing writing at their homes, addrces, en
closiig stamp. Miss Loo is Fairfield, South Bend,
JOTICK TO CONTRACTOBS.
Sealed proposals will be received at the City
Clerk's offlcc. Bock Island, 111., antll Monday,
Aug. 7, 1B93 at 5 o'clock p m.. for con trading
the improvement ordered by an ordinance of
of the city of Rock Island, passed June V. 1893,
entitled 'An ordinance for the improvement of
Seventeenth and Nineteenth streets from , the
aontta line of Third to the north line of Fouth
avenne, and of Twenty-th-rd street from tbe
south line of 1 bird to the nonh line of Fourth
avenue, from the south line ot Fifth avenue east
along said Twenty-third street south to a line M0
feet routh of and parallel with the south line of
Ninth avenae." Under the above ordinance, the
said streets are ordered curbed with curb stones,
excavated and graded, improved and paved with
pavlrur brick of good quali'y.
Plans and specifications for said improvement
on file at the City Clerk's office.
Ah bids mast be accompanied with a 'certified
check in the aum of (500 payable to tbe order of
the treasurer of aald city, which sball became
forfeited to said city to cage the bidder shall fail
to enter into contract with approved sureties tt
execute tbe work for the plana mentioned In his
bid and according to the plans and specifications
io the evtnt that the contract shall be awarded to
The right to reject any or all bids or proposals
is hereby expressly reserved by said city.
Bock Island, IV Jane 13, 189J.
A. D. HUBSING, City Clerk .
Beginning Saturday, July 8th, we shall place
our entire stock ot LADIES' WAISTS on sale a;
preatly reduced prices. Sale takes place un the
Second floor. Don't fail to attend.
KLUG, HASLER, SCHWENTSEF
Dry Goods Company. Davenport, Iowaf
Cut in Half.
We give a few of the bargains which we will
offer this week:
Japanese tea-pot? ?, M, 17c
While granite plates, .Oin 03c
" Gin 04c
" side dishes 05c
" covered sugars 15c
White pranite "akers.. .7, 10. 1;
" platers 9,
" " scollop nappies 7,
18 qt dish pans
8 in pie tins
Til '- f
Everything in the store will be slaughteredthis
week. Everything must go. Come early 'and
avoid the rush.
Geo. E Kingsbury
FAIR AND ART STORE.
LEND US YOUR FEET
Just long enough to give us a chance to shoe
Bat it looks as if it would I
in it soon, and th9 sooner yo"j
foot is in ne of our fine $3.cQi
shoes, th more fortunate if
will ba. Because we know thi.;4
shoe, we want you to know i
becanee it wears as n other shoe will wear, we want on
wear it. It is absolutely the cheapest thing in shoe-leather at! j
mere iswi any limit to ine satistactioa that It gives. No mattrf
what you pay, j ou get no better when you get the best it is H
luxury in footwear and not a high priced luxury at that, i t
isn't trying to those who try it. Try it.
7" 1 J- e nk
1704 SECOND AVENUE. -
DOLLARS for SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS
Were we to give you silver dollars for 75c
it wouldn't take you long to decide to come
for them, would it ?
Well we're not exactly doing that; but we're letting
the profits go on all trimmed hats and bonnets for
ladies and children, and are thus giving y u a dollar
in value for 75c In money. This sale is going on this
$2.00 Hats cut to $1.50
$2.50 " $1.85
$3.00 " " $2.25
$4.00 " " $3.00;
$5.00 " $3.25
and all intermediate figures are 'proportionally re
, duod. World's Fair spoons given away with everv
purchase of $3 or more.
114 West Second street Davenport, lewa.
Ladies' Suits and Jackets nearly Given Away