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DaBIOIBIBIIBBBOIBIBQ CHICAGO , Dec. 31Th e Iroquois theater horror grows apace It is the most terrible theater holocaust in history. Out of the 130 0 persons, mostly women and children, who made up that fatally festal audience yesterday afternoon, barely 30 0 escaped unhurt. The latestfiguresare: Dead 564 missing 314 injured 157, of whom a third will die. The theater was the finest in Chicago, only recently finished and/cost half a million dollars. It was supposed to be absolutelyfireproof. At this moment it stands nearly intact, with an actual property loss liberally estimated at only $20,000, Yet, for a brief but terrible ten minutes its interior was a fiery pit of destruction in which hundreds perished miserably. The greatest loss of life, however, was due to the panic and the wild rush for the exits, and the stairways leading to them. Many of the fire escapes had not yet been put on. ^ DAY O F NERVE * BACKING HORROR FOR STRICKEN CHICAG O X)rdad List of Casualties Summed Up Thus: Dead 564 Missing 314 Injured (of Whom a Third Will Die) 157. *.... j *& '* Scenes at the Horror-Haunted Morgue Are Such as to Appal the Hardest HeartThe Search Relatives Still . Goes On. -"ws^V-s*--. Chicago, Dec, 31.To-day brought only the legacy of yesterday's monu- mental calamity and the prediction that the list of fatalities in the Iroquois theater fire will run over 600 when information is complete. The latest statement of dead at the various morgues is 564 and it is ptated at the various hospitals and hotels to which the injured were removed that, of the 157 persons who were injured, probably one-third cannot live. The missing to-day were estimated at 314, but it was expected that many of these would be accounted for, probably a large majority of them. - "" I t is no extravagance of language to say. that the city Is stunned toy the overwhelming tragedy which was enacted when the theater which housed "Mr. Bluebeard" became a chamber of horrors indeed. There is the deepest woe in hundreds of homes to-day, deep sorrow in a thousand others and a pity beyond the potency of words to convey In all. THE SORROW-HAUNTED MORGUE. The first streak of daylight which shone on the snow-covered streets found, the morgues still the sorrow-haunted center of many a searcher. There were husbands, frenzied parents, wives searching for husbands, husbands searching for wives and parents seeking their children, so many of whom lost their lives. In some instances wide-eyed children, still dazed from the hor- ror of their experience, groped distressedly about in search of father or jnother. The giant stone head of an Iroquois Indian over the grand entrance, fit- ting symbol of the cruelty of the deserted structure, stood forth from a front unstained by smoke or water. Tho serene without, the interior of the theat/r marked it as a true whited sepulchre. STRIKING LIVERY DRIVERS GO TO WORK. , Possibly nothing could better typify the depth of the sympathy felt for those who suffered directly by the calamity than the action of the striking liv- ery drivers. B y a vote, -which -was -without a dissenting- voice, it was decided to establish a truce of ten days. President Albert Young, following the meeting, issued the following decree, which was distributed broadcast: P r- | Owing to the great disaster to the public caused by the fire at the | | Iroquois theater, I do hereby declare a truce in the present strike of un- j | dertakers and livery drivers for ten days, and do further request that j j every man now on strike report at once to their respective places of em- j | ployment, and do everything in his power to assist his employer in caring | t for the wants of the public. Wages are to have no consideration. \ ] In their turn the employers issued a call to their striking employes to re- turn to work, "irrespective of any previous affiliations with any and all or- ganizations," and promising to protect them in all contingencies which may arise in the future. : THE SEARCH FOR RELATIVES. All night long the crowds came and went around the morgues where the bodies of the victims of the disaster lay. There were the heads of families, brothers, sisters and men and women looking for those from outside cities who had been their guests. For hours they passed up and down before the long rows of the dead, searching- for the faces of their missing. SORROW IN GUNSAULUS HOME. Sorrow reigned in the residence of Dr. Frank W. Gunsaulus, the noted divine, who lives at 2618 Prairie avenue. William McLaughlin, 19 years of ag e, a nephew of Mrs. Gunsaulus, was one of those severely burned. H e was taken to the Presbyterian hospital, where the attending physicians entertained no hope for his recovery. Mr. McLaughlin's home is in Buenos Aires. He is a member of the sophomore class of the Ohio Wesleyan university at Dela- ware, Ohio, and was spending his holiday vacation at the Gunsaulus home. He was to have witnessed the marriage of Miss Martha Gunsaulus to Henry Ham- ilton Shueler, which takes place at the Frairie residence this evening. Owing to his condition all invitations ,to the ceremony have been recalled and only the immediate relatives of the bride and groom will be present. , '' THE MISSING GARTZ CHILDREN. _A.11 night search -was kept up for Mary Dorothy Gartz, 1 1 years old, and Barbara Gartz, 4 years old, who attended thft theater with their aunt, Mrs. Adelaide Hoptfelt. To-day their bodies had not been found and there seems to be no doubt that the children have perished. They are the daughters of A. . . F. Gartz and the nieces of R. T. Crane, the millionaire manufacturer of this City. Mra, Hoptfelt "was taKen from the theater severely tourneO. about the head, and shoulders. The children are believed to have be Q caught in the crush, coming down from the balcony, and to have been trampled to death on the staircase leading to the main floor. Walter Zeisler, 17 years old, son .of' Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Zeisler, is among the missing. H e is a nephew of Fanny Bloomfleld Zeisler, the famous pianiste. OTHER MILLIONAIRES BEREAVED. A party consisting of Mrs. Lucy Garn, her two children, Frank, 10 years old, and "Willie, 6 years oldHarrie t "Wolfe, 10 years old, daughter of Ludwick Continued on Second Page. THURSDAY EVENING.DECEMBER 31, 1903. 'SOCIETY. 14 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. of 1300 Barely 300 Escaped Uninjured. The struggle at these choked channels of egress must have been frightful, as the stronger tramping over the living floor of the weaker frenziedly made their way out. Itrwas a battle for lifewith everyone for himself. To this dread but elemental law there must have been many heroic exceptions. The story of these heroes wjio helped others and sacri^ced their own lives, will neverbe known. The responsibility of thefireis ascribed to careless electric light operators who placed their apparatus too near the scenery. Then there was the fireproof curtain of asbestos that failed to work at the critical moment. It is even charged that it never had worked well The work of rescue was quickly and well organized. * ,*. ~ Hundreds of doctors, nilrses and helpers were almost instantly on the scene, whilefiremen,policemen and volunteers did yeoman work. It will take some time to identify all thedead and account for all the missing. Some of the latter will never be accounted for except in |hg list of, unidentified dead. - -a. ffilNGIPAL OF A FARGO S& wW Hiss Toinette C. Peterson, One of S C. E. Winslow was in Lumber Business at Thief River Falls. Special to The Journal. Thief River Falls, Minn., Dec. 31. C. E. Winslow of this place, who lost his life in the destruction of the Iro quois theater in Chicago, was whole sale salesman for the Thief River Falls Lumber company and was a well known and very popular citizen. The day before Christmas he left his home to'visit his mother and a sister in Milwaukee and later con tinued his trip to Chicago where mat ters of business required his presence. He was about 40 and is survived by his wife and one son. News of his , . i n _$ c*. the Dead, Had Taught There for Eleven Years - C. E. Winslow, Who Was Also Killed, a Business Man of Thief River Falls. Both Were in the East to Make Holi day Visits upon Their Relatives. Special to The-Journal Fargo, N. p., Dec. 31. Miss Toinette C Peterson, who was one of the victims of the great fire in Chi cago, was principal of the Central school building in this city. She had taught in the Fargo schools for eleven years, a great part-of Which she was in one of the grades of the Lincoln building- Miss Peterson was popular and very competent. She was about 35 and her former home was Rushford, Minn. She was born in Fillmore county, Min nesota. - At the close of the schools for the holidays she went to Chicago to visit her sister, Mrs. James Maloney, at 605 Washington avenue. They attended the matinee yesterday and were both killed. A brother wired here that he had found the body of his married sister, but had been unable to locate that of Miss Peterson. He was notified at which morgue the remains were and later sent word that he had found both bodies. It is presumed that Miss Peterson's body was not burned, as identification was evidently made from her card cace, and Fargo was notified last night by the undertaker. LEFT WIFE AND SON - _ Albert Young, j WWIMMMWMWHWmwMlw||||||, '1 . ^_ ENTRANCE TO THE IROQUOIS THEATER death was telegraphed to his relatives and friends here to-day. W. N. MILLS BEREAVED Menominee Attorney Lost a Sister and Sister-in-Law. Special to The Journal. Menominee, xviich., Dec. 31.Attor- ney W- N. Mills, of this city, lost his sister. Isabel Mills, age 20, and sister in-law, Mrs. Ward Mills, in the Iro quois theater fire in Chicago yesterday. His brother, Ward Mills was badly burned about the face and arms and is in a Hospital. The. bodies ox. the women were not recovered. W. N. Mills received a telegram last night from his brother, telling him ^ IHHtTOt Number in audience estimated at.... ... ...1,300 Number of dead bodies taken from building or lying in hos pitals 504 Number of injured, of whom a third will probably die ... , 157 that Mrs. Mills and Miss Mills were lost. He took the train at once for the city and telephoned home this morn ing that in the crush to get out of the theater his brother had been separated from his wife and sister and shoved out with the crowd! The women were not seen again and it is certain they perished. ROOSEVELT SENDS A MESSAGE. j Chicago, Dec. 31.The following message was received this morning: | | To Hon. Carter H, Harrison* Mayor, Chicago: ~ j In common with all our people thruout this land I extend to you, to | the people of Chicago, my deepest sympathy in the terrible catastrophe | which has befallen them. THEODORE ROOSEVELT. ,, M , M , M STATISTICS O F THE DISASTER. , ||MMWt Cost of the Iroquois Theater....:...:.... 1.: /.:. . .. .$500,000 \ Actual property loss on building . * 20,000 , WMttM , MttM tMWtWIMHWMWMWM Two Iowans Killed. Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 31.John Holland, of the firm of Holland and New, wall paper and paints, and daughter Lillian, aged 35, were both killed in the Chicago fire yesterday. Telegrams to that effect were received here this morning. Mr. Holland and his daughter went to Chicago two weeks ago to spend the holidays. Washington, D. C , Dec. 31. Number of missing, some of, whom may yet turn out to be living Number of those who escaped from theater without serious * injury .... JAMMING OF CURTAIN CAUSED BY WIRE FOR - - - - She Swung Out Over the Audience on a Wire So Placed as to Prevent Cur tain's Descent. Theatrical Men Think There Was Carelessness -3- in Placing Arc Light Too Near the Scenery, Chicago, Dec. 31.The cause of the "jamming" of the asbestos cur- tain, considered the cause of the disaster, was explained to-day by an inspector for the underwriters who made a tour of the house and found that the wire on which the queen of the aeriel ballet flew out over the audience in the second act held the ashestos,curtain in place and prevented it from being lowered. It was shown by the inspector that the wire on which the most spec- tacular feature of the show was made practically caused the holocaust. Chicago, Dec. 31*Among many theatrical men employed in the other Chicago theaters the responsibility for the fire was ascribed to-day to the careless placing of electric arc light apparatus too close to one of the hanging borders of the scenery. The electrician of a leading Chicago theater expressed great surprise on hearing that this was considered a possible cause of the fire. "There never would have been any fire," he said, "if proper care had been exercised in handling the lights. The electric plant of the theater was in- stalled, as I happen to know from personal observation, in accordance with every modern requirement for safety. The plant was not to blame. If what I have learned is true, the whole blame rests on the person who placed, or was operating a light so close to the curtain." ' ASBESTOS CURTAIN NEVER /WORKED WELL. The failure of the expected fire protection is attributed by insurance men to trouble with the asbestos curtain. The stage is always recognized as the danger point in a theater and the desire is to have it cut off from the audi- torium as thoroly as possible. The insurance men declare that the curtain at tne Iroquois never had,, worfced. perfectly and. that the mechanism, had, not been repaired. ' M**M*tt*t**m LOSS IS ONLY $20,000. ? ........... _ . i E. R. Wetmore, of the insurance firm which placed the insurance on the Iroquojs theater, declared to-day that the loss would not exceed $20,000. He also asserted that the spread of the flames to the auditorium was due to the failure of the asbestos curtain to work properly. ~ * A TRADE JOURNAL'S WARNING. , ^ On the other hand, a prominent trade Journal of Chicago criticized th construction of the Iroquois theater early last summer, because it lacked a shaft or flue at the back of the stage for carrying the flame's and smoke up- ward and away from the auditorium in the event of lire. Such shafts were built in Madison Square jGarden and the Metropolitan opera-house in New York and a similar provision is made at the Chicago Auditorium. * - " FIREPROOFING WAS DEFECTIVE - ' - The method of flreproofing the balcony and gallery,was also declared by this magazine to he. defective because metal. lath, was used in what is known as exposed construction, where heat would easily affect it. In modern fire- proof buildings this lath is buried in concrete. It was the' buckling out of this metal lath and iron rods, giving the impression that the galleries themselves were falling, that is believed by some of the contractors to have been partly responsible fox- the panic. There was no criticism of the strength of: the gal- lery and balcony arches, which were built in the usual manner. 314 WHAT CHIEF MUSHAM SAYS TO-DAY. * Chief Musham, of the fire department, when -asked to-day what would best prevent a repetition of the horror, said: "I don't know as I can answer that question until an investigation has been made as to the cause of this fire. On the whole, I suppose it would be a good thing for the department to have active uniformed men prepared to act stationed in every theater thru every performance. I understand that New York has them and that they are paid by the management of the theaters. 266 "They had a man in the Iroquois who was an ex-member of the Chicago fire department He was old, but he should have known what to do. It seems to me that there is nothing in the world, at least nothing that I can think of at the present moment, that can save lives -when a thousand, persons try to pass thru one doorway at one time. It was the rushing, the crowding \& "4 *rf .?% TCI It' : h