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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 09, 1912, Image 6

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But at 9:10, after th'e most
thrilling and heroic work ever
seen at a New York fire, firemen
fought their way into the main of
fice, -and dragged out Giblin, who
immediately collapsed. The oth
er two were dead.
Fire Commissioner Joseph
Johnson first saw the men. Re
gardless of personal danger he
bent over the grated window and
peered into the agonized face of
the only one of the trapped men
still on his feet.
"We'll get you out, old man,"
he shouted.
Fireman James Dunn leaped to
the assistance of his,chiefvBefore
he could reach the window, Fath
er McGeean, chaplain of the de
partment, went to the window.
Over his head a dozen streams of
icy water were playing against
the seething walls. Showers of
-stone fell about the young priest.
Chips struck him on the liead and
shoulders, and brought the blood
in flowing streams.
Drenched to the skin, as the ice
formed about him, Father Mc
Geean stood calmly facing death
and moved not until he had ad
ministered to the imprisoned man
the last rites of the church to the
Then he was dragged away,v
and the mad work of rescue went
Fireman Dunn froze, and curs
ed, and wept, and worked sav
agely, heroically, Mnadly. Then
his comrades dragged him away,
and Fireman Brown "took his
place with the little steel saw at
the "bars behind 'which gloomed
Giblin's fke.
Brown shouted words of en
couragment, and worked as Dunn
had worked until he too was drag
ged away to the hospital. Fire
man Young took his place. Young
gave out, and William" Lark took
his place.
And it was Lark wHo broke
through the bars" at last, and div
ed through, and fought fire and
smoke and drenching streams of
water, until he reached Giblin,
andpassed him, dying, through
thejjrating. -
Later, Lark, returned, and
found the body of John Campeon,
captain of the vaults. He was
dead. A few minutes later he
stumbled over another body in
that inferno of smoke and flame,
and dragging it to the grating
passed it out. t It was that of
William Sheetian. Sheehan was
not dead, but is not expected to
At 9:15 o'clock Giblin. was
rushed to the Hudson street hos
pital. But the firemen had fought
?n vain, for the physicians at the
hospital report that Giblin is dy
ing from burns and exposure. .
o o '
Our purpose should be and I
think it is to help to abolish'
poverty and to make our country
a better one for the coming gen
erations. Wherefore, as Lincoln
says, having thus chosen our
course, let us renew our trust in
God and go forward without fear
and with manly hearts Gilson
Gardner. ' -

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