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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 09, 1912, Image 4

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TXhe. clerk didn't- answer, be
cause .the other clerks were;
throwing wafer in his face, and
hoping he'd come to without their
having to caH a doctor
2 But, you can understand how
the staff feels about it. You'd
f eef the same way. if you'd been
wasting all ,your precious sympa
thy. a blam.e bull pup and a
French oner at that for three
days. ,
' As. for Bobbie Bobbie will
live, and. Mr. Wadsworth wjll be
out about 500 because of that
notable event the money haying
bgen spent in rushing Bobbie
hee for treatment, and for dog
doctor's fees, and telegrams and
"white qf egg, solution of milk
and whisky," and things.
The Barnett lodging house,
649-51 South Clark street, the
home of nearly 200 of the crippled
beggars of Chicago, was gutted
by fire today.
Six men are known ttfbelcilled,
and one-woman and-her new born
-child and several offier-people are
dying. " '-
Flames burst out, at . 8:30
o'clock. Only a single alarm was
turned in, and no scaling ladders
or 'heavy truck equipment an
swered the call. Thus the fire
was allowed to gain headway.
The scenes at the fire-were piti
ful. The rooms in the lodging
house are only eight by four feet
It is the custom of the lodgers to
lock themselves in their rooms.
They were caught tike rat's tna
LI 0.p.
Then came the panic. Men
fought with women in the nar
row .stairways, ancLscrearaed nd
clawed at each other in their wild
desire to get out of the burning
building. " "
One wornan, Mrs. Annie Anel
ler, who lived on the third flo'of
of the buildingywas in a delicate
condition. She was so frightened
"by the smoke and flames and the'
wild beast cries of the trapped
men that she gave birth to her
child, there in the dodmed fire-C
Mrs. Anseller is at St. Luke's
hospital. "Neither she nor her
baby can livei
Another man, Thomas Mc
Mahon, trapped on the fourth
floor, climbed out of a window .
and lowered himself "until he
hung by his hands from the win-
dow coping.
There-were hundreds of per
sons in, the street below. They
saW him.- They shouted encour
agement to him. He hung until
his strengthvwas gone, and then
dropped. Not a bone in his body
but was broken by tjie fall.
The firemen did wonderful
work. One after another ofttherri
dropped unconscious from the
smoke. But there was always an
other fo take his place and con
tinue the work of saving lives. i
The fire was extinguished at
10:15. The known dead" are : Jno.
(Collins, 52; J. Dermody, 63; Jno.
Olson, -or Jno. Miller, 38-; Paul
Wagner, -35, and Thomas Mc- i ,
Mahon. - i
-i-f feStai.

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