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-. FULL WIRE' REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
50a S. PEORIA ST. 398
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 2, No. 28 Chicago, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 1912 One Cent
SISTERS OF CHARITY BURN TO DEATH SAVING
CHILDREN FROM BURNING ORPHANS HOME
San Antonip, Tex., Oct. 30.
Six Sisters of Charity sacrificed
their lives to save the children in
their charge"when the St. John's
orphan asylum burned, to the
Despite the.heroism of the Sis
ters, two oTjffie , children were
burned to death. ' r
The fire 'broke out early-in the
morning. The cause of it' is not
known.'' When discovered it was
beyond aU control.
Through the spioke andflames,
the Sisters quietly went from cot
to cot, awakening the children
and marshalling them toward the
The fire department had. ar
rived by this time. Sttearns of
water were playing on the burn.
ing orphanage, and fire nets were
spread on every side.
One by one, 88 of the 90 chil
dren of the orphanage were con
ducted to safety by the Sisters.
It was thought that 11 of them I
were out. i ne listers oegan a last
search through the "building.
Four of them never came back
from that search. Their charred
bodies have been found.
Sister Mary Kostka was cut off
from aU escape on the fourth
floor. She jumped from a win
dow. She missed the life net,
and died in the hospital today.
Mother Superior Mary of the
Cross and two other Sisters es
caped, burned, but alive.
And then Mother Mary heard
a child's cry from the hospital,
and while spectators stood abash
ed, she dashed back into the burn
ing building to rescue it.
She found the child on the third
floor, and 'battled her way
through the flames to a' window.
Just as Fire Chief Wright was
raising a ladder to the window,
the third floor gave way, and
Mother Mary and the child were
plunged to death. ' The child was
Charles Mothlow, age 3. The
other child is yet unknown. All
the children were between 2 and
12 years old.
The Sisters who gave their
lives with Mother Maty were:
Sister Francis Posteur, native
of France Sister Petera Stevens,
.native of Ireland; Sitser Ieaco
dia Nolan, native of Ireland ; Sis
ter Monica, Monnez, native of
Mexico, and Sister Mary Kotska
native of Kaldar Island.
Miss E. Estandish and Miss A
DeTemple,. employes of the or