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"when I'm in: Chicago I 'Stay at the
"And where are .you when you're
not in Chicago?" asked-the'reporter.
"In some other city."
Which, ,of course, explains every
thing about Miss Edith Newcomb.
CROWD WATCHES SENSATIONAL
RESCUE IN BJG FIRE
Fire broke out in an apartment
house at 3141 Michigan avenue early
Six families escaped tosafety from
the burning building, but William
Davis, his 23-year-:qld.wif e, Anna, and
their 1-year-old baby were trapped
"Tby the flames on the third story.
The fire department-was slow in ar
riving. Most of thei companies were
out at the big Armour fire' in the
stockyards. ' ' "
Davis tore up" a bed quilt and two
sheets and fashioned the strips into
He tied.this rope around hisnight
gownedwife's waist and lowered her
from a window. -
Slowly he.paid' out the rope ; slowly,
jerkily, the woman's body was near
ing the ground.
The crowd that had collected in the
street below, began to cheer.
And then a scorching tongue of
flame shot" from a second-story win
dow. It curled about the woman. Her
nightdress caught fire and shriveled
into nothingness. '
Davis began paying out the rope
faster. And .then it was seen that the
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tfie woman's head. The men in the
street groaned; women. cried aloud.
The rope parted. Mrs. Davis crash
ed to' the sidewalk.- She is in , the
Mercy' Hospital now. She is badly
burned. One of. her arms is broken.
She is, not expected to live.
JDavis becamehysterical when .he
saw his wife fall to what seemed
immediate death. For a moment it
seemed as if he were about to jump
from the window.
Then ie. remembered the baby.
He pulled in the burned sheet rope,
wound 'it 'around his baby and began
lowering the little form from the
window. ' '
The flames shot around the baby
as if hungry to devour it. Men and
women in the street below shut their
eyes in horror. Firemen shouted they
were coming with ladders.
A. man in the building next door
to the burning, apartment opened, a.
window and shouted to. Davis
through, the smoke and flame.
"Don't lower her;" he cried. "Swing
her over-to me."
Davis began, swinging the rope like,
a pendulum. Once, twice, four times
the man in the open window reached
far out for the baby. Four times he
failed. " -
But the fifth time he caught the
baby's clothes and: -pulled ,the' little
morsel of humanity in to safety. And
the crowd in the street cheered,
madly, wildly. '
Davis wds rescued by firemen.
Earlier rin the' morning there had
been a fire in the building at 3142
Michigan avenue, directly opposite
the apartment building. It was put
out, but it is thought that "burning
embers from that;blazei started "the
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TO THE HEN
By Tom Jackson.
Yes, beef is high,
But eggs are cheap.
Lay on, Oh, Hen,
Right at it keep.
Lay on, until s
We have a?chance
To get square with
Cold storage plants.