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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 22, 1913, Image 6

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W. A. Paulsen, wife of real estate
dealer and lawyer.
Thos. Geary, one of four Eigh
teenth wardmen indicted for election
frauds by Judge ooper's special
grand jury, surrendered" himself last
night Released on $10,000 bonds.
Body of F. Henry, 2528 W. Madison
St., discovered in his little shop. Had
shot and killed himself about week
After settlement of lockout of
Building Trades Council men, the
building construction bosses find they
are 8,000 men short
Rev. Thomas A. -Taylor, pastor of
Methodist church, Montgomery, 111.,,
deserted and left penniless his wife
and three children.
Judge Petit wants to have streets -around
Criminal Court bldg. paved
with blocks to deaden noise of traffic.
Tony Walczowski, 4737 Ada St.,
firemen of Chicago Packing Co., got
fractured skull in fight with two men
who escaped.
Lloyd Robillard, adopted son of J.
K. Orvis, Waukegan attorney, drown
ed near Ladysmith, Wis.
Jane Addams, in speech at Univer
sity of Chicago, said suffragettes of
England had to be militant
Jackson, Miss., July 22. Thirty
three trapped convicts were burned
to death at the Oakley convict farm,
twe'nty miles southwest of Jackson,
at midnight last night. All were ne
groes. ,
The convicts never had a chance.
They were locked in a wooden cage
on the second floor. Their windows
were heavily barred. There was no
fire equipment on the farm.
. The fire started on the first floor
near the stairway landing. It cut off
the only way of escape for the con
victs, the only way by which they
might be rescued.
The building was wooden, built ten
years ago with lumber taken from
the old penitentiary building in Jack
son. The lower floor was used for
storing hay, corn and molasses.
. The fire spread rapidly.
. The first the two night watchmen
knew of the fire was when the flames
burst through the windows of the
lower story. Before they could reach
the building the whole upper story
was blazing, the shrieks of the trap
ped convicts were rending the night.
The farm was in charge of Ser
geant S. T. Byrd of the penitentiary
guard. The first news of the fire was
telephoned by Byrd to his wife here.
"I can't explain it," he said. I
have not the slightest idea how the
fire started. It may have been a
match dropped carelessly at the stair
way.' I don't I can't believe it was
"There was never a chance for the
prisoners. The blaze was going good
before it was discovered. When we
reached the building the fire was a
roaring furnace around the only
stairway leading to the upper floor of
the cage.
"All the upper windows were cov
ered with heavy iorn bars. The con
victs could not fight their way
through them. '
"We did all we couldl But it was
useless. The cage was doomed from
the first The piteous cries" Byrd's
voice broke into a sob "of the pris
oners whd were being roasted alive
demoralized us. We had no fire pro
tection or fire fighting apparatus.
The buckets of water thrown on the
building by other prisoners had no
Mrs. Byrd became hysterical.
When she recovered she carried the
news' to Mrs. O. M. Spickard, secre
tary of the prison board, and acting
warden of the penitentiary.
Coroner J. W. Beall has left Ray
mond for the farm with a jury. He

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