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MEN PLAY HEROES IN BIG FIRE
SAVE TWENTY-FIVE GIRLS
Because Kraus Brothers & Loewy,
owners of the cleaning and dyeing es
tablishment at 308-10 W. 24th street,
put up exceptionally heavyjron doors
and bars as a precaution against a
possible burglary, a fire in the place
yesterday nearly caused the tragic
and horrible death of 25 girls employ
ed there. '
The place is filled with gasoline,
benzine and other high inflamables.
"When fire broke out there Monday.
25 girls and two men employed there
were working at the foot of a flight
of stairs. Behind them the flames
were lashing the walls. Great vol
umes of smoke rolled by them.
In front of them escape was cut off
by a door composed of heavy iron
bars. It was double bolted and pad
locked from the outside.
At, another side half way up the
stairway was a window. But it, too,
was composed of heavy iron bars.
But the presence of the two men
saved the girls. They realized that
owing to the fear of burglars that
obsessed Kraus Bros. & Loewy, es
cape was impossible, and . unless
something was done quickly they
were going to die down there.
They acted immediately. One
man stooped. The other climbed up
and stood on his back. In this posi
tion he began a fight to open a hole
in the corrugated roof. He scraped
and tore with his bare hands and
finally managed to open a hole large
enough for the girls to be passed
The officials of the company of
fered no explanation as to why the
doors were padlocked. In fa'ct the
only talking they did was in an ef-f
fort to claim credit for the .girls'
miraculous escape. They didn't
mention the heroes who stole away
in order to avoid giving their names.
Building Commissioner Henry
Ericcson followed his usual custom
in commenting on such cases and
eaid he "couldn't understand-it."
THE LAUNDRY MAN
By Jim Manee. .
He oft comes to the rescue
Of the man who's going out,
And when he disappoints you
It makes a person shout:
"I haven't. got a collar, .
Nor a shirt that-. I can see.
I wonder where the dickens that
Old Laundry Man can be?"
P. S. Cheer up! What goes to the
laundry must come back.
TEARS AND TIERS
As Hamlet I meet with no cheers,
No curtain calls fill me with fears.
I can't make them grieve,
But I know when I leave
That all -of the seats are in tiers.
o o :
William Sleet, 60,i712-Carroll av.,
Mrs. Minnie O'Neil, 30 N. Peoria
st., bitten by bulldog.
Generally fair Tuesday and
Wednesday;slightly warmer Wednesday.