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SMALL ADVERTISEMENTS For to-morrow's DISPATCH can be loft at main office till midnight or at branch offices till 9 P.M. li$ratrt) . Colum- d. JBE DISPATCH. .ro7 NXS-i FORTY-THIRD TEAR, PITTSBURG, THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 1889. THREE CENTS A Jwins houses to Let can V reaci $ost tenants throucrh. the S WM , t m 4 MEG Eutlilessly Eends Tower ing "Walls and Hurls Tons of Brick on A BUSY BUSINESS MART. Scores of Human Beings Crashed Down to Death in Dehris, "Where OTHERS LIXGEB Df AGOjST While the Mighty Wind Mockingly Over Awful Ruins. Whistles the SAD SIGHTS GREET SEARCHERS Who Faced Death in Eescuing Living and Digging Ont the Dead. the SEVEN MANGLED CORPSES FOUXD, Injured, 10 More Hissing and a Property Loss of $125,000 Tells the Story of A CICLOMC BLiSr IK 1HE CROWDED Clir. One Buried Victim Pitionsly ricads for Watt-r for an Hour, !nt Dies Upon Deinc Exit icnted Rev. Father Cancvin's Heroic Conduct reeding Medicine to an Entombed Hoy Through a Hose Two Men Risk Their Litcs to Snve Him Braio rirrmen Tunnel the Debris to Rc-cue Victims Gallant Work of the Department of Public S?nfety nnd Volun teer Fbynicinns Heartrendln;: Scenes at the Hospitals and in the Moraue The Twenty-Eicbth street Railroad Accident Surpassed Fnll Details of the Horror That Leads the New Year Record. The cyclone which visited Pittsburg yesterday blew down the unfinished seven Btory business building of C. L. "Wilier, No. 37 Diamond street. In falling it par tially wrecked ten other houses which front on "Wood street, Fifth avenue and Diamond jEtreet. Seven people were killed, 35 others are known to be injured, and 10 builders were still missing at midnight. If they are found under the ruins to-day, that will make the total number of killed and wounded 52. The loss entailed by the catastrophe will not fall short of 125,000. THE Black . jj . jyigci suae a hurried flight er Pittsburg yesterday. Its deadly breath lingered only for a moment; but there was left a trail so ghastly with blood and ruin that it cannot be effaced. The catastrophe at the corner of Diamond and "Wood streets caused by the cyclone spread a general gloom throughout the citv. It sur passes the Twenty-eighth street railroad ac cident of eight years ago in horror, and, quite probably, in the number of people killed and injured also. To the victims death came in fearfully contrasted forms. For some it was swift and sudden. The same minute was their farewell to earth, their welcome to eternity. Others passed through an age of agony. Crushed and buried from sight by huge masses of debris, they were compelled to en dure the torture of suspense as well as the suffering of pain. It required hours for rescuers to dig them out. This slow work, the sound of groans and cries, and the sight of dying struggles, made the afternoon one of heartrending incidents. The storm wrecked the buildings at noon day. "When night closed in upon the scene there was still a terrible uncertainty abont the extent of the disaster. And at this writ ing it is believed that many bodies are yet beneath the tons of brick and timbers. "What happened in almost the twinkling of an eye will take two days to comprehend. There Was a Warning. At 12:30 the brickmasons and laborers encaged in the construction of C. L. "Willey's building wereeating their lunches. The men were scattered throughout the structure. On the very top John Huck enstein end Jerry Faulklaud were sitting. It was a breezy altitude. The building had already reached sis stories, and the sev enth was being floored. Its location, on Diamond street, four doors below "Wood street, placed it in a very bad spot for the winds from all three rivers. Sudden as the gale was, there seems to have been a warning at this point. Both Huckenstein and Faulkland noticed two clouds gather off over the hills, and travel very fast, until they converged exactly over head. Huckenstein spoke to his friend about this, and almost the same instant Falkland's hat flew off in a rising wind, which came from the south. The young bricklayer grabbed for the hat, but it fell to the alley below. Scarcely two minutes from that time the storm broke in all its fury. The front of the building had not yet been put in and the wind seemed to enter the hnge shell from the open end. The high walls of bricks and undried mortar were rent asunder as though they were made of children' building 5 "ui .. y iaBKsS ryjr finoSa f-a 'mm., rl H W&i' "r. ,-ipSfAn ISJ w,, .'""Ml -- V,nS mw I f 1 " ?k A - m , .Ci- IHE PKIKCIEAL WBECK: DIAMOND blocks. As the walls parted each fell in a different direction. The Awl'ol Disnstcr. ' Dr. Harrington, the U. S. Marine Sur geon, whose office is in the Chamber of Com merce building, immediately across from the "Willey edifice, was sitting at his desk by the window. The unexpected gust of wind, and the dash of hail against the glass, attracted his attention. As he looked out he observed a few bricks falling, as though hurled from the top of the new building, to the roofs of houses on "Wood street. Glancing closer, he was almost transfixed with horror upon seeing the great, tall brick wall nearest Wood street sway backward and forward. He had not sufficient time to calculate the distance of the rocking motion, for, with a deafening crash, the whole thing went down before his eyes. Not only the one wall col- .lapsed, but he saw, like a flash, fragments of others flung through space. A cloud of dust arose from the wreck so quickly and became so dense that, by the time Dr. Harrington threw open his office window, it had become as dark as night, and he could see nothing whatever, but retired, choked. But a boom like the report of a cannon, away around on "Wood street, took him quickly to the window on that side of the building. There fell the front walls of the two buildings occupied by J. II. Weldin & Co., booksellers. That indicated what the clearing of dust soon proved to be true, that the immense height and weight of "Willey's building had partially wrecked nearly a dozen surrounding houses. Extent of the Rnln. The main force of the crushing building was thrown against "Wcldin & Co.'s stores, on "Wood street, and the barber bhop of Fred Schnmaker at No. 41 Diamond street. The rear end of "Weldin's store was crushed in, and the fronts of both the storerooms were shot out upon the street by the power ful concussion as though blown to pieces by .natural gas. The Diamond alley barber shop was completely demolished. The leather store next to the "Willey building, occupied by W. H. Tomer, was also a total wreck. The"rearendofH."Watts&Co.'s book store was badly damaged. Some of the falling structure struck Joseph Eichbaum's building, breaking the windows and injuring three or four workmen employed there. A piece of the wall of Mrs. McGlone's mil linery store, next to Tomer's building, was broken in, and the roof was covered with brick. "Windows and doors in several other of the surrounding buildings were broken, those on the Diamond alley side of the Ger mania Bank being shattered to fraerments. Confusion turned the scene into one of madness. Within five minutes the streets were filled with an excited crowd, notwith standing the fact that the rain and hail were pouring down in a perfect deluge. Suddenly the big bell sounded an alarm from box 14, corner of Diamond alley and Wood street; but before the firemen ar rived the rumor gained currency that the wreck had taken fire. This was found to be false. Nevertheless a second alarm was rung to get a large number of firemen on the ground for general service in rescuinc people buried in the ruins. The Work of Rcrcoc. Chief J. O. Brown, of the Department of Public Safety, took in the enormity of the V f s '-Aai . Mli wt (?mmmmmii wm x&&8iK3rK ajkv VS'iS&S.- Ttfl sj9 ZarnJr thr- ZZS&'Z, - my .XT-fe ' unmsHiiiKiri Jffiffl!!gSsS -rii 0 fmr Down the Ladder With a "Woman. 3mm), ygMHF "WBF' -' lit Win H JI.14.T' ... -5t. ill! I I II II ..- .zessgg- eZ&ft. tir& .- STREET'S TVIL-LET BPILDING, VIEWED accident at once. Calculating that 30 or 40 persons went down with the wreck, he at once telephoned every section of the First, Second and Third Police districts. His orders were promptly messaged along the beats, and by 1:30 there were 125 policemen at the scene of the accident. Long before that, however, the firemen had begun the work of rescue. Citizens assisted them in the gallant labor. Ladders were rnn up to the second and third stories of the "Wcldin building and the first one taken out was a young lady employed as a typewriter. As many as 15 persons were taken from the various buildings in the first hour. They were lying on top of the debris, or were fastened by timbers so near the surface-that their removal was comparatively easy. Police SnperintendentMcAleesehad sum moned to the corner all the patrol wagons, and soon these were reinforce diy the hospital ambulances. Couriers were dispatched to a dozen doctors' offices. Drs. "Wylie, Sutton, JlcCann, Oldshuc, Logan and Barchfield were among the first to respond. They brought cases of medicine, rolls of bandages and such instruments as might be necessary. They rigged up an 'operating room in the Model restaurant in short order. Then commenced the real work of saving people. The 200 policemen and firemen were furnished with axes, picks and shovels. But the great bulk of bricks, boards and iron pieces had to be picked out and thrown back by hand. This was tedious toil, but crowds of willing citizens were eager to help and every little while fresh localities where men had been bnried were found. These were ascertained by groans or cries which could be heard down through the crevices between rubbish, or by the disco very of hats, coats or bloodstains. THBILLmG SITUATION. The Cries of a Person in Torture Under the Rnins of tho Barber hop no is Rescued, Dying nnd Tied to a- Corpse Saddest of Scenes. By 2:15 o'clock 20 persons had been taken from the ruins. Five of these were already dead. After that, the rescues were fewer and farther between. The deeper down the rescuing party got in the dirt, the harder the bricks and timbers were to handle. Progress was therefore retarded. A thrilling scene occurred at the ruins of the barber shop. There were five people in the shop when the accident occurred, the proprietor, his assistant, a brush boy, and two customers. It is possible there were more; but that will not be known until to day. Soon after the occurrence two terri bly injured men were taken from the ruins The A'oblc Work of Rescuers. of the shop. "While working to find the others the firemen at 2:30 heard a voice far below them. "Water! Water! For God's sake!" came the words in faint tones. The firemen yelled back, and soon came to the conclusion that the voice came from the cellar under the barber shop floor. Their efforts to reach it redoubled. Fully sir feet of debris would have to be penetrated be fore they could hope to get even to the ground floor. A larger force was pressed into service. Every few moments the voice could be heard begging for water. One of the officers thought he saw the glimmer of a light down deep under the wreck. Endeavors to ask the sufferer questions as to his place of im prisonment were made, but he evidently did not hear them. TIED TO A CORPSE Now a stone cornice had to be removed. It weighed nearly a ton. It defied all labor. Si I (fro iWB vai uwr jLi.tff rSo3!iS5r i WlsS-irti.H.. il jft f li. imy )i i3.0;t- y. TEOM GER5IA2TIA SAVINGS BANK. But it seemed right over the spot from whence came the cries, and it simply had to come out of that. A cable was procured, tied about the stone, and 40 men pulled it away in ten minutes. Fifteen minutes later all work was again blocked by the cast-off debris piling up so high on Diamond street as to be in danger of falling back on the workmen. As soon as possible 25 wagons and carts were on the spot, through the generosity of Booth & Flinn. They carried away the rubbish as last as it was thrown out. Still the victim pleaded for water. The strain grew so intense that even brave fire men were visibly affected. Foot after foot of depth was opened. Now came the top of the mirror into view; then the case contain ing shaving mugs. Strange to say, neither mirror nor mugs were broken. At last the remains of the two large shaving chairs in dicated the floor was being reached. William Darley burrowed his head down in the ruins like a dog, and, reappearing, pointed, the way to the cellar door. Itpr? uncovered as fast as human hands could move. Presently the hole resembled the entrance to a dark coal mine on the slope of a hillside. Crawling into this, two of the rescuers soon located their sufferer. A glass of pure water was handed down. Then was heard the sound of gurgling. Perfect stillness had settled down upon the group. Two or three minutes seemed like an hour. Then one of the two men who had descended into the cellar thrust out his arm for a rope. After it was fastened, there was a strong pull, and at 3:30 there came two bodies up into view. One still contained life, but it was unconscious life. He was found lying so close to a corpse that both were tied with the same rope. A FIGHT TOR Mr. The living man was so far gone that there in the ruins Dr. Wylieset to work with him. The poor fellow, whose voice had been heard for exactly an hour, and who had lived un der the debris for three hours, became en tirely unconscious the instant he reached daylight. Dr. Wylie beat the poor fellow's breast, worked his arms, hammered him for quarter of an hour to revive circulation. He uas awarded, and the sufferer slowly opened his eyes and murmured some incoherent words. He was put on a stretcher and started for an ambulance. But in Diamond alley he was found to be dying. A cot was slipped under him, and there in the street Drs. Wylie and Sutton labored to retain life. A hypodermic injection of morphia was made. An umbrella handle was stuck between his teeth to keep the mouth open, while whiskv was poured down his throat. But it was all of no avail. The death gasps came on, and at last, in the final fight ior life, the poor man threw his arms about and his whole body writhed frightfully in the struggle for breath. He died on the road to the hospital. An hour later the colored brush boy was taken from the cellar of the barber shop, dead. The three persons must have been forced down through the cellar door when the building was crushed in. FED -THEOUGH A TUBE. The Kcmr.iknble Experience of One of the Bnried Victims Father Cnnovla'g Bravery and Eicape Dr. Reed btill in tho Ruins. About 0:45 o'clock Joseph Gearing, the 1C year old boy who was employed in Wel din's store, was rescued from the ruins. All afternoon communication was had with the bov who could be heard but whose position was such that it was extremely dangerous to try and liberate him. There was a joist which kept him pinioned in such a way that to cut it wonld, it was thought sacri fice his life. Therefore he was kept alive by means of a rubber tube being run down to him, through which whisky and beef tea were fed to him. It wa3 finally decided to try extreme measures to effect his rescue. Peter Snyder, an expert carpenter and wood worker, and OttoHauck.both of No. 1 Engine Company, decided to cut the beam and trust to luck. This was done and fortunately the beam did not give way. The two firemen had worked in underneath the boy, and after releasing him brought him out the way they got in. The little fellow, who is 16 years old, was at once taken to the Central station and Dr. Oldshue took charge of him. After an ex amination it was found he was suffering from a fractured leg, and was pretty well exhausted alter his seven hours' imprisonment in the ruins. At the station the little fellow showed his great courage by smiling at the doctor and telling him he had n pretty tight squeeze. The physician said he thought the lad's arm was fractured, but the boy replied that it wasn't, as he could move it, and proceedcdto do so. He said that the only thing which bothered him was the whisky they had gave him through the hose made him sick, as he was not accus tomed to drinking liquor. Dr. Oldshue dressed the boy's injuries, and he was re moved to the Mercy Hospital, where he was shortly afterward visited by his father, who was crying. The brave little lad bade his BSimiM. S . SSei- y'li5J5 -i father not cry, as he was not seriously hurt. Dr. Oldshue is afraid the boy has suffered internal injuries. The injured lad lived on Gallagher street, Allegheny. FBANTIC EFFORTS TO SAVE. The exertions of the rescuers were turned during the evening to the leather store, where a young boy named Goettman was incarcerated, but the ruins were so bad at that point that sharp work was an impossi bility. The voice of the imprisoned boy was heard, but it was almost impossible to locate just where he was, so that the men had to be very careful. About 8 o'clock a gang of men started to work to tunnel from the store next door to this building to try and reach the lad, but as the wall of the building was very treacherons the work was very slow. About 9 o'clock another attempt was made to locate the boy's voice, but this time no sonnd could be heard and it was feared the boy died from exhaustion. The workmen did not relax their efforts, but re doubled their energy to try and rescue the imprisoned boy. About 9 o'clock Chief Brown, at the sug gestion of Colonel Norman M. Smith, sent ont to the Pittsburg Transfer station for a number of locomotive headlights to light up the ruins, so that workmen could do faster work. Early in the evening Chief Brown re ceived word from the carpenter's union that 40 of their skilled workmen would volunteer their services to help hunt for their un fortunate brethren who were buried in the ruins. The men were put to work as quick as they reDorted. Chief Brown also made arrangements to procure a number of up right engines, which would be utilized in lifting the heavy material out of the ruins. In the meantime body after body had been taken from the ruins of the Willey building. Two of the patients were treated by the doctors just where they were found to save their lives. But in this wreck the character of the debris was such that the most of it cannot be removed until to-day. There are "many heavy iron pillars to be pulled away which will require blocks and tackle. Young Huckenstein and Faulkland, who fell from the top of the building, were only slichtly hurt, and were able to tell their ex periences to friends. The crowd became so willine to make themselves of service that Chief Brown or dered the streets to be cleared for a square each way. Assistant Superintendent of Po lice Itoger O'Mara called the police, and the streets were roped, and no one was al lowed about the ruins but those assisting in the rescue. This work was continued all afternoon, and at 5 o'clock the Allegheny Electric Light Company had several lights put up so that the work could be continued at night. A pbiest's escape. Father Canevin, who was helping to res cue the victims, narrowly escaped being killed. About.4 o'clock Joseph Goehring, errand boy for Weldin & Co., was discov ered among the debris. He was heard to call for a drink of water, and Father Cane vin and B. J. Develin got a tin of water. Thev were about to let it down to young Goehring through a small gum hose1, when a partition wall in the rear of Weldin & Co.'s store fell J covering up Father Canevin and two or threeothermen. Develin escaped with the handle of the tin which he was holding. When Father Canevin heard the wall cracking he supposed he would be killed, and, pushing Develin aside, he threw his arms around a p illar so as to prevent the air from being cut off from the Goering boy. Fortunately he was not much hurt, and when rescued he was able to walk across the street, where he was attended by Dr. Barch field .Building Inspector Eichlay was also slightly Injured atthekt?m'&' TVELL-KITO'Vra' VICTIMS. It was known that Dr. J. L. Reed, of 119 Sheffield street, Allegheny, who had his office in the Weldin building, was buried in the ruins. He is a well known home opathic physician and ex-clergyman of the Methodist Church. Up to 9 o'clock P. m. he had not been found. His son, T. H. Heed, of the Pennsylvania Construction Company, assisted by Chief Brown and the Building Inspector, were conducting a most thorough search for the remains. Dr. Beed is upward of 80 years of age, has flowing white hair and of patriarchial appearance. The fact of his being missing created a sen sation everywhere. Weldin Mason, the son of Henry Lee Mason, a member of the firm of booksell ers, was just going into the little recess be hind the safe foe his bat and coat when the crash came. He was buried in the debris, but only had his leg-hurt and head slightly cut. He could not be extricated for nearly an hour. "Help the others and do not mind me for a while," he called up through the timbers. Charles Petticord, the secretary, was seri ously injured by tailing brick and was car ried across the street to Backofen's store. Although suffering intense agony, he in sisted that his suffering comrades should be taken care of first, and insisted that they should be placed on the cots first. He also continuously urged the people to go to the rescue of Weldin Mason, whom he had heard calling piteously for help under the ruins. At the time of the accident H. Lee Mason was at dinner, and he did not learn of the catastrophe until about half an hour after ward. He then immediately ran to the scene, and when he entered the door some one ran up to him and informed him that his son was buried under the ruins and was, no doubt, dead. A shudder passed through his frame and his face clouded, but he im mediately collected himself, and in a cool, deliberate manner, assumed direction of the work of rescue at his establishment, saying: "Well, don't let them stop work for an in stant. Keep on until every person who is buried there is gotten out." In a minute the voice of his son was heard from under the wreck, telling the firemen he wis all right, but needed a little air. Mr. Mason, when he heard his son's voice, went to work himself, helping to rescue the other unfortu nates from their perilous position. LIKE ANGELS OF MEECY. Scenes in the Hospitals Caring for the Wouudctl Heroes Suffer in silence Delirious Victims Cry Oat for Help Anxious Friends Weep and Rejoice. "It looks like a field hospital after a bat tle, said a gentleman to a Dispatch re porter as the two stood looking in upon the white cots and bandaged forms lying there on, in the twentv-eighlh ward of the Homeo pathic Hospital, last evening. It was in deed a ghastly tcene, replete :vi(h details of horror and sadness, and it went straight to the heart "of the beholder and aroused every sympathetic chord in his nature, these strong men lying helpless in agony, bruised, crushed and gasping, yet bearing all with wonderful fortitude. Here in a corner of the ward lava man whose head was covered with snowy hand ages, he was motionless, save' for a con vulsive working of his lower jaw, as he continually gasped for breath. There was a horrible, rasping sound as he struggled to breathe, but that was the only sound, for a merciful unconsciousness kept him from know ing aright of his ternblo Injuries. : The house surgeon watched him and said Poor fellow, his misery will be endeU before morning." It was George Mason, a bricklayer, his skull had been fractured at the base. He had gasped that same way when he bad been drawn a blackened mass from the ruins. He died at 10 o clock. On another cot lay a young delicate-looking boy: he also was badly hint, but not a groan escaped him. Indeed, the for titude of most of the victims was wonderful and only occasionally did a deep groan startle the. listening car, or tho pitiful words and ' CIJ' 9"mrV ': j& 'ranrf . V m m iNBEf n J.R. ran?15? 'IiTiiiliii! FBONT OF THE 'WELDIN pleadings of some poor, delirious sufferer sounded wildly through the ward. DBEADFUL DELUSIONS. One thought he was still imprisoned in the fearful ruin and cried wildly, as ho threw out his arms, "Take it off I Take it oil! O, help me I Help!" One other wounded man often sprang up in his delirium, and gazed about him vividly as though he sought to escape some horrible fate, and then sank back npon his pillow with a mut tered cry for help. Others lay in a deep stupor and seemed oblivious to every thing about them. The same scenesina lesser degree could be seen in the other wards. A beautiful sight was the tender care he stowed upon the poor, unfortunates by the nurses. As they flitted noiselessly from cot to cot, soothing one poor fellow with a gentle touch, whispering softly to another who mut tered in his delirium, attending carcf ally to the wants and welfare of each, they seemed like angels of mercy. In a private ward was Wcldin Mason, and by his side his father and mother sat watching, and the look of joy in their eyes was a pleasant sight. It had been reported on tho street that Mr. Mason had died, but the doctor had ex amined and found that he -ft as only badly bruised and would recover. The mother watched One Ward- Wher'i"VteJfnJicr1:d Lav -in-the Homeopathic Hospital. tenderly at the side of her son until late into the night, when she lefc with the happy assur- i ine nap be callei ance that she wonld not meu upon to mourn her beloved son. Friends of other patients in tboprivate wards were permitted to see them, and there was many an affecting scene when they ereeted their loved ones, wounded and suffering, yet still alive and likely to recover. SAD SCENES IN THE OFFICE. It was in the office below that occasionally an Incident would occur that would move tho stoutest heart. The friends of the patients in tho public wards were not allowed to see them, and wero told that it wonldbe better to wait until morning, as their presence would excite the Injured, who as a rule wcer much worse hurt than those In the private wards. Their blanched faces and tear-dimmed eyes as they hoarsely begged to know of the condition of their loved ones was pitiful in tho extreme, and many a disinterested bystander furtively wiped away a suspicious moisture that seemed to obscure his vision. The mother of little Alice Carty came in and becged to be allowed to see her child and the look of unutterable joy that illuminated her face when she found herdaughter cheerful and hapDy and not scrionsly hurt, wonld have moved a heart of stone. A Mrs. McKeo and her daughter came to see the husband and father and were told that they had better not see him until morning. The awful look of anx ious suffering in their eyes, reddened with weeping, was pitiful in tho extreme. Superin tendent Slack hastened to assure them that he was not fatally hurt. "Oh, I am so thankful," said the wife huskily, and silent tears flowed softly down the daughter's checks. It was too much for tho kindly Superintendent and he took them to their loved one's side. Outsiders did not see that affecting meeting. The door bell rang almost constantly, and people thronged in to inquiro after friends. Most of them bore up bravely when told that they could not seo their friends until morning, but the look of deepening, almost hopeless de spair and misery in tne eyes oi tnose wno railed to find missing friends was awful to see. Many telephone calls were received, and it was late in the night before the anxious inquiries ceased. Dr. Redding and Dr. Blystone, the house surgeon and resident physician, together with the nurses were doing everything in their power for the poor unfortunates. But the bight of thoso crushed and bandaged forms lying on their snowy cots and the sonnd of those awful groans were things to haunt the uneasy sleep of the beholder lor many nights to come with gruesome horrors. THE MATERIAL I0SSES. They Amount to Considerable Also, as a Fnll Statement Shows. The losses, as near as could be estimated by the owners of the building will be as follows: No. 33 Diamond street was occu pied by Thomas McGlone as a millinery store, and owned by the Exchange Bank. McGlone's stock was damaged to the extent of 31,000, and the damage to the building will exceed S3,000. A large portion of the south wall was torn ont and the building wa3 otherwise damaged. No. 35 was owned and occupied by W. C. Thoma, dealer in shoo findings. Th e building is a total wreck, and was valued at $15,000. Thoma had but a very small stock of sole leather on haud, wor th about $1,500. His tools and machinery are also lost. The Willey building occupied Nos. 37 . d 39. It is a total loss. Mr. Willey paid out about 820,000 and furnished all the lumber that went into the building. This was valued at over S5,000. The barber shop was next door and was also totally destroyed. Tho building and con tents wero worth Sf.000. J. B. Weldin fc Co.'s store and building was damaged to the extent of SbO.000. Tho building was worth about $10,000 and the stock $100,000. Half of the latter is totally destroyed. The building at the corner of Wood and Dia mond streets was owned by David Gregg. It was cracked and torn in a number of places and damaged to the extent of about 81,000. Mr. Gregg also owns the building occupied byll. Wall & Co. It was but slightly damaged. Tho Exchange Bank also owns the Eichbaum build ing, which was also slightly damaged in the rear. A EOOFEK'S PERIL. He Is Carried From tho Masonic Temple to the Hamilton Building. More than one person yesterday met with a thrilling experience while the hurricane lasted. A roofer working for Contractor Balph on tho loof of the Masonic Temple was lifttd bodilvby the force of the wind and car ried on to the root of the Hamilton building. He fell flat on his abdomen, and clung to the roof for dear ltfo until tho wind subsided. &fl!jQms mmm V'wmr mm mmmm t m JL mZM&m rrir. MsrvrmzA im- &- k iMtff. &. '.?vt?i 0-tfr.riia c-ifm i iium iwyw wnttxm a i u ? i niTwn him;) , w if Wli s- 4' L1 u-. .ite fill I l!F.i!w 1 iSMoHaViaHaaW 13' WWBTwBFW i tm ( BS!. i ifi M pi 'fib Mr BOOKSTORES, WOOD STREET. THE DEAD AND DfJUEED. A List That Grows as tho Hours Pass, nnd That means an Awful Calamity, Even if it Extends No Farther Seven Dead Many Injured nnd Missing. The list of dead increased as the night grew apace. The bodies were removed to the morgue on Fourth avenue, and were laid on the 'Blabs to await identification. A large number of people, some out of morbid curiosity, and others in search of missing friends, passed through the dead room. Three of the five victims at tho morgue have been identified. Tho remains of one of tho others are those of a man about 5 feet 10 inches in height, weight, about ICO pounds, hair, black, with a light black mustache. The cheek bones are veryprominent. There are no marks on the body. His clothing contained no papers or cards. Samuel Stringer, resided with his pa rents in the rear of No. 3D Resaca street, Alle gheny, 15 years old. He as employed at a printing establishment at No. 4JI Wood street. The body has been removed to bis late home. Thomas Jones, a laborer, employed on the Willey building, resided at No. 77 Park way, Allegheny, single. Ills brother will take charge of the remiins Charles Fmscn, Center avenue, agod about 16 years. He was employed in the bar ber shop and was found in an upright position with a sponge in his hand. His face is discol ored and has the appearance of having dud by suffocation. The remains of a colored boy were brought to the morgue about 930 o'clock, having jnst been recovered from the ruins of the barber shop. He was a bootblack, and, judging from the position m which he was found, he was tiyingto escape from the shop when killed. His body i3 frightfully crushed, and thcro is a terrible gash across tho abdomen, through which his bowels protruded. His breast is o rushed and both legs broken in several places. His name is not known for a certainty. An old colored man was at the morgue early in tho evening, asking after a boy named Hill. It Is supposed the body is that of this lad. George Masox. a carpenter, employed on the Willey bmldin?. died at the Homeopathic Hospital abont 950 o'clock. He resided on Fountain street, Allegheny, and leaves a wife and one child, the latter a boy abont 12 years of age. Mason was about 31 years of age. He was seen on the sixth story of the building about five minutes before the accident. He was one of the first recovered. His injuries consisted of several ugly scalp wounds and in ternal injuries. NAMES AND INJURIES GIVEN. The list of injured who have been removed to the Homoeopathic Hospital numbers 21. 1 hey are: Thomas McKee, bricklayer, married, aged 50 years, resided at Willis, below Bell avenne, Allegheny. Serious internal injuries, right leg fractured, scalp wounds, arms crushed. His recovery is very doubtful. Barber, carpenter, Bennett's station. Injuries are fatal. He had not recovered his senses at a late hoar last night. Cut about the bead and internal injuries. John Donnelly, bricklayer, Nunnerv Hill. Allegheny. Several severe scalp wonnds. Eyes are badly injured, and may lose his eye sight. Martin Hollzrin, single, employed by the Allegheny Electric Light Company, cnt about the head and badly shaken up. Hewa3 resting easily last night and will recover. JonN Rideout. colored, resides at No. 123 Anderson street, Allegheny, aged 37 years. In jured about the head and face. Not serions. Elmer McKeown. 91 West Diamond street, Allegheny, head clerk for J. R. Weldin & Co., fractured clavicle and hand injured. Rapidly recovering from the effects of the shock. David Courtenay, bricklayer, 18 Federal street, Allegheny, scalp wounds and back in jured. Will recover. E. E. Davis, Bcllevue, printer. Badly sprained. Oscar Smith. Beltzhoover, employed as stenographer by Summer Bros. Scalp w onnds. Not serious. Bernard O'Connor, bricklayer. 623 nomc- wood avenue, Allegheny. Scalp wonnds and ribs broken. Will recover. TnoMAS Lemon, Nunnery Hill. Allegheny. Eyes injured and serious Internal injuries. His condition is serious. A bricklayer by oc cupation. Frank Barrett, South Diamond street. Allegheny. Scalp wounds, clavicle fractnrcd and ribs broken. Will recover. Charles H. Petticord, bookkeeper, 324 Washington street, Allegheny. Head cut open and chest iujured. Resting easy last evening. Weldin S. Mason, salesman, Ellsworth avenue, near Bidwell street. Scalp wounds and badly bruised. Will recover. Alice Cartt, school girl. Scalp wonnds and badly braised. Not serious. Alfred Lambert, printer. No. 373 Wylio avenne. Scalp wounds and serious internal injuries. His condition is dangerous. W. A. McCURDY, Ingram. Scalp wounds and had bruises. Not serious. James Watt, carpenter, 10S Webster ave nne. Scalp wounds and back badly injured. His condition is dangerous. Michael Ryan, bricklayer, 337 Pennsyl vania avenne, Allegheny, scalp wounds and back badly sprained. Ryan was found standing upright in the ruins, and was as cool as if be had not just escaped a terrible death. William Springer, engineer. Compromise street, Allegheny, scalp wounds and bruises. Very painfully. Others who were injured and removed to their homes, are: August Measmek, printer, Mt. Washing ton, leg broken and a shoulder blade fractured. Not serions. George M. Lang, compositor, 107 Taylor avenue, Allegheny, scalp wound. Not serious. George Scott, compositor, West End, scalp wonnds. T.E. Melvtn, Evergreen, Pa., printer, scalp wounds and braises. Joseph Goehring, boy employed in print ing establishment; scalp wounds and broken arm. Taken to home at No. 5 Gallagher street, Allegbenv. Removed from ruins about 7:30 o'clock. Injuries not serious. Samuel Brown, 35 Race street, Allegheny, carpenter. Scalp wonnds and baa bruists. John Huckenstein, head cut; lives in Allegheny. Chahles Lawrence mcHexbt, Clifton avenue, Allegheny. Right lpg broken and bully bruised. Bautley Cauley, Truck C. Badly cut and bruised. Captain William Wilson, Engine Com pany No. 12. Scalp wounds anil bruises. EVANFcgh,Io.3. Cut and bruised. John M. Goehring, attorney. No. 14 Jack sou street. One leg broken and scalp wounds; not dangerous. He was hurt while passing down Diamond alley. George Tbesiiel, Fourth avenue, near Liberty street Scalp wounds and cuts on the A." Shank, Franklin township, a farmer. Struck on head by falling rnbbisb, while pass ing along Wood street and ear split. Fatbek Cassavas, St. Paul's Cathedral. Struck by flying debris and badly bruised. Charles O'Donnell, laborer, lives at the Continued, on Second Page. mm-mji mW&ftt 'WrWftM fllll XimM III I M0BS1LTIPLY A Newly Erected Silk Mill Falls Before an Awful Cyclone and CRUSHES OUT MANY LIVES. Naphtha Explosions Add Terror to the Scene and DEATH HEAPS A EICH HARTEST. Fittsbnrc's Calamity Overshadowed by tho Work of Fire and Wind at Reading 200 Lives at the Mercy of the Ele ments At Least 60 Mnnsicd and Cre mated and 100 Injured Nearly all tho Victims Yonns Girls Darkness Closes on a Wreck Unparalleled The Cries of Agonized Mothers Heard AboTe the Roaring Gale Graphic Narrative- of tho Terriblo Calamity. A cyclone struck Reading with fearful force late yesterday afternoon. The large silk works was destroyed, entombing 200 persons, most of whom were girls. Ex plosions and fire in a paint works added horror to the scene. The entire city is in an agony of grief. Every effort is being made to rescue the dead and dying, but the progress is slow. Reading, January 9. At CaSthis aft ernoon a twisting cyclone, terrific and quick in its terrible velocity, struck this city from the southwest, resulting in wreck and fire, which for horrible results was never before equaled in the city's history. At the above hinr the storm burst in fury, striking the large paint shop of the Phila delphia and Reading Railroad Company, wrecking it. Then nine dwelling houses fell, after which the terrific hurricane twirled and twisted over the open building lots, struck the large new brick building of the Reading silk mill, wrepked it, and in an instant over 200 operators, principally females, were bnried in the ruins. AN AWrUL. EXPLOSION. Then a violent explosion of naphtha and, gas took place at the paint shop of the first building wrecked, and immediately the ruins were in a furious blaze, illuminating the black, rain-filled sky. The rain poured down in torrents. Clanging firebells and. alarms and screeching steam whistles at tracted hundreds of horror-stricken people! to the scenes of disaster. The greater por tion of the crowd ran to the -burning paint shop, not knowing of the frighttnl wreck a few squares in another direction. While men were carrying out the dead and wounded from the paint shop, hundreds of others, just returning from work, rushed to the wrecked silk mill to manfully work in the dark and driving rain storm to rescue those in the ruins. In a few minutes a por- ' f tion of the wreck of tbemill tcok.fire, iilu-yw mmating the ghastly and terrifying scene. Above the roar of the element were near the terrifying cries of the struggling, bleeding young women pinned in the ruins. Then came the mothers of the young operatives, fresh from their kitchens, where supper was awaiting their home comings. The agon ized parents wrung their hands, shrieked out in their terror and agony, and rushed near to the wreck. With great difficulty they were kept back, because at that time dozens -of men were throwing bricks from oft the wreck. SCENES OF TKBBOK. The fire in the wreck was quenched and then all was pitch dark. Bonfires wera speedily kindled, and the various ambu lances and livery stable coaches were tele phoned for. Scenes of terror were witnessed ; under the glare of bonfires, as the dead and dying were carried out. At first the dead bodies were passed and the wounded taken from under the wreck. The three stories had crumbled in upon the first floor, leaving the huge stack and the boiler house standing intact. Agonized mothers wildly moved about, closely scan- r ning the faces of the wounded and mangled as they were carried out. By this time at least 5,000 people had congregated and vehicles were backed up in front ofthn wreck. The wounded were very difficult to reach, because the entire wreck of the four stories of the large building had collapsed and fallen directly down in one confused heap. DETAILS OP THE EUIK At Least Sixty Person Killed Outright aD,d One Hundred Injured Horrible Sights at the Scene of the Disaster Aeony of the Victims' Relatives. IET ASSOCIATED FKESS.l Reading, January 9. This was the sad- , dest night in the memory of Reading. A death-like pall hangs npon the city. A hundred households are in mourning as the result of one of thegreatest calamities in - Pennsylvania. A cyclone swept over the northern section of the city this afternoon, and laid waste everything within its reach, with a terrible loss of life. The lives that have been sacrificed and the number that Jjj have been injured can only be estimated. The most reliable computation at 10 o'clock . to-night is that not less than GO persons have been killed outright and 100 injured. How "g this calamity occurred is about as follows: ' i? It was raining very hard all morning, -s' Toward noon it ceased almost entirely, and 1 by 4 o'clock there was every indication that '- there would be an entire cessation of tha rain storm. Half an hour afterward the J bright sun made every effort to penetrate the? 3 clouds. The tints of a rainbow were seen in the eastern sky. It portended a beautiful '& sunset. There was a clear sky overhead. This continued for half an hour longer. $ A SUDDEN CHANGE. 5 Then the scene changed with a sudden-v -x ness that was appalling. The fleecy clouds W gave way to the ominous signs of a coming S storm. Dark heavy banks of clouds mar- "S shalcd themselves toward the town, and1 g soon a gloom seemed to have settled over tha J city. There was a stillness as of coming : danger. Then the wind whistled, roared and tore in mad confusion. The storm clouds grew heavier still, and louder roared the wind. In the western sky the storm was seen approaching with a thundering jj noise. ""1 The swath it cut was narrow, but its effect was terrible. Persons residing along tha track of the storm say that they saw the first signs of danger in a funnel'shaped mael strom, which seemed to gather up every thing within its reach and cast it right and left. The track of this destructive element was not more than 200 feet wide. It cama from the west, nnd fint touched the Mount Penn Stove Works. Here the corner of the building was struck, and a portion of the root was cut oft as nicely as if done with a pair of scissors. Then the storm cloud scurried across soma fields, took off a portion of the roof of J. H. , Continued on 'Sixth JPage, i -4 a i jetiBBMiiilllllllllBllllBBBillllllBBl.