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VOL. 37.—N0. HO A FURNACE OF DEATH Details of the New York Holocaust. The Hotel Royal Burned to the Ground. No Time for the Guests to Make Their Escape. Some Leaped From Windows and Were Dashed to Pieces. Five Dead Bodies Recovered- Many Others Buried iii the Rains. A Hundred at the Inmates Unaccounted For—Thrilling; Experiences and Hair breadth Escapes — The Financial l.i>«B a Quarter of a Million. Associated Press Dispatches. New York, Feb. 7.—A disaster, ap palling in horror, bringing to mind the terrible occurrence in Park Place, still fresh in the public mind, occurred in this city early this morning. The Hotel Royal, that well-known land-mark which had stood for more than a quarter of a century at the southeast corner of Sixth avenue and Fortieth street, was burned to the ground arid a large number at people burned, suffocated and crushed in the ruins. At the time of the disaster there were nearly 150 guests in the house. The hotel employees, all told, numbered fifty-five. Of this number of people five have thus far been found dead, sir are in the hospital and sixty-three have been reported alive. One hundred are still missing. The number of dead will probably not exceed thirty. HEARTRENDING SCENES. The scenes were heartrending and ap palled even the firemen and policemen, who are used to terrible sights. Soon after the fire broke out ambu lances arrived from various hospitals. Many physicians whose residences were in the neighborhood were quickly on the scene and did all they could to relieve the injured. Nearly every one of the 124 rooms which the hotel had on its five floors ' was occupied last night by guests, many of them transient. In fact, all the rooms, save four, had been taken at 1 o'clock this morning, when Richard Meareß, the proprietor, went to bed. When the flames burst forth from some unknown origin near the elevator shaft the entire building was instantly ihvelpped in flames. Tbre dead, missing and injured are re ported as follows: DEAD. An unknown woman, 40 years old ; fractured Bkull and burned about the body. An unknown woman, about 28, good lookiug, light complexion, abundance of jewelry. An unknown man, about 35 years old, dark brown hair; jumped from window, head smashed in pieces. An unknown man, good looking, about 42 years old, evidently a Hebrew. Henry C. Levy of New York. INJURKD. Clarence VV. Kern, 39 years old, law yer, Hazleton, Pa. Walter L. Yates, CO years old, cloth ier, Philadelphia. Mrs. Isabella Meares, wife of the pro prietor. Herbert Harding, engineer of the ho tel ; fatally burned while trying to res cue a woman. MISSING. William.E. Armstrong. Thomas Kennedy. Charles Cloße. TUB RESCUED. W. G. Buchanan, C. S. Soney, Rupert Lamont, C. Kramea.E.B. Reynolds and wife, C. C. Cockburh, O. Sepler, C. White, E. G. Harding, W. H. Scott and wife, Langdon Smith, G. S. McGee, James E. Corey, Mrs. J. Titus, Mrs. S. Krap of Chicago. All of these escaped from the burning building and were taken to the Gedney house. P. Taylor, H. P.Tompkins and W. C. Pearce w*ere rescued and taken to the Hotel Metropole. THE LANDLORD'S ESCAPE. At 3.05 o'clock Mrs. Isabella Meares, wife of the proprietor of the hote"l, awakened her husband, telling him the house was on lire. She heard the crackling of the flames and saw smoke coming through the crevices of the bedroom door. Meares had only re tired at 1 o'clock and was awakened with difficulty. He sprang out of bed and ran iuto the hallway. Volumes of smoke filled the halls and flames wero making their way rapidly up the ele vator shaft. Their apartments were on the third floor and forty feet from the stairway. One glance at the situation was enough to tell him all. He ran back to his wife's room and shouted: "Now you follow me;" snatched up a coat and again ran into the hallway. He fought his way straight to the staircase, supposing his wifo close behind him. The passageway was choked with dense smoke, which almost strangled him. Then, throwing his overeat over his head to prevent hie suffocation, bent his head low and groped his way to the balusters, on which he placed his left hand. Flames were shooting up from below. His hand, which was on the railing, waß burned and his hair singed. His situa tion was perilous. To run down stairs for two flights meant death, and so he, swinging himself over the hand-rail, dropped twenty feet to the ground floor. He landed on his feet without a broken bone, and made his way to the street. Meares was among the first to leave the burning building, and when he made his exit not a fire engine had ar rived. But even in those few minutes the flames had gotten a grip on the fated structure and flames were shooting from all the windows of the upper floors. THE LANDLADY RESCUED. When Mearea reached safety in the street, then he realized that his wife was not with him. At that moment a hook and ladder company arrived. A ladder was quickly placed in position to the window which he said was of his wife's room. Up the ladder Policeman Merritt ran. The window selected was not the right room. In it was an un known woman, who quickly stepped onto the ladder and was carried down in safety. Then the ladder was placed against the window of Mrs. Meares's room. A young man ran nimbly up to the woman, who had already stepped upon the ladder. Meares ran up the ladder too, and stopped off to the roof of the veranda, over the entrance to the office, to steady his wife when she came down. She was very nervous, and in making the descent slipped, fell to the sidewalk, and was picked up with a sprained ankle and several bruises. In the meantime Policeman Gallagher rang an alarm, which was followed by two calls for an ambulance. HORRIFYING SIGHTS. The scenes at the fire before the fire companies arrived were heartrending. One man, name not known, sprang from a third-story window and was dashed to death on the ground below. People turned their faces away, horri fied at the sight. This was on the Sixth avenue side of the building. A mo ment later another man leaped from a window on the Fortieth-street side and was instantly killed. Shortly afterward two women leaped from windows on Sixth avenue, and were dead when picked up. Their bodies were taken to the Thirtieth-street station house, and afterwards, unidentified, removed to the morgue. At that hour the known dead num bered four. Several others dropped from windows or slid down ropes, with which every room in the hotel waß pro vided, and escaped severe burns, while many more weie injured in going down the fire escapes, and were in the hands of the ambulance surgeons from the Bellevue and New York hospitals. The surgeons had their hands full in taking care of the injured and maimed. All this time the fire was raging fiercely, and it was evident that the building was doomed. The structure burned like tinder. THE WORK OF RESCUE, . The work of rescuing the guests Btill went on, and many were taken from windows by firemen and policemen. Sergeant Ward 'and Patrolman Philips of fire patrol No. 2, went on the fourth floor front and rescued Walter H. Phelps and wife, taking them down a ladder safely. They also succeeded in saving Mrs". Samuel Kniff, who waß about to leap from one of the windows of the third floor. QUESTS' EXPERIENCES. Mr. Frederick Uhlman had been a guest at the hotel for years, and lived with his brother Simon and mother. The two latter yesterday went to their country residence, at Lakewood, N. J. Mr. Ulhman had gone to bed shortly after 1 o'clock, and was Bleeping sdmndly when he was awakened by the cry sf fire and the screams and shouts for help of the inmates of the house. He ran from his room on the second floor, directly over the office, into the hall, found it filled with treoke and was forced back into his room. Again he made the attempt, and falling over some obstacle in the passage way, succeeded in making his way down stairs. He es caped with only hia overcoat to cover his nakedness. Mr. Uhlmann lost everything in his room, including $12, --000 in cash; general checks, notes and other valuable business documents were lost. Despite his loss, however, Mr. Uhlmann was cheerful today, for he said: "If mother and brother had not gone away Saturday, they would have been burned." SOME NARROW ESCAPES. Among the narrow escapes was that of H. C. Tompkins, of this city, who was a transient guest at the hotel. He was awakened from his slumbers by a cry of fire. He got up and went into the hallway, but escape down the stairs was impossible. Collecting his valua bles, he escaped out of the window down a rope. In descending, the flames from a second-story window burned his hands and scorched Ids hair. Mrs. F. Knapp of Chicago had a room on the fifth floor. She had presence of mind enough to wrap a wet towel around her head to prevent being suffo cated, went to a window and waited until rescued by a burly policeman. Mrs. Kueper and daughter of Flera ington, N. J., occupied a room on the third floor front. They were taken from their room down a ladder. They lost all their clothing save the night dtesses which they had on, and were cared for by Mrs. S. Knight of West Fortieth street. Mrs. Kneper suffered from the shock, and Miss Kneper's long black hair was singed by the flames which burst over her head as Bhe steppod on the ladder. Mrs. Knight tendered temporary hospitality, and had no less than nine homeless people there at ono time. Among those who accepted her hospitality was a young man named Levy, who slid down a rope, tearing the flesh to the one. BURNED IN THE RUINS. These escapes occurred before the walls of the building fell, while the fire men were doing their utmost to stop the progress of the flames, which threatened to envelop the adjoining buildings. When the walls fell, people were seen at several windows on the top floor crying for help, but they fell back and were soon buried in the ruins. The flames of the burning building illuminated the sky for miles around and drew to the scene an immense throng of people. Fire lines were strictly drawn and maintained daring the entire MONDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY tf, 1892. day, and none, save persons authorized to enter by reason of official position, were allowed within the boundaries. The news of the disaster spread through the length and breadth of the city, and the friends of those who lived in the hotel hurried to the spot in fear and trembling. One of the most thrilling escapes was that of a young man named J. Noonan, of Jersey City. Noonan recently mar ried and had*just returned from an ex tended wedding trip. He came to the city yesterday to celebrate the event with his friends, and after a night of it, went to the Hotel Royal and took a room on the fourth floor. Noonan, awakened by shouts of fire, looked about for a way to escape. Flames filled the halls and he went to a window, swinging himself from the sill to the window below, and from one window to another until he reached the ground. HISTORY OF THE HOTEL. The hotel was' built over twenty-five years ago. In 1882 it was remodeled and an addition built on the south side. The house waß the home of many persons in the theatrical profession, and was pa tronized chiefly by tourists. Many families, however, made it their perma nent place of residence. After the fire was sufficiently cooled, the search made for the dead was at once rewarded by the finding of a charred body almost burned to a crisp. It was identified as that of Henry J. Levy. The walls were in a dangerous condition, and it was deemed necessary to pull them down before continuing the search for the dead. A force of 100 men will be put to work tomorrow morning clearing away the debris. The loss on the hotel and fur niture is estimated at $250,000. The building was owned by Hyman Israel, a furniture dealer on the Bowery. SCENES AT THE MORGUE. At the morgue thejscenes that charac terized |the Park place disaster were re enacted. At 8 o'clock the iirst dead wagon arrived from the scsne of the holocaust, bringing four unknown bodies. At 10:15 the body of H. J. Levy, a traveHngsalesman, was brought. Miss Mamie Flaherty came with two of her friends to inquire after Kate Riley, a chambermaid who, she said, was without doubt dead. Eliza Brady, of No. 40 Chambers street, came to inquire for her sister Ann, employed atthe+io tel. She failed to find her, and went away weeping bitterly. Several persons called to see if a Mrs. Van Norden was among those whose bodies were recov ered. She was the wife of a traveling salesman. THE PROPRIETOR'S STORY. Richard Meares, the proprietor of the Hotel Royal, said today, he went to the clerk's desk about 12:30 and ascertained that all but four of the 110 rooms and suites in the house were taken. He estimated that there were about 130 or 140 people in the house, all told, at that hour. He learned later, he said, that the other four rooms were taken before la. m. He told his experience, as al ready related, and also various incidents connected with the flre. Mr. Meares says when he reached the street in 2 half-dazed condition, he realized for the first time that his wife waa still in her room and ran frantically up and down the street. No one was in sight. Over head the flames were leaping from the elevator cupola in great sheets. Hur riedly engines began to dash up and then the air was filled with shouts and cries of distress. The inmates of the buildjng had suddenly awakened to the sense of their danger. Heads appeared at every window, quickly fol lowed by volumes of smoke and tongues of flame. Amid the babel of voices, Meares detected a familiar cry. He appealed to the foreman of the lad der truck, and in an instant the top of the ladder rested upon the window ledge. Pushing aside the firemen, the landlord scaled the ladder himself. He found he had mistaken the window, but saved a life, for he took down a half senseless, whiterobed figure, and then turned a ladder till it stood beneath his wile's window. This time a slender young man was too quick for him, beat ing him to the window by half a length of the ladder. Half-way down the lad der either the young man missed his footing, or his strength gave out, for he dropped Mrs. Meares. A BRUTAL POLICEMAN. Half-crazed, the husband says he does not know whether he fell or whether he clambered down the ladder, but he started to find his wife, when a big po liceman with a heavy, black beard, whose name he says he would give a considerable sum to ascertain, stopped him and'demanded to know his busi ness. '•I am proprietor of the hotel," he said., "and am looking for my wife." At this, he said, the officer shouted to a fellow policeman : "Here's the owner of the building. Don't you think he'd better look after his house instead of his wife." At this they laughed, and, despite his urgent entreaties, he was not permitted to follow Mrs. Mearee, and it was not till an hour later that he learned her fate. AN INDESCRIBABLE SPECTACLE. Meares said ihe spectacle for twenty minutes after he reached the street was beyond his powers of portrayal, men and women in upper windo /a, clothed only in robes de nuit, shrieked and gesticulated frantically, and were only prevented from jumping by fire men who shouted encouragement to them, but the flames waxed fiercer, and presently a human form plunged from the fourth story and struck the stieet head foremost, while his blood and brains splashed upon the by-standers. Another and another shot "downward until three bodies lay bleeding and mo tionless. Mr. Meares said he could stand no more, and got away from the horrible spot as quickly as possible. Aside from severe burns he was not badly injured. A "SCOOP" SPOILED. When the fire waa finally gotten un der control there was a general inquiry as to who had taken lodgings at the ho tel and who got out in safety. The pro prietor and the attaches could give the names of but a few of their personal acquaintances. Then a call was natur ally made for the hotel register; it could not be found, although it was apparent it had not been destroyed. A search was instituted and an enterprising news paper man was found making off with it, thinking thereby, doubtless, to se cure a "scoop" for his paper by print ing an exclusive list of the names, but he was despoiled of bis priz 3 . and may have to answer to the charge of larceny in the bargain. THE HOTEL REOISTBR. Not all the persons who engaged rooma at the hotel last night registered, nor did all who registered put down their true names, for reasons best known to themeelves. A few of the names as writ ten are : H. D. Soulin, city; E. I. Leon ard and wife, Philadelphia; E. F. Leon loka, Ontario; W. Trafford and wife, New Rochelle; F. E. Clark and wife, Boston ; J. C. Price and wife, city; L. C. and Mrs. Taylor, Newark, N. J.; F. Les ter, Boston; K. Smith and wife, Spring field, Mass,; John Parkerson and wife, Great Neck, L. I.; Mr. McK.ee and wife, New Haven; C. M. White and wife, Nyack, N. V.; J. C. Williams and wife, Albany ; H. O. Warren and wife, Nyack ; R. Marrong and wife, Boston; John Thompson and wife, Boston; Thomas Gould, city; F. Lufel and wife, city; Mr. White and wife, Chicago; L. R. Faulkner, wife and daughter, Connecti cut. ONE HUNDRED UNAItCOUNTD FOR. Those known to be dead,whose bodies were recovered, were not all identified. In fact, only one was identified with any degree of positiveness; this is be lieved to be 11. C. Levy. It is feared search of the vast smoking pile of debris in the celler will reveal many ghastly finds. Reports at a late hour tonight are that no less than 100 persons are Btill unaccounted for. ORIGIN OF THE FIRE. The origin of the fire in unknown. It Btrrted in the basement near the eleva tor shaft, which was located in the mid dle of the building. The flames were first seen pouring out of the cupalo on the roof, directly over the elevator shaft, by the engineer of a Sixth avenue ele vatdd train, who stopped hia engine di rectly in front of the hotel and blew the locomotive whistle loud and continuous ly. This unusual sound awoke many sleeping people and brought policemen to the scene, who at once sent in a fire ESCAPE. The guest who probably had the most narrow, and at the same time the most miraculous, escape was M. L. Harman, a traveling salesman for a St. Louis wholesale grocery house. He registered at the hotel Saturday night with his wife. "I had a, room on the sixth floor," said Harman, "and was aroused from sleep by a loud cracking noise and the Bound of a whistle, which I think was from one of the engines on the elevated road. I opened my door, and found the stairway leading to the lower floors in a blaze. I then went to a window and opened it, and there seemed to be as much smoke on the outside as in the hallway, for the room was soon filled. Both my wife and I would have been suffocated in the room had we not taken two towels which were soaked with water. These we ÜBed to keep the smoke out of our lungs, by holding them over our mouths and nostrils. I tried to find a fire escape near the win . dow, but there was none, and I thought at one time we should never get out of the room alive. It was certain death to jump six stories, and it waa that or burn to death. I said to my wife: 'Mattie, I am go ing to shoot you and kill myself.' I concluded it would be better to die that way than be burned to death, and as I always sleep with a revolver under my pillow, I hurried to the bed to get it. By this time the flames were coming up through the cracks in the floor and through the cracks of the door. Just as I was about to shoot my wife, the floor fell with a crash, and we went down probably two stories. The flooring stepped opposite a window, and my wife jumped out and landed on a portico be neath. A rope was hanging out of this window, and with this assistance I man aged to get down another story, but there I slipped and fell to the portico, beside my wife. I picked her up, but was unable to carry her, and was almost suffocated, and the fall had injured me. I was endeavoring to reach a ladder, when two firemen took her from me. How I reached the street I do not know." Harman is confined to bed at the Gedney house; his hands and chest are severely burned, and his hair and eye brows are singed. He was told today that his wife was being cared for at one of the hospitals, and that she is not fa tally injured. It is believed, however, she is one of the dead. THE PARACHUTE ACT. There waß not even a rope fire escape in the room on the second floor which Felix Kraemer, a salesman for Steinway & Sons of New York, occupied, and had it not been for Kraemer's experience at hotel fires, and an umbrella, he wouid probably be numbered among the vic tims. "Had I not had a strong um brella, I should either have been burned or killed by jumping," said Mr. Krae mer. "I have been burned out at ho tels three times now. At a fire at War rensburg, Mo., a guest escaped by using an open umbrella to ease his flight from an upper story window. 1 never forgot it, and since have always been provided with a strong umbrella for an emergency. As soon as I reached a window I opened my strong umbrella quickly, and put a shawl strap over it po as to prevent it from turning inside out. Then I made a leap. I did not go sailing gracefully out into the air and land lightly on the ground beneath, but I landed without any broken limbs and am all right now. The umbrella partially turned inside out just before I got to the ground, and I got something of a jar; but I should think myself lucky if I had escaped with a broken leg,fori never before saw a fire burn so fiercely as the one which consumed the hotel. I ran iuto the office as soon as I reached the ground. MANY MUST HAVE PERISHED. "I was the first person to get out of the hotel, and I cannot imagine how any guests got out alive. I saw Meares and the night clerk in the office. 'For God's sake,' I cried, 'why don't you turn in a fire alarm ?' I went to the Gedney house, registered, secured a suit of clothes which did not fit me, and returned to the fire. Even at that time the fire department had not ar rived, and men, women and children were at the windows, screaming for some one to save them. I saw two or three people jump from windows. 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