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6 fE SAIT JAKE HEKAI FRIDAY JANUARY 24 18S > 0
II 1 THE FIERY HORRORS
Blood Curdling Incidents ot the
Minneapolis Holocaust
HEROISM IX TIME OF DANGER
A Trait Strong Brought Ont Telegrapher
Igloes Demotion to Duty and Subse
quent Death an Example
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lower six stories of
an immense build
1 1 lt lling and in a little
1 Y room on the Sev
Jt k L enth story one lono
telegrnph operator
1 i D fightmg off death
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with that sublime
1 heroism hich so
many of our race
I show in the su
I I Y t preme hour Such
j was the condition
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i night when The
Minneapolis fri
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burned
2 Fire Yes fire
through all the eight stories of the vast build
ing styled fireproof as if in architectural
sarcasm Firo bursting through the win
doors and heating the fire escapes red hot so
that miserable men dropped off of them with
their hands burned to the bone fire that
melted the wires so that men hanging on
i them dropped fifty feet to the stone pave
ment below and were crushed fire that
e sprung up so unexpectedly and spread so rap
idly that the editor at his desk and the vis
itor who was talking with him had scarcely
smelt the smoke and noticed the uproar when
they were called upon to flee for their lives
only to find their retreat cut oT and to make
exit by the windowsthe editor to escape
by the skin of his teeth the visitor to fall
and die
At fie minutes past 10 says the Arcs
t I dispatch there was a cry of Fire At
twentyfive minutes past TO all the interior
I of The Tribune building was a mass of flame
and seven crushed and mangled bodies were
I being borne to the morgue And all this
fco it noted took place in a fireproof build
l ing so called
Minneapolis claims to have had but two
1 great calamities in her record the mill ex
plosion of 1879 and this burning of The Trib
une building in the late autumn of 1SS9 It
is supposed that no more than twenty lives
I were lost It was in tho scenes about tho
iburning building that the chief horror ap
peared men hanging by their hands to the
i wires till they were exhausted and fell men
iI crouching and climbing along the window
I I sills and coping men climbing down the fire
escape and falling off when a sudden change
of the wind caused them to be wrapped in
tames and last and most unique horror of
all one man climbed out upon the sill of an
i upper window and seeing all escape cut ofT
behind him were the flames before him a
sixty feet fall to tho stono pavement drew
f a pistol and in sight of all the throng sent a
bullet crashing through his brain and tum
bled back into tho burning building
The fate of James F Igoe tho Associated
Press operator calls for more than passing
i mention He was noted among telegraph
men as a fast receiver perhaps the fastest
in the northwest When tho smell of fire
first pervaded the building he was in theverj
thick of Saturday night dispatching and
with the instinct of his craft longed to finish
that series or come as near it as possible So
he telegraphed There is fire in the building
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JIETEAPOLIS TRIBUNE EXTEKIOR
but I have time for more and worked on
A little later the smoke began to pervade his
room but he had confidence in the fire
proof structure repeated his assuring dis
patch and worked on Five minutes later he
beard the roar of upmshing flame and knew
ithat some one had blundered about the safety
of the building so he stopped the sender dis
patched these words Boys I will have to
stand you off and rushed towards the fire
escape
It was too late That was wrapped in
flames and those who had tried it just before
him had fallen scorched and smothered to
tho pavement There remained one chance
a desperate oneto slide down the tele
graph wire which stretched from the seventh
i floor to a pole on First avenue south in ihe
rear of the building Ho started down the
wire hand over hand and it seemed that he
would plane it The crowd in tle rear cheered
Jim on but the wires cut his hands terrihly
When about half way down to relieve his
Lands he tried to throw his leg over the
wire He was too much oxhuif cd to accom
plish it however and utter holding desper
ately for a moment he bopped tx > the
ground a distance of fully fifty feet A
groan went up from the crowd and a niah l
was made to pick him up lie was alive but
died a few minutes later at the City hospital
He was 32 years of age and leaves a wife
Heroic Cool Yes but such heroism
in ordinary ho is very common if wo but
know the facts and no man can imagine the
i coolness which comes to the aid of a firmly
nerved man in times of extreme danger un
less he has experienced it Gordon Gumming
rtells us that when he fay upon the ground
helpless with an angry lions paw upon his
breast be was able to calculate coolly the
chance of tome of his men shooting tho lion
before it could mangle him and all accounts
of great fires abound in such instances At
Buffalo N YM for instance when tho great
New Richmond hotel was burned early on
the morning of March 18 1SS7 men women
and children displayed a heroism that to the
reader in his safe and ijuiet room seems abso
lutely incredible One occurrence witnessed
Jby rji immense crowd below is peculiarly
interesting
On the third story of that hotel on one side
was a row of eighteen windows and under
them ledge projecting out four inches A
man issued from the orner window on the
right took a glance u ± the pavement and
shook his head as incisdn to those below
that it was too far to jump He then looked
ac the other corner saw that there was a fair
chance to escape there and coolly started to
walk the whole breadth of the building on
that four inch coping Slowly and cautiously
ho worked his way along planting his heels
firmly on the edge and balancing with rare
skill till he had passed every one of the
eighteen windows and his outstretched hand
was within a foot or two of the corner when
he lost his balance toppled and felL Shoot
Ing downward like a rock he struck a tele
graph wire which took him under the chin
and stripped the entire skin and surface flesh
from his face He fell within a yard of two
a reporters and risinc to his knees groaned
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On lIIi me boys mil me and give mo re
lief He was lifted into an ambulance but
died on the way to tho hospital
This was but one of many cases of nerve in
that conflagration and it is a satisfaction to
know that in every other case the daring
ones escaped Perhaps tho most remarkable
case was that of the five servant girls in a
room on the fifth story Seeing that escape
by the stairway was cut off they twisted
their bed clothing into a rope and slid down
that to a lower story from which they
climbed on a scantling to the roof of > a low
building near by Four made this passage in
safety tho fifth fell but was not killed H
P Whittaker one of the proprietors walked
along the cornice some distance to an exten
sion ladder and escaped Many other extra
ordinary escape occurred there yet twenty
five or thirty lives I were lost
In all such cases tho inquiry develops two
causes of extra danger one is the eeator
shaft which operates liko a draught chim
ney the other is the open court and iu clos
ing balconies The latter deer not always
add to the danger the former invariably
doesUtile flames mounted at once to the
highest story is the uniform testimony
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Yet it is idle to think of a modern hotel with
out the elevator and in the Minneapolis hor
ror the fire raged for several minutes before
reaching the shaft The night worker on tho
elevator Charles A Smith stood at his post
to the last making five trips after the fire
started and saving many lives He witnessed
the suicide of the man who preferred a bullet
to burning and recognized him as a man he
had taken up on the last trip before the fire
began The one feature of the affair pleas
ant to dwell upon is that every employe
about tho building stood at his post and did
his duty to the last
Aside from the horror of the affair and
it is believed that eighteen or twenty lives
were lost Minneapolis regrets tho loss of a
valuable and historical structure The Daily
Tribune issued its first number May 251807
and is therefore historically an exponent of
ho citys first great boomthat following
the war Gen A B Kettleton A J Ble
hen William E Haskell and C M Palmer
eminent and enterprising newspaper men
have successively brought their talents to
bear on its upbuilding The completion of
this structure was the final triumph of The
Tribune company and besides many profes
ional firms no less than five newspapers had
their offices in the building The total loss
is near 300000
It is painful to read that the employes in
he building had often complained that there
were very few fire escapes and but one large
exit and insisted on better facilities of es
cape in case of fire The proprietors rested
secure in the belief that there was scarcely
the slightest chance of fire and if it should
occur the combustion would be too slow to
endanger the inmates Three years ago the
typographical union made a formal appeal
to the city authorities but the owners of the
building still insisted that the danger did not
warrant further precautions and so nothing
was done On the owners therefore rests a
terrible responsibility In conclusion a final
and fuller account must be given of the op
erator Igoe by way of contrasting the worth
of a man with tho cold selfishness of capital
His first break in the regular work was to
send these words
Theres a fire on the first floor of this Tri
bune building and Im on the seventh floor
Then Igoe signaled to go ahead but this
was all ho received
CLEVELAND Nor0 Capt Joseph
Moffet a well known lake man was kills 1
today by falling into the hold of his ves
sel
Just then Igoo broke Boys he ticked
on tho wire and there was another brier
cause and all the men on tho circuit wero
listening with interest for they had noted in
the transmission by Igoo of tho word boys
a tremulousness of touch just as a layman
could detect a tremor in a human voice
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Boys 1e got to stand you off Im the
only one left on this floor Everybody 13
gone and I cant stay any longer
Click shut went his key and some opera
tor on the line quickly opened and shouted
after Igoe as it were Take tho machine
along save tho machine
There was no response tho machino of
manly heroism called James Igoe was soon i
lying mangled on tho pavement Tho deft I
fingers had ticked their last message i
Ho Vas Sure of It
Judge to the police officerAre you sure
sir that the prisoner was drunk
OfficerIs it dhrunk yen honor Sure af
he ud sbpoke through the tiliphoue the brith
uv im ud have made the poles shtagger
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