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i EXTRA MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL TODAY'S NEWS TODAY. Ay VOLUME XXIII. CALUMET, MICHIGAN, FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 26, 1913. price: five cents. onto) flu fiC vO fTTi (TTi ffT LAST mm w vby u EMMET Ail 7i IT yi j rule, TAUAM Committee WITNESSED WHO DID Awakening In the enormitv of the Christmas eve catastrophe, when seven ly-two men, women and children went to their deaths in a maddened rush to leave (lie Italian hall, following the cry of 4,l'ri!M by some arch r.oiid who is yet unknown, the copper country is in deep mourning, (iloom spreads over the entire district, citizens in all walks of life are saddened and the hearts of everyone go out in sympathy with the bereaved. Nothing is spared that the heartaches of Hie parents, broth ers and sisters may he alleviated. In Urn dale of sorrow, citizens have forgotten the industrial strife into which the dis trict has heen plunged, and are standing shoulder to shoulder in an effort to con- sole those herelt ol their loved ones. With the subsiding i turmoil, deeds 1......;.,,, ,.,ne In li'hl Folcinost el lunon'.' Ihose who risked their lives were the meinhers of the lied .laeUH lire ....vlin.uit who were the Ill's! on the scone. Deputies, mounted police am! niemhers of tie- Citizens' Alliance work ed hand in hand and by thcr untiring efforts, possibly hundreds were saved. During the struggle to relen-e the mass of human forms, many men and women who were in the hall when the panic oc curred, made frantic by the ghast Iv sight of limp bodies being earriou helore t lien;, impeded (he work of tin; rescuers. In the coupon, they tugged alt those who responded to the call lor help, and time and again they became hyster ical while the rescue work was in prog H The heroism of Captain Manley head of the Waddell Malum force in Calumet, resulted in the saving ol" many lives though he came within an ace ot hnvini: bis life crushed out. Through a mob of people, he surged up the lire "J' J.ed his way into the strugg g nowdtothostairwav where he assiste d in moving the dead and injured. I v was "erelyhurt that his life was in ''sAVED BY HEROIC MEASURES. Kverv phvsician in the district re sponded to the call for ined.ca aid and their efforts were responsible ol t lie sjv " o "everal lives. Two eh. Mrcn were aved W artitieial re,, ration l.ree other to the Tnmar ack am no thrb to the Calumet Public. Laeli ot Sildren will recover. ;j late of the father ot one ot them, tlu. ois n tho C. & IT- ll,ial y' y 1151,1 Mcntiy recovered lobe a Je o romp about a Christmas ""l t?W erected in one of the wards. I H om i mho sent to their homes I?' Waiuo Snari, aged .eve,. ' !; lient at tho Laurium hospital. Vw u - uTiltrcl to b Ifik.n lo fH" . PhicU, JkUio Ui.it !lMt!, m m?a day Will B MTRENDING HALL lamed sit e in Out Its SCENES BY THOSE RESCUE WORK instances, was instantaneous, the. chil dren dyinir from t!ie rupture of nrlerie. or the crushing of vital organs, and the adults dyinir from suffocation. Scene after scene was so pathetic that strong men were compelled to turn their eyes. One little tot, after being given up for dead and taken to the morgue, showed s'ilmi of life. Physicians were summon ed, hut meanwhile, he had passed away. Another little girl, not more than (I, lay lor fully a half hour in a huihliug near the ill-fated hall, apparently cold in dealh. While men and women stood mIiouI the little form, a slight move of 1 Imiids was noticed, then the feet mov ed and the child vasped for breath. She was taken to a hospital. SCENES ARE HEARTRENDING. The sight of nearly a hundred peoph-, piled into a rcas six or more feet high and extending almost thirty feet toward the top of the stairs, was heartrending. Children heirged to he rescued, pleaded, iu the throes of death, to he drawn from the mob mid cried amid sobs of excru ciating pain for their parents. So irreat, was the impact that children lying at tins bottom of the mass, could not be ex tricated. Abov. them, men and women, slowly crushed out the lives' of those be low. .lacoh Kaiser, second assistant chief of the Ifed dackel department, was the lirsl. lo arrive upon the scene. As he was 'ii ...;.,,r linino :it Kim and Fifth Wed. nesdav evening, about !:!" o'clock, he was attraeted by the alarm of lire. The crv was repeated and ho sped toward the lire station. As he entered the station, n telephone call told of a tiro in the Ital ian hall. An alarm was immediately turned in from 15ox 4."), and a few mem bers of the department who happened to bo iu the vicinity of the station, re- S ENTANGLED MASS OF BODIES. As tiiev reached the, hall, the horror was imni diately l rought to view. The i-ush had already occurred and the surg ing crowd was iu an entangled mass near the bottom of the stairs. None of the bodies were within eight feet of the out er doors. After vainly tugging at the bodies, Kaiser ran to the rear of the building. He mounted the tire escape and ran into the building. Pandemonium reigned everywhere. Men, women and children ran about tho rooms, screaming franticallv, while others continued to rush down the stairs to their death. Four bodies lav upon the floor in a ticket office at the top of the stairs. Other firemen immediately followed aud the rescue work began. Vainlv calling to puuie-stnckcn pco pie that there was no danger, they made their wav through the mass toward the center of the gioup. Continually, men, women aud children were hulled against them, in the mad effort to gain access to the sheet. Eoy weie hoi lo leap ova WTi 9 Bi & Meeting of Citizens Tester essioa Two Plans of A RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED AT CALUMET MASS MEETING "On the day, which Muouehout all Christendom is set aside as a day o' rejoicing over the birth of the Savior, Calumet, stricken lo uic heart uv an almost unbelievable catustropbc, stands mourning by the side of its dead. "All bitterness and in-lccling that has existed in this community during the nast months is wiped away by one great, common affliction. Today the people of Calumet can only sec their ncigbbors, tnoir nrotners, incir sisicis, nnd their little children stacscrinff un- der an almost unbearable burden of distress and grief. " - "It is not for us today to try to as certain the cause, nor to speculate as to how it might have been prevented. With feeble mortal niinas we grope about in vain, we try to penetrate the evil which hides the logic and the rea son for the acts of God, and from the bonrts of our ncorlc the crv eoes out todav. Whv must this overwhelming blow at this time strike a community and a people who have already suilcv- cd so much And mere is no answer. We can onlv bow our heads and know- that somewhere, sometime and in His own good way, He Himscll will give the answer. "And so today wc have gathered liere to devise some means of allevi ating the suffering of our people. With thckindhestfcelinglor those who oiici it, wc ask no outside help. These arc our own people and tins is our sacred privilege to (are lor our dead ami 10 comfort the living. "Therclorc, wc order that the pur pose of the meeting may be carried out in an orderlv way and that the heart felt svmpathv of not onlv this com munity but of the entire state and na tion may be conveyed to eacn one of the afflicted, it is "Resolved,. That the chairman of this meeting and the presidents of Red Jacket and Laurium appoint a committee of twelve as a relief com mittee; "That such committee meet at once and choose a chairman, a secretary and treasurer; , "That such committee be instructed to take charge of the work of receiving contributions and extending to the sufferers all comfort and assistance m their hour of distress; "Thnt. suc.b committee may at any time call for all such assistance as it may need in its work and. "That bv this meeting, represent ing the people of Calumet, such com mittcc is bidden Godspeed on its cr rand of mercy." the heads of the struggling crowd, only to halt midway aud meet their doom. In their death struggle the crowd seemed to grasp anything within their reach and Tin.' arms or legs of every person were linked to those, nearest him. Some ol the bodies lav upon the stairs, others had been plunged hvad foremost. Slow ly, the bodies nearest the top were carried by the rescuers to the main tloor. MANY BECOME DESPERATE. Meanwhile, the remainder of the de partment arrived and ladders were rais ed to the windows into tho room to as sjst. in the rescue. One by one, the bodies Continue om P3' 4'h Column. 75 1 to As a material expression of' the sym. palhv of the community at large for the hereaved families of the victims lost in i the Italian hall disaster Christmas eve, ; there was raised up to last night a tund , of $7,0(10 to ho used Ibr relief purposes ; and to assist in defraying the expenses j of burying the dead. This, iu addition lo a fund uf Jf 1,500 raised a a mas meet ing of Houghton citizens on the niirh!. , of the disaster, provides a sum ol Ml ( axailahle for immediate use. loie iimn j cy will be forthcoming immediately. No assistance from outride sources will be necessary. The willins;'iies of the citi.ens of this community and the jopper country generally to meet the emergency , whate er it mav require, v;i ; aptly expressed iu reobd ioii.s, parsed vesterdav afternoon at a mass niectiir.; id' the citizens of Ifed .laeket, Calumet. Laurium and vicinity in the Calumet, theater, with this simple statement : "With the kindliest feelim fr those who offer it, we ask n outside help. 'I hese are our people and this is our sacred privilege, to care lor our dead and to comfort the i inc. " The mass meeting was called .jointly by Maxor F. H. Schumaker of Ked lack ct and Mayor .Joseph Wills of Laiiiium. Citizens of all walks of life, bowed b the sorrow which has befallen the cum ibunity, responded to the call of dut.s and sympathy and gave cxpies.-ion to llieir desire to help. A rebel committee of twelve members was chosen to do everything possible to ameliorate the suffering of the bereaved. This commit tee is composed of Mnor F li. Schu maker of Ifed Jacket, Mr-yor Joseph Wills of Laurium. Capt. Thomas lloat son, Johnson Vivian. Dr. M. A.ThouHz. F. J. Kohlhaas, Dr. IV K. McQueen. O, car Kcckouen, John Knox, Jr , Peter Mi Clelland, O. F. Maih-v and Thomas Sod d v 'VC ' ' ' COMMITTEE IN SESSION. It has been decided that, this commit ter will he in continuous session in the Ifed Jacket council chambers for the next two days to furnish information to the public, and to make it the headquar ters for all rebel work. The instant ap plications are reeeied for assistance, il is planned to have men in waiting to e , pedite the service as much a possible. The members of this committee will likewise, receive contributions from citi zens of Calumet who desire to assist iu the relief work. It is expected hundreds; of such contributions will be received. In addition to directing this work, the members of tho committee will also visit c-ieh of the homes in sadness, offer their svmpathv as well as the sympathy of the community at large, and ascertain whether anything can be done to ameli orate tho suffering aud lighten the bur den of sorrow. The committee was authorized by the mass meetiug to call on the citizens of this community for any as-sUtaiicc need Pays ssistance ATsSUflR ALL OF THE GRIEF STRICKEN FA1UES imiirpp it Carry ed and assurance was given that the call will mcel with an instantaneous re sponse. The members of the commit tc: are prepared to lay aside their person al business, to devote their entire lime to diseharginir the mission to which they have been called. COMMITTEE IS ORGANIZED. Almost immediately after the adjourn ment of the mass meeting, the commit tee beau its work, livery member was pres ent at a meeting held in the Ifed Jacket, council chamber, where an organization was perfected and provision was made lor continuous sessions ami instantan eous action in eases called to the atten tion of the committee or located in per sonal investiTatious. The committee's officers are a- fol low s: Chairman Mayor F. II. Schumaker. Secretary and treasurer Frank U. Kohlhaas. Assistant secretary and h (-a surer Or. M. A. Thomel-. Theie was named at the gathering la-t evenin'j a committee of women to eicM'-ie and as-i-t in relief work. This committee i- composed of Mrs. Herman (iu. k. Airs. Charles J. AVieltrom. Mrs. Joseph Vertin, Mrs. F. II. Sehumaker and Mrs. Suino. This committee was au ihorizi d to give am assistance found necessary and to mime such sub commit tees as are deemed necessary '! he members of these sub-committee? and of the general committee ol women, will do their utmost to console those iu each home which is stricken bv death. IMPRESSIVE ADDRESSES. In the brief space of time occupied by I he meeting, the tender feeling of the oiiimuiiit towards the families whose loved ones have thus been taken away, were expressed very beautifully by Kev Fr. I'asil. pastor of the Sacred Hear4, church, Pew Daniel D. Stalke r, I). D , pastor of the First Presbyterian church; Judire of Probate Pentlcy of Hancock, Chairman James 'J'. Fisher of La iriuiu and othwrs. The resolutions were read l. . Homey Albert II P tennaun, conn- ! for tlm C. II. Mining company and m I Aith unanimous appr'v.-d. James T. Fisher, ehaim m addicted In' meeting as follows: "Citizens, we have us-embled nno to il iv for the leiriKise of deising was and means to ameliorate the sufferings of those on whom the hand of death has fallen so heavily, and 1 would ask Kev. IV.lher P.asil to open the meeting with a ' ' ' " T A LK BY FATHER BASIL. Fellow Citizens: I was called upon .m;iv to say a few words here this af Mnooii. and 1 assure you it will be only a Vw words. I am standing before ou not as a lecturer but as a preacher of tho Cospel, aud in this strain T will speak to von, It is sad for us to be here in stead of being homo in our family circle. Ccfit.'ttutd oa Z:i Pi3C 11 Column.