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THE NORFOLK WEEKLY NEWS-JOURNAL
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NORFOLK NEBRASKA Kill DAY MAlMJH (5 ( 11)08. )
FATHER OF MI88INO LILLIE OLSEN -
SEN IS IN CUSTODY.
DOTH NOW OUT AT THE FARM
OFFICER SUDDENLY GOES AND
GETS LOST CHILD'S FATHER.
MO CHARGE HAS BEEN FILED
'Sheriff Dorcey Inspected oi'sen '
. Farm Tuesday , Drove Pell to
. Pender , Took the First Tra
Brought Olsen Back. %
. Pender , Neb. , March G. Special
The NOWB : Up until this aftornooi.
no charge had been filed by Sheriff
Dorcey against Olaf Olsen.
Go Over the Farm Again.
This morning Sheriff Dorcoy took
Olsen out to the farm for the purpose ,
he Bald , of going over the place with
According to the sheriff , his idea in
going after Olsen was simply to more
thoroughly Investigate the matter.
The sheriff says that ho has just como
into office and that he was not satis-
fled with the investigation that had
boon made before.
But people still insist that thoru is
some pretty definite clue behind the
sheriff's sudden and drastic action.
SHERIFF GETS OLSEN.
After Hard Drive , Nearly Killing
Horses , He Goes After Father.
Pender , Neb. , March 6. Special to
The News : Olaf Olson , father of the
missing little Lllllo Olsen , has been ar
rested by Sheriff Dorcey of this coun
ty. The arrest was made yesterday
and from the manner of the arrest It
was apparent that some serious charge
would probably bo made against the
father. Up until 8 o'clock this morn
ing no formal charge had been filed
against Olsen , but as he was In the
custody of Sheriff Dorcey , it was be
lieved that a charge would bo filed
today asJt , is said that a man. can not
be held fn custody longer than twenty-
four hours without a charge.
Sheriff Will Not Talk.
Sheriff Dorcey will not discuss the
arrest. Ho will not give any sugges
tion as to a possible clue upon which
he based his arrest of the father.
But some features of the case lead
to strong surmises.
Sheriff Visited Former Home.
Sheriff Dorcey visited the former
home of the Olsons at Rosalie on Tues
day afternoon. The Olsons have re
cently moved to a farm In Knox
county , between Bloomfleld and Wan-
sa. They gave it out that they could
no longer endure the mental torture
of living In the place from which their
little girl so mysteriously and so sud
Drove at Break-Neck Speed.
After his visit to the former Olsen
home at Rosalie , Dorcey did things.
Ho acted quickly. And as soon as
possible he had the father in custody.
From the old Olsen farm , the sheriff
drove back to Pender at break-neck
speed , just In time to catch the train
which would take him to Olson's pres
ent dwelling In Knox county.
The sheriff drove into Ponder so
fast that his horses almost dropped
dead from their terrific flight under
the sheriff's whip.
That was Tuesday afternoon and
yesterday afternoon the father was
brought back to Pender in the officer's
Mystery Surrounds The Affair.
Utter mystery surrounded the affair.
What Sheriff Dorcey knew , he refused
to tell. That ho knew something ,
something definite and of importance
in the case , was apparent from his
trip to Olson's abandoned farm , his
fast drive to town , his taking the first
train and making the arrest In silence
but with speed.
Ugly Rumors Afloat.
Ugly rumors were started afloat by
the arrest. Some said a grave had
been discovered. Some went so far
as to say that the little girl's body had
been found in the cellar under the
house. Many thought that the sheriff
remained silent for the sake of preventing -
venting the mobbing of Olsen.
Little Girl's Disappearance.
It was before Christmas that little
Lllllo Olsen suddenly disappeared.
Nobody over knew what had become
It was one of the most mysterious
disappearances ever recorded in Ne
ROCK COUNTY INSTITUTE.
Beneficial Meeting of Farmers at Bas-
sett on Wednesday.
Bassett , Neb. , March 5. Special to
The News : The most largely attended
and beneficial farmers' institute ever
held In Rock county wont into history
yesterday. The largo opera house
was well filled with representative
H farmers from ail parts of the county
Prof E , W Hunt of Syracuse talked at
11 o'clock on "The selection and care
of brood sows. " In the afternoon Prof.
Andrew Elliott ot Qault , Ontario , gave
a splendid talk on "breeding , feeding
and care of dairy cows , " also on
"horses and the judging of same. "
Prof. Hunt talked on alfalfa. All these
subjects arc of vital Interest to this
In the evening Miss Myrtle Kauff-
man of Lincoln talked especially to the
ladles on "lighting of kitchen work. "
Everyone speaks highly of every ad
dress of the day.
Prof. Geo. M. Hopkins was elected
president and C. F. Stockwoll secre
tary of the Institute for the coming
FIRE AT VALENTINE.
Close Call for Home of the County
Valentine , Neb. , March G. Special
P The News : The house of John M.
' ker , county attorney , was partly
atroyed by lire and the furniture
almost completely ruined by smoke
and water. "Tho fire was discovered
about half past 10 , just as a crowd of
people were leaving the opera house
where they had been witnessing a
play. The hose cart was quickly run
to the scone but some delay was oc
casioned by attaching the hose to the
wrong flro plug , not enabling It to
reach the house. This , however , was
soon adjusted and a stream of water
was thrown on the blaze , which was
belching out through a bed room win
dow. The water very quickly quench
ed this and the flro was soon out , not
In time , however to prevent consider
able damage to the furniture. The
fire originated in a bed room and Is
thought to have been caused by a llvo
coal or spark dropping on the carpet.
The loss is covered by Insurance.
RESULT OF INVESTIGATION OR.
DERED BY PRESIDENT.
CAUSE OF INFANTILE MORTALITY
Federal Experts Lay Responsibility for
Epidemics of Typhoid , Scarlet Fever
and Diphtheria to Impure Milk
Justifies Use of Pasteurization.
Washington , March 5. Surgeon
General Walter Wynmn of the publli
health service submitted to Secretary
Cortolyou a report on "milk la its rela
tion to public health. " The report it
the result of an investigation ordered
by President Roosevelt and conducted
by federal experts under the direction
of Professor M. J. Rosenau oi the
hygienic laboratory. In his introduc
tion to the twenty-two treatises of the
experts , Dr. Wyraan says : "The
steady decrease In mortality does nol
apply to the infants. It is recognizec
that gastrointestinal disease is the
largest single factor determining in
fant mortality. This enormous loss 01
potential wealth Is of grave concern
to the state and worthy of the mosi
careful consideration. "
Dr. Wyman declares that the ideal
milk , drawn from a cow with a healthy
udder and preserved from coutamina
tlon , is not the milk of commerce , ant
ho cities the fact that samples of mar
ket inllk in New York showed 35,200-
000 bacteria to the cubic centimetre
London 31,888,000 and Washington
22,134,000. Ho calls attention to the
evidence presented in the report as
proof that 500 epidemics of typhoid
fever , scarlet fever and diphtheria
were caused by infected milk. Dr
Eager , he says , "gives figures to prove
that the high infantile mortality may
be attributed almost entirely to im
pure milk. "
The surgeon general writes : "Dr
Mohler points out that probably the
most important disease of cows from
the standpoint of public health is tu
borculosls and that it is the most prev
alent. Ho insists that all milk shank
come from either tuberculosis tested
cattle or subjected to pasteurization
The important work of pasteurization
has been carefully studied by Dr. Ros
enau , who points out Its advantages
and discusses its Inconveniences. He
recommends GO degrees centrlgrad *
for twenty minutes as the best tem
perature to use in pasteurizing milk ,
as this degree of heat is sufficient te
destroy the pathogenic microorganism
ism without devitalizing the milk
Itself. While pasteurization is not the
ideal to bo sought , practically it is
forced upou us by present conditions
It prevents sickness and saves many
lives facts which justify its use un
der proper conditions. The destruc
tion of Infection in milk at the pres
ent time seems to bo the cheapest and
most practical method to prevent the
spread of typhoid infection in the
milk supplies of cities. In exceptional
instances , when a dairy receives Its
supply of milk from only ono or two
farms over which a supervision maybe
bo exercised , efforts to prevent the in
fection reaching the milk may bo at
tempted. But for the general supply
of cities , pasteurization of the milk
after it has boon placed in cans or
bottles for distribution Is the best
measure. Supplement this with an in
telligent supi rvialon o\or the depots
and storus whuro mill ; Is sold and
milk as a causative factor of typhoid
fever in cities would bo practically re
BOYD COUNTY MAN ANNOUNCED
FOR STATE OFFICE.
BROUGHT OUT BY OWN PARTY
Convention of Boyd County Republi
cans Passes Resolutions Urging the
Nomination of Robert Lynn of Spen
cer for Land Commissioner.
Lynch. Neb. , March 5. Special to
The News : Robert Lynn of this county
was formally announced as a candi
date for commissioner of public lands
and buildings , at the county conven
tion held In Auokn , commending his
ofllcial work as chairman of the Boyd
county board and his able conduct of
the county's affairs.
The resolutions also indorse the ad
ministration of President Roosevelt ,
expressing an opinion that the mes
sage of the president delivered to con
gress January 31 , is the greatest pub
lic document since the emancipation
proclamation , of President Lincoln ;
Indorses the candidacy of Win. II. Taft
for president ; indorses the work of
Senators Burkutt and Brown and Con
gressman Klnkald ; approves the fear
less administration of Gov. Sholdoa
and the common sense legislation of
the last legislature. O. O. Snydcr is
recommended for delegate to the na
The convention was held at Anoka
pursuant to call. Every precinct was
represented except Boyd. The con
vention was called to order by J. K.
Moore , chairman of the county centra ]
committee. Temporary organization
was formed by the election of W. A.
Goble as chairman and A. C. McFar-
land as secretary. The chair appointed
a committee on resolutions and ono
on nominations' , each committee con
sisting of one member from each voting
The temporary organization was
made permanent and after recess for
dinner , the convention reconvened ant !
passed resolutions as outlined. The
following named were elected as dele
gates to the state convention : W. A.
Whitla , Frank Morse , P. H. Atwood ,
C. A. McCutcheon , C. A. Llndahl , A.
C. McFarland , C. "W. Orr , Josiah
Delegates to the congressional con
vention : W. T. Wills , R. R. Hazen ,
A. U. Dlx , Robert Lynn , Alvln Cloon ,
Henry Brandvig , M. T. Post.
FOR SHELDON JIND ROSEWATER
Cuming County Would Have Them for
Delegates at Large.
West Point , Neb. , March 6. Special
to The News : The republican conven
tion of Cuming county yesterday elect
ed as delegates to the state convention
the following : A. G. Burke , Frank
D. Sharrar , C. W. Sass , John Schorn ,
Chris. Meyer , Calvin Fleming , C. A.
Anderson , O. R. Thompson , A. J. West ,
Delegates to the congressional con
vention at Norfolk are as follows : J.
C Elliott , C. A. Cohee , W. E. Kelso ,
Gust. Mathles , Fred. Nellor , M. C.
Bysong , Ed. Mack , O. C. Anderson ,
Samuel Beckenhauer , Herman Zeplin.
The convention unanimously en
dorsed the candidacy of Hon. W. H.
Taft for president , the administration
of Governor Sheldon and the conduct
of Congressman J. F. Boyd , represent
ing the Third district of Nebraska.
The convention also endorsed the
candidacy of Governor Sheldon and
Victor Rosewater for
to the republican national convention.
The convention was very enthusiastic.
HARRIS FOR GOVERNOR IN OHIO
Names of Roosevelt and Taft Brought
Cheers From the House.
Columbus , O. , March 6. The Repub
lican state convention nominated *
state ticket , headed by Governor An
drew L. Harris for governor and in
cluding the following for the other
important positions : Lieutenant gov
ernor , Francis W. Tread way of Cleve
land ; secretary of state , CarmI E.
Thompson ot Ironton ; auditor , E. M.
Fulllngton of Maiysville ; treasurer ,
Charles C. Green of Columbus ; attor
ney general , U. G. Denman of Toledo.
Unanimity lorillium II. Taft as
Ohio's candidate for the nomination
for president was the feature of the
convention. The delegates to the na
tional convention were Instructed to
vote for Talt "until ho Is nominated. "
The names of the delogates-at-larg
were presented by Congressman Nich
olas Lougworth , whose memory failed
after ho had started to deliver a prepared -
pared speech and ho was compelled t
finish by reading from tbe manu
Mention of President Roosovelt'i
name , like that of Mr. Taft's , wag re
ceived' with vociferous applause. A
notable ovation was tendered Con
gressman Theodore Burton , chairman
of the committee on resolutions , who
road the platform , which was adopted
unanimously. The platform Indorsed
the policies Inaugurated under the ad
ministration of President Roosevelt
and Governor Harris. The declarations
for revision of the tariff by friends of
protection at an extra session of con
gress , a greater merchant marine and
an adequate navy , the speedy complo-
I tlon of the Panama canal , the enforce
ment of the dvll and political rights
; ot the mwo , and that there ba
1 "neither halt nor retreat sounded in
the inarch toward better government , "
were ainoiij ; those features of the plat
form applauded by the delegates.
PERRY BROWN ACCIDENTALLY
FACE HORRIBLY DISFIGURED
WAS HUNTING NEAR CRESTON
WITH TWO COMPANIONS.
DEATH RESULTED INSTANTLY
While Attempting to Crawl Through
a Fence the Trigger of His Gun
Caught on a Wire and the Gun Did
Its Deadly Work.
Madison , Neb. , March G. Special to
The News : Perry Brown of Crestou
was accidentally killed while out huntIng -
Ing yesterday afternoon near Creston.
He was crawling through a fence
when the gun ho was carrying was dis
charged , the load of shot taking effect
in his chin and blowing a considerable
portion of his face away.
Perry Brown was , about thirty years
old , son of James Brown , a business
man of Creston. With two companions
he went hunting yesterday afternoon
near Creston. They were going from
one field to another and were crawl
ing through a wire fence , when the
accident happened. Brown had the
gun in his hand and as he attempted
to draw the weapon toward him the
trigger caught on a wire and the gun
was discharged. With an upward
range the charge struck him squarely
in the chin , blowing that feature away ,
horribly mangling the upper part of
his face. Death came Instantly.
As soon as possible , Brown's two
companions secured assistance and
conveyed his body to Creston.
Perry Brown was a member of Com
pany F of Madison , and was with that
company in the Philippines , where he
proved himself a good soldier and wai
popular with his messmates. The
funeral will be held from the home in
Creston Saturday afternoon. Company
F will be represented at the funeral
by a firing squad.
EDITORS' SECRET CONTRACTS.
Commission Makes Discovery ConcernIng -
Ing Missouri Pacific.
Lincoln , March 5. Special to The
News : The railway commission dis
covered today twenty-five secret con
tracts between the editors of southeast
Nebraska and the Missouri Pacific rail
COUNTY SEAT CONTEST STILL ON
IN SESSION SEVERAL WEEKS.
Towns of Herrick and Burke Battling
Over Names on Petitions for Re
moval Fairfax is Ready to Enter
Game at Election Time.
Gergory , S. D. , March 5. Special to
The News : A merry fight is now be
ing waged by the towns of Herrick
and Burke before the board of com
missioners of Gregory county , who
have been in session at Fairfax for
several weeks , for the purpose of de
termining whether either of the towns
of Herrick or Burke has a majority
of the voters on its petition for the
removal of the county seat from Fair
fax. It is believed however that this
preliminary fight before the county
board Is just an opener in the county
sent contest. If either Herrick or
Burke Is placed upon the ballot It Is
believed that the people ot Fairfax
will put up a game flght to retain the
county seat , as they are said to be
a firm believer in the Scriptural doct
rine. "To him that hath , etc. " Thus
far Fairfax has made no direct move
in the contest , but it is well known
that they Intend to put up a big flght
to win at the polls In November.
Japanese Peers Pass Budget.
Toklo , March 5. The budget has
passed the houae of peers without
GEORGE P , MARVIN IS DEAD
Veteran Editor of Beatrice Sun Suc
cumbs Quickly to Pneumonia.
Beatrice , Neb. , March 5. George P.
Marvin , for the last thirty years ed
itor and proprietor of the Gage County
Democrat and for flve years holding
the same position with the Beatrice
Daily Sun , died here alter a brief ill
ness of pneumonia , aged fifty-seven
years. He was employed by ex-Gov
ernor Furnas on the old Advertiser at
Brownville , Nob. , ono of the first news
papers published In this state , and wai
postmaster here under Cleveland's ad
ministration. Mr. Marvin had' alwayi
taken an active part in politics In
Gage county. Ho is survived by a
widow and three children. Ho wai
taken sick a week ago while attend
ing the annual meeting of the N
braska Press association at Lincoln.
SUCH A PLANK WILL NOT APPEAR
IN DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM.
STATE CONVENTION IS SLOW
Bryan Worked on Platform Nearly All
Night and a Part of the Forenoon.
District Conventions Did Not Meet
Until After Noon.
Omaha , March 5. Special to The
News : The democratic state conven
tion is slow in getting together this
afternoon. The meeting was called nt'
the Auditorium at 2 o'clock , but at
that hour the congressional district
conventions which wore expected to
meet this forenoon but didn't ' , had not
finished their deliberations , and the
result was that the main show wan
not ready for business.
Before the convention was called
to order the state central committee
selected H. II. Hanks of Otoo county
to act as temporary chairman.
A feature of the platform to ho
adopted by the Nebraska democrats
today Is the absence of an anti-prohi
bition plank. W. J. Bryan spent the
greater part of last night and this fore
noon writing and revising the resolu
tions which he presented to the con
vention when It met this afternoon.
During the conference on the platform
with slate leaders , Bryan curtly turned
down Representative Bowers , who
asked for a plank declaring for per
sonal liberty anti-prohibition.
The district conventions did not got
under way until after the noon hour ,
and all delegates were not ready to
go into the state body when It met.
The populists are holding their
usual fiasco and will swallow the en
tire democratic action as soon as they
are Informed what it is.
SOUTH DAKOTA GIRL LANDS A
YOUNG MAN IN JAIL.
PRETENDS TO ACCEPT OFFER.
Rides With Persistent Lover to Office
of Justice of Peace , but Instead of
Consenting to Marriage Swears Out
Warrant and -Has Him Arrested.
Plankinton , S. D. , March 6. Sheriff
Primmer and Attorney Fellows were
called to Stlckoy to investigate a com'
plaint brought In justice court by Miss
Kate Gessler , charging Glenn Starr
with a threat to commit murder. Both
parties are from Trlpp , this state aud
were guests at a wedding near Stick-
Starr is about 25 years of age and
the girl but 17 , and the trouble all
grew out of the man's persistent
proposals of marriage. The girl re
fused and the man produced a re
volver with a demand to "consent or
die. " The girl pretended to consent ,
but upon reaching the justice's oflice
at Stlckney swore out a warrant in
stead of procuring a marriage license.
Starr Is now confined In the county
jail here , unable to secure a bond for
$500 for appearance at the next term
UP , ORDERED TOJESTORE TRAINS
Emergency Order Will Be Issued H
Not Done by Monday.
Lincoln , March 5. The state rail
way commission ordered the Union Pa-
clflc railroad to restore the trains re
cently annulled on the branch lines In
Nebraska. Unless this is done by
Monday an emergency order will be ia
General Freight Agent Spans of th
Burlington filed a protest with tlu
railroad commission against the pro
posed canvassing of the freight ra *
situation In Nebraska. Mr. Spens said
that It would bo useless to reduo *
rates In Nebraska because that would
make a re-arrangement necessary
throughout the whole system and that
such action would como under the ja
risdlction of the interstate commerce
Tecumseh Woman Ends Life.
Teciimseh , Neb. , March 5. Mrs. J ,
S. Arnup , ex-secretary of the Nebraska
Woman Suffrage association and i
leading club worker , killed herself by
drinking earbollr ncld. In a note she
stated that 111 health was the cause
Woman Ends Life In Cistern.
Boone , la. , March 5. Mrs. W. E.
Waltz of this city committed suicide
at her home on Seventh street by
jumping Into the cistern. She had
worried over the health of her daugh
ter , Zella , who had been ill for some
THE CONDITIONJJF THE WEATHER
Temperature for Twenty-four Hours.
Forecast for Nebraska.
Condition of the weather as record
ed for the twenty-four hours ending
at 8 a. m. today.
Chicago. March 5. The bulletin is
sued by the Chicago station of the
United States weather bureau gives
the forecast for Nebraska as follows-
Rain or snow tonight and Friday.
Not much change In temperature.
OF THESE FIFTY-SIX ARE STILL
DURNED BEYOND RECOGNITION
SEARCH CONTINUED THROUGH
THE NIGHT FOR BODIES.
AWFUL CLEVELAND HOLOCAUST
First Estimate of the Number of Fa
talities Was Less Than Half the
Actual Number , as the Gruesome
Search of the Night Proved.
Cleveland , O. , March 5. Fifty-six of
the one hundred and slxty.flve bodies
which had been recovered up to 11
o'clock this morning , are still uniden
tified. Louis Gardner , member of the
school board , Insists that the flro was
the work of an Incendiary.
The terrible holocaust which took
place at the school building in Collln-
wood , a suburb of Cleveland , yesterday
morning , Is much more horrible than
first reports indicated. During the
afternoon while the search for bodies
was going on , It was estimated that
scvonty-flvo children had lost their
lives in the seething flames. But as
the heat cooled down in the ruins the
search was continued by anxious
fathers and sympathizing friends , and
during the whole horrible night bodies
of little people were removed from the
wreck. The originally estimated num
ber was passed early in the evening ,
and by 11 o'clock this morning 1G5
bodies were brought to the surface.
As fast as removed from the ruins ,
the little bodies were removed to an
Improvised morgue In the shops of the
Lake Shore railway. Many of the
bodies were so badly charred and dis
figured as to he unrecognizable , EC
being unidentified at this hour.
Cleveland , March 5. Penned in aar-
row hallways , jammed up against
doors that only opened Inward , be
tween 1G5 and 175 children in the su
burb of North Colllnwood were killed
by fire , by smoke , and beneath the
grinding heels of their panlc-strki'.en
The awful tragedy occurred in the
public school of North Colllnwood ,
ten miles east of this city. One nun
dred and sixty-five corpses are in the
morgue at Colllnwood , thirteen chll
dren are still unaccounted for , and
nil the hospitals and houses for two
miles around contain numbers of chil
dren , some fatally aud many less se
All the victims wore bctweeu the
ages of six and fifteen years. The
ichool contained between three hun
dred and ten and three hundred and
twenty-live pupils , and of this entire
number only about eighty are known
to have left the building unhurt , it
will be several days before the exact
number of killed Is known , as the
ruins may still contain other bodies ,
and the list of fatalities may be In
creased by a numbtr of deaths among
the children who are now lying In tlie
hospitals hovering between life aud
The school house was of brick , two
stories and an attic In height. The
number of pupils was more than nor
mally large , and the smaller children
had been placed In an attic of the
building. There was but one fire es
cape , and that was in the rear of the
building. There were two stairways ,
ono leading to a door In front and the
other to a door in the rear. Both
of these doors opened inward , ami It
Is claimed the rear door was locked as
When the flames were discovered
the teachers , who throughout seem to
have acted with coinage and solf-pos-
session , and to have struggled heroic
ally for the satety of their pupils , mar
shaled the little ones Into column for
the "fire drill , " which they had often
Exit Clogged by Heaps of Little Ones.
Unfortunately , the line ot match in
this exercise had always led to the
front door and the children had not
been tiallied to seek any other exit.
The Hie came irom a luinaco bltuated
directly under this part of the build
ing. When the children reached the
foot of the utairs they found the llamcs
close upon them , and so swllt a rush
was made for the door that In an In-
Btant a tightly packed mass of chil
dren was piled up against it. From
that second none of those who were
upou any portion of the first flight of
stairs had a chance for their lives.
The children at the foot of the stairs
attempted to fight their way back to
the floor above , while these who were
coming down shoved them mercilessly
back Into the flames below. In an In
stant there was a frightful panic , with
200 of the pupils fighting for their
lives. Most of those who were killed
died hero. The greater part of these
who escaped managed to turn back
and reached the lire escape , and thu
windows In the roar.
What hoppeiud nt the foot of that
flight of B'a'rs ' will ne\er bo Known ,
for all of thos > who vtaro caugl.t In
the full fury of tl e panic were Killed
After the flames had died away , how
erer , huge heaps of llttlo bodies.
urnod by the tin ? , nnd train plod Into
things of horror , told the tale as well
ni anybody need to know It.
Janitor Herter's ' Story.
Various and unconllimud Btatomnntii
are iinulo as to the CIUIHU of the lira
and alKo that the doors of thu bulldliiK
had been locked at tho. front cntnmco ,
while but ono door of thu rear entry
WAS unfastened. The janitor , Frits
Horlor. himself bereaved of thruo chil
dren , nys that the doors were open ,
according to custom. At any rate thu
lOiiKontlon or Hoeing children In thu
hallway below effectually barred thu
way , and the llttlo onus went to tholr
death totally unable to evade the
flames. Nearly all the children worn
killed In the mass nt the first floor
door , which dually was opened by men
from the Ivake Shore railway shops ,
who hurried to the ncone. A wall of
tlame had formed aeroas It and most
of the children already were dead by
the time the doors were swung open ,
Janitor Herter could remember llttlo
of what happened after the flro start
ed. "I was sweeping In the basement , "
he said , "when I looked up and saw a
wlap of mnoko curling out from be
neath the front stairway. I ran to
the flro alarm and pulled the gong
that Boundoi throughout the building.
Then I ran first to the front nnd then
to the rear doors. I cannot remem
ber what happened next , except that I
taw the flan.es shooting all about and
the little children running through
them screaming. Some fell at the rear
entrance and others stumbled' over
them. I saw my little Helen among
them. I tried to pull her out , but thu
flames drove mo back. I had to leave
my little child to die. "
Teacher Loses Her Life.
Miss Catherine Wollor , ono of the
nine teachers In the school , lost her
life in a vain effort to marshal the
pupils of her class and lead them to
safety. She died in the crush at the
rear door. Her room was on the second
end floor and when the flre alarm
sounded , eho marched her pupils out
into the hall , thinking it was only a
fire drill. There the truth dawned
upon both teacher and pupils , and
control was lost. The children. In their
frenzy , plunged Into the struggling
mass ahead of them. Miss Wellor attempted /
tempted to stem the rush , but went
down under it , and her body was
found an hour later piled high with
these of her pupils. Miss Flsk , an
other teacher , was taken out allvo ,
but she cannot llvo.
BurnS o through chc croaB siippor.te
of the first floor , the flames passed
upward until all three floors crashed
into a smoldering pile in the base
ment. " ]
Work of Rescue Begun.
After the fire had practically burned
Itself out , the work of rescuing the
bodies was begun by firemen and rail
road employes from the Lake Shore
shops. The railroad' company tumod
ever ono of Its buildings nearby to
be used as a temporary morgue , and
thither the charred and broken little
bodies were removed as fast as they
could bo dug from the ruins. Within
five hours practically all had been
recovered. They were placed In rows
In the Lake Shore shop. Identifica
tions were made only by means of
clothing or trinkets. The fire had
swept away nearly all resemblance to
human features In the majority of In
The grewsome task of taking out the
blackened corpses and bits of human
remains was one of horror. A line of
rescuers was formed , backed by halt
a dozen ambulances. As the bodies
were untangled from the debris they
were passed along to the stretchers
and thence loaded in the ambulances.
Mercifully covered with blankets , the
pitiful sights were veiled from the
crowd ot curious that stretched about
the entrance to the structure. As fast
as a load was obtained it was driven
away to the improvised morgue.
Work of Identification.
At the temporary morgue in the
Lake Shore shop the scones became
fourfold in the Intensity of human suf
fering as fathers , mothers , brothers
and sisters passed up and down the
lines formed of 105 coi pses. To facil
itate identification the bodies were
numbered as they were received at
the morgue. The first identification
was made by the mother of Nels and
Tommy Thompson , aged six and nine
years respectively. The heads and
arms had been burned from both
bodies , but the mother recognized the
shoes on tholr feet. And so the dis
heartening work went on , accentuated
now and then by a piercing shriek or
plaintive moan as a loved ono was
recognized' by clothing or token , such
its ring or necklace.
List of Known Dead.
Miss Catherine Weiler , Henry
Shultz , John Rochlnsky , William M.
Kanowsky , Henry Lodge , Dorothy
Hart , Clayton Bell , Wilfred Cook ,
Irene Davis , Gretchen Dorn , Nels
Thompbon , Thomas Thompson , Robert
Hunter , lloso Swanson , Rose Bush
man , Clark Dale , Floyd Brown , Luella
Baldwin , Amelia Burrows , Normal
Bell , Claude Clayton , Lester Centner ,
Nelllo Carson , Meda Dopner , Percy
Day , Matilda Ureslm , Mildred Cunning ,
ham , Catheilnc M. Duffy , Albert Gould ,
Walter Herter , Helena Horter , Edith
Herter , Hugh Mcllrath , Leda Murphy ,
Edward Mytr , Jennie Phillips , Mary
Rl < lgo\\ay , Anna Roth , Lillian Rosterk ,
Norrls Sherman , Bernard Schubert ,
Haruld SaiUerson , Mablo Slglor ,
Janus Turner Norman Turner , Max
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