Flames Believed Incendiary; Convicts Trapped in Cells; Troops, Guards Restore Order
FLAMES BELIEVED INCENDIARY CONVICTS TRAPPED IN CELLS; TROOPS, GUARDS RESTORE ORDER Bodies Scattered Over Prison Yards By Hundreds At Columbus; Some Convicts Aid Firemen Halt Blaze And Rescue Fellow; Prisoners While Others Cut Hose And Set More Fires. MOST DEAD ARE SUFFOCATED Thousands Of Prisoners Mill About In Yards For Hours After Flames Carry; Death Through Tinder-Like Structure, While Army .Regulars, National Guards, Police Try To Keep Them In Order. COLUMBUS, O., April 21 - The list of known dead in the Ohio Penitentiary Penitentiary disaster, und counties from which they were sentenced: Jess Shlvcly, Franklin. Harry Foreman, Franklin. Joseph Anderson, Fraffklln. Richard AVagner, Hamilton. Richard K. Ozeak, Cuyahoga. Charles Paulin, AVood. • Joseph Miller, Guernsey. Frank Klayman, Hamilton. Floyd Hosier, Preble. Dave Davis, Cuyahogji. John Rudlickl. Lucas. Daniel Belcher, Sclpto. Sliermon Dawson, Cuyahoga. AVilllam Lightner, Portage. Carroll Coulter, Cuyahoga. August Sacha, Hamilton. Theodore Cotral. Montgomery. Frank Brown, Hamilton. Harold Thomas, Wood. Walker Bryant, Hamilton. Charles Bilek, Cuyahoga. Arthur Jones, Fulton. J. J. AA'ebster, Darke. Erie Lehio, Cuyahoga. Red Clifford, Scioto. Fred Waters, Stark. .Stanley Yostlcka, Cuyahoga. Charles Everp*ugh, Licking, A\'alter Dlpple, Cuyahoga. George Fullenix, Jr., Miami. Edward Axe, Miami. Ben Crawford, Cuyahoga. A Charles Hall, Hancock. s Everett AA'liite, AVashington. Alford Ford, Hancock. ' Fred, Kern, Cuyahoga. Homer Eberth, Clark. Ben .Smith, Hamilton. Carl Hollenbacher, Allen. Fred Ames, Wyandot, Cafarelll Pietro, Summit. Roy AA'allen, Columbiana. Jx)uis Campbell, Athens. Samuel Mann, Columbiana. Fred Van Arrbabrlght, Shelby. James Henderson, Montgomery. John Polles, Summit. Charles Day, Cuyahoga. Roy Meyers, Lucas. (Continued on Page 10. Column 4) Old Ohio Pen Crowded Most Of Anyjn U. S. NEW YORK, ApriJ 21 (/P)—Overcrowding (/P)—Overcrowding of Ohio state prison, scene of today's tragic fire, was charged in the 1929 handbook of the National National Society of Penal Information. 'The ancient plant at the State Penitentiary In Columbus, one of the largest prisons in the country suffers from a oondlion of overcrowding overcrowding worse than that In any other prison," the report said. 'The need of another institution In the Ohio penal system has been apparent for many years, but the state Is only now taking steps to alleviate the conditions at Columbus. Columbus. Not only can Columbus not care for an Increased population, but It is already too large a prison to be operated on any other lines than those of blanket treatment. Even with the completion of the present present building program it will be able to care for its present population only under conditions that fall far below accepted modern standards for housing prisoners." Poet Laureate Of Britain Dies 1 .ON DON, April 21 (.in—Robert Bridges, poet laureate of England, died here today. Mr. Bridges, who had been poet laureate since 1913. was S6 years old. His works were known all over the world. Office Prison v * * for embezzlement. Among other "notables" was Professor James II. Snook of Ohio State University, who was electrocuted re^ntly. Flood Uglits were turned Into the prison yards late tonight. Under the blazing lights, soldiers and national national guardsmen aided prison guards In driving the loose convicts into their cells. The work was arduous, for most of the prisoners were tnllling'"about and paying little attention to orders. The Coliseum, at the Ohio State fair grounds, scene pf many a gala fete, was to be u house of death tomorrow. tomorrow. To this large hall tho victims victims of the tragedy wero to be moved in the morning. Here the undertakers were to go ft work and pre pure the bodies for burial. A major part of the dead remained remained unidentified at a late hour tonight. Prison officials were paying paying little attention to Identification work until the situation in the prison yurd was brought under con ; trol und every convict was locked in a cell. The Ohio National Guard v-Vas (Continued on X'uge 10. Column :i BULLETIN COLUMBUS, O., April 22 (IP)—A count of the dead in the Ohio Penitentiary fire disaster, completed early today, indicates that the fatality list will mount well above 300. Hospital attaches said that 311'dead were counted in the prison yard, and 24 dead were in the hospital hospital basement. Of the 150. injured, they feared many would succumb. No effort was being made by prison heads to get an official death count until all bodies have been removed to the temporary morgue. COLUMBUS, O., April 21 (IP)— Death laid a heavy hand on convicts imprisoned in Ohio Penitentiary here tonight when some three hundred prisoners were killed by smoke and fire in one of the most appaling disasters disasters in American history. Trapped in their locked cells, the victims had no chance to escape. The fire, as well as blazes in the prison yard, -were all believed of incendiary origin. , After a struggle of several hours with loose convicts who refused to go to their cells, soldiers and guards got the situation in hand and all was quiet in the prison enclosure enclosure at midnight. Then the work of removing the dead to the state fair coliseum was.begun, and investigations investigations into the disastrous blaze were started. Under the glare of flood lights, turned into tho prison yard, the scene Avas one of appaling tragedy. Here, on the damp grass, covered by blankets, lay the bodies of several hundred men who, trapped in their locked cells, went to death like rats in a trap. Smoke suffocated a majority of the victims. victims. Some were killed by fire. Convicts Start Fire It's Agreed Warden Preston E. Thomas was in consultation with state jfficials at midnight, planning his investigation. Practically all sources agreed that the first fire, as well as other blazes In the prison yards, were started by prisoners. The penitentiary yards resembled an armed camp after a pitched battle. Lying on the-grass, were the bodies of some 200 victims, of the blaze, most of them killed by dense smoke. Deputy Warden James Woodward announced that hia count of the dead showed 276, including dead in the prisoii yard and in the hospital. "He added that the injured totaled about 150, and that of this number between 60 and 70 weri; in a critical - condition. The first intimation that the first fire was-of incendiary origin came from State Fire Marshal Ray Gill. He said ha believed the fire was set in several places simultaneously, ii; the I and K cell blocks. The later fires in the cotton mills were incendiary, he said. Order Women Nurses Out Chief of Police Harry E. French of Columbus, helping to command the situation in the prison enclosure, ordered all women nurses from the penitentiary at 9:45 p. m. He said he issued the order to insure safety for the women. • The great toll of life Avas not reflected in the estimate of property damage by the fire. Prison officials and fire department department heads said the damage would be about $11,000. Chief Ijams, of the Columbus Fire Department, waa among the first outsiders to get into the blazing cell blocks. He said the fire spread so rapidly that guards on duty there had little or no opportunity to unlock the cell doors. Warden Thomas rushed four guards into the blocks with cell keys but before they could get to vrork on the doors they were overcome by the dense.smoke and carried out by convicts. No Electric Wiring In Block The fire chief said there was no electric wiring in the. block, and he felt confident the blaze Avas of incendiary origin. origin. "Warden Thomas at 9 p. m. asked for two more companies of soldiers, one regular army from Fort Hays and one national guard company. Theso were quickly supplied by authorities. ' Medical detachments of the national guard wi -ro ordered in from Deluwure. O., and a regular company there under Captain Harry Whittaker was ordered to stand ready for duty. Try To Kire (inn Wagou Firemen working on the nvii fire, which was finally extinguished, reported to the warden that sunk convicts had cut their hoso and ha., tried to fire their gusoline »asuu The warden told the t'uu chief tc go into the prison yurd and to up- peal to the better element lunoi..; the prisoners to maintain oidcr. Teleraph blanks were i.-sued ta convicts. They were told to address address them to relatives and wcr« assured they would be sent so thu relatives would know they had escaped escaped death in the conflttsi'atiun. Major General Uensoii W. Hough, O. N. U., wus in cliiiri:*.' of the troops in the prison The troop* were dri\ing the loo.^o • mulcts iu. to the dining halls. 'Jhen- v..«.* wtiw disorder In the dinuuu. rown--. l-iu the guard* Quelled it fcfoit any o«o was Imu. The convyt;; broke »<t» ICoiiWnued on l 'a$e W, cvijma U COUNT IS LESS IN FIRST WARD Census Shows l^oss of Population Population Since 1920. Population of tlie First Ward of the City of Sandusky was re ]K >rted by the d'strict census office at Norwalk Norwalk Monday to be 4.01S. This figiirl is a loss of 280 from the population figures for the First Ward given following the census of 1»20. Ten years ago the First Wurd'st population was reported as Other Thirteenth District census figures for 1930 reported Monday were: Glbsonbmg, Sandusky-co 2,121 2,121 as compared with 1 .737 in 1920. a gain of 384; Cygnet Village, Wood- co, 615 as compared with 68!* In 1920; Jerry City Village, Wood-co, 292, as compared with 266 in 1920; Perrysburg Village, Wood-co, 3,146. as compared, with 2,429 in 1920, a gain of 717. MO.MK SKWIN'U WKKK Great Savings: i'llka and Wash Goods. The Herb & Myers Cw.