Man Locked in Bank Vault Uses Morse Code to Call for Help
Knowledge of Telegraphy Saves Man From Death by Smothering By the AssoeLated l'nrss.) Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 19 Locked for nearly 36 hours in an hermetically sealed concrete and steel vault in the city treasurer's ofllee last night, a knowledge of the Morse telegraph code, saved the life of Arthur Brenner, assistant city treasurer. A mouse locked in at tl same time, failed to survive, and when Brenner was rescued its body was found. . , Brenner entered the vault, a room IS feet square and 20 feet hijli, live minutes before closing timo jester day, hunting for a warrant. While he was there the big steel doors swung shut. Ho shouted for help without attracting notice. The lghts went out automatically as the doors shut. Brenner was on a balcony in the rear. He felt his way downstairs, pulled open every drawer and piled the books on the floor to get the maximum amount of air )ossib!o and then sleep for awhile, with his face us near tin bottom of the door as possible on the assumption that a slight amount j of air might get through a that J point. When he awoke, his hand icame In contact with a wooden slat 'and remembering that Charles Ilock- wald, a night watchman, also could j telegraph, he pounded out in Morse: 'I am locked in." ! "Will get help," came the answer ; from Hockwuld, who immediately telephoned for a man who knew the combination of the Vault.