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j dent, doctors, nnnmoned from their seen of horror in hour after the roof t homes and offices, were arriving on ,feU- J foot and in automobiles. To tbo b,e to puan throuh th ' . New ef fh. .i . . I Uc Ub rcKf eemed to rest almost , " "UUCI" cpreaa rapiO- ; on the floor, scarcely more than a foot J ' "irvun e city, with the result t.that hospital-bonnd automobiles grt the right of way from machines and pedestrians in the streets. Progress -waa difficult because thr barely space in most streets for two cars to pass without turning into the r snow drifts, where they ran the danger of stalling. Fpr blocks around the theatre , there were lines of stalled automo- biles and heavy fire apparatus that had to be moved by volunteers out of the path of the ambulances. Among seven injured persons who were taken to Sibley Hospital were Dr. and .Mrs. Custis Lee HalL of s 2,901 16th Street, Northwest, both ! Suffering' from shock but not I diers and marines, thousands of people .thought seriously injured. Dr. Hall, ' fathered, the news havlns spread over who is an orthopedic surgeon, is a relative ef General Robert E. Lee. Church Turned Into a Morgife The First Church of Christ, near the theatre, the leading Christian Scientist church in Washinp-ton, was .transformed into a temporary morgue and hospital, when bodies of 'dead and injured were being re moved systematically from the ruins. - Physicians and nurses were installed to render first .aid and more serious cases are later sent to and a half separating- the lowermost debris and the floor level. All the debris was covered with the snow which had welched so heavily upon the roof. Standing- up through the debris, stark and ragged, were the pillars that had supported the balconies and the roof. The site of the theatre, being at the intersection of two or three principal streets, was lighted by the glow of the street lights. Firemen and marines, hastily rushed from Walter Reed HospiU and barracks near the city, endeavored to find an opening in the de'jrta, but the heavy steel and concrete defied their efforts except when relnforred with picks and ga and acetylene torches. Moans of the injured flUed the air. together with the commands of the fire chiefs and the military. Beyond the line, first established by the police and later taken over by aol- r other hospitals. vf Among the twenty-six bodies which ;had been brought there up to a late ''hour were those of Douglas Hillyer of 2J0ZI Hillyer Place, a representa- 4Tra an Ctvtn la n a-4" rAtvinATiv - G. S. Freeman, .who was a violinist in . jtbe Knickerbocker orchestra; Mrs. Marie Russell, widow of David Rua-- f'ell, of 2,475 Eighteenth Street, N. ; W., and a man believed to be W. S. ; ;Schofield of 750 Main Street. Danville, Va. j In the pocket of the tatter's clothes was a letter addressed W. S. Scho-: field and signed with the name of ;Dr..W. P. Straw of Wardraan Park Inn, Washington. ' The hospitals were soon over-' -crowded and the list of injured grew. ;At Emergency Hospital, one of the largest institutions, there, were - twenty-five victims at 11 o'clock to- night. This hospital as well as the Georgetown, George Washington, ' Sibley and Casualty were crowded : -with relatives and friends. At least a score of persons were y carried out unconscious and one ..- 'timate of the police was that at least V'. ten of .these were mortally injured. . - i V . One of the injured who was taken ' 1 ; ' to the Emergency Hospital was R. J. ' v., Bowea of 149 BCtroore Street. -; 1 The first I knew of the acd -ydent he said, was when I heard ' 'i a scratching noise overhead. Look ing up, I saw the roof falling and v;tried to dodge it. I was in .: th gallery and went down with . '. it. fThe sext'I knew Ifound the . t gallery on the street leveL I looked ;i-'summdfrBqrwif. All I could see 1 " of her was her hand sticking out of - the cement and snow. X chunk of . 'fXv cement had fallen on her right ler. "With the aid of firemen we got her out and found her leg had been broken," ' . f -The Knickerbocker, owned by :. Harry Crandall, stands at the intersection of Columbia Road and Eighteenth Streets, in ; the heart of the Uptown apartmeht-house district, and was well patronixed by a good - class of people, including officials, ' army and navy officers and even diploma Cs. Some of the finest residences in the city are nearby. The ' Knickerbocker, which will seat about jZflOO persons, occupied an entire - square. ' The accident happened just as the film "Get Rich Quick Walling-ford," in which Doris Ken yon was featured, was being started The police attempted late at night to fix responsibility for the collapse of the roof. A girl, giving the name of Ida M. Clark, who said she played the organ in the theatre, stated that the question of removing the snow from the roof was discussed at the theatre in the afternoon. An expert who knew about the roof, she said, declared that it would hold the snow and that there was no danger. Harry M. Crandall, owner of the theatre, was at home when the col-i lapse was reported and rushed to I the theatre. He had been absent the capital Uke wildfire and many being aroused by the clanging of fire gongs and fir apparatus which was rushed to the scene from every fire station in the city. r Those beyond the fire line Included men and women known throughout the country Senators, Representatives. Ambassadors, clergymen and society leaders- Many of those behind the lines had friends whom they believed to have been at the theatre when the crash came and they appealed to those maintaining the lines to let them through or give th?m some idea as to the number of I dead or Injured. It was more than an hour before the rescuers, using gas torches to cut through the mass of steel and concrete. reached the section where it was believed most f the dead and injured were. Firared 304 Were Bariew. At that time the police estimated that at least 300 persons were still under the wreckage. Coroner J. R. Nevitt said his ' first guess " was that there naa peen ouu killed. Several hours would perhaps elapse, however, it waa indicated. ie-forc a definite estimate of the situation would be available. ' Two ROT. were aald to have been re- I moved dead and a Miss Costley died of injuries after she bad been taken to a I nhvalHan'i rrin r - . . . Among the injured was Representative Smith wick of Florida, who was painfully cut about the head and chest but not seriously hurt. Another of those Injured was Nobile Tomasso Assereto. Third Secretary ef the Italian Embassy. Every expedient was resorted to in the work of rescue, volunteers assisting the firemen, police and marines without regard to the possible collapse of walla. a prospect which was regarded as all too imminent. One case was observed of a small boy crawling through a small aperture in the tangled mass of con crete steel ana wood -to man. woman and child who were penned down, and giving them water. A the night wore on the work of res- I cue continued feverishly, but some offl- data expressed doubt whether the debris J a could be completely removed for several I daya. leading to the possibility that the last body might not be recovered for I sosas time. I Attache of the British Embassy re- I ported at midnight that a check had been made of the staff of the Embassy I and none was found to have been in at tendance at the theatre. Pear was expressed in some quarters that the final list of injured and pos sibly of the dead might contain ranes of seme well-known persona. inasmuch as the theatre was located in a part of the "city in which many Gov ernment officials live. the by his Emergency hospitals were set up In I Oie neighborhood, some In the homes of ( feet high officials of the Government. The roof fell with suck force as to the drive three concrete pillar through the I orchestra floor. Un near the stage. I however, its force was arrested, so that I to the platform successfully acted as a buffer. Because. of this. It was said. ( nveral of the musicians escape!. lone The management sf the theatre. I which was owned, snd operated by the I Harry M. Crandall Company, owner of I several theatrea in the city, declared that the buildimr had been recent Iv m-llns- spected and Si proved and that th col- I ,.. lapse of the roof could only have been I caasea by the tremendous weight of I i wasnmg-nw. ton SNOW OVERWHELMS CAPITAL, n . the Record Fall for 24 Hoars Ties Up at Traffic and Business. Special to Ta Nsu? Tork Time. WASHINGTON, Jan. 28. After more than twenty-eight hours of continuous snow, Washington waa burled tonight under twenty-nine inches of snow the greatest fall in that period ever recorded In the city's history. (in Alexandria, Va, during the day, ? when Joseph P. Morfran, general manager of the Crandall theatres In Washington, was married. j Army Captain Planet fader Wreckage ' WASHINGTON, Sunday. Jan. 29. : Army engineers and wrecking crews ! were summoned early today as the work of rescue proceeded at the Knickerbocker Theatre to shore op the walls, which 'threatened to collapse on the workers , ; Inside. . At th same Urn Captain J. H. Hills. ' T". S. A., was pinned beneath the Wreck- , age. but was said to be conscious. His wife had been rescued earlier and sent : to a hospital. - The Board of Directors of th Crandall Company, owners of the Knlcker-' bocker Theatre, has Issued the following statement: We are stunned by this catastrophe. .- . The Knickerbocker was the prize of j our -circuit, constructed at no limit of . coat before the war, when the best ma-' terlal and engineering brains were se-. ; cured ' to make this house a model of mcatre architecture snd construction. Th structure was subjected to and passed every municipal and government inspection and test. v e cannot find words to express the depths of sympathy we feel for those bereaved by this appalling catastrophe. " w would Infinitely rather have abandoned all our enterprises than that ' a tingle life should have been lost or any i individual maimed or injured." The Knickerbocker presented All the Middle Atlantic States, from I the Carolines to New Tork. were to- night covered with a white mantle as a I wa" result of the widespread storm. The I wlUl snow varied in depth from a few inches in the northern area to the two feet or aI1 more in and about the District of Co- lumbta. which seems Jo be the centre the ot we oisiumanc. I wi Apparently New Tork is to escape the i ton brunt of the storm, the Weather Bureau offclals attributing this to the stationary sent ...... c uri .irw iotk and New I train England. The centre of the storm. th tne ing been and uccn indicate, has gone out to Grvsrtest Kail Sine 18. - ian oi snow was In this immediate vicinity, nearing the tnree-root mark made by the prolonged blizzard of February. 1899. North Caro lina and Virginia also report almost unprecedented snowfalls. In Virginia, where an inch or two of snow is a comparatively rare experience In some sec tions, mere is now a root or so. Parts has and Thursday It wa the " of North Carolina stlU have remnants coast of tb snow that fell over most of the and ur Dwore yesieruay. nas "'J npw oegan lailinr neavuy at :ao o'ciocK yesterday afternoon, and the effect upon traffic and business was quickly felt, although wires were apparently little affected. Hundreds of automobiles were stalled 1 the streets late last night aad are sUll stuck In the onow. With few ex ceptions the street car lines In the Dis trict of Columbia were snowbound early today and suburban lines were unable to operate because of derailments. Measurements taken at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the Weather Bureau bowed that twenty-sx Inches had fallen at that time. At 8 o'clock, or twenty-four and a haif hours after the storm started, the depth waa estimated at twenty-eight Inches and at 8 o'clock it had reached 29 Inches. The greatest previous snowfall In any twenty-four hours In Washington wa only twelve Inches, and this was during the great storm of February'. 180. Caafarenee and Congress Affected. The sudden fall of snow dislocated public and private business to a very large extent. Two meetings ct the arms conference

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 29 Jan 1922, Sun,
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