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J - r I It a V ft'' .4 - HEItOISIJ SHOYTll V BY LIM WHO DIED Two at Least Urged Rescuers r to. Tike Others From The-j 3 X atre Wreckage First. CO THEY LOST THEIR CHANCE Persons from All Over thw Country .'and All Walk of Life Among j' th Victims." Special to T Na r . rtmss. ;: WASHTNOTON. Jan- SO. The audl-wrt a the Knickerbocker Theatre at tho Uxd of ti)e traced Saturday night w a typical cross-section of Washing' toa life. Few were natives of the District. - The dead and Injured Included ma, women and children from many etatat aod all walks of life. la at least two Instances the self-aacrlfJce of men. who when found by issuisri plnnri under the debris, urged that succor be given to others first, cost then thetr lire. - Doai1as"HUlyer. 2.021 Hillyer Place, whose body was, one of the first to be taasn rww u - - 1 la local attletlc circles and was well known as an amateur golfer and a tennis plsyer of ability. About three years ago ho married Mima Imogene Mc-Oraw of Washington, who had an ankle 'J fractured In the col la pee and U at .emergency Hospital In a highly nervous condition: They have one child. Miss Helen W. Dortch. 40 years of age. was a daughter of Mrs. Hattle W. Dortch of BerryvUle. Clark County. Va.. tf.y a slater of Tyson Dortch. a Federal attorney In New York City. She was a lose hex In an art school. .Daniel K. Jackson was a real estate broker and had been Identified for years with golf activities In the District. He 'married about a year ago Mrs. Ireven 'Donnelly of Washington. He was 48 years old. - . I Breoseeaa Wed. Frtoad Saved. -Wilfred A, Broosseaa Jr.. who died from injuries received tn the theatre rash, waa a native of North Adams. Mass, where his father ,1s City Physician. Brousseau was a student at the School of Foreign Service. Georgetown University. He and a friend. William t Peters, went to the show together, peters says he threw himself under a aeat and Brousseau tried to follow his example, but was caught on the arm of th chair. jjt ' " Howard S. KneesJ. Vice President of the Semmes Motor Company, was a Director of the do Pont National Bank and well known in business circles. He was 14 cars of age. and Is survived by his Injured wife. Colonel Charles C. .Tucker, who was killed wtta his wife, was a native of Washington and served as a page In the House of Representatives when a boy. Admitted to the District bar. he served as recorder of the Court of Appeals. During : th World War he was In the Judge Ad vocate General s Department. In 1919 he Suvrrkd Miss H. Zimmerman oc ouu- more.. They axe.eurvlved by two oaogn- ters. ' Z -- Dr. Clyde M Geerhart. who was in-tn VhMi hla wife was killed. -is a 'dental specialist and -President of- the American . Academy of Periodontology. His less were crushed and his right heel has been cut off at the hospital. A friend. Dr.' F. BG Edmonds, an optician, furnished blood .for transfusion before the operation.'--The surgeons have not 1 yet' decided whether amputation of the left leg wOl be necessary. lira - Maris H. Smith was seventy rears ; old 'and bad been prominent in Mlur manaMati for rears. She Is sur- vlved by a - daughter. Mrs. H. W. uVsnsenden. r.T, - ' ' Asked Tkat Wessea Be Saved First, j Scott Montgomery, chief of the ao-" counts section of the Veterans Bureau. ( served as a Sergeant In the Medical Corps during the World War. He was ! taken from the ruins alive, but died at the hospital. ! i nlrnmT was a hero to j the last, v Found by bis rescuers pln-I v li - ,, . . tMl s-irder and almost fnuried to cement end plaster, he pro-r .- w was all rla-ht and mur- Jured.,For God's sake, help the Hehad been accompanied to the the-"Tetre by Mlae Veronica. Murphy of 1.860 ("aUfornln Street, who was killed by his - . . er vMn. and . jonn miut ' - - . j Mlsa Elisabeth Jeffries. 23. brother and I sister, were children of Louis' E. Jeffries, f Voersi counsel and Vice President of nrt Kara Railway system. Young Jeffries was with a real estate iirm. .sister -was a graduate or ugoms r-.n.m' TtHnald C Vance, who was m- with hla wife, was President of the Planters' National Bank of Fred-erlcksburg. Vs-. and of the Karmers i- T and also owner of the Mans- Qeld HaA -nerd of Jersey cattle and dairy farm near that city. Alfred O. Eldrldge. who lost his life With- his wife, was for twenty-seven years organist at SU Margaret's Protestant' Episcopal Church. The congrega-goa at St.. Margaret's paid silent trib-ttte to the dead organist on Sunday. The Eldrldges are survived by a 10-year- i old son. . l - Joseph Wade Beale. 27 years old. was first . violinist at the Knickerbocker v Theatre. - He married Miss Mara-aret Danbam Tuesday and baa just returoea his honeymoon gsxuraay axier-- Hla bride Is at her home In a i serious condition. ii The young man's father Is " Ben " . . . . . 1 V... wKa tmm jSsaie. a Ttwnui . rMm of the telegraph staff at the arms onference press room. A desire to be- come vjoimiai was ukituiiwu 'f years ago by the loss of an arm. When V--da son was born that desire to become tdent on the violin was transferred him. 4 nmut VatlITk. leader of the Knlck- . r TVerbocker Orchestra, was for three years Uf 'itSSSvin "d had ben t theJOxk . Ibocker only three months. His wife, who 'was In the audience, escaped with slight A Injuries. I' Asked e Have Other Takea. :, "Albert O. Buehler. 82 years old. who i died a few minutes after he was taken from the wreckage, was a graduate of Cornell University, and an instructor )v-. va w rmr Tnta araduatlon. f He. then became an examiner In the ! Patent Office. In the World War be 'was commissioned a Lieutenant of En- 1 gineers. and later a Captain. After the -j war na rawm uw I- ' divisien ef the War Department. i out ivr ma . - ler could probably have been saved. Witnesses say that when reecuers Vviu vailri-rht and suked them to take K w . I.I..JU kl. wlsk nrhn IOV4UUII11 "lO wsa-cB v aw hoplti Buttering from lacrvted tu-Mt 1 itwmi tnmraj, . 1 ' la now in the r bnusec and ENVOYS AND DELEGATES - SEND CONDOLENCES M. Sarraxtt, Baron Shziehara and Minister Bnai Express Their Sorrow in Letters to Hughes. Social to The Nevi York Timet. WASHINQTON. Jan. 30. Albert Sar-raut, head of the French delegaUon to the arma conference; Baron Shidehara. the Japanese Ambassador, also a delegate to the conference, and Corn tan tin Brun. the Danish Minister, sent letters today to Secretary Hughes, expressing sorrow over the loss of life In the Knickerbocker Theatre disaster. M. Sarraut wrete : " It Is with the most profound sorrow that I have heard the news this morning of the awful accident that has plunged the city of .Washington and so many families into mourning. " This fearful catastrophe will move France with that deep emotion which Is felt when misfortune overtakes one's dearest friends. " I should have gone in person to present my sorrowful condolence and that of the French delegation If I had not been confined to my room for several days past by Illness. Kindly convey, I beg you. the expression of those sentiments to the Commissioners of the District of Columbia and the families of the victims. " Accept. Mr. Secretary of State, with the assurance of my very sad sentiment, the expression of my deepest sympathy." Ambassador Shldehara's message read : " I take advantage of this early opportunity to convey to you expression of the great shock and sorrow with which I learn of the terrible accident which took place at the Knickerbocker1 Theatre. In this city, on the 28th Inst, whereby many persons lost their lives and scores were injured. " In the face of a disaster entailing so much of death and suffering, the sympathies of the entire world will go out to those who have been overtaken by this great calamity, and I beg the privilege of assuring you of the deep sincerity with which the people of Japan will share this sentiment." Baron Shidehara also sent this letter to Cuno H. Rudolph. President of the Board of District Commissioners : " As the representative of my Government and people. I ask the privilege of expressing to you the deep essence of shock and grief with which the news has been received of the appalling' accident which took place on last Saturday evening at the Knickerbocker Theatre. In this city. " In the presence of a calamity so stressing and entailing so much of death and suffering, the sympathies of my people go out in full measure to the people of Washington, and I beg. through you. to assure them of my heartfelt solicitude and sorrow." Minister Bran's letter read : Permit me to express to you on behalf of the Danish Government the p-o-foundest sympathy In the disaster which befell the. Capital of the United States on Saturday, Jan. 28, when owing to the enormous fall of snow the roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapsed, resulting in the death -or Injury of several hundred people. As a resident of this city since s number of years I cannot but feel Jeep sorrow myself In this tragedy, and I venture to express these personal feelings to you together with the grief pf the Danish Government." FULL TRAIN SERVICE RESTORED AT CAPITAL Street Car lines Also Are Being Opened as Warm Temperature Melts the Snow. WASHINGTON. Jan. 30. Bright sunshine and warmer temperature did much today to restore normal conditions In Washington and the middle Atlantic section buried under Saturday's severe snowstorm. Forecasts of the Weather Bureau were for a continuation of the favorable temperature and it was generally believed that tomorrow night would see a resumption of activities suspended since the storm began Friday night All danger of a food shortage In the capital passed away during the day as train service became normal. Regular echdules were resumed by trains on the Pennsylvania and Ualtlmore A Ohio at noon. Street car service here was not so quickly resumed. While many lines were opened today, the two traction companies serving the city stated that It would be late tomorrow before some of their cars, stranded since Friday night In outlying sections, could be released snd the lines cleared for traffic. Reports from Baltimore. Philadelphia and other cities told of rapid restoration of normal conditions. Heavy seas were still being- experienced In the vicinity of Hampton Roads, with several vessels still In danger. GRIDIRON CLUB FOR INQUIRY. Pays Tribute by Resolution for Two Members Who Were Killed. Special to The A'ets York Time: WASHINGTON, Jan. 80. Members of the Gridiron Club held a' special meeting today at the New WOlard Hotel to take action upon the deaths in the theatre disaster of Chauncer C. Bralnerd. Its Vice President, who wss correspondent of the Brooklyn Dally Eagle, and Lwis W. Strayer. former President, who was correspondent of The Pittsburgh Despatch. James P. Hornadsy of The Indianapolis News. President of the club, presided st the meeting which adopted a resolution, requesting the District Attorney to direct the Grand Jury to make Immediate Investigation of the 'cause of the disaster " with tie view of securing the indictment and punishment of all persons, whether architects, contractors, owners or officials, found by law to be responsible for ' the unnecessary, inexcusable and criminal sacrifice of more than 100 human lives." Resolutions of tributes to the two dead members were adopted and committees were appointed to attend their funerals. The funeral of Mr. and Mrs. Bralnerd will be held Wednesday at 3 P. M. at Gawler's Chapel. The Rev. J. Mc-Bride Sterrltt will conduct the services and the Gridiron Quartet will sing. Immediately afterward the services for Mr. Strayer will be conducted In the chapel. MET DEATH BESIDE HIS BRIDE. W. M. Crocker, a Native of New Jersey, Was Killed Instantaneously. Bpecial to The Nets York Time. WASHINGTON, Jan. 30. Five months from the day of his wedding William Mortimer Crocker, age 28, died In the Knickerbocker Theatre tragedy, while his bride, formerly Miss Elols Anderson, daughter of J. Robert Anderson of the Department of Justice, escaped serious Injury. The couple sat In the third row of the balcony. When the crash came, the husband was killed Instantaneously. His bride grasped his hand and called to him as the roof fell, but she heard only a groan and there was no responsive clasp of his fingers. She sat beside his body until released from the wreckage about 1 o'clock Sunday morning, having suffered a severe mental shock. Mr. Crocker was a native of Washlnr-ton. N. J., where his parents live. After leaving high school there, he attended Columbia University. When the United States entered the World War. he enlisted In the army but later was transferred to the navy and became aide to the officer In charge of the anti-submarine school. He rad been for two years the representative here of the World's Trade Club of San Francisco and the American Metric Association of New York. He was a young man of fine personality and high character. ' He was a member of the Church of the Covenant, and the funeral will be held there tomorrow afternoon. THE ; NEW' ORDERS A SURVEY OF THEATRES HERE Borough President Miller Instructs Buildings Head to Make Reinspection. ACCIDENTUNLIKELY.HESAYS President of Theatre Chamber of Commerce Says All Precautions Are Taken. An Immediate reinspecUon of all the theatres, moving picture houses and other places of sssembly in Manhattan will be made as a result of the P" of the Knickerbocker Theatre In Washington. A survey of the entire situation will be made by Charles Brady. Superintendent of Buildings, acting under instructions of Borough President Julius Miller. The Borough President said he assumed that all places of public sssembly In this borough were safe In the absence of any reports to the contrary. An Immediate Inspection of all the theatres and other public gathering places throughout the entire city was urged yeaterdey by Chief Magistrate William McAdoo. who is conducting a John Doe Investigation into the collapse of the American Theatre. Bedford Avenue, near Park Avenue. Brooklyn, on Nov. 29 last, when seven workmen were killed and seventeen were Injured, and by District Attorney John E. Ruaton of Kings County. ' A disaster like that which has occurred In Washington Is Impossible In New York City." said William Brandt. President of the Theatre Owners' Chamber of Commerce, having hundreda of members In this city. "There Is no chance for a theatre In New York City to collapse under the weight of a blanket of snow, for the reason that, following the collapse of two marquise awnings in front of two theatres during a snowstorm a year ag-o. we called upon the members of our organisation to clear away the snow the minute it began to fall. Every precaution that can be taken is taken to insure New York's cittsens of theatres that are safe in every respect." Wast a Reiassectlea. " In view of what has happened in Washington." said Chief Magistrate McAdoo. " I think it was very fortunate indeed, for the people of Brooklyn that the theatre which collapsed there, killing several people, was not open to the public This Brooklyn theatre would have seated 1.C50 persons. I think that the authorities in all the boroughs should rigidly relnspect all of these theatre buildings Immediately, and especially those whose construction is on lines similar to that of the Brooklyn theatre, and If there Is a reasonable probability of danger they should be closed until they are made safe. " The Investigation In Brooklyn disclosed that attached to the office of Commissioner of Public Works In thst borough are young men called examiners.' who pass upon all plans submitted by architects and engineers for building construction. The young man who approved the plans In Brooklyn Is 28 years old and receives a salary of 11.940 a year from the city. Without In any wise criticising him for lis capacity, I have said, and I repeat, that it Is a positive menace to the public safety that these examiners should not be selected with greater care and a higher salary paid them. A man of sufficient professional ability to have approved the plans of the Brooklyn theatre would have been easily worth $10,000 a year instead of I1.M0. Each one of these examiners Is subject to no other supervision. His approval is final. " U would not be proper for me to make even a suggestion to that effect but up to this time there can be no question that the present regulations and laws are Inefficient. I might add that the architect who drew theplans for the moving picture theatre in Brooklyn which collapsed was also architect, he tells me. for several other theatre buildings now being used by the public. It may be and I hope It is tl e case, that these buildings are entirely safe, but it would not be amiss to look at them." Every theatre, motion picture house and other place of assembly In the city has been Inspected since Jan. 19 by the Inspectors of the Department of Water Supply. Gas snd Electricity, seeking to minimize the fire haxard, said Thomas M. Murpny. Acung . nier .engineer, yesterday. These structures are constantly under inspection by the theatrical squad, whose work, more or less routine in character, was recherked for the first time in ten years. The routine squad includes thirteen Inspectors for Manhattan, fifteen for Brooklyn, five for the Bronx, ten for Queens snd six for Richmond. Where violations were found the owners of the property were notified to make Immediate corrections, according to Mr. Murphy. Most of the violations found by the Inspectors were of the type where temporary or special equipment Is employed by troupes playing at these houses. Far Quick Exssalaatleae. District Attorney Ruston. who Is conducting the John Doe Investigation Into the fall of the American Theatre, at the opening of yesterday's session before Chief Magistrate McAdoo, said the terrible catastrophe in Washington " makes our Investigation here all the more Important." When Joseph Gaydlca. head of the Gaydtca Iron Works, the firm which did the steel construction of the American Theatre, was called ss a witness yesterday he did not answer. Albert Conway, who said he represented Mr. Gay-dica, said that he had a motion to make. " I understand that Mr. Gaydlca will not sign a waiver of Immunity," Interjected Mr. Ruston. " I will not examine any witness who had anything to do with the construction of the theatre unless he signs a waiver." ' We have not signed snd will not sign a waiver." said Mr. Conway. " 1 move to set aside the service of the subpoena upon Mr. Gaydtca on the ground that on the Information laid before your Honor you had no jurisdiction to Issue the subpoena." Ida Freeman of 169 Herkimer Street and Mrs. Caroline Malloy of 211 Sixth Avenue, stenographers, were called to Identify transcripts of a statement given by Mr. Gaydlca In the District Attorney's office on Dec. 5, 7 and 12, and which were read into the record. In one of these transcripts Mr. Gaydica Is quoted as having said thst the American Theatre was a " cheap Job, cheap own-era and everything. It seems to me that they did not use enough cement." The hearing will be continued on Friday afternoon. EAGLE STAFF HONOR BRAINERD Pay Tribute to Washington Correspondent Who Was Killed. Members of tie staff of The Brooklyn Ragle, at an informal meeting In their auditorium yesterday, paid tribute to the memory of The Eagle's Washington correspondent. C. C. Bralnerd. who was killed in the Knickerbocker Theatre disaster with his wife. Arthur M. Howe, editor of The Eagle, presided at the meeting and a resolution was offered by Herbert F. Gunnison, Vice President and publisher. Short speeches were made by Harris M. Crist, managing editor, snd other members of the staff, who praised Mr. Bainerd's work as h newspaper man and his qualities as a friend. He had been a member of The Eagle staff about thlrty-slx years. - YORK ' TIMES. ' TUESDAY, JANUARY STATE COIfTROL-HERE w SUGGESTED BY: MILLER Governor Thinks Industrial Commission Might Inspect Movie Houses Resolution by CuvUBer. Special to The Nso York Timet. ALBANY. N. T.. Jan. 80. In discussing the Knickerbocker Theatre catastrophe. Governor Miller said this afternoon that the construction of motion picture theatres In New York State might be a matter to be looked Into hy the State Industrial Commission. When told thst Commissioner Sayer would be at the Capitol tomorrow, he said he would probably discuss the matter with him. The Governor pointed out. however, that at present the construction of theatres was purely a matter for local authorities. The Industrial Commission has Jurisdiction over factory and mercantile buildings, but the Governor Indicated that he was not certain but what the commission ought to have the same authority with reference to theatres. This resolution was offered in the Assembly tonight by Assemblyman Cuv-illier. Democrat, of New York: Whereaa. none of the moving picture houses in the State are under the supervision of any State department or commission, as to their construction, and inspection ss to their safety, and In the various cities, towns and villages In the State the local authorities In some Instances fail to examine their construction and look Into other details concerning their safety. . Resolved. Thst it Is the sense of the Assembly that all motion picture houses be put under the exclusive control, supervision and Jurisdiction as to their safety, of the State Labor Department. The Labor Department Is administered by the Industrial Commission. PAYMASTER HELD UP AS PEOPLE PASS BY Victim Too Frightened to Make an Outcry When Pistol Is Pressed Against Him. Pressing a revolver so close to his victim's body that persons passing a few feet away did not notice It. a thief held up Max Sllverberg. paymaster of the Eagle Swiss Embroidery Company, yesterday morning In the street near the office of the company at 102 Hague Street, Jersey City, and took from him ill. Sllverberg told the police that he was too frightened to make an outcry snd he could not give a clear description of the robber or tell In which direction he went. The robber had threatened. "I will fill you full of lead If you make a peep." and since he added the warning ss he started away. " Keep quiet and don't tell." Sllverberg told the police he did not report the hold-up until he reached the nearest police station. According to Silverberg'a description, the thief was sbout 0 years old. wore a brown overcoat and seemed to weigh about 1.V) pounds. Sllverberg had Just come from his home,' 2,123 Myrtle Ae-nue. Brooklyn, and wss walking from a Summit Avenue car when accosted by the highwayman. Philadelphia Theatres Inspected. PHILADELPHIA. Jan. 80. Inspection ef all theatres and buildings In which public gatherings are held was ordered for Philadelphia today by Mayor J. Hampton Moore In a telegram sent from Washington, which the Mayor reached on his way home from the 8outh. Director Cortelyou said that the energies of inspectors were being directed to seeing that snow was cleared off roofs of such building and that watsr and melting snow are not allowed to freese on fire escapes. START INQUIRIES INTOTHEATREWRECK Csatlaasd frees Page 1. Cetaaaa S. Coroner and Senate committees searched for evidence among the piles of iron and concrete. Army engineers were employed by the District Commission to make an Investigation. Trucks were sent to the theatre and took away loads of build in material, which will figure In the later Inquiry. Baagesfo Defect la Material. Individual -inspections were made by Colonel Charles Keller. District Engineer Commissioner, and several Senators and Representatives. Colonel Keller oouted the theory that the weight of the snow was alone sufficient to cause the' collapse of the roof. " Unless there was faulty or defective material." he said. " the weight of the snow was not enough to cause the collapse of the roof." Colonel Keller, who examined pieces of the concrete roofing, wss satisfied that it had been manufactured to meet specifications. He added that to the best of his belief, after his Inspection of the building, the structure was constructed " according to rules laid down In the building code." The roof, he said, had been sufficiently anchored to meet all demands upon It. ' There may." h said, "have been some defect in the steel, for Instance, which ordinary Inspection would not reveal. That would account for the collapse. So far as I could determine there was no evidence of deterioration In the concrete or other material. " The roof was constructed to stand a strain of twenty-five pounds to the foot and the snow which had collected placed no such burden upon It It would appear more probable that some defect n material which ordinary '"VThinHr not detect gave way. causing the entire structure to collapse. th. Another official who expressed the opinion thst there must hv J; Hd'id bUthaTurdn of Tnowd was.ufncfent to have caused the collapse. Capper for Stringent laqalry. Congress will probably await the reports made by the Grand Jury and of the District Commission, It Is argued that the Commissioners ought first to hsve a chance to show whthr they mesn to take action that will satisfy SaeJBBS -yway by Congress into general cuii.. law in the District. Senator Capper was the first ye for an Inquiry, offering this resolution . " Whereas. the tragedy of the Knickerbocker Theatre last fturdy evening, resulting In the death of 109 dUxens and the serious Injury or many others, has profoundly shocked the people of Washington and the entire nation; and " Whereas. the explsnatlon that snow, although of an extraordinary quantity, wss the chief cause of the collapse of the roof appears to be un-ratif factory, and Whereas. It is concurrently reported thnt contractors and builders, especially during and since the vr'd1?vr-have Ignored, evaded or treated lightly the rules and regulations Provided In the building code of the District STORM FORCES LINER TO RETURN TO PORT The Princess Matoika, with 400 Passengers, Coming Back with Steering Gear Disabled. SEVERAL SHIPS BATTERED Clyde Liner Caught In Qale Off Hat-. teras Ryndam Encounters Icy Blasts. Steamships of all kinds, from the thousand-ton coaster to the 13.000-ton ocean liner, were arriving In port yesterday at slow speed after havlne been battered by the storm which raced on Friday night snd Saturday between Sandy Hook and Sable Island. The United States Lines steamship Princess Matoika. which left Hoboken on Saturday for Bremen with 400 passengers, mostly steerage, reported by radio that her steering gear had become disabled early Sunday morning when the vessel was about 100 miles east of the Ambrose Channel LirhtahiD. Three hundree and twelve of the passengers were Polish orphans on their ay back to their native land. On receipt of the meosugc- the U. S., Coast Guard Grtsham was ordered to fro out to the rescue of the helpless Iner, but was recalled on receipt of a second message from the captain of the Princess Matoika stating that his ship was in no danger snd that he was returning slowly to port and using hla twin propellers for steering. Three tugs were sent to meet the liner and a.'sist her tc reach Quarantine, where she is expected early today. The Comanche of the Clyde Line arrived yesterday forenoon from Jackson vllie three days behind her scheduled time and her thirty passengers, including four women and two children, were very "glad to get ashore. The vessel struck the worst gale off Hstteraa and her steering gear was disabled which caused the vessel to be hove to for a few hours while repairs were made. Water entered the cabins, and some of the passengers hsd tu change their cabins three or four times on that account In order to get a dry place to sleep. Through the violence of the storm outside Sandy Hook on Saturday tiirec of the pilots who were taklns: vessels out had to continue the voyage and will not return for weeks. One went on "the Surinam to Trinidad, another on the Slboney to Havana and the third went to Antllla. Cuba, on the Munamar. The Holland-America liner Ryndam arrived from Rotterdam three days late after a voyage which was a continuous encounter with storm and icy blasts that chilled the lookout men In the crow's nest and the officers on the bridge to thflr Innermost marrow. The big beards of the Dutch sailors were a mask of Ice and they had to go to the ship's galley to thaw them out before they could turn Into their minks. The Cunarder Carmania from Southampton aid the America of the U. S. lines from Bremen both arrived vester-day. three days late owing to storm, hut thev had- not suffered any damase. The Hell Is Ola v of the Scandinavian-American Line arrived In Quarantine late last night for Hoboken and will dock earlv too ay. The Fort Hamilton of the Furness Bermuda Line arrived yesterday from Bermuda after making one of the worst trips to New York In her history. Only six passengers out of 127 ventured to eat dinner In the dining saloon Sunday night COLD GRIPS WEST AGAIN. Montana and Wyoming Report 28 Degrees Below Zero. DENVER. Col.. Jan. 80. The West was tn the grip of another cold wive today. The mercury went down to 28 degrees below sero tn parts of Montana and Wyoming, while sub-sero tempers-tuses prevailed Ih virtually all of the mountain districts of Colorado. A light snowfall was general over the region. Forecasts for the new twenty-four hours were for the coldest weather ef the Winter In Utah. Northern Arlsona. Western Colorado and Western Nww Mexico. of Columbia, especially those sections which make mandatory provisions for assurance against such a terrible calamity as has Just occurred ; and " Whereas, it has been persistently rumored that contractors and builders, determined to save money on the erection of residence and building structures, have acted in collusion wtlh Inspectors of buildings employed by the District of Columbia; and " Whereas, it Is the Imperative duty of the Senate of the United States to knew all the facts relating to this Inexcusable tragedy and also to learn what. If any. truth there Is In the repeated assertions thst the safety and health of thousands of cltlsens and residents of the District of Columbia have been Jeopardised by the action of careless contractors, builders and building Inspectors, " Resolved, that the Senate committee on the District of Columbia be and hereby Is authorised and directed to make a sesrehing Investigation Into the Knickerbocker tragedy. Including the operations of builders, contractors and building inspectors, especially In relation to structures erected during and since the World War: " Resolved, that the committee be authorised to employ such expert and other help as may In Its Judgment be needed to obtain all the facts connected with this disaster. " Resolved, that the expenses of the Investigation be defrayed from the contingent rand or the United States Senate." " In the meantime, from conversation with the Chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia. Mr. Focht. as wall as other members of that committee It Is my understadnlng that the District Committee ia preparing to keep closely In touch with the Investigation, and If at any time It seems firoper and wise for the committee to nvestlgate the matter on Its own account. It will do so." Despite this statement. Representative Thomas J. Ryan of New Tork City offered this resolution : Whereas the roof and balcony of the Knickerbocker Moving Picture Theatre collapsed on the evening of Jan. 28. 1922. and killed more than one hundred men. women and children: and Whereas the said collapse was brought about by the alleged faulty construction of the trusses, carrying walls, Ac. ; and Whereas such catastrophe would not have occurred had there been proper supervision. Inspection, regard for the safety of the public and a competent building code: and Whereas this same condition exists, to a certain extent. In other theatres snd public buildings of the District of Columbia; and Whereas there is no proper supervision that would Insure fire prevention and the safety of the public in the District of Columbia because of the lack of competent inspection and a proper building code: therefore, be It Resolved. That a committee be appointed by the District Committee of the House of Representatives for the appointment of a competent architect and engineer and a practical builder for the purpose of making a thorough Investigation of the collapse of the roof and balcony of the Knickerbocker Moving Picture Theatre, and the redrafting of the building code that in Its operation will prevent accidents of this-particular nature occurring again; That this committee wil (Investigate and report on fire prevention In the various public buildings in the District of Columbia, will make rules and regulations as to the consistent and efficient Inspection of all public buildings in tne District of Columbia: That such recommendations snd changes as may be necessary. In the Judgment of the said committee to be appointed, shall be reported back to the District Committee of the House of Representatives for the purpose of ddlne additional safeguards on all I public buildings now erected and to be er'ti in me i ji v uiuinuis . That this committee will lnvest'gate and recommend such disciplinary sctlon as may be necessary In their judgment for the proper observance ef 31. '1922. SWIMS AMIDST ICE, SAVES DROWNING BOY Man Wearing Overcoat Plunges Into Harlem River and Collapses After Rescuing Lad. Joseph O'Brien. 9 years old. of 470 West l5th Street.' was plsylng with several companions yesterday afternoon tn the Speedway opposite West 174th Street when he mounted the railing atop the wall of the Harlem River and fell Into the swiftly moving current The boy, - unable to swim, clutched a large block of Ice and soon wss swept Into mid-stream. Ignatius Ruis. 27. a window cleaner of 114 West 127th Street, was strolling along the Speedway when he heard cries for help. Without removing his overcoat. Ruis dove into the river and fought his way through the ice to O'Brien's side Just as the boy lapsed into semi-uncon?ciousnesa and lost hold of the ice cake. Then began a struggle for two lives, the rescuer's and the boy's. Cries of the boys on the Speed wsy hsd sttracted the attention of Policeman John Conway of the West 177th Street station. He procured a rope. This he threw to Rule when the rescuer reached the wall and the two were drawn to safety the boy firt. On the Speedway Ruis collapsed. The rwl ir- m . n frtm m nHir.H fin sutomoblle. bundled Ruis In several robes, wrapped . the boy In his uniform overcoat ana started for Columbus Hospital. There t was found that Ruis and the boy were suffering severely from exposure. " It took a lot of nerve to Jump Into the Harlem River on a day like this.' said Policeman Conway to Ruis after the window cleaner had recovered somewhat. " It wasn't nerve." said Ruix. " It was impulse." Ir. Concaras said the condition of both patients was favorable, and he hoped that pneumonia would be staved off. CITY FREED OF SNOW. All Main Thoroughfare Cleared 20,000 Men at Work on It. ,.Hv i Arm n..n wnr-koH v.t.rH. V to clear the city s streets or the eigni-incn snowfall of Saturday and Sunday and by last night about 8.0U0.000 cubic yards had been carted away In l.SOO motor trucks or flushed Into the sewers. All of the main thoroughfares were virtually clean by late afternoon, as well as the crosstown streets carrying the heaviest traffic, and trucks were carrying away the snow piles in the streets of lesser Importance to traffic. Fifth Avenue was washed snd hardly a sign of the recent storm remained. The Police Department co-operated with the Street Cleaning Department Every patrolman who went out on beat " had Instructions to notify all property holders that each would be held responsible for the cleaning of walks and gutters In front of his or her firoperty. By this order the Street Clean-ng Department hoped to prevent the choking of the waterways by ice should the temperature drop suddenly as It did in the storm Just before New Tear Day. The orders were generally observed. . Alfred A. Tsylor. the new Street Cleaning Commissioner, has been working night and day to clear up the streets, snd it is expected that every pile or now will be out of the city's fiM miles of streets by the end of the week. John J. Condon, Superintendent of snow removal work, and his assistant. Harry Hart, have been directing the work since the storm, and hunting for men to put to work. Yesterday they had more than 11.500 emergency snow shovelers, 7 000 regular men In the Street Cleaning Department, with more than S.000 men employed by firms with contrscts for snow removal. . , , " All the main srteries where vehicular traffic Is heavy have been cleared, ssld Commissioner Taylor. "We have been very fortunate In having favorable weather conditions. All the main cross-town streets have been plowed and the now removed. In the residential streets the snow has been piled and probably will be removed today." All the city transit lines were running cn schedule, although some trouble from Ice In the street car " slots " was anticipated If a fall in temperature came UThLe'Pennaylvsnia snd the Baltimore r Ohio were sending out their trains for Washington and the South yesterday on schedule time, but a few of the Incoming-trains were slightly delayed. the necessary changes In the building-code. Maay rtrvtrapa. Says Fr41srhaysaa. Supporting the Capper resolution. Senator Frellnghuysen remarked : " I know of my own personal knowledge thst the administration of the laws supposed to govern the District and protect the lives and welfare of IU people Is lax and laws are not being properly enforced. I believe a rigid investigation should be made of the entire administration of the District government I demand, as one of the property owners of the District, that such an Investigation be made. " I know of my own personal knowledge that many buildings In the Dis trict are flretrapa and that if any of them caught fire there probably would be a great loss of life. " I know of my own personal knowl edge thst the laxity In the enforcing of traffic laws of the District Is but another constant menace to the safety and welfare of the people of Washington. " The resolution proposed by the Sen ator from Kansas should be enlarged so ss to embrace a widespread investigation which should determine the laxity In law enforcement which we all know exists In Washington and which Is a blot on the capital." In the House several members were prepared to speak on the theatre disaster, but Representative Mondell, Republican floor leader, forestalled discussion by saying of the matter: " A number of gentlemen have asked me whether the House would order an Investigation. I have suggested to them that, inasmuch as under the law there must be a thorough inquiry, or should be. by the coroner s Jury, and Inasmuch as the District Commissioners and Dis trict Engineers have given notice that they Intend to Investigate the matter very thoroughly, it would not be well for Congress to start an Investigation until these official bodies, directly responsible, shall have undertaken and concluded the Investigations they propose to make. White Hease Beeeptlsa Pa Off. Because of the theatre tragedy President Harding put off a reception sched uled for tonight at the White House at which Washington residents of Ohio birth were to meet in observance of the birthday anniversary of President Mc-Klnley. The President said In a letter to Milton E. Ailes. Chairman of the Arrangements Committee : " While I have looked forward with most agreeable anticipation to the reception to be given tonight by the Ohio Society, at which we were to meet and happily recall the memory of the late President McKinley, I cannot but feel thst we would best snswer all our inclinations If the reception were postponed. There Is so much of grief in Washington today, so. much sorrow attending the Knickerbocker Theatre disaster, that I should-prefer to omit a social affair while Washington is suffering from the great shock. "It is especially becoming, as you have suggested, to have the Ohio Society take note of Its own particular share in the great sorrow, and the cancellation wil be a befitting expression of the grief which has come through sccldent and death to members and valued frlands of the society." WASHINGTON.. Jan. 30. With the exception of five motion picture bouses. controlled by the corporation which owned the Knickerbocker, all theatres In the city were open todsy, advertisements In newspapers assuring the public that they had been carefully Inspected and declared safe by officials. Harry Crandall. manager of the Knickerbocker, in announcing that other theatres In the Crandall chain would re main closed until further notice, said thst this wss done, not because any of the theatres were considered unsafe, but because he and his associates did not de sire to accept money for amusement while the city was mourning for those who lost their lives at toe Hn lexer bocker. to of of of he a by as 40 St. in ia he

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  2. 31 Jan 1922, Tue,
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