The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 1919 · 8
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 8

Boston, Massachusetts
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Thursday, January 16, 1919
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8 THE BOSTON GLOBE THURSDAY', JANUARY 1G, 1919 WRECKAGE OF ELEVATED STRUCTURE OPPOSITE ELECTRIC FREIGHT WHARF ON COMMERCIAL ST Dont trust . soap and water The breeze blows dust into your house and lodges disease-germs in the floor cracks. Muddy, wet shoes transfer germs from the street to the home. Germs get on your floors in many other ways. Dont let them increase and multiply, and threaten the health and life of your family. Dont trust soap and water to kill germs. f T Jf- L ' if . A X V Relief From Rheumatic Pain XUR doctor will - tell you that you will secure quiqk relief from those rheumatic twinges by applying BAUME ANALGESIQUE BENGUE that famous French product originated by Dr. Jules liengue of Paris. You will enjoy its cooling, soothing and refreshing effect. And only in the original, remember, will you get the strength necessary to secure the desired relief. Fortunately, this famous Iiaumc inay be had at almost any drug store in the United States, in spite of war conditions. 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Name Pl-eet ri v Ptste . If you have eczema or any other skin trouble, pet a box of Cadum Ointment. It stops the itching at once and ij very soothing and healing wherever the skin is irritated or inflamed. People who have itched and scratched for years get peaceful eleep and rest through the use of thia wonderful remedy. Cadum Ointment is also good for pimples, blotches, rash,, eruptions, scaly skin, ehafings, piles, itch, tetter, sores, scabs, ringworm, cuts, burns, insect bites, etc. Old Folks Coughs W'll be relieved promptly by Fiso'a. Stops throat tickle; relieve irritation. The remedy tcitcil by more than fifty years of use 1 THE BIG MOLASSES TANK BLAST KILLS ELEVEN ( onlinned From the First Page. throughout the district for hours after the first shock of the accident. Persons walking along Commercial st were picked up by a rush of air and hurled many feet, many to be severely injured by heavy timbers and other debris which fell on them. An auto truck which wa3 moving through Commercial st was pick3d up by the force or the air current, hurled several feet, and dropped at the opposite curbing, a mass of twisted wreckage. L Train Misses Wreck An Elevated train bound from the South to the North Station was stopped in front of North End Park just in time to prevent its being hurled off the structure to the pavement, for the forward trucks of the first car were lifted completely off the rails and set down on the ties. What caused the accident is somewhat of a mystery. Many oiople said there was an explosion and many said they heard a report. There was no fire. All the persons who were in the vicinity told of hearing a rumbling sound, and, upon looking up, seeing the great sleeve or conical top of the tank sliding away toward the buildings of the Bay State Railway Company to the west. In the opinion of some of the authorities on the scene the iron and rivets of the tank in one section corroded and gave way to the force of the explosion, and when the break once started and the weighty molasses began escaping, its steadily increasing force finally ripped out the whole side of the tank and the great sheet of metal flattened out, being thrown far away from its original position. The great sweep of this massive sheet of iron created an air current which was increased by the rush of the tidal wave of molasses and the force of the explosion, and the terrible destruction of life and property quickly resulted. Patrolman Frank McManus of the Hanover-st Police Station, who travels in Commercial st, saw the disaster. He was at a police signal box nearby, ringing in a duty call, when he heard the grinding, rumbling noise, and looking up saw the top of the tank sliding off. The next moment he saw the sea of molasses rush forth in all directions. Before he could realize It the buildings in the vicinity began to collapse. McManus instantly telephoned for all the ambulances and policemen available, telling his superiors briefly what had happened and venturing that there was a great loss of life and a large number of persons injured. Sailors Do Great Work Lieut commander Howard G. Copeland of the U. S. S. Nantucket, a training ship, which is tied up at North End Pier, was cn deck at 12; 40, when he heard a rumbling and, looking across the park, saw the collapse of the giant molasses tank. Instantly he sent out a call to quarters and in jig time he led 116 sailcrmeit off the ship at "double-quick and across North End Park to the scene of the catastrophe. Many of his men were armed with rifles and fixed bayonets and ammunition belts. Some wf these men were promptly posted as a guard to keep the curious out of the way of the workers and out of personal danger. The other sailors plunged into the wreckage and began admirable and heroic rescue work. Some of those sailors were scantily clad and within a few minutes they were covered from head to foot with a thick coating of molasses, which gave them a weird copper color. Almost before the police or firemen arrived, for a double alarm was 4sent in from the box at Foster and LEANING TOWER OF THE WRECKED FIRE STATION IS SHOWN Commercial sts, the nimble and fearless bluejackets had recovered the bodies of six men who had been crushed to death in the collapse of the buildings. They also had hauled out a score or more of the injured and" were carrying them on litters or making them comfortable on the parkway benches while awaiting the ambulances. Within a sbort time every Police Department ambulance, those from the various hospitals. Health Department, the Metropolitan Chapter of the Red Cross, the United States Army and the United States Navy and a detail from General Hospital No. 10 of the Department of the Northeast were on the scene and busy ministering to and carrying away the injured. Officials on Scene Supt of Police Michael Crowley and Capt Daily of the Hanover-st Station, with a score of sergeants and every patrolman available, were quickly on the scene, giving Such aid as was possible and policing the vicinity. A score of police inspectors, members of the State Police Force, Walter Wedger. expert on explosives for the State Police, Medical Examiner George B. Magrath, Congressman-elect John F. Fitzgerald, Mayor Peters, Supt Thomas Sullivan of the Public Works Department, and a score of other prominent officials were present, making investigations and doing all possible to minister to tne sufferers. Those on the scene, especially the officials, were stunned by the character and the extent of the accident, and all promised that a speedy and thorough investigation would be made with a view to determining the cause and responsibility for the calamity. When the firemen and policemen and the various medical corps and ambulances reached the scene they found the jackies from the Nantucket and those from the U. S. S. Bessie,, J., an ammunition lighter, wallowing knee deep with civilians in the flood of molasses, rescuing the injured and the bodies of the dead. The several small buildings of the Public Works Department, which were wrecked, had been carried 100 LOOKING feet to the center of North End Park, where they fell in ruins. Just before the collapse 15 employes of the city were working and sitting about in the buildings, and for a few minutes it was feared all of these had been killed and that their bodies were buried under the ruins. Fortunately most of these men escaped. Women In the Ruins But in the second story of the small office building, at 521 Commercial st, was an apartment where two women and a man lived. The man was away at the time of the collapse, but the two aged women, Mrs Elizabeth OBrien, mother of Christopher OBrien, ex-president of the Common Council, and her aged and frail sister, Mrs Mary Keenan, were in the little apartment. When the crash came their tidy little home was suddenly swept across North End Park to the middle of the field, midst a roar of crashing timbers and a deluge of seething molasses, and dropped in a pile of wreckage and broken timbers. The roof and the floor attached to the eaves held fast. When the rescuers began taking the injured and dead out of the debris they suddenly heard feeble female calls for help coming through a dormer window in the roof. Stepping inside the window the jackies from the Nantucket found Mrs O'Brien and Mrs Keenan and led them out into the air. Mrs Keenan was apparently unhurt, but when she reached the open air she fainted. She was quickly put into the ambulance and removed to the hospital. Her sister, Mrs OBrien, was injured, and she went to the brick house at the other side of the park and was being treated by a physician when her son, Frank OBrien, arrived and removed her to the hospital. Mrs Bridget Clougherty, mother of Martin Clougherty, widely known among sporting and business men, who won his popularity as a referee in the boxiug ring, was standing in the door of her' old homestead at 6 Copps Hill terrace when the first shock came. Her house was a wooden structure which extended along Commercial st, but fronted on the terrace. It was diagonally across Commercial st and many feet away ACROSS A I IN THE BACKGROUND ON THE LEFT. from the giant ' tank. The tremendous rush of air created when the great sides of the giant molasses tank opened out created a vacuum of such force that it pulled the house into Commercial st and it fell a heap of ruins beneath the Elevated structure, where the uprights were broken. Life Crushed Out Mrs Clougherty was picked up and carried across Commercial st and diopped, where the roof of her home fell upon her, crushing out her life. She died before aid could reach her. Her sons, Martin and Stephen, and a daughter were also in the house. A gang of Italian laborers was working in a trench in Commercial st opposite the tank and some of the men were injured by the falling timbers and others barely escaped being smothered in the flood of molasses, which rushed across Commercial st l and over the sidewalks, filling their trench. A number of city horses, which were quietly munching their hay in their stalls, were smothered by the molasses where they stood, while others were crushed and fatally injured by falling timbers. The lower floors of a row of brick tenements on the south side of Commercial st, near Copps Hill terrace, were severely damaged by the shock of the collapse of nearby structures. Deputy Chief Taber of the Fire Department was one of the first officials on the scene and he promptly discovered that there was no fire and that the work for his men was purely that of rescuing the injured and overhauling the debris to search for dead. The firemen joined the already busy bluejackets and dragged many from beneath the ruins. Streams of water were constantly played upon the flood of molasses in the effort to wash it out of Commercial st into the sewers and out of the park into the harbor. Parker Hill Hospital No. 10, U. S. A., sent a surgical staff, including Maj Cotton, a detachment of 80 privates from the Medical Department, under Lieut W. T. Holland, and 10 ambulances, eight from Parker Hill and two from West Roxbury unit. This unit promptly got busy In the rescue and first-aid work and rendered valiant service. Nurses Do Heroic Work Too much praise cannot be given SEA OF MOLASSES the work of the young women of the Metropolitan Chapter of the Red Cross. They came in a hurry, with wonderfully equipped ambulances and they worked fearlessly and with remarkable efficiency. They plunged into the flood of molasses, knee deep, and worked without regard for their personal comfoTt. Some of them were smeared with molasses, but they grve out cups of hot coffee to the other workers and the injured, and ministered wonderfully with their blankets and equipment. They handled their ambulances like experts and ran them into the scene, picked up the injured and wheeled their cars around, out and away to the hospitals with absolute calm and pi ecision. The first ambulance to reach the scene was driven by Mrs Carlisle Emery, commanding the Red Cross Ambulance Corps. It arrived just in time to rush Mrs O. Breen to the Relief Hospital. Within half an hour after the call for assistance was received, Mrs Emery had a dozen ambulances and more than a score of young women at her command. When it was seen that their services with the ambulances were not needed immediately, she turned her crew over to Mrs James Lawrence Jr, head of the Red Cross Canteen. Mrs Lawrence, when she learned of the disaster, picked up her assistants and hurried to the scene. The information that many of the firemen and policemen had nothing to eat for a long time resulted in Mrs Lawrence sending for the big coffee tanks marked with the red cross, and for dozens on dozens of fresh doughnuts. The young women waded through mud and molasses in order to serve the rescuers and others at work, but as soon as Supt of Police Michael H. Crowley and Capt Matthew Dailey of the Hanover-st station saw the handicap under which the young women were working, they arranged with the Park Department officials for the turning over to these workers of a big room in one of their buildings with tables and chairs. A number of young women stayed on the job all night, serving the 30 detailed firemen and other workers with hot coffee and lunches. Surgeons and ambulances were ? . instantly annihilates all germ life. Begin at once the practice of using it in your scrubbing water. Other germ-breeding places in the home are garbage can, sinks, drains, toilet, cuspidor and dark, damp, sunless corners. The regular use of Lysol to disinfect these dinger spots will keep them permanently germ-proof. A 50c bottle makes 5 gallons of powerful disinfectant enough to last for months. A 25c bottle makes two gallons. Disinfect regularly with Lysol and you will make a better fight against disease than it can make against you. Lysol Toilet Soap Contains Lysol, and therefore protects the skin from germ infection. Itisrefreshingly soothing and healing and helpful for improving the skin. Ask your dealer. 1 f he hasnt it, ask him to order it for you. Pwa ski present from every hospital in Boston and all found work to perform. Priests Give Comfort Priests from the North End churches were on the scene ministering the last rites of the Catholic Church to the dying and comforting the injured. Frs Conway, McLough-lin, Swickerwaith of St Marys Church and Frs Christoforo and Antonio of the Franciscan Church on North Bennett st were among the first to arrive. Priests from other churches hastened to the hospitals and police stations, where the injured and dying were taken. One of the most remarkable iaci-dents of the disaster was one involving an auto truck of the Biaekstone Supply Company which was proceeding through Commercial st at the time. It was driven by Ralph Martin, j wlio was accompanied by David Spell-I man. The truck was picked up by I the rush of air and dragged across the street toward the great tank, and. after being turned about, was hurled against the park fence. Martin was thrown into the harbor near the bre-boat station and was rescued with great difficulty bj passers by. He sustained fractures of the bones of both his legs. Spellman was apparently unin jured. Freighthouses Rocked Being directly in the rear cf the big tank, the freighthouses of the Bay State Street Railways electric freight service received a severe shock, for the top and part of the side walls of the tank were thrown back against the building. Fred C. Lewis, general freight agent, who lives in Framingham, was walking in the yard. How he escaped is a mystery. II. P. Palmer, an accountant in the office of the company, said he heard a low rumble at 12:30 and. looking out of the window, saw tb collapse and felt his building tottering, as if it were about to fall. He said gteat tides of molasses were rushing in all directions, and people who heard the cries of the Injured and dying were prevented from going to their aid by the molasses. For a FRIENDLY WARNING There la only one Pcpto-Mancan and that la Glide's. Sold in bottle and package aa ebown here. Sold by drouiats everywhere. Disinfectant Lysol Shaving Cream Contains Lysol. and kills germs on razor and sharing-brush (where germ abound), guards the tiny cuts from infection, and gives the antiseptic shave. If yourdeaierhasn't it. ask him to order a supply for you. u ouk bonp-1 moment there was a bush, during which the horror was contemplated by all, and then there was a generwl rush to the aid of the sufferers. The rescuers early ran across the body of a little girl, possibly 12 years of age, buried beneath a (He of molasses barrels near the base of the wrecked tank. She had tdn gathering wood in the yard when the accident happened. Sad-hearud workers lifted her bruised little 1-ody onto a stretcher and silently iore it across North End Park to a waiting ambulance. It was removed to iti morgue. Upon their arrival the firemen found the fceadhouse on the pier, where people go for the breezes ta hot Summer days and nights, in a shaky condition, and beyond t tfcs bouse of Engine 31, the flreboat. was toppling, 'llow ihe firemen there escaped is a mystery, but most of tseia did. The body c.f third engineer Lat was found pinned under the debris in the building last night. The otoer oceupantc were rescued, several injured. The firemen learned upon thfir j arrival that several of their comrades were imprisoned In the build-ling. Aitncn were sent to cut a wav the walls, to release the invn-oned firemen and to get Into i tottering building, so that they might draw the fires from under the boilers. This was long, discouraging work, and when the woodrx was finally cut away the Cremea found that a wall of sheet iron between them and the imprisan firemen. Lieut Daniel Hurley and the r-s cue squad took acetylene gas and worked at great personal peri and with dogged persistence, burning away the sheet iron and final! releasing the firemen. Coffee Given Workers As the work progressed the Red Cros workers were able to supply hot coffee to the workers and to 0 e imprisoned men, one of whom ctaiied Continued on the Malk I'asr. Look at these children of a healthy mother THIS mother is strong enough to raise her children right. They certainly appear to be physically and mentally above the average. Yet for every mother who is able to rear such children, there are probably ten mothers too 1 feeble and thin-blooded to give their sons and daughters the care they need. Mothers like that improve rapidly on Pcpto-Minsin- Pepto-Mangan is no temporary pick-me-up," but a splendid general tonic which increases the appetite, improves the color, increases the number and oxygen-carrying capacity of the red blood cells, and adds vigor, stamina and vitality to all parts of the body. Pepto-Mangan is agreeable to the taste, easy to digest and assimilate. Universally endorsed and prescribed by the medical prc&SMa. gudes pepfo-larai. " The Red Blood Builder Pspfo-Vjsfon la wtmdm ooy lr M. J. BREITENBACH COMPANY Maanlactorinc Cbemieta New Yarft I i V t L

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