The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on January 16, 1919 · 1
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r; ' , Order your Used Car, Tire, Truck and Accessory advts for next Sunday's Globe today. Make sure -f ; your copy of the Sunday Globe by ordering it regularly from your j dealer1. f VOL XCV NO. 1(5 View of BASE OP TANK M xv & Cause Some Say Collapse and Others An Explosion After all the publics experts had thoroughly Investigated conditions found at the scene of the shocking disaster of yesterday, they privately agreed at noon today that there is no evidence to justify them in the opinion that there was any explosion of any character whatever, and their agreed verdict was that the giant molasses tank burst out under the pressure of 14,000 tons of molasses. They had the information that the tank contained 2,200,000 gallons of molasses at the time of the collapse, and that its total capacity was 2,360,000 gallons. The experts who figured in the in-lea gation today were Walter L. ledger, chemist and expert on ex-tloslves for the State police; II. M. Steward, chief engineer of maintenance of the Boston Elevated Railway; Itobcrt II. Davis, a consulting engineer for the Elevated; Herbert Wilson, Building Commissioner for the elty of Boston ; Thomas F. Sullivan, Commissioner of Public Works, and Ianiel F. O'Connell, United States explosives inspector. Rivets Had Pulled Out They discovered that the tank rested on a so'id cement base, and that lt bottom sheet iron plates rested Upon this and were riveted firmly to & For over 30 years the Globe has been the leading Want and Classified medium in New England, Se that your Real Estate Business Chances Automobile Poultry For Sale Machinery For Sale Board and Rooms Help Wanted -1 advta nppear in the Globe. u BOSTON, THURSDAY EVENING. JANUARY 16. 1919 N orth RUINS OF ELECTRIC 7371 i'VvjS fa m fi . .'J T7", the upright circular sides and were reinforced by steel frame trusses inside. There were steam pipes sin-side, to keep the molasses warm, so it could be handled. They discovered an arc of the base of the tank on the Commercial-st side where the rivets had pulled up through the bottom of the tank, and a section of a steel collar also had been pulled away. It was their opinion that when the rivets began pulling through they caused the sharp ripping or rumbling sounds which many persons said they heard just previous to the collapse. After the first two or three rivet3 gave way the others began giving wya rapidly under the tremendous weight of the moving avalanche of dense molasses, and gave olt a rumbling resembling the barking if a rapid-fire machine gun. When a sufficient number of the rivets had given way to permit part of the ponderous fluid to escape, it started with a rush and ripped open the sides. The top was lifted by the ripping away of the sdes of the giant lanl:, and it settled back, edging in the rushing molasses toward the Bay State freight houses, and dropped undamaged. The ventilators and the top were uninjured, practically. If there had ben an explosion, it is figured the ventilators would have been demolished and the top would have been rent. Pressure at Buttom of Sides After the rivets at the bottom gave way, those up the side also tore loose and the great sides were carried far away, one end going out into and ! across Commercial st under the Ele-j vated structure, tearing away its upright supports and letter down the Order your Real Estate, Business Chances, Board and Rooms and Help Wanted advts for Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's Globe today. CASH OVER THE COUNTER 52 Devonshire Street Liberty Bonds EARNEST E.SRIITH&CO. Members Nm York and Boston Stock Lxchanceo. ( t.tSiCS IN SHORTHAND olid 49 otiisr Courses will be started January 17. Northeastern Preparatory School Boston Y.M.O.A.. SH Huntington Ave. CASTLE sq, theatre Box Office at When Th'kat are Voifi arul iMlivred thi. 'week 'STORY OF TUK ROSARY End District Ruined By FREIGHT CARS STEASiEB IN SOUTH OF WASHINGTON, Jan .16 Wireless SOS signals were picked up today from the steamer Ansabro Tyze, in distress with wrecked steering gear, in lat 39 degrees 23 minutes and Ion 66 degrees 9 minutes, or about 175 miles southeast of Nantucket Lightship. Assistance has been sent from Philadelphia naval district. Maritime registers show no vessel of that name, but record an Italian steamship Ansaldo IV of 3270 tons. Other vessels bearing that nane with different numerals have been plying superstructure. The other end was hurled back and tore away the lower part of the freight shed, the house of Engine 31, the fire boat of the Boston Fire Department and the headhouse of the park pier. The bottom of the sides, in all parts, was found fga. ther removed from its original position, while the sides fell over toward the base of the tank, leaving the top sides nearest the tank base; indicating to all the experts that the force which caused the collapse was applied at the bot- THE WEATHER PHR United States Weath- er Bureau forecast: For Boston and its vicinity: Fair tonignt and .Friday morning, probably followed by rain or snow: not much change in temperature; fresh southwest to west wind. For Southern New England and Eastern New york: Fair to night; Friday unsettled. probably followed by rain or snow; fresh and strong southwest and west wind. For Northern New England: Fair and somewhat warmer tonight; Friday cloudy, probably followed by snow by Friday night. Fresh west wind. Lowest temperature last night. North-field. Vt, S: temperatures at 8 a m, Greenville and Eastport. Me. 29; Boston, New York and Washington 30, Chicago 31. Highland Light. 8 a rn, wind west, 27 miles, clear: temperature. ' 33. Shippers' forecast: Prepare sliipments north during ihe next 36 hours for temperatures of 15 to 22; west. 20 to 25: south, 24 to 30: Boston and its vicinity, 25 to 2S. Boston observations. Sam: Barom eter, 3-3 inches; temperature, 30; highest yesterday. 43; lowest last night. 28; humidity, 63 percent; wind, southwest, 15 miles, clear. The Temperature Today The thermometer t Thompsons Sp records the temperature up to S p m today as follows; ISIS 191ft' 1918191ft 8am... 26 31 I 1 p m JO 46 6 a in 25 31 I 2 p m 39 47 ft a 25 34 i 3 p m.. 32 47 12 m 2S 41 I Pneumonia Is Dangerous! Ir. Hilton's No. 3 Relieves Colds La Grippe. Advertisement. Fisher Business College Four schools. Roxbury, Somerville, Cambridge, Waltham. Attend nearest. AdvL Children Need Father John's Medicine to build up. Ail pure nourishment. Advt. BAY STATE FREIGHT HOUSES DISTRESS NANTUCKET between Italian ports and Philadelphia, but there is no record of the movements of the 'Ansaldo IV. HER DISTRESS CALL HEARD IN HALIFAX ON JAN 12 HALIFAX. N S. Jan 16 A rail for help sent out by tne Italian steamer Ansaldo was picked up here on the night of Jan 12. The message said that the vessels helm was disabled and that she was in need of immediate assistance but did not indicate from which of the Ansaldos the call came. It gave the vessels position at the time as latitude 40.3S north, longitude 58.20 west, approximately 123 miles southeast of Sable Island. No further word has been received here regarding the steamer. tom or base of the tank. Photographs were made of all these parts of the ruined tank, and of the situation as it remained after the accident, to be submitted at the hearings to aid in proving the contentions of thebe experts. Not Ready to Write Opinion None of the experts would give an official finding on their investigations for publication at this time, but at their conference they privately agreed to the facts as related above. Officials and agents of the Purity Distilling Company, a subsidiary of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company, also were busy this morning, nuking their investigations. They declined to say anything more than that they are of the opinion that the catastrophe was the result of some outside influence, they would not venture to say what. The inference was that they will contend that the side of the big tank had been tampered with by some outside force or explosion. EX-BUILDING COMMISSIONER 0HERN SAYS EXPLOSION Ex-Building Commissioner OHern viewed the scene of the North End disaster this morning and privately gave as his opinion that the accident was the direct result of an explosion. He ventured to say that it is not the first time a molasses tank has exploded in this country. He said the big tank was built about four years ago and the plans and all the details of its construction are on file in the Building Commissioners office, at City Hall Annex. He said they will show that the tank rested on a solid foundation and was trussed up inside to withstand the pressure of its capacity of molasses. He could not understand how the weight of less than capacity of mo- Continued, on the Fourth Pace, 16 PAGES COPYRIGHT. ISIS. BT TIIE GLOBE NEWSPAPER CC, in JOHN H. MURPHY" TO FIRE COMMISSIONER Named by Mayor Peters Today to Succeed Commissioner John Grady JOHN R. Chairman John R. Murphy of the Finance Commission was named by Mayor Peters this noon to be Fire Commissioner, at a $5090 salary. Quick Civil j Service confirmation is looked for and Mr Murphy will assume his new duties immediately, relieving Commissioner John Grady, who has held over since his term expired last May. Mr Murphy's final acceptance of the i post came as a surprise, as he has repeatedly stated to newspaper reporters and others, since his name was originally mentioned two or three months ago, that he was not a candidate for the place. The salary that attaches to the com-missionership is only and Mr Murphy, it is said, expected more money, because of his long city service. Mayor Peters has often stated his conviction that the salary should be raised to $7590, but he said this morning that Mr Murphy takes the job without any agreement that the salary will be Increased. Few men in city politics have a wider circle of friends and acquaintances than Mr Murphy. He has served the city m various capacities since August. 1SS6, when he was appointed one of the then triple-headed lire Commission, serving with it through the ensuing eight years. Bom in Charlestown about 63 years ago. Mr Murphy was graduated from its grammar and high schools, later graduating from Boston University Law School. He served from Charlestown in the House of Representatives la 1833. PRICE 2 CENTS Molasses Tank ROOF OF THE MOLLASSES TANK Doubt MURPHY 84-85, and in the Senate in 1886, at the end of which latter term he was appointed to the Fire Commission. After this term of service Mavor Mattews appointed him Wire Commissioner, and it was in Mr Murphys term that work was started on putting the wirts underground. Mr Murphy drawing up the needed legislation. After a little less than two years as Wire Commissioner. Mr Murphy accepted the po ;t of Water Commissioner, resigning this post in October, lsfts, to practice law. His present Hve-ear term as Finance Commission chairman, to which he was appointed by Gov Walsh, expires next July. Gov Coolidge will probably chortle name his successor. Mayor Peters expressed satisfaction at getting Mr Murphy to take the Fire Commissionershtp. He looks upon his experience, character and know-ledge of the city's financial problems as valuable assets in the post he will take. Mayor Peters spoke of his anxietv to "bring the force back to th high standard which previously distinguished it. COL HOUSE ABLE TO SIT UP IN BED TODAY PARIS. Jan 16 Col House sat up in bed today, and it is expected he will be able to leave hia bed tomorrow. 7:30 LATEST LEANING TOWER CHURCH Conflict in Opinions When Measure Takes Effect CHICAGO, Jan 16 The United States today completed the legislative process of voting itself dry. When word was flashed over the wires that the 36th State, Nebraska, had ratified the prohibition amendment. Prohibition leaders declared that the accomplishment was the greatest piece of moral legislation in the history of the world. The amendment to the Federal Constitution prohibiting the manufacture and sale of intoxicating beverages becomes effective one year after the date of its final ratification. Meanwhile the Nation goes dry July 1, next, by Presidential proclamation as a war measure unless the President rescinds it before that date. ; Other States which have ratified the amendment follow: ; the Senate resolution, by a vote of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Cali- j 154 to 36. fornia, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, ; Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, In-; SAYS C0NTRY WILL GO diana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, j DRY YEAR FROM TODAY Maine. Maryland. Massachusetts, j WASHINGTON, Jan 16 Senator Michigan. Mississippi, Montana. North Sheppard of Texas, author of the Dakota, North Carolina. New Hamp- J prohibition resolution, said today that shire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South j country would go dry one year Carolina, South Dakota. Tennest?. j frorn today. Other students of the Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington j question held, however, that ratitica- and West Virginia. j tfon would not be completed until one lyear from formal certification by the NEBRASKA RATIFIED I 26th State- Fourteen stiles have ai- . j ready certified to the State Ijopart- AT 1 0:32 THIS MORNING j r&ent that tfcey have ratnied. LINCOLN, Neb, Jan 16 The Ne-1 Possibility of a differ ru e of braska Legislature at 10:22 a m to- ; months In the calculations of the ef-day completed ratification of the Fed- j fective date was foreseen. Mississip- era! prohibition amendment when the Senate voted to concur in a House amendment to a Senate joint resolution providing for ratification. MISSOURI ALSO VOTES FOR THE AMENDMENT! JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Jan 16 The Missouri Legislature today ratified the Federal prohibition amendment when the House concurred in 553BE EXPLOSION -no LflABBLBTY INSURANCE. John C. Paige & Co. 65 KILBY STREET BOSTON u x i evening Edition CLOSING MARKETS Disaster OF ENGINE 31 FIRE HOUSE NEBRASKA THE 36TH STATE pi, the first State to ratify, has not yet certified its action. Prohibition leaders regard the ef- (onllaard Ik Sixth Page. See that your Used Automobile advts appear in the Daily and Sunday Globe, Order your advts for Friday, Saturday and Sunday today. 115 BROADWAY NEW YORK

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