The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on January 15, 1919 · 2
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 2

Boston, Massachusetts
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Wednesday, January 15, 1919
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THE BOSTON GLOBE WEDNESDAY. JAXFARY 1.",. 1919 MEN - ''wlWl 4sJb m a typical overcoat value at 30: m irt coats of i .-lrbrated RcgM r o.iiiup, in Cam-brilf;' anl Oxford gray. Model i 12-lnitton double-breasted, long roll pealMftl lapylh slaah bellows pockets w i 1 1 1 vents, seamed eitllf on lee vac. equal values in MM I llll men's overcoats COaUl that wi re $25 to $85 now $20 to $50 (lllstfrs loo). eroul Hoor 1 men's escalator 15 KILLED. 150 INJURED IN NORTHEND EXPLOSION Department of Public Work Buildings and stahles. which are close by. and where many were Injured badly, were also at lunch. Once the low, rumblini? sound f heard no one had a chance to escape. The building seemed to cringe up aa though they were made of pasteboard. The official of the Fire Boat Engine II, realizing that great damage ku done and that the loss or lire t and Injuries to others would o great, j summoned help from every quarter j that they could reach, so that within j a few minutes ambulances, patrol i wagons and fire apparatus were hur-rying to the scene. Molaaaea Ran Over Curb There was difficulty m getting near j the scene of BsC fearful accident, be- ! cause the more than l.OOO.Oui) gallons of molassws found Its way through the streets and piled up bo quickly that it was higher than the curbing in every place within two blocks of the soene. The police, firemen and civilians who were near plunged through the great streams of heavy liquid, eager to Hive aid a best they could. The shock of the explosion has resulted in dismantling the buildings of the distilling plant, the buildings of the Public Works Department close by, and a large section of the "It" structure along Commercial st carne 1 tumbling into the street, to add to the confusion. In fact, for a radius of some 200 to i 260 feet there was a scene of great (wreckage, while the shouts and I screams of the dying and injured rent the air. For the first quarter of an hour pandemonium reigned. down, and In addition to ia more horses were so frightfully injured that the police had had to end their sufferings by shooting them. In the plant of the Public Works Department several horses were killed outright and more had to be shot. Engineer Leahy Miasing The force of the explosion seemed to be greatest inthe direction toward the North End, or toward the Bat-n r-st wharf side of the distilling plant. The fireboat quarters, as well as the Public Works Department lag Department, identified Owen Gorman and James Lennon as two of his workmen who were killed vhen the building collapsed in which they were eating their lunch. Owen Gorman lived In Charles-town. James Lennon is a brother-in-law of the late John L. Sullivan. John Barry, yard boss in the North End Park, is reported to have been badly injured, an dtow of his friends v.ho saw him doubt If he Is alive. Fireman Patrick Driscoll of Knglne 31. the fireboat, stationed at the park, wa salso among those reported badly injured. .Mrs Tetrina Mercurlo, who was in buildings, were In this direction. After 1 o'clock It was Btated that In the ; her parlor at 492 Commercial st, di-tipplng over of the fireboat quarters : rectly opposite North End Park, was Jumped to Rescue Injured The police and firemen and assistants from various city departments soon organized a movement to straighten things out. The very first effort was to get into the wrecked buildings and to rescue those who were pinned down by heavy planks, girders or other debris and to place than) in the arriving ambulances, patrol wagons, fire apparatus or any pther conveyance that could be procured. Search in the distilling plant's buildings and the wrecked buildings of tlw Public Works Department resulted In the finding of the dead, who were caught in the general smash that followed the explosion. As fast as nossible the police and firemen SOUTH BOSTON I and voluntary workers extricated the WOMAN CHARGED WITH ; bodies of the dead from the wreck-MURDERING HUSBAND age, tenderly placed them on blan kets or long boards and removed them to the cleared area, whence they were removed to the hospitals or morgues to await identification. it was believed that one of the mem hers of the crew, George I-eahy, an engineer, was missing. One of the buildings wrecked was a dwelling In which it was said there was a woman about 80 years of age. X bed near which she was was tipped completely over, pinning her underneath. When she was finally dragged out it was found that she had no broken bones. She was taken to the hospital for observation, owing to her age. Police were hurried to the scene from all the downtown stations and from Charlestown and East Boston. The East Boston Relief Hospital ambulances were rushed over, and the Massachusetts General Hospital and the City Hospital also sent ambulances. fun 1 1 mini Ir.iiM lie Klrat FCwSi louth of hr liuxlmnd. 8li refuses to H very much to tlm point. 'When hIu- wax niK'MtioiHMl yeHtt'rrtny he Haiti Dint on .Iont1ay night her . itiatiuiil i ami' heme lnt.l atcil and she admitted thai ths had quarral hs Many Injured Shrieked s.ilil Unit during the quarrel her husband ! ..... . ... ... , ! ,i h.-i i tii. i. H With the injured it was a different Th' poll..- sa thai the eoiiplo have am nf thf nponle who Iimh . ..nst.ifitlN quarrelling for Many home oi tne people who months ami ..i th. ..itii'iTH recalled Iliad been caught in the debris were Mil itiHtnnii- s. hthI months hark, wheru I ..... . . , . . , Him I struck her husband with a j frightfully hurt, the iniuries causing trap"! iiittuiK ills t.ei' At that time . .hrtnlr nt ovprv movp and I.,..' is said io i,a vp sitnvr.d severely tl,( m to snr,fK al every move anu from ies of id I He was nearing these shouts were not quieted when .team W'H'ii ne was assist., i ny ineuuai attention Mm I. re's slot v was to Hie effect that she left the house Monday nlKht when her htiBhand put her out, nnrt tame back Ht a very lute hour when she thought h..r hiishand woultl he asleep She said that lit the tune she sun lied Illuminating kn and tried to detect It. but Hhe could not trace where It was coming tt-otn. Hhe Maid that she then went to bed. At 6 nhe said that she went to Iter husband') room to wake him for work and she found the door locked and the odor of sua cumins- from the room almost at inhered her She forced her way Into the room, she wiTd. and found her husband dead on tha bed. Neigt An(lmn .1 Kltspatrick went to the house eailv in the morning when t he i epoi i as made to I 'te police about the death tie found that a hide hatl tietm punctured In the gas pipe and lie tetind a hammer and puuch near the pipe they were placed in the ambulances or other conveyances to be hurried to the hospitals. ! Altogether it was an agonizing kjuarter or half an hour that the rescuers endured, but they worked heroically, and by 1 p m, it was estimated, between 100 and 150 persons had been taken from the ruins and hurried away to hospitals or had been treated by physicians In the neighborhood. Paving Men All Victims One of the structures where considerable death and irt'iirv was in- uieVa.r ;,,:; ri,;r::1 tj 1 meted was m the butum located m WtoTaayWLB of the Pavln had not tea, bed the point where the Here a large number of ctty em- hourWn:,, !K ':;;.:!,:' wold"' havrr j ployes were eating their lunches, and fMiiesu.,, ami pe, h, some lives lost. I au of these were caught In the build- l-ous,. duritiK the inorniuu and afternoon ine when it collapsed. Practically H. P. Palmer '5 Story H. P. Palmer, an accountant at the electric freight plant, said that he heard the low rumble caused by the explosion just about 12:30 p m. He looked out of the window, felt the building which he was in rocking, and at a glance saw that something dreadful had happened. Within a minute huge streams of molasses began to run through the various streets and passageways, filling every section of the area for two blocks. People were impeded from rushing to the aid of the injured or dying, and for the moment there was a hush, followed by such activity as one could scarcely realize, so quickly did every one seem to act in order to render aid. ithorwn to the floor of the room with 1 he rthree children, one of them a I baby. She was not seriously in-j jured. Fred C. Lewis Missing Fred C. Lewis, a general freight 1 agent of the Bay State Street Rail-' way, was walking through the yard ; of the railway company in the vicinity of freight house No. 2. He has i not been seen since. It Is believed j that he came from South Framing-': ham. A little girl, judging from her size about 12 years old, was found dead under several empty molasses barrels and was taken to the morgue. It is thought that she had been picking up wood in the yard. Joseph Hiller of 110 Chestnut st, Chelsea, employed by the Bay State, was just returning from lunch when the explosion occurred. He dragged three injured men to a place of safety and saw that they were sent to the hospital. Two of the men were Israel Cashin and Joseph Hinck- j ley. The other is not known, j A number of girls in the office of jthe Bay State at the time were con-Jsiderably shaken up and were re- moved by the firemen. Although a woman matron at North . End Park was reported killed, it was learned from Mr Shea's office that j there is no woman matron employed I there in the Winter season. Removing to City Hospital At 2 this afternoon arrangements were being made for the removal of several of the injured from the Hay- It was the most serious accident j market Relief Station to the City that has happened in the old section in years, the wrecking of the section of the "Li" structure immediately tie-ing up all traffic along the Elevated lines. It appeared as if everything w ere impeded. The police and firemen, aided by civilians, before an hour had elapsed had removed, it was believed, all i those who had been hurt tu.u ne t.liKoii with .Mrs Lee. She told ; .v .uu,,. th. HciK.ant that she has ti n vn exciy niuu in mi- miuuuicoo cuiiw peateinni wnn ner nusnaml. but she i. fuse. I to s., that she had anything to do with the puncturltiK or the oipe. She fold the Hertceunt during their conversation that she preferred her dot; to her l.ttsband ICach of the sergeants asked her questions and several times they say she Uild conttit ting stories Steamsmp Saturn, a Arrives POKTl.WP. Me. Jan 1 Arrived. Itenmehtp catnrnla, from Olassow. MAKE YOUR PURCHASES FROM GLOBE ADVERTISERS j I piiiifuw . the new Arrow FORM-FIT Collar 23 CENTS EACH CLUITT PtAPCDY o Co &rc.jKu.k(?r killed or hurt. The land quarters of Engine 31, the fireboat. suffered, but those firemen who were on duty on the boat did not have to jump for it, and instantly they got busy. Word was telephoned immediately to Fire Headquarters and a call for assisting apparatus was hurriedly sent out, which was responded to quickly and proved one of the most valuable aids that came within the first few minutes The station of the so-called electric freight was close by and this building, too, was partly wrecked. The building shook and then portions of it began to settle, flnally some of the walls collapsing. The forewarning here, however, was so long that some of the people within had the chance to get away. However, a few were hurt. GrapeNuts combines great food values with economy and excellent flavor No sugar required Cargo Off the Miliere I It is estimated that nearly 2.000,000 (.allons of molasses were in the tank at the time of the explosion. Some i PUN gallons of this had been placed in the tank from the steam- , ship Miliere. which had unloaded at j the Coppg Hill Wharf only a day or twojago. The heavy, thick fluid began pouring out in all directions and in a few minutes the streets were perfect ricra, which impeded progress of any conveyance and made it very difficult to get about. Many horses had been killed outright in the streets by the huge 'chunks of debris that came tumbling Quinine That Does Not Affect Head ' Hrcause of Us tonic and laxative effect 1 WATlVn BROklO Qt-ININE ,T -letsi can be taken by any one without cauaing nervousness or ringing in tits head. There is only one "Bromo Quinine." E. W. GROVE'S signature on vbe box. Mc Advertisement. Horse Completely Covered When the explosion occured there was a great splashof the molasses in all directions and teams and persons who happened to be near the tank were completely submerged in it. One horse and its driver were completely covered, but crawled out and hurried away from the scene. The Purity Distilling Company, in whose plant the tank was located, is said to be a subsidiary of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company. The cause of the explosion probably was due to gases which had not escaped through the vents that are usually provided in huge receptacles of this character. Miss Florence F. McDonald of 3 Menloes av, Lynn, employed in the freight office of the Bay State Railway, was reported missing after the explosion. She had left the office to go to lunch and is believed she may have been neaf the big tantk when it exploded. Search for her was made in the ruins of the explosion. Antonio Tianci, or Gianci, 5 years old; his brother, Albert, of 11 years, and their mother were injured while in their home at 384 Commercial st. They were taken to the Relief Station. Four Bodies at Morgue At 2:30 this afternoon there were four ladies at the Northern District Mortuary on North Gove st. One of these bodies was that of a boy and another was supposed to be that of a woman, but all of the bodies were covered so thickly with molasses that the morgue authorities had found nothing that couid positively identify any of them. Medical Examiner George Burgest; Magrath, who is in charge of the district in which the explosion happened, was busy at the scene of the explosion and at the mortuary. Woman Crushed in Home The body of Mrs Clougherty, mother of Martin Clougherty, of 6 Copps Hill terrace, was found beneath a pile of boards and timbers about 2:20 this afternoon. Mrs Clougherty was in the house when the explosion occurred, and was apparently buried in the debris when the building collapsed from concussion. An unknown girl is reported to have been found dead in front of the Bay State Street Railway freight ! offices on the old gashouse wharf j near Charlestown Bridge. A sailor whose last name is report- Hospital. Moto ambulances were being used to transfer the men and women who had been given first aid and emergency treatment. Some of them, while not badly injured, will have to stay at the hospital a few days. RELIEF HOSPITAL FORCE GIVEN A GREAT TASK i At the Haymarket Relief Station a i great crowd gathered as ambulances, express wagons anu urays rusnea up with the molasses-coated victims swathed in robes and blankets. The hospital force was swamped and the conveyances with victims waited in line on Canal st to get into the ambulance entrance at the Side of the hospital. Among those being treated at the Relief Hospital in Haymarket sq are Russell McLean of 42 Janet st, Wa-verley; ' Peter Grant, John Severlict, John Noone and Charles Whitney. i ed to be Kelliher. and who is said , to live in Lewiston. Me, was on Fiske ; Wharf, about 20 feet away, and wets j knocked semiconscious. His mouth , was filled with molasses and his face and body and clothing were covered i with the. molasses. He was taken to the Chelsea Marine Hospital for ! treatment. George Layhe, engineer of Engine j 31, one of the fireboats, is missing, j He was 6een just before the explo-! sion. but when the roll was called he was not found. He lived at 401 Saratoga st. East Boston. John L.'s Brother Killed J John Hoy, subforeman of the Pav- Horse Killed on Street McLean was walking along Commercial st, underneath the Elevated structure, when the explosion occurred. He was thrown on his hands and face and up against a brick wall. Whitney was driving a horse along Commercial st and was thrown from his wagon. The horse was killed. About 50 sailors who were passing along the street near the Relief Station and doctors from the U. S. S. Rockport, who were near the hospital, hurried into the Relief Station and gave what assistance they could, the bluejackets acting as hospital orderlies. Several army surgeons also gave aid. Rev Fr Weiss, S. J., from St Mary's Catholic Church, North End, hurried to the hospital and began administering the last rites of the church to the injured. At 1:45 this afternoon there was only one dead body at the Relief Station. The man's identity had not been established at that time. GAS IN TANK PROBABLY CAUSED THE EXPLOSION The crew of the U. S. S. nautical training ship Nantucket of more than 100 men were on the scene soon after the accident and were posted with rifles to keep the crowd back on Commercial st and near the North End Park. Capt Matthew Daly of Police Station 1 also reached the scene shortly after the explosion and is taking charge of a big squad of police officers. Police Commissioner E. U. Curtis and Supt of Poliee Michael H. Crowley arrived at 1:40 p m to assist in the work. A soldier, who was but a short distance from the spot at the time of the explosion, said that he heard no sound of an explosion, but that the big molasses tank simply seemed to collapse. The jar, he said, however, was felt for a distance of about 50 feet. Three houses in the yard collapsed when the explosion took place. Two autos, standing about 30 feet from the spot, were thrown against lamp posts, breaking the posts off and smashing the machines badly. Shortly after the explosion two "shuttle" Elevated trains between the North and South Stations coming from opposite directions were flagged and stopped a short distance Lorn the break in the Elevated structure which was caused by the explosion. Covered With Molasses The Are alarm was rung In by Supt m From Alaska to the Gulf MAYO All over this broad land, staunch out -o' -doors men are glad that they can get Mayo underwear again. Men who need real underwear protection men who've always insisted on Mayo know that Mayo's 10-rib-to-the inch (as against the usual 8) mean more warmth, more wear, more comfort, greater freedom of movement. Mayo production is rapidly coming back to normal. An immense new mill at Mt. Airy, N. C, is adding hundreds of dozens of Mayo suits a week to the regular output. So here is our promise to wearers, dealers and jobbers. By next fall you can get all the Mayo you want. You may get your warm Mayo suit even now. Ask your dealer. Anyhow remember Mayo. THE MAYO MILLS MAYODAN, N. Sales Office: 346 Broadway, Nmw York City TO DEALERS Jobbers already have assurance of unlimited Mayo deliveries. Winter Underwear for Men and Boys Union Suits - Shirts - Drawers of the North End Park John W. Law-ton, immediately after the explosion. Mr Lawton also notified Police Headquarters and also sent word to the hospitals when he realized the extent of the explosion. Mrs Elizabeth O'Brien, mother of former president of the old Boston Common Council, Christopher O'Brien, who was working in the building in the yard of the paving division of the Public Works Department, near by, was thrown against the side of the building and sustained a number of bad cuts and a gash on her face, which were treated by a physician. The Red Cross and all the available army ambulances were being rushed to the scene by 1:40 this afternoon and at 1:45 more than a score of ambulances filled with injured were on their way to the hospitals. The fact that the injured were covered with the molasses from the big tank made it very difficult to identify them. In some cases the clothing and faces and all exposed parts of their bodies were coated over with the molasses. Chairman James B. Shea of the Boston Park and Recreation Department, on learning of the accident, immediately ordered all the available foremen and laborers in the department to report at once to the scene with axes, shovels and other tools to start clearing away the debris. DEAD, INJURED AND MISSING Continord From the Flrat Pmmte. MISS B. VAN WATERMAN. MBS CHABLES V. RU'UABDSON, 3'J Walton st, Dorchester. Mil I) H. McDEBMOTT, 51 Decatur t, Charlestown. FBEDEBICK McDEBMOTT, 28 Hancock st, Boston. C1IABXES J. CASEY, 8 Dacia st, Boxbnry. JOSEPH MONAHAN, 17 Tavis st, Boston. Boston. WACTEB E. MEBTHEN, 36 Myrtle st, CUftondnle. MARTIN McDONOUGH, Cambridge. ANTONIA STAIO, 11, of US IJIiar- ter st. PETER CURB AN, 52 Kinnaird st, Cambridge. DANIEL J. BLAIB, West End. MBS CAMILLA GIANCI, 552 Com- mercial st. ANTONIO GIANCI, 11, 552 Commer Hal St. ALBEBT GIANCI, 5, 552 Cemmer cial st. Econom7 the Watchword! TEA givss greatest tea-value for your money-Yields many more cups to the pound than does ordinary tea. and then you have that delicious flavor! OTHER PERSONS INJURED MARY DOHERTY, Charter st, bnried in her home condition critical. PATRICK DRISCOLL, fireman of the Fireboat. Engine 31. Gas Formed in Tank Deputy Commissioner Sullivan of the Paving Division of the Public Works Department also gave orders to have all available men report at once to the scene with tools and implements to work at the scene of the explosion. Chief McDonough of the Fire Department, at 1:55 this afternoon, stated to a Globe man that about 2,-000,000 gallons of molasses were stored in the big tank. He gave his opinion, from what information he had received up to that time, that this gas caused the collapse and the explosion which accompanied it. The collapse or bursting of the tank was preceded by a rumbling sound lasting over one and a half minutes. At 1:55 this afternoon a telephone call was received from Const'tutlon Wharf at the North End Park yard asking for ambulances to take away three men who were reported to have been badly injured. One of the men was said to be fatally injured, if not dying at the time. Woman Buried in Debris The home of Martin Clougherty, an old-time boxing referee, located at the junction of Commercial and Charter sts, was demolished by the force of the explosion. Mr Clougherty and his two children, a boy and a girl, were out of the house at the time, the children at play and Mr Clougherty on the street nearby. Mary Doherty, who was the occupant of a house on the back of Charter st located about 60 feet from the explosion, was buried beneath the debris of her dwelling house, a small wooden frame affair. She was pulled out from AT NAVY YARD DISPENSARY RILPH MARTIN, 120 Train st, Dorchester, fractured leg and lacerated left wrist. MISSING GEORGE LAYHE, engineer of En-$rine 31, the fireboat, living at 401 Saratoga st. East Boston. MISS FLOPENCE F. McDONALD of 3 Meuloe m, Lynn, employed in Bay State BaUway freight office. MISSING CITY EMPLOYES JOBN MOONEY, 107 Green L PETEB FBANCIS, 48 Monument st, Charlestown. JAMES J. KENNEALLY, 2C0 Bolton st, South Boston. PATRICK B. GREEN, M Fayette st. South End. SAMUEL BLAIR, 02 Allen st, West End. MICHAEL SENNOTT, 70 Bernard st. the timbers and woodwork by Cosmo Mercurio of 492 Commercial st, assisted by a soldier and a fireman whose names could not be learned. Mercurio nearly ruined his clothing in his energetic efforts to get the Doherty woman out after he heard her groans from beneath the debris of her home. She is reported to be in a very serious condition and may not recover from her injuries. hospital from a fi the tank and that was blown about ISO water tmy en feet. There were about a dozen or IS River Ur Ik-men In the building and they were car- i . ' rifrt l-)tl lh. .IvnMim tfiraa. ..n When it collapsed some of the m-n Iron worker, f were able to get out. ur.d others were rr.. , ....j him rineu m. yn -iorlv woman w.t the upper atory and when the building CO lapsed she was able to walk out tlirouKh a window. Then aha fainted and was carried away. Ambulances from every direction soon came tearing up. From the L"- 8 Nantucket, tied up at Warren Bnde came a detail of sailors under Ijeut opeland. sent there by. Lieut Com-wander Atwater- The work of them-sailors waa wonderful. They carri-l first aid kits and they splashed through the molasses and did evervthlng possible to aid those who were lying In the debris injured. . From the Navy Yard appeared a crew from the Bessie J.. an ammunition lighter. They. too. had their kits and did effective service The sailors, who had their rifles, also ' M Kngine 31 has Its nrehouse on North Knd park. The explosion wrecked lb- r.uuaing ana two or tne nremen were ffj e tne crew set to work to get the out. They were alive, because cries could be heard. There was danger of the Are from th-boiler. and some of the firemen hastily drew the fires from the steam heaiin plant to prevent then- comrades beine . roasted alive. In another building adjoining the tank : a number of men were trapped by the top of the tank crashing down. The fire men set to work to get them out. It was a difficult task, because the house was on the verge of falling to pieces. Ho the firemen had to go In ' a:id cut a way from the lower floor ' through the ceiling, working carefully la order that the vibration would not topple the entire structure mnA , ' luni auuic me nremen rrecuerra. red i r. - i I I EGGS "r 73 of acting as Several horses were kilted, and they Were stretched out. copper-colored look- About a dozen others were also so bad. gttatttgirtl. be .hot by FELL 65 FEET INTO RIVER: SAVED: DIED IN HOSPITAL NEW LONDON. Conn. Jan tt-Jerry Sulllvan of this city. 14 yeara of age. m BUTTER 'Finest Whale Milk Cre:m-r I i hi 'P-nt Cray;' F'eis Teas C3SJX' U. 45c Et few. Te I Caffee SZ Lh. 29c I ' t r- om PVjr. Bin I Naiila Campbell sSoupsCnlOcJ - aa a mm -. mm m 9 I Wheatena . . Pki. 15c Hecker's Buckwheat V.; 15c P&GNapthaSoap 4 Ban 25: I Gorton Pew's .Zlt PeaBeaKTtrla 12c Van Camp's Catsup 25c Peas7J7n?Caii4c I I W"en a 32 Tramont St. 163 Summer. I 1 6 Canal St.2 UnranSUCt.E-cl 588 Wash. St. 45BroT-f ttfl I AMBULANCES, SAILORS AND FIREMEN AID TO SAVE LIFE Patrolman Frank McManus of Divi-i alon 1 was ringing In a duty call on ; Commercial st when h heard the noise j of the explosion. He looked across the Mreet and saw what had happened. He got n touch with Headquarters. ! told what had happened and requested ; that ambulances from everywhere be ! sent, as it was a big disaster. Then he i rushed across the street and started in ! I to do some rescue work. . There was a building us-d by t: - beneath ' Public Works Department right next to LAST 4 DAYS at 3 P. M. at AUCTION By Leonard & co.f 46 and 48 Bromfield St., Bast BALANCE OF S87.COO WORTH OF FOREIGN RUGS OF THE GREAT PERSIAN MERCHANT HODJI ALI BAYED of Sultan a bad UNDER SUPERVISION OF MR. CHAS. A. HANLEY, TRUSTEE . ? CONTINUOUS EXHIBITION

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