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-MONDAY -EVENING afelantt Ctibunc JANUARY 24, 1927 GIRLS, TRAPPED IN ROOMS, RESCUED; CLUBHOUSE WILL BE REBUILT A TONCE Hened it Fultoa r-- Fiaao -Shattnck at University 125 OniTtraltyAT. Roos Bros lfarket at Stockton San Fnacisco 140 Montgomery St. Sao Francisco Broadway at lStb Oaianrf FOURTH IH SWINDLED BY JOB OFFER fiJoAIUYK, SOCIETY FOLK Rescued Club Guests Tell of Escapes PRESENT SITE ILL BE USED, SAY LEADERS FLEE FIRE IB Steam Shovel Operator Defrauded by Picture of A morning spent in hurried shopping tours. In borrowed clothing, or in the privacy of a hotel room or a fried's home was the aftermath of the Claremont Coiin-try club fire today for two socially prominent couples and three em Employment in Berkeley; $30 Loan Is Advanced ATTIRE but lost -them lri making the escape. Mr.
and Mrs. "Vernon S. Hardy, who were the first to notice the fire, got out of the building without outside aid, although Hardy returned to call to others in the burning structure. They went to the home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Everett P. Soule, 3040 Richmond avenue. Mrs. Hardy is spending today on a shopping tour in clothing borrowed from her daughter, while Hardy is at work at his office in San Francisco. Both the Hardys and the Ralleys made their homes at the country club and lost all of their personal belongings.
Two girls, assistants to Railey as Smoke Awakens Vernon S. Directors' Meeting Called to Act on Plans for Modern Building; Valuable Trophies Destroyed in Flames Hardy, Guest at Club, Who Arouses Wife and Others Quartered in Dormitory secretary of the club, also lost. Claremont Country club house, burned to the ground early today by a fire which caused the death of everything, and were saved from death only by heroic work of po lice and firemen. one man, will be rebuilt on its present site. This was the opinion of officers, directors fnd members of the club today.
While no official decision Miss Esther Belle Kirby, a former University of California student, registered from Thompson Falls, today related the story of her rescue. She is staying will be made until after a direct or's meeting, to be called within now at the home of friends at 739 the next few days, there is a sentiment among those actively Fifty-fifth street. GIRL TELLS ESCAPE. Interested In the club to build modern club house on the site. (Continued From Page 1 .) eluding $50,000 worth of furnishings, all of the club records, and tapestries and art objects held priceless by club officials.
According to Moore, insurance on the building and fixtures amounted to about $225,000. The Claremont club is one of the eldest organizations of Its kind in the bay district, and has long been mecca for socially prominent ftien and women, especially during the week-ends. There were unusually few guests at the club last plight, Moore said. Three tall brick chimneys left htatndlng endangered club members searching the debris for valuables. They were dynamited this afternoon by the fire department.
Police Inspector William Mar-khall declared that defective wiring teas the most likely cause- of the "I was awakened," she said, ployees of the club who escaped the early morning blaze. Thrilling rescues through walls of smoke and flames, or from windows of the clubhouse were told by several of those trapped by the fire, the most complete stpry coming from B. W. Ralley, who, with Mrs. Railey, a prominent society woman, were forced to climb from their window when the door to their apartment was blocked by the flames.
"We were awakened by what we thought was an explosion, to find our room filled with' smoke," Railey, who is secretary of the club, said. "We started for the stairway, but were turned back by walls of smoke and flame. Our only other means of escape was a window, and from this I managed to lower Mrs. Railey, by using blankets from the bed, to the roof of the sun porch several feet below. MOORE IS HERO.
"George. Moore was on the landing, and proved himself to be one of the "heroes of the fire. He stayed on the roof regardless of the flames, and not only helped Mrs. Railey and myself to safety, but also assisted In the rescue of others. "Neither of us saved a thing, but we are thankful to be alive." Railey borrowed clothing from, a friend early this morning and waited for a clothing store to open, when he was fitted out from head, to foot.
He reached his office about. 10 o'clock, however, and remained on the job throughout the day. He is vice-president and general manager of the Feet Brothers Soap Company in Berkeley. Mrs. Railey remained in her room at the Hotel Oakland this morning, calmly awaiting the arrival of modistes.
She started from the burning building with $20,000 worth of Jewels, her husband said, BERKELEY, Jan. 24. A confidence man, who paints a vivid picture for his victims of a "first-class steam shovel job in Berkeley" has made his quarterly haul in the person of M. A. Freitas, a steam shovel operator of San Jose, who told the Berkeley police that he had been swindled out of j0 by the bunco rfan.
Freitas is the fourth victim of the bunco man, who has hit three times within the past year in this vicinity. Freitas said that he and his wife came to Berkeley to look over the job and see the contract that was to be offered him. While waiting for a car in Berkeley the bunco man left to cash a check for 450, but returned a few moments later bewailing the fact that he could not find a place open with sufficient money, Freitas advanced $30 on the check and the man left saying that he was going to wire the money to his fiancee. The stranger and the $30 were still missing today. -t Policemen Witness Holdup; Take Man BAU: FRANCISCO, Jan.
24. Policemen Al McDonald and James Hart, concealed In the shadows of a doorway, watched a bold bandit hold up Carlos. Foca, 1531 Folsom street and Zenzalo Munior, 1317 Stevenson street, on Folsom street between Sixth and Seventh at .2:30 a. m. Throwing away his gun, the.
bandit fled when he eaw the officers but was overtaken and capr tured. He gave the name of Eles-dora Lopez, 58 Harriet street. Among those who voiced faVor of plans to -rebuild on the Claremont "whan my window was broken by theTreat. I tried to leave "byiftiy door, but couldn't. When I turned to.
go back to the window the room site were: j. ueorge Moore, ai rector; H. C. Capwell, charter member and former vice-president was so full of smoke I couldn't see, Edward A. Watson, manager, and so I crawled along the floor and Bert Ralley.
secretary. felt my way. I dropped several Robert M. Fitzgerald, president of the club, is ill at home under care of a physician and could not feet down from the window to the second floor sun porch reof, and there was helped down by either firemen or policemen. I was going be Interviewed.
Charles D. Bates, vice-president, to jump, but the crowd below told left Oakland last' night, for Los Angeles and is not expected to re me not to, so I just waited on the burning roof until the firemen Mate, turn before Wednesday. FAVORS MODERN EDIFICE. Very smart! Very individual! The coat mode for Spring is not one of silhouette but father of fabrics, ttimmirigs, colors and details, for the straight line continues to be smarter than ever. tind chic in the extreme are the new Travel Coats with their brilliant patterns their new furs and kasha trims ana best of all, the inimitable style ofRgos "Bros.
Moore, who was asleep In th me 1 mere club when the fire broke out, barely managed to escape, scantily Periled VlubFif clad, said that he. personally favors constructing a moaern Dunainsr. firemen werarpattllng the reached me." Miss Kirby said that she had been employed at the club for two months, since she was forced to give up her university work because of a serious operation she had undergone. Miss E. R.
Sullivan, an assistant secretary, also was aaved from the roof of the sun porch, to where she had climbed after finding the hallway from her room blocked by the flames. "The location' is ideal and I see no reason to take any other flames which destroyed) the Clare mont CountryeiWb ths morning, antion. Moore declared. Asserting that a golf club In the two men, internationally known In the worldof horse-flesh, were per-forming4heir heroics unsung at the heart of a city. Is an institution Capwell said he would like to see new clubhouse erected immediately, ont Riding school a short I i 1.
"Although no conferences have been held yet, I believe plans for faced with the problem of quieting T- They are Frank Hall, one-time tamer and famous sportsman, and rebuilding club house on a larger and more modern scale will be some thirty blue-blooded horses in their stables at the end of Clifton started immediately," Edward A. 50 his partner, Joe Davies, an expert horseman and teacher, who were Watson, manager of the club, said street. $4950 98 to Bert Railey, secretary, stated that the club will undoubtedly re build, but that nothing definite With the sounding of the alarm and the first flare of the smoke, HaH and Davies, who have quarters night was (formerly the Horatio Livermore residence, one of the show places of the Eastbay, and was acquired by the club when it moved to Claremont from its former location on Adams Point about twenty-five years ago. During the last two years tile club was rebuilt and enlarged, the interior being completely remodeled. Officers are: Robert Fitzgerald, president: Charles D.
Bates, vice-president; Bert secre tary; E. A. Watson, manager, and W. Pre'SWav Vernon Hardy, J. George Moore and Walter Murphy, directors.
will be done until the, directors meet- near the stables, began, their work While declaring that the building of quieting the frightened animals was pretty well covered, by lnsur who were lathered into a frenzy by ance," Railey declined to' state the exact adount of protection carried Tsfc Spring models Dohbs Hats T- sold exclusively at Kos 'Bros. roar until 4 a. when the fire was extinguished. "We had no trouble comparatively," explained Hall today, "Of course we were rather busy but both my partner and I are accustomed to fight in high-spirited animals and the only trick was in convincing, the horses thai they were better off in their stalls, no matter how much cheerier It looked out in the paddock. "When the blaze was at its height it began to look as 1( we would be forced to take to the open but due to the work of the firefighters what appeared as certain disaster for our plant, was maintained within the confines of the clubhouse.
Curiously enough, the highest spirited horses were the easiest to keep under control and it was the near-blue bloods used by the club. the fire fighting cacophony, the illumination from the fire and the tumult of the prize-winning dogs The building andits contents, In PR0DUCEI who occupy adjoining quarters. eluding furnishings, equipment and trophies, were estimated to be This latter din was led manfully worth more than- $50,000. TROPHIES DESTROYED. MILK NATURES PERFECT FOOD Among -trophies destroyed were the Walton N.
Moore cup, One of the largest in the club-the per by a pet bloodhound owned by Davies, whose groan kept the Irish wolfhounds, wfred-haired fox terriers and other be-rlbboned stock in the Hall-Dayles which includes specially bred goata, geese, ducks and the like, In excited up- petual club championship trophy, held by Oscar Morgan, and the president's cup. The trophies Were not located one case but were distributed about the club house in for training work that caused the different rooms: greatest furore." The club house destroyed last 'BREATH OF HjfDIO "CATCHES THE LIGHTEST Among celebrities in the eauine world who escaped with a scare were Shield Montrose, a well- known stallion; Queen Bess, one of Retorting' there is great strain on the announcer's voice. I have talked continuously for several hours in describing such events as the Presidential Inauguration, 'fie--' ing a great smoker, I haveifavortd Lucky Strifes because they give me complete enjoyment and do not ritate my throat. the prize high and broad jumpers of the country; Prince and Babette, who are well-known in the horse shows. There are thirty horses at present in the Piedmont school stables and a dozen blooded dogs.
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