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1874 - APPALLING DISASTER - LOSS OF MANY LIVES.


1874 - APPALLING DISASTER - LOSS OF MANY LIVES.

FALLING OF A FLOOR - A PLEASURE PARTY IN DEADLY PERIL - THE LOSS NOT YET KNOWN.

Syracuse, June 23. - An appalling catastrophe occurred here tonight. A strawberry festival was being held at the parlors of the Central Baptist Church, when, without any premonition, the floor gave way, precipitating the room full into the story below. The parlor was on the second floor, and the room underneath was also full. A fire alarm was immediately given, and the firemen hurried to the scene. Soon ten thousand people were there, and tremendous excitement prevailed.

It is impossible to give the particulars at this hour.
Five dead bodies have been taken out, and the work has hardly commenced. Probably a hundred persons are more or less injured, many very seriously.

The following are among the dead bodies recovered:
DR. E. O. WAINWRIGHT.
MRS. WAINWRIGHT.
MISS MINNIE THOMAS.
A child named OSTRANDER.
Three little girls named LEONARD, HORTON and WINNIE COLLINS.
MISS THEODORE HOLMES.
REV. GEO. T. DOWLING, pastor of the church, is dangerously injured, also his wife, who is not expected to live. REV. H. J. EDDY is seriously wounded. Two hundred persons are injured, some dangerously.

List Of The Victims.
Midnight -- The following is a corrected list of the persons taken out dead:
DR. O. WAINWRIGHT.
MR. E. AUSTIN BARNES.
MRS. JAMES M. CROW.
MRS. J. E. KARR.
MISS GUSSIE CARPENTER.
MRS. ABIJAH VEEDER, of Utica.
MISS GRACIE HOLMES.
MISS WINNIE COLLINS, aged thirteen today.
HATTIE LEONARD, five or six years old.
JOHN OSTRANDER, a boy about nine years old.
MISS MINNIE THOMAS.
FRANK COLLINS, aged fourteen.
LULU HORTON, aged twelve.

MRS. DR. WAINWRIGHT will undoubtedly die. Ex-Alderman AUSTIN BARNES is very seriously injured. REV. DR. H. J. EDDY is slightly injured.
The bodies are supposed to be all recovered now. It is impossible to get the names of the injured tonight. The excitement is very great. The scene in the streets around the church baffles description. Thousands are gathered there, asking after friends, waiting for the dead, and attending to the injured.

The entire police force and fire department of the city were called out, and took charge of the work of recovering the dead and wounded. The broken timbers were hoisted up with difficulty. The walls of the church did not fall in, but are seriously damaged.

The church is comparatively a new one. A few minutes before the floor gave way it trembled, so that many persons left, fearing an accident, which had been predicted by many. The accident was caused by the giving way of the joists that supported the floor. The joists ran from both sides of the room to a cross stringer, the middle of which was supported by iron rods from the roof.

The stringer gave way, pulling the ceiling and roof down upon the people, and precipitating them into the room below. The work of recovery was exceedingly slow, as it had to be done in the dark, and it was feared every moment that the walls would fall in.

 

Herald Torch Light

Hagerstown, Maryland



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