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Coliseum In Ruins

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Chicago, Aug. 23 -The Coliseum, a large building lately erooted on the site where Buffalo Bill had his show durmg the World's fair.collapsed laat night. The buildlag was an immense aff.sir, and was to have 'been opened with Barnuru & Bailev's circua Sept. 2. It was also intended for use during national convontlons. A forcé of 90U men have been working on the building night and day, but as the accident happoned during the lunch hour, when all the men were absent, nobody was hurt. The building is a total wreek and the loss will reach between 8160,000 and $180,000. ÏJarrow Escupe of the Workinen. It is said that thls will fatl on the Probst Construction company, which had the contract for the construction of the building. Bad the accident happened an hour earlier or a few hours lr-ier the loss of life wouid have been frigitful. At 10 o'clock Ia3t nighi 300 workir.n went off duty, and at 3 a. m. bOO more were to have gone to work, tho company working three ahifts in order to get the building completed in time for opening on Sept. 2. While the cause of the accident is not deflnitely known at this time, it il believed to hava resulted from the giving away of the foundation of one of tho arches. The noise of tho falling building was terrlflc, and the neighborhood for a mile around was aroused. Circa Will Have to Fut Cp a Tent. The wrecked building was three-fourths completed, and Barnuui & Bailey's circus was to have given its firit performance within the inclosure Sept. a. The building was 750 f eet long, 350 f eet wide, and 86 feet high, and there was not a pillar to obstruct the view from any part. It was the property of the ColUeum Expoeition company, which is capitalized for $400,000


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