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Eau Claire, Wis., Aug. 18.- Whil twenty-five workmen were engaged in tearing down Music hall, a four-story frame strueture, the building collapsed The deadand Injured are: Halvor Ole son, has a wife and f our ohildren, body reeovered; William Dean, contractor body still in the ruins: John Thorsen crushed by falling timbers, cannot Uve Nicholas Roach. body still in the ruins James Dean, burietí under a masa of tim bers, cannot Uve; Charles Agan, badly crushed; Ole Salberg, seriqusly crushed John Larson, Gus Meyers, Ole Johnson Brady Nedrum, H. b! Walters, Willian Berg, W. E, Evans, William Arnold, Bert W'allum, Lndwig Berg. When the building carne down flve men who were working on the roof wére left perched on the front Wftll. These were the only one-; who escaped injury. They were takeu down by the flrc departmeut ladders. Recovcrins: the Kodies. Some of the roof had been taken off and pnrtitions had I een knockcd out. The south wall bulged out in the middle, and roof. lloors and wall cjhuc down with a crash heard ten blocks awar. The fire derartment was called out and a humlred men attacked the debris. The dead body of Halvor Oleson was flrst taken out. John Thorsen of Little Black, Wis., was next. He is dring at the hospital. He leaves a wife and childreu. Jasnes Dean of Eau Claire came next. His recovery is doubtful. Men are 'still dio-o-intr for the bodies of William Dean and Nloholaa Roach, supposed to be buricd doep in the basement. The front wall is still standing, but is Hable to fall Travel is blockadëd f or three blócks. The fall o( a portion of the west wall, torn down by the flre department, carried away electrio light, power ond telephone wiros. Half the town is in darkncss and the railway is tied up. Feared Others Are Lost. Two concerns had the job dismantling the building. Dean of this city had the contract to tear down the superstructura and Schmidt & Bros. of West Superior had the stone foundation. It is feared that besides Dean and Roach, perhaps three or four other men, iu the employ of Schmidt Bros., are dead under the ruins. ïheir Dames are not known. It is s;iid they were from West Superior. ïhe searehers are making slow progress. ïhe cause of the collapse is related as follows by one of the workmen: At the rear of the building extendlng trom north to south was ,n iron rod which had been put in to strengtheu the walls. ïhis rod was cut in the course of knocking off the u])per story. As soon as the rod was cut the north wall spread and the floors dropped and f orced the south wall ontward.


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