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Twenty-five Killed

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Ijondon, Ont., Jan. 4. - No new vicïims have been found in the city hall ruins. The following is a revised list of the dead and the moie seriously injured. The dead: Benjamin J. Nash, carriage maker; John Turner, carriage maker; John Burrldge, shoemaker; Frank Eobinson, plasterer; Crawford Beckett, contractor: Edward Luxton, Farmer; W. H. Dell, baker; R. S. Leigh, plumber; Abraham Phillips, flour dealer; Benjamin Jacques. painter; Stephen William, laborer; W. C. Smith, gardener; Ij. W. Burke, insurance agent; John Fellows; James Harris, molder; Wilson Carruthers, farmer; W. J. Borland, woodworker; Noble Carruthers, son of Wilson Carruthers; Fred Heaman, son of W. Heaman; W. E. Talbot, son of W. Talbot; Oswald Bruce, son of W. Bruce, shoemaker; Allen Towe, son of E. Towe; John Burgess, laborer; Herman Hilbert, peddler; James McLean, young son of James McLean. The total numbers twenty-five. Structure Was Crowded. The disaster was caused by the collapse of a floor of the city hall building. The structure was crowded, as it was the end of the municipal campaign and the successful candidates were to make speeches. There was a sagging of timbers and the next moment hundreds of people were hurled twenty feet to the floor below. A beam running twenty feet along the center of the hall had given away and the crowded mass standing above that section of the flpor was thrown in a heap to the basement. A large safe stood in one corner of the hall, and.with a huge steam coil weighing half a ton, carne crashing down on the heads of the victims. Following the crash there was a wild rush for the doors. At the south door, where the majority of the crowd had entered, there was a wild panic. Those ín front were thrown down by the oncoming rush, all shrieking and fighting for the door and safety. Only one-half of the rear door, a space probably three feet wide, was open. In the mad rush no one thought to open the door in its entirety and 500 people struggled through the narrow space, the strong bearing down the weaker. Caused by a Breaking Beam. City Engineer Graydon states that the cause of the catasrtrophe was the breaking of the heavy beam which runs beneath the floor, almost at the center of the space which gave way. This beam was eomposed of twelve 3x4 timbers securely joined together. The joists ran east and west from the beam, resting on the front and rear walls of the engineer's office. There was a span of eighteen feet, the beam broke in the center, rolling all the people standing in this spabe into one mass. The engineer stated that the supports of this part of the floor were not taken away in making recent alterations. The wall where this joist ran was taken out in 188S. The engineer did not consider the hall dangerous, and says that the tremendous dead weight simply caused the beam to snap. Indlgnation is high that an oíd structure that should have been condemned years ago was permitted to be used for the public business when so many knew it was unsafe. One inquest will be held over all the dead victims. A verdict of censure for the officials in charge of the city hall is expected.


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