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—————!——— PARALLELS TO THE HOLOCAUST AT SANTIAGO. The terrible calamity at Santiago, which has deprived some two thousand persons of life, has its parallel in the frightful accident—if accident it may be called—which oc- curred in St. Petersburg some twenty-five years ago; and it is curious to note that the latter occurred in a theatre, acd the one at Santiago in a church :— It was during the Maslinizza, or national Russian carnival, that the calamity occurred. In the Admiralty- square at St. Petersburg a very large temporary theatre had been erected, in which at intervals during the day and evening the company of some enterprising German "Richardson" performed a pantomime. So attractive was the entertainment, that the manager was rewarded with crammed houses. During one of the representations the harlequin, who belonged to the school of the Italian arlequino rather than to our silenbposturing "spangles," rushed forward shouting, Pire,,save yourselves." The announcement was-re- ceived as a good joke by the audience, and they laughed immoderately but in a little time it became apparent that the supposed jest was a terrible reality— flames burst out ou the stage, and spread with inconceivable rapidity. In a moment there was a rush to the doors, but, alas, they opened inwards, and the frightened crowds so frantically endeavouring to escape, were unknowingly using their utmost efforts to bring de- struction on themselves. While this fearful scene was going on in the theatre, the fire was discovered by those outside, and a workman who had helped to erect the building, called for an axe, saying that he would quickly extricate the audience. The axe was found, but, as the story goes, the police on duty declined to allow anything to be done until the arrival of their superior officers 1 Official routine was not, however, long permitted to stand in the way. Feelings of humanity got the better of a wretched police system; the officers were thrust aside, and a hole was made in one of the sides of the building. Unfortunately aid came too late, the fire had done its work, and the rescuers found only the corpses of a mass of human beings. The smoke had suffocated every one of the audience, and so sudden must death have come upon many, that it is reported "men, women, and children sat apparently still gazing at the stage, which was a sheet of flame!"

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