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APPALLING DEATH.

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APPALLING DEATH. ONE HUNDRED PEOPLE FALL INTO A FIERY FURNACE. By a singular and most horrifying accident at San Francisco more than 100 people were precipitated into glass furnaces heated to 3000deg., where many were burned to death. A football game between Stanford and California Universities was being held in a field, close to which stood a newly-erected glass works. The regf being flat and easy of access, several hun- dred spectators gathered upon it despite the protests of the proprietor, in order to see the game without paying an admission fee to the grounds. The roof was not strongly supported, and the owner of the works, fearing a calamity, telephoned to the police to clear away the crowd. In the works the furnaces had been started for the first time, and heated by blazing oil had reached a temperature of 3000deg. A full test was being made preparatory to begin- ning glass manufacture on Monday. The furnaces were at their hottest, and the vats were filled with liquid glass when the centre of the roof collap&ed, and the sides covered with iron sheet- ing sagged, forming a chute into which the majority of the crowd were instantaneously precipitated. it was at tnis moment that the police arrived. The struggling mass of human beings fell with the wreckage of the roof upon the furnaces, and a scene of indescribable horror ensued. A number of men and boys were burned to death in the vats and furnaces, while others were killed bv the fall. J Many were terribly burned, but escaped death. The weight of the falling victims was so great that .the impact snapped a heavy stringer over the retorts, and bent strong iron supports, thus cracking open one corner of a furnace Through the opening the burning 011 used for fuel spurted in a destroying flame over the unfortunates heaped around. Those at the bottom of the pile met a speedy death, The rescuers dared greatly, and with clothing aflame used long pokers in an effort to rescue the victime who were baking at the edge of the furnace. A furnace tender, with the aid of a poker such as is used in testing the temperature of molten glass, pulled eight men from the top of -a retort heated to 500deg. The shrieking of the sufferers was appalling, and several ol the rescuers were overcome by the cries of the dying and the odour of burning flesh. More than 100 men and boys fell through the roof, a distance of 45ft., and of these 15 were killed and' 82 injured. Many of the men caught broken beams, and held for a time, but had to drop at last. A late report says that several of the injured will die.

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