Monday, August 18, 2008

Fire Panic in a Factory.

New York, 1895

The men and girls at work in Kleinert's rubber factory at College Point were startled just before noon Thursday by cries of fire. Smoke came in clouds from the second story and soon filled the whole building.

The fire escapes of the factory were crowded with women scrambling to escape. Lillie Wurtz fell to the ground and broke her arm. Another young woman jumped from a second-story window to the scaffolding, twenty-five feet below, but escaped injury. Half a dozen girls were slightly bruised.

Pustler Charged With Libel.

Professor Paul Kyle, director of the military academy for boys at Flushing, has brought an action for libel against Paul Pustler, who until a few days ago was employed as music teacher in that institution. In his complaint Mr. Kyle alleges that Pustler has been circulating a report that the institute was infested with diphtheria and that Mr. Kyle treated his pupils in an inhuman manner.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 21, 1895, p. 1.

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