Salt Lake Tribune, July 5, 1949

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Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah RADIO NEWS 0 pjfc latermoimUlo Network Station EALL Monday Throvcb WEATHER Considerable cloudlMM Mi afteraow Little temperature M Page SS 82 SALT LAKE TUESDAY JULY 1949 PRICE FIVE CENTS Theater Fire Kills Perils 600 Second General Alarm in Week Summons Full Fighting Force Framed by giant practically all of Salt Lake I South between Main and West Temple Monday as Citys firefighting apparatus was jammed into 2nd firemen fought the citys second general alarm confla gration in less than a Tlie fire in basement of Capitol theater 46 2nd took one HIGHEST EVER RECORDED July 4th Holiday Toll Hits 639 By ASSOCIATED PRESS The nations toll of accidental deaths over the threeday Fourth of July holiday soared to 639 the highest number ever recorded for the extended Independnce day The record number of violent deaths from 6 Friday to midnight Monday included 279 killed in traffic just short of the 290 toll estimated by the National Safety The sweltering weather over most of the nation lured millions to vacation lands and the number of drownings was There were 131 persons killed in other accidents of violent The previous record of accidental deaths over the threeday Fourth of July period was in 1941 when 62R persons lost their Last years toll was There appeared to be one bright spot in this picture of national tragedy No reports of deaths from fireworks accidents appeared it the The statebystate tabulation Alabama 3 Arizona 0 Ar kansas 0 California 35 Colorado 3 Connecticut 1 Delaware 0 Florida Georgia 1 Idaho 3 Illinois 6 Indiana 3 Iowa 0 Kansas 0 Kentucky 3 Louisiana 1 Maine 3 Maryland 4 Massachusetts 3 Michigan 11 Minnesota 2 Mississippi 0 Missouri 0 Montana 0 Nebraska 2 Nevada 0 New Hampshire 1 New Jersey 4 New Mexico 0 New York 10 North Carolina 5 North Dakota 1 Ohio 2 Okla homa 0 Oregon 0 Pennsylvania 11 Rhode Island 3 South Caro lina 3 South Dakota 0 Tennessee 3 Texas 6 Utah 2 Ver mont 2 Virginia 3 Washington 9 West Virginia 2 Wisconsin i Wyoming DeviPs Den But Its 95 In Frost Bridge SATANS July 4 UP The mercury rose to 96 degrees here but folks in this Connecticut village had one was hotter in other hot spots of the It was 98 degrees in Devils Devils Den and Dev ils Whats the thermometer reached 99 degrees at Furnace Purgatory registered an even The folks in the village of Roast Meat Hill said it was so hot that they could probably fry hamburgers on their cement And the weatherman had no pity on Lords Corner and Frost Bridge where the temperatures were above 95 Even the folks on Contentment Island complained about the heat Miners Start Short Week July 4 nations soft coal industry starts something new three day work week imposed by a Shrill blasts from mine whis tles will call the hard and soft coal miners back to work at the end of the paid 10day John Lewis of the United Mine Workers has the industry his men east of the Mis sissippi will work only Wednesday and Thursday this On each following week during present contract negotia tions they will work only Tuesday and Throughout the soft coal operators are expected to post work notices for each day that they feel coal demand warrants The diggers are ex pected to ignore the calltowork once they have three days Violent Storm Buffets Killing Seven 58 mph Winds Lash Tip Boats Score Still Missing NEW July 4 sudden and violent storm lashed the New York area briefly with gale winds up to 58 miles per hour killing at least seven per capsizing hundreds of small boats and causing considerable property At a late hour Monday night almost a score of persons still were reported missing from sailboat out ings on Long Island sound and oth er waters that were whipped into turbulent seaa by the swirling 300 SOS Calls The coast guard received som 300 distress calls from upturnec sinking or otherwise disabled sma most of them I dispatched every vessel and plan in this area at its command to ai in rescue Thestorm hit this drought stricken area without warning a EDT while some 000 New Yorkers lolled on the beaches and hundreds ot sailed the surrounding waters in an effort to escape the record degree In winds in gusts u to 58 miles per hour sucked uj fliist from the parched city and whirled it into the Skyscra pers were blotted from sight as 1 by a dense In less than an the temperature dropped 15 degreestoacomfortable Blown In Throughout the signs wer blown shrubbery uproote and power lines Several store fronts were reported blown In a freak accident in Centra a boy was blown from a rock on a lakes edge into the wate and But the shortlived squall took its greatest toll among pleasure boaters seeking relie from the The known dead in the storm were Morris New York drowned when a 22foot sloop cap sizned off Kings Miss Elizabeth Oma drowned when her nephews 19foot sailboat capsized William New drowned in the Central park Thomas Port Wash See Page Column 2 Basement Blast O Hits Building In Central By CLARK LOBB Salt Lake Citys second general alarm fire in less than punctuated by a series of rumbling resulted in death of an usher and caused extensive damage Monday aft ernoon to the basement of the Capitol theater 4452 2nd Some 600 holiday patrons filed from the burning structure without mishap shortly before explosions rocked burst a main water line arid severed a threeinch natural gas Wall Collapse Kills Injures Eight July 4 The false brick front of a half centuryold store building on Pitts burghs teeming north side col lapsed Monday killing four and injuring eight passersby as it crashed to the crowded The 10foot frontatop the single story structure gave way without warning and the explosionlike roar of the collapse caused a near panic in the busy shopping Hundreds Flee Scene Hundreds of many of them waiting to transfer street cars at a nearby junction after picnicking at city ran wildly from the scene in the belief that the thunder caused by the falling debris was a series of ex Every available police ambu lance and ambulances from nearby Allegheny General hospital were dispatched to the Firemen worked feverishly to remove the huge mound of brick that had pyramided in front of the 50year old The screams of the dying and injured halfburied in the pile of old bricks spurred the efforts of firemen as they formed a brigade to move the debris from the side walk to the Hit Utility Pole The falling wall struck a utility pole which fell to a 45degree an gle across the street Power com pany workers arrived at the scene to snip live electric transmission wires dangling from the Two cars parked at the curb were de Police said the wall apparently collapsed from the weight of two heavy neon signs advertising a restaurant and a tavern that oc cupied the A third store was occupied by a Police identified the dead as Donald Charles and Mrs Vi ola all of A fireman who made five heroic efforts to rescue the Richard Duffin was overcome as were two theater em A box alarm sounded at and at the general alarm was sending all but fire fighting apparatus the downtown Firemen had the confined to the structures under con trol by Firemen early Tuesday had ho theory as to whatstarted the They will conduct an investigation Tuesday building owners and city building Damage the theater Itself was rather only smoke and said Nevin man But estimated worth of Jewlery manu facturing equipment was reported Richard Duffin In smoke filled Trapped CALM EV CRISIS Heres Story As Related By Workers By RICHARD SQUIRES This is the story of Capitol the ater employes who took a chance to save some and They A theaterful of peo le marched to safety over a con rete floor that concealed a blaz ing They Richard a fel ow emptying a died after futilely hand extinguisher against the spreading The employes story was told y Charles assistant and Herbert chief of staff of ush who were in the L D S and Salt Lake General re recovering from Whitney was the man who irst smelled the turned n the alarm and then returned to he theater and in a voice that commanded obedience and dis jelled got more than 600 ersons to march from the Schoenhardt found the fire and notified then cturned again and again in an attempt to reach the Duffin youth n the flaming I first detected smoke while ivorking on books in the and mmediatcly told Schoenhardt to heck the exits and look for Whitney The whole west part of the ront basement was in I Columns At 5 firemen removed thei body of young D u f f i 839 North from the smokefilled it son of Vern LV North and Holmes Twenty minuteg laterat police headquarters emergency the youth was pronounced dead by city He said the victim overcome by smoke and died from inhaling carbon monoxide Police ambulance crewmen at tempted to him with a the youth appar ently died before firemen reached Two assistant managers of the operated by Intermoun tain were overcome by smoke and received emergency They are Herbert 2601 Beck and Charles 529 Kensington reported n good condition later Monday Dramatic Tries Five dramatic attempts to save made by William 1515 Redondo who has been on the force 27 He was lowered into the smoke filled basement through a sidewalk searched as long as he could for the then came out or He went in again and again until he succeeded in tying a line on the Limb found the youth slumped over a cardboard box about 10 from another venti He said Duffin ently struggled from the theater side of the basement to a spot under Physicians Supply 48 2nd in his frantic effort to get to Smelled Smoke I was sitting in the theater office when I smelled Schoenhardt I sent the ers to Duffin appar jested 2nd South and West Tern he Whitney said he immedi ately started a check for cause of he fire and went Both assistants said they hought the fire began in the west ection of the Thousands of most of in the downtown area in See Page Column 4 Spirit of 76 Undercuts Fourth Audience Hears By ASSOCIATED PRESS Americans sweltering through heir most carefree holiday of the ear were told Monday that the rinciples of independence boldly mblazoned in 1776 are triumph ng in the struggle with commu That triumph will be has of Defense Louis ohnson by a redcdication to hose There are still shackles to be roken in this world John on said in a speech at The grievances that the American colonists had are the amc kind of grievances that hu nan beings in many quarters of the globe suffer in this modern Only a spirit like that of our great Declaration of Independence can throw off chains and end these Walter Bedell former ambassador to said that Communist expansion been halted in Europe at least for the time He said that as a result of firm ance to the Soviet in Europe physical depletion and spiritual depression have given way to hope and renewed For Americans the holiday marked the windup of a threeday weekend which many of them spent swim raostlv set off Sol others just Mt by a MeMflg relief from the tradUtoinJ very ;