New York City, NY Madison Square Garden Collapse, Apr 1880
MISS ANNIE SCOVILLE, was badly injured by a falling beam. She was much better, however, yesterday, and no fears were entertained that she would not recover.
A. SILDEMANN, one of the musicians, was slightly bruised.
MISS JOSEPHINE STREETER, was severely bruised. It is not known as yet whether her injuries are dangerous.
W. J. SWAN, one of the managers of the fair, was slightly bruised by the falling plaster.
HENRY WALTER WEIS, a lawyer, received a number of severe cuts on the head, the small bone of his left leg was broken, his right leg was much bruised.
The cause of the accident was supposed to be the pressure of the floor of the dancing hall and art gallery upon the wall which supported it. Both these rooms were filled with people at an early hour. Suddenly it was noticed that the floor of the art gallery was cracking, and Albert McKay, manager of the fair, was summoned to the place. He mounted the stairs leading to the art gallery and noticed that the room was filled with ladies and gentlemen. Dective Tilly, who had been employed to watch the valuable pictures in the room, informed him that the walls were carcking in some places, and that there was danger of the floor giving way. McKay sent a man to turn off the gas in that part of the building, and alled out to persons near him to leave the gallery as quick as possible. His manner of speaking caused most of the persons in the room to step out on a broad landing, which overlooks the main part of the garden. The dancing hall on the same floor was still full of people and before they could be warned of the approaching danger a succession of loud reports were heard and the front wall suddenly fell out into the street. A large part of the roof which had been supported by the wall, immediately fell in upon the heads of the frightened dancers, burying them out of sight.
Screams and groans were heard on every side, and a panic followed. A moment after the accident the floor of the dancing room settled, and there was a general stambede out upon the landing and down the staircase to the main part of the garden. Those who were out of danger when the roof fell rushed forward to the front of the building and seriously impeded those who were trying to escape outside the building.
Daily Globe St. Paul Minnesota 1880-04-22