London, ON City Hall Floor Collapses, Jan 1898
30 PERSONS KILLED.
FLOOR IN CITY HALL AT LONDON, ONT., COLLAPSES.
GREAT MEETING IN PROGRESS.
WILD RUSH FOR THE DOORS FOLLOWED THE DISASTER.
MANY PEOPLE WERE INJURED, THE MAYOR ELECT AMONG THE NUMBER -- PANIC IN AN ADJOINING THEATER NARROWLY AVERTED.
London, Ont., Jan. 3. -- Thirty persons are known to have been killed and many were injured by the collapse of a floor in the city hall tonight. Tonight closed the municipal campaign, and the hall was crowded to hear the addresses of the successful candidates. At 2 o'clock the bodies of the following had been taken from the wrecked building and identified:
L. W. BURKE.
W. H. DELL.
J. W. BORLAND.
How many were injured will never be known, as those who suffered but slightly at once made for their homes or were cared for by friends.
Both of the city hospitals are full, and many of the injured are at their own homes. Further search in the building has been abandoned for the night.
The injured, so far as can be learned, include the following:
DR. WILSON, the mayor-elect, leg broken.
Alderman CARROTHERS, slightly injured.
WILLIAM GRAY, leg broken.
_____ FLEMING, both arms broken.
WILLIAM JONES, water commissioner-elect, badly bruised.
Alderman NEIL COOPER.
_____ VAN WYCK.
GEORGE W. YATES, city editor of the News.
HARRY PASSMORE, reporter on the Advertiser staff.
Those who were more seriously injured were carried to neighboring drug stores, whence they were taken to the hospital or to their homes, after their injuries had been attended to.
The dead were taken to the committee rooms of Alderman Parnell, the defeated candidate for mayor, directly across the street.
At the close of the polls, a crowd had gathered in the city, where it had been the custom in years past for the successful candidates to address the electors.
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