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Subject: [Bklyn] Brooklyn Standard Union - May 1, 1910
Date: Sat, 20 Apr 2002 17:57:47 EDT


Elsie D'ESPERRE, nine years old, of 225 McDonough Street, was run down
by an automobile in front of her home last night and so seriously injured
that she died a few minutes after her mangled form had been carried into the
With a number of playmates the girl was skipping a rope on the
sidewalk. She held one end of the rope and stood near the gutter. For some
reason she stepped off the curb just as the automobile, driven by John H.
ERNST, of 318 Park Place, approached.
Just how the accident happened no one seems to know. The girl
apparently backed against the running board of the car, tried to jump away,
slipped and fell.
The rear wheel rolled over her body. When the car was stopped the
little one was unconscious. She was picked up and carried into her home and
laid on the dining room table. The sight of her injured daughter so unnerved
the mother she became hysterical.
A call was sent to St. John's Hospital. Dr. GRIFFIN responded. The
girl was breathing faintly, and about a minute after the doctor arrived the
The doctor's examination showed that two ribs and her spine had been
fractured and that the broken ribs probably penetrated the lungs.
ERNST was arrested and taken to the Gates Avenue police station, where
he was later admitted to bail in $10,000 by Magistrate HYLAN.

Ward MULLER, 16 years old, of 64 Pennsylvania avenue, while driving an
automobile owned my Municipal Court Judge RICHARD's through Monroe Street
last night ran over nine-year-old Benjamin SEKLIR, of 102 Patchen Avenue, who
was playing at Monroe Street and Patchen Avenue. The injured boy was taken
to the office of Dr. PULMAN, at Reid Avenue and Monroe Street, where it was
found his nose was broken and his thigh injured. MULLER was arrested.
Frank MARTIN, 62 years old, of 7709 Fourth Avenue, was run down in
front of his home last night by an auto driven by Dr. Max WACKMAN, of 429
Forty-third Street. The only injuries the man received were lacerations of
the face and bruises of the body. He was attended by Dr. HUNTER of Norwegian
Hospital and went home. The doctor was arrested.


Barren Island, the place of smells, which takes the city's refuse into
the maw of its disposal plant and transforms it into fertilizer, was
yesterday afternoon the scene of another disaster that resulted in loss of
life and wholesale injury. An explosion of steam pipes in the plant of the
New York Sanitary Utilization Company scattered boiling oil, refuse and heavy
pieces of iron and steel in all directions.
Anthony CARDITZ, 21 years old, was so badly injured he died an hour
after being removed to St. Mary's Hospital, Kitrian LEXCOSAT, 19 years old,
is in St. Mary's hovering between life and death, and John SORVONA, 27 years
old, is in Kings County Hospital, his condition equally as serious.
In addition to the men most serously injured fully a score suffered
more or less from the accident. John WATERS, 32 years old, was badly scalded
about the body; Carl HOGG, 44 years old, was burned about the head and body;
Matthew HUBBARD, 40 years old, a negro, was burned about the head and
Patrolman Isaac VANHUTON, of the Carnarsie police station, was cut on the leg
while trying to pull a heavy piece of machinery off CARDITZ. The "cop"
risked his life to help the wounded man, as CARDITZ was held under a heap of
wreckage. In trying to remove him VAN HUTON dislodged some of the debris and
it came tumbling down on him.
The severity of the explosion can be judged by the fact that two large
portions of the roof of the building in which the trouble occurred were blown
hundreds of feet away into Jamaica Bay. Hugh pieces of metal that had formed
a part of condensers or of the plant's digestors were blown equally as far.
The explosion was heard for miles around and at the time a boat from the
harbor patrol was near the island. Acting Captain MCKEOWN was in command and
immediately made a landing. Together with the members of his crew he
assisted many men out of the wrecked building. He also telephoned to
Brooklyn for assistance, and soon ambulances from Bradford Street, St. Mary's
and the Kings County Hospitals came clanging up to Carnarsie Landing.
CARDITZ and the other badly injured men were conveyed across the bay in the
patrol boat and hurried to the hospitals. Surgeon O'KEEFE burried away with
CARDITZ and LEXCOSAT to St. Mary's Hospital; Surgeon ELLSBACH took SORVONA to
Kings County Hospital, and Surgeon BEST, of Bradford Street dressed the
injuries of the men who did not need to be removed.
What caused the explosion is not known. It is thought, however, some
of the steam pipes entering a condenser were weakened through constant usage
and unable to stand the heavy strain to which they are subjected. An effort
was made to get a statement from the officials of the utilization company
following the explosion, but they refused to talk.
Great excitement prevailed on the island following the explosion. The
members of the families of the men who worked in the plant hurried to the
scene from all directions and it was with difficulty that many of the
excitable Polish women could be restrained from entering the place when they
could not find those they sought.
Capt. DULFER, of the Canarsie station, with a squad of his men,
reached the scene as soon as he could cross the water. They quieted the
panic-stricken men and women and helped care for the injured. Patrolman
VANHUTON was with this squad and proved to be the hero. When his leg was
injured he bound knotted handkerchiefs around the limb so as to stop the flow
of blood from the lacerations, and then continued his efforts to get CARDITZ
from beneath the machinery that was crushing out his life. Patrolman William
MATTHEWS also performed good work and rescued several men.

There are at present sixteen aged persons residing in Mattituck, who
recall seeing Haley's comet when it appeared seventy-five years ago. They
are Silas M. HALLOCK, 91 years old; J. Frank REEVE, 88; Mrs. John WORTH, 88;
Mrs. Joseph WELLS, 91; Rev. R. Howard WALLACE, 82; Capt. Elsworth TITHILL,
85; Mrs. John MATTON, 83; Mrs. Joshua TERRY, 81; Mrs. Chauncery TUTHILL,
80; Andrew HORTON, 85; William H. TUTHILL, 82; Charles Wesley RULAND, 90;
Mrs. Amanda HALLOCK, 92; B.G. TUTHILL, 89, and Mrs. Mary GRAY, 86.

Mrs. Mary GRIPPA, 48 years old, of 42 Union Street, was carried
unconscious from her burning apartments last night by Battalion Chief James
REILLY. She was revived on the street and taken to the home of friends, at
12 Third Place.
The fire occurred shortly after 7 o'clock, and was caused by the
explosion of an overturned kerosene lamp in the kitchen of the Grippa
apartments. The burning oil spread rapidly over the floors. The occupants
of the house, rushed pell mell to the street, and in an instant the building,
a four-story brick structure, was deserted.
In the excitement, Mrs. GRIPPA, who was in her bed, was forgotten.
Once in the street, though, the panic-stricken Italians remembered the
woman and a great cry was set up. REILLY responded and rushed into the
building. He fought his way to the top floor, and after searching all the
rooms, found the woman unconscious in her bed. He picked her up, and
carrying her to the stairs, began the descent.
The smoke was so dense he had to five up his effort to carry the
woman. He laid her on the stairs and creeping backward himself dragged her
after him. In this way he managed to get the benefit of what little air
there was close to the floors during the drip down the three flights of
When the street was reached Dr. KNOLLER of the Long Island College
Hospital attended the woman, and after considerable work revived her
sufficiently to be taken to a friend's home. The GRIPPA apartments were
badly burned, damage of more than $500 being done by the fire.

Five examining inspectors at $1,500 a year were appointed by
Controller PRENDERGAST last yesterday. The plums dropped in the laps of
Brooklynites, four Republicans and a Hearsh man. They will fill the places
of organization Democrats to whom a chance was afforded by the Controller to
resign on Friday.
The names and addresses of the five follow: Sidney J. MANN, 75 Henry
Street; Henry HAMM, 617 Park Avenue; Hugh D. NEWMAN, 604 Grand Street;
George A. OWENS, Jr., 117 South First street, and EdwardB. VALENTINE, 634
Fifty second Street.
The first man on the list is a Dadyite and an active worker in the
More-To-Tomorrow Club. Henry HAMM comes from the Sixth Assembly District and
is an Independence Leaguer, George OWENS is the son of ex-Senator OWENS.

Fred BETTINGER, 47 years old, a painter, committed suicide shortly
after noon yesterday by inhaling gas. Dr. LEWIS of the Bushwick Hospital was
called, but said it was a case for the coroner.

With his right side terribly crushed and a possible fracture of the
skull, William WAGNER, 27 years old, driver of a brewery truck, living at 296
Grove Street, is in St. Catharine's Hospital in a critical condition with
little hope held out for his recovery. WAGNER received his injuries at
Bushwick Avenue and Jefferson Street, yesterday afternoon, when he was thrown
from his seat after his team of horses ran away.
Before the accident, WAGNER had loaded his truck with boxes of empty
beer bottles which he had taken from a saloon in Jefferson Street, near
Central Avenue. Thr truck became over-loaded and WAGNER was forced to place
several of the boxes on the foot rest below the seat. When he started off,
one of the boxes fell on the horses. They became frightened and started off
at full speed. As the animals reached Bushwick Avenue, they turned sharply,
overturning the truck and throwing WAGNER under it.
WAGNER was unconscious when dragged out. Dr. CONNOLLY took him to St.
Catharine's Hospital. The horses were badly cut and bruised.

Transcribed by M. E. Fitzpatrick

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