DEATH LIST IS 141; ONLY 86 IDENTIFIED
But Several More of the Injured in the Hospital are Expected to Succumb.
22 BEYOND RECOGNITION
Thirteen of the Dead Were Men -- All the Rest Women -- the Coroner's Summary.
The New York Times, March 27, 1911
When all the bodies of the victims of Saturday's fire had been counted, recounted, and checked by officials of the Coroner's office Coroner Holtzhauser made official announcement last night that the total number of the dead was 141.
Of this number 133 were found at the scene of the fire, either out on the sidewalk or huddled on the ninth floor of the factory building. Three died of their injuries in Bellevue Hospital, there in St. Vincent's Hospital, and two in New York Hospital. The total number identified at midnight was seventy-eight at the Morgue; eight dead in hospitals.
The unidentified still number 33. Of these 28 are women and 5 men. The other bodies are hopelessly charred and probably never will be identified. The total number of women who lost their lives in the fire, according to the Coroner's figures, is 128; the number of men is 13.
Here are the official lists of the identified dead and the missing:
ADLER, LIZZIE, 24, of 324 East Sixth Street.
ALTMAN, ANNIE, 16, of 33 Pike Street.
ASTROWSKY, BECKY, 20, of 108 Delancey Street.
BENENTI, VINCENZA, 22, of 17 Marlon Street.
BERNSTEIN, JACOB, 28, of 224 East Thirteenth Street.
BERNSTEIN, MORRIS, 19, of 309 East Fifth Street.
BIERMAN, GUSSIE, 22, of 8 Rivington Street.
BINEVITZ, ABRAHAM, 20, of 474 Powell Street, Brooklyn.
BRUNETTE, LAURA, 17, of 160 Columbia Street, Brooklyn.
CARUTTO, FRANCES, 17, of 81 Degraw Street, Brooklyn.
CARLISL, JOSEPHINA, 31, of 502 East Twelfth Street.
CARUSO, ALBINA, 20, of 21 New Bowery.
CIRRITO, ROSIE, 18, of 135 Cherry Street.
COHEN, ANNA, 25, of 104 Melrose, Street, Brooklyn.
COLLETTI, ANNIE, 30, of 410 East Thirteenth Street.
DOWNIC, KALMAN, 24, of 214 Monroe Street.
FEIBISH, REBECCA, 17, of 10 Attorney Street; jumped from window and died in New York Hospital.
FRANK, TINA, 17, of 342 East Eleventh Street.
GIEB, BERTHA, 25, of 101A Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn.
GITTLIN, CELINA, 17, of 342 East Eleventh Street.
GOLDSTEIN, LENA, 22, of 161 Second Street.
GOLDSTEIN, ESTHER, 20, of 143 Madison Street.
GREENBERG, DINAH, 18, of 273 Watkins Street, Brooklyn.
GRASSO, ROSIE, 16, 172 Thompson Street.
GROSSMAN, RACHEL, 17, of 87 East Seventh Street.
HAROWITZ, PAULINE, 19, of 58 St. Mark's Place.
HOLLANDER, FANNIE, 18, of 257 East Third Street.
JAKOFSKY, IDA, 19, of 294 Monroe Street.
KAPPELMAN, BECKIE, 16, of 191 Madison Street.
KEPPLE, TESSIE, 18, of 326 East Eighth Street.
KESSLER, BECKY, 19, of 276 Madison Street.
KONOWITZ, IDA, died in St. Vincent's Hospital.
KUHLER, BERTHA, 20, of 99 East Fourth Street.
KUPERSMITH, TILLIE, 16, of 750 Second Street.
KURITZ, BENJAMIN, 19, of 406 East Tenth Street.
L'ABBATE, ANNIE, 16, of 509 East Thirteenth Street.
LANSNER, FANNIE, 21, of 78 Forsyth Street.
LEHRER, MAX, 22, of 143 Essex Street.
LEHRER, SAM, 19, of 143 Essex Street.
LERMACK, ROSIE, 19, of 177 East 100th Street.
LEVINE, PAULINE, 19, of 380 South Fourth Street, Brooklyn.
MAIALE, BETTINA, 18, of 135 Sullivan Street.
MALTESE, ROSARI, 14, of 35 Second Avenue.
MALTESE, LUCIA, 20, of 35 Second Avenue.
MANARA, Mrs. MARIA, 27, of 227 East Twenty-eighth Street.
MANKOFSKY, ROSE, 22, of 412 East Seventy-fourth Street; died in Bellevue Hospital of multiple injuries.
MARCIANO, Mrs. MECHI, 25, of 272 Bleecker Street.
NERBERER, BECKY, 19, of 19 Clinton Street; fractured thigh and burned body.
NICHOLAS, ANNIE, 18, of 126 East 110th Street; died at New York Hospital.
NICOLOSEI, MICHAELINA, 21, of 440 East Thirteenth Street.
NAUSBAUM, SADIE, 18, of 641 East Sixth Street.
NOVOBRITSKY, ANNIE, 20, of 143 Madison Street.
OBERSTEIN, JULIA, 19, of 53 Avenue A.
ORINGER, ROSE; died in St. Vincent's Hospital.
OZZO, CARRIE, 22, of 1,990 Second Avenue; died in Bellevue Hospital of multiple injuries.
PACK, ANNIE, 18, of 747 East Fifth Street.
PASQULIECO, ANTONETTA, 16, of 509 East Thirteenth Street.
POLINY, JENNIE, 20, of 152 East Third Street.
PRATO, MILLIE, 21, of 93 Macdougal Street.
REIVERS, BECKY, 19, of 215 Madison Street.
ROSENBERG, JENNIE, 21, of 242 Broome Street.
ROTHER, THEODORE, 22, of 1,991 Washington Avenue, the Bronx.
SARACINO, TESSIE, 20, of 116 East 119th Street.
SARACINO, SARAFINA, 25, of 118 East 119th Street.
SCHIFFMAN, GUSSIE, 18, of 535 East Fifty-ninth Street.
SCHMIDT, Mrs. THERESA, 32, of 141 First Avenue.
SCHNEIDER, Mrs. ETHEL, of 95 Monroe Street.
SCHOCHEP, VIOLET, 21, of 740 East Fifth Street.
SELZER, JACOB, 33, of 510 East 130th Street.
SEMMILIO, Mrs. ANNIE, 30, of 471 Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn.
SHAPIRO, ROSIE, 17, of 149 Henry Street.
SKLAVER, BEREL, 25 of 169 Monroe Street.
SORKIN, ROSIE, 18, of 382 Georgia Avenue, East New York.
STEIN, JENNIE, 18, of 120 East Third Street.
TABICK, SAMUEL, 18, of 513 East 148th Street.
TERRANOVA, CLOTIDLE, 22, of 104 President Street, Brooklyn.
TORTORELLA, ISABELLA, 17, of 116 Thompson Street.
ULLO, MARY, 26, of 437 East Twelfth Street.
UTAL, MEYER, 23, of 163 Chrystie Street.
VIVIANIA, BESSIE, 15, of 352 East Fifty-fourth Street.
VOVOBRITSKY, ANNIE, 20, of 148 Madison Street.
WEINDUFF, BERTHA, died in St. Vincent's Hospital.
WEINER, ROSE, 23, of 119 East Eighth Street.
WEINTRAUB, SALLY, 17, of 187 Ludlow Street.
WILSON, JOSEPH, 21, of 528 Green Street, Philadelphia.
WISNER, TESSIE, 27, of 129 Second Avenue.
WISOTSKY, SONIA, 17, of 303 East Eighth Street.
BELOTTA, VICENZA, 25, of 625 Washington Street.
BUEALLO, JANE, 23, of 49 Stanton Street.
BUSCHEN, JOSIE, of 52 East Twelfth Street.
CIRITO, ROSE, 20, of 135 Cherry Street.
COOPER, SARAH, of 1,530 Webster Avenue.
CORTESI, JOSEPHINE, of 502 East Twelfth Street.
FORRESTE, MAY, 23, of 37 East Twelfth Street.
KLEIN, JACOB, 23, of 120 Stanton Street.
LORETTO, Mrs. MARY, 25, of 116 Thompson Street.
PINELLO, FRANCESCA, of 186 Chrystie Street.
PREVEDENZI, BOGULA, 27, of 49 Stanton Street.
STAI, ANNA, 25, of 734 East Ninth Street.
STIGLITZ, JENNIE, of 231 East Thirteenth Street, was reported missing by Max Schulman of 44 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, at Police Headquarters.
WELFOWITZ, DORA, of 114 Division Street, is missing. She wore a signet ring, with her initials, "D.W.," and plain gold earrings.
WISE, ALICE, 18, of 433 West Forty-fifth Street.
FIVE DYING IN HOSPITALS
Seven Others Who Are Less Badly Injured Being Cared For.
At the hospitals to which the victims of the Triangle waist fire were taken, it was stated last night that at least five more will probably die. The total number of survivors at the hospitals last night was twelve.
Three women who are in St. Vincent's Hospital are believed to be hopelessly injured. They are Sarah Kupla, 18, of 1,503 Webster Avenue, Bronx; Esther Harris, 21, of 131 Chester Street, Brooklyn, whose back is broken, and Annie Miller, 17, of 154 Attorney Street, who has a fractured leg and internal injuries. Five others at this hospital are expected to recover.
In the New York Hospital are Freda Valakowsky, 20 years old, of 639 East Twelfth Street, with a fractured leg and internal injuries, and Mrs. Daisy Fitze, of 11 Charlton Street, who has a compound fracture of the pelvic bone. Neither of these is likely to recover.
To these hospitals, as well as to Bellevue, where there were two survivors last night, crowds of relatives and friends of the injured and others who had been searching for hours without success for some one known to be in the building when the fire occurred and not accounted for, steadily streamed yesterday. If the physicians decided that the injured were strong enough to be seen the rules of the institutions were suspended for these visitors. Most of those in the hospitals received their injuries by jumping from the windows.
Freda Valakowsky graphically described to the attendants at the hospital her struggle to escape from the building. She remembered being pushed toward the window ledge by the frenzied girls and finally jumped from the window sill. The story told by Mrs. Fitze varied little.
One of the most pathetic scenes was the identification by her brother Louis of the body of Becky Nerberer of 19 Clinton street, at the New York hospital. Nerberer had inquired at the hospital Saturday night about his sister's condition and was told that she had a chance to live.
He returned at 3 o'clock yesterday morning and found her dead. He was so crazed with grief that attendants had to hold him. He said that his parents were expected to arrive in this country from Russia within a few weeks, and that passage money had been sent to them from his savings.
The List of Injured at the Hospitals
FITZE, Mrs. DAISY, 24, 11 Charlton Street; fracture of pelvic bones; New York Hospital.
GROSSMAN, PAULINE, 19, operator, 98 East Seventh Street; internal injuries; Bellevue Hospital.
HARRIS, ESTHER, 21, operator, 131 Chester, Brooklyn; internal injuries; St. Vincent's Hospital.
HIMMELSTEIN, DORA, 20, clerk, 230 Madison Street; shock; St. Vincent's Hospital.
KUPLA, SARAH, 18, operator, 1,503 Webster Avenue, the Bronx; back broken; St. Vincent's Hospital.
LEVINE, SAMUEL, 29, operator, 1,382 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn; contusions of left leg, burns on hands; New York Hospital.
MILLER, ANNIE, 17, operator, 154 Attorney Street, fractured right leg, internal injuries; St. Vincent's Hospital.
ROSEN, ANNA, 90 East Broadway, hysteria; Bellevue Hospital.
RUBINO, KATE, 17, operator, 263 Madison Street, shock; St. Vincent's Hospital.
RUPLINA, GUSSIE, 20, operator, 161 Madison Street, burns of body, contusions; St. Vincent's Hospital.
VALAKOWSKY, FREDA, 20, operator, 639 East Twelfth Street, fractured right leg and femur, and burns of face; New York Hospital.
ZALLUP, NATHAN, 21, mechanic, 836 East Fifth Street, shock; St. Vincent's Hospital.
RESCUES BY LAW STUDENTS
Prof. Sommer Tells of the Heroic Work They Did at the Fire.
Refusing to admit that he had played the role of a hero at the fire disaster of Saturday, as was reported in the press, Prof. Frank H. Sommer of the New York University Law School, which adjoins the ill-fated loft building, said yesterday at his home, 156 Heller Parkway, Newark, that the lion's share of credit belonged to the students of his class.
"All I can say is that I have been through it," Prof. Sommer continued. "It is too horrible to recount. Even if I should try, words would fail me."
At the time the fire started, Prof. Sommer was delivering a lecture to his class. When he saw the seriousness of the situation, he directed them in the work of rescuing fifty girls from the burning structure. He said that the Law School Building caught fire, but its occupants were in no danger except that to which they exposed themselves to save those begging to be taken from the building that was fast becoming a roaring furnace.
"After such an experience the mind is dazed," continued Prof. Sommer. "The recollection of it comes back in flashes and piecemeal. I remember it was about 5 o'clock. I was lecturing to a class of about fifty boys. All was quiet and serene, when suddenly we heard the toot of whistles and the sound of gongs and fire engines. I threw open the door of the lecture room, and then the door of the Law School Faculty room, which opens on an areaway separating our building from the burning one.
"Some of the boys followed me, and we saw the ten-story building across the areaway was on fire. The open space between us and that building was filled with smoke. There were ear-piercing shrieks, and girls appeared at the windows of the lofts in which was the waist factory.
"We hurried to the roof of our building, where two ladders had been left by painters, and the boys used these in the work of rescue. They worked like beavers, apparently never giving a thought to the possibility that their own building might catch fire from the flames that were leaping out into the open space.
"How it was done I don't know, but in surprisingly short time about fifty girls were brought across the ladders to safety. The boys paid no attention to the thick smoke and risked life and limb to steady the terror-stricken girls on the ladders. Some of the rescued were pitiable sights. In some cases it was necessary to beat out the flames that had caught their clothing, and many of them had blackened faces and singed hair and eyebrows.
"But our heroes were not ready to desert even after they had all of the girls in places of safety. They manned the standpipe and hose in our building and did efficient work, and other ran out to get the firemen to come in and save our property. As it was, the flames swept across the areaway, cracked the plate glass in our windows, and set fire to several of the rooms. Many books, papers, and documents were lugged out of the building by the volunteer workers."
SAVED HER FRIEND'S LIFE.
Survivor Tells of a Heroic Deed in the Mad Rush to Escape.
Annie Sprinsock of 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, East New York, told yesterday at her home a thrilling story of her escape. She was employed on the eighth floor, and as soon as the alarm was given ran to the dressing-room and snatched up her street clothes. When she got to the elevator shaft she remembered that she had left on the table of the dressing room her bag containing her week's wages, $8. She ran for it but could not find it.
As she reached the elevator shaft again the car was about to make its last trip. She just managed to squeeze aboard, the last of those that could find room. As the door was being jammed-to a friend called wildly to her not to desert her. She took the girl in her arms and by main force raised her above the heads of the others in the car. There she help her till the car reached the ground floor in safety.
Esther Harris of 131 Hester Street, East New York, was less fortunate, but managed to make her escape. As she reached the elevator the last trip of the car was over. In her despair she caught hold of the elevator cables and slid down those to safety. She was injured in the descent and is now in a hospital.
Abraham Robinowitz was one of those who jumped from the eighth floor only to be crushed to pieces in the street. He was to have been married next week to Miss Minnie Greenberg of 369 Watkins Street, and it was she who identified his body. Mary Leventhal was a bookkeeper in the factory, and nothing has been seen of her since the fire. Her father and mother and two little sisters, who live at 604 Sutter Avenue, East New York, are nearly beside themselves with grief.
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