Leadership

THE WOBURN AUDITORIUM FIRE

Issue 13 and Volume 39.

THE WOBURN AUDITORIUM FIRE Special correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. It has been already told in these columns how an almost certain loss of life was avoided and panic staved off at Woburn, Mass , by the ready wit and presence of mind of some young men, who were participating in a vaudeville performance in the Auditorium of that city on the evening of March 17. Thomas II. Hardy and his companions were doing a turn, when the former saw llames through the bolt holes in the stage floor, lie at once struck up a rollicking song,and, with his companions, held the stage and kept the attention of the audience distracted from the blaze till the asbestos curtain was lowered, which Hardy and the stage director, standing immediately behind the footlights, caused the orchestra to play the “Wearing of the Green” and by tactful means got the 1,500 people…

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