Leadership

Christmas Tree Candle Causes Death of 37, Mostly Children, in School Fire

Issue 27 and Volume 76.

Christmas Tree Candle Causes Death of 37, Mostly Children, in School Fire A small school room crowded with about 200 persons, mostly children, attending a Christmas Eve celebration; a lighted candle igniting cotton on the Christmas tree around which the children were gathered receiving gifts from Santa Claus; the instantaneous burning of the tree and surrounding decorations; windows covered on the outside by heavy wire netting and an only door which opened inwardly—this is the situation that resulted in the death of thirty-two children and their school teacher on Christmas Eve in a schoolhouse at Babb’s Switch, about seven miles front Hobart, Okla. Death entered the Christmas celebration suddenly, cutting off at its height the program rendered by the children of the neighborhood. The last little girl had spoken her ce. and a jolly Santa Claus distributed candy from the t tstmas tree to eager hands. While reaching tor the…

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