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Triangle Shirtwaist Toll Of 145 Is Still Largest For U.S. Industrial Fires

Issue 8 and Volume 130.

Triangle Shirtwaist Toll Of 145 Is Still Largest For U.S. Industrial Fires features Pages from the Past — Culver Pictures. “A young man helped a girl to the windowsill on the ninth floor. Then he held her out deliberately, away from the building, and let her drop,” ran the story that William Gunn Shepherd, a reporter, dictated to the United Press office in New York from a phone near the scene of what has become known as the Triangle Shirtwaist fire. “He held out a second girl the same way and let her drop,” Shepherd continued. “He held out a third girl who did not resist. I noticed that. They were all as unresisting as if he were helping them into a street car instead of into eternity. He saw that a terrible death awaited them in the flames and his was only a terrible chivalry. “He brought another girl…

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