HOW IT WORKED.
The Chicago Tribune has this suggestive little item, anent the recent fire in Honore block: “Just as soon as the fire had burned through the ceiling (of the pleasant little carpenter shop, located 15 feet from the bottom of the elevator), it went for the shaft, filling it with flame and smoke. To enhance the progress of the fiery fiend, the elevator boy ran his apparatus up and down with great rapidity (it was a hydraulic elevator) in order to get all the people out of the building and out of danger. Three or four times he made a trip to the top floor and back, through flame and smoke, and each time he went above the fire followed close after, drawn up by the suction of the elevator. He was a plucky little cuss,’ said the guide, ‘ but he burned the building.’ ‘I’his was doubtless true, for had the elevator been kept down there would not have been such a tremendous draught of air, which carried the fire to the top of the building in no time, where it had a fine, dry mansard roof.