THE EVER-HANDY FIREMEN AGAIN.
A Cleveland, Ohio, dispatch states that Arthur O’Donnell, of New Rochelle, N. Y., a “steeplejack,” while facing death by freezing, for three hours, while in his rocking rope-seat 191 ft. in the air, directed the men who were trying to save him. It was firemen who at last succeeded in releasing the rope, which had caught on a cornice of the church of Our Lady of Lourdes, at Hamm avenue and East Forty-fourth street, and had left him suspended. O’Donnell collapsed from exposure to the biting cold. His hands and face were frozen, and he was all but overcome. He had been gilding the spire of the church, and when he started to descend, the rope became entangled in the grille work about a cornice. He called for help. A policeman routed out firemen. The firemen chopped a hole in the steeple’s side, loosened the rope, and lowered O’Donnell to the earth.
The Clifton street firehouse at Springfield, Ohio, has received its new truck from the Seagrave company, of Columbus.