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A "Daily Mail" telegram from San Francisco, dated November 30, says:—  

While some twenty thousand people were watching a football match between the Stanford and Berkley University teams yesterday afternoon several hundred men and boys climbed on the iron roof of the San Franciso Glassworks to get a free view of the game.

Suddenly the roof collapsed, and precipi- tated fully a hundred of them into the great furnaces filled with molten glass, 45 ft. below. Twelve were almost instantly killed, and three have since died. In ad- dition, 80 were badly injured, several, it is feared, fatally.

The scenes attending the disaster were horrible to witness. Many of the victims caught at the rafters and girders as they fell and clung desperately, shrieking for assistance. One by one, however, they dropped into the fiery furnaces, which were literally covered with writhing bodies.

The exterior heat from these furnaces is said to have been 500 degrees Fahr., and the situation was rendered more horrible by the fact that the sudden derangement of the furnace machinery sent a stream of burning oil over the bodies of the victims, and those who were not killed outright were speedily wreathed in flames. The people on top climbed quickly away, nursing their wounds as best they could.

Immediately after the accident the em- ployes of the works and others forced their way into the building and began the work

of rescue.

The fearful smoke from the burning clothing, the smell of roasting flesh, and the suffering, shrieking victims caused seve- ral to faint away.

The rescuers raked the half-cremated bodies from the furnaces with long iron  

pokers, which are used for testing the glass.

An eye-witness says:—"Most of those under the pile of struggling humanity were dead long before we reached them, and, as the hooks could not hold the burning cloth- ing, it was difficult to get the bodies away from the flames. We stood beside a verit- able hell, and saw men roasting to death before our very eyes. It was a terrifying


The scene after the disaster was like a battlefield, the place was strewn with men and boys with broken limbs, fractured skulls, and burned bodies. Every available physician was pressed into service, while carriages, coaches, and other private   vehicles conveyed the victims to the hos- pitals. A large force of police had to be summoned to keep the frenzied mob back

from the building.

Shortly before the disaster occurred the superintendent of the works sent an ur-

gent call to the police headquarters for assistance   to clear the people from the roof,    

but the police arrived too late.