By Leon Stein
March 25, 2011, marks the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist manufacturing unit hearth, within which 146 garment employees misplaced their lives. a piece of heritage correct for all those that proceed the struggle for staff' rights and defense, this variation of Leon Stein's vintage account of the hearth incorporates a giant new foreword by way of the hard work journalist Michael Hirsch, in addition to a brand new appendix directory all the sufferers' names, for the 1st time, besides addresses on the time in their dying and destinations in their ultimate resting places.
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On the other side of the flames, on the opposite side of the eighth floor, machinist Brown and Patrolman Meehan came back up to the eighth floor to make certain everyone was out. "We yanked two girls out of a window and got them to the staircase," Brown said. "I went back to the window to see if anyone else was there. The people in the street saw me. They raised their hands and yelled for me not to jump. When 1 saw that 1 decided it was time for me to tum around and get out. "But 1 couldn't find my way out any more.
Then slowly, carefully, she opened her handbag. Out of it she extracted a few bills and a handful of coins- her pay. These she flung out into space. The bills floated slowly downward. The coins hit the cobblestones, ringing as she jumped. Three windows away one girl seemed to be trying to restrain another from jumping. Both stood on the window ledge. The first one tried to reach her arm around the other. But the second girl twisted loose and fell. The first one now stood alone on the ledge and seemed oblivious to everything around her.
The day after the Asch building disaster, the Times sought out Alderman Folks and asked him what had come of the investigation he had requested in his resolution. "I don't know. I never heard of it again," he replied. The Times also found Mr. H. F. 1. Porter, who had written to Triangle for an appointment on the matter of fire drills. "There are only two or three factories in the city where fire drills are in use," he declared ruefully. "In some of them where I have installed the system myself, the owners have discontinued it.