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Two big grown-ups are beaming in on him all the time—even when he isn't there. It is a feeling of being watched that lingers throughout life.
And the feeling it engenders is escape. He majored in English and made Phi Beta Kappa his junior and senior years. His letter describes Dartmouth as "a nice warm atmosphere where I was somebody. While I was there we had the crash or start of the Depressionand I was hardly aware of it till about two years later. Also there was a terrible fire in one of my father's tunnel projects and 14 men were killed. I am sure that both of these events caused my father's early death.
This foot section, an ovoid tunnel 17 feet tall and 35 feet below ground, ran east-west between Ashland and Laflin, with the air pressure maintained at a rate of five pounds to the square inch to keep the tunnel from collapsing. Inside the tunnel at each end of the section was a metal chamber about six feet high and 40 feet long, accessible from the tunnel through an outer and an inner door that together created an air lock.
A pump above each chamber provided continuously circulating fresh air from above, so workmen could get a break from the fetid air inside the tunnel.
The only way back to the surface was a short work tunnel that led from the center of the main tunnel south to an elevator shaft. Newspaper accounts from the time vary in their details, but apparently the fire ignited sometime around 5: Though the actual cause became a matter of dispute, the Chicago American quoted Albert Martino, a cement worker, saying that air leaks had been detected in the concrete at the west end of the tunnel and that he'd been sent down with a candle to plug them with sawdust.
The open flame served to locate air movement. Timber and sawdust were major components of the construction job: Martino told the Chicago Evening Post, "I saw what looked like a lump of concrete and I examined it closely. Instead it was sawdust and it caught fire from the flames of the candle. Then I saw a number of fires starting around me.
James Marek, a laborer interviewed by the American, described the confusion inside the east air chamber as the tunnel began to fill with smoke: Most of us were thinking of going home, talking of it now and then. I was hungry, and wanted to get home to the good meal that would be waiting for me. Suddenly the place began to fill with smoke, and we knew there was a fire. We couldn't see any flame and couldn't tell where the smoke was coming from. We went outside into the tunnel, thinking we'd get out before it was too late.
It was no good. The smoke drove us back. We went into the locks again. Tim Ryan learned of the fire around 6 PM, and the first workmen to flee the tunnel reported a smell of burning insulation, which led him and his crew to believe the cause was indeed electrical. Morris Cahill, the construction superintendent, was worried that if the fire reached the east end and destroyed all the hoses maintaining the air pressure belowground, the entire tunnel would collapse.
According to the Daily News, loyal employees begged Ryan to let them extinguish the fire: Let us go, please.Clare Fischer – Suddenly (4 Jessica & Robert Ryan)
It'll mean your contract if we don't. With no word from the men below, Ryan summoned the fire department around 7 PM.
Truck Company 14 was first on the scene, and its commander, Captain James O'Neill, led a party of four other firefighters down the elevator shaft. Engine Company 23 followed soon after. At this point confusion over the fire's cause and ignorance of its severity may have been as deadly as the blaze itself: Before long three firefighters from the first party returned to the surface, gasping for air, but O'Neill and the fifth man remained below.
Early attempts to extinguish the fire focused on a foot-wide opening in the concrete near the top of the tunnel. Pierce's men climbed onto scaffolding and used water pumps with attached garden hoses to irrigate the timber and sawdust, but this was slow work. The men began to get dizzy, and Pierce scuttled the operation. He went back up to ground level to collect some more men, but when he returned he discovered that smoke was beginning to creep into the work tunnel that connected the elevator shaft to the sewer.
At this point about 40 laborers and firefighters remained in the tunnel including O'Neill, Coyne, and Carstens. Pierce led them into the east air chamber and ordered Robert Kelly, the laborer monitoring the air lock, to seal them safely inside.
We thought the men probably had masks and we knew that we'd suffocate if we got out of there. After reaching the end of the line, about 50 feet into the tunnel, the last man on the rope would yank on it as a signal for the next man up to reel him back in. Gas masks had arrived on the scene, though their oxygen supply was good for only 30 minutes; many men stayed longer, unwilling to give up their search, and returned to the surface suffering from smoke inhalation.
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By midnight the construction site looked like the scene of a mining disaster. A light wagon trained its searchlight on the mouth of the elevator shaft, and thousands of spectators, some of them distraught family members of Ryan employees, were being held back by a police cordon.
Hospital squads had arrived on the scene and set up shop in a neighboring lumberyard.
More than two dozen firefighters had already been taken to Saint Anthony Hospital, and the fire department had by now dispatched a full quarter of its forces to 22nd and Laflin. Firefighters attacked the superstructure over the elevator shaft and eventually managed to tear the roof off in an effort to provide more ventilation. Mining equipment arrived, and mine workers from around the city converged on the site to volunteer their services. After the utility companies shut off the electricity and the 22nd Street gas main located a perilous ten feet from the tunnelcrews of men with picks, shovels, and pneumatic drills started three new ventilation holes in the concrete—one above each air chamber and another at the center of the tunnel.
No plan was too far-fetched: A description in the Evening Post sounds like something from Dante: Water, poured above the tunnel in a vain effort to cool it and dissipate some of the fumes, eddied, four feet deep in spots, and made it impossible to see even inches ahead in the thick white mist.
Sometime during the night, the air supply inside the east air chamber failed, and the laborers and firefighters trapped inside decided to make a break for it. Pierce tried to dissuade them, but, according to the Daily News, Coyne and Carstens told him they would "rather die fighting than cooped up like a couple of rats.
But when Kelly opened the air lock, the workmen stampeded. Cursing them, Pierce managed to get the door closed again. Of the 40 men originally sealed inside the air chamber, only 16 remained. Again and again I tried to find my way out. The place was dark—pitch dark.
You couldn't see your hand before you. We didn't know the layout, and there wasn't any way to get our bearings. All the time the smoke kept drifting in, thicker and thicker. I stumbled over something. I know now that it was a dead body.
I stumbled over two others. Dead they were, those men, and I stepped on them. God, it was awful. Outside, the rescue effort was beginning to reach across state lines.
Henry Sonnenschein, secretary to Mayor Anton Cermak, brought word from his boss, who was vacationing in Miami Beach at the time, that the city would "spare no expense" in addressing the crisis, which threatened to become a citywide calamity if the fire managed to breach the east and west walls of the tunnel into the remainder of the sewer line. By 3 AM a rescue squad from the federal mining bureau had roared out of Vincennes, Indiana, for Chicago, escorted by state police.
A squad from the state mining bureau in Springfield boarded a special train with right-of-way cleared to the site of the disaster. An inventor, Pirsch had been been trying, without much success, to interest the Chicago Fire Department in a smoke ejector truck he'd designed. Now they were plenty interested. Unfortunately Pirsch had taken the vehicle apart to make some adjustments—even the tires had been removed—and he and his son set to work reassembling it.
A modified fire truck, the smoke ejector was essentially a gigantic vacuum cleaner on wheels: By 6 AM the Pirsches had finished their work and were speeding toward Chicago.
By that time the 16 men still shut in the east air chamber had been given up for dead; the gas-bloated body of William Carstens had already been recovered not far from the elevator shaft. Sweltering, the trapped men stripped off most of their clothes and lay on the floor. Some prayed or sang, but mostly they were silent. A peephole through the door allowed them to monitor activity in the tunnel, and by morning they began to notice that the smoke was clearing—it had been sucked out of the tunnel by the smoke ejector, which sprayed fumes and debris over the startled crowd outside.
Finally Pierce announced the time had come to leave. Crawling on their hands and knees, all 16 men managed to reach the elevator. When the first six unexpectedly emerged from the shaft, blinking in the morning sunlight, the crowd roared. Around 1 PM on Tuesday, rescuers recovered the last dead man from the tunnel: Captain James O'Neill, who'd led the first rescue party 18 hours earlier.
His body was found facedown in the muck, just outside the door of the east air lock; he'd been trampled by the stampeding workmen as they tried to escape. The final death toll was four firemen and seven laborers, plus a policeman who'd been run over at 22nd and Damen by an ambulance racing from the scene.
Nearly 50 other people had been injured, some seriously. Later that afternoon, the young widow of Edward Pratt, a firefighter whose body had been recovered overnight, broke past the police cordon and tried to hurl herself down the elevator shaft. Herman Bundesen, the Cook County coroner, had been on the scene of the disaster since Monday night, and on Tuesday afternoon, in the county morgue, he convened an inquest to determine what had caused the fire and how the 11 men had died.
Ed Kelly served as technical adviser. The "Whoopee Era" graft case was still crawling through the court system, but Kelly had wriggled free of his indictment when a judge forced the prosecutor to reassemble his case.
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Two years later Kelly would be elected mayor of Chicago. Called to testify, Tim Ryan wept as he recalled the first crews of firefighters going after his trapped workmen: I never saw such courage displayed in my life. The inquest was adjourned so that the jurors could inspect the tunnel personally the next morning. By then the tunnel section had been completely flooded to extinguish any remaining embers and then drained again. When the inquest reconvened a week later in a courtroom at City Hall, the jury was unable to corroborate the candle story and declared the cause of the fire unknown.
All 11 men, the jury ruled, had died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by smoke inhalation. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 11,and a Dartmouth graduate, Ryan was a quiet, introspective man was committed to his family and community.
He married Jessica Cadwalader ina union which would last until her death from cancer in Beginning in the Ryans had three children in a span of five years, Tim, Cheyney, and Lisa. One of the interesting, but little-known, aspects of Robert Ryan's life is that he and his wife co-founded a private school, still in existence decades later.
Dissatisfied with crowded postwar educational options, the Ryans started the Oakwood School in their backyard in ; they later rented space in an empty synagogue and moved to property in North Hollywood, where the elementary campus of this prestigious school still exists today. While Jessica spearheaded the development of the school itself, her husband played a key role in raising the funding, including organizing theatrical performances benefiting the school.
Director Lamont Johnson, another key early benefactor of the school, was quoted by Ryan's biographer Franklin Jarlett as saying 'It was Bob's steady hand at the tiller and on the checkbook that kept us going. The Ryans' love for education served their own children well -- one son is today a professor at the University of Oregon in Eugene -- and also provided excellent opportunities for countless other children over a span of decades. Robert Ryan passed away July 11,just a year after the death of his wife Jessica.
Below is a personal overview of some Ryan films which help to capture the depth of his fine career. Bombardier and The Sky's the Limit - In order to fully appreciate the progression of Robert Ryan's career you should begin at the beginning!
Before WWII Ryan played supporting roles of various sizes in a dozen films; in Bombardier he's a young airman being trained by Randolph Scott; in one of his key moments, Ryan rushes into church one Sunday morning to announce the Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. Trail Street - Ryan was reunited with Randolph Scott in his first film after his wartime service in the Marines. This is one of Ryan's lighter roles, playing an earnest young land agent aided by Bat Masterson Scott in cleaning up his Kansas town.
Crossfire - Crossfire was released the same year as Trail Street, and what a contrast in roles! In this murder mystery Ryan received his only Oscar nomination, as Best Supporting Actor, for his intense role as an anti-Semitic soldier; in a searing performance, layer by layer Ryan reveals a mentally unstable bigot.
Caught - Ryan plays the domineering Smith Ohlrig, a multimillionaire who sweeps sweet, dreamy young Leonora Barbara Bel Geddes off her feet in this absorbing melodrama. Unfortunately Ohlrig only cares about acquiring and controlling, and once they're wed he unfeelingly treats his wife as a possession, prompting her to flee to a shabby apartment and a relationship with a sympathetic doctor James Mason. Ohlrig is said to have been based on Howard Hughes, and although the script never tells us exactly what makes his character tick, Ryan is electric.
His ultimate clash with another great actor, James Mason, is marvelous.
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Born to Be Bad - Ryan plays the cocky writer Nick, who recognizes how Christabel Joan Fontaine manipulates men for personal gain but can't help being attracted to her anyway.