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ELIOT HOUSE UP IN FLAMES; DILLON, MUNSELL SUSPECTED

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Answering an alarm from Eliot House, the Cambridge fire Department found smoke billowing out from the basement of J Entry. The reception tendered the firemen by the janitorial staff was inhospitable to the point of leaving the iron gates locked until with the aid of their newest automatic hock and ladder, the red-hatted gentry had surmounted the grill fence.

The fire was started by spontaneous combustion in an ashcan in the catacombs. It is said that the can was filled with the left-overs from a celebration by Warren P. Munsell, Jr. ocC, and Thomas C. Dillon '37 in honor of Harvard's victory at New London this June.

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