NEW YORK: Don't Jump!

The dangers of a great city, like those of the jungle, often leave little time for thought. When smoke boiled into her 1½-room Brooklyn flat one morning last week, Mrs. Irma Randall did not hesitate. A kerosene stove had tipped over downstairs and flame was roaring up the stairway in solid sheets. After one look, she ran to the window.

Five of her nine children were safely in school. The 32-year-old mother helped her three little boys out to the narrow roof of a bay window, 30 feet above the street, picked up her blanket-wrapped baby, and climbed out herself. A...

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