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room apparently trying to direct him to the window. E
. All had by this time been done that was possible, and when
the brigade arrived they could not enter the shop or even {
go near the house windows.
At the same time that Mr. Rogers was facing death
in his brave efforts to save the children, another rescuer
‘, was attempting the same task, but in this case to fall him-
self a victim to the fury of the fire.
Arthur Regelous, or as he was generally known in Bethnal
Green, " Little Peter," was a carman in the employment 7
of Mr. Stevens, a carter, who lived next door to the Denmans.
i Several people saw " Peter " dash into the Haming building.
He was probably overcome by the smoke at the top of
the stairs, where he lay dead and charred when the iiremen
Fc were able to effect an entrance.
The fire was subdued at 12. go, and the firemen then
entered and handed out of the first floor windows the
charred bodies of Mrs. Denman and her four little ones,
and Arthur (" Peter ") Regelous. *
álle? "He always had a smile," his recent employer said,
speaking of "Peter." "He was as good a little fellow
as you could meet." His father appears to have been
A an Italian, but " Peter " was a child of Bethnal Green,
L, i undersized, twenty­four or twenty­f1ve years of age, with l
2 close cropped hair, and numerous scars on his scalp. He
, = lived a happy, rough and tumble life, earning a slender
‘ p livelihood. But his brave death made him a hero in his
{ own country. " ‘Little Peter’ has now become ‘Peter
the Great,’ " was the remark made by one who knew
lf, him, and another added, "He was a cheerful lad who ii
would do anything to help anyone."
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