The world’s first fire-proof theater, the Iroquois Theater, opened in Chicago on December 1, 1903. It was a big deal because nearly all of Chicago burned to the ground in 1871. On December 30 it was standing room only – 1,900 people packed the new theater. As the audience listened to “A Pale Moonlight”, a blue stage light popped and caught a piece of the scenery on fire. “Please remain seated as we lower the asbestos curtain.” The secure feeling of being in a fire-proof theater was quickly lost when the curtain jammed half-way down. The titanic claims of indestructibility turned the first fire-proof theater into the deadliest fire in Chicago’s history.
What you put your trust in really does matter.
Old hymn says, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling.”