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THE SUN,' FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4," 1912."
of the cars nre totally destroyed And
until tho embers cool there can be no
They wrre wooden cars, although par
lor cars, of old, heavy construction and
the lint coals of the engine over which
they uero Jammed exploding tho
1'lnlfcrh gas with which they wero
lighted caused the fire to spread from
one end of th affected train to the
other In n few moments.
As It turned out only tho parlor cars
were destroyed and only those riding in
the parlor ears were humeri or Injured,
with the exception of the engineer, flro.
tiitiH ntifl !1irr frtilnmnn ntin ttlnll flirlf
and his assistant. The passengers of I
the rtlll llltnsler day coaches escaped
with only superficial hrulsrs and Jars.
Train No. G3. as It was called, leaving
Boston at noon, swung around by way
of Sprlngflcld nnd Hartford, It was an
nil wooden train, as has been said. A
bis train at that, drawn by n high pow?r
modern locomotive which was to take
It Into Springfield at 2:24 o'clock. Into
New Haven at 3. fin, Into Hrlduoport at
4:18 and Into New York at R: 12. liehlnrt
tho engine was a baggage car. The
pecond car was a malt car. Following
that came four Pullmans, while the
day co.iches anil a smoker completed a
train of eleven ears,
The tr.iliilo.iil was very heavy yes
terday. Before Huston had been left the
train had been divided Into two sec
tions and the ifoiiil section was filled
to overflowing Inns; before It cot to New
Haven. There was not a sent left In the
Pullman", according to passengers, ex
tept two which had hern reserved by
Bridgeport merchants There were even
extra chairs put In car No. I. out of
these two cars have come all the dead
o far Identified.
The train was Just twelve minutes
late when It reached Hrldgeport. and
George W. ClarK, the onclm-ci1. who has
jialri for any mistake he may bavn marie
with his life. lefL the station with the
Idea of maklnc up the time by th time
lie fchoiild reach New York. Me In
creased Ills speed at once and by the
time he was well clear of llrlilgoport he
was travelling very close to slty miles
nn hour, while the cars behind were
hw.iylnc and rolling like small boats
MralcM Trnck Ahead.
Clark had no thought of trouble with
his heavy train nnd big engine nnd
when he approached Saugatuck-'Wost-jiort
he even Increased his speed. He
was to Ret a mile nnd a half or more of
dead straight track there, absolutely
level and safe from any possible accident
from road traflle or outside Influences
because of the undergrade crossings.
The train whizzed by the twin stations
In a cloud of dust and with little more
than a passing whistle.
To the west of the station, about 200
yards, the old Boston post road passes
under the tracks with other streets of
the town and that elevates the track-"
about twenty-five feet ahovo the street
level, this height between streets being
filled In with sand, gravel nnd stons
.lust on the other side of the bridge
to the west there Is a switching system
which Is pointed out by a cross nrm
signal system to engineers cnmlnR In
both directions. This Is to the east of
Tin- train had shot past the station
nnd had struck the bridge, .lust nhead
of It was the signal which warned the
engineer to slow down from the speed
be was going so that there might be no
ncrlrii nt at the crosover. Apparently
this was neer heeded. There was no
Mowing down nnd as the little front
whceli of the engine struck the first
tros thry were slipped to one side, the
great drivers were wracked n ffthe rail
and the big machine was ploughing over
the roadbed with a roar and a Jolt that
was communicated throughout tho
It uns all over In less than half n
minute, hut by that time the enplne hail
plouched nlonp the side of the track
for l."n ffet. sendlni; up n creat cloud
of dust. The tender bad been sliced out
us If cut with a knife at the flrst Jump
and was i hunted shleulse down the em
bankment, where It tore down nn apple
tree. The bngcace car went forward
with the enplne. slewed around and
climbed up on Hie enplne. which went
over mi its rlcht side down the em
bankment. In some manner the mall car shot
clear and humpnl nlonp the track until
It brought up Its end smashed nnd Its
forward trucks pone
Pullman car No. 1 (Imply climbed up on
the end of the enplne, where It perched,
and then came Pullman after I .illman.
until the four were Jammed up mio
after the other, one telescoping nfter an
other, and being in turn telescoped.
Some of these enrs were still on the
bridge over the old stage road. One of
them had torn out the steel sldepuards
of the structure and stuck out over the
end. It was all a twisted mass of steel
unilcrstructure, smashed ends, splin
tered wood and broken plas-i.
'Had: of the parlor ears the d-iy coaches
were strung along the tracks, but safe.
One of them switched to the side by the
Impact of the forward cars had sliced
the steel guards of the lirldpe and one
end of the car hung trembling ncr the
tide. Another car had swung sldcwle
of the track, but all were undamaged
except for smashed draw-heads and
Out of the day coaches camo the first
of the survivors, some of them bleeding
from minor cuts, a few holding bruised
arms or limping a little, and all scream
lnp or shouting in terror. Out of the
cars they piled, many of them to roll
down the embankment or plunge head
first down It, never minding the bruUes
they received at that time.
Crawl Out In Terror.
It was about dark when the first of
these crawled out nnd ran down to the
load alnngi-'lde still shouting nnd wring
lng their hands, A moment later there
was llu'l.t. plenty of It, for from under
the Imkcil nnd jammed forward cars
there sprang the light of fire, which ran
liom i he combination smoker to the
last Piillni.iu. praukally tnvoloplng
the entire mass.
The trainmen, smashed nnd bruised
as they were, were the first to turn
to this wreckage, and It was only nn
other minute before the man from the
switching tower neat by, men from the
htntiun, men from the button factory
close by and rltlzens were around the
cars. Axes were procured from cars
that were not damaged, and everybody
went at the side of the Pullmans.
While they were doing this kicks
and hhouts were heard from the Inside.
Men crawled out or were pulled out
nnd all of them showed hurts; some of
them bud. Holes were chopped In all
the cars while the flames mounted nnd
njen went Inside.
Out of a tangle of broken nnd up
rooted i linlrs In u far corner of the can
they began to pull out human beings,
There w.ui no system to the work
Kverybudy was doing what he niulri. A
Catholic priest was sfci. doing valiant
Jly his side was a Bridgeport mer
chant. A young man and an old man
nd a trainman wcro all working at
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Attention! service, quality, the customer's Interests first,
are what one cots not alone at 237 Fifth Avenue (our new main
establishment) but in all of our stores nnd the prices are uni
form. We hate a fine photographic department at this address.
Is Old llnnd nt
a ttue Hcrlho
once In car 3. A woman past mid?
die ape was grabbed nnd they were forc
ing her through n hole when she cried
for her husband nnd would not po. Her
husband called out that he was safe nnd
the work was resumed.
Simleflrd A rrn J- From Plnines.
One nfter another the men snatched
those who were helpless In the cars
from the advancing flames until at last
no human being could remain In the
cars and live, so thry were driven back.
How many they left they cannot tell
to-nlplit. They may never know. They
have counted up twelve rind nnd
charred bodies. The undertaking estab
loelshmens report that Mxtocti have
come to them, and It Is foregone that
there are more
l'very town In the district Nf w York,
New Haven and Westport, particularly
Westport- rushed to the rescue with
every nvnllnble resource, The West
port fire company tnnde nn emergency
rush nnd cut out the cars as well as It
could. Car No. 1 and tho buffet car were
beyond all savlnp, but the firemen pre
vented the spread of the llamcs and en
abled nil to pet out of car No. 3 and car
No. 4, Physicians came by automobile
and special train. Hy the time they had :
arrived the wounded who first hnd been
3 ' jSj'5S2'lrouTM NOR WALK
V"bcre. Accident: Happened
carried down the embankment and
placed In the roadside had already been
carried Into private houses. Their
wounds were dressed ns well as could be.
The most seriously Injured, those with
fractured skulls and Internal Injuries,
severe, burns nnd broken limbs, wore
sent to the South Norwalk Hospital ns
fast as possible. The Knickerbocker
Kxpress. which came alon soon afterjold man had punched a hole throuph a 1
this, wns stopped of course, switched
over to another track and held to take
the survivors back to New York. I'p
trains were likewise held for those who
wanted to po to Hrldpeport or to New
Haven nnd other New I'npland points.
Before they hnd pone tame of the
survivors were able to tell n little of
j.iiwnra unamansKl. heart or a
large Hrldpeport department store, with
his friend, Hernanl Pelzer, a broker
had been the last to board the train
They had reserved seats r nnd 7 of
parlor car No. 1, the one which suffered
It was terrible'" was nil Mr. Cham-
nnskl could say rt first. "I will never
forget it." Later he was able to tell a
more connected story.
nT Time Waa nelns Mode.
'Mr. Sclzer and 1 took our places and
both began to read. We looked up nfter
petting cfear of Hrldpeport because we
tiutli noticed that the train was making
speed. It had been twelve minutes late
nt Hrldpeport nnd we both said that the
engineer was making time. We saw
Westport flash by us nnd heard the
rumble of the bridge under us when
suddenly there came the Jiiinplnp of th
cir under u. indicating that It had
Jumped the track.
"1 do not know- what happened, but
It seemed to me as If everything wore
turning oer and over. I seemed to be
turning somersaults, and then I came
down with a crash at the forward end
on a pile of chairs and people. It was
dark, but the tumult was terrible
head of me I heard one explosion, then
under our car I heard another which
ecmed to lift us a little.
Moil MrtiKRlr In the Dark.
"Women were screaming, men were
shouting nnd everybody was In a mad
struggle to straighten up and pet to
ward safety. I was one of the first to
et out, and I pot toward the other
door, to find that Jammed shut. I crawled
back and then I began to smell smoke.
There was only one thing for me to do.
I crawled up to a window nnd I slammed
at It. I don't know whether 1 used my
fist, my feet or my head. I only know
that I made n hole. Just as I finished
an old man and n woman were nt my
side nnd I forced them throuph. Then
another woman was helped out nnd
after that I climbed out 1 don't know
what 1 did, everything was In a daze'
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prepared with the purpose of making and retaining,
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650 MADISON AVE. (Cr. 60th St.)
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255 LIVINGSTON ST. (Brooklyn)
Mr. Hclzer nlso told his experiences.
He remembered they had referred to the
sliced, and then he recalled how It felt
when they were going through the air.
"There were no nlr brakes applied, nn
Jar. Just n Jumping nlonp until thero
came the crash which sent me flying to
the other end of the car. It seemed
when I wna leaving my plnce that
everything about mo was going to
pieces. Wben I was able to rnlse my
head out of the mass It was dark, with
only little flickers of llpht from the
"The floor seemed to be half over my
head. 1 pot back and then I smellcd
smoke nnd felt that there was fire near
me, 1 pot back as well as 1 could and
hud to climb In and out of piles of peo
ple, all of whom were trvlnp to pet
through the door at the other end of the
car. 1 was standing up trying to find a
window, and suddenly it seemed to me
as If my arm had been broken I could
not lift It. I looked down nnd saw that
a woman had me by the hand, holding
fast; she was lying down.
Woman Went Tlirnnph Window.
"I told her to release me and I would
save us both, so 1 put my foot throuph
n window. It did not matter whether
there wan any plass remaining In It or
not, the woman went through. Two
women followed and a man, and then 1
saw the tire getting to me, so 1 climbed
out I went nut and looked around.
"Itlght near me I saw a trainman try
lnp to rrnwl toward the car. He seemed
hnrily hurt. I pVopped him up apalnst
the side of the baggage car and left
him. At the second car I saw that nn
window and wns calling for ome one to 1
sao his wife, I went up and she first I
pnsscri out her hat. Then we pulled
them both out
"Jii.M nt Hint time I saw a Cnthollc
priest. I don't know his name, but I
hope some day to take him by the hand.
He was a brave man. He was working
tuning everybody he eould. working with
his coat torn nnd his face bleeding, nnd
then when he found three young women
In our car penned In nnd doomed by tire
I saw him administer to them the last
rites of his church nnd the flames were
not a hair's breadth away from him aa
he did this. He was n I rave man."
As soon ns ficneral Manaper Pollack
and Division Superintendent Woodward
pot to the scene Ihey telephoned to
Nnrwnlk, Hrldpeport nnd Stamford nnd
got all the nvnllnble doctors, nurses nnd
ambulances they could commandeer to
Westport. In all they were able to pet
about thirty physicians and ns many
Mnny Wnlk to Wratpnrt.
Many of the Injured whose hurls did
not Incapacitate them wnlked back to
the A Vest port station and went on ways
unknown lo the railroad people. In
this way the totnl list of the Injured
At night the field presented n weird
scene, (ins torches, hundreds of them,
were strewn about the wreclt, anil the
pressure on them shot the flume five
feet up Into the nlr. In this flickering
llcht the workmen picked up bits of
wreckage. Outside of this was a com
plete circle of automobile lights. The
machines which were parked around
tho spot completely surrounded the
Held and turned their ncetylenn light
full on the shndows cast by the gas.
There are four tracks where the
wreck occurred. The westbound traffic
on them wns held up, but half an hour
nfter the wreck had happened trains
bound east were creeping slowly past.
.Nn Water Preaanrp Near.
The firemen explained that the reason
they could not do more effective work
on the fire which blazed up from the
Pullmans when tho train slid the truck
wns that there was nn water pressure
near uiul nil they hud to work with wns
a chemical engine. With this equip
ment they saw thnt what they could do
could not sutn the two front Pullmans,
so they abandoned the effort nnd worked
on the third Pullman. They ngrced
Heady to wear- and in
iiizcs to fit any mnn.
that If there hnd been water pressure
near the Uvea of more of those who
I wero In the two front cars might have
I been saved. The country about Is typi
cal farming land,
Afterward It seemed as If the engine
had been pulled off the track by tho cara
ibehlnd; as If It had been shoved along
with great force for somo distance by
a side working power from behind, nnd
that then the wheels hnd bundled tip
under It, and tho rear of It had been
Jerked off the trnck.
There was a lot of wreckage from the
Pullmans which had been thrown far
ahead of the enplne by tho buckling of
the locomotive with the cars behind.
The train was so crowded that when
It reached Springfield and had the ad
ditional traffic from that town to handle
the railroad officials put two extra cars
on. It was tho delay at Springfield In
coupling these on that caused the delay
In time which the engineer was trying
to make up.
Offlrlnl statement Issued.
B. R. Pollock, general superintendent
of thn rond, who took personal charge
of the wreck, said last night:
"The causo of the wreck has not yet
officially been determined. It does not
appear that the train was going nt nny
unusually high rate of apeed. It wan
not a late as has been reported, and
there wns no necessity for the engineer
to make up time,
"Evidently the engine. Jumped the
track nt the crossover and ploughed
along, ns every one knows. The trouble
was caused by the first Pullman car
piling up on the firebox of tho engine
near the Plnlsch gas tnnk, which caused
an explosion, It wns Impossible to pet
adequate lire flphtlnp apparatus In order
to save the two cars which wero de
"We do not believe there nre any more
dead In the ruins. We nre confident
there are not. We have made n thor-
oupli lantern examination nnd nothing
resembling n humnn body has been
found. We believe that the others who
were In the enr have been accounted
for among the dead nnd Injured or have
gone to their homes on one of the relief
STATEMENT BY NEW HAVEN.
lined !n SI Were Killed and
til pa 1, 1st of Injnrert.
New Haven, Conn., Oct. 3. The offi
cials of the New Haven road gavo out the
following statement to-night:
The 13 o'clock train out of ston for
New York, which runs over the All.any,
vis Rprlmtfleld, and thence oer the Sew
Haven to ew ork, was wrecked at the
Westport crossover about 4:45 1. M. to-day.
It waa the second section of train S3,
and w s pulled by Enplneer (leorpe I,.
Clark, one of the old time enplneers of the
New Haxen road
The train had ten cars, consisting of one
hit-ease, one mall, four parlors, three
roarhes and one smoking car In the order
named. The enelne, lender, bn cease car,
mall, four p'irlor cars nnd one eonrh were
derailed, engine polnp down the bank.
Ilagsaee car went by the enulne. The mall
and one parlor car followed and were on
top of the enplno Malanee of th derailed
earn were partially tipped oer The mail
and three p.irlnr cars caught fire. The
fourth parlor ear nan scorched on the end.
All pascenpers pot out except those In
the first parlor rar
Five unknown women were burnd to
death Knclneer Clark killed
Fireman Moker fat all)- Injured. Colored
man named F.lliot Harris, from Aiken, B.C.,
pot rniitfht In the door and had his leg
Mrs. O. I, Wade of Indianapolis, Ind , ribs
broken. O. 1. Wade of same town, ribs
broken .famea Apta, throuph baggage-
aster, brul'Cil and cut about the head. not
d.ingeroiilv. Mrs. .lames A (larfleld, nrm
liroUen Ml Marion Knight, injured
Both the latter continued on to their destl-
Phillip .lame of tke Forest, 111. head
and hand cut and bruled Mrs. Phillip
.lumen of same town cut on leg, fingers and
nrm cut. 11. T. Hill of a.lotl Fifteenth street.
Philadelphia, cut on head and ripht arm.
Mr Franklin of Dennlaon Manufacturing
Company. South Framlngham, Mass., taken
to Norwalk Hopltal. Mrs. (Anderson, ad
dress unknown, bruised nnd shaken up.
F. II Cle eland, porter, of Ilrooklyn. N . l
and .1 P Silvia, porter. Cambridge, Mass.,
both not badly Injured. Moll Clerk heeler
Others wer injured, hut not danger-
oiMy, although some are now in the
ticpital at Norwalk.
Outside westbound track badly damaged
Track I westbound blocked; the two east
bound trncks clear. Ml
There ns no explosion of the engine.
Interstate Commerce Commission notified
of the accident
C C F.lwell of the Connecticut Public
rtllllles Comnillnn,w ho ns In New Haven;
General Superintendent Pollock nnd Supt.
Woodward, all three promptly left New
Haven for the scene of the wreck and will
investigate the cause, which will he an
First S3, a few minutes ahead of Second S3,
went throuph this crossover, which Is a
No. in, all ripht Second S3 took the cross
over nt hlph speed In spile of the fact that
home slpnnl was nt danger or In stop pos.
(inn of the passengers brought to this
city late to-night Miss F.leanor Hartlett,
aged 19 She Is the daughter of John I'
Hartlett, a New York Innyer. According
to the statement of Ihe young woman to
night she was on her way to New York
from'tho White Mountains where she had
been sprndlnp the summer. She wns
with a crowd of young girl friends when
the craBh came. The next she know she
was picked out of the wreck of one of the
burning cars nnd she wns In considerable
She waa tenderly cared for by the un
known men who had helped her and her
companion from tho burning car. Then a
friend of her family who happened to come
to tho wreck In an auto heard of her being
Injured and she waa placed in his auto and
brought to this city to drove Hall, a board
ing house, where sho found her aunt, Ullcn
Strong Hartlett . waiting for her Misa
linrtlett Is suffering from a deep flesh wound
In the hack nnd wns cut In illflerent parts of
the body. Sho sullered much from shock.
SURVIVORS BROUGHT HERE.
One Heinle Terrible Mrupule In
Car Which Humeri,
The nccldent happened at B:1B and
within three minutes every telegraph
point along the New York, New Haven
nnd Hnrtford rond hnd been Informed.
Within six minutes orders had gone
forth from division headquarters for
wrecking crews from Htnmford, Hrldpo
port, Now Haven nnd South Norwalk,
whllo every physician In South Norwallt,
Hrldgeport, Westport and nil other shore
towns was being asked to go to the
Local reports from Westport said that
tho fire fighting force of the town and
tho flro fighters of the button factory
were out trying to extinguish the flames
which shot up a moment after the crash,
The New Haven ntltclnls did not think
It necessary to send n rescue train to
the scene, but lnstend the fast Knicker
bocker Limited, which comes fron Hos
ton, was caught at Hrldgeport on signal
nnd ordered to bring tho survivors to
this city. At tho snme time this notice
was posted nn the bulletin board at the
"All tralnu cast of South Norwalk are
detained on account of derailment at
Thero were no details added and fol
lowing ordcra little Information was
vouchsafed publicly to Inquirers.
The delay of all trains filled the wait
ing platform of the station with anxious
persona In very short order. The ma
jority were awaiting those on the faster
and safer trains of the rond, but still
thero were several scores who did not
know whether friends who were to como
from Boston had taken the 111 fated ex
press or some other train,
nfflclal'a Wife on Train.
One man, said to be an official of the
New York Central railroad, but who
would not permit any one to give his
name, was at tho gates with his young
daughter. His wife and son were aboard
tho train nnd he did not know what their
fate had been. Ho knew they were on
the parlor cars. The New Haven officials
gavo him all the Information available
and he wns a happy man when the
Knickerbocker rolled In nn hour and
thirty minutes late, but bringing his
wife and son and about US other per
sons who hnd come through the acci
dent. The Knickerbocker Express arrived
at 7:63. It had picked up alt whom the
surgeons had pronounced nhle to travel.
A majority of those brought In had no
Injuries nt all so far as could be seen,
but many had bandages about tho head
or face, some nursed bruised arms or
walked with a limp, and others were
manifestly suffering only from shock.
Nearly nil of these persons had been
passengers on the day coaches, which
escaped, while tho heavier cars suffered.
All had the same tale to tell. They
were howling along at high speed;
stations were flashing by so fast they
could not toll names. Suddenly all felt
the bucking nnd bumping of wheels
running over the roadbed. There was
halting and hopping and then the stop
with a Jar, tho crash nnd tinkle of
breaking glass In which everybody
surped forward over the seats, down tho
aisles Into the ends of the cars.
Soon tint Ont of Car.
There was no panic, every one agreed.
In the day coaches. As soon as men and
women picked themselves up they
found their car was still standing up
right on its wheels. There was light
outside and the doors were open. With
an occasional bloody nose nnd brulsca
men and women made for the doors and
Jumped out, some rolling down the em
bankment. It was different In the rarlor cars.
Henry Klein, a passenger In parlor
car No. 2, with only a few superficial
bruises to show, ""fold a dramatic tale of
his experiences. He was sitting down
when the car first gave a heave, ns he
expressed it, Jumped sldewlse, or seemed
to Jump, bucking nnd hopping until
there came n great crash. There was a
great crash forward and a great crash
to the rear.
"Every one of us In the enr shot
forwnrd like a bullet out of a gun," said
Mr. Klein. "We found ourselves, men,
women nnd children, all piled up In a
heap kicking, struggling nnd screaming.
We could not tell what had happened
or where wo were. The lights went
"When I got my head up It seemed lo
me thnt every chair In the car had been
ripped loose and was plied up on top
of the thirty or more people there. I
was near the top by good luck. These
chairs were heavy and must have
crushed a lot of people. There was a
big chair right near me, half on my lc,r,
nnd It felt as It It weighed a ton. I
managed to shove that out of the way
and crawled back through tho car look
ing for some way out. Both ends were
Jammed tight nnd I could not crawl or
pull myself through any way. Other
men enme back of me looking for win
dows. Hut they did no better than I
did. It seemed as If the collision had
Jammed and twisted everything so out
of place as to make It Impossible to
open a window or get through a pas
, Soon Saw Smoke ItlalntT.
"it did not seem more than a minute
before tho smoke began to come up
through tho floor of the car and there
came a desperate rush from one end
of the car to the other by men nnd
women who knew what It meant. I
could not see how it would be possible
for a sh e human being to get out
until suddenly I heard pounding at the
end of tho car. There waa n crash of
woodwork, and ns we crawled toward
the spot wo soon could see the train
men with their axes cutting out a hole
for us. It did not tnko them long to
do that I know, but it seemed an aw
ful long time.
"When n man did drop down you can
bet I was mighty glad. I yelled, and I
didn't waste nny time In crawling out
to safety when he told me to come. I
pot out nnd saw the men working as
hard as they could handing other peo
ple nut. Some of these seemed pretty
badly hurt and they had to be carried
but there were plenty of people to do
the carrying. The wounded were laid
nlongsldo the trnck at the foot of the
embankment nnd the people soon began
to carry them Into the nearby houses.
"I did the best I could. I don't know
how many people were taken out, but I
know that many must have been
burned to death, for H was no time
before It seemed as If tho parlor cars
were burning from end to end, and this
was mado more horrible by the ex
plosions one after another of the gas
tanks under the cars. I could not tell
much. I could not do much. When I
was out and in the air I felt so weak
and ill that I had to He down for a long
ine survivors came to ,ew York
last night In dozens and twentlea, by
tho Now Haven trains that wero fol
lowing closely the express that went
off the rails. Some of them walked
through tho lanes of spectators ns
though they had come In from a pleas
ant October afternoons excursion. But
when they stopped to tnlk, what they
said and the way they said it showed
that they wero laying It to chance and
Providence that they were nllve.
A fow of the Injured came to New-
York, but only thoso who were nble
to take care of themselves, or who wero
In tho caro of friends. Tho New Hnvfcn
officials wero ready with stretchers for
the maimed and broken, but the stretch
ers were not needed.
Marshall Field' ItelallTe Oar.
One of the Injured who waa able to
stand the ride to Now York waa Philip
L. James of I,nko Forest, III., a relative
of the late Marshall Field, Mra. James
was with him. Ills hands had been cut
when he wns thrown Into a window and
ho had a bad gash behind his right ear.
Ills Injuries had been dressed nt this
scene of tho wreck.
"Wo were In the forward part of the
firm parlor car," said Mr. Jnmcs. "Tho
thing hnppened all of a sudden and I'm
blessed If I remember a thing about It.
We were all tumbled together In one
corner of the car and after a while they
dragged us out. It was In that car, you
know, where they found all the dead
They took a lot of them out of that
car. After a while It burned up."
Mrs. James had been furnished with
a gray sweater. It hid n silk waist
which was allfT with blood which had
come from Mr. James's wounds. Aa
Mr. and Mrs. James were about to get
Into a tnxlcab to go to the house of
Mrs. James'a mother Wayne MacVcagh,
ex-Attorney-Qcncral of tho United
Htates, curio up nnd Mr, James recog
"So you were In that wrcck7" said
"I was," said Mr. James. "I'm afraid
I look It."
Mrs. James was Miss Elizabeth Stobo
of New York.
Harry O. Swan of 132 Lexington ave
nue, Providence, It, I., told a atory of a
gallant priest who risked his own life
saving thoso who were burning In the
Took Croisorer Too Fast.
"I was In the second coach of the
train," said Swan, "well toward the end
of tho train. We were crossing from
one track to another, nnd we were tak
ing the crossover too fast. The train
Jumped to the tics and then slid along
tho roadbed, coming to a stop with a
grind. I saw where tho engineer and
firemen wcro thrown and I suppose they
died whllo I was looking at them.
"With the other men passengers in
our part of the train I Jumped off tho
car and went forward to where tho
worst of the wreck was. I tried to break
Into one of the parlor cars, which tho
flumes were already beginning to lick
up. I saw four women and tnree clili
dren In there and tried to get at them,
but the flro was too bad and they had
to be left.
"There was a young priest along with
tho rest of us, and the way that man
worked wns a caution. Ho would stop
for nothing. The clothing of many of
the persons whom he rescued was al
ready burning when he dragged them
from the windows. He was burned about
tho hnnds nnd face for his trouble. Let
me tell you that I never saw so gallant
a sight ns that priest working at the
"It seemed to us who were waiting
there that the trainmen were abomin
ably slow In getting nt tho work of
rescue. Following the accident all tho
trainmen seemed to have disappeared.
And the company wns slow In sending
up relief trains to tako away the sur
vivors. Toward the end I saw passen
gers trying to break their way nut of
the windows to escape the flames."
Mra, Wade Once ThongM Dead.
O. L. Wade, a lawyer of Indianapolis,
was on the train with his wife. Mrs.
Wade was one of those who according
to early reports received by telephone
at the New Haven offices here had been
killed. She proved to spectators nt the
station that she was very much nllve:
however, she had sustained a badly
wrenched back. Mr. Wade and Dr. tZ.
XV. Anderson of Indianapolis had been
III Boston attending a convention of
Masons. They were In the third parlor
car nnd got out of the reck soon after
the train left the rails.
P. XV. Turner, assistant superintend
ent of the Cunard Line In Now York,
was In the second car of the train with
his mother, Mrs. XV. T. Turner. The
ligaments of Mrs. Turner's right leg
were torn, she thought, and she had
been bruised. Nevertheless she was nble
to come to New York with her son's
"It was a case of taking a switch too
fast," said Mr. Turner. "The train was
simply wrenched from the rails. After
the crash 1 went to tho help of my
mother and got her out of the car. Wo
broke open the rear door of the car
and climbed to the ground. On tho
whole we got off easily, I think.
James Cotter, a travelling salesman
of Boston, was In the rear car of the
train, where the shock was felt the
least. He was reading when the crnsh
Women Worked Ilravelj-.
"It seemed to us there In the rear
car to be simply a sudden Jar. The
grinding noise and the crash thnt
others noticed who were fifrther for
ward did not reach as far back as our
car. But the Jar was enough to throw
us from our seats. We went forward
and turned In to help the people in the
front cars. The women did their part
too. They helped to bind up tho cutB
from flying glass and didn't seem to
mind the sight of blood at all."
H. XV. Kane of St. Louis was In the
flrHt cor of the train, but when he I
entered tho train he noticed that n
friend of his wns riding In ono of the
cars further back. Soon after the train
left Bridgeport he went back for n talk.
"I suppose that chance friend saved
my life," he said, "or nt least kept mo
from getting pretty well used un. After
tho crnsh wo grabbed axes nnd crow-1
liars from the tool cases In the cars anril
set to work to liberate the men and'
women who were penned In the forward 1
F. L. Baxter, a Yale graduate, who
lives In Boston, was nbnnrd tho
Knickerbocker Limited, tho five hour
trnln from Boston which was follow
ing closely the express which left the
rails. Ho told what tho wreck looked
like when tho Knickerbocker steamed
up to take aboard tho survivors,
"Tho Injured were lying alongside the
tracks," said Mr, Baxter, "and I suppose
some of tho dead were there too. The
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engine waa lying on It aide to the right
of the track. The mall car waa a length
ahead and atlll on Its wheels, but off th
rails. The combination baggage cur
and buffet amoker was almost even with
the engine, ana Behind it, all pushed
into one another, wero the other parlor
'One of the freaks of the wreck was
the massacro of the chickens In n yard
near where the engmo was ditched.
Coal nnd bits of wreckage flew into tin
yard and killed them. A house was so
near thnt It got some or the benefit ten.
and I saw that most of its windows
This was tho house of Joseph Martin,
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Yale Man Telle Abont Burning- of
Coach In Wreck.
New Hatzx, Conn., Oot. 3. Everard
Thompson, manager of the ticket depart
ment of the Yale Athletlo Association,
and Henry L. Merry, one of the proprietor
of the Hotel Taft of thia city, were pas
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nt Saugatuok Junction and arrived here
shortly after 7 o'clock this evening in an
In describing his experience Mr. Thomn
Mr. Merry and I were seated In the
smoking section of the second Pullman
parlor car. Wo were reading when there
came a sudden noise as of an explosion.
The car began to bump over the ties and in
a few seconds began to tip perceptibly and
turned half way over, throwing the chain
about and tossing the passengers in heaps
on tho side of the car.
Tho rar fetched up with a sudden Jolt
and Mr. Henry and myself, neither of whoa
was hurt, began at once to help the pas
sengers from the car. The women were
panlestrlcken. With the help of the
eoloreil porter and some of the trainmen
we succeeded In getting all the passengers
out of our conch.
Wo then turned our attention to the
coarh nhead nnd found that already flames
were shooting from it so hot that it wai
almost Impossible to get near it. Ths
nccldent occurred where a bridge crotsei
the'rondway, nnd tho second car, In which
we wero riding, lay hanging over the abut
ment, having narrowly escaped going down
the fifteen foot embankment Into the road
way. The flrst Pullman lay on Its side some
distance ahead. Ahead of that were the
engine and tender, about fifty feet apart.
Tho tracks were torn up, ond Ih the mass
of wreeknpe lay the body of the engineer
None of the passengers in our ear waa
seriously hurt, though all were more or less
cut and bruised. Hut the poor beings In
the forward uueh must have met a terrible
fate, for It was Impossible for those of
us who were near to get within fifty feet
of tho coach only a few moments after the
accident. I do not know how many pujen
pers were In this coach but certainly many
of them were roasted to death.
A few of them were got out of ths
windows before tho flame pot too hot.
but many could not havn escaped. Wa
saw ono wno was pinneo in me wreckage
burning to death. One of the most heroic
things I saw wns a eoloreil porter pinntl
between two of the Pullmans, The train
men with axes were chopping him cleir
and he was directing the rescuers who were
wildly working to pet thn passengers from
All tho Pullman coaches nnd several of
the day coaches were burned and two or
three of them were saved by being pulld
back by a switcher which was called. Th?
flames were so hot that the local firemen
were utterly unable to cope with them. I
am sure, however, thnt all the coaches except
the forward Pullman were entirely clearoi
of their load of humanity.
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