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MYSTERY BEING SOLVED
THE MUGWUMP OR THE TIGER
Bflni II 11 TRAIN WRECK
Times Reporter on ilie Track rof
Laurel's Woman Murderer.
Twelve Men Killed and as Many
Injured in a Collision.
SEARCHING THROUGH WOODS
SILVER LEADER'S BRAVER?
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ONLY LINE !
WITHOUT CHANGE OP CARS-VIA
$21 mm TRIP 2s!ffi
I SATURDAY, S
FAST EXPRESS SERVICE
NO STREET CAR TRANSFERS NO FERRIBS
Tickets Good On All Regular Trains Returning,
Special Trains will leave Sixth-street Station at 4:00 and
10:30 p. m. Saturday and 7:oo a. ra. Sunday, and tickets
valid for return passage on ail trains until September 3
inclusive, including special traius leaving Atlantic City at
6:00 p. m. on either Sunday or Monday.
$2.00 ROUND TRIP $2.00
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12,
Tickets good going only on trains leaving Sixth-street
Station 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a. m., and returning on
special leaving Philadelphia 7:00 p. m., and all regular trains
date of issue.
.00 To Baltimore
W AND RETURN.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12,
f PENNSYLVANIA RAIL
WASHEHWDUUrS BIG LUCK
Mrs. Kinney Brings Back $16,
000 and Owns a Claim.
CLAIM IS WORTH $200,000
The Pluclry Woman Panned Out the
--Gold Herself, nod One Day TooK
" Out :?GOO in Nuggets She De
berved Thih Greut Success.
"I've Jurt road about the -wonderful suc
cess ut Klondike of a Mrs. Kinney, who
laloac took out a email fortune, and owns
ja claim worth 5200..000.
"It's really wonderful, 'wonderful, what
a determined woman can do, where even
etroi.g men would fail.
I tell vou, when God made women he
established a great Institution. I'm a mar
lied man myself audi speak by thecarda
"Women have in the malnnplendidlong-sut
fering cbaractrrH. Their patience and en
durance are often sublime, tlieir self-saorl
fice noble to a degree."
Bo wild Mr. Peuit, tlie merchant of the
"How about their shopping instinct we
read about?" queried tlie reporter.
'Rle them for It." said tlie merchant.
"".Yfly. my boy, that's why thy shop
here, and we do ho much business, l'ou
see tliey can discriminate and recognize
good good" and low prioes."
"XV c want them to understand our credit
yMem better, though, for it'.s free to all
j expectable people.
"Tell them about it."
WILL LOSE MANY VOTES.
Nomination of Colored People for
Office Bitterly Opposed.
Baltimore, Kept. 8. The announcem-nt
made by the Republicans of this city rhut
t-bey propose to give the colored people
representation on their legislative ticket
may cost them many votes Not cwsn in
the southern Maryland counties, where the
negroes arc In the majority, have the Re
publicans ventured heretofore to nominate
any ot them for an elective office. The
Ualster Republicans, however, insist on
nominating three rrom this city one from
each legislative district
Many of the independent Democrats are
nativet. or Virginia and are bitterly op
posed to the negro on general princip'es.
There are about 5,000 of these Virgins
horn Democrats and their votes may de
cide the election. Of late they hae
voted the Republican ticket.
$2.00 to Philadelphia nnd Return
Tia Pennsylvania Rallroaa, the best
equipped railroad in America. Grand ex
cursion ne-vt Sunday. be9-3c
1.2-loch boards $1 per 100 Ft.
Frank Libbey & Co., Gth and N. ST. ave.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12,
LUETGEKT MURDER TRIAL.
A Large Clasp Knife Offered in Evi
dence by the Prosecution.
Chicago, Sppt. 8.-A Urge cliup knife,
witi a blade fully three inches long, was
ofrered in evidence by the State in the
Luetgert murder trial today.
Mrs. Feldt, who was, recalled twice
during the day's proceedings once by the
StcU and once by counsel for the defense
was shewn the weapon which, it was
clninit-d, had several blood bpots on it.
Mrs. Feldt swore that this knife had been
given her by Luetgert on the day on
which he was arrested. He told her to
keep it for lum. When bhe turned against
the prisoner she handed it over to In
The prosecution will attempt to prove
that this knife wab used by Luetgert in
cutting up his wife's body after killing
Policeman Pieusb narrated details of a
search among the ashes from the Luet
gcrt factory boiler room and of finding in
them pieces of steels from a woman's air
set and fragments of bone. Carl Klein, a
dentist who had made a bet of teeth
for Mr Luetgert, wasshown the piece of
tooUi foindlu thevat, butfailed to identify
it ab hib work.
Emma Schimpke corroborated the testi
mony of her sister Gottlelb, in regard to
seeing the Luetgcrts go into the factory
on the night of May 1. It was known that
she had repeatedly asserted that bhe did
that bhe did not want to get into the case.
Chailes Gibbon, a chemist, said that he
had examined samples of the caustic pot
ash from the Luetgert vataud that it ap
peared, in hlsjudgment, as sucha tolutio:,
would If a human body had been hoiled in
A Young Composer Wounded.
Rome, Sept. 8. A dispatch from Bologna
says that Peitro Maseagni, the young com
poser of 'CavalIeraRusticanna,""L'Amieo
rrlt7" and ether short operas, has been
wounded by the accidental discharge of a
revolver which he was examining. The
Gazzetta del Emilia, a newspaper published
in Bologna, saya that the shooting was
not accidental, and that the shot was self
Inflicted in an attempt to commit suicide
Thib statement, however, is not confhmed
Uar Ont Klondike Gold Stocks.
Colorado Springs, Col., Sept. 8. The
Colorado Springs Mining Stock Associa
tion today definitely decided not to allow
Klondike sold stock to be bought or sold
on its board. This is the largest mining
asbociatlon in the country.
Unusual opportunityf to visit America's
greatest seaside resort. S2.00 round
trip. Via Pennsylvania Railroad, Satur
day and Sunday. se9-3t
$2.00 Atlantic City and Return via
Special trains Saturday and Sunday
next. Royal Blue Line, best and quickest
3.2-Inch boards $1 per 100 Ft.
Frank Libbey & Co., Gth and N. 1. avo.
A.snsslo Seen nt Eeltsvllle, Where
He Inquired the Distance to Wash
ington False Clews Hun ti) the
Earth and Evidence Found That a
Ueriinio Committed the Crime.
The Laurel mystery ib unraveling.
On Sunday the case stood thus: A human
skeleton, tartly coered with decomposed
flesh, without apparently a single clew
to the identity ot the remains or the
cause of death.
lodaj' these facts have been established:
That the victim was a -woman, a wife and
a mothei, thit the was killed by her hus
band, and that this man was a German. A
close description of the murderer has been
obtained, a number of his peculiarities
o "peech, manner and gait have been noted,
and his movement have beeu learned for
two days preceding and two days succeed
ing Ms commission or the brutal crime.
The chance that he will be run down
brightens clay by day.
The principal progrebb made on the cabe
esterdiy bj the reporterb assigned to the
work was more of a negutlve character.
Trips were made into purtB of Prince
George, Anne Arundel and Howard counties,
Msrjland, to dispose of some dews which
at fit st promised results, but gave none,
and only conflicted with the chain of evi
The work today will include a system
atic search of tlie country around the scene
of the marder for the clothes of the dead
woman. Thee may serve to complete
the identification of the remain and will
be a long move in the direction of the
solution of the msterj.
The TimCB reporter Is reasonably cer
tain that the hiding place of the bloody
clothes can be approximately defined.
The woman was killed Saturday night,
August 7, or Sunday morning, Augubt 8
It is strongly probable that bhe was
Iviiled Sunday morning. The murderer
vas soph in Eaurel Monday morning
He had no bundle with him. It la not
lively that he returned to the woods in
which the body lay and then took the
bundle of clothes away with him. He
had remaiued in tile woods or In the
countrv near by from the time he mur
dered his wire till he was seen iii Laurel
Only twenty fours had elapsed. lie scarce
ly had the time to go far from Laurel,
and it he had It Is not likely that he
would have returned to that town.
The deduct mis from this is that the
ci'itues are not very far from where the
body was found. A great deal of hard
woik har already been done by the re
pc iters in searching the woodb, but the
hunt is yet to be conducted with bjstem
and completeness. The character of the
country is such that many difficulties lie
in tlie wav of a thorough search. The
woods Is full or dead brush in places,
while there are many marshy bpots wheie
rank grass grows waist high. Around
the inp.l-aro brond fleldb grown up with
tall, thick wet-ds. On one side is a
plowed field, where the clothes may have
been easily buried.
Tnere ib one part of the field which
would present special attractions to the
mu'Cerer, and this will be searched first.
One or the first things the average mur
derer v,antsto do is to destroy the evi
dencHS of his crime. Therefore, it Is not
probable that this murderer went on hid
v iiv carrying a bundle of woman's bloody
clothing. The clothes, or a remnant of
them, must be found.
It hab been established that the mur
derer was aGermau Thistheory wasorlgi
nally bned on the fwet that the crime
was of a German species. Among a cer
tain low type of German criminals there
is a dispoPltion to mutilate the hody
of the victim after death to scatter the
pnrts of the body and tj hide the clothing.
An American or English murderer will
shoot or stab, hut as a rule will not mu
tilate after death This was a case of
uxoricide, and this is an uncommon crime
among Americans. Here was a small
woman who had hcen stabbed to the heart
by a big, strong man who had cut the
throat or his victim after death, and there
were indications that he had beheaded the
corpse and cut orf a hand and foot. He
had secreted the clothes.
The experienced criminal reporters be
lieved that it vas a German murder Later
a scrap of old newspaper was found not
far from the death spot, with the word
'Leemc'' or "Lume," and "Washington"
written in pencil on the margin by i hand
that revealed strong traces of German
ehlrograpbv. This wa another link of
testimony along that line. Next a vague
description ot the couple was obtained.
The country people thought from the up
pearance of the man (hat he must be a
foreigner. Closer descriptions indicated a
German Jewish type
While the strangers were in Laurel the
woman bought bologna sausage They
were accompanied by two dogs. Tlie
Germans are great dog fanciers. Now, on
this line, the clinching proof was ob
talncd last night. It follows:
II W. Thiese, a German, conduct a
small bakeiy at Laurel. He is a North
Geimcn, and came from a town near
Bremen. On Monday morning, August 0.
a tramp urae into his shop and asked for
a pair of shoes. This tramp spoke good
German and was, said Mr. Thiese last
night, from nouth Germany This tramp
wup the man who killed the woman in the
woods. The baker gave an independent
description of this man. He had nut read
the papeis and had heard nothing about
clews. He hud only heard that "a dead
woman had been found in the woods." His
description tallies Uo&ely with that given
by Messrb. Shaffer and Green, who s,aw
the mau on Filtlay afternoon at Laurel,
with that of Ml-s Woods who sa.v him
as he passed down the railroad track
towards the woods; with that of Fred
Duvall, who saw this mau at the edge of
Continued on Second Page.
The Pennsylvania Railroad.
Runs the only through trains to Atlantic
City. A 9,000,000 bridge the connect
ing link. Gleat excursion Paturday and
Sunday next. Best equipment. so9-3t
$1.00 Washington to Baltimore
and return, via Pennsj-lvania Railroad, on
Sunday next best equipped railroad in the
countrj-. Tickets good on all trains Sep
tember 12. se9-3t
12-lnch boards $X per 100 Ft.
Frank Libbey & Co., Gth and N. I', ave.
GALLiWGER BROWS II
He Calls Carl Selrnrz a Traitor
and Various JDtlier Tilings.
AT WAR WITH ALL PRINCIPLES
The Nc-.v llampsrB.Spnator Says
the Rppublleun Party Care Noth
ing; for tliQViVwi uu Puhlio
Questions of a Man Who Su
Frequently Betfhyed It.
Concord, N. H., Sept. 8. Seuutor Galhn
ger today made a public reply to the open
letter which Carl Schurz addressed to
him on August 27. The Senator opens
his open letter as follows:
"Hon Carl Schurz:,
"Dear Sir I have read your open letter
addressed to me, irt which jou announce,
with your usual swaggvrand bravado, that
if I decIre to coutlnue this conversation
jou will be at my service. It is not for
the p'irpose of gratifying your egotism,
made boundless by the versatility with
wh'ch you have espoused all shades of
political opinions since rirst you lunded
In thiB country, nor because I feel that I
am an adept in ydnt methods of warfare,
that 1 take notice ot your Ill-mannered
and inconsequential letter It were prob
ably better to suffer jou to lapse again
Into that political obscurity where jour
disloyalty to Republican principles pre
cipitated you than to gratlry your j'cam
ing desire for notoriety by keeping j'ou
longer in public view, into whose pres
ence you have seized this opportunity of
"But, when j'ou ro2 us the moral mentor
ot the Republican natty a party wlioe
cause j-ou have repeatedly betrayed, and
the leading plank of whose platform jou
openly repudiate In the adUce jou are to
anxious to gteits followers I may be par
doned ir I recall to that generation who
have coma to years ot "understanding since
j-ou lefl the stage or political action who
thu Carl Schurz Is who bo flippantly as,
cumes to interpret Republican principles"
to whose who, when he was coquetting with
the enemjr, were steadfast in bupport of its
candidatt-b and platrorm."
The Senator saj-s In closing: "I can
not reciprocate fully the invitation contain
ed in the last paragraph of j-our Ietter.as
outinarilj r should choose a correspondent
less, ubi'-dve and more candid than j-ou.
The lJepubUcan party cares nothing for
your views on the tariff, pensions, the
freedom of Cuba, the development of the
American merchant marine, the Monroe
doctrine, honqst civil service reform and
other planks of its platform. You are at
war with most of them, even if yoa do
not consider them 'immoral.' But if there
remand any llngerlngjduubt in jour mind
that jour arc whatll designate jou, a
traitor to the Republican party; I may be
at home to your future inquiries."
A Iurder Mystery at Mieriden.
Merlden, Conn., ScpJ:. 8. Tue body of
an unknown man, apparentlj' about thirty
years old, was reuniting race downward
in a Shallow brook oiithe outskirts or the
city tonight. His throat had been cut
rrom car to ear. Except for stockings
the body was entirelj;.nude. The trousers,
shirt and shoes were- found a short dis
tanceaway. The shirt was saturated with
blood. There was nothing about the
clothing or tody to identify the man.
Assignment of afobacco Company.
Detroit, Mich.. Sept. 8 -The American
Kagle Tobacco Company, the oldest in the
country, assigned today. Liabilities, $115.
000; assets, $L6,Q0O. The failure, it is
alleged, Is due to the workings of the To
bacco Trusty which1 made the business of
the company unprofitable.
$2.00 Washington to Philadelphia
and return via Pennsylvania Railroad, the
matchless line, finest cars built, fleetest
locomotives ma.de, best track in existence.
Great excursion next Sunday. hel)-3t
$1.00 Washington to Baltimore
and return, via Pennsylvania Railroad, on
Sunday next. Tickets good on all trains
September 12. se9-3t
12-inch boards 1 per 100 Ft.
Frank Libbey & Co., 6th and N. Y. ave.
Which sliall I liberate?'
A YACHT CAPSIZED.
Of Seventeen 'Persons Aboard Many
Have Been Drowned.
Detroh, Mich., Sept S. The sloop jacht
Blauche B. started out on a cruise this
afterncon with seventeen persona aboard.
Until late tonight nothing -vns known or
uny accident having berallen her, but then
two or the party, Joe Tausey and a man
named O'ilrlen, .swam ashore below Crosse
Point and reported that the yacht had
capsized between P-clleand Peach Islands.
Thej said that at least four or their com
panions Thlllman, Murray, Gertez and
Newcone had been drowned. Thej- did
not know how many had escaped. Details
are ry difficult to obtain tonight.
Detroit, Sept. 8. Later Information
shows that the bloop yacht Blauche B.
had but fifteen people aboard when she
put out from her dock. Half waj up the
main channel, near Lake St. Clair, bhe
was capsized by the carelessness of her
Of thu firteen aboard Tanseyand O'Brien
escaped by bwiinming ashore, while Thill
man, Newsotne, Gertez, Murray, Rice and
Ix)veJoy were drowned. The othr pas
sengers were picked up by passing Loats.
REPUBLICANS IN TROUBLE.
Their Organization in West Virgin hi
Badly Split Up.
Wheeling, V,'. Va., Sept. 8. -The Re
publican organization in West Virginia is
badly "split over Gov. George AW Atkin
son's candidacj' for the United States
Senate. A few days ago the G. A. R.
post at Mounds ville passed resolutions con
demning the gnvernoi, Congressman Do
venei and State Auditor La Follette ror
disregarding campaign promises to sup
port a G A.R. man for postmaster there.
Immediately arterward resolutions were
introduced in all of the G. A. R. insts ot
the State, declaring hostllitj to anj legis
lative candidate who -would not at once
annoui ce his opposition to Gov. Atkin
son'b candidrtcj ror United States Senator.
Many of the posts have already adopted
the resolutions, end prospectle legislative
candidates in several counties have de-
Kc-ftlcd that-.they also must be against the
Kovenior. niu resolutions nave oeen suo
mitted to them, and, as the G- A.R. ote
Jn "West Virginia is heavy.it is pretty cer
tain that Gov. Atkinson'-s Senatorial boom
will not survive the election.
The old soldiers promise similar action
against a number of othpr officials w ho,
they ollege, have "thrown them down'
In matters or appointments to State and
EXECUTION OF PERRY.
The Murderer of Bely Lanier TJie
on the Gallows..
Atlanta, Ga., Sept-8. Borace S. Perry
was hinged at noon today ror the murder
or Bely Lanier, Be passed his last night
on earth very calmlj' and peacerully. Bib
wife and five children remained with hint
all night and until 5 o'clock this morning,
when Perry had breakfast served audbidhi-,
dear ones a last good-bj'.
Bis wire and eldest son went to Decatur
with him, but tho four other children
parted with him finnliy. Perry for once
completely broke down. After their de
part lire he regained his nerve, and made hib
Successful Aunnpolis Candidates-.
Annapolis, Md., Sept. 9. Nine cadet can
dii'ates entered the Naval Academy todaj
nuking a total of fortj--five to date. Of
tho fifty-one avIio passed in mental ex
aminations, three or four were rejected,
principally because of pcor ejesight. The
following passed today: Joseph S. Lindsay
or Kentuckj'. Jesse B. Gaj', ot South Da
kota, Russell Hastings of Ohio, O. F.
Cooper of North Carolina, F. R McCrarj
of Arkansas, J. V. Eabcock or Iowa,M. G.
Cook of Kansas, J. A. FuieY of "Wisconsin,
D. A. "Weaver ot Georgia.
2.00 Atlantic City and Hetnrn via
3 p. m. Saturday and 6:30 a. m. Sunday
next Good to return on all regulartraius
Sunday and 1'JondSij'. It-em
Only One AU3nl Ronto
To Atlantic City. Only one Pennsylvania
Railroad. Best equipped railway in the
world. Great excursion to Atlantic Citj
next Saturdaj' and Sundaj-. se9-3t
12-lnch boards $1 per 100 Ft.
Frank Libbey & Co., 6th an'd N. Y, ave.
H POLITICAL SENSATION
Pennsylvania's Secretary of the
Commonweal tli Resigns.
THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLE
Reeder, the Seeretnry, Signed
n Bond Indemnifying the State
Treasurer From Lo In Pay
ing Salaries of Legislative Ein
Ilo.re on the "Pudded" List.
Harri-burc. Pa., Sept. 8. The political
sensation of todaj' was the enrorced resig
nation or Gen. Reeder, secretarj of the
A week ago Gov. Hastings, angered at
Reeder a action in signing a bond indemni
fying the State treasurer from loss In
paying to legislative employes who were
not or the payroll under the law certain
sums amounting to $20 000, sent to Gen.
ReethT a curt letter demanding his resig
nation. Reeder at once resigned and re
quested an Interview with the governor.
When the two met j'esterdaj- the gover
nor verj plalnlj- told his premier that hu
action in signing the bond was a reflection
on the administration which had vetoed a
bill making an appropriation to pay the
ea la lies ot the employes, ou the padded
The governor today accepted Reeder's
resignation, and the latter at once Iefc
for his iomein Easton, turning the depart
ment over to the deputy. The governor
hab tendered the position of secretarj- of
the Commonwealth to Col. James 11. Lam
bert, the present insurance commissioner
and one or the editors of the Philadelphia
Col. Lambert has not yet accepted the
place having a-ked for time that he might
consult with his friends.
It is said that there arc other reasons
wh'ch decided tlie governor to demand
Gen. Reeder's resignation.
Reedr is a ttrong Quay man and has
followed the fortunes of the Beaver Sen
ator for many years It was at the 'ne
gation of Quay that Reeder was placet!
m the Bastings cabinet. Two j'ears ago.
when the Philadelphia combine made its
fight against Quay, Reeder went to Quaj'
and offered to resign in order Unit he
might take part In the battle for his old
Quaj counseled him to stay where he
was, and Reeder left for Europe, remain
ing until the fight w.is over and Quay
Reeder intimates that he has a few
scores to paj' off, in pajlng which Quay
Aill lend his assistance.
Florida Papers Consolidate.
Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. S The consoli
dation of the Florida Times-Union ami the
Plot Ida liaily Citin-n takes place todaj
the latter paper "swallowing" the Tiine.v
Unlon. Both papers arc said to be ow net!
by Flagler & Plant, and a desire to save
expenses Is the reason nssigned, there he
ing room for one paper only.
Foreign Minister for Korea.
Th. Department ot State has been In
formed by the Korean minister, Chin Pom
l"e, that he has received notice from his
grvcrntupnt ot the appointment of Mr. Min
Jong JJock as minister ot foreigu affairs.
Secretary Reeder's Resignation.
Hurrisburg, ra., Sept. 8. Secretary of
tl e Commonwealth Reeder has resigned
at, he request of Gov. Bastings-
The $2.00 Excursion to Philadelphia
on Sunday next via Pennsylvania Railroad
affords anvunusual opportunity to vi&it
the Quaker City. be9-3t
Another of Those Popular Trips
to Fort Monroe and Norfolk Saturdaj
at 7 p. in., via Norfolk and "Washington
steamers. Tickets, S3, good to return
Sunday night. it
Ivy Institute i3usness College, fetn nnd K.
Kone better; S25 a lear: day or night.
12-lnch boards 1 per 100 Ft.
Frank Libbey S. Co., Gth and N. 1'. ave.
Ono of the Most Active Men in the
Crowd of ltcscner, lie Astets
ut the Risfc of Ills Life in Carry
ing Ont the Demi nnd Woanded-o
The DtMiil and Injured. -
Emporia, Kan., Sept. 8. At leasttwelve
men were killed antl ten or a dozen injured
in a" collision on the Santa Fe road to
night between the fast mall going east
and the Mexico and California train go
ing west. E-Presldentlal Candidate "Will
lam J. Bryan was a passcngerjaboard the
westbound train, but was in the rear car,
probably 400 feet from where the wreck
Mr. Bryan was one of the most active
men in the crowd of rescuers. Be helped to
go through the wreck, braving th most
terrible dangers, a&olsting in carrying out
most of the dead and wounded men, and
paying the greatest attention o their care.
Bis cool head was valuablein pointing out
dangers and directing how to avoid them.
One man, who was badlj- wounded,
called for Brj-an aud raid: 'I went to
hear you today. I am dying now and
want to shake your hand and say- God
bless j-ou. If you possibly cau, Mr. Bryau,
get me a drink of water."
Mr. Bryan went into the fast mail car,
the end ot which was burying, and se
cured the drink ot water. The free
silver champion then went into a car and
brought out a cushion seat to make a
pillow for another djlng man. Be was
everywhere and assisting everybody,
and was perfectly cool during all the
The Mexico and California train, west
ward tiotind, left Burllngame one hour late.
It wa due to leave there at 5:23 p.m hut
did not leave until G:25. "When It departed
from Bnrlmgame, a second engine was put
wlrh the first, and five extra coach us were
attached. Every coach was crowded and
not a foot ot space was in the aisles.
The fiont and rear platforms of every
coach was ai-o crowded. Luckily the bulk
of ilttcrowd got off at Osage Oity, and tnbse
who remained m the coaches only barely
Tilled the seats- The engineers had orders
to meet .the fat mail at Emporia and they
vere miking up time. The train musthave
been running at the rate of at least
fcriy miles an hour.
The conductorandbrakemen were getting
their lanterns ready for Emporia, which
was then thre miles orf. There was no
warning signal. The westbound train
was goiug around a slight curve and met
the fast mail probably within 200 feet.
The three engines, jammed together by
the mighty Impact, exploded instantly,
tearing a hole in the track so deep thati
the smoking car of the westbound wrain
went on top of the wreck ot tlie three
engines and two mail cars, and balanced
there without turning over.
To add to the general confusion and panic
the lights in all the cars went out. They
soon Tilled with .smoke and the peculiar
odor arising from the pouring of water on
hot cinders, half choking the passengers
as tnpy fought their way out in tmi
Tt.c-p'ibjeng?r- in the highly-poised smok
ing car, in escaping through the windo.va
came very near turning ths car over, and,
ia which event, the fatality would hae
been much greater, as this car soon caught
fire from the exploded engines uauVmeath
it and burned to ashes in a short time.
To add to the horror of the scene, In
this car the front door overhung a thick
Elaine of smoke and steam, while the
rear door was so tightlj- closed that It
would not open. In jumping out of the
car windows two or three passengers
fell through the rifts ot wreck beneath
and In all probabllltypcrished in tlie flames.
While thl-j car went ofr its trucks aud
lodged on top of the pile of Wreit
without turning over and jiobody was
seriously hurt, the car in the rear of it
not only turned over, but -everal of Ua
occupants were injured.
Ou the other train, the fast mail, there
were not more than a dozen passenger3,
aud none ot them was seriously injured.
One man, Johu Sweenej', was thrown
over three seats and out of a window, but
landed uninjured. There were but two
coaches in the westbound tnin wrecked
outside of the baggage aud mail cara.
The mail and baggage caw of the fast
mail were a total wreck.
o tar as could be ascertained only one
saok .f mall was rescued rrom loth trains
before the wreck caught fire. The knowp
Jim Brennan, engineer, Topeka.
Nat IIolHster, fireman, Topeka.
L. F. Sowers, exaress messenger on ths
west bound train, Kansas City.
Gonzalez, tiremnn, east bound train.
Bill Frisbj-, engineer, east bound trail?,,
R A Doran, postal clerk, Emporia.
Continued on Second Pago.
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Sunday next. se9-3t
Owing to the great demand ror the won
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