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that those in the forward cars were
left to tell the tale of their escape.
Close behind the locomotive was the
combination baggage, electrical and
club car. No one in this car was kill
ed, although it was a mass of wreck
age, and soon a smoldering mass of
debris. Baggage Master John A.
Downes, of the Pennsylvania, has no
idea how he got out of his car alive,
but when he recovered from his
shock he found his assistant, Gog
gins, and they congratulated them
selves on not even being bruised.
Next in order was the electric com
partment. Electrician Kershaw and
his assistant, Charles Seuf, were at
work. Their machinery was shattered
and yet the only mark either bears
is a severe gash on Mr. Kershaw's
ear. In the club car were Conductor
Acker, Trainmaster Maxwell and oth
ers, and they escaped with a few
Tragedy in Front Dining Car.
The front dining car St. James was
the focus of the terrible t:agedies of
,the day. In this car three lives were
lost and a dozen more had hair
breadth escapes. Six of the Ogden
party were at Breakfast. Dr. Dreher,
of Selwood, was breakfasting with
Mrs. Thorpe, Dr. St. Clair McKel
way was sitting with Mr. Robert M.
Ogden and Mr. and Mrs. Farnam, of
Yale, were at their table. Then there
was the conductor of the car, C. B.
Wilcox, four cooks and five waiters.
One of the cooks, Cummings, and two
of the waiters, Litt'e and Hayne,
The Fire Breaks Out
When the collision occurred Con
ductor Wilcox cried out, "Look out
for explosion." He feared the gas
tank under the car would explode,
but almost at the same instant the
gas was ignited from the fire in the
range and the flames burst forth. Dr.
Dreher was perhaps the first of the
passengers to gain ihis feet and in
some way he got out of the car, or
just as he was about to leave he
thought he could 'hielp, and seeing. I
Mrs. Thorpe, he caught her and led
her out of the car. He thinks it was
out of the car from the hole knocked 1
in the bottom. Mr. Ogden managed <
to make his way out. Prof. Farnam
thinks that he and his wife managed
to get out through the immense open
ing knocked in the car, but be is
quite conscious that when he got .,p
from his fall he found Mrs. Farnam 1
at his side, and that although quite
exhausted he managed to get out
Dr. McKelway's Escape.
Dr. St. Clair McKelway was the last
of tlhe six passengers to get off the
ilifated St. James. He was the near
est to the front of the car and the
blow knocked him flat on the floor.C
He first moved his legs and found
that they belonged to him, and then
he tried to get up but found that he'I
could not get up as he was pinioned
by timbers that made a sort of um-C
brella over 'him. He too, as did Mr.
and Mrs. Farnam, were decided1y- I
afraid of the steam and smoke that
soon filled the car, but in a momer.t I
two of the colored waiters in the car .1
found him and helping him to his t
feet caught him under the arms, and
in that way led him to the door of -1
tihe car. He soon found himself again
in this happy land, safe and sound,C
without a scratch or a bruise. It was 1
a wonderful escape, for the flames
were soon eating their way into the
heart of the car.
How the Others Fared.
The rest of the cars kept the track, t
but the jar of thte collision was so I
great that the locks on many of the ~
staterooms and compartments were
sprung. The water was turned on
from the railroad pipes and men wventr
on board with axes and broke in the g
doors of the state rooms, the locks t
of which had been sprung. Amongt
those who were locked in were Seth c
Low and Mrs. Low and Bishop Mc- i
Vickar, of Rhode Island, and a num- t
ber of others who were not injured. c
They were badly jarred and somewhate
Mrs. Thrope's Bravery.
Dr. Dreher had a severe cut on his t
head, but that did not seem to worry
him, and the went about giving such ji
help as he could. Mrs. Thorpe, who
was the daughter of .the poet, Long
fellow, showed wonderful nerve and I
coolness. When she got out of
harm's way there was a stream ofC
blood trickling down her face, her I
hair was dis'hevelled, her waist tcer, ~
but she said that she was all ! .t
gone ahead of Mir. Thorpe, and a:
soon. as she found that he was unin
jured, she rested for a moment o
two, but as soon as the 'hot coffee ar
rived she was one of the first to joii
in serving it.
Dr. and Mrs. Farnam were hur
much more than any others of th,
Ogden party. They suffered a grea
deal from collapse naturally inciden
to such an escape as they had had
Mrs. Farnam was bright and cheer
ful, although her arm was very badlb
bruised and her head was htrt. Dr
Farnam looked ghastly. His fac4
had been burned and a hole was giv
ing forth red blood from his head
His ;-ght arm was broken just abov(
the wrist. Dr. and Mrs. Farnanr
were taken .to Dr. Earle's infirmary
where they were given the best at,
The Railroad Victims.
Conductor Wilcox, of the St. Jame.
egan to count his men, and he soor
ound that Cummins, Little anc
Hanes were missing. Several effort.
vere made to find them, but in vain
here was no way to reach them. A,
oon as possible, Mr. DeSaussure
-f the Virginia-Carolina Company
ad a stream of water playing on th<
Ire in the wreck, and this was sup
)lemented with water from the cit3
ire department, and only after th(
ire was extinguisihed was it possibl
:o recover the bodies of the colored
Over on the platform of the ferti
izer, plant C. M. Cope, the young flag
nan was dying. Medical aid couk
lo him no good and in about half ar
iour after the wreck he breathed hi!
ast. The shock and internal injur.
es caused his death.
Engineer Hunter, who had jumped
is soon as he applied the brakes
vaited uncomplainingly until medical
ttention could reach him and he
:ould be moved. Shull, one of the
:ooks on the St. James had a fright
u1 cut on his arm, and the blood
- s spurting from the wound. Tem
>orary relief was given him until he
vas turned over to a trained nurse,
Lnd as sloon as the young lady had
)andaged his arm he put his head
>n a mattress and went to smoking
Mr. McCoy, who was especially in
:harge of the party, did not appear
o mind the gash in his head, and
vent around giving orders with the
nood dripping down his neck.
Those Who Escaped.
Conductor D. R. Rubus found all
f his crew all right.
Mr. Stephen Baker and Dr. and
irs. A. S. Draper were the only pas
engers in the second dining car wait
ng for breakfast. They escaped un
njured through the windows of the
Mr. Robert Ogden's Distress.
One of the first to get out to render
elp was Mr. Robert C. Ogden, who
vent~ out bare headed and without, his
:ollar. It was painful to see how se
iously he took the accident, for which
e was in no wise responsible.. Often
e wished that he could bear the suf
erings of those who had been in
ured and he gave repeated instruc
ions that nothing was to be spared
r making those comfortable who had
een hurt. He asked Dr. Seth Low
o take the list of passengers and
heck it up and when told that the
ist showed every one safe and pres
nt Mr. Ogden said: 'Thank God
or that." Later on when Hayne's
~ody was taken from the wreckage
dlr. Ogden directed ti undertaker
o see that he and all others were as
vell cared for as if they had been
Saving the Baggage.
As the freight car moved off it ear
ied on its dome a lot of the bag
age and from that height to the bot
om of the wreckage there was scat
ered baggage. What could be dis
overed was gathered up, but a great
eat of the effects of the members of
he Ogden party was burned. Many
f the ladies had their most elegant
vening and ball dresses along, as
hey expected to attend a series of
ntertainments, and the men had
heir best. Many of the trunks were
otally destroyed and others were
adly damaged by the water used in
xtinguishing the wreck, others were
mashed, and altogether the baggage
resented a discouraging appearance.
Vhat baggage was saved, and some
>f it was intact, was piled along in
he vestibules of the train and taken
No One to Blame.
THE PACIFIC MUTUAL
Life Insurance Cnmpany of California
Organized 1868 or. "Old Line" Plan.
Read what one who is recognized au
thority on the subject, has to say: "Of
late the magazines and daily papers
have had much to say by way of criti
cism of certain Life Insurance Compa
nies, and especially with regard to the
Legal Organization of such Companies,
and of the manner of their control.
These CRITICISMS do not apply to
The Pacific Mutual, but DEMON
STRATE the Truth of the Assertion
that 'for POLICY-HOLDERS The
Pacific Mutual has the BEST Legal
organization." It is not controlled by
ONE or Two men, having no pecuniary
interest or responsibility save as policy
holders, or recipients of salary; But it
is controlled by a BOARD of fifteen
Directors, not mere dummies, but Stock
holders in their own right, holding a
large amount of the Company's stock,
and Policyholners as well. The Direc
tors of the Company are men of high
Financial and Commercial standing, and
are by LAW made RESPONSIBLE for
the acts of the Officers of the CORPO
"The Company has a capital stock of
$500,000 Fully paid up in GOLD coin,
but while this Capital and the Stock
holders' responsibility afford to Policy.
holders the GREATEST possible Secur
ity, it Costs participating Policyholders
NOTHING, but every dollar paid into
the Company by them and the ACCU
MULATION thereon, is applied to
their BENEFIT. There is no Other
LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY trans;
acting business in Amtrica whose Po1
icyholders, by Legal enactment, are so
Safe-guarded as are the Polidyholders
of The Pacific Mutual."
Call on or write to me,
Genl. Agt. for S. C.,
Newberry, S. C.
Office over Post Office.
of the collision between the Ogden
train and the freight train on the main
line there can be no question. It was
just one 'of those unfortunate affairs
that cannot be helped. No one woul'd,
of course, have been intentionally
guilty of bringing about so much mis
ery and loss. The switch engine was
at work on the main track making up
a freight train. The Ogden special
was presumed to have the right of
way. Engineer Hunter was coming
into Greenville at a terrible speed
it must have been fifty miles an hour.
It was so fast that Mr. Ogden sent
word just the instant before the wreck
by Mr. McVickar to tell the conduc
tor to slow up, as there was no need
to hurry so. The speed is estimated
at fifty miles an hour. Some folks
say that the Ogden special had no
right to run this fast in the yard lim
its, where the accident occurred. If
the track had been clear it would have
made no difference how fast the train
ran. The yardmaster claims that he
had no orders to get out of the way
for the Ogden special and he did not
give any orders to the switch en
gineer or crew. This is evidently the
cause of the trouble. Mr. John Riser
is the yardmaster for the day. He
went on at 7 o'clock and the wreck
occurred at 7-55. He claims that the
day dispatcher gave him no orders to
look out for the Ogden special, and
if the night man gave him any order
he did not see it and he knew noth
ing about such order for a clearance
at any special time. The coroner
could nIot find the night yardmaster,
but Mr. Riser insisted in his testi
mony that he had no orders to look
out for the Ogden special. A few
miutes before the wreck the Ogden
special passed train 36, an important
train, at Paris, four miles from Green
ville and the orders for this train to
go on the siding at Paris had evident
ly been given through the Greenville
The Southern May Speak Later.
The Southern people have had
nothing, however, to say about the
wreck and its cause, but they will, no
doubt, do so after a full investigation.
Railroad Commissioner Jn'o. H.
Earle was one of the first on the scene
and he spent the entire day gathering
testimony and arranging for evidence.
From the evidence at the coroner's
inquest there seemed to be a slip-shod
method about the yardmaster getting
or receiving his orders. It was said
those important orders were simply
put on a hook for him and that her
took t'hem off from time to time with
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