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VOL XLIII. NO.-90- NEWBERRY. S. 0. TUESDIAY. 0Coro0B W-j" 30. 190..TIEAWE.S.0AYA
FIND WATERY GRAVE
ELEOTRIO TRAIN FALLS FROm
TRESTLE INTO THIRTY FEET
OF WATER BELOW.
Until Oars' Are Pulled From Water
the Exact Number of Dead Will
Not Be Known, But May
Atlantic City, N. J., Oct.' 28.-A
railroad accident that was even worse
than the Meadow wreck of July 30
1896,'senk about 80 people to t a sud
den death this afternoon, catching
them like rats in a trap. The cars of
the 1.30 electric train of the West Jer.
soy and Seashore railroad lines du<
here at 2.30 jiimped the track on tle,
trestle bridge over the thoroughfare
and before aiiy one could get out they
were hurled to a watery grave. The
trestle is about 15 feet above the wat
er the drop to the water requiret
several seconds, giving time for the
passengers, men, women and childreu
to see and calculate their fate.
The entire city was thrown into a
state of excitement as.the news reach
ed town about 2.30 o'clock; a fev
minutes after the disaster happened
Fully 5,000 people crowded the Mead
ows and the trestle, many relative:
and friends crying out in despair
asking for loved ones. Chief of Po
lice Maxwell had a cordon of polic<
swuing around the death circle, and
Chief Black of the fire departmen
called out his men on an emergenc
call and made ftem police te'mporar
Seven Bodies Recovered.
There were seven bodies recovered
up to 7 o'clock tonight, ana the
wrecking train is now at work try
ing to hoist the submerged ears fron
the water, where fully 70 lead bodie:
must be entombed.
The accident was due to a rai
''turning in.'' It appears that the
rail, which was an outside one on the
right aInd s'ad S u'%. kti. d n, mu1.
have been out of plumb about at
eighth of an inch. The sharp flangc
of the electric train caught this and
twisted inwards. Had it spread in
stead of twisting inwards the acci
dent never would have happened. ThiE
twist threw the first car off the
track, and into the water.
The result was that the second, an<
third cars were dragged with it, ane
while the third car was descendinp
the rear portion struck a piece of tht
abutment, hung for a short time, am
then slid into the water. Ib1 this
*brief stop saved several lives.
number of men and a few wonien leap
ed clit of windows and the rear dom
either into the water or caught hol<
of a post and were rescued. It waF
stated that fully 80 to 100 passengerE
were aboard, mostly all crowded intc
the first and second ears. These ar
entombed. Among the passenuer
were 20 men of the Royal~ Artiller
band, wuhmo were. on their way hera
from Philadelphia. One or two o:
the bodlies of the bandmen were recov
ered early in the afternoon.
~.Vent Down With Train.
M~'ortorman Scott wvent down witl
his train. Conductor Curtis als<
perished. The thbird trainman, Brake
man WVood, proved himself a hero
When the train left the rails anm
bumping over the ties Wood ran t<
the rear' door' of the last car', threwv i
wide open and held it for the pas
sengers to escape. HIe held the doo
open uin'il the car slid off the bridg<
and wvent into the water with it. H
then swam to the shore. His actio1
in hmoldng the door open probab;
saved many lives.
When the third car dropped int<
the water Henry Roomer was in thi
act of crawling from a windowv. Free
ing himself with an effort and being i
strong swimmer Roemer~ set about ta
help others. Swimming along the sidi
of the fast sinking car, lhe kicked on
the glass and thus gave several pas
sengers an opportunity to escape. One
man was caught inl a window and wai
drowned before he could extricati
The accide-it v:'se witnessed b;
many people and resceie work wa:
prompt. Strong swim! 'ra endeaver
* o dive to the subn irged cars:
search of bodies, but so strong %
the tide that they were forced to i
sist. Professional divers were th
secured. But even they were unal
to do anything against the tide tl1
swirled around the sunken coaches.
An Italian named Marco Bona w
rescued from the third car, but di
from his injuries. Boats soon swarm
about the spot where the cars we
down, thei- location being marked
the tops of their trolley poles.
Cha. Kessler, a merchant, was t
first on deck and displayed a c
head. He secured an axe, jumped
top of the submerged car and beg
to black thle roef to liberate thie i
prisoned passengers. The task w
a difficult one and he was unable
rescue many. He managed to
some women out and above water.
C. Smith of Newfield and A. R. K
ley of Jeffersonville, N. Y., .who w<
passangers on the train got off
Pleasantville for no other reason th
ihat something told them to char
their minds about coming to Atlan
About'15 people got off at Plei
antville, said they, and nearly
-many more got aboard. They si
fully 100 passengers were on I
train, a great many women. Jo
Eades of 112 Bay street, this city,
parlor ear man, was on the train a
escaped by erawling through a w
dow of the rear ear and swimml
The old man who attends th3 brid
in speaking of the accident, declai
that the bridge had been opened abc
three minutes before the tvain ca:
alonm, A yacht passed through. ]
says that lie saw that the bridge -
properly closed and that the tra<
were inspected. He canndt expli
why the rails spread as they did.
An Unidentified Woman.
Aiong the dead at the hospital y
an unidentified woman wearing
wedding ring marked ''T. P. P. to
N. G.'' and two diamond rings a
a pearl ring. She wore a white wai
black shirt, new shoes, and is app
-n0v j1hout 30 years old.
A man lying at the hospital is na
ed Vincent, residence unknown, w
a fractured skull. He is in a dyi
condition. Oreste Ray Meatielle, st
posed to be a resident of Atlan
City, is also at the h'ospital badly
Coroner Gaskill personally hurri
to the scene and made a minute
vestigation of the twisted track a
the territory and will summon a ji
tomorrow to hold an inquest. Pro,
eutor F. Pleassot Abbott was also
the ground to search for any crimit
negligence on the )art of the railro
At the big hotels, where frier
and relatives are staying, there
One of the rescurers at work on I
top of a subnmerged ear discovered
woman 's jewelled hand sticki
through the roof ventilator. He wol
ed heroically to get her body, a
finally succeded in drawing
through the aperture. It has not
Helped to Safety.
.J. S. D)eFord, a railroad man, sav
man clinging to the trestle crying
help 'ri succeeded by crawling aio
the edge of the brige and reachi
.down in pulling him safely up. 'I
man was cut and bruised and dcclir
to give his name. The wrecking tra
will work all night, trying to hoisti
The train consisted of three of
new electrie ears with whbeh the rec
m has been equip)ped. The line is op1
ated by the third rail system. 'I
trains began running a mouth a
replacing the steam trains.
When the rear ear of the tra
caught on the abutment on the brid
where it hung plosied for a minu
there was a frantic rush of the p
songers for the rear door. Probal
a score or more g.ot out and asi
ear plunged over it. :3 , 1thers he:
ed into tha -.va.ar. The last car tI
went ovei I' ':ridge fell upon I
others and sti ,rid off into I
wm. TI e .' m:a~: dev.~ h
e ve'.', gave several pa enger~
vportunity to Nap in to thewa
fore the cm. was firna:!y subhmerged.
-' A Camde.. physician, whmos' am
as wife, are believed to be among thh
el Running at High Speed.
Ile When the train left the rails, it was
at running at a high speed, according to
some persons, as fast as 40 miles an
ed Although the work of rescue was
ed begun immediately the recovery of the
nt (lead was retarded by lack of facilities
by and the quick upproach of darkness.
Not tntil daylight tomorrow will the
full extent of the tragedy become
lie knowii, and not until then can any
iol real headway be made in recovering
on and identifying the dead. It is believ
an ed that at. low tide, the ears will be
n- only partly submerged. A wrecking
as crew 1111d divers are endeavoring to
to lift the submerged ears, but results
et are not looked for until tomorrow.
T. Details as to just how the terrible
Dl- accident occurred are vague. A com
re plete circumstantial story cannot be
at obtained from any one of the pas
an sengers as yet. Two equses have beei
ge assigned for the derailment of the
Lie train. One is that the rails spread
and the other that tlho rails were not
ls- properly locked when the draw
as bridge was closed.
tid The mai who may best, be able to
he tell what caused the accident is Dan
hn iel B. Stewart, the bridge tender.
,a Stewart, however, is in no condition
nd to talk tonight. He is 65 years old.
in- He was the only person who wit
ng nessed the plunge of the train with
its human cargo from a close point ot
ge vantage. The scenes which followed
e d caused him to lose his reason and
ut wilen he was found hours afterwards,
me he could not tell a rational story.
as OFFICIALS SAY DEAD
ks WILL NOT EXCEED 57,
Pefnsylivania Railroad Makes State&
nent Concerning the Accident
pas Near Atlantic City.
a Philadelphia, Oct. 28.-At 10.13C
*I o'clock tonight the Pennsylvania rail.
road made a statement showing that
st, according to information received
x ir- ere not more than 57 of fie SO per
Sons on thle train lost their lives in
m- the Atlantic City accident.
ith The Statement follows:
n0 ''Electric train No. 1065, consistim
P of three coaclics, which left Camden
Ii at 1 p). M., left Pleasantville on time
and running at a speed of about 20
miles an hour, left the rails at the
west end of the drawbridge over the
n- Thnrougifare near Atlantic City at
n about 2.25 p.^m., and 4plunged into the
water. The first two cars werei en
tirely submerged and the third cat
oil partially subneirged 'with ithe rear
end resting on the cribbing under the
ad darwbridge. The drawbridge wP.1
ds fouid properly closed and locked, the
signal showing a clear movement. The
track was in good condition and until
lie the calls can be raised out of the wat
er, it is not possible to determine the
cause of the accident. It. was neces
sar'y to procure divers before the
train could lbe raised and1( thIese are
inow working on the wreck. Divers not
being available in At lanutic Cit y, they
'thad to b)e procnred from Camden and
''General Manager' At terbuiry, with
ai a force of assistants, is on tIhe ground
or and every effort possible' is being
ng made to remnove the cars i rom the
iig water and recover the bodies. It. is
'lie hoped with the removal of thle care
ed that a critical examination of the
in equipment can beo made so t hat the
he cause of the accident may be deter.
he ''All possible effort is being made
ad to learn t.he names of the p)assngers
or-- on the train. The bodies when recov
'lie ered are beiing placed in charge of
go, undertaikers to await identification.
''The equipment of the train is en
din tirely new, having ini service but a
efew weeks, and is believed to have
te, been p)erfect in every p)articular.
n- I''The traiin I .d, leaving Pleasant
>ly Iville, 70 passenger,, s f whom 23 have
he por accounted for - 1 ing safe, and
*-it' believed that hseral more es
he ''The motorman, Walter t. Scott,
hewas drowned. The conductor, J. 0.
w-- Curtis, and the brakeman, R. B.
'm- IWood, escaped. i.'even bodies have
--been rocovered. only one o ' nich, an
* mployo, James Demj"e ,, oreman of
is' car insp)ectors t.t 'Ja-. en has beon
THE TREND SOUTHWARD.
Figures Show Commerce Tending to
South-The Hepburn Rate Bill
Special Cor. Herald nd News.
Washington, Oct. 29.-The trend of
voimnerce toward the South is strik
ingy illustrated by the statement of
the Bureau of statistics giving the
value of exports of breadstuffs for
the first, nine ioniths of the present
calendar year. During that time th6
total value of these exports t.hrough
all the ports of the country was $130,
607,719, an increase over the corres
ponding iponths last year of $43,601,
654. More than sixtythree per cent
of this increasd was accounted for by
shipments through the South Atlantic
and Gulf ports. The total value of
exports of breadstuffs through those'
ports during tlie nine months this year
amounted to $56,535,470, against $28,
876,743, an increase of $27,658,727,
sliow1ing that the exports through the
Southern porls had very nearly doub
led as compared with list year. The
net increase for all the Southern
ports was 95.7 per cent, while for all
the other ports of the country it was
but 27.4 per cent.
The Hepburn railroad rate law has
now been in effect for two months,
and some idea can be formed as to
how it will work. There have not as
yet been any formal proceedings be
fore the Interstate Commerce Con
mission uder the new law, but its
principal object-that of doing away
witli rebates and other forms of dis
erimination bet.ween shippers has been
fully accomplished by its mere enact
ment. All of the reecni indictineuts
and convictions for offenses of this
character have been for acts commit
ted prior to the enactment of the new
law an(] have been under the Elkins
act. Since the passage of the ILep.
burin Iaw materially strengthening the
Elkins act and imposing heavier pen
alties oi both t he givers and benefici
aries of rebates and discriminations
neitlher the Interstate Commerce Com
mission, the Dep rn 1-tnmen I (of J13siiie nor
the Bureau of Corporations has been
able to find a single ease in which a
rebate or other favor has been either
granted or solicited.
It is realized that the Interstate
Commerce Commission intends to
enforce the Hepburn law and that It
will have the support of public opin
ion1 ill doing so, and the railroads are
showing a disposition to Comply with
all of its provisions as fast as they
are interpreted by the Commission.
The leading roads have been shown
a willingness to co-operate with the
Commission ill every way and the
Commission has encouraged this atti
tude and is considering the sugges
tions of the experts of the roads as
to rulings involving technical matters.
An example of this is tihe (lecision of
the Commission to appoint a commit
tee of' exp)erts to confer with expert
11raffic mieni designlatedl 1by thle r'oads
as to( thle reg.ulat ions to 1)0 mnade gov'
erning thle filIinig anid posting of sche
(dutles of rat es. It is impnlort ant that
these regulat ionis shall reqyuire the
schedules to be in such form t hat theuy
can 1)e undecrstood1 by a man of ordi
nary intelliiece and thle adlvice of
these expeits, while it will not gvov
ern t he act ion of' thle Coinmmisioners
will enable them to proceed with miore
intdlligence and to devise reguilations
that will accomllishi thle object of the
ha w wvhich is to enab)lle any shiipper
or p)assenger to ascert ain any inate fmr
hiimsel f. On thle whole, the niew law
is b)eing put1 into effect with very lit
tle friction or d1ist urbance of buisiness
and the p)resent iindications are that i '
the ruling of thle Commission are
madle so as to allow , the fnilest of
commerciail liberty consistenit with the
p)rotectionu of the rights of all shippers
and passengers thme Hepburn law will
prove a highly satisfactory solution
of the p)rob)lem of governmental regu
lation of transportation.
The Census Bureau has published
ain interesting rep)ort on the niunber of
paupers in almsouses in the United
States oin December 31, 1903. "'h!
comp)arisons with the census .ugmues
for 1890 and 1880. They show a de
crease in the number of paupers jin
p)roport on '0 thle tota lpopulation.
The toaal . umhbe on 'nenemhe 3
1903, was 81,764 or 101.4 for each
100,000 of the total population,
against 116.0 on June 1, 1890 and 132
on June 1, 1880. The Southern
States, as a whole, make a much bet
ter showing than any other section
of the country, the number per 100,
000 in the Sout,h Atlantic States on
December 31. 1903, having been 75.4,
and in the Central Southern States,
but 42.7. The porportion for the
South Atlantic States would have
been niuch smaller but for the high
figures for Delaware and Maryland
which were 145.9 and 131.7 respective
ly. ii 190 (lie proportion'for the
South A!Iaiitic States wa, 198 and for
the Central Soulthern States 46. The
lowest propoetion in any S lae in 1903
was 11) 1 in Louisiana, and the high
est was 403.9 in Nevada.
IT PUZZLED WILD BEASTS.
Wire Fence in tho Woods Proved to
Be a Trap.-Cow Moose Did the
Trick and was Proud of It.
Blue Sea Lake, Canada, October 20.
--It is now three years since the com
pletion of the railway through this
part of Canada. When the first trains
began to rim the wild creatures suf
fered rather severely from their ig
norance of the power and speed of the
Bela, deer hares and even birds
used to b)e picked up every day by
the section men. For the first few
months partridges would stand in co
veys withIin three or- four feet of
handears, allowing the railway hands
to shoot. them with revolvers.
After tle first. twelve mouths the
wild thine-s learned their lesson. Bearn
were nOVt cauglit by the trains.
I)eer were killed only when the
fright'ied creatures got on the traeli
1111(1 rn between I lie shining raih
ahead of .I engine, evidently afrai(
to stoip aevoss the metals. Partridges
learned that it was safest to fly out ot
tle right of way soonl as the rumhk
of approacling wheels wvas heard.
Strangely enough the foxes, thougli
suipposrd to be tbe most knowing ol
forest folk, haive been slowest to find
out file danger of (lie track. Three
full grown) oles have been killed late
ly on one section of the line, just
about this place.
A whole litter of young ones werv
cut to pieces oin an upper portion ol
the Iine near the Indian reserve. On1
two different occasions fine brushes
or fox tails, have been picked up be
tween the rails showing where foxer
escaped, if they eseaped at all, willi
great difficulty and considerable losa%
lut none of lie alinials seems tc
m1derstan"d lie philosophy of th
meshed wire fences, which iuelose the
track. 'I" head section man travel
ling alon, "'' :-e of his hands on a
hand car lately j.1 a tremendonw
noise issuing from the fence, and up
on thurning a sharp corner discovered
lhe cause of a buck, wh'ich had thrust
its for'efoot thIrough one of thue mneshe.s
and contrived to get the lower straind
tw iaed abont Iin suc'h a mainer that
all his furious st ruggl ings could not
Aniinot her of' 3'. mneii found a
sinmilair noise to be caus;ed lby iw
fighting st aga, which were poking
a way at each ot her Itrough the fene.
At his approach one Ithem made ofr,
but Itle othler hiad htis aniitIers st utck
thIirough the wide opening near the
top and could neitier wvi thIdrawi thlenm
nor go forward before the man had
p)ut, a long kni ft into his heart fr'om
b)ehind1( the shoulder.
Hunters find that many of the deerF
have initjure d thieir foIrelegs b)y paing
at these fences, in the at tempt to
break a way through, as thle creat ur'et
arc accust omed to foirce a passage
through thle ('reepers and t angles oft
their nat ive woodls. The curious p)art
of it is that the deer ha~ve not the
slight est (difficulty in .jumping over
the fences when they desire to do so,
though in the first few months nuim
her's of them were -severely injured
by leaping short, as though they could
not see the height of the wire.
The bears hearnedl to let the fence
alonie and1( to cross when necessary by
elimnping a stoult p)ost, though curuiou.s
t!h'.ogs somet,imes happen when a fence
is eneountered as they are hurrying
awvay from danger.
1' instnce, a en.-,rge she ha.
was running before the hunters with
her cub when she came to the wire
fence. The little follow scrambled
through, under the influence of a gen
tel cuffing from the old one.
The mother herself made the mis
take of trying to struggle through one
of the large meshes, about two feet by
nine inches. She forced her shoulder
through and by that time had tdrn the
fastenings out of the posts on either
side of that panelling, making the
fence sag, so that she could not get
enough purchase upon them to smash
the several wires.
Instead she managed to get wedg
ed into the mesh and to twist herself
up so that she was found completely
cauglt. when her pursiuers came along.
The little chap was doing his best to
help by hanging on to his mother
forepaw with his teeth and endeavor
ing to pull her through forcibly, for
which attempted kindness he was re
ceivilg anything blit thanks.
There was another big, black follow
who, being hard pressed, ran against
tile wires with such vigor as to be sent
back with considerable force by the
rebound. As soon as he recovered
his wits he essayed to clamber over
the fence ladder style.
Across tile top he fell, as has many
a humnan animal, and in trying to save
himself by his prehensile hand foot
got (lhat twished through a mesh, so
that !. hiumt head down. As lie strug
gled to regain his equilibrium the
siarp claws of tlie protrtiding hind
foot. scratched his nleek anld hie snap
wd v-iciously ai the offenlding mem
ber, and when seckred and badly
chewed his own foot.
A curious thing iiwas noticed not far
above Burbridge station on this line. A'
A two-year-old cow Came up to a
fence; apparently for the first time.
Sle smelt, at the obstacle, pawed at
it. tried squeezing her ungainly head
through it, pushed hard against it and
finally jumped easily and not un
gram'cfully over it.
'I'ien she examined the wires fron
that, side with great deliberation. For
fifteen minutes or so afterward sht
aimsed herself by leaping over it as
speedily as possible. Whether this
was done in derision or by way of
piactice did not appear, but the grave
solemenity with which she performed
her gymnastic evereise made the per
formnance the more amusing to the
Tliis cow moose exhibited a good
deal more common sense than did a
big bull moose, who was thrown back
with i a good deal of force as lie was
swing)ing t an easy trotting gat
through tIhe opeii hardwood busb.
Witlhout waiting for investigation lie
rushed savagely at. the obstacle, and
litfting bothli feel brought them down
witi trelen(lois force on the topmost
Thanksgiving in Paris.
Iha rper 's Bazar.
I[are you any idea of what is the
Thanksgiving of the American resl
don1t of I 'ar is? Let me tell you.. W4
have tiukey wi th cranberry sauco.
The tnukey is stuiiffed with things
wh ich 011ly thle Frenich tongue can
defi no, and1( eranberry sauce is usually
bough.IIt in a enn, readly-mnade, from aum'
EluIish factory. St ill, it s real tur- e
key, and the sauce( is fed with real
cranberry skins in it, so that.we comn
plain not. We are evenl glad and
grateful, this, too, ini spite of the fact )
that we are commonly all widows and ~
orphlans-tempfllorarily- who assemble v
to eat thme Thnsgvn dinner at J
homie. Our husbands and( the fathers
of our children are wont to grace thej
(innerPl giveni by the American club "
where e'very manil resident of ParIsLk
Iwho is a true patint foes, burstinge
with a sense0 of gratitgQboegd (
is a citizenl of thegra t
ear ithI. To this dlinner are bidden eac
year ai ecrtainu Inmber of innocent and'9
unmsuisp ectinjg Frenchmen, who ared;
miadle to consume even larger quant1-9
ties of American eagle than of turd
key, and who must go home sadi
enou1gh if thev believe all that the
spleakers of tihe evening tell thim ii o
how Amermicamns are doh' 'iverth'n
in thme world that is =or'th doing;a'
I y. small affahs which tihe FrenPlb
may still be0 carryhmig on, we tbc peo.
ple of thle United Sta:es, shall ap~pro?
pr'iiat# whenever we take the notiohQ