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VOL. XXV.—NO. 243.
FAIR'S CURSE
GOMES HOME
Bonanza King's Widow Tells
Story of Family
Troubles
FIGHTS AND WINS A NAME
Mrs. Fair Talks of the Quarrel Be
tween Herself and Man Killed
in Auto Accident
EXPECTS TO ESTABLISH HER
RIGHT TO MANY MILLIONS
Second Wife of Coast Croesus Visits
St. Paul—Says Her Husband Called
on Heaven to Deal With Charlie
Fair as He Dealt With Her.
"May the vengeance of heaven be
upon my son if he fails to keep his
promise!"
Her dark eyes glowing with the
pent-up wrath of years, her tall, state
ly form a quiver with emotion, Mrs.
Nettie R. Fair, widow of the bonanza
king, Senator Fair, of California, and
the stepmother of the late Charles
Fair who, with his wife, was killed
while automobiling in France, stood in
her room at the Ryan hotel yesterday
afternoon and repeated the above
words of the deceased millionaire.
•'Those words my husband spoke the
day he inserted the clause in his will
by which Charley Fair was reinstated
as his heir," she continued.
"Charley did not keep his promise to
treat me equitably. It was because
of my importuning that the amend
ment was made in the document. The
senator was opposed to it, fearing I
would be denied my rights after his
death, as I was.
"To me Charley Fair owed his mil
lions and the eternal executor of all
estates has seen to it that the oral
clause which my husband registered in
heaven with uplifted hand has been
carried out."
A Dramatic Situation.
The situation was dramatic. All the
fire of the nature which captivated the
multi-millionaire coast statesman and
which for weeks has smoldered despite
the frequent attempts in many cities
:o fan it into an outburst, had sud
denly broken out.
The tall, finely-proportioned woman,
erect and graceful, despite the fact
that the tracings of the fateful hand of
time has lined her features, seemed in
her intensity and full-bloodedness al
most as one to be feared.
Diffident at first, armored with the
acuteness and knowledge born of years
of litigation and association with law
yers, the former Mrs. Craven, whose
claim to the name of Fair has been so
bitterly fought by the Oelrichs and the
Vanderbilts, softened when the proper
chord was accidentally struck in the
conversation.
The torrent once started was not to
be stemmed. This woman who will not
be interviewed forgot that she was in
the presence of an interviewer.
Justice for Her Enemies.
"And I firmly believe," she continued,
"that justice will be meted out also to
those others who have wronged me."
Since Wednesday last Mrs. Fair has
been registered at the Ryan. She has
remained in seclusion, before continu
ing on her way eastward.whither she is
bound to take up with her attorneys
the final details of the arrangement by
which she expects to come into one
third of the Fair estate.
When first approached by a repre
sentative of The Globe in the ro
tunda of the Ryan the statuesque fig
ure straightened to its full height, the
deep black eyes blazed with indigna
tion and two bejeweled hands went
into the air at the prospect of talking
to a reporter.
Later, however, in the seclusion of
her apartments, the natural gracious
ness of the woman got the better of
her determination and she talked.
She Is Recognized as Widow.
"In the first place, I have secured, it
ippears from my best information,
vhat is of more consequence to me
than all of the Fair millions—the rec
ognition by my traducers of my posi
tion as the second wife and the lawful
.vidow of Senator Fair," said Mrs. Fair.
"This came flatly and unequivocally
n the demands of the lawyers for
the other side that the name of 'Net
ie R. Fair' be signed to the documents
releasing all my right and title to the
i^air estate, and also redeeding to them
Tver $1,500,000 worth of real estate,
vhich had originally been deeded to
me by Senator Fair in the name of
Mettle R. Craven.
"No recognition could be more plain,
t seems to me, that that. They were
forced to meet me more than half
svay, and I have succeeded in estab
lishing my right to a third Interest in
the estate.
Fair's Daughters Get Their Share.
"When Senator Fair's first wife was
divorced the two girls—the present
Mrs. W. K. Vanderbilt Jr. and Mrs.
Oelrichs—received handsome settle
ments, choosing to cast their lot with
their mother, and the latter received
$4,000,000.
"Charley Fair, who w%s killed with
his wife in the automobile accident in
France, displeased his father by his
••vild habits and his marriage to Maud
Nelson, and he was cut out of his will.
"I pleaded with the senator to rein
state him. This the senator was dis
inclined to do. He declared his con
viction that Charley would not do the
right thing by me once he secured
possession of his father's fortune. I
insisted that he would, and I believed
in him even after his father's death
Continued on Ninth Page.
fbe £t fattl flobe
DAY'S NEWS SUMMARIZED
Weather for St. Paul and vicinity:
.Rains and brisk winds; rains Monday.
DOMESTIC—
Passenger train is wrecked b^ a cyclone
near Owatonna. Two women and a boy
are killed and twenty people are injured,
including Senator Knatvold.
Deserted wife at San Bernardino, Cal.,
will sue her husband's father for $250,000
for inciting the desertion.
Mob at Watertown, Wis., bombards
three preachers with eggs.
A tax fraud conspiracy Is reported In
Chicago.
Temporarily insane young woman tears
out the eyes of her servant, a negress,
and tortures her with fire.
Train on the Omaha road is wrecked at
Fairchild, Wis., and a large but unknown
number of people is killed.
Special session of the Pennsylvania leg
islature may be held to pass laws for the
settlement of the coal strike.
Wisconsin and are at logger
heads over the pesaessiqjj of an alleged
criminal claimed by th 6 Toriner state.
Deputy Sheriff Hoffman, of Hubbard
county, is murdered and a "blind pigger"
is arrested charged with the crime.
FOREIGN—
It is stated at the Vatican that news
paper gossip will delay Archbishop Ire
land's appointment as cardinal.
WASHINGTON-
Government surplus for August is un
expectedly large.
LOCAL—
Nettie R. Fair, widow of bonanza king,
talks about the Fair family troubles.
Charles Brown, a well known horse
breeder, dies of injuries inflicted in a run
away.
Plans are prepared for the paving of
twelve blocks on Ninth street.
Personal property returns from six
counties in the state show a decrease in
valuation of property for assessment pur
poses of $6,000,000.
Macalester college receives bequests
amounting to $14,000.
A. D. T. company seeks to replace boys
as messengers with girls.
Charles K. Sharood is married to Miss
Galilean, who was an operator in his
shoe factory.
Hundreds of hunters leave for North
ern Minnesota and the Dakotas for the
opening of the, season Monday.
Retail clerks inaugurate a movement
for the universal adoption of a 6 o'clock
closing rule among the business houses.
MINNEAPOLIS—
Bernard Bercontz seeks separation from
wife, whom he did not discover to be an
idiot, he says, until after marriage.
Judge McGee permits withdrawals of
candidates who change their minds.
SPORTING—
American Association —Columbus 3,
Louisville 1; Indianapolis 8, Toledo 1; In
dianapolis 3, Toledo 0; Kansas City 5,
Milwaukee 2.
National League—New York 3, Phila
delphia 2; Boston 4, Brooklyn 3; Pittsburg
3, Chicago 2; Cincinnati 13, St. Louis 2.
American League—St. Louis 8, Balti
more 2; Boston 11, Detroit 1; Cleveland 4,
Washington 0; Philadelphia 2, 6, Chicago
4, 5.
Pillsbury says he will give up chess.
A. A. Hansen, of Minneapolis, makes a
world's record on motor bicycle.
Savable wins the Futurity at Sheeps
head Bay.
Town and Country club and Milwaukee
Country club play even.
Minnesota, Harriet, Question and Xi U
win regatta races at White Bear.
BUSINESS—
Grain markets are dull, but with a
strong undertone, and are higher at close.
Census bureau enlightens the people on
the manufacture of iron and steel in 1900.
Beef combine is to nave a capital of
$500,000,000, with J. Ogden Armour at the
head.
MOVEMENTS OF STEAMSHIPS.
Port. Arrived. Sailed.
New York St. Paul Noordam.
New York Etruria. Zeland.
Liverpool Cevic.
Genoa Sardegna.
New York Lucania.
Queenstown. ..Unibria.
Naples Lombardia,
Copenhagen Oscar 11.
Bremerhaven Grosser Kur
furst.
Southampton *St. Louis.
Havre La Bretagne.
Antwerp Vaderland.
Liverpool Corean.
Cherbourg St. Louis.
COMBINE WITH HALF
BILLION DOLLARS
Details of the Composition of the
Forthcoming United States
• Packing Company
Special to The Globe.
CHICAGO, Aug. 30. —Some of the de
tails of the great meat trust, to be
known as the United States Packing
company, which will practically con
trol the industry in this country, are
gradually coming to the surface in
local and Eastern circles.
The capital is to be $500,000,000; es
timated annual business, $750,000,000
to $100,000,000; probable head of the
combine, J. Ogden Armour; to be
president, Gustavus F. Swift; annual
profit (estimated), $75,000,000 to $100,
--000,000; profit on volume of business,
10 per cent; profit on capital stock, 20
per cent.
Notwithstanding reported and posi
tive denials from Armour, Swift and
other local interests, the proposed com
bine is accepted as a certainty in the
East and apparently authentic and re
liable information is plentiful there.
The reported division of capital among
the principal interests in the $500,000,
--000 combine is as follows:
Armour & Co., $200,000,000; Swift &
Co., $100,000,000; Nelson, Morris & Co.,
$70,000,000; Cudahy, $25,000,000; mis
cellaneous expenses, including cost of
promotion, etc., $25,000,000; total,
$500,000,000.
In the miscellaneous list the Lipton
company, Continental Packing com
pany, and other concerns at the local
yards and smaller companies in New
England and the East are to be in
cluded. The Swift concern has al
ready arranged to take over the Anglo-
American company and the Armours
have taken in the Hammond company,
and these are included with the "Big
Two."
SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 31, 1902."—THIRTY PAGES.
MANY KILLED IN A RAILROAD
WRECK IN WISCONSIN
Train Gets Into a Swollen Stream, a Bridge Having
Been Swept Away--Number of Victims Unknown.
Special to The Globe.
LA CROSSE, Wis., Aug. 30.—Private
advices received here tonight say the
limited "flyer" on the Omaha road was
wrecked, with large loss of life, at
Fairchild, Wis.
A terrific storm swept away a bridge
over a small creek which had become a
raging torrent and the heavy train
plunged into the stream while going
at the rate of forty-five miles an hour.
The accident occurred near midnight,
and, owing to the fact that the tele
graphic and telephone wires are down,
EYES TORN OUT,
TORTURED ON STOVE
Frightful Treatment of a Tennessee
Negress by Her Insane Young
Mistress.
Special to The Globe.
KNOXVILLE, Term., Aug. 30.—Ani
mated with the strength of a man and
armed with a silver table fork, the
wife of one of the most prominent men
in Sevir county, rushed upon her ne
gress servant and literally scratched
the eyes out of her head, grasped her
around the body and carried her to the
red-hot cooking -stove, where for five
minutes she tortured her in satisfac
tion for an Insane jealousy.
She was Mrs. Earl F. Sharp, daugh
ter of Col. McMahon, one of the most
prominent men of that > section and
wife of Earl Sharp, equally as promi
nent. Authentic details of the story
have just reached this city. She was
arrested and temporarily confined in
jail, but afterwards was released on
$10,000 bond.
Mrs. Sharp is only sixteen years of
age and is in delicate. health. Her
murderous fit was clearly one of in
sanity.
NEW CARDINAL
REPORT PREMATURE
But Opinion in Rome Seems to Favor
a Red Hat for Archbishop
Ireland.
ROME, Aug. 30.—The reports rela
tive to the creation of another Ameri
can cardinal are unfounded, or at
least premature. For fifteen years ef
forts have been made to secure anoth
er member of the sacred college, but it
was found that the American episco
pacy was not sufficiently favorable.
Gen. di Cesnola came to Rome to
advocate that Archbishop Ireland and
the late Archbishop Corrigan both be
promoted to avoid rivalry, but New
York's geographical position was re
garded at the Vatican as being too
near Baltimore to permit Archbishop
Corrigan's appointment. With the
passing away of Archbishop Corrigan
the situation was much altered, and it
is considered that a satisfactory solu
tion of the Philippine question might
bring recompense to Archbishop Ire
land for his services In the affair.
At the Vatican, it is said, that news
paper talk will only delay Archbishop
Ireland's chances, as the pope is al
ways Irritated at the idea of anything
being imposed upon him by the press.
Mgr. Guidi, the apostolic delegate in
the Philippine islands, will be nomi
nated archbishop of Stavropoli, the
only titular archbishopric vacant. The
Osservatore Romano tonight officially
announces both the appointment to
Manila and the conflrmant of the epis
copacy. After his consecration Mgr.
Guidi will be instructed to proceed to
his post immediately, arriving there
about Nov. 7. He will take with him
an English prelate as his secretary.
NEBRASKA BANK HAS
NO CASH ON HAND
Had Deposits of $100,000, but the In
stitution Had to Close
Up.
LINCOLN, Neb.. Aug. 30.—The state
banking board today.took charge of the
Chamberlin banking "house at Tecumseh
and closed its doors. The bank is the
oldest in Johnson county, and its suspen
sion caused the greatest surprise. The
deposits are placed at $102,000, but there
is practically no cash on hand. Charles
M. Chamberlain, the cashier, left last
Monday for the East, taking, it is alleged,
a gripful of securities, with which to raise
money for the bank. It is asserted he has
not been heard from further than that he
was in Chicago Tuesday.
GLOBE'S NEW SUBSCRIBERS
Week Ending July 19 590
Week Ending July 26 720
Week Ending August 2 " i 802
Week Ending August 9 i 869
Week Ending August 16 1 621
Week Ending August 23 ..! , 876
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 30:
City 211
C0untry........ 646
Total for Seven Weeks- <-. • 5,335
it is impossible to secure details.
Fairchild is an isolated village some
distance north pf here.
AccoFding to aispatches received at
the raJlroad offices here, the engineer,
fireman, two brakemen and several
passengers wer£" killed, and several
more were fatally injured. Just as the
news was being received the wires
went down and are not yet working.
If the meager reports obtainable are
true, the disaster was one of the most
appalling in the history, jot the Omaha
railroad.
SPIRITUAL LIVER
BEING RUINED
So Says an English Clergyman, Who
Advocates Union of the Stage
and Church.
LONDON, Aug. 30..—Rev. Forbes
Phillips, vicar of Gorleston, near Yar
mouth, who aroused widespread com
ment by permitting Mrs. 'Brown Pot
ter to recite from his pulpit, in June,
1901, is agitating a fresh and more
startling scheme for a close union of
the church and stag© in the cause of
religion.
He proposes that each parish main
tain a theater under the management
of the church. In an interview, the
clergyman says:
"The clergymen overdo the religious
side of life, thereby ruining the spir
itual liver, like that of overfed Stras
burg geese."
The plan of Mr. Phillips includes a
revival of the mystery plays of the
middle ages and the establishment of
a sort of Oberammeragau society in
each parish.
PELTED WITH EGGS
NEARLY AN HOUR
Chicago Revivalist and Watertown
(Wis.) Pastors^ Objects of
Popufar Wrath.
WATERTOWN, Wis., Aug. 30.—A
mob of several hundred persons to
night bombarded with eggs Rev. Ed
ward F. Miller, a Chicago revivalist.
Revs. A. M. Bullock, pastor of the
Methodist church, of i this city, and
Henry Bens, pasfor 'of the Baptist
church.
The assault began when the minis
ters with their followers stopped after
a parade through the streets in front
of the Methodist church. The bom
bardment was kept up for forty-five
minutes. While the eggs were being
thrown Pastor Bullock secured an
American flag, which, he waved before
the crowd, but this had no effect. At the
end of the outdoor meeting services
were held within dioors unmolested.
The preachers believe the assault was
the result of their three* weeks'
attacks on the local s*loons. Some ax
rests may follow.
STAGE COACH ROLLS
DOWN A CANYON
Passengers Injured, One Fatally, In an Ac
cident at Yellowstone
Park:
LIVINGSTON, Mont,, Aug. 30.—One of
the coaches making a tour of the Yellow
stone national park was overturned and
rolled over several times down into a
canyon. The coacji was filled with thir
teen passengers, of whom several were se
riously hurt. The injuries of one of the
tourists may prove fatal. One horse was
instantly killed.
The accident was caused by the driver
losing control of the horses.
Boer Colony in Madagascar.
ANTANANARIVO, " Madagascar,
Friday, Aug; 29.—C01. Trichard, for
merly of the Boer army, and other
South African delegates here are ne
gotiating with the governor, Gen.
Gallieni, for the concession of a large
area of agricultural and pasture lands
in the neighborhood of -Lake Itassi.
The French g&vernment may consent
on condition tsat the immigrants be
come naturaliz^. and learn the French
language. £
Revolution Simmering in Brazil. i
RIO JANEIRO, Aug. 30.—There are
new rumors of conspiracies against
the government and of plans for a
revolution. The revolutionists are Re
publicans fjjonr Sao Pe.ulo, who are as
sociated with monarchists for the pur
pose of/-overthrowing President yam
pos-Salles before the end of his term,
and thus prevent the new president
fromi coming into power.
INDUCES HIS SON
TO DESERT HIS WIFE
Latter Will Sue the Millionaire Fath
er-in-Law for $250,000
Damages.
Special to The Globe.
SAN BERNARDINO, Cal., Aug. 30.
—A romance beginning a year ago in
Indianapolis, which resulted in the
elopement of Emmett Rose, son of
Hon. H. E. Rose, a millionaire capital
ist, and Miss Myrtle Middleton, who
were married in Cincinnati, has cul
minated here In -the desertion of the
young wife, and a suit for $250,000
against her millionaire father-in-law
for alienation of her husband's affec
tions. After the marriage the young
man's parents refused to recognize his
wife, but sent them West, where since-
the elder Rose has been contributing
regularly to their support.
Yesterday the wife returned from a
neighboring town to find her home in
confusion, and believed a burglary had
occurred. On looking for her husband,
she was told he had left some days
before and had not been heard from.
Another woman, who had been an in-1
timate friend of the two, also had gone
with him. The deserted wife missed
valuable jewels, and in search for
these she found a packet of letters the
elder Rose had written to his son, in
which he was urged to desert her. One
of the letters arrived just before Rose
left, and had contained an order for
a large amount.
The letters were placed in the hands
of attorneys here, and Mrs. Rose
states she will immediately begin suit
for damages against the father. H.
Rose is president of the San Miguel
ranch, which controls thousands of
acres in Mexico. His present residence
is Owensboro, Ky.
CHICAGO HAS A
TAX SCANDAL
Reported Discovery of an Extensive
Conspiracy to Defraud
the County.
CHICAGO, Aug. 30.—Judge Brentano
today ordered a special venire for a
special grand jury to convene Tuesday
to consider the tax-fixing scandals that
have thrown county officers into a tur
moil. Bench warrants also will issue
against several persons as yet un
known.
The action is a result of the unearth
ing by State's Attorney Deneen of
what he thinks to'be a gigantic" con
spiracy to defraud Cook county out of
hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last
week it was discovered that the tax
accounts of the Masonic Temple build
ing apparently had been tampered with
on the books of the county treasurer.
The charge was laid before the state's
attorney that the entry of "paid" be
fore an item of $26,700 was a forgery.
Treasurer S. B. Raymond and
his chief clerk, John Becker, asserted
that the money was never paid. Capt.
Williams, manager for the Masonic
Temple association, maintains that the
taxes were paid in cash.
The News prints today what pur
ports to be an expose of the scandal.
Michael G. Walsh, an employe of the
county treasurer, made a statement
which he said was the same as that
which started State's Attorney De
neen in his investigation. According to
Walsh he was approached by Luke
Wheeler, who, he maintains, was head
of the conspiracy. Wheeler, Walsh
said, told him that the Masonic Temple
was in bad shape financially and that
a bond issue was necessary—probably
for more than $100,000. In order to
permit of this bond issue the tax title
to the twenty-two story office building
must be clear.
The plan proposed to Walsh was
that he mark "paid" in the tax war
rant book in the space devoted to the
tax on the temple for 1901. Walsh
said Wheeler promised ample protec
tion and that all that, was necessary
for the time being to show that the
building stood clear of the $27,000 taxes
against it. The property had been
sold the year previous for taxes and if
the present year was allowed to re
main against the company the trust
companies would not touch the bonds.
Walsh said he was to get $500 of the
$1,500 to be paid for the job. Walsh
maintains he told State's Attorney De
neen about the affair and that after
wards somebody who he did not know
did make the forged 'entry.
A warrant was issued and served today
on Capt. Edward Williams, manager of
the Masonic Fraternity Temple associa
tion, charging him with uttering a forged
receipt for the taxes of the Masonic Tem
ple. Capt. Williams gave bonds of $5,000.
This is the first arrest.
Will Delagoa Bay Be Sold?
LONDON, Aug. 30.—1t is asserted
that the purchase of the Portuguese
possessions in East Africa will be an
nounced when parliament meets, and
that it will be followed by German ac
quision of a portion of them, in ac
cordance with a secret convention
with a secret convention with Great
Britain.
CYCLONE PICKS UP CARS
AND DASHES THEM DOWN
Portion of a Train on the Northwest
ern Hurled Over an Embank-
ment Near Owatonna and
Demolished.
THREE PEOPLE KILLED, TWENTY INJURED
Among the Latter Is Senator Knatvold, Who
Has Four Ribs Broken—Two Women and
a Boy Are the Ones That Meet Death—
Train Is Running at Full Speed and the
Work of Ruin Is Done in an Instant.
Special to The Globe.
OWATONNA, Minn., Aug. 30.—
West-bound Passenger Train No. 567,
on the Chicago & North-Western rail
way, was wrecked four miles west of
Owatonna this afternoon about 5:45
o'clock. One boy was killed instantly;
two women died of injuries before be
ing removed from the scene of the
wreck and a large number were badly
injured and a number less seriously
hurt.
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦
♦ ! ♦
♦ Dead. +
♦ ESTHER RICHARDSON, New 4
<> ' Ulm, died from Internal In- ♦
♦ Juries. ♦
♦ Lady supposed to be ALMA BICK- ♦
♦ : FORD, of Freeborn county. ♦
♦ MASTER PETERSON, of Waseca, ♦
♦ skull crushed. ♦
V- --■ "-;:':. ■::,., ■ ♦
♦ . Injured. , . "$>
♦ Senator T. ... V. Knatvoid, Albert 4
♦ Lea, four ribs broken. ♦
♦ C. F. Wenah, Badger, Wis., Inter- ,♦
♦ ' rial Injuries. \ +
■ ♦ Caroline A. McCune, Worthlngton, ♦
♦ :. badly bruised on arms and <>
(♦' : ,: . , breast v ',:._ : ;:.: ',: \ ■:■;,' ' ,*•". ♦
♦ ; Clint Gregg, Marlon, iowa, left ear ♦
♦ lopped off, breast hurt and ♦
♦ , left leg injured. +
♦ Mrs. Charles Green, Owatonna, ♦
♦ ' head cut and left side bruised. ♦
♦ R. L.McDougall, Owatonna, scalp +
♦ • ■ ■ wound. ' +
♦;« Rachet Pete/, Merfdan, cut on fore- ♦
♦ head. . . *
♦ Mary Glasby. Minneapolis, right
♦ . arm sprained. . . +
*> Edith Shackle, Wlnona, right leg +
♦ broken and left arm bruised. ♦
♦ Mrs. James Dineen, Sleepy Eye, ♦
♦ face cut and right side bruised. ♦
♦' Mrs. E. C. Hlllbuer, New Ulm, arm 4
♦ broken. ' .
♦ Daisy Richardson, New Ulm, right ♦
♦ arm and hand broken. +
♦ Mrs. A. C. McConnell, Brookings, ♦
♦ " S. D., back Injured and hurt ♦
♦ Internally. ! +
♦ R. H. Wilde, Milwaukee, collar +
4 bone and arm broken, head cut +
♦ and back bruised. +
♦ Ruth Jones, Mankato, right arm +
♦ broken and left hand crushed. ♦
♦ John Keegan, Waseca, left arm +
♦ sprained. +
♦ Mrs. James Leaky, Sleepy Eye, cut ♦
♦ in head and face. 4
♦ Margaret Jones, child, Mankato, ♦
♦ ' head badly bruised. +
♦ G. M. Stevens, Chicago, wrist +
♦ ; broken. +
♦ Mrs. Charles Peterson, badly bruis- ♦
♦ Ed about body. - +
+ William Klnzle, Wlnona, conduct- +
♦ ..or, .left leg bruised, back ♦
♦ wrenched and forehead cut. ♦
♦. ■■ -■.:. f^^cm .. '■■ ♦
Ditched by a Cyclone.
The train was ditched by a bad cy
clone when running at full speed. In
an instnat the wind lifted the two pas
senger and baggage cars and turned
them down the ten-foot embankment
on their sides. The cars were carried
twenty-five feet from the tracks and
were badly demolished. The engine
was left on the track. It was with dif
ficulty that the passengers were taken
from the coaches.
The news of the wreck first reached
Owatonna by telephone.
Helping the Injured.
About 6 o'clock a west-bound freight
train in charge of Conductor Stewart,
which was following the passenger
train, came upon the wreckage at
once and backed their train into Owa
tonna at full speed for help. All the
physicians and surgeons in the city
were summoned to the station and in
the caboose hurried to the scene of the
wreck and cared for the injured, who
had been carried to Mr. Reiter's farm
house nearby and had been made as
comfortable as possible with cushions
and blankets upon the ground.
Full of Passengers.
The west-bound train wKn it left
Owatonna at 5:30 this evening con
sisted of two passenger coaches, a
baggage car and the engine. The
train proceeded without incident for
about four miles, when it was noticed
that it was growing rapidly darker and
a few moments later the train was
struck by a cyclone, which lifted the
coaches completely off the track and
threw them on their side into the ditch
at the north.
Other Damage Done.
The path of the cyclone was from
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the southwest to the northeast, and in
the vicinity of the scene of the acci
dent farm buildings and windmills
were razed to the ground, trees up
rooted and stacks blown over or car
ried for rods across the fields.
The coaches were carrfed twenty
five feet from the track. The accident
happened on an embankment about ten
feet high and the train at the time
was going at the rate of thirty miles
an hour. The coaches fell on their
sides to the north and the whole thing
occurred so suddenly that there was
no opportunity given for anyone either
to jump from the coaches or to make
any attempt to save themselves.
The scene that ensued was one of
indescribable confusion. The pas
sengers were hurled forward by the
sudden stoppage of speed and those
sitting on the south side of the coaches
were thrown violently to the north,
maining and bruising those who had
been opposite them, but were now un
derneath.
Pinned Under the Car.
Others fell through the windows,
and when the car settled were pinned
between the car and the ground. It
was in this way that Master Peterson
was killed. He was found whon the
wreckage was cleared away partly be
neath the car crushed almost to a pulp.
Miss Richardson was still alive when
taken^ from the car. She was caught
between the seats, her breast seemed
to be crushed in and her lungs filled
with blood. She lived an hour and a
half. The. unknown woman Is suppos
ed to be Alma Bickford, as on her per
son was found an envelope addressed
to -a woman of that name, which con
tained a deed of land in- Freeborn
county signed by Charles Bickford.
Few, if any, of the passengers es
caped without injury. All were more
or less bruised by the fall and many
were cut by the glass of the windows,
which were all instantly shivered. The
names of only those who sustained
severe injuries are given above.
Farmers to the Rescue.
Immediately after the accident the
rain began to fall in torrents, but the
storm was of brief duration, and soon
the work of rescue began, at first by
those of the passengers whose injuries
were but slight, and later by the farm
ers who lived near. The engine, which
was not blown from the rails, was
hurried back to Owatonna, and soon
the local officials of the road, accom
panied by almost all the physicians- of
Owatonna, reached the- scene. About
the same time a wrecking crew arriv
ed from. Waseca.
During all this time the work of
taking the injured passengers from
the train had been going on. Many
were so pinned between the seats or
under the cars that it was necessary
almost to demolish the coach before
they could be taken out. Some of them
were carried to the wrecking train,
where their wounds were dressed.
More were taken to a farm house
near by, which was turned into an
emergency hospital, and there every
thing was done that could be to bind
up their wounds and assuage their
pain. In the meantime many people
had driven out from Owatonna on
hearing the news of the wreck and
gave prompt aid to the sufferers.
Removed to Waseca.
At about 8 o'clock the surgeons had
finished the emergency work and the
Injured were in a condition to be mov
ed. The greater number of them were
shortly afterwards put on the train
and taken to Waseca,-"where several of
them lived, others to go forward to
their homes further along the line.
The dead were taken to Waseca.
Those of the injured passengers whose
hurts were of a more serious nature
were shortly afterwards taken, some in
carriages and other by train, to Owa
tonna, where they were conveyed in an
ambulance to the city hospital to re
ceive the surgical care the serious na
ture of their wounds demanded. It is
a peculiar fact in connection with the
accident that scarcely anyone could be
found who could give a succinct ac
count of how it happened.
A Physician's Story.
Dr. J. Williams, of Lake Crystal, who
was in the rear car, and was one of
the very few who were uninjured, said
to The Globe reporter:
"The whole thing was over before one
had time to think about it. There was
a sudden raising of the car, a fright
ful crash and then the cries of the
frightened and the groans of the in
jured. It seemed all to happen be
fore one could wink.
"The first thing I knew I was in the
bottom of the car in the middle of a
mass of men and women, valises, brok
en glass and all the debris of a wreck.
I made for the door and got out, and
finding myself uninjured, at once
busied myself in caring for those less
fortunate than myself."
F. Madden, of Waseca, was in the
smoking car forward. The flrst~thing:
he remembered was to find his foot
going through a oar window and grips
tumbling around him.
'I was among the first," he said, "tq
get out and the confusion was inde
scribable. Cries and groans resounded
on every side and those who were the
least hurt made the most noise. But
after the first shock people were sin
gularly calm and I cannot say too
much for the heroism displayed by the
wounded and the kindness, considera
tion and the prompt help given by the
people of the neighborhood and th#
physicians and others from Owatonna, 1 i

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