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Island Daily Argus.
XLI NO. 82.
ROCK ISLAND, MONDAY JANUARY 23. 1893.
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Pr Week ISM Ovata
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nil i nivwvjiNOJ
Tlxo Hiargest Stooli,
3?1dlo Lowest 3P:riLO.
We put on sale our entire stock ol pants
bt the following prices- - each lot on separate
Table One Pants for 99 cents; worth $150 to $2.00.
Table Two Pants for $ 1.99; worth $2.50 to $350.
Table Three Pants for $2.99; worth $3.75 to $450.
Table Four Pants for $3.99; worth $4.75 to $6.00.
Table Five Pants for $4.99; worth $650 to $8,00.
nvestigate. It will pay you.
Proprietors, Rock Island.
Great Bargains in
124, 126 and 128
JET KNIVES and SCISSORS took the highest premium
P'ity. If you want a eood knife try one.
need not be told what a nice present an elegant Carvinp
M thnSH I Via pa tr thnm nri'l Ha Alan thnaa
old Medal Carpet Sweepers.
woman that keeps house wants one. Wrought Iroit
fire Sets and Irons.
Acorn Stoves and Ranges
f adeis made in Illinois for our soft coal and every on
jj : oBftro an gooa tilings lur iu noiiaa oi'
i ' r J1116- Come in and see how much I have to she yor
"UJ "u novel in no lsektepmg joos.
JOHN T. NOFTSKER,
Cor. Third Ave. and Twentieth Street, Rock Island.
: Sliirt Factory :
Our Shirts .
Are oar sieciaty. We jmake thera fonrselves.
ratronize homo infantry.
Our Suits .
Are made to your ordor, and they are tailor-made
at prices ranging from $18 up.
Our Pants .
Are down In prices and we invite competition.
Call and mate yoar seloction from over 300 differ
ent samples at prices from S3 and up.
Cannot be duplicated, oar workmanship'caoBot be
excelled, oar goods we warrant, and last, but not
least, yonr patronage is solicited.
Call and see ne at the
Tri-City Shirt Factory.
1809 Second avenue, over Looeley's crockery (tors,
Washes Everything from a fine
3ilk handkerchief to a circus
Laoe curtains a specialty.
No. 1724 THIRD AVE.
A. M. & AJj. J. a PARKER, B
Telephone No. 1214
Elaah Doors Blinds, Siding, Flooring,
and all kinds of wood work or builders.
1 UiUeenthSU bt. Tcird and Fourth res.
WAS DEADLY RAIN.
A Shower of Flaming Oil Falls
AWFUL EESTJLT OF AN EXPLOSION,
Th- Open Switch Does Some Fearful
Work Near Alton, Ills. A Collision
Brings Thousands of People Together
When Two Coal Oil Tanks Kxplode Scat
tering liuralng Oil Upon Dozens Six
teen Persons Tiurned to Death in the
Fields, Fourteen Who Cannot Recover
and Thirty Seriously Scorched Dreadful
Sufferings of the Victims Details of the
Altos, Ills., Jan. 23. The Pacific ex
press of the Big Four road ran iuto an open
switch at Wafra Junction, or Alton Junc
tion, a small station at Old Alton, three
mile east of this city, at8:40o'clock Satur
day morning. The engine struck some
loaded oil cars, was derailed and thrown
over an embankment, the oil ignited, and
the engineer was killed. Two hours after the
collision, while the vicinity of the tracks
was crowded with people who had come
out to see the wreck, one of the tanks ex
ploded throwing the burning oil into the
crowd. Sixteen persons were so badly
burned that they died either instantly or
by 6 p. m. yesterday. Fourteen were fatal
ly burned,but still live.nnd thirty-one were
severely injure J, but will recover.
Death I! oil so Far as Reported.
The list of desd up to 6 p. m. yesterday
is as follows: Webb Ross, XIattoon; Hiram
L'ornelius, Iowa: Eduard M. Miller, Alton
Junction; two unidentified men; William.
?hattuck. Upper Alton: Henry
Penning, Vanu; Willie McCarty,
John Locke land Edward Maurin, Alton;
Daniel llarers, Alton Junction: Wm.
Manthe, Fosterburg, Ills., Charles Utt,
Wm. II. Miller, Charles Harris, and John
Wilkinson, Alton. Of these all but the
first six died of their injuries after being' re
moved to the hospital at Alton, except Ftt.
W. II. Miller and Manthe, whose dead
bodies were found near the scene of the
wreck yesterday morning.
List of the Fatally Injured.
Of the injured fourteen the hospital
physician said at 6 o'clock, cannot recover.
They are Otto Hagewan, John Fred, Joe
Hermann, Henry Pilgrim, John Luttrell
and William B. Richardson, Alton; A. T.
Frazer, St. Louis; Frank tfarth, Brant ford,
Canada: Frank Scully and John Burke,
Alton; William Miller, Alton Junction;
Murray and RottofT, Upper Alton.
Serious Cases That Will Recover.
Those who' sustained serious injuries,
but who will firobably recover, are: Mrs
A. L. Willen and child. Kansas Citv;
Henry Wiggfhs and GeorgeStaples, Altorrf v food and I dn
Junction; John Pike, Herman Nnske and V
Erene McCaldwell, Alton; Ixmis Deufo,
Montreal; Henry Staples, Uniontown, Ky.j
Montgomery. Alton; Dalton Harris,
Alton Junction; Frank Barton, Stamford.
Ont.; Ixiuis Mcintosh, William Mcintosh
and John Henry, Alton 'Junction; John
Mnnahan, Fast St.. Ixmis: James Mnllana,
Alton Junction; Charles Harris and W. C
Harrison, Alton; Pamentine Valentine.
Philadelphia, Pa.; Chhrles Hamilton, Al
ton Junction; B. Mcnhans, Pat O'Mcara,
Z. B. Job, John Seister, Ephriam Richard
son, John Finley, John McPikc, Evan
Caldwell Patrick Finley and diaries
Semes at the Wreck.
The scene of the disaster was visited yes
terday by thousands of people. The pas
senger train was wrecked almost beyond
recognition. Next to it was the gear of
the cafe car, around and through which
an eager crowd was searching for money
and valuables from the burned mail
pouches and baggage. Several gold and
silver coins and some jewelry partly mol
ten were found. Another grewsome relic
dug out of the ashes was the metal lid of
a coffin in which the corpse of a young
woman en route from Texas to Boston
was burned. About half of the big stock
yards was lying in smoking ruins. The
most sickening spectacle of the sad pano
rama was the ashes and remnants of cloth
ing dropped from tho bodies of the victims
as they fled from the shower of burring oil.
They were lying everywhere and some
times with them were particles of human
Ghastly Relic of the Disaster.
By the wagon road, in a ditch filled with
snow, was found the entire cuticle of eight
hands with finger nails attached as it
peeled from the bone as the sufferers in
their frenzy dashed into the freezing sub
stance. Late Saturday night and early
yesterday morning several Yictims were
found in a fearful condition in the fields,
where they bad fled and fallen from ex
haustion, and it is believed others are yet
Tho Deadly Open Switch.
The train left St. Louis at 8 o'clock, con
sisting of engine, buffet and baggage car,
and three Wagner sleepers. When the
engine was passing the curve at the east
end of the yards at Wann Engineer Webb
Ross noticed the switch was open. The
train was going at a high rate of speed and
It was impossible for the engineer to check
it. He remained in the cab, however, and
set the air brakes, this act costing him his
life. The fireman, Richard White, jumped
from the engine just before the collision
and escaped with slight injuries. The
engine crashed entirely through one of the
tank cars, splitting it half, and was
then forced on and entirely over the other.
Jumped Too Lata for Safety.
The oil from the wrecked tanks at ones
caught fire and flames instantly surround
ed the engineer, who bad jumped jnst as
the pilot of the engine struck the first tank.
Throwing his hands to his face the brave
man struggled to the embankment at one
side of the track, hut as soon as be reached
It he sank to t he earth a crisp and black
ened corpse. The engineer's action in re
versing his engine and applying the brakes
slackened the speed of the train sufficiently
to prevent any serious injury to the pas
sengers, of whom there were about sixty. '
THAT WAS ONLY PRELIMINARY.
A Terrible Explosion Throws Burning
Oil Over Scores.
The news of the accident brought ' hun
ireds of people to the scene, all anxious to
assist in any possible manner, and as they
stand around watching the fire the culmi
nation of the horrible affair took place.
Two of the tank cars were left uninjured
by the engine. Tho heat of burning oil all
around them generated from their contents
a gas, the pressure of which became too
great for the huge iron casks to withstand.
Sumultaneously and with fearful force
they exploded, throwing pieces of their
iron sides far out into the adjacent fields
and showering upon the assembled crowd
if sight-seers a mass of flaming liquid.
For one second after the noise 'of the ex
plosion there was no sound save the whish
of the oil as it was forced through the air.
Then there arose a confusion of agonizing
appeals for help and cries of terror to which
no tongue or pen can do justice.
A Wild Panic Follows.
For several minutes the panic was inde
scribable. Those touched by the blazing
oil groped about wildly, seeking in vain fof
relief from their torture. Almost without
exception the injured were burned about
the face, and had their eyesight tempora
rily, if not permanently destroyed. Thosa
who were uninjured were so terror-stricken
as to be unable to assist their less for
tunate companions for some time. The
crowd that surrounded the burning train
was estimated at several thousands by the
wrecking crew, and the flames spread over
the entire territory occupied by them and
into 1 he adjacent fields and even the villagj
itself. The oil flew for hundreds of feet
and fell in blay.iug masses upon the people,
so that the loss of lift and propertv is
surprisingly small, but it is fearful enough.
Looking for the LiivpiI Ones.
Those who were left unhurt immediately
went to the assistance of the wounded and
they were, many of them, taken to St.
Joseph's hospital in this citv. When the
train bearing the dead and wounded
reached Alton a little after noon almost
another panic ensued. Great crowds hail
gathered at the stopping place of the train,
a point some distance from the station and
but a short distance from the hospital.
Many of these had loved ones among the
victims of the burning oil, and as fast as
the bodies were taken out of the train
sobbing wives, mothers and daughters in
their attempts to catch a sight of the
features would snatch frantically at tha
covering and finding that which they
dreaded to see, would throw themselves
upon the body in an agony of grief. Final
ly all the dead and wounded were taken
care of and the crowd dispersed or gathered
into little knots and discussed the affair.
Appearance of the Vnfortunate.
Before the hospital door another immense
throng was gathered, anxious to view the
unrecognizable faces that passed on litters
through the entrance way. Inside all was
infusion and hurry. In a little while
three rooms on the main floor were filled
with the wounded. Lying on the couches
the dirty, oil-soaked rasre were cut away
from the bodies and laid bare the horrible'
work of the burning oil. The hands and
faces of all were scorched, torn and bleed
ing. The lips and noses were swollen and
distorted, and the eyes were c ither burned
out or. were flame-eaten and encrusted with
st. Several of the victims
when uncovered were found to be without
cuticle, the flames having cooked and
burned it until it either clung to the cloth
ing in removal or fell away of its own ac
cord. ltoRced To Re Tut Out of Misery.
Several of the injured constantly begged
to be killed that they might be free from
their pain. 'Oh, I'm blind," moaned one;
"I feel that my eyes are gone. Oh, I could
stand all, everything; I could be burned
with satisfaction; I could be crippled or de
formed forever, but to be without eyes. I
want to die,'' and then a mother bowed
low over the moaning form and buried her
face and convulsed form in the clothing
that shielded her son. Several little boys
were among the victims and their mean
ings were the source of much distress to
all the others.
WHAT AN EYE-WITNESS SAW.
The l'lame Swept hy Him, Although He
Was 60O Feet Away.
Accounts of the explosion as given by
eye-witnesses do not differ greatly in de
tail. One of these witnesses, Robert Curdy,
said Saturday night: "l think the force of
the explosion must have spent itself in my
direction. Although I was 600 feet away
when the accident occurred, the flame
swept by me and passed in a shet over my
horse and rig, which were standing near. I
can hardly describe the noise; it was not
like a cannon, nor like thunder, but more
as the rushing of a mighty force of air.
Ixoking around me I saw boys and men
running in all directions through the fields.
One man headed toward me. I did not
recognize him, but I called to him to stop,
which he did.
Tried to Cut Off His Clothes.
"I had my knife in band,and as be halted
I rushed upon him and cut and slashed
away through the sheet of flame until
there remained not a vestige of his original
habiliments. I tried with my voice to con
sole him as with my hands I did what I
could to alleviate his pain. He recognized
my voice and with his burned and sight
less eyes turned toward me be managed to
inform me that he was my old friend
James Murray. In pulling off the sleeve
of his coat the skin of his band came off
like a glove. I threw dust over him and
rolled him in the dirt. Others hurrying
up took him in charge and, bundling him
into a wagon, bore him to his home in Alton-Horrible
Agony of a Boy.
"Over near the bouse on the embank
ment and to the west of the scene of the
horror," continued Mr. Curdy, "lay the
smouldering remains of a boy of 14 or 15
years of age. It is supposed his name was
Hagerman. I shouted to the fleeing ones
to walk, not run; as running but fanned
the flames. Hurrying on I overtook Willie
McCarthy, a lad of 13. After I bad done
all I could for him, and with scarcely a bit
ot clothing left on him, be lay down, and
in his agony rolled over and over on the
snow and ice. Houses were stripped of
bed clothes, pillows and the like, and a
mnltitnde of tender and sympathetic care
takef were soon in attendance."
Bouses Set on Fire.
The village narrowly missed complete
annihilation, as the burning oil was thrown
upon a number of buildings which were
let burn for a time in the universal excite
ment following the slaughter of the vic
tims. The flames enveloped and complete
ly destroyed the homes of Mr. Emery and
Mrs. Bright which stood near the tracks.
Other bouses were also ignited, but the
fires were extinguished before they were
consumed. The fences around the stock
yard were partially consumed, but were
saved from total destruction br the effort
ot tiie wrecking crew. Even the trees In
the groves were set on fire and were serious
ly scorched, so that many of them will
Brave Engineer Webb Rosa.
Webb Ross, the brave engineer who lost
his life, leaves a wife and six children at
Mattoon. The property loss to the company
will be about $100,000.
The Blunderer naa Fled.
In the verdict of the coroner's Jury in the
case of Engineer Ross no attempt is made
to fix the blame, although it is understood
that Brakeman Al Celt on is responsible
for the open switch, and he has fled to
escape the consequences of bis neglect ct
General Forrest's Widow Dead.
Memphis, Jan. 23. Mrs. Mary A. For
rest, widow of General X. Bedford Forrest,
one of the tuost famous commanders of the
Conlederacy, died yesterday.
A 9-ycar-old boy at Pittsburg was run
over by H. C. Frick's carriage. The mill
ionaire jumped out and saw that the boy, .
who was not hurt much, was properly
cared for, anil then went his way.
A wild man is creating a sensation at
Cataraqui, two miles from Kingston, Ont.
He lives in a wigwam with the mercury
out of sight in the direction of the bulb
of the thermometer, and cannot be induced
to ente r a house.
An American is charged with trying to
brile a workman to ste:.l the "Panyer"
stone, near Paternoster row, London. The
stone marks the highest natural elevation
in london, and was put iu its present po
sition iu ltss.
Marquis of 0.uoensbcrry,the agnostic and
authority on pugilism, is lecturing in Eng
land in favc.r of polygamy for the men.
A woman named Wood, wife of an old
settler, died at Union, la., of what is sup
posed to have been leprosy.
The lifeless lxxly of a 4-year-old son of
William Harback, of Laramie, Wyo., who
wandered away during the afternoon, after
an all-night search by fifty persons was
found next morning frozeu to death.
An exhibit at the World's fair from Mon
tana will be a pack of playing cards made
by Indians out of Caucasian skin.
A vessel is now sailing for Europe which
has on board gold to the value of $t,SUO,O0UL
She is the stc inner La Champagne.
The white citizens of Montana are or
ganizing, lead by the trades unions, to
drive the Chinese out of the state. The
method is the boycott.
W. E. AU-hinson. of Snithton, Mo., was
captured in the act of barglarizinga house.
He had been a citizen of good standing for
Burglars bl-v. up t".i safe of Isaac Ful
ler's jewelry :.re at Lone Rock, Wis.,
and set tire to the building, burning it
The g.is work- at Evantoa, a Chicago
suburb, l.ii w up owing to a leak in the
yJUTfiw-, leaving the town without light,
Vhi!e.' tuHTif Swarey, cine of a party of
schoolboys who v. vre taking a sleigh ride,
was firing a pistol for the fau of it. he
managed to Jire into his eompanions, kill
ing Win. Ajcrs, a;el 13.
The notorious Dr. Here, who is so c'.cc-p
in the Panama canal ra-sciiity has b-n
r.rroste.l at Bornemoutli, England, by Eng
lish police with the object tf extrild.iing
him to Paris. He isat this timeo to ill to
Jacob Siccana, an old farmer of 70
years, netr Fulton, Ills., tried to drive
across a track ahead of a train. He was
thrown forty feet and fatally hurt.
Rev: John Jasper, the Xegro divine who
say the "sun do move," says Jalso that the
recent cold snap was sent as a punishment
to the wicked world.
Of the 3,100 men now employed in tho
Carnegie works at Homestead, Pa. it is
stated that 2,'tOO are old men who were
among the strikers.
Bowman and Either Win.
Des Moines, Jan. 23. Judge Conrad, of
the district court, Saturday morning de
cided the Evangelical church case in fa
vor of the Bowman and Esher faction, hold
ing that the Buffalo and Indianapolis con
ferences were legal and the appointments
of Bowman and Esher and their appoint
ment of J. F. Yergcr as presiding elder of
the Des Moines district are regular.
Town with Two Mayors.
Long Island Cut, Jan. 23. Mayor
Sanford, accompanied by fifty followers,
made a demand upon Mayor Gleason to
vacate the office and surrender the books
and papers of the mayor's office Saturday.
Gleason left the building and established
himself as mayor at 112 Front street.
Mr. Sanford is now in possession of the
Death of Col. Rocker.
Chicago. Jan. 21 Colonel William A.
Rucker, pay department United States
army, died at the Virginia early yesterday
morning irom pneumonia, tie was a mem
ber of General Miles' sUff and had chare-a
of the affairs of the pay department In the
department of the Missouri. He was bora
in Michigan, near Detroit, and was S3
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