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Rock Island Daily Argus.
XLI NO. 288
ROCK ISLAND. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 23, 189S.
J Single Copies SOsawl
1 Far Week ISM Oasts
a: the following prices.
worth T15 (i() ro at
I Remember we have only one car load to dis
pose of at the above manufacturer's prices.
CLEMANN & SALZMANN.
25 and 1527
ir Purpose In Advertising
I is to let everybody who buys clothing that's all Matl
ti in11. . t . . i ii ", : Jl
une aooai Know tnat our iaii sellings aram, uuu
tbat the finest ever displayed in the city. You are )es
Pectfully Invited to call and see the Litest in patterns
and RtyleB, in fall and winter wear.
J. B. ZIMMER,
' Call and leave your order
8tab Block Opposite Harps b House:
SAX&RCE, ROCK ISLAND, ILL.
We are now prepared to shbw you the
grandest stock of
At Prices Far Below all Competition.
We will save you 25 per cent on Children's
Suits, and have by far the largest
"As usual, only more so,"
Underselling Everybody in
SAX&R1CE, ROCK ISLAND, ILL,
IHEY ARE BARGAINS.
A car load of handsome bed room suits going
124 128 and 128
' luca'l In his new ihop,
At 324 Seventeenth Street.
ehoea specialty. Opposite thepi stand.
o o o o
line to select
LABOR, TIME, MONEY
Dse it your own way. "
It is the best Soap made
For v ashing Machiu use.
WARNOCX & RALSTON.
Is Life wtb LiviDg?
That Depends Upon Your Health.
Will core yon and keep you well.
For Bale at Harper House Pharmacy.
Jo tin Volk & Co.,
Sash, Doors, Blinds. Siding, Flooring
And all kinds of wool work for builders.
Eighteenth St. bet, Thirdnd lFourthvennos.
A Brakeman's Fearful Blunder
Costs Eleven Lives.
SWITCHED TO A SIDING AND DEATH
On Moment of Forgetfulness Results
in a Terrible Wreck on
TWENTY ON THE TKAIN BADLY HTJET
A Passenger Train Plunges Into a Stand
ing Freight and Only One Coach Escapes
Demolition The Man W ho Caused the
Havoc Disappears ji Realizing What
Be Has Done Recovery of the Dead
and Wounded Kighty Lives Lost at Sea
Pel Huu Walloon Trip.
Kixgsburt, lnd.,Sept. 23. Eleven bodies
resting npon improvised slats and tables
under the roof of the modest Masonic hall
f this' tillage, and a score of injured re
e&Ve3l inmates of the city Lospltal of
inC fidelity miles distant, tell the
. I 1 : 1 A V. .- r
oiukjt m uii tali ui laiiiuau uuiiuiqi ui
which this Village has been the scene.
The revised list of dead and injured is as
Dead J". H, McKenna, butcher, Hyde
Park, Mass.; Harry French, aged 14, of
the London Charity school, Ijondon, Eng
land; Charles Birbee, .-an Fransisco;
Alice Reed, East Boston, Mass.; Miss Nel
lie B. Tucker, Boston, Mass.; Warren G.
Ryder, Fhoenix, Ariz.; H. C. Zelle, Ger
many; J. D. Roundy, La Moille, la.; John
Green, engineer passenger train, Ashley,
la.; J. G. Coulter, conductor passenger
train, Detroit; v". i- Lyon, baggage mas
ter passenger train, Oetroit.
Injured Frank-1"!.'' Dow, Fair Haven,
Wash., scalp wound; Miss M. A. Kelly",
Brookline, Mass., head cut and badly
bruised; Qtto H'.'cfc, Hamburg, Germany,
bruised and ankles sprained; G. S. Hod
son, Dover, N. H., chin gashed and injuries
to back; Mrs. S. A. Seavy, Somerworth, N.
H., back injured, general contusions and
nervous prostration; Mrs. G. W. Burbank,
New Orleans, right arm and both legs
broken condition critical; Mrs. H. W.
Ryder, Phoenix, Ariz., face and body cut,
right leg broken; Simon CaiifU-ld, Iron
wood, Mich., contusions of lining and
body: Mrs. Canfield, fflfe of above, lvft
arm broken, contusions on head; Mrs. D.
fiugan Auderntd, Pennsylvania, slight
bruises; W. J. Atkins, residence unknown,
left leg fractured, internal iujuries un
conscious; Edward Ifush, London, Eng
land, youth surface contusions; William
Evans, London, England, youth, both lees
broken; Albert Molton, youth, London,
England, right arm injuied; Hattie
Hutchins, child, Phoenix. Ariz , internal
injuries; Mrs. B. C. Hill, fioiners worth, N.
II., left' thigh broken; Annie Hill, same
address, slightly brnised; Henry Volking,
fireman of freight train, scalds and con
tusicii; John Barber, fireman passenger
train, scalds and contusions; Engineer
Whitman, of freight train, right arm
broken, hurt in back.
One Moment of l-'orgctriilii:.
A moment of forgctfuliiess or absent
mindedness on the part of a br kenian who
is given the best of reputation by the Wa
bash officials tells the story of the seconds
that preceded the catastrophe. As to the
facts themselves there is no room for dis
pute. Freight train No. 4, east bound,
from Chicagj, was due at this point at 4:20
a. m. It was under orders to take the sid
ing and await t lie arrival of esthound ex
press No. !, which according to the sched
ule should have passed the Kingsbury sta
tion at 4:40. The express, however, was
away behind time, and owing to the heavy
travel growing out of the World's fair it
was divided into two sections, the second
section running twelve minutes behind
the first. Both sections were made up at
Buffalo, the passengers including people
from that city as well as from the various
lines centering in it from Canada and the
What Was Ilrakeman Thompson Doing?
With the knowledge that under the
schedule he had twenty minutes to spare
Engineer -Whitman, of the freight train,
proceeded up the siding to the main line to
take water, the switch being thrown open
by Herbert Thompson, head brakeman of
the freight. After the engine had taken
water the freight was backed to the sid
ing, and Tbompsou closed the switch. Re
garding this latter fact there is no room
for question; for at 5:10 the first section of
the express, thirty minutes late, swept
past on toe main track, giving the usual
signal long and two short blasts to inti
mate to the freight that a second section
was following close behind. What were
the movements of Brakeman Thompson
in the next few moments remains to
For the Deadly Switch Is Open.
Certain it is that when twelve minutes
later the second section of the westbound
express came thundering along at a speed
of forty miles an hour the switch wai open.
In the easly dawn the red lights at the
switch and the target were hardly discerna
ble, and it is a question whether either the
engineer or fireman of the passenger looked
for them, secure in their knowledge that
week in and week out they had swept over
the same ground without hindrance. Like
a flash of lightning, therefore, the train
took the siding, and almost before the
engineer and fireman realized that they
had missed the main track they bad
crashed into the waiting freight.
SHRIEKS AND GROANS FILL THE AIR.
Frightful Effect of the Impact with the
A second later and the air was filled
with shrieks, groans, moans and piteous
appeals for help and assistance, The pas
senger train consisted of a baggage car,
three ordinary coaches and two sleepers,
and the force of the collision was such
that only the rear sleeper escaped injury.
The locomotive of the freight was driven
half way into the car in its rear, and the
baggage car of the passenger train was
thrown to one side, while the passenger
coaches partially telescoped each other,
and the Grand Trunk coach cut into the
sleeping car "Kansas.'? carrying away the
sTIiiTking compartment ana sections one
and three as clean as though they had
been trimmed with a razor edged axe.
The forward coaches were completely
wrecked and the occupants buried in the
Awakened by the shock of the collision
the sleepers in the rear palace car poured out
without waiting to don the clothing they
had discarded the night before, and aided
by the trainmen and those of the passen
gers that had escaped injury set them
selves to the task of 'rescuing and aiding
the injured. In the meantime the resi
jents of the farm houses immediately ad
jacent to the track had been awakened,
and men and women, boys and girls, hur
riad to the scene and lent what assistance
they could. Most of the dead and injured
were in the two forward diy coaches, and
these were so completely wrecked that the
work of extricating the dead and dying
was a comparatively easy one.
One after another the lifeless forms were
brought out of the heap of timber and
placed in a row on the west side of the
track, while the injured were carried to
the meadow on the east side and cared for
by the-villagers. In the meantime news
of the catastrophe had been wired to La
Porte, Westville, Union Mills and Michi
gan City and other points within a radius
of a score of miles, and within a com
paratively short time scores of buggies,
wagons and vehicles of every description
were at the scene. In these the injured
were conveyed to the farm houses and resi
dences of the neighborhood, the doors of
which were thrown wide open by the occu
pants, the latter devoting themselves to
the temporary relief of the sufferers pend
ing the arrival of medical assistance.
Later all of the injured were taken to
Peru on a special trairr and cared for at the
hospital maintained by the Wabash road.
The remains of the dead were encased at
Weir's undertaking rooms at La Porte in
chestnut caskets covered with black cloth
and with elaborate oxidized silver trim
mings, and will be forwarded their late
homes. The three English boys belonged
to a company known as ''Dr. Bernardo's
Musical Troupe," from the London Orphan
Asylum conducted by that noted phil
anthropist. They had been booked for a
concert at the headquarters of the Ep
worth league, Jnst outside the World's fait
grounds, on Friday evening.
The inqnesl on the remains of the vic
tims of the accident has been opened by
Coroner X. V. Cole, of Michigan City. A
jury composed of residents of the neigh
borhood was impaneled, and after the
bodies had been viewed and identified by
the papers or articles found on their cloth
ing an adjournment was taken to the
residence of H. P. Ellsworth. Here the
remaius of Mr. Koundys, of Iowa, were
identified And an adjournment was agreed
upon until this morning. Koundys, who
was 07 years old, was caught in the day
coach when it was telescoped by the bag
gage car and his head flattened on both
bides. BeloTT the neck he was uninjured.
THOMPSON, THE BRAKEMAN, GONE.
Gets Ont of the Way When He Sees the
Result of His Mistake.
Where Thompson, the brakeman who
caused the wreck, is nobody knows.
AVhen Engineer Whitman had sncceeded
in extricating himself from the debris of
the meat car into which he had been
driven by the force of the collision he
found Thompson on the track as pale as a
ghost and trembling in every fibre.
' What have ypu done?" deuiauded the en
gineer, wbose right arm hnnc helpless at
his side while the blood poured from a cut
in his head.
"I must have left that switch open,"
was Thompson's reply, and without an
other word he took to his heels and dis
appeared on the side of the wreck.
Half an hour later he put in an appear
ance at the Genther farm house, two miles
south, and asked for something to eat,
saying by way of explanation that a wreck"
bad occurred during the night over toward
Kingsbury; that he had been flagging for
hours and that he was completely worn
out. The family hastened to set the table,
but after swallowing a cup of coffee he
seized his hat and left the house, exclaim
ing as he did so that he had to notify the
officials of the road. Instead of returning
toward Kingsbury, however, he took the
pike for Stillwell, five miles below that
point and through which several trains
over the Wabash, Grand Trunk and Lake
Erie and Western pass during the day.
The principal officials of the road were
very early on the scene. Superintendent
G. A. Gould, of the Wabash eastern di
vision, said: "The accident is a deplorable
one, but at the same time it cannot be at
tributed to any lack of system or of man
agement. There is nothing to conceal; no
blame to be shelved to other shoulders. It
is simply a case of one man's error and its
consequences. It cannot be 6aid that
Thompson was overworked, for his run
covered but 150 miles, or from Ashley to
Chicago. Our rules and instructions ad
mit of no misapprehension, and the whis
tle signals of the first section of the express
were clearly understood by the crew of
Firemau John Barber, of the passenger
train, who miraculously escaped serious
injury although he stuck to his post, says
that he saw nothing to indicate that the
line was not clear until they were on the
switch. A few moments before he had
coaled up, and putting his head outside
of. the cab as he passed the station he saw
the freight on the siding about six car
lengths ahead. A moment later and he
realized that they had jumped from the
main track over the switch.
The report from Peru is that several of
the injured will die.
Dropped Into the Lake.
Chicago, Sept. 23. Professor S. A.
King, a professional ssronaut, and Miss
Josie Morris, of Ames, la., an employe of
the World's fair, went up in a balloon from
the fair grounds and drifted over the lake.
The revenue cutter Andrew Johnson put
out after the balloon, which fell into the
lake three miles off Gross Point, and
skimmed along the surface for some time,
nearly drowning the voyagers. A boat
from the Johnson rescued them, and the
balloon was captured later. Neither are
much the worse for their perilous exper
ience. A boy at Linn Creek, m.o., reii into the
cistern and would Jaave drowned had not
bis ingenious mother hauled Jaiui out
With fishing tackle.
DEVILISH TRAIN WRECKING WOR
But Miracuously No One Is Seriously Hurt
Paying a Grudge.
Birmingham, Ala., Sept. 23. Seven
miles from Springvifle, this state, an ex
press train was derailed by train wreckers
and a horror narrowly escaped. The wreck
occurred on a curve and embankment. One
end of the rail had been displaced by re
moval of fish-plates; near by lay tools
which had been stolen from the tool house)
at Spring ville and with which the rails
had been taken up, The engine leaped
from the track down the embankment.
In so doing the engineer and fireman were
hurled away out of all danger: The postal
and baggage cars were piled on top of the
engine and were crushed like egg shells.
The express messenger was imprisoned in
wreckage, but got out unhurt.
The train being vestibuled none of the
coaches or sleepers, of which there were
five, turned over. The train was full of
people coming from the World's fair, but
of all these none was hurt. Fireman
Walter Waite had his sboulder blade
broken; Engineer Frawley, hurt in shoul
der and eye cut; Postal Clerk J. S. Stock
ton, badly cut in head; Flagman Tom
Bailey, hurt in back; Porter Howell, cut.
Superintendent Frazer and Sheriff Mor
row are at the scene of the wreck with dogs
following the trail of supposed wreckers.
It is thought the wreckers had a grudge
against the road on account of some law
suits or something of the kind.
Records on the Hall field.
Chicago, Sept. 23. Following are League
base ball scores: At Chicago Baltimore
0, Chicago 1; at Cleveland Brooklyn 4,
Cleveland 11; at Louisville Philadelphia
3, Louisville 5.
LIVE STOCK AND PRODUCE MARKETS
Chicago, Sept. 13,
Following were the quotation on the
Board of Trade today: Wheat September,
opened 67$e, closed 67c; Dooember, opened
71ic, close 1 7UJ$c: May, openel I8Hc.
closed J7c. Coru September, opened 41c,
Closed 4114c; iteoembar. ope el 41 He, closed
41o; May, opened 4Sc, closed 4olc. OaU
September, opened 27$c, c osed Oc
tober, opened 273, closed 27J4c; May,
Opened 3i)4c; cloiei 324s. Pork October,
opened JH.6J1-4, closed 14.6iV; January,
opened, (14.00, closed 14.(0. Lard Sep
tember, o ened (9.40, closed (9.62J4. 4
Live Stock: The prices at the Union
Stock yards today range! a follows:
liogs Estimated reoelpts for the day, 13,000;
Quality fair; left over, about 4,0 0; market
active and firm, with packers and shippers
both buyers; irioes lo&ic higher than yester
day's closing- figures; sales ranged at (5.25
38.60 pigs. (6.Ut.9J light Ji.8j4i6.Oj rough
packing, t6. 103,8. 8) mixed, and t&10&6.6S
heavy packing and shipping lota,
Cattle Estimated receipts for the day
B,C0:i; qual ty fair; market rather quiet
on local and shippng account; all grades
rather firmer and price unchanged; quotations
ranged at IS.tkiQ.ejchQioo to extra shipping
steers, (4.6'JS.ai good to choice do., 4.0a
&1.&5 fair to good, (3.30 Q 3.80 com
mon to medium do, 13.00&3.70 butch
ers' steers, (3.0J&2.75 s toe Iters, tJ.5OJ3.0O
feeders, (1.0at8i cowi, (2.003 '.9 j heifers
(1.5O&3.50 bulls. (2.1W3J.8 Texai steers,
(i.5 4.25 western rangers, and (2.50.5J
Sheep Estimated receipts for the day,
5.0U0; quality fa r; market rather slow
but prices were steady; quotations ranged at
f 25 3.70 per 10J los. Westerns, (3.253.6J
Texas, flMZi--i natives and (505.0J
Produce: Butter Fancy separator, 1V4J
25c per lb; fancy dairy, au'Jc; paoktng
stock, 14c. Eifgs Fresi stock, lie per doz.
loss off. Live poultry Spring chickens, 9o
perlb; rojit-rs, 63; turkeys, lJ&llc; ducks,
fc; geese, (3.00.."'J per doz. Potatoes
Wisconsin Kose. 7jc per bu; fancy, 78c;
home grown, (LtOjJl.25 per lH-bu sack.
Sweet potatoes Jersey, (0.U0 per bbl; Bal
timore, St.35iJl.5J. Apples Now, fair to
choice, (2.UU&2.7J per bbl. Hoaey tVhite
clover, 1-lb sections. lsiUo; broken comb.
lUc; dark comb, gjol couJ-itiaa. lOJUo; ex
New York. Sept 21.
Wheat October, 73!4c; December, ?6a
77c; May, 83a87c Oats No. 2 quiet and
firmer; state, 38&UC; western, Sllc; Oc
tober, J3J&3 lc; November, 33S 14c; De
cember. B4H34HS8C. Corn Quiet; firmer;
No. 2 float, 53c; twptember, 49c: October,
48Tcat9; November, 4(itJ4c; December.
49a50Hc; May, eifc&Vfss. fork-Firm;
quiet. Lard Quiet and steady.
The loeal Markets.
Ilsy Timotby.JS 00$9.00 ;npland. (8.000,(9.00
slougj, (6.00a(7.00; baled. (10.0039.00.
Butter Fair to choice, Mtft23c ;crcsmery,25c
Egps Frail. 13c.
Poultry Chickens, 13c; turkeys U54; ducks
12Kc; geese. 10c.
TUVIT AND VZSSTABLE8.
Apples (5 00ft$6.00 per bbl.
Onions 60c per bu.
Turnips 40c per bu.
Cattle Butchers pay for com fed steers
4a4c; cows and ueifeis, S!'&3!4c calves
IS ON TOP
No other i I
is so uncap
Costs less than Half
nd pleases much better
than the over-priced and
over- endorsed" kinds.
Judge for yourself.
i ' ,.
, In Cans. At your Grocer's