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with the rapid trampling of the horses.
The crowd watched with horror depicted
on their faces the forme ot tho wounded,
the maimed, the dying and the dead who soon re?
turned with the surgeons and attendants in oharge
Of the ambulances.
Besides the ambulances carts, wagons and trucks
of all descriptions bad boen confiscated,
and these were soon em*.i_eol in the
task of reaaovtag such of the Injured as tho hos?
pital ambulances could not aooommodate. This
Btianse, and unexpected soeue was willi
crowds of s'ttitseers who speedily collected in the
windows and on tho roofs of adjoining buildings.
Frank 8. Winchester, a manufacturi or patent
medicines -it No. IS in-v-.-t., was within fifty feat "f
the New-York anehora.e when the calamity
occurred. "I uever before had such a horrible
experience,'' ho saul, "and I never irani a repeti?
tion ol it. Tho ajr resounded with agoaiaiog -bricks
and aneaiaa from helpless women anl children. I
ino 1 to make iu.V way through tho surging crowd to
renilor what assistance I could. I had pushed hack
?onie oft'jo people and waa J oat lo the act of i s
cutng a little child from tin- pile of haman bringa
wh?n aaa <>f the o__eoa of tha Brligo? I reoognlaed
him fiom tho lettes 'N. V. and H. BL* ou his
?boulders and an uplifted oluh-threa'eul lo fell
me to the cr,.and if I did not get out of th* viv.
Aeto the people wara lying in terribie confusion,
an*1, tl.who daaired to supply tba Inefflciency of
the olii. r.-i of the Illidge and as
eist tho cnishcd and helpless creatures _wara
driven bach by tho clubs of th'e offloera It
wns the most senseless piece of nuisa.nie that could
he Imagined, and had it not beea foi the general
e_kBoaaaaaaaad taeapaeit] "f thc offleiala the affair
wo.'d have heeu less seri,ms. A bingle New-York
paBeoman 'nth a clear hoad would bavedona more
g_active aerviee than thc eight or ten Bridge offloera
Whoa I ?- iw. WI,en 1 sa iv that the panic could not
ha averted, I did my beal tn assist thy injured poo*
pla. ami : ?? In* d' umi back with a club sooiued crtiol
to 'lia* dca I and ill l:
W. H. Hunt, of No. 107 Nn^aan-st.. said: "1
BUii'*d acaaaa th'' Bridif about 4 o'clock, bnt
tunic-bael, aller 1 had (fol about hall way over nu
ace lint id the crowd. 1 nolie tia jam in limit of
?r. hat thora waa a ooastnnl atream Bowing from
?oaklyn, and l*efore 1 v-as aware- ol the Banger
wa-iiii.i.i i. eaii;ed iu iho crowd aad carried Irre
ai-tibi.v toward the total step-. the people
went (Iowa tho-e sto|)8 by the score, and
we thnt were Itebiud couldn't sion. \\ 'Alt
the scr.ams of Ihe women, tho shout- ol
thc m.i. aud tho cries ol the children it
t wantha moat horrible thing I ever saw. There
didn't seem tobe anybody thero with any aatoor
It\. and tho people wara Perfectly panic-stm ken.
1'tc iioeti in tight places before, nota at sea anal iu
Ibe .iron and I give you lny word. 1 would rather
go throagb a dozen ptlchod hat les than go
through iil.ail.iaiintii.il half hour. 1 was not
orci half a fittataatti*, away fromthoaaauawheo
tba l?ali, e nnd atu'iolincet arrived, ami I ilon'1
don.I Imt that I should have hoon seriously injured
hail they nriivtad tifteeu laiuutes hitor. The presu?
me oi thc eioiid mus ii i esmtildo. I shouh' say
that there wera at least a baadUed i> opie lajareo in
the crush.''
rn ?
Outside inc C'hsmbors Street Hospital the scone
waa caa ot terrible eodnaaa ead enoagh in theter
BBr-atrtefcea tacos of the tignre-i that wore pushing
tbrir way np along the crowded sidowalks to look
for sonic friend among those lying inside, bal .-adder
a', < im bc contrast of the sil-nce around tba doon
and tue roaipiag of tin- children a few yanda away.
Aini.up tboae killed aliuoal immediately waeaCbiua
Bun, and aboat 8 o'clock two of lils countrymen
Caine edging their way through the crowd, thur
lip* .|Ui\. iinu as they . xtdaiuad their artaud te the
pollenI .n al Vic door. '* I ha-y thought tiley could
nay srbe ha was if they might seo ht:n." they sail in
labored .'. i.li-th?and tannieliow their sorrow did not
Basaahnabaeoaaa their Hagttah was bad. Hut he
h.d already I'-en Identified, aad they could do no
good bp going in : and tho man who had Identified
lum had saul his name waa Ah liing and when they
lie ard th** na_W they had b en prayiag no! to henr,
thoy turned without ? syllable aad walked away.
But. aa thej passed out, u woman came pu-biug in,
har he al covered with a rod shawl aad a baby in
har anns, muttering as she came,
"Oh. Cod! hu was su.-h a fin-i b >J -
ha waa each a fina hoyl" And then the poll
to'.d lier tbal na such boy -rue '.here, aud she-j ma, m
barstso: hysterical ian.liter, up the street, telling
every one le nut that Johnny was not hurt. Bad
in he; j ty, t innUag ihe two wretched Chinanieu tor
th-i!'aadneaa AHanmadtba doora blocking tho
Bide walka aud making a aaad-oirala out lota the
road, aaa a small orvwd, gradually lactea-dagaa ihe
Waning advanced, ol idlers who wore thora merely
to - ??? wh ai Ma- going oil.
The loner crrclr?thom lauaedtateiy around tho
dior-?were elleat i m.ugh, but in thc outer ringa a
cent mint chatter ol voioaa jarrod terribly with the
iutons ' pal nos of the-cones inside ibo do'.is, aud.
wbal wai wt r e, un th- outskirts ol tho tinting the
chr.iiren were shuni in: and playing a- if the
world i-i'Te all web lue aad they were not si ami
_ag within a daaoe pacea of two inonu fall ol dead
and dying pantie. Now anti aj-ain au ambnlance
Would come rattling up the street, cleanu. a wa)
lor iisaoif, ami then a man, a woman and a child
wno brought out bom the baaOfBOOl of lin- haspil.il
anti the voioaa were hushed in au instant, while the
people looked at the sad burden ss it paeoad. One
atna il b,.y was bnmgfal out, bandaged anti
pale a:ul still, and as they wera laying
him in tbo amhalaaaa another boy, u
lew years older, pushed hw way through
tiie erowd and up to hts side " Tom! 'lum!" he
ortadtaking his baud aud looking appealingly ioto
his whito lace. " Da s->oak to me. Tami" hui there
was aa ehaaaa of getting any answer there,
and he suflerod biiiiwli*?.? he letl quietly away.
Km tba moe) itart intense grief earea little for
appcuranc s, bal now aid then figBTM would steal
up ai.il. innes?d of pushi'ig forward, trust?
ing to thu dignity of sorrow to clear
a wai,-.von <i bang anxiously aboat tha tri ti go ol
tho erowd aad timidly aak queaUona, tha anawera
to which meant all the woild irith him, ol casu.J
hyetaodeia, marfal ta go ia at oaoe and face tbe
terrilde alt -rnativo of " paa " or " uo." So it wns
that a stiling man with a bronzed face, bare-headed
and with bia siiirt thrown open, stood som- paces
Irotn the door an-l asked the bystander* who kio-w
nothing al'.'ttt tho matter, whet hoi a girl called
"" |gie Sullivan" was hurt. At la-t u gentle
man, sepuir; |. s |iis|!|(,n, took him hy the -nu and
led him into tin- hall. Before eithoi could apeak to
the aa Barinia?deal u tai! mau, old and ?ub ? long
white heard, came up aud said aloud : " Ai ! that's
she, doctor : that's Maggie Sullivan. But v*hat ber
latn i'd no lind only koowa!" and as he linisheii a
hand was lum upon his arm, and turning, he
found her father stating into his Jaa-e, with
his ups moviiig, hut not a sound coining out. Th
atrong, hnrehcadea nun theu hesitated uo more, bul
chuging to thc walls and doorways hs he went,
passed I'lnekly iu, A few minutes "after he oaiue
out kate the street su;rpor;ed by a friend on either
anio, siagga-ring all over the pavement and groaning
at iii'arvals " Be fore Heaven! lt will kill her
mother when she. heal sot it! I eau hardly beal it
aud shu wi 1 die."
Thou came three men to a?g if Tim
O'Hrteii was hurt and wore told that his
body had bjea-oat aw_y an hour ago. And two
more carno to see f. g, -i*ale who, they saul, aaa
dead; they had left bis mother in Brooklyn?abe
too had boen bruised in tue accident, though only
?lightly?and baal come to see her eon's remains.
?nd wheu they heard tuat he was only
burt and still alive they shook
each other's bauds vh-leutly without
a word, ami theu turned, ami away tho*-wein up
to tho street to Brooklyn, aud his mothar, as f_*t as
they oould mu. And so the sudden transitions
from dei-pair to joy aud from hope to BUeerv kopt
Jostling ea< h other, as it were, iu th" door-way ?
irawuy men, who had gone in full ol hope, cool?
ing out with scarcely strength to walk down
tbe steps, and helped by little girls who seemed tho
atronger ot the two in tho rnonieut of sorrow; and
then again old women, hurrying tu delirious with
anxiety, and then running out to publish the good
news they had heard to all the crowd j and all the
?while the policemen tiyiug to keep order, thrusting
back women whose oyee were full of tears, and men
who fumed aod cursed because they aoaldaol go
in to see if tom* frieud were lying dead
Inside; trying to speak aa gruffly as possible
aud pretending to Ignore the piteous
appeals poured out on every side. *' Upon my
word," one said, " a man's heart ought to be made
of leather for a Job Uko this." And yet but fifteen
pacea away children were dancing aud laughing m
the toad, (heir shrill voices rising above tbs eic...
mat ions of grief, mid now and then bnnpmg in
their plav against a BNVBor who had but just
stepped oat ol th? presence of death.
The nearness of tbe Chambers Street Hospital fo
the plaoe nf the accident gave it prominence in the
sending for help to ths injured. It was Bil
that account the point wore the wurst
hoirors eeeaaalated. Belg was snmmonad
promptly, even I elora the magnltndeof th" d
was fvilty coftiprehe-iflefl, ainl the two ainbu
attached lo the hospital made s"v.*ral tn;.- back and
forth betwfou the liridge anil the In. pi a!,
than twenty-fit's pemons wore carried thi-re. twelve
of whom wire dead soon after their arriv il. The
moos was _Qore]than sickening as tho dead and In?
land were taken out of the ambulances anl carried
into different -pars of tbe building. Thom who
wete the most injured were taken into tlie base?
ment, the others being carrel t" the upper w,,i 's
The io.,:, s ,*1 tho lu. -j.it il were sp severely
taied that uot a few of the unfortunate victims of
the uccidenl perished because they could not
temira proper treatment. Tin' re-gular ho
force was kept busy in applying restora?
tives to tbe faint nnd in endoavi nug to excite
lespiration ni ihose who were suffocated. At I mu
as possible aiiistaiiie was sent from thc Now-York
Before fl o'clock there were twelve dead bodies
lani out on the stone Hoot of the cellar below the
ivis- men! ward. Tho spectacle wm a ghMtly one.
Time had not been allowed thc hospital aatherttiM
to provide auy beds or furnish any coverings,
t. nd the rigid anns aud legs of the
dead pei-ons lay m the nillo positions
whi h ti. v took when pl need pb the floor. On en?
tering tbe cellar four bodies were soeu lying sido
lu fide, iv iib thru' heads pointing towtrd the .*?':?? t.
(me WM an old man witb a Riay leard, whose f.ice
wore a comparatively peace!ul expression. Next
to bim was a boy of about sixteen, whose yoong
face wai ol amped with tbo marks of his
liist .snuggle for breath. Two women lay
nett to him, their dies-os torn and soilod,
and their mouths open la what so*?med to be
hideous sinil-'s. Two other bodies, those of n mau
of matine a?o and a Chinaman, lay transversely to
tbe left of tin* first row. Further on were four
bodies, two men und two women, and beyond thin
ghMtly row wore Hire.* deed bodies of women, laid
in a ,sib"zh-lino. Every face bore tbo muddy hue of
Mill, cation, which linnie tho young teeni bnt
little separatee la yean bram the old. There
were few marks of bruise*, about tbe faces or
limb* of the dead vu-tims. Blood wa" stained niton
tho clothes of only "ita woman, Mrs. Saiah ilcn
Dsmy. There was a dark n d l.inl upon ber white
petticoat, but it came not from anv injury to ber.
Imt evidently Ir.i-n contact with some one who bsd
been bailly cut. The dot hos of the dead persons
wera more or less disordered. Boms ol thc disorder
tame Irom tho otb.its ot tbs hospital
winkers to revive those who were brought iti
before life had expired. But beie and ther** ma?
and tears told tim story of the p.ad trampling and
Straggling <>n Ibe Bridge.
Lp stans in ihe regular wards the Meerie was
more iieutelv terrible. "Shrieks lent the air trom
Unise who wen* writhing in tbe pams ol tinrii.il
sutlocatiou. Others ol tbo wounded si in ph lay
? nonning with pam. The e-.Ts were full and
blankets nnd bedding lind to be spread on
the Boors to seootnmodats some af the
injured. In several <?! ihe eets lay women and
children, unconscious willi then li-.*.** wm. ring in
iln* balam e. A moat toncningsigbl was thal of iwo
young Children, le-, tba)) ten yean of age, whose
sallow fares seemed to moah a balf-ooiiseiousness
of their ttreadfni saironndinga, By smut* bedsides
Moid weeping parents. On tbe iac-s of other
watchers whose tears did uot flow there
bad .vttled a despairing sxprsmion, whils
ben- and i herc faint hopo lighted up
conntcnanoM tba*eagerly bent over a reviving d< i
one. Two or three women lay on the floor, shriek
ing in pain tu moaning ami gooning lot breath,
eu-: dom benditi,, the organised faces ol m i
relstivea In some of tho groups wore persons wbo
bodoocapail tiie mi di itt without s-iieu** injury
and who. ta the anru.su of *h**h:iil' a I tired ono lying
ni pain, bad lh<-additional agony ol'nut knowing
iIih fate ot another miasing ono.
'lhere WON BBBM painlul inclilclits .ni itiipanying
tiieifi-iititi. .itioti ,.i the .ii-atl at tue Chambers
Mim ! HoapitaL All Iho eve.ung then- was _. steady
stream of mea and women pouring into thr* oellar
v. iv re the dena bodiM had beea planed. Man]
* > is turtle 1 away breathing tl.jiik.i that the queel
had nol le-biiltod In the discovery af
tleatl irieiiils ioT relatives. Otbers made
au eager scrutiny ol the ghastly feees, and in low,
brohea voiom moaned ant (heir nnbnppj rei
tions. Mrs. Henrie-sv wm recognised b.v lui hus?
band and her father. -., . .io crowd on the
iii ld ;?? with him, and be bsd .?-??.i her placed in tl.e
ambulance, remaiaiag ta 11 ? raaM ol bm fats bb
til h? could obtain aaoam to lbs oharael-hoiiM la
Chambers st
" 0. my tiod. vc*, that is Sarah,'1 he Mid, lieinlmg
nvrr her, ami for a few moments bli sobs cbohed
furthei utter i
?' Be thankful tu-tt you bave Canad hoi b
i.ne ot the nurses said, in the feeble bono ot <n:
gestiug some oom foil to the unhappy man.
"What consolation is that when ws Snd her
dead *" stied bur t itnoi. dceaairiagly.
Two plain gold rings had beea taken fra
finnan of kim. Uanaeosy while she wm tn tho hoe?
pital cellar. Uer brother later same down to
l(Mik at the body and was lad Bl ?
completely nnssaaned. The Cbtnamaa, Ab
Ling, wm finally ideatifiad, attor Tom Lm bad
looked at tb*- holy aral failed to i.o.ij.'in/.v the man.
Many of the women who visited the hospital ti
took for missing relntiTite turned sway witb tears
and Mba which told that, althongb theil musioo
bod foiled, theil horror of other pooaibilities had
l..*.*ii Intensifl d by the uah) of ths motieuleM oo ;
ins stretched on tbe stons Boor. Through thc
ilis.-rt.-t iou of tbs boopital sathoritiM
and the coroner many Identiflcal
nero made without hi aging thnse who wers the
ni oreel i dated tothe .!,. ,i |>enons fae t to f i ?
tin* corpses, Manv persons who r uoanised tlie
deadoontroll .1 theil grit anti I they had been led
aw ay fn tu tho pla ? oben out ol rion '>: tbe
' | ive ven: t i tears and . rios.
The sr. Vnieont's Hospital smbnlnnM took tom
af tbe injured persons from the City Hail. TheM
w?io Edward Daeharty, a child, oufl'.-iing fiom
s; in il injury of some nat nie ; < hal les Flier win, a:.-)
Slewea, WbOM attkle is bu,ken; Mary Dtstler, age
sightMD, raftering from contusion of thc brain,
and Mary Thompson, a_*e eight, nnoonaeioni tr tm
a fractured skull. On tim second call
for an arnnblsnt-o nn new saSM ivere Bddod. Of
these tlie ouly dangerous eaeM are 'Mary liint
ler and Mary Tbompeon. lloib aro unconscious,
and tho ravings of the former w.ie terrible until
opiates were applied. .She is now Quieter, but the
bouse-sunt-tou, Charles S. Heuedict, lears mllani
uiation of the brain will enttu.-. which wiil proba?
bly pr..ve fatal. About 10 o'clock a little girl CM I
to ' the hospital and Mated tha! abo bad
bern in 'oinpany with Mary and BbUBB lii-rler,
and lhat Emma was uow stayitig nt bl r bouse.
She ?aid her uaiQo was Tilly Kioncsler, and that .1
man had carried lier out ol the erowd while little
Emma Dirtier hail walked along the iron parap"! oj
the. railroad. Shortly aftei ward Mr. Disiter ainl
another daughter arrived aud a painful S0SSM en?
sued when they found tue pt-or girl raying. Tbs
family lives In Oin -hundred-ami thini-st. and Sec?
ond ave., and run a retail milk business. The in?
jured girl bad gone down with her little (lister to
see the parade, but had said she would in.t to on
the Bridge.
Mrs. Alice Docherty, tho mother of il.tr hoy liJ
waril, arrived at the hospital alter nho had baan at
Police Heaasjaafttee ead at Ohamberi street lies
pnui in ber scarab tor bim. She saul that at the
tillie of Hie diSMtol she had tho child by tbe bond,
waaa eaddealy she Botieed a oomniottoa ia thc
tin ung and people ero liding aud crying out. Tha
boy was separated from ber and "he saw no tn *..* u
him until tho fofl nd bim at the hospital. " 1 don'l
know what started the people," she- said. " 1 only
know there was a tern nie crush and peopie were
rushing wildly aim,g, I wm frightened and ?laird
anti don't* know even luiw I ant out In safety." Mrs.
liocliertv ls a working woman, living ni Newaik.
Charles l-'borwin's mothoi and i-ldet brother
tttrived iibmit 10 o'clock. The mother, a hatd
working German woman, was loud iu ber Lum illa?
tions and blamed tbe boy seveiely for going on tbe
Bridge. The lad himself was no inutib nr.provtd
that tbe hou._5-s:tryeoj alio.ti.it him to be leen. Ho
isa bncht litilo lad and answered all nuestions
I and concisely, exhibiting great fortitude ir.
bearing tho severe pa'n of his injnry. " There was
a crowd goiug one way and u crowd going the
other," iai'1 he, "and they _ot all mixed np. Thou
apolieomaa called eat thal wo must havo a pas?
sage, and hagan shoving tho people about. We
nae moving ulong when a Lille girl ju t near
, down tho steps und another lugger .iri after
her. Thea I heard some one call out: 'The
Illidge l- breaking,' and then I don't know what
lanie next. I koo w I tall down, and tbere aeomed
io he as many people DOder me as above inc. and
then 1 forgot everything and woke np ia a
with a lol of people in it. and then I name here ina
carriage. Mother's awful angry, but I didn't think
it waa wrong to go on the Bridge. All tho boys I
kuoir have heeii. ami I wanted to go, too."
nary Tbompaou. .rot! ai came ap alao, 'ihe lit?
tle mit", was unidentified tor so,nc hours, till a
neighbor, Mrs. Jamea Snlltvea, weill w
the iiospifal aad recognised bet. Mrs.
Sullivan, daugbtei was with Mary Tbamneon
and was killel. When VOOng ThompeOD arrived
be etated that Maggie Sullivan w:vs an older girl
and had enticed hi* little sitter to go OD the Bridge.
The mother aeat word thal "he would go to the
hospital, hui up to ? late bom had not arrived.
The doctor who wont with the 8t, vincent ainbu
laaea my* ho was tlt-t ealled to Polios Head
.,ii liters abd [rom there was sent ko the City HalL
If twenty-live bad boon sounded on the alarm,
be s ..id, ?? i . q v ambalanea ha the city woald have
proceeded straight to tha apo*, Evaa if't wonty
tline' hini h. .1 struck, the ambuliinoes from I'h'iin
hers-st.. Bellevue and BL Vincent woald have gouo
to the accident at mi','."
The scone al thoNaw-Tork Hospital, although
nothing like that at the< harnham Street Hospital,
was suftieiontly animated. As soon as it Mas found
that the Chambers Street Hospita! wasovcrcrowtl- d,
pteperataeaa wore made Bl tho New-York Hospital
to receive ull those patients that wre capable of
removal. Aaabalaaeaahegaa ta arrive at 7 o'clock
itu! continued nrnving until half-past 0. In some
cases the injured persons were accompanied
hy friend-, who stopped in tin* corridor!
and held wUeporad consultations with tho deetota
In every case the tloctors were able to givecn
couraging answer*, aa th1* most serious cases had to
he left down town. The patients wiro driven to a
s.de cntranc I nnd iiiimciliately carri od upstairs,
little care being takou to register ninnes and ad
drosses. The hospital waa short of doctors,
and every hand was engaged In
putting the wounded te bed, and in many
cases administering soothing draughts to lodooe
sleep. Among the first to arrive was HargBTOt (lal
laghat who was suffering from asphyxia. When
usked her name sh-- gave I; as Margaret Ryan,
being in n sr:ni-conseious state. Her husband
arrived later .'ind made tbe BOBIBOltaa*.
1'etor .tyan wss brought next, suffering
ham face and scalp wounds. BOBHBBl Dalton, age
thirty-three, and living at Ho, 'A'.m Wost Twaaly
nintb-st., arrived, -.uttering fruin contusions la the
bick and loins. After having his wounds ?Handed
to he was ablo t?> have for hts home. Margaret
Heggarty was brought in in nu asphyxiated
condition, na was ?lao Thomas Riordan, a
b iv thirteen yeats old, whom mother waa Hanag
thOM fat alli' injured. David 1'clinontc, ngc thirty
live, sntieriiiK from contusions in vari, us parts of
the budy, was able lo leave after having bia injune,
attended to. lYaak Barrett* a ehlM at alua yean,
living at No. lt? Mmt-sf., wtu brought,
fnnn Chaabore-et, In* au niubiilanoc
with fractures of both leg and arm. The
little fellow lay with eye* wida apea, not atteriag
a t ry, although his injuries aro most MVOro, Al
nertiaa Bob?eta age thirty, was broaghl la stiffer
ing fr un aaphjlia Stio ls tho wife, of a liquor
dealer living at Ko. Itt Un is on si.,
later in the evening hex husband ealled te maka
inijuiries. M.. 'Tan told ibet nothing ?,? preaaol
could he mid Of bel conn,I ma. aa sim WOO iislt-a-p.
Hoi bay, age roar, wbo was with her, eacaped aa
Injured. '1 WO inti'. -?? Haines
could not be learned. uer* brought
in eaJferiug from fractured rina. Inquiries wera
made up to ii late bout byanzioua friends, but no
one was perm I ie* the patient*. I h.-v wara
receiving even atti inion aud iiiu-t ol lin ni WON
_ t.e p tad doiag ?
Coroner Harlin beld an inq .??? of the
dead who wc Io tho rinmbun Oneal lilia
pita!. Beaimply aommoaed -tayar, ia the eel ir
willie the victims lay, swore tba merni teri and
adjourned tho inqneol until Hatnrday al ll
;i. m. The foreman of the jiuy was
Nun u'l J. Huggins, th*' proprietor of the Coo
mopolitan Hotel. Ihe othei memben iw-m An?
drew Mere, of No, 107 Park-p ic i| Edward D
ul Nu. 140 ( n.iinben-s!.; William S. Daw, of No.
100 Franklin-et.; Janice Ct ?'-. "f So. lia; Weet
-t.: \\ idiam J. Btipkel, "t .No. tm Broadwayi johu
A. Vombantn, ol Sn 145- Kuiia-n-si.- Joseph 1. nam
bleu, ol So. I l-i < l.aiiii. r- -:., c. ..: gr Helgenborg,
ol Si - ?i Hem ? Alu. n,,ie, ul Ku. ll 1
I In deon-st., Wi,m.ii .\m hm...-I. ol No. :!iu; Green
y, ich-st.. and A lu a ii a i ii tit be lb, ol Na I-*-. William
st. lliei ironer remained af tel be bad dismieai i
bia jury to superintend the identification ol th*)
dead -nu Issue permits tor removal and burial.
un. rm.n i: auk im;i.mi..n is.
--eic ant Coehn, who was In ehargavf thaCHy
Ilnii -lat in ti whi-n the mst tn we of the aceidont
ie,. I thfie. saul: "It was ii'.out half-poel I
when Detective Bsrgeeat Maagla rushed in and
said thal then- had been a amah aa the Bridge and
aoiue mn hud baan ia med. I latmediatcly lele
. r. iphi 1 to tha baapltalii foreargneaa aad ambo
lanena and eaal tha reserve ol tbitty mea over to
tbe loone ~ith lnatructiona nol to allow any morn
people oe tba Bridge. Mia! leareal d n abafora
a fi m melted In and shouted for bm to wnd t<> thc
heapttala for assistance. I thongbl hewaaeresj
al ilist, but when 1 realized t iu wholaeateutol ihe
catastrophe ead tbe wounded nadoyUig tic.au io
iou"- in. I did not wonder at .his azclteawnh Tiie
ambulanoea won* bare In ide of tt-u minute,, ai, ,v
Ing nut a vei v brief time after the nr-t In j grad not
ham I ir. Farrington, from t lia Astor II nose. ? o
and i uiiiixli worlaed wu), a-sill, those
who wort badly itnureii ire -ot over to the hoe
pitalaaaapeedtly aa nos bia; tbs otlmrs wara at
i omni niall 1 lr. re as b. ' u ? could.
"It is understood between the tra t-esnf the
Bridge aad tbe pelion authorltim that ive aro nwt
expected to furnish aaj detail from oar taree ax
ceptmg for maintaining neara ontaide oi toe ea
trance* aud to se.- that do crashing of erawda takes
plaoa al tbe gateways, nuperlatondent Mattias
turee has entire ?upei vision el tho rlndire proper
I o nicol any ei.iei .em ;. thal might ocoar a tlelaii
ol inti New Vu.!, pa no -aas .icUed foi and fur?
nished, t wen tv-five im amii at tbeeatraaceo an,!
tue others insale. I best- orhoers weis on duli al
the tune of tue accident. Iii addition to thane aa
additional force ot aboat liity police wein ^m io
the Bridge immedlatelv aftet the accident occurred.
The crush sm aaaaddea, and witboal the least fore
warning, thal evan with ? much larger fores the ac?
cident i ouid bot have ht en av- ried by Iheu eflorte."
Bnperlntandanl D. E. Drake,who has ehaaga af the
?? ia tn,iligbta mi tho Bridge, waa a witaeaa of the
flush on the stairs and assisted lu taking OBt the
dead and woaadod. Ba mid te a Tbibubb leportei \
Hl waa driving over the Bridge laeeoepi. with
two unui und toma appaiattU t"i the lampe, I drove
tirst from Nmv-Vork to Hr.ioklvu and rc,narked to
tbo mea, aa I * as puisir.., on tba naaMnea erowd ea
tba Illidge. I ii ?! .nu don fiac no.- th road fruv and ha 1
i?ot to tho New-York tower, comm* bon Brooklyn.
Just asl passed out from under the tower, I .il,I
sue ni front tiie imo,do a' the lt epa I mid to I be
mou: 'Tho wom. n aro noreandag .iud aryiagaad
waviag paraaolel' We drove on ii* rapidly us poe
sole. Wo-ii nagel to tba anchorage IJoarpadoat
and with th- aid of tba aaan palled dows tha tooee
and put planks actons tho car tiacks, so that tho
pi opie imild i*et mit. lt was a terrible scene. Mea
woiii'ti and children were lyimj nt the foot of
tha teps In a mass. We milled sonio out ol
tho crowd and helped them on the planks.
Unfortonatelj thc plaaka wan toe abort and aa tho
people got on them they beal and fill down on the
tracks. Several women and children fell andwoio
bru.-ed mi the itali.' ballaet?lg, bul they ul! ^.,,1 lip
a;.,l were aldo to get borne. I had plemnos of mind
eaoogh to mad mao te tha New-Tori; ead Brooklya
entrances to tell the tolI-tak*-rs not to pas. any
paaeeagera bal they did not, attend to the
warning. After we hal helped ont some af those
who lay af tbo font of the stHir<, I jumped upon the
giii'.cr- thal are over the track cn the Hndg i grepex
ami leaning I v -i helped some of the women lu the
erowd t" gol over the bl ,i an I Barrow iron lita ma.
.- eera mani roeag woim-u aad they wars
thoniu^l:l> frightened, ll i- is on.',erf ul thatBOM
of those who crossed over tbe narrow beams fol
down .a tbe tracks. If they had they could bardi]
have ccaped death.
" While I stood on the beams assisting tw<
or tluee ladies in crossing I mw an incident tba
may explain the rush that led to the -accident
Ir has been thought that a crowd of pickpocket!
mav hive pr-i ipttated tbo crush for tho purpose ol
ci.iiiiuitting thefts. I noticed a man In the thickest
of the erowd deliberately put his hand in the pocket
ol' a well-dressed man againstwuoui he wai crowded
and att-mpt to trike out u watch. If my hands had
bera free I would hav.* washedorsaaad knoeked
I.itu down. As it was, I shouted to bim to take hi'
hand out of that pocket, ami be did so.
"1 don'l know how many ladies I helped MTOSI
? 's, but it was a very large number. Finally
?he erowd srMdirertoa into tho two roadways, and
H wus possible to seo tbe damage lint" had been
done. The number of pcraoiis taken to the hospital.*!
will md give any idea of the real nnmbei ,n)ure.l.
1 mw many children who fell in the orusb sb I were
severely injured who weiottakcii away iy tbeir par?
ents, Beran! were slightly injured when the
pl inks foll on the oar-tracks, ami many teemed al
tnost fatally Injured in the crowd, and yet their
friends cartied them away. Wives, also, who were
l.a.lIv burr, were taken away by their husbands.
When we came to those WOO Were dead H ??fa- B
dreadful si_rht. Sumo of tin mon we bad to pull by
the legs frith all our st remit li to got them released
from tim crush, one poor fellow we labored with
nil our might to restore. He wu eufleeated and we
tried to k>a bbl breath back, hat be wm gone. I
injured mv own hand somewhat in gettini*" the peo?
ple out, and was only sorry I could not flo morn
tlinn I iii.I."
A Hi i.i ?,-*- workman, whorefased to nive bis name,
was one of the tirst on ths tcoBe of the dlsMter, Mo
tobi ths following story ol bis szparieacM: " I ?ss
on rbi* roadway, not very far away, when the crush
benn, I could see th" distill haiice in the crowd
and beard the eneeof the womeo, I rushed np to
tbs place and helped to take down ths fence so that
the people could come oul on the roadway. I
could seo the people crushing together
with a tremendous loree. _*big man
wbo seemed M if he could himself crush several
i. ., bad tbo breath fairly squeesed ont <>f lum.
Bnt the saddest thins. I over witnessed wm i" bm
that young bhy crushed. I was looking right ai
I im in tin erowd. Re was lifted off bli mel Bud]
eoiibl seo bun raised higher and higher um il he was
about the height of the men', shoulders. Illa face
was an owlul sight. I could BM lt chango oolor as
tha breath left BIS body. Then he seemed to fall
over among the crowd, [hone I shall tttret see
anything sn sad again. It was impossible ii
do anything to relieve tho people
at Moa, except to help them over tho iron
beams shove the stairs <>r to tako down
the fenoo. As -non at we could got tho fence flown
WS set to work to tako the wouieu over. .Some t.f
them were ao tIrIitly wedged in that wo could
?vcarcely pull them out of the crash. We worked
hir.l. uiul finally I hared the wav so tha! tho people
could tak? to tho roadways. It was not loug belora
the way waa cleared."
II. Abercrombie, a merchant of Sk.iticateles, said:
"At "MO 1 stopped to bay a ten cent tindal or I
should have bt-.-n on tho dist st-p, where tbo crush
oeenrred. I was twentv-fivo varus from tho stops
when I BO?feed a Jam ou the step, an.l stood Watch?
ing the immense throng. A tuan got OB the iron
work and beckoned lethe crowd togo back. He
iv.it ntl ii pi.li.'email. 1 saw bo policeman-thur.'. 1
h.-ard scicuuisj the crowd surged buck, and I
lumped over the fence. The Jam centred on the
st-ps. I went along the stoue sida- uutl walked
along and hiing on to tbe railing witb one ham'.
Just at 1 got up ou tho north side of the
feuce tho crowd swayed toward New
York and threw a girl down on the right band cor?
ner. She weul over sideway! and forward, an.l fell
on lier face. Thou four nn-n and women fell on her.
ihe crowd cried, 'Everybody come over sad gal
sway ter God*B sake.' I barabara seed t<> handling
small gangs of mon. [ yelled for them to get over
the rail, anti pulled a man over. 1 got bini over and
tho woman next to him, and altin a haul Straggle
got them so thal tbev stood alon*; the non wm i,.
" Meanwhile children aad mea and woman were
falling nil over the '.;.-px. 1 gut peopleovar ths rail
until BO more c.tuld -Hind there. Two Bridge men
Mme and put planks from ths stonework down to
tho open had of the roadway below. Tbey began
lo net people dow n thal w ai. 1 Inn 1 gol up OB top
of the t ri) nw i uk and gara Ccu a baud. Tbev WOTS
Jammed m tbat they oould nd move themMlran I
pi, . .1 .mi two middle aged women aad cue gul
vv !.ose iniit'i.'i boagOll ni'-, witb tear.*., to save ber.
1 got bel sod he.tbei out. I g"t oat a man
vi a tall niau with Hide whiskers. We hal to
li.*bl up the woman and the girl, they wers so ex
'..III - te 1.
"I'he . rowti going east now surged back anti tried
IO Illili uti! tho (.lupe who Were lilltird. l'eiplo
kopi coming on the Li ni ir.- ami adding to the erowd.
I bom ..t th* t*>p were ansbls to hold back ami kepi
..ni ?; over th.-st pa. [ MW tWO loon climb on lop
nf the beads ol lbs crowd snd throw themselves
nght tun. Cr..-lu .11. those in front oootrived to
repress ;b>-1 n.w.l behind them, and those wbo bad
.uried at the foot of tbe stope ware
palled imt. I have hod wrns tuition in medtoinn,
I filt the pulse ol a number of thoee who were
t iUon out. Iii.* first wu. a wo;.ian. who lay OU ber
bink Just below tba steps, with .me arm twisted
miller her and tim other ha: tl clenching tiie rem?
nant of a child's shawl. ,Sho batt gray
hair. Ihr forehead bad h.on sal by
ibo fall, and ber face was stamm! wit ti
blood. Hm pulse was almost imperoeptible.
i believe she died before they jr?t
h.-r "ti ibo Bridge. Nest to ber lay a Chinaman.
Ile was si,,ne di ad. Lying half across the China*
man waa a young woman witb dishevelled reddish
har. Il.-r clothing was torn. 1 could mit tell
Iher she wm breathing or not, Her pois.* was
,i tn. r imperceptible, .lust beyond her lay
.mother woman who bad evidently b sn trampled
on. I put m.- 'ear lober heart, bal discovered no
evidences of life Nevi to her lei s woman whose
neck wm twisted backward and whose hands w.*;..
clenched. Mu- wss stone dead. The neal woman's
pul.** *,-..is ali.t Imperceptible. A vim lay bal?
? her, -t.nk dead. He had evident I* boen trini
pn tl ti ilea; h al tha beginning of the straggle. Beside
these there were mao} win. bad been carted awaj
before I mad.- any examination, Many ol thone
vii-., ii mu, wt H* de ni. Two grocery wagons, bur
11 .I,. In night in, were driven Bwa?f lull ol bodies,
ll.I llVIII-t."
Henry (iuy Carleton, wbo wm in the crush Mid:
" I be inn'- jostled ea.-h other si they passed?tba!
Koo York movina in nr.I column, and that
Hom Brooklyn by ungle nie. ai a point aboul 100
yards from tho Nen tork tower a niau loot his bal
iv, s gust of wind. As it sailed over the roadway
the erowd stopped to laugh ami cheer. Iho pas
anice ?i* Instantly blocked. People poured from
Loth si.i.v toward the aeeue >>f excitement, .\ oo
man fainted. 1 lei e.cv f. a brawny laborer, Itruck
Hs ll .md 1 ft to compel those about him to g| vs way.
lin* pack ur.*w tl.'vsei* \ pulueinaii leaped to tho
railing sud ??nie reit the crowd to the Ne w-York side,
i lue.'I nt, Hi" mass pubed willi ono iieeord in that
direction. One hundred yunis further down men
urged the mass toward Brooklyn. The mistake was
ms,.mil, tollowed by shrieks and oaths from
thus* crashed where the pressure oonowutrated.
In a iiioiiirnt tho pack was complete, and men',
women and children fought desperately to gam the
i ai lng. A girl threw lu-r aims about the neck of u
niau ni iroin oi her. With au oath ho turned and
struck bel iwtoo lu the face. An old man MM li one
arra froe belabored tbe hoads of all ho could reach
vi uh bis t aue. A young mother held ber babe above
ber bead, begging for some strong man to take it
and sive it. A drunken (rib woman backed
against the railing, and scratched and bit und
v.llid like a cat In a trap. Suddenly earns au
overwhelming pressure from tho Brooklyn ride*,
ami the itrngcling mass was slowly foroecf toward
the staircase, io au accompaniment of shrieks and
veils, (o which every oue contributed. The lirst
portion ol the crowd managed to desMnd in safety.
then a Woman fainted and fell. Several ineii
Stooped to pu k her up, others bei.iuil pushed over
them, and in s few seeoada tbe last stairs were cov?
ered four deep willi men, womeu ami children,with
tin- ciowd trampling above.''
George Lauterboti, ana ol tho Bridge watchmen,
Stood at tho, loot ol tho stairway whuro tbe accident
(Wonned for an hour after*, directing tho throng as
il p..moil over the Bridge and down the stairway
lunn iln Brooklyn ead. Ho was holding ona hand
te bis sui,, ami laid his Imck hart him badly from
thostraiu it had rOMlved.
" I BOTBI dbl know a niau ao foolish,
and I don't want tu seo M much nguiu,"
ho tai'l, in asinplo, honest way. In. bm wm to ge
inquiry. MI only work on the roadway, aad tend
to tba wagons and tracks. I don't have anything
to do with thc I" '' pasungers."
" When- were you winn the acotdoiit happened T"
asked the reporter.
" I bad com* along down tho roadway to the
anchorage whora the s:ods are. nad 1 stopped a mo?
llien' or so, and then I walked oa to tho tower."
" \V re thor ? tu .ny peo;d . onuning at tho stair?
way whoa you na lied f"
"Weil, thurn waa not audi a big crowd
but u.ey wero piotty thiolt coming along
??*?????-?a ' "
by the Btaira as tho crowd always get*
t_ick_rt_eroj but there wasu't many below th.
etaira coming up from New-York to Brooklyn.
When I got near the tower, I stopped'and talked I
few inmuteeor so with one of the other men. when
he says: 'George, they must be having lttousrb
down there; look at the crowd I' I looked and
whoulsaw the jam. 1 told him le run down and
open tho gates, und I ran down to see it could stop
thc crowding. Hut you couldn't de anything with
them! Instead of running away Irom
the crowd they ran right into it, just
like a lot of sheep. I caught hold of a mun
tbat was bareheaded and trying to pufdi his way
right into the crowd like mad. Ipnlled him out
mid told him to got buck and. be only looked nt me
and began pushin. aud shoutln? again for some?
body. I couldn't tell anything about who were
there or what they were doing. They were foti
piled np on top of one another and shoutiug ard
pulling at each other so that they would
not stop te listen to what I said to
thom, and they wouldn't ro back. I could hear the
women crying like they were choking.nnd I saw
ono poor girl all crushed down nuder
a big man. and I tried to roll hm over to get him
oft; she Memed gd t i ng so dark io the face and her
bonnet waa all eroahed. Then somebody gave me
a pnll and got mo down partly, and when 1 was try?
ing to get up I k'ot that kick in the side, so many
were pulling on mo. I was a little scared then,for a
minute,beeaaae I saw there was going to be troublo,
anil thought thoro must be other people under?
neath who would be smothered, and I might got
there too. Hut when I got up again I mado
up my mind to got back to where I
saw the girl, The big man wus partly
oil nf her th n and I pulled her out. but she didn't
seem to know anything, and some others took hold
ol her and rubbed her hands. 1 he ird she caine
back tu her senses afterward. There waa a poor
negro, too, thal we thought was dead utter we
luiTletl bini out, aud we kept patting him und rub?
bing.and wero going to give it up when ho came to."
"Who wei.- kelping you pull out these people?"
" I don't know who tiny all wero. All the work?
men abont tho Bridge as soon as they hoard of the
trouble came up, aud there wero over a hundred
of them j beddoe some of the people who kept their
M ma helped too. There wus plenty of help and
plenty of room, bat the erowd seemed to stick to?
gether so."
" How long wiro you in getting tho pasange-way
cleared P
" I couldn't tell tho time, but it might have beon
ten or fifteen minutes. It looked curiooa enough
then; there wero pieces of dresses torn off the
ladies, und huttons broken off anti four or
live ha's and bounds all smashed, besides
some canes anti ti'uibrollas that wero broken
upifltO bit* I h re wa-one little bit of a girl all
in a houp under the bottom step. I thougnt she
Binal bo kill'*.i, bal she was able to walk away. I
don't want to nave any thing more to do with the
foot paseengem I would rather'tend tothe trucks
all the timo." ' _
William Johnson, who is employed, ou tho iron
pier at Coney Island, and hus saved many lives from
drowning, was ou thu Bridge at the time of thu ao
tuiiiit. Ha la ayoaag ama of powerful frame. He.
was found by a TitiBisr. reporter at the Chaml-ors
Street Hospital engaged iu taking oare ot the
wounded. He said:
"I was in the crowd just above the atairs when
thu omah began. Fha larger patt ol tbe crowd ap
peered to be going toward Brooklyn. Just before
the accident thara appeared tor some
reason to bo an imoulse on the i_rt
ot the people from New-York to turn back and go
In the other direction. 1 do not know what caused
the change ta direction but supposed it was because
the crowd was found to be too groat \> here the
pathway beoomoa more narrow. A woman who
waa going down the etaira feU aad that waa what
i I the diaaeter. Tha erowd waa ao groat thut
i than toll on top ni her. Thou W03BBB began
nerf arning and maa and women waved canes and
paraeola Tbe aoiee at the ?tata aeemed tt> attract
more peroone to push forward to eas what was tie
11 du lila-. [ climbed np tbo troawork at the side of
tbe Bridge, and thou leonid see the people falliug
at the edge of the stairs. 1 got ilong to where
lin- gieii'-st i io vd was and *et
to work to gel onl tiie women and children. i
1 many up oil tho beama and then leoeted ia
? . 1 a ind. I havo
bad experience in saving lives but I never wit
n?.. a<iI such a sight. Tba women cried ami ?creamed
and the lue., -hen:, d. lhere Mero many little
children and il rae the saddest of all li ko then.
One of tbe women tbat I help don) waa Mis. Wil
heiiniii i Loew, .ni old lady wno was badly injured.
1 look one of the men who was suffocated and en?
deavored, by tba ?yrtem of artificial hreathtug,
tbal wa u-e ni o - i of drowning, to restore him. 1
?rorke l a long time orel him bot "a* nuable te
bl Ul. Ililli lu life.
a -.>i'ii rn tho accident occurred a Ore alarm >vai
sent out and a book aud ladder company caine te
the Bridge, but it was almost too late to do much
gootI. \v hen the iron fenco was torn down rn that
oe,.jil., could u,t> by tbe roadways tbe eraah iv.is re?
lieved mr- quickly, but the damage was doun. I
should tin n l. ih.?crush which canoed the disaster
must hive I.i-t, d tweuty live or thirt ?? minutes,
"Some of the women whom I assisted over the
bigh ironwork chowed i,'. al bravery. I also helped
ot! nat the bottom of the etaira to erotic tbe car
tracks snd gel out ou the roadways Whee tha
am on lances arrived we placed thebodieaia them
ami 1 came wah thom tu ibo hospital."
lira Kdward 0. Colbara, of No. l*i7 South
Elghth-et., Williamsburg, who waa iu the crush
f, nd :
"Therewen niven ia our party?my boghead.
our throe children, tim young ladlee ead inis-lf.
We were walking ilowlv toward tha New Voil, tide
when aa beard a child soroam; then the whole
erowd .nabed for thc Roo Fork side. The party
b,-caine | panted, and I was aai] able to keen
tin- two youngest children with me. lt
was an awful experience. 1 waa paahodap against
fin- railing and almost crushed to death. I saw one
woman fali backward from tbeeteps. Aeaaoaea
she fell she was trampled to death hy tba cnnvd.
Ibo bodies wen- piled three deep .it the tool af the
steps, and the laces of tho dead wore all bruised und
bloody where tho crowd had trampled on them.
Boms gentlemen paaaed mv two little etui.hon and
myself down to the roadway. I waa cob ipletely ex?
hausted. Soma men jumped up on tho miling and
?boated: 'heep hal;, for (ind's uko-yon aro
walking on dead bodies I' Tbm waa the Uni thing
which aeemed to bara any eiloct en tim crowd. I
uiaiie i.iv nay boam willi tho two children who
wei. ii nh nie, mal now all who were wita our party
are ale i icept my oldest hoy. I don't know what
bas become of bim. He was separated from both
my husband and myaelf. The last wo saw of him
be wai clinging to tho railing and my bnaband
b"ard Inn. say : ' 1 rn sure numma has been
Among those killed was George Smith, of No. 41
Watts-sr. A TuiurxK reporter called at tho house
lu-,t evening aud louud tho tenement where tho
mau had lived lilied with the sympathising neigh?
bors wbo tried iu vain to comfort the young widow,
whose husband had so suddenly boen takeii
from her. Mrs. Smith is tweuty-tive years old,
and has beon married ton years. She
received s.-vere Internal injuries ou tho Bridge, but
thought last uight of nothing hut tbe lam of her
?Behana*ead the uucortalu fate of her sisters, Kftle
and Ada Minley, who are supposed to have been on
tho Bridge at tho time tho punic occurred. The
only sounds in tho room wero the sobs and excla?
mations of grief from Mrs. Smith, and the
low-upokeu words of the neighbor*) aa
they tried to offer her coot-olatiou.
A baby olghteen months old lay sleepins quietly
in its cradle and on a bed in another corner lay a
child scarcely a year old, also asleep. Two other
children, one a boy of nine and the other a girl of
eight,sat dazed by tho calamity which had befallen
tlnui and which they could scarcely comprehend.
Mrs, Smith said that she had gouo out with her
husband in the afternoon for tho purposo of
taking a walk aerom the Bridge. The Bridge was
crowded when they reached it. but they Bartered
the New-York approach and had Just reached tho
top of the stairs at the onchorage when suddenly
^oins one ahead cried out, "Oo bick go hack'
Don't como here!"' Immediately there'was a ru-ali
baek and she aod bur husband were thrown vio?
lently down the steps. Palling and trampling
upon them came- a Ihrmg of people ami
all became wedged into one struggling
mass I hough it could have I-eeti hut a low min?
utes it seemed au hour to Mrs. Smith belore she
wns extricated. Those who came to tho assistance
pf the struggling penple nulled h-T irom tho cn.sh
_?L_-_- feuj|crt. '"t,sn u-h"y jo*1 -ta oenld not
move hand or foot Hor husband was takeu cut
at tho Mme time and tmrether t kay wero uarnea to
Ohapibors Street Hospita). Mr. Smith was .so badly
injured that he died soon after reselling the hosp'
tal. Mrs. Smith was s<'nt to ber bon.e. The death
ot her husband leaves ber utterly destitute with
her four small children.
Superintendent Martin ahowed considerable et.
citement when soeu by a Tbibunk reporter about R
o'clock. He said:
" It is impossible to My bow tbe accident oc
curred. We bad much greater crowds on the Bridge
on last Sunday and on the day following tbe ooen.
ing. At the time of tho accident there was unto
large crowd except within a hundred feet of the
stairway of the New-York anchorage. I had word
through one of the men from this point of tbe Brings
not more than live minutes before the accident oc?
curred. He said there wm not a large erowd on ths
Bridge. A few minutes later 1 was told of the acc..
dent, and I found what you know."
" It is thought by some of tbe police that a cniwd
of pickpockets caused the accident."
" We cannot say that, and I do not want to
charge any one with the responsibility. Just now
I met a yoting man who I think is a rsporte-r.
He told me he was in the crowd at the time of the
accident, and that it was caused by a party of young
men who went to forcing their way through this
portion of the passage. When they came to the
steps they cried. ' We are the Smith Association,
ai,! we are goiug through.' Just above the platform
an oid lady, who was coming up the stairway, wai
forced back, and fell down; a young w .man who
was with her fell over her. That started it. and the
crowd that was behind rushed forward to see what
was the matter, falling on those who were pushing
their woy un the steps, till all became excited aud
wild: then came the panic."
" How are you to prevent such accidents in ths
future, Mr. Martin f" asked the reporter.
" They might happen at any moment ou the sta pt
with tbo crowd that ii passing at the rate of two
hundred a minute. After the first day, when I saw
how narrow the passage was, I determined to have
a railing put up to divide at this point those whs
were coming to New-York from those who were
going to Brooklyn- This I shall havo done im?
" Could this not have been done in readiness for
the crowd of to-day f"
"It was not thought to be of immediate neces?
sity, bnt a means simply for greater precaution.
Ou the ocoaaion of the great crowtis laat Sunday
the sids gates to the roadways were thrown open to
those paisiug over from New-York, and that gave
num.'Late relief.. There is, I think.no danger
whatever at this point when the travel ts all in ons
direction, unleM there should tie s
panic. when ths danger would come
from such causes as are always found where a
crowd passes over a stairway. These side g.itet
wero thrown open at tho New-York entrance the
.-..-taut it became known thora was any difficulty,
and -hu e then the travel from Brooklyn only hu
been permitted to pass over the centre roadway."
" Wil) yon maintain that rule f"
" Probably until a railing is placed along the
passage as I bave mentioned, but tha
crowds are now thinning down every day,
and we do not expect to have again
any such crush as we havo had several days since
the Bridge was oj-ened. I think lt will be noces- iry
to have tho railing in the middle of the pathway
only at the steps and where the pathway is nar?
rowed by the cables."
" It has been suggested that an efficient body of
policemen might have prevented tho panic."
'* That mav he so. A force of New-York or Brook?
lyn police would bo efficient in such emergem .vs,
and if any necessity should again arise of guarding
against snob crowds the policemen of the two cities
?Bf he called on."
" Cannot permanent arrangements bit made for
diverting traffic from the pathw ty to tbo roadways
on the tide iti eas ? of nocossity f"
" rt.it will not be paeslbls after the railroad is
completed,"said Mr. Martin. "Thetracks will bs
inconstant use,anti the passengers cannot Ut allowed
o tn .* them nt all."
At tbis point of tbe conversation Mr. M ut [fl nil
the reporter had roached the steps from tho am h ir
ugt-vi the Illidge proper, where the accident on?
eil rre.1.
" You soe," said Mr. Martin, " that the ll ps
are veil built anil well pronortionel, so that ?> :'
sons ase ??ndnii! and dose ni ul ni a; are not Imbin to
Two youag girls who worn descending tho stairs
as tin's remark was made slipped aid Tell two or
three steps.
JOHN s. H. ucl wu's B-CPKBIENCB.
John s. Hoaglaad, the manager of itndge trans?
portation, did not ?seo the maddent, being at the
time ne ir tbo gates at tbe New-York enl ram-.*.
" On.* nt tho workflneo cam.* running up," be s ni,
" aad told ma thora wee truants aa tbe Bridge md
a heavy ctiuti. I did not know uuvthiug ol Ul
nalluc, and I did not stop to see. I knew then- I
had nut, baan mauy (.mug over?Mutt is, not
a inge number, such as w* iiave bal?
ami there wen* not a iftv-at ut my
coming over from Hrooklyn. I eloped tho (jatos to
stop any ono front et terinjj on the Bridge from tho
New-Yor'. side, aud threw o|>eii the side gates to let
out all Wno cain.'.''
?? I''..I you go te the anchorage wham the a ci i ml
baagaaed t
"No, I had gil that I wald attend t . at tho finis
with the other men to keep hs - who WON
trying to gain edmisstaa. _ crowd soon ?tt'i--r '.I.
and tue rumors of au BOCtdeat spread rapidly, .^orut
police cain.* to our BaststBBfO. or it woald li ive
bsen impassible far ne to hara I I beek.'*
" Di.! yo:, get any word of what w ;s gutngeaet
tho seane <>f tbs seoklant F*
"I knew th. foneof aura thara were al work tea*
dering all tba BMistaaoB timy oaaid Bud ell thal
waa Beaded. It wt-ali a surpriss*, and befon *s
knew what was tho Blatter it v.is all over A
gimms tb u 11ni' ht a I waa disrating matters at
tba oetranM abo wed ma only gprowd al people ag
Beer the anebocaga, lt was not a Urge crowd, ml
hi tun minutes tl waa moving along all MM il th
"Could von bear any 'bouts or seo auy coufnsi >a
there I"
' N... I on id not bm anything in tbe ebor, rlaam
1 had to inform mt* ol' ihe natur.) of ihe di?I. iltv "
" What was rh.- appearance of tho people as i I y
came trom tho -,o cidentf
"Most of them looked very badly used BB, Uta.
the women in particular were very uni. li fi | lt"
ened and looked palo. Boaeof their dioami l
ton, .iud tiie men had their bate broken lu. Theta
were uot a groat mauy of them, and tbev M BS I ?n
out of tlie entrance as s<>ou aa tbev vivid. Il oat
not till a few minutes aller, when 1 board ot ibo
deaths, that I knew the esteul of tho disaaloi "
" How do yon account for the accident. Mr. llotg
"I don't know bow to account foi it. but I thiak
lhere must have bonn a lot of thieves or rOUgb? al
the Bridge trying to work tbe crowd. Tint WM
enough to cause the disaster, and when lb-* BBBtBOf
of people who wero ou the Bridge is considered. I
'iui i seo how such aa accident soald havo beag
"Have yon been having trouble with ptekpod -'?#
ou tbe Hrldgef"
" I be police have taken oul a good many ol' livia
at il i flu nm i times, mid policemen an; station' d all
aluna- the Uml*;**. uud about the anchorage, out
when tiiere is a constant crowd passing, ot eanrst
they cannot, toll all the thieveo among them.
Colonel Washington A. Itoeblinc. engineer of the
I.-ilise, was found sitting on the steps of his BOOM
on Columbia Height!. " How could mob a disast-r
be made impossible t" asked a Thibuxk reporter.
"Hy people keepiug off the Bridge," was the re*
ply. "Huoh sn accident is HaWe to occur any?
where, in a theatre or right on these steps if there
is a crowd hers. A panic cannot lie foreseen oi pre*
vented in mauy euses. I understand there were
two policemen right on the spot who got caught ia
the jam and were nearly killed themselves.
It Iles largely with the people themselvei.
People of intelligence or ordinary good MDM
and presence of mind would havo kept cool and
held back until tbeexcitemeut woe over. We have
opened the carriageways for the orowd on vanoul
occailons, but tbe people have to be driven t>?
them by policemen. Perhaps if we would charge
two cents for crossing the upper prom*
enude lt would make some psople
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