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JOURNAL Wednesday
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Score Dead and Scores Injured in
Wreck, Explosion, and Fire on
Pennsylvania Road Near
States Capital.
HarrislMirg, Pa., May 11.Twenty persons are believed to have been killed
and 100 injured by the wrecking of the Cleveland and Cincinnati express, west-
bound on the Pennsylvania railroad, which dashed into a wrecked eastbound
freight train, exploding a car filled with 50,000 pounds of blasting powder.
The wreck occurred in the southern part of Harrisburg at 1:40 a.m. today.
It was one of the most horrible disasters ever experienced by the Pennsyl-
vania road. Several hours will elapse before the exact number of dead and in-
jured is known.
Twelve of the dead are at the morgue and other bodies are being brought
as they are located.
There are about seventy injured persons in the Harrisburg- hospital, hotels
and private residences, while others are under care of physicians in houses near
the scene.
Passengers and trainmen were burned to a crisp, while others were pinned
helplessly in the debris. So completely incinerated were the bodies that only
four had been identified at 11 a.m. Two immediately recognized were Engineer
Thomas of Parksburg and Mrs. Dougherty of Pittsburg, whose bodies wer
thrown clear of the debris instead of into it. as in other cases.
The women suffered greatly, and many of those who escaped were found
almost nude.
The primary cause of the wreck was a shifting engine. It was going west
slowly when the engineer of the eastbound freight saw it coming on his track.
He applied the air brakes suddenly, which caused the middle of the freight
train to buckle, shoving several of the cars onto the westbound passenger track
A moment later the express, one of the fastest night trains on the toad,
dashed into the wrecked cars. The next instant the boiler of the passenge
locomotive exploded. The wreck took fire and those who escajdA ftgan the work
of rescue.
Six minutes after the express struck the freight wreck, the railroad men
Bay, the flames reached the car filled with powder. There was a flash and a
deafening roar. The earth trembled as tho some terrible seismic disturbance ha
occurred. All who were not killed or injured by the explosion fled from the
awful scene.
The entire wreckage became a mass of flames. Small boxes of powder ex-
ploded continuously, While these explosions continued, men who had bravel
gone to the rescue before the first explosion did nojt dare approach the burning
wreck, tho they could hear the agonized shrieks of the dying.
Flame's began their cruel feast on human bodies helplessly pinned. An alarm
was turned in and when the firemen arrived it was impossible to go closer than
800 yards until the explosions ceased.
Then the intense heat interfered with rescue. Men of the boldest nerve
were forced to retire with singed hair, blistered faces and burning clothing when
they attempted to respond to the piteous cries for help.
Those who escaped by leaping and crawling thru windows, in cant attire,
from their sleeping car berths, hurried to the open fields, where they were,
gathered and carried to the ofi&ces and workshops of the Paxtang Electric, Light
company and other industrial plants, which were quickly transformed into tem-
porary hospitals and morgues.
Many of the injured were hurried to the Harrisburg hospital, where a large
staff of physicians and nurses dressed their injuries. Soon the hospital was filled
to overflowing and many of the injured were taken to hotels and private resi-
Crushed Passenger Cars.
The force of the collision crushed all
of the passenger cars, which piled up in
a huge mass. The two trains were
masses of flames in a short time.
With the crash the passengers, all of
whom were asleep in their berths, were
hurled in all directions. All who were
not pinned in the debris or totally i'tf
capacited,. ran away from the volcano,
intermingled with small explosions. It
was impossible at the time for those
who escaped uninjured to reach the im
prisoned passengers.
As soon as some of the dead or in
jured were reached they were laid in
Jong rows alonft the tracks. There are
feW private dwellings near the scene of
the disaster, which is in the industrial
district. The Paxtang plant was trans
formed into an emergency hospital,
where everything was done for the
mangled and dying, while waiting for
conveyances to take them to the Har
risburg hospitals.
The scenes in the vicinity were appalling, as many families living' in the
small houses about the place were tossed from their beds, and thinking that
some catastrophe had befallen, rushed from their beds clad only in nightclothes
and blankets.
Several small houses near the Lochiel furnace were badly shattered. Flying
glass and articles knocked from the walls struck the inmates as they lay in bed.
The shock of the explosion was heard for many miles and panes of glass and
large windows were broken for miles around.
Henry Silverman, a New York jewelry salesman, had a satchel in his berth
with $17,000 worth of jewelry samples. He was compelled to leave everything
in the coach to escape with his life. He could not find his bag in the darkness
and had to leave his jewels to be consumed in the flames.
Many Trips with the Dying.
A police patrol wagon was among the
first conveyance to arrive on the scene.
Into it were packed as many wounded
as possible. Until long after daylight
its horses were driven at breakneck
speed to and from the hospital. Spe
cial trains were immediately made up
by the Pennsylvania Eailroad company
and conveyed the injured to Union sta
tion^ whence they were taken to the
hospital an'd other places.
At the hospital every available bed
was soon filled. Shortly afterwards
the throng of the injured was so. great
that all who were able to walk were
compelled to give their cots to the more
seriously injured, and the corridors
were filled with injured waiting their
turn for treatment.
Every physician or surgeon available
in the city was called up by telephone,
and immediately tendered his services
in the task of caring for an'd dressing
the wounds of the mangled. Trained
nurses volunteered their services.
Pathos About Wreck.
Pathos indescribable characterized
the scenes about the wreck. Husbands,
separated from wives, and little child
ren bereft of their parents, soiyrht their
friends among the dead and dying.
Sometimes they succeeded in* finding
their loved ones among the slightly in
jured or even among those unscathed.
but many were found among the bodies
in the temporary morgue at the Pax
tang plant. In many instances they
failed to find them at all, either because
the bodies were still buried in the smok
ing debris or were so badly burned as
to be unrecognizable.
Escaped from Wreck.
Early this morning persons who
escaped from the wreck began flocking
to the newspaper offices to ask that it
be published that they escaped injury.
Among these was Charles Stanglom of
Baltimore, supreme chief of the Broth
erhood of Car Inspectors, Car Builders
aWd Eailroad Mechanics of America.
Samuel Shubert of New York, man
ager of the Lyric theater, jumped out
of his berth, and ran out of the train
just in time to escape being burned to
death. He was taken to the Common
wealth hotel.
At 4:30 o'clock this morning, the first
two bodies of those that were pinned
in the wreckage were recovered. They
were so badly charred that they could
not be recognized, but it is believed
Chat they were women.
Burning Bodies in Wreck.
While the fire was still raging fierce
ly the burning bodies of the dead could
be seen still lying in the berths.
At 4:45 o'clock this morning it was
authoritatively ascertained that the en
tire passenger train' of nine cars and
the engine were destroyed. Nine
freight cars were also destroyed, and
three others derailed and wrecked.
The passenger train, of which not a
valuable square foot was left, had con
sisted of one locomotivetorn to pieces
when the explosion occurredsix Pull
man sleeping coaches, ^wo baggage cars,
one mail car and oWe engine tender.
At 6.30 o'clock this morning the fire
men had subdued the fire to smoking
embers. They were still working des
Senator Enox's Daughter Hurt.
Among the passengers were many of
prominence. Mr. and Mrs. Tindell, the
latter a daughter of Senator Knox,
were amoWg those injured. t"
Mr. and Mrs. Tindell were on their
way to Pittsburg from New York.
After the crash ^hey hurriedly left the
car in which they were sleeping and
walked along the Pennsylvania tracks^
Continued on 2d Page. 3d Column.
S. B. Wilson, County Attorney of
Blue Earth, Begins His Ar
gument for State
Destiny of the Defendant Will Be
With the Jury of Twelve
By W. P. McGuire.
Mankato, Minn., May 11.Both the
state and the defense in the Koch trial
rested soon after the noon recess today.
8. B. Wilson, county attorney, opened
the argument for the state and was
followed by General Childs.
A. E. Pfau and L. L. Brown will ad
dress the jury for the-{defense' tomor
row morning. Judge Cray will then
charge the .-jury and it will retire to pass
upon the guilt or innocence of Dr. Koch.
Koch Recalled.
The defendant was recalled by the
defense in sur-rebuttal this afternoon.
Chief Police Klause of New Ulm
had just testified that the trousers in
evidence as those which Dr. Koch wore
the night of the murder and for many
days subsequently, were not the trous
ers which the defendant wore when the
chief and the sheriff examined them.
He was not certain as to the coat and
Dr. Koch was then put upon the
stand, and said that the trousers in evi
dehtee were the only pair of striped
trousers he had had for more than a
year except the pair he had on today,
which he bought about six weeks ago.
He declared that Chief Klause was mis
Night Visit to the Koch Place.
The state in rebuttal recalled Mayor
Silverson of New Ulm. Questioned by
General Childs, he said that, with the
acting chief of police and the members
of the town council of New Ulm, he vis
ited the Koch place about 11 o'clock
last night. It was a clear night, he
said, and the moon was shining. The
party went as far as the cowyard o'tf
the south side of the house, "and they
wouldn't let us go any further," said
the witness."
"Did you see all the city lights from
that point 1" asked .General Childsnum
could see a large
"Did you make any effort to read
anything printed in a newspaper%n
-Silverson's Evidence Baled Out.
Mi-. Abbott* in a sharp tone, objected,
saying that no foundation had been laid
and that the court knew and the jury
knew and counsel knew that the condi
tions were not the same last night as
when the defendant passed thru the
cowyard on the.night Of the murder, the
leaves now being on the trees.
"We will ask the opinion of the
court," said General Childs.
"The objection is sustained," said
Judge Cray.
"That ,is all, Mr. Silverson," said
General Childs.
Thus ended the endeavor to prove
that the cowyard is so dark at night,
despite the lights in the village, that
the defendant could not have seen the
rabbit while going home.
"The state rests," said General
The defense in sur-rebuttal first
called Herbert Baltrusch, but he was
not in the room. Then the defendant
Continued on 2d Page, 5th Column.
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Snyder is a town of about 2.500 in
habitants in Kiowa county, Oklahoma,
in the Kiowa and Comanche Indian
country opened to white settlement in
1901. The town was laid out by the
St. Louis & San Francisco railway at
the junction of twd of its lines, and the
company erected important buildings
there. Snyder is the division point for
the Quanah division of the road The
town wis named for Bryan Snyder, pas
senger traffic manager of the system.
Officers at Anoka Not Taking
Chances on Escape of
Special to The Journal.
Anoka, Minn., May 11.Handcuffed
to deputy sheriffs Kalderwit, Kolb and
Hammon were marched to the court
house today. No reason was given for
putting the trio in irons. It is thought
that they may have been overheard
planning'to get away or the authorities
feared that they mighttry it. All are
desperate men, audi as the trial pro
gresses the same evidence which con
victed Kalderwit continues to pile up
against his two pals.'' The jail is
watched better than ever before to pre
vent any attempt at Escape or assistance
from outside.
The first witness this morning was
George Slater, thg sandwich man, who
identified swe^i^etoinspbaif ,to_JKal*
derwit ^T^^
Detective Edto&id,.*Helin came we
prepared to tell* or t$e bullet holes
found about* the place-immediately after
the murder. At the first trial he .was
closely''questioned by the defense .as to
his knowledge of bullet holes ajid the
action of the deflected bullets. He had
with him today plaster casts of the
impressions left by some of the bullets
fired on the fatal night. These were
offered in evidence but were objected to
by the defense.
Andrew Crummy repeated his testi
mony of the former trial. In addition
he told of the conversation with -the
prisoners in central police: station soon
after their arrest.
Marion, Ind., May 11.John McCormick
was fined $37 last night by Judge-Wil
liams for having one cigaret paper. Being
unable to pay, he was sent to jail for
forty-seven weeks. McCormick had been
arrested for vagrancy, but when the sin
gle cigaret paper was found, a charge- un-
der the anticigaret law was filed.
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Death Sentence Passed Upon St.
Paul Man Who Killed
His Pal.
The Self-Oonfessed Murderer
Shows No. Sign as He
Sears Doom.
A thousand persons heard Edwin
Gottschalk sentenced to death at St.
Paul today for the self-confessed mur
der of his "pal," Joseph Hartman.
Not an inch of space was left on the
court room at 9 'clock, an hour before
the time set for the sentence.
Gottschalk came in at 9:45 with
Sheriff Miesen and deputies. The pris
oner was clean shaven, his hair sleekly
brushed, shoes polished and in general
appearance he was togged as if for a
more agreeable function. His face was
pale, and his eyes blinked as if he had
lost much sleep. At times he sighed
Judge Lewis entered on the stroke of
10,and Gottschalk was called before the
Gottschalk Asks Justice.
When the prisoner was asked if he
had anything to say before sentence was
passed, he replied:
"No, nothing, except I ought to have
justice. I have told the truth as well
as I could.".
Stan Donnelly, his attorney, then
briefly stated that he had found evi
dence to corroborate what Gottschalk
had said and that he had nothing to do
with the killing of Schindeldecker.
Gottschalk was again asked to speak
and said:
To a certain extent, I think I ought
to be punished."
"In view of the fact that this man
has not committed both murders, he
ought not to have the extreme penalty,"
added Mr. Donnelly.
In his opinion, which he then read.
Judge Lewis alluded to the repeal of
the ^aw under which the Younger
brothers on confession of guilt had been
sent to prison, thus escaping the death
Fatal Words Spoken.
"The mere plea of guilty can avail
the defendant nothing," said the judge.
"No exceptional circumstances appear
in this case save a most foul and re
volting murder.
''You sMll he hanged by the neck
court, solemn and measured tones.
Gottschalk showed no trepidation as
the f&tal words were spoken.
'Mexico City. May 11.An" earthquake
Monday night was felt over a wide
area of country in central and southern
Mexico. In, Falisco many houses were
damaged and the dome of the church in
one town collapsed. The shock was se
vere also in Chilpancingo, capital of the
state of Guerrero, which a few years ago
was nearly destroyed by an earthquake
of exceptional violence. The shock was
notable in Colima, where a vertical
movement was felt, accompanied by
subterranean roarings. The earthquake
was felt to the borders of Guatemala.
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Meager Reports From Snyder, Okla.,
Have Seventy-five Dead, Three
to Four Hundred Hurt in
Night Tornado.
Guthrie, Okla., May 11.Snyder, a thriving town of 1,000, situated in tin
heart of the rich Kiowa farming country, whicb-was thrown open to white set-
tlement in 1901, was wiped out of existence by a tornado last night.
A special from Hobart at 12:15 places the dead up to that hour at Snyder
at over one hundred persons, seventy-five of whom were killed outright. Not
a building in the town escaped damage, and seven-eighths of the business build-
ings are a total loss. The injured number into the hundreds.
In several cases entire families were killed, and some member of almost
every family was injured.
Every house except six is said to have been either badly wrecked or de-
molished, many being blown away entirely. The havoc is complete. The busi-
ness portion is reported entirely destroyed.
Fifty freight cars standing in the yards were reduced to kindling wood and
the tracks were torn up for blocks. Hundreds are pouring into Snyder to aid
the sufferers.
The first man to reach Snyder and return to a telegraph point was the sec-
tion agent at Mountain Park, a neighboring town. He walked into Snyder at
daylight, and after taking a hasty view, and without gathering any exact de-.
tails, returned to Mountain Park.
This man reported the town partially destroyed and asserted that the list
of dead would be between S00 and 400. The injured, he said, were everywhere,
and their number undoubtedly will reach into the hundreds.
Rumors that other towns in southwestern Oklahoma had been destroyed
were declared by telephone exchanges incorrect. But much damage and loss
of life occurred in the outlying districts.
The same tornado struck Quinlan, in Woodward county, destroying several
houses. At that point at least three persons, Mrs. O. W. Cox, and her two sons,
are known to have been killed.
The tornado struck Snyder from the southwest, traveling north until within
100 yards from the tracks of the Oklahoma City & Western railway. There is
took a, northeasterly course thru the business portion. North of the track not a
building was left standing.
Mrs. Beckworth.
Fred Crump.
Henry McCart.
Two Fessender children, a boy and
Charles Stutgill.
Mrs. George Davis.
Mrs. Williamson.
Mrs. Murphy.
Eussell Buiser.
W. H. Buiser.
James McCart.
Mrs. Hudson.
Ada Weiy.
Professor Hibbard, wife, father,
mother and two children.
Mrs. M. A. Fast.
F. W. H. Fessender and wife.
'^4, Coming while most of the inhabitants were asleep, few had warning rf/^.
At 9:30 a.m. Lawtori reported that the telephone wire between there and
Snyder had worked at brief intervals and that from snatches of conversation
received, the dead at Snyder were placed at between seventy and one hundred,
with the injured at between sixty and two hundred.
So much confusion existed that it was impossible to give anything like a
correct estimate.
The dead and dying lay about the streets, in yards and mixed up with the
wreckage, while those who had escaped ran hither and thither in excited attempts
to render what meager aid they might.
On the way to Snyder, dead and injured were passed in plain sight of the
relief trains, but these were passed by in the efforts of the rescuers to reach
Snyder, where there was greater need of their services.
Every building left standing at Snyder was converted into either a hospital
or a morgue. Sixty-seven dead bodies had been laid out in rows in the princi-
pal morgues up to noon, and others were being brought in constantly.
Seven members of the Fessender family were killed. W. H. Hibbard, super-
intendent of schools, and his wife, with two children and with the parents of
Hibbard, were killed, only one member of the family, a boy, escaping.
Three young children in the Crook family were killed. One, a baby, was
snatched from its mother's arms and its brains dashed out against a brick wall.
One of the saddest cases was that of Colonel Williamson. When the storm
struck, Williamson grabbed a woman whom he thought was his wife and harried
away to a place of safety. When out of danger he discovered that the woman
was not his wife. Later Mrs. Williamson was brought to the temporary morgue
with her head severed from the body.
List of Dead at Zhitomir Numbers
SixteenFresh Outbreaks
St. Petersburg, May 11.According
to private advices from Zhitomir, the
fruits of the anti-Jewish riots there
are sixteen dead and more than 100
wounded, mostly Jews.
Martial law has .been proclaimed.
The city is filled with troops and order
is restored, tho individual cases of vio
lence are still occurring. Stores, which
barricaded in fear of tumults, are re
opening and ordinary life is resuming.
There was also an anti-Semitic out
break in Gostynin, in the province of
Warsaw, in which many Jews^ere in
jured and houses pillaged. No fatali
ties are reported, but Jewish circles
fear further developments, not only in
Zhitomir and Gostynin, but also in qther
localities along the Polish frontier.j|5
New York, May 11.iWeaithy Italians
of this city will show their esteem for the
pope by presenting him wl^h a robe that
will cost $5,000. This splendid vestment
Is now being- made in this city. The fund
for the robe was subscribed within a few
weeks. -The robe Is a magnificent sped
men of embroidery on a ground of ivory
Van Buskirk.
Mr. Beeman.
Donovan, 'Frisco fireman.
Two Hudson children, boy and girt.
Harold Garten.
Unidentified woman, supposed to be
Mrs. Davis.
I. C. Jones, wife and baby.
Miss Fessender.
George Bailey.
C. H. Barnes.
George Davis and child.
Mary Johnson.
Johnson boy.
Gladys Crook.
Morris Crook, Jr.
InfantjDrook. Mrs. Fannie Eedwich.
Mrs. Biggs.
Little Tots Playing in Fields Ait
Gored by Beasts Kept for
Spanish Ring.
Mew York Son Special Service.
Madrid, May 11.A score of littii
girls, playing in the fields at Villa
Manrique in Seville, imitating a re
ligious procession and Waving handke^w
chiefs for banners, irritated a drov*
of bulls, which charged them.
The children were tossed, trampled
upon and gored.
Nine 01 them were killed and sis
badly injured. The drovers were ar
rested, which prevented the populaeft
from lynching them.
Villa Manrique .is the center of tht
district in which bulls are bred for thV
ring, and it is an unwritten law than
that the drovers are responsible for
everybody's safety.
Denver, Col.. May 11.Helen Gould wilt
pay for the education of Leroy Irvina
Dixon, the 9-year-old boy who saved the
Rio Grande train from running into a
rock slide last October. At the offices of
the Rio Grande railway here today the
boy's parents gave their consent and ex-!
pressed their gratitude to Miss Gould.

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