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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 22, 1912, Image 2

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cribed to scarity of water along
,the road. A special order makes
it necessary for all trains to take
,water at Kinmundy, and a freight
' train which took water before4he
express, held it longer than cus-
. tomary. It is said no flagman was
was sent back by No. 25. The
trainswere due to pass south of
"Centralia, but because of No. 25
-being late they met at Kinmundy.
The engineer and fireman of
the limited were removed from
the wreck first. While taking
them out rescuers stumbled over
the bodies of Hanahan and Mel-
cher. The bodies of Pierce and
Wright were found a few minutes
later. All had been caught in
their; Berths without a possible
chance of escape.
It was rumored that there were
no rear lights displayed on No.
25- . . . '
Rigid investigation is being
made to fixresponsibilityj for the
wreck, and Acting 'Coroner
Featherling sajd'this-afternoon
thattheblame lay between "Harry
J. Bronecker of Chicago, flagman
of No. 25, and R. J. Stuart, en-
gmeerofNo 3.
The bodies of Harahan, Mel-
clier and Pierce arrived here at
l:35"tbis afternoon on a special
train. They were accompanied
by Byron Curry, secretary to
'Melcher. Curry said that all the
;victims of the crash were asleep
and were instantly killed.
President Markham of the I. C.
gave out an official statement this
afternoon, in which he said: "A
formal investigation will be con-
. ducted as early as practicable.
The board of inquiry wiircorisisl
of officials of the company and
substantial business men from
Centralia and Kinmundy."
James T. Harahan started his
railroad career as a switchman,
and was, successively, fireman,
brakeman, conductor and en
gineer on various lines. In 1872
he was maderoadmaster-of the
Decatur &' Louisville and then
general superintendent of the -L.
& N. road. Mr. Harahan held
positions on, the B. & O., Laek
Shore, L., N. O. & T., and in 1900
became vice president of the I. C.
He became president of the road
in 1906 through the influence of
E. H. Harriman, and resigned
from thi&posifion Jan. 12, 1911.
Frank O. Melcher, second vice
president of the Rock Island, in
whose private car the officials
were riding, was born at Damar
iscotta, Me., in 1864. He began
his railroad work in 1887, and in
1902 became general superintend
ent of the Fitchburg railroad. He
was first made general superin
tendent of division of the Rock
Island lines, and in 1905 became
general manager and vice presi
dent According to leaders of unions'
of railroad crafts, it was mainly
through hi influence that the
road officials granted recognition
of the system federation on the
Rock Island.
Trial of the Jury in the Banker
Wilde case, at Portland, is pro
ceeding slowly, and no cases of
bribery have appeared against the
attorneys of judge. '"
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