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1JA1LV tTABLlilKlil!itt.
3Iore Than a Hundred Emi
grants Caught Like Ifats
in a Trap.
Enffineer of the Wabash Continental
Liwitetl Went By the Siding and
Havoc Ensued.
The Fastest Train on the Wabash
Dashc Head-On Into a Crowded
Immigrant Train.
Detroit. Mich., Nov. 2S. Eighty per
sons were killed and 150 injured last
night in a passenger train wreck oa
the Wabash railroad. Of the injured
. 25 case are serious. Two heavily
loaded passenger trains collided head
on at full speed one mile east of Sen
eta. The westbound train of seven
cars, two of them filled with emi
grants, was smashed and burned.
There was awful losa of life or fearful
injuries to a majority of its passen
gers. The eastbound train, the Con
tinental Limited, suffered iu scarcely
less degree.
It is not known how many people
there were on the emigrant train, but
the number of dead, injured and
burned is about 153. The people on
that train were caught like rats in a
trap and crushed. Then the wreck
caught Are. and those who were not
instantly killed were slowly roasted
to death, and none of the few specta
tors who hastily gathered from the
farmhouses near by were able to af
ford aid. The whole emigrant train
was soon consumed by the flames and
nearly every person on that train was
killed. Farmers residing along the
track rushed In on the blazing mass
to rescue those whom they thought
might be alive. The bodies hauled
out of the wreck were taken to near
by farmhouses, which are filled with
dead, and a large number of injured
were taken to the Wabash railway
hospital at Peru. Ind.
Along the track the long lines of
burned bodies covered with blankets,
presented a gruesome sight. It mav
be possible that the exact number of
killed or who they are. will never be
It is said here that the accident was
the result of a misunderstanding ftf
orders. It is reported that the east-
oouna tram snouid nave waited at
Seneca station and the emigrant train
should have taken the siding. Thi3
was not done. Then the crash came.
The net result is that the emigrant
train is burned, the engines are com
plete wrecks on both trains, and on
the eastbound train the coach be
tween the diner and the baggage car
is crushed into kindling wood.
The Continental Limited was in
charge of Engineer Strong and Con
ductor Martin. The emigrant train,
a double-header, was in charge of En
gineer Work. Engineer Parks and
Conductor Charles Troll. The limited,
it is believed, disobeyed orders in not
waiting at Seneca for the other train,
thereby causing the wreck.
The track at the point where the
collision occurred was straight, and
at first the officials could not under
stand how the accident could have
happened. The westbound train,
which ordinarily leaves Detroit a
2:30 o'clock, was two hours late, leav
ing at 4:20. The two trains meet at
Montpelier, Ohio, according to sched
ule, bat the limited had orders to
meet the westbound train at Seneca.
The blame is therefore placed on the
conductor or engineer of the limited.
Had his train been held at Seneca
the accident would not have occurred.
Th train was due at Seneca at 6:43.
according to the change in schedule,
but apparently orders to await were
disobeyed, and tb . probabilities ar
tt tha true story of why will never
OS COia. as tne iraiu .- met msntm
death. The country for miles around
was lighted up by the burning cars,
and the Caaics could not be quenched
because of lack of proper apparatus.
Mangled bodies were picked up along
the track by the farmers before a spe
cial relief tram sent from Adrian
reached the scene. In some instances
the bodies were mangled beyond iti)
recognition. The bodies which the
rescuers lusnagd to pull Trom the
burning ruu.s of the immigrant cars
were to baUy burned that their iden
tity wiil probably never be ascer-
Detroit, Mich., Nov. 28 The
latest list of the dead in the Wabash
wreck were Fireman William D.
Dowd, of train No. 13; Fireman Chas.
Buldorf, No. 13; James Brown, por
ter, of Chicago; E. N. Buell, Pon
tiac; George W. Youmans, Kansas
City; Job Wilchel, Detroit; Vida
Deeas, Tuppervllle, and five Italian
immifirarjts. The list of injured
number fifty-five, of whom fifteen
are Italian immisrants. It still ap
pears the number of dead may reach
a hundred. Only six bodies have
been recovered. The scere of the
wreck this morning was blackened
desolation. Nothing is left of the
trains that was combustible. Italian
immigrants insist there were a hun
dred of their number not accounted
for. A train load of wounded was
taken to the hospital at Peru, Ind.
On to Cincinnati.
We are told on jrood authority that
the J. II. & M. are making all ar
rangements and fully expect to be
running trains of their own e'ear
into Cincinnati inside of the next
nine months over their own tracks.
It is said that the C. II. D. does
not treat them as wsll as could be
wished. Not 1od sicce the U. K. &
M. had twelve passengers for Cin
cinnati on one train. Their train
down was held back for twelve min
utes by the C. H. & D. train north so
that they reached Cottage Grove
that much behind time. The C. H.
& D. train did not wait for them but
went right on, with the result that j
the twelve passengers had to stay at
Cottage Grove until the next train, a 1
matter of seme three hours. What
an experience that was can be readily
iuagined. This is but one case of
many, and the C. R. !fc M. will fix
themselves as early as possible tj i
handle their own business.
Louck & Hill. j
Louck vV Hill have been granted
the contract for the new buiidirg,
being put up by Robinson & co. They j
were given the contract without anv t
competition. The Louck & Hill com
pany has recently been incorporated
with $-25, 000 capital. The directors
are Eben Louck, Theodore H. Hill
and George C. McLear.
At St. Andrew's church today the
ceremony of the blessing of the
altar is beicg performed, the cere
monies beginciDg at S o'clock this
morning and continuing for two
hours, with special music. Ihe
sermon was by Very Rev. A.
Scheidler. vicar general of the Indi
anapolis diocese. At the conclusion
of the consecration, Rev. J. B. H.
Seepe led the solemn high mass.
Father Seepe built the original St.
Andrew's church in I860. At 7:30
this evening the forty hours' prayer
will be inaugurated by the Rev. M.
A. Gillig, who will conduct the
exercises for the three days closing
Sunday night.
The consecrating prelate was Rt.
Rev. D. O'Donaghue, Auxiliary
Bishop of Indianapolis, assisted by a
number of clergymen from ell over
the state. Among them Very Rev.
A. Scheideler of Indianapolis, An
thony Schenck of BrookvilLe, "Joseph
Merkle of New Alsace. A. Felgen of
St. Leon, Dean Sondermann of Law
renceburg, F. Odo of Indianapolis,
Z. J. Spellman of Cambridge City,
F. X. Unterreitmeier of New Al
bany, J. Seepe of iMadison, Julius
Mattingly of this city, and M. A.
Gillig of North Vernon. j
Commander of the Iowa
Kept the Panama Railway
Out of the Fifflit.
Capt. I'erry's Refusal to Permit Co
lombian Troops to L'se the Kail
way Created Hard Feeliujrs.
And Americans on the Isthmns Im
mediately Lost Much ot Their
Panama, Nov. 28. The Colombian
gunboat Boyaca was dispatched Tues
day, having on board about 50 soldiers
for Chamo or its vicinity, where it was
claimed a party of Liberals under
General Torras had received quite re
cently a fresh supply of arms and am
munition. San Paola and Barabacao
are known here to be Liberal strong
holds and places very easy to defend,
while to cross the bridge spanning the
Chagres river, now swollen, was next
to impossible for an attacking force.
The feat was accomplished, however,
but the reason the Liberals abandon
ed Barabacao is not ma le clear. The
death rate on the government side
was very great, many bodies falling
into the river. An attempt was also
made to make a detour on the river
in boats, but the Chagres was swollen,
the boats were capsized, and many
men were drowned.
General C stro commanded the gov
ernment forces at Barabacao. General
Alban tried to get a train to convey
200 men to the scene of the engage
ment at Barabacao, but Captain Perry
of the Iowa said that not a single
armed man would be allowed to en
train. The feeling here against for
eigners, particularly the Americans,
runs high.
A special train at Panama to con
vey General Alban alone and unarmed
awaited the arrival for hours of the
morning train from Colon, but on the
arrival of the latter here at 6 o'clock
in the evening, bringing 40 wounded
men, among whom were several offi
cers, with the news that the govern
ment troops had victoriously crossed
the bridge at Barabacao, the special
train was not dispatched, and General
Alban remained at Panama. At 8:30
p. m. a large procession, headed by a
band of music, marched in an orderly
manner all over the city of Panama,
shouting General Alban s praises and
proclaiming that the death-blow had
been given to the Liberal cause in this
"BLOODV liitllM.KS"
Colorado's Kcoentrie Former
frnor Kxpireji Suddenly.
Aspen. Col., Nov. 2S. Former Gov
ernor Davis H. Waite of Colorado fell
dead yesterday while peeling apples.
H had been in rood heiitir t
25 Ztm.' a is oellve4
i. tae cause oi ueaui was nean
trouble. Owutg to the threats he was
in the habit of making in his speeches,
he became widely known as "Bloody
Bridles Waite." . I
C'aiijiht Ity I be Cars.
Hasleton. Ind., Nov. 2S. Mrs. John
Hayes "and Mrs. Frank Kightly were
killed by a northbound Evansville &.
r Terre Haute passenger train near here
yesterday. 4fThey were crossing the
track in a bugjy. An embankment
hid the train from view. Mrs. Hays
was instantly killed, while
Kightly Itved but two hours,
horse waa instantly killed.
Joybptt taptnrel. I
London, Nov. 28. Lord Kitchener,
In a dispatch from Pretoria dated yes
terday, reports that Geueral Knox has
captured 36 members of Buys' com
mand, who escaped after the recent
fight. The prisoners include Com
mandant Joubert, w ho is wounded, and
Field Cornets Wolmarans and Died
ricks. Ibsen Fatally 111.
Copenhagen. Nov. 2S. Henrik lb-1
sen. the Norwegian dramatist, who ;
has been in HI health for some time, j
is sertousTyVni.''' He is unable to walk,'
nrif? thfrA ! nn Vi r r for Tlia rp nrfrv '
A Formal State of Hp.
Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 2S. The
governmeat has issued a decree for-'
mally declaring that diplomatic- rela-'
tions with Venezuela hava been sev-i
tic 1. - !
The Hotel Beat.
Barley Border, the hotel beat, is
still in jail although he wanted out
Yesterday he sent for Wilfred Jes
sup to defend him, but Wilfred is
in Washington. Others he sent for
did not seem to want the case, and
then he demanded to be tried in the
afternoon and allowed to plead his
own case. As the mayor had set
the case for Saturday morning at
8 o'clock he refused to change the
time of trial. Whether Border will
waive his demand for a jury is not
yet known, but the trial if he pleads
his own case is going to bs an inter
esting one. !
There was a suspicion that Border
was interested in the stealing of a
watch from a farmer near Boston, '
Ind. The farmer was sent for but
failed to identify him.
A Will Fight
An odd fight is on at Eaon in the ,
courts over a will. It has been going
on for two solid weeks. An old man
named James Bruce died there some
mont hs ago possessed of considerable
property and leaving numerous rela-!
tives who naturally expected to re-1
ceive some share of the estate. When
time came to settle up the estate a
win was produced by certain parties,
wnicn left nearly all the property to
to or three persons, one of whom
was cot related to the old man at all:
and only a relative or two got any
thing, and those two or three very
little. The suit is to break the will
by proving undue influence. One
queer thing was the swearing by some
of the parties that this will was to
supplant one which the old man had
made earlier, giving the same dispo
sition of the property, but destroyed;
and that this will was witnessed by
two men, one of whom was a well
known citizen of Richmond. Both
men were produced in court yester
day and swore that they never wit
nessed any such will.
Broke Arm.
P. T. O'Brien and family came
down from LI wood last evening on
number 18 to spend Thanksgiving
with M. J. O'Brien, and family. On
the way the three-year-old son fell
from a chair in a shair car and broke
his arm. The child was not other
wise injured.
John M. Lontz and wile are spend
ing the day with, .their parents . at
2S, 18101.
Will Oo to the States Prison
for Lite Term To
Georffe FriU Was Convicted and
Senteueed for Lite Whereupou His
Father Plead Guilty.
The Mnrder of Jacob Pfeister Will
Be Expiated By Life Long1 Sen
tence for Two.
Bedford, Ind.. Nov. 28. Geo. Fritz,
on trial as an accessory to the crime
of his father. Nelson Fritz, in the mur
der of John Pfeister, was found guilty
of murder in the second degree late
yesterday afternoon, with punishment
ia the state prison for life. The fa
ther, who had asked for a change of
venue from this county on Monday,
when his case was called, withdrew
the application on promise of having
the charge against him made murder
in the second degree instead of the
first. He then pleaded guilty and re
ceived a life sentence to Michigan
City prison. The mother, who was
also charged as being an accessory,
was then placed before the court and
the case against her dismissed.
The ending of the case so suddenly
will save the county a large amount
of costs, and the witnesses are more
than delighted over the turn of affairs.
James Johnson Will Foreiro Freedom
for Killing? Joel CoiuIm,
Indianapolis, Nov. 28. James John
Bon will spend his life in the peni
tentiary for killing Joel Combs, in
Haughville, last month. The jury in
criminal court that tried Johnson for
murder returned a verdict yesterday
afternoon of guilty, and fixed his pen
alty at life Imprisonment.
Johnson was unmoved when the
verdict was announced. Sixty ballots
were taken by the jury, and up to the
last 15 minutes they stood five for
death penalty and seven for life im
prisonment. Johnson expected the
jury to sentence him to death on the
galiows. Going back to th jnil Tues
day night he turned to Deputy Pherili
Comer and s:i;l: "I'm a goner.
They're going o han? me." H it he
did not seem greatly coneernel about
hi3 late.
It v.-:ift Sflf lcf.-ne.
Crown Point. Ind.. Nov. 2S. V.'il-
liam E.
Wakeham. who has ben on
trial during the past three days on
charge of murder, has been acquitted.
July S. du;-:ng a crap game, an alter
cation arose between the defendant
and John Collins, a negro. A fight fol
lowed and Wakeham shot at Collins
in self-defense, but his intended vic
tim drew a smaller negro in front of
him, who was killed. The law holds
that if a person shoots at another in
self-defense and kills a bystander, he
cannot be charged with crime, and on
this ground Wakeham was released.
Serious Accident.
Cambridge City Tribune.)
Edward Hunt, living south of Pin
hook, had a serious accident, just east
of Harvey's Crossing, Sunday even
ing. He was driving home with his
family in a carriage and his horses
became annoyed by four Richmond
young men in a carriage who per
sisted in passing Mr. Hunt and then
waiting until he passed them. At
last Mr. Hunt's horse became un
manageable and sent the carriage
into the Richmond vehicle with a
crash that completely demolished it.
throwing out the young men and
"1 VV ..V.
causing the team to run away. Mr.
Hunt's carriage was uoset and tha
occupants thrown . out on the pike.
Ail escaped serious injury fave Mr.
Hunt, who had his collar bone and
three ribs broken.
Dummy Time.
Here's something bearing on a
fact which very few knew that
there is a method in putting the
marks aud hands on a dummy
watch. The average person probab
ly supposed that these inorkiDgs
were ont on wherever they happened
to come. Since IStS the bands on
dummy watches bave pointed t
8:18 o'clock, the time when Presi
dent Lincoln was ehot. At a meet
ing held in Chicago the other day it
was agreed to chanpe the marking
to 3:55, the time when President
McKinley was shot, acd this time
will be set on all the dummy watches
made in future.
The Biggest Thanksgiving
Day for Many Years. -
This is ose of the most completely
observed Thanksgiving days we bave
had in Richmond for years. There
was a little business done on .Vain
street early in the morning, but by
10 o'clock all stores were closed anii
the street looked like Sunday. The
banks did not open at all, the post
oflice closed after the morning deliv
ery, schools were not opened at all,
and nearly all of the factories were
closed and the men at home with
their families. There was a tremen
dous amount of bunting parties
started out in every direction. The
city and county offices were part of
them open for a little while, but at
10 o'clock all were closed.
Dealers in Thanksgiving so pp'ies
say that they had the best trade yes
terday that they have had for several
years, x here was plenty of stuff to
sell and the buyers were many.
Everybody s emed to be able to have
what they wanted. Turkeys started
out at 13 cents, but were offered at
10 cents in several places by even
ing, and there were many left on the
hooKs at the stores this morning.
Held Up and Robbed,
(New Pari Mirror.)
One morning last week Hun Xorth
rop, who was working in Richmond,
was on his wav over on foot about 5
o'clock in the morning, walking on
the railroad. As he was going up
the grade just this side of the junc
tion he met a man w ho accosted him
with "say, jard, give me a chew o
tobacco." Hun, ever ready to ac
commodate, commenced to unbutton
b!s overcoat to as to get at his
tobacco pocket, and in doing so
Daturally dropped bis eyes monsen
tarily, and on raising them again
was somewhat surprised to ttd biio
self looking into the muzzle of a big
pistol, and to hear the feilow say: "I
guess you had better give me what
money you've got, too." He banded
over his pocket book saying: "Well,
you won't get much, but you've
cheated me out of my dinner." The
pocket book contained forty cents in
silver, which the robber "took out,
returned the purse and walked away.
Decisive Battle Expected
Washington, D. C Nov. 2S.
Capt. Perry telegraphed from
Panama that parties fought yester
day near B uena Vista. A decisive;
battle is expected today .about tte
same place. .
Friends of Millard Sper,cer, of the
Little Tycoon, will oe intesested ia
knowing that his new opera. Miss
White," was produced in New York:
this week and is a success. We gt
it before the close of the season. -
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