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A Tzeacherous Bridge.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 31.--The south-bound accommodation train on the Indianapolis & Chicago air line, due here at 10:30 this morning, met with a terrible accident when seven miles from the city at Broad Ripple. At that point the rail road crosses White river on a truss bridge, two spans, each 150 feet long. The engi neer had gone into the baggage car for a drink of water and the loicomotive was in charge of the fireman. When the locomo tive reached the center of the bridge the fireman felt the structure rinking. HIe had his hand on the throttle, which lie opened, giving the locomotive alJ availa ble steam, The engine "pr"ng forward with gfreat force, b)reak*I-.n tihe couplinlg btwetwcI the tender and the baggage car. The locomotive kept the track, but the aggage, smoking car, and another coach dropped through and piled up in a mass at the foot of the pier. The smoking car was partially td-lescoped on the b:a.ý.e ca;r. The wreck was partially s.!bmerfcdi, Euu, the portion abhove the water indtite iiu t ly took fire froni the stovts. '1..e fir'-itan states that ,whni he looked back after the loL.omiiotive reached the south etind of the bridge, the cars were on fire and ,smoke scuriiig ithe sCent. . he wre k rteach:'d lie city in a 6Ol. L ie, an:, d a. w reeking traini with surgeons and other a1sitai'ce was at once made up and senL to Broad Ripple. On reaching the wreck a chaotic scene was presented. The bridge a id cars Nw ere still burning, and those presentt were so lacking in presence of mind as to be unable to extinguish the flames or afobrd relief to suiflerers. Of ticials of the road went to wtrn vigorously arnd systematically, and in a short time the tire was extiinguislied and search for bodies tegun. Six persons were either killed outright ar burned to death. The remains recovered were burned beyond recognition. A gang of workmen had been making repairs on the bribge, all of whom were ,lightly injured. The two passengers seriously hurt, Seaman and Clark, were left at Broad Rippl,. and the others were brought to this city. The accident is now attributed to A IDEFECTIVE THRIIIEAD on the supporting rods of the bridge, tlhe nuts on the ends of the rod litting to loose ly that the bridge was unable to -su:pport the weight of the train. The scenes at the wreck was extremely distressi gu. The dlead were in the ruins of the smoking and baggage cars, and these, one on top of the other were in deep water. A skiff was .used for landing the remains of the (lead. B. J. White was working under the bridge when the train went over, and r says he thinks the rods pulled through thle nuts, letting the bridge down. To all ap pearances, one break occurred wi~hin 15 feet of the pier, and an other about mid way of the span. White's escape was miraculous. Standing on the ice, the fall ing bridge and car struck him on the head and DRIOVE HIM TI'IOUGII TIHE ICE, and down to the very bottom of the river. The timbers did not rest upon him, how ever, and lie swuni out more dead than alive. covered with bruises, but able to walk. The newsboy of the,train says he could have extinguished the fire with one bucket of water, but it was not to te had. C. C.Lowden and J. B. Horton were in the smoking car. At one end lay a man with his skull crushed and life extinct. Across him, close to a red hot stove, lay Lynn Clark, a heavy timber binding one .eg immovably. Loder tried to find an ax . with whi:.lh each car is provided, but it was in the other side of the car in three feet of water. "For God's sake don't desert me now," cried Clark. "We did net desert him until the flames s scorched us and we almost suffocated with smoke," said Lowden. "Before leaving I' kicked out a window close by Clark, and left jhim in agony. Presently the flames burned the timber in two close by Clark, I .and he crawled out of the window which we had broken for him." THE CONDUCTOR'S ACCOUNT. "In five minutes after the train went down," said Conductor Losey, "the en tire wreck was wrapped in flames. In less time than :that all were drowned. Frigltful screams came from the ruins near tlhv pier, but with two buckets and no boat we were powerless, and all we could do was to close our cars and pray for death to release our comrades." A Ipitchlof gray beard led to the ijlentili- [ cation of John Bray. A train order in a vest pocket led to the belief that a hand tul of bones t.o wl1 ich were hanging a few hbreds of roastef ilesh, were the remains of Engineer Brewer. A button or a spar ed half inch of a suspender or under gar mnent led to the identification cf others. It is believed that all the killed have fbeen recovered. THE PROMINENT BILLINGS BUSINESS HOUSES. KING & CAMIP BROS., WHOLESALE AND RETAIL IHardware, Agricult'I Stoves Implements and e Buggies, Tinware, Wagons, Blacksmith carriages TTOOIS and and i; SUPPLIES. WIRE. SFOI. TI]N 0- CG CO-DS Cli ALL KaIICN DS. Iý Crtes t podb , ,e ,L 'ited. BILLINGS. M. T. This space reservea for Headquarters Hotel. STEBBINS, MUND & CO., BILLINGS, - - - - MONTANA. T1ERAJŽTSACT A GENEXEAL BAXTKIN3 :B TTS IT-~ESS . Advances made on IWool on the most Favorable Terms. Interest Allowed on Time Deposits. 3.'Correspondence and Business Solicited. 9. H. ERWIN, T~HOLESALE DEALER IN Wines. Liquors Cigars. ImIported and Domestic Fine Whiskies a Specialty. -ALSO A FULL LINE OF BAR 'LASSWARE. Orders Solicited and Satisfaction Guaranteed. BILLINGS, - - MONTANA. C. E WESTBROOK Best and Cheapest Stable in the City. Block South of P. W. HcAdow's store, 27th street. BILLINGS, - - - MONTANA. H. H. BOLE & CO., VWHOLESALE AND RETAIL BILLINGS, - MONTANA. THE LARQEST STOCK OF DRUGS, PATENT MEDiCINES, STATIONERY, TOILET A4_~LTIOCL S, "ETC., IN EASTERN MIONTANA. WIES EAND LIQ UORS FOR it EDICIVNAL P URPOQES. ;Orders by mail promptly attended to. 99'Eastern prices on all goods, °"APPLICATION BY LETTER FROM PATIENTS will receiveJe " the per,3onal attention o Dr. D. M. PAn zRa.~ WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALERS IN -AND General Merchandise. FI ST-OLASS GOODS O JTLTY, AND-j LOW PISIC:ES. -Aents for LADD'S TOBACCO SHEEP DIP.-___ @""Our teams make regular trips to the Judith Basin, and we will haul freigtj to and from the Northern Pacific railroad at low rates. Billings, M. T. H. CLARK & CO. A. L. Babcock. A, W. BABCOCK & MILES, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL Hardware, Implements, E8~oves aitnd. rl~rware, Iron, Steel, Pumps, Sporting Coods, Paints, Oils, Tents, Wagon Covers, Etc. Headquarters for Barb Wire. Agents for WOODS' MOWER, and ST UDEBAKER WAGON. y H AY cKKnzght &co. Post Traders, And Dealers in GeneraI Eerehkadiue FORT SHAW, - M.T. We are in receipt of a large and complete stock of goods consisting of Dry Goods, Notions, Groceries, Drugs, Boots and Shoes, Cloth Ing, Hats and Caps, Hardware, Woodenware, Crockery, Harness, Wool Socks and Twine, Tents, Wagon SheetS, AGRICULTUR AL IMPLEMENTS, ETO. A.GBflŽTS FOIE WOOD'S IMPROVED MOWERS, HAPGOOD'S SULKY PLOWSS, IMPROVED SULKY RAKES, and STUDEBAKER WAGONS, IWe have on hand and to arrive a larger stock than ever before. Ranchmen and Stockmen are respectfully invited to examine our goods and prices before pur chasing elsewhere. FORT SHAW, M. T., June 1, 1882. J. H. McKnight & Co. BELT CREEK MANN'S RANCH ! On The C A J T Road to Barker ! _Within One Day's Drive of conatrato. BENTON OR THE MINES! for Snow Flila convenient and delightful stopping place. The Rest of Accommodations for The undersigned is now hauling a superior Man and Beast quality of coal from his mine on Belt creek, and will contract with the A.t Reasonable Prices. feb8wtt residents of Benton and vicin ity at reasonable rates. N E W NOW is the Time to Contract Before winter sets in and prices raise. BOOT and SEOE HENRY MILLARD, Pittsburgh, M. T. S H O P, P. O. Address, Benton, M. T. iy7tf INew Ferry Boat! FRONT ST., FORT BENTONM [REAR OF F. w. BUCKSEN'S STORE. Running Regularly from the footof Baker St. Made to Made to Order, Order. ACROSS THE ISSURI In the most substantial manner ani fashionfal it Prices Reasonable. Neatly Executed. Neatly Executed. MIKE LYNCH, All Orders Promptly Attended to. Owner and Manager. CHARLES C. HACKEL aprlld' ie2dtlwtt