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The Benton weekly record. (Benton, Mont.) 1880-1885, February 09, 1884, Image 2

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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

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