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......."J The Kklispell /In ml ^ ^ o 5 O'CLOCK VOL. II, NO. 64. KALISPELL, MONT., SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1901. FIVE CENTS. THIRTY SEVEN DEAD AND MANY INJDRED Runaway Freight Train Crashes Passenger Train* Into SUPT. DOWNS AND SD N ARE KILLED Thirty-Four Laborers Killed and Their Bodies Burned— The Injured Number Fourteen—No Regular Passengers Were Hurt. The most frightful wreck in the his tory of the Great Northern raiiroad and one of the w.c-i. .u railroad his tory of the United States occurred near Nyack about 8 o'clock last night, resulting in an appalling loss of life and destruction of property. At the present live dead bodies of victims of the catastrophe lie In the morgue in this city while thirteen others burned and bruised in every conceivable way are in the hospital. At the scene of the wreck, amidst the ashes of the wreckage, search is being made for the bodies of 26 others who perished in ihe flames of the burning coaches. Among the dead are Assistant Gener al Superintendent Downs of the Great Northern, and his son who were in their private car at the rear end of the ill-fated train. Passenger train No. 3, west bound, while passing Nyack about 60 miles east from Kalispell, was struck by freight train No. 10, east bound, that had broken loose at Essex, and com ing down the steep mountain grade, liae a meteor crashed into the rear end of the passenger train, smashing the three last cars to splinters and the flames started from the overturn ed lamps, literally roasted the Im prisoned passengers to death. The passenger was made up, count ing from the rear end, of General Su perintendent Down's special car and next to that a car load of laborers that had been shipped from Duluth and were bound for Jennings, where they were to be employed on the new branch of the Great Northern. The next car was the sleeper. Ii was in the special car and the one containing the laborers that the great loss of life occurred. The ill-fated train was passing Ny ack at a speed of from 20 to 30 miles an hour, the passengers laughing and joking, entirely unsuspicious of their approaching doom, when without warning of any kind the crash came The heavy freight train, made up ol 28 cars, the majority of them loaded, came down the 14 miles of grade be tween Essex and Nyack at an ever in creasing speed, and at the time the wreck occurred, was making ful.y 75 mites an hour. rne trucks on the car of Superin tendent Downs were knocked from under it and several freight cars loaded wi.h shingles were thrown by the force of the collision on top of it and the car containing the laborers. Immediately fo lowing ihe shock the wreckage caught tire and drove the rescuers away, the intense heat making it impossible to render any assis ance. In the Down's special car, containing three persons, Mr. Downs nis son, and their cook, all were kill ed. but the body of the cook was tak en from the rains by means of long pieces of wire that were looped a-ound his limbs. The bodies of the father and son were seen pinned under the burning wreckage, but they were be yond earthly help, and they were soon lost to sight. It is not known whether they were k lied or met their death in the flames, but at any rate their bodies were cremated, not the slightest trace being found of them afær the car was burned. it was in the laborers car that the loss of life was the greatest, only 16 out of the 47 men who had left Du luth for Jennings being accounted for. The freight cars were piled on top of the coach and being filled with dry pine shingles, ihe entire mass of wreckage was soon burning fiercely and the unfortunate inmates of the car were pinned down and burned, be ing unab:e to escape themselves and outside assis. ance being cut off by the burning debris. Of the for^y 3even occupants bu; twelve were rescued, and of these it is expected that several will die from their in juries. The rest are unaccounted for and beyond a doubt per.shed and were burned to ashes The news of the wreck reached Kalispell alunit 9:20 p. m., the long delay being caused by the fact that there is no telegraph office at Nyack and it was necessary to go to Belton, about seven mi.es distant, to tele graph the news to division headquar ers in this city. No. 4, the east bound passenger, was in the yards and as quickly as possib'e a coach was cut off and with a number of doctors from Kalispell, proceeded with a.l naste to the scene of the accident. No. 1 remained in the yards until about 4 »'clock this morning. A short time after the doctors' spe cial left, the wrecker was sent to Ny xck and is there at the present time putting the track in shape for traf ic. The news of the wreck quickly spread throughout the city and the lepot was thronged by anxious inquir ers after friends and relatives who were on the train. As all the coaches ou Number 3 excepting the sleeper and the two :ars burned, were practically unin ured. The dead and wounded not im prisoned in the wreck were brought to this city, the car arriving here about 2:30 with its grewsome load of dead and bleeding humanity. The train was stopped at the crossing op posite the hospital where teams and uretchers were in readiness to con vey the unfor um.es to the hosp ta! where they could be properly attend ed to. It was a pitiful sight to s«e *h c mangled an! differing m :.i taker, from the car. Some had fractured •ibs, others had limbs b oken and al most to a man they bore traces of the errible ordeal they went through. Their faces and heads were scorched md blackened and the skin in many nstances was in great blisters. In the baggage coaçh were the bo lies of Superintendent Downs' cook md the mangled remains of two la jorers who were crushed to death. They had been removed from the vreck as soon as possible and were jurned but little. One of the bodies »resented a horrible sight. 'Ihe head was crushed in and the body mangled n a horrible manner. Two of the in jured succumbed to their injuries and lied on the train before it reached Kalispell. Together with the bodies rf the others they were taken in :harge by the coroner and placed in the morgue. Freight train No. 16 was standing >n the side track at Nyack and when he trains came toge her some of the reight cars of the runaway were hrown against the caboose and the ear cars, throwing them from the rack and shattering them into small lieces. Almost simultaneously the vreckage burst into flames. Some dea of the rapidity of the spreading lames can be had from an incident hat occurred when the crash came. The conductor and rear brakeman if No. 16 were standing on the plat form of the caboose and the force of the collision threw them fully 50 feet away. Fortunately they were un injured and the brakeman made a dash for the caboose to secure his coat which he had left hanging there. But before he could secure it the car was a mass of flames and his coat containing his watch and quite a large sum of money was lost. The head brakeman of the freight heard the runaway coming but before he could realize what it was it had dashed into the luckless passenger. As it was carrying no lights and was going at a high rate of speed it was impossible to see it in time to avert the collision. Just how the freight train broke loose at Essex has not been learned. It is customary for the helper to meet all east bound trains near the foot of the hill and for both engines to take coal and water at Essex. There is a passing track at that place with ihe water tank and coal chute a short distance from the east switch. The trains are stopped a short distance from the east switch and the regular engine is cut off and takes water and coal while the helper stays at the rear end to avert just such accidents as took place Iasi night. It is said, how ever, that sometimes both engines leave the train standing and go ahead to coal and water, the helper us ng the side track to pass the train it is assisting up the hill. It is reported that such was the case last night and that at the time the runaway started boUi engines were on ahead with the train crew. Another story is that while the helper was taking on coal and water the train bioke in two near the regular engine and dashed away on its errand of death and destruction. A rigid investigation is to be held when the true facts of the case will be brought out. ^ Rear Brakeman G. H. Burke of the passenger train was among the injur ed and is at the hospital. While his in juries are severe, no serious results are feared. He is a resident of this city and is quite well known her. Assistant Superin'endent Downs had charge of what is known as the "west end," his jurisdiction extending from Minot, N. D., to the coast. He was on a tour of inspection and was in Kalispell last Tuesday night, re maining here until the next morning. His son was acting as his stenograph er, and accompanied him on his trips. As yet the names of the laborers kill ed have not been learned. There were a number of Kalispell people on the illfated train, but fortu nately they all escaped without injury. Among those on board from this city were Mr. and Mrs. John O'Brien, Mr. and Mrs. N. Nathan, J. E. Kendall, Swan Halleen and a number of others. Further information from the scene of the wreck only tends to confirm earlier reports of the horrible catas trophe, and if possible, to add to the horror of the affair. The wreckage is still afire and in the burning embers are the bodies of from 30 to 35 unfortunate victims of the wreck. It is impossible to trace any resemblance to human beings in the blackened bones and scorched pieces of flesh that can be seen in the flames. There is no possible chance of identilying any of them and until the names are secured from Duluth from where they were shipped, their names can only be surmised. Today the leg of a man was found and from the trousers on the limb and a tan shoe on the foot it was identified as belonging to the remains of Su perin endent Downs. No other trace of him has been found and the hances are that the rest of the body was totally consumed. As yet noth ing whatever has been found of his son who haB disappeared utterly. It was reported that a lady sten ographer was also killed in the wreck but this is erroneous. A lady was on the train who was going to work for the missing superintendent and who traveled in his special car. She had left the car but a short time before the accident occurred and when she learned of the death of Mr. Downs she was overcome by the shock. Coroner Willoughby went to the -cene of the accident on No. 4, this morning and returned this afternoon. He is making a thorough investigation of the affair and will hold a coroner's inquest Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Monday is a legal holiday ml as it is impossible to get the dif erent train crews together in so short time he decided to hold the inquest n the date mentioned. As is usual in a wreck of this kind here were many heroic deeds done nd many of the passengers proved they had the stuff in them that heroes I ire made of. One of the many in i lances is the case of Jack Kendall, 'Ml known in this city, who imperil led his life in rescuing Brakeman G. *i. Burke from the flames. In one of tye worst parts of the wreck where the flames were roaring, and the wreck, piled high in the air and in danger of toppi ng over and covering him with the burn.ng timbers, tin unfortunate brakeman had been caught and held fast with the flames each instant crawling nearer and nearer. Kendall saw bis desperate plight and braving almost certain death and after a desperate struggle lasting some time, succeeded in rescu ing Burke from his dangerous posi tion. Then overcome by the intense heat and smoke Kendall fainted away and was himself rescued just in time. Further particulars tend to confirm the repor, that the freight at Essex was left wi hout an engine, either the helper or the r guiar engine, and when it started ther^ was no one present to sec a brake or to keep it from running wi d. Ii^/view of the many curv-.s in ihe track from Essex to Nyack ir is a miracle the c ars kept the track under such tremendous speed as they were mak ng It is os i mated that the runaway cars were making fully 75 miles an-hour or more and it is hard to comprehend how they failed to leave the track and go crash ing down the mountain side. There werè twenty-eight cars in the runaway train, the majorny of the cars being loaded with shingles, which when they .caught fire burned like tinder. The force of the collision scattered pieces of the cars and hales of shingles over the track and several cars were thrown bodily on top of the last two passenger coaches, the debris being piled thirty of forty feed high and when the wreckage caught tire it formed a funeral pyre for the nun caught and pinioned in the ruins o: the cars. The men in the laborers cv.T w ere thrown in all directions by the shock, and the majority wore fastened to the floor and across the seats hv the tim bers of .he car. As ' ' 'i < been li^htid flames i , cated to the wood worn auu soon fire was added to the horrors of the ca tastrophe. By Associated Press: St. Paul. Aug. 31.—General Superin tendent Ward made the followin statement concerning the wreck on the Great Nor,hern near Kalispell, Mont.: "In an accident of the 30th near Essex, Mont., 18 cars broke loose from the rear end of a freight train and ran down the hill 16 miles into Nyack station, where it overtook passenger train No. 3. which was just starting out from that station. In the collision P. Downs, assistant goner il superintendent in charge of the lines west of Minot, N. D., was killed ogelhcr with his son, Kirk T. Downs, his cook, Henry Blair, and about 25 laborers, who were moving west in a coach attached to rear end of the train. None of. the regular passen gers on the train were injured. The wreckage took fire and the remains of all except five of those killed were burned. It is therefore not known, positively, how many fatalities result ed. In addition to those killed 12 la borers and Brakeman Burke were in jured." Mr. Downs was born April 10th, 1847, in Ireland. He entered the rail vay service Arr.i 1. 1888 as a brake man on a pasenger train on the Bur lington branch of the Central Vermont railroad. His appo'ntment as vice president of the Spokane Falls and Northern would have been eff ctive tomorrow, Sept. 1. 8TRIKE 8ETTLED. Men Canadian Pacific and Track Have Agreed. ly Associated Press: Montreal, Aug. 30.—It is officially announced that the trackmens' strike >n the Canàdian Pacific railway Is settled. " ARE STILL OPERA Carnegie Plant Mills Closed Down. Not THE STRIKERS CLAIM Closing of Ihe Duquesne Mills Would Have a Far Reaching Effect on the Tin Plate Company. ,iy Associated Press: Pitt 'burg, At. : 1 — The n il s of Ihe Cars o <■ .• an. nt l)u ,i esr.c are in operation no. i hs andin g the report last, night tua; h, p a r vu • bad I: c rip; I d and would 1 k ly ha-e to close down this morni lg. S veil y ox ra p. liep w.re on duty end there is no disorder. The s rikers claim the .i-'ii are . leaving up . repa a o y :o coming out. A shut down of the It i qu -Tv s eel words, would have a far reaching effect, so: io ,s!v crippling tin Amène n t n plaie con piny. Pi tsburg, Aug. 31.—A dispatch from Duquesne says the open hearth de partim n. of the Cnrno i > mill c'osed at 3 o'clock, but that the remainder of the plant is in :;:1 o'er ion. The strikers clai niihty have at the da men in line and expect to have the night men soon. There is no disorder, ant plenty of <> e.teuK-n:. H0WIS0N DilMES • so AUTHENiiCiTY '«*„>« He Never Commented Adverse ly on Atl nrcl Schley. .iy As: Ociuu d Press : Washington, Aug. 31.—Acting Sec retary Market: lias made public a Int er receiv'd from Admiral llowison dated August, hi, denying the au hen ieity of the in.erview in which ho is made to comm, nt adversely on Ad miral Schley. The ac mg secretary iias therefore continued Admiral ilow ison as member of the Schley court of inquiry. THE SUL1 AN RETALIATES AGAINSI EHE TRENCH Taxes Religious Communities ae Bcy rout and Jerusalem. t.y Acs-a d.u tl I*, eve Paris, Argus, says dial Hi. s T —-1 he M itin today a i's lirai re alia i m Ygainst Fi n e i an ir d e. wi-iulraw cmic* -usions, and tax exomp.ions or ihe F lunch rd.gi.ii:; com in unity t 1 * ;• r<Ml nvniiiiB n , Syr. m. r l he ri s.,i< m ai reneh c im a!so to lie HUNT .3 GOVERNOR. Formally Appointed Governor cf Por to Rico by President. Washington. Aug. SO.—IT id nt McKinley to ay appnin d Vu. II. Hunt of Montana, 'error , i P> Si UP o. WILL HAVE HEARING. ■ iy As;-o< iat<- : ; ., Washington, Aug. hf).—Judge Hum phreys of Honolulu called at the de partment of justice today. The at torney general lias arranged for hear ing the charges against Judge Hum phreys next Monday or Tuesday. Humphreys will be present, as will also Frederick W. llankey, who rep resents (lie members of rhe Hon > ulu bar an'agonistic to the judge. SENSATIONAL TURN. <>' Associated Press Kansas Ci y. Aug. 31.—Th" kil in ; of Miss Mary Hender on at Columbus. Missouri, took a sensational turn to daj. This afternocn the chase was practically given up. A special to the Star says there are dozens of men in Johnson county who believe Fran cis was paid to murder Miss Hender son by white persons who wanted her out of the way. SHAW NOT A CANDIDATE For Governor. At Least Not Yet, So He Says DOLLIVER'S REMARKS Were Not Authorized by Shaw.—Big Ma jority in Iowa Will Be Shaw's First Aim. tty Associated Press: O . aha. Aug. 31.—Governor Shaw of low t. as k 'd re a. ding S na or Dolli ver,', announcement at Chirago last a. in as to IPs candidacy for the m esteem y mad 1 the following state ment' "1 neith r inspired n r encouraged '■ .ren, ion of my name in eonnec u vi h 1001 Dolliver is correct in hi. » tuen. ear hot it is too early to do er ..in . The first thing for Iowa to 1 o is to ro 1 up for our own tic ket the hi go.- - ; n ajoriiy ever polled in the ■Pi.:,' and this we will do." TWO AM-fJHCAN YACHTS TO SETTLE IT HISS TIME . or.olitution ard Columbia to Engage in More Races. ly Associated Press: Bate mans Point, Aug . 31.—Af.er two ni .ni lis' preliminary sailing, dur ing which each boat defeated the other ei ,ht time , Constitution and Colum bia w. nt oui to Trenton's reef light ip i his morning for the first of a rh s oi trial races for the purpose of droid:; g which shall sail against Sir Thoim.H LipL n s Shamrock II. Both • ' a s are in tee very best condition. At the finish of the first race the Columbia brat the Constitution by 4 ,tin ut- s 28 seconds. INDIANS DISCUSSJXG THEIR GRIEVANCES And the Lack of Trco i easincss. , .iy Associated Press: Tu con. Ariz , Aug. 31.—Over 200 Pali.ii s are gathered near Fort Thom as ho d ng a meeting discussing griev hiKci. in i. in are coming from the r lent Park re.-ervat'oti. Sopers are feeling uneasy at Fan Carlo, sixty J A is distant l'r >m Uk nearest post T'f ere are only six i»r v îtes and a snr : ' < ' mt at the f. r . GULLLED THE INDIANS. Vo Wire Order d to Stop Practicing Polygamy. ■ A::: o dated Prism T mm a, Aug. 31.—The revenue • r Ruth r urned today to Sitka '. a'uiat. where she went to u rim- nidi-, n troubles which d a' rin a 1 on g the whites, d e 1 , r..ff o Si ka held court ar : Hi,:- Hush and nine men were v.c o' s- ! n. liquor and rioting. M lr ne-, va, c'na ed 189 Indians, lor Bra y warned them that : y mu t o h y tip* lays and refrain d s. i or. Natives were also or »' d o up . raid icing polygamy. •' IS JURY'S RESIGNATION. V ivos WisH Him to Retire For Health's Sake. , A.-. luted Pi ess: 1 rmd : l, \>i-. 31.— The A Siclxte i * a ! arns thu: the ru • ors of Lord i i b tv - re i eaunt is due to the :• m" - of n a itaUon within the ii.-vs own family, who urge that la. o the step in order to preserve s heal h. This s ep is opposed by g der ■ of th ■ unionist party, who are la ly to preva 1 for the present. Hv YANKEE WON. Associated Press; .v York, Aug. 31.—Yankee won v tuti.rity by a length; Lux Costa second, Barron third.