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PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOLTME LXXXIX->O. 80. DISASTER TO THE CENTRAL PACIFIC'S EAST-BOUND FLYER COSTS SIX LIVES SCENE OF THE WRECK OF THE CENTRAL. PACIFIC FLYER AT. MILL. CITY. AS REPRODUCED \ FROM, A TELEGRAPHIC DESCRIPTION, AND SIX OF THE KILLED *AND IKJURED. M!s«i El«le.Bl!««lnsrer, 1G yearn of ace, daughter of Mr. and Sirs. Adolph niKslnser, sliKhtly brained. Condnctor 11.' E. Ma'rkle of Oscden. scalp wonnda and face and. body ?>rniiieii» * •. nrakeman J. J. Rreres of Offden. ,nl!p;ht hndr bmlaea. ' EnRlncw Georpre Abbay of Wadxirortb, . head and face scalded* shoulder wrenched and left foot injured. . Mall Clerk Schuyler of San I'rancUco, right lee broken and eat abont the head. . 4 . 'Mall Clerk Cavln of San Francisco, hrulsed abont the body and cut en the beau. , . THE INJURED. THB DEAD. ADOLIIII BISSINGER, aged 40 years, of *B!tain«rer £ Scblon, San Francixco.:. .. . i.L.iV, . ;¦ .MRS. ADOLPII BISSIXGER. aced 3O yean, of San Francisco. * \ C'L. AVHITAKER, fireman, aped S3 years, of AVada worth, »t. CLIXTOX.n. COUI.TErt, ased about 35 years, of San Franelaeo. Tito trampi, names unknown. VICTIMS OF NEVADA RAILWAY DISASTER : -. "The train was running : at high speed when • the ;¦ place .was reached. No danger was suspected. The engine passed across was ever '¦ known ; to :• accumulate b«f ore and there ; was ¦", no stream there. The sandy soil was slightly frozen on top and all the water ran off Instead of being ab sorbed : as ; usual, this causing- the great accumulation. . ¦ .1. • , ' Two bodies, evidently those of trarnDS, are In the mass of twisted Iron. One lies near that of the fireman. ; the left hand protruding far enough to be' visible, while the other is In the creek, pinioned under one of the car trucks. . Fireman Whltaker met death at his post of duty, probably never, knowing what had happened. His body is pinned under the qebris of Iron and can be plainly seen; yet It is in such a mass "of wreckage that up to 8 o'clock to-night he could not' be got out. The body ,waa terribly scalded." ' Clinton R. Coulter, had evidently- been killed outright. When ¦ found l he . was doubled up, with a large* hole in one side of the head, back- of .the ; ear. "The de ceased had a ticket to Chicago and re turn. , . York. As soon as Miss Bissinger recov ered from the shock she was astir, : and searching parties found her. together, with Conductor Markle, and helped them out through a small opening in the roof of the car. , . "The wreck occurred at - 5:13 in the morning. . Passenger train No. .2. better, known as'.the*Flyer..was speeding along., having lost several hours by ' : a .washout west . of \ Mill I City. Two . miles Vast of. Mill i City - the track runs near • the foot 'of, some hills sloping 'fronT the south. .The heavy rain of Saturday -had sent the water down 'to the, depth of ten or twelve ¦'feetVoii .the- upper slde v of .the , track. -Xn a depression in the ground. A culvert' under v ; the track ¦ evidently' ] had been clogged arid the water ran over the track arid eroded _the : sandy "soil ' until ¦ .a" .. cut sixty ' feet wide and thirty feet ;deep had been formed.- This' was till spanned ; by the" track,',. field upjby ; the . rails. Strange^ to': saS\"*it was' a place where no water* .', BLUE CANTON, Fab. 17.— From a pas senger of No. '".2,'thc flyer wrecked in Ne vada, who passed .through here, to-night on the special train \ conveying the '•. in jured to' San ': Francisco, the following story, cf the n-reck was obtained: ¦ and Brings Instant Death' to the 'Six Unfortunate' .Vic- | . ' tims.': ' .. -.. •' '•'->-**• VV Disaster , Comes i Without \ Warning" Millwood.. Cal.. informing her of the sad death of her hr.aband." .'/ .' ' I ACCOUNT GIVEN I BY A PASSENGER •^Telegrams were sent, to an. uncle of Miss Bissinger. at the j. Hotel Richelieu.' in Sari Francisco., notifying him of the deaths of .his relatives ;ahd rcquestlng.him I to meet his niece/ /-Mrs. ,' Coulter,' ..the' widow! of, Clinton R. Coulter, was telegraphed to at At 1:50 p. m. a special, consisting of an engine, a tourist : car and a. caboose, left Mill City for Wadsworth. -with allof the dead and Injured except "Conductor Markle and Brakeman Reeves,: they re-' questingVthat they ; be , taken; to •- their homes at Ogden. .Upon arrival; at Wads worth a special : - was. sent to. Sacramento! 1 conveying 1 the dead .'.and /injured '.whose homes are in California. . Torrents of water are rushing, down the^ steep ravine through; the great, gap 'occa sioned by the ;backlng.up of 'the water.' and as darkness sets in to-night the water has attained' a 'greater height than at any time since the washout. Orders were tel egraphed, to Sacramento to start the plle drlver from that, place. .Two arid possibly three:days •will elapse before the track is repaired.: .,Flve: engines are endeavoring to" clear the right of, way and about 150 la borers; are building; a track of some na ture" with .a. skeleton structure to allow the passing of trains., All day was con sumed, with hardly any', appreciable '.re sults. - No ; passengers - have been; trans ferred : from .the West, • they remaining In their respective cars. at Mill City. At 7:20 a. m. a special left this place .with what wrecking outfit was available, together, with .all. the doctors and nurses procurable. Not long afterward a special .was ¦ dispatched . f r.om . Wads-worth -with a gang of machinists,, a /wrecking crew and surgeons. More, surgeons were taken aboard at .^ Lovelock, • but - their • services , were not needed at the time the train, ar rived at ¦ the scene ' of the wreck, -the' Wlnnemucca ¦ physicians having ' taken care of the ! injured.- Collision Barely Averted. No. 4. the eastbound . express, ¦ was fol lowing the" overland limited closely. The' rear brakeman' on ! No. 2 had butva few minutes' time to flag it to preveht a rear end collision. ;. " •• _¦< . V • ¦ -¦! •-.- ¦ ¦ "• ¦*'. , How Mall Clerks Scuyler and Cavln es-' ,caped with, their ilves Is Jan "'enigma ¦ to those who saw the position of the wreck age, yet their injuries are very slight, i Mr. Bissinger of the firm of Bissinger & Schlcss. hide and tallow merchants of San Kranci3co, occupied a- drawing-room with his wife and daughter. Elsie, at the head end of the first sleeper. This car was telescoped by the buffet. Both ,Mr. and Mrs. Blssinser were killed,, while their daughter, occupying the berth above them, was but slightly Injured. Mr. Bis linger ar.d family . were : en route; to 1 New Fata of the Bissingers. Conductor Markle, Brakeman Reeves and the train barber were in the ccfm-, posite car. Brakeman Reeves 'Jumped from a window, landing In the creek be low, which was at that time about four feet deep. . ¦ • -. Engineer Abbay says that he felt the engine settling and started to get out through the window, but he had hardly moved from .his seat before the crash came. Hew he got out he doesn't Know. engine. The composite car lies across the gap of seventy-five feet and telescopes the head Pullman for nearly thirty feet. Because of beins late the flyer was making a fast run. endeavoring to make up time. It r.-as going at the rate of fifty miles an hour at the time of the ac cident. When two roiles east of Mill City it struck a new washout that evidently was caused by a mountain torrent only a short time before the train's arrival. The engine got txcroFS safely, but th© 'ender Is one mass of twisted Iron, stand ing on end against the boilerhead of the locomotive. The trucks of the tender, to- F p ther with those of the mail car and composite car, are In the torrent below. The mall car went to the left, the rear end beinc clear of the head end of the Bunning at High Spe* d. ¦* At the point where the accident oc curred, there Is an embankment of thirty feet to a ravine down which water runs from a water shed of fifteen miles. Dur ing the pa*t two -weeks heavy and fre quent snowstorms have occurred In the mountains, piling the snow into Immense drifts in the canyons. This began to melt because cf the unusually warm weather of Friday and Saturday. Gnngs of work men have born labouring since yesterday mornir.gr endeavoring- to keep the roadbed in the- vicinity of Mill City in good condi tion. At II o'clock last 'night a washout was discovered a half mile west of Mill City, and ail energy was put toward re pairing It. This was not accomplished until 4:30 o'clock this morning. Passen ger trains Nos. 2 and -4 had been held at Humboldt. nine miles distant, while the break was being repaired. WINNEMUCCA, Nev., Feb. 17.— Six persons perished and six others were seriously Injured In a disaster that oc currpd to Central Pa cific eastbound flyer No. 2 two miles cast r.f Mill City at an early hour this morn ing-. While running at high speed to make up lost time the flyer crashed Into a wash out that hnd been caused by a mountain torrent. The thock came without the slightest warning, and the engine and train crewc and sleeping-car Inmates at the forward end of the train were pinned beneath the debris of the locomotive tender ar.d cars that were twisted into a tangled mass of wrfekate in an Instant by their own Impetus. Of the six persons who per ished. His probable that no one had time to realize the fate that was upon them. Three of them— Mr. and Mrs- Adolph Bissinger and Clinton R. Coulter— were San Fran ciscans occupying berths In the forward Pullman. Of the other victims of the dis aster, one was Fireman "Whitaker, who died et his post, and the others wer* tramps stealing a ride on the train. the yawning chasm on the frail bridge of rails, and hung from the opposite bank. The momentum of the train carried th« mail car acros3 beyond the engine. The composite car, which came next, formed a bridge across the cut, Its ends touching both sides, the sleeper next to It telescop ing the rear end. The end of the sleeper was crushed. In. and here Blsslnser and THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL.