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" THE BRATTLEBORO DAILY REFORMER: SATURDAY; AUGUST 19; 1922.
8 TlilPLE AIRPLANE TRAGEDY. (Continued rrom Fage 1) filet low od hope of attaining the northern bank in time to be of assistance. The occurrence of the noeidont in the isolated section along the railroad made immediate succor practically impossible, especially because of the intervening river. It took several minutes for aid to reach rhe spot by way of Linden street down to the common and up X"rth Main treet to the three bridges j and then over the rough roud across the held bordering the . tracks. In a sort space, of time a large number of auto mobiles were on the spot, among them being the limousine driven by tJov. James 1 tartness, who had been an interested spectator all day at the meet. Governor llarti.ess. was greatly shocked and 'dis turbed and felt the enormity of the trag edy verv keenly. Shortly after the Oriole crashed to tite ground Lieut. John 1'. Wood, pilot of "The Buffalo." the seventh and last plane to arrive on the Held at o.lo yes terday afternoon, circled 'over the field and shouted that "everything was all right." Charles F. Mann, who was an nouncing the events on the field to the assembled crowd, passed on the message to the throng of spectators, who settled back in their places relieved in the belief that nothing serious had happened. When news of the disaster ttltered through the crowd, everyone felt the blow all the more severely, A distressing incident connected with the catastrophe was that the burning of the plane was witnessed by Fred II. Har ris, who was a passenger in one of the three planes in the air at the time, and from hi height!) of !'..() feet thought it was a bonfire. When lie alighted on the lieid and realized what had happened, he made all haste to the scene of the tragedy and worked like a demon trying to put out the Haines. Miss Harris Taken to Hospital. Miss Harris and I'ilot Hushes were taken to the Memorial hospital where Pilot Hughes's injuries were dressed, and in a short time he was able to leave for tin- Htooks House, where be had made his l.ei'.d'tuarters. I'ilot Hr.ghes was completely unnerved after he had been taken to the IJrooks I louse hist evening, and Ins mental con dition was such as to prevent the obtain ment of a clear and ac.-urate account as to how the tragedy actually occurred. As nearly as can be learned and with the additional information secured from I'ilot Casey Jones, Hughes decided to take off the field from the northern end on this particular tlight because he had bail diffi culty in taking ofT from the southern end in several previous tlight:. Spectators will recall that on the take-off just previ ous to the ill-fated flight. Hughes's Oriole made a hap in the air as it struck the bump in the center of the field when landing from a previous Hight, going to ward the south. This particular experi ence caused Hughes to make t tie next take-off in a northerly direction Hughes and the other pilots were in accord with tie statement that consider able "dead air" hung over the northern end of the tield and the meadows north of the West river. It was this dead air or air pocket that prevented the ill-fated Oriole from attaining the altitude that Hughes expected to attain. While the pilot was attempting to gain altitude the plane crashed hardly with any warn ing into the elm tree, deadening the mo mentum of the ship and causirg it to drop among the wires which carry 10,00 -volts of electric current. The impact .i ti... i :K. ..1. .-. ,wt rmlv Willi toe IM'illlli ' iwisni m.- ........ . , set lire to the plane but charged the wires j a of ti e irlane. winch JioM tne wings nrmiy together. It was these charged wires that gave Hughes his shock when he at tempted to assist the passengers. Had he stumbled into the actual live wires he would have been instantly electrocuted. The plane fell directly on its nose with its tail sticking high into the air and as soon as the flams reached the body of the ship' it became a chimney of seeth ing lire. Hughes succeeded in jumping from the ship only after lie had bumped on the windshield, which gashed the right side of his n ;e. . - Miss Harris Throws Herself Out. The position of the plane prevented immediate access to the passengers buried in the burning wreckage. They could not be reached from the rear of tin. itttiil.irif on a C count of the shape of Arthur Ingalls went over to the cream ery ficar-by and secured two more chetn icals which produced no ell'ect on the ilames. v Lieut. Jones said this morning that the material of which the wings are con structed, is so inflammable that once it gets on tire there is hardly any chance ot it bein .extinguished. Leslie C. Whitney, employed by the Windham 'County Co-operative Milk Producers, Inc., arrived on the spot with his Ford ear and was one of the first person's - to reach the scene. He took Miss Harris to the Memorial hospital, I-ilot Hughes lulpiiiir to bold her in the seat of the machine on the way. ' : liovernor Visits Hospital. Fred If. Harris, after assisting to put out the flames, left for the hospital iu the automobile of W. T. Carney with Jones, and he was shortly tol by the Covemors car, containing , Governor lliirtness. ins secretary, ami a representative of The 1U former. The Covernor was greatly concerned over the tragedy and at the hospital expressed his sorrow over the misfortune. Gov ernor llartness is an enthusiastic aom. unit and he flew one of the early Cur tiss planes when the pilot's - seat was out in front where there was nothinjr under him but a few bamboo rods and the air. lie is president of the Aero Club of Vermont and he was a bitf fac tor in arranging- for the meet here.' After expressing liisrcscrcts, he returned to the R rooks lloir-e. where he, went to Pilot Hughes' room and olfered his symnathv. The Governor returned tf his home in Springtield last evening. Pi l t IIuch"s, after resting at the Brook? House, "also left for Boston last evening The meet itself was a great success save for the accident. Beginning with the dedication event, in the morning, when Governor James TTartness made h. dedication speech following the rais--r of Old Glory bv Mis Harris, the ivnts were staged with an alacrity that augured well for this meet being t he most successful ever ledd in this sec tion of the country. Three planes flew in battle formation in the morning and this event was followed by the cross country race, both of which events wen re orted iu yesterday's Reformer. The b'm! doppirg contest wa hl' immediately after the lunch liour yes terday afternoon and was, perhaps, the -'ost i'lterestina' event on the program. Four planes participated in this contest, the first one being the Oriole piloted by Hughes which later went to its dis aster on the field north of West river, f'aeh plane flow over a white target in the epiitcr of the field and from a height of ."f0 feet drooped a lomb made of sand and white flour. Three trials were givn eaclk plane. Hughes did not drop his bomb until be was well over the far"et and his 'hot went wide of the mark, one land ing near the nylon, the second in the vo-ds west of Linden street ami the Hi'd in ihn water south of the field.. Captain IT. F. Stu-knev made the sec ord attempt, one of his bombs landing 27 feet away from the. tarsret. Stkkuey is the Vermont aviator who has a rec ord of five German planes and one Ger man balloon during hits service with the famous Lafayette Kscadrille, Lieut. L. 1. Lott, was third In the event, two of his bombs landing near the pylon and landing loO feet away from the target. Lieut. Casey Jones in the sister Oriole was fourth in the event and was the winner in the contest, $."0 in prize money being awarded him. His lirst shot fell near the pylon, the second l'.i feet from tl'e target and the third 2t feet away. His average was 22 1-2 feet, lie . carried, as passengers during this event Mrs. 1. Aclund and Miss Ruth Bremer, both of West Dover. Jones has been doing commercial and exhibition flying for the Curtiss com pany since his return from overseas, where he was with the American flying f ore: s during the World w ar. lie has made a total of over .2.000 living hours since he lias been interested in aviation. The planes had just started acrobatic stunts when the accident to Hughes's Oriole happened. The event. 'was not completed and the balance of the day's program was cancelled. Pilot: Jones said today that this was the first fatal accident in the records of the Curt is company since that concern started to carry passengers. Since the war. jts ships have carried over 2.1.000 passengers. He aid Hughes made ah excellent record (luring the war and this was bis first drop as pilot. Hughes was convinced last night that the accident would not have happened had it not been for the high tension AVires. The Oriole that met disaster yesterday was the same one that broke a left forward landing strut in alighting on the field Thursday afternoon. Seven Planes in Meet. The planps that participated in the meet yesterday were seven in number and were as follows: Curt iss. Oriole. 15. Hughes, pilot, flew- from Mineola; Cnr tiss Oriole, pilot. Lieut. C.isev Jones, from Mineola; .IX Standard, pilot, Capt. H. I". Stieknev, Bellows Fails; Jl Standard. Lieut. L. 1'. Lott. Itandolph. flew from Post Mills: 400 H. 1. . le llaviland army plane, pilot. Major E. 1$. Lyon, flew from Framingharn: Curt iss nrmv plane, pilot. Lieut. Moffatt, flew from Framingharn and JN pilot, Lieut. John 1!. Wood, flew from Cambridge, N. Y. and the end took a turn for the wore came about 10 o'clock. Miss Harris was born in Hrattleboro Jan. 14, 1807, and was therefore -a years old. She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Harris of North street. Mr. Harris is treasurer of the Hrattleboro Savings bank. She attended the Hrattleboro high school and grad uated with the class of 1010. In her sen ior year she drew the cover for the class year book. She spent one year at Miss Porter's school at Farmington. Conn., and the following year attended the Finch school in New York city. She traveled extensively in this coun try and in Europe and two years ago this summer made a eahiping trip on horse back through the Canadian Hookies. i Last year she went on a - North Cape j cruise to the European continent, visit , ing the North cape, Norway and Sweden. the British Isles, 'and several of the coun j tries on t he continent.. While in France ! she visited the devastated battlefields. While in an automobile on one of the j Belgium fields one of the tires gave way I iu'st as several partially buried shells I began to explode near-by , and for a time till O H trti IW lii I'Hl n ...if tw f - ments of .shells, but no one in the party was injured. Miss Harris was always interested in aviation and other sports. She had taken many flights with her brother, Fred, and with other pilots. Yesterday she spent considerable time with Gov ernor llartness. talking over the wonder ful possibilities of aviation and com menting of the wonderful success of the meet. She was. also a yachting enthu siast and took great interest in boating on Lake Spofford. The funeral will be held Monday after noon. Full arrangements have not yet been completed. two half-ibters, . Evelyn and Alexene, all children of JIr and Mrs. Henry lios-i-eau. ' " ' - - ... A double funeral will be held Monday. MRS. CAROLINE LASHER. In Standard, Itandolpn. Miss Evelyn Harris. The death of Miss .Harris this morning came as a great shook and lias east a cloud of sorrow over the com munity as well as a feeling of great sym pathy. While life lingered scores of mes sages were received by the memlwrs of the family and friends, all inquiring as to the possibility of her recovery, all hoping that her strong vitality would carry her through the great crisis. Hopes were en tertained for her recovery all through last night, but this morning her condition Joseph Trahan. Joseph Trahan. was born in 1S02 at New Bedford, Mass. He lived there six years and then went to Danielson. Conn., where l.e learned his trade as a barber. He mairied Dec. '.). 1012. Priscilla Hart ley of Danielson, who came there from England. In 1014. Mr. and Mrs. Trahan Jennie to Hrattleboro. where Mr. Trahan became the barber for James Allen, who then run ti e Brooks Manse harbor shop. When Mr. Allen died. Mr. Trahan took over the business and lias since conducted it. lie was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Vermont Wheel club and attended St. Michael's Roman Catho lic church. I lis son, Norman, was live years old May 10 and was expected to have started at school next fall. Another child, a daughter, Phyllis, died Jan. 31 of this year. Besides bis wife, Mr. Trahan leaves his mother and five sisters, Mrs. William Harrell, Mrs. Peter Gazeau. Mrs. John Manso. nil of Danielson. Conn., Mr. Ed mund Bousipiet and Miss Cecilia Trahan, who live with the mother, Mrs. Henry Rousseau of South Alain street. There are also left one half-brother, I'eter, and Former Missionary Worker Dies Home of Mrs. Ada E. Hall. Mrs. Caroline A. Lasher, 57, died this morning at 3 o'clock at the home of Mrs. Ada E. Hall of 22 Highland street. Mrs. Lasher had been a resident here for the past 10 weeks- and last Thursday evening was stricken with an attack of heart trouble to which she suc cumbed this morniug. Mrs. Lasher was born in New. York city and about 2.") years ago attended a preparatory school ; to study missionary work. Twenty years ago she came to Vermont and travelled extensively throughout the state in connection with the work of the Vermont Domestic Mis sionary society. She suffered a 'shod; about five years ago and since that time was not active with, her vocation. She spent several years in Missouri in connec tion wan missionary worn ana more re- j miuy was locaieu in l'lainneiu. She leaves one brother, Arthur Hull of Los Angeles, Cal. The funeral arrange ments have not been made. lb. BROTHERHOODS Sl'BMIT PLAN. (Continued from Fajje l.) men. This agreement would assure jobs to both the strikers and the new men, since railroads and brotherhood oflicials have stated that they could useiT."Oper cent of their normal shopcraft forces to prepare for the resumption of coal mining and the transportation of a bum per crop. BRATTLEBORO PERSONAL 39c Saturday Chocolates 39c We Will Sell Every Saturday Samoset Chocolates f for ; X 39c Sold Exclusively by Brattleboro Drug Co. An assortment of 10 different kinds But terscotch, Caramels, Caramallow, Coffee Cream, Cordials, Ice Cream, Maple Walnut, Montevideos, Orange Cream arid Nougatines. We sell these chocolates the rest of the week for 60c pound. ' nij .n igipia 1 1 j . ii . wiinni.ii.nl mi'p'.Mini.'in 0 ''W&&$3MMi& IB Lmcu 1 1 Charles Adams will return tonight nfter spending a week at Nantasket Beach. James (I. Bagg will come tonight to spend a two-weeks' vacation in the home of his sister, Miss M. Elizabeth Bagg. Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Ilawley of Ilolden, Mass., .are spending the week end with Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Ilawley. BIRTHS. In Hrattleboro, Aug. 17. a daughter, Lyndell Edity, to Mr. and Mrs. C. War ner Hopkins, granddaughter to Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hopkins of Brattleboro and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Thurber of Marl boro, and great-granddaughter to Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Stacy of Brattleboro. DEATHS. In P.raf t!eloro. Auj.- 18. Joseph Tra han. .10; in Hrattleboro, Aug. 18, his son, Norman Trahan, .". In, Hrattleboro, Aug. 1!, Miss Evel.yu Harris, 25. Hi a n hi fusilage or framework of the plane; ac cess to the cockpit was between the wings through the heavily charged and twisted wires. Hughes saw Miss Harris throw herself out, .and after managing to reach her he pulled her away from the burning wreckage and with ' his bare hands put out ti e flames which were burning her clothes. When he attempted to reach Mr. Trahan and his son. Norman, the flames were so intense that he was un able to reach them. . I'ilot Hughes is of the opinion, that Mr. Trahan and his smi were stunned by the sudden impact of the plane with the earth. Lieut. Casey said this morn ing that in every fatality connected with a burning plane, it is always preceded by intense shrieking on the part of the person succumbing to the flames. In the tragedy yesterday, not a sound enian otp.i fr,.m the oersons in the wreckage. which seems to corroborate the belief that Mr. Trahan and his son were stunned, perhaps into unconsciousness, and probablv never knew that they were being burned. The iole fell across Mr. Trahan and his boy.' The latter was sit ting iu his father's lap. The work of rescue was hampered fur ther by one of the poles carrying the electric wires falling over the fusilage .iinx.tit. tn the cock nit where the passengers were imprisoned. which also caught tire with ropes that were truck driven by The pole. was removed secured trom a Frank Holland, who was one of the first person: (ieorge Y. Stanley, a man named Weasel in I the meet trom a to reach the spoi. Carl Herrick and who were watch niotorboat on the West river, saw the plane as it went to its doom and they linmediatel" hurrieu to the spot but were too late to rescue Mr. Trahan and his son. Their bodies at that time had been burned beyond recognition. Miss Harris already had lieen" rescued. They secured a rope from Mr. Holland's truck and succeeded in pulling' the burning pole from its posi- ''l'he impact of the plane with the elec tric wires broke two of the wires, while the third wire swung loose from the fallen polo and remained suspended in the air. Stanley, Herrick ami four or live others who had already reached the snot, attempted to put; out the lire bv throwing cans of) dirt and witr-r on ,the hot flames, but the inllammabiht v of the material of; which the wings of the plane were constructed was not in th least n1 tooted bv the attempts to put out the lire. Someone broueht four cans of a new fire powder, which is said to be extremely oflioient in fiehting flamer.. but the use of this nwder also bad no effect. Two tubes of chemicals also were brought iu an automobile, but in the ex citement, the tubes were dented or torn . o.il the. chemical leaK'eil out a a rsi n m m L33 151 HQ b m HQ B a Glean-Up Shoe At Wagner's Sale a a a rai EST BARGAINS OF . ALL m a a a a a a a All Summer Shoes Must Go Even If At Great Sacrifice a Our entire stock of Summer Shoes has been carefully re-considered and is now so priced that a prompt "Clean-up" is assured. There is still a large assortment of desirable styles even if the sizes are somewhat broken. 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