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Wenatchee's Big Bed Apple Daily
VOL. V. NO. 19&
DISASTER AT SUMMIT APPALLING
Li& of Dead Has Grown to 84 Killed in Wellington
Disaster Early Tuesday Morning—Two We
natchee Men Reported as Missing—
Young Horn Escaped
The disaster which overtook trains
Nos. 25 and 27 at 4 o'clock a. m.
Tuesday morning, March 1, grows
more appalling. On account of the
wires being down, direct communi
cation cannot be had with Welling
ton. It is difficult to get positive
definite information. There were
wild rumors on the street this morn
ing as to the number of dead from
Wenatchee, but so far as can be
learned Sol Cohen, of this city, for
-fee rly proprietor of the Grand Union
Tea company but who recently went
to Everett to make his home; R. H.
Bethel, the street regrade contractor,
and J. R. Vail, of Trinidad, are the
only known local people whose
names have been sent In as among
the dead or missing.
Without warning, the terrible slide
overwhelmed the two trains, which
were standing on the track below
Wellington. The slide carried away
the motor shed at Wellington and
four motors in it. It also carried
away the coal chutes, water tank,
and Superintendent O'Neil's car, kill
ing Trainmaster Blackburn, Superin
tendent O'Neil's stenographer and
cook, and It Is thought that the list
of dead will aggregate 80, with be
tween 25 and 30 injured, as well as
a number of persons who are unable
to be found.
Conductor Pettit and Conductor
Llndsley are dead, with about thirty
trainmen. One rotary at Windy
Point was swept away completely by
another slide which occurred later
in the day and nothing can be seen
Two other rotaries were lost near
Martin Creek tunnel. It is unable
to say what is wrong with them but
there has been no report from the
crews for two or three days.
EVerett, Wash., March 3, 1:30.—
Fifteen bodies were recovered from
the snow heap of the avalanche which
carried away the two Great Northern
trains Tuesday morning, and there is
no hope that any of the 69 persons
missing are alive.
One hundred and fifty men, most
ly volunteers, are working to uncover
the "dead, but they can accomplish
little owing to the huge mass of the
debris which buries the cars. When
the track is opened the railroad will
send machinery and an army of men
to the scene. The railway company,
with plows wrecking trains and hun
dreds of men, are working on both
sides of the Cascade mountains to
open the track.
There is a growing belief that the
number of dead will go higher than
84.«, It is said a number of labor
ers VPere on the train and that their
are not Included in the list
of missing. The injured are at
the -Wellington bunkhouse and hos
pital. They have physicians, nurses,
food and all comforts.
AH supplies are packed up the
steep trail from Scenic on men's
'The most pitied among the injured
Is Mrs. Wm. Starrett, of Chemainus,
'is severely bruised. She was re
turning from Spokane, where her
husbrfnd was killed In a railroad ac
cident two months ago. With her
her three children, her father
- and mother. Two of the children
and her father, William May, were
killed in the avalanche.
In the report from Wellington to
. day it is understood that all of the
missing are considered dead.
Following passengers dead:
' Lillian Starrett, Chimalns, B. C.
John McNeery, Seattle.
• E. Lenman.
Mrs. Ada Lenman, Hunters, Wash.
Miss Nellie Sharp, Spokane.
J. R. Vail, Trinidad. \
R. M. Barnhart, Spokane.
The following passengers are miss
"Sol Cohen, Everett.
• G. O. F. Davis, Seattle.
Thelia Davis, daughter.
R. H. Bethel. Seattle.
E. A. Tapping, Ashland, O.
C. S. Etting, Ohio.
C. S. Etting, Ballard, Wash.
Bert Matthews, Ohio.
Mrs. R. L. Latsch, Seattle.
Sl* "Miss Katherine Oreilly, Spokane.
I Alex Chisholme, Rossland, B. C.
Wm. May, Ohio.
A. G. Mahler, Seattle.
G. la. Beck.
Mrs. G. L. Beck,
Emma Beck and baby, all of Pleas
John Mackie, Seattle.
George Heren, Seattle.
James Monroe, Seattle.
Mike Gogholm, Burlington, lowa.
Following employes injured:
Wm. Harrington, trainmaster.
Ross Phillips, brakeman.
D. Tegtmeir, engineer.
George Nelson, fireman.
S. A. Bates, fireman.
M. O. White, conductor.
L. Anderson, porter.
J. L. Kurlee, fireman.
T. L. Osborne, engineer.
Charles Jennison, brakeman.
U. R. Duqy, brakeman.
J. Kelley, brakeman.
J. L. Pettit, conductor.
Frank Martin, engineer.
. Fireman Bennington.
Conductor Ed. Lindsey.
Engineer J. F. Jarnlgan.
C. T. Jarnigan.
Conductor Parzybok and brakeman
Stenographer in car A-16, also
porter In same car.
H. J. Diehl, messenger.
Express Messenger Beagle.
Mail Clerks George Hotter, Rich
ard Bogart, John Fox and John
Tucker, Lee J. Ahren, Hiram Tows
ley, Fred Bohn, Chas. S. Laude.
The Wenatchee Dead.
In the list of missing which the
railroad authorities really consider
as dead, are Sol Cohen, R. H. Bethel
and J. R. Vail, of Trinidad*
Sol Cohen recently removed his
residence from this city to Everett,
but was here the first of the week
straightening up some business af
fairs. He had made this city his
home for the past two years and had
a host of friends here.
R. H. Bethel is well known in the
city, being connected with the street
regrade work. He was a sub-con
tractor under Allen & McKiver and
had charge of the concrete work. He
came over last week with the ex
pectation of resuming operations
here on the street work, but found
that he had arrived before the wea
ther would permit and was on his
J. R. Vail, of Trinidad, is one of
the best known land owners In that
section of Douglas county and is well
One Mail Clerk Escaped.
All but one mail clerk on the fast
mail met death, the exception being
Alfred B. Hensel, a brother of Mrs.
R. P. Webb and also of Sam Hensel,
who lives on the Wenatchee river
above the Webb place. He suffered
a fractured collar bone and also had
a broken arm.
Young Horn Escapes.
It has been learned today that
young Milton Horn, who left on the
ill-fated train and was thought to
have met death there, had escaped
death. He. with a party of others,
left early in the week and walked
out, thus avoiding the disaster which
occurred Tuesday morning.
Extends Aid to Wenatcheeites.
Agent Piper, of the Great North
ern, this morning wired the divi
sion superintendent, L. W. Bowen,
that In view of the fact that several
Wenatchee people were in the dis
aster that a large party could be
made up here to assist in recovering
the bodies of the unfortunates. Ow
ing to the difficulty of arriving at the
scene of the disaster it Is not likely
that Mr. Bowen will deem It practic
able to take in a party from this
Not Our Fred Warren.
In the list of Missing in the Sum
mit accident is the name Fred War
ren. Fears were entertained in this
city that it was the surveyor, F. M.
Warren, but an investigation proves
that the surveyor Warren known here
is at Ephrata and was not on the
.train which was in the calamity.
WENATCHEE, WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 1910.
WILLIAM MILLS DIED LAST
NIGHT AT HIS HOME ON C
STREET—FUNERAL WILL BE
William Mills died last evening at
11 o'clock, at his residence, at 97 C
Street North. He was 76 years old
and is a native of New London, Can
ada. He was an old pioneer in this
part of the country.
Mr. Mills leaves a wife and five
children to mourn his loss: Arthur
Mills, Cashmere; William Mills, Sa
lem, Ore.; Mrs. A. E. Swan, Orondo;
Mrs. S. Stewart, Colville; Mrs. Eliza
beth Collins, Page, Wash.
The family is waiting for a brother
of Mr. Mills to arrive here before
Funeral will be held at 2 o'clock
Saturday afternoon. Sprague & Rup
pe are the undertakers in charge.
Mr. and Mrs. Mills recently re
turned to this city from Cashmere
to take up their residence. The de
ceased was one of the best known
and respected residents of this city.
Washed Oujt Chisholm Bridge.
The bridge near the Tom Chis
holm place, between Wenatchee and
Malaga, went out yesterday. The
little creek over which the bridge
was built has become a raging tor
rent and the bridge could not with
stand the strain of the waters. The
railroad grade is also suffering as
a result of the wearing of the wa
ter and great damage is feared.
Travelers were obliged to drive onto
the track yesterday in order to get
around the flooded stream. The
road to Malaga is badly cut up by
the water and will need a great deal
of repairing before it is again in
shape for travel.
The irrigation ditches in the Mal
aga country are carrying a great
deal of water and there are many
breaks which will have to be fixed
up before the irrigation season
GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN THE
EPHRATA COUNTRY FOR THE
PURPOSE OF LOOKING INTO
M'CONIHIE LAND FILINGS.
O. D. Johnson came in yesterday
morning from Ephrata, where he has
been for the past several weeks on
his land near Moses Lake. The
Ephrata people are taking a great
deal of interest in the government
investigations which are being made
into the McConihie filings. Yester
day evening the government inspec
tor went out in company with Attor
ney O. Sullivan. They were headed
towards Moses Lake. This is the
third official that has been in the
Ephrata country during the past
month. The McConihie holdings
amount to about 16,000 acres of land
and it is alleged there was fraud in
securing this land, and it Is the pur
pose of the government inspector to
make an investigation.
Sixty Killed In Alaska Mine
Juneau, Alaska, March 3.—A mag
azine explosion in the 1100 foot level
of the Mexican shaft of the Treadwell
gold mine today caused a large loss
of life. Twenty-thiee bodies have
been recovered and there were 60
Member of the Associated Press.
+ Thirty-Five Bodies Recovered *
+ Wellington, March 3, 2:30. ♦
♦ —Thirty-five bodies of the ♦
♦ avalanche victims have been re- ♦
♦ covered. Sixty are missing ♦
♦ whose names are known, besides ♦
♦ there are a number of labor- *
♦ ers whose names are not learn- ♦
+ cd. Probably more than 100 *
♦ persons were killed. ♦
+ All those in tho ruins are *
+ dead. +
♦ Shortly before 2 o'clock on *
♦ Tuesday morning, while every- +
♦ one on the two stalled trains +
♦ were in bed, ten acres of moun- *
+ tain side that towered above +
4» the trains became detached, aad +
+ taking with it snow, trees, earth +
♦ and rocks the avalanche plunged +
+ down the canyon. The trains ♦
+ were picked up as though mere +
♦ trifles, and the whole mass was ♦
♦ piled in the bottom of the ra- *
+ vine, several hundred feet be- +
+ low. +
+ One glance at the ruins ex- ♦
♦ plains why so many persons are +
♦ missing and gives no hope of ♦
+ any of those buried being alive. *
♦ The few men who are working +
♦ cannot accomplish much and ♦
♦ it would take them months to +
+ dig out the cars. As soon as ♦
♦ the road is open proper equip- *
♦ ment will be brought to the *
♦ scene and the bodies recovered. ♦
MONTANA CATTLE RUSTLER IS
CAUGHT IN UP-COUNTRY AF
TER 10,000 MILE CHASE—HAD
JUMPED $5,000 BAIL.
J. W. Collins, state brand inspect
or of Montana, arrived on yesterday's
boat with a prisoner that he had been
hunting for over a circuit of 10,000
miles, from Montana to Texas and
Minnesota. Finally he got on the
track of his man and caught him at
The prisoner is named Bert Boyds,
but is known here under the alias
of Bert Warren. He ha 3 been buy
ing cattle and doing business be
tween the Okanogan and the Sound
during the year just passed and is
well known in the Methow country.
Boyds was first caught a year ago
last October in Silver Bow county,
Montana, somewhere near Butte. It
is claimed that he is a member of a
large law-breaking clique that in
cludes a number of prominent men,
one at least of whom is In the $100,-
--000 class. At that time the prison
er's was fixed at $5,000 and his
friends succeeded in having his trial
postponed on three different occa
sions. In fact it looked as though
there would be no trial and Boyd de
parted for parts unknown. A fourth
attempt was made to bring the case
into court and the prisoner was miss
ing. Inspector Collins then began his
long hunt that terminated day before
yesterday at Pateros.
Inspector Collins thinks that the
Okanogan is a rough country. Such
an opinion from a bad-country man
comes as a surprise to the natives of
Fred Berry Heard From.
A telegram was received from Fred
Berry yesterday from Spokane. Mr.
Berry was just starting for Wenat
chee and will probably be on the
train that Is now delayed between
here and Spokane. There is nothing
in the report from Cashmere that
Mr. Berry was in the wrecks at
Firemen's Election Tonight.
The fire boys will meet tonight and
elect officers. A few changes will
be made, but it is not expected that
any contest will be on.
Closed School at Dover.
The school at Dover finishes its
winter term this week. Terrence
Cunningham, a Wenatchee high
school graduate, has the school In
charge. He reports one pupil, Frank
Gay, who was neither absent or tardy
during the term.
BLOCKED FOR DA YS YET
From Railroad Advices Trains to the Sound Cannot
Get Through Inside of Ten Days or Two
Weeks—Slides Are Almost Continuous
—Road Cleared to Spokane
I RURAL CARRIER
MEN ON THREE ROUTES GIVE
UP JOBS ON ACCOUNT OF IN
SUFFICIENT PAY FROM UNCLE
Commencing March 1 the three
carriers on the mall routes leading
out of Wenatchee quit the service of
Uncle Sam. On routes 1 and 2, han
dled by J. P. Ward and A. L. Miller,
respectively, there has been no mail
carried since the first, but on route
3, handled by Charles J. Weaver,
mail has gone out as usual except
ing Tuesday, when the roads were
very bad. Mr. Weaver has
position, but is carrying the mail for
a few days under protest, with the
hope that some ether carrier will,
volunteer for the service.
The pay for carriers with the size
routes as those leading out of We-
natchee is $75 per month. The car
riers are obliged to furnish their
own team and rig and especially in
the west this is considered a very
low salary. A bill was introduced
at this session of congress by Con
gressman Poindexter, providing for
increasing the pay of 24-mile routes
to $90 and $2.50 for each mile or a
fraction of a mile.
The department cannot increase
the pay without congressional action
and this bill, like hundreds of others
that have been introduced, will take
a great deal of time to get through
and it is not likely that the present,
congress will act on the matter.
In the meantime it Is going to be
a question to get carriers for these
various routes, and Postmaster Hull
is using every endeavor to induce
men from the country who own their
own teams to volunteer for this ser
vice. It is not considered possible
to get city men to take these jobs.
In the meantime patrons of the vari
ous routes are obliged to get their
mall in the city office.
P. P. HODCOMB DOES NOT FAVOR
COUNCTLMANIC ACTION RE
GARDING THE KEEPING OF
TEAMS OFF WENATCHEE AYE.
P. P. Holcomb this morning regis
tered a kick with the Daily World
against the action of the city council
on the intention of keeping teams
from being tied on Wenatchee ave
nue. The council has put in two
large hitching racks, one on South
Wenatchee avenue and one on Mis
sion street, for the purpose of keep
ing teams tied there, and in the
meeting Tuesday night it was decid
ed to give the rural residents one
month's notice and after that date
all teams should be tied outside of
the business district. Mr. Holcomb
strongly opposes this action and
says that he has seen teams tied on
Second avenue in Seattle, and what
is allowed there surely should be
allowed here. He does not consider
it fair to the outsiders to invite them
into the city to trade and then force
them to tie blocks away from the
business district, and says that he
shall use all his efforts in defeating
this action of the city council.
Socialists Get HalL
The socialists who have been meet
ing on Tuesday nights under the
postoffice, have secured the Beal hall
and will continue their meetings
The railroad situation in the Cas
cades is not improving. In fact con
ditions are rapidly getting worse. A
number of rotaries are at work and
all the available men possible are be
ing masses to battle with the snow
and ice. Even by employing all the
crew available to clear the miles and
miles of track with from one to 20
feet of ice, snow, rocks, trees and
other debris is slow work. Railroad
officials do not give out any assur
ance of being able to clear the track
under the most favorable conditions
within ten days or two weeks. The
Great Northern is a great property
loser by the elements this winter and
it is freely predicted that should the
railroad company not undertake the
big tunnel under the Cascades this
year that a great system of snow
sheds will be provided to protect the
roadbed from the slides.
There were no trains through from
the east last night, owing to the
washout at Rock Island. This bridge
has been repaired.
No. 44 left Leavenworth about 10
o'clock this morning, with the ex
pectation of reaching here about
11:30, and it is thought that it will
be possible to get through to Spo
kane some time this afternoon.
Reports From the Summit.
Advices from the summit at noon
today were that it was thawing fast.
Slides came down all night but no
new ones are reported on the track.
It was clear today. The rotary has
reached a point one mile west of
Merritt. On account of the rotary
being broken the crew has to work
on one side and throw snow one way
only. It is necessary to throw snow
up hill from there. The crew is now
'working to make Gaynor and trou
ble is expected with snow falling back
on the track. It is thought to be!
possible to reach Gaynor today.
There are 19 slides between Ch\-
waukum and Drury. One of them id
all of 60 feet deep and 11 telegraph
poles in length. Other large ones;
one nine telegraph poles long, 20
feet deep; one seven telegraph poles
long, 30 feet deep. There are many
other smaller ones. The snow is well
soaked with water and it will be
hard to dig out. It is figured that
it will take four days to clean the
track between Leavenworth and Chi
waukum with a good rotary. Then
the above long slides will have to
Rotary at Merritt Heard From.
Rotary No. 809 was heard from
yesterday afternoon. The right
quarter shaft of the rotary was bro
ken two miles east of Merritt, when
working in ice and water-soaked
snow that was seven feet deep. But
the crew fighting the snow is con
tinuing to use it, and with the as
sistance of 70 men have made their
way well on to Gaynor.
West of Merritt for two miles
there were many slides from ten to
20 feet deep. The snow was very
hard and contained rocks and trees.;
Several big slides are reported in the j
vicinity of Gaynor.
Rotary No. 809 will work on to
Gaynor. There it will maet another
rotary, will double up with it, and
will be reversed for the purpose of
working back east toward Leaven
worth. There are several slides both
east and west of Drury that are from
30 to 50 feet deep. How soon these
can be cleared from the tracks is
Mcd Slide Two Miles East of We
The extra freight that left We
natchee at 4 p. m. yesterday ran
into a mud slide two miles south of
Wenatchee. The slide was about
200 feet long and a foot deep After
attempting to clear the mud from
Sound Country Is Inundated
Seattle, March 3.—The rivers In
the Puget Sound country continue to
rise. There is a sheet of water over
the valley between Seattle and Ta
coma. The rise in the water is so
steady and such ample warning given
that there is no loss of life and com
paratively little damage done prop*
Established July 4, 1906
5c PER COPY
the track for some time the train re
turned to the station. Section men
were sent out and a large number of
other workmen who had been em
ployed west of town. The work of
clearing the track at this place was
only a matter of a few hours.
Mansfield Line Encounters Diffi
The Mansfield train that left We
natchee a little before noon yester
day encountered trouble near McCue,
which is about 25 miles north of
Columbia river. Floods had destroy
ed the bridge across Douglas creek
and also carried away 200 feet of
track north of that place, Including
the approach to bridge No. 29. A
construction crew was hastened to
the place. It was Impossible for the
train to return as scheduled yester
Bridge at Rock Island Goes Out.
Last night it was reported that
raging floods were destroying the
bridge a quarter of a mile east of
Rock Island. This is a hundred feet
long, and the destruction delayed
train No. 25 so that communication
with Spokane by rail was cut off and
all passenger trains for the night
Terrific floods were carrying away
the bridge but wrecking and con
struction trains were hastened from
Columbia River and from Hillyard,
and the train which was clearing the
mudslide two miles east of Wenat
chee was also ordered to Rock Is
land. It was hoped that it would
be possible to save many of the tim
bers in the bridge.
The troubles on the Mansfield
branch are multiplying. More
bridges have gone out, and it is
thought that it will be three or four
days before it will be possible to get
a train over that line.
+ A. J. Linville for School Director ♦
+ As the result of earnest solid- ♦
♦ tation of a number of the proml- ♦
♦ nent patrons of the public +
+ schools, A. J. Linville has con- *
i + sented to allow his name placed ♦
+ before the public for election *
+ on March 5, as a member of the *
♦ school board. Upon first ♦
♦ thought Mr. Linville refused to ♦
♦ consider the Idea, but after ♦.
♦ more deliberation, from a pat- ♦
+ ron's standpoint and as a sense +
+ of duty in view of the fact that ♦
♦ the south end of the district is ♦
♦ entitled to a representative on ♦
♦ the board that their interests 4»
♦ may be more closely guarded ♦
+ and to the fulfillment of prom- ♦
♦ lses made them in the election ♦
+ a year ago, he was prevailed ♦
+ upon to enter the race as the ♦
♦ people's candidate. ♦
+ Mr. Linville needs no Intro- ♦
: ♦ duction to the people. By his ♦
♦ years' of residence here, he is ♦
♦ well known. His business meth- +
♦ods, which have won for him ♦
♦ success in his private affairs, +
♦ will be followed in the admin- ♦
+ lstration of his duties as a mem- ♦
♦ ber of the board when elected. ♦
♦ COMMITTEE. ♦
Killed In Summit Disaster.
Earl Clayton, the blacksmith, re
ceived work this morning that Fred
Bohn, a brother-in-law of Mrs. Clay
ton and a mail clerk on one of the
trains, was killed at the summit. The
young man was 19 years of age and
had often visited at this place. His
home Is at Palouse, where his par
ents live, and Mr. and Mrs. Clayton
expect to go home on the first train
out of Wenatchee. Mrs. Clayton will
remain several days but Mr. Clayton
will be back in a short time.
Queen Esthers Meet.
The Queen Esthers of the Meth
odist church met in the church par
lors Wednesday afternoon. Eighteen
members responded to roll call and
three new members were received.
This society has doubled Its mem
bership since the organization, less
than a year ago.