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In To-Morrow's Globe.
This has Grown to he One of the
Most Popular Features of the Pa-
per. Every Lady in Minnesota,
Dakota, Northern Iowa and West
' ern Iowa, should get a copy To-
Awful Wreck of an Excur-
sion Train at Chats-
worth, Hi
There Were 1,000 People
on Board, En Route
Of That Number Over 100
Met With Sudden
And Nearly Half the Re-
mainder Were Badly
The Train Fell Through a
Burning Country
And the Cars Were Piled
On Each Other in a
Headless Corpses and
Limbless Trunks Scat-
tered About.
The Dead and Dying
Robbed by Human
Who Even Cut Off Fin-
gers to Secure Cost-
ly Rings.
Horrible Sights and
Scenes at the Dead-
ly Ditch.
The Town of Chatsworth
Turned Into a Ver-
itable Morgue.
Chicago, Aug. 11.— The Times spe
cial from Forest. 111., says: All the
railway horrors in the history of this
country were surpassed three miles east
of Chatsworth last night, when an ex
cursion train em the Toledo, Peoria &
Warsaw road dropped through a burn
ing bridge and over lot) people we're'
killed, and four times that number
more or less badly injured. The train
was composed of six sleeping cars, six
day coaches and chair cars, and three
baggage cars. It was carrying passen
gers, all excursionists, ami was bound
for Niagara Falls. The train had been
made' up all along the line of the Toledo,
Peoria A Western road, and the' excur
sionists hailed from various points in
Central Illinois, the bulk of them, how
ever, coming from Peoria. Some of the
passengers came from Canton, from El
Paso, Washington and, in fact, all sta
tions along the line from as far west as
Burlington and Keokuk, Io. A special
and cheap rate had been made for the
excursion, and till sorts of people took
advantage of it. When the train drew
out of Peoria at S o'clock last evening,
it was loaded to its utmost capacity.
Every berth in the six sleepers was
taken anil the day cars carried sixty
people each. The train was so heavy
we're hitched to it, and when it passed
this place it was an boor and a half be
hind time'. (.' hats worth, the next sta
tion cast of here, is six miles off, and the
run there was made in seven minutes,
so the terrible momentum of those fif
teen coaches and two heavy engines,
shooting through space at the rate of a
mile a minute, can be understood. No
stop was made at Chatsworth, and on
and on the heavy train with its living
freight sped through the dark: ess of
the night. Three miles east of Chats
worth is a little slough, where the rail
road crosses a run about ten feet deep
and fifteen feet wide. Over this was
stretched an ordinary wooden trestle
bridge, and .is the excursion train came
thundering down on it what was the
horror of the engineer on the front en
gine when he saw that the bridge was
afire. Right up before his eyes leaped
the bright flames, and the next instant
he was among them. There was net
chance to stop. Had there been warn
ing it would have taken half a mile to
step that on-rushing mass of wood, iron
and humanity, and the train was within
100 yards of the red-tongued messengers
of death before they
into the engineer's face. Put he passed
over in safety, the first engine keeping
the rails. As it went over, the bridge
fell beneath it, and it could only have
been the terrific speed of the train which
saved the lives of the engineer and his
fireman. But the next engine went
down, and instantly the deed of death
was done. Car crashed into car; coaches
piled one on top of the other, and in the
twinkling of an eye nearly 100 people
found instant death, and fifty more were
so hurt they could not live. As for the
wounded, they were everywhere. Only
the sleeping coaches escaped, and as the
startled and half-dressed passengers
came tumbling out of them they found
such a scene of death as is rarely wit
nessed, and such work to do that it
seemed as if human hands were utterly
incapable. It Lacked but five minutes
of midnight. Down in the ditch lay the
second engineer, MeCiintoek, dead, and
Fireman Applegate badly injured. On
top we're- piled the three baggage cars,
one em top of another, like a child's toy
block house after he had swept it with
his hand. Then came the six day
as cars never were before, and three of
them were pressed into just space-
enough for one. The second car had
mounted off its trucks, crashed through
the car ahead of it, crushing the wood
work aside like tinder, and lay there
resting on the top of the seats while'
every passenger in the front car was
lying de-ad and dying underneath.
Out of that car but four people came
alive. On top of the second car lay the
third, and although the latter did not
cover its bearer as completely as the
one beneath its bottom was smeared
with the blood of its victims. The
other ears were not so badly crushed,
but they were broken and twisted in
every conceivable way, and every
crushed timber and beam represented
a crushed human frame and a broken
bone. Instantly the air was filled with
the cries of the- wounded anil the shrieks
of those about to die. The groan of
men, the screams of women united to
make an appalling sound, and above all
could be heard the
Ae.oM/.ixc; CRIES.
of little children, as in some instances
they lay pinned alongside of their par-
ents. Ami there was another terrible
danger yet to be met. . The bridge was
still burning and the wrecked cars were
lying on and around the fiercely burn
ing embers. Everywhere in the wreck
were wounded and unhurt men, women
and children, whose lives could be saved
if they could he- gotten out, but whose
death, and death in a most terrible
form, was certain if the twisted wood
of the broken cars caught fire. And to
fight the fire, there was not a drop of
water and only some fifty able-bodied
men who hail still presence of mind and
nerve- enough to do their duty. The
only light was the- light of the burning
bridge, and, with set much of it said,
the fifty men went to work to subdue
it. For four hours they fought like
tie-mis. and for four hours the- victory
hung in the balance. Earth was the
only weapon with which the lire- could
lie- fought, and so the attempt was
made to
There was no pick en- shovel to dig it
up; no baskets or barrels tee carry it in,
and so, desperate, they dug their lingers
down in the earth, which a long drouth
Intel baked almost as hard as stone, and
heaped the precious handfuls thus
hardly woo upon the encroaching
Barnes, and with this earthwork, built
handful by handful kept back the foe.
While this was going em, other brave
men crept underneath the- wrecked ears,
beneath the fire and the wooden bars
which held prisoners so many precious
lives, ami with pieces of board, anil
sometimes the hands, beat back the
flames when they flashed up alongside
some unfortunate wretch who, pinned
down by a heavy beam, looked em help-
lessly while it seemed as if his death by
tire' was certain, and while- the fight
was thus going em. the ears of the* work
ers were filled with the- groans of dying
men, the anguished entreaties of those
whose- death seemed certain, unless the
terrible blaze could be extinguished,
and the cries of those too badly hurt to
care' in what manner the end was
brought about, so only it would be
quick. So they dug up the earth with
their hands,
streaming out from broken finger nails
and heaping it upon little mounds,
while all the while came tin- heart-
rending cry: "For God's sake, don't let
us burn to death.'-' Filially victory was
won, the fire was put out after four
hours of endeavor, and as its last spark
died away, a light came up in the Fast
to take it* place and dawn came upon a
scene of horror. While the fight had
been going on men had been dying and
there were not so many wounded to take-
out of the wreck as there had been four
hours before. Put in the meantime the
country had been aroused: help had
come from Chatsworth, Forest and Piper
City, and as the dead were laid rever
ently alongside of each other, out in the
cornfield, there were ready bauds to
take them into Chatsworth. while some
of the wounded were taken to Piper
City. One hundred and eighteen was
the awful poll of the dead, while the
wounded numbers four times that
many. The full tale of the deed cannot,
however, be told yet. for days.
of the disaster was brought to Chats
worth by one of the passengers about
midnight and the inhabitants aroused.
Buggies, lumber wagons and every kind
of vehicles were used to reach the fatal
i spot. As fast as the corpses were taken
from the wreck they were laid out on
I the side of the track. Before -daylight
I the work of recovering the dead and
j moving them to Chatsworth was begun.
' As scon as the corpses were received
they were placed in a large empty
building, lately occupied as a store, also
in the public school house and in the
depot waiting room. The residents of
the town threw open their houses for
the reception of the dead and wounded,
but the former were all taken to the im-
provised morgues. Friends and relatives
of the dead came to Chatsworth with the
remains, and the scenes in the different
places where the bodies lay was most
heartrending and distressing. As the
day passed bodies were being contin-
ually brought in from the scene
of the wreck. The majority of them
were mangled in the most frightful
manner, many of them having their
faces entirely torn away, leaving their
brain expose-el. while their jaws, fingers
and legs had been torn off.
make up to-night what has been the
peaceful village of Chatsworth. OfDOO
merry excursionists journeying by here-
to the falls of Niagara— twenty-four
hours ago, fully half that number have
since passed through a maelstrom more
: fearful than all the whirling waters
| they were traveling to see. Eighty-
four of the blackened, mangled corpses
j are scattered at the depot, schools and
| engine houses here and at Piper City or
j are being -carried em trains in all direc
! tions to their homes, while
! 115 bandaged, moaning cripples
are stretched on all the available
I matresses, beds and floors in this
i vicinity, struggling for a little lease of
life. The streets of Chatsworth arc
filled with crowds of anxious seekers
for friends and relatives, and with other
crowds of bustling people hurrying for
medicines, slowly bearing rude pine
I e-ettlins to the trains or talking earn-
estly of the horror that has caused the
They Wrecked the Train and
"Robbed the Victims.
ClIATSWOItTH, 111., Aug. 11.— No
sooner had the wreck occurred than a
scene- of robbery commenced. Some
bane! of unspeakable miscreants, heart-
less and with only criminal instincts,
was on hand; and like the guerillas wlio
throng a battle field the- night after the
conflict and filch from the dead the
money which they receive for their
meagre pay, so last night, did these
human hyenas plunder the dead from
this terrible accident, and
which covered their feet. Who these
wretches are is not now known. Whether
they were a band of pickpockets who
accompanied the train or some robber
gang who we're lurking in the vicinity
cannot be- said. The horrible- suspicion
\ exists, and there are many who give it
credence, that the- accident was a delib-
erately planned case o train wrecking;
that the bridge was set on fire by mis-
creants who hoped to seize' the oppor-
tunity offered, and the fact that the
bridge was so far consumed at the time
the train came atohg-and the added fact
that the train was an hour and a half
late are pointed out as evidence of
It seems hardly possible that men
could be so lost to till the' ordinary feed-
ings which animate the basest of the
human race; but still men who will rob
dead men, who will steal from the- dying
and will plunder the- wounded. he-Id
down by broken beams of a wrecked
car, wounded whose death by lire
seemed imminent, can elo almost any-
thing which is base', and that is what
these fiends in human form did. They
went into the cars when the fire was
burning fiercely underneath, and, when
the poor wretches who were pinned
there begged them "for (.Joel's sake" to
help them out, stripped them of their
watches and jewelry and searched their
pockets for money. When the dead
bodies were laid out in the- cornfields
these- hyenas turned them over in their
search for valuables, and that the plun-
der was done '*y an organ izeel gang was
proven by the fact that this morning
out in the cornfield sixteen purses, till
empty, were found in one' heap. It was
a ghastly plundering, ami had the plun-
derers been caught this afternoon they
would surely have been lynched. A
dispatch from Peoria says:
relates that as soon as the first engine
cleared the bridge' the brush beneath it
I flamed up as if oil had been ignited. He
I was fastened in the' wreck and called
for assistance. He was aided by some
one outside, and as Boon as he 'was
safely out of the wreck his rescuer
grasped his watch and tore it from him.
Another man was robbed of his chain.
the vandal failing to get his watch.
The fingers of several of the- dead were
cut off upon which were valuable rings.
! The robbery of the dead anil Injured
I gave rise to the terrible report that the
'■ bridge had been fired anel the train
purposely wrecked for the sake of
plunder, but no confidence is placed in
the report at Peoria. It is believed that
the' robbing was the- work of people
who happened to be at hand.
j Suicide of a Mail Whose Wife and
Child Were Killed.
Chicago, Aug. 11.— The Times special
I from Forest. 111., says: There was one
; incident of the' accident which stood out
i more horrible than till of the-se-liorribie*
i scenes. In the second coach was a man.
I his wife and little child. His name
j could not be learned to-day, but it is
; saiel he got on at Peoria. When the ac
i cident occurred the entire family of
| three was caught and held down by
broken wood-work. Finally when re-
lief came the man turned tothe friendly
aid and feebly said : "Take out my wife
first; I'm afraid the child is dead." So
they carried out the mother, and as a
broken seat was taken off her crushed
breast, the blood which welled from
her lips told how badly she
was hurt. They carried the
j child, a fair-haired blue-eyed girl,
j of three and laid her in the cornfield
j dead, alongside of her dying mother.
Then they went back for the father and
I brought him out. Both his- legs were
i broken, but he crawled through the
corn to the side of his wife, and feeling
her loved features in the darkness.
pressed some brandy to her lips and
asked her how she felt. A feeble groan
was the only answer and the next in-
stant she died. The man felt the forms
of his dead wife and child and cried
out, ""My God, there is nothing more for
me to live for now," and, taking a pistol
out of his pocket, pulled the trigger.
The bullet went through his brain, and
the three dead bodies of that little fam-
ily are now lying side by side in Chats-
worth waiting to be identified.
Chatsworth Turned Into a Verit
-."•'-,.'.:'.'. able Dead House. '.'.-'
Chicago, Aug. 11.— The Times spe-
cial says: Chatsworth was turned into
a morgue to-day. The town hall,, the
engine house- and the depot were all
full of dead bodies, while every house
in the little village had its quota of the
wounded. There were over 100 corpses
lying in the extemporized dead hdqses,
and every man and woman was
turned into an amateur but zealous
nurse. Over in a lumber yard? the
noise of hammers and saws rang
out in the air, and in it busy carpenters
were making rough coffins to carry to
their homes the dead bodies of the ex-
cursionists who, twelve hours previous,
had left their homes full of pleasure-
able expectations of the eiijoymentitli^y
were going to have during the vacfaf ton
which had begun. When the nett'i^pf
the disaster was first flashed over *§ie
wires prompt aid was sent. Dr. Steele ,'
chief surgeon of the Toledo, Peoria A
Western road, had come on at once
and with him were two other surgeons
and their assistants. From Peoria also
came Drs. Martin, Baker, Flagloere and
Johnson, and from every city whence
the unfortunate excursionists had come,
their physicians and friends hurried on
td help them. From Peoria had ; also
come delegations of the Bed Men and
the Ancient Order of United Workmen,
a number of both societies being on the
ill-fated train, and so afterS o'clock in the
morning there were plenty of people to
do the work that needed such prompt
attention. In the town hall was the
main hospital, and in it anxious rela
tives and sorrowing friends sat, and
fanning gently the sufferers' faces, que-
ried the attending surgeons as they
bound up the wounds, and insisted that
there must be hope. Down in the dead
houses, fathers, husbands, brothers, sis
ters, wives and children tearfully in
spected each face as it was uncovered,
and sighed as the features were un-
known, or cried out in anguish when
the well-remembered face, sometimes
fearfully mangled, but recognizable, was
uncovered. The entire capadity "of the
little village was taxed. and kind-hearted
women drove in from miles to give their
gentle ministrations to the sufferers.
A Terrible Scene Around the Fatal
Bridge— Headless Corpses.
Chicago, Aug. 11.— A Times special
from Forest, 111., says: About 5 o'clock
one of the Times staff was driven out to
the wreck. The drive way led along
the left of the railroad, and to the south
of the road was an old-fashioned osjge
orange hedge. The road was wiry
muddy and full of chuck boles. ; A
stream of humanity was pouring i in .
from the wreck. Some had checks in
their hats and carried valises. They
were evidently passengers on the ill-
fated train. Country boys and girls
came along swinging hands ami talk-
ing in low tones about the terrible
disaster. A . photographer dragged
his weary limbs along the track. -He
was carrying a camera and a lot of
negatives, The road-bed was almost
level, just a little grade running up to
the wreck at a rise of ten or fifteen feet
to the mile. About two or three' miles
from the t »wn, on a little rise, was the
debris of the wreck. The sleeping car
Tunis was at the end of the train It
was jacked in the air, supported by the
trestles The front end of the car was
directly over the place where the bridge
stood. To the right lay a coach all
Directly in the road was piled up. what
was left of six or seven coaches turned
j bottom side up and broken beyond
recognition. Across the track in front
of the pile of debris was a coach lying
crosswise, way up at least ten feet in
th • air. Beyond were the two tenders
and one engine. One tender was to the
left of the track and the other to the
right. Tliey were turned bottom side
up and rent asunder. The engine was
scarce! v recognizable. On the side of
the cab" was the ill starred Xo. "13."
On the hedge were hats, shoes and all
manner of wearing apparel, broken lan-
terns and seats from the cars. It was
an awful sight. Hats of men and women,
broken and soaked with blood, coats
reeking with gore and Ladies' underwear
smeared with the life fluid. It was
plain to be seen from the looks of, the
baggage that the travelers were well-to-
do people, "It was simply horrible,"
saiel E. A. Van Zandt to a reporter. "Xo
words of mine can describe the awful
ness of the scene. 1 was in the rear
sleeper, and so was in no danger, as no
one' in the six sleepers was more than
shaken up. But even there we * ' ]•
I felt three distinct bumps and then
rushed out of the car and ran forward
to the- wreck. The scene was horrible.
horrible. The only light was the
flames of the burning bridge and above
it the day coaches were piled on top of
one another, in a heterogeneous mass.
The engine was buried in the debris
and the headless body of the engineer,
Eugene McCJintock, was underneath.
; From all sides came groans and cries
for aid. so we went to work, and we had
to work hard, too. If the wreck had ever I
caught fire three hundred people would
have been burned to ' ii death
and the • only thing we could
do was to smother the lire with dirt, lt
was hard and slow work and took us
four hours to do it. but we did it. and
when the fire was out other help came
and we got the dead and wounded out,
and during the morning carried them
over to Chatsworth,where we took what
care of them we could. There was an
incident in the affair which was not
only remarkable in its way, but shows
how terribly these six coaches were
jammed and mashed together. When
the accident occurred, Andy Mooney, of
Peoria, and Conductor Still well, *.' who
were in charge of the train, were three
cars from each other. Mooney 'was in
the second car and Stillweli ih'the "fifth.
The next instant they found themselves
literally ...-■'
the car in which the conductor was rid
ing having been carried over the one in
front and dropped on top of the one :
which Mooney was in. The strspige
part of it was neither man was hurt.
The most horrible death of all war* that
of Eugene McClintock, engineer of the ;
second engine of the double header.
The first engine, which -Engineer Sutlw
erlaiul was driving, passed over the
binning bridge in safety, but it wasun
der its weight that the half consumed :,
bridge gave way, and the tender dropped
back into the dry slough. Suther-
land's engine kept the rails and ranM)ii *
in - safety. Such was the -n\vliil
speed of the unfortunate train that Mc-
Clintock's engine plunged down into
the black hole, and as the tender mount-
ed on top of the cab it took McCJintock
in the' back of the neck and curb's head i
clean off his shoulders. The trunk. was.
found under tl# engine. The head
couldn't be discovered, and the pre-
sumption is that it was ground to
atoms in the horrible millstones of the
engine and the tender, There have
been many guesses as to the origin of
the lire which weakened the bridge
ami caused the accident, but so far
they are nothing but guesses. '
V Partial List of Those Who Were
Maimed or Slain.
CnATSWORTit, 111., Aug. 11.—
following are the names of the wounded
as far as taken:
E. A. Parker and wife, of Peoria, wounded
in head and limbs ; Mrs. Emma Regon and.
son. Peoria, slightly injured; John Frye.
Peoria, leg broken, back injured; H. L.
Ogden, Grayelon, 111., head and foot crushed:
Florence Boucher. Bayard, Iowa, arm hurt;
Pat Brady, Gilman, 11*1., foot and head hurt;
Sophia Pauline, Peoria, head;
C. W. Yonng, West Jersey, hand: C. W.
Frank, West Jersey, the foot and shoulder;
G. A. Scott, Totitin, 111., ankle; Thomas
"Trimming, Parkridge, * 111., arms, hips and
leg: TheoGodct, Peoria, head and legs; Mrs.
.Edith t'hellew, Glassford, 111., leg broken and
ankle bruised; Mr. Chellew, Glassford, leg
dislocated ; Joe Seal, Mossville. lll.,head ana
limbs; Mrs. Joe Neal, Mossville, 111., arm and
leg broken, baby killed; Miss Julia Valdejo,
Peoria, injured internally; Abbie Ed-
monds Driscoll. ankle; 'Dr^v. * P. ITazcn
and wife, Fort Madisony*Ifl:»'head hurt:
Miss Emma Alter, Westj>oiitt"*'!je5.,' head and
limbs; Mrs. G. Thome, Rusk, 16., internally;
II. II. Bond, Colchester, HI.',' internally : Mrs.
Thomas McAvoy, Peoria, internally; Mrs. J.
W. Grant, Peoria, internally; Mary Monies,
Peoria, bruised; Robert Zimmerman, Peoria,
head and spine; E. F. French, Peoria, hips
and body; Eaton Waters, Peoria, hips and
body; Otto Johnson, Burington, Jo.,
legs; Mrs. K. II. Clark, Riotstown,
Io.. legs: G. W. Cress, Washington, 111.,
head and chest; J. E. Deschman, Peoria,
ankle; Madge T. Harris. Peoria, ankle; Ar-
thur McCarfy, Eureka, 111., both eyes gone;
David Crawford, head, limbs and hips; A. F.
McGee, legs and spine; Mrs. S. II. Borden,
Tonlea, 111., feet; William Forbes, Klmwood,
111., chef t and head; Elizabeth Sellers, La-
harj>e, 111., limbs; Mrs. Lydia Walters, Peo-
ria, nose, jaw and legs: . II. Abra-
ham, nose, jaw and head; Will-
iam Smith, Peoria, head crushed;
Frank Taylor. Macomb. 111., internally; John
Steer, Rushville. 111., legs: J. W. Stearns,
Green Valley, 111., leg; Adam S. Hornberger,
hip: S. I,. Belsley, Deer Creek. 111., head and
ankle; Paton Cress, Washington. 111., legs;
J. B. Kelly. Heeds, 111., hip and leg broken:
Frank Snadicker, Abington, 111., head and
leg broken; Daniel Rock, Roseiield, 111.,
head, leg and hands; A. C. Jordan,
Danville, Io., leg; C. A. Grigg,
Danville, Io. ; Mrs. C. C. Allen, Galesburg,
111., head; W. E. Ellis, Peoria, head hurt;
Minnie Vaughsdale, Peoria, leg . broken ;
Calvin Davis, Peoria, arm; Conductor Still-
well, head, arm and leg; C. II. Carter, Jr.,
Burlington, lo., body; Harold B. Lawrence,
Burlington, Io., body; H. B. Lawrence,
Burlington, Io., body; John McMaster,
Peoria, body; Frank Brown, Peoria, hand ;
Mrs. Kellogg. Tremont, body; Mrs. K.J.
Welsh. Peoria, body; Mrs. Isaac Boty, White
side, 111., body: Catharine Lot, Peoria, body;
Blanche Allen, Peoria, body.
R. E. Stockau, Peoria.
Miss Stevens aud father.
Mike Reagan. Binghampton.
William Craig, Cuba. 111. -
Henry Ilicken, Pekin, 111.
Noah Havermore, Canton, 111.
M. Smith, Mctamora. 111.
George A. Smith, Peoria.
Mrs. Zimmerman, Peoria.
Rosa and Maggie .Murphy and mother,
Miss Maggie Mnlvow. Peoria.
Miss Neal. Mossville. 111.
Emiline Carrnt'iers. Evans, 111. ...
Jess Meek, Eureka, 111. •
Sherman, lirinilield. 111. -•
May Laws, Peoria.
Engineer McCliutock. Peoria. '• ■•■'.-■.:
». Elizabeth Cress, Washington. 111.
Mrs. E. I). Stoddard. "West PoInt*-Io.->v. .< f
* Mrs. Pearl Adams, Peoria.
Pearl French, Peoria.
W. 11. Potter. ittishncll. III.
Mrs. S. J. Me;Lay, Eureka, 111.
J. 11. Richards and Mrs. Breeze, Peoria.
W. Goertzen, Peoria.
IT. S. Treivillo, Peoria. . '
E. F. Adams. Pub-burg, 111,
W. II. Lot. Atwood, 111.---
Addle Webster. Peoria.
Mrs. William Allen, Peoria.
W. Valejo, Peoria. •
Mrs. II. it. MeClure and daughter, Peoria.
Mrs. Miller, Peoria.
Mrs. Wright, Peoria.
Mrs. James Dale. Peoria.
Mrs. W illiam Ball and daughter, Peoria.
B. F. Wvnott. Peoria. ' . '
E. C. Odell and son.
Dr. William Collins, Galesburg.
J. Body and J. S. Kaler, Breed's Station.Ill.
Mrs. John Murphy. Peoria. • ■■
Henry S. C. Getzou, Keokuk, lo.
Oney'Spaith, Queen Valley, ill. -. .
John A. Moore. Jacksonville. 111.
J. 1). M-'Fadden. Peoria. .'• >
Capt. Ahlke A. Martin; Bloomiugton.
J. A. Green, Brned's Station. 111. .and about
twenty dead, at Piper City.
In addition to the above list of killed
there are at this hour still between
thirty and forty bodies awaiting idciui-
cation. Among them arc eight or ten
children, some only two or three months
But the Train "Went Out Solid Into
Death's Jaws.
Social to the Globes. - * • ■
Peoria, 111., Aug. This was un- |
doubtedly the largest excursion that
ever pulled out of this city. Two en-
gine's were required to pull it. but only
one of these was attached at the depot,
the other being sent on ahead and being
taken on after the trains had cleared the
Illinois river bridge, a switch engine
being placed at the rear of the train to
assist it in starting at the depot. Before |
the train started, E. B. McCliutock, one
of the engineers, expostulated with
Genera] ' Superintendent Armstrong
about tin- way the- train was made up,
insisting that it ought to be' taken out in
two sections, but his words were of no
avail. Poor fellow, he' is dead now.
He Gives a Vivid Description of
the Terrible Affair.
Special to the Globe.
Peoria*: 111.. Aug. 11.— The train bear-
ing the survivors of the terrible acci-
dent came in at 4::..i p. in. The sur-
vivors say that the scenes at the wreck
were frightful. . The cars took fire, and
as they had no water they were obliged
to extinguish the flames with dust taken
from the prairie. While they were at
work. a tornado struck them, and the
shrieking of the wind added to the ter-
rors of the scene. H. A. White, a
printer who lives in this city, was
among the survivors, and has given the
Globe correspondent a full account of
the holocaust. He says: "I was in the
second sleeper, and we were going
along about midnight,' when there came
a peculiar jostling.' -I thought we had
been derailed. Our porter said, 'We are
all right." when some one said:
I got up and went to the front. The
head engine had rushed on. The second
engine had tumbled into the chasm. It
had telescoped and tlie engineer was a
shapeless mass. The first car was turned
to right angles with the track and the re-
maining eleven cars telescoped- and
piled up in heap. Several of us climbed
upon the cars with axes and lanterns
and went to work. The first man we
found was Billy Stevens, the confec-
tioner. He was dead. We pulled him
out after some' effort, and then pulled
his two daughters, Emma and Ida, out.
They were all dead. Every one was
groaning and crying. Their feet seemed
'jammed. Most of them had their legs
broken*. After an hour and a half we
cleared the car. They were offering
¥50 each for relief. Probably there
were a . dozen bodies taken out. Mrs.
Ileal was one of these. I then went
clow 11 on the ground and assisted in tak-
ing the dead down. They put a plank
op and then helped them out, .
If they were dead they put them in
one pile: if alive, they put them in an-
other. Every live person seemed to
want to see their families at once. There
were in Mrs. James Deal's party five
people; herself. Mrs. William Allen,
Miss Ada Webster, Mrs. William Ball
and Jennie O'Shaiighnessey. Every
one of them were killed but the last and
were horribly disfigured. It was late in
the afternoon before, they were recog-
nized. One of the horrible incidents
was that of a man, well dressed, who
was so badly injured that his bowels
were protruding. He called incessantly
for water, and as he could not be at-
tended to he finally pulled out his re-
volver and shot himself through the
head. One little boy, the son of the
Methodist minister at Abington, Frank
Snadecker, about twelve years old, was
found on the bosom of his* dead mother.
His left leg hung by the skin. His right
arm was broken, and one eye was put
out. He never uttered a groan. They
pulled him out and tried to give him a
drink of brandy. He refused to take it
and said, "Give me water." I found
He was apparently a man and had
been caught by the hair. I found
several headless bodies. Those who
recognized the dead immediately teck-
eted them. Van Sant and coroner Ben-
nett 'Were on board and did noble work.
George W. Scott, the coal man, recog-
nized E. Godel, the butcher. Mrs. Zim-
merman, Mrs. Valedjo and Captain
Dahlke, the harbor master, and Fred
Weinette the Ex-County treasurer, are
among the dead. One of the most awful
sights was that some of those released
robbed the dead of their watches and
valuables, and it was a theory among
some that the bridge was set on fire in
order to thus perpetrate robberies. Wil-
liam M Reagan, one of the force of the Pe-
oria Watch company is among the dead.
Alex Richardson, the engraver, tele-
graphed that his wife and mother-in-law
are still in the ruins. A large number
of those who have been pulled out of
the wreck are still unidentified. The
people in the vicinity did what they
could. The fire department turned out
and everyone rendered all the assistance
possible. They opened the school house
in Chatsworth, summoned the physi-
cians and did everything in their power.
The town resembles a hospital.
Talk With a Galesburg Man Who
Chicago, Aug. 11.— Times Gales-
burg, 111., special says: A number of
Galesburg people who were on the ex-
cursion train returned to-night. W.
Gucker and wife were in the rear end
of the. chair car. "The shock came'aboiit
11:50. I was roused," said Mr. ("ticker,
"by the smashing of glass and the
breaking of car timbers and by
shrieks of pain and cries for
help. Our car bad been telescoped
and was standing nearly on end,
our end being twenty-live feet in the
air. I broke a car window and managed
to slide down the side. Others of our
party did the same. Our car was a sight,
the top parted and
- At the time, of the accident there
were thirty in the car. Six of us got out
alive. It. was horrible. There were
hardly any lights to be. had. There was
no water. The cars caught fire, and wil-
low switches and earth were used to put
out the flames. 1 saw most pathetic
sights, parents carrying dead children
in their arms, children clamoring for
their parents, wounded persons crawl-
ing painfully, into the adjacent corn
fields, and cries for water and for
help prevailing on all sides. A woman
sitting in front of me had her head
taken off. Six young man from Canton,
in the front car, were saved by being
thrown by the shock through the parted
roof. I heard that one men who had
lost his wife and child committed sui-
cide. The bridge was
no iron or stone, and looked to me like
a weak structure for a double header.
The hot rails spread about the time the
locomotives were fairly on the bridge.
The two locomotives ran into the em-
bankment and rolled down its side.
The cars went in every direction piling
upin litre masses." The other Galesburg
people agree in the statement about the
flimsy character of the bridge. P. P.
Yanlew. of Galesburg, was in the chair
car mentioned a moment before the. -ac-
cident. He walked to the end of the
car that suffered the most and was dan-
gerously injured. W. M. Collins, of
this city, was killed. Mrs. E. M. Smeder-
ker. of "Abingdon, was killed and her
little son lost a leg. Mrs. S. M. Smith,
of Galesburg, was badly Injured. Mrs.
A. J. McClure and baby were killed.
Her husband is a railroad contractor,
now employed here. The intense ex-
citement has prevailed here all day.
| The Galesburg party above mentioned
were in cine of the sleepers 'and so es-
caped uninjured.
A Theory That the Blaze Was Ac-
CHATSWORTH, 111., Aug. 11.— Indi-
rectly the catastrophe was ascribed to
the origin of so many other recent
great calamities, the continued drouth.
The tall grass under a little
culvert on the Toledo, Peoria &
Warsaw a few miles east of
Chatsworth had been rendered by the
sun its dry as tinder and last night a lo-
comotive spark set it ablaze. The tim-
bers of the culvert caught fire and
were smouldering unseen when
the train of excursionists from Peoria,
and Blooiningtou and neighboring
cities passed. There was a terrific
crash and an accident almost unprece-
dented in honor had passed into his-
tory. That was the brief story quickly
gleaned on the streets of Chatsworth
this evening. B*_H
Some Narrow Escapes— Death a
Queer Discriminator.
Special to the (-lobe.
Chatsworth, 111., Aug. 11.— Archie
Croswell, of Kankakee, was sitting with
his wife and child in of the chair cars.
The mother occupied the half seat at the
end of the car and was killed. The
babe was thrown from her arms over
four seats and into the lap of a lady.
The babe was uninjured and the father,
who was frantically .searching for it,
after having discovered that his wife
had perislied, finally found the babe
asleep on a blanket under a willow
in a most puzzling fashion. Several
husbands were killed, their wives,
sitting by their sides, esoaped with slight
bruises. George Fttrth was forced
through a window and but slightly
hurt, while his brother-in-law, who was
sitting by his side, was killed.
A passenger named Ogden, of
Graymont, this state, was one: of
the the three survivors among those
in the third coach, into which the fourth
car telescoped. He was sitting on the
wood box at the time, and can re-
member nothing of what occurred.
Superintendent Armstrong, who, with
his friends, so providentially escaped
from the splintered private car, says
that there were about 625 passen
gers on the train, about 100 being
Ladies, and forty or fifty children. Of
these. 200 were in the sleeper and unhurt.
About seventy-five are dead, and the sur-
Coutinued on Fourth Page.
Four Arizona Desperadoes Ditch the
Passenger Express on the South-
ern Pacific Road,
',, And After Securing a Large Amount
Y of Booty, Ride Away
in Triumph.
in Triumph.
A Utah Assassin Shot to Death in the
Prison. Grounds Near
Salt Lake.
A Texas Murderer Captured at Wash-
ington—The General Crim-
inal Record.
- Sax Francisco, Aue. 11.— west-
bound passenger train on the' Southern
Pacific was run off a switch near Papago,
about fifteen miles east of Tucson,
Ariz., last night by four masked men.
The engine was ditched . and the ex-
press car robbed of about $3,500. The
robbery occurred at the same point where
the west-bound express was robbed in
April last. On the track beyond where
the train was brought to a standstill
the robbers had fastened three torpedoes
to warn the engineer and compel him to
stop his train". The plan to turn the
switch and ditch the engine was evi-
dently thought of later. As soon as the
train went in the ditch one of the robbers
who was upon the bank commenced
firing a Winchester rifle. He shot twice
through the sleeper and twice through
the express. They then went to the
mail car and made the men come out
and go to the express. They ordered
the messenger to come out, but he
would not open the doors. They then
with a giant cartridge and forced the
mail agent to go into the car ahead.
Two of the robbers then went in and
one of them had Route Agent Gault and
the mail agent in one end of the car
while the other covered Smith, the
messenger, with revolvers and made
him open the safe and put the money in
a sack. They struck him over the head
with a revolver once, but did not injure
him much. . There were four men in the
gang. One was on the bank, one on the
opposite side of the train and two went
in the express car. They did not allow
any one to come out of the coaches. A
complete description of the robbers has
been obtained, and they are be-
lieved to be . the same who
robbed the train in April. The
railway company and express com-
pany have each offered $1,000 for the.
arrest of the robbers. The train was
not making full speed and the ditching
of the engine and 'the following car
kept the force Y of Y the shock from the .
. passerjger coaches. i Another engine
was sent out* from Tucson immediately
and the train' was hauled into that
; place.' ""•; ' ■ ■"' ■'•? *-.:■■ % ■ •'•■-. .'_'
End of a Very Sensational Murder
Case in Utah.
Salt Lake City, Utah. Aug. 11 —
Fred lloptfalias, "Welcome, "was shot to
death in the yard of the penitentiary
four miles west of the city to-day. The
firing party consisted of five men with
rifles. Dr. Hamilton pinned a rosette
over Hopt's heart, told him to be firm
and to look straight at the guns and
death would come quickly. lie would
not be mutilated, but would be if he
flinched. The condemned man showed
the utmost firmness and said he forgave
everyone, but if he had got a fair show
on the first trial he would not I>e here
to-day. He came out of his cell smok-
ing a cigar and kept it in his mouth to
the last. He posed as for a photograph.
He was seated on a chair upon a
blanket; sat up firm and straight.
Marshal Dyer gave the word, "Ready,
fire." The crack of five rifles rang out
as one, and the rigid body of the
dead man retained its pose, the body
falling forward and the chair falling
over backwards and his stiff limbs rest-
ing on the rug as when he sat upright.
Two bullets pierced the small rosette
pinned over his heart, one a little above,
the other a little below the center of the
rosette. Death was instantaneous. The
case' is one of great celebrity in Utah
and Wyoming for atrocious circum-
stances. The murder was committed at
Park City, Utah, on the night of July 3,
1880, the victim being .John F. Turner,
son of John W. Turner, sheriff of Utah
county. He had started out with two
teams to get work and met Hopt, who
had been in jail for drunkenness and
horse stealing. lie engaged Hopt to
help drive a team. They, camped to-
gether and were joined later by Jack
Emerson. The deed was committed
about 10 o'clock in the evening, with an
ax. The next day Hopt and Emerson
started with the teams, trading off the
grain in the wagons for whisky and pro-
visions, with the dead body in the bot-
tom under the sacks of grain. That
night Hopt .
with rocks and brush and tried to burn
it. The teams turned eastward. One
was sold by Hopt at Piedmont and the
other at Green River. Hopt took the
money and had a gay time with whisky
and women at Clieynne, until Sheriff
Turner, father of the murdered man,
caught up with him and identified
him. In the meantime the body
had been found and identified.
On the way from Cheyenne at Green
River and at Echo attempts were made
to lynch Hopt, but he was protected by
Sheriff Tomer, father of the victim,
who had Hopt in custody. The first
trial was in February, 1881. He was
convicted, but the United States su-
preme court ordered a new trial be-
cause the judge's instructions were not
reduced to writing as required by law.
The second conviction, March 3, 188:',
was reversed on account of Judge
Hunter's errors. The third trial, April
9, 1884, resulted in another conviction,
another appeal, and the United States
supreme court again reversed, and or-
dered a new trial because the record
did not contain the charge of Judge
Hunter. Pending this appeal the terri-
torial judges refused to grant a stay of
execution, and Hopt was about to be
shot to death in spite of his appeal,
when| Acting Gov. Thomas granted a
respite. The fourth trial was held he-
fore Judge Gane. Sept. 21, 1885,
resulted in a conviction, appeals as be-
fore, and judgment affirmed. The re- i
niititure reached the Third district here
June 24, 1887, and June 24 the court
reset the time for execution to August ;
11. Hopt having been given his choice
between hanging or shooting, as the '
law of Utah provides, chose to be shot (
to death, and this filial scene came of
the tedious case.
A Texas Desperado Captured at
Washington, Aug. 11.— Sheriff Will-
iam Adams, of Brown county, Texas,
arrived here yesterday with a requisi-
tion for Eugene Blumeuthal, who, it is
Is the Paper for the People of the Terr!*
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It is Filled With Fresh and Striking Feat-
ures and Illustrations Each Week.
ures and Illustrations Each Week. .
NO. 224.-^
alleged, has been wanted in Brown
county during the last three years for a
series of the most daring robberies that
ever occurred there. The story is that
about four years ago Blumen, that wag
the leader of a gang of desperadoes
known as the "Fence Rangers" in
Brown county, who swept through that"
section, tearing down fences, running
off herds of cattle, and robbing stores
wherever their playful fancy led them
in that direction. They were the terror
of the whole section, and although many
attempts were made to arrest the gang,
they all proved futile, Bl 1111161111181
had gained an ascendancy over
his companions by his ability with.
the rifle, lie could shoot anything that
he could see and was never* known to
miss his aim. Sheriff Adams has been
on track of Blumenthal for more than
two years and finally located him at the
Washington arsenal. Blumenthal en-
listed in Little Rock, Ark., three years-
ago under the assumed name of James
F. Adams. When Bhiuientlial was sent
for and brought before the sheriff he
started back in alarm, exclaiming:
"Bill Adams." "Yes. Bill Adams,"
said the sheriff, approaching the startled
soldier, "and I am glad to see that you
know me so well." The speaker was a
short muscular man with a weather
beaten face. He limped decidedly as
he walked, but had such a look of de-
termination about him that it was evi-
dent, though a cripple he was equal to
every emergency. He was dressed in
the regulation Western costume, white
sombrero, flannel shirt with a wide
collar, short sack coat and trousers in-
cased at the bottom in a pair of high
top boots. About his waist was a cart-
ridge belt, from which hung two Colt's
revolvers. The hilt of a formidable
bowie knife was just visible above his
boot top. "You've got the drop on me
this time, Bill," said the soldier, who
bad now recovered his self-possession,
"and I am willing to throw up my
hands." A short conversation then en-
sued, after which Detective Mahon, the
soldier and the man with the sombrero
entered the carriage and drove away.
The officers at the arsenal were aston-
ished at BluinenthaFs arrest. He was
well thought of by all the soldiers and
his skill with the rifle had made him a
general favorite. Sheriff Adams is de-
lighted at capturing Blumenthal, and
swears that he will have no further
chances for escape. What the prison-
er's treatment will be when he is taken
to the scenes of his former crimes cart*
not be predicted.
A Servant Girl Seriously and Pep-
haps Fatally Injured1?
Special to the Globe.
Nkw Youk, Aug. 11. — Mary Jennings,
formerly a domestic, was shot at four
times to-day and twice wounded, by
Miss Dolores Dartsmoore, a wealthy
young lady living at West
Brighton, Staten Island. The doctors:
report that Miss Jennings is in a dan-
gerous, though not critical condition.
Miss Dartsmoore is a handsome youug
woman. She has large dark eyes,
and is plump hut small. She
is not quite twenty years old and is tha
only daughter of a wealthy Florida
planter,- * and it • is said sha
has $5,000 a year from :■ her
father, for the sole purpose ; of
making herself happy. , Miss Darts-
moore came from Florida six months
ago. While walking in ' the northern;
part of New York city one day she was
taken ill, and passers by carried
her into St. Luke's hospital. She
there met a Mrs. McKernan, to whom
she took such a fancy that she hired
a cottage for her at West
Brighton. Mrs. McKernan took
boarders, and the Jennings woman
was one of them. When
Miss Dortsmoore returned from Sara-
toga recently she rented the Winchester
mansion at Staten island and put Mrs.
McKernan in charge. Near by are the
residences of t'eonre William Cur-
tis, Mrs. Morgan, the auth-
oress, and Henry Hoyt, the
banker. When the cottage boarding
house was broken up. Miss Jennings
owed for board and Mrs. McLernan held
her trunk. Miss Jennings had been at
the Winchester house many times
recently and demanded the trunk
but could not get it. At about 1 o'clock
to-day Miss Jennings safely passed the
three* bloodhounds that prowl around
the estate and entered the mansion. She
passed into the room where her trunk
was and took out some dresses. Mrs.
McKernan entered the room, and, on
seeing what was going on, screamed,
and then Miss Dartsmoore entered with
a pistol, and. meeting lesistonce, she
fired upon Miss Jennings with theabovo
results. _
The Chicago Boodlers.
CmcACio, Aug. 11. — About the: last
scenes in the great boodle case wera
enacted to-day. Commissioners Cassell-
Oliver and McCarthy, who had been
fined $1,000 by the jury were arraigned to
gether for sentence before Judge Jamie-
son and a crowded court room. Stand
ing in an irregular line, none of them
erect, and all with flushed faces and}.
eyes on the floor, the trio heard the for
mal decree of their disgrace. Not ona
had a word to say in their own behalf.
They quickly paid their lines and disap-
peared from the room. Informers Lynn
and Klelim, commissioners like the
others, were brought, and, craving
mercy of the judge, pleaded guilty, and
were/let off also with a line of $1,000
each. McClottghrey made a long plea
in his own behalf. When he finished
he said: "If your honor considers that
you can with propriety and justice sen-
tence me to the penitentiary you may
proceed to do so. I have nothing mora
to say."
Threaten to Kill Him.
Louisvii.lk, Ky., Aug. 11.— Marshal
M. Boss has advertised for sale §5,000
worth of property levied on in Taylor
county to satisfy a judgment for §18,000
by the federal court in favor of holders
of bonds issued on a railroad subscrip
tion. The date set is Aug. *.'.). No buy-
ers will appear except ex-United States
Marshal Hunter, of Bardstown, who has
been hired by the bondholders to bid.
Several shipments of Winchester rifles
are said to have been made to Camp-
bellsville. the county seat, for citizens
of the county. They will never allow
Hunter to take possession of the prop
erty he may buy. They submitted to
the" marshal's levies, but when' the rep
resentatives of the bondholders comes,
they will more than likely kill him. A
strong effort is being made to compro
mise before the day of the sale.
- A Bloody Fight.
Oxaxcock, Va.. Aug. 11.— A terrible
massacre occurred Monday night at
Cape Charles, in the lower part of the
Eastern shore of Virginia. A fleet of
fishing schooners arrived hero on Mon
day night from the Rappahannock river.
Some of the fishermen, after drinking
freely, got into a disturbance with some
of the citizens, >. which the town bailiff
attempted to quiet. He was knocked
down several times by a fisherman and,
in revenge,opened fire on the strangers»
who were unarmed.- Several citizens
also joined in the firing and many of
the fishermen were wounded. . The oth-
ers tied to their boats and put out into
the bay, carrying with them all the
wounded except five, who were too
severely injured to get away. Several
of the wounded men will probably die«

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