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WhoK Island Daily Argus.
- , . ' Si 5 ?' r- XL3 1 NO. 4 ROCK ISLAND. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 189? Single Copies S CM Per Week ISM DM 1 THE LONDON . Our "Iron Clad Combination Suits" for chil dren a genuine cellar-door slider. IN FEARFUL AGON Y Coat, Two Pants, And Cap. All ro Match. Age 5 to 11 The Greatest Line in Town. PRICES much less Than any other house. Come and look. Big Store. The London Blue Front. Open evenings. i Li i il it y II i II W f f Tr Ir2 1 We take great pleasure in beingjable to announce to the ladies of ihe three cities that we have made extensive additions to our de partment of evening fabrics, and have also added a "Dark Room" for ihe better display of these beautiful tint effects. You see ;he shades :n this room just as they appear in the evening. Among the new additions to this department may be found the "Opal" silk As the opal is among gems so is this silk among silks. Satin Duchess in rose pink, Nile green, sky blue, corn and pearl shades may be foi nd at a very nominal cost. 'Chiffons in the delicate tints. Also Bro caded Japs, and plain Pongees, satin point yae and two-tone lustres that can only be appreciated by seeing. Laces, velvets, pearl, jet and braid trimmings to match. All shades may also be found, and most cordial attention will be shown to anyone wishing to see these ex quisite fabrics; black and white silks, and colors on black are also a strong feature in our silk department. We sell the best, by far the best, $1 black silk in the market, and invite comparison. The Victims of a Train Wreck Meet Death. If you are out shopping Saturday don't tail to visit us. We will uo you good. Keep your eye on our bast windows. Saturday is the last day on these "Victoria Cords" at the price. As to the "Py ramid of Underwear," that's what we want you to keep your eye on. We will make a price Saturday that will break all our previous records. HARNED, PURSEL & VONBAUR, DAVENPORT, lA. Leaders and Promoters of Low Prices. WENTY PEOPLE BURNED BY INCHES Mot Frightful Disaster of the Ssr.es That Has Made October, 1893, Noted. VERY DEADLY NEGLECT OF ORDERS The Cause of a Holocaust, the Details ot Which Are Too Horrible for Narration A Score of Fasseng-era Pinned In the Burning Wreck and Sloalr Roasted rail Identification Grtvtome Description ol What Was Left of the Victims Names of the Wounded Dreadful and Iterolc Death of a Christian Woman Relics of . the Horror. Battle Crkek. Mich.. Oct. 81. The error of one human being of a man who at this time crouches affrighted like a hunted animal in a prison cell led to the greatest railroad holocaust io the history ot Michigan, and twenty-six human lives have paid the penalty of the moment's negligence. Two trains, lioth laden with passengers, met in a direct head-on col lision on the Grand Trunk railroad at 3:45 a. m. in the suburbs of this city, and that the number of dead and injured was not four fold greater is due to the for tunate fact that the collision occurred in the suburbs of a city instead of in the open country where roth trains would have been running at full speed. As it is, twenty-six charred, disfigured and un recognizable bodies lie in the morgue, avd twentv-seveu maimed ami bleeding vic tims are groaning in agony in the charily hospital. Dcatli-Ktill Likely To !'.- l.arefr. How many of these wounded may be in the de .1 Ii list none can tell, for the in juries in niauy cases itre int-ernal and quite unfathomable to tlie only superficial medical examination that is possible now. All that surgical science can do is being done, and the officials of the Chicago and Grand Trunk railway are doing ail ihat i9 possible to allevia'.e the condition of the Buffering and care for the needs of the vic tims of the dreadful disaster, ihe two trains which met face to face were both regular trains, although each nat con siderably behind lime. One was a Ray mond and Whitcomb special train icturn ing from the World's fair and bound fo.- New York and Boston, and the other was the regular Pacific express westbound train. Clear Neglect of Orders. The Raymond ami Whitcomb was run ning as an extra sectiou of a regular train and was therefore a "regular" in the phraseology of the railroadmen. The en gineer of tlie latier train had positive or ders to sale track for the express at a sid ing a mile ea.-t of this city. He ignored these orders an 1 (j - Suet beyond this sid ing he nut the cast hound train full on. Both trains cere wrecked ami half the train if ti e Pacific express was demol ished anil lii;:in-ii. Tne liavuioiid and V hitc.'lni) t ra:n, being composed ':i,ost entirely of htavy sleepers. ec.iped serious injury. The engineers and iirenien of IkpUi trains jumped in time to save their lives. It was on the Pacific express that the hor rors took place. Twenty I'liidentilied Corpses. The day coaches in the front part of this train were telescoped and burned, and of the twenty-six human corpses recovered conjectures only can be made as to the Identity of six Twenty remain eutirely unidentified. Those identified by letters or articles in their clothing or by other means are as follows: C. C Van Dusen, of Sproutbrook, N. Y., died at the hopital; Mrs. C. C. Van Buseu, of Sproutbrook, N. Y., burned to death after the wreck and before she could be extricated; W. W. Henry, of Wooasocket, R. I., binned to crisp; Mrs. F. R. McKenzie, of .Middlelown. Conn., burned to crisp; T. A. MiGarvey, of Ontario, Canada, mangled and burned to death; J. W. Beardsley, of Watkins, X. Y., burned and mangled. The coroner has numbered each of the bodies now in the morgue consecutively and noted the articles that have been found ou each body that might lead to identification. Official List of the Dead. Relatives or friends telegraphing from a distauce as to the identity of the remains should mcution the number of the body, in order that the proper record may be made by the coroner and mistakes avoid ed in forwarding the remains. The coro ner's official list of the remains now at the morgue is as follows: 'o. 1. Male, hunting spectacles, two blaukbooks, bottle of pills, railroad ticket; pocketbook containing tJ4 in money, and paper marked E. J. Mogou, Providence, H. I.; silver, open-faced watch, and pocket kniie. No. 2. "Female, burned to a crisp; no clothing. No. 3. Boy, red hair, pocketbook, chat elain watch, handkerchief with red bor der, short trousers and long stockings. No. 4. W. W. Henry, of Woonsocket, U. I.. No. 5. Male, silk handkerchief marked "T.;" black suit, statement on paper from John Monroe, banker of New York, to Charles E. Werde; also note in German from Charles E. Weuzle to Dr. Howard Evance. No. 6. Male, jackknife, horn handle; pocket book and silver watch; brown trousers, old fashioned front flap; money ou persou, English gold coin; gold spec tacles, silk scarf, handkerchief with "II. Q. "In old English letters. No, 7. Male, J70 pounds; charred he yond recognition. , Ko- 8. Woman, weight about 165 pounds; chain bracelet, pair black kid gloves; handkerchief with name, F. K. Mc- Kenzie; package of rubbers in paper marked Middletown, Conn.; red plush cloak; gold watch in leather case; letters on person addressed to Mrs. F. R. McKen tie from Mrs. M. Parker, of Stanford, Conn.; fib in money. Ao. v. f emale, burned beyond recogni tion. No. 10. Supposed to be T. A. McGarvey, f Toronto; gold open faced watch. No. 11. Mrs. Charles an Dusen, ot Sproutbrook, N. Y. No. 12. Baby, unknown: burnea to a crisp. No. 13. Male, no identification, burned to a crisp. No. 14. Male, weight about lfMi pounds. silk handkerchief, no other identification: burned to a crisp. No. 15. Woman, no Identification; burned to a crisp. No. 10. Man, 145 pounds, silver bunting watch with initials "V. A." No. 17. Woman, 100 pounds, no identi fication. No. 18. Woman, 140 pounds, chain bracelet with key lock. No. 1C. Woman, chain bracelet, black V.k dress, blue striped underskirt; burned beyond identification. No. 20. Woman, no identification. No. SI. Man, named J. W. Beardsley, of Watkins, N. Y. Nos. 22, 23 and 24. Burned entirely be yond identification and nothing to lead thereto. No. 25. Man, weighs 150 pounds, open face watch; no further identification. RELICS OF THE VICTIMS. away. As tee maze cangnt ner arms and as she fought wildly to keep the names from her face she told her name and ad dress and left messages of lore to her hus band and family. The closing minute was a pathetic struggle against the inevitable, but it was the flesh that fought and not the spirit. The white face of the woman gazed heavenward and her lips moved in prayer. Even the fury of the flame that wreathed her limbs and blistered and curled the white flesh of her arm were powerless to provoke a scream. "Suddenly there was a swaying and surg ing of burning timbers above and around her. A wild groan burst simultaneously from the lips of the spectators, and strong men wept. Through their tears they aalr the flarots. sweep around the face of the martyred woman and her hair burned wildly for a moment. The bead dropped to one side as the victim inhaled the flames. The praying lips were stilled and the BOTtl of Mrs. Van Dusen had passed beyond the fury of the elements of earth. An hour later the husband, for whom she bad left a loving message, joined her in the world to come. HOW THE HORROR OCCURRED. Articles Found in the Wreck That May lie Cseful The Injured. The following articles found among the remains of the burned and mangled are also at the morgue, but it is impossible to connect them with any particular victim: A book, "League of American Wheel men," with name inside of William Louis Wilson, Northwestern university, Evans- ton, Ills; with this a plate engraved with the same Dame and a large number of cards printed W. L. Wi'son; a shirt market ColutnbuslXti; cards and en' velopes marked L. B. Haves. The cards were bought of George Muir, Evanston, Ills. A box o.' pills marked Bradley, EV anston. Ills. A Bible thoroughly wet and partiallv burned gave the following on ihe title page: "Emblem for St. Clement's class an author. Hebrews C, IP; teacher. J. S. Arch Easter, 1!?S3. The name be ing so near the edge, it could not have been ArcliihaKl, but a short name like Archer. Some thought it Wich instead ol Arch. A chain of gold beads was found quite ia ge lieads, circular and ap part-title sii;i; also three watches, cuff but'.ou-, iiu whistle, etc. I'ecple TaKeu to tlie Hospital. The injured were conveyed to the Nicholas Memorial hospital ir. this city The following is the complete list: W. A Ryerse, Port Dover, Out., leg and shoulder hurt; Mrs. Henry Bushnell, Brockport Monroe county, N. Y., badly bruised about body; F. H. Smith, Fort Plain, N. Y., leg hadly bruised, right leg and thigh broken, left leg amputated below knee expected to die; J. Harvey Smith, Fort Plain, N. Y., father of F. II. Smith, left side severely bruised; Mrs. J. Harvev Smith, Fort Plaiu, N. Y., leg broken; Nellie E. Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Harvev Smith, bruised generally about the head and body, bones extracted from left foot; Belle W illiams. Brockport, N. Y., right ankle broken; I red urtz, Rochester, N.x. h tc side bruised and legs injured; Evelyn urtz. Rochester, N. Y., left arm and collar bune broken, side punctured severe ly by corset steels; Frank Turn, Midtll Smiibfield. Pa., back sprained, rightkuee cap frightfully torn and left leg bruised; .1. (. Stewart, iJalton Station, Cookcoun ty, lil., badly bruised; Jennie Stewart, Da.ton. 1. 1., 1 1 years old, daughter of J. C Su wai t.lelt arm broken; William Thomp son, ooustock, Ont., head bruised; t rank l.ogers, V, ooaVtock, Out., left hand in j ireii; Mrs. Robert Vance, Simcoe, Ont. both legs broken; George Vance, Simcoe, Ont., 14 years old, sou of Mrs. Robert Vance, severely bruised, Albert Brad ley, Toronto, Out., left leg "crushed and subsequent ly amputated below knee; and middle toe ou right foot also ampu tatedf George Shockleton, Albany, N. Y., fingers of right hand cut; James S. Arch- beld, Evanston, Ills., right ankle mashed; Ezekiah Davidson, Fairport, N. Y., back sprained and head bruised; Charles Beardsley, Springfield, Mass., left ankle sprained; S. H. Baldwin, Milford, Conn., right leg cut and head bruised; C. T. Adams, Buffalo, N. Y., left hand injured Clinton H.Ward, Moontown, Vt., t right band cut; ii. . illiams, Toronto, Canada, injured badly through hips and leet lacerated; J. 11. Smith, Ingersol, Ont. stomach, bapfc and head hurt. ONE SCENE OF AGONY DESCRIBED Harrowing Scenes After the Trains Cot lided Statements of Scott and Wooley. The orders to the engineer and conductor of the Raymond and Whitcomb train were explicit, could not have been misun derstood and were not. Both Engineer Henry Wooley and Conductor Scott admit this. Wooley says the conductor told him at the time his engine was coupled to the train that No. '. had gone by that be was sure: of it. ooliy says he ?an prove that by his Ii reman. Scott says he said nothing of the kind; that he knew the orders and knew that No. 9 bad not gone by and could not have said what Wooley says he did. The orders were for the Raymond train to wait for the Pacific to pass at the siding at Nichols. Wooley ignored the order and went right along on the muiu track. Both men were arrested and Wooley is in jail in default of bond. Wheu the trains met the Raymond train was at a stands! ill or the loss of life would have been greater. Wooley was on his engine and had his side hurt. The first four coaches of the I'acific telescoped. The passengers were caught in their seats ami the general mast, of ruins, and to add to tneir agouy the burning lamps explod ed and in a moment the four cars were A sheet of llame. The Battle Creek fire de partment got a chemical engine to the scene by hauling it there hv hand, the ground being impracticable lor horses, and it is due to its efforts that anything is left of the dead except ashes. To show the terrible havoc of tiie flames it may be stated that the best preserved body was that of a boy and the upper part of his head hfjd been burned off, and the fact that he had no other wounds leads to the inference that he died by inches slowly roasted. There were other cases nearly as heartrending. Some of the bodies were headless, some armless, and all were shrivelled and disfigured beyond resemblance to human lieings. According to thej present outlook F. II. Smith, 17 years old, is te only one of the wounded who will die. - The others will all recover. They were reported out of danger at mid night, and all are receiving in the most careful and experienced attention. The wreck whs a carnival of death, a holocaust of the most ghastly description. Nothing so horrible has been known any where in the country for years. As the charred remains were dragged from the wreck they were piled in unrecognizable Leaps i:i box cars. Evi ry lew moments the ghastly store wa-increased. In some instances .t was only aa armful! of bones; in others charred flesh in shapeless masses. Spectators were forced to turn aside, sick and faint from the awful spectacle. Words are wholly inadequate to depict the horror of the situation. The cars were all burned like tinder, most of the passengers being pinioned in the wreck and utterly unable to escape the I'ames. EIGHT INJURED ALTOGETHER. The Death of a Christian Uomiu Kcral the Heroism of the Martyrs. On the train wero Mr. and Mrs. C. C, an Dusen, of Sprout Brook, N. Y. Mr. Vau H use ii died in the hospital soou afte he was taken ont of the wreck, conscious to the last. He left his affairs in the hands of Rev. George Culp, of this city. He never knew the frightful fate of his wife. She was pinned in the telescoped cars and at first had no doubt of her escape. As she looked out of the window and awaited her rescuers the alarm of fire was suddenly given. "Hurry up; please hurry up," she said, as the fear crossed her mind that perhaps she was possibly in danger of burning. A minute later, while strong men were straining to extricate her, this possibility became a probability, and the flames crept rapidly toward the impris oned woman. "You shan't burn; we'll get you out," cried the men heroically, as they wrestled frantically with the splin tered timbers. There was a lull of speech for live minutes. The rescuers had be come giants in strength and desperation and they struggled wildly with the tan gled mas'! of wood aud iron. The woman was silent and gazed im ploringly and inquiringly into the faces of the firemen. "My God, Oh My God," sud denly burst from the lips of one of the he roic workers, and in that despairing heart cry the helpless woman read her death warrant. She gave one agonizing wail, and then her woman's weakness gave way to her martyr's strength. "I can die. Oh, yes, I can die, if I must," she said sooth ingly to the strong men who were weeping in their impotent strength. Again they struggled breathlessly to rescue but the flames were encircling the party and the blaze claimed the victim that the crash had tpared. "I am a Christian," she said, resignedly, and a moment later her voice was raised in prayer. The flames now completely encircled the helpless victim and the men were drjveu I arts Kr;arding the Disaster on the Illi nois Central. i CnrcAGO, Oct. 21. There was no one killed in the wreck at Otto Junction on the Illinois Central. Eight were wounded, aud all the passenger cars were thrown offj the track and on their sides. The ca' were crowded with passengers and it is a miracle the casualty roll is not both long ! and terrible. The injured were brought '. to this city aud five taken to St. Luke's' hospital. Only two were severely hurt J and they, the physician's say, Lave about an even chance. 1 Following is the list of hurt, the first two being the serious cases: J. D. Davis, Flippeu, Ga , head cut, legs bruised and ' back injured; Tt B. Saffer, Fisher, Ills., ; back hurt an ' ' '' Mrs. E. i B. Stayton, bruised and T. F. Brov bruised and cago, scalp i leg crushed; J. W. xjiv... , hip bruised and left ankle badly spraiuct. J. M. Marley, Piano, Ills., right hip and leg bruised, foot cut; J. E. Loiseau, Nash ville, Tenn., cut on head. The two trains were both bound north at a different angle and the coal train struck the passenger at an acute angle. Assistant General Superintendent Harti Ku, of the Illinois Central, said that the blame of the accident had not been located yet, but it is believed the only reason which can be assigned for the collision i that the dense fog prevented both en gineers from seeing the approaching trains. rrep'aring for Trouble With Strikers. Macos, Mo.. Oct. 21. The Huntsville coal mine strikers, by force and persua sion combined, induced the miners at Ard more to quit work. The riot act is being posted and Sheriff White is preparing for trouble. j The' British steamship Horn Head which left Baltimore Aug. 19 for Dublin! ' has at last been given ud. no hone nn tJL I ing entertained of anything ever being heard from her. She had thirty souls on uuai u. Lamplighter, Yo Tambien and Clifford 2i -?n JIawthorne track, Chicago, j pet. 2S if the weather and track arel favorable. , ; Keep the blood pure by taking j Hood's Sarsaparilla- If you decide to buy Hood's Sarsaparilla, do not be Persuaded to take any other. ( ft ?::, ui !.'! -J r I : . I . : : : .! ': ' - : it : ; ;:'! !:;! T ! '; 1 ' ; 'i".H;i' m i ' .. j ;.: . ; iv .!.V J : - e ! ! : i