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. , f , V V l-fhc State Ghronide ?b the i only paper published in the Stale that thus a Special I ri( used Wire. , The State Chronicle the . Largest Circulation of any . Daily Paper published in North Carolina. Equal and Exact Justice to All Men, of Whatever State or Persuasion, Religious or Political.-- rhos. Jefierson. W0 Vol. IX. No. 150. RALEIGH, N. C, SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 1891. . PRICE: sCENTS. II THE scene OF-THE WRECK Some Theories as to The Cause of the Disaster. yo POSITIVE EVIDENCE. Incidents and Interviews Tlte Great Kindness of People of Statesville. (Editorial Cor. State Chronicle.) Statesville, N. C, Aug. 29. The best information is that there wi re an evenjjfifty persons on the ill-fa tf;d No.' 9 that dashed into Third crock fulling a distance of seventy-two feet by actual measure ment. I annot imagine how a sin pie one of them escaped instant de struction. Those that escaped were snatched from the very jaws of death Of this half hundred, twenty-two bodies have been recov ered, and it is surmised that one huly whose body has not been re covered was killed in the sleeper. If this makes twenty-three accounted for. The number of wounded is twenty-six, making in all forty-nine, leaving one person wholly unac counted for and really two of whom nothing is known. I have not seen the conductor, who was slightly injured, but I understand he says there weiv fifty people on the train, and not seventy-two as was first 'ir.iMrtri. Aumtttirg mat mtv was the actual number on tne train, it is horrible to think of the death and destruction of two who are loved by . omebody and whose loved ones may never know that they found an un known grave in this disaster. Ter rible as is the death of those whose remains will be tenderly interred by loved ones, the death of the two who may never be known (if the lumber was fifty as was stated) is the mu.4 fear I til incident of the ter riUe tragedy. i spent all the morning at the .venee of the wreck, and such a i;ht to chill the blood I hope never to seen again. And I did not get In n- until after all the dead and 'vounded had been removed. The dead were embalmed by a Oh uloit . undertaker and sent to t!i ! relatives as soon as they eould from the first class coach to the en gine will never be known. The sleeper was the "Saluda" and Capt. Bridgers car was known as the "Daisy." One steel rail was bent into the form of a half moon. injured. ' Of the injured all will recover except Mr. A. L. Sink, of Lexing ton; B. M. Estes, of Memphis, Ten nessee, and J. Johnson, the news boy, of Randolph county. They are dangerously hurt and their recovery IS UOUDtlUl. Miss Poole, who is doubly bereav ed, her father having died suddenly in Kaleigh a year ago, and her mother been killed in the accident, is suffering mentally as well as physi cally. Rev. J. M. Sikes who was killed, was a Presbyterian minister and was going to China September 6th. MK. RANSOM INTERVIEWED. Mr. Patrick E. Ransom, son ot Senator Ransom, who escaped from the second class car, is at Mr. W. E. Anderson's. His face and head are badly hurt and he has a bruise on his body. In answer to ques tions, he said: "I had been riding in the first-class car, but had gone in the second class to smoke a cigar and was in the act of lighting it when I felt the jostling of the ears on the sills. It seemed that they ran on the sills a good dis tance. My impression is that the second-class car fell first. I threw away my cigar and sat down in a stooping position. I felt the car when it turned over. I did not feel it hit the ground. I was senseless for a fer seconds (hardly longer) and as my senses came to me I got out. 1 was not pinioned at all. In falling the second-class car had turn ed completely around, and I came out 1 next tothe engine.though thebaggage t of the car was nearest it before My wounds, three on the head and one on the hand, were bleeding profusely. I came out, rather dazed, and sat down close to the engine, but fearing the engine might burst I moved my position 25 or 30 feet. I saw Auditor San derlin and an Asheyille fireman and Others. I heard women praying, screaming, and asking for help, and and wife of R. C. Moore of Helena, Ark. The Moores are prominent cannot say if it was safe or not. The Disnatch reDorter savs : L L J in literary and social circles, and I Prominent lawyers representing are well known throughout the j the railroad are attending the in- bouth. I hey were returning from summering in the Blue Mountains. Mr. Moore was not with them. Nearly every one of the dead was crushed in the head. All the bag gage of the passengers was destroyed. Theories Advanced as to Cause of the Wreck. A dispatch to the Atlanta Jour nal says that one report of the cause of the disaster is that the rains of the day and night previous so un dermined the trestle and rendered it incapable of holding up the train. Whatever the correct theory as to the accident may be, it is certain that there is no foundation for this opinion. The Bostian viaduct vestigation and object to any em ployee, of the company testifying in the case. AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT. The following statement was sent, to the Richmond Dispatch'. Statesville, N. C, August 28, 1891. J. II. Drake, Richmond, Va.: Your wire to-day received. , The j wreck was caused by the removal of a rail near the east end of the bridge. Seventeen passengers and five em ployees railroad and Pullman cover the dead. Thenty-six wound ed, none" of whom, in my opinion, will die. Signed W. H. Green, General Manager, Richmond and Danville Railroad. I have already given the opinion of Sheriff Allison and Mr. Frank BARKER'S LIFE HANGS I THE BALANCE, He is Charged With the Murder of Internal Revenue Officer Barnwell. THE CASE IN THE HANDS OF THE JURY. Till: RACE TRACK. SHEEPSIIRAD BAY. First day's racing of the fall meeting. Correc- where the accident occurred is the most massive, and durable in the i Page, who think the track was tarn, par falling. State. It is made of five arches of heavy masonry and is in as good condition now as the day before the wreck. It is not damaged in the slightest, and persons saved from the wreck walked across it on their way to Statesville for help. When I saw it the track had all been re placed, but it is said that rails, cross ties and every wooden thing on the viaduct was hurled down into the creek below and the masonry alone spanned the creek. It took a terrible'wrench to drag the heavy timbers off the bridge,1 but they were all wrenched oil. One of the steel rails was so bent by the wrench that it is in the shape of a half moon. The viaduct was built in 1857 under the direction of Col. Eliason, civil engineer. Maj. J. W. Wil son, then a young man, assisted in its erection and tells me t hat nowhere is there a more solid struc ture. A glance at it discloses that neither time, nor. flood, nor fire could shake it or make it dangerous. The recent rains, therefore, had nothing to do with the accident un less thev had swelled the cross-ties and caused the track to spread. A few of the cross-ties are rotten in places, but they are, with the ex pered with, and of others who think not. , some crving that were being mur- ceotioa of the end of one, in good I- communicated with, and the wound d were cared for tenderly. The people of Statesville opened tlii'ir houses and gave the best of unices and comfort to those who needed assistance and help. They will never forget the warmth and conliidity of the people in States ville. They have vied with with each other in desire to relieve the sufferers. No people cjull have been more thoughtful, considerate and generous. Iiostian's viaduct where the acci dent occurred is two and a half miles west of Statesville. The train fell from the north side of the truck, and was fifty feet from the phu e where the rail was removed or the sills were rotten. The engine Ml upon the high embankment on the west side of the creek and lay like a crushed and fallen beast. The wigme had evidently nearly reached west end of the bridge when it fell down crashing to the embank- ,n,ut. The tender was covered. He seeond class ear was shattered 1,lto smithereens, and the greatest to'irvrl (f the wreck is how any "wn escaped from that car, because tl1" first class coach fell upon it. '" rintendent Bridgers' car partly (:"eivd the sleeper. Mincer West was found pinionec wilder hi- ill lirlill1 VI.' Whin fin - UIW) U I"""" reach of him were the bodies ol two of the unknown female pas s"nor. How tieir bodies got dered. Saw nothing like robbery of any kind. Was carried to a car riage in a blanket by convicts to Mrs. Caldwell's, where my wounds were dressed. "I do not believe any one put any thing on the track, but I think the rails were rotten. I feel certain that no rails were torn up." He expects to be able to leave States ville on Monday. SOMETHING AliOUT THE KILLED. Charlie Rarnett, one of the dead firemen, was a native of Hender son county, but had been working at his trade of plasterer in Ashe- ville for some time. He was about 24 years old and leaves a wife. He was the secretary ot the Kescue hook and ladder company. Perry liarnett was a brother of Charles Barnett, and was a plas- - i-i i terer. He was 21 years oia, ana unmarried. Samuel L. Gorman was a native of Vermont. About one year ago he went to Asheville from Wash ington, and for sometime past has held a position at the plumbing establishment of J.NC. Brown & Co., on Patton- avenue. Mr. Gorman! was about 27 years of age, and leaves & Av:fe and two children, who are in Washington, j . W. E. Winslow, ' another one of the dead, was the tank repairer of the "Western North Carolina R. R., with headquarters at Asheville. He leaves a small child, a girl,, who is ' now with relatives in Marshall. Miss Ophelia Moore, who was killed, and her mother, who was seriously injured, are the daughter order as to their heart and I saw that it took strength to drive a spike into the hearts of all of thorn. Col. Andrews'-informed me "that all of these cross-ties had been placed on the road within the last three years. The average length of the life of a cross-tie is between six and eight years. I am no ex pert, but I do not Well see how the rotten places on the ties could ha've caused the wreck. For that matter, I do confess that I am unable to ac count for it, and having heard much conflicting testimony it is clear to me. that nobody knows how the ac cident occurred, and that all the evidence merely goes to establish the probabilities of the theories, but The coroner's jury is composed of Messrs. P. C. Carlton, John Stephany, J. U. Damprecht, Geo. F. Shepherd, M. C. Williams and J. S- Ramsey. They are excellent citizens, and they are giving the matter ther best attention and mak ing the fullest investigation. I hope, they will be able to throw some lijjht on the cause of the wreck. In heard some complaint that the railroad authorities ordered the eon ! victs to quit work taking out the j bodies and go to work repairing the track, and some people say this was to put the track in the position to prove their theory ,of tampering with the track. The railroad men .say that thy ought to be praised for this that they removed the con victs because there were more peo ple at work trying to save people than could work, and that the Statesville people eould work more ! intelligently than the convicts. They say that it was important to have trains run through at once. The high character of the rail road officials forbids any one to place confidence in the notion that attempts were made to make evi dence. I believe that the railroads were actuated solely in rebuilding the track hastily, by a desire to al low no delay in business, and that this suspicion does them great in justice. There i an open question here as to the speed at which the train was running when the accident oc curred. The conductor, who is very reliable, thinks the speed was thirty miles an hour. Some of the passengers say they never went so fast and the speed must have been fifty-five miles an hour. It is said that the accident might be accounted for if the train was making this speed on the ground that it would jump the track more easily if there TJie Reidsville Review Libel Case Brower Defeated Selection of the Site for Mt. Airy's Fine New Hotel. (Special to State Chronicle.j Ci Mt. Alry, N. C, August 29 The case of Barker charged with murdering the internal revenue offi cer Barnwell in this county some months airo while the latter was capturing an illicit distillery, and of wounding Barnwell's associate Brill, came up this week in Surry county court. This was the cele brated murder case about which so many sensational reports were sent out. About a half dozen of the ablest lawyers in the State were employed 6n each side. After many able and eloquent speeches, Judge Graves gravely charged the jury, and the lift of Barker now lies in their hands. It is thought that after a long sitting the jury will acquit Barker. The celebrated libel cases of ex-Congressman Brower also came uf. . Messrs. oilliam & Oliver, editors of the Reidsville Re view, were arraigned under three First race, 5 furlongs: tion first; time 1.08. Second race, 9 furlongs: LaTosca first; time 155. Third race, G furlongs. (Futurity stakes for 2 year olds): His High ness first; time 1.15 1-5. Fourth race, mile: Pagan first; time 1.42. Fifth race, 9 furlongs: Willie L. first; time 1.58. Sixth race, one mile on turf, (Green stakes for 3 year olds and upwards): Snowfall first; time 1.45. GLOUCESTER. First race, 9 furlongs: JaekstafF first; time 2.05 f. Second race, 6 furlongs: Illian first; time 1.21 J. Third race, 7 furlongs: Wenonah first; time 1.35f. Fourth race, 4- furlongs; Ex press firsts time 58. Fifth Race, 5 furlongs: Appo matox first; time 1.33J. Sixth race, furlongs: Flagrant first; time 1.24. OS THE DIAMOND. (By United Press.) LEAGUE. Pittsburg, 11; At Pittsburg : New York, 2. At Cincinnati : Brooklyn, 7. At Cleveland : B.-in, 11. At. Chicago-: Chicago, 2. Cincinnati, 4; Cleveland," 3; Philadelphia, G; seperate indictments for reflecting upon the character of Brower. The first case tried was the same one in which the Rev ve to editors offered a compromise some time ago. Brower would accept none and the case came up again, me jury returned a verdict of nut guilty and Brower being defeated his attorneys nolle prasequiedihu other indictments and also that one against Jas. Bradfield, a noted politician of Salem. The stockholders of the Granite City Land and Improvement Com pany to-day selected th site for the grand hotel at the IF bite Sul phur. Jt is to be upon a high hill about which towers another, with the springs at the foot of both. On the banks of the Ararat river upon the highest hill a paviilion will be built, from which the Blue Ridge can be viewed for one hundred and fifty miles. A Pleasant Excursion. there is no certain and positive 7, , " . ww,f tn thp T-P.nl ne. I Tmrd cre, at . this place is a The convicts went to work early after the wreck to fix the track. It is to be regretted that it could not have stood intact as it wras until Maj. Wilson, chairman of the Railroad Commissioners, and other experts could have made an exami nation. If so, it is probable the cause of the wreck could have been ascertained. However, this would have delayed passing trains. Col. W. A. Eliason, an expert civil engineer, who built the via duct, and former employee of tin road, says : "It is impossible to pull spikes without bending them. This was not the case with those found on the track. The cross-ties were rotten and utterly unsafe." The seciion-master told the Rich mond Dispatch reporter (so he ASSOCIATION. At Boston : Louisville, 2; Bos ton. '2. At Philadelphia : (First game.) Athletics, 8; Columbus, 3. At Philadelphia : (Second game) Athletics, 8; Columbus, 2. At Baltimore: Baltimore, G; St. Louis, G. At Washington : Milwaukee $anie prevented by rain. At 1 narrow, msignincant stream less than fifteen feet wide and not more than four feet deep. The cars have dammed up the stream and it is some wider now. The drowning happened in this way: Two cars the first-class and sleeper fell with their ends in the creek making an extended V. The ends that were together fell in the water, and the other end of the cars were upon dry land. No one was drowned except in the ends of these two cars. Col- A. B. Andrews is President of the road and (ept. W. II. Bridgers is Superintendent. These officers are at the creek and are doing all they can for the sufferers and are greatly distressed at the awful disaster. Ne men could do more than they have and they are Special to State Chronicle. Winston, Aug. 29 Although the day has been dark, cold and gloomy it did not pevent the sev eral hundred employees of P. II. Hanes & Co., proprietors of a big tobacco works here, from enjoying a free excursion to Martinsville, Va., given by the liberal and progressive firm. A number of cars rolled out of the R. & S. depot this morning loaded with hundreds of men, black and white, ith their families. The excursion returned here to-night, everybody in a good humor and with many kind words for the gen erous firm who gave them such a pleasant time. .. , - - New York Weekly "Sank statement. Latest From State ille.. Special to State Chronicle. Statesville, N. C, August 29. The jury has not reached a ver dict yet. Will take up the case again to-morrow7. Fifty persons were on the train. No deaths have occurred since noon of the day of the wreck. Mr. Sink's condition is improving. Other patients irn- proving. liie tneory ot a criminal wrecking is waxing stronger. The counsel fr the Richmond & Dan ville railroad are still here. V The Grave Situation i:i China. .i i i t ,1 . 1- I fn 1 ia liinrlilv pnmrnpnilrtl for tllPir writes tnat ne uau uoxie no "-C"v """ on the bridge for some time, and j actipn. Tly The Unitwi Pr; New York, Aug 29 The im- j portant changes in the principal j items of the New York bank state- i ment for the week was as follows: j Surplus reserve, dec, $1,341,975 j Loans, increase, 1,891.800 Specie, decreasse, 2,888,100 Legal tender, increase, 1,009,000 Deposits, increase, 491,500 j Circulation, increase, 15 , 300 (By Cable.) London, Aug. 28. The Mun chealtgemeine Zeitung, in an edi torial on the dispatch from China published yesterday to the effect that the situation in China is ex ceedingly grave, says: The dis turbances In central China and the anxiety they have produced in all the treaty ports have come as an un pleasant awakening to the sense of security into which we had allowed ourselves to iuk through a mis taken belief that China had Income a thoroughly civilzed country arfd that the Chinese people entertained only friendly feelings for foreigners. Senator fjlaekbhra Stricken. By The United Pre,. Louisville, Ky., August 29. Senator J. S. C. Blackburn, of Kentucky, suffered a stroke of apo plexy at New Castle, Kentucky, last night. He has been taken to his home at Yersailes.