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fy Fiendish Work of the
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fV .Government Power Did
Not Prevail.
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Engineer Clark Buried Under the :
_*_ [Xa. Wreck.
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v. Faillir* of the First Effort to Get
Out a Train With
* .'i - "'; i ■•; i _m__l B. Clark, engineer.
l-'-'A '■■._■■■ Private Byrne.
. • Private 1-übbeTden.
}:':' - •';'•- Private -Dougan.
.;■■' -*'-"-. Private C.ark.
M":'' .;..'■ Sneh i's a correct list of the men who
< ■ were killed in the derailment of a train
if two miles and a' half below Sacramento
yesterday. : The wounded are:
•.;' - ; -,' Private Daomler, injured abont the
R .head. ' -
.-■' A- Private Wilson, left leg seriously
j lacerated.
Private Dugan, left arm cut off.
;. ; ; Private Kills, internally injured.
'■•'lt'll, believed that lauimer cannot
•'. . . ■■_.*. . ■
-survive his wounds.
•":: Sacramento, July 11.— Perhaps the
nu>-t appalling affair in general atrocity ;
-which has characterized this great strike j
through! the country occurred at the I
capital city to-day. The arrival ot Federal j
troops and the firing upon the militia by j
{?.."• the strikers were not a circumstance to ■
\. .„ ; the awful disaster which startled Sacra- j
mento this' afternoon.
'.":.*. Lip to the time that news arrived an- |
_ . .- Bouncing that the first Pullman train
out. of the city for nearly two weeks had
gone tumbling oft a trestle before two
miles of ground had been run j
ii there had prevailed a strong impres- !
4 . sion that the backbone of the strike'
r.t* had. been broken and that the great rail-)
'•.'. road strike was off as far as Sacramento i
■: was concerned, but people here reckoned j
-' again without their prophets. Nothing
.."-..could have more strongly indicated the
warlike attitude of the striking element
-- than the wreck of the train to-day. Noth
; ing. could have better proved that the
game ha-s reached a most startling stage
I and that . human life can enter into no
f. 'farther consideration when success in the I
.'.•v. -face of odds is to be attained. Nothing j
jt •'. ..could have more thoroughly Incensed the j
'■••.- ' -.soldiers of the regular service than the
;'": slaughter of their comrades.
§.••-'..■ '■ There are lying wet and mangled and j
_•'. dead .under a broken trestle down on
'■"••' --the -Jre.d- that runs in the direction of
- V..-. T)..:Visv.i!!e, the bodies of four of the na- i
'•_ r'n's.lvl:-ie.,blotised defenders. They were j
'." ---h- oat because duty did the calling, and '
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Samuel B. Clark, Engineer.
-<:•'•■ [From a photograph taken in September, 1533.]
;V :; :' . to-night the poor fellows are piled in hon- |
;:'--.. : ': Preble but dreadful death on the slough'! ;
.;... ..".'•• bottom. •
.:; There has been fearful excitement since !
this dreadful calamity. Railroad wrecks
.'-..0f- the ordinary kind might not occasion
• 'more than surprise and regret, but this ;
.' . .• .. was no ordinary wreck. It was some- j
:*.... thing planned with a fiendish de- !
liberation and a dreadful purpose.
-•...'' .'l' . 0 striking trainmen bave said for \
'.'.'-. --a week that no trains should ever 1
'•",: •_> proceed safely from the river side depot '
TT >,-.*•?"• any points far distant if Pullman j
:■.-- .co_ch.es were attached to the other cars. j
■" C They have kept their awful vow, or some- |
;.' : ;v body has kept it for them. No Pullman j
.* •" ba* yet proceded to any distant point sue- j
■ „- '■"■;.; cessfully, albeit there was every precaution j
•.;■.-. .taken to insure the safe arrival of to-day's i
X _..'. big train at the Oakland mole some time I
.' to-morrow. It left auspiciously. There
*.;.:"; were troops of the national Government I
(/*■'-. '; about and railroad officials galore, and a j
.." -silent,' determined mass of unemployed
trainmen thronged outside the sentry '
lilies. ..'• Hundreds of gleaming muskets
.;.= showed ominously in the hot July sun, i
'•'. .and Gatling guns glistened, and sabers
knocked about in dangerous number.
_AT_ To those who were unaware of the ap
r?i!ain._ calamity which was impending,
.:•■' ; :. tl-e spectacle of United States soldiers on
jf '..'.'.tie engine-tender and others on every car
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The Morning Call.
platform was calculated to dissipate all
fears about the certainty of an approach
ing end of the strike, and the further cer
tainty of the Government's success in
i .'.rations against the men who have vio
lated or have been thought to be capable
; of violating the laws of the country. But
| the Government was not successful in its
first attempt to make an end of the dis
turbance at the capital. Nothing daunted
by the formidable show of arms and the
; spirit of determination which has been
; exhibited by the Federal troops since
: their arrival, the strikers have proved
; themselves more formidable than all these.
! They have had pretty much their own way
! from the beginning and are having it now.
Martial law governs nearly the whole
1 town, and every one is imbued with a
; thoroughly realizing sense of the extreme
seriousness of the situation. Citizens of a
, peaceable kind are fearful that the great
j est struggle in the history of the railroad
strike is to occur right here under the
very shadow of the imposing Council hall
at Capitol Park. The tide of feeling is be
ginning to turn. The people of Sacra
mento, hitherto in accord with every one
of the strikers' movements, are beginning
to realize that the stage of the game is ad
vanced to an extraordinary degree.and that
the striking element have overstepped the
pure principle which impelled it at the
beginning of the trouble.
The wreck of that train this afternoon,
though the strike leaders may not be
responsible for it, has not been very
| instrumental in increasing sympathy
I for the strikers' cause. Sober-minded
| citizens are indignant at the need
j less slaughter of men entirely inno
{ cent of any crime. There are conversa
j tions on street corners and in hotel corri
i dors to-night in which the expressions are
far from being favorable. Nearly every
: one not too closely identified with the
striking element and many who are are em
phatic in denouncing to-day's dastardly
! proceedings. Many who have been iv
! touch in sympathy with the strikers since
j the beginning of the great fight have de
i serted those who are making it. They
j aver that they are and have been sympa-
I thetic from a certain knowledge of the
: justice of the American Railway Union's
i stand in the matter of objections to Pull
> man's autocracy, but when the affair
I reaches so fearful a stage that innocent
men should be killed and violence made a
I feature of operations these same sympa
thizers think it time to look about them
j for material upou which sympathy will
i not be wasted.
j The American Railway Union men are ,
indignant that any blame should be at
tached to them for the railroad wreck to
day. Immediately after it they held a
meeting denouncing the operation and
George J.Denis.United States Attorney
avowing that they were not concerned in
it. This was expected of the union, and
while it is very probably true that the or
ganization had no knowledge of the dis
aster so deliberately prepared, the state
ment to this effect is discredited in some
quarters. Whatever may have been the
union's position in the affair, il has re
flected upon the character of the organiza
tion and will undoubtedly work to the
detriment of the strikers' fight.
More than this, thetroopsof then ational
Government are Incensed over the affair to
such a degree that only the strong military
discipline to which they are In the habit
of silently submitting can make them fore
bear pouring a leaden hail into Knox's
quarters and into every striker-like gath
ering in the city. The men of the regular
army are more silent than ever now, and
they are desperate, but they make an effort
to conceal it. From remarks which have
been heard to-night in the ranks of the
regulars down at the dark depot they are
in a fierce mood.
"Twenty-two of our men went out this
afternoon," said one of them, "four of
them have not come back. We may have
our chance yet."
This is the kindof stern sentiment which
exists down at that depot camp. Twenty
two men did go out and eighteen came
back, and some of these were fearfully
mangled. The death of those four will be
avenged if Graham's soldiers get half an
opportunity to mix up with the strikers.
"If we ever get at that crowd," said a
private in Battery L of the Fifth, "you
may safely guess that they will be treated
as tenderly as Apaches might be."
The feeling is doubtless mutual on this
point, and there is little reason for doubt
that if any such mixing up should occur
the strikers would not fail to show the
mettle that is supposed to be in them.
Yet they would be severely handicapped
because of the raids to-night on the
houses in which firearm** and ammunition
were supposed to be secreted. It is safe
to assume that not all of these implements
of war have been found or will be, but
balf a truckful of Winchesters and pis
tols, swords, dynamite and cartridges is
no small confiscation, and lias created a
serious deficiency in the armament of the
striking force. The probability is that to
morrow will witness pretty much of a
repetition of to-day's startling spectacles
and proceedings.
While it is understood on reliable au
thority that the Southern Pacific officials
are amazed and variously startled at the
surprising turns of affairs to-day, it is
quite as authentically reported that trains
will continue to go out happen, what
may. These trains will not go the way
the train went to - day. There are
no wrecking -crews available and the
seriously damaged trestle cannot be
repaired for nearly a week, if not more.
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An engine tearing along a wooden trestle
in lop-sided fashion is liable to cause
abrasions, and tbat engine this afternoon
did some of It. Trains, however, will be
sent along the Stockton route, but this
will necessitate the clearing of the road
yards and a generally better arrangement
of the present muddie of engines and
coaches all around the depot property.
Then, even In the event of sending more
trains within a day or two, there will also
be the difficulty of securing the services of
train crews. Of course, soldiers of the
regular service will go when told, but en
gineers and firemen and conductors are
scarce now, and there is a veiy evident in
disposition among all of them to go the
way of poor Clark and the regulars on the
luckless tender.
The general understanding is that mar
tial law will be more emphatically declared
to-morrow morning, and that Sacramento
will experience a novel era of severe mili
tary jurisdition until the strike comes to
orderly or bloody conclusion. The affair
this afternoon is taken to indicate that I
more blood will flow. The firing on tte |
militia from over the river when trains |
were firing up was strong proof of the in- !
tentions of the desperate men who have
attached themselves to tho strikers' cause.
They will, without question, resort to as
much violence as care and cunning will
permit with same safety to themselves.
The thirst for violence has come on them
and unless indications are sadly misinter
l preted Sacramento is to have a time lively
beyond all imagining.
Officers have found the tools, which were
hidden, with which the rail was removed
from the track, and know who the parties
are that bid them.
How the Awful Work Was Carried
.7 <x Out.
Sacbamknto, July 11.— The most ex
tremely serious and startling event of tbo
railroad strike in this city occurred to-day,
when the first train that attempted to run
out with Pullman coaches attached went
through a trestle two miles south of this
city. The killed were:
Samuel Clark, engineer.
Private Dougan.
Private Clark.
Private Byrne.
Private Lubberden.
Those wounded and now in the hospital
here were:
Private Daumler, injured about the head
and face.
Privato Wilson, leg fearfully lacerated.
Private Ellis, who is injured internally
and whose condition is serious.
The deplorable affair occurred a few
minutes after noon. About 10 o'clock this
morning the railroad officials began pre
paring for the sending out of trains with
Pullmans. The Federal troops furnished
a guard all about the depot while these
operations were going on. They stood
[From a description In/ telegraph 1
about tbe great depot building with rill: ;
loaded and watched with care the grt-' .
throng of strikers and [casual spectat. \
who gathered about the territory.
Just beyond sentry lines two formid
able Catling guns frowned dangerously
tip the multitude of sightseers, and al
together there was a very serious air about
the whole proceeding. Very soon engines
began moving, bells rang aud steam
screeched from open valves. Up and
down the railway yards the engines ran,
slowly arranging tracks and switches and
pulling cars into pi ice. Mail, express,
Pullman and day coaches moved along the
tracks slowly, but with seeming new vigor
infused since the soldiers in the national
service marched into the city.
During all of these operations the crowd
all about the depot watched the guards
with nn interest that knew no abatement.
Comments strong in phrase were made and
threats muttered, but there wore the
bristling bayonets of tbe soldiery just be-
yond, and the threats were rather few
from their evident tp-elessuess. The crowd
was orderly and generally well behaved.
lly a few minutes before 12 o'clock the
train was iv readiness to move for the
Oakland mole. The bell sounded at inter
vals and there wa s a bustle and excite
ment among the railroad men, military
people and the spectators generally. The
make-up of the train was of great interest
and was the subject nf various comments.
There was engine 1791 with a tender, four
mallear?, one express-car, one baggage
car and five Pullmans officially enumerated
as a tourist, three sleepers and a dining
At 12 o'clock Samuel Clark, in greasy
blue workiug togs, stepped out into the
cab. There was confidence in Clark's face
as he stood leaning out of the cab window,
and gazed with seeming interest on the
novel scene about him. Clark was the
oldest engineer in the employ of the com
pany. He was a general favorite and a
good worker, and was well known because
of his attendance at Senator Stanford's
funeral as pall-bearer. Just behind Claife,
as he jumped into the cab, was J. D. Dene
camp, a special officer of the Southern Pa
cific Company, who had volunteered to act
as fireman on the down trip. Distributed
throughout. the cars wero Pullman porters,
George Anderson, Peter Goodwin, Edward
Pruett, Charles Chapman, William Jones,
Frank Rand, B. Austin and William Dray
don. E. H. Gold, the only passenger, and
a couple of newspaper correspondents,
made up tbe civilian gathering.
At this time twenty-one men were de
tailed from Battery L. Fifth United States
Artillery, under command of Lieutenant
Edwards, to accompany the train to Oak
land as guard. The artillerymen piled
upon the platforms and tender. Six of
them sat on the coal on the tend*., their
blanket rolls by their sides and their
Springfields leveled threateningly at the
dense crowds about the depot. They were
the picture of catlike watchfulness and
bravery as they sat there, and few men
would have cared to try their vigilance or
their courage.
At ten minutes
past 12 the
given to start. The engine puffed vigor
ously and the long train moved out of the
. depot building slowly. As the Pullmans,
l winch were attached to the rear of the
j train, came into sight there was a sub
l dued hiss from tho great multitude. It
j was quickly hushed, however. Maybe the
crowd was afraid to make auy such demon
■ stration.
So the first train out of the Sacramento
j yards pulled away in the direction of Oak
| laud. Half an hour later news came that
the train had been ditched two miles south,
at what is known as the second trestle on
the down track. This report spread like
wildfire. In five minutes every one iv
j town knew of it, and then every ono in
I town hurried down to the depot to confirm
it. It was only 100 true.
Then every one breathlessly awaited
further news. In a few minutes one of
the cavalry troops went galloping over the
Sacramento River bridge to the scene of
the disaster. An engine, which happily
had been fired to take out the Dunsmuir
local, was called into service and, with
three coaches attached, it started off in
charge of Wrecking Officer Phil Douglas
to the scene of the ditching.
The spectacle at the trestle her* the
engine, tender and cars went off into the
slouch was a fearful one and easily sug
gestive of the awful nature of the affair.
It was found that one of the right side
rails just on the ground before the begin
ning of the trestle-work had been loosened
by the removal of the fishplates and bolts.
The engine had struck this loosened rail
and lett the track just as it went upon the
trestle. Then it had plunged along the
trestle, and not until tho engine had nearly
reached the other end of it did the
coupling between it and the tender give
The engine pitched headlong into the
bulkhead which supports the trestle-work
and then toppled over and dropped into
the muddy water. The tender held on
the track and one mallear fel), the others
remaining on the track. Engineer Clark
was carried down with the engine, while
Fireman Denecamp continued safely on
the tender. The soldiers jumped from the
tender and were drowned, except Dugan,
who jumped off on the left and had his
arm torn off. He was rescued, but died in
the afternoon at the depot hospital.
Charged With Having Caused the
Wreck of the Train.
Sacramento, July 11.— Shortly after 6
o'clock this morning the steamers Alameda
and Acme, carrying the regular troops,
steamed up the river and landed at the Y
street levee. They were met by several
companies of militia, who had been or
dered to keep the crowd back, fearing an
attack by the strikers and their sympa
thizers. Acting under instructions from
General Sheehan, who is in charge of the
militia, the latter reached the water front
early this morning.
Whether it was because the Alameda
was such a large vessel or that it was
feared that an attempt would be made to
prevent the landing of the troops, the
steamer did not reach here until after day
break. In order lo prevent any trouble
the 850 militiamen who are camped at
Capitol Park were stationed on picket
duty about the water front.
signal was
Shortly after 7 o'clock the regulars
marched toward the depot, headed hy
Colonel Graham and staff. After them
came the Ilotchkiss and Galling guns,
guarded by the foot battery and marines.
The cavalry was in the rear.
As the troops marched up Second street
there was a rush of spectators to the depot,
but they were quickly dispersed. The
strikers bad abandoned the situation and
were nowhere to be seen.
After the right of the column of the
march had occupied the depot aud placed
sentries around it, the cavalry came to a
halt and dismounted. Seven sentries
were at once detailed to keep the crowd at
a safe distance from the depot. The Gat
ling guns were placed at the east end of
the depot near engine 140(1, the one Mar
shal Baldwin tried to send out the other
day. The sentries proceeded to clear a
space in front of the depot of about 150
feet, and the crowd, which was by no
means a large one, fell back promptly be
fore the gleaming bayonets and business
like air of the sentries.
The soldiers did not appear to be in any
thing of a hurry to do anything. Their
officers appeared to realize that they were
on what might be a battle-ground, and pro
posed to meet the issue in scientific mili
tary style. After a brief consultation,
Colonel Graham.and his staff started on a
reconnoitering expedition around the shops,
the yards and the strikers' headquarters,
riding at _ gentle trot and carefully ex
amining the freightcars and other ob
structions, as well as the topography of the
country. They did not intend, in case of
a battle, to be hemmed in by the enemy,
or to leave any avenue of attack or defense
Scarcely had the regulars reached the
depot when the militia were fired upon by
strikers who were ambushed on the Yolo
side of the river. The militia returned
the fire and fully fifty shots were ex
The strikers abandoned the situation and
escaped in the heavy brush which lines the
river bank. As the result of the shooting
a Japanese boy lies fatally wounded in his
home across the river. lie wad standing
f I
Frank P. Flint. Actin__; Marshal, South
ern District, California.
on the river bank watching the militia
when the strikers fired on them. One of
the bullets from the rifles of the soldiers
struck him in the stomach, producing a
wound which will prove fatal. Oa account
of a watch being kept on the river to pre
vent any one from crossing the stream, it
is impossible to reach the wounded boy.
When Colonel Graham landed his force
the cavalry at once proceeded to the out
skirts of the city, and occupying all the
east and west streets, scoured them down
to acquaint themselves with the topog
raphy and check the approach of the peo
ple toward the city front The occupation
was not resisted. Guard lines were thrown
out and the strictest rules established. Iv
the meantime the militia occupied the line
of tracks on the river front, forming close
connection with the Federal line as was
necessary. At the depot an immense
crowd assembled of all manner of people.
The strikers mostly kept back along Sec
ond street. Several times the marines had
to charge on the people and drive them
back, to which they readily yielded.
Shortly after S o'clock General Superin
tendent Fillmore reached the depot in a
hack. He immediately sent for Colonel
Graham and they were closeted together
for over an hour. When Colonel Graham
reappeared he ordered his officers to drive
every one out of the depot, including news
paper reporters. Division Superintendent
Wright then appeared on the scene, and
proceeded with the aid of a switch engine
to clear the main track. After this had
been done, orders were issued to take the
Eastern overland, which has been delayed
here since the inauguration of the strike,
to San Francisco.
Sam Clark, one of the oldest en
gineers in the employ of the company, took
charge of the engine, and a man named
Denekamp, a railroad employe, acted as
fireman. Sam Reynolds was conductor.
Acting under instructions from Colonel
Graham nineteen regulars accompanied
the train.
As the train nulled out the multitude
cheered, while crowds of strikers jeered
and cried "scab." The train got a head
way ol twelve miles au hour and when
two and a half miles out, just where the
tree growth ceases and the water overflow
begins, the train entered on a long trestle.
The locomotive went over. and landed in
six feet of water. The next two cars piled
on top. ..;...•.:
Engineer Sam K. Clark, one of the oldest
men upon the road; Private Clark, Private
l .
Ships That Pass in the Night.
The Man from Mars. Dora Thome.
The Lady of The Lake.
Byrne and Private Lubberding all went
under. Their bodies are still under the
wreck in six feet of water.
Somebody had unspiked the rails for a
distance of about 100 feet and covered
their dastardly work with sand. Engineer
Clark, notwithstanding that he was on the
alert for such cowardly tactics, plunged
into the trap.
As soon as the news or the wreck was
received Colonel Graham, at the head of a
troop of fifty cavalry, dashed over the
bridge at top speed Into Yolo and for
hours scoured the whole region, and ar
rested one man in the willow, near the
The wreck was caused by a rail having
been taken up, spikes pulled, fish plates
removed and then the rail put back again
in place.
At 10 o'clock this forenoon a strike
agitator named S. D. Worden went toa
livery stable, hired a wagon and driver,
then went over the bridge, took in live
other men and drove about a mile along
the track, where they got out and sent the
team back. Worden was arrested to-night
by the police on the charge of murder.
He has been quite prominent in labor cir
cles and was recently sent as a delegate to
the Chicago convention of railway men.
The Sheriff has also arrested A. G. Green
wald, William Burt and 11. E. Bodner,
alleged strikers, for complicity in the
wrecking of the train. They will bo held
pending an investigation. A troop of cav
alry took all of them from the city jail to
the couuty jail. It is believed by officials
that they got the right men.
Shortly after seeing the report that the
train had been derailed Division Superin
tendent Wright ordered the wrecking
crew to the scene. Colonel Graham also
sent a company of cavalry to head off the
strikers. Shortly after 4 o'clock this aft
ernoon the wounded men were brought to
this city and Immediately taken to tho
Railroad Hospital, where their injuries
were dressed by Dr. Huntington.
The regulars are in an ugly mood on ac
count of the death and Injury to their
comrades and seem anxious for a skirmish
with the strikers. Many of them claim
that General Superintendent Fillmore as.
sured Colonel Graham that the road had
been carefully gone over, aud, further,
declared that he knew that the strikers
would not resort to any desperate meas
ures to win the strike. It was not until
he had assured Graham of the supposed
good condition of the road that the latter
consented to send his men to escort the
train to San Francisco.
Harry Knox, the leader of the strikers,
has issued the following:
I desire to state in behalf of the American
Railway Union that this order had not the
remotest connection with the dltciilng of the
train between Sacramento and D.ivi-Ville this
afternoon, by which several people lost their
lives. We condemn this act as outrageous and
barbarous, and entirely contrary to the spirit
of the A. It. 0 , which is engaged In an honor
able struggle in Hie interest of labor, anu is
opposed to violence or the sacrifices- human
life. If tills act was done by sympathizers, we
regret it the more, as it is calculated to injure
rather than help us. We sincerely trust that
this first act of violeuce will be the last.
11. A. Knox,
Chairman of the Mediation Committee.
Orders were given this evening to ex
tend the guard lines to I -.tree', fully a
block from the depot. This is to prevent
the strikers from getting near the com
pany's property. This evening the United
States Marshal issued the following proc
lamation :
Whereas, Tne military forces of the United
States have been called out for the purpose of
maintaining the authority of the United States
and enforcing tie laws thereof; and
Whereas, The officer commanding the United
States tioops in Sacramento has been Instruct
ed to oiren the line of track of the Southern Pa
cific Railroad, a post and military road duly
designated by law for the transmission of the
United States mails and troops.
Now, therefore, I. Barry Baldwin, United
States Marshal for the Northern District of
California, do hereby command all persons to
refrain from obstructing or retarding the pass
age over said railroad, or any part thereof, of
trains of mall, passenger, freight or any other
kind of cars, or in anyway hindering, or im
peding or Interfering with the operation of
/ UK
Joseph Harry Call, U. S. Specia.
trade or commerce over said railroad, or over
auy part thereof; and,
Further, to refrain from all or any unlawful
assemblages of any kind whatever.
Barry Baldwin, U. S. Marshal.
It is asserted to-night that one white
man was shot by the militia in the river
front skirmish. He was seen to drop from
a tree. If so, the strikers carried him off.
Rumor gained considerable currency this
morning that, by permission of the
Catholic authorities, the strikers had
gained access to the cathedral, at Eleventh
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