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SEVENTEENTH YEAR OMAHA. SATURDAY 'MQHNING. AUGUST 13.'l887 . NUMBER
NOT EXAGGERATED. Additional News Confirms the Extent of the OhaUwoith Honor. SICKENING SIGHTS TO BE SEEN. Depots and Platforms Literally Strewn With the Dead and Dying. PEORIA THE WORST SUFFERER. < r The Faces of the Victims Horribly Distorted and Many Unrecognisable. SCENES TIME CANNOT EFFACE. The Belief Growing That the Bridge Was Fired By Bobbers. GANGS OF TRAMPS SUSPECTED. * The Victims Stripped of Valuables By The Inhuman Fiends , A GATHERING OF GHOULS. The Bodied of Eighty-Six FerionB Al ready Taken Out The List of the Wounded an Yet Incomplete The Running of Trains to Bo KcBUined To-Day. The Chatsworth Calamity. ClIATSWOHTII. III. , AugUSt 13. ISpOClttl Telegram to the 13iE. | It was a sad sight that the early dawn disclosed to the pedes trians that passed down the silent and J deserted sorted streets of the llttlo village of Chats- worth this morning. Thirty-five human beIngs - Ings lay writhing In agony , some of them , Indeed , approaching dissolution. All thiough the dreary midnight hour they had lain upon rudely Improvised beds which the good people ple of Chatsworth had charitably placed at the disposal of the sufferers. Hands of vol unteers , men and women from the neighbor hood , had waited by blood-stained bedsteads and attended to the wants of the sufferers. Too much praise cannot bo glvonto the people ple of this locality for their self-sacrltice and devotion , and beyond all question but for them there would have bnea many more names to swell the already frightful cata logue of the dead. All through the night the mournful process of identification wont on , but up to 0 o'clock this morning there had been but throe additional Identifications. Those were John Xcltter , of 1'ekln , 111. , a moulder , aged thirty-six ; Mrs. Bladin , of Harpers' Corners , near Peorla , 111. , and Mrs. II. C. 'MuClure. ot Keithsburg , 111. It was nearly midnight when poor/Colter was Identified. A row of anxious , sad-faced people men and women stood In a line in the freight house of the Toledo , Peorla & Western railway while a man passed by a row of mangled corpses , and lifting thn 'face of each as ho passed alone held a lantern close to the face of each of the corpses. It was a series ot frightfully mutilated faces , In most cases battered beyond recognition , that the rays of the lantern disclosed to view. "That looks like him , but It Is hard to be cer tain , the features are so much battered , " ho muttered. "I wonder it that could bo poor Will , " murmered another. "Oh , there Is my poor father , " cried a young girl's anguished voice. These and such as these were the re marks that wcro now and then drooped by the searchers. No body was Identified until the whlto cloth was raised from the form of a man. disclosing a face most frightfully muti lated. The cheek bones on the sldo wore crushed In untlltlioy actually laid together , side by side. A stout man stepped forward and stooping down until ono elbow rested upon his knee looked longand earnestly Into the dead man's face. Then ho put his baud Into the ragged and bloody vest pocket and took -from It a watch , which was still ticking. He next thrust bin hand Into the breast pocket and drew from It a number of cards. "It Is poor Jim , " he murmured , and ho dropped upon his knees and drew his hand hastily across his eyes , then he tenderly covered the dead man's body and disappeared to make arrangements for the removal ot his friend's remains. One of the most horrible featured of this most frightful calamity Is the fact that there Is a possibility of Its being the result of foul play and not accident. All last night and this morning the rumor gained prevalence that the whole thing was the work of train robbers. Your correspondent , who visited the place of the wreck late last night , heard many hints to this effect from farmers and other people residing In the locality. When asked for a statement ot the affair In their possession , however , they appeared to get frightened and unwilling to say anything Do- fore a newspaper man. Iho fact was well established , however , that a very short tlmo before the disaster occurred a train bad pasled the culvert and the brldga was then in sound condition. It Is also said that a man offered his watch ana valuables to a person who a moment after the accident oc curred stood looking on unmoved by the suf ferings of his fellow creatures. It Is claimed the wretch snatched the watch from the dying man's hands and rushed away. An other man U .bald to have approached one who was lying In a dying condition on a Mnk n ar the wreck and snatched a diamond ring ( i om his finger. Ueyond all doubt , whether the u tn was wrecked for the pur pose of plunder or not , robbery was carried on at the wreck on an extensive scale beton the people of Chatsworth were summoned t < the rescue. The place where the disaster oc- Burred Is peculiarly lltted foi the deeds o : train wreckers or ghouls. The hour at whlcl It was visited bv your correspondent was a the tlmo when the last ray of twilight madi the ruins and their surroundings barely dls cernlble. It was a lovely little corner on i disused country byway. Fields of corn wavoi on every side close up to the culvert , and i few trees added their shade to the fast thick enlng gloom. It was a very lovely , peacofu scene but for the frightful blotch that dlstig urcd It. The ruins of tbo train were simpl ; appalling. There were nothing more than i nifss of shattered metal works. Wholi stacks of torn garments , blood-staluei linen , shattered satchels , dismantled trunks etc. , were scattered around in thi green hedge rows. Blood splashes dyed thi crass wherever It was sodden and trampei under foot. The place was peculiarly adaplei foreuchadotxl. Among the wounded you correspondent discovered during the nigh John McMelstcj , of Peorla. lie was bu slightly Injured , althouth he sat In the thin car , which was perhaps the most ba lly dam aged on ibe train. He talked cheerfully. " was sitting on the front seat , " he said , "whci the-shock occurred. I thought at first tin tnuialu was detailed , but I soou found irwa : worse than that I was hurled with great violence Into the corner In which the stove stood , while the stove was thrown forward , pressing my leg to the ground. In an Instant all was darkness , while the most melancholy cries and moans rang out around me In all directions. I soon became aware that two men who had been sitting behind me had been thrown forward , while the seats on which they sat had been torn up and hurled along with them Into the corner where I lay. I was found In there In some Inconceivable way and I felt the hot blood pouring from their wounds and streaming over my face. I cried out for help aud I thought , althoueh I may have been mistaken , that I was there an hour and a half before I was cut out A heavy sprain Is all 1 sutfcred. " P. L. Cook , who Is ono of the coroner's Jury , said : "It was about 2 o'clock when the people ple of Chatsworth were called together by the tolling of the tire bell. 1 went there with other citizens , and when we learned the truth We at once repahed to the wreck. A horrible sight presented Itself to us. Hundreds of human beings were struggling to tear them selves from an Infernal heap. From tholr cries ono could think ho stood on a bloody battle ground. Ulood was every where , and the moans of the wounded and dying made the night hideous. 1 seized an ax and broke Into one of the cars. The first object which met my Iglit was a largo woman with her head com- iletely torn from he body. I was sickened nd horrified. Many ot the men became un- ervedand could do nothing , but 1 struggled nd worked the best I could. One man , whose wife was killed but whose baby was aved , told me an old woman who appar- ntly belonged to the neighborhood , had took rassesslon of the same and he had a tough itruKKlo to recover It. He said that his wlfo was lying at the far end of the car , while the nfant was safe about midway In the center t the aisle. A OBAl-niC ACCOUNT. CHICAGO , August 13. ( Special Telegram to thoUKE.1 P. C. Church , a commercial ; raveler for a Now York hardware house , ar- Ived from Peorla this morning and related many Incidents of the disaster to a group of xcltod listeners at the Sherman house. We didn't hear about It until Wednesday morning , " said he , "and the first report was .hat soveial hundred had been killed. There were 750 excursionists from Peorla alone and special train was at once made up to go 3ver to the scene of the accident , about sixty miles distant. A friend and myself thought we would take a run over , but we never ex pected to see what wo afterward did. At Imtsworth there wa ; a row of dead bodies lying sldo by side on the depot platform. A .ileco of paper pinned to the breast gave thu name of each ono. When we reached the > lace where the accident occurred the first .hlug . wo saw was a pile of mashed up coaches as high as a telegraph pole. The top of the iecoud chair car shot up on top of this , landing like a monument , at least fifteen 'eet high. We arrived just In time to see Mr. Murphy , a hotel keeper from Galesburc , limb out of a hole In the top of the first hair car , which was just in vlow , upon a pile if broken timber at the top of the heap. Ho Hilled out his wife and babe uninjured , but almost exbausten from having been penned up for nearly twelve bouts. It was with great difficulty they were assisted to the ground. Mr. Murphy then went back. Into lie hole aud brought out alive a little baby , le had torn It from the arms of a dead mother. After that he helped out an aged woman whoso back had been hurt These , together with two others , were all that were taken from that car alive. iVhen the hotel keeper came down 1 asked ilm how It happened that he was not killed. He replied that when the crash came his wife tvas sitting In one seat and himself and the baby wcro In the one just behind , near the rent of the car. The baby was knocked 'rom ' the seat and he stooped to pick her up as they shot Into the mass of ruins ahead. Just at that moment , he said , a timber peno- rated the car , shooting across the place where he had been sitting , and struck a roung lady who sat opposite In the neck. He was thus pinned down by the timber , which also protected him from being smashed and saved tils life. He looked across the aisle and saw the young lady's head had fallen over on the back of her seat and hung only by the skins. The sight of the dead and wounded lying In the adjacent fields was horrible. My friend counted ninety-seven dead bodies at noon yesterday and the wreck was not nearly cleared away. They were lying In llttlo heaps ot about a dozen , all having been killed Hi a different manner. The entire side of one man's face would bo mashed In , while a hole as large as your fist In the forehead of another would show where the timber had penetrated. Three-fourths of the dead never knew what killed them. It was a sight 1 never want to look upon again. There were young ladles In their new dresses with their white skirts saturated with blood and the front of their faces mashed beyond recognition. Ono young looking mother had held her baby In her arms , when the timber , striking the child In the oack , Impaled both victims In Instant death. The Another's face didn't bear a scratch , but the expression upon It will haunt me to the grave. I was sick when 1 returned from the .catastrophe last night. It would make anv man sIcK. The depot at Peorla was surrounded by 5,000 people , all waiting for news from the wreck. The switch yards had been cleared of cars and along between the rails stood rows ol cots to receive the dead and wounded as they were brought In. Near these cots wore backed up perhaps 100 covered wagons , and beyond the wagons stood 150 soldiers to keep the crowd back. A committee of 100 civ izeus , wearing crape , are stationed at the cots to take euro ol the victims. All Peorla Is In tears. There were scorns of hei best cltUeus on that train , among then being several young ladles. Everybody say : It was the jolllest party , that over started or an excursion. They were as merry as school children. Hundreds had been to the train tt see their friends depart , but thousands were there to take their dead bodies away on theli return. " Mr. Church said that the action ol of thu railroad ollicers after the accident was condemned by almost everyone. Hundred ! ot people got as far as Forest on their way tc the wreck , but had to walk the rest of ttu distance , six miles. The officials rode uj aud down the tracks and a feu slow trains brought . In the dead but the wounded and dying were left on the ground , with no relief except thai which their partners In grief could give them They lay In the muddy fields all night , wltl the rain beating down , while their groan and cries went up In vain. As fast as tin baggage ctfnld be taken from the cars , n < matter whoso It was , it was torn open ant dresses and shirU appropriated for bandage ; to dress the wounds of the suffering. Afte the physicians and nurses had finished witl the trunks , thieves rifled them and "cam * off what wastoluable. "I , myntlf. " sW Mr Church , "saw the head , shoulders and arm of a young woman hanging from a car win dow , and a man wont up and began stripping the rlnts from her dead takers. Sofl e of th passengers Interfered and made him doalst , ' > . , THK VICTIMS.1 . CHICAGO , August 13. The Inter-Ocean' Forrest , 111. , special says : The uainoj of thi dead Victims ot the ChatswortU disaster Lav been learned. There are still about ten bodies ies unidentified at that place. During Thurs day afternoon several dead were convoyed westward by friends and they cannot be In cluded In the names given here. The officers of the Toledo , Peorla & Western railway have endeavored to'keop a record of the dead bodies removed from the wreck and the presi dent thinks that In three or four days they will be able to render an accurate account of the fatalities. The report that there wcro eight dead at PI per station proves to have been Incorrect Only two persons * died there up to noon to-day Mrs. Peter Valentine and C. P. Vanller ot Ualesburg , HI. Three or four persons who were reported as dead were to-day learned to be among the wounded at Piper City. Em ployes of the road were sent to Piper City iarly this morning to secure the names of all ho dead and wounded there. It was found hat there were forty-four wounded and two lead at Piper Citv. The following Is a list t those who had died up to 3 o'clock this fternoon as far as their names could bo earned from Coroner Long and their friends nd relatives : Mns. NANCIE ALTKU , West Point , la. Miss MINNIE Ai.rnit , West Point , la. , aged Ixteen. Miss EVA ALTrit , West Point , la. , axed .wenty. . E. F. ADAMS , Dlackston , 111. Mils. M. H. AI.I.KN , Peoria. Miss SUSIK BALL , Peorla. J. UODV. o. 0. UKEKZE , Wyoming , I1L Miis. WM. DELI , , Peoria. Mils. JOSIK BI.ANIHN , Parkers Corner , 111. CiiowuKit FAHMKII , Chenoa. MUB , THOMAS COOPKII , Pekln. Mns. PATON M. CUKSS , Washington , 111. Mils. ARCHIK CUORSWEI.L , Peoria. Mns. J. M. CLAY , Eureka , 111. Miss EVKUN CAniTiiKits , Evans , 111. WILLIAM GRAIO , Cuba III. UEV. WM. COLLINS , Cuba , III. MATTIK CABSELI * Washington , ill. CAPTAIN K. T. DAHKE , Peorla. MKH. EMILY DUCKKTT , Forrest , 111 MRS. JAMES DEAL , Peoria. K. EsTiioiiAVM , Peorla. MiLLAiti ) FILLMORI : , Pontlac , PKAUL FIIENCIL , Peoria. J. A. OKEEN , Breeds Station. MKS. W. OAKUKLTSON , Peorla , E. GOODELL , Peorla. U. F. IlAitri.EY , Bushnell , III. MKS. E. HILL , Berwick , 111. F. U. HILL. Berwick. F. R.Hi.Li'8 Infant child. NOAH HAVKIIMII.L , Canton , HI , Mns. HICKS , Chlllcothe. JOHN P. KELLY , Breed's Station MRS. KELLY , Peoria. W. K. LATT , Elmwood. MeDONALD. ENGINEER Ei > MCCLINTOCK. J. B. McFADtiKN , Peoria , JKSS MEEK , Eureka , 111. Miss MAY MrEvERY , Peorla. Miss AGNES MUIIPHY , Peorla , age elgtccn , KOSB MuuruY , Peorla , ago three. MRS. H. A. McCi.tiRR , Keithsburg. Infant of Mrs. McClure. MRS. JOHN MURPHY , Peono , N. A. MOORE , Jacksonville , III. A. MARTIN , J3loomlngton. Infant of Mrs. Neal , of Peorla. Miss NEAL , Mossvllle , III. Miss JKNNIE O'SitAuaiiNEssY , Peorla. MRS. MAGGIE POWERS , Pooria. W. II. POTTER , Bushnell. MILLARD PATTERSON , Wyoming , 111. UEonoFK RESS , Washington. 111. JAMES D. UtcnAitDS Franklin , Neb. MICHAEL W. line AN , Blnghampton , N. Y. PAUL SACKUNREUTER , Pekln. MRS. O. D. SNEUECKKR. Ablngton , 111. R. E. STRACHAN , Peorla. WILLIAM STEPHENS , Peorla. Miss EMMA STEPHENS , Peorla. Miss ELLA STEPHENS , Peoria. MELVILLE SMITH , Metamora. MRS. M. SMITH , .Metamora. - UEOROE A. SMITH. Peorla. HENRTSWEOULSON , Keokuk , la. ONEY SPAITS , Green Valley. MRS. E. D. STODDARD , West Point , la. JESSE SHERMAN , Brlnfield , 111. W. V. TROVILLE , Ablngdon , 111. C. P. VANLIEU , Galesburg. MRS. PETER VALENTINE , New York. MRS. MARY VALIIPJO , Peorla. MRS. IDA WEHSTKR , Peoria. R. R. WRIGHT , Peorla , FRED D. WKINETTE , Peorla. JOHN ZEITLER , Pekln , 111. , aged 24. MRS. ZIMMERMAN , Peorla. In addition to the eighty-six or eighty- seven known to bo dead there were throe of the wounded at Chatsworth whom the physicians pronounced to bo beyond re covery. They lay In the town half and wore being cared for by relatives or kind sympa thisers In every way possible. These three were Mrs. C. H. Clark , of Rootstown , O. ; Miss Mary Valdejo , of Peorla , and Harry B. Lawrence , of Burlington , la. The lists of the wounded are necessarily Incomplete and the full extent of the Injuries will probably never be known. The women of Chatsworth have done everything possible for the wounded people , thirty of whom still lie In the town hall. Several are at prlvato houses , at the depot and other places. Where the dead lay there were were many sad scones to-day. Anxious relatives arrived from towns along the line west , and began the search for their friends among the mangled and ghastly corpses. Husbands were looklne for wives , parents for children and sons for parents. Among the seekers was J. M. Kelly , of Breed's Station , a young man looking for his father and uncle. Ho looked In vain among the dead bodies for his relatives , but when ho ap pealed to the coroner he was shown the dead body of his father , Job P. Kelly. The son could not recognize the mutilated features. Later In the day he found his uncle , John B. Kelly , badly wounded , lying In the town hall. The body ot Paul Sackenreuter , of Pekln , has not been certainly identified. One of | iis workmen , John Zeldler , Is among the killed. His head was crushed from bolt ; sides so that the features were entirely un recognizable. The body of Mrs. H. A. Mc Clure and her Infant , from Keithsburg , have been Identified among the dead lying In the school house last night. The last body wo ; removed from there to-day. It was that ol Mrs. Stoddard , of Fort Madbon. la Another body Identified during the night was that of Mrs. Joslo Blandln , nee Florence , of Parker's Corners , 111. Hei husband arrived on a late train , found hei body and shipped It home. Mrs. Blandln bad with her her two little daughters , Idi and Bcrtte. The former has ono of her hip : crushed , but Bertlo is but slightly Injured Side by side In the depot this morning la ] the dead bodies of T. R. Hill and his wifi and baby , from Berwick , HI. The babe wu placed on Its mother's bosom In a rougl pine box , and the family sent on its retun trip home. Among the unclaimed and un uaiued is the body of a Peorla bootblack. CLKAJIIN'O up THE WRECK. ClTATflWOUTlI , III. , AugUSt 13. At ' o'clock this morning Master Mechanic Wat ten , vith a wrecking train and a large forc < of men , were at the seen * of the disaster a work. Warren was confident that the tracl would bo cleared for trains by noon , and tba oil bodies had been removed from the wreck A special car with officials of the WAbasI road reacted tbo wreck early 1Q the inornln , and they tendered thopso of their wrecking outfit and as well offered to bo of any service possible. The Illinois ) Central also olTerod any required assistance , tut Warren said ho thought his present equipment would enable him to clear the track. .President Leonard , * Superintendent Armstrong and other Toledo , Peorla & Western * offi cials were seen this morning. They have riven devoted .attention to the re lief of the Injured and cam of the dead. Doth show signs of the terrible shock which the accident had been to thorn. President Leon ard said that so far as the railroad ofllcials could estimate there were eighty killed and 00 seriously wounded. There are many who were slightly Injured , of whom no record has seen obtained. The list Is being compl.led In he Peorla olllccs of the company. Leonard > ald that as near as ho could ascertain he train was making about thirty miles an hour at the time the accident , ot an excessive rate of speed , as the track was n.good condition. The bridge was an or- Innry fifteen-foot wooden structure , was all lent at 5 o'clock In the afternoon when n rain passed over It and half an hour later a icctiou man Inspected It , under orders , In idvanco of the excursion train. It was all Icht then. As to the liability of the corn- any or the . future of the road , all that 'resident Leonard could say was , hat the officials will devote their .tteutlon . to the care of the unfortunate vlc- ,1ms. It was a blow which would of course > e most serious to the road , but that was as lothlng compared with the death and Injury if human beings. Leonard said he could in 11 conscience say that ho believed the road lad provided every reasonable andcustom- , ry safeguard , wid could only ascribe the ac- ident to onr vhose Inscrutable acts of Prov- denco which It seems impossible to always uard against. With the consent of the coroner , President Leonard has arranged that all unclaimed bodies will be cared for , washed , and placed n coffins and conveyed to Peorla , whore , with all effects , they will await Identification. The bodies will be kept there as long as possible , and theu , if not Identified , will bo Interred. President Leonard and Superintendent Ariu- itrong will go to Piper City this morning to arc for the wounded there. The railroad and warehouse commission ers are expected here about 10 o'clock to In- estlgato the accident An several witnesses lave not yet arrived , It Is not expected the oroner will complete his bearing till late , hls afternoon. Estimates of the dead this morning are about the same as the figures sent last night The coroner's list revised up to the time he Inquest was resumed to-day foots up to 70. Notwithstanding contrary opinions ex pressed by railroad ofllcials , a survey of the , vreck early to-day confirmed the belief that several bodies are still under the debris of smashed engines and cars. The report yes- ; erday that twenty dead bodies were at Piper Jlty Is denied this morning by Frank Leonard , president of Uio road. Three or four nt the wounded carried to Piper Citv yesterday died there , however , so that with seventy-six on the coroner's list hero , and those supposed to be yet under the wreck , the estimate ot eighty-four deaths appears to bo very close to the actual number. Information mation of the Piper City victims can best bo obtained of the company's officials , who have one to Peorla. THI : iioiii'.oiis op THE CIIATSWORTII WRECK becrned deepening early this morning in stead of lessenlnir. Added to the pitiable spectacle of the dead and the miseries of the dying , a stench sickening and foul was Issuing from.all the numerous places where the corpses of the victims yet remained. No picture of the horrible occur rences Immediately succeeding the accident could equal In revolting details the scones at the Toledo , Peorla & Western depot here to day. The west end of the little structure is a coal house and lumber room , where , pro miscuously stretched on the floor and rub blsh , were seven unidentified bodies. Blood-stained sheets and blankets wcro thrown loosely over each , but afforded little protection from the swarms of flics continu ously hoverlnc over them. The awful odor emanating from the bodies effectually kept the room clear of all but the hardiest of the still lingering curious crowds. Two of the victims were women and the sight of their faces was one never to be forgotten. Distorted features , wldo staring ejes and putrifying wounds were gazed at but an in- slant , oven by those looking for a missing mother or daughter. One of them , a young woman with light reddish hair , would be absolutely unrecognizable from the effects of the heat. Close by , raised above the other seven corpses in the .room , was the dead body of a portly man , sunported on a couple of old boxes. Ho was In his stocking feet and coatless , and was rapidly decaying. The other dead men on the floor were In nearly as bad a condition. Outside , on the platform of the depot , were several coffins filled with the Identified during the night and now awaiting shipment The east end of the depot was In even worse condition than the west The floor continues to be strewn with unclaimed baggage In an Inextricable mix. Little knots of people were pawing over the broken satch els and masses of soiled , torn underwear , bringing to light here little infant's gar ments and there the crumpled remains of a widow's bonnet. A little way down the road Is a large vacant furniture store In which thirteen corpses were festering. Onlv six of them were men and the others were women and children. Most of the thirteen had not been recognised by friends and their countenances were so mutilated and clothing so drabbled with blood ( hat it Is doubtful if they over can bo Identified. One poor llttlo woman , terribly mangled , lay motionless be side a babe , toward which she was partly turned. Across the room was a stalwart man , prone on bis back , dead , but with his right arm still raided in agony and a fist tightly \ clenched. Over In the big school house two innre corpses were sUll uncoffined waiting claimants. The woundwd , to thu number of forty people , filled the firtj enistno house , up stairs and down , and thet same faithful ladles and girls , who had scarcely slept since the wreck , were at the bedsides , as on yesterday. In addition to these , there were at least a score of Injured distributed among the pri vate residences of the town , too badly hurt to bo removed , A few. , hours had scarcely elapsed , however , when the aspect of the depot and other morgues was completely transformed. A largo force of men were set to work , boxing up the dead , forwarding them to Peorla , and clearing out generally. They succeeded admirably , and long before noon ap pcarances bad so changed that a chance visitor in Chatsworth could scarcely have believed it the city of horrors It was last night SENSATIONAL FEATURES were developed this morning as to tbo cause of the Cbatsworth wreck. Humors wcro afloat last night that It was due to robbers , who fired the bridge. But little credence was given them. This morning new facts ap parently showing the catastrophe to be the work of an organized band came to light , and the company find them worthy of serious In vestigation. Superintendent Aunstrong said to the Associated press reporter that the more he Investigated the more It appeared to him that the brldxo had been sot on tiro. Ihn burned grass in th Iruiliwliato locality was , uol of a uatuto that seemed UkeljMo admit ot the bridge having caught from It. Ho had observed many thieves at work , and had stopped .them while despoiling the victims ot property and many Instances of robbing the dead were be ing brought to his attention. The excursion had been extensively advertised and the time It would pass over the bridge was well known. Citizens say that a gang of suspicious follows have been loitering around Chatsworth for somcdays. Many of these were found early at the wreck paying more attention to reliev ing bodies of their valuables than to caring for them otherwise. Train men and passen gers had frequent contentions with the van dals. In one Instance Superintendent Arm strong tound a well-known thief In the depot room , where the property taken from the wreck was stored , and ordered htm out. The whlto people of the town have done all In their power for the sufferers. There Is a horde of tramps and thieves In this vicinity who do nothing but carry ofT anything they can cot their hands on. A press dispatch from Bloomlngton states that George Harris , n traveling man of that city , was on the ill-fated Toledo , Peoria & Western train and Is among the missing. Harris was In Springfield to-day and was not a passenger on the excursion train as sup posed. EVIDENCE AT THE INQUEST. At the morning session of tb o coroner's jury some decidedly significant testimony was given. Timothy Coughlln , section fore man here , testified that he had tour men helping htm on his six and a half miles. Ho received orders on Wednesday to eo over his section and see that the bridges and track were all right. Coughlin then went to the east end of the section and burned the grass along the track for half a mile. . He burned a plccn a little over half a mlle from the wreck and put the fire out. He examined the bridge about 3 o'clock and found no suioke about It and It was otherwise all rhzht About thrco weeks ago the grass unner the bridge had been cut away for ten feet from the bridge timbers and ho had no Idea how the bridge could have caught tire. Christopher Ennis. road master for the line from the state line to Peorla , said ho wont over the road on Wednesday from Falrbury to Ullmorn. lie went ON er the fatal bridge lust before 4 o'clock in the afternoon. He was on the rear end of a car and baw that the brldgo was all rlcht. 1'hero was no lire or smoke about the bridge. Enrtlssald : "My opinion Is that the bridge was set on fire bv somebody. My train was ho last train over before the special and If hero was a lire there the men would have discovered It The bridge could not have been burned in two or three hours. About hreo years ago two" attempts were made to ditch the 10 o'clock passenger train at that bridge and wo kept a watchman there for six weeks. Obstructions were placed on the rack. It is a very lonesome place , far from , ny house. " HOW DID THE TIKE START1. ' CHICAGO , August 12. The Inter Ocean's Chatsworth , III. , special says : The members of the state board of railroad and warehouse commissioners arrived hero this afternoon 'rom Stirinelield. On their arrival at the 'atal bridge they found the wreckage had been entirely cleared from the track and new rails laid across the break. The com missioners remained there for an hour and a mlf and then drove to Piper City to BOO the wounded. In the evening they returned toj Chatsworth and read over the evidence tnTcen by the cordnor * People who have carefully examined the scene of the disaster take llttlo or no stock In the' theory of the railroad people ple that the bridge was sot aliro by vandals who desired to rob the killed and Injured. None of the survivors who escaped early 'rom ' the wreck saw any stranirers at the scene inside of an hour. Some of the resi dents near Chatsworth think there were thieves on the tialn who took advantage of the wreck to ply tholr trade. The grass along the north sidtt of the track at the bridge Is long and some of it Is dry , but there was no sign of lire having burned It. The grass along the soutli side had not all been burned a week ago , as claimed by the section boss. There was dry grass and weeds very close to the bridge , but the wreck had so torn up the earth in the immcdiato vicinity of the bridge that it is Impossible to learn whether the grass burned along the soutli side of the bridge. The country hero had been without any rain for nearly eight weeks and the grass and dead timber was as dry as tinder. A spark might have started a blaze and It Is possible that tho. lira might have been set ageing by a spark dropped from the lire box of an engine drawing the road- master's inspection train , which passed over at 4 o'clock In Iho afternoon. A lira was burning brightly at 8:30 : In the evening , but when the train approached was very faint , according to the story of Engineer Souther- land. It Is claimed by some of the residents near the place that they saw smoke in the direction of the brldgo as early as 5 o'clock In the afternoon. * ritKPAllINO TO HESUME RUSINESS. FORREST. III. , August 12. The Toledo , Peoria < fe Western will resume the regular running of Its trains to-dav and has ar ranged with the Panhandle and Grand Tiunk roads to honor the Niagara excursion tickets , so that many of the Injured excur sionists who are desiring to do so may con. tlnue on. In round figures Superintendent Armstrong estimates the damage to the stock at ssoooo. ssoooo.THE THE DEATH LIST SWELLING. BI.OOMINOTON , III. , August 1'J , A special from Pokln , III. , says that among the dead of the Chatsworth wreck are A. Sackunreu- ter andJ. Zelsler , at Pekln ; Ony Spaltz and Kov. Schuthman , of Green Valley , III. A shipper of Pekln Is also believed to bo among the dead. A man reported as A. Martin , of Blnomlngton , ainong the dead , has proved to bo Mark Cassell , of Kureka , already listed with the dead. Ho was fonnerlv postmaster at Kl Paso. Ho trot on the train at Peorla to go to Kureka , fell asleep and was so taken to his death. Went Through a Culvert. TKHIIE II Aim : , lud. , August 12. A com bination train on the Evansvllln & Indianap olis road went through a wooden culvert at Saline Cltv. twenty miles from hens this mnrnlnc. Six passnngcrs were Injured , but only one , Thomas Brouthors , seriously. UK ASKED TO BE HUNG. The Unique Request of A Louisiana Negro Quickly Complied With. FRANKLIN , La. , August 12 , The body of n colored girl , horribly woundud , was found In the woods near here on Wednesday. Hoi step-father. Dan Hasklns , who was suspected of the crime , was captured. Ho confessed and asked to be hanged , which was Imme diately done. _ _ Steamship Arrivals. NEW YORK , August 12. [ Special Tele gram to the BEE. | Arrived The City ol Chester from Liverpool ; the Celtic frore Liverpool ; the Denmark from London ; the Elder from Bremen ; the Polynesia , froir Hamburg : the Newport from Asplnwall the Victoria from Hlo de Janlero. QUKKN8TOWN , Aueust 12. - Arrived Th < ( Jmbrla from New York for Liverpool ; thi Adriatic from Now York for Liverpool. Canon Balvoes For Fertllnand. SOFIA. August 12 , All the garrisons hen have fired salutes to announce the of Prlnco Ferdltrand in Bulgaria. the Land LONDON , August 12. Tha cabinet met to day and dlseuseed at considerable length thi advisability of 'proclaiming the Irish Na tlonal league. , . , , A riTisnuno DLAZE. Tht City Visited IJy a Million Hol lar Flro. PiTTsnuRO , August 13. Midnight The most disastrous lire known hero for years Is now raiting In the heart of the city and the damage will reach up In the millions. The fire originated about 10 o'clock in the roar ot the Masonic temple and spread with Incon ceivable rapidity to an adjoining building. By 7 o'clock the flames reached such proportions tions that the ontlro tire department was called out At this hour four magnificent business blocks are a roaring furnace and there are no Indications of the 11 ro bolng'got under control. It Is feared that half the square , which Is among the most valuable property In the city , Is doomed. LATER At U:30 : a. m. the flro Is under con trol , but ho center of the square bounded by Fifth , Wood , Smith and Fluid streets and Virginia alloy Is a smouldering ruin , The Hamilton building , Masonic temple and a number of tenements on Virgin alloy are totally destroyed and adjacent blocks badly damaged. Tlio firemen had a tremendous struggle aud consider themselves fortunate In subduing the flames when they did. It Is Impossible to give close figures on the loss to-nfght , but a conservative estimate places the aggregate at not less than § 1,000,000. C9 WASHINGTON NEWS. Nebraska nud lown Pensions. WASHINGTON , August 12. [ Special Tele gram to the BEE.J The following Iowa pensions were grunted to-dny : Lucretla , n widow of Mathew Charlton , Contorvlllo ; Meloma , mother of John K. llannass , Ab- ngtpn ; Ann K. , widow of James K. Smith , Union Mills ; DInaE. , mother of John I ) . Batcheldar , Marshalltown ; Mathew Charlton deceased ) Centervllle ; Stephen Abernoth , Murray ; Frank P. Dunham , Montlcello ; "amcsBess , Dayton ; D. B. Bright , Leon. ncreaso , John Noal. Dexter ; Ernst Krysc , Clllott ; Austin Hallnwell , Keokuk ; L. L. "adwcll , Decorah : Morell Palmer , Manson ; homas C. Halcomb , Murray ; William Ylilpple , Dawos ; S. W. New , Cmwfords- Illo ; M , S. Brown Clinton ; J. L. Green , lacksburg ; M. II. Uoodnough , Loaan ; John Dexter , Mason City ; Anthony Beyer , Dubuque - buquo ; B. F. West , Birmingham ; Paul joybold. Council Bluffs ; J. J..Brown , Fort Madison : Martin Kaufman. Avnry. Nebraska pensions : William Kent , Klein ; T. Swlncor , Gibbon ; B. F. Chambers , Nlo- ' rara ; A. Brown , Stanton. Star Ilouto Changes. WASHINGTON , August 12. ( Special Tele gram to the BEK.J The following changes n the Iowa star schedule wcro made to-day : Cresco to Edna : Leave Cresco Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays ot 8 a. m ; arrive at Olrna by 2 p. m. Liiavo Elmn , Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a. m. , arrive at irpsco bv a p. m. From August 15 , lbS7. Belmond to Ken wick : Leave Belmond Tuesdays. Thursdays aud Saturdays at 10 n. in. : arrive at Bruce by lp. m. ; leave Bruce Tuesdays , Thursdays and Saturdays at 0:30 : a. in. ; arrive at liolmond by 0:30 : a. m. Leavu "knee Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 : a. m. ; arrive at Henwlck by 3:30 : p. m. .leave Renwick Mondays , Wednesdays aud Fridays at 3:30 : p. m. ; arrive at Bruce by 0:30 : i. m. From August 15,18S7. Army Slattern. WASHINGTON , August 13. [ Special Tele- ram to the BEE : ] Major Edward B. War ner , First artillery , has been placed on the retired list and this promotes Captain Will lam L. UasKell , First aitlllc'ry- bb major , First Lieutenant F. C. Nichols to bo captain and Second Lieutenant William C , Ilafferty to be First Lleutunaut First artillery. , Army orders : Second Lieutenant W. L. Simpson , Twontv-fourth Infantry is detailed as profes'or of military science at the Mlcht- can Agricultural college , Lansing , Mich. Major Edward B. Warner , First artillery , Is retired after thirty years' service on his own application. Lieutenant Colonel George Bell , A. C. S. , U directed to report to the commanding general ot the Division of the Atlantic tor temporary duty as chief of sub sistence for that division. Captain Andrew II. Youne , A. Q. M. , Is ordered to Johnson's Island , Ohio , on public business. Deny thn Charge PH. WASHINGTON , August 12. The civil ser- vlco commission has rendered an opinion in the matter of the charges of the Civil Service Kufonn association of Philadelphia against the board of civil service examiners of the Philadelphia postofllco and against Post master Harrlty. The charted alleged traud 'n the conduct of the examinations and that llegal partiality was shown certain appll- ; ants. It was further charged that 1'ost- jiiaster Harrlty violated the rules In making appointments , etc. The finding of the com mission , which Is very lengthy , states in substance there is no truth in any of thu charges. Trying To Effect a Compromise. DENVER , August 11. [ Special Telegram to the BEE. ] A mooting was held to-day at the Windsor hotel to effect some compromise be tween the Northern Pacific and Union Pa cific with reference to the Pacific coast busi ness. Ainong those participating in the meeting were Vice President Potter , of the Union Pacific : B. Campbell , of the Oregon Hallway & Navigation company , of Port land ; J. M. Hanafnrd , of Saint Paul , representing the Northern Pacific ; George Ady , general passenger agent of the Colorado division of the Union Pacific ; P. P. Shelby , assistant general traffic manager of the Union Pacific , stationed at Salt Lake City ; E. O. Clark , superintendent of the coal department of the Union Pacific ; J. J. Hagetman , pres ident of tint Coloiado Midland ; Thomas L. K1 nball , general traffic manager and .1. A. Monroe , uoncral freight agent of the Union Pacific , and Assistant General Freight Agent Fulton , of the North ern Pacific. After considerable discussion It was agreed to Met rates on Pacific coast busi ness rci"aln the same as at present. Local ratt-s for Oregon. Montana and Utah wtro established , but not made public. Disposition ol' the Funds. BAI.TIMOIIE , August 12. The Sun will publlbh to-morrow n letter from Its special correspondent in Dublin , in which he speaks of the disposition of the money collected In this country for Iicland. llosaj.sin part : The testimonial to Parncli amounted to 40,000. Before this his circumstances Wore much embarrassed , but with this he paid on the mortgages on his property and his finances are now In a most comfortable con dition. Most ot the other Irish national leaders have been given testimonials ranging In amounts from 1,000 to 0,000. Mr. Cochran , the head of the largest firm In Dublin , says there has been little 01 no money contributed for the lush or use ol Ireland. It wax thn money which came from America which kept up nllthoaglta tlon. Thu people In America , lie said , bail llttlo Idea how many Idle men were living on their money. The letter states that there an a great numoer of of United States pension' ers In Ireland who are paid quarterly t > > United States consuls. Only n H nut 11 pro portion of these wcro ever clti/rns of tlu United Ststes , some being substitute others being actuated by thn hlirli bniintj paid during the war. The Unltml hlatos ii the only government In the world wtilcl pays pensions to persons \ \ ho do not residi in its territory. The Place ( if Grunt's Death. SARATOGA , N. Y. , Augus.1 i ; . Joseph W Drexel to-day rccched a letter from Genera Lucius Falrchlld , rnn > mandcr.ln-rhlof ot th Grand Army , regarding the proposed gift o Mount McGrouor cottage , where Guiein Grant died. General Falrchlld thanks Droxc sincerely and heartily , and will advibC bin definitely regarding the arccuunco when th executive committee passes upon the mattei < The Water Paulina at Mnnoli/tHicr. MANciiF.air.R , N. II. . Aujust 12.Th watur famine huru is lncreanlu . . ' AN UPRISING OF THE UTESJ Two of Them Are Killed and SoveraJ' " Others Wonndod , A MASSACRE THREATENED- The Bottlers Will Wipe Out the Red/ It the Government Docs Not Interfere At Once Cnuse of the Outbreak. Colorow Damns the ( Si.KNwoonSii'jiixos , Colo. , August 13.- * ' ( Special Telegram to the UKK.J Advlce * have Just been received from Meeker bf courier of an outbreak among the WhlW river Utcs which If not promptly suppressed promises to Do as serious to the whlto settler * upon and nedr the reservation as was the fa-t mous Mocker massacre of ' 7X > . Since the ) abandonment of this reservation Immediately after the murder of Meeker and the removal of the Utes to Nintah agency In Utah , tliero has been much dissatisfaction among some ot the old bucks. The leaders of the rebellious party were Old Colorow , one of the leaders ot the Meeker outbreak , and the renegade chief Augus tine. Some weeks slnco Augustine \ ] while Intoxicated was shot and Instantly killed by a Mexican living Just outside the J reservation and Into whose cabin ho was at Jf tempting to enter tor the purpose of aveng ing himself upon the occupnnts for some im f aginary wrong. This , togcthet with the In- dlctmenr by the U A grand Jury of this county of two renegade Utcs for horse steallnr , In \ censed Colorow and his followers. So they \ assembled together , about seventy-five la number , well armed with Winchester ro- pcatliu rifles and defied the authorities. Sheriff Kendall , of this county , learning that the two Indicted Indians were with Colorow , who Is camped about thirty miles from Meeker , took a posse yesterday and started to make the arrest On arriving at the camp last night he called old Colorow out and de manded thn men and advised the old rascal to glvo them up peaceably and avoid any trouble. The old scalp lifter straightened himself uu and replied : "Mo big chief , mo own all country. Mo heap big Injun. Mo light and kill whlto chief. : No Hive up llttlo chiefs. Damn sheriff , damn law , damn white man no arrest Injun. " With these remarks he turned and went to the camp flro , when ho and his roneirndo followers took rifles and walked behind rocks and trees from behind which they opened lire upon the olllcers. Iho volley was promptly returned and two Indiana killed and It Is thought that urn-era ! were wounded. The Indians retreated to the mountains and Kendall not having a suffi cient foice to successfully follow the band went Into camp. Colorow Immediately sent couriers back to the agency calling upon all his followers to immediately como to his assistance and a larcn reinforcement is ex pected to-morrow. The settlers have boon warned and are moving tholr families Into settlements and forming Into companies for the protection of the towns. Word has beun sent to Governor Adams who has notified the war department at Washington and aUo or dered the company of militia stationed at Aspen to bo ready for marching or- lers at a moment's notice. The Indians are \rmcd with the most unproved rlflel ml have an abundance of ammunition and heir subjection will not be an easy task. The ettiers , however , are determined In the mat er. They have been outraged by those Utos until It is no longer bearable and if the gov- irnment does not show a disposition to take saro ot its murdering wards they declarothoy vlll take the matter into their own hands ind will make "good" Indians out ot TJ hn entire band. Colorow anticipating 1 hat ho will have to deal this time with the : o\\boys and ranchuros has sent Ills squaws und papooses to Utah , and If thn government vlll show a llttlo delay In sending troops Into ho reservation there may be no necessity for hulr aislstanco , as the settlers will finally and loie\er settle the question. The Drought Situation. CHICAGO. August 12. Dispatches received > v the Associated press from various points n Illinois , lo\vuWlsconsln and Nebraska to night regaidlng the drought situation nro smmmari/ed as follows : Nebraska reports hero has been no drought of any consequence quence and light rains are falling to-night ; ndlcations tor corn crop good. In Wisconsin rain has fallen In generous quantities In the ilrouKht-strlcken section slnco Tuusday.but is too late to bo of much service except to fall pasturage and plowing ; It nclped corn slightly ; all crops In northern Wisconsin are very good , but southward almost everything Is a failure. In northern and central Illinois the rains of this week have been of llttlo ben- ollt except In spots here and there ; corn It 19 Delleved Is cut short more than ono- lialf and the pastures are literally burned up ; the question of how llva Htoek Is to be provided for Is Becoming a very serious one. In the ex-1 tremo northuestorn part of Iowa crops ] generally seem to bo In good condition and- [ he yield of corn promises to oo largo , in Uio central and southern parts of the state reports are not encouraging , the protracted drought having retarded ciops and the recent i alns coming ton late to bo of much bimollt. Life stock in the country is suffering for lacU of water and pasturage. Wife Murderer Jlnnged. PivrKitsiiuitnii , Va. , August 12. Holmes Jt. 1'uryear , convicted of murdering Ills wlfu bv poison two ycais ago , was Imngrd at 1'rlnco Ceorcu Court llouso this afternoon. Last night ho endeavored to induce the death watch to let htm escape , and falling In this , cut the arteries In his throat and wrists with a sharpened shoo shank. The fuircfons , however , stopped the bleeding bctoio inucu blood was lost. Thn Prlnco Cheered. SIRTOVA. August IS. All the heights sur rounding thu town and thu quays on the river front wnro crowded to-day when Iho steamer bearing Ferdinand passed on Its way to Uustchuk. The prlncu was enthusi astically coecicd. lie will return from Kustchuk to-morrow and review tho'troons hero , and then proceed to Tirnova , where tno prelect will read a manifesto to the troops and Hsemblcd Inhabitants. liicldlolierctir Itnmpant. | IUI.TIMOIIK. August 12. A Sun special from Woodblock , Va. , says : United States * Senator Hlddlcbeigcr was to-day committed , to jail and fined 82,5 by Judge Newman for contempt of court. A placard was paraded on the Htrcet reflecting on the judgn In a rase In which Hlddlebcrger Is Interested. 1'artlsan feeling runs high and there may bo trouble later. _ _ An Arizona Htrctch. SAN Kicv.vcisro , August 12. Krank Wil son was hanged at 1'rcstott , Ariz. , to-day for tint iniinlnr of Samuel Cltwiuiger and wlfo In May , ItNi , In the HncUtVin mountains. Wil son's nartner , John A. .lohiibon , has been ex onerated by a confession of Wilson , and has boon respited by the governor until Septem ber 23. Out Trufir Interest. ST. JosKi'ii , Mo. , August 12. ISpcclal Tel egram to the HIK. : I K. T. Davis to-day bought out tliu othei partners In the H. T. DavlK Mill company of this city , tbo lariraM mills on the Missouri river , the cnnsldmatloi . Mm ; ft ! < Hooo , Mr. Davis will ruoru'anlzt the coimmnj In a fuw day * . ' '