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Train Wreckers

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In the Post of the 9th inst. was puolished a letter from Battle Creek, de't"ing a dastardly atteuipt to wreek a ni-ht express train at Johnson 's Curve, three1 miles oast of Augusta, by removing the spikes from a rail, but happily the train passed over in safety, and the dark plot of the would-be wreckers was foiled Close upon the heels of this affiiir come the details of another infamous and more 8uccessfol attempt of a similar character upon the line ot the same road. At sorue time during Tuesday night, after the last. train had gone west, sonie unknown scoundrels tore up two railf from the north track, near tho west end of tho bridge over Eouleau Creek, sevon miles west of this city and three miles east of Dearborn. This was undoubtedly done with the idea of wrecking the Atlantio express train due in this city at 3:40 o'clock A. M., and which passeB Dearborn half an hour earlier. The through freight, however passes over the road nearly one hour and a half before the express, a fact of which the wreckers were undoubtedly ignorant, and when it reached Rouleau Creek, about 1:45 o'clock A.. M., the engine and 14 freight cars were thrown from the track and piled up in the ditch and in the creek. When the accident occurred the train was running al the rate of about 15 miles per hour, and although the engineer, Peter Miller, saw that the rails had been removed, he was LUtlL L11U 1U11O UtVA WCüU itimni'i, uu io powerless to Btop his train in time to avert the acoidout. Like a brave man Miller rofused to forsake his charge, and when the crash occurred he was buried, bruised and bleeding, beneath a huge pile of debris. One of his legs was caught between the engine and tender, and in this painful position he was held for nearly two hours until the engine was lifted by screws. When released he was found to be terribly scalded about the face and breast by the escaping steaui, but fortunately no bonos were broken and it is thought that he will recover. Walter Hammond jumped from the engime when it becaine apparent that an accident was unavoidable and escaped with a few ugly bruises und a severe scalp wound. ïhe greater portion of thé oars were loaded with grain and flour, and their contents were scattered far and wide. une car was loaded with sheep and over 100 of the poor animáis were killed. Intelligenco of the disaster was at once telegraphed to this city, and Assistant Superintendent Hurd and a large forcé of workmen speedily repaired to the spot. - Signal men were stationed along the track, and the Atlantic express was warned of the danger and brought to a stop. The work of removing the wreek and repairing the track was promptly coininenced, and by 'J o'clock trains were running as usual. It was ascertained that the sectionhouse at Dearborn had been broken open during the night, and a quantity of tools taken therefrom. From the manner in which the rails were removed it is tho't that the persons who cotnmitted the outrage were adepts at railroad work. The missing rails cannot be found and were undoubtedly thrown into the creek. - There can be but little doubt that the intention of the wreckers was to destroy the Atlantic express, and that the hope of obtaining plunder was the motive foul


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