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The Spuyten Duyvil Disaster

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A frightful collision took place on Friday afternoon at Spuyten Duyvil, nine miles above New York, by whicli not only two Wagner palace cars were telescoped and burned, but eight persons, including Senator Wagner, lost their lives. The Chicago afternoon express tr;ü.n was run into by the Tarrytown special, and the blame of the disaster is fastened on Geo. Melius, the braseman on the former. Pólice Commissioner Nichols says: "Senator Wagner passed through the car on which I was seated greeting friends pleasantly as he passed along. He passed out on to the platform of, the following car and a second later, following immediately upon the bang of the door Senator Wagner closed behind him, carne the terrible shock and deafening crash of crushing timbéis and snappingiron. How I escaped I scarcely know, but when I got out of the wreek I turned to look tor Senator Wagner. The car at the spot where I had seen him last was burniug fiercely, and out of the flre carne a despairiug cry, "For God's sake help ine!" With axes and bars Commissioner Nlchols and his companions attacked the car to f ree the imprisoned man, but were driven back by the flre and the voice was stilled. The other victims of the disaster were Park Valentine, Bennington, Vt. ; Mrs. Valentine, of North Adams, a young bride; O. B. Kelsy, Spring City, Pa. ; D. L. Kansom, guest at Hoffman house; Rev. T. Marichael, St. Xavier College; Miss Maud Brown, Is jw York, and one man unknown. The body of Mr Wagner was burned so as to be unrecognizable by bis friends, and both hands were burned off. Six of the bodies were packed in ice and taken to the city.


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