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Nineteen Killed

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Day
7
Month
January
Year
1887
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Public Domain
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The fast train on the Baltimore & Ühio railroad, which left New York about 9 o'clock on the inorning of the 3d inst, for Chicago, with flve coaches and four sleep" ers, all well filled with passengere, collided with an eastern bound freight seven miles east of Tifh'n, Ohio, about 4 o'clock on the morning of tlie 4th. The fast train was about 50 minutes late, and was running at the rato of 00 miles an hour. Passing Kepublic, a email station, like a flash, they rushed along to the curve, one mile west of the town, when suddenly the engineer saw the froight train uuder full headway, within 100 yards of hira. He at once applied the brake, reversed his engine, but it did no good, and the next instant thecrashcame.telescoping the coaches and piling them upon each other. Tho engines of the two trains reared into the air like a pair of enraged monsters, and then settled down upon the track, driving into each other until the cylinders touched. The foren of the impact jammed the baggage cars into the tender of the fast train, the expresscar into the baggnge and the sraoker into the express. ín less llmn live minutes from the moment of the collision, and before any organized effort at rescue could be made, the fire of the overturned stoves commnnicated to the woodwork, and the flames leaped high in the air, their roar mingling with the cries of anguish of the imprisoned victims, to whom death in its most terrible form vu a horrid presence. The trainmen and uninjured passengere were powerless and could do nothing to rescue the sufferers. To add consternation to the horrible scène h're broke out in the smoking car and soon spread to the other cars. Hany were killed outright, while others, wedged in among the broken cars, were slowly consumea by the flames. The smoker was entirely corisumed, and all the passengers killed. The crash could be heard for a long distance, and the people living in the neighborhood were awakened by it and hastened to the scène to lend what aid they could in caring for the dead and dying By 11 o'clock 19 charred and mangled bodies had been taken from the burning wreek. Assistance came from Tilh'n and otlior places, and phygiolans and nurses hastened to the scène of the wreek, which presented a fearful spectacle and recalled to the spectators the Ashtabula horror of 1S76. Among the p.issengers wero Charles P. Toll and wife of Detroit, who were returning from their bridal tour. Mr. Toll gives the following account of the disaster: "1 was awakened by being thrown vio lently from the berth. The train consisted of the engine, baggage car, one coach and two sleepers. ïhe train collided with an ! east-bound freight, whicb had got stalled a mile yest of Itepublic, and eight miles east of Tiftin. ïhe two engines were wreeked. ïhe coach telescoped into the baggage car, so completely that the two were crushed into the space of one. The two sleepers did not leave the track. The teloscoped cars caught fire from the stove, and the mangled and crushed passengers imiirisoned in the shattered wreek shrieked In ', agony as the Dames proceded with their work of destruction. The en gineer and fireman of the freight leaped and saved theruselves from tho collision. The engineer of the express, nanied Ea-tman, had a leg broken and sustained a sovere wound in the i shoulder. His fireman was caught between the engine and tender and died in a fow minutes. No one in the sleepers was injured, other than by a severe shaking up. Mrs. Fish, a sister of the late Gen. Logan, who was returning from Washington, wa in the wreek, but was uninjured. DDE TO 0AMUBS8SE88. There is a diversity of opinión regarding the real cause of the accident. The reports agree that there was carelessness on the ; part of the railroad employés, but whether blame should attach to the freight or passenger crew is a matter of conjecture. A thorough investigation will be made. The coroner has taken charge of the dead. The same day, n disastrous wreek on the Boston & Albany road near Springfleld, Mass., caused by a broken wheel. One man was burned to death, and 18 persons seriously injured. A frightful accident occurred near Pei wauke, Wis., on the evening of the 4th. The eastbound passenger train ran into a sleigh-load of ice men returning from work. Three of the men were instantly killed. THE FLOOD OF DOLLAR. What it Will Cost for Vanlts to Hold 8Uver "Cartwheels." The great vault in the sub-basement of the treasury building that is the Mecca of huudreds of visitors day after dav is now piled from floor to ceiling with silver dollars. Many millions of the surplus is ' packed away there like cordwood, and not another bag full can be placed thero. It has become necessary to erect a new vuult for the storage of the shining beauties. I The supervising architect of the treasury ! has sent to congres the folio wiug interesting estímate of the cost of a vault capable of holding $100,000,000 in silver dollars. He I submits two plans. One is a doublé steelliiied vault, the cost and details of which he gives as folio ws: Excavation, 3,2(17 yards, at 50 cents, $1, C43 50; concrete, 180 yards, at $6, $1,140; : cuttingout window, $50; granito faciner, 428 feet, at 14, $1,712; brick work, 2S7 feet, at $0, $5,740; 14 iron columns, 4.'ö; beams and arches for roof, 4,SO0 feet, at 75 cents, $3,I5CO; concrete and asphalt covering, 4,S00 feet, at SO cents, $1,440; doublé steel lining, 9,635 feet, at SS 40, $S0,034; lattice I partitions, 3,870 feet. at $1 2!), $4,993 30; j contingencies, $5,000; total, $100,073 S0. The cost of constructing a simple vault of the same capacity, but without the steel linine or other seourity thiinthat obtained by sub-tniitial masonry and iron work, is as follows: Excavating, $1,530; concrete foundatI ions, $S34; concrete floor and roof, without 1 asphult facing, $VJ12; granite front, cashlar, $2,820; graal te copiug of front wall, $1,585; brick work in walls, $5,980; brick arching, roof, $1,402 ;iron columns. í; "I" beam girders, $409,50; iron work of roof, $1,168 75; iron lattice partition and inclosures up to ceiling of brick arches, $8,05$; contingencies, 5 per cent, $1,324: total, $27,tO4 2a. ' H ' In Aid of Needy 8tudent9. Harvard college receives sonie $409,00 I from the will of John O. A. Williams' ! which has been filed for probate. The es" i tate has been left in trust, and after the bequest of severnl legacics, when the resiI due shall have r 0,000, it is to be given to the president and tellovvs of Hari vard College. The sum of $200,000 is to be set apart and knoWD as the Abraham U'ilI liams fund, in mcmory of the testator's fathor and grandfather, the latter being a membor of the class of 1744. The fund of $400.000 is to be used in aiding needy and meritorious students, who are to consider such aid as debts of honor, and also for the library of the college. Galveston Seema Doomed. A disastrous flro broke out at an early hour the other mprning in tbe residence portion of ünlveston, Texns. This section of the city is eomposed alinost exclusively of woodon buildings. Thefire spread with great rapidity, owing to the water in thp cistorns in the vicinity becoining exhausted. The llames swept over a greater por tion of two squares. Twenty eight dwulling houses and two grocery stores werft liuined. Most of the nousehold furniture was saved. The total loss is estiniated at I $1,000 to $100,010. The insurance is about $50,000. ___ Preparing For War. Uneasiness is feit in Paris and other cities of France over the rapidity with which France is improviug her arniamont. All the manufactories are worked to thoir fullest capacity. It is reported that Italy ; is arming and that Germuny is increasing her troos in Alsace-Lorraine. Rnssian agenta at Prágue are engaging guuuiukers for Rasslan factories which have laree contracts to fill. The state teachers' asociation nt its annnal sesión electwl tho following ofiit.era for tbe etisuiug year: President, J. W. [, loni.i : ürst vice-president, Dr. Steven, Adrián; second vice-piesidont, Joh smart, Monroe; secretary, Chas. rickall, Ludington;treasurer, E. L. lirigga, Uraud Haven.

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