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A Horrible Catastrophe

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Boiler explosions are always horrible ccidenls and Dut few exceed in elements of horror that of the Cornwell's aper mili at Lowell last Tuesday morning. The mili is situated on the turon river, two miles west of Ypsianti on the line of the Michigan Cenral. In it at the time of the explosión were twenty-flve hands. The regular ngineer of the mili and the change enineer liad been endeavoring to do as early two men's work as possible. Afer eighteen hours work, he had been elieved by Jacob Slauson, of Ypsilanti, n employee of the mili, who had formrly been an engineer and was henee ïought to be entirely competent to ropei ly care for the boilers. At about einht o'cloek, boiler number ex poded. Tlie hands at work were onilied by a startling report, the crash ffallint! bricks, tirnber and iron and he crash of one of the boilers not yel red up through the wall into the work oom where the hands were busy. The eport was heard.six or seven miles and he shock was plainly feit in Ypsilanti.The startled employees rushed fremthe haitered building to flnd the north and ack of the building completely gone, n f act so terrific was the f orce of the xplosion that it was hard to find where he foundation of the wall had been aid. It was quickly found that three of iie men were missing. Torn Cruch, ne of the missing men, was found on a latform just outside of the machine hop. He was nailing a board on the partition betvveen the boiler room and ,he machine shop, was knocked off the bench and managed to ciawl out of a window, while the debris was flyirg about. He was badly bruised, although not seriously wounded. Frank Sinkule, another workman in the machine shop, did uot fair as well. He was found buried under a pile of bricks, a briek wall having fallen upon him, so that nothiug could be seen of him excepting a hand. It took at least ten minutes to extricate him. He was ahve but uuconsious and had sustained serious if not fatal iuterual injuries. Sacob Slauson, who was acting engineer, was found in the engine room, buried under debris and honïbly mangled. He must have been killed, beüore he had a chance to realize what was happening. His body was frightfully mangled, one side of his head had been blown off and a leg was also blown f rom the body. He leaves a wife and one cbild. Jacob Slauson was alone in the ine room at the time of the accident and no one can teil what occurred there. The boiler which exploded was supoosed to be in proper staape. It burned oil for fuel. It was carried through the air two hundied ieet. It went over the telegraph wires cutting the upper ones, across the railroad track, where a passenger train had passed a few minutes before, and dropped down in the top of a tree, breaking it down as it descended to the ground. It was Dlown out of all semblance of a boilei and was nothing but a flattened mass of iron. Parts of it was torn in ragged manuerasif it had been paper. The boiler flues were blown two hundrec and fifty feet away, twisted and bent into all mannerof shapes. There were three other boilers in the room, all o which were throwu from it, one was thrown through the machine room, the employees narrowly escaping death and the other two boilers were thrown throughthe north side of the building. It need not be said that the building was badly shattered. Much of the frame work was torn out and the large chimney was so shattered at the base that it will have to be rebuilt.


Ann Arbor Argus
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