Train Wreck Recall Pt. 1

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PAI7TAGRAPH, BLOOMINGTON, CRIES AS HE RECOUNTS TRAGIC EVENT IN VERSE RECALLS DETAILS OF WORTH WRECK, CHAT8- Aged Peoria Man, Conductor on III' Fated Train, Relates Experience to Bloomingten Resident. The back complete thing C. L. ty, basement bulleiiiis, bulls' lines. -"I read with much interest the ar ticle in Tuesday morning's Panta-graph by Mr. Raymond Quisenberry, relative to the famous Chatsworth wreck," Bald Mr. John W. Vance, of 602 East Washington street, to a Pan tograph reporter yesterday afternoon. "I am well acquainted with Mr. John W. SUllwell, of Peoria, who was the conductor on the ill-fated T., P. & W. train at the time of tne accident. The latter is now a man between 65 and 76 years old and ever since the accident has been a nervous wreck," said Mr. Vance. 'He was in the hospital for a period of eighteen months following the ac cident and afterward had a short line run on the P. & W. This position he held for a short tune only, as his nerves wouldn't stand the strain. The T.. P. & ".'. sent him away to a sani tarium and did all they could for him. He is now crippled wth rheumatsm. Still Sees the Wreck. "I talked with Mr. SUllwell only a few days ago. He tells me that for months and months he would awake from his slumbers with a start while the nuist of a terrible dream, when the sixht of the memorable wreck would be as realistic as it was the day U happened. Even in wakeful hours it came to him in all its terrible reality and to thlB day, he said, I have wake ful nights when the Chatsworth ac- cident swims before my eyes.' Cries and Repeats Poem. "When I became acquainted with Mr. SUllwell he related to me some of the horrible details of the affair and then, as he has done many times since, repeated this poem, of wmcn ne is the author, while the tears trickled down his cheeks: Yes, it was the tenth of August, When the Bummer was well nih spent. When the train of gay excursionists Started east on pleasure bent. Scarce a thought they gave to danger, Or the fate they soon would meet. That before the clock cntmeu nigni houra Rest would come to many feet. in possible a bible in Interest county, church. finding country mands thruout The isters, and roads, pound, on than reserve is ing was most W'e it. management "surveys the begin tive In take Ing new old her But

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  1. The Pantagraph,
  2. 11 Aug 1915, Wed,
  3. Page 13

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