Clipped From The Indianapolis News
Caught Under Street Car in CcJ - i Iislon at College Aveaua " and Sixteenth Street. OLD TOM, COLORED - FISEM: S KILLED I ANOTHER MAN BADLY INJURED Two Ar Saved by JumpingDead Man Was Known as Careful Driver. While responding to an. alarm sounded from Box C7, at North western avenue and Twenty - first street, shortly after I o'clock this morning, hose wagon No. If. waa struck by a south - bound College avw , nue street car, at Sixteenth ' street, and Lieutenant Thomas 8. Smith, colored, loll - Yandes street, was Instantly kuied, and Captain Thomas Howard, coo red. 1507 Cornell avenue, - waa seriously injured. Clarence Miller, colored, and Emit Kaaen - steln, substitute fireman, who were standing on the rear end of the hose wagon. Jumped and saved themselves from In - Jury - . Smith, who wa driving the team, wa hurled Into the air and tnrown In front of the street car, which passed over him. He waa dragged tor several feet, and his body stopped ai the front trucks, where It became lodged. :. He was not released until half an hour later, when the street car wrecking crew raised the car. Howard waa thrown to the street clear of the . street car, and suffered a fractured right hip and Internal, injuries. He asked to be taken to the flrehouse, and he waa placed on a board and carried by friends to bis oot - at the fire station. Ills condition waa said to be serious, but not critical. .. . - View Obscured by Fog." . Witnesses differ as ,to the speed of the street car and the bos wagon, but Smith wa known aa a careful driver and the early morning fog obscured both hi and - the motorman'a vision. Both the . Street car motorman and the firemen are said to have been ringing their bells. At the northeast corner of Sixteenth street and College avenue Is a large building which stands out to the side - , walk, and vehicles approaching from the'1 east are In danger of being run down unless the drivers us caution In crossing the tracks. When Smith saw the approaching Street ear he Is said to have tried to get across the track - and avoid being struck. The car was going too fast, however. The - street car struck the hose wagon near the front end whr Howard and Smith were aittlrg. The wagon - waa struck with 'such force that the horses ' pulled the traces - loos from tfae doubletree, and were on the right - band side of the track when caught - br MUier and Ruceneteln. . The horses were not Injured. The tires on the hoee wagon were torn off. and th seat on which Howard and Smith were was slightly broken. The front end of the street car waa aiightly damaged. . Obeyed Orders of Chief.' According to the statement of the unin jured men on .the - . hose . w - on Smith trotted .his team, to .College avenue In obedience to orders from Chief CootJ, ft,. to go fast until after crossing the street car tracks in answering, alarms to the west. The firemen have the Impression that the street car was going at hurli ' speed, though they say they did not see ic until It was almost on them; M - lier says he first saw. the light of the street car as the horses' hoofs struck the street car tracks. He says Smith Was hurled entirely over Captain Howard who was on the seat with, him. - The other men can not say definitely what the speed of the street car was. Ow ing to tne tog ana meir position on tn wagon the men say they did not see the car for more than an Instant before the. crash, but thev believe the speed waa f reat because of the force with which the ront of the wagon was driven south on tne tracs. .. . .. i 8aw the Accident. ; M. L. Addlngton, 711 East Fifteenth ' street, said he was standing at Fifteenth Street when the accident occurred.' , and that the street car Was traveling at ' high speed. He said that the hose wagon was also movlnsr rapidly, and he be lieved he heard both the bell of the street car and the hose wagon sounded. W. J. Elbert. 1019 East Seventeenth street, who was In the street car, aald the motorman sounded the gong Just before be reached . Sixteenth street. - He said, the street car was going at a moderate rat of speed. . The street car was in tn cbarg of George Lene,.U2 Keystone avenue, no - torman, ana i - ari ureen. m university court. conductor. Lane said he sounded his gong just he tore he reached Sixteenth street end that as soon aa he taw the hose wason he reversed his con troller and applied the brake The - car traveled about thirty feet after it struck the he wagon. Lane said ha was not going to make a stop at Sixteenth street, and was going at a fair rat of speed. He refused to say how fast he waa going. Coroner Durham ha Wie - I ' summons for the street car men to testify at his inquiry into Smith's death. - Several" Hundred on Scan. - A few minutes after the accident there were several hundred persons on, th . scene, and when Smith's body wa taken from under the street car a number of women in the neigh oornooa who knew , Smith as Old Tom, wept as they praised hla careful driving - which they ha4. watched on. numerous occasions. - Smith's body was taken in th city hospital ambulance to the citr morgue an 1 Coroner Durham was noticed. Dr. Ira E. Dunlaw. ivlice aura - eon mad an examU nation of Howard's Injuries at the ere - . house and - later th fireman was tan en to ht home, btreet car tramo was delay ea for mora than half an hour, ... WAS CITY'S HORSE EXPERT. Old Tom, Knaw How to Car for HI Team Loved Children. Old .Tom. a Thomas Smith was known to most of the resident for block arcmni the flrehouse, . was liked and beloved because of his courteous and respectful manner. When addressed It was, always his habit to doff his cap and reply in a. manner that mad hearts warm to him." For sv quarte - T of a century Tom had been th citv's best hors expert, and it was a poot nurse that Tom could not round out ana snap into a ueri loocea ana aleek animal that would be a cre.l'.t - ta any showy class. in years gone oy re was xrequenvy t. Baojt 0f fire chiefs to send the fcroken aowa Worses to the Ashland avenue house and take la exchange the "racers that Tom had whipped into shape. Horses, loved Tom much the same as dos love their master, and it was not half t - trouble for Tom to nurs a hors Into! good shape that It la for the ordi - nry veterinarian. In spite of his years. T. - t was known as one of the most r'aW.t . drivers that ever sat on a piece of Indianapolis fire spparatus. He was as ;.: and muscular as a man half h.j an 1 he always had his teams under e:ch pr. feet control, though runnln at f ;I1 epee !. that even a near accident seldom occurred. . Accident Wa Feared. It has often been predicted that a serious accident would happen some day at College avenne and Sixteenth street, a j the cars pass the place st bth speed r 1 buildings obscure the Isln o.f drivers passing the crossing. Tom Smith ha! t': danger always In mind, as his team e - : - dom approached the crossing at a ervl Continued on Page Thfe.