PRINTED F. B. Watkins Train Accident that Killed a Man
The Weekly Gazette, •IT" _J I -T "A........-. r... .1..... .-.-.,. ... Jro -r-.T..ru-..n.-n- m ..- - --- ., THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER IS. Inquest Over Ed Ives' Body. The coroner's inquest over tlic body Of Trainmaster Ed E. Ives, who was killed by a switch engine in the Santa •Fe yards Monday night, was held Thursdayaft-ernoon at the otiiceof- Dr. Page, county coroner. Before the jury sat for the inquest, it viewed the mangled body of Mr. Ives where it lay In the undertaking rooms at Hardcastle Hardcastle &• Kenyon's store. As mention- g»d in Monday's GAZETTE the course of the injury was across the right leg from the inside starting half way between between the knee and thigh. The wheels passed across the thigh touching the lower part of the abdomen and leaving leaving the body just below the floating ribs. The right arm was caught near the shoulder and cut off so that it was entirely separated from the body. When run over Mr. Ives lay face downward. downward. His face was eonsiderablj bruised. After viewing the body the jury, which was composed of Charley Riggs, Dan Dryer, C. A. Van Horn, Scott Kooutz, Charley Harris and Will McCullocb, and attending offi- ccis adjourned to Dr. Page's ollice. The witnesses sworn and examined by Dr. 1'age were E. A. Austin of To- pcka.the eastern division trainmaster, who was with Mr. Ives at the Lime of the accident: the switch crew, com. com. posed of H. W. Perkins, foreman; Felix McSorley, Julius W. Tate and John Murphy; also the engineer, F. P. Watkins and Fireman Shoeck. Mr. Austin was the first to take the stand. He told practically the same •nslory he furnished for Monday's GAZKTTB. Mr. Austin wbeu on the stand blamed no one. He further said: "We were careless; just for the moment we were off our guard. We •were speaking of consolidating trains and our heads were full of plans about our work, and for the moment we had forgotten about the engine being east of us." The Story of each of the witnesses witnesses corroborated that told by the others. Foreman Perkins had dropped dropped olT the engine a few rods east of where the accident occurred, and of course the engineer and Switchman Tnte. who was on the front end foot board, were watching the switch foreman foreman for signals. 11 was further demonstrated demonstrated that it would have been impossible impossible for the cub men to sec the men on the track because the engine was running backward aud the tank obstructed their view. Engineer Wat- -Icins said he did not know any one had been run over until the lircman shouted, shouted, "stop, Watkins: we hava knocked «omc one oil" tne track!" Mr. Watkins, who was on the right side, the side which ran over Mr. Ives, said then he thought he saw a man's form along the track, lie stopped UK soon as possible possible but the engine had passed over the body. The only switchman near was Mr. Tntc who wns on the front font board. There was an affecting scene when Tate was on the stand. He has known Mr. Ives for years and the recalling of the scene of the night, before when ho walked kirk along the track and saw a man lying on tin- rail, and when he rcrognl/.fd his friend an:l cni-d, "My God, Its Kd Ives." brouuht tears to theey<sof ilie witness. Fora incuHMit you could have hrurd a pin drop in the ollice room. The story of carrying Mr. I ves into the enr and tolluMh'pot was related. The jury's venliel was that, no one was to blame for the accident. accident. The whole alTair was purely accidental inul was well summed up in Mr. Austin's testimony, that "Wo wore careless: for a moment we were off our guard."