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APPALLING ROSTER The Death List in Fire-Swept Eastern Minnesota Running Toward Four Hundred. More Than Two Hundred Bodies Have Already Been Buried at Hinckley Alone. The Awful Story of the Penning In of the People of Sandstone Village. Eight Towns Entirely Swept Away by the Frightful Catastrophe of Saturday. St. Paul, Minneapolis and Other Cities Coming to the Rescue With Provisions Provisions and Clothing. More Than One Thousand of the Refugees Refugees Flock to Duluth-Story of the Great Disaster. Ipeclal to the Rlobo. Hinckley, Minn.. Sept. 3.—Fortyeicht 3.—Fortyeicht hours after the holocaust of Saturday Saturday the survivors of the stricken city are still so dazed that they sit amid their ashes and weep tears of bitter anguish. With every hour come added horrors, and the death list has reached the appalling appalling number of 300. Eight Minnesota Minnesota town Have been completely wiped out— Hinckley, Mission Creek, Partridge, Partridge, Cromwell, Sandstone, Pokegema, Curtis and Cushinit— and the loss to property amounts to at least $4,000,000. Last niulit was a gloomy one. The hospital patients demanded - the attention attention of the physicians all nieht, and the only druggist in Pine City was kept busy until daylight filling prescriptions and supplying lotions, lotions, for most of the injuries were burns more or less serious. By morning morning all were in a state of comparative comfort, and there were none whose hurts were deemed fatal. Among the good citizens ut Pine City, who- had opened their hearts, their homes and their public buildings to Their Stricken Neighbors, all was bustle and activity. The town hall was kept open all night, and coffee and plain fare served to all comers. The court house, the school house, and many a private home was thrown open. Every blanket in town was called into service. The women and children were given the better quarters, aud the men stretched out in rows on the floors of the two public buildings named. Before daylight the town was astir. The arrangements arrangements for the relief of the destitute further up the line, where hundreds of men, women and children are not only homeless, but absolutely without a scrap of food or bedding or extra clothing, were taken up where they wore dropped at midnight. The appointed committees met and got their work well in hand. Before 7 o'clock In the mornine the construction train, loaded with bridge material for the repair repair of the bridge across the Grindstone, river at Hinckley, came up from Rush City. A couple of hundred loaves .of bread and other light provisions were placed on board in charge of Judge J. C. Nethaway, of Stillwater, representing representing tho relief committee. A party of laborers to dig graves and inter the bodies were collected, and the train proceeded into the burned country. At Hinckley the provisions were loaded onto a handcar manned by Judge Nethaway-and Nethaway-and '•' A .Volunteer Crew, and a start was made across the shaky bridge to Miller, nine miles further north, where are reported a dozen or more dead and ' three or four times as many hungry " aud homeless. From Miller they expectto work east to- Sandstone, Sandstone, about five miles across the country country on tue Eastern Minnesota railroad, - where there are between- forty-five and 'fifty dead and a couple of hundred living living who were saved Kettle river and In the great .sandstone quarries. Aboat 11 o'clock the bridge was sufficiently repaired to admit the passage of a train, and an engine, freight car and caboose, wilh a plentiful supply of food and a meager store of coffins, in charge of Undertaker O'Ualioran, of St. Paul, was sent north. At Hinckley the visible situation had uot materially improved over night. The thirty or forty caskets and boxes with their gruesome contents still lay alongside the track, where they were placed last night. No attempt whatever whatever had been made to dress or fembalm the bodies, and they were already growing very offensive. Fortunately Fortunately the day was cool and cloudy, and grateful showers fell at intervals during the forenoon. The remains of the dead, however, were in such a horribly blistered and burned condition that decomposition : rapidly, set -.in. Undertaker J. G. Donnelly, nf St. Paul, was on the ground, and he advised that the bodies be put Under Mother Earth as rapidly as possibl.e. Every attempt at Identification had been exhausted. From these bodies by the track the officials of the Duluth road had removed aud carefully preserved every trinket and article of jewelry, and even, shoes and scraps of clothing, placing those from each body in a receptacle numbered numbered identically with the casket, so that possibly when the refugees return they may recognize them and know whether their friends have been interred. Out in the little cemetery * mile easj of town was a scene which words are absolutaly powerless to describe. At best the littla spot would be as dreary as could well be imagined. It is on top of a rough sandy knoll, where nature is seen at her worst, and absolutely no attempt attempt toward artificial embellishment has ever been made. There were only a few little sandy unsodded mounds before. before. Now wi th. the blackened, firescarred firescarred stumps and fallen trunks of trees all about, it presented an appearance appearance .- of desolation hard to describe. But in the center of the open was the crowing horror.. Iv an indiscriminate heap lay more than ninety corpses, meu, women and little children. Some burned crisp, others only browned by the heat, and none with a fragment of clothing larger than a man's hajd to conceal Their Awful Nakedness. Some were mere trunks, the extremities extremities having been burned . off. : Some were bloated until the abdomen had cracked open and the - intestine were protruding. Skulls were burned open : and brains escaping; all were twisted and cramped in agony of death that had overtaken them. A force of men was quickly at work digging a shallow trench aloug the south end of the cemetery. The sandy soil was hard as flint. It had - been been baked to a crust by weeks of ' drought, and almost solidified by the fire. The work progressed slowly. Off in the cornerof the clearing two smaller graves were being dug. One was for Mrs. William Grissinger and her two baby girls, Caroline, aged, six, and Mabel, aged three. The husband and father had recognized them iv the grisly heap, and was had at work preparing preparing for them a final resting - place apart from the trench desisrued tor the unidentified, hit labors dulling for the lime the acuteness of his anguish. TEe Other grav^was for the "family, whose nunAefs mail "'. 7-' Their Instruction Notable even in this time of r death.' * John Best Jr. was digging the pit, with the friendly friendly assistance of two neighbors. . Laid In a row, decently covered, were the bodies of John Best Sr., Mrs. Best, Fred Best, aged twenty-three; Berthn, aged seventeen; seventeen; Mrs. Annie Wigel, a married daughter, and her three-year-old daughter daughter Minnie; Miss Annie Truttiuan, of Diamond Bluff, Wis., a visitor, agel twenty-six, and Victor Best, aged eight. Two other, sons (George, aged twentyfive, twentyfive, aud Willie, aged twenty-one) are missing, and are certainly dead. And of this whole family of three generations generations only the sorrowing grave digger and his wife and child, who took refuge in a dug-out, are left. They all lived together about two miles southeast of Hinckley. The only others of tliese ninety odd who wero recognized were Charles Anderson,' cashier of the bunk; Mrs. William Cinder and her daughter Winifred, aged six. One or two others were imperfectly identified, but it was largely guess work. Enough rude boxes were knocked together from rough boards to contain most of these bodies, and they were rapidly laid away under the sand, but not before other bodies began lo come in. In the swamp across the Grindstone, where these corpses wero found yesterday, wore about thirty-five others, which were brought in this morning, making a total of upwards of ISJ dead lv this little space of four or live acres. Down near the river was found the body of Thomas Dunn, the Duluth operator at Hinckley. Dunn was born and raised here.and was A Universal Favorite. He stuck to his key until the depot was burning above his head. The delay in locating his body led his frieuds to hope that he might have escaped, but this morning' the finding of his blackened blackened corpse put an end to all uncertainty. uncertainty. Up the St. Paul & Duluth right of way were found three or four more bodies. Among those who perished north of town was Erick Ettson, of 2,318 Polk street northeast, Minneapolis, who was here visiting his son. He went out in a wagon with Davo Kane, of Kock Creek, also a visitor here, and both perished though the horse came out unscathed. The busiest point at Hinckley at noon was the telegraph office. It was not much of an ollice, but It served to serve the public with a report, the only report sent out of Hiuckley today. The wires were brought down to a burned stump of a pole. A dry .roods box near by furnished the operator with a desk. A cracker box made him a comfortable seat. A burned railroad spike held down the cooy in the brisk breeze. A rough board, one end resting on the operator's table and the other on a milk can, furnished the correspondent his desk, and his seat was a beer' keg— ' empty. Here under these circumstances circumstances was prepared and sent the story ot the day in this stricken city. An occasional shower blurred the copy, but ie was rapidly fed to the eager ■ wire, despite the discomforts of the occasion, four correspondent took a live-mile tramp out through the woods to the north of town this morniug, through a scene of desolation which rarely falls beneath the eye of man. The country is absolutely swept clean. There is but one settler's house standing standing within an unknown radius of miles. It is that of Mike Dean, on the edge of the river, three miles east of towu. It was a new house and very substantial. Dean and a neighbor fought the fire until they had to abandon hope. They cot the women and children Into the water, covering their heads with cloths kept wet by dashing water over them, and when the fire had passed, they came out unburned.and were much surprised to fiud their buildings standing, and this morning, when your correspondent entered the clearing, the house dog barked as savagely, and the rooster crowed as lustily as if they had not come within an ace of death. Tho handcar handcar party which went north this morning morning has just returned. It met the Duluth Duluth construction traiu about eight miles up the track with word that the city of Duluth had furnished the necessary necessary relief at Sandstone and Miller. They accordingly turned back, and on the way located eleven bodies, swelling the total of those found along the Duluth Duluth track between Hinckley and Skunk lake to about fifty. One of them was recognized as Otto Rowley, ofsDuluth, general freight agent of the Duluth & Winnipeg. He was a passenger on the limited south on Saturday, and had left the main body of refugees and passengers, running back toward the lake. His body was identified by his natns on his collar. Near another body, evidently that of a passenger, was found a letter addressed to Israel Schruinski, Chicago, and a charred business card bearing the same name. Three others of the bodies were probably those of passengers on that ill-fated train. Another was a young man, a splendid specimen of physical manhood, and from his clothing and bigb-laoed boots apparently a prospector cruiser. The other five, were the family of a settler named John Robinson, consisting of himself, himself, three women and an infant. Above Skunk lake the work train reported twelve bodies on the right of way, presumably settlers. Iv retrospection the . most sorrowful feature of the terrible fatality at Hiuckley is the thought that had the situation been realized in time, not a single life among the residents of the town need have been lost. The Great Northern gravel pit, where only a hundred sought safety, is about ten acres in extent, broad enough and long enough and deep enough to have sheltered every soul in Hinckley with all their domestic animals. There 19 a pool of water of considerable depth. The banks are bare of grass or shrubbery, and there was no inflammable material near the brink on the side from which the fire came. Those who did seek this haven passed the hours of their enforced inlprlsonment inlprlsonment in conparative comfort. - THE DEAD NUMBER 36a .' A List Which in Growing Larger - Every Hour. Special to the Globe. '■'■ ■ Hinckley, Minn., Sept. 3.— This has been a 'busy day a'ud one , full -of Incident Incident over the territory where town.} ami villages were so recently swept off tho earth and borne off It off into the heavens heavens as clouds 61 smoke. 7 Hundreds' of men have been working with tireless energy in cafng for the living but destitute destitute sufferers, burying the dead ana; In searching for more victims of the appalling disaster of Saturday, Hundreds of others have been repairing the railroad and telegraph lines. All work is being carried on with system system and under the management of cool--' headed meu. The end Is not yet In; sight. Although a great amount : of ; ; work has been done, there seems to-be; little disposition to sleep even at night.'' Although the work cannot be prosecuted prosecuted in ,. the? darkness, . men gather in groups and ' discuss in low tones somonew somonew phase of the- catastrophe. Women are still going about looking for husbands husbands and children In the hope that they may be found among the living,' and men are hunting for lost families. Most of the dead are burned beyond; recognition and are being buried ns unknown. unknown. The interring committee performed performed the last sad rights for fifty-six unknown incinerated persons today. A long trench has been dug, and the bodies placed therein with as much order as could be used, although there was doubtless a mingling of bones of different persons. No elegant casket, not even a rough box, enclosed the remains remains of these. No funeral rites were said, and although the faces of the bystanders bystanders were sad, never a tear was shed. The people seem to be too much appalled to shed tears. The bodies of. fifty others were incased in rough ' boxes, hurriedly made of rough lumber, and placed in another long trench alongside alongside that containing the unknown. Then' both trenches were filled up with earth.. The few ministers present looked on as spectators without even pronouncing : a benediction or saying the customary . "Earth to earth and ashes to ashes." As the new cemetery was informally dedicated with tha 1015 bodies, other trenches are being dug for the accommodation accommodation of the ninety or more bodies , now ready for Interment. The new cemetery is a mile west of Hinckley, near a woodland. Other dead bodies are being brought to Pine City for interment, interment, aud still others to various other poiuts. The dead are now estimated estimated at 360. divided as follows: Hinckley, 225; Sandstone, 50; Pokegama. Pokegama. 20; Sandstone Junction, 20. . There are others to the number of twen ly. scattered around in the woods, which were seen by searching parties parties today, and which, with any j newly discovered • ones, will ba ! Drought to Hinckley tamorrow. It is thought that a number of bodies will be discovered in the Grindstone river, as many were known to have gone there during the fire. Ths military have., pitched tents at Hiuckley and are. guarding supplies taken there for the * convenience of workmen. A telegraph . station has bo.-n established in a box car at Hinckley. The searching com- ■ j uilttee also makes that point the base of operations during the day. . Tonight all the workmen and everybody everybody except a few watchmen are at Pine City. The snioko at Hinckley is so thick that it is almost death to wort there for many hours at a time. The fallen trees, the stumps and even the roots of the grass are burning over i. ,' large territory and the smoke, obscures the rays of the sun. The rain of today ' did not check the tire in the least. Tonight Tonight a brilliant aurora borealls is playlug playlug against the clouds of smoke hanging over the site of Hinckley. It is a beautiful beautiful sight- to look on, as tho lightning generated by -the superheated earth disturbs the heavens. 7 SANDSTONE'S AWFUL FATE. The Loss' of Life in the Quarry .-Town Appalling. Sandstone, Sept. 3. — Ail • that remains of what was once the prosperous prosperous village of Sandstone is the small shack used by the Sandstone company for an office, and this would have, met the fate of the other buildings but; for the fact that it was located near the quarry and the flames missed it. Crowded into this building and the ferry the relief party found over 200 people who had lost their homes -'and everything they possessed except the clothing they wore. When the St. Paul & Duluth relief train, which left Duluth at 4 o'clock, arrived at Miller's.Junction, Miller's.Junction, word was received that the town of Sandstone, was entirely burned' and the people were in need ot immediate aid. A party of the relief committee aboard the train started with provisions to look after the destitute people. After passing the Eastern Minnesota tracks and just before coming to glowing coal and ashes that marked all that remained of Sandstone, several bodies were - seen, the victims apparently having 'been overtaken by the flames 'as they were fleeing to safety. ' Ou reaching . the quarry ' below tho town where the people who were saved were awaiting aid, they were given provisions provisions and those who were uninjured were scut forward to the relief train, about four or five miles away. Those who were burned aud a number of children were loft Iv the office building until today, when they will be cared for by another relief train. All those saved at Sandstone were in the river while the cyclone of flames passed, and only managed to escape by wading iii the ' water as far as possible ' and then throwing . water . over ?• each' other's heads. - The coining of the flames sounded like thunder, and with. such rapidity did they come that people, who lingered to save property or neglected neglected to seek safety In the rlvor, perished perished in the flames. As far as could be* - learned last night, between forty and fifty bodies were scattered about the streets, burned to a crisp. The relief) ' committee had paid little-' attention to the bodies, as the living required immediate immediate attention. The town boasted of water., works, but, as ; one 'of tbe old' ! citizens remarked, the whole of Kettle' river would not have had any effect on .the solid * sheet of flames that advanced' } on the town and swept it out of existence existence in less than an hour. ' ", ' ...'*■• [ '.]. The relief train took back? about 215 persons to Duluth for aid. The list of the identified dead, as nearly as could* be gotten r from .the? survivors who reached the train, is as follows': * '■-. ENGLAND; his wife and family of seven children. " . . <_,- — 7 v i JOHNSON, his wife and child and brother-in-law? Yy- *-- '-'r 7*' ?•-'-; EDSTROM'SJamIIy of six; Edstrora himself badly if not fatally Domed. 'rM. tt. H. HOFFMAN and wife. H ALFRED BROAD, -wife, and family of three children. £/? 7 ■, ■ ?*£_! AUGUST SVV'fNSfJN and son died at W- '.. pump house , and were found in. the boa. _ .7^7.-.? '*'-•.]>;:: "-V V- ; EMIL PETERSON, single, found in c'litral part of town. . ii?*?*-zts ii?*?*-zts — trr; — . i C. F. ANDERSON, wife and two children.ltHßlHs£BStaflSgoßnaSßaH&Eri children.ltHßlHs£BStaflSgoßnaSßaH&Eri MRS. AUGUST ANDERSON. [ PETER KALM, wife and three children. children. He was told to run for the river, but Kalra refused, saying that he would fight and save his faintly and home. .The evidence showed that Mrs. Kalm had poured tubs of water on the children. children. GUST ANDEKSON, wife and two children. The mother was found In the yard, with her children clasped in her arms. Many others were found in Sandstone, and removed unidentified. At Sandstone 11. Lind's wife and five children perished. Lind was fatally burned, but is still alive. Mr. Greenfield's Greenfield's wife and six children, of the same place, were burned.' The bridge watchman, watchman, Denmuth, of Sandstone, was so badly burned that he committed suicide before the rescuing parlies arrived. THE II Kill) OP HINCKLEY. ' [Written for the Globe.] When devastation through the pine lands broke. And ail the air was filled with flame and smoke: When desolation stalked through Hinckley town, - Durk'ning the village o'er with fearful frown, When faces .blanched with terror-stricken fear. And piteous moans went up from far and near,' Lo, from the north a dark shape hove in view. One moment later, and a whistle blew. ' .'•Tbe bouin-bouuil traiu!" a thousand voices call. While hope eternal fills the hearts ot all. At every turn, at every piston stroke, Tba Iron horse gains ou the flame and smoke. Which, like arch-demons of destructive breath. Fly madly after on the wings of death. •'She comes! She comes! God's messenger is here 1" ■ $. . . . Tbe populace send up a mighty cheer. Now buoyant hope has taken place of grief, And prayers are answered by this glad relief. » • ••-.-» * The panic-stricken refugees in vain '. ■ Kush from the woods to crowd the wailing train. Meanwhile, the flame, with many a crash and moan. Seeking new victims, dashes madly on. within bin cab, the engineer delay*. To take up every helpless victim stays: Burning and bruised? bleediug - from every pore. , He calmly looks the situation o'er. And bravely vows he'll ne'er desert his post, But Bare the sufferers at any cost. The cars are all aflame— lt seems au age, This awful waiting lv a fiery cage. But while a cry for succor greets bis ear, lie cannot leave— this plucky engineer. -.- ■ "All aboard I Aboard!" The last call has gone forth. . The truin starts swiftly backiug for the north, Ou through a perfeot hell of flame she flies, Tbe air Is filled with agonizing cries. •What noble, manly feelings filled his breast, 'W ho thought not of himself, but for the rest. With baud on throttle, through the dark he peers, • .■• . . - The watchword "Duty" falling on his ears. A yawning chasm sweeps before his oyes. Down on the cab floor, fainting, weak.helies. A dash of water from the fireman's cup, And bravely to 'his feet he staggers up. "We'll save 'em yet "—his wild eyes strangely gleam. „>-. "Come, sonny! Watch the gauge! Fire up! More steam !" He grasps the throttle with a firmer hand, < And at his post he proudly takes his stand, - Ana there he slays, and there he lingers on Till alibis crew of passenger are gone. Gone from the train at Skunk lake's murky shore. _ ;. . ■ . . _ - Tortured . by flames Increasing more and more. , . .-.- . . . -.: .--*''?•'*,.; .--*''?•'*,.; " • -Y-- *'.-r-: • '; The battle's won— Root has saved the day. A braver hero ne'er was made from clay. Of precious stun? this noble sou of toil, A sturdy specimen of Freedom's soil, Let Fame erect a monument on high To this Immortal name, not born to die. —Michael Joseph Donnelly. SOME o£' THE DEAD. Those Who Have Been Identified at Hinckley; Special to the Qlobe. '■ .-...„ Fixe City. Minn?, Sept." 3.— Up to the present the following is a list of the names of the persons who have beeu identified: ' JAMES BEAN. JAMES FAKUAGHAN. • .*. WALTER GRAY. WILLIAM SCHMALING. ?."*# ,SWAN ANDEKSON and family. MIKE MURPHY. JOERICKASON. * RICHARD NESBITT. MRS. M'NAMEE and five children. MRS. ROSEDAUL. AXEL HANSON and family of six. WILLIAM NESBITT. HENRY HANSON. CHRIS PEARSON. ??7: MRS. ED HANSON. CLARA HANSON. LOLLIE LEAF. MRS. FRISK and two children.' RICHARD GUSTAFSON and father. CHARLES -'■ WISTERGREEN and three ohilren. •'•'•■ - - LEW DAVIS. WILL DUNN. JOE KRONENBERG and family, DENNIS BRNNAN. FRANK NORTON. DENNIS RILEY. JOHN ROGERS, X. BONE. OBVILLE COX. MRS. LEE WILESTER. BARTLETT— Two daughters of W. S. Bartlett. JOHN ANDERSON and wife and daughters Clara and Emily, and sou Charles. - MRS. JOHN BEST and five chilren. " Four inmates of a' house of ill-fame. PETER NELSON. i HENDERSON— Mr. Henderson's two sous. 7 - BARNEY CAIN and father. V C. E. PEASLEE and PAUL SCHLANCE, of Taylor's Falls. CHARLES STHOMBERG and family. family. ?■•' I_____.---?, I_____.---?, NINE MOKE DEAD BODIES } Were Hauled Into Hinckley Last ■' Evening. Pink City, Minn., Sept. B.— At the place where Pokegama stood there are twenty dead and fifteen missing:. This was a village of 100 inhabitants located on the Eastern Minnesota road, eight miles east of Hinckley. W. W. Braman Braman and thlity-five others escaped by ; biding in a puddle of water. The dead al Pokegama are: ; Y,.-.-..^*.-; ; J. W. BRAMAN, single. ; CHARLES . ANDERSON, wife and* three children and sister-in-law. FRED MOHLANDER, his wife and two children • and Mrs. Hollander's sister.? sister.? I. •,,;•-■ ':■:. 7• ' ■ .-. ;• ;• THOMAS RAYMOND, wife and children; children; _ - '>'■„.?« ■:_? . ' *;• v .''- CHARLES ANDERSON, single. ERICK' LARSON. 7- - WlLJt,f BARNES. . V -.?'' 7 Joseph Gruyer Is badly burned. There are fifteen .-.others .".-' missing. About thh-ty-fivo took refuge In a mud puddle 1 Md •soaped with no other damage than '"~' i s.!t- 4 ? -• *: Y :' '•>

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  2. 04 Sep 1894, Tue,
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