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cars were badly and the track torn up. One young man named Askey, of Ridott, was nearly killed, and a number ef ladies and children badly scratched. The Northwestern Company are not in any way blamed, as the catastrophe could not be averted FaairoiT, I1L, Aug. 24. The wreck of the excursion train that left this city yesterday for Geneva Lake, Wis, with nearly 1,000 people on board, is the all-absorbing topic to-day. The Free port Journal, extra, of ibis morning, the editor, General Smith D. Atkins, having been in the wreck, contains tbe fol lowing: "The excursion that left this city at 1 o'clock yesterday morning for Geneva Lake had a most enjoyable time, until, wbea returning, five miles east of Rock ford, at 7:45 p. m. tbe train was . wrecked. At Mable's crossing a cow was caught fast oa tbe cattle-guard. Two men were endeavoring to get her out, wbea tbe excursion train came thundering along, and they waved their coats. The engineer whistled down brakes, and reversed bis engine, and be and bis fireman jumped from tbe train. The engine struck the cow, left tbe track, to tbe right, and plowed into the bank, nearly burying itself. The baggage car left tbe track, to the left, but did not turn over. The Under crossed tbe track, and the first coach, loaded with passengera, turned over in the ditch, on tbe right, on its side, and tbe second coach partly left the truck-The passengers were soon taken out of tbe coach that turned over, and only Albert Askey of Ridott, and Mrs. Mattie Brubaker and Joseph Rhodes, of this city, were regarded as seriously injured. Mrs. Brnbaker bad injuries on the back of the bead, pronounced by tbe doctors present not to be necessarily dangerous, and Mr. Askey had internal injuries reodering'bira speech-leas. As soon as the accident occurred. Conductor Hibbard left his wife, who was in tbe car that turned over, and who was considerably bruised, and, after sending back men to flag any train that might possibly be following, proceeded on loot as rapidly as possible to Rockford, to place biraseif in telegraphic communication with tbe officers of the company and provide for removing tbe wreck and bringing the train to Freeport. No blame, we feel sore (aad we were at the time of tbe accident riding in the baggage car, next to tbe engine, and looking out aad seeing all that could be seen), can attach to any one. Cooductor Hibhard received orders in Rockford to return to the wreck with the Chicago and Rockford passenger, and he did so, bringing to Rockford three car loads tbat reached Freenort at 4:15 this morning, and then Conductor Hibbard went to Belvidere with an engine and cars to bring the excursion train to Free port, around by the way of Caledonia, Belvidere, and Rockford. aod reached this city of ? meet-ngs the TSto at half past 6 o clock this morning.' TBI WOCIPSD II TBI ST. I, I. C AID I. DISASTIA St. Josipb, Mo, Aug. 24. Mr. R. 1L Arnold, on of those injured by the late accident on the St. Louia, Nansaa tnty and nonoern itanroaa, a-.ea oi ni injuries this evening in this city. Several others sre in a'critical condition, but are doing as well as could Jb expected. 1 was wr 2 bu II ed 1c le at to

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 25 Aug 1875, Wed,
  3. Page 5

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