Clipped From The Indianapolis News
la dls-easea. be- a enor-mous Was-eon'a oiea snortly before I o'clock. Harrow Escapes. Albert Stewart, an eurhteen-vcar-old ooy. wno wss standing near Browning, was hurled to the aids and narrowly missed being struck by the engine. Edward Brown, one of tha laborera waa also In tha path of the engine, but was stooping over to pick up a atlck of wood. when the machine paiied over him. lie waa burled In a woodnlle. He said ha owed his escape from death to the act or picking up tha niece of wood. Park- Burst was walklna toward the men after looking at the engine, when the explo- eion occurred. Il was thrown In among uie wooapue and had a narrow escane irons oeatn. ; , . -i When the enatnw struck .tha stda ef Altman'a house. It had turned completely over witn the wheels stsndlna uowardL Tha wall ef the house, a frame structure. was crushed In like aa egg shell, making a hole about tea feet square, off the din ing-room. The place was filled with wreckage, and plaster knocked from the waiis. ins blinds to- the windows were thrown acroea the dining-table. One wheel of the engine wss forced through the wall swat to the hole with such force that only the boards surrounding the place were crushed. Altman, who la a night foreman at tha Belt shops, waa the only person In the house. A short time before the explosion he had gone up-atalrs to bed. Hla wire and daughter, wno were in the din ing-room a few minutes before the ex plosion, naa lert tne house) and gone to a neighbor's on the opposite side of the street. A remarkable feature was that a large glass window, about ten feet from the place the engine struck. was not broken, although pieces of wood were hurled Into the air by the nunoreo. Signs of the Explosion's Force. The wood yard occupies a tot about 71x160 feet On the side facing Kansas street stand, a wagon sited next to small office building.. Before the eiplo slon the engine stood near the .shed, at least fifty feet from Altman s home, In the shed stood a heavy wagon, which was forced through the side of the shed Into the yard. Tho roof stood supported by two side walls. A fence which waa stretched across the yard near the shed wss torn away and scattered about the premises. Huge piles of wood about the place were knocked over, and many of the nieces were thrown Into the street. Bo vera I pieces of Iron from the boiler were) mined in an easterly Direction across Meridian street. One piece, welehlnw about fifteen pounds, passed between the house occupied ly Carrie Kasley, at 1S South Meridian street, and the one adjoining A part of the front fence was knocked down, and a gate at. the side of the house wss also torn away. The Iron fell In the rear of tht houae, killing a chicaen. rneae nouses are on tne east side of the street, at least 300 feet sway rrom tne place tne engine occupied. At Harry It. Thnmass bakery at No. 123. a niece of hot Iron passed throuah one of the windows and foil Inslds of the store. Another window waa also broken in tne same) piace. i nerrn:en Lnhss's drv roods store, st No. 1237. two large windows were also broken by pieces of flying Iron. A moment before the ex plosion occurred, a woman passed out or the store witn a oaoy in ner arras.