John George Spencer in train wreck

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ill. -& I XCVV' Y!n vTTJt WPV Ult Wwk THE WORLD Pub- rUVMluWVETH V(K&I j. lislied More Ad vertlspmnnta of gas, M. C- Pj I INCjliZMj F Pi I. ll VTiN i::: ?z,:zz ":::,:::. (iOLlliliilf ,n, rl, lafeSaS ::, 55555?, 'Sjft)' AJ "-to00tol. PRICE ONE CENT. AKVV YORK, MONDAY JANUARY 15, I MM. BOARDERS WANTED. Only 3oc. for a LAST" EDITION 20 DEAD KNOWN. 1 - Some of the In-I jured in Hospi-I tals Will Die. LIST GROWING. Awful Scenes on the Meadows at Hacken-I sack Bridge. REAR-END COLLISION. Three Cars of the Dover Express Telescoped by a South Orange Train. RELIEF WAS SLOW. The Mangled Corpses Taken to Crane's Morgue in Hoboken. An awful wreck occurred about S.20 o'clock this morning on the Morris nnd Essex branch of the Delaware. I.aeka- v.;iti:i:i and Westi rn Itallroad, at the Hackensack bridge, about one-eighth mile from the East Bergen tunnel and quarter mile from Marion. The 7.55 South Orange accommodation ran Into the Dover express, which had slowed up just before reaching the bridge, and telescoped the three rear cars of the Dover express. The number of dend waa reported to bo from twenty to twenty-five, with as many Injured. The names of the dead and Injured, as far ns learned, follow: The Dend. I. It. ni.MMKR. of Summit. N. J . egablcr for I. W. Ihmi.k. SO llroad etreet. lata elty. EDWARD MORRRI.I, of Summit N. J., aalee- wan fnr thi Smith Tjpi'tvrltlng Company. T. J. rttTJAN, ot MIMImrn, N. J. JOHN FISH, of Summit. N. J. civil engineer. II. A. IIOHLTO, of Summit. N. J. PATntCK IIVAN. of Hillbuin. N, J. THKODoiii: WHITE son of Dr. While, or Rum- Bit. N, J. jamks :oi:Tz. ot Datklai nti. n. j. Dr. John- DOTY, ot Dgsklng nidge, M, J W. 1,. OUILLADBAU, of tfsntelatr, M. J traffic manager ot the UIJ Dominion Company; officer of Montelalr C'luli: leaves a wlfo an! family. W. U TYNI.'Il. of Daaklnit r.irtge. N. J. KIiWAItn KINBBY, liernardniiie. N. J. Vtll.I.lAM J. TURNER, I!n-!tlnK nido. N. J.. bookkeeper for Fit-lit Clianler & Seynnur; a wife and four children. JOHN BRUNDHILU rctluenco unkn ivn. WILLIAM FLItUlsON, (Ifly-livc ycara old, of Summit, NJ J.; employed In the Aul'tor'a office of the Wester t'nlun Telteraph Company; wae la tha end cir of thj train that oral Iclricoptdl (Ii"d one hour and a balf oticr he had btn ri'moved n It. Mary't Hiavttal. in li t lenvri a wife. in and two daughtera. D. IAJjIURON, Summit. N. J. A. II. OARDKKR 'unmlt. N J. JOHN Tl'RRIMOrON, Kummit. N. J. I: PIIIIBR. Summit. N, J I'nknown nan. Mipposu'l to !. a Saw .Yoik rle-k T'.v luiitrcil. PRRDRRICR nlnnl'ION, taentyrre years eld. emi loved In tht KeueUrr'a o'.te of the Ni tin il 1 Hi of Dtaeajtl milSlHrt Internal in lurlea. at St. Uury'a Uoipiul; phyalclaos any be will die. DAVID HOrTMAN, a-d fopty-Bve. Uvea at South Oransv; eaglnear of tho South Oranga ex. preaa: hadly Injured about tba bead. IKW1N MiTfZ. Iranua or the Booth Oraogo ex-fma. Injured Intaraally ana about tho head. OARi. M. SCUDUTI, It., aa4 twoaty-Iev, jfeMj-B of Murray Hill. N. J , aon of tho wall-known mineral water manufacturer la tbla city, ruatalnad a compound fracture of In right thigh. WAl.TBIt SCIIt I.TZ. biothar ot Carl, aged four teen, who Uvea with In. fnther In thla city, and la a atudenr In a private a.-bool In, Klfty-nlnth atreet; brulaed and cut. but not aertoualy Injured. Among thoe at Christ's Hospital who have been Injured but whose hurts have not yet been reported on by the physicians, nro the following: B. w. GRAY. West Summit. N. J. worka In Preferred Mutual Accident Company; left leg broken and right hand smiabed. WASHINGTON HIVING. Short Hllli. N. J , leg broken. WILLIAM tnnCI.IFFE. Gladatone, N. J ; badly acalded by ateam. nOAFI.SE. 13 Fourth avenue. Newark; right leg broken; Injured Internally. Among those at St. Mary's Hospital are: Mlaa FKROl'SON. Summit. N. J. LOt'19 BOWnolN. of Neweik. N. J. Iir. J. IIAWKBS. realdence unknown. W. J. l:K.:i conductor of the South Orange local. BDWARD PIBRSON, twenty one. of 179 Sum-mer avenue. Newark. . J. OORTIB MILLS, twenlyone, of 7 Belleville avenue. Newark N. J. t. 11. NICHOL. rcKldence unknown. W. A. WINTKRMITH, Newark, N J. A. H. GARDNER, realdence unknown. CUIUS ARNOLD, twentv-flve. of Newark. N J. HARRY F COWAN, twenty-eight, of Balking j Ridge. N. J. HOWARD M. CLARK, thirty-three, of Raag-! Ing Ridge. OEOROH IPBNCBR, thirty-four, of Murray Hill, N. J. RICHARD MORRELL. of Summit. N. J. FRANK NIULO. of Newark. N. 1 CHARLES E. UUTOHIH, twenty-aeven. of New York Cltv. ERNEST 1CHAFBR, of Raaklng Ridge. N. J. Conductor .iKItltv GEORGE, of tba Hover eg- rraa. The South Orange train was In charge of Conductor W. T. Rudlo, with David Hoffman as engineer and Irwin Men as fireman. The Dover express was In charge of Conductor George, with George Strlcher as engineer. The scene of the accident Is on the Hackensack meadows. The drawbridge la over the Hackensack Hlver. The draw 'tself is about eighty feet wide, turning on a single pivot and operated by steam. A track-walker Is said to have placed two torpedoes on the track as a signal for the Dover express to stop before crossing the In i.f --. Tha Dover train, It Is said, was fully live minutes late. The South Orange train was on time. When the Dover train Blopped, It Is claimed, a flagman was sent back, hut he had barely started when tha South Orange train came on at full speed, and could not be stopped In time to avoid a collision. A passenger on the train following the South Orange express told an "Evening World" reporter that when his train, which left South Orange at 8 o'clock, arrived within a quarter of a mile of the Hackensack bridge, It suddenly stopped. The passengers all got out, and running ahead were horror-Btrlcken by the sight of the wreck. Five bodies lay side by side. Borne of them were dreadfully mangled. Another passenger was dying alongside of the live already dead. Workmen were breaking Irto the cars to get out the bodies of the dead pinned fast In the wreck. Passenger were standing around with their h-ade bandaged. One of the dead lying on the ground was a woman. A conductor told " The Evening World's " Informant that there were certainly from twenty to twenty-five persons killed. Mai.y of the uninjured passengers started to walk to Hobcken. At the East Bergen tunnel they got aLoard a Lyndburst and De-lawatina 1 cr of the Bnonton Branch, and were taken to Hchokfn. A passenger who reached New York at 10.45 o'clock said he had counted fifteen dead bodies alongside the wreck. How the IHnnefer Occurred. D. D. Bldwell, of East Orange, who wai a passenger on the fijuth Orange train, which left that station at 8.01, told "The Evening World" thla atory: "The express was some two or three minutes behind time, and was flowing Up nt the bridge to make sure thot the draw was close 1. Conductor Jerry George wi.i In ohargt of tho train. "The following train. No. 84, was on full lime, The Dover express did not slow up sufficiently to nllow the rear braktman to flan any coming train. "Train M was running nt the rate or fully twenty miles an hoti". though It likewise should have slowed up In approaching the drawbridge. "The engineer of thU train. No. 14. In consequence of the dense fog, particularly hxavy on tha marsh and In the vicinity of tba river, did Mi an the Ill TJ "TT MAt X E N ' ' I MiDLrifi EL B' Ij -- J ? A "V To c Lf AvE TUMNE.L S IilAGRAM fF TIIK BCKS'K OF TUB Aft IDKKT, i X -Where the oolllilon occttrred, tear car of the Dover express In tlm to prevent a collision. "The locomotive of No. 84 struck the rear car of the express, a smoker, and telescoped it. "The locomotive and the smoker to-irether piled up on the car ahead of the pn.oker. The smoker contained about fifteen or eighteen passengers. "The car ahead, on which the smoker r as plied, contained male and female pa'-sengei'S. "All the fatally Injured, as far as I could learn, were confined to these two cars. A Nrenr of Horror, "A scene of awful confusion and excitement ensued. "All the uninjured passengers who were on the trains, when they recovered somewhat from the shock and terror, at once proceeded, assisted by the trainman and two doctors who fortunately happened to be on tha cars-one of them being Dr. Thomas N. Gray, of Brick Church, Orange to do all In their power to assist and rescue the Injured. "I counted fourteen or fifteen dead bodies. "They were all on the west-bound track, and were stretched on Improvised stretchers made up of the car seats. "The bodies were all removed from the two cars, th smoker and the preceding car of the Dover express. "Overcoats were thrown over the bodies and the faces concealed. Thii VYdaeii Among tbe Itrari, "I know that two of the dead bodies were those of women. One of them was a young girl, about seventeen years of age. As they were all covered up as j completely as possible I was unable to '. tell how the two women were dressed. "Both bodies of the women were tnken from the car preceding the smoker on the express. "Among the bodies I noticed that of an athletic-looking boy, about eighteen years old. It was well dressed. "The trainmen and physicians were careful to prevent any close examination of bodies by outsiders, and I was therefore unable to scrutinize the dead. "I also saw at least half a doien passengers who were Injured more or less severely In the accident. Their wounds, as far as I could see, were c.inned to 'their heads, which were bam' r 1 by the doctors. "I noticed that most of them were ap- parently badly hurt, as much blood was still soaking through the wrappings around their heads. Few Hurt an Train No, 84. "To me It Is a very strange thing that all the passengers on train 84 escaped without serious Injuries. They were of course somewhat bruised and Jarred by the shock, but none waa in need of medical assistance. "The Injured passengers and those who were only slightly Injured made their way on foot or by the elevated to the Hoboken Terry-House. "It was about s 15 or 8.20 when the rol Union occurred, as near as I can make It." Mr. H. P need, another passenger on the wrecked train, tells a graphic story of the collision. "I was In the car right behind the baggage car," he said to an "Evening World" reporter. "The car was crowded with business men, marly all of them reading when the crash came. 'I'llC Awful (rush. "We all heard a teriltlc crackling nulse, and on the Instant we were thrown off our feet, wbllo a few paries cf glass fell out. for the moment we did not realise the awful situation, but when cries and creams of pain aroaa from tha rear car wa knew Una l a wreck had occurred, and every one scrambled for the door. "The sight was one which I will never forget hi long as I live. The lust car of our train had been smashed just us If It had been made of kindling wood. "The woodwork was lying In all ill-i rectlons. while In the midst of It lay the wrenched and torn pieces of what had been the engine that ran Into us. The engine had been smashed to pieces. I The second last car of our train had been stove In about half way, and all through the wreckage lay the dend and dying. "The cries and the moans of the In-lured were something awful, and for a time every one was so paralyzed that he did not know what to do to relieve their sufferings. I counted nine dead bodies. which had, by the force of the collision and the breaking into fragments of the car, been thrown clear of the wreck. The Nlaht Who a Hlrkenlnai One. "I am positive that there were at least a doien more bodies In the ruins. The sight wns so sickening that I had to turn away. Some of the men had been crushed almost beyond recognition. "No re'ief of any kind was at hand. In all that train there was not as much as an Inch of sticking-plaster. "After a time the employees and volunteers managed to lift th wreck a little, and the cars of the Dover express which had not been damaged carried aa many of the wounded and the dei.d At could 1 accommodated to the hospital. "There was no room for me on the train," added Mr. Heed, "nor for over one hundred and fifty others. I could not wait until the wreck was cleared away, so walked clear over the hilts. I feel 111 now thinking of the scene." nrr lim Out the Dead, W. G. Miller, manager for Partridge A Richardson, of 488 Broadway, was a passenger on the rear train. He was one of the first to reach tha city after the accident. Mr. Miller was found at his office by an "Evening Worli" reporter. lie made the following statement: "I II e at East Orange, and every mornlt.g take the local train leaving there at 8.00, and which arrives in New Tork at 8.40 A. M. Thetc weie eight well filled cars on the train when I got aboard this morning. The fog was very thick, but that did not seem to make any differ, ice. for the train whirled along at Its usual rate of speed. "At about 8 28 there was a terrible crash. We were thrown from our seats, and In an Instant we heard tho cries of the Injured passengers ahead of us. "As soon as possible the passengers on the rear train went forwurd to the rescue. It was a horrible sight. Scarcely a man In the three rear cars of the first trsln escaped Injury. I assisted In carrying out two of the dead. There had been seven bodies recovered when I left the scene of the accident. Many Ilalr-I1rn:dlli Mscartrs. "We took cushioned seats from the rear train and lall them out on the ground, and upon th:n we placed th" Injured. I should siy that fifty peraona wore bally hurt and many of them will die. "The dead were so covered with dust and blond as to muko Identification very difficult. Sunn cf tho pasHcn-gers In the ill-fater rear cers sgegpad. serious Inj.iry. although their clothes were torn Into shreds tin 1 their escape from death was simply lemarkab'e. "The engine o' the rear train did not leave the 'r.icg, but ploughed right through the first train, scattering the broken parts and splinter of the three cars of the Dover train on eith.-r tide of the track, and piling trucks anl heavier timbers In a confused mass. flrllrf t'nnie IterWly. "When I left the sceno nothing whit ever hud been done towards sending fur relief trs.ns nr physicians. I walked several miles to (he Jiincllm and c-ntii;ht trnln to the cltv." Herman k .Simpson, of 6M Qntney street. Brooklyn, arrived on the Kent Within a short time lifter the wreck had occurred. The excitement was then nt lis height, lie v.ns a passenger on the ttaln which left Hohoken nt 8.40 o'clock. The trnln bad got ns far as Ilaeken-snek. when It suddenly came to a stop iitnl the passenger! got out, "An Immense crowd of people." said Mr. Simpson to an "Evening World" reporter, "were walking down the track, ami all shouted that we could not get past for several hours, ns there was a big wreck. "I pushed nhenil In the direction of Newark and soon came upon the wreck, Thet e were several thousand people round. Bodies were being tnken out and laid upon stretchers made out of the broken timber nnd the victims own clothing laid upon it. "Everything wns confusion, and only the bravest could look on or help. It 1 was nn awful sight." I E. W. Gray, one of the passenger on I the Dover express, when seen Immediately after the wreck, said that but for ; the wuriilng of one of the braliemen. the loss of lite would undoubtedly have been much greater. "When we approached the Hackensack bridge," he said, "our train slowed up, Rnd the rear brakeman got off to slgnnl the Orange local, which wa coming behind. "Suddenly the rear brakeman came running back, and as he ran ho yelled for every one to Jump for their lives. Then a wild scramble followed, and I got out with the others. Dess than two seconds after I had got out the crash came." OOlelala Hetlrenl. C. J. Gummcrsbaclc Eastern Pasen-ger Agent of the Delaware, Lackawanna nnd Western, was seen by an "Evening World" reporter at his office, 424 Broadway. He refused to give any details of the wreck, and said: "We know nothing whatever. I heard there was an accident, but we have received no official notice that such Is the fact. All we know la what Is reported by the stock board 'ticker,' and you probably know about as much as we do. Good morning." The uppalllng accident was the chief toplo of discussion In stock circles this morning, because It was feared that many brokers were on the train nnd must have perished, or else were seriously Injured. Every scrap of news was eagerly devoured, and some brokers left the street for the scene of the accident to render ssslstance to friends and their families lf needed. THEY LAY IT TO THE FOG. Division Superintendent Keusoner, at the scene of the wreck, stated that he had been too busy to Investigate the causes which led to the disaster; but he expressed the opinion thnt probably the heavy fog prevailing at the time was partially, lf not wholly, responsible for the accident. Conductor W. T. Rudlo. of the South Orange train, said: "I believe It was all caused by the fog. We were running at the usual rate of speetl, about two or three minutes behind the Dover Express. Our rear flagman had been left at Newark to warn the truln behind us. "We were running between two trains, which with the dense fog, made uur position anything but pleasant. I presume lite flagman on the front train didn't have time to worn us In the usual manner by placing by placing torpedoes on the track. I won't be positive about, that, however." "Was any attempt made to warn you of your danger?" "Of that I cannot say. I don't wish to discuss the matter." "The front fain waa still In motion when you ran Into It?" Well, It had slowed up considerably, but was not stationary." Whitfield Whealon. the flagman on the Dover express, accompanied Ms Injured conductor. eJrry George, to the hospital at Hoboken. Cupt Kelly, of the Jersey City Second Precinct Police, with fifty nun, remained on the scene until 1 o'clock, when the tracks were cleared tuid traffic resumed. At noon President Samuel iloan, of the l.aekawanna Company, at Ills Office, it (exchange place, wai In direct telegraphic communication with the General superintendent "i the Company, who had hurried 10 the scene of the wreck hy spe.lal train. "Our last report from the General Superintendent." aaid President Sloan h an "Evening World" reporter, "stated that fifteen dead bodies been taken from the wreck. The only nan., s uf the dead lluis far received are contained in this deapatt h from our General Superintendent.' The despaf h mentioned read as fol-lows: Reported that IL J. Rimmer, H, Worrell and Mr. Kurgeson and Mr. Kisk, of w.-et Summit. N. J., are read. Will get uamee of dead and Injured soon. J. M D." i by j si j p j j , after-I i i rounds-i I I i j to i ex-I I 'in i i 1 ' I Ion I j 1 a e ! 1. i ol ,i , r.

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  1. The Evening World,
  2. 15 Jan 1894, Mon,
  3. Second Edition,
  4. Page 1

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