John George Spencer in train wreck, NY Times, p. 2

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John George Spencer in train wreck, NY Times, p. 2 - found seat tn th year ear, which, with, other,...
found seat tn th year ear, which, with, other, had be a attached to tni train at Summit. Vh th engine af th Ucat train burst Into this car Mr. Irvine waa knocked senseless, II rvooverevl consciousness to find a dead' mm lying W" hi lotna Mid another, who waa dying, cDnaing t hla neck. A mini of wrn'Kite pinned the three t-rather, lila unole and other friends visited htm at the hospital. It mat conscious and fairly lucid, altkouch morphine had teen administered to him. The surgeons iet.t it hop of hla reoovery. If hi aplne HI not bo-n too severe! y Injured. Of that they sail they could not jud. for hla condition forbad clone examination. Mr. Irving Is the imuulnepftew of. Washington Irving. Hla father waa l.eslte lr-viiuc, and hla rrand father was Pierre Irving. We.-lilng-tin Irving' s brother. Mr. Irvtna; has been connected with the Phoenix Assurance t.Vt.tiKany for about twelv years. M has a wife and child at Short Mills, li 1 Junior Urulenarit of th Third Division of th New-York Naval ltrwn, and bw l-ngs to artou dubs, Inclurilitg the Insurant Club of New-York and the Country or Mi wt rttiia 14 Is about thirty five years old. Th fireman of the South tM-ang train. Irvln Met, who was only sllrhtly Injured. Slvea this version of the accident. "' We were iromx aU.ut iweniy-flv mile an h-Mir, and ulU' thorn loomed up In front of us th Uot eaprexs. lhe express was barely moving aloii, as the draw was 'pen. The fog was so thl k thst w got within I') fret of th train ahead before w aw It at all. " Engineer Hon man bulled back the throttle ar. 1 jumped. 1 cliiiilel over the lender behind th Iwomotlvc. and Just as the craah cam 1 Junieu. too. I landed on a man's bead, which had been severed from the bodv and was lying on the track. Th sb x-k aiil the s'.nht of the hi-ad caused me to faint an ay. 1 don't know how 1 e ap'J further Injury or how I reached the trak, but I consider I was very lucky In setting-off as Hicbtly as I lld. " I don't know who'a to blame, but I do know that there were no signals for us to stop. The signals read all rlKht." J. M. tfuydam was a pas-enter on the South Orange accommodttun train. He aid: "The Dover express stopped .at Summit to take on two passenger our of the Pus-Sale and lelawar Kallrofti from Masking tidg and DemardvUi. Th Mouth Orang arcomnvltinn left Houth Ornir at t o'clock. Just west of the lisrkensack t rtdct th Dover ei press slowed up, and at th Urn of th accident was going at the rate of not nxr than six mile an hour. " Tb (o was very heavy, and the South Orange train, which was running- on tlm at th rat of twenty-live miles an hour, ran inte the rear of the Liover express, telescoping the two rear cars from Masking Kids' and Bemardvrile. Th combination smoking and baggage car was entirely wrecked. 1 thouaht there were probably fifteen persons klile-i. and. wltti one or two eseeptlna, wer those who were rid-Ins; In the combination car. The seen of th accident -was terrible. Th dead and Injured were piled up alone; th hlro embankment at the side of ths railroad track. Tb forward cars of ths Dover express wer not wrecked, but th passengers wer thrown from-their seats and a number were bruised and otherwise Injure.- W. V. Srhouler, Superintendent of th Kew-Tork Hoofing- Company, tells th follow las; story of th wreck: I starts! for Jersey City on the Booth Or an re train the on that did the damage. I-had tnt'.tided to so by th earlier train, but 1 waited to see a man whom 1 thought would com from South Orange. 1 got aboard the last car, and In 'crossing th meadows w wer coins; at a pretty -fair rat, 1 should Judr about twenty-five mile an hour. Suddenly w felt a (treat Jolt, followed by a crushing; sound, and the train nun to a sudden stop. 1 (rot out and ran ahead, and th sight a ma led me. I found w had run Into another train on the east track. The cars and locomotive were In a confused mass. On the track lay a man. apparently about sixty yearn of age, badly cut and bleeding. He was either dead r unconscious. Three or four mutilated bodies were strewn about, and on the tracks lay pools of blood. 1 looked down the bank, said there lay a body that was horribly torn and mangled. Another man was calling faintly for whisky. I walked around th train and assisted th baggageman of ths rear train out of th window. I looked In- M the car and saw another man creeping along th floor, with one arm torn oft. I started for Hobnken. unable to g&x on th nomni spectacle longer, it was simply wful. I don't understand bow any one In the last car of the Dover express escaped. Tb vehicle was simply smashed to spllntera" Trala Did Not Slow I p. W, II. Hmith of 444 Broad Street. Newark, who learned of th wreck shortly after Its ceurrence. drove to th scene, t Th top of a car lay to the side of a track, brads of eoata and other garments wer lytnf around, and a great crowd had oun-cretrwtsd. W. O. Miller of East Orang. manager for Pattridg Richardson of 486 Broadway, K$-York, was a passenar on th rear train. H said: " Th fog was vsry thick, but that did not seem to make any difference, for the train whirled along at it usual rate of speed. At about 121 there was a terrible crash. W were thrown from our seats, and in an in-etant wc heard the cries of th Injured passengers ahead of us. None of the pas-aengrs on our train was injured, although the engineer was killed and tb fireman badly Injured. " As soon as possible th passengers on th rear train went forward to th rescue. It was s horrible sight. Scarcely a man la th three rear car of th first train escaped - Injury. I assisted In carrying out two of th dead. " VVs took cushioned seats from th rear train and laid them out on th ground, and upon them w placed th injured. I should say that fifty persons were badly hurt and many of them wi;i die. " The dead were so covered with dust and blood as to muke Meiitincation very itliticull. e knew the dead erurtneer by Ms working clothes. Some of th passengers In the lll-tated rear cars escaped serl-ci Injury, although their clothes-wer torn into shreis, and their escape from death was Kimplv reins rksble. ' The tnr.nt of the rear train dkl not leave the urack. but plowed light through the first tram, scattering the broken purts .nj splinters of the three cars of th I-vtr train on either side of the track, and I il ng trucks and heavier timbers In a con-1U1 UI3. " When we took out the body of the en- frJm-e..-. .the s!rht was a horrible one. His m wvre frightfully crushed, with th bones .f the kne protruding. His head and fac u-re itt-i.y Umiigured. Three of th other lle from th wreck wer hor-riLlv mutinied. Mm, A. Iiuryea. daughter of William Yvrguson. who was killed, and sister of rrederlt k I-erguaon. w ho is in, St. Mary's HoepHal. was with them on th Iover train, but was not Injured. the was nura-lug her brother last nlht, but spared a moment to tell briefly of her existence " We all have business in New-York, and take th same train; but my brother usually comes by an earlier on. Father was txiokkeepcr for the Western Union Tele-Krih Company and Frederick was employed by the Farmers' Loan and Trust Company. I was In Car No. JU and uiy father and brother lit Car No. fc. " When the crash came the train was moving slowly. 1 was shaken, but not hurt. There was a stampede for the doors, but I - managed to get on the track, and ran back to find father with his head crushed and Frederick crushed and held down under two sesta When be was rescued he had a hemorrhage. Father died Just after b rot t the hospital." - - m Coroner Yolk will impanel a Jury to-morrow, and It Is likely that, nfter they view the bodies that are at Hoboken, a day will L selected for th Inquest. A t the Kallrwatl Offleea. ' Samuel Sloan. President cf the Delaware. Lsv:kawanna and Western Kallroad Company, said late In th day, when the result of th Investigation had been reported t him: ' From what I learn, the engineer' of the second train seems to hav been to blame for th accident. He was running at full spd. With a heavy fog over the meadows he should hex reduced bis speed. Any oomplalnt of lack of a signal system falls to th ground In this caav. for tb weather was so thick that they could hav don no good If we had had signals." At the oflVc of Andrew Keasoner, Oeneral Huperintwrvlent of the Morris and F.sax Branch, his secretary. 8. T. Bray of Hose-ville, and a number of orher officials wer busy eon-iptllng s list of h dead and injured and ansaeVtour the questions of anxious visitors woo cald to see if Meads or relatives wer among those krHed or' Injured. Swretary Bray, who was on th South Orang express. In on of th rear cars, told tb following story of tb accident: "It was simply a tall-end collision, and happened In a dens fog. I was In on of the rear cars on th South Orang express, and when w struck the liover express th Jar was not felt to any extent In th ear wher I was. We wer coming down a steep grade from K owe ville to Newark, and Engineer Hoffman was obliged to slow up ' on acount of th dense fog, which spread over th train and nviovd everything on th meadowa It was impossible to see ten feet ahead, and just as we slowed up I felt the Jar I knew at one that w had collided with something and could hear th shrieks of the wounded. The train cam to a full stop, and I, with th others to th car, rushed out Ther wer several railroad men on th tracks, and with their aid I had the in- J .j red brought out of th wreck and mad as omfrtail as posslbl watU Lh a TO URACIL VP tfis V.'.V system after "L Grippe, . K 7 pneumonia, f ever, and V MTU. easss; to vuuu up i n fleab and strength, knd to restore benllh' and vigtr when you foci "run-down" and iMfcl-un, the bet ttlng in tee world is Dr. rkarce'a (loktim Medical Discoverr. It promote sal the bodily functions, rouses every organ into healthful action, rmrlflcs and enriches the blood, and through It Cleanses repairs, ana wvig- i Ola res me enure fjrvrm. Bcrofulous, Bkin or Bcalp Diseoxna, Dyspep-sia, Blliotuneua. and kindred ailmeots. th " IHsroverr " is tbe only remwly that x eworvinteed. If it doeent bonollt or cure, yow bare your money back. Can you think of anything more convincing than tbe promie that la made by tbe proprietors of In, face's Catarrh Remedy I It is this: "If ws cant cure your Catarrh, well pay you $o00 in cash." rival of the doctors, who had been sent for to Hoboken. " W sent for every physician In Hoboken. and only two wer available Dra. Pindar and Steadman. They dressed the wounds of the injured when they reached the scene of the dlaaster, and as soon the wrecking train, which had come from Hoboken, arrived, th Ueatt and Injured were placed on a train made up of the remaining six cars of the Dover express and taken to the Hoboken station." Mr. Bray would not blame any one for the accident. " The fog was so dne." he snld. that I' rniilil bf. Impossible t tell who was at fault. We were coming down a grade, and It a ting iiao oteu ji.i,iaicj noi.i uie tear platform of the Ijovvt express, as it should have been, th fog might have prevented Knglneer Hoffman from seeing It. We have not been able to get his statement yet. but when we do, his. with th 4 statements of the others who were employed on the trains, will be brought before the offlcers of the road, and an Investigation will be held. "We shall probably be able to get these statements together to-morrow, and the In stigation will then be held at once. " Th men who had charge of the two trains were men who had been in tbe employ of the company for many years. They were known to be trustworthy and reliable, and to-day's waa the first accident In which Vestlgation will then be held at once. - " Engineer Hoffman has been in the em ploy of the co mi van T for twenty rears. Had tie stuck to his cab Instead of jump ing wnen ne jammed down the air brakea, I am sure he woukl not have been In lured. Ilia cab ran only a short distanoe into th rear car of th Dover express, and Hofr man could have reached the rear of the can in time to save himself. " Instead of doing this he jumped, and as a result now lies dangerously injured at the nosnitai. "The flag on the rear platform may hot have been out as far as H should have been. but this Is only a possibility. If, however, the flag was prowrly dls-jU ved and Engi neer Hoffman failed to glow up, the blame for th accident woukl rest on him. " This Is th first fatal accident thait we 4iav ever bad on this branch of the road. It has been in operation for fifty-five years, and up to to-day no one had ever been avuiea in an woctdent on thts road." cewew at the Newark Station -Th Broad Street Station of the Dele ware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at Newark was the centre of an anxious throng this afternoon, which quickly gath ered to learn the details of tbe wreck. Men started to walk to the scene, and before many minutes hundreds were on the way. - and the railroad tracks were lined with persons, some going out of mere curl oslty, while other were hurrying to learn the fate of relatives, who were known to be m the Ill-fated tralna. No train was allowed to pass Broad Street going: east, and one after another they were blocked along the road. As each one came to a "standstill, the passengers would alight and wend their way to the station helping to well the Immense crowds which nad gatn red. The first train to get under way was the uacaetutown express lor iew-orK, wnicn left the Broad Street station at 12:47 P. 11. Five minutes later the express from Mor-rlstown followed. Both trains were over four hours late, and both were loaded down with slrhtseera The first west-bound train to reach here after the accident pulled intd the station at 1 P. M. Among the passengers were many persons wnosa neaas were swatnea in Dan-dag. Others carried their arms in slings and bore other evidence of having been In the wreck. Edward Morrefl of Newark was a son of Richard Morrell, the big steel rail manufacturer of Newark. His father was sitting In his office When a newsboy rushed In and shouted out that a btg accident had taken place. Mr. Morrell bought a paper and the first name to strive nis eye among tne nst or killed was that or his son. lie hurried to Hoboken. where the body 'had been brought, and when he satt the mangled remains ha went like a child. John tl. Htmmer, who was killed, was cashier for S. W. Boocock.- a broker, at & Broad Street. New-York. He had been la Mr. hoooock employ for eighteen rears. rising from the position of Junior clerk to that of cashier. Since 1888 he had been a member of tbe New-York Consolidated Ex change. He had a wide acquaintance In the business district, and waa well liked. Mr. Rlmmer had resided at Summit for about four years. He always took th same train to the city in the morning, reaching bis desk regularly at 9 o'clock. lie became a widower, with two children. In 11. but married again about Big months go. He was thirty-five years old. . . Patrick Ryan and William R. Adams, who were found mangled within a few feet of eacn otner, were Drotners-tn-law. James Ryan, a well-known hatter of Danbury, Conn- died on Sunday, and Mr. Ryan, who was a florist in Mllburn, N. J., and his brother-in-law, Mr. Adams, were on their way to attend tne luneral. Mrs. Adams had started for New-York earlier than her brother. She bad telephoned to a Mrs. Huntington in New- iotk to meet ner at tne Orand Central Station, and together thev were to go to Danbury. When she reached the Hoboken ferry. Chief of Police Kelly of Mllburn met her and Informed her that her brother and brother-in-law were dead. She had not heard of the accident until then and the shock completely prostrated her. Edwin M. Clark, whose leg was broken in George B. Forrester, dealer tn sulphates) at 16 Front Street, New-York. H owns a place ai rvasamg mage, wnere hie family - i'" nus gone every Saturday, to return to th city Monday. Due. ing th wnek ha has boarded in Montague Dirwi, MtrwmijMM. x i w im uunj years Old. -J. U. Stearns la a clerk at the United States Sub-TreejTury, where he has been em ployed since l1. hie is a war veteran and nwua ai .ti iiuuni. -END WRECK Edwin Morrell. one of the killed, waa agent for a typewriting machine. He lived on Waldron Avenue, Summit, and leaves a widow and two yonng children. His father Is Robert Morrell, the Inventor of tne steel railroad tie. ' jonn ruin, a not ner or tne dead, was a mechanical engineer with an officer at 160 Maiden Dane. New-York. He invented the oniy steam Doner which uses alt water. ii leaves a wiie and a son. : Stabbed with. m. Fair of Shears. HAM MEL'S STATION, U I.. Jan. 15. Joseph Sclntr, a shoemaker, was stabbed to death here this evening by August Ruppel. a tailor. The two men lived together id a mall store, facing the Boulevard. They were each fifty years old. Ruppel is said to have a family in California, and Scintr'a family Uvea in Far Rockaway. They went on a spree thl afternoon, which terminated In a fight, during- which Ruppei picked up a big pair of shears and stabbed Sclntr to the heart. He then coolly walked out oc the place with the bloody shears in his band. He entered - a near-by saloon and called for a drink. In answer to th in. qulry about th blood, he informed those present that be had stabbed his companion. Huipel was arreted - and taken to the Queens County Jail in Dong Island City. H ays that Sclntr knocked him down bof ore n iaixea nun. Resablleasi ftebexsi Sot Cassplet. The committee appointed at Whltciaw Retd's dinner last week to prepare a bUl reference to the police Board met at th Republican CVub yesterday afternoon and runner discussed the measure. Ellbu Root, lir avion Ives. John E. Mllholland. John A. Bletuher. and Edward Mitchell were present. ia. cuum in ascertaAfwd ahout i conTnrenoa afterward waa that the idea th of th IVinc Dnpartnxmt had been dlsruasud. and "'iuiw wuw waa laaen. Bank Teller Msrpky I. Mexico BADluM. Mass.. Jan. li. It Is said that rarnc Murphy, th fuglUv toiler of the Salem Savings Bank, is la Mexico, and that is preparing a statement of the irlrcum siancaa adlng up to hi fllrht. which wia THE Tker lated bound ing rience who went found was that ness, ing well agers. relief rived " In elx a " Association In act. thing the charging that and ah eider day noli came day. It teed field fore New-England do of this, done, vita was the isew-fcinglarul neot and I of late its ing tkm erty. rera-eaentattvea of the an the Erie, in aa ton lue rare' ers' the ' that the by wUl to tlon , his tn ing -company lor

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  2. 16 Jan 1894, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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