John George Spencer train wreck followup

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John George Spencer train wreck followup - With Them Hackensack's Horror Might Have Been...
With Them Hackensack's Horror Might Have Been Averted THE D., L & W. OFFICERS DEFEND THE MAN-ASD-PLAG 8TSTEM. While, the condition of the wounded °o?i"»'' victims of the Delaware, L,ackawanna ™ R""«av accident at Hacka : er.saek bridge was reported n.t the hospitals yesterday nftenioon, In the =.-« -ajorlty of cases, to be ravomble. - - —- • -- -- • j it was evident that tho attendant nhysi- i clans had grave fears that the mortality _jlist would be Increased by two or per- haps three names within a short time. There are even more than this number whose condition Is so serious that their ultimate recovery Is by no means assured. The worst and most hopeless cofie of all was that of poor Carl H. Schulta, jr., son of the millionaire mineral-water maker. The doctors had little hope of his recovery from th'e time the full extent of his Injuries was ascertained. Yesterday morning he was so low that all his family were called. They remained either by his bed or within quick call In the hospital building. He barely recognized them, though he spoke feebly two minutes at hla disposal In getting buck with his flag, or over the undoubted fuel that the engineer of the South Oranse express was running nt an Insane rate of speed under the existing conditions; or over the further unquestioned fact that the fog was dens through whatever confusion may be made < by a noisy discussion of these circum-( All ! several times. At 2 V. M. he was re- j portO( j as SU1I s i n k| ng . naid hla father, 1 mo ther, sister, brother and brother-in- j lnw- wno were W | th j,i lr)i were prepared t | for the worst. At midnight it was sa4d • lie might die before morning. stances, there will always plainly appear the great overshadowing truth that had the Delaware, L,ackn\vanna and AVrMern Company had the block-signal system In operation the chancca are many hundred and probably many thousand to one that it would have worked, and the ten or a dozen persons who now lie dead or dying would ue still alive and well at this moment and with their families. WHERE THKSE MEN FAILED. Mr. Sloan, the President of the road, and Mr. Griffith, the Assistant Superintendent, meet this quite undeniable proposition with the statements that the block signal is expensive, nnd that it has been known not to wort:. "1 have been railroading ever since I was a boy," said Mr. Griffith. "1 have been brakeman. fireman, baggageman and so on. and my experience is that the best protection to the rear of a train |y the pood, steady, domestic man with a red nag or a red lantern in his hand." It is the pride of the Delaware. ]-,acka- wanna and Western ofllclals that the men in its employ are of the kind Mr. Griffith described— they will have no others at work on the road. Yet their steady, domestic men \vere not enough to cope single-handed on Monday morn- Ing with such common events on the run between Newark and Hoboken as a fog and one train following another nt three minutes' headway. Mr. Sloan said at his home last even- Ing that he had been over in Hoboken during the day and had attended the beginning of the railway investigation, which will be continued from day to day. Mr. Holsten'l, general manager of the road, who lives in Scranton. was also present, with Mr., the general superintendent. "We began at the very beginning." said Mr. Sloan, "and examined the cows of all the trains that came In Monday morning up to the Dover express. We cannot, of course, get at the very root of the matter until we can examine Conductor George and Engineer Hoffman, both of whom, poor fellows, are lying badly hurt. "All the crews of Incoming trains before the Dover express testified that they put torpedoes on the track behind them to warn them to slow down. The Dover express had slowed down after striking the torpedo. There is no doubt whatever that torpedoes were also put Another critical case at St. Mary's Is a . He had been caught and jammed in be- elusive t \veon seius in the car. and his sltfe and chest were crushed. His family and "There is doubt, however, whether tho brakeman of the Dover express, f^nds »'«-« wlth hlm durl '« M"'«i"y ton, went as fur back as he should have | night and all yest.erd.iy. His case yester- ! Kone. I ">!fsel(. dc not believe that he considered very d d. But the whole ke>- o the trouble day afiernoon serious. Christopher Arnold, a clothing cutter, ' of Newark, was also reported us In i very dangerous condition. He received a compound fracture of. the left leg and thigh, and at 11 P. M. Monday the leg was amputated. The operation left him : very feeble. Theodore F. White, Jr., of Summit, re- I celved a compound commlnated fracture , of the leg, which probably will render . seems, so far as present appearances go, to point to the fact that Hoffman, the engineer of the South Orange train, was running too fast. The trainmen of his train testify that ho was going only at the rate of twelve or fifteen miles an hour. That is sufficient to cause n wreck, but not sulficient, I am sure, to calls por: that for will with and for with Ing being or of poultry with cause'such a wreck as'resulted. I do ' not think that the train was at full speed, for that would be twenty. serious, although yesterday he , seemed , to have rallied somewhat, and was a ' trifle better. IK • ENGINEER HOFFMAN'S HX5RTS. i The conditions of Frederick Ferguson, as ; of Summit, son of William Ferguson, | who was killed; Charles E. Mincher, of | BarUiug P*id&e, are also serious. Mr. Cornish was in a great state of excite- as for St. SmpmaUfil neceSar " II s condi Ion" Is 1 Ove or thirty miles an hour; it seems to • -<• * • - • ' me lie must have been going something under twenty miles. You cannot set t'.ie men to testify closely to the exact fact In a case like that." Pbople who saw the kindling wood to which the curs were reduced will find It very hard to believe that the South Orange train was cuntiinE: ;U any less rate than twenty-five miles an hour. Coroner Vnlk Impanelled a jury yesterday, and under guidance of Assistant Superintendent Griffith, they visited the scene of the wreck, and then went to the repair shops at Kingsland and looked at the wrecked cars and cn- -Ine. They then adjourned to meet in Telsten's Hall, Hoboken, at 2 P. M. to- ment when he arrived at the hospital and gave a name which the authorities .-._.._. j there took to be Cowan, and BO reported it. They learned through inquiries of . lii become but his of he for a:i . Only four of the wounded were taken Christ Hospital, Jersey City Hos- friends his real name. Engineer Hoffman said to a friend who called Monday night that he waa looking out of the cab window, and was not signalled to slow down. The fog was so thick he had only time to clap on the brakes and jump. His wounds are superficial scalp cuts, and he will soon be able to give hln testimony to the Railroad Investigating Committee, as •well as to the Coroner's jury. The rnll- rov\d people sent up late yesterday afternoon^ to^inquire into his condition. to ._ , j>HaI, and they were'ali reported"as d'oing well and reasonably sure to recover. Washington Irving, whuse spine was supposed to be badly hurt has been found to be suffering chiefly from nervous prostration and shock. Mr. J. Rusllng, jr., the Stevens Institute student, went away from St. Mary's Hospital yesterday afternoon, and George Spencer, who has a fractured arm, also left the hospital for his home. DISPOSING OF THE DEAD. The bodies of John H. Rimmer, W. R. Adams, Patrick Ryan and Edward Morrell have been sent to Summit. W. K. Purington's body was shipped yesterday to Topham, Me., Mr. Purington's birthplace. W. J. Turner's body went to Basking Ridge last night, and a brother called yesterday at the office of Voile, the Coroner and undertaker, and directed that the body of Edward Klnsey be sent to Bernardsville to-day. The body of William Ferguson was sent to gi H , , day. The jurymen, all from Hoboken, are: F. W. Bender, insurance broker, foreman; .1. Heath, butter; J. R. Wiggins, hardware; Henry Hen tier, pro, vision dealer; A. P. , livery; VlBlUIl Uci.llt! I , J*., r . tlCAttiiiv:* , i* v t* j i A. Lankerlng, cigar dealer; J. Brunlns, saloon-keeper; M. V. : McDermott, City Clerk; H. L,ohman, Jr.. Water Register; R. H. Albert, Assistant Collector; Frerl Elclmer, pftlnter; M-. Dnab, hotel keeper. Summit at 2.30 yes Fergu terda y afternoon. The to hearing an today. was the to and his that including the John was on the John now in con fail th Corn- body of John Fish, a civil engineer ot Summit, was the last sent for. Mr. Tlsh was a. member of the Township Committee. As to the disaster Itself and Its causes, here remains little to add to the Btate- nent made In yesterday's World. In- tead of taking the extra chance of afety which the addition of the block ystem to their own old-fashioned man- wlth-a-flag method would have given, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Company chose to take the chance of death and the devastation of homes. They took the chance and they lost, and horrible has been the result of their gambling venture. WHAT OFFICIALS SAY. Both President Sloan and Mr. Griffith, n talking ot the accident yesterday for The World, made the rather curious statement, in extenuation of the absence of the block system, that the man In the alock signal tower might be asleep, or that electric communications might fail. Mr. Griffith admitted that a flagman sent back, with a hundred lives dependent upon him, might have a fit or drop , dead of heart disease, and he also mitted that in that event it would be a good thing to have another device against the possibility of wholesale slaughter. Mr. Sloan said that undoubtedly the Hackensack Meadows wreck would precipitate further discussion of puttin the block signal system. He added this connection, that the Morris and Essex division • of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railway caused the company a loss of $3,000,000 a year, and that the line never should have been ab- r, p . , . Mrs. Rlmmer, of Summit, wife of John H. Rimmer, has been comatose since she heard of her husband's death. Mrs. Edward Monell, whose husband also was among the victims, la the mother of a week-old child, and is also in a critical condition. The railroad company has been doing all In its power for the wounded In Hoboken, and in addition, Mrs. Edwin Stevens and her daughter, Mrs. Alexander, of Castle Point, and Mrs. Palmer Campbell, three oC the most prominent and wealthy women In Hoboken, went to St. Mary's Hospital and offered their services to nurse or do anything at which they might make themselves useful. The hospital start was sufficient for the emergency, how- by cutting the the per of of the ng in d^ in CRUSHED BETWEEN TROLLEY CARS. A Huckleberry Motorman Terribly Injured by a Very Strango Accident. Motorman Henry Breuning was in charge of north-bound. trolley car No. 16, of the Huckleberry Railroad, hist night. At One Hundred and Sixty-third street and Third avenue,' at 7 o' clock, the ge irlng of the car broRe down. Car No. 8 came up behind the disabled car ft lew minutes later, and preparations were mndc to couple the two cars together. Breuning left his platform to adjust the coupling-pin. Tlw approaching car slowed down gradually. AK it got within a few feet of him it suddenly bolted forward. Breuning was caught in the slda and horribly crushed. The motorman of car No. 8 applied the brake nulclily. This alone saved Breuninir. s life. A score ot excited passengers rushed from the cars and helped shove the car fonvnr.1. M they did Brcunlntr dropped unconsoii.ui to the navement. Ho was carried to Sown's drug store at One Hundred and Sixty-fourth street, and revived. An ambulance from Fordlmm Hospital brought Dr. Plunkett. He examined the injured man and found several ribs had been broken, and the left shoulder dislocated. Internal iniurios arc feared. The doctor set tho shoulder, and Brouning was token to his home, at No. 3022 Third ave- nuo in the ambulance. The motorman of cai No 'ft V 'H* unable ti explain how the car had BUdiJei IT inoi-cnsod to velocity. UnevoimesB In the current in thought to have teen the 3f t if St before Court, the aggre- the said ap- looking close be""' al- the the trust the the & was the in» . orcr, sorbed. What connection these circumstances have with the failure of one of the richest railroad corporations in the country to protect the lives of its passengers with a device which nearly every other first-class road in the country has had in operation for years, he did not explain. Probably there will be very little- sympathetic Interest, either, on the part of the thousands of people who ride dally on D. 1,. & W. trains, with their from three to five minutes' headway, in Mr. Sloan's further statement in the same conversation, that tlic block system la expensive. "But," tie added, in conclusion, "we must have everything that will increase safety, no matter what it costs. None of the block systems, &e I understand, are perfect and can be fully depended upon. It Is a question which is the best; there may be improvements." A PREVIOUS LESSON. It will be remembered that the New York Central officials explained, after the hideous slaughter from the rear-end collision at Hastings two years ago Christmas Eve, that ; the reason the block system had not been adopted on their lines was because they were waiting to find out which of the b!ock plans was the best, or until something better -than anything then known was invented. It will be remembered also that the same company never moved with mere celerity and zeal than it did In putting in the best block system at hand when the atorm of popular indignation which the Hastings horror and this shifty answer brought down upon It. It is hoped, and by a good many believed (and. Indeed, the tone of Mr. Sloan's conversation warrants the belief), that the Delaware, Lackawaiina and Western Company will now break its record almost as quickly as did the Centra!, \ Throug-iAaJ! the dust .that It kicked up iver the possible fact that the brakeman, *&* Dover train, did no > ot the minutt or Abdnoteo by Father, then by Mother. UNIONTOWK; Pa., Jan. IG.—Little Harry Fowler was abducted by his father last July and taken to West Virginia, where his father wos living. Mrs. Fowler made an unsucccfs- lul effort In the courts to recover her boy. and yesterday went to Laurel, W. Va., took the lad (torn school and brought him back. TELEOBAPHIC BBEVITIED. The bell In historic OU South Church. Boston, Is cracked. The Bight Rev. Edward J. Danne will be Installed as Roman Catholic Bishop of Uallus. Ttr., to-night. Mrs. Carrl* M. Pratt, who has recently Bhown evidences ot mental weakness. Is inleslng from Wakefleld. Mais. The Rev. Henry E. Hovey. rector of twi Episcopal Churches In Portsmouth, N. H., wai asked to resign ona ot his charges. H? refuse* and Dlshop Niles IB considering the matter. Railroad* men at Milwaukee say tho Engllsl locomotive, James C. Holmaa, IB a failure, a •ho IB "short on stnam" when considerable haul Ing !• necessary. One hundred and twenty million five bundre and ninety-Blx thousand two hundred and eevcnt. passengers paid fare on the Chicago City Rail way Company's lines during 1833. The Protective League ot American Showmc has been organized at Cincinnati. It is fo owners, agenta. show printers, canvas makers £c., and lie purpose Is to remedy existing evils Including excessive fees tor licenses. Edgar Chlott, who bos . been employed In tht Post-Office at Burlington, Vt., since 18S7. ha been arrested for robbing the mull. Market money taken from d£coy letters was found on him. Three masked men entered the floap factory o Schultz & Co., at 'Zanesvllle, O., overpowered Watchman Day and after binding and gagging him threw Mm Into & closet. The gate was bl0v;i open and (3.&00 In checks and 1200 In money cm a diamond rfng were Uken. The robbers es caped. FannU Blake, housekeeper for Mary. Open- schauer, alias May rjavls, who died .at Taunton. Man., Oct. 11, 1SW, uru then i bearing; day on the cbarce* of stealing diamond rings worth 4900 from 'tbi bodr ol her employer. The i wai continue!, "> one, of

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  1. The World,
  2. 17 Jan 1894, Wed,
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