The Oklahoma Leader. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 5, No. 30, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 16, 1897 Page: 3 of 8
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TEN KILLED ANO MANY
FLAMES ADD TO HORROR
Vrtf htfnl Head-End Collision on th«
fianti K• Ne*r Emporia, Kt n.—W.
J. Bryan In tho Wr«k-H« K«-
ritp*«l Cnlnjured ind Did
la nod Work Knculnic tilt
D«ad and Injurod.
Traiui Wera Going at Fult Ipned Win-
Ibejr t'rasli«<l Togetlior—Kagluti
ICiplod* and Net lira to tlia
Mull and Eiprea* Can—
LUt of lb* Dead aud
Km fori a. Kan., Sept 0. —The most
serious wreck the Santa Fe railway
has had for years occurred at 7:35 last
evening, about three miles east of
No. 1, the California train, com-
posed of two engines, mail, baggage
and express cars, six passenger
coaches snd three Pullmans, collided
with No. 18, the east bound fast mall.
Both trains were running at full speed
and the force of the collision was ter-
So far as known, ten persons were
killed, three or four fatally Injured,
and a dozen others less than fatally.
Shortly after the collision, the trains
took fire and were burned, and it is
feared that severul trainmen and
passengers who are missing were una-
ble to get out of the wreck and were
1 lie Lilt of Known Head.
NATE HOLLISTER, Topeka, en-
gineer of west bound train.
JAMES BKENNAN, Topeka, engin-
eer of west bound train.
J. F. E. SAUETt, 241# Olive street,
Kansas City, Ma, express messenger.
R. A. l)ORAN, Emporia, postal clerk
on east bound train.
DAN M KKRNAN, Topeka.
M. J. MO LADE, KaustisClty, postal
Two tramps, names unknown.
The Herloualy Injured Are:
William Frisbie, Topeka, engineer
of east bound train, legs broken und
otherwise fatally injured.
lien Walters, St Joseph, Mo., fire-
man of east bound train, terribly man-
gled, but may live.
C W. Van Cleve, brake man, fatally
J. L Butler, Cottonwood Falls,
both thighs broken, may die.
R. 0. McGee, postal clerk, 3121 Oak
street, Kansas City, Mo., legs crushed.
W. F. Jones, postal clerk, f>00 Du-
garro avenue, Kansas City, Kan.
Claude Holliday, postal clerk, Law-
•ence, both legs broken and internally
Injured, may die.
John Dagun, Topeka, bruised about
Michael Sweeney, Gainesville, Tex.,
B. P. Melick, Atchison, Kan., trav-
eling salesman, bruises and sprains.
William Patrick, Kansas City, legs
and arms broken.
D. C. Ktter, 22?0 Charlotte street,
Kansas City, brakeman on east bound
train, perhaps fatally.
Phil Schier, 1612 Lydia avenue,
Kansas City, traveling salesman for
Ferd lleim Brewing company, hip in-
A. B. Adams, Mexico, badly bruised.
Caaae of tlie Wreck.
The trainmen state that the acci-
dent Is due to the negligence of the
agent at Lang, who failed to Hag No.
1, the west bound train, us lie was in-
structed by the dispatcher to do.
Train No. 1 was one hour late and
was running with two engines in order
to make up lost time, and should have
met the fast mail at Emporia. The
agent at Lang knew the train was
late, and thought he would have time
to eat supper. While he was gone the
train passed the station.
The cars of the fast mail did not
leave the track, but six of the cars on
the west bound train, together with
the three engines, were jammed into
a mass. As soon as the passengers
and trainmen recovereil from the
shock they looked for the injured aud
dead. Engineer lirennan was found
under his engine, dead. Engineer
Nate Hollister was thrown thirty feet
from his engine and was nicked up
dead. Engineer Frisb&e was picked
up near a fence some distance from
the track, fatallv injured. Ben Wal-
ters. his fireman, was terribly mangled,
hut may live. Bhurley and Gonzella,
firemen on No. 1, were fatally injure 1
and died after being removed from tha
The four postal clerks on No. \ were
all found by the searchers. They were
R. O. McGee, W. F. Jones, M. J[. Mc-
Glade and Claude Holliday, all of
Kansas City. Holliday's legs are both
broken and he is injured internally.
M. J. McGlade was crushed and
bruised about the head and body and
died shortly before midnight □ Jones
legs are mashed and his head is badly
cut. McGee's legs are crushed The
postal clerk on the fast mall, R. A.
I)oran, died shortly after he was
found; J. F. Sauer, express messenger,
was killed, and C. W, Van Cleve,
brakeman, is fatally injured.
The only passenger seriously in-
jured is J. L. Butler, county attorney
Df Chase county. Both his thighs are
Bryan Doea Splendid Work.
On the west bound train was W. J.
Bryau and T. M. Potter. Both men
did splendid work in the work of res-
cue. Mr. liryan assisted in carrying
out of the wreckage two postal clerks.
He was by the side of Engineer Frls-
bee and helped attend him until the
doctors and relief train arrived from
The wounded were brought to Em-
poria and given every possible atten-
Conductor Dave Feraruson, who had
ltA>H No, I, mod! •'%¥*
running at h rat*, *a l a*. knew
we Hens About on the fa*t nmU't. iluta
I expected to be signaled at Lang.
As we we re not, 1 thought wc were
late and expected to make Emporia"
Mr. Bryan said, in spcuking of the
wreck: Thb has been the moot fright-
ful scene 1 have ever witnessed, 'fhe
cries of the wounded were so pitiful,
and we were unable to do anything
for ther relief."
Mr. Bryan was talking to Mr. Pot-
ter when the collision occurred aud
was thrown heavily forward. The
cur he was on, which was the last
Pullman, did not leave the traelf, and
it took him but an instant to realize
what had occurred and to rush out of
Trains over the Sauta Fe will be
run by the way of Ottawa for a few
days. The cost of the wreck to the
railway is estimated at 9100,000.
When the collision came there was
a crash like thunder. The three
mighty engines plunged into each
other with fearful impact The tear-
ing loose of the bolted iron, the hiss-
ing of escaping steam, mingled with
the wrecking of timbers in the cars,
caused a frightful din. And then
came a terrific explosion, one of the
boilers having burst. Solid pieces
of heavy iron were hurled
through the ulr many rods. The
three mail curs and the baggage car
of the westbound train were totally
wrecked. The front half of the bag-
gage car of the cast bound train was
telescopcd. The platform of the one
passenger coach of the east bound
train was broken loose, but the car
did not leave the tracks. The front
steps of the six coaches on the west
bound train was smashed into kind-
ling wood, and some of the coaches
slid high into the air over the debris
of the three engines. One ear left the
trucks and lay at right angles to the
Above the din and confusion of the
wreck sounded the pitiful wailjug of
the injured and dying men. Many
passengers were only bruised, and
they almost created a panic by rush-
ing blindly, wildly for the exits. Many
leaped from the windows of the bat-
Fire llreaka Out.
: ' Of I DEAD.
ELEVEN DEAD, KOUR FA-
ONE MAN IS MISSING.
The Responsibility for the Wreck Not
Definitely Fixe I—Tlia Management
to Make a Thorough luveatlga-
tlon — Aaalataut Superinten-
dent Turner Telia of the
Poaltloua of tka Tralna.
As in all bad wrecks, however, the
cooler headed passengers soon reas-
sured the frightened ones and the
work of rescue was begun. Mr. Bryan
left his coach and was conspicuous
among the rescuers. Fur dowu in the
heaps of debris sounded the wailing
voices of men. pleading for aid. While
the rescuers were working with might
and main to get ut the unfortunates,
fire broke out in the wreckage of the
forward coaches and a cry for water
went up. The water tanks were torn
from their fastenings in the coaches
that could be entered and blood-be-
smeared men carried them over the
broken timbers in a vain attempt to
quell the fast spending Haines.
The dead and mangled bodies of
four victims were dragged to the grass
beside the tracks. The women pas-
sengers huddled in terror und watched
the flames grow higher and higher.
As the fire roared and cracked like a
furnace, men with blanched faces
fought with the bravery of heroes to
subdue it, but they were working
under the most adverse circumstances,
and it seemed that thev would be un-
able to stay the course of the fire
The flames at one time rose to such
height that they could be seen in Em-
poria, three miles away. After her-
culean work, they were subdied, and
it is hoped that no bodies were incin-
fcftOO.OOO In bonds Destroyed.
A. B. Adams, who was injured, was
ou his way to Mexico from New Jersey
with registered bonds amounting to
S00,000 and a great deal of other val-
uables. They were all burned in the
fire that followed. The fire consumed
nearly all the wreck and three coaches.
Mr. Bryan and Dave Leahy of To-
peka, jumped out of the same wind. w.
They both lost their hats an'1 h\nd
St. JosF.rn, Mo., Sept. 9.—Mrs.
Ethel Mitchel, Mrs. Eva Heffner and
Miss Maggie E. Hill were arrested to-
day for making and circulating coun-
terfeit money. Ransom J. Smith,
formerly of this city, was arrested in
Kansas City on the same charge. He
is a member and leader of this crowd,
and was the one especially wanted by
the police. The three women were
taken to jail, in default of the re-
quired $2,000 bond. Smith was locked
up in Kausar, City and will be brought
to St. Joseph. This is Smith's native
city, and although he has an excellent
family his pait reputation, along this
line particula. ly, has been unsavory.
Emporia, Kan., Sept. 10.—A revised
li-H of the victims of the Santa Fe
wreck shows that eleven are dead,
four arc so badly injured that they
cau uot recover and one is missing.
Those deail are;
JAMES HRENNAN of Topeka, en-
NATE HOLLISTER of Topeka,
JOHN SHIRLEY of 317 Adams
street, Topeka, fireman.
HEN WALTERS of St. Joseph, fire-
EDWARD liONZOLLY, fireman, To-
C. A. VAN CLEVE, brakeman, Kan-
R. A. DOR AN of Emporia, postal
J. F. E. SAl'ER of Kansas Cltv,
Wells-Fargo express messenger.
J. M. M'OLADE of Kansas City,
DAN M KERN AN, Topeka.
One unknown trainp.
Missing—HARVEY FOWLER, a
farmer of Emporia.
William Frisbee, engineer, Topeka,
legs broken and injured internally;
S. C. Erter, brakeiuan, Kansas City,
will probably die.
William F. Jones, Kansas City, Kan.,
leg broken, arm broken, back Injured;
will probably die.
Claude Holliday, postal clerk, Law-
rence, both legs broken and internally
injured, will probably die.
The wreck occurred on a straight
line of road, when both trains were
running at a high rate of speed. The
fast mail had beeu running in a
st raight line for more thuu a mile.und
the California express, with her two
heavy engines, had just rounded a
curve when the two trains sighted
each other. "Down brakes" was im-
mediately whistled, and the air brakes
shot into place, but all too late. The
trains met with a horrible crash and
three engines, three baggage cars,
two mail coaches, two smokers and a
passenger conch were piled in one in-
Not one of the six engineers and
firemen jumped from his cab, but all
heroically faced certain death at the
post of duty. Of the six, but one es-
caped alive, and im is probably mor-
The most horrible sight witnessed
was the burning of three persons in
plain view of the passengers, who
were powerless to assist them, so deep
were they beneath the wreckage.
Everything that human power could
do was done to save them, but to no
avail. They slowly burned to death,
and their charred remains were re-
moved from the debris yesterday moi a-
ing. It was one of the most pitiful
scenes ever witnessed. Had it not
been 1o^ the cooler heads among the
passengers, and the heroic efforts put
forth by them many more sights as
dreadful would have been seen.
The loss to the railroad company
can not be certainly determined. The
more conservative place it at 8100,000.
WHO CAUSEDTHE WRECK?
BT&PPBb hY THE POLIO*
McCoy■ Hvan right Declared a Draw In
the Fifth Rotind
Syra< rsk. N. Y.. Sept.. ft—The Al-
hambra rink was crowded with more
than 3,500 persons when the tiuie for
the McCoy-Ryan tight arrived. There
was a big gathering of prominent
porting men and the betting at the
ringside, while it was by no means
lively, showed the interest taken in
the bout The odds were Sl,o00 to $700
in McCoy's favor when the fight be-
gan. The first round opened lively,
McCoy seuding his left iuto Kyan's
jaw, and Ryan hit McCoy in the chest.
Fiddling followed a clinch ami McCoy
shot his left into the chest and upper-
cut with his right, landing on Ryan's
jaw. The round closed with McCoy bear-
ing the hohors. McCoy rushed in the
we eon g round und sent his left into the
body. Ryan clinched. He lifted Mc-
Coy off his feet and McCoy poked with
his left. Cries of foul sounded. In-
fighting followed. McCoy landed In
Ryan's right eye in the third round
and set the. claret Mowing. McCoy
rushed and Ryan fell to his knees. In-
fighting followed. In the fourth
round Ryan rushed McCoy to the
ropes twice. The men were warming
up pretty lively in the fifth when the
police interfered and the match was
declared a draw.
TRAIN ROBBERS RUN.
Attempt to Hold Up the Southern l' -
clfle Fa I la.
Lath nop, Cal., Sept. 0.—The South-
ern Pacific express train No. 17
from San Francisco to Los Angeles,
was held up at a switch near Morrano
at It o'clock last evening. Elaborate
preparations had been made by the
train robbers, who piled ten ties across
the track and had set the pile on tire.
As the train slowed up, the robbers,
who were standing beside the fence
near the track, fired five shots at the
train men. A tramp riding on top of
the baggage car was shot in the hip
being the only person wounded. Twc
leputy sheriffs, who happened to be
on the train, tried to return the tire,
but the roblwrs. becoming frightened
ran across the field In the direction of
the San Joaquin river, without making
any further attempt to loot the train.
30 KILLED, 185 INJURED
STRIKE NOT YET ENDED.
iluiiihua Convention Likely to Vote
Down the Proposed Settlement.
Coi.cmIll's, Ohio, Sept. 0.—The in-
terstate miners' convention adjourned
last evening until this morning with-
out having taken a vote on the ques-
tion of accepting or rejecting the
proposed settlement of the strike.
The prospects for the acceptance of
the settlement are somewhat doubtful.
In fact, a canvass of the situation
shows u majority of the votes, unless
some changes should be brought
about, will bo cast against it. The
onvention is one of the largest dele-
gate gatherings the miners have ever
held, there being iso delegates on the
md aud more expected to arrive
during the morning.
Investigation or tlie Responsibility for
the Dla&nter Ileglna.
Topf.ka, Kan., Sept. 10.—The rail-
road accident between Lang and Em-
poria Is the worst that the Santa Fe
has ever suffered In Kansas. General
Manager F*ey said that the manage-
ment had not been able to locate the
blame, and might not be able to do so
for several days.
Assistaut (ieneral Superintendent
Avery Turner and Division Superin-
tendent C. T. MoClellan will hold an
investigation for the purpose of plac-
ing the responsibility of the terrible
accident as soon as possible, probably
this week. When the news of the
wreck reached the dispatcher's ofliee
in this city Dispatcher King was pros-
trated by the information and was
compelled to at once give up his work
and go to his room. There he has re-
mained in a prostrated condition dur-
ing the day, and no report has yet
been secured from him.
In reference to the responsibility of
the collision, Mr. Avery Turner, as-
sistant general superintendent, said-
"Train No. 1 waa one hour late
leaving this city and was given the
right of way to Emporia, where it
was to nfbet the fast mail train. The
fast mail was also late, about fi
five minutes, but. was making uptime,
and before No. 1 had reached Long,
Dispatcher King sent out an order to
the agent there to Hag the California
train and make Lang the meeting point
instead of Emporia. The question now
is whether or uot. Agent Larson flagged
the train in time. If he did so, the re
sponsibility of the accident falls on
the men in charge of the train, two of
whom are dead. Larson swears that
he flagged the train on receiving the
order, while Conductor Ferguson
swears that the train was not flagged.
There the evidence of one balances
the evidence of the other, and the
only men who could decide the mat-
ter are dead. The only connection
that 1 can now see that Dispatcher
State's Itlghts In Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa, Sept 9.—Govern-
or Drake said yesterday that he would
stand with the attorney general of
Iowa in the view that the action of
the state against Swiss insurance com-
panies was no violation of the treaty
rights. Secretary Sherman's note
would be taken up as soon as other
pressing matters should be disposed
of and an answer penned embodying
DEATH LIST IS GROWING.
At l.eaat Sixteen Persons Lost Their Lives
In the Santa Fe Wreck.
Emporia, Kan., Sept. 11.—The death
list of the Santa Fe wreck was in-
creased to sixteen yesterday by the
death of Engineer William Frisby at
Topeka and the discovery among the
wreckage of three more bodies. The
workmen were attempting to move one
of the tenders whudi was part of the
mass of rubbish whe \ they found un-
der it the charred remains of a wom-
an. There was not enough of the body
to identify, but a corset and part of
the body showed the remains to be
those of a woman. Shortly ifter the Kin? ha<> wlth u'e collision Is the fact
body of the woman was found, the , ^ changed the meeting point
charred remains of another human
AWFUL HEAD-END CRASH.
t-.iploalon and Fire Follow — Many Paa
nu««r# llurned to Death In the
Wrerkago—A Conductor t'uder
Arrest — Theory la That
He Had Attempted to
"Steal a Station."
Colllalon Occurred at Midnight. N
ptvraatle, lletweeu a Denver an<
Itlo (irand Pnaaengcr Train mid
a Colorado Midland Special
Stock Train—Ltet of the
Deed aud Injured.
being were found, and within an hour
under the wreckage of the coaches,
the wrecking crew discovered the re-
mains of another body.
Harvey Fowler, who was reported
as missing, did not get on the train at
Burlingame, but came in last night
A Mlaaonrl Chicken Thief Kilted.
Stanberry, Ma, Sept li.—Fred
Black of Stanberry was shot and
killed last night at Rochester, while
in the aet of stealing chickens.
from Emporia to Lang."
Engineer Frisby said to-day: "I
turned the curve near the bridge over
the Neosho river onto a straight piece
of track, and there ahead of me I saw
the other train. Wo w«re then run-
ning about fifty miles an hour. 1
don't know how I did anything, but I
remember putting on the air and
whistling for additional brakes. Then
I jumped, and remember nothing aft^r
that until I found myself on the
ground, with some one bathing my
PLATT TO FIGHT SETH LOW
Little Doubt That the Republican Ma-
chine Will Oppoae Him.
Nf.w York, Sept. 9.—The candidacy
of Seth Low for mayor still is the
principal topic of discussion among
politicians of the Greater New York,
The attitude to be assumed by tjie Re-
publican organization toward that
andidacy seems no longer a matter
of speculation. Senator Piatt and
Chairman Quigg have decided unequiv-
ically that the Republican city con-
vention will not indorse Low. They
t now bend all their energies to-
ward the fulfilment of the prophecy.
An indorsement of Low means the
overthrow of Piatt The Piatt pro-
gramme has been fairly outlined. It
embraces the idea of forcing Low from
Edward Mllle 1'earce Dead.
Boston', Sept. 9.—The death of Ed-
ward Lillie Pcarce, lawyer, author
and philanthropist, is announced from
Paris. Me was born in Massachusetts
In 1820 and after his education was
finished began his professional life iu
Cincinnati, where he. entered the law
Dflice of Salmon P. Clin.se. He entered
the army upon the outbreak of the
war and rendered effective scrviee
among the colored people of the South.
A Michigan Mine Owner tienerona
Owosso. Mich., Sept 9.—Todd Kin-
said, president of the Corunna Coal
2ompdny, has notified his miners that
glnce the first o? the month the price
for digging has been advanced from
80 to 90 cents per ton. an advance of
ten to twenty-five cents a da}'to the
miner. The advance was given un-
Six Montli'a liold In Auatralla-
Wasiiinoton, Sept. 9.—Consul Gene-
ral Maratta reports to the state de-
partment yesterday that for the six
months ended June 30 there were re-
?eived at the Melburn, Australia mint
019,214 ounces of gold. This came
from Australia and the surrounding
A Venerable Mlaaonrl Woman Dead.
Nevada, Mo., Sept 9.—Mrs. Re-
becca Ryan, aged 9? years, died at her
home in Virgil township yesterday.
She was born in East Tennessee April
4, 1800, came to this county over forty
years ago and had lived here ever
llrooklleld Republicans Indorae Low.
Nkw York, Sept 9.—The Brook field
faction of tho Republican party, of
which General Wager Swayne Is pres-
ident, at a meeting last night, adopted
a resolution indorsing Seth Low, the
Citizen's Union candidate for mayor.
Pennaylvanla'a Secretary Realffiia.
Hariusrurg, Pa, Sept 9.--General
Frank Rceder, secretary of the Com-
monwealth, tendered his resignation
to Governor Hastings to-day, to take
effect at once. The governor asked
for Secretary Reeder's resignation on
A Cargo of Corn for France.
Philapki.phia, Sept 9.—The British
steamship Recca sailed from this port
yesterday with 154,700 bushels of corn
consigned to Bordeaux. This is the
first cargo of corn shipped to France
in many years.
See Smith, the bill distributor,
Nkwcahtmc, Col., Sept. 11.—The
■ orst wreck tti the history of the state
f Colorado occurred at 1?;2. yesterday
morning on tho joint track of the Den-
ver *V Rio Grande and the Colorado
Midland railways, one and a half
miles west of here. After twelve
hours' incessant work by tho wrecking
rews in clearing away the debris and
rescuing the bodies of those who per-
ished, it is yet impossible to secure
more than an estimate of the loss of
life, ami not even those known to be
d4ad have been identified. Many of
the unfortunates will never beknown,
aud it is possible that the number
killed will always be in doubt. From
the best information obtainable now
fully thirty persons are believed to
have perished, while 18ft who came out
of tlie wreck alive ure suffering from
The wreck was caused by ahead-
end collision between a Denver Rio
Grande passenger train, running
the rate of forty miles an hour, and a
special Colorado Midland stock train,
running at a speed of probably thirty
miles an hour. So terrific was the
concussion that both engines, baggage
and express cars, smoker and day
coaches and two stock cars were to-
tally demolished and the track torn
up for rods in each direction. To add
to the horror of the scene, the wreck-
age at once caught lire from an ex-
plosion of a Piutsch gas tank on th
passenger train, and burned so rapidly
that many passengers, pinned beneath
the debris were burned to death be
fore help could reach them.
The most generally accepted theory
as to the cause of the wreck is that
Conductor Burbank of the Midland
special, anticipating the time of tho
passenger, undertook to "steal a sta
ti on" and l>eat the passenger int
Newcastle. Burbank escaped unin
jured, and, upon orders from Coroner
Clark, has been placed under arrest
by the sheriff. Midland Engineer Os
trander is missing, and a thorough
search all about his engine fails
reveal any vestige of his remains. It
'«.s thought that when ho saw the
threatened danger he jumped from his
engine and, realizing his negligence,
took to the hills.
Mr. and Mrs. E. II. Strouse, who
live one-fourth of a mile from the
scene of the accident, report that when
the two trains met the shock was so
great as to literally hurl them out of
bed. Some say the noise was heard
and the shock felt in Newcastle.
The dead, as far ns recognized, are
WILLIAM GORDON, engineer pass
F. J. KEENAN, postal clerk, of Den
ROBRT S. HOLLAND, fireman Den-
ver Ji Rio Grando railway, of Salida.
S imV* | mtl
Wftluh. upwo ono ut wl#lct was iu
scribed i'roin Mother to Mn'uie
Frank P. Mannu, a newipaper man
of Victoi', Col., who as in the smoker
and escaped with some painful bruises
d burns, said:
"Words fail to express the horror
of the scenes The crash came unex-
pectedly. Suddenly, all was darkness,
confusion. The air wan filled with
inders, splinters and heated gases.
The flames darted up on either side.
The ace nee was simply Indescribable.
The Haines were, in a sense, a Godsend,
for with their aid the windows were
ocated, even though passengers had
jump through burning flames."
The accident occurred at the worst
possible point Two minutes running
ach way would have avoided the
reck, as each engln* er could have
ii the approach of the otiier train.
The truins collided on a curve or b.rnd
round a mountain, und there was no
opportunity to even slacken the speed.
The freight engine went through
the passenger engine up to the bell.
On the passenger train were abcut
!(H) people ubout evenly divided be-
reen the couches. In the smoker
xt to the express car were about
The crash was followed by an ex-
plosion. Flames shot up from tho
ruins and in a short time the wreckage
as a burning muss The groans and
ies of the imprisoned passengers was
heart-rending. Those of tho more
fortunate who cscapod injury set to
>rk rescuing those who wcro caught
In the wreck
As in all similar accidents, the en-
gine inen are first to lose their lives.
Hubert Holland, fireman on the pas-
senger, was so badly hurt that he died
lock. Gordon, engineer of the
passenger, may live although he Is
badly injured and ut first was thought
be fatally hurt. He suffered great
pain from a rupture iu addition to his
other injuries. He was thrown over a
arb wire fence by the forco of th«
collision. Hines, the Midland tire
man, was so badly hurt that the doe-
rs who examined him at 5 o'clock
said that he could not recover, lb
as shockingly burned but bore his
pain bravely. .lames Keenan, the
postal clerk, will not live, the doctors
say. He Is terribly scalded.
W. L. Hawthorne, conductor of the
passenger train was In the smoking
car at the time of the collision and
rely bruised. He suys that
the gas cylinder under one of the
wrecked curs exploded and everything
ppeurcd to be in flames within a short
MRS. ALEXANDER II ART MAN
and two sons, of Herscher, 111.
WILLIAM HINES, fireman.
JAMES ERRICK. of Chicago.
CHARLES LEEPER, of Clarian, Pa
The injured are:
Rev. Mr. Alexander Ilartman. II
scher, III.; both legs broken and badly
.lolin II. Standcr of P.lack foot, Idaho;
leg broken, face cut und burned and
Miss Pearl Cornell of Alciel, Ore.
J. C. Yeager of Toledo. Ohio
.1. Logman of Whittier, Cal.; slight-
Mrs. Mary Israel of St Paul, Minn,
slight njury internally.
.1. F. Snyder of Independence, Ivan
D. II. McAneneyof Victor, Col.; face
O. V. Titson of Cockerill, Mo., cut
bauly about the head.
It. II. Brickley, Chicago, back in
J. G. Young of St. Louis, cut in fore-
head, not serious.
Thomas Nash of Moab, Utah, left
arm broken, badly burned in fac
Frank P. Mannix, Victor, Col.
bruised and slightly burned.
It. W. Shot, Leeper, Pa., badly
Brakeman Knapp, leg crushed.
James C. Foley, express messenger,
William S. Missemer, express mes-
The case of Engineer Ostrander of
the freight engine is still in doubt.
Charred fragments of limbs and
bodies of a number of persons have
been taken out of the ruins, but it i
not likely that any more bodies will
be positively identified, and it seems
certain that the number killed will
remain in doubt The coronor found
a shaving mug with the nuine "W
Nicholson" upon it Also a gold watch
with the name of F. C. Potter en-
graved on the outside.
The most conservative estimate
places the list of dead at from twenty-
five to thirty-five. The remains of
what is supposed to be ten persons are
confined in two caskets, with nothing
to identify them, and it is expected
they will be buried here to-day
Ten bodies were found in the ruins
of one car, and four iu another. The
charred remains of. two women, ap-
Two express messengers on the Rio
Grande train, James C. Foley and
William S. Messemer, both of Denver,
had piled up tho through baggage In
one end of tho car aud were busy with
the egg eases In the other end when
the shock came. They were pitched
adlong about the car and when it
toppled over they were stunned and
bruised by the loose baggage. It was
several minutes before they were able
to aid themselves. Then the car be-
gan to fill with smoke, and death by
burning or suffocation seemed their
fate. They realized their position
ami began to fight with an a\ to liber
themselves. Finally, as the
burst into Haines, they saw daylight
through the hole they were cutting
nd by the aid of some men on the
outside they were able to pull them
selves through, bruised and bleeding,
but still safe.
The express car and its contents
were entirely consumed by fire.
Some excitement was occasioned by
two Italians attempting to break open
trunks taken from tho baggage
Marshal Pearson shot at one und
thinks lie hit him. The other, Nick
Fick, was arrested.
The Rio Grande Junction road, on
which the wreck occurred. Is a join
track operated by the Denver & Illo
irande and Colorado Midland compa-
nies. It is a single standard gauge
track seventy-seven miles long, run-
ning from Newcastle to (irand Junc-
tion, connecting the two roads with
the Rio Grande Western. The road
follows tho Grand river and nearly all
the way there are high bluffs on on
side of the track and the stream os
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OKLAHOMA MISSION W0BK
Some interesting Figures and Statit
ties Presenteu by Dick Motgan,
President Dick T. Morgan, of Perry,
deliTered the following address to the
Christian Mission convention:
The Disciples of Christ, the name und.
which the Christian churel1 Is known i
the United States cenn'5 reports, have
become one of the (Treat religious bodies
of the world. Our membership now ex-
ceeds 1,UOO,IIOO. Our rapid growth Is at-
tracting wide-spread attention. We have,
10,397 churches, 5 f> ministers, seven o"
eight universities, thirty or f rty col
loges aud a large number of ubly edltc
religious journals. Our church prop i'
Is valued at over 117,000,0(10. Wo lia
:i,89T Christian Endeavor societies, 7
Sundav schools, ii80,100 Sunday school
teachers and scholars.
In the iwentv-two years since the <ir
((animation of the Foreign Mission society
It has collecledcver *1,000,000. The Home
Missionary society has collected nearly
$800,000. The Christian Woman s board
of missions has collected over moo.ooo
and our Church Extension fund hr
grown in a few years to nearly $150,000.
Our statutlcsof the year 180(1 show that
we spent for building churches I7.r o,000"
for the support of ministers, 12,600,000
for incidental expenses, *034,000; fc
church and bible school literature, 300.
001); for Orpan Home aud orphan schools,
145,000; for education and endowing col-
leges, tl2.1.000; for foreign missions wi
spent through the Foreign Christian
Missionary society, the C W.E M. and
other independent sources, 1125.000; for
homo missions, through Home Mission
ary society, Church Extension, Negro
Education and evangelization, C W
Pi. . fur IU* fttJyfciv'Utt'"* ♦/
niilliy. t« ,L'«!|fcn,Mf> *uj UofrsvuUpc.*,
a Dili Iplc* oT Christ are actlva in th« lr
id. support ami encoiu ige&ieiit
1 hen- iIiIurs are recalled with two ob-
l< clsiA view, vU: First, to encourage
is In our work: second, to remind you
hat wo, in Oklahoma, must be "up and
doing" or we will tie found in tho rear of
the profession. We should not under-
estimate the extent of tho Held under our
peclal care and oversight. Oklahoma'a
iva Is greater than the #rcat state of
ndluna, but we hav<- more than broad
,cies. Seven sutes of this I'nios, viz:
Delaware, lt(aho, Montana, North Da-
kota, 1'tali, Wyoming aud Nevada aud
the two territories—Arizona anil New
Mexico—each have a smaller population
than Oklahoma. Oklahoma has 111 news-
papers More newspapers than any one
of tho following 8tat<*«: Delaware, Ida-
ho, Nevada Khode Island, Utah, Ver-
mont aud Wyoming. This shows that
•• people of Oklahoma are an Intelli-
nt reading people and ready to receive
the truth when presented. Oklahoma
has lonK talked of her poverty, her Ina-
bility to support preachers and build
hnrch houses. Aro we not tired of this
tune'.' lias the time not come to change
the koy from "Mats" to "sharps?" Tune
j cur Instruments—the talents God has
von us—to concert pitch, sound a new
note and sing a now song.'
The products of our farms, our wheat,
orn, cotton, beans, live stock, fruit and
other products, will this year, according
to a conservative estimate, reach lioo,-
1)0,000. This Is lifteen times the value
f all th" gold taken from the mines of
oloiado in IBM. It is more than all the
Kold taken from tho mines of California,
Montana, North and South Dakota
the saiLO year. These states, from whence
omet nearly a'I of our gold, In iso-l pro-
luced but giO,500,000 in gold. Add to this
u,ho silver product iwi.ooo.ooo- take all
ie gold aud silver produced Iu the
lilted States in one year and they hard-
ly reach In value the products of our
lields, orchards and pastures. Our peo-
ple—members of the Christian church-
rtainly have their proportion of this
vast sum. Cau we not, In this great
prosperity, build many more church
louses before another year shall roll
around? It is estimated that we have
eighty organized churches in the terri-
tory. Fuily slxty-flve of these have no
house of wovshil) With the proper
ITort we should luiild this year at least
twenty-five church houses.
Iu the year-book of 1SU7, Oklahoma Is
given credit with a membership of 0,022,
with CO Sunday schools, with .1,200 Sun-
day school scholars and teachers, with
10 Christian Endeavor societies, with 40
ministers and with church property val-
ued at *35,000. fiuimatlng the popula
tion of Oklahoma to be 250,000, only two
and four-tenths of tho people of Oklaho-
ma aro members of the Christian church.
As small as this may seem, it Is a good
showing an compared with the percenta«e
in other states and territories. The state
of Kentucky Is reported to have 108,000
members of the Christian church. This
is live and seven-tenth of the population
of the Mate. Kansas reports 43,750 mem-
bers of the Christian church, which Is
three per cent, of the population of t he
state Iowa leports 47,100 members,which
Is two and four-tenths per cent, of the
population of the state. Ohio reports 00,-
000 member?,which is one aud nine-tenths
percent of the population. Illinois re-
ports 05 257 members, which Is two and
live-teuths p*r cent, of the population of
tho state. Arkansas reports 1.-1,000 mem
hers, which is one and two-tenths per
cuut. of the population of tho state. Texas
reports Its,001 members, which is one and
seven-tenths of the population of the
state. Tennessee reports 35,340 members,
which is two per cent, of the population
of that state Missouri reports 147,300
members, which Is live and live-tenths
ier cent, of the population of that state,
t will thus be observed that while Mis-
souri reports a larger membership than
any other state, yet In proportion to her
population her membership is sMghtly
ie?s than that of Kentucky . From th's
list It will be observed tliat there are but
four states, vl/.: Kentucky, Missouri,
Kansas and Illinois, where the members
of tho Christian cbuch an- more numer-
ous in proportion to the population than
In this territory. More than this the
probabilities are that the estimate of our
membership of 0,023 Is several thousand
too low. It Is probable that today there
are In Oklahoma nearly 10,000 members of
the ( hrlsttan church, if this be true,
there Is no stato or territory in the Union
where tho member* of the Christian
church are more numerous In proportion
to tho population than la Oklahoma.
Twenty btatesln the union report a less
number of organized churches than Okla-
homa, twenty-four states report a small-
er membership; twenty-three states re-
port a less number of Sunday school
scholars and teachers; twenty-two states
roport a I ss numl>er of Christian Endea-
vor societies; nineteen states report a
less number of preachers, and fourteen
statfs report church property of less
M., Ministerial Relief, state and district
organizations. $300,840. For all purposes
we, as a religious people, for the year
1896, collected and paid out the sum of
14,807,01a in brief, statistics show that
in every department of church work we
aro advancing with g'gantic strides. In
, . building church hoi'.ues, colleges and or-
parently clasped in eocb others arms, ^ao's homes, In the supporting of the
were found. Their heads and lower | ministry, In sending miss otis to bp1*}
limbs were burned off. In the dfesa | home and foreign fields aud In the aid or
Those figures demonstrate, compara-
ively speaking, our force is not insigniti-
ant. We out-rank nearly half the states
In the union In the number of churches,
membership, Svnday school scholars and
teachers and In the number of Chiisiiin
At no time has tho outlook been so
bright as at present. When our last con-
vention adjourned, if 1 am not. mistaken,
not one of our leading churches employed
a pastor. Today the churches in our lead-
ing cities, with one exception, have pas-
tor*}, and are makingsubstantial progress.
Several churches have been erected dur-
ing the past year. The Home Missionary
Society lias sent ua two men to aid in the
work of evangelizing t ho territory. These
two brothers should be able to show sev -
ral new church houses as some of the
results of their work.
^ o should plan to onlargo the work on
every hand. We can no longer plead hard
times as an excuse for inactivity. Every
disciple of Christ should take his proper
place, and enter with renewed energy,
zeal and enthusiasm upon the work be-
fore us. Between now and the meetiag
of tho next convention there will ho
twelve months, fifty-two weeks, three
hundred and sixty-live days. Every
month, week and day should record pro-
It Is most agreeable and pleasant to
come together at these annual meetings
and mingle with each other. It Is pro'it-
abio to listen to tho various addresses,
speeches and exercises. Hut tho great ob-
ject of such conventions should be to
plan for future work. After adjourn-
ment, the great aim should be to execute
I trust, thereforo.that our deliberations
will be marked with enthusiasm and ear-
nestness, and deep devotion; that wise
and effective plans will bo adopted for
the future; that this convention may
give encouragement to every worker, In-
fuse new life and vigor into our work,
give the cause a fresh impetus, and be re-
membered as a monument, marking tho
beginning of the high tide of our success,
progress and triumph In the great cause
oftruth, righteousness, temperance and
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A traveling man who has been in
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^hoveling wheat through the bay win-
dows into their parlors, many of them
finding it cheaper to give up the best
room iu the house than to build gran-
A farmer camo into a store on Main
street tho other day, in Oklahoma
City, to sell a load of fine peachec. He
was offered 50 cents a bushel. A
traveling man who was standing by
remarked to the farmer, "If you had
those peaches in New \ork, you could
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answered the farmer, "an* if I had a
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