Chatsworth, IL Train Wreck, Aug 1887

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"One little boy, the son of the Methodist minister at Abington, FRANK SNODECKER, about 12 years old, was found on the bosom of his dead mother. His left leg hung by the skin, his right arm was broken and one eye was put out. He never uttered a groan. They pulled him out and tried to give him a drink of brandy. He refused to take it and said: 'Give me water.' I found a head hanging from the wreck. It was apparently that of a man, and had been caught by the hair. I found several headless bodies. Those who recognized the dead immediately ticketed them. VAN SANDT and Coroner BENNETT were on board and did noble work."

ROBBING THE DEAD AND DYING.
"One of the most shocking features of the disaster is that some of those released robbed the dead and dying of their watches and valuables, and it was a theory among some that the bridge was set on fire in order to thus perpetrate robberies. A large number of those who have been pulled out of the wreck are still unidentified. The people in the vicinity rendered what aid they could. The fire department turned out and every one rendered all the assistance possible. They opened the school house in Chatsworth, summoned the doctors, and did everything in their power. The town resembles a hospital."

THE LAST SCENE.
Burying the Victims of Last Week's Horror.
PEORIA, Ills., Aug. 15. -- Yesterday was devoted to burying the dead from the Chatsworth wreck and attending to the wants of the wounded. A larger crowd of people were present in the cemetery than usually turns out, even on Decoration day, and the ten little mounds of earth which mark the resting places of those who were hidden from sight Saturday were visited by large numbers. Three additional victims were buried here yesterday. The body of MRS. P. J. VALENTINE was ______ east last evening, her five little grief stricken children accompanying it. The unfortunate lady's parents reside at Dunkirk, N. Y. The funeral of ex County Treasurer WEINNETTE was perhaps as largely attended at Peoria has ever witnessed. The funeral of WILLIAM REAGAN, which took place under the direction of the I. O. O. F., was also largely attended. The remains of MRS. HIRAM J. MARS were laid beside those of her daughter, MRS. E. F. PUTNEY, who was buried Saturday.

The wounded in the city are doing well and none of them is believed to be in a dangerous condition. The train last evening brought three badly wounded people, who were taken to the hospital. These were ADAM SCHAMBERGER, of Peoria; MISS ALTER, of West Point, and MRS. HASEN, of Fort Madison.

But one unidentified body now remains here. This is that of a woman. It has been removed from the morgue to a vault in Springdale cemetery. Nothing has been heard from relatives or friends of the unknown man who was buried here under the supposition that he was the son of WILLIS SMITH, of this city. MISS. JOSIE VALEDJO was was [sic] buried to-day. MISS PEARL ADAMS still remains in a critical condition at Piper City.

The funeral of P. H. VAN LEW was held at Galesburg yesterday afternoon. MRS. C. E. ALLEN was taken to Galesburg Saturday night and is lying in an unconscious condition. The body of REV. WILLIAM M. COLLINS, of Galesburg, was buried at Genesse yesterday morning by Odd Fellows.

CHATSWORTH, Ills, Aug. 15. -- A most important piece of news has developed here in regard to the recent wreck. Last night train 18 brought as a passenger a man named L. DOBBS, who has been working for a farmer named MORRIS KENLOYA, living three miles from Kentland, Ind. DOBBS says that last Saturday two men were arrested on suspicion of having set the bridge on fire. They were given a preliminary examination before a justice of the peace and proof against them was considered strong enough to hold them in jail, where they are now confined pending further proceedings.

DOBBS, who has every appearance of being truthful and honest, added that his employer, KENLOYA, was present at the examination.

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Ogdensburg Advance and Democrat New York 1887-08-18

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