SLIDE BURIES TRAIN; 20 DEAD, 25 MISSING
EVERETT, Wash., March 1 — The Great
Northern Spokane Express, that has been
stalled on the summit of the Cascade
Mountains since last Thursday, was
buried by a slide early to-day. Late reports
say 20 bodies have been recovered,
25 are missing and 15 or 20 are injured.
A relief train has gone from Everett,
but it will not be able to get within
ten miles of the train.
The stalled train was about two miles
west of the west portal of the Cascade
tunnel. The track was open to the tunnel,
but Supt. O'Neil of the Great Northern
thought the train was safe where it
stood. Supt. O'Nell's private car was
buried, but O'Neil escaped injury.
At the Great Northern headquarters, the
number of persons on the train is given
as thirty. Two passengers, who walked
the ten miles from the blockade before
the slide, gave the number of passengers
as fifty-one. Among them are several
women and children.
Later advices state that a Great Northern
transcontinental mail and express
train, carrying no passengers, and four
electric motors used to pull the trains
through the Cascade Tunnel, were also
swept from the tracks and carried 100
feet by the avalanche.
According to reports, there is 18 feet
o snow at the east end, of the Cascade
Tunnel and fifteen feet at the west end.
As wires are down information is
A work train, including two locomotives
and a rotary snow plow, was also
carried off the track. A water tank near
Wellington station was buried by the
SEATTLE, March 1 — Warm wind and
rain caused rapid melting of snow in the
Cascade Mountains to-day bringing slides
of snow, earth, and rock down on the
railroad tracks and turning the mountain
streams into torrents.
The Northern Pacific canceled two
trains each way, and its other trains ignored
the timetables and crept cautiously
past points where danger threatened.
The Great Northern is operating
only one transcontinental train each way
via Vancouver, the main line being
blocked for ten miles.
SPOKANE, Wash., March 1 — Hundreds
or miners are to-day trying to dig from
packed ice, snow and wreckage the dead
victims of the six Northern Idaho avalanches
which occurred within the last
two days. The death list of twenty-four
yesterday has Increased to thirty-one today,
and it is believed more dead will be
found in the splintered cabins which
housed the families of the, miners.
At Mace, where the first avalanche
struck, eleven are known to be dead and
eight are badly injured. At Burke,
where the second site occurred, five are
known to be dead and two badly injured.
Such is the chaotic condition in the small
mining town, however, that the list is believed
not to be complete. At Carbonate
Hill, where the third slide occurred, two
are dead and half a dozen are injured. It
is not known how many more are beneath
A fourth slide at the North Franklin
mine near Burke, played a peculiar freak.
Two men were sleeping in one room of
a bunkhouse, and the front part of the
log structure was empty. The avalanche
tore the whole building to splinters, except
the room in which the two men
were sleeping, and rushing down the
mountainside, piled up in the gulch below,
not 100 yards from a group of cabins containing many miners and their families.
March 2, 1910 edition of "The New York Times"