Cincinnati, OH Inclined Railway Accident, Oct 1889

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Most Appalling Accident of its Kind Ever Known

Cincinnati, Oct. 15. --- Ten persons are reported killed by the breaking loose of a car on the Auburn incline plane. The rope broke just as the car reached the top and it went crashing down and ran into a passenger station and into the office below. Three are killed, and five probably fatally injured.

The most appalling accident ever known of the inclined plane railways in this city happpened [sic] to-day between 12 and 1 o'clock on the Mount Auburn inclined plane.
It lies at the head of Main street and reached to a hight [sic] between 250 and 300 feet in the space of 2000 feet. Two cars are employed, one on each track, drawn by two steel wire cables, wound upon a drum at the top of the hill, by an engine located there. Nine passengers had entered the car at the foot of the plane and a mumber [sic] of others in the car at the top.

The passage of the ascending car was all right until it reached the top, when, to his sorrow, the engineer found the machine would not respond and he could not stop the engine. Only one result was possible. The car was arrested by a strong bumper, which stops its progress and as the engine continued all its force was expended on the two cables and snapped them like wrapping thread. Then the car, with its nine inmates locked within, began its descent of the slope.

The crash at the foot of the plane was frightful. The iron gate that formed the lower end of the track on which the car rested was thrown sixty feet down the street.

The top of the car was almost as far in the gutter. The truck itself and floor and seats of the car formed a shapeless wreck and mingled with the bleeding and mangled bodies of the passengers. Two were taken out dead, a middle-aged lady MRS. IVES, and a young girl LILLIAN ASKAMP. Another, N. KEISS, teacher, died soon afterwards. Five others were injured perhaps fatally; one man escaped miraculously with but slight injuries.

The names of the injured are not fully ascertained. HON. J. B. HOLLISTER and McFADDEN are said to be two of them and JUDGE HOLLISTER who is nearly 72 years, and can hardly survive such a shock. As soon as it could be done the bodies were taken to the morgue to await full identification. The wounded were carried to the nearest place where an examination could be made.

It was JUDGE WILLIAM DICKSON not JUDGE HOLLISTER who was on the car. JUDGE DICKSON like JUDGE HOLLISTER is too old to escape from such a terrible shock and was one of the first of the wounded to die. He is a well known attorney, retired for a number of years and was a warm personal friend of President Lincoln.

JUDGE DICKSON was the first man who suggested the name of General Rosecrans to President Lincoln for appointment and Rosecrans was made a general as the result. He was a life long friend of DICKSON.

Daily Enquirer Utah 1889-10-18