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Abstracts 468 - 475

DISASTERS & ACCIDENTS (Cont'd) 468 - DTD July 21:3/1 - A two-horse lumber wagon going up Euclid st. yester. day ran over the deaf and dumb child of J. K. Hitchcock. Both wheels passed over the boy near his shoulders but he was not seriously injured. It was a matter which did not seem to interest the driver, for he drove on without even inquiring as to how much the child was hurt or expressing any regret. (2)

469 - DTD July 26:3/1 - We learn that the man who ran over Hitchcock's boy on July 20 called on Hitchcock yesterday and made an apology for his apparent inhuinanity. We are glad of it.


470 · DTD July 30:3/1 - In digging a vault for coal in front of Dudley Baldwin's new building, the earth gave way and buried one of the workmen. He was extricated with some difficulty but with no serious injury.

(1) 471 - DTD Aug. 13:2/2 - In a letter to the editor, J. B. L. of Huntington says:

"On the ninth day of August, Mr. Close was driving his team attached to a wagon without a box, he being seated on a board across the bolsters. His horses took fright and ran off, throwing him from the wagon which caused his death. He was one of the first settlers of Sullivan.

(4) 472 - DTD Nov. 10:3/1 - Mr. and Mrs. Gorham were injured the other night when Gorham drove his horse and buggy into the reservoir on Lake st. (4)

473 DTD Dec. 4:3/1 - Several cornices on the new building west of the Dunham House fell yesterday. No damage was done.


474 - DTD Dec. 15; ed: 2/2 - A paper telis the sad news from California. Sacramento is in ashes. St. Mary's is burned down. The same paper says that both cities will be rebuilt in a few weeks.

"Why, these Californians don't mind anything; they go ahead amid fires and everything else, as though they were common affairs. They talk of the loss of millions as though money were trash to be gathered in the streets. Now where is the use of mourning over California losses."



475 - DTD Dec. 17:3/1 - John D. Perkins, foreman at the machine shop of D. A. Shepard and Company, suffered the loss of the two middle fingers of his left hand while working on revolving saws yesterday.


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476 - DTD Mar. 22:3/1 - A man was killed at the foot of St. Clair St. March 19 at eight o'clock by the express train from Cincinnati.

Two men, it was reported, were standing on the tracks when the train approached sounding the alarm. We cannot understand how one man could escape and the other be so horribly mangled.

At the inquest Coroner Schuh exculpated the director of the express from any blame.


477 DTD May 12:2/2 - A shocking railroad accident occurred at Pierrepont Manor on May 6. A company of nine persons sought to amuse themselves by an evening's ride on a hand car after they thought the last regular train of the had passed. As they were turning a curve they met a locomotive and tender which were backing from the creek to the manor. The young ladies on the hand car were paralyzed with fear but one of the men seized his wife and one of the young ladies and sprang off. The others were killed.

The Station Master had warned the party that some unexpected train might be on the road.


478 - DTD 14; ed:2/1 - A railroad collison occurred a few days ago; now we have a report of anothor in which seven persons are reported killed. Both accidents took place on the Michigan Central railroad.

"The Managers of this Road cannot be excused, and should not be; for these accidents are the result of carelessness."


479 - DTD May 15:2/2 Two morning trains of the Michigan Central railroad were stopped at Niles station for water. While standing they were crashed into by the locomotive Goliath which was pulling a heavy train of railroad ties. Three persons were killed and 15 injured.

The engineers and firemén of both trains have been arrested pending an investigation.


480 - DTD June 3; ed: 2/2 - Some men at or near Gilead on June 1 removed twelve rails of the C. C. and C. road and set fire to the wood imperiling the lives of many people.

"Every man around Gilead should exert himself to discover these devilish plotters of mischief.... Such villainy should not escape discovery or punishment."


481 - DTD June 8:3/1 The express train was slightly delayed when the wheel and connection rods broke while passing Olmstead yesterday. Fortunately, no one was hurt by the accident.


Abstracts 482 - 487

DISASTERS & ACCIDENTS - Railroads (Cont'd) 482 · DTD July 2; ed:2/1 - All hopes to save the CASPIAN were abandoned. She was struck by the QUEEN CITY at the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati railroad pier during the recent gale. The line steamer, QUEEN CITY, was slightly damaged.

A train on the C. C. and C. ran off the track. No one was hurt.

The C. and P. train for Ravenna, backed into the depot and in so doing went off the tracks, they having been washed away.



483 - DTD Jan. 16:2/5 - Lake disasters for the past four years were as
follows: In 1848 the loss of property was $420,512, and there were 55
lives lost; in 1849 the loss of property was $368, 171, and there were
34 lives lost; in 1850 the loss of property was $558,825, and there were
395 lives lost; in 1851 the loss of property was $730,537, and there were
79 lives lost. The total loss of property was $4,078, 145, and the total
lives lost were 533.


484 · DTD Jan. 17; ed:2/1 - We have before us the St. Louis INTELLIGENCER with its long list of disasters on the western rivers, in the year 1837.

It is really a terrible picture. One million dollars worth of property and two hundred and twenty-seven lives were sacrificed.

"How did these disasters occur? The answer to this question is to be found in the causes of them, and these causes, when seen, will exhibit the necessity of a prompt and thorough system of remedial measures on the part of our Government...

"Two things ought to be pressed, and one of them certainly, every human man would second. The first, is to pass a law which shall punish all Captains of steamers who murder travelers, or destroy property, through 'racing' or by any accident arising from reckless carelessness...; and the second is, to establish a thorough system of National improvement by which navigation may be made more safe, year by year, on those national highways, the Western Rivers, until loss of life or property by snags, or other obstructions, shall be almost unknown..."


485 - DTD May 9:2/3 - Three or four men were killed May 1 at the launching of the BALTIMORE on Lake Superior. One of the men was Lewis Lucas, an old resident of Cleveland. Two or three others were badly hurt. (2)

486 - DTD May 27:2/2 - The Captain of the steamer SOUTHERNER reports that the steamer TELEGRAPH burned, but that no lives were lost.


487 - DTD June 15:3/1 The FOREST CITY left the pier at Dunkirk, N. Y., last evening in place of the ALABAMA. When opposite the Marine hospital she burst one of her steam pipes and three of her hands were killed. A passenger jumped overboard, but was rescued. The ALABAMA came to her relief, towed her into port, and took the passengers on to Dunkirk. The FOREST CITY will be ready on time for her next regular trip.



Abstracts 488 - 492

DISASTERS & ACCIDENTS - Shipping (Cont'd) 488 - DTD June 25:2/2 - The steamer NORTHERN INDIANA, under charter of the Michigan Southern railroad, and carrying the directors of that road and guests, on June 22 rammed the schooner PLYMOUTH off the Black river.

The schooner, carrying a heavy cargo from Milan to Buffalo, sank in five minutes. The officers and crew had barely time to escape to the NORTHERN INDIANA. The steamer was slightly damaged and was obliged to put back to Cleveland, keeping her pumps going all the while.


489 - DTD July 14; ed: 2/1 On the evening of July 12, the steamer AMERICA, laden with cattle and bound for Buffalo, and the propeller City OF OSWEGO, bound for Cleveland, met in a fearful collision some 25 miles from Fairport. The latter boat sank fifteen or twenty minutes later. "It is not known how many perished.

"That a collision should occur on our Lake, except in extreme cases, without culpable carelessness on one side or the other, seems to us, impossible and is so. This one, so fatal, happened on a clear night. Whoever is at fault, let them suffer. For such destruction of life and of property, the law should deal upon the guilty, its sturdiest, and severest penalties.'

(6) 490 - DTD July 15:2/3 - We learn that the propeller CITY OF OSWEGO was built by a Mr. Jones of Buffalo and cost with her engine some $22,000. She was insured for $18,000. She had on board at the time of the collision about 250 tons of merchandise. The captain lost all his personal effects amounting to about $100 - and escaped with barely clothes enough to cover him. The crew came off with only their clothing.

The question of protest is now being investigated by J. L. Weatherly, notary public.


491 - DTD July 31; ed: 2/2 - The exact number of lives lost by the burning of the steamer HENRY CLAY is not ascertained. Twenty-two bodies had been recovered up to July 28, of whom many were not recognizable. An inquest has been held, but the jury have not agreed upon the verdict.

"Something must be done to arrest this wholesale murder. It is idle to excuse or palliate it. The law must deal stringently with it, and let no recklessness be an excuse for this life-taking in our country." (11)

492 - DTD Aug. 21; ed:3/4 - On Aug. 19, the steamer ATLANTIC and the propeller OGDENSBURG met in a fearful collision.

"Two hundred lives were lost. What number of lives were sacrificed by this fatal accident we cannot say; we fear however, it will be larger than is reported.

"We felt, as if this wholesome murder must be checked at any hazard, and that Congress must be forced to do it. The people will not, and should not tolerate any longer - this wanton sacrifice of life."



Abstracts 493 - 498

DISASTERS & ACCIDENTS - Shipping (Cont'd)
493 · DTD Aug. 23; ed: 2/2 The reader will find under the telegraph
head all the details which have reached us of the fearful collision of
the steamer ATLANTIC and the propeller OGDENSBURG.

"On one point no words need be wasted. There must be a remedy for
these wholesale murders, and the public will have it. The law must hold
the carrier responsible for life, where that life is sacrificed by him.
The dead, ...will not pass, voiceless, away. They speak to the country.
They speak to Congress. And they bid the one demand, and other enact, a
law that snall stop these fearful massacres, so far as human statutes
may do it. And thus, unbidden martyrs though they be, they will create
a power which shall save, in the future, thousands of their brethren yet
on the earth."


494 · DTD Aug. 25; ed:2/1 · H. Wells of the express has gone up to the scene of the late melancholy disaster on Lake Erie, to endeavor to make arrangements for recovery of $30,000, sunk in the ATLANTIC.

"We sincerely hope he may be successful."


495 - DTD Aug. 26; ed:2/1 The disaster on the steamer FRANKLIN is another case of murder. The outside flue of the starboard side collapsed when above St. Genevieve on Aug. 22. A11 deck hands and passengers who were aft of the engine were scalded to death, as were the two engineers.

"The steamer is not much damaged but who shall suffer for the waste of life?"


496 - DTD Oct. 18:2/1 - The schooner supposed to be the JONATHAN BOEREAM which is owned by Augustus Stedwell of Brooklyn and Captained by Jared Mead was run into and sunk October 15 by the steamer FRANCIS R. SKIDDY opposite Verplancks Point. All on board were supposed to have been drowned.


497 - DTD Dec. 14:3/1 While it was trying to enter our harbor yester-
day, the GAZETTE of Milan struck the pier and drifted a half mile out in
the lake where she went down. Capt. William Watts of the steamer MORTON
and Captain Gibson of the schooner COMFORT ANN manned three buats with
Tom Cavenan, Daniel Robinson, James Hearns, William Cannovan, Robert
Graham, and Charles W. Christian. The entire crew was saved.


See also Fires & Fire Prevention; Floods

DISEASES 498 · DTD July 1:3/1 - Dr. Edward Seguin writes that cholera is again prevalent in Cleveland. It sits fondly in the baskets of farmers in the markets. Today the monster appears in the attractive form of green gooseberries, half ripe cherries, and potatoes scarcely formed; tomorrow it will be griping the bowels of many imprudent eaters.

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