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THE CITIZEN, FIUDAY, DliC. B3, 1010.
14 BEAD; 101 HURT
Great Havoc In Terrific
TROLLEY CAR IS DEMOLISHED.
Concussion From Crash In New York
Central Power House Smashes Win
dows and Throws Pedestrians to
Ground Blame Not Placed Yet.
THE KNOWN DEAD.
Mary 1J. Pope, passenger In
ear wrecked by explosion.
Edith Offnor, killed In wreck
V. B. Ltrormoro, flfty yonrs
old, Inspector of the electrical
operating department of the
New York Central.
Patrick Jordan, forty - eight
years old, laboror.
Joseph Guthrie, twenty-three
years old, electrician.
M. McMnrrow, flfty - three
years old, laborer for the New
Thomas StaRB, watchman em
ployed by the Now York Cen
tral. B. McDonald, employed by the
Now York Central.
Nicola Galluchl, thirty - six
years old, employed in Imperial
Charles Roberts, forty-eight
years old, employed by the
American Express company.
William I'otsho, Corona, N. Y.
Unidentified man about twen-ty-flvo
years old, light complex
ion and hair, smooth shaven;
body taken to the morgue.
New Tork, Dec. 20. District Attor
ney Whitman said today that ho does
not intend to cause wholesale arrests
because of the oxploslon at the Now
York Central's power station, when
fourteen persons wero killed and a
"Of course there will be an Investi
gation aside from the coroner's Inves
tigation," air. Whitman said. "If it
should bo found that there was a
quantity of dynamite stored on the
premises of courso that would consti
tute a crime and should be punished.
For the present there Is absolutely
nothing upon which to act."
William C. Brown, president of the
New York Central, says:
"There was no dynamite In or about
the building whero tho explosion oc
curred, and there never has been any
A statement from the office of C. F.
Daley, vice president, reads:
"A careful Investigation indicates
that the explosion was the result of an
electric train backing over a bumping
post In tho storago yard, breaking a
gas pipe, the escape from which pene
trated the lower part of the substation
power house and became Ignited from
some cause unknown."
Many of tho Injured probably will
die as a result of the explosion of
Plntsch gas, used for lighting railroad
ears, which demolished tho transform
er house of tho New York Central's
power station at Lexington avenue and
Fiftieth street, wrecked the Interior of
buildings In the neighborhood anil
shook tho city for half a mile around
as though by earthquake shock.
A trolley car which was passing the
power station at the time of the explo
sion was blown from the tracks, and
four of Its passengers wore killed.
The whirlwind of concussion broke
every pane of glass In the buildings
within two blocks of tho explosion,
took the sashes from the casements
and tossed the Inmates about amid the
wreck of the furnishings.
At the conclusion of the Investiga
tion before the board of coroners and
Deputy Police Commissioner Drlscoll
In the Fifty-first street station Motor
man Albert Seagroat. a New York
Central employee, was arrested.
Seagroat backed a train Into the cut
under the wing of the power house
and overran n buffer. In tho smash
that followed a pipe connected with
the PIntseh gas tanks was disconnect
ed, allowing the gas to escape. Half
an hour later, when the gas had min
gled with sulllclent nir to give It the
explosive Intensity of lyddite, a work
man dropped a tool on the third rail.
There wns an electric Hash and then
The motorman told the board of cor
oners that ho lost his air while back
ing his train under the power house,
lie had no sand box and could not
stop. He saw that the gas pipe had
been disconnected nnd reported the
accident. Then he got his train out
and was In another part of the cut
when the upheaval occurred. Tho In
Testigators could not learn just what
work was done to repair the severed
On the corner of Lexington avenue
Is n five story brick building. Its In
terior was turned topsy turvy by tin
fclast, and several of tho living apart
wnts wero wrecked.
Earth tremors following tho explo
Flon were 'lt distinctly ns far soutl;
as Forty-setcnd street. Tho noise o!
tho explosion was heard In Urooklyr
and by people on tho New Jersey for
The tremendous wrecking power of
tho explosion caused a rumor that c
large quantity of dynamite had been
ct off, but Investigations showed that
SCEEE3 AT EXL'LOEIOIT.
Wreck' d luildini ' eron From
Station Carryin ; Cut the Dead.
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Plntsch gas and nothing more had ex
ploded. It is not known definitely
what set lire to the gas.
One story has It that a laborer drop
ped a crowbar across the third, rail
while working at the derailed car and
that the llame following the short cir
cuit llred the gas, which, mixing with
the air, had become highly explosive.
Most of the men In the immediate
neighborhood of the broken pipe were
either killed or too badly hurt to talk.
Itallroad officials say that it is very
lluely that an electric spark of some
kind set off the blast.
It Is agreed, however, that the ex
plosion came as one mighty shock. It
toro upward and outward through the
power station building, unroofing it
and sending tho north walls into Fif
tieth street. Tho cast wall was push
ed bodily out into I.exlngton avenue.
The blast soemed to rebound from tho
solid wall of the six story ventilatiug
plant just to the west of the power
station, for the zone of the wreckage
extended much further to the east
than In any other direction.
The full force of the blast struck the
north bound Lexington avenue trolley
car, which was almost on the Fiftieth
street crossing. The car was blown
from tho tracks and toppled over on
top of a touring car belonging to the
Edison Electric Light company.
At the same time Miss Edith Offner.
a stenographer employed by the Cos
mopolitan Magazine, who was passing
tho Lexington avenue side of the pow
er station, was blown across the street
and underneath the trolley car, where
her body was wedged underneath the
forward trucks. Her body was so
terribly mangled that her brother was
able to Identify It only by the shoes.
The trolley car was torn and splin
tered as though riddled by nrtlllery
fire. Four of the seven passengers
were killed. Miss Mary B. Pope, a
schoolteacher,-was one of the passen
gers. Charles itoberts, an Adams Ex
press company clerk, was found dead
In the wreckage of the car.
In addition to those Injured in the
wreck of tho trolley car, scores of per
sons in tho streets wero hurt by de
bris, which was blown to a great dis
tance, and by the glass, which show
ered down until It covered the side
walks like snow. Francis Kelley, a
policeman, was helping school children
at the Fifty-first street crossing of
Lexington avenue. Ho was knocked
down by tho force of the explosion
and showered with debris. Ono of his
legs was broken, and he was badly
cut and bruised. A little girl he wan
helping across the avenue was said to
have been hurt, but neither police nor
hospital records contain her name
While priests, iunbulance surgeons
firemen nnd policemen were at work
caring for the wounded In the streets
forming fire lines and Inspecting the
shattered buildings, a smaller force
was digging into the debris of the
ruined power station as fast as the
streams from the hose drove back the
flames and cooled tho tangled mass.
Just how many men had been at
work on the derailed car that started
the trouble no ono was quite certain,
but by 0 o'clock four bodies had been
found, one man apparently mortally
mrt had been taken from the debris
and tho list of employees treated for
minor Injuries nt an emergency hospi
tal In the New York Central's terminal
building had grown to over thirty.
A gang of fifty-five bricklayers work
ing on a long scaffold sixty feet In the
air and almost directly above tho scene
of the explosion had an escape from
death that bordered on the miracu
lous. A cushion of air forced upward
by tho explosion hoisted tho big scaf
fold, tilted It Inwardly and tossed the
fifty-five men over tho wall they were
building and upon nnother scaffold on
the Inside. Only one was Injured, An
drew Anderson, and he got off with n
It was a matter of the way the scaf
fold tilted that settled tho fnto of the
fifty-five. Had the air pressure, up-
wardly directed, been the stronger
' -alongside the -wall tho scaffold would
I have been tilted outward, and tho men
I would havo fallen through their protec
I tlvc wall of canvas and rope and dowu
I Blxty fttt into the fire and wreckage
I Hm - II I ---- 1r
(Since Its original production The
New York Sun has refrained from re
printing the article on Santa Claus
wli'ch nppeared several years ngo,
but this year thn requests for Its re
production have been so numero is
that we yield. Scrap books seem to
be wealing out.)
Is There a Santa Claus?
V"e take pleasure In answering at
on-e, and thus prominently, the c:.s
munlcation below, expressing at tue
sar.ie time our great gratlflcnt on
th..' Its faithful author Is numbe tl
among the friends of The Sun:
"Bear Kdltor: I am S years old.
"Some of my little friends ssy
there Is no Santa Claus. Papa uuy.i,
'If you see It In The Sun It's o.'
Ploasc tell me the truth; Is there a
"115 West 95th St.
Virginia, your little friends are
wrong. They have been affected br
the scepticism of a sceptical a;;j.
They do not beliove except thoy f
They think that nothing can jh
which Is not comprehensible by Um r
little minds. All minds, Vlrg a.
whothor they bo mens or child. .
are little, in this groat unlvetso of
ours man is a more in.-oct, an at: n
his Intellect, as comparod with ti e
boundloss world about him,, as iuc -ured
br the intelligence capable of
grasping tho whole of truth an I
Yes, Virginia, there Is a Santa
Claus. He exists as certainly as loo
and generosity and devotion exl.-t,
and you know Uiat thoy abound and
gho to your llfo Its highest beati'y
and Joy. Alas! how dreary would .jo
tho world if there were no Sanu
Claus! It would be as droary as if
there wero no Virginias. Tho-o
would bo no child-like faith then, no
pootry, no romance, to make toll
bio this existence. We should hp . t
no enjoyment excerpt in onse
sight. The otornal light with wl:uh
childhood fills the world would uj
Not believe in Santa Claim! r i
might as well not believe In fairo-'
You might got your papa to hire ircn
to watch In all the chlmnoys p.
Christmas evo to catch Santa Clar ,
but oven if thoy did not soe So .
Claus coming down, what would il . .
prove? Nobody seos Santa Ci
but that Is no sign that thore is o
Santa Claus. Tho most real things :i
the world are those that nethcr :
dren nor men can see. Did you e
soo fairies dancing on tho lawn? O
courso not; but that's no proof t :.t
thoy aro not thero. Nobody can o.i
celve or imasino all the wonders tl:
are unseen and unsooable In u.
world. You may tear apart the baby's ;.
tie and see what makes the noise in
side, but thore Is a veil covering t!:o
unseen world which not the strong
est man, nor oven the united strong. i
of all the strongest men that e".
lived, could tear apart. Only fai i,
fancy, pootry, love, romance, cn
push aside that curtain and vlow uru
picture tho supernatural beauty i.J
glory beyond. Is it all real? a,
Virginia, In all this world there i.
nothlng elso real and abiding.
No Santa Claus! Thank fiod! lie
lives, and he lives forever. A thou
sand years from now, Virginia, nay,
ten tlmos ton thousand years from
now, ho will continue to make giad
tho heart of childhood.
The Outdoor Christmas' Tree.
Even in books It is hard to find a
Christmas tree so perfect as ono
that is left still growing and docked
outdoors exactly where It stand3.
Such a tree Louise Morgan Sill de
scribes as having been arranged by
a family In Washington for their two
children, an assembly of friends, sud
some little orphan visitors. Mrs. Kill
describes the tree, which was real
enough, In her Harper story-book
"Sunnyflold," telling how it was si d
denly uncovered from Its canv.m
wrappings, and how It stood forth,
clad with gold, silver, and color,
and with light from tiny hidden
electric bulbs, dazzling againit
a volvoty dark sky. Tho tioe
that grew In the sunny field was. a
hemlock, and as the little grc-p
watched that night they sang tho
carol Longfellow translated from tho
German, "O hemlock tree! O hem
lock tree! How faithful aro thy
branches," while the round-o;. ed
pickaninnies, peeking over tho fcn.o,
said one to another, "Did you ever
sua such a thing la all you' born
um Pirn Tn pnrai
HIDUn IU ras
Will Make Tour Opposing
James M. Smith.
MARTINE WEEDS tliS HELP.
Advisers of Governor Elect Believe if
He Gets Actively Into Senatorshlp
Campaign Ho Can Swing the
Trenton, N. J., Dec. 20. Governor
Elect Wilson visited the stutohouso
for the first time In his llfo when he
came in response to nn invitation from
Governor Fort to attend a conference
of tho heads of all Institutions, inci
dentally he went over and approved
the plans which nrc being made for
the inaugural ball, took luncheon with
the governor and several state of
ficials and wound up the day with a
conference devoted to furthering the
candidacy of James E. Martlno.
The conference, which took place lu
one of the anterooms of the executive
chamber, was the most Interesting
happenlug of the day, for It was prac
tically docldtid that after tho first of
the year the governor elect should un
dertake a state wide campaign In the
Interest of Mr. Muttlne. The others
at the conference were Scnntor Harry
V. Osborne of Essex county, Assem
blyman Joseph P. Tumulty of Hudson
county and Judge Mark M. Sullivan
of the court of error nnd appeals.
The political situation resulting from
the declaration of James Smith, Jr.,
that he is a candidate for the senator
ship was carefully gone over In Its
various aspects. The governor elect
was advised that. In the judgment of
three other conferees, sutllclcut oppo
sition has been developed to the candi
dacy of Mr. Smith to mako his elec
tion seem improbable. At the same
time It was admitted that Mr. Martine
lacks considerably the support neces
sary to make him the choice.
The list of members of the legisla
ture was cnrefully gone over, and the
governor elect was advised how addi
tional converts might be made to the
cause of Martine. It was agreed that
Hudson and Essex counties furnished
the best field for missionary work, and
Governor Elect Wilson probably will
begin bis public speaking in those
places. If the plan agreed upon is
carried out he will then go Into other
counties where Democrnts hnve been
elected and In which he may have
been invited to speak.
When asked how he expected to get
the legislature to vote ngalust Smith
even if public opinion were against
him Dr. Wilson said:
"Some of the legislators will hold out
to tho end, I suppose, but tho majority
of thorn will know how they stand
and what their constituents want them
to do before the 24th of January, when
the balloting starts."
Dr. Wilson said that ho as yet was
unablo to announce any definite plans
for the speeches. He seemed quite
confident over tho prospects for the
election of Mr. Martine and spoke of
him ns an honest and able man who
has served his party faithfully many
DELAY FOR CHARLTON.
Hearing of Extradition Case Postpon
ed Until Jan. 9.
Trenton, N. J., Dec. 20. With the
composure apparently of a merely In
terested spectator, Porter Charlton
listened to the preliminary skirmish In
the habeas corpus proceeding by which
his father, Paul Charlton, seeks to
prevent the young man's extradition
to Italy to answer the charge of mur
der resulting from the killing of his
wife, Mary Scott Castle Charlton, at
Maltraslo last June.
The proceedings went only as far as
the consideration of some preliminary
technical details by which It. Floyd
Clarke of New York hoped to pave tho
way for Charlton's release, when
Judge Bellstab granted a motion for
an adjournment until Jan, i). Thero
were enough questions raised, how
ever, to Indicate that advantage will
be taken of the least opportunity to
thwart the extradition, the application
for which has nlready been passed
upon and honored by the state depart
ment. CHARLIE TAFT WOULD FLY.
Finds a Model of an Aeroplane and
Instantly Becomes Interested.
Washington, Dec. ilO.-Clmrllo Tuft,
the president's youngest son, Is homo
for the holidays, and things around
the White House are beginning to
Charlie uppeared lu tho executive
offices, attired In his first suit of long
trousers and stnrted out scouting. Tho
first interesting thing ho discovered
was a two foot model of an aeroplane
that had laid about the building for
mouths. Tho model is equipped with
a dummy engine. Churllo believes he
will attempt a night.
J. P. Morgan, Jr., Back From Europe.
New York, Dec. 10.-J. Pierpont Mor
gan, Jr., returned from Europo on tlte
steamship Baltic of tho White Star
Hue after a lengthy stay abroad, dur
ing which he made a motoring trip,
penetrating uu far as Finland.
Snow lu northern, snow or ralu lu
southern portion; colder; tomorrow
fair; moderate to brisk westerly winds.
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mlilAL LIS T Wayne Common
L Pleas, Jan. Term, 1911.
Week beginning Jan. 1G, 1911.
1. Olszefskl v. Taylor.
2. Hawker v. Poppenhelmor.
3. Keltz v. County of Wayno.
4. Darnes v. Miller.
5. Fives v. Auto Transportation
G. Clancey et al. v. Tuttlo.
7. Gray v. Herbeck-Demor Co.
8. Whitney v. Rldgeway.
9. Cromwell v. Cortrlght & Son.
10. Cole v. Cole; adm'x.
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Trunks from $3 to $20 each.
Dress-suit Cases, $1 to $12 each.
Traveling Bags, 50c to $15 each.
Ladles' and Gent's Pocket Books, 10c to $10 each.
Gentlemen's Fur Driving Coats, $10 to $35.
Fur Driving Gloves, $1.25 to $6.
Fur Lined Gloves, $2 to $3.50.
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