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THE TERRIBLE RAILWAY DISASTER IN AMERICA. New York papers received at Plymouth by the Hamburg-American Company's steamship Herder contain details of the recent railway accident in America, by which fourteen lives were lost and over fifty persons seriously injured. The Herald says: From a careful consideration of the facts of the case, it is clear that a heavy responsibility attaches to the company or the agents representing it on the occasion, and that the disaster was not more terrible than it proves to be is a matter of pure good fortune. A little flame once started amid the wreck of cars would have added largely to the list of victims; as it is, it is somewhat remarkable that, with a single exception, every death has resulted from drowning rather than from the injuries that might be expected to follow the crashing of a train through a bridge with a clear fall of twenty feet to the icy current below. The tram, a special one, with two engines and eleven car. left Hartford at nine o'clock at night on the 15th Jan., bearing to their ilomes in the Western section of Connecticut a party of nearly 600 persons, who had cerne to the capital to attend the meetings held by the great Evangelists, Moody and Sankey. A heavy train with two engines is comparatively a rare thing on the Connecticut Western Railroad, and it is questionable whether the bridges and culverts on the line are cal- culated to withstand the resulting and unusual strain. However, no difficulty was experienced until the train reached the bridge, 200ft. in length, which spans the Farmington River, one mile beyond the Tariffville Station. This bridge, built on the Howe truss principle, has two equal spans, with a pier in the middle of the river and stone abutments. At the west-end it terminates in a trestle work half a mile long, extending over the river flats to the high ground beyond. It was erected seven years ago by the firm of A. D. Briggs and Co., of Springfield, Massachusets, The main supports are of Southern pine, but of a worthless character, as shown by an examination of the ruins. Many beams, &c., were affected by rot, and some witnesses state that the work can be picked away with the finger in some places. The effect of the cold on the iron work is alleged by the railway company's superin tendent as the true cause of the weakening, but this does not appear plausible. The first span was safely reached, but when the weight of both engines and two or three cars following came upon the western } span, it yielded with a terrible crash, and the vehicles fell 20ft., the engines upon the bank and four cars into the river. The night, happily, was not dark, and in the pale gleam of the moon those who were uninjured proceeded to rescue their leas fortunate brethren from the ruins. The position of two of the cars, which inclined sharply, made this difficult; but more trying and dangerous still was the recovery of the passengers in the baggage and first passenger car, which had broken through the ice, and were filled above the seats with water. Senerous help was given by the people of Tariffville, many of whom hastened to the scene upon hearing the crash, while others were summoned by the sharp peals of the church bells. Two long and weary hours were occupied in this work before the last living person had been removed from the wreck. Many were able to limp painfully away, but for others less fortunate the workers improvised rude sledges constructed of saplings and cushioned with car seats, upon which the sufferers were drawn across the ice to the shore. All were taken to the cars re- maining upon the track, and those who had been immersed in the water reached them with chattering teeth and garments partly frozen to their benumbed bodies. The appearance of the bodies indicated death from drowning in every instance, and upon none were there any indications of wounds or cen- tusions.'

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