Scioto Tragedy 1882 – Day 2 Part 3
Steubenville Daily Herald
July 7, 1882
Latest From the Scioto Disaster
Nineteen Bodies Found and Ninety-one Missing
Four Bodies Found this Morning —Divers at Work.
The Scioto Libelled at Wheeling for Overloading
Taking Home the Dead—Sad Scenes Up the River.
The Scioto disaster continues to be the chief point of interest, and, although this is the third day since the accident, crowds continue to gather at the river bank, and search for the missing goes steadily on. The river is rising again, and is probably as high, as at the time of the accident. Consequently all the boiler deck of the Scioto is again under water, and the current whirls and swirls through the cabin and open staterooms with a melancholy sound, as though the waters were playing
A SOFT REQUIEM
over the dead they had swallowed up in their cruel embrace. The crowd this morning was not as large as on yesterday, but towards afternoon it began to swell again and there are now probably as many there as ever.
FOUR MORE BODIES
were found early this morning, making 19 up to noon to day. They were Edward Duffey, of Steubenville, John F. Christy and John Tomlinson, of East Liverpool, and Wm. Ewing, of Wellsville. All were discovered about 200 yards above the creek, and a quarter to half a mile below the boat. Edward Duffey, aged 19, is a son of Thomas Duffey, living on Black street, near Sixth. He was a worker in one of the coal shafts here. John Christy, of East Liverpool, was a brother-in-law of G. W. Pease, of Church street, in this city. Willie Ewing was with his father from Wellsville. The latter had wanted him to remain at home and offered to give him all the money the excursion would cost if he would not go. But the boy was so anxious to go tht he took him. When the collision took place the father was dancing in the cabin. The music stopped, but somebody said it was a false alarm, and it started up again. A moment after the cry of fire was raised, and that made a panic at once. Mr. Ewing became separated from his partner, and got out on the hurricane. He heard his boy crying but could not see or get to him. He took his body to East Liverpool to-day from Lindsey & Shannon’s, where it had been brought along with those of Christy and Duffey. John Tomlinson, who lost his life in trying to save others, was coffined at Mingo by an East Liverpool undertaker, and was taken home at noon. While the body was lying at the C. & P. station at Mingo there was a striking example of
THE MORBID CURIOSITY
with which a large portion of the human race seems to be afflicted. The crowd pressed in so strongly that those who had charge of the remains were hindered from doing their necessary work, and even women called to their assistance others to help themup the high steps to view the ghastly sight.
Occurred down on the bank yesterday afternoon, of which a garbled and incorrect account appeared in some of the morning papers to the great injustice of Fred Huffman, who was most industrious in saving persons from the wreck on that fatal night, and gave them every accommodation afterwards, even to his own loss. The camp in which he and W. App were located had gathered in a great deal of debris, floating in the river from the boat, such as chairs, wearing apparel, &c., and among other things a drum belonging to the Wellsville band, which had been secured by App. A representative of the boat came over after the chairs, which Mr. Huffman at once gave him, and when asked what his charges were told him they were nothing. Shortly after the gentleman gathered up goods for t he excursionists came, and was cheerfully given everything by Mr. H. without any thought of making a charge. App, however, had loaned a blanket to one of the survivors, which was stolen from him, and he declared his intention of keeping the drum, until he got his blanket or $3 remuneration for it. So, when the band came after it he would not surrender it until he had been paid $3. In the afternoon, while Mr. Huffman was up town a crowd headed by two parties named Rinehart and Gamble went to the tent for the purpose of Thrashing App, claiming that he had kept their drumsticks, but were prevented by Steubenville parties there. Mr. Huffman had nothing to do with the matter one way or the other, and we may just add tht the conduct of some of the rescued that night was such as to cause their rescuers very little pleasure over having brought them ashore.
J. V. Earhart, of Cincinnati, arrived this morning on the Pan Handle, with Wm. Shattuck, assistant, and having with him a powerful air pump and complete diving suit. He has been at the business fifteen years, and knows all the ins and outs of his trade. As the Adams express wagon was backing in against the staging of the wharfboat, the box containing the air pump was dumped out into the river, and a protecting cap broken, but no serious damage done. He left for the scene of operations on the Abner O’Neal at 8 o’clock. Arriving at Mingo, he donned his suit and made a search on the bottom of the river at the stern of the Scioto.
NOTHING WAS FOUND
there, and and an examination was then made of the side of the boat lying next to the Ohio shore, with the same result as far as bodies were concerned. There were none there. As our representative left at noon he had just descended through an opening cut in the roof aft of the pilot house, into the cabin and from thence to the lower deck. Any finds he may make will be reported below.
THE RAISING OF THE BOAT
Will not take place until the water falls, and how long the company may wait will be determined by the result of the examination of the hull by the diver. Considerable impatience has been manifested by the East Liverpool and Wellsville people at the delay in raising and there has been some talk of taking possession of the boat and
TEARING HER TO PIECES
Wiser council, however, will doubtless prevail, especially as it is doubtful if the course proposed would result in the recovery of any bodies.
The grapplers had hold of several bodies this morning but the hooks slipped off. One man was brought up three times, the last far enough to take from his pocket an excursion ticket from East Liverpool, when he went down again.
The Welcome still lies alongside the Scioto, and Captain Booth is there directing operation.
DEAD AND MISSING
Revised List of Bodies Found A Total of 110
The list of dead foots up nineteen as follows:
Dave Fogo, of Wellsville, O., age from 20 to 25 years, was a member of the band and clerk in Sam Martin’s clothing store.
Harry Beardmore, East Liverpool, age 14 or 15 years, son of Joseph Beardmore,
Ellis C. Smith, of Wellsville, (first reported from Steubenville), age 16 years.
Cecil Sprague, age 18 years, East Liverpool, was a stone mason; his father is John Burke, of Beaver; he was unmarried.
Mrs. Belle Brandon, of Wellsville, formerly of East Liverpool
Jos. Connor, Wellsville
Miss Salllie Kiddy, Wellsville
E. P. Smith, Wellsville, carpenter, native of Canada, age 40.
Thos. Beardmore, Liverpool..
Chas. Leith, Wellsville, drummer of the band.
Chas. H. Swearingen, Hanover, O., aged 22.
Dan Thomas, Captain’s son.
Lincoln Wright, Wellsville
John F. Christy, East Liverpool.
John Tomlinson, d0
Wm. Ewing, Wellsville
Edward Duffey, Steubenville.
THE MISSING LIST
Was so nearly complete yesterday that there is but little change to-day, and that is caused partly by finding bodies. It is as follows:
Charles Davidson, a boy of 14 years, crmgal player in the Wellsville Cornet Band, son of K. L. Davidson.
Columbus Armstrong, 15 years, played the bass drum in the Wellsville Cornet Band.
John Maylone, E flat in the Wellsville Cornet Band
Arthur E. Hoagland, son of Rev. E. S. Hoagland, pastor of the M. P. Church,
John Maylone, Ab. Maylone, Willie Maylone, opposite Wellsville
Sam Hunter, 17 years old
H. A. Haynes
J. C. Stevenson
Two children of E. P. Smith
Miss Prosser, opposite Wellsville
Miss Malone, near Wellsville, O. Two sisters were on board, one is missing.
C. C. Shannon
Nichols, son of James Nichols, formerly of Wellsburg, W.Va.
Lew Harper, 19, member of band
Harry DeTemple, 15
Ad. Hayes, 21
Kate Poffenbaugh, 14
Sam Hunter, 17
Marie Booth, 15
G. C. Thompson
D. C. Shannon
A. E. Houthton
C. B. Armstrong
A boy, 15 years, name unknown
Wm Farrell and wife
Miss Flora Culp
Wilson Paul, a 0plasterer about 30 years of age
Miss Carrie Beardore
G. C. Thompson, farmer in suburb s, 22 years of age
Eugene Farmer, clerk, about 23 years.
Miss Maria Boothe, 20 years
Benjamin Stebbins, son of Dr. Stebbins
Stephen Kent, a bricklayer, 30 years
Michael Emmerling, wife and child
David Fried, Jethrow
W. M. Woods, a boy of 14
Miss Dray, of Jethrow
M. E. Eastline and wife
Two Cross boys, 22 and 24
Homer Barnes and wife
Vandine, a young lady whose mother, resides at Mingo Junction
Charles Elliott, a young man living at Beaver Falls
Cornel Palmer, Washington, Pa.
George C. Thompson, 22 Calcutta
West Higgins, Toronto
John C. Cummins, Salineville
Diver Descends Six Times – No Bodies There—Dredging to Wheeling
Mingo, July 7—4:40 P.M.—The diver has been down six times and cannot, discover any bodies. He says there is a hole in the boat large enough for
to pass thru. He has made a thorough search through the lower decks and about the hull, and says all are washed away, and the boat is broken nearly in tow. Crews will start early to-morrow morning in several skiffs abreast to
DREDGE TO WHEELING
They are organizing now. No more bodies have been found.
Small Fragments of the Great River Disaster.
Miss Flora E. Culp, of New Somerset, this county, but living for sometime past, at Wellsville, although reported among the missing, is thought to be saved. It is supposed that whjile in a distracted condition she boarded the early morning train at Mingo on Wednesday for up the river, and got off at the wrong station. She is about eighteen years of age, light hair and complexion, and dressed in black and probably had on a gold necklace with red and black charm. Any information concerning her will be thankfully received by S. A. Wilson, Wellsville, O.
Arthur Hoagland, son of Rev. Hoagland, of Wellsville was sitting behind the chimney, on the roof, when the boats struck. He jumped overboard and was lost.
George Martin, of Wellsville, who was reported missing, has turned up at home all right.
The strong current through the boat has probably carried most of the bodies out.
The body of Cecil Sprague, was buried at Hanover, yesterday. He was about eighteen years of age. Of seven persons who went from that place, all except he, arrived home safe.
One young lady of Hanover, who got on board the boat at Wellsville, fearful that some accident would occur from the overloaded condition of the boat, resolutely left her companions at Toronto, and came ashore. She was jeered for cowardice, but is now praised for her good sense.
The books and papers of the Scioto were taken out not very much damaged.
Everything moveable on the Scioto which the water has not carried away has been removed to the Welcome.
It is reported that Noah Miller, of Claysville, Washington county, Pa., had perished, but he escaped. He went nobly to work and succeeded in rescuing three young ladies. His clothes became saturated with water, so he pulled off his coat and again plunged into the water t o render further assistance. While in the water his coat pockets were rifled and everything taken from them, including a very handsome gold watch presented to him by his mother.
A Martin’s Ferry party has been assisting in the dragging in the last twenty-four hours.
B. Walker Peterson, civil engineer, from Wheeling, has made a diagram of the locality for use in future investigations.
The only words visible on the Scioto’s wheelhouse are “ Rough in Daylight.” She looks pretty rough.
The body of Edward Duffey was taken home this afternoon, and it will be buried at 8 o’clock to-morrow morning.
August Vite, of this city, did hard work yesterday searching for bodies on the Scioto. He stripped and dove for them, and was in the water several hours almost continuously.
The Lettie makes daily trip0s to the scene of the wreck.
Wm. Milholland, of Wellsville, is taking care of the effects of the excursionists as they are gathered up.
Coroner Fogg said stenographer, W. F. Campbell are still on the grounds awaiting the arrival of bodies.
J. M. Stewart had charge of the Wellsville forces this morning, in the absence of Mayor Silos.
Bills describing the following persons have been posted a this office: Lewis Harper, Wellsville, aged 18 years, tall, slender build, fair hair, cut short, blue eyes, smooth face, either in shirt sleeves of dark and vest and light pants. Had on watch and lady’s chain with gold cross bearing initials M. E. S. Had been ruptured a short time as was wearing a new truss, Charles M. Elliott, Beaver Falls, smooth face, rather light hair, cut short, blue eyes, silver watch, gold watch chain with charm, dark suit, sack coat, and had initials C. E., pricked in arm near wrist. John Stevenson, Wellsville, 5 feet 6 or 7 inches, light hair, short, sack coat, round corners, plain narrow binding, vest the same, pants, narrow stripe blue, button shoes, square toes; knife in pocket, black handle, broken blade; watch charm, green lantern in vest pocket. Stewart Pipes, Wellsville, dark suit, sack coat, cut square, backed diagonal, medium diagonal binding pants striped worsted, right arm badly scarred between wrist and elbow. Charles Davidson, Wellsville, 13 ;years, had on dark coat and pants, white vest and shirt, paper collar and high necktie, button shoes, buttons on vest had initials G. A. R. on them; hair dark and medium length. G. E. Pinkerton, gray suit, low shoes, brown gingham shirt cross-barred, light hair short, 15 years. Henry A. Hays, fair complexion, dark suit, name on arm, residence Wellsville.
THE MOURNING TOWNS.
Sad Scenes in Wellsville and East Liverpool
Word from East Liverpool and Wellsville reports the most intense excitement still existing at both places. Business us entirely suspended, and the depots are crowded on the arrival of every train. At Wellsville yesterday, at Mrs. Kiddy’s house her daughter Sallie was lying dead, and in an adjoining room the broken-hearted mother sat, and around her were her five little ones, trying in the childish way to comfort their parent. Mrs. Kiddy’s husband was killed in accident there a year ago. Belle Brandon, another victim, was taken to the house of her sister, Mrs. Johnson, where her father was found in an agony of grief. The old gentleman has been an invalid for five years from paralysis, being unable to move a member of his body, and when carried to view the remains of his lifeless child, his agony was painful to witness. At both of the above places the situation was sorrowful in the extreme, and of a nature t o t ouch the hardest heart.
A DAY OF FUNERALS
The funerals of Sallie Kiddy, Charles Leith, Dave Fogo, Belle Brandon, Joe Connor, Elijah Smith and his little boy, which took place yesterday, presented a sight never witnessed in Wellsville. From early morn till nightfall the undertakers were busy. All day carriages and mourners on foot slowly wended their way to the city of the dead, and the moon looks down on seven newly made graves in Spring Hill Cemetery.
AT EAST LIVERPOOL
Yesterday the west-bound train was boarded by 150 men accompanied by the Mayor and Town Council for Mingo fitted out with grappling hooks, ropes and diving bells to labor in the sad work before them. Crowds of people throng the bulletins at all hours of the day, expecting every minute to hear something from their missing friends. At the station on the arrival of each train coming by the wreck, hundreds rush to the cars to see if they cannot find their lost ones. Several cases are reported of women losing their reason. This afternoon the funeral of Harry and Thomas Beardmore, brothers, whose bodies have been found took place from the Methodist Episcopal Church.
THE SCIOTO SUED
A Libel Against her Filed in the U. S. Court Claiming $3,150.
Wheeling Intelligencer: Papers were yesterday filed in the office of the Clerk of the United States Court in this city, inaugurating a suit against the owners of the steamer Scioto, sunk at Mingo on the night of the Fourth, to compel them to forfeit the sum of $3, 150 for carrying an excess of passengers over the –number- allowed-by her license.
The suit is brought by Wm. C. Beans, of this city, against “The Wheeling, Parkersburg and Cincinnati Transportation Company, a corporation duly organized and incorporated under the laws of the State of West Virginia, and whose place of business in Wheeling, W. Va., and whose principal office is at said city, now or late owners of the steamer or steamboat called the Scioto.”
The law bearing on this subject is found in Title LII, of the revised statutes of the United States, Chap II, Sec. 4465, approved February 28, 1871, which provides that, “It shall not be lawful to take on board of any steamer a greater number of persons than is stated in the certificate of inspection, an for every violation of this provision the master or owner shall be liable to any person suing the some, to forfeit the amount of passage money and ten dollars for each passenger beyond the number allowed.”
In the nest section it is further provided that “If any passenger steamer engages in excursions, the inspector shall issue to such steamer a special permit in writhing for the occasion, in which shall be stated the additional number of passengers that may be carried.”
The libel filed yesterday alleges that after the passage of this Act, on the fourth day of July, 1882, the defendants, owners of the Scioto, did run said boat for “the carriage of passengers on the navigable waters of the United States, to-wit: On the Ohio river, between the town of Moundsville, in the State of West Virginia, in the said District of West Virginia, and the town of East Liverpool, in the State of Ohio, and had procured for the said steamboat theretofore, form the inspectors for the district of Wheeling, a certificate of inspection, which permitted the said steamer or steamboat to take on board thirty passengers, This libellant further alleges and informs that one the day and year last aforesaid, the said Company had procured form the Inspectors for the district of Wheeling for the said steamer or steamboat, in pursuance of section 4, 466 aforesaid, a special permit in writing for excursions to carry, on the day and year last aforesaid between the two towns above mentioned, 300 passengers in addition to the number permitted by the certificate of inspection heretofore mentioned, and that said company having procured as aforesaid the said special permit for the said steamer or steamboat Scioto to carry 300 passengers in addition to the number mentioned in the certificate of inspection aforesaid, the said steamboat or steamer Scioto did on the day and year last aforesaid, between the town of Moundsville, in the State of West Virginia, in the District of West Virginia, and the town of East Liverpool, in the State of Ohio, on the waters of the Ohio river, unlawfully and in open violation of the provisions of the aforesaid section of Title LII chapter 2 of the revised statues of the United States, take on board and carry 630 passengers, that is to say 800 more passengers than the said steamboat Scioto might lawfully take on board and carry under the certificate of Inspection and the special permit aforesaid.
“This libellant further alleges and informs that said company on the day and year last aforesaid charged and received from each passenger the sum of fifty cents the round trip between the said two towns. This libellant alleges that by reason of the provisions, and by virtue of said act, the said company, owners or late owners of said steamboat as aforesaid, forfeit and become liable to pay any person suing for the same the sum of ten dollars for each passenger carried beyond the number allowed, and the amount of his passage money; that the amount of money so forfeited by the said company is three thousand one hundred and fifty dollars, and that by reason of the said act the said company has forfeited and is liable to pay to this libellant who sues for his own use and benefit the sum of three thousand and one hundred and fifty dollars, for the payment of which sum the said company hath become liable to be proceeded against summarly by way of libel, and for the recovery of which this civil and maritime Court is instituted.
“Second.—That al and singular the premises aforesaid are true within the admiralty and maritime jurisdiction of the Untied States and of this honorable court in case of admirality and maritime jurisdiction may issue against the said, the Wheeling Parkersburg, and Cincinnati company” that it may be cited to appear and answer all and singular the matters aforesaid, and that this honorable court would be pleased to decree the said sum of three thousand one hundred and fifty dollars to be due to this libellant together wit the cost and expenses in this behalf sustained, and that this libellant may be such other relief as in law and justice he may be entitled to receive.”
The law on the subject is very unequivocal, and it is not denied that the Scioto did on the day named carry a number of passengers largely in excess of the number she was legally authorized to carry. The result of the suit, which is without precedent, we believe, in Judge Jackson’s bailiwick, will be looked for with interest. A similar suit was recently entered at Pittsburgh against the owners of a steamer which took a large excursion party to the Weeden-Maloney prize fight.
A RATHER SAD SHOWING
The Scioto Disaster and the Disregarded Laws.
Pittsburgh, July 6,–According to the United States Local Inspector of this district, somebody has been terribly remiss in the Scioto disaster. Though declining to give an opinion in advance of the result of the rigid investigation which must follow this latest horror, the officers referred to express themselves freely, as follows; The Scioto, if carrying over 300 passengers was grossly exceeding her privilege, even with a special permit. Even if the Wheeling inspectors used extreme latitude in granting a special permit, the tonnage of the Scioto, 116 tons, would not be a sufficient basis for allowing half the people on board at the time of the collision. This matter is left to the discretion ot the local inspectors, but two passengers per ton is regarded as a very liberal allowance. The Jack Gumbert, 60 tons, was granted a permit to carry 150 passengers. She did carry 400 and was prosecuted. On the other hand the Lomas, from what is known, disregarded the law. The latter has the following the subject: Rule 1 states that “ when steamers are approaching each other, the signal for passing shall be one sound of the steam whistle to keep to the right and two sounds of the steam whistle to keep to the left. These signals are to be made first by the descending steamer.” Rule 2 provides that “should steamers be likely to pass each other, and these signals should not be made and answered by the time such boats shall have arrived at the distance of eight hundred yards from each other, the engines of both boats shall be stopped; or should the signals be given and not properly understood from any cause whatever, both boats shall be backed until their headway shall be fully checked, and the engines shall not again be started ahead until the proper signals are made, answered and understood.”
As near as can be known at present the Lomas was not more than 600 yards from the Scioto when she signaled and then she did not slow her engines or reverse their motion.
Contributed by Bonnie