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THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 25 January 1899

DIED  FROM EXPOSURE.

R. H. MILLER, a C. P. R. Draughtsman, Meets With a Sad Death Near Rock Creek.

R. H. Miller, a draughtsman with J. A. Odell, the C. P. R. engineer at Rock Creek, died at Rock Creek Monday afternoon.  He lost his way the night previous on the trail leading to Beaver creek and was found unconscious on Monday morning.

   The C. P. R. engineers have a camp on Beaver creek, while Mr. Odell and Mr. Miller, his draughtsman, lived at Rock Creek.  One of the surveyors from the Beaver creek camp came down to Rock Creek Sunday morning.  In the afternoon he returned, Mr. Miller going with him a portion of the distance.  Mr. Miller started back for Rock Creek, but it is supposed he afterwards changed his mind and made an effort to follow his companion to the Beaver Creek camp.  He probably lost the trail and wandered about until completely exhausted.  He afterwards regained the trail but was evidently too weak to make any progress.  He was found early Monday morning in an unconscious condition and was brought back to Rock Creek.  A messenger was sent to Greenwood for Dr. Oppenheimer, but the unfortunate man died before the doctor reached there.

   Dr. Jakes, the coroner, and Dr. Oppenheimer went to Rock Creek Tuesday with the intention of holding an inquest if considered necessary.

   Mr. Miller was a native of Ottawa, Ont., where he has a sister living.  He was about 40 years of age and was in the employ of the C. P. R. in the Kootenay for a number of years.  A telegram was sent to his sister, but as the wires are down no reply has been received.  The funeral will not take place until word is received from his sister.

 

THE KOOTENAY MAIL, 28 January 1899

FATAL ACCIDENT.

Vicar of St. Peter's Church Fatally Injured by a Train.

It is impossible almost to describe the shock of the public of Revelstoke got yesterday when word was received of the sad accident to Rev. Frank A. Ford rector of St. Peter's church Revelstoke. ... Leaving here Tuesday morning to attend parochial affairs at Beaver he was returning home by train when he sustained the dreadful injuries which threaten his life.  The train stopping at Albert Canyon he jumped off with his usual kindness of disposition to say a cheery word or two to the agents family, and the train was already beginning to move when he attempted to regain it.  He first tried for a near coach but was unable to reach it for a crowd on the platform; failing there he rushed for the sleeper, sprang for the front rail, fell, and - in a moment the cruel wheels of the hind trucks were passing over him. ... One leg was crushed almost in two and he was bruised in many places.  He was at once placed on the train, now signalled to stop, and all speed made to Revelstoke where he was transferred immediately to the Hospital.  There he is reported to be very weak and the doctors are waiting a suitable opportunity to amputate the limb.  They greatly fear he will not survive it, but all Revelstoke is hoping fervently that he will, ...

The hopes were vain! The poor young clergyman passed peacefully away at 11 o'clock last night before an operation could be performed.  He was weak from loss of blood and his ever delicate system could not withstand the awful shock it received. ...

 

THE TRIBUNE, 2 February 1899

THE ROGER'S PASS SNOWSLIDE.

All the Bodies recovered and the Road Open for Traffic.

H. E. Beasley, superintendent of the Columbia & Kootenay, received particulars this morning of the fatal snowlside at Roger's Pass.  His information is to the effect that the slide was what is called a dry slide.  The slide came down the mountain from the north side and travelled over 1000 feet on the level before it reached the company's round house and station buildings.

   It is 13 years since this slide came down, and it was the probable danger of the same which induced the railway company to move its main line over to the other side of the pass.

   So far the bodies recovered are those of W. Cator, his wife and two children, Frank Carson, the night operator, James Ridley, a wiper, and a Chinese cook.

   Annie Burgess, a servant girl, had one of her legs broken and has since been removed to the hospital near Golden.

   Cator had been at the Pass for four years, arriving there from Bowansville, Ontario.  Carson, the operator, was a son of locomotive engineer Carson.

   The railway officials reported that they expected to have the track cleared this morning.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 3 February 1899

Fatal Snowslide.

[New Denver ledge, February 2nd.]

Last Thursday morning about 7 o'clock when the men employed at the Ajax mine, above Sandon, were engaged in removing a small snow slide that had lodged close to the cabins, another and heavier slide came down from above and caught one man, William Siddons, and carried him to his death.  As the slide is still very dangerous a search for his body could not be made.  Siddons was a native of California, and has only been in the employ of the Ajax for about 15 days, coming to this camp from Rossland a short time ago.  Some letters found among his possessions gave addresses of relatives in California and Texas, to whom wires have been sent of his death.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 4 February 1899

ROGERS' PASS TRAGEDY.

 A SLIDE OF DRY SNOW STARTED BY THE WIND.

DISPOSAL OF THE DEAD BONIES.

The Two Little Children Suffocated - Terrible Fate of Mrs. Cator - Another Fatal Accident near Glacier - Providential Escape of Gen. Supt. Marpole and Supt. Duchesnay.

The first through train from the east since Monday arrived on Thursday morning.  It brought further details of trhe catastrophe at Ross Peak last Thursday. The slide was composed of dry snow started by the wind.  The station roundhouse and buildings, which were carried away are situated between two sheds.  The avalanche came down the track of an old slide from the northwest with appalling force and rapidity and buried the buildings and unfortunate inmates without allowing any chance of escape.  All the bodies were recovered without great difficulty, except that of W. Cator, who was not found up to date of writing.  The appearance of the bodies of the two little children indicated that they had been suffocated by the snow.  Mrs. Cator was making a cake.  She was thrown against the shot stove and badly burnt, besides being wounded by a knife which she had in her hand.  The appearance of Ridley, the wiper, indicated that he had been struck on the back of the head.  He was in small shack alone at the time of the accident.  Frank Carson, the night operator, was asleep in his bed and was smothered. 

   The bodies of the Cator family are to be removed to Bowmanville, Ont., and Ridley is to be buried at New Westminster.  The Chinaman has been sent to Kamloops. [details of survivors.]

   The body of a Swede killed by the snowslide on Tuesday near Glacier has not yet been recovered.  He was swept away down into the valley of the river and search for him is almost hopeless.  He belonged to J. Armstrong's gang.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 22 February 1899

Died From Exposire and Exhaustion.

Dr. Arthur returned from Salmo last evening, where he was called as coroner to investigate the circumstances attending the death of a miner named Patrick Kehoe.  Kehoe left Salmo on Sunday morning for the Salmo Consolidated Company's line, and was found dead on the trail the following morning, about one quarter of a mile from the mine and 12 miles from Salmo.  As the body was not frozen it was evident that death was due to exposure and exhaustion.  Kehoe weighed close upon 100 pounds, and as the snow was deep and soft he broke through so that he had to raise himself out with his hands.  The marks on the trail indicated that he had fought his way along in this manner for some distance  until he was completely overcome and lay down to die.  Kehoe had considerable mining property and on his body $170 in  cash was recovered.  The coroner decided that an inquest was not necessary.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 1 March 1899

Donato Cassato, an Italian railway laborer, was murdered on the Brooklyn waggon road.  His body was found on the roadside and was nearly covered with snow.  There were several cuts on his body.  It is supposed he was murdered early in January for money. An inquest was held at Cascade and the provincial police are investigating the case, but no clue has been found to the murderer.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 4 March 1899

Dr. G. M. Foster has arrived from Cascade to take charge of the railway hospital at Greenwood.  He made a post mortem examination on the remains of the murdered Italian and found twelve wounds on the head, several of which would have been fatal.  The coroner's jury in the case returned a verdict of murder by some person or persons unknown.

 

THE LEDGE (NAKUSP), 9 March 1899

THE CASCADE MURDER.

The body of Donato Cassado was found lying in the snow by the side of the Brooklyn wagon road, six miles from Cascade, on February 22.  The man had evidently been murdered fully a month before, as the evidence at the inquest showed.  There was a deep gash behind the ear and another cut under the chin, one thumb was badly slashed and the general appearance of the corpse made it apparent that Cassado had made a desperate struggle for life.  Cassado had been working with his partner Tony for a sub contractor who had station work for J. G. McLean & Co.  Cassado had left about January 7, and it was understood that he had quite a sum of money on his person and was intending to go home to Italy.  Apparently he had been killed for his money, as his clothes were disarranged as if his body had been searched.  It seems as if the murdered had struck him on the head with a cleaver or heavy knife, and while endeavoring to defend himself had been cut in the hand, the second gash in the behead being given as a finisher.

   Money to the amount of $8 was found on the body, evidently overlooked by the murderer when he searched his victim after the killing.  Even Cassado's shoes and stockings had been removed.  The body escaped observation for so long a time because it had been partially buried in snow and so escaped the eyes of passers by.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 20 March 1899

THE SURGICAL OPERATION WAS

RENDERED IMPERATIVE

And It May Prevent the Trial of Several Italians for the Crime of Manslaughter.

It is not likely that there will be any criminal prosecution arising out of the death of Carlo Roberto, the victim of the Kuskanook stabbing affray, as the provincial police officials realize that any attempt at securing a conviction would be doomed to failure.

   The fact that the deceased's death was directly di=ue to a surgical operation, which the nature of his injuries rendered imperative, made even more complicated a case which, in the first place, was a difficult one in which to secvure a conviction.  It would introduce a clashing of medical authority at once, and no matter what testimony the court might secure, it would be an easy thing for the defense to secure testimony to the effect that if something other than what was done by the operating physician had been done, the life of the victim might have been saved, or at least that he might have lived the year and one day, which by statute changed the offence of killing from murder to manslaughter.

   Another difficulty presents itself from the circumstance that the victim a short time before his death testified that he had not the remotest idea of who stabbed him.  He was struck from behind and did not know that he had been wounded until his attention had been called to the flow of blood by a friend who was with him.

   The two men who were in the row at Kuskanook with the deceased are now serving a term of three months for disorderly conduct.  One of them had a knife in his hand during the trouble, with which the fatal wound is said to have been imnflicted, but he denied having stabbed Roberto, and none of those who were present seemed to know anything about the affair when the provincial authorities sought to secure evidence sufficient to start a prosecution.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 22 March 1899

The finding of John Evans' body in the bay at Rosebery was unexpected, as it is unusual for a body to rise in Slocan lake.  Dr. Young of Sandon , the newly appointed coroner for the Slocan, held the inquest.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 29 March 1899

THE CRANBROOK MURDER.

Latest Particulars.

W. H. Bullock-Webster, chief of provincial police, left this morning for Cranbrook to investigate the circumstances in connection with the murder of Terrence Ryan on Monday night.  Additional particulars in regard to the crime were learned last night from passengers who arrived in Nelson over the Crow's Nest Pass railway.  P. Young, of Winnipeg, who is en roite to the Boundary Creek country, stated that he arrived at Cranbrook on the train from the east at 10:30 o'clock on Monday night.  He went to a restaurant for supper, and on returning tyo the car, which was standing a short distance west of the depot, he heard a shot fired.  Two engines, Nos. 127 and 364, were standing on side-tracks.  Ryan got on engine No. 127, on which the turner and wipers were working, and said, "Boys, I have been having some fun with the Italians." After further conversation he said: "I guess I'll go to bed; good bye; God bless you." He walked a short distance and was in the shadow of a car when the fatal shot was fired. Robinson, driver of engine  No. 364, was on his engine washing his hands when he heard the shot.  He looked up and saw a man throw up his hands and fall to the ground.  He jumped down and caught hold of the murdered man, and in attempting to raise him found that he was dead.  Dr. King of Cranbrook and Dr. Brumell of Coal Creek were hastily summoned, and, on examination found that the bullet had entered the back just below the shoulder-blade on the left side, and had pierced the heart, coming out at the breast.

   The murdered man was well connected in Montreal, but for some time had been working as a "cookee" at Smith's boarding-house in Cranbrook. He is described as a young man, about twenty-four years of age, inoffensive, but full of life and fun.

   The tragedy caused great excitement in Cranbrook, and steps were at once taken by the police and citizens to apprehend the murderer.  Patrols were sent out along the different roads leading to the town, but the general impression is that he is hiding among his couhtrymen, who have a number of shacks by themselves along the main line, a short distance from the depot.

 

THE MOYIE LEADER, 1 April 1899

MURDER AT CRANBROOK.

Edward Ryan the Victim of a Bullet intended for Another.

Another version of the Ryan shooting.

GENERAL NEWS NOTES.

The body of Jack Evans, who fell overboard the steamer Slocan last January on Slocan lake, has been recovered.

 

THE PROSPECTOR, 1 April 1899

The Ryan shooting.

 

THE TRIBUNE. 9 April 1899

The Italians Landed in Gaol.

W. H. Bullock-Webster, chief of provincial police, and constable Barnes arrived in Nelson last night on the steamer Moyie, having in charge Felix Paste, committed for trial at the next assizes in Nelson on the charge of the murder of Edward Ryan, alias Connors, at Cranbrook on the night of March 23rd; Mike Messico, committed for being accessory after the fact, and of having aided in the escape of Paste; and W. A. Mansfield, sentenced to three months in the provincial jail on a charge of vagrancy.  Mansfield is the man who the Italians intended killing.  The details of the crime and the capture of the two Italians, while attempting to swim the Elk river, by constable Barnes, have already been given in THE TRIBUNE.  The hearing of the accused took place at Cranbrook before justices of the peace Laidlaw and Hutchison, and the evidence produced was sufficient to warrant a commitment.  The most important testimony given at the hearing was that given by constable Barnes.  After telling of the chase and capture of the prisoners, he said that the next morning while at Elko he had a talk with them.  Messico told him he wanted a lawyer, and said he did not shoot the man, but that Paste did the shooting.  Paste said, "Yes, I shot the man."  Then he took a broom and showed how Mansfield had struck him over the head and face, and said he was under a car when he fired the shot.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 15 April 1899

THREE MEN DROWNED.

Fatal Accident Reported on Lower Arrow Lake.

News comes from Dog creek that on the morning of March 28th, John Morrison, a prospector, living at Dog creek, on Lower Arrow Lake, started to go up the lake to Van Houghton creek with Charles Harrington and another man.  Morrison was engaged by the other man to take them to Van Houghton creek, and was supposed to return to Dog creek the next day, leaving the others up there.  Since then nothing definite has been heard of any of them by the people of Dog creek.  On the following morning, March 29th, there was a high wind blowing from the north and the lake was very rough.  About 8 or 9 o'clock Charcoal Brown observed a sailboat below Van Houghton creek on the lake, for a short time, when all at once it disappeared.  He says he watched for the boat for three hours, but saw nothing more of it either in the lake or on the shore.  On Sunday, April 2nd, two men from Dog creek found the rudder and tiller of Morrison's boat on the beach several miles below Van Houghton creek, and also found a new glove with the rudder.  They say they are sure it did not belong to Morrison.  The incident would lead to the supposition that there might have been some others with Morrison when the boat went down, for there seems to be no doubt that it went down and that those on board were drowned.  The boat was known to carry a lot of sand ballast; although John Morrison has been in the vicinity for three years, no one in this vicinity knows where he comes from or where his relatives reside.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 2 May 1899

A CORONER'S INQUEST IS HELD

ON A SICK HOSPITAL.

The matter of the refusal of the Kootenay Lake General Hospital Society to admit Elizabeth Waite into the hospital on Saturday was the subject for a coroner's inquest yesterday afternoon.  As was announced in THE TRIBUNE Sunday morning, the woman was eventually admitted to the institution, but died before she could be placed upon a bed. ....... There would probably have been no investigation but for the circumstance that Dr. Wilson reported the fact of the refusal of admittance to attorney-general Martin, who instructed Dr. Arthur to hold an inquest. ...  there is no woman's ward in the Kootenay Lake general hospital, and they strongly urged the provincial government to make a special grant sufficient to provide such a ward.

 

THE ATLIN CLAIM, 6 May 1899

PIne City tragedy, Mrs Freeman?

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 10 May 1899

DEATH IN A MINE.

JOHN SPARGO MEETS DEATH.

Forty-Five Feet of Water in a Winze Breaks Through on Two Men Working in a Drift - Spargo Was Killed Instantly and Thomas Edwards Badly Injured.

John Spargo, a Cornish miner, about 40 years of age, was instantly killed at the Jewel mine on Saturday last.  The deceased and Thos. Edwards were engaged in an upraise from the 250-foot level, when they came in contact with the bottom of a winze from the tunnel.  There was 45 feet of water in the winze.  It broke through and hurled the men back into the level, carrying Spargo 200 feet, 45 feet in the south drift and 80 feet past the working shaft.  Spargo was instantly killed.  His head was crushed but there were few bodily injuries.  Edwards grabbed some timbers in the upraise and escaped, but was seriously hurt.  The most serious injury is that he is temporarily blind from the effects of the awful  weight of the water.

   To better understand the nature of the accident, it is necessary to state that the tunnel on the Jewel attains a  depth of 150 feet.  From thjis depth a winze was sunk a distance of 50 feet.  An upraise was started from the 250-foot level to connect with this winze.  The upraise was run un til it was thought to be nbear the bottom of the winze.  A surveyor was engaged in the work of determining the exact position when the accident occurred.  Edwards' escape from instant death was simply miraculous.  It is thought he escaped the full force of the water or he would not have been able to retain his hold on the timbers.  The upraise was run at an angle of about 45 degrees.

   But little is known of the deceased miner.  He worked at the Sunset for a few weeks before going to the Jewel,  He was a Cornishman and mined in Montana before coming to this district. 

...

Dr. Jakes, the coroner, visited the mine on Sunday.  He made careful enquiry into the cause of the accident, but owing to the unsatisfactory regulations recently promulgated by the attorney-general, did not feel justified in holding an inquest.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 13 May 1899

...

James McGregor, the provincial inspector of mines, visited the Jewel on Wednesday.  He thoroughly examined the underground workings of the mine and made careful enquiries regarding the recent accident there.  Mr. McGregor is anxious that an inquest should be held in order that the evidence may be useful in the prevention of similar accidents in the future. No one being anxious, however, to make such a declaration as will justify the coroner in holding an inquest under the new regulations promulgated by the attorney-general, no action has so far been taken. ...

Page 2: INSTRUCTIONS TO CORONERS. Editorial comment.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 23 May 1899

A Loose Nut Caused the Accident.

ROSSLAND, May 22.  - The inquest over the bodies of the victims of the War Eagle disaster was continued today.  Rock, the engineer in charge, testified that a loose nut occasioned the accident, by causing the bolt on the lever to fall out, thus throwing him down.  E. J. Balfour, master mechanic at the mine, corroborated the evidence of engineer Rick and stated he examined the nut in question at 5 o'clock on the evening before the accident.  Dr. Bowes adjourned the inquest until tomorrow when James McGregor, inspector of mines, will be present.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 24 May 1899

ROSSLAND.

The inquest on the bodies of the men killed at the War Eagle is not yet concluded.  The man in charge of the hoist was not a certificated engineer, had never run an electric hoist till about a month ago, and was working a 13-hour shift.  He thinks he could have stopped the hoist within another 100 feet.

 

THE LEDGE, 25 May 1899

GENERAL MINING FLOAT.

On the 6th inst., a fatal accident occurred at the Jewel mine, in the Long Lake camp, whereby a miner named J. Spargo lost his life.

Fatal Accident on the War Eagle.

A horrible accident happened at the War Eagle mine, Rossland, on Saturday morning.  H. A. Honeyford, James O. Palmer, Thomas Neville, W. F. Scholfield and Mike Cook got on the skip in the main shaft to be transferred from one level to another. At the 250-level the skip got away from the control of the engineer and fell to the 600-foot level.  The three men first named were killed outright and the others so badly injured that they may die.  The smash was so complete that it was impossible to get the victims from the shaft.  They were packed on ladders to the main drift of the Iron Mask and taken out through its workings.  The accident is the most serious that has taken place in Rossland since the explosion in the Centre Star in 1896, when three men lost their lives.  Exactly what happened in the engine room that the skip got away is not known, but the accident is said to be due to a loose nut allowing the gearing to slip.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 27 May 1899

WAR EAGLE C OMPANY CENSURED

BY THE CORONER'S JURY.

ROSSLAND, May 26.  -  In the War Eagle disaster inquest the jury returned a verdict at 9:30 last evening as follows: [See THE LEDGE, 1 June, below.]

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 27 May 1899

FATAL ACCIDENT AT ROSSLAND.

Rossland, May 22. - On Saturday morning a terrible accident occurred in the main shaft of the War Eagle whereby four men lost their lives.  St the hour stated W. F. Schofield, H. A. Honeyford, James O. Palmer and Thomas A. Leville entered the elevator at the 250 foot level.  The engineer started the machinery, but the seat holding the main bolt, on the starting of the lever in some way, not yet ascertained, worked off and the bolt fell out throwing the engineer on his back.  All control was thus lost on the hoist and it dashed down to the foot of the shaft a distance of 300 feet.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 31 May 1899

 A MIRACULOUS ESCAPE.

Miner Crook Gives His Experience in the War Eagle Shaft.

Yesterday a representative of The Miner had a pleasant chat with Milward Crook, the sole survivor of the recent fatal accident in the War Eagle shaft.  Mr. Crook is a man 26 years old, an old country man, who has been in Canada for the last four or five years.  Previous to coming here some seven weeks ago, he had been engaged with the Rathburn Mill company, at Deseronto, Ontario, and during the time he was engaged with the concern familiared himself with the mill machinery generally.  He explained that many accidents happened to the employees of the mill principally by their getting entangled in the belting, so that he was no stranger to accidents generally.

   Mr. Crooke had been working on the War Eagle for about seven weeks previous to the time of the disaster.  He was at work tramming from the shaft to the cars at the 250-foot level.  Occasionally he was instructed to go to the shaft head and assist in some work there.  On last Saturday at 12:30 a.m., he got in the cage at the 250 level and was being carried to the head of the shaft when the trouble occurred.  In the cage with him were Scholfield and Palmer, and about a ton of steel going to the surface to be sharpened.  Honeyford and Neville were outside of the cage some feet above him.  The cage started for the surface all right, but stopped before it got to the collar of the shaft and began to run back, slowly at first, but gaining speed with every foot, until a frightful velocity was attained. "I thought at first," said Mr. Crooke, "that we were going back to the 250 level regularly, but as the speed increased I realized that something had gone wrong, and that a dreadful crash was coming.  I sat down on the steel and shut my eyes and tried to hold myself together as best I could.  None of us spoke; at least I don't remember saying anything, and I did not hear poor Scholfield or Palmer say anything.  They were together on the opposite side to me.  I cannot describe fully the sense of utter helplessness I felt as we rushed down.  I kept my eyes shut all the time, and only opened them after the crash came.  It was all over so quickly that I had not time to think.  I can hardy yet realize just what happened, but I did not lose consciousness at any time in the mine, but was dazed and light-headed and had only half my wits about me.  I suffered a good deal of pain in my back, and noticed that I coughed up some blood and that frightened me a little.  My left ancle was sprained and my left knee was hurt.  I saw the men who came down to our assistance: and knew my companions must be badly hurt, as I saw them lying in the cage.  When I was taken to the hospital I forgot about everything for a while, and only knew that I was suffering a good deal with my back.  It has got almost all right now, though, and my other bruises do not amount to anything serious.  I cannot account for my escape from death.  I can only say that Providence interfered in my case.  I am very thankful to be alive after my terrible experience, and am truly sorry for the horrible fate of my companions."

   Mr. Crooke expressed his gratitude to the good sisters for all the kindness shown him in the hospital.  He smiled rather grimly for a moment when asked as to his future movements and then he said, "Well, I think when I'm well enough to get out I will take a little holiday to pull myself together, and then I will be ready to go mining again.  I think that what happened was just an accident.  I don't believe Hull was to blame a bit.  I hope he knows what I think.  He will be worrying over the affair, I'm sure." - Rossland Miner.

 

QU'APPELLE PROGRESS (Saskatchewan), 1 June 1899

The War Eagle inquest.

 

THE LEDGE (NAKUSP), 1 June 1899

OWING TO CARELESSNESS.

War Eagle Company Censured by a Coroner's Jury.

In the coroner's inquest over the bodies of the miners killed at Rossland last week, the jury returned a verdict as follows:

   1st.  We find that the deceased came to their death by the skip falling to the bottom of the shaft, which was caused by the slipping out of its position, and that the machinery in question was defective, inasmuch as safety pins should have been inserted in all the bolts to protect the nuts of the said bolts.

   2nd. In view of the fact that certain defects took place previous to the present accident, we are of the opinion that men should not have been permitted to ride on the skip until such time as the machinery was perfected beyond a reasonable doubt.

   3rd.  We are also of the opinion that a daily report should be made by the engineer-in-chief as to the working order of the machinery, and that this rule should be strictly enforced.

   4th. We would also strongly recommend that a certified mechanical and electrical engineer \should be appointed, to examine all mining machinery in operation.

   5th. We would further recommend that the government should appoint several mining inspectors, as in our opinion the duties imposed on the present one are greater than he can perform with satisfaction; and it is further recommended that a resident inspector should be appointed at least for this important mining section.

   6th.  That the practice of employing uncertified engineers for technical positions of responsibility in the mines of this province, which has heretofore prevailed, is to be condemned, and that in future the strictest riles should be enforced, and that if the present mining act be insufficient for this purpose it be amended at the next meeting of the legislature.

 

MOOSE JAW HERALD TIMES (Saskatchewan), 2 June 1899

Inquest at Rossland.

Rossland, May 28. -  The inquest over unfortunate victims of the War eagle disaster was held yesterday.  Rick Hull, the engineer in charge, testified that a loose nut caused the accident, causing the bolt on the lever to fall out, throwing him down.  E. J. Balfour, master mechanic at the mine, corroborated Hull and stated he examined the nut in question at five o'clock the evening before the accident.  Other witnesses were examined and Dr. Bowes adjourned the inquiry until tomorrow when the provincial inspector of mines will be present.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 3 June 1899

A FATAL ACCIDENT.

Hugh McDermott Drowned in the Similkameen River of Friday Last.

Word reached this city that On Friuday evening last Hugh McDermott was drowned in the Similkameen river on the trail between Princeton and Copper Mountain, at a point about two miles above Princeton.  McDermott and two companions were at the ford and he and one of his companions crossed the river successfully, although it was running rapidly, being high in its banks from the effects of recent thaws and the consequent melting of snow.  When they got on the opposite bank they looked back and saw that the third horse refused to enter the water, and desiring to help their companion out of his trouble they started to re-cross the stream to his assistance.  Both horses lost their footing and succeeded in unseating their riders, McDermott lost hold of his horse and was immediately swept down the rapids, and although an excellent swimmer and a strong man the current was too strong for him and he soon disappeared beneath the icy waters.  His companion clung to his horse and safely reached the shore.  McDermott's horse, after a hard struggle, landed on terra firma.

   When the snow in the mountains is rapidly thawing the Similkameen river is  a raging torrent, the fording of which at the most favorable spots is a very perilous undertaking, horses often being carried off their feet by the swiftly moving water, in which case the rider's only hope ids to cling to the animal and rely upon it to bring him safely to the land.

   Realizing the necessity of a bridge on the Princeton-Copper mountain trail those most concerned had  applied to the government for the construction of a bridge and this had been built and in use two days when the fatal accident occurred.  It is palpable, therefore, that McDermott and his companions were not aware of the existence of this bridge or they should not have attempted the dangerous ford.  Under these circumstances the unfortunate affair is all the more deplorable.

   McDermott is said to have been a native of the Maritime provinces and has been in the Similkameen district for several years.  He was the owner of several claims on Copper mountain and had properties in other portions of the country.  His brother is a resident of the camp at Kennedy mountain and was there at the time of the accident. - Rossland Miner.

 

THE MOYIE LEADER, 10 June 1899

TWO LIVES CRUSHED OUT

By a Freight Sunday morning.

FELL ASLEEP ON THE TRACK

The Bodies Were Found Shortly After the Train Passed Over Them. - No Inquest held.

   James Stewart, better known as "Scotty," and Michael Redmond, two railway laborers in McGuire's surfacing gang, were run over and killed by an east bound freight train at this place last Sunday morning about 12:30 o'clock.

   Shortly after the east bound freight train passed through Moyie last Sunday morning J. E. Hill, a fireman, and N. G. Grant and A. W. Richardson, two brakemen boarded a handcar and started for the boarding car at the foot of the lake.  They had only proceeded about 20 yards south of Quewens avenue when they discovered the prostrate form of a man lying on the track, his head crushed to a jelly and his brains and pieces of his skull scattered over the ground.  The men returned and gave the alarm.  Special Constable Lindsay and Vick Desaulnier, accompanied by Hill, Grant and Richardson picked up the body and placed it in the log building back of the LEADER office.  The railroad men again started out, but only got about 80 yards father when the body of Stewart was struck.  He was lying with his head over the same side if the track that Redmond was found on.  The train had passed over his left arm, shoulder and neck, and had almost severed his neck from his body.  Stewart's body was also picked up and placed beside that of his comrade.  Gold Commissioner Armstrong at Fort Steele was notified, and he in turn notified Coroner Moffat at Cranbrook.  Moffat came out to Moyie on Monday morning's freight train, viewed the bodies and decided that it was not necessary to hold an inquest.  The remains of Stewart and Redmonds were interred in the Moyie cemetery Monday evening.  The last rites were read by F. I. Moore.

   Stewart and Redmond were around town Saturday evening and were drinking quite heavily.  It is supposed they started for the boarding car down the track about 12 o'clock, became sleepy and laid down, and that the train came along and struck them, as before stated.  A peculiar fact, however, is that both men were found in nearly the same position on the track - their bodies on the inside of the track and their heads over the rail next down.  Neither bodies were apparently moved by the cowcatcher and firebox of the engine passing over them, and not a particle of blood could be found on the wheels of engine No. 364, the one that is supposed to have did the work.  The engineer on 364 says he ran through Moyie on that trip quite slow, and that the men could not have been on the track without him seeing them.

   James Stewart, or"Scotty," as he was better known had worked on the Crow's Nest road for nearly two years.  His father lives in Dundee, Scotland.  Very little is known here of Michael Redmond, further than that he began work on this road about two months ago.  A letter was found in his pocket addressed to Michael J. Redmond, 311 Day street, San Francisco, Cal.; which no doubt was his residence at one time.  Both men were about 24 years of age.

 

THE PROSPECTOR, 24 June 1899

Murder and Suicide at Cranbrook.

On Tuesday last about 2 o'clock in the afternoon, Harry T. Brandt of Cranbrook shot and instantly killed his alleged wife, Lillian Atwood, emptying all the chambers of his revolver, three of which took effect upon her, and then reloading the weapon and shooting himself through the head, from the effects of which he died about 8 o'clock in the evening.

   The particulars so far as can be ascertained are as follows: Brandt went to Nelson last Saturday leaving the woman in their residence.  On his return he found that during his absence she had taken a room in a house of doubtful honor.  He went down to the house, a quarrel ensued and Brandt shot her as stated.  The supposition is that he did not intend to kill himself, but the crowd which had gathered determined him, he threw out the empty shells, reloaded the weapon and deliberately fired the fatal shot.

   Brandt was formerly a commerclal traveller but being a musician has of late years been playing the piano in different resorts throughout the country.  The woman according to dispatches is not his wife.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 24 June 1899

ANOTHER ROSSLAND FATALITY.

Four Miners Meet Death.

Special to THE TRIBUNE.

ROSSLAND, June 23. - Another terrible accident occurred in the War Eagle mine between 10:25 and 10:30n this morning in which three men were killed, two dying instantly and one a few minutes after he had been brought to the surface, while another man had been so badly injured that he will die.

  The accident was the consequence of an explosion, caused by an overlooked shot in which about two sticks of dynamite or a little over had been left.

   The particulars as far as can be gathered at the mine are as follows: Charles Lee, Mike Griffin, Charles Sturgis and Charles Coulson, drill men, and Daniel Green, mucker, were working in the west drift on the 625-foot level, 100 feet from the shaft. Lee and Griffin were working one machine and Sturgis and Coulson another.  The cut hole in question was blasted on Wednesday night and was frilled by the same shift which was at work when the explosion occurred this morning, the hole having been drilled on Tuesday.  It is evident that the two powder sticks in the hole which caused the disaster this morning did not explode when the general firing took place.

   Tha fatal explosion was heard by a number of men working on the same level, though not in the same drift.  These men understood that an accident had occurred and they at once ran to the spot to learn what the extent of the accident was.  They were met by Coulson who was the least injured of the party, and who numb and bleeding was staggering forward towards them.  He told them what had happened and word was at once sent to headquarters and aid asked for.  The foreman immediately went with a force of men.  The smoke by this time had cleared from the drift and the injured men were found lying on the ground covered by broken rock.  This was cleared off and they were carried to the hoist and taken to the 250-foot level.  Two of them only, Griffin and Green gave any signs of life and it was evident that they could not survive.  They were then taken to the surface where Drs. Kenning and Bowes took them in charge.  Sturgis and Lee were found to be instantly killed, and Griffin died while being carried to the hospital.

   Daniel Green reached the hospital about noon, and lingered till four o'clock when he expired.

   Couson is believed to be not seriously injured, although he has a number of bad flesh wounds.

   An inquest will be held tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock.

   The Associated Press report states that with the exception of Coulson, who is an old timer and a Rossland man, the shift was composed of men very recently employed, and as far as known were unmarried men. Lee and Griffin came from Butte, and Sturgis from the Coeur d'Alene.  Green had a brother at Leadville, Colorado, and it is understood that he came here from that camp.

   Daniel Green, the fourth victm of the War Eagle accident, died at four o'clock.  He was conscious until a short time before his death.  Charles Coulson, the only suvivor of the five men, was seen tonight at the hospital.  His right hand and arm are badly cut up, but he will recover.  He says he never lost his senses after the explosion.  He warned the shift to clear away the debris over the holes shortly before the accident, but the rest of the men said not to mind, and went on.  Two holes had been drilled since 7 a.m. and Coulson and his partner Sturgis were at work drilling the third, and had got in two feet six inches when they broke into the missed hole and the explosion followed.  Coulson cannot explain his escape.  He was directly in front of the missed hole, and said he should have suffered even more than the others.  His miraculous escape is on a par with that of Cook, the sole survivor of the previous accident in the War Eagle six weeks ago.

 

THE MINING REVIEW, 24 June 1899

Fatal Accident at The LeRoi.

Shortly after the drilling had been done at the LeRoi mine, at Rossland, yesterday, a fuse exploded too soon killing three men - Mike Griffin, Chas. Post and Chas. Lee - fatally wounding Chas. Caneron and slightly injuring another man.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 28 June 1899

The Victim Identified.

Special to THE TRIBUNE.

VICTORIA, June 27. - William Brooks of this city went to Seattle last night to view the remains of Flora Jones, victim of abortion, in dread that he should find his daughter, Mrs. Hagenbach.  His fear proved well founded. ...

 

THE TRIBUNE, 30 June 1899

FATAL ENDING OF AN OUTING.

William Beer Drowned.

The first drowning of the season in Kootenay lake, near Nelson, occurred yersterdfay evening about one mile from the city wharf.  The victim was William Beer, a native of St. Austell, Cornwall, England.  He was a miner and was 28 years of age.

   Shortly after noon a party of seven miners hired two boats at Elliott & Hale's boat house and went out for a row.  In one boat were William Beer, T. F. Sloggett and A. Christopher; in the other, Thomas White, John Merrifield, Wm. Tregiar and Joseph Rodda.  The party rowed up to the Florence Park Hotel at Roberts' ranch, where they spent the afternoon. On the return trip Beer was sitting in the bow of the boat, Christopher in the stern and Sloggett was rowing.  Beer expressed a wish to row and in changing places with Sloggett upset the boat, throwing all three occupants into the water.  Beer grasped an oar and managed to keep above water for about five minutes.  The other two men clung to the upturned boat until rescued.  The occupants of the other boat were about a quarter of a mile away when the accident occurred and at once rowed to the rescue of the men.  Rodda reached for Beer who was struggling in the water, but missed him, and he sank and was seen no more.  In the meantime John Walbey, who had seen the accident from Collin's ranch on the opposite side of the lake, had reached Sloggett and Christopher and assisted them into his boat.  A search party was instituted but as the place where the body sank was in the strong current, no trace of it could be seen.

   Beer has been in Nelson and vicinity for the past four years and was employed as a blacksmith at the Ymir mine for over a year.  Since the first of June he has been working on his claim, the Montreal, about half a mile above the mountain siding on the Nelson & Fort Sheppard railway, and only came down to town yesterday for supplies.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 1 July 1899

WAR EAGLE INQUEST.

The Jury Sat that the Men did not Use Proper Care in the Mine.

The further sitting of the jury summoned to enquire into the recent accident at the War Eagle mine, whereby four miners lost their lives, commenced yesterday at 2 p.m.  A. C. Galt appeared on behalf of the company. Provincial Inspector of Mines McGregor, who had viewed the scene of the disaster during the morning, was present and put several questions to the witnesses.  John B. Hastings, superintendent of the War eagle mine, was in attendance but was not asked to give any evidence.

   Charles Coulson, the sole survivor of the shift at work, was the first witness. Beyond having his arm in a sling and complaining of deafness, the witness seemed to have completely recovered.  He told of the explosion and what happened just before an d what he did afterwards.  He said that if the dirt had been cleared from the face of the drift the men at work might have seen the hole and the accident might have been avoided.  He understood that it was the duty of the on coming shift to clean away the muck for their own protection and he could not say why this was not done.  The cause of the accident was the running of the drill into the missed hole.  Lee and GGGGgggriffith Lee had drilled the fatal hole and the 11 o'clock shift on Wednesday night had fired it.

   Dr. Angus Kenning testified as to the services he rendered at the time of the accident and to the death of the four men.

   John Fitzwilliams, general foreman at the War Eagle, said he at once went to the scene of the accident when informed about it.  The witness said that the men's own carelessness caused the explosion.  They should have examined the face of the drift before commencing work, to see if there were any missed holes.  It is customary among miners for the outgoing shift to report to the incoming one if there is a missed shot.  Part of the powder in question had exploded leaving some still remaining in the hole.  The witness said that he knew of only one way to avoid the re-occurrence of such accidents, and that was for the men to use proper care and inspection before proceeding with their drilling.

   Inspector MacGregor asked the witness several questions, but elicited nothing that had not already been touched on.

   As then jury intimated that they did not require any further evidence the coroner gave the case to them on the conclusion of Fizwilliams' testimony and in about 30 minutes they returned with the following verdict:

   We, the undersigned jury summoned to enquire into the cause of the deaths of Daniel Green, Charles Sturgess, Charles Lee and Michael Griffin, after viewing the bodies and the spot where the deceased were at work when they received the fatal injuries, and carefully listened to and reviewing the evidence find that the aforesaid men lost their lives from being struck with rock thrown out by an explosion,  said explosion being caused by a drill (operated by two of the deceased) striking powder which had missed fire in what is called a "cut hole" in the face of the drift in which these men were at work.

   We are of the opinion that the accident could have been avoided by the exercise of proper care on the part of these men in making a thorough examination of the holes previously made and supposed to have been properly exploded by the workmen on one of the shifts preceding them.  It appears to us in view of the fact that the nature of the work necessitates a succession, or following one another of different shifts or gangs of men that such accidents can only be avoided by a thorough examination of the face of any drift to ascertain if there are any holes which are not fully exploded before drilling others which may come in contact with them.

   The failure of these men to take this precaution was evidently the primary cause of the accident.  We are also of the opinion that there should be co-operation for mutual protection on the part of the various shifts working in the same face or drift, in making careful reports to succeeding shifts of the condition in which they leave their work, especially with reference to any shots that may not have exploded.

(Signed): John Dean (foreman), Thos. Brownlee, J. E. Thomas, W. A. Blair, W. S. Heron , Henry Roy.

   Coroner Bowes then informed the jury that they were discharged from further attendance.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 5 July 1899

MAN KILLED NEAR CASCADE.

Cascade Record, July 1st.

An unfortunate accident happened Tuesday morning, at one of the Sutherland creek bridges, three miles from town by which one man, James Girard lost his life.

   About 8:3o0 o'clock, a 12x12x11 batter post was being placed in position, when it was noticed to start to fall.  Girard, who was near it, jumped as he thought to safety, but the heavy timber struck him on the back and head.  A messenger was sent post haste to town, three miles away, for surgical aid, but before he got back the poor fellow had expired.  He died within fifteen minutes after the accident.  Girard was a young man of twenty-seven years, and a native of Armprior, Ontario, where his people live.  He was well thought of by his fellow bridge carpenters and employers, having worked on this structure three or four weeks, and before that on the Porcupine creek bridge.  The funeral was held the same afternoon, Coroner Smith not deeming an inquest necessary.  On the  bridge work was suspended for the rest of the day.  This is only the second fatality that has occurred on Porter Brothers' bridge work, who have been constructing bridges and trestles on this like for ten months.  No blame is attached to any one in either case.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 27 July 1899

Suicide at Georgetown.

GEIREGTWON, July 26. P- Yesterday the body of J. H. Hall was fouind near here with a terrible gunshot wound in the head and an empty gun lying across his body.  A memorandum book in his pocket contained his name and a number of messages to his mother and other members of his family.  The case is evidently one of deliberate suicide.  A small stick was found with which he is supposed to have discharged his gun.  There is no reason for the act, and an inquest will be unnecessary.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 28 July 1899

G. Iveland, George Johnson as he was better known, the victim of the drowning accident between Balfour and Queen's bay, was buried last night on the lake shore near his camp.  Dr. Forin who went up the lake to enquire into the circumstance of the drowning did not deem an inquest necessary.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 29 July 1899

The Body Foind in the Salmon.

Speical to THE TRIBUNE.

YMIR, July 28. - The body of J. N. Greensill has been found in Salmon river, about two miles below Ymir, by a fishing party.  Greensill has been missing since April, and is supposed to have been drowned, falling off the bridge across the Samon in Ymir.  Greensill was a native of England.  Dr. Forin of Nelson will hold an inquest on the body today.

 

THE MINING REVIEW, 29 July 1899

FATAL ACCIDENT.

Ellis c. Williams Killed and Harry Crouse Seriously Wounded.

The first accident in the Slocan by blasting attended with fatal results, occurred at the Sovereign mine yesterday afternoon.  The two men, both old-time miners and experienced machine men, were driving as tunnel in the mine under contract, with an air compressor.  Just how the accident happened no one knows, at present, as there was no one near at the time but themselves.  It is supposed, however, to have been by an over-loaded and premature or hang blast.  Dr. Power was speedily summoned and was accompanied by several citizens.  Until Crouse is more carefully examined the extent of his injuries can not be told.  Mr. Fallows was at the working early in the day, and the deceased appeared to be delighted with the headway they were making.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 30 July 1899

YMIR.

The inquest upon the body of the late J. N. Greensill, which was recovered from the Salmon river Friday, was held yesterday in the Ross house parlor.  Dr.  Forin of Nelson was the coroner and a local jury empanelled.  After viewing the body and taking the evidence of several witnesses as to when they last saw him and to the discovery of his body, etc,. the jury, without retiring, returned the verdict that the deceased met his death through accidental drowning in the Salmon river on the night of the 13th May, 1899.  The deceased was a mining broker of this camp and came of good family from Worcester, England.  The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, ...

 

THE LEDGE, 3 August 1899

ANOTHER MINE DISASTER.

Two old-time and experienced miners were caught in a blast in the underground workings on the Sovereign mine last Friday and one was instantly killed while the other escaped with serious, but not necessarily fatal injuries.  Ellis S. Williams and Harry R. Crouse took a contract last week to run 750 feet of tunnel on the Sovereign and they were working their first shift.  The work was at the end of a 300-foot drift which had been run on the vein from a cross-cut, in all 700 feet from the surface.  How the accident happened will probably never be known.  Williams' head was literally blown to pieces and DCrouse was badly injured internally and his body terribly torn by flying rocks.  His escape from instant death was miraculous.  They had drilled seven holes and had lighted five when the first explosion occurred.  Four blasts followed the first.  When the men were found they were covered with rocks and earth.  But for the prompt action of James Weeks, mucker, and Tom Toy, blackmith, who went in after the men when the air was so dense their candles would not burn, Crouse, too, would have been dead.

 

THE MINING REVIEW, 5 August 1899

It would not have been amiss if an inquest had been held on the remains of Ellis C. Williams, who was killed in the Sovereign mine on Friday last, not that there is the least suspicion of foul play or even negligence in any quarter, but there is no coroner in the whole Slocan country.  Until Crouse, the injured man, has sufficiently recovered to talk clearly just how the accident occurred will not be known, as there were but three men around the working at the time, and the third, the mucker, was some distance away when the blast went off.  It is evident there was either carelessness of lack of proper precaution somewhere, and quite likely all the particulars would be brought out at an inquest, which might prove of much service in the camp hereafter.  As we have said, however, there is no coroner in that district.  Lieut. Governor McInnes can get $10,000 a year to keep up style at Government House, a foreign company can get a million for a cable, but the most important industrial district is left without a coroner, for the sake of economy.  Instead of lighting Will 'o the Wisps in the House, these are the matters that should have the attention of our representatives in the House.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 12 August 1899

FATAL ACCIDENT AT VANCOUVER.

Vancouver, B.C., August 8. - Benj. Neilson, while driving a load of bricks dislodged from the front board of his wagon yesterday.  He fell forward with the dislodged bricks and the horses kicked him to death.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 12 August 1899

Fatal Accident near Nanaimo.

NANAIMO, August 11. - Mrs. A. Galloway, whilst driving out to the Alexandra mine to visit her husband, met with a fatal accident.  The harness broke and the boy who was driving lost control of the horses, and they precipitated themselves over the Bluff, a distance of twenty feet, killing Mrs. Galloway instantly and seriously injuring the boy.  Mr. Galloway was on the verandah near the Alexandra mine, waiting for the arrival of his wife, and witnessed the accident.  The buggy was totally demolished and the horses killed.  Mrs. Galloway was fifty-five years of age, and an old resident of this city, having lived here for over forty years, leaving a family of eight children, four boys and four girls. A brother of the deceased is manager of the Alexandra mine.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 12 August 1899

A FATAL ACCIDENT.

MATELLO KILLED IN MOTHER LODE.

He fell Down the Shaft a Distance of 215 Feet - He and Other Muckers Failed to Give the Engineer Proper Signals - Jumped From the Bucket.

For the first time the Mother Lode mine was the scene of a fatal accident.  Dom. Matello, a mucker, lost his life by falling to the bottom of the shaft, a distance of 215 feet.  The accident happened Monday afternoon.  It was the result of carelessness on the part of Matello and the other muckers who were in the shaft with him.  The engineer had been hoisting ore during the afternoon.  The signal for hoisting ore is one bell, while for hoisting men is 3-1.  Matella and two other muckers got on the bucket, each thinking the other gave the proper signal to the engineer for hoisting men,.  But the engineer received only one ring - the signal for hoisting ore and the bucket came up at a much faster rate than is usual with men on.  When it reached the top of the shaft the men became excited.  The bucket went higher as is necessary to allow dumping the ore.  Matello and one of his companions jumped, the other remained in the bucket.  While his companion escaped clear of shaft, poor Matello slipped and fell in, plunging to his death 215 feet below.  He was frightfully mangled and death must have been instantaneous.

   Matello was an Italian about 40 years of age.  He has a cousin working on the railway grade and another in Idaho.

   Provincial Constable McMynn visited the Mother Lode and made enquiries, but did not consider an inquest necessary [Funeral.].

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 19 August 1899

FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

An Old Man Killed by the Brandon Local at the Portage.

Portage la Prairie, August 15. - A melancholy accident resulting in the death of one resident occurred on the Canadian Pacific railway track here this morning.  James Moore and William Fulton were walking along the track and at Campbell street crossing stopped to conclude their conversation.  The Brandon local was approaching from the west, and Fulton at once warned his companion who apparently became dazed and instead of stepping off the track walked toward the centre and was hit by the cow catcher which threw him down under the tender, the wheels horribly mutilating him and killing him.  The deceased was an old man nearly 70 years of age and has resided here for many years.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 9 September 1899

A FATAL ACCIDENT.

David Condon Meets His Death in the Vancouver Mine.

David Condon was instantly killed at the Vancouver mine, in Kimberly camp, on Saturday last.  Condon and W. Robinson were sinking the shaft on the Vancouver, which is owned by J. W. Nelson and James Sutherland.  He had been working in the bottom of the shaft, 35 feet from the surface and had ignited the fuse for a round of shots.  He ascended the ladder to the top and missed the last round.  He fell backwards to the bottom just before the shots went off.  It is supposed that the deceased was killed by the fall.  Provincial Police Officer Cunningham went up to make inquiries into the fatal accident.  No inquest was held and the remains were interred in the Greenwood cemetery.  David Condon was a native of Iowa and about 40 years of age.  He had no relatives in this country.

 

MOOSE JAW HERALD TIMES (Saskatchewan), 15 September 1899

Body of a 17-Year-Old Girl Found.

Victoria, Swept. 4. - katie Bruno, a girl of 17, l3eft her mother's dressmaking shop yesterday to take a lesson in fancy sewing.  This morning her dead body was found on the beach at Beacon Hill.  Fri4ends of the girl say she was in the best of spirits when she left the shop, and refuse to believe it is a case of suicide.  An autopsy and inquest is being held.

 

THE PROSPECTOR, 16 September 1899

Fatal Accident at the Silver Thread Mine.

Special to THE PROSPECTOR.

Windermere, Aapt. 14. - Jos. Metts was instantly killed at the Silver Thread group of mines on Saturday evening the 9th inst., at six o'clock.  Metts was engaged gathering up some tools at the north end of the tunnel, when a large boulder came down the mountain side striking him on the head.  Death was instantaneous.  It appears that Mertts saw the boulder coming and tried to avoid it, but was not quick enough.  Metts was an old time Idaho miner.  Metts and his partner, Owen Jackson, who is now in Spokane, came into the Windermere district early last spring and prospected on No. 2 creek for about two months.  Metts was very popular among the miners and prospectors of the district.  The interment took place on Monday the 11th inst. at the Windermere cemetery.

 

THE TRIBUNE, 23 September 1899

Fatal Shooting Accident at Ainsworth.

F. J. A. Bennett, who for the past summer has been doing mission work for the Presbyterian church at Ainsworth and Pilot Bay, met with a fatal accident on Thursday.  While out shooting with a companion above Ainsworth Mr. Bennett's gun was accidentally discharged, and the contents of the gun tore one of his arms from the elbow to the shoulder.  The accident occurred six miles from Ainsworth, and at the time Mr. Bennett was separated from his companion.  The wounded man had to be packed through the underbrush for about two miles to one of the mines, where assistance was secured and the remaining four miles into Ainsworth were covered.  The wounded man was taken to the hospital at Kaslo, but he had lost so much blood that he gradually sank until he died yesterday morning.  Mr. Bennett was a student at Knox college, Toronto.  He spent the summer between Ainsworth and Pilot Bay, and intended returning to Toronto in a couple of weeks to complete his studies.  He came from England and had no relatives in Canada.  The funeral will take place at Ainsworth tomorrow, Rev. Mr. Menzies of Kaslo officiating.

 

THE LEDGE, 28 September 1899

Lamentable Fatal Accident.

A lamentable accident occurred near Ainsworth, on Thursday, whereby F. J. A. Bennett, Presbyterian student at that place, lost his life.  He was out shooting and in some manner his gun was discharged, the contents badly lacerating one arm.  Mr. Bennett was alone at the time and when found was weak from loss of blood. He was taken into Ainsworth, and subsequently to the Kalso hospital, where he succumbed next day from his injuries, death being due mainly from loss of blood.  The remains were interred at Ainsworth on Sunday.  Deceased was an Englishmen, and had been in the camp all summer.  He intended returning to Toronto in a couple of weeks to resume his studies.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 30 September 1899

CONDUCTOR ARRESTED

On a Charge of Manslaughter at Stratford.

Stratford, Sep. 26. - As the result of the evidence submitted to the jury at the inquest on the deaths of Richard Robbins and Chas. Hunt, who were killed in a "pitch-in" at St. Mary's on September 15, Conductor Bright who was in charge of the train was arrested on Saturday night on a charge of manslaughter.   ... It will be remembered that on the day of the "pitch-in" Bright left his train when it divided and went back to protect the rear half.  The engineer returned from Kelley's siding after leaving the front half of the train there and was in the act of coupling on to the rear portion when Bright returned to the train.   Some delay was occasioned in getting it connected, however, and before they got away a second freight came dashing along and the "pitch-in" ensued.  At the inquest on Friday night a witness named Costello said that Conductor Bright had admitted to him that he knew the rules, but did not follow them out.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 4 October 1899

ACCIDENTALLY SHOT.

Fatal Occurrence at Fort Saskatchewan - A. Houston Loses His Life.

Fort Saskatchewan, Sep. 27. - A very sad and fatal accident occurred about 3 o'clock yesterday a short distance from town, by which Albert Houston, eldest son of Mr. Robert Houston, of the Partridge Hills, lost his life.  The young fellow had gone to a neighbor's, Mr. D. McEachern's, to have company to go shooting with.  While there, in company with Mr. Mceachern's son, they went to see pigs that were being fattened, and in pulling the gun over the fence it exploded killing him instantly.  Mr. and Mrs. Houston were both up town on business and on their return were horrified to find their boy dead.  The youth was about 16 years of age and was a bright lad well liked by all who knew him.  It is believed that the hammer of the gun struck against a plow which was near the fence, causing the discharge which caused death.  The back of his head was blown completely off.  This afternoon a coffin was sent down from Strathcona and the remains will be interred at Fort Saskatchewan tomorrow.  Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Houston in their affliction.

   There is a remarkable occurrence connected with the dead boy's life.  He was a son of Mr. Houston by marriage and his mother lost her life in saving her son's several years ago.  They were crossing the Red river on the ice when they broke through.  The mother held her boy on top of the ice until he was rescued and then sank to her death in the waters.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 8 October 1899

Quest for Mike Powers' Assailants.

Special to THE TRIBUNE.

VICTORIA, October 7. - The coroner's inquest on the death of Mike Powers developed that one of his two assailants was probably a woman in man's clothes, and that Mike knew the parties but would not tell their names. This caused free mention of the names of Powers' wife, now separated from him, but inquiry made by the provincial police established the fact that she had been in Kamloops continuously for some time before the crime was committed.

 

MOOSE JAW HERALD TIMES (Sakatchewan), 20 October 1899

A Policeman Found Dead.

Grand Forks, Oct. 12. - A special from Bottineau says that Chief of Police Carry went hunting in the mountains on Saturday and failing to return a search was instituted.  He was found dead, though not apparently injured, but a post mortem at the inquest revealed a brain hemorrhage.  He was an old citizen of the town, and was about 50 years old.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 21 October 1899

FATAL ACCIDENT.

A Teamster Meets Death of the Wagon Road Near Phoenix.

John Davis, a late arrival in the district, was accidentally killed on Friday last on the wagon road between the Golden Crown and Snowshoe.  He was bringing in a load of lumber to Phoenix, and while going up a steep grade fell off the load, falling between the front and hind wheels of the wagon.  In falling he either called to the horses or jerked the lines as the team stopped and eased back, one of the front wheels crossing his chest, killing him instantly.

   G. H. Collins, of the Golden Crown, notified Coroner Jakes of the accident, but it was not considered necessary to hold an inquest, as there were other teamsters on the road with deceased.

   Officer Cunningham, of Midway, went to Phoenix Saturday and brought the remains to Greenwood.  The funeral took place from the undertaking rooms of T. Gulley & Co., on Monday.

   The deceased was one of the early white settlers of the Northwest territories.  He owned and worked a ranch near Calgary for a number of years.  He came west from Calgary,, working on construction on the Crow's Nest and afterwards on the Columbia and Western.  A few days ago be bought a lot in Phoenix and was bringing lumber in to build when he met his death.  He was about 60 years of age and leaves one child, a  daughter, 13 years old, who is being educated at a convent near Colville, Wash.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 23 October 1899

Will Be Buried at Kamloops.

Conductor Fawcett, who was so badly injured while dropping his passenger train down the incline at Robson on Friday, died about 8 o'clock on Saturday morning. ... An inquest will be held today.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 24 October 1899

There was no inquest yesterday with respect to the circumstances attending the death of conductor Fawcett.  The representatives of the deceased conductor's parents asked for an inquest on Sunday, but afterwards recalled their request. The body was shipped to Kamloops last evening for burial.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 27 October 1899

A MINING MAN TIRED OF LIFE.

Commits Suicide.

J. Houghton, a miner, hailing from Fort Steele, committed suicide at the Royal hotel some time Wednesday night or Thursday morning.  Houghton registered at the hotel on Sunday last and was drinking more or less after his arrival.  Not making his appearance yesterday morning, one of the employees of the hotel entered his room and found that he had shot himself through the temple.  Houghton had been dead several hours when his body was found.

   It appeared to be a clear case of a determined suicide.  From the disposition of the body it was evident that Houghton had covered his head with the blankets and fired the shot under them.  As the revolver with which he took his life was firmly clutched in his hand when the body was found it is evident that death was instantaneous.

   Houghton was formerly employed as superintendent of the Sullivan mine near Kimberley, in east Kooytenay, which is being operated by a Spokane company.  Some six weeks ago Houghton was relieved from his position on account, it is said, of his intemperance.  The only papers on the body was a Bank of Montreal deposit book, which showed a credit balance of close upon $900.

   The door of the room in which the shooting occurred was not locked.  During the forenoon one of the chambermaids looked into the room and thought that Houghton was sleeping.  About 11:30 o'clock the bartender went into the room to awaken him and discovered the suicide.  It is not known yet whether an inquest will be held.

   Chief of police Jarvis received a telegram last evening from Frank P. Hogan, president of the Sullivan mining Company, stating that Houghton had been employed at the Sullivan mine until six weeks ago.  The deceased leaves a widow and child.  They are in delicate health, and six months ago they were sent to England by Houghton.

 

THE PROSPECTOR, 28 October 1899

A Fatal Accidsent.

While being driven home from Cranbrook to Mather's ranch on Saturday night Louis Passant fell from the wagon and dislocated his spine, from the effects of which he died Tuesday evening.  It seems he went to Cranbrook on Thursday of last week, and was drinking heavily while there and on Saturday met Joe Faucreault and told him his money was all gone and asked Joe to take him over to the ranch.  While on the way the accident happened.  He was put in the wagon and taken home and put to bed.  The boys did not realize the extent of his injuries, supposing he was helpless from the effects of drink.  On Tuesday evening some one went into his room and found Louis dead as stated.

   Doctor Brodie went out on Wednesday to view the remains.  After holding a post mortem examination he found that death had occurred as a result of the accident.  But little is known of the deceased except that he had a father, mother, brothers and sisters in or near Montreal, and that he formerly drove a cab in that city.  He was born in Quebec.

 

THE BOUNDARY CREEK TIMES, 4 November 1899

DEATH OF DAVID BRYANT.

A Well Known Mining Man Ends His Life By a Pistol Bullet

David Bryant, a well known mining man, shot himself on Saturday evening last in one of the Gold street houses.  The weapon used was a 45-Colt's.  He placed the gun to his breast and pulled the trigger.  Death must have been instantaneous.

   The news of his death came as a great surprise to those acquainted with the deceased, as he was the last man one would suspect of doing anything of the kind.  He was always apparently in the best of spirits.  The evidence at the coroner's inquest brought out the fact that privately he was worried by business matters and greatly put out because he was unable to negotiate sales of his mining properties.

   Coroner Jakes presided at the inquest held on Monday and Tuesday.  The jury were Thos. Hardy (foreman), GF. J, Finucane, H. A. King, J. L. White, J. E. Hooper and Duncan Ross.  The principal witrness was Annie Moore, who keeps the house where Bryant ended his life.  She told of his coming there, of his drawing the gun from his hip pocket and killing himself.  The inmates of the house, police officers and Dr. Foster, who was called to attend the deceased, corroborated the evidence so far as suicide was concerned.  The jury brought in a verdict to the effect that the deceased met his death by his own hand.  The place where the tragedy was enacted gave rise to some rumors of foul play, but although every effort was made by the coroner and jury to se cure all the facts, there was no evidence other than that of suicide.

   The weapon used was owned by Frank Archer.  Bryant brought it from Calgary last winter and Archer told him to keep it until he needed it. It was a long-barrelled Colt's.  Bryant was not in the habit of carrying the gun, but took it from his room that afternoon.

   David Bryant came to Boundary Creek from the Northwest territory about three years ago.  He had a cattle ranch there, but having caught the mining fever he came west.  He succeeded in locating some promising properties in the district and at the time of his death held several claims in West Copper camp.  The deceased was about 45 years of age.

 

THE LEDGE (NAKUSP), 21 December 1899

Shuffled His Last Card.

There was a killing over at Republic the other day.  Crozier Klutzer, better known as French Joe, had some trouble about his sweetheart, Josie Miller, and loaded up with many drinks.  He was reckless and bucked faro for a brace, but it would not quiet his nerves.  About midnight he produced a gun while in the Butte saloon, and matters took a serious turn.  W. A. Swan, deputy sheriff, in arresting Joe, had to shoot him in order to save his own life.  After Joe was shot, he struggled with the officer for a short time, then fell to the floor, and while his soul fled to the next formation, the crimson tide from the hole in his breast stained the floor in front of the Butte bar.  At the inquest Swan was honorably acquitted.  When Joe was not drinking he was a good fellow, as gamblers go, and his tragic finale should be a warning to others of his profession to chain their angry passions, lest they cause them to inaugurate a funeral before it is really necessary.

 

MOOSE JAW HERALD TIMES (Saskatchewan), 22 December 1899

Alex. Clarle killed at Steveston.

Vancouver, Dec. 13. - Alex. Clarke, a stockman, who formerly lived near Brandon, was shot and instantly killed this morning at Steveston.  James Jones, an employee of Webber, a butcher, led a steer out to be shot.  Clarke held the rope and when Jones fired the first shot the animal plunged forward.  Clarke jumped back just as Jones fired the second time, the bullet striking him in the forehead.  A coroner's inquest is being held.

   There were sensational developments at the inquest held by Coroner McGuigan at Steveston over the remains.  The evidence showed that the shooting by Jones was accidental but grossly reckless.  Jones had fired one shot at the cow they were killing in the slaughter house, and evidently excitedly fired the second at the struggling animal.  The second charge killed Clarke, the bullet going through the door where he was standing outside.  The third shot killed the animal.

   Webber, proprietor of the slaughter house, ran in, with the words, to Jones, "You've killed Clarke."  Jones glanced at the dead man and said, "Get somebody to take him away," and went on skinning and cutting up the cow, while the others carried away Clarke.  The verdict of the coroner's jury contained a strong censure for allowing the discharge of firearms in the municipal limits.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 3 January 1900

GREENWOOD, January 2. - [Special to the Tribune] - Today was marked by three casualties, one proving fatal.  Early in the morning, during the celebration of the new year in the tenderloin district, Effie Elkins and Mamie Foster got into a mix-up.  The former threatened the life of Mamie with a razor and the latter retaliated by using stones, one of which resulted in fracturing her opponent's head.

   Late in the afternoon Gabriel Branno, an Italian employed on a railroad constriction here, was accidentally run over by the yard engine.  His spine was fractured, causing instant death.  The inquest will be held tomorrow.  Deceased was a young unmarried man.  His only relative, an uncle, lives at Grand Forks.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 4 January 1900

By Wire From Greenwood.

GREENWOOD, January 3. - [Special to the Tribune]. - This afternoon before coroner Dr. Jakes an inquest was held touching the manner of the death of Gabriel Brunno, who was killed yesterday by being run over by a box car.  The evidence of one of the trainmen was contradictory and that of the Italian witnesses, unsatisfactory.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased met with death by accident while walking on the C.P.R. track, having been struck by a box car through no fault of those in charge of the train.  Solicitor Andrew Leanehy was engaged by the relatives and friends of the deceased Italian to watch the case, and it is highly probable that a further investigation will be asked for.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 6 January 1900

Supposed Suicide at Sandon.

SANDON, January 5. - [Special to the Tribune]. - Maurice Bullerman, a noted character here, was found dead in a bed at the Exchange hotel on Wednesday.  It is supposed that he committed suicide by morphine.  No inquest was held as there was no coroner here.  The remains were buried today.  Deceased was upwards of fifty years old and came from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 10 January 1900

A FATAL ACCIDENT IN NELSON.

Travelling on Aerial Tramway Unsafe.

A terrible fatality occurred yesterday morning on the tramway connecting the Silver King mine with the Hall Mines smelter.  A miner, whose name is said to be Brenton, but whose identity is not officially established, was found in a bucket stone dead and crushed in a horrible manner.

  During the morning the tramway had been used for carrying goods to the Silver King, and everything ran smoothly until about 11 o'clock, when the cable suddenly stopped and refused to move.  An employee of the smelter was dispatched to follow up the line and ascertain the nature of the trouble.  He then proceeded along the line examining the various stations without securing a clue until a point was reached where the tramway crosses the trail to the Athabasca mine.  Here a shocking sight met his view.  A bucket had become jammed, and the body of a man could be seen in the receptacle, which hung some twelve feet from the ground.

   The smelter employee returned to the office at top speed and notified the manager of his discovery.  The intelligence was immediately telephoned to the office of the provincial police.  Acting Inspector Kelly secured a team and drove to the smelter at once.  Obtaining the assistance of several men, he proceeded to the scene of the fatality, released the corpse from the suspended bucket, and returned to the city after examining the neighborhood.  The body was brought to D. McArthur & Co.'s morgue, where it now lies.  Dr. Arthur, the coroner, was placed in possession of the facts, and concluded that an inquest was unnecessary.

   In looking over the ground, inspector Kelly discovered that the unfortunate victim of the fatality had boarded the bucket at a point ninety feet below the spot where death overtook him. The bucket was moving up the mountain which leads to the inference that the dead man was endeavoring to reach the Silver King, probably to apply for work, or to resume working if it turns out on further investigation that he is an employee of the mine.  At the point where he got into the bucket the cable hangs low, and convenient stump would enable an active man, as was demonstrated by Mr. Kelly, to swing himself in to a bucket.  After climbing into the bucket the victim had apparently sat down on his roll of blankets.  Ninety feet, or thereabouts, further on is a station which is also low, as the grade is heavy.  At this point the bucket seems to have swung in such a manner that the occupant was caught and jammed between the 32-inch wheel over which the cable runs and the side of the bucket.  The body was firmly pinned across the chest, the bones being smashed in.  The left leg was badly broken and the left shoulder was also fractured.  The pressure on the trunk was such as to drive the blood into the upper portion of the body, and the face was black and swollen to twice its ordinary size.  The face was excessively congested and beyond recognition.

   The remains were those of a man five feet eleven inches in height and clean shaven.  He wore a long brown overcoat, black coat, dark trousers, overshoes, black felt hat, a red sweater over a black shirt and a white necktie.  At the morgue the clothing was carefully searched, but failed to reveal anything which would in any way help to establish the identity of the victim.

   The smelter company have a regulation that the tramway must not be used to ride on, but it is generally understood that the men at the mine and the smelter frequently ride in the buckets.  Up to the present time no accidents have ever occurred, and the practice was not regarded as specially hazardous.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 11 January 1900

THE IDENTITY STILL A MYSTERY

Of the Tramway Accident's Victim.

The identity of the man killed on the Silver King tramway Tuesday morning remains a mystery.  All yesterday the body lay in D. McArthur & Co.'s morgue on Vernon street, and was viewed by fully a hundred citizens.  Many of these had doubtless seen the man about the city during the preceding few days, but the distorted features rendered recognition difficult, and almost with exception all who saw the remains were at a loss to place the man.

   The only approach to a clue was furnished by H. L. West, who expressed his conviction that the body was that of a man named Kerlew or Curlew.  Mr. West stated that Kerlew, who is a practical miner, was last seen by him on Saturday or Sunday evening, at which time he, Kerlew, said he would go to the Athabasca mine in the hope of securing work.  Since then Mr. West has not seen Kerlew, and believes that the man killed was his acquaintance.  On the other hand another visitor to the morgue stated positively that the body was not that of Kerlew.  Color is lent to Mr. West's opinion by the fact that Kerlew has not been seen at the Athabasca.

   Several spectators remarked that they had seen the dead man about the city last week.  One of these said that deceased was in the Silver King hotel on Monday night, but this was not corroborated.

   A possible solution of the mystery has been placed in the hands of the provincial police by THE TRIBUNE.  James Morgan, of the Silver King mine, called at this officer yesterday evening and stated that another employee at the mine had expected a brother-in-law to arrive there about Tuesday, and had concluded that the victim of the accident must be the missing relative.  An effort was made to secure further particulars from the mine by telephone, but the wire was not in working order.

   Dr. Arthur, the coroner, viewed the remains again today, and announced that he still considered an inquest unnecessary. A burial certificate was issued and the tramway officials exonerated from any blame in connection with the fatality.  The body will be on view again to-day to citizens who may be desirous of seeing it, as the authorities are anxious to establish its identity.  Interment will be made this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 20 January 1900

Provincial constable George Cunningham of Midway was in town to investigate the death of the man found dead on the wagon road south of town Tuesday afternoon.  He decided no inquest was necessary.  The man's right name was R. Lloyd, not Thomas Lewis as he was generally known by.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 20 January 1900

MYSTERIOUS DEATH

Body of Thomas Lewis Found on the Road.

REMAINS BROUGHT TO THE CITY.

Officer McMynn Will Be Here Today, When It Will Be decided if an Inquest Is Necessary.

Lying in the undertaking department of Gully Bros. & Co. is the body of a man, going under the name of Thomas Lewis.  The body was brought to the city last night from a point on the man wagon road between here and Boundary Falls, where the branch road goes to the No. 7 mine.  It was first noticed, lying by the side of the road, by the passengers on the east bound Penticton stage. Yesterday afternoon.  The stage was stopped and two of the travellers got out and staid by the remains, while the rest drove on to their destination.  The stage met Dr. Jakes, the coroner, driving out to Midway and he was informed of the finding of the body.  After examining the remains Dr. Jakes drove on to the Boundary Falls hotel and telephones to the city for a rig to bring the remains in.

DR. JAKES INTERVIEWED.

Dr. Jakes was called up on the 'phone b y the Times last night at Midway, and in reply to an enquiry for particulars said. "In coming home this evening, I met the Penticton  stage between Anaconda and Boundary Falls and was told that a man was lying dead on the road and that two of the passengers had dropped off the stage and were with the remains.  I found the body near the junction of the No. 8 wagon road and the main road.  There appeared to be no signs of violence, and I should judge that the man came to his death through exhaustion.  He had evidently been drinking.  He had a pocket knife, tobacco, and a note book.  In the note book were two names, one was R. Lloyd, the other I forget now.  He also had a bundle with some clothes.  I notified McMynn and he will be in Greenwood tomorrow.  I cannot say if it will be necessary to hold an inquest.

THE REMAINS INSPECTED.

On arrival of the body in town, accompanied by Constable McKenzie a Times man saw the remains at Gully Bros. & Co.  The moment the constable saw the body he recognized the man as one having recently been discharged from the jail after having served a sentence of 30 days for petty larceny.  The man was dressed in a brown canvas coat, woolen short and blue overalls.  There were marks on his face that might have resulted from a fall, but the police are inclined to the belief that they were not produced that way.  Over the left eye it is considerably bruised and cut. Over the right eye there is a slight cut, and on the left side of his nose the skin was broken as though from a heavy blow.  The top of the head, which is bald, showed a depression of the skin, but the skull was not fractured.  Another thing was the position of his left arm and the fact that his fist was tightly closed.  It was these small details that lead the police to think that there might possibly have been foul means used that brought Thomas Lewis to his death.  The deceased was a man past 40, of robust frame, and his hands showed signs of hard manual labor in past days.  Upon the arrival of Provincial Officer McMynn this morning it will be decided if an inquest be held or not.

WAS IN THE N. W. M. P.

From Constable Lawder a little of the man's past was learned.  The constable had been of assistance to him last week in helping him to get odd jobs around town.  He told the constable that he had been a member of the Northwest Mounted Police and had been stationed, in 1890, at Maple creek under Superintendent Steele.  Nothing is known of what occupation he followed after he left the force.  He had been employed the past year on railroad construction, and probably drifted into town when the line arrived here.  On December 9th he was arrested here and sentenced to serve 30 days in the jail for stealing a cross cut saw. His term expired last Monday week.  Constable Lawder found him employment as a porter in Tom Walsh's place.  He worked for a day or two, and did odd jobs for Mrs. Harry King.  He also worked around the city hall.  Some time the end of last week he left town, saying that he had been offered a position at camp McKinney, and started out to walk there.  Who he has been with, or what he has been doing since he left town, could not be learned.  It is probable that he had been dead some hours before his body was found.  Thomas Lewis, or Ellis, as he was sometimes called, was born in England.  His death is shadowed in mystery.

   Dr. Jakes considered it unnecessary to hold an inquest.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 13 February 1900

Fatal Accident at Leanchoil.

A fatal accident occurred last Monday week at Leanchoil, the other side of Golden.  An Italian section hand attempting to board a train in motion, slipped under the wheels, which crushed his head and the upper part of his body, causing injuries which proved almost instantly fatal.  The body was brought down to Golden for interment.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 16 February 1900

SMOTHERED IN THE SNOW

Mrs. Hanna's Fatal Ride.

A fatal accident took place Wednesday evening ion the Hall Mines waggon road by which Mrs. Hanna, wife of a former employee of the Hall Mines Company lost her life.

   The victim of the accident was on her way to Nelson, and was riding on a load of furniture hauled by a team driven by William Ragless.  While crossing the Esperanza mineral claim the sleigh runners cut under on one side, and the entire outfit was thrown over.  Ragless the driver was buried in the snow but managed to work his way out.  He was unable to find his passenger, however, and not having sufficient strength to right the sleigh and ascertain whether she was under it, he did the nest best thing and called loudly for help.

   The cries were heard by Edward Stanley and Albert Gerrard, who were working on the Esperanza, and they made all haste to the scene of the accident.  The sleigh was then turned over, and underneath it, partly buried in the snow the body of Mrs. Hanna was discovered.  The rescuers were unable to tell whether the woman was dead or merely unconscious, but they did everything that could be done.  The body was removed to the Esperanza cabin, and one of the men started on a four-mile run to Nelson for medical assistance.

   Dr. Arthur was notified of the accident about 8 o'clock, and securing a horse started back up the road as fast as it could take him.  When he arrived he pronounced life was extinct.  He did not make a minute examination of the body, but expressed the opinion that the victim was dead when taken from the snow, death being in his opinion due to suffocation.  Dr. Arthur does not consider an inquest necessary, the accident being such as might happen to any teamster coming down the road under the same circumstances.

   The deceased was the wife of J. W. Hanna, who has been in charge of the tramway at the Silver King mine for the past four years.  She was 24 years of age, leaves no family and came to Nelson from Cold Springs, Minnesota, where her father and stepfather reside. ... the bereaved husband and deceased lady were held in high esteem.

 

THE ATLIN  CLAIM, 24 February 1900

DEATH OF CAPT. COWPER.

The news of the sudden and unexpected demise of Captain Jesse William Cowper on Wednesday morning, 21st instant, shocked his many friends in Atlon.  The deceased had been camped on the opposite side of the lake for a couple of weeks with Messrs. E. J. Thain and W. H. T. Olive and had been suffering for some days with rheumatism and the intention was to bring him over to the Presbyterian Hospital for treatment.  No immediate danger was apprehended and his partners were assiduous in their attentions.  About 5 o'clock in the morning Mr. Olive made some remark to the captain, who was in bed, and receiving no answer went to his couch and found him dead.  He had passed away so gently and quietly that Mr. Olive was astounded.  Rousing Mr. Thain they did what they could to restore animation, but although the body was  warm, the soul had fled to Him who gave it.  Mr. Olive at once came to Atlin to notify the authorities, and Constable Heal, accompanied by Dr. Lewis, went over the lake and returned with the body.  The cause of death being evidently heart failure, it is not thought an inquest will be necessary.  Deceased leaves a wife and three children at Ladner's Landing, B.C., and fortunately for them, carried an insurance of his life.  His brother in Victoria has been communicated with and the body will be kept, pending instructions from his relatives.  Deceased had been a sea-faring man in his time and was aged about 43.  It may be some comfort to his sorrowing people to know that Captain Cowper in life had the good-will, affection and respect of every one who was privileged to know him.

 

THE MOYIE LEADER, 24 February 1900

JOHN BREMNER DROWNED.

Moyie Lake Claims Its First Victim.

ICE CRACKED AND SAGGED

Norman McClennan, His Partner, Also had a Narrow Escape From a Watery Grave.

A sad drowning accident occurred in Moyie lake last Sunday evening in which John Bremner, one of the oldest inhabitants of this place, lost his life.

   Bremner had been working for Park, Mitchell & Co., in their logging camp on Col. Henderson's ranch on the west side of Moyie lake.  Last Sunday morning he and Norman McClennan, another laborer at the camp, came to town to spend the day.  They were returning on foot across the lake in the evening about 9:30 o'clock but strayed to the left of the trail which is usually traveled.  When they reached a point about opposite the sawmill both men broke through a thin scum of ice which covered a pool of water about three feet in depth which was over the main body of ice, which had evidently cracked and sagged.  The sag was about 20 feet in width and the incline was at an angle of nearly 40 degrees.  Both men made a desperate struggle for their lives, as could be seen by the amount of the top layer of ice which they had broken.  McClennan finally succeeded in getting out and used every effort to rescue his partner, but to no avail.  McClennan returned to town about 11 o'clock chilled to the bone, and almost completely exhausted, and gave the alarm.  The news quickly spread round the town and in a few minutes there were at least 30 people on their way to the scene of the drowning. The spot was easily found and Bremner's body located, but the icy water had done its work and death had claimed its victim.  J. M. Lindsay volunteered to rescue the body, and tying a rope round himself, which was held by the bystanders, and armed with a pike pole walked out in reach of the prostrate form and dragged it to the surface.  The body was then wrapped in a blanket and carried back to town and laid out in the Moyie hotel.

   The following morning Coroner Clark empaneled a jury and an inquest was held.  The jury brought in a verdict that the deceased, John Bremner, came to his death by accidental drowning in Moyie lake on the evening of Sunday, February 18th. [Funeral.]

   John Bremner was about 48 years of age, and had been a resident of Moyie for over two years.  During the construction of the tote road prior to the building of the Crows Nest railway he was employed by Dave McBeth and was later employed by McMahon Bros. of this place.  He had been in the employ of Park, Mitchell & Co. for about three months.  He was a steady, honest, hardworking man and so far as is known did not have an enemy.  Nothing could be found amongst his effects showing where any of his relatives lived.

 

THE PHOENIX PIONEER, 24 February 1900

POWDER IS THAWED

But Jack Middleton Lost His Life.

HAPPENED IN MONDAY AT GOLD DROP

Employee of the Mine Had Bits of Tin Blown Into Him - Remains Shipped back to Ontario.

It is the old, old story.  He tried to thaw out some frozen giant powder, and succeeded, with fatal results top himself.  His name was jack Middleton, employed at the Gold Drop mine, the accident happening Monday morning early, between 12:30 and 1 o'clock.

   It appears that Middleton had several sticks of giant powder in a couple of cans and was thawing them out by placing the cans on the blacksmith's forge, a little after midnight.  It is thought that one of the cans must have leaked and some nitro-glycerine gotten out.  At any rate, the explosion broke two of Middleton's ribs, and drove ragged chunks of tin into the unfortunate young man's abdomen and lungs.

   Word was quickly gotten to Dr. Gordon, the company's surgeon, who was at the injured man's side within 30 minutes after the explosion, Drs. Boucher and Slack also accompanying him.  The surgeons did everything known to their profession to save Middleton's life, and a professional nurse was provided, but he expired at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon. [Funeral.]  Middleton was a young man of 22 or 23 years of age and was generally liked throughout the camp.  He was formerly employed at the Golden Crown, but had been working at the Gold Drop for several months.  He was hurt a couple of months ago at the mine, but not seriously.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 9 March 1900

Fatal Snowslide.

SANNDON, March 8. - A snowslide at the Noble Five mine this morning killed Fred Sheppard, married, of Cody and Alex. McFarlane, single, of West Bay, Cape Breton.  McNeill was also injured.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 12 March 1900

FATAL LANDSLIDE OCCURRED AT SANDON YESTERDAY.

One Person was Killed and Four Injured.

SANDON, March 11. - [Special to The Tribune.] - a landslide in town carried away six residences.  William S. McLeod of Scottish Granville, P. E. I., was killed. Mrs. W. Nash, William Lovett and Mrs. W. Fogg and daughter were injured.  McLeod's body was found under the ruins by a rescue party at 6:30 tonight.

SANDON, March 11. - [Special to The Tribune.] - A terrible fatality occurred here today at noon by which William McLeod list his life and Mrs. H. Nash lies in a very precarious condition.  Just above the Slocan gulch the banks are very steep, and the rain and the thaw of the last 36 hours had so loosened the earth along the hillside that at twelve thirty a mass, one hundred yards long and seventy-five yards wide, came down with a rush, completely wrecking six residences in the Lovatt addition.  The houses were all occupied except one, and fears for the safety of the residences brought the whole town to the scene of the disaster.

   William Mcleod was known to have been in his cabin father up the hill at the time of the slide and it was apparent from the first that his chances of escape were slim.  Notwithstanding the danger of further slides many went to work to excavate the ruins, but it was slow work. One of the wrecked houses caught fire and threatened the destruction of the addition, but was gotten under control by the fire brigade.  One hundred men worked like Trojans from 1 o'clock until 7 to find Mcleod's remains.  He was discovered under twenty feet of debris smothered, but little disfigured.

   Rescuers started to work on the wrecked buildings and Mrs. Fogg and her little girl were gotten out of the debris only slightly injured.  A few moments after Mrs. Nash was taken from the ruins and carried to the house of some friends, where it was found that she had suffered serious injury.  The Rev. J. A. Ferguson escaped entirely unhurt from a building that was literally crushed to kindling, and William Lovett was rescued with no worse injury than a dislocated shoulder.

   William McLeod was a native of East Granville, P.E.I., and has followed mining in this camp for several years.  He was a prominent and active member of the Miners' union who have taken care of the remains and will conduct the funeral.  This has been a sad week for Sandon, and Billy Mcleod is the third of their numbers whom the union boys mourn within the past week.  Mcleod helped to dig the graves for Sheppard and McFarlane who were killed by the Noble Five Slide on Thursday morning.

 

THE LEDGE, 15 March 1900

DEADLY NOBLE FIVE SLIDE.

Every spring witnesses the fatal sweep of the snowslide in the Slocan, the most terrible of which is that known as the Noble Five slide.  It has a list of several victims, to which was added two more early Thursday morning.  Alex. McFarlane, Fred. T. Sheppard and Charlie McNeil were employed on the night shift at the No. 8 drift on the Noble Five mine.  It was in coming off shift that the slide suddenly descended and engulfed the trio.  The two former were instantly killed, while McNeil fortunately escaped serious injury.  The bodies were found with little difficulty, and were buried by the Union on Saturday.  McFarlane was a single man and came from West Bay, Nova Scoria; while Sheppard left a wife, who resides at Cody, to mourn his loss.

FATAL LANSLIDE AT SANDON. [Too faint to read.]

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 19 March 1900

KILLED AT THE ENTERPRISE.

A Miner the Victim.

SILVERTON, March 17. - [Special to The Tribune.] - An unfortunate and fatal accident occurred this morning at the Enterprise mine on Ten-mile creek whereby a man named Kennedy lost his life through a missed hold.  He is said to be from Vancouver, with relatives living in the east.  There being no coroner in the district, provincial officer Black of New Denver went down on tonight's boat to ascertain particulars on behalf of the attorney-general's department. Charles Baker, undertaker of New Denver, accompanied him to take charge of the body.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 20 March 1900

The inquest will be held on the body of Kennedy, the miner who was recently killed at the Enterprise mine, as there is no coroner at this moment in the Slocan district.  The body will consequently be interred without a coroner's certificate.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 21 March 1900

HOW KENNEDY WAS KILLED.

Slocan Mining Notes.

NEW DENVER, March 20. - [Special to The Tribune.] - Police officer Black returned from the Enterprise mine yesterday, and gives the following particulars of the fatal accident which occurred there on Saturday:

   Thomas Kennedy was working on the slope between the No. 2 and the No. 3 tunnels, close to the big raise.  He had picked down the rock shot by the night shift, and had just commenced to drill when the explosion occurred.  The full force of the rock caught him on the left hand and in the bottom of the stomach and legs.  His mate was working a short distance away, but was not hurt.  Kennedy was picked up and placed on a stretcher, but died before the mouth of the tunnel was reached.  He spoke once or twice before he died.  His injuries were ghastly.  Apart from the bones broken, he was covered with blood.  The night shift state that they had fired a round of seven or nine holes, all of which went off, but it is surmised that some frozen powder must have been left in one of the holes which deceased drilled against.

   Kennedy was aged about 40 and came to the mine from Rossland.  He was deemed the best workman on the force and was an A1 miner.  Originally he came from St. Columbia, Quebec, where a sister resides, to whom word of the accident was sent.

   There is no coroner in the Slocan district, a fact that should be promptly remedied.  Within the past ten days or so there have been no less than four fatalities in the camp, with no proper judicial machinery available to arrive at the causes of the same.

 

THE LEDGE (NAKUSP), 22 March 1900

WANTED, A CORONER.

Deaths not being investigated, no inquests being held re accidents.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 27 March 1900

PAT M'CANN'S LAST TRIP

Sunday's Fatal Accident.

A terrible fatality occurred on the Molly Gibson wagon road Sunday afternoon, Pat McCann, a teamster, being thrown from his wagon headlong against a bluff and killed.  The body was brought to Nelson last night.

   There were no eyewitnesses to the accident, but the story can readily be conjectured from the surroundings.  On Sunday afternoon McCann started up the hill with a load of supplies, which he delivered at the foot of the slide, when they were being rawhided up to the mine.  He started on the return journey and should have reached the landing at 5 o'clock.  Phil Rawal, the company's blacksmith, was at the landing, and when McCann did not arrive on time became anxious.  At 6 o'clock the missing teamster had not put in an appearance, so Rawal secured a saddle horse and started up the road.  The first thing he encountered was McCann's four-horse team standing on the trail as quietly as though in their stalls.  Four hundred years further he was horrified to discover the teamster's body, lying at the foot of the bluff, which bounds the road on one side.  The unfortunate man's head and left face was crushed in, and it was evident that he had scarcely moved after receiving the blow which caused his death.

   The body lay at the lower end of a dip in the road perhaps 150 yards long.  A scrutiny of the ground showed that at the head of this dip the wagon track swung wide of the ordinary track, from which it is surmised that the horses started to run at this point.  McCann must have had considerable control over the team, otherwise the outfit would have gone over the outer edge of the road and down the gully in to the creek below.  About 20 feet above the spot where the battered body lay was a big boulder, which the wheels had struck.  The theory advanced is, that when the wagon struck this boulder McCann was hurled from his seat, and flung with terrible force against the bluff.

   On finding McCann's body Rawal returned to the landing and rowed across the lake to Robinson's ranch, where a man was secured.  Returning to the scene of the fatality, one of the men remained on guard over the body while the other ascended the road to the mine, and notified the manager.

   McGuire, manager of the Molly Gibson, came to Nelson yesterday morning and promptly placed the facts before Dr. Arthur, coroner.  The coroner decided that the facts as to McCann's death were sufficiently apparent to permit of an inquest being waived.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 30 March 1900

A TERRIBLE EXPLOSION AT

Five-Mile Point.

A frightful catastrophe occurred yesterday afternoon , resulting in the death of two employees of the Ontario Powder Company, Harry Gervan, a well known and popular young Nelson man, and William Way, who came from Tweed, Ontario, a few weeks ago with the men brought out by the company when it took over the powder factory at Five-mile point.

   The victims of the accident were working in the packing house when 400 pounds of dynamite exploded.  Both were instantly killed, their bodies hurled many yards from the point where the explosion occurred, and horribly mangled.  The cause of the explosion cannot even be conjectured.

   A few minutes before 3 o'clock the men employed on the dock, in the nitrator and in the soda factory and shell house at the powder works were startled by a tremendous explosion which threw them about like ninepins.  Daniel Smith, the owner, Charles Griffin, Fred Laney and Frank Newby were unloading a couple of cars of soda from a barge tied up at the dock, probably 100 yards from the packing house.  Laney was just at the door of one of the cars, and the rush of air hurled him into the car and against the opposite door with great force.  Archie Murray, another employee, was cut on the right temple, but not seriously hurt.  Tom Way, a brother of William Way, was in the soda factory, and was hurled under a table.  James Gibbon, manager of the works, was in the nitrate building 300 yards from the packing house but was not hurt.  When the air cleared after the rain of debris, the men hurried out to find the packing house and a small store house adjoining wiped off the earth.  It was known that the only occupants were Gervan and Way, and a hurried search was made for them.  Gervan's body was found first.  It lay beside a log not more than 20 yards from the side of the packing house and was terribly torn.  All that was found of Way's body was picked up in the lake at least 75 or 100 yards distant.  Neither of the men could have known what struck them.

   Within a few minutes the steamer International hove in sight and D. Smith and Charles Griffin came into the city with the news of the disaster.  Dr. Hall, who was acting as coroner during the temporary absence from the city of Dr. Arthur was apprised of the situation and made arrangements to visit the spot.  The undertaker was also notified.

   The packing house in which the disaster occurred was 14 by 20 feet and contained nothing but the hand packing machine for loading the dynamite shells, a bench, some sawdust and the 400 pounds of manufactured dynamite.  After the explosion it had utterly vanished, and the casual observer would not have known that a building had ever stood on the site.  Adjoining it was a building formerly used by Charles Griffin as an engine house.  It was built of heavy logs, which were carried 500 feet away and splintered in a manner which indicated the force of the explosion.  Since the Ontario Powder Company assumed control of the industry three new buildings had been erected, the nearest to the packing house of these being the warehouse which was badly wrecked.  The nitrator, in which nitro-glycerine is produced, was only damaged slightly, and the soda factory, as it is termed, located some 100 yards up the hill, also escaped serious injury.

   The report of the explosion was heard in Bogustown, and principal Clayton of the Hume addition school saw the cloud of smoke which rose.

   The late Harry Gervan was a son of James H. Gervan, one of the proprietors of the Baldwin Iron Works at Ottawa, Ontario.  He came to Nelson a couple of years ago and entered the office of C. D. J. Christie, afterwards being in Captain Troup's office, and then on the office staff at the Poorman mine and the Nelson Hardware Company.  Gervan was a talented actor and left Nelson last spring to tour with the R. E. French Dramatic company.  He returned to the city in July last and worked in the C.P.R. depot ticket office until a couple of months ago, when he left to enter the employ of the Ontario Powder Company, his uncle, James Gibbons, being manager of the concern.  He was prominent in amateur theatricals, was end man in the Nelson minstrels and a member of the Nelson company, Rocky Mountain Rangers.  He numbered friends in Nelson by the score and the news of his untimely death came as a great shock to them.

   William Way was from Reed, Ontario, where he had a wife and two children.  Hr was a thoroughly experienced man and had the respect and esteem of his employers, who had selected him from their eastern staff to come west and start their new enterprise here.  Way was an expert packet and had handled great quantities of high explosives during his experience in the business.  The news of his death was wired east yesterday afternoon.

   A representative of THE TRIBUNE accompanied Dr. Hall, the acting coroner, to the scene of the catastrophe, arriving there a couple of hours after the explosion.  The bodies were then lying where they had been hurled, and after Dr. Hall examined the surroundings, the remains were placed in caskets and brought to the city.  An inquest is considered unnecessary, as the only witnesses who could give material evidence regarding the cause of the explosion were the victims themselves.

   From the condition of the bodies the men at the works believe they were standing immediately over the dynamite, and that Harry Gervan was facing him.  The last man who saw either of the victims was Fred Laney, who was unloading a car on the dock.  Shortly before the accident he saw Gervan come out of the warehouse and go toward the packing-house with three cases, such as are used for packing loaded shells, in his arms.  The young man had arranged a fishing excursion for the evening, and as Gervan passed into the packing house he made a joking remark about the proposed trip.  Hardly ten minutes had elapsed before the explosion took place. ...

   Both bodies will probably be buried in Nelson, and Harry Gervan will probably be given a military funeral by his comrades of the rifle company.

W. W. BARKER DISAPPEARS

Cranbrook News.

CRANBROOK, March 28. - [Special to The Tribune]. - Walter W. Barker has disappeared mysteriously, ...

 

THE KOOTENAY MAIL, 30 March 1900

CORONER'S INQUEST.

Jury Find T. A. Breeze Died from Heart Failure.

The death occurred at the City Hotel Tuesday evening of an elderly gentleman named T. A. Breeze who had been a guest of the house for the past two weeks coming from Hector where he had been employed as a telegraph operator.  Dr. Mclean, the attending physician, granted a death certificate and the remains were taken in charge by the local members of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers and removed to R. Howson's & Co.'s.  Next morning a suspicion of foul play arose owing to marks on deceased's head, and Mayor Smith was waited on with a request for an inquest.  Dr. J. W. Cross, coroner, was summoned and he with Chief Bain empanelled a jury composed of R. J. Hopgood, R. N. Doyle, W. T. Meldrum, E. L. Crewdson, E. D. J. C. Johnson and C. W. Mitchell for an inquest to be held in the evening.  After viewing the remains the jury and coroner returned to the court house for the hearing of witnesses.

   R. Caley, sworn, said, I am proprietor of the City Hotel, knew deceased who arrived at my hotel on the forenoon of the 9th or 10th of March apparently well.  Deceased was quite sober but had been drinking more or less until Monday night when on return from supper he appeared to stumble and fall in the hall; some one of the boys picked him up and he went to the bar (from bar I could only see that he had dropped in hall but don't know what position) but while going to chair his right side gave way and her fell to the floor.  He was picked up by A. E. Kincaide, Bert Crick and others; there was a little blood coming from his ear and one eye brow was discolored; he remained in bar until near 11 o'clock when he left for his room returning about 12 or shortly after saying that he was going outside.  I locked up bar immediately afterwards and think he went out; thought I heard him come in a few minutes later but did not see him.  I was not around until after 7 o'clock in the morning and found deceased in a chair in sitting room: he did not appear to be well then and we called in Dr. McLean; death occurred at about 7 o'clock in the evening; he was in his room all day under doctor's care. 

   On being questioned by coroner the witness said deceased had taken drink of whisky before going to bed at 11 o'clock, and it was possible that he had also drunk of beer previous to this; there was no disagreement with any one in bar or hall nor had there been any unpleasantness with anyone that day.

   James Sullivan, Bert Crick and Anthony Burgerson were called and gave evidence much the same as that of Mr. Caley as to what took place in the hotel that evening.

   Thos. Hillier, sworn, said, I am a carpenter and builder in Revelstoke; I visited the body of Mr. Breeze to-day about 10 o'clock in company with T. J. Graham and we thought an inquest proper and went to see Mayor Smith; was not personally acquainted with deceased.  My object in visiting the body was that I heard in Mr. McMahon's shop that death was due to heart disease and thought injuries were worthy of investigation; could not say that Mr. McMahon expressed suspicion of foul play; I was satisfied injury was sufficient to have investigation.  Mr. Graham and myself went to Mayor Smith and asked to have inquest, thinking we were justified in doing this from injury on head.  No one told me deceased had been in a row; nothing but appearance of left side of head caused suspicion; in my opinion injuries could not have been caused by falling down; have no reason for suspecting anyone of dealing a blow.

   Dr. McLean, sworn.  I am a medical practitioner and treated deceased, first being called Tuesday morning by Mr. Caley.  I found him unconscious, breathing heavily, and with injuries on the head, left eye and brow being discolored, blood clotted at left ear coming from cuts; was told he had fallen, and seemed to me quite feasible that this would cause injuries; his skull was not injured.  Heart was weak during the day; saw him four times, last about 76 o'clock; and received word of death about 7:30.  Death was caused by heart failure.  Do not think injuries received sufficient to cause death.

   Dr. McKechnie was the last witness; he said, I was ordered by the coroner to make a post mortem from which I will read notes.  The notes certified to the finding of clotted blood on the brain, but a full account cannot be given.  Resuming his evidence the doctor said: I think fall might produce brain trouble such as described, but am inclined to think from striking more than the floor such as a chair.  He died of compression of the brain caused by clotted blood this causing heart failure.

    Dr. McLean again questioned by jury said deceased was not wholly conscious while attended.

   The jury retired and appointed W. T. Meldrum foreman, returning in about twenty minutes with the following verdict:

Revelstoke, B.C. March 28, 1900.

To J. W. Cross, M.D.,

Coroner of Revelstoke.

We, the undersigned, jurors empanelled to inquire into the death of T. A. Breeze, do hereby state that from the evidence adduced the deceased came to his death from pressure of blood on the brain producing heart failure; and that these results were caused by his accidentally falling and striking his head on some hard substance.  Signed by full jury.

   In summing up the case the coroner said that care should be exercised in such matters and that nothing but the most reliable evidence should be produced to warrant an investigation, and in this case such did not exist.  He dismissed the jurors.

 

THE KOOTENAY MAIL, 3 April 1900

Fatal Accident at Kamloops.

As the passenger train from the east was pulling into the depot at Kamloops Saturday evening a passenger named Macleod attempted to alight on the side opposite the station platform.  Unfortunately he missed his footing and fell striking his head heavily.  He was picked up insensible by the constable, who happened to be in the neighborhood, and conveyed to the hospital where he expired a few minutes later.  The deceased was an employee of the Columbia River Lumber Company, having been working at the company's mill at Kualt.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 7 April 1900

A SAD TRAGEDY

HANS HAERTEL COMMITTED SUICIDE SATURDAY NIGHT

HE CAME HERE LAST DECEMBER

Was Married Ten Months - Drink the Cause, Body Will Be Shipped to the Home of His Parents.

One of the saddest tragedies that has occurred in this city for some time was the suicide of Hans Haertel, shortly after 6 o'clock Saturday evening, at his home in Anaconda.  The deceased was manager for the Russell Hardware company.  The particulars of the affair were described to a Times man yesterday by Mrs. Haertel at the National, where she is now staying.  She said: "My husband had not been working since Thursday.  On Saturday he got up about noon and was absent until later in the afternoon.  He spent the afternoon at the Palace hotel in Anaconda.  When he came home shortly before six he was the worse for liquor.  He left his rooms and went down to the store.  At the store he procured a revolver, loaded it and came home.  He went upstairs to his bed-room.  I was downstairs.  He called to me that he wanted to talk to me.  He spoke in a desperate manner, saying if I wanted a parting kiss I had better come upstairs.  I called to my sister, Miss Barber, and a friend, G. A. Robinson, and the three of us went up-stairs.  He was in his bedroom and the door was locked.  He then opened the door part way and looked out.  I told him if he would promise not to do any harm to himself or me I would go in.  He replied by saying, "I am not going to do any harm."  When he noticed Mr. Robinson he motioned him away, saying he would pull his gun.  I got frightened and went downstairs and hid, and Hans started to come after me.  He pointed his gun at the other two and told them to get.  He returned to his room and before they were half way down stairs they heard a shot.  I did not hear any noise and did not go up.  Afterwards I was informed that he had killed himself."

   Mr. Robinson corroborated the story, and  said when he heard the short he went out for assistance, and with Mr. Smith went up to the bedroom, where they found Mr. Haertel lying across the bed dead, with a bullet hole through his head.

   Dr. Jakes was duly notified of the shooting.  This morning instructions came that no inquest would be held.  The body is now at Gully Bros. & Co undertaking department, and will be prepared for shipment to Milwaukee, where the parents of the deceased live.  The remains will be accompanied east tomorrow by Mrs. Haertel.  Deceased was 39 years of age.  He was married ten months ago and came here last December from Rossland, where he had been employed for four years with the Hunter brothers company.  His father, mother and three sisters are living in Milwaukee.  He was a member of the Rossland Erie of Eagles.  The revolver that he used to end his life was a 38-calibre Smith & Wesson.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 14 April 1900

A probably fatal cutting affray is reported from Fernie.  It is stated that an Italian whose name does not appear to be known, stabbed a white man named "Scotty" in the stomach and partially disembowelled him.  The injured man's death is regarded as a matter of a day or two.   The Italian escaped and is being hunted by provincial officers.

 

THE LEDGE, 19 April 1900

FLOAT FROM SANDON.

W. H. Lilly has been appointed coroner.  No inquests will be held on black jack stiffs.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 20 April 1900

FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT

Death of Engineer R. Somes near Beavermouth. [See Nelson Tribune, 24 April, below.]

 

GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 21 April 1900

WAS DROWNED

BOUNDARY CREEK CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM.

SING LUIE, A CHINAMAN

While Drawing Water he Slipped In and the Swift Waters Closed Over Him.

Sing Luie, Chinaman, aged 23, was accidentally drowned in Boundary creek just before noon Thursday.  From information received from a cousin of the deceased, it seems that Sing, who recently moved into the Home laundry, on Silver street, went down to the creek to get a pail of water.  The Chinamen in that vicinity are in the habit of drawing the water at the back of Hop Lee's laundry, where the bank is a little high above the water.  Sing somehow slipped off from the bank, and the swift current carried him down the creek as far as the South End grocery, where his body was pulled out.  Dr. Schon was shortly on the scene, and an effort was made to resuscitate, but without avail.  In the meant time the whole of Chinatown was informed; and there was an exodus from the laundries in the direction of the South End grocery.

   When a Times representative came to the place where Sing's body was lying on the ground, he found a motley collection of the deceased's countrymen examining the remains.  Across the right eye was a contusion, probably caused by the head striking violently against snag in the creek as the body was carried swiftly down.  Such an injury might have rendered him at once unconscious and unable to help himself.  The body was taken to Gully & Co.'s undertaking parlors and is now being prepared for interment, which will take place tomorrow.

   Sing Luie had been a resident of Greenwood for nearly a year.  He was of good habits and industrious.  Only just recently he had bought the Home laundry and gone into business for himself.  On his person Dr. Schon found a purse containing $16, which was turned over to Chief of Police McLaren.

   Dr. Jakes, the coroner, may hold an inquest, as there appears to be reasons for supposing that Sing Luie's death might have been caused otherwise than by accidental drowning.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 24 April 1900

Fatal Railway Accident.

Revelstoke Herald.

The sad news was wired to town early yesterday morning that a freight train had encountered a rockslide near Beavermouth and the engine had rolled over, killing its driver, R. Somes, in the fall, and injuring fireman Macdonald.  The work delayed the No. 1 for nearly three hours and the dead man and his injured comrade were brought down on her.  The principal injury and the one which presumably caused his death was a wound on the right temple, as if caused by striking a tock in his fall from the engine.  The breast was bruised but not crushed.  It is not really known how the accident happened.  The freight train was coming west, about three miles east of Beavermouth at about 2:30 a.m., E. Bogard being the conductor.  The engine must have struck a rock in the track and turned completely over.  The front brakesman went over with it and escaped unhurt.

   H. Macdonald, the fireman, was firing at the time.  He found himself thrust off the platform and being shoved along by the trucks.  His legs and body are badly bruised and he received a severe shaking but no bones broken.  Engineer Somers was found with his legs still in the cab.  As the air brake was on, it is certain that his last act was an attempt to avert the accident by stopping his train.  Two freight cars were derailed and smashed up.

 

THE LEDGE, 26 April 1900

A fatal stabbing affray is reported from Fernie.  A white man by the name of "Scotty" was cut open by an Italian.  The wounded man lived but a few days.

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 27 April 1900

TWO FATAL ACCIDENTS

Occur in One Day at Different Points\ on the Division.

Early Wednesday morning a freight going west stopped at Sicamous to lift a car, which was in a siding.  J. Sullivan, of this place, who was braking on the train, was attending to the job and while he was busy placing the car on the train, two other cars, the brakes of which he neglected to tighten ran down, and while he was trying to stop them he was jammed between the cars and killed.  He had no relations here and the body was shipped to Parkhill, Ont., for burial the same day.  Brakeman Snyder accompanied the coffin to Calgary.  He had many friends among his comrades on the toad, who were greatly shocked at the sad news of his sudden taking off.

   On the same day a man called Ferguson, who had only just hired to work on the steam shovel at Notch Hill was killed while he was assisting to raise the crane.  The guy of the gin pole broke and the pole struck him square across the shoulders, killing him outright.  The body was taken to Kamloops for burial.

 

THE LEDGE, 10 May 1900

The Fatal Slide.

Two Italian miners were killed by a snowslide in the Alamo basin about 7 o'clock Sunday morning.  They were Joseph Devin and Louis Bagattin and came to the Slocan from Wilkeson, Wash.  They had a contract on the St. Marys, one of the Idaho group of claims.  John Steel, who was at the Democrat, saw the slide and gave the alarm to the men at the Idaho.  Tony Becker and 27 men dug all day to get the bodies out.  One was found at 4:30 and the other at 8 p.m. near the mouth of the tunnel.  Both men were buried in the New Denver cemetery.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 14 May 1900

Drowned in the Lake.

A fatal accident occurred on Kootenay lake on Saturday afternoon.  James Phillip Annett and C. D. Lank were out in a Peterborough canoe and when across the lake opposite the shipyard it capsized, and Annett was drowned notwithstanding the efforts of his companion to save him.  The body was recovered later on by chief of provincial police Bullock-Webster and three assistants, and brought to town.  The deceased was a mill man by trade and comes from Watford, Ontario.  He was about 28 years of age.  His relatives have been communicated with.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 19 May 1900

A BABY INSTANTLY KILLED

Father Went Insane.

At 7:20 o'clock last night an infant daughter of A. Maslonka, the Hall street shoemaker, was almost instantly killed.  A heavy wagon box fell on the child's head crushing the skull on such a manner that death ensued within a few moments.

   Maslonka's two eldest children were playing at the rear of the house and the baby was in their charge.  A heavy wagon box, standing on a packing case, had been used by the children as a playhouse for weeks and no danger was apprehended.  Last night the wagon box became overbalanced and fell to the ground.  The infant was just beneath and the falling box crushed her head.  She died before medical assistance could be summoned.  When Maslonka heard of the fatality he became temporarily insane.  Rushing out he struck one of the children a heavy blow and used threatening language.  Chief Jarvis was apprised of the accident and immediately proceeded to Maslonka's home, where he succeeded in pacifying the distracted patent.

   The coroner was notified and placed in possession of the facts.  He deemed an inquest unnecessary.

 

THE KOOTENAY MAIL, 6 July 1900

BRAKEMAN KILLED.

Sam Armstrong falls from a Work Train at Wigwam.

Wigwam on Wednesday afternoon was the scene of a fatal accident the result of which was the loss of life of a man named Sam Armstrong.  He was brakeman on a work train in charge of Conductor Angus Mclean and on reaching Wigwam where they were to work went back on the train to "cut off" the caboose, but in the meantime the conductor had pulled the coupling pin unknown to him and the train started suddenly when Armstrong was nearing the end of the last car and he stopped for the caboose not noticing that the distance was greater than an ordinary step and fell to the ground being run over by the caboose, crushing his legs in three places.  The unfortunate man was brought to Revelstoke hospital where he died of hemorrhage soon afterwards.  Deceased was well known in Revelstoke where he had many friends. [Funeral.]

 

THE REVELSTOKE HERALD, 10 July 1900

MURDER AT KAMLOOPS, B.C.

Fatal Results of Drunkenness and Jealousy.

KAMLOOPS. B.C, July 23. - (Special.) - An Indian woman named Tessie, was shot and instantly killed by her husband, George St. Paul, yesterday afternoon near the Caledonian grounds here.

   Tessie and another woman left the reserve with an Indian named Basil.  George, who was under the influence of liquor, and in a fit of jealousy, followed them into Kamloops armed with a 44 Winchester.  On overtaking them he ordered his wife to return home.  She refused, whereupon he fired two shots at her, one taking effect, the bullet entering the back of her neck and emerging near the chin.

   There were several eyewitnesses of the murder.

   George returned to the reserve, but within two hours was locked up, the arrest being made by Indians, who, throughout the search for the murderer, took a most active part.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 14 July 1900

Where Did His Money Go?

The friends of the late Thomas O'Brien, whose body was found in the lake on Thursday morning, are wondering why no inquest has been held.  They say he drew $50 out of the bank at noon on the day he was lost; he had only 10 cents on him when found and they have been able to find no trace of his having spent any considerable amount of money anywhere in town between noon and 3"30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd, when he was last seen alive going in the direction of the wharf.

 

THE CUMBERLAND NEWS, 17 July 1900

SAD ACCIDENT.

Victoria, July 14. - very sad accident occurred last night at Goldstream.  Charlie, the 10 year old son of R. McLure, was carrying a loaded gun from bedroom to kitchen when it discharged blowing top of his little sister's head, killing her instantly, wounding the mother while the father received what is believed to be a fatal wound in abdomen.  Police had to watch boy and prevent him from committing suicide by jumping in the reservoir.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 24 July 1900

MURDERED BY A SMALL BOY

How Mah Lin Died.

ROSSLAND, July 23. - The mystery of the killing of Mah Lin, a Chinese cook, who was found dead in the kitchen of Mrs. Chenoweth on May 23rd, has been cleared up.  Ernest, the eight-year-old son of Mrs. Chenoweth, has made a confession that he fired the fatal shot.  The disclosure came about in the following manner:

   Communication was maintained by the local Chinese with the Victoria Chinese on the affair, and the latter, seeing that no light was thrown on the matter by their compatriots in Rossland, hired assistant superintendent P. K. Ahearn of the Pinkerton agency of Seattle.

   He came to Rossland on Saturday night last and conferred with officer Raymer, who had this particular case in hand.  The two men went to Mrs. Chenoweth's on Sunday last and asked if they could see her son Ernest.  The mother allowed the child to go with the visitors, and the story of the murder was obtained from the lad.  He related that there had been a disagreement between him and the Chinaman.  The deceased Mah Lin had laughed at him, whereupon the youngster averred that he would shoot him.

   This caused the Chinaman to laugh again.  The boy went into his brother's room, climbed over the bed, got the gun and, climbing back, snapped it.  It did not go off.  Again he held it on the Chinaman and pulled the trigger, and this time it went off and the Chinaman fell face forward on the floor and died there.

   "He did not laugh any more then," Said the boy, "and the doctor at the inquest was wrong, for you see he did not fall backward."

   Then the gun was replaced from where he had taken it.  After this the lad went out of the back door and down the street to where a house was being removed.  The detective and the officer took the lad to coroner Bowes before whom he repeated the story of the killing.  The preliminary examination of the young murdered will take place tomorrow before the police court.  He seems so cool and so collected about the matter that it would seem that he does not realize the enormity of his offence.

 

THE ATLIN CLAIM, 28 July 1900

SUDDEN DEATH AT PINE.

On Sunday last, Abe Turcott, proprietor of the Discovery restaurant at Pine, expired after an illness of a few hours.  On the following day, by order of Judge Woods, an inquest was held and the following jury enpanelled: J. Letherdale, foreman; A. D. Bannerman, T. Gregory, M. M. Taylor, A. McInnes, H. W. Blunck, E. E. Rose, H. Sharp, Z. Overgaard, S. Blair and C. R. Brown.  A post mortem examination had been previously held by Dr. Lewis, assisted by Dr, Morrison, who arrived at the conclusion that uremic poisoning was the cause of death, and so stated in their evidence given before the coroner's jury.  In accordance with this the jury returned a verdict that deceased had come to his death from natural causes and that no blame attached to any one. ... The late Mr. Turcott was an American, a very large and powerful man, and his sudden demise was totally unexpected.  He was well-known and liked in the community and had only reached the age of 43.

 

THE MINING REVIEW, 11 August 1900

On the strength of a telegram Coroner Lilly went over to Slocan on Wednesday thinking an inquest on the body of R. Covington might be necessary.  Mr. Covington died very suddenly in the hills.  The coroner's report is: Death due to natural causes.

 

THE LEDGE, 16 August 1900

"BOB" COVINGTON'S DEATH.

Further particulars of the death of R. M. Covington last week are told by the Drill: "Sunday morning Tom Benton and Covington left Slocan City to do assessment work on a claim owned by Oscar White, of Sandon, and arrived at the property on the Monday, after packing in their supplies.  It was a hard and exhausting trip.  On Sunday evening Bob felt unwell, but ate a hearty meal before retiring.  He slept none that night, and the next day ate little.  Monday night he made no complaint, and early next morning Benton got up to get breakfast.  Coming in to rouse him, Benton was astounded to see him gasping for breath.  He did what he could to relieve him, but it was no avail, and in a few moments poor Bob's lamp of life went out.  Benton at once hurried to town with the news and a number of friends went out for the body, arriving back on Wednesday evening.  Here the Oddfellows assumed full charge of the funeral arrangements.  The remains were taken to Undertaker Robertson's place and laid out.  Thursday morning Coroner Lilly, of Sandon, who had been telegraphed for, held an inquest, the verdict being that deceased came to his death through natural causes."

 

THE LEDGE, 23 August 1900

The body of N. Gerrish, a Russian Pole, was found in the Slocan river last Wednesday in an advanced state of decomposition.  The deceased was well known in the Slocan, and especially in Slocan City, where he made his residence.  He was last seen alive on the 30th of July.  An inquest was held, but no evidence was adduced showing the cause of death.

 

THE MINING REVIEW, 1 September 1900

Howard Guest, a C.P.R. brakeman, received injuries near Nelson, Saturday last, that may prove fatal.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 12 September 1900

ROBERT GRAHAM KILLED.

A fatal accident occurred in the Cariboo mine, Camp McKinney, last Sunday, which resulted in the death of Robert Graham, who, with his brothers Patrick and Thomas - the latter being manager of the Waterloo mine - have for a long time been resident in that camp.  From the evidence adduced at the coroner's inquest held by Dr. Jakes it appears that deceased was seen [to] pass the 200-foot level station having on the platform cage with him an ore car containing steel.  Immediately afterwards the car and deceased were heard to fall down the shaft, which is 400 feet in depth.  The fall and the consequent injuries caused instant death.  The unfortunate man's skull was badly crushed in and an arm and leg broken, besides other injuries.  Seemingly the ore car was not fastened to the cage and by some unknown cause it ran off the platform, carrying deceased with it, as the shaft is not close timbered all the way up there was room for the car to leave the cage.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

   The body has been taken to Colville, Wash., for interment there, the Graham homer being in that locality.  Deceased, who was a nephew of Mr. Jas. Monaghan, of Spokane, formerly president of the Cariboo Mining company was only 23 years of age, and his untimely death is much deplored.

 

THE PHOENIX PIONEER, 15 September 1900

KILLED AT CARIBOO MINE.

Robert Graham Fell 200 feet Down the Shaft and Died Instantly.

Last Sunday a terrible accident happened in the Cariboo mine in Camp McKinney, by which one man, Robert Graham, lost his life.

   It appears that Graham was coming up on the cage from the 400-foot level, there being also a car on the cage containing steel.  When up o the 200-foot level the car, which it seems Graham had neglected to hook to the cage, got loose and rolled off the cage, carrying Graham with it, who fell the 200 feet to the bottom of the shaft.  Above the 200 level there is no timber, leaving more room at the sides of the cage as it runs up and down.  Graham's body was badly mangled and crushed, there being fatal injuries on the head and sides, besides numerous broken bones.

   Dr. Jakes, the coroner at Greenwood, was notified and went out Monday to hold an inquest.  The jury's verdict was death from accidental causes.

   Graham was carman at the Cariboo, and was a brother of Superintendent Tom Graham of the Waterloo mine in the same camp.  His family resides at Colville, Wash., where the remains were taken by wagon on Tuesday last.

   The deceased leaves a mother, brother and sister at Colville.  He was a nephew of James Monaghan of Spokane, who has been prominently identified with the Cariboo for years.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 19 September 1900

Operator Admits His Guilt.

VICTORIA, September 18. - At the coroner's inquest to-day Paul Duggan, operator at Ladysmith, admitted that Saturday's wreck on the Esquimalt & Nanaimo railway, was due to his carelessness.  He reported No. 1 engine in the yard before she arrived, and sent No. 10 out.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 25 September 1900

KILLEE BY A SCORCHER

Fatal Accident in Vancouver.

VANCOUVER, September 24. - [Special to The Tribune.] - E. E. Blackmore, a local racing cyclist, collided this afternoon, at the corner of Richard and Cordova streets, with an unknown woman aged about 45.  She was carried to the hospital, and Backmore was arrested for furious riding.  He was later released on bail.  At 7 o'clock tonight the woman died, without regaining consciousness.  She is still unknown, and all efforts to identify her so far have been unavailing.  She had been riding a wheel, and had just dismounted when young Blackmore struck her.  She died from concussion of the brain.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 9 October 1900

FOUND DEAD IN A SHACK

SUPPOSED TO BE EVA MOSER, A  DISSOLUTE CHARACTER.

No Marks of Violence on the Corpse, Nor Is There Any Clue to the Manner of Death.

The body of a woman supposed to be Eva Moser was found last night in a shack on Ward street a few yards north of Front street.  The matter was reported to the police and the remains are now in their charge.  No marks of violence were found.  The body was identified by several parties who have seen the woman about during the past four or five days, but up to a late hour none of these knew deceased's name.  At 10:30 o'clock, however, the officials from the provincial gaol examined the corpse and pronounced it to be the remains of Eva Moser, who was discharged from gaol on October 1 after serving 60 days for vagrancy at Fernie.  The Moser woman's people reside in the Maritime Provinces and are eminently respectable and well to do.
   During the day R. W. Turpin, who lives across the C.P.R. track, heard cries proceeding from the shack where the body was found.  During the afternoon W. Campbell, who lives in the same vicinity, looked into the building and saw some person whom he supposed to be a drunken man.  At 6:30 Turpin saw the door ajar and looked in again.  He still thought it was a drunk, but drew the attention of W. H. Bullock-Webster, chief of provincial police, to the matter.  Mr. Webster entered the cabin and found the woman.  She was dead, but the end had come but a short time previous, for the body was still warm.  The remains were almost nude and lay on a quilt on the floor.  Chief of police Jarvis was notified, and brought the coroner, Dr. Arthur, who ordered the body turned over to an undertaker.  An inquest may be held.

   The remains were those of a woman about five feet six inches in height and apparently 30 years of age, with blonde hair and fine cut features.  About the shack were the following articles: A black straw hat, fedora style, black cloak, black skirt and veil, a gunny sack containing a suit of men's underclothing, a pair of new socks and a black felt hat.  Scattered around were two empty beer bottles, two empty bottles which had contained Irish whiskey, a ginger beer bottle half full of sugar and another ginger beer bottle containing a quantity of brown powder.

   Yesterday morning the dead woman was at Turpin's house and asked for liquor.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 10 October 1900

No further light has been shed on the cause of the death of Eva Moser, who was found lifeless in a shack on Ward street Monday night.  The general surmise is that she succumbed to the effects of heavy drinking, or to an illness resulting from this cause.  Dr. Arthur, the coroner, will hold a post mortem examination this morning, and if anything to justify the step is ascertained an inquest will be held.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 11 October 1900

The post-mortem examination of the remains of the late Eva Moser revealed the fact that she had succumbed to pneumonia.  An inquest was therefore considered unnecessary and the body was interred.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 12 October 1900

Killed by a Falling Tree.

David McGee was killed yesterday at Winslow's mill on the Slocan branch of the C.P.R. nine miles this side of Lemon creek.  MccGee was cutting timber for the mill when a tree fell on him, causing death.  The news was brought to Nelson yesterday afternoon by an employee of the mill, who desired to secure a burial permit.  He could give little or no information as to the fatality, and the coroner, Dr. Arthur, leaves for the camp this morning to hold an inquest.  The remains will be brought to Nelson this evening.  They will be embalmed and shipped to Beverly, Ontario, where the deceased man's people reside.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 13 October 1900

Accidental Death.

The outcome of the coroner's inquest into the death of the late David A. McGee, who was killed at Winslow's sawmill on Thursday, was a verdict of accidental death.  Dr. Arthur returned from the scene of the fatality last night, and the body was brought in to be shipped east.

   When the death was reported the coroner was informed that a tree had fallen on McGee, and no apparent reason was given, hence the inquest.  A jury was empanelled on the ground and the evidence of eye-witnesses taken.  It eventuated that one tree had been knocked partially down in felling another and had rested in a crotch of a third.  McGee was a teamster and had driven his wagon to a point where the balance of the men were working and parked under the leaning tree, which looked quite secure.  Apparently the animals detected the tree falling, for they jumped from beneath it, and as Mc Gee moved to quiet them the tree came down, striking him on the top of the skull and causing injuries from which he died in a few minutes.  Two other men only escaped by jumping quickly to one side.

   The late David McGee was 83 years old and came west from Artemisia, Grey county, Ontario, where he leaves a wife and three small children.  He was a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters.

 

THE PROSPECTOR, 20 October 1900

Fatal Accident at Cranbrook.

On Wednesday evening, Martin Jacobson an employee of the Cranbrook Lumber Company, was in town and started for home, but he was somewhat under the influence of liquor, and it is supposed that he either fell or lay down upon the track.  A freight train backing in preparatory to going out, run over Jacobson cutting off both legs; he was taken to the St. Eugene Hospital and died in about two hour after reaching there.  Coroner Bleasdell will hold an inquest.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 24 October 1900

Samuel Feora Meets a Violent Death in Greenwood.

ROBBERY WAS THE OBJECT.

Carried About $1,200 on His Person and This Has Disappeared - Evidence at the Coroner's Inquest.

Since its inception, four years ago, Greenwood had a record untarnished by any serious crime until last Wednesday when Samuel Feora, an Italian, was murdered in a log cabin near the railway station. The murdered escaped and there is still no trace of his whereabouts.

   Feora was a section laborer.  He lived with his son, a lad about 18 years of age, in one of the log huts at the foot of the hill near the railway station.  All the information that the police have been able to gather was told at the inquest held by Coroner jakes Thursday afternoon, the following being the jury: James Kerr (foreman), Robt. Leach, David Beath, I. Robert Jacobs, Berry Youill, W. O. Wright.  The jury visited the cabin and viewed the body. Dr. Foster made a post-mortem examination and in giving his evidence stated that the man was about 5 feet 4 inches in height and about 50 years of age.  He found two bullet wounds in the head.  Both wounds were charred so that the shooting must have been done at close range.  One of the bullets was embedded in the brain but he was unable to find the other.

   Chief McLaren told of having been called by telephone from the railway station and informed that there was a case of either suicide or murder there.  He informed the coroner and together they went over and found the body on the floor of the cabin.  There was no money in his pockets.

   Emanuel Poiston was the next witness.  He is a section man and lived in the cabin in which the body was found.  When he came home at 6 o'clock he found his door locked as usual.  On lighting a candle he found blood on the floor and further investigation revealed a man's hand extending from underneath the bed.  Becoming frightened he called for help and Joe Feora, the murdered man's son, came to the cabin.  He drew the body from underneath the bed and was horrified to find his own father.  Emanuel went to the section foreman, Mr. Robinson, who telephoned the police.

   Emanuel then gave the only possible clew to the murder.  About five weeks ago a stranger came to his cabin and said he was from Northern Italy, Emanuel's home.  He is known as French Joe and speaks both French and Italian.  Joe wanted to borrow money from Emanuel but he refused to lend.  Joe had a key for his cabin and he often, upon returning home from work, found the stove warm and his store of provisions considerably reduced.  French Joe flourished a revolver and Emanuel told him that Italians from Northern Italy did not carry guns or revolvers.  He saw French Joe until ten days before the murder.

--- A. H. Robinson, section foreman, gave evidence of telephoning to the police and said that the deceased worked for him Wednesday morning but did not turn up in the afternoon.

   Joe Feora, son of the deceased, described the incidents leading up to the discovery of his father's body and then stated that his father had between $1,000 and $1,200 in his pocket.  He searched pockets but could find no money which he carried in his pants pocket. No one knew but himself that his father carried money but as he was a saving man people would suspect that he had money.  French Joe came to their cabin five weeks ago.  Did not know him before.  He said he had come from Butte; was broke and asked for Italians from northern Italy.  Joe took him to Emanuel's cabin.  Joe saw him the Sunday previous to the murder at Anaconda.  He said he had a contract at the Mother Lode.  Another Italian, Antone, saw Joe on the morning of the murder.

   The jury brought in a verdict of murder by some person or persons unknown.  Both the city and provincial police are working on the case.  They are endeavoring to locate French Joe. [Funeral.] 

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 29 October 1900

Miner Killed at Moyie.

MOYIE October 28. - [Special to The Tribune]. - On Friday night at 9 o'clock Thomas Munn, a miner, was instantly killed when putting a plug in a boulder in front of a raise chute in a stope.  The Shute bursted from the weight of ore, and the timbers and ore buried him.  He was taken out within 20 minutes.  A gash over the left eye and a broken nose were the only visible injuries.  Men working near heard the crash and escaped.  The above facts were elicited at the coroner's inquest yesterday, the jury being D. J. Elmer (foreman), J. McEachern, W. Reid, A. Stephenson, T. Lee and P. J. McMahon.  Munn leaves a wife in Spokane. He was a member of the miners' union of Moyie, and he will be buried here tomorrow.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 31 October 1900

A FATAL ACCIDENT.

Miles McNeill Killed, and N. Green Injured at the B.C. Mine Monday Night.

   Miles McNeill was killed at the B.C. mine on Monday evening.  He and his partner, N. Green, were working in stope when a heavy body of rock broke from the roof and struck the men.,  McNeill was killed outright while Green had his leg broken but is not otherwise seriously injured.  Dr. Kingston was immediately sent for and upon his arrival at the mine he sent particulars of the accident to Coroner Smith, of Grand Forks, who did not think it necessary to hold an inquest.    Mr. Green was brought to the Greenwood Hospital yesterday and Mr. McNeill's body was brought to Gulley's undertaking parlors.  He has two brothers in Butte, Montana.  They have been told by wire of the sad fatality and the body will be kept awaiting instructions from them.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 7 November 1900

City Gleanings.

An Indian named Antoine was murdered at Penticton last week by two other Indians, Donald and Edward jack.  The crime was committed in daylight and an axe was the weapon.  The victim was mutilated in a horrible manner.  Dr., Morris of Vernon held an inquest.  The murderers were at large last week, but there were good chances of their capture.

 

THE NELSON ECONOMIST, 7 November 1900

At Kamloops the other day a Chinaman committed suicide under extraordinary circumstances.  He had been complaining for some weeks, but his friends [paid no attention to his case.  One morning last week he was found dead in a water barrel, head downwards, having committed suicide.  At the inquest it transpired that the man had fever of a very pronounced type and that for several days previous to the suicide he had been moving about in the Chinese quarters, and that his laundry had turned out some work.  It was fortunate that the body was found as soon as it was or his fellow countrymen would probably have hushed up the whole thing, and the water in the barrel would have been used to soak someone's family washing and spread contagion.  The case shows the necessity there exists for careful supervision over Chinese quarters.  These people are naturally uncleanly in their habits.   ... continues.

 

THE GREENWOOD WEEKLY TIMES, 14 November 1900

AN INQUEST HELD.

Last Wednesday Dr. O. Morris, coroner, held an inquest upon an Indian at Penticton, who, as noted last week, had been murdered on the previous Saturday.  The jury was made up as follows: L. C. Barnes (foreman), R. S. Bull, R. Jackson, G. Clark, J. Grattan, S. Grattan and A. Grant.  The verdict reached was: "That the deceased, Antoine, an Indian, came to his death from blows inflicted on his head by an axe in the hands of one Edward Jack, an Indian."  The murderer is still at large.  There has been a great deal of lawlessness among the Indians of Penticton for some time past, owing to the flagrant manner in which the law against selling intoxicants to them is violated, and stricter police supervision is evidently badly needed in that section.  Future trouble will hardly be averted unless a resident constable is stationed in that section of the district,

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 15 November 1900

FATAL ACCIDENT AT THE LE ROI.

Norman McDonald, a Carpenter, Falls One Hundred Feet from a Scaffolding.

ROSSLAND, November 14. - A fatal accident occurred in the Le Roi this morning at 10 o'clock, when Norman McDonald, a carpenter employed in the Le Roi, fell 100 feet in the main shaft and subsequently succumbed to his injuries.  McDonald was working on a scaffold in the main of Black Bear shaft of the Le Roi at the 700 foot station.  The scaffold was stretched across the shaft and McDonald was timbering.  It is said that he was placing a wedge in between the timbers and missed his balance, causing him to stumble forward.  The plank on which he was standing turned over and the unfortunate man was precipitated headlong down the shaft, falling a full hundred feet to the 800 foot station.  The injured man was at once brought to the surface and taken to the Sisters' hospital, where Drs. Bowes and Senior attended him.  McDonald was too badly injured, however, and never had any chance of recovery.  He died within a short time after he was brought to the hospital without recovering his senses.  He was single, aged 28 and came from Kinross, Prince Edward Island.

 

THE PROSPECTOR, 17 November 1900

MURDER AT VICTORIA.

Attempted Suicide and Arrest of the Murderer.

Victoria, Nov. 13. - William Ashley, a young man about 28 years of age, was last evening shot and killed by Thomas Connel.  Before medical assistance arrived the young man was dead.  The murderer was arrested this morning in the woods near Esquimalt; he tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the head, but the wound will not prove fatal.

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 28 November 1900

SANDON, November 27. - [Special to The Tribune]. - William Bryant, night boss at the Ivanhoe mine, was instantly killed last night about ten o'clock by a fall of rock while superintending the retimbering of old workings.  An inquest has been deemed unnecessary.  No blame is attached to the company.

 

THE MOYIE LEADER, 3 November 1900

A FATAL ACCIDENT.

Shute Gave Way in the Lake Shore Mine.

Thomas W. Munn, a Miner in the Lake Shore Mine is Crushed to Death by Falling Ore.

On Friday evening, October 26, at 9 o'clock in the morning a serious and fatal accident occurred in the No. 1 tunnel of the Lake Shore mine when the main shute gave way crushing a miner named Thomas W. Munn to death.  Dr. Higgins was immediately called to the spot but the man was beyond all earthly help.  The remains were removed to the Moyie Hotel where an inquest was held on Saturday by Coroner Armstrong of Fort Steele, the jury of whom D. J. Elmer was chosen foreman returned a verdict of accidental death by the bursting of a shute and the falling of ore. ...

 

THE NELSON TRIBUNE, 20 December 1900

A Sudden Death.

MOYIE, B. C., December 19. - [Special to The Tribune]. - Mrs. Fannie Cubberley, housekeeper at the Central hotel here, died suddenly yesterday afternoon.  She had gone up stairs and was talking to Mr. Desaulnier, proprietor, when she coughed and fell off the chair.  She was dead when picked up by Mr. Desaulnier.  Coroner Clark attributed the death to heart disease and an inquest was unnecessary.  Deceased had been in perfect health up to the time of her death.  She leaves a husband, who was last heard of in Washington.  She will be buried here tomorrow.

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