Thursday, February 5, 2015

Sabbath Feb. 5. 1865

Mr. Curtis did not preach here to-day being absent on account of the serious illness of a member of his brothers family.  We went to sabbath school and meeting    William read a good sermon from Burders’ village sermons “Go you into all the world & preach the gospel to every creature”  Martha Colville came last night and will be here for the present.
Mr. W. C. McClure & his wife came up from Cincinnati yesterday and arrived here at five o’clock this morning.  He says the accident was occasioned by the pier which supported the bridge being undermined by the water and the presence of the ice occasioned its fall -- about 4 o’clock in the morning.  This was unknown to the train men -- the engine got over but the cars were precipitated 75 feet into the creek where they took fire & burnt up with their ill fated inmates 10 or 12 in number -- 14 persons were badly injured --  It is wonderful that any body lived through such a catastrophe.  One man floated down the creek a mile or more on the fragments and got out alive.

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