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By Clayton, Deb, & Holice

Portland Calamities and Custer


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Notwithstanding the frequent and frightful accidents which have occurred from the reckless attempts of person to drive horses and vehicles across a railroad in front of an approaching train, it is astonishing how little warning seems to be taken therefrom. Only a few days ago a young man, named Edmund Norris, who was driving a carriage in which were seated Miss Keeley, aged nineteen, Miss Sallie Sinon, aged seventeen, Daniel Keeley, aged four years, two orphan children, Willie Hawkins and a Mr., Morrow, attempted to pass across the track of the Philadelphia and Baltimore Railroad neat Newark Station, Delaware, in advance of the coming train. The locomotive hit the carriage and with great violence the occupants were cast on the ground. The two young ladies were run over by the train and the legs of both were cut off above the knees. One died in three hours; the other was barely lingering--her death momentarily expected. Morrow had one leg broke, and received other serious injuries; one of the orphans had his collar-bone broken and was otherwise hurt; and the little boy was frightfully cut and bruised. Norris, the cause of the calamity, alone escaped unhurt. Had he not been so culpably reckless no harm would have happened to any of the party.





If the telegraph reports the truth as to the fight with Indians by the troops under General Custer, the battle was one of no ordinary character. While we believe the stated number of Indians to be exaggerated, there is no use to conceal the fact that when so many as fifty soldiers are killed or wounded in a fight it must have been a very serious affair, and it demonstrated that an Indian foe of considerable force is in the field. There has been so much fooling going on with the absurd and costly system known as the Peace Policy that it seems there is no way out of it and into the common sense plan of handing over the control of the Indians to the War Department--where it ought to go--but through raids and massacres by the hostile tribes. Evangelizing the savage is played out.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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