They Were Numerous In Bismarck Yesterday and Are of a Serious Nature.
Chas. Armstrong, of the Steamer Peninah Has Both Legs Crushed by the Cars
W.A. Chandler and George Peoples Thrown From a Wagon and Seriously Injured.
A SAD CHAPTER.
Yesterday was a day of accidents for Bismarck people. All were of a serious nature and occurred in the afternoon at nearly the same hour. Fortunately none of them proved fatal although it seems a miracle that such was not the case, when all of the circumstances are taken into consideration.
and most serious of the number occurred to Mr. Ghas. Armstrong, the carpenter of the steamer Peninah, about two o'clock in the afternoon. During the forenoon he had visited the office of Col. O'Connor to arrange some business matters and had returned to the boat promising to again call at the office at 3 p.m. In pursuance of this engagement he started to walk along the railroad track from the landing to town. When at the culvert just below the quartermaster's office he was met by switch engine No. 51 pushing a train of freight cars toward the landing. For some unaccountable reason Mr. Armstrong failed to see the advancing cars and was knocked down and both legs thrown under the wheels. Eight or ten cars passed over them before the train could be stopped on the heavy down grade, and as a result they were both crushed off a few inches below the knees...
THE SECOND ACCIDENT
occurred at about the same hour as above and resulted in painful injuries to W. A. Chandler, of the Bank of Bismarck, and to Mr. Geo. Peoples. The latter had lead a dray with goods for one of the boats and Mr. Chandler asked to ride to the landing where he had some collections to make for the bank. As they approached the railroad crossing Mr. People's horse became frightened at the cars and overturned the vehicle, throwing both gentleman to the ground. The horse did not run away and just how it occurred no one knows...
THE THIRD ACCIDENT
was the least serious of all, and occurred to Capt. Jacobs, pilot of the Peninan. He was standing in the store of McLean & Macider during the afternoon and in stepping backward, fell down the elevator a distance of fifteen feet into the cellar. He was but slightly injured.
John Zebra, a farmer living five miles in the country, started to drive to Bismarck day before yesterday, when his team ran away and threw him from his wagon. His right arm was broken between the elbow and shoulder. Dr. Porter reduced the fracture.
Bismarck Tribune, 10/14/1881