Victoria, BC Bridge Disaster, May 1896


Grave Negligence Charged Against the Civic Authorities.

VICTORIA, B. C., May 29.---The work of rescue at the scene of the bridge disaster was completed last evening, when the last of the bodies was recovered by divers. The death roll includes fifty-five names, and it is feared that two or three strangers may yet be missing. Evidence is accumulating showing grave negligence on the part of the civic authorities, they having been warned the day before the accident that the bridge would not hold. Twenty funerals are arranged for to-morrow.

The number wounded, as far as ascertained, is between twenty-five and thirty The bodies of L. Holmes, Tacoma; Y. H. Talbot, conductor; Motorman Farr and Miss Lilly Shirrott were recovered to-day.

The Coroner opened his inquest to-day into the cause of the disaster.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 30 May 1896