Indianapolis, IN Grandstand Falls at Political Rally, Aug 1912


Grand Stand Falls as Parker Notifies Governor of His Nomination as Vice President.


One-Third of Those Hurt Are Women and Others Are Democrats of Prominence.


Points Out Weakness of the Bull Moose Movement and Predicts November Victory.

Special to The New York Times.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Aug. 20.---Gov. Thomas R. Marshall was notified formally to-day of his nomination for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with Gov. Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey, but the proceedings were marred by an accident in which at least 75 persons were injured, some seriously.

A grandstand directly behind the speaker's platform proved too weak for the crowd which taxed its strength, and it gave way during the exercises.

Fully one-third of those who went down in the crash were women. The list of injured included State officials and an uncle of Gov. Marshall.


Among the prominent of those hurt in the collapse of the grandstand were:

BROLLEY, THOMAS W., State Statistician; both legs badly bruised and deep cut over left temple.
DE HORITY, W. D., State Examiner Board of Accounts; back badly wrenched.
LIND, J. P., of Columbus, Ohio, member of Notification Committee.
MARTIN, JOHN I., of St. Louis; Sergeant-at-Arms of the Democratic National Committee; bruised about the hips.
MARSHALL, W. S., of Marion, Ind., uncle of Gov. Marshall; ankle sprained, foot bruised, hip strained.
NEIZER, MAURICE, Fort Wayne, Ind., delegate to Baltimore Convention; leg broken.
SHEA, P. W., Orleans, Neb.
WILLIAMS, J. C., Des Moines, Iowa.

The gathering of Democrats included many celebrities from all sections of the United States. Among the visitors and those taking part in the notification ceremonies were W. G. McAdoo, New York, Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee; Senators T. H. Gore and Thomas H. Owen of Oklahoma, Joseph E. Davies, Madison, Wis., Secretary of the National Committee; Alton B. Parker, New York, Chairman Notification Committee; Lewis Nixon, New York, former Chief of Tammany Hall; Charles Boeschenstein, Edwardsville, Ill., D. J. Moore, Cleveland, Ohio, W. J. Martin, New York; Morgan Davies, Chicago; D. F. Gore, Oklahoma, Robert Ewing, New Orleans; John Brugger, Williston, S.D.; W. O. Hart, New Orleans; James E. Nowery, Camden, N.J.; E. W. Hurst and I. P. Simpson, Rock Island, Ill.; K. O. Humphrey and S. S. Thompson, Huntsville, Ala.; E. O. Wood, Flint, Mich.; Judge Crampton and Boyes Dansard, Monroe, Mich.; Claude B. Terrell, Benford, Ky.; U. W. Young, Salt Lake City, Utah; J. F. Robinson, Omaha, Neb.; J. M. McBeath, Meriden, Miss.; Charles B. Cook, Richmond, Va.; Gardiner Greene, Pell City, Ala.; John C. Mills, Rutherfordton, N. C.; R. B. Hayes, Lexington, Ky.; Marshall Hicks, San Antonio, Texas; John J. Mahon, Congressman George Konig, M. H. Fahey, and John Hubert of Baltimore.

Crash During Parker's Speech.

The scene of the accident was a wooden stand erected in front of the Indiana Democratic Club in Vermont Street, Judge Parker, Chairman of the Notification Committee, had proceeded with his address for about ten minutes when the great stand, 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, swayed twice and then went down to the pavement, carrying with it more than 350 persons.

Judge Parker had reached a climax in his arraignment of the Republican and Progressive Parties. Suddenly a pall of quiet fell across the multitude that had crowded about the corner of New York and Pennsylvania Avenues to witness the notification of the Indiana Governor. There was a slow, grinding noise, and the speaker stopped, turning in his tracks to see the crash behind him.

There was an intense silence as the stand swayed slightly to the east and then back to the west. Then a heavy timber snapped, and men and women were hurled to the pavement in a tangled mass of débris. One little section in the northwest corner stood for a second after the remainder of the platform had gone down. Then it, too, tumbled down with its living freight. In the seething mass of persons emptied onto the street among the jagged ends of the rough lumber, as if dumped from a great waste basket, it seemed unbelievable that none was killed.

Policemen formed a cordon about the wrecked platform and ropes were taken from the débris. Then the gongs of ambulances to the place, and as fast as they reached the scene they were loaded with the injured and started out across the city to the hospitals, hotels, and dwellings. The Indiana Democratic Club was converted into a temporary hospital, and practically every room was filled with the injured stretched out across the rugs and the beds in the upper rooms.

Taggart Stops the Panic.

Thomas Taggart, National Committeeman for Indiana, was a leader in stopping the panic, which threatened to put and end to the exercises. When order had been restored, Judge Parker proceeded with his speech.

The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Aug 1912