The Dalles, OR (near) Train Wrecked, Dec 1901

ATTEMPT TO WRECK TRAIN.

NARROW ESCAPE OF PASSENGERS ON O. R. & N. NEAR THE DALLES.

NUTS PLACED ON RAILS SEND ENGINE AND MAIL CAR FROM TRACK -- ENGINEER AND FIREMAN INJURED -- PASSENGERS ARE UNHURT.

Portland, Ore., Dec. 6. -- The eastbound passenger train, No. 2, on the Oregon Railway & Navigation, which left this city at 9 a.m., was wrecked 12 miles east of The Dalles this afternoon.
The engine turned completely over and the mail car left the track, but turned only partially over. The composite sleeper and diner left the track, but remained upright. The other cars, including a private car containing Col. R. C. CLOWRY, general superintendent of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and party, remained on the track.
Engineer MAURICE CAVANAUGH was badly scalded, and perhaps internally injured. Fireman FRANK CHASE was seriously injured. None of the passengers were injured.
The wreck was undoubtedly the work of train wreckers, as an examination showed that a seven-eighths inch square nut had been placed on the outside rail of a three-degree curve. Another nut was also found on an outside rail about 100 feet ahead of the first one.
Two men who have been at work near The Dalles are suspected of wrecking the train and the company has offered a reward of $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of the criminal.
Engineer CAVANAUGH died at the hospital here tonight. He leaves a wife and four children. Four tramps are under arrest at The Dalles on suspicion of being concerned in the wrecking of the train. A negro, who is detained at The Dalles on suspicion of having a knowledge of the crime, stated that he heard the tramps, who were put off a train today, make threats against the railroad company.

Anaconda Standard Montana 1901-12-07