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1898 — Accidents, Moose and Caterpillars

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1898 — Accidents, Moose and Caterpillars
Photo Number:  MAT004600
Photographer:   unknown
Location:   Carleton Place, ON
Railway Name:   CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY CO.
Date:   1898-00-00
Caption:   Part of a wreck scene in the vicinity of the shops in Carleton Place. Negative envelope shows 1900-1910.
Subject:   Wreck
Collection:   Matting

No matter where I searched I could not find a record of this accident… but I did not want to lose the photo.

Local Happenings

The Ottawa Journal Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Fri, Aug 19, 1898 – Page 7

Heading to NY through Carleton Place

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
17 Oct 1898, Mon  •  Page 8

Chesterville Record 1 March 1898

A terrible collision with loss of life occurred three miles east of Smiths Falls between three and four o’clock Tuesday morning.  As near as can be learned it occurred in this way.  A freight was going west, followed by an engine running light, which, in turn, was followed at the normal distance by another freight train.  A number of cars broke loose from the first train, and, after some delay, were picked up by the light engine, and ere warning could be given the rear train came round a curve in the road and dashed at full speed into the light engine and runaway cars doing great damage to both engines and telescoping the cars, which then took fire and several were totally consumed.  The driver, Charlie Sims and the Fireman, William Wilson, both of Carleton Place, and both on the rear train were killed.  An auxiliary train from Smiths Falls with doctor McCallum, CPR surgeon was soon on the spot.  Sims was dead before his arrival, but his body was so caught in the wreck that it could not be got out.  Wilson was taken to Smiths Falls but was so badly hurt that he dies a few minutes after his arrival there.  


It is understood that an inquest will be held at once.  Superintendent Leonard happened to be at Smiths Falls and visited the wreck on the auxilliary train.


The 3.45 train for Montreal proceeded by way of Ottawa.  The local for Montreal was delayed three or four hours while the line was being cleared of the wreck.
Also reported in the Citizen of 1 March 1898.

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
31 May 1898, Tue  •  Page 1
The Ottawa Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Aug 1898, Mon  •  Page 7

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
29 Aug 1898, Mon  •  Page 7

Ottawa Daily Citizen
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
25 Oct 1893, Wed  •  Page 6

and just because I could.. another 1898 happening….

The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
09 Feb 1898, Wed  •  Page 7

Related reading

Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle it

The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway

So Which William Built the Carleton Place Railway Bridge?

The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place

Did You Know About These Local Train Wrecks?

Forget about Sharktober – When Moose Attack!

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This has been a heck of a month for shark attacks all up and down the west coast. Just this week Scott Stevens a 25-year-old surfer was believed to have been bitten by a great white shark near Eureka, Calif., and is expected to live after undergoing surgery at a local hospital.

 

Two weeks ago; workers at the San Juan Hills golf course in San Juan Capistrano were baffled when they came across a live shark flipping around the 12th hole tee. They immediately ruled out that it was not golf pro Greg Norman and it was most likely a leopard shark that had been dropped from the air by a large bird looking for a good meal by the looks of the puncture wounds. Leopard sharks are commonly found in shallow California waters traveling up from the “Golf“streams from southern waters.

 

“Sunk by a birdie”, the shark looked par for the course until the golf course crew brought the saltwater fish back to Dana Point and dropped it back in the ocean.

“It was still alive,” McCormack told the media and we just didn’t have a bigger cart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The number of moose attacks spikes in September and October during mating season and the early spring when mothers are protecting their young calves. However, moose often do not confront people unless they are provoked. For that reason, it’s important not to throw anything at moose and keep any dogs away from them as their barks annoy them. The Vancouver Sun reports that moose also do not like the Canadian Mounties. A Mountie in northern British Columbia got the fright of his life when a large moose climbed on top of his cruiser, smashed his driver’s side window and hit him on the shoulder last Thursday.

The officer saw two moose crossing the road in Prince George, B.C., just before 1 a.m. and tried to alert another vehicle traveling toward the large animals. As the officer got closer to the creatures, the bull moose decided he was having none of that and attacked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The moose first broke the front grill and bumper, and then stepped on to the vehicle causing dents to the hood, roof and breaking the windshield,”  said one of Canada’s finest in a press release to the Toronto Star.

The animal continued to stomp and kick, with one of the animal’s hoofs breaking the car window and hitting the officer with one of his feet. Aside from a bruise or two, the Mountie was not seriously injured and the moose finally slid like Jagger off the trunk.

 

“Both the culprit and accomplice departed the area on hoof,” the Sun reported.

 

 

I wish I could tell you both these news flashes are“Fractured Fairy Tales” but sadly they aren’t!

 

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