THE RUSSIAN RAILWAY ACCIDENT.
~, > The following narrative of tb? tenlbls rail* ay accident at Borkl from boriespondenia who wore on the Boot it taken from the " Pall Mall Budget " :~- The Imperial train, yon maafc know, fi always aooompanled by another whloh either precedes or foHowa it. In thli case, their M»J3Btfe3 were ia the first, we were ia the aeoond, an hoar'a distance behind. On arriving at a small strtion, we heard that the Imperial tra'n had gone off the rails, bat that the family and all the unite wore cafe. At a second station we were told to tarn oat all our . baggage and aead on the train, that there ware twenty dead and thirty-six woanded more or less serloasly, bat that the Imperial family were uninjured. We at onoa went on, and s»w what I shall endeavor, however Inadequately, to deeoribe. Th 9 last three oarrlagea out of eighteen, were atill on the rails, bat the fourth w»s driven sideways, and overhung a steep incline of some forty feet or more. Bayonet, we saw nothing bat a leoondclass carriage m fragments halfway down the hill, a number of bodies coveted op, and broken timbers, planks, and a general wreok on the bank side. On proceeding farther we saw the full effect of the disaster; The firat carriage beyond the one I havemeotioned bad disappeared entirely; it was one mass of splinters tossed up In every conceivable direction, and the roof lying crosswise on the crashed woodwork ; beyond was another carriage wrecked, but still partly standing, and then were some carriages leaning to the right, some'to the left, some completely down, and two next the two engines still' apparently little damaged. It was out of the orushed woodwork of the one most completely ruined that three-and-twenty living souls were reaoaed, with one or two exceptions, ahnost nnbrnlaed. It was the dining saloon, and there their Imperial Majesties, with every child of theirs, save the little Grand Daotass of Olga, were seated with the ealte at dinner. A sudden shook sent them all down on the floor ; a second, and the sides of the carriage were down on them, the roof aerou the -whole ; ft third, and a dead stop—* terrible. sllenoe, broken by the shrieks of the dying and woanded. Those who were there told me there was neither time to think por even to feel ; their wounds and braises tfyey discovered afterwards. - One gentleman told me he only found that he had loat half of his finger an hoar later. The Empreis was the first to exti loate herself from the wreck, and her; terrible pry, " Where Is the Emparor ? Where we my children 1" was more heartrending than, any words can describe, fiat Heaven gave them all back to her— all— oat from that heap of rain, and almost nnbralsed. It was mlraoulons ; there is no other word. The Empress's right hand wasbtdly t bruised, and the left slightly' oat about, bat she went at once to: tend the woanded as they were extricated from the wreck For nearly four hoars she sat m the dr'zzllog rain on that sopping bank, binding up their wounds, or soothing them with words healing as the balm of Qllead. One poor fellow lay there mortally hart, with his face feirfally " scalded, and she sat by him cooling his face with her hankerohlef dipped m water, and the poor fellow died kissing her hand, His Majesty and the Grand Dnkes Nicholas and George Alexandra* . vltch were everywhere landing a helping h»nd extricating the wounded and the dead. 1 heard nothing but blessings showered upon them whprever I went. When the Ust of the wounded and the dead were placed m the train which had arrived from Kharkoff their Majesties eitered the train by which we had come, aad we retraced oar way, and, by making a detour of some 600 miles, arrived at ; Kharkoff, wera their Msjosiles visited the hospital where the~ wounded lay. ~ So enthusiastic were the people of Kharkoff that the carriage was nearly upset, anaW the Empress must have been put to maoh pain, for the crowd tried to seize her woanded hands to kiss them, and it was with the greatest difficulty they were kept off. In the hospital the scene must have been very moving, for the poor fellows only thanked God their Majesties were safe, forgetting for a time their own Batterings, The following details are translated verbatim from a Russian letter :<— ... Good God 1 What a horrible acoldent to the Imperial family, and how evident Is the mlraole and the Divine mercy to whloh their escape is due I What would have been the fate of Buitla, and what an unheaad of calamity it would have been to the whole nation, had the entire Imperial family perished simultaneously ! That they have not all been killed from first to last is now the snbjeot of the profoundest amszemeLt for all Russia. A dog, Kamsohafcfca— the Ozw'a favourite hound, lying at his feet ; a servant presenting to him a tray with ft glass of tea ; both- the servant and the dog killed instantaneously, and the Ostr remains unscathed. Under the feet of the whole Imperial party, seated around the dlniog-table, the floor sinks, the whole bottom of the carriage disappears. ' The four walls are crashed together m the sudden smashed ; tin unsupported roof gives way, and s prevented from fa ling on the heads of the Empress and the august child en on'y by the powerful arms of the Emperor, who for several minutes supports it alone above the heads of bis family. The little Grand Duchess Olga is thrown rut to a distance of 60 feet down the embankment ; the little Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovitch is buried under the ruined carriages so deep that he could hardly be discovered, and then dng ont and rescued from under the debris with the greatest difficulty—and both children are perfectly safe and unhurt 1 The Grand Duke George (the second son) fiads himself squeezed between two seats, and at the same moment a heavy iron bar. is de-cendlng on his head ; bat a second,' jnst one second earlier, a heavy brass frame falling on to the same seats is found vertically dovetailing into the two, leaving t. recess iutst large enough to contain and protect his body ; and meanwhile; Count Sherementief arrests the heavy bar = m its fall, whioh orushes and almost tears three fingers off his hand, but George remains uninjured. .... Bat oar Tzar, our Emperor, what a man, and what a golden heart f All those saved testify how under a pourIng rain, knee-deep m the cold mad,' bleeding terribly from -both arms hands (the bandages have only been removed to-day, 3rd November), he helped personally to resoue the dying end the woanded, his colossal strength doing him goodly service on that day/ Theytell how he spoke words of comfort $ those sufferers still alive, pledging his word of honour to the dying to care for their families as long an they, lived. A priest was fetched la a harry from an adjaoent village, all the survivors clamour* ing loudly. "A mass, a thanksgiving service for the esoape of onr father the Tztr!" "No," cried the Emperor, In a thundering voice, '* the miss for the dead ; first of all the prayers for the wounded." "You should have seen,!' goes 6n the aye* witness, "the whole angnst family fallfng npoa their knees m the nmd. and praying 'fervently forjthe dead and the relief of the wounded, before giving a thought of thanks for their own escape, and praying for the salvation of Raul*, not for their own."
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THE RUSSIAN RAILWAY ACCIDENT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2040, 18 January 1889
THE RUSSIAN RAILWAY ACCIDENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2040, 18 January 1889
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