COLORED PORTER'S TRAGIC DEATH
R.K. JONES Instantly Killed at the Central Station.
Jumped on Moving Train and Attempted to Open Closed Vestibule Door.
Struck by a Switch Standard and Thrown Under the Car Wheels - Coroner KLEINDIENST Notified.
F.K. JONES of New York, a colored porter of the sleeping car Dundee, which is attached to the Western Express, was run over by that train and instantly killed at the Central avenue station of the New York Central railroad at 4:05 o'clock this morning.
When the train pulled in the Central avenue depot shortly before 4 o'clock this morning JONES and another porter went into the restaurant, at the west end of the station, to get a lunch. The train had already started when they came out for the train. JONES attempted to board one of the cars which had the vestibule closed instead of one which has open. He jumped on the lower step of the platform stairway and grasped the brass railing with his right hand. In the other hand he carried his porter's stepping block. The vestibule door was closed and, in order to open it, JONES placed his block beneath it and attempted to force up the trap door at the inside of the vestibule which keeps the door in place.
While JONES was trying to force the door open the train was pulling out of the station. About 100 feet west of the end of the train shed JONES' body, which was projecting beyond the cars, struck a switch standard. The unfortunate porter was knocked off the platform with considerable force and landed alongside of the moving train. After touching the ground he rolled under the wheels of the train. Several car wheels passed over the upper section of his body fracturing the skull and almost severing the right arm.
James LAWTON and Anthony MET?GI, two men employed at the station, witnessed the accident and immediately went to the place where JONES lay. When they reached him all signs of life were extinct and death had been instantaneous.
The train did not stop after the accident occurred, but continued on its trip to Chicago, as no one aboard was aware of the fact that JONES was killed.
It seems to be the opinion of the local railroad officials that JONES was to blame for his death. They say that it was not necessary for him to attempt to get on the car that he did, and also that he could have boarded another car with the door open like his companion, who was in the restaurant with him, did.
Coroner KLEINDIENST was notified of the death by Depot Master HOAGLAND. The remains were removed to the morgue by Attendant DRAUDE. The coroner will make a thorough investigation of the case and will probably hold an inquest Monday morning.
ACCIDENT IN DANSVILLE.
Result of a Horse Becoming Frightened - The New Dam.
DANSVILLE, June 23. - An old building that is being moved was left standing in the street with none too much room to drive past on either side and Thursday evening Wade PEELER and another man were driving by when the horse took fright and ran into a post. Both men were thrown out and PEELER was quite badly cut up.
Work has begun on the new dam in Little Mill creek gorge that is to supply water for the new extension to the village water system. This will give a boundless supply of good water.
Arrangements are being perfected by which the four Protestant churches will hold out-door union services on Sunday evenings during July and August.
Henry K. WHEATON has been appointed police justice to serve in the absence of Police Justice PRATT.
Albert FORSYTH and Miss Laura McLAUGHLIN were married last evening at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George McLAUGHLIN.
The M.E. Sunday school will run an excursion next Thursday, June 28th, to Keuka Lake.
Two Ceremonies Performed - News of the Churches.
ALBION, June 23. - The marriage of Miss Lilian SMYTHE and Isaac F. CUMMINGS, both of Yates, took place at the home of the bride on Thursday.
The marriage of Miss Mae GORDON of Portville, N.Y., and Orlando M. BAKER of Albion is announced to occur at Portville, N.Y., on Wednesday, June 27th.
In the Presbyterian Church to-morrow morning Rev. William H. CORNETT will speak on "The Doctrinal Creed of the Presbyterian Church." The subject for the 4:30 p.m. service will be on "The Portrait of Jesus."
Rev. A.E. WAFFLE, D.D., will preach at the Baptist Church to-morrow on these subjects: In the morning "What the Baptists Believe About Jesus Christ," evening, "The Conversion of a City Official," in the series on "Notable New Testament Conversions."
Rev. Alice K. WRIGHT of Brooklyn will preach in the Pullman Memorial Church to-morrow morning and evening. Morning subject, "The Twenty-third Psalm;" evening, lecture especially to the young, on "Lessons From 'Ardath,' by Marie CORELLI."
The young ladies of St. Hilda's Guild of Christ Church will give an ice cream festival on the lawn at the residence of Mrs. Joseph A. WALL, East State street, on Tuesday evening, June 26th. JONES orchestra will play during the evening.
The Citizens Cornet Band will give a public rehearsal on Monday evening, July 2d, at Village Hall. Ice Cream and cake will be served.
Miss Louise SANDERSON HART gave a small "thimble" party in honor of Mrs. Ralph APPLEBY of Redbank, N.J., at her home on Main street from 3 until 6 yesterday afternoon. Among the guests was Miss Marie MEEM of Washington, D.C.
Wedding Announcement --
RED CREEK, June 23. - Cards are out for the approaching marriage of Prof. Howard MURPHY of Meridian and Miss Mina COLEMAN of Victory. The bride-elect has many friends in this village.