Cortland Standard and Weekly Journal, Friday, December 30, 1892.
A GREAT EXPLOSION.
Long Island City is Shaken to its Foundations.
Long Island City, Dec. 28.—At 8 o’clock this morning an explosion of dynamite occurred in Fourth-st., this city, where the Long Island and New York Tunnel company is driving a heading. The explosion caused large loss of life and injured forty or fifty persons. Great damage was done to property in the vicinity. Davern’s flats, a block of four story brick tenements, is now on fire from the upsetting of stoves. The postoffice was almost entirely demolished. The windows of every building within half a mile of the heading were blown out. The greatest excitement prevails.
The New York and Long Island Tunnel Co. is building a tunnel between this city and the New York Central depot. A great deal of dynamite is used in blasting. Last night the dynamite froze. The men needed some this morning and placed three barrels of cartridges just back of the tenements to be thawed out. Then they built a bonfire beside the cartridges. The fire burned nearer to the dynamite than was intended, and the result was the terrific and disastrous explosion.
Those in the vicinity say that the shock which followed was like an earthquake. The tenements 21 to 29 Jackson-ave. were shattered, with the stores and offices below. The mails in the postoffice are buried beneath tons of ruins and are certain to be ruined by water if not consumed by the flames. When the explosion occurred the clerks were hurled headlong in the debris. A wave of flame seemed to sweep through the lower part of the demolished tenements immediately after the crash. Some of the stunned and bleeding tenants crawled to the lower windows and made their escape.
All of the killed received fractured skulls and were horribly cut by glass. It is said that the postmaster saved all the valuable letters that were in the postoffice when the explosion occurred. Directly opposite the scene of the explosion were a row of tenements occupied by fifteen families. Every apartment was wrecked and the debris caught fire from the overturned stoves. The scene following the explosion was terrible. Men, women and children only partly clad rushed wildly from every possible exit in the greatest excitement, screaming loudly. The district where the explosion occurred is the most thickly inhabited section of the city.
Later—At 2:30 o’clock this afternoon, six victims had died in the hospital.
CORTLAND COUNTY NEWS.
VIRGIL, Dec 27.— On Thursday, Dec. 22 , Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Trapp celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. About sixty-five relatives and old neighbors were present in the day time. Mr. John Lamont of Gee Hill, a former neighbor, in well chosen words reviewed their history, congratulating them on reaching in comparatively good health a period in their history to which so few attain, with an unbroken family circle. All of their four children, G. M. Trapp, Clinton Trapp of Virgil, Mrs. C. D. Williams of Dryden, and Mrs. S. K. Jones of Cortland were present, all of them having obtained substantial positions in life. Following Mr. Lamont, Mrs. A. C. Smith, wife of their pastor, made the following remarks:
Dear brother and sister Trapp, We who are favored with a seat at your family board this festal day, tender to you our most heartfelt congratulations. How many blessings of God are implied in the preservation of two lives, through all the vicissitudes of domestic life, from 1842 to 1893? And when to these are added kind loving children and grandchildren, and the sweet peace which ever abides with truly wedded hearts, we have a scene beautiful to look upon. Brother and sister Trapp, you have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and we are told that during the long period of your housekeeping your doors have opened to welcome all, and your hands and hearts have been in sympathy with every good cause. With fifty years between you and your well-kept vow, this golden age upon which you have entered is not a fable but a living reality, and as sweet as has been life to you in all the past, you may say as at the marriage feast at Cana, “The best wine is last.” It is the wish and ardent prayer of this circle of loving friends that many more quiet years may be added to the sum of your lives, and at last the beckoning [an] angel may come to you in tenderest love. You have many dear friends in either world. Dear hearts here to love and cherish you and dear hearts there to welcome you when you reach the golden shore.
After Mrs. Smith, Miss Merta Jones, daughter of S. K. Jones, read the following poem, composed by Mrs. George M. Trapp of Virgil, styled the
GOLDEN WEDDING DAY.
There are few that tread life's pathway
Hand in hand for fifty years,
Helping bear each other's burdens,
Sharing all life’s hopes and fears.
Many climb life’s hill together,
But fall often on the way,
One fond hand will loose its clasping,
One will go and one must stay.
One must stay and sadly travel
What will be a lonely way,
Missing every day and hour
One that was their help and stay.
But a few, more blest than others,
Travel up and down life’s hill
With their fifty years behind them;
Hand in hand they travel still.
This has been your lot, dear parents,
In the fifty years that’s flown.
Joy and gladness, pain and sorrow,
Many times your hearts have known.
But you’ve shared it all together.
Your fond hearts have never known
How heavy all life’s burthens are
When they are borne alone.
And we wish you joy and gladness
On your golden wedding day,
May your lives grow bright and brighter
As you travel down life’s way.
And when you have crossed the river,
May you stand hand clasped again,
In a land that knows no sorrow,
In a land that’s free from pain.
After the reading of the poem, Mr. George Williams, son of Mr. C. D. Williams of Dryden, gave three pieces which, were very finely rendered; first, “ Railroad Matinee;” second, “The Yankee in the Catacombs of Rome;” third, “The Convict’s Christmas eve.” At the close of the literary exercises Mr. Trapp responded in a very feeling and touching way, showing his appreciation of the kindness of his friends.
Two very important features of the gathering in the day time were an elaborate dinner consisting of twelve courses and a presentation by Mrs. Smith, on the part of friends, of a purse containing forty dollars in gold. In the evening about thirty Virgil people were present and had a very pleasant time. An excellent supper was served and all departed, leaving with Mr. and Mrs. Trapp their best wishes and some substantial tokens of their good will.
LITTLE YORK, Dec. 26. —School commences this week without the new seats, which for some reason unknown, failed to put in an appearance.
Mrs. Woodmancy, who was thought to be recovering from her illness, was taken worse a few days ago but was again improving at last accounts.
“Mart” Van Hoesen and his men are engaged in cutting ice, which has formed quite rapidly during the late cold wave.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Isbell have gone to Lincklaen to visit among Mrs. Isbell’s friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burgess are expected home from Pitcher to-day.
Christmas was not celebrated to any great extent except in the way of a few private Christmas trees for the children Mr. A. B. Raymond acted the part of Santa Claus quite acceptably to some families less fortunate than himself in Christmas cheer.
TRUXTON, Dec. 26.—Christmas exercises were held in the primary department of the village school Friday afternoon. The following is the program:
Song—Out in the Beautiful Garden, School.
A Grandma That’s Just Splendid, Florence Bliss.
The Two Pennies, Frank Darling.
The Secret, Julia Hartnett.
The Little Yellow Bird, Jack Lee.
Which Are You? Mary Hartnett.
The Swallows, Fred Garner.
Edith’s Soliloquy-Christmas Morning, Grace Hildreth.
Song Exercise—Thumbkins, Fourteen Little Ones.
The Robin Birds, Willie Jones.
Out for a Walk, Edie Root.
Birdies, Claude Garner.
The Swallows, Nina Darling.
The Telephone Message, Floyd Hildreth.
Lizzie’s Pocketbook, Florence Seibert.
The Secret With Santa Claus, Nettie Bliss.
Anna and Willie’s Prayer, Elsie Clark.
The Night Before Christmas, Henry Van Hoesen.
Song—Old St. Nick, School.
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Dutton of Cortland spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. William Baldwin.
CRAZY PAT. [pen name of local correspondent.]
FREETOWN, Dec. 26.—The furious storm on Saturday prevented many from attending the Christmas exercises in the evening. Old Santa Claus did his part, however, making himself impervious to the cold and storm by becoming for the time being a talkative buffalo. But few children were present and the exercises in the main were carried out by the older ones.
Mr. Adley Caldwell's house was burned to the ground last Thursday morning. When the family were awakened the roof was ready to fall in. A little furniture and a few clothes was all that w as saved. Although the house was insured the loss of a house this time of the year comes very hard on the family especially so as Mr. Caldwell has been sick for a year past, much of the time not able to go out of doors. The family were taken to his brother’s, Wm. Caldwell. Subscription lists are being circulated for their benefit.
The Farmers’ institute at Marathon was largely attended from this place.
Quite a number attended the party at Higginsville last Thursday evening.
Some will attend Christmas exercises at Marathon, this Monday evening.
We have just learned that Wm. Caldwell’s house took fire last night burning a large hole through the roof, but fortunately was discovered in time to prevent further damage.
Mrs. Frank Eaton has been quite sick for the past week.
A family Christmas gathering took place at W. R. Moon’s. Mr. and Mrs. H. Lownsberry of Ithaca were among the number.
Mrs. Dewey Stone and daughter of Homer were guests of H. D Stone’s family Christmas.
The measles are using no partiality. Quite a number have had them the past week while others are in readiness.
Mrs. West has finished her work for Mrs. Tuttle. Mrs. Tuttle’s health is improving.
Septimus Tripp is visiting a brother in Auburn.
A brother from Pennsylvania is the guest from Mrs. Sarah Dickinson.
H. G. Borthwick was in town Wednesday.
Several of this place attended a Christmas gathering at Joseph Humphrie’s.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson of Cortland spent Christmas with their daughter, Mrs. R. D. Stone.