|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 9/24/1901.
The railroad gasolene boat, Barney, blew up and burned at Palestine
last Saturday morning. Luckily no one was on the boat at the time
except the crew, consisting of four men, Homer Hopkins, Sivey Woodyard,
Babe Webb and Harvey Thorn, all of whom were badly burned and blown into
the river by the explosion. It is reported that Thorn is so badly
injured that he cannot recover. The boat was just getting ready to
start on its trip to Creston and several passengers would soon have been
on it. Considerable freight was on the boat at the time, all of which
was destroyed and the boat was burned to the water.