THE END OF THE "GOLD DUST"
F OR, three months later, August 8, while I was writing one of these foregoing chapters, the New York papers brought this telegram:
"A TERRIBLE DISASTER.
"SEVENTEEN PERSONS KILLED BY AN EXPLOSION ON THE STEAMER 'GOLD DUST.'
" NASHVILLE, August 7.--A despatch from Hickman, Kentucky, says:
"The steamer Gold Dust exploded her boilers at three o'clock to-day, just after leaving Hickman. Forty-seven persons were scalded and seventeen are missing. The boat was landed in the eddy just above the town, and through the exertions of the citizens the cabin passengers, officers, and part of the crew and deck passengers were taken ashore and removed to the hotels and residences. Twenty-four of the injured were lying in Holcomb's dry-goods store at one time, where they received every attention before being removed to more comfortable places."
A list of the names followed, whereby it appeared that of the seventeen dead, one was the barkeeper; and among the forty-seven wounded were the captain, chief mate, second mate, and second and third clerks; also Mr. Lem. Gray, pilot, and several members of the crew.