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East Indian Seen at Nelson With Grip Containing Two Clocks, Police Hear. VEREGIN RITES SUNDAY

[ Crowds at Verigin's funeral, Geo A. Meeres, UBC Special Collections 14-32 ]

NELSON, Nov. 1 — Did an East Indian accidentally cause the death of nine passengers killed in the wreck of the Kootenay-Coast Canadian Pacific Railway train last Tuesday night? The chief evidence so far ad- duced against the theory that an ene my of Peter Verigin set a bomb which resulted in the disaster was forthcoming today when police heard that a Hindu was seen leaving the Kootenay Landing boat here the evening of the tragedy, handling a grip very gingerly.

Two clocks were in the grip, according to the report and it is claimed that the owner intended to use them to set off explosive for blasting purposes. Woodsmen and miners are known to convey explosive in this fashion, and this man might well have continued his journey by train after leaving the boat.


On the presumption that the Hindu seen with the valise was either the badly injured one now in hospital here, or the unidentified one whose body is at Grand Forks, police are attempting to secure a complete description of the man.

Extra coaches on Crows Nest Pass trains are bringing prairie Doukhobors who will attend the funeral services for the late Peter Veregin at Brilliant on Sunday. Two hundred and forty have arrived at Brilliant and four hundred more are due today.

The Christian Community of Universal Brotherhood is publishing an invitation to all the people-of Nelson and Trail to join in the "sad burial" of "our beloved leader and real Christian." The funeral will be from 12 noon to 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon and there will be a general exodus from this city on that day at Brilliant.


In Peter's house at Brilliant the dead leader lies in state and all are free to come and go and gaze on him, and there is a constant procession of Doukhobors chanting, kneeling and praying.

Source: "New Theory of Wreck Cause," The Province, November 1, 1924.

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