A major train accident in Brooklyn 1893 claimed their lives. I think the eroded figure may be a train? From newspaper report then:
Collision of Trains in Which Several Cars Were Telescoped. FIFTEEN PERSONS KILLED AND EIGHTEEN INJURED. When the Relief Train, With Physicians Reached the Scene of the Disaster an Appalling State of Affairs Was Presented - Passengers ln Three Cars Maimed and Mangled Horribly, and the Shrieks of Terror and Pain Something Frightful. Special to the RECORD-UNION Long Island City, Aug. 27.—An awful railway accident occurred about midnight last night in which fourteen lives were lost and eighteen persons were more or less seriously Injured. The Rockaway train ran into the head of the Manhattan Beach train, telescoping several cars. The accident, it is said, was due to the negligence of the tower man at Laurel Hill. It seems that the Manhattan Beach train was blocked at Bushwick Junction at about 11:30 o'clock, when the Rockaway Beach train, coming at a high rate of speed, ran into the tail end of the Manhattan Beach train, plowing clear through the last two cars. Everybody in these cars was either killed or injured, while a third car was thrown from the track. The locomotive of the Rockaway train, which was going at full speed when her engineer first sighted the standing train, split the two last open cars of the standing train right through and hurled them to the right and left in wreck. There were nearly 150 persons in the last two cars. Oscar Dengler of New York was a passenger on the Rockaway train with his wife and family of fourteen. The train was running at high speed all the way. He says they were just in sight of the Long island City Chemical Works when there was a frightful crash and the passengers were thrown head over heels out of their seats. The train ran about two blocks alter the collision. the last two cars ol the Manhattan train were smashed into kindling wood, and bodies were lying around everywhere. The dead are: Colonel F.A. Buck, editor of the Spirit of the Times; Oscar Dietzel Mrs. Maggie Dietzel, Mrs. Bertha Weinstein, Sidney Weinstein, Thomas Finn, two unknown women and six unknown men.