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Posted By: Freida Wells (email)
Date: 7/21/2009 at 17:32:00

Chariton Democrat - Aug 8, 1883

On Wednesday evening the bar belonging to Mrs. Maynor, three miles south of Chariton, was discoverd to be in flames and before assistance could be procured the fire had gained such headway that it was beyond control.

Besides a large quanity of hay there were also a span of mules in the barn one of which was buried to death, and the ohter badly injured. It was at once surmised, and proved to be true, that the fire had been started by the children who had been playing there a short time before the flames burst out.

As the children could not be found it was supposed they had perished. But an hour later they came in from their hiding place in an adjacent corn field, whither they had fled after the fire was started. The loss is estimated at about $300.

( Note: Name should read Mrs. Manor. The children were deaf mutes)

Freida Wells


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