Four Meet Death in Panic

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FOUR MEET DEATH IN PANIC.

Drunken man Throws Match Into Gasoline and People Jump Overboard.

DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 4. — Panic-stricken over the flash of flames when a lighted match was carelessly thrown into some gasoline on the bottom of the launch Ben Hur late last night at the St. Clair flats, a number of the thirty passengers on the launch jumped overboard. Four of them were drowned. Their names are:

AUGUST MOGG, Cleveland.

H.J. WEISENGER, Detroit.

MISS BECKER, Detroit.

MISS NEWMAN, Detroit.

The launch was carrying a party of people to the hotels near Algonac from a dance at the Bedore’s hotel. One of the passengers, who had been drinking, kicked open a cock on the engine, which permitted a quantity of gasoline to flow out on the floor.

After lighting a cigar carelessly he threw his match into the gasoline. The fire caused a panic among the passengers, a number of whom jumped overboard. All but four were rescued by the Ben Hur and other small craft that hurried to the scene. The fire was extinguished and the launch was damaged little.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Sep 5, 1905

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