San Pedro, CA Hula Dancer Killed by Flaming Grass Skirt, Apr 1937

Flaming Grass Skirt Kills Hula Dancer

Mae Purdue, 23 year old dancer, died at San Pedro, Calif., of burns received when a match set fire to her grass "hula skirt" while she was performing at a waterfront café. Mathew Donahue, 57, mechanic, was one of two men held for further investigation after a coroner's jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 24 Apr 1937