Washington, DC Hotel Accident, Jul 1872
Fall of Mrs. Drake Mills from a Hotel Window in Washington--Her Death Probable.
WASHINGTON, D. C., July 4.---Mrs. Drake Mills, mother-in-law of Hon. Fernando Wood, left her bed at the Metropolitan Hotel this morning, about 2 o'clock, for the purpose of cooling herself at the window. This being nearly as low as the floor, she lost her balance and fell on the roof of an adjoining house. She rolled from this roof to the eaves, and thence fell into the area below, among boxes, barrels, and other such refuse. her body was frightfully mangled, she having fallen a distance of forty or fifty feet. Her condition was soon discovered, and she was conveyed to her room. The physicians today examined her limbs with a view to amputation, but have abandoned the operation, it appearing that death may soon come to the relief of the sufferer.
The New York Times, New York, NY 5 Jul 1872