Cairo, IL Boiler Explosion, Aug 1897

EXPLOSION KILLS THREE.

BOILER BURSTS IN A BRICKYARD AT CAIRO, ILLINOIS.

Cairo, Ill., Aug. 23. -- By the explosion of a boiler at the brickyard of W. H. HALIDAY shortly after 7 o'clock this morning three persons were instantly killed and eight injured.
The dead are:
RILEY BRADLEY, engineer.
GIDEON RICKS.
HENRY SCHILLER.
The injured are:
ED McCURDY, leg broken.
PROCTOR McCURDY, cut in head and arm broken.
DENNIS BLAND, scalded.
JESSE WOODFORD, arm broken.
JIM KEYS, scalded.
IKE THOMAS.
WILL and JIM CURTIS, slightly injured.
All parties are negroes except HENRY SCHILLER, one of the killed. The men had hardly started to work before the boiler let go. Each of the three men killed was struck by a large piece of the boiler and hurled 50 feet away. Just what was the cause of the explosion is not known.

Fort Wayne Gazette Indiana 1897-08-24