Edwardsville, IL Leland Hotel Fire, Mar 1905

VICTORIA BATEMAN BURNED IN HOTEL

ACTRESS NEARLY LOST HER LIFE IN HOTEL FIRE.

HER CONDITION SERIOUS.

Unconscious, She was Dragged from Her Room by the Hotel Proprietor.

Special to The New York Times.
St. Louis, Mo., March 6. -- MISS VICTORY[sic] BATEMAN, an actress, narrowly escaped burning to death in a fire at the Leland Hotel in Edwardsville, Ill., to-day. It is said to-night she is in a precauious condition.
MISS BATEMAN was visiting friends in the "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" company which is under the management of OSCAR DANE and played in Edwardsville to-night. MISS BATEMAN was with MR. DANE in a stock company of which the latter was manager and intended to watch the rehearsal at the Tuxhorn Opera House this afternoon. She had gone to her room to take a nap after dinner and about 3 o'clock a member of the company, who had gone to the third floor to summon her saw smoke coming from beneath the door.
The proprietor broke in the door. A cloud of smoke and flame surged into the hall. The proprietor crawled in on hands and knees and encountered the form of the unconscious woman lying on the floor. She was dragged out and medical attention was given her.

The New York Times New York 1905-03-07