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Akron, OH Buchtel College Tragedy, Dec 1890

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A DANCE OF DEATH.

FRIGHTFUL SCENE AT BUCHTEL COLLEGE, AKRON, O.

THE CLOTHING OF FEMALE STUDENTS CATCHES FIRE FROM A PAN OF POP CORN, AND A NIGHT'S REVELRY ENDS IN A TERRIBLE TRAGEDY.

Akron, O., Dec. 15. -- Two young ladies were burned fatally, it is thought, and six others seriously at Buchtel College Saturday night. The girl inmates of Cary Hall, where many of the lady students of Buchtel Lodge, were spending a merry evening with some visiting friends in one of the large dormatories and were preparing a mammoth pan of popcorn. The pan had been placed in the center of the floor and eight girls, joining hands, danced about the smoking hot corn in their exhuberant glee. Suddenly the corn blazed up with a blinding flash, the flames leaping to the ceiling. The girls were all dressed in clothing of inflammable material, with paper caps and ornaments. The head dress of one of them caught fire from the burning corn, and in an instant her whole person was enveloped in flames.
The tongues of flame leaped from one to another of the screaming and helpless girls until the clothing of all was on fire.
In the frenzy of desperation they rushed from the room and ran shrieking down the stairway. Occupants of the adjoining rooms quickly gained the hallway, and seeing the awful fate which threatened their companions, added their cries to the clamor, until the scene became one of perfect and awful pandemonium.
Nothing could be done for the screaming victims until the fire had burned itself out. It was then found that MISS LULA STRIGMYER, of Attica, Ohio, and MISS MAY STEVENS, of Clifton Springs, N.Y., were burned seriouslythat it is feared they cannot live.
The others who were seriously but not fatally burned were:
MISS AURELIA WIRICK of Storm Lake, Iowa.
MISS EVA DEAN of Storm Lake, Iowa.
MISS DENA HAYNES of Abeline, Kansas.
MISS BUCHTEL, Kansas City.
MISS MARY VAN DUZON, New York City.
MISS BERTHA COLEMAN, Florida Beach, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
MISS BIRDIE BRABACHER, Iowa.

Newark Daily Advocate Ohio 1890-12-15



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