Springfield, IL Stands Collapse At Circus, June 1896


Springfield, Ill., June 25. -- At a society circus, given last evening on the lawn of JAMES T. JONES, a section of the seats gave way and their occupants were thrown to the ground. MRS. J. L. HUDSON, suffered a broken leg, JAMES BRAINARD'S spine was injured, and MRS. BRAINARD had an arm badly lacerated. Ex-Adjt. Gen. ALFRED ORENDORFF and Postmaster R. M. RIDGELY each had a foot crushed. MISS CATHERINE T. WILEY of Fredonia, N. Y., who is visiting DR. and MRS. L. C. TIFFANY, had a bruised ankle, and several others were bruised. The accident caused considerable excitement, and for a time there was a danger of a stampede, as the crowd at the burlesque was a large one.

The New York Times New York 1896-06-26