Phoenixville, PA Drowning, Apr 1910

JUMPED INTO RIVER TO ESCAPE

Boy From Catholic Protectory Drowns—Two Saved.

Phoenixville, Pa., April 13.—One boy seeking to escape from the Catholic Protectory, at Flatland, near here, was drowned in the Schuykill river near the institution yesterday and two were saved by Brother Michael, a member of the Society of Christian Brothers, under whose charge the institution is conducted.

Recalling the danger of the three runaways, who had jumped into the river to escape, Brother Michael, who saw the boys, plunged into the stream and rescued two of them, but was too much exhausted to bring the third to shore. He was nearly drowned himself before help that arrived drew him to the bank.

The dead boy was John Donan, 16 years old, of Philadelphia.

Baltimore, MD 14 Apr 1910