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Description: The Rope Broke - Two Persons Dead at PicnicDate: August 11 1887
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6
THE ROPE BROKE
Unfortunate Affair at a Picnic in the
Kanawha Valley—Two Persons Dead.
CHARLESTON, W. VA., Aug. 8. There was a big picnic at Mud Fork or Poca, some miles back in the country from here, last Saturday. One of the principal attractions was a big swing. During the afternoon this swing was filled with men, women and children, who were swinging some fifty feet over a depression of the ground. During one of its pendulistic motions, and when the occupants were some fifty feet above the earth, the ropes gave way, letting them drop to the ground. It was a terrible fall, fraught with frightful results. One man named Simmons had his arm broken, a Miss Jones had her leg broken in two places, and a small child of Michael Marity had his skull crushed by contact with a stone. The swingers were terribly maimed, and the child and a woman by the name of Mary Fisher have since died.