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Description: Cotton Gin and Mill of Connell & Smith Destroyed;
Horrible Death of Mrs. Austin
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison County, AL Library
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 3
OVER THE STATE
The steam cotton gin and mill belonging to Connell & Smith at Falkville, and the entire contents, embracing a large amount of cotton, were totally destroyed by fire Tuesday evening. A small boy lit a match in the gin, which ignited the lint and the flames spread quickly. The building and machinery cost $4,000. No insurance.—Decatur News.
It is our duty this week to chronicle one of the most horrible deaths that has yet occurred in this county. On last Sunday evening while Mrs. Lawson Austin, a most estimable lady fifty odd years of age who has lived about four miles north of here all her life, was getting supper her clothing caught on fire, and before assistance could reach her, she burned to death.—Decatur Tennessee Valley.