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Elias Meade

Elias Mead this Morning Burned to Death in the House of John Hicks.

This morning the news was received that the residence of John Hicks 2 miles west of here had burnt. Investigation proved this to be only too true.

Mr. Hicks had living with him a boy who was called Elias Meade, a lad of some 12 years of age. It is supposed that upon retiring last night the boy lit his pipe for a smoke, setting fire to the bed clothes. The fire smoldered until about 3 o'clock this morning, when it was discovered by Mr. Hicks. The old gentleman immediately alarmed the household, but the boy's room was lockt and an entrance could not be made. The fire too was by this time under such headway as to made the heat scorching, and Mr. Hicks had to retreat. It is supposed that at this time the boy was insensible or wholly suffocated with the smoke.

The boy's body was found with the arms and legs and upper portion of his head burnt off.

It was a close call for the family. Nothing was saved but the sewing machine and a few clothes. The house was entirely consumed. There was an insurance of $600.

Newspaper: Porter County Vidette
Date of Publication: May 22, 1884
Volume Number: 28
Issue Number: 21
Page: 5
Column(s): 6

Key to Newspaper Publication Locations:
    Newspapers Published in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana
                Chesterton Tribune
                The Tribune
                Westchester Tribune

    Newspapers Published in Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana
                Porter County Vidette
                Practical Observer
                Valparaiso Practical Observer
                Vidette and Republic
                Western Ranger

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