Courant American News, February 17, 1887

The Courant American Newspaper
Cartersville, Georgia

February 17, 1887 Page 3:

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Gus Fite is happy over the fact that a bouncing baby girl has taken up at his house. Gus does not live on Gilmer street now.


Fatally Burned.

A Lady’s Dress Catches Fire – Her Life is Now Despaired of.

A most distressing accident occurred on the Burnt Hickory road, in Paulding county, about ten miles from Cartersville, Monday morning, in which a lady suffered injuries that will in all probability cost her life. Mrs. Calvin Cochran, at the time mentioned, was busy working with a sewing machine in front of the fireplace, when her dress caught fire. The flames spread rapidly to other portions of her body, she became panic stricken and ran out into the yard, where she met a stepson who threw a quilt over her. The fire soon consumed the quilt and the poor unfortunate then ran to a tub of water and threw herself in, thus extinguishing the flames that had almost consumed everything that could be consumed. Doctors were summoned at once, and it was plain that the burns were fatal. Her back from the crown of her head to her feet was one charred mass, while her front was terribly burnt. The sight was sickening. The lady was a daughter or niece of the late Mr. Hiram Goodwin, of Kingston, and was a very good Christian lady. This is a very sad occurrence, made more so by the fact that three little children will in all probability lose a noble and good mother.


Pine Log

James Smith, colored, who is teaching near here, reports a good school. He is doing good work among his people, and seems to fully realize the deplorable condition of the masses of the colored race, and is striving hard to raise the standard of culture among them.


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