The Davis City Advance, Davis City, Iowa
Thursday, August 22, l895
President JOSEPH SMITH has been confined to the sick chamber for several days with reported slight improvement at the present writing.
On Wednesday of last week a little child of JAMES SCOTT, living near Pawnee, while with its mother visiting its grandmother, MRS. CLARISY SANDAGE, accidentally stepped backward and sat down in a pail of scalding water and was scalded from its arm pits to its knees. The little
sufferer was yet alive on Monday morning, but with no evidence of improvement. There are no hopes of recovery. when the clothing was removed after the accident, the flesh followed the garments.
Last week the Old Folks Home was commenced. One of the teams, of unruly habits, took it into their heads to have a little frolic, ad started on the run, when leaving the Home and ran several blocks in spite of the efforts of the driver, when it is supposed the harness gave way and let the tongue down, which catching in the ground threw the unfortunate driver ten feet into the air and landing him thirty feet from the starting point, where he fell on his face, seriously bruising his head and breast. He was immediately picked up in an unconscious condition and restored to consciousness, but did not regain the use of his senses for several hours. He is a stranger here and known to but few. He has so far recovered as to resume business.
Sunday morning's thunder shower resulted fatally to PHILO MADISON, a nephew of President JOSEPH SMITH's wife. He had but recently arrived from California, where his parents reside. On Sunday morning he left his boarding house to care for a team he had in charge, and was returning to complete his toilet preparatory to going to St. Joe, on the Sunday excursion train. He was accompanied by a young friend and for some cause he left his friend and went back toward the stable and returning homeward had made about two-thirds of the way when he met his fate. His body was found about thirty minutes after the storm began, lying face downward across the alley way just north of ALLENDAR's lumber yard. He was lying as though he had been in the act of leaving sidewalk to angle across the street. His hat lay nearby torn to pieces. The back of his head, the spinal column and the right hip and leg to foot, showed marks of a terrible shock and seared as though a hot iron had passed over his body.
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September 7, 2003
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