accidents, particularly fires

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Predictive Words

FIRE NIGHT HOUSE SHOT FOUND TIME MORNING MAN BODY MADE FIRED MEN YESTERDAY OCCURRED BALL ESCAPE BUILDING FELL DEATH GUARD PLACE LEFT LARGE TOWN

This list of words are those that the topic model identifies as most likely to appear in documents in this category.

Exemplary Articles

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Monday, September 07, 1863

The Alarm of Fire yesterday afternoon was occasioned by the accidental explosion of a shell at the laboratory, near the pump house, on the canal. No damage was done to the building.

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Monday, June 09, 1862

Accidentally Shat.

—A soldier took shelter in the portico of the First Baptist Church on saturday, during the rain, and placed his gun against one of the pillars. Shortly afterward, by some accident, the weapon was knocked down, and exploding, lodged the ball in his shoulder. An army . . . more

Accidentally Shat.

—A soldier took shelter in the portico of the First Baptist Church on saturday, during the rain, and placed his gun against one of the pillars. Shortly afterward, by some accident, the weapon was knocked down, and exploding, lodged the ball in his shoulder. An army surgeon passing at the time rendered the necessary assistance. The wound inflicted upon the unfortunate soldier was very severe.

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Saturday, June 04, 1864

Almost a Fire.

—An accident occurred at the house of Mrs Susan Cushings yesterday afternoon, at the northern extremity of 18th street, which came near resulting in its destruction by fire. Mrs. C. was cooking her dinner, and after building a fire in the fire-place and putting it . . . more

Almost a Fire.

—An accident occurred at the house of Mrs Susan Cushings yesterday afternoon, at the northern extremity of 18th street, which came near resulting in its destruction by fire. Mrs. C. was cooking her dinner, and after building a fire in the fire-place and putting it on, stepped to a neighbor's for a few minutes. When she returned she found that a chunk of wood had rolled out on the floor, burning a large hole in it, from which a flame was ascending several feet in height. Giving the alarm, several of the neighbors came to her assistance, and the fire was soon extinguished.

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Friday, October 31, 1862

Checking Casualty

—A white women, named Amanda Furgeson, resident in Hugheats Row. was burned nearly to death yesterday afternoon, about 5 o'clock. Smoke and fire were seen in her apartment, and on entering it, attracted by her cries the was found almost entirely bounded of her clothing and dreadfully . . . more

Checking Casualty

—A white women, named Amanda Furgeson, resident in Hugheats Row. was burned nearly to death yesterday afternoon, about 5 o'clock. Smoke and fire were seen in her apartment, and on entering it, attracted by her cries the was found almost entirely bounded of her clothing and dreadfully burnt. She was unconscious at the last account.

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Friday, September 27, 1861

The alarm of fire

yesterday morning was caused by the explosion in the yard of the Government Laboratory, on Byrd street, of the sweepings which had accumulated therein. There was no fire, and no damage was done, though the alarm created considerable excitement and drew together quite a crowd.

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Thursday, May 21, 1863

Accident

—Four negro men, operatives at the Tredegar Foundry, were very seriously injured yesterday by the falling of a portion of a burned roof on them. They were clearing away the rubbish of the late fire when a portion of the debris fell. One of the men had his . . . more

Accident

—Four negro men, operatives at the Tredegar Foundry, were very seriously injured yesterday by the falling of a portion of a burned roof on them. They were clearing away the rubbish of the late fire when a portion of the debris fell. One of the men had his skull fractured, and another a leg broken. All were badly hurt.

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Saturday, April 13, 1861

—Thomas Hearne, of Shreveport, La., died on the 30th ult., from injuries received from a burning tree which fell upon him. He was hunting tree which fell upon him. He was hunting turkeys at night in company with his neighbors, and the party kindled a fire against a . . . more

—Thomas Hearne, of Shreveport, La., died on the 30th ult., from injuries received from a burning tree which fell upon him. He was hunting tree which fell upon him. He was hunting turkeys at night in company with his neighbors, and the party kindled a fire against a tree and laid down to sleep until morning. They were aroused by the falling tree, and Mr. Hearne in attempting to escape was crushed into the fire Before he could be extricated from his horrible position, he had sustained such mortal injury that he died a painful and lingering death.

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Friday, January 08, 1864

Fire.

—The alarm of fire yesterday morning was caused by the partial burning of the large brick house on 12th street, near Cary. The roof took fire from some defect in the chimney, and the flames getting between the sheeting and rafters spread rapidly.—Soon after the alarm was . . . more

Fire.

—The alarm of fire yesterday morning was caused by the partial burning of the large brick house on 12th street, near Cary. The roof took fire from some defect in the chimney, and the flames getting between the sheeting and rafters spread rapidly.—Soon after the alarm was given the fire brigade, with a portion of its apparatus, reached the scene, and in an incredibly short time extinguished the fice. The building was occupied by a number of women, who sustained some damage to their furniture by the water from the engines.

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Tuesday, September 03, 1861

Explosion of Powder Mills.

—The Union Powder Mills at New Durham, N. H., which exploded on Tuesday, were twelve in number, located about twenty rods apart, forming a circle. The buildings were all cheap wooden structures. The first explosion was in the drying-mill. That building was blown into atoms, . . . more

Explosion of Powder Mills.

—The Union Powder Mills at New Durham, N. H., which exploded on Tuesday, were twelve in number, located about twenty rods apart, forming a circle. The buildings were all cheap wooden structures. The first explosion was in the drying-mill. That building was blown into atoms, and three buildings were set on fire, exploding soon after. One of these was used as a magazine, and contained four tons of powder. Windows were shattered in all the buildings in the vicinity of the mills. There were seven men employed in these four buildings at the time. Three were blown to pieces, and two others so much injured as to live but a short time. One man had his face badly burned. The loss has been estimated at $10,000 to $15,000.

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Wednesday, October 12, 1864

Accident to A Child.

—A little girl was violently run against yesterday morning, in the neighborhood of Seabrook Hospital, by an ambulance, to which was attached a pair of runaway horses, and so seriously injured internally that but little hopes are entertained of her recovery. The wheels of . . . more

Accident to A Child.

—A little girl was violently run against yesterday morning, in the neighborhood of Seabrook Hospital, by an ambulance, to which was attached a pair of runaway horses, and so seriously injured internally that but little hopes are entertained of her recovery. The wheels of the vehicle barely escaped running over the unfortunate little creature, the hub to one of them striking her in the breast and knocking her senseless, some distance off, thereby producing the injury under which she is suffering.

In this column are pieces from the Daily Dispatch that best exemplified this topic; i.e. they had the highest topic proportions in this category. The pie chart to the right of each piece identifies the specific topic proportion for "accidents, particularly fires in the piece." You can view the complete topic proportion breakdown for an individual piece by clicking on the title. The handle slider handle on the bottom left of the chart can be adjusted to view articles and advertisements best exemplifying this topic for particular months.