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George Barr, a tinsmith, aged 66 years, living at Strausbnrg, Lancaster, met with a strange accident, which caused his death on January 10. Barr was very eccentric, and was troubled by a gang of boys, who loitered around his house,- and to get rid of them Barr took a hub of a carriage wheel, plugged one end up, and filled it with powder. He then laid a train of powder to the place where the boys usually came, and concealed himself. When the boys appeared ho applied a match to the powder, which caused an explosion of the machine, but instead of tire boys the old man was himself the victim. His legs and body were terribly mangled. He was carried to the county hospital, where he died.

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KILLED BY HIS OWN DEVICE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 93, 29 April 1880

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KILLED BY HIS OWN DEVICE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 93, 29 April 1880

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