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Particulars of a disastrous fire, m which 150 men, women, and ohiidrcn are said to have perished at Akbarpore, subdivision Bebar, have been sent to the t: Fiateaman" by a correspondent. It appears that there tvas a marriage m the house of a Raj put on Apr.l 26. As usual, there wa^ a largo gatherinfi; of both ijexeß. While the ceremony was being proceeded with a fire broke oat at the eitraice of iho house, and, as a etroog westerly wind was blowing at thß jtime, ihe entiro premiees W9re enveloped m flames m the cpursa "of a tewmiputej. Some of tbe meu managed tb extricate themselves by raßhing io the door. Bnt the difficalty was how to saye the women and ohil Ten . The greatest confbfi m prevailed. One Sipuhi Singh, the father of the bridegroom, aod a brave R jpu^, had the preaenoe oC m?ed r to snatch hia son and the bride f i onr -iha crowd, and going to the roof let theths down m a lane running closa to tho h Vuse, ani told them to run for their lives; Saving jut then reoolleoted that he had left a bag of 150.-8 behind him, he returned to the house, He reoivcred the bag, and w«a praptrfng to make his esoipe when he-iheard fho lKmentatlonu off women and children proceeding frnm a room;' the doop of which v. as that, Slpaht was too brave snd noble s fallow to think of p??aonal safety when these helpless creatures {?erb m imminent danjser oH being burnt to deftti}. He opened tbe door and the sbire that follows defies I desorlptloß. The females ra»hed out »od laid hold of-- hin>, eaph one m despair calling out, " Save ma live me." He was "--a m»u >o£ splbbdid phy«fq«, and If left alone might have i audceeded In wvlnfit come, if not all ; bufc what could the poor man do against 'so m»ny dis^raoted women and ohtldreb ollogfog to him for dew -life 9He .fall to the ground, and they crowded round him. A few minutes more and tho fife had done its worst. Nothing was to be seen but a heap of enured remain*. . Tao police were on thd spot after the aoaidept and burled the de»d m three wells of ? trie village. The fire expanded to other hats 1 and Akbarpore Is n wieok.

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GREAT FIRE IN INDIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2187, 31 July 1889

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GREAT FIRE IN INDIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2187, 31 July 1889