A Dangerous Pastime.
A telegram from Terowie (S.A.) states that eight lads—named Hill, Belcher, Lacey (two), Elliot, and Slattery (three)—narrowly escaped losing their lives, besides nearly destroying a quantity of property, on a recent Sunday. The two Laoeys got some, phosphorus in sticks from the back premises of a chemist’s shop, and distributed them, among the other lads. David Lacey was: seen in the street with his clothes on fire.. Reed, a shop assistant, tore his clothes off, but the boy was fearfully burnt, and next morning was in a precarious state. Belcher took the phosphorus home, and put it in a private part of the post office. The dwelling was at once set on fire, and the whole place was threatened with destruction, the carpets,, mats, and skirting-boards being damaged. The other lads took some of the phosphorus: to Slattery’s Hotel and put it in the diningroom, which was soon on fire. Four girls, the boys’ sisters, jumped through the windows, while the lads ran through the fire. One of them was severely burnt, and is now in bed, having his knees and hands badly scorched. The other lads were not hurt, but were greatly frightened. The phosphorus was seen burning in the streets for hours.
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A Dangerous Pastime., Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889
A Dangerous Pastime. Evening Star, Issue 7912, 21 May 1889
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