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Houston, TX Trolley Wire Accident, Oct 1891

Two Boys Fish for an Electric Current.

Walter Fitze and Vetener Bailey, boys of Houston, procured a piece of fine wire which they threw over the wire supporting the trolley wire on Fanning [sic] street for the purpose of getting a shock. The wire came in contact with the trolley wire, and no sooner had the boys each seized an end of their wire, when the deadly current began to burn them, causing them to fall to the ground, the smoke issuing from their clothing and causing the victims to emit piteous screams for help. Young Bailey was badly burned, and young Fitze had his right hand so fearfully burned that he will probably lose all the fingers and part of the palm of the hand mentioned.---San Antonio Express.

Columbus Enquirer, Columbus GA 25 Oct 1891

article | by Dr. Radut