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1893 - A NEW HAMPSHIRE HORROR. FORTY-FOUR PERSONS BURNED IN THE DOVER INSANE ASYLUM.

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Dover, N. H., Feb. 10. - The County Insane Asylum, four miles from here, was burned last night and forty-four lives were lost.

When Watchman WILLIAM CHEVEY made his 10 o'clock trip into the insane asylum, he found the fire coming out of a cell occupied by MARY FOUNTAIN and gave the alarm. WILLIAM DRISCOLL, the keeper, with his family, lived in the building, and he at once broke the locks off the fifty-four cells and tried to get the inmates out.

Then he got his wife and two children out, neither of whom was dressed. Of the forty-eight inmates only four escaped. They were WILLIAM TWOMBLY, ROSE SANDERSON, WILLIAM DAVEY, and FRANK DOUSHON.

Those who were burned were:
ROBERT DIONE of Salmon Falls, N. H.
MARY FOUNTAIN of Great Falls.
FRANK NUTTER of Rochester.
WILLIAM CHESLEY of Durham.
MRS. ROBERTS of Great Falls.
An Eight-Year-Old Child.
LESTER JONES of Farmington.
WILLIAM TWOMBLY of Barrington.
OWEN MALLEY of Great Falls.
MICHAEL CASEY of Dover.
FRANK ROWE of Great Falls.
CHARLES LIBBY of Great Falls.
FRANK PAGE of Rochester.
WILLIAM FILLES of Great Falls.
FRANK SPRIGGINS of Dover.
HARRY KIMBALL of Dover.
JULIA KEIL of Dover.
MRS. MARY LAVIN of Salmon Falls.
MRS. MARY McCLINTOCK of Dover.
MAGGIE WHITE of Great Falls.
ANN CARR of Rollinsford.
MARY NUTTER of Rochester.
MARY MALONEY of Dover.
LENIA ELLIS of Rochester.
MARY WILSON of Lee.
MARIA TWINDALE of Milton Mills.
CAROLINE RAIT of Dover.
MRS. ANN ROTHWELL of Dover.
LIZZIE ELLIS of Great Falls.
CATHERINE HALEY of Dover.
ELIZABETH HICKEY of Conic.
MARY COGLEY of Dover.
SARAH SWEET of Rochester.
SARAH HUTCHINGS of Dover.
KATE DUFEE of Dover.
SARAH McCLINTOCK of Great Falls.
FANNY SLATTERY of Great Falls.
ANN McDERMOTT of Dover.
ADDIE OTIS of Great Falls.
Six others whose names cannot be remembered by the keeper.

The main building, in which were over 100 of the county poor, caught fire, but was saved by the inmates, who carried pails of water and extinguished the flames, although many were burned in so doing.
The smoking ruins show the charred bodies still laying on their beds. How the building caught fire is a mystery.


The New York Times
New York, New York
February 10, 1893

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