1870 - A man by the name of Wing, at work in the bottom of a well at Cutter village, in Winchester, Mass.,
suddenly found himself sinking in the quicksand to his knees, and with all his efforts he was unable to extricate himself. The well had been sunk to the depth of thirty feet, and Wing, being heavy, all efforts to hoist him out were unavailing, the work being carried on through the whole of the night, and much excitement prevailing on his account. Two professional miners were procured in Boston the next morning to try their skill, and his release was finally effected by the use of long-bitted augers, with which the operators bored into the clay around his legs, and in this manner so relieved the pressure upon them that, at about 1:30 in the afternoon, he was taken out, in a very exhausted condition, having been there nearly twenty-four hours.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 8, 1870
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