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UPDEGROVE, John


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    Ebensburg Mountain Sentinel, 20 May 1852, Contributed by Lisa Baker

Death from Camphine.

The Hollidaysburg Register says that a boy named John Updegrove, about 14 years of age, came to his death on the morning of the 6th instant, on board the section boat Hopewell, Captain Ford, by the bursting of the large bow camphine lamp. About 8 o'clock on the night previous, the bowsman took the lamp into the cabin to fill and trim it; and after having, as he declares, carefully adjusted it, applied a lighted taper, when it immediately exploded, scatting the burning liquid through the cabin. The bowsman rushed from the cabin and plunged into the canal and thus saved himself. The poor boy was sleeping on the lower berth, and was immediately enveloped in flames. All his clothes were burned from his body, many parts of which were literally roasted.

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