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William Hughes and Harmon Taylor, the only witnesses to the tragedy, state the blocking under the gear gave away which allowed the big wheel to fall about eight inches striking Mr. Taylor, who laid on his back underneath the machinery, on his chest and causing instantaneous death. It took quite a while to get the body out from under the heavy load of iron.

The deceased was born in Derby, England and came to America when he was but two years old and settled in Luzerne. He had been working at the mill for the past twenty years. He is survived by a widow, one son and five daughters. The bereavement in his close knit family is hard for them to bear.

New car turns into giant fireball

H.W. Mundy, of Chestertown, had bad luck on Friday, July 8, 1910 when he was on an automobile trip from Albany back to his home. He had purchased a new Peerless limousine in Albany and was taking it home where he planned to open a garage. About a mile this side of Saratoga, one of the rear tires blew out. Winding the wheel with rope in order to save the rim, he proceeded on his journey intending to get a new tire in Glens Falls, but he failed to reach there.

Everything was running along smoothly when he noticed a flame shooting out from beneath the car. Fearing an explosion, he immediately brought the machine to a stop and jumped out, having just enough time to secure his suit case before the rear of the automobile was enveloped in flames.

The machine now lies a total wreck about a mile and a half this side of Wilton. The fire started, it is believed, from a leak in the gasoline pipe next to the carburetor. It is fully covered by insurance to the extent of $1,600.

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