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Fortunately his foot caught in the ironwork and held him for a minute until he could draw himself back to safety. His hat went into the swollen river and was quickly swept down-stream in the swift current and disappeared under the ice. The same fate would surely have befallen him had he made a clean passage under the railing. He is grateful to have escaped a watery grave.

Fire rages in Burnhamville

The barn on Bert Harvey’s place on the Thurman Road just below the paper mill, was burned Feb. 5, 1913 together with all of its contents.

A fine four-year-old colt owned by Charles Hall of Thurman, stabled in the barn by his son, who is employed at the paper mill and a cow owned by Mrs. Harvey, were burned as it was impossible to get them out after the fire was discovered. The house also caught fire but the flames were put out by a crew of men from the paper mill before much damage could take place.

‘Zero’ hits thin ice

Edwin J. Worden, proprietor of the Arlington Hotel in Lake George, miraculously escaped serious injury Feb. 4, 1913, while sailing on his iceboat, “Zero,” which he had been racing against his boat, “Jack” which was handled by August Wilson. He was taking full advantage of the high wind and pursuing as direct a course to the goal as possible. He sailed so close to where the lake was not frozen, the forward runners of the boat broke through the thin ice.

As the boat was traveling at nearly a mile a minute, Mr. Worden was thrown with great force against the steering wheel and one of his thighs were badly lacerated, a four-inch incision being inflicted.

The boat was uninjured and with the assistance of some spectators standing near, Mr. Worden fastened rope to the forward part of the craft and hauled it onto thicker ice. Although suffering considerable pain, Mr. Worden resumed the sailing.

Contact Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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