New Orleans (LA) Picayune, “The Recent Explosion of the Missouri,” November 30, 1857

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    "The Recent Explosion of the Missouri," New Orleans (LA) Picayune, November 30, 1857, p. 4: 3.
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    St. Louis (MO) Republican
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    New Orleans Daily Picayune
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    The Recent Explosion of the Missouri
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    Michael Blake, Dickinson College
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    The Recent Explosion of the Missouri - The St. Louis papers give further particulars on the recent explosion of the steamer Cataract, near Lisbon, on the Missouri. The Republican says:

    The force of the steam bursted up the forward part of the cabin floor, so that two of the passengers fell through upon the boilers - Mr. N. E. Brace, of Hartford, Conn., being one of them. Mr. Brace had been connected with Col. Colt's armory, at Hartford, for a number of years and was highly respected and beloved by all who knew him. He died in about six hours after the accident with a large circle of friends, will feel his loss very severely.

    The passengers were all asleep at the time of the accident, and the steam which rushed up into the cabin put the lights out. A scene of consternation ensued which is beyond description. The cries of the wounded, and the groans of the dying, and the shrieks of those who escaped unhurt, and the total darkness which enveloped the scene, are described to us as being terrible.

    The captain had presence of mind enough to break out the sky-light, by which the steam, collecting in the ladies' cabin, escaped and more therein were injured. As it was twenty-one out of the sixty-six passengers were badly scalded, and ten persons lost their lives.

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