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The Daily Dispatch: August 27, 1863., [Electronic resource], Shocking death of another Female Blondin. (search)
Shocking death of another Female Blondin. A shocking occurrence took place near Birmingham, England, on the 23d. A woman, calling herself the "Female Blondin," fell from a rope suspended thirty yards above the greensward, and was killed on the spot, death being instantaneous. The London Herald gives the following account ofBlondin," fell from a rope suspended thirty yards above the greensward, and was killed on the spot, death being instantaneous. The London Herald gives the following account of the accident: The poor creature had been engaged to go through her perilous performance on the occasion of a fete held in the park, in aid of the funds of the Order of Foresters, and there were many thousands of persons present. She made her appearance a little before 7 o'clock, having been advertised as the "only real and legitimate performer of Blondin's great feats, walking the rope shackled in chains, feet in baskets, blindfolded, enveloped in a sack, &c." The rope on which the performance was to take place is said to have been so worn and decayed that one of the officials at the hall described it last Saturday as "a rope on which he would not al