Deplorable accident.--‘In the doctrine of human progress a law against the use of burning fluid must sooner or later be enacted.--That this explosive is scarcely less dangerous than gunpowder is a moral certainty. On Friday night a young lady, a Miss Catherine Thomas, was burned alive by this dangerous article. Miss Thomas was a very estimable young lady, whose 18th birthday was kept a few days previous by a large party of young people and relatives. On Friday night when ascending to her chamber for the night, with a fluid lamp in her hand, she so stumbled that the lamp fell into the folds of her dress, the fluid spilled and ignited, and in a moment her person was wrapped in flames. She ran shrieking into the street, her clothing entirely a mass of fire, when two men, named George Iseminger and Isaiah Abbott, ran to her assistance. A man named Mick, who since then has been brutally murdered, also endeavored to extinguish the flames, and all of them were badly burned about the hands in their self-sacrificing efforts. The poor girl was denuded of her clothing and conveyed to her room. She suffered beyond all powers of expression during the slowly moving minutes of the night, until death terminated her agonies at about five o'clock on Saturday morning. The case is a most shocking one, and has thrown a deep gloom over a family of which the deceased was considered the flower and the hope.
--’ Philadelphia Gazette.