Burned to death by prairie fires.
--We and the following in the Leavenworth Bulletin
From a letter received in this city, a few days ago, we learn that prairie fires in Anderson county
have been very destructive this season.
Many farmers have lost all their fences, and other property has been burned.
A man, his wife, and family, consisting of six children, were caught in a prairie fire, and all perished.
It occurred not far from Minnesota
, under the following circumstances:
The wife, with two or three children, were in the wagon and driving the team, which consisted of a pair of horses.
The man was some distance behind the wagon, with two boys, driving some stock.
Seeing the flames approaching the woman headed the team toward a spot which had been burned and proceeded to a hollow but a short distance off, and, from some unaccountable reason, the horses stopped and refused to go further.
The man by this time had reached the wagon and taking the horses by the head attempted to start them, but failed.
At this period the flames overtook them, and all burned to death.
The man lived a few hours after being found, but the rest seemed to have perished instantly from suffocation.
The woman and children were found in the wagon but little burned, appearing as if asleep.