Hortense and Lillians fire. Dawson
Lillian Dawson Perishes; Her Sister, Hortense, Is Fatally Burned in Mysterious Fire at Clearfield. , AT RISK OF LIFE UNCLE SAVES TWO Father and Mother of Those Who Perish Remain in Ignorance of Tragedy Until Flames Have Taken Life. Special to The Tribune. OGDEN, May 31. Lillian Dawson, aged 1-t. the daughter of James Dawson, residing ln the Hooper district, southwest of this cily, was burned to death, and her sister, T-Tortonse, aged 12, will die from burns received when the bam In which they were sleeping was destroyed by fire at 10:30 o'clock tonight. Two other children and their uncle, William Dawson, who were also sleeping In tlie barn, had a narrow escape. The dying child was brought to the Dee hospital and was alive at 1 o'clock, but cannot survive more than a few hours, according to her physicians. All of Body Burned. The entire body of the little girl was seared by The flames and her hair was burned away. She was rescued from the flames by her uncle, who suffered severe burns about the hands and arms. James and Beatrice, the younger children, who wore sleeping near their uncle, a few feet from Lillian and Hortense, escaped uninjured. ' ;" " ' ,f r The Dawson farm is located about one mllo north of Clearfield in DaviB county, and following the pactico of the uncle, who Is employed on tho farm, the younger children had been sleeping on the hay In the barn for tho past several nights and tonight tlie cider girls were given permission to sleep there. They selected the top of a pile of hay about twelve foot above the spot where tho uncle and younger children were sleeping to make their bed. Uncle Rescues Two. At 10:30 William Dawson was awakened by tlie heat and tlames, and Immediately carried tho two children nearest him to a place of safety. Then mounting a ladder, with his coat over his head, he succeeded in rescuing Hortonse, still alive, but fatally burned, himself suffering severe Injuries in his heroic effort. Ho 'tried to reach the other child, but tho flames had gained too much headway and the body of Lillian was not recovered until after the flro had consumed tho building. The father and mother of the dead girl, together with two of her sisters, were sleeping In the house a shout distance from the barn. They did not awake until after the flro was discovered by William Dawson. Tho origin of the fire is not known, but apparently the scat of tho lianies was in the laTger mass of hay, on which the two victims were sleeping.