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 - English-speaking Anglo-American Morris Griffith...
English-speaking Anglo-American Morris Griffith had a close call. He attributes his escape to the fact of Ross being between him and the box in which was the powder the latter was mixing. Griffith was only three feet away engaged in sweeping the porch, when he was suddenly thrown about sixty feet. He slightly sprained his knee and was struck in the back of the neck by flying glass, but his bruises were of such slight nature that he is able to be around. His clothes were burned. The first words Ross uttered were: "Where's Morris?" Ed Sherman and Walter Turner who are employed in the prismatic pres3 building, were fortunately absent as, owing to the scarcity of powder grain, they were not required to be present during the afternoon. Chas. Farrell has to be thankfu'l that W. C. Peyton had to reach the train at Rincon to go to San Francisco, and had Farrell take him to the station in his buggy. If not he would have been near Ross. J. O'Connell, the foreman, was also absent from the building, having been called away. Sam Miller, who was standing at the corner of the building, about ten feet from Ross, had his hair and mustache singed. It is estimated that the box contained twenty pounds of powder, and the barrels about 210 pounds. One barrel had prismatic and the other grain powder. Several years ago J. Howard and M. Grimm died from the effects of an explosion at the same mill. The damage to the building is small, as the employes extinguished the lire before it gained any headway. Operations will be resumed tomorrow. The explosions were not heard in this city. If they were people naturally attributed them to the big gun which was being experimented with at the Powder Works.

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  1. Evening Sentinel,
  2. 14 Jul 1898, Thu,
  3. Page 3

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