(PA.) July 17.
In our last, was mentioned the suffocation of four young men in a well
near this place, the particulars, as we can learn, are as follows: early
on the morning of Thursday, the 8th inst. John, son
of Mr. Daniel Enbodie, went down
into a well, which he and others had been digging at J.W.
Reynolds' tavern, his brother in law, on the Youngstown road; its
depth about 25 feet. As soon as he reached the bottom of the
ladder, he was seen to fall as dead.
Stephen Clark, lately from Bedford,
Penn. Immediately went down to his assistance, who on reaching the
bottom, instantly fell an expired. Jacob
Enbodie, brother to John, ignorant
of the cause of this shocing scene, hastened down, in the hope of
rendering assistance to those already down, but he too, fell, on
reaching the bottom, and expired in a few minutes - this tragic scene,
was not to stop here, although those who were at the mouth of the well
had become alarmed to a degree beyond description, yet Peter
Wolford had the temerity to
descend the fatal ladder, with the thought of ascending, should be feel
any disagreeable sensations on descending; on gaining the bottom, he
called for a rope, to escape by the ladder, he came up about fifteen
feet, then fell backwards, and expired.
More than one hour elapsed before they were got out. Every
exertion was made to restore them to life, by physicians and others but
without effect, although they bled freely, and Wolford's pulse beat for
some time after he was got out,
Experiments were tried afterwards, by letting down a chicken; it was
drawn up instantly, but lifeless; it recovered after being in the pure
air again -it was let down a second time, it was again drawn up, but
recovered nomore. Fire immediately extinguished on being thrown
Water was profusely thrown down the well to expel or break the foul
air -it had not that effect, [W. Preas.]
True American": Vol. 1, July-Nov, 1813: Bedford, Bedford Co,
PA, submitted by C.