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Rhode Island

OREGON SENTINEL (Jacksonville), 9 October 1869

FATAL ACCIDENT AT NIAGARA FALLS. - A dispatch received yesterday from Niagra Falls has the following: "A party of one gentleman and four ladies, all belonging to Providence (R.I.), after viewing the sights on this side, crossed over to the Canada side.  While the carriage was passing a curve opposite the precipice in front of the Clifton House the horses became unmanageable, and it was evident they would go over the bank.  The driver and Mr. Tillinghast, of Providence (R.I.), jumped off and escaped with slight injuries, and the carriage, together with the four ladies, went down the bank fifty feet.  Mrs. Mahala Smith was horrible mangled and instantly killed.  Miss Mary Ann Ballon was dangerously injured and cannot recover.  Mrs. Tillinghast and Mrs. Fisher were badly bruised, but not dangerously.  The accident happened while an inquest was being held on the body of a man who committed suicide at the same place a day or two previous."

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